Story by Regi Su Photos by Tim Stone
On the 22nd of February, the Beaches Hotel, Thirroul exploded with the launch of Tony Cini’s Blues Explosion, Volume 5.
During early January 2014, the CD was released, but on the 22nd, the launch was officially celebrated with the help of performers Laura Zarb (NSW), Two Girls Will (NSW) and the Johnny Cass Band – with Mick Skelton from The Baby Animals on the tins and skins.(NSW)
The night was a great celebration of Australian Blues and Roots music. In essence, the Blues Explosion has, over the years, featured some of Australia’s premier Blues and Roots performers.
Since its inception in 2008, the Blues Explosion has successfully become one of Australia’s most exciting and sought after gigs.
The launch of the Blues Explosion, Volume 5 is a testament to its ever growing glory and quality.
Another Day In The Life – Tribute Concert for George Kristy Proudly Supporting BeyondBlue – Wednesday March 5, 2014
Tragically on December 18th 2013, the Melbourne music community sadly lost one of its great rock drummers. A consummate entertainer, the phenomena that was George Kristy is described by audiences and fellow musicians as a powerhouse drummer with great groove and a master of stick tricks.
It all started with a little boy aged three tapping away on anything placed in front of him. By the age of five, bins, pots n’ pans and kitchen utensils made up a drum kit and his sticks. The dream was set in motion, the drummer was always there.
George Kristy had long since been playing drums with school mates but his professional career started taking off in the early 1990’s. He performed and recorded with various bands, Desire, Peace of Mind, Jonestown (included a live performance on The Loft Live, hosted by Rove McManus), 40 Alexander (included shows supporting Steve Vai), Glasshouse, Frans, The Cyclones (included shows supporting Diesel) and White Widdow (who he toured with in Europe in 2012).
In honour of George’s memory a group of talented, well known Melbourne musicians have come together to put on a concert on Wednesday, March 5th 2014 and raise funds for a wonderful cause, beyondblue.
The evening will include some of George’s favourite songs being performed by members of: Savage Garden, Serpentine, Black Majesty, Tigertailz, White Widdow, Electric Mary, The King of Pop Show, Starworld, The 79ers, KISSTROYER, Desire, The Caning, Glasshouse, The Shine, The Accidents, Adam 12, Agent Orange, Gripping Water, Surdo, Action Sam, Einsteins Toyboys, Lobby Loyde Band, Play-doh and special guest DJ’s Kuya and Stratos.
The massive all-star line-up will cover tunes from Iron Maiden, The Divinyls, KISS, INXS and many other great bands and will conclude with an extravaganza performance of, Hear n’Aid’s, We’re Stars.
Wednesday March 5th || Doors 8pm || tickets $27.50 +BF @ http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=41558
Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda: Gershwin Room
Get Shot Magazine are honoured to be covering this fantastic event.
Anyone who is depressed or who feels they can’t manage can contact the beyondblue Support Service via phone 1300 22 4636 or via email or online chat. Trained mental health counsellors are available to discuss your concerns 24/7.
Whirlwind Australian Tour June 2014 announced
New album Vagabond out now on Reveal Records through The Planet
“The energy she uses in a single performance could probably power a wee village on the outskirts of her native Glasgow” The Scotsman
“Eddi Reader is one of my favourite singers of all time.” Jools Holland
Eddi says of Vagabond:- “There’s an American songbook jazz flavour but there’s lots of folk roots within it because I’m a busker really. A lot of my attraction to music goes through American standards coming then to the Scottish experience which is singing around the fire.”
In 2012 Eddi Reader toured Australia and sold out across the board where she captivated and enchanted audiences. In 2014 she is delighted to be return and perform in quartet mode joined by three superb artists in their own right, Boo Hewerdine, Alan Kelly and Ian Carr.
