Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Brisbane: great bands, free samplers

I've said it over and over again on this blog, but Brisbane has one of the best live band scenes in Australia, maybe even the world. And it's really pretty at night:

No matter what kind of music you're into, there's a handful (or more) of people making it in Brisbane. Most of them aren't that well known; but for every Regurgitator and Custard we get a band like SixFtHick, who've been playing just as long, put out as much good music and are chronically underappreciated. But that's not stopping them, they still keep making music and playing shows.

And shows is really what Brisbane is all about. I'm constantly surprised that when I head to a local show how the crowds can be bigger than a lot of international touring bands I've seen. How these bands from Brisbane end up being more well known in other places (like the Saints and the Go-Betweens anyone?) but still call Brisbane home.

This love of the Brisbane musical scene and local bands is obviously not just shown by me, as two free music samplers have been released highlighting some of the best bands Brisbane has to offer.

The first is Sounds Like Brisbane. A mix for more of the hipster side of Brisbane. It has everything: hip-hop, indie, electronica, mathrock, punk, folk, even old school rock and roll... everything that appeals to the hipster in you and me. It also does a great job of showing how diverse Brisbane's musical side really is.

You can get it for free right here.

It features some of Brisbane's best bands; Texas Tea, Regurgitator, I Heart Hiroshima and the Medics to name a few. But the highlight to me would be the instrumental mathrock magic that is Mr Maps. I've heard this name bandied around Brisbane and the internet for the better part of 6 months now, but I've not been motivated to listen to them. Luckily they have a track on this compilation and now I'm hooked.

The second free sampler appeals to the 50% of me that isn't hipster: it's punk and hardcore. Brisbane's punk and hardcore scene is second to none. I'm going to shows almost weekly in this scene, and that's just a small fraction of it.

You can get the link, and a nice little blurb, from this Swedish Hardcore blog (now there's a blog post I've been writing slowly for the past year or so: Swedish music (particularly hardcore)).

I've seen 90% of those bands live, most more than once. With most of them I've yet to hear recordings of their music. So this was an excellent chance to listen to them in a more quiet setting than the multitude of venues I've experienced them all in the past. The mix was put together by a dude in Fires of Waco, who's band really stands out as a highlight of this mix (and their album came out last week too, get on it). There's even some classic Brisbane hardcore on the mix, in the form of Dick Nasty, who've been playing together since before I first moved to Brisbane as a pre-pubescent.

These two samplers are really just the tip of the iceberg. I can think of so many other bands that should be included in this. And it just makes me proud, as a music fan, to be living in such a great city.

Fat Louies Saturday night, in pictures (Downpour/Nuclear Summer/Castles Sunk Below The Sea)

Here I am, sitting around listening to some new music and playing with some photos. So I thought, hey, why not share the ones from the weekend's gig with you. It was a free gig at Fat Louies and half the crowd was made up out of people from other bands in Brisbane. I think Clus and I were the only ones not in a band.

One of the guys there was recording it all, so hopefully we'll get a nice EP or something come out of this gig soon.

I'd write a review, but being Fat Louies... well... I was a bit more than tipsy. Which may also explain the quality of some of these.

These guys came down from Rockhampton for it.

Joel... you have something in your eye? Or just concentrating hard?

Nuclear Summer

I've seen these guys a lot recently, and I am constantly enchanted by this guitarist. He gets some great sounds from just hitting the guitar a lot. And some good finger tapping too.

Castles Sunk Below the Sea

Jake gave me the finger a lot while playing.

Of the 20 odd pictures I took of Zach, this may be the only one where he had a different facial expression.

This was normal for him. Good posture though Zach.

As always, there's lots more gig photos on my Flickr.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Chariot, change of venue

The Chariot all-ages show, which was supposed to be at the Old Museum, has now been moved to the Alley. Which as far as I can tell, is somewhere near the Myer Centre (god bless you Google).

