Ep 194: Astral Skulls; Hannahband; Mere Women

Astral Skulls

PrintPhoto: Justin Edwards

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

Based in Melbourne, Astral Skulls in the moniker of Kurt Eckhardt, who started the project in 2014. Fusing krautrock beats with scratchy guitars and synth pop stabs, the theme throughout the music is space. After releasing singles digitally and on vinyl through his own record label Psychic Hysteria, Astral Skulls released their debut album in October 2015 and is named after the first words spoken during the first steps on the moon by humankind, Contact:Light.

Kalindy Williams joins Kurt for the live version of the band and this particular set features a rather interesting cover that you won’t hear anywhere else.

Hannahband

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Recorded and Mixed by Ben Rivers & Josh Dowton
Recorded at Black Wire Records, Sydney, 30th October, 2016.

Consisting of members Marnie Elizabeth Vaughn on the drums and Nathan James Martin on baritone guitar, Hannahband self-describe themselves as “Emo punx”, and have been clawing up the ranks of music blog hype lists every time they play a show, regardless of location. They have three full-length albums under their belts, with their 2016 record ‘Quitting Will Improve Your Health’ displaying how loud they can get when firing on all cylinders. Although this set displays a different side of the band, turning down their instruments to display the softer side of their sound.

Mere Women

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Recorded and Mixed by Josh Dowton
Recorded at Black Wire Records, Sydney, 11th December, 2016.

Whilst working on their third album, which should be out sometime during 2017, Mere Women premiered two tracks from their upcoming record in this session recorded at Black Wire Records in Sydney. Their previously released albums; 2012’s Old Life and 2014’s Your Town, received unanimous praise from national press outlets, commenting on their great blend of reverb-drenched guitars, echoed calls, slamming drums and now solid low-end.
 

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 193: Sweater Curse; Tralala Blip

Sweater Curse

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

If you mix the vocal stylings on The Cure’s Robert Smith and Beth Orton with the rawness of early output from Bloc Party, you arrive at the sound that Sweater Curse output.

This particular set was captured at one of their first shows and are a band to watch out for in 2017.

Tralala Blip

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Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 25th August 2016.

Hailing from Lismore on New South Wales’ North Coast, Tralala Blip are a 5 piece ensemble armed with devices that create electronic pulses and beats that feed into reverberation units that produce lush swells of sound that mesmerises the senses in the live arena with visuals accompanying the audio to complete the experience.
The group was founded by Randolf Reimann who ran electronica workshops for young people of mixed abilities in 2007. Three of the workshop participants wanted to continue making music and came together to form Tralala Blip, which has taken from the local halls of Lismore to the Sydney Opera House and around Europe.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of January 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 192 – The Highlights of 2016 – Part 2

The Highlights of 2016 – Part 2

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Part 2 of our 2016 Highlights special includes Babaganouj, Ultra Material, No Sister, Sleepwalks, Undead Apes, Eat Laser Scumbag!, Grieg, The Goon Sax, Eyes Ninety, The Smith Street Band, High Tension, Jess Locke Band, Feathers and Blank Realm.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 1st of January, 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 191: The Highlights Of 2016 – Part 1

The Highlights of 2016 – Part 1

2016

Part 1 of our 2016 Highlights special includes Kitchen’s Floor, Horris, Gentle Ben And His Sensitive Side, Velociraptor, The Leftovers, WAAX, DEAD, Amaringo, Ben Salter, Mexico City and Custard

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 25th of December, 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 190: Chastity Belt; Hobo Magic; Horsehunter

Chastity Belt

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Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 4th October, 2016

The north-western town of Walla Walla, Washington is where Chastity Belt call home and where they create the powerful wall of chords that gel with solid beats that are denser than the water in the ocean.

Julia Shapiro, Lydia Lund, Annie Truscott and Gretchen Grimm formed the band is 2010 whilst all were attending the local liberal arts establishment, Whitman College and 2013 was the year they released their first long-player ‘No Regrets’.

Their transcendent and charming live shows have taken them on tour to Europe twice, earned them the support slot on one of Courtney Barnett’s multiple US tours, seen them share stages with Wire, Death Cab For Cutie and Protomartyr as well as gracing festival line ups including Sasquatch, Sled Island, The Great Escape and NXNE.

 

Hobo Magic

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Engineered by Tom Strode
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 29th June, 2016

Hailing from Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Hobo Magic have a tendency to make heads nod and air guitars suddenly appear with their brand of Sabbath-esque stoner-groove. Their name is Hobo Magic. They have 2 records out with their third record coming out in 2017.

Horsehunter

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Engineered by Tom Strode
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 29th June, 2016

Horsehunter have been sonically brooding since 2012, but already sound like a band so tight and wise beyond their years.

Their interests include Slayer, kites and tacos. Two years in the making, their debut album ‘Caged In Flesh‘ melted faces in 2015

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of December 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 188: Hockey Dad

Hockey Dad

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan & Hugh Fasher
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 14th May 2016.

Hailing from the mid-coastal NSW town of Windang, Hockey Dad are two friends conquering the world, one song at a time. Growing up in the same street as each other, guitarist Zach Stephenson and drummer Billy Fleming were two surfer kids growing up in a beach community and by 13, were jamming with Stephenson’s dad’s old gear in the garage; five years later, they were touring as Hockey Dad.

