THE idyllic surrounds of Dashville are preparing to be shaken up by the raucous punk rock of The Cosmic Psychos and The Hard-Ons.
The legendary Australian bands were revealed on Wednesday as the headline acts for the inaugural Thrashville festival at Lower Belford on January 21.
Other acts in the first announcement include Clowns, The Neptune Power Federation, Mucho Sonar, The Australian Beefweek Show, Homeowmer, Glitoris, Kill Dirty Youth and Newcastle and Hunter acts Jen Buxton & The Slaughterhouse Five, Zombonimo and Mischling. More acts are yet to be announced.
Thrashville is the fourth festival to join the Dashville stable, which also includes the established Gum Ball, PigSty In July and Dashville Skyline. While the aforementioned festivals provide a mix of rock, blues and roots, alt-country and soul music, Thrashville is about providing “something a little heavier.”
The Cosmic Psychos formed in regional Victoria in 1977 and released their debut album Down On The Farm in 1985. They developed a cult following and their fuzzed-out guitar sound influenced the likes of grunge kings Nirvana.
IN our increasingly sanitised world, it’s not politically-correct to espouse the virtues of smoking. However, Newcastle band Wavevom beat to a different drum.
On Monday the surf punk two-piece released their new single Durries R Good 4 U and they will launch the track at the Lass O’Gowrie on Saturday. Guitarist and vocalist Jed Kirbyshire came up with the idea after he wrote the phrase on a snare drum.
“Because myself I don’t drink or take any recreational drugs and the song is about being involved in a community of friends who go to the pub and drink a few beers and I’m on the outside of that,” Kirbyshire said. “It’s about how I don’t want to deal with hangovers or dramas and I’m just interested in smoking durries.”
Kirbyshire, 20, and drummer Jack Clark, 19, met at Lake Macquarie High School and released their first demo together in 2014, which was recorded on an Iphone.
Wavevom were also one of the three foundation bands on No-Fi Records and released their first album Durrievom last year. Durries R Good 4 U is the first track off their second album, which is currently being recorded at PALS drummer Fraser Marshall’s home studio in New Lambton Heights.
“We’ve also branched out to other engineers around Newcastle who are our friends to try and find a different sound that will suit us more, rather than doing it ourselves,” Clark said.
MEANWHILE Wavevom’s No-Fi Records stablemates are keeping their fires burning. RAAVE TAPES will be announced on Thursday on the bill of Mountain Sounds at Kariong, which is held on February 18. It is the Kurri Kurri three-piece’s second festival inclusion in the past fortnight, after they won the Triple J Unearthed competition to perform at This That at the Newcastle Foreshore on October 5.
On Friday Vacations will release the third song off their forthcoming four-track Collaborative Friends EP. Every Friday throughout October the Novocastrians are releasing a song through Bandcamp and Soundcloud. So far we’ve heard the dreamy Be There with H. Ford Escort aka Nate Delizzotti and Never Tried, a collaboration with Central Coast band Space Carbonara. Next up on Friday is a collaboration with American musician Miles Bandit. Fellow No-Fi bands PALS and Voodoo Youth are also busy recording albums.
NEWCASTLE’S Trophy Eyes are receiving rave reviews for album No.2 Chemical Miracle, which was released last Friday, due to its combination of hardcore punk and melody. The five-piece is also tearing up the live scene in the US at the moment in support of The Amity Affliction.
Don’t despair, the Novocastrian lads are headed home this summer and will kick-start their Australian tour at the Cambridge Hotel on February 2.
RÜFÜS GO BUSH
NOVOCASTRIANS might be seeing a multiple ARIA-award winning artist when Rüfüs perform on January 28 at Wests City.
The Sydney dance act are among the top contenders at the ARIA Awards, held on November 23, with five nominations, including the big two – album of the year and best group – for their second LP Bloom. Rüfüs are also nominated for best live act, cover art and dance release, an award they won last year for You Were Right.
The Full Bloom tour will be Rüfüs’ final live performances before they begin work on their third album. The tour visits venues they missed on their initial Bloom tour in May.