09 February 2006
Devastations - off to Europe


After making the shortlist for this year’s AMP awards, The Devastations are playing their final shows before relocating to the UK and Berlin for an indefinite period.

The past 12 months back in Australia have been extremely fruitful for the collective, the launch of their successful second album Coal - featuring the singles Sex and Mayhem and Take You Home - proved to punters and critics alike that The Devastations are more than able to generate records that capture the imagination and ignite the spirit.

As those who witnessed Devastations shows in 2005 can attest, the band deliver live sets brimming with dark intensity and engaging warmth, bringing their recorded material to life in a way that is nothing short of breath taking. So it seems totally fitting that the boys have chosen to bid us farewell by playing one last show at The Tote on Friday the 17th of February with very special guests Rowland S Howard, HTRK and Young Professionals.



 09 February 2006
Alpo Paulino RIP

Dave Laing, founder of the Grown Up Wrong and Dogmeat label, sent us this sad news.

Just heard that Allen 'Alpo' Paulino, founding member of the one of the
greatest rock'n'roll bands ever, the Real Kids (and an early member of
the mighty Cheater Slicks, co-leader of the Primitive Souls and an
on-again/off-again Nervous Eater), died today in Boston. Not sure of
what happened yet but Carl Biancucci of the Classic Ruins told me Alpo
went to bed with a cold and never woke up. Alpo was one of my heroes for
the past 25 years and releasing the Primitive Souls EP and meeting Alpo,
Billy Borgioli and John Felice in the mid-90s were two of the highlights
of my life. Alpo was a great guy - a smart-arse but charismatic and
charming as hell, and ly impossible not to like. I never saw the
original Real Kids play - never had the chance to see one of their
reunion shows even - and now I never will.

Anyway, let's hope Alpo's death does not go unnoticed by the rock world
at large (esp. Mojo, Uncut etc). If all he'd ever done was play bass on
that first Real Kids record he would've been one of the greats to be
sure... My favorite Alpo moment on record though is his b/vocals on the
live version of 'Bad To Worse' on the 'Grown Up Wrong' album - he sounds
like his hearts about to burst. That's about as thrilling as rock'n'roll
gets in my book.

Dave Laing

pic: Alpo & Billy Borgioli n '77 (Billy Borgioli collection)

 06 February 2006
AMP 2005 Awards

The 8 finalists for the AMP (Australian Music Prize) were announced today and two In-Fidelity acts, the Drones and Devastations, made the list.
which makes us the only Australian label (indy or major) to get two finalist selections.
Congratulations all round.

www.theamp2005.com.au



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