Monday, 21 August 2017


Wild West was a Post-Punk band from Sydney, playing and recording during the years 1980-81. They took a leading role in the thriving underground artistic and musical scene of the inner city suburbs, centred on M Squared studios. Their sound contains a mix of experimental and melodic elements with a wide range of influences including the varied strains of Post-Punk, disco and pop. They recorded on three separate occasions but only released one critically acclaimed EP ("Beat The Drought") and a track ("Pelican") on the seminal M2 compilation "A Selection".


Phil Turnbull (keyboards, vocals), Gordon Renouf (bass), Peter Nelson (guitar), Peter Macgregor (drums), Rae Byrom (synthesizer, vocals), Lindsay O'Meara (drums), Dave Weston (drums)



Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Rupert B, originally known as Rupert B Funkfield Filth Band, played funk music around Sydney from the late 70's. The band started gigging at the Mosman Hotel on Friday nights  They packed the place out every week. With a horn section, Rupert B covered Tower of Power, Funkadelic etc. They were signed to RCA and released one album in 1982 of original songs before disbanding.


Rohan Cannon (guitar, vocals), Steve Balbi (bass), Mick Thornton (trombone), Guillermo "Bill" Mayer (tenor saxophone), Mick Buckley (drums), Don Raffaele (saxophone), Paul Reed (bass)

Sunday, 13 August 2017


Company Blue was a country rock band formed in Adelaide in the late 70s. They released their self titled album on the Nationwide label. Drummer Joff Bateman had played with leading South Australian act, Headband whilst John Bosswell  had played on TV shows such as The Benny Hill Show, the Dick Emery Show and frequent recordings for the BBC before he came to Australia in 1973.


Rick Adams (bass, vocals), John Boswell (lead vocals, guitar), John Forrest (rhythm guitar, vocals), John Martin (lead guitar), Joff Bateman (drums, 1977-78), Bill Clarke (drums)

Thursday, 10 August 2017


Formed in the mid 60s out of Brisbane, The Feelgoods released three singles on the RCA label. Vocalist John Brownrigg sang at the Cavern Club in Liverpool UK circa 1962-5. After leaving this band he formed 'The Sect' in 1969.


Paul Hunt (guitar), Bob Park (bass), Dave Leary (guitar), Paul Riddett (drums) John Brownrigg (vocals) George Brownrigg (drums).

Sunday, 6 August 2017


SSARB (brass backwards) was formed out of a young instrumental band The Young Brass in 1965. Members were - Brendon Darby on trumpet aged 13, Clive Hodson on trumpet aged 13, Keith Robinson on trumpet aged 14 and Ric Whittle on drums aged 12. The Young Brass won many competitions run by the radio station 6IX in Perth and reach the semi-finals of National talent TV show “Showcase with Gordon Boyd” on two occasions (1966/1967). The band was joined by Greg Schultz on piano aged 14 in 1967. In 1968 the band changed their name to SSARB and recruited guitarist/singer Brenton Fosdike. They were in demand as a backing band and studio session work for national artists such as Johnny Farhnam due to their ability to read music.

In 1970, Brenton Fosdike left the band and John Worrall (Bakery), Roy Daniel and Phil Pruitti joined to make the band an eight piece (3 horns). They continued to be in demand at all the clubs in Perth and were chosen to support both national and international artists most notably Osabissa and Paul McCartney & Wings. Although the band started out playing covers of their obvious influences – Tower of Power, Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears, Sly & the Family Stone they quickly added more original material written by both John Worrall and Brendon Darby.

