Ep 188: Hockey Dad

Hockey Dad

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan & Hugh Fasher
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 14th May 2016.

Hailing from the mid-coastal NSW town of Windang, Hockey Dad are two friends conquering the world, one song at a time. Growing up in the same street as each other, guitarist Zach Stephenson and drummer Billy Fleming were two surfer kids growing up in a beach community and by 13, were jamming with Stephenson’s dad’s old gear in the garage; five years later, they were touring as Hockey Dad.

Their first EP, titled Dreamin’, was released in 2013 via the Wollongong record label Farmer & The Owl, and then spent the next three years honing their craft and tapping into the American market, where online publications such as Pitchfork, Consequence Of Sound, NPR and Paste Magazine had been taking notice. In 2016, they released their debut album ‘Boronia’, which was produced by Tom Iansek of Big Scary and #1 Dads fame, and is named after the street they grew up on. Farmer & The Owl handled the release in Australia and Kanine Records took the record and released it all throughout the USA.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4th of December 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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Ep 187: Black Cab

Black Cab

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Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 14th May 2016.

Forming in 1999, Black Cab is a Melbourne based drone and electronica group that are heavily influenced by 1970s psychedelic rock coupled with elements of Krautrock and more programmed driven beats and electronic soundscapes.

Since their inception before the turn of the century, the band have released two EPs and four full length albums, starting with 2004’s Altamont Diary, 2006’s Jesus East, 2009’s Call Signs and 2014’s Games of the XXI (21st) Olympiad, with much of their material drawing upon historical events such the ill-fated Altamont Speedway free concert hosted by the Rolling Stones and doping use by East German athletes at the 1976 Olympic Games.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 27th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 184: Infinite Void; Screaming Females

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Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 17th February 2016.

Infinite Void’s name might have you thinking black metal, but the Melbourne quartet are firmly planted in atmospheric punk and post-punk, taking cues as much from the members’ past punk bands as from the smudged sonics of My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and Pornography-era Cure.

They released their debut self-titled album through Poison City Records in 2012 and had Steven Smith from Scul Hazzards manning the desk for the sessions, and since them have released some very rare split 7” records to keep the ball rolling.

Screaming Females

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Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th August 2016.

Mixing equal parts Dinosaur Jr. and Sleater-Kinney, the Brunswick trio of Marissa Paternoster (guitar/vocals), Michael Abbate (bass), and Jarrett Dougherty (drums) strives to embody the spirit of indie rock in its purest form; Screaming Females book their own shows and self-released many of their own records to bring their guitar-driven rock to the people without compromise. In 2007 the band fired its opening shot, self-releasing its debut full-length, Baby Teeth. The band quickly followed up with its sophomore album, What If Someone Is Watching Their T.V.?, which was self-released and later reissued by Don Giovanni Records, with whom the band has enjoyed a good relationship. Between 2010 and 2012, Screaming Females released their fourth album, Castle Talk, and followed up with their fifth album, the Steve Albini-engineered Ugly, in 2012. The band teamed up with producer Matt Bayles to record its 2015 studio effort, Rose Mountain and embarked on a tour that saw them travel to Australia for the first time, from which the set you’re about to hear derives from.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 183: Hiatus Kaiyote

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Recorded by Jason Blackwell
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at VIVID Live @ Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 31st May 2016.

In a whirlwind five years with two Grammy nominations, multiple world tours, and nods from Erykah Badu, Questlove and Prince, Hiatus Kaiyote meld electric jazz virtuosity with the beat-making dexterity of Flying Lotus and Madlib, and transform it into what the band describes as ‘multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster sh*t’. Singer-guitarist Nai Palm leads the band with her soul-driven force and is backed up by Paul Bender on bass, Simon Mavin on keyboards and drummer Perrin Moss. They released their first album ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ independently in 2012, which garnered attention from Flying Buddha Records  and received worldwide distribution that lead them to their first Grammy nomination for the song ‘Nakamarra’ which featured Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest fame on guest vocals. In 2015, they released their second album, titled ‘Choose Your Weapon’ which propelled them to yet another Grammy nomination for the song ‘Breathing Underwater’. This performance at the Sydney Opera House captures the band firing on all cylinders with a bit of help from Sampa The Great.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 30th of October 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 182: Sleepwalks; You Beauty!

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th of August 2016.

Starting up in the tail end of the noughties in Brisbane, Sleepwalks is a unity between three friends, David Hansford, Kevin Fincham and Damien Masters, and their love for loud yet simply structured music, known to some as the ‘Grunge’ genre. They released their first record ‘The Milk Has Gone Sour’ in 2011 though Z-Man Records and it encapsulated their holiday to Chicago to record with Steve Albini, whose name you’ll see in the liner notes of records belonging to Shellac, Big Black, Pixies, Breeders, PJ Harvey and little known band called Nirvana.
They started writing and recording their follow-up album in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2016 until they finished and released it to the world and titled it ‘Kingdom’.
Their performances are rare to come by, so it was a treasure to capture this band picking up their instruments again and breathing new life into the raw materials.

You Beauty!

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Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Volumes 2015 Festival, Sydney, 29th August 2015.

