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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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:: MAGIC BONES,
HEAPS GOOD FRIENDS
and THE HOWLING FOG
:: 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
:: 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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:: 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 :: 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 :: 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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:: Friday, February 18, 2011

ONE NIGHT FOR THE SUNSHINE STATE
FLOOD RELIEF FUNDRAISER @ ROCKET BAR / Saturday February 12th 2011

Now I don't doubt many of you are more than well aware that I "hate" Rocket Bar. I mean I really, REALLY HATE ROCKET BAR!! And if not...? did I mention I hate Rocket Bar? GNAAAA.. FUCKING SON OF A... SO MUCH OUTRAGEOUS SCREAMING FISTING... AAAHAHAHaHAhaHAhAHA!! (ooops I think one of my eyeballs just burst, hmmm?) *squeeeeee!*. Now obviously there's no jusfiable reason for all this "seething animosity": short of almost every other time I've ever BEEN there for the past two to three years running triggering yet another vitriolic outburst in a blog writeup followed by me swearing blind I'd never go back, EVER AGAIN "for all the dehumanising hell they put me through! GUH!!". Just as I should also point out that very little of this is ever directed towards their wonderful (and ever friendly) barstaff (aaaah Kassandra, we had some fun times didn't we? *sigh*), security, any of the bands that might *still* play there (fuck I dunno...? aussie hiphop? Transatlantics on all the nights Shaolin Afronauts aren't otherwise "available"? yer mum!?) house mixer Pat Saracino, or even Jamie Bennett: despite him spamming me upteen squillion facebook invites to touring DJ sets until I swear I want to jam pencils INTO my eyesockets screaming until the pain stops (nooo! he's one HELL OF A GUY!!). We just have a complicated love/hate relationship is all: predominantly predicated on reciprocating and ever escalating cycles of "hate" (wait that shouldn't be in inverted commas) punctuated by the odd "wild one night stand" to keep me crawling back again. Or rather like a marriage, only the special kind of "marriage" that Nick Cave would totally write a song about then "wastepaper basket" for being far too needlessly psychotic... YEEEOUCH!! And thus it's only with the utmost reservation and hesitation, or in this case once-in-a-lifetime near "bibical grade" shitstorm cataclysm: forming the basis of a much needed "flood relief fundraiser" (now with extra "category five cyclone" insanity sauce!) that I would ever choose to return here; as much as they're ALSO hosting a "flood relief fundraiser" over at Squatters: featuring upward of twenty odd bands and above stretching across two or three stages... but let's face it as much as I DO love supporting a good cause as much as the next person? I so couldn't be arsed writing all that up! (so I'll totally support that same cause here). And thus? we present to you... One Night For The Sunshine State!



Yup it's inspiring to think how a goofy little "fundraiser" like this can bring so many people together for a good cause isnt it? But even more so, how it can redeem an oppressively bleak "blackhole of despair" like Rocket Bar: frequent home (at least in my mind) to dead-eyed mannequins bereft of any soul, spirit or facial expression, forming conspiratorial cliques in the corner or twitching about a dark dancefloor to alienating electro DJs; and actually make it feel "welcoming" to members of the "human race" (and not just to the extraterrestrials from Electric Circus?) WOW!! Or in other words? for giving us anything to lighten the mood from what would otherwise feel a few meat hooks and drainage holes shy of an abattoir, rape dungeon or vampire coven? or a few soiled mattresses shy of a "halfway house" to shoot up heroin? (I mean you gotta wonder sometimes when the brightest "light" in the room comes from the neon glow of the strip joint across the road!? FUUUCK OFF!!) yup it's definitely an all too rare Rocket Bar welcome tonight that's for sure! It's in the warm crackle of conversation around me, that all-over fuzzy feeling I'm getting that says "YES we can do our bit to help the Queensland Flood Appeal!", or fuck it... maybe it's the DJs!? OH IT'S DEFINITELY THE DJS! Instead of the usual "arse-reaming barrage" unrelenting beating our brains in senseless with Tetrix block beats rendered so skull fuckingly "abrasive" you can't even think your own thoughts let alone hear someone else being stabbed to death SCREAMING 2cms away from your eardrum!? our fundraiser tonight has brought in its own DJs: Sex Pest, Danvers and Giant Twin to bang booty jams that not only could you half imagine pulling mad shapes to on the dancefloor whilst pissing yourself laughing over just how awesome they are; but also at such blissfully "non-lethal volumes" that you can actually hear yourself speak to that person next to you without having to rip out your lungs and show it to them. It's a small thing granted, but duuude it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!



