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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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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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 subjecthive@gmail.com for more info.