The Bambi Kills – Lust.
Discovering new artists across Melbourne’s music scene is somewhat of a pastime. Often I don’t get to talk about the array of upcoming acts simply because the breadth and depth of talent is overwhelming and it would literally take me away from writing about my other passions. But a few days ago, I was stopped dead in my tracks by a Melbourne duo called The Bambi Kills. If you’re a fan of both electronic pop and grungy undertones, you are definitely going to want to sink your teeth into their new single Lust.
I honestly don’t know much about The Bambi Kills except to say that sisters Vanessa and Elly both came from two separate Melbourne bands before deciding to join forces as a duo. Moreover, with a collection of apparently enough ready-made material, their debut album is hopefully not too far away. Can’t wait!
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over.
Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over is one of those songs that if you don’t seriously well-up every time you hear it song, you’re simply not human! The best version of this song, besides the studio album version on their self titled album Crowded House (1986), was recorded in their farewell tour that they played for the last time at the Sydney Opera House. I don’t think there was a dry eye in Sydney way back in November of 1996. More recently a few years ago they played it on the eve of their Aria Hall of Fame induction in 2016 (without the late Paul Hestor) on a webcast to the faithful. It is truly one of Neil Finn’s greatest penned songs.
Pearl Jam – Present Tense.
Back in 1996, Pearl Jam released their fourth studio album called No Code. It was an album that seemingly put off many of my friends. Personally, I loved it, and rate it highly as one of PJ’s best ever albums, as do most hardcore fans. Interestingly, many of my friends would come back to it years later with renewed enthusiasm!
At the time of its release, it was an album that moved as far away as possible from PJ’s album Ten with its moody experimentation. Like the Beatles, PJ showed that it was willing to grow and mature and try different musical arrangements. That said, the best song on the album, apart from standouts like Off He Goes, In My Tree and Red Mosquito, in my opinion is Present Tense. It is a wonderful song both lyrically (a lesson about living in the moment) and sonically with a standout performance from Mike McCready on lead guitar. But the unsung hero on this track I believe is arguably Jeff Ament on bass. On the studio version, I just love the climax of the song where Ament’s bass and Iron’s drums drive the rhythm section of the song and then suddenly almost disappear as the song subsides into its atmospheric conclusion. Anyway, more on No Code and Present Tense for another day but I’d like to leave you with a live performances of Present Tense that is always really fun to watch, especially when you find McCready and Vedder habitually in the zone. Enjoy!