So this issue we’re gonna shake things up a bit and focus on Australian bands for a change. The internationals ain’t goin’ anywhere, and I’ll give ‘em a burl next time!
Geelong three-piece rock/pop/grunge/punk combo SPIDEY have dropped their new full-lengther Disappointingly Weird, and it’s a corker. The lo-fi recording works in the record’s favour, as a crisp, clean recording would diminish the warm tone that permeates the album. Another thing I dig about this record, is that it wasn’t what I expected. While many female-fronted bands in this genre veer into Sonic Youth/Veruca Salt/Hole/Breeders territory, SPIDEY, to MY ears, have a bit of an English vibe, at times recalling bands like The Cranberries, The Buzzcocks, even Oasis at times, while still retaining an Aussie pub rock sound. Very nice! Standout tracks for me were ‘Valium Biscuit’ and album closer, ‘So Gone’. Hell yeah!
Local lads Culzean will be playing one last show on Thursday, July 17 at The Rev in Footscray with fellow locals The Variants (featuring two members of Culzean!) and Hopes Abandoned. Frontman Jake Epiphone will soon be moving to Brisbane to embark on the next chapter of his journey. Be there or be square.
Ipswich, Queensland thrash-punk combo Antichrists Anonymous are making their mark on the scene in a big way, scoring a support slot with the Hard-Ons and making their way to number one on ReverbNation’s Australian punk chart. Bassist Jim Bopalouie is no stranger to Forteland, having played both Geelong and Melbourne on tour as part of Brisbane legends The Unprettier. Look ‘em up! Now!
Local punks The Half Pints may or may not have a show coming up. Go to their Facebook page and suss it out for yourself!
Melbourne modern rock/punk/grunge combo Death by Death Ray has officially called it quits. Do bands really stay broken up anymore, anyway?
Sydney Ramonescore superstars Batfoot! have started writing material for their next record. Woohoo! That means another round of shows in Forte territory! Speaking of Ramonescore legends, Ballarat lads The Savages have something in the works too! Stay tuned for more soon!
And check out The Revengers from Bendigo, featuring members of The Worthingtons!
Massive punk rock shows coming up at the Barwon Club – The Vibrators (UK) on June 22nd with Speed Demons, Batpiss, Town Hall and Foot Soldier, while July 6th sees the arrival of Adolescents (USA) with guests The Bennies, Batpiss, The Kremlings, Wolfpack, The Go Set and Japan for. Yowsa!
Until next time, kids – stay cool!
Written by Christopher Cruz