Ep 224: Cool Sounds; The Ocean Party

Ep 224 InstagramPhoto: Justin Edwards (CS) Kurt Eckardt (TOP)

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

Ep 223 InstagramPhoto: Charlyn Cameron

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 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 218: I Heart Hiroshima; Big Bad Echo

Ep 218 InstagramPhoto: Justin Edwards (I Heart Hiroshima) / Brodie Popple (Big Bad Echo)

I Heart Hiroshima

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

Forming in Brisbane in 2005, the nucleus of I Heart Hiroshima was born at a house party, with Sullivan Patten, Matt Somers and Mel Ralph (later replaced by Cameron Hawes) joining forces to create a ‘2-guitars and drums’ jangle rock band. 2006 saw the release of 2 EP’s and unrelentless touring which had eyes and ears glued to what was going to come next. Their debut album ‘Tuff Teef’ saw the light of the day in August 2007 with publications in Australia and UK going wild for their sound. They backed it up with their 2nd album ‘The Rip’ in 2009, with their single ‘Shakeytown’ taking out the No. 1 spot on the 4ZZZ Hot 100 countdown on New Year’s Day 2010.

Sullivan moved to Germany in 2011, which put the band into indefinite hibernation, with Cameron and Matt playing in bands such as Martyr Privates and Slug Guts during the meantime. When Sullivan arrived back in Brisbane in 2015, the band got back together and started playing shows again, with new material being thrown into the setlists. The first song to be released post-hiatus was called ‘Fifty-Three’ and before the end of the year, had a new EP titled ‘Spillin’ The Light’.

Big Bad Echo

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 12th November 2016

Next up is Big Bad Echo, who also hail from Brisbane and was formed in 2013 by frontman Mick Reddy, originally as a solo songwriting outlet. In 2014, the band had grown into to a solid 5-piece and in 2016, they released their debut EP ‘It Takes A Big Dog To Weigh A Tonne’.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of August 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 217: Budd; Nick Allbrook

Ep 217 InstagramPhoto: Justin Edwards (Budd) / Peter Dovgan (Nick Allbrook)

Budd

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

Starting up in Brisbane in 1991, Budd was formed out of a love for the Seattle sound and Fuzz guitar pedals. The foundation of Budd was created by Jeremy Finlayson on guitars; with Gary Linaker on Bass, Nico on guitars and John Morris on Drums. They released their debut album ‘Yakfat’ in 1993 and blew the minds of audiences with their ferocious volume, that left many ears ringing. The lineup changed before the release of their second album ‘Naf’ in 1994, with Jeremy being the only original member carrying the band name for the next two decades.
In 2015, a reconciliation of the original lineup came together for the re-release of ‘Yakfat’ through Tym’s Records and rekindled the spark to play live shows again. The set you’re about to hear is a display of a band that found their sound again after being apart for 23 years.

Nick Allbrook

Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at VOLUMES Festival, Sydney, 27th August 2016

Next up is Nick Allbrook, who some might know as a member of Tame Impala and Pond, and hails from Western Australia. Nick’s first foray into psych music started in 2007 with his first band, Mink Mussel Creek. A year later, he had joined Tame Impala as an auxiliary member, and also formed Pond, which has a revolving cast of members from both Tame Impala and Mink Mussel Creek. In 2014, Nick released his first solo record, titled ‘Ganough, Wallis & Fatuna’ through Spinning Top Records and followed it up with ‘Pure Gardiya’ in 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13th of August 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 216: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 6

Ep 216 InDesign BIGSOUND Wk 6 2Photo: supplied

BEL

Recorded & Mixed by Daniel Nelson
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Fortunes

Recorded by Daniel Maher
Mixed by Thomas Stenning
Recorded at Ric’s Big Backyard, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

The Laurels

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Verge Collection

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 30th of July 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 215: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 5

Ep 215 InDesign BIGSOUND Wk 5Photo: supplied

Fractures

Recorded & Mixed by Daniel Nelson
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Polish Club

Recorded & Mixed by Sam Lowe
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse Stage, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Thigh Master

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Empat Lima

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd of July 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 214: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 4

Ep 214 InDesign BIGSOUND Wk 4Photo: supplied

Ainslie Wills

Recorded by Nell Forster
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Fountaineer

Recorded by Daniel Maher
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Ric’s Big Backyard, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Gregor

Recorded by Sam Lowe
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse Stage, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

SAATSUMA

Recorded by Daniel Maher
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Ric’s Big Backyard, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 212: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 2

Ep 212 InDesign BIGSOUND Wk 2Photo: Justin Ma

In Each Hand A Cutlass

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Ric’s Big Backyard, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

SPARKSPITTER

Recorded & Mixed by Sam Lowe
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth – Alehouse Stage, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Unity Floors

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Moreton

Recorded by Nell Forster
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 2nd of July 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.