Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The Optimen's '80's Babies' Film clip has Landed

Watch this space as the sophomore album's due for release on April 10th...but meanwhile check it out:

The Optimen - 80s Babies from TheOptimen on Vimeo.

The Optimen - '80's Babies' by HeapsaWill

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Dubmarine & Laneous and the Family Yah Announce Double-Headline Show at The Zoo March 26 + Limited Edition Dual Band ‘Mash Up’ EP

Together at Last!

Laneous & the Family Yah vs Dubmarine - 'E.V.O.L.V.E.D' by HeapsaWill

Fresh off their killer sets at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival, Laneous & the Family Yah and their good friends Dubmarine are putting on a bit of a treat – a double blast headline down in ol’ Fortitude Valley on Friday March 26. The mega bash will see the release of the extremely limited ‘Mash Up’ EP remixtape, as two of Brissy’s tightest outfits team up to deliver an Alphabet soup of genres and grooves.

The Mash Up EP

Always ones for a great collabo, Laneous & The Family Yah and Dubmarine have gotten in the studio to specially rework their singles ‘Chip’ and ‘Bubblegum’. The result – two brand “new” tracks ‘E.V.O.L.V.E.D’ and ‘Non Stopper’, plus a couple of riddim remixes, that see lyrical brothers Kazman and Laneous trading ensembles to create a once-off blurring of bandlines. ‘Mash Up’ is an exclusive mix mash smash splash-up, copies will be available at the show – and not really anywhere else.

‘Mash Up’ Track Listing

1. E.V.O.L.V.E.D feat. Laneous and Dubmarine
2. Chip (Bubblegum Riddim) feat. Kazman and The Family Yah
3. Bubblegum (Chip Riddim) feat. Laneous and Dubmarine
4. Non Stopper feat. Kazman and The Family Yah

Get down to the Valley for the first shows for 2010 for both bands, for a night of mixing, matching, collabing, and one big musical mash up Dubmarine and Laneous & The Family Yah Double-Headliner Friday March 26 – The Zoo, Brisbane with Mad Occupants

$15 / $12 conc on the door ONLY | Doors: 8:30pm

Friday, 5 March 2010

Gareth Liddiard (of the Drones) Announces Solo East Coast Tour Dates

After five years of non stop touring, four albums, and numerous accolades, one of Australia's most acclaimed and unique songwriters Gareth Liddiard of The Drones has decided to put his pedals on ice for a while.

With his debut solo record set for release later in the year, Gareth will be undertaking a special run of acoustic shows to preview songs off the upcoming album alongside all your Drones favourites.

The Dates
(w’ special guests TBA)

Thursday 15th April @ The Troubadour, Brisbane
Level 2, 322 Brunswick St, FORTITUDE VALLEY
Tickets $20 + bf from
Doors open 8pm

Friday 16th April @ Notes Live, Sydney
75 Enmore Rd, NEWTOWN
Tickets $20 + bf from or (02) 9557 5111
Doors open 8pm

Friday 23rd April @ Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
301 High St Northcote
Tickets $20 + bf from / the box office 94861677 / in person via Corner Box Office
Doors open 8pm

“The show gave Liddiard a chance to play a few songs the band don't typically play in their live sets as well as providing quieter, though no less harrowing, interpretations of some The Drones' most enduring songs … The intensity of the songs was tempered with Liddiard's affable, funny and engaging manner between songs … The tales, sung with Liddiard's cracked and damaged vocals, cut right to the core of humanity's morality, corruption, and search for redemption. Amazing stuff.”
Polaroids Of Androids – 27 February 2009

“For fans of Liddiard’s verse, the unplugged show was a way to experience its horrible, apocalyptic glory free from rock postures and the distracting volume of amplification. His is a savage vision and one that’s often based in the past, but somehow it still feels more relevant than a thousand columnists in The Weekend Australian trying to give utterance to similar themes. If you haven’t listened yet, listen. And if The Drones’ screeching guitar hurts your ears, read the lyrics instead. As for Liddiard, if he plays solo again, don’t miss it. He’s likeable, he’s brilliant and he’s ours. And for better or for worse, compatriots, we’re his too.” – 5 March 2009

