Monday, July 28, 2014
Label: Valve/East West Records
Distributor: Warner Music Australia
Cat No: 8573-85678-2
Year Of Release: 2000
Produced by: Tony Cohen
Mixed by: Tony Cohen (tracks 1 - 4), Jeff Lovejoy (tracks 5 - 13), Loki Lockwood (track 8)
Personnel: Geoff Corbett (vocals), Ben Corbett (vocals), Dan Baebler (guitar), Fred Noonan (drums), Karim Mellowship (electric banjo)
Back in 1999 - 2000, Warner Music in Australia was riding high on the Brisrock bandwagon with Regurgitator, Pangaea and Pretty Violet Stain. This band slipped through the cracks commercially, but are one of the most exciting and energetic and controversial rock'n'roll acts to ever come out of Brisbane.
Led by the Corbett brothers, the band grew up in the ultra-conservative bible-toting town of Nambour before starting out in Brisbane in 1995.
This album is a holy combination of rockabilly, punk, and swamp rock bristling with some great fuzzy scrubbed guitars, more swagger that makes Iggy Pop look like a choirboy and frantic drumbeats.
Geoff Corbett recently confessed to me that it was a very interesting time for the band during the recording sessions. You can virtually smell the alcohol and whatnot wafting through the studio during the making for a band that enjoyed their unmarried childless reckless yoof to the max.
Some of the song titles ensured that this band would not get airplay on Austereo networks such as the delightfully titled "Dog Eared Porno Mag", "Oysters", "Jesus, Gimme Peace" and "Goddamn". The Corbett's naughty glands work overtime on this album as well as on stage (you have to witness Ben's throwing himself and writhing on the floor and smashing his microphone on his forehead as well as Geoff sculling beer out of his cowboy boots).
If indie, emo and grunge bore you to death and you just feel like a good throwback to the days when rock'n'roll was fun and dangerous to like at the same time then definitely give this album a few spins.
These days, the band are in their 40's and both the Corbett lads are married with children but the wild stage antics and their facetious and socially biting humour are very much still intact. If old age doesn't get to them, rock'n'roll will first.
Artist: The Veronicas
Label: Sire Records
Distributor: Warner Music
Catalogue No: 9362-49371-2
Release Date: 17 October 2005 (Australia); 14 February 2006 (US)
Produced By: Billy Steinberg, Greg Wells, Raine Maida, Chantal Kreviazuk, Max Martin, Rami Yacoub, Lucasz Gattwold, Toby Gad, Don Gilmore, Josh Alexander
Purchase Album At: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/secret-life-veronicas/id81896220
Jessica Origliasso: Vocals
Lisa Origliasso: Vocals
Backing Musicians: Josh Alexander, Randy Cooke, Toby Gad, Dr. Luke, Abe Loriel Jr, Cliff Magness, Raine Maida, Max Martin, Tim Pierce, Greg Wells, Steven Wolf, Rami Yacoub
2) Everything I'm Not
3) When It All Falls Apart
6) Mouth Shut
7) Leave Me Alone
9) Heavily Broken
10) I Could Get Used To This
11) Nobody Wins
12) Mother Mother
Genres: Rock, Pop/Punk, Teen Rock, Rock'n'Roll, Adult Orientated Rock
The Veronicas were no spring chickens prior to the release of their debut album "The Secret Life Of". They had been raised as performers ever since they were children by their parents Colleen and Joseph Origliasso. Prior to The Veronicas, they had released a few local singles under the name Jess & Lisa produced by Stuart Stuart from Chartsong.
Artist: The Nudists
Cat No: RR002
Year Of Release: 2007
Produced by: Jonny Romeo at Antfarm Studios
Personnel: Conwae "Buble" Burrell (Vocals, Bass, Guitar and Drums)
Jonny Romeo (Drums, Guitar and Keyboards)
Danny McGirth (Lead Guitar)*
Kendall Penance (Guitar on @, Bass ( ^, Vocals)
Additional Musicians: Robby Viagra (Vocals)* (
Matt Shoobedoo (Vocals) (
Joanna Nilson (Vocals)* $ #
Edwina & Camille (Vocals)* #
Purchase album here:
1) NUDE SCHOOL
2) SMELLS LIKE ROSES
3) F'N'C! *
4) WORK IT OUT (
5) CROCODILE $
6) C'MON Y'ALL GET NAKED #
7) SHITTY RIMITS
9) WHAT IS WRONG?
