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.
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.
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.
Synths, wigs, and glitter abound! U-Bahn return to The Curtin on March 30th to launch their debut LP, with support from the ever excellent Terrible Truths and Primo.
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
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.
Betty Grumble whirls back to Melbourne after sell-out seasons around the world. Come dive into her ongoing womanifesto, protest party and long hard kiss. Witness her ecosexually charged flesh riot ritual of dancing dissent, disco and deep push back-ery. Where pleasure is a radical act and the body a bloody love letter.
Sugar Fed Leopards will join Betty Grumble.
“Sugar Fed Leopards are a blazing sextet, conceived at the nexus of classic pop and disco with smoking hot costumes, sweet harmonies, tight dance routines and a cranking rhythm section. After Betty Grumble sets you free with her defiant flesh riot, Sugar Fed Leopards will have you out of your seat and breaking a disco-sweat”
Running order: Betty Grumble - Love & Anger Sugar Fed Leopards 10:30PM finish Followed by downstairs DJ set by Richie 1250 Betty will perform LOVE + ANGER (Thur) and THE UNSHAME MACHINE (Fri) as part of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Book now so you don’t miss out!
The Unshame Machine is full night party. Part performance, party disco. Vagina vulva, yoni, vagina, ya ya, my garden –yeah – my hoo ha ha! Join Betty Grumble for a soiree du senses, a reclamation, a work out, threading the web, making art and going for the pump – Oup Baby! A deep squat disco of experimental bodily becoming, story, sharing and sex. Noting histories of fellow printmakers, cnt loving science and defiance and excellent tunes this is a collaborative installation that says ‘F%k the shame machine – power to the pus-sy.’ A party that dreams of a heaving, cleansing, group vibration.
HIPHOPHOE & more of Betty’s special guest performers will be joining Betty Grumble for THE UNSHAME MACHINE on Friday 12 April taking this fleshy protest party right thru to midnight!
HipHopHoe is on high rotation in the Sydney queer club scene. Although her first love is hip-hop, expect the unexpected. She spans genres, decades, moods and sounds in one giant leg-spread.
Running order: Betty Grumble - The Unshame Machine followed by HipHopHoe + guest performers
Betty will perform LOVE + ANGER (Thur) and THE UNSHAME MACHINE (Fri) as part of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Book now so you don’t miss out!
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!
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.
Honey 2 Honey are a Canberra/Sydney trio, configuring elements of jazz, dub, krautrock, disco and R’n’B into irresistible offbeat, hypnotic pop. Their debut EP, A Taste Of.., was produced by Holy Balm’s Yoni Hochman and Enderie’s Andrew McLellan, and is out April 5 on Chapter Music.
Tex Perkins has played a key role in Australian music
It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the groundbreaking experimental punktonica of Sydney mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses.
From the hard edged pub rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon’s, a snarling slice of filthy pub rock to the evocative soundscapes of The Cruel Sea, whose extraordinary 1991 single ‘This Is Not The Way Home’ placed Perkins’ world-weary growl in a new musical context and heralded the emergence of an entirely original yet archetypically Australian sound.
Now is Tex’s exciting new (and long overdue) collaboration with Matt Walker (a great artist in his own right) for duo shows. It’s a blues swamp-groove kinda thing that’s a little reminiscent of some of the things in Tex’s back catalogue. Many new originals inhabit the setlist, but see them now while they still have to flesh out the set with a few Cruel Sea covers!
Catch them Live at The Curtin Hotel for a special performance Thursday, May 23 with guests.