Melbourne based Soul artist Zac Slater has just released his stunning new EP ‘The Versatile Mind’, and we’re loving it!
Check out lead single ‘Dreaming Of You’ below.
Melbourne psych upstarts, My Elephant Ride release their brand new single, ‘Sat In Tears’. Produced by the band, with a little help from the likes of Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard) and Daniel Caswell (Dune Rats, The Living End), its a track that represents the band at their best; Layered vocals, poetic lyrics, smart songwriting, screaming guitars and above all, a completely fun delivery.
’Sat in Tears’ sees the band once again join forces with film maker Dr D Foothead (The Babe Rainbow, The Murlocs) for the accompanying video. After shooting “one of the most impressive local music videos of the year” (Tonedeaf) for the bands first single, ‘In The Water’ in the Himalayas, this time we are taken to a drought affected lake in breathtaking Tasmania to witness a bushranger’s hallucinations.
After spending the better part of 2016 abroad, teaching yoga in Paris, Bali and India, this coming summer will see the band head up the east coast in support of their debut album, INTO THE JUNGLE.
INTO THE JUNGLE will be released through Wigwam Records on Friday October 28.
Australian Music Association has today announced the inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show set to engulf the Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on May 27 and 28. Proudly presented by Australian Musician, the monster exhibition promises to be an electrifying presentation of all things hit.
Boasting an impressive live performance program with some of the world’s best players and biggest names including Thomas Lang (George Michael, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel), Virgil Donati (Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai), Michael Schack (Netsky) and more (with Lang and Donati playing together for the first time ever), the show will also feature a huge array of drum gear and brands and will act as the country’s largest pop-up drum and percussion shop. You can see, try and buy drum kits, cymbals, orchestral and traditional percussion, electronic percussion, hand percussion and accessories from all the major brands, plus never-before-seen gear. There’ll be some tasty home grown and handmade gear too.
Run by the same team that put on the annual Melbourne Guitar Show (MGS) and based on the successful MGS model, the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will also host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented drummers and percussion players including Lucius Borich (Cog), Lozz Benson (Urthboy, Drummer Queens), Stan Bicknell (Kimbra, Miami Horror) and more. From double-kick drummers, groove and touch drummers and jazz stylists, to exotic percussion players, orchestral percussionists, and hard hittin’ rock n rollers, there’ll be something for everyone.
The voice of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) is thrilled to present this drum-centric weekend. “There’s so much about percussion, it’s the world’s most accessible form of music – people take their first steps in music through percussion,” says AMA CEO Rob Walker. “We are excited to showcase our industry’s products and the wealth of local talent that Sydney and Australia has to offer, as well as international guests – three of the best in the world! We seek to educate and entertain, and showcase and grow our drum and percussion community.”
Punters will have the opportunity to participate in drum circles and other hands on percussion workshops, see Australia’s leading percussion ensembles, Taikoz and Synergy Percussion, as well as leading student percussion ensembles from The Sydney Conservatorium and combined school’s ensemble, Drumfill. They can experience the latest electronic drum technology, meet a stack of the industry’s finest drum and percussion players, take part in workshops on drumming for fitness and wellbeing, performance clinics, panels and more.
Additionally, the 2017 Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands. It will also see exhibitors offering great show deals.
If you can hit it, ring it, shake rattle and roll it, it’ll be at the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show.
The Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will be held at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on May 27 & 28, 2017
SYDNEY DRUM AND PERCUSSION SHOW DETAILS
SATURDAY MAY 27 | ROSEHILL GARDENS GRAND PAVILION |10.00am – 6.00pm | TICKETS
SUNDAY MAY 28 | ROSEHILL GARDENS GRAND PAVILION | 10.00am – 5.00pm | TICKETS
UK street punk legends GBH ave been touring since 1978, and show on indication of slowing down, including playing in Australia in early 2016. With over ten studio LPs to their name, including 2010s Perfume and Piss, the show at the Bendigo on February 26 should be a ripper. Lead singer Collin was good enough to answer my lame questions. We did this via email, so I don/t know if me was really shouting when he answered these.
