Featured Song

Phantogram – When I’m Small

Phantogram are a duo out of Saratoga Springs, New York who formed in 2007 and never looked back. Their hit 2009 single ‘When I’m Small’ is this week’s ‘Featured Song’ here at SurfStitch. If you saw them at last weekend’s Splendour In The Grass festival, you know how dynamic and engaging the duo’s music can be, and ‘When I’m Small’ is a true appreciation of the amazing sounds they make.Phantogram2

The band are known to play a mix of genres. Whether it be trippy urban styled beats, or more electronic influenced, or even style completely unique to themselves, Phantogram are definitely a band to keep an eye on. The duo was originally named ‘Charlie Everywhere’ and it is profoundly evident they know how to attract audiences through their music. ‘When I’m Small’ is Track 2 on the bands 2009 album ‘Eyelid Movies’ and popularity for the song only continues to grow through to the current days of 2014. The attractive guitar riffs will have you hooked from the beginning, not to mention the amazing melodic singing tones of Sarah Barthel. The duo come together so well each time they perform, whether in the studio or not, and ‘When I’m Small’ signifies this creative musical relationship perfectly.

Originally starting off as school friends, members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have now grown the band to where they want it to be, touring internationally and playing some of the biggest shows of their careers. The song even featured in both a Gillette commercial in the United States, and also in the opening episode of MTV’s hit show ‘Skins’.

We hope you all enjoy this week’s Featured Song, ‘When I’m Small’ by New York duo ‘Phantogram.’ If you missed them over the weekend at Splendour in the Grass, the track is available for download through iTunes. If you want to learn more on Phantogram, visit their official website, or check out their Facebook page. Keep up to date with all new music information, featured tracks, artists and so much more here on the SurfStitch Blog!

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Splendour in the Grass 2014

Well ladies and gentlemen, time to face that devastating time of year yet again, as Splendour in the Grass has now concluded for 2014, and thus will not be returning for around 365 painful long days. This past weekend saw thousands upon thousands of festival goers hit the North Byron Parklands in Northern New South Wales for an unbelievable time of watching live acts, making new friends, doing it rough camping and everything else in between. Nicknamed Australia’s Coachella, Splendour in the Grass provides people with a two day, three night excuse for good times and of course great music.Splendour4Splendour7

The festival defied the laws of nature, flushing any rumours of rain down the pipes as the sunshine continued over almost the entire event. Splendour in the Grass sees so many performers that there is truly something for everyone’s ears. From the rock set of Interpol, to hip hop artists and even electronic atmospheres, Splendour in the Grass has something for everyone. Though a few minor pull outs from London Grammar and Two Door Cinema Club changed the schedule last minute, things could not have gone smoother as Friday’s acts began with a boom. Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino impressed fans at his Sydney performance only days earlier, and Splendour crowds were eager to watch the young actor, director and now musician tear apart his hip hop set. Gambino delivered an amazing performance, now being headlined as the leader of new age rap. If you are curious of where you have seen that face before, Glover stars in the hit comedy sitcom, Community.

It was the much anticipated performance of Outkast, however, who headlined the first night on Friday, which continues to see people talking. The awesome combination of Andre 3000 and Big Boi took to the stage and raised crowds to a new level, playing a mix of both new and older hits. From ‘Ms Jackson’ to ‘Roses’ they kept the huge audience partying for close to two hours, not missing a beat and putting to rest any rumours of an average performance earlier this year at the Coachella festival in the United States. After Friday’s performance, it’s safe to say Outkast have boosted their fans even further, with nothing but great reviews from everyone involved, some even claiming Outkast to be the stand-out performance of the 2014 festival. Splendour in the Grass saw the recently reunited group play the only show in Australia, with people calling it a ‘once in a lifetime’ performance.Splendour5Splendour6

After a night of camping and partying to Outkast, festival goers awoke on Saturday for Day 2 of Splendour in the Grass. Saturday’s line up saw many popular names hitting stages all over the festival grounds. Australian up and comers Sticky Fingers showed their new musical talents, as well as the sounds of Little May. Bigger names that graced Saturday’s stages included Violent Soho, 360, the Jezabels, Foals and City and Colour, all putting on incredible sets and engaging with the the large crowds. Foals were said to almost steal the show from Friday night’s Outkast performance as their set was simply incredible.

