When punk legends the Dwarves announced an Australian in tour June, they only announced a wee three dates. Then something happened. Something that can probably be explained with a little research. But I don’t go in for that sort of thing. Anyway, they’re minor details in some big, happy news: the band now has a date in Geelong. That’s right, brothers and sisters, it’s on like Donkey Kong in heat.
Okay folks, straight to it. 2014’s Meredith Music Festival will deliver the most wonderful talents of The War on Drugs, Ty Segall, De La Soul, Mark Lanegan, Augie March, Cloud Nothings, The Lemonheads, Ghostface Killah, James Holden, Vakula, Sleep, The Skatalites, Mia Dyson, Painters and Dockers, the Hard-Ons, Phosphorescent…
If at first you don’t succeed, drink some beer and try again. The story begins in 2011. Actually, it begins in 2009 but we play it dangerous here so 2011 it is. January ’11 and Van Walker collects a bunch of musicians, gets them liquored up, feeds ’em a BBQ, and begins the journey of the Livingstone Daisies.
Stephen Cummings has been a part of the music world for 40 years. It all began in 1974 with The Pelaco Brothers, a band he shared with Joe Camilleri among others. In 1976 he formed The Sports, a new wave outfit that compiled a very healthy stockpile of releases before disbanding in late 1981.
This one isn’t taking place until November but it is one you will want plenty of time to clear your calendar for. Bendigoat Metal Fest is back for another year, serving up some of the best heavy-hitters from Australia and New Zealand for a worthy cause. This year’s charity is Liver Disease. Your line-up is: Convent Guilt (pictured), Oath of Damnation, Bulletbelt, Lustration, Adamus Exul…
Featuring past members of Responder, An Undying Day in Orbit and Seconds, Melbourne’s Strathmore is a throwback to the Aussie punk sounds of the 1990s (think Bodyjar, Knapsack and Samiam). The band walks the DIY road, releasing their self-produced debut EP Everything Tonight in 2011. Now they’re thrilled to welcome their feature-length debut, Time Well Wasted.
Bellarine Peninsula based singer/songwriter duo Narelle Jolley and Susan Russell (aka Sweet Delores) formed Ukulele Carnivale in mid 2013. Their signature harmonies and musicianship are a feature of their live performances which take you on a carnival ride of stories about cads, gamblers, circus folk, longing, lost love, country miles and musings of beauty and wonder.
A “feverish, powerful, swirling dervish of wild rock and modern electro riffs” sums up The Space Keys to a T. Oh yeah, did I mention their use of sweet electro flute? That’s so good I am going to mention it again: sweet electro flute! Forte’s Natalie Rogers spent a little time with a couple of its members recently where they spoke about life in an unlikely band.