‘A COMPILATION FOR EDGAR’ Various Artists – Wild Animals Records.

Words Anthony Moore.

One of my favourite labels is another indie operation here in Melbourne called Wild Animals Records. With releases from Raul Sanchez i Jorge (Magic Dirt, River Of Snakes, Midnight Woolf, Electric Magus), Bonnie Mercer, Lost Talk, The Frees, Shepparton Airplane and more… with that list, and the incredible, unique DIY touch added to each one, obviously everything they do is gold.

This release is no exception. A Compilation For Edgar is a 24 track goldmine of live music recorded in pubs around Melbourne from an incredible list of bands! It’s limited to only 53 copies and comes in very cool packaging. All the proceeds are also going to Edgar’s Mission, an animal sanctuary in Lancefield, VIC (near the Macedon Ranges).

I asked the guru behind Wild Animal Records, Dan Williams, a few questions about the release…

Anthony Moore: How did this compilation come about? Continue reading

PBS 106.7FM Radio Festival 2020 Presenter Spotlight – Shock Treatment with Kev Lobotomi

PBS 106.7FM are currently promoting their PBS Radio Festival 2020: You Can’t Stop The MusicYou can join up or renew your annual PBS membership, or simply make a donation via the PBS website (until Sunday May 31), during the station’s biggest online and on air fundraiser of the year. Tune into 106.7FM to catch tales from PBS’ past, cherished memories, guest appearances and your favourite PBS presenters sharing their thoughts on the many, many benefits of being a PBS member including, of course, a treasure trove of prizes.

PBS Radio Festival 2020: You Can’t Stop The Music
Monday May 18 – Sunday May 31
#PBSRadioFestival #YouCantStopTheMusic

To join and for the full list of daily prizes or to head over to https://www.pbsfm.org.au/

We thought we’d do a couple of presenter spotlight’s during the festival, this second one is with Kev Lobotomi who does Shock Treatment on Wednesday’s from 8pm – 10pm. Desert Highways loves listening to this show! Kev is a great supporter of all music, but gives local music a massive push and the support it needs and deserves. We’ve been lucky to have music we’ve released through the label played on his show on numerous occasions.

The Radio Festival is vital to PBS to keep it functioning as we know and love it, to keep it moving forward and especially at this time, as they’re moving to a new premises very soon! If you’re a paid up member, well done! If you haven’t quite gotten there yet, please do so right now HERE!  For more links, please see below the Q&A. Continue reading

PBS 106.7FM Radio Festival 2020 Presenter Spotlight – Pojama People with Chris Pearson

PBS 106.7FM are currently promoting their PBS Radio Festival 2020: You Can’t Stop The MusicYou can join up or renew your annual PBS membership, or simply make a donation via the PBS website (until Sunday May 31), during the station’s biggest online and on air fundraiser of the year. Tune into 106.7FM to catch tales from PBS’ past, cherished memories, guest appearances and your favourite PBS presenters sharing their thoughts on the many, many benefits of being a PBS member including, of course, a treasure trove of prizes.

PBS Radio Festival 2020: You Can’t Stop The Music
Monday May 18 – Sunday May 31
#PBSRadioFestival #YouCantStopTheMusic
To join and for the full list of daily prizes or to head over to https://www.pbsfm.org.au/

We thought we’d do a few presenter spotlight’s during the festival, the first being Chris Pearson who does Pojama People on Wednesday’s from 10pm to midnight. Desert Highways is a proud up to date member of the station and supporter of this show. As well as for music in general, Chris does a lot to support the Melbourne music scene and we’re very proud to have been on his show numerous times including on air interviews in the studio, live sessions and Desert Highways releases being played on air.

The Radio Festival is vital to PBS to keep it functioning as we know and love it, to keep it moving forward and especially at this time, as they’re moving to a new premises very soon! If you’re a paid up member, well done! If you haven’t quite gotten there yet, please do so right now HERE!  For more links, please see below the Q&A. Continue reading

DESERT STORM ‘Omens’ LP Review

Words El Jefe.

Desert Storm, outta the UK, are a new band for me. And I’ve gotta say, if Omens, their new LP is anything to go by, I reckon I’d dig their prior releases too. They meld metal, grindy-sludge and even some sounds that brought to mind earlier ‘80s post-punk bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division. Everything gets tossed into a fat cauldron, and boiled down into their own brand of chili.

The album is heavy and bleak, but that’s ok. It’s just another instance of art imitating life, and the band mix things up quite a bit regardless. From the melodic guitar line strung through ‘Pain, Grief And Suffering’, which also has some pretty keyboards fluffing out the middle of the song before they stomp back into the heavier side of things, and also ‘The Path Of Most Resistance’, with an almost pop-rock vibe to the guitar riff and also the most dynamic, “composed” kinda track on the record. It was while listening to this song that I picked up on the post-punk element to Desert Storm. Continue reading

ETHYL ETHER unveil eerie video for new track Therapy?

