EP 245: Bench Press & MOD CON

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Bench Press

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 8th February 2018

Having burst onto the Melbourne scene in early 2016, Bench Press have earned a reputation for dynamic live performances. The quartet that consists of Lead vocalist Jack Stavrakis, guitarist Morgan Griffiths, bassist Lewis Waite and drummer Jordan Hicks released their self titled debut through Poison City Records in 2017. Since then they have played alongside label mates Clowns and Batpiss as well as Horace Bones, Turnpike and Moody Beaches.

MOD CON

Engineered by Kaite Harrington and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 9th February 2018

Originally playing as the alt-country band Palm Springs, MOD CON is the collaborative project of Erica Dunn, Sara Retallick and Raquel Solier. “Do It Right Margo” – The first single from this new incarnation was released in late 2017 via Poison City, and the band have been on the rise ever since, putting out their debut LP Modern Convenience in the first half of 2018.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 244: Hexdebt & The Living Eyes

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Photo: Yunis Tmeizeh (H) Yana Amur (TLE)

Hexdebt

Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 14th December 2017

HEXDEBT have made a thundering entrance into the Melbourne punk and garage scene since their formation in a Brunswick lounge room in Mid-2016. The lineup consists of Agnes Whalan on vocals and guitar, Isobel D’cruz Barnes on bass and backing vocals, Aife Larkin on guitar and Lucy Fry on drums.

Their songs grip a tension between tightly refined technical prowess and chaotic discordance, executing the balance of both with ferocious confidence. This has earned them performance slots at Wetfest, The Bank Records Launch, and supporting all types of punk rock legends around town (PBS FM website, 2017).

The Living Eyes

Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 3th February 2018

Geelong locals, The Living Eyes, are a rock band of sorts, blending their own version of melodic power pop and garage. The band started out in their teenage years as a strictly 60’s garage band, playing shows with Geelong friends. Seven years later the boys have grown up a bit and so has their music.

Releasing their debut LP in 2013 with Anti Fade followed by a second full-length record, Living Large, in 2015, the quartet are back with their third LP, Modern Living. The new album comes bearing a different sound to the previous two, taking references to artists like The Monochrome Set and The Troggs, but with of course the Australian influence of bands like The Sunnyboys and The Saints (PBS FM website, 2018).

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 243: Biscotti & Dumb Things

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Photo: Marcus Salvagno (B) Laura Marsh (DT)

Biscotti

Engineered by Owen McKern
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 9th February 2018

Biscotti is Melbourne based producer and multi instrumentalist Carla Ori’s solo project. While also playing as a part of Empat Lima, Biscotti allows Ori to fashion evocative sounds which create otherworldly landscapes and guide the listener through different scenes.

Her first EP titled Make Me Feel Good was released independently in 2013 which lead Biscotti to perform nationally and internationally at music festivals such at Falls Festival, Wide Open Space and Mata Air Festival (Indonesia). Another EP, Alternator, followed in 2015 before the debut long player Like Heaven In The Movies in 2017.

Dumb Things

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

Brisbane hangover pop quintet Dumb Things released their debut self titled album in 2017, signing with French label Hidden Bay Records for its European release. Strong local radio support has seen the band play alongside other Brisbane  favourites Tape/Off, Baskervillain, Good Boy and Future Haunts.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 241: Tropical Fuck Storm & Cable Ties

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Photo: Rachael Barrett (TFS) Naomi Lee Beveridge (CT)

Tropical Fuck Storm

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Marbury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 8th February 2018

TFS is what some would consider an Australian supergroup, consisting of Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin (The Drones), Lauren Hammel (High Tension) and Erica Dunn (Harmony/Palm Springs). The band made their live debut across the US in late 2017 supporting Band Of Horses and King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard. With only a trio of singles released since then, TFS are poised to release their debut album in mid 2018.

Cable Ties

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Marbury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 6th February 2018

Cable Ties are vocalist and guitarist Jenny McKechnie (also of Wet Lips), bassist Nick Brown, and drummer Shauna Boyle. They take the 3 minute punk burner and stretch it past breaking point. Their first show was in 2015, playing a backyard in Melbourne as part of the inaugural Wetfest, an annual gig that showcases some of the best emerging women-led and gender non-conforming acts from the Melbourne music scene.

Since then they have given us a handful of 7 inches before signing with Poison City Records and releasing their debut self titled long player in 2017. They have since followed up with another 7” through Poison City titled Tell Them Where To Go/Choking To Choose in early 2018 as well as touring hard across the country.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd of April 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

Ep 208: Scott & Charlene’s Wedding; RVG

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding

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

Lo-fi darlings Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, which is the brainchild of Craig Dermody, and has also featured members of Bushwalking, Peak Twins and Beaches during its existence.

The Neighbours-touting name aside, the music of Scott & Charlene’s Wedding was always an intrinsically Australian affair.

Their debut album Para Vista Social Club came out in 2010 and the album title is a reference to the Adelaide suburb Para Vista where frontman, songwriter and sole constant member Craig spent his youth.

2013 saw the release of their 2nd record ‘Any Port In A Storm’ through Fire Records in the UK and their third record ‘Mid Thirties Single Scene’ came out in late 2016 to rousing acclaim from critics.

