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What: NUN by NUN.
When: April 11 on vinyl through Aarght/Avant and CD through Aarght.
Key notes: Debut album from goth-y Melbourne post-punk band including members of Woollen Kits and Constant Mongrel. Recorded and mixed over the past year by band member Tom Hardisty in his Thornbury house, and mastered by David Walker. Includes ‘Cronenberg’ from their 2012 7” on Nihilistic Orbs. Stream ‘Evoke the Sleep’ below. Launching in April, with supports TBA.
Sat, April 19 – Curtin Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sat, April 26 – The Red Rattler, Sydney, NSW
Evoke the Sleep
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North Fitzroy institution The Empress closed it doors indefinitely yesterday afternoon, according to reports on The Music and in The Age. “Family reasons” have been cited as the reason for the closure.
The venue – whose full name is Empress of India Hotel – celebrated a quarter-century in business just last year with a warm round of tributes. Since opening in 1987, it has hosted everyone from The White Stripes and Augie March to Thee Oh Sees and The Drones, providing a beloved second home to local bands like Sleepy Township and The Lucksmiths.
In a 25th anniversary tribute posted on M+N last year, Chapter Music boss and Sleepy Township member Guy Blackman recalled the pub's "small, casual and incredibly friendly" vibe. "I lived a few blocks down the road on Nicholson Street and would just roll my guitar amp up the street and onto the stage," he wrote. "Even when we weren't playing gigs there, we were in the audience most weekends. I remember Little Ugly Girls headlining over the White Stripes there in 2000 (or whenever it was), and totally knowing that was the right running order for the night, no matter how much the White Stripes thought otherwise."
The closure was announced with a sign posted on the door late yesterday afternoon, and all upcoming gigs have been cancelled. While noise complaints had been an issue for the venue in the past, booker Zen Mejglo told The Music that they were not to blame for the closure.
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The Australian Government isn’t the only entity that puts people through a rigorous cross-examination to prove their loyalty to a bunch of stars and a Union Jack. Each week at M+N, we make an Australian act kiss the flag by asking them questions about their favourite local acts: who they’ve been listening to recently, their underground heroes, or whether they prefer Kylie or Dannii Minogue.
Taking the test this week is Vlad Chant, vocalist and guitarist from Melbourne psych duo The Octopus Ride, who are making their debut at the inaugural Fifth Floor warehouse gig in Melbourne tomorrow night (Aug 3). Headlined by The Murlocs, the gig will also feature Flyying Colours, Strangers From Now On, Dan Trolley and Premium Fantasy, with psychedelic projections by Astral Projection, 12 Sandwiches, Zonkvision and RaRaKin Collektive. For more information click here.
The band’s new LP, The Garden Waits For You, is out now through Bandcamp. It was recorded on reel-to-reel tape by Paul Maybury (Rocket Science, King Gizzard).
a. Fifth Floor will be your first live show. What can we expect?
Continuous waves of psych-wave sounds, experimentation, raw energy and jangly improvised jams in the vein of early Velvet Underground/Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd.
b. What attracted you to the Fifth Floor concept?
We are travelling with Fifth Floor abroad in September. You could say we are the house-band of Fifth Floor. Our debut LP will follow the Fifth Floor events around and together we will make noise and jangle about together.
c. Tell us a bit about the band?
There are two of us – Vlad and Barclay – and we both dig classic sounds of the past. Octopus Ride influences range from Velvet Underground, The Creation and The Monks to Dylan, The Stones and Modern Lovers.
d. Tell us about the new LP (where you recorded, what does it sound like, etc.)?
We recorded our debut LP with Paul Maybury live in one take on reel-to-reel tape. The record is now out on 12” white vinyl and we are stoked to be releasing the record at our first show at Fifth Floor. Maybury is the production genius behind King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The recording process was cool. We jammed out the whole album live to tape. The analog recording setup captured the raw guitar sounds, and the warehouse reverb-drenched drum sound is huge. As a two-piece we wanted the biggest live sound possible and this was achieved. Our debut LP The Garden Waits For You is a nostalgic trip of lo-fi ’60s sounds blended into a modern hit we call “psych-wave”.
