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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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:: PSYCHEDELIC P*RN
CRUMPETS, JUNGLE
CITY and SOMNIUM
:: LITTLE CAPTAIN,
OLLIE ENGLISH
and PANACEA
:: YOUNG OFFENDERS
(Single Launch) with
THE BROTHERS GOON
and SWEET GOLD
:: Holy Land Festival 2017
with NICK OLIVERI,
LOST COSMONAUT,
FILTHY LUCRE, GLASS
SKIES, DIRTY WOLVES,
A BASKET OF MAMMOTHS,
THE TITS, RAT TA'MANGO,
MOONHUNTER and YOUR
LOYAL HEARTLESS
:: "BENDER IN
THE BEER GARDEN"
with GREAT GABLE,
ATTILA MY HONEY,
CHINESE NEW YEAR,
BERMUDA BAY and
THE ROYAL GALA
:: 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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[::..festival blogs..::]
:: Fringe Festival 2012
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:: Fringe Festival 2013
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6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
11 | 12 | 13 | 14
:: Fringe Festival 2015
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5
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:: Fringe Festival 2017
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2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |
6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
[::..b&w episodes..::]
:: A Winter Wonderland
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:: In Limbo - 1 | 2 |
3
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3
| 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
[::..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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: BAD//DREEMS :: BACHELOR OF ARTS :: BACHELORETTE :: BACK$EAT ROMEOS :: 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 :: 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 :: BLACK KNIGHT :: BLAKE SABAN 3 :: BLAST RHOMBUS :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: DZ :: DZ DEATHRAYS :: EAST END VILLAINS :: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN :: ECHO & THE EMPRESS :: EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING :: EGYPT :: THE EL CAMINOS :: ELECTRIC WIDOWS :: THE ELEVENTH HOUR :: THE E.L.F. :: EL-P :: ELECTRIC EXILES :: ELEPHANT :: ELLEN KIBBLE :: ELVIS :: EMDEE :: EMERGENCY RULE :: EMILY DAVIS :: 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 :: 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 :: THE HAPPY ENDINGS :: HAPPY SOMETIMES :: HAR MAR SUPERSTAR :: THE HARD ACHES :: HARMLESS HUNTER :: HARMONY :: HARRY FREEMAN :: HARTS :: HAWKS OF ALBA :: HAYSTACKS CALHOON :: 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 :: 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! YOU REVOLUTIONARY :: JUNGLE CITY :: JUNGLEMIRE :: JUPITER :: JUPITER (DUO) :: JUPITER LEAD :: KAB SAVVY :: KAHL WALLIS :: KAMIKAZE :: KAMIKAZE TRIO :: KANGAROO SKULL :: KARL MELVIN :: KASABIAN :: KASAVETT :: KATE VIGO & THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA :: KAURNA CRONIN :: KAZKARIV :: THE KEEPSAKES :: KELLIE LLOYD :: KELLY MENHENNETT :: KELSHY :: THE KEMP BROTHERS :: KHAN :: KID SAM :: KIDS IN CULTS :: KIDS WITH TEETH :: KIKUYU :: THE KILL DEVIL HILLS :: KILLER BIRDS :: THE KILLBOT FACTORY :: THE KILLGIRLS :: KING DADDY :: KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD :: KING KRILL :: KING KRULE :: KING OF THE NORTH :: KINGSTON DOWNES :: KINGSWOOD :: KINS :: KIRK SPECIAL :: KIRK WATT :: KITCHEN WITCH :: KITTEN KONG :: KITTYHAWK :: KOI CHILD :: KORAL :: KORAL & THE GOODBYE HORSES :: KRIS WANDERS :: KRISTINA MILTIADOU :: KURT VILE :: KYLIE BRICE TRIO :: KYRI :: KYTES OF OMAR :: LA FEMME LE FEVER :: LADY GUNG-HO & THE ANGELS OF STRANGELOVE :: LADY STRANGELOVE :: THE LADYBEATLES :: LADYHAWKE :: LAHARA :: LANCE LAZER & TALIBAND :: LARSEN :: LAST DAYS OF KALI :: LAST DINOSAURS :: THE LAST SUPPER :: LATE NIGHT MATINEE :: LATER THAT NIGHT :: LAURA HILL :: LAURA IMBRUGLIA :: LAW & DISORDER :: LAZARO'S DOG :: LC3'S :: LEADER CHEETAH :: LEFT :: LEGENDS OF MOTORSPORT :: LEIGHSTARDUST :: THE LEITMOTIF :: LEITMOTIV LIMBO :: LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT :: LEMURIAN :: LENIN MCCARTHY :: LEO :: LEAPING FELIX :: LES SAVY FAV :: THE LEVITATORS :: LIFE IN LETTERS :: LIGHTS :: LIKE KITES :: LIKE LEAVES :: LIL VALENTINE :: LILY MOJITO :: LILLY SIM :: LILLYS RADIO :: LINE HONOURS :: LIPSMACK :: LITTLE BRIDGET :: LITTLE CAPTAIN :: LITTLE DRAGON :: LITTLE ICE AGE :: LITTLE PRINCE :: LITTLE TWO EYES :: THE LIZARDS :: LO! :: LOADED LEOPARD :: LOCAL REVOLUTION :: LOEMAX :: THE LONDON ROAD POETS :: THE LONELINESS OF A MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNER :: LONELY FIRE :: LONG WALK HOME :: LONI RAE :: LOON LAKE :: LORDE :: LOST COSMONAUT :: THE LOST SHOW :: LOST VALENTINOS :: LOST WOODS :: LOUIS DONNARUMMA :: LOUISE ADAMS :: LOUISE & THE TORNADOS :: LOUISE ADAMS & THE FRINGE DWELLERS :: LOVE CREAM :: THE LOVE JUNKIES :: LOVE OF DIAGRAMS :: LOVE STEREO :: LOVE ZOMBIES :: THE LUCKSMITHS :: LUKE ASHBY BAND :: LUKE CARLINO :: LUKE DUX :: LUKE ESCOMBE :: LUKE EYGENRAAM :: LUKE GOLDING :: THE LUKE LOUIE TRIO :: LUMONICS :: LYLA :: MAC DEMARCO :: MACH PELICAN :: MACKENZIE :: MAD SHAPES :: MADCLASSIC :: MAGGIE & LOUIS :: MAGIC BONES :: THE MAGNETS :: MAKING :: MAMMAL :: MAMMOTH :: MAMMOTH LOGIC :: MANE :: MANI NEUMEIER & THE BITCHES OF ZEUS :: MANOR :: MARCUS COROWA :: MARK CURTIS BAND :: MARCUS WARNECKE & SAM PORTER :: MARDEN :: MARGARET LLOYD & SEB TONKIN :: MARK CURTIS :: MARLA SINGER :: MARY TREMBLES :: MARY WEBB :: MASSIVE :: MASTER'S CURIOUS DELIRIUM :: MATHEMATIC :: MATHIEU WERCHOWSKI :: MATT BANHAM :: MATTHEW BARLOW :: MATT HAYWARD :: MATTHEW MILES :: MAX SAVAGE :: MAX SAVAGE & THE FALSE IDOLS :: MAYDAY FAIR :: MAYFIELD :: MCKISKO :: MEAKE :: MEANWELL COLLEGE :: THE MEDICS :: MEGAFAUNA :: MENAGERIE :: MERCY ARMS :: MERE THEORY :: THE MESS HALL :: MESSRS :: METHYL ETHEL :: METZ :: MEZZANINE :: MICHAEL STOWERS :: MICK ARMSTRONG, ANDY ARMSTRONG & STAN BASTIRAS :: THE MIDDLE EAST :: MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS :: THE MILTON EXPERIENCE :: MIKE MCKEON :: MIKE RADZEVICIUS :: MIKE TILBROOK :: MIKEY (EX ARTAX MISSION) :: MINDSHOWER :: MIO :: MIRRORLINE :: THE MISCHIEF :: MISCHIEF THE CAT :: MISS GOLLY GOSH :: MISS RENEE SIMONE :: THE MISSION IN MOTION :: MM9 :: MOGERLAINE :: THE MOLTING VULTURES :: MOMOKO SODA :: MONA LISA OVERDRIVE :: MONDO PHASE BAND :: MONEY FOR ROPE :: THE MONIKERS :: MONKEY PUZZLE TREE :: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL :: MOODY BELLES :: MOONFAKER :: MOONHUNTER :: MORALS OF A MINOR :: THE MORNING AFTER GIRLS :: MOTHER'S CAKE :: THE MOTHERFUCKING MOTHERFUCKERS :: MOTHERSLUG :: THE MOTIVE :: MOTOWN CONNECTION :: MOUNTAIN STATIC :: MOUNTAIN STRANGER :: MOUNTAINS IN THE SKY :: MOUNTBATTEN :: MOURGOS GRUND :: THE MOURNING SONS :: MOVE TO STRIKE :: MOVIN' MELVIN BROWN :: MR ROSEWATER :: MR WEDNESDAY :: MUM'S TENNIS FRIENDS :: MUMFORD & SONS :: MUNCHKIN :: MUSCLE CAR VS HIGH STAKES :: MUSTERED COURAGE :: MUTEMATH :: MY DISCO :: MY SISTER THE COP :: MYLES MAYO :: N.A.S.A. :: NAKATOMI :: NAOMI KEYTE :: NAOMI KEYTE & TANNON KEW :: NATHAN KAYE :: NAZZ AND THE RED PONIES :: NEO FIX :: NEOHIP :: NEON BOGART :: NEON ELECTRIC :: NEREEDA :: NERVOUS GERBAL :: THE NEW CABAL :: NEW PANTS :: NEW POLLUTANTS :: NEW TRANSLATION :: NICK MURPHY :: THE NEW VAGUE :: NEW WHITE SNEAKERS :: NEW YORK DOLLS :: NEWTONHEATH :: NICHOLAS ALLBROOK :: NICK OLIVERI :: NICK OLIVERI & FILTHY LUCRE :: NICKER TEENS :: NIGEL KOOP & STEVIE BEE :: NIKAI :: NIKKO :: NIKKO & SNOOKS :: NITIDUS :: NO BIRDS :: NO THROUGH ROAD :: NO ZU :: NOBODY KNEW THEY WERE ROBOTS :: THE NOVOCAINES :: NUVO :: THE NYMPHS :: O' LITTLE SISTER :: THE OCEAN PARTY :: OCEANICS :: ODYSSEY :: THE OFFCUTS :: OH MERCY :: OH MINOR :: OH MY GUARD! 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:: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

