RADAR PRESENTS: Huchi Muchi

Now for something a little different.

Huchi Muchi is a new local venture, looking to assist local bands to take the next step in their careers, as well as acting as a networking tool for bands and to “get some cool vibes raging in the Wollongongs.”

And what better way to kick off the venture, than with not one, but TWO sweet launch parties (both presented by Radar!) at the sweetest party venues around; Yours and Owls, and Music Farmers! Smashing the metaphorical champagne bottle on the metaphorical ship that is HUCHI MUCHI at Yours and Owls on September 29 will be Chicks Who Love Guns, Let Me Down Jungleman, Moonbase Commander, My Little Underground and Vulpes Vulpes.

Then the following night, September 30, Music Farmers will score an acoustic launch party featuring Pláces People, Obscura Hail, Missing Children, Nothing Rhymes With David and Sean Curran.

The Owls gig is just $10, with the Music Farmers show only $5; all proceeds go to the bands.

Come along, party, drink some delicious alcohols and beers and then party some more.

Chicks Who Love Guns, Let Me Down Jungleman, Moonbase Commander, My Little Underground, Vulpes Vulpes
September 29
Yours and Owls
8pm, $10 (click for more details)

Pláces People, Obscura Hail, Missing Children, Nothing Rhymes With David, Sean Curran
September 30
Music Farmers
6pm, $5 (click for more details)

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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

GIG OF THE WEEK:

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.

ALSO THIS 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+

TOTALLY UNICORN TOUR DIARY (Pt. 1)

Totally Unicorn are on the road right now as part of their ‘Get Chilled or Tie Dying’ tour, with Brisbane band Ironhide. Totally Unicorn’s frontman, the wonderfully hirsute Drew Gardner, was kind enough to document the first part of the tour, which took in Maclean, Brisbane, Ipswich and Tathra:

“Dear Totally Unicorn Diary…

This tour started on a bit of a sour note…. I won’t go into details, as I’m sure most of you read about the scumbag behaviour of Iain Gilbert and his Six Nightmares Productions.

If you have not go to our facebook or wordpress and read about it. Just know that this tour nearly didn’t happen because of how broke it made us……. But people were so supportive of us and it made the fire in our belly stronger to say fuck it we aren’t going to let fuckwits like this ruin all the hard work we have put into Totally Unicorn. So we decided to party instead. FUCK YOU IAIN GILBERT!

Day 1 – Maclean

6:30am – With the van packed and ready to go all there was to do is have an early morning scotch and we were off. We seem to have the long drive thing down pretty good after years of doing it and our secret is….. Mike! That kid can drive for days as long as there are enough cigarettes, the occasional pub stop and a shit load of empty bottles for him to piss in.

With this being our new bass player Tims first tour let alone the first time the guy had been to Queensland he was very excited and hit the cans early.

After about 9 to 10 hours driving we finally hit Maclean (We actually thought the gig was in Yamba until a couple of hours before the show). If you have never been to Maclean and I’m sure most of you have not it’s a fucking weird place with a lot of telegraph poles painted with weird Scottish shit on em…

The venue turned out to be a kid’s basement. We love these kind of shows real DIY and people are always there to have a great time and party. The 2 local bands that played were cool and really nice dudes.

As Ironhide were playing, Mike went up stairs to try and find a bathroom where he made his way into Mum and Dad’s bedroom ensuite. While he was unloading the dudes mum came in and started getting to changed while watching dancing with the stars in the bedroom. He was forced to hide in the shower until she left to cook dinner 30minutes later! We had already started setting up and thought he had done the typical Mike drunk dude thing and went on a mission somewhere…..but finally he made it back down stairs just a minute before we had to start. With party hats handed out we begun. It was a really weird vibe as half the kids were really into it and danced like idiots but the rest just sat there on couches eating Tim Tams but all in all in was a fun show.

By the time we finished up we were all pretty wasted but lucky for us the guys whose house it was cooked us a mean BBQ, which helped the sobering up process.

