Just last week I shared the exciting news that the Gower brothers, formerly of Australian progressive rock trailblazers, Cog, have returned with a new outfit called The Occupants, and now just today, it has been revealed that The Nerve, which features Cog’s drummer, Lucius Borich, has signed with Bird’s Robe Records, home to prominent instrumental post-rockers, sleepmakeswaves and Tangled Thoughts of Leaving.
Fronted by the dynamic Ezekial Ox, whose former projects include Mammal, and who has continued to write and tour with his duo, Over-reactor, the band released a teaser track, ‘Witness’, earlier in the year, which is an assault of blues infused Aussie hard rock, and is also another wonder of the internet age, having been recorded by band members based in Melbourne, Sydney and Prague.
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sleepmakeswaves – …and so we destroyed everything
Two decades after Australian instrumental post-rock gods, Dirty Three, commenced their trail blazing career, it seems as if instrumental music is finally gaining some momentum in this country as audiences re-awaken to the fact that vocals are not an essential gateway to musical accessibility and emotional engagement. In 2012, there were a number of interesting Australian instrumental releases, including from Kettlespider, Dumbsaint, and the Dirty Three themselves. However, of all the Australian bands now trying their hand at instrumental music, the one with the greatest resonance appears to be post-rockers sleepmakeswaves, who in 2012 issued a United States release of their Australian Record Industry Association Awards nominated debut album, …and so we destroyed everything. Consisting of four members only, sleepmakeswaves create surprisingly dense and layered soundscapes that are padded with electronics and suggestive of a larger complement of instruments, and evoke brightly vivid imagery such that the music has, at times, somewhat of a cinematic soundtrack quality…in a very good way! Furthermore, like most post-rock albums, …and so we destroyed everything relies heavily on build ups and starkly varied dynamics as a means by which to stimulate interest within the listener. However, the reasons, perhaps, why this album has such broad appeal are firstly that there is a noticeable Australian heavy progressive rock influence on the sleepmakeswaves sound, and secondly, that unlike many of the post-rock bands out there, sleepmakeswaves produce music that is wholly unpretentious. To the contrary, it is generally upbeat, rarely repetitive, produced well, and feels like a genuine attempt to create emotionally involving music, rather than an exercise in demonstrating how much more musically enlightened and intellectual the band is than everyone else. Have no doubt, sleepmakeswaves are a band on the move, and are a shining example of just how rocking and engaging instrumental music can be. – GS
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