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  • Ex-Radio Birdman guitarist Chris Masuak’s Aussie-Euro band The Outside embark on their short and sharp French tour this week. Featuring Masuak on guitar and vocals, expat Aussie and former tennis professional Gregory Bowen on guitar, Frenchman Bruno Mondo on bass and Spaniard Juan Martinez El Kara on drums, their five-show run includes a support to Supersuckers in Rennes. This is the film clip for their Bowen-written 2013 single “In The Class”.

    FEB
    13 - L'Armony, Montreuil
    14 - Piano Bleu Saint Brieuc
    15 - Le Galion, Lorient
    17 - Mondo Bizarro, Rennes (with Supersuckers)
    18 - Nantes, La Cour

  • cm tour webSix years after his last visit to Australia, former Radio Birdman guitarist Chris “Klondike” Masuak is returning with his hand-picked local band, Dog Soldier, for a select run of East Coast shows.

    Masuak and Dog Soldier will play a three week tour with shows in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

    Masuak’s musical history reads like a muscle car ride through the mean streets of Australia’s rock and roll underground.

    The Canadian-born prodigy achieved notoriety as teenage guitarist for Australia’s legendary Radio Birdman, and then waged a War Against The Jive with the country’s hardest working rock and roll band, The Hitmen.

    Next came a stint with the original live version of the New Christs, followed by international prominence with the chart-busting Screaming Tribesmen.

    A member of the ARIA Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Masuak has an impressive back catalogue of rock, pop and blues releases under his own name and fronting the Viveiro Wave Riders. He is now based in Galicia in northern Spain.

    Dog Soldier comprises bassist Tony Bambach (Aberration, Green Spiders, ex-Lime Spiders) and drummer Stu Wilson (Aberration, Leadfinger, ex-The Rivers, ex-New Christs,ex-Lime Spiders).

    Their tour will re-trace Klondike’s storied career, drawing on material from his key bands - with a few surprises thrown in.  

    I-94 Bar Records & Promotions presents
    Chris Masuak & Dog Soldier 2023 Australian Tour
    MAY
    19 - House of Music & Booze, St Peters, NSW + Starcrazy + The Dark Clouds + Pocketwatch
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    21 - Link and Pin, Woy Woy + The Silver Dragons (1.30pm)
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    26 - Northcote Social Club + River of Snakes + Electric Purrs
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    27 - Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong + Baby 8 + Sacramento Sweaters
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    28 - Smiths Alternative, Canberra + Il Bruto (7pm)
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    JUN
    2 -Stag and Hunter, Newcastle + Joeys Coop + East Coast Low
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    3 - Federal Hotel, Bellingen + Nikki Websters
    4 - Vinnies, Gold Coast + The Square Tugs + Mick Medew & Ursula
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  • MEG 7

    Sydney is in lockdown so local bar MoshPit and I-94 Bar are re-running last year's Monday Evenring Gunk series. Here's Episode 7 "Address to the Nation from Chris Masuak" that went to air on November 3.  This episode saw Gunk going international with ARIA Hall of Famer and ex-Radio Birdman guitarist Chris Masuak joining by Zoom with Sydney Rock asnd Roll Mzarklets founder Tiffany Palmer and Bob Short (from Sydney’s first punk band Filth) co-hosting. Watch Chris and his Spanish band The Viveiro Wave Riders give us a face melting set of originals and classics from lockdown in Spain here.

  •  ron keeley adelaide


    The first thing you hear when the stylus drops on Radio Birdman’s “What Gives?”, “Aloha Steve & Danno”, ”Descent Into The Maelstrom”, “Do The Moving Change” or The Visitors’ “Hell Yes” are the drums.

    Solid, to the point, perfectly simple, lots of swing and dead on the money, That drummer’s name is Ron Keeley, who also played with Radio Birdman precursor The Rats (with Warwick Gilbert and Rob Younger), The Other Side (with Rob Younger) , The Hitmen (with Chris Masuak and Warwick Gilbert) and Comrades of War

    I wanted to hear Ron’s story first-hand and have a beer or three with him in his adopted home of Woking, Surrey,l just outside of London. It's only a short, 17,000-mile trip from Sydney, Australia. We met in The Crown, a wonderful old-style “wet pub” (no food, no gambling, no TV - just drink, so what’s not to like?) in July 2023.

    Read on at your own peril.

  • the outside tourChris Masuak is back on the road with his Anglo-French-Spanish band The Outside in France in February.

    The Outside features Gregory J Bowen, expat Australian, on guitar, Juan Martinez El Kara on drums and French bassist Bruno Mondo. As the tour billing says, this will be the last time. Watch chrismasuak.netfor updates. 

    FEB
    13 - L'Armony, Montreuil
    14 - Piano Bleu Saint Brieuc
    15 - Le Galion, Lorient
    17 - Mondo Bizarro, Rennes (with Supersuckers)
    18 - - Nantes, La Cour

     

  • maz with los revelators

    The newest band for former Radio Birdman guitarist Chris Masuak, Los Revelators, were born in a garage behind the ancient Roman walls of Lugo in Galicia and raised on a diet of scratchy seven-inch singles. 