Munster: How has 2015 treat GBH?
IT’S HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR US .WE TOURED MOST OF EUROPE , DID A BIG U.S. TOUR , AND EVEN WENT TO MEXICO , WHICH WAS UNBELIEVABLE ,
Munster: You guys ave been Quiet on the album front, not releasing any LP since 2010, any plans on a new release?
COLIN: WE ARE IN NO REAL RUSH TO RELEASE ANYTHING , WE HAVE 99.9% OF THE NEW ALBUM WRITTEN AND ARE JUST WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO GO INTO THE STUDIO TO RECORD IT .
Munster: Perfume and Piss came out on Hellcat, how did that come about?
COLIN: WE HAVE KNOWN LARS (FROM RANCID) SINCE HE WAS 11 YEARS OLD ,I SENT HIM A DEMO OF SOME OF THE SONGS FROM” PERFUME AND PISS” , HE LOVED THEM SO PLAYED THEM TO TIM , THEN THEY SIGNED US UP
Munster: Considering GBH are constantly touring, is it hard to get time to write and record?
COLIN: NOT REALLY , BUT IT TAKES A WHILE TO FULLY CONCENTRATE ON A CERTAIN THING .
Munster: GBH play many places round the globe, which cities are your favorite to play in?
COLIN: I LOVE EVERYWHERE !!!, TOKYO IS ALWAYS SPECIAL, SO IS L.A. AND NEW YORK , BILBAO, BUT GOING TO NEW PLACES FOR US IS ALWAYS EXCITING AS WELL
Munster: What do you put down to staying together this long?
COLIN: I PERSONALLY THINK IT IS BECAUSE WE WERE FRIENDS BEFORE WERE WERE A BAND , WE HAVE TOURED WITH A FEW BANDS WHO HATE EACH OTHER AND ARGUE AND FIGHT ALL THE TIME , WE ARE QUITE A HARMONIOUS LITTLE OUTFIT .
Munster: which Bands did you look at as inspirations when GBH started?
COLIN: WELL OBVIOUSLY ALL THE PIONEERS OF EARLY PUNK , SEX PISTOLS ,THE CLASH, THE DAMNED, THE RAMONES, THEN YOU START TO FIND OUT WHO INSPIRED THESE BANDS , STUFF LIKE THE STOOGES , NEW YORK DOLLS , AND SLIGHTLY MORE OBSCURE BANDS LIKE DR FEELGOOD AND ALEX HARVEY .
Munster: in what way did you think GBH at the start stood out from all the other punk bands in the UK?
COLIN: WE WERE THE MOST HANDSOME BY FAR , FASTER, TIGHTER AND HOPEFULLY A BIT MORE ORIGINAL
Munster: What do you think of the current state of punk in the UK?
COLIN: IT IS FANTASTIC , EVERYWHERE SEEMS TO HAVE A GOOD LOCAL SCENE , THERE ARE SO MANY SHOWS ON , AND WITH THE INTERNET COMMUNICATION IS THE BEST IT HAS EVER BEEN
Munster: I was on a panel recently asking the question is punk still relevant, so i/ll ask you as well, is Punk still relevant?
COLIN: YES IT IS ,IT ALWAYS WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE , BECAUSE IT ENCOURAGES FREE THINKING , IT’S A VERY SOCIAL THING , IF SOMEONE NEEDS HELP , YOU HELP THEM AND EVEYBODY LOVES A GOOD TIME .SIMPLES.
Munster: What issues in the world or in your lives make you pissed off and wanna write a song about it?
