GALLERY: Soundproofed @ The Patch

photos by Jack Cowling

NEW MUSIC: Graves, Crash Tragic, Abstract Classic, Laugh Riot

* Metalcore dudes Graves have posted a new track titled ‘Extinction.’ Give it a spin at their Soundcloud page, and head along to see them play alongside House vs Hurricane, Confession and loads more at Unanderra Community Centre this weekend (more info here).

* Crash Tragic‘s new single, ‘The City,’ can be heard and purchased on iTunes now.

* Abstract Classic have released a new track titled ‘Yes, We’re Pirates.’ You can stream it free, or download it through the band’s Bandcamp page.

* Laugh Riot‘s new track, ‘Your Fear,’ is up online now. Hear it on Facebook (along with three other new tracks from the band), then check them out when they support Die! Die! Die! at Yours & Owls on Friday night.

* ‘Hold Me Like A Stone’ is the new track from Gravity Takes Over. Take a listen on GTO’s ReverbNation page.

Moonbase Commander announces EP launch, remix

It’s been a busy week for Moonbase Commander, with the beats producer announcing a new EP and launch party, announcing a live set on FBI Radio, releasing a new remix of Gucci Mane, and more.

Moonbase Commander (AKA Nick Luke) will release his debut EP ‘Flare Gun’ next month, and will officially launch the release with a special Huchi Muchi-presented party at Yours & Owls on September 29. MBC will be co-headlining the night with Sydney punks Chicks Who Love Guns, with the lineup rounded out by The Nuclear Family and Kochanski. Tickets are just $10, with doors from 8pm on the night; click here for more info. You can check out the first track from the EP, ‘POW Block,’ right here.

In addition to his own EP launch, Moonbase has also been selected to play FBI Radio’s 9th birthday party in Sydney on August 31. With a massive lineup of talent including Catcall, Sures, Fishing, Bon Chat Bon Rat, MBC is certainly in good company. It’s all going down at FBI Social at the King’s Cross Hotel; click here for more info. Moonbase will also play a special live set on FBI Radio (94.5FM) at 12 midday on the 31st.

Moonbase has also just posted a new remix of the Gucci Mane track ‘Pillz.’ The video for the track is below. It goes along with his recent remix of Kanye West and Jay-Z’s track ‘Gotta Have It,’ which you can hear here.

Phew! Busy times for the local producer.

Review: The Broderick, Thorns, Outsiders Code, Colossus, Graves

By Sally McMullen

The Patch welcomed some of Melbourne hardcore’s finest on Sunday night. With The Broderick, Thorns, Outsiders Code, Colossus and Wollongong’s own Graves performing, a good night was bound to be on the cards.

Local favourites Graves kicked off the night and as always, nailed it. Once they fired up their set, the Patch was filled with raw and aggressive noise. Accompanied by heavy guitar riffs and clean bass work, Rhys Benn’s growl echoed through the mic as he stomped around the floor. Topped off with rapid drum beats and plunging bass drops, Graves had a developed sound and bounced well off of one another. Pulling off yet another impressive set, Graves definitely made locals proud in the otherwise Melbourne-infested waters.

Next up were Colossus. Diving straight into a lightning-fast guitar riff, Colossus had no trouble getting the crowd on board. Under a mass of long hair, the vocalist’s roughened voice worked well with the thrashing guitar as he spat lyrics into the front row of the crowd. Belting out heavy jungle drums that crescendoed into an explosion of noise, the drummer acted as the back bone of the instrumentals throughout much of their performance. By the time they rounded off their unfortunately short set, Colossus definitely left the audience wanting more.

With hardcore heavy-hitter Baina (of Her Nightmare, 50 Lions and Samsara) fronting Outsiders Code, there was no doubt that this would be an impressive set. The four-piece wasted no time, immediately descending into a set of power violence infused sounds, polished off with heavy breakdowns and rapid guitars. During tracks like “The Pain of Choices”, Baina barked into the mic, his voice bounding over the top of raging guitars and thumping drum beats. Due to the members’ long history with hardcore, it was no surprise that Outsiders Code were one of the stand out acts on the night.

As soon as Thorns appeared, so did a circle filled with the flailing limbs of many hardcore dancers. The set jump-started with a heavy guitar intro and the raspy growl of the frontman as he prowled around the floor, a permanent scowl fixed onto his face. Unlike the other bands who thanked the crowd for coming out on a Sunday night, Thorns showed no mercy. The lead singer told the crowd to quit being “pussies” because a good hardcore show could be had any night of the week. Thorns’ aggressive sound mixed in well with the energy of the gig and had the crowd head banging in unison throughout the entire set.

Last, but most certainly not least were The Broderick. Frontman Logan Fewster beckoned everyone in to create a tight circle and like their predecessors, had conjured up some hardcore dancers in no time. Soon enough, the whole audience was moving along to The Broderick’s progressive hardcore sound. During tracks such as “Savages”, the guys demonstrated their versatility, beginning with a melodic guitar intro before building up to a heavy breakdown. On drums, Ash Denman moved his arms with such speed that they appeared to be a blur as he churned out thundering beats. Although the whole band had great chemistry, Logan had a particularly strong stage presence, arms outstretched and veins popping out of his neck as he screamed out each lyric with all his might. The crowd were transfixed the entire set and I think it is safe to say that The Broderick were definitely worth the wait.

Sunday night brought a refreshing dose of Melbourne hardcore to Wollongong. From The Broderick to Graves, the lineup consisted of a truly talented bunch of dudes. In addition the impressive performances, it was also great to see a strong crowd supporting these guys and we can only hope to see similar shows in the future. And this was all before 9.30pm, not bad for a Sunday night at The Patch.

Yours & Owls 2nd birthday party lineup finalised

The final additions have been made to an already stellar lineup of talent for the Yours & Owls 2nd birthday party next weekend.

Let Me Down Jungleman will join the Town Hall lineup, while a bunch more have been added to the late night party at Fever/Blue Note; Hanye Fres, Klue, Mega-Shark and Storey will be playing until late at the Totally Unicorn-headlined party.

These acts join the previously announced Alotta Presha, Step-Panther, Walking Who, Fait Accompli and more on the multi-venue party on August 31. Tickets are on sale now – get them over the counter at Owls, or online at the Town Hall website. Tickets are available for each individual venue (Owls cafe, Town Hall and Blue Note/Fever), or an all-night all-venue pass.

For more info and full lineup details, including venues that each band will be playing, click here.

GIG GUIDE: 20th – 27th August

Another week of local, loud and live music for you, kicking off Wednesday night with local boys Go Away Everyone hitting Yours and Owls with friends Juniper from Sydney. Thursday sees Loon Lake hit The Patch, as well as the UniBar Band Comp Final featuring the likes of Beaten Bodies, Thomas Covenant, My Little Underground and more. Friday is International Day, with NZs Die! Die! Die! at Yours and Owls and Japan’s Zoobombs at The Patch, before Saturday once more brings the crazy party that is HOT DAMN WOLLONGONG ROADTRIP to Hostage. A massive lineup has been put together by the Hot Damn crew, with USA’s Texas in July set to headline this time round. Holy. Crapballs. Don’t forget, saying “Radar” at the door gets you cheap entry into what is sure to be one of the craziest parties of the year. And just because the week wasn’t crazy enough House vs Hurricane will be at Unanderra Community Centre on Sunday. Heaps of other stuff going on, once more a great week of music in the Illawarra. Be sure to support your scene by heading to a gig this week!

 

WEDNESDAY

Wollongong

Go Away Everyone, Juniper, Noah Hampson @ Yours and Owls

 

THURSDAY

Wollongong

UNIBAR BAND COMP FINAL feat. Thomas Covenant, Beaten Bodies, My Little Underground, Form One Planet, Sylvain

Sativa Sun, Royal Blood + TBA @ Yours and Owls

Loon Lake, Glass Towers, Cub Scouts @ The Patch 

 

FRIDAY

Wollongong

Die! Die! Die!, The Go Roll Your Bones + TBA @ Yours and Owls

The Howling Tongues, Beaten Bodies, Thomas Covenant @ Dicey Riley’s

Zoobombs (Japan), Mesa Cosa, Smasheddybash @ The Patch

Northern Suburbs

Oliver Gross Duo @ Beaches Thirroul

 

SATURDAY

Wollongong

HOT DAMN ROADTRIP feat. Texas in July, For All Eternity, Caulfield, The Phalanx @ Hostage X

Northern Suburbs

Recycled, Denis MaKay, Mikaela, Shelley May, Tim Ireland, Kay Proudlove, The Merchants, Kenny Bartley and the Midnight Feast, Big Erle, The Beatmeisters @ Scarborough-Wombarra Bowling Club

Six Days Out @ Beaches Thirroul

 

SUNDAY

Wollongong

Sydonia, Beggars Orchestra, Lint @ Yours and Owls

Northern Suburbs

Alan Barnes @ Beaches Thirroul

Southern Suburbs

House vs Hurricane, Confession, In Hearts Wake, Graves, The Phalanx @ Unanderra Community Centre

Dalton Gangs Last Raid @ Jamberoo Pub

Totally Unicorn to tour with Pour Habit

Totally Unicorn will again be bringing their infamous live show to the country at large later this year, after being announced to join acclaimed US punk outfit Pour Habit on their Australian tour in November.

