EP 228: The Scientists

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Photo: Mark Louttit

The Scientists

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 4th November 2017

The Scientists first formed in Perth as The Exterminators and then The Invaders in 1977. Once they became The Scientists in 1978, they then released their first single “Frantic Romantic”/”Shake (Together Tonight)” in June 1979 on the D.N.A. Records label. After a debut LP (commonly referred to as The Pink Album) and a number of lineup changes, the band relocated to Sydney in 1982.

This change in scenery and lineup also saw The Scientists change musical direction. Pop-infused punk rock was traded in for a more psychedelic style of swampy, blues rock n’ roll. The band was signed by Au Go Go Records who released two singles as well as the influential “Blood Red River” LP in the space of a year, making them one of Australia’s most popular independent bands at the time. But another move was soon on the cards.

Like many Australian bands, London came calling for The Scientists and they migrated to the UK recording and touring there from 1984 to 1987. In that time they released another five albums, finally returning home to tour The Human Jukebox LP and disbanding shortly after. The 1985 lineup reformed for a set of exclusive shows late in 2017.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 19th of November 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 227: Grenadiers

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Grenadiers

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Crowbar, Brisbane, 5th May 2017

Formed in Adelaide, Grenadiers are a powerful 3-piece outfit, straddling the line between punk and rock with a distinct swagger that separates them from rival bands. Their first album “Songs The Devil Taught Us”, released in 2010, established them on the national music scene, touring throughout Australia including many regional dates.

A four and a half year wait came before their sophomore effort, 2014’s “Summer” was released, due to a drastic line-up change which left singer and guitarist Jesse Coulter the only founding member of the band. The critically acclaimed album won them a legion of new fans and heavy radio rotation nationally which led to touring the country with international acts Millencolin, Strung Out, Every Time I Die and Shihad as well as playing Big Day Out and making a trek to the UK’s The Great Escape festival.

In this time, Grenadiers have developed into one of the country’s must-see live acts, combining catchy melodies with unbridled energy. Coulters lyrics are a thoughtful, and sometimes brutally honest commentary on Australian culture, matched with a passionate vocal delivery.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 5th of November 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 226: My Disco

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Photo: Jesse Booher

My Disco

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 28th January 2017

My Disco are a three-piece post-punk/minimalist band from Melbourne. Formed in 2003, the band became known for their use of unconventional performance spaces such as warehouses, art galleries and sidewalks. They soon released their debut 7inch “Collapse Of An Erratic Lung” and began touring extensively through Australia, Southeast Asia and Mexico.

My Disco’s debut LP “Cancer” was released via Temporary Residence Limited in 2006. This saw them expand touring to the UK and the US, before heading to Electric Audio studios to record with legendary producer and Shellac band member Steve Albini. These sessions produced the band’s second album “Paradise”, which was released in 2008 and described as reductive art rock.

Since then, My Disco have released 2 more albums; 2010’s “Little Joy” and 2015’s “Severe.” Severe saw the band explore the minimalist musical aesthetic that’s been their hallmark since formation, creating an at times confronting record.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th of October 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 225: FOAM; Morning Harvey

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Photo: Stuart Sevastos (F) Linda Dunjey (MH)

FOAM

Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 15th September 2017

FOAM are a three-piece garage rock band from Perth, WA. Their heavy live performances deliver a filthy wall of sound reminiscent of the alternative rock boom of the late 80’s/early 90’s. Since the release of their first EP Sarpa Salpa in July of 2012, FOAM have released a total of four EP’s, including a split with fellow Perth locals Puck.

During this time they have toured the country on numerous occasions playing festivals such as MATES Sydney,Big Day Out and Groovin’ The Moo, as well as headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as DZ Deathrays, Wax Witches and Sleepy Sun. In February of 2017, FOAM released their long awaited debut album Coping Mechanisms. The album was written in the basement beneath a toasted sandwich shop in Perth. It’s about coming to terms with yourself, the world around you, and the ways we try to make it work.

Morning Harvey

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Valley Fiesta, Brisbane, 29th October 2016

Morning Harvey was formed in 2013, consisting of brothers Spencer and Jackson White and close friend Steve Kempnich. Their debut EP Well For Wishes was released the same year and since then they have gone on to release another EP in 2015 titled “Love&Loveand” as well as a string of singles.

Morning Harvey have supported acts like Dandy Warhols, Band Of Skulls, The Charlatans, and Royal Blood on stages around the country. Their single “Smith Street Swap Meet” also gained them attention from John Richards of Seattle radio station KEXP with a Song Of The Day placement leading to support from numerous US College Radio Stations.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd of October 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 174: Coda Conduct; Valley 109

Coda Conduct

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mastered by Andrew Edgson
Recorded at Carriageworks as part of the FBi SMAC Awards, Sydney, 10th January 2016.

Originally from Canberra but now living in Sydney, members Erica and Sally are winning fans all over with their high energy performances and engaging brand of hip hop. Drawing inspirations from the early millennial sounds of artists like Missy Elliot, Coda Conduct combine driving percussion with their clever lyricism, dexterous flow, and tongue in cheek humour to create one of the most interesting duos in the Australian music scene. They’ve supported fellow Australian hip hop stars Tkay Maidza, Thundamentals, Citizen Kay, as wel as hip hop heavyweight Pharoahe Monch. With one EP, and another on the way shortly, Coda Conduct are on their way up in the hip hop scene.

Valley 109

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 25th February 2016. 

