With an illustrious history behind the station that extends all the way back to 1965, entirely student-operated community radio station Radio Monash has developed a fearsome reputation for inspiring and cultivating a passion for the music industry among the generation’s brightest young minds. Join Melbourne’s most dedicated team of new-generation party animals and connoisseurs of fresh new music as the crew behind Radio Monash kick off their 2012 in inimitable style, with a bevy of the city’s finest up-and-coming bands including Animaux, The Good China, Young Maverick and Hot English.
If jazz and pop had a lovechild, got divorced, remarried funk and soul, and then all raised said lovechild together, Animaux would be the end result. Having worked with Jimi Maroudas (Kimbra, The Living End, Eskimo Joe) on their debut EP, receiving praise from institutions including Triple J and Mess and Noise, the group have been powering through the thriving live music scene of Melbourne with a residency at the Evelyn Hotel and standout gigs alongside the likes of Oh Mercy, the Vaudeville Smash, and Stonefield, there’s no doubt Animaux are hungry to deliver their fresh sounds to Australian audiences.
After spending months holed up in a Northcote recording studio, The Good China have emerged with a stellar debut EP Old Maps, New Roads – an intoxicating combination of influences from Architecture in Helsinki, Los Campesinos! and Broken Social Scene, the magic touch of respected producer Steven Schram, and their unhealthy obsession with mid-90s video gaming. You might have caught their sounds on the airwaves of Triple J, Triple R and SYN FM’s airwaves, or caught them at some of Melbourne’s finest, filthiest venues delivering their trademarked brand of fresh indie pop.
Formed in early 2009, Young Maverick’s take on holiday-pop is undeniably compelling. Kicking off 2011 with plans to record their debut album, the group roped in the talents of Matt Voigt (Cat Power, Oh Mercy), to record and mix over five days at Sing Sing South and Abercorn Studios. A fun, summery blend of bouncy beats, duelling twangy guitars and funky bass lines, they’re the perfect accompaniment to a cool drink on a warm, summery day.
Four mates out of the eastern ‘burbs of Melbourne, Hot English have only been together for a short period of time, but the success they’ve achieved in such a short time is a testament to their talents, making ripples within the Melbourne scene with their first few releases. Raw indie pop that’s far too easy to dance to – the gang are doing some very exciting things.
Tickets can be purchased online here, or from the Corner Box Office on 03 9486 1677.
$10 for Radio Monash members*
$12 + $3 bf for non-members
$15 on door if still available
*Member tickets available from the studio or our O-Week stall. Doors open at 7:30PM. The Facebook page for the event is available here. Catch you there!