Thursday, December 11, 2014

CD Review: New Music From Australia's Own Lachlan Bryan And From The Red Paintings Along With Mishka Shubaly

First up from Australia comes the Americana/country artist Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes with their latest album "Black Coffee." The album has won numerous awards in his home country and looks to gather new fans of Bryan's music. The album starts off with the storied rocker "309" as the song builds with intensity. His voice is warm and tender on the acoustic "Big Fish," before things pick up for the honky-tonk guitar slinger "You, Me And The Blues." He brings a little gospel into his Americana world with "Dragging My Chain," while "The CEO Must Die" has you following Bryan's story with his comforting vocals as The Wildes lay the perfect backdrop of music. The album closes with the country blues of "Forty Days And Nights" as Bryan begins to draw similarities to Shawn Mullins. To find out more about Lachlan Bryan And The Wildes, please visit
Also coming from Australia is the debut album from alternative rockers The Red Paintings. The new release is titled "The Revolution Is Never Coming" and features the five-piece band joined by a 35-piece orchestra and a 22-piece choir to create a massive feel to their music. The thirteen-song album begins with the airy, ambient feel of "Vampires Are Chasing Me," before things pick up for the perfect classical/rock music combination of "Dead Children." The album takes you on a journey as The Red Paintings combine many different musical genres including the grunge of "Wasps" and the experimental heavy metal/classical music clash of "You're Not One Of Them." The highlights of the album is the nine-minute epic rocker "The Fall Of Rome" and the mainstream appeal of "Walls" combines the delicacy of Coldplay with the energy of Foo Fighters into a great piece of music. The album closes with the heavy drumming and progressive metal appeal of "The Revolution Is Never Coming." To find out more about The Red Paintings, please visit
Now, if you're looking for a country rebel, look no further then the latest album from Mishka Shubaly entitled "Coward's Path." His singing is a cross between Mojo Nixon and Tom Waits as he pulls no punches singing and writing about drugs, hookers and the blues of it all. The simplicity of "Your Stupid Dream" allows you to sing along to the depressive subject while drinking beer after beer. His song "Frankenstein Heart" is the very definition of "grunge" as the guitar just buzzes and bleeds along to the song's rhythm. He brings things together for the mainstream rocker "I Can't Remember When You Were Mine." He faces his demons with the poor man's blues of "Alcoholison," before closing with the final regrets of "Your Plus One At My Funeral." To find out more about Mishka Shubaly and his new album "Coward's Path," please visit

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