From the heady days in the 80s with Fairground Attraction and the worldwide hit Perfect, to her interpretations of the Songs of Robert Burns for which she was awarded an MBE, Eddi continues to shine as an artist, and Vagabond once again puts her great talent on show with a strong American songbook jazz flavour. She is one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.
Thursday 19 June – The Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle, WA
Friday 20 June – The Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Vic
Saturday 21 June – Roo Twilights at Anglesea Golf Club, Vic
Sunday 22 June – The Trinity Sessions, SA
Tuesday 23 June – The Sutherland Entertainment Centre Sutherland, NSW
Story & Photos by Ant Ritz
Baby Animals Waves Towradgi 1st March 2104
Suze DeMarchi just oozes sex appeal, she struts with style, she is raunchy with class and she has “the” perfect rock chick voice.
On the other hand – Dave Leslie has none of those attributes – he is just well … Dave. Yet he is the chief architect of some of the catchiest, most dynamic and powerful riffs and in addition he plays some of the sweetest lead solo breaks.
Put Suze and Dave together and you have one powerfully sexy rock band.
Put behind them two of the countries most professional backing musicians – Dario Bortolin on bass and Mick Skelton on drums and the Baby Animals emerge as one, driven, powerfully sexy rock band.
Its not just Suze’s on-stage presence that makes the band standout. It is the depth and quality of their songs that allows her a more than credible stage on which to strut. With their relatively new and current cd This Is Not the End, Suze and Dave have put together 11 songs that could go straight onto their great hits cd.
If a band has a peak, well the Baby Animals have had two peaks, albeit 10 years apart.
We caught up with them at Waves Nightclub Towradgi NSW and they put on a blinding performance and kept the crowds screaming for more.
Early Warning, Rush You, Painless – all their hits plus new songs taken from their current cd: Hot Air Balloon, Email, Stitch and Warm Bodies all makes for a great show.
The support act is the highly entertaining and talented Steve Balbi (ex Noiseworks).
The Baby Animals are touring the country now. Get out and see them.
The boys on Get Shot Radio make an attempt to get back to the blues – or at least a program choked with rhythm and blues.
How well did John and Tony go do you think ?
Here’s this week’s attempt ….
It’s all here … Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts, John Lee Hooker, Big Maybelle Smith, Jimmy Reed …
Review and photos by Kate Wehl and Dan Stone.
Post Valentine’s Day sees 40 bands take over 4 stages at The Esplanade Hotel for Rock the Bay presented by SaltarHype and Crush Media. Wait…did someone say 4 stages?!?! That’s correct! They even managed to squeeze a stage into the Mezzanine area of the Espy Kitchen.
Kicking the day off in the Basement were rockabilly covers act The Mighty Kings. They put on a stellar performance even with the sound difficulties. Gotta love their version of “Walk This Way”.
Fear is a Liar were the next band I caught, this time in the Gershwin Room. Lighting in there was a nightmare for most of the night making photography a tough challenge! The sound however was great and Fear is a Liar turned it on early ending their set with the single “Shards of Purpose”.
Making my way to the Front Bar in time for my first sighting of Secret Tsunami. Featuring Casey Etto of Engine on lead vocals this 5 piece is a string infused folk rock band with some great tunes, including their single, “Negative Publicity”. This band quickly jumped to one of my favourite finds in the past 12 months. They will go far so keep an eye out!
High Side Driver and Anna Salen both turned on great performances in the Gershwin. HSD frontman Rob Pearson venturing out into the crowd. He is a strong presence on stage and the band were fantastically tight. Anna Salen were strong as usual with the crowd loving their entertaining performance.
The Front Bar was the scene for one of the final performances of the Summer of the brilliant Tim McMillan Band. McMillan is a genius and the large crowd can’t get enough of this guy, or his band. Hanging around for his whole set I was late to the HELM set in the Gershwin, but suffice to say, there is a reason these guys got a last minute call up to the Brisbane Soundwave show on the weekend. A great, hardworking metal band. Great stage presence and great songwriting.
