Ep 264: Luca Brasi

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Photos: Warwick Gow

Luca Brasi

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 17th August 2018

Luca Brasi are one of Australia’s finest live acts. They are a complete juggernaut of energy and are no holds barred on a stage. They formed in 2009 in St Helens in Tasmania named after the ruthless killer in The Godfather and have translated that energy into their hard rock sound.

They have released four albums in their time as a band from the first being 2011’s ‘Extended Family’, then in 2014 with ‘By A Thread’, 2016’s ‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’ which reached 18 on the ARIA charts, and as recently as June of 2018 with the record ‘Stay’, which beat out 2016’s effort reaching No. 10.

They have earned their reputation as a formidable live act and they command stages around the country as well as big festival spots. This show was just after the release of their album and was a sold out show to a packed audience at The Triffid.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 6th of January 2019.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.


EP 253: Horror My Friend & Ultrafeedy

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Photo: Ashleigh Apples (HMF) Trace McLean (UF)

Horror My Friend

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 10th January 2018

Adelaide guitar heroes Horror My Friend summon the spirit of alternative rock and shoe gaze, whilst breaking new ground and embedding themselves firmly in the present. Consisting of Josh Battersby, Tom Gordon & Sam Kolesnik, the trio put out 2014’s A Million Hands EP before signing to Poison City Records and releasing their debut album Stay In / Do Nothing in 2016.

During this time, Horror My Friend have supported likes of Die! Die! Die! (NZ), Pity Sex (USA), Violent Soho, The Cribs (UK) and Swervedriver (USA), as well as performing at Groovin’ The Moo, Yours & Owls Festival, Bigsound, Blurst of Times and Poison City Weekender. The band have followed up their debut with a string of critically acclaimed singles, all released through Poison City.



Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Triffid, Brisbane, 20th July 2018

Ultrafeedy are a 3 piece rock band hailing from Brisbane’s northern suburbs. Since their self titled EP release in 2014, the band have been steadily honing their craft whilst putting on energetic live performances. 2017 saw the release of their first long player Aggressive Sincerity, paying homage to the 90’s socal punk and desert rock scenes.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th of August 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 246: Something For Kate

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Photo: Bronwen Caple

Something For Kate

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the Triffid, Brisbane, 11th November 2017

A three piece band from Melbourne, Something For Kate are comprised of vocals/guitarist, Paul Dempsey, bass player, Stephanie Ashworth and drummer, Clint Hyndman. To date they have released six Top 10 gold and platinum studio albums, a double album of B-sides, a double Best-Of album, a DVD, a live album, three e.p’s, a book to go with a mountain of singles.

From the early days the band built a varied fan base in Melbourne, recording a 7 track demo tape (which was later released as The Answer to Both Your Questions EP in 1996) that sold out of multiple pressings. This gained them the attention of Sony Music’s A&R, Chris Dunn, in 1995, who quickly signed them to the Murmur label, making them label mates with Newcastle’s very own Silverchair.

The label became their home for the next 10 years and during this time the band toured endlessly throughout Australia as well as the US, Europe & Japan. They have toured with everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to David Bowie, also playing many major festivals.

After fulfilling their commitment with Sony, Something For Kate then signed to EMI/Capitol Records Australia, releasing their 6th studio album Leave Your Soul To Science in 2012. They completed the recordings in Dallas, Texas with producer, John Congleton who has also worked with St Vincent, Explosions in the Sky and Modest Mouse. The album debuted at Number 1 on the Australian ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) chart and number 5 on the International ARIA chart and a huge national sell out tour commenced soon after.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 27th of May 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 232: Radio Birdman


Photo: Emmy Etie

Radio Birdman

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 23rd June 2017

Radio Birdman was one of the first Australian independent bands to carry the punk label. The name comes from a misheard The Stooges lyric from the song “1970” (the actual lyric is “radio burnin’”).

They formed in Sydney, 1974 with Deniz Tek and Rob Younger wanted to create a band that challenged the commercial mainstream whilst being completely uncompromising. With the addition of Pip Hoyle on keys, Ron Keeley playing drums and bassist Carl Rorke, Radio Birdman started playing DIY shows in rented garages and community spaces after being rejected from multiple venues.