Photo Louis van Zyl.

Cape Town based psychedelic alternative rock band Ethyl Ether have unveiled the eerie video for their track ‘Therapy?’ taken from their upcoming album Chrome Neon Jesus which releases on the 15th May 2020.

The band formed just over 3 years and have been gigging regularly around Cape Town’s music venues as well as releasing 2 albums The Pleasure Room and Museum Of Human plus a live EP Into Chaos.

For the new album their sound has toughened up and they’ve added a load of psychedelic textures. They explore the darker, grittier side of life and reflect their experiences and observations on everyday living. Continue reading

2nd AustralAsian WorldTurboJugendDays: Day 2. The Balls, Drop B Sharps (Dr. Colossus), Wolfpack, Garlic Nun, The Dirty F Holes (QLD). The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 06-03-2020.

Words Mark Ireland.
Photos 3 Chord Images.

Turbonegro have some of the most loyal fans in the world. They have their own gang called Turbojugend, with chapters all over the world. Over four days in Melbourne, three venues celebrated all things Turbo. It started at The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar on Thursday night, the party continued at The Bendigo Hotel Friday night, and will finish at The Spotted Mallard. That’s a lot of love for Turbo!

Friday night’s gig at The Bendigo had five killer bands playing dirty punk and metal. Coming down from Brisbane, The Dirty F Holes, slayed the crowd. What made them stand out was the skronking horn player. Lead singer Chucky jumped off the stage into the crowd like a possessed preacher in the pulpit. This was a good indication on what was to come. Continue reading

JASON PC (DERN RUTLIDGE) Interview.

Words Anthony Moore.

Legendary Melbourne band, Dern Rutlidge, are back to play a one-off gig, so I thought I’d throw a few questions in at bassist Jason PC….

Anthony Moore: Dern Rutlidge are back for a one-off show at The Bendigo Hotel,
Melbourne on Sat 1 Feb, what’s taken so long?

Jason PC: We are old and lazy and our drummer has been living in Thailand for the last 10 years or so. He is back for a holiday with his family so we figured it was a good time to get the band back together… for one night at least.

AM: Will this one be the last ever?

JPC: No idea if it will be the last one, we like each other, we like playing together, it’s just not convenient to do very often. We may do something in another few years to reminisce about the old times etc… its just some fun. We are not here to impress kids or “make anime for ourselves”, we are living on past glories for no reason other than we like to play the songs every now and again. Continue reading

WOODY WEATHERMAN (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY) Interview.

Words & Interview El Jefe.

Corrosion Of Conformity have been a heavy rock mainstay for close to 40 years now (albeit whilst going on “hiatus” a couple of times over the course of their existence), starting life in North Carolina as a hardcore band before settling into their Sabbath-fueled grooves and (amidst a variety of line-up changes) cranking out a bunch of excellent LP’s.

2020 sees the band, once more playing as a 4 piece with original members Woody Weatherman (lead guitar – the only constant member of COC), Mike Dean (bass) and Reed Mullin (drums) as well as long-time member Pepper Keenan (rhythm guitar, vocals) who spent some time away from the band but recently rejoined them just in time to record the bands tenth LP, titled No Cross No Crown. Continue reading

THEM DIRTY SHRIKES Launch New Single ‘November’!

Photographer – Jean-Michael Kelsey.

Doomy alternative rock band Them Dirty Shrikes release their new single ‘November’ today. Formed in Pretoria, South Africa in 2016 the band has quickly gained a standing in the local live scene having performed at the country’s top festivals like Oppikoppi, Mistry Waters Music Festival and the Durban International Blues Festival. Apart from the festivals, they have shared the stage with well-known South-African acts such as Hellcats, The Black Cat Bones, Shadowclub, Dan Patlansky and Ruff Majik. Continue reading

GRAVEYARD, Devil Electric. Crowbar, Sydney. 24-08-2019.

Words El Jefe.
Photos Christos Athanasias (Devil Electric guitarist).

So it was Saturday night, and perfect beer-drinking weather in Sydney AND Graveyard were playing the Crowbar. Thanks to my bus never arriving, and having to jump in an Uber at the last minute, I arrive a few minutes later than intended, and this was followed by having to spend ten minutes queuing to get in.

As a result of the transport woes (no doubt caused by The Binchicken!), the first ten minutes of Devil Electric were just a muted rumble I heard from the street, and given the brevity of their set (allotted a thirty minute slot), ten minutes was a lot to lose! I hadn’t caught them live before, but had been lucky enough to review their debut LP a coupla years back, and on the back of this was eager to have a closer look at the live show. Powerful magic it was too, bruising, thick slabs of guitar, ripping drums and bowel-loosing bass notes for a start and the jewel in their crown being frontwoman Pierina O’Brien and her soaring vocals. The songs are great, dynamic and riff-heavy, and well worth a closer listen. Continue reading