HOLY ELEVEN – Dan Newton’s Top Eleven Bands / Artists of all Time – Number Six – PANTERA

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Number Six – PANTERA

1. My First Interaction With The Band / Artist – July 1996

2. How Did the Interaction Occur – I heard the bands single “Drag The Waters” on Triple J during Michael Tunn’s request fest in July 1996. I was into Metallica pretty hardcore at this point and the heaviness of Pantera intrigued me but also scared me a little bit. I used to see lots of people wear their bands shirts and their iconic album covers were easily viewed at the local record store. It seemed so foreign to me and incredibly intense but also mysterious. To someone so young (I was 12 going on 13 at the time) and so alienated the sound, look and appeal of heavy metal is always going to connect. The music of Pantera saved my life, more than I can illustrate with words. This isn’t some cliched reflection on how something saved my life, when I say Pantera saved my life I fucking mean it. This band gave me strength to rise above it all and to not become a victim, to see the silliness and foolishness of the humans who bullied me and that they were the ones lacking the intelligence and communicative skills to be good humans. Pantera taught me to be compassionate to the underdog and to do everything with an intense passion; life was worth living when I had Pantera in my life. Whilst everyone was busy being influenced by Kurt Cobain it was Philip H. Anselmo, Pantera’s lead singer, who solved and helped me learn from my pain. I become fanatical about everything Anselmo did and he was my hero above everyone else and still is to this day. He was the best friend I’ve never met and throughout his whole career I’ve remained loyal to all of the art he has made and continue to be inspired by all that he is about. The only time that I actually cried over a musician dying was when Pantera’s guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage whilst playing with his post-Pantera outfit Damageplan. It was a truly sad day for me and I will forever mourn just what a tragedy it is that he was taken from us in such brutal way. No one played the guitar like him and he totally reinvented the way modern metal musicians approached the guitar. I may be in love with James Hetfield’s right hand but Dimebag is without a doubt the more creative guitar player. A true original.

3. First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When – “The Great Southern Trendkill” in September 1996 on Cassette Tape

4. Favourite Album by the Band / Artist – “The Great Southern Trendkill” which was originally released in May 1996

5. Favourite Song by the Band / Artist – “I’m Broken” from their 1994 album FAR BEYOND DRIVEN

6. How Many Times Have I Seen Them Live – Once in 2001 and it was my first ever live concert

7. Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band – 19 Years and 1 month

Here is a small playlist I’ve made for you all featuring a track from each studio release – I hope you enjoy it xo

HOLY ELEVEN – Dan Newton’s Top Eleven Bands / Artists of all Time – Number Seven – SEPULTURA

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Number Seven – SEPULTURA

1. My First Interaction With The Band / Artist – June 1996

2. How Did the Interaction Occur – James Hetfield and Jason Newsted from Metallica were in Australia to promote the release of “LOAD” their first studio album in five years. Part of this promotional tour included a stint hosting RAGE on Saturday 1st June 1996. Naturally being the fanatic of Metallica that I was I taped this to VHS and woke up early on Sunday 2nd June 1996 to watch it. That VHS tape was a bit of a holy grail for me because it was the first time I became aware of so many different bands and through it I was turned on to heaps of different rock and metal artists. One of the videos selected was “Roots Bloody Roots” by Sepultura and it was chosen by Newsted. He talked so highly of the band and when the video finally played I was in awe. It was fucking really heavy and it was one of the first times I’d ever heard that kind of throat vocal style. To my young ears it almost seemed demonic but at the same time there was something instantly attractive to me about the overall aesthetics of Sepultura. If the alternative nation and grunge bands helped me feel less alone then the heavy metal bands I discovered in the following years, like Sepultura, were the types of artists who made me feel less like an ugly disgusting human being and who are responsible for giving me such a deep amount of inner strength. There are a few rare moments that I list as being “life changing” when it comes to music – seeing that video of “Roots Bloody Roots” on the morning of June 2nd 1996 is one of them. What is important about Sepultura to me, beyond all the historical legacy and which era you prefer – is the way the band have provided such emotional healing for me over the years. When I’ve felt the most misunderstood I could have ever felt, Sepultura acted as a saviour and gave me the strength to live on through the pain. Any kind of ability I have to surviving great hurdles in my life comes from the love of my family and my extreme dedication and love for Sepultura.

3. First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When – “The Roots Of Sepultura” on CD in February 1997 which was a special re-release of “Roots” packaged with a bonus disc containing some rare material from the bands early history along with detailed liner notes about the bands history. It was the perfect starting point because I got to hear where the band had come from and how “Roots” itself was such a massive creative and career achievement.

4. Favourite Album by the Band / Artist – “Against” which was released in October 1998

5. Favourite Song by the Band / Artist – “Border Wars” from their 2001 album NATION

6. How Many Times Have I Seen Them Live – Twice, once in 2003 and the other in 2014

7. Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band – 19 Years and 2 Months

Here is an interview I did with the bands guitarist Andreas Kisser in 2014 where you get to hear me say “thank you” for all the music they have made

Here is a small playlist I’ve made for you all featuring a track from each studio release – I hope you enjoy it xo

 

HOLY ELEVEN – Dan Newton’s Top Eleven Bands / Artists of all Time – Number Eight – FAITH NO MORE

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Number Eight – FAITH NO MORE

1. My First Interaction With The Band / Artist – April 1996

2. How Did the Interaction Occur – I saw the film clip for “Digging The Grave” from the bands 1995 album “King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime” on ABC TV’s sorely missed music show Recovery. Like every other child of the 1990’s I was previously aware of the band courtesy of their cover of “Easy” which was all over mainstream radio in the early to mid 1990’s and which is a radio staple to this. As a vocalist I can’t praise Mike Patton enough and he is central to why I do what I do in Galapogos both with my voice and with my lyrics. The real joy of becoming a fan of Faith No More is inheriting the Mike Patton family tree which includes bands like Mr Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Peeping Tom and his own solo career and countless collaborations with some of the finest in experimental music. It is one of the many reasons I grew to love Faith No More so much and over the years the entire Mike Patton universe has become one of the main and most listened to discographies on a yearly basis.

3. First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When – “Album Of The Year” on CD in 1997 which I didn’t actually purchase from a record store. I brought it from my big brother Ben after saving two lots of tuckshop money given to me by my parents. I wanted the album so bad I starved for two days straight at school just so I could buy it off him. He really liked elements of the band and that album but he was disinterested enough to allow me to buy it off him. They were such a strange sounding band and unlike anything I had ever heard. I wasn’t sure why I liked them, I just know it sounded amazing to my ears.

4. Favourite Album by the Band / Artist – “Angel Dust” which was released in June 1992

5. Favourite Song by the Band / Artist – “Helpless” from the bands 1997 release ALBUM OF THE YEAR

6. How Many Times Have I Seen Them Live – I have never seen them live which again makes me very sad

7. Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band – 19 Years and 4 Months

 

Here is a small playlist I’ve made for you all featuring a track from each studio release – I hope you enjoy it xo

 

HOLY ELEVEN – Dan Newton’s Top Eleven Bands / Artists of all Time – Number Nine – DEFTONES

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Number Nine – DEFTONES

1. My First Interaction With The Band / Artist – March 1998

2. How Did the Interaction Occur – All credit must once again go to my big brother Ben who brought “Around The Fur” in March 1998 after reading about Deftones in Metal Hammer magazine and of course hearing Korn talk about them. The first song I remember hearing was “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” and it was just overwhelmingly good. Unlike the other Nu-Metal bands that were rising to power during this period of time Deftones sounded different and had a level of class about them. I remember thinking in that moment that they sounded like a more powerful and cooler version of Helmet who I was loving at that point in time. I adored Deftones in secret for a while because there was an unspoken rule in our house that certain bands were my brothers and certain bands were mine. This is the kind of warfare that we still wage on each other although we have learned to share some of these great artists with a bit more humility. Deftones are very special band in my life and a band I don’t expect everyone to enjoy and understand the way I do. From 2000 to 2015 I spent a lot of time trying to find bands that match Deftones sound while I wait for them to release new music. They are a very special band in my life and the history of my musical education. Deftones are a sweet beautiful sound. Some days I think that Deftones are my favourite band of all time. They are the most listened to band in my collection in particular for the past fifteen years.

3. First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When – “White Pony” on CD on Saturday the 24th June 2000 – this was the album that turned my whole world upside down and turned me in to an absolute super fan. I remember the intense emotional reactions I had listening to this album when I brought it on the 24th June 2000. Another one of those rare life changing moments that has stayed with me. It was so heavy yet beautiful and it combined all the elements of music that I loved. The ache, the heaviness and the yearning just mixed so perfectly and soundtracked my experience with unrequited love which as a teenager was thick and plenty. This was the moment when I became intensely connected to the voice of Chino Moreno and the way he writes lyrics and melodies.

4. Favourite Album by the Band / Artist – “White Pony” which was released in June 2000

5. Favourite Song by the Band / Artist – “Digital Bath” which is from the bands 2000 release WHITE PONY

6. How Many Times Have I Seen Them Live – Twice, once at the big day out in 2003 and at the Tivoli in 2013

7. Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band – 17 Years and 5 Months

Here is a small playlist I’ve made for you all featuring a track from each studio release – I hope you enjoy it xo (for some reason the bands 2003 released “Self-Titled” album was not available on Spotify hence why there is no song from this album on the playlist)

 

HOLY ELEVEN – Dan Newton’s Top Eleven Bands / Artists of all Time – Number Ten – R.E.M.

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Number Ten – R.E.M.

