Blog

The Grenadiers Release New Single & Tour Dates – Playing Rad Bar, May 13

Posted on April 3, 2017

Everybody knows that GRENADIERS are the real deal. The Adelaide rock warriors have returned, with acerbic new single ‘Suburban Life’ and a high volume east coast tour.

‘Suburban Life’ is a driving justification of why Australian rock music is firmly back on the up and up. Drawn from some new recordings you’ll hear more of soon, everything about it is BIG. Driving guitars, relentless pace, that shout-along refrain. Frontman Jesse Coulter’s whiskey and smokes growl is more incisive than ever. Suburban Life rolls on, tongue firmly in cheek…

For over seven years, Grenadiers punk/rock straddling fury has seen them rise above the tangle of middle-of-the-road domestic rock. The trio emerged victorious to claim triple j feature album status for their acclaimed 2nd LP ‘Summer’ last year, touring nationally with punk legends Millencolin and Shihad and decamping to the UK to dominate at The Great Escape. Happy Mag listed Jesse in their ’20 Aussie Singers You Need in Your Life’ piece. Rad.

Individually, Jesse, Phil and Jimmy are rooted deep within the history and mythology of rock, punk and hardcore. This common fanatical adoration is the foundation-stone of their relationship. Combined, they become a fearsome, relentless beast that sounds like its feasted on the souls of Queens of the Stone Age, The Bronx and Bad Religion, at midnight in an abandoned desert truck stop. With these awesome powers they write songs that dissect the absurdity of the everyday. And that is refreshing as hell.

Always eager to abandon the well-beaten touring path, Grenadiers have plied their rock wares in such unconventional locations as Griffith, Dunsborough and Arnhem Land. They’re as comfortable in a far-flung RSL as in a dive bar or on a festival stage. See for yourselves what they’ve learned about delivering an all ruckus, no rubbish rock show when they take ‘Suburban Life’ down the east coast throughout May.

Come, witness the mighty Grenadiers worship expertly at the alter of rock.

Saturday, May 13

Tickets: $10.00 + BF – here.

Ben Wright Smith Announces Debut Album & Tour Dates – Playing Rad Bar, May 27

Posted on April 3, 2017

After he delivered us his hit single ‘No-one’ in 2015 Ben Wright smith showed no signs of slowing down in 2016 returning to the forefront of the Australian music scene with his infectious single Sand Grabber which achieved both high rotation on Triple j and and a combined incredible 400K plus plays on Spotify. In 2017 the APRA award nominated Melbourne singer-songwriter has delivered yet again with the release of his debut album

THE GREAT DIVORCE’.

Produced by Oscar Dawson of renowned indie rock band Holy Holy The Great Divorce  was a true family effort with collaborations from Ali Barter, Tyler Millott (Husky, Ali Barter), Jesse Williams (Leah Senior, Girlatones) and Andrew Braidner (Stonefield, Ali Barter, Redcoats) Wright Smith began the recording journey in his hometown of Melbourne  before embarking  on a songwriters mecca to Nashville, Tennessee.  Upon landing Wright Smith worked with one of  Australia’s most respected producers Mark Moffatt (The Saints, Yothu Yindi, The Divinyls) where the troubadours  continued to experiment and fine-tune the  11 track record in what would become a gargantuan two year period before returning home to put the final  touches in place  in Collingwood studio, The Aviary. The result is a diverse collection of up-tempo indie-folk songs is charged with pop hooks highlighting Wright Smith’s song-writing talent and instrumental flair.

As we keep performing I think new elements and sounds begin to take hold. These ones tell the story of how I was feeling at the time.” Ben Wright Smith

Back home the Australia Council took immediate notice of Wright Smith’s incredible achievements and are supporting him with a Contemporary Music Touring Programme grant.  Assisting the young artist on his epic journey to deliver his extremely catchy tunes to all the corners of Australia including regional and remote areas, with a mammoth tour national tour set to kick off on April 20.

Saturday, May 27

Tickets: $12.00 + BF – here.

Aaron Gocs Announces Tour – Playing UOW Unibar, May 3

Posted on March 30, 2017

Aaron Gocs is single and lives in the burbs. A bit of good old blue-collar work, footy, stitch ups, choccy milks and being a loving dad all get explored in a series of jokes and stories that will have you laughing all the way to the chicken shop.

With almost a decade of comedy experience behind him, Aaron has built momentum via his online following and 2016 has seen him tour nationally to sold-out audiences. He has made appearances on ABC comedy shows International Student and Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am, and boasts a series of viral videos on his Facebook and YouTube pages.

