Ep 224: Cool Sounds; The Ocean Party

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Cool Sounds

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

Cool Sounds are a 6 piece “Jazz-gaze” band from Melbourne. They released their debut record “Dance Moves” in June 2016 via Deaf Ambitions. The album consists of 10 tracks filled with gloomy, atmospheric arrangements and emotionally charged pop hooks which has seen them gain attention from music lovers around the country.

The Ocean Party

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

The Ocean Party are a 6 piece band featuring members of Cool Sounds and Ciggie Witch. The Melbourne-via-Wagga Wagga group released their 7th album “Beauty Point” in August 2017 through Spunk, making it 9 full lengths in the past 7 years. Their signature DIY sound of summery pop hooks layered over mellow guitar jams has continued to develop on these releases as well as seeing them tour the country on numerous occasions.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of October 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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Ep 223: Clowns

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Clowns

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 9th June 2017

Clowns have been on a steady rise since releasing their debut album “I’m Not Right” in 2013 via Poison City Records. The Melbourne 4-piece followed it up in 2015 with their second record “Bad Blood”. This took them to international stages across Europe as well as generating a bigger following back home, supporting the likes of Bodyjar, Frenzal Rhomb and Poison Idea. In 2017, Clowns released their third record “Lucid Again” to critical acclaim, with the addition of Brisbane’s own Hanny-J on bass guitar and playing sold out dates across the country.

 

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 222: The Dollar Bill Murrays; SUDS

Ep 222 InstagramPhotos: Jack Doonar (TDBM) & Ted’s Records (SUDS)

The Dollar Bill Murrays

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 6th May 2017

Built up on thick, fuzzy guitars and big, washy drums, The Dollar Bill Murrays are a Brisbane based alt/desert rock band. The four-piece released their self titled debut EP in April 2016 and the second EP ‘Always On’ via Valley Heat Records in March 2017.

 

SUDS

Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 2nd May 2015

Next up we have SUDS, which are better known by their old band name, Super Best Friends, who came to the attention of the masses in 2013 with the release of their single ‘Round and Round’, which featured cameo appearances from most of parliament house at the time including Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, and Clive Palmer. The band had a lineup change in 2014 and released their debut album ‘Status Updates’ in early 2015 on Gun Fever Records and features songs about friends, social media addiction and the state of Australian politics.

In 2017, they changed their name to SUDS to differentiate the lineups, past and present, and to get ready for the release of new material in 2018.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 24th of September 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 221: Even

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Even

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 14th January 2017

Forming in Melbourne in 1994, Even was formed by high school friends Ash Naylor and Matthew Cotter, and were joined by Roderick “Wally” Kempton from The Meanies on Bass. Even’s sound is attributed to Naylor’s love of guitar pop music of the 1960’s and 1970’s and introduced themselves to the world with 2 EP releases in 1995, ‘In Stereo’ and ‘Ten to Forty-Six’ through Rubber Records.

1996 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Less Is More’, which was recorded by Greg Wales and mixed by Wales and esteemed UK-via-Australia producer Nick Launay. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, said at the time that is was “one of the best Australian debut albums of 1996.” and was it was nominated at the 1997 ARIA awards for Best Independent Release.

They followed it up with 1998’s ‘Come Again’ which featured acclaimed American producer Tony Lash on the desk, and kicked off the millennium with their third album ‘A Different High’ in 2001, with ‘Free Kicks’ following in 2004, ‘Even’ in 2008 and ‘In Another Time’ in 2011.

On the 20th anniversary of ‘Less Is More’, Even decided to celebrate the occasion with a small run of dates on the East Coast and we were lucky enough to capture their show in Brisbane.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 10th of September 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 220: Red Riders

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Red Riders

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

The two founding members of Red Riders, Alex Grigg and Adrian Deutsch, first met at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gig in 2002 and discovered a common interest in music. The band started playing house shows in 2003 and would spend 2004 moving up the ladder of the Sydney music scene with support slots with Jet, The Sleepy Jackson and Franz Ferdinand and the release of their self-titled debut EP  before the end of the year.

