Ep 222: The Dollar Bill Murrays; SUDS

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The Dollar Bill Murrays

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 6th May 2017

Built up on thick, fuzzy guitars and big, washy drums, The Dollar Bill Murrays are a Brisbane based alt/desert rock band. The four-piece released their self titled debut EP in April 2016 and the second EP ‘Always On’ via Valley Heat Records in March 2017.

 

SUDS

Recorded & Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Newtown Social Club, Sydney, 2nd May 2015

Next up we have SUDS, which are better known by their old band name, Super Best Friends, who came to the attention of the masses in 2013 with the release of their single ‘Round and Round’, which featured cameo appearances from most of parliament house at the time including Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, and Clive Palmer. The band had a lineup change in 2014 and released their debut album ‘Status Updates’ in early 2015 on Gun Fever Records and features songs about friends, social media addiction and the state of Australian politics.

In 2017, they changed their name to SUDS to differentiate the lineups, past and present, and to get ready for the release of new material in 2018.

 

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 24th of September 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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Ep 183: Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote

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Recorded by Jason Blackwell
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at VIVID Live @ Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 31st May 2016.

In a whirlwind five years with two Grammy nominations, multiple world tours, and nods from Erykah Badu, Questlove and Prince, Hiatus Kaiyote meld electric jazz virtuosity with the beat-making dexterity of Flying Lotus and Madlib, and transform it into what the band describes as ‘multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster sh*t’. Singer-guitarist Nai Palm leads the band with her soul-driven force and is backed up by Paul Bender on bass, Simon Mavin on keyboards and drummer Perrin Moss. They released their first album ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ independently in 2012, which garnered attention from Flying Buddha Records  and received worldwide distribution that lead them to their first Grammy nomination for the song ‘Nakamarra’ which featured Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest fame on guest vocals. In 2015, they released their second album, titled ‘Choose Your Weapon’ which propelled them to yet another Grammy nomination for the song ‘Breathing Underwater’. This performance at the Sydney Opera House captures the band firing on all cylinders with a bit of help from Sampa The Great.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 30th of October 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 179: Luke Daniel Peacock; Jonathan Boulet

Luke Daniel Peacock

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the HOME Showcase at BIGSOUND Festival, Brisbane , 7th September 2016.

Kicking off his career on keys and guitar in the critically-acclaimed Brisbane group Halfway, Luke Daniel Peacock has since become a prolific songwriter in his own right. In 2014, he was the driving creative force for the groundbreaking project, The Painted Ladies, a group that revived the lost songs of Vic Simms in an album titled ‘The Painted Ladies Play Selections From The Loner’. This collaboration was produced by Rusty Hopkinson from You Am I and featured The Medics, Paul Kelly, Ed Kuepper (The Saints/The Laughing Clowns), Ian Haug (The Church/Powderfinger), John Willsteed (The Go-Betweens), Phil Noy & Eugene Ball (The Bamboos), Bunna Lawrie (Coloured Stone) and many more. In February 2016, he released his first solo album titled ‘We’ve Come A Long Way Darling’ to much praise, including a Queensland Music Award for his song ‘Fruits Of Our Labour’, as well as receiving the prestigious Billy Thorpe Scholarship Award in 2016. His work sounds like a modern day Australian version of Bruce Springsteen, and he’s well on his way to becoming a legendary artist in his own right.

 

Jonathan Boulet

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Photo by Kerrie Geier

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 6th November 2015.

Coming from Sydney, Jonathan Boulet released his self titled debut solo album in 2009 through Modular Recordings. His debut record was written, recorded, played and produced by himself in his small garage studio. The album was released to much praise and earned him a spot on the Splendour In The Grass lineup in 2010. His second album ‘We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart’ was released in 2012 which further solidified his ability to write catchy, high energy indie pop. After playing a string of international shows and showcases at SXSW, Jonathan took a year off in Berlin to work on new music. What emerged in 2014 was a radically different beast from his previous work. Now signed to Popfrenzy Records, his latest album Gubba is nothing but rock n roll with big drums, face melting guitars, and heavy thumping bass lines.    

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 25th September 2016.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 173: Ultra Material; Big White

Ultra Material

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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 22nd June 2016.

In 2012, Ultra Material was born from two couples who had shared stages with their respective husband-wife Brisbane bands, Matt & Sarah Deasy from ‘Do The Robot’ and Nick Skepper & Zuzana Kovar from Sunshine State. The two duos combined their instruments and started to make their own blend of dreamgaze with swirling key lines, effected guitar delays and soaring vocals backed by breakbeat-esque rhythms.

In the last year, they’ve released a self-titled EP cassette and their debut album ‘Double Date’ on Sydney’s Blackwire Records label, which has had tastemakers salivating for more.

Big White

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mastered by Andrew Edgson
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory as part of Volumes Festival, Sydney, 29th August, 2015.

When you mash together the sounds of The Cure, The Go-Betweens, The Velvet Underground and The Triffids, you get Sydney’s Big White, who weave all of those influences into their own strain of jangle pop. Within the span of two years, they’ve packed their sounds into a suitcase and travelled to the US and Europe, playing to swelling crowds, all while they were still writing songs for their first album, Teenage Dreams, which was eventually released in April 2016 on Caroline Records in Australia and Burger Records in the US.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 14th August 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 165: Mere Women; Blank Realm

Mere Women
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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Brighton Up Bar (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Starting off in 2011 Mere Women create a dark, and dreamy style of tunes best described as post punk goth pop. Wasting no time in sharing their gloomy tunes with the world they have released two full albums with the legendary label Poison City Records, the latter of which was recorded in an ill lit moderately repurposed cold storage unit that helps truly capture the vibe they are dishing out.