Part 1. Geography
a. Tell us about your hometown.
I grew up in a small town. There was nothing to do but hang out, run amok and play guitar in bands.
b. Name your favourite bands from your neck of the woods.
The Go-Betweens, The Saints, and so on.
c. Where’s your local and what’s it like?
Currently my local is in Melbourne. There’s a few good pubs around and The Old Bar would be up there with the best.
Part 2. History
a. Which Australian bands did you grow up listening to?
The Church, The Birthday Party, The Saints, The Go-Betweens, The Easybeats, The Masters Apprentices, The 69’ers, Purple Hearts, AC/DC, Radio Birdman, Sky Hooks, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, Little River Band, Crime and the City Soloution, Paul Kelly, The Church, Cosmic Psychos, Lime Spiders and The Cruel Sea.
b. What’s the first Australian record you bought?
The Saints – ‘I’m Stranded’.
c. Who’s your favourite Australian band/artist of all time?
The Masters Apprentices, The Saints and The Go-Betweens.
d. What’s the most “Australian” record ever produced?
Anything AC/DC have done seems to ooze Aussie pub rock vibes.
Part 3. Current Affairs
a. Who are some of your favourite new Australian bands?
Bands like DZ Deathrays, Mesa Cosa, Drunk Mums, Violent Soho, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Any Aussie psych band with loud guitars and messy jangly vibes is our jam.
b. If you could collaborate with one current Australian artist, who would it be, and what would it sound like?
Probably King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. I would like to do a big group psych jam with these guys and record it live to tape with Maybury again. Their sound is proper psych, just messy wild improvised jams, which we are all about.
c. Last great local gig you saw.
Mesa Cosa are mental live. There are so many raw rock’n’roll bands around Melbourne shredding pubs and warehouses everywhere. Too many to list, we do love a live noisey gig.
d. Do you think an Australian artist needs to go overseas to succeed?
To a degree, yes. The music of Octopus Ride is influenced by bands abroad mainly. Classics like The Stones, The Creation, The Stooges, Dylan and Richman. To modern jams like Thee Oh Sees, Brian Jonestown, The Horrors and Palma Violets.
Part 4. Multiple Choice
a. The Voice or Australia’s Got Talent?
Both are horrible and scare poor lil’ singing kids for life with their trash talk and stupid hair doos.
b. Hungry Jacks or Red Rooster?
HJs is a classic bun.
c. Northcote or Brunswick?
Bruns cause this is our hometown and we all about sticking to your guns, like wild cowboys on the range.
d. Potato cake or dim sim?
Dim sim. We’re addicted to Asian tastes.
e. Dan Sultan or Dan Kelly?
Dan Kelly is a legend – enough said.
f. Kylie or Dannii Minogue?
Both have bad plastic surgery
g. Cate Blanchett or Nicole Kidman?
Nicole is a sweetheart, cute and innocent yet I hear she’s a rocker from way back. Probably dons a leather jacket and starts brawls off set.
h. Neighbours or Home & Away?
Both are as entertaining as hammering your hand into wood. As lame as the Minogues’ plastic faces.
i. Cheezels or Twisties?
Cheezels cause you offer them to girls then eat them off their fingers, finger’n’all.
j. Kimbra or Gotye?
Kimbra is pretty cool. Tripped style and she actually writes her own songs. Gotye is an overhyped one-hit wonder keyboard preset-hittin cooker, not a fan of either really. Give me a loud guitar, spit on the floor and trash something.
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The Big Day Out has announced its strongest line-up in years including three “white whales” that promoter Ken West has been trying to snare for ages, plus a dog-turned-lion.
Pearl Jam, Blur and Arcade Fire form the first triple-headline bill in Big Day Out history, with the likes of Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Major Lazer, The Lumineers, The Naked and Famous, Tame Impala, DZ Deathrays, Kingswood and Loon Lake also announced.