2005 turned into another busy year with the release of their second EP ‘The Plan A’ amongst more national touring and 2006 saw the release of their breakthrough debut album ‘Replica Replica’ on Ivy League Records. In 2008, Adrian Deutsch announced that he was leaving the band to concentrate on his solo career and was replaced by Brad Heald, who was also playing guitars in The Vines, their label mates at the time. Red Riders released their album, titled ‘Drown In Colour’ in 2009 and continued touring all the way through 2010, even hinting that they were demoing songs for a third album. In April 2011, the band made announcement that they were splitting up, with farewell shows to follow featuring Adrian Deutsch back on guitar and playing as a five-piece outfit.

In 2017, Red Riders announced that they were reuniting to support their long time friends Dappled Cities for a string of shows along the east coast. We were lucky enough to capture their Brisbane show during this run.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 3rd of September 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 219: The Go-Betweens

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The Go-Betweens

Recorded by Mark Louttit
Live Mix by Katie Yowit
Recorded at Baroona Hall, Brisbane, 3rd July 1983

Brisbane, Australia – 1983. The city was in the midst of its adolescence, trying desperately to shake off the ‘big country town’ stigma and evolve into something resembling a modern city. The wink of Matilda’s eye may have evaporated, but government authorities were already getting ready to unleash the charming powers of Expo Oz the Platypus, a mascot that apparently heralded the emergence of a more adult Brisbane as the city sweltered towards the 1990s.

Still, the music and art scene was locked in a perennial ‘pig city’ skirmish with the destructive forces of the Bjieke-Petersen government. The Saints had emerged and promptly moved abroad, while local radio 4ZZZ, still based at the University of Queensland, continue to agitate its way through the veins of the modern Brisbane alternative landscape.

In late ‘83, The Dead Kennedys would play a blistering set before being strong armed towards the jailhouse by the local Queensland junta and David Bowie would end up feeding camping fans outside Lang Park with steak sandwiches ahead of his concert stopover in November of the same year.

A month before the Kennedys legendary encounter with the Queensland police, local heroes The Go Betweens organised a show on the 3rd of July, 1983 at the heritage listed Baroona Hall in Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace testing out a few new tracks that would later feature on their third album, Spring Hill Fair.

The band would play an early version of future Forster single “Man O Sand to Girl O Sea”, before later returning to London to re-record the song for the forthcoming record – something Forster later considered a mistake in his Go Betweens autobiography, Grant and I. Xero member and future Go Between, John Wilsteed was present at the show, circulating leaflets accusing the Go Betweens of betraying the Brisbane punk music scene.

We’re very fortunate today to have located a live recording of that 1983 gig. This is the band in their transitional phase, moving on from nostalgia of Cattle and Cane towards the endearing beauty of Bachelor Kisses. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sound of the early Go Betweens.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 27th of August 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 203: The Dacios; Hi-Tec Emotions; Miss Destiny

The Dacios

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Photo: Brad Henderson

Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 9th February 2017

The Dacios first took to the stage in 2005, with their noisy rock’n’roll sound. Reborn from the ashes of Tasmanian band Little Ugly Girls, their lineup started with Linda J on vocals and guitar, Bean on guitar and backups, and ‘Pops’ on traps. Their dynamic live shows have earned them support slots for many high profile artists, such as Rowland S Howard, The Drones, and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. 2009 saw Linda J win the best female vocalist award at the Victorian Music Awards and also saw The Dacios release their debut album, Monkey’s Blood which then saw the band tour extensively. Their second album Beyond The Bottom Hour came out late 2016.

Hi-Tec Emotions

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Photo: Zo Damage

Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th February 2017

Hi-Tec Emotions are a fiery three piece from Melbourne, who are spinning tunes that blow off the roof. Made up of Ema Dunstan on vocals and keys, Jess Lakatosh on bass and Mackenzie Randall on drums, they make some big noise for a small band, with their relentless punk grooves combined with their self described “new wave, glow wave, blow wave” aesthetic, which makes for an unforgettable sound. Their debut full length LP ‘Hard To Handle’ came out in 2016, with standout single Look Around gaining some traction on community radio.