COLIN: YOU CANNOT CHOOSE WHAT AFFECTS YOU , IT JUST HAPPENS . I WAS THINKING ABOUT THIS THE OTHER DAY A FEW OF OUR NEW SONGS CONCERN WAR / TERRORISM , AND I THOUGHT , IM FED UP WITH WRITING SONGS ABOUT WAR. BUT THAT IS THE BIGGEST CONCERN IN THE WORLD TODAY .IT’S THE HEADLINES OF EVRY NEWSPAPER , THE LEAD STORY ON TV NEWS SHOWS ,WE DO HAVE A SONG ABOUT GETTING DRUNK , SO IT’S A BALANCE .
Munster: Whats coming up next?
COLIN: MORE LIVE SHOWS !!!!!!! WE HAVE A EUROPEAN TOUR BEFORE CHRISTMAS , THEN SOME U.K. ONES IN JAN AND OF COURSE WE GO TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN FEB .
IT’S ALL GO ……….BUT WE WOULD’NT HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY
GBH play the bendigo hotel Friday 26 February 2016. Tixs at http://www.thedrunkpromoter.com
Little Wise has today announced the new single Don’t Hurry Back, a delicate, narrative-based tune, out October 28. Accompanying Don’t Hurry Back is a visually stunning clip that celebrates the beauty and the grit of rural Australia, directed by Agostino Soldati (Liz Stringer, Saint Jude, Sal Kimber). Don’t Hurry Back is the second single to be lifted from Little Wise’s debut album, the first single Under Water was released in August and will also feature on the full length Silver Birch, out November 11. To celebrate Little Wise will be hitting the road with her band in November and December on a massive national tour, kicking off in Byron Bay on November 11, then moving through Fingal Head, Brisbane, Alexandra Headland, Nambucca Heads, Sydney, Canberra, Seymour, Melbourne, Deans Marsh, Adelaide, Margate and wrapping up in Mayberry in Tasmania on December 11.
Don’t Hurry Back is an elusive piece, characterised by its sparseness, and evocative of the broad, dry landscape of a regional town. Pedal steel guitar howls in the background while Sophie Klein, the woman behind Little Wise, warbles sweetly atop the harmony. Don’t Hurry Back is a warm nod to country and roots, while still crisp, invigorating, and refreshingly Australian. Of the single, Klein says, “I wrote this song with a depressed rural town in mind; one that has had a previous mining boom that’s now shutting down. Those who are left have little prospects. It is fictional, written from the perspective of a man who is ageing, writing to his ex-lover telling her, Don’t Hurry Back.”
The debut album Silver Birch offers much more of the nostalgia and bittersweet storytelling that encompasses the lead single. Recorded in Klein’s empty childhood home and at Woodstock Studios in Balaclava and features special guest performances by Ben Franz (The Waifs), Megan Bernard and Rosie Burgess among many others. Silver Birch is the result of a stellar crowdfunding effort of over $8,000 and MATCH funding from Creative Partnerships Australia. Klein collaborated with the production team MEJU (Megan Bernard and Kaliu Tonuma (Neil Finn, Crowded House, Hunters and Collectors)) on the record and tackles life cycles, grief, relationships and self-discovery in this remarkable collection of expertly crafted songs. Klein reflects on the album, “Many of the songs on the album are about the grief of losing my dear mum to cancer in 2013. Silver birch trees are representative of the cycle of life, in terms of the changing of the leaves throughout the seasons. The album title is also a reference to the silver birch trees in the front yard of my family home, where the recording began, and is a recurring motif throughout the album. Amazingly poignant; you can even hear the birds chirping from those trees in the title track.”
Klein and the band will be heading out on tour in November and December to celebrate the release of Silver Birch. Excited to be hitting the road, Klein enthuses, “Fans can expect a raw and uplifting performance, where the veil between me as the performer and them as the audience is as thin as ever. People can expect to be taken on a roller coaster of emotion, leaving uplifted and connected. I often have deep lasting connections with people who come to my shows, and find the songs resonate with peoples’ personal experiences. That connection is one of the best parts of being a songwriter.”
