EP 259: Port Royal & Elder

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Photos: Room Riot Photography (PR) unknown (E)

Port Royal

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 6th July 2018

Brisbane rock n’ roll revivalists Port Royal formed in 2015. Their current line up consists of Lawson Doyle on guitar and vocals, Liam Morton on lead guitar, Chase Brodie on bass and Connor Arnold on drums. They unleashed their debut EP The Express in May, 2016 which earned them support slots for The Delta Riggs, Cherry Dolls and Wolfmother.

2017 saw the release of single “Get Heavy” which landed in 2nd place in the 4ZZZ Hot 100 countdown of 2018. Playing a host of dates across the east coast of Australia earned them an enthusiastic following. The Love, Passion, Satisfaction EP was released in August 2018 with a heavy run of touring to support.

 

Elder

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Elder are Matt Burton on vocals and guitar, Thomas White on bass and vocals and Talia Bond on Drums. Their debut single “Vagabond” gained strong radio support soon after its release in December, 2017. Since then they have shared bills around Brisbane with Andrew Tuttle, Good Boy, Chakra Efendi and Yukon Era (NZ).

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 258: Harmon & Slumlawwd

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Photos: Aimee Catt (H) unknown (S)

Harmon

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 27th July 2018

Harmon is the musical project of singer and multi instrumentalist Harmon Ferret. Growing up surrounded by music and developing his sound from many hours spent in the home studio, he released his first single “Nerve” at the age of 17. 2018 has seen the Brisbane based musician  release two more singles in “Wasting Time” and “A New Colour.”

 

Slumlawwd

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Slumlawwd is the brainchild of Brisbane favourites We All Want To bassist Scott Mercer. With tongue firmly in cheek, Slumlawwd is experimental in both performance and production. The band released their debut EP Manifestering Destiny in August 2018.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 30th of September 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 256: Regurgitator & TV Haze

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Photos: Tracie Tee (R) Zo Damage (TVH)

Regurgitator

Recorded & mixed by Greg Jard
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 25th August 2018

Brisbane’s own Regurgitator formed in 1994 originally as a side project for members Quan Yeomans (guitar, vocals), Ben Ely (bass, vocals) and Martin Lee (drums). Quickly signing to Warner, the band released 2 EP’s before their first full length Tu-Plang in 1996. Following up with Unit a year later, The ‘Gurge solidified themselves as Australia’s premier alternative rock band.  

A slew of ARIA’s, a new drummer (Front End Loaders’ Peter Kostic), a reality TV show, a best of and a whole heap of record sales followed. The band have released a total of 10 studio albums with their latest Headroxx released in August 2018 through Valve Records, a label run by longtime manager Paul Curtis.

 

TV Haze

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

TV Haze are Dylan Stewart on guitar/bass/vocals, Andy Hayden on bass/guitar and Sarah Thompson on drums. Forming in 2015, the Melbournians have already released 3 albums over 18 months, the last of which, Circle The Sun, was released in April 2018 through Poison City Records. Their sound takes a soulful and nostalgic journey back into sepia-toned, hook filled indie rock.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 16th of September 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 255: MOD CON & Whalehouse

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Photos: Justin Edwards

MOD CON

Recorded by  Kelly Schinkel & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 18th August 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.

 

Whalehouse

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Foundry, Brisbane, 6th July 2018

Born and bred Brisbane band Whalehouse are a new wave punk outfit influenced by the likes of Devo, The B-52’s and Blondie. Zoe Wilson, Amy-Rose Lawson and Sonya Chamberlain became friends in high school and began playing together soon thereafter. They have shared the stage with L..A. Witch, Iron Chic, WAAX, Velociraptor and The Orwells.

Released in early 2018, their debut single “Sexy Whale Beach Party”, produced by Aidan Hogg (WAAX, Landings) and mixed by Miro Mackie (Cold War Kids, St. Vincent, Bishop Briggs), received much love from community radio and is the perfect introduction into the Whalehouse world.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 2nd of September 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 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 180: Eyes Ninety; A Country Practice

Eyes Ninety

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Photo by Glan Schenau

Recorded by Nell Forster
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 27th of May 2016.

Kicking it off in 2014, Eyes Ninety make erratic garage that dabbles into punk, post-punk and classic Australian rock ‘n’ roll. Their members are a part of a few renowned Brisbane bands such as The Standing 8 Counts, Chinese Burns and Eat Laser Scumbag!, however Eyes Ninety are their own beast. With furious bass and guitar lines backed by upbeat drumming that keeps the pace, vocalist Tom Beaumont shouts and screams with various levels of energy while the second guitar detaches itself almost completely from the rest of the group and carves its own path which makes you uncomfortably unsure if the band is either about to erupt into chaos or dwindle down into nothingness. It’s this feeling of uncertainty that creates such a bubbling atmosphere of energy that makes Eyes Ninety the great band that they are.  In 2015, they released their self-titled debut album through Swashbuckling Hobo Records, which features 9 tracks of sharp lo-fi production that suits the band’s aesthetics to a ‘T’.

A Country Practice

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Photo by Steven Schnorrer

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

A Country Practice is a family band playing songs that draw on their childhood growing up in the rural Lockyer Valley. Stories of droughts, cattle farming and summer storms feature throughout.  The three piece of husband-wife Joel & Kelly and brother Andrew, wrap their simple nylon string guitar ballads in hazy broken electronic beats and melodies and the sort of vocal harmonies you’d expect from family members.  A Country Practice was formed out of the ashes of Ambitious Lovers, which were featured in Episode 115 of Live Delay.  

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 2nd of October 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 176: No Sister; Greyface

No Sister

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Greenslopes Bowls Club as part of Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th of August 2016.

Kicking off their career in Brisbane 2014, No Sister are now calling Melbourne their home for their alt-rock noise making antics. Over the past two years, they have released four singles with a sound that has been compared to legendary noise rock artists Sonic Youth, and The Velvet Underground. They released their self titled debut album on the 30th of August 2016, which was self-recorded and mixed by the band.

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

Kicking it since 2014, Greyface make catchy alternative rock that you can nod your head to. Sounding somewhere in between The Smith Street Band and The Gaslight Anthem, their songs are hard hitting punk tracks with well crafted lyrics, shouted out with a raspy voice. Their debut album ‘Grey Hairs’ was released in November 2015 and has seen them win support slots for Australian punks BATPISS, Super Best Friends and The Bennies.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4th September 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 175: Walken; SEIMS

Walken

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Greenslopes Bowls Club as part of Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th of August 2016.

Bursting out of Brisbane’s growing punk scene in 2014, Walken have wasted no time releasing music and playing shows. So far they have released three singles, two eps, toured the east coast, and supported some of Australia’s biggest names such as The Bennies, Tired Lion, and Brisbane’s own Screamfeeder. Sounding somewhere between 90’s Blink 182, and the heaviness of early offspring albums, Walken produce hard hitting alternative rock with textures of the sunshine they were written in.

SEIMS

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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Brightside, 4th of March 2016.

Created by Sydney based multi instrumentalist Simeon Bartholomew, SEIMS was originally a one-man studio project when he released the debut self titled album in 2012. The album was written, performed, recorded, and produced by himself, and after its release he received multiple requests for live performances of his bedroom symphonies. After recruiting members to fill the spots of trumpet/synth, guitar, and drums, while Simeon himself welded the bass and additional synths, SEIMS has been mesmerising audiences up and down the east coast. Their latest album II was released on the 7th of August 2015 and was created with the live experience in mind and delivers wall to wall noise, constant time signature changes, and a listening experience you don’t want to stop listening to.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 28st August 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.