‘This dick ain’t free’ and neither was his concert (with seated tickets beginning at a steep $99.90), but his energy, set-list and lyrical performance made every cent worth it, and proved once again why exactly Kendrick is king.
Sean: Tell us a bit about yourselves, a basic bio, where you’re from and how you guys met.
Blake: We are The Radics, we’ve been together for almost three years now and we wanted to make a band so we put some ads on Facebook. We’ve met these guys and I’m so happy that we get to make music with them. We are currently touring the east coast, trying to spread our music.
Sean: There are some obvious influences such as Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin (note Sean meant Pink Floyd and as the night progressed we learnt that if there is one thing he struggles with, it is band names). Are there any other things that influenced your music that might not be as explicit?
Blake: Yea behind the curtains there are some influences that are more subliminal like the 1975, Inxs, our drummer is a big pop rock fan so he loves a lot of those bands. That’s the most fun thing about making a song, bringing all these modern ideas and watching all those [classic] characteristics shape them.
Carey: So obviously you guys have a new E.P out and you guys kill it live. So, what’s it been like translating your stuff into the studio?
Blake: Well, we actually produced the E.P ourselves at home. So it was a very relaxed and time taken process. It wasn’t rushed or influenced by anyone other than us four so we love the fact that it came out exactly the way we wanted to. When you get into a studio and you bring in producers you find things get shaped and you lose main ideas and thing go out the window. But if you just sit around with the people making the music, who all know what they want, it’s easy then.
Sean: So what’s the writing process been like for the E.P?
Blake: We wrote the four songs over the three years that we’ve been together. Some of them are a lot newer like the single [slow down] while “Little Redress” and “Rules” are the older ones. My brother I and would just show our ideas to our band members and they would just put their little spin on things.
Sean: Hey guys, how did you think your set went?
Christine: It went great! The crowd was really into it and I think it went well.
Sean: So I was noticing all sorts of early 80s and 70s influences like early thrash and some female fronted glam metal. What would you say are your influences?
Christine: Sound Garden, Heart, Living Colour.
Leigh: A little bit of led Zeppelin and definitely some Iron Madden.
Sean: Do you guys have any releases coming up soon?
Leigh: We do. We are about to finish an E.P right now so just keep an eye out on our social media.
Sean: So you said you had a song about a beer coaster. What’s all that about?
Christine: It’s called “The Wrong Kind Of Mistake” and the coaster said “Losing is the wrong kind of mistake” and I though “That is so True!”.
Sean: How long have you been together?
Leigh: It’s been about two years together.
Christine: The main song writers anyway.
Leigh: Yea, we’ve been friends for many years while playing in different bands and thought that we should step out on our own for a change.
Christine: We really started getting it all on board since about February this year.
Leigh: And Ian, our bassist, is the newest member and has been around for about two years.
Sean: It sounds like you guys have a lot of experience. Are there any lessons you would give to younger bands? Things to look out for?
Leigh: Look out for? Definitely you finances and count the money. Also practice.
Christine: It’s just like going to the gym. You got to keep practicing to get it in muscle memory.
Sean: How did you think you set went?
Matt: Yea good, had a lot of fun and got a few laughs which is good.
Sean: It was fast and intense with plenty of short songs. It defiantly felt like punk rock. Aside from that though, there was some rockabilly vibes coming from you music. What else do you think is your main influences?
Matt: The Ramones are our biggest influences and a bit of tang bottle rocket I guess as well. That’s about it.
Joel: We all have very different styles that we listen to as musicians. I’m anywhere from punk, rock, metal, 80s glam metal any of that stuff. We all get influences from different stuff.
Sean: So you guys just dropped a new album. What has been your writing approach for this record?
Matt: I’ve written a majority of them. Luke, the retard, has written a few of them. I write the basic structure of it and the boys add their twist to it.
Sean: What’s it like being a punk band from Bendigo? Do you feel at home there or do you often see yourselves having to go out to get shows?
Matt: I think Melbourne is more accepting of punk. Bendigo is more of a metal and hard rock scene but yea, we fit in. We have a small pocket and we’re not too pop-ey so the metal bands don’t dislike us. We are aggressive and have some good subject matters so they like us.
Carey: You guys have got some quality banter going on. Do you guys ever practice that during session?
Joel: Nah, we just bounce off each other on stage. If you rehearse it people can tell if you have so you’re better off not. Plus we can’t act
Sean: Any plans after Uber Fest?
