EURO TOUR WINDS UP
Radio Birdman's European tour has wond up with a cancellation and a fill-in drummer doing the last two gigs in Greece. Here's the word from the band:
Due to a last minute work permit technicality, Radio Birdman had to reluctantly cancel its London show. The band is devastated for fans and the band apologises. This is Radio Birdman's first-ever cancellation in 30-plus years and cost them substantial money in re-arranged fares. Work permits had been paid for but, for reasons not clear, somehow one did not appear in the system. Immigration authorities were adamant, however, that one member was not going to be admitted to the UK - even as a tourist - as they knew he'd play the gig which had attracted good pre-sale support. The band would have played in London for free if they would have let us in on that basis. This turn of events was too much for Russell Hopkinson who has quit the band. The remaining gigs will be played with Joel Perdue on drums.Radio Birdman planned to take off most of 2008 so members could write and work on other projects. The band has not broken up.
ROB ON HALL OF FAME RELUCTANCE
In an interview with Toronto's Now magazine, Rob reveals the band knocked back Australian Rock Industry Hall of Fame status a few years ago but will graciously accept induction this time around. Details
OF HAMMER HORROR MOVIES AND THE SILVER SURFER...
Sharp-eyed JEWELS in Texas spotted this colourful review of the Emo's show by RAOUL HERNANDEZ in the Austin Chronicle. Raoul's straight outta the Lester Bangs box with his turn of phrase. Boy Howdy! Details
LIVE REVIEWS IN FROM BALTIMORE, SAN DIEGO
Thanks to you, the intrepid North American gig-goers, live reports are streaming in of the stripped down Birdman's assaults on various cities. KENZO brings us word of the devestation of The Casbah in San Diego here while MICHAEL DOWNEY sends a run-down of the action from the Ottobar in Baltimore here.
NEW YORK TIMES HAILS RADIOS' PENDING APPEARANCE
The esteemed New York Times has previewed Birdman's forthcoming gig in Manhattan:
RADIO BIRDMAN, AWESOME COLOR (Monday) In the mid-’70s, Radio Birdman kick-started the Australian punk scene with a brawny, speedy style drawn from Detroit groups like the MC5 and the Stooges. (Not a coincidence: one of Radio Birdman’s guitarists, Deniz Tek, grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich.) Awesome Color’s just-the-basics garage-blues is self-consciously noisy as only New York rock can be, but it is also indebted — and seems partly a homage — to that same vintage Detroit sound. At 8 p.m., Blender Theater at Gramercy, 127 East 23rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 307-7171; $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door.
We're hoping Jon Pareles or one of the Times' other frontline critics makes it out for a live review - just so we can read a write-up where Rob is referred to as "Mr Younger", as is the Times' style.
BIRDMAN BRAINS THEM IN ARIZONA
They might have rubbed shoulders with a then-unknown band called the Police in England in 1978 but Arizona Republic staff writer ED MASLEY has no doubts which group represents rock and roll. Read his live review here.
DALLAS SHOW CANCELLED
They killed JFK in Dallas and slow ticket sales have killed Monday night's Radio Birdman gig. We're not convinced the walk-up crowd wouldn't have filled the venue, but that's life on the road.
FIRST WORD FROM THE FRONT: BIRD ABUZZ AT HOME OF BOZ
BIRDMAN "TAKE IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL"
San Francisco fan ig (that's "eye-gee") phoned in this eyewitness account of the first gig of the North American tour, the poster which appears above:
"Birdman was great (again) last night. almost full venue (Slim's - Boz Scaggs' club, still, I think). They played with such great energy - seemingly a lot more than previous tour. I didn't really notice the lack of a keyboard (but didn't really notice it that much when it was there last time). Younger was waaaay more into it. Dual guitar attack perfectly voiced with each other. Deniz played the Ric the entire set, despite our yells for the other guitar, which probably would have been louder, dammit. Only one or two numbers played less than flawlessly. Roy Loney came out to sing (barely mic'd) the last few numbers. These guys have got it down and it sounds great!Loads of humility apparent, lots of joy in the playing. fun time was had by all!!! AND it was Henry's (age 12) first real rock show! Congrats Henry! Their USA tour schedule is grueling and I thought about that while soaking in the show. How can they keep it up? But sure hope they do!"
