the owen guns

  • dawn of the braindeadDawn of the Braindead – The Owen Guns (Outtaspace Records)

    Excuse the sneaky little  Zappa-ism but does humour belong in punk music? You betcha. Australian punks The Owen Gunsare prima facie evidence.

    They may know them from their previous EP or from their song about Donnie Trump beinbg repeatedly pulled from YouTube. If not, here's a nice way to make their acquintance.

    Hailing from Sydney and its sometimes awkward cousin city Wollongong and with roots in a bevy of old school punk bands, the four-piece Owen Guns deliver a dozen powerful and puerile tunes on their debut album on Outtspace. 

    If burning down churches, stomping on racist skinheads and putting the Doc Marten into Bono ain’t your things, better break out your Leonard Cohenbox set, adjust your chakras and do whatever it is that’s done with patchouli.

  • electric boogaloo cvrEP2 Electric Boogaloo – The Owen Guns (Riot Records)

    Hardcore never went away. It just sprouted grey hair, developed prostate awareness and, in some extreme cases, took out a mortgage.

    The Owen Guns have been flying old school punk’s flag for a year or two, blowing the roof off venues in Sydney and Wollongong. Members are based in both cities. They wear leather jackets, have weathered heads and their faces look like dropped pies. This is coming from someone who's no Paris model, but you get the idea. And in punk’s finest traditions, they could not give a flying fuck what me, you or anyone else thinks of them.

    Punk is about economy and the seven songs on this, The Owen Guns’ second CD EP, clock in in at under 10 minutes.

  • monks in sexylandMonks in Sexyland – The Owen Guns (Booker/Bastard Records)

    Is it an EP, a mini-album or a long player from a bunch of minimalists? “Monks in Sexyland” clocks in at just eight songs over 13 minutes but who cares what tag you give it. It’s a burst of good old school punk rock Fun with a capital ‘F’.

    If you’re wondering about the title, speculate no more. The I-94 Bar does the hard re3search so you don’t have to. An Australian monk by the name of Venerable Chhet went to court two years ago in a bid to stop A Current Affair airing a TV story about the alleged use of a church credit card at a chain of sex stores.

  • sean the bastardTen Things, Bands and Albums that have caught my eye in 2022, in no particular order.

    The Square Tugs – “Monster Hits “
    This LP is a cracker. The Brisbane-based trio started out as a Circle Jerks cover band (hence the name), but this isn't a one-dimensional release: 16 tracks that channel everything old school (the Ramones, The Damnedetc) into a great album that gets better the more you listen. Its an old school sound without sounding jaded; it still manages to sound fresh with great production and a mix of songs which are funny and also political.   Most of the songs clock in at under two minutes - the only disappointment is that they're over. Check it out.


    The Dark Clouds – “My Way Or The Highway”
    It's taken forever for these slack bastards to get an album out, and as a consequence many of these songs will sound familar to those of you who have seen ‘em live.  It's been worth the wait though as this is a belting rock ‘n’ roll record. Led by a larger-than-life frontman, a wicked lead guitarist and a tight as a fishe’s bottom rhythm section – they’re just as good on record as they are live which is no mean feat. They are one of the most under rated live rock bands in the country. Uf there was any justice they would be filling big venues. If you are fans of rocking proto punk, or balls-to-the-wall Aussie pub rock you'll find something worth your while here. Buy the record, catch them live (they're old - every show could be their last.)

  •  sean st leone 2023
    Sean St Leone. Keith Claringbold photo.

    10 things that made me hoppy this year (in no particular order) 

    Mudhoney at Wollongong Uni
    A band I’ve wanted to see for many, many years and every time I’ve been close to seeing them, something has gone wrong, so I was stoked just to make it to this show. I was even more stoked when they played an amazing set, chock full of classics. Not showing their age in the slightest. 

    Descendants at the Metro, Sydney
    Another band I’d always wanted to see but always missed - been a fan ever since someone put "Everything Sux" in my hand sometime in the late ‘90s. Didn’t know what to expect given Milo had a heart attack less than two months before the gig, but i needn’t have worried. They started and just kept going till the end - pretty much no breaks - just one killer song after another. Tight and more than alright. 

    The Mark of Cain at the Metro, Sydney
    Playing their album "Ill At Ease" from start to finish (and throwing in a few from “Battlesick” and “This Is This” to close out the night). Tight as a fishes arsehole. One of the best things I’ve seen in years. crowd loved it and every song was spot on. Brutally good. If there was any justice in the world this band would have been huge. 

  • squatter 2023Righto, Squatter the Cockatiel here with my Top Ten for 2023.  

    For those of you who don't know how famous I am, I allow Chris Converse and Cathy, both of Punkfest Brisbane and 4ZZZ, to share a house with me so I meet a lot of cool people.  I would say cool cats, but I don't get on well with cats.

    Five out of five chirps for the following (in no particular order):

    Glitoris - Self titled album

    The Go Set-- The Warriors Beneath Us album

    Blowhard- All the Kings Horses 

    Vicious Circle – “Split This Open” album

    Dad Fight - “Guillotine” single 

    The Owen Guns - “Monks in Sexyland” mini album

    Whoroboros – “Consuming and Being Consumed” EP 

    Piss Shivers - Self titled album

    Painters and Dockers – “Advance Australia Where” single

    Square Tugs – “One Minute Love Song” single

  • barman 2022The Barman at an I-94 Editorial Board meeting with Our Man in Dimboola, Ron Brown (left).


    Do The Understanding – Ron S Peno and The Superstitions (self released)
    Ron S Peno
    has equalled and maybe surpassed his output with Died Prettyafter a succession of excellent records with his champion Melbourne band. The man needs a muse and found an outstanding one in co-writer and guitarist Cam Butler.This is the Album of the Year.

    The rest in no particular order:

  • squatter 2022Hi I'm Squatter the Cockatiel. I share a house with Chris Converse (4ZZZ and Punkfest) and Cathy Kerlin (Punkfest and Platform 5 Cafe and Bar) so I get to meet the really cool GC's* and hear some great music.

    I am also a 4ZZZ subscriber.

    Here is my top ten releases of 2022, in no particular order:

    The Owen Guns- Dawn of the Braindead

    Mitch, Please - Yes Thanks

    The Square Tugs - "Monster Hits"

    Eviction - "Demo"

    The Interrupters - "In the Wild"

    The Disables - "No more Rules, No more Ruled"

    Mucho Sonar - "Under the Influence"

    The Cutaways - "Cheap Curtains"

    Topnovil - "Stand Tall"

    Masochist - "Bloom"

    Hope you enjoy my selection and like the picture. I am way more popular than Cathy or Converse.

    Love and chirps,


    *Cockatiel for Good C_nts