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MTNS’ debut EP 'Salvage' has been heralded as one of 2013’s essential finds by just about everybody with a blog. ‘Lost Track Of Time’ has been on high rotation at Triple J after being awarded the top spot on taste-maker chart Indie Shuffle. MTNS will bring their ambient sounds and captivating stage presence to Black Bear Lodge Thursday February 6, Byron Bay Brewery Friday February 7 and The Loft (Chevron Island) Saturday February 8.
Southside Tea Room's Christmas Party will play host to special secret act Pussy Pound and local up-and-comers The Creases. Made up of songwriters Joe Agius and Jarrod Mahon, The Creases have earned the notice of the tight Brisbane music scene with songs like 'Fun To Lose' and 'I Won't Wait'. Recorded in an old basement, their organic collaborations are a result of poverty breeding creativity. Get in the Christmas spirit and prepare to cut loose on Friday December 20.
Bonding over an appreciation for ‘80s and ‘90s music, longtime buddies Gus Hunt and Henry Gosling first began playing tunes under the name Unity Floors to stave off boredom. Three years later, the pair have released their first album 'Exotic Goldfish Blues', a collection of 11 acutely Australian rock & roll songs. Witness their unrestrained aesthetic live at Trainspotters at Grand Central Hotel this Thursday December 5 when they launch the album.
BEST OF THE REST
The Roseberys — winners of the Brisbane heat of ABC TV’s Exhumed comp, for ageing rockers who never quite hit the big time — will bring their eclectic fusion of folk and R&B to Beetle Bar on December 12. The Roseberys will be supported by Kolchak and The Dustbin Hoffmans, both finalists in the Brisbane round of Exhumed. It’ll be just like watching them on the telly, but louder, and with friendlier bar staff.
NEW GLOBE, OLD FAVOURITES
It's been a while since we've seen coastal roots rockers Band Of Frequencies, as they've been busy touring with Bernard Fanning and The Cruel Sea. Longtime favourites of Brisbane audiences, both in their own right and for their work as Afro Dizzi Act’s rhythm section, their familiar faces will help you feel right at home at The New Globe Theatre on Saturday December 14 with The Floating Bridges and Grim Tilla & The Diablo.
Soulful rocker Dan Sultan is embarking on his first tour in quite some time to promote his first single in over four years, 'Under Your Skin'. Before reaching our shores, Sultan will also appear as a special guest at Bruce Springsteen's Melbourne and Hunter Valley shows, so he should be in fine form at The Zoo on Saturday March 8.
HATFUL OF HOLLOW
Newly minted folk duo Hollow Drums are fresh-out-of-high-school 19-year-olds Georgia Rose and Sally Ann. With their mellifluous harmonies and flowing guitar melodies, these girls might prove to be a valuable addition to Brisbane's indie folk scene — get acquainted at The New Globe Theatre this Wednesday December 4 with Will Watson and The Winter Of Reason.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
The Buzzrays have emerged from the ashes of Macho Grande to create an even harder fusion of garage, psychedelia and punk.The band will showcase their new incarnation and line-up at The Hideaway on Friday December 6, in celebration of the release of their new EP, 'Circus'. They’ll be joined by shoegazers Delirium Seeds and garage rockers Catalina.
The English Beat will follow up the success of their first Australian tour in 2012 with another tour in 2014. Renowned Birmingham ska kings that came up alongside The Specials, Madness, Bad Manners and The Selecter, they combine the energy and political ethos of punk with a danceable rhythmic groove. Their shows are definitely a party, but they might make you think, too. Expect tickets for their show at The Zoo on Sunday May 18 to move fast.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has revealed his band will take a break after Soundwave 2014. “We’re going to Australia, doing a tour there, and then we’re going to take a break,” Armstrong told BBC Radio 2. “We haven’t really been doing much. So it’s just nice to kind of do some other things.. when we get ready to do Green Day again, our batteries will be charged.” Green Day headline Soundwave at RNA Showgrounds on Saturday February 22.
Atlanta progressive metal outfit Mastodon have been forced to defend their latest t-shirt. The Thanksgiving-themed shirt depicts a pilgrim pointing a gun at the head of a Native American woman, and was slammed as “racist” by some of their fans. “We may have a sick sense of humour,” the band responded, “but we are far from being ‘racist’ as some of you who might not get it are calling us.” They say the shirt is intended to be satirical, which seems pretty obvious, really.
The bandmates of disgraced Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins have reacted to his guilty plea to shocking child sex charges. Naturally, the band said they were unaware of Watkins’ actions, and are “heartbroken, angry, and disgusted” to learn that they’re true. “Despite his battles with drugs, his egotastic behaviour, and the resulting fractures and frustrations within our band,” they wrote, “we never imagined him capable of behaviour of the type he has now admitted.”