It's 'Gigmas in July'.
We know Gigmas doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. But it’s the thought that counts, right? That’s why your grandma keeps giving you gifts meant for a twelve-year-old when you’re actually thirty-five. A Lynx* deodorant and body wash pack? Thanks, grammy. But just like dear old Myrtle, we mean well. So here are a bunch of gigs we think you’re going to love next month. And if not, you can return them for store credit.
*We wish to express we have no ill-feeling towards Lynx. It is a fine product.
De Porsal @ The Barwon Club, Geelong on July 1
Influenced by the likes of Pavement, Ween and Parquet Courts, De Porsal is a lo-fi indie rock outfit from the Surf Coast. They’ll be bringing along a bunch of friends, too.
Ash Grunwald @ Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon on July 2
Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest exponents of blues and roots, Ash Grunwald is touring his new album Push the Blues Away.
Kim Salmon @ The Bridge, Castlemaine on July 2 & Major Tom’s, Kyneton on July 3
Rocking and rolling since the mid-seventies, Kim Salmon is showcasing his latest album Haunted Grooves, a collection of stories left to him by friends no longer with us.
Black Jesus Experience @ The Palais, Hepburn Springs on July 3
An explosion of Ethiopian jazz, funk and groove, Black Jesus Experience released To Know without Knowing last year, a collaborative album with Mulatu Astatke.
Dr Sure’s Usual Practice @ The Eastern, Ballarat on July 3 & The Barwon Club, Geelong on July 9
When you’re looking for a doctor, choose one who plays post-punk. ‘Infinite Growth’ is the first single from the forthcoming Remember the Future? Volume 2.
Elizabeth & Alice Skye @ The Bridge, Castlemaine on July 3 & Volta, Ballarat on July 4
A selection of songs from Elizabeth’s The Wonderful World of Nature Deluxe Edition and Alice’s Party Tricks is only part of the joy that will come from this headlining run.
Kino Motel @ The Eastern, Ballarat on July 9, Major Tom’s, Kyneton on July 10; and The Bridge, Castlemaine on July 11
Ed Fraser and Rosa Mercedes are behind new “pulsating pop” outfit Kino Motel. Join them as they tour their new single, ‘Fingerprints’.
Age of Iguana @ The Barwon Club, Geelong on July 10
Alt-psych outfit Age of Iguana are touring their debut EP, Just a Phase. They’re excited. We’re excited. Everyone is excited. A debut full-length release is also cooking.
Spacegoat @ The Vine, Bendigo on July 10
Once described as “if Faith No More, Tool and No Doubt had a baby”, Bendigo’s Spacegoat are launching their new single ‘Miasma’ at a local favourite.
Stand Atlantic @ Barwon Club, Geelong on July 15 & Volta, Ballarat on July 16
Dubbed one of the “Hottest Rock Artists” by Kerrang! shortly after releasing their EP Sidewinder, Stand Atlantic is still top of the pile. Pink Elephant is their latest album.
Solkyri @ The Vine, Bendigo on July 16
Sydney post-rock outfit Solkyri are set to launch their new album Mount Pleasant at The Vine with a stellar support cast that includes Steph Bitter and Bear the Mammoth.
The Rechords @ The Palais, Hepburn Springs on July 17
The Rechords is a trio that gives you just about everything – bluegrass, alt-country, western swing, traditional rockabilly, old-timey hillbilly, Americana and rock and roll.
Ed Kuepper & Jim White @ Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon on July 17
A perfect music pairing if ever there was one, Ed Kuepper (The Saints, Laughing Clowns) and Jim White (Dirty Three) are heading to town.
Donkey Vote @ The Eastern, Ballarat on July 17
An election wouldn’t be an election without its share of donkey votes, and the punk rock world wouldn’t be as punk or as rock without Ballarat’s Donkey Vote.
The Rank Outsiders @ Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet on July 17
It’s time to get on down with ‘Gettin’ Down’, the new single from good time bluesy rock and roll meets classic RnB roots outfit The Rank Outsiders.
Orpheus Omega @ The Barwon Club, Geelong on July 18
It has been ten years since melodic death metallers Orpheus Omega released their debut album Bleed the Way, and the blood is still being mopped up today.
Mirrors @ Volta, Ballarat on July 22
Things are looking good for Gippsland heavy-hitters Mirrors, who have recently signed with Resist Records and released new single, Beneath the Sand.
Matt Joe Gow & Ben Mastwyk @ Major Tom’s, Kyneton on July 24 & Pistol Pete’s, Geelong on July 31
You’re looking at a double dose of Americana, featuring Music Victoria award winner Matt Joe Gow and Music Victoria nominee Ben Mastwyk.
The Moving Stills @ Volta, Ballarat on July 29
The Moving Stills have released ‘Downlow’, the first single from their forthcoming debut album. It’s about telling people who judge you to suck eggs.
Jason Singh @ The Barwon Club, Geelong on July 30
What was originally a ten-date east coast tour is now more than twenty-five for Taxiride frontman Jason Singh. Taxiride and solo material will both be covered.
The Dreggs @ The Palais, Hepburn Springs on July 30
Comprised of Paddy Macrae and Zane Harris, Sunshine Coast-bred indie-folk duo The Dreggs are on the road with new single ‘Sorry I Let You Go’.
Sweet Dreams Birthday Bash @ Volta, Ballarat on July 31
In the days of The Karova, Sweet Dreams DJs painted the dance floor with all the colours of the rainbow. To help celebrate their fifth birthday, they have invited Wax’o Paradiso.
VulgarGrad @ The Palais, Hepburn Springs on July 31
Blatnaya pesnya, or Russian chanson, is a genre of Russian song depicting criminal subculture. Enjoy some vodka to Melbourne’s Russian criminal act, VulgarGrad
Icecream Hands @ Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon on July 31
2020 saw the latest release from Icecream Hands, No Weapon but Love. Next year, meanwhile, will see the band notch up an impressive thirty years as a band.
God Save the Fiends @ The Barwon Club, Geelong on July 31
It’s the super deluxe God Save the Fiend bash featuring Vintage Crop, Dewey and the Panel Beaters, Quality Used Cars, The Grimwoods, Snake Valley and so much more.
As always, check with the bands and venues in regards to updates and changes. See who else is coming into town via the Bands In Town website.