Little Wise is Sophie Klein.
LITTLE WISE ‘SILVER BIRCH’ NATIONAL TOUR
FRI 11 NOV | THE TREEHOUSE, BYRON BAY NSW | 7.30PM
Free Show | Full band
SAT 12 NOV | SHEOAK SHACK, FINGAL HEAD NSW | 2PM*
Free show | Duo
SAT 12 NOV | PADRE, BRISBANE QLD | 8.30PM | 18+
Free show |Duo | with special guest Phil Smith
SUN 13 NOV | BLACK BUNNY KITCHEN, ALEXANDRA HEADLAND QLD | 3.30PM *
Free show |Duo
TUES 15 NOV | HOUSE CONCERT, NAMBUCCA HEADS NSW | 7PM
Solo show | Tickets available from www.littlewise.com.au
THURS 17 NOV | PETERSHAM BOWLING CLUB, SYDNEY NSW | 7.30PM | 18+ *
Duo show |Tickets available from www.trybooking.com/NHYC | with special guest Alana Bruce
FRI 18 NOV | SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE, CANBERRA ACT | 7PM *
Duo Show |Tickets available from www.smithsalternative.com
SAT 19 NOV | COMMONGROUND FESTIVAL, SEYMOUR VIC | 12PM
Full Band Show | Tickets available from www.common-ground.org.au/tickets
THURS 24 NOV | THE BELLA UNION, MELBOURNE VIC | 7PM |18 +
Full Band Show | Tickets available from www.bellaunion.com.au | with special guests Gallie & John Flanagan Trio
FRI 25 NOV | MARTIANS CAFÉ, DEANS MARSH VIC | 7.30PM *
Full Band Show | Tickets available from www.martianscafe.com.au
SUN 27 NOV | THE WHEATSHEAF, ADELAIDE SA | 4PM *
Full Band Show | Tickets available from www.wheatsheafhotel.com.au
FRI 9 DEC | BASEMENT DISCS, MELBOURNE VIC | 12.45PM
Free show | Duo
SAT 10 DEC | BROOKFIELD SHED, MARGATE TAS | 8PM *
Full Band Show | Tickets available from www.arelmedia.com.au | with special guest Isla Ka
SUN 11 DEC | MARAKOOPA CAFÉ, MAYBERRY TAS | 2PM*
Full Band Show | Tickets available from www.marakoopacafe.com.au
* With special guest Rosie Burgess
The guys from SODASTREAM have gotten through to Buzz to let us know they have an album launch on
Friday 24 Feb
Northcote Social Club
301 High Street Northcote
Pre-sale tickets on sale now : $25 + BF
via venue website
Supports : Ben Mason + TBC
Doors open : 8.30pm
Kid Congo recent completed a much acclaimed tour of Australia including three well received shows in Melbourne. The man Kid is a legend of underground music aving worked in the Cramps, the Bad Seeds and the Gun Club, but know fronts his own band and is worth checking out for anyone who is a fan if the bands mentioned above.
Munster: How has Australia treated you so far?
Kid: Australia has been a blast. Such warm, fun and enthusiastic audience. We were not sure what to expect, having never played in Australia before. The welcome has been overwhelming and appreciated.
Munster: What process went into making the latest album Haunted Head?
Kid: We make records very much out of bare bones ideas from each member and on site. We all live spread out in different States , so our time together is limited and intensive. It seems to work well as we are not in each other’s day to day life, thus , happy to see each other and play music together. Haunted Head was recorded in summertime, so it was hot, humid, and swampy for real!
Munster: How did the Pink Monkey Birds start?
