Ep 204: Lower Body; Morte Lenta; No Sister

Lower Body

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Recorded & Mixed by Josh Dowton
Recorded at Blackwire Records, Sydney, 5th March 2017

Lower Body are first up and are an alt post-punk band who are self described as ‘Sexual frustration and heartbreak from the nation’s capital’.  Made up of Joel, Mitch, John and Peter, the newly formed Canberra band have gained a following purely from the live shows, even without a studio EP out.

Morte Lenta

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Recorded & Mixed by Josh Dowton
Recorded at Blackwire Records, Sydney, 22nd January 2017

 

Morte Lenta, which translates to Slow Death from Italian, and are a multicultural collaboration. With English, Spanish and Brazilian influences melded together, the Sydney band (who only formed in 2016) use dark influences and punk riffs to create a unique vibe. As of 2017, the band have only released one EP, and have been touring Australia.

No Sister

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Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 6th February 2017

No Sister, are a 4 piece post-punk band from Melbourne. Fabulously understated, their punchy songs are a kick in the teeth, making their mark in the punk scene as real contenders. The band started in Brisbane in 2014 with only 2 members – Tiarney and Mino, but became fully fledged after meeting other ex-Brisbanites Murray and Siahn after a move to Melbourne in 2015. Apocalyptic yet relatable, the band has spent a lot of time touring locally, and gaining a fanbase. Their self titled LP came out in 2016, with another full length LP scheduled for release in late 2017.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd of April 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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Ep 203: The Dacios; Hi-Tec Emotions; Miss Destiny

The Dacios

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Photo: Brad Henderson

Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 9th February 2017

The Dacios first took to the stage in 2005, with their noisy rock’n’roll sound. Reborn from the ashes of Tasmanian band Little Ugly Girls, their lineup started with Linda J on vocals and guitar, Bean on guitar and backups, and ‘Pops’ on traps. Their dynamic live shows have earned them support slots for many high profile artists, such as Rowland S Howard, The Drones, and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. 2009 saw Linda J win the best female vocalist award at the Victorian Music Awards and also saw The Dacios release their debut album, Monkey’s Blood which then saw the band tour extensively. Their second album Beyond The Bottom Hour came out late 2016.

Hi-Tec Emotions

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Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th February 2017

Hi-Tec Emotions are a fiery three piece from Melbourne, who are spinning tunes that blow off the roof. Made up of Ema Dunstan on vocals and keys, Jess Lakatosh on bass and Mackenzie Randall on drums, they make some big noise for a small band, with their relentless punk grooves combined with their self described “new wave, glow wave, blow wave” aesthetic, which makes for an unforgettable sound. Their debut full length LP ‘Hard To Handle’ came out in 2016, with standout single Look Around gaining some traction on community radio.

Miss Destiny

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Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 7th February 2017

Miss Destiny are a rockin’, rollin’, hard partyin’ band from Melbourne, who have been tearing up the streets since 2007. Their glam rock aesthetic brings back memories of better days, when music served up tasty jams with no more than four chords. Made up of Harriet Junior, Harriet Senior, Annie and Kirk, this band brings some serious girl power to the front. Since then they have been touring internationally, playing to massive crowds and filling big venues. Self titled LP Miss Destiny came out 2016, and has expanded the band’s fan base tremendously.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 16th of April 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 202: The Nation Blue

The Nation Blue

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Sam Lowe
Recorded at Crowbar, Brisbane, 16th October 2016

Born in Tasmania in 1996, The Nation Blue have spent the past two decades putting on the most intense live performances and writing about some of the bleakest subjects about living in Australia that most people are afraid to touch upon. The 2000’s were quite busy for the band, pumping out 4 albums and touring relentlessly around the country and overseas. The members took a break from the band in the early 2010’s to play in other projects such as Harmony, High Tension & King Cannons. After agreeing to get back  together to record a song for the Tym Records 7” singles club in 2013, they started to slowly fill up a bag with songs and themes that they wanted to sing about. Over two sessions between 2015 to 2016, they escaped to a hall in Kyneton, Victoria with Mike Deslandes and recorded 30 songs, which turned into two albums that were released on the same day in October 2016 through Poison City Records, titled Black and Blue.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 2nd of April 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 201: The Drones

