MY SYDNEY RIOT /// 10 BANDS TO CHECK OUT TODAY AT HEKFEST 3000!

So who’s going to HEKFEST3000 today/ tonight? It’s gonna be a pretty sweaty affair with 25 killer acts playing across 2 stages including some great art installations inside the infamous cube at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory.

So just to take the confusing “WHO THE FUCK IS PLAYING?” element out of the equation we thought we’d help out and give you 10 recommendations. But seriously go in early and check out all the bands. You will be enlightened.

Seriously but, if you’re thinking of doing nothing tonight then you are a disappointment to mankind and if you are gonna go and check out another International band then you are lame too. Haha! Come on get down to the OAF and support independent music. Because if you don’t then we all die. Well we don’t but real culture dies!

Doors are at 3pm – 12 midnight.
$15 at OXFORD ART FACTORY YO!

This gig is going to be HEKTIC! So come with an open mind and have a good time!

See you in the Pit! X MSR


TO THE GRAVE /// MAIN ROOM 11.00PM – 11.30PM

FAIT ACCOMPLI /// MAIN ROOM 9.15PM – 9.45PM 

GVRLLS /// MAIN ROOM 5.30PM – 6.00PM 

LOS TONES ///GALLERY BAR 11.00PM – 11.30PM

BAD VALLEY/// GALLERY BAR 9.15PM – 9.45PM 

FIRESAINT /// MAIN ROOM 7.45PM – 8.15PM 

SHE REX /// MAIN ROOM 8.30PM – 9.00PM 


GOD K /// MAIN ROOM 7.00PM – 7.30PM 

WINSTON SURF SHIRT /// GALLERY BAR 10.00PM – 10.45PM

SLOPPY KISS SOIREE /// MAIN ROOM 3.15PM – 3.45PM 

 

 

RESIDENTS /// ‘MOTH KING’ TAKE OVER WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT CAPTAIN COOK HOTEL

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So today we continue our great residency at the old Captain Cook Hotel with the announcement of another great up and coming live band from Sydney – MOTH KING.

The first time we saw these guys was on a pretty chill night, all of a sudden our toes were tappin, five minutes later we were dancin and half an hour later we were all kissing girls on the dance floor. The music was that good, everyone just wanted to hug strangers and draw love hearts on people’s faces. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC /// THE WORLD WAS JUST CRUISING ALONG AND THEN ‘ECCA VANDAL’ HAPPENED!

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A few weeks ago we were driving our Tank down Main Street Sector 9.8 and while switching thru the endless FM matrix of Meh… then BAM! this song came raging out of the radio! it was crisp, it was tight, it was anarchy, brutal yet audible and complete. We quickly pulled over to hear the back announcement, but we got unlucky, no name, so no cherry unfortunately (pretty sure that song was BATTLE ROYAL). We were gonna call the radio station then life went on, but somehow that noise remained in our brains. Catch ya next time yo! Continue reading

BETTER THAN BEYONCE /// w- ALAN GOJAK (VAPORIZED)

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Photography: Bree Wallace

Sydney’s VAPORIZED have been terrorising the Captain Cook Hotel stage throughout the month of March and giving people a good serving of noise punk deafness. Tonight the boys end their month-long residency with a bang! A stellar lineup has been put together and you must get down to The Cook to witness one of Sydney’s freshest bands rollin out from its seedy underground. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC /// SLUMBERHAZE RELEASE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR AN ONLINE WEB SERIES. THEY DESERVE TO PRETTY MUCH OWN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW

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Sorry but people in Australia need to wake the fuck up to SLUMBERHAZE!

We have some history with these guys and we’ve seen them bring some amazing music and art in their past incarnation when they were in a band called ONLY THE SEA SLUGS and their song MOONPARK won VIDEO OF THE YEAR at our LIAR AWARDS 2011. Yeah we were onto it way back then Yo! It ain’t a thang… Continue reading

MY SYDNEY RIOT INTERVIEW /// SPIRIT VALLEY

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If one particular two-piece band in Sydney was ‘REGULATING’ right now, then that band would definitely be SPIRIT VALLEY. These guys have been playing around the traps over the last few years, but it seems like in the last 6 months they have really taken this town by the throat (Sydney at best can be a voiceless child standing there looking at the concrete without a voice) so that is sayingalot!Like all cats who like to be in the know we keep survey on what peoplearesayin on the streets and one question that comesupalot is “do you know Spirit Valley?” So if people are asking questions like this then one must get their investigating sunglasses on and go to the source and ask the questions… and that’s exactly what we did.We met in the dark of night at a Petrol Station near Wollongong and so we proceeded to ask the boys a few questions. We kinda went deep, not too deep, but deep enough to get an insight into how Spirit Valley ticks.SPIRIT VALLEY mean the business and it’s fuckin about time some serious Sydney rock n’ roll appeared on the horizon.

