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The Adelaide music scene: to many of you it might be little more than a touring speed bump between Melbourne and Perth but to us it's a way of life. Feast within, on all its dysfunctioning splendour, as we bring you the highly satirical, laughingly fictional and intellectually imbecile tales from our rock & roll wasteland...
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:: MARK CURTIS &
THE FLANNELETTES
(Single Launch) with
KITCHEN WITCH and
RYAN MARTIN JOHN
:: DETOUR FESTIVAL 2017
with YOUNG OFFENDERS,
INDIAGO, KHAN, TABULA
RASA and THE UNSET
:: THE STRAIGHT-JACKET
TAILORS, JOHNNY
AMERICAN HORSE
and THE MATEHS
:: FILTHY LUCRE,
DEVIL ELECTRIC,
KITCHEN WITCH
and RAT TA'MANGO
:: THE SUNDAY REEDS
(Single Launch)
with EMILY WYATT,
PONYTAIL KINK
and WILD ROCKET
:: HALL OF FAME ::
:: 20TH CENTURY GRADUATES** :: ANNIE SIEGMANN :: ARTAX MISSION :: THE AVES :: AVIATOR LANE :: BASTARD SONS OF RUINATION :: THE BATTERY KIDS :: BEARDED GYPSY BAND* :: BOOSTER :: CENTRAL DELI BAND :: CHEER ADVISORY COUNCIL :: CIRCLE CLAN :: COERCE :: COOPS & THE BIRD :: CONCHILLIA :: DANVERS & GHOST KNIFE :: DEAD POPES OF THE VATICAN :: DELUSIONS OF GRANDMA :: DIRT PLAYGROUND :: DOUBLE HANDED* :: THE DUNES :: EGYPT :: ENCARTA / COLONEL KERNEL** :: FIRE! SANTA ROSA FIRE!*** :: FRIENDS :: GLASS SKIES :: GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT* :: THE HONEY PIES** :: HORROR MY FRIEND* :: ISLE OF VISION :: JUNGLE CITY :: KAMIKAZE :: THE KEEPSAKES* :: THE KILLGIRLS*** :: KORAL & THE GOODBYE HORSES :: LADY STRANGELOVE** :: LEADER CHEETAH* :: LIKE LEAVES** :: LUMONICS* :: LYLA :: MAX SAVAGE & THE FALSE IDOLS*** :: MERE THEORY :: MORALS OF A MINOR* :: THE MOTIVE :: MR WEDNESDAY** :: NO THROUGH ROAD*** :: QUIET CHILD :: QUIET IN THE LAB! :: REALIST FEW :: RIDE INTO THE SUN** :: THE SEA THIEVES* :: THE SHINY BRIGHTS* :: SINCERELY, GRIZZLY*** :: SKELETONS :: SOFT WHITE MACHINE* :: SONS OF ZOKU :: SPARKSPITTER* :: SQUEAKER :: ST. MORRIS SINNERS :: STEERING BY STARS* :: SWIMMING :: TEA :: THE TIMBERS :: TONY FONT SHOW** :: TRACER :: THE TRANSATLANTICS** :: TWO SUNS :: TYGER TYGER* :: THE VILLENETTES* :: WEST THEBARTON BROTHEL PARTY :: WOLF & CUB** :: ZETA ::
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:: Fringe Festival 2012
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:: In Limbo - 1 | 2 |
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:: B&W July 2012 - 1 | 2 |
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[::..special features..::]
:: ARTIST INDEX ::
:: !!! :: 20TH CENTURY GRADUATES :: 20TH CENTURY GRADUATES (DUET) :: 200 MOTELS :: 4 KINGS LOUD :: 4 VOICE :: 67 SPECIAL :: 78 SAAB :: A.B. ORIGINAL :: A BASKET OF MAMMOTHS :: A.D.K.O.B. :: A RED DAWN :: AAARRR! ALL ABOARD FOR PIRATEY VARIETY :: AARON THOMAS :: AARON THOMAS TRIO :: ABBEY HOWLETT :: ABBEY HOWLETT & THE GOLDEN REALM :: ABLACKWELL :: ACID MOUNTAIN :: ACROSS THE ATLAS :: ADALITA :: ADAM PAGE :: ADELAIDE'S PIPE GUY :: ADNAAN BARAKY :: ADRIAN BELEW :: ADRIAN DEUTSCH :: AFFAIRS OF MEN :: AFI :: AFTER THE FALL :: AIRBOURNE :: ALANA JAGT :: ALANA JAGT & THE MONOTREMES :: ALARM BIRDS & THE SEA THIEVES :: ALIAS & THE JAMS :: ALITHIA :: ALL FLIGHT CREW ARE DEAD :: ALL MADE OF RUBIES :: ALL NIGHT GIRLS :: ALMA KALORAMA :: ALPEN :: ALPHA BETA FOX :: ALPHABETTE :: ALPINE :: ALUKA :: AMBUSH MARKETING :: THE AMCATS :: AMUNDSENS FLAG :: ANDREW HIGGS & THE SAND CASTLE HARUM :: ANDREW P. STREET :: ANDY BULL :: ANDY ROBERTS :: ANGEL & THE BADMAN :: ANGEL EYES :: ANGEL OLSEN :: ANGELIK :: ANGELS OF GUNG-HO :: ANGIE HART :: ANIMAL SHADOWS :: ANIMAL TRAPS :: ANNIE BASS :: ANNIE SIEGMANN :: ANNY DUFF :: ANTHONY ANT :: ANTHONY WIGNALL :: ANTONY OF THE FUTURE :: ANYA ANASTASIA :: ANYA ANASTASIA & THE BIRD WIZDOM CABARET :: ANYA MCNICOL-WINDRAM :: THE APE :: APHELION :: APPARITION :: APPOMATTOX RUN :: ARAKEYE :: THE ARCADE FIRE :: ARCHERS :: ARCHIE :: ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI :: ARGUS & THE LIAR :: ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI :: ARLO COOK :: ARMOUR FOU :: ARRAY :: ART OF ESCAPE :: THE ART OF FLYING KITES :: ARTAX MISSION :: AS THE PENNY DROPS :: THE ASTEROID BELT :: THE ATLANTIC STREET BAND :: ATLASIS & AMICA :: ATTILA MY HONEY :: ATTONBITUS :: AUBERON DANCE ACADEMY :: AUDIUM :: THE AUDREYS :: AUGUSTE :: AURA FORM :: AURORA :: THE AUTHENTIC REPLICAS :: AUXILLA :: AVANT GARDENERS :: THE AVES :: AVIATOR LANE :: AWKWARD LOVE TRIANGLE :: BABES ARE WOLVES :: BABYLON BURNING :: BACHELOR OF ARTS :: BACHELORETTE :: BACK$EAT ROMEOS :: BAD//DREEMS :: BAD LUCK CABARET :: THE BAKER SUITE :: THE BAKER'S DIGEST :: BAKEWELL STREET :: BALL PARK MUSIC :: BANG! BANG! AIDS! :: BANJO JACKSON :: BANJO WEATHERALD :: BANOFFEE :: BARCODE :: THE BARON :: THE BARONS OF TANG :: BASEBALL :: THE BASKERVILLES :: BASTARD SONS OF RUINATION :: BAT FOR LASHES :: BATPISS :: BATRIDER :: THE BATTERY KIDS :: BATTLEHOUNDS :: BATTLE POPE :: BATTLES :: BEACH HOUSE :: BEANIE MY FRIEND :: BEARDED GYPSY BAND :: THE BEARDS :: THE BEASTIE BOYS :: BEC STEVENS :: BED WETTER :: BEDHEAD :: THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER & HIS AWKWARDSTRA :: THE BEERBELLY BUSKERS :: BEFORE THE AFTERMATH :: BELITTLE LEAGUE :: THE BELLE CURVE :: THE BELLRAYS :: BELOVED ELK :: BEN GEL & THE BONEYARD SAINTS :: BEN ELY'S RADIO 5 :: BEN REVI :: BEN REVI ALL-STAR REVIVAL BAND :: BERMUDA BAY :: BETTY AIRS :: BIG BAD BARRY & THE DEAD SETS :: BIG DADDY'S DISCOTHEQUE :: BIG RICHARD INSECT :: BIG SCARY :: BIG SKY THEORY :: BIG YAWN :: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR :: BILLY BOB'S BBQ JAM BAND :: BING GOES TO MONACO :: BINKY & THE BUNG MICS :: THE BIRD :: BIRD WIZDOM :: BIRTHGLOW :: BIT BY BATS :: BITCH PREFECT :: THE BITTER DARLINGS :: BITTER SWEET KICKS :: BJORK :: BLACK GOLD :: BLACK LIPS :: BLACKCHORDS :: THE BLACK AND WHITE :: BLACK CORAL :: THE BLACK DOVES :: THE BLACK HEART DEATH CULT :: BLACK KNIGHT :: BLAKE SABAN 3 :: BLAST RHOMBUS :: THE BLEEDING FLARES :: BLEEDING KNEES CLUB :: THESE BLESSED BONES :: THE BLIND HERD :: BLISTERED PALMS :: BLOOD PLASTIC :: BLOODHOUNDS ON MY TRAIL :: BLOW UP BETTY :: THE BLUEBERRIES :: BLUEJUICE :: BLUSH RESPONSE :: BOB DOWNE :: BOB LOG III :: BODY HORROR :: BOHOEFFER :: THE BON SCOTTS :: BOOSTER :: THE BORDERLAND :: BOS :: THE BOTTLEROCKETS :: BOX ELDER :: THE BOX ROCKETS :: THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE :: BRENDAWG & THE DROID :: BRIANNA MAHONEY :: BRIARS :: BRILLIG :: BRITISH INDIA :: THE BRITISH ROBOTS :: THE BRITISH ROBOTS (DUO) :: BRONZE CHARIOT :: BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE :: BROKERS :: THE BROTHERS GOON :: BROTHERSISTER :: THE BROUHAHA :: BRUNATEX :: BUFFALO BOYFRIEND :: THE BUMBLEBEEZ :: BURAKA SOM SISTEMA :: BURIED FEATHER :: BURLESQUE BEAUTIES :: BURN THE ASHES :: THE BURNING SEA :: BURNING TOWER :: BURNSIDE MUMS :: BUSHIDO :: BUSTER FIDEZ :: BYE BYE MOUNTAIN :: THE BYZANTINES :: CABBAGE & KINGS :: CABIN CULTS :: CAL WILLIAMS JNR :: CALIFORNIA COUSIN :: CALLERDENIGHT :: CALLING ALL CARS :: CAM GOODALL :: CAMEROM MCTERNAN :: CAMP COPE :: CANDIDA :: CANIDAE :: CANIS VULPES :: CAPTAIN CLEANOFF :: CAPTAIN HELLFIRE & THE WRETCHED BRETHREN :: THE CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY :: CAPTIVES :: CAR SEAT HEADREST :: CARLA LIPPIS & THE MARTIAL HEARTS :: THE CASIO BROTHERS :: CASKET CASE :: CASS McCOMBS :: CASSETTE KIDS :: CAT DOG BIRD :: CAT PARTY :: CELESTITE :: CENTAURZ :: CENTRAL DELI BAND :: CERES :: CESARE :: CHAPMAN STREET :: CHARLIE MONSOON :: CHASING PHOENIX :: CHEER ADVISORY COUNCIL :: CHERRY GRIND :: THE CHEVRON WHORES :: CHÉRIE DE KLERK :: CHILD :: CHILDREN COLLIDE :: CHINESE NEW YEAR :: CHRIS FINNEN :: CHORAL GRIEF :: CHVRCHES :: CIARAM GRANGER :: CIRCLE CLAN :: CIRCUS ARCADE :: THE CITRADELS :: CITRUS JAM :: CITY CALM DOWN :: CITY RIOTS :: THE CLANGERS :: CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH :: THE CLIQUE :: CLOUD CONTROL :: CLOUD NOTHINGS :: THE CLOWNS OF DECADENCE :: CLUE TO KALO :: COBRA :: COCK :: COERCE :: COG :: COLLARBONES :: COLLIDE/ESCAPE :: COLLIDER :: COLONEL KERNEL :: COLORBLIND :: COLOURISE :: CONCHILLIA :: CONSOLE WARRIORS :: COOKIE BAKER :: COOKIE BAKER & HER SPECIAL SECRET SPELLS :: COOL JUMPER :: COOL JUMPER & TANTIVY FAIR :: COOPS & THE BIRD :: CORPUS :: CORTEZ :: COSMO BLACK :: COSMO THUNDERCAT :: COSMO THUNDERCAT (DUO) :: COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR :: COY CARP :: CRACKWHORE :: THE CRAYON FIELDS :: CREEPERS :: CRUSTY SUITCASE BAND :: THE CRYING GAME :: CUB SCOUTS :: CURSES :: CUT COPY :: CUT OFF YOUR HANDS :: THE DAIRY BROTHERS :: DAISY BUCHANAN :: DAIYE SPA :: DALLAS FRASCA :: DALLI :: DAMN ARMS :: DAMN TERRAN :: DAMNED MEN :: DAMO SUZUKI NETWORK :: DAN DEVLIN :: DANCE TIL YOU CAN'T SAY YEAH! :: DANGER & PLASTIC :: DANGEROUS! :: DANIEL VARRICCHIO :: DANIELE VILELLA :: DANVERS :: DANVERS & GHOST KNIFE :: DAPPLED CITIES :: THE DARDANELLES :: THE DARK LIGHTS :: DAS UBBERDUNG :: DAVE PHILLIPS :: DAY RAVIES :: DAYDREAM :: THE DAYLIGHT BRAVES :: DAYSWORTH FIGHTING :: THE DEAD BELLS :: DEAD END FRIENDS :: DEAD FRENCHMEN :: DEAD JOE :: DEAD POPES OF THE VATICAN :: DEADLY ARE THE NAKED :: DEAFAULT :: DEAR PLASTIC :: DEEP SEA ARCADE :: THE DEER JOHNS :: DEERHUNTER :: DEJA :: DEJA ENTENDU :: DELIA OBST :: THE DELTA RIGGS :: DELUSIONS OF GRANDMA :: DESCRIBE ELIZA :: DESERT CROOKS :: A DEVIL AMONGST THE TAILORS :: DEVIL ELECTRIC :: THE DEVILROCK FOUR :: DEXTER JONES :: DIAMOND SINS :: DIANA SCALZI :: DICK DIVER :: DIE! DIE! DIE! :: DIESEL WITCH :: DIIV :: DIPLOMAT :: DIPSTONE :: DIRT PLAYGROUND :: THE DIRTY MONKS :: DIRTY WOLVES :: THE DIVINE FLUXUS :: DIZZEE RASCAL :: DJ KELE OKEREKE :: DJ SHADOW :: DJ SPOZ :: DJANGO ROWE TRIO :: DMA'S :: DOE :: DOM TRIMBOLI & THE WIZARDS :: DON MORRISON :: DONNARUMMA :: DOUBLE DENIM :: DOUBLE DRAGON :: DOUBLE HANDED :: DOZERS :: DRAWN FROM BEES :: THE DREAMBOATS :: DRILLER JET ARMSTRONG :: THE DRONES :: DROPLET :: DRUID FLUIDS :: DRUNK MUMS :: DUD PILLS :: DUKES OF WINDSOR :: DUMB EARTH :: DUNE RATS :: THE DUNES :: DUNGEN :: DUSTY LEE :: DUSTY LEE & THE ANGELS OF GUNG HO :: DUSTY LEE'S WASTED WANDERERS :: DYSPORA :: DZ :: DZ DEATHRAYS :: EAST END VILLAINS :: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN :: ECHO & THE EMPRESS :: EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING :: EGYPT :: THE EL CAMINOS :: ELECTRIC EXILES :: ELECTRIC FIELDS :: ELECTRIC WIDOWS ::ELEPHANT :: THE ELEVENTH HOUR :: THE E.L.F. :: ELLEN KIBBLE :: EL-P :: ELVIS :: EMDEE :: EMERGENCY RULE :: EMILY DAVIS :: EMILY WYATT :: EMPERORS :: EMMA HORWOOD :: EMPIRE VAGABOND :: ENCARTA :: ENDLESS NAMELESS :: ENEMY OF :: ENNIS TOLA :: ENVY STREET :: ES IST SUPER :: EVEN :: EXPATRIATE :: THE EXPLODERS :: EXPLODING PLASTIC INEVITABLE :: EZRA HOPE :: FACEMEAT :: FACEMEAT - A ROCK OPERA :: FAITH NO MORE :: FAIR MAIDEN :: THE FAK :: FAKE LAKE :: FAKE TAN :: FASCINATOR :: THE FAT SACK :: FAT TAILED ANTICHINUS :: FAVOUR THE BRAVE :: FEAR