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Archive for June, 2007

The Hyenas

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

The Hyenas have just finished recording their demo at RTN Studios. They will be selling the CD at low cost at their gigs, and the price includes a badge and other merchandise.

The Hyenas next live performance will be on July 21, at Rock for Refuge at the Lucky Country Hotel. The band are also planning to tour during the second half of 2007.

Waterview Top The Punk Charts

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Port Stephens based punk band Waterview are currently on top of the Punk Chart at Triple J Unearthed. with their song ‘Daybreak’.

Last month Waterview were announced as the winners of a competition at Triple J’s Unearthed. As winners they were offered the chance to play at the Come Together Festival on Saturday the 9th of June at Luna Park.

Catch Waterview at the Cambridge Hotel on the 6th of July when they support The Amity Affliction and Coma Lies as part of the Fruit and Nut Tour.

Waterview’s debut EP is available for $10 at their gigs and from Darken Records, Utopia Records, Missing Link, Salamander Sound, Get Wet Surf – Nelson Bay, Sushi And Cigarettes and Beaumont Street Beat.

The Mercy Call Recruit New Drummer

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

The Mercy Call will be an interviewed and perform an accoustic set on The Lockup Garage program on 2CCC FM on the 2nd of July. Catch the band live at the Lucky Country Hotel on Saturday the 7th of July when they will perform for the first time with their new drummer, Liz Curran. The Mercy call play at The Lucky again on the 20th of July supporting Anthem at their EP launch.

Forthcoming Album for Akuma

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Local metal band Akuma has just completed wtiting songs that will appear on their first full length album, ‘Shrouds of the Final Nothing’. The album will feature 11 tracks with the recording process starting late July/early August. The band hopes to follow up with a promotional tour around Australia.


Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Earthfest 2007

Earthfest is an all ages one day mini- music festival to be held at Maitland City Bowls, Sports and Rec Club on Saturday, July 14th from 1.30pm- 10.30pm. The festival will feature up to 20 of Maitland and Newcastle’s most talented independent bands, with a variety of genres including folk, indie, grunge and good ol rock’n'roll.

The Earthfest Line-up so far includes Sleight Of Hand, Level 8, Benjalu, Light Noise, The Wireflys, The Zillers, Sketching Cato, Volition, The Receptionists, Sensitive Freight, Laugh Or Cry, The Winters, Red Light Trolley, Alusive, The Bright Blues and Romance Explosion.

Other features of the festival include stalls by local artists and not-for- profit organisations, a free shuttle bus service at the end of the night, raffles, cheap food and a huge after party in Maitland for bands and attendees over 18. The aim of the festival is to promote young musicians and artists, and raise funds for environmental conservation and education with the help of Maitland Region Landcare. Tickets for the event are $16, with $3 from each sale going towards the cause. Earthfest aims to provide a great atmosphere for festival goers, in which to expose some fantastic local bands and raise awareness of this region’s environmental issues.

For more information about Earthfest visit

The Crusade

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

The Crusade

The Crusade is an All Ages gig that will be held at Maitland PCYC on Friday July 6th between 5 and 10pm.

The event will be Drug and Alcohol Free with no pass outs. Professional security will be present throughout the evening.

The Crusade is being organised by the Maitland Youth Music Crew, a small, committed volunteer group of people who are putting their hand up in order to harness the potential for a music scene in the Maitland area. They are comitted to providing an opportunity for local bands to play original music, experience live crowds and gain valuable performing experience.

Bands performing at The Crusade include:

Tickets are $10 and can be obtained from Youth Enterprises (the Youth Centre) and the Maitland PCYC, James Street, Mailtland.

Music Awards Deadline Extended

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Newcastle Music Awards

Due to Newcastle’s recent storms and subsequent flooding, the deadline for entries into this year’s 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards has been extended an extra two weeks to Friday the 29th of June.

The 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards has proven to be a quality, key event for the region with close to 2500 entries and 700 tracks added to 1233 ABC Newcastle’s play list since its inception in 2002.

This year the project will culminate in an explosive Awards night at the Civic Theatre Newcastle, Friday 19 October 2007.

Entrants can collect their entry kits from all ABC Shops and centres, or download the kit from the ABC Newcastle.

For more information visit

Coma Lies

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Coma Lies

Coma Lies‘ music fuses hectic riffing with thundering rhythms and epic atmospheric swells. Influenced by bands such as Cult of Luna, The Red Chord and Converge, the band forges their own style of hardcore metal mixed with moments of ambience, resulting in what they describe as “noise“.

Since first forming in 2004, the band has undergone numerous lineup changes, with the only original member being vocalist Liam Christenson. Joining Liam is Andrew Stewart and Joshua Gibson on Guitars, Tynan Waring on Bass and Mitta Norath on Drums.

Coma Lies has been busily promoting their new EP entitled “A Churchwell Killing” which was released in March this year on Skull & Bones Records.

The EP was mixed by James Balderstrom from Studio 454 in Brisbane and mastered by Pelle Hendriksson from Tonteknik Recording in North Sweden. Pelle has also worked with dozens of bands including Cult of Luna and Poison the Well, he also recorded The Shape of Punk to Come by influential Swedish punk band Refused.

In an interview conducted only hours before devastating storms flooded Newcastle, drummer Mitta Norath described the recording process. “For me it was particularly painful,” Mitta recalled, “I had only been in the band for three weeks prior to the recording.” The 4 track EP was recorded over several late night sessions at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at the end of 2006. “The recording schedule really turned us on our heads”, Mitta said.

