RIVER ROCKS REHAB 2019: The Meanies, Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, Kid Congo and the Near Death Experience, Painters and Dockers, Los Chicos, Ute Root, Hobo Magic, Intoxica, The Tremors, Dicklord, Glitoris, Sacramento Sweaters. The Barwon Club Hotel. 10-11-2019.

Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia.


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THE IRON MAIDENS, Envenomed, Trigger. The Corner Hotel, Melbourne. 01-06-2018.

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

When bands pay homage to other artists there are two groups; cover bands who just play the songs of other artists and then there are tribute acts, when bands take on the mannerisms, use the same stage props and so forth. The Iron Maidens definitely fit into the tribute act category, from the copy cat mascot, instead of Eddie The Head its Edwina T Head, and the band members have changed their stage names to copy their male counterparts, instead of Bruce Dickinson it’s Bruce Chickinson and Adrian Smith becomes Adriana Smith.

At some of their gigs, Iron Maiden play the intro from UFO’s ‘Doctor Doctor’, so for true fans it was a great tribute of finer details.

The crowd was full of testerone and passion and fans who knew all the words to the songs. The crowd, as well as the band, kicked into high gear from the start when ‘Aces High’ obliterated the room. Then it was straight into fan favorite ‘2 Minutes To Midnight’. It revved into high gear when this reviewers personal favorite riff from ‘The Trooper’ electro shocked the room.

Pretty much every song brought a deafening scream to The Corner Hotel and shook the venue to the foundations. Continue reading

I Get Up Again – Benefit For Brian Hooper: Beasts of Bourbon, Kim Salmon and The New Scientists, Adalita, Gareth Liddiard, Mick Harvey, Six Ft Hick, Tendrils, Rosie Westbrook, Tony Biggs. Prince Bandroom, Melbourne. 13-04-2018.

Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia.

I Get Up Again – Brian Hooper Benefit Facebook page.

GoFundMe page where you can still make a donation: www.gofundme.com/BrianHooper

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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