the crisps

  • hoody dave manlyGraham Hood and Dave Thomas from The Crisps. 

    The Crisps
    + Sonic Garage
    + 4 Barrel Hemi
    The Old Manly Boatshed, Manly NSW
    Sunday, 9 April 2023

    The Old Manly Boatshed could be the oldest running live music venue in Sydney, now operating for almost 40 years. it’s an institution in Manly. It is a ghost of the Old Manly when the streets were haunted by Henry Lawson’s ghost that walked that back streets and drank the night away. 

    Lawson captured the yarns and characters of a seaside suburb that does not exist anymore - of “kindred souls and outsiders we knew”.

    When The Boastshed started, Manly was Rock ‘n’ Roll Central outside the inner city of Sydney. The legendary Flicks, The Manly Hotel and the Rugby Club were just up the road. Rock ‘n’ roll ruled most nights of the week. The Corso was packed with outsiders - surfers, bikers writers and Boehmians. Midnight Oil had an office here. Wallabies hopped around  backyards and there were entire housesholds of musicians.  

  • the crisps ep cvrThe Crisps – The Crisps (Vi-Nil Records)

    Pure garage pop goodness and it’s only two decades late. Chances are you’ve never heard of them.

    As mentioned elsewhere, The Crisps were a Sydney assemblage of great potential back in the 1990s. The reasons they went nowhere are lost in the mists of time – probably hidden under a floorboard of the abandoned Hopetoun Hotel.

    A vehicle for the songs of drummer-vocalist Stuart Wilson (New Christs, Lime Spiders and dozens of others), the band included members of would-be international stars Doomfoxx, road veterans The Johnnys and underrated northern beaches cowboys Orange County.

    They recorded these six songs to help rustle up gigs. Ex-music reviewer-turned-bar operator  Mark Fraserheard them while reviving his Vi Nil Records label, loved ‘em and offered to press them up. And the rest is history.    

  • dave thomas crisps

    Dave and Hoody: The Crisps. Shona Ross photo

    The Crisps
    + PocketWatch
    + The Hot Ness
    Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney
    Friday, 7 April 2023

    Photos: Shona Ross

    Seventeen years after they last stood together on a Sydney stage, The Crisps are hitting the road up and down the Australian East Coast, partly to promote the release of an EPand partly for fun. Tonight’s show is number-two of the run and happening on the Friday of an Easter weekend.

  • the crisps ep lgeStalwarts of the Sydney underground scene of the 1990s, The Crisps have reunited for a brief tour and the release of their self-titled EP.

    The Crisps were regarded as something of a supergroup back in the day. Comprising Stu Wilson (New Christs), Graham “Hoody” Hood (The Johnnys), Dave Thomas (Doomfoxx) and Chris Nacard (Orange County), they punched out a memorable and melodic brand of garage rock. That’s reflected on the six-track EP they have released through Vi-Nil Records,available on pink vinyl only here.

    The Crisps
    Reformation and EP Launches
    5 – Newcastle, Hamilton Station Hotel
    + Drugs in Sport + Shacked
    7 – Sydney, Marrickville Bowlo
    + Pocket Watch + The Hot Ness
    8 – Newcastle, Hiss & Crackle Wallsend (instore)
           Woy Woy, Link n Pin + Meth Haul
    9 – Sydney, Manly Boatshed
    + Sonic Garage + 4 Barrel Hemi
    13 – Canberra, Smiths Alternative
    + Pilots of Baalbek + Undermines
    14 – Bendigo
    15 – Workman’s Club, Brunswick (arvo)
             Melbourne, The Tote (upstairs) +  The Dallas Terrors + Three Broads and a Gun
    21 - Enmore, NSW, Route 66 (in-store)
    22- MoshPit, St Peters, NSW (3-6pm) + The Jean Wilders + The Jane Does