Rock City has a Bad Dreem

August 20, 2015 5:24 am 3 comments Views: 5
Bad//Dreems are a mauling Adelaide band with Dogs At Bay debut album nipping at your heel

Bad//Dreems are a mauling Adelaide band with Dogs At Bay debut album nipping at your heels
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Strewth-core. Ya bloody what?

Yes, strewth-core, it’s a genre here to stay. Adelaide rock band Bad//Dreems ply deranged, potato-sack, hodgepodge rock‘n’ roll and it’s catching on.

Recently at Splendour In The Grass, Bad//Dreems avoided trench foot as they took the main stage on the Sunday. “Before we started they had these Bobcats to fix up the mud so the crowd was kept back by security guards, 60 metres from the stage,” recalls guitarist and mouthpiece of the band Alex Cameron, above far left.

“We started playing and in between the songs you could hear the ‘beep beep beep’ and I could see our booking agent arguing with the security guards ‘What the hell’s going on? This is bulls—!’ Every now and then some young guys would break through and make a run for the stage and it’d be a Benny Hill situation as security chased them,” he says.

“About halfway through our set the Bobcats finished their job and then everybody came to the front. It was a big rush forward, Braveheart-style, right at the start of Hiding To Nothing,” Cameron explains.

Hiding to Nothing is the third single following Dumb Ideas and Cuffed and Collared. Their debut album, Dogs at Bay, is out tomorrow and was recorded over a fortnight with producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, The Angels) and Colin Wynne in a 1950s condo in West Brunswick.

“Opitz has a soft spot for a hard-rock, cock-rocking banger,” Cameron says, “he was always pushing songs like Hiding To Nothing forward.”

Hiding To Nothing – Bad//Dreems

Bad//Dreems is completed by Ben Marwe (vocals, guitars), James Bartold (bass) and Miles Wilson (drums). They formed in 2012 in a white -goods repair warehouse on a sultry day and played the local football club.

Ivy League Records are putting their resources behind them and their fanbase takes in old rockers, gen X grunge and garage fans and loose young units starting their gig-life.

“We had a guy fresh out of jail come to our gig in Brisbane, Clint, he was a legend, he got into it, he was wasted but behaved,” says Cameron.

That’s the truth. Strewth.

Northcote Social Club, 301 High St. Oct 24. $ 15+bf.


Here’s an exclusive announcement, sports fans. Megadeth and Children of Bodom will play in October. Led by 53-years-young Dave Mustaine, the LA thrash metal band will rock the good city of Melbourne. Watch this page for ticket giveaways. On sale Mon.

Festival Hall, Dudley St, West Melbourne, Oct 24,

N13wp606 a1 Megadeth will tour Australia with a new album next month.

N13wp606 a1 Megadeth will tour Australia with a new album next month.
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Ecca Vandal kicked all kinds of butt at Splendour in the Grass last month, everyone watching her knew they were witnessing an artist on an upward trajectory, her status set to rise up like her voice in the chorus of new single Father Hu$ $ la, part Bad Brains, part Skunk Anansie. South African born with Sri Lankan Heritage, Ecca Vandal’s latest cut has been featured on The Line of Best Fit, Spin and Tone Deaf.

Last month she signed with signed to Dew Process Australia/New Zealand and Island Records in the UK.


Australia loves a comeback/redemption story. Royal Headache didn’t wrong us in any way, it’s just that the Sydney lout-punks left fans wanting more after their self-titled debut. Then there was that rambunctious Vivid Live Sydney Opera House performance in May…phew…now they make good on all the talk with a second album, High, out tomorrow, reviewed next week.

High will be released through Distant and Vague Recordings and What’s Your Rupture.

Pre-order it at their website and hear cuts High and Another World.

When’s the tour, lads?

Royal Headache - Sydney garage punk pop band with new single High.

Royal Headache – Sydney garage punk pop band with new single High.
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I danced around the house yesterday morning, starkers, to Banoffee’s debut EP.

Right on time, her new single With Her was debuted by I-D Magazine yesterday too and Dot Dash / Remote Control Records will release the EP Do I Make You Nervous? on Oct 2. Oscar Key Sung is on co-production duties, it looks and sounds like she’s in good hands.



Ross Wilson and his well seasoned charges Mondo Rock are up for it. The Besto Mondo show will see fans sing along to Come Said the Boy, Cool World, State Of the Heart and Chemistry. In support, Mi-Sex will play Computer Games both backstage and out front.

Palais Theatre, St Kilda, Sat, 7pm, $ 49/$ 111


This benefit will raise funds for NGO All Ears Cambodia, who will use the money to assist an outreach program treating thousands of Cambodians in abject poverty with hearing loss. I’ve been there, it’s still a desperate place. See Fraser A. Gorman, ALTA (1/2 right) and LANKS.

The Gasometer, Collingwood, Sun, 6pm, $ 15/$ 20.


Alex Gow likes pulling the rug of expectations out from under his fans. Fourth LP When We Talk About Love dropped the puns and popped the runs (on the board) for an introspective innings. Locals on the rise like a loaf of Helgas, Crepes will open then the unstoppable Totally Mild and finally, Gow and co.

Howler, Brunswick, Sat, 8pm, $ 20, h-w-l-r.Com

Peachy keen. Totally Mild Melbourne art-pop band with debut album Down Time on Bedroom Su

Peachy keen. Totally Mild Melbourne art-pop band with debut album Down Time on Bedroom Suck Records. They support Oh Mercy this weekend.
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The artist:Melbourne genre-snappers who throw jazz, blunted hip hop and electronic lounge into the pot for an organic gumbo stew.

Current release:Serene, kissin’ and a cussin’ single All Night. This follows Queen of the Harpies’ slowburner Anyway.

The deal:There is a reason Thievery Corporation, Portishead and James Blake gathered up a legion of fans with laid-bare soul. They have electronic tentacles scratching around the edges like a soft-shelled crab burger trying to escape its box — bewitching music that moves the head first then the body. Similarly, Slum Sociable tie themselves to the right tracks. All Night was premiered by US blog Pigeons and Planes, they liked the “shimmering mix of jazz hop and sample heavy electronica”. It’s now in Hype Machine’s Most Popular Chart having jumped from No.20 to No.9 in the past week. Indie Shuffle likened them to “Prelow, Jungle, M.I.L.K” and the duo play Shebeen on Sept 19, juuust after they hit their straps at the BIGSOUND Music Conference in Brisvegas. Very sociable.

Buzz rating: 7/10.

All Night – Slum Sociable

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