Episode 69: Gerald Keaney and The Gerald Keaneys; Tape/Off

Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

Gerald Keaney and The Gearlad Keaneys is the band of Brisbane philosopher and social activist Dr. Gerald Keaney. They play what could possibly only be referred to as ‘deconstructed pop music’ – which I know doesn’t have the same ring as ‘Grunge’ or ‘trip hop’. Partly sarcastic, mostly satirical, they have an ‘Abbreviated Pop Song’ as well as another ‘Song of Songs’, a witty one about the every-growing concern in the music industry about having too many songs. Sort of, not really but we can agree that Gerald Keaney and The Gerald Keaneys are anti-capitalism without having to resort to Beatles covers or ‘Free Hug’ placards.

You can listen to “Through The Ages” on Bandcamp.

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Tape/Off
Recorded by Matt Hall.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

They’ve been making music under that name since 2009, and all the members are heavily involved in other bands and creative pursuits. Recently they released the first single and accompanying music video from their upcoming album, which is set for release mid year through Sonic Masala. Pedestal Fan is short and sweet, it’s a bit punk without being too rough. To me, it’s got that in common with the best Aussie rock from the 90s and we all know that we do it better than the yanks anyway.

For more info on Tape/Off, check out their web presence.

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

Episode 68: Brisbane Live Music Week

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No Sister
Recorded by Branko Cosic and Cam Smith.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at 4ZZZ Studios, Mar 28 2014.

No Sister are a young Brisbane band, not everyone in the band has reached legal drinking age yet. Almost. One influence sits on the tip of my tongue, Sonic Youth, of course there’s a few similarities between the New York of myth and legend and these river-city upstarts: the male/female call and response vocals, the loud effected jazzmaster/jaguar guitars.

Originally Broadcast on Unnecessary Knowledge – Fridays 1 – 4pm on 4ZZZ.

Heir Fuller
Recorded by Will Clarke.
Mixed by Will Clarke.
Recorded at 4ZZZ Studios, Mar 29 2014.

At only 16 years of age Heir Fuller’s J. H. Fuller shows maturity and patience beyond his years. He and his band make widescreen rock, reminiscent of contemporary mostly instrumental rock bands like Sigur Ros and Mogwai, bands that these days play to thousands at summer festivals around the world. Heir Fuller aren’t just taking cues from the big leagues though, the recording of theirs I’m about to play for you is actually a cover of another Brisbane group, Still Rain Fell. It’s called ‘Nolstagia’ and they stretch out the minute and a half long tune to double it’s length with restrained introspection, and some rain for good measure.

Originally Broadcast on Rusted Satellites – Saturdays 6 – 8pm on 4ZZZ.

Cyclone Trio
Recorded by Will Clarke.
Mixed by Will Clarke.
Recorded at 4ZZZ Studios, Mar 29 2014.

Cyclone trio are Tony Irving, Tim Green and Massimo Magee. Two drumkits and a saxophone. Imagine if Beck chose that path instead. Tony Irving moved to Australia in 2005 but in the 90s he was playing across the UK with noise band Ascension opening for groups like Sonic Youth and playing with the music greats like Lol Coxhill. He’s teamed up with some young avant provocateurs involved in the Brisbane free noise circles of Audiopollen and Real Bad.

Originally Broadcast on Rusted Satellites – Saturdays 6 – 8pm on 4ZZZ.

Gerald Keaney and The Gerald Keaneys
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Dusty Anastassiou.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

Gerald Keaney and The Geraald Keaneys played a special live music week show at the Underdog pub. Gerald Keaney and his namesakes are political, snarky and brash. True punk lifers. The band is Gerald’s vehicle for his own enigmatic philosophies on life, pop music, modern society. I’ve chosen two songs from their set to play for you. Their classic tune ‘Toombul’ and another song in the spirit of morse-code, ‘Time Travel’.

Tape/Off
Recorded by Matt Hall.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

Tape/Off have been around since 2009 but they’re only getting to releasing their debut record this year. All the members are busy with other creative jobs and projects such as recording, music journalism and radio announcing. Which is fair enough. They play dynamic alternative rock that sounds more informed by Australian 90s guitar rock rather than any overt overseas influence. Watch out for a tour when that debut album comes out on Sonic Masala this June.

Rohan
Recorded by Will Clarke.
Mixed by Rohan.
Recorded at 4ZZZ Studios, Mar 29 2014.

Rohan have a hard-rock edge reminiscent of conemporary rock institutions like Kings of Leon Queens of the Stone Age. Think big rock. They have nods to the greats from the past like Zeppelin and Sabbath as well as echoes of Soundgarden.

Originally Broadcast on Break Your Fingers Laughing – Saturdays 8 – 10pm on 4ZZZ.

Clare Quinn
Recorded by Andrew McLellan.
Mixed by Andrew McLellan.
Recorded at 4 Layers of Zed, Mar 29 2014.

Clare Quinn is a young singer-songwriter originally hailing from Gympie. Clare has dabbled in folk and celtic music and used it as the stepping-stones for her own humble melodies. She’s a complete natural on the stage, which you can hear from her relaxed banter in these recordings.


Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 2 May 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.