Episode 118: Front End Loader; The Vasco Era

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Front End Loader
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Brisbane on the 17th of January, 2015.

Starting out in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst, Front End Loader’s music has been described as spiky and strange, the perfect thing to impale the lovely vocal harmonies they make and an even more appropriate complement to a dress-sense kindly described as ‘bizarre’. Over the years it’s carried them through six full-lengths, eight EPs and innumerable songs with titles such as “Weak As Piss” or “4 Star Heritage Arsehole”, which you’ll hear in this set. Unlike most Australian musicians of a similar vintage, Front End Loader never had the good grace to give-up. Their most recent album, “Ritardando” was released on their own Weeping Anus records and, in an embarrassing and somewhat confused gesture, took home the best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album ARIA award for 2011. None of the band could afford -or probably could’ve been arsed, even if they did have the cash- to turn up and instead sent their slightly more industry friendly mate Lindsay from Frenzal Rhomb with these words: “As you were … please carry on … we mean you no harm. We will continue to write Rock Music that we enjoy, play shows when and where we can, and record and release this music as our time, money, and circumstances permit. None of these activities concern you so please, move along, and let us never speak of this again”.

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The Vasco Era
Recorded & Mixed by Matthew Dever.
Recorded at BIGSOUND Live, Brisbane on the 7th of September, 2011.

The Vasco Era emerged from Apollo Bay in 2004 and quickly staked their claim, doing the hard yards in the musically crowded city of Melbourne. Since the turn of the millenium Australia has seen more than its fair share of hard-rocking blues bands, but few have reached the heights or had the staying power of The Vasco Era, standing alongside Wolfmother and The Vines as blues-rocking heavyweights. Following the road to rock stardom, the band released two full-lengths with Universal Music, but in the end shrugged off the industry shackles to release their third album independently, in 2011. As an independent, self-titled release should, it ground down the gloss and chiseled back the glamour, leaving behind a raw and honest record that is the band’s truest document to date. They’ve taken some time off since then, but when they do play together, it’s with that same rawness and honesty in mind. The kind that is essential to making proper blues rock.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 17 April 2015. Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Episode 117: SixFtHick; Ultrafeedy

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SixFtHick
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at Prince Of Wales Hotel, Nundah, Brisbane on the 17th of January, 2015.

Celebrating their 20th year as a band this year, SixFtHick definitely have a lot to show for it. Brothers Ben & Geoff Corbett front the band with their outlandish antics and massive presence. Nobody leaves the venue without at least some of the brothers sweat on your clothing. Rounding out the band is Dan Baebler on Guitar, Tony Giacca on Bass and Fred Noonan on Drums, and amongst them have released four albums plus many singles and EP’s. They’ve toured the world many times and have even had a documentary made about their adventures. After you’ve witnessed a Sixfthick concert, it will be the only thing that you will talk about for weeks on end and beg all of your friends to see them next time they play. You can also the members of Sixfthick in various other bands such as Gentle Ben And His Sensitive Side, Shifting Sands and the Jim Rockfords, just to name a few.

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Ultrafeedy
Recorded by Murray Paas.
Mixed by Marly Luske.
Recorded at The Zoo on the 25th of September, 2014.

Ultrafeedy are a two-piece punk rock band from the northern suburbs of Brisbane. Reuben Aptroot is on guitar and vocals and Rhys Hornby is on drums and BV’s. After originally forming in 2009, Ultrafeedy have been gigging locally since 2011, playing at Beetle Bar, X&Y, The Boundary, The Zoo, The Globe, and Ric’s among other venues. The self-titled debut EP was released in early 2013 with a follow-up to be released this year.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 10 April 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Episode 113: Giants Of Science; Dollar Bar

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Giants Of Science
Recorded by Branko Cosic.
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Nundah, Brisbane on 17th of January, 2015.

If you wind your clock back to Brisbane circa 2000, the name Giants Of Science
was near inescapable. The four-piece blasted onto the Brisbane music scene with their noxious blend of stoner guitar overtones and fist pounding drums, they blew the minds of many punters who were perhaps unprepared for the show they were about to witness and made believers out of them. Sharing stages with the likes of Foo Fighters, MC5, Rollins Band, A Perfect Circle and Mudhoney, they became an institution and a benchmark for many bands to follow. Last year, the Giants released their first taste of new music in 9 years, with the EP titled, What’s Wrong With You And Why?, and you’ll be hearing some songs from that release in this set.

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Dollar Bar
Recorded by Josh Watson & Mino Peric.
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Electric Playground, Brisbane on the 4th of April, 2014.

Dollar Bar formed back in 1998 when Dale Peachey wanted to get a revolving band behind his Guided By Voices and Kurt Vonnegut inspired pop songs. That was the general idea until he got Patrick McCabe, Brendan Rosenstengel and Chris Yates involved, and they’ve stuck together ever since. Well, if you ignore the six years that they were on hiatus. The second coming of Dollar Bar has been very fruitful for the band; since getting back together they’ve released a compilation of old demos, a split cassette with Little Lovers, a sophomore album entitled Paddington Workers Club and now a third record which is just about to be released on Sonic Masala Records titled Hot Ones.

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