1. My First Interaction With The Band / Artist – March 2001

2. How Did the Interaction Occur – My R.E.M. discovery began courtesy of my good friend Brett Wyatt who worked with me at my first job out of school. Brett was ten years older than me and did a great job at educating me on a lot of different music. He was the first person to encourage me to delve into the R.E.M. discography. Growing up in the 1990’s it was impossible not to hear an R.E.M. song on the radio and I was always intrigued by them. When I heard Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder talk about them I often wondered why they were so influential. I used to read a lot of rock and music books in my teens and all of the punk rock and american underground type bios that I read all mentioned R.E.M. as a pioneering force in the development of Alternative Rock. It wouldn’t be until 2001 that I finally discovered the reason why. I could honestly listen to nothing but R.E.M. for the rest of my life, they are that fucking good. As a singer and lyricist Michael Stipe has influenced me quite a lot.

3. First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When – I actually brought two albums at the same time on CD in 2001, their 1994 album “Monster” and their 1996 album “New Adventures in Hi-Fi”

4. Favourite Album by the Band / Artist – “Up” which was released in 1998

5. Favourite Song by the Band / Artist – “Perfect Circle” from their debut album MURMUR which was released in 1983

6. How Many Times Have I Seen Them Live – I unfortunately never got to see the band live

7. Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band – 14 Years and 5 Months

HOLY ELEVEN – Dan Newton’s Top Eleven Bands / Artists of all Time – Number Eleven – TOOL

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Number Eleven – TOOL

1. My First Interaction With The Band / Artist – October 1996

2. How Did the Interaction Occur – My brother heard the bands single “Stinkfist” on Triple J and raved about it. He recorded it onto a cassette tape next time he heard it and he played it for me. I was fucking blown away. I feel privileged that I got to live in an era when that “sound” that Tool made was fresh. When I heard “Stinkfist” I could safely say I had never heard anything like that before ever. That sound the band made would go onto totally re-shape the rock and metal landscape. I’m glad to say I remember what it was like before and after.

3. First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When – I would always hijack my brothers Tool albums when he wasn’t home – the first album I brought though was Aenima in the year 2000. For the longest time they were my brothers band but I still secretly worshiped them. I count purchasing “Lateralus” in 2001 as my first true Tool experience however. That is when they went from a band I casually indulged to a band I fucking adored.

4. Favourite Album by the Band / Artist – “Lateralus” which was released in May 2001

5. Favourite Song by the Band / Artist – “The Grudge” from “Lateralus”

6. How Many Times Have I Seen Them Live – I have had the good fortune of seeing Tool live twice – both of them have been religious experiences

7. Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band – 18 Years and 10 months

 

NEWS: First 2015 Jungle Love Festival Line‐up Announcement

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The first line-up announcement for the 2015 Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival is here!

After exhausting the Early Bird tickets through their Pozible campaign, Jungle Love Festival have announced the first lot of artists to feature at this years festival.

The first 26 acts announced include Resin Dogs, The Bombay Royale, The Cairos, The Belligerents, Rhythm Hunters, Bullhorn and MKO, along with many other talented Australian acts.

First release tickets with camping are now available for sale through the Festival’s Pozible Campaign page at http://www.pozible.com/project/188983 from $115, which includes parking, camping for two nights and access to all the festival has to offer such as the live music, workshops and activities.

Festival organisers are crowd funding to raise $40 000 for this year’s Festival to help cover increased operating and insurance costs associated with the significant expansions to the Festival. This means Jungle Love will expand to feature twice as many stages and a wider variety of discussion panel sessions, artists and installations, food and the excitement of a new venue.

The 2015 Jungle Love Festival will be in the picturesque Borumba Deer Park, in Imbil on the Sunshine Coast hinterland over Friday 27 and Saturday 28 of November.

For more details and to keep up to date with all announcements and lend your support to the Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival head to www.junglelovefestival.com.au

Full Line-Up is as Follows:

Amela | Angharad Drake | Astro Travellers | Belligerent Goat | The Belligerents | Big Dead | The Bombay Royale | Bullhorn | The Cairos | The Durries | Devel | Galapogos | MKO | Monster Zoku Onsomb! | Nonsemble | Resin Dogs | Rhythm Hunters | Superfeather | The Royal Artillery | The Tommyhawks | The Unusual Suspects | Yarwah (ft Tjupurru) – with more to be announced xo

HEAVY AND WEIRD MIXTAPE – VOLUME ONE – Wilco

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(photo credit: ZeroStudio Photography)

The music of Wilco is truly life saving and for the past 21 years they have remained peerless, carving out a unique legacy that has been guided and directed by the genius songwriting of Jeff Tweedy. Forming in 1994 after the demise of Alt-Country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Wilco have released nine studio albums, one live album and three collaborative albums with Billy Bragg with Tweedy also releasing material under the Loose Fur banner with Jim O’Rourke and Glenn Kotche as well as his own solo material with his son Spencer under the name “Tweedy.”

My first contact with Wilco was courtesy of my older brother Ben who in 2004 advised me that it would be good for my health if I purchased the bands then new album “A Ghost Is Born” – he was not wrong. Upon hearing that amazing piece of art I quickly ran out and brought all of the bands albums as well as the Uncle Tupelo and Loose Fur records. I was mildly obsessed and in 2005 when I had a stint of self-imposed alcohol fueled exile in a one bedroom apartment that I was living in at the time over in a suburb in the North Side of Brisbane called Alderley, the music of Wilco – “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” and “A Ghost Is Born” in particular – was one of the many bands soundtracking my descent into bad mental health. There was one month there where I didn’t really leave the house beyond getting vodka and food and new records from the record store. I had reached that kind of plain of existence where I was numb and just didn’t really feel like existing anymore. I credit a lot of things to my survival but in particular it was the music of Wilco that helped pull me through the mess to the other side.

The bands 9th album “Star Wars” is being physically released tomorrow and I thought that in order to celebrate just how important this band is to me and the greater music community that I’d curate and kickstart Heavy and Weird’s mixtape series.

I’ve picked a song from each album and sequenced it in chronological order so you can hear how the band has grown and evolved. It’s not a very glamerous way to do a mixtape but to be fair, if I published my original list of songs it would be almost 3 hours long.

So please enjoy the mixtape – I look forward to sharing more of them with you soon.

Big Love

Dan xo

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK: “Not Used To Losing” by Love Signs

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Fresh-faced Brisbane four piece Love Signs are pleased to announce the release of their latest single, “Not Used To Losing“.

With a re-vamped sound channelling the likes of girl groups PINS, Diet Cig and Girlpool, Love Signs have taken a step forward in their songwriting, delivering a salty but sweet pop tune made for feisty solo dancing in your room. “Not Used To Losing” was recorded and mixed by true beauty Zoe Davies at QUT, and mastered by Dominic McGlinn.

Love Signs have steadily been building hype with over a year of shows with the likes of Rolls Bayce, Big Strong Brute, Hockey Dad & Babaganouj. Their second single ‘Hold You Down’ snared the immediate attention of listeners last November thanks to support from Whothehell.net and Hhhappy along with love from spin doctors Triple J Unearthed and 4ZZZ.

The band will release the accompanying video, a Jennifer Embelton (Somersault Visuals) creation, for ‘Not Used To Losing’ in the very near future.

‘Not Used To Losing’ will be launched at their single launch at The Foundry this Friday the 21st, supported by local angels Emerson Snowe, Full Flower Moon Band and Cheers G’Day.

 

Useful Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lovesignsband
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/lovesigns
Tumblr – http://www.love–signs.tumblr.com

NEWS: Jungle Love Festival launches 2015 Festival Pozible Campaign

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Jungle Love Festival organisers have launched a Pozible campaign to raise $40,000 for this year’s Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival.

The Festival is crowd funding to help cover increased operating and insurance costs associated with significant expansions to the 2015 Festival, which include twice as many stages and programs.

Last year’s Pozible campaign for the inaugural Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival raised close to $15,000.

Festival Co-Director Raymond Williams says the biggest challenge is the general consensus among people that the 2015 Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival will automatically happen.

“Last year’s festival was built on the back of an incredibly generous community of artists and people.

“With the ongoing support of our loyal fans and supporters, and the popularity and success of Concrete Jungle, we hope to have stronger support for this year’s Festival.

“We want the people who contribute to the Pozible campaign to see the festival as their festival as they share a responsibility to make the festival come to life,” said Mr Williams.

The first line-up announcement, which includes 26 acts, will be made after all Early Bird tickets available through the Pozible campaign are sold out.

“Our Early Bird Tickets are for people who know this year’s lineup will be great, but the unique Jungle Love Festival experience is the most important thing,” said Mr Williams.

The 2015 Festival was launched last Saturday night with hundreds filling The Foundry for the Festival’s inner city showcase event, Concrete Jungle.

This year’s Festival will be situated in a picturesque location tucked in the Sunshine Coast hinterland over Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of November 2015.

A highlights video of the 2014 Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival is live on YouTube at

 

Options for Contribution to the Pozible Campaign

There are several options supporters can purchase to contribute to the 2015 Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival Pozible campaign:

Jungle Love Festival Merch Pack (50 available) – $70 + Reward Includes an official 2015 Festival T-Shirt, Bag, and Stubby cooler

Early Bird Tickets (100 available) – $105 + Reward Receive a 2015 Festival ticket at a heavily discounted price

First Release (300 available)- $115 + Reward Receive a camping permit and 2015 Festival ticket

Second Release (300 available) – $130 + Reward Receive a camping permit and 2015 Festival ticket.

Avid Support Ticket (20 available) – $200 + Reward It’s really just like the other tickets, but you’re happy to pay a little more because you support what we do.