AND LOATHING :: THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS :: FEIST :: FEMME FATALES :: FERGUS O'REGAN :: FEZ FAANANA :: FIGHTERPILOT :: A FILM FOR THE FUTURE :: FILTHY LUCRE :: THE FINISHING SCHOOL :: FINNEN & DAVIDSON :: THE FINNS :: FIRS :: FISHING WITH HENRY :: FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE! :: FIST PUMP, FIST BUMP :: FISTFUL OF TROJANS :: FLEUR GREEN :: FKA TWIGS :: THE FLEEING MINDS :: THE FLOORS :: FLORENCE & THE MACHINE :: FLUME :: THE FOLKO-OH-NOES :: FONT PLAYS FONT :: FORCES :: FOREIGN/NATIONAL :: FOREST OF GNOMES :: FORMER CHILD STARS :: FOX FAEHRMANN :: FOXX ON FIRE :: FRANZ FERDINAND :: FRAUD MILLIONAIRES :: FREESTATE :: FRESH KILLS :: FRIDAY'S FOX :: FRIENDS :: FROM THE DEAD SEA :: FULL CONTACT SAFARI :: THE FUMES :: FUNK LATIN UNION :: FUNKOARS :: FUTURE FARM :: FUTURE ISLANDS :: THE FYOOGS :: GALAPAGOOSE :: GALAXY CAT :: GALLEON :: GARDEN RUIN :: GAVIN DE ALMEIDA :: GAY PARIS :: THE GELS :: GEMINI DOWNS :: GENERATION SWINE :: GEORDIE LITTLE :: GERMEIN SISTERS :: GG ALAN BINDIG :: GHOST WALK :: GHOUL :: GHYTI :: GHYTI (DUO) :: GHYTI & THE PHILANTHROPIC ORCHESTRA :: GINDIANA BONES AND THE SEVERAL KIDNEYS OF THE UNDERGROUND TRAIN STATION :: GINFOX VS HELLO NEWMAN :: GIRL TALK :: THE GIVEAWAYS :: GLASS :: GLASS DUNES :: GLASS SKIES :: GLASS TOWERS :: GLISK :: GNARLS BARKLEY :: GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT :: GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT (Lounge Set) :: GOLD BLOOM :: THE GOOD CHINA :: GOOD BOY :: GOON WIZARRD :: GOTYE :: GRACE: THE SONGS OF JEFF BUCKLEY :: GRACE GOODFELLOW :: GRAFTON PRIMARY :: THE GRAND RAPIDS :: THE GRATES :: GRAVEYARD TRAIN :: GREAT GABLE :: THE GREETING METHOD :: GRENADIERS :: GREY DATURAS :: GRIMES :: GRIMEY :: GROOVE ARMADA :: GROUND COMPONENTS :: THE GROWL :: GUILLAUME SOLO ACOUSTIC :: GUINEAFOWL :: GUN IT :: GÜNTER & THE SAFEWORD :: GYRO :: HAIM :: HAL BIRD :: HALCYON DRIVE :: HALFWAY TO FORTH :: HANNAH FAIRLAMB :: THE HAPPY ENDINGS :: HAPPY SOMETIMES :: HAR MAR SUPERSTAR :: THE HARD ACHES :: HARMLESS HUNTER :: HARMONY :: HARRY FREEMAN :: HARTS :: HAWKS OF ALBA :: HAYSTACKS CALHOON :: HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS :: HEATH WEBER :: HEKYL :: HELLO, LOVER :: HELLO NEWMAN :: HELMET :: HESTON DROP :: HEY FEVER :: HEY LADY! :: HI, I'M RECLUSIVE AUTHOR THOMAS PYNCHON :: HIGH STAKES :: HIGH TENSION :: HIGH VIOLET :: HIGHTIME :: HILLS & TRAINS :: HIT THE JACKPOT :: THE HOLD STEADY :: THE HOLIDAYS :: HOLOGRAPHIC CHARIZARD :: HOLOGRAPHIC COLTS :: HOLY FUCK :: HOLY HOLY :: THE HOLY SEA :: HOLY SERPENT :: HOME FOR THE DEF :: THE HONEY PIES :: HORROR MY FRIEND :: HOSPITAL THE MUSICAL :: HOT WINGS :: HOUSE OF JADE :: HOWL AT THE MOON :: HOWL 'N BONES :: HOWLING BELLS :: THE HOWLING FOG :: HUMBLE BEE :: HUMMINGBIRD :: HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY :: THE HUNTED CROWS :: HURRICANE JANE :: HURRICANES :: THE HUSHES :: HUXLEY :: I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT WEEZER :: I HEART HIROSHIMA :: I, A MAN :: ICE ON MERCURY :: ID :: IGGY POP & THE STOOGES :: IIAH :: ILLICIT EVE :: IMMIGRANT UNION :: IMOGEN BRAVE :: IMPARTIAL :: THE IMPOSSIBLE QUICHE :: THE INCHES :: INDIAGO :: INSTITUT POLAIRE :: INTERCOOLER :: INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF MOJO :: THE INTERNET :: INTERPOL :: INTERZONE EXPRESS :: INTROVERT :: INUETTE :: INWOODS :: IRAAN SANADZADEH :: IRIDIUM :: IRIE KNIGHTS :: THE IRRESPONSIBLES :: ISLE OF CAPRI :: ISLE OF VISION :: IT'S A HOAX :: IT'S A HOAX (INSTRUMENTAL) :: IT'S WARSAW :: IVORY :: J-LO BIAFRA :: J-WAH :: JACK LONDON :: JACKSON FIREBIRD :: JAMES PARRY :: JANE'S