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

GREENLEAF, Jack Harlon & The Dead Crows. The Vanguard, Newtown. 8-11-2019.

Words El Jefe.

So it’s Friday night, and catching Greenleaf was the only thing on my agenda. I took a stroll the length of King St, and took in the scenes. A warmish Friday night, and the hordes were out!

I missed Arrowhead unfortunately, although I have seen them countless times over the last decade of so. Easily the best and most consistent stoner band Sydney has ever produced, a classic power trio led by Brett Pearl, whose guitar and vocals are both world class.

Next up was (were?) Jack Harlon And The Dead Crows, a Mexican outfit on tour with Greenleaf. Having heard several excellent reports about these dude, I was keen as mustard to get a birdseye view. They certainly didn’t disappoint me either! Fat as fuck, greasy-sounding guitars, an excellent drummer and a ripsnorting bassist who left nothing behind when they plowed through their set of stoner/psyche/blues rock that easily coulda been straight outta ’69. Great presence, and a lot of the set left me feeling like I was swimming in a heavy swell and the dark was closing in, such were the dynamics of the band. Check ‘em out! I grabbed a copy of their LP Hymns as well, which I’m sure will be getting some heavy use very soon. Continue reading

EARTHLESS (US) Aust/NZ Tour Dates, Supports and more!

EARTHLESS SUPPORTS FOR AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND SHOWS

“The true heirs of the great power trios of the past such as JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, CREAM and early GRAND FUNK RAILROAD.” – Rock Hard

San Diego psych heavyweights Earthless – who hit Australia and New Zealand late February – have announced the support acts for their upcoming tour, and it’s a killer bunch of groups, meaning every show is  gonna be loaded with heavy and heady psychedelic and hard rock greatness. Continue reading

CHURCH OF MISERY, Witchskull, Sumeru, Dawn. Bald Faced Stag, Sydney. 05-10-2018.

Words El Jefe.

Fitting weather for a Church Of Misery show I thought to myself as I heading to the ‘Stag. Pissing rain and cold, in the early days of Spring. Yeah, that would be right!

Being fashionably late, I had well and truly missed the first couple of bands, and arrived for the last 3 songs by Dawn, with their tripped out doom. I always enjoy this band, and the self-indulgent theatrics (playing a mortar and pestle, as a mate described some of the percussion) add to the show. Heavy, sludgy and totally dedicated to the song, Dawn are really worth a look.

I stepped out briefly to grab a kebab (a necessary counterpoint to the beer that was going down so well), and missed the first couple of tunes by Sumeru. I wasn’t familiar with these dudes at all, but the tight, ripping stoner-metal was first-rate, powerful vocals, twin screaming guitars which were often syncing with each other flawlessly, and other times opposing each other with a fierce aggression. I’ll definitely check ‘em out again! Continue reading

JOHN GARCIA, Peter Black (Hard-Ons). Factory Floor, Sydney. 21-04-2018.

Words El Jefe.
Photos Rod Hunt Photography.

We arrived too late to catch the support, Peter Black in acoustic mode. Sorry mate!

The stage setup looked like a well-lived in share house, replete with ice bucket, some tasty beverages, tulips etc. Just missing a bong and sandwich maker! So after some apparent minor delays, John Garcia and guitarist Ehren Groban took the stage (well, mosey’d on to the stage and dragged up the armchairs!), and prior to their collective musical excursion, Garcia gave a rundown on how much he dug the chance to be doing what he was doing with these (classic) tunes, and how he loved that we were all there to support it. Gracious, and humble and clearly battling through some nerves or shyness, he came across as an easy going dude. 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

WEB CITY LIMITS ‘Traitor’ / ‘Dope’ Single Review.

Words Mark Ireland.

The first thirty seconds of Sydney band Web City Limits new single, ‘Traitor’, displays everything I love about metal; riffs that belt you in the head smashed out by a chorus that punches you in the gut, and a lead vocalist that pierces your eardrums. Mandy Newton is a name to keep your eyes on. If this single is anything to go by, big things are to come from Web City Limits.

The second track ‘Dope’, pounds the listener into submission, the rock hard riffs are brutal yet melodic. Web City Limits are fairly new to the scene, the main thing I love about this track is that it makes the listener stand up and pay attention. I listen to a lot of metal, and I get lost on how a lot of it is same old, same old, so it’s refreshing to hear something that heavily wears its influences but brings something new to the scene. 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

ISAIAH MITCHELL (Earthless / Golden Void) + SEEDY JEEZUS Australian Tour. Sept / Oct 2016.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Stephen Boxshall.

The recent Isaiah Mitchell with Seedy Jeezus ‘Under The Influence’ Australian Tour was such a unique one that we thought we’d do a post including all the songs that they covered together, along with an incredible photo gallery from Melbourne’s Stephen Boxshall.

The idea behind the tour was to “give fans of Isaiah a chance to see him play songs that have influenced him as a musician since he first picked up a guitar at the age of 8. After performing their own set of blistering psych freakout, Seedy Jeezus will be Isaiah’s backing band as he works through songs from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.”

It was an incredible experience to hear so many amazing songs performed by musicians that have been impacted by them. A lot of the songs people knew, and some were new and great introductions to various legendary bands well worth checking out. Below is the complete set list from each gig that they played on the tour.

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