MOTÖRHEAD ‘Ace Of Spades’ 40TH Anniversary Edition.

Words El Jefe.

Motörhead. Loud. Dirty. Tough. But fair! Led by Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, a murderous bassist with gravel rash pipes, purebred rock and roll heart and the only constant member of the band. They had a forty-year career, and never once compromised their style or attitude.

Hearing the Motörhead classic Ace Of Spades as a teenager was a revelation. That sound! Powerhouse rockin’ metal with a hefty blues boogie spine holding the songs together. Headbangers loved ‘em; punks loved ‘em. Your neighbours hated ‘em but nothing could change the influence they had.

From beginning to end, Ace Of Spades is chock full of bruising tunes like the title track ‘Ace Of Spades’, and bookended by Lemmy’s anti-heroin ode, ‘The Hammer’, with its sledgehammer riffs, and caustic lyrics. The anthemic ‘(We Are) The Road Crew’ was Lemmy’s testament to the team who made the tours happen, and also heavy evidence as to why Lemmy was held in such high regard by all who dealt with him. Continue reading

RED MESA ‘The Path To The Deathless’ LP Review.

Words El Jefe.

I wasn’t familiar with Red Mesa prior to hearing The Path To The Deathless but as I’m always prowling for new music, checking out new arrivals, looking into the bands that slipped through the cracks the first time around etc, this was just another case of Bring It On!

So Red Mesa have been plugging away at their brand of stoner-doom for a few years and The Path To The Deathless is album #3, and brings with it several twists and turns, from the lumbering grind of ‘Ghost Bell’ to an almost Morricone-like vibe to ‘Death I Am’, and the Motorhead-in-low-gear sonic mayhem of ‘Desert Moon’, which has Dave Sherman (Spirit Caravan, Earthride etc) guesting on vocals. Continue reading

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, Arrowhead, Comacozer. The Crowbar, Sydney. 12-02-2020.

Words El Jefe.
Photos Rod Hunt Photography.

A tropical Wednesday night in Sydney didn’t deter many for the first Sydney show in 20 odd years for Corrosion Of Conformity (as a 4 piece that is!)

There was already a decent crowd for first support Comacozer, who pounded out a set of heavy space doom instrumentals. The guitar is fulla greasy dirt and wah, and the rhythm section supplies some heavyhanded lysergic throbbing. With some big sounds, and a cool vibe, they provided as a pretty neat entrée for the show. Continue reading

TEMPTRESS Self-Titled EP.

Words El Jefe.

So one arvo in Dallas, these girls and guy sat down to kill some time and play some music, and wound up with a living breathing rock’n’roll band. Gotta love it when it just works! Sounding like the bastard spawn of Sabbath and the ‘head, with some hefty doses of down’n’dirty Motor City punk rock and roll. Temptress wasted no time in recording their self-titled debut. Released in June 2019, it’s a fun-loving approach to music with a solid set of tunes thrown in.

My fave of the three track, ‘Ride Of Your Life’ is a chunky riff-fest and the guys have kindly also produced a fitting filmclip to go with it, delving into B-movie Hammer Horror clip, lacking somewhat in T&A but replete with identical twins (Siamese woulda won the band a solid 10/10 from me but c’est la vie)! Continue reading

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL. Flemington, Melbourne. 11-03-2019.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Zo Damage.

After a hit movie, making the sequel usually comes with a lot of extra pressure to perform and live up to the standards of the first. With Download Festival, add onto that the even greater pressure of taking over from where Soundwave left off in the heavy music category, and the comparisons it will bring being at the same location with similar lineups. From gates opening though, Download (the sequel) looked certain to be a hit at the ‘box office’. Continue reading

NASHVILLE PUSSY, Rust, The Neptune Power Federation, Tequila Mockingbyrd. The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney. 12-05-2017.

Words El Jefe.

Yeah, Friday had finally hit. I’d spent the week learning new systems and processes in a brand new job, and whilst not physically tiring, it’s certainly mentally draining, but the Nashville Pussy gig (and a beer or two… dozen) was never far from my mind.

