EP 251: Night Birds & Greenwave Beth

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Photo: Kim Anderson (NB) Jake Ollet (GB)

Night Birds

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Zoo, Brisbane, 9th June 2017

Hailing from New Jersey, Nights Birds play surfy, punk rock whilst paying homage to the hardcore movement of the 80’s. Since 2009 they have released a total of LP’s, including their latest effort Mutiny At Muscle Beach through Fat Wreck Chords, as well as a handful of 7 inches. The four piece are known for their extremely energetic live performances and fiercely DIY ethos.  

 

Greenwave Beth

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017

Sydney’s Greenwave Beth is the musical project of Flowertruck vocalist Charles Rushforth and Will Blackburn. They combine restrictive and industrial sounds of midi sequenced drum and bass with free form songwriting in the style of John Maus and Suicide. With their debut single “Make Up” being released in 2017, Greenwave Beth have supported the likes of Hockey Dad, Big White and Mere Women.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of July 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 249: Some Jerks & Go Van Go

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Photo: Jeff Ram (SJ) Ben Knight (GVG)

Some Jerks

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 21st March 2017

Formed in 2010, garage-surf inspired Some Jerks have been making waves since the release of their self titled EP in 2011. Recorded & mixed by Skritch, their debut album Buddy Rich Made Me Cry came the following year and received extensive play on community radio, with a number of tracks placing highly in 4ZZZ’s Hot 100.

2016 saw Some Jerks release their 2nd LP Strange Ways on Pig City Records. The album was voted as the Best album of 2016 by the combined 4zzz announcers, and was included in the top 10 under the radar Australian releases, by The Guardians Kate Hennessy. Lead single The Hunter was also nominated for the Best Rock Song in 2017’s QLD Music Awards.

 

Go Van Go

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 23rd March 2017

Comprised of Troy Henderson (Guitars, Lead Vocals) & Dan Sugars (Drums, Vocals), Go Van Go play explosive no holds barred rock. Releasing a total of 3 EP’s including the Kill City series across 2015 & ‘16, the 2 piece have had extensive support on community radio, as well as national broadcaster Triple J’s unearthed arm and Triple M’s home grown. In this time, they’ve toured the east coast and supported the likes of Art vs. Science and The Jungle Giants.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 1st of July 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 245: Bench Press & MOD CON

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Photo: Photoyunist (BP) Musicology (MC)

Bench Press

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 8th February 2018

Having burst onto the Melbourne scene in early 2016, Bench Press have earned a reputation for dynamic live performances. The quartet that consists of Lead vocalist Jack Stavrakis, guitarist Morgan Griffiths, bassist Lewis Waite and drummer Jordan Hicks released their self titled debut through Poison City Records in 2017. Since then they have played alongside label mates Clowns and Batpiss as well as Horace Bones, Turnpike and Moody Beaches.

MOD CON

Engineered by Kaite Harrington and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 9th February 2018

Originally playing as the alt-country band Palm Springs, MOD CON is the collaborative project of Erica Dunn, Sara Retallick and Raquel Solier. “Do It Right Margo” – The first single from this new incarnation was released in late 2017 via Poison City, and the band have been on the rise ever since, putting out their debut LP Modern Convenience in the first half of 2018.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 244: Hexdebt & The Living Eyes

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Photo: Yunis Tmeizeh (H) Yana Amur (TLE)

Hexdebt

Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 14th December 2017

HEXDEBT have made a thundering entrance into the Melbourne punk and garage scene since their formation in a Brunswick lounge room in Mid-2016. The lineup consists of Agnes Whalan on vocals and guitar, Isobel D’cruz Barnes on bass and backing vocals, Aife Larkin on guitar and Lucy Fry on drums.

Their songs grip a tension between tightly refined technical prowess and chaotic discordance, executing the balance of both with ferocious confidence. This has earned them performance slots at Wetfest, The Bank Records Launch, and supporting all types of punk rock legends around town (PBS FM website, 2017).

