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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, April 13, 2011

PRESENTING: A NIGHT AT SQUATTERS ARMS
LIVE @ THE FORRESTERS & SQUATTERS ARMS / Friday April 8th 2011

Tonight's installment of Spoz's Rant starts with a story that most of my blogs tend to close with, ie: me leaving "Stupormild" at the end of a night, playing "human pinball" blind drunk down a back alley and/or side street in search of my transport home. Only instead of falling arse backwards into a waiting taxi, bus, cop car, ambulance or UFO to speed me home to my final destination? only to bullshit my way out of that "well earned" hangover/swift burial in a pinewood box the following day? (and two glasses of water before you crash is all you'll ever need to "Houdini" out of that shit too!) I'm INSTEAD intercepted by some scruffy-haired musician in a passing car offering me a lift home. Obviously I accept (because obviously I'm Adelaide's answer to Tyler-Fucking-Durden and this shit happens to me all the damn time!) and after giving directions somewhere east or west of whatever landfill/abattoir/open sewer you imagine I reside at? he then proceeds to sell me on this shiny new "live venue" he's just started booking bands for. He says I should totally check it out sometime, better yet I should totally write up a blog about it. I agree, and here I am tonight... aaaah ain't life grand! except that night in question was almost two years ago, OOOPS!! so as you could imagine that "scruffy-haired musician", namely one Paul Belial (lead singer of NFI and formerly Circle Clan) might have grown just that teeny bit "impatient" over my glaring absence in attendance: to the point he might have given me the stink-eye when I accidently "snubbed" his live venue back in May 2010, running past it in a mad rush to catch Tame Impala at The Governor Hindmarsh instead (and they played such a mad show too!) only for him to scream "I DO THIS FOR YOU, YA KNOW!!" as I ran passed his venue AGAIN in a mad rush to catch my bus home... weeee! Not to mention all the other times I accidently snubbed his "pride and joy" on my way to (or from) cancelled alleyway shows, New Years Eve parties or in favour of countless album/EP/single launches, touring acts and pissdrunk whizzbang happenings in the CBD... HA HA HA I know, I'M SUCH A TOTAL JERK!! But not tonight maaan, OOOOH FUCK NO!! for tonight I'm FINALLY gonna make it upto him... no really! I'm gonna give him the writeup he deserves, for tonight I bring you... a night at Squatters Arms!



Aaaand now I'm off to The Ed Castle... GOODNIGHT EVERYONE!!



HA HA HA JUST KIDDING!! (although now I mention it, it IS only a short walking distance away...?). Yup for those of you yet to make its acquaintance? Squatters Arms (also known by its full name as "The Forresters & Squatters Arms Hotel") is a quaint little suburban shitdive situated on the corner of George Street and James Congdon Drive (formerly East Terrace) in Thebarton; or just opposite Bonython Park where Port Road takes a sharp turn out of the city... as much as I surely don't need to tell you any of that shit because everyone and I mean EVERYONE knows about Squatters Arms, thanks to its all too colourful "reputation" and history; most of which I obviously couldn't be arsed researching (pfft... who me!?) but I HAVE heard all the "rumours". Namely it used to be the pub of choice for prison guards and ex-inmates from the Old Adelaide Gaol; a few even got murdered upstairs; in fact it's even rumoured to be haunted by their ghosts (and if some of the CCTV Paul has seen is to be believed? featuring "eerie balls of white light" following him around in the wee hours of the night!? he's even got confirmation... EEEEK!!) and yes until very recently it also used to be a lunchtime titty bar... OH AND I BET YOU KNEW ALL ABOUT THAT ONE TOO!! But now that it's been re-fashioned as a live venue? (and we're not just talking a shitload of blue lightbulbs here!) all that has changed; as much as it's lost none of its "character"; as much as you likely don't give a shit about any of that in your mad rush to drink this place dry in riotous celebration each night, at least not once you've read that "fine print" as listed there on that chalkboard in front of you...



