Ep 260 – Nova Scotia and Air Jordans

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Nova Scotia

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Nova Scotia are a Brisbane band that I thought I’d only ever hear about.  Every time they came up it was always with a reverence and a hint of dismay as I was informed they don’t really play anymore. Well that all changed with a reformation of sorts at 2018’s Sonic Masala Fest.

Nova Scotia have been absent from the Brisbane scene for about 6 and a half years after their release in 2011 aptly titled Nova Scotia. Their rock and punk sensibilities are delivered with intensity intertwined with positive sounding riffs that make you feel stoked to be in the presence of music.

With lead vocalist Scott moving to Melbourne this was a chance for diehard fans to get a long lost glimpse of one of their favourites and the crowd was heaving for their set. They were a force to be reckoned with on this reformed show, while they said it was the last you truly never know.

Air Jordans

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

They released their debut recording 2 days before this gig and they have had one epic year. Their first show was at Sonic Masala 2017 after forming earlier that year and they played consistently throughout this period leading up to this gig. Air Jordans is comprised of a whole bunch of different musical talents with every member sharing the vocals. The band was intended to have a no-wave sound but definitely has a bit of pop thrown in there for good measure. Their debut album MoNstEr jAM was seven tracks of fun interlocking guitar, walls of noise and heart warming harmonies with still plenty of head banging intensity.  This show sees a possible hiatus for the band as one of the vocalists and guitarist is leaving the bright lights of Brisbane to the city of Melbourne but boy did they turn it on for this set.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 9th of December 2018.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 139; Screamfeeder

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Screamfeeder
Recorded and Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Spiegeltent at Brisbane Festival for 4ZZZ Flashback: 40 Years of Independent Radio Celebrations, 20th September 2015.

Episode 139 of Live Delay features legendary 90’s alternative rock group Screamfeeder. Beginning in Brisbane in 1990, Screamfeeder have become icons of the Australian alternative music scene, leading the way for independent Australian artists. In their expansive career they have released 6 albums, four EPs, toured extensively and supported bands like Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Rollins Band. Over the last few years the band have re-released vinyls of their classics, toured sporadically, and even taken time to establish themselves as respectable solo musicians.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 16th October 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Episode 109: Soma Rasa; Kindergarten

Soma Rasa

Soma Rosa
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane. 6th September 2014.

Soma Rasa was formed in 1997 by brothers Bill & Dan Hazard along with Shannon Jessop. Over their career, they’ve released three albums and have shared stages with the likes of Moby, Fatboy Slim, Roni Size & Regurgitator.

In 2005, they met with legendary LA hip-hop act Digital Underground to record
the single ‘Say What You Say’, which was met with critical acclaim and lasted in
the AIR charts for 12 whole weeks.

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Kindergarten
Recorded by Andrew McLellan.
Mixed by Andrew McLellan.
Recorded at The Underdog, Brisbane. 22nd August 2014.

Recorded last year at 4ZZZ’s Happyfest by Andrew McLellan, the duo in question are Mino Peric and Josh Watson. Between them, they’ve played instruments with the likes of No Sister, Sewers & Dag. This particular show was quite special as the Kindergarten was created as an experimental act exclusively for Happyfest, and sees Mino & Josh taking their first forays into electronica with two turntables, a drum machine and a synth.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 13 February 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Episode 104: Shovels; Black Deity

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Shovels
Recorded by Matt Hall.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Underdog, Brisbane. 5th December 2014

In late 2013, Michael Beach, Adam Camilleri and Peter Warden formed Shovels. It’s a befitting name to accompany the songs that led to their self-titled debut, which received a limited run of 100 copies. One of those tapes made its way to Homeless head honcho Richie Ramone who didn’t waste anytime in releasing the album only a few months later. The album is a hot ride of searing guitar lines that I’m not sure whether to call blues or psych, paired with thundering bass and vicious wild drums. It sounds a bit like what would have happened if feedtime smoked more pot.

Buy/Listen to Shovel’s debut self-titled record over at the Homeless Records bandcamp.

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Black Deity
Recorded by Branko Cosic.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Mansfield Tavern. 13th December 2014

They sound like Motorhead by way of Venom P. Stinger, or, maybe it’s more Melvins via Black Sabbath. Black Deity hail from Brisbane, and I’ll let you draw your own comparisons on that. In 2014 they released a debut 7” thru Sydney label Sexy Romance Records, a metaphorically thick slab of pure dank rock. Although the influences are prominent, to dismiss Black Deity as a nostalgia act would be a genuine disservice if I ever heard one.

Check out some of Black Deity’s releases over at their bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 9 January 2015.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 96: Unity Floors; Darren Sylvester

Unity Floors

Unity Floors
Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher.
Mixed and mastered by Harvey O’Sullivan.
Recorded at Good God Small Club, Sydney. 21st August 2014.
Originally broadcast on FBi Radio 94.5FM Sydney.

