Kevin Bloody Wilson may be infamous – but he’s ours. He’s regarded as a national treasure and an icon to many comedians of the new generation. Over a career spanning more than 30 years he has sold millions of albums and continues to push the boundaries of musical comedy, armed with only his acoustic guitar and his trademark grin.
It’s hard to believe Reece Mastin is just 20 years of age, having been so active on the Australian music scene since taking out the top prize in Australia’s third season of X Factor in 2011 at the age of just 16. Since then he has released two platinum selling albums, with his debut release hitting number one in the ARIA charts.
These might be the last few shows for a little while, but Agent 37 will soon be back on stage bringing us the good times. We had a chat with Dave, guitarist and singer, on the band’s best moments and their final last words (well, final for now).
Bam Margera is a man of many talents and has done plenty in his 35 years, from his pro-skateboarding career to his TV shows and movies including Jackass, Viva La Bam, Haggard and Minghags, to name just a few. His current musical project, Fuckface Unstoppable lands in Australia next month and will play nine shows all around the county.
There must be something in the air down in Bendigo as they’ve put out yet another stellar band. We had a chat to Jack Kennedy from Jack and the Kids about why bigger is better, breaking tendons and what it’s like musically growing up in regional Victoria.
“I’ve been surfing since I was a kid; my dad had always been in love with the ocean. He was into spear fishing, surfing and scuba diving so I was always the kid who grew up in the western suburbs and everyone would be playing football or going out partying in high school and I’d be down surfing at the beach or playing guitar at night. So I’m a bit of a black sheep in that respect.”
You’d know his voice if you heard it but chances are you wouldn’t be intimite with the jokes his penis is involved in – jokes that Tom will kindly be sharing with audiences as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. We had a chat to Tom about what he’s been up to post-triple j and general funny stuff.
The likeness is uncanny, simply looking at Tom Stevens and Tony Lewis and you can instantly see the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in them. Hear their jokes and witness their chemistry on stage and it’s a whole other story, it’s as if the original show has been pulled from the TV and brought back to life. We had a chat to the performers about how they got together as the infamous duo.
“It’s either music first like a riff or it could be a vocal melody first. In relation to the song ‘Hounds’, Gabe had a killer chord combination and for me it evoked an emotion that took me back to a part in my life where I was concentrating on perspectives. The song is about a conflict between two couples and I wanted to be a fly on the wall.”
The sounds of Simon and Garfunkel defined the sixties, echoing the attitude of a changing generation. Their flawless musicianship and faultless harmonies have cemented their reputation as one of the most successful duos of all time. To celebrate their legacy one of Australia’s most distinguished vocal duos, Mark Shelley and John Robertson, take on the pair’s catalogue of hits in Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert.