Dark Blue Fairy


You know how sometimes past you is particularly free, so ends up booking a lot of things for "later", but to them "later" is just a vague concept which doesn't need to be thought about for a few months? I did that. This week was my "later" booking week. Somehow I managed to end up with 5 gigs and a voice exam on top of my regular schedule, all while trying to complete my miniature thesis and meta analysis. To say this week has been a roller coaster of ups and downs is a massive understatement. Thankfully I'm starting to come out of the opposite end of the craziness. I've played 4/5 gigs, I'm currently typing this on the train to my voice exam, one essay is 80% complete, and the other is in a detailed draft stage which will only take me a few hours to properly type up.

Jacket on

This is what I wore to the gig I had with Vanishing Shapes last night. We played at a venue called the Red Rattler for a thing called DEJA. It was a really really cool gig. there were 5 other bands that played, plus two installations and a limited run Zine called "Take it as you will" (unfortunately there are no contact/author details on the Zine, but should I find an internet place you can procure one I shall definitely link it)

I'm going to go ahead and do the link to music thing for all the bands we played with last night. They were all super good to listen to and watch :D

Zeitgeber: This duet consists of clarinet and a percussionist who plays one million things at once including but not limited to; a steel drum, finger piano thingy, didgeridoo, djembe, the tin can and several different maracary/shakery things. Their music is complicated in all the best ways, mixed with a certain ambiance that can only be achieved through ostinato development. Unfortunately they don't seem to have any formal recordings yet, but they are definitely a group to see live/keep watching.

Love No Scenery: This duet is so new that they don't yet have social media set up, but are another group to look out for. They two have a very riff based ambient sound, but sit towards the electronic side of music. The vocal delays mixed with a loop pedal created stunning harmonies mixed with steady, yet developing guitar ostinato made for a really unique atmosphere.

Hashshashin: These guys are a middle eastern inspired prog trio, and boy do they do it well! There sound is very lush, and has an unusual flair due to the places they draw their instrumentation and because the parts that would traditionally be played on guitar are not played on guitar (they're played on a tear drop shaped mandolin type instrument, which I can't remember the name of). They have a demo up on their Soundcloud, but it doesn't do them justice.

Andy Golledge Band: These guys are kind of folk, kind of country, and kind of fantastic. I loved their songwriting, I loved their energy and I loved the fact they (technically) had 5 guitars on stage. (they had one of those funky sit down slidey guitars, 3 acoustic and a bass guitar). Again, I couldn't find any recordings, but according to his website an EP has been started.

Deepsea Lights: I talked about these guys in my favourites post the other day. They are even better live than recorded (and they're pretty darn good recorded.) They're so chill, with all the best parts of experimental music. Everything was so thoughtfully put together, and despite the small technical difficulties they had in the beginning, their performance was flawless. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the end of their performance, but I'll definitely try to make it out/play some gigs with them in the future.


It's weird. The calmest I've felt this week was traveling to and from my gigs. Maybe it's the solitary aspect of that type of long travel, or maybe it's the music which I have on my ipod, (or maybe it's the anticipation I have about playing great music and a great venue with great people) Anyway, I'm going to cram my general knowledge for my voice exam so that I don't feel like a dunce.

Cool music Jen has Downloaded in the past 24 hours (and where she found said cool music!)

wpid-pict_20150407_165015.jpg I found a really really cool website last night called Underground Music FM*. Basically it's like spotify but the artist controls everything about their music. (As far as pay goes, it's run on a tip based service, but I ended up buying the music I liked anyway) It's also free to listen to (which is a bit awesome!)


So, in no particular order, here is the best music I found on Underground Music FM!

1) Best Witches: These guys are just the right amount of punky/ hard/ whatever genera the kids are calling it these days. They're Chicago based (which means I'll probably never see them live - boo) and super awesome. From their recordings they seem to have a teeny tiny bit of a driftless pony club vibe. You can check them out here: https://bestwitches.bandcamp.com/

2) Dawn and Mara: This duet is comprised of two awesome multi instrumentalists. Everything about their sound is delightful, and just complex enough. They are a bit folky and a bit alternative (aka, one of my fave combinations) and their album Teaspoons and Tablespoons is brilliantly written and mixed. You can check them out here: https://dawnandmarra.bandcamp.com/


3) Susy Blue: Is a Melbourne based musician, and although she's described as a singer songwriter, that description doesn't do her justice. Her music is imaginative and beautiful. Again, she's another folky artist (can you see a trend yet?). I can't get enough of that folk yo! You can check her out here: http://susyblue.net/

4) Byron: These guys are a light prog rockish ensemble that hails from Romania. Their music is very very cool.(I'm having trouble describing them, so you should probably listen to them instead) https://byron.bandcamp.com/


5) Mega Gem: simply describe themselves as a 7 piece Orchestral pop punk band, and orchestral pop punk they are! (they have the following instruments in their band; Drums, Vocals, Lead Guitar, Banjo, Autoharp, Keytar, Bass, Trumpet, Glockenspeil) Their music is basically all the best bits of pop punk with none of the downfalls of the genera. More than that, their music is just plain fun. You can check them out here: https://megagemdenver.bandcamp.com/

6) Hotel Cinema: Now, I know I said that these were in no particular order, but I have saved the best music for last. These guys have a quirky sound, with dark brooding undertones. All of their music is beautifully written and orchestrated, to the point where I'd probably include them in my top 10 favourite bands of all time. You check them out here: https://hotelcinema.bandcamp.com/

That's it for the music I indulged in yesterday! I hope you enjoy these super rad musicians. I also suggest for my music friends to get your music onto this platform. It's still pretty small, which means everyone has a chance to be heard!


* I doubt this really needs saying (because I'm still a teeny tiny fashion blog) but this is not a sponsored post. I just get hella excited when I find music platforms willing to show me super cool underground music and artistsĀ  that normally get lost in the noise of the internet.