FIRE! SANTA ROSA FIRE! + LIKE LEAVES + STEERING BY STARS
"ABRACADABRA" @ ROCKET BAR / Friday March 27th 2009

I'm all out of sorts this week. I'm an extraterrestrial. I don't belong here. I don't belong anywhere. I'm just like you. Who the fuck are you people!? I'm a hunter gatherer. I'm a culture vulture. I live off the grid. I don't produce any of my own food. I sift and scavenge it all from the concrete jungle: synthesised nuts and berries in rainbow colours, animals vacuum sealed and seasoned, liquids pickled, pasteurised, fermented and carbonated; fire up the microwave, artificial sunlight! My home is a roaming phone signal, a series of status updates: a cloud computing swarm of decentralised servers, ephemera and electronic impulses. My tribe is a chattering swarm, a fiction of faces: all fugly and fantastical, come say hi sometime! None of it is real. The "natural world" is an abstraction, we left the trees eons ago, we came back with chainsaws. Who the fuck am I.. but what I've created in my own image? What the fuck is this mess.. but what we've corrupted? This simulacrum, this garbage pile scraping the sky, this metropolitan moonscape, these roads and ruins regurgitated for the sake of revisionist history. Where the fuck am I again? Rocket Bar.. of course! I know because it says so on the "sign". You can't possibly miss it, it's ever so easy to find between blinking neon, tattoo parlours and tittie bars. I don't belong here. Am I in exile or is this an escape? I used to live at the Ed Castle. I'm pretty sure it's gone now, you wouldn't think so but a demon wears its face: stake it through the heart, it's the only way to know for certain! Zombies populate these city streets, Fringe post mortems with slackjawed expressions, they're the walking dead, none of them have homes. They're here with me now living it up. I know I don't belong, but at least for a moment I'd like to call this insanity "home". Aaaah sweet desk lamp by the bar, my only constant in such madenning uncertainty! It'll be just like it was back in 2006.. you'll see!



