Core - April 18, 2012
Last weekend I stumbled upon a devastating ailment that threatens gig-goers nationwide. Every one of us is susceptible to it, and many of us can find it leaves us penniless and forlorn. Worse than the drunken text message, more menacing than the mashed ‘pash n dash’, slightly more crippling than the ‘underestimation-of-perpetual-state-of-poverty-when-shouting-strangers-rounds-of-jagers’…it’s the merch desk monster. I.e. being moderately inebriated and purchasing many articles of clothing, vinyl, totes and stickers. God knows this disease has stricken me many times and left me with a t-shirt collection that is slowly but surely taking over my bedroom and will soon creep onto the streets in a Blob-like quest for global domination. My favourite t-shirts are the ones with sentimental value, like my Green Day ‘Dookie’ shirt which boasts the entire front cover of the album, (to the detriment of its appearance ‘cause its damn fugly) in fine detail, or my Raised Fist singlet that was so well loved in my teens that it’s turned a pale shade of mustard brown that even Napisan Oxywash cannot conquer. My Dropkick Murphys ‘Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced’ shirt still draws plenty of bemused looks and my Death By Stereo shirt is a good five sizes too small now and has all the comfort of a fucking girdle, but it looks tops and was given to me personally by the band so I cannot bear to part with it. Still, it’s the most effective and direct means to support great music, so the more the merrier I say.
Local label Hobbledehoy Records have announced that they’ve signed Perth band Eleventh He Reaches London. The guys have been around for almost ten years and are now preparing to release their third album in early 2013.
August Burns Red have announced the local supports for their upcoming tour with Blessthefall and Northlane that rolls into Melbourne this weekend. Saturday’s underage show at Billboard will be opened by Glorified! while the overage session on Sunday boasts Feed Her To The Sharks. Tickets are still available.
Melbourne boys Trial Kennedy have decided to call it quits. The band will wrap up their long tenure this June with a national tour to finish on June 23 at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel. The band have said “For a number of reasons all of us in the band have chosen to close down the project that is Trial Kennedy”. Tickets are available from this Friday.
UK punk band Basement have confirmed an Australian tour with Sydney’s Endless Heights this July. The two will play at Northcote Social Club on Saturday July 7 and Phoenix Youth Center (AA) on Sunday August 8. Getchyo tickets now!
If you’re keen on a Sydney visit this year, I must highly recommend heading northwards this July for Resist Records’ annual Hardcore 2012 weekend. Saturday July 7 sees Terror, Mindsnare, Ceremony, Miles Away, Break Even and I Exist stomping the HiFi and Sunday July 8 will be an all ages affair featuring Terror, Ceremony, Break Even, Miles Away, Extoertion, Iron Mind, Warbrain, Vigilante, Survival, Civil War. Ticket are available now, so go suss some flights already!