The quantity of female singer/songwriters doing the rounds nationally is profuse. The quality however, is sometimes negligible. That’s not a criticism, merely an observation. Plenty out there sure, yet how many are at the pointy end, with a talent and an originality worthy of your attention? One such artist who does merit more listener traction … Continue reading CD Review: KIM YANG – OCEAN OF MIND (2019)
Adelaide outfit Repo have come up with an album I rate as the Australian release of 1999. Repo rock ‘n’ roll is an amalgam of Blue Cheer, the MC5, the Murder Junkies, Neil Young's Crazy Horse and the Stooges. The sound is vital, it’s live, and it’s refreshingly untamed. Repo are giving new definition to … Continue reading From The Archives: Repo – Fistful Of Redbacks – Album Review (1999)
Swedish hybrid HC action. From the word go, the action raw and fast, yet still real tuneful, just fairly non-descript is all. In other words, there's a zillions and one bands out there churning out this formulae. Set to an ever so original theme of birds 'n booze, the punk on display is top notch, … Continue reading From The Archives: Mantaray-K.D. Red Light District – Album Review (2000)
Well Hi Ho Silver Lining, a robust new album from Jeff Dahl and just in time for Christmas too. For fans accustomed to Dahl's penchant for glitter punk, you are well and truly catered for. 'The Sad Ballad of Dagmar Tranquilizer' had me thinking classic Mott or early Roxy. 'Last Of The Red Hot Cocksuckers' … Continue reading From The Archives: Jeff Dahl: Pancake 31 – Album Review (2000)
Who: Rose Tattoo
When: Labor Club, Canberra – August 11, 1998
It had been some years since Rose Tattoo last graced a Canberra stage, so their return to the national capital was indeed an event to cherish. Witnessing the musical muscle that is Rose Tattoo is pretty much like watching a retired heavyweight champ climb back into the ring. The glint is in the eye, the mind is focused, and boy, do they pack a punch ! A lot of challengers and inferior imitators have had a shot at their title, but only failed miserably. No one, but no one, can touch the original bad boys of rock n roll when it comes to blooze based bad-ass raunch, and tonight, they fired with all the precision of a finely tuned muscle car. My eye cast a glance upon the assembled masses of flannel shirts and mullet cuts, who all clung…
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Over the past few years, Dave Evans (original frontman and founding member of AC/DC) has built up a large fan base across South America and when he tours, rock n roll mayhem ensues. One way to capture that chaos and energy is via a live album, a project which Argentine label Chrystal Records have recently … Continue reading Former AC/DC frontman Dave Evans set to release live album !
Followers of our podcast (and blog) will recall that Poor Little Things’ debut from last year made our ‘Top Ten’ of 2018. Suffice to say I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of their new album, and damn if it don’t look like history will repeat itself. This is thirty minutes of well-crafted pop/rock tunage that … Continue reading Album Review: Poor Little Things – Disco’s Burning (2019)
More than 30 years ago now, Sydney hard rock band The Bombers were on the cusp of success. On paper, they had all the makings for success. With a line-up that boasted Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan from Status Quo, John Brewster of The Angels, a powerhouse vocalist in Ty Coates and a legit blues … Continue reading Album Review: Alan Lancaster’s Bombers – LIVE! (2019)
As a rock n roll historian – I’ve long heard a rumor that Iron Maiden played a one-off gig - in regional Australia - on their 1982 Australian tour. Have you ever heard this story ? What makes this rock n roll rumor more interesting is that the gig supposedly took place at a small … Continue reading Did Iron Maiden get off the beaten track on their 1982 Australian tour ?!
https://youtu.be/O-xmbWVltcA From seminal NYC punk pioneers The Dictators - to heavy metal giants Manowar – Ross 'The Boss' Friedman is a guitar player without peer. Ross The Boss and his band are set to torch Australian stages in November and on episode 120 of The Australian Rock Show we dig deep into Ross' history - … Continue reading ARS120: Ross The Boss Interview – Manowar / Dictators
It's the opening lick which hooks you in - how can it not ? The song buzzing around my ears is 'Wild & Free', and it's the new single from Brisbane's Black Whiskey. Songs which start with memorable fretwork like this are instantly likeable and it's refreshing to hear. However after three or four plays … Continue reading Single Review: Black Whiskey – Wild & Free (2019)
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