London is a much changed city from the one I left in 2004 for a one year stay in Australia that, out of nowhere, has turned into a full decade. So many of the venues and pubs have gone – from the Intrepid Fox to Bull & Gate to the never-ending Tottenham Court Road redevelopment […]
Driving the 15 minutes across Brisbane’s southern bible belt, from Salisbury where there are probably as many churches as shops, past Hillsong’s base in Mt Gravatt to Mansfield, Brisbane’s infamous religious heartland and the home of Violent Soho, it strikes that in over 10 years in Australia, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a […]
Time may be getting faster every year but it’s crazy to look at how much Bedroom Sucks Records have achieved in the last five years, their first five years. As the man said, they’ve put out some of the best music in Australia in that time and keep going from strength to strength. By comparison, […]
Cibo Matto play at The Zoo in Brisbane, with support from Richard In Your Mind and Ben Ely.
Most musicians are mired in their muck. And we love that. But some people – I guess I call them artists – seem to float above it all, with the lightest touch. Ben Ely is a musician and it comes naturally, like breathing. This is his first show with a new drummer and he’s glad to be […]
There was life before Kate Bush and there is life after Kate Bush. The live shows I’ve been to in the last couple of months just haven’t do it for me and it’s all La Bush’s fault for putting on the greatest show ever. Some words have been written about those few August days in […]
Bedroom Suck Records celebrates their fifth birthday with a show at Black Bear Lodge, featuring Terrible Truths, Peter Escott, Superstar, Primitive Motion, Cannon and Thigh Master.
I see Cannon play. This is part of the Bedroom Suck five-year anniversary. What’s not to like? Buncha loud-mouthed disreputable local types playing a buncha loud-mouthed disreputable shouty punk songs. With a female drummer who kicks ass. Bangs alive, but I’d be driven to distraction if this was all I saw live… but I’d still […]
We accept you. We accept you. One of us. Weird how evenings turn out. I didn’t know there was a festival happening today, let alone a festival featuring much of the “independent” Australian music I like (Per Purpose, ScotDrakula, Babaganouj – all of whom I didn’t see because it’s a Saturday). This part is where […]
The final show at The Waiting Room, with Ghost Notes, Winternationale and Pale Earth.