ANDY GILL (GANG OF FOUR) Interview.

Returning the Gift (of ‘Entertainment!’): an interview with Andy Gill by Mikaelie Evans.

Since forming in 1977, Gang of Four has had multiple reincarnations which have twisted and turned melodies from the band’s initial sound through genres and decades alike.

From their first release in 1979, their record ‘Entertainment!’ solidified the band’s mark on early punk rock; with their 12-tracks boasting guitar twangs and fierce lyrics, Gang of Four would progressively influence a vast range of bands to later come.

In 2019, Gang of Four is celebrating the 40th year anniversary of ‘Entertainment!’, with an international tour showcasing their musical diversity throughout the band’s history. Chatting with the last founding member still a part of the legacy, original guitarist Andy Gill speaks about what fans can anticipate on their forthcoming tour. Continue reading

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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MMW: CIVIC SOUNDS LANEWAY FESTIVAL – Regurgitator, Nai Palm, RVG, Ro, Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers, The Bennies, The Cherry Dolls, Bec Sandridge, Destrends, IV League, The Grogans, Batz, DPRS – Democratic Peoples Republic of Surf. Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane, Melbourne. 18-11-2018.

Words Mikaelie A. Evans.
Photos Zo Damage.

Opening up AC/DC laneway as a part of Melbourne Music Week, the infamous Cherry Bar plays home to this year’s Civic Laneway Festival. Hosting a diverse variety of some of our cities finest bands, the venue has organised a set-up catering to the diverse line-up, with the inside stage adorning its regular velvet red backdrop, the outside stage boasts a similar rock n roll aesthetic.

On the outside stage, DPRS (AKA Democratic People’s Republic of Surf) began the day with their soothing surf melodies, welcoming the early arrivers into the festival with their catchy summer tunes. Following on are Batz, with front-woman Christina Albury flipping off her bandmates for arriving late. Their garage-disco melodies sweep our feet into motion, as we groove across of the laneway’s heating concrete.

Leading us inside with their catchy grunge openers, The Grogans take to the Cherry Stage with high energies as the three-piece supercharge us into the early afternoon. Outside, IV League channel their contagious choruses through the amplifiers as punters begin to congregate under the sunshine to experience their performance. Continue reading

Five Things Desert Highways Thinks You Should Check Out At MMW!

With MMW (Melbourne Music Week) fast approaching, we thought we put a quick list together of the Top 5 gigs we think you should get along to. With 9 days of “city-wide musical domination, discussion and distortion” from 16-24 November which includes an electric line-up of local and international acts, this year’s program pushes the boundaries of traditional live music formats, blurring the line between art, film, design, and music. The extended program features multi-sensory and VR experiences, parties, workshops, talks, cinema and loads more! For all events and information, please check out the MMW site HERE. Continue reading

BEN ELY ‘Strange Tales of Drugs & Lost Love’ Album Review.

Words Mark Ireland.

Ben Ely is best known for playing bass with Regurgitator for over 20 years. The Gurge are well known for their irreverent sense of humour and pop punk tunes, so when I heard the first track ‘1988’, which is a beautiful dark tune about Ely growing up in Brisbane, it completely floored me. It’s a deep and personal story about Ely and his mates first adventures of going to punk rock shows and getting into fights with bouncers and thugs.

I was definitely not expecting this kind of album at all, and to be honest, Strange Tales of Drugs & Lost Love nailed me to the wall from the first track onward. Ely’s introspective story telling about his adolescent growing up in Brisbane is like an open wound, his personal honesty is incredibly raw and poetic. Continue reading

Melbourne Reclink Community Cup feat REGURGITATOR, Ross Wilson, Kram, Tim Rogers, Dan Sultan, Rhys Muldoon, Waleed Aly, Total Giovanni, Loose Tooth, The Sugarcanes, and more! Elsternwick Park, Melbourne. 26-06-2016.

Photos Suzanne Phoenix – Photos Punctuate My Life.


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