THE BENDIGO HOTEL’S BIRTHDAY BASH WEEKEND! Day 3: Fireballs, The Ramshackle Army, Coffin Wolf, Malcura, Dan Tucceri, The Duvtons. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 29-01-2017.

Photos Stephen Boxshall.


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COSMIC PSYCHOS, Power, Batpiss, Organ Donor. Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 27-01-2017.

Words Mikaelie A. Evans.
Photos Suzanne Phoenix – Photos Punctuate My Life.

Comprising an ecstatic Melbournian line-up for the evening, Organ Donor kicked off the first of three massive nights in celebration of The Bendigo Hotel’s 7th Birthday Bash. The three-piece unleashed their defiant hardcore rhythms throughout the filling band room, setting the pace for the evening’s line up to follow.

Batpiss are next in line, who hit the stage with a loud presence; distorted vocals mix through their coarse layers of spiralling guitar licks and dooming drums. Bringing the boozy crowd to the front of the room are the deepening grooves of their set list that turns into rounds of applause as they slur The Bendi a happy birthday. The venue doesn’t look big enough for the amount of punters who have managed to find enough space to stand. This makes it hard to believe that it’s become big enough to provide the space for the swelling pit of jumping heads that’s on the rise, though they’re making it work as they jump wildly about throughout the Batpiss show. Continue reading

LEX WATERREUS (SEEDY JEEZUS) Interview.

Words Emma Cooper.
Seedy Jeezus band photo Barry Takes Photos.
Artwork Mr Frumpy except Isaiah Mitchell poster, artwork Shannon Trottman.

It’s that time of year again. Collingwood is battening down the hatches and The Tote and The Bendigo are rolling up their sleeves in preparation for Melbourne’s sell-out celebration of metal, rock and beer, Brewtality. On Saturday 6th August 33 bands will strut their good stuff across three stages, including local psychedelic space rock legends Seedy Jeezus.

No strangers to Brewtality, Seedy have previously headlined the upstairs stage. Guitarist Lex Waterreus loves the festival and talked to us about how important it is to the local scene: “A lot of bands who many people don’t see or don’t bother to see will get in front of people and hopefully play their asses off and get new fans, sell merch and get support from punters. Anything like this is an oasis of unexposed local talent. I remember when Heavy posted for people to suggest names for it and seeing the spark that ignited everything. That in itself tells you the level that this was born from – grass roots. Local import, normal folks wanting to try something. Not a corporate shark tank trying to devise a strategy. Just fans of the music, seeing a scene and a place to do something to help it blossom. The Brewtality crew spend a LONNNNNGGGGG time deciding who they want to play and it’s not easy to get on. So you know it will be nothing but great stuff!!” Continue reading

ADAM COOPER (SUICIETY) – 5 Albums That Changed His Life + upcoming gigs!

Melbourne’s Suiciety have two upcoming gigs we’re really looking forward to. We’re so stoked to be working this band and used to go and see them back in the day. In case you’ve been living under a rock, they were a go to band for a lot of the international heavyweights in the ’90s, supporting the likes of Ministry, Sepultura, Fear Factory, Bodycount, Kreator, The Supersuckers, and more as well as playing the Big Day Out and Alternative Nation. They came back at the end of last year at full steam and released the Crawling Machine Edition EP out through Desert Highways. They’ve always been a harder than usual band to categorise due to their many influences and wide ranging back catalogue of songs. It goes us thinking… So we caught up with Suiciety vocalist Adam Cooper asked him what were ‘5 Albums That Changed His Life’?

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A Basket Of Mammoths, Spacejunk, Hobo Magic. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 12-08-2015.

Words Joel Parnell.

Having made the all too familiar two hour journey from my front door to The Bendigo Hotel, I questioned the wisdom in having spent the entire time listening to Queens Of The Stone Age’s two best albums (Rated R, Songs For The Deaf… obviously). Perhaps I was setting the standard a little too high for the rest of the music I was scheduled to hear tonight. However, after a couple of beers and a durry or two, Hobo Magic began to cast their gentle musical web over the Wednesday night audience, humbly reassuring me of my position as a man in store for a treat.

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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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THE SHRINE, Horsehunter, Power, Grim Rhythm. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 06-05-2015.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Sally Townsend Photography.

The Shrine are the perfect good time party band, kick arse tunes, sweet as vibe and three of the coolest dudes that you want to hang out and have a beer with. So when they hit town, the frothies go round!

After a slight shift in line up with Clowns having to unfortunately pull out, Grim Rhythm opened up this mid-week gig and turned my world upside fuckin down! They’re a three-piece instrumental band with some extremely cool grooves. The style and way the riffs are played at first sound like doom, but there’s much more to them. The guitar tone is dirty and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it reminds me of but Grim Rhythm have created a world of their own. Some incredible chord changes and bends all over the top of such a kick arse rhythm section. The way they build up a song and without us even knowing it pull it right back and the explosion disappears into nothing, the change is unnoticeable until you’ve sunken deep into the next groove. I highly recommend seeing this band!

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4:20 SUPER SMOKE OUT with The Bennies (with DJ SnesMega), Mesa Cosa, Curse OV Dialect, Weedy Gonzalez, Big_Rimz420. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 20-04-2015.

Words Joel Parnell.

A cloud of smoke hovered over The Bendigo Hotel on the night of April 4th as The Party Gods smiled on the benevolent creatures gathered inside and chucked shakkas in approval of what was going down.

No, the bathroom had not been set on fire again. The occasion was to be marked by something far more righteous: The Bennies 420 Super Smoke Out!

First off I’ve got to say that I completely missed opening hip hop act Big_Rimz420. The Metro train system had failed me and I arrived a few minutes after they’d finished. Sorry guys, I’m sure you were sick. Next time.

The band with the coolest name ever, Weedy Gonzalez, set an ominous tone as they took the stage amid candle-lit amps and a haze of eerie green fog. As the band burned slowly through such doom laden classics as ‘Song 2’, ‘Song 4’, ‘Song 3’, ‘Song 1’ and the brand new ‘Song 5’, great wofts of pungent smoke billowed from deep in the crowd, setting off the venues seemingly redundant smoke alarms. Spliffs were shared openly between audience and band until all I could see was a blur of smoke and green lights. Despite having only played a handful of shows, Weedy G are tight as a nuns vajayjay and have quickly garnered a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most solid troops of smoked out doom-mongers. Keep an eye on this bunch.

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