Ep 339 – Ancient Channels and Pale

Ancient Channels – Scott Mercer

Ancient Channels:

Live at The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, 23 July 2020

In 2019 Kelly Hanlon from Terra Pines and DEAFCULT joined with Chris Preindl from Leavings, Apparitions and Vestiges to start a new musical project called Ancient Channels. With Hanlon on vocals, guitars and keyboards and Preindl handling drums and percussion, they recorded an album called “Moments In Ruin”. While trickling out a string of singles ahead of the album’s release, they recruited an all-star team to bring the multi-layered songs to life onstage, featuring talent from bands including A Country Practice, Start Together, The New Middle Class and Julia R. Anderson’s band. In addition to Hanlon and Preindl, the full seven-piece lineup of Ancient Channels features Elise Clark on vocals, Gerard Lawrence on guitar, Joel and Kelly Saunders on keys and Imogen Kowalcyzk on bass.

This set you’re about to hear is notable for two reasons. First, it was the debut live performance of Ancient Channels, and second, it was the first gig to be recorded by Live Delay since the easing of restrictions on live music venues that came about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Special safety precautions were in place at this gig, such as isolated, jazz club-style seating, reduced venue capacity and stringent cleaning measures before and after the show.

Recorded by Scott Mercer
Mixed by James Potts
Special thanks to live engineer Steve Palmer


Live at The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, 9 August 2019

In 1992 Tim Hills and Ben Thompson from the band The Modern Poets struck out on their own to form a new outfit called Pale. Soon joined by drummer Dale Rankine, their debut EP, “Submerged” was released on cassette later that year. This was followed by three further EPs on CD: “Fade Buzz” in 1994, “Felicia’s Window” in 1995 and “Art Of Mind Control” in 1996. The single “Lemon Sparked”, off “Fade Buzz”, reached number 62 in the 1994 Triple J Hottest 100.

Rankine ultimately left the trio and was replaced by Leigh Nelson from the bands Freeside and Tangled Shoelaces. In the late ’90s Pale’s members began exploring more and more side projects, and they eventually split in 2001 after the release of the album “Travelling Indoors”. Since then they have reunited for special occasions in 2006, 2014 and most recently in 2019, at this gig you’re about to hear, which featured both drummers from the band’s history taking turns behind the kit.

Recorded by James Fearn-Wannan
Mixed by Harry McKenzie
Special thanks to live engineer Steve Palmer

This set was mixed by an audio production student from the School of Audio Engineering Institute Brisbane as part of their course.

Show production, engineering and host: Scott Mercer
Originally aired via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 25 October, 2020

Ep 337 – Sabrina Lawrie

Sabrina Lawrie – Scott Mercer

Sabrina Lawrie:

Live at The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, 18 January 2019

Sabrina Lawrie has been a force in the Brisbane music community since the 1990s. Kicking off in 1996 with her first outfit Sabadah, Lawrie also played in the bands Tongue, Level Seven and Little Vegas & The Fuzz Parade before striking out under her own name. In between organising a new backing band, The Hunting Party, releasing singles and booking local venue The Beetle Bar, Lawrie kept busy in the early 2010s while slowly building up material for her debut album. Production of the album was put on hold in early 2016 when she suffered a life-threatening injury after falling from a balcony and breaking her back.

It was a hard road to recovery for Lawrie, but incredibly she managed to finish and release her long-gestating debut solo album “Hush The Mountain” only a year later, in 2017. This set you’re about to hear was captured at the launch of her first post-album single, “Nopiates”.

Recorded by Scott Mercer
Mixed by Jack B-Jones

Special thanks to live engineer Niz Yacoub

Show production, engineering and host: Scott Mercer
Originally aired via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 11 October, 2020

Ep 336 – Dyson Stringer Cloher

Dyson Stringer Cloher – Dani Nash

Dyson Stringer Cloher:

Live at The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, 9 November 2019

Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher were each accomplished and established singer-songwriters in their own right when they first got together to tour and record an EP in 2013. Since the early 2000s they have racked up a combined fifteen solo albums between them. Circumstances and commitments kept the three apart for some time before they reunited to release a self-titled album in 2019 and toured the country, accompanied by drummer Dave Williams from Augie March. As you will hear, they were recieved in Brisbane with a rapturous reception by a deeply devoted audience.

