Ep 199: Solid Effort; Hownowmer

Solid Effort

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Recorded and Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at VOLUMES Festival, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 27th August 2016

Emerging out of Wollongong (aka The Coal Coast) in 2013, Solid Effort have been working up the ranks ever since with their self-branded style of music they like to call “leisure punk”. They released their debut EP ‘Ballad of Bulli’ in 2015 and are working on their first album, which is expected to drop sometime in 2017. Extensive touring, with support slots for The Courtneys, Gooch Palms and Hockey Dad (just to name a few), have helped build a solid following for these guys. This 5-piece unit are living up to their namesake, with every track dropped a true ‘solid effort’.

 

Hownowmer

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 31st July 2016

Hownowmer are a 3 piece hard rock band from Melbourne, and have been shredding up the scene since late 2015. Their brooding brand of building rock packs a punch, and frontman Ben Salter delivers with hard hitting vocals and sultry guitar riffs. Salter is also known from many previous works, such as Giants Of Science, The Gin Club, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Liberals and his own solo records. Jacqueline Dortmans (bass) and Harley McLeod (drums) make up parts two and three of this powerhouse unit.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th of March 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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Ep 198: Xylouris White; Cash Savage And The Last Drinks

Xylouris White

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Engineered by Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 11th March, 2016

Xylouris White is the brainchild of Greek singer and Lute guitar player George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White, who is best known for his work in Dirty Three. Often described as a fusion of free-jazz, avant rock and age-old folk tradition, this masterful 2 piece has gained worldwide recognition, playing in venues across the globe. The pair have released two albums, ‘Goat’, their 2014 debut, which topped the Billboard charts, and more recently, ‘Black Peak’ in late 2016. However, this innovative and quintessential band can not be squeezed into merely what they produce on record, as their live show is what really captures the heart and soul of their music.

Cash Savage And The Last Drinks

cashsavagePhoto: Agostino Soldati

Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th February, 2017

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks are what’s still good about country music today. A combination of all the good things about blues and country, but with a dark spin on it, these Melbournians really hit the nail on the head when it comes to clever songwriting and musical arrangements. Touring around Australia and pulling some major support slots, most notably with The Peep Tempel, they have garnered a large support base, waiting on their every word. Having released three albums to date, their 2016 effort ‘One Of Us’ has been their largest success to date.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 5th of March 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 197: Shrapnel; Agency

Shrapnel

shrapnel-live-teds-records2Photo: Ted’s Records

Recorded by Sam Lowe
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 21st January 2017

Shrapnel is the brainchild of Sydney-sider Sam Wilkinson, previously known from other outfits Day Ravies and Mope City. The five-piece indie-rock band is comprised of an all-star cast, also featuring members of Dollar Bar, Miners, and Weak Boys. Their debut album ‘Tranceplanetsugarmouth’ came out in November 2016, through Brisbane indie label, Coolin’ By Sound, and has received stellar reviews from Rolling Stone, Amateur Hour, and 4ZZZ. Filled with Australian drawl and lo-fi psych rock, Shrapnel are very quickly tearing their way up the food chain, and garnering attention in all the right places.

Agency

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Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Greenslopes Bowls Club, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

Fresh outta Canberra, Agency are a 4 piece comprised of a smattering of players from other CBR bands, featuring ex (and current) members of Hoodlum Shouts, Spartak and A Drone Coda. Guitarist Shoeb Ahmad also runs the band’s record label ‘HellosQuare Recordings’, adding another hat to his metaphorical millinery store. They released their debut album ‘The Stillness Of Speed’ in late 2015, which is filled with spiky, bass led noise rock, and just a touch of experimental rumble. In 2016, they released two EP’s through two different record labels; Do We Go It Alone? in May on Tenzenmen and I Know I’m In Flames in July through Sonic Masala.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 26th of February 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 196: Some Jerks; Gonzovillain

Some Jerks

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

Some Jerks are a garage/surf rock band that formed in Brisbane in 2010.

Inspired by the girl groups, and garage rock of the 60’s, and once quoted as “sounding like Sleater-Kinney covering the Shangri-las”, they released their self titled EP, in 2011 and followed that up with their debut album ‘Buddy Rich Made Me Cry’ and sophomore release ‘Strange Ways’ in 2016.

Gonzovillain

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Recorded & Mixed by Christopher Brownbill
Recorded at Underground Audio, West End Festival, Brisbane, 28th October 2016

Gonzovillain are a 4 piece alt-rock band from Brisbane, Australia. They have developed their sound over the course of 3 EPs, including their second release “Gonzovillainy” which introduced the bands signiature pump organ. This session kicks off with one of those organ songs and also includes 4 brand new tracks, unreleased anywhere else.

This particular set was recorded as part of West End Festival at an event called Live To Tape, which saw 3 acts local to the West End/Kurilpa area gather in one night to perform live to 2-inch tape at Underground Audio. These recordings were engineered and mixed by in-house engineer Chris Brownbill, who also owns the studio.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th of February 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 195: Darts; Spirit Bunny

Darts

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

Darts formed around 2008, initially just as a two-piece — Angus Ayres and his brother Andrew — in the Victorian city of Bendigo. They ballooned out to a five-piece in the early 2010’s, adding Ally Campbell-Smith, Paige X. Cho and Jessie Fernandez to fold. They have a melancholic, aggressive sound that feature loud-quiet dynamics that exhibit their unique tapestry of influences. One listen will induce flashbacks to early Modest Mouse, Pixies, The Breeders and Dinosaur Jr, all wrapped up in one frenetic punch that’s impossible to listen to without being totally absorbed.

In 2015, Darts started to gain a wider audience when they released their album ‘Below Empty & Westward Bound’ on Rice Is Nice Records.