As well as being there to see all your favourite artists play sets, Splendour in the Grass has so much more than music. Arts and crafts are abundantly present, as well as chill out zones, mini shopping stalls, foods of all types, and huge inflatable items, one being Lionel Richies famous head, just for something different. An Armish community was even present at the event, building barn doors and hanging out washing, which keeps us all thinking… what’s next?!splendour3

The toll of Splendour In The Grass started to show on some people by the time Sunday morning rolled around, with exhaustion levels being clearly evident on some patrons faces. To others, a quick shower and the remainder of the clean clothes supply was enough to get excited for the final day of the famous festival. Sunday’s line-up included Hilltop Hoods, First Aid Kit, Foster the people and the amazing Lily Allen, not to mention everyone else in between. Though clearly tired, the crowds did not stop their explosive party behaviour, dancing and loving every second of each set.

Lily Allen closed the festival as everyone joined together to say goodbye to Splendour in the Grass for another year on Sunday night. It’s always a sad time when a festival comes to an end, especially when it’s Splendour. Lily, much like every other artist did not disappoint, closing the 2014 festival with a bang. Her voice and performances are simply amazing, and with the inclusion of a Byron Bay/hippie style dress and outfit, it all came together just perfectly.Splendour9

In all, there are too many artists to mention as all played such great sets, hence why they are invited to the Splendour in the first place. Whether it was the performances from Rufus, Ball Park Music, Art vs. Science or the bigger names like Outkast and Lily Allen, the festival never fails to put on a great atmosphere, keeping all festival goers coming back a year later to do it all again. Until then, its recovery time…

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If you were unable to attend Splendour In The Grass this year, you have close to a year to organise yourself. The great mix of camping, time with friends and some of the best music acts in the world makes for an unbeatable weekend and is an event that is highly recommended. For more information and to keep up to date on next year’s event, check the official Splendour In The Grass website, or stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog.

*Imagery by Mark Metcalfe & Unknown

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Modern Baseball – You’re Going To Miss It All

Modern Baseball’s ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ is an amazing mix of indie-rock and it is with great excitement that the 2014 album takes ‘Album of the Week’ here at SurfStitch. If you’ve heard some of their earlier stuff, you’ll know exactly what we mean by mix of indie-rock and other music styles. The album features anything from slow tempos to faster indie-punk music, while still throwing in other surprises here and there, making ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ such an exciting album. Released on February 17th this year, the album is only the second full recording album by the four young college students from Philadelphia. It hit #97 on the Billboard 200 and its indie-punk sounds continue to reach new audiences all over the world, with Modern Baseball playing a huge European tour later this year to simply meet demand. ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ features 12 different tracks, all with their own feel, helping ensure something for everyone.

Though the captivating rhythms, catchy chorus and matching drum beats might initially be attractive aspects to continue listening, the deep lyrical meanings hold strong value for most, reminding listeners of life during their 20′s, or getting others ready for these years if the audience is a little younger. A time when relationships are coming and going for some, new responsibilities in life are expected and new opportunities and changes hit life everyday. Modern Baseball have once again been clever in mixing the good times with the emotional roller-coaster that is these years in life, with younger audiences relating directly, and older audiences reminiscing on these times in their own life.

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‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ is a great album full stop. It’s one you can put on, listen to from start to end and manage to not skip one single track. Modern Baseball seem have taken influences from many different bands and musicians, combining them all for an awesome combination that is their own. Some of the faster tunes hold strong similarities to older Blink 182 music, while the slower tracks sound a little like Kings Of Leon or Weezer, although still remaining completely unique.

A language warning is recommended for this album. Although not in every song, there are a few words some may find offensive that slip through the cracks. Enjoy Track 4 from ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’,  called ‘Apartment.’