AND TPBR IS...?
A question from Jim from Binghamton, NY. He's a 43-year-old TV ad producer and, 23 years ago, host of WPLT-FM (North Country College Radio)'s "Australian Music Hour" (Tuesdays at 10pm) who played Birdman, Saints, Oils, Hunter & Collectors and Beasts of Bourbon (but also Mi-Sex, Cold Chisel, Angels, Renee Geyer to some jazz-rock called Ayers Rock: "We didn't have Lobby Lloyd or Missing Links or Masters Apprentices LPs, but I played all we did. Even some Kiwi 'Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang'....which I don't regret. It was 1984". Anyway, Jim asks: "What's TPBR?"
The answer from Deniz: "Tuna with Peanut Butter on Rye. Deeper trivia: It is from the great Justin Green comic The Kiss-Off in
the '69-70 comic book Bijou Funnies. Worth looking for".
RADIOS WARM UP
Radio Birdman unleashed a good 'un for the first of two low-key Aussie shows, to warm up for the US tour. STEVE ROBINSON was there at Sydney's Annandale Hotel on June 14 and posted this review. Details
"STILL TUNED INTO THE GOOD SHIT"
The San Francisco Weekly's HANNAH LEVIN is in no doubts that Radio Birdman's return to SF will be worth catching. She says, in part: "much like the Rocket From the Tombs reunion a few years back, Birdman's renaissance is brutal and vital, serving as a reminder of what sustains punk rock, rather than a watery revision of what it used to be". Details
OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION": RADIO BIRDMAN INTO THE AUSTRALIAN ROCK HALL OF FAME
Radio Birdman's induction into the Australian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame happens in Melbourne on July 18. Details
BIRDMAN'S ROLE IN THE BURNING OF BABYLON
If you're hear you're no doubt aware of the part Radio Birdman and contemporaries (albeit unwittingly) played in the development of what's become known as punk. For once there's a book that acknwledges the same. Clinton Heylin's Babylon's Burning is reviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald's TOBY CRESWELL. Details
DENIZ WRAPS UP THE 2006 TOUR
The day after the last show of the Zeno Beach tour, DENIZ TEK sat down with the singer of French band Holy Curse, ERIC, and recapped the high and low points of the long, exhausting ride that took Radio Birdman through three continents. Details
MUSHROOMS MAKE IT BETTER
Radio Birdman's resident naturopath and part-time agaony aunt CHRIS MASUAK wraps up his Q & A column with some sage-like advice on Mushies. Details
ANOTHER TRIP TO JIM'S KITCHEN
Bassist Jim Dickson serves a last delicious Sri Lankan curry recipe. Details
SWEET SOUNDS IN NEW YORK CITY
We're indebted to "JEWELS" in Australia for this link to a superb review of Radio Birdman's sole New York City gig. It's from Sugarbuzz magazine. Details
MURDER CITY NIGHTS, ITALIAN-STYLE
Two gigs in Italy for Radio Birdman and they pulled them off in style. Our man ROBERTO CALABRO was on hand with friends to cheer them on and celebrate his own birthday. Details
TWO WILD NIGHTS IN PARIS
We're in the home stretch as far as reviews of the tour are concerned. A double-header of shows in Paris were sell-outs. DOM GENOT gives us his view of both nights. Photos are from the incomparable SUE RYNSKI. Details
London-based "MOSH PITTMAN" gives a read-out on the double-header. The Chris Masuak pic is again from SUE RYNSKI. Details
"RRRRRADIO BUUURDMAN" A HIT IN MILAN
French reviewer and longtime fan NICOLAS MONNIN slipped over the border to catch the band at Club Live in Trezzo, Milan. His graphic review puts us on the floor with hundreds of frenzied Italian fans and an enthusiastic Master of Ceremonies. Details
RADIOS TO APPEAR OVER ISTANBUL?
