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.

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EP 228: The Scientists

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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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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.

Ep 223: Clowns

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Clowns

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 221: Even

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Even

Recorded & Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Foundry, Brisbane, 14th January 2017

Forming in Melbourne in 1994, Even was formed by high school friends Ash Naylor and Matthew Cotter, and were joined by Roderick “Wally” Kempton from The Meanies on Bass. Even’s sound is attributed to Naylor’s love of guitar pop music of the 1960’s and 1970’s and introduced themselves to the world with 2 EP releases in 1995, ‘In Stereo’ and ‘Ten to Forty-Six’ through Rubber Records.

1996 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Less Is More’, which was recorded by Greg Wales and mixed by Wales and esteemed UK-via-Australia producer Nick Launay. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, said at the time that is was “one of the best Australian debut albums of 1996.” and was it was nominated at the 1997 ARIA awards for Best Independent Release.

They followed it up with 1998’s ‘Come Again’ which featured acclaimed American producer Tony Lash on the desk, and kicked off the millennium with their third album ‘A Different High’ in 2001, with ‘Free Kicks’ following in 2004, ‘Even’ in 2008 and ‘In Another Time’ in 2011.

On the 20th anniversary of ‘Less Is More’, Even decided to celebrate the occasion with a small run of dates on the East Coast and we were lucky enough to capture their show in Brisbane.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 10th of September 2017.

Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.

Ep 220: Red Riders

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Red Riders

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

The two founding members of Red Riders, Alex Grigg and Adrian Deutsch, first met at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gig in 2002 and discovered a common interest in music. The band started playing house shows in 2003 and would spend 2004 moving up the ladder of the Sydney music scene with support slots with Jet, The Sleepy Jackson and Franz Ferdinand and the release of their self-titled debut EP  before the end of the year.

2005 turned into another busy year with the release of their second EP ‘The Plan A’ amongst more national touring and 2006 saw the release of their breakthrough debut album ‘Replica Replica’ on Ivy League Records. In 2008, Adrian Deutsch announced that he was leaving the band to concentrate on his solo career and was replaced by Brad Heald, who was also playing guitars in The Vines, their label mates at the time. Red Riders released their album, titled ‘Drown In Colour’ in 2009 and continued touring all the way through 2010, even hinting that they were demoing songs for a third album. In April 2011, the band made announcement that they were splitting up, with farewell shows to follow featuring Adrian Deutsch back on guitar and playing as a five-piece outfit.

In 2017, Red Riders announced that they were reuniting to support their long time friends Dappled Cities for a string of shows along the east coast. We were lucky enough to capture their Brisbane show during this run.

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