SHOGUN RETURNS TO THE GOLDEN STAGE!
Better known as Royal Headache’s spellbinding singer Shogun, Tim Wall has been performing a suite of solo material recently. Drawing from a long history of “obsessive compulsive songwriting” he will share some of his more exposing work and deliver a glimpse into 15 years worth of gems and failures when he takes to the mirrored stage at Golden Age Cinema and Bar.
Punk heroes Royal Headache have glided on waves of fan-adoration and frequent implosions that lead to several band break-ups and make-ups. Their unmissable live shows were largely attributed to Tim Wall’s captivating, roaming performances. An inimitable style he is now flogging with a self-described different aura, showing the audience a more reflective, sometimes sad and comparatively quiet side, with that same distinctive vocal gusto.
After being born, which she totally nailed, Sadie grew up in New York City, toured internationally with a professional children’s choir, then bounced around Massachusetts before eventually landing in Philadelphia “like every other feminist punk.” She has an MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst, likes comics WITH AN ALL-CAPS PASSION, has written for Nylon and Spin, and is mega-beloved for her rock band Speedy Ortiz.
Most recently, finding herself disillusioned with a lifetime of misogynist radio pop and yearning for the megalomaniacal autonomy of a solo project, Sadie/Sad13 churned out Slugger in a two-week fury.
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES & SURREAL MEMORIES
Tropical Strength are an experimental duo from the Coal Coast of NSW. Founding members, brothers Al Foil and Sir Dinsington, create a peculiar brand of art-damaged pop music that is eerily familiar but sounds like nothing else.
Each song is a passage into the psyche and day-to-day visions of chief songwriter, Al Foil and encapsulates the nostalgia of childhood memories and surreal happenings. With influences ranging from nursery rhymes and Ozploitation cinema to the novels of Steven King, ‘The Strength’ lead listeners on a whimsical journey through a warped Australian landscape, fuelled by caffeine and anxiety.
Tropical Strength utilise a sonic palate which is inspired by the sounds of baroque psychedelia, brewed in an entirely unique fashion and steeped in contemporary flavour.
FULLY FORMED & SELF-ASSURED
Bus Vipers’ output extends back to 2013, when Ahern started writing in solitude from his Canberra bedroom. “I always used to wish I could just clone myself, and have myself playing a number of different instruments”, says Ahern. “Then I realised you kind of could do that, at least in a recording setting”. Ahern, who started playing the piano at age four, plays every instrument on the EP including the drums, which he taught himself for this record.
Federal Highway’s lead single ‘CSIRO Weeds’ showcases Ahern’s gift for multi-layered, textured and richly melodic songwriting. On ‘Palace’ his falsetto is crisp and clear, while at other times on the record it sounds as if he could be submerged in water. ‘Fluid’ paints an eerie picture of deep sea creatures before breaking into an undeniable pop chorus, and ‘Daniel’s Exercise’ is driven by a confident strut, unlike anything else on the EP.
TWO NIGHTS ONLY! THURS 21 & SAT 23 SEPT.
To celebrate the new documentary THE GO-BETWEENS: RIGHT HERE, over two nights in September THE GO-BETWEENS – GOLDEN COVERS BAND featuring members from Big White / High-tails will perform all your favourite hits especially for you!
THURS 21 SEPT // Film: 7pm (ticketed) / Covers Band: 8pm (free entry)
SAT 23 SEPT// Film: 8pm (ticketed) / Covers Band: 9pm (free entry)
DRINK DEAL: Sydney Brewery Surry Hills Pils $6 // 4 for 20
Please note the film is rated M, but entry to the bar during live music events is strictly 18+.
MASTERFUL MUSIC IN A MODERN MODEL
Permanent Vacation is a less confessional album than any of her previous works, In a New State (2016), You Changed Me (2014) or Sounds Of Our City (2012). Emma explains, “For the first time in a long time, the songs came out of contentment and reflection – as opposed to some kind of existential crisis or breakup.”
The album was recorded very quickly with producer John Lee, who worked on In a New State. Emma played all guitar and piano, and John played bass and drums. It was tracked in a mere 3 days, with minimal follow up work.
“Russack’s masterfully plainspoken ballads put her in the same league as Bill Callahan and Lucinda Williams.” – Rolling Stone ★★★★
”It’s dreamy, it’s dreary and it’s absolutely beautiful. Emma Russack’s ‘My Own Friend’ is the perfect soundtrack to staring out the window and watching the rain, getting out of bed early to go for a run, or just about anything in between.” – Double J (Best New Music)
HARROWING AND REDEMPTIVE
For one night only in the intimate setting of the Golden Age Cinema, The Apartments will play a rare show as a trio—with Amanda Brown on violin, vocals and percussion, Eliot Fish on guitar and vocals and Peter Milton Walsh on acoustic guitar and vocals.
The Apartments emerged from Brisbane in 1978 and their first EP released by The Go-Betweens on their Able Label in 1979. Singer/songwriter Peter Milton Walsh then left Australia for New York, relocating to England after being signed by legendary English record label Rough Trade for The Apartments’ first album, the evening visits…
Influential French music magazine Magic made No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal #1 Album of The Year for 2015. England’s Uncut rated the album 9/10, saying “Played with quiet grace, the eight chamber‐pop songs here are alternately harrowing and redemptive, anchored by loss.”
ONE OF THE FINEST ALBUMS TO COME OUT OF 2017 SO FAR
Exactly one year since their debut album, Great Outdoors return with their sophomore release ‘Fake News’.
‘Fake News’ see’s a new line up for Great Outdoors. Max Impact and Dylan Young take the place of a revolving cast of characters to join founding member Zach Schneider.
Whilst feeling like a lost relic from the post punk or new wave era, ‘Fake News’ still finds a way to refresh guitar music in 2017. It takes its influence from bands like Wire and Television but is mostly influenced by the city it comes from; Melbourne, Australia.
SYDNEY’S FINEST BLUES ON THE GOLDEN STAGE
The Swamp Fat Jangles sound emanates from a secret swamp near Sydney’s South West where the mosquitos buzz, the screen door yawns and verses are sung out on the porch.
Live on stage, these tales are layered with the watery scapes of guitar pedals and bowed banjo, driving drums, articulate bass and the three-part harmonies of whisky drinking ladies.
With three songwriters, Swamp Fat’s songs are sometimes raucous, sometimes reflective or eerie, their folk/blues sound exploring the themes of gothic imagery in Australian landscapes, folklore, the highs and lows of modern society, and chickens.
W.A.C.O originally began as a bunch of ladies getting drunk and singing songs about lost love and death etc around a wooden table.
Their shows, consisting of medieval carols, italian horror film soundtracks, and god fearing Carter Family spirituals, have been quieting rowdy pub crowds around Sydney to pin drop silence for the past year.