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thermalben started the topic in Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 at 6:47pm

Alright, time for some discussion on what yr all listening too. My iTunes inventory is getting a little stale so I'm up for some inspiration.

Currently loving The Drones' album "Havilah".. incredible songwriting and some of the best recorded guitars and drum I've heard in a long time. I'm a little late to the party with this album but it's on high rotation at the moment and will probably stay there a while. I've seen these guys live once (Fowlers, Adelaide) and fortunately they're incredible on stage too. Can't wait to see them again.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 at 11:32am
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stunet commented Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 at 1:03pm

But a serious misdemeanour...

The eldest is starting to discover music, he's finding that there's cachet in the playground if you listen to various bands or singers, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, he's even into Queen following a mimed version of We Will Rock You his class had to perform down at the local hall. He must have rehearsed it 500 times and still fucks up the chorus.

Anyway, his musical journey has begun and I've got no problems with him listening to contemporary stuff, ain't gonna force no golden oldies on him, though he asks a lots of questions when he hops into my car and music is playing. Not sure how much the Bad Brains add to his status in Year 2 at Thirroul Primary but the good thing is he'll listen to anything.

Last weekend we went away camping and because I was driving and I'm older I got to choose the music. Flying past Sussex at 7am I put on some early-90s rave and his reaction was priceless. It's music, but like nothing he'd ever heard before.

Though by the time we got to Ulladulla it was back to Ed Sheeran.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 at 2:45pm

“He must have rehearsed it 500 times and still fucks up the chorus.”

Cool tale.

PS I’ve got a brief window of low grade good times at that spot you were raving about around this time last year. Fingers crossed.

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blindboy commented Monday, 7 May 2018 at 6:37pm

The new William Crighton. Album of the year? Well it's an early call but sounds about right.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2018/05/05/william-crightons-empire/...

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blindboy commented Monday, 7 May 2018 at 6:37pm

The new William Crighton. Album of the year? Well it's an early call but sounds about right.
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2018/05/05/william-crightons-empire/...

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 1:32pm

Thanks to that re-run of Mad Wax last week, I've had Gangajang non-stop in my head ever since.

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 4:36pm

Gangajang are one of those bands for me if I'm feeling down, throw them on and i can't help but feel happy.

Don't know why, maybe its the sugar can line in that one song, but they also always makes me think of the mid to north coast of NSW.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 4:45pm

Every time the album comes on I'm preparing to surf Summercloud Bay.

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chook commented Thursday, 10 May 2018 at 3:48pm

it's a better than good time...

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therealneil commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 8:52pm

Here’s one for drones and high tension fans - tropical fuck storm -new album is richter
http://youtu.be/WU5NaEmpSAg

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blindboy commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 11:41am

Gareth and Fiona, always worth a listen.

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 6:42pm

You sure it's not just the Drones with different members?..sure sounds like it to me.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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blindboy commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 7:14pm

Gareth Liddiard is the songwriter, singer and lead guitarist for The Drones. Fiona Kitchin is the bass player and back up singer. The other members were too busy for this project. It was great to hear them getting back to that really raw sound of their early material. "You Let My Tyres Down" could sit pretty easily on Here Come The Lies. I find some of the other tracks less interesting but that has been true of the last couple of Drones albums too. A few gems, a few ....... that don't appeal so much.

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 7:02am

Anybody catch the interview with Daniel Johns with Denton?

OMG that was a hard depressing watch to see what he has become, i know he suffers from anxiety, but i can't help think his thrust into rock stardom and the journey has taken it's toll i can't even help but wonder if he had just been another front man from an Indie rock band that had got far less attention and was only playing big pub gigs etc that maybe he might not have gone through what he has.

Anorexia, a rare type of arthritis, suicide pact with his brother, anxiety etc

And sorry i can't help judging what is going on in your head when you get a neck tattoo and one that is so damn ugly.

I was never a big fan of him or the band, like most cool indie rock kids i wrote them off at the start, but to be honest years latter i bought Frogstomp and i think it is a good album and although not a fan of there next few albums i can still appreciate that he has/had talent, from then on i think his musically journey has clearly documented what he has become, totally messed up, i think it's really sad, even worse people kind of think its cool or genius.

Probably the best comparison of a similar effect is the transformation of Michael Jackson from very talented singer/dancer to complete freak.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 9:06am

Very awkward to watch and quite sad to hear of his struggles but you can’t deny he is an extremely talented musician. I found the interview fascinating actually

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 9:06am

Suicide pact?

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chook commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 10:06am

suicide squad?

