Cuddle Party 3

Coming up in Newcastle on Sunday July 18 is the third event in the Cuddle Party series, an all day festival of fun music and good times, presented by Monstera Deliciosa, Lesstalk Records and ARThive.

This time around we’re featuring a diverse selection of local and interstate talent including Scalps, Caviar, Penguins, Melodies, Jess Locke, Grannyfist, Tearjerker, Quiet The Few, Stitched Vision, Mushroom Family, Mannheim Rocket, and Troopin’ Kerry Alpacas, so there’s definitely a bit of something for everybody in that lineup.

Entry is by donation, with money being raised to support the ARThive gallery. It all starts around 12pm and all nice people are welcome.

July 18
ARThive Gallery
Level 1/111 Hunter St Mall Newcastle

email for more info.

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

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

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

Artless Armchair 6

Our pals at Lesstalk Records are gearing up for the biggest Artless Armchair event yet! What originally started as a bunch of friends playing acoustic guitars on a blanket  in a local park has now developed into a massive 2 day DIY festival set on 25 acres of secluded farmland overlooking the hills of Bungwahl, a 5 hour drive north of Sydney.

The lineup includes Mushroom Family, Quiet Steps, Handsome, Crab Smasher, Michael Crafter, Pop Singles, TearJerker, Zounds, Omerta, Nice Guys, Edwin Montgomery, Tumors, Hira Hira, Penguins, To The North, The (Temperamental) Pocket, The Origami Girls + Craftanoon Club, The Brutal Poodles, Virginia Sook, Fairy Mountain, Nick Van Breda, Lobster Face, Jess Locke, Matt Spinelli, Little A, Simo Soo, and the long awaited return of Anal Discharge.

It’s all happening on the October 22 weekend, camping facilities will be available and tickets are $18.
For full event details and to order tickets online, head to

Here is a video of The (Temperamental) Pocket at Artless Armchair #1.

Here is a video of Crab Smasher at Artless Armchair #3.

Here is a video of The Brutal Poodles at Artless Armchair #5.

Michael Crafter East Coast Tour

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
w/Nothin Suss

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
w/Word Up!

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

Crab Smasher Melbourne Tour 2010

Marnie Vaughn chats with the president of her fanclub.

Crab Smasher are heading to Melbourne for some shows this weekend, not really in support of anything but certainly promoting love and tenderness! However, for those keeping score, they have a new 3″ CDR out on CURT called The Doctor Is In… Over His Head out in late March, they’ve recently recorded a bunch of new material, including a cover of the X-MEN animated series theme song for a new compilation coming out through Lesstalk Records, and a really spiffy new track called Skin Destruction will appear on the fifth volume of the New Weird Australia compilation series.  So there.

On Thursday February 11 you can catch the band at the Old Bar at 74-76 Johnston Street Fitzroy from 8pm, with Penguins, Spitfire Parade, and The Bunyip Moon.

On Friday February 12 you can catch the band doing a live set on 3CR radio.Not sure what time. Just listen.

On Saturday February 13 there is much to take in, so take a deep breath! You can catch the band for an early set at the last ever Summer Winds Festival in Albert St Park in Brunswick. It starts at 10am, Crab Smasher are playing early, but if you’re sticking around you can catch the likes of Prehistoric Fuckin’ Moron(s), Gauntlet, Psychward vs. Tea and Sympathy Symphony, Gauntlet, Lost Animal, Eko Eko Azarak, Either/Or, Matthew Brown, JK Fuller, Avatron, Repairs, Pissypaw, Murrggh’urr, Hissy Mearky, Chrome Dome, Yakks, MV, Omen, and i’m sure heaps more. All ages welcome.

Later on in the day from 2pm at CrashbangFuckyourhead at 43 Pender st Thornbury, there’s an afternoon of Newcastle Noise worship with Crab Smasher, Drillbit, Mitchell Brennan, and John Butler Fucks Kidz performing heavy heavy sets of ear destroying sound ruffage. All ages welcome.

Rounding out this ridiculously ambitious day is the Eternal Youth Carefree Cleanness launch spectacular at Loophole from 7pm, where Crab Smasher and The Welcome Fight will support the mighty Go Genre Everything as they launch their new album, which is awesome, and when Go Genre Everything launch a new album, they really LAUNCH IT. Its on High Street in Thornbury and you need a ticket to get in. If you haven’t got one, email Go Genre Everything here if you’d like to get one. You have to ask or you’ll never get one.

Finally as Melbourne get sick of Crab Smasher’s one trick, they open up for their guitar hero Popolice, with Winterplan and The Analyte at The Empress on Sunday February 14, from 8pm.

And then they drive home, maybe just maybe Grant will let everybody stop at Dog on the Tuckerbox for magnums.

Three bands (with an animal in their name) at Vox Cyclops

Coming up  instore at Vox Cyclops we have an animal themed mash up of noise rock with the very radical Penguins from Melbourne, as well as veteran of Vox Cyclops Cock Safari, and virgins of Vox Cyclops Crab Smasher, who are both heading to Melbourne for some shows the following week. There’s also an art show opening in the shop on this night, which will probably be a treat to see also.

7pm Feb 5
515 Hunter Street Newcastle

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