EP 132: Halfway; The Scrapes

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Halfway

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 24th of April, 2015.

Made up of eight players, Brisbane based rock band, Halfway injects the unusual combination of banjo, pedal steel guitar, piano, and mandolin into the genre’s usual instrumentation. Three of the members – John Busby, Elwin Hawtin and Chris Dale originally hail from Rockhampton, Central Queensland. After moving to Brisbane and recruiting the like-minded Ben Johnson (bass), Halfway was formed in 2000. Joining shortly after were Dublin born brothers Noel Fitzpatrick (pedal steel) and Liam Fitzpatrick (banjo/mandolin).

The finishing touches to the lineup were added with the inclusion of ex-Go-Between John Willsteed (guitar) & Luke Peacock ‘The Bird’ (keys/guitar). Since their formation, the band has released four critically acclaimed albums, the latest being ‘Any Old Love’ in 2014. In 2008, key writers, John Busby and Chris Dale won the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship, arguably one of the most prestigious song writing award in Australia.

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The Scrapes

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Ice Cream Factory, Brisbane, 14th of July, 2012.

Formed in Brisbane in early 2009, The Scrapes are an unusual duo who combine feedback drenched guitar and scraping, epic violin. Their music is rooted firmly in the traditions of western classical music while representing an attempt to break the chains of these traditions. It is music that evokes landscapes and acts of nature as well as cerebral landscapes.

Inspired equally by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and La Monte Young, sound artists and pioneers of the drone such as Tony Conrad and Spacemen 3, and the dark, demented sounds of the underground of rock music, The Scrapes can be at once immersive and chaotic in a live setting where wild improvisation and high volume come into the fold.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 14 August 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 129: First half of 2015 review – Pt 1

This episode of Live Delay showcases some of the performances that have been featured on the show during the first half of 2015.

Artists include

Danyl Jesu – Abandon
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 5th of November 2014.

We All Want To – Ramp Up the Bleeding
Recorded by Mathew Hall
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Underdog Pub Co, Brisbane, 29th of March 2014.

Sparkspitter – Vandelous
Recorded Branko Cosic.
Mixed by Cameron Smith
Recorded at The Waiting Room, Brisbane, 12th of September 2014.

Giants of Science – Your Coke May Be Pepsi
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah, 17th of January 2015.

Go Go Fish – Guest List
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at the Greenslopes Bowls Club as part of the Sonic Masala Festival, on the 14th of March, 2015.

Baptism of Uzi – Carnal Need
Recorded by Anthony Cornish.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at Phoenix Public House, Melbourne, 21st of April 2012.

SIXFTHICK – Glue In Your Locks
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah, 17th of January 2015.

Front End Loader – Marks Dream
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah, 17th of January 2015.

White Walls – Runaway Kite
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at the Greenslopes Bowls Club as part of the Sonic Masala Festival, on the 14th of March, 2015.

Fat – Junkie Song
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 3rd of May 2015.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 17 July 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Episode 115: Ambitious Lovers; Baptism Of Uzi

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Ambitious Lovers
Recorded by Cameron Smith.
Mixed by Cameron Smith.
Recorded at The Waiting Room on the 31st of May, 2014.

Ambitious Lovers, having formed 10 years ago, have only been active for three of those years, with most of their activity happening between 2007 to 2009, releasing 3 EP’s and a full length LP, having broken up the same night they released their last EP ‘Winter Got Warmer’. Midway through 2014, an invitation to perform was a chance to recreate their awkward and raw songs. It was their first gig in 5 years and played to small but extremely appreciative crowd at the Waiting Room. Though they still turn up playing occasionally in 2015, you can find Joel, who sings and plays ukulele, active in Spirit Bunny and Feet Teeth.

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Baptism Of Uzi
Recorded by Anthony Cornish.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at Phoenix Public House on the 21st of April, 2012.

