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
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
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
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
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 (facebook.com/CrushersBand) 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 wesleyandthecrushers.bandcamp.com – 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? BIG WES: No.
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
Another week with heaps of gigs catering to all tastes this week! Couple of Highlights this week would have to be Mikelangelo with the Docker River band on at Smiths and if you like your music heavy as hell, American band The Black Dahlia Murder are playing live at the basement tonight (wed) but either way looks like there’s a heap of great stuff on so get out there!
Wednesday 26th Sept
The Black Dahlia Murder @The Basement w/ Aborted, Zeolite and Wretch (ACT) EVENT LINK
The Way You Are @ The Phoenix (Single Launch Party) w/ Partly Cloudy EVENT LINK
Another batch of freshly cooked gigs coming at you this week… And I have to say its a pretty big batch too! This might be the longest gig listing I’ve ever had to do for this page which means there’s a lot of cool gigs on for you people this week … So do yourself a favour and see if you can get yourself out to something this week! You Deserve it! There’s some great stuff on including Metal United down Under which is a simultaneous metal event run across multiple venues around the country (and overseas now, I understand) featuring some great locals and UK punk legends Booze and Glory down at the transit bar both on a Saturday night unfortunately … It’s a shame I can’t afford to get myself cloned. Also if you read this in time and your in the mood for something a little groovier Rumshack (pictured Above) are playing down the Phoenix tonight and they are always great!
Wed 19th Sept
Rumshack @The phoenix w/ Clasho and Paige Black EVENT LINK
Bart Stenhouse and Nigel Date @ Smiths Alternate Bookshop EVENT LINK
Thursday 20th Sept
A Night in Texas @ The Basement w/ supports from Resist the Thought (Syd) and Iconoclast (Perth) EVENT LINK
Michael Griffin @ Smiths Alternate Bookshop EVENT LINK
Friday 21st Sept
Wesley and the Crushers @ The polish Club w/ Local Horror and the Get Downs EVENT LINK
Well another week of live music goodness draws upon us we’ve got some pretty cool local level gigs coming up for you guys and gals to check out… and on other news we’ve managed to bag our first sponsor for this little blog! Its Steve’s Guitar Services (SC GUITAR SERVICES in the sidebar…) located out at Queanbeyan. I can vouch for this guy as well as he’s fixed up a couple of my guitars and they basically play better than they ever have before! Give him a call!
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Another week, another gig it seems! Things are really firing up this week with a wide variety of shows going on but the picks would have to be Norweigan black metal outfit Satryicon hitting The Basement on Saturday night! Also the Pheonix have great local lineups on both nights featuring Punkier type bands friday and Stoner Rock on Saturday but either way its shaping up to be a great weekend for live music punters across the genres!
Thursday 6th Sept
Tom Fell 4tet @Smiths Alternate Book Shop (6pm show) EVENT LINK
Mammal @the basement with Osaka Punch and Fresh Violet EVENT LINK
Friday 7th Sept
Hard Fast Loud (Punk Night) @ the Pheonix feat: Black Heart, Big Kahuna, Parrots with Piercings, Charlotte and the Harlots, Prophecise EVENT LINK
70’s tribute night @ the basement… Local musicians covering the likes of Led Zep, Sabbath, Stones, The Who, Creedence and More! EVENT LINK
Saturday 8th Sept
Saytircon @ the basement — Norweigian Black Metal giants on the Canberra Leg of their Aussie tour EVENT LINK
Ablaze @ the Basement w/ Supports CockBelch and Cognisant
Rachel Thorne CD Launch @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK
Big Kahuna, Faceless, Blackheart @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK
Stoner, Psyche, Doom Night @ The Pheonix feat: Planet of the 8’s,Mule and Frozen Planet EVENT LINK
Ingrid Mae (Country Music) @ The Tourist Hotel – QBN EVENT LINK
Its looking a bit quiet this week on the gig front but I’m sure its heating up for a bit summer with two of our venues, The Basement and Smiths Alternate Bookshop both undergoing recent refurbishments or extensions, The Smiths refurb will be unvielled Saturday and I’ve seen the Basements refurb and it adds a bit of space and makes the place look a whole lot bigger (200 or people I believe) anyway groovers, have a great week and try to get out and check out some tunes somewhere!
FRIDAY 31ist AUG
A Breach of Silence @ At the Basement featuring supports from Isotopes, Maris King, Stones Throw, Eviscerate the Crown, The Maybe List, By The Horns, Starrats & Cow-Tongued (Acoustic Set). EVENT LINK
Afro Punk and Zambesi Sounds @ the Phoenix EVENT LINK
And Then We Made it Bigger @ At Smiths – Come check out the new refurbishments at the venue with the talents of Lucy Ann Tigerlily, The Cashews, Kitty White, Jacqui Malins warming the venue! EVENT LINK
SATURDAY 1st SEPT
Neko Pink (EP Launch Party) @ The Phoenix with Killroy, Twin Haus, Narcissists and Peach Lane EVENT LINK
As another weekend draws near its time for another gig listing! While we don’t have the huge names we’ve seen pass through Canberra in the last few weeks (Unless you were lucky enough to score tickets to the sold out Pete Murray show at The Basement) , we’ve got some lower key shows that are looking pretty good like long time Canberra musician Fred Smith appearing at Smiths Alternate Bookshop with Jen Lush and the Black Metal (if you’re into that sort of thing) gig at the Basement looking like they’re going to both be real treats!
Thursday 23rd Aug
The Ocean Party, Kilroy and Tangerine @ The Phoenix EVENT LINK
Elise Walsh and Bella Grove @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK
Friday 24th Aug
Coffin, Sketch Method, Shock Treatment, Minor Surgery & Darrans @ the Phoenix EVENT LINK
Saturday 26th Aug
Postmasters Single Launch w/ Brother Be, Flash Anthem, Babe Fiasco @ the Phoenix EVENT LINK
East Row Rabble (late show) @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK
Sunday 25th Aug
Talmerlain Empire, Christ Dismembered, Black Mountain and Enviktas @ the Basement EVENT LINK