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

TheDrones_6MAY16_PhotoByStephenBooth_203BWPhoto: Stephen Booth

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

Solid Effort Ted's RecordsPhoto: Ted’s Records

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’.



HOWNOWMER - swamphouse 3Photo: Swamp House

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.

EP 162: Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side; Mexico City

Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at 4zzz 40th Birthday Celebrations, The Old Museum, Brisbane, 4th December 2015.

Known for his work as half of the two headed screaming beast that is the iconic Brisbane band Six Ft Hick, Ben Corbett demonstrates his ability to produce the polar opposite in his side project. Originally teaming up with Nick Naughton from fellow Brisbane group Skippy Showband to play country covers, it wasn’t long before they began crafting their own songs inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Burt Bacharach. Ben Corbett himself describes the songs as “a rock and roll country combo. Like bacon and maple syrup, it shouldn’t work but it does”. Gentle Ben and his sensitive side seldom perform live so capturing this set is a true rarity.

Mexico City
Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 9th April 2015.

Mexico City are a band that have been kicking around the Brisbane music scene for the past decade and a half, with two albums released in the noughties. After being quiet for six years, they’re about to release their third record, titled ‘When The Day Goes Dark’. Describing themselves as Dark Garage Country Rock, you can hear vintage influences of Neil Young and Bob Dylan, instilled with modern power.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th May 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 153: White Lodge; Mope City

White Lodge 


Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, December 19th 2015.

Forming in the quaint gold coast suburb of southport in 2013, they’ve been building up a solid fan base with their concrete psych filled riffs and furious surf beats. So far they have four releases to their name, two EP’s and two split seven inches with another release in the pipeline.

Mope City


Recorded by Luke Walsh.
Mixed by Luke Walsh.
Recorded at The Greenslopes Bowls Club, Brisbane, February 22nd, 2014.

Mope City formed in Marrickville in 2012. Mat Nev fronts the band half of the tim, he’s been involved in Day Ravies, Drown Under, and Snotty Babies. For the other half of the time Julia Wylie of Snotty Babies sings lead. Rounding out the classic power trio formation is sam Wilkinson of Day Ravies fame manning the skins. They have just released their debut LP ‘Petri Dish’ on Tenth Court Records with web publications Rolling Stone, Noisey, and Who The Hell all taking notice.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 28th February 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 152: The Leftovers; Lovecraft

The Leftovers


Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Old Museum, Brisbane, December 4th 2015.

Making their mark all the way back in 1976 during the great Brisbane punk era, The Leftovers are cult heroes in the punk scene. Sticking true to the punk rock ethos, the leftovers were known for their raw, high energy DIY performances in self promoted hall shows that like most other bands at that time, attracted significant attention from the Queensland Police Service.

The Leftovers were invited to play during 4ZZZ’s 40th Birthday Celebrations, with Ed Wreckage reuniting the band with Graeme Hutchinson, John Downey and Ed’s son, Che Wreckage.



Recorded by Branko Cosic.
Mixed by Dave Arens
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, December 13th 2015. 

Starting off in 2006, Lovecraft is comprised of a few veterans of the Brisbane music scene featuring members from lovs e blur, the black market, the sharks and the band from the first half of this show, The Leftovers. Their sound takes an influence from the dark swamplands of Deagon in north Brisbane where the band currently reside.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 21st February 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.