A couple of Bendigo’s finest in Stevenson’s Rocket and Paper Boat Armada will show off their goods in Castlemaine shortly. There are many “joke” bands out there but there are probably not too many that started out as a joke. It was New Year’s Eve in 2009 when Stevenson’s Rocket took shape. Four mates, who may or may not have been influenced by the ’ol giggle water, whipped out a beat-up Casio and an even more beat-up guitar in an attempt to imitate English rock giants Uriah Heep.
Fans of Daft Punk have something to look forward to in 2015 with news that French subscription channel Canal Plus have commissioned BBC Worldwide Production France to create a one-hour doco about the electro duo. Given how elusive Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are, it could be interesting to see what discoveries are made. The doco will chart the duo’s 20-year history.
Melbourne’s fuzz rockers Pretty City may have that cool slacker sound but their work ethic is anything but lazy. It wasn’t too long ago that they released ‘Piece of the Puzzle’, a single with touches of Smashing Pumpkins and New Order. Now they have new single ‘Roll On’ for you.
Ah, these young rock and roll heartthrobs. Reece Mastin won fans and stole hearts through his 2011 X-Factor journey, a journey which would see him take out top honours before releasing a double Platinum album. Three consecutive singles would also land in the ARIA Top 5. With a new album due later in the year, Reece is hitting the road for his first extensive run of shows since late 2012.
With a Groovin’ the Moo run and an outing at triple j’s One Night Stand behind him and with a date at Splendour in the Grass ahead, Illy is looking towards some smaller venues later in the year. The run of dates pays particular attention to his 2013 album Cinematic, an effort recorded with M-Phazes and his first to debut in the Top 10.
There has been a lot happen since 2012, but one thing that has not happened is a Husky tour. Fortunately that is all about to change, with the Melbourne band hitting the road this month. Not only will fans get to rediscover their gem of an album in Forever So, but they will also get to hear new material including single ‘I’m Not Coming Back’. The band is also eyeing a new album before the year closes. NSC – July 18.
Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, struck gold with her third album, Visions. Among the accolades it received was the #2 spot on NME’s 50 Best Albums of 2012 list. We’ve waited a couple of years for new material and she has finally delivered with single ‘Go’. Originally written for Rihanna, the track was produced by Blood Diamonds.
Following ten years in the game, things are really starting to happen for Violent Soho. Admittedly we’ve known about their goodness for some time, but in a fickle industry they continue to grow. You see, the band’s third album, Hungry Ghost, is being released in the States through iconic punk label Side One Dummy (Gaslight Anthem, MxPx). The band has also sold out their 14-date Australian tour.
Influenced by the likes of Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Dolly Parton, songbird Ree Nay began writing poetry and songs at the age of seven. Though she grew up in Darwin, which helps to inspire her songs of travelling, adventure and learning, she calls Melbourne home these days. Her new EP is Seen You Before. You can check out the title track by visiting her SoundCloud page. Whole Lotta Love – August 9.
When the band was last here in 2011, they only took in part of the country. Now they’re heading back to make amends. One of the most influential and important bands of hardcore punk, Dead Kennedys remain as important today as they ever have. The Bedtime for Democracy tour is taken from the band’s 1986 album of the same name, an album which would become their last. 170 Russell – October 1.