Kid: We started in New York, where me and Kiki were living in 2006. I had an entirely different band that fell apart, and a friend told me “kid , you need a Texas rhythm section” because he was from Texas and they think everything from there is the best. So he gave Kiki my number and also found drummer, Ron Miller, whom had lived in Austin. After 2 minutes of playing together I knew this was amazing and magic chemistry. Luckily, they have been with me ever since then! We started as a three piece, but when we recorded Dracula Boots i did some extra guitar parts and needed another member to tour, so we added Jesse Roberts and just kept the band as a 4 piece. Now Mark Cisneros has been with us almost 2 years . We just recorded a new album with him. It’s a new flavor for sure.
Munster: What music inspired you growing up and how big was the punk scene on your life?
Kid:I was interested in music always from a small kid. When I was nine years old my cousins played Jimi Hendrix “Axis Bold As Love” over and over. I knew every word of every song and loved how the guitar sounded like a spaceship taking off. As a teenager I was into David Bowie, Lou Reed, T. Rex, The Sweet. I dressed up like an androgynous rock star and snuck out to Hollywood nightclubs to dance with other kids. There were so many teens in the early 70’s hitchhiking around Hollywood. Glamour and danger was an allure, for better and worse sometimes! A lot of these youngsters, myself included, made up the punk scene in the later 70’s. We were the true alternative music seekers. Teenage stuff.
Munster: Tell us about the fanzine you ran for the Screamers and any advice for us on doing a zine?
Kid: Advice? Just to do it for the love of the music and whatever focus you choose. Have a sense of humor. That’s really all that went into The Screamers zine, same for The Ramones fan club I did in 1976. It was the desire and need to communicate with others that were as excited about those bands. We wanted them to be the biggest thing in the world. The Ramones “made it” in my book! Really, so did The Screamers, in their time and space. It’s just relative.
Munster: I heard from Fridays show you did a song from the Cramps and the Gun Club in the set which is great you throw in tracks from your previous bands, but focusing mostly on the Pink Monkey Birds stuff. How do you comprise the setlist? I take it your happy to do the odd track from your past work but not to overkill it?
Kid: We do those songs from The Cramps and Gun Club really to say “hello” to Jeffrey and Lux & Ivy, to let them, ourselves and others know that we are continuing the work that has been laid out before. To make music in the same spirit. There is no one else directly connected with those bands playing live right now, so i guess it makes sense for us to do them. Plus I am very proud to have taken part in these bands. PLUS it makes the audience happy.
Munster: How did you join the Cramps? What do you think you brought to the band?
Kid: Right place right time! I had just picked up a guitar and started playing with Jeffrey lee Pierce and The Gun Club when the Cramps showed up and plucked me up to their lair. It was surprising and unexpected. I was a super fan of The Cramps, had seen them in NYC and LA numerous times. Strange and lucky turn of events.
Munster: WHAT was the craziest moment you went through with the Cramps?
Kid: When my hair caught on fire onstage! I had used so much hairspray in my Ronnie Spector buffont (see pics of me 1981-2) that when i bent over my amplifier to make feedback during “Sunglasses After Dark”( we had lit candles on our amps) the flame jumped up into my hair and it went up “WOOSH” and the entire audience screamed! Nick Knox jumped over his drum kit and poured a beer on my head, and hit me with his sticks for good measure! Then Lux, never missing a beat, exclaimed “The days of miracles have not passed, I give you Kid Congo, The Burning Bush!”
Munster: How did you join the Bad Seeds?
Kid: I was friendly with The Birthday party and Bad Seeds and hanging out in London after the Gun Club broke up. Mick Harvey asked me to fill in for the “Your Funeral, My Trial” tour and then I ended up in the band for 3 more years, moved to Berlin and learned a lot and made good friends and good records.
Munster: What was the creative process like in that band? With so many talented musos I can imagine everyone want in their voice/opinion heard and with so many members that might be difficult
Kid: It was not difficult at all. We sat around and watched Mick play everything! Only kidding! Mick , Nick, and often Thomas Wydler would lay something down and the rest of the band were free to contribute their parts. It worked differently all the time. No one was left out. We did what was necessary to make the best song, even if that meant playing one note, or sitting out. But i think The musicians were picked for their individuality and were respected and expected to do their own thing.