‘His set was splendidly funny in the caesura of his routine – a mishap of conscious streaming, messy at points and clearly unrehearsed. However, this is Aaron Gocs and what we came to witness: the comedy that is, this guy, whether laughing with him or at him.’ The Music

Wednesday, May 3

Tickets: $15 UOW / $17 GA + BF – here.

Final Installment & Line Up Of Y&O Sundays At North Gong Announced

Posted on March 29, 2017

The time has come! We’re well into Autumn but we must officially bid farewell to Summer… That means saying goodbye to our Summer Sunday sessions at North Wollongong Hotel. The final line up of artists has been announced below and they will definitely give us a send off far beyond anything we could have asked for!

Keep your peeps peeled… Yours & Owls won’t be parting ways with North Gong entirely.. special things are coming…

*** FREE ENTRY ***
Drink Specials 4pm – 6pm
– $5 Craft Beer Schooners
– $5 Mishka Vodkas
– $5 Sailor Jerrys

Flowertruck // Nocturnal Tapes // Brightness

FLOWERTRUCK
Sydney four-piece FLOWERTRUCK are a powerhouse of emotions. Drawing influences from the likes of Talking Heads, The Smiths and The Go-Betweens, their modest melodies and honest songwriting is instantly catchy and moving. From humble beginnings with their debut single Candided, Charles Rushforth and Hamish Dobinson quickly expanded the drum machine centered two-piece into a full four piece synth-pop outfit, contracting mutual friends Will Blackburn on the drums and Sarah Sykes on synth duties.

The gem of FLOWERTRUCK lies in their live performances. Their sound has been described as garage pop-rock – proof that the everyday chaos of the Sydney s Inner West sweats from their pores. Recently nominated as Best Live Act for FBi SMAC Awards, FLOWERTRUCK have toured up and down the Australian coast and built a resounding fan base outside their inner-western-Sydney neighborhood, expanding their musical chemistry into a brilliantly solid 5-track EP.s

NOCTURNAL TAPES
Nocturnal Tapes represent that feeling of space travel, somewhere between zero gravity and before leaving the atmosphere.

Their music pushes and pulls like very few other live electronic acts can do. And for a duo that has only been working together for under 2 years, this relationship is only going to flourish and grow stronger.

Sounding like the love child of Darkside, Daft Punk, and Jimi Hendrix, with solid 4/4 beats, escalating arpeggio and vocals awash with reverb and beautiful falsetto.

BRIGHTNESS
Brightness is the moniker of Alex Knight, an indie-pop producer and window cleaner hailing from Lake Macquarie in New South Wales. He owns a newly registered 2001 Commodore Lumina with a substantial dent in the driver side fender – so you know, he’s probably a legend.

Recorded and mixed by Knight and Alex Crosby, ‘Oblivion’ was released last month via Mirror Music Group, and who has now been sign to consistent taste makers, I Oh You. It’s a blissful, meandering tune with guitar lines that you’ll be humming for days to come.

Sunday, April 30

Live At 55 Release Third Installment With Archy Punker

Posted on March 28, 2017

What started out as beer fuelled banter on the porch has developed into a monthly music highlight. The kind folk over at Live At 55 have showcased lived performances from Good Boy, Horror My Friend and this month, it is local lords Archy Punker in the spotlight, giving us and the surrounding neighbourhood a taste of their latest single ‘Kiss In The Rain’.

See below to check out the latest installment of Live At 55.

Archy Punker will be releasing their debut EP, April 8.. Catch them performing with fellow Live At 55 recruits Good Boy, alongside Melbourne sugar plums, Jarrow when they play Strawberry Visions April installment of Strawberry Boogie at Wollongong Unibar, April 27 Tickets on sale now and available HERE
Keep your eyes out for Archy’s EP and other tracks on their Triple J Unearthed page.

Mere Women Announce LP Release & Tour Dates – Playing Rad Bar, May 6

Posted on March 28, 2017

Hypnotic, unsettling, intense, angular and dark. Mere Women’s brand of unique post punk makes them one of the most exciting acts currently releasing music in Australia. The Sydney-based four piece have taken to the stage with a huge range of International and local pop, rock and punk acts and are well known for their fierce live show. The group have now released two full length LP’s and most recently a split 7″ single with Melbourne outfit Gold Class.

Their upcoming LP Big Skies explores themes of women’s experiences over generations and the simultaneous isolation and confinement felt by many women living in regional communities. The release expresses feelings of been penned in, chained to family responsibilities and unable to break away from tradition. The tracks are haunting, restless and impeccably composed – a claustrophobic journey through wide open spaces.

Mere Women will be releasing the title track and first single ‘Big Skies’ this Friday, March 31

Saturday, May 6

Tickets: $8.00 + BF – here.

