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Core - May 22, 2012

I have previously had a whine about bands appealing to their fans for assistance when they encounter a run of bad luck. It’s a tricky subject to tackle. Previous rants have suggested that relying on adoring fans of your craft is a rather average way to dig yourself out of financial trouble. This week however, the internets is awash with news that Hard-Ons member Peter Black was bashed by a couple of teenagers while driving his taxi. Assailants have been caught but Blackie is stuck with a skull fracture and swelling of the brain. On the eve of the band’s much anticipated Sydney show, the scheduled performance has been cancelled and replaced with a benefit show to aid in raising funds for medical assistance. This is the way to do it ya’ll. Put on a show, invite rollicking good bands and reach out to your fans via the same means you connected with them in the first place- great music. Previous opinions aside, I wish Blackie the swiftest of recoveries. Those unable to attend the Sydney performance have been invited to donate via  the band’s PayPal account at rahn666@yahoo.com.

The Weekender is coming! Poison City Records’ annual weekend of good times and punk rock has been locked in for Friday September 14-16. Spread across several venues, the mini festival has confirmed the following bands, Rival Schools, The Smith Street Band, Restorations, A Death In The Family, Extortion, Luca Brasi, Hoodlum Shouts, I Exist, Paper Arms, Grim Fandango, Milhouse and at least a dozen more.


Silverstein have revealed local supports for their upcoming Australian tour which kicks off in early June. Expect to see Like Royalty opening up when the band hits Bang, and Summerset Avenue, While The City Sleeps and Brighter At Night accompanying the band at the Pelly Bar on June 10.


American thrash metal dudes Warbringer are heading out here in support of their third album Worlds Torn Asunder. They’re going to tear up the Northcote Social Club on October 13. Tickets are available now.


Pennywise (pictured) have announced a huge Aussie tour in support of their latest, All Or Nothing. Dubbed Zoliwise by the internet, the guys will head out here to celebrate the success of the album and will bring two very decent internationals along for the ride. Epitaph’s The Menzingers and UK band Sharks will support when the tour rolls into Melbourne. Lock in Sunday August 26 at The Palace. Tickets on sale this Friday.


Strike Anywhere have added a last minute sideshow to accompany their scheduled gig with Anti-Flag this weekend. You can see Strike Anywhere with Stolen Youth, Outright, Daybreak and Josh Mann this Saturday night at Northcote Social Club. Get on it.


Swedish Grindcore band Nasum will visit our fair country firs the first time for a farewell tour this August. The band decided to do one last world tour to farewell fans after their originally split in 2004 after the Boxing Day tsunami took the life of their vocalist Mieszko Tallarczyk.  Catch Nasum for the first and last time at The Hi-Fi on August 19. Tickets available now.


Perth’s Break Even are on the verge of calling it quits, but they’ve confirmed a couple more farewell shows before they depart into the sunset. Catch them at The Bendigo Hotel on Friday July 6 for your last chance to mosh up a storm.


Resist have just announced an Australian tour for Canadian band Burning Love. Their newest effort Rotten Thing To Say will cop an Aussie release on Friday June 22 and the band will arrive at the Bendigo Hotel on Friday August 24.