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Posted 22 May 2012 @ 4:52pm

I have previously had a whine about bands appealing to their fans for assistance when they encounter a run of bad luck. It’s a tricky subject to tackle. Previous rants have suggested that relying on adoring fans of your craft is a rather average way to dig yourself out of financial trouble. This week however, the internets is awash with news that Hard-Ons member Peter Black was bashed by a...

Posted 16 May 2012 @ 11:55am

I am not usually inclined to comment on sensational viral news stories and I certainly am not in any way qualified to comment on transgender issues, but as a longstanding fan of Against Me!’s I wouldn’t mind weighing in on the recent news that frontperson Tom Gabel identifies as a woman and will undergo procedures to transform into Laura Jane Grace. I guess Gabel was one of the more likely...

Posted 15 May 2012 @ 7:49am

OK. No more. Enough. If you are in a band that consists of talented people, eager to pump their time and efforts into a fruitful, successful existence, then find a good vocalist. Not your mate who’s like, funny 'n'shit and screams real loud, and not your bassist ‘cause, like, no one else wanted to do the singing.

 

I’m over listening to new music that boasts solid potential, and...

Posted 15 May 2012 @ 7:45am

Mere weeks ago I had a rant – as I am often inclined to do – about how young promoters need to be supported and anyone that wishes to tour excellent bands in Australia should be welcomed with open arms instead of criticised for their chutzpah. I am saddened to say I’m tempted to retract this stance following the cancellation of the Murder By Death tour this month. The entire tour was suss...

Posted 26 Apr 2012 @ 6:02am

Core- April 25

Dear Inexperienced Security Staffers Assigned to Various Venues When Bands of the Punk/Hardcore Persuasion Are Headlining,
I hope this letter finds you well, and that it does not long distract you from lifting heavy things before your beaming reflection. I would like to suggest a couple points of basic etiquette that are expected from you at a show. Though a...

Posted 18 Apr 2012 @ 6:28pm

 

Last weekend I stumbled upon a devastating ailment that threatens gig-goers nationwide. Every one of us is susceptible to it, and many of us can find it leaves us penniless and forlorn. Worse than the drunken text message, more menacing than the mashed ‘pash n dash’, slightly more crippling than the ‘underestimation-of-perpetual-state-of-poverty-when-shouting-strangers-rounds-of-...

Posted 12 Apr 2012 @ 11:25am

I went away this Easter with a bunch of friends and proceeded to consume my bodyweight in rum and chocolate. As per our usual tradition we took it in turns to choose albums to submit one another to. This is usually tear-free considering we all share spectacular taste in music, but the fun and games came to a dramatic halt when one participant declared they had no preference in music… ever… in...

Posted 4 Apr 2012 @ 8:09am

So I went to the Dead To Me/Cobra Skulls show at Northcote Social Club last weekend. It was pretty much set to be the sweetest gig ever. Frankly I was pretty stoked that someone had brought the two bands out here despite there being relatively little buzz for either headlining band. I was especially chuffed to finally catch Cobra Skulls who I’ve been harbouring quite the crush on since their...

Posted 28 Mar 2012 @ 6:48am

 

OK here’s a question: can you create a sound on an album that you can’t completely replicate live? Are you entitled to squeaks, bangs, squeaks and whistles, soprano vocals and ambitious meedly meedly if you know for a fact that you are unable to pull it off onstage? Keeping in mind that very few bands are able to exist entirely in the context of albums and that most bands will need to...

Posted 21 Mar 2012 @ 6:51am

 

For the first time in yonkers, I went to JB Hi-Fi on the weekend and purchased an album – at full price– marched full speed to the counter to purchase and engage in some encouraging small talk with the sales assistant, then out to my car to careful unwrap the three layers of plastic cling, and insert the disc carefully into my car’s CD player. As the first track kicked in, I...

Posted 15 Mar 2012 @ 2:33pm

There’s something to be said for bands that just get under your skin and stay there. Have you ever noticed how some of the bands that you were obsessed about when you were 15 still ignite great joy when you hear them again ten years later? What is it about bands that we loved around that impressionable age sticking with us despite everything else we fancied then (I’m looking at you pink...

Posted 7 Mar 2012 @ 9:55am

 

So I’ve gotta say, Melbourne Soundwave was an absolute delight this year. Possibly because I employed my new festival technique of ensuring I arrive in the afternoon, showered, well slept and extremely caffeinated. It’s seriously worth missing half a day of bands when you get to arrive refreshed and not looking like a sunburnt mud-dwelling goblin from...

Posted 29 Feb 2012 @ 6:25pm

 

Hello all! Good week? Pretty sure if you’re not getting out to see one of the many excellent international and local gigs being made available to us this week, you’re without a pulse. I am currently soaking my ears in goat's milk and stroking them fondly, whispering sweet nothings into their brutalised canals so that they may forgive me for the torture I’m about to put them through. I...

Posted 23 Feb 2012 @ 9:20am

 

Punk, Ska, Hardcore news reviews and gossip. With Emily Kelly ek1984@gmail.com

 

Yeah so no one really breaks up anymore do they? Refused seem to have open the floodgates for band that swore never to return, to reform in triumphant fashion. Good Riddance announced a reformation last week and while it’s a welcome one I...

Posted 15 Feb 2012 @ 3:13pm

Punk, Ska, Hardcore news reviews and gossip. By Emily Kelly: ek1984@gmail.com

 

Today I tip my hat to Resist for touring some of the best live bands out there at the moment. After they decimated my eardrums at Blood Sweat and Beers last weekend, I went to the East to get another taste of I Exist, only to find they added a...

