Core - April 4, 2012
So I went to the Dead To Me/Cobra Skulls show at Northcote Social Club last weekend. It was pretty much set to be the sweetest gig ever. Frankly I was pretty stoked that someone had brought the two bands out here despite there being relatively little buzz for either headlining band. I was especially chuffed to finally catch Cobra Skulls who I’ve been harbouring quite the crush on since their 2007 Red Scare debut Sitting Army stole my heart with its fast pace and provocative punk rock with lyrics ranging from man-whores, religion, stem cell research, women and the commercialisation of Ché Guevara . So I was mildly devastated to find that the band had pretty much decided to ignore said album for the entirety of their set and instead concentrate on their most recent release. Said behavior is usually expected of touring bands, but I’ve gotta digress that if you’ve never toured the country before and there’s likely to be long-term fans who’ve adored you since formation hanging out to hear a broad representation of your catalogue, then THROW YOUR FIRGGEN FANS A BONE. Nothing stinks more than waiting for years to see a band only to be disappointed by their live set. Kinda makes you want to give up on the live game altogether…..LOL. Kidding. Go see bands this weekend, there’s heaps on. I’ll be the one sulking in the corner.
Old school metal dudes Goatwhore are heading the Australia this winter with Singapore band Impiety and Tassie band Ruins. The Underground Legions tour will arrive in Melbourne on Saturday July 7 at The Corner Hotel. And while we’re at it, Chicago based metal outfit Macabre will make their triumphant return to Australia to headline Melbourne’s High Voltage Festival on Saturday June 30 at The Corner. They’ll also head up to Geelong for a tinker at The Nash on Sunday July 1. Tickets are available now.
As if having internationals Strike Anywhere and The Flatliners wasn’t incentive enough, some local supports have been added to the Anti-Flag tour this May. The Ramshackle Army are on board for Melbourne’s show at the Hi-Fi, fresh from their tour of the USA with Dropkick Murphys. Tickets are available and reportedly selling fast.
Silverstein announced Australian tour dates last week, in support of their recent album Short Songs. They’ll be playing some pretty intimate gigs including Bang on Saturday June 9 and Frankston’s Pelly Bar on Sunday June 10. Tickets are available next Monday, and local band Skyway have secured the national support.
'80s British punx , the Subhumans will tour Australia for the first time ever this September. Since reforming in 1998 the band have released a live album via Fat Wreck and a couple of new tracks via the band’s own Bluurg label. Catch them at The Bendigo Hotel on Saturday September 15.