Joel: We have a few shows lined up in Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat. No actually tours but just a few shows to pump up the album and sell as many copies as possible.
Sean: What made you guys get into music? As most of you are family members, what was it that made you think that these were the guys to make music with?
Daniel: I just needed something to do.
Joel: Really what we were all looking at, because we were a part of a band in our church up in Queensland, we were wanting to go out and see other things, going to pubs and playing at pubs.
Sean: It’s a very Dream Theater meets Mega Death feel to your guy’s music. Was that intentional or are there other bands that influenced you?
Joel: Influences are Dream Theater, Petra, Decipher down, up beat rock bands that are out their having the time of their lives.
Sean: What is the reasoning behind the specific Bible verse as your name? Does it hold and personal meaning?
Joel: Pretty much, our old name was “The Way” and someone else had already taken that, so we decided to go through The Bible, as we are Christians, and the one that came to us, as he was the leader of pray in Israel, was the name Keneniah, which also means made by god. Later on we decided to tag on 15:22 which was the reference to the meaning of his name.
Carey: So you said you were originally based in Queensland but have now moved to Melbourne. What led to that change?
Daniel: It was a big turn of events. Our ex-drummer had some health problems and had to come down here. He said that if we came down here that we could get some work. So we decided to come down. But nothing happened, we didn’t get any work and he ended up leaving. So we’ve done it hard.
Sean: So how are you finding the Melbourne scene?
Daniel: It’s different. There are a lot more metal bands down here than there are up in Queensland. But it’s good being a band that is totally different to everything else out there. That Dream Theater vibe just came about us just trying to put keyboard into every single song and we though it sounded pretty good.
Sean: Any E.Ps or tours coming up?
Joel: At the moment we are in the process of recording our own stuff at home. I’m an audio engineer, not fully qualified yet but will be soon, so if anyone wants a recording just let us know.
Sean: Hey, guys how did you think the set went?
Nick: Good, everything went smoothly. Everything went well.
Yaz: Different crowd from what we are used to.
Nick: Yea, didn’t get as much banter out as we wanted to but its always good play.
Sean: You guys have a very obvious house and R and B influence. Who would you say are your main influences?
Nick: It’s a mixed back. I like all things electronic and chill like James Blake and things like that.
Yaz: I’m a bit more R and B fan myself.
Carey: Just wondering, with the name, if it’s a Niki Lauda reference?
Yaz: yea it is. Most people think it’s a play on words for louder.
Sean: So how have you guys found it being an R and B group in what is a mostly punk and metal scene?
Nick: Yea it’s an interesting mix being a house group that doesn’t DJ. Not many clubs will have sets with live music. So we have to sort of play in different venues. Obviously we can’t just play in pubs that mainly play cover songs because that’s the wrong crowd. So it’s an interesting challenge trying to find places.
Sean: Do you find that you have to venture out far to get gigs?
Nick: Yes and No. The gigs are obviously harder to find but we also just give everything a go. Obviously more inner city is where the scene is at though.
Yaz: Also getting help from other artists in the same genera and style is also important. So we have to stick together and help each other out.
Carey: So you guys had an E.P out recently?
Nick: Yea, an E.P in May. It’s called back beach. We didn’t play too much of it tonight.
Yaz: Yea mainly newer stuff.
Nick: The E.P is a little bit more chilled and laid back. It’s good to get an E.P out there so that people kind of know what we are about.
Sean: So what’s the song writing process been fo you guys?
Nick: So I usually do the music and Yaz typically does the vocals. So I’ll send him a raw mix of a track and He’ll send me a recording of some vocals. The E.P is called back beach because it was all recorded in my beach house. We just decided to get together and record it and get it all together.
Sean: You guys have a very strong pop punk and warped tour vibe about yourselves. What would you say is your biggest influence?
Ash: We’ve all got really different influences.
Scott: Yea, I’ve got a lot of Tool influences, a lot of prog-rock influences and alternative stuff like smashing pumpkins.
Ash: I love stuff like pop punk.
Bree: I like anything from Slayer to Hillary Duff.
Lucas: I’m a big 90s guy like Faith No More or Nirvana. But all of our influences all cross over. We all share a lot in common too.
Sean: So where are you guys based? Are you guys Melbourne or elsewhere?
Scott: Three of us are from Ballarat and our drummer and our lead guitarist are from Melton.
Sean: So how are you finding Melbourne compared to Ballarat or Melton?
