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The Silverbeets

The Silverbeets are a 4 piece progressive indie band formed in 2014 that hails from Hobart, Tasmania (the small island state of Australia at the bottom end of the world).
This relative isolation has led to the crafting of an idiosyncratic sound that borrows from luminary rock acts like Pink Floyd, the Byrds, David Bowie, Radiohead, The Pixies, Queen and Simon & Garfunkel.
The band consist of Farnz Cordeaux (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals), Jamie Scott (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Nigel Hope (Bass) and Bill O’Brien (Drums).
The Silverbeets have released an EP, Purple Stems (Jan 2016) rated the 46th best release of 2016 by the NBTMusicRadio station which they followed up with a ripper cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s We’ve got a Groovy thing goin’ (Nov 2016). They are currently in the throws of releasing their first full length album, Stay Tuned (June 2018), an epic homage to the concept album.
As with most acts with multiple members their personal musical influences are varied. Ranging from King Crimson, through Stone Temple Pilots, Queen, Beethoven and just about everything else in between.
Album: Stay Tuned (2018)
Stay Tuned is the latest release by Australian act, The Silverbeets, and is their first full length album.
Prepare yourself to be taken on a journey. From the opening soundscape ‘All Cool People’ through to the last dying guitar notes of ‘Sunshine in a Glass of White Wine’, Stay Tuned evokes memories of a bygone era when radio was the shrine to which the avid listener came to worship. This is a nostalgic look backwards at how albums were once crafted as an entire piece to be cherished in one sitting like an 11 course meal, slowly savoured and fondly remembered after many years.
Stay Tuned flows and ebbs, taking the listener to places they weren’t expecting to find themselves. Employing the layered textures of multiple instruments that are never gratuitous, Stay Tuned weaves a web over the listener. The journey begins slowly through a laid back suburban soundscape instrumental piece before tempting and inviting us to get off the couch and start enjoying life through And I/You Thought, rather than being afraid of it, and then taking you away on a rollercoaster ride leading you through a Parisian Street Market complete with apropos accordion on the song Famous and Dandy. While employing elements of upbeat rock, the album is reflective and looks at life from a mature perspective as is displayed in Split Window Kombis which takes the listener through the internalisation of growing older and of not wanting to leave this earth, just yet.
But this is not a journey for the faint at heart. A tasteful pastiche of sound was employed in the making of this album; manic, expertly played drums dominate and drives The Calm Before the Super Solar Storm, a song for those with insomnia; while Wake Up & Realise is more melancholic and slow, allowing the lyrics to take centre stage, over layers of cello and guitars, before a cacophonic maelstrom is unleashed out of nowhere, taking the listener well out of their comfort zone.
The album ends like a choose your own adventure book. What better way to end a journey than to choose to sit back, while Watching the Sun disappear, with good friends, beers in hand ready for the final rays of light to peer over the horizon or you can choose to listen on bringing you continuing the aural experience with a strum of a harp among reversed guitar and affected synths before saying adieu with the sad reflection of waving goodbye to a lover with the beautifully titled Sunshine in a Glass of White Wine. But like a good book, a well-crafted album makes you want to just put the needle back on the first track of side 1 and start the journey all over again.
Influences abound in this album. There are references to Pink Floyd, The Byrds and David Bowie as well as modern contemporaries such as Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and Elbow. Yet, The Silverbeets have their own sound and approach to an old art form. As much as there is nostalgia on this album there is also a modern feel – a combination of old and new, the known and the unknown.
This is an album for music lovers. It is an album for those who love alternative music, and for those who may be looking for something outside of the mainstream. But mostly it is an album, not a collection of random songs thrown together.
Some listeners will not get this album, some will think it is brilliant and some may just enjoy a song or two and ignore the rest, but if Stay Tuned was to go unnoticed, the musical world will be poorer because of it.


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# (PST) Name length Rating Notes
1 9:00 All Cool People 02:48 3
2 9:02 And I/You Thought 06:37 4
3 9:09 Bureaucratic Philosophies 07:20 4
4 9:17 Famous and Dandy 05:27 4
5 9:22 Love Puzzle #10 05:10 4
6 9:27 Split Window Kombis (are the best) 07:03 4
7 9:34 The Calm before the Super Solar Storm 04:10 4
8 9:39 UBT 05:49 4
9 9:45 Wake Up & Realise 08:51 4
10 9:54 Watching the Sun 05:53 4
11 9:59 Sunshine in a Glass of White Wine 03:34 4

