TOUR NEWS: The Sonics Return To Australia

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Seminal garage rock band The Sonics return to Australia this September. Last time they were here they ripped it up at the Dig It Up! festival, showing the young punks how it is done. In 2015 band released their first studio album in nearly 50 years with This Is The Sonics.

Led by saxophonist Rob Lind and featuring one time Kingsmen bassist Freddie Dennis and drummer Dusty Watson (Link Wray) The Sonics return to Australia in 2016 to perform all the ‘hits’ from those iconic ‘60s releases: Here Are The Sonics and Boom! plus This Is The Sonics and more. Unfortunately, due to illness, original members Gerry Roslie and Larry Parpaya are unable to travel, their spots having been taken by Jake Cavelier (Fuzztones / Lords of Altamont) and Evan Foster (Boss Martians) maintaining the garage factor and keeping the fuzz intact.

FEEL PRESENTS
THE SONICS
Australia Tour 2016

Friday 23rd September 2016
The Gov – Adelaide SA
with guests Straight Arrows
Tickets from http://www.thegov.com.au/

Saturday 24th September 2016
Max Watts – Melbourne VIC
with guests Straight Arrows + The Wylde Oscars
Tickets from http://maxwatts.com.au/melbourne/

Tuesday 27th September 2016
Rosemount Hotel – Perth WA
Tickets from http://rosemounthotel.com.au/

Thursday 29th September 2016
The Triffid – Brisbane QLD
with guests Straight Arrows
Tickets from http://thetriffid.com.au/

Friday 30th September 2016
Cambridge Tavern – Newcastle NSW
with guests Straight Arrows
Tickets from http://thecambridgehotel.com.au/

Saturday 1st October 2016
Manning Bar – Sydney NSW
with guests The Crusaders + The Pink Fits
Tickets from http://www.manningbar.com/

Sunday 2nd October 2016 *
Yours & Owls Festival – Wollongong NSW
Tickets from Moshtix & www.yoursandowls.com.au

Tickets on sale 17th June, 9AM AEST
* Yours & Owls Festival On sale 20th Oct

INTERVIEW: Eric Burdon

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THE GRATEFUL BURDON OF THE BLUES

Eric Burdon has lived a rock ’n’ roll life defined by music, first carving out a name for himself as the singer of The Animals in the ‘60s, then with War in the ‘70s and across the ensuing decades, as a solo artist. Chris Familton talks with the 74 year old about the blues and his musical legacy.

The Animals’ first single, House of The Rising Sun, was the one that catapulted them into living rooms across the UK and right from the start Burdon had belief in the song. “ I did know, instinctively, that it would serve the purpose we had in mind. We were opening for one of our heroes, Chuck Berry, on a UK tour and we wanted something that would stand apart from any of his material, or anything that we were doing normally. We recorded it on a day off, after hauling our gear on the train into London. We did one take and that was the record,” recalls Burdon. “We knew it was good but we didn’t know it would displace the Beatles from the number one slot in America! Nobody could have predicted the instant and huge success of that record. It’s still cited as an influence on young musicians starting out today,” he says, proudly.

For all its success, there was also a downside, with the group’s first personnel change. “The only sad part is that everything happened so quickly, they just put Alan Price’s name for the arrangement credits. Their excuse was that they couldn’t fit all of us on the record, and not to worry, they’d sort it out afterwards, but the afterwards never came. As soon as Alan Price received the first check, he quit the band.”

Casting an eye through the long list of songs that Burdon has made famous, it begs the question about which ones hold the most meaning for him – personally or as a result of their popularity. Don’t Bring Me Down is a record I’m still very proud of and of course, you mentioned House of the Rising Sun,” says Burdon. “But the one that may hold the most meaning is We’ve Got to get Out of This Place, as it has meant so much to soldiers, from Vietnam up through the latest conflicts. It’s the one Springsteen said influenced everything he ever wrote,” during his 2013 SXSW keynote speech. “It’s hard not to feel proud of something like that.”

“The blues has always been the foundation of everything I do and all of the music I love,” states Burdon. It’s the ever present form that first inspired him to start singing, caused him to explore psychedelic and funk variations in War and the sound he keeps coming back to. “It meant a lot to me when I was a teenager in war-torn Britain and it does today. It’s the sound of liberation, from oppression and it was born of slavery. It’s the real thing now and it was then,” he stresses. That idea of the living blues has been Burdon’s creative cornerstone and his passion for it shows no sign of diminishing anytime soon. “Approaching 75, I have come to realise that one’s love for the music only deepens. Also, knowing that many of the great bluesmen continued playing into old age makes me feel unashamed to do the same. It’s carrying a worthy tradition forward. The word ‘retirement’ is not in my vocabulary. As Leonard Cohen says, “I’m slowing down the tune,” but as long as I have a voice, I will always use it to speak my mind and sing from my heart.”

