GALLERY: Heroes For Hire @ The Patch

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INTERVIEW: Ash Grunwald

By Lucy Smith

What happens when you combine a Skrillex drop with raw blues? Ash Grunwald is discovering just that on his latest Australian tour following the release of his new album ‘Trouble’s Door’. Collaborating with Fingers Malone, Grunwald has perfected his acoustic blues style, which has been influenced by “driving dancefloor rhythms, buoyed by hip-hop beats and slammed by the dubstep crunch.”

Growing up in country Victoria, Grunwald nurtured his talents of singing and playing guitar before moving to Melbourne to make a name for himself and commence touring. His first release ‘Introducing’ (2002) established his roots in acoustic blues, however the influence of non-stop touring and festivals saw Grunwald experiment with a dance style with the agenda of “trying to make a really big sounding one man band.” Despite modifying his set with a band for several years, Grunwald has kept the nucleus around his solo show, saying “there’s a particular thing about playing solo that you can’t do with a band, you’re just way more connected to the audience.”

Grunwald has had many significant achievements over his ten-year musical career. From supporting Jack Johnson and James Brown, to an array of awards including the MBAS Blues Performer of the Year and APRA’s Song of the Year.  His consistency and hard work has lead to his “greatest achievement” – the creation of new album ‘Trouble’s Door’. Grunwald describes his work as “honest and bold” and “a bit more of a social commentary”. The production of beats by Fingers Malone sees the album dabble in the integration of new styles of electronic music with a rock-feel, whilst still maintaining the traditional unique blend of roots and blues. After a decade of performing Grunwald is “stoked to be doing something new, it’s like I’m just starting…and I want to just keep learning.”

After a very successful few weeks of touring, Ash is excited about the hybrid between being “on one hand a blues guy, and on another hand almost a DJ”. Combining the old set up using the kick drum and slide guitar, as well as DJ’ing beats from the albums into the show, Grunwald is thrilled with how it has been so well received – “I dreamt it up a couple of years ago and I’m just so stoked that I’m now doing it…I have a range of fans from all ages so I did wonder how it would go, but I’m so happy it went really well.”

The performance at The Patch on Thursday 21st of June will be a Triple J ‘Live at the Wireless’ event, with Grunwald promising a “more diverse show over all”. Keen to return to Wollongong Ash expects the night to go off; complete with “bass-heavy, bad-ass sounds” and acoustic dubstep jams, this is a performance you cannot afford to miss.

TOUR NEWS: Loon Lake; Millions, Step-Panther

Triple J favourites Loon Lake have announced a new national tour for August, with Wollongong on the itinerary.

The Sydney band, who played alongside Bluejuice at Waves Nightclub in April, have released new single ‘Cherry Lips’ (listen below), the first track off new EP ‘Thirty Three.’ The band will support the EP release with a big run of dates in a few months. They will be joined by Glass Towers and Cub Scouts at The Patch on August 23.

Tickets are on sale now, through Moshtix.

Loon Lake, ‘Cherry Lips’ single tour
w/ Glass Towers, Cub Scouts
August 23, The Patch

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Brisbane indie-pop outfit Millions will be returning to Wollongong in July, to launch new EP ‘Nine Lives Six Degrees.’

Millions, who were last in town with Northeast Party House and Nantes at the Unibar, have played Splendour In The Grass and have supported Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Grates, Bluejuice, Bleeding Knees Club and Gold Fields in just 18 months together. Launching their new EP with a big national tour, they will be joined by Sydney grunge-punk dudes Step-Panther, who recently picked up Wollongong local Daniel Radburn as their new drummer.

The double-header tour will roll into town on July 12, at Yours & Owls. Tickets are on sale NOW through OzTix.

Millions, ‘Nine Lives Six Degrees’ EP tour
w/ Step-Panther
July 12, Yours & Owls

GALLERY: Dead Letter Circus, Fair To Midland, Twelve Foot Ninja @ The Patch

Check out our review of the gig here.

