RIVER ROCKS 2019: The Meanies, Hard-Ons, Painters and Dockers, Rocket Science, Los Chicos, Cable Ties, Stiff Richards, Moler, The Neptune Power Federation, The Tremors, Thee Cha Cha Chas, Dr. Colossus, The Breadmakers, Gentle Ben and His Shimmering Hands, Dicklord, Danny Walsh Banned, Fangin’ Felines. The Barwon Club, Geelong. 09-11-2019.

Words Mark Ireland.

To paraphrase the late great Chris Wilson, ‘If your ears aren’t ringing at the end of the gig fuck off and go home’.

Your family reunion has been relocated from your grandmother’s house to a dirty dive bar in Geelong, but instead off your family members sitting around the piano playing ballads, your going to get kicked in the head from people jumping off the stage, and the soundtrack is every band you love from now until yesterday.

Every year the Barwon Club puts on the dirtiest, filthiest, rock n roll festival this side of the gutter, all your best friends are here, and you’re all sleep deprived because you’ve all just crawled out of a bar 24 hours before. This behaviour is not out of the ordinary, it’s just how the rock’n’roll community rolls.

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RIVER ROCKS 2018 – Hard-Ons, Hoss, Hits, I Spit On Your Gravy, Front End Loader, Peeping Tom, The Chats, Stiff Richards, Pillow, Senor No (Spain), Meatbeaters, Totally Unicorn, Hobo Magic, Dr. Colossus, Jaws Of Deaf, Juliette Seizure & The Tremor Dolls, Shepparton Airplane, Ute Root, Pistol Peaches, Jelly Mammoth. The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong. 17-11-2018.

Photos Stephen Boxshall.

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El Colosso – Not Drowning, Touring… Part 4 of 4…

Words Matt ‘Koops’ Cooper – Vocals, El Colosso.

Post-gig meet-and-greet with our biggest, most important fans. Ourense, Spain

Days 21-24 – Ourense ES

The last few days have been a total blur of amazing food and wine, laughing, drinking, hot springs, drinking, exploring, drinking, and so on… We arrived in Ourense for our gig on Sunday night at Café Cultural Auriense. Once again, we’ve had the benefit of being looked after by folks who may as well have been old friends. Before the gig we hung out at a local bar and met a few of the native hoodlums. Got a wee bit tipsy and had a ball. Then we had our load-in, and after we were settled, and sound was checked, we went to one of the best restaurants I’ve so far had the pleasure of – Café Monte Carlo. This place is amazing! Octopus (pulpo), baby eels (zamburiñas), Galician wine, and so on… The gig went very well – another great crowd and huge fun. Oh! I forgot to mention that on the way into town today we stopped off at the local hot springs – Termas Ouratiz. No need to say how DELIGHTFUL that was! The time since Sunday has followed a similar pattern. Sleeping in until late, then a delicious breakfast (usually with wine), huge walks exploring the old town, a trip to the termas, then dinner, drinks, and enjoying the incredible experience of meeting the locals and sharing the stories of each other’s lives. The sun is up late here – it’s usually still light at 11pm – and so around the streets and plazas you still see families out and about until at least midnight. It’s wonderful to witness and experience. We are in Ourense for another day. We’ve been staying above the venue and so have had easy access to a lot of local stories! Soon we are off to Plasencia and continue working south until we hit the Mediterranean and Estepona. We’ve arranged to rent a townhouse there for three days – according to Benny and D, Estepona is the jewel in the tour. It’ll mean three days on the beach, more incredible food and drink, and more delightful indulgences of the senses! Continue reading

JOHN GARCIA, Peter Black (Hard-Ons). Factory Floor, Sydney. 21-04-2018.

Words El Jefe.
Photos Rod Hunt Photography.

We arrived too late to catch the support, Peter Black in acoustic mode. Sorry mate!

The stage setup looked like a well-lived in share house, replete with ice bucket, some tasty beverages, tulips etc. Just missing a bong and sandwich maker! So after some apparent minor delays, John Garcia and guitarist Ehren Groban took the stage (well, mosey’d on to the stage and dragged up the armchairs!), and prior to their collective musical excursion, Garcia gave a rundown on how much he dug the chance to be doing what he was doing with these (classic) tunes, and how he loved that we were all there to support it. Gracious, and humble and clearly battling through some nerves or shyness, he came across as an easy going dude. Continue reading

Why DEAD is the most underrated band on the planet + ‘We Won’t Let You Sleep’ Album Review.

Words Anthony Moore.

The first time I heard DEAD I was blown away. In terms of sheer brute force, weight and the volume of their sound, it’s huge! Melvins x 10 plugged into Slayer’s wall of Marshall stacks, you know, if they were real. They also continue to blow me away in a lot more ways as time goes on. It’s been 6 years this month since I first heard them, which was seeing them live supporting the Hard-Ons at The Tote, and since then, I’ve gotten to know the guys and have a deeper understanding of their music and where it comes from. It’s completely pure, unintentionally awesome, inspired, uncompromising, relentless, driving, and unashamedly their own beast. I could keep going. They continue to make solid kick arse music that’s completely honest to who they are and what they believe in. 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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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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HARD-ONS ‘Peel Me Like A Egg’ Album Launch with Batpiss, Chainsaw Hookers, Flour. The Tote Hotel, Melbourne. 25-04-2015.

Words Joel Parnell.
Photos Daniel Oh – Criminal Indifference.

It was freezing cold and pissing down rain as I made the familiar journey up Johnston Street to The Tote on April 25th. Keen gig goers had already begun to queue outside the door to the band room as a soundchecking Flour buzzed, hissed and thumped from inside…

“This song is called Feral Sow, it’s about… umm.. I dunno…” drawls the bands bassist/vocalist as Flour tear into the B ­ Side of their latest 7 inch. This band bleeds old school punk rock energy and even bicker on stage like an early Ramones ­ “Ok, we’re gonna play one more because Steve is all out of rock and roll for tonight. He needs more speed.” Testament to Flours rapidly growing popularity, The Tote band room was more or less completely full by the end of their set. They finished with their latest single ‘Silverspoon’ for which they’ve just dropped a killer new music video. I actually reviewed Flour playing live a couple of months ago so I’ve already used up most of my clever things to say about them but they kick ass so go check them out.

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King Buzzo (Melvins), Blackie (Hard-Ons). The Barwon Club, Geelong. 14-08-2014.

Words Jonny Driver
Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia

It takes a lot to get me to venture to Geelong for a show these days, especially on a wintery Thursday night. The strength of tonight’s line up however, probably could have motivated me to drive twice as far. Luckily it didn’t, as then I would have ended up in Colac and missed the show altogether.

I will level with you straight out, I was not familiar with either of Blackie or King Buzzo’s solo work prior to this evening but having grown up listening to The Hard-Ons and The Melvins, I reveled in the opportunity to see the front men of both these seminal bands in the stripped back intimate setting of Geelong’s Barwon Club.

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