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 5:05pm

Chook flipside is an oz Punk Anthem "New Kids Army".(GC Punks salute'd SS raw sound).

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 5:20pm

@Goofyfoot

Yeah i read in an old interview with him apparently at one stage him and his brother made a pact that if their life's didn't turn around by a certain age they would both kill themselves.

It was quite a while ago 10 years or more, apparently his brothers life was going nowhere and Daniel had big issues at the time, he went on to say luckily by the age they set (from memory 30) their lives had turned around.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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indo-dreaming commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 6:02pm

BTW. I have a Daniel Johns story.

In my very late teens, me and a mate went traveling the east coast surfing on the dole for a few months living in a Kombi, JJJ was our go to radio station and just as we were going through newcastle area i remember an interview and bit of music or something played on JJJ from Silverchair or maybe they were yet to change their name from memory "Young innocent criminals", from memory we were even going to go see them or something in newcastle not sure why but it never happened though.

Anyway not long latter latter we got back home and went to the big day out, by this time JJJ was playing them and lots of talk and buzz about them, so went to go check them out on one of the smaller side stages, even before they had started playing the areas was packed out, it was mayhem full packed people started getting up trees and getting on roofs of buildings that surrounding the stage in a quadrangle set up. ( i think maybe Tomorrow had just be released and getting play on JJJ)

Obviously organisers hadn't expect them to suddenly be that new cool band everyone wanted to check out, hence why not on one of the main stages.

Anyway i climbed up on a roof and tried to get as close to the stage as i could, when they come out i instantly recognised Daniel i knew this kid, well sort off.

As earlier that day i had gone and seen Magic dirt (just after their second EP) anyway being early 90's the mosh pit was going crazy, i was in there crowd surfing and boasting up guys, one guy had a Tumbleweed T-shirt on just like me and we both had that long blonde cobain hair cut happening, so we kind of had this connection happen and he would boast me up to crowd surf and i would boast him up, no real words were shared as it was too loud, but there was a kind of connection just rocking out going crazy.

It was weird at the time to think that guy in the mosh pit was the lead signer of this new hyped band, then funny when a few years latter he dated Adalita of Magic dirt, and now its kind of weird to think this guy on Denton is this same young grommet in the mosh pit i was crowd surfing with.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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thatguy commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 7:03pm

I was present when young Dan was pulled off stage at the Palais in Melbourne and dacked. May have been implicit in the removal of his trousers.

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 7:18pm

Yeah classic Indo D

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therealneil commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 8:39pm

Hey blindy, I’m liking w Crighton latest but not as much as first album just yet, might go watch him at Mona in July tho, other ones floating my boat are marlon Williams latest, Shakey Graves latest, btw stu it’s fun playing different tunes to the kids as they grow up hey,it’s funny the stuff they can get into like brooks n Dunn, Townes , AC/DC , offspring, the darkness, ween , it offsets the lamestream shit they also get into .
Ps Shakey Graves -http://youtu.be/ncm-_O0aSGs

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blindboy commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 9:51pm

Empire is a bit of a slow grower. Maybe aimed a bit more at live performance, more drama, less ukulele, Matt Sherrod's drumming driving a bit harder. Maybe a bit less Aussie too, thinking of a more global audience. Possibly a little bit of the difficult second album syndrome, but still getting lots of play here. Definitely go and see him. I saw him in a small room (Leadbelly in Sydney) last year and it was a great show. Catch them early is the go. I saw many Drones shows at the Annandale and other small venues before they moved to bigger venues.

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chook commented Thursday, 17 May 2018 at 2:16pm

it was a fav of the sydney punks as well! don't think i ever crossed paths with any GC punks. there were some skins and punks around the noosa where my GF was living. they terrosised the big pineapple one day...running amok on the macadamia nut mobile. the photos of that day still make me fall over with laughter.

doco on the punk scene in sydney in the late 70s. ...most of the the members of suicide squad make appearances.

