Monthly Archives: September 2010

Festival Season

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Summer is upon us again. So that means the festival line ups have been announced. Let’s focus on the 2 main summer festivals. Soundwave and Big Day Out. To compare the two is pretty pointless. Both cater for different audiences and a different type of crowd.

Sure Soundwave has probably 10+ bands that could headline a festival and Big Day Out has 3. But the Big Day Out is probably the better one as far as success and money making is concerned. Both festivals do an amazing job with their promoting and hard work getting big bands to come out to Australia. I can tell you that after doing No Sleep Til, it’s hard work and at times not very pleasant. The idea of putting on a festival is very romantic and lovely and silver lined. The fact is, it’s not.

I have a feeling the Bam Fest organisers were … more...

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What is wrong with you

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What is wrong with you

I discussed this recently with my business partners. The way society strives to be different. We are trying to hard to be different that we all end up the same.

In the context of the local music scene in Brisbane, it is rife.

I went to the Troubadour the other night to watch Re-enactment and a bunch of other bands. It was disappointing to see the lack of variation. All the bands that played that night were tight and were quite enjoyable to listen to. But after a while, it all blended into each other. The only band that really stood out to me was Hunz (?) They lacked a “hit-single” to me but overall they were very different and actually looked like they were a bit serious about their music. Moon Jog and Re-enactment were quite entertaining as well but I felt they lacked … more...

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LA Guns / JIm Rockfords / JJ Speedball

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So where to begin. I rocked up early to see how JJ Speedball would sound. Their Myspace didn’t sound too bad so I guess I was expecting something pretty decent.

What I got was a guy in pimped up sneakers, a bandana, sunglasses, and singing about cruising in his Holden. I’m not sure how the set ended because after 2 songs I was already outside having a smoke.

The Jim Rockfords have always been pretty entertaining and have quite a large fanbase in Brisbane. The band was tight and definately got a few of the punters dancing. It was good to see after seeing the small part of the shambles that was JJ Speedball.

Jim Rockfords certainly didn’t blow me away but I can see where the appeal lies and it’s a winning formula.

So now to the headline act, The LA Guns. After a 10-15 min intro of a … more...

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Mannequin Republic update

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So it’s been a busy few months with festivals galore and gigs and heaps of interviews and more to come!
Just thought we’d update you on what’s been going down!
Recently Byrnes just made a quick trip to Los Angeles for work related matters. Such matters included catching up with The Plastiscine’s lead singer/guitarist, Katty Besnard. There was much rejoicing. Also Byrnes managed to score a sweet chat with a few artists. We won’t tell you who just yet but let’s just say, Mannequin Republic needed a female artist/band to interview to balance out the ones done so far. And also Aussie fans may well be seeing the other band on our shores in coming months. And you will most probably get a raging boner in the process of reading said interviews. Many thanks to The Blackout, Brett Gurewitz and The Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club for giving up their … more...

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