Ep 186: Terry; Ninetynine

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Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 26th July 2016.

Melbourne band Terry is a supergroup of sorts— comprising members who have played with the likes of Dick Diver, UV Race, and Total Control. Terry has just two 7″ singles, yet already they have proven themselves as a spirited group. Alongside contemporaries like DC’s Gauche and London’s Shopping, Terry evoke not only the minimalism of classic post-punk, but also its intellectual edge.

Terry are at once critical and funny, skeletal and chaotic. There is a multiplicity of droll, slightly off voices deadpanning about class, beer-drinking, and men who won’t apologise. This slanted ripper culminates with searing, splintering guitars, knotted with an expressive emotionality, all buzzsaws that make sparks fly.

Ninetynine

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Engineered by Myles Mumford
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 25th August 2016.

Over the course of twenty years Melbourne’s multi-instrumental indie rockers Ninetynine have released seven albums along with singles and numerous compilation tracks, played hundreds of shows and toured nationally and internationally taking in cities from Bendigo to Mexico City and New York to Moscow.

Originally the vehicle for the musical vision of Laura Macfarlane, who recorded the first tracks under the moniker whilst based in the US as drummer for Sleater-Kinney, Ninetynine has now become an established ensemble with long time members Cameron Potts, Iain McIntyre and Meg Butler.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 185: Isaiah Mitchell; Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds

Isaiah Mitchell

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Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 21st August 2016.

Isaiah and his beloved Fender Stratocaster have been a legendary pairing that have collectively created creamy psychedelic sounds for records from such bands as Earthless, Golden Void, Howlin’ Rain and Black Elk Medicine Band.

He was gifted with his first guitar at the age of Eight, but it wasn’t until his early teens when he’d heard Jimi Hendrix and had his mind blown that he decided what sort of lifestyle he wanted to persue; it was that of a face-melting, hair-swirling solo guitarist.

In September 2016, he booked himself a tour of Australia and enlisted the help of Melbourne psych-rock 3-piece Seedy Jeezus to help fill out the jam-filled aura that surrounds him.

This particular set was performed live-to-air in Melbourne on PBS 106.7FM’s Pojama People program and is filled with songs that have influenced Isaiah as a musician since he first picked up a guitar, as well some of his own solo works.

Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds

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Engineered by Paul Maybury and Alicia Saye
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 23rd August 2016.

To his mother, he’s called Brian, but to the rest of the world his name is Kid Congo Powers and his name has been attached to bands such as The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

The Pink Monkey Birds started backing up Kid Congo in the mid-2000’s and together they’ve release five albums, touring around Australia in 2016 on the back of their latest album ‘La Araña Es La Vida’, from which this particular set was documented from by PBS 106.7FM’s Studio 5 Live crew.

This band is the very example of the sound that gets created when you mix 60’s Chicano rock, southern soul and psychedelic funk.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 184: Infinite Void; Screaming Females

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Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 17th February 2016.

Infinite Void’s name might have you thinking black metal, but the Melbourne quartet are firmly planted in atmospheric punk and post-punk, taking cues as much from the members’ past punk bands as from the smudged sonics of My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and Pornography-era Cure.

They released their debut self-titled album through Poison City Records in 2012 and had Steven Smith from Scul Hazzards manning the desk for the sessions, and since them have released some very rare split 7” records to keep the ball rolling.

Screaming Females

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Engineered by Jeremy Smith
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 8th August 2016.

Mixing equal parts Dinosaur Jr. and Sleater-Kinney, the Brunswick trio of Marissa Paternoster (guitar/vocals), Michael Abbate (bass), and Jarrett Dougherty (drums) strives to embody the spirit of indie rock in its purest form; Screaming Females book their own shows and self-released many of their own records to bring their guitar-driven rock to the people without compromise. In 2007 the band fired its opening shot, self-releasing its debut full-length, Baby Teeth. The band quickly followed up with its sophomore album, What If Someone Is Watching Their T.V.?, which was self-released and later reissued by Don Giovanni Records, with whom the band has enjoyed a good relationship. Between 2010 and 2012, Screaming Females released their fourth album, Castle Talk, and followed up with their fifth album, the Steve Albini-engineered Ugly, in 2012. The band teamed up with producer Matt Bayles to record its 2015 studio effort, Rose Mountain and embarked on a tour that saw them travel to Australia for the first time, from which the set you’re about to hear derives from.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th of November 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 169: Emma Donovan & The Putbacks; NO ZU

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Engineered by Paul Maybury
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 27th November 2014.

Emma Donovan grew up singing church songs with her maternal grandparents on the North coast of New South Wales. Her first gigs were singing in The Donovans, a band comprised of her mother and five uncles. With her mother, Emma sang country for years, and in her youth was a fixture at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, but she always yearned for the bluesier tones of her Father’s record collection, full of American artists like Laverne Baker and Etta James and Indigenous Australian artists like No Fixed Address and Archie Roach.

Years later, after touring and recording with many of the mainstays of Indigenous music and developing as a solo artist in her own right, Emma met members of The PutBacks, and finally she found a band with the gritty blues soaked tones she had been looking for. She also found, in PutBacks bassist Mick Meagher, a co-writer and collaborator on the the soul songs she had been waiting a lifetime to write and sing. They recorded and released the record ‘Dawn’ in 2014 to mass critical acclaim and gave birth to a new style, ‘Indigenous Blues’.

NO ZU

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Engineered by Nao Anzai and Myles Mumford
Recorded at PBS FM Studios, Melbourne, 20th April 2016.

Chanted female vocals, pitched down male vocals, wild sax and horns that coalesce into something uniquely antipodean, a bluestone back-alley hallucination that NO ZU call Heat Beat – a nocturnal sex dream bringing together no wave, funk, house, techno, and global percussion.

With two albums, 2012’s ‘Life’ and 2016’s ‘Afterlife’, and a slew of other cassettes and twelve inch’s, the octet’s prolific diversity has garnered them praise from national and international publications who are taking notice.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 10th July 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.