Lucas: There is no Melton scene.
Ash: Ballart is pretty good. There really supportive of the locals. So for another band from Melbourne, for example, to get a gig in Ballarat is actually really hard.
Scott: Yea, they’ll give you the “You’re not from around here” vibe. Though if you’re from Ballarat they’ll be a lot friendlier.
Carey: We were talking to the Revengers from Bendigo. Their scene seems pretty receptive to them however it seems to lean more towards metal. So where do you think you fit in?
Scott: We are a bit more punk in Ballarat I’d say, compared to the Indie rock bands that just turn up on the main street all over café bars.
Sean: So you guys said that you are releasing an E.P in a month?
Lucas: Yea our self-titled E.P should be out in the middle of September.
Sean: What was the song writing process for that?
Lucas: A bit of everything. We’ve got some songs that our other guitarist would write and we would just add our bits to it. Sometimes Bree would write an idea and we would all finish it in an hour.
Bree: I write a lot of the lyrics generally.
Sean: Any tours or shows coming up?
Ash: Kind of. We have a few spread out shows to promote our E.P. September 19th we’re playing Ballarat, we’re playing Bendigo October 2nd and playing the rev sometime in November.
Sean: You guys definitely had one of the more visually engaging shows I’ve ever seen. I was telling Carey that if there was one band I had to see it was Morth. You’re sound is very classic Metal, like Iron Maiden or Judaist Priest. What bands do you think personally got you into making music?
Dylan: I’m into Wasp, Kiss, Motely Crew.
Billy: Same, Motely Crew or any other 80s act.
Sean: Do you guys have any E.Ps coming out?
Billy: We have a collector’s series singles coming out probably around Christmas time. Each single comes with a poster and if you buy all the singles then you get the compete poster.
Sean: So what’s your writing process been like for these singles?
Dylan: We do practices every weekend. When it comes to writing we all pitch in.
Billy: Yea, when somebody comes up with an idea we all usually jump in.
Dylan: We just fix them try to fit it together and make a song out of it. If someone writes lyrics I’ll have a read, fix them up and put them in a song. Everyone participates in the writing process.
Sean: How have you found Melbourne?
Dylan: It’s been great. The crowds are great and everyone is really into it.
Sean: Is Melbourne you main scene or do you venture elsewhere?
Billy: We do often travel for shows. Our music video that we are filming is being shot in Geelong. It’s free entry and we are doing a show afterwards(August 30 Barwon club,4pm).
Sean: What’s the Geelong scene like?
Billy: We’ve only played there a few times but we’ve had a good reception each time. But we play show in Bendigo and a lot of other places too.
Carey: So how do you go about getting your huge live show together?
Billy: One thing just led to another and everyone kept throwing in ideas and here we are. Whatever works, works and if it doesn’t it gets tossed.
Sean: So with your subject matter is there any over arcing themes?
Dylan: Usually someone just gets an idea of something to write about and we just pull it together.
Billy: As far as our songs go we don’t tend to stick to a certain theme. We’ve got party songs, horror songs and get into the crowd songs.
Brandon: Most of the songs start with a guitar riff and then we add lyrics.
Sean: You guys where crazy on stage. I was breathless the entire time I was watching you guys. Where are you guys from?
Tim: I’m from the south-east suburbs and these two guys [Brody and Alex] are from Narre Warren.
Sean: So you guys come from the Djent/metalcore scene.
Tim: Yea it’s fucking terrible!
Sean: I guess you guys thought “fuck this” then when forming your band?
Tim: We just though “let’s play punk”. It’s easy and it gets the message across. You get to scream as much as you like and you don’t have to be good at your instrument.
Sean: I love how blunt you guys are with your songs. For example “I want to fuck a red headed girl” as opposed to the genre trope of obscuring everything behind “poetic lyricism”.
Tim: Yea we don’t dance around bullshit.
Brody: Yea fuck that.
Sean: I see you literally cut yourself on stage. What inspired that?
Tim: Well Morth were promoting themselves as a shock rock band so we decide that we can take that one step further.
Brody: We thought that it would be a little bit more shocking.
Tim: We thought it was going to be hard to follow up Morth as they were really good. But everyone left after two songs so they missed out on some rad public self-harm.
Sean: Do you guys have any E.Ps coming out?
Tim: We just recoded a Demo in my mate, Gavin’s, bedroom and he still hasn’t sent me the final mixes yet. So if you just check out Dead on Acid on Facebook we’ll have a demo out soon.