5 person group rate (20 available) – $550 + Reward This is a special rate for those that come in a group of 5.

Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival is an annual event for an inclusive community coming together on foundational principles of love and respect. The festival encourages self-expression and a renewed connection to the natural environment while providing a high quality program for a music and art-loving audience.

Useful Links:

Official Website – junglelovefestival.com.au
Facebook – www.facebook.com/junglelovefestival
Twitter – @JungleLoveFestival
Instagram – @junglelovefestival

FILM CLIP OF THE WEEK – “Someone Sometime” by Major Leagues

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Following an east coast tour in support of their latest fuzz-laden single ‘Someone Sometime’, Brisbane’s Major Leagues have released an accompanying video for the track.

The clip was filmed throughout a number of locations on New Zealand’s North and South islands by Australian photographer and filmmaker Theresa Fryer, starring Australian model and blogger Elle May Leckenby.

‘Someone Sometime’ was recorded in Brisbane at Plutonium Studios by Miro Mackie, and mixed by Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Blouse member, Jacob Portrait.  The single has already been heavily supported by Australian community radio stations including SYN FM, FBi Radio and 4ZZZ, achieving a Top 3 position in AMRAP’s Metro AirIt Chart.

The Someone Sometime Tour saw Major Leagues complete their first bout of Australian touring in 2015 prior to their upcoming appearance at Bigsound 2015 in September.

Heavy and Weird are happy to run “Someone Sometime” as our clip of the week – read our thoughts on the single via the following link:

https://heavyandwierd.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/single-review-someone-sometime-by-major-leagues/

Useful Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/majorleaguesmusic

 

HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT – Galapogos release their fourth album “An Emptiness”

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Brisbane band Galapogos were established in 2010 and since then they have managed to become one the most prolific and best kept musical secrets in the country. In the past five years the Galapogos live shows and album releases (Established Ghosts (2011), Feel Or Suffer (2013) and Strange Species (2014)) have become legendary with a heavy focus on improvisation, pop skills and a lot of noise nonsense experimentation. It has the capacity to be quite an intense journey that travels the full gauntlet of emotions both known and unknown. The uneducated have labeled Galapogos many things but the band simply refers to their intense noise meditations as Progressive, Psychedelic and Experimental – a beautifully rapturous sound designed to summon the true aliens among us.

A Brief History

Established Ghosts – released 2011 – https://galapogos2.bandcamp.com/album/established-ghosts-album

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“This focus on Galapogos’s vocal elegance is not to take away from the bands equally great instrumental talent and imagination. Technique and style shifts from echoing bass lines and synthesised tones – as heard in “Dancefloor Questionnaire”, to the weaving, gentle riff of “Existence Arouses Deceiving Grandeur?, to the Narnia-inspiring woodwinds used masterfully during tenth track “Won’t Fall”. Established Ghosts rises, dips and fluctuates, yet never seems to deviate from the same chilly ambience. The jangling piano and copious other unnamed instruments featured in “R.S.V.P” – the outro of the album – combine to create a perfect little schizophrenic good-bye! Honestly, it’s difficult to pick a fault with this album – and I have to admit, I have none. If you find one, let me know. Review Score: 10/10″ – http://www.theaureview.com/albums/galapogos-established-ghosts-lp-2011

Feel Or Suffer – released 2013 – https://galapogos2.bandcamp.com/album/feel-or-suffer-album

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“Their latest production, Feel or Suffer, has bought me great joy, introducing me to some of the most interesting and thought provoking music that has ever crossed my virginal ears. New sounds slowly appear as the old ones fade. Created by those who can see beyond the general spectrum of what we have been taught is ‘good’ within conventional music, this is real and groundbreaking. Galapogos know how to build tension. The musical styling swaps, morphs and alters at such perfect moments you barely register it. It should not work – but somehow it does. Galapogos are the kind of thing that this industry needs more of.” – http://hhhhappy.com/2014/05/08/galapogos/

Strange Species – released 2014 – https://galapogos2.bandcamp.com/album/strange-species-album

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Galapogos never got the three minute pop hook memo. Just like the weather here in Queensland never got the memo that we were meant to have conquered it. People poured out into the streets following one of the most intense storms in recent history – windows smashed, cars pock marked – scratching their heads. A lot of people will react the same way to the squalls, shifts and wails that span Galapogos’ new album Strange Species. Made up of two sprawling jams, Strange Species traverses genre, style, ideas, and, in parts, the madness/genius divide. The record lilts and spills through guitar sounds from waves to jabs, finding and losing its way around sections of repetitive riffs and spoken (yelled and whispered) word. I’ve seen Galapogos live a bunch of times, and it’s when they are doing exactly this that they are at their best. This record is really a statement by its very existence. I listened through it during G20 and it made me more hopeful than any of the politicians. Maybe Galapogos did get the memo, they just chose to write their own manifesto in response.” – http://sonicmasala.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/strange-species-on-galapogos.html

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On the 18th August 2015 the band’s fourth album “An Emptiness” will be released via Heavy and Weird Records. Continuing on from 2014’s epic “Strange Species” the band has once again re-invented and re-imagined their sound producing an economical movement of music funded on the influence of hip hop and electronica music with a heavy focus on the more humbling and organic aesthetics of the psychedelic rock genre. The end result is a sparse yet verbose journey into the spiritual cleansing that erupts when you destroy everything and embrace the blank canvas.

Heavy and Weird Records are proud to finally share this album with you all – you can stream the album in full below via our soundcloud page or you can download the album for free from the Galapogos band page:

Bandcamp – https://galapogos2.bandcamp.com/album/an-emptiness-album

Soundcloud Stream (listen below)

 

Despite their funny coloured feet people seem to like what Galapogos do and in return they love them back. Galapogos are always happy to wear the claws if you’d like that.

GALAPOGOS will be launching “An Emptiness” at The Zoo on Friday 21 August 2015

Coming along for the ride for this very eclectic event are THIRTEEN SEVENTY, SILVER SIRCUS and BALLOONS KILL BABIES

This gig will be presented as part of the 2015 Brisbane Fringe Festival.

Date: Friday 21st August, 2015
Doors: 8:00pm
Advance Tickets: $12.00 (From the bands)
Door Price: $15.00
Photo ID required for entry

Tickets on-sale now. Click below for more information and bookings

http://zoo.oztix.com.au/?Event=53806

Useful Links:

Thirteen Seventy – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenseventy
Galapogos – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Silver Sircus – https://www.facebook.com/silversircus
Balloons Kill Babies – https://www.facebook.com/BalloonsKillBabies

HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – HOLY ELEVEN – Fi from Thirteen Seventy talks about her Holy Eleven Bands / Artists of all time

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Each member of Thirteen Seventy sat down to make a list of their top eleven bands / artists of all time to help Heavy and Weird launch our “HOLY ELEVEN” series – and finally we have Fi

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Fi – Drum and Vocals

The Cure

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

I saw Robert smith head-butting a ceiling with his hair and makeup ablaze, in the “never enough” video.
How Did the Interaction Occur

Walked into the lounge room and stopped dead – this man, I thought, is worth knowing.

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

‘Wish’ at a Cure concert in Brisbane in 1992.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Too difficult to answer this one…Disintegration, Wish, Faith, then…

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

Disintegration.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once, at the lovely Boondall Entertainment Centre!  Wish tour…

 

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

20 years now.

 

Patti Smith

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

Her portrait on the “Horses” album
How Did the Interaction Occur

I knew more about Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer and soul friend of Patti’s, responsible for that cover shot.  Quickly I began to understand what artistry truly is, inside her songs.

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

‘Horses’, bought from Rocking Horse, can’t remember when, but it wasn’t soon enough.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Banga!

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

At the moment, ‘Constantine’s Dream’.  She improvises the lyrics, all hail.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Nooooone….ergo I cannot yet die peacefully.
Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

5 years.

 

Ray Lamontange

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

Standing late at night, in a small bedroom of my aunt’s stone house in Provence, I played “trouble” and was instantly in love.
How Did the Interaction Occur

Waiting for my flight to France, I read in Rolling Stone that Missy Higgins had this album as one of her top five. I immediately bought it, loved the devil dancing with the blindfolded woman on the cover, and I would gladly have this as a ‘desert island disc’ myself.
First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

‘Trouble’, Heathrow Airport, 1996.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Still is ‘Trouble’ – it flows and kicks around so beautifully.

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

Trouble.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once only, at the River Stage in Brisbane.  I think by his expression, he wondered what the fuck I was on, as I could hardly contain myself.

 

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

18 years.

 

Nick Cave

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

“Release the Bats”, by the Birthday Party.  That’s enough said.
How Did the Interaction Occur

I think 4zzz radio was playing him and I found out all I could from my Nick Cave loving mate at school. This was the record of his I owned and many hours of early drumming and screaming ensued.

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

The birthday party – ‘Hits’, 1994ish.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Anything that passes my ears but I guess to answer, ‘Push The Sky Away’.

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

Try to pick the best day of your life. Sorry, but it’s Nick Cave.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Three times now, the first being a Big Day Out, joined onstage by the Minogue herself.

 

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

23 years.

 

PJ Harvey

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

Her ‘4-Track Demos’ album.
How Did the Interaction Occur

I found this CD in a friend’s collection and from track 1 was transfixed.

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

Thank you forever whoever lent me this.  I did get my own copy in 1993…

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Let England Shake’.  Damn genius.
Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

Desperate Kingdom Of Love.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Nooooone….ergo I cannot yet die peacefully.

 

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

23 years.

 

The B52’s

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

The ‘Rock lobster’ video – never has sea life sounded so psychotic.

