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.

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EP 254: 2017 BIGSOUND Special ft: High-tails, WAAX & Machine Age

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Photo: Etch Mate (HT) Ian Laidlaw (W) Jess Gleeson (MA)

High-tails

Recorded by Sam Lowe & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Ric’s Big Backyard, Brisbane, 7th September 2017

 

WAAX

Recorded by Eileen Tierny & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Brightside Outdoor Stage, Brisbane,7th September 2017

 

Machine Age

Recorded by Caitlin Selder & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Foundry, Brisbane,7th September 2017

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 26th of August 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 252: RACKETT

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RACKETT

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

RACKETT are made up of Bec Callander on guitar and vocals, Kat Ayala on lead guitar, Ally Gavin on bass, and Astrid Holz on drums. Based in Sydney, the band have been steadily rising since their inception in 2016, releasing their debut EP Ready Or Not in 2017 with Dave Hammer (Washington, Thundamentals, Born Lion) producing.

Since then Rackett have played in major theatres and festivals throughout Australia, receiving regular airplay on community radio and reaching the finals of the inaugural VB Hard Yards competition in 2017. They have supported the likes of DZ Deathrays, The Darkness, Killing Heidi and Bleached, also appearing at  Groovin the Moo (2018), Festival of the Sun and Secret Garden Festival.

In early 2018 the band released two singles Alive and Space Cadet, which they produced, recorded and mixed themselves. This show was taken from a run of dates in support of the latter and showcases the bands captivating live performances.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 242: Protomartyr

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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 226: My Disco

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My Disco

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 28th January 2017

My Disco are a three-piece post-punk/minimalist band from Melbourne. Formed in 2003, the band became known for their use of unconventional performance spaces such as warehouses, art galleries and sidewalks. They soon released their debut 7inch “Collapse Of An Erratic Lung” and began touring extensively through Australia, Southeast Asia and Mexico.

My Disco’s debut LP “Cancer” was released via Temporary Residence Limited in 2006. This saw them expand touring to the UK and the US, before heading to Electric Audio studios to record with legendary producer and Shellac band member Steve Albini. These sessions produced the band’s second album “Paradise”, which was released in 2008 and described as reductive art rock.

Since then, My Disco have released 2 more albums; 2010’s “Little Joy” and 2015’s “Severe.” Severe saw the band explore the minimalist musical aesthetic that’s been their hallmark since formation, creating an at times confronting record.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 29th of October 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

Ep 221: Even

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Even

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 14th January 2017

Forming in Melbourne in 1994, Even was formed by high school friends Ash Naylor and Matthew Cotter, and were joined by Roderick “Wally” Kempton from The Meanies on Bass. Even’s sound is attributed to Naylor’s love of guitar pop music of the 1960’s and 1970’s and introduced themselves to the world with 2 EP releases in 1995, ‘In Stereo’ and ‘Ten to Forty-Six’ through Rubber Records.

1996 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Less Is More’, which was recorded by Greg Wales and mixed by Wales and esteemed UK-via-Australia producer Nick Launay. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, said at the time that is was “one of the best Australian debut albums of 1996.” and was it was nominated at the 1997 ARIA awards for Best Independent Release.

They followed it up with 1998’s ‘Come Again’ which featured acclaimed American producer Tony Lash on the desk, and kicked off the millennium with their third album ‘A Different High’ in 2001, with ‘Free Kicks’ following in 2004, ‘Even’ in 2008 and ‘In Another Time’ in 2011.

On the 20th anniversary of ‘Less Is More’, Even decided to celebrate the occasion with a small run of dates on the East Coast and we were lucky enough to capture their show in Brisbane.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 10th of September 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 220: Red Riders

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Red Riders

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 12th May 2017

The two founding members of Red Riders, Alex Grigg and Adrian Deutsch, first met at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gig in 2002 and discovered a common interest in music. The band started playing house shows in 2003 and would spend 2004 moving up the ladder of the Sydney music scene with support slots with Jet, The Sleepy Jackson and Franz Ferdinand and the release of their self-titled debut EP  before the end of the year.

