Episode 75: Breakdance The Dawn

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Breakdance the dawn is a DIY experimental music label that originated in the Blue Mountains but has been based out of Real Bad Music in Marooka for the past several years. Matt Earle is the man behind the tapes and CD-Rs that have received overseas acclaim from alternative music press like Wire Magazine as well as a hoard of fans through Glasgow’s Volcanic Tongue mail-order distro.

There’s been a steady stream of releases over the past few years and soon they’ll be celebrating the 200th release. Real Bad Music is the venue / house that Matt and his girlfriend Nicola, it’s also known as the magic mile house made famous from the iconic photo of Ed Kuepper standing in front of the old signs from when it were a brothel. Real Bad has picked up from where regular experimental music events like Audiopollen, Disembraining Machine, New Improvised Music Series left off in the constant ebb and flow of available venues for ‘that sort of sound’.

For this episode we’ve featured just a couple of the many bands that have appeared on Breakdance the Dawn. A big bunch of talented individuals across 2 bands, but it’s only just the tip of the iceberg.

X Wave
Recorded by Dusty Anastassiou.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at Chardons Corner, Annerley, May 24 2014.

Girls Girls Girls
Recorded by Joshua Watson.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at The Underdog, Brisbane, Mar 29 2014.

Breakdance the Dawn – Official Webpage
Breakdance the Dawn on Bandcamp
Breakdance the Dawn on Volcanic Tongue

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 20 June 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 72: Mad Nanna; Bent

Mad Nanna in Brisbane - December 2011. Photo by Glen Schenau. http://blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Mad Nanna in Brisbane – December 2011. Photo by Glen Schenau. http://blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Mad Nanna
Recorded by Dusty Anastassiou.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at Chardons Corner, May 24 2014.

Appearing on more international underground music labels than you can poke a stick at, Mad Nanna are quietly one of Australia’s most acclaimed rock bands. They’ve toured both the US and Europe in the last year but you won’t find them at any of the colossal summer music festivals and you won’t read about them in any music street press either. Here I am hammering on about these mainstays of the Australian Music industry when these sorts of things are completely irrelevant to a group like these guys. I could say, “they’re from another world” but that’s just silly. Mad Nanna are from Earth, they play Earth music. They just don’t have songs about summer, actually I don’t know that, maybe Michael does sing about Summer. I’m not gonna pretend I know what Mad Nanna are about – that would take all the fun out of it.
So, who are Mad Nanna? Just four realists with some instruments making hypnotic rock songs for the ‘down on their luck’ romantics.

Check out Mad Nanna and other brilliant offerings from the Albert’s Basement distro.

Photo by Helena Papageorgiou. http://blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Photo by Helena Papageorgiou. http://blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Bent
Recorded by Joshua Watson.
Mixed by Joshua Watson.
Recorded at The Underdog, Apr 25 2014.

Bent are a three-piece band formed by Heidi Cutlack, who cut her teeth playing in Jonny and The Fembots and later Dag. The band also comprises of Glen Schenau (Per Purpose, Cured Pink) and Skye McNicol (Wardenburger) filling out guitar and percussion duties respectively. They’re a bit like a stripped back Dog Faced Hermans, with bouncy basslines, snarling guitar, melodic drums and tuneful shrieks of vocals. Did I just give the surprise away? I don’t think so, most of their songs actually sound different to one another. They’re not afraid to take it slow and steady when they need to.

For more info on Bent, check out their bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 30 May 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.