Taking the skinheads bowling, it’s the punk ‘n’ ska news. For those with the inclination to travel for their music, take note! The band whose moniker is scrawled across countless leather jackets is coming to Australia this October. Forming late in 1976 as the United Kingdom Subversives, UK SUBS have been touring the world and recording constantly for over 30 years without the compromise and watering-down that affected so many of their contemporaries. Still led by the inexhaustible 65-year old legend Charlie Harper, this band refuses to ‘lie down and die.’ See them when they play at The Excelsior Hotel, Sydney (18+) with The Rumjacks on Thursday October 8, then with The Bladderspasms on Friday October 9. Otherwise, get to The Arthouse in Melbourne (Sunday October 11, 18+) where they’re joined by Bastard Squad and No Idea. Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au & Oztix outlets.
Melbourne also plays host to Ska Nation, held this Melbourne Cup Day long weekend (Sunday November 1 and Monday November 2). Participating bands include California’s Chase Long Beach, Canada’s One Night Band, Dan Potthast (guitar/vox MU330), Area 7, High Tides, Calico Jacks, The Reefs, The Resignators and The Ska Vendors. For more info, visit www.skanation.com. Tickets for Ska Nation go on sale in August with a limited amount of reduced priced tickets.
Sadly, local hardheads Hard Luck have called it a day, playing their last gig at Bar 32 with Eye Gouge, Eat A Brick and Johnny United on Saturday July 25. Since forming five years ago, the band has toured our nation numerous times and sold thousands of records.
Coming this October, the Sike Your Mind Tour will bring together five top hardcore acts from Australia and New Zealand. Canberra’s leg of the tour brings Deez Nuts (Melbourne), Miles Away (Perth), Antagonist A.D. (NZ), In Trenches (Melbourne) and relative newcomers to the East featuring members of Miles away – Blkout. It all goes down at the Southern Cross Woden Basketball Stadium, Tuesday October 6 (AA). Tickets on sale from www.stomp.com.au and Landspeed Records.
Melding no-frills hardcore and new generation metal, LA’s tireless and tour-hungry TERROR will tear up the Tuggeranong Youth Centre (AA) this Friday October 9. Joining them will be fellow Americans Stick To Your Guns and Queensland’s Against. Tickets on sale from Moshtix.
More free music from the web! No Idea Records released the compilation Pretend Record for download at
http://www.noidearecords.com/bands/releases/va-pretendrecord.php on June 5. These 15 free tracks have so far been downloaded over three thousand times and include such acts as Dear Landlord, Wormburner, Screaming Females and Dead Friends.
Burning Hearts punkers, Raised Fist (formed 1993, in Sweden) will release their new LP Veil of Ignorance on Monday September 7. This 14 track ‘wall of sound’ is the band’s fifth album. The opening track Friends and Traitors can be previewed here: http://www.burningheart.com/raisedfist/index.php
Those that have purchased tickets to see the NOFX/Bad Religion tour later this year will now also get to see one of Fat Wreck Chords latest signings, with Compton five-piece Pour Habit joining the bill. The group have a nice ‘90s flavour to their punk sound with a hint of early Offspring. You can hear them at their myspack: http://www.myspace.com/pourhabit
Oi Oi that’s yer lot!
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