Ekranoplans working on their debut disc at Reservoir Neighbourhood House, 8 January 2017. Stay tuned for release announcement.
Community Radio is the life blood for Melbourne’s creative community and one of the reasons that Melbourne is such a great hub of musical and theatrical diversity. Over the years creative people have been drawn to our city after they realise there is a platform for them to have their music played and for them to talk about their artistry, that place is through the airwaves of community radio.
One of those Community Radio stations 3cr was established in 1976 to provide a voice for those denied access to the mass media, particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people and the many community groups and community issues discriminated against in and by the mass media. Over 400 volunteer programmers present more than 120 programs that go to air each week. The station broadcasts in approximately 20 languages including English, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It’s always been a struggle financially for 3CR to pay the bills and continue to broadcast which is why 3 fabulous Melbourne bands are playing at the NSC to support 3CR and present an entertaining afternoon of music.
Bj Morriszonkle is a one man band, composer, weirdo, stoked father, songwriter and huge Columbo tv show fan. He sometimes makes some sort of cartoon music, sometimes depressed cowboy pop songs, sometimes junk that sounds like b-grade sci-fi movie music from the 50’s and sometimes trash / clown metal. It’s all over the top and exists completely in it’s own screwed up universe.
Winter Sun are an eclectic Rock outfit. Expect space, dynamics, melody, harmonies. Sets are a hypnotic roller coaster ride. The songs have dark and twisted lyrics and swing from dirty arse blues to bitter-sweet ballads. Soon to release their album ‘Black Lips, Dead Trees’ on Spooky Records, watch out for the single/clip ‘Deadly Nightshade’.
Ekranoplans – music critic Michael Helms had this to say about the band – “Like some sort of refurbished dirty power station in Kazakhstan ready to reap in the profit the Ekranoplans burst onto the scene last night to rock the Yarra. With lead ranter Simon Strong whirling dervishly, Master G Goldberg pushing pedal power to the fore and the rhythm section sounding like they’d just stepped off the stage of the Howard Stein Music Academy circa 1973 this bunch of hard rocking psychedelic Soviet sympathisers demand your attention…”
Please show your love towards Community Radio and join us for this not to be missed show.
Sun 30 April @ Northcote Social Club
301 High Street Northcote
Doors open : 1.30pm
Pre-sale tickets on sale now : $10 + BF
HARASHO! Ekranoplan debut bushkanyetz! Rock n roll, new wave, psychedliya! Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, Sol 3.
Filmed by Richard Raber. We owe ya big time mate. Also a massive shout out to Mark Monnone and all his pals that set up the banging show.
Here’s what one eyewitness (music critic Michael Helms) had to say:
Like some sort of refurbished dirty power station in Kazakhstan ready to reap in the profit the Ekranoplans burst onto the scene last night to rock the Yarra. With lead ranter Simon Strong whirling dervishly, Master G Goldberg pushing pedal power to the fore and the rhythm section sounding like they’d just stepped off the stage of the Howard Stein Music Academy circa 1973 this bunch of hard rocking psychedelic Soviet sympathisers demand your attention…
27 July 2002 – Cornish Arms, Brunswick.
With Rowland Howard and Luxedo.
I recall maybe Rowland or Luxedo didn’t play. There are some cool photos of this gig and some video too.
I (Simon) had been fortunate enough to work at the famous PolyEster Bookshop on Brunswick St from 1996-97 – for more info see my short doco Totally Weird Shit!.
I stayed in touch with the proprietor Dr Gonzo after I left and many years later realised my ambition to play a set on the tiny shop floor.
Later on Gonz started the Planet X radio Show on 3CR 855AM but that’s another story!
PST’s second public show was another gallery opening. Some of the gig was videoed by David Cox, including this striking version of FOTG.