You Beauty! is not only a term you’ll hear yelled at an Australian sporting event that involves an oval-shaped ball, but is also the name of a four-piece band based in Sydney, who take their ockerisms and wear them on their sleeve. In 2014, they released their ‘pub-rock opera’ titled Jersey Flegg, which tells the tale of love and loss during the 1998 NRL season. Fast-forward to late 2015 and You Beauty have shifted their focus of love to online adventures on their second album ‘Illywacka’, which came out through Rice Is Nice Records.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd of October 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 174: Coda Conduct; Valley 109

Coda Conduct

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mastered by Andrew Edgson
Recorded at Carriageworks as part of the FBi SMAC Awards, Sydney, 10th January 2016.

Originally from Canberra but now living in Sydney, members Erica and Sally are winning fans all over with their high energy performances and engaging brand of hip hop. Drawing inspirations from the early millennial sounds of artists like Missy Elliot, Coda Conduct combine driving percussion with their clever lyricism, dexterous flow, and tongue in cheek humour to create one of the most interesting duos in the Australian music scene. They’ve supported fellow Australian hip hop stars Tkay Maidza, Thundamentals, Citizen Kay, as wel as hip hop heavyweight Pharoahe Monch. With one EP, and another on the way shortly, Coda Conduct are on their way up in the hip hop scene.

Valley 109

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 25th February 2016. 

Formerly known as Gamla Stan, This four piece are like the superheros the world never knew they needed. Operating under the alter egos Reverend Randy Bourbon, Boxcar Knight, Dusty Trails, and Phil Beats, with each member they bring their own unique traits and a style together to achieve their main goal of bringing back the classic pub rock sound. So far they have released two EP’s titled ‘Gateway Drug’ and ‘Thou Shalt Rock’, and currently they have been hard at work recording tracks at Airlock Studios in Brisbane’s north-side for their third release, and first under their new name due sometime in the near future. With songs like SNAG, and their big rock sound, Valley 109 are destined to win the hearts of every schooner smashing, parmi loving Australian in this fair land.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 21st August 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

 

EP 165: Mere Women; Blank Realm

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Brighton Up Bar (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Starting off in 2011 Mere Women create a dark, and dreamy style of tunes best described as post punk goth pop. Wasting no time in sharing their gloomy tunes with the world they have released two full albums with the legendary label Poison City Records, the latter of which was recorded in an ill lit moderately repurposed cold storage unit that helps truly capture the vibe they are dishing out.

Blank Realm
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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Arts Factory (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Made up of three siblings and a spiritual brother Blank Realm have been kicking around since 2008. Starting off as an improvised noise group, they band have truly refined their sound over their 8-year life span into a careful concoction of erratic noise and unforgettable hooks.  Much like their albums, their live shows have a continually growing reputation for being utter chaos and strangely mesmerising at the same time. Unafraid to throw in a curve ball and hit a few strange notes, Blank Realm will always keep you guessing.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 5th June 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 164: Step Panther; Seaplane

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Starting off in Sydney, Step Panther have shredded their way across stages locally and internationally for the last 6 years. With their lo-fi rock n roll garage pop tunes you could easily mistake their sound for something made in a Detroit garage in the 1960’s. Their high energy rambunctious live shows have earned them slots on sxsw, and the great escape, as well as supporting international acts Yuck, Kurt Vile, and Girls. With two EPS, two albums and a third album on the way, Step Panther show no signs of slowing down.

Seaplane
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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Club Greenslopes as part of Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 21st June 2014.

Based in Brisbane, Seaplane have been releasing music since the year 2000. Made up with duelling guitars from Dale Peachey (Dollar Bar) and Stirling Bartlam, kept together with heavy hitting Scott Brique (Nova Scotia, Heavy Breather) on drums, Seaplane have a sound that’s somewhere between alternative rock instrumentation and indie pop lyricism that is sure to catch your attention.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th May 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 163: Courtney Barnett

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher
Mastered by Andrew Edgson
Recorded at The Metro Theatre, Sydney, 8th of May 2015.

In the past 5 years, Courtney has gone from starting a humble little record label with money borrowed from her Grandmother to release her recordings, to international award-winning acclaim, all whilst keeping a level head and staying independent.

Releasing two EP’s in 2012 and 2013 and re-releasing them on Vinyl as ‘The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas’ through her Milk! Records imprint, she started gaining the attention of respected publications such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and Q Magazine with her song ‘Avant Gardner’. In March 2015, she released her debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ which won her the Australian Music Prize and 4 ARIA Awards for Best Independent Release, Cover Art, Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist. She was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist and a Brit Award for Best International Female.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 161: Flowertruck; Tiger Choir

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Blossoming out of the luscious Sydney music scene, Flowertruck are all about bright jangly guitars, captivating synth melodies, and honesty with their lyricism. Their latest shows include support slots for Bad Dreems, Methyl Ethyl, Sticky Fingers, and Major Leagues, and in early 2016 they released their EP Dirt through the legendary Spunk Records label. Their cheerful sounding tunes and straightforward, truthful song writing will leave you in a state of happiness that can only be delivered via Flowertruck.

Tiger Choirtiger choir

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 12th September 2015

Coming from the somewhat secluded island state of Tasmania, Tiger Choir create soundscapes as rich and luxurious as their surroundings. They elegantly combine swirling synth lines, prickly and sporadic guitars and deep bass lines with big choruses that you can’t help but shout along with. Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th April 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 8th May 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.