2016 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

12TH. MAY WREST POINT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, HOBART www.tixtas.com.au

13TH. MAY CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA www.canberraticketing.com.au / www.ticketek.com.au

14TH. MAY ANITAS THEATRE, THIRROUL With special guests The Kevin Borich Express www.ticketmaster.com.au

17TH. MAY ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY With special guests The Kevin Borich Express www.ticketek.com.au

18TH. MAY PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE With special guests Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows / Renee Geyer  www.ticketmaster.com.au

20TH. MAY EVAN THEATRE, PENRITH www.ticketek.com.au

21ST. MAY EVENTS CENTRE, CALOUNDRA With special guest Kevin Borich (solo)

22ND. MAY BLUES ON BROADBEACH BLUES FESTIVAL, GOLD COAST

NEWS: Thee Oh Sees Announce Australian Tour

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Thee Oh Sees have announced they’ll be returning to Australia in January for a run of shows on the back of their latest album Mutilator Defeated At Last along with a brand new lineup consisting of John Dwyer (vocals, guitar), Timothy Hellman (bass) and double drummers, Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon.

They’re also releasing a new limited edition deluxe vinyl pressing of Mutilator Defeated At Last on November 20th. You can pre-order the release HERE

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NEWS: You Am I Announce New Album And Tour

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You Am I are back with their tenth studio album and they’ll be celebrating its release with a December run around the country. Porridge & Hotsauce was recorded in New York and the first single ‘Good Advices’ sees them casting an ear back to their earlier albums with its sonic bristle and heady rush that is more Red Kross meets Sonic Youth than Kinks meets Faces. It bodes well for the album, out on November 6th.

‘A few years ago when we were given the opportunity to look back at some records we had done a while back. Whilst it was a blast, havin’ a peak behind us only compelled us to leap foolishly into the future. ‘Good Advices’ is about throwing away the script and clinging to your imagination as the only guide. We’ve trusted our wits so far, and if it got us here, this hopped up and rarin’ to go, our wits done good.’ – Tim Rogers

YOU AM I NATIONAL TOUR

Thursday, October 29 – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC 
Tickets available 
HERE

Friday, October 30 – Hallam Hotel, Hallam, VIC
Tickets available 
HERE

Saturday, October 31 – Village Green, Mulgrave, VIC
Tickets available 
HERE

Sunday, November 1 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Tickets available 
HERE

Friday, November 6 – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Tickets available 
HERE

Saturday, November 7 – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Tickets available 
HERE

Thursday, November 12 – Waves Wollongong, NSW
Tickets available 
HERE

Friday, November 13 – BeachComber Hotel, Toukley, NSW
Tickets available 
HERE

Saturday, November 14 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets available 
HERE

Thursday, November 19 -Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville, QLD
Tickets available 
HERE

Friday, November 20 – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets available 
HERE

Saturday, November 21 – Parkwood tavern, Gold Coast, QLD
Tickets available 
HERE 

Sunday, November 22 – Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Tickets available 
HERE 

Wednesday, November 25 – Magnums Airlie Beach, QLD
Tickets available 
HERE 

Thursday, November 26 – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD –
Tickets available 
HERE

Friday, November 27 – Discovery, Darwin, NT
Tickets available 
HERE 

Saturday, November 28 – Gapview Hotel, Alice Springs, NT
Tickets available 
HERE 

Wednesday, December 2 – Metro Sydney, NSW
Tickets available 
HERE 

Friday, December 4 – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available HERE

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TOUR NEWS: The Field Announces 2015 Australian Tour

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Axel Willner aka The Field is heading our way for a run of shows this October courtesy of Mistletone. One of our favourite electronic artists who has released a run of superb albums (Cupid’s HeadLooping State of Mind, From Here We Go Sublime and Yesterday And Today), EPs and remixes all with his signature mix of drone and hypnotic loops. Melancholic euphoria!

THE FIELD TOUR DATES:

  • SYDNEY: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ Goodgod w/- Barker (Ostgut Ton / Leisure System – Berlin) + Noise In My Head (DJ sets). Early bird tickets on sale now from Moshtix. Presented by 2ser.
  • MELBOURNE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 @ Melbourne Festival Hub, doors open 11pm. Tickets + more information here.
  • PERTH: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 @ Jimmy’s Den w/- Barker (Ostgut Ton / Leisure System – Berlin) (DJ set) + Basic Mind. Co-presented by Camp Doogs. Tickets on sale now from Ticketbooth.

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TOUR NEWS: Shellac Announce Australian Tour Dates

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Chicago’s Shellac have announced their return to Australia for a run of shows this December. Steve Albini, Bob Weston and Todd Trainer will bring their post-rock/punk sound and legendary live show on the following dates:

Saturday 5 December – The Triffid, Brisbane
Tuesday 8 December – The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 December – Corner Hotel, Melbourne 
Also Playing Meredith Music Festival.

