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GIGS

MESSY MAMMALS

WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Wondercore Wednesday

ft. MESSY MAMMALS + HORATIO LUNA

Wondercore Wednesdays are rolling over into Feb with a spicy line up of phenomenal up-and-coming bands and cult favourites including: Nai Palm, Swooping Duck, GODTET and Messy Mammals.

Messy Mammals (originally comprised of vocalist/bassist Asha & producer/guitarist Fionn) has recently evolved; from a warped-pop/electronica duo, to a 6-piece live band. The addition of beloved band mates T-Bags (keys/synths), Francoise & Tamara (vocals) and Felix (drums) has meant that their sound has grown in energy and mood, but become more refined in palette and texture – with their uplifting and nostalgic/future sounds still being retained. This change signals an exciting new chapter for the band as they plunge full steam ahead into the future! – their path always guided by their earnest and imaginative approach.

The Garden

THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY

THE GARDEN (California)

w. Spike Fuck + Full Flower Moon Band

“The Garden is an ever evolving duo from Orange County, California. Established in 2011 by twin brothers Fletcher and Wyatt Shears, they also created the term, “Vada Vada” to represent their music and other endeavours. Typically seen live playing drums and electronics, Fletcher can also be seen front and center on vocals, belligerently performing alongside his brother, Wyatt. Wyatt consistently takes position of lead vocals and bass in the duo whilst performing and can be seen simultaneously moving in un-choreographed bizarre patterns. Touring globally since 2012 they have become known for their energetic, aggressive and off the wall performances. To date the twins have released four EP’s, three full length LP’s – the latest “Mirror Might Steal Your Charm” released on March 30, 2018.”

Public Opinon Afro

FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY

THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA

w. Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange + Guest DJs

In their first headline show since releasing their album late last year, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra return to The Curtin for an explosive night of afrobeat on Friday February 22.

The 17 piece ensemble, led by fierce vocals and a howling horn section, is a fitting 21st-century response to the world-shaking music of 1970s Nigeria. Expect tunes from the band’s recent album Naming & Blaming as well as some Fela Kuti classics.

No Age

SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY

NO AGE (USA)

w. Terry + Big Supermarket

The dymaxion duo of D.Spunt and R.Randall are hauling ass and screeching across the country to deliver a wildly cathartic cocktail of volume, velocity and melodies this coming February! Hitting up and honing in on Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and WA, No Age are marrying their untouchable noise pop with ear-shattering volume in an immersive live setting. Rifling through the bands discography from past touchstones to the newest rage Snares Like A Haircut, No Age’s pell-mell push of punk sanded down on the edges with pop sensibility and raucous noise will leave your ears permanently ringing. Sounds rad, right? Well stop reading and get your ass moving, you don’t want to miss out!

NAI PALM

WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY

Wondercore Wednesday

NAI PALM

w. Noriko Tadana

Wondercore Wednesdays are rolling over into Feb with a spicy line up of phenomenal up-and-coming bands and cult favourites including: Nai Palm, Swooping Duck, GODTET and Messy Mammals.

Nai Palm is the type of artist that arrives once in a generation. A two-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and musician from Australia, she is a composer, instrumentalist, producer, vocalist and poet who approaches all of these self-taught disciplines with an intuitive, infectious grace which sent her on a journey to sculpt songs that have been received and treasured across the world.

Dandecat

THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY

DANDECAT "GONE WITH A THOUGHT" MUSIC VIDEO LAUNCH

w. Back Pocket

Born from jazz, soul and rock, Melbourne based Dandecat is a fast emerging four-piece that never fail to enchant audiences with their unique sound; a sound that is bound to get you thinking.

Storming out of the abyss with their debut single “Meat”, four-piece Dandecat show no signs of slowing down with the launch of their follow up single “Gone With A Thought”. Written about how miscommunication within a relationship can dramatically affect your mental health, new single “Gone With A Thought” plays on the idea of feeling crazy both lyrically and instrumentally. Hauntingly refreshing, thought provoking and poetic, be immersed in complex rhythmic dimensions as they embrace unashamed social commentary on the timeless pressure of love’s tumultuous journey.

