Bendigo Au Go Go #14

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Bendigo Au Go Go #14

Local stoner rock trio Sleeping Giant have finally unleashed their self-titled debut album – and will be playing a hometown launch before they take it out on the road.

Formed in 2013 under the moniker Lowpoint, guitarist/vocalist Steven Hammer says the band “grinded away for five years, playing shows in our local scene while constantly working on new material”.

Twelve months ago, Sleeping Giant entered Ladd Studios in Bendigo to lay down the tracks for an album that was six years in the making.

“The songs were written and tinkered on for about five years, so by the time we hit the studio, we were ready to smash it out and get it on record,” Hammer says. “All together, the recording-to-end-product took nearly 12 months to ensure we were happy and confident with the record.”

The album launch will take place at The Golden Vine on Saturday, August 10.

“We always aim to give a high-energy stoner rock show, drawing on influences from Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Red Fang, and Truckfighters,” Hammer says. “We believe we have captured that energy on the record. We are looking forward to playing as many shows as we can to new people in new places, as well as promoting the record to reach a larger audience.”

Physical copies of Sleeping Giant, which was released on July 26, will be available at the launch or through Bandcamp; it is also available on streaming services. Supporting Sleeping Giant at the Vine are local melodic metallers Die In A Dream and psych-rock trio Vessel. From 8.30pm; tickets $10 at the door.

There’s a musical smorgasbord on around town this fortnight, with something to suit all musical tastes.

Brisbane-based stoner rock four-piece Death By Carrot return to Bendigo, unleashing their riffs at The Golden Vine on Thursday, August 1. Support from local hard rockers Stone Djoser. From 7pm; free entry.

Local rockers Black Aces bring their Too Much Rain single tour to The Golden Vine on Saturday, August 3. It is the second single from the band’s forthcoming EP Never Change. Black Aces will be performing two sets from 9pm; tickets $10 at the door.

Renowned bluesman Julian James performs songs from his latest album Silver Spade at the Castlemaine Blues Club (the Castlemaine Bowling Club) on Monday, August 5. From 6.30pm; free entry.

Jump on board the monthly Blues Tram, featuring Trentham-based singer-songwriter Liz Frencham and local ragtime rascals Alawishus Jones and The Outright Lies on Saturday, August 10. Departs Central Deborah Goldmine at 2pm. Tickets $39 from the Bendigo Visitor Centre or book online at

Local singer-guitarist Rhyley McGrath brings the Sunday afternoon vibes to the Axedale Tavern on Sunday, August 11. From 1-3pm; free entry.

Written by Lynette Walker. Contact: [email protected]