It's true, I've been tracking their migration patterns for years now. Only now is it starting to make sense. Hunter gathering with my sharp shooter. Behold the Adelaide scenster: watch as it moves from place to place snuffling with glee. First come the outcasts: the nerds, the geeks, artists, stoners and wastoids. Then come the photogenics: the architects, dilettantes and socialites. I'm the head of the food chain! Then comes the greate collapse, a blackhole when some wisearse thinks they can turn a profit. Signal to noise ratio now hissing white hot: it all falls inward, a singularity, a flash of light; then nothing. Rinse the walls clean and start over: disown it all only to be rediscovered once more. None of us belong, we simply move from place to place trying to make sense of it all. It dawned on me for real the other day: I came from England once, all that history is mine, right back to the Normans, Vikings, Angles and Saxons, nomadic tribes pissed drunk in the wild and out on the hunt. Clearly very little has changed. Dress a monkey in a suit and tie: it's still a monkey. Territorial pissings, shifting allegiances, movements, memes, building layers of grime in circling footprints. Dress it in neon, lights and sound: it's still an abbatoir. We're lambs to the slaughter, fashion victims to any cause that will take us, anywhere where we can belong. I rather like it here. It's awesome, it's complete and utter gibberish, it's right where I wanna be!



STEERING BY STARS (***1/2) myspace ::
I'm feeling a little lost of late, I know I'm stumbling in the dark. This ain't no whimsical metaphor it's right there in front of me, striking me blind inches from my face. Sure I love a good challenge, I love Photoshop, it's been leading this way for the last week or so (Earth hour anyone!?) but this shit's bordering on the ridiculous. If there's a moral to this story it's never let a DJ to do the lights, especially if they're photosensitive, vitamin D deficient, prone to porphyria and vampirism: do you know that fingernails and hair grow for weeks after death? no wait, that's just a lie. What's this got to do with Steering By Stars? who the hell knows: just ask Lestat on the keys. He's "Lachlan" by any other name, he's living it up: please no pause for the irony. You can hear it in his muffled screams, his dramatic death rattle, hunched over, rasping on the microphone throughout the entirety of the set; he ain't no Liberace, he's a lost soul swimming down the river Styx looking for a way out. He's an ape sapience dreaming of an Übermensch translated into existential angst. I know what you're all thinking, scratching your heads in search of a dictionary: but none of us speak english anymore, we simply communicate through birdsong. It's all here in the sweeping gestures, the widescreen symphonies and the cinematic character arcs: The Cure's "Disintegration", Vangelis, The Doves, Sigur Rós, M83 and Explosions In The Sky; and if that still doesn't make sense? just nod your head like you're standing in an art gallery and people will think you're profound! Steering By Stars. They're either one of the most articulate and emotionally expressive bands to come out of the Adelaide scene in recent months or self important twaddle. But hey, why live in absolutes? clearly they're both! You can see it in the pained expression of Rory: tracing around himself with his guitar, once he forms a complete circle the floor will give away and he'll disappear. Adrian on the bass: brooding like an undertaker. Tom with his itchy trigger fingers: looking for any excuse to kill us all. They're a trinity of darkness and Lachlan's working the puppet strings. It's pure genius! Sure their mix may be a mess tonight, it may spin wildly from A Place To Bury Strangers to the end of a tape, hiss blasted on full: but even so it's like the most blissful sleep I haven't had in well on three years. For all the oceans of woe around them, that tranquility speaks to me still.








LIKE LEAVES (****1/2) myspace ::
Thanks to Steering By Stars we've been drifting in a twilight zone: a metaphoric, magical, part mythological no man's land located between day and night where all things are possible like unicorns, gnomes, faeries (and a speedy economic recovery) all crossed with a bad teen horror movie (and if you've ever heard an M83 album you'll know exactly what I'm on about) and then someone turns the lights back on. I never thought I'd ever say this but "thank fuck for Matt Hayward!". That rat bastard, part Johnny Cash crossed with a gopher damn near saved my night! I was blind and now I can see! Everything comes roaring back into "focus": which with a band quite like this one, is not without irony (and in the best way possible). Like Leaves. They take on many shapes and forms tonight (many of them BBQ flavoured). They existed between worlds. Between summer and winter, life and death, heaven and hell; they're our spirit guides, crazy indian spirits manifest in coyote, buffalo, eagle and prairie dog form (I'll let you make up your own mind on which is which) shuffling us to and fro between this mortal coil: electrically charged, crackling like a bug zapper and the infinite beyond. They never fail to feed the soul and fire the spirit; especially tonight. If ever you're confused, unsure of who you are, where you are, why you're here, or what you're doing with a live chicken and a hand grenade, dancing naked on the medium strip? this is the band for you. Granted this makes them none too dissimilar to our first band, only with added rows of gnashing teeth. Like Leaves. They truly are a band for all the people: whether they be animal, mineral or vegetable. They're infinitely accessible and yet infinitely inexplicable in any language ever uttered by humanity. Think of them as a primordial soup that blends Josh Homme's Desert Sessions with My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails' "The Fragile" and My Disco. Think of them as a post apocalyptic zen of rusted car parts sculptured into fine art, a pyramid of bleached cattle skulls making morse code for the aliens to return. It's batshit insane, ever more so in the neandering jams that they weave, yet it all makes such perfect sense! They're our nomadic past coming back to haunt us, to remind us: home can be anywhere, even here in outerspace!