Munster: Do you think youd be making music if you had not meet Jeffery Lee Pierce?
Kid: Absolutly not! He forced me to play guitar. And he made me believe i could do it. I thank him every day.
Munster: What were your thoughts on the The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project?
Kid: I think that it is the most inventive and touching way to pay tribute to an artist. Jeffrey was never about rehashing his old work. I am glad to be a part of it. Cypress Grove is a real friend and understands Jeffrey and his work.
Munster: How did you go from the transition from being a guitarist to being a front man as well?
Kid: Slowly! It came i fits and starts through the years. I was just left with a gig to fill at a club I was booking and had to do it, to fill a blank day. It did not come instantly and naturally. It was a lot of work and learning in public till I figured out how to make it work and be comfortable.
Munster: I read in an interview you mentioned your writing your autobiography, where is that project at?
Kid: Almost finished, if I can stop typing out interviews! just kidding! It’s a coming of age memoirs, from childhood thru 1984, when the Gun Club left Los Angeles for London. It’s my Los Angeles life. The teenage stuff is really rich I find. … The Bad Seeds and being a junkie in Europe is a whole other book!
Munster: Who do you think has been your best collaborator?
Kid: The Pink Monkey Birds, because they make me happen now. Jeffrey was my first guitar teacher, The Cramps showed me how to be in a band and The Bad Seeds changed my mind about music and opened me up to experimental process. They are equally important. There is no best.
Munster: After 30 years making music what do you consider your favourite/proudest moment?
Kid: Too many to pinpoint. The NOW is always best for me.
Munster: What/s next?
Kid:New LP by Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds is recorded and mixed and will be out on In The Red Records later this year. The Title is : “La Araña es La Vida” which means “The Spider is the Life” .. Also i have a sider project with Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs and Bob Bert, Of Pussy Galore, Sonic Youth and Chrome Cranks. It’s called The Wolfmanhattan Project. We just recorded an album. also on In The Red later this year. Now to finish my book!
Munster: And the standard final question, favourite album by the Fall please?
Kid: There are so many? Live at the Witch Trials may still be the one!
Iconic 90s supergroupd the Monkeywrech return to Melbourne in November for a show at the Tote on Friday 15 November and Geelong for River Rocks the next day. Martin Bland also of Lubricated Goat fame spoke to Munster prior to the tour
Munster: How does it feel getting the band back together?
Martin: Feels great, although it took a few practices just to blow the dust off our fingers and out of our ears. The great thing about only getting together every 8 years or so is that we have yet to tire of playing the songs and we seem to play them with a little more piss & vinegar each time. I guess as we get older, we maybe get more cranky, which kind of suits the songs. In fact, I would recommend a regimen of only playing together every 8 years for any young band, although by the time you get back together the 2nd or 3rd time, you might not be so young anymore. But it works for us.
Munster: How hard was it with everyones other commitments to arranging a tour?
Martin: Surprisingly easy. I don’t think anyone would have dared say no to playing in Australia. Neither Tim nor Tom had been down there, Mark and Steve love it and I haven’t played down there in 26 years.
Munster: Considering you all have other bands, what is it about the music of The Monkeywrench that pulls you all back in again?
Martin: Apart from the obvious, which is the opportunity to play alongside an amazingly brilliant drummer, I would say that there is an energy level that we often reach that can be pretty exhilarating. It is what the old rockabilly guys called getting gone and we seem to have been hitting it at the recent shows.
Munster: When you first started was it indeed to be a short-term thing? Would you have been surprised if I told you you’d be playing shows in 2016?
Martin:It was supposed to be short term, but, really, everything back then was short term. I personally have never lived with any grand plan in life at all. Not only would I have been surprised at still playing shows in 2016, I would have been surprised that 2016 was even a thing. The thought might have made my blood run cold back then but I sure am glad that we are still around and able to kick up some dust.
