Here’s a few of the Desert Highways team’s Top lists for 2018. Thank you all for your support again throughout 2018, it’s very much appreciated! Also a massive thanx to all of our contributors. Very proud to work with such an incredibly talented group of people!
For me, there are a select few musicians that can cut through anything their band is playing with their vocals, and shine like rays of light through storm clouds to bring a slice of heaven to a room. In Melbourne, think Adalita, Amaya Laucirica, Rich Davies, and on this night at The Gasometer Hotel, we were lucky enough to have Ella Hooper.
The launch is for New Magic, the “90s tinged swirling pop piece” follow up to last years heartbreaker EP, Venom. It feels like the whole idea of the new EP was to create something that could be played first and foremost live. With the creation of a new band and a month long launch by way of Wednesday residencies, and with an eclectic mix of supports, it’s a great way for punters to experience these songs for the first time.
I don’t frequent St Kilda. I’m not keen on travelling far from my inner northern self-proclaimed utopia, but all hipster hyperbole aside, when I do go to St Kilda, I go for the great gigs. Amongst the back packers, junkies and prostitutes, St Kilda has some of the best venues Melbourne has to offer, and that mild Australia Day afternoon The Prince Bandroom beckoned my commute, featuring household names of local rock‘n’roll new and old.
A few minutes before doors and there’s a small crew waiting to get in. They look barely out of high school, but then neither do the opening act. The Cherry Dolls take the stage shortly after everyone is let in and a drunken posse from the balcony spill out into the room. Two girls explode from the pack and dance with unbridled enthusiasm. The Cherry Dolls play loud but look self conscious, they all have long hair and have taken meticulous efforts to look the part yet they don’t seem all that convinced themselves. The lead singer spends more time fidgeting with his outfit and cracking private jokes with his band mates than he does addressing his audience. Towards the end of their set they get it together, their sound goes from Stones to Sabbath and they rock out hard. The Cherry Dolls show real potential when they engaged, and after starting last year have headlined Ding Dong Lounge and made a foothold for some exciting gigs coming up this year.
The below 10 –> 1 list is from my HEAVY Magazine Staff Top 10 Albums for 2013 List, under that I had to add some more as it’s just so hard to narrow things down! Check out the HEAVY link for some more kick arse lists. Some amazing releases amongst them!