TEN-year-old skater Dante Caslick is gearing up to become the new face of the Newcastle indie music scene when he stars in Split Feed’s upcoming video clip for their new single Move Out, Settle Down.
Split Feed will release the video on December 12 after wrapping up filming last weekend with director Jack Rudder.
“Dante was such a legend,” Split Feed guitarist Will St Claire said. “We got him to do all grown-up kind of stuff, like he moves out, then buys a house, buys the groceries, but he’s 10, so it’s weird.”
Move Out, Settle Down will be the first song released from Split Feed’s forthcoming four-track EP. The band recently expanded to a four-piece, with Orange’s Adam Lindsay taking over bass duties, allowing Joe Willis to move to guitar. St Claire said it had produced a heavier sound.
“Our old stuff was more indie rock, while this is definitely more punk rock or alternative-rock based,” he said. “There’s definitely some heavier instrumentation and the lyrics are more mature.”
Two years ago Split Feed released their debut song Underground and since then they have established themselves on the Newcastle scene through their lively shows and hook-laden tracks Vanilla and Lucky People.
Catch Split Feed on December 15 at the Cambridge Hotel’s Thursday Night Live Christmas special alongside The Treehouse Children, NTL Landmarks and Altai.
KRAM ON PAR
ANYONE whose been to the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic knows its one of the Hunter’s wildest annual parties.
So it’s no surprise to see that renown wild man Kram, drummer and frontman of alternative rock legends Spiderbait, has again signed up for the charity golf tournament at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, which raises money for diabetes and junior golf.
Other musicians joining Kram on the fairways at “The Jack” from December 19-21 will be Rose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson and Dai Pritchard, Chris Isaak’s bassist Rowland Salley and former music show contestants Joe Moore (The Voice), Johnny Ruffo (X-Factor) and Marty Simpson (Australian Idol).
THE usually tranquil surrounds of the Barrington Tops will be pumping with electronic beats this weekend when the Subsonic Music Festival kick off for a sixth year.
Over three days at Monkerai’s Riverwood Downs, Subsonic will play host to more than 100 artists across three stages, headlined by legendary Jamaican producer Lee Scratch Perry and Guyanese dub music engineer Mad Professor. Others on the bill include Seth Troxler, Goldie, Ben Ufo, Josh Wink, Horrorshow and Machinedrum.
Final release tickets are still available.
IT’S taken seven albums but finally American southern rock-blues band Moreland & Arbuckle are headed to Australia.
The trio of guitarist Aaron Moreland, harmonicist and vocalist Dustin Arbuckle and drummer Kendall Newby will promote their latest record Promised Land Or Bust with a show at Mayfield’s Stag and Hunter Hotel on February 22.
Moreland and Arbuckle began as an acoustic duo in 2001 and as an electric four-piece, The King Snakes, before settling on their three-man line-up for their 2005 debut album Caney Valley Blues.
WOLLONGONG two-piece Hockey Dad have a strong following in Newcastle due to their close ties with several local bands and their constant touring back in their formative years.
Following the release of their debut album Boronia in August there is a growing buzz around the surf rockers and thankfully they haven’t forgotten their Novocastrian ties. Hockey Dad have included a gig at the Small Ballroom on February 10 for their summer Benefit Of The Doubt Tour.
CONTINUING the Illawarra theme, emerging pop songstress Bec Sandridge is also headed to Newcastle in February. Sandridge will launch her In The Fog Tour at the Cambridge Hotel on February 23 in the warehouse.
Sandridge’s singles In The Fog, In The Flame, You’re A F—king Joke and High Tide are gaining plenty of traction for the 25-year-old.
THE singles keep coming off William Crighton’s terrific self-titled debut. The Bellbird bluesman released his third cut from the album, Jesus Blues, last week and the accompanying video is his most elaborate yet.
Crighton takes on the role of an evangelical figure dressed all in white as three different suburbanites struggle with their inner demons behind him. The screen flickers from light to dark as their rage builds and Crighton sings his rocking tune about diminishing faith.
METAL band Twelve Foot Ninja are headed back to the Cambridge Hotel on March 11 for their final show in support of new single Sick.