Author: Jason Beardsley

Live Gig Review + Photos: ACOLYTE + Supports, The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, 18th November 2017

Wow! I’m standing outside the Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne having just walked out from one of the best local gigs I’ve been lucky enough to witness. “What did I just witness?” I ask myself. I’m on a high that no drug could possibly produce. We stand reminiscing with our pairs. The air has changed. Australian music is in good hands. There were a couple of acts I hadn’t previously been exposed to in my time in Melbourne, but it was with the words of a dear friend that I sincerely trust that I got my arse down to the...

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Live Gig Review + Photos: THE TEA PARTY, The Forum, Melbourne, 4th November 2017

Growing up my father would tell me the story of seeing Canadian band The Tea Party at a small bar over in Christchurch New Zealand during a week long residency, and how blown away he was by them at the time. Now here we are a couple of decades later and we were lucky enough to come full circle and catch the “Moroccan Roll” trio at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre, celebrating 20 years of the band’s fourth record Transmission. A near capacity audience starts filling the room while ambient blues fills the background of the theatre. Nice! We’re getting in...

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ALBUM REVIEW: SATELLITES – BLACK DOG “EP”

I have found myself searching for something this week. It was the end of a long winter and I certainly needed a fresh perspective, and maybe a kick up the ass. Luckily Brisbane Punk Rock Trio Satellites are about to deliver their sophomore E.P, ‘Black Dog’, on September 29th in a fully independent release. Despite recent face-lifts the band has undergone, Black Dog is an uplifting and inspiring modern Punk Rock masterpiece. Produced by former Amity Affliction co-founder and guitarist Troy Brady (Antagonist, In Hearts Wake), the sound of Satellites has traveled to new heights, delivering a world class...

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ALBUM REVIEW: ROSETTA – UTOPIOID

When the Sleepmakeswaves tour was announced for December in Australia there was an unfamiliar name, to me, on the tour poster. Joining them on the tour will be Rosetta from Philadelphia, USA. So I checked them out and I was pleasantly surprised. Formed in 2003, this 5 piece’s sound has evolved dramatically over the years to keep things interesting. Metal, Hardcore, Progressive, Ambient, Punk, you name it, they’ve probably done it. Lucky for me, Rosetta dropped their new album Utopioid via Bird’s Robe Records in Australia on Monday via the bands Bandcamp store. As Rosetta is proudly 100% independent they...

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Album review: Majora – Aphotic

Newcastle has provided some quality acts over the years, however not since Silverchair have I encountered something revolutionary like Majora’s upcoming release via Bird’s Rope Records. If you are a fan of Progressive Rock, Metal and instrumental prowess, you are in for a treat with Aphotic. Opening with ‘The Fear of Falling Forever,’ I close my eyes and visualise floating in the ocean, like I’m escaping from something that has trapped my soul, as guitarists Josh Pascoe and Jared Phillips introduce you to this story. As I’m swept away with guitar picking full of serenity, I’m so relaxed and...

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