Episode 12: Four Door; Martyr Privates

Four Door

Four Door

Why hello there! We’re up to episode twelve of Australia’s best live music show – Live Delay. Did you know that the only way on can make a good day better is via live music? A doctor told me that once.

This episode has some great performances contained within. First up is an extended set of bleeps and creeps from Sydney’s FOUR DOOR. And just when you thought it could get any better, we sneak in a song or two from Brisbane’s MARTYR PRIVATES. Outrageous value.

Recorded and mixed by Andrew McLellan
Recorded at the Lost Race Festival, Cooparoo Bowls Club, November 2012

Four Door describe themselves in four words – techno, synths, creeps, bleeps. And I guess that’s a very accurate although simplistic description of the group’s housey weirdness.

Four Door are actually Jonathan Hochman and Matthew Hopkins, two dudes from Sydney who are fond of things electronic. You might recognise Hochman from his duties with Sydney trio, Holy Balm, whereas Hopkins plays in Naked On The Vague.

Four have played with the likes of Blank Realm, The Garbage and The Flowers and New War, but came up to Brisbane in October last year to play the Lost Race Festival at the Cooparoo Bowls Club in the city’s inner south.

Find out more about Four Door.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham
Recorded at the Happy Fest, March 2012

Martyr Privates is fronted by Cameron Hawes, who people may also know from I Heart Hiroshima. The band also features Ashleigh Shipton on bass and Sam Dixon on drums, and they’re renowned around town for the fondness of noise and repetition. Is it dirge-rock? Who knows? This set comes from 4ZZZ’s Happy Fest back in March 2012.

Find out more about Martyr Privates.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 29 March 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: Andrew McLellan, Sky Kirkham

Episode 11: Gossling; San Cisco; Mason Rack Band; The Rooftops

Photo by stusev

San Cisco

Legs eleven. Yes, episode eleven of Live Delay is a bit of a live mixtape, with four artists on the bill – tune in for some great live tunes from GOSSLING, SAN CISCO, MASON RACK BAND and THE ROOFTOPS.

Recorded by John Robinson and mixed by Andrew Dever
Recorded at Big Sound 2011 for BEAU FM.

Helen Croome, better known as GOSSLING, has been turning heads with her interesting take on folk pop for some years now. She’s collaborated with rapper 360, toured with the UK’s Wild Beasts, and played festival slots at Falls and Southbound. In 2011, she headed up from Victoria to play at Brisbane’s Big Sound and we’re where fortunate enough to grab some of the performance on tape.

Find out more about Gossling.

Recorded by John Robinson and mixed by Andrew Dever
Recorded at Big Sound 2011 for BEAU FM.

SAN CISCO have been kicking goals the past few years. Signing to Fat Possum Records in 2011 and then releasing a well-received debut record late in 2012, they’ve been riding high on a wave of optimism and hooky indie pop. Tune in to hear a few songs from their 2011 Big Sound set in this episode of Live Delay.

Find out more about San Cisco.

Recorded by John Robinson for BEAU FM.

Ever wondered what blues, roots hard rock might sound like together? Well wonder no more! Charismatic multi-instrumentalist Mason Rack fronts the Mason Rack Band who mix genres like a mad alchemist, bringing you a cosmic soup of live musical treats.

Find out more about Mason Rack Band.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham.
Recorded at the Old Museum Brisbane, Sept 2011.

This live set of nuggets comes via The Rooftops, a Brisbane jazz/reggae ensemble with a taste of soul. Be treated to some special moments of live music as we go back to The Rooftops set at The Gathering Festival in September 2011.

Find out more about The Rooftops.

 Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 22 March 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: Beau FM, John Robinson, Matt Dever, Sky Kirkham

GOSSLING – I Was Young
GOSSLING – ANcient Love
SAN CISCO – Awkward Big
SAN CISCO – Golden Revolver
MASON RACK BAND – Hard Goodbye
MASON RACK BAND – Purple and Blue
MASON RACK BAND – Deep Wholly Woman
THE ROOFTOPS – Long Way Home
THE ROOFTOPS – Money and Time

Cover image taken by Stusev. Used under creative commons license CC BY 2.0. Original image found here.

