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.
Nathan Martin is in Anal Discharge, Crab Smasher, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, Tearjerker, Good For Nothing, and The (Temperamental) Pocket. David Smith is in Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, The (temperamental) Pocket, and Handsome. Marnie Vaughn is in Crab Smasher, Origami Girls, and Skoll Hops. Together; Nathan, David, and Marnie have a new band called Sweet Teeth. Here is a video of them playing live at Spring Break! at The Croatian Wickham Sports Club, Newcastle.
Jess Locke (Origami Girls, Birdlife) and Nathan Martin (The Temperamental Pocket, Crab Smasher, Anal Discharge, Sweet Teeth, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, Tearjerker) are happy to announce they are having a baby. A musical baby! The happy couple are due to release their new split album, The (temperamental) Locket, and to celebrate, will be setting off on a small beach tour in December. Read full gig info here. Preorder the split here.
Friday 3rd December 2010
Alexandria – Ponymilk (Poetry and Music)
w/Greg McClaren, Fiona Wright, Lucy Hearn
Saturday 4th Dec
Petersham – Summer Sessions #1
w/ Zounds, Johnny Optional, Chris Bourke
Thursday 9th December 2010
Parramatta – Beatdisc Records
Friday 10th December 2010
Nowra – Tea Club
w/ Bird Vs Cage
Saturday 11th December 2010
Sunday 12th December 2010
Batemans Bay – North St Café
Monday 13th December 2010
Batemans Bay – North St Café
Friday 17th December 2010
Chain Valley Bay
Saturday 18th December (Jess Locke Solo)
Newcastle – Bird in the Hand Zine Shop
DIRTY SHIRLOWS, MARRICKVILLE
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20TH
STARTS AT 2PM
East Brunswick All Girls Choir
Spider Goat Canyon
Polyfox and the Union of The Most Ghosts
Halal, How Are You?
The Holy Soul
Origami Girls and The Craft-A-Noon Club
Murder of Crow
CELEBRATED SUMMER is a wonderful summer celebration of music from Australia with two very special guests from Japan joining the fun.
Things will be kicking off in style at 2pm with a very special performance by two of the bands exploring and interchanging their music as they go, promising to be louder and heavier than anything you’ve ever heard.
Taking cues from this collaboration, music will morph and melt across two stages for the rest of the day. Cars, trains, bikes, planes and sneakers will have carried truckloads of musicians from far and wide who will offer up their manifold talents for this unique event which promises to be the most varied line-up you can catch this summer.
The event is also an audience participating movie project where there is an open invitation and encouragement to bring video cameras of any description.
Any folks uploading 10 minutes of useful footage from the event, whether it’s bands, interviews or something more inspired and stimulating, will be rewarded with a $5 refund should they wish. The CELEBRATED SUMMER you tube channel is up right now so go subscribe.
You’ll want some sustenance for the day so there will be food stalls and fairy floss! There will be a few market stalls as well as the requisite merchandise stalls too. Lots of lounges and areas to chill out too.
Bring your friends and be prepared to be entertained!
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Thursday 15th July, 2010
Red Rattler, Marrickville
w/ Crab Smasher, Alps
Friday 16th July, 2010
Parramatta Rd, Petersham
w/ Michael Crafter, Thylacine
Saturday 17th July, 2010
House Show, Redfern
w/ Origami Girls, Lucia Draft
Supporting their new D.Y Or Die EP, nice guy power-punk duo Michael Crafter are touring Australia’s East Coast in April and May. Of course you should know that this band includes Matheson Vaughn from Anal Discharge, so things are bound to get a little bit hairy.
Thursday April 1st
House Show – Albury
Friday April 2nd
Such Is Life Fest – Truganina
w/Teargas, Insurgents, Mongolia, Deathcage and more
Saturday April 3rd
Penguin house – Richmond
w/Penguins, Go Genre Everything
Sunday April 4th
Pony – Melbourne
w/Penguins, Quiet The Few
Wednesday April 7th
Hamilton Station Hotel – Newcastle
w/Grannyfist, Cunt Butcher, Scabduty At The Deathcamp
Friday 9th April
Tanja Hall – Tanja
w/Hira Hira, Little A, Totally Unicorn, Let me down gently jungle man
Saturday 10th April
North St Cafe – Batemans Bay
w/Hira Hira, Little A, Totally Unicorn
Thursday 15th April
Hot Damn! – Sydney
Sunday 18th April
ARTHive Cuddle Party – Newcastle
w/Hira Hira, Little A, Origami Girls + heaps more
Friday 21st May
House Show – Brisbane
Saturday 22nd May
Strippers and metal – Brisbane
w/The Downgoing, Grannyfist