EP 233: Sunscreen & Soda Eaves

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Photo: Ted’s Records (Sunscreen), Justin Edwards (SE)

Sunscreen

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Brightside Brisbane, 27th August 2017

Sunscreen is a band from Sydney’s Inner West. Fronted by Sarah Sykes (from Flowertruck) and Alexander McDonald, Sunscreen’s emotional guitar-pop draws inspiration from bands Mazzy Star and The Go-Betweens, delivering ultimate UV protection for the emotions and soul.

The band has supported promising acts including The Ocean Party, Rolling Blackouts C.F, DMA’s, RVG and Jade Imagine. As well as headline shows to support the launch of their debut EP, Just a Drop, a split between Dinosaur City Records and Spunk.

Soda Eaves

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

Primarily the solo effort of Jake Core, Soda Eaves features contributions from a number of friends, including Jordan Ireland, Alec Marshall (Hot palms, Sui Zhen) and Oliver Mestitz (The Finks). They play distinctly Australian folk music, incorporating atmospheric blues, lucid dream pop and warped found sounds, releasing two LPs – 2013’s ‘Like Drapes Either Side’ & 2016’s ‘Murray, Darling’.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 14th of January 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 231: Best of 2017 Pt 2

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Part 2 of our 2017 highlights special includes some of our favourite sets from 2017 featuring In Each Hand A Cutlass, Budd, I Heart Hiroshima, The Go-Betweens, Red Riders, Even, The Ocean Party, Clowns, The Dollar Bill Murrays, Grenadiers, FOAM and The Scientists.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 31st of December 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 230: Best of 2017 Pt 1

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Part 1 of our 2017 highlights special includes some of our favourite sets from 2017 featuring Sweater Curse, Some Jerks, Shrapnel, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Hownowmer, Hoodoo Gurus, The Drones, The Peep Tempel, RVG, Empat Lima, Verge Collection and The Laurels.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 24th of December 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 229: Ali Barter & The Cutaways

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Photo: Liam Thomson (AB), Allan Allport (TC)

Ali Barter

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, 23rd September 2017

Melbourne singer/songwriter Ali Barter’s musical career prospects showed promise at a young age, singing with the Australian Girls Choir until the age of 16. After a stint of partying and “running amok” in her early twenties she began to refocus on music releasing her debut EP Trip, produced by Steve Mowatt, in 2012.

2 EP’s followed, working with now partner and longtime collaborator Oscar Dawson, as well as playing the Laneway Festival and support slots for The War On Drugs and Husky. 2016 saw Ali release her debut album “A Suitable Girl” through Inertia Records which gained her huge popularity throughout the country and abroad.

The Cutaways

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Crowbar, Brisbane, 5th May 2017

A relatively new band, The Cutaways have just one release to   their name. Their self titled EP was released in September 2016 and the band have been hard at work, performing their impressive live shows ever since. The Cutaways are one to watch for the future.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 227: Grenadiers

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Photo: Will Anlezark

Grenadiers

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Crowbar, Brisbane, 5th May 2017

Formed in Adelaide, Grenadiers are a powerful 3-piece outfit, straddling the line between punk and rock with a distinct swagger that separates them from rival bands. Their first album “Songs The Devil Taught Us”, released in 2010, established them on the national music scene, touring throughout Australia including many regional dates.

A four and a half year wait came before their sophomore effort, 2014’s “Summer” was released, due to a drastic line-up change which left singer and guitarist Jesse Coulter the only founding member of the band. The critically acclaimed album won them a legion of new fans and heavy radio rotation nationally which led to touring the country with international acts Millencolin, Strung Out, Every Time I Die and Shihad as well as playing Big Day Out and making a trek to the UK’s The Great Escape festival.

In this time, Grenadiers have developed into one of the country’s must-see live acts, combining catchy melodies with unbridled energy. Coulters lyrics are a thoughtful, and sometimes brutally honest commentary on Australian culture, matched with a passionate vocal delivery.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 226: My Disco

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Photo: Jesse Booher

My Disco

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 28th January 2017

My Disco are a three-piece post-punk/minimalist band from Melbourne. Formed in 2003, the band became known for their use of unconventional performance spaces such as warehouses, art galleries and sidewalks. They soon released their debut 7inch “Collapse Of An Erratic Lung” and began touring extensively through Australia, Southeast Asia and Mexico.

