Ep 265: Died Pretty

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Photos: Emmy Etie

Died Pretty

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 23rd June 2017

Died Pretty are a formative band for many and have been a huge success in Australia and around the world. 

The band formed in 1983 in Sydney and created a sound most credit towards an early electric Dylan mixed with psychedelic influences. Died Pretty were formed under Ron Peno and Brett Myers and their first 5 performances were actually under the name Final Solution and all took place in Brisbane.

The name Died Pretty came about as a reference to James Dean’s line “Live hard, die young, leave a beautiful corpse” to Die Pretty.

They garnered Australian attention on the alternative music scene with a few big singles and split releases. It was their EP ‘Next To Nothing’ released in 1985 which set the band off in a big way. The EP was in the alternative charts for almost a year, with three Number 1. It was also released in the UK and France gathering them a considerable following.

Died Pretty went on to release 8 albums in their time with some reaching high up in the ARIA charts and playing consistently in Australia, America and Europe.

The albums are now iconic and Died Pretty became one of Australia’s prominent alternative rock bands influencing many bands around the country.

They were a part of the original 1992 Big Day Out line up and then returned 20 years later in 2012 to play the iconic festival again.

The band officially disbanded in 2002 but thankfully returned in 2008 to play their iconic album ‘Doughboy Hollow’ in its entirety.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of January 2019.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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Ep 264: Luca Brasi

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Luca Brasi

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 17th August 2018

Luca Brasi are one of Australia’s finest live acts. They are a complete juggernaut of energy and are no holds barred on a stage. They formed in 2009 in St Helens in Tasmania named after the ruthless killer in The Godfather and have translated that energy into their hard rock sound.

They have released four albums in their time as a band from the first being 2011’s ‘Extended Family’, then in 2014 with ‘By A Thread’, 2016’s ‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’ which reached 18 on the ARIA charts, and as recently as June of 2018 with the record ‘Stay’, which beat out 2016’s effort reaching No. 10.

They have earned their reputation as a formidable live act and they command stages around the country as well as big festival spots. This show was just after the release of their album and was a sold out show to a packed audience at The Triffid.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th of January 2019.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 263 – Husky

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Husky

Recorded by Caitlin Selder
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, 7th July 2017

Husky formed in 2008 in Melbourne and have won audiences over with their sweet take on indie folk. The duo of Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss have released 3 albums and have toured with huge names such as Devendra Banhart, Gotye, The Shins and Neil Young And the Crazy Horse.

They are the first Australian band to be signed to Sub Pop records in 2011 before the release of their debut album in 2012 called ‘Forever So’. They followed it up in 2014 with ‘Ruckers Hill’ and in July of 2017, they released ‘Punchbuzz’. They were touring this album when they came to Brisbane, bringing their fun guitar tones to their folk sensibilities bringing an enjoyable and wholesome mix.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 30th of December 2018.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 262 – Dappled Cities

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Dappled Cities

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 12th May 2017

Dappled Cities are a 5 piece rock band that have truly been around the block after forming in the late 90’s. They have released 5 albums in their career, and played across the world to a dedicated and excited fan base.

They started out as teenagers in 1997 playing a bunch of gigs in underage venues before they were of the age to play the larger licenced venues. They toured consistently in Australia and New Zealand and then had European and American tours, even playing South by Southwest three times. Despite forming in ‘97, they released their first full length record in 2004 with the album ‘A Smile’. They followed up with Granddance in 2006, Zounds in ‘09, and Lake Air in 2012. It would be five years before they would release a new album which was aptly called 5 and saw a line up change for the band.

Their set at The Foundry was well received with tracks from across their discography.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd of December 2018.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 261 – Tom Lyngcoln; Eyes Ninety

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Tom Lyngcoln

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Our first set is by Tom Lyngcoln and as a punter at this festival was one of my most anticipated acts of the line up. Tom Lyngcoln is a stalwart of the Australian music scene as a member of the beloved Nation Blue, Pale Heads and the phenomenal Harmony.  

A veteran of being in bands, a solo artist is something that Tom never intended to be but came out of necessity. He tells the story that he was performing solo shows to keep sharp and was performing songs from his bands. They didn’t really suit a solo performance so he wrote songs to suit a solo act which would then become his debut album Doming Home. An album that is so raw and natural you can hear him walk around the room, its a record that feels alive and his live performance is truly special.

Just a man and a guitar, creating walls of noise before snapping into crushing silence. 

Eyes Ninety

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Next up we have a blistering set by Brisbane legends Eyes Ninety, who are a band that formed in 2014 and released their debut album, aptly titled ‘Eyes Ninety’, in 2015 through Swashbuckling Hobo Records.

They have been playing around the Brisbane scene and spreading their punk riffs and energetic live set damn everywhere. The group is comprised of Tom, Ben, Rick & Xavier, and they will hit you with waves of garage punk that force you to be scraped off the floor. They finally unleashed the awaited second release in 2018 and that album was the fantastic ‘Glaucoma Chameleon’.

