In just a merry quarter of an hour in the queue, being smacked on the face with Australian flag paraphernalia, beer breath on the back of my neck and the distinct waft of other…organic substances, I’m given a true blue, cordial welcoming to the Sydney Big Day Out.
Still yet to pinpoint what it is exactly that attracts so many to this annual festival of beer, bogans and breasts. If you are aching to read about the unskilled offspring of Keith Allen, Matt Bellamy’s vibrato or any of the other international acts on the bill, you should stop reading now.
New Perth label Heartless Robot Productions is releasing a split 12″ featuring above bands. It will put out as a limited edition vinyl/DVD/mp3 package, which can be purchased through their website here. The DVD portion contains the clips below.
Without wanting to totally overshadow Injured Ninja, I fucking love French Rockets’ music and lighting stuff, which is here translated into a film clip that could be pulled right from the early 80s when people with money discovered video synthesisers. Nowadays, people without money can achieve the same effect but with added nostalgia value. FUNTIMES.
Australian blogger types have been getting moist with anticipation ever since it was announced a while back that My Disco would be putting out a new single in Feb ’10. That single has arrived. In digital, mp3 form anyway. And it’s not just a throwaway single, a studio leftover, a single that you’ll absorb in a few minutes and forget about – no. ‘Young’ goes for 11 solid minutes, which would alleviate any potential disappointment based purely on value for money. But it’s also a bonus that each of those pounding 11 minutes is pretty fucking good. It opens with a bang (ie. loud, scrappy, wirey guitar over a driving rhythm section) and continues to chug along to the point of ferocious monotony. This is one of those jams that will probably reach borderline transcendence when played live on stage.
Given the buzz around this band I assume blog readers have probably already heard this track elsewhere since an FTP failure on my part prevented this monster of a song from getting uploaded correctly the other day. But for those who want another taste or need to catch up, here it is.
Recently I went on the Big Day Out tour and was lucky enough to catch Muse. The dimunitive Matt Bellamy owned the stage, strutting through their entire repertoire. For the encore, they brought out Nic Cester of Jet to cover AC/DC’s Back in Black.
Philadelphia Grand Jury – ‘The Good News’ (Yacht Club DJ Remix) (mp3)
In case the large poster above didn’t tip you off just yet, Club NME is coming to Australia this Feb – and is bringing with it Andy Rourke of The Smiths for a DJ set. I have no idea what he is like as a DJ, but he was in The Smiths and you’ll probably be able to touch him at least briefly. “Hey,” I hear you say, “neither Andy Rourke or NME are Australian.” You are correct, have a gold star. Club NME is fortunately taking some cool local acts with it as it travels down the east coast. Joining Mr Rourke will be a live set from the Philadelphia Grand Jury and DJ sets from Yacht Club and Purple Sneakers DJs.
In case you can’t read the above poster for whatever reason, the dates are:
Thurs 25 Feb – The Empire, Bris
Fri 26 Feb – Hi Fi, Melb
Sat 27 Feb – Manning Bar, Syd
Apparently this is to be a regular thing on the gig calendar so keep your eyes out for future Club NME nights.
Uber-label Rice Is Nice recently signed Brisbane’s Seja Vogel of Sekiden and Regurgitator (c. 2006) to their already-impressive stable of artists (Seekae, Talons, Spod, Richard In Your Mind et al). In keeping with her synth-playing roles in those bands, Seja has produced an album of songs based almost exclusively around her vocals and synth playing that display not only a proficiency at playing the instrument but at also wringing effective sounds out of it.
I’ve seen Seja live and must admit that I’m still getting used the whole ‘play along to an iPod’ style of performance. But hey, it took me a while to warm to the idea of samplers as an instrument so I’ll probably come around. Regardless, the songs were rad, her vocals were near flawless and there was even synchronised dancing (with ex-Rational Academy’s Meredith McHughe).
Looking forward to checking out this album. In ‘Sing Me The Song Like You Said,’ Seja has not only captured a cool tune but totally nailed the production as well (assuming she did the production, which is unconfirmed). Check the eerie vocal breakdown a minute in – can’t go past that old ‘tear it down, build it up’ trick. Sweet stuff.