Ep 211: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 1

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FERLA

Recorded & Mixed by Sam Lowe
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth – Alehouse Stage, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

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Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Ric’s Big Backyard, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Coda Conduct

Recorded by Clancy McLellan
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at The Elephant Hotel, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Gawurra

Recorded & Mixed by Eileen Tierney
Recorded at Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 25th of June 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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EP 179: Luke Daniel Peacock; Jonathan Boulet

Luke Daniel Peacock

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the HOME Showcase at BIGSOUND Festival, Brisbane , 7th September 2016.

Kicking off his career on keys and guitar in the critically-acclaimed Brisbane group Halfway, Luke Daniel Peacock has since become a prolific songwriter in his own right. In 2014, he was the driving creative force for the groundbreaking project, The Painted Ladies, a group that revived the lost songs of Vic Simms in an album titled ‘The Painted Ladies Play Selections From The Loner’. This collaboration was produced by Rusty Hopkinson from You Am I and featured The Medics, Paul Kelly, Ed Kuepper (The Saints/The Laughing Clowns), Ian Haug (The Church/Powderfinger), John Willsteed (The Go-Betweens), Phil Noy & Eugene Ball (The Bamboos), Bunna Lawrie (Coloured Stone) and many more. In February 2016, he released his first solo album titled ‘We’ve Come A Long Way Darling’ to much praise, including a Queensland Music Award for his song ‘Fruits Of Our Labour’, as well as receiving the prestigious Billy Thorpe Scholarship Award in 2016. His work sounds like a modern day Australian version of Bruce Springsteen, and he’s well on his way to becoming a legendary artist in his own right.

 

Jonathan Boulet

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Photo by Kerrie Geier

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 6th November 2015.

Coming from Sydney, Jonathan Boulet released his self titled debut solo album in 2009 through Modular Recordings. His debut record was written, recorded, played and produced by himself in his small garage studio. The album was released to much praise and earned him a spot on the Splendour In The Grass lineup in 2010. His second album ‘We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart’ was released in 2012 which further solidified his ability to write catchy, high energy indie pop. After playing a string of international shows and showcases at SXSW, Jonathan took a year off in Berlin to work on new music. What emerged in 2014 was a radically different beast from his previous work. Now signed to Popfrenzy Records, his latest album Gubba is nothing but rock n roll with big drums, face melting guitars, and heavy thumping bass lines.    

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 25th September 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Episode 118: Front End Loader; The Vasco Era

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Front End Loader
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Brisbane on the 17th of January, 2015.

Starting out in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst, Front End Loader’s music has been described as spiky and strange, the perfect thing to impale the lovely vocal harmonies they make and an even more appropriate complement to a dress-sense kindly described as ‘bizarre’. Over the years it’s carried them through six full-lengths, eight EPs and innumerable songs with titles such as “Weak As Piss” or “4 Star Heritage Arsehole”, which you’ll hear in this set. Unlike most Australian musicians of a similar vintage, Front End Loader never had the good grace to give-up. Their most recent album, “Ritardando” was released on their own Weeping Anus records and, in an embarrassing and somewhat confused gesture, took home the best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album ARIA award for 2011. None of the band could afford -or probably could’ve been arsed, even if they did have the cash- to turn up and instead sent their slightly more industry friendly mate Lindsay from Frenzal Rhomb with these words: “As you were … please carry on … we mean you no harm. We will continue to write Rock Music that we enjoy, play shows when and where we can, and record and release this music as our time, money, and circumstances permit. None of these activities concern you so please, move along, and let us never speak of this again”.

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The Vasco Era
Recorded & Mixed by Matthew Dever.
Recorded at BIGSOUND Live, Brisbane on the 7th of September, 2011.

The Vasco Era emerged from Apollo Bay in 2004 and quickly staked their claim, doing the hard yards in the musically crowded city of Melbourne. Since the turn of the millenium Australia has seen more than its fair share of hard-rocking blues bands, but few have reached the heights or had the staying power of The Vasco Era, standing alongside Wolfmother and The Vines as blues-rocking heavyweights. Following the road to rock stardom, the band released two full-lengths with Universal Music, but in the end shrugged off the industry shackles to release their third album independently, in 2011. As an independent, self-titled release should, it ground down the gloss and chiseled back the glamour, leaving behind a raw and honest record that is the band’s truest document to date. They’ve taken some time off since then, but when they do play together, it’s with that same rawness and honesty in mind. The kind that is essential to making proper blues rock.

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