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“Take away these lines, it’s making no sense to me but we don’t care, let’s see if I can change…”

This song of the week is a from an alternative rock band I have seen perform at least twice (maybe even three times) who hail from my hometown of Brisbane, Australia.

The band is Dead Letter Circus (affectionately known as DLC) and the song is called Lines which is without a doubt my favourite DLC song.

Dead Letter Circus was formed in late 2004, releasing one self-titled EP that was very well received. A number of singles made it to high rotation on radio station Triple J and they toured Australia extensively off the back of this EP. Their first full-length album This is the Warning was released on May 14, 2010. DLC began work on a new album to be titled The Catalyst Fire in early 2012. It was confirmed by the band last week on June 28 that this album is now complete (hooray!) and will be released on August 9, 2013.

Check out Lines and keep an eye out for The Catalyst Fire next month! I know I’m very keen to hear what they’ve been working on.

(Not the greatest video, but it was the best I could find)

“We all wanna feel something, we all wanna feel something, we all wanna feel something, but we don’t wanna change…” 

Hello everyone!

I have spent the last few weeks trying to motivate myself to get back to blogging and I think I finally have my mojo back. Thank goodness for that!

This song of the week is by a pretty awesome up-and-coming Australian band from Sydney called Strangers who recently played at SXSW – if you don’t know what that is, I suggest you check it out here – and did a little tour around America before heading home to start work on their second album. They couldn’t lock themselves away to write and record without a tour of home first, which is how I came to see them at Brisbane’s Crowbar on May 16.

But before I go on about that: the song!

It’s called Bred For Breeding and while it isn’t my favourite song from Strangers’ debut album Persona Non Grata (that you absolutely have to find and listen to) it’s still a damn good song.

Strangers just wrapped up their ‘Closer to Nowhere’ tour (their new single from the album which happens to be one of my favourites) and as I mentioned, I was lucky enough to catch them in Brisbane. It was the third time I have seen the band live and they have consistently put on a fantastic show. They’re a very tight live band who you know will at least reach, if not exceed your expectations every time. They give the same amount of time and effort to their performances whether they have a crowd of 500 or 50 – the latter of which would best describe the attendance on this particular night – which I think is an admirable quality. Many bands reach a point in their career where they believe it is beneath them to perform to a small crowd. but I don’t think Strangers will never be one of those bands. After the show the guys are always happy to have a chat to everyone and show their appreciation for those who have taken the time to come and watch them play.

I took a few photos on the night – iPhone only – and here is my favourite of lead singer Ben Britton:

Ben Britton. Brisbane, May 16, 2013.

Ben Britton. Brisbane, May 16, 2013.

I also got a set list, yay!

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If you ever get the chance to catch a gig, do it. Even if you don’t leave as a new Strangers fan, I can promise that you will have witnessed one hell of a rock show. Oh and please check them out on Facebook, I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

This may be the most inappropriate music video I have posted so far, but when it comes to Sydney pop-punkers Heroes For Hire, you would expect nothing less.

The song is called East Coast Blazin’ and while it’s not my favourite HFH song, it’s definitely up there. It’s catchy, it’s fun, and it pretty accurately sums up tour life for bands driving around the countryside in a van, trying to make a name for themselves in the music industry.

Since the release of their second album, “Take One For the Team”, in 2011 – which followed their debut release “Life of the Party” – Heroes For Hire have had a pretty good run. They toured the US alongside Unwritten Law in 2011 and were the first Australian band announced for the Soundwave Festival 2012. Their third album,”No Apologies”, was released in September of last year and I think it’s their best work so far. Most recently they were added to the UK’s Slam Dunk Festival which brings together some of the world’s best pop-punk, punk, hardcore etc. This year’s lineup is particularly awesome – you can check it out here.

Unfortunately, like many bands and artists, HFH have experienced their fair share of drama and controversy. This really came to the fore last month when band members Duane, Gremlin, Potter and Anthony decided that it was in the best interests of the band to continue on without their lead singer and arguably the only remaining founding member, Brad. I have read the official statements from both the band and Brad – as well as many unofficial comments on Twitter and Facebook. While it would be easy to choose to believe one side over the other, to direct hate towards either Brad or the remaining members of HFH, I am choosing instead to wish Brad all the best in whatever comes next for him and to continue to support HFH in their new form. It will be different, of course, but I am eager to see how the band pulls together and carries on without Brad as their front-man.

Heroes For Hire are currently on tour with Brisbane band Nine Sons of Dan and I am hoping to make it their Brisbane All Ages show next month. I’ll be sure to post a review if I manage to get there.

Soundwave. One of the days I look forward to most every year. It’s a day of live music, crowds, moshing, dancing, craziness and fun. This year marked my fourth Soundwave festival and I arrived with high expectations – the past three years I had such an amazing time, so this year had to be the same, right? Wrong.

I’m not saying that I wish I didn’t go, or that I didn’t enjoy myself, because of course I am glad that I went and overall it was a good day. It just wasn’t the amazing day I have come to expect from Soundwave after my previous experiences.

I started the day at Dragonforce, who I had never heard of, but I was with a friend who wanted to see them. They were far from something I would usually listen to, but they were entertaining so it was a good start. Even that early I noticed that the crowd seemed thicker than usual but couldn’t figure out why when there are only a certain amount of tickets that can be sold. I realised on the walk across the grounds to see Periphery – who were absolutely fantastic, so I’m glad I made it to their set! – that it was because unlike previous years, the bars were not fenced off so that 18+ patrons who wanted to drink were secluded from the rest of the crowd. They could walk into a bar, buy drinks, then wander around from stage to stage drinking them. While I’m sure these people appreciated not being caged like animals, it took away from my experience because I was almost constantly surrounded by drunk people behaving like idiots.

From Periphery I ventured over to the main stages for Bullet For My Valentine – one of my must-see bands of the day. It was the third time I had seen them live and they definitely didn’t disappoint. They played more songs off their new album ‘Temper Temper’ than I expected, considering it only came out in Australia a week or two before the festival, but the crowd responded well. The big hits were there and the performance made me wish I had been able to afford to attend their sideshow the night before to see them play a headline set. I eagerly await their next tour down under.

I had a bit of time to kill before my next band so it was nice to wander around a little bit and see what was around. There were more little stores set up than I recall previously, so I looked around a bit, but it wasn’t really practical to buy anything – even if I had the money to – because you’d have to carry it around all day. I’m sure other people didn’t mind though. Eventually I made my way over to stage 2 for Billy Talent.

Billy Talent did a headline tour of Australia just last year, so I knew what to expect from their set. It was high-energy and a little wild, and they played all of the favourites. I hung back out of the mosh so I could just enjoy them and I think that was a good idea. They had played Soundwave back in 2009 and referenced this fact a couple of times. Hopefully they’ll be back sooner rather than later.

I left my festival buddy at stage 2 after Billy Talent and made a mad-dash across to the complete opposite side of the grounds for one of my other must-see bands: All Time Low. These guys get a lot of hate for being a ‘kiddy band’ but they’re fantastic pop-punkers and I adore them. At some point I had started feeling quite disheartened. Even though the bands I had seen were fantastic, I wasn’t enjoying the atmosphere and the whole day felt off from what I had expected. All Time Low basically saved my day. I decided that I had to cheer myself up, so I made my way right into the middle of the mosh, determined to have my mood improved and within a couple of songs I was feeling much better. I regretted the fact that I still haven’t bought their new album, but it didn’t matter too much. They played a few of my favourites and I had a great time.

From there I went back to stage 2 where I remained for the rest of the festival, apart from a brief visit to the main stage to see a bit of Metallica before heading home. I saw Paramore, who I have never been a huge fan of, but they played such a tight live set that I think I’ll have to give them another chance. Lead-singer Hayley hit every, single note and I was very impressed. After Paramore was Garbage, who I couldn’t recall actually having heard of before, but after a few songs I recognised I realised I did know them after all. They were surprisingly good – and when I mean incredibly good – so I’m glad I saw them, even if it wasn’t intentional. Next was my number one must-see band of the day: Blink 182.

The last time Blink 182 toured Australia I was 16-years-old and lucky enough to attend their Brisbane show. I have never forgotten that night and watching them perform again at Soundwave made me feel like I was 16 all over again. They played a few songs from their most recent album ‘Neighbourhoods’ which was awesome, and then they played all of their biggest hits. My favourites were there, my friends favourites were there; I’m pretty sure everyone in the crowd had an amazing time. There was a fair amount of online hate directed their way over the whole Travis not being able to come saga (you can read what I wrote about it here) but in the end I don’t think it really made any difference who their drummer was for the night. Obviously having Travis there would’ve been great, but they managed just fine without him.

