After touring Australia with Saskwatch, Jim Lawrie is excited to announce the release of his new single ‘Just Like Normal’. The single is an anthemic track, indicative of a bigger and bolder sound, earning the band the comparison of ‘Australia’s answer to War On Drugs’. To celebrate the release, Jim Lawrie joins New Gods, one of Melbourne’s most exciting bands, for a co-headline show, supported by local band The Finks. The Curtin band room will play host to the launch on Friday the 1st of August.
"DONDE ESTA LAS PUTA MADRE HERMANOS???" (all the men cried) ("WHERE DID THE PUTA MADRE BROTHERS GO??")
"SALIR DE MI VIDA!!!!" (all the ladies screamed) ("GET OUT OF MY LIFE!!!")
Well banditos you not seen the world's biggest one-man-band for at least 18 months people say. Where were they? Nobody knows. Three men with no mission need not to explain themselves. They were in south america eating drugs and finding wah-wah peddles. BUT just now to say YES they have returned from their homes with their mothers and children, returned for the stage.
After nowhere to be seen for 18 months about, the three gringos of mexican rock and roll triple bass drum boom return to play their two entire albums, 2010s Queso Y Cojones and 2012s It's A Long Long Way To Meximotown, in one long show
PUTA MADRE BROTHERS will perform una exclusivo show in mainland Australia this AUGUST 2ND!!!
Sunday 3rd August at the Curtin kicks off with the Cosmic Kahunas - the bastard children of the Cosmic Psychos and the local bottle shop. Bruises, Hawaiian shirts and surfed out fuzzy punk. Kahuna time is gonna rock. Next up we've got the severed yells of 3 piece garage act Worm Crown whose driving rhythm section is rumoured to be capable of driving an audience off the cliff, in a good way. You've been warned! To finish off the night Clive J Mann's 4 piece band takes the best elements of alt. country songwriting and melds it with whatever takes Clive's fancy - piano driven grooves, post punk decay and a tonne of showmanship. A night of rock and shock at the Curtin to see out the weekend and give the finger to Monday!
After sporadic activity since releasing their self-titled album in 2011, Oblako Lodka are celebrating the release of their indie-pop double single 'A Better Way/Comic Mind' through artist-run label Airpunch Collective with an extended band. Limited edition vinyl CDs will be available on the night and supports are Totally Mild, Denim Owl and Knock Yr Socks Off DJs playing your favourite indie-pop hits.
After a lengthy stint in the recording studio producing their debut album “In This Weather,” Old Violet are stoked to be back doing what they love most – playing live shows. The John Curtin Hotel plays host to Old Violet for the first time, a band who’s rare but tight nit blend of artists produce an alternative rock sound showing hints of Foals, Something for Kate and The National. Punk rock outfit Oh Pacific join Old Violet amidst their own month long tour, along with energetic indie band Rad Navajo.
SIRAK are back. Bringing their odd take on the Australian MC, with a good dose of heavy synth and big drums. Supported by the ever explosive Maximum Wolf with his epic smash-ya-face-in electro, the unbelievable vocal talent of Danika Smith, and the up and coming lyrical madness of Fuzzy Logic. Bringing the arty to the party. Bring yo mum for free entry.
Local purveyors of lyrical art-rock noir Michael Plater and the Exit Keys are playing at the Curtin on Sunday August 10th, ahead of the September release of their double a-side single I’ll Wear That Crown/The Vulgar Tongue. Joining them on the night will be apocalyptic indie blues outfit the Dark Ales and surf/psychedelic/twang merchants The Pope’s Assassins.
Austrian multi-instrumentalists Cari Cari are hitting The Curtin as part of their first ever Australian tour . The duo are here due to demand following the release of their critically acclaimed EP “AMERIPPINDUNKLER“. The EP has been featured on blogs, radio and magazines worldwide; and the single “White Line Fever” blew up on Soundcloud and YouTube after being featured on Indie Shuffleearlier this year. Cari Cari’s sound has been likened to The XX and The Kills; infused with rocky, bluesy, psychedelic beats. Armed with instruments such as the Didgeridoo and jaw harp, the talented pair aren’t shy when it comes to big, bold sounds.
The All Seeing Hand are collaborators in conversion. Sound shapes minds, and the amalgam of turntables, throat singing and drums holds potent persuasive powers. The turntables provide a dense weaved fabric of sounds and create a subliminal future from the carcasses of forgotten songs. The throat inhales your spent breath and mumbled words then exhales harmonic rich vocals. While you struggle to hear the language your synapses are firing new paths. The drums resonate with your heart, then beat it irregular; while your chest collapses with pounding toms, your brain pulsates with frantic snares.
Melbourne quartet Strangers From Now On would like to invite you to join them at the John Curtin Band Room on the 15th of August for the launch of their new record on 12” vinyl. Joined by renowned Australian producer Lindsay Gravina (Rowland S Howard, HTRK) the band has constructed a formidable sophomore release. Drunken guitars dance with haunting synths as harrowing vocals depict broken characters caught in tormented lust. As a special gift to celebrate the release the first 150 tickets sold receive a specially labelled bottle of Strangers From Now On Wine.
