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 →
Wolf Shield (Randy Reimann – Massappeal, Tralala Blip) made the trek down from Sydney and hit up Melbourne for a couple of shows last weekend. Sunday night at The Tote as part of the launch for Normalised: The Detonic Collection, a vinyl compilation that includes the Wolf Shield track No More as well as a headline gig Monday night at The Public Bar.
Please click HERE for a previous post on Desert Highways for more info regarding the release, an interview with Reimann and the clip to the included track, No More. Continue reading →
If you’re familiar with punk, hardcore and pub rock from the ‘80s and ‘90s, you’ve surely heard of one of Australia’s greatest bands, Massappeal. They’ve influenced many of todays bands with or without them even knowing it.
Massappeal’s 1986 Album on Sydney’s Waterfront Records, Nobody Likes A Thinker, has become the stuff of legend through it being a solid a release as well as the artwork done by artist Ben Brown.
Since Massappeal broke up, singer and co-founder Randy Reimann has had a few projects including the alt noise pop electro collective, Tralala Blip and now most recently Wolf Shield. This latest project pays homage directly to the passion and memory of his time with Massappeal, the punk sound and way of life. Continue reading →