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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Written by on 2 April 2018

29 March, Moonshine Another balmy post-summer night on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, another killer band on the bill for Moonshine Thursday’s at Manly’s Hotel Steyne. On tonight’s menu? A cosmic serving of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Hailing from Perth, PPC proudly wave the intergalactic flag of Western Australia’s infamous psych-rock scene, putting this prolific four-piece on my [...]

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The Jim Mitchells, Rosa Maria, Tropical Strength

Written by on 26 February 2018

First things first: I’d never listened to The Jim Mitchells before Thursday. They had been recommended to me by a handful of friends but I’d somehow unintentionally managed to avoid them completely. I had even missed a free show they did a month or so ago. Thursday at the Lansdowne seemed like the perfect opportunity […]

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Hockey Dad – ‘Blend Inn’

Written by on 1 February 2018

4/5 Hockey Dad is a duo on the verge of greatness. Having reached #54 on triple j's Hottest 100 with their single Homely Feeling, it's clear that the surf-rock outfit is ready to leave their mark on the Australian music scene. Close to releasing their upcoming album Blend Inn, the follow up to 2016’s debut Boronia, [...]

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Hockey Dad: On Haunted Houses, Blending In & Weet-Bix

Written by on 30 January 2018

Before you attend a Hockey Dad gig you already know it’s going to be sticky, sweaty and a seriously good time. Backed by his trademark, rhythm-specific head banging and his long-flowing, sun-kissed blonde locks - drummer Billy Fleming, always makes sure it’s a wild night. As the backbone - or should I say backbeat of [...]

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Space Monk: On Cloud Men, Naked Gigs & ‘Pub Lord’

Written by on 16 May 2017

When I chat to Space Monk’s lead Lachlan Body, he is sitting beachside whilst I am sitting bedside, unintentionally making me feel all types of jealous and excited for their new single release Pub Lord and wishing it wasn't getting so damn cold - this is a tune best served with a tan. Expecting to hear [...]

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Q&A: Sun Sap

Written by on 21 April 2017

Band: Sun Sap Answered by: Evan Position/role: Guitar Where do you hail from? Half the band live in Sydney and half live on the South Coast, though most of our music is written and recorded down South. Give us your wicked-cool backstory: A few of us are friends from school who had been playing music [...]

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The Vanns: On Injury-Prone Gigs & Fearing Cheese-less Riders

Written by on 2 April 2017

I accidentally interrupted a writing session between Jimmy Vann and Cam Little of The VANNS, half of the cheeky indie-rock outfit from NSW’s South Coast, to discuss their musical journey thus far and their imminent return to thrashing about on stages around Australia. “In country venues,” says Vann, “people just want good music. It’s like [...]

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The Ruminaters: On Why We Like Them Now

Written by on 2 April 2017

The Ruminaters aren’t just a bunch of rowdy misfits. Look past the haircuts and ironic styling and their mental-as-hell gigs, The Ruminaters see beyond the mayhem and have something more profound to say… even if at first glance, it doesn’t seem that way. Hard-working and with an energetic spritz of cynicism, their latest album I [...]

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Q&A: Shag Rock

Written by on 2 April 2017

Band: Shag Rock Answered by: Cav, bass; Aly, vocals Position/role: Bass, vocals Give us your wicked-cool backstory: Started in 2011 at a high school by Cavo, Aly and Reedy, pretty much an excuse to hang out and cause a riot in the valley every night. Having successful bands like Yves Klein Blue and Powderfinger come from [...]

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Caravãna Sun – ‘Guerrilla Club’

Written by on 2 April 2017

Ethereal trumpet licks and delicately balanced piano accompaniment is not typically associated with ska or New Age reggae – but then again, there’s nothing typical about Caravãna Sun. Their unabashed, unorthodox approach to this genre may have seemingly gentrified ska in one fell swoop; exposing its accessibility to a modern Australian music crowd too often [...]

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