EP 253: Horror My Friend & Ultrafeedy

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Photo: Ashleigh Apples (HMF) Trace McLean (UF)

Horror My Friend

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

Adelaide guitar heroes Horror My Friend summon the spirit of alternative rock and shoe gaze, whilst breaking new ground and embedding themselves firmly in the present. Consisting of Josh Battersby, Tom Gordon & Sam Kolesnik, the trio put out 2014’s A Million Hands EP before signing to Poison City Records and releasing their debut album Stay In / Do Nothing in 2016.

During this time, Horror My Friend have supported likes of Die! Die! Die! (NZ), Pity Sex (USA), Violent Soho, The Cribs (UK) and Swervedriver (USA), as well as performing at Groovin’ The Moo, Yours & Owls Festival, Bigsound, Blurst of Times and Poison City Weekender. The band have followed up their debut with a string of critically acclaimed singles, all released through Poison City.

 

Ultrafeedy

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Triffid, Brisbane, 20th July 2018

Ultrafeedy are a 3 piece rock band hailing from Brisbane’s northern suburbs. Since their self titled EP release in 2014, the band have been steadily honing their craft whilst putting on energetic live performances. 2017 saw the release of their first long player Aggressive Sincerity, paying homage to the 90’s socal punk and desert rock scenes.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th of August 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 252: RACKETT

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RACKETT

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Foundry, Brisbane, 6th July 2018

RACKETT are made up of Bec Callander on guitar and vocals, Kat Ayala on lead guitar, Ally Gavin on bass, and Astrid Holz on drums. Based in Sydney, the band have been steadily rising since their inception in 2016, releasing their debut EP Ready Or Not in 2017 with Dave Hammer (Washington, Thundamentals, Born Lion) producing.

Since then Rackett have played in major theatres and festivals throughout Australia, receiving regular airplay on community radio and reaching the finals of the inaugural VB Hard Yards competition in 2017. They have supported the likes of DZ Deathrays, The Darkness, Killing Heidi and Bleached, also appearing at  Groovin the Moo (2018), Festival of the Sun and Secret Garden Festival.

In early 2018 the band released two singles Alive and Space Cadet, which they produced, recorded and mixed themselves. This show was taken from a run of dates in support of the latter and showcases the bands captivating live performances.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 251: Night Birds & Greenwave Beth

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Photo: Kim Anderson (NB) Jake Ollet (GB)

Night Birds

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Zoo, Brisbane, 9th June 2017

Hailing from New Jersey, Nights Birds play surfy, punk rock whilst paying homage to the hardcore movement of the 80’s. Since 2009 they have released a total of LP’s, including their latest effort Mutiny At Muscle Beach through Fat Wreck Chords, as well as a handful of 7 inches. The four piece are known for their extremely energetic live performances and fiercely DIY ethos.  

 

Greenwave Beth

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017

Sydney’s Greenwave Beth is the musical project of Flowertruck vocalist Charles Rushforth and Will Blackburn. They combine restrictive and industrial sounds of midi sequenced drum and bass with free form songwriting in the style of John Maus and Suicide. With their debut single “Make Up” being released in 2017, Greenwave Beth have supported the likes of Hockey Dad, Big White and Mere Women.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of July 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 250: Helmet

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Helmet

Recorded  & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Brightside, Brisbane, 30th April 2017

The original Helmet line up, consisting of Page Hamilton on guitar and vocals, Brisbane-born Peter Mengede on guitar, Henry Bogdan on bass and John Stainer on drums, formed in 1989 in New York City. Quickly signing to Amphetamine Reptile Records, they release their debut album Strap It On the year after.

This led the band to be signed by Interscope Records in early 1992, with label mates including Primus, Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Their first Interscope release Meantime   (1992) was certified gold and remains Helmets biggest commercial success to date. Betty (1994) soon followed, bringing the band to our shores to play the now legendary Livid Festival 1994 line up featuring Beastie Boys, Superchunk, Frank Black and Tumbleweed.

A falling out between Hamilton and Mengede in 1993 meant Peter didn’t make the trip out, but returned to reside in Brisbane in later years. This would be the first of many line up changes for the band, with Hamilton remaining the only constant member. Once touring Aftertaste over 1997-98, Helmet disbanded before reforming again in 2004 to release Size Matters. They have released a total of 8 studios albums and remain one of the most influential bands of the alternative rock movement.

In 2017, Helmet returned to Brisbane for the first time since 2011, as part of their ‘Betty’ retrospective tour. This set features selections from the album as well as tracks from their latest LP Dead To The World and fan favourites from their lengthy back catalogue. Spliced in throughout the set is an interview conducted by Branko Cosic with founding member Page Hamilton.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 249: Some Jerks & Go Van Go

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Photo: Jeff Ram (SJ) Ben Knight (GVG)

Some Jerks

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 21st March 2017

Formed in 2010, garage-surf inspired Some Jerks have been making waves since the release of their self titled EP in 2011. Recorded & mixed by Skritch, their debut album Buddy Rich Made Me Cry came the following year and received extensive play on community radio, with a number of tracks placing highly in 4ZZZ’s Hot 100.

2016 saw Some Jerks release their 2nd LP Strange Ways on Pig City Records. The album was voted as the Best album of 2016 by the combined 4zzz announcers, and was included in the top 10 under the radar Australian releases, by The Guardians Kate Hennessy. Lead single The Hunter was also nominated for the Best Rock Song in 2017’s QLD Music Awards.

 

Go Van Go

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 23rd March 2017

Comprised of Troy Henderson (Guitars, Lead Vocals) & Dan Sugars (Drums, Vocals), Go Van Go play explosive no holds barred rock. Releasing a total of 3 EP’s including the Kill City series across 2015 & ‘16, the 2 piece have had extensive support on community radio, as well as national broadcaster Triple J’s unearthed arm and Triple M’s home grown. In this time, they’ve toured the east coast and supported the likes of Art vs. Science and The Jungle Giants.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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.

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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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.