It's still April 8.

EDIT BITCHES: http://moshpitson.blogspot.com/2011/04/apologies.html
The Chariot show is at the Old Museum still. On the 20th of April. This was supposed to be the Defeater show.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Music Friday 14!

Donald Glover is a renaissance man. Sitcom writer. Comedy actor. And rapper.

Most of you will only know his rapping from this:

(And if you don't know who he is, he's the black guy)

But he's oh so much more. He's been rapping since "Lance (Armstrong) had chemo". During that time he's gone by two names mcDJ, for his remixes, and Childish Gambino, for his rapping. The beauty of his rapping is that he adapts his wit and comedic timing from his acting and screenwriting perfectly to the hip-hop medium.

The best part is, everything he does, he puts out for free on one of his plethora of websites. He has a new EP out in the last few weeks, and I'm not going to lie when I say it's one of the better hip-hop releases I've heard in a while. Flame away at my opionion, but I don't care, as I may have a little man crush on him.

Get it for free on his blog. The rest of his releases are hidden there somewhere too. And even if you don't like the TV show Community (I doubt someone exists) and you don't like hip-hop (more likely) at least check out the track Freaks and Geeks. It's great.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


As most of you probably don't know, I'm a huge Japan-o-phile. I studied the language for 7 years, went to a Japanese run high-school as the token Australian student for 2 years and my best and oldest mate lives there. Mere metres away from the ocean in Odaiba.

Everything about Japan is cool, even the construction signs:

When I heard about the earthquake/tsunami, I was a mess. I'd only seen Nick a few weeks before when he came to Wet n Wild for my birthday, but since then he'd gone back to Japan. The next day was crazy as I tried to text and call him, but then he finally sent me an email (of all things) that he was fine and at Starbucks getting coffee. Only in Japan...

But it made me think. Only a few months ago I was in the Brisbane floods and thought that was the end of the world. In the grand scheme of natural disasters in the last 6 months, I got off the most light. I am lucky. Japan, not lucky at all.

I wanted to do my part, and I was looking for a way to donate. Then I stumbled open this: VS. The Earthquake. It's a mix album of rare/B-Sides recorded by some awesome bands, with the profits going to relief in Japan. So not only am I helping, I am getting some kick ass music from bands such as The Swellers, The Wonder Years, Transit, Daytrader, Such Gold and Title Fight. But the best part? There's a live recording of my favourite La Dispute song at the gig I was at. Unfortunately you can't really hear me sing. Well, that's fortunate for you all.

So do your bit, even if it's just getting this album. It's great music for a great cause.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Mercy Beat

A few weeks ago I went to an excellent flood fundraiser gig, featuring an excellent selection of overseas bands. Originally Terror was supposed to play, but they had issues with flights and schedules, so the last minute replacement band was a local: The Mercy Beat.

I was impressed with them, so I checked them out afterwards. Last year they put out an album, How to Shampoo a Yak, apparently launching it to an almost packed Zoo crowd. I wish I was there, because they are balls to the wall, slap in the face, chugg a jug of beer rock.

The Mercy Beat seem to come from a school of hard rock. Their album starts with a a 1 minute track called Eagle Throws Goat Off Cliff. It starts with a build up like a rock album, but then the vocals kick in with a hardcore-punk edge. Towards the end there's even a punk hand clap thrown in for good measure.

From that point the album seemlessly merges old-school hard rock, punk, hardcore. There's even a bluesy little number (the Mercy Blues) and a two minute metal instrumental song, with the same name as the album, that shows they grew up playing Metallica riffs.

I always gush over the Brisbane music scene, and the Mercy Beat are another fine example. I just wish I hadn't been so late on the bandwagon. You can get some of their songs for free off of their Triple J Unearthed page, including the awesome opening track Eagle Throws Goat Off Cliff.

Free Music Friday 13!

