After the first incarnation of the band floundered due to the usual causes, Berlin Postmark formed afresh a couple of years ago with some success before breaking up for good last month. The rock band’s bespectacled lead singer/guitarist, Steve Saxton, whose past musical involvements include the groups Tomorrow Wendy and Texta, and being a triple j Unearthed solo artist, wasn’t convinced Berlin Postmark had run its course. However, with the group’s final gig taking place a few days after we spoke, he was sad but matter-of-fact about its demise.
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.
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.
Baghdad-born and honourary South Australian, Motez Obaidi, who works under Motez, is a man showing that Adelaide’s music scene is far more than just hip hop. The electronic prouder has won favour for his remixes of some of RnB and pop’s biggest names, including Mark Morrison’s ‘Return of the Mack’, Justin Timberlake’s ‘I Like You’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinking About You’.
Want to spend a long winter night having a bunch of laughs? Well the Aireys Inlet Pub is hosting a free Open Mic Comedy Night on July 26. The event is a celebration of local comedy, with about a dozen amateur comedians from all over Victoria taking the stage for five or ten minutes each, while Canadian comedy star John Dore will be headlining.
10 years ago Eskimo Joe released their sophomore album, A Song Is a City. With its heart in their home city, the album has been described by frontman Kav Temperley as “about me, my friends, the people I love, and Fremantle. It’s the stories that go on between us. It’s similar to the people in every place all over the world. For me, that’s what I’m writing about. I’m definitely not writing about New York. I’m writing about Fremantle”.
A Day on the Green delivers a local flavour in celebration of 30 of the best from one of Australia’s greatest, Jimmy Barnes. As well as a tour to mark three decades in the solo game, Barnsey is also set to release a special new album next month. Fitting for the occasion, the album is titled 30/30 Anniversary and features fifteen of his biggest hits as collaborations with artists including Keith Urban, John Farnham, Bernard Fanning, Journey, Steven Van Zandt, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens.
Having enjoyed a nice little run with Dead Letter Circus, Brisbane-based Like Thieves will be using the rest of the month to polish their skills before heading out for a handful of shows next month. And they have a little polishing to do, with the release of their sophomore EP, Autumn’s Twilight, later this month. Even cooler, they’re welcoming a local band to open each date, with The Soulenikoes getting the honours in G-Town.