EP 248: Feedtime & Other Places

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Photo: Alec Smart (FT) Naomi Lee Beveridge (OP)

Feedtime

Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 22nd June 2017

Feedtime was formed in Sydney in the late 70’s. They’ve been described as “A blues-noise… equal parts abstract minimalism and working class roots-rock. Post-punk, yet right in the thick of it; miles ahead of the pack and not many seemed to notice.” (PBS FM 2017)

The original line up released 4 albums on Aberrant Records in the US, UK and Europe as well as Australia throughout the 1980’s before splitting in 1989.  The band reformed with a new drummer in the mid 90’s, this time releasing Billy through Amphetamine Reptile records and completed tours with The Damned and Unsane. The latter also appearing on a 7 inch split with feedtime in 1996.

Apart from the odd reunion show, the band remained quiet for a long time before reforming their original line up to record Gas which was released via In The Red in 2017.

Other Places

Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 4th August 2018

Also the drummer of Melbourne based Taipan Tiger Girls, Mat Watson’s Other Places is his solo electronic project, an opportunity to delve into early 60’s exotic instrumental music, motorik rhythms, cosmic techno and synth heavy science fiction soundtracks. To date Watson has released 3 albums, self titled in 2011,  Symbols in 2013 and 2017’s Lost In The Sea of Paradise, all through IT Records.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 10th of June 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 247: Jen Cloher & Totally Mild

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Jen Cloher

Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 15th August 2017

Originally from Adelaide, Cloher moved to Sydney to pursue a degree at NIDA After graduating, she instead decided to begin playing music. Permanent Marker, her debut EP, was released via Shiny Records in 2005. She then became Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea, which featured a rotating line up of musicians including Laura Jean, Jen Sholakis, Biddy Connor, Tom Healy, Geoffrey Dunbar, Michael Hubbard and Ross Calia.

Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea released two full lengths, 2006’s Dead Wood Falls and 2009’s Hidden Hands, both which received critical acclaim and we’re toured extensively throughout the country. Once returning from a hiatus in 2012, Cloher began her own record label Milk Records. Along with facilitating her own releases, Milk is now home to Courtney Barnett, Fraser A. Gorman, Jade Imagine, Loose Tooth, The Finks and Hachiku, as well as her collaborative EP with Mia Dyson and Liz Stringer which was released and toured in 2013.

Two more solo records have followed for Cloher, In Blood Memory in 2013 and her self titled fourth LP in 2017. The latter was recorded in a small town in South Gippsland approximately 130 km south-east of Melbourne called Jumbunna. It was produced by Greg Walker with guest contributors The Drones guitarist Dan Luscombe and Kurt Vile.

Totally Mild

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 7th February 2018

Beginning as a solo project by singer/guitarist Elizabeth Mitchell, Totally Mild grew to include lead guitarist Zach Schneider, bass player Lehmann Smith, and drummer Ashley Bundang. The band played high profile supports for both Real Estate and Best Coast before their full-length debut, Down Time, arrived on Bedroom Suck Records in 2015.

Touring ensued, and as well as Australia, the band played a string of dates throughout the  UK and Europe and a trip to the US for SXSW, adding in stops in New York and LA. Recruiting new drummer Dylan Young, Totally Mild followed up in February 2018 with their second album Her, also released on Bedroom Suck and Fire Records in the UK. The album has received high praise from many critics.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 3rd of June 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 246: Something For Kate

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Photo: Bronwen Caple

Something For Kate

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Triffid, Brisbane, 11th November 2017

A three piece band from Melbourne, Something For Kate are comprised of vocals/guitarist, Paul Dempsey, bass player, Stephanie Ashworth and drummer, Clint Hyndman. To date they have released six Top 10 gold and platinum studio albums, a double album of B-sides, a double Best-Of album, a DVD, a live album, three e.p’s, a book to go with a mountain of singles.

From the early days the band built a varied fan base in Melbourne, recording a 7 track demo tape (which was later released as The Answer to Both Your Questions EP in 1996) that sold out of multiple pressings. This gained them the attention of Sony Music’s A&R, Chris Dunn, in 1995, who quickly signed them to the Murmur label, making them label mates with Newcastle’s very own Silverchair.

The label became their home for the next 10 years and during this time the band toured endlessly throughout Australia as well as the US, Europe & Japan. They have toured with everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to David Bowie, also playing many major festivals.

After fulfilling their commitment with Sony, Something For Kate then signed to EMI/Capitol Records Australia, releasing their 6th studio album Leave Your Soul To Science in 2012. They completed the recordings in Dallas, Texas with producer, John Congleton who has also worked with St Vincent, Explosions in the Sky and Modest Mouse. The album debuted at Number 1 on the Australian ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) chart and number 5 on the International ARIA chart and a huge national sell out tour commenced soon after.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 27th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 245: Bench Press & MOD CON

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Bench Press

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 8th February 2018

Having burst onto the Melbourne scene in early 2016, Bench Press have earned a reputation for dynamic live performances. The quartet that consists of Lead vocalist Jack Stavrakis, guitarist Morgan Griffiths, bassist Lewis Waite and drummer Jordan Hicks released their self titled debut through Poison City Records in 2017. Since then they have played alongside label mates Clowns and Batpiss as well as Horace Bones, Turnpike and Moody Beaches.

MOD CON

Engineered by Kaite Harrington and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 9th February 2018

Originally playing as the alt-country band Palm Springs, MOD CON is the collaborative project of Erica Dunn, Sara Retallick and Raquel Solier. “Do It Right Margo” – The first single from this new incarnation was released in late 2017 via Poison City, and the band have been on the rise ever since, putting out their debut LP Modern Convenience in the first half of 2018.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 244: Hexdebt & The Living Eyes

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Photo: Yunis Tmeizeh (H) Yana Amur (TLE)

Hexdebt

Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 14th December 2017

HEXDEBT have made a thundering entrance into the Melbourne punk and garage scene since their formation in a Brunswick lounge room in Mid-2016. The lineup consists of Agnes Whalan on vocals and guitar, Isobel D’cruz Barnes on bass and backing vocals, Aife Larkin on guitar and Lucy Fry on drums.

Their songs grip a tension between tightly refined technical prowess and chaotic discordance, executing the balance of both with ferocious confidence. This has earned them performance slots at Wetfest, The Bank Records Launch, and supporting all types of punk rock legends around town (PBS FM website, 2017).

The Living Eyes

Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 3th February 2018

Geelong locals, The Living Eyes, are a rock band of sorts, blending their own version of melodic power pop and garage. The band started out in their teenage years as a strictly 60’s garage band, playing shows with Geelong friends. Seven years later the boys have grown up a bit and so has their music.

Releasing their debut LP in 2013 with Anti Fade followed by a second full-length record, Living Large, in 2015, the quartet are back with their third LP, Modern Living. The new album comes bearing a different sound to the previous two, taking references to artists like The Monochrome Set and The Troggs, but with of course the Australian influence of bands like The Sunnyboys and The Saints (PBS FM website, 2018).

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 243: Biscotti & Dumb Things

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Photo: Marcus Salvagno (B) Laura Marsh (DT)

Biscotti

Engineered by Owen McKern
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 9th February 2018

Biscotti is Melbourne based producer and multi instrumentalist Carla Ori’s solo project. While also playing as a part of Empat Lima, Biscotti allows Ori to fashion evocative sounds which create otherworldly landscapes and guide the listener through different scenes.

Her first EP titled Make Me Feel Good was released independently in 2013 which lead Biscotti to perform nationally and internationally at music festivals such at Falls Festival, Wide Open Space and Mata Air Festival (Indonesia). Another EP, Alternator, followed in 2015 before the debut long player Like Heaven In The Movies in 2017.

Dumb Things

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

Brisbane hangover pop quintet Dumb Things released their debut self titled album in 2017, signing with French label Hidden Bay Records for its European release. Strong local radio support has seen the band play alongside other Brisbane  favourites Tape/Off, Baskervillain, Good Boy and Future Haunts.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 242: Protomartyr

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Photo: Tracie Tee

Protomartyr

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Foundry, Brisbane, 15th February 2018

Detroit based musicians Greg Ahee (guitar) and Alex Leonard (drums) first began performing as a duo under the name Butt Babies. Soon they were joined by Joe Casey on vocals and once Scott Davidson joined the band on bass, Butt Babies transformed into Protomartyr.

The band signed to Urinal Cake Records and released their debut album, No Passion All Technique in 2012 which was followed by 2014’s Under Color of Official Right in April 2014 via Hardly Art records. The critically acclaimed The Agent Intellect, followed in October 2015, as well as extensive touring throughout the US and Europe.

After signing to Domino in 2017 their fourth effort   saw the band make the long trek out to our shores to play a set of songs spanning their whole career.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th of April 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 241: Tropical Fuck Storm & Cable Ties

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Photo: Rachael Barrett (TFS) Naomi Lee Beveridge (CT)

Tropical Fuck Storm

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Marbury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 8th February 2018

TFS is what some would consider an Australian supergroup, consisting of Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin (The Drones), Lauren Hammel (High Tension) and Erica Dunn (Harmony/Palm Springs). The band made their live debut across the US in late 2017 supporting Band Of Horses and King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. With only a trio of singles released since then, TFS are poised to release their debut album in mid 2018.

Cable Ties

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Marbury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 6th February 2018

Cable Ties are vocalist and guitarist Jenny McKechnie (also of Wet Lips), bassist Nick Brown, and drummer Shauna Boyle. They take the 3 minute punk burner and stretch it past breaking point. Their first show was in 2015, playing a backyard in Melbourne as part of the inaugural Wetfest, an annual gig that showcases some of the best emerging women-led and gender non-conforming acts from the Melbourne music scene.

Since then they have given us a handful of 7 inches before signing with Poison City Records and releasing their debut self titled long player in 2017. They have since followed up with another 7” through Poison City titled Tell Them Where To Go/Choking To Choose in early 2018 as well as touring hard across the country.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd of April 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 240: Spiderbait

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Photo: Katherine O’Malley

Spiderbait

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Tivoli, Brisbane, 31st March 2017

Janet, Whitt and Kram – The three founding members of Spiderbait, began jamming in the shed of Janet’s family’s farm in the rural NSW township of Finley. They soon relocated to Melbourne and were quickly signed to Au-Go-Go Records and released their debut album Shashavaglava in May 1993.

From there they quickly consolidated their status as national treasures, Signing to Polydor and releasing a string of successful albums, which have all racked up gold, platinum or double platinum status. One of these albums was their ARIA award winning effort Ivy And The Big Apples, which they toured to celebrate 20 years since its initial release in 1997.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 1st of April 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 239: Gyroscope

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Photo: Kay Cann

Gyroscope

Recorded by Branko Cosic and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 10th January 2018

Forming originally as Gyroscope Sunday in 1997, Dan Sanders (lead vocals, guitar), Zoran Trivic (lead guitar), Brad Campbell (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Rob Nassif (drums) cut their teeth jamming Nirvana and Foo Fighters covers. After releasing their first set of original demo’s in 1998 the band scored support slots for international punks Millencolin and Unwritten law, as well as local favourites The Living End and 28 Days.

A total of 3 EP’s were released before the band signed to Festival Mushroom Records at the beginning of 2003. This led to the release of the Midnight Express and Driving For The Storm/Doctor Doctor EP’s, both which gained national airplay and helped build momentum for their debut long player.

Combining new material with previous tracks from their aforementioned EP’s, Sound Shattering Sound was Gyro’s breakthrough LP in 2004. The success of the release earned them supports for Blink 182, Dashboard Confessional, Sparta and Brand New, as well as their first national headline tour.

The band quickly headed to LA to begin work on the follow up, 2005’s Are You Involved?. Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus had original agreed to produce the album after seeing the band live during their support stint, but pulled out due to other commitments. Stepping up in his place was Mark Trombino, who was no slouch, previously working on records from Jimmy Eat World and Finch. Released in September, Are You Involved? peaked at No. 20 on the ARIA album charts. First cut Fast Girl  also earned the band a nomination for the Breakthrough Artist – Single category at 2006’s ARIA awards.

Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild) signed on to produce Gyroscope’s next record, which was tracked at Elevator Studios in Liverpool. These sessions became 2007’s Breed Obsession, the bands 3rd and most successful album to date. Debuting at No. 1 on the ARIA album charts, thanks to the popularity of lead single Snakeskin, Breed Obsession was certified gold within 6 months of its initial release. It also earned them another ARIA nomination, this time for Best Rock Album at the 2008 awards ceremony,

After completing yet another national tour, this time with mates The Living End, Gyro’s headed back to the UK to record with legendary producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Maximo Park, Foo Fighters) at Rockfield Studios. Cohesion was eventually released in 2010, debuting at No. 3. After extensive touring in support of the release the band went into an enforced hiatus when guitarist Zoran Trivic broke both his legs in a motorcycle accident.

2017 saw the band release new music for the first time in 7 years, in the form of a double A side single Crooked Thought/DABS. This set was taken from the tour in support of these two releases and includes songs spanning their entire career.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of March 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.