Ep 270 – Harmony

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Harmony

Recorded by Kelly Schinkel
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, 18th August 2018

Harmony are a remarkable band that are equal parts beautiful and brutal. They encapsulate the whole range of human emotion, with blistering intensity of screeching guitars and roars with harmonies that soothe and romance you. They formed in 2009 and would release 3 albums and various singles including last year’s record ‘Double Negative’.  

The band features a stripped back collection of guitar, bass, drums and a vocal duality of Tom Lyngcoln’s intense vocals supported by 3 vocalists providing amazing harmonies. The songs are intense and full of emotion, balancing the beauty of the harmonies with the rawness of the musicality and Tom’s vocals. The six members are from all over the Melbourne scene featuring along with Lyngcoln, Alex Kastaniotis on drums, Jonathan Chapple on bass and the trio of Amanda Roff, Quinn Delany and Erica Dunn providing the angelic tones.  

This set demonstrates the beauty of what Harmony do, it was pure emotion with the ferocity of the music and howling with the soaring harmonies elevating to a near spiritual level. I can’t say enough about this band and this set so here it is, recorded live at Sonic Masala Festival on the 18th of August, 2018.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 3rd March, 2019.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 263 – Husky

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Photos: Bec Taylor

Husky

Recorded by Caitlin Selder
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, 7th July 2017

Husky formed in 2008 in Melbourne and have won audiences over with their sweet take on indie folk. The duo of Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss have released 3 albums and have toured with huge names such as Devendra Banhart, Gotye, The Shins and Neil Young And the Crazy Horse.

They are the first Australian band to be signed to Sub Pop records in 2011 before the release of their debut album in 2012 called ‘Forever So’. They followed it up in 2014 with ‘Ruckers Hill’ and in July of 2017, they released ‘Punchbuzz’. They were touring this album when they came to Brisbane, bringing their fun guitar tones to their folk sensibilities bringing an enjoyable and wholesome mix.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 30th of December 2018.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 262 – Dappled Cities

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Photos: Ben Knight

Dappled Cities

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 12th May 2017

Dappled Cities are a 5 piece rock band that have truly been around the block after forming in the late 90’s. They have released 5 albums in their career, and played across the world to a dedicated and excited fan base.

They started out as teenagers in 1997 playing a bunch of gigs in underage venues before they were of the age to play the larger licenced venues. They toured consistently in Australia and New Zealand and then had European and American tours, even playing South by Southwest three times. Despite forming in ‘97, they released their first full length record in 2004 with the album ‘A Smile’. They followed up with Granddance in 2006, Zounds in ‘09, and Lake Air in 2012. It would be five years before they would release a new album which was aptly called 5 and saw a line up change for the band.

Their set at The Foundry was well received with tracks from across their discography.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 23rd of December 2018.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 261 – Tom Lyngcoln; Eyes Ninety

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Tom Lyngcoln

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Our first set is by Tom Lyngcoln and as a punter at this festival was one of my most anticipated acts of the line up. Tom Lyngcoln is a stalwart of the Australian music scene as a member of the beloved Nation Blue, Pale Heads and the phenomenal Harmony.  

A veteran of being in bands, a solo artist is something that Tom never intended to be but came out of necessity. He tells the story that he was performing solo shows to keep sharp and was performing songs from his bands. They didn’t really suit a solo performance so he wrote songs to suit a solo act which would then become his debut album Doming Home. An album that is so raw and natural you can hear him walk around the room, its a record that feels alive and his live performance is truly special.

Just a man and a guitar, creating walls of noise before snapping into crushing silence. 

Eyes Ninety

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Next up we have a blistering set by Brisbane legends Eyes Ninety, who are a band that formed in 2014 and released their debut album, aptly titled ‘Eyes Ninety’, in 2015 through Swashbuckling Hobo Records.

They have been playing around the Brisbane scene and spreading their punk riffs and energetic live set damn everywhere. The group is comprised of Tom, Ben, Rick & Xavier, and they will hit you with waves of garage punk that force you to be scraped off the floor. They finally unleashed the awaited second release in 2018 and that album was the fantastic ‘Glaucoma Chameleon’.

It sounds like Eyes Ninety, but there is still a bit of difference that obviously sits well with the band as they grow and boy is it a fun ride.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 16th of December 2018.

Show host: Jack McDonnell

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

EP 232: Radio Birdman

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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 227: Grenadiers

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Grenadiers

Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Crowbar, Brisbane, 5th May 2017

Formed in Adelaide, Grenadiers are a powerful 3-piece outfit, straddling the line between punk and rock with a distinct swagger that separates them from rival bands. Their first album “Songs The Devil Taught Us”, released in 2010, established them on the national music scene, touring throughout Australia including many regional dates.

A four and a half year wait came before their sophomore effort, 2014’s “Summer” was released, due to a drastic line-up change which left singer and guitarist Jesse Coulter the only founding member of the band. The critically acclaimed album won them a legion of new fans and heavy radio rotation nationally which led to touring the country with international acts Millencolin, Strung Out, Every Time I Die and Shihad as well as playing Big Day Out and making a trek to the UK’s The Great Escape festival.

In this time, Grenadiers have developed into one of the country’s must-see live acts, combining catchy melodies with unbridled energy. Coulters lyrics are a thoughtful, and sometimes brutally honest commentary on Australian culture, matched with a passionate vocal delivery.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 5th of November 2017.

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 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 224: Cool Sounds; The Ocean Party

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Cool Sounds

Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Luke Thomson
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

Cool Sounds are a 6 piece “Jazz-gaze” band from Melbourne. They released their debut record “Dance Moves” in June 2016 via Deaf Ambitions. The album consists of 10 tracks filled with gloomy, atmospheric arrangements and emotionally charged pop hooks which has seen them gain attention from music lovers around the country.

The Ocean Party

Recorded & Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 13th August 2016

The Ocean Party are a 6 piece band featuring members of Cool Sounds and Ciggie Witch. The Melbourne-via-Wagga Wagga group released their 7th album “Beauty Point” in August 2017 through Spunk, making it 9 full lengths in the past 7 years. Their signature DIY sound of summery pop hooks layered over mellow guitar jams has continued to develop on these releases as well as seeing them tour the country on numerous occasions.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 15th of October 2017.

Show production and engineering: Reuben Aptroot.