Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens began writing and recording music under his own name in 2012. Following an uncomfortable but fateful encounter that involved fainting in a café, Stephens crossed paths with bassist Cam Whipp. From here, the first link was established in what was to become an extensive collaborative chain. Enter lead guitarist Mon Ellis, contributing his experimental sonic textures, and revered musicians; keyboardist Chris Long and drummer Rob Turner.
Under his own name, Stephens released his debut full-length album What Lies in the Difference to considerable acclaim in late 2016, with airplay from Triple J, FBi, 2SER and ABC Radio National, alongside The Brag writing of the album “an exceptional record in all senses of the word”.
With a new album in development, 2017 saw Stephens and band light up the Golden Age Cinema stage as part of VIVID Festival, and leave a lasting impression with punters and industry alike at BIGSOUND in September.
After reflecting on the direction of Stephens’ musical journey, the decision was made to perform and release under the collaborative name Tesse.
Now, Tesse are set to release their debut full-length album How It All Unfolds in 2018. Citing Neil Young’s ‘On the Beach’, Wilco, Sun Kil Moonand Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk’ as influences, Tesse’s sound is characterised by frigid, full-toned ebbs of acoustic and baritone guitar, stitched together by steady, hypnotic rhythms. Breaking the tides of brooding inwardness are tracks painted with the warmth of the hearth.
How It All Unfolds was recorded and mixed entirely in analogue, over six days in the winter of 2017, at Sound Recordings Studios in rural Victoria. The record was engineered by Alex Bennett (C.W. Stoneking, Ballpark Music), self-produced by Tom Stephens and Mon Ellis, and mastered by Joe Carra (Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard). By recording live without click tracks and utilising the natural acoustics of the studio’s setting, Tesse have created a debut record that is raw, layered and introspective.
‘I’ll Tell You in the Morning’is the first single to be lifted from the record, and explores the contrasting complexities and monotony of an unstable relationship.
Tesse will be launching ‘I’ll Tell You in the Morning’ this Nov-Dec 2017.
Tues November 28 Leadbelly, Sydney w/ Roadhouses & Spike Vincent
Sat December 2 The Grace Darling, Melbourne w/ supports Rat!hammock & Hannah Blackburn w/ Rock Band
Things have been moving at an incredibly fast pace in the world of enchanting Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief. Having conquered all and sundry on their inaugural Australian tour at the tail-end of our last southern summer, they’re returning triumphantly less than 12 months later clutching their powerful second statement Capacity, a stunning follow-up to their acclaimed debut Masterpiece which introduced them to the world in 2016.
Musically Big Thief remain resolutely in thrall to no particular genre, swinging seamlessly between sparse, atmospheric folk and beautifully refined indie rock. Despite the wide critical acclaim afforded Masterpiece, for Capacitythe band chased a raw sound where spontaneity was paramount, arranging the new songs for the first time in the studio and then recording them that very same day to capture the initial spark. The results are fresh and uncontrived, brimming with subtlety and restraint yet immediate and headstrong and unfailingly potent.
On their initial Australian visit earlier this year, Big Thief delighted crowds at Perth Festival as well as at their own well-attended gigs in Sydney and Melbourne (including a slot on the celebrated Melbourne Zoo Twilight series alongside LA rockers Warpaint). Now upon their return Down Under they’re upping the ante significantly, playing headlining shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Brunswick Heads, as well as a prime spot on the cherished Meredith Music Festival line-up.
They’re in fine fettle on the live front having spent the best part of a year criss-crossing the globe since Masterpiece first took root, so take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the gorgeously harrowing-yet-hopeful world of Big Thief as they return south to Australia this December: they may steal your heart, but your soul will be reinvigorated and your spirit left bolstered.
✨ BIG THIEF ✨ AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2017 Brought to you by Love Police
Melbourne singer song writer Robert Muinos’ name might be familiar to local music fans, as the backing vocalist and guitarist (and most recently record producer) in the soul juggernaut that is Saskwatch, one of the rotating members of new musical collective Dorsal Fins, as well as releasing his own solo works over the past few years.
Robert Muinos has returned to his solo work with a fittingly titled 'EP3' out now.The new EP is a dynamic work of restrained intensity and is a beautifully emotional release. Quite literally taking control of his past, present and future this collection of brutally honest and exposed performances were written, recorded and mixed by Muinos himself resulting in a crushing masterpiece of autobiography.