Chris "Klondike" Masuak has taken trouble to answer another of your emails. Details
BOY HOWDY! RADIOS APPEAR IN CREEM MAGAZINE ONLINE
Radio Birdman's American sweep earned the band a profile in Creem Magazine's online version. Details
"TURGID FIRE ENERGY" IN ITALIA
Italian fan GIOVANNI PELLICCIARI saw the gig at Live Music Club in Trezzo and writes: "Yesterday night I've seen the gig in Trezzo at Live Music Club: it's been a formidable act and the energy of the sound made me real sick. I, with other 400 peoples danced 'till "the endzone" . Rivers of sweat floated around. I wish to tell that all the guys were in a very good shape and I hope they will continue to do so. Unfortunately today I can't go to Cesena to hear them agaim... but my ears are still whistling ... and my legs hurting. All tracks were played with turgid fire energy, the old stuff as the Zeno Beach tracks ... really working good. I feel honoured I had the occasion to be there with them Waiting for the next tour in Italy I wish you well."
Possibly one of the best reviews by a blogger this year, it's of the Detroit show and is by ZACH HOSKINS of Blogcritics.org. MEGAN GIDDINGS' photos aren't bad, too. Details
RADIOS APPEAR ON JTV
Insomniac TJ HONEYSUCKLE picked up on a TV interview with Deniz and Chris, the link for which is archived on the Australian national youth radio network Triple J. It's a chat and live footage aired on JTV, the digital TV station for Triple J. Footage is from The Metro Theatre in Sydney from the Australian leg of the World Tour. UPDATE: Just to make things easier, we're including a Youtube link (no hassles with different players). DetailsGETTING NUDE WITH THE BIRD
German correspondent CHRZZ just sent us this quick snapshot of the September 22 show at Stuttgart's Universum: "I was dragged there by some friends. I didn´t even know the Radio Birdman by name.
Forget about the support band (Bad Machine) but then Radio Birdman entered the stage and everything was whow! They ROCKED the place, and an all-nude stagediver showed up (big grin on he guitarists' cheeks) and the audience was pretty satisfied. My ears are still ringing and my English is bad. and I´m very impressed...and drunk and sweaty. THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL!!! Hell yeah!"
"PICK UP MY JAW FROM THE FLOOR"
So says English fan JOHN EDWARDS after witnessing the band in white hot form in London. This is one of the most enthusiastic reviews you'll read - but not without reason. Top shelf stuff. Details
RAVE ALBUM REVIEW IN ITALY
With Radio Birdman's European tour leg well underway, the album attracts a glowing review from Freak Out's correspondent ROBERTO CALABRO. (Review in Italian). DetailsTARGET: LONDON
Longtime fan PETE CRAVEN was in seventh heaven when Radio Birdman returned to London, exactly three years since their last visit. Details
BIRDMAN BLOWS AWAY D.C. AND PHILLY
Popular opinion has it Radio Birdman's setting some new sort of peak for themselves with show after show winning rave reviews in the United States. MICHAERL DOWNEY reports on the gig at The Black Cat in Washington D.C. Details
Another MICHAEL DOWNEY report from Philadelphia's First Unitarian Church. Details
WEST COAST REPORTS ARE IN
Not surprisingly, they're glowing. In San Francisco, JAIME SUNEN gives us the good oil on the second show of the U.S. tour at the Great American Music Hall. Details
Montana record producer and co-owner of Career Records
RON SANCHEZ and wife KAREN made the journey from Bozeman to catch the gigs in San Francisco and Seattle. They rated the shows better than Radio Birdman's 2002 run through Australia. Details
PITCHFORK GIVES ZENO THE THUMBS UP
Pitchforkmedia critic MATTHEW MURPHY has weighed in with another glowing write-up for the album.