Episode 10: Bitch Prefect; Dreamtime

Bitch Prefect (Photo by Justin Edwards)

Bitch Prefect (Photo by Justin Edwards)

Episode 10! Who would have thunk it? To celebrate, we have two great sets for you to sink your teeth into. First we take a visit to the south of the nation, celebrating the jangle pop of BITCH PREFECT. We then follow it up with a vicious forehand from Brisbane psych band DREAMTIME. Tune in, because these are great! That’s a good enough reason, yeah?

Recorded by Andrew McLellan and mixed by Harry Byrne.
Recorded at The Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley.

Bitch Prefect are Pat Telfer, Scott O’Hara and Liam Kenny and once upon a time emerged from a sharehouse in Adelaide, but, like so many other bands do, moved to Melbourne a few years back. In 2012 they put out their debut record via bedroom suck by the name of ‘Big Time’, a well received release that featured the deliciously depressing but wholly relatable single ‘Bad Decisions’. The band managed to make it up to Brisbane in August 2012 during the launch tour for Big Time and played 4ZZZ’s GET HAPPIER festival and we were fortunate enough to be present to get a recording.

Find out more about Bitch Prefect.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham
Recorded at The Primitive Room, Spring Hill.

Dreamtime have been kicking around Brisbane for a few years now, putting out a well received self titled LP in late 2011, and following it up with the sprawling noise of SUN in late 2012 – a great sophomore record filled with distant soundscapes, wailing guitars and percussive elements that herald an imminent storm. Counting groups like The Cosmic Dead, Six Organs of Admittance, and the Psychic Ills among their influences, Dreamtime have caught the attentions of fans near and far, and are heading to the Austin Psych fest in Texas in April 2013. This recording made by Sky Kirkham for Live Delay comes from their set at 2012’s ROCK TO TRANSMIT at the Primitive Room in Spring Hill, Brisbane.

Find out more about Dreamtime.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 15 March 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: Andrew McLellan, Harry Byrne, Sky Kirkham, Black Bear Lodge, The Primitive Room.

Bitch Prefect photo by Justin Edwards. Used with permission.

Episode 9: The Screaming Tribesmen; The Informants; Old Growth Cola

The Screaming Tribesmen

Apparently the number 9 is unlucky in Japanese culture because it sounds like pain or distress. However, here on episode nine of Live Delay, you have nothing to fear. We’ve got three outstanding live sets to showcase for you courtesy of three great, and diverse, artists – pin back your ears back and listen out for live sets from The Screaming Tribesmen, The Informants, and Old Growth Cola in the latest episode of Live Delay.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham.

This is pretty special. You should know about The Screaming Tribesmen – local legends who defied the odds with a series of brilliant smash hits throughout the 1980s, both here and overseas. We were fortunate enough to capture their brilliance live on stage when the Live Delay recording team caught up with them during their reformation concert at 2011 The Gathering festival in Brisbane. Date With a Vampyre – what a song!

Find out more about The Screaming Tribesmen.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham.

Can you handle the funk? Well, can you handle funk with reggae and soul thrown in for good measure? The Informants are my prescription to you then! Local Brisbane four piece specialising in getting down. Live Delay caught them owning stages back in 2011 at The Gathering Festival. Tune in for some tunes that will turn your sour mood to a stick of melted butter.

Find out more about The Informants.

Recorded by Sky Kirkham and Ellie Freeman.
Mixed by Old Growth Cola.

Allegedly Brisbane’s ‘strangest’ pop group, Old Growth Cola are a fascinating and not always predicatble band who like to indulge in layer weird sounds over traditional pop melodies. It’s a recipe for fascination and Live Delay managed to catch them in their element at the 4ZZZ BaZZar in West End in mid-2012.

