This weeks gigs 31st OCT


Another week of gig goodness coming at ya! Gig of the week this week would have to go to local lads Psionic Tide playing at the Transit bar! They’re a great local rockin outfit that delivers really solid tunes and great vocals do yourself a favour and check them out!!!! Also the British India (for non local bands) also looks like it could be a great gig but either way do yourself a favour and check something out, maybe better yet go see something you wouldn’t normally see or someone  you’ve never heard of before!


Wednesday 31 Oct

Midweek blues explosion @ the Phoenix EVENT LINK

Reischmann and West @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Thursday 1st Nov

TUG @ The Transit Bar EVENT LINK

Wayne Kelly Trio @ Smiths EVENT LINK

Friday 2nd Nov

British India @the Basement EVENT LINK

Zambezi Sounds @ The Phoenix  w/ De De DaCruz  EVENT LINK

Bucky and Jeffro’s Pro Blues Jam @ The Austrian Australian Club  w/ Muddy Wolfe EVENT LINK

Abbaddon Incarnate (ireland) @ The transit Bar w/Blight worms and Wounded Pig EVENT LINK

Lo’99 @Mr Wolfe w/ Double Agent EVENT LINK

Cloudbird @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK


Psionic Tide @ The Transit with Skyvory, The Pretty Bones and Axiomatic Theorty EVENT LINK

Breizers, Slow Dial, The Credits, The new Party and Death by Carrot @ The Phoenix EVENT LINK

She Riff (belco) @ The Pot belly bar w/the Get downs, Sally Chicane and GtoA EVENT LINK

Monday 5th Nov

Pleased to Jive you (single launch) @ the Phoenix EVENT LINK


This weeks gigs 24th Oct


Got another week of gig listings coming at you and there’s definitely some good ones coming especially local legends The VeeBees returning to the local stage at the Phoenix has defs got my pic for the week, along with the Rock for Tara gig at the Basement which of course benefits the Tara Costigan Foundation!!!


Wednesday 24th Oct

Shoeb Ahmed, Requin, Rueben Ingall, Powder Blue @ The Phoenix EVENT LINK

Coke lair @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Thursday 25th OCt

Goofy 18 (Japan) @ Transit Bar w/Dog Name and My Pet Ant EVENT LINK

Carl Morgan Band @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK 

Friday 26th Oct

The Veebees @ The Phoenix w/ Pilots of Baalbeck, Australian Beefweek EVENT LINK

Giants of pop @ the Basement – Huge cover night with locals covering Pink, Eurythmics, Maddonna and David Bowie EVENT LINK

B Wise @ the Transit w/ Turquoise Prince, IE, and DJ Klasik EVENT LINK

Rumblir EP Launch @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK  Mustured Courage @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Saturday 27th Oct

Rock For Tara @ Anti – Domestic Violence gig feat: Gravelrash, Bad Henry’s, Juggernaut, and Signs and Symbols EVENT LINK

Nightmare on East Row @ the Phoenix feat: Helena Pop, Amends, Kilroy, Good Pash, Charlotte and the Harlotts and Sputnik Sweetheart EVENT LINK

Sleepyheads @ the Transit w/ Slow Dial and My Pet Ant EVENT LINK

Ill Bruto and the Get downs @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK | Tessa Devine EVENT LINK | Lazy Colts w/ Bobby James EVENT LINK

Sunday 28th Oct

LDRU @ The Basement w/ supports BNDR, Brittney DeMarco, Sweethard, Maple Bacon EVENT LINK

Peter Bibby @ The Transit w/ The Buoys, Buddy Dingo EVENT LINK

Monday 29th Oct

DIY Bootleg Session @ the Phoenix w/ Girl Germs and Snarky Bastard EVENT LINK



This weeks gigs OCT 17th

The Fuellers Live at the Phoenix 17th Oct 2018

Another huge week of gig going action draws near, featuring gigs from Local Cover band LIVE EVIL performing their IRON MAIDEN cover set on the eve of Bruce Dickinsons Spoken word tour appearance in Canberra and what looks like a huge lineup of local and interstate bands at the basement on the sunday for their “Worries out the Window” show and of course local legends the Fuellers making an appearance at the Phoenix on tonight for those that read this fast enough!