Ssarb made only one commercial single “Bubalunga/Reach Out”, which was released on EMI's Columbia imprint during 1970 however several recordings were made at Martin Clarke Studios and played on Radio 6PM – 'Tell Me Where I Stand/Lorraine/Mothers & Fathers'. By 1970 SSARB were considered to be one of the most popular bands in Perth along with Bakery. In 1971 Clive Hodson left the band. That year SSARB went on to win the WA final of Hoadley’s Battle of the Bands (defeating Bakery). Their winning composition was a John Worrall composition “Hey People”. SSARB represented WA in the National Awards which Flying Circus eventually won. In 1972 Roy Daniel, Ric Whittle and Greg Schultz left the band and SSARB became a more hard edge rock/horn band with ex-Blackfeather players Bob Fortesque and Al Kash joining and Clive Hodson reuniting with John Worrell, Brendon Darby & Phil Pruiti. By the end of 1972, SSARB had disbanded.


Peter Cumuski (guitar, trumpet) Roy Daniels (bass) Bredan Darby (trumpet) Bob Fortesque (guitar, bass) Brenton Fosdyke (guitar) Al Kash (drums) Dave Little (drums) Roy Little (bass)
John Meyer (guitar) Phil Pruiti (guitar) Keith Robinson (trumpet) Greg Schultz (piano/organ)
Rick Whittle (drums) John Worrall (vocals, flute) Paul Blackbee (piano, guitar)



Tuesday, 1 August 2017


Sons of the Vegetal Mother (also known as The Vegetals to fans) were an Australian "esoteric special-occasion progressive band", formed in late 1969, with a floating line-up based around the nucleus of Ross Wilson and Ross Hannaford (both ex The Pink Finks, The Party Machine) and singer-drummer Gary Young and bassist Wayne Duncan, who had both been members of veteran Melbourne band The Rondells, who are best known as the backing group for pioneering beat duo Bobby & Laurie.The Vegetals performed intermittently at multimedia and art events, 'happenings' and concerts at Melbourne galleries and venues like the TF Much Ballroom. Band 'members' at these events included Wilson and Hannaford's former Party Machine cohort Mike Rudd (later in Spectrum) and bassist Tim Partidge (Company Caine) and it was planned that other performers would join in, such as Wilson's friends Keith Glass and Gulliver Smith.

The Vegetals made few recordings—their only known release is Garden Party, a custom-pressed EP played at and given away to audiences at an event/exhibition called 'The Garden Party'.Sons of the Vegetal Mother were part of the line-up at one of Australia's first outdoor rock festivals at Myponga in South Australia at the end of January 1971, and this proved to be a watershed in the group's short career. The enthusiastic reception given to Daddy Cool's set eclipsed the Vegetals' performance, making it clear that Daddy Cool was taking on a life of its own, and Sons of the Vegetal Mother was soon phased out altogether. It was during the Myponga performance that Lofven filmed the footage that was later used in his promotional film-clip for "Eagle Rock". A few months after Myponga, Daddy Cool was spotted by former teen guitar prodigy turned producer Robie Porter they signed to the Sparmac label, and in May 1971 they released their debut single "Eagle Rock". The single quickly reached No. 1 and stayed there for a (then) record ten weeks.


Ross Wilson (vocals, guitar), Ross Hannaford (guitar, vocals), Trevor Griffin (piano), Wayne Duncan (bass, vocals), Mike Rudd (bass), Tim Partridge (bass), Jeremy Kellock (Jeremy Noone) (tenor saxophone), Bruce Woodcock (tenor saxophone), Ian Wallace (alto saxophone), Simon Wettenhall (trumpet), Gary Young (drums)



Saturday, 29 July 2017


Sindrey was born in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne but grew up in Camberwell. He attended Camberwell Central school and then Camberwell High School. Sindrey began his career playing banjo in the dixieland jazz bands of Nevill Sherburn, Frank Traynor and others. After switching to guitar in 1954, he played in various night clubs and hotels in and around Melbourne. In 1956, Sindrey moved to Surfers Paradise, where he formed The Caribs together with Peter Stoddart (piano), Lowell Morris (drums) and Max Wildman (bandleader, saxophone). The Caribs also featured Haitian conga drummer, Albert LaGuerre.