I then spent a bit of time jumping between rooms catching NSW band Born Lion and Melbourne prog band Head Filled Attraction. Both highly regarded and with good reason. These are both bands that are going to have good things happen for them in the next 12 months I am sure.
It seemed like most of the crowd squeezed themselves into Gershwin for Like Thieves. Fronted by ex-Butterfly Effect frontman Clint Boge these guys not only know how to write a great song, but put on a good show. With some of the best lighting on the day they put on a strong set that got the crowd fired up for the rest of the night.
Dallas Frasca used the event as their first Melbourne show in 12 months. Currently recording their next album they took time out to put on a good old fashioned rock set. Blistering guitar solos courtesy of Jeff Curran and frontwoman Dallas crowdsurfing in a blowup boat got a packed Front Bar psyched. I caught half the set before heading in to catch pirate-folk-alt-rock band Engine dominate the Gershwin Room! Casey Etto has total control of the crowd and there is nothing like seeing a room full of people sitting on the floor as guest violinist Rachel Snow strolls through them. As the energy increases Etto and Snow jointly launch into the awaiting arms of the crowd. The biggest news of the set was however, the announcement that the band is going back to their original name, Engine Three Seven. The news greeted with a massive roar of approval from the crowd.
The night ended with me catching Austrian funk rock outfit Mother’s Cake getting the diminishing crowd grooving. Melbourne band, Toehider ended the night in the Gershwin to a small but responsive crowd. They and Smoke Stack Rhino both put on a great set and it were a great way to end the night.
Congratulations to Matt Crute and the SaltarHype and Crush Media teams for putting on another fantastic event and I am sure I am not alone in looking forward to what is to come for Rock N Load later this year!
Photography By: Kate Wehl
and Dan Stone
Review by: Dan Stone
Review and photos by Kate Wehl and Dan Stone.
St Kilda Festival is one of the biggest free street festivals in Australia. Put on with the support of the City of Port Phillip, and starting back in 1980 as a single day event, the festival now spreads over a week featuring Indigenous events and live music at locals venues over most of the week and culminating in Festival Sunday. The major streets of St Kilda are shutdown, food stalls and music stages take over and on average around 300,000 people flock to see 60 bands perform over 5 stages.
Gale force winds delayed the start of the music, especially on the Main Stage located right on the St Kilda Foreshore where the giant festival banners were blown down from either side of the stage and bands delayed for around an hour while the stage was inspected and deemed safe. With some time to kill before the first acts appeared there Kate and I wandered around to see if there was any action on the other stages. There wasn’t much action and by the time we got back to the Main Stage we discovered that they had slightly changed the program and Kingswood were already halfway through their set. Kingswood were putting on a fantastic set, especially compared to what I saw of them on New Years Eve, and the early crowd were really getting into it.
Courtney Barnett was on the O’Donnell Gardens stage and treated an enthusiastic crowd to a great set of her own style of folk music. An emerging talent in Australia, this was her last appearance before heading to the UK and US to play sold out shows there. There is definitely something going wrong in this country when a virtual “nobody” in Australia (and she is not the only one!) is selling out shows around the world.
Following on we raced back to the Main Stage to catch Queensland duo Busby Marou. Consisting of best mates, Tom Busby (vocals/guitar) and Jeremy Marou (guitar/vocals) and their touring band, they are born storytellers. Mixing folk, pop and country they remind me of a mix of Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and Pete Murray they perform with a smile on their face and the crowd responds with cheering, dancing and singing along.
Arriving at the Push Stage early for Remi’s set, we caught the tailend of the set by local lads Osaka. I am loathe to criticise them too much given they are still only 16 years old, but their songs were fairly generic mix of indie pop. Triple J would love them I’m sure and I am also sure that in the years to come their songwriting will mature as will their harmonies, which just weren’t there on the day.
