Musicians taking time out from their bands to explore new ideas: it’s not an unfamiliar scenario. In 2008, Simon Bailey and Kris Emond took a breather from their usual gig to jam out some ideas. Recruiting Anth Dymke, this trio would christen themselves Pony Face. They have, in their relatively short life, released an EP and two albums, but their latest venture is something special.
Australia Day in 2015 means we’re getting another run of the Havaianas Thong Day Challenge. In 2015 they’ll say goodbye to single digits and celebrate the big 1-0. For those not hip to the square, the day brings together thousands of people through family-friendly activities.
As the year rockets to its end, we are beginning to look ahead to what treats are in store for 2015. We made a brief mention of this one last issue, but here we take a closer look at the Family Fun Day coming up at Bendigo’s Music Man Megastore. So why is it family fun? Mega family fun, dare I say?
Darryl Barba, John Coulehan and Brian McLeod were once part of the grunge band Pigeon Hole. When their guitarist bailed, Darryl stepped out from behind the kit, picked up a guitar and started writing songs with John and Brian. The all-important band name was next on the agenda, with Roymackonkey getting the tick of approval.
There is nothing like going out with a bang, and that is exactly what the Sleepy Hollow Blues Club does at the end of the year. Saving the best for last, the Sleepy Hollow crew is behind the Bluestone Blues Festival, a New Year’s bash where blues is on the menu. 2014/2015’s line-up features Brian Fraser, Stringybark McDowell and Rusty Bonnet…
REMINDER: For over ten years the music, the look, the feel and the power of KISS has been channelled by Kisstroyer. Formed by brothers Andrew and Stephen Kyriacou in 2001, Kisstroyer has worked its way up to the top of the tribute band pile., Kisstroyer is a fire-breathing, blood-spitting, devil horns rock ’n’ roll ride. It’s not just a show. It’s an experience Sphinx Hotel, Geelong – November 22.
You had better hold on tight as the red-neck preacher at the shotgun wedding between country and blues is on the loose. Who in tarnation am I talking about? His name is 8 Ball Aitken, and he comes packing heat. 8 Ball has been a part of Australia’s festival scene for over a decade now, though in recent times he has called Nashville home.
Here at the Forte office we’re constantly listening to music and, by no surprise, we have piles and piles of albums in the office. Though there’s one that’s missing – the possible second EP from local musician Imogen Brough. Now you may be thinking, how can something be only possible?
It has been one hell of a ride for Ballarat darlings the Hunting Grounds, so you can probably forgive them for packing away their gear. The six-piece has announced that they will be calling it a day after a final run of shows.