Fruit and Nut Tour 2007

Frustrated by high prices and poor service from several of the local recording studios, Mitta has recently launched Capulet Studios. The service is primarily aimed at recording EP’s and demos for young bands in the Newcastle hardcore metal/ambient/rock scene at realistic prices.

“The only way to get recognised in this scene is to travel constantly” Mitta points out, “we just want to get on the road and have fun.” Together, Coma Lies have toured almost continuously since late 2006.

The band’s manager, Mitch Beldon, accompanies Coma Lies on all their tours, including their recent event filled trip to Melbourne where managed to write off their van before a separate incident with their trailer left their gear strewn across the road.

During June/July this year, the band will be touring with The Amity Affliction on the ‘Fruit and Nut Tour’. The extensive tour includes 25 gigs in 5 weeks beginning at Club 299 in Brisbane on the 22nd of June. After winding their way along the East Coast the band will perform at a series of shows in the Hunter Region beginning with an all ages show at the Beachcomber Hotel at Toukley on Thursday the 5th of July. Early on the evening of Friday the 6th of July Coma Lies will play alongside a host of local acts at The Crusade, an all ages show at Maitland PCYC, followed later that night at an over 18s show at the Cambridge Hotel. The tour continues South through Melbourne and Adelaide, returning to The Cambridge Hotel on Saturday the 28th and finally winding up the tour at Ormsby House at Taree on Sunday the 29th of July.

Coma LiesComa Lies will be continuing their relentless touring schedule in September this year when they will tour with Every Man For Himself and Adelaide based band The Rivalry. In October they will head to New Zealand to continue touring with Every Man For Himself.

Whilst in Brisbane for some shows in February the band shot a film clip for their song “Paris Wide On” which will be released in the near future. Artistic direction for the clip was provided by Kingdom of Sad Machines.

Coma Lies are also busy writing new material for their full length album, scheduled to be released in early 2008. Meanwhile, their 4 track EP, “A Churchwell Killing” is available from gigs, can be ordered in music stores nationwide, and can also be purchased online from several sites including and CD Online and can also be ordered in most music stores.

For more information about the ‘Fruit and Nut’ Tour and to listen to samples of Come Lies’ Music visit their MySpace profile at

Benjalu’s Gig in the Gardens

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

The Garden PartyOne of Newcastle’s most accomplished young bands, Benjalu, will be performing an afternoon set at the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin as part of the inaugural Garden Party next month.

In just over a year, Benjalu’s achievements have exceeded their expectations. In April 2006 they won the annual YouthRock competition, also picking up a prestigious award presented by Silverchair acknowledging their songwriting abilities at the same time. Over the past year they have continued from strength to strength, receiving more recognition and continuing to evolve their distinct acoustic-roots style. “Our sound is always expanding” explains the band’s vocalist Ben Gumbleton.

BenjaluEarly last year, Ben teamed up with fellow classmate Luke Elsley (electric guitar, harmonica). “I was kind of into the metal and punk scene before … just playing guitar”, Ben said, “Luke introduced me to the whole roots side of music”. The pair were then joined by Kelsley Nathan on drums and Anthony Morris on bass through their high school music class to form Benjalu. All of the band members contribute to the songwriting, their diverse influences galvanised into a unique sound.

In November last year, the band won the Let There Be School Rock band competition final, held at the Civic Theatre. Now, with their HSC behind them, Benjalu are all prusing their dreams as full time musicians. They are currently in the process of recording their debut EP, which will be released later in the year.

The band has amassed an impressive list of performances at a broad range of venues and events. Their past gigs include:

Benjalu will be interviewed on 2CCC FM 96.3 on Monday 18th June 7:00 PM on The Lockup Garage. The interview will be followed by a performance by the band which will be broadcast live.

In addition to The Garden Party, Benjalu has numerous gigs lined up in the coming months including:

The Garden Party will be held on the 28th July. Other performers at The Garden Party include Anthony Callea, Jon Stevens, Paul Greene and a solo set from local songstress Amy Vee. Tickets are $69.00 which entry into the Hunter Valley Gardens. Tickets to the event are available for purchase online at Ticketek.

Tickets to the event also include entry to the gardens themselves, so visitors are encouraged to bring some sun screen and a rug and make a day of it. Benjalu starts at 2PM, with the event will carry on into the evening.

Get the latest info about Benjalu at their MySpace page at

Harmonica Workshops

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Start Playing Blues Harmonica With Mouth From The South

The Mouth From The South - Tony MaguireEver had the urge to put a harmonica to your lips and start playin’ the blues?

‘Mouth from the South’ Tony Maguire is coming to the rescue with a special beginners harmonica workshop at Customs House in Newcastle 11:30am-3.30pm Saturday July 7.

“The workshop gets you playing simple blues riffs within the first 15 minutes and you walk away with a solid foundation to develop your playing,” says Maguire, who got the ‘Mouth from the South’ tag when he lived and played ‘harp’ in the Northern Territory, where his ‘Clarry’s Blues’ can be heard as the intro theme to a radio blues show beamed out of Alice Springs each week. Closer to home, he was a competitor in the Golden Harmonica Championships in Tamworth this year.

Called Introduction to the Harmonica, the workshop is sponsored by harmonica manufacturer Hohner, which supplies a gleaming new Silver Star C harp to each participant. The package also includes lunch and an instruction CD. Cost is $125, bookings are essential and there are 20 spaces available.

Download the flier for the Newcastle session for more information or contact Tony Maguire on 0402 388742 or email

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