Core - February 29, 2012
Hello all! Good week? Pretty sure if you’re not getting out to see one of the many excellent international and local gigs being made available to us this week, you’re without a pulse. I am currently soaking my ears in goat's milk and stroking them fondly, whispering sweet nothings into their brutalised canals so that they may forgive me for the torture I’m about to put them through. I fear for their safety but I must persevere! Quick shout out to four of the best, who slugged out excellent sets at The Gasometer last Saturday night in muggy, brutish conditions. Cavalcade, Hoodlum Shouts, Luca Brasi and The Smith Street Band were each utterly brilliant in their own right. Sometimes I’m so proud of Australian music it hurts my ovaries.
Resist Records are delivering the hardcore goods these days. Their most recent tour announce revealed that San Antonio’s Bitter End will be making the trip out for an extensive Australian tour with Perth’s finest Blkout. Suss this double bill out when it arrives at The Bendigo on Wednesday May 23. An all ages show will take place on Thursday May 24 at The Phoenix Youth Center.
Anti-Flag will celebrate the release of their new album The General Strike (out in March) with an Australian tour this May. Most importantly though, Anti Flag will be bringing two very decent internationals along for the ride. Strike Anywhere and Canada’s The Flatliners will be on board when the tour hits Melbourne’s HiFi Bar on Sunday May 27. Tickets are available now.
Perth’s Break Even have added their name to the list of bands breaking up this year (though no one really breaks up anymore do they? Eh? Shall we pencil in a reunion for 2014?). The band have announced that they will part ways after Soundwave Festival because “The commitments in our lives other than the band have become more important.” Melbournites will get one last chance to catch the band when they play at Next this week.
After more than a decade of waiting for their return, Fu Manchu will finally make their way to Australia for a run of headlining dates with Black Cobra. They’ll headline Cherry Rock Fest in Melbourne, as well as banging out a show at The Hi-Fi on May 6. Tickets are available now.
Adelaide’s Dangerous are well known for being the first Aussie band to release their album internationally via Epitaph, now it’s time for them to earn their live chops. See what the fuss is about when they take on Melbourne’s Revolver on Wednesday March 7, The John Curtain on Thursday March 8, The Espy’s Basement on Friday March 9, The Nash on Saturday March 10 and then Next on Thursday March 15. That’s ample opportunity to get on board.
Streetlight Manifesto have added their voice to the dozens of damning condemnations of Victory Records. So many bands have slagged this label it really is quite shocking to see more and more young bands continue to sign on with them. Streetlight recently said, “Victory Records is an artist-hostile, morally corrupt and generally dishonest company.” They have asked fans to boycott all Streetlight related items by not purchasing records or merch from Victory’s website, traditional CD stores, or digital distribution services (ie, anywhere) as “Victory has a long-time reputation of pocketing all of the proceeds from a band’s music and merch with shady accounting and generally bully-ish behavior."
CORE GIG GUIDE
Wednesday February 29: Hatebreed, Raised Fist, Cro-Mags, Biohazard at The HiFi
System Of A Down, The Dillinger Escape Plan at Rod Laver
Thursday, Saves The Day, Circa Survive at Billboard
Unwritten Law, Zebrahead, Royal Republic at The Espy
Devin Townsend Project, Meshuggah, Dredg at The Forum
Dashboard Confessional, Jack’s Mannequin, Relient K at The Prince Of Wales
River OF Snakes, Mass Cult at Cherry Bar
The Pretty Reckless, Heroes For Hire at Thornbury Theatre
Alter Bridge, Steel Panther at The Palace
Thursday March 1: Angels and Airwaves, Madina Lake, Framing Hanley at The Forum
Slipknot, Trivium at Rod Laver
Lostprophets, Kids In Glass Houses, VersaEmerge at Billboard
Bush, Staind, Cherri Bomb at The Palace
Hyro Da Hero at The Laundry
Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Turisas at The Espy
Sister Of Mercy at The Corner Hotel
A Rocket To The Moon, The Ready Set, The Summer Set, The Dangerous Summer at The Hi-Fi
Let Me Down Jungleman at The Old Bar
Black Veil Brides at Thornbury Theatre
Break Even, Vultures, Viking Frontier, Summerset Avenue at Next
Friday March 2: Jonesez, Shiny Brights at Revolver
Giants Of Science, Damn Terran at The Retreat
Ouch My Face, Midnight Woolf, Bits Of Shit, Bad Aches at The Tote
Skyscraper Stan, Eddie James and The Prowl, Spermaids, Tourettes at The Bendigo
Saturday March 3: Between The Devil and The Deep, These Hands Could Separate The Sky, Palisades, Party Vibes at Bendigo Hotel
Giants Of Science, Dollar Bar, The Peep Temple, Mass Cult at The Old Bar
Old Music For Old People, Apart From This, Strickland at Bang
Sunday March 4: Rogue Elephant, Putkah, Headless Death, Soma Coma, Diploid, Desppcon at The Gasometer