ADDICTION :: JAPAM :: JAPANDROIDS :: JAPANTHER :: JARVIS :: JARVIS COCKER :: JASON SIMON (DEAD MEADOW) :: JAY WALKER AND THE PEDESTRIANS :: JAYNE-ANNE POWER :: JEFF MARTIN & TEREPAI RICHMOND :: JESS KENT :: JESS PORTER :: JESSE DAVIDSON :: JESSE FRANCIS :: JESUS CHRIST POSSE :: THE JEZABELS :: JIKA :: JIMMY & THE MIRRORS :: JIMMY EAT WORLD :: JIMMY MARIN :: JIMMY MOUNTAIN :: JOE MCKEE :: JOEL STERN :: JOEL STERN, CURED PINK & TIMOTHY TATE :: THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS :: JOHNNY AMERICAN HORSE :: JON ADDAMS :: JON MARCO :: JON MORTIMER :: JONNY BLIZZARD :: JORDAN TITO :: JOSH CALLIGEROS :: JOURNEY WELL SPACE WIZARD :: JOY & SPARKS :: JP COE & THE DELEGATES :: JUDGE MENTAL :: JUMP! 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:: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

THE EXPLODERS + TREETOPS + ANTONY OF THE FUTURE
"THE SPLIT SINGLE TOUR" @ JIVE / Thursday March 19th 2009

"There's a time and place for everything". I got told that as a kid once and it bugged the shit out of me: "Why the fuck should there be.. who even makes up these rules!?". I was probably cracking a joke at the time (and a bad one at that), making light of a situation, not knowing my place, six going on sixteen. "There's a time and place for everything"? Fuck, it bugs me even now! Sure I'm an adult, I understand, we're a society, there are limits or we'd be upto our armpits in junkfood wrappers and bleached skulls by now (wait.. was that meant to be ironic?). Take "Thou shalt not kill" for instance, I'll buy that one: one of these days any one of us chimps could discover the cure for cancer, global warming, the economy, "democracy", invent a flying car powered by obesity or genetically engineer a breed of hyper intelligent squirrels that can play the drums. People are awesome like that, we should value every one of them; even the stupid ones (we'll always need test pilots!). Or what about "thou shalt not steal": we all know THAT one's solid right? especially when it comes to the internet, intellectual property rights (or anything else "invented" by Hollywood or Rock & Roll in the last 20 years) and *oops* before you know it it's a house of cards and we ALL know what comes next.. fire up the chainsaws! "There's a time and place for everything". It's a biological imperative breeding a biblical plague. It's an aggregate of nonsense regulations and you getting arrested dressed as a penguin, in a public place, without a permit, on a Tuesday. It's living life in boxes, working in boxes, ticking off boxes only to get buried in one. LCDs and laser beams, focusing on nothing but the fine print, till we're nothing but a sequence of doe-eyed digits and then the entire banking system collapses? Tyler Durden got it right the first time: only he's ten years too early and I'm ten years too late. Time and place. I'm Jack's venting spleen living on borrowed time, I don't belong anywhere, I wish I was living in all points of the universe at once and it's just too bad everyone else has tried it and failed before me: let us not forget the 60's..



I'd love to fuck with the system as much as the next person but we live in Adelaide and that ain't happening anytime too soon. We're a blue screen of death to willfull dysfunction. We're everything in its right place. We're an insane asylum to sensible living, no wonder we have so many serial killers! It all started with Colonel Light (and a city stuffed full of town squares) and it ends with me thinking that a Thursday night spent "out on the town" is nothing but a syntax error. Must be, I'm walking through those front doors tonight and there's barely a dozen lost souls in here.. *whoops!