My Disco’s debut LP “Cancer” was released via Temporary Residence Limited in 2006. This saw them expand touring to the UK and the US, before heading to Electric Audio studios to record with legendary producer and Shellac band member Steve Albini. These sessions produced the band’s second album “Paradise”, which was released in 2008 and described as reductive art rock.

Since then, My Disco have released 2 more albums; 2010’s “Little Joy” and 2015’s “Severe.” Severe saw the band explore the minimalist musical aesthetic that’s been their hallmark since formation, creating an at times confronting record.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th of October 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 225: FOAM; Morning Harvey

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Photo: Stuart Sevastos (F) Linda Dunjey (MH)

FOAM

Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 15th September 2017

FOAM are a three-piece garage rock band from Perth, WA. Their heavy live performances deliver a filthy wall of sound reminiscent of the alternative rock boom of the late 80’s/early 90’s. Since the release of their first EP Sarpa Salpa in July of 2012, FOAM have released a total of four EP’s, including a split with fellow Perth locals Puck.

During this time they have toured the country on numerous occasions playing festivals such as MATES Sydney,Big Day Out and Groovin’ The Moo, as well as headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as DZ Deathrays, Wax Witches and Sleepy Sun. In February of 2017, FOAM released their long awaited debut album Coping Mechanisms. The album was written in the basement beneath a toasted sandwich shop in Perth. It’s about coming to terms with yourself, the world around you, and the ways we try to make it work.

Morning Harvey

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Valley Fiesta, Brisbane, 29th October 2016

Morning Harvey was formed in 2013, consisting of brothers Spencer and Jackson White and close friend Steve Kempnich. Their debut EP Well For Wishes was released the same year and since then they have gone on to release another EP in 2015 titled “Love&Loveand” as well as a string of singles.

Morning Harvey have supported acts like Dandy Warhols, Band Of Skulls, The Charlatans, and Royal Blood on stages around the country. Their single “Smith Street Swap Meet” also gained them attention from John Richards of Seattle radio station KEXP with a Song Of The Day placement leading to support from numerous US College Radio Stations.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 170: Summer Flake; Loose Tooth

Summer Flake

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Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 12th April 2016.

Summer Flake is the lush, harmony-laden solo project of Stephanie Crase, whose DNA runs through the best Adelaide indie pop of the last ten years – from No Through Road and Birth Glow, through to Hit The Jackpot and Batrider.

She released her debut album ‘You Can Have It All’ through Rice Is Nice Records in 2013 with her richly layered pop arrangements on display, shot through with perfectly measured hooks, crunchy fuzz guitar and ethereal vocals. That was followed up by 2015’s ‘Time Rolls By’ EP and her second album ‘Hello Friends’ dropped in early 2016 with local and overseas press unanimously praising the the spaghetti fuzz-infused guitar twangs and soft harmonies that detail the small complexities of everyday life.

Loose Tooth

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Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th March 2016.

Swept together from the ashes of your finest night on the tiles, Loose Tooth are a Melbourne three-piece who craft sweet guitar pop with frayed edges and swollen hearts.

Life-long mates Etta Curry and Nellie Jackson met in day care when they were young and spent nap times dreaming of creating a heavenly racket. Long-time friend Luc Dawson was drafted in on bass to transform their sketches into the sort of songs that stick in your head for days. Their debut LP ‘Saturn Returns’ was released through Milk! Records in April 2016, and is filled with smoldering pop gems that are drenched in reverb and deliver heartfelt assessments through misty eyes.

Whether spluttering to life on an empty tank or hitting harmonies in full flight, seeing LOOSE TOOTH really is a beautiful thing.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 17th July 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 169: Emma Donovan & The Putbacks; NO ZU

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Engineered by Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 27th November 2014.