"$5 pints of Coopers Pale... every damn night!? WHERE THE FUCK HAVE I BEEEEN ALL MY LIFE!?".



Still... as much as the above IS a damn good reason to come here in the first place (duuude!) it's all the rich "character" embued in this joint that'll have you coming BACK for more. No seriously! ever wondered why The Crown & Anchor just isn't the SAME "shitdive" it was five years ago? why it's not nearly as "entertaining" as it used to be? (yeaaah I can't be the only one who's noticed that shit riiight!?). Well... maybe it's because all the punks, metalheads, borderline criminals and circus freaks you used to remember frequenting there: the same who'd received six month to lifelong entry bans for all manner of public drunkeness and flagrant acts of piss vandalism over the years, have simply relocated HERE. In fact they've even got the most notorious repeat offender of them all: Dick Dale (living legend of our time... need I remind you why!) working behind the bar; I mean it don't get much richer than that! Yup, they may very well have tapped into every a-grade reason why "The Cranka" used to be so awesome in the first place BEFORE it became "disclaimer central" with all the warning signs and Jim Beam advertising (ie: right down to those familiar "blue bugzapper" lights and that "Cranka" vibe that screams "get fucking loaded!" in the most hilariously irresponsible way... squeeeeee!) as much as it's also brimming with all manner of other shitcrazy esoterica all to its own, both old and new, to keep you endlessly amused. Like this bizarre bartap delivery system for instance (that looks for all the world like a cylon "espresso machine") which I believe Dick Dale might have mentioned to me in passing (moments after I took this photo) was originally installed back in the 30's... or maybe I heard him wrong? but no shit! how freaky is it!?



Or this mad pentagram skull graffiti painted by the back door leading into the beergarden... yup, you heard me: it's like The Cranka, but WITH a beergarden! HOW STUPIDLY AWESOME IS THAT!?



And HA HA HA wait... is that a chimpanzee out back smoking a joint? GENIUS!!



Or what about all these shitcrazy stickers on the cash register? aye? AYE!? and is that a Circle Clan sticker? as in "Follow The White Line"!? because Paul Belial totally used to be in Circle Clan? and they totally had a song called... um... yeaaah I'm pretty much the only one amused by this aren't I? (and would you believe I even did a remix of it and it ended up on their album? WAHOOO!!).



Because first and foremost I'm here for the live music. It's why Paul Belial took over this shitcrazy dump in the first place, it's why I'm writing this blog you're reading right now (as much as it took me almost two years to get off my lazy arse to do it) and no shit have they unleashed an "eighth wonder" of riches in celebrating it here! Especially if your tastes in any way veer towards the nastier, filthier extremes of punk, metal and trash rock... FUCK YEAAAH!! duuude it's a veritable treasure trove on display almost every damn night of the week! as much as I wouldn't have the first fucking clue in recognising most of their names: Leather Messiah, Meat Tray, Patriachal Death Machine, Cock, Shit Magnet, Mammoth, Space Bong, Grong Grong, Poisonous Viper Gang!? the list goes on and on like a tourette spitting "thesaurus" ripe with possibilities! FUUUCK, HOW COULD IT HAVE TAKEN ME SO DAMN LONG TO TASTE SUCH SWEET SWEEEET INSANITY!? *cough* well to be honest I always figured I'd get my teeth kicked in and be beaten to within an inch of my life if ever I spent more than an hour in here; as I'm never too sure these kind of bands technically share my warped "sense of humour" (no really is that you "Anonymous"? spitting bile in my comments box!?) and yet heeere I am tonight! exciting huh? YOU BETCHA!! I'm practically peeing myself in anticipation!



