Aussie Music Review with ROO

You & I

Jade Imagine

Ambient and floaty, yet driving with honeststory telling – a little bit retro.

Crooked Country

The Meltdown

A soulful track with great instrumentation, amazing horns and smooth backing vocals.



Driving, upbeat, rock with with aggressive vocals and a heavier chorus – a delightful blend.

Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?

San Cisco

Laid-back, yet upbeat with catchy hooks and a sing-along chorus.

Real Life Baby feat. Emmi

Cookin' On 3 Burners

Funky and groovy with tasty instrumentation and soulful vocals – a piping hot track.

As reviewed by ROO, May 2017.

As reviewed by ROO, May 2017.

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Aussie Music Review with ROO

Last Man Standing

The Long Johns

Banjo, sousaphone, strong and characterful vocals and atmosphere – this groovy EP has it all.

With the tracks Spooks, Bailshed, Pellets and Peas, Sparrows and Clubfooting, The Last Man Standing has a spooky, retro, western flavour, all it's own.


The Safety Of Life At Sea

With a celebratory atmosphere, the track New Orleans is jaunty, piano based rock with brass and woodwind to boot!

So In Control takes a slightly different approach with hints of The Beatles and Elton John. Take You Home brings the shuffle with a more laid back feel. Foxy’s Farm is a toe-tappin’ EP.

Roo is a music lover, music writer and member of the electric folk duo ROO.  When she isn’t on stage or in ‘The Dungeon’ (ROO’s affectionately named studio) she can be found in the crowd at Brisbane shows, talking to fellow music lovers over cups of tea or glued to her headphones.

You can find ROO + Roo’s Live Experience online.



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Ellie D Chats with The Peasant Moon

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it?

Peasant Moon is intimate, acoustic alt-country.  We write songs about darkness and disappointment - from obsession to rejection, revenge, gambling, love lost and the apocalypse. There's a tension between these stories and the lightness of our sound, which can be spare and melodic, grounded by acoustic guitar then lifted by glockenspiel, mandolin, and melodica. Harvey's vocals are reminiscent of Jay Farrar and even Levon Helm, while Josie adds delicate, sweet harmonies.  

Josie:  I remember when we were recording our debut EP, there were times I was singing so gently and close to the microphone it was as if I was whisper-singing straight into the listener's ears.  That's the level of intimacy we're talking about.

Harvey:  Our studio recordings also give us the opportunity to move beyond the duo format. Our most frequent collaborator is Aaron Langman on pedal steel – twang heaven - and we bring in a rhythm section for some songs too. 

Where do you write your songs and music?

Inspiration comes in different ways and at different times.  

Harvey:  For me, it’s often about seizing the moment when it comes along and effectively taming a busy mind.  That might mean remembering a melody which emerges while I’m out running or walking, or jotting down lyrics that come to mind on the train on the way to work…or even getting up in the middle of the night to capture an idea that appears out of the blue.  On (very!) rare occasions I’ll just be mucking around on guitar and lyrical melodies form naturally around a riff.  Sometimes they even work as a song!

I'm also a big people observer.  Sometimes it just takes a glance to imagine someone's backstory, other times the story falls in your lap! A few years ago I was sitting alone in a bar in the Lower East Side of NYC eating a meal before a gig (minding my own business of course) and the couple sitting next to me had a 'break up' conversation right there and then.  It wasn't heated, just a matter of fact acknowledgement of the need to part. 

That was the inspiration for the title track to our first EP Fading in the Light.

Where would you like your music heard?

We're trying to embrace the digital age of music.  While we love vinyl and live shows, to share our music with more people we also have to think about playlists and YouTube hits. 

So, we'd like our music heard on Spotify!  Follow us and listen up here. The dream is that people find our music online through a range of channels then seek out our shows when they can also enjoy the live experience.


When did you first realise you had an interest in becoming a singer songwriter?

Harvey:  As an early teenager I heard Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side on the radio one morning and was transfixed by the dark and beautiful character portrayals he was able to achieve so simply in a rock song: an amazing statement of art.  I quickly sought out the Velvet Underground and devoured what I could get my hands on (Sweet Jane blew my mind!) and…that was that.  I had zero songwriting ability. But I had a Fender Strat copy and was on my way to forming a band.  At the same time I was getting more and more inspired by Dylan’s early work.  That was great because even a novice can follow along to some of those folk songs and get their head around the chord structures.

Where do you see yourself in 2 years?

Great question as Peasant Moon is entering a new era where we aren't going to be based in the same city - we'll be split between Sydney and Chicago. 

Josie:  In two years, we will hopefully be physically closer again, but I think the distance is helping us be more deliberate and sharpen our focus. We're talking a lot about how to make the most of this time.  I'd also like to have improved my mandolin skills!

Harvey:  We'll be writing more songs and playing more shows in North America. In two years I'd like to have our debut album out, as well as expanded our audience from Australia to Canada and the USA.  I’d also hope to hone my songwriting and performing skills further.

Which would be your dream venue to perform at, and why?

Harvey: Probably the Ryman Theater in Nashville.  Feeling the history in the room and seeing some amazing performances at the Americana Music Awards there in 2015 left a real impression.  I also love the Mercury Lounge in New York City and have seen some incredibly intimate and energetic shows there – notably American Aquarium in 2014.