I grabbed a beer and hit the room to check out Melbourne’s Tequila Mockingbyrd. This all-girl three-piece do a great trade in ‘70s hard rock, big riffs, hair, and a fuckload of energy and enthusiasm. It was clear they were having a blast onstage. Singer / guitarist Estelle Artois plays some mean guitar, and has a great set of pipes too. Backed by a solid rhythm section, which is comprised of bass player Jess Reily (who was wielding a pretty funky silverburst T-bird too!) and drummer Josie O’Toole, they’ve got all their bases covered. Check ‘em out when you can. Continue reading

DWARVES, Neptune Power Federation, Cap A Capo, Legal Aliens. Imperial Hotel, Sydney. 28-04-2017.

Words Derek J. Huckel.
Photos Rod Hunt Photography.

Tonight was a night to melt your face, a warmth in this cold night, where thou shalt rock out with a blend of genre bending and aggressive rawk!! From the punkrock, ska and hallucinogenic rock, The Dwarves at the Imperial tonight commandeered them all!

Legal Aliens kicked the night off in fine fashion to a decent crowd filling slowly as they played. Their singer Mal wasn’t afraid of the crowd, in amongst it from the start. Think X-Ray Spex if they were more street punk. They sang life relevant lyrics to rock to. Like a well-oiled machine, this band hustled and entertained from the outset. Their songs included ‘Meta Cognition’, ‘Mummy Rescue Me’, ‘Playin’ With Monsters’, and a Beastie Boys cover ‘Deal With It’. Continue reading

MAMMOTH MAMMOTH ‘Mount The Mountain’ Album Review.

Words Adam Cooper.

When I was asked to review four-piece Melbourne dirt rockers Mammoth Mammoth’s new offering, Mount The Mountain, I was pretty chuffed. Having shared the stage on quite a number of occasions (and a few beverages) with these maniacs, I consider them good mates. Then I thought, “Aw man, what if it sux”? Luckily, this was not the case.

When I first heard the band a few years back, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a hybrid of Motorhead, Cosmic Psychos and Rose Tattoo. They’d been described to me as a stoner band in the past and although I hear elements of that (Black Sabbath), it’s definitely not my go to thought when I hear Mikey (vox), Cuz (guitar), Pete (bass) and Bones (drums) doin’ their thang. It’s a riff fest sure. Rifferama if you will. Mount The Mountain being no different.  Continue reading

“Let’s do it, fire up fuck ya’s!” Higgo talks Brewtality with Eddie Fury of FIREBALLS!

Interview by Higgo.

Great to talk to Eddie Fury from Fireballs, I honestly lost count of how many times I saw them between ’94-’97, which lead to us reminiscing about the ‘90s Melbourne live music scene.

Eddie Fury (EF): We used to do a lot more of the Uni circuit, the student unions stuff, and I’m a bit out of the loop with it all, I dunno if there’s the platform for young upcoming bands to do that sort of stuff anymore, do you reckon there’s as much of a platform as there was say in the ‘90s? I definitely remember seeing a shift in the mid ‘90s music venues when pokies came in. That was the biggest shift for the arts community in Melbourne I reckon. Things were shutting down left right and centre. I mean the Bendigo is doing it these days, but the venues that are 2-300 people that have bands on 4-5 nights a week, that’s a rare commodity these days.

H: Yeah I agree, although there are still venues that do it, there’s definitely less of them, and it felt like it was as it was rising, I dunno, maybe it’s because I was discovering it all legally then, but it felt like 97-98 pokies really took hold. Continue reading

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD, Orb. The Croxton, Melbourne. 10-07-2016.

Words Callum Doig.
Photos Sally Townsend Photography.

© 2016 Sally Townsend Photography.We have plenty of Kings here in Melbourne. King Parrot, King of the North and of course, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, who have been making the biggest of killings in Australia’s rock scene. With the release of their eighth full-length masterpiece Nonagon Infinity, the Gizz boys have embarked on a national tour in support of the new record with numerous sold out shows involved, as well as making an upcoming appearance at Splendour In The Grass.

Joining them in their Melbourne shows were three-piece Geelong locals Orb, who gave off quite a unique impression to the audience of how uncontrived they are, just like Gizzard. For what seemed like a long set felt so short at the same time, as Orb had a little more than what most would’ve bargained for. The trio supplied a hard, psychedelic stoner vibe that was quite reminiscent of the likes of what Kyuss would sound like if they slightly based themselves around the Woodstock era. And while Orb are a group entailing three members, their guitarist and bassist showed a little more of their talent by swapping each other’s instruments halfway through the set. Continue reading