4ZZZ launched its glorious tradition of counting down listeners' 100 favourite songs on New Year's Day 1977. More than 10 years later, 2JJJ in Sydney (which employed many ex-Zed staff) began conducting its own Hot 100. Because 4ZZZ held the rights to the name Hot 100, there was a little bit of legal biffo when TripleJ became a national broadcaster, so they changed the name of their survey to the "Hottest 100".
If music isn’t live, it may as well be dead. Brisbane’s Silent Motive swear by this mantra on-stage before hurling it into the recording studio. Formed in 2008, the trio have spent the last two years finding a sound that captures the brute force of alternative rock and cages it with bright and punchy pop licks.
Ben Speight (guitar, vocals), Daniel Sergiacomi (bass) and Scott Thompson (drums) have managed to find the balance between frenetic energy and thick, solid riffs that hit like a runaway freight train. Their latest EP, Rising Sun, is a snapshot of the band’s electric live feel, framed by their trademark precision and well-measured experimentation. Recorded in renowned Gold Coast studio Recording Oasis with engineer Jake Walsh and mastered by Dave Neil of Modern Mastering (Powderfinger, The Butterfly Effect), Rising Sun has a decidedly polished gleam to it.
Restless and dynamic, the boys from Silent Motive are sure to give stagnance a good, hard kick in the face.