“Known for their acrid jams and the sheer unpredictability of their gigs, the outfit form a bridge between the noise rock of past and present.” – Music Feeds
“Strangers make scarecrow-haired, lurching-out-of-a-St Kilda-alley-blues traceable back to when Nick Cave was still working out one end of a needle from the other.” – The Music
“…this is a band to watch out for.” - Nic Addenbrooke 4zzz
Making their Curtin Hotel debut, Fulton Street will head up an RnB inspired line up on Thursday, August 21. Drawing on two staples of the American songbook, soul and RnB, Fulton Street deliver a unique take on the two that is sure to set your toes tapping. Joined by the rich voice of indie/RnB artist Mya Wallace and the fun and funky, latin infused rock of Thomcords, you’re sure to get your fix of grooves and moves.
Now in it’s 6th year, Poison City's annual Weekender Fest is back again for 2014! Part music festival, part punk-rock family reunion, the 3 day event converges on Melbourne each year to celebrate the friendships and musical bonds that continue to spawn and evolve from Poison City’s thriving music community. The event hits John Curtin Hotel on Sat Aug 23rd, headlined by fuzzed out, shoegaze darlings PITY SEX all the way from Michigan, USA. They’ll be joined by a stellar mix of Australia’s finest post-punk/ indie acts; POSTBLUE, INFINITE VOID, HIGH TENSION, TAPE/OFF, FREAK WAVE and REGRETS.
Orange are a 3 piece band who formed around the time that Tony Abbott became Prime Minister. Their live shows to date have provided folks out there with a blast of sonic noise, lyrical venom and pulsating rhythms courtesy of a drum machine called Tarantula. Someone in the press once described Orange as "P.I.L. through a blender" - which was nice. You could possibly hear echoes of Suicide, Chrome and The Stooges too. With an upcoming online only release via Neumusak and an LP to be recorded with No Good Records (Sydney), there is plenty to look forward to in Orange's future. Support on the night comes from Schlager Music, the squalling, intensity of Worm Crown and the beautiful audio reveries of Barbiturates.
For the first time ever, two of Melbourne's finest party bands, The Cactus Channel and Animaux, are joining forces for what's going to be one of the shows of the year. With over 10 years experience between the two bands, The Caccy Chan and the 'Maux promise to deliver serious horn section filled good times at the Curtin Hotel on Fri 29 Aug with special guest DJ Chris Gill. Who knows? Maybe there'll even be a cheeky 17-piece collaboration! Don't miss out.
Seattle based band Night Beats is heading to Australia for the very first time for an east coast tour this September. On their maiden visit to our shores the soulful psych-garage trio will take in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Joining Night Beats for all shows will be Sydney band The Laurels, in their first shows of 2014.
They are back!!!
It's been a huge year for King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard so far. They just returned from their maiden USA/Canadian tour, performed at Austin Psych Fest, Canadian Music Week, played 12 club dates across the East Coast, a June Residency at Baby’s Alright in Brooklyn and a festival appearance at Northside Festival.
While on the tour King Gizzard also holed up in a Sky Lodge in the Catskill Mountains in the US for a month recording their soon-to-be-released 6th LP.
So now they are back on home soil with a new record in the final stages of production and the band couldn’t be more excited to announce a national tour.
The gizzernaut rolls into Sydney, China (Modern Sky Festival), Byron Bay, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Hyden and includes another wild multi-night stint in Melbourne CBD venues as they visit four venues they missed last time on their sold out 5 venue jaunt across town. Support on all East Coast shows is THE MURLOCS who are still riding high from the release of their Loopholes album earlier this year.
Äfter this sino-Australian tour King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard will head back to the US and Europe to support the new album and for touring which will include shows with Mac DeMarco in New York and an appearance at the Iceland Airwaves Festival.
To celebrate the recent vinyl re-issues of their first four classic albums via Poison City, Brisbane’s seminal indie-rock darlings Screamfeeder have announced a special run of shows. Delving back into their early years, Screamfeeder will playing tracks from their classic albums ‘Flour’, ‘Burn Out Your Name’, ‘Fill Yourself With Music’ and ‘Kitten Licks’.
Some bands come and go, others remain. Some have a quick explosion of popularity, some have a loyal army of dedicated fans. Brisbane’s Screamfeeder are lucky enough to fall into the second category. Since forming in 1990 Screamfeeder have released 6 studio albums, numerous EPs and singles, toured extensively in Australia and overseas, played our country's biggest music festivals, shared the stage with the likes of Sonic Youth, Pavement and Swervedriver and consistently produced intelligent, infectious indie-rock gems - all the while retaining a diverse and passionate fan base from all corners of the globe.
The Curtin is nestled away on the city end of Lygon St, Carlton - just a short walk from Melbourne's CBD and moments from Melbourne Central train station, and is easily accessible by public transport.
The venue has a 300 capacity band room has been designed to ensure an unrestricted view of the large stage from anywhere in the room. Complemented by a powerful D&B Q7 speaker system & D&B Crown 90001 amplifiers, in stalled to deliver the highest quality sound on stage and to the entire audience.
The Curtin is the perfect size to cater for album launches, interstate touring bands, and larger internationals seeking an intimate show.