Sean: What inspired you guys to make music and to perform the way you do?
Tim: We mostly just wanted to do it. Musically, my main influence is Nirvana. But the stage presence and lyricism is all me coming out.
Sean: Is there anything you want to say to your fans?
Brody: To all our potential fans out there, please kill yourself. That’s all.
Tim: You often hear musicians say that “If my music helps out one person then I’ve done my job”. Well if one person kill’s themselves because of Dead on Acid then we have completed our goal.
Sean: You guys definitely call back to the days of Glam metal and the L.A strip. Guys like Motely Crew and maybe even Steel Panther, is there anything outside that you lie?
Monroe: All sorts of stuff really. We are pretty diverse in our tastes. I like even some top 40s stuff.
Lipz: Anything that has a good melody.
Monroe: Yea, but most of it being Glam metal from the 70s and 80s with some 90s stuff too.
Sean: You mentioned that you’ve been touring Adelaide recently. How was it and how does it compare to Melbourne?
Monroe: Good. It’s a bit quieter. We played a show at bridge way hotel in Adelaide on Thursday and Saturday. Thursday was a bit quiet but the Saturday night had 150 people there. It was great. But the Melbourne scene is definitely boom with more venues.
Sean: You guys are now currently promoting a debut album? How was the writing process on that?
Monroe: One of us will come up with a part and everyone else will play with the idea. It’s a collaborative effort. Some person brings their own idea and we build on it from there.
Sean: You’re now going to release something early next year?
Monroe: We are hoping to start recording our next album early next year. But right now we are working on Vinyl releases for our debut album. Those should be due in September and you can pre order them off our Facebook page.
Yourshot gives aspiring djs and curious enthusiasts the chance to compete for the prize of playing at Stereosonic, meeting Tiesto, and kick starting their career in the Industry.
If you haven’t heard about Yourshot, plainly, you have now, and there’s no going back!
Sponsored by Pioneer, Redbull, Alize, Agwa and Alcatel One Touch. It’s big game, high stakes and much to fight for by contestants.
What’s better than playing your favorite tunes, on an overly powerful, world class sound system, on industry standard equipment, with a crazy light show behind you, including a huge 2 meter LED screen to all your friends, drunk and hyped out of their minds?
Topped off with the incentive to play at Stereosonic, liaison with people in the industry, and meet like minded, music loving friends for life?
Even if you’ve never touched decks before in your life, look at a dj controller and think ‘I’ve never been inside a spaceship before, what does this even do!?!’ not to worry. The awesome supportive team have your back, emotionally and technically, providing six weeks of training from the best in the Industry to make sure you have Your shot.
At the Climax of the six weeks, after training and careful song selection. There’s a two day marathon weekend were the chosen contestants get their chance to show their skills. The music, the Djs, and the overall energy will blow you away. For a ten dollar ticket price, even for a day out to enjoy some great music, it’s total value.
This year was mind-blowing. There was so much talent in the pool of Djs this year and with performance from A-Tonez, who was one of the trainers, scratching, and absolutely, straight up killed it with a multi genred steam pot. Honourable mentions to the winner this year Sami Kabaha, running the Trap & Hip Hop. Runner up, Ian Alexander, pumping the Electro, Trap and renege breaks, and Wild Card winner, Will Hall, boasting with a Minimistic Futuristic House set.
Any aspiring, up and coming djs out there, this is no joke. I highly recommend registering next year in June. It’s an experience and adventure like no other you need to add to your to do list.
Radio Monash, in association with the Monash Philosophy Society and The Fodder, will be interviewing Peter Singer as part of promotion for his new book, “The Most Good You Can Do”.
Rafal, Gus (our resident utilitarian) and Leroy from MPS will join forces with The Fodder to simulcast the interview live. Four philosophers in one room? Deductive reasoning? Logical fallacies? DEONTOLOGY? WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN?!
Submissions from students will be welcomed leading up to and during the interview with either a message to the Radio Monash Facebook page or with the #AskPeterSinger.
Peter will also be holding two live talks at Monash University’s Alexander Theatre on May 14 & 15 to promote the book, with charity partners Oxfam Australia and the Fred Hollows Foundation.
$15 discounted tickets for these talks will be available from Radio Monash, The Fodder and MPS (for more details, send us Facebook message or email firstname.lastname@example.org). All profits will go to a good cause. So buy some tickets to be effective, or buy some to tell Peter Singer why we shouldn’t be!
