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

Analogue Monologues vol. 1.3

Analogue Monologues is a great free podcast series available here. Their latest volume  features music from Crab Smasher, Naked On The Vague, Vivian Girls, Royal Vomit, and more. Check it out why don’t ya!

this time our focus on obscurish music will be on the contemporary side of the two faces of the same old head – which isn’t, of course, by any means accurate. still, at closer examination the noticeable similarities will be surprising no matter how different the context or geographic background is.


Auraltered State #2

Part two in the Lucas Abela curated Auraltered State series of performances at Carriageworks is coming up this week. You’d be stupid to miss this!

Diving deep into a world of apocalyptic pop and psychedelic weirdness Naked On The Vague offer a modern take on the post punk aesthetic. Faling into existence in 2005 with a found organ, broken bass guitar, borrowed drum and some old doom poetry. Their 2007 debut album ‘the blood pressure sessions’ attracted them the attention of seminal US label siltbreeze, who are set to release their second album. The album (their first as a four piece after the original duo acquired a drummer and bass guitarist) is one of the most anticipated local releases this year.

Sydney Australia’s favourite chronically depressed, long term unemployed, alcoholic, asthmatic, homosexual electronic music pioneer. An early adherent to punderphonics, Garry Bradbury is a master editor of found sound, whether it be fastidious early experiments with reel to reel tape or working on today’s digital palette. Since his early involvement with seminal post punk group Severed Heads during their golden years in the early 1980, he has worked with the Sydney Theatre Company on scores for The Tempest and McBeth and released three solo albums. This is Garry’s first performance since last year’s much talked about shows at Liquid Architecture and consolador de dos caras. He will be presenting tracks from his forthcoming grammaphone record. Bonus points for audience members who peel potatoes in a bikini.

Crab Smasher are a NSW based group of improvisational sound sharks crafting a frenzied hodgepodge of weirdo psychedelic noise rock and experimental pop delicious. The band formed in 2002 as a cheesy electronic novelty noise act and have since mutated through a number of confusing formations into the sellout 4-5 headed rock-and-roll hydra that exists today. With about 13 or 14 CDR, cassette, and digital releases to their name, the band are currently working on a new LP, which promises to be both titillating and queer.

Lucas Abela has been an extremely active member of the Sydney musical community since he arrived here in from his native Gold Coast 1992. His musical contribution to the city has been immeasurable, producing radio for 2RSRfm, promoting countless shows and tours for local and international acts, hosting unique events in war bunkers, gay amusement parks and the infamous Drowning Man Festival on the Hawkesberry. He was also a founding member of the legendary DIY space Lanfranchi’s memorial Discothèque. His label dualPLOVER, started with close friend swerve in 1995 has produced albums for many of the city’s artists including Gary Brabury, Naked On The Vague, Singing Sadie, Suicidal Rap Orgy, Alternahunk, Funky Terrorist and others. They even starting a CD manufacturing consolidation in-order to help the broader musical community. Then there’s his own music practice! Over the last 18 Lucas’ initial turntable experiments have morphed into one of the most unique acts in the world. Described as “a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe” Lucas’ unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass has astonished and bemused countless people in over 40 countries. By pressing his face and lips against discarded shards of glass he deftly employs various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries to turn them into crude musical instruments. A one of a kind act that re-defines the expression “don’t try this at home” and quite simply needs to be witnessed to be fully appreciated, let alone understood.

MARCH 6 2010

Pink Reason in Newcastle

This Sunday at the Lass O’Gowrie in Newcastle you can see Pink Reason from the USA, with Naked On The Vague, Fabulous Diamonds, and buzz band of the moment Cock Safari. All for FREE. The bands are getting paid by bar sales so drink up! It starts at 12pm and will continue through the afternoon.

Sunday August 30
Lass O’Gowrie Hotel

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Kitchen’s Floor tour

Kitchen’s Floor are one of our very favourite bands from Queensland, featuring the wonderful Matt Kennedy of Look!Pond and French Horns. They’re coming down south for a few shows in support of their new CD entitled Loneliness is a Dirty Mattress, which is out on R.I.P Society Records. Also touring and playing selected shows is the awesomely brilliant Blank Realm, and Alps Of New South Wales is launching a new CD too. We haven’t heard it, but assuming it contains some of his recent live material it’s probably really good. If you get a chance be sure to check out one of these shows.

Friday 14th August
Croatian Wickham Sports Club Newcastle
Kitchen’s Floor
Alps Of New South Wales

Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts
Rainbow Ride

Saturday 15th August
Glengarry Hotel Sydney
Kitchen’s Floor
Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys
Royal Headache

Saturday 15th August
Naked On The Vague
Alps Of  New South Wales

Blank Realm
Wasted Truth
Ghosts Of Television

Kitchen’s Floor
Astral Kaleidoscope

Sunday 16th August
Locksmith Gallery Alexandria
Blank Realm
Kitchen’s Floor

Family Jewels