Norse will lead a brutal force of metal on an expedition stretching the east coast. The NSW-based extreme metal band has recently coughed up their latest EP, Pest, which has been receiving a stack of great press from various metal outlets. Who else is joining them? Fellow NSW outfit Apparitions of Null, Victoria’s Hadal Maw and Canberra’s Aeon of Horus.
Dude, Where’s My Beer is a regional weekender set to take place early next month. Basically, a bunch of bands decided it would be good to get together and perform all-ages back-to-back shows across a Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the school holidays. Ain’t that sweet of ’em? Lining up for the trio of dates will be When Giants Sleep, Road to Ransome, Bayharbour, To the Grave and Interview with an Escape Artist.
As the age of 17, Rhys Crimmin took out second place in the Australian Busking Competition (2003). It was a massive way to kick-start a career that continues to go from strength to strength. The magic happens in a live setting, where you will find Rhys surrounded by instruments, his arsenal including four different styles of guitars (including 6- and 12-string acoustics, Resonator and Weissenborn lap steel), along with didgeridoos, harmonicas, kazoo and foot percussion.
There aren’t a great many muso or band out there that can lay claim to having made 15 albums, but folk-blues songman Jeff Lang sure can. I Live in My Head a Lot These Days is his new release, and after all this time he is still mixing it up a little.
Music has played a part in Josh Rennie-Hynes’ life for as long as he can remember. The Brisbane songman has been in and out of bands for a good chunk of his life, yet it was while living in Canada when things picked up speed. While living in a ski resort, Josh stumbled upon a local restaurant that hosted a music competition. Each week musicians would play off against each other, with the eventual winner landing professional recording time.
Blues pairings don’t get much cooler than Chris Wilson and Geoff Achison, with both players having been an essential part of Australian blues for many years. Chris joined the band Sole Twisters in 1984, before joining Harem Scarem the following year. While a member of Harem Scarem, Wilson lent his harmonica skills to Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls’ debut, Gossip. He has been releasing solo material since 1992. Geoff arrived on the blues scene in the 1990s through the Dutch Tilders. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest guitarists.
When asked the important questions such as ‘What Australian biscuit complements your cup of tea in the green goom before a show?’ REMi really doesn’t know how to answer at all. We’re chatting about his new record Raw X Infinity which was released over the last few weeks and he is relating to me about how the after-party following gigs can go either one of two ways. They can be what you’d usually expect, or the downtime and relaxed post-show celebrations would most likely involve Chinese jasmine tea and a serve of Mongolian BBQ, rather than a hard Australian biscuit.
As you fine readers may have stumbled across last issue, Ocean Grove is set to host the local leg of a worldwide charity concert next month – the first version to take place in Australia. The Light of Day charity concert is staged in aid of Australian and US Parkinson’s charities. Its origins begin in 1998 when artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin set out to celebrate his 40th birthday. At the time recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Bob asked for donations to be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in lieu of birthday gifts.
Gas Light is a 1938 play penned by British dramatist Patrick Hamilton that tells the story of a couple whose relationship is questioned by an outsider. Set in London in 1880, the play takes place within the home of Jack and Bella. Bella believes she is going insane, while Jack’s unexplained disappearances only fuel the problem. Following the arrival of a police detective, questions begin to arise.
REMINDER: Fun4Kids Festival is Australia’s best children’s festival. 2014’s event is an eight day ripper featuring 15 zones of kids’ entertainment and activities. Taking place inside a purpose-built 2.5 acre indoor village, Fun4Kids takes place daily from Sunday, June 29 through Sunday, July 6. Festival doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information please visit fun4kids.com.au.