The Videomatics
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The Videomatics

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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"Jane Gazzo, Channel [V] - Review of The Videomatics"

"They say theyre from Brisbane, sometimes Glasgow. Whatever that means. Regardless, they make synth based electro pop not unlike Ladytron or Ladyhawke. They dont give much away on their blog, twitter or Myspace but from what I can gather they're a 4 piece who seem influenced by British music, sculpture and erm, synthesisers.
Im drawn to their tune Intense Wear Lipstick – perfect pop of epic poetry preportions." - Channel [V] Blog


"Jane Gazzo, Channel [V] - Review of The Videomatics"

"They say theyre from Brisbane, sometimes Glasgow. Whatever that means. Regardless, they make synth based electro pop not unlike Ladytron or Ladyhawke. They dont give much away on their blog, twitter or Myspace but from what I can gather they're a 4 piece who seem influenced by British music, sculpture and erm, synthesisers.
Im drawn to their tune Intense Wear Lipstick – perfect pop of epic poetry preportions." - Channel [V] Blog


""Intense Wear Lipstick" Single Review - Dan Buhagiar (Senior Music Producer), Triple J Unearthed"

"Vocally they remind me of Editors and Interpol... 4/5 Stars" - triplejunearthed.com


""Intense Wear Lipstick" Single Review - Jeff Jenkins (Author of "50 Years of Rock in Australia")"

"A marvellous melange of 80's inspired pop.. One of the singles of the year" - Jeff Jenkins, Inpress Magazine - Inpress/RRR Radio


""Intense Wear Lipstick" Single Review - Jeff Jenkins (Author of "50 Years of Rock in Australia")"

"A marvellous melange of 80's inspired pop.. One of the singles of the year" - Jeff Jenkins, Inpress Magazine - Inpress/RRR Radio


"Live Review - Alasdair Duncan, Rave Magazine April 2011"

Rave Magazine
EDGE OF COLOUR / HUNZ / THE VIDEOMATICS
The Hi-Fi - Sat Apr 9

I’m not sure why this is the case, but every time
I go to a gig lately, the support band seems to outshine
the headliner, and that’s the case again tonight.
Brisbane locals The Videomatics are playing
an early slot, but there’s something really compelling
about them; they play dreamy, synth-y rock
and wear their influences pretty heavily, but while
you can hear bits and pieces of The Cure, My Bloody
Valentine and especially M83, the young band carry
themselves with confidence, and are clearly accumulating
a decent collection of hooks. They’re not there
yet, but with some more touring and more time to
find a voice that’s a little more theirs and a little less
of a throwback to various British indie bands of the
1980s, The Videomatics could definitely be playing a
lot higher up the bill.
.
ALASDAIR DUNCAN - Rave Magazine


"Live Review - Alasdair Duncan, Rave Magazine April 2011"

Rave Magazine
EDGE OF COLOUR / HUNZ / THE VIDEOMATICS
The Hi-Fi - Sat Apr 9

I’m not sure why this is the case, but every time
I go to a gig lately, the support band seems to outshine
the headliner, and that’s the case again tonight.
Brisbane locals The Videomatics are playing
an early slot, but there’s something really compelling
about them; they play dreamy, synth-y rock
and wear their influences pretty heavily, but while
you can hear bits and pieces of The Cure, My Bloody
Valentine and especially M83, the young band carry
themselves with confidence, and are clearly accumulating
a decent collection of hooks. They’re not there
yet, but with some more touring and more time to
find a voice that’s a little more theirs and a little less
of a throwback to various British indie bands of the
1980s, The Videomatics could definitely be playing a
lot higher up the bill.
.
ALASDAIR DUNCAN - Rave Magazine


"Dan Gill - Review of The Videomatics"

"80's pop with all the melancholic comedowns that are usually missing. The perfect antidote to a decade of souless electro, of parties but no pain. If Patrick Bateman took a sabbatical from butchering innocents and hoovering Bolivia's GDP to discover Ric Ocasek intense wear lipstick might have been his aha! moment. Genius obviously." - threethousand.com.au


Discography

"So Much More" (single )
"Intense Wear Lipstick" (single)
"The Videomatics" (EP)

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“They say they’re from Brisbane, sometimes Glasgow. Whatever that means. Regardless, they make synth-based electro pop not unlike Ladytron or Ladyhawke. From what I can gather, they’re a four-piece, who seem influenced by British music, sculpture and, erm, synthesizers” – Jane Gazzo, Channel [V]


From retro video stores in Canada to grungy flats in Glasgow, The Videomatics find themselves back home in Brisbane for the release of their debut single, Intense Wear Lipstick - a marvelous mélange of 80s-inspired pop.


“One of the singles of the year” – Jeff Jenkins, Inpress, RRR Radio (Australia)


Johns was backpacking through Canada when he came across a video store called Videomatica. A cult store specialising in 80s titles, it inspired the name of the band. 


He recorded the debut EP in Glasgow (drumming on the track is Hector MacInnes, brother of and drummer for Scottish electronic star Mylo) along with Scottish keyboardist George K. But when his visa ran out, Johns decided to return home to Brisbane to complete work on new material.


A mix of melancholia and poptastic, these are songs with real depth. The Videomatics’ sound is gloriously ’80s, but never cheesy. Think The Cars, The Church and The Cure and then move on in the alphabet to Depeche Mode.


Johns acknowledges the influences, but smiles as he points out that he was actually born in the ’80s.


The Videomatics manage to sound both retro and right now. It’s a potent combination.


“I’m drawn to their tune Intense Wear Lipstick – perfect pop of epic poetry proportions” – Jane Gazzo, Channel [V]


Intense Wear Lipstick is a piece of perfect pop - and a paean to the power of femininity. One of the singles of the year.” – Jeff Jenkin, RRR Radio (Australia)


“The perfect antidote to a decade of soulless electro, of parties but no pain. If Patrick Bateman took a sabbatical from butchering innocents and hoovering Bolivia’s GDP to discover Ric Ocasek, Intense Wear Lipstick might have been his Aha! moment. Genius, obviously.” - Dan Gill, ThreeThousand Blog