So as much as I might still be pacing back and forth, cursing and swearing like a "caged animal", taking all these photos here hoping it might take my mind off things? (and it's kinda not working) yeaaah don't worry it's just the "Pavlovian response" kicking in the minute I walked in through that door tonight: too many years of conditioning triggering a flood of bad memories and one message looping over and over in my head in case I'd ever forgotten winding me up like a cuckoo clock: "never again Rocket Bar! AAAAHAHaHahaHAhAHA!! NEVER AGAIN!!". Yup the fact is it simply hasn't dawned on me yet that THIS night's going to be the exception, and any minute now it's gonna sink in (or at the very least the beers will!) and aaaany minute now it's gonna be me beaming grins all round because tonight we're doing this for charity! But until then, is it just me? or does the padding on this back wall remind you of a couch you'd find in a psychiatrists office!? No I don't mean in an ACTUAL psychiatrists, more like the cartoon (as it might surprise you to know that I've never been to one and thus wouldn't know if the "upholstery cliche" holds true) as much as a night spent at Rocket Bar, any night, is surely enough to drive you INTO therapy... and wait? are the bands about to start already!? *phew* I swear ten more minutes of THIS? and I would've fucking exploded!



THE RULES - Now considering all three of these bands here tonight ARE donating their time, and effort, for free, for a flood relief fundraiser... and they totally didn't have to do that, and yes it's a ridiculously awesome thing that they did, and "YAAAY FOR THE GREATER GOOD!!" and wow did that just sound weirdly uncharacteristic of me to say that (and I think I need to take a shower!) it'd just be needless, nay psychotically cruel of me to review them all in turn. I mean what kind of mean spiriting shitkicking arsehole DO YOU THINK I AM!? (no wait... please don't answer that). As such there will be no "ratings out of five" provided here and no harsh criticisms dealt: as much as I'll still be taking the piss out them regardless (I mean shit duuude I gotta have my fun somehow!) noooo let's just this once give them all the benefit of the doubt and say at the VERY LEAST they were spectacularly adequate at being a "live band" (no mean feat). Just like I won't be providing you with a lengthy dissertation explaining just WHO these hysterical arseclowns are, and whether or not you'd want to hunt them all down on facebook or attend their live shows (or youtube their shit purely to slag them off in the comments) because you should already know that! Or at least you should... with the possible exception of THIS band, because it's only their second show and they're totally brand new. Yup this is The Rules. In the simplest terms they're a "kill them all" blues band combining all the best bits of The Dead Weather with Death From Above 1979 with perhaps a few side sprinkles of early EP Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santogold and Zach De La Rocha's "One Day As A Lion" (no really hunt that shit down, it's fucking tops!). And yes I've already reviewed them once before back in December, I praised the living shit out of it (in my own weird way) and they sure as shit didn't dissapoint tonight... but this no isn't a live review. Just like I'll only be make passing a reference to their guitarist Adrian Zammit: who despite all appearances ISN'T Serj Tankian from System Of A Down moonlighting under a "goofy alias" (admittedly it's a cheap shot, but c'mon!). Ditto to their fill in drummer "Sam" who's only had two rehearsals with the band (and he's doing a bang up job too!) as their actual drummer: who's never actually played a gig with them, has just been chosen to perform with Circus Solei in Europe (and yes I SO wish that was a punchline too!). No this already overlong writeup is dedicated to their lead singer Carla Lippis and WHAT THE FUCK IS SHE WEARING TONIGHT!? I mean to her infinite credit she IS owning the stage like a hostage situation rapidly gone "Stockholm": so it's definitely within character for her to be dressed like an aerobics instructor with all the "subtlety" in stage presence of a boot camp drill sargeant; I mean she's got balls maaan! except no wait, no she doesn't... and it's a little bit awkward that we can all see proof of that (mmmm shiny!). Oh she's a one of a kind! A good part of their live set tonight is me politely distracting myself from the slapstick sight of her bouncing off all four walls, the floor and the ceiling a few shades short of falling off the stage (at the very least she did take her heels off after the first song) jiggling her bits about, shouting blue murder and singing like a mad diva in a spastic blur of sheer black, boobs and leopard spots; but hey that's Carla in one! Bringing the "LEAD" back to "lead singer". Or more accurately bringing back TWO leads hooked up to a car battery while her band cranks the ignition; and after years of covering awkwardly indie shoegaze bands (and the occassional Matt Banham) shrinking into the shadows? I wholeheartedly applaud its return. The Rules: like a mad punch to the face you can dance to, duuude what's not to love!?













