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Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier

Deborah Conway is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, love, loss, memory, the mundane and the spiritual. Restless and confounding, her powerful voice and presence has fascinated audiences for the past 30 years. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated; Conway continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists.

From the moment her band, Do Re Mi released the iconic Man Overboard, off their debut album Domestic Harmony in 1985, Conway has always followed her own path. The song was radically different to radio playlists, a rant on gender politics and without a chorus, yet it sat at the top of the charts and introduced her as a compelling force.

Willy’s first recorded appearance was with his band Tootieville on the Cooking With George Mark Too compilation record, released by radio station Triple J in 1985, though he had been spotted haunting Melbourne’s live music venues long before that. Tootieville followed this up with an album entitled Basic in 1990 that was The Age’s Green Guide album of the year.

He first appears in the Deborah Conway story (officially) on the credits of the Release Me single as co-performer of the live version of Will You Miss Me When You’re Sober.

Willy came into the limelight proper with the release of Bitch Epic in 1993. He co-wrote the record with Deborah & co-produced. The notes for the album simply say “thanks especially to Willy for always getting me across the bridge”.

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Brian Mannix

Uncanny X-Men are known for their hits such as “The Party”, “How Do You Get Your Kicks?”, “50 Years” and “Everybody Wants to Work”.

Mannix is also known for his television work appearing as a regular on the ABC television quiz show Spicks and Specks. He was also a contestant on Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars and appeared regularly on Australian cultural icon, Hey Hey it’s Saturday

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Exports

Exports is a Heavy Surf/Neo-Psychedelic Rock trio from Melbourne, Australia, mixing influences from the tastes of its members. Hailing from the north-east suburbs, Exports are rough and ready to put on a show you'll remember.

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Fortress Rising

Fortress Rising featuring the power house drumming of James Marshall, combined with the shreddage of Josh Vail on Lead guitar and Jamie Redfern on Lead vocals and rhythm guitar.

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Acdshe Australia

Australia's original female fronted AC/DC tribute band. Formed in 2007, Melbourne based and as authentic as it comes.

AC/DShe has been around now for nearly 15 years and pull good crowds when we play.
We are a little bit different to the other AC/DC tribute shows, mainly due to the fact we have a female singer, and we don’t do the Angus school boy uniform either, we have found that the only guitarists that are willing to wear it are not up to scratch with their playing ability.
So, for us, because we are all AC/DC fans in the band, we would rather have the band musically authentic than have someone on stage feeling uncomfortable in a school boy uniform.
We know that if we were to pay and go see this band, it wouldn’t matter if the visual part of the uniform was to be there, for us it’s about the music.
The band is a very good band and musically is pretty authentic, plus another thing that we have that the other AC/DC bands don’t have is the right rhythm section which is important for any AC/DC fan out there.

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Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band

The latest thrilling incarnation of master rock’n’roll storyteller Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band began with a Link Wray record.

Perkins and his respected musician, songwriter, producer and bandmate Matt Walker share a mutual admiration of the American electric guitar innovator, whose iconic power chords in his signature 50s rock’n’roll instrumentals, had a profound influence on the evolution of rock guitar.

The pair have enjoyed countless musical conversations over the decade while hanging out backstage and on the road with Perkins’ award-winning The Man In Black – The Johnny Cash Story, with Walker playing guitar in the Tennessee Four band for the theatrical production.

When Perkins enthused about his partner finding him a rare vinyl copy of Link Wray’s Beans and Fatback album, recorded in 1971, Walker’s response initiated a flurry of creative endeavour which would ultimately result in the formation of the Fat Rubber Band.

“There’s a couple of albums he recorded in a chicken shack on his brother Vernon’s farm, known as the Three Track Shack recordings – one was a self-titled album and the follow-up called Beans and Fatback, which is a little more rare.

“My partner Kristyna knew I was a fan of that record and she’s an ebay ninja and she found a vinyl copy. After I immediately hugged and thanked her for it, I took a picture of it and sent it to Matt Walker. And the fateful words came back: ‘Awesome, let’s make an album like that.’ And that was it. We were on!”

Throughout his four-decade career as a captivating performer, compelling songwriter and dexterous vocalist, Perkins has sought collaborators who both shared his passion for music and challenged his creativity.

From his first band Tex Deadly and the Dum Dums, through the fertile tension of Beasts of Bourbon and chart-slaying The Cruel Sea, his musical bromances with Tex, Don and Charlie and TnT side hustle with Tim Rogers, and myriad bands – Thug, Dark Horses, The Band of Gold, The Ape and yes, the Ladyboyz – Perkins extraordinary adaptability has allowed him to explore and push the boundaries of traditional music forms from hard rock and heavy noise to country folk balladry and blues grooves. All with his unmistakable baritone and sly sense of humour.