BIRDMAN ROCKS CLEVELAND
The verdict's in on the Cleveland show, which BILL ROCKS CLEVELAND says was "a dream come true". Details
Here's another view from HANNAH BLUMENFELD. She's wrong that the band hasn't played together for 25 years, but the rest reads true.
CHICAGO: THEIR KIND OF TOWN
Meanwhile in other blogs, Radio Free Chicago runs the rule over the Chicago gig.
KEEPING IT VITAL AND FRESH IN SEATTLE
The Stranger newspaper's HANNAH LEVIN offers a view on the Seattle show: "Even the newer material (which I’m not as crazy about) sounded vital, fresh, and was delivered with an energy level normally only conjured by bands who are 25 years younger". Details
LOST IN THE GROOVES TALKS TO ROB, CHRIS & DENIZ
Los Angeles-based chronicler of all things bubblegum KIM COOPER cornered three of the guys from her favourite rock and roll band before their Wiltern Theater show. Details
EAST COAST GIGS LOOM
JONATHAN PERRY of The Boston Globe previews the upcoming East Coast shows by the "dysfunctional gang of musical anachists". (NB: You may have to register to read this online). Details
"ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST, MOST ENERGETIC RELEASES OF THE YEAR"
That's the view of DAVID SCHULTZ of Earvolution e-zine. If you've heard the new album, you'll know he's on the money. Details
A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING: BIRDMAN BLAZES IN NEWCASTLE
It's from last month but STEVE LOGIC's report on the band in Newcastle, Australia, makes good reading anyway. Details
LOS ANGELES SHOW EARNS A RAVE REVIEW
First report from the USA is in and Radio Birdman left a lasting impression accordign to DARRYL MORDEN of the Hollywood Reporter. Details
THE POST GIVES GRUDGING RESPECT
Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick: The Washington Post weighs in with some positive, if begrudging, commentary on the new album. Details
WERE THEY GOOD AT CARINGBAH?
You bet the second-last Aussie show was good - probably the best gig of the tour till then. This report from the trenches at Caringbah Bizzos is a bit of housekeeping now the Radios have left Australia but check it out anyway. Details
DOCTOR GONZO'S FASHION FAN CLUB
Sydney correspondent THE GODDESS writes: "As part of the overseas reports on the Zeno Beach tour, I think it is important you request your correspondents report on Pip Hoyle's outfits. As his unofficial stylist and fashion advisor, I know he has some glorious creations planned for the overseas fans, and I think it would be tragic not to share these important details with the rest of the world". Being fashionistas ourselves, we will of course print the best reports. Get in touch, kids.
I'VE BEEN WONDERING...
Can you give up cancer sticks and still get adequate Birdman sound levels? Klondike answers another problem. Spend some time on Chris Masuak's couch. Send him a question and he might give you an answer. Details
FOUR STAR REVIEW FROM AMERICAN ROLLING STONE
No holding back for Rolling Stone's always switched-on DAVID FRICKE. He gives Zeno Beach a fullsome summing up in the U.S. edition and you can read his review online. Did we tell ya it was also Editor's Pick there for a while? Details
SWEDISH CANCELLATION: WHAT WAS THE VENUE THINKING?
Bad news for Swedish fans: The band's only show there has been cancelled due to onerous and ridiculous noise restrictions at the venue. Here's the official statement: "We're very sorry to announce this, but our show in Gothenburg has been cancelled. We apologise to all our fans who will be disappointed and inconvenienced by this. The venue has a noise meter and we have been given unrealistic levels of volume which we are told is the law of the land in Sweden. There is a hefty fine for breach of this law that is so great it has been decided not to play since it is 100 percent certain that the law would be broken. Once again, our apologies for the cancellation but venues with noise meters and enforced low limits of volume should never book high energy rock bands. Basically that is stupid".