* I can already see Adelaide shutting down shop in favour of a reality show, a novelty ringtone and a rat race running smoke rings around the east end parklands. It's a baby proofing mentality bordering on the infantile. But we're working needles against that grain, we're scratching that record up till we break it and start all over again! When IS a good time and place? When does this scene become a populist movement worth signing onto: when it's a fad, a fashion (state sponsored fascism!?), or when we are free to come and go as we please? I like to think the latter.. they'll learn soon enough. Here at Jive where the curtains don't match the drapes, where everything is out of sync, out of time and place and we're all out of our minds on muppet fur, ceiling stars and sirens blaring over exit signs? It's shit this willfully misguided that makes the most sense to me now. Fuck, clearly I'm more insane now than I've ever been.. awesome, just how I like it!



LYLA (***1/2) myspace ::
There's a time and place for everything and for this opening act that would place them squarely in the late 60's: back where The Beatles met The Rolling Stones, where "Sgt Peppers" met "Let It Bleed" and well before it all went south: before Yoko Ono married John Lennon (or when the Hells Angels met those crowds at Altamont Speedway and put an end to the Summer Of Love). Some say that's where this shit should've stayed long dead and buried (along with any memory of Ringo Starr); and yet without fail every five to ten years another band reanimates that corpse for a "Weekend At Bernie's" style reunion tour. And why the hell wouldn't they? it's a winning formula ever since BOTH those bands stole all their moves from the African American blues scene of the 40's and 50's.. YEAAAS!! Take Oasis for example, or Supergrass, or Jet, or The Vines, or what about.. um.. Panic At The Disco!? (I'm so sorry.. I really am!). Guess we better quit this shit while we're "ahead" before we dredge up anything else Paul McCartney's been guilty of in the last 10-20 years (when we all know he's been long dead since 1966) or dare I mention Ben Lee!? (again.. SO sorry!). Yup it's times like these, watching a band quite as brilliant as this one, that we wonder what IS the statute of limitations on dredging up painful memories? If time heals all wounds, how long must we wait till the hideous visage of Nic Cester fades the fuck away into nostalgic obscurity, or until the US military declassifies that strain of "paranoia free marijuana" that will surely cure all of Craig Nicholls' ills, or until somebody finally puts a bullet in Noel Gallagher's head? And how long must a band like Lyla wait in the wings without us judging them for all the sins of their forefathers? I know the comparisons are unmistakable, they're uncanny, they're carbon copies with rose coloured glasses on, caught blissfully unaware, naive to the knowledge that all their infectious hooks they're shredding tonight have been done a thousand times before. And yet I bet they're waiting for the day quite like we are tonight, witness to such a furious spectacle of rock: when we can finally judge them on their own merits, when they can come crawling out of that Supermild basement and claim that throne for themselves. It's an awesome set, it's a swirling mix of gypsy mullets, jamming guitars, honkytonk keys and gang vocals ripping it up to a roaring crowd of next to no one? Awesome indeed. Fuckit.. if there's a time and place for this band, just as long as Jet don't fuck it all up for everyone by releasing a 3rd album, maybe that time will be soon?