The only band I regret missing was Linkin Park because I have heard nothing but good reviews. Overall it did end up being a good day, but it wasn’t a great day. I left on my Blink 182 high and I think I’m still coming down from that. Not sure when/if they’ll ever be back again, so I’ll be holding onto these feelings as long as possible!

Brisbane is my hometown and one of my favourite places in the world, but in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t very big. This makes finding a band you love enough to buy their merch and CDs, and go to as many of their shows as possible who also call Brisbane home, a pretty awesome thing to do. Two years ago; and two years into their career; I discovered such a band – pop-punk five-piece I Am Villain.

The first time I intended to see I Am Villain, I didn’t end up seeing them at all. A trip to Sydney happened to coincide with The Mission in Motion and Stealing O’Neal’s second ‘Good Times & Killer Rhymes’ tour, so of course we had to go to a show. The Villains were the only support band for the co-headliners and I figured that if they were hand-picked by two of my favourite bands for the spot, then they were probably worth checking out. Unfortunately for them, we ended up joining some of the other guys for dinner and missed their set altogether. Oops. After that I was determined to see what they were like, so it was only a month or so later that I saw them in Brisbane for the first time.

After that, I was at almost every show. Some were headlining gigs while others were support slots for bands like Man Overboard. Their EP was – and still is, for that matter – on high rotation in my car. I know that for the most part all pop-punk sounds the same –I even wrote a blog post about it! – but I still loved their sound and their energy and I was never disappointed by a performance. That is why I am so sad to write that last night I attended their last ever show.

I know that John Farnham has been playing his “last ever shows” for years now and the hilarity of that was not lost on the Villain boys who chose Farnham’s hit You’re the Voice as their intro song for the show. Unlike Mr Farnham, I am quite certain that in this case, the last ever really did mean EVER. Bands have been known to surprise us, but they’re usually the ones who were really famous and made a tonne of money that they’ve since blown through and are going ‘shit…we need to tour again!’ (It’s possible that they just love the music and want to come back to it, but the money thing is funnier.)

But anyway.

The set list was fairly predictable, but at a final show you would be disappointed if it wasn’t. Most of their EP was there, their single Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse (which was my song of the week this week!) was there and they also threw in a few songs off the album they never released (still very disappointed about that) as well as an incredibly unpolished but nevertheless entertaining cover of Four Year Strong’s hit Wasting Time that had a decent chunk of the crowd joining them onstage for an epic sing-a-long.

They closed with favourites Take it Now and of course their biggest hit, Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give a Damn which was probably the worst performance of that song I’ve seen, yet somehow it was also the best. The crowd was on the stage, the band was in the crowd and everyone was belting out the lyrics as though their lives depended on it, and I suppose in that moment, they kind of did. It was a fantastic end – since there did have to be an end – to I Am Villain’s career. They may not have been huge, but they sure as hell were loved. I’m glad I could be a part of it.

 

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I got a free shirt and I caught a guitar pick! Very exciting! 

 

(Apologies for the bad picture quality, I only had my iPhone)

 

 

This week I proudly introduce my favourite Brisbane pop-punkers – I Am Villain!

This song, Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse, pretty much sums up this band and the video is great.

It is with great disappointment that I announce they will be playing their last ever show this Friday night. I’ll recap their career with a brief review of the show on the weekend. In the mean time, check out this song as well as anything else you can find from their EP ‘One Night, One Victim’ because that is some seriously good pop-punk music – if you’re into that kind of thing!

In honour of it being Australia Day this past weekend, I decided my song of the week for this week was going to be something Australian.

It was not an easy decision, but Australian music doesn’t get catchier, more lighthearted, or anywhere near as fun as Brisbane band Hey Geronimo, so this song – Why Don’t We Do Something? – was the perfect choice. (This is also one of the most creative music videos I have ever seen!)

Hey Geronimo, formed by members of Montpelier, Blame Ringo and The Boat People in 2011, have had a stellar run since the release of their first single – our fabulous song of the week – in December 2011, and their debut self-titled EP in June of last year. They’ve been on the road with the likes of Owl Eyes, Ball Park Music and the Jungle Giants, as well as playing the Caloundra Music Festival late last year and the Gold Coast leg of this year’s Big Day Out. These guys are also set to join The Presidents of the United States of America  on their upcoming Australian tour.

New music is in the works – no doubt you’ll hear about it here once it has been released!

If you want to hear/know/see more of Hey Geronimo you can visit their Facebook, Band Camp, or follow them on Twitter.