The Drones

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Recorded and Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 6th May 2016

Originally forming in Perth back in 1997 by Gareth Liddiard and his high school friend Rui Pereira, The Drones have accomplished a lot for a band that doesn’t get much airplay on mass media corporate stations.
The band rose to prominence in 2005 with their album ‘Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By’, which won them the inaugural Australian Music Prize. Since then, The Drones have had a long career cementing them as Australian icons, playing festivals such as Big Day Out, Laneway Festival, Falls Festival and A Day On The Green, as well as extensive international touring. With 7 albums under their belt, they’ve demonstrated what a band can do when they stick to their guns.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 26th of March 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 200: Hoodoo Gurus

Hoodoo Gurus

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Recorded and Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Return Of The Joint Effort, Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane, 29th August 2015

Hoodoo Gurus (who are often referred to as the Gurus by fans) are a 4-piece Australian band who are deemed as legends of their time. Reaching iconic status in 2007 when inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, the Gurus were acknowledged as being one of the most inventive, lyrically smart and exciting bands of their time. The style is an eclectic fusion of 60s power pop,  wild garage punk, hard rock and psychedelic kitsch, and this crazy combo is what helps to cement their iconic, unique style.

Hailing from Sydney, they formed in 1981, fronted by legend Dave Faulkner, (songwriter, lead singer and guitarist) and have since seen many changes to their lineup, however have never travelled far from their roots. Current members include Brad Shepherd, Nik Reith and Richard Grossman. The Gurus have a stash of critically acclaimed singles under their belt, such as My Girl, Come Anytime, and Miss Freelove 69, but their biggest hit single, What’s My Scene, which was later modified to be ‘What’s My Team’ , which became the NRL’s year 2000 theme song.

A lengthy hiatus followed their early success, and the band reformed following the success of ‘What’s My Team’ , with the publicity rejuvenating their career, opening them up to opportunities such as playing at the 2006 NRL Grand Final, 2007 SXSW, Splendour In The Grass and the Meredith Music Festival. The Hoodoo Gurus have still got it, and will forever remain as classic Aussie icons.

Back when 4ZZZ started in 1976, a group of volunteers at the station led by John Stanwell started curating shows around Brisbane called the ‘Joint Effort’. Hoodoo Gurus played one of the Joint Effort’s back in the mid-80’s and when plans were underway for organising a Joint Effort show to celebrate 4ZZZ’s 40th Birthday, the Gurus were at the top of the list to invite back to headline the show.

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 199: Solid Effort; Hownowmer

Solid Effort

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Recorded and Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at VOLUMES Festival, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 27th August 2016

Emerging out of Wollongong (aka The Coal Coast) in 2013, Solid Effort have been working up the ranks ever since with their self-branded style of music they like to call “leisure punk”. They released their debut EP ‘Ballad of Bulli’ in 2015 and are working on their first album, which is expected to drop sometime in 2017. Extensive touring, with support slots for The Courtneys, Gooch Palms and Hockey Dad (just to name a few), have helped build a solid following for these guys. This 5-piece unit are living up to their namesake, with every track dropped a true ‘solid effort’.

 

Hownowmer

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 31st July 2016

Hownowmer are a 3 piece hard rock band from Melbourne, and have been shredding up the scene since late 2015. Their brooding brand of building rock packs a punch, and frontman Ben Salter delivers with hard hitting vocals and sultry guitar riffs. Salter is also known from many previous works, such as Giants Of Science, The Gin Club, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Liberals and his own solo records. Jacqueline Dortmans (bass) and Harley McLeod (drums) make up parts two and three of this powerhouse unit.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th of March 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 198: Xylouris White; Cash Savage And The Last Drinks

Xylouris White

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Engineered by Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 11th March, 2016

Xylouris White is the brainchild of Greek singer and Lute guitar player George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White, who is best known for his work in Dirty Three. Often described as a fusion of free-jazz, avant rock and age-old folk tradition, this masterful 2 piece has gained worldwide recognition, playing in venues across the globe. The pair have released two albums, ‘Goat’, their 2014 debut, which topped the Billboard charts, and more recently, ‘Black Peak’ in late 2016. However, this innovative and quintessential band can not be squeezed into merely what they produce on record, as their live show is what really captures the heart and soul of their music.