Clancy drew the short straw and had to be the DD for the night. We had to get out of the house as it was time for Mum to go to bed so we drove 5 minutes down the road to the visitors centre to chill and try and sober up abit for the 2hour drive to our good friends house in Ocean Shores where we were staying that night. During this time we were all entertained by the naked dancing of Mike who was running around the car park and on top of the van to Mumford & Son (I know right who the hell listens to that shit…)

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GIG GUIDE: June 27 – July 3

GIG OF THE WEEK:

SATURDAY: Ten Years of HOPE fundraiser @ The Patch
(feat. Obscura Hail, Mind At Large, Disco Is Dead, The Nice Folk, Baby Machine, FUgG, Damn Fine Gentlemen, Topnovil, Bulldoze All Bowlos, Ye Luddites, The Merchants, Money Killed Jonny, Smasheddybash, George Eliot, Swinging Beef and the Daptoids, Hytest)
3pm, all ages, free

For sheer local talent, the HOPE fundraiser at The Patch on Saturday is our gig of the week. The 10th instalment of the annual suicide prevention fundraiser, it features a bumper, diverse lineup of new and old local talent from Hytest, FUgG and Mind At Large, to Topnovil, Ye Luddites and Obscura Hail. Kicking off at 3pm, and running into what will probably be the wee hours of the next morning, it’s a fantastic range of local talent, in aid of a wonderful cause.
Entry is FREE (though punters are encouraged to buy some merchandise on the day, proceeds from which go to associated charities), and we’re told that it will be open to ALL AGES until 8pm.

ALSO THIS WEEK:

THURSDAY: Fait Accompli (acoustic), The Dead Gang, Obscura Hail @ Yours and Owls
8pm, $10, 18+

THURSDAY: Ghostwood, Chicks Who Love Guns, Carpet @ Rydges CBD Bar
8pm, $10, 18+

THURSDAY: Damn Fine Gentlemen, Kenny Bartley @ SOL Studios
8pm, all ages 

THURSDAY: We are the Emergency, Wake The Giants, Seek The Silence, Dividers @ Hostage X Nightclub
9pm, $15, 18+

THURSDAY: Vulpes Vulpes, Sylvain @ Wollongong Youth Centre
6pm, free, all ages 

FRIDAY: Helmet, Hytest, Arc Icarus @ Wollongong Unibar
8pm, $47, 18+ 

FRIDAY: Gossling, Ryan Meeking @ Otis Bar
8pm, $10, 18+

FRIDAY: Grenadiers, Never Content, Let Me Down Jungleman, Handsome @ The Patch
8pm, $10, 18+

SATURDAY: Syndicate, Young Braves @ Dicey Rileys
 8.30pm, free, 18+ 

SATURDAY: Blackbear @ Old Courthouse (Cliff Rd & Harbour St, Wollongong)
6pm, $10/$15

SATURDAY: Thy Art Is Murder, Wish For Wings, Never Content, New Blood, Transitory, Directions @ Lake Illawarra PCYC
5pm, $15, all ages 

TOTALLY UNICORN ANNOUNCE ‘GET CHILLED OR TIE DYING TOUR’

Following on from yesterday’s news that they will support Comadre in August, Austinmer’s Totally Unicorn have just announced they will be touring through NSW in July.

Brisbane metal group Ironhide will also be along on the tour, which begins in Tathra and hits Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle, before a tour-ending hometown show at the Headlands Hotel.

Celebrating the release of Totally Unicorn’s ‘Horse Hugger’ EP on pretty pink vinyl, and the launch of Ironhide’s ‘Create/Collapse/Repeat,’ the tour will also feature a stack of excellent support bands along the way, including Let Me Down Jungleman, Relentless, Safe Hands and Wollongong locals Basil’s Kite.

TOTALLY UNICORN/IRONHIDE ‘GET CHILLED OR TIE DYING TOUR’
July 9 – Tathra Hall (with Let Me Down Jungleman + more TBA) All ages
July 13 – Bar 32 Canberra (with Fixtures, Relentless, Venom Eyes) 18+
July 14 – Blackwire Records, Sydney AA (with Lo!, Handsome) All ages
July 15 – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle (with Safe Hands + more TBA) 18+
July 16 – Headlands Hotel, Austinmer (with Nice Guys, Let Me Down Jungleman, Basil’s Kite) 18+

COMADRE SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED: TOTALLY UNICORN, LET ME DOWN JUNGLEMAN

In some other tour-related developments, Californian punk group Comadre will be joined by Totally Unicorn and Sydney’s Let Me Down Jungleman at their Headlands Hotel show on August 3.

