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.

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EP 235: Seja; McKisko

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Photo: Justin Edwards

Seja

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

Brisbane via Germany musician Seja Vogel, has had a prolific career since starting her first band Sekiden in 1998. Once signed to Modular they released 2 albums and 2 EP’s, touring extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA.

She was also a touring member of Brisbane favourites Regurgitator, joining in 2007 and also contributed to the Love and Paranoia album which was released in the same year. Seja has also lent her keyboarding and singing skills to touring buddies such as SPOD, David McCormack and Ben Salter.

In 2010 Seja began releasing under her own name with her debut solo album We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares via Rice Is Nice. Working with Robert Forster, Cut Copy’s Tim Hoey, Regurgitator’s Ben Ely and Wally De Backer, Seja wrote and recorded a second volume of sweetly synthesised soundscapes entitled All Our Wires in 2013.

McKisko

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

McKisko is Helen Franzmann, a Brisbane-based musician who began her musical career writing and performing in the band Redbreast. After winning the Grant McLennan Fellowship in 2009, she recorded and released her debut under the McKisko moniker entitled Glorio, and then toured the country non-stop supporting the likes of Bon Iver and Jose Gonzales.

She then followed up with 2013’s Eximo, which was released through El Nino records. Her songs are built using inventive instrumentation, an intimate honesty, and a lyricism that journeys through abstract landscapes imbued with emotion.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4th of February 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 233: Sunscreen; Soda Eaves

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Photo: Ted’s Records (Sunscreen), Justin Edwards (SE)

Sunscreen

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Brightside Brisbane, 27th August 2017

Sunscreen is a band from Sydney’s Inner West. Fronted by Sarah Sykes (from Flowertruck) and Alexander McDonald, Sunscreen’s emotional guitar-pop draws inspiration from bands Mazzy Star and The Go-Betweens, delivering ultimate UV protection for the emotions and soul.

The band has supported promising acts including The Ocean Party, Rolling Blackouts C.F, DMA’s, RVG and Jade Imagine. As well as headline shows to support the launch of their debut EP, Just a Drop, a split between Dinosaur City Records and Spunk.

Soda Eaves

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 19th August 2017

Primarily the solo effort of Jake Core, Soda Eaves features contributions from a number of friends, including Jordan Ireland, Alec Marshall (Hot palms, Sui Zhen) and Oliver Mestitz (The Finks). They play distinctly Australian folk music, incorporating atmospheric blues, lucid dream pop and warped found sounds, releasing two LPs – 2013’s ‘Like Drapes Either Side’ & 2016’s ‘Murray, Darling’.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 14th of January 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

Ep 224: Cool Sounds; The Ocean Party

Ep 224 InstagramPhoto: Justin Edwards (CS) Kurt Eckardt (TOP)

Cool Sounds

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

Cool Sounds are a 6 piece “Jazz-gaze” band from Melbourne. They released their debut record “Dance Moves” in June 2016 via Deaf Ambitions. The album consists of 10 tracks filled with gloomy, atmospheric arrangements and emotionally charged pop hooks which has seen them gain attention from music lovers around the country.

The Ocean Party

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

The Ocean Party are a 6 piece band featuring members of Cool Sounds and Ciggie Witch. The Melbourne-via-Wagga Wagga group released their 7th album “Beauty Point” in August 2017 through Spunk, making it 9 full lengths in the past 7 years. Their signature DIY sound of summery pop hooks layered over mellow guitar jams has continued to develop on these releases as well as seeing them tour the country on numerous occasions.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of October 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 217: Budd; Nick Allbrook

Ep 217 InstagramPhoto: Justin Edwards (Budd) / Peter Dovgan (Nick Allbrook)

Budd

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

Starting up in Brisbane in 1991, Budd was formed out of a love for the Seattle sound and Fuzz guitar pedals. The foundation of Budd was created by Jeremy Finlayson on guitars; with Gary Linaker on Bass, Nico on guitars and John Morris on Drums. They released their debut album ‘Yakfat’ in 1993 and blew the minds of audiences with their ferocious volume, that left many ears ringing. The lineup changed before the release of their second album ‘Naf’ in 1994, with Jeremy being the only original member carrying the band name for the next two decades.
In 2015, a reconciliation of the original lineup came together for the re-release of ‘Yakfat’ through Tym’s Records and rekindled the spark to play live shows again. The set you’re about to hear is a display of a band that found their sound again after being apart for 23 years.

