COSMIC KAHUNA ‘Paintstripper’ Album Launch with Spacejunk, Ute Root, Hoon, Body Parts, Tankerville, Uncle Geezer . The Tote Hotel, Melbourne. 21-10-2017.

Words Mark Ireland.

Cosmic Kahuna have been slogging away on the Melbourne punk scene for a couple of years, released a few EP’s, played a stack of shows, supporting people like CJ Ramone, and will be supporting Foo Fighters on their upcoming tour.

Tonight was the launch of their debut album Paintstripper. The title is all in the telling, it’s an album of brutal as fuck hard core punk. As well as Cosmic Kahuna, the band also brought a heap of their mates along to celebrate the launch.

Uncle Geezer kicked off the shenanigans with a brutal set of hardcore thrash; nothing says punk rock like a lead singer jumping around the front bar in his purple jocks, while singing through a water bottle. Continue reading

SPACEJUNK ‘Bite Your Tongue’ LP Review and Gig Launch info.

Words Joel Parnell.

Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘Space’ as “The region beyond the earth’s atmosphere or beyond the solar system” and ‘Junk’ as “Slang: Male genitalia”. These definitions withstanding, the latest offering from Melbourne scuzz-rock quartet Spacejunk is every bit as confronting, fun and perversely entertaining as a thousand half-erect penis’s flailing and jostling wildly in zero-gravity.

Spacejunk’s recorded work plays out a lot like their live set. They pretty much throw you straight in the deep end, no fucking around with softly plucked intros and shit. The atmosphere grows thick in an instant, engulfing you in a fog of violent, chaotic noise. The deep, hellish hum of bass turns your skin to fuzz as the piercing squeal of the band’s collective feedback challenges even the most seasoned of gig-goers to a battle between amp and ear-drum. Under this haze, however, you will find a great deal of musicianship on display. The drum work in particular, is stellar. Sweat drips from every pore of the four-headed rock monster as it thumps, screeches and bellows through the motions of it’s 40-odd minute tirade. Continue reading

JOEL PARNELL (THE PARNELLS) Interview, launch gig details & more!

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Paul Dunham.

There are a few reasons why I wanted to do a Q&A with Joel Parnell, firstly, he writes exceptional pieces for Desert Highways, but that’s not the only reason, he’s also an awesome musician and songwriter. His newest creation, The Parnells (with younger brother Michael) are about to release their debut and do a double EP launch with Rathead at The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar.

I started with what I thought to be a ridiculous first question and Joel (who later admitted he was going to tell me to fuck off but wasn’t sure if I was being serious or not), went along and answered it beautifully.

Anthony Moore: Where does your band name come from?

Joel Parnell: Obviously the band name comes from our last name, which is Parnell. I guess we thought that it would be cool to use it because it has the feel of something like ‘The Ramones’ or ‘The Smiths’, only it actually is our real name. We also hope to bring in other Parnells on future records as most of the people in our family play music. If we have any success with the band, it would be nice to have made our name something to be proud of. Continue reading

A Basket Of Mammoths, Spacejunk, Hobo Magic. The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. 12-08-2015.

Words Joel Parnell.

Having made the all too familiar two hour journey from my front door to The Bendigo Hotel, I questioned the wisdom in having spent the entire time listening to Queens Of The Stone Age’s two best albums (Rated R, Songs For The Deaf… obviously). Perhaps I was setting the standard a little too high for the rest of the music I was scheduled to hear tonight. However, after a couple of beers and a durry or two, Hobo Magic began to cast their gentle musical web over the Wednesday night audience, humbly reassuring me of my position as a man in store for a treat.

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BREWTALITY FESTIVAL 2015 Photo Gallery #2.

Photos Matt Allan – Silk Imagery.

Saturday 8th August saw Brewtality Festival 2015 hit The Tote and The Bendigo Hotel’s for another year running! It was a massive day selling out once again and maybe even more impressively, breaking the record for the highest bar takings ever at The Tote! Now that is massive!

Thank you to all those who took part, played, attended, worked, and drank! Here is part 2 of Matt Allan’s photos from the day!

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BREWTALITY FESTIVAL 2015 Photo Gallery #1.

Photos Matt Allan – Silk Imagery.

Saturday 8th August saw Brewtality Festival 2015 hit The Tote and The Bendigo Hotel’s for another year running! It was a massive day selling out once again and maybe even more impressively, breaking the record for the highest bar takings ever at The Tote! Now that is massive!

Thank you to all those who took part, played, attended, worked, and drank! Here is part 1 of Matt Allan’s photos from the day!

 

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Child, River Of Snakes, Spacejunk. Cherry Bar, Melbourne. 27-09-2014.

Words Alexandra Ferrier
Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia

Post AFL Grand Final madness on the weekend, Cherry Bar was a safe haven to head to Saturday night to escape anything footy related and check out some local talent.

Spacejunk kicked off the evening and those who rocked up early were treated with some tenacious energy and humour from bass player / vocalist Betty Righteous and guitarist Mark E Moon. Minus a set list, they encouraged the crowd to “purchase their album” and, after their set, I made it a mission to grab one. It was a fusion of fast paced punk rhythm and garage rock riff. The Cherry stage was no match for these rock and rollers, the small crowd were swept up in their energy and charm. Live, this band will enthral you and whatever day you may have had will fall by the wayside. Continue reading

Kids Of Zoo, Spacejunk, Swhat, Blue Stratos. The Public Bar, Melbourne. 12-09-2014.

Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia

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Spacejunk Self Titled Album Review

Words Sophie Dunsford

Released in February, this self-titled debut album for Melbourne fellas Spacejunk has a fun spirit while maintaining musical integrity. They sound familiar, but original at the same time. Elements of the their sound are reminiscent of grunge bands of yesteryear, but overall there’s a consistent band identity in all their songs.

A startling drum roll introduces opening track Fanboy, giving a sense that something is about to happen – something worthy of your attention. Each track on the album is characterised by its own unique guitar riff that repeats in fractal fashion until the song ends. Dextrous pedal work is used expertly to vary guitar tones. Vocals are there, but it’s all about the guitars and you’ll probably find yourself singing along with the guitars ‘na-na-na-na-na’ style rather than singing along with the words themselves. Keep your ears open for the twinge of high-pitched opening chords in Just A, that will get under your skin. Continue reading