Emerging from one of the eddies in the independent undercurrent of Brisbane’s 90s music scene, the past 2.5 decades have been of ceaseless re-inventive spirit, playing with form and flux, the affection of self-parody, ever ambling a rickety bridge of modus vivendi, all bagged up with an effervescent outsider enthusiasm that has never left their skin. And now… to pound the quarter century mark with a fully blown visually rehabilitated retrospective of a show straddling a holographic hyperbole of antiquated technology, trawling the analogue back through the digital.
And when it comes to those ubiquitous lists…
Maybe 11 ALBUMSor so if you count the live, Jingles compilation and latest kids releases; EPS surely must be 7 of these at least… and in their time maybe 16 singles, a few 7 inches and 5 or so DVD releases. And MUSIC VIDEOS feels like maybe 47 or so of those… SHIRTSjeez, must have been close to 120 or so designs spread across… approximately 905 PERFORMANCESor thereabouts including maybe 25 national headline tours, 6 Big Day Out tours, so many festivals you could poke a stick at… along with some great times playing with DEVO, Boredoms, The Prodigy, TISM, Audio Active, CIV, The Mint Chicks, Ratatat, Senyawa, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Helmet, The Melvinsand more including the odd collaborative excursions into theatre, dance, live soundtracks and generally just bent on allowing an unstable ingenuity… and on that note who could forget 21 days inside a glass BUBBLE!
Whatever the extent of this output means in the greater scheme of things the obvious inconsistencies have always been the open pursuit of creative probity, humour above serious intent, sustainable mentalities above any need for dominance, and about as honest unto themselves as possible – whomever that might be? All in all just playing to the ad-hoc… making it all up as it goes.
Joining us for this head-brush of a warp drive through our times is none other than Japan’s coruscating icons of sugar punk power popsters SHONEN KNIFE, along with erstwhile compadres in the mirthful upending of contemporary culture THE FAUVES. This will also be our first tour working in conjunction with the new sustainable energy program FEAT.
REGURGITATOR – 25 YEARS OF BEING CONSUMED!
Shonen Knife + The Fauves +
The Gov | Fri 18 & Sat 19 Oct
Tickets: $50 + Booking Fee
Doors open @ 7:30 pmTickets available from www.thegov.com.au| www.oztix.com.au
Since their pure DIY beginnings in 1981, Osaka, Japan’s Shonen Knife have been building a faithful following of music enthusiasts and the alternative rock elite. Their relentless journey secured the band’s place as one of the pioneer ambassadors of Japanese rock music and culture on the international stage. In 2019 the trio charges ahead towards their 4th decade of international touring and recording with their 19th studio release “Sweet Candy Power”.The band features original members (and sisters) Naoko on Vocals and Guitar, Atsuko on Bass and Vocals and introduces their newest member, Risa, on Drums and Vocals. Naoko describes the “Sweet Candy Power” album as “This album is homage to my favorite 1960’s and 1970’s rock music. Also I put all of enjoyment, entertainment, joyful and delightful from me into songs. Inspired by my experience during tours and my daily life, I wrote lyrics with fun and a little bit of ironical viewpoint. I hope people get happy through this album.” presented through the lens of SK’s charismatically executed, sunshine and candy filled fantasy world. Latest album “Sweet Candy Power”, stocked up with 10 brand new songs including “I Feel Dizzy”, is out JUNE 5 worldwide.
The Fauves’ lengthy tenure has seen them outlast several generations of bands. Long have they posed like big game hunters on the African savannah with their feet astride the lifeless neck of the music industry. Forgotten but not gone, the band released its 12th album, Driveway Heart Attack, in May, a 22-song journey into darkness, light and a sort of crepuscular gloom. The band been likened to a North Queensland cult. For those who have been indoctrinated, membership is a revelatory experience. Others tend to just walk past the large cyclone fence and peer through occasionally.