Heavy and Weird Presents: Collapse Into Now – Volume One – Artist Announcement – Galapogos

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Heavy and Weird Presents: Collapse Into Now – Volume One

A night of new Progressive, Experimental, Psychedelic and Pop music from Brisbane and Beyond – true future music

Thursday 8th December 2016 – 6:00pm at the Bearded Lady – $10.00 entry fee

Artist Announcement:

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Galapogos

Galapogos are purveyors of everything and nothing favouring the sweet release of pop skills soaked in the energy of the moment in order to birth an explosion of hushed harshness dripping with cinematic nonsense that is in debt to all of the vibrations that connect with humans on an emotional level.

Established in 2010, Galapogos 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), Strange Species (2014) and An Emptiness (2015)) 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. 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.

Dadaism – Surrealism – Noise – Pop Art – Sprechgesang – Free Atonality

Yoko Ono and Kim Gordon

Useful Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Bandcamp – http://galapogos2.bandcamp.com/

HEAVY AND WEIRD PRESENTS: Loving The Alien – A Tribute To David Bowie – Artist Announcement – five of nine – Galapogos

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Heavy and Weird are proud to announce the fifth of nine artists performing at “Loving The Alien: A Tribute to David Bowie”

Galapogos

Galapogos are purveyors of everything and nothing favouring the sweet release of pop skills soaked in the energy of the moment in order to birth an explosion of hushed harshness dripping with cinematic nonsense that is in debt to all of the vibrations that connect with humans on an emotional level.

Established in 2010, Galapogos 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), Strange Species (2014) and An Emptiness (2015)) 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. 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.

Dadaism – Surrealism – Noise – Pop Art – Sprechgesang – Free Atonality

Yoko Ono and Kim Gordon

 

Useful Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Bandcamp – http://galapogos2.bandcamp.com/

 

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“Right now, it feels as if the solar system is off it’s axis, as if one of our main planetary anchors has lost it’s orbit. That said – I am certain that wherever Bowie is now – I want to be there someday.” – Micheal Stipe

For 69 years David Bowie was a gift bestowed upon planet earth to help our species understand the power and importance of pop music. There was something truly Alien about his presence that gave hope to the freaks among us that we had a spokesman. His curiosity for the weird and wonderful avant-garde artforms helped inform and influence the music he made. Bowie understood and believed in the unpopular, the insignificant and the overlooked humans of society and he gave them a voice. David Bowie was a warm hug for the alienated youth of every generation from 1960 through to 2016 and his influence and power went way beyond just being another pop singer. He invented new ways of communicating musically and he also championed the artists and bands that the music industry elite chose to ignore. There is a lot to celebrate when it comes to David Bowie but his greatest legacy is the way he has inspired the other aliens among us to pick up an instrument and to express themselves through art and music.

Despite his iconic fashion statements it was Bowie’s music that mattered most and on 14th May 2016 Heavy and Weird are proud to be curating their first live musical event – “Loving The Alien” – A Tribute to David Bowie

This event will see a diverse group of artists pay tribute to the music of David Bowie and to dive a bit deeper into his catalouge to share with you some of his most popular and unpopular songs. This is a celebration of alienation and how Bowie’s music helped save and give purpose and comfort and remedy to that feeling of being different to everyone else.

Stay Tuned for our Line-Up announcement

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Leukemia Foundation

Saturday 14th May 2016 at The Bearded Lady
138 Boundary Street West End

Doors Open: 6:00pm
Cost: $10.00

https://www.facebook.com/HeavyAndWeird

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.

 

Useful Links:

Galapogos – https://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane

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

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

 

HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT – Galapogos release the first glimpse of their fourth record “An Emptiness”

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Galapogos are sorry for being distant in 2015 – here is a glimpse of what you can expect now that they have escaped the foolish grip of summer

 

 

The bands fourth record “An Emptiness” will be released on the 21st August 2015 via Heavy and Weird Records – tell all your people xo

http://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane

http://www.facebook.com/HeavyAndWeird

 

HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS – EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Thirteen Seventy / Galapogos Dual Album Launch With Special Guests Silver Sircus and Balloons Kill Babies

A Note From The Editor

Heavy and Weird Records are proud to present our first run at crafting a night of music to help celebrate the launch of our maiden voyage as a record label. When we put this line-up together the aim was to not only find a space to launch the new albums from Thirteen Seventy and Galapogos but to also put together a bill that showcases some of our favourite Brisbane bands.