How Did the Interaction Occur

I saw it on Rage.  What can I say?  The full madness of this band is best seen and not just heard.  I still have a video cassette of their clips around here somewhere…
First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

‘The B-52’s’, 1994, vinyl.  Hell yes.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Private Idaho’.  Spooky.

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

Sorry Jess, it’s not ‘Love Shack’, it’s ‘Rock Lobster’.
How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

My first live concert ever, once, at Festival Hall.

 

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

27 years.

 

Portishead

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

On holiday up north and ‘Dummy’ did not leave my ears all week.
How Did the Interaction Occur

‘Dummy’ was hard to miss once released, it was played in every cafe around.  It is best enjoyed on vinyl though, really loud.

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

‘Dummy’, at a little arcade record store in Brisbane, 1994, then again in London on vinyl in 1996.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Hmm…  ‘Dummy’, what can I say?  It’s as ingrained as the grooves on the record.

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘The Rip’.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once at Festival Hall.  I could only see Beth when she drew on her cigarette…  I hope to see them again.

 

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

22 years.

 

Bjork

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

High school was made brighter (if possible, having to wear a bright green dress) by her references to sewing things to knickers.  I’d never heard anything like her voice, nor mind.
How Did the Interaction Occur

Sharing Walkmans during double Maths…

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

Ooh I think ‘Post’, as soon as I could get it, then again on pink vinyl – still prized.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

The one with the hair on the cover (Medúlla)…covering her face… it’s all vocals.

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

Jöga.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once at Festival Hall.  I was in the ‘kids’ section so couldn’t stand and dance.  Agony.
Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

22 years.

 

Evelyn Glennie

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

This is the first deaf person to be admitted to the Royal College of Music; I only found that out this year.  Seeing her at QPAC was breathtaking.
How Did the Interaction Occur

My folks thought she’d be good to see, as I was the only percussionist at my school for years.  She truly is astounding.

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I have only digital recordings.  My favourite still might be ‘Oxygen’, a collaboration with Bjork.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Again, anything – she could drop a drumstick and I’d listen. Attentiveness is the key.

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

Oxygen.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Three times; the most surreal being in Windsor castle.

 

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

20 years.

 

The Velvet Underground

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

Learning their self-titled ‘banana on the cover’ album with Silver Sircus.
How Did the Interaction Occur

James Lees said listen to this, learn these parts.  I obeyed, as it is always advisable to follow that man’s instructions.  I am thankful.

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I bought the album about four years ago, have played it twice with Silver Sircus. Drumming on ‘Heroin’ (the track) is one of my best ever band moments still…

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

The Velvet Underground.

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Perfect Day’/’Heroin’/’Black Angel Death Song’.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Ah, no.
Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

4 years.

 

The Pogues

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

A best friend’s dedication to poking with them blaring.
How Did the Interaction Occur

Cooking with said friend.  It was hard not to jig and wonder what Shane McGowan is actually singing, all at once.

 

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I mostly take them in via friend’s iTunes.

 

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

The Christmas single (Fairytale Of New York) with Kristy MacColl.

 

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

As above.

 

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once is enough, Shane banging a metal tray on his head repeatedly, yet in time to the beat, will keep the memory alive…

 

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

6 years.
THIRTEEN SEVENTY will be headlining The Zoo on Friday 21 August to launch their new album

Coming along for the ride for this very eclectic event are GALAPOGOS, SILVER SIRCUS and BALLOONS KILL BABIES

This gig will be presented as part of the 2015 Brisbane Fringe Festival.

Date: Friday 21st August, 2015
Doors: 8:00pm
Advance Tickets: $12.00 (From the bands)
Door Price: $15.00
Photo ID required for entry

Tickets on-sale now. Click below for more information and bookings

http://zoo.oztix.com.au/?Event=53806

Useful Links:

Thirteen Seventy – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenseventy
Galapogos – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Silver Sircus – https://www.facebook.com/silversircus
Balloons Kill Babies – https://www.facebook.com/BalloonsKillBabies

 

 

HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – HOLY ELEVEN – Clint from Thirteen Seventy talks about his Holy Eleven Bands / Artists of all time

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 Each member of Thirteen Seventy sat down to make a list of their top eleven bands / artists of all time to help Heavy and Weird launch our “HOLY ELEVEN” series – next up is Clint

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Clint – Vocals and Guitar

Nirvana

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I think I was in grade 9 or 10 at school when I really locked on to Nirvana.

How Did the Interaction Occur

We did an English assignment where we had to get up in front of the class and talk about a band.  I think I picked The Offspring, but another kid chose Nirvana.  Obviously I’d heard ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on the radio before, but the song he chose to play was ‘Lithium’.  It wasn’t an instantaneous ‘oh my god’ moment, but I knew that I needed to know more about them.  For me, The Offspring were the key to the ‘alternative music’ door, but Nirvana were in the next room.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

It was ‘Nevermind’, how could it not have been?  It had all the songs I already knew.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I’m always torn about this.  I honestly think ‘In Utero’ is the better album, but ‘Nevermind’ is just such a joyous ‘fuck you’ to the world, and there’s something both thrilling and healing about cranking the volume on a big stereo and hearing the opening riff of ‘Teen Spirit’ tear through your ears.  Plus, it’s got ‘Drain You’ on it, which is just a brilliant song.  I’m going to go with ‘Nevermind’.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

In my opinion ‘Aneurysm’ is probably the greatest song they ever recorded.  The fact it didn’t make it onto ‘Nevermind’ is a testament to the strength of the material on that album.  The ascending guitar riff is incredible.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Unfortunately I never got to see them, Kurt died when I was in grade 5.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 16


Cold Chisel

 

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist

I would have been around 4 or 5 years old.

How Did the Interaction Occur

My first memory of Cold Chisel is my dad playing the ‘Radio Songs’ best of compilation.  I remember asking him why the singer sounded like Jimmy Barnes, not realising that it was.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

The first album of theirs I bought was the ‘Chisel’ best of; the old 90’s version with the yellow cover.  I think I bought it because dad was sick of me borrowing his all the time.  I would have been in high school, probably around 1998.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

This is really difficult.  I love all of their albums for different reasons.  ‘East’ is their most popular record for a reason, but I’m going to go with ‘Twentieth Century’ because it has my favourite song of all time on it, and because of the way Barnesy screams ‘Build this love’ at the start of the record.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Flame Trees’ should be our national anthem.  It’s the greatest song of all time.  The middle eight key change is pure genius and always sends a shiver up my spine.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

I’ve seen them once – at Boondall a few years ago.  My wife got me tickets for my birthday and I went with our housemate, and former Thirteen Seventy drummer, James Lees.  We were in the second row in front of the speaker stack.  You Am I were the support band, and were fantastic, but when Chisel played it was a religious experience.  When Barnesy opened his mouth to sing it felt like a chainsaw cutting through my head.  To this day it’s the loudest sound I’ve ever heard.  Fucking amazing.  It will probably be the greatest gig I ever see.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 26

 

Fleetwood Mac

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Sometime in the late 80’s, probably ‘89.

How Did the Interaction Occur

My parents used to play the green ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation all the time.  I remember being blown away by the way they shared lead vocals, and mostly by Stevie Nicks’ voice on ‘Seven Wonders’, ‘Dreams’ & ‘Rhiannon’.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I think it was ‘Rumours’.  I bought it when it was re-released in the late 90’s with bonus tracks.  Before that I listened to my parents’ CDs and records.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I have a soft spot for ‘Tusk’.  My dad had it on vinyl and I must have played it a hundred times before I got my own copy.  It’s basically the sound of Lindsey Buckingham having a massive cocaine freakout for 80 minutes.  The songs are pure pop, but the arrangements are all extremely odd.  Who in their right mind would release something as warped as ‘Tusk’ as a single?

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Landslide’ – it’s one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once, at Boondall.  My sister and I got Dad tickets for father’s day a few years ago.  This was when they were touring without Christine McVie.  You could tell they were getting on a bit, but Lindsey Buckingham really held everything together.  He’s hands down one of the greatest guitarists ever.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

26

You Am I

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

1998

How Did the Interaction Occur

I remember seeing the ‘Heavy Heart’ video on Rage.  I don’t remember liking it at that stage and it wasn’t until a lot later that I got into them.  I do remember thinking the ‘water-logged ball’ line was weird.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

It was ‘The Cream & The Crock’ compilation in 2009.  I became obsessed pretty rapidly after that.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Hourly Daily’ – I listened to it every morning on the way to work for a year while I was living in East Brisbane.  I have very fond memories of riding up the front of a citycat in the middle of winter with the freezing wind cutting into me and this album for company.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘How Much Is Enough’ – the chord progression in the outro is pure genius.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

At least half a dozen.  I try to see them every time they come to Brisbane.  The best gig I’ve seen them do was the Hi-Fi Daily Double at The Tivoli.  They played their two best albums back to back.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 6

Screamfeeder

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Only a few years ago.  I’ve been aware of them since the late 90’s but never got around to checking them out recently.

How Did the Interaction Occur

They were on a bill at The Zoo with Sixfthick and a couple of other bands.  I don’t remember a lot about the night other than leaving right after they played because my girlfriend was unwell.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I didn’t start buying their records until after they went on hiatus.  I put a big CD order in on their website and Tim Steward sent me a couple of extra CDs and wrote a thank you note.  It taught me a lot about being humble as an artist and how to be appreciative of your fans.  Tim & Kelly are two of the nicest people in Brisbane music.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I go through phases, but I always come back to ‘Kitten Licks’.  The immediacy of all the songs and the production are amazing.  ‘Static’ should be 4zzz’s theme song.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

It’s a toss-up between ‘Wrote You Off’ and ‘Ice Patrol’.  I had ‘Ice Patrol’ on my wedding playlist last year, it’s got a very emotive chord progression.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

At least three that I can recall.  At The Zoo, Beetle Bar & The Underdog.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 3

The Afghan Whigs

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

My housemate James introduced me to them.