THE SALVADORS - Now before I provide you with a teeny tiny insight into our second band's live performance tonight, in ways I swear won't constitute an actual live review: because otherwise I'd actually have to provide the occassional constructive criticism or (dare I say it?) actual bona-fide "praise" to balance out all the insults (and HA HA HA I so ain't gonna do that if I can bullshit my way out of it with some lamearse "fundraiser" excuse.. squeeeeee!) I have a confession to make. I've been waaay too harsh on this band. I've harboured an unfair bias against them. And I don't just mean all the jibes I've cracked at lead singer Tom Opie's expense: all those "oversized bar of soap" jokes everytime he plays an acoustic to the point he's actually developed a complex over it (and that's why he plays an electric now...? awesome!) what are you kidding me!? I do that shit for sport! I DO THAT FOR FUN!! seriously being an obnoxious baaastard at every available opportunity (and getting stupidly drunk whilst doing it) is the ONLY REASON I review live bands! It's hilarious! I love that shit! It's what I freaking live for! it's also one of the main reasons why I added that "five star rating system" in the first place simply so I could crack more jokes at your expense and you'd STILL think they're compliments! (and to think bands keep inviting me back? SCORE!!). No the fact is I haven't given them my fair balanced appraisal (or laughing approximation) because I freaking HATE Vampire Weekend. Or maybe "hate" is too strong a word, because I do have both albums and I've even played them on the odd occassion (hehehe they're so preppy!). And it's not nothing to do with Ross Osmon at Transmission/Plus One banging "A-Punk" to the point I want to wrap my head with tinfoil and stick it in a microwave... although that certaintly doesn't help! It's more that I hate what "Vampire Weekend" have become: another lazy stylistic "shorthand" for beige bands everywhere to abuse (along with The Killers, Kings Of Leon or Coldplay) in lieu to any semblance of individuality or personality in effort to get high rotation airplay on Triple J. YES I'M LOOKING AT YOU, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY!! And for the longest time I've been suspicious of The Salvadors for just that reason, as much as they may deny it AND take offense to being compared with their most bleedingly obvious of influences... "no! no! it's Paul Simon's Graceland we swear!", because I dunno if you've noticed? but they sound just a teeny tiny bit like them! But if tonight's set has shown me anything? it's that their love of "preppy afro-pop" is more than genuine, their continual comparisons to "you know who" purely coincidental (aaaah fuck it... I'll give them the benefit of the doubt!) and their Triple J adoration more than justified. I mean granted I'm a little bit drunk right now and it's summer... so sounding like a goofy, happy go lucky "summer time band" is starting to sound wildly appropriate; but damnit they're making it really hard for me hate them! All their bouncing ball beats, perky ping pong keyboards and slide guitar melodies? Their infectious gang harmonies and the fact their bassplayer Jeff Glue is bravely holding his shit together despite teetering precariously close to breaking a "25 year drought" in projectile vomiting? (and no, I don't quite believe that statistic either) I mean it's nothing but beaming smiles in here! Which for a band "ripping off Vampire Weekend" playing to a room to someone who hates Vampire Weekend? (or you know blah di-blah blah indie stereotype: "yay! let's start ripping off Mumford & Sons!") comes as nothing short of a revelation. The Salvadors? you duuudes are fucking alright by me!













FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE! - Now... what can I say about our headlining act that makes me appear to be "wildly articulate", "insightful" and "eerily precise" in my "stupidly comprehensive" blow by blow account of everything they did in their live set tonight? Or better yet how can I provide all that without making it an actual bona-fide "live review" so I wouldn't have to come up with bona fide "job description" to encompass just what the fuck it is that their "keyboardist" Artyom Zinoview does on stage? as much as he HAS grown an exceptional looking beard over the summer and no really let's just stop and acknowledge THAT for a second... (or perhaps not?) only for it to finally dawn on me that drummer Sam Stearne is the real comedy goldmine in this band and the sooner we stop to address THAT in the most stupidly infantile of ways, THE BETTER!? (dude of a thousand faces I swear: and almost every one of them is hilariously munted!). Or if it hasn't already been made bleedingly apparent? how do I distract you from the fact I was just that teeny tiny bit drunk and otherwise distracted in attempting to shoot photos (through manager Matt Hayward's epilespy enducing approximation of "stage lighting") to remember just what the fuck it is they did tonight!? Hmmm, that's a tough one! (and in my defense it's clearly all Rocket Bar's fault for driving me to drink!). But at the very least I did keep a running record of their setlist: "Ghostress", "Test Crowd", "War Coward", "All Of Us In The Water", "Animal Spirit Guide", "Panther Shrine", "Bloodwood" and "Little Cowboys, Bad Hombres"... and I bet that totally means the world to you too! (if not? click on the links: it's just like being there, only kinda crap and on youtube). And I CAN leave you with one final thought, a passing "observation" if you will. In all the live shows I saw of them last year they could do no wrong: they were THE duck's nuts, the 10ft tall fire belching behemoths of the Adelaide scene, they ruled supreme... all save for that one night HERE where they pretty much blew a goat like a trumpet. And tonight? Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! came back for that "goat", they sacrificed it on stage, we feasted on its remains AND IT WAS GOOD!! and I think that's all that needs to be said.














1:16AM - And as much as ALL THAT above clearly says everything you need to know about Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!'s "head explodingly awesome" live set tonight AND SO MUCH MORE...? short of well, you know: me aspiring to any kind of "journalistic standard" in covering it and providing a few too many allusions to a metaphorical goat being felated (HA HA HA well... you know what they say about Rocket Bar!) I AM leaving out a few tiny details in regards to the actual "fundraiser" part of tonight's "flood relief". Namely an auction held between the second and third bands tonight: where DJ Sex Pest's infamous "Prince t-shirt" was sold, with the proceeds going to charity. And yes I did take photos of it, lots of photos! Only it was later agreed upon in private that I would never publish said photos... and not for the "reasons" you might think (pfft what? they're "metaphorical" goats!) but more because the person in question: "DJ Sex Pest" didn't want his secret identity revealed in public. Which may seem like an odd request from a former lead singer of a sadsack Adelaide indie band reknown for his luxurious beard and demasculating stage presence (no, not that weeping wet blanket from Love Stereo / the other one you threw bottles at) but I'll still "honour" his request regardless. And so in his stead here's the winning bidder Nathaniel Morse: who claimed his prize for a princely sum of $30 (and yes I'm aware of what I did just then and I'm so very very sorry).



1:18AM - Now usually with the bands finished for the night I'd be looking for ANY excuse to to flee the fuck out of Rocket Bar as quickly as inhumanly possible. Seriously! I'm not even averse to taking a running leap, smashing through those windows overlooking Crazyhorse, and taking my chances on the pavement below. I mean it doesn't look that far. And if I aim it right? like say the roof of a passing car, relax and go completely limp before breaking my fall? I reckon I could walk away with little more than a few bruised ribs and a limp. Hmmm. And yet here I am: against all improbable odds, challenging Clare "Moon Daze" Nica to a mad dance-off, on the dancefloor, so blissfully oblivious (ie: drunk) that I was actually challenging a professional dancer to this, and I even won! (or she simply conceded defeat on grounds of "insanity") and all this was happening at Rocket Bar!? FUUUCK OFF!! Yup say what I will about this place but sometimes, just sometimes it surprises you with improbable awesomeness... such is the nature of our "love/hate relationship".



1:43AM - Aaaah "Come to Plus One, walk right past the DJ booth" I swear that joke never gets old! Obviously I mean Saturday night at The Ed Castle; beats me how I thought THIS would be an improvement on where I'd been (kinda like comparing a 1 tonne truck with a 10 tonne truck). And before you ask? yes she CAN put her leg over her head... and NO I didn't stop to swap insurance details: and by "insurance details" I clearly mean with the car I hit at 195 km/h on the way out. Which I think rather neatly sums up Josh's facial expression here: "and the EEG goes: eeeeee!".



