TOUR NEWS: The Rubens, British India, The Cairos.

A few exciting announcements this week in upcoming shows for Spring:

Sydney band The Rubens are releasing their hotly anticipated debut in September, so what better time to go see them? The Rubens are headlining at gig at UOW Unibar on Thursday the 20th of September, supported by Bertie Blackman and New Gods. Click here for more details!  The band also released the video for new song ‘My Gun’ last week. Check it out here! 

Melbourne rockers British India are back! With the release of their latest song ‘I Can Make You Love Me’ the band are hitting the road again this spring, and have added a Wollongong show at The Patch, for Friday the 26th of October. Bright Yellow and The Owls will also be playing.

Tickets on sale now! 

You’ve probably heard their ever catchy tune ‘Shame’ being blasted all over Triple J this year. The Cairos are passing through Wollongong on Wednesday the 10th of October, and will be playing at UOW Unibar.  Tickets on sale now through the usual outlets.



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REVIEW: The Cairos + The Preachers + Rockets @ The Patch

Following the release of their six-track EP Colours Like Features, pop-indie four-piece The Cairos drew an intimate gathering of locals to The Patch on Wednesday night. Foregoing the dismal State of Origin that flickered on a TV near the bar, the Brisbane boys braved the NSW territory and joined their supporting acts on the first leg of their headlining launch tour.

After awkwardly greeting a rather cosy audience, Sydney band Rockets quickly altered the monotonous atmosphere with full, catchy and head-bopping guitar riffs. With a voice similar to The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, lead singer and guitarist Credo Jones gave an energetic performance, sporting a denim-on-denim ensemble that gave the impression that he’d just stepped out of the ’80s. Paired with his outrageously enthusiastic hair-swinging that almost knocked out his fellow guitarist, the band provided an entertaining opening and are definitely worth seeing live.

Due to a change in schedule, The Cairos clambered up on stage as supporting act The Preachers were missing half their band. Despite a few glitches, including a mischievous run-away foldback, the band performed with an enthusiasm that outdid the confines of the small venue.

Opening with Self Control, they jumped between a mix of old, new, upbeat and gentler tracks, proving that their live performance far surpasses the musical talent already evident on their EP. The youthful and lively stage presence was infectious; impossible to sit through without tapping a toe and singing along.

Continuing with new tracks Yeah No and pop anthem Shame, lead singer Alistar Richardson captivated the audience with flawless vocals that complimented the plucky guitars and walking bass line. Finishing on favourite We All Buy Stars, the Brisbane boys made it clear that they have much more in store for the Australian music scene.

By this time, The Preachers had retrieved all band members and took to the stage, crooning in a sultry manner that can only be described as old-school-slash-blues-slash-rock-and-roll. Featuring another denim-on-denim outfit, The Preachers danced, bopped and hopped in a way that left one feeling as though you were witnessing some sort of religious cult. Pairing tight guitar riffs with impressive and powerful harmonies, the band finished the night on a playful note, peering out into the remaining audience and asking “Can we go now?”

Catch The Cairos at more upcoming shows: http://www.songkick.com/artists/864093-cairos

TOUR NEWS: The Cairos

Brisbane band The Cairos will return to Wollongong in July, as part of a national EP launch tour.

The band, last in town as support to Bluejuice and currently touring with Deep Sea Arcade, will hit The Patch on July 4 with The Preachers and a local support. They’ll be launching their excellent new EP, ‘Colours Like Features.’

On their opening slot for Bluejuice in April, we praised their “quirky brand of indie-pop which draws from many points on the musical spectrum from 50s guitar-pop to 80s rock,” calling them “a band who clearly have an ear for a hook and an ability to craft a catchy tune.” Click to see the gallery and review from the Bluejuice gig.

Catch The Cairos in headline mode in July. More info.