How Did the Interaction Occur

James played a big part in expanding my musical horizons while we were living together.  He has a massive CD collection and would quite regularly put an album on and say ‘this is something you should like’.  99% of the time he was right.  He played ‘Gentlemen’ one afternoon while we were sitting around the dining room having a drink after work.  I didn’t switch on to it right away because of Greg Dulli’s voice.  He’s got a way of singing on those early albums that makes it sound like he’s spitting out the words and constantly on the edge of going out of tune.  It took me a few listens to work out what he was doing but since then I’ve been hooked.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

I picked up ‘Gentlemen’ so I could really soak up what they were all about and then probably within a week picked up ‘Black Love’ and ‘Congregation’ at the same time.

 Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I can’t decide between ‘Black Love’ and ‘1965’.  ‘Black Love’ for the lyrical trauma and ‘1965’ because it makes me want to dance.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘My Curse’ – heartbreaking and brutal.  Getting Marcy Mays to sing it was a masterstroke.  This song was the impetus behind having Fi sing ‘Inside’.  I knew it needed a female voice to give it the gravitas and justice it deserved.  ‘Blame, Etc’ would have to be a close second, we’ve been covering it for the last year or so at Thirteen Seventy shows.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

None.  Please come to Australia.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 4

Dinosaur Jr

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

This is another one I can thank James for.  Sometime in 2011/2012.

How Did the Interaction Occur

He played ‘Green Mind’ one day.  I remember thinking how brilliant the cover art was.  A pre-teen girl smoking and striking a typical ‘cool’ pose is quite a confronting thing to put on the front of what’s essentially a pop record.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

 I think I might have bought ‘Farm’ first, purely for the song ‘Over It’.  As an ex-skateboarder, the video for that song really appealed to me.  It’s a bit blurry though, I went through a phase where I bought half a dozen albums a week for nearly a year.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Bug’ is their best and probably most consistent album.  It strikes a great balance between their messy beginnings and the more polished records J Mascis released in the 90’s.  Plus, it’s got ‘Don’t’ on it, and who doesn’t want to hear someone scream ‘why don’t you like me’ repetitively over a massive guitar freakout?

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘The Wagon’ – it has some kind of weird auto-wah guitar sound running through it that I really like but I’ve never been able to work out how J does it.  Plus it’s a really good pop song.


How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Once at the Coolangatta Hotel.  I’d bought tickets to see them at the Hi Fi in Brisbane, but double-booked myself with a Thirteen Seventy show at Rics on the same night.  Luckily the coast show was the next night, so we sold the tickets and saw them there instead.  I’ve also seen J Mascis play solo a couple of times, once at the Powerhouse and another time at The Zoo.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

5

The Beatles

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I’ve been a Beatles fan since I was a kid.  If you don’t like the Beatles you don’t like music.


How Did the Interaction Occur

Who knows?  They’ve been the soundtrack to my life.  My parents had the red and blue compilations as well as ‘Abbey Road’ on vinyl, so they were always around.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

 I think I bought ‘Revolver’ first because some magazine told me it was their best album.  I would have been in grade 10.

 Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Abbey Road is their best album.  Considering Lennon & McCartney were never in the studio at the same time while it was recorded, it’s a phenomenal achievement.  They cover so much musical territory, but I think it’s still their most consistent record.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

I don’t know how you can pick one favourite Beatles song, but I’ll go with the album version of ‘Let It Be’.  George Harrison’s distorted guitar solo is totally out of place in what’s essentially a gospel track, which is what I love the most about it.  I’ve heard at least 3 different versions of that song, each with a different guitar part, but this one’s the most fun

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Well, when I was a young whipper-snapper back in the 60’s…

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 30

The Rolling Stones

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

If you listen to The Beatles you very quickly discover The Rolling Stones.  Who knows when I first heard them?  They’ve always been there.

How Did the Interaction Occur

I probably first heard them on the radio or in my parent’s record collection.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

It was the ‘Forty Licks’ compilation when it came out in 2002

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

The run of albums they released from ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ through to ‘Exile On Main St.’ is exceptional.  I’m going to go with ‘Sticky Fingers’ because it’s got ‘Brown Sugar’ (that guitar tone!), ‘Wild Horses’, ‘Bitch’ and ‘Dead Flowers’.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Gimme Shelter’ – An incredibly menacing track.  It includes the greatest backing vocal ever, Merry Clayton singing ‘Rape, murder, it’s just a shot away’ – her voice is just astonishing.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

I’ve had absolutely horrible luck with trying to see the Stones live.  They came out on the back of ‘Forty Licks’ in 2002 or 2003 and I stupidly said I’d see them next time, because at that stage it looked like they were going to go forever – at that time they were only pushing 60.  I figured if there’s a nuclear holocaust the only things to survive would be cockroaches and The Rolling Stones.  Anyway, the next time they only did Adelaide Melbourne and Sydney, and then last year when they came out the tickets were so horrifically overpriced I would have had to sell a kidney just to sit in the back row.  I’ve kind of resigned myself to the fact I’ll probably never see them now.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

30

Meat Loaf & Jim Steinman

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

It would have been on the radio as a kid

How Did the Interaction Occur

My first real memory of Meat Loaf was listening to an old cassette tape of Bat Out Of Hell’ at my cousins’ farm up in a little outback town called Bauhinia Downs.  My family used to go up there for a week or two over the Easter school holidays.  It’s funny that most of my memories of that time are horses, cows, red dirt and singing Meat Loaf lyrics.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

 I got ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2’ for Christmas one year.  It might even be the first album I owned.  I guess it was 1993.

 Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Bat Out Of Hell’ is obviously going to be the winner, but ‘Bat 2’ is just as good.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

It would have to be the double track of ‘Wasted Youth & Everything Louder Than Everything Else’ from ‘Bat 2’.  ‘Wasted Youth’ is actually a spoken-word track from Jim Steinman’s solo album ‘Bad For Good’.  It’s the same recording with a few extra sound effects chucked in, and ‘Everything Louder’ was clearly written as a sequel to it for ‘Bat 2’.  The reason I listed Meat Loaf & Steinman together is because their best work has always been done together.  Meat Loaf’s voice was the perfect vehicle for Steinman’s epic songwriting, and it’s that sense of the epic that I try to inject into Thirteen Seventy.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

Unfortunately, I have seen Meat Loaf live.  It was the worst gig I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying something because I’ve seen some pretty terrible bands at Rics over the years.  His voice was shot to pieces and he couldn’t hit a note.  It was like watching a car crash in slow motion.  But the backing band was amazing, and they all clearly have a lot of love for him, it’s just a shame he’s pushed himself to the point where he can no longer function musically.  I couldn’t listen to his music for a couple of years after that gig, which was soul-destroying for a lifelong fan.  Stick to the records.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

26

Crowded House

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I remember watching the first song from their farewell concert at the Sydney Opera House on TV in 1996, then having to go to bed because I had school the next day.

How Did the Interaction Occur

Thankfully my parent’s had taped the simulcast off B105 and had a cassette tape of the rest of the night.  I wore that tape out over the next few years.  The one song I saw on TV – ‘Mean To Me’ – was the one song they missed recording, so I never heard it again until years later when I bought the album ‘Crowded House’.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When

 It was a double CD release that bundled ‘Crowded House’ & ‘Temple Of Low Men’.  I remember buying it at K-Mart.

 Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

‘Farewell To The World’ – That worn out, stretched old tape was finally returned to my parents and replaced by a CD when they released it as a live album in 2006.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist

‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ – The version on the ‘Farewell To The World’ concert is just heart wrenching.  I used to listen to that song, then rewind the tape and play it again, over and over and over.  I had it to the point where I knew exactly how long to rewind for to hit the start of the track.  That version still brings me to tears to this day, it’s just pure emotion.  On the DVD you can clearly see Paul Hester tearing up behind the drumkit.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live

I saw Crowded House at Boondall after they reformed in 2007.  It was great to finally see them after being a fan for so long, but also tragic because Paul Hester had passed away in 2005.  At one stage my Crowded House obsession also extended to watching Hessie’s Shed on the ABC.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

 19

Honourable mentions:

  1. The Smashing Pumpkins
  2. Jeff Buckley
  3. Ride
  4. Faces
  5. Hunters & Collectors
  6. PJ Harvey
  7. Bruce Springsteen
  8. Sonic Youth
  9. The Libertines

THIRTEEN SEVENTY will be headlining The Zoo on Friday 21 August to launch their new album

Coming along for the ride for this very eclectic event are GALAPOGOS, SILVER SIRCUS and BALLOONS KILL BABIES

This gig will be presented as part of the 2015 Brisbane Fringe Festival.

Date: Friday 21st August, 2015
Doors: 8:00pm
Advance Tickets: $12.00 (From the bands)
Door Price: $15.00
Photo ID required for entry

Tickets on-sale now. Click below for more information and bookings

http://zoo.oztix.com.au/?Event=53806

Useful Links:

Thirteen Seventy – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenseventy
Galapogos – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Silver Sircus – https://www.facebook.com/silversircus
Balloons Kill Babies – https://www.facebook.com/BalloonsKillBabies

 

HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – HOLY ELEVEN – Tony from Thirteen Seventy talks about his Holy Eleven Bands / Artists of all time

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 Each member of Thirteen Seventy sat down to make a list of their top eleven bands / artists of all time to help Heavy and Weird launch our “HOLY ELEVEN” series – first up is Tony

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Tony – Bass and Vocals

BATHORY

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

It was late one night on the radio, I think it was about 1998 or 1999, and Triple J’s metal show The 3 Hours of Power had a black metal special on. They played Bathory’s song The Lake which was off their album Blood on Ice. Not entirely a black metal piece, more viking metal.

