UNDERACHIEVER Local punk band “underachiever” are going on hiatus following a final show at The Cambridge tonight (May 12). They will also release a standalone single titled Quarter Life Crisis, which follows on from the band’s successful EP This Time I’ll Stay Good, which received airplay on triple J and FBi radio and was accompanied by an East Coast tour. Their last show will have support from Skivvy Season (featuring members of RAAVE TAPES), Cry Club, Hatakaze and Garage Sale.
ROCK HISTORY A new documentary Midnight Oil 1984 makes it debut this weekend. It will show Saturday and Sunday at Tower Cinemas in Newcastle, Reading Cinema in Charlestown Square, Event Cinema in Tuggerah and Avoca Beach Theatre on the Central Coast. Director Ray Argall shot the footage while the band was touring from October to December in 1984.
SURREAL SOUNDS Adelaide singer-songwriter Emily Davis is coming to the Hunter for two shows: May 18 at the Stage & Hunter, and May 20 at Maitland’s The Junkyard. She released her third studio album, You, Me and the Velvet Sea, on April 13.
TOP TALENT Amy Shark (pictured) has won the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition for her song Adore. Gang of Youths’ David Le’aupepe took second and third place with songs Let Me Down Easy and The Heart is a Muscle. A new prize for Best Unpublished Work was won by Grace Shaw, aka Mallrat, for Better. Newcastle Herald writer Lisa Rockman was one of the judges of this year’s competition and said ranking 40 songs of such a high standard was not an easy task. Keep an ear out for them.