AU review

Featuring Jackson McLaren, House of Laurence, Them Bruins, Dancing Heals, Grizzly Jim Lawrie and DJ Sets
Date :
Thursday, September 5
Doors :
08:00 pm
Venue :
351 Brunswick Street
FITZROY
Victoria 3065
Tickets :
  • $ 10 (General Admission)



To celebrate their fifth birthday, the AU review has put together a run of concerts around the country that each showcase five bands who help represent the last five years of Australian music - from the latest up-and-comers to bands we've been supporting since the website began. Today we're proud to announce the lineup for our Melbourne event, which will be held once again at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy.

Our 4th Birthday event last year at The Evelyn saw The Woo Hoo Revue, The ReChords, Dan Webb, Alpine (DJ Set), MC Cash Savage, Martin Cilia and more take over the venue for a 50s/60s night of Rockabilly. This year we will once again be showcasing five bands who represent the eclectic Melbourne live music scene, though we'll be leaning much more into the modern "rock" categories.

Performing at the Melbourne event on September 5th, in no particular order will be:

THEM BRUINS

Born out back of a sweltering tin shed in Brunswick to take rock'n roll back by the horns, Them Bruins have unleashed their turbo-charged hooks onto an unsuspecting public. If Peter Garrett fronted Nirvana during their In Utero years, Them Bruins would be the sweat mopped off the floorboards and left to ferment in the bucket backstage.

After sharing the stage with the latest crop of Australian rock royalty like Children Collide, The Growl, SixFtHick and Calling All Cars, Them Bruins have released their first EP (God Bless Them Bruins, out now via Gaga Digital) and had their single ‘Black Widow’ spun on triple j.

HOUSE OF LAURENCE

House of Laurence are a four piece band from Melbourne playing their own brand of psychedelic music; from ambient blissful soundscapes to full fuzz rock. With influences from Pink Floyd to Jeff Buckly to Ravi Shankar, the band is embarking on a journey born of energy which drives haunting harmonies and speaks of youth and freedom.

Throwing the need for a front man out the window, House of Laurence have shown themselves to be a true collective in their wild and inquisitive live shows, and are playing the AU’s party before heading out to the Euro zone and showcasing their wares there.

GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE

Looking back at the past five years of the AU review, Eagle and the Worm have undeniably been one of the backbone acts that the site can take pride in covering. We’re even prouder to announce that the Melbourne party will have the band's drummer Jim Lawrie playing under his solo guise of Grizzle Jim Lawrie, showcasing a signature style of sincere songwriting.

Lawrie’s solo project, featuring members of New Gods, Buckley Ward and The Toot Toot Toots, is a significant departure from his previous guises. Inspired by the sound of artists such as Bon Iver, Kurt Vile and Townes Van Zandt, he layers his songs with pianos, brass and guitars, creating a lush but subtle sound.

With his sophomore album in its planning stage, we couldn’t be more excited to see him preview tracks and play old favourites at our celebration.

JACKSON MCLAREN (SOLO)

Jackson Bard Mclaren was born well after many of the classic albums that first inspired him were released. His parents raised him in the small Victorian country town of Warrnambool on a steady diet consisting of the likes of Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. This musical baptism fuelled his early passion for music, and set him apart from most of the other kids in town who were more focused on footy than on music, poetry or literature. Jackson's 5 track EP Walk Along The Wire saw this young firebrand emerging as a singer-songwriter of rare talent, bring raw honesty and passion to accompany the tunes.

Jackson will be performing a special solo set for us as part of the night and we think you're all in for something special. Get there early though because he's going to be opening the show!

DANCING HEALS

Rounding out the announcement is Melbourne’s Dancing Heals; bringing a dash of Americana to the evening after an action packed, non-stop tour of the USA over 2012 including the CMJ Music Marathon and landing their first single ‘Out Of This’ on a month-long promo for the NBC show Parenthood and finally landing in Asheville, North Carolina to live the dream and craft their second album.

“Asheville, North Carolina,” says lead vocalist Jon-Lee Farrell. “Not to be confused with Nashville. We are not quite Nashville.” The hill town is home to a studio called Echo Mountain in a converted Methodist church. Band of Horses, Smashing Pumpkins and Justin Townes Earle have all recorded there. And so had the LA band Dawes, the “authentically vintage” (Rolling Stone, again) Laurel Canyon acolytes who we love.”

We first met the band in New York, and now they're back in Australia, bringing the vibrancy of Melbourne’s indie scene to the nation. We're thrilled that Dancing Heals will be closing out their single tour ‘You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Now’ with the AU review’s 5th birthday celebrations, before they no doubt continue to dominate around the world...


To celebrate their fifth birthday, the AU review has put together a run of concerts around the country that each showcase five bands who help represent the last five years of Australian music - from the latest up-and-comers to bands we've been supporting since the website began. Today we're proud to announce the lineup for our Melbourne event, which will be held once again at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy.

Our 4th Birthday event last year at The Evelyn saw The Woo Hoo Revue, The ReChords, Dan Webb, Alpine (DJ Set), MC Cash Savage, Martin Cilia and more take over the venue for a 50s/60s night of Rockabilly. This year we will once again be showcasing five bands who represent the eclectic Melbourne live music scene, though we'll be leaning much more into the modern "rock" categories.

Performing at the Melbourne event on September 5th, in no particular order will be:

THEM BRUINS

Born out back of a sweltering tin shed in Brunswick to take rock'n roll back by the horns, Them Bruins have unleashed their turbo-charged hooks onto an unsuspecting public. If Peter Garrett fronted Nirvana during their In Utero years, Them Bruins would be the sweat mopped off the floorboards and left to ferment in the bucket backstage.

After sharing the stage with the latest crop of Australian rock royalty like Children Collide, The Growl, SixFtHick and Calling All Cars, Them Bruins have released their first EP (God Bless Them Bruins, out now via Gaga Digital) and had their single ‘Black Widow’ spun on triple j.

HOUSE OF LAURENCE

House of Laurence are a four piece band from Melbourne playing their own brand of psychedelic music; from ambient blissful soundscapes to full fuzz rock. With influences from Pink Floyd to Jeff Buckly to Ravi Shankar, the band is embarking on a journey born of energy which drives haunting harmonies and speaks of youth and freedom.

Throwing the need for a front man out the window, House of Laurence have shown themselves to be a true collective in their wild and inquisitive live shows, and are playing the AU’s party before heading out to the Euro zone and showcasing their wares there.

GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE

Looking back at the past five years of the AU review, Eagle and the Worm have undeniably been one of the backbone acts that the site can take pride in covering. We’re even prouder to announce that the Melbourne party will have the band's drummer Jim Lawrie playing under his solo guise of Grizzle Jim Lawrie, showcasing a signature style of sincere songwriting.

Lawrie’s solo project, featuring members of New Gods, Buckley Ward and The Toot Toot Toots, is a significant departure from his previous guises. Inspired by the sound of artists such as Bon Iver, Kurt Vile and Townes Van Zandt, he layers his songs with pianos, brass and guitars, creating a lush but subtle sound.

With his sophomore album in its planning stage, we couldn’t be more excited to see him preview tracks and play old favourites at our celebration.

JACKSON MCLAREN (SOLO)

Jackson Bard Mclaren was born well after many of the classic albums that first inspired him were released. His parents raised him in the small Victorian country town of Warrnambool on a steady diet consisting of the likes of Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. This musical baptism fuelled his early passion for music, and set him apart from most of the other kids in town who were more focused on footy than on music, poetry or literature. Jackson's 5 track EP Walk Along The Wire saw this young firebrand emerging as a singer-songwriter of rare talent, bring raw honesty and passion to accompany the tunes.

Jackson will be performing a special solo set for us as part of the night and we think you're all in for something special. Get there early though because he's going to be opening the show!

DANCING HEALS

Rounding out the announcement is Melbourne’s Dancing Heals; bringing a dash of Americana to the evening after an action packed, non-stop tour of the USA over 2012 including the CMJ Music Marathon and landing their first single ‘Out Of This’ on a month-long promo for the NBC show Parenthood and finally landing in Asheville, North Carolina to live the dream and craft their second album.

“Asheville, North Carolina,” says lead vocalist Jon-Lee Farrell. “Not to be confused with Nashville. We are not quite Nashville.” The hill town is home to a studio called Echo Mountain in a converted Methodist church. Band of Horses, Smashing Pumpkins and Justin Townes Earle have all recorded there. And so had the LA band Dawes, the “authentically vintage” (Rolling Stone, again) Laurel Canyon acolytes who we love.”

We first met the band in New York, and now they're back in Australia, bringing the vibrancy of Melbourne’s indie scene to the nation. We're thrilled that Dancing Heals will be closing out their single tour ‘You Will Never Be Younger Than You Are Now’ with the AU review’s 5th birthday celebrations, before they no doubt continue to dominate around the world...
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