How Did the Interaction Occur

My friend taped the show, I got most of the show on tape, but the tape ran out close towards the end which was when “The Lake” was on. So I heard it once, then only so often again for a while. However, being an inquisitive 15-16 year old I tried hard to find more about this band

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

I don’t actually remember which was the first Bathory album I bought. It is most likely I found a bunch of them and bought several at the same time. Blood Fire Death would have been in there I’m sure.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

It is a really tough one for me, as Blood Fire Death is such an epic album, but Under the Sign of the Black Mark is just too close for me to pick just one.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

The first track from Blood Fire Death, which is called A Fine Day to Die is my all time favourite. A haunting piece, I remember playing it the day Quorthon died. It is almost the epitome of black metal.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Never, not a live band.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

16-17 years

GEHENNA

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I guess when most people think of the first Norwegian black metal band they encountered, Gehenna wouldn’t be on many lists, but, they were one of the first for me. Strangely, I don’t remember which song it was, but I know it was off either the album Malice or Seen Through the Veils of Darkness.

How Did the Interaction Occur

Again, on Triple J’s metal show, very late, was probably barely awake at the time, but I remembered the name, saw them in Terrorizer Magazines and hunted their music down.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

I think it was Adimiron Black as that was their new album at the time. Think I imported it from Germany, so it would probably have been 1999 I guess.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Malice is my favourite of theirs. Not that it has my favourite songs on it, but it is one of the few albums I can listen from start to finish and be totally absorbed.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

The song Vinterriket from Seen Through the Veils of Darkness, which has Garm from Ulver as guest vocalist.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Never, as they kind of stopped doing live performances I think by the time I had turned 18.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

16-17 years

BETHLEHEM

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Again on the radio, it was a song called Yesterday I Still Had a Beer Today.

How Did the Interaction Occur

I taped it and it was on my favourites tape for years. It was unlike anything I had ever heard, so unusual and depressing.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

Almost naturally it was the EP that this song was featured on, which is called Reflektionen Auf’s Sterben. It would have been 1998, or 1999.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

It is their album Sardonischer Untergang im Zeichen irreligiöser Darbietung. A perfect blend of doom metal and black metal, the perfect album to cut yourself to.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

Still and always will be Yesterday I Still Had a Beer Today.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Never.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

17 years probably.

ARCANA

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

So by now you are thinking I only listen to black metal. Well, no, but I did discover this band in an issue of Terrorizer under a Cold Meat Industry advertisement. The first two songs I heard were Angel of Sorrow and Like Statues in the Garden of Dreaming.

How Did the Interaction Occur

This was when the internet was young and Cold Meat Industry had a website, with samples, 32kbps and 30 seconds in length of each song. I was addicted, mainly because I wanted to know how the goddamn songs finished.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

Dark Age of Reason, which was the album these song samples were taken from. I found it in Sanity of all places, really cheap. I still think that is close to the best bit-of-luck purchase I have ever made. So probably around 2000, as I still didn’t have internet at home.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

It is still Dark Age of Reason. Their others are great, but this has sentimental reasons.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

Angel of Sorrow is still my favourite. One of the most haunting songs I have ever had the pleasure to listen to.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Never.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

15 years I would think.

EMPEROR

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Okay, back to black metal, I heard them on Triple J or 4ZZZ, and to be honest, I didn’t really like them at first! I don’t remember what song it was.

How Did the Interaction Occur

I think the music was from Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk. It was probably a few months later when I heard some of their other earlier albums and they began to grow on me.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

In the Nightside Eclipse I am pretty sure. It was another one I bought in London in 2000. So pretty late considering I was into black metal for at least two years before then.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

It is In the Nightside Eclipse. I think probably close to my favourite album of all time.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

The opening track from that album, Into the Infinity of Thoughts. As a 17 year old, this is pure evil.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Never.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

15-16 years.

BURZUM

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Their song Lost Wisdom on Tripe J’s metal show again.

How Did the Interaction Occur

Another one I taped and just got better and better to my ears.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

I can’t quite remember but I think it was actually the Burzum/Aske release. That’s the first album and ep on a re-release. That was probably around 2000 as well to be honest, I always liked the Aske side better.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Filosofem. Just another great example of what one talented individual can do with no other band mates around (Sorry Clint and Fi!) This was very different and quite a groundbreaking album.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

Det Som Engang Var from Hvit Lyset Tar Oss. I like really long songs that grow and meander and this does both.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Never, he’s not a live performance type of guy…

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

15 years.

DEAD CAN DANCE

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Their entire album The Serpent’s Egg.

How Did the Interaction Occur

My uncle gave it to me to listen to when he realised another band I previously mentioned, Arcana, sounded just like them. I understood Arcana a lot more after hearing this too.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

I would have said The Serpent’s Egg, which I’m sure it was, but I can’t remember as I had listened to it so many times before owning it, that it blurs. Probably 2000 – 2001.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

This is one I can’t make my mind up. I think Spleen and Ideal, but The Serpent’s Egg is very close, or maybe it’s better, I don’t know.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

Enigma of the Absolute, from Spleen and Ideal. No Lisa Gerrard vocals, but the song is kind of hypnotic and to me is almost one of those songs that I would want played at my funeral.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Technically never, but I did see Lisa Gerrard perform and she did a couple of DCD songs. Unfortunately the recent news they were playing somehow eluded me until the day after their shows…

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

15 years likely.

SATYRICON

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Their song Mother North.

How Did the Interaction Occur

I believe I heard it on 4ZZZ and then heard it again on a compilation cd I imported from overseas.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

I actually think it was The Shadowthrone and it was probably around 1998-1999 or so I guess.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

The Shadowthrone. Their best and one of the best albums of all times in my eyes.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

Hvite Krists Død. This is the opening song from The Shadowthrone.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Once, when they came to Australia on a tour and played at The Arena.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

16-17 years.

LIMBONIC ART

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I heard them on Triple J 3 Hours of Power (I know there is a bit of a theme running here, but honestly, there wasn’t really any other way to discover new extreme metal music in 90’s).

How Did the Interaction Occur

It was the song In Abhorrence Dementia taken from the album of the same name. The intro part of the song is this beautiful and serene cosmic symphony that erupts into a glory of black metal ferocity.


First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

I believe it was actually Moon in the Scorpio, which was probably around 1999. It was a blind purchase, I hadn’t heard anything off this particular album, but I liked their other music and I liked the artwork.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

It is Moon in the Scorpio.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

The first song from Moon in the Scorpio, entitled, Beneath the Burial Surface.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Never, they weren’t a live band.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

16 -17 years?

CLAN OF XYMOX

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

I was getting into a lot synth pop and 80’s goth/new wave music, and I heard a remix of one their later songs, Innocent, by Assemblage 23.

How Did the Interaction Occur

This was about 2002-2003, so I downloaded it off soulseek or limewire or something bad and illegal like that.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

Was actually their first and self titled album. This maybe was around 2003, as this was when I was really getting into this kind of music.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

Is and always will be Clan of Xymox. First album is great, but Medusa is also awesome.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

Is a four way tie between A Day, Stranger, both from the first album, Back Door from Medusa, and the In Strict Confidence Mix of At Your Mercy from Remixes from the Underground.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Once, last year in fact.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

12 years I would think.

LYCIA

Your First Interaction With The Band / Artist 

Crap, I’m at the end already, but I have so many more bands I wanted to put on this list. Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure, but I will end it with Lycia. A Cold Wave band from America whom I first found a song of theirs called Snowdrop on some label’s website and downloaded it.

How Did the Interaction Occur

I downloaded the song, and was mesmerised. It was kind of like Dead Can Dance and Arcana but a little bit different.

First Album Purchased by the Band / Artist and When 

It was actually their album Ionia. Which is very different to the song Snowdrop, but I liked it a lot. Dreamy guitars and just the utter sound of despair and beauty. It was probably 2003-2004.

Favourite Album by the Band / Artist

I think it is still Ionia. It’s the album I’ve had longest to live with.

Favourite Song by the Band / Artist 

3 way tie between Ionia and Desert from Ionia, and Snowdrop from Cold.

How Many Times Have you have Seen Them Live 

Never.

Total Amount Of Years Spent Listening To and Following The Band

12-13 years?

THIRTEEN SEVENTY will be headlining The Zoo on Friday 21 August to launch their new album

Coming along for the ride for this very eclectic event are GALAPOGOS, SILVER SIRCUS and BALLOONS KILL BABIES

This gig will be presented as part of the 2015 Brisbane Fringe Festival.

Date: Friday 21st August, 2015
Doors: 8:00pm
Advance Tickets: $12.00 (From the bands)
Door Price: $15.00
Photo ID required for entry

Tickets on-sale now. Click below for more information and bookings

http://zoo.oztix.com.au/?Event=53806

Useful Links:

Thirteen Seventy – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenseventy
Galapogos – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Silver Sircus – https://www.facebook.com/silversircus
Balloons Kill Babies – https://www.facebook.com/BalloonsKillBabies

HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – TRACK BY TRACK BREAKDOWN – “Bitter Dream” by Thirteen Seventy

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Track One – ENTRY

This was intentionally written as the album opener.  The idea was to start really quietly and build to a crescendo before abruptly launching into ‘Hermits’.  It’s really got no structure, and it’s different every time we play it.  We thought it would be fun to give people a bit of a ‘what the hell is this noise rubbish?’ before the first proper song.  It’s got a lot of bowed guitar on it, which I like using for texture in the studio.

