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REVIEW: ‘You By My Side’ – New Single from Better Than the Wizards


July 13, 2015 by Josh Forner

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One of Melbourne’s premier funk and party bands, Better Than the Wizards are returning to our airwaves, following their debut LP release of 2014.

Their newest single, ‘You By My Side’ combines the old-school funk vibes with a modern pop twist, much to the effect of the early Zoophyte releases; doing their best to channel the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well with huge, funky bass and quick-set lyrics.

You’re bouncing along with the melody from the very first beat which is something Better Than the Wizards have become known for over their long live gigging career, and it quite easily transcends to their recorded versions. The introduction of the brass section less than a minute into this funky, soulful number raises the upbeat vibe tenfold.

Every instrument blends together during the chorus to solidify the tune’s size and continue to bring praise for the band’s incredible arrangement expertise. You By My Side then does a bit of a yo-yo through chorus, a short verse-based interlude and back into another chorus before breaking into an incredibly catchy and infectious instrumental bridge section, harnessed by the tight and grounding slap-bass and lead away by the melodic and eccentric horn breaks.

Short and sweet, at only 2 minutes 55 seconds, You By My Side is a great encapsulation of everything that Better Than the Wizards has to offer – catchy danceable pop/funk, with creative instrumentation, and a long range of influential sound stretching from 60’s soul through 80’s funk and into recent times, with hints of Cat Empire and the Motown-inspired Gotye tracks at their disposal.

You By My Side comes from Better Than the Wizards’ upcoming EP; ‘Someone, Sometime, Somebody’ which is penned for release later in the year. The single itself will be launched at The Grace Darling Hotel on Friday, July 24th. Tickets are available here – you can watch the Official You By My Side clip on YouTube, and purchase the single via Bandcamp.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.


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Josh Forner

Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.

Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.

He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.

Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.


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