In 1958, The Caribs (sans LaGuerre) accepted an offer brokered by Max Wildman to travel to Jamaica to become the house band at the resurrected Glass Bucket Club in Kingston. Added to The Caribs lineup was bass player Lloyd Brevett (later of The Skatalites). Whilst playing at The Glass Bucket Club and (later) the Myrtle Bank Hotel, The Caribs met many important figures of the then nascent Jamaican music industry. In 1959, The Caribs became the first studio band for Island Records (and its offshoot, R&B), then jointly-owned by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall and Ken Khoury. In that capacity, Sindrey played guitar on hit recordings for Laurel Aitken, Owen Gray, Wilfred Edwards and Keith and Enid amongst others. The Caribs also had their own release on Island, "Taboo". Most of these recordings were made after hours at the studios of radio station RJR engineered by Graeme Goodall.

Also in 1959, Ken Khoury employed The Caribs to be the studio band at his new studio, Federal Records (now known as Tuff Gong). Sindrey also appeared on early Coxsone Dodd productions both uncredited and as a member of the aggregations The City Slickers and The Coxsonairs Orchestra together with Roland Alphonso, Rico Rodriguez and Don Drummond. Dennis Sindrey also had credited releases by Coxsone Dodd including "Hoppin' Guitar" and "Jamaican Song". Sindrey played guitar on Jamaican shuffle and ska recordings for Prince Buster, Leslie Kong and other independent record producers. In the early 1960s, Sindrey arranged, played and recorded with Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and Kes Chin & The Souvenirs, two of the leading uptown dance bands on the island.

After Lowell Morris returned to Australia in 1962, Sindrey and Stoddart formed a new lineup of The Caribs to be the house band at the Junkanoo Lounge of the Sheraton Hotel Kingston. The Caribs remained at the Junkanoo Lounge into the early 1970s with Sindrey on guitar until he left Jamaica in 1968. Sindrey also had three LPs of calypsos released in his own name in Jamaica. His single release "Take Ya Meat Out Me Rice" was a local hit.Whilst in Jamaica, Sindrey also ran a "jingle shop business", making TV and radio commercials for Caribbean and international advertising agencies.

Sindrey emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1968 where he worked as a solo musician using computerized backgrounds in country clubs around South Florida and on charter yachts. In 2002, Sindrey was invited to play guitar in the backing band at the two-night "The Legends of Ska" at the Palaise Royale Ballroom in Toronto, Canada from which the documentary film, The Legends of Ska was produced. Sindrey returned to Melbourne in 2008 for a reunion of The Caribs at The Corner Hotel. In 2012, Sindrey, Stoddart, Morris and Goodall were honoured for their contribution to pre-reggae Jamaican music at the annual Tribute To The Greats event in Kingston, Jamaica. Dennis Sindrey is now retired and resides in Boca Raton, Florida.



Wednesday, 26 July 2017


First Light were a concoction of mid-70's jazz-rock, jazz-fusion and progressive rock with prominent and proficient interplay between the sax, electric piano and the electric guitar with the occasional moog lead similar to other Aussie bands Mackenzie Theory and Crossfire. Their music was predominantly instrumental. Their one and only album was privately released on the M.F.S. label, which had been based out of the Music Farm Studios in Coorabell, Northern NSW. First Light consisted of most notably, Ron Carpenter on drums and mellotron, who was the main composer for Australian prog-rock band Aleph, and drummed for AC/DC at one point in time. John Gray and Harry Freeman were also in the progressive rock band Aeon.