Cash Savage And The Last Drinks

cashsavagePhoto: Agostino Soldati

Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th February, 2017

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks are what’s still good about country music today. A combination of all the good things about blues and country, but with a dark spin on it, these Melbournians really hit the nail on the head when it comes to clever songwriting and musical arrangements. Touring around Australia and pulling some major support slots, most notably with The Peep Tempel, they have garnered a large support base, waiting on their every word. Having released three albums to date, their 2016 effort ‘One Of Us’ has been their largest success to date.

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 197: Shrapnel; Agency

Shrapnel

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Recorded by Sam Lowe
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 21st January 2017

Shrapnel is the brainchild of Sydney-sider Sam Wilkinson, previously known from other outfits Day Ravies and Mope City. The five-piece indie-rock band is comprised of an all-star cast, also featuring members of Dollar Bar, Miners, and Weak Boys. Their debut album ‘Tranceplanetsugarmouth’ came out in November 2016, through Brisbane indie label, Coolin’ By Sound, and has received stellar reviews from Rolling Stone, Amateur Hour, and 4ZZZ. Filled with Australian drawl and lo-fi psych rock, Shrapnel are very quickly tearing their way up the food chain, and garnering attention in all the right places.

Agency

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Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Greenslopes Bowls Club, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

Fresh outta Canberra, Agency are a 4 piece comprised of a smattering of players from other CBR bands, featuring ex (and current) members of Hoodlum Shouts, Spartak and A Drone Coda. Guitarist Shoeb Ahmad also runs the band’s record label ‘HellosQuare Recordings’, adding another hat to his metaphorical millinery store. They released their debut album ‘The Stillness Of Speed’ in late 2015, which is filled with spiky, bass led noise rock, and just a touch of experimental rumble. In 2016, they released two EP’s through two different record labels; Do We Go It Alone? in May on Tenzenmen and I Know I’m In Flames in July through Sonic Masala.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 26th of February 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 196: Some Jerks; Gonzovillain

Some Jerks

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Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 14th January 2017

Some Jerks are a garage/surf rock band that formed in Brisbane in 2010.

Inspired by the girl groups, and garage rock of the 60’s, and once quoted as “sounding like Sleater-Kinney covering the Shangri-las”, they released their self titled EP, in 2011 and followed that up with their debut album ‘Buddy Rich Made Me Cry’ and sophomore release ‘Strange Ways’ in 2016.

Gonzovillain

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Recorded & Mixed by Christopher Brownbill
Recorded at Underground Audio, West End Festival, Brisbane, 28th October 2016

Gonzovillain are a 4 piece alt-rock band from Brisbane, Australia. They have developed their sound over the course of 3 EPs, including their second release “Gonzovillainy” which introduced the bands signiature pump organ. This session kicks off with one of those organ songs and also includes 4 brand new tracks, unreleased anywhere else.

This particular set was recorded as part of West End Festival at an event called Live To Tape, which saw 3 acts local to the West End/Kurilpa area gather in one night to perform live to 2-inch tape at Underground Audio. These recordings were engineered and mixed by in-house engineer Chris Brownbill, who also owns the studio.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th of February 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 195: Darts; Spirit Bunny

Darts

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Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at VOLUMES 2016, Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, 27th August, 2016

Darts formed around 2008, initially just as a two-piece — Angus Ayres and his brother Andrew — in the Victorian city of Bendigo. They ballooned out to a five-piece in the early 2010’s, adding Ally Campbell-Smith, Paige X. Cho and Jessie Fernandez to fold. They have a melancholic, aggressive sound that feature loud-quiet dynamics that exhibit their unique tapestry of influences. One listen will induce flashbacks to early Modest Mouse, Pixies, The Breeders and Dinosaur Jr, all wrapped up in one frenetic punch that’s impossible to listen to without being totally absorbed.

In 2015, Darts started to gain a wider audience when they released their album ‘Below Empty & Westward Bound’ on Rice Is Nice Records.

 

Spirit Bunny

spirit-bunny-01Photo: Kurt Eckardt

Recorded by Nell Forster
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 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.

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.