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 Serpent, Don 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 →
365 days make an entire year and even for extremely enthusiastic punters, 365 gigs in one year seems excessive and unlikely to be an achievable goal… Especially when they’re a different gig every. damn. day… But against any doubt that it wouldn’t be possible, Melbourne-based photographer Zo Damage went all out for an entire year and even broke herself into the Guinness World Records.
In celebration of her 10th year since becoming a published photographer, Damage has produced an intimate look into a year of Melbourne’s live music scene and the community that makes it. Continue reading →
There were some amazing releases that come out in 2016, and as with every year, I start out with the best of intentions keeping a list of my favourites as they hit, only to let it fall by the wayside by about March. Yeah I know, it doesn’t last long! So undoubtedly I will forgot lots of great releases from 2016. There’s been the talked about releases like Metallica’sHardwired… To Self Destruct (which for me has been quite a disappointment, some moments of clarity and power but as whole, it wasn’t the driving force I was hoping for), then there’s been some that have come out of left field that have really thrown me for six and impressed me quite a lot, like Electric MagusOlympus Noms, which is Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt, River Of Snakes, Midnight Woolf) latest offering through Wild Animals Records. Like with John Frusciante’s solo albums, some sound quite unique and very different to his work with Red Hot Chili Peppers (which is an awesome thing these days!) yet his style and soul still comes through in various ways. Electric Magus is like this for Sanchez compared to his ‘usual’ guitar driven work. It’s totally different yet still somehow connects with me for the same reasons.
I still listen to loads of releases from all around the world, but more and more as time goes on I find myself mainly listening to local bands. Possibly for a few reasons, I like to support local muso’s and friends, it’s possible to see them more live which in turn gets us more stoked on listening back to a band later, and maybe most importantly, there are just so many fuckin incredible bands in Melbourne and throughout Australia that there’s not enough time to sometimes reach out further. Continue reading →
Melbourne stoner blues rockers Child have been blowing minds for some time and it’s so awesome to finally see them with their name on vinyl. Blending stoner, rock and soulful blues the bleeds from the heart, Child’s music is made to be heard on vinyl.
They’ve just kicked off their launch tour with a gig at The Tote Hotel in Melbourne with Holy Serpent and Grim Rhythm, check out the photo gallery from Sally Townsend Photography below.
Child are playing the Crowbar with the recently signed to Desert Highways stoner groovers, Hobo Magic, as well Frown and Black Deity; and Hermann’s Bar in Sydney with Los Hombres Del Diablo, Witchskull and The Neptune Power Federation. Check the poster for dates or Facebook event for more info.
Humming a nameless tune, I tramped up the hill to Smith St from The Tote knowing the tram was long gone and cursing my editor’s name to hell. He pressured me into reviewing this show and staying out later than I wanted. I am stuck and it’s all his fault. Checking the tram times on the corner, I wished I had a mate called Zed so he could ride my editor like a chopper and lock him in a box, caught myself humming the same tune. $43.75 taxi dollars later I was home brushing my teeth and planning on how I would kill my editor with my sharpened toothbrush, sharpened prison style. What was this tune I was still humming?
I like Tarantino, the way he can mix his narrative and make a story so much more interesting. I bet it doesn’t work for gig reviews though. I was late to the gig. I would like to blame the public transport, but it was my lazy bones. That’s right, it was my lazy bones that made me late. Lazy bones is a real condition, Cartman understands as he has a similar condition, big bones. That’s why I missed the first band Ten Cent Pistols and 90% of the second band, Fried Goods. Sorry guys it’s not my fault, blame my lazy bones. I did catch enough of Fried Goods last couple of tunes to know I would try and catch their Dead Meadow, Witch (the one J Mascis drummed in) style, psych-stoner meanderings at a future time.
Holy Serpent opened up the massive line up and instantly capsized the room. The sun was still appropriately pouring in through the front windows of Yah Yah’s for the earlier than usual set of desert styled doom. The band have recently been signed to US Label Riding Easy Records, who are known for only releasing gold in the stoner / fuzz / doom soundscapes and Holy Serpent fit right in. It was an impressive set and especially considering it was their third ever show. Some extremely massive drumming and what seemed like one set long rumbling bass note that was just bent in and out of shape; an absolute stand out as well as some of those guitar solos. It seems that Holy Serpent have already perfected their repetitive sludgy riffs that are timed perfectly like a needle skipping on a record, flawless and smooth. Very much looking forward to seeing these guys again.