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 17 May 2018 at 6:53pm

1980's GC Punkbands "Swellnet Exclusive" (Thank Chook)(*truebluebasher'z bands)

1979 Ratpack/Strand/T-Zer/Deadline(Chix vocals)/Catholics/Cyanide/Worms
1980 Estates/XS Beat/Dealer (Hard Rock Pub Band)
1981 *Social Cancer (1st Hardcore Punk)+Johnny Bullet & Ballistics(1st Rockabilly)
1982 Ultra Deviates/Complete Chaos handcuffed to SC.
1983 *Midnite Choir Boys (Shock Punk/Goth from- Social Cancer) formed *Qld Upper House.
Derived from Southport rundown Midnite Snack Bar/GC Punk hovel/rec studios/gigs.
1984 Secret Society(Goth Band)/Downtown 5 (Mods)/Skavengerz(Ska)...(1st of each genre)
Subteranean Destruction(Punk)re SC/Asylum from U.Ds/Battle Axe(Metalpunk)re: MCB

1984 Ends original 'narchic Police State Sound shared with Brisbane where Chix were equal.
All of the above bands attended fellow earlier bands gigs further entrenching local sound.
GC punks were poorest in OZ. Only Ratpack scraped a single...Like a trip to Hollywood.
Rest of us have Re Recorded cassettes that groan...Rarest of gems rotting away. Real Punk!

MTV Video Replay ironed out potency of groundbreaking Qld Punks. VCR cams were $1000 +
Pretty Vacant-US Skater Punk swamped Nth NSW mind numbing Gold Coast.(Kill the Chix!)

e.g.Complete Chaos rebirth as N Zone-(US Skater Punk) Lismore band Strap Ons breathe it.

1985 Klingons... 1986 Television Addicts/Furious Earthworms/The Cursed/
Them Black Sheep from Klingons/ [Heaps of Start up [email protected] Changeover gigz]
The Shed /Neighbourhood Unit (Ska Band from SV)
1987(Tappa's) Lizard Kings from TA/FE gigs into the '90's...1988 Thrust...
1992 "6 pack" Cassette kicked on 1990's GC Punk Scene(Lead by Chicken Skins etc)

Legend if you could add to list...Which members to which bands/Concerts/Gigs? Just ask!
Happy to share exclusive pile of punk with fellow Swellnetonians.

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stunet commented Friday, 18 May 2018 at 10:03am

Do Asylum scrape into the history TBB? Maybe a bit late on the timeline but I recall there was a shared thread with Thrust. Maybe the singer left..?

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 19 May 2018 at 2:02am

Good Question stu! Before I answer! I wanna add some big names just because...(insert)
1981 GC New Wave Bands: Sigh of Relief/Seven Ballerinas/Sheba (All Girl Band)

Ultra Deviates
(v) Craig Trescott
(b) Marc Welsh > (g,v) Asylum
(g) Wayne Kemp (Hi Wayne) goes onto Plenty of Great GC Bands
(d) Mark Galton{R.I.P} son of Barry[R.I.P.} (Surf Writer)
Mark was also in MBM (Main Beach Mafia)+ Former President of Ulladulla Boardriders

Asylum...(Metal) Being on a Punk list, I can't say Stu! ...Punk Tappa's a fan... Good nuff!
(g,v) Marc Welch later becomes 'Cat Weazil' in the band- 'Kings Cross'(Psych metal)
(b) Jason Breitfuss
(d) Brad Foster

Thrust
(g,v) Theo Hemingway
(b,v) Dave Finn + 1990 Wayne+ 1990 Shaun
(d,v) Brendon Creighton
(g) Bill O'Donnell
(?) Kelly Itong
Asylum played thru Thrust timeline? I stated most GC bands Gigged/Jammed together.
Readers know (Gold Coast - Lismore) Bandlist is Rare. Punk list is a rare scoop indeed. Score!

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stunet commented Friday, 15 Jun 2018 at 5:53pm

An essay for anyone who's ever liked or loved The Cure:

The Cure's Permanent Twilight by Anwen Crawford.

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blindboy commented Friday, 15 Jun 2018 at 8:15pm

Had their greatest hits on in the car the other day. Still a great listen.....then there is their greatest misses which is probably better!

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blindboy commented Thursday, 21 Jun 2018 at 5:17pm

I'm just bringing Tropical Fuck Storm back up. "A Laughing Death In Meatspace". I listened to it a few times on line and then bought the CD which has been in the player ever since. This is very much a continuation of The Drones themes....... loss, angst, drugs, crime, injustice, people way beyond their comfort zones, nihilism. It's a long hard swig on life as lived out on the edge where relationships breakdown as often as cars and all friendships are purely functional. As always the music is as confronting as the themes. There are no pretty little melodies and any sweet sound that creeps in is soon overwhelmed by a scream, a whimper or an explosion of rage. It's all dramatics and dynamics. All this emotionality is a challenge to traditional masculinity. Jimmy Barnes never sang about "Sitting On The Edge Of The Bed Crying". The rock tradition is soaked in sentimentality, but real emotion is rare. Relationships are solved by running away or murder when the man is "done wrong". Nothing is ever that simple here. This is a seriously good album that deserves a wider audience. I couldn't find it in any of the local stores and had to order it online. If you have ever been thrilled and challenged by The Drones, go get this one. I will post the link below.

