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The Meanies celebrate 30 years as a band, 25 years since 10% Weird, announce national tour

28/08/2019
To hail 25 years since the release of their influential LP 10% Weird and a whopping 30 years as a band, Australian punk titans The Meanies have summoned the band back into Australia from all over the world to embark on a huge national tour, bringing acts like Tumbleweed, Civic, Glitoris and Dicklord along for the ride.

Treating punters to a live set stacked with tunes from their hefty back catalogue, the tour will kick off with a matinee show on Cup Day, Tuesday November 5 at the Corner, before zigzagging across Australia, playing shows in Castlemaine, NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

It was May 1989 when The Meanies first moved their music out of their rehearsal space and onto the stage, and fast became notorious as the most unruly and savage punk act the country had seen. Countless live shows saw the band cultivate a formidable local following and play with a veritable stack of international heavyweights, like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Bad Brains and Beastie Boys, to name a few. 

Five years later and 10% Weird belted through the punk-rock stratosphere and into the laps of punk fans across the country. Released via Au Go Go, Munster Records (ES), Subway Records (DE) and Frontier Records (USA), the LP has long been regarded as the band’s magnum opus, an album symbolic of Melbourne’s chaotic beer-drenched punk-rock scene of the time and a record cited by countless bands as a major influence.

Fast-forward to 2019, and the band have flown into the country from all over the world to celebrate 30 years of recklessness, broken bones, excessive boozing and busted eardrums.

Tickets to The Meanies are on sale now.

30 YEARS OF THE MEANIES
(ALSO 25 YEARS SINCE 10% WEIRD AND PROBABLY A FEW OTHER MILESTONES)

Tues Nov 5
​Corner Hotel, VIC
Cup Day Matinee w/ Civic, Dicklord, Disco Junk
& Guest DJs The Chiko Molls
Tickets via Corner 

Fri Nov 8
Theatre Royal, VIC
w/ Glitoris & Drug Sweat
Tickets by Oztix

Sat Nov 9
River Rocks, Geelong
w/ Cosmic Psychos, Hard-Ons, Rocket Science and more

Sun Nov 10
River Rocks Rehab, Geelong

Fri Nov 15 
Caringbah Inn Hotel, Caringbah
w/ Tumbleweed & The Fangin’ Felines
Tickets via Caringbah Inn Hotel

Sat Nov 16 
Paddo RSL, Darlinghurst
+ Tumbleweed & Glitoris
Tickets via Oztix

Fri Nov 22 
Jive, Adelaide
w/ Numbskulls, Meatbeaters, NÄH
Tickets via Moshtix

Sat Nov 23 
Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
w/ Leeches! & The Last Quokka
Tickets via Oztix

Sun Nov 24 
Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough
w/ Dennis Commetti, The Mascara Snakes
Tickets via Oztix

Fri Nov 29 
Kingscliff Hotel, Kingscliff
w/ Tumbleweed
Tickets via Oztix

Sat Nov 30 
Valley Drive-In, Brisbane
+ Tumbleweed, Budd & Blussh
Tickets via Eventbrite

For media requests, interviews, promo ops and more, please contact

Cara Williams
cara@slowclap.com.au
0401 275 863

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EVEN 25 Years Anniversary Tour

30/07/2019

Australia’s seminal indie-pop-rock trio EVEN have just turned 25 and to celebrate, the band have announced a string of headline gigs around the country before their national tour dates with long-time pals, The Dandy Warhols.

It’s been a quarter of a century since singer-songwriter / guitarist Ashley Naylor, drummer Matthew Cotter and bassist Wally Kempton first took the stage at North Fitzroy’s Empress of India Hotel, and seven studio albums later, the band have earned a solid reputation as one of the country’s most adored indie bands emerging from the ‘90s.

Significant rotation on triple j and frequent national and international touring saw Even amass a devoted and long-term fan base, who fast became charmed by the band’s sparkling guitar melodies and splendid power-pop hooks.

Kicking off in Melbourne on Thursday September 26 at Howler, The EVEN 25 Years anniversary tour will see the band cross over to Marrickville Bowlo on Friday September 27, before settling into Adelaide’s Jive Bar on Saturday October 12. Alongside the Dandy shows, EVEN will also perform at Scene & Heard Festival in Brisbane and Newcastle.

