Gig Guide


Them 9's

+ Bel Air

Fri 25th April



Tickets: $8


Doors Open:




Cosmic Psychos - Selling Fast

+ Sun God Replica

+ Swhat

+ Rick Moranis Overdrive

Sat 26th April



Fresh from Playing Big Day Out and focus of a their awesome documentary 'Blokes You Can Trust'.  For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer cans and busted eardrums around the globe with their quintessential Australian drawl and pounding buzzsaw punk rock songs.

Iconic label SupPop released their first album when the band fell into the ‘Seattle’ scene of the late 80’s amidst the likes of Pearl Jam, Mudhoney and The Melvins. The band managed to tour heavily in the USA and Europe thanks to a large and devoted fan base. The Cosmic Psychos were notorious for their ability to drink pubs dry, earning them a reputation that resonated around as a warning - “Never drink with the ‘Psychos”.

“I think the Cosmic Psychos were a band that was highly influential on the Seattle so called grunge scene. I know that Kurt and Nirvana were fans, they played shows with Pearl Jam. Even though the Cosmic Psychos never had the commercial impact or success that those bands had, they were still a major influence on them, and I think a lot of it had to do with the spirit and the sound of their music.” BUTCH VIG – Producer (Nirvana – Nevermind).


Tickets: $20 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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Bitter Sweet Kicks

+ Hits

Wed 30th April



John Nolan of Powder Monkeys described the first time he saw the Kicks as “seeing and feeling danger coming off the stage. I hadn't felt that in a local band for so fucking long. It restored my faith that the young hadn't all fallen into that JJJ lame-ass
bullshit"

Discovered by Spencer P. Jones during an afternoon gig at The Spanish Club, Bitter Sweet Kicks have kicked their way out of the few remaining music venues in St Kilda, and getting banned from each one of them along the way, into mainstream festival slots across Europe, the Kicks have proven Melbourne’s fabled rock and roll swagger hasn’t died. A live show like no other, one that shows absolute commitment to the reasons people start bands in the first place.
They’ve been joined on stage by everyone from Spencer P Jones to Dimi Dero to members of The Gin Club. Toured Europe
multiple times and have three albums to their credit The Kick’s third studio album is due early in 2014, with a production team that includes Lindsay Gravina (Rowland S. Howard, Cosmic Psychos, Magic Dirt) and Andy McGee (Founder, Shock Records) Europe has been courting the Kicks heavily meaning the first half of 2014 may be one of the last chances to catch
these boys in their hometown for quite a while.  


Tickets: $8


Doors Open: 8.30pm




Eyes Wide Open

+ Bury Me In Autumn

+ A Call To Anguish

+ Tartarus

Thu 1st May


Tickets: $10


Doors Open: 8.30pm




$5 Night 90's Party

Fri 2nd May



Tickets: $5


Doors Open: 9.00pm



Juan Alban & Los Pelicans

+ The Hello Morning

+ Mark With The Sea

Sat 3rd May



Former Epicure frontman, Juan Alban returns home to Ballarat for a special show, performing with a 7 piece band, Los Pelicans.

Dr Pelican On Holiday! Is the debut solo album from Juan, released late in 2013. The album was recorded with producer Dave Manton (Gossling/Matt Walker) and features Ballarat musicians (also members of Los Pelicans) Brendan Skinner on guitar and vocals and the sublime vocals Yuko Nishiyama.

The album was #2 on the best albums of 2013 according to Jeff Jenkins of The Music, Melbourne, describing the album …. “The flippant title masked the darkness within. The former Epicure frontman’s debut is a melancholic masterpiece.”

Melbourne’s The Hello Morning head to Ballarat as special guests along with locals, Mark with the Sea.


Tickets: $10


Doors Open: 8.30pm




Clowns & Mesa Cosa

Fri 9th May



Two of Melbourne's most (un)likely counterparts, hardcore punk rock dingbats, Clowns and Mexi - garage noise freakout legends, Mesa Cosa, are combining party forces all in the name of chaos this April/May to take a whirlwind 10 date travelling freakshow of a tour around the country.

Each band are no strangers to the road, both having undertaken numerous Australian tours in 2013 and both have already, this year, dipped their toes into the rocky, volcanic sands of New Zealand for tours which included both bands performing at the last ever Camp A Low Hum festival in Wainuiomata.

