DESERT HIGHWAYS CONTRIBUTORS TOP 10 LIST’S (+ MORE) FOR 2018!

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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GROOVIN’ THE MOO. Oakbank Racecourse, SA. 25-04-2016.

Words Will Oakeshott.

Before the day had even begun this festival was already in the midst of “highs and lows”; sadly weeks before the tour had commenced New Orleans favourites MuteMath unexpectedly cancelled their appearance leaving a sizeable gap in the timetable, as well as a wave of disappointment impacting numerous attendees (including this writer). However all was not lost; in complete contradiction to the event in 2015 appropriately renamed to “Groovin’ The Mud”, this year had a pleasant unseasonable warmth perfected with ongoing sunshine enforcing a feeling of paradise which lasted well into the night. It would seem that the quote (or its translation): “The best laid plans go awry” from John Steinbeck’s infamous Of Mice & Men novella published nearly 80 years ago still has relevance regardless of the time or situation.

The aforementioned quotation maintained its presence in the attempt to arriving on time with a substantial grid-lock of traffic upon entry into the beautiful town of Oakbank. In good fortune this scribe was able to catch the last songs of Adelaide act West Thebarton Brothel Party, whose fuzzed-out party-garage-rock certainly had the celebrations accentuated audience wide at such an early time slot. Honestly, the seven-piece were rather ideal to kick-off the festivities and their notable influence of Radio Birdman would have the members’ of that model group collectively proud to see just how far their iconic sound still continues to influence and incite the music world and its followers. Continue reading

JAKE TAYLOR (IN HEARTS WAKE) Interview + Groovin’ The Moo.

Words Will Oakeshott.

Author and strategist Gary Ryan Blair may not be of international notoriety yet, but his deficiency in fame certainly does not impede his intelligence. Whilst this introduction may seem rather off topic to the reader at this early stage, there is reason behind the absurdity. There is a quote by Mr. Blair which reads as: “Advancement only comes with habitually doing more than you are asked”. Certainly this reads as a somewhat obvious “advice statement” to achieve success; but it is possible to uncover further applications to this aforementioned passage.

Byron Bay’s In Hearts Wake are a prime example of adopting the cited statement and translating it into their motif. For instance, when the melodic metalcore quintet entered the studio to record their sophomore album Earthwalker released in 2014, the band did more than what was asked of them, A LOT more. Matter-of-factly the five-piece recorded two full-lengths in secret and followed the wildly successful second record with their third album Skydancer just a year later. Continue reading