Penguin Prison is Chris Glover from New York. He released his first single Animal Animal / A Funny Thing on Neon Gold Records on November 23rd 2009, his second single The Worse It Gets / Something Iâ€™m Not came out on March 22nd 2010, also on Neon Gold Records.
Sydney's ART vs SCIENCE have crammed the kind of heady ascent experienced by the luckiest of bands into a timeline that belies their few short years. From regional pubs to national festivals, the three-piece have built a massive following on the basis of two simple abiding principles:
1 â€“ Loud dance music played 100% live. 2 â€“ Absolute, unrelenting fun.
In doing so they've become a live powerhouse; selling out shows, ascending to festival favourites the nation over, staying up all night and sometimes right into the morning and regularly arresting the eyes and ears of all who witness their peculiar brand of madness. Or as one international headliner recently squeezed: "how am I supposed to follow that?"
This is dance music for Marshall stacks â€“ heaving/heavy heart music for your hips. AC/DC throwing robots in a drum shop, Daft Punk beating on bolt guns.
Ghost Beach are the latest pop pioneers to set the internet ablaze with only a couple singles floating around and without any major label backing. The New York-based duo of Josh Ocean and Eric "Doc" Mendelsohn take their '80s influences one step further with Ghost Beach. Only a few months old, they've already perfected a retro-future aesthetic that sounds like the holy trifecta of The Police, Depeche Mode, and Daft Punk, with a little Passion Pit sprinkled on top for good measure. Josh plays the jilted lover with vocal panache as Eric's soaring synths, guitars and forever young harmonies are plucked right out of Neverland. Ghost Beach is more about a time than a place, and that time is now.
- Andrew Hwang (Neon Gold)