    With members from three continents, Los Revlators are a band with international bloodlines and bound by a shared love for hard-edged ‘60s and ‘70s rock and roll. They play it hard and fast, churning out mostly original songs steeped in psychedelia,   surf, garage rock and punk and laced with intricate guitar and the unmistakable tones of a Hammond organ.

    The debut EP "Revelation" is available here.

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    With an Australian tour underwayin May and June, it would be criminal not to put on something for guitar geeks. So ex-Radio Birdman, Hitmen, Screaming Tribesmen, New Christs, Juke Savages and Raouls guitarist Chris Klondike Masuak will conduct a three-hour Masuak Guitar Masterclass at Petersham Bowling Club in Sydney on the afternoon of Saturday, May 20.
     
    Pre-booking is esential as numbers will be capped, and participants will walk away with a T-shirt, signed book and a headfull of Masuak guitar secrets.  Full details, bookings here. 
  • Tract Home Chippy - Chris Masuak & Dog Soldier (I-94 Bar Records/Gaga Digi)

    Chris Masuak
    has been shredding guitar on Australian stages since he was a teenager with Radio Birdmanin the mid-‘70s. It’s still hard to grasp that by the time he'd made his mid-20s, he'd played with Birdman, the Hitmen, the New Christs and the Screaming Tribesmen, surely four of the most rocking and influential acts to emerge from Australia in any 10-year period.

    Fast-forward to 2023 and Masuak now lives in Spain; in recent years, he’s released a couple of stunning, riff layered, street level yet melodic albums in “Bruijita” and “Address To The Nation”. The new digital single “Tract Home Chippy”, released to concide with his first Australian tour in six years, is no different.  


    With a weaving, melodic guitar hook that crosses several scales, it’s a clever lead-in that sparks off a pumping rhythm section that’s as tight as an ant’s arse. The song gets along like a roller-coaster, aided by solid backing vocals that add spark. Masuak’s own vocals is in fine form, and it’s wrapped in a shower of hooks. The song carries the classic Masuak trademark: a slab of guitar power with a hard edge that nods nod to garage rock and toll.

    Lyrically (and

    ) is an ode to counter culture hero Lenny Bruce, who was a father of cultural insight who faced an obscenity trial and was hounded into poor health. Chris Masuak has landed a bullseye with a fitting tribute.

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  • maz smithsChris Masuak and Dog Soldier
    Il Bruto
    Sunday, 28 May 2023
    Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

    Chris Masuak and Dog Soldier hit the stage for a rousing two hour set after terrific support act, local Canberrans Il Bruto, did excellent work by warming us all up with their versions of many classic songs from 1960s and '70s Detroit bands.

    It was terrific to have an unexpected catch up chat with Chris prior to their gig; the days of the Funhouse, and all his previous band experiences behind him. My enjoyment of his forays in various bands, all true to his own vision of honest modern music has never diminished.
     
    For apart from his incredible skill as co-lead/rhythm guitarist in Radio Birdman when he was still a teen, he went on to co-found the Hitmen with the wonderful and charismatic Johnny Kannis, as well as The Screaming Tribesmen.
     
    The last time I spoke to Chris was post his stint in the New Christs and Hitmen DTK; and pre his departure to Spain to make his name in Europe leading his own bands to a wider audience across the Continent. So this pre-gig conversation was a cherry on the cake.
     
    The skill of Tony Bambach on bass and Stu Wilson on drums, augmenting Chris’s exceptional guitar playing, was a total joy. Perfect rhythms, pure thrumming drive throughout each song; and the ability to traverse the best of groove and Detroit based sounds was a trip for the sold-out crowd.
     
    Chris’s own virtuosity as a guitarist and his terrific range of original songs was on full display. We all cheered for more.

    I conquered a three-day bout of sciatic pain by doing some stretches and then dancing with total abandon for a few songs. Such is the delight that a pure, dedicated and quality trio can deliver to a discerning audience!
     
    Thank you, Masuak! Bravo Dog Soldier! You’re all champs for coming to Canberra; so many others don’t bother to embrace this passionate regional audience.
     
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  • los revelators epRevelation – Los Revelators (Los Revelators)

    Kamloops? Sounds like what a car mechanic has for breakfast, right?

    Nope. It is, in fact, a place. In Canadaaaa!

    Placenamesa? Australia has a few beauties: Grong Grong, Iron Knob, Woy Woy, Sydney. 

    But, I mean, Canada, right? They really know how to give a town a name, don't they?

  • link and pin dog soldierChris Masuak and Dog Soldier
    The Silver Dragons
    Link and Pin Café, Woy Woy
    Sunday, 21 May 2023

    We still want to cling to memories of our youth and for some it’s easier than others. Some say this music thing is an affliction. Others joke that it’s a curse and others consider it fun.

    When we were teenagers or aged in our early 20s and seeing bands I don’t think we would have imagined that some of us would still would still be doing so 40 years later. In fact, I used see the musos on stage aged in their late 20s and think they were really old farts.

