Spring Break Festival 2011

Spring Break started in 2008 as a weekly night in Newcastle, to give the underground bands in our scene a regular place to play and hang out, and a chance for Newcastle kids to see some of the more interesting acts from around the world.

Last year we celebrated our favourite season with an all day festival of 20 of our favourite bands from our scene and a whole days drinking in the sun, for a measly $10. It went so well that we turned it into a series – “Spring Every Season” – and it was followed by the totally massive Summer Vibes, Totally Autumn and Winter Chills Festivals.

The Spring Every Season Cycle is about to complete itself for 2011, and to celebrate, we are returning to our roots!

That’s right, 20 bands, including a selection of the finest from our own scene, and a couple of damn interesting guests: we’re honoured to be joined by Krautrock pioneer DAMO SUZUKI from German 1960s-on psych legends CAN!!!! In Newcastle for the very first time, Damo will be joined on stage by veteran collaborators THE HOLY SOUL and some super special guests from Newcastle too.

And it’s gonna be a measly $10 again! So you can save your dosh for a shit ton of Zamkowes to drink out in the sun. Here’s the lineup.

DAMO SUZUKI (GERMANY) & THE HOLY SOUL (SYDNEY) & SPECIAL LOCAL GUESTS

JOINED BY OUR VERY OWN FINEST:

BARE GRILLZ // ALPS // TEEN AX // IN THE DOLLHOUSE // THE NUGS // POST PAINT // DRILLBIT // PHOBIAC // THE SI CLAROS // POLYFOX AND THE UNION OF THE MOST GHOSTS // SWEET TEETH // HOPES // LENIN LENNON // HANDSOME // VULTURE CULTURE // THE MERMAIDS // AITӒH // BORIS YELTSIN

SUNDAY SEP 18. 1PM – MIDNIGHT. CROATIAN CLUB, WICKHAM.

$10 Entry.

No presales. No fuckwits. Just awesome folks. We love you. Thanks to all the bands and all the kids and PAVO.

xx SPRING BREAK

Spring Break in March @ The Croatian Club

Wednesday nights at The Croatian Wickham Sports Club in Newcastle have got even better, look at this awesome lineup of bands playing free Spring Break! shows this month at the best venue in Newcastle. All shows start from 9m, are free entry, and will also feature rubbish DJs.

Starting tonight March 2nd we have The Nugs, and Sweet Teeth. I haven’t seen The Nugs but think Sweet Teeth are really rad. Here’s the official word on the subject.

The Nugs are a bunch of stoners that make the best 60’s garage/70’s punk influenced rock around, and Sweet Teeth are a pop band made up of members of the temperamental pocket, crab smasher, origami girls, etc.

Next week Bat Yoghurt and Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas will have you dancing. I saw Bat Yoghurt live at ARThive for the first time the other night. They’re really awesome.

Join ex Athol math-genius A. Browning’s solo project for the best part of a decade and now full fleshed out three-piece band playing tunes reminiscent of Arab on Radar, Lightning Bolt, Get Hustle and Bad Brains, along with Robert from Bare Grillz’ drums, looping and guitar fucked-pop solo efforts as Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas. Can I borrow a feeling?

The Following Week March 16 is Mere Women and Lenin Lennon. Mere Women are really good eh?

Sydney’s Mere Women are a three piece made up of members of Ohana, The Thaw and Little A… and sound pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a pairing like that. Brooding, slicing guitar riffs, ambient synth interludes and emphatic vocals, bits of math and tribal rhythms… joined by Lenin Lennon, (members of Bare Grillz, Joe Pesci, Honest Thieves), who do a rumbley version of 90’s ebullition/dischord style punk

Then on March 23 there is Unity Floors and Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts. What a cool show!

Total wet-dream of a show. When Unity Floors popped up out of Sydney everyone pretty much breathed a sigh of relief. There’s been a massive void there waiting to be filled by a good 90’s-ish Dinosaur Jr/Archers of Loaf/Sebadoh/Pavement/Flying Nun-esque band. We’re stoked to present their first show in Newcastle, and to be pairing them with Crab Smasher’s Nick French in his Polyfox mode, playing the best indie pop to come out of Newcastle (cough… umina), well, ever. For fans of The Go Betweens and Flying Nun bands, yeah?

 

Finally on March 30 we have Collarbones and Scalps. You’ve probably heard about Collarbones already on blogs that are much more cool and hip than this one will ever be, or even heard their sweet glitchy R&B jamz on Triple J if you can bring yourself to listen to the radio. Anyway they’re super neat. Scalps is always pretty good too. I think I have an extra copy of the long out-of-print Scalps NNUUMMBBEERR22 release if anybody wants it. It will have to go at a premium price mind you.

Collarbones started as an internet collab between Marcus Whale in Sydney and Travis Cook in Adelaide. Their dense, spacey, dancey, r+b influenced fuzzed out jams might be chillwave? Fuck. Anyway, people gave a shit, for instance folks like Pitchfork and Rose Quartz, which may or may not have played a part in influencing these two make the effort to fly halfway across the country to play shows together a few times a year. Yeah? They were here for Sound Summit/TINA last year, but don’t feel spoiled and skip this one, it’s a special treat probably not to be repeated soon. Also a treat, perhaps, Chris “Alps” Hearn’s minimal tech/improv fucked dance music side project “Scalps” will be giving a rare performance… Scalps has been around as long as Alps (six years?) but perhaps only played live about five times. The third Scalps release is out now on Jase Campbell’s Estapes label and if you ask him nicely he might hook you up with one of the last copies of the pressing.

 

Alps – Alps Of New South Wails

Alps has a new LP available, the third in his wales/whales/wails trilogy. You can get it as a limited 12″ or a digital download from the Alps bandcamp. Chris is touring around Australia at the moment to launch the new album, with the Bare Grillz guys rounding out Alps as a 4 piece band. I saw them at the Croatian club in Newcastle the other night and despite the PA conking out throught the set all of the songs sounded better than ever, it was really awesome.

Summer Vibes Festival

SPRING BREAK!! PRESENTS: SUMMER VIBES FESTIVAL 2011

SUNDAY JANUARY 16, CROATIAN WICKHAM SPORTS CLUB NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA

Lineup:
Circle Pit, Absolute Boys, Per Purpose, Danger Beach, Cured Pink, Teen Ax, The Paul Kidney Experience, Love Parade, None Music, Cistern Corrupt, Unfit For Human Consumption, Thee Oh Sees, Straight Arrows, Kitchen’s Floor, Kirin J Callinan, Total Control, Bare Grillz, Horse Macgyver, Alps, Stitched Vision, Assassins 88, In The Dollhouse, The Nugs, Paul Heslin, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts.

TICKETS $25 + BF  BUY NOW / $30 AT THE DOOR IF STILL AVAILABLE

more info at http://www.summervibes.org

 

Pop Singles 7″ Launch

Pop Singles are a cool band from Melbourne who have just released a brand new 7″ record. To celebrate they’re touring up the coast playing shows, including a stop at ARThive in Newcastle this Sunday Sept 19. Also performing will be Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Alps, and Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas. Come on down, slouch in a beanbag, and enjoy some music in the gallery.

Sunday Sept 19 from 4pm
ARTHIVE
Level 1/111 Hunter st Mall, Newcastle

Entry by donation.

Spring Break Festival set times

Spring Break Festival today at Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Albert Street Wickham. Entry is $10. Don’t miss out, look at this rad lineup!

2:00 Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas
2:30 Honest Thieves
3:00 Holographic Coccoon
3:30 Mushroom Family
4:00 Alps
4:30 FK Sampler
5:00 Stitched Vision
5:30 Hopes
6:00 Wirehead
6:30 Polyfox and the union of the most ghosts
7:00 Casiogloria
7:30 Spew Ya Guts Up
8:00 Cock Safari
8:30 Phobiac
9:00 Cistern Corrupt
9:30 Crab Smasher
10:00 A Dire Dawn
10:30 In the Dollhouse
11:00 Teen Ax
11:30 Bare Grillz
12:00 DJ MTTNS

Spring Break Festival!! Croatian Club Fundraiser

There’s a massive all day music festival coming up at Newcastle’s most accomodating and friendly venue, the Croatian Wickham Sports Club. The club has long been the unofficial home of new weird Newcastle sounds, and has sometimes struggled to make ends meet. In order to make a bit of money back and say thanks to Pavo, 20 of Newcastle’s raddest groups are getting together for the first ever Spring Break!! Festival.

The lineup includes  Bare Grillz, In The Dollhouse, Crab Smasher, Alps, Hopes, CasioGloria, Teen Ax, A Dire Dawn, Stitched Vision, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Cock Safari, Fk Sampler, Spew Ya Guts Up, Holographic Cocoon, Phobiac, Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas, Cistern Corrupt, Honest Thieves, Wirehead, Mushroom Family, and special guest DJ MTTNS.

Plus market stalls, games of bowls, bocci and giant chess, raffle to win hundreds of dollars worth of CDs, records and tapes, cheapest drinks around, and all day pizza oven firing up slices for $2 and whole pizzas for $5!

Tickets are $10 at the door or $20 for families.
All proceeds to the Croatian Club.

From 2pm Sept 11
Croatian Wickham Sports Club
Albert Street Wickham

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ALPS national tour with Zack Kouns


Probably the last ALPS tour for the year has just commenced, with a free show taking place tonight at Newcastle’s Croatian Wickham Sports Club. All shows on the tour will also feature Zack Kouns from USA. The new ALPS EP Cycles is out now.

July 22
Brisbane -Step Inn
w/ Scraps & Scruples – $5

July 23
Newcastle – Croatian Club, Albert St Wickham
w/ Stitched Vision & Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas – Free

July 24
Sydney – Serial Space – 33 Wellington St, Chippendale
w/ The Singing Skies & Chris Petro – $10

July 27
Melbourne – Make it Up Club – Bar Open –
collab set Zack Kouns & Chris Hearn

July 28
Hobart – The Alley Cat, 381 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
w/ Drunk Elk – Free

July 29
Melbourne – Sunshine & Grease, 9 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill
w/ Brain Cartridge Load Error – $8

July 30
Adelaide – The Exeter, Rundle St
w/ S. Wilson – Free

July 31
Canberra – Smiths Alternative Books, 76 Alinga St, City
w/ Brother Gozu and Cat Cat – $5

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Penguins/Melodies Sydney tour

Penguins and Melodies are coming up to Sydney for a few shows together, presented by Lesstalk Records and Vacant Valley.

Thursday 15th July, 2010
Red Rattler, Marrickville
w/ Crab Smasher, Alps
7pm

Friday 16th July, 2010
Jura Books
Parramatta Rd, Petersham
w/ Michael Crafter, Thylacine
7pm

Saturday 17th July, 2010
House Show, Redfern
w/ Origami Girls, Lucia Draft
3pm


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