I'm sure if you did the statistics on this blog, you'd find that most of the stuff I post is punk, hardcore or indie. They are probably my most tolerant genres, where I don't mind listening to mediocre music. I love most music and will give anything a try, but for some of my less favourite genres you need something great for me to notice it.

So today's Free Music Friday I'll branch out a little and go to hip-hop. Because this album has not only stood out to me, it's blown me away.

It's Enter the Circle by Shahmen.

The first thing you notice about Shahmen is his voice. It's deep, it's smooth, it seems so slow and relaxed while he's rapping... I swoon every time I hear it. The beats are complementary, not overpowering. They are subtle enough to highlight the quality of the vocals. It's not drum and bass, it's not pop-music samples, it's almost trip-hop style. There's even a bit of humour thrown in at the end of Abacus.

It's one of my favourite hip-hop releases ever. And it's free. Even if you don't like hip-hop (and if you only know the bad mainstream stuff, I don't blame you) get this. Right here. Download download download.

One sentence album reviews (#11)

I do these reviews on Twitter during the day sometimes. Find me here @moshpitson.

Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement (2010): Moody post-punk with a female singer means I am less likely to bedpressed while listening 3.5/5

Mark McGuire - Living With Yourself (2010): Beautiful ambient guitar-based music, reminds me a lot of some slower Buckethead stuff. 4/5

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Tao of the Dead (2011): Not quite as noisy as past, but a return of form for this unclassifiable band. 4/5

Architects - Here and Now (2011): A bit softer from them; as such I now refer to them as "Britain's Alexisonfire" 3/5

Bright Eyes - The People's Key (2011): It is beautiful, but there's something about Conor's voice that just doesn't seem to cut it. 3.5/5

Cold War Kids - Mine Is Yours (2011): As always, the Kids deliver an album of relaxed indie; although it seems to be more stripped back than previous releases. 3.5/5

Destroyer - Kaputt (2010): Laid back rock from my favourite, albeit part-time, member of the New Pornographers. 4/5

Everyone Everywhere - The Rookie (2011): This is not the emo band of awesome. However, it is the debut of a pop-punk band of fairly good. 3.5/5

Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean (2011): I only knew him for his acoustic stuff, this is great band-backed folk. Even a bit jazzy 4/5

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - White Lunar (2009): a collection of cinematic scores from classic garage-rockers is surprising and gorgeous 4.5/5

Social Distortion - Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes (2011): More country than punk, but I guess that happens after a few decades 3/5

Scott & Charlene's Wedding - Paravista Social Club (2010): this album continues a grand tradition of excellent Australian garage rock 4.5/5

Yuck - ST (2011): It's awesome lo-fi fuzz, as if Dinosaur Jr mated with Sonic Youth
and their child dated the Japandroids. 4.5/5

The Methadones - ST (2010): I wouldn't exactly call this punk. It's very slow if it is. 2/5

Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine (2010): I think I finally figured out what chillwave is, thanks to this album: modern elevator music 2/5

No Joy - Ghost Blonde (2010): noisy shoegaze with beautiful sirens crooning over the top 4/5

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The flood fundraiser to out-fundraise them all?

This band is probably only known as the band that has the guy that was once in Nirvana. No other reason really. But luckily for us, they will be doing a fundraising gig for the floods in Brisbane (and one in Auckland for the earthquake).

They are the mighty Foo Fighters.

It's probably their only Australian show (not really, they have a secret gig in Sydney, but it's a secret so it doesn't count, right?) in their preparation/celebration of their soon to be release album. And it's a great way to raise money.

It's going to be at the Riverstage, March 29 for $99. That's about the average price for their show I guess, but this one is all going to charity, so no complaints from me!

There will be three supports: You Am I, Cloud Control and TBA. The best part of the TBA is that it could be you! Or me. I'm hoping me. You can enter by following the details at Frontier Touring's Website

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Music is art, right? And movies are also art, correct? Which explains the Gallery of Modern Art's (GoMA) new exhibition: Let There Be Rock.

