CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

November 2004

it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson

Lyceum


We only give the thumbs up and constructive criticism to the music that makes it to the lofty heights of Demo Of The Week - why be negative about someone's own style and taste in music? - so on the rare occasion that we say something that Johnny Rocker and the Rockouts may not like, it doesn't sit too well with us either. Onto Lyceum. This four-piece band, who formed in Sydney in mid-2004, got our attention with their catchy song 'Cellophane Sunshine' and before we read the accompanying bio we were thinking 'who does this guy sound like?' At first it was Wayne Connolly from the Welcome Mat and then maybe some mid-80s Swedish band like the Watermelon Men - no, hang on - it's England's Sea Urchins or The Stone Roses. It's that polite vocal over neat and pleasant pop music that the English can do so well (like their heart-tugging and feelgood movies - see Love, Actually and Bridget Jones's Diary). lyceum

Well, there you have it - one look at the bio and it tells us that band leader Neil Caesar hails from Liverpool, UK. Our only criticism is the actual bio: "Coming from the same city as the Beatles makes it difficult not to have melodies flowing through the veins". Um, that's a bit rich, we thinks. Like any town, Liverpool would have its fair share of crap bands but we understand that you have to put yourself up on a pedestal in your bio. All good players, Lyceum are a band who seem to know what they want to sound like and where they want to go.
contact: themusicoflyceum@hotmail.com

wadejackson



Our joint winner this week is Wade Jackson and he tills a similar vein of what we call 'polite pop'. Not sure where Wade hails from (update: Wade emails telling us he's from Sydney), but he has recorded four songs in his home studio, playing all the instruments and vocals. Something that we here at HAC have a soft spot for. And he gets full marks for everything - from the songwriting, drums, guitars and wonderful harmonies throughout. We like how he writes in the bio: "I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my heartache". And there's one song that goes 'tell my wife that I love her so'. Aw, cute. - ND
contact: wade@relayerrecords.com

other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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