Review Cassandra Hale
Melbourne had dealt us a freezing night but it did nothing to dissuade the middle aged rockers lining up for their night out on the town. It was a long line and I was glad I was near the front and swiftly in the doors after opening.
Melbourne’s own, Palace Of The King got the nights proceedings underway, I am lucky enough to have seen these guys before and can say they have only gone from strength to strength since then. Now a four piece outfit they are absolute professionals of their trade, keeping the revelers entertained with a 45 minute set that certainly got us warmed up. Opening with Let The Blood Run Free, there progression through their set was quick, No Chance in Hell, Another Thing Coming and Beyond The Valley were all well received by the swelling crowd. Take Your Medicine and Free finished it out to huge cheers and applause.
Drummer Travis Dragani’s chops were faultless, and for a small kit he put out some big sound, technically perfect at every turn. Not even missing a beat when he broke a drumstick or two, the close vicinity of his stick bag definitely a bonus. Sean Johnston on keys and guitar gave us a great show and proved how well you can combine the two instruments and not sacrifice any fluidity to the show, his keyboard solo amazing as he totally lost himself to the music. Bass player Anthony Licciardi Garcia treated us to a sensational solo that brought him to his knees and showed that bass players can rock a solo with the best of them. Front man Tim Henwood was outstanding, the glue that holds all these terrific musicians together. Not just a great singer, a fantastic guitar player, even giving us some fast flurries from behind his head while making it look effortless.
If you have not seen Palace Of The King before, go and do it now, support our local musicians, you will be so glad you did.
With the heat turned up a notch or two The Screaming Jets took to the stage. By now most were quite well inebriated and ready to rock, and what better band to rock with than The Screaming Jets. Dave Gleeson commands your attention from the get go, he is funny, he is rude, he is energetic, he is the penultimate front man! The set list was every fans dream pick, hit after hit roll out, Shine on, Eve Of Destruction, Helping Hand, Sad Song, the list goes on. Having a blast and loving making music is so evident watching them play, but definitely does not effect the quality of their show. It is great to see them enjoying their music so much and still out on the road after almost thirty years in the business. Dave’s antics were hilarious and kept you entertained for the whole show, never wanting to look away in case you missed something. He did touch briefly on the crisis of our Australian’s sleeping rough every night, and how we are wasting time on such trivial things in the media and doing nothing to support them, and I cant say I disagree with him. Then it was back to business and pumping out the hits, C’Mon, Shivers and of course Better, the crowd were jumping, yelling, trying to sing, it was pub rock at its hot sweaty best!
Paul Woseen gave me a giggle with his ‘Fuck off Dave’ sticker stuck on his bass, he treated us to a funky solo and it was great to see the bass player get some recognition from the crowd. Guitarists Scott and Jimi were technically perfect, enjoying every minute. Drummer Mark Draco McLeod was slaying the hell out of his kit, precision drumming at its finest.
After seeing two awesome Australian bands it was hard to believe there was still one to come, queue the Baby Animals. The one pot screamers had made their way down the front trying for a front row spot, but were quickly reminded that that doesn’t wash with the people who had to line up for the privilege, me included! The perfect opener One Word blasted out and sexy Suze and the boys were off, Ain’t Gonna Get, Painless and a lovely tribute to Suze’s late father with Backbone just to name a few.
One Too Many, was some advice that many of the fans should have taken on board, if they had one big night out a year this was definitely it! Got It Bad, Email and of course the anthems of Australian rock, Rush You and Early Warning were belted out, fans lapping them up, their voices loud in approval. There were many screams of ‘I love you Suze’ throughout the set and some even finding courage via the bottom of their beer glass to push through the fans for a sneaky hand touch with the sultry songstress.
The girl crush of many, Suze DeMarchi never fails to deliver, happy to down Coronas while performing, she is a red hot rock chick that has not just stood the test of time but has worked bloody hard to keep the Baby Animals at the top of the rock scene selling out show after show. The band are kick arse, time on the road has wearied them none, still bringing their A game to every show.
There was just enough time for two more songs, bringing what was a fabulous night of Aussie rock to an end. Dodging puddles of god knows what on the floor, I took a quick detour to the merch stand, as you do, and picked up a lovely signed Baby Animals record, which now takes pride of place next to my turntable. How awesome to see people enjoying vinyl again, there is no doubt about it vinyl just sounds better.
