20 February 2008|
D.D. Meanie - in memory
Dennis DePianto, best known to music fans as D.D. Meanie, passed away in St Vincent's Hopsital on Feb. 14th.
He had been ill for some time with muscular dystrophy and, more recently, a short but stubborn battle with cancer.
Dennis suffered from muscular dystrophy as a child yet, despite the disability, he refused to let it stop him from pursuing his dream to be a rock guitarist.
Dennis was guitarist in the Meanies from 1988 until 1995. His relentless guitar style is stamped on many of the most well-known Meanies' classics, including Darkside, Paranoid, Ton of Bricks, 10% Weird, Mr. Authority, Big Bertha, etc.
I got to talk to Dennis for the first time in many years when I heard about his dire prognosis and instantly wished I hadn't waited so many years. Regretfully, the illusion of immortality is a great waster of time and opportunity.
Rest in peace mate,
D.D was a bloke that rose above the challenges put in front of him to achieve great succees. Will be remembered for his buzz saw guitar sound, his political musings in tour vans and his role in establishing the band and its early following. A great friend and band mate to many.
We had the best of times, we had the worst of times, I'll miss those times, ciao bello.
Dennis DePianto will be buried in Adelaide, his home town.
A memorial gathering is being planned in Melbourne. We’ll keep you informed.
05 February 2008|
Witch Hats - Sell You Light Sole
Rummaging through the bones of 60s pop, late 70s post-punk, 80s and 90s noise rock, Melbourne four piece Witch Hats, are the ideal antidote to a world that celebrates the vacuous pursuits of the celebrity classes, cheap corporate rhetoric and the disposable lifestyle.
It's the follow up to their highly acclaimed 2006 EP Wound Of A Little Horse and the release of their 7" single Before I Weigh, the single lifted from the album late 2007.
Witch Hats released its debut EP, Wound Of A Little Horse, in 2006 on In-Fidelity Recordings. Quickly gathering local and national notoriety for their fuzz 'n' swamp drenched live attack, Witch Hats returned to the studio in 2007 with Ben Ling and Phill Calvert.
The result of this astonishing moment of studio alchemy is Cellulite Soul, Witch Hats' debut album. Raw, primitive and compelling, Cellulite Soul is the sound of the vulgar reality that seethes beneath the thin veneer of humanity. The album features their unique sonic: a frenzied skree of sex noises, papercuts to the tongue and electrified, ozone melting howls.
It's the sound that falls upwards. Tomas P Barry's desperate, eager guitar fondling generates a holy noise. Ash Buscombe's rumbling bass throws sticky giant sundew tentacles at the listener, working in sleazy concert with the cannibal snap of Duncan Blachford's urban
voodoo drum patterns. Floating above it all Kris Buscombe whispers the vulgarity and howls the righteous violence: the mundane is a tyrant, here for all to see. A fat, scabby truth that struts like a harlot. Take a good look, but don't complain children, it's good for you.
The first single, Before I Weigh, lures the listener in to the album itself with a strangely coherent narrative of mesmerising quality. And once you're in, there's no going back. Climbing Up Yr Cable is pop in its finest sludged-out guise and Western slashes with precision at the dysfunction around us, chopping it to raw, quivering bits. The narrative of Potato Feet is variously amusing, disturbing and threatening, while Doors Film expands from a disposable pop cultural reference into a surging churn of sonic philosophy that will bend your mind inside out.
Cellulite Soul is the album you've been waiting to hear, and it's even better than you expected.
Go forth and join the Witch Hats journey.
04 February 2008|
Heavy Trash - Way Out With
Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray are back as Heavy Trash!
The new album, Going Way Out With Heavy Trash, is aptly titled as the album is a wired and wild ride that draws on fifty years of the most untamed rock'n'roll. From frantic rockabilly to explosive punk. It's a glorious mixture.
Jon and Matt recorded the album in a number of places, with a number of guests (including the Sadies and members of the Danish bands, Powersolo and Tremelo Beer Gut).
The In-Fidelity version of the album has a number of tracks not featured on overseas releases.
Aust/NZ tour dates to be announced soon!
04 February 2008|
The Dirtbombs have you surrounded
With a new album and an Aust/NZ tour just announced, the Dirtbombs are back!
"We Have You Surrounded" is the first new studio album from the Dirtbombs in yonks! Full of the double-drum big beat we've come to expect but also full of a few surprises.
Along with a whole slew of originals (that are bound to become classics) the album also features cover versions of Sparks' "Sherlock Holmes" and Dead Moon's "Fire In The Western World".
And, as a special tour edition, the first 1,000 copies of the album will also include a bonus track - the Dirtbombs covering INXS' "Need You Tonight".
The tour starts soon - late Feb. Check the touring section for full details
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