Syd rockers Sevsons have slapped together a spicy playlist for your heavy listening pleasure

Syd-based alt-rockers Sevsons have just stepped off a whirlwind east coast tour, throwing their weight behind Brissy rockers Dead Letter Circus. The four-piece have been on the up and up in local alt-rock circles over the past coupla’ years, and have already supported Aussie prog rock and metal vets Closure in Moscow, Caligula’s Horse and Circles.

If you’re a fan of Karnivool or Gyroscope you’re going to absolutely soak up these guys’ latest single, ‘Evolution’. Be prepared for the catchy riff to prick your ears from the get go, eventually intertwining with an emotive melody and uplifting chorus. For this clam, ‘Evolution’ awoke a welcome nostalgia; slinging me back into the murky waters of my teenage alt-rock/ post-hardcore phase.

As is commonplace with many tracks within the genre, ‘Evolution’ touches on mental health and personal hardship.

Evolution is an emotionally immersive and uplifting song for us. It’s a lifeline to everyone out there dealing with their own struggles; a reminder that you’re capable of overcoming those struggles and contributing positively to the world around you.

Ahead of their highly anticipated gig at local haunt Rad Bar on July 15th, Sevsons have given Pearler an exclusive peak at a playlist curated especially for those of us craving a healthy dollop of heavy rock, metalcore and hardcore punk. Cop a blast from the likes of Cancer Bats, Parkway Drive, Underoath and even a freshy from Brit post-HC band DON BROCO.

Tix are still available for Sevsons upcoming gig at Rad through good ol’ Moshtix. The lads will be playing alongside My Kind of Memory, ok hotel and Dribs – so what are you waiting for? Get clicky with it, son.

Sink your teeth into Sevsons ‘Top Heavy Tracks of ’18’ playlist below.

Featured image credit: Hayden Nixon
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Jack Biilman offers up one rendition of ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ I can get behind

Blues and roots bloomer Jack Biilman is making waves across the country, currently riding a mammoth national tour off the back of the release of his latest single ‘The Hills Have Eyes’.

For some, the Canberra-based crooner bears similarity to Matt Corby, but that’s not to say he doesn’t bring a mixed bag of his own bespoke sound. His soulful single ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ spun a soothing antidote to my initial PTSD flashbacks from the 2006 slasher flick by which it shares its name.

The track boasts a John Butler Trio-esque acoustic journey with a toe-tapping percussive beat driving Jack’s bluesy vocals. His 2017 record Streams is chock full of his signature tenacious plucking, whilst retaining a lax, easy listening vibe. The titular track ‘Streams’ merges Jack’s rusty vocals with the bluesy lilt of unearthed artist Ashleigh Mannix. I’d also recommend giving ‘Own Worst Enemy’ a whirl while you’re there.

Almost halfway through his current national tour, JB has just played a run of shows down the East Coast – including a set at Cupitts Winery in Ulladulla over the weekend. No stranger to the touring life, Jack has previously shared stages with the likes of Tash Sultana and Bootleg Rascal.

Wollongongians, keep your ears pricked for Biilman’s upcoming gig at Rad Bar on August 18th, with support from Erin McMahon, Liam Wright and Jack Moon. Get your acoustic-loving mits on tix through Moshtix.

Have a squiz at the cheeky vid for ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ below, and give us a holla – I’m curious to hear what you think!

Can’t make it to Rad? No worries, folks – Jack is playing at a handful (or three) more venues on the following dates:

July 7th The Wesley Anne Melbourne
with Pat Tierney

July 19th Jindabyne Brewery Jindabyne

July 20th The Alpine Cooma

July 21st The Abbey Canberra

July  26th & 27th The Eiger Perisher

August 4th The Vic Wagga Wagga

August 5th The Bended Elbow Albury

August 10th The Captain Cook Hotel Sydney
with Erin McMahon

August 12th Hamilton Station Newcastle

August 18th Rad Bar Wollongong
with Erin McMahon, Liam Wright, Jack Moon 

Thomston burns bright with liberating banger ‘Acid Rain’

NZ-hailing artist/producer Thomston (aka Thomas Stoneman) has debuted a minimalist video clip and contradicting Malfoy-esque look today, with the release of his latest single ‘Acid Rain’.