Miss Destiny

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Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 7th February 2017

Miss Destiny are a rockin’, rollin’, hard partyin’ band from Melbourne, who have been tearing up the streets since 2007. Their glam rock aesthetic brings back memories of better days, when music served up tasty jams with no more than four chords. Made up of Harriet Junior, Harriet Senior, Annie and Kirk, this band brings some serious girl power to the front. Since then they have been touring internationally, playing to massive crowds and filling big venues. Self titled LP Miss Destiny came out 2016, and has expanded the band’s fan base tremendously.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 16th of April 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 196: Some Jerks; Gonzovillain

Some Jerks

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Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 14th January 2017

Some Jerks are a garage/surf rock band that formed in Brisbane in 2010.

Inspired by the girl groups, and garage rock of the 60’s, and once quoted as “sounding like Sleater-Kinney covering the Shangri-las”, they released their self titled EP, in 2011 and followed that up with their debut album ‘Buddy Rich Made Me Cry’ and sophomore release ‘Strange Ways’ in 2016.

Gonzovillain

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Recorded & Mixed by Christopher Brownbill
Recorded at Underground Audio, West End Festival, Brisbane, 28th October 2016

Gonzovillain are a 4 piece alt-rock band from Brisbane, Australia. They have developed their sound over the course of 3 EPs, including their second release “Gonzovillainy” which introduced the bands signiature pump organ. This session kicks off with one of those organ songs and also includes 4 brand new tracks, unreleased anywhere else.

This particular set was recorded as part of West End Festival at an event called Live To Tape, which saw 3 acts local to the West End/Kurilpa area gather in one night to perform live to 2-inch tape at Underground Audio. These recordings were engineered and mixed by in-house engineer Chris Brownbill, who also owns the studio.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th of February 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 193: Sweater Curse; Tralala Blip

Sweater Curse

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

If you mix the vocal stylings on The Cure’s Robert Smith and Beth Orton with the rawness of early output from Bloc Party, you arrive at the sound that Sweater Curse output.

This particular set was captured at one of their first shows and are a band to watch out for in 2017.

Tralala Blip

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Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 25th August 2016.

Hailing from Lismore on New South Wales’ North Coast, Tralala Blip are a 5 piece ensemble armed with devices that create electronic pulses and beats that feed into reverberation units that produce lush swells of sound that mesmerises the senses in the live arena with visuals accompanying the audio to complete the experience.
The group was founded by Randolf Reimann who ran electronica workshops for young people of mixed abilities in 2007. Three of the workshop participants wanted to continue making music and came together to form Tralala Blip, which has taken from the local halls of Lismore to the Sydney Opera House and around Europe.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of January 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 190: Chastity Belt; Hobo Magic; Horsehunter

Chastity Belt

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Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 4th October, 2016

The north-western town of Walla Walla, Washington is where Chastity Belt call home and where they create the powerful wall of chords that gel with solid beats that are denser than the water in the ocean.

Julia Shapiro, Lydia Lund, Annie Truscott and Gretchen Grimm formed the band is 2010 whilst all were attending the local liberal arts establishment, Whitman College and 2013 was the year they released their first long-player ‘No Regrets’.

Their transcendent and charming live shows have taken them on tour to Europe twice, earned them the support slot on one of Courtney Barnett’s multiple US tours, seen them share stages with Wire, Death Cab For Cutie and Protomartyr as well as gracing festival line ups including Sasquatch, Sled Island, The Great Escape and NXNE.

 

Hobo Magic

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Engineered by Tom Strode
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 29th June, 2016

Hailing from Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Hobo Magic have a tendency to make heads nod and air guitars suddenly appear with their brand of Sabbath-esque stoner-groove. Their name is Hobo Magic. They have 2 records out with their third record coming out in 2017.

Horsehunter

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Engineered by Tom Strode
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 29th June, 2016

Horsehunter have been sonically brooding since 2012, but already sound like a band so tight and wise beyond their years.

Their interests include Slayer, kites and tacos. Two years in the making, their debut album ‘Caged In Flesh‘ melted faces in 2015

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of December 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.