“You can certainly hear the influence of that period's dark local underground in The Drones' capacity for assault and febrile movement, not to mention singer Gareth Liddiard's lean charisma and often brilliant lyrical ability.”
Sydney Morning Herald – 30 October 2008

“But it was in the final song for this evening, Sixteen Straws, when Liddiard broke a string and declared that he doesn’t do encores, that the crowd really showed their appreciation for the talented fellow who happens to front one of Australia’s most loved underrated music success stories.” – 12 March 2009

New Single from The Bedroom Philosopher

The Bedroom Philosopher - 'Northcote (So Hungover)' by HeapsaWill

In the lead-up to his third studio album Songs From The 86 Tram (set for release April 2 through Shock), wit-hot maverick The Bedroom Philosopher has officially unleashed new single Northcote (So Hungover), the follow up to previous single Tram Inspector (Inpress Single Of The Week – Dec 09).

Already on high rotation on triple J, new track Northcote (So Hungover) is a searing slice of scenester satire, and possibly the first time someone has dared attempt to capture the 'nu Australian' accent. From beneath the safety of a long fringe, our antagonist protagonist 'uh's' and 'yeah's' his way through the exploits of his band, giving you the intimacy of an overheard conversation in the comfort of your own phones.

The Bedroom Philosopher may have achieved the perfect blend between humour and music, his tighter-than-your-jeans band of hipster slayers The Awkwardstra, laying down a surefire shoegaze rock bed, the relentless 4/4 chug, driving the song forward on a one way route to cooltown. Finally, a playful point is struck against the Vice magazine army of Gen-Y fashionistas that hide behind trash fashion and fixed gear aloofness.

Northcote (So Hungover) follows in the footsteps of The Bedroom Philosopher’s 2005 hits I’m So Postmodern, Folkstar and Golden Gaytime, his ironic quick-wit comedy finding a cozy niche on Triple J and community radio Australia wide. Shows everywhere from The Melbourne International Comedy Festival to the Big Day Out are augmented by The Bedroom Philosopher’s (aka Justin Heazlewood) position as senior writer for national mag Frankie, his regular sketch comedy show on Triple R ‘Lime Champions’, and even a recent stint as a young John Safran on ‘Race Relations’.

With his new album Songs From The 86 Tram The Bedroom Philosopher has levelled the playing field as every demographic gets their turn; from Aussie hip-hop wannabees to bogans to backpackers, the middle aged and the elderly. The album has been sculpted from his award-winning 2009 Comedy Festival show of the same name, and was created with the help of producer Chris Scallan (Avalanches, Akon, Baz Luhmann's Australia), Harry Angus on brass, as well as his smokin' hot band The Awkwardstra.

New single Northcote (So Hungover) is at radio nationwide and available on iTunes now

Solo national tour dates are tba for April / May but in the interim, Melbournites can catch The Bedroom Philosopher at MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL playing Songs From The 86 Tram:


Songs >From The 86 Tram

Thursday March 25 to Sunday April 18 – Victoria Hotel, Melbourne*

215 Little Collins

$23.50 / $19.50 conc. | Bookings or 1300 660 013

9:45 pm (8:45pm on Sundays & no Mondays)

“...ample musical invention flavours his dreams of alien abduction, caged bears and Jesus on Big Brother, and unlike the accidentally funny troubadours out there, he knows a joke should have a point.”

Michael Dwyer, The Age

"As far as the greater population is concerned, I weep for musical comedy artists in this post-Flight Of The Conchords (*on HBO) age; Joe and Jo Blow tend to be able to stomach only one of each "thing" currently in the zeitgeist. However, their ignoring of other musically inclined funny people is their loss, because The Bedroom Philosopher's hysterical skewering of meat-headed ticketing inspectors falls somewhere between a Fame-era Bowie slink and inspirational Hunners balladry. I like my musical comedy to, as the name suggests, be musically captivating first, funny second. Luckily, with Tram Inspector, both come equal first."

Clem Bastow, Inpress.

“It is (like the man himself) entirely enjoyable, entirely likeable, and entirely odd”

Timothy Bocquet, BMA

Check out more of the Bedroom Philosopher's songs here:

Northcote (So Hungover) is available now on iTunes

Album Songs From The 86 Tram is out April 2 through Shock