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rock music news welcome to the frontline: what’s goin’ on around town... with Lisa Omagari and Nick Jarvis.

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RICKY KRADOLFER OF CITY RIOTS would sing. At home we also listened to a lot of Motown bands like The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Drifters, The Manhattans.

to date and it’s exactly what we wanted it to sound like. My brother and I are forever working on the band. Matt has cool tats.

Inspirations The Music You Make ‘Born in the USA’ by the Boss was the We were very clear about making a 2. 4.  first song I ever sang as a little kid. We are also record that was a cohesive piece of work all huge fans of Tom Petty and David Bowie. During high school I made friends with this introverted guy I met in the music lab at school. He gave me an album called ‘Elsewhere for 8 Minutes’ (Something for Kate) which completely changed my life. It was raw, it was real, and it had the best guitar sound I had ever heard. I then saved to buy a Jazzmaster and started my first band. Of late, we listen to My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors, TOY, Queens of the Stones Age, Band Of Skulls, Creedence, The Smiths, The Doors, Wild Nothing, and Ride. Your Band City Riots is made up of my brother 3.  Dan, Matt Stadler and I. To cut a long story


Growing Up A key childhood music memory is singing ‘Take The Pressure Down’ by John Farnham into a plastic microphone at home with my

brother Dan when I was seven. I knew all the lyrics. Dan could only yell the word ‘down’. It was the only lyric he knew. He was only four. Our dad used to play drums and my mum

short, we went to Chicago to record our debut album at Billy Corgan’s house and studio. We didn’t like what we ended up with at all, so we ditched it all and started again. We went to Melbourne and started working with Woody Annison at Red Door Sounds. He GOT it. We recorded the Matchsticks EP with him in 2011 then Sea Of Bright Lights last year. Releasing our debut album was our proudest moment

with a consistent texture. Not just a bunch of singles slapped in the middle of b-sides. We were listening to a lot of The Smiths, The Horrors, Blur, The Dandy Warhols, The Church, and The Stone Roses. Woody was drilling us with lots of shoegaze too. Music, Right Here, Right Now The biggest problem for new bands 5. is finding a sustainable and viable way to continue to do what they do and gain the exposure their music deserves. The best thing about the local Oz scene is the sense of comradery and community, and the friendships made through fellow bands. One of the best local bands I’ve seen recently is Pluto Jonze. I saw them when I was on tour playing in Vydamo last week. They sync visuals through TVs with their live sound. It’s awesome. Who: City Riots supported by Bell Weather Department and Jenny Broke the Window Where: Brighton Up Bar, Oxford St When: Friday May 10


Eastside Radio’s Black Gold Record Fair returns to the Local Taphouse on Saturday May 25 with more collectible jazz, soul, funk, blues, reggae, hip hop, dub and electronic wax.



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Epic Japanese instrumental rock band MONO are hitting Australian shores in June, joining fellow Japanese experimentalists Boris for a Winter Solstice celebration of darkness in Hobart, Mona’s Satanalia (alongside The Drones, Barbarion, The Stickmen and more). If you can’t make it to the Apple Isle, though, catch MONO in Sydney at the Hi Fi on Wednesday June 26 – tickets through Oztix and the Hi Fi.

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Dreamy UK quartet Splashh is supporting the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park (London) soon, but first they’re stopping by Goodgod on Thursday June 27 (tickets on sale this Wednesday May 8). Put June 7 in your diary – that’s the date their album Comfort drops on Breakaway Recordings.

May’s set to be another stellar month for Upstairs Beresford. On Friday May 10 punters can catch SWRLS, featuring former members of Dirty Secrets, Irrelevant Celebrities and Mercy Arms, and on Saturday May 11 youthful five-piece Louis London will take to the stage. Next on the bill is Buffalo Tales, the new project for Sydney-based singer-songwriter Wes Carr on Friday May 17, followed by pop quartet Lime Cordiale on Saturday May 18. Adelaide indie quartet Messrs will perform on Friday May 24 and Adam Katz will show off his fusion R&B-hip hop on Saturday May 25. Wrapping up the month will be Newcastle’s Nova and The Experience’s EP launch on Friday May 31. Get amongst it folks! More info at merivale.


Fans of motorcycles and rock’n’roll, stop scrolling wistfully through the Selvedge Yard and get yourself to the Vic in Enmore this Saturday May 11 for Throttle Roll, where you can perv on customised café racers and catch bands like Snowdroppers, Wes Pudsey and the Sonic Aces, and the Cope Street Parade. Tattoos and quiffs optional – admiring glances at chrome and leather a must. It kicks off at midday, and best of all it’s free.


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Meanwhile, reformed ’80s Australian postpunk legends PEL MEL will turn out at Goodgod for their first show of 2011 with fellow ’80s post-punk cult faves The Limp, and local experimental synth outfit Bad Jeep. Tickets on the door.

Palma Violets


Were you one of the unlucky horde that missed out on Splendour tickets? Your July isn’t ruined yet, for there’ll be oh so many sideshows to choose from, with the first announcements including NME’s wet dreams Palma Violets, Enfield’s sweet dream James Blake and skate punks FIDLAR, along with HAIM, Darwin Deez, Jake Bugg, Deap Vally, MS MR, Daughter and Everything Everything; dates and ticket announcements to come.

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