Or at least I would be... if I hadn't chosen my targets tonight with the utmost of due diligence. As much as I could've chosen countless nights before this one (ooooh believe me I could've!) if only something ELSE ridiculously awesome hadn't outbid it at the very last minute. Case in point? Two Suns playing with Japanese band To Go No Mo Ri Ko and Niko Niko back in February 11th this year: which I totally would've attended the SHIT out of (you kidding me? Japanese bands!? they fucking rule maaan!) if only it wasn't up against St Jerome's Laneway Festival. FUUUCK!! But tonight I had no excuse, there was simply nothing else that could possibly compete with what we're about to see on stage. For not only will we witness the once-off reunion of Dead Popes Of The Vatican with all FOUR original members "WHOAAA!!" but they're also supported by the Bastard Sons Of Ruination!? "DUUUDE!!". And yes, I readily admit that might not sound like much to many of you, but believe me.... by the time I'm through here? you'll be kicking yourself RETARDED for missing out on it!



THE READYMADES (***1/2) - But before all THAT there's our opening act to contend with, mysteriously unlisted in the associated publicity (ie: see the stupidly awesome poster art), but one which was very much in keeping with tonight's growing theme of "shit I've taken faaar too long in getting around to because I'm one lazyarse good-for-nothing deadbeat..." because yup it's been almost a year since I was first made aware of them (I believe it was a drunken night at The Exeter back in May when their lead singer handed me their EP? which I STILL haven't gotten around to hearing yet!? OOOPS!!) and to think it's taken till tonight, quite by accident too, for me to finally write shit about them!? HA HA HA AWESOME!! Yup this is The ReadyMades. And in the simplest of terms (and I mean this with the utmost of respect and admiration too...) they're a pub rock band, I mean they're the absolute archetype of the term: a brilliantly "rough hewn" mongrel beast of a band with amplifiers misfiring, with more oddball personality than 1000 Ed Castle "buzz bands" put together. The same that sounds all the better the more blitheringly drunk you are (ie: see my dictionary definition for a "falafel" band) as much as with their quirky patchwork quilt of influences? they probably sound like whatever-the-hell it is you want them to sound like; whilst simultaneously sounding like none of them at all. I mean to me it kinda sounds like a cross between The Kills, PJ Harvey, Blondie, The B-52s and what for all the world sounds like Patty Smith teaming up with Les Claypool from Primus (or perhaps it's just what their singer Kate Missen sounds like mixed with how goofy their bass player Sam Sibly looks pulling mad shapes on stage?) to you however it may sound like something completely different. What IS unmistakable however is that distinctive 90's slacker sensibility they've got rocking, mixed in with an easy going "blues swagger" and perhaps a teeny tiny dose of country (but only the sort you'd ever imagine The Pixies would play) either way? there IS a lot to like about this band as much as you can't quite place the "how" or "why". I mean maybe it's in all their rough edges, their "who gives a fuck what people think" lo-fi attitude mixed in with a distinctly "mature age" affable outlook that tells you they've truly lived and seen it all? or maybe it's their... yeaaah I dunno WHAT it is exactly? (shit maybe it's just because I "grew up" with bands quite like these back in the mid 90's and I'm suddenly being all nostalgic here!?) only the more you hear of it, the more it "starts to grow" on you. Yup that's The ReadyMades. They're a "pub rock" band, the likes of which we could've sworn had died out in the CBD years ago. But here in the suburbs, in a pub, with beer in hand? it's still a winning combo that's damn hard to beat!