Munster: When the band started it was to record a bunch of Poison 13 songs that had never been reordered, how important was it to bring those songs to life?
Martin: I think for Tim and Mark it was very important. I believe Tim’s aim partly was to flush Mike Carroll (Poison 13 singer) out of the weeds after he had gone off the rails a little. And it worked- Tim later worked with him in a couple of pretty cool bands during 1990’s- Lord High Fixers and Jack Of Fire.
Munster: I read a quote from Mike Watt where he said if he messes up just one Stooges show he knows he’s always going to be remembered as the guy who ruined a Stooges show – so what kinda pressure did you feel recording those tracks?
Martin: Well, I personally didn’t feel too much pressure as I wasn’t familiar with Poison 13 at the time- In fact, when Mark asked me to participate, I thought he meant Poison Idea and I thought we were all going to be playing a whole mess of metallic punk tunes. I imagined Tim was going to be a big fat drug-crazed maniac and was relieved that he was this sweet little tattooed dude with a Texas accent you could hang a Stetson on. I kind of had my head in the sand back then and wasn’t too aware of which current bands were doing what at the time.
Munster: What kept the band going and what was it like working on material fresh and from starch as a band?
Martin: The impetus to keep going came from Mark, really. In the late 90’s there was a little uncertainty about Mudhoney’s future so we reactivated the Monkeywrench for a bunch of shows in Europe and Japan. We made an lp called Electric Children which was an experiment in finding our feet as a band. Coming up with songs was no problem as we can all write a bit but it was the last lp, Gabriel’s Horn was where we really found our way and we were able to incorporate a lot of the different interests that we have- Tim was really getting into free jazz, some of the other guys were into soul, some into stoner/space rock and, at the time, I was pretty fascinated with 20th century avant garde music such as John Cage’s music of chance and aleatorical music. So we were able to include all of that along with the usual blues stuff that is at the basis of everything we do.
Munster: Monkeywrench recorded a Germs song for a 7 inch, please tell us how the Germs influenced you?
Martin:Speaking for myself, not even a bit I’m sorry to say but I know for a fact that that is not the case for the other guys. They are all pretty heavily steeped in the early US hardcore scene and when they throw around names, I’m never quite sure who they are talking about. I don’t know my JFA from my DOA. Speaking personally, by the time the Germs and the other US punk bands had come along, I had pretty much given up on punk and so I I never really gave it much of a chance.
Munster: Any new material in the pipeline?
Martin: Nothing new at the moment. I believe Mudhoney are about to gird their loins and create another epic.
Munster what’s up next for you?
Martin: I play in a couple of bands around town- a band with Tom (Price, Monkeywrench guitar wizard) called the Tom Price Desert Classic and also a soul/blues band called Bonneville Power. LatelyI have also really got into the idea of miniature songs, which requires a fair bit of discipline to cut any fat off a tune.
Munster: …..and to end, what is your favourite Fall LP please?
Martin:Slates, no question about it. I bought it just for the cover whenever it came out and was just floored by it. An amazing amount of variety despite only having 6 songs on it- something that bands rarely do these days. Leave The Capitol!
The Monkeywreches play the Tote Friday 15 November at the Tote and Saturday 16 November at River Rocks.
LA Rocksteady returns with latest single ‘Nothing Without You’. The track features the producer’s distinctive sound of heavily distorted synthesizes and guitars.
Enlisting support from Alius on vocals, ‘Nothing Without You’ is in the LA Rocksteady’s words “an 80’s Action Movie French electro vibe”.
Based in Melbourne, La Rocksteady is an electronic act incorporating rock, pop and disco influence into ‘stadium rock’, coloured by grungy bars, filthy unisex toilets, Tuesday night lock-ins, skinny jeans, Japanese engines and Cold War time machines.
