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 Riley Fitzgerald

Kitchen’s Floor – ‘Dictaphone’ (Reissue)

Kitchen’s Floor – ‘Dictaphone’ (Reissue)

I guess you could call this a reissue. But get this clear. It was never issued. Don’t care. Do you? I just listen to the first few seconds of ‘Loneliness is a Dirty Mattress’ and my heart stirs. Dictaphone is early Kitchen’s Floor. A few songs recorded, thrown together on tape and put out there […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Cold Fish – Cold Fish EP (Tropical Cancer Records)

Cold Fish – Cold Fish EP (Tropical Cancer Records)

Cold Fish are from Brisbane. Their new 4-track is a sludger, searing riffs and a whole lot of venom. A kind of dirty blues, albeit dragged through an underground silt then rubbed a little clean. The man who sings is not a happy one but if you’re feeling the magnetism then neither probably are you. […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Hatchie @ Black Bear Lodge, 14.07.2018

Hatchie @ Black Bear Lodge, 14.07.2018

When Harriette Pilbeam released her first single something happened. Nestled in out-of-the-way Brisbane, ‘Try’ caught ears. More than a few were in far-off places. From here Hatchie built a natural kind of momentum. An excitement that can’t be spun. The kind of feeling all the well-connected management or pre-existent reputation can’t buy. Here, tonight, Harriette’s […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Zola Jesus + Miss Blanks @ QAGOMA,24.06.2018

Zola Jesus + Miss Blanks @ QAGOMA,24.06.2018

Can only be honest here, I’m late. Just in time to catch the closing roar of Zola Jesus reverberating off of gallery walls, nothing more. But those few and final tortured howls? Powerful stuff. I have to admit being a little late arriving when it comes to catching Miss Blanks live. That’s not to claim […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus @ QAGOMA, Brisbane, 15.06.2018

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus @ QAGOMA, Brisbane, 15.06.2018

Something sits heavy on my mind. I don’t want to mention it here and it’s hard to say. I’ll put it across to like this. A few days ago, a woman was murdered. Eurydice Dixon, 22. Not much more than a child. She was walking home through a Melbourne park. Aspired to be a comedian. […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Amyl and The Sniffers @ The Foundry, Brisbane, 28.04.2018

Amyl and The Sniffers @ The Foundry, Brisbane, 28.04.2018

Some bands peddle profundity. Others pull up and burn the roof off of the place. Amyl and The Sniffers? If it wasn’t clear from the get-go, an answer doesn’t take long to present itself. The moment of clarity arrives as can of beer sailing toward the face. The band cuts into ‘Westgate’. A heavy-hitting missive […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

1800-Laneway Failed Sydney

1800-Laneway Failed Sydney

You break up with your ex. You like them, but they’ve pushed the limits of what you can take. You no longer feel comfortable around them. You kick them out of your share house. A few weeks later you get out of the shower. Opening the door and walking through the living room there they […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 02.01.2018: Day 3

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 02.01.2018: Day 3

Rain. Again! Will it stop? F**K this, I can’t handle this place anymore. It’s destroying my sanity! Live music but. There’s so much of it here, this event has been littered with moments that cut through the numbness and ennui of life and make it feel real. For me, 30 seconds of The Smith Street […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 01.01.2018: Day 2

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 01.01.2018: Day 2

Let’s not put the thumb on Georgia Maq and Camp Cope. Yes, there could have been a few more women on the line-up. But they are only articulating what a large number of their peers, fans, women, allies – Australians young and old – think. I’m not present as she as she causes the stir, […]

 Riley Fitzgerald

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 31.12.2017: Day 1

Falls Festival @ Byron Bay, NSW, 31.12.2017: Day 1

I’m drowning. The heat. It’s 2.30pm on the opening day of Falls Festival’s 25th year. The ice is melting in my vodka coffee faster than I can drink it. The first official act kicks off at 1.30pm. Who are they? Jonathon Boulet and Kirsty Tickle –  Party Dozen. Cacophonous but never caustic, they create a […]

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