FIRE! SANTA ROSA FIRE! (****) myspace ::
Which is an awesome way to shoot yourself in the foot if ever you're THIS band tonight. Damn. In any other circumstance our headliners could've owned this stage, and yet they've invited two impossible acts to follow. What the FUCK were they thinking!? (their humility is to be commended). Still by comparison, it does bring all their better qualities into sharper focus. Fire! Santa Rosa Fire! I've known them for years now. I've followed their journey, stranger than most, as they blundered their way cheerfully out of obscurity late in 2006. And if nothing else, they've been a growth industry: always honing their craft, coming up with new surprises. With pencil thin guitars and Dave's shrill screams on lead they cornered the "angular indie" buzz band aesthetic: a "scenster tragic" discopunk shred that took Rocket Bar by storm way back in 2007. So much so, that the latest idiot savants to claim this "crown": The Touch, would daydream endlessly in their infancy over the chance to share such a stage with them. But then they pushed ever onwards, they evolved, they crawled out of that swamp. Through an awkward "adolescence" of busted up vocal chords in 2008 they brought in a new vocalist: Caitlin, a new sensibility, and a much needed artistic credibility. It's still ongoing to this day. They may have won Triple J Unearthed, they may be signed to a record label now, but their best is yet to come. Tonight's set shows this for good, bad, but never the ugly. You can see the old in their unabashed geekiness: how they mash in the lyrics to Kayne West's "Gold Digger". How Caitlin squirms in front of a microphone: a mix between wide eyed wonder, toddler temper tantrum and frowny faced resolve. How Art grips onto that tambourine for dear life. It's a whimsical comedy, it's awesome: but there's SO much more to this band, many don't see it. It's that unmistakable killer groove. It's Caitlin finding her voice in the mix. A precision pendulum in interlocking guitar, bass, keys and drums; a caged canary let loose that makes Fire! Santa Rosa Fire! float like a bubblebee. You hear it in the martial crunch in "War Coward" when it weaves in and out with dog fighting guitars. You hear it in the infectious "Bad Trip" like the pitter patter of teddybear feet through a Michel Gondry forest. It's ever more pronounced in the newer material. They're finding their way: between the blissful ecclecticism of Broken Social Scene's "Fire Eye'd Boy", the angular funk of Pink Floyd's "Money" and the driven urgency of Interpol's "PDA" and when they nail it and make it their own? it's like the best thing ever!













1:10AM - After Fire! Santa Rosa Fire's finale, I find myself fumbling lost in the dark again (such an awesome song, such a shit video capture "damn you Matt Hayward you fiend, you did THAT on purpose!!"). And when all the lights came back on? not only did I discover half the audience had their clothes on back to front, but I also found myself on stage "20 minutes later" and this band's nowhere to be seen. Weird! So in effort to "centre" myself back into reality again, I took another photo of Ryan from Like Leaves drumkit. I like to call this one "midnight blue". You may wonder why (even more so when you realise just how many of these I've collected over the years) but not only is it a clear indication that I'm still on planet Earth and not floating beyond the third moon of Jupiter, or in another dimension, and clearly this is an ongoing injoke (as Ryan's in every second band in Adelaide of late), but it's also useful for insurance purposes. Laugh all you want but when Lady Strangelove had all their shit stolen last year? photos like these were a freaking life saver!



1:15AM - Clearly I'm more lost now than ever before. What the fuck am I on about again!? And clearly I need beer now, more than ever before (because cleary that ALWAYS works!). Still this was easier said than done, when moments before I could hit the bar, I'm confronted by Adelaide's "number one music fan". You may remember this twit when he gave us his impromptu "Zeta" impersonation last December. And this is him tonight, giving his due "appreciation" for Fire! Santa Rosa Fire! Still, before I could beat him upside the head with the blunt end of a fire extinguisher *cough* I'm interrupted by Christian: former lead singer of It's Warsaw! who wants everyone to know that not only does he think Juliet Hunter from Like Leaves is the most awesome thing ever tonight, and that she looked a lot like Lily Allen (and he found that all kinds of insanely hot), but also a whole lot of other shit I've chosen not to publish (ie: every reason why Juliet should file for a restraining order). Oh and apparently I'm also meant to add that some girl, who's a nurse, who's name I've completely forgotten, who cornered me for a blithering conversation for the next half an hour: was ever so ridiculously proud that she drew blood this week and wanted everyone one to know, because blood apparently makes her squeamish.. awesome! Moral of the story here? that "serial killer" joke I've kept running for the last year or so (that's in no way related to how much "Dexter" I watch) yeaaah I SO wish I wasn't kidding. Hmmm, now where DID I put that taser?