Here’s what they had to say…Enjoy!

Spirit Valley have been kicking around Sydney for some time now, can you give us a little bit of history for those who are new to your music?
Chris: Our mutual friend Chris Tompson introduced us at a dinner party, we bonded over Goin Out West by Tom Waits. The 2 of us were huddled around the stereo listening to it on repeat at the highest volume while the other guest were trying to enjoy their dessert.

Did you come from a musical family?
Dave: My mum and uncles all played piano and guitar and such, everyone had stand up pianos. They definitely all made playing music seem like a very normal thing to do.

What was your childhood like?
C: I was born in Sydney then moved to far north/inland NSW. Then to the coast, then back to the city where I picked up the drums at age 12. A lot of my time at home was spent entertaining my 2 older sisters through the art of pantomime. Otherwise I’d be out playing wheely-boards or drumming in my childhood band ‘Philistine’ whose main goal was taking our school choir songs and rewriting them into punk songs.
D: Awesome at the time, kinda weird looking back at it. My parents went travelling when i was 5 yrs old and then ran out of money in London so we ended up staying there for about 11 years. Growing up in a city as big as London is super fun.

Who did you look up to as a kid?
C: Billy Ray Cyrus, Axl Rose.
D: Michael Jackson, Jimmy Page.
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Any cool music memories? 
C: The flute solo in Wild Thing by the Troggs. My old man always had that tape in the car. It always spun me out, took me years to figure out it was a flute.
D: My dad taking me to see Led Zeppelin when i was 12 (No Bonham obviously, not that old) at Wembley Stadium cos mum was too pregnant to go. Danced on a seat for the whole show.

First Live gig you attended?
D: Same as above.
C: Battle of the Bands at Manly Youth Centre. Philistine played a set there (the first gig any of us had even been to), the older boys let us enter coz they must have thought it was hilarious seeing 13 year olds from the northern beaches trying to play punk music. Which it was.

The last gig you attended?
C: The Earls House Band at Earls Juke Joint.
D: Earls house band.

The two piece is a thing of beauty when done right, what is the key ingredient that separates you guys from the rest of the pack?
C: I don’t know what separates us from the rest of the pack. But I guess what makes us work is our organic writing process, letting a song take its own course rather than getting stuck on one idea. Keeps it sounding honest and candid. And setting up our instruments accordingly, how ever is going to sound best for the music, even if its outside our comfort zone.
D: No sleeves.
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Who did you work with on your debut album GIVE TRANCE A CHANCE?
C: The album was recorded and mixed by Wade Keighran at Linear Studios.
D: Wade Keighran, Wade Keighran and Wade Keighran,

Can you give us a little story about what went into recording your debut record?
D: Sheeeeeeet so much… i remember Wade coming to a show once and then texting Stabs after saying ‘I hate your band, i will never record you as long as i live. which hopefully won’t be long’. Wade got worked so freakin hard on the mixing he got pneumonia. Didn’t even complain about it.

Any bizarre accidents that ended up on tape?
D: The interlude between the title track and Abyss i don’t even remember happening. Think i was just practicing and Wade accidentally had a room mic on.

Compared to past Spirit Valley recordings, what did you learn after recording this time around?
D: Damn so much, probably the biggest thing was how to actually use my gear properly hah!

What’s your plans for the rest 2015?
D: Moving to Amsterdam! Gonna try our hand at being a touring band in Europe.

Is there a Spirit Valley ethos?
D: No sleeves

What’s your take on the current state of the Sydney music community right now?
D: Heaps of really good bands, not enough places to play.

What’s the best thing about being an independent band?
D: I’ve only ever been in independent bands so i don’t know what the other side is like. I do like the sense of achievement that if anything good happens, you know you made it happen yourself.

The worst thing?
D: Organisation.

If there was something you could change about the Australian music industry for the better what would that be?
D: Abolish the Triple J top 100. Or just Triple J for that matter. Push local radio into the forefront of the industry, a monopoly of any kind is a bad thing.

What are you guys aspiring to as a creative unit?
D: Get Doomshine into the Olympics.
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Is there are a band out there in the world that you think, hey these guys are doing it right…
D: Cronies.

Do you have any advice for bands starting out?
D: Like music. Follow the fun.

