Dead Boys Down Under

Dead Boys 2023 tourDead Boys circa 2017.

The reformed Dead Boys play their first Australian shows in a long and storied history in 2023 with three East Coast gigs.

Guitarist Cheetah Chrome is the sole original player as infamous frontman Srtiv Bators left the planet in 1990. The band release a truie punk rock classic in “Sonic Reducer”. 

Dead Boys were formed by vocalist Bators, Chrome and rhythm guitarist Jimmy Zero in 1975 before bassist Jeff Magnum completed the first line-up. The original Dead Boys released two studio albums“Young, Loud and Snotty and “We Have Come For Your Children”. 

The Dead Boys were initially active from 1975 to 1980, briefly reuniting a few times in the mid-1980s, and then later again in 2004 and 2005 without Bators.

Chrome and Blitz reunited the band with a new line-up for a 40th anniversary tour along with a new album, “Still Snotty: Young, Loud and Snotty at 40”, a re-recording of their debut LP. Blitz is absent from a current US tour.

Dead Boys Australian Tour
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23 – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
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24 – The Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, NSW
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25 – The Corner, Richmond, VIC
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1980s link provides impetus for Mick Medew and Ursula's Boxcar remix project

mick medew and ursula boxcar crIt’s a match made in the sub tropics: Dave Smith, founder of ARIA-nominated Brisbane synth act Boxcar, has teamed with Queensland rock and roll hall of famer Mick Medew and partner Ursula to launch a series of steamy dancefloor remixes of the title track from Mick Medew and Ursula’s “Love Is Calling” album.

Dave and Ursula go way back - to Brisbane in the ‘80s, in fact, when Dave helped make a video for Ursula's then band, Ironing Music.

Mick Medew is the former leader of the legendary Screaming Tribesmen, whose “Igloo” single is an all-time Australian underground classic, and more recently vocalist and guitarist for Mick Medew and The Mesmerisers.

“Love Is Calling” was 4ZZZ’s Album of the Week on its release on I-94 Bar Records in early 2022. The remix project has realised four Boxcar remixes whose titles are inspired by Dave Smith’s love of Roma and Brunswick Streets in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct.

The artwork is by Ash Moses and the songs were meticulously mastered by Melbourne sonic wizard Ernie O

The ”Love is Calling Boxcar Remix” EP will debut on the Heyday program on 4ZZZ on Saturday after 6pm Brisbane time and will go live on all streaming services from Monday. Save the streaming songs here.  

Touch them, they're sick: Mudhoney returns

 mudhoney 2019 promo

Seminal Seattle four-piece Mudhoney returns to Australia in 2023, nine years since their last local shows. A mammoth odyssey spanning April and May will have them playing headline shows across six states, with a handful of festival dates among them.
 
Mudhoney has an enviable career spanning three decades 13 studio albums, five live records, and headline shows around the globe. Their provocative debut single  and 1992 hit “ cemented them as pioneers of the grunge explosion.

 
The band has managed to find time to lay down tracks in the studio this year for their next opus due in 2023, which follows their 2019 EP “Morning in America” , giving Australian fans the opportunity to hear all of the new and a bunch of the former favourites live.

Dates after the fold.

Be Mesmerised and then catch The Meduo

Tickets for the only Sydney show by Mick Medew and the Mesmerisers are selling - and how.

The I-94 Bar presents the former Screaming Tribesman and his all-star band at Marrickville Bowling Club on Saturday, November 5 with support from the impeccable powerpop stars The On and Ons and fuzz-fiends Jupiter 5. Grab yours here. 

Mick Medew and the Mesmerisers will play a free show at Mayfield Bowling Club in Newcastle on Friday, November 4 with support from local heroes East Coast Low and Mick Medew and Ursula. It's free admission and you can see the Facebook event here.

Mick Medew and Ursula will launch their "Love Is Calling" album with a free Sunday show at The Golden Barley Hotel in Enmore on Sunday, November 6 from 6pm. Facebook event details here.

Gunk is back and here's how to watch it

 
The I-94 Bar TV show "Monday Evening Gunk" returns this week as "Thursday Evening Gunk" - on Thursday nights (there's a surprise) for an eight-week series, courtesy of Sydney's MoshPit Bar and City of Sydney Council. Episode 1 will stream from the MoshPit Facebook page at 8pm (AEDST) and you can sign-up for a reminder by joining the Facebook event here. It will be available to watch on the I-94 Bar soon after.
 
The series launches with "Ground Zero For Sydney Punk", an episode focussing on the post-Oxford Funhouse high energy scene that grew around the Grand Hotel, hosted by Steve Lorkin and Bob Short and featuring guests Peter Davie (Rocks) and Bruce Warner (Thought Criminals).
 
 

Too much fuzz is never enough for Dez Dare

“Trashin’” is the latest video single from Dez Dare, the alter ego of expat Geelong boy Darren Smallman (ex-Warped among others), now living in the UK. It’s taken from the album “Ulysses Trash” and you can procure it here.

The Stranglers announce Australian tour

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Iconic British punk and new wave rockers, The Stranglers, have announced they’ll be touring Australia, playing shows across five cities in April 2023.

First forming in 1974, the band's no bullshit attitude saw the band blaze an experimental trail, from Art Rock to Goth to New Wave Pop, inspiring a wave of prog rock guitar players and confrontational vocalists to find their roots in The Stranglers unabashed confidence. 

Gunk is back

 
The I-94 Bar and MoshPit Bar celebration of the salad days of underground Australian rock and roll returns for a sec ond season on October 10. "Monday Evening Gunk" has been replaced by "Thursday Evening Gunk" and will stream via the MoshPit Facebook page from 8pm (AEDST) on Thursdays. If the timeslot doesn't work for you, you can watch catch-up episodes right here.   

Last chance to dance

last danceTen years on from their glorious live return following a 21-year hiatus, Sunnyboys have announced a final summer tour and the last ever live shows. No animosity, no musical differences, just the satisfaction of a job well done and knowing that it’s time.

The Last Dance Tour will run in conjunction with the release of “Sunnyboys ’81-’84” a double vinyl band curated best-of featuring all the hits, the equally-as-good B-sides, fan faves, rarities and live material - many appearing on vinyl for the first time - and all drawn from their years as Mushroom Records recording artists. 

“Sunnyboys ’81-’84” will be released in a limited edition of blue vinyl and is released on November 11.

Tickets for the tour go on sale tomorrow. Dates after the See More link.

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