But the Fat Rubber Band was clearly destined, with Perkins and Walker quickly trading songs for the project like a song-writing tennis match perpetually swinging back to deuce.

Walker offered the debut album’s opening track, the wide-screen drama of Pay The Devil’s Due; Perkins responded with the plaintive blues of My Philosophy. Walker replied with the album’s fuzz driven debut single Danger Has Been Kind and Perkins countered with the glacially-paced, intimate Poor Simple Minded Fool.

The pair road-tested their works in progress as a duo before enlisting bassist Steve Hadley, drummer Roger Bergodaz and Evan Richards on percussion to complete the Fat Rubber Band line-up to record the album’s ten tracks at Walker’s Stovepipe Studios in Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges.

“At Matt’s studio – you open the door to the studio and nature floods in,” Perkins says. “We wanted it to sound rural, to feel the dirt and the grass and the leaves.”

Even after all these decades, when you think you know that gravelly baritone inside out, Perkins finds new emotional tones in the service of the Fat Rubber Band’s songs vivid narratives, with their characters wrestling, but sometimes dancing, with the tougher, darker qualities of the human condition. This is truly existential blues.

Bubbling underneath those upfront vocals and raw harmonies are intricately entwined guitar conversations and unexpected percussive flourishes.

“Another aspect that we wanted was for the sound to be sometimes a collision and sometimes a marriage of acoustic and electric instruments. We wanted that tension between mandolins and bouzoukis meeting fuzz guitars.

“We also considered percussion to be a vital element of the sound we were going for; we noticed in the recordings we loved from the 50s and 60s that often the tamborine hit, or the maracas, or whatever percussion, was right up there in the mix, right next to the vocal,” Perkins says.

“The last characteristic of the music we wanted to pursue was harmonies, vocal harmonies. Not only have Matt and I discovered we can weave instinctively around each other’s singing, really well, we also have three other great vocalists in the group, so five part harmonies is what we end up with on songs like Love Long Gone and Trouble Goodbye, it can be breath-taking…literally.”

This is end times existential electric country funk folk rock swamp witch blues, its way out there, but it’s here right now.

Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band release their debut album on Friday October 29, 2021.

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Defryme

New album coming 2022. EP "Stylo Curiae" & album "Purekiller" soon for re-release. Rock on!

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Days Between

Husband and wife team, Rich and Sarah Wood met through being in a band together and are continuing the dream together 9 years on. They teamed up with Drummer Shane Tinetti in 2007 and recorded their debut album in 2010. Their music is influenced by such Artists as Paramore, Evanessence, Foo Fighters, Creed, Smashing Pumpkins, Brook Fraser, U2. Lyrics are personal, poetic and relatable.
Its Rock, its Alternative, its passionate, its inspiring, its honest, its catchy and its creative and original.

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ATLVS

A 5 piece metalcore act from Melbourne, Australia. Forming late in 2017 ATLVS hit the ground running playing as many shows as possible as they worked to get their name out in the local scene. Getting the opportunity to play alongside acts such as Windwaker, Gravemind, Pridelands, Ocean Sleeper and Dream on Dreamer to name a few. Since the bands inception, ATLVS have built a loyal following. Their release of their debut Ep “Memoir” (2019) opened the door for radio plays in both Australia and overseas. It also allowed for the opportunity to tour Australia for the first time at the end of 2019. ATLVS were able to showcase their brutal sound, winning the hearts of metal fans across the country. The end of tour brought with it the quintets first headline show in Melbourne, which completely sold out. Next saw the release of “Sorrow” which solidified the heavy change that ATLVS was going through and would ultimately open up for the new material that ATLVS was about to bring. 2021 and a new chapter of ATLVS has begun with a string of releases coming out. To start is the release of “Nazareth” a hard hitting and straight to the point crushing single. Opening the eyes of fans, both old and new. Leaving the listener loving the new sound that ATLVS is evolving into. With just releasing the latest single “Kodokushi” continues with soul crushing heaviness but introduces melodic/ambient feels at the same time. Leaving what is to come wide open.

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Odyssey to the Sun

Led by Marco Troiano, guitarist and singer - songwriter of the project, the band is influenced by "70 psychedelic rock, blues, reggae and samba rock.
The message of their music is based on self-discovery, consciousness, contemplation and love for nature.