Friday Fresh Five #002 – Eilish Gilligan, BATTS, Mesa Cosa, Jesswar…

And we’re back at Friday for another week (though given the long weekend just gone by, we really haven’t had that much of a slog, right?) – below are five artists we’ve been listening to this week who have perked us up, gotten us keen for the weekend and excited for some special shows coming up.

A Melbourne-heavy round up this week before jaunting over to Wales, you say? Find out some more about the artists below.

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BATTS (Melbourne, VIC)

Tanya Batt has been working away on music out of Melbourne for a little while now and man, have the results been golden. Her first “Morals” was released to much praise and most recently, she’s backed it up with the excellent “Lie To Me”. Striking a balance between the electronic elements of her music and a captivating vocal, BATTS has drawn comparisons to The xx in the past, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

“Lie To Me” is an evocative and stunning listen – if you’re in Melbourne next month, definitely get to her launch gig.

Find out more about the artist HERE.

BATTS launches “Lie To Me” in Melbourne at The Workers Club on November 3rd, supported by The Peeks and Angie McMahon.

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EILISH GILLIGAN (Melbourne, VIC)

Gilligan is another name who has been on our radar for a little while now but it’s been evident that this has been her year to be making some impressive waves with her music on the local front. Her latest single “Here” has a gorgeous Bat For Lashes type feel around it and like BATTS above, her vocal is a highlight feature. There’s strength in vulnerability, and Gilligan’s way of putting emotional lyricism at the forefront as earnestly as she does is a joy to listen to.

Find out more about Eilish HERE.

Eilish supports Tanzer at The Grace Darling Hotel in Melbourne on November 2nd. She’s also set to play TEEF’s ‘Imperium In Imperio’ Melbourne Music Week showcase on November 11th.

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MESA COSA (Melbourne, VIC)

Switching speeds now, we head into some decidedly more punk territory with Mesa Cosa. They’re soon to be out on the road touring right up until the end of December so you have no excuse to be missing out on one hell of a party if you’re living on the east coast. Chaotic and tight, the music punches hard and you can just tell these guys would be down for all the good times. Get sucked in by the guitars, stick around for the hectic vocals.

No regrets.

 

Find out more about the band HERE.

Mesa Cosa hit the road on the ‘Spill Em’ All’ tour this month! Catch them at any of the venues below:

October 22nd | Gin Lane, BELGRAVE
October 27th | Greaser, BRISBANE
October 28th | Miami Shark Bar, GOLD COAST
October 29th | The Northern, BYRON BAY
November 5th | The Evelyn, MELBOURNE
November 19th | The Eastern, BALLARAT
November 26th | Riverfest, MORUYA
December 1st | The Phoenix, CANBERRA
December 2nd | Cambridge Warehouse, NEWCASTLE
December 3rd | Satch Fest (Secret Location), SYDNEY
December 30th | NYE On The Hill

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JESSWAR (Gold Coast, QLD)

This young hip hop artist comes reppin’ for the Sunshine State and has been making some solid music recently. Her EP Peachy dropped back in 2014 and since then, Jesswar has been making a name for herself as a dynamite live performer and the crowds have been responding as you’d expect. Certainly a confident vocalist, Jesswar’s material up on Soundcloud we’ve heard so far indicates that the artist has got a solid creative path in place for the new year – she’s got a new EP in Dreams coming out next month, so fingers crossed we see some more Jesswar around the country as a result.

Find out more about Jesswar HERE.

Jesswar launches her Dreams EP on November 18th at the Escape Bar & Club on Surfer’s Paradise, supported by Being Jane LaneMiss Blanks and G Elenil.

 

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Photo: Magdalena Lackowska
Photo: Magdalena Lackowska

BIRDCAGE (Wales)

Hailing from South Wales, the four piece have been crafting some great music encompassing shoegaze, alt-rock and pop with a decent dose of fuzz layered throughout. Melodic and buzzy, Birdcage’s latest single “You, My Heavy Star” has a 90’s vibe about it, predominantly in the vocals and guitar – pangs of nostalgia hit as Liam McConnachie takes the listener through the infectious chorus.

Lean into the noise and let it take over; the best way to approach this sorta sound.

Find out more about the band HERE.