The first single to be taken from 'EP3' was 'Weeks At All'. An incredibly gripping and beautiful track premieredvia ROLLING STONE, describing the track as "making misery sound beautiful"
The metallic guitar on 'Weeks At All' scratch like an itch of frustration and there seems to be a catharsis to these songs as Muinos vocals climb to a sustained climax on the lyric “Let it out…”
The considered simplicity of the arrangements is displayed perfectly across 'EP3'. The rhythm section comprised of Muinos’ Saskwatch bandmates Olaf Scott (Keys), Tom Petit (Bass) and Melbourne songwriter Jim Lawrie (Drums) approach the space with sensitivity and a choked restraint that alludes to the feeling of self-defeat.
Robert Muinos - Weeks At All
Sydney pioneers PVT are returning for some intimate shows; their first in Australia since February 2017 and the release of their acclaimed 5th album 'New Spirit'.
In a career marked by uncompromising exploration, we dare say Sydney has struggled to produce a more consistent and adventurous band in the last decade, nor one more capable on stage.
With members living between Sydney and London for several years now, their recent live appearances have been few and far between.
However, with the release of one of their career best albums in 'New Spirit', and off the back of a recent successful European tour, brothers Richard and Laurence Pike and Dave Miller are seeking to make amends with another return to home shores in September/October 2017.
Joining them on both Sydney and Melbourne dates is the exciting electronic artist Nico Niquo, whose 'In A Silent Way' album is a firm contender for album of the year at PVT HQ, as well as a host of innovative local acts including Melbourne's Corin, Dongelis (aka Sydney's Donny Benét in instrumental synth mode), plus Lower Spectrum and Erasers in Perth.
Five albums in, one gets the feeling that PVT are in a constant state of renewal; that a nostalgia-free form of evolution is their primary mode of practice, and, that they are a band that will potentially remain a creative force in Australia's musical landscape for many years to come.
Don't miss this chance to catch one of our most singular bands live.
Tickets on sale NOW!
PVT AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
SYDNEY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15 THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL w/ NICO NIQUO & DONGELIS TICKETS HERE!
MELBOURNE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16 NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB w/ NICO NIQUO & CORIN TICKETS HERE!
Chain & The Gang, the latest creative vehicle for Washington DC activist Mr. Ian Sveninonius, ex-The Make Up/ Nation Of Ulysses and a man described by fellow Washington native Henry Rollins as “a genius” are heading down under for their debut Australian tour.
Formed in 2009, Chain & The Gang are different than the rest. You won’t see their name on the garbage heap of hyped bands pushed by paid-off web-zine tastemakers. They’re not “jingle-core,” tattooed onto your subconscious via Madison Avenue mind-control ad campaigns. They’re not middle brow NPR indie listening for Prius owning cubicle rockers or a tiresome teenage retread of ‘90s surrender sludge.
No. Chain & The Gang are singular, terrifying, unparalleled. Not only the most ferocious live combo ever witnessed but also the world’s only anti-liberty rock ’n’ roll group. Their motto? “Down with Liberty... Up with Chains!”
Chain & The Gang don’t care about grades, likes, traffic or hits. They don’t petition publicists for goofy hype or pander to the corrupt institutions who molest rock ’n’ roll and use it as their plaything. Chain & Co. don’t play that game. They want total destruction of the insipid rock ’n’ roll status quo and the foul system it purports to offer relief from –- but in fact keeps afloat.
CHAIN & THE GANG AUSTRALIA TOUR
FRI MAR 10 - THE CURTIN, MELB w/ PRIMO & PARSNIP TICKETS
SAT MAR 11 - THE TOTE, MELB w/ NEW WAR & TERRY TICKETS
SUN MAR 12 - GOLDEN PLAINS FESTIVAL, VIC TICKETS VIA BALLOT | MORE INFO
TUE MAR 14 - THE FOUNDRY, BRIS w/ I HEART HIROSHIMA TICKETS
WED MAR 15 - NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB w/ ANGIE & COLD SWEAT DJS TICKETS
CHAIN & The GANG Announcing Appearances in Australia 2017
BOSS HOG (USA)
BOSS HOG ARE BACK WITH FIRST LP IN 17 YEARS!
