EP 251: Night Birds & Greenwave Beth

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Photo: Kim Anderson (NB) Jake Ollet (GB)

Night Birds

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Zoo, Brisbane, 9th June 2017

Hailing from New Jersey, Nights Birds play surfy, punk rock whilst paying homage to the hardcore movement of the 80’s. Since 2009 they have released a total of LP’s, including their latest effort Mutiny At Muscle Beach through Fat Wreck Chords, as well as a handful of 7 inches. The four piece are known for their extremely energetic live performances and fiercely DIY ethos.  

 

Greenwave Beth

Recorded  & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017

Sydney’s Greenwave Beth is the musical project of Flowertruck vocalist Charles Rushforth and Will Blackburn. They combine restrictive and industrial sounds of midi sequenced drum and bass with free form songwriting in the style of John Maus and Suicide. With their debut single “Make Up” being released in 2017, Greenwave Beth have supported the likes of Hockey Dad, Big White and Mere Women.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of July 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 250: Helmet

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Photo: Allan Allport

Helmet

Recorded  & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Brightside, Brisbane, 30th April 2017

The original Helmet line up, consisting of Page Hamilton on guitar and vocals, Brisbane-born Peter Mengede on guitar, Henry Bogdan on bass and John Stainer on drums, formed in 1989 in New York City. Quickly signing to Amphetamine Reptile Records, they release their debut album Strap It On the year after.

This led the band to be signed by Interscope Records in early 1992, with label mates including Primus, Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Their first Interscope release Meantime   (1992) was certified gold and remains Helmets biggest commercial success to date. Betty (1994) soon followed, bringing the band to our shores to play the now legendary Livid Festival 1994 line up featuring Beastie Boys, Superchunk, Frank Black and Tumbleweed.

A falling out between Hamilton and Mengede in 1993 meant Peter didn’t make the trip out, but returned to reside in Brisbane in later years. This would be the first of many line up changes for the band, with Hamilton remaining the only constant member. Once touring Aftertaste over 1997-98, Helmet disbanded before reforming again in 2004 to release Size Matters. They have released a total of 8 studios albums and remain one of the most influential bands of the alternative rock movement.

In 2017, Helmet returned to Brisbane for the first time since 2011, as part of their ‘Betty’ retrospective tour. This set features selections from the album as well as tracks from their latest LP Dead To The World and fan favourites from their lengthy back catalogue. Spliced in throughout the set is an interview conducted by Branko Cosic with founding member Page Hamilton.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 249: Some Jerks & Go Van Go

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Photo: Jeff Ram (SJ) Ben Knight (GVG)

Some Jerks

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 21st March 2017

Formed in 2010, garage-surf inspired Some Jerks have been making waves since the release of their self titled EP in 2011. Recorded & mixed by Skritch, their debut album Buddy Rich Made Me Cry came the following year and received extensive play on community radio, with a number of tracks placing highly in 4ZZZ’s Hot 100.

2016 saw Some Jerks release their 2nd LP Strange Ways on Pig City Records. The album was voted as the Best album of 2016 by the combined 4zzz announcers, and was included in the top 10 under the radar Australian releases, by The Guardians Kate Hennessy. Lead single The Hunter was also nominated for the Best Rock Song in 2017’s QLD Music Awards.

 

Go Van Go

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 23rd March 2017

Comprised of Troy Henderson (Guitars, Lead Vocals) & Dan Sugars (Drums, Vocals), Go Van Go play explosive no holds barred rock. Releasing a total of 3 EP’s including the Kill City series across 2015 & ‘16, the 2 piece have had extensive support on community radio, as well as national broadcaster Triple J’s unearthed arm and Triple M’s home grown. In this time, they’ve toured the east coast and supported the likes of Art vs. Science and The Jungle Giants.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 1st of July 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 248: Feedtime & Other Places

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Photo: Alec Smart (FT) Naomi Lee Beveridge (OP)

Feedtime

Engineered by Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 22nd June 2017

Feedtime was formed in Sydney in the late 70’s. They’ve been described as “A blues-noise… equal parts abstract minimalism and working class roots-rock. Post-punk, yet right in the thick of it; miles ahead of the pack and not many seemed to notice.” (PBS FM 2017)

The original line up released 4 albums on Aberrant Records in the US, UK and Europe as well as Australia throughout the 1980’s before splitting in 1989.  The band reformed with a new drummer in the mid 90’s, this time releasing Billy through Amphetamine Reptile records and completed tours with The Damned and Unsane. The latter also appearing on a 7 inch split with feedtime in 1996.

Apart from the odd reunion show, the band remained quiet for a long time before reforming their original line up to record Gas which was released via In The Red in 2017.