YEP ROC GETS BIRDMAN FORUM UP AND RUNNING
The band's U.S. label has given you some space to play in. Go talk to other fans, share the news and views. Details
ADELAIDE GIG A HANDY U.S. PREVIEW
DB magazine reviews one of the final shows of the Australian leg of the world tour. This will give US punters a taste of what's in store. Details
TOM GILHESPY runs his rule over the same show for Gigwise. We like his style. Details
ROB FINDS A SPOT AT THE LEFT OF THE DIAL
ROB YOUNGER talks to Left of the Dial e-zine and doesn't pull any punches in a self-effacing chat. A cool read. Details
DENIZ: HEADING BACK TO DETROIT
Ex-Michiganite DENIZ TEK foreshadows a return to old stamping grounds in this Metro Times interview. (By the way, Australian Guitarist magazine has a great Deniz interview in its August edition - but it's not online so you'll have to fork out). Details
"I WAS SO GLAD THEY WEREN'T A BUNCH OF ASSHOLES"
So says BellRays guitarist TONY FATE of his band's recent support shows to Radio Birdman in Australia. The feeling was mutual and the bands got on like a house on fire. Their powerhouse pairing is reunited for the first ever US show by the Birdmen at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre on August 30. Read Tony Fate's interview with Los Angeles City Beat online. Details
US booking information is on the official radio-birdman.com website but be warned - these shows are all selling fast. Details
PUT A COIN IN RUSTY'S JUKEBOX
Drummer Russell "Rusty" Hopkinson is something of a musicologist. As well as manning the traps for Birdman and You Am I, he fosters new and unusual talent with his record label and distribution business Reverberation Records. Russell's knowledge of obscure and great music comes to the fore in his occasional column where he tells us about some of his favourite songs. Rusty's Jukebox is now live. Details
SPANISH DATES SETTLED
They're listed in the column at right.
RUSTY'S PROFILE NOW LIVE
Drummer Russell Hopkinson's profile has gone live. Get to it and read it, it's now part of a matching set. Details
BIRDMAN SETS PERTH ALIGHT
That was a helluva show at Club Capital in Perth to mark the final leg of Radio Birdman's Australian tour. STEPHEN ANDERSON gives us the lowdown. Details
FINAL AUSTRALIAN SHOWS
Your last chance to see Radio Birdman on Australian shores until who knows when is Friday, August 25 at Caringbah Bizzos Club and Saturday, August 26 at Manly Fishos Club, both in Sydney. Tickets from both venues.
JOIN THE BAND FOR A DRINK
The Birdman Beach Bar is open for business. Read favourite drink recipes from the band and friends. First up, Deniz's Saphire Margarita and Klondike's Dempsey Cocktail. Details
SAN FRANCISCO WARMS UP WITH ALBUM LAUNCH & ART EXHIBITION
Anticipation is building in the US for Radio Birdman's first tour. There'll be a party and poster art exhibition for the release of Zeno Beach on Yeproc Records at Annie's Social in Folsom Street, San Francisco, on August 16. It's a prelude to the show at the Great American Music Hall on August 31. Gotta love that poster that they're using to promote the party! Details
YALLAH GIG WAS SHARP
Birdman drummer Russell Hopkinson is battling a bronchial infection but turned in a big-hearted showing at the Roadshouse at Yallah, south of Wollongong last weekend. Read THE BARMAN's review, view the slideshow. Details
MORE MELBOURNE REVIEWS!
Radios appeared at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne and the reception was loud and clear. We have full coverage, of course with the first report from PATRICK EMERY Details. TJ HONEYSUCKLE was on duty again for the Hifi Bar gig Details. Photos are by JULIAN WU and RICHARD SHARMAN. Last but not least is an economical Corner Hotel write-up from PAUL ZARUCKY. Details.