Expect a dynamic show full of unexpected turns and theatrics alongside slick and surprising grooves.

Culte

FRIDAY 1 MARCH

CULTE "GOOD NIGHT" EP LAUNCH

w. Arbes + Go Get Mum + Waterfall Person

Culte began as a solo bedroom project but slowly accumulated band members. The band translates the lo-fi aesthetic of the bedroom project live with splashes of pop, shoegaze and surfy guitar riffs. Culte’s debut release - ‘Good Night’ EP - is a punchy, dream pop record that will be launched alongside friends Arbes, Go Get Mum and Waterfall Person.

$10 ON THE DOOR

DOORS 8PM



WHO ELSE IS GOING?

SO DREAMY
Bench Press

SATURDAY 2 MARCH

BENCH PRESS - SINGLE LAUNCH

w. No Sister + FERLA + Spiral Perm

Bench Press play their own take on post-punk, with frantic guitars, frustrated vocals and a rhythm section that bounds them tight. Unique, captivating and ambiguous.

Local post punk quartet Bench Press celebrate the release of new single, ‘Respite’. A first taste of their forthcoming second album, it sees the band project the wirey minimalism of early Talking Heads and Devo through a lens of heavier late 80’s and contemporary post punk in a distinct shade of Melbourne garage. Loud yet danceable, unnerving yet cathartic. Playing before Bench Press is No Sister, FERLA and Spiral Perm.

A big night for Melbourne music, not to be missed!

Harmony

SUNDAY 3 MARCH

HARMONY - FIRST AND LAST MELBOURNE SHOW FOR 2019

w. Cyanide Thornton + Tracksuit + Shah Sharafi

Harmony return with their first headline show since launching their third album Double Negative in August. A six piece wall of sound, Harmony feature a three piece vocal ensemble that are the dominant sound of the band instead of performing traditional backing roles. From ragged dirges to smouldering white soul ballads, Harmony are capable of moments of true majestic cacophony and beauty. Joining Harmony for their last Melbourne show for the foreseeable future will be Cyanide Thornton - a molten alchemy binding magic and loss into tender refrains. Tracksuit - listless hooks from members of Bitch Prefect and Scott and Charlene’s Wedding. Shah Sharafi - dark electronic pulses from the Arabian Heart

$13 + $2BF

DOORS 7:00PM

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Acid Mothers

THURS 7 MARCH

Contrary Presents........

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO

w. guests

SECOND SHOW ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND

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acid mothers

FRIDAY 8 MARCH

Contrary presents...

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO

w. guests

The sprawling universe that is Acid Mothers Temple was formed in Osaka in 1995 by Kawabata Makoto. Originally titled the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and encompassing musicians, dancers, artists, farmers, channellers, ex-yakuza, mermaid researchers and professional vagrants, Acid Mothers Temple are considered masters of extreme trip music.

“Pure levitation”. “The definitive 21st-century Freak Out Band”

Ever-mutating, ever-evolving, ever-inspiring over the decades additional bands (and one festival) have formed carrying the Acid Mothers Temple name from Acid Mothers Gong to AMT & The Space Paranoid and many other manifestations but the enduring, Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., has continued to function as the mothership. Their 24-year odyssey has spawned a discography of over one hundred releases and seen the UFO ‘Underground Freak Out’ circle the earth a few dozen times blowing marbles at thousands of shows - If you don’t believe us check out their insane tour schedules and reviews of their shows. In 2017 they visited Australian shores for a fleeting moment as guests of Supersense - festival of the ecstatic, but reports of these psychedelic sonic wizards continued to reverberate generating two new Australian festival invitations for 2019. Contrary brings the legendary Japanese band to Australia this March for Golden Plains, RCC Fringe Adelaide and their very own headline shows in Melbourne & Perth.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. : Kawabata Makoto : guitar, synthesizer, speed guru Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, theremin, harp, noodle god Jyonson Tsu : vocal, guitar, bouzouki, midnight whistler Satoshima Nani : drums, another dimension Wolf : bass, space & time

Stone Rozes

SUNDAY 10 MARCH

THE STONE ROZES AT THE CURTIN

w. Dumb Whales

Dig out your bucket hats, and lace up your sambas; The Stone Rozes are bringing Madchester to Melbourne this Labour Day Eve. Bringing their full live show to The Curtin, the Rozes will pay tribute to the seminal Manchester band with a set of their best loved songs. Call them the second coming, or some sort of resurrection…they just wanna be adored. Support comes from local indie rockers, Dumb Whales.