It sounds like Eyes Ninety, but there is still a bit of difference that obviously sits well with the band as they grow and boy is it a fun ride.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 16th of December 2018.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 260 – Nova Scotia and Air Jordans

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Nova Scotia

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Nova Scotia are a Brisbane band that I thought I’d only ever hear about.  Every time they came up it was always with a reverence and a hint of dismay as I was informed they don’t really play anymore. Well that all changed with a reformation of sorts at 2018’s Sonic Masala Fest.

Nova Scotia have been absent from the Brisbane scene for about 6 and a half years after their release in 2011 aptly titled Nova Scotia. Their rock and punk sensibilities are delivered with intensity intertwined with positive sounding riffs that make you feel stoked to be in the presence of music.

With lead vocalist Scott moving to Melbourne this was a chance for diehard fans to get a long lost glimpse of one of their favourites and the crowd was heaving for their set. They were a force to be reckoned with on this reformed show, while they said it was the last you truly never know.

Air Jordans

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

They released their debut recording 2 days before this gig and they have had one epic year. Their first show was at Sonic Masala 2017 after forming earlier that year and they played consistently throughout this period leading up to this gig. Air Jordans is comprised of a whole bunch of different musical talents with every member sharing the vocals. The band was intended to have a no-wave sound but definitely has a bit of pop thrown in there for good measure. Their debut album MoNstEr jAM was seven tracks of fun interlocking guitar, walls of noise and heart warming harmonies with still plenty of head banging intensity.  This show sees a possible hiatus for the band as one of the vocalists and guitarist is leaving the bright lights of Brisbane to the city of Melbourne but boy did they turn it on for this set.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 9th of December 2018.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 259: Port Royal & Elder

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Port Royal

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 6th July 2018

Brisbane rock n’ roll revivalists Port Royal formed in 2015. Their current line up consists of Lawson Doyle on guitar and vocals, Liam Morton on lead guitar, Chase Brodie on bass and Connor Arnold on drums. They unleashed their debut EP The Express in May, 2016 which earned them support slots for The Delta Riggs, Cherry Dolls and Wolfmother.

2017 saw the release of single “Get Heavy” which landed in 2nd place in the 4ZZZ Hot 100 countdown of 2018. Playing a host of dates across the east coast of Australia earned them an enthusiastic following. The Love, Passion, Satisfaction EP was released in August 2018 with a heavy run of touring to support.

 

Elder

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Elder are Matt Burton on vocals and guitar, Thomas White on bass and vocals and Talia Bond on Drums. Their debut single “Vagabond” gained strong radio support soon after its release in December, 2017. Since then they have shared bills around Brisbane with Andrew Tuttle, Good Boy, Chakra Efendi and Yukon Era (NZ).

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 258: Harmon & Slumlawwd

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Harmon

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 27th July 2018

Harmon is the musical project of singer and multi instrumentalist Harmon Ferret. Growing up surrounded by music and developing his sound from many hours spent in the home studio, he released his first single “Nerve” at the age of 17. 2018 has seen the Brisbane based musician  release two more singles in “Wasting Time” and “A New Colour.”

 

Slumlawwd

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Slumlawwd is the brainchild of Brisbane favourites We All Want To bassist Scott Mercer. With tongue firmly in cheek, Slumlawwd is experimental in both performance and production. The band released their debut EP Manifestering Destiny in August 2018.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 30th of September 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 257: The Gametes

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The Gametes

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Foundry, Brisbane, 25th August 2018

Forming in 2017, the Gametes are Tom Harden on guitar and vocals, Charles Deicke on guitar, Hunter Davis on bass and John Beckinsale on Drums. The Brisbane 4 piece have supported the likes of Jacuzzi Boys (USA) and Chakra Efendi with their unique, audio-visual based live show.

Combining outrageous costumes and quirky stage projections with their polyrhythmic surf punk sound, the Gametes have created an enthralling piece of performance art, earning them a reputations as one of Brisbane’s best live bands. Their debut LP The Astronomical Calamities Of Comet Jones was released in August 2018 by local indie label Coolin’ By Sound.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd of September 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 256: Regurgitator & TV Haze

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Regurgitator

Recorded & mixed by Greg Jard
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 25th August 2018

Brisbane’s own Regurgitator formed in 1994 originally as a side project for members Quan Yeomans (guitar, vocals), Ben Ely (bass, vocals) and Martin Lee (drums). Quickly signing to Warner, the band released 2 EP’s before their first full length Tu-Plang in 1996. Following up with Unit a year later, The ‘Gurge solidified themselves as Australia’s premier alternative rock band.  

A slew of ARIA’s, a new drummer (Front End Loaders’ Peter Kostic), a reality TV show, a best of and a whole heap of record sales followed. The band have released a total of 10 studio albums with their latest Headroxx released in August 2018 through Valve Records, a label run by longtime manager Paul Curtis.

 

TV Haze

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

TV Haze are Dylan Stewart on guitar/bass/vocals, Andy Hayden on bass/guitar and Sarah Thompson on drums. Forming in 2015, the Melbournians have already released 3 albums over 18 months, the last of which, Circle The Sun, was released in April 2018 through Poison City Records. Their sound takes a soulful and nostalgic journey back into sepia-toned, hook filled indie rock.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 16th of September 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.