A lot of people have been throwing around the word “eclectic” when describing this line-up and upon review of the true meaning of the word there is indeed a broad and diverse range of sources going towards making this night different from your usual rock show. I would argue however that although stylistically and aesthetically each band on this bill is different there is a distinct link binding them together. Each band pride themselves on presenting their music as a pure and artful experience that gathers and draws on a wide array of influences which results in their own unique dialogue being birthed on a sonic level. Don’t let the foolish nature of genre politics guide your listening experience because collectively Thirteen Seventy, Galapogos, Silver Sircus and Balloons Kill Babies lean on, destroy and re-invent the very blueprint of the genres awarded to them by their peers and associated press outlets.

They may not be the popular vote or the most likely candidates to fuck the prom queen but over time Thirteen Seventy, Galapogos, Silver Sircus and Balloons Kill Babies will make that meek handjob feel like a bad dream as they usher in new more long term forms of pleasure designed to heal and restore peace to the galaxy.

Please Consider

Big Love

Dan xo

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Noise rockers THIRTEEN SEVENTY and ambient death-pop band GALAPOGOS join forces to launch new albums at The Zoo on Friday 21 August.

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THIRTEEN SEVENTY will release “Bitter Dream” – their second album, adding a myriad of colour to their black and white beginnings. The new album is more atmospheric with a sweeping sense of drama, yet still remaining drenched in noise; a sound that is built on the dirge of Seattle with an affection for the dirty jeans of 90’s Australian alternative rock.

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GALAPOGOS will release “An Emptiness” – their fourth album, a re-invention and re-imagining of their sound producing an economical movement of music funded on the influence of hip hop and electronica 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.

Coming along for the ride for this very eclectic event are dark cabaret ensemble SILVER SIRCUS, showing off dramatic new material in full band mode from their forthcoming album, and heavy instrumental post-rock trio BALLOONS KILL BABIES, fresh off the back off their national tour launching new single & video “Patches In The Sky”.

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

Thirteen Seventy

Here is the film clip from Thirteen Seventy for the third single titled “Inside” from their soon to be released second album “Bitter Dream” out on 21st August via Heavy and Weird Records

Galapogos

On the 21st August 2015 Galapogos will release their fourth album via Heavy and Weird Records titled “An Emptiness” – the first single will be called “We Need Them To Chase You” and is scheduled to debut in early August.

To catch a glimpse of where the band has been prior to this here is the The Film Companion Piece to their second album “Feel Or Suffer”

TUESDAY EDITORIAL – the evolution of HEAVY AND WEIRD

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When I started Heavy and Weird my aim was to essentially just get more involved with the local music scene I loved so much. I never had any goals to go larger or be of any significance to those around me. I just wanted to write about music and in the process give people a glimpse of all that is wonderful about the local scenes of not just Australia but the world. Somewhere along the way people started taking me seriously and actually cared about what I thought and the overwhelming amount of music sent to me for review purposes is both humbling and a little scary. It made sense for me to balance my life as a music critic with my life as an artist because to me it is all the same thing and instead of making excuses for one over the other, I figured I’d just let the planets collide and do both at once.

So, after spending the past decade being an underground music world champion I have finally jumped from artist to entrepreneur and I’m proud to announce the launch of my record label “HEAVY AND WEIRD RECORDS” – I made a decision to expand the Heavy and Weird universe to go just beyond being another music blog.

I’ve long been a fan of artists who no one cares about, the kind of artist who doesn’t care about the pulse of what is popular and what will make money or get played on the radio. Considering the music industry has ceased to invest in forward thinking artists I wanted to do what I could in my corner of the world to collect and release the music I believe is helping to progress and advance the very idea of what music is and should be. A lot of the artists we’ll start working with are Brisbane based but I’m not seeing Heavy and Weird Records as a “Brisbane Thing” because that is way too limiting for me. I want to give a voice and do what I can from a business point for artists all over the world.

Although a lot of our artists would be deemed as experimental and within the avant garde terrain, the aim with Heavy and Weird Records is not to limit ourselves to simply one niche sound or idea. The purpose of our journey is to simply release the music that people don’t care about and to champion the kind of artist who understands what it truly means to be a counter-culture within the current landscape.

The 2015 release schedule will include the fourth album from Death Pop pioneers Galapogos aka my band, the second full length album from noise pop rock humans Thirteen Seventy, “Bitter Dream”, full length albums from Avant Garde Percussionists Macca Dickorice and Chip McNeily and their band Chip and Macca play The Hits, full length albums from metal band Beach Massacre Circa 1885, the debut Australian release of Italian Noise Composer Giovanni Zorzan’s latest opus “David In The Echo Machine”, the debut Australian release of Thomas Pang’s long out of print avant-garde masterpiece “Food We Ate Indoors” along with his much anticipated follow up “Is This Wine Vintage” which has been in the works for the past eleven years, two albums from improvisational vocal group Conversations We Ate For Breakfast, the debut album from drone artist Silk Shivers as well as my debut solo record.

In addition to acting as a music review blog and now a record label Heavy and Weird has also undertaken a once a month community event at the Brisbane Square Library. THE HEAVY AND WEIRD MONTHLY RECORD CLUB is a monthly meet up curated by me and is designed to discuss the diverse world of music. Each month will see an in-depth analysis and discussion on various artists/music scenes that have made an impact on the cultural lexicon as well as a series of very special live Q&A’s with some of Australia’s best musical minds along with some very exclusive performances.

The Library events are an extension of my desire to educate people about the many different secret histories that exist within the music world. It’s the perfect way for the community to engage with artists and scenes that may not have a mainstream voice and to also illustrate just how important it is to value and respect all facets of the music industry.

To discover more please visit – https://www.facebook.com/HeavyAndWeird

Big Love

Dan Newton xo

Heavy and Weird Blog

Heavy and Weird Blog – https://heavyandwierd.wordpress.com/

To have your music reviewed by Heavy and Weird’s music blog please send all associated press releases to heavyandweirdblog@gmail.com

If you make noise then we’re happy to listen and write words about said noise, we have no genre preference. We can’t promise we’ll make you famous, but we’ll vomit all kinds of honesty and passion into a blog about what it is you create.

Head Jerk Off / writer / editor = Dan Newton
Writers = Clint Morrow and Roger Killjoy
Occasional Writing and Photos = Thomas Oliver

Useful Contacts:

Blog – https://heavyandwierd.wordpress.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/HeavyWeirdBlog
Email – heavyandweirdblog@gmail.com

Heavy and Weird Records

Artist Roster

1. Galapogos – www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
2. Thirteen Seventy –
3. Chip and Macca Play The Hits – https://www.facebook.com/thirteenseventy
4. Beach Massacre Circa 1885
5. Giovanni Zorzan
6. Thomas Pang
7. Conversations We Ate For Breakfast
8. Silk Shivers
9. Daniel James Newton – https://www.facebook.com/shitonthecarpet

To enquire about or book any of the above artists please email heavyandweirdrecords@gmail.com

If you are interested in having your music released by Heavy and Weird Records then please just email us and we’ll see what we can do

THE HEAVY AND WEIRD MONTHLY RECORD CLUB

Every second Friday of the month at the Brisbane Square Library – if you’re interested to find out more please email heavyandweirdblog@gmail.com

CLINT MORROW’S TOP SEVEN ALBUMS OF 2014

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My Top Seven Albums of 2014

1. The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast

See this: https://heavyandwierd.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/album-review-do-to-the-beast-by-the-afghan-whigs/

2. Cold Chisel – The Live Tapes Vol 2

Cold Chisel live in their prime. What’s not to love? Oh that’s right, you think they’re a bogan band full of bogans loved by bogans. Well you’re wrong. They’re uniquely Australian and part of the fabric our our society. For once the masses got it right, this band is worthy of their enduring popularity. Don Walker is one of the finest songwriters ever, and this album is a document of the brutal electricity of their early live shows. Jimmy Barnes is in brilliant form as the powerhouse frontman. Stop being a snobby hipster and get an education on rock & roll from Australia’s greatest rock & roll band in their prime.

3. Galapogos – Feel or Suffer

See this: https://heavyandwierd.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/album-review-feel-or-suffer-by-galapogos/

4. Galapogos – Strange Species

Any band that releases 2 quality albums in the space of 12 months is worth your time. Sit down, turn off the facebooks, put your iPhone out of arms reach, put some headphones on, shut your eyes and spend 40 minutes with this album on getting to know yourself. You might be surprised at what you find.