10) IN THE LIBRARY
11) I'M YOUR MAN
12) TO THE HOSPITAL (
13) DRINK DIARY ^
14) SPACE SHIPS
The Nudists were the underground of the Brisbane underground and started in 2004 and ran till late 2007. The band's core members were the multi-talented Conwae Burrell (from Extra Foxx) and Jonny Romeo along with several friends and hangers on who would randomly join them on stage at gigs (random people who yelled into the band's mics were NOT members of the band or staged by them).
"Nuder Than Nude" title is a pastiche of the cult porn film "Sexier Than Sex" which I remember seeing advertised on the billboard for a sleazy adult theatre in Lutwyche that my bus used to pass on my way home from high school (anybody else remember it??). The theatre was eventually closed in 1985 to become an office for Telstra, and eventually Fernwood Fitness Centre.
As can be expected from the title, it is full of cheap thrills and shoThe album is an eclectic mix of electronica, rock, garage, and funk. The songs "Nude School" and "I'm Your Man" are not covers of the songs by Painters & Dockers and Wham!
Most of this album's charm lies in Conwae's languid vocals and lyrics which makes you wonder what they are on about half the time, let alone on. The best tracks on the album include "Nude School", the anthemic "C'mon Y'All Git Naked" complete with raps and snippets of female giggling from the "Nudettes", the trippy synth-funk of "To The Hospital" where they talk about using google to find out what the fuck a bilby is and where Jonny's cigarettes got to. "What Is Wrong?" is a more mellower number with dodgy mixed drums and moody guitars but it suddenly speeds up into a power pop number for 20 seconds.
Release Year: 2009
Catalogue Number: 09492222854-3 (CD)
Producers: Andrew Markwell & Streamer Bendy
Purchase EP here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/streamer-bendy-ep/id316716508
Streamer Bendy were formed by Matt Newton and former Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan's daughter Erinn in 2008 following the breakup of Erinn's previous band Nina May. Friends with The Veronicas (Jessica Origliasso took the band's photo for the EP), Streamer Bendy sound like they dug through their parents record collections and partied with their Blondie, Beatles and Transvision Vamp albums. Opening up with the attitude ridden "Boy Oh Boy" with its staccato guitar and drum fills, it goes into the glam rock-ish "Trophy Girl" which gives the finger to boys who think that sex with a girls is an entitlement to brag about to their mats. "Minnesota" has a Veronicas-ish vibe to it, whilst the ballad "I'm In Deep" about recovering from a hangover sounds like one of the songs from The Beatles "Abbey Road" album. It quickly picks up again with "Sweet Treat". Erinn's vocals drip with sex, energy and attitude and you can't help but feel excited and refreshed upon hearing their music.
Whilst the EP got rave reviews on Triple J, it did not catch on with commercial radio stations despite the songs being laden with good singalong choruses and great guitar hooks.
In 2013, Streamer Bendy decided to change their name to The Hangout, but not too much has been heard of them since.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Laissez-Fayre is a Brisbane girl/guy band project which is out to capitalize on nudism, vegetarianism, veganism, environmentalism, women's rights and equality and GBLT rights and equality to the Generation X, Y and Z target market.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Artist: Violent Soho
Label: I OH YOU Records
Distributor: Mushroom Records/Universal Music
Catalogue No: IOU32. UPC No: 934100402070-2
Release Date: 6 September, 2013
Producer: Bryce Moorhead
Purchase Album Here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/hungry-ghost/id665829307
Recorded at: The Shed, Brisbane
Personnel: Luke Boerdam - Guitar and Vocals
Luke Henery - Bass
James Tidswell - Guitar and Vocals
Michael Richards - Drums
Genres: Grunge, Rock, Retro, 90's
1) Dope Calypso
3) Covered In Chrome
4) Saramona Said
5) In The Aisle
6) Okay Cathedral
7) Fur Eyes
8) Gold Coast
11) Hungry Ghost
Third albums are always considered the be the most difficult one of any recording artist's career as it is the one that usually makes or breaks them as a band, especially where becoming a household name. "Hungry Ghost" is no exception and with the media attention and airplay it's had could very well be the one that will take Violent Soho out of the indie ghetto and into the main league of Brisbands like Powderfinger, Custard, Savage Garden, and The Butterfly Effect before them.
Three years since their second eponymous album, "Hungry Ghost" has seen the band sign to Melbourne label I OH YOU Records, a division of the mighty Mushroom music emporium. Recorded by estwhile friend Bryce Moorhead in Brisbane, but mastered in the US, this album sees Violent Soho show signs of maturing with their sound whilst still holding on to the shards of retro grunge that made them great in the first place.
The album title originates from the Buddhist philosophy of people who spend their lives being driven to their emotional needs in an animalistic manner and only living for the moment. This especially pertains to consumerism and gluttony.