1:55AM - I sometimes wonder in moments like these (yes.. I finally DID get that beer and perhaps three more to follow *burp*) what would aliens visiting from other planets think of all this small talk? all this bickering? all these people and their petty politics that unite and separate them? There's this racist notion that "all chinese people look alike", in quite the same way that from THEIR perspective "all caucasians look alike and have really shit hygiene" (yup, can't argue with that one *fart* scuse me). So if we humans have so much trouble fitting in, how would it look from an outside perspective where we're all the same, six billion shaved apes and climbing, chattering incessantly in the same indecipherable dialects? from a petri dish? from the barrel of a Death Star? Ever felt like you didn't belong? just look at us all: it's human nature.. we're all arseholes. How we haven't wiped OURSELVES clean off this planet by now is anyone's guess?



2:26AM - Clearly in a mood to celebrate again, as clearly there's nothing quite like drinking yourself retarded to get over all your silly differences and unite you with the rest of your dribbling kind (wait.. I'm just as human as the rest of you blithering fools!? awww man.. that blows!). I decide anywhere but HERE at Rocket Bar is the best place for this happen (ie: do I really need to explain the logic?). And so, throwing myself headfirst down those three flights of stairs with glee (careful not to leave dents in the walls ahead of me as I go) I'm off in search of the great Australian dream. No it's not owning a quarter acre block you eeiidiot: it's being shitfaced drunk!



2:31AM - Which clearly leads me here: is this home? is this where I truly belong!? Granted there's numerous conspiracies out there claim as such, one's I've arguably spread myself, one's that claim I sleep in the crawlspace under the stairs out back. Oh and do you also believe that I'm actually over twenty thousands years old, thawed from a block of ice found buried deep in the Scandinavian fjords, I'm secretly employed by the government, I work in a black ops division of ASIO and I do all their "wetworks": political assassinations and the like? oh sure! Just as you'll believe that whilst I was in Supermild: not only did Dave Larkin from Dallas Crane get thrown out for smuggling in a bottle of wine from the Grace Emily, but one of the members of God God Damnit Damnit got unceremoniously turfed moments later after he whizzed in the beer garden. Yup, because you always believe everything I write in this blog each week now don't you? Of course you do!



4:40AM - And thus for no apparent reason: here's a photo of some random freak I found outside of Supermild moments after I left (*cough* we all know this is for show, we all know I walked back in moments later.. so just humour me for a moment?). Of course we all know this photo doesn't belong here, I mean really, who the FUCK is he!? and it really has no place in any blog about the Adelaide music scene; but since he was begging for me to take this shot, and I've got nothing else better to do with, than publish shit like this for a few short of a thousand people to read each week *pfft* it probably has about as much business belonging here as any other junk I've ever uploaded to the internet. I mean really.. why ELSE would you be here in the first place? surely it isn't for the scene, the music, the bands!? damnit.. do I even KNOW you people!? sheeesh!!



Let's face it: none of us belong here, the flies buzzing in our skulls tell us that we're ALL long gone. We're space aliens, anachronisms and hilarious dysfunctions. We're detached from any sense of time and space or reality that would otherwise bind us. There is no society: it hasn't existed for years, decades, centuries, perhaps it never did, never in the cohesive sense. This MacDonalds mentality of the 80's only made it ever more glaring; it's regurgitated return, again and again in the 00's, nothing but a reminder, a crass mockery. We're hunter gatherers, we're roaming tribes, subcultures within subcultures, splinter cells, growing and dividing like bacteria. We find our own frequencies in the chattering hysteria. I'm confused now more than ever but I love it here. It's a human zoo as much as it's a jungle unbound by law and I'm happily floating up that river, up shit creek without a paddle, in search of that heart of darkness, to drink my fill.

Previously on Spoz's Rant: Lady Strangelove + Shaman Son + The Amcats

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