Wednesday 17th OCT

Steel City Sue and the Fuellers @ The Phoenix EVENT LINK

Thursday 18th OCT

Anu School of Music Jazz Ensemble Showcase @ Smtihs Alternate EVENT LINK

Friday 19th Oct

The Social Norm @ The Transit w/ Chasing Nimbus, Subway to Venus and Naked Scientist EVENT LINK

Friday Freaku Fiesta, Funkytrop and Triply @ The Phoenix EVENT LINK

Saturday 20th Oct

Live Evil (Performing Iron Maiden) @ The Basement EVENT LINK

Suitor, Babyfreeze, Endry @  Smiths 3pm EVENT LINK  / Trouble in the Kitchen @ Smiths  7pm EVENT LINK / Key Grip @ Smiths  9:30 EVENT LINK

Sunday 21st OCT

Worries out the Window FEST @ The Basement …Huge linuep featuring Awaken I am, Picturesque, Wraith, Blade of Horus, Autumn, Liberties, Hireath, Hara Kiri, The Maybe List, Hostel, Visioner, Stones throw EVENT LINK

Bruce Dickinson Spoken Word @ Lewellyn Hall ./ ANU EVENT LINK

Monday 22nd Oct

Bootleg Sessions @ The Phoenix Feat: Boogie Boards, Small Talk, Peach Lane and Jamie Leone EVENT LINK



This week we managed to catch up with Alex, the guitar player from Canberra band Space Party, who’ve been lucky enough to get to mix it up opening for Punk legends UPROAR from the UK, and the boys are up for the challenge! You can see them for yourself at the gig happening this Saturday 13th October at the Pot Belly (Check the gig listing for more info) but until then lets get to know the band a little!


The band started when a mutual friend introduced me (Alex Plegt – guitarist) to our bass player Kevin Lauro. Said friend knew we were both into instrumental Surf music and thought we should meet. This was in 2003. Kevin and I spent a few years on and off just getting together on weekends and learning songs with a vague idea of getting a live set happening.
We tried to find drummers and auditioned a few people but it wasn’t really going anywhere. In 2006 we met our drummer Darren Atkinson and things clicked immediately. Darren hadn’t had a lot of exposure to the stuff we were doing but it sounded pretty good from the get go. At that point Kevin and I were both playing guitar but as Kevin turned out to also be an excellent bassist we decided to have him on bass so we could get started in earnest.
My original plan was to focus on recording, I had a few originals and so we pottered around for another couple of years. I was reluctant to play live at that point as I didn’t think Surf instrumentals would go down too well in Canberra plus I had this hair brained idea that we might be able to sell heaps of music off the internet!
By 2008 we had recorded most of our first album and finally the guys nagged me into playing live. It was nerve wracking as I hadn’t been onstage for about 16 years at that point. But we got through and were well received, much to my surprise, so I started to feel more positive about playing around Canberra and we continued on.
About 4 years ago we decided that we ought to get a permanent singer. Darren had been doing some vocals live and we also had Susan from my other band at the time, Little Mac and the Monster Men, do some guest spots with us, which was great but we really wanted a permanent lead singer.
I had seen Nathan Gubler perform a solo set somewhere and thought he could possibly fit. As luck would have it Darren and Kevin had joined Faux Faux Amis and Nathan was a regular guest with that band so it was easy to ask him if he’d like to try out.
It was another lucky break as he fit perfectly and we now had a whole new dimension to the band. Nathan is also a very handy keyboard player and extra guitarist so that opened up a whole bunch of new possibilities.



Musical interests – very broad. Obviously retro stuff is big with us – from the 50s to the 80s. Nathan being a fair bit younger than the rest of us has his finger on the pulse a bit more with the newer stuff but he has huge knowledge and love of the same stuff we are into.
Musical genre – we say we are Garage Rock or Surf Rock. But we don’t go out of our way to copy old sounds. We put a bit of Punk influence in there too.


Many bands. Darren and I have both been active since the early 80s. Darren’s from Brisbane originally and probably best known for being with Ups and Downs, and still performs with them now. I am from Melbourne was in half a dozen bands up to the early 90s, most notably Arctic Circles. Kevin is from the U.S. and played in a few Surf bands over there.
We all landed in Canberra at various times and since living in Canberra I have of course been in Space Party, also had a Rockabilly band called Little Mac and the Monster Men which split up 4 years ago. I’ve started another band called The Get Downs which is going really well, it is a mixture of Rockabilly and 60s stuff. We are working on an album which we hope to start recording this year.
Darren and Kevin are in Faux Faux Amis as well as Space Party.
Nathan has played with Sinbirds, Faux Faux Amis, Okinawa Girls, guest spots with Fuzzsucker and does solo stuff as The Bladewinner.


We’ve had a quiet time since releasing our third CD “New Wave” last year. A couple of us spent some months overseas so we didn’t play much for the first half of this year. We are really just getting back into the swing of things.
I have a plan to do a gig where we get a whole bunch of guest singers to come and do some songs with us under the banner of “Space Party and Friends”. That will probably happen next year sometime.
We are also starting a side project, with a couple of extra musicians, that has more of an Exotica / Easy Listening / Tijuana Brass flavour to it, just for fun.