If you like the new sounds from Modern Baseball, you are not alone. ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ is available on iTunes, Vinyl and CD for your listening convenience. For more information on Modern Baseball, check them out on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. If you are lucky enough to be travelling to Europe later in the year, be sure to check out their tour dates so you can catch plenty of the hit tracks off ‘You’re Going To Miss It All’ live in person!

Enjoy the music and be sure to keep up to date with everything else here on the SurfStitch Blog

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FEATURED SONG

MODEST MOUSE – FLOAT ON

Like indie rock music with a catchy tune? What about some fun lyrics and great use of instruments? If these aspects are right up your alley, then look no further. This week, it’s Modest Mouse’s ‘Float On’ that takes our Featured Song, and if you haven’t heard it before, you are in for a treat. The track is a main driving factor in the success of their 2004 album ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ with ‘Float On’ being rated as one of the best songs of the year, worldwide. This brought unheard of audiences to the Modest Mouse scene, who originally were quite a specified fan base.
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A mix of their own indie sounds, ‘Float On’ has put Modest Mouse on the official map and has itself, been very successful. The track got all the way to #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Charts, and was played almost on repeat on MTV when music was their main focus. While the song is catchy and really engaging, the humorous lyrics can often be forgotten. Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock sings these in his quirky upward tone, a prime example being “a fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam, It was worth it just to learn some sleight-of-hand.’

‘Float On’ is not only a headline song for Modest Mouse at every show, it has also been cemented as a great ‘Summer anthem’ for listeners all over the globe. If you are keen to get the positive vibes flowing, go no further than this amazing tune! Want more information on the band? Check out their official website here or have a scroll through their Facebook page! Be sure to keep up to date with everything music here on the SurfStitch Blog!

While we all patiently wait to see some of our favourite musicians and bands at Splendour In The Grass this coming weekend, be sure to check out this weeks Featured Song, ‘Float On’ by Modest Mouse below.

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

THE WAR ON DRUGS

Philadelphia based, 1970′s styled rock band ‘The War On Drugs’ have some great tunes, and that’s saying the least. Their new album ‘Lost In The Dream’ was released in only April this year and through its unique sounds, takes this weeks ‘Album Of The Week’ here at SurfStitch. Recorded and produced under the label ‘Secretly Canadian’, the 4 piece indie rock band took over 2 years to record the new album, and it will sure impress, debuting and ranking at #26 on the Billboard 200.

It’s the 3rd studio album for The War On Drugs, this time portraying the groups clear influences from Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and even a bit of Bob Dylan. Through constructive, raw lyricisms to the bands use of synthesizes, horns and ambient guitars, ‘Lost In The Dream’ differentiates from previous records as it also contains just one instrumental track, something listeners seem to find very appealing compared to the bands last release.thewarondrugs

Though their last album may have been appealed to few and far between, ‘Lost In A Dream’ is the complete opposite, already claiming to be one of the most exciting albums of 2014. The album consists of 10 tracks, all running close to over 6 minutes long, all telling a different story. One thing is for sure, this album is of true Americana style. Whether you are listening to the epic guitar solo’s, or the raw vocal talents of lead man Adam Granduciel, ‘Lost In The Dream’ will make you want to fly to the States, hire a Chevrolet, drive West to East and experience all the movie moments of the classic ‘American Dream.’

Check out ‘Eyes To The Wind’,  track 6 off ‘Lost In A Dream.’ The album is available on iTunes, CD and vinyl for all your musical wants and needs! Don’t have a record player? Not to worry we’ve got you covered! Check out all of our audio products and accessories! The sound of pin on vinyl is a sound simply unbeatable, especially when The War On Drugs are gracing your eardrums.

For more information on ‘The War on Drugs’ check them out on Facebook or their official band page! Be sure to stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog for all the latest featured albums, artists and news!

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FEATURED SONG

RISE AGAINST – I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE ANYMORE

Rise Against. What more is there to say? The American alternative band play some of the best punk rock music in the business, and its their track ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ from their latest album ‘ The Black Market’ that takes this weeks ‘Featured Song’. The groups music brings back the 90′s and 2000′s real punk rock sounds, you know… before all that screaming hardcore music and songs about girls saturated the industry. While the band continue to have little hints of political views influenced through their lyrics, ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ also tells listeners a story.