Nick Allbrook

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

Next up is Nick Allbrook, who some might know as a member of Tame Impala and Pond, and hails from Western Australia. Nick’s first foray into psych music started in 2007 with his first band, Mink Mussel Creek. A year later, he had joined Tame Impala as an auxiliary member, and also formed Pond, which has a revolving cast of members from both Tame Impala and Mink Mussel Creek. In 2014, Nick released his first solo record, titled ‘Ganough, Wallis & Fatuna’ through Spinning Top Records and followed it up with ‘Pure Gardiya’ in 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13th of August 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 197: Shrapnel; Agency

Shrapnel

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Recorded by Sam Lowe
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 21st January 2017

Shrapnel is the brainchild of Sydney-sider Sam Wilkinson, previously known from other outfits Day Ravies and Mope City. The five-piece indie-rock band is comprised of an all-star cast, also featuring members of Dollar Bar, Miners, and Weak Boys. Their debut album ‘Tranceplanetsugarmouth’ came out in November 2016, through Brisbane indie label, Coolin’ By Sound, and has received stellar reviews from Rolling Stone, Amateur Hour, and 4ZZZ. Filled with Australian drawl and lo-fi psych rock, Shrapnel are very quickly tearing their way up the food chain, and garnering attention in all the right places.

Agency

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Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Greenslopes Bowls Club, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

Fresh outta Canberra, Agency are a 4 piece comprised of a smattering of players from other CBR bands, featuring ex (and current) members of Hoodlum Shouts, Spartak and A Drone Coda. Guitarist Shoeb Ahmad also runs the band’s record label ‘HellosQuare Recordings’, adding another hat to his metaphorical millinery store. They released their debut album ‘The Stillness Of Speed’ in late 2015, which is filled with spiky, bass led noise rock, and just a touch of experimental rumble. In 2016, they released two EP’s through two different record labels; Do We Go It Alone? in May on Tenzenmen and I Know I’m In Flames in July through Sonic Masala.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 26th of February 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 195: Darts; Spirit Bunny

Darts

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

Darts formed around 2008, initially just as a two-piece — Angus Ayres and his brother Andrew — in the Victorian city of Bendigo. They ballooned out to a five-piece in the early 2010’s, adding Ally Campbell-Smith, Paige X. Cho and Jessie Fernandez to fold. They have a melancholic, aggressive sound that feature loud-quiet dynamics that exhibit their unique tapestry of influences. One listen will induce flashbacks to early Modest Mouse, Pixies, The Breeders and Dinosaur Jr, all wrapped up in one frenetic punch that’s impossible to listen to without being totally absorbed.

In 2015, Darts started to gain a wider audience when they released their album ‘Below Empty & Westward Bound’ on Rice Is Nice Records.

 

Spirit Bunny

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Recorded by Nell Forster
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

Consisting of members Marnie Elizabeth Vaughn on the drums and Nathan James Martin on baritone guitar, Hannahband self-describe themselves as “Emo punx”, and have been clawing up the ranks of music blog hype lists every time they play a show, regardless of location. They have three full-length albums under their belts, with their 2016 record ‘Quitting Will Improve Your Health’ displaying how loud they can get when firing on all cylinders. Although this set displays a different side of the band, turning down their instruments to display the softer side of their sound.

