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Posted 1 Jul 2014 @ 5:00pm

Cherry Bar is the Melbourne Club of Melbourne rock’n’roll. But whereas the Melbourne Club thrives on exclusivity, privilege and anachronistic social tradition, Cherry Bar proclaims itself a haven of inclusivity, a dark and grimy institution for the artists, punters and sundry ne’er do wells who make rock’n’roll the confrontational sub-culture it must always remain.
“I’ve just...

Posted 24 Apr 2014 @ 9:44am

“Can we not talk about St Kilda?” says Jack Davies, the Tom Waits incarnate who fronts blues-rock act Bitter Sweet Kicks (BSK). Davies’ comment is met by a blank face from your correspondent and confused looks by band-mates Johnny Kicks (bass), Brendan Charlie (guitar/trumpet), Chris Taranto (guitar) and Harley McLeod.


The reason for the confounded looks is that the band has...

Posted 11 Feb 2013 @ 9:18am

Melbourne's Bitter Sweet Kicks will be joined at the Espy by France's Ultra Bullitt and The Ivory Elephant for a night of gritty rock and roll on the eve of the Labour Day long weekend.


After seven years together the Bitter Sweet Kicks will say a bitter sweet farewell to drummer Joseph Cunliffe, who will be playing his final show. High energy rock'n'soul garage band Ultra...

Posted 12 Jul 2012 @ 11:15am

Jack Davies, singer and lyricist for dirty rock outfit Bitter Sweet Kicks, is struggling with his hands-free. Amongst the scraping noises he says, “Have you heard of Seddon? I’m helping a mate pick up some gear. I’m a nice fella.” ‘Nice’ isn’t exactly how the band comes across; ‘hell-bent’ or ‘possessed by rock demons’ seem more apt descriptions. The Melbourne-bred five-piece have recently...

Posted 8 May 2012 @ 4:55pm


What is it with Melbourne CBD planners? I feel like we are one gastro-pub or brand-spanking new apartment complex away from living in a Jetsons-esque world where all the good, gritty bits of life are obscured by IKEA kitchens and dishes of toasted quinoa with fried avocado.


Cherry Bar is the hot topic of conversation lately as a developer has been allowed to build a...

Posted 19 Apr 2012 @ 10:00am


Bitter Sweet Kicks vocalist Jack Davies has mixed feelings about the band’s St Kilda background. On one hand, St Kilda is arguably the most important suburb in Melbourne’s punk rock heritage, home to the Seaview Ballroom in the late '70s and early '80s, and the Esplanade Hotel in the 1980s and 1990s. On the other hand, St Kilda of the modern era is a shadow of its former punk rock...

Posted 20 Jan 2012 @ 9:26am

Californian stoner rock giants Fu Manchu have been announced as the headliners of the 6th Cherry Rock.


Co-owner and booker of Cherry, James Young, was understandably ecstatic releasing the announcement. “It has been a decade since Fu Manchu’s California Crossing tour in Australia" he shared, "There’s going to be so much fuzz on the speakers in AC/DC Lane that we may have to...

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