Here’s a few of the Desert Highways team’s Top lists for 2018. Thank you all for your support again throughout 2018, it’s very much appreciated! Also a massive thanx to all of our contributors. Very proud to work with such an incredibly talented group of people!

Mark Ireland – Writer.

Best gigs 2018:
Power TripBendigo Hotel.
Roger WatersRod Lavar Arena.
MAMMALCroxton Bandroom.
Streaker Gate Benefit GigGasometer.
Meredith Music Festival: The Presets, Billy Bragg, Little Ugly Girls.
The Stems, Even Northcote Social Club.
Boogie Festival: Cable Ties, Clowns, The Southern River Band, Birdcloud, Cash Savage.
Golden Plains Festival: Mogwai, Baker Boy, Black Angels.
Stiff Little FingersCroxton Bandroom.
Download Festival: NoFx, Hot Water Music, Prophets of Rage, Arch Enemy.
BeckMargaret Court Arena.
David ByrneMargaret Court Arena.
The Demon Parade – Psych FestThe Tote Hotel.
Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, El Colosso Sookie Lounge.
ShameThe Tote Hotel.
Future Of The LeftThe Old Bar.

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A CELEBRATION OF CHRIS CORNELL. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 27-07-2018.

Photos Dot Hopkins – DOTshots.

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RED LIGHT RIOT Interview + El Riot! Fest

Melbourne’s Red Light Riot are launching a new two track single, ‘In Shadows‘ / ‘Burn The Axis‘ on Sat 21 May at The Tote Hotel, Melbourne. When setting up the event, things quickly escalated and a new festival was born, El Riot! Admittedly there are a hell of a lot of festivals on at the moment but who cares when as a punter you can see 15 bands for $17 presale tickets! Absolute bargain!

We caught up with Red Light Riot and asked them about the new tracks, why they chose the bands on the lineup and The Tote for their launch, and more.

DHWYS: Red Light Riot has been around for over three years and has had a few lineup changes, can you tell us a bit about the current lineup, their backgrounds and maybe something about the band that we wouldn’t know from reading your bio?

RLR: We have a new rhythm section who has been with us since the last half of 2015. We have Carlos DeSouza on drums and Nick Ivkovic on bass, who is also in metal band Elm Street and was in female fronted rock’n’roll band The Scarlets. Our other members Kristy (Killriot), Nina (von Johannsohn) and Ed (Jones) have been with RLR since our debut gig in 2013. Kristy also fronts Gold Coast punk band Kill The Apprentice, Nina is in post punk band Stay Sharp and Ed’s last band was Hellbent Revelators with James Grim. Continue reading

BREWTALITY FESTIVAL 2015. 08-08-2015. The Tote Hotel, Melbourne – Photo Gallery #3.

Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia

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DEAD, Captives, Horsehunter, Hobo Magic, BRUCE!, The Hunted Crows: Kick Arse New Releases!

Words Anthony Moore.

The first time I saw DEAD I was hooked. 2 piece, bass and drums, brutal, attitude, passion, persistence, so much style. These guys are like the soundtrack to the end of the world and hearing them makes me want to join Heaven’s Gate and down a litre of radiator coolant so it can come quicker. Live they are an even bigger untamed beast that blows other bands off the stage. Their punch is 10 fists wide. Get the point? These guys are fuckin good. A previously unreleased DEAD track has just been included on a new compilation, the Rock Is Hell 10th Anniversary 2 x 10″ set. And stay tuned for their new LP, Captains Of Industry, out soon! Continue reading

DESERT HIGHWAYS TOP 10 Releases for 2013 & more…

First of all, a massive thanx to all who have supported Desert Highways and to all the bands I have worked with especially The Hidden Venture, Drifter, Don Fernando, Seedy Jeezus and TTTDC. 2013 has been a massive year including the release of the debut Desert Highways 7″ with friends all being a part of its release, Chainsaw Hookers, Electric Frankenstein, Ben Brown and Mr Frumpy.

The below 10 –> 1 list is from my HEAVY Magazine Staff Top 10 Albums for 2013 List, under that I had to add some more as it’s just so hard to narrow things down! Check out the HEAVY link for some more kick arse lists. Some amazing releases amongst them!

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HIGH TENSION ‘Death Beat’ Album Launch. The Tote. Fri 15-11-2013.

Welcome to the first post on our blog. We will be posting about things of course related to the Desert Highways label, roster and store but also gigs that we go to, releases that impress us and news that we just have to share.

The first review is of an album launch we attended a few weeks back now but the line up was just so damn good we had to share.

High Tension Death Beat Album Launch posterHigh Tension ‘Death Beat’ Album Launch.
Fri 15th Nov, 2013. The Tote.

Words Anthony Moore
Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia.

High Tension, Hoodlum Shouts, A-Gender, Captives.

Whether intended or not, it was genius to have High Tension’s album launch at The Tote on the same weekend as the Face The Music conference. It was hard not to run into people who were there including members of other bands, media, PR and more.

It’d been suggested to check out Tassie band Captives and everyone who was there were stoked they did. Captives opened up with a blazing set of early Glassjaw style post-hardcore. Emotion with attitude, solid hooks and absolutely loads of guts.  These guys have only played around eight to ten gigs so far and are already a force to be reckoned with. The job for any opener is to play such a massive set that they’re hard to follow and every punter leaves the gig talking about them. That’s exactly what happened. Continue reading