EP 250: Helmet

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Helmet

Recorded  & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Brightside, Brisbane, 30th April 2017

The original Helmet line up, consisting of Page Hamilton on guitar and vocals, Brisbane-born Peter Mengede on guitar, Henry Bogdan on bass and John Stainer on drums, formed in 1989 in New York City. Quickly signing to Amphetamine Reptile Records, they release their debut album Strap It On the year after.

This led the band to be signed by Interscope Records in early 1992, with label mates including Primus, Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Their first Interscope release Meantime   (1992) was certified gold and remains Helmets biggest commercial success to date. Betty (1994) soon followed, bringing the band to our shores to play the now legendary Livid Festival 1994 line up featuring Beastie Boys, Superchunk, Frank Black and Tumbleweed.

A falling out between Hamilton and Mengede in 1993 meant Peter didn’t make the trip out, but returned to reside in Brisbane in later years. This would be the first of many line up changes for the band, with Hamilton remaining the only constant member. Once touring Aftertaste over 1997-98, Helmet disbanded before reforming again in 2004 to release Size Matters. They have released a total of 8 studios albums and remain one of the most influential bands of the alternative rock movement.

In 2017, Helmet returned to Brisbane for the first time since 2011, as part of their ‘Betty’ retrospective tour. This set features selections from the album as well as tracks from their latest LP Dead To The World and fan favourites from their lengthy back catalogue. Spliced in throughout the set is an interview conducted by Branko Cosic with founding member Page Hamilton.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 246: Something For Kate

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Something For Kate

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Triffid, Brisbane, 11th November 2017

A three piece band from Melbourne, Something For Kate are comprised of vocals/guitarist, Paul Dempsey, bass player, Stephanie Ashworth and drummer, Clint Hyndman. To date they have released six Top 10 gold and platinum studio albums, a double album of B-sides, a double Best-Of album, a DVD, a live album, three e.p’s, a book to go with a mountain of singles.

From the early days the band built a varied fan base in Melbourne, recording a 7 track demo tape (which was later released as The Answer to Both Your Questions EP in 1996) that sold out of multiple pressings. This gained them the attention of Sony Music’s A&R, Chris Dunn, in 1995, who quickly signed them to the Murmur label, making them label mates with Newcastle’s very own Silverchair.

The label became their home for the next 10 years and during this time the band toured endlessly throughout Australia as well as the US, Europe & Japan. They have toured with everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to David Bowie, also playing many major festivals.

After fulfilling their commitment with Sony, Something For Kate then signed to EMI/Capitol Records Australia, releasing their 6th studio album Leave Your Soul To Science in 2012. They completed the recordings in Dallas, Texas with producer, John Congleton who has also worked with St Vincent, Explosions in the Sky and Modest Mouse. The album debuted at Number 1 on the Australian ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) chart and number 5 on the International ARIA chart and a huge national sell out tour commenced soon after.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 27th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 242: Protomartyr

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Protomartyr

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Foundry, Brisbane, 15th February 2018

Detroit based musicians Greg Ahee (guitar) and Alex Leonard (drums) first began performing as a duo under the name Butt Babies. Soon they were joined by Joe Casey on vocals and once Scott Davidson joined the band on bass, Butt Babies transformed into Protomartyr.

The band signed to Urinal Cake Records and released their debut album, No Passion All Technique in 2012 which was followed by 2014’s Under Color of Official Right in April 2014 via Hardly Art records. The critically acclaimed The Agent Intellect, followed in October 2015, as well as extensive touring throughout the US and Europe.

After signing to Domino in 2017 their fourth effort   saw the band make the long trek out to our shores to play a set of songs spanning their whole career.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th of April 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 240: Spiderbait

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Photo: Katherine O’Malley

Spiderbait

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Tivoli, Brisbane, 31st March 2017

Janet, Whitt and Kram – The three founding members of Spiderbait, began jamming in the shed of Janet’s family’s farm in the rural NSW township of Finley. They soon relocated to Melbourne and were quickly signed to Au-Go-Go Records and released their debut album Shashavaglava in May 1993.

From there they quickly consolidated their status as national treasures, Signing to Polydor and releasing a string of successful albums, which have all racked up gold, platinum or double platinum status. One of these albums was their ARIA award winning effort Ivy And The Big Apples, which they toured to celebrate 20 years since its initial release in 1997.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 239: Gyroscope

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Gyroscope

Recorded by Branko Cosic and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 10th January 2018

Forming originally as Gyroscope Sunday in 1997, Dan Sanders (lead vocals, guitar), Zoran Trivic (lead guitar), Brad Campbell (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Rob Nassif (drums) cut their teeth jamming Nirvana and Foo Fighters covers. After releasing their first set of original demo’s in 1998 the band scored support slots for international punks Millencolin and Unwritten law, as well as local favourites The Living End and 28 Days.