DOPE CALYPSO: The second video taken from the album, it's a simple take on frustration on the world not being the way that we may wish for it to be. Opening up with some phased guitar, it goes into a huge grungy chorus similar to Radiohead's "Creep" and Stiltskin's "Inside".
LOWBROW: More even paced song, which is supposed to be a rant about upper-class people who are about worshiping military war but are vicious animalistic people underneath their luxuriant and civilised exterior.
COVERED IN CHROME: Their second single from the album, it is a rueful number about wishing for the ideal working life of having a 9 - 5 career and empty promises similar to the American Dream of the 1950's whilst underneath many people live lives of cynical sexual desparation as evidenced by the line "A pussh is a piece of skin wrapped in pocket" whilst giving their power away to evil, corrupt religious and political leaders "Raised their arms to a leader outside. Praising the Devil they said 'Hell, fuck yeah!' The song could very well be a crowd favourite with the screaming "yeahyeahyeahyeah" line in the chorus.
SARAMONA SAID: Underneath the easy pace of this track with some nifty icy guitar licks, the song is about becoming unconnected and desensitised to the media and carnal passion using drugs as a form of escapism "cause I'm a free man" and living a leaderless life.
IN THE AISLE: The first single from the album featuring me riding a bike naked in the video, the song tears along at a breakneck speed with a solo rhythm guitar intro which the song is constructed around and finishing up with a great moshing guitar battle. The song relates to churches that ostracize people like me who think and behave on a different level to the masses and reprimanding the religious leaders for their callousness and superficiliaty with the chorus "Why does everything you say sound hollow?" This lyrics refer to an eccentric gentleman from Brisbane who haunts the Southside Tea Room in Stones Corner run by The Grates and always carries a cricket bat and his own tea bags which he asks the staff to boil for him rather than purchasing drinks at their place.
OKAY CATHEDRAL: From the album's most aggressive rocker to a grunge ballad, it is about the Tall Poppy syndrome that exists in our Australian culture and searching for one's own innate spirituality for strength and reassurance, hence the title. Beautiful arrangement which doesn't overplay itself and even the feedback towards the end is just as unobtrusive as the rest of the instruments.
FUR EYES: As I stated elsewhere, this should be released as the third single from the album and could most likely break the band into the Top 40 singles chart. It is the most radio-friendly pop orientated track on the album which could get good rotation on the Austereo networks as well as Triple J. Opening up with a gorgeous scintillating guitar riff reminiscent of Morrissey's 1991 hit "My Love Life" and Boerdam seriously contending with Billy Corgan in the vocal department, this song has nice dashings of tremelo fuzz guitar in the instrumental break and gorgeous backing vocals from James Tidswell that run throughout the track and form the outro.
GOLD COAST: Despite the title alluding to Australia's most popular tourist city, lyrically it is a much different affair and showcases Boerdam's electrifying sneering vocals to the hilt.
LIARS: Name-checking one of Brisbane's main southside roads Old Cleveland Road at the start, it's about living the life of a youngster in Brisbane in the middle of scorching summers and social class clashes "Smelt like fear with the rich kids and their parents". A good catchy track with some disorderly rhythm-less guitar crashing in various parts of it.
EIGHTFOLD: A pun on the word sevenfold, lyrically it is about people who dress to the nines to impress religious leaders in churches, and disavowing materialism and Pentecostal Christianity which includes speaking in tongues, the cult of egoism and nihilism of the preachers, wearing expensive designer clothes for worship services and eventually having to account for their behaviour. Another great rocking track sounding quite similar to "In The Aisle" and the Sex Pistols "Holidays in the Sun".
HUNGRY GHOST: The closing cut is a chilled out track which is about chilling out after a stressful day and regaining a sense of inner-peace and propriety from the world.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Soundtrack Recordings - The Soundtrack label was the first Brisbane independent music label to be established in the 1960s. Operating out of a disused bakery at 20 Moncrief Road in Cannon Hill, it only had two officially known releases, one by Bobby Dean & The Worried Minds and the other by a doctor who made a "New Age" record to do with relaxation and meditation exercises. The Purple Hearts were Brisbane's premier R&B band of the 60's, led by ex-patriate Englishman Mick Hadley. They were known for their very tough, raw and primitive sound coupled with Hadley's boorish vocal style. They never officially released any records on Soundtrack, the four tracks they cut were released as acetates. The tracks found their way into the hands of one of my music fan friends Andrew Ainsworth, who has published the fanzines Ain't Got No Feeling, and Primitif Sounds. This is a great cover of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie", which is now available to listen to on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZYE1o-cKXM