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.


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.


EP 244: Hexdebt & The Living Eyes

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


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)


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 198: Xylouris White; Cash Savage And The Last Drinks

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Engineered by Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 11th March, 2016

Xylouris White is the brainchild of Greek singer and Lute guitar player George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White, who is best known for his work in Dirty Three. Often described as a fusion of free-jazz, avant rock and age-old folk tradition, this masterful 2 piece has gained worldwide recognition, playing in venues across the globe. The pair have released two albums, ‘Goat’, their 2014 debut, which topped the Billboard charts, and more recently, ‘Black Peak’ in late 2016. However, this innovative and quintessential band can not be squeezed into merely what they produce on record, as their live show is what really captures the heart and soul of their music.

Cash Savage And The Last Drinks

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

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks are what’s still good about country music today. A combination of all the good things about blues and country, but with a dark spin on it, these Melbournians really hit the nail on the head when it comes to clever songwriting and musical arrangements. Touring around Australia and pulling some major support slots, most notably with The Peep Tempel, they have garnered a large support base, waiting on their every word. Having released three albums to date, their 2016 effort ‘One Of Us’ has been their largest success to date.

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Episode 87: Mixed Bag


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.

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.

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.