DINOSAUR JR, Flour. The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne. 21-01-2017.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Sally Townsend Photography.

© 2017 - Sally Townsend Photography.Partly because I am a product of the ‘90s music scene and partly because anything J Mascis and co are associated with is awesome, I was psyched to be heading off to Thornbury in Melbourne for the second of two sold out shows at the Croxton Bandroom. Dinosaur Jr are touring their eleventh studio album, 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, and their fourth since reforming in 2005 with the original lineup.

Local band Flour are the only support and opened to a quickly filling room. The guys already had a buzz about them when they first started in 2014 and as time goes by they keep going from strength to strength. However, they did have to start one of their songs again, as guitarist Steve Cohen announced that he was really hung over and stopped at the intro. Flour come from a place of pure unadulterated don’t-give-a-fuck rock’n’roll and for fans, that was no drama, a restart is just part of the show. And the hangover was probably fair enough, his ‘Left of The Dial’ art show with Sydney-sider Ben Brown kicked off the night before (Check it out here!). Continue reading

POODLE rates RIVER ROCKS line up!

Photos Carbie Warbie.

Melbourne rock icon and gig attending celebrity, POODLE!River Rocks 2015 at the Barwon Club Hotel in Geelong was easily one of the greatest festivals we’ve ever attended; kick arse line-up, loads of mates and in one of the best pubs in Australia. Of course no festival is worth its weight in gold without Melbourne rock icon and gig attending celebrity, Poodle. So once we saw him there we knew shit was going to get crazy! We caught up with Poodle after the bruises started to yellow and we’d given up hope on the broken sunnies that were lost, he gave us his ratings out of 5 for each band he caught at the festival!
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RIVER ROCKS 2015 with Cosmic Psychos, Meanies, Hoss, The Casanovas, Mustang, Legends Of Motorsport and loads more! Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong. 21-11-2015.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos and Video Carbie Warbie.

I was ridiculously attending only my first River Rocks festival at the Barwon Club in Geelong last Saturday. It’s strange how you know some things will be amazing experiences but you have just never been before. 2015 was in fact the 8th River Rocks and it had sold out again, which was to be expected with such a massive line up including Cosmic Psychos, Meanies, Hoss, The Casanovas, Batpiss, Mustang, Legends of Motorsport and loads more.

I arrived before doors and even the empty layout impressed me, there was something in the air already and it felt exciting, like the first few Big Day Out’s in Sydney I’d attended, Alternative Nation, and Summersault.

I was asked to cover the day but I also work with, have worked with or are mates with some of bands on the line up, so it wouldn’t be fair to not state this up front. I will therefore do my best to be completely unbiased and give an accurate account of the day.

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BREWTALITY FESTIVAL 2015 Photo Gallery #2.

Photos Matt Allan – Silk Imagery.

Saturday 8th August saw Brewtality Festival 2015 hit The Tote and The Bendigo Hotel’s for another year running! It was a massive day selling out once again and maybe even more impressively, breaking the record for the highest bar takings ever at The Tote! Now that is massive!

Thank you to all those who took part, played, attended, worked, and drank! Here is part 2 of Matt Allan’s photos from the day!

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BREWTALITY FESTIVAL 2015 Photo Gallery #1.

Photos Matt Allan – Silk Imagery.

Saturday 8th August saw Brewtality Festival 2015 hit The Tote and The Bendigo Hotel’s for another year running! It was a massive day selling out once again and maybe even more impressively, breaking the record for the highest bar takings ever at The Tote! Now that is massive!

Thank you to all those who took part, played, attended, worked, and drank! Here is part 1 of Matt Allan’s photos from the day!

 

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HARD-ONS ‘Peel Me Like A Egg’ Album Launch with Batpiss, Chainsaw Hookers, Flour. The Tote Hotel, Melbourne. 25-04-2015.

Words Joel Parnell.
Photos Daniel Oh – Criminal Indifference.

It was freezing cold and pissing down rain as I made the familiar journey up Johnston Street to The Tote on April 25th. Keen gig goers had already begun to queue outside the door to the band room as a soundchecking Flour buzzed, hissed and thumped from inside…

“This song is called Feral Sow, it’s about… umm.. I dunno…” drawls the bands bassist/vocalist as Flour tear into the B ­ Side of their latest 7 inch. This band bleeds old school punk rock energy and even bicker on stage like an early Ramones ­ “Ok, we’re gonna play one more because Steve is all out of rock and roll for tonight. He needs more speed.” Testament to Flours rapidly growing popularity, The Tote band room was more or less completely full by the end of their set. They finished with their latest single ‘Silverspoon’ for which they’ve just dropped a killer new music video. I actually reviewed Flour playing live a couple of months ago so I’ve already used up most of my clever things to say about them but they kick ass so go check them out.

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CLOWNS ‘Bad Blood’ Album Launch with American Sharks, Flour, Bodies. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 06-03-2015.

Words Joel Parnell.
Photo Kres.

The Bendigo Hotel reached capacity on Friday, March 6th as Clowns and American Sharks brought the ruckus to Melbourne as part of their explosive Bad Blood Tour. Punters swarmed like moths to some fuck off lightbulb even as opening band Bodies were setting up and going over soundcheck, flickering on and off and emitting some electrical buzzing sound.

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Meanies, Batpiss, Clowns, Flour. The Hi-Fi, Melbourne. 21-10-2014.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Josh Harper – Downtown Tracks.

The Meanies are like part of the furniture in the Australian music scene. Well when I say furniture, I mean something that’s been around for ever and every time you sit down in your favourite chair you can’t help but get pissed, jump around like you’re still a teenager in the mosh and laugh when you get kicked in the head from stage divers. You know; that type of furniture. They’re celebrating their Silver Jubilee! 25 years of being rock royalty in the sticky carpeted pubs of Australia and that’s what brought everyone to the Hi-Fi in Melbourne on this night, MEANIES MAYHEM!

Flour opened up the night. Their name intrigues me. If they named themselves after something everyone should have in the cupboard, then they’ve nailed it. They sound like they’d be sharing the stage with the Hitmen, Celibate Rifles, Hellmenn and Lime Spiders and be included on seminal underground compilations that fed the ‘90s alternative scene and allowed it to become what it did. Flour’s songwriting style and sound has a familiarity to it that welcomes you in yet still manages to throw you unexpectedly on your arse. Absolutely impressed! Continue reading