Industry Scoop From Australia

By Danny Canak, [06-27-2003]

FBi Back On Air

Sydney community radio station FBi (Free Broadcast Incorporated) have just begun their final test broadcast before they hit us with their full program schedule on August 29. The station has been granted the highest-powered public access license in the whole country meaning that its reception will be equal to that of the commercial stations. According to FBi president Cass Wilkinson, "Hundreds of Sydney music lovers have given their time, expertise, energy and cash to build a radio station that reflects the tremendous passion we have for Australian music." She adds, "The cost of running a license this size is substantial but we're out to prove you can achieve a significant audience share and high quality programming running on Australian talent." The station will not only promote emerging artists and art forms, but it will also provide 50% Australian music content (half from Sydney performers and producers, the rest from around the world). In addition, FBi will promote local creativity, including comedy, visual art, drama, literature and film and will be accessible to the people of Sydney, providing opportunities for members to get involved in the work and life of the station. Tune in to FBi radio at 94.5 on the FM dial.

Introducing Velvet Revolver

The new supergroup featuring Guns'N'Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, David Kushner (Suicidal Tendencies) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) has been christened Velvet Revolver. They performed their first show together in Los Angeles on June 19 debuting new songs such as 'Set Me Free' which will be appearing on the Hulk soundtrack. They plan to write and rehearse over the coming months and hope to get an album out sometime in 2004. Meanwhile, rumours that Stone Temple Pilots have split have been quashed with news that the band have recorded a new song together for a Greatest Hits package due out later this year. And as for Guns'N'Roses, that long awaited 'Chinese Democracy' album which has been promised for what seems like a decade, should see a release by the year's end. The band are currently adding their finishing touches to the album which frontman Axl Rose will be co-producing. Fans of the band finally have something to look forward to.

Metallica Blow Their Load

As expected, Metallica's 'St Anger' album skyrocketed into the #1 spot on the Australian ARIA albums chart last month. In addition, it became one of the biggest ever first week sales results on the chart selling in excess of 35,000 copies in the first week alone. It also managed to debut at the top on the US Billboard chart selling almost half a million copies there in the first week. As the Bob Rock produced album continues to sell by the truckload, the band are currently on a world tour which they kicked off in Europe last month. This will include Australia and if rumours are to be believed, they will be here in early 2004.

Big Brother'S "Raunchy" Sister

Missed out on Big Brother, Search For A Supermodel or Australian Idol? Well Australia is about to be rocked with something much "raunchier". Details of this new concept are being kept under wraps at this early stage but what we can tell you is that for those interested in registering, the one requirement is that you need to be a female aged 16 and over. If you want to get involved, please email a recent photo with some information about your interests, career aspirations, and contact details to: - Extra points will be awarded to those who indicate what it is about them that makes them "raunchy". For those interested in submitting further material such as videos and portfolios, send them an email for further instructions.

Jane's Addiction Get Hypersonic

It has been almost 13 years since influential LA band Jane's Addiction released a studio album. So news that the quartet will be releasing a new album this month should come as something of a pleasant surprise to fans. To be released in conjunction with the band's hotly anticipated, headlining return to the Lollapalooza tour, the eleven-track collection reunites vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, and drummer Stephen Perkins with newly recruited bassist Chris Chaney (Andrew W.K., Tommy Lee, Rob Zombie). Being the follow up to 1990's Ritual De Lo Habitual, the album finds the groundbreaking group extending its ever-innovative sound with a musical immediacy that's poignant, spiritual and utterly sonic. From the explosive first single 'Just Because' to Farrell's vocally dynamic, live-wire rocker 'Price I Pay', the album finds Jane's Addiction at its gripping, uncompromising best. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrinthe (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Lou Reed), it is due in stores on July 22.

Rollins Returns...Again

Almost permanent resident Henry Rollins will be returning to our shores once again this month for a bunch of shows with the Rollins Band but this time with a special twist. The band's set will be made up entirely of Black Flag songs - the hardcore pioneers that a young Henry cut his teeth on. This is the first and only time Australia will get to experience Henry performing Black Flag songs live. Why now you ask? Well it's all for a good cause. All proceeds from the live shows will go directly to the West Memphis Three defense fund. The band have long supported the West Memphis Three, a group of men (Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin) who as teenagers were charged and sentenced for the brutal murders of three young boys in Arkansas, Memphis. This is a crime many believe they did not commit. Rollins has tried to raise awareness of the case ever since learning about it and last year rallied up a number of today's most respected artists to record a benefit album featuring covers of Black Flag songs titled 'Rise Above'. A series of highly successful US live dates followed and with this success, Rollins decided to take the message to the world. And when Henry has a message, you should all listen. "Here's what I need from you," he says. "I need you to show up to these shows. Flat out. He adds, "This was a botched case from the beginning. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley didn't get a fair day in court and that's not right and if you're down with this program then you're standing up for justice. They've been in prison for ten years and all you have to do is come to the show and have a great time as you know you will and you will have made a huge difference to three people who have absolutely no recourse now other than to depend on the will of good people to do the right thing." So if you want to do the right thing, you can catch the Rollins Band playing the music of Black Flag on the following dates:

