cousin betty

  • After releasing two digital singles “Drone” and “Tape Hiss”, high-energy collective Cousin Betty release a debut EP, “LEFT” via Golden Robot Records on March 26.

    Cousin Betty is the brainchild of Australia’s Damien Stofka a guitarist/songwriter, who has created riffs and written songs for Molten Universe, Death Mattel, LITTER and various other projects for the last 15 years.

  • cousin betty cvrCousin Betty – Cousin Betty (Vi-Nil Records)

    You know you’re in for a different trip when the title of the opening track is: “If This Makes You Off Your Family, Please Contact Us For The Royalties”.

    Cousin Betty are non-conformists in an age of conformity. Their music is a mix of hard-psych, high-energy Desert Sessions rock, industrial-tinged metal and lyrical blizzards. Sounds messy in print but somehow it works. 

    The band is the brainchild of guitarist Damien Stofka (ex-Molten Universe) and vocalist-keyboardist Matt Downey (ex-Death Mattell). Originally a studio project, overseas airplay led to the assembly of a full-blown line-up. Members are scattered around Greater Sydney and its environs. Drummer Andi Dyson (Nitrocris), bassist Tara Doyle (Spurs For Jesus) and guitarist Astrid Carr (Madam Fatale, Quiet Carriage) completed the ranks and this is the debut long-player.

  • dean 2021 

    (Vale) Top Ten

    10. Star CrazyGreat, rockin’ live band, cool humans and for me without doubt, the award for earworm of the year:."Egging Me On".  Check ‘em out.


  • hoody 2021One of these people is Greg Chappell.  


    1. Pubs re-opening.

    2. White Knuckle Fever at The Link and Pin, Woy Woy, NSW,

    3. Hard-Ons at The Link and Pin.

  • mark fraser 2023Top Tens for 2023: Mark Fraser of Vi-Nil Records and Redbackrock Surf & Snow Clothing. Former partner in Link & Pin Cafe, Woy Wo

    Fave releases:

    DMA’S – “How Many Dreams”
    A virtual hit factory from go to woe. Melodies. Feelgood. Pretty much perfect. 

    HARD ONS – “Ripper 23”
    Clever cover art. Clever songs. Pop-etched perennial punk from here to Punchbowl.

    LION ISLAND – “Pilot Termination Kiosk”
    Infectious and dangerously catchy indie rock with an A plus report card. 

    COUSIN BETTY – “Self Titled”
    Hard and fast, some softer moments that build and explode, some quirky side-tracks, and plenty of sheer aural insaniity. This thing is a beast. 

    OWEN GUNS – “Monks in Sexyland” 
    Beautiful irreverence that never ever holds back. That’s The Owen Guns. This eight-slab smacker is a doozie!