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Time To Dust Off The Mosh Boots | 6 Bands You Need To See Next Week

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BRISBANE/GOLD COAST: There’s something to be said about taking a break from going to shows – at first you revel in your weekends opening up with sober nights and early surf sessions, turning off the phone, slipping into the good life, couch surfing and even sniping deals on Ebay come Saturday night. But then … it wears off.

Next weekend in Brisbane it’s beyond worth booking it and sending it, with the Jubilee Hotel hosting a swathe of exceptional bands at a quarter the price of your average international metal and punk festival.

Halloween Hysteria at the Jubilee is plugging in and turning up for a wicked night of debauchery drenched in rock, metal and punk from some of the country’s finest acts.

Digging in behind is a Sunday session guaranteed to dose you up with the hair of the dog that bit you, when the Miami Tavern tilts itself sideways for a messy early evening with one of the funniest bands in the country.

Here’s our top 6 pick from the two shows, and yes, we’re biased, but do yourself a favour, give yourself a knuckle sandwich if you miss this epic weekend of brutality and beers.

TICKETS available through the legends at OZTIX, both shows are selling fast so get on it – find them here
Halloween Hysteria Mini Fest – Oct 27 – Jubilee Hotel Fortitude Valley
Totally Unicorn/Hammers/Plastick – Oct 28 – Miami Tavern Shark Bar

6 // The Wrath – Halloween Hysteria, Jubilee Hotel, Saturday Oct 27

For sure this motley monster mash from the Gold Coast know how to slap you down and pick you back up. A melting pot of punk, rockabilly, goth and a little thrash. Frontman Tommy Kreeper commands the stage as he leads a cast of pure talent on the sticks and axes beside him. Includes the human metronome Jason Hand on drums, one of the snappiest guys on the snare you’ll just about ever hear, he’s got that lead foot, do not miss these guys!

5 // Hardons – Halloween Hysteria, Jubilee Hotel, Saturday Oct 27

One of Australia’s most enduring punk bands and still as strong as ever the lads from Sydney are up here again to drop the hammer and the tongs at the Halloween Hysteria show. Chaotic yet composed, with scintillating old school riffage and classic punk. The soundtrack of Australia itself reserved a spot for this icon band from the 1980s and 1990s. If you haven’t seen them before don’t bother coming because you’re just not worthy.

4 // Hammers – Miami Tavern Shark Bar, Sunday Oct 28

This baby is like one of those cars you build out of the wrecked bodies of five. Featuring former and current members from some of the nation’s best touring acts they’ve been turning heads and on a ball-tearing blinder of late with a no bullshit hard rock show that’s really something to behold. Singer Leigh Dowling needs room to go ballistic, so stand back please. A meshing of stoner rock, blues and blinding good guitars, all set with the tempo up a notch, sure to impress the ladies these guys. Drink lots of water beforehand, it’ll save you the next day.

3 // Kill The Apprentice – Halloween Hysteria, Jubilee Hotel, Saturday Oct 27

Fresh from Brown Town and endorsed by the Prince of the Tweed, this all star punk outfit is renowned for breaking the mould, and a lot of other things too. Fronted by the enigmatic Kristy Killriot up from Melbourne and featuring members of Tweed Heads music royalty, these guys party harder than just about any band this side of the sun. Too dangerous to live but too rare to die, their frantic and tight set is absolutely guaranteed to get you up and bouncing. No fucks given punk rock that’s raw and blasting. Be there to see the frets burn!

2 // King Parrot – Halloween Hysteria, Jubilee Hotel, Saturday Oct 27

Brutally good, mechanically meteoric and world class, the Parrot is a force to blow your lids and ears. Thrash and metal and just heavy this Melbourne spawn have been leaving a trail of broken bricks wherever they travel during some stellar national and international tours over the last few years. Co-headlining the Halloween Hysteria event, you’ll want to save some energy for this, we think it’s going to explode.