“Rise Against has always been a political band, but also a personal band,” says lead singer Tim McIlrath. “We’ve always had songs that have a foot in both worlds. This album is a lot more introspective to me.”

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While Rise Against continue to grace us with more music, they are also cementing themselves further in modern day punk rock. The Chicago band might have influences from other earlier punk bands including Bad Religion, Thrice and Millencolin, though nowadays have completely made their own sounds and rhythmic styles, something that shows the Rise Against’s true colours. You can almost picture ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore’ in a surf or skate movie from the early 2000′s, when punk music was the main soundtrack for many surfers and skateboarders and VHS was the only viewing option.

Enjoy ‘I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore,’ this weeks ‘Featured Song’ from Chicago punk band ‘Rise Against’ below! Remember to also stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog for weekly music updates!

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

GOAT – WORLD MUSIC

Swedish group ‘Goat’ and their 2012 album ‘World Music’ take this weeks “Album Of The Week’ here at SurfStitch. While their music seems like something you may have heard before, the group are certainly something different from your usual alternative setup. The band originate from the small village of Korpilombolo in Sweden, though are based currently in Gothenburg. The small village is said to have a heap of history involving witch doctors and voodoo, and some say these aspects have influenced the way Goat write and play their music. True or not, it’s an interesting background story on how ‘World Music’ may have been influenced and written.

‘World Music’ ironically features a variety of different music styles. From psychedelic rhythms to strong rock and even a bit of tribal repetitive funk, Goat’s musical talents, mixed with raw vocals are certainly a killer combination. The fun atmosphere in the leading tracks certainly cannot be ignored. ‘Disco Fever’ is track 4 off ‘World Music’, and seems to take after some key psych-rock sounds of the 1960′s. Perhaps influenced by the memorising keyboard sounds of The Doors, Goat manage to throw their own spin on the music, making the listener feel familiar, yet completely new to their unique sounds.  Their own individual take on the different styles of music is what make the group so interesting and hey lets face it, the voodoo costumes are pretty cool too!

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‘World Music’ was released in August 2012 under Rocket Recordings and Standerd Rekords. It was noted by ‘The Guardian’ to be one of the best album’s of 2012, and although a big call, you’ll soon understand where they are coming from. When asked about the name of the Album, band member Christian Johansson said  ”The title World Music was chosen because we believe we play ‘world music,’ and that’s what we think everyone plays.”

The group have started to play to huge audiences at some of the worlds biggest festivals and venues, including Coachella and the Glastonbury Festival. With huge success from World Music, the band will release their new album ‘Commune’ this September which has us all at SurfStitch very excited!

Like the sounds of Goat? Check out the exclusive clip from SurfStitch and Dion Agius entitled ‘Sliced (Pudding)‘ as the Swedish group feature their track ‘Let It Bleed’ in the opening montage. Until then, check out the awesome psychedelic sounds of , Track 4 of this weeks ‘Album Of The Week’, ‘World Music’ from Goat. For further information on swedish group ‘Goat’, check out their website or Facebook. We hope to see them in Australia very soon!

Stay up to date on all things music including Featured Songs and Album Of The Week here on the SurfStitch Blog!

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Featured Song

ART VS SCIENCE – CREATE/DESTROY

This week our featured song goes to Sydney based group ‘Art Vs. Science’ and their 2014 hit track ‘Create/Destroy’. The 3 piece band were formed in 2008 and are known now worldwide for their electronic, dance and rock styles, with ‘Create/Destroy’ touching on all of these and becoming music to your ears, literally. The track is named after their newly released E.P. also called ‘Create/Destroy.’avs1

The energy evident in the ‘Create/Destroy’ track is similar to the early workings of the group. Combining an electric feel with a mix of guitars, attractive drum beats and vocal talent are all significant pieces that help make this song so special. The upbeat sounds, combined with lyrics that seem to talk to you, are further in depth aspects that make this song so unique and appealing.  The key lyrical content includes repeated lines of ‘Work together to destroy, make it something beautiful’ that indeed prove something hard to not enjoy and nod your head to. The entire E.P. unbelievably seems to follow suit with this same characteristic, leaving listeners wanting more and more from the group.