John Gray (guitar) Harry Freeman (keyboards) Graham Jesse (sax, flute) Allan Freeman (bass)
Ron Carpenter (drums, mellotron)

Saturday, 22 July 2017


Lobby Loyde (born John Baslington Lyde, 18 May 1941 – 21 April 2007), also known as John Barrie Lyde or Barry Lyde, was an Australian rock music guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was a member of two 1960s groups: Purple Hearts, which had a Top 40 hit with "Early in the Morning" in 1966, and Wild Cherries with their hit "That's Life" in 1967. He became a leading figure in the 1970s Australian pub rock scene, particularly as a member of Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs on their No. 8 album, The Hoax Is Over (1971) and Coloured Balls for a Top 20 album Ball Power (1973). He was briefly a member of Rose Tattoo during 1979 to 1980. His solo work includes the psychedelic album, Plays with George Guitar (1971) and the space opera, Beyond Morgia: The Labyrinths of Klimster (2007).

Known for his plectrum guitar technique, Loyde inspired a legion of Australian musicians, and was also cited as an influence by international musicians such as Kurt Cobain and Henry Rollins. He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006 where his Rose Tattoo band mate, Angry Anderson acknowledged his prowess, "More than anyone else, Lobby helped create the Australian guitar sound, long before Angus Young or Billy Thorpe or The Angels or Rose Tattoo. Lobby inspired Australian bands to step forward and play as loud and aggressively as they could. People are still trying to copy it today". Loyde died of lung cancer in April 2007.



Sunday, 16 July 2017


The Labradogs formed from a band (Scant Regard), which won the Vulcan band competition in 1983. Their music was categorized as power pop. They gigged mostly around Sydney's north shore eg Dee Why and Mosman pubs. The band released an EP 'Get Lonely' in 1986 and a single 'Suddenly Last Summer' in 1987 on the Vi-Nil label, and subsequently broke up playing their last gig at the Annandale Hotel.


Allan Meadows (vocals guitar) Andrew McGlynn (guitar) Darren Jones (bass) John Tozer (drums)

Monday, 10 July 2017


Leslie John Partell was born July 1930 in Sydney. Les received early guitar lessons from Clive Beeton before joining the Victorian Banjo Club. He worked a lot on the ABC, 3XY and 3UZ and other stations around the state. In 1947 Les entered Australia’s Amateur Hour and ran third. After this Les commenced writing his own material. He made dozens of custom recordings on “Elrae Records” which were distributed to radio stations. With Allan Hawking, Bill Earle and Jack Johnson he formed the “Trailblazers” which could have been the first fully professional country music show in Australia.

In 1954 Les travelled to Sydney to try for a recording contract. He recorded his first single on Regal Zonophone- “Hitting the Hobo” and “Homeward Bound”. He then became involved in the Sydney country music scene, which included taking over the 2SM radio breakfast show. Shortly after he moved his family to Sydney from Melbourne and started recording on the “Round-Up” Label (a subsidiary of the Spotlight label). During his career he recorded on many labels and scored a gold record with "Song and Dance Man" for the Bullet label. He toured the country with many shows including Chad Morgan and Rick & Thel etc. He appeared on many live radio shows including the well known “Bonnington Bunkhouse Show”, Ted Quigg and “Harmony Trail”.

In 1979 Les received the prestigious "Living Legends" Award and inducted into the "Hands of Fame". Hat maker Akubra, honoured Les by naming a hat "The Mate" after his Akubra Hat song. In 1994 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the South Australian Country Music Festival Awards. In 2014 he was elevated to the Roll Of Renown in Tamworth. He co-founded the Australian Country Music guild and instigated the ‘Living Legends’ Awards and has been a guest broadcaster of country music for the ABC for more than 30 years.



Sunday, 2 July 2017


Trevor White was born in Essex and nearly became a plumber's mate when he left school because an uncle had a plumbing business. His school teachers wanted better things for him and he entered a law office. He had just completed his intermediate law exams when he auditioned for Sounds Incorporated, it ended his brief legal career. The English Rock'n'Roll group was top rated and visited Australia three times in three years. During the final visit in 1971 the group disbanded whilst in Perth. Trevor was planning on returning to Britain when he auditioned for the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He took the role of Jesus and was recorded for the Original Australian Cast Recording. Jesus Christ Superstar was designed by Brian Thomson and directed by Jim Sharman. White purchased a house on the North Shore of Sydney and decided to stay permanently.

The soundtrack for the Motion Picture of the Rocky Horror Picture Show was recorded without the involvement of Peter Hinwood, who played the part of Rocky in the film, basically because he couldn't sing. When Jim Sharman heard the studio singer with the film he decided to bring in Trevor White, who was performing Jesus in JCS Australia at the time to supply the onscreen vocals for Rocky. Apparently during the 80's a video version was sold in America with the stereo songs from the LP tapes spliced into the mono soundtrack. In this version Rocky's voice is supplied by the unknown voice on the record. However this was short-lived, as a new mix was made in 5.1 using the original film's vocals, and so on DVD, Blu-Ray, and film, it is Trevor White's voice that is heard as Rocky. These days Trevor White gigs with his band Route 66 on the Gold Coast appearing each month at the Surfers Paradise RSL.



Tuesday, 27 June 2017


Neil Coombe  formed Bad Habit in 1975 at age 15, along with fellow members Paul Wilton and Neal Ward. The group first started playing in Ipswich QLD where they were based. A short while after they started gigging in Brisbane and elsewhere throughout south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. Bad Habit recorded some demos in early 1976 and supported AC/DC at Festival Hall later in the year (18 December). Early in 1977, Wilton left the group and was replaced by Steve Arthurson and John Pankoff . It was this line-up that recorded their debut album 'Stormchild'.

The group disbanded shortly after the LP was issued. 300 copies of the album were pressed through EMI Custom, with group members being responsible for sale and distribution. It is remarkable that "Stormchild" appeared on vinyl at all, considering the difficulties that the group experienced during the recording and mixing of the album, and all on a budget of $600! Neil Coombe later appeared as a member of 42nd Street, Mr Meaner, Fear Of Falling and The Wishing Chair


Neil Coombe (guitar) Paul Wilton (vocals bass) Neal Ward (drums) 
Steve Arthurson (vocals guitar) John Pankoff (bass)



Tuesday, 20 June 2017


The Pelaco Brothers formed in 1974 in Melbourne with Joe Camilleri (ex-King Bees, Lipp and the Double Dekker Brothers, Sharks) on saxophone and vocals, Stephen Cummings (ex-Ewe and the Merinos) on lead vocals, Peter Lillie on guitar and vocals, Johnny Topper on bass guitar, Karl Wolfe on drums and Chris Worrall on guitar. The group were named for the Pelaco Sign which advertised a local shirt manufacturer. According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, they played "rockabilly, country swing and R&B that recalled American outfits like Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen and Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. Yet, the band's delivery presented a fiercely Australian outlook". Only existing for 18 months, they later included Ed Bates on guitar and Peter Martin on slide guitar.

Their posthumous releases were The Notorious Pelaco Brothers Show a live six-track extended play (also seen as The Pelaco Bros) on the Ralph imprint in 1976. The Pelaco Brothers disbanded in late 1975, Camilleri went on to form a blues and rock music band, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons; Meanwhile Cummings and Bates formed a new wave group, The Sports in 1976. In 1982 The Pelaco Brothers music was used for a suburban horror film, This Woman Is Not a Car. On 13 September 2012 Peter Lillie died of liver disease, aged 61.


Joe Camilleri (saxophone vocals), Stephen Cummings (vocals), Peter Lillie (guitar), 
Johnny Topper (bass), Karl Wolfe (drums) Chris Worrall (guitar), Ed Bates (guitar) Peter Martin (slide guitar).



Monday, 19 June 2017


There is very little information available about Sydney soft rock band Air. In 1974 they released a self-titled LP on Polydor produced by Freshwater's David Fookes.


