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PIRATEY VARIETY
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:: SUBMERGE, DOUBLE
DENIM and TIERSMAN
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(Fringe Festival)
:: THE BYZANTINES
(EP Launch) with
COSMO THUNDERCAT
(Fringe Festival)
:: BLACK CORAL, SONS
OF ZOKU, THE HOWLING
FOG, BLOOD PLASTIC
and KITCHEN WITCH
(Fringe Festival)
:: HALL OF FAME ::
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:: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 :: 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 GOODFELLOW :: GRAFTON PRIMARY :: THE GRAND RAPIDS :: THE GRATES :: GRAVEYARD TRAIN :: 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! 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:: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

MATT BANHAM + SARAH CHADWICK + SHAME SPIRAL
"SELF DESTRUCT TOUR" @ THE JADE MONKEY / Friday November 5th 2010

So here I am at the Jade Monkey. It's a Friday night. I'm stating the bleedingly obvious here, yes I'm aware of that. And I'm here because out of all the other idiotic choices I could've made tonight (I didn't really look them up this time but I don't doubt there were millions) short of the fact it's at the Jade Monkey and that's easily five kinds of fuck off awesome in its own right? (duuude they've got fairy lights.. nuff said!) I thought this would be the funniest one to write about. I believe that's an important distinction to make; and yes we'll get back to that shortly. I've had all of five hours sleep, maybe less. My brain hates me, the feeling's mutual; it's a complicated relationship at best. Further complicated by the fact I've been on "fuckall sleep" all week; so I've slammed two cans of coke to compensate and now I'm a spastic yammering combination of delerious and wired (it's how I write most of these blogs too.. weeee!). Walking in just now someone cops an earful of that after casually inquiring "how are you?" only to laugh it right back with "wait.. isn't that normal for you!?". And disturbingly enough they're right! None of this: the insomnia, the insanity, the near incoherent shitcrazy rambling is out of the ordinary in the slightest because I do all this every week, willingly, without question and sometimes I stop and wonder.. WHY!? I mean why the fuck am I here? what motivates me!? And I don't just mean tonight; although I admit it was an effort and a half to drag myself out of the house to get here (I feel like I've been hungover all week!) I mean in general!? Is it just to get drunk? is it just to get drunk so I can write a blog about it? is it a "chicken or the egg" scenario in chasing my own tail here!? (pfft.. I can get drunk at home!). Or is it for the bands I profess to write about? is it for the buzz? this vibrant "hive of activity" that is the Adelaide scene!? yeaaah fuck it.. let's just say that! because I readily admit, that right now? I really don't know! I just turned up out of habit more than anything else! or maybe it's because Matt Banham from No Through Road is headlining a show at The Jade Monkey tonight, and he's as much an outrageous bastard as he is an exploding drunk on stage (duuude he's freaking hilarious!) and maybe I just don't want him to drink alone; at least not when he could be doing something entirely stupid I can write a blog about. Sounds silly I know, utterly nonsensical even.. but it's the only answer I got!