Find out more about Old Growth Cola.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 8 March 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: Sky Kirkham, Ellie Freeman, Old Growth Cola

OLD GROWTH COLA – Haven’t You Heard
OLD GROWTH COLA – Vibrant Colours
OLD GROWTH COLA – Falling In Love Again
OLD GROWTH COLA – Real Circles
OLD GROWTH COLA – Motion Sensor
OLD GROWTH COLA – Room at the bottom
OLD GROWTH COLA – Auchenflower

Digital radio under threat

It seems that community digital radio is under threat!

Live Delay is a brand new show and will operate across Australia on many digital stations, including Zed Digital.

Ben Eltham discusses the issue further in a great blog post on Crikey today. Here’s a small extract:

The community radio sector is bigger than you think it is. Long seen as the poor cousin of the flashier commercial sector, there are more than 300 community broadcasters scattered around the country, ranging from large, semi-professional outfits in the capital cities to small outback radio stations catering to niche and specialist audiences.

Read the rest of this important article on Crikey.

Episode 8: Kyü; Albatross



Episode 8 of Live Delay boards a short flight and takes a weekend trip to Sydney. On this edition, we sample some of Sydney’s best duos with two live sets from Kyü and Albatross.

Recorded by Andrew Edgson
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan for FBi Radio, Sydney.

Kyü do pop music at experimental, almost primordial, angles. The Sydney duo composed of Alyx Dennison and Freya Berkhout are fond of overlapping vocal melodies, tribalistic drum beats, and generous use of synths, pianos and even glockenspiel.

They’re a band that excels on the live stage and is capable of emotionally moving even the most obstinate individuals. We’re fortunate enough to have a small set to share with you courtesy of our friends at FBi Radio in Sydney.

Find out more about Kyü.

Recorded and mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan for FBi Radio, Sydney.

Our next set is from another Sydney duo by the name of Albatross. Yes, another duo – but this time it’s an all male affair, with Thomas McAlister and Sam Weston twiddling the knobs and programming the beats.

Self described as ‘dreamfunk’, Albatross certainly are fond of playing a brand of chilled out electronic music heavily reliant on ambience, they nurture the listener, taking them on a journey into the unknown.

Find out more about Albatross.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 1 March 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: FBi Radio, Harvey O’Sullivan, Andrew Edgson.

Cover image taken by Threthny. Used under creative commons license CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0. Original image found here..

Episode 7: Tape/Off; The Horrortones; The Mouldy Lovers


Lucky seven! And Live Delay episode seven is going to be a really special event indeed. We bring you three great and very different Brisbane bands in their element – live on stage!

Set 1 recorded by Sky Kirkham and mixed by Branko Cosic.
Set 2 recorded by Murray Paas and mixed by Cameron Smith.

We bring you not one, but TWO sets from one of Brisbane’s loudest bands – Tape/Off. The foursome whose fondness of loud pavement-esque rock has with a twist has seen them etch out a unique identity within their hometown music scene over the past few years. They’re also pretty nice dudes. Set 1 features three songs recorded at The Primitive Room in Spring Hill, Brisbane, whereas Set 2 shows three different songs from a gig at The Zoo in late 2012.

Find out more about Tape/Off.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2012.

We’re proud to present Brisbane’s very own supergroup – The Horrortones! Made up of members of Texas Tea, The Vegas Kings, The Giants of Science and many other prominent local bands, The Horrortones beat out the soulful sounds of the sixties in a way even alliteration can’t do justice. Frontman Pete Collins may actually sound like Wilson Pickett and the rest of the band sound like The Commitments but with added sexual organs (and organ). And we’ve got them live here on Live Delay! Grouse!

Find out more about The Horrortones.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2011.

The Mouldy Lovers are a young and vibrant Brisbane gypsy instrumental band with a  wicked set of humour. They do a mad cover of the theme song from Tetris (unfortunately, not covered in this set) and have skills to pay multiple bills (not your rent however). Check out this neat live set we captured back in 2011 in this episode of Live Delay.

Find out more about The Mouldy Lovers.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 22 February 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: Branko Cosic, Cameron Smith, Murray Paas, Sky Kirkham.

Commit to Community Radio

Via committocommunityradio.org.au.

The future of free-to-air broadcasting is digital – but for community radio stations, that future is now at risk.