Jenny McGregor (vocals), Philip "Pip" Owen (guitar, vocals), Steve Nicholas (guitar, vocals), Nicky Dunn (guitar, bass, vocals), Patrick Conroy (bass)

Sunday, 18 June 2017


Short lived seventies glam rock band that released one album and a couple of singles on the EMI label. Influences included Ziggy Stardust. The band appeared on Countdown. Guitarist Peter Laffy also played in bands Freeway, Mondo Rock and Jim Keay’s Southern Cross. Vocalist Michael Upton and Peter Laffy both died in 2011.


Peter Laffy (guitar), Neil Hodgson (bass, keyboards), Michael Upton (vocals) Les Oldman (drums)

Saturday, 17 June 2017


Chris Neal is an Australian musician, songwriter and television and film music composer. In 1968, the opportunity arose to assist legendary composer Peter Sculthorpe create the score for the Anglo/Australian movie The Age Of Consent, starring first-timer Helen Mirren. Then followed the creation of the hippie, flower-power rock musical, Manchild, which toured Australian capital cities during 1971/72, creating several box-office records along the way. A focal point of the early '70s was the creation of the solo prog rock album Winds Of Isis. This epic instrumental outing developed a small, but committed following and remains in demand to this day. He has created soundtracks for various successful Australian film and television productions, including Buddies, Shadow of the Cobra, Turtle Beach, Johnson and Friends, Lift Off, Farscape, Kaboodle, GP, Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers and many others, often working in collaboration with his son, Braedy.



Friday, 16 June 2017


Mike Meade began life as a cameraman at STW 9 in Perth and then achieved a modicum of fame in the 70s as a pop singer and as the co compere of music show 'Flashez' with Ray Burgess. He also appeared Countdown as guest compere. In 1973 he released an album 'Isolation'.

Thursday, 15 June 2017


In the mid-1960s John Kevans regularly performed at Irish ceilidhs in Sydney, and at the Irish music sessions at Tommy Doyle's pub in Ultimo, learning from and playing alongside some of the great expatriate Irish musicians. In Canberra he collaborated with another talented young local musician, Bob McInnes, appearing as the Monaro Boys. In 1969 the Wild Colonial Boys were formed with Kevans, McInnes, Jim Fingleton (Canberra), Tony Lavin (Ireland) and Bill Morgan (Newcastle). Famed for both its music and fighting, this wild-by-name, wild-by-nature group was short-lived, yet helped establish the template, style and repertoire for what was to become the "New Bush Band" movement of the 1970s and '80s. The band had a bit part in Tony Richardson's Ned Kelly film (1969), starring Mick Jagger, and travelled to Papua New Guinea, Melbourne and regional centres. As part of a two-record deal, a Wild Colonial Boys LP was released. Kevans died aged 62 in 2005.


John "Jacko" Kevans (accordion) Bob McInnes (banjo, mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle)
Jim Fingleton (concertina, lagerphones, spoons), Tony Lavin (bush bass), Bill Morgan (guitars)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Alex Young (aka MC Xela) and Andrew Lane (aka AND) went to high school together in the western suburbs of Sydney where they discovered a mutual love of rap and funk. Young played bass while Lane played guitar, and both rapped as well. With a drummer named Mick Downing recruited from a local rock band, they formed Good Buddha and played a string of gigs at house parties. Downing left shortly after and was replaced by Matt Johnston, a drummer whose tastes were much more closely aligned to those of Young and Lane. He'd seen one of their shows and been so impressed that he immediately offered his services. Two producers, Pete Brennan and Sandro, joined the band next.

Unable to afford studio time the group snuck into the studio buildings Brennan had access to while he was studying to be a sound engineer and recorded their first album, 2001's Skillathon, without anyone knowing. Given the covert nature of their recording, they were unable to capture the live sound of the band exactly and were forced to rely on elements like sampled drums, which they normally eschewed. Skillathon was picked up by MGM for distribution; its first single, "Ultrasound," was popular on radio and later used on the soundtrack to the film Candy. Brennan and Sandro both left the group at the same time and Good Buddha were left to record their second album without access to either of their producers. Locking themselves away in a bedroom they created 2004's Futurhistrix, paying for everything by gigging constantly.