DZ Deathrays post album teaser video

Brisbane band DZ Deathrays will be stopping into town in April, as part of their tour to launch debut album ‘Bloodstreams.’ The duo have just posted a teaser/trailer video for the album, which you can check out below.

DZ Deathrays will be joined by 12-piece garage surf act Velociraptor, and locals My Little Underground, for the show at The Patch on April 19. The show will be co-presented by local agency Huchi Muchi.

Check out the Facebook event for more info and pre-sale details.

TOUR NEWS: The Mission In Motion

Aussie pop-punk act The Mission In Motion will be playing The Patch in May, as part of an extensive national tour,

After finishing up on the Soundwave Festival tour last month, the band will again hit the road to roadtest new material from their upcoming second album. Due for release in August, the album will be premiered on the tour with a bunch of new songs to be aired.

Melbourne act Jonesez will join the Mish on all dates. Tickets on sale now!

The Mission In Motion, ‘All Work No Pay’ Tour
w/ Jonesez
May 25, The Patch
18+

Totally Unicorn to tour with Tonight Alive, The Dangerous Summer

Totally Unicorn will team up with pop-punk acts Tonight Alive and The Dangerous Summer (USA) for a 12-date national tour in May.

Unicorn will join Tonight Alive’s “There’s No Place Like Home” tour, with both TA and TDS recently coming off appearances on Soundwave Festival. The oddly paired lineup will hit all major capital cities, with a stop in Wollongong at The Patch on May 24th.

Tonight Alive’s last few local gigs have sold out, and with Totally Unicorn’s live show quickly attaining an almost legendary status in local and national circles, you can bet tickets won’t last long. And really, it will be worth the price of admission alone to see the expression on the faces of 16 year old girl Tonight Alive fans when Drew stumbles out wearing nothing but tie-dyed underwear, with ‘DICK PARTY’ scrawled on his stomach in texta, and starts climbing walls and spilling beer everywhere (see below).

Tickets go on sale this Thursday. See more info on the Facebook event page.

Tonight Alive “There’s No Place Like Home” tour
w/ The Dangerous Summer, Totally Unicorn
May 24, The Patch

TOUR NEWS: Stonefield

Victorian all-sister quarter Stonefield have announced a big national tour to launch upcoming new single ‘Bad Reality.’

The Findlay sisters won Triple J’s Unearthed High competition in 2010, kick-starting a huge last few years in which they have supported the likes of Foo Fighters and the Kaiser Chiefs, been hand-picked to play England’s mega Glastonbury festival, and seen their track ‘Black Water Rising’ break into the JJJ Hottest 100 last year.

Stonefield will play The Patch on April 26, with support from garage rockers The Delta Riggs and Kingswood.

Tickets on sale March 6.

Stonefield, ‘Bad Reality’ single tour
w/ The Delta Riggs, Kingswood
The Patch, April 26

GALLERY: Lydia, Vulpes Vulpes @ The Patch, 13/1/11

On January 13th, cult US indie act Lydia played The Patch with Elliott The Bull, The Cavalcade and Vulpes Vulpes in support.

Photos: Tess Ellis

TOUR NEWS: Jericco, Twelve Foot Ninja

Aussie hard rock acts Jericco and Twelve Foot Ninja will team up for an eight-date East Coast tour through March, including a stop in Wollongong.

The Melbourne bands, who both enjoyed an impressive year in 2011, will hit the road with fellow Victorian progressive rockers Circles for the ‘Swarms’ tour, which will hit The Patch on March 2nd.

Jericco will release new single ‘The Art of Illusion,’ the first taste of their upcoming debut album, just in time for the tour, and you can probably expect a bunch of new tunes to be road-tested on this tour; while Twelve Foot Ninja are currently finishing filming for a new film clip to premiere soon.

Tickets for the Wollongong gig are available now.

Twelve Foot Ninja
w/ Jericco, Circles + locals
March 2nd
The Patch

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