Author Archives: Dave Franklin

About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.

Memories –  Echoglass  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If Drowning saw Echoglass playing with subtle balladry, Blackburn Boulevard took a more indie-pop route and Last To Know wandered some wonderfully Americana musical pathways, Memories seems to tie all those ends together. It has depth yet sass, it tugs … Continue reading

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Last To Know –  Echoglass  (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

And just when you have Echoglass pegged in the broad indie-pop spectrum, when you think you have worked out their musical approach they go and throw a curve-ball. Not satisfied with just ploughing the same musical furrow, Last To Know … Continue reading

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Eyes  – Echoglass (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

One of the things I love about Echoglass is their ability to hop-across genres, mix and match styles and musical stances and still sound like themselves, a blend of sonic cohesion and musical exploration. Eyes sees them plying their trademark … Continue reading

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Blackburn Boulevard  – Echoglass (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If my first encounter with Echoglass caught their more thoughtful and mellow side with the slow burning and highly textural music of Drowning, Blackburn Boulevard sees them in more playful mood, musically anyway. Here, the medium is a sassy, indie … Continue reading

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Drowning  – Echoglass (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music can make big, bold statements, make obvious moves and play predictable cards but it is at its finest, in my opinion at least, when it is employing subtler and more supple techniques to engage the listener. That, is exactly … Continue reading

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Mean Machine – Fatty Boomba (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

We may live in nostalgic times, an era when we look back on past glories as much as we try to make music for the present. And whilst Mean Machine clearly displays a love of a boogie-pop and funk infused … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLVIII : Stand Up –  Ravenscroft (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Ravenscroft continue with their mission to keep rock music, especially that infused by its classic halcyon past, relevant to modern audiences. Not always an easy thing to do with the fickle finger of fashion constantly causing scenes to evolve and … Continue reading

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Physical Business – Stonerpop (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s very easy to listen to electro-pop and try to draw a thread back to earlier post-punk pioneers. But choosing to wield synths as your musical weapons of choice doesn’t make you Depeche Mode, in the same way that painting … Continue reading

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Swimsuit Issue debut video for Look Now

Following their first headlining dates of 2018, Swimsuit Issue debut their official video for their single “Look Now”. Watch the band’s self-directed clip below. Swimsuit Issue is a seven-person American rock band fronted by model Miles Garber and David Gagliardi, who also … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLVII  : Fishing Line 1000 Miles Deep –  StrangeJuice (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The fact that the man at the heart of StrangeJuice has earned himself the title of “The Picasso of the Australian independent music industry” actually makes a lot of sense after listening to and indeed watching the video for the … Continue reading

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