There is an endless discussion about how artists don’t seem to be making money anymore due to streaming sites and the like, what are your thoughts on things like Spotify and social media in general?
D: I guess if streaming sites are stopping you from making music you would probably fall more into the category of being a businessman/woman than being an artist. So go find a more lucrative business. Easy. Personally i love all the streaming/downloading/free music stuff, the more music out there the better i say. I love that i can find an Italian new-wave country western barbershop quartet on Bandcamp, message them about how much i love their neon boots, download their music for free and then buy a t-shirt. Glorious.

Give us a little story about your favourite track on the album…

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MARDI GRAS RIOT /// OUR TOP 5 FREDDIE MERCURY MOMENTS

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Yep we’ll be returning to Captain Cook Hotel to kick out the jams for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this Saturday night, a night where we come together to stand with our brothers and sisters in the gay community and celebrate our lives together. This party will no doubt be just as hectic as last year so pop along and be part of this special event which kicks off from 6pm for free!

MY SYDNEY RIOT PRESENTS… **/// MARDI GRAS RIOT ///**
SAT 7 MARCH at CAPTAIN COOK HOTEL
corner Flinders St & Moore Park Rd (right at the end of the Parade)
/// 6PM – 1AM / FREE!

^dj’s! & **live! ///
^ HOT LIPS.
** Moth King.
^ Skarlett Saramore.
** Gay Rodeo.
^ M D D J.
** La Luz Music.
^ FAKE COMPANY.

epic drum troop return! 6.30pm ///
** Samba Ninja.

WORD ON OXFORD STREET! X MSR

We love you and miss ya Freddie Mercury X

OUR TOP 5 FREDDIE MERCURY MOMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

STD ISSUE #003 /// CALLING FOR CREATIVE SUBMISSIONS

We’ve got a few killer projects coming up this year, but to warm up for a much bigger project we are working on we are putting the call out to artists to submit all kinds of random stuff for Issue no.3 of what has been a pretty low-key unknown e-zine that we’ve put together from time to time; STD aka SHAKE THE DOG.

So if you’re feeling inspired then hop right to it and send thru the following… art, photography (all kinds), mp3’s (for a STD mixtape… weird random shit; demos are more than welcome), sketches, photos of your dog, photos of you as a kid, lyrics, poetry, short stories, interviews, basically anything really, try us, send us other people’s rad work too haha! well… ummmm…. Anyways test our creative brains with your perspective on art and shit!

*Remember all files must be of the digital nature, so we won’t be accepting physical canvasses or sculptures (well right now anyways) haha! and don’t forget to credit yourself or whomever the work is by.

Email all files to mysydneyriot@gmail.com or if the files are of the big nature then please use Dropbox or Hightail etc and send us the link and we’ll do the downloading ourselves…

Limited spaces so be quick.

Good luck!

X MSR

Check out past issues below of STD below.

ISSUE #002 /// (2010)

ISSUE #001 /// (2007)

ISSUE #000 /// (2007)

VAPORIZED /// MARCH RESIDENTS AT CAPTAIN COOK HOTEL

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The good times keep rolling at Captain Cook Hotel with our weekly RESIDENTS nights and just as another sweet band (TAKING BERLIN) pulls out of the driveway another hot number rolls in!

VAPORIZED are a band that many of you may not know just yet, but will surely know post these shows are set to bring their noisy punk ruckus to Wednesday nights at The Cook and we hope you can all make it down for a mid-week roll in the Hay with these cool cats. With special guests aplenty we are sure to be looking down the gauntlet at another RESIDENTS classic!

Opening nights special guests are two very special bands HUNCH and SLOOM.

Free entry from 8pm friends! See you at a show!

X  MSR

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GAY RODEO – VEGEMITE /// VIDEO WORLD PREMIERE

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Sydney punk duo GAY RODEO have hit the ground running with a brand new video for their song VEGEMITE. This will definitely go down a treat when it makes its debut on National TV this week just before Neighbours on Channel 10, a great time slot for this classic song by a band that till yesterday we didn’t even know existed.

Also if you get a chance you can vote for Vegemite as it is also a finalist in The International Best Jingle Awards of 2015.  The boys have been flown out to Canada and will be debuting Vegemite live at the awards. Stars like Kanye West and Iggy Pop are both said to be attending.

Made by Mtv award-winning film director Glenn Chalk (the Matrix) the guys are currently working on another video which will be released as a vinyl video, something that has never been done before. Look out for their debut EP, set to drop on Iggy Pop’s yet to be named record label.

Congrats guys!

#CHOLO X