Splendour in the Grass is back again for another year of camping out, good tunes, and good mates. Earlier in the week the playlist created by Splendour had been “accidentally” leaked and posted as a public playlist on the streaming service, Spotify. All though it has been believed to be a publicity stunt to create tension and hype for the newly announced line up revealed today at 8am.
The line-up for this 3 day camp out music festival is as follows:
Florence + The Machine
Of Monsters & Men
Royal Blood (only Aus show)
Death Cab For Cutie
Boy & Bear
Porter Robinson (Live)
The Dandy Warhols (only Aus show)
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations
Spiritualized (only Aus show)
The Smith Street Band
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
The King Khan & The BBQ Show
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Years & Years
The Delta Riggs
Eves The Behaviour
Art of Sleeping
The Babe Rainbow
Total Giovanni DJs
Noise In My Head
triple j Unearthed Winners
Shantan Wantan Ichiban
With such big names
and acts, the tickets will sell out like hot cakes! Get your tickets first at Moshtix at 9am AEST, Thursday 23rd of April.
and for more information, head to the Official Splendour Website.
Smash Mouth were right when they sang “So much to do, so much to see” and it rings true on a night like White Night.
Having heard about it when I was living interstate, I have been interested in this light festival for over a year, and last night I got the opportunity experience it for myself. The night began with a train ride, and already the spectacle began; looking at the packed trains departing from the city with people packed into carriages like sardines in a sardine can. Later, trains were unable to arrive at Flinders Street due to congestion. So Luka and I embarked on our White Night adventure from Melbourne Central.
As a Darwin Girl I have never seen so many people in one place before, so for me the experience of White Night was not only the exhibition of multimedia art and artists but also the crowds and amount of people that gathered to witness the beauty of nocturnal Melbourne.
We walked together as part of the crowd continuing down Swanston Street, and found a map, Luka decided to take control and direct us to different points of White Night. We came across some interesting pieces in alleyways, most notable a work entitled I have seen the future and it Looks Just Like it Used to, where an artist has used the mediums of light boxes to imitate the presentation of an advertisement. The position of the work took people from the crowd and into a little nook of the city so they could experience the work individually. This work was clever and engaging and for me, a highlight of the night.
We continued through Swanston Street looking at anything and everything whilst also discussing the broader meaning and reach of each work (I’m an art student, what can I say!). We walked into Hammer Hall on Melbourne’s South Bank and experienced an amazing sound and light show, it was spectacular. I feel that the performance made White Night for me. For me I feel it exhibited the duplicity between structures, seen by the interplay between the thin light rigs and the large sound boards that would weave in and out of each other creating a harmonious forms changing and growing. I thoroughly enjoyed this work, and feel that it was enjoyed by many, either appreciating it for its own aesthetic material or its deeper meaning it was an art performance for all.
We wandered back to Flinders Street still marvelling of the beauty of the city at night, covered in artist’s multimedia expressions, and that is where Luka and I left our White Night experience. We took our train home and arrived home very early in the morning. But to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way…
One of Australia’s leading orchestral conductors and one of Melbourne’s favourite piano soloists join the vibrant talent of the Monash Academy Orchestra (MAO) for their rendition of, Variations.
The concert is the MAO’s first under the dynamic leadership of new conductor Fabian Russell, and will feature special guest piano virtuoso Stefan Cassomenos.
The concert consists of three masterworks from the orchestral repertoire; all of which are cast as sets of variations on a famous melody, or a now-famous musical enigma.
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A new partnership between the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) and Radio Monash will enable the Monash Academy Orchestra’s (MAO) upcoming concert Variations to be broadcast around the world.
The collaboration with Radio Monash, the University’s student-run radio station, the public to hear Variations live via the internet.
The audio link will be available from the Radio Monash website (www.radiomonash.fm). The starting times for Monash campuses and affiliates are as follows:
Melbourne – 2.30pm, Sunday 25 March
South Africa – 5.30am, Sunday 25 March
India – 9am, Sunday 25 March
Malaysia – 11.30am, Sunday 25 March
Italy – 5.30am, Sunday 25 March
London – 4.30am, Sunday 25 March
♫ BRAHMS ♪
Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn Op. 56a
♫ RACHMANINOFF ♪
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
♫ ELGA ♪
Monash Academy Orchestra
Fabian Russell – Conductor
Stefan Cassomenos – Piano
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!