Album Review: Chris Masuak & the Viveiro Wave Riders – Address to the Nation (2019)

Address To The Nation is the new album from former Radio Birdman / Hitmen / Screaming Tribesmen guitar slinger Chris Masuak and his Spanish combo, the Viveiro Wave Riders, and his first since 2016’s excellent Brujita album. For those that didn’t pay attention the first time, top to bottom, Brujita was a comprehensive outing, and … Continue reading Album Review: Chris Masuak & the Viveiro Wave Riders – Address to the Nation (2019)

The Dark Clouds added for Radio Birdman’s Sydney show (22 June)

The Factory Theatre in Sydney looks like the place to be on Saturday 22nd June - with the announcement that Wollongong outfit The Dark Clouds, have been added to the bill for Radio Birdman’s gig. Radio Birdman recently announced two special shows – hitting Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel on Friday 21st June, before storming Marrickville’s Factory … Continue reading The Dark Clouds added for Radio Birdman’s Sydney show (22 June)

Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers – Open Season (2019)

It’s all too convenient for artists from the 1980s to trade off on their established reputations and recorded output. Too few bother with new material and leave the creative cue permanently in the rack. Thank your lucky stars that Mick Medew doesn’t subscribe to such a theory, for Open Season stands as one of the … Continue reading Mick Medew & The Mesmerisers – Open Season (2019)

Episode 102 – Mick Medew Interview (Screaming Tribesmen)

For more than 15 years Mick Medew fronted the Screaming Tribesmen – one of Australia’s most formidable post punk outfits. With a stack of number one hits on Australia’s alternative charts and a legion of fans in Europe, the Screaming Tribesmen left behind three classic albums and many memorable singles that continue to stand the … Continue reading Episode 102 – Mick Medew Interview (Screaming Tribesmen)

What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today? PSYCHOTIC TURNBUCKLES – PSYCHOTIC CHRISTMAS (1990)

On the 1980s and early 1990' s I was a massive fan of Sydney’s rock 'n' roll wresters, The Psychotic Turnbuckles. Exponents of 60’s garage punk, with lime green wigs and a keen sense of the ridiculous – how could you not love em?  I saw them countless times and they always entertained and delivered. … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today? PSYCHOTIC TURNBUCKLES – PSYCHOTIC CHRISTMAS (1990)

Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Screaming Tribesmen (1995)

Who: Screaming Tribesmen  When: Britannia Hotel, Sydney, May 20, 1995 In the 1980’s when independent rock was just that, the Tribesmen could have commanded a gig anywhere in Sydney. However in 1995 they’re apparently not ‘alternative’ enough to get a gig at the Annandale, Feedback or the like - having to settle for venues like Springfield’s … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Screaming Tribesmen (1995)

Rockbrat Chat: The Chris ‘Klondike’ Masuak Interview

Below is another re-print of an old interview – this time with Radio Birdman's Chris 'Klondike' Masuak. This interview was conducted with Klondike in 1995 and was originally published that year. Since that time, Klondike has continued gigging and recording, most notable with Birdman and a re-formed Hitmen. He is soon to depart Australia and … Continue reading Rockbrat Chat: The Chris ‘Klondike’ Masuak Interview

Rockbrat Remembers: The Kardomah Cafe

The Kardomah, the KD . In the late 80’s, this was THE rock place to be at. It was where all the wannabes and posers strutted around, thinking they were Sunset Strip material (when in all likelihood they were just suburban boys, as Dave Warner once wrote). I suppose it was the closest thing that … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: The Kardomah Cafe

Rockbrat Introduces You To: The Candy Harlots

In the late 80’s, the Sydney music scene was being whipped into a frenzy by a notorious bunch of brats calling themselves The Candy Harlots. This article is focusing only on the period of time, when the band were once tagged ‘Sydney’s biggest live secret’, and in the process cut two burning singles. Forming in … Continue reading Rockbrat Introduces You To: The Candy Harlots