BASTARD SONS OF RUINATION (****1/2) - Which brings us to our second act and another case of "shit I've taken faaar too long in getting around to because I'm a..." (yeaaah you know the rest!) as they've been playing live since October 2009, causing an absolute stink in the Adelaide scene... AN ABSOLUTE STINK!! duuude they're nothing short of a living breathing, ten foot tall LEGEND belching fire on the live venues of this fair city... AND WHERE THE FUCK WAS I!? good question! as this isn't the first time we've crossed paths. The first was on a Sunday night at The Grace Emily back in March 2010: when they were all set to follow Brillig after they launched their shiny new album "The Red Coats" (and be featured in all their glory in this blog in turn), only I was being such a pissy little princess about it, totally "burnt out" after covering a mere 23 bands the week before, I totally walked out on them before they even walked on stage. ARSEHOLE!! And then a few months later? I could've blogged them AGAIN when I caught them playing at The Exeter in August. Suuure it was completely by accident: as I was only dropping in for a beer after seeing "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World" at Norwood Cinemas on The Parade (maaan that place is a dump) whilst simultaneously escaping the grisly fate that would've been both my frisky female friends Jade and Simone drinking themselves stupid at The Crown & Anchor (although to be fair they did catch up with me later... GOOOD TIMES!!) but I should've dropped everything maaan! I should've celebrated the head exploding FUCK out of this band! as much as I did get me some mad video footage (which you can view here), duuude to put it mildly? it's been a long time coming! And the reasons WHY? will be made bleedingly apparent the minute you see them live... as much as that's winning half the battle as they're not exactly known for updating their myspace page (MYSPACE!? HA HA HA FUCK!!), yup this is the Bastard Sons Of Ruination. Remember that name because THIS is where it's really fucking at! I mean this whole "live music" racket? duuude they're launching flaming "tennis balls" with it the size of extinction level asteroids! Or in short think of them as a mad mixture of the following shit: Grinderman, Beasts Of Bourbon, Tom Waits; the bastard blues, gallows rock and tombstone country all rolled into one with the distortion turned up. As much as they're so much MORE than the "style" of music they're playing but in how they're projecting it with such grim blackening conviction: if you're not saluting them, gutteral screaming, with a pint glass, bottle, or bucket of something lethal in your hand moments shy of blacking out cold...? you surely don't possess a pulse! Yup, formed between former members of Babydoll and The Gels, it's all about their jugular throttling stage presence; especially from lead singer Matt Dry... sheeeiit! you can't possibly miss him flailing about on stage, especially when he's lurching OFF that stage and lunging right at you screaming inches from your face. Like the perverted love child between Nick Cave, a garbage truck and an oversized psychotic hamster; like the vocal equivalent of cleaning a toilet bowl with a sledgehammer; like gargling a bottle of whiskey, an ashtray, a box of nails and gasoline and spitting out an industrial incident crossed with a flaming train wreck... you can only but salute him partly out of fear, but mostly out of utmost admiration! And when you throw in Marty Gel on acoustic: spitting, glaring and sneering right at you whilst fellow bandmates Clay, Lachlan and Mr Short Temper on guitar, bass and drums (good luck finding their last names) rip the living shit out of their songs like abattoir workers cutting through a carcass? FUUUCK what more could you possibly want? a moist towelette!? Bastard Sons Of Ruination. If 2010 was the year I tried (and failed) to declare the "death" of indie disco, let this band be one of a growing army to put a bullet square in the eyes of those who STILL stare at their shoes in 2011 in lieu of a "live performance". Bastard Sons have it all in spades, drink your fill sometime... it'll change your life for the better!
















DEAD POPES OF THE VATICAN (*****) - Now if just five words could sum up THIS long anticipated performance by our headlining act tonight? it'd be "$5 pints of Coopers Pale". Not just in me attempting (at best) to dimly recall what the hell they did on stage: in the hour and fourteen odd song duration they spent up there. Although you'll be dead right in assuming it IS a large part of it (as yes this IS Spoz's Rant afterall: presenting the very worst in rock & roll "journalism" with the blood alcohol cranked up to double digits AND DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT... SQUEEEEEE!!). Nope I like to think it more perfectly encapsulates the "kamikaze spirit" emboldening everyone around me, on and OFF the stage, in celebrating the riotous pissdrunk FUCK out of this show tonight. For it has been a loooong time coming for the Dead Popes Of The Vatican, A LONG TIME COMING!! Just as they suuurely need no introduction to those of you "sober" enough to remember back to the heady days of 2007-2009 when they reigned supreme in the Adelaide scene (and in the dodgiest shitdives and hell holes that'd have them!), or why you SO should've been here at Squatters Arms for their triumphant "once-off" reunion tonight... but what the hell I'll still give you one anyways! Dead Popes Of The Vatican are oldskool 70's punk rendered dirty, dumb and downright visceral as fuck. Or rather like seeing the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Stooges as performed by a 50's refrigerator wearing a t-shirt (aka: lead singer Ben Gel) covered in sweat, attempting to pop out an oversized pineapple... out of the tiny tip of his pee pee (and believe me he sounds like that too!) while a mixed bag of "circus performers" turn tricks around him: namely Paul "Ramrodder" Vainikis on guitar, Lynda "Bam-Bam" Belial on bass and Nick "DeLa Rock" Hadley on drums (or "Captain Caveman", "Rubbergirl" and "Monkeyboy" respectively). Duuude it was one of the maddest ways to kill yourself blind drunk AND deaf short of passing out on a airport runway. But alas, theirs was a reign of terror tragically cut short (after releasing just one EP) when two of their members: Nick and Lynda moved to the UK in 2009. Thankfully they returned for a reunion show on April 1st 2010 at The Ed Castle, or shit maybe that was The Gels? (they both share two band members) but alas I wasn't there to know either way, as those shitweasels The Keepsakes chose to launch their album that night (FUUUCK YOOOU!!). But now...? one year later, with all four members back in action!? WHOAAA FUCK DID IT GO FUCKING INSANE!! "$5 pints of Coopers Pale!?" HA HA HA duuude that barely even began to describe this! I mean it was skull splittingly loud, lewd, hilariously stupid, Ben totally crapped out a watermelon the size of a Volkswagen... I swear! (and it might have even done donuts on the floor before speeding away!?) shit! it was everything we could ever have ask for from a Dead Popes Of The Vatican reunion show AND THEN SOME... as much as most (if not all) of us were waaay too stupidly drunk making complete dicks of ourselves celebrating on cheap piss to remember even half of what the hell they're actually doing up there; as much as it kinda didn't matter anyhow, because not only was that very much the desired result? but they were also giving away free copies of their album... yes ALBUM!! I'm as shocked as you are (or at least some of you are... wait does anyone even remember these guys? ANYONE!?) but word has it they recorded all eleven tracks of it back in 2009 just before they went their separate ways: so at least now we have something to thrash on our ipods as a "reminder" of WHY we get that shooting pain everytime we sneeze for the next three weeks up until they inevitably pull ANOTHER reunion show (or at least we hope) in 2012. *PHEW*. Some of the best shows you'll see, can't be described in words. Some not even in pictures. But it's even better when you can't even remember it and yet try as you might? you still can't stop laughing about it. Dead Popes Of The Vatican? carnage! ABSOLUTE CARNAGE!!















(and if you think that's nuts? you should see him crap out a double-decker bus!)




But beyond all that blithering hyperbole (and yes I apologise, as I was clearly covering for a gross lack of "detailed coverage" there, but there was no waaay in hell I was gonna stay sober for it!) I CAN offer a logical explanation for WHY this show was such a "raging success"; as much as it's also the same reason why so many OTHER shows from other bands have been "ragingly successful": they nailed the perfect combo of the right band playing to the right crowd, in the right setting. Yup sounds bleedingly obvious I know! but if you're a dirty punk rock band thrashing at triple decibel levels, shitting out proverbial cinderblocks with (relative) ease like a rabbit would poop out raisins; there truly IS no better venue to host it than a former lunchtime titty bar haunted by the restless spirits of ex-cons and axe murderers and populated by the best and worse police lineup you used to find setting fire to store mannequins outside of The Crown & Anchor. FUUUCK!! I mean I might have very little memory of being amongst it at the time, but the photos here say it all huh? they may be mohawked, missing teeth, a few steps to the left on the Ascent of Man evolutionary chart or straight out of a Mad Max movie, but shit damn do they know how to tear up on a Friday night!



And is that Dick Dale in the crowd, stumbling about blind drunk in front of me? (as much as always looks like that) and wait... how did I end up here on stage photographing it!? HA HA HA DUUUDE!!



And yes the less said about Ben Gel mooning the crowd here in the encore the better! And yes before you ask? I DID pixelate this photo before posting it, and yes I "apologise" for it... partially so that Photobucket (where all my images are hosted) wouldn't reject it outright (and you SO don't want to know how many times it's done that to me in the past) but mostly because DUUUDE you so don't want to see what we saw instead. For as much as it was hilariously inspired for him to do so? and as much as he truly IS a paragon of the male species, one which we wish we could ALL aspire to!? seeing that posterior jiggling about in front of us is gonna give me nightmares... for WEEKS!



2:11AM - Now with the bands done and dusted tonight and this being a "suburban pub" and all (ie: populated by that "special kind" of toothless freak lurching about sniffing your privates with a wry smile, a wink and a nod and... ooooh crud!) my first thought would be to hightail it the fuck out of here as SOON as possible, or at least as soon as Nick Hadley drops sticks on stage for Dead Popes Of The Vatican... or more specifically stops flailing about in front of me just now, hoping to scam his photo into another episode of Spoz's Rant (aaaah just like old times aye!) especially considering I'm barely ten minutes walk away from The Ed Castle. But damnit, I just couldn't think to leave this place! And not JUST because of the $5 pints of Coopers Pale; although that certainly helps. I mean no shit, can you believe The Crown & Anchor is charging $6.80 for that shit now...?



Yes I know Nick! believe me I know! $6.80 IS A BLOODY OUTRAGE!!



2:17AM - Nope it's more for that genuine "country" hospitality that ONLY a suburban pub stuck waaay out in the boons (or Thebarton) well away from the hipsters, the scenesters and the tragic fashionistas (or just ten minutes walk away) could possibly ever provide! I mean just look at Paul "Ramrodder" and Dick Dale here: looking so cozy and cuddly with their matching mohawk fringes (mo-fringes? faux-minges? aaaah fuck I dunno!?) beckoning you in with a smile, perhaps offering you a chance to be the "third spoon" in their cutlery tray? awwww doesn't it just warm your heart!?



2:26AM - But alas, after much disagreement over who was going to be the tea spoon, the table spoon or that teeny tiny red sherbet spoon (where you can never quite lick that last white fleck out because it's much too small... GUH!!) or maybe even arguing over what the exact difference was between a table and a dessert spoon (pfft... really? what the fuck do I know!?) and in no way in ANY screaming hurry to leave all a sudden? I "suddently" had to be elsewhere tonight. As much as I did vow that one day I would return (and that hopefully it wouldn't take another 2 years till I did so). Yup Squatters Arms it's truly been a pleasure tonight, AND I TRULY MEAN THAT, and... wait, is that a Poetikool Justice sticker wrapped around that traffic pole!? oh yeah... fuck, I almost forgot!



2:45AM - You see originally I was planning on covering two live shows at two DIFFERENT live venues tonight. The first one being Squatters Arms, well pfft... obviously! (no really did I make you proud Paul? was it everything you ever asked for!? I'M SO SORRY IT'S TAKEN SO LOOONG!!) while the second was going to be at The Ed Castle; which I might've mentioned is a mere 10 minutes walk away, but not for the usual "indie scenester" bullshit you might expect. Nope, in keeping with my ongoing theme of: "shit I've taken faaar too long in getting around to because I'm a..." (blah di blah soon to be made available on youtube on itunes... blah!) I was gonna catch a gig by Poetikool Justice. Yes... Poetikool Justice (and yes they actually spell it like that, cause they're fully sick gangsta 'n shit!). They were headlining here tonight, it's been almost three years since I last saw them live... and yes I know they're Aussie hiphop (and seriously don't get me started on that crap and how much Triple J abuses the hell out of it 24/7, because they "like it heaps"!). But as much as I recall (and I definitely left their shit on a highnote when they played Queens Theatre waaay back in May 2008... GOOOD TIMES!!) hell, maybe they're the chance "exception"!? They've got a full live band rocking it, no pissy turntables, they're a little bit stoner, a little but funk, and if you haven't already figured it out by reading the ridiculously late hour in which I finally got here? yup I totally missed that shit... WHOOOPS!! But thankfully they're still getting stupidly drunk in the beergarden. So to make amends, or more accurately to take the living piss out of them on a public forum "read" by hundreds and thousands each week who'll never take them seriously EVER AGAIN; I figured I'd play a game of "scream at them like an oriental kung-fu master/hideous racial stereotype" and when they freak the "bug-eyed" fuck out at me? take an embarassing photo of it; or yeaaah trust me, you'll get the gist soon enough. As I present to you, one Jahmin MC...



Dedz MC: looking very much in need of a tongue scraper...



Ed Soang: their new bass player... yup, they really know how to pick 'em huh?



Adam Blessing: their OLD bass player (currently playing in Forest Of Gnomes)



Seany D: their guitarist, or at least I THINK it is...?



And yes this second photo was entirely necessary too... *ahem*



And wait... what the fuck am I doing again? and who ARE these people? HELP!?



Oh no wait, here's Mitchay: their drummer... yup, still totally on topic here!



And here's someone NOT in Poetikool Justice, with ridiculous chest hair...



3:01AM - Clearly in need of a stiff drink (or twelve) after all that depravity, and rapidly losing any semblance of whatever narrative I was running with as a result (aaaah can you believe it's been almost three years!?) shots were promptly ordered at the bar. I mean yeaaah I could've just gone another beer, but someone was shouting them, and pfft... who the hell am I to argue with that!?



And by "someone" I mean both Shari and Alana here (awwww you guys!) and, wow do I look totally traumatised in this photo! I mean I know I just crawled out from under the "arse end" of Squatters Arms a little under an hour ago (and I mean that pun intentionally too... GUH MY EYES, THARRR BURNING!!) only to cop a camera lens full of "nipple carpet" when I got here and yeaaah on second thoughts? maybe make mine a double. No, no, leave the bottles with me... I'll just mix my own.



And thus I wholeheartedly apologise for pretty much every single photo that follows here, as much as I still choose to publish them, because pfft... why ELSE do you ever visit this blog each week!?



(and no that ISN'T my hat... but at the very least I didn't take it home with me)



As much as I won't apologise for THIS one, because pfft... c'mon!? IT'S FREAKING HILARIOUS!!



4:56AM - Not surprisingly I remember very little to shit-fuck-all of what I did at Supermild in following. I mean here I was for almost two hours and WHAT THE FUCK DID I DO!? meh... who the fuck cares? Not to say it wouldn't have been totally worth mentioning here, in lurid detail, with a spastically drunk photo monage to boot: as it was positively teaming with life on the dancefloor (*sigh* random geek girl with the glasses, the fun times we had!), by the bar, in the beergarden talking shit to that dude, I forget who... seriously I had the time of my life in here tonight, I'm not even being sarcastic! I'm just being all cryptic and shit by choosing to photograph this paper towel dispenser in the toilets instead. WHY!? HA HA HA because it's got fucking Tintin on it... that's why! No seriously, what's the deal with that shit? who the hell is tagging all of them? I mean am I the only one who's noticed it plastered all over the west end lately, THEY'RE FUCKING EVERYWHERE!!



5:08AM - And in closing, here's Andrew: that one floppy haired "skeeze-merchant" I always keep running into at Supermild (who for some reason completely lost on me keeps calling me "Vortex") wearing a chair on his head like a ninja... or perhaps a chair ninja... chaaaiiir niiinja *ahem* what's the point in all this? well shit duuude, do my blogs ever really have a point? no, they really REALLY don't; as much as I'd want to point out that he's wearing an orange shirt. Hmmm yes... pointless!



Yup, it's funny to think... that quite like a "butterfly flapping its wings in Tokyo causes a tornado in Texas" (because it originated in Fukushima and it's the size of a Boeing) if I never accepted that lift home two years ago? none of this mad batcrap insanity would ever have happened; or yeaaah maybe it would have happened a whole lot sooner... speaking of which, I hear there's another new live venue opening up soon... "Cavern Club" something? (pfft... what!? IT'S STILL NEW TO ME!!).

Previously on Spoz's Rant: Goons & Hoons and Artitech

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