Posted: 19 July, 2016
Triple M's Higgo throws up three Aussie bands he's loving right now
Image: Fletcher of Pennywise with Higgo
I remember getting a song from As A Rival a few years ago and thinking it’s shrieking vocal and punk vibes combined to make it something worth listening to. It’s a weird thing, when you get new music, stuff you’re never ever heard, it’s quite easy to take the default position of ‘I probably won’t like it’ or ‘impress me mothertrucker’ as you sit there cross armed with a furrowed brow. Over time I’ve learned to just open my mind and let it come in. I reckon within the first song you can decide if you want to hear more of it or not. That’s what happened with As A Rival. As I said at the start, there was ‘something’.
My interest was piqued. As A Rival are a Melbourne band who released By Design at the start of 2016. They’re a 4 piece now, but recording duties required a guest cast. Most noticeably, THREE members of Bodyjar, Grant Relf on Bass, Tom Read on guitar and some backing vocals, and Shane Wakker on Drums. To be honest you’d be forgiven to say it was a Bodyjar side project, except it isn’t. This is the brainchild of lead singer and guitarist Pete Cerni, and with the help of his ‘cast’ created something really raw and honest. A throw back to early 90’s Melbourne punk rock in sound and production, songs like Obsolete would sound right at home on a skate video from The Bones Brigade.
Check out the clip for that very song that’s just been released.
There’s a band that’s been on the boil for a while now, in fact, they gave me the world premiere of their first single to play on Distortion back in July of 2014.
I’m speaking of Melbourne band Meshiaak. Initially masterminded by Dean Wells (Teramaze) and Danny Camilleri (ex 4ARM), and now with the help of Jon Dette (Slayer, Anthrax etc etc etc) on drums, and Nick Walker (Bane Of Bedlam) they have created what I feel to be one of the stand out thrash albums of the year, actually, just on that whole ‘thrash’ tag, whilst it is predominately a thrash album, it’s so much more than that. With Dean’s prog metal background in Teramaze, their album Alliance Of Thieves (out August 19th) offers some real light and shade moments, but make no mistake, it’s an aural avalanche of brutality as soon as you hit play. Make sense? Probably not.
Check out that first single, Chronicles Of The Dead.
Once you’re done there, zoom over and pre order Alliance of Thieves, you know you want to!
Skipping across the border to Adelaide, a place I’ve called home in my radio travels, (what up Wayville) there’s a bunch of bands worth mentioning from the town with bad beer.
Last year whilst at Bigsound in Brisbane, I made it a mission to check out 3 piece powerhouse, Grenadiers and I’m stoked I did. I was an instant fan. Their high energy punk rock who made all the right noises in my books. These guys are making GREAT headway, getting awesome supports like British India, Unwritten Law, playing Clipsal 500 in their home town, also playing alongside Millencolin on their latest Australian tour. There’s something primal about Grenadiers, much in the same way Red Fang from Portland affected me when I first heard them, or Bodyjar for that matter.
The riffs, the harmonies, the intensity and heaviness without having to play at a thousand miles an hour, it’s hard to describe, but they’re super addictive and massively impressive with the ability to slide into any line up and make you move your arse. Can’t speak highly enough about these guys, love em.
Go back a couple of years and check out SUMMER, you’ll start looking for more after that I promise.
Just quickly, I’m throwing my first ever party at Sooki Lounge in Belgrave on Friday 29th of July and I’d love you to be there.
Barbarion are headlining, supported by Mason and Bombs are Falling. It’s gunna be wicked.
Thanks to Cassie for the playlist below, check it out, until next time, keep it loud.