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Punk & Hardcore

With Joe Hansen

Welcome back to a new year of punk rock and related news, reviews, trash talking and more. It’s exciting to be going into 2017 with what I’m sure will be a great year of new bands and records. Let’s do this.
 
Visual artists and musicians Ben Brown and Steve Cohen are presenting an art exhibition this January-February showcasing their respective works. Known for his time in influential punk band Hellmenn, Ben Brown’s artwork has been used on countless iconic album covers and posters, used extensively by Waterfront Records and more recently bands such as Clowns and Frenzal Rhomb. Steve Cohen is known for his role as guitarist in both Flour and Cut Sick and has provided art for many bands, numerous on Poison City Records and label merchandise, plus runs his own screen-printing business Too Far Gone. Opening night is on Friday January 20 at the RVCA Corner Gallery on Wellington St, Collingwood.
 
Folk punks Ramshackle Glory, the latest project of prolific folk punk icon Pat the Bunny, have released what is to be their final album. Entitled One Last Big Job, the album is available from Get Better records and on the band’s Bandcamp page.
 
Pop/skate punks The Lillingtons have announced the upcoming release of their first album since 2006. Yet to be titled, the record is due for release in mid-2017. Their 1999 album Death by Television still gets very regular spins on my stereo, definitely worth checking out if you’re into fast melodic skate punk, similar to guitarist and vocalist Kody Templeman’s subsequent band Teenage Bottlerocket.
 
Sleater-Kinney have announced the release of their first live album. Recorded in Paris in February 2015 at La Cigale, the recording is from their reunion tour following the release of acclaimed comeback album No Cities To Love. The band has announced several pre-order packages for the album, available on CD, LP and cassette formats from Sub Pop. The band has released a preview stream of a recording of track Surface Envy.
 
Mid ‘90s Gold Coast skate punks Blister have announced two reformation shows at Brisbane’s Crowbar. Featuring future Frenzal Rhomb and Mindsnare drummer Gordy Forman, the band played numerous tours and festivals, including Big Day Out and Warped Tour. At the time of writing both shows have sold out, however rumour has it that more shows and a possible tour are not out of the question. Watch this space.
 
Olympia WA’s RVIVR have announced the release of a new 7” to accompany their upcoming national tour. Featuring two new tracks, the 7” will be put out via One Brick Today. RVIVR plays The Old Bar on Tuesday February 7, The Tote on Friday February 10, plus a secret location in Footscray on Wednesday February 8.
 
Photo by Ian Laidlaw