“A lot of tribute and cover bands of this [genre], you could come to expect pudgy, middle aged men dressed in badly fitting jumpsuits and wigs, putting on phoney American accents. We’ve built our idea on a genuine passion and influence of this music. Particular attention has been paid to how the music was originally recorded and we present it this way. The music is tied together with amazing stories and anecdotes that relate to the music, the artists and Sam Phillips- the man who discovered it all. The show is presented in an energetic and passionate way, infectious to all who come!”
Becoming involved in music as a high school friend and bandmate of Kurt Cobain before forming grunge/metal legends the Melvins, Buzz ‘King Buzzo’ Osborne has accomplished most things in music. However, after a 31-year career involving over 30 albums of studio and live material, the singer-guitarist is still breaking new ground by going acoustic for the first time on new album, This Machine Kills Artists.
The Angels need no introduction. At the forefront of the Australian music scene for the past 40 years, the band is currently on the road to celebrate. A couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to sit down with John Brewster, rhythm guitarist for the band, to chat about their illustrious history and how touring around has changed over the years. As you would expect, being a band for so long there has been quite a few highs and lows throughout their time together, most recently the sad passing of Doc Neeson. Yet Brewster feels that this touring line-up is up there with some of the best incarnations they’ve had over the years.
“A thumbs-up with a smile and a beer goes a long way!” I couldn’t have said it any better myself, but that pearler was revealed in my recent interview with The Bennies’ magnetic and very wise frontman, Anty Horgan, when we were chatting about his band’s most recent trip to China. “We’ve been there once before and geographically it feels like the other side of Saturn, and culturally so different. But it was the best two weeks of my life.”
“I’m more than happy to be doing an interview with such a cool, free magazine. It sounds like a human movement and I’d love to be of any help to you – we should keep in touch.” Bert McCracken happily announced when he called us to chat about his band’s upcoming national tour with Taking Back Sunday, and their latest album Imaginary Enemy. However, talk quickly turned to his passion for free press, his admiration for the works of Dostoevsky, Noam Chomsky and Stephen King, and his burgeoning initiative for the first “anti business” record label.
If you’re hard pushed to find time to run your business, raise a family and write your next album all at once, what’s the solution? That’s easy: organise a national tour, invite Adalita along for the ride and let the pieces fall into place by themselves. At least, that’s what Clare Bowditch will be doing with her upcoming Winter Secrets Tour. “My other project, my business, has been a very incredible but demanding love child,” she says. “But I realised I write my best work after I’ve been talking with the people that I write for, which is my audience. So I needed to get back out on the road and hang out with them for a bit.”
On his SoundCloud page he is described as “an enigma, wrapped in a mystery; immersed in weed smoke. He is Geko, aka Phil Gektor, a purveyor of a sacred Lingua Franca long forgotten”. After reading that, we just had to get to know him a little better…
If you’ve seen The Holidays’ latest video clip for ‘Tongue Talk’ (the 3rd single off Real Feel – out now), you may have spotted some familiar faces. Not wanting to name-drop, the always charming and humble frontman, Simon Jones played coy when pressed about the making: “Yeah, it has a fair few cameos in there, mainly friends of the producers that were roped into it! Who can you spot? Even one of the producer’s cameos is in it! With Real Feel we wanted to experiment and make some really interesting clips. It’s been so much fun.”
The humble beard is currently in a renaissance, the likes of which we have never seen. Celebrities, sportsmen, musicians – the list goes on for those embracing the once oppressed facial feature, all thanks to the tireless work of four brave men. “We knew we were up against it spruiking for such a highly maligned attribute. Certainly at the time those were dark years; we’d walk down the street and people would spit at our feet,” says Facey McStubblington, lead guitarist of The Beards on the time the band formed 10 years ago.
They’ve been hyped as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, so when news came in that Tom (aka T, one half of the core duo behind the publicity-shy collective) called Forte Mag to dispel a few myths, jungle fever spread throughout the office. Not to be confused with American hip hoppers Jungle Brothers, heavy metal rockers Jungle Rot, UK girl band Neon Jungle or Brisbane’s own indie four-piece The Jungle Giants, the London-based collaborative Jungle were noticed by all the right people at this year’s SXSW Festival, toured Europe and the UK with Haim and are now heading our way for Splendour in the Grass and a one-off Melbourne sideshow.