Other Places

Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 4th August 2018

Also the drummer of Melbourne based Taipan Tiger Girls, Mat Watson’s Other Places is his solo electronic project, an opportunity to delve into early 60’s exotic instrumental music, motorik rhythms, cosmic techno and synth heavy science fiction soundtracks. To date Watson has released 3 albums, self titled in 2011,  Symbols in 2013 and 2017’s Lost In The Sea of Paradise, all through IT Records.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 10th of June 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 247: Jen Cloher & Totally Mild

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Photo: Photoyunist (JC) Musicology (TM)

Jen Cloher

Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 15th August 2017

Originally from Adelaide, Cloher moved to Sydney to pursue a degree at NIDA After graduating, she instead decided to begin playing music. Permanent Marker, her debut EP, was released via Shiny Records in 2005. She then became Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea, which featured a rotating line up of musicians including Laura Jean, Jen Sholakis, Biddy Connor, Tom Healy, Geoffrey Dunbar, Michael Hubbard and Ross Calia.

Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea released two full lengths, 2006’s Dead Wood Falls and 2009’s Hidden Hands, both which received critical acclaim and we’re toured extensively throughout the country. Once returning from a hiatus in 2012, Cloher began her own record label Milk Records. Along with facilitating her own releases, Milk is now home to Courtney Barnett, Fraser A. Gorman, Jade Imagine, Loose Tooth, The Finks and Hachiku, as well as her collaborative EP with Mia Dyson and Liz Stringer which was released and toured in 2013.

Two more solo records have followed for Cloher, In Blood Memory in 2013 and her self titled fourth LP in 2017. The latter was recorded in a small town in South Gippsland approximately 130 km south-east of Melbourne called Jumbunna. It was produced by Greg Walker with guest contributors The Drones guitarist Dan Luscombe and Kurt Vile.

Totally Mild

Engineered by Alicia Saye and Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studio’s, Melbourne, 7th February 2018

Beginning as a solo project by singer/guitarist Elizabeth Mitchell, Totally Mild grew to include lead guitarist Zach Schneider, bass player Lehmann Smith, and drummer Ashley Bundang. The band played high profile supports for both Real Estate and Best Coast before their full-length debut, Down Time, arrived on Bedroom Suck Records in 2015.

Touring ensued, and as well as Australia, the band played a string of dates throughout the  UK and Europe and a trip to the US for SXSW, adding in stops in New York and LA. Recruiting new drummer Dylan Young, Totally Mild followed up in February 2018 with their second album Her, also released on Bedroom Suck and Fire Records in the UK. The album has received high praise from many critics.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 3rd of June 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 246: Something For Kate

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Something For Kate

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Triffid, Brisbane, 11th November 2017

A three piece band from Melbourne, Something For Kate are comprised of vocals/guitarist, Paul Dempsey, bass player, Stephanie Ashworth and drummer, Clint Hyndman. To date they have released six Top 10 gold and platinum studio albums, a double album of B-sides, a double Best-Of album, a DVD, a live album, three e.p’s, a book to go with a mountain of singles.

From the early days the band built a varied fan base in Melbourne, recording a 7 track demo tape (which was later released as The Answer to Both Your Questions EP in 1996) that sold out of multiple pressings. This gained them the attention of Sony Music’s A&R, Chris Dunn, in 1995, who quickly signed them to the Murmur label, making them label mates with Newcastle’s very own Silverchair.

The label became their home for the next 10 years and during this time the band toured endlessly throughout Australia as well as the US, Europe & Japan. They have toured with everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to David Bowie, also playing many major festivals.

After fulfilling their commitment with Sony, Something For Kate then signed to EMI/Capitol Records Australia, releasing their 6th studio album Leave Your Soul To Science in 2012. They completed the recordings in Dallas, Texas with producer, John Congleton who has also worked with St Vincent, Explosions in the Sky and Modest Mouse. The album debuted at Number 1 on the Australian ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) chart and number 5 on the International ARIA chart and a huge national sell out tour commenced soon after.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 27th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 242: Protomartyr

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Photo: Tracie Tee

Protomartyr

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Foundry, Brisbane, 15th February 2018

Detroit based musicians Greg Ahee (guitar) and Alex Leonard (drums) first began performing as a duo under the name Butt Babies. Soon they were joined by Joe Casey on vocals and once Scott Davidson joined the band on bass, Butt Babies transformed into Protomartyr.

The band signed to Urinal Cake Records and released their debut album, No Passion All Technique in 2012 which was followed by 2014’s Under Color of Official Right in April 2014 via Hardly Art records. The critically acclaimed The Agent Intellect, followed in October 2015, as well as extensive touring throughout the US and Europe.