ANTONY OF THE FUTURE (***1/2) myspace ::
If our opening act came direct from the 60's (or quite like a fresh frozen Austin Powers) then our second support act is equally as eponymous in its A-Z of archaic ancestry. It sticks out like a pack of "winnie blues" stuffed under a t-shirt sleeve. In their uncompromising shred tonight I can hear the china white fury of Iggy And The Stooges from the late 60's, the nicotine buzz of The Ramones from the late 70's, the bucket bong slacker slur of Pavement and Dinosaur Junior from the early 90's, the 9/11 NYC post apocalysm of The Strokes from the early 00's and even the cheesewhizz sounds of Antony Of The Future from the early 2007's. Yup that's right, they're THAT band: that wacky one hit wonder you've all forgotten about from waaay back in the good 'ol days, back when the economy was still flourishing, workers rights were floundering, myspace had cultural cache, post punk was still cool, everyone went to Rocket Bar (and weren't embarassed to admit it) and Justice, Daft Punk and The Midnight Juggernauts STILL had a good thing going (wow.. thank fuck that didn't last long!). Back then Antony Of The Future could do NO wrong, they reigned supreme. Thanks to fluking a winning spot on the Adelaide Big Day Out (courtesy of Triple J Unearthed), scoring all those accolades from both The Advertiser and Rip It Up (please.. no snickering) they were well and truly the "next best thing!" *cough* (what.. I didn't say anything!?) or at least they WERE until Joe Mount their drummer buggered off midway through the year to take a "permanent vacation" in Europe (or in other words.. somebody clearly pulled a "Patrick Bateman" and we're never gonna see him again). Yup, let this be a lesson to Fire! Santa Rosa Fire! (if ever Dave gets any bright ideas about "disappearing" Artyom Zinoviev in a carpark somewhere.. that shit can come back to haunt you!), as such was the fate for THIS band stuck in limbo for more than a year before Luke Eygenraam (from The Waterslides) saved the day. Now they're back, they're back with avengeance.. and OOOH SHIT does it show! Just look at Antony their lead singer, wirey as all fuck, tearing up a live stage. There's just no fucking with Antony Of The Future tonight. They've got the trigger happy shred of The Rakes, The Young Knives and The Vines screaming at full tilt. They've got a 21 gun salute of savage pop hooks that begin and end in the space of 2 minutes each. They've got the white heat, the snot nosed NYC incendiary fire letting rip with every riff and a devil's dose of nicotine and taurine smoking out of both ears. Oh yes! they're Antony Of The Future! It's their second shot at it and this time round I think they might be in with a chance!












TREETOPS (****) myspace ::
And then there's our third act. I've got no fucking clue WHAT time or place these freaks hail from but I CAN hazard a few guesses: Syd Barrett, The Goodies, The "Madchester" scene from the late 80's to early 90's (ie: The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays or hell itself erupting in the deep recesses of Richard Ashcroft's face), the extended cast of "Trainspotting", any number of music videos playing on RAGE on any given Saturday night at 3AM, or whoever the fuck came up with "Badger Badger Badger". I'd also suspect that despite all appearances they are in fact not "out of work actors living in the town of Guilford" but are in fact visiting aliens from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse. Yup if ever we needed another sign that planet Earth will soon be demolished to make way for a interstellar hyperspace bypass (and believe me we've got plenty!), then it would be THIS band sending us all off with a smile tonight (and personally I couldn't think of a better way to go!). Treetops. They're a lysergic mix of about a million different influences (and I swear I hear Pavement in there somewhere!?) but mostly they're the smooth grooves of Chemical Brothers' "Exit Planet Dust" and Primal Scream's "Screamadelica", laced with guitar lines fresh from The Pixies, synth lines straight out of Pink Floyd's "Live at Pompeii", the sonic fuzz of Sonic Youth and the shrill vocal delivery of Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips. Then imagine all that thrown into a mortar and pestle, ground into a fine powder, mixed in with kava and ketamine and drunk out of a coconut shell. If your eyes are rolling back in your skull right now, don't worry, you're not the only one. In fact moments before our gig tonight their singer Ben Montero (aka: the moptop in the "Hershey Halloween" shirt) had such a mad hit of this shit during a "jam session", that he had to be admitted to the emergency ward (I think he had a raging case of what.. the hiccups?) only to rock up to Jive tonight in cutoff shorts and a dazed look on his face. Of course I only knew this shit because of (a) "wildly unsubstantiated rumours" from a girl I met last week at the Ed Castle (damn, what was her name!?), and (b) Ben not being at all shy about thanking all the "local emergency services" in tonight's set.. so y'know, take that for what you will! And yes as illogical as all this sounds it only made what they were cooking on stage tonight all the more ridiculously awesome. No shit.. any arseclown can pretend they're "psychedelic", score a sweet distribution deal with Modular and scam high rotation on Triple J but nobody can touch what these illbient space monkeys are offering! Just look at them: the grand sum total of every cautionary tale you ever heard in highschool: this is what being "unemployed in the Great Recession of 2009" is ALL about! Blissfully whacked out on the couch, pulling bongs, pulling an all-nighter on a jumbo bag of Cheese Twisties (hi Corey!) and blasting a mad hit of this!? Who said there isn't an upside to a drastic worldwide economic downturn!? Treetops? FUCK YEAAAH!!