KARL MELVIN (***) myspace ::
Still before we can even get to that (he's launching a solo album don'tcha know?) there's still all these pesky support acts to deal with first.. "awww crap support acts? support acts!? I'M SICK TO DEATH OF FUCKING SUPPORT ACTS!!". Yeah I know, believe me I know! it feels like all we ever DO around here is review support act after support act in support of "blah-di-blah launch party, interstate, international, touring festival whatever-the-fuck" and for what? TO REMIND ME I'M STILL WAAAY TOO SOBER FOR THIS SHIT!? GET FUCKED!! *cough* but yeaaah don't mind me I'm clearly just rambling here, for as much as there ARE three.. count them THREE SUPPORT ACTS to contend with tonight (and if you really want to piss me off? give me four of them!) Matt Banham: being the "colourfully eccentric" alcoholic that he is (and if you're not already familiar with his works then you truly haven't lived!) has provided us with a selection of colourfully eccentric support acts to match. Every one of them (in their own weird way) are an inspiration and a half, and our opening act here is hardly the exception. For this is Karl Melvin. You might recognise him as one of at least a DOZEN guitarists who've performed with the Avant Gardeners at any given time (or shit.. perhaps he plays bass? or both!?). Or perhaps you might recognise him as one of those mild mannered "landscape gardeners" you sometimes see on current affairs shows who boast they've built a shit hot levitating lawnmower engine inspired by the works of Nikola Tesla and extraterrestrials from the Horsehead Nebula that runs on nothing but moonbeams, recycled urine and depleted uranium (as much as all that is clearly a lie, he collects unemployment and was recently released from a mental asylum) "huh what!?" oh I've got no fucking idea what I'm talking about either but at the very least it DOES begin to describe his novel approach to a "solo set". Yup using nothing but a guitar, FX pedals and a laundry list of programming instructions in lieu of an actual setlist (for as much as I'm aware it's just the one song that goes for twenty minutes) he conjures up an increasingly incomprehensible wall of distortion. One which, in the simplest terms could be described as a whale giving birth to a river of concrete, five or six elephants gang fucking in a sandstorm or Justin Bieber at 800th speed singing a gregorian chant with a mouthful of breadcrumbs (no really.. check that out on youtube if you don't believe me!). And it's clearly anyone's guess what three or four bands you could possibly equate this with (as much as you could say it's inspired by anything from Sonic Youth, Pink Floyd to Interpol with distortion levels cranked up to the point that it'd practically microwave your bone marrow) either way the real beauty in this is? it's entirely up to your own mad interpretation. It's less a sonic projection as it is mirror reflection challenging every iota of your imagination to fill in the gaps; as much as it's already been done by a dozen dope smoking guitarists, turntablists (and even violinists) before him and yet even so, no less mesmerising when you see it for yourself. Like tracing patterns in television snow, seeing shapes in drifting clouds or taking so much acid you think the patterns in your wallpaper are the "high priest Cthulhu" come to kill you. I mean it might just be wallpaper, it might just be nothing but bullshit on a live stage tonight.. but if you tune out in just the "right way"? you'll swear it's anything but. Yup that's Karl Melvin, and I can't believe I wrote all this gibberish either.. but in the very least, the fact I DID? means it must've been good!






SHAME SPIRAL (*1/2) myspace ::
And speaking of shit that's very much open to "interpretation" here comes our second act. As such you should probably immediately disregard my "one and a half star" rating here, as much as I've put a lot of thought and consideration into it (and by a "lot of thought and consideration" I clearly mean whilst laughing hysterically from my ivory tower as bats circle overhead) as more so than any other artist I'd usually review for this fartarse blog? this one very much depends on personal taste more so than any kind of "objective" judgement. Granted I'd already reviewed her once before: back in September last year to be precise (act nine in an apocalyptic eleven act lineup for "No One Wants To Play With Me".. yeeeouch!) and I pretty much came to the same conclusion and I wasn't exactly looking forward to reliving the whole experience again (also I was half wondering if she'd actually kill me for it). Still in saying that I've also seen her alter ego "Corinna" perform in everything from Holographic Colts, Ringo Stalin to Megafauna and at least one of those bands I kinda dug something fierce (only to never hear from again.. damnit!) and I know she's got some serious "scenester clout" in her favour, so maybe I'm a little conflicted in how I should proceed!? aaaah screw it! to put it bluntly Shame Spiral is one of those "artier than thou" avant garde acts. Yeaaah you know the type, she's so hipster she's practically an aneursym to the natural order. She's equal parts antagonistic in droning post punk and jarring electroclash. She sets out to ever so subtly get under your skin like a burrowing insect. She derides, pokes, prods and unsettles like a black cloud of discontent as much as she aims to entertain the aesthetically aloof amongst you with an angular dance beat. And in theory I totally respect the hell out of it, it's an awesome thing! but in practice it just annoys the living piss out of me like "fingernails on a blackboard" to the point I don't even want to be in the same room as her. But hey, maybe it's just me!? I mean if you dig everything from Chicks On Speed, Public Image Limited and the more abrasive extremes of The Knife you'd totally love the SHIT out of this! If you dig lyrics rich in existential ennui as much as they are jarringly flat in deadpan delivery you'll find some real common ground here! Lyrics that suck the life out of a room in biting social commentary? Lyrics that just make you want to curl up in a tiny ball and die? duuude what's not to endlessly enthuse!? especially that one song where she drones: "it's just a photograph! it's just a photograph! it's just a photograph!" like a dentist drill (made even more hilariously apt when I took photos of her regardless) HELL YES!! The fact is all this might make ME want to gouge out my own eyesockets screaming on the inside until the pain stops? but I'm only one opinion! And more so than any other review, it could be the wrong opinion! She had some really loud beats (so much so they drowned out her vocals half the time), she had some mad buzzing synths, she totally knew how to play that ipod, a female friend of mine totally dug her fashionable choice in hosiery and shoes; I was somewhat inclined to agree! So in the end I'll leave it up to you. Shame Spiral? fuck it, you already know how I feel: watch the video (it's one of her new songs) and make up your own mind.. no really, I'm curious to know what YOU think!