Blank Realm
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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Arts Factory (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Made up of three siblings and a spiritual brother Blank Realm have been kicking around since 2008. Starting off as an improvised noise group, they band have truly refined their sound over their 8-year life span into a careful concoction of erratic noise and unforgettable hooks.  Much like their albums, their live shows have a continually growing reputation for being utter chaos and strangely mesmerising at the same time. Unafraid to throw in a curve ball and hit a few strange notes, Blank Realm will always keep you guessing.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 5th June 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 164: Step Panther; Seaplane

Step Panther
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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Starting off in Sydney, Step Panther have shredded their way across stages locally and internationally for the last 6 years. With their lo-fi rock n roll garage pop tunes you could easily mistake their sound for something made in a Detroit garage in the 1960’s. Their high energy rambunctious live shows have earned them slots on sxsw, and the great escape, as well as supporting international acts Yuck, Kurt Vile, and Girls. With two EPS, two albums and a third album on the way, Step Panther show no signs of slowing down.

Seaplane
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Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Club Greenslopes as part of Sonic Masala Festival, Brisbane, 21st June 2014.

Based in Brisbane, Seaplane have been releasing music since the year 2000. Made up with duelling guitars from Dale Peachey (Dollar Bar) and Stirling Bartlam, kept together with heavy hitting Scott Brique (Nova Scotia, Heavy Breather) on drums, Seaplane have a sound that’s somewhere between alternative rock instrumentation and indie pop lyricism that is sure to catch your attention.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th May 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 163: Courtney Barnett

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher
Mastered by Andrew Edgson
Recorded at The Metro Theatre, Sydney, 8th of May 2015.

In the past 5 years, Courtney has gone from starting a humble little record label with money borrowed from her Grandmother to release her recordings, to international award-winning acclaim, all whilst keeping a level head and staying independent.

Releasing two EP’s in 2012 and 2013 and re-releasing them on Vinyl as ‘The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas’ through her Milk! Records imprint, she started gaining the attention of respected publications such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Stereogum and Q Magazine with her song ‘Avant Gardner’. In March 2015, she released her debut album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ which won her the Australian Music Prize and 4 ARIA Awards for Best Independent Release, Cover Art, Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist. She was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist and a Brit Award for Best International Female.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd May 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 161: Flowertruck; Tiger Choir

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Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at Oxford Art Factory (Volumes 2015), Sydney, 29th August 2015.

Blossoming out of the luscious Sydney music scene, Flowertruck are all about bright jangly guitars, captivating synth melodies, and honesty with their lyricism. Their latest shows include support slots for Bad Dreems, Methyl Ethyl, Sticky Fingers, and Major Leagues, and in early 2016 they released their EP Dirt through the legendary Spunk Records label. Their cheerful sounding tunes and straightforward, truthful song writing will leave you in a state of happiness that can only be delivered via Flowertruck.

Tiger Choirtiger choir

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Bearded Lady, Brisbane, 12th September 2015

Coming from the somewhat secluded island state of Tasmania, Tiger Choir create soundscapes as rich and luxurious as their surroundings. They elegantly combine swirling synth lines, prickly and sporadic guitars and deep bass lines with big choruses that you can’t help but shout along with. Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th April 2016.

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

EP 143: Art of Sleeping; Weak Boys

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Art of Sleeping
Recorded by Branko Cosic.
Mixed by John Robinson.
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 27th June 2015.

Art of Sleeping are a 5 piece indie rock band who create music crafted with captivating instrumental hooks, ambient rhythmic textures, and raw emotions that are displayed through the vocal strength of their front man, Caleb Hodges. Their reputation as powerful
songwriters has been cemented with the release of their debut EP ‘Like a Thief’ and their album ‘Shake Shiver’ in mid-2015. Selling out shows around the country, this was recorded live at The Triffid in Brisbane, on the 27th of June 2015, for their voodoo tour.

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Weak Boys
Recorded and Mixed by Harvey O’sullivan
Mastered by Andrew Edgson
Recorded at The Oxford Arts Factory, 30th January 2015.

Weak boys are a group of 30 something year olds who like to sing about your everyday life and the problems we all face like landlords, hangovers, and running out of wine. Their members Matt Banham, Craig Lyons, and Chris Yates have all played in other memorable bands over the years including Dollar Bar, No Through Road, and Little Lovers, which make them a super group of sorts. Their songs are a flawless mixture of bright jangly guitar pop, with subtle glum undertones that feel like the soundtrack to a Sunday afternoon after a big weekend. Weak Boys were previously featured in episode 137, however due to time constraints we did not air the entire set. This episode features their last three songs from that set.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 20th November 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

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EP 142: Making; Yes, I’m Leaving

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Making
Recorded by Josh Watson
Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at Crowbar, Brisbane, 5th September 2015.

Founded in 2010, Making have been refining their strain of destructive chaos and complex melodies for the past five years, touring it around Australia and New Zealand and gaining fans with every step. Their debut album “Highlife” was released in September 2015, after almost a year in record label limbo.

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Yes, I’m Leaving
Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Underdog Pub Co, Brisbane, 1st November 2014.

Last year Yes, I’m leaving released their fourth album, Slow Release, on Melbourne’s Homeless records and in doing so they join a cast of some of Australia’s finest gritty noisey rock bands. The Sydney three-piece are well known for their pulverising live shows, in fact their latest album was recorded at their rehearsal studio, and that’s usually a good indication of a band that take their live sound very seriously. You can’t mention Yes, I’m Leaving without mentioning the Albini influence that runs through not only their music but their entire approach to being a band.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 6th November 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.