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Captain Ledge Band  

It’s a tale of a band that almost never happened – the Captain Ledge Band (the musical result of couple Cliff and Jeana Downing) is what happens when two folks simply won’t let their dreams fade. For one, after decades on the road supporting major rock acts on the bass guitar, Cliff suffered an athletic accident that crushed bones in his playing wrist; his bass was packed away for a long enough time to collect more than a few layers of dust. But soon after he met Jeana…and it wasn’t until after they were married that she the Captain Ledge Band picked up the mandolin, started to play, AND write songs, motivating Cliff to give the wrist another go and to dust off that old bass. Fast forward to today, and the Captain Ledge Band is developing a sort of progressive bluegrass sound that’s expanding out behind their home state of Oklahoma. The duo (with friends) have put out a couple records, but we sat down with the pair to discuss the latest album, Rumors of the Great White Skunk.
Cliff gave us all the details, stating that “‘Rumors’ was kind of interesting in that we didn’t realize the story the album told until after we had recorded all the songs for it. The songs on the album were written as we recorded them in most instances. We started discussing the tracking order and all the sudden we realized there was a story in it. It’s not like a book kind of story. It’s more of an emotional story so it makes it different for everyone that listens.” Click to http://captainledge.com/ to check out Rumors of the Great White Skunk and prepare for more music from the Captain Ledge Band – the group is already back in studio recording. But first, do keep reading. There’s so much more to get into in all the answers to the XXQs below.


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# (PT) Artist Name length Rating Notes
12 10:03 Captain Ledge Band Bucket Mouth 04:24 4 New song
13 10:08 Neil Taylor So Handsome I Could Die 03:30 4
14 10:11 W. Dire Wolff Summer Magic 05:20 4
15 10:17 Alan Garmonsway Waiting All Day 04:23 4
16 10:21 Dave Vargo Too Young To Be Broken 03:47 4
17 10:25 Forge The Rubicon Hey Girl 04:03 4
18 10:29 Russell Foisy On My Own In San Anton 03:21 4
19 10:33 Kim Smith Riddle 02:58 4
20 10:36 AirCrash Detectives Fly On The Wall 04:21 4
21 10:40 Our House, in The Woods, MN Help-Me 04:42 4 New song
22 10:45 Richard Gilbert Daybreak 04:03 4
23 10:49 Keith Morris & the Crooked Numbers Thousand Mile Stairs 04:23 4
24 10:53 Forge The Rubicon Reckless Heart 03:55 4 New song
25 10:57 Liz Fawcett New Times 04:21 4 New song
26 11:02 Velvet Starlings Borrowed Time 03:54 4 New song
27 11:06 All Taken Smells Like Mistakes 02:40 4 New song
28 11:09 Bob Rylett Cheeky Come Home 03:29 4
29 11:12 Bouncing Betty Why 04:19 4
30 11:17 Lovely is to the Bone Sunshine 03:12 4
31 11:20 Robert O'Connor No Second Chances 03:45 4 New song
32 11:24 The Refusers Playing With Fire 03:13 4 New song
33 11:27 TolbertToz HeartBeat 03:51 4
34 11:31 Axemaster Mystify the Dream Hypnotic 01:53 4
35 11:33 Templeton Galactic Rider 03:38 4
36 11:37 Joshua Rich Lead Me Home 04:52 4
37 11:41 Marshall Potts Take A Little Time 03:33 4
38 11:45 Jeremy Porter and The Tucos Avenues Are for Heroes 02:44 4
39 11:48 Booker Creed Pride 03:47 4
40 11:52 Dead Harvest How Do You Know 05:32 4
41 11:57 Söur Bruthers Better Days 04:46 4
42 12:02 WholeSpirit This Is Why Sparks Fly 04:57 4
43 12:07 Alessandro Bagagli What Have You Done 04:43 4
44 12:12 Cold California Mr. E 02:53 4
45 12:15 Darby Picnic Midnight Train 04:35 4
46 12:20 Dave Burks Love Letters in the Sand 03:21 4
47 12:23 Delta Savannah Lord & Lady The Blues 04:43 4
48 12:28 Desmond Grundy Food Chain 03:22 4
49 12:31 electric mud Black Dog 05:46 4
50 12:37 Eyeball Astral Projector 05:53 4
51 12:43 Jimena & Torbjorn Vagle Blue Moon 05:15 4
52 12:49 KDX Never Comin' Back 03:17 4
53 12:52 Lazuli Shoals Rosemary 02:06 4
54 12:54 Moaning Lisas Kick Me 04:11 4
55 12:58 Moaning Lisas Semantics 02:56 4
56 1:01 One River My Teacher 04:14 4
57 1:06 RedLight People 04:44 4
58 1:11 lori nebo take me to the water 04:34 4
59 1:15 EXTHIEVES Ruse 04:09 3
60 1:19 Wilson Daniels Whiskey Bride 03:49 3
61 1:23 Cliff Jordan THAT OLD FLAME 02:49 3 New song
62 1:26 Midnight Kahuna The Kokopelli Song 04:56 3 New song
63 1:31 The Nigel Purcell Trio Trouble up North 03:00 3 New song
64 1:34 Shadowperimeter Down 04:26 3
65 1:39 Royal Hunt Wishing Well Cast in Stone 06:10 3 New song
66 1:45 Change Under Death  Blind Eye  05:24 3
67 1:51 Garry Moore Runnin Got To Make 100 04:29 2
68 1:55 Marc Ceccotti Like all the beautiful things 04:22 2