Between April and June GoMA will be screening music related movies and documentaries. And on some Friday nights, they'll have a band accompanying them, playing music related to what's being screened.

And if you check out the list, there's some great music movies to be watched for really low prices. Control and Spinal Tap are both great movies, and I've always wanted to see Dig! So I guess this means its time for me to embrace art?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Totally Unicorn

My only Totally Unicorn experience involved me being absolutely wasted, umbrellas and naked fat men slithering on the ground beneath me.

Which is why I totally want to do it again.

These crazy New South Whalian hardcore dudes are coming back up to Brisbane for a show featuring the best local bands that you can get in Brisbane.

To the North.
Nuclear Summer

April 16th, Sun Distortion Studios in Albion. It'll be a great little show of great Australian "heavier" music.

I just hope it finishes early-ish so I can still go see Frank Turner at Thriller.

Totally Unicorn

The Chariot, for real this time

So I've been bitching about this for a while. The Chariot, whose 2010 album Long:Live was amazing, are coming to Australia. Their only stop in Queensland is in Toowoomba though, for the Easterfest Christian festival.

Chuck was not happy.

But then there were rumours (not of wars (bad Chariot joke)) of an all-ages show at the Fort. Unfortunately that rumour has been shot down.

In even better news, today they announced two Brisbane shows!

April 20, Old Museum (All Ages)
April 21, Boys and Girls (X&Y), 18+

YES! Marathon are opening one of these shows, but this will be a truly amazing two nights of chaotic hardcore in-your-face noise music.

Free Music Friday 12!

I meant to post this band a long time ago. A long long time ago. Especially since they were touring and played a little show at the Zoo. But no, things happened and I never got around to it. I ended up going and having a great time, so I think it's time I shared with you.

This is Defiance Ohio.

And yes, they are actually from Ohio.

They play folk-punk. It's punk music, with a hint of acoustic and a fiddle. And she's a very attractive fiddler.

But the best part of their punk, even including the fact that it is good and makes you want to get up and jig, is the fact that they release everything for free. Absolutely everything. And then sell their vinyl records at ridiculously cheap prices when they do play. You can get absolutely every song they've ever recorded at their webpage: http://defianceohio.terrorware.com/audio/

I feel horrible for not posting this earlier, as they deserved a way bigger turnout than they got a few months ago.

Review: 7 gigs in 11 days.

11 Days of Awesome.
6 gigs.
1 festival.
31 bands.
2 cities.

It all started almost a fortnight ago, on a warm Brisbane afternoon. Me and a few mates visited the Step Inn to see a little flood benefit show featuring the Mercy Beat, Trash Talk, H2O and The Bronx. You can read about it here.

The next day I braved the scorching Brisbane sun to go to one of the best music festivals I’ve ever attended: Soundwave. You can also read my review of that one here.

After a day of rest and recuperation, I decided to switch to the much icier climate of Melbourne. Wrapped up in more clothes than I’ve ever worn before in my life, warmed by a few drinks and Chinese food with friends, I ventured into Billboard the Venue to see some great punk bands play to a lacklustre Victorian crowd.

When I walked into the surprisingly tiny venue, Less than Jake had just taken to the stage and was trying their hardest to get the crowd moving. Of course, being me, I skanked it up and danced like a fool; singing along the entire time and thrusting my fist repeatedly into the air, apparently annoying some of the locals. They stuck to songs everyone knows best, hitting up the classics, mainly from Hello Rockview as always. However, they threw in two quick songs from their new EP: themes from Animaniacs and Spongebob Squarepants. It wasn’t quite enough to get everyone moving, but at least some of the crowd was warming up on this chilly night.

Of course, they were probably saving themselves for the main event, New Found Glory. Who as always, were solid live. They mixed up their set list quite well, playing songs from all their albums. The crowd was pretty into it finally. But of course, they all lost it with their final song of the day, My Friends Over You.

