A particularly shady pawnshop in Brunswick is where the story of punk rockers The Sinking Teeth begins. More accurately, the flat above a particularly shady pawnshop in Brunswick is where the story begins. You see, there were holes in the walls and the roof leaked. The owner of the pawnshop also threatened the band with shooting if they practised there. What’s an aspiring band to do? Not let the threat of shooting get in the way. So they set about writing tunes and had some epic parties.
Chatting with the guys from the Surf Coast’s own Barbarella is like listening to some sort of mutual admiration society. Barb Peppard and Evan Jones are just so full of praise for each other’s abilities and clearly deeply respect each other as musicians. The duo plays a mixture of a few covers and Barb’s original songs, with Evan providing the lead guitar alongside Barb’s acoustic rhythm and beautiful vocals. They met while playing in a backing band for Victoriana Gaye and then decided to play some solo gigs.
On July 1 songbird Tracy McNeil will release her new album, Nobody Ever Leaves. The album is one which fuses two worlds – that of her homeland, Canada, and her now permanent Australian residency. Tracy said hello to Melbourne’s music world as one-half of alt-country-folk duo Fireside Bellows; the other half being Jordie Lane.
Playing music that nourishes the soul, Grace Barbé is an artist whose music has been compared to Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba. While the Seychelles islander’s music is filled with the cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage, touches of modern reggae, pop and soul dance playfully within her sound.
D at Sea is set to release a new EP next month. The stage name of songman Doyle Perez, D at Sea found his following through his acoustic covers of hardcore and metal tracks. However, he has showed us he has a few tricks in his bag. Titled Anchors & Diamonds, the EP is said to be a more polished, layered effort. It also features a full backing band. D at Sea recently wrapped up a tour with Gabrielle Aplin.
Mike Perry is Paces, a guy on the DJ watchlist. Mixing influences from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage, Paces released his debut EP, The Pact, last year. He released the EP on Kastles’ US label Symbols, being their first Australian release. At the beginning of the year he followed it up with Julian. The EP featured the vocal talents of Erin Marshall on the title track. It also found its share of love, with triple j, London’s XFM and New Zealand’s George FM all giving the EP a working.
If you were to ask someone to rattle off some of the most iconic punk bands of all time, you would hope they would mention The Vibrators. The original incarnation of the band – comprised of Ian “Knox” Carnochan, Pat Collier, John Ellis and John “Eddie” Edwards – formed in 1976.
Due to a bout of laryngitis, Chet Faker has been forced to postpone his Geelong date at The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex. The rescheduled show will now take place on Wednesday, July 2. Chet: “This may seem lame but it’s only temporary. I’ve been advised by my doctor that I need one more day of recovery from laryngitis … I hope you guys understand. All other shows are going ahead as planned. Peace and Love.” Apologies have been extended for any inconvenience. Tickets will remain valid for the new show.
Brooklyn-based music-makers Obits are back for their second tour of Australia. What do they do? They play music in the areas of garage, punk and surf. You can call ’em surf-punk if you like. Garage-punk works, too. Just don’t be calling them surf-garage. The lads have a new album to show off, last year’s Bed & Bugs.
The charming blues-folk-rock favourites known as The Audreys will play Kyneton Town Hall on June 13 and The Vine, Bendigo on June 15 in support of their latest album, ’Til My Tears Roll Away. The album saw Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall once again team up with Shane O’Mara, their longtime partner and friend.