BRANT BJORK, Holy Serpent, Don Fernando, Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene. The Corner Hotel, Melbourne. 13-05-2017.

Words Mark Ireland.
Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia.

Stoner legend Brant Bjork has been a frequent visitor to our shores, so when his tour was announced, all the desert rats come out in droves. Before the show at The Corner, Bjork had already played Negative Waves in Geelong and Cherry Rock at Cherry Bar. Along for the ride he bought Holy SerpentDon Fernando and Fuck the Fitzroy Doom Scene.

It’d been a long time between beers since I’ve seen FTFDS so I made sure I was front and centre. As soon the riff for ‘Better Off Dead’ kicked in I was pinned to the wall. The unique thing about this band is the three part harmonies, it gives the performance incredible strength. They finish off with the sludgiest version of ‘Facing The Ruin’, by the end of the set my heart was in my throat and my ears were blasted, did I care? Not in the slightest. Continue reading

NEGATIVE WAVES: Brant Bjork, Dwarves, Nashville Pussy, HITS, The Peep Tempel, The Ruiner, Batpiss, Hobo Magic, Zeahorse, Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, Dr. Colossus, Don Fernando, The Living Eyes, Good Time Aussie Bogalars, Killerbirds, Sabrina Lawrie & The Hunting Party, Smoke Witch, Holy Serpent. The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong. 06-05-2017.

Photos Stephen Boxshall.

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DON FERNANDO ‘Haunted By Humans’ Album Review.

Words El Jefe.

Don Fernando’s latest LP is a ripping blast of stoner doom, chock fulla hot riffs, hotter sounds and epic playing. I love Sabbath as well as a shitload of the musical bastards they’ve spawned over the years and Don Fernando are up there with the best of them.

Some of the riffs are complex, and at other times just a battering ram plowing through the centre of your mind. There’s melody, tortured screams and dense, foreboding guitars. There’s a lot of cool interplay between the instruments that adds depth and texture too. Lyrically, they seem to be mainly dealing with personal issues, which I find adds to the emotional impact of the songs.

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DON FERNANDO – Main CLUTCH support Syd / Melb !!

Clutch
We’re extremely proud to announce that Desert Highways very own Don Fernando will be the main support for Clutch for the Sydney and Melbourne sideshows as part of their upcoming Australian Soundwave tour. Clutch is a definite favourite of ours and the band and we’re really stoked Don Fernando will be a part of what is set to be an amazing tour! Clutch have a massive history of solid releases and their latest Earth Rocker is undoubtedly one of their best!

The tour is presented by Weathermaker Music and Wildfire Agency who we’d like to give a shout out to for their support.

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2/20/14: Sydney, Australia @ The Metro – TICKETS
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HWYS-002 – GRINDHOUSE + MOS GENERATOR + THE HIDDEN VENTURE!

GrindhouseWe are very pleased to announce our second release on the Desert Highways label! It features Melbourne’s very own sexually misguided garage punk outlaws Grindhouse!

The CD will include ‘Dapto Dazzler’ and ‘Two Dollar Spoof Bin’. The release date and double single launch is Fri 14th Feb 2014 at The Old Bar (Fitzroy, Melbourne) with Don Fernando, Digger & The Pussycats and The UnAustralians. Check out the Facebook event for more details. These tracks are lifted from their up coming debut ‘Sleeping At The Peeps’ which is also to be released on the label. Continue reading

DESERT HIGHWAYS TOP 10 Releases for 2013 & more…

First of all, a massive thanx to all who have supported Desert Highways and to all the bands I have worked with especially The Hidden Venture, Drifter, Don Fernando, Seedy Jeezus and TTTDC. 2013 has been a massive year including the release of the debut Desert Highways 7″ with friends all being a part of its release, Chainsaw Hookers, Electric Frankenstein, Ben Brown and Mr Frumpy.

The below 10 –> 1 list is from my HEAVY Magazine Staff Top 10 Albums for 2013 List, under that I had to add some more as it’s just so hard to narrow things down! Check out the HEAVY link for some more kick arse lists. Some amazing releases amongst them!

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