 

RVG

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

Melbourne four-piece RVG write tightly wound heartbreakers who channel the post-punk and gothic rock of the late seventies. Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Romy Vager, the band is somewhere between the sounds of New Order, The Jam, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Not even a year into their existence, they’ve released their debut LP ‘A Quality Of Mercy’ and their live shows are leaving audiences wanting more of their brand of goth-pop.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 28th of May 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 207: Gabriella Cohen; Hey Geronimo

Gabriella Cohen

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

Gabriella Cohen is a Melbourne based musician originally from Brisbane. Formerly one half of indie-rock duo The Furrs, Cohen  has taken off in a more eclectic pop route with her solo project work. She released her EP ‘Updated Regurgitated Server’  in 2015 independently, which was supported by singles ‘I Don’t Feel So Alive’, and ‘Feelin’ Fine’. Her debut full length, ‘Full Closure and No Details’ came in 2016, and was supported with national touring and a BIGSOUND slot.

Hey Geronimo

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

Hey Geronimo are an indie rock band hailing from Brisbane. The band was originally comprised of Pete Kilroy on guitar and vocals, Bill Bingley on bass and vocals, Ross Pearson on guitar and vocals, and Tony Garrett on drums, but later added Pluto Jonze on keys to their line up. They released a self-titled EP in 2012, then knuckled down on their live set, building a fan base and fine tuning their sound. Their debut album, ‘Crashing Into The Sun’ came out mid-2016, and was supplemented with single ‘Boredom’, which won them a Queensland Music Award for best music video. The band released the single ‘Mutant’ in 2017, which was supported by a East Coast tour.  

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 21st of May 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 206: Donny Benet; Laura Jean

Donny Benet

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

Donny Benet is a Sydney based disco artist, best known for his anachronistic music style, and recontextualisation of 80’s disco music into modern production. His first record ‘Don’t Hold Back’ came out in 2011 and cemented his style as an artist. His second record ‘Electric Love’ came out shortly after in 2012 and ireleased 2014’s ‘Weekend At Donny’s’, which contained much more of the material Benet is well known for. In between albums, Donny can also been seen playing bass as a member of Jack Ladder And The Dreamlanders. 2017 sees Donny Benet releasing his 4th album, with ‘Working Out’ appearing at the start of the year.

Laura Jean

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Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 10th February 2017

 Laura Jean Englert, known by stage name Laura Jean, is an Australian musician from Melbourne. Her first release came out in 2003, in the form on an EP titled ‘The Hunter’s Ode’. Her debut album ‘The Swan Song’ came out in 2006 gained critical acclaim from many publications, and her fanbase grew when Snow Patrol invited her to fill in for the Martha Wainwright part on Set Fire To The Third Bar on two of their Australian tours. Laura Jean has had a long recording career so far and has released 4 full length records as of 2017.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 14th of May 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 205: The Peep Tempel; ORB

The Peep Tempel

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

Starting out in 2008 when guitarist Blake Scott starting jamming with his neighbour Steven Carter, The Peep Tempel have spent the last 8 years releasing 3 albums and touring all over the world. Their latest record, 2016’s ‘Joy’ was released to critical acclaim and garnered them  their 2nd shortlist nomination for the Australian Music Prize.

ORB

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

 

ORB is comprised of Zak Olsen on vocals and guitar, Daff Gravolin on guitar and bass, and Jamie Harmer on Drums. After their other band ‘The Frowning Clouds’ went on a semi-permanent hiatus in 2016, these three guys revived their teenage interest in Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, augmented with less familiar heavy rock bands such as Diamond Head and Megadeth. Their debut LP ‘Birth’ came out toward the end of 2016 and has been described as a heaping helping of proto-metal chops meets paranoid sci fi fantastical ravings, replete with some tasty synthesiser werk that breaks it up just so.

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 204: Lower Body; Morte Lenta; No Sister

Lower Body

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Recorded & Mixed by Josh Dowton
Recorded at Blackwire Records, Sydney, 5th March 2017

Lower Body are first up and are an alt post-punk band who are self described as ‘Sexual frustration and heartbreak from the nation’s capital’.  Made up of Joel, Mitch, John and Peter, the newly formed Canberra band have gained a following purely from the live shows, even without a studio EP out.

Morte Lenta

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Recorded & Mixed by Josh Dowton
Recorded at Blackwire Records, Sydney, 22nd January 2017

 

Morte Lenta, which translates to Slow Death from Italian, and are a multicultural collaboration. With English, Spanish and Brazilian influences melded together, the Sydney band (who only formed in 2016) use dark influences and punk riffs to create a unique vibe. As of 2017, the band have only released one EP, and have been touring Australia.

No Sister

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Engineered by Alicia Saye & Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 6th February 2017

No Sister, are a 4 piece post-punk band from Melbourne. Fabulously understated, their punchy songs are a kick in the teeth, making their mark in the punk scene as real contenders. The band started in Brisbane in 2014 with only 2 members – Tiarney and Mino, but became fully fledged after meeting other ex-Brisbanites Murray and Siahn after a move to Melbourne in 2015. Apocalyptic yet relatable, the band has spent a lot of time touring locally, and gaining a fanbase. Their self titled LP came out in 2016, with another full length LP scheduled for release in late 2017.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd of April 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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.