Track Two – HERMITS

‘Hermits’ was almost recorded for our first album ‘Arrest The Slide’.  We had one last 2 day session at Blackbox and we were going in to record ‘Medusa’ and ‘Missing’, but I’d written this new song ‘Hermits’ maybe a month beforehand and knew it was probably better than both of them.  Unfortunately we just didn’t have enough time to bash it into shape for the session, so it became the first song for the next record. I wrote the bones of ‘Hermits’ in our old share house in East Brisbane, just picking little things that would keep happening in the house, like the lights blowing all the time, and using them for a story about someone suffering from depression.

Track Three – BURN

I was listening to a lot of Screamfeeder when I wrote this, so the line ‘why don’t you burn your name on me’ is a little nod to the title of their second album ‘Burn Out Your Name’.  The music and the lyrics in the chorus were there pretty much from the start, but the verse went through a few permutations before we were happy with it.  I had no idea what the final lyrics were about when I wrote them, but reading it now it sounds like someone singing about impotency.

Track Four – INSIDE

As soon as I started writing ‘Inside’ I knew that Fi had to sing lead vocals.  I was only a few lines into the first verse when I realised I was actually writing it from her perspective.  It’s the first time I’ve really tried to write something from inside someone else’s head, but it’s still got that universal quality to it.  The final song is partially from me to my wife, and partially from Fi to Lucinda.

Track Five – ICE

Our former drummer James Lees actually suggested we record this song.  It was written by Lucinda Shaw and Brett Collery in the early days of Silver Sircus.  James played Tony and I a Silver Sircus demo, I think originally with the idea that we would help record a proper Silver Sircus version of the song.  For whatever reason that never happened, but at some point Lucinda and James offered it to us instead.  We spent quite a while in the rehearsal room pulling apart the chord progression and rebuilding it before we were happy with the arrangement.  Our version is quite different to the original, very aggressive and atonal.  I was incredibly nervous when Lucinda heard it for the first time, but thankfully she really likes it.

Track Six – SCENE

‘Scene’ is about bands whose sole purpose is to look cool and get laid.  There are a lot of them out there.  I’m really proud of the line ‘You’re not creating, you’re just masturbating’.  It’s really two separate songs that we’ve jammed together.  Part one is the pop/punk radio-friendly section, and part two is essentially the heaviest, noisiest jam we could come up with to illustrate the ludicrousness of the song.  I guess it’s like merging The Offspring and Slint.

Track Seven – DRY

I really wanted ‘Dry’ to sound like early PJ Harvey.  We originally played it as a band, with ultra-quiet verses, and jarringly-loud choruses.   Something about it didn’t quite work though.  It wasn’t until about 3 weeks out from recording Tony asked me to just play it by myself.  Afterwards he said ‘that’s it, that’s the song there’.  It’s really just a single guitar and some vocals, with a few overdubs.

Track Eight – MIRROR

Lyrically, this is probably the most straight-forward song on the album.  I walked into the bathroom one morning and caught myself in the mirror.  It must have been a big night because I looked terrible, I was wondering where my youth had gone.  I picked up a guitar with the line ‘When I look in the mirror I see an older version of myself’ in my head and the rest of the song just flowed straight out within 10 minutes.

Track Nine – FALLING

This song was written back in The Soundcasters days, although I don’t think we ever played it.  When we were writing songs for Bitter Dream I went back through some old demos and found this one.  It was originally called ‘Falling Apart’, and I think I might have played it at a few solo gigs years ago.  I ended up stripping the second verse out and Tony came up with the time signature changes that we play in the outro.  Other than that it’s essentially the same as it was when I wrote it in 2008.

Track Ten – NOW

This song started life as a simple chord progression using a half capo, leaving the B & E strings droning. An early instrumental-only version was demoed as far back as when James was in the band. I was never able to write a vocal melody for it, so I eventually handed it to Tony to write the vocal melody and lyrics. It marked a turning point in the way we write music as a band. Tony also sings lead vocal for the first time on this track. The album title comes from the line ’A soulless breath that whispers to me / To leave / And kill this bitter dream’. The lyrics for Now are about confronting something sudden, something horrible or dreadful and wishing you had more time to prepare for the news. It’s when you are in a state of shock, thinking you weren’t ready, you could have done something to prevent it, and that maybe, that you were always powerless to do anything about it anyway.

Track Eleven – RUBBLE

Lyrically, ‘Rubble’ is about the ending of a friendship.  Musically, it’s probably the most straight-up grunge song we’ve done, but there’s some Edge-style delayed guitar in the instrumental sections, and a nice little piano melody that Tony overdubbed at the last minute – the first time we’ve put keys on a song.

Track Twelve – WITCH

‘Witch’ is really just a little progression I would play out of boredom waiting for Clint to tune his guitar/s, or find that one cable in his monstrous pedal board that was disconnected. It really is only to eliminate that awkward, attention hogging silence you get on stage, when the eyes are looking and waiting.

Track Thirteen – EXIT

‘Exit’ is about the passing of someone close and how those left behind are affected. Sonically it’s very full-on, and lyrically quite simple, but there’s a lot of emotion in it for me.

Compiled by Clint Morrow with input from Tony Parker on NOW and WITCH 

You can pre-order the physical album and purchase a digital copy via Thirteen Seventy’s bandcamp page – http://thirteenseventy.bandcamp.com/album/bitter-dream

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THIRTEEN SEVENTY will be headlining The Zoo on Friday 21 August to launch their new album

Coming along for the ride for this very eclectic event are GALAPOGOS, SILVER SIRCUS and BALLOONS KILL BABIES

This gig will be presented as part of the 2015 Brisbane Fringe Festival.

Date: Friday 21st August, 2015
Doors: 8:00pm
Advance Tickets: $12.00 (From the bands)
Door Price: $15.00
Photo ID required for entry

Tickets on-sale now. Click below for more information and bookings

http://zoo.oztix.com.au/?Event=53806

Useful Links:

Thirteen Seventy – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenseventy
Galapogos – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Silver Sircus – https://www.facebook.com/silversircus
Balloons Kill Babies – https://www.facebook.com/BalloonsKillBabies

ALBUM REVIEW: “Aesthesis” by Dead Letter Circus

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You either love or hate a band like Dead Letter Circus – I totally understand why people are for and against what this band offers but because I love this sound I’m a total sucker for all of the dramatics on the bands third album “Aesthesis” and I’m comfortable with being one of the many who loves them. There is an amazing ache spilling out of each song, like the band are searching for some kind of deeper spiritual meaning in this world. The way the band can collectively use pain to birth such dark yet positive sounding music is the real reward. Dead Letter Circus’ music has always provided pain relief and escape from the cruelty of the world but that sprinkling of positivity is what helps elevate it beyond those who use just darkness to communicate their pain. The music takes you deep into your own little world where you get to unlock thoughts, feelings and ideas you never realised you had lurking in your mind. This is incredibly nocturnal music, best digested late at night in bed with an amazing pair of headphones. When you engage the album through this experience you start to discover and when music gives you the space to discover and travel to deep emotional places it will always succeed as a piece of communication.

Just like the band’s debut full length “This Is The Warning” and second album “The Catalyst Fire” Dead Letter Circus once again provide a very consistent journey with each song carefully crafted and connected in the prog rock tradition. Although I feel it cliche to link the bands epic sound to prog rock I think it is a good starting point because although they don’t indulge in long songs or anything in that traditional prog template, the progressive element of the sound is how each song fits into the next. The album itself doesn’t really reveal its power and beauty until you’ve given it multiple spins. I’ve only lived with the album for 72 hours and I’m still discovering. With every brand new listen I indulge equal elements of excitement, confusion and wonder.

When you compare this album to the historical artifact that is music, you can honestly hear how “now” the sound of Dead Letter Circus is. The band makes the perfect music for this era of chaos that we live in. As an album “Aesthesis” soundtracks the dilemmas of navigating the social media framed digital absurdity and how the mechanical gods of technology have pushed us to a point where the soul and the human spirit have been pushed aside. It is safe to say that the music made by Dead Letter Circus plugs you back into your humanity and your spirit and the joy of breathing and living. That is what has always excited me about Dead Letter Circus and with “Aesthesis” they have once again shown how important the history of art and music is to them and the music they communicate and in a modern era of fast food musical hits it is always refreshing to hear a band sound so defined but also so plugged into the importance of making music a truly cleansing and healing experience.

The wonderful thing about Dead Letter Circus is that for all of their surface level alternative rock, metal and prog dynamics the band treat their music like it is art as opposed to some pointless exercise in “rocking out” and this commitment to presenting their music as art is what separates them from so many other alternative rock bands in our country. For those of us who have a heavy investment in this kind of music the two leaders of the metal tinged alt-prog rock sound in Australia are without a doubt Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus. What both bands offer is a wonderful platform for intense rock sounds to peek through into the mainstream and act as the perfect bridge to even more intense examples of the genre.