Emma Donovan grew up singing church songs with her maternal grandparents on the North coast of New South Wales. Her first gigs were singing in The Donovans, a band comprised of her mother and five uncles. With her mother, Emma sang country for years, and in her youth was a fixture at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, but she always yearned for the bluesier tones of her Father’s record collection, full of American artists like Laverne Baker and Etta James and Indigenous Australian artists like No Fixed Address and Archie Roach.

Years later, after touring and recording with many of the mainstays of Indigenous music and developing as a solo artist in her own right, Emma met members of The PutBacks, and finally she found a band with the gritty blues soaked tones she had been looking for. She also found, in PutBacks bassist Mick Meagher, a co-writer and collaborator on the the soul songs she had been waiting a lifetime to write and sing. They recorded and released the record ‘Dawn’ in 2014 to mass critical acclaim and gave birth to a new style, ‘Indigenous Blues’.

NO ZU

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Engineered by Nao Anzai and Myles Mumford
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 20th April 2016.

Chanted female vocals, pitched down male vocals, wild sax and horns that coalesce into something uniquely antipodean, a bluestone back-alley hallucination that NO ZU call Heat Beat – a nocturnal sex dream bringing together no wave, funk, house, techno, and global percussion.

With two albums, 2012’s ‘Life’ and 2016’s ‘Afterlife’, and a slew of other cassettes and twelve inch’s, the octet’s prolific diversity has garnered them praise from national and international publications who are taking notice.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 10th July 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 168: The Smith Street Band; High Tension; Jess Locke Band

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This is a very special episode for us as it features songs from Jess Locke, High Tension, Smith Street Band, during the legendary ‘Gig of The Century’ fundraising show for the #keepcommunityradio movement that took place at Crowbar in Brisbane on the 5th of June, 2016. a very big thank you for everybody who got involved in this show. The bands who dedicated their time, the venue who dedicated their business, and the patrons who donated their money.

Jess Locke Band:

Starting off as a solo project in 2009 and consisting of only her voice and acoustic guitar, Jess Locke recorded her first album ‘In the Bedroom’ literally in her bedroom, true DIY style. Over the years since, she has released another four DIY acoustic albums as well as a live album from The Old Bar in Melbourne. But in 2014 Jess decided to switch up her playing styles and bring in a few other elements like drums, percussion, bass, ukulele and even some good ol electric guitar. The lo-fi sounds of her DIY recordings, simple and effective melodies and blissful delivery of her sad girl lyricism create a powerful sound of her own that makes for very comfortable listening. Her latest track ‘Paper Planes’ was released at the start of June and is the first taste of her next album due for recording later in the year.

High Tension:

Coming from Collingwood in Victoria, High Tension are a brutal four piece that have been hitting it hard since their beginning in 2012. Fronted by the outright terrifying Jakarta born Karina Utomo, High tension will leave you in a dizzying state of disaster which is amplified ten fold during their live performances. Sounding like they’ve taken an influence from every possible style of heavy music  and fused it together to make High Tension stand out in their own.  They’ve released two albums so far through the Cooking Vinyl label, 2013’s ‘Death Beat’ and 2015’s ‘Bully’, both of which have received critical acclaim including ARIA award nominations, flawless reviews from music publications, and even the tick of approval from master of hardcore himself, Henry Rollins.  The powerful thud behind the drum kit, with pounding fuzzed out bass lines, sharp erratic guitar, and the unpredictable howls, screams and slurs on the vocals make High Tension a band worth checking out.

The Smith Street Band:

In only 5 years of existence The Smith Street Band have made a tremendous impact on the Australian music scene by revitalizing the long forgotten genre that is a staple of our cultural identity; Pub Rock. Their raw punk rock sound with intelligent lyricism delivered in vocalist Wil Wagners instantly recognizable, prominent and sharp Australian tone have made The Smith Street Band our new Pub Rock icons.

All sets were Recorded at Crowbar on the 5th of June, 2016 by Branko Cosic. All sets mixed by Branko Cosic.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 3rd July 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.