SARAH CHADWICK (***) myspace ::
Which by no small measure of relief (and at the very least to both eyesight and sanity after all the internalised "screaming" Shame Spiral put me through) brings us to our third act that I truly have nothing but praise for. Yup you may recognise her as the lead singer for Batrider: formerly based in New Zealand/Melbourne/London now based in Adelaide (fiendishingly a-grade in their own right) or you may also recognise her from her previous solo appearances at Format Space back in July in support of Avant Gardeners and the Crying Game, or at the Jade Monkey back in September in support of No Through Road's head explodingly awesome "farewell show" (and if you were there that night you'd totally understand that's NOT an exaggeration) or most recently in support of Matt Banham as part of his two week "Self Destruct" stint across seven cities (with tonight's homecoming show being the last of the tour). Either way, every other night I've ever seen her play live? it's been nothing but gold, it's been nothing but flabbergasted superlatives and audiences awestruck into silence, and I've been right there with them maaan bugging the fuck out! And I'm not just saying that like it's a "no brainer" here. It's not! It takes a lot for a solo artist to win over a crowd like this, more so when you're someone like me who's suffered through their fair share of live shows and house parties ruined by some "pretentious twat with an acoustic" who thinks they're the next Jeff Buckley. But Sarah Chadwick cuts through all that bullshit. Partly it's the signature sound she nails like she was born with it, equal parts: Cat Power, Kim Gordon, Courtney Love (no that's not an insult I swear!) mixed with Janis Joplin and J Mascis. But more so for the richness of character and the authentic well worn way in which she delivers it song after song. She's the genuine article, she performs this heart wrenching catharsis like it's a slow feed IV drip, it stops you dead in your tracks and you can only but stand there paralysed to it as it pummels you into glassy-eyed submission. Or at least it has been like that every OTHER time she's played. Tonight however she's fighting a losing battle here. You can hardly blame her for it, she's still giving it all she's got. It's more the crowd assembled here who are competing for volume, and I dare say they're winning, as much as you could hardly blame THEM for it either: as they're simply drinking up a storm in anticipation for our headlining act (and believe me I'm hardly excluded from that.. it's "survival instinct" more than anything to do so). Just as this isn't the first time I've seen a performing artist all but buried at the Jade Monkey. It happened to Steering By Stars (in support of Sincerely, Grizzly) back in February, it happened to The Sea Thieves (in support of Angie Hart from Frente!) in November last year, and most obliteratingly so with Matt Barlow from Thunderclaw a few weeks before that when he was all but devoured by a locust swarm of exciteable idiots who were there to see The Thieves (it was painful to watch too!). But still it doesn't make it any less "annoying" to see it again, as much as you know you can't really do anything about it. Yup that was Sarah Chadwick tonight. She wasn't entirely "here" but any other night? ooooh trust me.. you'll know exactly what you missed out on!







