Bayou bring their distinctive set of simmering wallflower anthems to The Curtin to help kick off the Huxtaburger pop-up launch downstairs. Formed in 2011, Bayou released their debut single ‘Leader of the Pack’ to a sardined band room mid last year. Genre-spanning in individual tastes, they take their cues from post-rock shoegaze and dream-pop in the creation of their infectious and lushly textured sound. Live the band blend noirish vocals, reverb-soaked guitars and propulsive drumming with instrument swapping and a tinge of feminist sass. Support on the night comes from The Infants, fresh off the back of their “Low Rumble” EP Launch, The night will be opened by newbies Slow Fires. “Edgy, enigmatic, excellent shoegaze from Melbourne five piece (four ladies, one gent). Tinges of sixties pop, eighties maudlin and nineties grunge in this four track release laced with spangly guitars and haunting harmonies. Digging the bits out of this” - BANDCAMP HUNTER
Melbourne based alt. pop/punk 5-piece ‘INVENTIONS’ are kicking off a national tour in support of their debut self-titled EP, produced by Dave Petrovic (Tonight Alive), at The Curtin on October 2nd.
The band have battened down the hatches at their Footscray warehouse space to rehearse for the past few months, so their performance is guaranteed to be top shelf.
’SHADOWS’ is the lead single from the EP, and punters will be able to check out the brand new music video for this killer track on the night.
Special Guests for the evening are Bound By Hound and more.
How will you know it's spring? There will be green shoots on the trees that were barren. New Gods will play at the John Curtin, the current hidden home of the soul of rock and roll. The Melbourne Soul that hibernates and readies itself for metamorphosis. Whatever glorious form it will take then we can't know, all we can do is feed it what warmth we have.
Big Smoke. Where there's Big Smoke, there's Big Fire. And certainly this is a band keeping the flame alive. They've carried the torch since the dying embers of the Birmingham hotel and though the light has sometimes flickered, sometimes dimmed in the winter winds, they've shielded it and fueled it with their own bodily warmth. Adrian Slattery, one of the great pure songwriters I know. Check out their most recent single Colours
Its been near enough to 3 years since Old Violet began on the balcony of drummer Simon King's house in Bendigo. There's still gold coming out of the earth of Bendigo. Check out their album 'In This Weather'
New Gods is recording, curating and compiling a release which will maybe be out this year. Might even bring a few cd-r's of material to sell.
Four local solo acts diapensing in particular order: Hero's gorgeous ethereal vocal loops, the swirling synthetic landscapes of Sissysocks, Lux Overye's Weird Time's inexplicable carefree pop visions, and the dreamy melodic pop of Denim Owl.
Waking Up The Spirit is an aboriginal cultural development organization managed by the Culpra Milli Indigenous Corporation. This Fundraising Event is to facilitate the purchase of materials for basic amenities at their cultural campground at Culpra where they hold cultural festivals and connection to country for all people.
With live bands & speeches from key volunteers, come along, enjoy a drink and smooth tunes while supporting the organisation’s vision of keeping indigenous culture and country available to all.
Miss Destiny are are an all-blonde Melbourne rock outfit not to be messed with. This Spring, they will be hitting the road to launch their Debut self titled single on HoZac records & you better believe they will be bringing their rock club chic to the 'Curtin. Expect razored vocals, a broken down rock sound and tonnes of peroxide head-banging all night long. Having recruited local sensations Constant Mongrel, Johnny Telafone & Power (+DJS) to join them on the night, the 'Destiny are conjuring up a real night to remember. Cum on feel the noize!
BEDROOM SUCK RECORDS began as the present tense of Joe Alexander and Sam McCabe, two down-and-out sharehouse types direct from the steamy sauna of Brisbane suburban living. One day the amount of good music snaking out from under the doors of friends and distant relatives became too much to bear, and in early 2009 what became known as ‘bedroom suck’ was born.
Since then, B-S-R have been honoured to dip their hands into hot vinyl to manufacture records for the likes of Boomgates, Blank Realm, Bitch Prefect, Terrible Truths + more. This year, they will celebrate their fifth birthday with an all-night celebration over two levels at the John Curtin Hotel, a spiritual home for the label and site of many memorable album launches. Head down and pick yourself up a copy of the brand new B-S-R double-LP compilation, charting the label's inception in Brisbane and growth throughout the past half-decade.
Be drawn into the minds of Mirando, a six piece band that will be showcasing their ever evolving sound at the John Curtin Hotel. Promising a night full of lucid melodies, grooves and vivid electronica alongside Melbourne based psychedelic noise band, Fever Seeds. Come and enjoy a night with us on the 12th of October!
Back in Australia at long last, New York queer icon, JD SAMSON (USA) heads up a premium edition GROUSE PARTY at THE JOHN CURTIN on FRIDAY 17 OCTOBER, with special guests SVETA (SYD) and AIR MAX ’97.
JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, LE TIGRE.
For more than a decade, JD's career as a singer, producer and DJ has established her work at the intersection of the music, art, activism and fashion. She’s toured the globe, produced songs for Grammy Award-winning artists, written for Huffington Post and Creative Review, been photographed for Vogue Hommes, and engaged in direct support with a wide-range of political causes. 100% Legend. 150% Grouse.
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.
This side show for Kennedy’s Creek Music Festival includes some of the top acts from this year’s quality line up. Since his band The Vasco Era’s 2013 hiatus was announced, Sid O’Neil has been popping his head up at random with some very random solo shows. All we can say is anything can and will happen. West Australian dub luminaries The Weapon Is Sound are bringing their spaced out sounds to the East Coast having just released a film clip for thunderous and down-tempo single, ‘Thundercracker Dub’. Hard-gigging, garage rocking Melbourne lads The Pretty Littles’ last couple of gigs were single launches at a packed out Northcote Social Club in August for ‘Tegan Victoria’ and an equally packed out Ding Dong Lounge in September for ‘Dangerman’. Will they persist with the obligatory Blink 182 covers? You’ll have to attend to find out. Headlining are local stalwarts The Exploders, marking their first gig in 2 years since the release of their Electric Country and Psychephallic Rock or Roll, mashed-up masterpiece ‘Orche.Stratos.Pheric’. Do not wait to see when their next gig will be. Come taste why Tone Deaf named the festival, one of the 25 Boutique Aussie Music Festivals You Need To Attend.
Modesty have a proven they can of get parties started and people naked. With sounds akin to Fleetwood Mac and energy of Bikini Kill, their unabashed approach to rock inspires even the most unwilling band critic to tap their toe and wonder “Where the hell did they come from?’ Modesty are self-confessed evacuators of fun and mayhem. With songs such as “Push Pull Lover”, “”Cool your Jets”, “Shame Spiral” and their new single, “One Night Boyfriend”, Modesty prove that they have their finger on the pulse of irony, creative lyricism and bat-shit crazy stage antics. Their hand-picked dance troupe consisting of scantily clad young men draped in little more than gold glitter and dubbed “The Objectifieds” will add another spasmotic element to this already riot ready night.next gig will be. Come taste why Tone Deaf named the festival, one of the 25 Boutique Aussie Music Festivals You Need To Attend.
The annual festival of “the best Australian punk, hardcore and weirdo bands” will span three Melbourne venues over four days: from Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2. The sprawling collective bill includes seven bands visiting from Queensland, six from New South Wales and one each from WA and SA. Highlights include Ausmuteants, Low Life, Power, M.O.B., Ruined Fortune, Dribble, Zodiac, Constant Mongrel, Miss Destiny and Destiny 3000.
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.