Unity Floors are an indie-rock duo from Sydney, formed by members Gus Hunt and Henry Gosling in 2010. After their well-received debut EP, Women’s Golf’ they hunkered down and got to work writing a debut LP for Popfrenzy. That album, Exotic Goldfish Blues, is a neat collection of their trademark messy pop songs. Leaning on an appreciation of 90s alternative rock, Unity Floors have more in common with contemporary shoegaze groups like Broken Water than any dolewave happening south of the border.

Darren Sylvester

Buy/Listen to Exotic Goldfish Blues on the Popfrenzy Bandcamp.

Darren Sylvester
Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher.
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan.
Mastered by Andrew Edgson.
Recorded at The Paradiso Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Festival. 16th January 2014.
Originally broadcast on FBi Radio 94.5FM Sydney.

Darren Sylvester is best known for his visual art, which is part of the collections of the national galleries of Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. His practice reflects upon the power of branding, style and wider consumer culture. Sylvester, who records all of the music himself, wears his influences on his sleave. He references the era of the power-ballad and luxurious romance. In 2013 he released his second record, Off By Heart, on Chapter Music.

Check out Darren Sylvester over at the Chapter Music site.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 14 November 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 95: Police Force; Clare Quinn

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Police Force
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Underdog, Brisbane. 15 August 2014.

With a name as hot as the beat in Queensland, Police Force combine thick tropical rhythms with blistering guitar damage. Comprising of members from Cobwebbs and Woodboot, they’ve kicked off their garage boots and flung themselves face first into a haze of glory.

The trio promise a forthcoming cassette release, but until then you can hear their first release, Outer Limits Pt. 1, on Bandcamp.

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

Clare Quinn, a songstress originally hailing from Gympie and now based in Brisbane, sings on the conditions of the human heart: love, life, loss and learning. Channelling Celtic and folk rhythms and combining them with an indie-folk sensibility, Clare’s music is unassuming yet filled with memorable melodies. Her songs are underpinned with a lackadaisical charm, and suited to quiet hours with warm company.

Listen to the new EP Dreaming.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 7 November 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 87: Mixed Bag

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Halfway
Recorded by John Robinson.
Mixed by John Robinson.
Recorded at Big Sound 2012

Halfway originally formed in 2000 shortly after John Busby, Chris Dale and Elwin Hawton moved from Rockhampton to Brisbane and met bassist Ben Johnson. Later, they added brothers Noel and Liam Fitzparick and by 2008 the group had released 2 records and picked up the Grant McLennan prize for song-writing. Recently, they’ve added ex-Go-Between John Willsteed and Luke Peacock to to bring that headcount up to 8. In February 2014 they released their latest record, Any Old Love, which received high praise from Mess + Noise, The Courier Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Listen to ‘Any Old Love’ on the Halfway Bandcamp.

Adele & Glenn
Recorded by John Robinson.
Mixed by John Robinson.
Recorded at Big Sound 2012

Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson were the rhythm section for the Go-Betweens during the ‘re-formation years’ between 2000 and 2006. In 2011 they got back together to play each other’s songs and released their first album ‘Carrington Street’ in 2012. They received some very nice reviews for their humble indie-folk record.

Check out Adele and Glenn on Facebook.

Deadshred
Recorded by Branko Cosic.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Haunt, Brisbane. 4th July 2014.

Formed in Brisbane 2013, Deadshred finds members of Slug Guts, Per Purpose, Feathers and Thigh Master getting together to make noisey post-punk. In October of this year they’ll be releasing a debut cassette on Tenth Court Records. The tape is called ‘Thousand Yard Staring Competition’ and if lead single ‘Ratsakk’ is anything to go by then it’s going to rock harder than a belch in the ear.

Hear Deadshred’s debut single, Ratsakk, over at soundcloud.

NUN
Engineered by Jack Farley.
Produced by Grace K.
Originally aired on ‘Straight to You’ for PBS 106.7FM. 7th January 2013.

In April Nun’s self-titled debut album was co-released by Aarght! and Avant Records. Shadowy, brooding and drawing from a history of occultism in Victoria, the record follows on in the same vein as their first 7” released in 2012 on Nihilistic Orbs, the label for all things Dark, electronic and Australian.

Check out Nun and some tracks from their debut album over at the Aarght! Records site.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 12 September 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 85: Turnpike; Scul Hazzards

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Turnpike
Recorded by SLAM Sound.
Mixed by Cam Smith.
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane. June 21st 2014.

