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They formed in 2009 but it's in the last few years that San Diego’s Schizophonics have convincingly cemented their reputation as one of the world’s hardest-working and most dynamic bands.
Gymnastically-inclined singer-guitarist Pat Beers, drummer (and his wife) Lety Beers, plus a series of bass players, have been wowing audiences around the world with their unique brand of explosive garage rock. They’re poised to pay Australia and New Zealand their second visit in a year in February and March, before hitting Japan for the first time.
The Schizophonics have been likened to a cross between James Brown and the MC5. Local bands have been lining up to join them on bills. Aussie all-female combo, The Fangin’ Felines, are lucky enough to be joining them for two support spots - in their own hometown Wollongong (Lalalas, March 12) and Sydney (Marrickville Bowlo, March 13).
Strong females are integral to both bands, so it made perfect sense for the I-94 Bar to host a pre-tour conversation between Lety Beers and Fangin’ Feline singer Carrie Phillis. The ladies spoke over Skype earlier this week. Pat Beers joined them and uber fan Russell Hopkinson (You Am I, ex-Radio Birdman) made the whole thing happen.
Leading agitators in the second wave of British punk, The Exploted, are bringing their politically-charged assault Down Under in March.
Born in Edinburgh under the auspices of ex-Squaddie Wattie Buchan, The Exploited launchd their first vinyl assault upon stupidity, complacency and corruption in 1980 with the one-two knockout of the "Army Life" and "Barmy Army" EP’s on their own Exploited Records label.
Their debut album "Punks Not Dead" launched a new breed of politically outspoken anarcho-punk bands and become the number one independent album of 1981 - selling 150,000 copies and reaching number 20 in the UK charts.
After many member changes, Wattie Buchan remains the constant. Many would say The Exploited are just as relevant today - just ask the band’s loyal squadron of fans, The Barmy Army. Here are the Australian and New Zealand dates:
Friday March 13 Auckland Whammy Bar
Saturday March 14 Wellington San Fran
Sunday March 15 Christchurch Club Tavern
Wednesday March 18 Gold Coast Coolangatta Hotel
Thursday March 19 Brisbane The Zoo
Friday March 20 Sydney The Factory
Saturday March 21 Narrabeen Narrabeen RSL
Sunday March 22 Newcastle Small Ballroom
Wednesday March 25 Canberra The Basement
Thursday March 26 Melbourne The Corner
Friday March 27 Geelong Barwon Club
Saturday March 28 Adelaide Enigma Bar
Sunday March 29 Perth The Rosemount
Twist the Lens - The Pedaljets (Electric Moth Rcords)
The Pedaljets are Midwestern rock veterans who formed in Kansas City in 1984. In 2020 they’re still in Kansas, at least for recording purposes. This album was produced in Shawnee, KS by their former guitarist Paul Malinowski and he did a great job. It leaps out at you. They sound as modern as tomorrow and as rock as they ever did, but with some welcome twists and turns along the way.
As contemporaries and tour partners of the top level of '80s US alternative bands – The Replacements, Husker Du, The Flaming Lips – they put out a couple of albums and did a lot of touring. Somehow they didn’t break through to that R.E.M. next level, and pulled the pin out of frustration. Two decades later they returned to the studio and have released a couple of albums in the last 10 years, including this absolute belter.