JASON PC (DERN RUTLIDGE) Interview.

Words Anthony Moore.

Legendary Melbourne band, Dern Rutlidge, are back to play a one-off gig, so I thought I’d throw a few questions in at bassist Jason PC….

Anthony Moore: Dern Rutlidge are back for a one-off show at The Bendigo Hotel,
Melbourne on Sat 1 Feb, what’s taken so long?

Jason PC: We are old and lazy and our drummer has been living in Thailand for the last 10 years or so. He is back for a holiday with his family so we figured it was a good time to get the band back together… for one night at least.

AM: Will this one be the last ever?

JPC: No idea if it will be the last one, we like each other, we like playing together, it’s just not convenient to do very often. We may do something in another few years to reminisce about the old times etc… its just some fun. We are not here to impress kids or “make anime for ourselves”, we are living on past glories for no reason other than we like to play the songs every now and again. Continue reading

THE BREEDERS, Hachiku. The Corner Hotel, Melbourne. 08-12-2018.

Words Anthony Moore.

The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, played host to the first of The Breeders Meredith sideshows, the second on the next night at The Forum, both sold out.

‘Dream pop with an avant garde twist’ quartet Hachiku opened as the only support as the room steadily filled. What was mainly an older audience (and suitable for long term fans of The Breeders) watched on as the much younger band floated their set throughout the room. Hachiku is the solo project for 23-year-old Detroit born, German raised Anika Ostendorf, who writes and records all the songs herself, and after moving to Melbourne, filled out the rest of the live band.

As Ostendorf played between guitar and keys, her vocals reminisced of those before like Kate Bush and Tori Amos with the band giving off a Sundays and Belly vibe. Yes, I’m using older comparisons, but after all, it was a Breeders gig. Her vibrato is stunning and the dream like quality of the songs made them feel like a pop fairytale. This was the first-time hearing Hachiku and I look forward to listening to the CD without the added chatter of eager Breeders fans at the Corner talking loudly over the top. Continue reading