Crunch! - May 9, 2012
As I write this week's column I'm listening to Frank Zappa's Broadway The Hard Way album. I'm in a big Zappa mood lately, partly because, well, I've been into Zappa since I was about 14 and used to rent the video of 200 Motels about once every three months, and partly because the recent Zappa Plays Zappa Australian tour was so awesome. But mainly because I'm excited that 18 titles from the Zappa catalog are being rereleased on June 26. Everything from Freak Out! (1966) to Zoot Allures (1976), with the exception of Uncle Meat, Burnt Weeny Sandwich and the 200 Motels soundtrack. I hope this is the start of a whole bunch of reissues, and if I might be so bold as to make a wish, I'd love to see CD/Blu-Ray sets of Uncle Meat and 200 Motels.
Musically Incorrect On Demand
Triple R's weekly metal round-up Musically Incorrect is now available via the station's Radio on Demand service. This means you're able to listen to Musically Incorrect – including past shows – any time you want on your desktop, smart phone or tablet. Check it out at ondemand.rrr.org.au . Musically Incorrect is on every Monday at midnight.
Hatchet Dawn Get Down
Toxic horror rockers Hatchet Dawn (pictured) will headline Twisted Sisters at the Evelyn Hotel this Saturday May 12 with a special selection of Melbourne’s neo/modern Burlesque performers. The night will be hot, sexy and a set to provoke a exclusive night of burlesque and heavy rock madness. Cool! Hatchet Dawn will have their new album (mixed by Neil Kernon) for sale on the night with discounted merch deals, along with free sexy toy giveaways throughout the night from the Twisted Sisters crew. Phwoar. Presale tickets available through MOSHTIX or for $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm, and it's an 18+ event, naturally.
Sydonia will play the Gershwin Room at the Espy on Saturday May 12 with guests Branch Arterial, Glass Empire, Sons Of Abraham (late show) and Mary Washington (CD launch). Doors open at 8pm and tickets are $12, available from the bands.
Gig Alert: Buried In Verona
To celebrate the imminent release of Buried In Verona's new album Notorious, UNFD has arranged for two special Melbourne launches for the record in a few weeks. The lead single's lyric video from the album has already clocked up a whopping 40,000+ views, and the track has been #1 on the iTunes Metal Chart since its release. And it hit #5 on the iTunes Rock Charts last week too. On Thursday May 31 Buried In Verona will perform at the Workers Club in Fitzroy. Only 50 tickets will be released to the public for this intimate show with Brooklyn and Earth Caller. Fans can win tickets to show by heading to store.weareunified.com and pre-ordering the album. The first 50 people forwarding proof of the pre-order purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org will get free entry. On Thursday June 1, UNFD will host a signing session at their Richmond offices. Each person that arrives will receive an A2 poster signed by Buried In Verona. There will also be a BBQ, UNFD Merch Sale and photo opportunities with the band.
Gig Alert: Over-Reactor
Tickets are on sale now for Over-Reactor's shows in Melbourne, Bendigo and Geelong in June. Buy any ticket from the tour, put any other two items in your cart from the band's online store and you'll get a free classic 'Pissed?' Over-Reactor stubbie holder. Check out their new single Mouth Of The Ghetto, out now.
Over-Reactor Victorian dates:
Thursday June 7 – The Pub, Bendigo VIC
Friday June 8 – The National Hotel, Geelong VIC
Saturday June 9 – Esplanade Hotel – Front Bar, St Kilda VIC
Sunday June 10 – The Loft - Warnambool VIC
Friday July 20 – Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne VIC
Darkest Hour Lands On Feet After DevilDriver Cancellation
Last week DevilDriver had to cancel their tour after the mighty Dez Fafara came down with pneumonia. This was going to be one of the metal tours of the year, with Six Feet Under and Darkest Hour along for the ride, so it sucked to hear that it was cancelled (and that the ever-affable Dez was feeling under the weather). But Darkest Hour pulled it all together and managed to still play some shows, including at the Northcote Social Club on Sunday May 6. With DevilDriver planning to soon go into hardcore hibernation mode to work on their next album, there's no telling when they'll be back, but let's hope this amazing lineup can be reconvened when the time comes.
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