In the mid ’90s there was not one single band that was more political than Rage Against The Machine, their self-titled album was like a punch in the throat while be being suffocated. Their militancy and strong lyrics made crowds think that shit could be changed, everything that they sang about they backed it up with passion and knowledge, there wasn’t an inch of fakery about them.
So when it was announced that 3/4 of Rage (Tom Morello – guitar, Brad Wilk – drums, and Tim Commerford – bass) were teaming up with hip hop heavy weights Public Enemy‘s Chuck D (vocals) and DJ Lord (turntables) and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real (vocals), to form Prophets of Rage (named after a Public Enemy track) it was like the Messiah had returned. Continue reading →
Before the day had even begun this festival was already in the midst of “highs and lows”; sadly weeks before the tour had commenced New Orleans favourites MuteMath unexpectedly cancelled their appearance leaving a sizeable gap in the timetable, as well as a wave of disappointment impacting numerous attendees (including this writer). However all was not lost; in complete contradiction to the event in 2015 appropriately renamed to “Groovin’ The Mud”, this year had a pleasant unseasonable warmth perfected with ongoing sunshine enforcing a feeling of paradise which lasted well into the night. It would seem that the quote (or its translation): “The best laid plans go awry” from John Steinbeck’s infamous Of Mice & Men novella published nearly 80 years ago still has relevance regardless of the time or situation.
The aforementioned quotation maintained its presence in the attempt to arriving on time with a substantial grid-lock of traffic upon entry into the beautiful town of Oakbank. In good fortune this scribe was able to catch the last songs of Adelaide act West Thebarton Brothel Party, whose fuzzed-out party-garage-rock certainly had the celebrations accentuated audience wide at such an early time slot. Honestly, the seven-piece were rather ideal to kick-off the festivities and their notable influence of Radio Birdman would have the members’ of that model group collectively proud to see just how far their iconic sound still continues to influence and incite the music world and its followers. Continue reading →