Unless the Federal Government addresses a $1.4m funding shortfall in the upcoming budget to support current community digital radio services in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth many vital community services will have to be switched off.

CBAA President Adrian Basso says “any cuts to our digital radio services would be disastrous for media diversity, specialist programming and local and Australian content’.

The Commit to Community Radio campaign calls on Senator Conroy and the Government to commit to a digital  future for community radio.

Community broadcasters should be entitled to affordable access to digital radio alongside the national and commercial radio sectors.

It’s critical for the future of all community broadcasters that we maintain our current community digital radio services and are not left behind in a digital broadcasting future.

For more information and to join the Commit to Community Radio Campaign go to  committocommunityradio.org.au

Episode 6: Dappled Cities; Dune Rats

Dappled Cities

Dappled Cities

In the latest episode of Live Delay we engage in a battle of the D-titled bands, catching up with the much loved DAPPLED CITIES of Sydney town, as well as Brisbane’s own DUNE RATS.

Recorded and mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan, 2012.
Produced by FBi Radio, Sydney.

Featuring songs from across their four album discography, we bring you a special Dappled Cities concert recorded in mid-2012 by our friends at FBi Radio in Sydney. The accomplished and critically acclaimed Sydney band really pull out all stops and this extended set brings you songs like ‘Holy Chord’, ‘The Night Is Young At Heart’ and even the oldie (but definitely a goodie) ‘Peach’. Dappled Cities – a great live band and captured here on in their majestic best.

Find out more about Dappled Cities.

Recorded by Sky Kirkham, 2012.
Mixed by Branko Cosic, 2012.

Holy mixtapes batman, this Dune Rats set is full of mind-blowing awesome. For the uninitiated, Dune Rats are a surfy-garagy duo from BRisbane with a fondness for crazy party hijinks. The 4ZZZ live recording team were present to capture the band demonstrating their wide ranging live musical powers at the 2012 Rock to Transmit at The Primitive Room in Brisbane, and by the beard of Zeus, it was enjoyable. Fortunately, we can share it here with you on Live Delay. Listen in for ‘Pogo’ – it’s a winner.

Find out more about Dune Rats.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 15 February 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: FBi, Harvey O’Sullivan, Sky Kirkham, Branko Cosic.

Cover image taken by James Dennes. Used under creative commons license CC BY 2.0.

Episode 5: Velociraptor; Feathers; Adalita


Woah! We’re at episode FIVE already? Time really flies when you’re having fun. And trust me, this episode is killer. We’re highlighting three outstanding lives sets in this episode from Velociraptor, Feathers and Adalita.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2012.

Velociraptor are a chameleon beast sent to destroy your ideas about rocking and rolling. This TWELVE piece band are purveyors of the infectious and masters in the art of stagecraft – they even took out 2012 Hot 100 with their viral pop song ‘Cynthia’. We feature a snippet of their tremendous performance at 2012’s Rock To Transmit. Trust me; it will blow your face off!

INTERVIEW: Jeremy Neale of Velociraptor.

Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2012. 

Feather’s debut record Hunter’s Moon (2011) was one of the Australian music highlights of that year. This all female dreamy rock group conjure pop narratives with distinct psychedelic angles. Feathers can be gloomy, they can be transcendental and one could rattle off half a dozen influences here (Shop Assistants, The Shaggs, and so forth), but it really does the band a disservice to think of them simply as the sum of their influences. This set was recorded at the Alhambra Bar in Fortitude Valley Brisbane back in March 2012.

Recorded and mixed by Matt Denver of D4 Studios
Produced by John Robinson for BeauFM.

I really don’t need to waste your time spruiking the credentials of Adalita Srsen. The charismatic singer of Geelong’s legendary Magic Dirt released a fine debut solo record way back in 2011. Our friends at BeauFM were present to record part of her set at BigSound 2011 and Live Delay is pleased to give some digital radio love to some of Adalita’s sublime live performance.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 8 February 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray
Kudos: Sky Kirkham, John Robinson, Matt Denver, Beau FM