The Spotted Mallard & Scarlett Vogue Productions
Midnight Woolf, The Yard Apes & James Mcann & The New Vinictives Tickets
6:00pm, Sat 10 March, 2018
Spotted Mallard, MELBOURNE, VIC
Riff solid punko rock jives for you, from this line up of not a f*#k giving musical cats.
$20 on the door.
Doors open at 6pm, bands kicking the shit outta the stage around 9ish.
MIDNIGHT WOOLF Midnight Woolf is as simple as modern society is an indulgent Byzantine mess. The riffs have been around longer than Wall Street self-interest, and the lyrical themes as sophisticated as Chuck Berry telling dirty anecdotes in the schoolyard. Raul Sanchez was born in the Spanish city of Valencia, just inland from the south-east coast of Spain. Best known outside of Spain for the juicy oranges that bear the city's name, Sanchez maintains affection for the city of his birth, though his musical exploits the other side of the world have ensured his cultural ties extend far beyond Spain. Sanchez first came to prominence when he joined Magic Dirt in 1997; some years later, he teamed up with his brother Lluis to form the garage-blues outfit MidnightWoolf. "When we're over in Spain we're an Australian band, and when we're here, we're a Spanish band," Sanchez laughs. "I'll play that card wherever I have to!"
THE YARD APES The Yard Apes are an Australian band through and through. Blessed with an assertive attitude and a natural swagger, their brand of 'Ape Rock' is instantly compelling. Landlocked in Ballarat, the spirited trio headed down to their coastal state capital of Melbourne, where its vibrant and geographical surf-rock sound, has been mixed with rockabilly and sneering garage-punk, to create a delightful collection of eccentric tracks. As pioneers of fusing 1950's power chords with energising CBGB's punk, it is almost inevitable that The Cramps' cult-sound has had a sustaining influence on the young Aussie's, especially, vocalist Brett Dunbar, who uses this to his - and the band's - advantage, as his nom de sleaze persona complements their offhand dementia well, most notably, during the primate swing of 'Monkey Brains'. Charismatic and naturally likeable, here's hoping that The Yard Apes remain true to their 'Ape Rock' roots, for a long time to come.
JAMES MCCANN AND THE NEW VINDICTIVES James McCann was born in Perth and in the early 1990's was in Sydney, where he enjoyed a small taste of commercial attention with his band Harpoon. In the late 1990s McCann returned to Perth, playing in Maurice Flavel's Gutterville Splendour Six, a loose collective of like-minded musicians that included Brendan Humphries (Kill Devil Hills) and Gareth Liddiard and Rui Pereira (The Drones). Shortly after McCann formed the first incarnation of The Drones with Liddiard and Pereira. Leaving The Drones behind, McCann's rock'n'roll journey took him to Sydney, 3000 kilometres away on the other side of the vast Australian continent, and then south to Melbourne, the fertile home of Australian music. With his Dirty Skirt Band, his 'Other Band' and more recently the New Vindictives, McCann has traversed the rock'n'roll spectrum, from dirty blues jams, to country, to abrasive 70s rock. McCann has also found time to collaborate with Spencer P Jones (Beasts of Bourbon), Nunchukka Superfly (featuring Ray Ahn and Peter Black from the Hard Ons), Damo Suzuki (Can), Brian Hooper (Beasts of Bourbon) and Penny Ikinger (Wet Taxis) and Garry Gray (Sacred Cowboys, Sixth Circle) writing the music for Sixth Circle song Diamond in the Forehead. The Drones covered the McCann song This Time on their award winning album Wait Long By The River etc. James McCann and The New Vindictives are a punk-spiked rock'n'roll band guaranteed to kick you into excitement. In October 2017 James McCann returned to Europe for a four-week tour that will see McCann play gigs across France and Spain. Joining him on the tour will be the New Vindictives, comprising Tim Deane (Ron Peno and the Superstitions, Hired Guns) on guitar, Chris Taranto (BitterSweet Kicks) on bass and Jackson Kite on drums. 2017 is the year of James McCann.
Come along and join the celebration.