There is something about our shores that Irish musicians seem to love. And that’s cool, because music is a good thing. Plus, there is the accent thing and all. Roesy found a new lease on life when he moved to Melbourne. This happened again when he moved to the Dandenong Ranges. The fresh air, the space to breathe and the softer pace brought out creativity like never before.
Wayne Smith and Duane Buriani-Gennai are two guys you probably know better as Fake Forward. Kindred music souls, the two collected records from an early age; Wayne was more into the techno, D&B and progressive side, while Duane was more into house music. Both started their DJ journey at the age of 18 and after notching up a little experience, the two would join forces.
REMINDER: The Echuca-Moama Winter Blues festival is taking place this weekend, July 25, 26 & 27. Performers include Alister Turrill, Lloyd Spiegel, Ian Collard, Jimi Hocking, Claude Hay, Jeff Achison, Andrea Marr & the Funky Hit Men, Benny Walker, Wayne Jury, Spoonful, Phil Manning, Sweet Felicia and the Honeytones, Luke Watt and Marshall Okell.
I’ve had many conversations lately with band members and managers about breaking into the broader market of the city loop. Being cooped up in places like Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong or anywhere considered “country”, can have many downsides (if not entirely downright dark sides) to it. The rural music scene is not one for the weak-willed; there are trials and tribulations that can break some of the most dedicated artists.
If you are up for a bit of the funny business, the Aireys Pub will be hosting an Open Mic Comedy Night this weekend. Forte spent a little time with the brains behind the gig, Tait Middleton, last issue where he filled us in about how the idea came about. “One of the guys I performed with put on an open mic comedy night in Ocean Grove in April and it was a massive success.
Geelong vs Melbourne roller derby tournament makes history. Athletes from Geelong and Melbourne’s north have been battling it out on the pitch for nearly a century, but Australian sporting history will be made this year with the first-ever roller derby tournament played between leagues solely from the two rival cities.
Black Coffee is the new pick-me-up album from alt-country singer-songwriter Lachlan Bryan. Recorded last year with The Wildes, the album is rich with elements of old-school country, rockabilly, folk balladry and gospel-tinged rockin’ soul. It has been doing pretty well, including snaring the ‘Best Alternative Country Album of the Year’ award at the CMA awards. Lachlan wrote the majority of the album while on a solo tour of the US in support of his solo album, Shadow of the Gun.
The rock is strong with Aimee Francis. The Melbourne-born Sydney gal has being playing live since she was fifteen and has toured the world and played shows with the likes of Pat Benatar and Steel Panther. She had her ‘yep, this is what I want to do’ moment in 2001 when she won tickets to a Billy Idol concert. It was his guitarist Steve Stevens, however, that captivated her, and it has all been for the music since.
Sometimes your music just has to find the right ears. And so it was that, at the age of 17, Warrnambool’s Jackson McLaren found a fan in Josh Pyke, who would produce McLaren’s self-titled debut. A move to Melbourne and a breakthrough hit with ‘A Whole Day Nearer’ would follow. Now McLaren, along with his band the Triple Threat, welcomes their debut full-length album, Songs to Greet the Dawn.
“We make music that makes us feel good and that we enjoy playing. It may have been influenced by an eclectic myriad of artists we have listened to across our current existence here on this planet. We hope you can find something in our music and lyrics that make you feel something or take you to a better place.” That is what the Sunshine Coast’s Drawcard would like you to know, and it’s hard not to like them on that alone.