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Five For Your Friday

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for a new edition of Five For Your Friday. This week’s installment features groups from Australia and Canada, including: The Middle East, The Rural Alberta Advantage, First Rate People, Hey Rosetta! and The Panics. Enjoy!

The Middle East

Originally formed in 2005, The Middle East  split up in 2008 only to get back together a mere 11 months later. The Queensland, Australia natives went on to produce two more EPs and an album (I Want That You Are Always Happy, 2011) that landed them the #11 spot on the Australian charts. Sadly, during their performance at Splendour in the Grass in 2011 the band announced that it would be their last show. “Blood” exhibits touching lyrics and full harmonies,  over whistling and xylophone phrases that dance together.

If you like The Head and the Heart you may like The Middle East

“Blood” by The Middle East

The Rural Alberta Advantage 

Despite the name, The Rural Alberta Advantage is actually from Toronto, Ontario. The Canadian trio formed in 2005 and since then has released 2 EPs and 2 albums. Their most recent album, Departing (2011), earned them a spot on the longlist of the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, “Frank, AB” , which features consistent drum beats and guitar strums that build up into a boisterous chorus, is off their 2008 album, Hometowns.

If you like The Dodos you may like The Rural Alberta Advantage

“Frank, AB” by The Rural Alberta Advantage

First Rate People

First Rate People was  formed shortly after  high school in Owen Sound, Ontario by Michael Siegrist and Jonathan Lawless.  The group evolved into some what of a collaboration and the first recording featured over 30 different musicians. The group eventually settled into a 6 person set-up. In 2007 they released their debut album, Let’s Get Nautical, however they didn’t really gain much popularity until their 2010 single “GIRLS’ NIGHT”, which features overlapping male and female counter melodies as well as synth, strings and percussion.

If you like Dark Mean you may like First Rate People

“GIRLS” NIGHT” by First Rate People

Hey Rosetta!

The six-piece indie-rock band, Hey Rosetta!, formed in 2005 in Newfoundland, Canada. The group has released 3 EPs and 3 studio albums, and gained popularity in 2010 during the Vancouver Winter Olympics when their song “Red Heart” was used in an Olympic montage video celebrating Canadian pride. “Yer Spring”, off of their 2011 album Seeds, features a lively string section mixed with electric guitar and powerful vocals.

If you like Plants and Animals you may like Hey Rosetta!

“Yer Spring” by Hey Rosetta!

The Panics

Started in 2002 while still in high school, The Panics were originally from Perth, Australia but are currently based in Melbourne. The group has released 4 albums, 3 of which have landed them spots on ARIA‘s Top 100 list. The Panics boast several awards, including 5 WAMi awards, 2 ARIA awards and 1 J Award. “Don’t Fight It” was released as a single in 2008, and star a catchy horn section between advice-giving lyrics.

If you like Augie March you may like The Panics.

“Don’t Fight It” by The Panics


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