There’s a certain freewheelin’ romanticism to the idea of being in a band on tour, spending weeks driving from gig to gig in a shitty old van, singing along to ‘Tiny Dancer’ and hurling good-natured abuse back and forth. But eventually you realise that you’re essentially confining a handful of people to the same room – all day, every day for weeks, sometimes months, at a time – at which point the idea begins to lose its appeal.
Posted: April 15th, 2013 under Brag 508, Music, Music - Interview.
Tags: Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Groovin The Moo, he Kooks, Hugh Robertson, Pedestrian Verse, Regurgitator, Tame Impala, Tegan & Sara, They Might Be Giants, Warner
Perhaps the most significant individual force in Australian hip hop, Tim Levinson has spent fifteen years on the frontlines of the industry – as a solo performer, member of The Herd and as manager of Elefant Traks. He’s currently on the road on his first proper national tour in support of the fourth Urthboy solo LP, Smokey’s Haunt, which came out in October last year. It’s taken this long for two reasons: it’s almost impossible to squeeze a headline tour in once festival madness takes over the Australian summer; and he needed to spend some time working out how to translate the show from the traditional DJ/MC setup to a new half-electronic, half-live hybrid.
Posted: March 11th, 2013 under Brag 503, Music, Music - Interview.
Tags: Example, Flume, Groovin The Moo, Hugh Robertson, Pez, Regurgitator, Seth Sentry, Tame Impala, The Annandale Hotel, Tuka with Ellesquire, University Of Canberra, Urthboy
Regurgitator’s longevity in the music business is nothing to be baulked at. Their success has not only spanned the length of two decades, but also the width of an audience cross-section that has taken in pop, electro, dance, hard rock, alternative, rap, and experimental music fans. You can only imagine, then, how hard many found it to select the perfect outfit for Saturday’s show.
Those clad in indie garb were not at all self-conscious throughout first support Hedgehog’s set. The Beijing trio demonstrated enough prowess with effects boards and sample pads that, if your eyes were closed, you could easily assume you were listening to a 30-piece electronic orchestra – one held together by an astonishingly accomplished indie/soft-rock drummer who just so happened to be a girl, around five foot tall, named Atom.
Regurgitator’s Unit was a pretty formative album for me. It arrived right at the point in my youth when I was getting into triple j, and its mix of hooky electro pop and arch, knowingly-crass lyrics hit just the right spot. I especially liked the fact that it featured a song called ‘I Will Lick Your Arsehole’, which came complete with a cheesy, ‘80s-inspired hip hop beat and the guaranteed ability to shock and scandalise family and friends. I’ve always been somewhat curious as to what could possibly have been going through Regurgitator’s heads when they committed it to tape, and now, interviewing singer Quan Yeomans, I finally have the chance to ask.
Indie Album Of The Week: Regurgitator SuperHappyFunTimesFriends Valve You may have heard Regurgitator saying a while ago that they planned to abandon the album format and would release music in a steady stream, which resulted in one excellent EP (Distractions), two more songs on their Bandcamp – and nothing else. Turns out, they need the [...]