Snap Scene: Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds – The Old Bar, Fitzroy, 14th May 2018

May 22, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

After two sell-out Australian tours, legendary voodoo guitarist for seminal sexy bands like The Cramps, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and The Gun Club, Kid Congo Powers returned to Australia in May 2018.

Bringing back a heady mix of fuzz guitar, New Orleans drum beats and bass lines dripping with soul, Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds “cast garage-surf-spaghetti-western-retro-futuristic magic”.

One of rock n’ roll’s true legends.

Snap Scene: Shrimpwitch – The Old Bar, Fitzroy, 14th May 2018.

May 22, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

From deep down in Melbourne’s rock pool, crustacean-sensations, Shrimpwitch have emerged from the waves to blow landlubbers away with their debut shrimp-charged garage punk and mock rock EP, Eggs Eggs Eggs, out May 5 on Hysterical Records.

The fabulous two piece, Georgi Goonsack and Kim Prawn, are the first release from the Hysterical Records label. Their ferociously raw and high-energy rock and roll performances explore the hardness and softness of the Shrimpwitch shell with uproarious banter, rock outfits and humour. […]

Snap Scene: Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds – The Croxton, Melbourne 12th May 2018.

May 21, 2018 Paul Miles

Legendary voodoo guitarist Kid Congo Powers – best known for his work with Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – played The Croxton in Melbourne on Saturday 12 May 2018, as part of his Australian Tour, following on from two previous tours Down Under that sold out. The 59-year-old Mexican-American was president of the Ramones fan club in 1976, and then formed the Gun Club in Los Angeles a few years later. He left that group before their recording debut, instead taking his fuzz guitar to New York-based band The Cramps in December 1980. Powers rejoined Gun Club in 1983 and toured Australia, returning again in ’85, and ’88, at which point he then joined Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Berlin for several albums and corresponding tours. […]

Snap Scene: Rocket Science – The Croxton, Melbourne 12th May 2018

May 21, 2018 Paul Miles

Australian alternative rockers Rocket Science played The Croxton in Melbourne on Saturday 12 May 2018. After forming in Melbourne during 1998, the band went on to release four albums between 2000 and 2008, when they disbanded late in that year. A benefit concert performance in 2014 reignited the band that comprises energetic front-man Roman Tucker on vocals and keyboards (and theramin), Paul Maybury on guitar, Dave Gray on bass, and Kit Warhurst on drums. Rocket Science says they play trashy-psychedelic-garage-punk with new wave, no-wave art-punk enthusiasm. […]

Snap Scene: Tex Perkins – The Man in Black, The Palais. 12th May 2018

May 18, 2018 Mandy Hall

Tex Perkins needs no introduction to Australian audiences, he is a legend within the Aussie music industry and is revered as one of the country’s rock n’ roll outlaws. It is said his affinity with Johnny Cash started in his earliest band and is an enthusiasm he hasn’t relinquished. After fronting The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon and touring with Tex, Don and Charlie and The Dark Horses, Tex Perkins has had an incredible and varied music career. […]

Snap Scene: Cradle of Filth – 170 Russel, Melbourne. 11th May 2018

May 17, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

CRADLE OF FILTH are a monstrous tour-de-force of utterly distinctive but reassuringly destructive heavy metal.

Currently enjoying a collective creative renaissance that is driving them to new heights of elegant fury, the band are more potent and devastating than ever before as they approach the release of their latest and perhaps greatest studio effort, ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay’. Even Kerrang! Magazine recently exclaimed that they “have created a gothic horror that makes Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein look like The Emoji Movie.”

As they prepare to introduce these stunning new songs to their dedicated global fan base, CRADLE OF FILTH have never been more powerful or their excellence so undeniable. It’s been a long 5 years between tours, but Australia fans finally get their chance in 2018. […]

Snap Scene: The Mavis’s, Prince Bandroom 11th May 2018

May 16, 2018 Mandy Hall

Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of their award winning and chart topping album pink pills, The Mavis’s are hitting the road to play a limited run of shows to celebrate. Featuring songs spanning all 3 albums of their career, original members Matt, Beki and Nik will be touring together for the first time in over 15 years. Best known for their chart topping single Cry, The Mavis’s were staples on the radio and the TV in the 90s with songs such as Thunder, Lever, Puberty Song and Naughty Boy. Always hard to pigeon hole, The Mavis’s’ sound walked a tightrope between lush, layered pop, space age dub and electro, and hard edged guitar driven rock… with the duelling male female/ brother sister vocals. Their hit album Pink Pills effortlessly combined all these sounds to create one of the most eclectic and exciting albums of the nineties.  […]

Snap Scene: Caligula, Prince Bandroom 11th May 2018

May 16, 2018 Mandy Hall

Caligula is composed of five members: vocalist Ashley Rothschild, guitarist James McKinnon, drummer Dave Macken, Jamie Fonti (keyboards and backing singer), and bass guitarist Sean Fonti.

In 1994, they released the album Rubenesque and received national airplay on Triple J and Triple M with the songs “Tears of a Clown” (a remake of the Smokey Robinson & the Miracles song), “Before” and “Roundabout”. […]

Snap Scene: Royal Blood – Margaret Court Arena – Wed 9th May 2018

May 15, 2018 Mary Boukouvalas

English rock duo Royal Blood, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher, returned to Australia and New Zealand in April and May. Armed with two face-melting records and a Brit Award nomination for Best British Group, the band played their biggest run of headlines shows Down Under to date.

With an increasingly sharp back catalogue and a blistering live presence to match, Royal Blood are showing on stages here and globally that less is more! […]

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