"Co-presented with The Curtin and Rice is Nice for Live Music Safari"
Newly signed Lowtide return from their European tour to headline the show. SPOD will also perform, playing new material from HIS forthcoming record Adult Fantasy. Thrashing out lots of grungy tunes, Melbourne five-piece DARTS join the bill, offering a taste of what they have brewing for 2018, with fellow local legends Sarah Mary Chadwick and Summer Flake round out the huge line-up.
This year, Live Music Safari celebrates 50 years of punk. For one night only, nine of the city’s iconic music venues are ditching the cover charge for a huge night of punk-inspired live music. We’re not necessarily talking straight up punk – we’ve asked the venues to get creative, curating a line-up that nods to the rebellious, frank and fearless spirit of punk. So plan your night, choose your own adventure, and join us on this unruly music safari.
It's time to get sad and stay rad! Crywank are now coming down to Australia for their debut tour!!
With a folk-punk influenced style, this duo captures angst and self loathing with insightful and original lyricism and expresses it with highly emotive use of sound. Formed the same day songwriter James Clayton learnt their first chord, Crywank have developed over the years from being an underground outsider folk act, to an acoustic punk band with a cult following. Initially a cathartic solo project, they’re now a two-piece band that lyrically fluctuate between self-aware and self-parodying whilst having an overarching focus on sadness and mental health. Percussionist Dan Watson joined Crywank by their third album ‘Tomorrow is Nearly Yesterday and Everyday is Stupid’ which has accumulated over five million streams since it’s ‘name-your-price’ release three years ago and has amassed over 1000 cover songs and remixes.
Based in Manchester, England, Crywank have been booking and promoting DIY shows and tourmasts for themselves and other bands for several years around the UK and Europe. Their fifth album is to be released in late 2017.
"The perfect culmination of acoustic, anti-folk-emo, admirable excellence" - Muteprint
"Emotionally exhausting expressions are penned in poetic fashion by James Clayton, who delivers them with apropos gloominess" - Houston Press
Lazertits are finally hitting their stride both musically and lyrically, and their debut album ‘Not Punk, Per Se’ embodies what they have become known for; smart-ass lyrics that pack a punch, backed by the fuzziest, fastest riffs ever.
Not Punk, Per Se is a reaction to being branded or pigeonholed as something, before you’re given the chance to prove yourself otherwise.
They’ll be joined by “the queens of trashtalk and simultaneous poise” Bitch Diesel, long time lovers and the powerhouse that is Hexdebt, and new pals, the dreamy Face Face.
Aussie rock royalty Sarah McLeod announces her new single Wild Hearts, a laid-back, content ode to finding fulfillment through creative endeavours. Lifted from her self-produced new album, Rocky’s Diner – her first solo album in 12 years - released on August 18, the talented vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, who first found fame in the late 1990s with 3X ARIA Award winning rock band The Superjesus, has also dropped a gorgeous video for Wild Hearts, encapsulating the simple beauty in what at first appears mundane. And due to high demand from fans wanting a piece of the action, Sarah has extended her national tour into November and December, continuing her Rocky’s Diner tour in Adelaide at Jive on November 5, then moving through Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Fremantle, Bunbury, Bulli, and finishing up in Sydney at The Lansdowne on December 16.
Surf rock band from Los Angeles, La Luz to play a very special one-off Melbourne headline show.
La Luz has received critical acclaim following the release of two studio albums It's Alive and Weirdo Shrine. Their sophomore album, out on Hardly Art, was produced by Ty Segall after the band joined him on tour. "On La Luz’s new record, “Weirdo Shrine” (Hardly Art), what first seems blithe and brittle is actually sturdy, passionate, mysterious, fully committed. That guitar playing, from Shana Cleveland, becomes vivid and colour-saturated. That light-handed drumming, by Marian Li Pino, swells and intensifies and comes to grips with the small details." - The New York Times
Known for their "surf noir" style with layered vocal harmonies, their energetic live shows often included Soul Train-inspired dance contests. La Luz are in Australia playing Gizz Fest.
Tokyo- based Kikagaku Moyo (Japanese for "geometric patterns") psychedelic rock band whose sound incorporates elements of Krautrock, Indian ragas, and acid folk. They balance heavy, crushing jams with softer, more contemplative moments, recalling Japanese psych groups like Acid Mothers Temple and Ghost, as well as their predecessors such as Far East Family Band and the Flower Travellin' Band. Darlings of the international psychedelic scene, saw them release the group's fourth album, House in the Tall Grass. Kikagaku Moyo will play their Official Gizzfest show at The Curtin Bandroom on Friday 1st December.
That's right, it's time to break out the pina coladas and get tropical once again with Mighty Duke & The Lords! Get your beach hair rockin and be ready to get your toes out of the sand and onto the dance floor. It's been far too long between drinks for these "Trop~Pop" troubadours and with Christmas just around the corner, it's time to get into training for the wild times ahead. Special guest to be announced.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) Announce Intimate warm up Meredith party at The Curtin on THU DEC 7! Presented by Mistletone and Triple R
!!! are one of Earth’s great live bands; something you have to experience in the flesh to truly comprehend. To quote Aunty Meredith in her !!! wisdom: “Designed for celebration. Built for energy generation. Engineered for euphoric elevation. Tested in all atmospheric conditions. Certified to issue failsafe moodproof bigband surefunk dancepunk. In poolboy shorts. Any beat that moves you is fuel for their six cylinders: twitchy R&B, queasy dub-disco, discotheque disco, romantic house, any quality propulsive groove. They turn any space into a dance club, as anyone who witnessed their legendary set at the very first Golden Plains way back in 2007 will attest.
While !!!’s live shows are something to behold, they underscore the sheer musicianship and songwriting that goes into recording their albums. It is a lot of hard work made to look easy. The new record opens with “The One 2”, diving right into this experimentation, “we’ve always admired this style of dance music from afar and were curious if we could add our twist to it, our twist being a plotline and some attitude.” Immediately segueing into the soon-to-be live favorite “Dancing Is The Best Revenge”, which premiered on Last Call With Carson Daly, the record starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up till the closing groove “R Rated Pictures.”
America's most exciting political band Downtown Boys are out to draft a new history with their radically-minded, indefatigable protest music and they're bringing their powerhouse live shows to Meredith Music Festival and three headline shows in Australia this December.
In this time of political turmoil, there's no stopping Downtown Boys and their mission to unite crowds and shout the truths of our realities. Speaking out against racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, and all things close-minded, Downtown Boys' live shows are awe-inspiring and invigorating with a relentless and infectious energy befitting of their riotous lyrics. Lead singer Victoria Ruiz is known for her truly captivating presence and with influences such as Fugazi and Bruce Springsteen, the band's sax-fuelled live performances ignite a mix of catharsis, empowerment and outright fun among their audiences.
Downtown Boys are here to remind us of the transformative power of music, and goddamn we've never needed it more than now.
Handsome Tours is proud to present the debut of Philadelphian indie pop artist Japanese Breakfast with a show in Melbourne on Saturday 9th December at The Curtin.
The solo musical project of Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast, is coming to Aus with her full band. Despite the distinguishing marks, it’s hard to put a finger on Michelle’s music, several things are in orbit at once: zigging, zagging, hither and yon. The distinctive notes range from modern pop production to 60’s nostalgia, all the while being rooted in that grand ol’ American indie rock format. Her 2017 album, ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’, is one of the most rewarding full album experiences we've had this year, dreamlike and existential.
Christmas is coming early this December when MISS DESTINY - the meanest rock n roll band in town hit the Curtain to sting you where it hurts with the launch of their new single ICE QUEEN. With razor sharp guitars, filthy vocals and a hammering rhythm section, Miss Destiny make it clear that they're in no mood to deal with your funny business. Joining them on the night are the one and only UV RACE, Melbourne's MVPs of proto punk, along with new brats in rock, THE FACULTY. It's a triple headed snake of rock n roll lineup you do not wanna miss. MISS DESTINY 7 inches and brand new T-shirts will be for sale on the night, and there'll be hard rock records fired up downstairs after the gig.
Melbourne collective The Cactus Channel have announced an Australian tour in support of their forthcoming third album ‘Stay A While’. The album represents a new consciousness and a decisive turning point. Unloosed from their earlier incarnation as an instrumental soul and funk band into something wilder, a little darker and heavier, the new album sees The Cactus Channel diving in deep to dreamlike soundtracks, electrifying wig-outs and woozy meditations.
Hitting a dozen destinations around Australia this November & December, this new embodiment of The Cactus Channel flexes their classic soul and funk influences whilst expanding their own songwriting along psychedelic paths, adding weight and substance to their melodic and rhythmic axis.
The band has had a busy 2017, with the release of their acclaimed ‘Do It For Nothing’ EP with Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music), their appearance at Bigsound and Australian shows alongside City Calm Down for their ‘Blood’ single tour.
Everybody’s favourite folk/country/rock/soul/psych/darkwave introspective collective The Gin Club will be saddling up the Kia Carnival once again for a very special bunch of shows this December. Their agent in Stockholm, Ola Karlsson, has decided to spend the festive season down under and so the band have decided to dust off the dancing shoes and head out on the road. Since forming at an open mic night in Brisbane in 2003, The Gin Club have gone on to release five studio albums and one live album, tour to Canada and the US, and play at a bunch of festivals around Australia including Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay Blues & Roots, Port Fairy Folk Festival & Dark Mofo, and firmly ensconce themselves in the hearts of discerning music lovers across Australia and The World.
Don't miss The Gin Club touring this December.
Much like the city that shapes her work, Detroit-based Jax Anderson, aka Flint Eastwood, wakes up everyday confronting a world that tells us that we are not good enough, not unique enough, not rich, beautiful or smart enough; not the right color; not the right gender. Success is as subjective as it is elusive, but if the debut single “Queen” from Anderson’s Broke Royalty EP reveals anything about the songstress, it’s that she’s everything she needs to be.
Having recently been announced as part of this year's Falls Festival, Flint Eastwood will bring her power indie- pop show that’s blown away the stages of Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Saquatch just to name a few, to play an intimate show at The Curtin.
Detroit’s Protomartyr announce debut Australia & New Zealand tour in February 2018. With Singer Joe Casey declaring “…we better be touring Australia sometime in the next year. If it doesn’t happen the band is breaking up.”, the jaded-yet-urgent post punks are set to play intimate club venues across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington.
Protomartyr will tour in support of their fourth album 'Relatives in Descent' (released 29 September via Domino), which has received wide praise from The New York Times (Album of the Week), The Guardian, NPR, SPIN and Q Magazine. The album features anthemic, epic singles ‘Don’t Go to Anacita’, ‘My Children’, and ‘A Private Understanding’.
Producer, remixer, and undisputed patriarch of the British dub collective/record label On-U Sound, Adrian Sherwood has long been regarded as one of the most innovative and influential artists in contemporary dance and modern reggae music. His talent for creating musical space, suspense, sensations and textures have enabled him to pioneer a distinctive fusion of dub, rock, reggae and dance that challenges tradition not only in roots circles, but also in the pop world at large. Adrian plays his Official Golden Plains Sideshow at The Curtin on Wednesday 14th March.