Core - August 1, 2012
When I was younger I used to have a set of rules pertaining to music and associated fandom. It was in the days when accusing people of being posers was rife, and the word ‘teenybopper’ was legitimately in use. For some reason we were all so protective of our music back then and we were so desperately keen to weed out the betrayers amongst us and expose them for faking fandom for social status. And when chain stores started stocking aged Metallica t-shirts? I could barely contain my self-righteous anger. Well, those days have passed now. It could be because I’m not longer a suburban uni student who has nothing better to do than hypothesise (and occasionally pen long-winded essays) about societal injustices and pop culture. I used to declare that one should only be allowed to wear a band’s merchandise should they know the lead singer’s name and be able to list four album titles on the spot. What a fuckwit. Honestly. Now I’m just stoked to see anyone sporting band merch and increasing band awareness, as it’s infinitely preferable to types who promote brand names as though they are something to throw your support behind with any kind of serious conviction. I’d prefer to encounter a pimply dildo trying to bluff scene cred in a Municipal Waste shirt than a sad young lady trotting about with a $1,200 Louis Vitton handbag.
Chopdog have revealed a large local lineup for an event it has coined ‘Fest-Mas 2012’. Scheduled to take place at The Evelyn venue and rooftop(?!) on December 1, USA’s Pour Habit will be headlining. Local contingent includes Anchors, Hightime, Totally Unicorn, Jamie Hay, The Bennies, The Gun Runners, Ramshackle Army, Cavalcade, Clowns and Take Your Own.
Hellcat Records rockabilly outfit Nekromantix (pictured) have announced a tour in support of new album What Happens In Hell, Stays In Hell. They will play Melbourne’s The Hi-Fi on Saturday October 6, with tickets going on sale this Friday July 3. Keen?
Sydney’s Phantoms have revealed that their current tour with Harms Way (which hit Melbourne last weekend) will most likely be their final tour. Their Facebook entry read “this will ‘most likely’ be out last tour as a band…Thank you for the support it's been so much fun”.
Bad Religion are recording…AGAIN. The legendary punk rockers have started recording already at Joe Baressi’s JHOC studio. This is to be their 16th studio album and will be co-produced by band members Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin.
NBC have announced that Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will join the panel on the US version of The Voice. He will serve as a mentor to Christina Aguilera’s team. Shudder.
Electrik Dynamite have teamed up with metal band Lord to tour Australia and New Zealand on the Digital Live Tour 2012. You can see them both at Newmarket Hotel in Bendigo on October 26, Bang on October 27 and Geelong’s National Hotel on October 28.