MATT BANHAM (****1/2) myspace ::
And now at long last the headlining act we all came here to see: as much as many of those same people (some of his biggest fans even) are forming a "firing squad" out front in nonstop heckling abuse (and apparently he wouldn't want it any other way!) why!? because Matt Banham here is nothing but a living legend to the Adelaide scene, A LIVING LEGEND!! and I'm not just saying that! In years to come they'll spin tall tales of this loud mouth bastard, they'll write books adapted into movies, they'll erect bronze statues in his honour; then they'll throw bricks and beer bottles at him and tear it right down again.. why!? because he's the rarest of the rare, he's one of a dying breed: the archetypal 10ft tall rock & roll frontman. No really think about it maaan! compared to him next to every other frontman you see now (very much adhering to the Pitchfork "artier than thou" ethos) do their utmost NOT to draw attention to themselves. They'll be staring at their shoes, hiding behind their hair, guitars, drumkits and keyboards, confusing you with ever dizzying ensembles to surround themselves with (where everyone's playing musical chairs in effort to avoid the spotlight), swapping instruments and layering millions of effects pedals over the top of each other so you'll never quite decipher just what the fuck they're singing. And as much as there's a lot of merit in all that (and we've got plenty of exceptional examples to show for it) there's something to be said for the age old cliche: that larger than life exploding "ego" with whiskey bottle in hand, every epitome the kamikaze human sacrifice. Someone who's willing to go out on a limb, make an absolute dick of themselves and take all the crap in the world. And Matt Banham is very much that man! Yup you might recognise him as the lead singer for No Through Road: every inch the egomaniacal bastard, 10ft tall, tie askew, drunk as a skunk on a mad killing spree. And that's when he has a whole army behind him. But with his "army" leaving him behind now? (they're on hiatus for a few years while various members go overseas or take care of all that "work and relationship" shit) he's since come up with THIS. And with or without a band to back him now? he's still every inch an open wound with a microphone attached. He shows no fear, no shame, drinks himself near delerious to wind himself up! And here tonight: on the last leg of his tour to promote his album "Self Destruct" (available to stream or buy on bandcamp) he's doing everything as advertised in doing JUST that. Using little more than a guitar and an ipod backing, cooking up a repertoire of everything from melancholy blues to angular electro (or rather like Lou Reed meets Thom Yorke's "Eraser") he whips the crowd into a killing frenzy like a motivational speaker gone horribly wrong, or with the crowd's bloodthirsty response heckling in kind? very much the indie rock equivalent of a Joaquin Phoenix attempting "hiphop" (ie: just as brilliantly inspired as its eye gougingly cringeworthy). As such for most of the set he goes it alone like a human target, like watching a man drown with conviction (not least of which because he's drunkenly slurring all the words). Opening with a maudlin cover of Icehouse's "Electric Blue", he follows with everything from No Through Road's "Girl's Are The Devil" (a song he likes to think as being both fiercely misogynist and feminist at the same time) to choice selections off his album, to a truly striking two minute outburst that short of a little guitar is near abouts acapella in heart wrenching misery.. and yes it's powerful stuff. But he also invites the occassional guest to join him on stage: from Zac Coligan from The Sea Thieves who provides singing saw for "Death Mocks Me In My Sleep" to Sarah Chadwick and Stephanie Crase from Batrider who provide backup vocals for "Waiting For The End", and it's the range of expression here that impresses me the most. For as much as he's equal parts car wreck and catharsis in expressing it (and the crowd's totally making him look like a "fool" for it) he owns it outright, he doesn't hide from it, try as you might you just can't fuck with it. Yup that's Matt Banham. He might look like a loud mouth drunk singing "karaoke" (and believe me he's just as comical) but he has ALL the talent to back it up!










But of course the one thing we'll remember this show for above all else, is what he did after that. And yes it did seemed a little odd for him to play this at the time, but in hindsight (and not just because of all his drinking tonight) it starts to make perfect sense: when for an entirely ridiculous encore (as much as it was totally uncalled for) he launches into a cover of Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me". Except it's not so much a "cover" as it's simply him cranking out the song on his ipod, shouting all the words, waving his hands about and pulling all manner of retarded shapes when he jumps into the crowd. Or in other words? you bet I got a fucked up video of it! I started recording it "just as the chorus kicks in" and seriously if this DOESN'T make you want to buy the SHIT out of his solo album? (in the very least to provide for his ongoing psychiatristic care) then nothing will!