After too many years of dormancy, New York City’s glorious garage-noise mutants Boss Hog are back, with their first studio album in 17 years Brood X, out April 7 via the almighty In The Red Records.
Led by Cristina Martinez (ably assisted by her faithful sideman/husband Jon Spencer, as ever playing Flavor Flav to Cristina’s Chuck D), Brood X feels less like the work of a group who’ve been on ice for so long, more a slithering and sludgy monster of an album, a boiling pot of hot funk keys, growling punk attack, searing blues breaks and the ground-shaking holler of Martinez (ex-Pussy Galore).
Having recently released singles'17’, 'Fomula X'and'Ground Control' already championed by Stereogum,The New York Times, The Quietus, SPIN and more, Martinez explains their almost two-decade gestation:
“There are different broods of cicadas emerging in cyclical periods, there are 13-year cicadas and 17-year cicadas. That’s what Boss Hog is like – we’re operating on our own cycle. We go underground for a number of years, re-emerge, make beautiful sounds, and then go away. That’s our cyclical life.”
On hiatus since they finished promoting 2000’s icy, wonderful Whiteout album, Boss Hog began stirring again late in 2008 with the first of several short runs of shows. Things started getting serious a couple of years later, when the Boss Hog all-stars – Martinez, Spencer, bassist Jen Jurgensen, drummer Hollis Queens and keysman Mickey Finn – decided this reunion habit was worth committing to wax.
Cooked up in the same Lower East Side basement where Boss Hog brewed their first blistering noiseouts, and cut at Michigan’s Key Club Recording Company on the same Flickinger N32 Matrix console Sly Stone used for There’s A Riot Goin’ On,Brood X is serious music for serious times, the perfect soundtrack for a necessary revolution.
New York has changed beyond recognition and there’s a buffoonish villain in the White House, but Martinez’s towering vocals and vicious, hilarious, emboldening lyrics have never sounded so sharp, nor Boss Hog so timely. Opener 'Billy', all brawny low-end and delirious funk organ, finds Martinez and Spencer howling about “The brink of destruction!” over apocalyptic beats, while 'Ground Control', a prismatic vision of today’s Big Apple, includes the bitter observation, “This is the cost of privilege”.
“A lot of Cristina’s lyrics on this album resonate with me more deeply since the election,” nods Spencer. “They’re blues songs, protest songs.”
“The songs do feel oddly relevant now,” Martinez adds.
Brood X is out April 7 on limited coloured vinyl via In The Red Records. Pre-order available now.
'BROOD X' TRACKLIST
1. Billy 2. Black Eyes 3. Ground Control 4. Shh Shh Shh 5. Signal 6. Rodeo Chica 7. Elevator 8. Formula X 9. Sunday Routine 10. 17
"This is a band that has the dirt and noise of their city ingrained in their fingernails; the songs reflect the pulse, danger and clamour of it perfectly." - Louder Than War
FEEDTIME ARE BACK WITH NEW LP 'GAS'.
OUT ON IN THE RED RECORDS APRIL 7
Excited to announce In the Red Records will be releasing the first new album from Australia's favourite misanthropic noise-makers feedtime in over 20 years!! 'Gas' finds the band sounding exactly as they always did - pummeling, gnarly and awesome! Limited green vinyl available via In the Red store!
Sydney, 1978-79. Against the backdrop of the burgeoning inner city music scene, feedtime was formed. Taking notes from the incendiary live shows of X and Rose Tattoo, feedtime set about creating their own interpretation of the events unfolding before them, a blues-noise that was equal parts abstract minimalism and working class roots-rock. Post-punk, yet right in the thick of it; miles ahead of the pack and not many seemed to notice.
The classic line up of feedtime (reunited here on ‘Gas’) released 4 albums in the 1980’s before their initial dissolution in 1989. All four albums were licensed in the US, UK and Europe which generated the band an international cult following, held in high regard for their unique roots-racket and often cited as influential in the US regional band explosion of the early ‘90s. Fitting then, that in 2012 the band’s 4 classic albums were reissued as a box set by Sub Pop Records.
The band reformed with a new drummer in the mid 90’s for tours with The Damned and Unsane (with whom they shared a split 7”) and an album on Amphetamine Reptile. Years passed once again before the most well-known line-up of the band reformed for a performance in San Francisco for SS Records’ anniversary showcase in 2011. A rarities compilation appeared shortly after and a US tour in support of the aforementioned box-set finally gave international audiences an evening with feedtime.
