There are a couple of gigs at Bendigo’s Music Man Megastore next month that you may wish to check out. On July 11, The Caning will take you back to 1972. The band may have strapped on their guitars in 2012, but these riff-loving freaks feel at home in the progressive rock and proto-metal of the early 1970s. We’re talking Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Recently the band has been working on their debut with US producer Tim Gilles.
Death in July is a celebration of Australian women’s crime writing. Making its inaugural outing next month, a stellar line-up of authors will speak about a wide range of topics including the “CSI effect” and YA crime writing. The festival is the idea of Ballarat Writers, in partnership with Sisters in Crime. Guests include Angela Savage, Annie Hauxwell, Carmel Shute, Ellie Marney, Honey Brown, Judith Rodriguez, Leigh Redhead, Lindy Cameron, Liz Porter, Maurilia Meehan, Meg Tasker, Nansi Kunze, Shelley Robertson, Simmone Howell and Vikki Petraitis.
Heathen Skulls and Metal Obsession are the ones to thank for the Origins of Hate tour. In the blue corner you have Melbourne’s Mason. Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2011, the band has toured and shared stages with Havok, Primate, Forbidden, Hobbs Angel of Death, Blood Duster, King Parrot and Elm Street among others. They entered the studio in 2012 to record their debut album Warhead, a release that features an appearance from Jeff Loomis (Nevermore). In the red corner you have Harlott.
Stable Music is thrilled to present three of their finest for next month’s Mutant Dance, the club night dedicated to the evolution of dance music. Lining up will be Safari, Doug Benson and Matt Radovich. Safari is the alter ego of Samuel Klett-Navarro, a man who grew up in the heart of Madrid but now calls Australia home. He has warmed up or closed down sets for Radio Slave, Stacey Pullen, Ripperton and Robert Babicz (aka Rob Acid).
Earlier this year Lior released his newest album, Shattered Reflections. Born in Israel, Lior moved with his family to Sydney when he was ten. He released his debut, Autumn Flow, in 2005, which garnered three ARIA nominations and a J Award nomination. He is also quite the wanderer, performing in the UK, Singapore and Korea as part of WOMAD, as well as every nook and cranny of Australia. For his latest release, Lior spent a couple of weeks travelling and writing music with friend and collaborator Cameron Dale.
Another week and another killer show at Bendigo’s Music Man Megastore. Taking place next month is an all-ages ripper featuring Thanartist, Red in Tooth, Fifth Day of Ice, Griever and To Atlantis Light. Thanartist, Fifth Day of Ice and Red in Tooth have been on the road for around a week where they have been playing a stack of shows in the name of Queensland’s metal scene. Thanartist formed in late 2011 and has toured with the best in the business including Thy Art is Murder, The Amity Affliction, Dream On, Dreamer, Buried in Verona, Twelve Foot Ninja and Dead Letter Circus.
Holy guacamole! As far as A Day on the Green shows go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Actually, as far as any show goes, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. Thanks to Live Nation Global Touring, Sting and Paul Simon are heading to Australia with their On Stage Together tour. That’s right – Sting and Paul Simon, two of music’s most renowned artists.
We were pretty chuffed when we got to spend a little time with songman Tim Hulsman recently. The son of a preacher, Tim turned his back on religion at the age of 18. Music became his passion, and the tough journey began. Following the usual kind of music dealings (band breakups and all that jazz), Tim found his calling in acoustic-based music and storytelling. As 2013 broke, the songman found he was brimming with a new energy and new songs.
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.