ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED SEBASTIAN MARINO
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED SEBASTIAN MARINO
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED JOHN RAPTIS
IHSAHN is a name that is synonymous with the Worldwide metal scene; a musical visionary who’s creativity is unparalleled and influence is far reaching. IHSAHN will, after all these years, make his live debut in Australia this May.
Quite possibly one of the most important, influential and creative forces within the realms of Black and Extreme metal music – IHSAHN stands a class apart – an artist unafraid of experimenting and creating some of the most timeless music ever heard. What began as an ardent passion towards music, soon grew into one of the world’s most significant black metal bands, EMPEROR. Progressing and evolving quickly, at 17, he recorded and performed the incredible ‘In The Nightside Eclipse’, a milestone and landmark album in the history of metal, which has been voted many times over as one of the top metal albums of all time. Years on and countless recordings later, IHSAHN is still at the forefront of the genre, the fire still burning.
IHSAHN has divided his time between the metal and avant-garde worlds in projects like EMPEROR, THOU SHALT SUFFER, PECCATUM, HARDINGROCK and last but not least his ongoing solo vessel, IHSAHN. May 7th will be the first time Australia witnesses the sheer magnificence, and elegant yet brutal persona of one of the most iconic musicians in the metal world.
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IHSAHN, Hybrid Nightmares, Ylva, Mar Mortuum performing at:
May 7th – Melbourne, Max Watts
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Due to unprecedented demand, UNWRITTEN LAW have added Adelaide to their February Black Album tour. and Casper had a chat with front-man SCOTT RUSSO about what to expect.
David Roy Williams “We’ve never seen such incredible demand from Adelaide for a show. We really hope to see Adelaide come out in force”
Along with the additional Narrabeen and Brisbane shows, UNWRITTEN LAW have also added a South Eastern Melbourne show with a gig at the Pier Bandroom.
Unwritten Law – February 2018
Friday 9 February – Melbourne, Croxton Bandroom
Saturday 10 February – Brisbane, The Zoo
Sunday 11 February – Coolangatta, Cooly Hotel
Tuesday 13th February – Byron Bay, Byron Bay Brewery
Wednesday 14 February – Coffs Harbour, C.ex Coffs
Thursday 15 February – Newcastle, Small Ballroom
Friday 16 February – Narrabeen, Narrabeen RSL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 17 February – Sydney, Factory Theatre
Sunday 18 February – Bunbury, Prince Of Wales Hotel
Tuesday 20 February – Perth, Rosemount Hotel
Wednesday 21 February – Perth, Carine Tavern
Thursday 22 February – Adelaide, Fowlers
Friday 23rd February – Frankston, Pier Hotel
Saturday 24th February – Narrabeen, Narrabeen RSL
Sunday 25th February – Brisbane, The Zoo
Tickets and VIP information here: www.davidroywilliams.com/tours/unwritten-law/
SoCal punk legends, UNWRITTEN LAW, are returning to Australia in February 2018 to perform their most celebrated record, The Black Album (officially “Unwritten Law”) in its entirety from start to finish.
UNWRITTEN LAW consider Australia be their 2nd home, so it’s fitting that they return to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the album that rocketed their careers from the local San Diego scene in to the mainstream chart UNWRITTEN LAW helped paved the way for power pop punk’s success, and it was fitting that the band appeared on sophomore Vans Warped tour as well as the festival’s Australia debut.
“The band’s status of forever and always being the guys you want to sit in the backyard and polish off a slab with remains unchanged.” themusic.com.au
White-hot songs including “Holiday”, “California Sky”, “Cailin”, and of course, “Teenage Suicide” will blast fans into moshing ecstasy. The combination of raw guitars and melodic punk songwriting that made The Black Album a classic will be on full display in shows that leave fans sweating and shouting for more.
“In true Unwritten Law fashion, they came, they played, they conquered. All hail Unwritten Law!” caughtinthemosh.com
Fans won’t just be treated to The Black Album either. The band plan to unleash a veritable parade of devastation with monster tunes from their catalogue of punk eminence. Thrashfest hits such as “Seeing Red”, “Up All Night”, “CPK”, “Rescue Me”, “She Says”, “Celebration Song”, and “Save Me” will punctuate the sort of live shows that have enshrined the UNWRITTEN LAW in the punk hall of fame.