Regardless of having a 2 year hiatus, Art vs. Science are back and seem stronger and more musically driven than ever before. If you haven’t heard Art vs. Science before and this sounds like your musical cup of tea, be sure to check them out. The group will be playing the amazing festival ‘Splendour In The Grass’ starting later this month and if you are attending, be sure not to miss them.

In need of extra motivation? Check out ‘Create/Destroy’ by Art vs. Science below! For more information on the band, check out their Facebook page or their website. Stay tuned here on the SurfStitch Blog for the latest in music news and feature albums and artists!

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK

BALL PARK MUSIC – PUDDINGHEAD

It’s that time again! Brisbane 5 piece indie pop band Ball Park Music and their newly released album ‘Puddinghead’ take this weeks ‘Album Of The Week.’ Since forming in 2008, Ball Park Music have created so much hype it’s almost a joke, with fan groups from all demographics supporting the great tunes the young indie band provide. This is the groups third studio album in only 2 years, with their improvements in every aspect being phenomenal. Whether in the form of production, lyrics or instrumental talents, its evident the group are growing at a fast rate, something we are all very excited about.

From slower rhythms to more upbeat tunes and vibrancies, ‘Puddinghead’ has something for everyone. The album features some amazing guitar riffs and seems to tell life how it is, with a heap of fun and unique personality thrown in to make it their own.

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In 2013, the group decided to really put their heads down and work solidly on the album, much different to their other releases which were written on and between tours. Boy did it pay off. Since dropping in April this year, ’Puddinghead’ has furthered Ball Park Music’s success enormously, rating at #2 on the Australian charts and only 22 copies from taking #1. Good effort right? To make things even sweeter, the band wrote, recorded and produced the entire 11 track album.

As the groups popularity continues to grow, so to do their fan base and radio play. You may have heard their hit singles ‘Surrender’ and ‘All I Want Is You’, and though it may sound crazy, the new tracks from ‘Puddinghead’ simply take the cake. Don’t believe us? Take a listen to ‘Trippin’ The Light Fantastic’ below, one of the awesome tracks from Ball Park Music’s new album, ‘Puddinghead.’

Ball Park Music’s new album ‘Puddinghead’ is available on iTunes and CD. If by chance you are heading to the greatness that is ‘Splendour In The Grass’ this month, be sure to catch the bands live set, you’ll no doubt leave blown away. To learn more from the Brisbane band that is about to take the world by storm, check out their Facebook page. Stay tuned on the SurfStitch Blog as we bring you a new ‘Album of the Week’ every week, providing the best beats available to help out your weekend playlists!

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FEATURED SONG

ANGUS AND JULIA STONE – HEART BEATS SLOW

Siblings Angus and Julia Stone are an Australian folk and blues duo who have been taking the world by storm since forming in 2006. This week, the duo take our Featured Song, with their new track ‘Hearts Beat Slow.’ The track is our first taste of their upcoming self titled album release, and it has everyone extremely excited. Though they split and made solo albums for a short time, the awesome brother sister combination is back and ready to bless your ears once again.

‘Hearts Beat Slow’ is of faster rhythms than the usual slow, soft, mellow sounds the duo usually release. Compared to their previous sounds, this track is uplifting and uses a lot more instrumentation and cool melodies, allowing the pair to demonstrate their unique singing styles when making such distinctive music.

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Angus and Julia Stone will be touring Australia for 8 epic shows, starting September 12th in Adelaide. To learn more about the Australian brother and sister duo, check out their website. ‘Hearts Beat Slow’ is available on iTunes and CD, as well as their new album scheduled to be released August 1st, 2014. Unable to wait? We know the feeling! Check out this weeks ‘Featured Song’ below!

Happy Tuesday!

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