A day of shopping, eating and resting passed before I headed into this quaint rooftop bar called the Toff in Town. About 3 stories up, in a room holding a few hundred people, I settled in to watch two bands from Brisbane open for one band from the UK.

For the third time this year, I saw To The North play. But for the first time this year, I was able to actually make out the vocals and hear that they are actually a good band. And this time I got pictures too.

Next up were another Brisbane band, one that a lot of my mates get obsessed over. I’ve even heard them be hailed as “the greatest Australian band” of the moment. Full of beautiful melodies, they played a great set of 90’s inspired emo-esque tunes. They captivated half of the audience, while the other half chattered loudly at the back of the small bar.

But the band we all came to see was the band that really didn’t seem to fit in on the entire Soundwave festival bill: This Town Needs Guns. In fact, they mentioned that they didn’t feel quite right at the festival so they had to play their louder and faster songs. So as a treat, all of us at the Toff saw many of the laid back, slower songs, mainly off their album Animals. Mixing fast, yet clean, math-rock guitars with some gorgeous singing, they were truly an amazing band to behold. The band members looked very awkward on stage, with some very stiff dancing moves, but all up they were everything I had hoped for. I think seeing them at the Soundwave festival itself would have ruined their allure, so I was glad to see them play a small and intimate show.

The next day I trekked out to St Kilda for what was the main reason for this trip: Primus and the Melvins. The Palais Theatre, right on the water next to Luna Park, has to be one of the strangest venues I have ever been to. Walking in and seeing the beautiful old theatre facade, I couldn’t help but think that this was the perfect place to see Primus (especially after last seeing them in the gorgeous environs of the Riviera Theatre in Chicago). But coming in, I sat down on these magnificently large leather seats (designed for the “larger” theatre goer) with ample leg room and in the 4th row of the balcony. It was comfort to an extreme level. We were warned that we weren’t allowed to stand up, but it did not matter, it was too damn comfy to get up.

I came in as the Melvins were starting, and wow. Opening the theatre doors my face was just blown off with a mighty wall of sound. In the centre of the stage were two drummers, just pushing out all-encompassing levels of noise. On either side were the guitarist and bassist, dressed in what I could best describe as characters-from-Zelda-64 crossed with monks in space. Yes, there was even a space kilt.

But that didn’t matter. The Melvins are an amazing live band. Despite the venue, despite the crazy level of noise they were making, they still managed to play a tight set of grunge/heavy rock music. Sitting up in the balcony I could see everyone down the bottom nodding their heads in time to the music. Occasionally someone would get up to try and go crazy and dance along, but the ushers soon had the better of them. The only downside to all of this was the vibrations from the music came through my seat, and in my extreme comfort I almost drifted off a few times. It was definitely not the music’s fault, just the vibrations and leather seats.

To close it off, the drummers got up on their seats and everyone came together for a capella version of a classic 50’s song, Goodnight Sweetheart. During all of this the bass player was tossing out flowers into the crowd, following it at the end with the entire vase.

I wish I could see them again, I can’t say enough how amazing they were.

A quick turnaround and 20 minutes later Les was coming on to the stage. After the shortened Brisbane set, I found myself disappointed yet again. When they finished I said to Kim, “that was a real short set, I wish they had played longer.” In the end, it actually turned out they had played for over an hour and forty minutes. That’s how good this Primus set was.

They played all manner of Primus songs, but somehow managed to steer clear of anything of the Anti-pop album. To this day I’ve yet to see a song from the album that got me into them, but the rest of the set made up for it. Throughout the classic songs with the great crowd sing-along’s there was even two new songs: the song about Salmon he played in Brisbane and another one I had yet to hear. I’m not going to lie, they both sound like typical Primus songs, so you know the new album is going to be amazing.