5. HITS – Hikikomori

HITS are the best live rock & roll band in the world right now and with ‘Hikikomori’ they’ve finally captured the excitement of their live shows on record. The album sounds like a derailing freight train from start to finish, with the band constantly threatening to crash in on themselves but ultimately emerging unscathed and triumphant. This is how punk rock should sound; it’s the aural equivalent of being smacked in the face with a hot iron. I mean that in the best possible way, this band will change your life.

6. J Mascis – Tied To A Star

J Mascis releases ‘Several Shades of Why’ Part 2 and proves he’s his generation’s Neil Young. A beautiful Sunday morning record.

7. Jimmy Barnes – 30:30 Hindsight

The new Jimmy Barnes album is fucking excellent. He’s singing better than ever, and the new versions of his hits are, mostly, more interesting or better than the originals. The Living End make ‘Lay Down Your Guns’ sound as if they wrote it themselves, and Joe Bonamassa gives a new meaning to the term ‘guitar hero’ on ‘Too Much Ain’t Enough Love’. This is without doubt the best record Jimmy Barnes has released since the early 90’s.

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Most disappointing albums of 2014:

1. Bush – Man On The Run

Did anyone realise Bush had a new album out? It sounds like a better version of their last album. Buy it if you liked The Sea Of Memories. If you gave up on them after Razorblade Suitcase then move along, there’s nothing to see here.

2. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters albums seem to be getting shinier and shinier, as if an extra coat of studio polish is layered on each time they make a new record. Just once, I’d like to hear them sounding like a rock band in a room; without the slick production. Opener ‘Something From Nothing’ and closer ‘I Am A River’ are the pick of the 8 tracks on Sonic Highways, with everything in between blending into one long over-produced riff-fest. Foo Fighters have proven they’re a great live band, full of dynamics, talent and excitement; unfortunately this record doesn’t do that justice.

3. Pixies – Indie Cindy

If you’re going to waste your time on this record get the version with the bonus live disc so you don’t feel completely ripped off.

By: Clint Morrow

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Feel Or Suffer’ by Galapogos

Here at Heavy & Weird, we feel there’s not enough nepotism in the Brisbane music scene.  With that in mind, we’ve decided that Clint should review Dan’s band’s latest album, ‘Feel Or Suffer’. We also recognise that the rating’s system we’ve employed over the last year has mostly given bands we like ’10’ and bands we don’t like ‘1’, therefore we’ll be dispensing with ratings this year and telling you to either buy the album or save your money.

Of course, if you couldn’t tell that was sarcasm, you should be reading Rolling Stone.

Nonetheless, Clint will be reviewing the latest Galapogos release, not because he wants to give the band a leg up, or an unfair advantage, but because he genuinely likes their music and feels compelled to write about it. Take that as you will.  And now the disclaimer is out of the way, onto the review itself:

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Do I think this album is good? Yes. Do I think it’s perfect? No. But perfection is not what this record is about.

‘Feel Or Suffer’ is the most interesting artistic statement made by a Brisbane band in 2013. It is a bold step away from the alt-pop of Galapogos’ first album ‘Established Ghosts’ into ambient jammy weirdness. That they never fall into wankery is a miracle in itself, but this album is stunningly good on its own merits. Just listen to the epic ‘Parakeet Parachute’, or first single ‘Lisbon’:

What makes this even more of an achievement is that the entirety of ‘Feel Or Suffer’ was improvised live in the band room, with Dan Newton ad-libbing lyrics over the top; all recorded & mixed by guitarist Luke Koster. The result is one continuous movement of music, wholly unique, and utterly beautiful. I don’t know what the fuck Dan is singing about most of the time, but by god I believe it, and perhaps that’s what communication via music is all about? There is nothing plastic, no imitation, and no fakery involved, it stands up and forces you to listen intently and take a journey with the band.

This record is Jim Morrison saying ‘fuck you’ to his sex-symbol status, losing the leather pants and getting off on Patti Smith poetry, with backing from Slowdive. It is a singular vision from 5 guys on the periphery of a music scene they don’t fit in to, unable to be categorized, and uniquely compelling.

It won’t be a hit and it won’t make you cool, but it will change your life.  Go and find a copy.