 

Spirit Bunny

spirit-bunny-01Photo: Kurt Eckardt

Recorded by Nell Forster
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

Consisting of members Marnie Elizabeth Vaughn on the drums and Nathan James Martin on baritone guitar, Hannahband self-describe themselves as “Emo punx”, and have been clawing up the ranks of music blog hype lists every time they play a show, regardless of location. They have three full-length albums under their belts, with their 2016 record ‘Quitting Will Improve Your Health’ displaying how loud they can get when firing on all cylinders. Although this set displays a different side of the band, turning down their instruments to display the softer side of their sound.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 5th of February 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 194: Astral Skulls; Hannahband; Mere Women

Astral Skulls

PrintPhoto: Justin Edwards

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

Based in Melbourne, Astral Skulls in the moniker of Kurt Eckhardt, who started the project in 2014. Fusing krautrock beats with scratchy guitars and synth pop stabs, the theme throughout the music is space. After releasing singles digitally and on vinyl through his own record label Psychic Hysteria, Astral Skulls released their debut album in October 2015 and is named after the first words spoken during the first steps on the moon by humankind, Contact:Light.

Kalindy Williams joins Kurt for the live version of the band and this particular set features a rather interesting cover that you won’t hear anywhere else.

Hannahband

hannahband-zk-photoPhoto: ZK Photo

Recorded and Mixed by Ben Rivers & Josh Dowton
Recorded at Black Wire Records, Sydney, 30th October, 2016.

Consisting of members Marnie Elizabeth Vaughn on the drums and Nathan James Martin on baritone guitar, Hannahband self-describe themselves as “Emo punx”, and have been clawing up the ranks of music blog hype lists every time they play a show, regardless of location. They have three full-length albums under their belts, with their 2016 record ‘Quitting Will Improve Your Health’ displaying how loud they can get when firing on all cylinders. Although this set displays a different side of the band, turning down their instruments to display the softer side of their sound.

Mere Women

merewomenfullPhoto: Mikhalia Jurkiewicz

Recorded and Mixed by Josh Dowton
Recorded at Black Wire Records, Sydney, 11th December, 2016.

Whilst working on their third album, which should be out sometime during 2017, Mere Women premiered two tracks from their upcoming record in this session recorded at Black Wire Records in Sydney. Their previously released albums; 2012’s Old Life and 2014’s Your Town, received unanimous praise from national press outlets, commenting on their great blend of reverb-drenched guitars, echoed calls, slamming drums and now solid low-end.
 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd of January 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 193: Sweater Curse; Tralala Blip

Sweater Curse

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

If you mix the vocal stylings on The Cure’s Robert Smith and Beth Orton with the rawness of early output from Bloc Party, you arrive at the sound that Sweater Curse output.

This particular set was captured at one of their first shows and are a band to watch out for in 2017.

Tralala Blip

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Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 25th August 2016.

Hailing from Lismore on New South Wales’ North Coast, Tralala Blip are a 5 piece ensemble armed with devices that create electronic pulses and beats that feed into reverberation units that produce lush swells of sound that mesmerises the senses in the live arena with visuals accompanying the audio to complete the experience.
The group was founded by Randolf Reimann who ran electronica workshops for young people of mixed abilities in 2007. Three of the workshop participants wanted to continue making music and came together to form Tralala Blip, which has taken from the local halls of Lismore to the Sydney Opera House and around Europe.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of January 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 192 – The Highlights of 2016 – Part 2

The Highlights of 2016 – Part 2

2016

 

Part 2 of our 2016 Highlights special includes Babaganouj, Ultra Material, No Sister, Sleepwalks, Undead Apes, Eat Laser Scumbag!, Grieg, The Goon Sax, Eyes Ninety, The Smith Street Band, High Tension, Jess Locke Band, Feathers and Blank Realm.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 1st of January, 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 191: The Highlights Of 2016 – Part 1

The Highlights of 2016 – Part 1

2016

Part 1 of our 2016 Highlights special includes Kitchen’s Floor, Horris, Gentle Ben And His Sensitive Side, Velociraptor, The Leftovers, WAAX, DEAD, Amaringo, Ben Salter, Mexico City and Custard

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 25th of December, 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 190: Chastity Belt; Hobo Magic; Horsehunter

Chastity Belt

chastity_belt-2Photo: James Juarez

Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 4th October, 2016

The north-western town of Walla Walla, Washington is where Chastity Belt call home and where they create the powerful wall of chords that gel with solid beats that are denser than the water in the ocean.

Julia Shapiro, Lydia Lund, Annie Truscott and Gretchen Grimm formed the band is 2010 whilst all were attending the local liberal arts establishment, Whitman College and 2013 was the year they released their first long-player ‘No Regrets’.

Their transcendent and charming live shows have taken them on tour to Europe twice, earned them the support slot on one of Courtney Barnett’s multiple US tours, seen them share stages with Wire, Death Cab For Cutie and Protomartyr as well as gracing festival line ups including Sasquatch, Sled Island, The Great Escape and NXNE.

 

Hobo Magic

hobo-magicPhoto: MIMM

Engineered by Tom Strode
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 29th June, 2016

Hailing from Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Hobo Magic have a tendency to make heads nod and air guitars suddenly appear with their brand of Sabbath-esque stoner-groove. Their name is Hobo Magic. They have 2 records out with their third record coming out in 2017.

Horsehunter

horsehunter-2Photo: Crystal Richardson

Engineered by Tom Strode
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 29th June, 2016

Horsehunter have been sonically brooding since 2012, but already sound like a band so tight and wise beyond their years.

Their interests include Slayer, kites and tacos. Two years in the making, their debut album ‘Caged In Flesh‘ melted faces in 2015

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of December 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.