Young gave a copy of the finished album to Mark Walton, a DJ he knew from playing clubs, and told him that he wanted him to join the band. Obviously impressed by the album, he consented. Another DJ, Jack Prest, was added after he impressed the group at a house party he was playing. They also added Lachlan Doley, a keyboardist, and percussionist Nui Moon. With this lineup they finally had the fully combined funk/hip-hop band they'd been aiming for, so in 2007 they hired a Byron Bay recording studio for a week and laid down nothing but instrumentals. After some more touring to raise additional funds, they returned to record the vocals of what became their third album, Hit the Sky Running, which finally managed to capture the sound they had been aiming for since the beginning.


Al Young (MC, guitar), Andy Lane (MC, bass guitar), Matt Johnston (drums), Adam Cox (keyboards), Chris Gadsby (samples) Lachlan Doley (keyboards), Nui Moon (percussion)



Tuesday, 13 June 2017


The City Lights formed in Sydney in 2002. The band started as a four piece, expanded to a six piece, then went back to four before ending as a power trio before finally calling it a day in 2014. They released one single, one EP, three albums and one farewell 7″ single. They played with You Am I, Supergrass, The Dirtbombs, The Mess Hall, The Smithereens, The Breeders and Rocket Science and toured Spain twice. Their debut album was album of the week on radio 4ZZZ (Qld), 3PBS (Vic) and Triple J.


James Roden (vocals, guitar), Harry Roden (bass, vocals), Danny Allen (guitar, vocals), Kit Warhurst (drums, keyboards, vocals), Graeme Trewin (drums), Bruno Brayovic (guita), Shane Melder (drums)

Monday, 12 June 2017


Agnes Banks was formed in 1970/71 and was active till 1979, its name being taken from the suburb, just south of Richmond NSW. The group was a popular rock & roll ‘covers’ band with the ability to keep audiences up on the dance floor and as such, regularly appeared at all of Sydney’s (and surrounds) major music venues, Chequers, Stagedoor, Satchmo's etc. as well as on the 'then' highly vibrant High School and Suburban dance circuit.n They also wrote, recorded and played a lot of their own material as part of their act, but only released one single (1975) on the Marvel label (not related to the Comics), now Makeshift Music.


Allan Watt (vocals), Allan Brown (guitar), Robert Brown (bass), Peter Dudley (drums)

Sunday, 11 June 2017


Stiff Gins are an Indigenous Australian band from Sydney. They call their music "acoustic with harmonies" and are regularly compared to Tiddas. The band was formed by Emma Donovan, Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs in 1999, after meeting at the Eora Centre while studying music. The band's name uses the word gin (a derogatory word for Aboriginal woman which was also a Dharug word for woman/wife) with the word stiff to become strong black woman, a name which caused debate about use of the word gin. The band won Deadlys in 2000 for Most Promising New Talent and in 2001 for Single Release "Morning Star". They have released two albums 'Origins' in 2001 and 'Kinglis Australis' in 2005.


Nardi Simpson (acoustic guitar, vocals), Kayleena Briggs (vocals), Emma Donovan (vocals, 1997-2001)



Friday, 9 June 2017


Peabody are a four-piece rock band. Forming straight out of school in Sydney in 1994, the then three-piece Peabody ingrained themselves in the live music scene of Inner-city Sydney. Following other Sydney bands of the time, such as You Am I, the group played venues like The Landsdowne Hotel and The Iron Duke before graduating to more well known venues such as The Annandale Hotel, The Hopetoun Hotel and The Sandringham Hotel. The band recorded and self-released two early EPs but were best known for their live performances which led to the band developing a dedicated Sydney following. It was at this time that they began their association with Sydney-based independent record label Nonzero Records distributed through Shock Records. The label was founded in 2001 in order to release Bluebottle Kiss' 2002 album, "Revenge Is Slow", but had since expanded to release other local bands.