Tickets on sale Friday 21 August, 9am

LIVE REVIEW: Prince @ Allphones Arena, Sydney (11/05/12)

by Chris Familton

Artists get hyped beyond belief in this day and age so when a true legend whose discography spans thirty two years announces a rare Australian tour, his diehard fans and the wider public quite rightly get excited. Prince’s aversion to the media and interviews has given him an aura of mystique, much the same way as Dylan and over his career he has used it to great effect to construct an otherworldly and fantastical public persona that fuels the passion and curiosity of his fans.

Arriving at Allphones Arena hit home that this really was an ‘event’, quite different to your standard rock concert. There was purple everywhere – purple hair, dresses, shirts and make-up and it must be said, not the most flattering colour to base your outfit around. Nonetheless the extent to which people had embraced Prince’s visit was testament to his iconic status. Weaving through the throngs of merchandise seekers it was baffling how an artist who invests so much in his image could churn out such mediocre t-shirts and random items like tambourines. Again though, the fans were lapping it all up.

The promoters had repeatedly told people prior to the show to ensure they were seated by 8pm so thirty minutes later when murmurs of impatience were beginning to spread through the arena the lights suddenly dimmed and the iconic Prince symbol appeared on the screens amid lightening and thunder. It took a while but finally acoustic guitarist Andy McKee rose from beneath the stage plucking the strains of Purple Rain. It was a soft start to the evening but it worked well, building the anticipation for the arrival of the man; and there he was all of a sudden, Prince, resplendent in gold and launching into the song of the same name before segueing into Jam of the Year from Emancipation. The crowd quite rightly went apeshit, everyone on their feet, arms in the air and reveling in the fact that they were in the presence of the artist with a damn funky band behind him.

The stage was in a 360 degree configuration in the shape of his infamous symbol which meant that most of the crowd had a range of views of Prince as he roamed the stage with his backing singers and dancers also venturing to all corners. The first big hit came with Let’s Go Crazy with those familiar opening strains of ‘dearly beloved…’ it really brought the funk for the first time and showed the difference between much of his older material and the simplicity that made those songs work so well. Unfortunately like many of the songs it was a truncated version, possibly due to a malfunctioning guitar pedal and while it was frustrating to only get parts of songs the upside was we heard more of them. Let’s Go Crazy morphed brilliantly into Delirious before taking things up another level with the party anthem 1999 and then getting into a darker sensual zone with Little Red Corvette. At this point the band, audience and Prince himself seemed well and truly settled in for the party.

Though the show was heavily populated with the hits there were also some interesting diversions into lesser known tracks like Take Me With U from Purple Rain and Forever In My Life from Sign O The Times as well as the reclaiming of hit songs he’d written for others like Mountain and Dance Electric (Andre Cymone), Love Thy Will Be Done (Martika) and a snippet of Nasty Girl (Vanity 6). The highlights of these covers of covers was his soul wrenching take on Nothing Compares 2 U made famous by Sinead O’Connor. He took it to another more visceral place and the co-vocal from singer Olivia Warfield was magnificent. There was also a wonderful tribute of sorts to Michael Jackson with Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough played during an organised stage invasion by the people in the expensive seats next to the stage.

Though Prince with a killer band behind him is an amazing thing, the best portion of the show came with him solo at a synth disguised as a piano, working his way (and the crowd ) through a medley that included When Doves Cry, Hot Thing, a criminally short part of Sign O The Times and The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. He reduced the songs to minimal electro funk, showcasing just how experimental an artist he can be when he sets his mind to it.

From there on the hits kept coming with the sexual funk of Kiss rounding out the main set. Prince re-emerged to play his signature tune Purple Rain but it was there that some of the energy that built up through the night began to wane. The song was stretched out to a slow moving epic that would have worked if he had taken it to real heights with some of his interstellar guitar playing but it never went there, instead he relied on the audience to endlessly sing the central melody of the song on and on and on. When he did open up on guitar it made you want to hear more with the lack of his quite brilliant guitar playing a minor disappointment of the night. Controversy brought the heart rates back up and then he was gone. But wait, was that it? For those who stayed in the darkness, in their seats for a good fifteen minutes or more there was an added bonus with the guitar heavy Peach to take the music back to its rock and rnb roots.

Prince delivered in every possible way, playing many of the songs people were desperate to hear, a true spectacle of lights and generally good sound, a surprisingly high level of banter and audience interaction (though did we need to be constantly reminded we live in Sydney?) and stellar musicianship from all on stage. This was one of those increasingly rare large scale music events that genuinely worked for both casual and ardent fans.

this review was first published on FasterLouder

NEWS: Opossom (ex-Mint Chicks) release single and visit Australia.

Kody Nielson has a new project of glorious psych pop called Opossom and he has released the first single Getaway Tonight ahead of a run of Australian dates. This will be the first chance for Australia to see the new trio which also features another Mint Chick Michael Logie and Bic Runga who also collaborated with Nielson on her recently released album.

Opossom will release their debut album Electric Hawaii on June 1st.

Tour Dates

Wednesday, May 16 – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney

Thursday, May 17 – Phoenix Public House, Melbourne