Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Art Of Fighting

Emphasizing a pop of relaxed melodies and complex structure is the trademark sound of Sydney's Art of Fighting. Debuting in 1995 with the collaboration of Ollie Browne (guitar/vocals), Peggy Frew (bass/vocals) and Cameron Grant (drums), the band would spend the next three years gigging throughout Southeastern Australia as a three piece. After contributing to the Au-Go-Go Records compilation Wonder From A Quarter Acre, Half-A-Cow Records debuted their first mini-album The Very Strange Year in 1998. Guitarist/ trumpeter Miles Brown soon joined the Art of Fighting after the release of their second mini-album Empty Nights in 1999.

“Second Storey”, the band’s first UK release, was the follow-up to their 2001 debut album, “Wires”. Hailed as an instant classic, the band shifted from indie hopefuls to being one of Australia’s most talked-about bands, receiving regular radio and media attention and touring extensively with the likes of Stephen Malkmus, Mogwai, Cat Power and Josh Rouse.

Moving on from their delicately controlled sophomore album Second Storey, Melbourne quartet Art of Fighting return with their beautifully intuitive third, Runaways. Described by the band’s front man, Ollie Browne, as “open and relaxed”, the songs captured on Runaways are a mix of introspective [‘Sycamore & Sand’], playful, romantic, [‘Less than an Instant’] insightful [‘Distance as Virtue’] and brutally honest [‘Mysteries’]. “Second Storey was a very considered album,” Ollie recently told music website and magazine ‘Mess & Noise’. “We spent a lot of time arranging the parts and adding lots of textural overdubs and little extras.” “As a response we wanted this one to be far more impulsive, almost as if the songs were controlling us and not the other way ‘round.” Recommended!

Art Of Fighting - Eastbound

Art Of Fighting - Free You
Art Of Fighting @ MySpace

Supercar - Three Out Change!! !!!
Rovo - Sai (2006) !!!
Hauschka - Room To Expand (2007)
Panda Bear - Person Pitch (2007)
Cornelius - Sensuous (2006)
Electrelane - Axes
Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy (Demo)
Rob Zombie - Educated Horses
Weezer - Make Believe
Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
+ Metallica, Nirvana, Nickelback, Foo Fighters, The Hazies, etc.
The Mars Volta - De-Loused In The Comatorium
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
65daysofstatic - Bootlegs
Plus 44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating (2006)
Angels & Airwaves - We Don't Need To Whisper


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty sure "person pitch" is by Panda Bear...
Amazing post, much thanks

10:54 PM  
Blogger Ziggy said...

Yes of course, my mistake. Thanks.

12:22 AM  

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