Turnpike have been around for a good long while, releasing a few CDs and 7”s here and there. They’re better known as a live band, having played probably close to a hundred or so shows in Brisbane, the kind of band you see name-dropped in interviews rather than writ in large type. Tim Brennan of TYM’s guitars says of the band, “Turnpike are, and will always be one the best bands you’ve probably never heard of and probably one of the best bands to ever come out of Brisbane … They are impossible to be a fan of as you can’t buy any of their music and they rarely play live, you can’t even get a T shirt.” That said, not long after this performance they finally finished making their latest record.

Listen to some of Turnpike’s early releases on bandamp.
Turnpike on Facebook.

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Scul Hazzards
Recorded by SLAM Sound.
Mixed by Cam Smith.
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane. June 21st 2014.

Scul Hazzards originated from Brisbane in the mid-2000s and after quickly churning out a couple of full-length LPs decided to relocate to London in 2008. They returned to Australia a couple of years later, this time settling in Melbourne. After touring the country upon their return they’ve been relatively quiet up until just recently. This year saw the band returning to the stage more often with shows in Melbourne, Sydney and of course Brisbane. It still remains to be seen if they’ll follow-up their 2009 and record ‘Landlord’, but never lose hope.

Listen to/purchase a copy of Scul Hazzard’s 2009 album ‘Landlord’ over on their Bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 29 August 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 81: Heads of Charm; Narrow Lands

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Heads of Charm
Recorded by Cam Smith.
Mixed by Cam Smith.
Recorded at The Waiting Room, Brisbane. May 30th 2014.

Heads of Charm have been active as a live band from April 2013, after initially beginning as singer/guitarist David Gagliardi’s studio project. It’s been a while since that debut EP and the band has seem some line-up changes, but they’re stuck to the tried and true power-trio formation. Most recently they’ve released a single entitled ‘Spain is on a Roll’, that’s the reason that the Melbourne lads were recently touring the east-coast for. They’ve covered a lot of ground for a band that still doesn’t have a debut LP but something tells me they’re in not much of a hurry; all their effort has gone into creating a frenetic live show that’s equal parts intelligent and abrasive.

Heads of Charm on Bandcamp

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Narrow Lands
Recorded by Mark Ryan and SLAM Sound.
Mixed by Cam Smith.
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane. June 21st 2014.

Narrow Lands are four gentle people that like to make violent music. When you consider their 2013 debut album ‘Popular Music That Will Forever’ it’s hard to top that extremely apt description. They’re from Australia’s most expensive city, Sydney, and they’re not afraid to take aim at Triple J and the notion of consumer targeted music. Employing the low rumble of the baritone guitar and pitting it against jazzy riffs and industrial embellishment, Narrow Lands fulfil all manner of AUS rock prophecies from the likes of The Scientists to Dead China Doll.

Listen to Narrow Lands’ debut LP on the Tenzenmen Records Bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 1 August 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 80: Tiny Migrants; Per Purpose

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Tiny Migrants
Recorded by Mark Ryan and SLAM Sound.
Mixed by Will Clarke.
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane. June 21st 2014.

Tiny Migrants are a self-proclaimed group of ‘space garage pirates’ who come from the planet ‘Magicdreams’, or at least that’s what they said in one surprisingly candid interview with FBi Radio. Don’t let the act fool you, they’re not a prog-rock band; they just don’t take it very seriously. Making music that is. What they do create can be filed-under psych influenced garage-pop or to take a leaf out of their book I’ll say, “They’re the sound of The Kinks getting a Chinese burn while plunging into the depths of a dunk machine.” All of the members are active in other groups in Brisbane such as Woodboot , and a few make up the ranks of Brisbane’s favourite garage rock band that can’t fit in a Maxi Taxi – Velociraptor.

Tiny Migrants on Bandcamp

Photo by Heidi Cutlack. blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Photo by Heidi Cutlack. blanketcanvassing.blogspot.com.au

Per Purpose
Recorded by Josh Watson.
Mixed by Josh Watson.
Recorded at The Underdog, Brisbane. April 25th 2014.

Per Purpose have come a long way since supporting Beaches back in June, 2013, we brought you that performance in episode 39 of Live Delay. Since then the group have released a cassingle, a debut LP and a follow-up single on a new Sydney label called Béchamel Records. They’re a band that work very quickly. Their cycle of ‘write, perform, record, discard and repeat’ moves at near break-neck speeds. You won’t be hearing any songs from that debut LP from October 2013 that’s for sure. Singer Glen Scheanu proclaims that the new set is the new album, the vision of which is already clear in his mind. Matt Ford has taken over drum duties for the band after the departure of Bedroom Suck Records main-man Joe Alexander.

Listen to Per Purpose’s most recent release ‘Bathing Suit Sand’ on the Béchamel Records Bandcamp.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 18 July 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.