‘Gas’ presents all the elements which make feedtime one of the great Australian pub rock bands. The staggering, woozy slide guitar; the thundering drums and the relentless thrum of the bass create the atmosphere of urban panic up against finding ways to smile amongst the bitter, harsh reality of life and how you manage your own spirit with that of those around you. Some make it through, some don’t. Those who do should count themselves lucky, because it all comes down to luck, Jack.
We’re lucky to have feedtime here and now. If there’s one thing these guys deliver, it’s a good time. Drink and dance and leave your problems at the door. Working all week to drunkenly stumble out of a Chippendale watering-hole, catching the blurry street lights, the sound of cars driving past on a wet road and how you didn’t realise it was raining because the band was so loud. It’s only Friday night.
Never giving up. Always lowercase. Onward into the continuum. It’s a Gas!
Tracks: 1. Any Good Thing 2. Thought 3. Box N Burn 4. Skilled Enuf 5. Hopeful Blues-noiseGutter Roll 6. You Don't Mind 7. Fifty Eight 8. Sister 9. Grass 10. Lies 11. Keep Goin 12. Highway cruisin 13. Shovelhead
Known for his roles on Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, David Liebe Hart is an outsider musician, actor and painter. A true original, he has communicated with extra-terrestrials, owns a large collection of puppets, is obsessed with trains, and is on his way to Australia & New Zealand this April!
With electronic wizard Th' Mole as backing musician, Liebe Hart puts on a show certain to please old fans and new ones alike. The duo performs their songs along with puppets, projected video accompaniment, and surprises.
David's vast and bizarre catalog of songs about aliens, religion, and failed relationships has yielded cult hits, such as Salame, Father & Son and Puberty. Throughout the past decade Liebe Hart has garnered a substantial and die-hard fan base, not only from his TV and film appearances but from his stints on the road performing music all across the US, UK and Australia. His loyal followers are won over by David's obvious good heartedness, honesty and hilarious idiosyncrasies, as well his fun and engaging stage shows.
With Jonah Mociun as backing musician, Liebe Hart puts on a show certain to please old fans and new ones alike. In addition to creating electronic versions of David's old favorites, the duo performs their new songs along with puppets, projected video accompaniment, and David's oddly endearing stories of past relationships and paranormal encounters.
If these tour offerings are not enough for ya, the wizard of weird, David Liebe Hart, and his evil puppet, Chip The Black Boy, have just released a molasses-paced handful of remixes titled ‘Chopped & Screwed’.
Producer/composer Jonah Mociun, who doubles as the voice of Chip, remixes his own productions on this 5-track EP. It’s bass-heavy, buzzing, and verrrry slooooow.
David Liebe Hart (Tim & Eric/Adult Swim/USA) Australia-New Zealand Tour Promo
David Liebe Hart - New Technology (Chopped & Screwed Rmx)
Sydney dark synth pop duo MEZKO have just released their latest single ‘Trust’which carries on the rock-meets-electronica vibe heard since their debut ‘Steady On’from 2015. The Newtown darlingsandFBiRadio's Northern LightsCompetition finalists, MEZKO havebeen refining their sound, philosophy and aesthetic to earn their unique place in Sydney’s music community.
With multi-instrumentalists Kat Harley and Laura Bailey at the helm, MEZKO’s sound avoids cliche and defies easy labels with their melange of krautrock, synthesizers, found sounds, hypnotic vocals and post punk riffs, anchored by taut, melodic bass lines riding over catchy, left field beats.
A regular fixture of Sydney radio stations with three well-received singles, MEZKO have grown a diverse, energetic fanbase through memorable live shows alongside the likes of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Slum Sociable, The Laurels, Gold Class and The Murlocs, and have stolen the show at events such as Volumes, Purple Sneakers x Vivid and Perth’s Disconnect Festival.
With ‘Trust’offering a taste of what’s to come, everything is gearing up for their debut EP, MEZKO are looking forward to revealing the next evolution of the music they love to make and ‘letting their audience know that they’re ready to bring their extraordinary talents wherever fate takes them’- FBi Independent Artist of the Week
Mates, music and homemade hot sauce have ensured Coburg's True North is always buzzing at breakfast and lunch, but the addition of local beers, seasonal cocktails and outstanding burgers have turned this popular café into a bar & burger joint, the perfect after hours neighbourhood haunt.
