Tag Archives: rough skies records

Premiere: FREE LIVE SPORTS – STAY GROUNDED (ROUGH SKIES RECORDS, 2021)

FREE LIVE SPORTS - STAY GROUNDED DIGITAL COVER

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Ben Salter

Today Lutruwita/Tasmania-based trio Free Live Sports releases Stay Grounded, its first ever set of recordings put to tape. Over nine tracks the group cannily cobble together a collection of rough-hewn hooks, rickety riffs and rattletrap rhythms that belie the majority of the group’s neophyte abilities. Prioritising instinct over technique, Stay Grounded showcases the group’s keen sense for sound and ethos of placing fun over fidelity to engaging results.  

Continue reading Premiere: FREE LIVE SPORTS – STAY GROUNDED (ROUGH SKIES RECORDS, 2021)

Premiere: JULIAN TEAKLE – NEW HOBART (ROUGH SKIES RECORDS, 2021)

Words: James Frostick and Julian Teakle
Artist image: Wil Moon
Cover art: Brendan Boucher

Julian Teakle of iconic Nipaluna/Hobart two-piece The Native Cats is pivoting from TNC’s signature throbbing bass-heavy post-punk sound on his brand-new solo album. Via his own interpretation of stripped-back (but still punk-influenced) jangle, New Hobart (out today via Rough Skies Records) sees Julian exorcising his frustrations with the more aggravating aspects of modern living, delicately balancing the airing of grievances with personal musings on mental health, perseverance and living without regrets. We’re extremely privileged to be giving the record its debut spin, which we are sharing alongside a Q&A with the artist himself. 

Continue reading Premiere: JULIAN TEAKLE – NEW HOBART (ROUGH SKIES RECORDS, 2021)

Video Premiere: DOLPHIN – ‘WINE’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Eden Meure
Cover art: Amber Perez-Wright

Today marks the release of If You’re Cold They’re Cold, the debut album from Tasmanian group Dolphin. To celebrate the release, the band (which is comprised of members of The Foxy Morons and Slag Queens) is sharing the visual accompaniment to lead single ‘Wine’ – a downcast lo-fi jam that hints at an inner unhappiness and the unhealthy coping mechanisms we often rely on to persevere. Continue reading Video Premiere: DOLPHIN – ‘WINE’

Premiere: CURED PINK – ‘THE NEW PUBLIC’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Josh Watson

Brisbane/Meanjin-born unconventional sonic outfit Cured Pink return with Current Climate – the first full-length album from the project in five years. Lead single ‘The New Public’ is a resonant and exhilarating listen, harnessing the outfit’s unbound ingenuity and knack for crafting singular sounds into something animated and engrossing. 

Continue reading Premiere: CURED PINK – ‘THE NEW PUBLIC’

Premiere: ALL THE WEATHERS – …FOR THE WORMS (ROUGH SKIES, 2019)

Words: James Frostick
Band Photo: Kim Walls

It’s a big day for Tasmanian trio All The Weathers. The exciting, electric and eclectic band is releasing its brand-new record ... For the Worms today through Rough Skies Records. The record is a lively and nuanced album of off-beat and rollicking art punk – urgent in parts, sombre in others. … For the Worms see’s the band make full use of each member’s talents – it showcases a musical versatility and creative knack for conveying sentiments in unique ways without lessening the impact of its message. 

Continue reading Premiere: ALL THE WEATHERS – …FOR THE WORMS (ROUGH SKIES, 2019)

Premiere: THE NATIVE CATS – SPIRO SCRATCH (ROUGH SKIES RECORDS, 2018)

Words: James Frostick
Image: Lou Conboy
Record art: Molly Dyson

A few months removed from the release of one of their most accomplished works (and a personal album-of-the-year contender) John Sharp Toro, The Native Cats are putting forth a new three-track 7” EP. Spiro Scratch is an epilogue of sorts; one that sees the acclaimed duo embarking on a new chapter with a clear sense of identity, unburdened by the demons that were exorcised in their still-resonant LP.

Continue reading Premiere: THE NATIVE CATS – SPIRO SCRATCH (ROUGH SKIES RECORDS, 2018)