While there will be plenty of hangovers tomorrow, I am sure should the opportunity arise to do it all again, they would be lining up again in a heartbeat.
THE SCREAMING JETS
PALACE OF THE KING
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED MATT ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Keeping true to their reputation as one of the hardest working rock bands on the Australian touring circuit today, The Screaming Jets are getting back on the road in 2017 for a whirlwind tour in February and March supporting their recent release Chrome.
Rohan had an amazing chat with guitarist SCOTT KINGMAN about the craziness that is THE SCREAMING JETS and life on the road.
The tour – Chromozone – is actually their third run in as many months, buoyed off of the success of their May 2016 long-player. The 2017 run of dates will see the band visit – and revisit – places by popular demand.
For lead singer Dave Gleeson, announcing another tour is a reflection of the support The Screaming Jets have received from Aussie music fans. “The thing with touring is, if you are not doing very well, people don’t want to book you,” he says. “To be able to do three tours on the Chrome album is fantastic. It shows that people are into the band and into new music. To be out again in February is really exciting.”
Chrome was the band’s first studio album in eight years. It saw them land in the ARIA Top 30 and celebrate with a special Music Max Live album launch. Reaching #2 on the Independent Music Charts, #10 on the ARIA Australian Artist Chart and #30 on the ARIA Mainstream Charts, they showed that the band only gets better with age. The long-player is kick-ass, heavy laden with riffs and gritty guitar solos, encompassing strong basslines and a tightness that can only come from years on the road. Above all else, it is true Aussie rock.
Dave says the opportunity to keep touring comes down to fans just loving Aussie rock. “It is totally to do with the fans,” he says. “There are so many competing genres out there, and our fans are loyal enough to keep coming and supporting the band. It is a great thing, that loyalty. There is never a dull moment with The Jets, the band never lets fans down.”
The short, but high voltage run of shows in February and March 2017 will give audiences not only an opportunity to experience songs from the new album, but also hit tracks from their previous seven albums. After 27 years of touring and making records, The Jets know how to rock Aussie audiences and with tracks such as Better, Helping Hand, Needle and Come On, mixing with new tracks such as Automatic Cowboy and Cash In Your Ticket, their live shows never disappoint.
It is a ‘live’ thing, according to Dave – the full band experience, not just a “bloke on stage with a laptop”. “As far as hard rock n roll fans go, they want to see people on stage playing their instruments,” he says. “They want to see Jimi and Scott ripping out, and they want to see Paul stomping around the stage owning it, and Mickl banging away… and me throwing myself to the floor. The fact that people want to see an energetic live performance and passionate show – all those things are never going to go away.”
Tickets for The Screaming Jets Chromozone tour are on sale now. Chrome is out now through independent label Dinner For Wolves (Rocket Distribution / InGrooves).
Friday 3rd February 2017
Taren Point Hotel, TAREN POINT NSW
Saturday 4th February 2017
The Basement, CANBERRA ACT
Friday 10th February 2017
York on Lilydale, MT EVELYN VIC
Saturday 11th February 2017
Commercial Hotel, SOUTH MORANG VIC
Thursday 16th February 2017
Bridge Hotel, ROZELLE NSW
Friday 17th February 2017
Terrey Hills Hotel, TERREY HILLS NSW
Friday 24th February 2017
Beach House Hotel, HERVEY BAY QLD
Saturday 25th February 2017
Harvey Road Tavern, GLADSTONE QLD
Friday 10th March 2017
Entrance Leagues Club, CENTRAL COAST NSW
Saturday 11th March 2017
Central Hotel, SHELLHARBOUR NSW
The Screaming Jets toured recently and sold out all over the country, so due to popular demand they’ve added a whole bunch of new dates – the tour is titled “Go Hard or Go Chrome.”
The tour is playing all over VIC, NSW and QLD
Rohan had an amazing chat with vocalist Dave Gleeson about everything from their new album, CHROME, their tour, the 80s to the AFL Grand Final and more.
THE SCREAMING JETS GET READY TO KICK SOME SERIOUS ARSE WITH THEIR GO HARD OR GO CHROME TOUR
NEW SINGLE CASH IN YOUR TICKET AT RADIO AUGUST 29
There is no doubt The Screaming Jets are one of Australia’s hardest rockin’ bands – their concerts have ensured the former Novocastrians have an enduring presence on the Aussie rock scene. So it is no surprise that the band are stepping up to practice what they preach with their new tour – Go Hard or Go Chrome – an ode to their latest studio release, Chrome, and their hard and unapologetically rockin’ live shows.