    Well here I am on a Sunday afternoon, on the noisy express to Newcastle full of screaming kids and even louder adults bellowing, as the train weaves snake-like past the Hawkesbury River, on my way to another afternoon gig at the Link and Pin in Woy Woy. Heading to see Chris Masuak and one of his rare Australian tours these days.

    The Link and Pin is venue of another time: an oasis that exudes an old-time vibe as you walk in. It’s like you stepped into a place not quite rural and certainly not inner-city despite its rock posters and wall full of underground records. The beer garden is rustic and packed as the drinks flow. I have never have not had a good time there.

  • Catch Monday Evening Gunk on the MoshPit Faccebook at 7.30pm every Monday or catch up here every Tuesday. Next up on Gunk: Chris Masuak of Radio Birdman, the Scraming Tribesmen, the Hitmen and the New Christs who will be interviewed by Bob Short (Filth) and Tiffany Palmer (Sydney Rock and Roll Markets) and play a set with his band, The Viveiro Wave Riders. 

  • maz adWe now have stock of "Address to the Nation", the new album from Chris Masuak and the Viveiro Wave Riders, after a slight delay in the manufacturing process. You can score a copy on CD here. If you prefer bricks and mortar shopping, try Redeye Records in Sydney and Off The Hip in Melbourne next week. 

  • The new album from Chris Masuak and the Viveiro Wave Riders is out in early August on I-94 Bar Records and we’ve opened pre-orders. The lead-off track "1776" is embedded above. Place an order here.

    “Address to the Nation” is full of trademark Masuak melodies and power with harmonies, a wide-ranging record where powerpop gems rub shoulders with bristling, muscular rock and roll, and punk. It’s in a similar vein to its predecessor, “Brujita”, but a touch harder-edged and more pointed, with lyrical insights about life, love and the sorry state of geopolitics, all powered by Klondike's ace Spanish band There’s also a healthy dose of satire, lurking deep in its grooves.

    If you pre-order, your copy of the CD will be sent the day the album arrives back from the pressing plant. You’ll also receive a full digital copy, with bonuses, shortly before. If you're in the market for vinyl, we'll keep yuou posted. 

  • Here’s the official film clip for "Gun Song", the politically-charged track from the Chris Masuak & the Viveiro Wave Riders album "Address to the Nation" on our own I-94 Bar Records. Find it for sale here. The clip was produced by Jonathan Sequeira of Living Eyes Productions/Cheap Music Videos who is also the man behind the Radio Birdman documentary, “Descent into the Maelstrom”.

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    Chris "Klondike" Masauak and Dog Soldier have released a sigital single to mark their May-June Australian tour. "Tract Home Chippy" was recorded in Masuak's adopted home of Spain and in Sydney and features Klondike, bassist Tony Bambach (Green Spiders, Aberration and ex-Lime Spiders) and drummer Stuart Wilson (ex-Lime Spiders, New Christs). The song is still making its way to digital streaming platforms but if you're quick, you can download a  copy here, secure in the knowledge that anything you pay on Bandcamp Friday will be fee-free. 
  • chris bookFaith and Practice in Bedlam
    By Chris Masuak
    (High Voltage)

    The rock and roll biography, usually ghost written within an inch of near life, seldom rises above the squalor of tabloids in terms of literary merit. A chronological narrative structure occasionally framed as a flashback is as good as it gets.

    Think of sports biographies with guitars.

    Unsurprisingly, reviews of Chris Masuak's new book have been thin on the ground. Firstly, because the book will probably upset his old band mates and their wrath has become legendary.

    Secondly, I suspect, because - like its author - this book is quite the odd duck.

    When confronted by the unusual, most pundits wait for someone else's opinion before voicing their own. Especially when they don't want to miss out on the chance of potential support slots.

  •  canadian maz

    CHRIS “KLONDIKE” MASUAK TOP SEVERAL FOR 2023

    1.   APPARENTLY, THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY GENOCIDE.
    This year has demonstrated beyond any possible doubt that the human race is blithely and psychopathically genocidal.

    And if daily reminders of this sad and truly distressing reality aren’t enough, next to nothing has been effectively done to redress the horror because of the not entirely surprising confirmation that a great number of the people you know are …

    a. Cruel and nasty.
    b. Wilfully ignorant.
    c. Racist.
    d. Chickenshit.
    e. All of the above.

    Protest, agitate, donate … do something. Anything.

    Let’s at least pretend to be interested in creating a better future.

  •  ron brown 2023

    01 - L7 in Melbourne. 
    This was a blast. Playing “Bricks Are Heavy” in full ,plus all those other wonderful tracks from the ‘90s. It’s number-one because it’s recent.

    02 MONAROS – “Can’t Polish a Turd.
    As good as it gets. What a bloody great record with songs like “Kareen”, “Best Cop In Town” and the awesome “Mum Washed Me Cum Sock”. It’s a no-brainer for the #2 slot.

  •  rossy 2023

    First, I’ll get the rant out of the way. I’ve spent more time working with younger bands this year and there seem to be a few issues… 

    Firstly, there are so many new young bands that they can’t find gigs… especially appropriate ones. The King Street strip in Sydney’s Newtown and surrounds has about eight venues and on any given night there are only up to 50 people in each room. 

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