ALL NIGHT GIRLS - Which is about all the "intelligent commentary" I could offer on THIS band in following (hence no live review either) as I wasn't entirely "there" myself. I mean I don't know if you've picked up the prevailing "subtext" of the past few paragraphs? but it takes a lot of serious drinking until you start to find Rocket Bar in the least bit "appealing". Forget beer goggles maaan! we're talking appropriate eyewear for spot welding, watching atomic bomb blasts or performing gynecological exams on Lady GaGa. And considering how much I was professing my "undying love" for that place a mere half hour ago before I hit the bar again? "blind" doesn't even cut it. Yup this is All Night Girls. Featuring one Nick Bastiras on guitar and lead vocal, Mick Armstrong on bass and Travis Williamson on drums. Here's a live review I wrote on them from three months ago when they headlined "Bootleg" at Jive (and yes they were one of my Rip It Up "Hot Six" picks for 2011). And no I don't have the foggiest clue WHO took all of those photos, on my camera, and in such crystal clarity (it was a shock to me too when I discovered them the next day) but I believe the video very much speaks for itself. All Night Girls, hell of a band; wish I could've been there for it!







3:12AM - And now as is customary for a "live music blog" such as mine (please no snickering) that's done more to derail the federal government's best efforts to stamp out the scourge that is "binge drinking" for our urbane and sosphicated 21st century society than all televised team sports (and their tabloid coverage) combined: we bringe you a fine selection of Adelaide musicians and "miscellaneous" who I assure you have been doing none of the sort. Such as Anthony Candlish here from Ride Into The Sun: who's set to unveil his new EP "Goodbye Hipster, Hello Reality" with a limited release launch at their Fuse Festival Showcase THIS Thursday at Arcade Lane. Which is truly excellent news, EXCELLENT NEWS!! especially considering I'm writing about it on a Friday morning, it's already passed by, and you've just missed it. But hey, how awesome are those lamb chops?



3:27AM - I've also been told that Azz Shaw here bought THIS tracksuit in California recently. I could also mention he's the bass player from Lady Strangelove and he was IN California recently recording an album with Sylvia Massy, the same "Sylvia Massy" who's produced for such artists as Tool, Prince, System Of A Down, Skunk Anansie, Spiderbait, Cog and Johnny Cash... but yeaaah that would only distract you from the awesome "sea green and blue" vibe he's got rocking here.



4:02AM - And in another whizzbang installment of "it's totally not name dropping if nobody outside of the Adelaide scene knows who the fuck you are": here's Rodney from Fasterlouder doing an exceptional impersonation of someone who's NOT currently flapping spastically about Supermild with about as much "finesse" as a Blackhawk helicopter crash. Nope, he's totally got me fooled!



4:32AM - Which obviously leads me to thinking that taking THIS photo was the most brilliant idea in the history of bad ideas concocted at Supermild past four o'clock in the morning: short of setting fire to shit or humping a trash can. And yes we totally spooned afterwards, he was the big spoon, we're expecting a child in November, obviously not human (in fact now that I think about it? it may've just been a mad case of the hiccups) and if it's a boy we're totally gonna call it "Burrito". Awesome huh!? HA HA HA I know, I can't believe I wrote up all this shit either... FUCKING HELL!!



4:46AM - And as much as none of this shit, in ANY way, bears relation to any celebratory drinking we might have partaken in earlier tonight in aid of the "Queensland Flood Appeal" and is merely celebratory drinking for the sake of celebratory drinking? (AND HOW!!) it's nice to think that one of the most catastrophic floods in Australian history could not only inspire so much collective goodwill not only HERE, but over at Squatter's Arms (where they totally raised over $6000, whodathunkit!?) but could actually make Rocket Bar, even if only for a moment: a place you could totally consider "frequenting" again (as long as they don't fuck up the stage lighting) WITHOUT ripping both arms out of each socket and beating yourself to death with them for even thinking it; I was at Rocket Bar tonight AND I DIDN'T HATE IT!? Wow... I guess every "cloud" really DOES have a silver lining!



*cough* what, too soon?

Previously on Spoz's Rant: St Jerome's Laneway Festival

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