Pearl Jam are exclusive to the Big Day Out, playing at each leg of the festival in support of new album Lightning Bolt; Blur, who haven’t toured Australia since 1997, will be playing on a newly created “Love” stage as Pearl Jam close the Blue Stage; while Arcade Fire will make their return to Australia for the first time since their Big Day Out tour in 2008. Snoop Dogg will make his Big Day Out debut, playing a “greatest hits” set, plus tracks from his new reggae album as Snoop Lion, Reincarnated.
On the food front, Chow Town will return for its second year, with Ben and Elvis of Porteño/Bodega curating a new batch of high-end food stalls, while The Lilypad and other special attractions/distractions will be announced soon, along with more acts.
Big Day Out 2014 lineup:
Portugal. The Man
Toro Y Moi
The Naked And Famous
General admission tickets to Big Day Out 2014 are $185 each, all-inclusive. New and improved “Like A Boss” tickets, including mainstage viewing areas, entryways, amenities and gifts, are $285 all-inclusive. Pre-sale souvenir tickets are available from all General Pants stores nationally from Thursday, August 1, from 7am, while an exclusive online pre-sale will be held for members on Friday, August 2. Sign up at the Big Day Out website.
Gold Coast: Wednesday, August 7, 9am
Sydney (both shows): Thursday, August 8, 9am
Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth: Friday, August 9, 9am (local times)
Friday, January 17 – Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday, January 19 – Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands, Gold Coast
Friday, January 24 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Sunday, January 26 – Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney
Monday, January 27 – Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney
Friday, January 31 – Bonython Park, Adelaide*
Sunday, February 2 – Claremont Showgrounds, Perth*
*Subject to council approval
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For the second year running, Sydney will host its own Reclink Community Cup. This year it’s slated for Sunday, August 25.
The charity Aussie Rules match between radio presenters and local musicians will once again take place between the Sydney Sailors (a team comprised of FBi, 2SER and Triple J identities) and the Western Walers (musicians including Dan Sultan, The Celibate Rifles’ Damien Lovelock and The Wiggles’ Anthony Field) at Marrickville's Henson Park.
Last time around, the Sailors pipped the Walers for a nine-point victory, with M+N’s own Max Easton putting on a clinic. The day is modelled on Melbourne's own version of the Cup, which has been running for two decades. It attracted a record 10,000 people to Elsternwick Park last month, raising $100,000 for people experiencing disadvantage. Report here.
Entry is via gold coin donation. Gates are at 1pm, with bounce at 2pm. For more information on Reclink, head here.
(Photo: Rod Hunt Photography)
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Here’s the first single from Tex Perkins’ new “supergroup” The Ape. The sexy slow-burner ‘Crawl Back’, with falsetto vocals and slinky wah, is lifted from the band’s debut album, which is scheduled for an October release.
The Ape features Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt, River of Snakes, Midnight Woolf) on guitar; Gus Agars (The Vandas, The Gin Club, Gentlemen of Fortune) on drums; Pat Bourke (Ladyboyz, Gentlemen of Fortune) on bass and piano; and “the artist formally known as Tex Perkins” on vocals and guitar.
The band will play a World Rangers Day fundraiser on August 3, followed by a club date at Sydney’s Annandale, before heading up to the Top End for Darwin Festival, alongside Midnight Juggernauts and You Am I. Dates below.
The Ape live shows
Saturday, August 3 – World Rangers Day fundraiser @ Regal Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday, August 9 – The Annandale, Sydney, NSW
Saturday, August 17 – Darwin Festival, NT
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What: Hungry Ghost by Violent Soho.
When: September 6 through I Oh You/Liberator.
Key notes: Third album from Brisbane quartet. Follows 2008’s We Don’t Belong Here and 2010’s grunge-reviving (wait, scratch that) Violent Soho, released on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label, with the single ‘Jesus Stole My Girlfriend’ hitting #23 on Billboard’s alternative chart. Also follows US tours with Alice in Chains, Built to Spill and Dinosaur Jr., and an invitation from Les Savy Fav to play an ATP festival in England. Recorded at home studio The Shed with producer Bryce Moorhead (Dick Nasty, The Quickening), and mixed in New York by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth). Cover art by UK artist Sam Dunn. Doesn’t include last year’s double A-side single, ‘Tinderbox’/‘Neighbour Neighbour’, but stream the “brutal and passionate” new single ‘In the Aisle’ below. Previewing with small-capacity gigs in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney next month.