1 // Totally Unicorn – Miami Tavern Shark Bar, Sunday Oct 28

Hilarious, messy and hard, the aptly named Totally Unicorn takes the cake here. Shows are a limitless display of social-norm abandonment, depravity and disconnect. Think day drinking, swinging on the Hills Hoist and a little bit of pre-spew yet somehow in all of this mix they’ve got blazingly good music that melts punk and metal together like a medieval alchemist hitting the pipe too hard. If you’ve not seen some of their fine videos on Youtube, you NEED to go see them, absolute crackers. If you could ever pick a band to end a bender weekend with – to make it so you’re coming in hot, sliding in sideways and crashing into the wall to hit the end in an explosive and destructive cataclysm … then this is the band you need. Hilarious all the way too.

TICKETS available through the legends at OZTIX, both shows are selling fast so get on it – find them here
Halloween Hysteria Mini Fest – Oct 27 – Jubilee Hotel Fortitude Valley
Totally Unicorn/Hammers/Plastick – Oct 28 – Miami Tavern Shark Bar

Retrospective: Soundwave 2007 | Brisbane

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GALLERY: The first Soundwave to hit Brisbane, it was for sure a case of if you weren’t there you blew it.

2007 and it was the first international-acts metal and punk festival on such a scale to ever come to Queensland, and what a classic line-up to start what would be almost a decade of music debauchery and mental mosh pits.

Good times, can’t believe it’s 11 years ago now.

Were you there? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Headlining was the mighty Deftones, and amongst the acts were a string of incredible pioneer, classic, powerhouse and stand-out acts including Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, MxPx, Thrice, Unwritten Law, Terror and The Bronx.

It wasn’t just the bands, it was the fact that it was the first of three big instalments meaning artists were fresh off the plane and as always, frothing on the fact that they were in Australia which always translates into the music and performance.

It’s always good to get the first or last show of a tour or festival run and it was evident this day.

Juliette Lewis, probably still far more famous as an actor than a singer with The Licks. Pretty mellow and non-striking start but in a way it set the tone; that if the day takes a path anything like some of her dark, disturbed and weird film characters it should be a worthy adventure.

MxPx always put on a classy show.

It was great to see this place getting rowdy for the first time in a long time. Riverstage is always a good venue even if you end up upside down.

This is Mike Herrera, bass and vocals. At one point I saw him change guitar mid song, he managed to unplug from his wireless, rip it off his shoulders and throw the thing to side of stage all the while the replacement guitar was already airborne and heading the other way towards him from side of stage. He let his go and caught the new one almost in the same action, plugging it in and strumming to the point where he probably only missed a couple of bars of the song. Was pretty rad.

 

Hill starting to get packed. Solid crowd for arvo punk bands for sure.

This was the first time I saw The Bronx, and yep they were pretty awesome. Thoroughly a stand out band to go see. Despite the namesake, they’re actually from L.A. They play a real gritty kind of crossover of punk and hardcore which gets the blood pumping.

The Bronx crowd was getting pretty frothy on the back hill.

The Bronx singer Matt Caughthran, loves to get amongst the crowd. I ended up seeing these guys from side of stage in Austin Texas three years later, loved it. Recommend to anyone, check these guys out if you haven’t yet.

So Cal band Unwritten Law set the arvo tone.

Scott Russo belts out ‘She Says’.

Flying through the air at Unwritten Law


I think he spotted his dropped wallet.

Hate Breed were …… whhooooaarrraaahhhh! Yep, as always, the Connecticut lads turned it up for the increasingly rowdy crowd at the back stage after the sun fell away fro the day. Just epic, if you missed it you blew it.

It was about at this point that the event became a little chaotic and proper loose. Fists flying and boots in the air at times, some good proper mosh at Hatebreed.

In their prime, Hatebreed in full effect!

“I will be heard!”

Hatebreed, fucking amazing. By this point of the day, everything was slipping sideways and energy levels were surging for most people. Soundwave had landed in Brisbane, and landed with a huge blasting impact. I remember frothing on how rad it was to have something like this and already my thoughts started touching on whether on not this thing could be coming back each year. And it did, much to a lot of people’s joy. Have to give it to AJ, this was the moment it all exploded from regular rock show into something special, right in the last few songs from Hatebreed and just as Suicidal was about to take to the stage, in Brisbane for the first time in many years.

BOOM! “What the fuck’s going on around here?” – and with that the back stage caught ablaze with the scorching riffs and lyrical onslaught of the legendary Venice Beach outfit, Suicidal Tendencies.


