EP 239: Gyroscope

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Photo: Kay Cann

Gyroscope

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

Forming originally as Gyroscope Sunday in 1997, Dan Sanders (lead vocals, guitar), Zoran Trivic (lead guitar), Brad Campbell (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Rob Nassif (drums) cut their teeth jamming Nirvana and Foo Fighters covers. After releasing their first set of original demo’s in 1998 the band scored support slots for international punks Millencolin and Unwritten law, as well as local favourites The Living End and 28 Days.

A total of 3 EP’s were released before the band signed to Festival Mushroom Records at the beginning of 2003. This led to the release of the Midnight Express and Driving For The Storm/Doctor Doctor EP’s, both which gained national airplay and helped build momentum for their debut long player.

Combining new material with previous tracks from their aforementioned EP’s, Sound Shattering Sound was Gyro’s breakthrough LP in 2004. The success of the release earned them supports for Blink 182, Dashboard Confessional, Sparta and Brand New, as well as their first national headline tour.

The band quickly headed to LA to begin work on the follow up, 2005’s Are You Involved?. Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus had original agreed to produce the album after seeing the band live during their support stint, but pulled out due to other commitments. Stepping up in his place was Mark Trombino, who was no slouch, previously working on records from Jimmy Eat World and Finch. Released in September, Are You Involved? peaked at No. 20 on the ARIA album charts. First cut Fast Girl  also earned the band a nomination for the Breakthrough Artist – Single category at 2006’s ARIA awards.

Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild) signed on to produce Gyroscope’s next record, which was tracked at Elevator Studios in Liverpool. These sessions became 2007’s Breed Obsession, the bands 3rd and most successful album to date. Debuting at No. 1 on the ARIA album charts, thanks to the popularity of lead single Snakeskin, Breed Obsession was certified gold within 6 months of its initial release. It also earned them another ARIA nomination, this time for Best Rock Album at the 2008 awards ceremony,

After completing yet another national tour, this time with mates The Living End, Gyro’s headed back to the UK to record with legendary producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Maximo Park, Foo Fighters) at Rockfield Studios. Cohesion was eventually released in 2010, debuting at No. 3. After extensive touring in support of the release the band went into an enforced hiatus when guitarist Zoran Trivic broke both his legs in a motorcycle accident.

2017 saw the band release new music for the first time in 7 years, in the form of a double A side single Crooked Thought/DABS. This set was taken from the tour in support of these two releases and includes songs spanning their entire career.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th of March 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

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EP 234: Food Court; Siamese

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Photo: Ted’s Records (Sunscreen), Justin Edwards (SE)

Food Court

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, 15th September 2017

The members of Sydney’s Food Court met at a party under the Glebe tram-tracks and started jamming 60’s garage blessed with some 90’s fuzz bosh. The band features Cristian Campano (ex-Betty Airs) on vocals/guitar, Lewis Mckeown (Pretend Eye) on bass/vocals, Dan De Santis on guitar and Nic Puertolas (ex-Salvagers) on drums.

2013 saw the release of their debut ep “Smile At Your Shoes” and a string of singles followed. They then followed up with 2014’s “Big Weak” and a full length entitled “Good Luck” which was released in 2017. The album was the final LP to be recorded by John Castle in his legendary Shed Studios – where Castle worked his magic on records from the likes of Megan Washington, You Am I and more recently Jack River.

Food Court bring energy, riffage and a killer live show drawing rave reviews from fans and critics alike, opening for acts including Courtney Barnett, Dune Rats, Northeast Party House, Beach Slang and Spring King.

Siamese

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Against The Grain Fest, Brisbane, 27th August 2017

Adelaide 4-piece Siamese have caused a stir nationally, through a strong commitment to chaotic, yet commanding live shows and the strength of their songwriting. With their debut singles ‘Computer Patient’, ‘Scatterbrain’ and ‘Slaughterhouse’, the band summons the spirit of alternative rock and shoe gaze, honing a unique, yet evocative sound, reminiscent of 90’s acts HUM, Failure and Unwound.

Siamese have supported the likes of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Pond and Flyying Colours, even touring nationally with fellow Adelaide band Horror My Friend. 2017 saw Siamese appear at nationally renowned festivals; Poison City Weekender Festival, A Day of Clarity, Swirl Fest and Against the Grain.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 21th of January 2018.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 225: FOAM; Morning Harvey

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Photo: Stuart Sevastos (F) Linda Dunjey (MH)

FOAM

Recorded by Eileen Tierney
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 15th September 2017

FOAM are a three-piece garage rock band from Perth, WA. Their heavy live performances deliver a filthy wall of sound reminiscent of the alternative rock boom of the late 80’s/early 90’s. Since the release of their first EP Sarpa Salpa in July of 2012, FOAM have released a total of four EP’s, including a split with fellow Perth locals Puck.

During this time they have toured the country on numerous occasions playing festivals such as MATES Sydney,Big Day Out and Groovin’ The Moo, as well as headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as DZ Deathrays, Wax Witches and Sleepy Sun. In February of 2017, FOAM released their long awaited debut album Coping Mechanisms. The album was written in the basement beneath a toasted sandwich shop in Perth. It’s about coming to terms with yourself, the world around you, and the ways we try to make it work.

Morning Harvey

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Valley Fiesta, Brisbane, 29th October 2016

Morning Harvey was formed in 2013, consisting of brothers Spencer and Jackson White and close friend Steve Kempnich. Their debut EP Well For Wishes was released the same year and since then they have gone on to release another EP in 2015 titled “Love&Loveand” as well as a string of singles.

Morning Harvey have supported acts like Dandy Warhols, Band Of Skulls, The Charlatans, and Royal Blood on stages around the country. Their single “Smith Street Swap Meet” also gained them attention from John Richards of Seattle radio station KEXP with a Song Of The Day placement leading to support from numerous US College Radio Stations.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 22nd of October 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.

EP 215: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 5

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Fractures

Recorded & Mixed by Daniel Nelson
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Polish Club

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

Thigh Master

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Empat Lima

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd of July 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 213: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 3

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Tigertown

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

FLOWERTRUCK

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at The New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Owen Rabbit

Recorded & Mixed by Daniel Nelson
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Rebel Yell

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

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 9th of July 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 211: BIGSOUND 2016 Special – Week 1

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FERLA

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

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

Coda Conduct

Recorded by Clancy McLellan
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at The Elephant Hotel, Brisbane, 7th September 2016

Gawurra

Recorded & Mixed by Eileen Tierney
Recorded at Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, 8th September 2016

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 25th of June 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 171: Custard

Custard

Custard

Recorded by Branko Cosic
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, 25th June 2016.

If you’ve ever looked down at your feet while walking up Brunswick street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, you might have a seen a gold plaque on the walkway with the word ‘Custard’ written across it. Although Custard as a food is delicious, that plaque is actually for the iconic indie pop band that burst out of Brisbane in the 90’s.

Their first release came in 1990 with a 4 track EP Vinyl titled Rockfish Anna. Throughout the remainder of the 90’s they managed to release 4 albums, Starting off with Wahooti Fandango in 1994, Wisenheimer in ’95, We Have The Technology in ’97 and seeing out the decade with Loverama in ‘99, they became a well oiled touring machine, covering Australia and U.S.A extensively as their popularity increased with each release. Their sound is the perfect encapsulation of adolescence, shifting from down tempo lazy tunes, to high energy short, fast bursts of punk that is all delivered with a razor sharp sense of humour.

After an extensive hiatus starting in 1999, Custard released their first album in 16 years titled ‘Come Back, All Is Forgiven’ proving to the world that they still have their strong songwriting skills, and most important of all, their sense of humour.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 24th July 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.