Wed, Aug 14 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW [w/Bearhug]
Thurs, Aug 15 – Liberty Social, Melbourne, VIC [w/Damn Terran]
Fri, Aug 16 – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD [w/Roku Music + Postblue]
From the presser: “Hungry Ghost is the album Violent Soho needed to make. Intelligent, melodic, soaked in Brisbane’s curious culture and dripping with attitude.”
Covered In Chrome
In The Aisle
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A record 10,000-strong crowd watched as local musicians “The Rockdogs” and “The Megahertz” (a team comprised of PBS FM and Triple R presenters) played out the second consecutive Community Cup draw at Melbourne’s Elsternwick Park on Sunday. Triple R Breakfasters presenter Stew Farrell slotted an after-the-siren goal, with more than $100,000 raised for charity partner Reclink. Full report here. Photos by JESSE BOOHER.
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The Rockdogs: 4.4.28
For the second year running and only the third time in its 20-year history, Melbourne’s Community Cup has ended in a draw. But there was one big winner on the day: charity partner Reclink, who’ll receive a record $100,000 windfall.
The annual football match between local musicians “The Rockdogs” and “The Megahertz” (a team comprised of PBS FM and Triple R presenters) drew an estimated 10,000 punters to Elsternwick Park in perfect conditions. The game was decided by a kick after the siren, with Triple R Breakfasters presenter Stew Farrell slotting the all-important goal to level the scores at 4.4.28 each. Liam “Banjo” O’Shannessy from The Rockdogs won the Stephen Connelly Award for best-on-ground for the second year running.
Actor/children’s entertainer Justine Clarke opened proceedings backed by The Rebelles, followed by Super Wild Horses. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard played a jammy half-time set, with post-match entertainment provided by a reformed Beasts of Bourbon. In lieu of the national anthem, Tim Rogers was joined by Kat Spazzy to perform ‘Pub’ by Cosmic Psychos.
Coached by Paul Kelly, The Rockdogs comprised Dan Sultan, Kat and Lucy Spazzy, Laura Imbruglia, Dave Larkin (Dallas Crane), Ash Naylor (Even), Steph Hughes (Dick Diver, Boomgates) and Ross Knight (Cosmic Psychos). Rockdogs perennial, You Am I’s Tim Rogers, watched from the sidelines this year, along with Western Bulldogs star Robert Murphy and Hawthorn legend Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico, who likened the Cup to the glory days of the VFL in a quarter-time address.
All proceeds go to Reclink, an organisation whose mission is to provide sporting, social and arts activities to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage.
(Photo by Jesse Booher. More to come.)
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Sydney’s Carriageworks will play host to a bumper, all-ages event in July.
Presented by FBi Radio, “At First Sight” will be headlined by HTRK, playing music from their soon-to-be-released fourth album, the follow-up to 2011’s M+N Critics Poll-topping Work (work, work). Other bands on the bill include: Melbourne’s Twerps, performing a rare Sydney show before heading back into the studio to begin work on album number two; The Laurels, who recently performed at Psych Fest in Austin; Beaches, whose second album She Beats came out last month; and Super Wild Horses, whose new album Crosswords hit shelves in April.
Straight Arrows, Songs, Holy Balm and Day Ravies are also on the bill, with more acts to be announced. There’ll also be DJs and a record fair featuring local stores, labels and private dealers. The event has been curated by local DJ Marty Doyle, who runs management/booking agency Magic Cactus and has hosted Dusty Fingers on FBi for the past four years.
Doyle says: “At First Sight is a day for all of us that treasure the experience of seeing a truly great band perform live, or flicking through crates of records and finding something old or discovering something new for the very first time. It is about giving people the chance to talk and explore really great music together with other equally passionate music lovers.”
At First Sight will be held at Carriageworks on Sunday, July 20. Tickets are $35.
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