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blindboy commented Thursday, 21 Jun 2018 at 5:20pm
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therealneil commented Thursday, 21 Jun 2018 at 8:58pm

I’m with you there blindy, I’m loving this album more and more, proper good. Plus the album cover is richter as well, I’d love a tshirt of it. I was all set to see them last Friday nite in Hobart but missed it cos they were part of a dark mofo thing with heaps of other bands spread around venues with no schedule, didn’t find them in time, also missed high tension as well, still a bit shitty about that, got to see marlon Williams thurs nite tho who was eeexcellent, what a voice, here’s a favourite of his
http://youtu.be/I2kYntmw7Fc

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Ramazan commented Friday, 22 Jun 2018 at 10:21am

Florence and the Machine have just announced their Australian tour for January supported by Marlon Williams.

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O-Men commented Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018 at 11:36am

Here's to Peninsula life , https://youtu.be/oXbX0TYB2Ic .

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thermalben commented Thursday, 28 Jun 2018 at 5:56pm

Bloc Party tour just announced, touring Silent Alarm. Wouldn’t mind seeing them live, that album is great.

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thermalben commented Friday, 13 Jul 2018 at 3:09pm

Tumbleweed! Just got a reminder that they're on tonight at the Shark Bar on the Goldy, playing their first album head to toe. Gonna be a blast.

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indo-dreaming commented Friday, 13 Jul 2018 at 5:12pm

Cool, I was almost tempted to fly up for that gig and get a few of my old Goldie mates there.

I mean i can see them on the same tour soon in Melb (and might still go), but i use to go to the Shark Bar a bit (sunday sessions) and i even saw the Tumbleweed play there about 15 years ago and Screamfeeder even supported them too like from memory they are tonight.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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thermalben commented Friday, 13 Jul 2018 at 5:19pm

Yeah Screemfeeder are also on the bill, and Budd who I don't think I've seen play in about 20 years. 

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 13 Jul 2018 at 5:46pm

Anyone remember Skunkhour?

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nomad1 commented Friday, 13 Jul 2018 at 6:33pm

Skunkhour.. remember really liking them in high school.. wonder what i'll think now that i am supposedly grownup. Figure its probably aged alright.

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stunet commented Friday, 13 Jul 2018 at 6:44pm

Hasn't aged too bad, and Aya Larkin is still gigging around every now and again, playing more soul than anything else. He's also helping run R U OK Day? since his brother Gavin, who started it, passed away.

Aya and Del, singer and rapper in Skunkhour, are my wife's cousins.

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 13 Jul 2018 at 7:15pm

Wow, small world hey.
I used to love them, their cd copped an absolute flogging in my old vs wagon when I first got my licence. That and Prisoner of Society by Living End ha ha ha

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thermalben commented Monday, 16 Jul 2018 at 7:12am

Tumbleweed were unreal on Friday, played to a packed room of old bastards like me reliving their yoof.

Richie can't quite sing any more, but the band were amazing - guitar tones were great and every riff and solo were bang on as per '92. Steve (drummer) was a highlight, his style is so natural and he played as good as I've even seen him, despite the twenty-odd years since I last saw him on stage.

Screamfeeder played a great set, with a temp drummer and also as a three piece - which was quite refreshing - a nice change from the wall-of-sound they've been doing as a four piece for the last decade and a half (or so). Budd took a few songs to warm up but were really good through the second half of their set. Played to an almost full room too, which is always good for the opening band.

There are still a few shows left to go on the Tumbleweed tour though with diff support bands. Well worth checking out if they're in your area.

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 16 Jul 2018 at 4:27pm

I love Tumbleweed but Richie was always technically a bad singer....still good though.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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blindboy commented Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 at 3:07pm

"Murder Of The Universe". King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. I saw them a few years ago opening for The Drones and have been listening ever since. This is prog rock on speed ....... eat your heart out Yes!

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Blowin commented Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 at 3:26pm

PROG Rock !!!! Do people actually do that for real ?

https://youtu.be/1mRG2oAQhso

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blindboy commented Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 at 3:31pm

Absolutely Blowin. Great listening. I hear a hint of Black Sabbath in there too.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 at 3:37pm

I wouldn’t let Ogre hear you saying that.

Good day today mate ?

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blindboy commented Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 at 4:29pm

All fine Blowin, I got the help I needed at the right time.

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