Recorded by Sam Kelly
Mixed by Tim Allison

Show production, engineering and host: Scott Mercer
Originally aired via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 4 October, 2020

Ep 290 – Chalk


Chalk – Karl O’Shea


Recorded by James Fearn-Wannan
Mixed by James Fearn-Wannan
Recorded at The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, 9 August 2019

Initially active from 1991 to 1996, Chalk rose from humble origins in an East Brisbane sharehouse to release a string of EPs: “Immortality” and “Iris” in 1994 and “Burlesque” in 1995. After calling it quits the band members went on to play in various other projects before reuniting for a show at The Zoo in 2014. Since then the band have recorded their very first album, “The Quiet City”, released 24 years after their last EP. In August 2019 Chalk got together once more to launch the album, featuring James Kliemt on vocals and guitar, James Lees on keys/percussion/drums, Steve Swart on bass, Dave Gilbert on guitars/vocals plus additional players Richard Johnston on drums, Adam Cadell on violin, album producer James North on keys/guitar/vocals and a cameo spot from original member Matthew Clark on vocals.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 13 October, 2019

Show host: Scott Mercer

Show production and engineering: Scott Mercer

EP 251: Night Birds & Greenwave Beth

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Photo: Kim Anderson (NB) Jake Ollet (GB)

Night Birds

Recorded & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Zoo, Brisbane, 9th June 2017

Hailing from New Jersey, Nights Birds play surfy, punk rock whilst paying homage to the hardcore movement of the 80’s. Since 2009 they have released a total of LP’s, including their latest effort Mutiny At Muscle Beach through Fat Wreck Chords, as well as a handful of 7 inches. The four piece are known for their extremely energetic live performances and fiercely DIY ethos.  


Greenwave Beth

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017

Sydney’s Greenwave Beth is the musical project of Flowertruck vocalist Charles Rushforth and Will Blackburn. They combine restrictive and industrial sounds of midi sequenced drum and bass with free form songwriting in the style of John Maus and Suicide. With their debut single “Make Up” being released in 2017, Greenwave Beth have supported the likes of Hockey Dad, Big White and Mere Women.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of July 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

Ep 223: Clowns

Ep 223 InstagramPhoto: Charlyn Cameron


Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 9th June 2017

Clowns have been on a steady rise since releasing their debut album “I’m Not Right” in 2013 via Poison City Records. The Melbourne 4-piece followed it up in 2015 with their second record “Bad Blood”. This took them to international stages across Europe as well as generating a bigger following back home, supporting the likes of Bodyjar, Frenzal Rhomb and Poison Idea. In 2017, Clowns released their third record “Lucid Again” to critical acclaim, with the addition of Brisbane’s own Hanny-J on bass guitar and playing sold out dates across the country.


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

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 222: The Dollar Bill Murrays; SUDS

Ep 222 InstagramPhotos: Jack Doonar (TDBM) & Ted’s Records (SUDS)

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.



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.

EP 218: I Heart Hiroshima; Big Bad Echo

Ep 218 InstagramPhoto: Justin Edwards (I Heart Hiroshima) / Brodie Popple (Big Bad Echo)

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 174: Coda Conduct; Valley 109

Coda Conduct


Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan
Mastered by Andrew Edgson
Recorded at Carriageworks as part of the FBi SMAC Awards, Sydney, 10th January 2016.

Originally from Canberra but now living in Sydney, members Erica and Sally are winning fans all over with their high energy performances and engaging brand of hip hop. Drawing inspirations from the early millennial sounds of artists like Missy Elliot, Coda Conduct combine driving percussion with their clever lyricism, dexterous flow, and tongue in cheek humour to create one of the most interesting duos in the Australian music scene. They’ve supported fellow Australian hip hop stars Tkay Maidza, Thundamentals, Citizen Kay, as wel as hip hop heavyweight Pharoahe Monch. With one EP, and another on the way shortly, Coda Conduct are on their way up in the hip hop scene.

Valley 109


Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 25th February 2016. 

Formerly known as Gamla Stan, This four piece are like the superheros the world never knew they needed. Operating under the alter egos Reverend Randy Bourbon, Boxcar Knight, Dusty Trails, and Phil Beats, with each member they bring their own unique traits and a style together to achieve their main goal of bringing back the classic pub rock sound. So far they have released two EP’s titled ‘Gateway Drug’ and ‘Thou Shalt Rock’, and currently they have been hard at work recording tracks at Airlock Studios in Brisbane’s north-side for their third release, and first under their new name due sometime in the near future. With songs like SNAG, and their big rock sound, Valley 109 are destined to win the hearts of every schooner smashing, parmi loving Australian in this fair land.

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


EP 140; Faleepo Francisco


Faleepo Francisco
Recorded and Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The Zoo, Brisbane, 18th September 2015.

Founded in 2012, Faleepo Francisco spawned from the bases of a cover band, when three of the members decided to start writing and performing their own material. Consisting of two guitars and drums, they’ve crafted a sound that is comparable to big name bassless blues bands the black keys, and the white stripes. They’ve released a string of singles as well as their debut EP ‘So it begins’ in 2015.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 23rd October 2015.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.