His name sure does get a good workout in Forte, but in our defence he is always up to something. Set for another touring adventure before 2014 comes to a close, Shaun is on the road with ‘Two Hands on the Wheel’, the second single from his latest album, Steer the Wheel. The newie treads country blues and features contributions from Kyle and Dan Lizotte from Halfway to Forth.
30 years ago. When you start a story with ’30 years ago’, you begin to feel like an old man shaking his fist at the clouds. Anyway, many bands took their first musical steps in the year we call 1984. Adelaide’s The Mark of Cain is one such band. Formed by the Scott brothers, John and Kim, along with Rod Archer and Roger Crisp, the band would have a reshuffle before releasing their debut album, Battlesick, in 1989.
Let us all rejoice in the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the one, the only, the band-name-defying super stars of punk rock … ladies and gentlemen, The Meanies. 25 years is a long time to be doing anything. Let alone punk rocking across the universe, always going forwards because they still can’t find reverse.
While many resist it, change is one of the best ways to bring in something new to your life, or even venue, and it’s proved to be just what The Grovedale needed. After joining his father in managing The Grovedale Hotel, Joel Taylor convinced his dad to reinvent the old sports bar into a beer garden fit for the laneways of Melbourne.
So, the ARIAs are done for another year and our congratulations go out to all the winners, and those who were nominated. Sia did alright, picking up the gong for Album of the Year and Best Female Artist among her four wins. Best Male Artist, meanwhile, went to Chet Faker, who also picked up Best Independent Release. Iggy Azalea secured Breakthrough Artist Release while Best Group was picked up by Sheppard. Those 5 Seconds of Summer heartthrobs took out Song of the Year.
Once upon a time The Oblivians were the kings of underground garage rock. Ask those who dig their tunes, and many will say they’re still the kings. Formed out of Tennessee, the band’s original run was between 1993 and 1998 and with their blues-infused garage punk they inspired a new wave of down ’n’ dirty garage bands.
Tickets still remain for Rick Astley’s show at GPAC on November 30. The Together Forever tour sees Astley return to our shores for his second visit in a short time, the last time being 2012. Born in the small coal-mining town of Newton-Le-Willows, Astley released a little single called ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ in 1987.
It’s not uncommon for cafes now to have their front counter filled with an array of brightly coloured, and sugar filled treats, though not many can claim they’re all made in house like they are at Darriwill Farm Café in Highton. “Everything is made in house – or as much of it as possible. That means sauces, soups, as much as we can, the only thing we can’t do is bake our own bread here,” head chef Josh Beaumont says.
If you’ve been umming and ahhing about taking music more seriously than you have, the people at Oxygen College in Geelong are the best at putting your career to a great start. Enrolments are now open for full and part time courses in music performance, music business, electronic music, sound production, photography and art. It’s time to take things seriously.
What can we say about Geelong’s Motor City Music Festival that hasn’t been said before? Steven Tyler says: “Yeeeeow! Man, this is some kind of cool-ass s**t”, while Steven Seagal says: “Yeah, mumble grumble. I like it. Star dust.” That bit may be made up, but we’re pretty sure they would love it – and how could anyone not?! The basics are it is an all-out music extravaganza boasting over 50 acts performing across three days on five stages.