Both bands are armed with recent releases and a thirst for rowdiness. Punters can expect numerous buddies of the bands joining bills to create total nonsense mixed bills of variety, stupidity, chaos and fun.


Tickets: $10


Doors Open: 9.00pm




DZ Deathrays

+ Palms

+ FOAM

Thu 15th May



DZ Deathrays have always been known as a live band, first and foremost. It’s the reason why they’ve been caught listing their occupation as “professional face melters” in the past. Now, with the release of their highly anticipated second record Black Rat due on 2nd May, they’ll be entering their element and celebrating the release with a national tour of Australia.

Black Rat comes off the back of their debut album Bloodstreams, released to critical acclaim in 2012, receiving praise from tastemakers such as Pitchfork, Zane Lowe, and NME etc, and of course winning the band an ARIA Award for best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album. They toured the world constantly for 2 years in support of their debut, playing with acts like Foo Fighters, Crystal Castles, Ratatat, Sleigh Bells + festivals such as Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape, Laneway Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out etc.Now they are back on the road in full force, taking with them long time friends and surf rock champions in their own right, Palms; and WA garage rockers FOAM. With acts as solid as these three, you can safely say this is one load-bearing lineup.

Wanting bigger, badder and better, DZ Deathrays have definitely delivered. Black Rat — aptly named for the scurrying ghosts of nights past — is not only bigger, badder and better, it’s also the sound of a band finding themselves comfortable with the darkness, and deciding to go deeper. That’s where the best parties happen. And that’s where they WILL happen, on the Black Rat album tour in May.

 


Tickets: $16 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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She Rex

+ Lepers & Crooks

Sat 17th May



Tickets: $10


Doors Open: 8.30pm




Drunk Mums

+ The Kremlings

+ Wod

+ Rick Moranis Overdrive

Sat 24th May



After a hugely successful 2013, Cairns-turned-Melbourne music juggernauts and kings of punk influenced pub rock Drunk Mums are back with the release of their highly anticipated new single, ‘Plastic’. To celebrate, the band will embark on a national tour, including shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, as well as a handful of regional shows.

The track is a perfect fusion of the band’s 70s jangle pop and Aussie rock stylings, heightened further by the anthemic, charge-your-arms-in-the-air chorus. After rampaging through pubs and venues across the country, the five-piece have amassed a huge following. Their brand of Aussie garage/slacker rock, plus the lads’ wild, rowdy stage theatrics, has exposed the band to listeners far and wide – over 28 million of them, in fact.

‘Chitty Chitty’, an original track by the group, was the background song to the YouTube smash hit ‘Dragon Baby’. Adding to the virality of the clip was the decision to screen the short to 64% of US film screens in November last year. 


Tickets: $10


Doors Open: 8.30pm




The Bennies

+ Fait Accompli

+ Bel Air

Thu 5th June



Tickets: $12 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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Wagons

+ Jonny Fritz

Sun 8th June



Relentlessly lauded as one of Australia's great bands, Wagons are excited to be hitting the highways and byways near you, battering their heels upon some sorely neglected local stages. Having spent more time touring and honing their craft in North America than on home shores in recent years, the boys now have their sweaty eyebrows solely set on home turf once again.

Acid Rain and Sugar Cane follows Henry Wagons' 2013 duets release Expecting Company that featured spectacular couplings with Alison Mosshart, Robert Forster and more. But, this new full band effort is bound to be regarded as Wagons' most ambitious and broad-reaching album to date. It's full of guitar electricity and bombastic, bad-ass Vegas production, from sassy horns and Rat Pack strings through to high voice female choirs.

This Mick Harvey co-produced grand statement takes the listener on twists and turns through the many dusty and haunted halls the band has stomped through over the past decade. Take a few sips of your favourite cocktail, climb out of the hammock and follow Wagons on this new journey. It's an album that is bound to lend itself perfectly to the full technicolour shows for which Wagons are renowned. Expect a show both turbulent and intricate; a controlled calamity and triumph...an entertaining ride in the best possible way.