JACK RABID PUTS ZENO BEACH AT NUMBER ONE
Eclectic and widely-read US magazine The Big Takeover has spoken. Editor JACK RABID has named "Zeno Beach" in prime position in his Top 10 for July, saying it's "a bit of a stunner". Who are we to argue? Details
XPRESS MAGAZINE TALKS TO ROB
Just in time for the forthcoming shows in Western Australia, STEPHEN ANDERSON tipped us to this Rob interview in Xpress magazine. Details
FINAL REVIEWS OF VICTORIAN SHOWS NOW LIVE
TJ HONEYSUCKLE caught Radio Birdman at Moorooduc on Victoria's Mornington Peninsular. His review is live. Details The juggernaut rolled through Melbourne. Another TJ HONEYSUCKLE review, with pictures from JULIAN WU, tells the story. Details
DOWNLOAD NON-ALBUM TRACK
Here's a tip: iTunes is the only place you can grab the Zeno Beach non-album track Rock Bottom. It's procurable as an MP3 for the tidy sum of $US1.69. Details
PIP HOYLE IN BEAT, ROB IN ROLLING STONE
You'll have to buy a copy of the normally fashion and fad-fixated Australian Rolling Stone if you want to read the four-page spread on the band. Rob does the talking but what's that photo of New Race doing on the main page? PATRICK EMERY interviewed Pip Hoyle for Melbourne street paper Beat and you can view that one online. Details
RADIO BIRDMAN RULES AT THE METRO
Radio Birdman's much-anticipated return to Sydney's Metro Theatre was a tour de force with a near capacity crowd in. The headliners were pushed hard by supports The BellRays and The Pink Fits. Read reviews by STEVE ROBINSON and THE BARMAN. Details
TOUR OPENER A SCORCHER DESPITE SOME TEK TECH PROBS
Byron Bay punter DAVE TRAVES shot us some happy snaps and a quick message about the opening gig at The Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay: "The main set ran as per the attached list. The encore kinda derailed. "We've Come So Far" was awesome. "Locked Up" was replaced by a sizzling "Love Kills". Deniz then attempted to change to his Robin guitar, triggering a multitude of lead, amp head and configuration changes. By the time things were fixed, Deniz had apologized and left the stage. Strangely, the same thing happened here on the Dark Surprise tour. On that occasion, Deniz stuck around doing backing vocals and dancing '60s style. The band finished with Chris hurling them through "Breaks My Heart" and "Burned My Eye". By the way,The Bellrays were great...really powerful." Click the link to see a slideshow of Dave's photos. Details
DOWNLOAD RADIO BIRDMAN RADIO AD
An exclusive, for your listening pleasure. It's in MP3 format and is for the Victorian shows with The Bellrays. Right click and save to your desktop, share with others. Details
INTERVIEW IN BRISBANE'S RAVE MAGAZINE
Download it in .pdf format. Details
IMPENDING BIRDMAN VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND PREVIEWED
Across the Tasman in New Zealand, GARY GOLDSWORTHY spotted this preview of Radio Birdman's Auckland show on August 28. It's a wide-ranging and detailed piece on the 84tigers.com website, well worth checking out. Details
DOUBLE LIFE OF DR TEK
Brisbane's Courier Mail has carried this profile of Deniz. Details
MEMORIES OF TAYLOR SQUARE
A Birdman fan remembers the halcyon days of the Oxford Funhouse in poetry. Check out zoombox.com.au Details
DENIZ IN THE AGE
Another Deniz interview in The Melbourne Age. Props to TJ HONEYSUCKLE for passing it on. Details
JIM'S PROFILE LOADED
Get the lowdown on bass player Jim Dickson. Details
DENIZ DOES PRE-TOUR SHOW WITH POWERTRANE
More news from Deniz about his gig as a special guest with Scott Morgan's Powertrane at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, USA. Details
Read about the updated live and recording rigs favored by Klondike and Deniz. Ask the band a technical question. Details
AUGUST 22 RELEASE FOR ZENO BEACH IN THE US
Radio Birdman's US label Yep Roc says Zeno Beach will be out in North America on August 22. You can pre-order a copy now. Details
AUGUST 25 FOR VINYL IN EUROPE
European fans can pick up a vinyl copy on Stickman Records from August 25. Details
THE AGE GIVES ZENO THE THUMBS UP
TJ HONEYSUCKLE tells us that Australia's biggest-selling broadsheet newspaper, Melbourne's The Age, has given the album a resoundingly positive review, following a four-out-of-five write-up in their Sunday edition. Details
ONE MORE DATE, AUSSIE SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED
Those coveted support spots for the Australian leg of the world tour have been doled out and there's a new show happening in Melbourne as the dates already announced move closer to selling out. Supports (other than the BellRays on selected shows) include the Hard Ons, The Happy Hate Me Nots, The Chevelles, the very fab Eddy Current Suppression Ring and expat Japanese Ramones clones Mach Pelican. Check out the gig listings at right. Have you bought your tickets yet? They're moving fast and if you delay, You Just Make It Worse. Details
BIRDMAN START TO CHART
Zeno Beach entered at number-one in the Australian Recording Industry Association Hitseeker chart listing, outpacing contemporaries Kaiser Chiefs, Jose Gonzalez and The Herd, amongst others. After 30 years of avoiding the Australian music industry, Radio Birdman are officially Hitseekers!
