Several attempts have been made to define Melbourne’s underground club scene lately, with mixed results. First there was Melbourne’s high-school-dropout-cum-bedroom-DJ Will Sparks touting the somewhat controversial ‘Melbourne Bounce’. Then there was the Ministry of Sound’s two-disc ‘Bounce Sessions’ released in March this year, created in homage of the genre.
And then there was Bodycrash: a short documentary that appeared online earlier this month.
Written, directed and produced by club videographer/doco novice Adrian Ortega, Bodycrash bills itself as a look into ‘Melbourne’s unique club scene’, interjecting club footage with an investigation into real-life concerns regarding the problems that, either directly or indirectly, taint the scene or the sound.
At its best, the documentary provides a visceral dive into the dizzying and lurid underground club landscape, tingling even your most insatiable taste for morbid fascination. At its worst, it’s a self-congratulatory effort to sensationalise the city’s club scene into something bigger and more dynamic – an underground cultural force akin to that of Berlin or New York.… Read more
If you think Dr. Martens are ‘just shoes’, then you’ve probably never laced your feet into a yellow-stitched, air-cushioned, heat-welded pair of Docs and felt their indestructible power. Buying your first pair of DMs is a defining moment. Breaking them in is part of the ritual.
Docs also represent a lot more than reliable footwear. Since the original eight-eyelet leather boot came off the production line in 1960, subcultures and individuals have taken them up as a symbol of self-expression. Ska-loving skinheads donned shiny oxblood steelcaps in the’70s, grunge girls of the ’90s took to the chunky Mary Janes, and new-rave scenesters embraced the patent-leather neon pinks and purples. Bonus DM fact: some of the first people to champion the boots were German women over the age of 40, back when they were still being made by German doctor Klaus Maertens.
Over five decades later, they haven’t stopped evolving. Recently, the brand launched its #standforsomething campaign.… Read more
“Hearing about the diagnosis was a massive shock. It’s still something that nearly brings me to tears when I look back to that day.” This is Mark Davis: a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based dad whose life changed forever the moment his son Blake was diagnosed with severe autism last year. As his family are not Australian residents, four-year-old Blake is not able to receive financial aid from the government for his early intervention treatment. Many parents would have been at a loss, but Davis – music-lover and determined father – came up with a plan. Yesterday marked the release of Songs for Blake: an album that Davis put together with the help of 24 artists who answered his call, including Seattle songwriter Shawn Smith and New Zealand’s Ladyhawke. You can see the full track listing on the website. On the day of the record’s release, we spoke to Mark about the project.… Read more
When you think about it, choosing not to show up early to see a support band feels a bit counter-intuitive. Why wouldn’t you want to tack on an extra helping of live music to your night? Not to mention that missing out on the support means missing out on future bragging rights. Everyone loves to mention how they used to watch Dan Sultan play to piddling crowds at the Evelyn. Sultan might’ve played a support act recently, but that time, it was for Bruce Springsteen.
Skipping the support act also means that lesser-known bands aren’t getting the exposure they deserve. Melbourne’s live music scene is teeming with talent, but sometimes, the little guys and the live venues need a leg-up.
Enter Cake Wines: the bourgeoning Aussie wine boutique owned by young wine lovers and culture champions Mike Smith and Glen Cassidy. In less than three years, the Sydney-based, Adelaide Hills-grown label has gained a solid reputation around the country – not only for making quality wine, but also for holding true on their commitment to promoting creative ventures.… Read more
The Palace Theatre is opening its doors for just one more week and the stories are coming thick and fast. Your Palace story might be seeing your favourite band for the first time – craning your neck from the balcony or squeezing yourself into the front row. Your mum might have let you go to when the building was called Metro: the site of Melbourne’s biggest blue light disco. You might’ve caught Karnivool last week when they played the venue’s last-ever rock gig.
Or, your Palace story might involve flamethrowers, LED robots and indoor fireworks. Super-club brand Anyway took over Saturdays at the Palace just over a year ago. It’s hosted dance acts like Digitalism, Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk, the Aston Shuffle and Van She. It’s been known to kick on into the early hours in a haze of deep house. And this Saturday, it’s throwing the Palace one last party.
If you’re an Anyway regular, you’ll know that the lineup of resident DJs – Zac Waters, Dividem, Sunday Funday, Nick Litsis and more – is reason enough to get your dancing shoes on.… Read more
Many years after ‘I Touch Myself’ became an international hit for the Divinyls, their inimitable frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett was stricken with breast cancer and wryly observed that the song could be a call to arms for women to check themselves for lumps. Almost a year after her death, her idea has been realised. Kate Ceberano, Olivia Newton John, Megan Washington, Sarah McLeod, Katie Noonan, Sarah Blasko, Suze DeMarchi, Deborah Conway, Chrissy’s cousin Little Pattie and Connie Mitchell have bared their souls to film a stunning black and white video of themselves singing ‘I Touch Myself’ straight to camera, largely unaccompanied. It’s powerful stuff and a timely reminder for all women to do the same. You can buy the song on iTunes, with proceeds going to the Cancer Council NSW.
Blair Trafford, from music production agency Straightup, has spent the past seven months working on a project particularly close to his heart: using the power of goddamn music to build awareness about the proposed dredging of the Great Barrier Reef. Twenty-one Australian and International artists who have donated a song each to the album Sounds For The Reef, including Hiatus Kaiyote, John Butler, Missy Higgins, the Bamboos, Fat Freddys Drop and 16 others.
“The environment is not a tax break for the rich, or a beneficial decision to award a contract or reduce funding to,” says Strafford. “It is the living breathing organism upon which our whole existence depends. We are aiming to raise enough awareness and funds to effectively challenge the Federal and Queensland Government in the courts.”
Local five-Piece Snakadaktal announced this morning that they are calling it a day….
It saddens us to share with you that Snakadaktal has come to an end.
Since we were 15, we have been sharing our passion for music together. Today, collectively, we feel that it is time to move onto different pursuits that we each individually wish to explore.
Our goal has always been to create music that exists timelessly. We hope that what we have released will accompany you and be there for as long as you need it. It is yours to keep.
We are proud of ourselves and feel fulfilled.
It has been a journey we will treasure forever.
The band first came to attention through Triple J’s Unearthed High comp with their ethereal indie-pop tracks. They also delivered energetic live shows and dreamy film clips to boot. You’ll have just one more chance to see them when they hit the Northcote Social Club for their very last gig.… Read more
Dear the Internet,
Hayley Mary from the Jezabels isn’t fond of critics.
“Get a real job!” she opined to Music Feeds before complaining how no-one gets her or her music, specifically with regard to the less-than-stellar critical reception afforded to the band’s second album The Brink.
As someone who has been employed for the last 20 years almost entirely as a music critic, I’d like to point out that it is, in fact, a real job. And it’s a pretty great one, especially if you plan on dying of tinnitus and liver failure.
It’s odd that she cares about critics since she also claims in the interview that she never reads reviews – although that, of course, is a lie. It’s like writers saying they never read the comments. You’re fooling nobody.
But that’s a side issue. Here’s where Mary needs a little bit of straight talk:
“I just think there is too much hatred in the world to have a job that is based on writing off what other people try and do, unless that person is in a serious position of power.… Read more