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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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.

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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

KADAVAR, Child, Mt. Mountain, Elbrus. The Corner Hotel, Melbourne. 28-04-2016.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Stephen Boxshall.

© Stephen Boxshall 2016.When German long-haired fuzz rockers Kadavar last toured Australia, it was in 2013 as part of what turned into being a massive double header with Sweden’s Blues Pills. The buzz for both bands even before they hit was already huge and then as soon as they left, Australia was already eagerly awaiting their return. In Melbourne we were lucky enough to see them perform four shows over as many days and people are still talking about. Fast forward to 2016 and Australia is once again blessed to see Kadavar on our shores.

Cross Town Traffic wasn’t playing on the car stereo on Saturday night but was in my head as I stumbled haphazardly through side streets trying to evade capture on the main roads in an unexpected Saturday evening gridlock. Although it didn’t swallow me whole, it did unfortunately mean that I missed seeing Elbrus opening up the night at The Corner Hotel. Continue reading

KING PARROT ‘Dead Set’ Album Launch with High Tension, Colossvs. The Corner Hotel, Melbourne. 16-05-2015.

Photos Daniel Oh – Criminal Indifference.

King Parrot – ‘Dead Set‘ Australian Album Launch Tour.
May & June 2015
With special guests High Tension and Colossvs.
Tickets selling fast!
http://kingparrot.oztix.com.au
Album Pre-Order Bundles with tickets available here:
http://www.nervegas.com.au/king-parrot/dead-set/

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CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD. The Corner Hotel, Melbourne. 04-04-2015.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia.

© 2015. Adam Russ - Right Eye Media Australia.I walked out of venue at the end of the night thinking ‘what the hell am I going to write about this gig?’ Some bands transcend description, some sounds can’t be grouped in with their peers or predecessors, and some don’t deserve to be dissected and explained. Chris Robinson Brotherhood showed that it doesn’t matter if at times the world can be a bit grey or if someone steals your hat and runs away; music and passion is the key to make you smile.

However, in case you don’t know them, I’ll try to throw you in the general direction of the vibe of the room. If you chopped up some Black Oak Arkansas and blended it with the Grateful Dead, a little of the complexity of Zappa and rolled a giant spliff using CCR papers, you’d be blowing The Corner Hotel out with some good ol’ Chris Robinson Brotherhood. They’re a blend of blues and southern rock with some well stretched out psych jams throughout.

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Torche, Child, DEAD. 18-10-2014. The Corner Hotel, Melbourne.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia.

There are so many amazing bands out there that sometimes the ones we should be obsessing over just fall through the cracks. For me, Torche was one of those bands. After only previously hearing a very small portion of their catalogue and about them from some of those around Melbourne, it was evident the gig was definitely one to attend. Plus the local contingent was a solid reinforcement.

First up were DEAD who I could review without even needing to be there. They’re a favourite Melbourne staple and I’ve caught them loads of times, but I’ve also never seen them play a bad set. Although one thing that does change is just how kick arse they are. The guys keep building on the strong foundation of what they’ve always had and are going from strength to strength, which is great to see. For a two piece that play as one though sound like 10, they have become even tighter and more powerful and with Dav Byrne mixing, these guys were even way more massive than usual. Continue reading