After signing to Domino in 2017 their fourth effort   saw the band make the long trek out to our shores to play a set of songs spanning their whole career.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th of April 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 240: Spiderbait

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Photo: Katherine O’Malley

Spiderbait

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Tivoli, Brisbane, 31st March 2017

Janet, Whitt and Kram – The three founding members of Spiderbait, began jamming in the shed of Janet’s family’s farm in the rural NSW township of Finley. They soon relocated to Melbourne and were quickly signed to Au-Go-Go Records and released their debut album Shashavaglava in May 1993.

From there they quickly consolidated their status as national treasures, Signing to Polydor and releasing a string of successful albums, which have all racked up gold, platinum or double platinum status. One of these albums was their ARIA award winning effort Ivy And The Big Apples, which they toured to celebrate 20 years since its initial release in 1997.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 1st of April 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 239: Gyroscope

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Photo: Kay Cann

Gyroscope

Recorded by Branko Cosic and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 10th January 2018

Forming originally as Gyroscope Sunday in 1997, Dan Sanders (lead vocals, guitar), Zoran Trivic (lead guitar), Brad Campbell (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Rob Nassif (drums) cut their teeth jamming Nirvana and Foo Fighters covers. After releasing their first set of original demo’s in 1998 the band scored support slots for international punks Millencolin and Unwritten law, as well as local favourites The Living End and 28 Days.

A total of 3 EP’s were released before the band signed to Festival Mushroom Records at the beginning of 2003. This led to the release of the Midnight Express and Driving For The Storm/Doctor Doctor EP’s, both which gained national airplay and helped build momentum for their debut long player.

Combining new material with previous tracks from their aforementioned EP’s, Sound Shattering Sound was Gyro’s breakthrough LP in 2004. The success of the release earned them supports for Blink 182, Dashboard Confessional, Sparta and Brand New, as well as their first national headline tour.

The band quickly headed to LA to begin work on the follow up, 2005’s Are You Involved?. Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus had original agreed to produce the album after seeing the band live during their support stint, but pulled out due to other commitments. Stepping up in his place was Mark Trombino, who was no slouch, previously working on records from Jimmy Eat World and Finch. Released in September, Are You Involved? peaked at No. 20 on the ARIA album charts. First cut Fast Girl  also earned the band a nomination for the Breakthrough Artist – Single category at 2006’s ARIA awards.

Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild) signed on to produce Gyroscope’s next record, which was tracked at Elevator Studios in Liverpool. These sessions became 2007’s Breed Obsession, the bands 3rd and most successful album to date. Debuting at No. 1 on the ARIA album charts, thanks to the popularity of lead single Snakeskin, Breed Obsession was certified gold within 6 months of its initial release. It also earned them another ARIA nomination, this time for Best Rock Album at the 2008 awards ceremony,

After completing yet another national tour, this time with mates The Living End, Gyro’s headed back to the UK to record with legendary producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Maximo Park, Foo Fighters) at Rockfield Studios. Cohesion was eventually released in 2010, debuting at No. 3. After extensive touring in support of the release the band went into an enforced hiatus when guitarist Zoran Trivic broke both his legs in a motorcycle accident.

2017 saw the band release new music for the first time in 7 years, in the form of a double A side single Crooked Thought/DABS. This set was taken from the tour in support of these two releases and includes songs spanning their entire career.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of March 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 237: Violent Soho

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Photo: Matt Walter

 

Violent Soho

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, 23rd December 2017

The Mansfield 4-piece first formed in 2004, all attending Mansfield State High School. Local shows with Brisbane favourites Eat Lazer Scumbag and Gazoonga Attack caught the eye of producer Bryce Moorhead of who recorded their first EP Pigs & T.V. in 2006.

The EP gained the band attention nationally, recruiting Magic Dirt’s Dean Turner as manager. He also produced and released their first full length album in 2008 on his Emergency Music label. We Don’t Belong Here continued their steady growth in popularity, allowing them to tour internationally for the first time as well as play national festivals Homebake, Laneway, Meredith, Falls and Southbound.

Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth became a fan of the band during this time and quickly signed Violent Soho to his label Ecstatic Peace! Records. This lead them to relocate to the U.S and re-recorded most of the material from their debut with legendary producer Gil Norton. The result was their self titled record, released in the early parts of 2010, which they toured extensively throughout the states and back home in Australia.

Violent Soho eventually parted ways with Moore’s label in 2011, returning home to sign with Melbourne based independent label I Oh You. They also linked back up with Bryce Moorhead to begin work on Hungry Ghost, which was released in 2013. A coming of age for the band, Hungry Ghost attained gold status in Australia and extensive touring continued nationally and abroad.

The band’s fourth album Waco, again produced by longtime collaborator Bryce Moorhead, debuted at no. 1 on both the ARIA and iTunes charts upon release in 2016. Countless sold out shows followed, solidifying them as one of Australia’s most popular independent artists.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of February 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.