$12 +$2bf

DOORS 7PM

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Shannon and the Clams

MON 11 MARCH

SHANNON AND THE CLAMS 2ND MELB SHOW

w. guests

A band that formed by accident, Shannon and The Clams sprung out of the art school and warehouse music scenes and sprawling creative underground of Oakland, California. It was only meant to be a temporary thing, but now, ten years later, Shannon and the Clams are releasing their fifth album, Onion, this time collaborating with producer Dan Auerbach on his label Easy Eye Sound. On the album you can hear the band progressing from straight 60s-inspired rock and exploring their taste for psychedelic, dramatic throwback pop.

BANANAGUN

SAT 16 MARCH

BANANAGUN SUPER SINGLE LAUNCH

w. Crepes + Traffik Island

Summer upon us, enter the night, leaving behind your day to day plight! That’s right! Tonight is the tonight! We got some real Melb legends! TRAFFIC ISLAND. Do yourself a massive service! superbly made & played songs like all you’d ever need. Every colour of the spectrum. You could bop, swoon, charge & chill all at once! CREPES. Ah! Excellent choice, dem feels! Impeccable pop dreams come to life with superb musicianship. Theres a reason why crepes have such a place in Melbourne hearts. BANANAGUN. Fresh from the mountains of India with a brand new bag! Building up a following over the past 2 years, this show celebrates the release of debut single “Do Yeah” and all it means to dance and sing! Playing their percussive funkadelic freakout boogy with a special big band, there will be bongo furry! Horns and many bells and whistles! Join us for the party!

BGxo

$12 + $2bf

DOORS 8PM

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DEVIL ELECTRIC

FRIDAY 22 MARCH

DEVIL ELECTRIC ALBUM PREVIEW

w. Batz + Shroud

Rolling straight out of recording their second album, Devil Electric will be bringing their new tracks to The Curtin for an exclusive live ‘first listen’. Taking musical cues from the hard rock greats of the ’70s and combining them with powerful, female fronted vocals, Devil Electric have gained recognition with both local and international audiences with their dark, signature sound. However, on March 22 nd expect to hear some new influences, as they reveal what’s in store for Album II.

Angst Fet

SATURDAY 23 MARCH

Ångström Space Presents:

ÅNGST FEST 3.0

w. Pleasure Symbols + Lucy Cliche + Second Sight + Premium Fantasy + Embedded Figures + Dearth + Ahm + Dyadon

Ångst Fest 3.0 is here and residing in none other than the John Curtin! A unique night, curated to indulge and blend post-punk, coldwave, dark-wave and techno. Brisbane’s, Pleasure Symbols “who’ve successfully captured the essence of 80’s goth and post-punk without sounding like trendy, revivalist bull***”, accompanied by Lucy Cliché, who has been a critical force in the Sydney DIY scene for over 10 years.
This is set to be a thrilling night, evolving from a cocoon of cacophonic experimentation into floor breaking dance and goosebump electronica. Ångst Fest strives to break down the barriers of prejudice and inequality by committing to the sounds of all walks of life. Come feel human and allow the rhythm to lift your anxieties in a time of such anxiousness. You shall not leave disappointed.

Psychobabel

FRIDAY 29 MARCH

PSYCHOBABEL "ASTRAL PROTOPLASM" SINGLE LAUNCH

w. Hideous Sun Demon + Pseudo Mind Hive + Sledgehammer

After one whole year of existence Psychobabel are ready to unleash the next chapter in the alternate universe of their conceptual, reflective and emotionally disfunctioning “character”. Their next single, “Astral Protoplasm”, is about the struggle of no longer feeling pain, emotionally or physically in this altered version of her reality.