Joining the cavalcade for this series of untamed nights (playing NSW, ACT and VIC shows only) is Tennessee's own flailing-legged singing cowboy intellect wild-card Jonny Fritz, exclusively invited and flown over by Wagons, fresh from across the Pacific. He is another twisted, bearded entertainer with a powerfully unique flair. Fritz is bound to provide the perfect accompaniment to seduce the throngs, with his brand of Western song and dance.


 


Tickets: $20 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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The Hard Ons

+ Clowns

Thu 12th June



Within a proverbial blink of an eye, the legendary punk / pop / metal / psych hybrid Sydney band the Hard-ons turns 30 in 2014. In 1984, on that day, the multiracial band of bare-chested teenage misfits climbed onto a pub stage for the first time. It is fair to say, they have not looked back. 

On surface, the Hard-ons were doomed: a Croat, Sri-Lankan and a Korean collectively playing pop, punk AND metal music at impossible volume and velocity at a dark prehistoric time when fascist punks and elitist indie snobs ruled the roost in Sydney,
the Hard-ons paradoxically survived and thrived once they crawled out of the primal Punchbowl ooze.precisely because of their initially perceived unattractiveness. The one thing Australians love is an underdog. Another thing the Australians love is
somebody who has a red hot go. The Hard-ons were underdogs personified and they had a huge go. Unburdened by any sense of prefabricated style nor scene-specific sound, the teenaged Hard-ons let loose upon the bewildered and unsuspecting underground music scene with their previously unthinkable mix of punk, metal, garage, thrash and bubblegum pop! Their shows were and still are, wildly unpredictable action-packed affairs, providing ear-shredding volume and an upliftingly
beautiful gaggle of melodies in equal measure! 

This first formative decade had given the band a record 17 consecutive number 1s on the Australian alternative charts,  so to celebrate this milestone of 30th anniversary, the Hard-ons welcome the temporary return to the band, original member Keish de Silva. Together, as a four piece consisting of original members Peter "Blackie" Black, Ray Ahn, Keish de Silva as well as current member Murray Ruse. The Hard-ons will for the first and last time in their career, tour the breadth of Australia and play entire sets consisting of only songs from their first incarnation pre-initial break-up; the years spanning 1984-1993! The set which the Hard-ons will play will be made up entirely of songs most requested by their fansfrom an on-line fan opinion poll.


Tickets: $15 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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Dune Rats

Thu 19th June



At a time when true rock and roll tales are as rare as chicken lips, Dune Rats are traveling the globe as punk rock pied pipers, attracting an army of ferocious life enthusiasts who are as willing as they are to throw the dice, turn reality sideways and roll with whatever happens. Ratbags, nerds, delinquents, outcasts, the brave, the loud, the shy - Dune Rats don’t care who or what you are, only that you abide by just one rule – no kooks, no gutties.

Palming Dunies off though as nothing more than permanently wasted lunatics, would be a sad and narrow-minded mistake. These three take as much pleasure in overt politeness and the odd spot of gardening as they do in the eyes-wide open adventure of tilting reality. But at the core of it all - the platform for everything that follows - is their uncalculated lust for making music. It’s taken them around the globe and back, leading them to the proudest of musical moments so far – the recording and the imminent release on Dune 1 of their first full-length record.
 


Tickets: $15 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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Northeast Party House

Fri 20th June



They are the best of times. They are the worst of times. We all love a party, but they don’t always go the way we’d like them to. Northeast Party House knows this well, as do many of the characters inhabiting their hotly anticipated debut album, Any Given Weekend, out May 16 through Stop Start.

Since forming in Melbourne Australia in 2010 (and being ‘Unearthed’ by triple j that same year for their song 'Dusk'), Northeast Party House have built a cult following thanks to their electrifying live shows, and songs combining the heady exhilaration of dance music with pop hooks and rock backbone. These five young guys – most still in their early 20s – have brought the party to stages ranging from the Falls and St Kilda festivals to national support slots for acts such as Jungle Giants, Midnight Juggernauts and Ball Park Music. 


Tickets: $12 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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Little Bastard

Thu 3rd July



Armed with a swag of new album tracks ready to be heard for the first time, Little Bastard are hitting the highways for a national tour this June/July visiting WA, QLD, VIC and NSW. Their turbulent stage performances are well known for getting sweaty and breathless sending audiences home a little out-of-whack heading towards a heavy hangover.
The band took their “no-bullshit approach” into Sydney’s Jungle Studios with producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels) and smashed out their debut in just eight days. The result is 11-tracks that sonically and thematically, switch from nostalgic medium-paced anthems to deep, slow-burning ballads and the “party punk” aesthetic capturing the essence of Little Bastard live.