Totally Unicorn alone are literally worth the price of entry, as anyone who saw their performance when supporting The Chariot and Oh Sleeper at the Harp last month could attest. Throw in the fact that they will be joined by an international in Comadre, an interstate favourite in Quiet Steps, and truly exciting Sydney indie-punk group Let Me Down Jungleman, and you’ve got a formula for a potentially kick-ass show.

In addition, this is likely to be one of the last shows to be held at the soon-to-be-demolished Headlands Hotel; so get to the show, down a beer while looking out at the ocean, have a pub feed, then lose your mind in that shabby, white-washed warehouse-style bandroom.

Tickets are $15.

COMADRE (USA), TOTALLY UNICORN, QUIET STEPS (Brisbane), LET ME DOWN JUNGLEMAN
Headlands Hotel
August 3
$15 

FRENZAL RHOMB SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED

Local supports for Frenzal Rhomb’s upcoming show at the Wollongong Unibar have been announced.

Sydney’s The Optionals will play as main support, while Wollongong’s own Totally Unicorn will open the show.

Tickets for the April 30th gig are on sale now from the UOW Unishop, or online from Bigtix. Entry will set you back around $22.

Totally Unicorn are currently touring with Let Me Down Jungleman; they play Sydney’s Red Rattler tomorrow night (Friday the 8th) and Hamilton Station Hotel in Newcastle the following night.

Want more info? Check out Radar’s interview with Totally Unicorn.

INTERVIEW: TOTALLY UNICORN

Usually, I hate straight up Q&A-style interviews. They’re boring, lazy and just show a general unwillingness to go the extra mile for your interview subject.
With that in mind, I did an interview with Mike from hardcore group Totally Unicorn that was so damn funny, it would be a crime to do anything but present it in its original context.

So, without further ado, Radar talks to Totally Unicorn about beards, beer, the medieval society and getting kicked out of their own gigs…


First off, just introduce yourself and the band to our readers
This is Mike, Drew is there, Robs next, and Clancy’s beside him

Give us a bit of insight into the band, and the kind of music you play.
Uhhh we’re 4 people and play sorta rock and roll music with more moustache

Who would you nominate as some of your musical influences, or acts that have a similar sound to you?
Clancy likes that dude from the Chilli Peppers, I’ll say that drummer from Nirvana, Rob likes Sleigh Bells and Drew is mostly into Queen.

How and when did Totally Unicorn start?
There was a merging of intentions between us and sorta like how a bullshark is more deadly than a great white, we thought it was time to try and make some decent music. We’re still trying and hopefully by our fourth double CD studio album, we’ll nail it.

Tell us about the early days of the band; your first shows, starting to build a reputation.
I don’t know how long it took for us to get enough songs together to have something that resembled a ‘set’, but I do remember it was 4 songs and went for about 8 minutes. I couldn’t afford new cymbals so just welded pieces together to make some Frankenstein kinda thing. That was a bad idea and I can speak from experience when I say “don’t weld old cymbals together to make new cymbals” – They snap and they fly at you and your friends. Yeah, so I was dressed as an overweight, retired Spiderman and I think someone else dressed as a hoof? It wasn’t worth going to, but we built a reputation.

Obviously the name ‘Totally Unicorn’ stands out, especially in relation to the type of music you play. How did the name come about?
It’s kind of a long story but Mike is deeply involved in a local medieval society and it was the name of his steed. Oh… short story.

You seem to play interstate shows pretty regularly; when was the first time you played outside NSW, and what made you think then was the right moment to do so?
I think we first went interstate was our “Raise Your Horn Tour” when we’d written 12 minutes of material, but we just played the intro 3 times and told Dad jokes to get it up to 20 minutes. Once Drew had rehearsed enough jokes about “a cheeseburger for the ride home”, we knew we were ready for the big time.

