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.

 

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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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Cock Safari, Rats With Wings, Teen Ax at the Croatian Club

It’s been pretty quiet recently, but it’s all happening again at Newcastle’s Croatian Wickham Sports Club, with heaps of rad shows lined up nearly every Friday for the next few months at least. In coming weeks you can catch the likes of Cistern Corrupt, Naked On The Vague, Bare Grillz, Crab Smasher, Alps, Scissor Lock, Little A, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Lucia Draft, Phobiac, Stitched Vision, Assassins 88 and heaps more.

Tonight you can see Cock Safari, Rats With Wings, and Teen Ax (ex Liz Hurley).
Entry is Free. Support Pavo and the bands by buying drinks and merch instead.

June 11 8pm
Croatian Wickham Sports Club
Albert Street Wickham