Wednesday 23rd July: Corner Hotel - Melbourne
Thursday 24th July: Music House - Adelaide
Friday 25th July: Arena - Brisbane
Saturday 26th July: Metro - Sydney

Something For Kate Return

With the new single 'Déjà vu' due in stores on July 7, Something For Kate have announced that they will be playing a bunch of live shows around Australia this month to support this release. The single, which was produced by Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow, Wilco & SFK's 'Echolalia'), was recorded at Mangrove Studios on Sydney's North Coast and has been receiving plenty of airplay around the country over the past month. This is the first single off the band's forthcoming album 'The Official Fiction' which will be released on August 18. The album, which is the band's fourth, will feature a number of special guest vocalists including Caitlin Cary (ex: Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams), Grant Lee Phillips (of Grant Lee Buffalo) and Lisa Germano who has contributed vocals to two of the album tracks. After an 18 month absence from the live circuit, the band finally return to deliver a live show that highlights exactly what has made them one of the country's finest and most popular acts - powerfully rich melodies, lush instrumentation and evocative and thought provoking lyrics. You can catch Something For Kate with very special guests, Seattle's Death Cab For Cutie, on the following dates:

Thursday 3rd July -Hotel Great Northern, BYRON BAY(with Further)
Friday 4th July -Trocadero, GOLD COAST (with Further)
Saturday 5th July - Arena, BRISBANE (with Further)
Thursday 10th July - Club Nova Panthers, Auditorium 2, NEWCASTLE
Friday 11th July - Metro, SYDNEY
Saturday 12th July - Metro, SYDNEY
Thursday 17th July - The Palace, MELBOURNE (with Sime Nugent & the Forefathers)
Friday 18th July Fly - By Night, FREMANTLE
Saturday 19th July - Rosemount, PERTH
Sunday 20th July - Heaven, ADELAIDE

Other Tours

VERUCA SALT: The revamped, revitalised and rocking Veruca Salt return to Australia in support of their first album in 5 years, 'Resolver'. Having endured break-ups with her celebrity boyfriend, ex-band member Nina Gordon, and her record company, frontwoman Louise Post is back stronger than ever. Veruca Salt will rock their way around the country on the following dates:

Friday 11th July: RAFFLES HOTEL – Perth
Sunday 13th July: FOWLERS LIVE – Adelaide
Wednesday 16th July: PRINCE OF WALES – Melbourne
Thursday 17th July: THE METRO – Sydney
Saturday 19th July: SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS - Byron Bay (All Ages)

1200 TECHNIQUES: Before they head off overseas, 1200 Techniques will be delivering a stunning mix of hip-hop, rock, break beats, dance and funk with a national tour throughout late July and August in support of their new single 'Eye Of The Storm' (out on July 21). Joining them will be KutMasta Kurt and Motion Man from West Coast USA. The dates to check them out are:

Friday July 18: The Arena, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday July 20: Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday July 24: Metro, Sydney, NSW
Friday July 25: Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday July 31: Governor Hindmarch, Adelaide, SA
Friday August 1: Globe Theatre, Perth, WA
Saturday August 2: Area 1 (The Club) Bunbury, WA
Sunday August 3: Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA

CD Reviews

STEREOPHONICS - You Gotta Go There To Come Back (FMR)

The Stereophonics' 4th album, which was written and produced by lead singer Kelly Jones himself, sees the band strip things right back to produce an almost classic 70s blues-rock feel. In what can best be described as raw, Jones almost effortlessly gets through each track with his gravelly voice highlighted throughout but is outstanding on the first single 'Madame Helga' with its high-energy rock. You get the feeling that each track was recorded spontaneously and the rawness was a conscious decision. This has in fact been confirmed by Jones who reveals that the vocals for 'Madame Helga', 'Rainbows and Pots of Gold' and 'I'm Alright' were only sung once before the album was made. Some will see this album as a return to form while others will condemn them of trying too hard to please their critics. Whatever the case, the melodies here will stay in your head for a long time if you let them enter your mind.


Grandaddy return with their long awaited follow up to 2000's well received 'The Sophtware Slump'. The band's 4th album is chock full of quirky pop and catchy melodies kicking off with first single 'Now It's On' which shows a more positive lyrical approach than previously. The band have received plenty of comparisons to artists like the Flaming Lips with their dreamy lyrics, soft vocals and laid back guitars which are all evident on the album. Other tracks include future single 'El Caminos In The West' and the tortured 'I'm On Standby'. Not groundbreaking but will certainly keep the fans pleased.

TIMO MAAS - Music For The Maases 2 (FMR) 'Music For The Maases 2' is an eclectic collection of tracks that have all

previously received the remix treatment courtesy of German DJ/Producer Timo Maas. Artists remixed vary from Fatboy Slim ('Star 69'), Moby ('We Are All Made Of Stars') & Moloko ('Familiar Feelings') to Kelis ('Young Fresh and New'), Garbage ('Breaking Up The Girl') & Placebo whose 'Special K' receives the full vocal mix. The album also contains one new Timo Maas track 'Unite' that fits in nicely into this 70-minute funk-fest that also features the odd synthesizer groove and house beat. If you like your club remixes, then this one's for you.

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