Cyco Miko, Mike Muir, was ripping apart the stage this night, unleashed after a long time on the bench and the energy was way up, even on the typical SxTx show.

Suicidal! STephen Bruner… now one of the most sought-after bassists in the world as his alter-ego ‘Thundercat’ persona. Years later I recall a debate over bassists that had played in the band. Without any doubt, Stephen is way, way at the top of that list. Really smart guy too, really a top bloke.

Brother Clark, Mike Clark, showing frenetic speed on the stage, and on the fret. One of a kind in more ways than one.

Deftones erupted on the main stage, with the metronomic and powerful hits of Abe Cunningham on the skins shaking the earth we stood on. So good.

For a lot of people, this must have been a blur at times. Messy part of the day but a perfect way to cap off the froth and end it. Classic Deftones in every sense.

This was the last time we’d see Chi on bass with Deftones, as a year later he would be involved in that tragic car accident. He was thrashing, sweaty, involved and just outstanding as a bassist and performer.


Chino Moreno and the mass of people raging up front, sans cell phones. One of the last times you could get a shot like this without 173 phones all held up making it look like a weird dystopian parallax universe or something.

The site remained trashed well into the next day, as we drove past on the way home to see the morning sun cutting the trees to a sea of plastic bottles and cups covering the hill on the site.

 

Soundwave, 2007, what cracking and important notch on the timeline of shows and festivals to hit South East Queensland over the years. In later years the event moved to the RNA Showgrounds, capturing a little bit if the former Livid Festival’s feel and vibe, but none of the subsequent events ever captured what went down in 07. It’s always the way, first is best and it levels off at some point after that. The event first Soundwave was solid, riotous yet intimate, in your face and not widely publicised to the point of being saturated with too many fuckwit fringe hanger-oners. You had access to the stages, access to be right up there in front of the bands you loved. Music fans, core fans, that’s what this first event represented.

 

COG Delivers Scorching Early Xmas Present To Their Byron Bay Fans – Gallery

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PHOTOS: Byron Bay’s (ex Bondi) reformed and renewed rock icons Cog lit up The Northern again on Friday night as they hosted a sold out show for their local tribe – a precursor show ahead of the release of their first new music in years, coming early in 2018.

Opening for Cog were Gold Coast ball tearers Hammers who put on one of the best support-band acts we’ve seen in a long time, if you haven’t checked these guys out yet then give yourself an uppercut.

We’re told that this show made the previous night’s sauna at the Gold Coast’s Miami Marketta look and sound like a train wreck in comparison with reports that the Marketta show was so blistering hot, humid and unbearably packed that people actually bailed half way through.

Cog, led by a dominating Flynn Gower on guitar and vocals, ran through a set of classic and spellbinding Cog anthems and lesser-played tracks from their catalogue including What If, The River Song, Charades, Bird Of Feather and The Town Of Lincoln, finishing with a mesmerising rendition of Bitter Pills.

All photos by Luke Sorensen for LiQUiFY

 

HAMMERS

 

 

COG

 

Midnight Oil’s Triumphant Return Shakes Rattles The Cage – Brisbane Photos

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And just like that, it’s as if they never left – never took a sideward step – such were the powerful and provocative performances that Midnight Oil put on this week at Brisbane’s Riverstage.

Out of the gates they came with intent and purpose, with the enigmatic Peter Garrett fronting his band who smashed out an endless stream of purely sensational hits that were perfectly melded together by a few obscure and less-performed songs.

Garrett, seamlessly returned to the provocative and progressive wit for which he is renowned, leaving his alter-self – the Labor politician – in his wake. Taking moments to discuss a broad range of issues in between songs his banter eventually took aim at his take on the over development and longstanding exploitation of the Gold Coast by bent developers and politicians, who did their best to respond in the days to come, only to make themselves seem even more desperate and out of touch than they already were.

Setlist
Redneck Wonderland
Read About It
Say Your Prayers
Hercules
Now or Never Land
Truganini
Golden Age
Stand in Line
When the Generals Talk
Minutes to Midnight
Short Memory
US Forces
Kosciusko
Only the Strong
Arctic World
Power and the Passion
Beds Are Burning
Blue Sky Mine
King of the Mountain

Encore
The Dead Heart
Forgotten Years

Encore 2
Dreamworld

 

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