To Keep doing what we do, but also next year I really want to try to re-focus on pushing the new CD a bit. We didn’t put much effort into promoting it partly because of our down time earlier in the year. I do want to get us out of Canberra a bit more.
There will inevitibly be new Space Party material out, but no firm plans or timelines with that. Would prefer to give the current CD a bit more of a chance first.


We have 3 CDS out, our first CD “Invasion of the Surfer Men” is for sale on CDBaby
Our second “Future Surf” is not online but available at gigs.
Our new CD “New Wave” is on Bandcamp
and available at gigs.


The hardest part of being a Canberra band is probably the fact that outside of Canberra there’s very little awareness of what’s going on here so you have to work a little harder trying to sell yourself if you are trying to play interstate. There can be a bit of snobbery to overcome from the big cities towards Canberra bands too, with the general perception that the music scene here can’t be much good.
We are not exactly the only band who does our sort of music in Canberra, there are a couple of other bands who do Garage and Surf stuff that we team up with from time to time but we are pretty much the only one that writes a decent percentage of our own material within those genres.
We haven’t found it a problem generally. Our stuff is pretty easy to relate to if you like any sort of basic rock and roll. When we first started playing live about 10 years ago I wondered how we’d be received, at that time we played mostly instrumentals, but people were really cool and we seemed to appeal to a lot of people that we didn’t thinkwould like us – our first gig was on a bill at the Basement with a bunch of Death Metal bands and the guys in those bands really got into us which I though was fantastic. The Canberra musos and audiences are pretty open minded, there are a lot of gigs where there’s multiple genres on show and people seem to be able to appreciate this.


I have very fond memories of the old Phoenix around 2009 / 10. It had such a great vibe. We were just starting to come into our own as a band, I was feeling good about playing live again, and it seemed that no matter what night you played there were heaps of people there digging it. Moisture dripping off the walls. It was cramped on that little stage, the crowd were almost literally in your face but it felt pretty good.

This Weeks gigs Oct 10th

uproar (uk) live at the pot belly Canberra

Man! What a week! This gigs listings took a while for me to list out because there are so many cool things going on across Canberra across a variety of styles, my pics would have to be the UPROAR (UK punk band) gig at the Pot Belly, Dave Graney at Smiths and the Huge Chaos in the Capital gig at the Basement (be sure to check out their gig page for a full listing) and would you believe it 1927 and Pseudo Echo at the basement on the Friday? What a week! Be sure to get out there and experience something!


Wednesday 10th Oct

Out of the Box @ The Phoenix – band night featuring Positive Feedback Loop, Jim Sharrock, Ghost Noises, Box Jelly EVENT LINK

Thursday 11th Oct

Anitpodes – Album Launch @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Friday 12th Oct

Lower Body Record Launch @ The Phoenix w/ Alien Abduction Fantasy and California Girls EVENT LINK

1927 + Pseudo Echo @The Basement – EVENT LINK

Brass (Porkknuckle) Knuckle Brass Band @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Egoism, Sketch Jets, Elk Locker, Hopless Youth Group and Lost Coast EVENT LINK

Saturday 13th Oct

Uproar (UK) @ The Pot Belly w/Rukus (wollongong) Abrasive Action (vic) Topnovil (Wollongong) Space Party (ACT) and Shock Treatment (ACT) EVENT LINK

Chaos in the Capital@ The basement – A huge all day fest featuring: Superheist, Talisen, Blissphorous , RedBee and heaps more … For full event rundown be sure to check out the EVENT LINK

Minding Charlie @ The Phoenix 6pm gig EVENT LINK

The Pits, Brother Be, Second Sun, and Black Heart @ The Phoenix 9pm Gig EVENT LINK

Spring Country Music Festival @ Rose Cottage (Benefit for Farmers) EVENT LINK

Magic Rob Universe @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Kaiit@ Transit Bar EVENT LINK

Sunday 14th Oct

Dave Graney and Mistly @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

The Flatliners (Can) @Transit Bar w/ Sketch Method and Stolen Youth EVENT LINK

Monday 15th Oct

Bootleg Sessions @ the Phoenix feat: Astro Zombies, C.B Ramones, Sanctuary and Gabby Coates EVENT LINK

Muddy Wolfe @ The Hippo Bar EVENT LINK




Here at Canberra Bands, we want to get new music out to more of you and what better way than by getting to know the bands involved in the
scene? We’re hoping to do a few of these with the bands that are actually playing around the ACT… So with that in mind the first cab off the rank we thought we’d hit up the dudes from local rock group “Wesley and The Crushers”, who’ve been gigging around town for a few years now at all the cool local haunts!