Having cut their teeth on the live circuit over the last couple of years playing shows with Sticky Fingers ,The Snowdroppers, and Wagons, plus a few festivals including Falls, Peats Ridge, Cherry Rock, Bigsound, Boogie and Hills Are Alive, the time has come for these Bastards to headline their own national tour.


Tickets: $12 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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Saskwatch

Fri 4th July



Just one day before the release of their sophomore album Nose Dive Melbourne based indie-soul outfit Saskwatch are stoked to announce the Nose Dive National Album Tour! Presented by triple j, Spotify, Remote Control, Northside Records & Select Music, the 13 date National Tour will see the band hitting the road with an album's worth of new material visiting all major capital cities with special regional stops in Castlemaine, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Margaret River, Fremantle & Ballarat.

The Melbourne based 9-piece indie-soul outfit have been super busy since the release of their newest single 'Born To Break Your Heart' just over a month ago. They played a string of festival shows including WOMADelaide, Panama Festival & Wollongong Uni Garden Party and dropped into triple j to perform a very special cover for Like a Version of 'Let Her Go' by Jagwar Ma.

Nose Dive will be released Fri 11 Apr via Northside Records / Remote Control.


Tickets: $15 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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Remi

Thu 10th July



To celebrate the release of his forthcoming album “RAW X INFINITY, Melbourne lyricist REMI hits the road this coming June / July for what promises to be his biggest National tour to date. Proudly presented by triple j, The Music, Acclaim, and Niche, the National run of shows takes in all Capital cities and a number of regional areas across the country.

The much-anticipated album “RAW X INFINITY” is due for release Friday June 6th through REMI’s own DIY label House of Beige (distributed by Unified), and available in-store and through iTunes. “RAW X INFINITY” will be the second album for the three-piece Melbourne outfit featuring REMI and his musical collaborators, SENSIBLE J and DUTCH. 

The Forthcoming album includes REMI’s two highly successful singles “SANGRIA” and “LIVIN’” which have featured heavily on radio playlists across the country, alongside the brand new single launched today, “TYSON”, which is sure to follow in its predecessor’s footsteps. A track about undeniable animalistic energy and being at the peak of your powers like Mike Tyson was in the 1988 era, “TYSON” is a further taste of REMI’s forthcoming album and has definitely increased the anticipation of what to expect next. Listen to “TYSON” single here REMI’s sold out headline club shows, and various opening slots for Joey Bada$$, the Under Achievers, and most recently for Illy have seen him build a reputation as a must see live act. Often joined on stage by multiple guests from a variety of musical genres including N’fa Jones of 1200 Techniques fame and Melbourne singer Chris Scott, the forthcoming shows will feature REMI with a full band, and promise to deliver audiences something very special indeed.


Tickets: $17.50 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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The Beards

Wed 16th July



After an already impressive three full-length albums about beards, the world’s premier beard-related rock act The Beards are returning with a brand new album, and with it, the most comprehensive Australian tour the band has ever embarked upon. Having built one of the country’s most dedicated (and hirsute) fanbases through years of relentless touring, The Beard Album: Australian Launch Tour will encompass almost every corner of the country the band has visited so far, as well as new territories and a first ever trip to New Zealand.

Since the release of their highly-acclaimed, ARIA-nominated third album Having a Beard Is The New Not Having a Beard, The Beards have embarked on multiple sold-out Australian tours, sold out shows in Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark, performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, cracked Triple J’s Hottest 100, been nominated for APRA Song Of The Year, and grown their beards to impressive new lengths. And now, in the tradition of The Beatles’ White Album and Metallica’s Black Album, the release of The Beard Album promises to be a career-defining move from music’s hairiest quartet. 

With a global fanbase now recognizing the band’s perfectly-balanced blend of laugh-out-loud comedic flair and finely tuned musicianship, The Beard Album: Australian Launch Tour promises to cement The Beards’ place as one of the most energetic, unpredictable and most-loved live acts in Australia today.


Tickets: $25 + b/f


Doors Open: 8.30pm

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