Papa Pilko & The Binrats Announce Single Tour – Playing Rad Bar, June 3

Posted on March 23, 2017

Papa Pilko And The Binrats describe their sound as Wild Blues, Slick Soul & Country Rock N’ Roll… With Horns! This label stems from the vast array of sounds that the band produces which is hard to pin down at the best of times. After touring up and down the East Coast of the country over the last two years the band has earned a rapidly growing following aswell as a reputation as one of Sydney’s standout live acts.

Known for their diverse style and wild live shows, Sydney septet Papa Pilko And The Binrats will be hitting the road throughout July in support of their new single ‘How Long’ from their upcoming debut album set for release later on in the year.

Saturday, June 3

Tickets: $10.00 + BF – here.

Northlane Release New Single ‘Citizen’ & Announce Local Tour Supports – Playing UOW Unibar, May 19

Posted on March 23, 2017

Northlane have released their new stand-alone single “Citizen”. “Citizen” was recorded by David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Paramore) at his studio in New Jersey. The video for “Citizen” was filmed by Jason Eshragian who has previously worked with Northlane on the “Intuition” and “Impulse” videos.

Also announced are the local supports for each leg of their upcoming tour. Joining them and Hands Like Houses in Wollongong at UOW Unibar will be local bands Graves & Vices!

“Citizen is a song that was written about the First World police state and our willingness to live under the watch of those in power, for their means, while those who blow the lid on it suffer,” explains Northane guitarist Josh Smith. “Writing this one was quite a mission, we went through five completely different sets of lyrics and the final incarnation of the song was the eighth revision. It took a lot of work but we are proud of it and beyond excited to share it with you all.” 

“Citizen” follows on from their previous track “Intuition” which was revealed as a surprise gift for fans during their headline set at UNIFY 2017. Northlane will continue to hit festival stages throughout 2017 with appearances on the main stage at Download Festival (UK) and Hellfest (France). The band will also play at Vainstream Rockfest (Germany), Jera On Air (Netherlands), Graspop (Belgium), Dissonance Festival (Italy), Rock For People (Czech Republic), Resurrection (Spain) Hammersonic (Indonesia) as well as Big Pineapple Music Festival here in Australia.

Before Northlane take off to the Northern Hemisphere, local fans can catch the band hitting up the regional hot spots around the country with Hands Like Houses. The full list of local supports can be seen below, and includes some familiar faces in Void of Vision, Saviour and The Brave.

Friday, May 19

Tickets: $30.00 + BF – here.

The Nuclear Family Announced To Support Against Me! – UOW Unibar, May 10

Posted on March 23, 2017

South Coast’s finest, The Nuclear Family have just been announced to support Against Me! at Wollongong Unibar in May as part of their upcoming Australian tour, alongside Melbourne cherubs Camp Cope. Tickets are selling fast, make sure you get in now and don’t miss out!

Wednesday, May 10

Tickets: $44.00 + BF – here.

Oliver Tank Announces National Tour, Debut Album & New Single – Playing UOW Unibar, May 5

Posted on March 23, 2017

Known for mastering the art of heartfelt, vivid soundscapes with an electronic bent, Sydney-based producer Oliver Tank triumphantly returns today with his new single Charlene. The second single off his highly anticipated debut album, OT will be released April 21 and follows on from the LP’s exquisite first offering Swerve, released late last year.  Oliver Tank today also announces his first national headline tour since 2014, kicking off in May.

Recorded at Sing Sing studios in Melbourne, OT was co-produced with Jono Steer (Hiatus Kaiyote, Ali Barter) and marks a timeless talent whose creations continue to be both parts relevant and revolutionary.

 Now with 7 million cumulative streams under his belt, Tank first burst onto the scene in 2011 with his textual glitch pop debut EP Dreams, which he followed up with stunning sophomore EP, Slow Motion Music in late 2013, featuring collaborations with Ta-Ku, Hayden Calnin, as well as long-time friend and collaborator Fawn Myers.

With rave reviews worldwide for both EP’s, Tank’s rise was kicked off by winning FBi’s Northern Lights competition, inclusion in triple j’s “Next Crop” and nomination for FBi SMAC Award in the “Next Big Thing” category.

The forthcoming tour dates follow on from Tank’s sold out intimate anniversary celebration of critically acclaimed EP ‘Dreams’ in late 2016.  He has also supported music luminaries Active Child, Youth Lagoon, Bonobo, Lana Del Rey, James Blake and Lorde as well as headline national tours and sets at The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City and Falls Festival.

Friday, May 5

Tickets: $15.00 + BF – here.