A total of 3 EP’s were released before the band signed to Festival Mushroom Records at the beginning of 2003. This led to the release of the Midnight Express and Driving For The Storm/Doctor Doctor EP’s, both which gained national airplay and helped build momentum for their debut long player.

Combining new material with previous tracks from their aforementioned EP’s, Sound Shattering Sound was Gyro’s breakthrough LP in 2004. The success of the release earned them supports for Blink 182, Dashboard Confessional, Sparta and Brand New, as well as their first national headline tour.

The band quickly headed to LA to begin work on the follow up, 2005’s Are You Involved?. Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus had original agreed to produce the album after seeing the band live during their support stint, but pulled out due to other commitments. Stepping up in his place was Mark Trombino, who was no slouch, previously working on records from Jimmy Eat World and Finch. Released in September, Are You Involved? peaked at No. 20 on the ARIA album charts. First cut Fast Girl  also earned the band a nomination for the Breakthrough Artist – Single category at 2006’s ARIA awards.

Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild) signed on to produce Gyroscope’s next record, which was tracked at Elevator Studios in Liverpool. These sessions became 2007’s Breed Obsession, the bands 3rd and most successful album to date. Debuting at No. 1 on the ARIA album charts, thanks to the popularity of lead single Snakeskin, Breed Obsession was certified gold within 6 months of its initial release. It also earned them another ARIA nomination, this time for Best Rock Album at the 2008 awards ceremony,

After completing yet another national tour, this time with mates The Living End, Gyro’s headed back to the UK to record with legendary producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Maximo Park, Foo Fighters) at Rockfield Studios. Cohesion was eventually released in 2010, debuting at No. 3. After extensive touring in support of the release the band went into an enforced hiatus when guitarist Zoran Trivic broke both his legs in a motorcycle accident.

2017 saw the band release new music for the first time in 7 years, in the form of a double A side single Crooked Thought/DABS. This set was taken from the tour in support of these two releases and includes songs spanning their entire career.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of March 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 237: Violent Soho

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Violent Soho

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, 23rd December 2017

The Mansfield 4-piece first formed in 2004, all attending Mansfield State High School. Local shows with Brisbane favourites Eat Lazer Scumbag and Gazoonga Attack caught the eye of producer Bryce Moorhead of who recorded their first EP Pigs & T.V. in 2006.

The EP gained the band attention nationally, recruiting Magic Dirt’s Dean Turner as manager. He also produced and released their first full length album in 2008 on his Emergency Music label. We Don’t Belong Here continued their steady growth in popularity, allowing them to tour internationally for the first time as well as play national festivals Homebake, Laneway, Meredith, Falls and Southbound.

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth became a fan of the band during this time and quickly signed Violent Soho to his label Ecstatic Peace! Records. This lead them to relocate to the U.S and re-recorded most of the material from their debut with legendary producer Gil Norton. The result was their self titled record, released in the early parts of 2010, which they toured extensively throughout the states and back home in Australia.

Violent Soho eventually parted ways with Moore’s label in 2011, returning home to sign with Melbourne based independent label I Oh You. They also linked back up with Bryce Moorhead to begin work on Hungry Ghost, which was released in 2013. A coming of age for the band, Hungry Ghost attained gold status in Australia and extensive touring continued nationally and abroad.

The band’s fourth album Waco, again produced by longtime collaborator Bryce Moorhead, debuted at no. 1 on both the ARIA and iTunes charts upon release in 2016. Countless sold out shows followed, solidifying them as one of Australia’s most popular independent artists.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of February 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 139; Screamfeeder

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Screamfeeder
Recorded and Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Spiegeltent at Brisbane Festival for 4ZZZ Flashback: 40 Years of Independent Radio Celebrations, 20th September 2015.

Episode 139 of Live Delay features legendary 90’s alternative rock group Screamfeeder. Beginning in Brisbane in 1990, Screamfeeder have become icons of the Australian alternative music scene, leading the way for independent Australian artists. In their expansive career they have released 6 albums, four EPs, toured extensively and supported bands like Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Rollins Band. Over the last few years the band have re-released vinyls of their classics, toured sporadically, and even taken time to establish themselves as respectable solo musicians.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 16th October 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.