The band will be kicking off their east coast run with a hometown show at the John Curtin Hotel on the 29th of March, featuring very special guests Hideous Sun Demon, Pseudo Mind Hive & Sledgehammer.

Mono Deluxe

FRI 5 APRIL

MONO DELUXE 'SOUL SINISTER' SINGLE LAUNCH

w. guests

Mono Deluxe come blazing into the Melbourne music scene with an enigmatic faceless onstage presence delivering long psych-jams with cosmic abandon. 3 producer/ musicians making music that selfishly sounds good to them with no recourse for contemplation. A stage show that equally incorporates visuals and lighting to tie each song together, each with its own personality. This show promises to deliver a bigger bang being it is for their debut single release ‘Soul Sinister’ (featuring Melbourne’s queen of Soul, Kylie Auldist).

Get in early

$10 + $2bf

DOORS 8PM

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Verge Collection

SATURDAY 6 APRIL

VERGE COLLECTION - "BACK IN THE SADDLE" SINGLE LAUNCH

w. guests

New members, new gear and a swathe of new songs Verge Collection are jumping back into the saddle for a quick trip round the country with friends new and old. Like a pair of well worn jeans, Verge Collection are no strangers to a sweaty night of full-strength beer and passionate sing-alongs. It’s time to dust off the cobwebs, break-in some new boots and rack up some frequent flyers. Following the success of their debut album ‘Flanuer’ and a run of sell out shows, Verge Collection went deep into studio land and are almost ready for the release of their as of yet untitled second Album. Coming out of hibernation for the release of the frenetic pop single ‘Synthetic Fibres’ it’s starting to look like the bands biggest year yet.

So giddy up and we’ll see yall down at the watering hole.

Van Duren

THURS 18 APRIL

VAN DUREN (USA)

w. special guests

Born out of the ashes of Big Star, arguably the greatest cult band of all time, Memphis local Van Duren joined forces with ex-members Chris Bell & Jody Stephens to form a band and become regulars on the 70s Memphis bar circuit. In little time they got the attention of Rolling Stones manager, Andrew Loog Oldham then started managing Van Duren.

Van was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney but instead faded into obscurity.

Forty years later, two friends from Australia (a band manager & musician), chance upon the mysterious musician’s lost album. They fell hopelessly in love with his music and set out to discover why Van Duren isn’t a household name.

The result is Waiting - the Van Duren Story a documentary about their journey discovering Van Duren and his story; a love letter to the artist that could have helped to define a generation.

The film will be premiering in Melbourne on 11th April at Nova Cinemas.

Van Duren’s show in Melbourne will be his debut show outside of the USA!

$35 + BF

DOORS 8PM

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Bec Stevens

SATURDAY 27 APRIL

BEC STEVENS RECORD LAUNCH TOUR

w. Hanny J + Nothing Really + World Sick

Following the release of ‘Why Don’t You Just’, the moving EP release on Hobbledehoy Records, Bec Stevens takes the songs to a live setting across the country. The newer full-band arrangement gives the songs a whole new level of power and emotion from the Adelaide song-writer. Be the first to witness Bec Stevens as she launches ‘Why Don’t You Just’ at the Curtin on Saturday April 27th with special guests Hanny J, Nothing Really and World Sick.

$12 + $2bf

DOORS 8PM

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FUNCTIONS AT THE CURTIN

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The Curtin is nestled away on the city end of Lygon St, Carlton - just a short walk from Melbourne's CBD and moments from Melbourne Central train station, and is easily accessible by public transport.

The venue has a 300 capacity band room has been designed to ensure an unrestricted view of the large stage from anywhere in the room. Complemented by a powerful D&B Q7 speaker system & D&B Crown 90001 amplifiers,  in stalled to deliver the highest quality sound on stage and to the entire audience.

The Curtin is the perfect size to cater for album launches, interstate touring bands, and larger internationals seeking an intimate show.

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THE CURTIN is located at 29 Lygon Street (City End), Carlton. Directly opposite Trades Hall.

Ph: (03) 9663 6350

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