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‘China Shop’ is the latest single from Brisbane four-piece Montpelier. The song has some beautiful juxtaposition – soulful ‘oohs’ leading into a punchy melody, and an edgy guitar riff accents soft keys and accordion. Like most of their material it’s fairly laid back and atmospheric – an easy listen, though a little less catchy than their previous single ‘Last Boat’ released in January. It will be interesting to see how their album turns out!

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Forget everything you ever knew about Blame Ringo. After a line up change and a bit of a change in style, the boys are just about ready to take up residency at the Powerhouse for the month. Frontman Pete Kilroy explained walked us through what we can expect.

I hear there has been a line up change! Who is gone and who has come?

There has been! Tony from The Boat People is back, along with Greg and Andrew from Montpelier who are along for the ride too. Jack and Jessiah are have departed.

What’s the story behind the line up change?

Jack wants to spend this year concentrating on his football (he plays for the Lions reserves) and Jessiah is keen to further develop his solo stuff. Both departed with lots of animosity and we’re not longer speaking to either of them.

The overall style of Blame Ringo undergone a bit of a transformation as well – can you walk us through what’s different?

We want people to have a better time at our shows, so we’re upping the energy and channelling our guilty pop instincts. We’ve kinda hit the reset button on our music. Some people close to us have freaked out a bit, but we reckon change is as good as a holiday.

Are you nervous about how audiences will receive these changes?

Not really. If worst comes to worst we’ll get some good exercise dodging the rotten fruit people will throw. There’s always a silver lining to every cloud.

You’ll be releasing an EP at the end of this year – can you tell us a little about it?

It’s very different. That said, we think it’s the best stuff we’ve written. Bands always say that though, don’t they? I guess all we can guarantee is that all the tunes will be infectious and you’ll be able to comfortably put the EP on at a party.

You’re about to take up residency at the Powerhouse for June – what can we expect from these three shows?

The first thing anyone who’s seen us before will notice is that we won’t really be playing any of the old songs anymore. We’ve actually only got two tunes from the last set. We’re also trying to make the show a bit bigger. Bigger sound / bigger vibe / more depth to what we’re doing. It’s a bit of an experiment really, but the songs are there so we’re confident!

You’ll be playing at Unconvention over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend as well; are you excited about being part of this event?

We were very chilled until we found out Dan Kelly is going to be there. Pete has said he is going to dedicate every song to the great man. There will be a lot of gushing going on. It’s a great initiative though, so yes, we are excited to be a part of it.

What is your favourite thing about playing in Brisbane?

Everyone is friendly and the vibe is always relaxed. Kinda like the whole city in general!

What can the uninitiated expect from a Blame Ringo show?

Big harmonies, a fun vibe and Ross to wear brown clothes.

What does the future hold for Blame Ringo?

Depends how much fruit gets thrown in June. We’ll get back to you on that one!

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It’s been a slack start to the year for me (apologies!), but I’ve been at Sunset Sounds this week and have a lot to report back on! Stay tuned…. in the mean time, have a listen to local lads Montpelier and their latest single ‘Last Boat’. It has an absolutely amazing music video and is well worth a watch.

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If you’re looking for some new local music and don’t know where to start, try having a search on Bandcamp. It’s a great site that more and more bands are using to sell their music. Individual tracks or full EPs or albums can be posted and put at any cost (including free!) that the band would like. You can browse through artists or search by tags like location or genre….which brings us to the point of this post.

A Brisbane search will bring up a few pages of bands (some known and some unfamiliar names) from Brisbane. Likewise, you can do a search for a different city, state or country. Most of the music is pretty cheap when it’s not free, and it’s a great way to support independent artists. Need to recommendations on where to start?

  • Hunz is pretty much the king of Brisbane artists on Bandcamp, with practically all of his releases being able for download. You can also get some of his chip tunes stuff there too.
  • Alan Boyle’s ‘Oxygen’ EP is available for download for only $3 (or more if you like), which I think is a complete steal.
  • Massai’s latest release is available here – I think they’re mainly releasing this digitally so this is likely to be the only place people will be able to get this

There’s also a crapload of stuff from Montpelier, Ed Guglielmino and Blunt Instrument.

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