Well our time with Josh Pyke certainly is like the ocean, we could only hold a little in our hands. One of Australia’s most revered storyteller’s has declared that he is going on hiatus at the end of 2017, but not before his 10 Years of Memories & Dust regional tour. The last hurrah through Australia will kick off in November, and ticket-holders will be graced with the Memories & Dust album performed in its entirety, as well as a second set full of fan favourites.
So we safely made it through Day 1, barely! And in my opinion today is going to be even more amazing with the line up. The obvious favourite is Queens Of The Stone Age who will be headlining the night. Our advice to the people coming in today and taking part in the glitter parade.. don't be silly, wear clothes because as soon as it hits 4 o'clock OH BOY does it get cold, in typical true splendour form. Once again we have compiled who we are off to see today!
Although technically the shenanigans kicked off last night and the splendour grounds are already in full swing, today for us is day 1 and we can't wait to hit the ground running with all these amazing acts taking place. It may only 9am but our feet are itching to get in there. Heres our list of who we are going to see today.....
As Shakafest is nearing we had a chat to Gold Coast band Kazual Tea. Since forming at the start of the year, the band has breezed into the Gold Coast scene already supporting bands like Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Playing the Shark Bar stage inside will see them play alongside Dear Seattle, Pandamic & more. Its only up from here for these guys and we are expecting big things!
It’s been a very merry Christmas in July for all you KINGSWOOD fans, as the Melbourne trio have announced that they’re taking new album After Hours, Close To Dawn, on a massive national tour!
While Lindy Morrison may be the first to admit that fame and fortune have evaded her, she continues to ply a long and storied career within Australian music. In both terms of her no-nonsense persona and inventive percussion, she brought a catalysing creative energy to The Go-Betweens. Providing a vigorous edge to the delicate poetics of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, Morrison helped forge the legacy as one of Australia’s most inspiring and creative musical acts. Lindy exited the band after its demise in 1989, but 30 years on from recording the groups’ 16 Lovers Lane she is again stepping behind the drum kit to revisit the enduring album. Catching up with Morrison before her Queensland Music Festival performance we had the chance to discuss returning to the music of The Go-Betweens, the power of authentic songwriting and Kirin J. Callinan’s Bravado.
With 2015’s It’s You Gold Class conjured a gloomy yet beautiful sound. Following on from the momentum of their debut, the Melbournians have quickly cemented a reputation as an impressive live act. They may not be the only Australian band throwing back to the sound and energy of post-punk or other more subterranean influences right now, but they invoke a sense of excitement few can match. In a short amount of time the group has built a steady following both at home and abroad.
With The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard taking on the role of producer, their second long-player Drum (due August) again sees the four attack their music with fevered intensity. Leading single Twist In The Dark cuts forth with abrasive edge. As a whole, this incendiary second recording establishes itself as no less of a potent statement than its predecessor. Playing like an underground classic, there’s no shortage of brooding turns or sepulchral atmospherics.
Live the four plays tight and fast. Delivering their recorded work with conviction, they seem intent on bringing its rhythmic character to the blistering fore. Their music jitters in a state of both agitation and high excitement. Shifting between an impassioned croon and bellowing howl, the delivery of vocalist Adam Curley provides an emotive focal point to the group’s compact sound. The icy beauty of his voice conveys potently personal, carnal and political lyrical explorations. A dark sense of gravitas leaks from seemingly anything he wraps his vocal chords around. Both onstage and through their recordings, it feels that Gold Class embody the idea that creating something the listener can dance to doesn’t necessarily come at the expense of having something to say.
Ahead of their show at Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge, we caught up with the group to discuss working with Liddiard, politics and their forthcoming LP.
Interviewer - Riley Fitzgerald
Filmed by Will Johnstone - https://www.facebook.com/williamajohnstone/
Holy Moly, BIGSOUND has announced the second speaker announcement which includes two new keynote speakers, co-founder of one of the world’s biggest indie labels PIAS, Kenny Gates, and vocalist, poet and multi-instrumentalist Sadie Dupuis from US buzz band Speedy Ortiz. This festival is every music lovers dream and its only getting bigger and better, having sold out every year since 2010.
LES KRILLS is the vivid indie-rock creation of Suffolk Park locals, Alain de Carne and Nick Pollet. The duo only joined forces in early 2017, and the public have already been receptive to their decadent guitar-bop sound. They have just released 'In Another Life' alongside the video for 'Old Shoes' directed by Nick Pollet himself.
As of July 1st Owen Campbell has began his HUGE national tour in support of his latest single 'Rise'. The tour will see him travel all around Australia to over 20 destinations. Campbell originally emerged from a controversial showdown with Australia's Got Talent judges in 2012, Owen now travels the world playing to venue and festival audiences in the USA, Europe and Japan, .and tonight, Owen will be playing at Currumbin Soundlounge on the Gold Coast with Juzzi Smith.