Formerly known as Gamla Stan, This four piece are like the superheros the world never knew they needed. Operating under the alter egos Reverend Randy Bourbon, Boxcar Knight, Dusty Trails, and Phil Beats, with each member they bring their own unique traits and a style together to achieve their main goal of bringing back the classic pub rock sound. So far they have released two EP’s titled ‘Gateway Drug’ and ‘Thou Shalt Rock’, and currently they have been hard at work recording tracks at Airlock Studios in Brisbane’s north-side for their third release, and first under their new name due sometime in the near future. With songs like SNAG, and their big rock sound, Valley 109 are destined to win the hearts of every schooner smashing, parmi loving Australian in this fair land.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 21st August 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

 

EP 172: Gold Class; Pale Heads

Gold Class

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Recorded by Tom Strode
Mixed by Tom Strode
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 28th December 2015.

Starting in Melbourne in 2014, Gold Class has had a rapid rise to where they are today. In two years, they have released a 7 inch, written, recorded and released their debut album ‘Its You’ via well known tastemaker label Spunk Records here in Australia, as well as scoring an international release through Felte Records for the US and Europe. Their sound has drawn comparisons to bands from the UK’s post-punk beginnings like Joy Division and The Cure.

 

Pale Heads

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Recorded by Alicia Saye
Mixed by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 2nd of June 2016.

Pale Heads are a punk rock super-power formed from several pieces of DNA from Melbourne’s underground scene including members from The Nation Blue, The Drones, Batpiss, and BANG! BANG! AIDS!. They are fast, loud and straight to the point punk rock, which has made it easily for them to slip into the roster of legendary Australian label Poison City for the release of their first album ‘Headless’ which was released in May 2015.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 7th August 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 161: Flowertruck; Tiger Choir

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Blossoming out of the luscious Sydney music scene, Flowertruck are all about bright jangly guitars, captivating synth melodies, and honesty with their lyricism. Their latest shows include support slots for Bad Dreems, Methyl Ethyl, Sticky Fingers, and Major Leagues, and in early 2016 they released their EP Dirt through the legendary Spunk Records label. Their cheerful sounding tunes and straightforward, truthful song writing will leave you in a state of happiness that can only be delivered via Flowertruck.

Tiger Choirtiger choir

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 12th September 2015

Coming from the somewhat secluded island state of Tasmania, Tiger Choir create soundscapes as rich and luxurious as their surroundings. They elegantly combine swirling synth lines, prickly and sporadic guitars and deep bass lines with big choruses that you can’t help but shout along with. Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th April 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 8th May 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 156: THE DRONES; BATPISS

The Drones

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Recorded by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Mixed by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Mastered by Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS Fm Studios, Melbourne, 2nd February 2016.

Starting all the way back in 1997 in Perth, Western Australia, The Drones have been crafting iconic Australian rock songs for almost 20 years. They have released 6 studio albums, 4 live albums, 2 EP’s, as well as 2 Live DVDs. They’ve received nominations for almost every accolade possible in the Australian music scene as well as having their single “Shark Fin Blues” considered the best Australian Song by a number of prolific Australian contemporary songwriters.

BATPISS

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Recorded by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Mixed by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Mastered by Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS Fm Studios, Melbourne, 4th February 2016.

As you can probably guess from their name, BATPISS produce a rigid and unyielding cataclysm of dirge rock; spanning doom, sludge, punk, drone and spiritual styles. They’ve released one cassette, and two full length albums as well as touring Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia in their short 4-year career. Their 2015 Album Biomass captures a band willing to explore the parameters of heaviness, emotion, story-telling, and power within their 3 sided pain-cage.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th March 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 154: Scraps; Ela Stiles

Scraps

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Recorded by Josh Watson
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Grand Central Hotel, 12th December 2015.

Describing herself as a “Z-grade Madonna from Venus, Texas, controlling a microcosm of Yamahas and synthetic electro-machines”, Scraps is the moniker for local Brisbane artist Laura Hill. Starting in 2006 with little more than a small keyboard she got given as a gift, Scraps has released numerous recordings in various formats and has lit dance floors not only in Australia, but around the world as well. She also crafts her own merch from t-shirts to tote bags

Ela Stiles

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Recorded by Josh Watson & Mino Peric.
Mixed by Josh Watson
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane,  4th April 2014. 

You might know Ela Stiles from some of the bands she’s played in over the last couple of years: Songs and Bushwalking. It was the band Songs which she began with Max Doyle that saw her focus shift from modelling to music. She’s been a member of Songs since 2007 and Bushwalking started as a psych three-piece that she originally formed to work on her solo songs. It turned out to be more of a band than a solo project and they released their second LP ‘No Enter’ in September 2013. In 2014, Ela released her debut self-titled solo record on Bedroom Suck Records which which displays her discovering her vocal talents through experimentation.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th March 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 153: White Lodge; Mope City

White Lodge 

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, December 19th 2015.

Forming in the quaint gold coast suburb of southport in 2013, they’ve been building up a solid fan base with their concrete psych filled riffs and furious surf beats. So far they have four releases to their name, two EP’s and two split seven inches with another release in the pipeline.

Mope City

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Recorded by Luke Walsh.
Mixed by Luke Walsh.
Recorded at The Greenslopes Bowls Club, Brisbane, February 22nd, 2014.

Mope City formed in Marrickville in 2012. Mat Nev fronts the band half of the tim, he’s been involved in Day Ravies, Drown Under, and Snotty Babies. For the other half of the time Julia Wylie of Snotty Babies sings lead. Rounding out the classic power trio formation is sam Wilkinson of Day Ravies fame manning the skins. They have just released their debut LP ‘Petri Dish’ on Tenth Court Records with web publications Rolling Stone, Noisey, and Who The Hell all taking notice.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 28th February 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.