Interview- Carl Whitbread (Lo!)


By Ben

Lo! are rising.

By the time this Sydney quartet came to public awareness they had already honed a professional sound and style that is as slick as it is stimulating.
They are a group of experienced and likeminded musicians who have focussed their combined powers into a fearsome musical alliance.
Guitarist and go-getter Carl Whitbread made time in his schedule to answer a few questions and here are the results for your reading pleasure.  Read more

Slanted & Enchanted Festival @ The Astor Theatre, Perth 7/12/13


By Ben

Slanted & Enchanted is a new & novel concept on the Perth music front: an indie rock festival carried out concurrently over two completely separate venues –The Astor Theatre & The Bakery.  It’s fair to say that it is not the type of event I would normally frequent based on the majority of the lineup, but the inclusion of Canadian noise merchants METZ got me out of the house and off to the theatre.  Read more...

Brutal Ben’s Top Albums of 2013


In a barely acceptable act of self-indulgence I get to bang on about the albums I rated highest in 2013. Not a bad gig for a verbose music lover like me!
I was lucky enough to have some of my favourite acts put out new material in 2013, and none disappointed. Ranking them in any kind of order is a difficult task akin to choosing my favourite cut of steak or deciding which colour Clinker tastes best.
So I have compiled a list of the albums that most moved me in the past 12 months despite the order being a fluid concept. Read more…

Ben’s guide to gig etiquette! (AKA – gripes of a grumpy gig goer)


By Ben

Live music is my favorite thing and as a result I have spent countless hours in close proximity to countless other punters and had some unbelievable and unforgettable experiences.  But for all the awesome there is all too often annoyance.  I am not renowned as a particularly patient person and crowds can be the ultimate test of the tether on my temper
So I have honed a list of my behavioral observations and suggestions from my experiences as seen from my somewhat crusty & jaded perspective.  Read more…

Every Time I Die / Chainsaw Hookers / Statues @ Amplifier Bar Perth 24/10/13


By Ben

They have a reputation as a good time live band and tonight was my first chance to see them at a smaller indoor venue after catching them for a couple of festival sets over the years. My previous impressions had been that they were a good live act that were not necessarily suited to a huge stage and small crowd at midday on the Big Day Out bill. I was really hoping that the chance to witness their “partycore” action in a club would be more akin to seeing them in their natural environment. Read more…

Vista Chino- Peace


By Ben

The ‘K’ Word…It is unavoidable I’m afraid…

Vista Chino is not Kyuss (mostly for legal reasons) but there is enough Kyuss present in their personnel and sound for them trade off the aforementioned legacy. But in doing so they potentially risked mortally wounding a mythical monster, and as a huge Kyuss fan I was worried that may turn out to be the case.  Read more…