REVIEW: Bluejuice, Loon Lake, The Cairos

(see our photo gallery here)

It looked like it would be another embarassing turnout for Wollongong music as Brisbane indie-pop quarter The Cairos took the stage. In a space like Waves Nightclub, a poor turnout is very noticable, and the 50-odd punters who were on hand for the opening set of the night awkwardly sat or stood around dancefloor area. The Cairos’ brand of quirky indie-pop draws from many points on the musical spectrum from 50s guitar-pop to 80s rock, this scattergun approach leaving their set feeling incoherent and unrefined. They do the loud-soft dynamic well, their default sound channelling Yves Klein Blue at points, and frontman Alistair has an excellent voice; but overall their lack of musical focus – coupled with an almost non-existent live presence – let down a band who clearly have an ear for a hook and an ability to craft a catchy tune.

Loon Lake kicked the crowd’s energy up a few gears in anticipation of the night’s headliners. The room had measurably filled during the set-change, with several hundred on hand for the hotly-tipped Melbourne rock’n’roll outfit. Bright, upbeat indiepop, their three-pronged guitar attack instantly produced a much fuller, more immediate vibe than their predecessors. Off-kilter, raucous and energetic, the five-piece blasted through a hugely entertaining set melding modern pop with 50s-influenced surf-rock jams and an attractively raw, unpolished vibe. In contrast to the introverted, almost sombre demeanour of The Cairos, it was clear that Loon Lake was enjoying themselves on stage, judging by the laughs and smiles between songs. Frontman Sam was warm, charismatic, and more than a little intoxicated, his gravelly and throaty vocals an interesting juxtaposition against their big, bright melodies. Dreamy and hazy at times, before dropping back into a more direct retro-pop, Triple J favourites and excellent set-closers ‘Bad To Me’ and ‘In The Summer’ finally coaxed the near-capacity crowd onto the dancefloor – and just in time for the headliners.

Coming out to the tune of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ (Friday the 13th was just hours away) and adorned in black cloaks and hoods, Bluejuice soon turned on the neon as the stabbing key chords of ‘Can’t Keep Up’ rang out and triggered an instant losing of shit from all assembled. With neon keyboards, glasses, guitars, wristbands and microphones, courtesy of some blacklights, the six-piece transformed the dark stage into a mass of light, colour, strobes and smoke. “We are inca warriors tonight,” Stav proclaimed as the upbeat ‘Recession’ gave way to a surprise early rendition of ‘Vitriol,’ which saw the dancefloor morph into a crowd-surfing, handclapping frenzy as frontman Jake waded into the crowd and was borne back to the stage on a sea of hands.

While the dual vocals and on-stage antics of Stav and Jake generate the “better video that on my iPhone so I can put it on Facebook later” moments of Bluejuice’s live show, it can’t be overlooked that the band are comprised of some very fine musicians; a drummer, bassist, keyboardist and guitarist form the backbone of the live sound, which transforms the polished and professional sound of their recorded work into something more energetic and infinitely more compelling live. This is especially true of latest album ‘Company’ (which this tour is in support of), a distinctly less energetic sound, a love letter to 80s radio pop. The mix of old favourites with new album tunes was excellent, the more serene synthpop of late meshing surprisingly well with the rawer, more high-energy oldies.

However, of course, it IS Jake and Stav that make this band. A true yin/yang contrast, Jake is the crowd-surfing, stage-diving, hip-gyrating, amplifier-climbing maniac, while Stav largely holds the fort behind the mic stand. It’s why they work so well, that the two play off each other and bring two completely different aspects to the show. During a zany, manic, rave-style ‘Medication,’ Jake was literally swallowed up by the crowd, much to the chagrin of flustered-looking stage hands who were looking to protect their microphones and equipment. Finishing up with ‘Head of The Hawk,’ ‘Shock’ and a rabid, singalong rendition of ‘Broken Leg,’ Bluejuice certainly showed once again that they are one of Australia’s finest live pop acts… and more pleasingly, actually managed to attract a decent crowd in Wollongong.

GALLERY: Bluejuice, Loon Lake, The Cairos @ Waves

Photos by Courtney Fry, 12/4/12

(See our review here)

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