Once signing with Trafalgar Records, the band released their debut, 1977’s Radios Appear to critical acclaim, leading them to expand their touring circuit to include Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide. When Sire Records president Seymour Stein came to Australia to sign Brisbane punk band The Saints, he saw Radio Birdman and immediately invited them to join his label.

The band moved their base of operations to London, and toured extensively in the UK and Europe, both headlining and as support for Sire label-mates the Flamin Groovies. Their overseas success was short-lived as Sire Records began having financial difficulties and were forced to drop Radio Birdman and many other bands from their label.

Without a label, with no tour support and no distribution for Radios Appear, the band continued on, while suffering deteriorating interpersonal relations. Radio Birdman played one last show at Oxford University in June 1978, after which the band split up – on the eve of an explosion of independent music in Australia, which they had played a large role in creating.

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

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 228: The Scientists

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Photo: Mark Louttit

The Scientists

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 4th November 2017

The Scientists first formed in Perth as The Exterminators and then The Invaders in 1977. Once they became The Scientists in 1978, they then released their first single “Frantic Romantic”/”Shake (Together Tonight)” in June 1979 on the D.N.A. Records label. After a debut LP (commonly referred to as The Pink Album) and a number of lineup changes, the band relocated to Sydney in 1982.

This change in scenery and lineup also saw The Scientists change musical direction. Pop-infused punk rock was traded in for a more psychedelic style of swampy, blues rock n’ roll. The band was signed by Au Go Go Records who released two singles as well as the influential “Blood Red River” LP in the space of a year, making them one of Australia’s most popular independent bands at the time. But another move was soon on the cards.

Like many Australian bands, London came calling for The Scientists and they migrated to the UK recording and touring there from 1984 to 1987. In that time they released another five albums, finally returning home to tour The Human Jukebox LP and disbanding shortly after. The 1985 lineup reformed for a set of exclusive shows late in 2017.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 19th of November 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

Ep 201: The Drones

The Drones

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Recorded and Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 6th May 2016

Originally forming in Perth back in 1997 by Gareth Liddiard and his high school friend Rui Pereira, The Drones have accomplished a lot for a band that doesn’t get much airplay on mass media corporate stations.
The band rose to prominence in 2005 with their album ‘Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By’, which won them the inaugural Australian Music Prize. Since then, The Drones have had a long career cementing them as Australian icons, playing festivals such as Big Day Out, Laneway Festival, Falls Festival and A Day On The Green, as well as extensive international touring. With 7 albums under their belt, they’ve demonstrated what a band can do when they stick to their guns.


Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 26th of March 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 199: Solid Effort; Hownowmer

Solid Effort

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Recorded and Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Recorded at VOLUMES Festival, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, 27th August 2016

Emerging out of Wollongong (aka The Coal Coast) in 2013, Solid Effort have been working up the ranks ever since with their self-branded style of music they like to call “leisure punk”. They released their debut EP ‘Ballad of Bulli’ in 2015 and are working on their first album, which is expected to drop sometime in 2017. Extensive touring, with support slots for The Courtneys, Gooch Palms and Hockey Dad (just to name a few), have helped build a solid following for these guys. This 5-piece unit are living up to their namesake, with every track dropped a true ‘solid effort’.



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Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 31st July 2016

Hownowmer are a 3 piece hard rock band from Melbourne, and have been shredding up the scene since late 2015. Their brooding brand of building rock packs a punch, and frontman Ben Salter delivers with hard hitting vocals and sultry guitar riffs. Salter is also known from many previous works, such as Giants Of Science, The Gin Club, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Liberals and his own solo records. Jacqueline Dortmans (bass) and Harley McLeod (drums) make up parts two and three of this powerhouse unit.


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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 179: Luke Daniel Peacock; Jonathan Boulet

Luke Daniel Peacock


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

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


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


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 166: Ben Salter

Ben Salter 
Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 9th April 2016.

Known as a founding member of Giants of Science, The Gin Club, and The Wilson Pickers, Ben Salter is also an established solo musician in his own right. His debut album from 2012 The Cat received the award for album of the year at the Queensland Music Awards, and has since been followed up with an EP, and most recently his second album The Stars My Destination. Working with everyone from Bernard Fanning of Powderfinger, to Gareth Liddiard of the Drones, Ben Salter has well and truly earned his reputation as an iconic Australian artist.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 12th June 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.