Monday, September 27, 2010
Dirty Mattress is a short term band consisting of Luke Walsh (Blank Realm) on bass, Joe Alexander (Loose Grip, Per Purpose, Bedroom Suck) on drums, and myself. This was our first live performance, a midnight set at Woodland. Consisted of beefed up versions of Kitchen's Floor and look!pond songs. Below are two of the look!pond tunes, which haven't been played live since 2007. Filmed by Sally Edwards.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
WOODLAND is a great new venue in the valley, a desperately needed fresh alternative to the long running valley staples (ric's, troubadour, step inn etc.), it's hopefully going to be the best place to see decent bands play in Fortitude Valley from here on in. The opening night the week before was massive, with Blank Realm and Slug Guts putting on awesome performances. I filmed it but the audio is farked, if anyone has an audio recording of the night get in touch.
Scraps and Feathers were great as always.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Meat Thump are a new band, all members are originally from WHITE COP (which includes Brendon Annesley, chief writer of cult fanzine Negative Guest List). Besides playing a short unannounced set at a Bardon houseshow a few months back, this was their first show (Alloneword is a weird place next to the Step inn, they describe their venue as a "boutique nightspot swathed in style and intimacy' - I didn't really know it existed, different crowd etc.) and it's hella rough around the edges as you'd expect but in a good way. These guys aren't out to impress you, they're just doing their thing.
This was an afternoon show at my house to celebrate Bedroom Suck Records moving in (we even have an office! legit biz yo). Anonymeye played a great early set but the 10 minutes I filmed of it ended up fucking up (sorry tutts).
All of these bands should be pretty familiar to you by now, they're all amazing in their own ways but I'll let the videos do the talking instead of rambling on again. Enjoy.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wow what a cool night, thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed this. Definitely a highlight of my year.
Over the course of this year Knee Chin have come from being a loose houseshow band into an incredibly great weirdo pop band that can take on the world. Brisbane's finest.
GERALD KEANEY & THE GERALD KEANEYS
Gerald Keaney plays a set featuring both lineups of his band ("Through the ages"), ending the night in great poetic party style.
Sarah from Blank Realm even made a cake!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
A shit night for me in retrospect, the new camera I've been using lately ended up getting smashed into the ground during Teargas' first song (more money I don't have) but whatever, I was still able to retrieve this footage from it, the bands were decent enough and it's Burst City.
I'm tired, I like this band but I'm going to be lazy. Pastel Blaze are an "All girl garage glitter punk extravaganza from Brisbane, Australia" - from their tumblr.
Melbourne's Useless Children were here to launch a new 7", 'Skin'. They have a record with a mind blowing 3D cover (comes with a pair of 3D glasses), my friend bought a copy and we were both pretty wasted and just stared at it in awe for the entire bus ride home and it was awesome. I appreciated that.
Brisbane's TEARGAS, bloody brutal brisbane hardcore etc. etc. this footage is basically just me filming right up front like an idiot then getting knocked to the floor and the camera gets fucked up forever. The end, man, the end.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Here ya go, an Eternal Soundcheck EXCLUSIVE. Brisbane's Sky Needle are one of the best experimental noise pop bands in Australia right now. They create a completely unique take on pop convention where the instruments involved are invented and constructed by the band themselves. What results is pure alien space noise from the cosmic junkyard. Here is a music video they made for Side A of their excellent 7" TIME HAMMER. It features real footage of Sky Needle travelling to the moon.
Monday, September 6, 2010
FABULOUS DIAMONDS / GUY BLACKMAN / SURF CITY / CRAYON FIELDS / HIGH PLACES AT FRANKLY! POP FESTIVAL 4-09-10
Still feeling messed up from the night before, I stagger through Brisbane's public transport system half dead trying to make it to the Brisbane Powerhouse in time to see Fabulous Diamonds play at 1:30pm SHARP (this is a very professional event). I arrive just as they start and someone remarks to me about the cold atmosphere of the place. The sound is clean, inoffensive and at a ridiculously safe volume. The stage and lighting give off a vibe of distant sterility and I wonder how any band could make a lasting impression with their audience in an environment like this. Putting my personal thoughts aside though this was definitely a fun afternoon out of the house and for the casual gig-goer it would have been fantastic.
Melbourne's Fabulous Diamonds play a nicely contrasted set to their one the night previous, playing today to a laid back afternoon crowd of beverage sippers compared to the self destructively brutal yet downright glorious hedonism of Burst City. A truly great band will easily put on a good performance in both of these scenarios, and Fabulous Diamonds do just that.
Melbourne legend Guy Blackman, known mostly for his great record label Chapter Music. Breezy lyric driven pop.
I don't get to see nearly enough NZ bands which sucks because they rule at music. Auckland's Surf City were an enjoyable highlight for me.
Another Melbourne based band, Crayon Fields played technically proficient pop at it's most thoughtfully adept.
Somebody a few years ago gave me a burnt CDR of High Places (hailin' all the way from LA) and I remember putting it on my mp3 player and listening to it on the bus a few times etc. so I was fairly interested to see them live and yeah, it was pretty alright. There's another american band that's kind of similar called Reading Rainbow, I like them heaps, check 'em out.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I know most of the shows I've filmed over the last couple of months have been from Burst City and it might seem a little repetitive but that's because it feels like the cosmic centre of Brisbane music right now. A show with a great lineup like this was going to be awesome no matter what venue it was in, but this was something else entirely. Feathers, Deadnotes and Slug Guts also played amazing sets that I wasn't able to film due to the dark lighting. Audio recordings of the whole night should be available at Turnitupto10 pretty soon I reckon.
Wow. There was something otherworldly about Blank Realm's set, a complete transcendental bliss that only this band can achieve. I was pretty out of it and can't really remember filming this but watching it back made me realise how much I fucking love this band.
Fabulous Diamonds are one of my favourite bands. This is the soundtrack to get wasted to and forget about your shitty life. They last played Brisbane a year ago supporting Pink Reason and were unfortunately mostly overlooked, but here they return and this time play a much deserved headline set.