NEW MUSIC: Peter Bibby – Work For Arseholes

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Peter Bibby is back with a video clip for his new single ‘Work For Arseholes’. It comes from a brand new record called Grand Champion which is set for release on September 28th via Spinning Top Records.

‘Work for Arseholes’ is a song about bad habits, self-reflection and pride, for better or worse.  “I wrote it to make myself feel better about being a thirsty, unemployed insomniac whilst sitting in my bedroom in Northcote, Victoria. It didn’t make me feel that much better, however I have, for the most part, avoided working for arseholes ever since and I see that as a great success,” says Bibby of the track.

Peter Bibby 'Grand Champion packshot


Thursday 4 October – Workers Club, Geelong VIC
Friday 5 October – The Curtin, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 6 October – The Waratah Hotel, Hobart TAS
Thursday 11 October – Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA
Friday 12 October – Badlands, Perth WA
Saturday 13 October – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury WA
Thursday 18 October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
Friday 19 October – The Northern, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 20 October – Miami Shark Bar, Gold Coast QLD
Wednesday 24 October – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 25 October – The Lansdowne, Sydney NSW
Friday 26 October – Strawberry Boogie @ UOW Uni Bar, Wollongong NSW
Sunday 28 October – Transit Bar, Canberra ACT

NEW MUSIC: Peter Bibby – Medicine

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The larrikin troubadour returns with his first new release since his 2014 debut Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician. ‘Medicine’ rolls and tumbles along with his trademark stagger and loose swagger. Super catchy, twitchy and jangly as he rattles off all kinds of medicinal relief. Top stuff.

The track is available September 8 via Spinning Top / Caroline and Bibby plays Big Sound next week:

Tue, Sep 5th | 11:30pm @ Ric’s Big Backyard

Thu, Sep 7th | 11:40pm @ The Foundry

LIVE REVIEW: Peter Bibby, The Dandelion, Big Dingo @ Newtown Social Club (14/05/15)


I’m calling it now – larrikin rock. That mix of Australiana, slacker indie/garage rock that keeps getting better and better. Headliner Peter Bibby is a leading progenitor as is Big Dingo who played a short 6 song set as it was their first show in a year. Observational lyrics using colloquial language and sung in a rich accent is rightfully attracting more and more fans. Big Dingo fit that perfectly with songs about Parramatta, large backyards and everyday shenanigans backed by heavily melodic and economical guitar/bass/drums.

The Dandelion flipped the dial to a 60s surf and garage rock vibe. Theres is a genre exercise but they nailed it with consummate playing and some theatrical sass from front-woman Danatalia de Silver whose impressive Dick Dale meets Mexican psych rock guitar playing led the charge. The organ provided the groove and the bass rode the rhythm while their drummer locked it all together. Primarily instrumental with some vocals they injected the appreciative audience with a swirling hip-shaking atmosphere.

Peter Bibby sauntered onstage wearing an outback stockman hat and bassist Jonny and drummer Nick Allbrook (Pond) in tow. A laconic greeting from beneath his hat and mess of blond hair and they launched into Goodbye Johnny, one of the many tracks from his Beautician/Hairstylist album of last year. Bibby comes across like a mix of Courtney Barnett, Jeffrey Lee Pierce (Gun Club) and Jack White with his unbridled and raw style. The crowd were well lubricated and a real cross section of older punters checking out the new kid who is showing promise as well as Bibby’s contemporaries, many finding much to relate to in his direct tales of drinking, smoking, fucking and living life. Hates my Boozin’, the delightfully titled Cunt and a solo Red XF Falcon were highlights of a set that showed Bibby is committed to documenting life without filters over primitive bluesy post-punk squalls.

Chris Familton

NEWS: Peter Bibby announces Australian tour

photo by Tahlia Palmer
photo by Tahlia Palmer

Fresh from a successful visit to SXSW Peter Bibby has announced a run of national dates through May. He’s also recently released the clip for ‘Goodbye Johnny’, one of the many highlights of last year’s Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician LP which is now available in a limited run of vinyl at shows and via Spinning Top.

Thurs 14th May // Newtown Social Club – Sydney
With The Dandelion 
Fri 15th May // Northcote Social Clubb – Melbourne
With Orlando Furious and Tanzer
Sat 16th May // The Ed Castle – Adelaide
Double headline with Nicholas Allbrook
Thur 21st May // Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane 
With Good Sports and Donny Love
Sun 24th May // Mojo’s Bar – Fremantle
With HAMJAM and Rabbit Island


NEW MUSIC: Peter Bibby – Hates My Boozin’

photo by Tahlia Palmer
photo by Tahlia Palmer

I’m loving this new track from Melbournian Peter Bibby. With its woozy, drunk guitars, Spectorish drums and lyrical bent in the vein of Courtney Barnett. It pulls you in and seduces you with a ramshackle and desperate charm. Bibby’s voice is a grizzled, burnt out yelp of a thing which suits the song perfectly.

Bibby, a recent signing to Spinning Top Music, has just been added to the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 lineup ahead of the single’s release next week. His debut album Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician will be released in two formats – digital and CD on Friday Nov 15th with a vinyl pressing to follow.