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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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 257: The Gametes

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The Gametes

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Foundry, Brisbane, 25th August 2018

Forming in 2017, the Gametes are Tom Harden on guitar and vocals, Charles Deicke on guitar, Hunter Davis on bass and John Beckinsale on Drums. The Brisbane 4 piece have supported the likes of Jacuzzi Boys (USA) and Chakra Efendi with their unique, audio-visual based live show.

Combining outrageous costumes and quirky stage projections with their polyrhythmic surf punk sound, the Gametes have created an enthralling piece of performance art, earning them a reputations as one of Brisbane’s best live bands. Their debut LP The Astronomical Calamities Of Comet Jones was released in August 2018 by local indie label Coolin’ By Sound.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd 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 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.