ZENO BEACH ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Influential Melbourne street paper Beat has installed Zeno Beach as its album of the week. Details
"NO-ONE TELLS US WHAT TO DO"
Eagle-eyed Brisbane fan MARK GARDENER has spotted this Rob interview on Aussie music website Faster Louder. We like the sentiments expressed. Details
PROFILE: CHRIS MASUAK
After weeks of answering your questions, Klondike's been put on the spot. Read his answers to our probing interrogation in the latest Player Profile. Details
QUESTION FROM THE OLD DART
UK fan "LEE THARGIC" asks why there's only one English date and what gives with drummer Ron Keeley's departure a year ago. The official word: "Lots of people want to see the band in Europe but their time is limited, so only one UK show this time. The parting of Ron and the band was amicable and was brought on by the challenges of putting together an album and touring extensively - things that were exacerbated by him living on the other side of the world."
ROB IN TIME OFF MAGAZINE
Australian fans - have you heard the national youth network Triple Jay giving a nice old blast of airtime to You Make It Worse? Cool. Rob Younger talks to Brisbane's Time Off magazine about the new album and the band's attitude to airplay. Thanks to Brisbane fan Mark Gardener for the link. Details
WHAT'S COOKING IN JIM'S KITCHEN
Bassist Jim Dickson serves up another delicious Sri Lankan curry recipe. Details
ANOTHER PRE-TOUR INTERVIEW
Australian Music Online has dished up another Deniz interview and it's well worth checking out. Details
ZENO BEACH TRACK-BY-TRACK
It's out in Australian shops now and Deniz Tek takes us through it track-by-track in an exclusive here. The album is out in Australia now. Secure your copy online. Details
RECLINE ON KLONDIKE'S COUCH
Your Agony Aunt letters to guitarist Chris "Klondike" Masuak are being answered almost as quick as you can send them. The Oracle knows all about life, love and dealing with assholes at Klondike's Couch. Details
I-94 BAR REVIEW LIVE
It's up for your perusal. Did we mention it's glowing? Details
NEW PROFILE ADDED
Rob Younger's profile has been added to the site. Details
GREG McCAUGHEY has posed a line-up question. For Greg, and anyone else in doubt, the touring line-up is the same as the recording line-up and the one that's been treading the boards in Australia for the last couple of years. ie. Deniz Tek (gtr), Rob Younger (voc), Chris Masuak (gtr), Pip Hoyle (keys), Jim Dickkson (bass) and Russell Hopkinson (drums).
RADIO INTERVIEW POSTED
While we think about it, there's a downloadable interview about the Zeno Beach album from KGLT Montana at the Career Records website.
A new forum answering technical quesitons has opened. The Gearheads' Shed periodically throws light on all those techie issues on who played what. Details
DENIZ IN THE AGE
Read an interview about the new album with Deniz in Melbourne's Age newspaper. Details
ZENO BEACH ON VINYL
MARK CROWE in Australia and KJEL AARNE SANDVIK in Norway ask if the album will be coming out on vinyl. The answer is yes, on US label Yep Roc (who will also release the CD version in that territory) and via German label Stickman. The CD will be on Crying Sun through various distributors in Europe.