THE EXPLODERS (***) myspace ::
Understandably Treetops are going to be a hard act to follow. I don't know what The Exploders were thinking inviting THEM along on this Split Single tour, and not necessarily because they set such a ridiculously high standard (clearly such comparisons are "chalk and cheese") but more because we're so blissfully out of our skulls right now that we're finding it difficult to "follow" anything coherent in a 4/4 beat, or a forward trajectory, without smacking dead into a wall. Still all is not "lost". Do not be fooled by the "submarine" red stage lights that have since plunged this venue into impossibly murky depths (damn you Jive.. you pulled this stunt with The Vasco Era too!), or the fact that most of us have spent the last half an hour stroking the "purple fur" on the walls of this venue whilst giggling hysterically. No, when The Exploders hit the stage tonight we couldn't miss them for all the world. The first hint we're in for a world of trouble is when my trusty short sword started glowing blue. No that's not a "Dr. Manhattan" punchline (oh ha ha.. very funny!), that's the first sign that orcs were near. Yes, orcs: not just the stuff of myth and legend anymore! For it surely arrived in the diabolical form of their lead singer TJ Allender (still if you mentioned Juanita Stein from The Howling Bells, Patience Hodgeson from The Grates, or Katrina Noorbergen from The Cassette Kids.. *cough* wooohehehaha need I continue?). Yup, The Exploders are indeed not of this Earth. In fact if we were to hazard a guess as to their exact origin point (as clearly "Melbourne" is out of the question), then from the general size, shape, girth and voluminous airflow of TJ Allender's enormous sinus cavities: I'd place them squarely in Middle Earth, somewhere in the vicinity of Mordor and Mount Doom. Yup, that's The Exploders. As much as they're a solid (if arguably cut-and-dried) jam between Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young's "Crazy Horse", The Beatles (circa: Revolver to Sgt Peppers) and any number of fictional rock & roll cliches from Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" all rolled into one. As much as this wasn't their BEST gig of the tour (I think there were maybe 30-40 people at most). And as much as they still packed plenty of punch into every song, cooked up some mad hooks and that drummer of theirs threw his cymbals around like there was no tomorrow.. yeah it's pretty much ALL about TJ Allender's nostrils. You can't miss them maaan, even with the lights out! They're freaking huge, you could stuff peanuts up there one by one and not run out of room until you emptied a whole bag (fuckit.. let's try that with coconuts!), and I'm pretty certain I saw tusks. They're awesome. No shit.. best thing about the band! If nothing else go see them for that, come in droves, bring all your friends and family, point and laugh.. I'm sure they'll appreciate it!













Yup, it was one of those gigs alright. One of those gigs that would go down in history.. only never to be seen again. Yeah I know, I don't like playing by the rules this city sets either but that's the dice you roll on a Thursday night. Sometimes it works, sometimes there's a line up stretching around the block to see it, sometimes there isn't anyone and the highlight of the night is making cheap shots over the size of somebody's sinuses.. you find cheap amusement anyway you can!



So this is me making a hasty retreat, out those doors and off to my last bus home before Treetops lights one up in the dark, before TJ Allender "inhales", before The Exploders implode the vacuum of space around them and takes the rest of these mad souls with them into the void. Hmmm maybe that was their plan all along. Maybe they've disappeared off into some hithero unknown location not specificied in maps or on a schedule, where time's arrow isn't a trajectory but travels in a circle, where every sound has a scene, where we can surf them all on a whim, as floating points of pure energy, where the highlight of a week isn't just limited to watching cars go round and round in the east end ghetto. Fuck.. come to think of it why DIDN'T I go with them!?

Previously on Spoz's Rant: The Barons Of Tang + God God Damnit Damnit + Colonel Kernel

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