To my weathered ears, the bridge in this little cherry is super reminiscent of Cat Stevens‘ ‘Father and Son’; but, like, not as el depresso? Instead, Thomston explains that the track itself details a kind of reawakening,

It’s about being a bad judge of character, being wrong about someone you cared for, and the liberation of learning what you need and deserve from those around you…

Thomston goes on to explain that ‘Acid Rain’ is the next logical step in what sounds like a deeply personal journey; stating that his first record Topograph ‘sounded like letting yourself wallow in self-pity’, while his latest single ‘sounds like letting it go’.

Look, I dunno when 22-year-olds became so god damn mature but I’m bloody well here for it. I am also wholeheartedly here for scorching takedowns/ cliche break-up rhetoric sung with the equanimity of a falling feather.

I thought that you were holy water / But you were just acid rain.

To whomever/whatever this track is aiming its hindquarters at: ya unequivocally burnt.

‘Acid Rain’ was solely written and produced by Thomston, and the incredible and stunningly-located clip was directed by Nima Nabili Rad of Young Black Youth. Stoneman looks trendy as all hell, and his contrast against the vast, bare landscape only lends gravity to the emotion behind his lyrics.

Whilst no news of an upcoming record have been leaked, I’m bloody curious to see what else this NZ gem has in store. Ahem, another collab with dreamy Aus crooner Wafia would be great, kthnxbye.

Peep the incredible vid for ‘Acid Rain’ down yonder.

Featured image credit: Cybele Malinowski

Jack River is driving me wild with super sultry ‘Limo Song’

Holly Rankin, powerhouse singer/producer behind the moniker Jack River, has driven home a hot lap of sensuality in her latest single ‘Limo Song’.

Lone western whistlin’ into the soft pink glow of an American diner, an aproned Rankin is pictured surrounded by tables of seriously aesthetically-gifted humans. The sensual tension is on high from the first drip of ice cream down her hand, and the stimulating imagery – see: plates of sultrily wobbling jelly (never thought I’d utter those words) – only complement the aural climax of Rankin’s crooning.

The track itself delves into a kind of ethereal limbo, with Jack River drawing parallels to a,

‘… melancholic dream world where you’re looking back and looking forwards all at once’

‘Limo Song’ has been described as ‘a tentatively outstretched hand, full of poignant yet unanswered questions’, but I almost feel that resonates in River’s vocal style. Dancing between breathy and slightly contralto; there’s a multi-dimensionality in her style that my ears have latched onto since ‘Fool’s Gold’, and it fucking works.

It’s been a bloody jam sandwich of a year for ol’ Jack, and not just in terms of releasing tracks worthy of topping every single one of my Spotify playlists. Rankin also coined and minted Electric Lady World – a platform for celebrating kickass ladies within the realms of music, sport, politics and more.

And somehow, in between the Electric Lady World tour and throwing together the Grow Your Own Festival in Forster, she’s found the time to deliver a debut album. Man, I really gotta stop watching so much TV and do something with my life.

Sugar Mountain is set for release on June 22nd, via I OH YOU. It’s also been announced that River’ll be taking her band on a grand national tour – stopping into the ports of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Newcastle. Tickets go on sale Monday 4th June – and if her previous show are anything to go by, ya better get your mitts in quick before they sell out!

Oh, and don’t fret Wollongongians –  if you can’t make it to the big smoke, JR is also playing at Yours & Owls festival in September.

Watch the clip for ‘Limo Song’ below, and tell me those metallic boots aren’t on your wish list too.