The set included an extended version of Sailing the Seas of Cheese, the only song Les played on his upright (which meant no Mr Krinkle, damn). He also whipped out the whamola for a while, dancing and playing a frenetic pace like the mad-man he is. He got into it so much that he actually dropped it a lot while dancing around. Jay and Ler also got their fair share of solos (Ler looking like he’d just been pulled out of an early 90’s Nirvana music video), showing the great depth of talent and skill that everyone in Primus possesses.

Towards the end, Les challenged the audience to stand up against the ushers as he launched into everyone’s favourite song: Tommy the Cat. Unfortunately the ushers won (no contest) but we were still treated to a version that also included the long bass solo that is Awakening.

If you can’t tell, I’m a Primus tragic. And the whole night at the Palais was magical.

A few days later, a few drinks later and a short flight back to Brisbane later, I was fronting up to the Tivoli to see the classic hipster band, Belle and Sebastian. B and I walked in to the sweet sounds of Little Scout, and I almost swooned after seeing who was singing. Gorgeous! They played some absolutely beautiful songs but as always, the classic Brisbane indie crowd was talking over them. B also enjoyed them too, but I think that was mainly because they were selling Tea Towels.

Luckily the crowd shut up a bit for Belle and Sebastian, except for the group of drunken idiots right in front of us who kept leaving for the bar every 10 minutes. But that didn’t matter. Belle and Sebastian were everything I had hoped for and more. We got two hours of classic indie tunes. Even though many people think their best work was in the 90s, the songs from their new album Write About Love translated amazingly well live.

Through the course of the night you could tell that there were a few core artists and a plethora of musicians supporting them. All up through the course of the night there were 14 different performers in Belle and Sebastian, including a local boy on trumpet for two songs. There was a string section, keyboards, drums, everyone switching guitars, recorders and strange little toy instruments. And it worked so magically together with sound levels that were never too loud. Highlights for the night for me included them playing Sukie in the Graveyard and Stars of Track and Field. They even took requests from the crowd, and as such busted out an impromptu Monkees cover.

The lead singer, for an aging hipster, was also quite the entertainer. At one stage he decided to be a punk and climb up to the second level balcony of the Tivoli, climb over the rails and keep singing. Two hours wasn’t nearly enough, but it was still just as I had imagined it would be.

Then finally, after slogging through some long days in the office, I got to the last gig of my 11 days of awesome. I came in to a rather small crowd listening to the Gun Street Girls. They played a great mix of classic rock ‘n’ roll, pub rock and a little bit of rockabilly thrown in. Towards the end of their short set they really picked up the notch though, blasting out some fast rock numbers that I really enjoyed.

Later on someone mentioned that the lead singer/guitarist was from Dallas Crane. Which I guess would make sense given his sound. As they wrapped up the crowd really poured in, coming close to filling the Zoo. And once the Hold Steady came out, you could see why.

They were really some unassuming looking rock stars, except for the guitarist with tattoos. They just looked like some middle-aged guys that stumbled on stage. As the singer said “I’m not old, I’m old school!” But as the music started, well, I was blown away. I’ve always been surprised about how the Hold Steady aren’t one of the biggest bands in music. Their song writing is amazing with each song telling a story to some great rock music. The live show was just frenetic. The lead singer danced, screamed and even acted out his lyrics, adding a whole new element to the songs. And he was such fun to photograph. Check out my Flickr in a few days time, I’ll upload a bunch of shots of him just having a good time.

And have a good time they did. They played a full set over two hours. And when finished, they came out and played 10 minutes past their finishing time. They seemed to be having as much fun as we did. There were old school rockers crowd surfing, huge sing-alongs, great crowd clapping moments and just a lot of dancing. Everyone loved it.

It was the perfect way to rock up an amazing week of bands. And now that I’m done with this review, I’m going to bed to try and recuperate.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Destroy Music? More like, Destroy Eardrums." - @toovey

Years ago Clus and I were obsessed with a little band from Adelaide called I Killed The Prom Queen. You can see us below (Clus in blue, me wearing my trademark sweat-band of the day).