First opened in 2014 by good friends Nadia Camus and Brett O’Riley, True North’s offerings of American and South American influenced food with tasty vegan options and homemade Blackberry Belle sweet pies quickly found fans, and the café soon expanded from one shopfront to two.
Now open Thursday night through to Saturday, the team are serving up a new dinner menu known as The Cheeseburger Picnic with burgers and beers, $10 chilli on a Thursday and the very popular Pie or Die, where Camus' famous pies are matched to the bar's creative beer and cocktail such as True North’s take on the classic Bloody Mary (add your own heat from the extensive selection of hot sauces) and the ‘Cyndi Lauper’ (house made water melon fresca with tequila and lime). All vegan, vege and meat options baby!
It is this unique atmosphere that has locals realising they no longer have to go far to have a night out.
For Camus and O’Riley, serving food that they love and creating a space to hang out with mates is the ethos behind all things True North. ‘What you see on the menu is food that we both like to eat. We love flavour and being brave with it,’ says Camus.
True North's personalty certainly packs a mighty punch as you head through thedoor. With booths handcrafted from reclaimed timber; décor that pays tribute to Lemmy, Ozzy and cats; and a playlist that isn’t without the odd Manowar track, their playlists are to end all playlists.
Originally meeting through Melbourne’s music scene - O’Riley has played in all manner of bandsand Camus is a filmmaker – the duo’s friendship took shape at Camus’ old kitchen table, making ‘Nordic Frost Burn’, a killer hot sauce that has since become the signature sauce of True North. With fifteen years working in hospitality, Camus leads the charge in designing the menu, managing the floor and dishing up her famous sweet Blackberry Belle American-style pies; while O’Riley, whose hospitality experience began when True North opened it’s doors, looks after the back end duties, front of house, and keeping the coffee or cocktails coming.
True North trading hours! Monday - Wednesday: 7am – 4pm Thursday & Friday: 7am – Midnight. Saturday: 8am - Midnight // Sunday: 8am - at least 4pm...
Find True North at: 2A Munro Street Coburg VIC 3058 Phone: (03) 9917 2262
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds' fourth and strongest album yet for In The Red Records, “La Araña Es La Vida” summons the Mexican muse of The Great Spider Goddess of Teoticuhan, who sprouts hallucinogenic morning glories and protects the underworld, or in Kid’s eyes, the world of underground music. Recorded at The Harveyville High School gym in Kansas, Guitar slinger and singer, the legendary Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), bassist Kiki Solis (Baby Baby Dance With Me, Knife in The Water, Rhythm of Black Lines), drummer Ron Miller (Switch Hitter, Up The Academy) are joined by Chicano, Mosrite playing guitarist Mark Cisneros (Medications, Deathfix) on this self-produced ball of wax.
“La Araña Es La Vida” rocks n rolls it’s way thru a planet of Glamazons (Psychic Future), blisters with the tricks of a “Magic Machine” then gets to work out a low rider groove on “Chicano Studies”. Tales of gender bending, disembodied heads, gente from La Puente and even a TCB-era, Elvis-inspired rave up on “Karate Monkey” is merely a smatter of the magic on this platter.
This August sees Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds return to Australia .
Following their first Australian tour in January 2015 which saw them sell out rooms across the country and playing the likes of Sydney Festival and SummerSalt, greasy, swamp rockers Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds are back coming back and with “La Araña Es La Vida” in tow.
La Araña - Official Video HD - Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds
Milk! Records are excited to be releasing 'Saturn Returns', the debut EP from Loose Tooth.
Swept together from the ashes of your finest night on the tiles Loose Tooth are a Melbourne three-piece who craft sweet guitar pop with frayed edges and swollen hearts.
Life-long mates Etta Curry and Nellie Jackson met in crèche and spent nap time dreaming of creating a heavenly racket. Long-time friends Luc Dawson was drafted in on bass to transform their sketches into the sort of songs that stick in your head for days.
Spacious and drenched in reverb, Loose Tooth's smouldering pop gems deliver heartfelt assessments through misty eyes.
Whether spluttering to life on an empty tank or hitting harmonies in full flight, seeing Loose Tooth really is a beautiful thing.