TU supported Pour Habit on the Wollongong leg of their tour with Smoke Or Fire earlier this year (see our photo gallery here), and obviously impressed enough to be selected for the entire tour this time around. The tour, which also features Hightime, will hit all major capital cities as well as a number of select regional sites in November and December. Luckily enough for local fans, they’ve also booked a Wollongong date at The Patch (the only regional NSW date) on the itinerary.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

In other Totally Unicorn news, the bearded bruisers have apparently completely sold out of copies of their new EP, ‘7Inches.’ The two-track vinyl was limited to just a few hundred copies, and every copy has reportedly been sold – just a week after being made available for order. You can listen to a new track here. The four-piece will also be playing the Yours & Owls second birthday party later this month – click here and here for more information.

Pour Habit, Australian tour
w/ Hightime, Totally Unicorn

November
30th – Unibar, Adelaide [Lic/AA]
December
1st – FEST-MAS @ The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne [18+]
2nd – The Tote, Collingwood [18+] Pour Habit playing their album “Suiticide” in full.
5th – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart [18+] * Totally Unicorn not appearing.
6th – Crowbar, Brisbane [18+]
7th – Miami Tavern, Gold Coast [18+]
8th – Annandale Hotel, Sydney [18+]
9th – Valve Bar & Venue, Tempe [Lic/AA] Day Show
9th – The Patch, Wollongong [18+]

Hot Damn! Wollongong Roadtrip next week

The latest Hot Damn! Wollongong Roadtrip is set down for next weekend, so start teeing up your mates, organising your pre-drinks, and sorting out a place to crash overnight!

The last few events at Hostage X have been pretty wild, and the August instalment will be no different. The Sydney-based alternative nightclub will be bringing their first international band to the Wollongong pop-up club, with Texas In July to headline a big night of live music on August 25. Joining the American shredders will be Caulfield, For All Eternity, and local boys The Phalanx.

Besides a huge band lineup, all the details you’ve come to know and love remain the same – $4 drinks until midnight, and the famed Hot Damn! DJs dropping party, punk and hip-hop jams upstairs and downstairs all night. And of course, saying RADAR at the door when you pay (just say “RADAR” to the guys on the door when you enter) will get you cheap entry!

Besides all that good junk, Aussie powerhouse label/booking agency UNFD have come onboard with a stack of giveways. They’re offering up copies of House vs Hurricane’s new album ‘Crooked Teeth,’ as well as Hand of Mercy’s new album ‘Last Lights.’

So, get into it! Cheap drinks, cheap entry, party times, great tunes, loads of live music and a buttload of giveaways! Next Saturday, August 25, at Hostage X Nightclub (Crown St, Wollongong). Doors from 8pm, say RADAR when you enter!

For more info, hit the Facebook event

GALLERY: Budha Nights 8.8.12 – Go Away, Everyone/White Ocean Avenue/The City Summer @ Yours & Owls

Images by Courtney

GIVEAWAY: Yours & Owls 2nd birthday tickets

Preparations are in full-swing for the massive Yours & Owls 2nd birthday celebrations on August 31, and Radar will be offering up a swag of tickets to the three-venue, all-night party!

Two years after starting up as a quiet little coffee shop, Yours & Owls has become THE place for live music in the Wollongong CBD. Locals of all shapes and sizes have played the tiny floor of Owls, and it has become a veritable breeding ground for new bands as well as established and popular locals and touring acts. The lineup for the party speaks for itself; local legends Totally Unicorn, Alotta Presha and The Walking Who, with established Sydney acts Fait Accompli and Step-Panther, and a sprinkling of up-and-comers such as My Little Underground (click here and here for more event info).

Today we’re bringing you the first of our ticket competitions, with two passes up for grabs. Over on our Facebook page, we’re asking the question “what gift would you give Yours & Owls for their birthday?”

Get creative, get funny, get thinking laterally! Creativity will be rewarded. Two winners will be named – the comment that gets the most “likes” on Facebook, and the best/funniest answer as selected by the crew at Yours & Owls.

So, get thinking! Once you’ve got an answer, let us know on the Radar Facebook page, then tell your friends to “like” your suggestion (as well as letting them know about the party, of course)!

We’ll be announcing winners next week, so you’ve got some time to think up a great present for Y&O. They’re celebrating two years of reinvigorating music in the Wollongong CBD and have been a breeding ground for some of the region’s finest new young talent, so we reckon they deserve a pretty special gift…

Hit the Radar Facebook page (and “like” us on FB too, if you haven’t already), think up an answer, and get your mates to support you!

Of course, you can check details of the massive birthday party here and here. Radar is a proud presenting partner of the multi-venue all-night celebrations, and we hope to see all of you there!

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