Posted 8 Feb 2012 @ 2:28pm

 

So last week was a bit epic, what with Big Day Out and then all the ensuing sideshows. I acted like a most mature adult and ditched the whole festival thing and bee-lined straight to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl sideshows. My wallet still hates me for it. So Mariachi El Bronx were excellent on Monday night but they weren’t quite The Bronx, ya know? And then I was finally one of the...

Posted 2 Feb 2012 @ 7:29am

Sweet Jesus, summer’s really kicking me in the balls at the moment. I’m so glad I wasn’t convinced by some enthused soul to attend Big Day Out on the weekend. I could barely string together a coherent sentence while sitting on my couch in my jocks, fanning myself furiously with an old issue of Rolling Stone. Power be to those who endure stifling heat each year to see their favourite bands,...

Posted 26 Jan 2012 @ 8:05am

Melbourne felt especially, nay spectacularly, summery this weekend and dozens of slightly hungover carcasses dragged themselves to Edinburgh Gardens to enjoy some acoustic diddling of the Poison City variety. Fitzroy’s finest green patch was swarming with cider, puppies, a couple of youngins, and even some oldies. Now I’m presently not of the age where too many of my friends are procreating so...

Posted 19 Jan 2012 @ 1:44pm

 

Well well well. Look what we have here. A Refused reunion . For years now I’ve been hearing rumours about the substantial sums of money Coachella have been offering similar seminal bands to forget their past indiscretions and reform for the festival. Apparently with each new year the offers become more and more generous, making it harder and harder for bands to resist the urge. At The...

Posted 11 Jan 2012 @ 11:01am

Not sure if you guys are as disenfranchised as I am about the current state of Australia Day, but rather than looking forward to a public holiday with the usual thirst, it's become a holiday that I'd rather forget. I keep seeing peers, our own mates, neighbours, members of our generation totally misrepresenting their adoration of their homeland with sentiments like 'fuck off we're full'. By...

Posted 21 Dec 2011 @ 10:06am

Let’s wind up the year shall we? 

 

BEST ALBUM:


Balance And Composure – Separation – The young Pennsylvanians delivered on all expectations both with new album and Australian tour. Bravo.


The Smith Street Band – No One Gets Lost Anymore – Happily one of the best Aussie albums in recent memory. Also one of the best live bands doing the...

Posted 14 Dec 2011 @ 9:12am

Sunday night was a bit of a revelation for me. Discovered that the Fitzroy Bowls Club was a sensational all ages live music venue. Spacious, carpeted, ample seating , cold beers and a nice low stage. Watching Extortion play their particularly crude brand of hardcore, I couldn't help but wonder what the bowls club's usual patrons would make of the evening. OFF!, fronted by Black Flag's Keith...

Posted 13 Dec 2011 @ 5:21pm

So like most of Melbourne, I fought tooth and nail to get my hands on some Fucked Uptickets last week. It seemed like all of a sudden, their headlining sideshow became the most sought after ticket in town. 

 

The East Brunswick Club is usually relatively hollow mid-week but folks keen on some school night shenanigans were spewing out of the venue on this chilly Wednesday night....

Posted 30 Nov 2011 @ 11:10am

You know how you were all excited about Soundgarden sideshows? Yeah? They just added The Bronx as supports. Upon hearing this my wallet cried out in anguish. "WHY!? WHY!? Why must you torture me so!?" Soundgarden and The Bronx play at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on February 1. Tickets are on sale next Tuesday from 9am.

 

System Of A Down will play (wait for it) ROD LAVER ARENA on...

Posted 16 Nov 2011 @ 10:22am

So more news surfaced over the weekend of Bring Me The Horizon being involved in yet another brawl with their crowd. In circumstances not dissimilar to their previous melee in Salt Lake City, the band was getting heckled relentlessly and this time guitarist Jona Weinhofen (usually regarded as a pretty placid guy) jumped into the audience to take on the heckler, shortly followed by singer Oli...

Posted 9 Nov 2011 @ 10:51am

Today I'm extending the olive branch to Jenna of Tonight Alive and then swiftly slapping every naysayer square in the squids with it. Following Tonight Alive's signing to Fearless records last week I kept catching wind of dickish statements like "they're just an Australian Paramore", "just because she's a hot chick", to which I feel compelled to say, "no shit". The girls IS attractive and as...

Posted 2 Nov 2011 @ 10:55am

Is there anything in this world more fucking painful and debilitating that FOMO? For those less not familiar with this totally hip, young vernacular, it's netspeak (hahaha, that's something my mum says) for Fear Of Missing Out. Right now I have the most crushing case known to man and it's quite devastating. 

 

You see, a small fraction of my friends and loved ones are presently...

Posted 26 Oct 2011 @ 10:03am

Hay guys! Remember how you've been waiting, like, forever to see Weezer live and how no one, not even the most cashed up, persuasive promoters can lure these guys to our shores. Well never mind that, it's all going to be okay because Good Charlotte, those dudes in the fedoras who penned a couple of mildly tolerable pop rock tunes a decade ago and now make money by dating celebrities and...

Posted 19 Oct 2011 @ 11:30am

Soundwave are indeed still proving themselves to be the most fancy free, unconventional festival on the circuit this week by moving their second announcement, originally schedule for December to this week. And, as has been the case with all previous festivals they have already started revealing cancellations, just a week after the lineup was confirmed.

 

 AJ Maddah has again,...

Posted 12 Oct 2011 @ 10:10am

I'm all for artistic freedom and allowing bands to ebb and morph and shrink and flower into whatever mysterious being they want to become. People enjoy placing restrictions on music. On what bands should do and how they should sound. 

 

Whenever my favourite bands (somewhat inevitably) dissipate into a sound I no longer like, I usually find it within myself to let them go and...

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