July 23rd Hi-Fi
Was a fairly magical gig at the Hi Fi. Before I went I managed to have a few hour's sleep (old man nap) and maybe this was why it was very magical. Kazu Makino had this awesome on stage presence. Did happen to see the band before hand who were ok.
Blonde Redhead on wikipedia
Blonde Readhead myspace
more video's can be found here.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
ENVY(space) + MY DISCO!(space) + BRISK + ART VANDELAY The Arthouse, City. 8pm.
A cold night sore all these cool kids and pretty girls and boys - with there slick hair styles and designer gear from shop down an alley off chapel street (for non melbournians that the wanker district) - venture on down to the Arthouse for some mid week punk. It was so cold in the venue at the start that I had to wear my gloves and even up stairs in the outside smoking area (I don't smoke) found myself warming to the gas heater.
Art Vandelay (Brisbane) had that whole young vibe, with many different sounds coming from them, which is great because they have the potential to go anywhere in the musical universe.
I was very much in a trance listening to My Disco, wasn't expecting too much, one of my friends gave them a good quiet rap before they started, and I found myself to be in some sort of hypnotic state listening to there beats. Brisk were consistent, but I felt bored while waiting for the next band and my next drink.
When My Disco started I had they complete wow factor, probably due to the fact that they contracted so differently from the first two acts (and even the last Envy). My Disco had an Album released some time ago (I think it was Cancer) and was getting album of the week on PBS and RRR when it was release, so I feel like a Johny come lately now listening to them. They had some awesome instrumentals and other songs that would just pound right into you. I just placed this act in a box and label them.
My Disco - Perfect Protection
Envy (Japanese hardcore/screamo) came on which saw the whole crowd go to the front of the Arthouse. I found this out while talking to my mate and headed up to the stage to take a closer look. They had some great riffs and this great intensity.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Dinosaur Jr(space) + Eddy Current Suppression Ring(space)
The Forum, Thursday 12 July 2007
Did I just pay $4.50 for a coke, fuck that shit. Whats with drinks these day. I always complain about the price. But for fuck sake a non-alcoholic drink... but on with the gig (also plenty of bogans there too). Don't know who else Played. Last time I saw Eddy Current Suppression Ring (read here) they had this great intensity, but this time they lacked it. Maybe it was due to the larger venue compared to the more intimate venue of the Tote. The lead singer Brendan Suppression did the whole climb up on the tower of speakers and went to this over hang, which was cool and also did this pacing across the stage like a caged animal.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Precious Rose
(from It's All square 7")
Dinosaur Jr we're great very fresh for a well aged act. They opened with Almost Ready from the recent release beyond. J Mascis just went crazy and must of set the volume up to 11, and his solo we're long and massive, just pumping out the tunes. Other highlights we're It's all I came to do and Feel the Pain. J kind of took center stage and blow out Lou and Murph.
Check out Dinosaur Jr on the Late, Late show
Sunday, July 08, 2007
HARD LUCK(act), STRAIGHTJACKET NATION & CUT SICK!!
Pony, Saturday 07 July 2007
After the recent changes to pub's, clubs and bar with the smoking policy, Pony greeted me with the smell of stale beer and bad body oder, kind of like what decomposing food would smell like. While walking to the venue most places now have people standing out in the cold with there death sticks.
Very much of a click happening, people knew each other, sometimes this makes you feel a bit threatened. Yes there were a few people with there style that would fit in nicely with this type of music. The question I have is what the hell are you going to look like when your 60 with one of those big round earings that slot inside the lobe?
Sets were short, maybe only about 20 minutes each, with the bands taking longer than that to tune. But who could complain with a front door price of $7. Only downside was that the Beer was $3.60 for a pot of heavy (the most I've paid for a pot at the moment is $4.50 at transport, across from flinders street station).
Quickly (I'm no expert) Cut Sick had a great drummer; Straightjacket Nation was really into it and got the crowd into there music, had this energy; Hard Luck (from Canberra) kinda looked out of it, lead singer did a little pose with the taking of his jacket, and while this band played saw a few people leave with comments like 'See you at Bang' or some cool punk night for the kids.
Garage Band site has some Straightjacket Nation tracks to download.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
The Painkillers - Honey Bees
Found this gem via the JJJ unearthed website. The Painkillers are a two peice from perth, made up of James Baker and Joe Bludge. James has been in such acts as The Hoodoo Gurus, The Scientists and The Beasts Of Bourbon to name a few. Best way to describe this band is a take on punk and folk. This is a sweet song. There album "Drunk on a Train" is through Blazing Strumpet Records, and you can get it here at Red eye records.