Ep 203: The Dacios; Hi-Tec Emotions; Miss Destiny

The Dacios

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Photo: Brad Henderson

Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 9th February 2017

The Dacios first took to the stage in 2005, with their noisy rock’n’roll sound. Reborn from the ashes of Tasmanian band Little Ugly Girls, their lineup started with Linda J on vocals and guitar, Bean on guitar and backups, and ‘Pops’ on traps. Their dynamic live shows have earned them support slots for many high profile artists, such as Rowland S Howard, The Drones, and Eddy Current Suppression Ring. 2009 saw Linda J win the best female vocalist award at the Victorian Music Awards and also saw The Dacios release their debut album, Monkey’s Blood which then saw the band tour extensively. Their second album Beyond The Bottom Hour came out late 2016.

Hi-Tec Emotions

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

Hi-Tec Emotions are a fiery three piece from Melbourne, who are spinning tunes that blow off the roof. Made up of Ema Dunstan on vocals and keys, Jess Lakatosh on bass and Mackenzie Randall on drums, they make some big noise for a small band, with their relentless punk grooves combined with their self described “new wave, glow wave, blow wave” aesthetic, which makes for an unforgettable sound. Their debut full length LP ‘Hard To Handle’ came out in 2016, with standout single Look Around gaining some traction on community radio.

Miss Destiny

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Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 7th February 2017

Miss Destiny are a rockin’, rollin’, hard partyin’ band from Melbourne, who have been tearing up the streets since 2007. Their glam rock aesthetic brings back memories of better days, when music served up tasty jams with no more than four chords. Made up of Harriet Junior, Harriet Senior, Annie and Kirk, this band brings some serious girl power to the front. Since then they have been touring internationally, playing to massive crowds and filling big venues. Self titled LP Miss Destiny came out 2016, and has expanded the band’s fan base tremendously.

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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Ep 190: Chastity Belt; Hobo Magic; Horsehunter

Chastity Belt

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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

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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

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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.

Ep 186: Terry; Ninetynine

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Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 26th July 2016.

Melbourne band Terry is a supergroup of sorts— comprising members who have played with the likes of Dick Diver, UV Race, and Total Control. Terry has just two 7″ singles, yet already they have proven themselves as a spirited group. Alongside contemporaries like DC’s Gauche and London’s Shopping, Terry evoke not only the minimalism of classic post-punk, but also its intellectual edge.

Terry are at once critical and funny, skeletal and chaotic. There is a multiplicity of droll, slightly off voices deadpanning about class, beer-drinking, and men who won’t apologise. This slanted ripper culminates with searing, splintering guitars, knotted with an expressive emotionality, all buzzsaws that make sparks fly.

Ninetynine

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Engineered by Myles Mumford
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 25th August 2016.

Over the course of twenty years Melbourne’s multi-instrumental indie rockers Ninetynine have released seven albums along with singles and numerous compilation tracks, played hundreds of shows and toured nationally and internationally taking in cities from Bendigo to Mexico City and New York to Moscow.

Originally the vehicle for the musical vision of Laura Macfarlane, who recorded the first tracks under the moniker whilst based in the US as drummer for Sleater-Kinney, Ninetynine has now become an established ensemble with long time members Cameron Potts, Iain McIntyre and Meg Butler.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 176: No Sister; Greyface

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Greenslopes Bowls Club as part of Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th of August 2016.

Kicking off their career in Brisbane 2014, No Sister are now calling Melbourne their home for their alt-rock noise making antics. Over the past two years, they have released four singles with a sound that has been compared to legendary noise rock artists Sonic Youth, and The Velvet Underground. They released their self titled debut album on the 30th of August 2016, which was self-recorded and mixed by the band.

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Crowbar, Brisbane, 10th of June 2016. 

Kicking it since 2014, Greyface make catchy alternative rock that you can nod your head to. Sounding somewhere in between The Smith Street Band and The Gaslight Anthem, their songs are hard hitting punk tracks with well crafted lyrics, shouted out with a raspy voice. Their debut album ‘Grey Hairs’ was released in November 2015 and has seen them win support slots for Australian punks BATPISS, Super Best Friends and The Bennies.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4th September 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 172: Gold Class; Pale Heads

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Recorded by Tom Strode
Mixed by Tom Strode
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 28th December 2015.

Starting in Melbourne in 2014, Gold Class has had a rapid rise to where they are today. In two years, they have released a 7 inch, written, recorded and released their debut album ‘Its You’ via well known tastemaker label Spunk Records here in Australia, as well as scoring an international release through Felte Records for the US and Europe. Their sound has drawn comparisons to bands from the UK’s post-punk beginnings like Joy Division and The Cure.

 

Pale Heads

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Recorded by Alicia Saye
Mixed by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 2nd of June 2016.

Pale Heads are a punk rock super-power formed from several pieces of DNA from Melbourne’s underground scene including members from The Nation Blue, The Drones, Batpiss, and BANG! BANG! AIDS!. They are fast, loud and straight to the point punk rock, which has made it easily for them to slip into the roster of legendary Australian label Poison City for the release of their first album ‘Headless’ which was released in May 2015.

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

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.

EP 167: DEAD; MoE

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 15th April 2016.

DEAD are a brutal punk two piece from Melbourne that stick very true to the DIY ethos. Since their birth in 2010 they’ve toured south east Asia, USA, New Zealand, and Australia extensively, they do all their own artwork, create all their own merchandise, and even went the extra step and created their own label ‘We Empty Rooms’ to release their music. Consisting of just drums and bass, their sound is made up of heavier than lead distorted bass lines over the top of explosive drumming with in your face gruff shouts that creates a ruthless all out assault on the eardrums. They’ve released three full length albums, as well as a number of split EP’s all of which are available through their own label ‘We Empty Rooms’.

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 15th April 2016. 

Coming from the very far north of the world, MoE are three piece that are more of an experimental noise punk group. Their songs can be soft minimal slow jams that build up into a chaotic concoction of sound, or hard hitting brutality from the get go with solid drumming, offbeat sharp guitar jabs and howling vocals that screech over the top. MoE were recently in Australia touring with the previous band from this episode DEAD, for the release of their second album ‘Oslo Janus’ which was released on October 1st 2015. Also as a cool bonus,  In anticipation of their adventures down under, MoE also released a split EP with DEAD through their ‘We Empty Rooms’ label. Unfortunately during their tour, their drummer Håvard Skaset had to return home for personal reasons, but luckily DEAD drummer Jem was there to lend a hand and fill in part of the rhythm duties for this set.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 19th June 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 163: Courtney Barnett

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher
Mastered by Andrew Edgson
Recorded at The Metro Theatre, Sydney, 8th of May 2015.

In the past 5 years, Courtney has gone from starting a humble little record label with money borrowed from her Grandmother to release her recordings, to international award-winning acclaim, all whilst keeping a level head and staying independent.

Releasing two EP’s in 2012 and 2013 and re-releasing them on Vinyl as ‘The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas’ through her Milk! Records imprint, she started gaining the attention of respected publications such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and Q Magazine with her song ‘Avant Gardner’. In March 2015, she released her debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ which won her the Australian Music Prize and 4 ARIA Awards for Best Independent Release, Cover Art, Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist. She was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist and a Brit Award for Best International Female.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.