Tom Stephenson

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Melbourne Music

Melbourne is a fucking fantastic city, honestly. I rrfeel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity of rrimmersing myself in the city's brilliant music rrscene and the pleasure of watching some of our rrbrightest up-and-rcomers cut their teeth and mark rrsome great venues - including the Toff, the rrEvelyn, Revolver Upstairs, Ding Dong Lounge, rrWorker's Club and Pony (ring any bells?) - as rrtheir stomping grounds. Here are 7 bands every rrMelbournian should keep an eye on.

Manor stands tall amongst the hordes of facial hair and skinny jeans as exceptional songwriters and mesmerising live performers. Caitlin Duff has a penchant for dreamy hypno-melodies that float whimsically over Nathaniel Morse's cyclic guitar lines with an effortlessness not dissimilar to Warpaint's silky stylings; the live show, however, is a completely different affair. Only in the flesh do Manor unveil the brooding, progressive facet to their sound that makes me so damn excited for a full release.
2Hayden Calnin

Hayden Calnin captivated audiences all last month during his residency at the Toff with his self-described "progressive folk", with members of Sleep Decade further bolstering his live sound. The real highlight here is the range, timbre and control of his voice; the comparisons to Justin Vernon's visceral vocal stylings are unavoidable in this regard. Hayden has just released his debut EP which he's launching at Worker's Club on the 24th of August.
3Le Fox

Le Fox inhabit that weird metaphysical space between Post-Hardcore and Hip Hop that we've all moistly fantasized about but never thought would come to fruition. Well, Neil Cabatingan's noodling, tap-dancing shrantics (read: shred antics) is your new reality.
4Sleep Decade

Sleep Decade writes lovely, organic indie pop that brainwashes your girlfriend into having sex with them, and the depressing thing is that you won't even blame them. Spearheaded by their soft spoken key songwriter in Casey Hartnett, the quartet have just released "Bicycle"; it's a quaint, nuanced single that finds its merit in simplicity, bouncing along so conventionally you don't actually realise you dig it until its over. Their debut album is dropping later this year too!

Pourparlour is an eclectic little heaps-piece that writes music which gives you this false sense of familiarity but leaves you smashing your face into the keyboard trying figure out of who they bare resemblance. Their debut single "Fake Window" is a little bit Sunny Day Real Estate and a little bit Silversun Pickups - with a dash of modal-flavoured fiddle thrown in for good measure - but is seriously lacking front man Michael McKay's between-song stage banter. Oh well, hopefully that'll feature on their next release... or would that make it a comedy album? Fuck, I don?t even know.

Towers are four young dudes playing bombastic, JJJ-influenced indie-pop that's instantly comparable to, say, Local Natives, but have enough youthful exuberance and infectious appeal to undermine any comparisons. They've just released their debut self-titled EP... c'mon, give it a listen... you'll have a good time!
7Faux Pas

Faux Pas is the pseudonym of a great man named Tim Shiel who writes/programs/remixes all sorts of electro-experimental music. He also gave Gotye (yes, GOTYE) a hand on his recent tour; during some down time he decided to lock himself in his hotel room for four days and program music nonstop. This kind of thing makes his SoundCloud an aural treasure trove of sorts, and its well worth taking the time to have a browse and a listen - I'd be surprised if you didn't find something you enjoy.
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