Tickets to the EVEN 25 Years Anniversary tour are on sale now. Stay tuned for more news from the EVEN camp soon.

EVEN – 25 Years Anniversary Tour

EVEN 25 Years Anniversary Tour

Thu Sept 26
Howler Melbourne, Melbourne
Tickets via Moshtix

Friday Sept 27
Marrickville Bowling Club, NSW
Tickets via Oztix

Sat Oct 12
Jive Bar, Adelaide
Tickets via Moshtix

Sat Nov 2
Scene & Heard Festival, Brisbane QLD
Tickets here

Sun Nov 3
The Forum Melbourne (with The Dandy Warhols)
Sold Out

Wed Nov 6
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (with The Dandy Warhols)
Tickets here

Sun Nov 10
Scene & Heard Festival, Newcastle NSW
Tickets here

Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide EVEN 25 Years Anniversary Tour Facebook events.

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Rinehearts Can’t Do Nothing album tour

22/05/2019

CHEERSQUAD presents…

Rinehearts (WA)
‘Can’t Do Nothing’ Album Tour

Rinehearts ‘Can’t Do Nothing’ tour May-June 2019

Friday 14th June
The Aardvark, Fremantle, WA
w/ special guests

Friday 21st June
Kalamunda Hotel, Kalamunda, WA

Friday 28th June
The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC
w/ New Rock Syndicate (Japan), Thee Cat Burglars and Broad Arrows

Friday 28th – Saturday 29th June 2am
Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy, VIC

Saturday 28th June
The Espy Basement, St Kilda, VIC
w/ special guests

Sunday 30th June
The Old Bar, Fitzroy, VIC
w/ Cakefight, Thee Cat Burglars and Thee Cha Cha Cha’s

Perth Power pop trio Rinehearts celebrate the release of their new album this June!

With an overall sound best described as a cross between The Replacements and Reigning Sound, Rinehearts have been delivering catchy tunes since forming in 2016. Long-time friends Guitarist and Vocalist Ben Ward, bass player Mitch Long and drummer Ross Di Blasio’s raw sound and memorable melodies quickly gained the attention of U.K label No Front Teeth Records who put out the band’s first 7” EP ‘Try Your Luck’ in December that same year.

Fast forward 12 months, and after trialling and refining new songs with local audiences, the band once again settled into Ross’ living room to record their debut album ‘Can’t Do Nothing’. The end result is 11 tracks that seamlessly bounce from one to the next, with distinct influences ranging from the sound of the latest single ‘You Don’t Have To Lie’, to 60s Stems/Byrds inspired numbers like ‘Can’t Seem to Help Myself’ and ‘Oneway Road’ to the undeniably captivating lead single and title track from the album ‘Can’t Do Nothing’.

Rinehearts album ‘Can’t Do Nothing’ is available here

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Nick Craft supports Paul Dempsey for 5 sold out shows!

21/05/2019
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Nick Craft is supporting Paul Dempsey for a 5 day run of sold out shows at the Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne.

Perhaps best known as songwriter, musician and front man for the psychedelic rock band Sidewinder, Nick recorded ‘Minerva’ with his brother and former band mate, Martin. The brothers formed Sidewinder as teenagers in the 90s, before releasing several acclaimed albums, and constantly touring the Hume Highway live circuit and as a fixture on festival line-ups including The Big Day Out and Homebake.

This record marks the first time they have worked together since Sidewinder, this time in very different capacities. Martin took on the roles of producer and arranger, taking Nick’s lyrically-driven songs performed on an estate sale nylon strong guitar into a new realm with his understated and sophisticated string arrangements. These arrangements were recorded with a crack squad of musicians in Los Angeles, using players who are more used to working on film soundtracks or with high profile artists such as Father John Misty, Quincy Jones or Brian Wilson.