They changed members more times than I cared to remember, but we saw them every time. Then they broke up. And reformed with Crafter on vocals. We saw them. Then they broke up again.

And hey, surprise, they're back together! Did not see that coming...
The new line up is apparently Jona (Bleeding Through/Bring Me The Horizon) doing vocals and guitar, JJ (Deez Nuts) back on drums and god knows who else. I just hope they do the right thing and bring Tyrone (from Mourning Tide) in on this shit to do vocals. He's an awesome guy.

So Australia's greatest heaviest band (in my opinion) will be reforming as a support act for a tour. The tour being Destroy Music. It features local boys Amity Affliction, Deez Nuts and internationals Of Mice and Men.

All up, it's a mixed tour for me. Yeah, Prom Queen would be great to see again, but really, it could destroy my fond memories of my youth. Deez Nuts and Amity I've seen more times than I can count, sometimes with only a few people in a tiny room. Of Mice and Men, although a spin off of that horrible Attack Attack band, actually had a good album last year.

It's at the Riverstage May 28th.

I guess I'll make a decision when it gets closer, as I doubt it will sell out.

And of course, it's all-ages, or it'd be quite empty I imagine.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Belligerents

So a while ago I ventured into a really awkward music venue with a small crowd of about 20 to watch a band from Sydney. I ended up having my face blown away by the awesome local band instead.
They are the Belligerents. With their awesome matching shirts and dancey-indie-synth-pop they had the whole crowd moving around. And given the reaction to the other bands of the night (dead still silence) that's not something to scoff at.

Well these guys have a new EP out, entitled Less Arty More Party, which I'm pretty sure is their life motto.

To celebrate their efforts, their going around for some EP launch shows to try and make a few more of you dance. Catch them:
March 26, Woodland. 18+
April 1, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast
April 8, Elsewhere, Gold Coast

You can also get a free track from their EP here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

I'm back, here's the news

After a great week spent rocking out in freezing cold Melbourne, I'm back with a musical todo list the size of Peter North's tackle. I went to shows, I drank a bit, ate some good food, met some friends, did some shopping and took pictures. I'll try and blog/share some of the shows information later on, but for now, here's the news that I missed:

Rise Against/Sick of it All/Break Even tour
Rise Against used to be one of my favourite punk-bands. Then they released the album Appeal to Reason. Sick of it All are one of the best NY hardcore bands ever. EVER. Yet they only ever come to Australia as opening bands for other internationals. And Break Even are swell dudes from Gero. Put them together, we have a great tour. I hope.

July 18, Entertainment Centre

I have a few problems with this tour. First, the price? $70. Second, the Entertainment Centre is a crap venue, especially for hardcore/punk. Third, I'd really only be going for Sick of it All, unless Rise Against's new album is a return to form.

Frank Turner
He was one quarter of number 5 in my 2010 best of gigs list, but now the hardcore-turned-acoustic Frank Turner is coming out for a solo tour. He'll be playing Thriller at Rosies on April 16. 18+ of course, and it may be worthwhile buying tickets in advance.

Frenzal Rhomb
They must be broke again, because it's been about a year since their last tour. May 6 at Coolangatta Hotel, May 7 at the HiFi. Both shows 18+ and will be full of drunken revelry and swear words.

Swans cancel
It was one of the highlights of my post-holiday 3-gig week, wrapping it all up in a noisy swath of post-punk bliss. But now it's been cancelled. The Swans gig for Friday at the HiFi is canned. It's the only show in Australia not happening and they've given no reason why. I guess I will never get to see them then.

The Wombats get another go
The Wombats are in the country for Groovin' the Moo, and they've already got one night slated for a Brisbane show. Apparently it's a popular thing, as they've announced a second, all-ages show on May 5 at the Tivoli.