The band we are going to hear next are called Baptism Of Uzi. No, its not a gang of priests with machine guns, but a 4-piece band from the Eastern part of Geelong. Borrowing influences from bands such Black Sabbath and melding them with metronomic Krautrock rhythms of Can and Kraftwerk, their sound has seen them share stages with the likes of Michael Rother from Neu, Wavves & TV On The Radio, and produce two releases, their debut mini-album, titled Cassette, and the Stray Currents EP. This particular set was recorded back in 2012 in a inner-city Melbourne venue that existed for only 9 months, and captured the band transitioning from a quintet to a quartet.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 27 March 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Episode 87: Mixed Bag

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Halfway
Recorded by John Robinson.
Mixed by John Robinson.
Recorded at Big Sound 2012

Halfway originally formed in 2000 shortly after John Busby, Chris Dale and Elwin Hawton moved from Rockhampton to Brisbane and met bassist Ben Johnson. Later, they added brothers Noel and Liam Fitzparick and by 2008 the group had released 2 records and picked up the Grant McLennan prize for song-writing. Recently, they’ve added ex-Go-Between John Willsteed and Luke Peacock to to bring that headcount up to 8. In February 2014 they released their latest record, Any Old Love, which received high praise from Mess + Noise, The Courier Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Listen to ‘Any Old Love’ on the Halfway Bandcamp.

Adele & Glenn
Recorded by John Robinson.
Mixed by John Robinson.
Recorded at Big Sound 2012

Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson were the rhythm section for the Go-Betweens during the ‘re-formation years’ between 2000 and 2006. In 2011 they got back together to play each other’s songs and released their first album ‘Carrington Street’ in 2012. They received some very nice reviews for their humble indie-folk record.

Check out Adele and Glenn on Facebook.

Deadshred
Recorded by Branko Cosic.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Haunt, Brisbane. 4th July 2014.

Formed in Brisbane 2013, Deadshred finds members of Slug Guts, Per Purpose, Feathers and Thigh Master getting together to make noisey post-punk. In October of this year they’ll be releasing a debut cassette on Tenth Court Records. The tape is called ‘Thousand Yard Staring Competition’ and if lead single ‘Ratsakk’ is anything to go by then it’s going to rock harder than a belch in the ear.

Hear Deadshred’s debut single, Ratsakk, over at soundcloud.

NUN
Engineered by Jack Farley.
Produced by Grace K.
Originally aired on ‘Straight to You’ for PBS 106.7FM. 7th January 2013.

In April Nun’s self-titled debut album was co-released by Aarght! and Avant Records. Shadowy, brooding and drawing from a history of occultism in Victoria, the record follows on in the same vein as their first 7” released in 2012 on Nihilistic Orbs, the label for all things Dark, electronic and Australian.

Check out Nun and some tracks from their debut album over at the Aarght! Records site.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 12 September 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 71: Ela Stiles; Tight Slip

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Ela Stiles
Recorded by Josh Watson & Mino Peric.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Brightside, Apr 4 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 that band Songs which she began with Max Doyle that saw he focus shift from modelling to music. With Karl Scullin (Kes Band, Mum Smokes) and Nisa Venerosa (Fabulous Diamonds) there is Bushwalking, 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 last year. Now it’s 2014, it’s time for something new and completely different. Ela’s debut record boasts a completely acapella B-side, which takes a lot of guts.

For more information on Ela Stiles and to buy her debut LP, head over to Bedroom Suck Records.

Tight Slip
Recorded by Andrew McLellan.
Mixed by Andrew McLellan.
Recorded at Black Bear Lodge, Aug 24 2012.

Tight Slip were a band active in the Brisbane underground rock scene around 2011-2013. They spun-off from another group called ‘Loose Grip’ a band which consists of the members of Tight Slip plus one Sam McCabe. Both groups were the brain-child of Kieren Lavering and while Loose Grip had a 7” on Bedroom Suck Record, Tight Slip regrettably have nothing to show for their short run bar a few live recordings on vimeo. There’s still time for this power pop powerhouse to make a comeback. Maybe this will motivate them.

To listen to Loose Grip’s Cereal 7″ head over to the Bedroom Suck bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 16 May 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.