The band’s latest studio album – their first in eight years – was released in May, and not only saw the five-piece touring through metro centres, but also found them landing in the ARIA Top 30 and celebrating with a special Music Max Live album launch. Keeping true to their reputation as one of Australia’s hardest working rock n’ roll bands, they are ready to take their new music – and all their biggest hits – to regional areas along the East Coast this October and November.
Coinciding with their regional run, The Screaming Jets are also releasing their next single – Cash In Your Ticket – the second from Chrome. The album’s first single, Automatic Cowboy, was the perfect introduction to their seventh studio long player – a strong, full on rock song pulling no punches and grabbing the listener by the proverbial balls. Cash In Your Ticket is the perfect complement, a moody, bluesy tune that showcases that not only are The Jets a versatile band musically, but they pen killer songs of every persuasion.
Chrome was the band’s first studio album in eight years and not only impressed long-term Jets fans, but also garnered them a new audience base. Reaching #2 on the Independent Music Charts, #10 on the ARIA Australian Artist Chart and #30 on the ARIA Mainstream Charts, they showed that the band only gets better with age. The long-player is kick-ass, heavy laden with riffs and gritty guitar solos, encompassing strong basslines and a tightness that can only come from years on the road. Above all else, it is true Aussie rock.
“We always try to make sure that we represent ourselves as classic Aussie rock,” says lead singer Dave Gleeson. “More than showing anybody else, but just to get in there and feel the excitement that we did in the studio. Sometimes things just feel right, sometimes you are in the studio and it is like pulling teeth. Other times you hang out with your mates, laugh and tell stories and record great music. We have come out with something we are totally proud of – something to hold up as the real deal.”
It is this classic rock ethos that has seen the band celebrate the longevity they have. Their 25th anniversary in 2014 certainly invigorated the band to head into the studio again and music lovers get to benefit from that rockin’ passion. Heading out on the road again for a regional run was a natural progression. Regional Australia is the band’s heartland and there is nothing better than sharing new music with the people who want to hear it the most. With killer new tracks and The Screaming Jets’ incredible back catalogue, audiences are certainly in for a treat with this run of shows.
“Me and the boys can’t wait to get out on the road and rock out the new single Cash In Your Ticket,” says lead singer Dave Gleeson. “We’re doing handful of shows to the fans on the East Coast and look forward to seeing you all in October and November. Go hard or go chrome. Rock on!”
The Screaming Jets’ new single Cash In Your Ticket hits radio on Monday 29th August 2016. Chrome is out now through independent label Dinner For Wolves (Rocket Distribution / InGrooves).
Friday 7th October 2016
Hallam Hotel, HALLAM VIC
Saturday 8th October 2016
Gateway Hotel, GEELONG VIC
Friday 14th October 2016
Home Tavern, WAGGA WAGGA NSW
Saturday 15th October 2016
Club Mulwala, MULWALA NSW
Friday 21st October 2016
Belmont 16s, BELMONT NSW
Saturday 22nd October 2016
Revesby Workers, REVESBY NSW
Thursday 27th October 2016
Kallangur Tavern, NORTH BRISBANE QLD
Friday 28th October 2016
Parkwood Tavern, GOLD COAST QLD
Thursday 3rd November 2016
Young Services Club, YOUNG NSW
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Friday 4th November 2016
Dubbo RSL, DUBBO NSW
Saturday 5th November 2016
The Royal Hotel, MUSWELLBROOK NSW
Saturday 26th November 2016
HOPE ROCKS Festival
Hope Estate, HUNTER VALLEY NSW
THE SCREAMING JETS – CHROME
Release Date: 06 May 2016
℗ 2016 Dinner For Wolves | Shine On Enterprises | The Screaming Jets
Eight years on since Do Ya and the Screaming Jets launch a smack you between the eyes classic with something, quite honestly, for everyone. One glance at the magnificent cover art and, as is boldly advertised, its sure to be killer stuff, jam packed with everything a rock connoisseur could possibly wish for. Those who may favour the male form, simply substitute the scantily clad guitar wilding vixen aloft a jet engine and away we go…..