12:28AM - And yet what makes this seemingly "uncharacteristic" move all the funnier, is after the show he simply left his ipod running on shuffle mode only to reveal a proverbial "Pol Pot" of musical skeletons in his closet. I mean who knew he'd be into this shit? but next to every single song in his selection was the very epitome of Top 40 cheese in commercial pop, hiphop and R&B. HA HA HA NO.. SHIT! And I swear it just got funnier with every subsequent song too (and all the funnier still that nobody thought to switch it off!? duuude!). Obviously I didn't recognise any of them (no point incriminating myself here) save for Rihanna's near omnipresent "Umbrella", and that one she did with Eminem on his latest album, "Love The Way You Lie" (otherwise known as the weirdest "trailer trash" music video you'll ever see starring Dominic Monaghan from Lost and Megan Fox from Transformers). But what REALLY takes the cake is how the audience reacted to it. I mean just look at that dancefloor cutting sick!? FUUUCK!! YEAAAS!! WOOOO!! Yup I tell you what maaan.. I don't care where you were tonight, but if you weren't here? YOU TOTALLY MISSED OUT!!



Still as much as everyone in here was tearing it up having the "absolute time of their lives" (or more accurately screaming for the exit signs) it didn't really bother me in the slightest. NOT IN THE *cough* SLIGHTEST!! So much so I even spent the next half hour in this toxic environment (and before you ask.. no there wasn't any Britney) slumped on a couch editing up photos on my camera (well in my defense it was a very comfy couch) while barstaffers Zac and Tom went about their business in near solitude; the latter damn near gagging, choking and dry retching on himself from all the "music" he was being subjected to. Still to Matt Banham's credit? he did have D12's "Purple Pills" in his collection, and I don't care what you say.. but that's a mad jam in anyone's language!



1:10AM - Eventually however it was too much for even me to handle (completely coincidental to the fact I just finished editing photos on my camera.. and I bet you were dying to know about that too!) and I just had to flee to The Exeter for safety (completely coincidental to the fact they had beer). And as much as I would've loved to document every detail in following of my lengthy binge drinking session to drown out all the insanity I witness earlier at The Jade Monkey? yeaaah I just couldn't be arsed. I mean sometimes it's hilarious.. and sometimes it's just me drinking beer for an hour. So in effort to signify this utterly inauspicious occassion? here's a photo of the table outside where I was crouching with my beer, so as to fool the bouncers that I was actually sitting.



2:04AM - And then a full hour later I was curiously compelled to take a photo of THIS: the "wine list" at The Exeter. For the sole reason that I swear on my life that this was the first time I ever actually paid attention to it. I mean no shit.. I've been drinking beer here for what? fifteen odds years now? ordering beers at this very bar? with this sign staring at me? and it never occurred to me even ONCE to look at all these selections they have on offer!? Yup that's right barstaffers of Adelaide! I'm that one ignorant jackass who almost always orders a pint of Coopers Pale Ale, to the point I practically think you have "psychic powers" for serving it up to me before I ask for one, and this photo is proof positive of just how woefully ignorant I truly am *cough* awesome huh!?



2:20AM - Now if you've been reading between the lines here you'd know I'm not exactly all that motivated to be here tonight. I mean sometimes running a blog like this can be a bit of a drag, it really can! So much so I was even considering staying home with a carton of beer and drinking them one by one on my toilet seat until I passed out stone cold, rather than put myself through this shit (because at the very least? it'd definitely be a lot cheaper!). But since I DID manage to drag myself out of the house? I wasn't really in a mood to have a big one. I mean yeah yeaaah, I know I have this reputation for being "wild crazy binge drinking blogger guy", like "WOOP-DI-FUCKING-DOO-AND-SHIT!!", but didn't I do all this shit LAST WEEKEND!? I mean sometimes I crave the exact opposite, sometimes I want nothing more than a "quiet night out", I mean is that really too much to ask!? I MEAN WHAT THE HELL DO YOU WANT FROM ME!? or at least until I discovered Transmission was on tonight.. and yeah I'm so very very sorry for everything you're about to see.



2:28AM - As such in walking in tonight, most of the "excitement" here was pretty much lost on me. I mean it's simply mindblowing to me to think that so many of YOU hilarious nitwits actually organise your entire weekends around whether to attend the fuck out of these pissyarse "indie dance clubs" or whether to avoid them like the plague. FERFUCKSAKE!! don't you people have better things to do with your lives? *ahem* well clearly I don't because I'm standing here, but meh I'm still not really "feeling" it.. or at least until DJ Ross starts thrashing Interpol: at which point it's suddenly the maddest shit on the planet. As you might've guessed? I AM rather drunk right now.