At Nonzero Records, Peabody found a label to release their records and a producer in new label-mate and Bluebottle Kiss leader, Jamie Hutchings. Despite having little experience producing other bands, Hutchings had demonstrated considerable skill for committing his own band's fearsome energy and polar dynamics to tape. ("It's wonderful to see that the dynamics and atmospheres this band can invoke in a live situation can translate so utterly successfully to a recorded medium", wrote critic Craig New of Bluebottle Kiss in 2002). That being the skill Peabody required from a producer, the relationship proved successful for both parties. The resulting effort was 2003's "Professional Againster" (the name taken from the title of a New Bomb Turks song), a raw, solid and succinct example of what Peabody were best known for - energetic rock that sounded like the wheels were about to fall off, but never quite did.

Once again teaming up with producer Jamie Hutchings and engineer Dave Trump (The Church, Big Heavy Stuff) Peabody recorded their second LP, "The New Violence". The 2005 release proved to be a more slanted and diverse offering, showcasing the musical literacy of principal songwriter, Ben Chamie. "The New Violence shows a darker side to the group, with songs that are still well crafted yet less immediate", wrote critic Mark Nielsen. The commercial single, "Got You On My Radar" featuring guest vocals from Sarah Blasko, reached No. 13 on the AIR charts. Mid way through 2006 drummer Graeme Trewin announced his departure from the band and later that year Jared Harrison - who also played with Bluebottle Kiss - was named as his replacement. Early in 2007 Tristan Courtney-Prior joined the band as a second guitarist.

In June 2007, Peabody's third album, Prospero, was recorded, again produced by Jamie Hutchings. The first single The Devil For Sympathy was released in September and the album was released in October 2008. In May 2010, Peabody's self-produced fourth album, Loose Manifesto, was recorded by Tim Kevin and released on the band's own label Peabrain Recordings through MGM Distribution in October 2010. Peabody have toured with bands such as the Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Spiderbait, 78 Saab and Dallas Crane, and performed at the Big Day Out, Homebake and Livid festivals.


Bruno Brayovic (vocals guitar) Ben Chamie (bass) Tristan Courtney-Prior (guitar) Jared Harrison (drums) Graeme Trewin (drums)



Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Tourettes are an Australian heavy metal band, founded in January 2000 by Ross Empson, Michele Madden, Ashley Manning and Michael Quigley. Their style has been described as "a mixture of hardcore, nu-metal and other elements to create an apoplectic and eclectic noise." Live, the band combines performance with visual elements, which has earned them a loyal fanbase (dubbed as "SikFuks"). They have played at festivals such as Big Day Out and Wacken Open Air, as well as shows in the United States and Canada. The band provided backing vocals on the Strapping Young Lad album Alien.

During 2005 the group undertook a tour of the US, Madden described how, "I wanted to see what such a media sanitized market would do with a band like us so it was pretty cool to watch. A LOT of jaws hit the floor. Played some ace shows and I can't wait to go back and do it again." While there they recorded their album, Sicksense (October 2006), for which they used the band name, Tourettes Syndrome. For their next album they reverted to Tourettes and delivered, Treason Songs (October 2007). Thomas Nielsen of Power of Metal rated it at 89/100 and opined that "the experimentation is less evident although still present. Apart from the last three tracks, the album conveys a teeth-grinding, mean sounding Tourettes, full of spite and weltschmerz." Rockezine's Frank M assessed it at 3/10 and noticed "this is easily one of the most dreadful albums of the year. It all hinges towards death metal this time around. Of course the compulsory Swedish bits here and there are in place and furthermore they tend to really stink up the disc with some dire cliché metalcore bits." The band finished up in 2008.


Michele Madden (vocals), Ashley Manning (guitar), Ross Empson (bass), Michael Quigley (drums)