BEASTWARS, Child, Holy Serpent, Honeybone. The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne. 03-11-2018.

Words Mark Ireland.
Photos Sally Townsend Photography.

The almighty Beastwars made their return to the stage after lead singer Matt Hyde fought cancer. The electric energy in the air was palpable, the crowd and the band were salivating. Honeybone, Holy Serpent and Child all played face melting sets, Holy Serpent especially tore the flesh slowly from all that witnessed. I hadn’t seen them in quite a while so it was great to be pulled into the vortex of sludge and doom once more. Their sound crawls under your skin like a flesh eating virus, first my fingernails started to shiver and then I could feel the bass riff in my teeth, at the end of the set I was vibrating. Continue reading

BRANT BJORK, Holy Serpent, Don Fernando, Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene. The Corner Hotel, Melbourne. 13-05-2017.

Words Mark Ireland.
Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia.

Stoner legend Brant Bjork has been a frequent visitor to our shores, so when his tour was announced, all the desert rats come out in droves. Before the show at The Corner, Bjork had already played Negative Waves in Geelong and Cherry Rock at Cherry Bar. Along for the ride he bought Holy SerpentDon Fernando and Fuck the Fitzroy Doom Scene.

It’d been a long time between beers since I’ve seen FTFDS so I made sure I was front and centre. As soon the riff for ‘Better Off Dead’ kicked in I was pinned to the wall. The unique thing about this band is the three part harmonies, it gives the performance incredible strength. They finish off with the sludgiest version of ‘Facing The Ruin’, by the end of the set my heart was in my throat and my ears were blasted, did I care? Not in the slightest. Continue reading

NEGATIVE WAVES: Brant Bjork, Dwarves, Nashville Pussy, HITS, The Peep Tempel, The Ruiner, Batpiss, Hobo Magic, Zeahorse, Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene, Dr. Colossus, Don Fernando, The Living Eyes, Good Time Aussie Bogalars, Killerbirds, Sabrina Lawrie & The Hunting Party, Smoke Witch, Holy Serpent. The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong. 06-05-2017.

Photos Stephen Boxshall.

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THE DAMAGE REPORT – Day 1: Holy Serpent, Swidgen, TTTDC, Dead Root. The Old Bar, Melbourne. 03-03-2017. PART 2.

Words Mikaelie A. Evans.
Photos Sally Townsend Photography.

365 days make an entire year and even for extremely enthusiastic punters, 365 gigs in one year seems excessive and unlikely to be an achievable goal… Especially when they’re a different gig every. damn. day… But against any doubt that it wouldn’t be possible, Melbourne-based photographer Zo Damage went all out for an entire year and even broke herself into the Guinness World Records.

In celebration of her 10th year since becoming a published photographer, Damage has produced an intimate look into a year of Melbourne’s live music scene and the community that makes it. Continue reading

2016 TOP 10 RELEASES! Desert Highways staff + special guests from Orange Goblin, Monolord, Pagan / Little Lamb & The Rosemary’s!!

Words Anthony Moore.

There were some amazing releases that come out in 2016, and as with every year, I start out with the best of intentions keeping a list of my favourites as they hit, only to let it fall by the wayside by about March. Yeah I know, it doesn’t last long! So undoubtedly I will forgot lots of great releases from 2016. There’s been the talked about releases like Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self Destruct (which for me has been quite a disappointment, some moments of clarity and power but as whole, it wasn’t the driving force I was hoping for), then there’s been some that have come out of left field that have really thrown me for six and impressed me quite a lot, like Electric Magus Olympus Noms, which is Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt, River Of Snakes, Midnight Woolf) latest offering through Wild Animals Records. Like with John Frusciante’s solo albums, some sound quite unique and very different to his work with Red Hot Chili Peppers (which is an awesome thing these days!) yet his style and soul still comes through in various ways. Electric Magus is like this for Sanchez compared to his ‘usual’ guitar driven work. It’s totally different yet still somehow connects with me for the same reasons.

I still listen to loads of releases from all around the world, but more and more as time goes on I find myself mainly listening to local bands. Possibly for a few reasons, I like to support local muso’s and friends, it’s possible to see them more live which in turn gets us more stoked on listening back to a band later, and maybe most importantly, there are just so many fuckin incredible bands in Melbourne and throughout Australia that there’s not enough time to sometimes reach out further. Continue reading

CHILD Album Launch with Holy Serpent, Grim Rhythm. The Tote Hotel, Melbourne. 27-03-2015.

Photos Sally Townsend Photography.

Melbourne stoner blues rockers Child have been blowing minds for some time and it’s so awesome to finally see them with their name on vinyl. Blending stoner, rock and soulful blues the bleeds from the heart, Child’s music is made to be heard on vinyl.

They’ve just kicked off their launch tour with a gig at The Tote Hotel in Melbourne with Holy Serpent and Grim Rhythm, check out the photo gallery from Sally Townsend Photography below.

Child are playing the Crowbar with the recently signed to Desert Highways stoner groovers, Hobo Magic, as well Frown and Black Deity; and Hermann’s Bar in Sydney with Los Hombres Del Diablo, Witchskull and The Neptune Power Federation. Check the poster for dates or Facebook event for more info.

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