By the time Remi was welcomed onto the Push Stage, the crowd had filled the road between Luna Park and the Palais Theatre. With a big gap between the stage and the front row thanks to concerns about the weather and punter safety it was going to be interesting to see how the crowd would respond when crowd interaction is a big part of this future star’s performance. Joined on stage by N’fa Jones (ex 1200 Techniques) Remi absolutely threw any concerns out the door. The crowd ate up his performance. Dancing, singing along and having a great time. A definite highlight of the day.
At this point I headed to the Live N Local stage to check out the heaviest band on the day, Ten Thousand. This Melbourne 5 piece has played some big shows in the past 12 months and toured pretty hard, but talking to them after their set, playing St Kilda Festival has been a dream for them. Putting on a solid performance, frontman Jay Bowen made the most of the extended front to the stage getting out close to the crowd and playing up to my camera. It was a great set and the crowd loved it.
Kate headed over to catch Renee Geyer and Bob Evans and reports are that they were good, but seemed to be going through the motions a little bit. I’m sure the fans, especially of Bob Evans, would’ve loved both sets.
I managed to catch a little bit of Sticky Fingers’ set later in the day. They pulled a massive crowd but to my ears they weren’t doing anything new and exciting. Given there was no photographer pit, I didn’t get close enough to get decent photos and didn’t hang around. After around 10 hours my body was feeling the heat a little too much and my stomach was aching for a meal.
With so much going on it was difficult make it to all the stages for the last of the acts, however I heard great reports from the sets of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Art Vs Science and the Alice in Wonderland DJ set. Fantastic ways to finish off a fantastic day of local music in one of the most supportive areas of live music in Melbourne.
Photos by John Snelson
“It’s Good To Be Alive !”
Steve Balbi , the former bass guitarist for Noiseworks and frontman of Electric Hippies, has lived a remarkable life.
He’ll be here in the Get Shot Radio Studio on Monday, March 10th – streaming live in a 1-hour Steve Balbi Special … into your loungerooms onto your computers, laptops, iPads and into your iPhones on trains and buses all over the globe !
Don’t miss it ! What a tale he has to tell.
His is the sort of story that sells books, and shifts movie tickets. It’s a tale of incredible highs and rare lows, a rock ‘n’ roll reality with all the trappings that come with being a familiar face from one of Australia’s biggest bands of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s; a tale of excess, reinvention, surviving, and thriving.
These are all themes that are evident throughout his current single, I Found You, which was the first song Steve wrote clean in 20 years.
“Looking back it’s a story of losing yourself to find yourself however, finding yourself is not a given in this process, I was one of the lucky ones to be found and for that I am grateful.”
“I Found You” has been lifted from Steve Balbi’s record, Black Rainbow, which was released independently through Social Family Records last year. This long awaited debut solo record is a sincere set of works which artfully reflects where he’s come from, and where he’s going.
“Adversity can be the greatest teacher, as long as you don’t give up. In a way what this record is doing, it’s summarising my past and bringing me right up until now, so I can move on in a forward direction. Black Rainbow has an overarching sense of optimism tinged with a hint of darkness, much like my journey in life so far”.
After supporting iconic Aussie rockers Baby Animals on their national capital city tour in 2013, Balbi has been invited to share the stage with them again on a string of new dates in 2014.
Presented by Social Family Records, The Harbour Agency and MAX, “Feed The Birds Part II” will kick off in Merimbula and continue to Wollongong, Coffs Harbour, Laurieton, Albury, Batemans Bay, Dee Why and Belmont.
