Ep 299 – Best of 2019 Part 2

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Following on from our mid-year retrospective back in July, we are delighted to present Part 2 of our best of 2019, drawing on the cream of the crop recorded in the back half of the year.

Featuring highlights from Tape/Off, Full Flower Moon Band, Moreton, Elder, Chalk, Tralala Blip, TOP nachos, TOTTY, Polygon Woods, The Stress of Leisure, Hound, HEXDEBT, Ex Catholics, Jess Ribeiro, Desperada and Julia R. Anderson.

Show production, engineering and host: Scott Mercer
Originally aired via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22 December, 2019

Ep 286 – Bench Press and HEXDEBT

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HEXDEBT – Kurt Eckardt
Bench Press – Rick Clifford

Bench Press:

Recorded by James Eyre Walker
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, West End, 26 July 2019

Starting off in 2016, Bench Press have impressed with their no nonsense approach to music. It’s a sound that feels raw as the vocals are aggressive and down the barrel but the musicality is extremely well structured. It makes you think that they have really thought about the melodies and how they want that to influence the overall nature of their music. The band formed in 2016 and are comprised of Morgan Griffiths on guitars, Lewis Waite on bass, drummer Jordan Hicks and vocals by Jack Stavrakis. They released their self titled debut album in 2017 which was 10 tracks that were no frills and true to their post punk nature. They followed it up in 2019 with their second effort Not The Past, Can’t Be The Future which saw the band really focus more on structure and embrace melodies in a different way reminiscent of acts like Devo. They saw their own development as their first album being easily categorised as post punk but now they are more like really loud pop music and I am all for it. It’s music that you can get that primal energy from and just as easily dance around to and it makes for one hell of a good time.

HEXDEBT:

Recorded by Nell Forster & James Fearn-Wannan
Mixed by James Fearn-Wannan
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, West End, 20 July 2019

HEXDEBT are a band that are just gut-punching-ly good. They are comprised of great musicians who together blend a sound that is inescapable to get involved in and feel their energy. Releasing their first EP in 2017 called Bitch Rising, they have played consistently around Melbourne and have toured around the country, bringing that fire to audiences who revel in it. The band consist of Agnes Whalan on vocals and guitar, Isobel D’cruz Barnes on bass and backing vocals, Aife Larkin on guitar and Lucy Fry on drums. As a vocalist, Agnes’ vocals can hit you like venom as the two guitarists feed off each other like a cobra fighting a mongoose. All the while the rhythm section has incredibly intricate basslines that always keep you moving along with crashing and fervent drumming. Their debut album Rule of Four, released in 2019, sees HEXDEBT take their sound to the next level and land a new benchmark on what is a very exciting journey.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4 August, 2019

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Scott Mercer

EP 244: Hexdebt & The Living Eyes

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Photo: Yunis Tmeizeh (H) Yana Amur (TLE)

Hexdebt

Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 14th December 2017

HEXDEBT have made a thundering entrance into the Melbourne punk and garage scene since their formation in a Brunswick lounge room in Mid-2016. The lineup consists of Agnes Whalan on vocals and guitar, Isobel D’cruz Barnes on bass and backing vocals, Aife Larkin on guitar and Lucy Fry on drums.

Their songs grip a tension between tightly refined technical prowess and chaotic discordance, executing the balance of both with ferocious confidence. This has earned them performance slots at Wetfest, The Bank Records Launch, and supporting all types of punk rock legends around town (PBS FM website, 2017).

The Living Eyes

Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 3th February 2018

Geelong locals, The Living Eyes, are a rock band of sorts, blending their own version of melodic power pop and garage. The band started out in their teenage years as a strictly 60’s garage band, playing shows with Geelong friends. Seven years later the boys have grown up a bit and so has their music.

Releasing their debut LP in 2013 with Anti Fade followed by a second full-length record, Living Large, in 2015, the quartet are back with their third LP, Modern Living. The new album comes bearing a different sound to the previous two, taking references to artists like The Monochrome Set and The Troggs, but with of course the Australian influence of bands like The Sunnyboys and The Saints (PBS FM website, 2018).

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.