2005 turned into another busy year with the release of their second EP ‘The Plan A’ amongst more national touring and 2006 saw the release of their breakthrough debut album ‘Replica Replica’ on Ivy League Records. In 2008, Adrian Deutsch announced that he was leaving the band to concentrate on his solo career and was replaced by Brad Heald, who was also playing guitars in The Vines, their label mates at the time. Red Riders released their album, titled ‘Drown In Colour’ in 2009 and continued touring all the way through 2010, even hinting that they were demoing songs for a third album. In April 2011, the band made announcement that they were splitting up, with farewell shows to follow featuring Adrian Deutsch back on guitar and playing as a five-piece outfit.

In 2017, Red Riders announced that they were reuniting to support their long time friends Dappled Cities for a string of shows along the east coast. We were lucky enough to capture their Brisbane show during this run.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 3rd of September 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 218: I Heart Hiroshima; Big Bad Echo

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I Heart Hiroshima

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 14th March 2017

Forming in Brisbane in 2005, the nucleus of I Heart Hiroshima was born at a house party, with Sullivan Patten, Matt Somers and Mel Ralph (later replaced by Cameron Hawes) joining forces to create a ‘2-guitars and drums’ jangle rock band. 2006 saw the release of 2 EP’s and unrelentless touring which had eyes and ears glued to what was going to come next. Their debut album ‘Tuff Teef’ saw the light of the day in August 2007 with publications in Australia and UK going wild for their sound. They backed it up with their 2nd album ‘The Rip’ in 2009, with their single ‘Shakeytown’ taking out the No. 1 spot on the 4ZZZ Hot 100 countdown on New Year’s Day 2010.

Sullivan moved to Germany in 2011, which put the band into indefinite hibernation, with Cameron and Matt playing in bands such as Martyr Privates and Slug Guts during the meantime. When Sullivan arrived back in Brisbane in 2015, the band got back together and started playing shows again, with new material being thrown into the setlists. The first song to be released post-hiatus was called ‘Fifty-Three’ and before the end of the year, had a new EP titled ‘Spillin’ The Light’.

Big Bad Echo

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 12th November 2016

Next up is Big Bad Echo, who also hail from Brisbane and was formed in 2013 by frontman Mick Reddy, originally as a solo songwriting outlet. In 2014, the band had grown into to a solid 5-piece and in 2016, they released their debut EP ‘It Takes A Big Dog To Weigh A Tonne’.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 20th of August 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 214: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 4

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Ainslie Wills

Recorded by Nell Forster
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Fountaineer

Recorded by Daniel Maher
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Ric’s Big Backyard, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Gregor

Recorded by Sam Lowe
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse Stage, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

SAATSUMA

Recorded by Daniel Maher
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Ric’s Big Backyard, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 16th of July 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 196: Some Jerks; Gonzovillain

Some Jerks

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Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 14th January 2017

Some Jerks are a garage/surf rock band that formed in Brisbane in 2010.

Inspired by the girl groups, and garage rock of the 60’s, and once quoted as “sounding like Sleater-Kinney covering the Shangri-las”, they released their self titled EP, in 2011 and followed that up with their debut album ‘Buddy Rich Made Me Cry’ and sophomore release ‘Strange Ways’ in 2016.

Gonzovillain

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Recorded & Mixed by Christopher Brownbill
Recorded at Underground Audio, West End Festival, Brisbane, 28th October 2016

Gonzovillain are a 4 piece alt-rock band from Brisbane, Australia. They have developed their sound over the course of 3 EPs, including their second release “Gonzovillainy” which introduced the bands signiature pump organ. This session kicks off with one of those organ songs and also includes 4 brand new tracks, unreleased anywhere else.

This particular set was recorded as part of West End Festival at an event called Live To Tape, which saw 3 acts local to the West End/Kurilpa area gather in one night to perform live to 2-inch tape at Underground Audio. These recordings were engineered and mixed by in-house engineer Chris Brownbill, who also owns the studio.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th of February 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.