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Give up your Health

At the Launch of Teeth & Tongue’s new Album ‘Give up your Health’.

‘Lead singer Jess Cornelius, an urban soul vocalist in the genre of Patti Smith, has a smooth rich voice that rides through intriguing electronic arrangements.’ MP

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‘Give Up on Your Health’ had its genesis in one rogue song. ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ that was originally recorded as an experimental track with a driving, arpeggiated synth sound, drawing on ’70s electronica. The label liked it so much they wanted a full album to go with it. So on the heels of a breakup, Cornelius retired to remote Iceland on a three-month Nes Artist Residency, which produced the heartbreaking ‘Small Towns’.

“We’ve got unavoidable contact. There’s always email and phone. I went as far away as I thought I could. You’re dying in the heat, I’m dying in the cold” – Small Towns

The rest of the album was written in Melbourne, where Cornelius brought the material to the band: guitarist Marc Regueiro-McKelvie, bassist Damian Sullivan and drummer James Harvey.

“I wanted to make an energetic dance-pop record, but with substance,the kind you’d put on when you’re driving down the highway, forgetting all the stressful stuff.” Cornelius

Alannah Woods our music reporter went to Remote Studios to review the album and interviewed the lead singer Jess Cornelius.

Your songs are quite different from each other, where do you get your inspiration? AW

“It’s usually stuff that’s going on ..a process of working out why I am feeling things”

Do you write the music? AW

“Sometimes;  I’ll bring a song to the band, just the lyrics, maybe a guitar bar, the structure and the melody, then sometimes the guys will write their own arrangements or I’ll write parts for them .. it’s a mixture. They definitely write, we just work it out.”

Who inspires you musically? AW 

“It changes so much … Lou Reed has always been a big one, songwriters like Nina Simone..”

Tell us about your albums? AW

“I’ve done 4 Albums, the first was just me but I got other people to play on it.For this one the four of us, not the keyboard player, have been together for a few years, we did the 3rd album together..it’s been a bit like adding people along the way”

So it was your original idea?

“Yeah I started out as a soloist.”

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The Verdict

‘What I love is that she takes every part of her life and turns it into a song, it doesn’t necessarily have to be depressing, there’s a genuine depth. Jess has a great sound that could be compared to jazz, very soulful ..” Alannah Woods

Jake Webb’s incredible vocal range

“A great vibe from everyone present.”

Melbourne Press sent musically (classical) trained, Alannah Woods to review Methyl Ethel at their sold out, album launch of OH INHUMAN SPECTACLE, at Shebeen. Woods will cringe and give poor ratings to bad tones and flat notes, in this instance she was enthralled.

‘The band made everyone feel so at ease, they chatted to the crowd and made jokes about sleeping on couches and befriending fans. They connected with their audience and made them part of the show, which kept it personal.

Lead singer, Jake Webb’s unique voice, has a great high register, that not many men can boast of. The tone was so clear and strong, I could have listened to it all night!

Each song varied, it was great to hear something new being played, rather than the same style over and over again, which tends to happen with some bands. Each song had its own style and mood.’

New Albums from the new Australian Cream

METHYL ETHEL

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Oh Inhuman Spectacle

Jake Webb established Methyl Ethel in 2013 as an outlet for his adventures in reverb soaked home recording. Built from the ground up in various bedrooms, friends’ studios and quiet caverns, the exceptional EP diptych Guts and Teeth were released in quick succession. The intricate tapestries of melody, dripping with lush eccentricity, ascended through the ether and airwaves with Brooklyn Vegan, Noisey, Indie Shuffle, Happy, FBi Radio, RRR and RTRFM amongst others all taking note. This year sees the band explore and hone their sound with their debut LP Oh Inhuman Spectacle.

SASKWATCH

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 Sorry I Let It Come Between Us

‘Starting as buskers outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne’

Shifting and sliding between guitar heavy pop, bluesy melancholy and soulful ballads, the new album offers an emotionally assertive voice matched equally in musical intricacies. The album itself was recorded over a month long period at Mt Slippery  an old silversmith warehouse, come recording studio on the outskirts of Philadelphia, America. It’s the studio of Dr Dog’s Scott McMicken and Nathan Sabatino, who together produced the album. Saskwatch have long been big fans of Dr Dog, both musically and in their work as producers, and relished at the chance to head overseas and work alongside them. The result is a raw, solemn and sparse collection of genre-jumping songs.

IMMIGRANT UNION

Anyway

ANYWAYImmigrant Union’s Anyway is a shift from previous recordings, moving away from the country end of the sound spectrum, they have approached their second album with a desire to produce a more layered, trippier sound. To achieve this elusive warmth, the band went to Brent’s hometown in Portland, Oregon and then to the bayside village of Altona.IMG_3189

Sound Engineer. Mat Robbins worked to create the magic of translation from live to album.

 Anyway had it US release in September 2014 through Musebox records and was followed up by an extensive 18-date North American tour.The album was released in Australia in late May this year.