STEVE BALBI supporting BABY ANIMALS “FEED THE BIRDS – PART II” TOUR
Sat 1st March – Waves Nightclub, Wollongong, NSW http://bit.ly/BAsWaves
Fri 7th March – Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW http://bit.ly/BAsPlantation
Sat 8th March – United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW http://bit.ly/BAsLaurieton
Fri 21st March – Kinross Woolshed, Albury, NSW http://bit.ly/BAsKinrossWoolshed
Sat 22nd March – Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay, NSW http://bit.ly/BAsBatemansBay
Fri 11th – April Dee Why RSL, Dee Why, NSW http://bit.ly/BAsDeeWhy
Watch Steve Balbi’s Single “I Found You” HERE
Stream Steve Balbi’s Debut Album via Soundcloud HERE
the Stu Thomas Paradox
present the songs
of Lee Hazlewood
THE FLYING SAUCER CLUB
Saturday 22nd March – 8PM
The Flying Saucer Club is proud to present a tribute to Lee Hazlewood – one of the most influential men in the history of music. For one night only on Saturday 22nd March, Stu Thomas tips his hat to this great man alongside an all-star cast of musical talents.
He was writer of mega-hits for artists such as Nancy Sinatra and Duane Eddy, an inventive producer and a unique performer. He fathered the Countrypolitan genre with impeccable productions that ranged from cowboy minimalism to overblown brassy pop.
He holds a special place in the hearts of billions, thanks to his talent for storytelling, distinctive laconic drawl and ability to write a damn good song.
Many people around the world are familiar with Lee’s songs, even if they don’t realise it. Responsible for tunes like ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”, “Lady Bird”, “Sugar Town”, “Summer Wine”, “Some Velvet Morning” and “Rebel Rouser”.
His impact on modern music and generations of musicians is immeasurable, and Stu is no exception – Lee has been a remarkable inspiration for him. Best known for his global exploits with Dave Graney & The MistLY, as well as Kim Salmon & The Surrealists, Stu is a songwriter, performer and producer himself.
Along with Clare Moore (Moodists, Coral Snakes), Phil Collings (Surrealists) and Eduardo Miller (Love Brothers), give thanks to this man as the Stu Thomas Paradox present The Songs of Lee Hazlewood in two big sets of magnificent music.
When: Saturday 22nd March 2014
Doors: 6.30pm (Seats/Dining), 8pm (GA) – Showtime: 8.40pm
Where: THE FLYING SAUCER CLUB – 4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick
Tickets:$25+bf (Reserved Seating), $18+bf (GA), $20 (Door)
More info: www.flyingsaucerclub.com.au
With her debut BluesFest appearance and headline shows in Australia fast approaching, there’s no better time to introduce “Better Man“, the first single from Bang Bang Boom Boom, the new album from the amazing Beth Hart.
Beth Hart’s had her ups and downs – including an addiction to drugs and a bipolar disorder (sigh) since her career took off in the late 90s.
I love this quote from her about her latest release :
“I wrote ‘Better Man’ for my husband Scott,” Hart says. “Scott is the greatest happiness I’ve ever known because I know in my guts that he really loves me. He’s saved my soul, my insides; he took me in and loved me long enough for me to love myself. He made me fall in love with living. He’s my husband. He’s my home. He’s a f*cking miracle.”
You may have seen Heart (rather than Hart) singing “Stairway to Heaven” in honour of Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Centre Buddy Guy Tribute. Beth Hart was at the same event, where she also sang – and what a great rendition of Sonny Boy Williamson‘s “I’d Rather Go Blind” it is.
This recording has been added as a bonus track to the album for the Australian release – you can check out footage of the performance with Jeff Beck, the Master of the Fender Whammy Bar, below.
Grab your chance to hear that voice live when Beth reaches our shores in April - both Jeff and Beth will be appearing at BluesFest 2014.
The album Bang Bang Boom Boom is to be released on March 14 on Mascot /Provogue, distributed by Warner ADA) shows off Beth Hart’s incredible vocal range and skill, from the title track’s Pop-Rock sound to Billie Holiday‘s “Baddest Blues“.
Saturday 12th April – The Basement, Sydney NSW
Tuesday 15th April – The Corner Hotel, Richmond VIC
Thursday 17th & Friday 18th April – BluesFest, NSW
ALSO – Beth will also be making a guest appearance at Jeff Beck’s shows :
April 21, The Opera House
April 22, Hamer Hall