Episode 91: Gold Class; Bearded Iris

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Gold Class
Recorded by Dusty Anastassiou.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Catfish, Melbourne. 10 October 2014.

You wouldn’t have guessed that Gold Class only formed in early 2014, their debut 7” ‘Michael’ feels more like a band that has been tightening up their craft for years. It’s probably got something to do with members of Bone and Nth Wheel being involved – those groups in themselves have shown proficiency for towing the line between construction and upheaval. Gold Class play misanthropic baritone-led post-punk, but, what would usually sound languid and murky is instead much more energetic and melodic. The film-clip for the single is a simple and colourful video that really compliments the vibrancy that the group can achieve.

– Listen/buy to Gold Class’ ‘Michael’ 7″ on the Gold Class Bandcamp.

Oct 24 – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane. W/ Bitter Defeat, Dag.
Oct 25 – Trainspotters, Brisbane. W/ Per Purpose, Multiple Man, Workshop.

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Bearded Iris
Recorded by Steve Palmer.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Beetle Bar, Brisbane. 12 September 2014.

Bearded Iris started as a solo project by Melbourne artist Ora Ni aka Jane, and has since morphed into a supergroup comprising of members from a wide variety of bands and artists in the Melbourne underground scene. Sharing lead vocals is visual artist Carly Housiaux, on synth is Tim Wood from Encounter Group, Allanah Stewart of Lime Works on the guitar, Josh Jenkins of Satanic Rockers on drums and Tania Price rounds out the sextet on bass. Usually they also have Patrick O’Brien of Mad Nanna fame on the guitar as well, but he’s a busy in demand type of guy and couldn’t make the trip up that weekend. In Ocotober 2013 they released a tape on Albert’s Basement, a fantastic underground music label from Melbourne that has released music for a lot of the performers in this group. Bearded Iris sound like nothing else – they lie somewhere between new wave and jazz. You could almost imagine a full brass band honking alongside them.

– Listen/buy to Bearded Iris’s ‘Fuck The Polise’ over at the Albert’s Basement Bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 10 October 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

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