Heartsounds are quite unique in their own way and with their new record (third) dropping just days ago, I’m sure you’ll be seeing the name around. Recently I caught up with Ben Murray who is also the head of Creator-Destructor Records and a stand up guy.
In a modern world where everything is heading in the direction of sitting at home and shopping, socialising and looking for inspiration, it will often leave people in a frame of mind about what is the future of the music industry. It’s not only eCommerce that is taking the step up to step into our homes, we’re also seeing a repeated within the music industry but in a different way. Music piracy has been around for a long time, which had evolved from the high speed dubbing button to the limewire and napster icons, we know this. But what is it now?
MXPX are a punk rock band from Washington in the United States and Mike Herrera is about to hop on that plane and head down here to Australia. He will be bringing a few mates from Switzerland that currently play in a band called CANCER and they call themselves The MXPX All Stars.
A Wilhelm Scream, a name that divides the film world and the music world. Some think of the classic scream sample that we hear in so many films, other think of music that will leave you foaming at the mouth like some crazy fuckwit with rabies. A Wilhelm Scream, a band that are all about the shits and giggles and when this one called Nuno to give him the good old Aussie interrogation about Hits and Pits Festival, all I got was “man, I’m playing call of duty with my kid attached to me and I just got this sick headshot.”
It was the time so many punk lovers, fans, groupies and general fuckwits have been waiting for, The Descendents. This is the second time the band has played in Australia with the previous time for Sydney being the No Sleep Till festival, where they played their hearts out whilst Fat Mike was up in the booth snorting coke and bopping his head. The second act was The Bouncing Souls who are no strangers to Australia with the Metro Theatre being their place to play. Third act was Bodyjar, the Melbourne skate punk band back to kill us all, previously playing at the Metro Theatre with the final act who is Irrelevant. Now we all have to acknowledge Frenzal Rhomb for pulling out of the show, not because they wanted to be like most Sydney metalcore bands, but because Jason is very sick and needed medical attention. The show did go on however and Gordy did make an appearance with some Bodyjar songs and even played a Bouncing Souls song.
The Bouncing Souls are not a band that need any introduction, but, you know I’m going to do one anyway. Breaking from New Jersey, this band that took their name from a Doc Martins show really do make your soul bounce. Their most recent release “Comet” coming out last year on Rise Records. Previous to that their Misfit cover took fans by surprise when they released a Complete Control Session EP via SideOneDummy Records.
If you’re into punk rock, or even metal, and you don’t know the left wing Canadian band Propagandhi, then you either live under a rock or you’re new school. These guys are one of those bands that are not only loved by many, but where introduced into the wonderful world of skate punk via Mike at Fat Wreck Chords. They released the bands first album “How To Clean Everything” which included a single “How To Clean A Couple O’ Things”. Now the band has released their 6th studio album from the other label that shaped 90s Punk, Epitaph. Recently I got the chance to jump on the phone to Chris Hannah, the vocalist/guitarist from Propagandhi and asked him a few things, mainly about: their career so far, the way their sound has progressed and what book Chris is into right now.
The Swellers! What can I say besides they’re keeping the Epi-Fat (Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords) sound alive? Let me start with that they’re a band from Michigan in the USA and are melodic punk, which means for me that they’re sick! These guys are currently getting ready to be on the road with Strung Out and after they finish in LA, they will be on the plane to here, Australia. No rest for the wicked.
Some of you from the ‘era of 1987-1997 that grew up in the Punk-Hardcore scene around Sydney will know of a band called The Blurters. Well the lead singer Jay Blurter has taken on an extra project that has kicked off in the past couple of weeks. This project is called Inner City Uprising. The basis of the documentary is when the hardcore punks from America started to have an influence on the Sydney scene. This will be steering away from the “mainstream” punks such as The Saints or The Hard-Ons, more focused on the underground scene that is the core of the scene.
Recently I caught up with one of my idols who plays guitar in a band called Pennywise, his name is Fletcher Dragge. As we’re on the phone he mentions that his pit bull looks cute lying next to him. So I thought hey, if we’re being random, I might as well asked him if he likes Vegemite. Apparently he’s not a fan, but he assured me that if he was starving, he would eat it. So if any roadies out there that read this and end up working on the Pennywise tour, put that to the test for us. Then I asked him if Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla got in a punch up, who would win. An excellent answer with Nikola Tesla because he set the power. My response to someone I’ve followed for years, fucking aye.