Automatic Cowboy throws us immediately into those killer riff ridden sounds that The screaming jets are so widely celebrated for, but chock full of melody, hooks and brilliant vocal delivery, hailing all a clear message that the lads are far from finished with us. Dave Gleeson lacks none of his traditional powerful delivery, but there is a distinct refinement to his capability and a maturity to his vocal finery. It seems a little clichéd but he has become more dynamic with the passage of time. Superb ferocity remains the order of the day.
Before proceeding further, it is important to note that this collection has been ready to launch for some considerable time, but it had to be the right time for The Screaming Jets. The result is that on first listen it becomes abundantly clear that there was no haste with any of the album. Its superbly executed and contains some of their very finest, considered works. That makes the album tremendously exciting in anticipation of live shows with the new tracks at the fore.
Paul Woseen was responsible for penning the majority of the tracks on this recording and many of the tunes have been floating around for significant years. Perhaps that would explain the superb nature of all the inclusions. Time to consider, refine and bring into line with the bands contemporary intent. Needless to say that would be further rock and roll domination of the Australian live scene.
Cash in Your ticket is constructed of splendid and alluring blues undertones, but in saying that there is plenty of material for the avid SJ air guitarist to be kept appeased. Just a brilliant track, but elevated in stature and appeal due to the sequencing on the album. The listener receives the immediate understanding that this is not merely an album. This is a sensationally considered and brilliantly executed work of determination from the band. If there was ever an album to keep traditional fans happy and allow the group to embark upon future years of playing to an adoring new generation of supporters, then this is most definitely it. I must throw my applauding hands in the air and admit that this album is tremendously exciting. Brace yourself for Razor, because you are about to join me in shameless merriment to the majestic might of The Screaming Jets. A short drum tap in and the hook is firmly in your mouth. Written with later assistance from Jimi Hocking, Dave himself beautifully places together his surroundings, coupled with the tumultuous frustration in being all ready to shave, then realising that inebriation leaves him incapable of fulfilling his evening’s aspirations. As simple as that sounds, the result is a remarkable accumulation of cohesive lyrics, penned to music that would be more than welcome way down south. It consists of the distinctive commentary set to sensational soundtrack that make it a true classic. Big, BIG guitar and powerful percussion make this one so difficult to get out of your head. And really, why would you want to? Just brilliant.
No Place No Home brings brilliant cerebral imagery of Paul living the free life of one sans home, but with a motor vehicle for shelter. A tremendously emotive tracks that is sure to be adapted to listeners lives, and mean so much more to so many. A beautifully fitting solo welcomes this track into the fold of slower, but powerful Screaming Jets classics. Tremendous vocals to a perfectly fitting, and restrained instrumental delivery.
The Grip is one of those pacey, pub rock powerhouses, full of huge riffage and percussive punch that invariably, and with the right crowd, is capable of moving Australia several meters closer to Tassie. The sort the publican loves, because by the end of the rocking and moshing along, all glasses will be thoroughly spent and spilled. Queue up to refill but don’t miss the next track.
Sex And Violence has a very simple structure, which I suspect is deliberate in order to highlight the sensational lyrics and majestic instrumental inclusions along the way that make this a tremendously appealing song for a range of reasons. Not least of which is enjoying hearing Dave put under the lyrical pump and emerging triumphant. By the finale you realise that you have been musically beaten, repetitively thumped into submission by this track. Just brilliant stuff. Listen to the lyrics and you will realise why this track is so very ingenious. The percussion and rhythm are thoroughly unremitting, just as the infuriated owner of a relentless fist of retribution. The most fitting follow on is Won’t Stop You, which retreats in mood and style in a fitting manner, albeit it to very different subject matter. The sequencing afforded each track is utterly superb. Then Smack in the Mouth brings us back into celebration is a manner that is….well…the title says it all musically and lyrically. No need to guild the lily here. Just enjoy a friendly punch in the puss. What’s a smack in the mouth between these mates? Particularly from those who have provided such consistent soundtrack to our Aussie lives?
Scar delivers classic rock riffage at its most powerful and metamorphoses into a track of diverse appeal, with highs and lows all merged together by killer, killer solos and a raw rock punch. This song ebbs and flows in such a sensational manner with accompanying whistling bringing us to the comfortable belief that this ‘aint no thing’ for the Jets. We know different. By now you have developed an understanding of how much work, deliberation and refinement has gone into this remarkable collection.
Turn It Round brings back to the fore the superb sound of classic Australian raw rock and roll. You will hear so many past Aussie classics amalgamated into this astounding track, mixed with a sprinkling of Urge Overkill esque melody. Utterly amazing in its structure and astonishing appeal, it has the sensational sounds of the Australian music scene celebrated in one track, and from our beloved sons. And really no wonder because Phil has had this one bouncing around for about fifteen years. Awesome.
This collection is superb musically, but moreover is demonstrative of the contemporary direction of the group. The very reason that the Screaming Jets are, and always will be a powerhouse of sensational sound and creativity. The lads have locked themselves away, connected with their usual camaraderie and replicated their Midas touch. Mates together driving each other to new heights of skilful delivery. Perfectly written, perfectly timed, perfectly produced and perfectly delivered. I think a standing ovation is in order. Bravo.
FESTIVAL RECORDS and Warner Music Australia released on April 1 release of the definitive overview of the great Aussie Rock scene from ‘70s and ‘80s and into the ‘90s, ‘THE GLORY DAYS OF AUSSIE PUB ROCK VOL.1’, on CD (a 4CD set!) and digital release.
Below Casper had a lengthy but insightful chat with MARK GABLE (Choirboys) about the collection and the decline in the Aussie live music scene.
Featuring a whopping 91 tracks (and priced to sell!), ‘THE GLORY DAYS OF AUSSIE PUB ROCK VOL.1’ focuses on the birthplace of classic OZ Rock – the pub! It includes seminal songs from virtually every successful Aussie rock band from the mid-‘70s through to the early-‘90s, including COLD CHISEL, THE ANGELS, DIVINYLS, MIDNIGHT OIL, MENTAL AS ANYTHING, BABY ANIMALS, SPLIT ENZ, HUNTERS & COLLECTORS, PAUL KELLY & THE COLOURED GIRLS, MEN AT WORK, AUSTRALIAN CRAWL, SKYHOOKS, THE SCREAMING JETS, ROSE TATTOO, DRAGON, TMG, SUNNYBOYS, STARS, THE SAINTS, NOISEWORKS, BLACK SORROWS, MODELS, THE SPORTS, RENEE GEYER, MI-SEX, JIMMY BARNES, IAN MOSS, BOOM CRASH OPERA, STEVIE WRIGHT, CHOIRBOYS, ICEHOUSE and FLOWERS, THE REELS, JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS, MONDO ROCK, RICHARD CLAPTON, RADIATORS, THE BADLOVES, BOOM CRASH OPERA, TIM FINN, THE CHURCH and more!.
It also includes memorable tracks from bands from the era whose fame may have been fleeting, but who still packed ‘em in in the pubs, including JIMMY & THE BOYS, GOANNA, SWANEE, DAVE WARNER’S FROM THE SUBURBS, MATT FINISH, PAINTERS & DOCKERS, UNCANNY X-MEN and MOVING PICTURES; as well as many groups who were local heroes of the day, like Perth’s THE BOYS, THE ELKS andLOADED DICE, Newcastle’s HEROES , Sydney’s THE HITMEN, THE NUMBERS, THE COCKROACHES, XL CAPRIS and THE CYRIL B. BUNTER BAND, and Melbourne’sBILLY MILLER & THE GREAT BLOKES, JAMES FREUD & THE RADIO STARS, STILETTO, BROD SMITH’S BIG COMBO and THE ALIENS (Melbourne). Some of the bigger indie guitar bands of the ‘80s also appear, like LIME SPIDERS and HUXTON CREEPERS. Even Nick Cave makes an appearance with the classic BOYS NEXT DOORsingle ‘Shivers’ (as later covered by the Screaming Jets!)
Additionally, ‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1 ’ includes numerous tracks on CD (and digital release) for the first time ever, including THE DINGOES’ final Mushroom single ‘Smooth Sailing’, the first PAUL KELLY & THE DOTS single ‘Seeing is Believing’, and RAY ARNOTT’S ‘On the Run’, which is strongly rumoured to feature Angus Young on guitar.
Aimed at both the collector and the casual fan alike, ‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1’ also includes comprehensive liner notes with track-by-track commentary and an essay by key ‘70s Australian rock writer (RAM magazine founding editor and Cold Chisel biographer) ANTHONY O’GRADY. The collection’s striking packaging features a new illustration by legendary Australian album cover and poster artist and Mushroom’s first art director, Ian McCausland.
‘The Glory Days of Aussie Pub Rock Vol.1’ (4CD and digital release) will be released April 1 on Festival Records and Warner Music.