A lot of people seem to remember you guys getting kicked out of your own show at the Novotel Beach Bar a while back. First off, care to clear up what really happened at that show?
While we were playing, Drew de-robed to his underwear, ran out the back and dived onto a patron’s table knocking their beers to the ground. Then he fell off the table, rolling around in broken glass. From memory then he ran back inside and was bleeding on people and swinging on this balcony thing. Security’s all “put your clothes back on and stop goosing around” or words to that effect. I think he refused, or the set ended or something? Either way, Heavy Heavy Low Low played after us and they were good.

(Click here to see a picture from the gig, which should perfectly sum up the venue’s appreciation of Totally Unicorn’s performance)

In a few weeks you’re touring with Let Me Down Jungleman, who obviously have a really different sound to Totally Unicorn. Do you think it’s good to have contrasting bands on a lineup, rather than a few bands who sound similar?
They’re a really good band that we’re proud to be touring with, and we usually try to play with bands in different genres. It breaks up the night and hopefully you get to hear something cool and new.

Last week you released the video for “Daddy’s Stabby Surprise,” which was pretty much immediately removed from Youtube. Is there some kind of pride in that honour for you?
Not for me personally. More disgrace I suppose….

It seemed like you would have had a lot of fun making the video. Approximately what percentage of the video did you spend drunk?
I was drunk about 9 hours before I got to the set and naked about 10 minutes after I arrived. I think the other dudes were already half cut too cos they’d been filming all day. I would say drunk for 70% of the clip over 3 days – cos some of us had to work…

(To see the video, click here – WARNING: not for the faint of heart!)

The band was involved in managing the ‘Stay Frosty’ punk night at Cooneys. Are there plans for that to continue in some way, or did that get shelved along with N.E.D after the problems with the venue?
Yeah, Drew and I were putting those shows on for about 6 months I think. We were having a good time with it but after Cooneys went to shit, we tried The Beach Bar and got kicked out of there as well so I think if we start it up again, we’ll have to do it in our own venue where we’ve got the freedom to make it exactly what we want.

In light of the recent upheavals in the Wollongong music community – for instance, the closure of the Oxford; Cooneys, The Brewery and Hostage cancelling their local music nights; the Patch opening to bands, and 5 Crown Lane relaunching – what are your thoughts on local music in this town? Do you think it’s in good shape, or is it struggling?
The Brewery finished up? That sucks… $12 jugs – I like it there. But I dunno if it’s good or bad dude. We always complain that it’s shit here but I think it is what we make of it, and unless people support it, it will always die.

What could be done, or changed, to support live music in Wollongong?
You said it in a nutshell… support it. That, and making sure it’s run by people who give a shit about the music rather than cashing in on it.

Finish this sentence; Wollongong live music is…
probably out there… somewhere…

Where can people buy your EP?
From our Big Cartel and from our website/s

Besides your show with Oh Sleeper, The Chariot and MJK at the end of April, are there any other local shows coming up?
Not that we’re allowed to announce yet, no. So yes.

Grab Totally Unicorn’s ‘Horse Hugger’ EP from their Bigcartel site. Totally Unicorn kick off ‘The Dick Party tour!’ at Canberra’s Bar 32 on April 6th and Sydney’s Red Rattler on April 8th with Let Me Down Jungleman. See all the tour dates here. Closer to home, Totally Unicorn also play The Harp Hotel on April 24 with The Chariot, Oh Sleeper and Mary Jane Kelly.

Totally Unicorn – Daddy’s Stabby Surprise

Totally Unicorn – Cool Dads With Cool Sons

TOTALLY UNICORN GIVE AWAY NEW TRACK

Wanna grab a new track from Totally Unicorn? Easy peasy; Beard of Bees Records are giving away a free song by the band for all those on the label’s mailing list.

Send a message to mail@beardofbeesrecords.com with “TU” in the subject line, to receive Totally Unicorn’s new track “Happy Birthday From The Overpass”.

Totally Unicorn are about to hit the road for ‘The Dick Party Tour!’ with Let Me Down Jungleman. Remind yourself of the tour dates here.

Stay tuned for a great interview with Rob from Totally Unicorn, up on Radar in the next few days!

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