NEW MUSIC: Vanguard Party, Thomas Covenant, Lost In Verona + more!

Welcome to Radar’s weekly(-ish) roundup of new local music released in the last week(-ish). If you’ve got new music coming up, or have just released something new and awesome, drop us a line at

It’s been a while since the last local music round-up, so lots to cover!

Vanguard Party have released the first song from their soon-to-be-unveiled debut album; you can hear ‘Going, going, gondolier’ (featuring Evan Batkin of Tommy M & The Mastersounds) on Facebook; and keep an eye on Radar this week for some exclusive previews of the album!

* Thomas Covenant‘s new single, ‘Bubbles,’ is available for streaming through Soundcloud.

* Lost In Verona have released a free, live EP; you can download it through Bandcamp.

* Jack R Reilly‘s new single, ‘James Dean Was Totally Right,’ is up on Soundcloud now.

* Nothing Rhymes With David‘s new single, ‘Carrie Bickmore’s Got No Soul,’ can be heard now on Bandcamp.


Foreshore Sound Search: voting OPEN!

Remember a few weeks back when we brought you news on the Foreshore Sound Search competition, where local bands could join the likes of Gotye, Ladyhawke and – yes – LMFAO on the Foreshore Festival lineup?

Well, the round of voting has begun! Jump onto to vote for the act you want to see play on the Canberra festival in November. The bands with the most votes will play in the final at the Glasshouse (yep, the Glasshouse…. we didn’t see that one coming, either), vying for the chance to be the Wollongong representative on the festival lineup. So far, acts including Vanguard Party, Jack R Reilly, Lumiere, Kaleidoscope and Tommy M & The Mastersounds have all signed up, so you’ve got heaps to choose from.

Also, for any late stragglers, entries are still open – so if you haven’t signed up yet, you’ve got til Friday at 5pm to register. Check out Radar’s previous news post for more entry info.

Click right here to vote for your favourite act.



GIG GUIDE: August 8th – 14th

THURSDAY: The Bungalows, Sticky Fingers @ Yours and Owls
8pm, $10, 18+

THURSDAY: Southerly Change, Swing Booty @ Sol Studios
8pm, $10, all ages

FRIDAY: Regurgitator, Disasteradio, Sydney Girls Choir @ Unibar
8pm, $15, 18+

FRIDAY: Justin Derrico, Alotta Presha, The Good God Damned, A Cat Named Kesey @ Waves Nightclub, Towradgi
8pm, $30, 18+ (CLICK TO BUY TICKETS)

FRIDAY: Mom Dad & The Kids, Let Me Down Jungleman @ Yours and Owls
8pm, 18+

FRIDAY: Blueberry Circuit, The Maze, Tommy M & The Mastersounds, Abstract Classic @ City Diggers (KidzWish Fundraising Concert)
7.30pm, $10, all ages (under 18s need to be signed in by an adult)

FRIDAY: Acid Monkeys (album launch), Baby Machine, Rock Steady Dub Militia @ Dicey Riley’s
9pm, free, 18+

SATURDAY: Ash Grunwald @ Waves Nightclub, Towradgi
8pm, $23.50, 18+ (CLICK TO BUY TICKETS)

SATURDAY: WIM, The Preachers @ Yours and Owls
8pm, $10, 18+

SATURDAY: Mortal Sin, Wolfkhan, Nekrofeist, Casket @ The Patch
7.30pm, $15, 18+

SUNDAY: Holland, I Am Apollo, Jack R Reilly @ Yours and Owls
8pm, 18+

GIG GUIDE: August 2nd – 7th


WEDNESDAY: Comadre, Totally Unicorn, Quiet Steps, Let Me Down Jungleman, Idylls @ The Patch
8pm, $15, 18+

We love Totally Unicorn. The fact that the dudes are playing a hometown show again, just a matter of weeks after they decimated a near-sold-out Patch on their headlining tour with Ironhide, is cause enough for a mad celebration. This time, they’ll be hitting the stage before Californian punks Comadre, who, by all accounts, are absolutely awesome. Just to put some extra-delicious icing on an already sexy punk rock cake, Let Me Down Jungleman join Quiet Steps and Idylls on the lineup’s undercard.

If you saw Unicorn’s last hometown show, you know they’ve developed into probably the Illawarra’s best, tightest and most entertaining live act, reinforced by a consistent touring mentality and rewarded through support slots for the likes of Frenzal Rhomb, The Chariot and La Dispute. Their live shows are becoming the stuff of local legend, and this one is sure to be no different. Get along, get to the front, get a party hat, and bet amongst your mates at how long it will take for Drew to tear his kit off (usually takes around 12 seconds after he walks on stage). Gig of the week.


THURSDAY: Jack R Reilly, Obscura Hail, Siprioca, Yetis @ Yours and Owls
8.30pm, free, 18+

THURSDAY: Beatmeisters, Damion Stirling @ Sol Studios
8pm, all ages

THURSDAY: Bloodshed Of The Innocent, Ventures @ Wollongong Youth Centre
6pm, free, all ages

FRIDAY: Crash Tragic, Lower Coast Skies, From This Day Forward @ Dicey Riley’s
9pm, free, 18+

FRIDAY: Daemon Fetal Harvest, Rampage, Troldhaugen @ The Patch
8pm, $10, 18+

FRIDAY: Joelistics, Ishu, Sietta @ Waves Nightclub, Towradgi
8pm, $12 + bf (tickets available through Moshtix), 18+

SATURDAY: Single Twin, Kikuyu @ Yours and Owls
8pm, 18+

SATURDAY: Achtung Baby @ Dicey Riley’s
8pm, $10, 18+

GIG GUIDE: July 11-17


It proved too difficult to choose just ONE, so Radar is nominating TWO “gigs of the week”!

G.O.T.W #1: WEDNESDAY: Tonight Alive, The Conspiracy Plan, Critics, Avaine @ CBD Bar
8pm, $15, 18+
The first is the Tonight Alive show on Wednesday night, at Rydges CBD Bar. These guys are one of Australia’s hottest up-and-coming young bands, having already toured extensively overseas and acting as tour partners to The Wonder Years, Amy Meredith, Heroes For Hire, Lost Prophets, Forever The Sickest Kids and more. They play the CBD Bar on Wednesday, as part of a national headlining tour. Three local bands will warm the stage for the Sydney-based five-piece;  The Conspiracy Plan, Critics and Avaine will play support slots, with each having impressed at local in past months. If you like your music a little poppier, and/or you are an unashamed fan of bouncy pop-punk (I include myself in that description), this is one show you shouldn’t miss. But be quick; tickets are almost all sold out!

G.O.T.W #2: SATURDAY: Totally Unicorn, Ironhide @ The Patch
8pm, 18+
Totally Unicorn are simply one of the region’s finest, hardest-working and best-respected acts, and their hometown show at The Patch will be the final show on their ‘Get Chilled or Tie Dying’ tour with Brisbane band Ironhide. The show on Saturday (originally scheduled to occur at Headlands Hotel before its closure) will be the band’s first local show with their new bassist, and their first hometown headline show for some months, after supporting The Chariot, Oh Sleeper and Frenzal Rhomb in recent times. In the recent absence of Mary Jane Kelly, Totally Unicorn have established themselves as Wollongong’s best – and most entertaining – heavy band, and this show is sure to disappoint no-one.
There’s a second reason why you should attend, of course; both Totally Unicorn and Ironhide have recently been swindled by an unscrupulous label manager, and are probably substantially out of pocket, financially. Read more details about the Six Nightmares Productions saga here; then buy a ticket, buy some merch, and help the dudes out.
Get along, grab a party hat, don’t stand in the front row unless you’re prepared to give frontman Drew a piggy-back… and get psyched for some magical animal hardcore.


WEDNESDAY: Jack Carty, Jordan Millar, Leroy Lee @ Yours and Owls
8pm, 18+

THURSDAY: Young Revelry, Chicks Who Love Guns, Heavy Heads @ Yours and Owls
8pm, $10, 18+

THURSDAY: The Pennys, Rhys Stamnas, Obscura Hail, Jack R Reilly @ Otis Bar (last show!)
8.30pm, $5, 18+

THURSDAY: The Pennys, A Cat Named Kesey @ Sol Studios
8pm, all ages

THURSDAY: Lost In Verona, Basil’s Kite @ Wollongong Youth Centre
6pm, free, all ages

FRIDAY: The Walking Who, Curious, Jonny Sight and The Peripherals (members of Tommy M, Alotta Presha, The Howling Tongues, The Good God Damned, Space Invadas, and Good Buddha) @ Dicey Rileys
9pm, free, 18+

FRIDAY: The Half Pints, Stomp The Dog, HeadButt, Rukus @ The Patch
8.30pm, $7, 18+

SATURDAY: Forever Archie, Jack R Reilly, Obscura Hail @ 5 Crown Lane
2pm, free, all ages

SATURDAY: The Strides @ Heritage Hotel
8pm, 18+

EXCLUSIVE: hear new Jack R Reilly, ‘Panic and Alarm’

Kiama’s Jack R Reilly is gearing up to play some shows in Melbourne later this week, but is giving a parting gift to you all; the first track from his debut EP!

‘Panic and Alarm’ is streaming exclusively over at Radar Illawarra’s Soundcloud page; or, more conveniently, take a listen riiiight here!

Also, check out Radar’s interview with Jack, where he talks about the new solo venture, the EP, and his shows in Melbourne.


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