“There is not a still body in the house” themusic.com.au
UNWRITTEN LAW first erupted from Poway in California, establishing the foundations of the power pop-punk era that burst from the USA in the early 90’s. Although renowned for their ruthless punk energy and rock-solid quality song writing, it was Unwritten Law’s teeming and unrestrained live energy that earned them a permanent place on the melodic punk rock landscape.
Through frequent and tenacious touring, UNWRITTEN LAW have carved out an illustrious musical legacy, full of memorable anthems and live highlights. Throughout the 90’s and 00’s, UNWRITTEN LAW gained a fierce reputation as both the stalwarts and force behind the scene, with multiple infamous rounds on the Warped Tour.
UNWRITTEN LAW packed venues out on their last Aussie tour. This is the only time you’ll get to experience The Black Album in full so don’t run the risk of missing out on tix to witness this most committed of great punk bands in all their hard-hitting glory. Summer, beer, UNWRITTEN LAW, and The Black Album – February ain’t gonna get much better than this!
VIP M&G Ticket includes:
Ticket to the show
Meet and Greet with Unwritten Law
Photo with the Artist on the fans own phone or camera
2 items signed by Unwritten Law
Limited edition A3 Thick Card Poster
2 x guitar pick
Official commemorative VIP Laminate
Priority Access to the Venue
That’s a wrap! What a year 2017 has been for live music in Melbourne and to finish it off with Easy Fever I felt like the luckiest girl alive. What is Easy Fever I hear you ask? Take the most amazing songs ever written in the history of Australian music ie. The Easybeats and give it to five of the best muso’s in the industry, and you have Easy Fever.
With a duration close to three hours and over thirty songs it was a nothing short of amazing that all the band members were still standing let alone singing their hearts out by the final song. So here is my take on how it all went down, enjoy!
The demographic of the night was ‘mature’ aged music lovers, many having grown up with The Easybeats and similar bands from the sixties and seventies. All out to enjoy themselves with a little singing and dancing, and I must say they were a very well behaved audience.
Put this All-Star band lead by Jak Housden (The Whitlams), Ash Naylor (Even), Dario Bortolin (Baby Animals), Dave Hibbard (Joe Bonamassa) and Clayton Doley (Divinyls) together and you have an ensemble made in heaven. Add to this your singers for the night Chris Cheney (The Living End), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea), Tim Rogers (You Am I), and Kram (Spiderbait) and you have celestial greatness in its highest form. Opening the night’s proceedings was Phil singing Woman (Make You Feel Alright) and it went down an absolute treat. Tim took over the vocals with She’s So Fine, channeling his inner Stevie Wright with ease. His feet light as a feather as he produced all the trademark moves. For My Woman was up next with Tex taking the lead, he managed to stay upright until its completion when he had a small altercation with Dario’s speaker and took a tumble, but he was back on his feet giving the thumbs up in seconds. Kram’s first song was I Can See, which saw them all warmed up and ready to unleash an amazing night of music history.
The boys made short work of so many songs, some of my highlights were Kram’s take on Sorry, with its palm muting giving that raspy heavy sound that works so well. Wedding Ring by Tex, I’ll Make You Happy by Chris and Phil taking on the worldwide hit Friday On My Mind. Kram had plenty of opportunities to jump behind he kit, sometimes with such gusto that running repairs were required. If he wasn’t banging the drums he was banging his leg or clapping his hands keeping everyone right on beat, classic drummer behaviour. Guitarist extraordinaire Chris Cheney accompanied for many songs his spanking white Gretsch getting a thorough work out. His singing was faultless all evening and his version of Guitar Band was standout. Tim Rogers was the king of the costume changes, with enough stripes on his pants and jackets to out weigh all the zebra crossings in Melbourne. His energy so intense I could see him giving the energizer bunny a run for its money.