The Living Eyes

Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 3th February 2018

Geelong locals, The Living Eyes, are a rock band of sorts, blending their own version of melodic power pop and garage. The band started out in their teenage years as a strictly 60’s garage band, playing shows with Geelong friends. Seven years later the boys have grown up a bit and so has their music.

Releasing their debut LP in 2013 with Anti Fade followed by a second full-length record, Living Large, in 2015, the quartet are back with their third LP, Modern Living. The new album comes bearing a different sound to the previous two, taking references to artists like The Monochrome Set and The Troggs, but with of course the Australian influence of bands like The Sunnyboys and The Saints (PBS FM website, 2018).

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 243: Biscotti & Dumb Things

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Photo: Marcus Salvagno (B) Laura Marsh (DT)

Biscotti

Engineered by Owen McKern
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 9th February 2018

Biscotti is Melbourne based producer and multi instrumentalist Carla Ori’s solo project. While also playing as a part of Empat Lima, Biscotti allows Ori to fashion evocative sounds which create otherworldly landscapes and guide the listener through different scenes.

Her first EP titled Make Me Feel Good was released independently in 2013 which lead Biscotti to perform nationally and internationally at music festivals such at Falls Festival, Wide Open Space and Mata Air Festival (Indonesia). Another EP, Alternator, followed in 2015 before the debut long player Like Heaven In The Movies in 2017.

Dumb Things

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

Brisbane hangover pop quintet Dumb Things released their debut self titled album in 2017, signing with French label Hidden Bay Records for its European release. Strong local radio support has seen the band play alongside other Brisbane  favourites Tape/Off, Baskervillain, Good Boy and Future Haunts.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 241: Tropical Fuck Storm & Cable Ties

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Photo: Rachael Barrett (TFS) Naomi Lee Beveridge (CT)

Tropical Fuck Storm

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Marbury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 8th February 2018

TFS is what some would consider an Australian supergroup, consisting of Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin (The Drones), Lauren Hammel (High Tension) and Erica Dunn (Harmony/Palm Springs). The band made their live debut across the US in late 2017 supporting Band Of Horses and King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. With only a trio of singles released since then, TFS are poised to release their debut album in mid 2018.

Cable Ties

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Marbury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 6th February 2018

Cable Ties are vocalist and guitarist Jenny McKechnie (also of Wet Lips), bassist Nick Brown, and drummer Shauna Boyle. They take the 3 minute punk burner and stretch it past breaking point. Their first show was in 2015, playing a backyard in Melbourne as part of the inaugural Wetfest, an annual gig that showcases some of the best emerging women-led and gender non-conforming acts from the Melbourne music scene.

Since then they have given us a handful of 7 inches before signing with Poison City Records and releasing their debut self titled long player in 2017. They have since followed up with another 7” through Poison City titled Tell Them Where To Go/Choking To Choose in early 2018 as well as touring hard across the country.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd of April 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 238: Gold Class & Kitchen’s Floor

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Photo: Robbie Atkin (GC) Ryan Topez (KF)

Gold Class

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Against The Grain Fest, Brisbane, 27th August 2017

Starting in Melbourne in 2014, Gold Class has had a rapid rise to where they are today. 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.

2017 saw them follow up with the release of Drum. Produced by The Drones Gareth Liddiard, their second album builds on the post-punk sounds established on Its You, with a new found forward momentum.

Kitchen’s Floor

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017

Kitchen’s Floor was formed in 2007 by Brisbane based musician Matt Kennedy. They play pop documenting the angst-ridden narratives of Brisbane suburbia. Amongst various EP’s, 7″ singles and live albums, the band have released 3 full length studio albums to date – Loneliness Is A Dirty Mattress (2009), Look Forward To Nothing (2011) and Battle Of Brisbane (2015). These recordings have been released through independent labels such as Siltbreeze, Bedroom Suck, R.I.P Society, Negative Guest List, Quemada, Easter Bilby, and Breakdance The Dawn.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 25th of February 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.