The Saints and a 40-year Fatal attraction

ed fatalThere are a few footnotes to the recent run of super-successful Australian shows by Ed Kuepper and his revitalised line-up of The Aints. 

After selling-out or going close wherever they went, The Aints reaped rave reviews (like this and this) and Ed has confirmed the band will record an album in 2018, "The Church of Simultaneous Existence". We can also look forward to more live shows. 

The tour also provided a chance for Ed to be reunited with an orignal copy of the "(I'm) Stranded" single on the band's own Fatal Records label from September 1976. 

A longtime fan who wishes to remain anonymous secured the impossibly rare 45 in an auction and had a relative present it to Ed at The Aints' first Sydney show - as our Judy Kuepper photo at right attests.

Halfway around the world, onetime Saints bandmate Chris Bailey (who lives in Europe) was presented with another copy, again courtesy of the generous benefactor.

Of course, this year marks 40 laps around the sun since The Saints released their earth-shaking debut single to an unsuspecting world. 

And if you haven't had enough Saints already, Kuepper is presenting music from the first three albums in an electric trio, with the Nonsemble strings arranged by Robert Davidson, at Lefty's Music Hall in Brisbane on December 8. Tickets here.




Illness forces Clouds to postpone

Pop masters (and mistresses) The Clouds have announced that, due to illness, the remaining dates on their current "Beautiful Nothingness" Australian tour have had to be re-scheduled for 2018. The Falling Joys will join The Clouds for these shows. Rescheduled tour dates are:
Saturday 3rd February 2018 - The Triffid Brisbane
Sunday 11th February 2018 - The Gov, Adelaide
Friday 16th February 2018 - Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne
All tickets purchased for the November shows will be valid for the new dates in February, 

All-star Melbourne gig celebrates powerpop's beginnings

YoungerThanNowSmallAustralia has produced a number of fine powerpop bands over the years. One of the first – the very first according to US bible Bomp! Magazine – was Adelaide’s Young Modern. One of the most successful has been Even.

The link between both bands will be underlined by a special show in Melbourne on December 9, where Young Modern will team with Even's Ashley Naylor and one of his other bands, The Triad.

Young Modern will be celebrating 40 years, while Naylor and The Triad will salute mutual influence The Byrds.

Young Modern debuted in Adelaide – supporting Radio Birdman – in 1977. The band was formed by singer John Dowler, a seminal figure who's been talking about Big Star since the '70s.

Relentless Sunnyboys roll on with more shows

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Five years into their reformation and you could be forgiven for thinking the Sunnyboys revival was on the wane. Wrong. 

With two Sydney shows selling out in just four days, setting a sales record at Sunshine Coast venue The Shed by selling a third of capacity in the first eight hours and eclipsing their previous best first-week sales in Melbourne, Sunnyboys are the hottest alternative ticket of the Australian summer. 

Due to overwhelming demand Sunnyboys are pleased to announce three new shows.

Irish eyes are smiling, again


Surfing on the back of rave reviews for their last run of Australian shows, Stiff Little Fingers are back in February 2018. 

Formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland, SLF were at the forefront of the Punk movement. The tour marks their 40th anniversary (better late than never.) 

SLF’s signature style combines the energy of punk, infectious hooks, and lyrics that meld the personal and political, with a delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. It’s longest-serving vocalist Jake Burns' integrity and style that has meant that all these years later Stiff Little Fingers are still as in demand as ever.

Monday 19th February – Perth – The Rosemount
Tuesday 20th February – Adelaide – The Gov
Thursday 22nd February – Brisbane– The Triffid
Friday 23rd February – Sydney – Metro Theatre
Saturday 24th February – Melbourne – Croxton Bandroom
Tickets on sale here


Two claim the Buttercup booty

The winners are in for our Buttercup Records giveaway of an ME 262/Trans 262 LP pack. 

Jason Simond of Mascot, NSW, Australia and Stephen Halpern of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in the USA were drawn electronically at random from entries who correctly named an ME 262/Trans 262 member and one of their future bands. 

If you missed out, make sure you grab a copy of the limited run LP before they go. It's reviewed here and available from the label.  

Sunnies sell-out Sydney again, announce third and final show

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It is literally the hottest ticket in town - Sunnyboys at Sydney's Factory Theatre - and nearly as desirable everywhere else. After selling out their two shows at the inner-west venue in just four days, Sunnyboys are pleased to announce a third and final Sydney show.

The new date is Sunday, February 11 at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville with support (again) from the Celibate Rifles. The gig runs over the schoolnight-friendly times of 6-9.30pm.
The sold-out shows are the fastest-selling Sydney Sunnyboys shows since the band’s reunion in 2012. Elsewhere, the iconic band - born in the ‘80s but with all-time appeal - set a first-day sales record at Sunshine Coast venue The Shed @ Aussie World, selling a third of all tickets.

It's the band’s first performance on the Coast since their reformation and just their third appearance in the region ever, their last visit being in 1983 at the Noosa Hop,  an all day festival featuring Skyhooks, Midnight Oil, The Church and others.

Tickets for The Factory are on sale now via You'll find the rest of the gig dates and ticketing informaiton here.



Win an ME 262/Trans 262 LP package

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Those folks at Buttercup Records have done themselves proud again, digging up the recorded artefacts of another lost Australian underground band and putting them out there in a deluxe vinyl package.

“Original 7" /Demos LP + 7" Flexi-Disc” compiles the EP and demos of Sydney underground band ME 262 (later Trans 262) and you can win one of two copies with us.

ME 262 followed on from the initial wave of bands springing up in the wake of Radio Birdman, The Other Side, Hitmen and The Visitors. The Buttercup package compiles their “Don't Hold Me Down” EP from 1982 and a swag of killer unreleased demos, produced by Rob Younger.

Sunnyboys surging towards sell-outs

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A heads-up that the Sunnyboys' February 2018 Australian tour is selling like wildfire with one Sydney gig (February 10) at Marrickville's Factory Theatre sold out in 36 hours, and tickets for a just-added extra date (February 9) now 85 percent gone.

Is it a surprise? No.

The fact is that the second all-oringal member incarnation of the Sunnyboys has now lasted longer than the band did in its first life. 

The time around, without the pressure of recording schedules and the demand for chart hits and with a mutual love and respect for the music they made, Sunnyboys can just do what they do best; play live. 

Joining the fun will be Sydney surf-punks The Celibate Rifles, who have carved out their own indelible history in the Australian music scene over a 35+ year period. The Rifles will join Sunnyboys for their first show on the Sunshine Coast since 1982; the Sunnyboys' first Brisbane performance since 2015, and most other dates.

Melbourne fun-punks Painters & Dockers, will join the rejuvenated Sunnyboys for a massive Melbourne Zoo performance.

special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Painters & Dockers.  
Thursday 25th January 2018
Brisbane, The Tivoli 
with special guests The Celibate Rifles
Friday 26th January 2018 
Gold Coast, Twin Towns 
with special guests The Celibate Rifles
Saturday 27th January 2018
Sunshine Coast, The Shed
with special guests The Celibate Rifles
Friday 2nd February 2018
Melbourne Zoo 
with special guests Painters & Dockers
Friday 9th February 2018
Sydney, The Factory Theatre 
with special guests The Celibate Rifles
Saturday 10th February 2018
Sydney, The Factory Theatre
with special guests The Celibate Rifles
Tickets on-sale