Josie:  Last year I saw Marlon Williams support Love Letters for Fire at Thalia Hall in Chicago. It is a glorious, decrepit old theatre.  There is literally paint peeling from the walls and opera boxes where you can peer down onto the stage and have your drinks delivered.  It has an amazing feel, so either there or a similarly crumbling building in Havana- like where Amanda Palmer shot this video:

I think there is unexpected beauty in age and neglect and our music would be right at home. 

Ellie D Chats with Celeste Kate

How would you describe your music to someone who's never heard it?

I would say my music is a cross between Kate Bush and Tori Amos meets Sarah McLachlan.  Most listeners I’ve spoken to say Bush is very prominent sounding in both my voice and my storytelling.  Others say I have the quirk and darkness of Amos and I mention Sarah Mclachlan because she was such a huge inspiration for me when I started taking song writing seriously.

If there's one thing you could change about the music industry, what would it be?

I think what bothers me the most about the Music Industry in Australia is the attitude of the general public and community towards music as a career, particularly in song writing.  What angered me in recent times was digesting Education Minister Simon Birmingham’s labelling of pursuing a career in the creative arts industry a “lifestyle choice”.   On so many levels this statement is insulting.  I could write an essay going into that alone.  Ultimately, when someone receives a service from an industry trade, ie) Hairdressing, plumbing, catering, decorating etc.. they pay for that service.  When a musician provides a service through performing their music they expect the same level of respect for providing that service in return.  With venue owners and Managers keeping costs down and paying their performers less than what they deserve they are not showing respect in this department.  I think we need to teach children in schools to support and watch locally.  We need to educate them from a young age that there is a whole big library of wonderfully creative and talented songwriters and musicians out there in their very communities that deserve to be heard.

Who would be your dream musician to support?

Kate Miller-Heidke.  Aside from being a talented trained Opera singer and exceptional Songwriter she is an incredible musician and performer.  I can relate to many of her songs and I never tire of seeing her live.

Where do you write your songs and music?

I often write on the train, particularly if I’m taking the Vline on a longer trip.  The outside scenery really helps clear my mind and the idea of travel is a nice way to feel inspired.  I’d love to say I write when I go on exciting vacations around the world but the reality is I do most of my lyric and music writing from my apartment at home sitting at my digital Piano.



When did you first realise you had an interest in becoming a singer songwriter?

When I was a teenager around the age of 13 I started composing little pieces and songs at my Piano (when I should’ve been spending that time practising for my AMEB Piano exams!)  I used to keep a journal filled with different poems and lyrics, some which I added chords and melodies to.  I was an introverted child predominantly but I found that writing music and song lyrics gave me the opportunity to have my say about the issues that I found were affecting me at the time.  In that sense, it enabled me to be myself comfortably.  I’ve always feel at home when writing a song.  It’s cathartic.

What's your purpose in releasing music?

I don’t write for the sake of writing. I write best when I have something to say.  Usually it’s inspired by an event and the event has left me feeling so emotionally spent in some form that the only way I can deal with it is to get it out on paper and into a recording.  My purpose in releasing music is the same as my purpose in writing it.  I write music to help myself and in turn hopefully help others.  I believe we all share similar emotional experiences and I like for my listeners to hear my stories and know that they are not alone.  I once wrote a song for my sister which I still perform quite regularly.  “You can lean” was written back in 2011.  I felt it was what she needed to hear at the time.

Ellie D Chats with Jordan Merrick

When did you first realise you had an interest in becoming a singer songwriter?

Storytelling is something that has been a part of my life since my earliest memories. My Mum made up stories about the adventures she and her siblings went on in their hometown of Vienna, Austria. There were Witches and magic keys that opened hidden doors to immeasurable gold. I was more upset about finding out the stories weren't true than I was about Santa and the Easter Bunny! Safe to say it got me going and I started writing my own short stories, and once I started playing guitar my writing naturally progressed to songwriting. It has carried on since then. That reminds me, I should incorporate witches into my music... ;)

What's your purpose in releasing music?

Music has helped me through dark times. It has inspired me to work harder when tasks seem unachievable. It has confronted me on things I couldn't/didn't want to see. it has hugged me when I've cried. All I want is for my music to do the same for others. 

Have you crossed paths with your idol, and how would you describe the experience?

I touched Nick Caves arm when he crowd surfed at a Grinderman gig if that counts? ;)

I haven't been fortunate enough to meet my musical idols. I'm grateful that I've seen many of them live.


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If there's one thing you could change about the music industry, what would it be?

I feel the biggest change the music industry needs is to step away from making music a commercially driven product and putting the focus on music the artform. Now more than ever I feel we need people to stand up against the issues effecting our world and face some hard truths. Music has a funny way of stepping up to the challenge when serious questions need to be asked.

Which would be your dream venue to perform at, and why?

Massey Hall in Canada. Neil Young recorded a live album there before he got big and it was phenomenal. I first heard it when I was 16 and it was a lesson in how captivating music can be in its simplest form.

Where do you write your songs and music? 

For the most part l approach it like a job. I've set up a room in my house - I close the door, sit at my desk and work on ideas (generally based off lyric ideas that come to me throughout the day) and compose the music as I write. Songwriting and composing go very hand in hand. I look at it like this: the words are the movie, the music is their soundtrack. If one or the other isn't right, the song will never work.