This is how 21st Century rock music was meant to sound

8 Cassette Tapes Out of 10

By: Dan Newton

Useful Links – https://www.facebook.com/deadlettercircus

 

HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT – Thirteen Seventy stream their second album “Bitter Dream” and announce new singles “Inside” and “Dry”

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The music of Thirteen Seventy is soaked in sincerity and when it comes to playing rock music in 2015 a dose of sincerity is vital to sounding fresh and unique. On the surface Thirteen Seventy are indeed just a rock band but if you dig deeper you start to uncover the little subtleties that give their music life and purpose. This is music made by humans who don’t care about being cool; there is no agenda or fashion being made here. For Clint, Tony and Fi the rush of playing loud and intense rock music is rooted in their overwhelming desire to communicate and express the complex emotions plaguing each of them. This is about a revolution of feelings and the need to take two steps back in order to take ten steps forward.

Thirteen Seventy have carved out their own interpretation of the rock & roll ethos since 2010. Mixing obscurity, heaviness, beauty, a (post) aggressive nature and an alarmingly unpredictable attention span, Thirteen Seventy are producing internal sounds for an external world. After releasing their debut album “Arrest The Slide” in 2012, the band have crafted a new body of work built upon their early noise rock sounds with a subtle shift towards all things post punk/rock, pop and noise experimentation’s.

Due for physical release on 21st August 2015 via Heavy and Weird Records, the bands second album is aptly titled “Bitter Dream” and is a journey through the historical beauty of alternative rock adding a myriad of colour to their black and white beginnings. Although the pop skills bury themselves in the sway and pull of the racket and rage the band has now found a way to re-invent and re-interrupt their sound which was initially built on the dirge of Seattle with affection for the dirty jeans of 90’s alternative Australian chord patterns.

The band’s newest and second single from the album is called “Inside” and it is the perfect example of the power of Thirteen Seventy. There is fragility to the way drummer Fi sings this song and it is coming from a place that hurts. “Inside” is not just another love song – this is about something or someone that really haunts her and who she is desperate and willing to embrace. It is about the darkness of love and how to truly surrender to someone you need to love both their darkness and their light. Sonically the song balances this perfectly with the real joy coming when the band explodes into the guitar freakouts at the end of the song which helps give even more meaning to the lyrics. This is the perfect juxtaposition of the kind of style and emotion that you can expect from “Bitter Dream” and it showcases a new commitment to diversity and dynamics only previously glimpsed on past recordings – it is world-class stuff.

 

 

Equally as haunting is “Dry” which acts as the stark centerpiece of an album full of rhythm and rage. A delicate tribute to his muse, “Dry” has frontman and guitarist Clint Morrow shaping a complicated affair with some very simple and direct chord stabs that are framed beautifully with eerie layered guitar noise. Aesthetically the song seems out of place on “Bitter Dream” but weirdly it manages to have more volume and emotional intensity than any of the more louder more direct rock songs throughout the tracklist and if anything serves as yet another example of how the band have experimented with different dynamics to get a more consistent sound this time around.

 

 

Thirteen Seventy know how to write great chords and meaningful melodies without the use of fancy vests and bowler hats, just a nice pair of slacks. So if music minus the complicated shoes is your cup of tea, then Thirteen Seventy is the rock n roll band you need to invest in.

Heavy and Weird Records are proud to finally unveil “Bitter Dream” for you all to listen to and stream via our soundcloud site:

 

 

You can pre-order the physical album and purchase a digital copy via Thirteen Seventy’s bandcamp page – http://thirteenseventy.bandcamp.com/album/bitter-dream

 

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THIRTEEN SEVENTY will be headlining The Zoo on Friday 21 August to launch their new album

Coming along for the ride for this very eclectic event are GALAPOGOS, SILVER SIRCUS and BALLOONS KILL BABIES

This gig will be presented as part of the 2015 Brisbane Fringe Festival.

Date: Friday 21st August, 2015
Doors: 8:00pm
Advance Tickets: $12.00 (From the bands)
Door Price: $15.00
Photo ID required for entry

Tickets on-sale now. Click below for more information and bookings

http://zoo.oztix.com.au/?Event=53806

Useful Links:

Thirteen Seventy – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenseventy
Galapogos – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Silver Sircus – https://www.facebook.com/silversircus
Balloons Kill Babies – https://www.facebook.com/BalloonsKillBabies

 

SINGLE REVIEW: “Vice” by Grrl Pal

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I had to interrupt my planned schedule to rush and review the wonderful new single / song from GRRL PAL called “Vice” – I was intrigued by the name and the fact that they are playing a show with Solo on the 31st July 2015 in Sydney as part of Rare Finds #4. As is the case with social media timing I clicked on the bands soundcloud and was greeted with “Vice” and fucking boom I’m hooked. Before we continue, please have a listen for yourself:

 

I hate doing the “they sound like” thing but in this case I have to, so if I were to describe GRRL PAL to the elite I would say that they sound like Boards Of Canada, Crystal Castles, M83 and Frou Frou mixed together with a deep understanding of hip hop and dream pop. That is not to say that GRRL PAL rip these artists or aesthetics off, quite the opposite. These are merely music journalist wankerisms I need to smash into an introductory paragraph so I can inspire some kind of interest from those who need the food shoved inside of their mouth.

Those that know me understand that I’m not interested in the typical path laid out for humans that review music. I could sit and talk about the production and how sublime it is and how all of the scientific requirements for good songwriting is accurately met but you know, that is obvious criteria to submit to. For me it is always about the way a song connects with me emotionally and as soon as I heard it “Vice” had the right kind of mood. It just sways and shivers with the uncertainty of a Saturday night. It drifts in and out of darkness and sounds as beautiful as the way the sky looks at about 5pm on a winters afternoon when the sun almost becomes a faded orange. That spooky moment when day becomes night and the adventure of intoxicated bliss awaits, that’s what GRRL PAL really sound like to my ears and it is fucking delicious stuff.

This is good time music for those party humans that carry a deep sense of loss with them wherever they go and who chase escapism through the freedom of being alone with everybody.

9 Cassette Tapes out of 10

By: Dan Newton

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SINGLE REVIEW: “Once Upon A Time” by Holly Terrens

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I stumbled across Holly Terrens’ music by pure chance courtesy of my facebook newsfeed – a handful of my mutual friends had liked a recent status update from her official page and as is the case I clicked the link and had my head blown off by the following track:

 

Now I’m not sure if this is an official single or part of a bigger release but either way it inspired me to want to sit down and write some words. You can accurately describe Holly’s music as Progressive Pop and it automatically reminded me of Tori Amos and Fiona Apple which is always wonderful because I’m quite the Amos and Apple devotee. It also sounds like Holly is in someway influenced by the more forward thinking heavy metal groups because I also hear a human deeply in debt to artists like Maynard James Keenan, Chino Moreno, Mikael Åkerfeldt and Peter Steele. I can also hear little flourish’s of the 1980’s goth and dream pop sounds of bands like Cocteau Twins, The Cure and Depeche Mode with an obvious hat tip to the outrageously experimental Kate Bush and Laurie Anderson. The sound of Holly Terrens is not purely a nostalgia trip because she also leans equally on more modern pop music icons like St Vincent, Julia Holter and Anna Calvi who are all artists that manage to occupy a unique place within the current lexicon because of the way they make immediate yet challenging music.

To use the word “haunting” is too limiting because the level of emotion on display with “Once Upon A Time” is deeper than that. The song does indeed creep along with a certain kind of spooky dirge that is equal parts horrifying and beautiful. There is a murder ballads tradition sprinkled ever so slightly on top of the narrative communicated lyrically with the song clearly being somewhat autobiographical. The drama of it all is intoxicating and you hang on every word, every note and every emotional twist and turn until the song climaxes with the kind of conclusion that echoes louder than any riff or distorted instrument. To be this intense and emotionally raw whilst still keeping the music stark and restricted to just percussive sounds and a rolling piano is a true gift.

8 Cassette Tapes out of 10

By: Dan Newton

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SINGLE REVIEW: “I Don’t Feel So Alive” by Gabriella Cohen

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The brand new single from Gabriella Cohen is called “I Don’t Feel So Alive” and is from her soon to be released album “Full Closure And No Details” – you can listen to it via the following link:

 

As a song it is an amazing collection of ideas and truly sounds fresher and more honest than the music she’s made with her band The Furrs. On this track we hear Cohen wrestle with her old world influences whilst also surrounding the song dynamics with a deep need for futuristic voyeurism and when the climax of the song arrives you start to feel the warmth and comfort of a successful dark horse balancing that fine line between genius and madness. This is music birthed from a human who clearly sounds out of step with the modern world presented to her and although the lyrics are self explanatory, it is Cohen’s melodic delivery and guitar strums that signal her disconnection from the sway of what it means to be a young human in 2015.

This is what separates Cohen from her peers because she is on a quest to deliver more than just pop music and with “I Don’t Feel So Alive” we get to bear witness to the interesting dialogue of her internal universe. This song is perfect and buried within the “A to B” structure are little audio gems that jump out during a serious headphone listen. I’m especially in love with the way the backing vocals are striving for something a bit more and the way in which they are executed with intense creativity.

When I listen to Gabriella Cohen I hear a true artist who is striving and succeeding with breaking all the rules of what is expected from music. Whilst her journey is in its infant stages it is not hard to hear that with time Cohen will go on to change lives and influence a great many people with her art.

There is a classic Mike Patton quote that says “The Problem with music is that it is played by Musicians” and it is one that I live by because true music is the sound that comes from people who view it as art as opposed to a scientific collection of rules and regulations. The musician will interpret the rules set by the artist and will never destroy and re-create new ones. With “I Don’t Feel So Alive” we hear Cohen acknowledge the rules but destroy and re-imagine them at the same time which positions her as one of the real contenders for helping the sometimes redundant sounds of Brisbane move to some new radical ground.

8 Cassette Tapes Out Of 10

By: Dan Newton

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