There is sure to be the odd reader out there who has imagined themselves as a rock star. While some may only live the dream within their imagination, others set out to make things a reality. We had the great pleasure to sit down with Jesse Thorson, a guy who certainly falls into the latter category.
Ash Grunwald has been a busy man: two albums in the past two and a half years, recording and touring with two thirds of The Living End, and playing gigs in Canada, around Australia and soon in the USA – a very hectic schedule for a man who considers himself “lazy”.
Australia’s Got Talent sensation Justice Crew is coming to Geelong as part of their national #HYPETOUR. The dance troupe’s recent successes include their platinum singles ‘Boom Boom’, ‘Best Night’ and ‘Everybody’, two previous nationwide tours, and representing Australia at the ABU TV Song Festival in Vietnam last year. Founding member Len Pearce says their music is intended to make people feel good about themselves.
These days few albums stand the test of time, particularity those pigeonholed as mainstream punk/hardcore. Then along comes PAGE AVENUE: 10 Years and Counting, the “re-imagining” of SOTY’s 2003 breakthrough release, and suddenly anything is possible.
Since being unearthed by triple j in 2010, they have gone on to become one of the biggest names all over the world. Infamous for their blissful five-part vocal harmonies and their relaxed acoustic vibes, Boy & Bear have over the years woven their music into the hearts of Australia. On the back of the release of their sophomore album, Harlequin Dream (2013), they are touring around the country and stopping off in several regional centres along the way. Although he’s been in the band for a good 18 months, bass player Dave Symes is still the new kid on the block, as I found out.
30 years on since forming, Strange Tenants are still regarded as the godfathers of Australian ska. In addition to that, they are the most recorded ska band of all time – and they are headed down this way to play at the Ocean Grove Festivus on Saturday, April 12. The music scene has changed a hell of a lot since the ’80s, and although they aren’t playing six nights a week anymore, Strange Tenants are still enjoying playing music together.
First rising to prominence with his band Not Drowning, Waving in the 1980s, David Bridie has over the years become the real deal. Together with his band, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, as well as his solo work, he is one of the most regarded musicians in the Australian scene. Last year, he released his fourth solo studio album Wake and has been touring on the back of that since.
Todd Mckenney is the original triple threat – he has sung, danced and judged his way into our hearts over many years. Now he’s bringing back one of his most beloved characters, so dust off your maracas – it’s time to reminisce with ‘Todd Mckenney Sings Peter Allen.’ When I was assigned to get the 4 – 11 for Forte readers, I expected Todd to be professional and courteous – a result of his years in the public eye. I didn’t expect that I’d be immediately put at ease by his warm greeting, humorous responses and all-round nice guy demeanour.
Regional live music contributes $61 million dollars to the state economy. For years now, there has been a stack of great live bands touring around the regional circuit; and so therefore, we need to ensure its health into the future for generations to come. Leading the charge to make sure that happens is Music Victoria, the peak body that confers between the music industry and the State Government to make sure it happens. That said, Local and State Government are unconvinced that live music is a good thing and so Music Victoria is setting out to change that mindset.
When I first met local DJ/producer Galtier, he immediately struck me as one of those people that was gonna go places no matter what it was he decided to do. With a lust and enthusiasm towards life like no other man I’ve met, Galtier has been prominently producing quality electronic sounds for a solid few years now, all the while studying and regularly deejaying at some of the finest clubs in Melbourne and Geelong.