Dynamic front man Phil Jamieson was superb, with a few jacket changes himself, he was vocally on point all night and drew the crowd in with his charm and charisma. While Tex took great pleasure in labeling him the ‘work experience kid’ he proved hands down he was a master of his trade. While being a very authoritarian figure Tex’s singing added an element of surprise to the night, while demanding your attention right from the start, he was not imposing as you might imagine, just an exceptional singer doing what comes naturally.
After a brief intermission it was time to turn it up a notch with Tim giving us a killer version of Black Eye Bruiser. Chris looked so at ease with the Flash And The Pan classic Hey St Peter, definitely one of my favourites of the night. Down Among The Dead Men another stellar addition. Kram did a fabulous version of the JPY classic Yesterday’s Hero, and Tex hit the St Louis nail on the head perfectly. Stevie Wright’s Hard Road brought all singers together to finish out the set. The brilliance of Vander & Young highly represented all night.
After cheers for more Tim returned with The Music Goes ‘Round My Head, then what we all wanted to hear Evie in its entirety, Kram took on part 1, Tex gave a soulful part 2 and Phil sealed the deal with part 3. Captivating from start to finish it was Vander & Young song writing at its finest. Good Times had all return to stage for a smashing final song, everyone dancing and singing enjoying every minute. Full credit must go to musical director Jak Housden who put together an absolutely amazing show, he and his band were sensational all evening, tight to the last beat.
With Melbourne the final destination on the tour Easy Fever now hangs up its reins, we can only hope it will back again someday, it’s the one ‘fever’ I would be happy to catch again!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
Summer had dealt us a blistering day as I made my way to the Palais Theatre in St Kilda. It seems all of Melbourne had also made the pilgrimage to the beach to escape the oppressive heat. It was bathers and ice creams as far as they eye could see, all doing what they could to keep cool.
It was no surprise to see Pseudo Echo on the night’s bill, still sounding as good, if not better than they did back in the 80’s. The ever dapper Brian Canham leading the band in his pinstripes pants, vest and trademark hat. Pumping out all their hits to a very lively crowd, you could have easily thought they were filling the number one spot of the evening. With a set of 45 minutes covering nine songs we really got a good chance to relive some memories from our younger years, and of course everyone still remembered all the words! Some of my highlights were A Beat For You, Love An Adventure, and the one that put them on the map Listening. There were also two awesome covers of Nutbush City Limits and Send Me An Angel. The kings of the keytar finished out the night with Funky Town, this saw everyone on their feet, clapping and dancing to this rather extended version with some fine shredding from Brian. It was the perfect warm up for another eighties favourite The Human League.
The night was running like clockwork and right on time The Human League took to the stage. With a backing band of three, two on keys/keytars and one on electronic drums they were off and running. Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley took their places either side of the stage, looking gorgeous decked out in black from head to toe, as were the accompanying musicians. Philip Oakey burst out in black leather looking fit and ready to deliver. Opening with Sky it was a delight to take in the fantastic screens and light show, together with the amazing songs that formed my teenage years. Mirror Man a definite favourite, Heart Like A Wheel & The Sound Of The Crowd also very well received. Philip sang Seconds unaccompanied as the ladies left the stage, I could feel a costume change in the air and they didn’t disappoint. Gliding back on the stage now in white, looking radiant and refreshed under some pretty hot conditions.
The screens showed some terrific images, but when I saw Connect Four and Pac-Man flash up it really hit home just how long The Human League had been churning out the hits. Speaking of hits. The Lebanon, Human, Open Your Heart it was an absolute treasure trove of them, Philip working the stage amazingly, his stamina unending. We had a terrific sing/clap along with Love Action (I Believe In Love) everyone bouncing in their seats, and while we were all feeling the heat we still kept the dancing up for Fascination, which was another very popular song, everyone truly loosing themselves to the music. While there wasn’t a lot of talking over the course of the night, Phillip did mention The Human League’s first trip to Australia in 1982 when he got the worst haircut of his life, I don’t think that will be an issue so much these days with hair not being so high on the agenda.