‘Nothing Without You’ follows on from LA Rocksteady’s debut EP 1987 released last year; and is the first taste of the upcoming 5-track EP New York. TV. Ice Cream. Travel. Good Times. due for release in November.
STREAM NOTHING WITH YOU – http://bit.ly/larocksteady-SC
Available July 29 via Xelon/Velcro
Exceptional young songwriter, producer & multi-instrumentalist Alex L’Estrange has today announced his new single Nothing To Hide, a gritty mystery of a track lifted from his debut EP, Auchenflower, both set for release on December 16. Following several vibrant singles which have gained the attention from a bunch of large tastemaker blogs including DIY (UK) and Hilly Dilly (US), L’Estrange’s debut EP Auchenflower is a clear, confident collection of songs, named for the sleepy Brisbane suburb in which they were written. L’Estrange has just finished traveling around the country supporting Holy Holy on their Darwinism national tour and will launch his EP with a hometown show at Black Bear Lodge’s Last Party Before Lockout on January 28.
Nothing To Hide is hazy, evoking a nebulous feeling of early Tame Impala, or even The Beatles of Revolver times. L’Estrange’s voice sits defiantly atop an intoxicating, guitar-driven instrumental that pulls towards the magnetic, soaring chorus. L’Estrange reflects on the track, “It was written on one of those strange days that felt more like a dream. I’d been working away at this tune, I knew it had something about it that I’d never felt before, but I didn’t find out about what that really meant until later that night. That evening, a stranger visited me at the house I was living at in Auchenflower. I ended up going back to her mansion that she lived at alone. She divulged her life story. When I finally got back home, the song made sense. It was for her.”
The video for Nothing To Hide is a delicate gem, framing the track with finesse. Directed by Corey Donaldson (Cloudfall), the clip depicts a young woman living in a lifeless world, inhabited by mannequins. Eventually conforming, she transforms into a mannequin herself, leaving the audience to wonder whether she can maintain a sense of individuality in a world where everyone looks the same. Of the clip, L’Estrange says, “It’s clear that deep within her mind there is an original voice struggling to get out, she’s questioning her environment, and trying to understand why she feels so disconnected…(Lead actor) Cecilia Griffiths’ incredible expression really created the atmosphere of the clip and brought an air of mystery to the role. She has an innocence that is both charming and devastating.”
L’Estrange has arrived at a conclusive new juncture with the upcoming release of his debut EP, Auchenflower. The thoughtful collection of songs is natural, personal; the result of years of practice, years of listening, writing, and learning. Lurching guitars thread themselves around towering choruses, while quieter moments are buoyed by oblique acoustic arrangements and introspective lyricism. For the most part, Auchenflower was self-produced, however Australian music industry veterans Matt Redlich (Holy Holy, Ball Park Music, Ainslie Wills) and Andy Aubin (MTNS) both played a part in the production of the stunning debut. Reflecting on the ideas explored on Auchenflower, L’Estrange says, “Each song tackles a different thing. Some of the themes are focused inwards and concern feelings of fleeting love. Some of them concern others around me, like troubled relationships or exciting, enigmatic people. I’m often more interested in the listener’s interpretation of a song – A song like Nothing to Hide evokes a whole range of different moods and atmospheres within different people.”
L’Estrange has been on the road with Holy Holy on their Darwinism national tour this month, wrapping up at The Triffid in Brisbane on the weekend. Excited to be on the road playing live, L’Estrange enthuses, “Playing live has shed a whole new light onto the songs. I’m lucky enough to have some of my best friends (and some of the best musicians), play on stage with me. My line up at the moment usually consists of Sam Cromack and Dean Hanson (Ball Park Music) on guitar and bass, and Zac Moynihan (Mid Ayr) on drums. We try and recreate the feeling and atmospheres of the songs in a live setting without just replicating the recordings. We change stuff up and play off the crowd. Each show is different and unique.”
Auchenflower will be out December 16
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