Rating: 9 parakeets out of 10 parachutes
(I would have given it a 10, but I think this band is only going to get better)

By Clint Morrow

Live Review: The Halls, Galapogos, Foxsmith and Little Planes Land – The Zoo – Thursday 7th February 2013

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An early night at The Zoo, with LITTLE PLANES LAND kicking off proceedings at 7:45 to a small but appreciative audience. Jen Boyce (also of Ball Park Music) starts her set with a beautiful vocal only track, showing considerable control of her voice, a mixture of Carol King & Christine McVie, set in a higher register. This song has a real wow factor, and was easily the standout of her set. For the remainder of her series of indie folk tunes, she accompanies herself on ukulele. Unsurprisingly, considering her chosen stage moniker, there is a song regarding ‘conspiracy theories about planes’. She also makes a point of showing off her impressive broccoli-print pants, and offers to give punters a better look if they buy a raffle ticket after her show.

FOXSMITH are a guitar/bass/keys three-piece tonight. As they explain later, their drummer is currently backpacking around Europe. Their music is a mixture of The Church and The Cure, with Charlie & Emma swapping lead vocal duties throughout the set. The audience is beginning to get a little more active, with a few dancers and one punter even blowing bubbles across the stage. FOXSMITH experiment with a drum machine on a few songs, but it’s clear their music is missing having a real drummer. Nevertheless, the band is fun and the crowd enjoys the music. Their only real misstep is an under- rehearsed rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing In The Dark’, which pales in comparison to their originals.

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GALAPOGOS begin their four song set with a long instrumental introduction, accompanied by a video backdrop of their album art. Frontman Dan Newton spends most of the set with his eyes closed, lost in the music. On their debut album, GALAPOGOS was a pop band, but live they’re a cross between Slowdive and The Doors. “Do we have your permission to play something new?” Newton asks the audience, “This one’s for Patti Smith.” And the band launch into an epic shoegaze instrumental, while Newton delivers a stream- of-conscious, Jim Morrison-esque rant over the top. “We’re all a bunch of fucking slaves!” he screams. It’s utterly thrilling to witness. The band play almost completely stationery, but there are a few dancers in the audience. For the most part, the punters don’t really seem to know what to make of GALAPOGOS, they’re certainly different to everything else on offer this evening. After impassioned thankyous to the other bands on the bill, and the audience, Newton proclaims ‘I’m gonna go home and take a fucking bath!” And with that, GALAPOGOS disappear.

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THE HALLS hang extra stage lighting before their set, small trees and hanging lights adorn the stage and their instruments, while bassist & vocalist Bec Wolfers arrives wearing a crown of flowers. The first song sees her foot up on the foldback while she sings in a voice that’s a cross between Delores O’Riordan and Melissa Auf Der Maur. THE HALLS are easily the most visually animated band of the evening, with plenty of headbanging and jumping around onstage. Images of flowers blossom on the video screen behind the band and Wolfers invites the audience to come down the front to become ‘one big consciousness’. The crowd eagerly responds to her request, and for the first time this evening is on its feet and fully focussed at the front of the venue. Musically, THE HALLS are a mixture of muscular riffs and jangle pop. ‘He just wants to get fucked’ is all angry, metallic rock, while single ‘Dancing On Your Grave’ is sighing and almost resigned in comparison, sounding like mid 80’s era U2. There’s even a song that features a whistling section, a brave move in a live situation, but they pull it off. A male fan throws his underwear at Wolfers during the set, and I’m unsure if it’s a friend of the band having a laugh, or something slightly more inappropriate. Either way, if tonight’s performance is anything to go by I doubt it’s the last time she’ll get that sort of attention from an admirer. ‘Bodyshock’ ends up being the highlight of THE HALLS’ set, its epic sweep and long instrumental passages are lapped up by the appreciative audience.

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Overall, it’s been a great night out and I’ve witnessed some fantastic music (even bought The Halls’ EP, which I recommend you pick up). THE HALLS and GALAPOGOS are bands to watch out for, their live sets are unlike anything else Brisbane has to offer at the moment. FOXSMITH were enjoyable, but I’d like to see them with their full lineup sometime. LITTLE PLANES LAND is bound to make waves in indie pop and folk circles, and regardless of whether you like that style of music or not, Jen Boyce’s voice is something to behold.

Review By Clint Morrow

Galapogos and The Halls Photos by Alison Martin from Nerves Like Steel Photography (all images copyright to Nerves Like Steel)

Foxsmith Photo courtesy of Emma Walton, Kassie Sofia and Charlie Farmer

Event Poster by Bec Wolfers

Links

The Halls – http://facebook.com/thehallsband
Galapogos – http://www.facebook.com/galapogosbrisbane
Foxsmith – http://www.facebook.com/foxsmithmusic
Little Planes Land – http://www.facebook.com/LittlePlanesLand