Their first EP, titled Dreamin’, was released in 2013 via the Wollongong record label Farmer & The Owl, and then spent the next three years honing their craft and tapping into the American market, where online publications such as Pitchfork, Consequence Of Sound, NPR and Paste Magazine had been taking notice. In 2016, they released their debut album ‘Boronia’, which was produced by Tom Iansek of Big Scary and #1 Dads fame, and is named after the street they grew up on. Farmer & The Owl handled the release in Australia and Kanine Records took the record and released it all throughout the USA.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4th of December 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 187: Black Cab

Black Cab

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Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 14th May 2016.

Forming in 1999, Black Cab is a Melbourne based drone and electronica group that are heavily influenced by 1970s psychedelic rock coupled with elements of Krautrock and more programmed driven beats and electronic soundscapes.

Since their inception before the turn of the century, the band have released two EPs and four full length albums, starting with 2004’s Altamont Diary, 2006’s Jesus East, 2009’s Call Signs and 2014’s Games of the XXI (21st) Olympiad, with much of their material drawing upon historical events such the ill-fated Altamont Speedway free concert hosted by the Rolling Stones and doping use by East German athletes at the 1976 Olympic Games.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 27th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 186: Terry; Ninetynine

Terry

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Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 26th July 2016.

Melbourne band Terry is a supergroup of sorts— comprising members who have played with the likes of Dick Diver, UV Race, and Total Control. Terry has just two 7″ singles, yet already they have proven themselves as a spirited group. Alongside contemporaries like DC’s Gauche and London’s Shopping, Terry evoke not only the minimalism of classic post-punk, but also its intellectual edge.

Terry are at once critical and funny, skeletal and chaotic. There is a multiplicity of droll, slightly off voices deadpanning about class, beer-drinking, and men who won’t apologise. This slanted ripper culminates with searing, splintering guitars, knotted with an expressive emotionality, all buzzsaws that make sparks fly.

Ninetynine

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Engineered by Myles Mumford
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 25th August 2016.

Over the course of twenty years Melbourne’s multi-instrumental indie rockers Ninetynine have released seven albums along with singles and numerous compilation tracks, played hundreds of shows and toured nationally and internationally taking in cities from Bendigo to Mexico City and New York to Moscow.

Originally the vehicle for the musical vision of Laura Macfarlane, who recorded the first tracks under the moniker whilst based in the US as drummer for Sleater-Kinney, Ninetynine has now become an established ensemble with long time members Cameron Potts, Iain McIntyre and Meg Butler.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 185: Isaiah Mitchell; Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds

Isaiah Mitchell

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Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 21st August 2016.

Isaiah and his beloved Fender Stratocaster have been a legendary pairing that have collectively created creamy psychedelic sounds for records from such bands as Earthless, Golden Void, Howlin’ Rain and Black Elk Medicine Band.

He was gifted with his first guitar at the age of Eight, but it wasn’t until his early teens when he’d heard Jimi Hendrix and had his mind blown that he decided what sort of lifestyle he wanted to persue; it was that of a face-melting, hair-swirling solo guitarist.

In September 2016, he booked himself a tour of Australia and enlisted the help of Melbourne psych-rock 3-piece Seedy Jeezus to help fill out the jam-filled aura that surrounds him.

This particular set was performed live-to-air in Melbourne on PBS 106.7FM’s Pojama People program and is filled with songs that have influenced Isaiah as a musician since he first picked up a guitar, as well some of his own solo works.

Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds

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Engineered by Paul Maybury and Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 23rd August 2016.

To his mother, he’s called Brian, but to the rest of the world his name is Kid Congo Powers and his name has been attached to bands such as The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

The Pink Monkey Birds started backing up Kid Congo in the mid-2000’s and together they’ve release five albums, touring around Australia in 2016 on the back of their latest album ‘La Araña Es La Vida’, from which this particular set was documented from by PBS 106.7FM’s Studio 5 Live crew.

This band is the very example of the sound that gets created when you mix 60’s Chicano rock, southern soul and psychedelic funk.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 184: Infinite Void; Screaming Females

Infinite Void

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Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 17th February 2016.

Infinite Void’s name might have you thinking black metal, but the Melbourne quartet are firmly planted in atmospheric punk and post-punk, taking cues as much from the members’ past punk bands as from the smudged sonics of My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and Pornography-era Cure.

They released their debut self-titled album through Poison City Records in 2012 and had Steven Smith from Scul Hazzards manning the desk for the sessions, and since them have released some very rare split 7” records to keep the ball rolling.

Screaming Females

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Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th August 2016.

Mixing equal parts Dinosaur Jr. and Sleater-Kinney, the Brunswick trio of Marissa Paternoster (guitar/vocals), Michael Abbate (bass), and Jarrett Dougherty (drums) strives to embody the spirit of indie rock in its purest form; Screaming Females book their own shows and self-released many of their own records to bring their guitar-driven rock to the people without compromise. In 2007 the band fired its opening shot, self-releasing its debut full-length, Baby Teeth. The band quickly followed up with its sophomore album, What If Someone Is Watching Their T.V.?, which was self-released and later reissued by Don Giovanni Records, with whom the band has enjoyed a good relationship. Between 2010 and 2012, Screaming Females released their fourth album, Castle Talk, and followed up with their fifth album, the Steve Albini-engineered Ugly, in 2012. The band teamed up with producer Matt Bayles to record its 2015 studio effort, Rose Mountain and embarked on a tour that saw them travel to Australia for the first time, from which the set you’re about to hear derives from.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.