WESLEY AND THE CRUSHERS Formed in 2013 and still rockin’ to this day the members are:
BIG WES – big bass
PETE MARTEL – drums and dance choreography
GOO – mystic sceptre, occasional guitar
PHIZZ – master of ceremonies, occasional vocals, “Edna” the melodica

 First up can you tell us a little about your band? When and how did you
guys get together? Mutual interests (musical or otherwise)? How did the
name come about? What musical genre do you think you guys fall into?

PETE: We all have the same varied taste in music, movies and pop culture
[but] Big Wes is the metaphorical glue that stuck The Crushers together.
PHIZZ: The movie Jaws is known to be a big influence on our early days,
but the truth is, the one thing all four of us really dug was Star Trek –Wesley
and The Crushers is a Star Trek reference and happened to be the best one I
could come up with a time… We’re kinda stuck with it now – like The
Beatles, who I think we’re comparable to in many ways – but there is an
American band with the same name, so remember, Crushermaniacs: we’re
the ones who only occasionally wear Star Wars masks, and purely for
comfort reasons!

GOO: We play deep rock.
PHIZZ: And space funk.
PETE: Deep space funk rock!

Have the guys been in other bands or is this a first for you guys?

PETE: All the dudes in Wesley and The Crushers have been in other bands
at one point or another.
PHIZZ: It would be safe to call The Crushers a supergroup…
GOO: Safe, not accurate.

What have you been up to in the last few months, or do you have anything
exciting coming up that you want to let Canberra Gigs readers know about?

PHIZZ: I’ve got a great name for the next Crushers album, but what we’re
focusing on right now is laying down a version of “Damn Computers” that
we can put out there in the next few weeks. Then we’ll keep on recording
until we enough songs with a slightly more Australian perspective to release
an album called Megafaunication.
PETE: And playing live whenever we can!

What are the plans for the future?

PETE: Well, I’m into world domination, haha! But even a European tour
would be my dream.
GOO: The ultimate song will always need to be written.

How would Canberra gigs readers be able to get a hold of your music?

PHIZZ: If you come to our next gig, you can buy direct from the band
themselves! The very people who made the albums! Or message the band
through our Facebook ( page and we can have
one sent to you via carrier pigeon or other more practical postal method. For
those who can dig-it-all in the digital sense of the word, go to – all the music is there, and possibly
even some merch one of these days.

What do you find the hardest part of being a Canberra-based band?

PHIZZ: Being in a good time party band isn’t a drag in any city. If there is
any void in the scene, we’re here to fill it… With style!

Any really cool stories or memories of the Canberra Scene / gigs / venues
you want to share?

Be sure to check the lads out on youtube at their channel


Or Just check out one of their songs here!

This weeks gigs Oct 3rd

Another week of awesome gigs coming at you this weekend some good news is that we got the Pot Belly bar opening up again on Thursday nights for jam nights , get up play a couple of tunes and you might get yourselves a couple of pints! Also been hearing on the grape vine that Moby’s in Kippax is doing shows again (not sure what but i’ll try to suss that out too) but my pics for the week would have to be Church of Misery (at the Transit) with local legends Witchskull,  As I destruct and Temtris both touring through the basement on the thrusday and friday respectively ad Stephen Cumming (from aussie rockers the Sports) playing also on the thursday at Smiths!


Wednesday 3rd Oct

Lachlan X. Morris, Plastic Plants & The Burley Griffin @ the Phoenix EVENT LINK

Classical Capers @ Smiths EVENT LINK

Thursday 4th Oct

As I Desctruct @ the basement with locals Chasing Nimbus, Reign of Terror and Clarity of Chaos EVENT LINK

Stephen Cummings @ Smiths EVENT LINK

Soundscapes @ Smiths EVENT LINK

Church of Misery @ The Transit bar  w/ Witchskull, Green Amphibian, Lucifungus EVENT LINK

Friday 5th Oct

Temtris @ the basement with supports Talisen, Katana Cartel, and Mattersphere EVENT LINK

RocktoberFest- Slow Dial, Organic Mechanic, AxiomaticT, Dalmacia @ The Phoenix EVENT LINK

Garrat Keto @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Listener (USA) @ The Transit Bar EVENT LINK

Saturday 6th Oct

Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Nirvana Tribute @ The basement EVENT LINK

The New Party, HYMMNN, Nick&Ned + The Boogieboards, The Narcissists, Parrots with Piercingss, Blarkay @ The Phoenix EVENT LINK

Hello Tut @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Rumblir @ The Transit Bar w/Kujo Kings,  the Wumpaz EVENT LINK

Sunday 7th Oct

Tunes in Bloom EVENT LINK