The first single from the release is ‘No Silver Lining’, which Nick suggests is: ‘a song that does its best to argue that we should maintain our optimism, even in the face of a world that suggests optimism never pays off. It’s somewhere between a love song from an optimist to a pessimist, and a work of self-help, depending on what time of day I listen to it…’

For this song and the remainder of the album Nick has drawn on a diverse and disparate array of influences. Of his musical influences, he says: ‘While I don’t think I’ve been a slave to any one example, I’ve certainly drawn on the canonic examples of Leonard Cohen or Nick Drake, trying to drive a deep and reflective channel with my lyrics, and move them as close to poetry as I’m able to do… which is perhaps odd, given that I started off in music wanting to work in the My Bloody Valentine tradition of wanting to obliterate the lyric…’

‘I’ve also been inspired by the quiet examples of singers who’ve laboured in obscurity and quiet domesticity–like Sibylle Baier singing into a tape recorder after work just for herself, or Anne Briggs who chose to live a life away from the microphone…’

Tracks from ‘Minerva’ will be accompanied by videos edited from old films that have lapsed out of copyright: ‘In the case of No Silver Lining, it’s shows a woman waking up, removing a skull from a cupboard and throwing it out of the window, only to find it’s returned to the same place. Which is pretty much a good analogy of the circuit this song is trying to break…’ 

‘Minerva’, the 9-track debut album from Nick Craft is available from Bandcamp and online retailers.

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Money For Rope’s European Tour 2019

16/05/2019
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Money For Rope are off to Europe for shows in Germany, Austria, Switzerland & the UK to celebrate the release of their album Picture Us.

16th May Cafe Galao Stuttgart DE
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Money For Rope, London 23 May

17th May Club Stereo Nurnberg DE
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18th May Manic Str. Parade Munchen DE
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20th May John Montagu Innsbruck AT
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23rd May Boston Music Room London UK
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Money For Rope at Dot to Dot Festival

24th May Dot to Dot Fest Manchester UK
25th May Dot to Dot Fest Bristol UK
26th May Dot to Dot Fest Nottingham UK
Dot to Dot website
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28th May Ziegal Oh Laco Zurich CH
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29th May Coq D’or Olten CH
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30th May Grabenhalle St. Gallen CH
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1st June Way Back When Festival Dortmund DE
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3rd June Tsunami Club Koln DE
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4th June Monarch Berlin DE
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6th June Molotow Hamburg DE
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7th June Ostpol Dresden DE
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8th June Orange Blossom Special Festival Beverungen DE
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EVEN THIS AUTUMN

21/02/2019

An EVEN gig is a rare beast these days; as Ashley Naylor once wrote and often sings, life gets in the way. So let us rejoice one and all at this announcement of a few EVEN shows coming up very, very soon in mid March.

EVEN’s latest album ‘Satin Returns’ is still out there setting records for the EVEN group as it’s gained their best reviews and highest sales of anything released by the band to date. Be sure to grab yourself a copy from the band’s website.

EVEN are big fans of Sydney band THE LAURELS and have been trying to do a gig together for quite some time now and finally it’s going to happen! Thursday 14th at the Factory Floor in Marrickville. Bewdy! Get your tickets through SABO. Melbourne poptarts SMALLGOODS will be special guests of EVEN at the Gaso on Saturday 16 along with DJ Jane Gazzo and on Sunday 17 at the Evelyn, RocKwiz Orkestra member CLIO RENNER plays the role of special guest along with Money For Rope drummer Christoper Ray on the steel wheels as DJ Spikey Boy. Ticket links below. See you at the bar.

EVEN THIS AUTUMN

THURSDAY 14th March
Factory Floor
Marrickville (NSW)
With guests THE LAURELS
Doors 8pm
Tickets thru SABO
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SATURDAY 16th March
The Gasometer
Collingwood (VIC)
With guests THE SMALLGOODS + DJ Jane Gazzo
Doors 8pm
Tickets thru OzTix
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SUNDAY 17th March
Evelyn Hotel Rooftop
Fitzroy (VIC)
Kid friendly show, under 12s free
With guests CLIO RENNER + DJ Spikey Boy
Doors open 3pm
Tix thru OzTix
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XMAS EVEN 2018 – BY REQUEST!

