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.
Rollo Ellis has just released his third album entitled Songs From Under the Stares and will be touring the record in support. Admittedly, before the interview I hadn’t heard of Rollo, but from having a chat to him, he has led a rockstar lifestyle. After growing up in Detroit and playing in bands throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Rollo moved out to Australia in the early 2000s after meeting the love of his life.
After travelling the world, Kirsty Mac has come back to her hometown of Geelong for her new show Feminazi, which she performs at GAPA as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Kirsty first left Geelong when she was 18 but has since toured around Canada and the UK – and become a fully qualified dog trainer. Feminazi is a project Kirsty has worked on and nurtured for the last several years, waiting for the moment when she was happy to share it with the world.
On the back of the release of their fourth album Oddments, local psychedelic rock legends King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard are off around the country. Kicking off with the WA leg of the tour, the tour winds its way around Australia before a couple of regional dates in Castlemaine, Ballarat and Geelong. A day or two before the tour kicked off, I got the opportunity to sit down with Stu Mackenzie from the band to chat about their rise to fame.
Forte’s favourite mad men of mixtapes have done it again! Their fifth instalment of mash-up madness, Oddity Number 5, is out now for your listening pleasure. Like the others, it’s available for free online – and has already been touted as their best yet. So to celebrate Gaz and Guy have enlisted the help of a few rising stars to launch Oddity Number 5 to infinity and beyond. “We think it’s great music – and we’re our own worse critics, so hopefully people dig it!” Gaz confessed. “These shows we’re planning will be a lot of fun.”
Once in a while there will appear a person with the ability to produce an atmosphere and excitement that results, more often than not, in a kick-ass party. It appears that Bryce Spratling, aka Bad News Toilet, has that ability. Wielding an arsenal of classic mash-ups and a drunken stagehand and a big ol’ pile of costumes, Bad News Toilet tears apart clubs in a messy whirlwind of hilarity.