New Music: Aaron Schembri & Russell Robertson – Life Is Just A Game (Inspired by Neale Daniher to Fight MND)

Melbourne musician Aaron Schembri who has been touring with Ross Wilson and The Wiggles has recently collaborated with Melbourne FC legend and now musician Russell Robertson to help raise awareness for ‘Fight MND’. ‘Life Is Just A Game’ written by Aaron Schembri is set to be released on June 13th which also coincides with the AFL Big Freeze Round on Queens Birthday. “I’ve had this song in the can for a few years not knowing what to do with it and I finally found a reason to release it. I called upon my buddy Russell Robertson and asked he would think about singing on it… It was a no-brainer.” Aaron says, It became a fitting homage to his former Melbourne coach and now close friend Neale Daniher. Over the past few years, we have all seen and admired the endless work that Neale and his team do for Fight MND in raising awareness about Motor Neurones Disease.”

“Music is a truely powerful thing and we are forever grateful to be able to help out and do our part by raising awareness for Fight MND.” Says Aaron, “We want to help raise awareness and funds for MND, leading people to purchase their Big Freeze 8 Beanies.” (available at and/or at Coles, Coles Express and Bunnings stores nationwide) The Official Film Clip was filmed on the ground at an empty MCG, a familiar home for Russell Robertson and Neale Daniher. On June 13th, ‘Life Is Just A Game’ will be released on all online streaming platforms; Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play, Amazon. Pre-Save Link is available here:

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New Music: Jack Howard – Lightheavyweight 2

In 2018, Jack Howard released his first solo vinyl record, the beat and brass-drivenLightheavyweight. Written in hotel rooms around the world, it was a thrilling twist on Jack’s trademark lyricism.

Lightheavyweight 2 is different but similarWritten and recorded during our lockdown year of discontent 2021, it’s a local variant, drawing mostly on Jack’s St.Kilda life. Says Jack – “The tunes usually begin with a drum and bass loop or some layered horns and then proceed along very spontaneous lines. There might be a full lyric or just a handful of words. Maybe instrumental. A lot of flugel horn this time around and swirling synths; plus some fine guest appearances from Barry Palmer on guitar, Ed Bates on pedal steel, Paul Williamson on tenor sax and Fiona Leonard on backing vocals.”

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Special Interview: The Neighborly

THEAUSSIEWORD.COM catches up with Arissa and Brock from US duo The Neighborly.

How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?

A mutual friend introduced us and then we ended up being neighbors on the same block. We both had worked in the music industry for years before we met and were excited to make music that enriched the place we lived. 

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