02/11/2018
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As we hurtle rapidly towards the end of another lap around the sun, Melbourne’s favourite three piece is preparing to deliver the time-honoured, and traditional, XMAS EVEN shows. This year there’ll be two. The Melbourne show is at the Night Cat in Fitzroy on Saturday 22 December and the Sydney show is at the Lansdowne Hotel on Sunday 23 December.

MELBOURNE | SAT 22 DEC 2018 | NIGHT CAT | 8:00PM – 11:30PM | Buy tix here
SYDNEY | SUN 23 DEC 2018 | LANSDOWNE | 6:00PM – 9:00PM | Buy tix here

EVEN: Wally Kempton, Ashley Naylor, Matthew Cotter

This year’s approach will be a little different, as you get to choose the setlist! Yes, it’s XMAS EVEN – BY REQUEST! The band will play anything from their extensive back catalogue, from debut EP ‘In Stereo’ to current LP ‘Satin Returns’. Head over to the EVEN website and vote for the EVEN songs that you’d most like to hear at XMAS EVEN. EVEN will be playing the whole concert over a couple of sets with special guest DJs in between. In Melbourne we have 3RRR’s FEE B-SQUARED and in Sydney DJ KAT MEZKO. Tickets are available now via Eventbrite for the Melbourne show and via the Lansdowne website for Sydney.

See you all at XMAS EVEN 2018!

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Stompin’ RiffRaffs Aussie Tour

22/10/2018
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CHEERSQUAD presents Japanese 4 piece garage rock ’n roll band STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS who head to Australia for the first time ever with a whirlwind visit early November. Inspired by an invitation to perform at this year’s Viva La Gong Festival in Wollongong, the band said yes!!, a few more shows were booked and the band took a week off work!
Come and hear classics from the STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS album ‘A Man & Three Chicks’ and the singles Phantom Rock, Mondo Topless and Horror Show. Renowned for their wild live shows, some wild guests have also been booked to ensure these four shows are unforgettable.
You can catch the STOMPIN’ RIFFSRAFFS at:

THURSDAY 8th
Night Cat, Fitzroy (VIC)
w/ INTOXICA + Mesa Cosa
Tickets here
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FRIDAY 9th
Vic On The Park, Marrickville (NSW)
+ Los Tones + Bone Graft
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SATURDAY 10th
Viva La Gong Festival, Wollongong (NSW)
www.vivalagongfestival.org

SUNDAY 11th
Special Surprise End of Tour Party!!

Stompin’ RiffRaffs

In their words…. STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS, formed in Tokyo in 2006, are comprised of three chicks—Rie (bass), Miku (keyboard and theremin), and Saori (drums)—and fronted by their man Nao (guitar and vocals). They have been regular fixtures of the Tokyo underground since their inception and regularly tour around their native Japan while still finding time to play internationally with regular frequency.
STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS combine all the elements of the golden age of ferocious rock and roll without sounding simply derivative, providing irrefutable proof that despite their homeland being known for propriety, orderliness, and manners, these Nipponese can still hit as hard and fast as anyone else.

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Minibikes New Single!

17/10/2018
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Minibikes return with the bumper sticker inspired single ‘Magic Happens’ due for release on Cheersquad Records & Tapes on Friday 26 October.

Listen and buy ‘Magic Happens’ here.

Who are they? Minibikes are a one-man band with 8 arms and 8 legs. Marcel Borrack calls the shots and his band pulls out the stops. What? Who cares! Marcel went on a mystical pilgrimage communing with wizards and learning the art of the silken song. Mixing up a cocktail of dolphin disco, the new single is a journey of love and redemption that’s ‘magical, physical AND spiritual’. With co-producer Tim Harvey (Jade Imagine), Minibikes serve up tidal synth textures layered with yearning guitars and a pinch of the Steely Dan’s.

Minibikes – Marcel Borrack

At this time of year, it’s not unusual to read about songs that “ooze summer vibes” but this single comes with a serious warning…Slip Slop Slap! And watch out for falling coconuts.

Minibikes will be launching ‘Magic Happens’ on Saturday 3 November at The Merri Creek Tavern in Northcote. Free entry.

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