All three left the stage and the band gave us the opening notes of Don’t You Want Me, which was enough to have us all singing as they played, buying enough time for the trio to catch their breath backstage. Returning now all three dressed in white they gave us Don’t You Want Me in its entirety. What a fabulous finisher for the night, or was it? I thought that would see the night out but after yet another costume change for the ladies they returned in lots of feathers and fringes looking very sultry, and ready for a few more hits. The fans went crazy as the opening of Being Boiled rang out and then the best surprise of the night Together In Electric Dreams which was written by Phil for the movie Electric Dreams back in 1984. It was an amazing way to finish off the night, everyone reveling in the electronic/pop sound that The Human League are renowned for.
While many bands have tried to replicate the sound of The Human League over the years tonight brought to the forefront that they really are in a league of their own.
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
Celebrating the silver anniversary of America’s Least Wanted, Ugly Kid Joe are back in Australia to deliver the iconic album in its entirety. Add to that the hits of their extensive back catalogue and we are in for two hours of rock at it’s sweaty best.
Filling the number one slot of the evening was Tim McMillan on acoustic guitar and Rachel Snow on the violin. While these two did seem quite mismatched, their instruments lent to each other perfectly and they gave a thirty minute set of crazy covers and mash ups together with some original works. As it turned out Tim, as well as being an extremely talented guitar player was quite the storyteller and had the punters in stitches with his wild tales and ‘colourful’ language. It isn’t everyday you hear Slayer’s Into The Abyss being smashed out on the violin and acoustic guitar, a nice warm up indeed.
Melbourne’s own Dallas Frasca were next on the bill, giving us an hour of everything they had, this balls and all rock band left nothing in the tank and were the perfect warm up for the main attraction. Left handed guitarist Jeff Curran was killer and interestingly enough still strings his guitar as if right handed. But whatever way he had it strung he sounded awesome. With no bass in the band the drums were heavily relied on which worked really well and gave a terrific depth to their sound. Dallas, rock chick extraordinaire, puts her heart and soul in her sound, even venturing to the crowd for a song to hug her parents and get up close with the fans. I couldn’t resist a sneaky high five as she passed me on her way back to the stage. They had a large following of their own happily singingly along to all their songs and I definitely recommend getting out and seeing these guys, they rock!!
The Croxton erupted as Ugly Kid Joe exploded onto the stage opening with massive hit Neighbour, still looking and sounding as they did 25 years ago it is hard to believe a day has passed. Wearing only his underwear Zac Morris was an absolute machine on the drums, and while he certainly resembled Jesus I don’t think the holy man himself would be shaking his bootie quite the way Zac did. Panhandlin’ Prince, Come Tomorrow and No One Survives all sensational, Whitfield showing he is such an ever present front man who delivers song after song. So Damn Cool was dedicated to us, the Melbourne crowd, and didn’t we love it! Cats in the Cradle took it down a notch and gave us time to cool our heels and catch our breath. It was perfectly fitted into the set list to give the ebbs and flows that make a gig great, clearly they are masters at what they do.
Bass player Cordell Crockett worked the stage tirelessly, as did Dave Fortman on guitar. Not a worry if you skipped the gym today, you got a full session with Whit as your trainer, arms up, spirit fingers, arms side to side, clap on 2, clap on 4, jump on the spot, phew! what a workout, punter participation at its finest. The lights dropped and the stage turned red and we knew it could only be Godamn Devil, followed by the second left-hander of the night Klaus Eichstadt singing Mr Recordman. It was about now that guitar tech Soldier gave us a solo at Whit’s request and Tim McMillan revisited the stage for a quick number, giving the boys a minute to refresh before the home stretch.
Our screaming determined how many more songs we got, fortunately for us we yelled enough for four more songs. With that Dallas Frasca busted back on the stage to smash out an awesome tribute to the late Malcolm Young with the two bands performing a blistering rendition of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. This nearly tore the roof off The Croxton and the fans went into meltdown as Ace of Spades rang out next. Funky Fresh was a great edition but they were saving the best for last with Everything About You sending the fans into full cardiac arrest. When Whit said ‘lets got crazy’ they didn’t disappoint and I held on for dear life as I rode the wave of sweaty followers as they surged forward. An epic finale for the final leg of the Australian tour, in the home of live music, Melbourne. Whit professed his love for our beautiful city calling it his second home, so when you are out and about look out for him, chances are he might just be your funky neighbor!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale