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Live Gig Video: DMA’s cover Cher’s ‘Believe’ for triple j

By on Tuesday, 1st November 2016 at 4:00 pm

In case you somehow missed this in their history, hip Australian radio station triple j has an amazing feature bands take part when they come into the studio. It’s similar to what Clara Amfo does in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge – asking bands to cover a song – except that on triple j, the act can pretty much choose any song you want. (I have on good authority by a band who’s been in the Live Lounge that visitors to Radio 1 must choose their cover off a preapproved list of tunes, all of which have appeared recently on the UK singles chart.)

Taking that into account, triple j’s Like a Version is far, far superior, if only to offer a more accurate glimpse into what makes bands tick and what bands they love. Last week, Aussie alt-rockers DMA’s stopped in for their turn. Their year so far has been punctuated with high-profile appearances at SXSW 2016 and music festivals. But what might go down as their most memorable performance all year is this acoustic performance of Cher’s ‘Believe’. Taking a dance floor banger and turning into a softer, more introspective number wasn’t easy, and yet for a rock group of their calibre – and a versatile singer in Tommy O’Dell, who basically sounds like a choirboy in this piece – their cover was a complete success. Watch the performance below. For more on DMA’s on TGTF, go here.



Live Gig Video: Glass Animals cover Kanye West’s ‘Love Lockdown’ for triple j

By on Friday, 4th April 2014 at 4:00 pm

Even if you hate Kanye West, I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised by this. Glass Animals are down under at the moment, and they decided to rearrange and redo Kanye’s ‘Love Lockdown’ when asked by national Aussie radio station triple j to play a cover for their Like a Version ongoing cover series.

White boy got groove. Watch it below.



(Valentine’s Day Special!) Live Gig Video: Divine Fits cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’ for triplej

By on Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 4:00 pm

As part of their ongoing Like a Version series, influential Australian radio station triplej just had supergroup Divine Fits come into the studio last week and do this live, pretty much acoustic (the drummer is playing a book, literally!) cover version of the Boss‘s ‘Hungry Heart’ on Tom and Alex’s breakfast show, with Spoon’s Britt Daniel taking over vocal duties. Watch the very cool performance from down under below.

Tom and Alex emceed the the triplej unearthed ARIA Week showcase at Oxford Art Factory back in November when I was in Sydney. (Read all about that here.)



Live Gig Video: Dirty Projectors cover Usher’s ‘Climax’ for triplej

By on Friday, 25th January 2013 at 4:00 pm

As part of their ongoing Like a Version series, influential Australian radio station triplej just had Dirty Projectors come into the studio and do this live cover version of Usher’s ‘Climax’ on Tom and Alex’s breakfast show. Watch the surprising performance below.

Watching the video, it was surreal and a bit squeal-worthy to see Tom and Alex again, as they’d been right in my face during the triplej ARIA Week showcase at Oxford Art Factory back in November when I was in Sydney. (Read all about that here.)



TGTF Does ARIA Week 2012: triple j unearthed Showcase at Oxford Art Factory featuring The Rubens, YesYou and Asta – 27th November 2012

By on Tuesday, 4th December 2012 at 4:00 pm

I am well familiar with triple j: it seems every year in January, right when festival season is in full swing in Oz, the best indie bands from all over go through the Aussie radio station’s hallowed doors for sessions and interviews. I already kind of guessed their importance like Radio1, but I was told by many an ARIA Week punter that if a band wants to be a success and make it out of Australia, they must have triple j’s support. In October 2011, triple j launched a sister station, available only digitally, called triple j unearthed, and as you can probably guess from the name, they are all about finding the best new up and coming bands. My second night of bands in Sydney were three acts that have all received the triple j unearthed stamp of approval. The night was emceed by triple j breakfast hosts Tom (pictured below) and Alex (pictured at top).

The first act up was Hobart, Tasmania’s Asta, aka Year 12 singer Asta Binnie, accompanied onstage by bespectacled DJ/producer Kel. (Cue thoughts of Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid of La Roux.) There was no way you could ever miss the blonde Asta in the outfit she chose that night: a black top, a faux jewel belt and exceedingly bright gold lame hot pants, which starkly contrasted her super red lipstick. With the hot pants, my initial thought was, oh no, not another Florence and the Machine! Thankfully though, Binnie doesn’t shriek like Welch, and maybe Welch has gotten less bashful and more comfortable in her role as frontwoman after two albums, but Binnie exhibited no inhibitions at all while she sang. And she plays guitar! Take that, Flo.

She must have been picked up by triple j unearthed very recently, as she commented that this was her first ever Sydney gig. (Consider that if you are not from the city, it’s the equivalent of a small town British band playing in London, or a small town American band playing in New York City.) In honour of the momentous occasion, she dedicated the song ‘It Starts with You’ to the audience, explaining she never would have gotten anywhere without triple j unearthed or the fans who listen to her on the radio. The tunes that closed out her short set, ‘I Need Answers’ and ‘Is Anyone Out There?’, highlighted that despite the teen image she projects in her clothes, lyrically, she’s at least trying to delve into deeper subjects.

Absent so far from my ARIA Week experience was strobe lighting, which was to come in the form of YesYou’s set. They’re a synth pop production duo from Brisbane, and evidently, they already have a lot of followers. They garnered massive cheers came from a cover of SBTRKT’s ‘Wildfire’, which saw their unnamed female singer invoking the blue eyed soul from deep within. But the loudest applause came with final song ‘Frivolous Life’, which featured a surprise live vocal appearance by Marcus Azon of established Sydney tropical dance band Jinja Safari. From what I’ve read, this duo rarely does live appearances, so I felt very lucky indeed to have been present for one of their rare live performances.

I learned about the Art Factory’s stage curtain the hard way – by getting clocked in the head with it when the curtain was closed while the stage was set up for the headliners The Rubens from a New South Wales village called Menangle, who I really didn’t take to. (Seriously though, is there a need for a curtain for a 600-capacity venue with a medium-sized stage? It’s not like there is going to be a super sophisticated lighting rig back there.) When it was time for them to go on stage, the curtains parted and I thought the girls next to us were going to lose it. The Rubens have a laddish vibe to them, which I suppose makes perfect sense for a guitar rock band, but I’ve probably heard – and passed over – too many UK guitar bands for not being unique enough. (The next night, I saw another rock band at another venue that I thought was head and shoulders much better, so stay tuned…)

Set opener ‘Best We Got’ uses Oasis-styley “lalalas”; ‘My Gun’ made me think of Noel’s ‘If I Had a Gun’. Those of you who know me personally know I usually stick it out down the front for the entirety of a show, even if I’m not a massive fan of all the bands playing that night. But by then, the venue was completely rammed and it didn’t seem right for me to be so close when there were kids in attendance who absolutely adored these guys.


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