2:31AM - And so to the benefit of pretty much nobody reading this shit right now: here we are on the dancefloor and behind the DJ decks totally losing our collective shit to Interpol. And the funny thing is? I don't even remember what song it was!? I mean it could've been "Evil", it could've been "Slow Hands", it could've been.. yeaaah this really doesn't interesting you in the slightest does it?





And so it's here that we then cross that all too familiar "tipping point" in any given night: between not giving a shit in the slightest over what I actually provide for this blog (in fact almost anything to the contrary would be very much more preferable) to "WOWEEEE THIS IS THE FUNNIEST SHIT EVER.. AAAAHAHAHAhAhAHaHAhAhAHA!!". As much as I seriously don't have the foggiest clue why I took THIS near ridiculous photo of Jarrad on the DJ decks or why I'm publishing it now. Hmmm. Just as (quite coincidentally) this is also my favourite moment in any given blog (as much as it drives me insane attempting to come up with whimsical captions for it) simply because it'll annoy the piss out of just about anyone reading this blog looking for "legitimate news" on the Adelaide scene (pfft.. no really!?) knowing full well they'd have to wade through all THIS crap to get to it.



And so, for all those stupid reasons above? here's Anika. You may recognise her as doorgirl for Saturday night's Plus One at The Ed Castle, aka: she's the ridiculously cute brunette who also happens to be a total "bitch" (no Laura.. I DON'T MEAN YOU!). She's also doorgirl here tonight for Transmission. And the reason WHY she's appearing in my blog all a sudden? (besides the fact I'm just being serial pest!?) well check it out duuudes.. she's totally got herself a fringe! A FRINGE!! Isn't that the most explodingly exciting news you've heard all week? and aren't you ever so glad you tuned in to find out about it!? I know, it's times like these I really DO love writing this blog!



2:45AM - Feeling the need to celebrate, I forget what exactly (and it's probably not important) I immediately hit up the bar for a round of THESE. "What are they exactly?".. I bet you're dying to ask me? (and not sarcastically hissed through clenched teeth?) WELL I'M GLAD YOU DID!! because to tell you the truth I don't have the foggiest clue myself.. but at the very least I've ordered them countless times before, only there really isn't an official name for them. My friend Simone (aka: bane of my blogging existence who clearly needs no introduction) likes to call them "Tesquila Tamascamo" (if only for the ridiculous squinty face she pulls anytime she does one) and if you're looking to order one of your own, the instructions are quite simple. Ask for two shot glasses. In one tequila. In the other tomato juice with four drops tabasco. Down each in that order. It sounds stupid I know but it's the BEST SHIT EVER!! So much so I may've even ordered that second one for Anika (apparently I owed her one from a few months ago.. maybe?) and telling from the fact she ran away screaming cursing my name? I think she liked it. Try it sometime, you'll thank me later!



3:06AM - And then completely unrelated to all that shit (because clearly all the beers I've been drinking have nothing to do with this shit either) I then bump into Rodney here: one of the head photographers for Fasterlouder. Obviously this called for celebration in the form of this photo, as much as pretty much anything at this point on a Friday night: short of farting without losing one's own pants, walking in a straight line, NOT pissing on a cop car (or setting fire to one) would also call for similar "celebration". As such I would also like to offer my heartfelt apologies for pretty much anyone we shared a dancefloor with whilst taking THIS photo.. and pretty much anyone else who's reading this right now (as much as we all know I'm being wildly insincere on that last count).



And here's a trivial fact you might not know about Rodney (as much as you might care not to know) as much as I'm aware? the only thing he ever drinks is Ouzo. Yes Ouzo "an anise-flavored aperitif that is widely consumed in Greece and Cyprus" (thank you wikipedia!). Rumour has it he might even brush his teeth with it, as much as his urine would for all intents and purposes also be predominantly Ouzo, and yes you could even run your car on it (but don't take my word for it). I should also note that none of this has any bearing on ANY of these photos I might've taken here.



"Duuude, totally email me this last photo!".. ooooh don't worry, YOU'LL SEE IT SOON ENOUGH!!



3:14AM - And then.. I felt strangely compelled to leave Transmission. As to be honest I was feeling a little too sober to be in there, and yes I'll let you make up your own mind over what my interpretation of "sober" is in saying that. Just as I'm also surprised upon climbing those steps to King William Street that the surrounding area has somehow manifest this "sobriety" in a helpfully analogous way. Even more surprising so? I totally didn't notice this when I walked in an hour ago (better yet? it's been here for weeks now!?). Aaaah Transmission! I ask you, what's not to love!?



3:25AM - Somewhere between there and here I may've since accidently deleted about a dozen odd (read: a few thousand odd) utterly nonsensical photos of pretty much anything stupid I found along the way: from misplaced supermarket trolleys, upturned trash bins, retarded-arse paddlepop lion bus shelter billboards (no shit! it had the freakiest damn facial expression and everything!), random crap scattered on the street that reminded me of stuff and/or things.. or put it this way: if I composed them all into an animated GIF? it would very much resemble a car crash at top speed, or a medical diagnosis for an actual mental disorder (and feel free to let me know WHICH ONE just from the description). Yup if nothing else here.. not only do I half suspect you're endlessly relieved over the fact that I DID delete all those photos (thus somewhat saving you the retarded-arse "running commentary") but you'd be half surprised the bouncers here even let me in after all that; except not only are they used to this crap by now (for well over three years now) but they actually think this is normal. Better yet after all these years? I've effectively pulled the "same" on YOU.



3:40AM - And speaking of being at Supermild so many times now, that not only have you long stopped paying attention to any of the "jokes" I keep cracking in here, but if you hypothetically collected "security camera" footage here from every Friday to Saturday Night for the past three years running and edited it up into a timelapse film: I'd be the only "solid" object you'd see in it (NOOOO SHIT!!) here's Lucy.. say hi to Lucy everyone! (wow.. that enthusiastic huh!?). And before you ask? yup she's here to provide us with a whimsical followup to that wildly entertaining "biting incident" we all read about last week (and don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about either). Turns out that bite mark in question? is now a rather nasty looking bruise (awww I know!). One possibly made all the more "nasty" by the fact I might've photoshopped it just a teeny a bit. Just as my lawyers would like to inform you that this entire episode has been photoshopped, quite extensively in fact, and I never left my house at all, and everything you've seen to the contrary is nothing but a work of fiction. For those of you curious? my toilet is a beguiling shade of "beige".



4:10AM - This is me giving my longneck bottle of Coopers Pale Ale the finger. I forget why exactly, or how it relates to anything else you might've read upto this point, but it amuses me to no end that I've published it regardless. If it helps? me and the beer are still the best of "friends".



4:33AM - And here I am with Todd (do I really need to explain who "Todd" is!? aaaah fuck it!) where Todd appears to be feeling just that teeny bit "flummoxed" about the situation, while I'm doing a rather spectacular impersonation of a camel. I believe the accompanying sound would've gone a little like this: "GNEEEEUURRGGHHH!!". Yup it's been an illuminating night to say the least!



Yup there's something just that little bit "irregular" about tonight. And I can't quite place it, only it's pretty much everything, and more disturbingly so? it's always been THIS fucked up, only now I'm just that little more "aware" of it!? I mean for all the idiotic reasons I can dream up for doing this batcrap insanity each week: ones infinitely enriched with meaningful character arcs, cohesive theme narratives, and seemingly near linear progressions from A to B to Supermild in the telling of it, it's totally all bullshit right!? I mean it must be bleedingly obvious to YOU but it's always been a shock to me when I'm reminded of it! And yet here I am searching for that meaning still, for that mad motivation to drive me forward? when all this simply exists for the sake of existing!? Yup it is what it is and that's all it can ever be. The Adelaide scene, it's out there maaan! it's every week, it's everywhere, it's exploding all at once like a microwave bag of popcorn. Live it, breathe it, snort two lines through both nostrils and into my brain. It might drive me to distraction trying to make sense of it all (believe me it's an ongoing bane to my existence!) to the point that sometimes I wonder why I even do it at all? but even so.. I'd be hard pressed to find a buzz that could ever replace it!

Previously on Spoz's Rant: The Sea Thieves + Steering By Stars

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