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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 194: Astral Skulls; Hannahband; Mere Women

Astral Skulls

PrintPhoto: Justin Edwards

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

Based in Melbourne, Astral Skulls in the moniker of Kurt Eckhardt, who started the project in 2014. Fusing krautrock beats with scratchy guitars and synth pop stabs, the theme throughout the music is space. After releasing singles digitally and on vinyl through his own record label Psychic Hysteria, Astral Skulls released their debut album in October 2015 and is named after the first words spoken during the first steps on the moon by humankind, Contact:Light.

Kalindy Williams joins Kurt for the live version of the band and this particular set features a rather interesting cover that you won’t hear anywhere else.

Hannahband

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Recorded and Mixed by Ben Rivers & Josh Dowton
Recorded at Black Wire Records, Sydney, 30th October, 2016.

Consisting of members Marnie Elizabeth Vaughn on the drums and Nathan James Martin on baritone guitar, Hannahband self-describe themselves as “Emo punx”, and have been clawing up the ranks of music blog hype lists every time they play a show, regardless of location. They have three full-length albums under their belts, with their 2016 record ‘Quitting Will Improve Your Health’ displaying how loud they can get when firing on all cylinders. Although this set displays a different side of the band, turning down their instruments to display the softer side of their sound.

Mere Women

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Recorded and Mixed by Josh Dowton
Recorded at Black Wire Records, Sydney, 11th December, 2016.

Whilst working on their third album, which should be out sometime during 2017, Mere Women premiered two tracks from their upcoming record in this session recorded at Black Wire Records in Sydney. Their previously released albums; 2012’s Old Life and 2014’s Your Town, received unanimous praise from national press outlets, commenting on their great blend of reverb-drenched guitars, echoed calls, slamming drums and now solid low-end.
 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd of January 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 193: Sweater Curse; Tralala Blip

Sweater Curse

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th August, 2016

If you mix the vocal stylings on The Cure’s Robert Smith and Beth Orton with the rawness of early output from Bloc Party, you arrive at the sound that Sweater Curse output.

This particular set was captured at one of their first shows and are a band to watch out for in 2017.

Tralala Blip

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Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 25th August 2016.

Hailing from Lismore on New South Wales’ North Coast, Tralala Blip are a 5 piece ensemble armed with devices that create electronic pulses and beats that feed into reverberation units that produce lush swells of sound that mesmerises the senses in the live arena with visuals accompanying the audio to complete the experience.
The group was founded by Randolf Reimann who ran electronica workshops for young people of mixed abilities in 2007. Three of the workshop participants wanted to continue making music and came together to form Tralala Blip, which has taken from the local halls of Lismore to the Sydney Opera House and around Europe.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of January 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 181: Grieg; Eat Laser Scumbag!

Grieg

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

Featuring members from almost every prominent Brisbane punk band through the 2000’s, Grieg features Alex Gillies; member of No Anchor and A Savage God on drums, Tamara Dawn from Hits and Gazoonga Attack on Bass, John Mercer from Undead Apes and Dick Nasty on guitar, and Lance Sinclair on vocals. Together they bring big noise, big riffs, and a heaviness that could only be achieved by a band comprised of this many stellar Brisbane artists. They have released one album so far, titled ‘Retaliate First’, and is available digitally or on vinyl through their Bandcamp page.

Eat Laser Scumbag!

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Photo by Branko Cosic

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 13th of August 2016.

Kicking it around Brisbane since the early 2000’s, Eat Laser Scumbag! released their first EP in 2005 and have been sparingly playing their brand of punk rock all over the place since. Like most Brisbane bands, Eat Laser Scumbag! is made up of members who all play in another band. In this case, the two guitarists Ashley Timms and Nathan Gygar play in Nova Scotia, bassist Adam Scott plays in Undead Apes (who we have previously featured in Episode 178), and finally Xavier Poropat on drums from Eyes Ninety (who we also previously featured in Episode 180). Their latest EP ‘Chakras Aligned’ was released in September 2014 and is available online through their Bandcamp. This set you are about to hear is their first show on Australian soil in four years.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 16th of October 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.