US garage-rock legends THE BELLRAYS paid a visit to Australia in June 2013 after a lengthy break from touring the Oz territory. Following the run of European shows (and some recording) that pre-ceeded the hectic promo / touring schedule here in Australia, it all took its toll on singer Lisa Kekaula, who's voice almost gave out just in time for her first Sydney gig in 6 years.

Still wowing the crowd of die-hard followers at the Manning Bar, the first thing Kekaula and bandmates suggested to promoter Nightmare Music, was that they return to Sydney as soon as possible to do another show at 100% full strength.

The BellRays are set to return this November and will play Sydney's home of rock (a headline show) at the iconic Annandale Hotel on Friday 22nd November.

In their only Victorian show The BellRays (USA) will headline Melbourne's CherryFest 2013 on Sunday 24 November hosted in AC/DC Lane and The Cherry Bar. CherryFest is Australia's only street rock n roll music festival and will feature 14 acts across 2 stages from 12 noon.

Cherry Bar Owner and Booker James Young reflects, "As the only business in AC/DC Lane Cherry feels an obligation to bring this internationally iconic Laneway to life. Having The Bellrays playing in AC/DC Lane in front of 800 sun-drenched beer-soaked music lovers as our CherryFest 2013 headline act will be something Melbourne will never forget. Let there be rock. Let there be The BellRays in AC/DC Lane".

Friday 22nd November 2013
SYDNEY, Annandale Hotel - NSW

Sunday 24th November 2013
MELBOURNE, Cherry Rock - VIC


Black Flag (the Greg Ginn-fronted version of the band) is coming to Australia as part of the Hits & Pits touring mini-festivalin November. No other West Coast US punk band stands as iconic as the band from Hermosa Beach, California. Formed in 1976, Black Flag carved their own story, their own scene and inevitably lead the way for the multitudes of bands that would come after them. But with none matching the level of attitude and influence Black Flag would leave behind.

Throughout Black Flag's tumultuous history there remained one constant and driving force - guitarist, songwriter and sole continuous member Greg Ginn. Ginn, and his work through SST Records, is the reason the modern day scene holds the DIY ethic in such strong esteem. There was no internet, there was no social networking, and there was no scene. If you wanted it then you had to make it yourself and that's exactly what Black Flag did.

In January 2013, the world gasped as Ginn and vocalist Ron Reyes united to reignite Black Flag. They are putting the final touches on their first album in 28 years. They have already dropped two new tracks titled "Down In The Dirt" and "The Chase" released earlier this year through their website.

Other Hits & Pits names include The Ataris, Sweden's NoFun At All , Boysetsfire and Bad Astronaut.

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New York Hardcore icons, Murphy's Law, are amped up for their first Australian tour in their 30 year career. Murphy's Law were founded in Astoria, Queens, New York City in 1983. Over the past 30 years, they have become cornerstones of the American hardcore legacy. Murphy's Law ride the line between obnoxious skatepunk, grooving urban rock 'n roll and molten metal but while most of their contemporaries and followers aimed to be the most brutal, tough or politically conscious band around, Murphy's Law instead promoted an upbeat party attitude. The band enlisted John "Norwood" Fisher of Fishbone to produce their 1991 album, "The Best of Times", incorporating funk and ska elements into their sound way before skacore became popular. Murphy's Law pioneered what has become known as the sound of New York Hardcore back then and now represent what it stands for today.

Through countless line up changes, Murphy's Law's lone remaining founder is Jimmy Gestapo, always the life of the party, Gestapo has a reputation for making sure every punter in the crowd has a damn good time! At a recent show in New York, reported "During "Panty Raid," someone brought a bucket of beers onstage, which Murphy's Law frontman Jimmy Gestapo distributed to the front row, along with shots of Jager." Many might recognize Gestapo from Grand Theft Auto IV where he played The DJ of Liberty City Hardcore. The game also featured the Murphy's Law track "A Day in the Life".

In 2013, Murphy's Law's line up once again includes journeyman guitarist, Todd Youth (ex-Danzig, ex-Agnostic Front, ex-D Generation) and is completed by Raven (Sax), Dug 'The Mouth' (Bass), Vincent Alva (drums) and Ian 'The Welshman'.

Wed 18th – Zoo. Brisbane
w/ Mouth Guard / Plan Of Attack / Brazen

Thu 19th – Barwon Club. Geelong
w/ Declaration / Flowers For Cops

Fri 20th – The Tote. Melbourne
w/ Party Vibez / Cold Ground

Sat 21st – Hermann's Bar. Sydney
w/ Toe To Toe / Vigilante / Street War

Sun 22nd - Cambridge Hotel. Newcastle
w/ Family Values / Postal

Tickets for all shows from and the venues


Television make their long-awaited Australian debut this October performing headline shows in Perth, Sydney and Hobart alongside their Victorian exclusive at Melbourne's ATP off-shoot, Release The Bats.

Founded in New York City in 1973, Television played their second ever show in early 1974 at then fledgling country / bluegrass club CBGB's inadvertently creating a hub for their own activity as well as the pre-alternative culture of the lower Eastside and like-minded individuals including The Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Talking Heads, Richard Hell, The Heartbreakers and the Ramones.

In 1975 Television followed up their reinvention of CB's via the release of their debut 7" Little Johnny Jewel, a two-sided 7 minute opus of street talk and taught no frills guitar work that featured the prodigious talent of singer / guitarist Tom Verlaine. Released on the independent record label Ork, it is one of proto-punk's rarest and most valuable finds.

In 1977, following increasing major label interest Television finally signed to Elektra (home to The Doors, The Stooges and Love) and released their debut album, the absolute classic, Marquee Moon to massive critical acclaim. It was an instant success cracking the top 30 in several European countries and going on to become one of rock's most influential albums.

In 1978 Television released their second album, Adventure. While less favourably received than Marquee Moon, Adventure is still a masterpiece of songwriting and musical interplay. However, by the end of 1978 Television had split up. The drudgery of touring, the individual band members' own artistic beliefs, and internal tension cited as the reasons.

In 1992 Television reappeared - albeit briefly - producing an eponymous album and playing select shows including a headline show at Glastonbury, to further acclaim before again disappearing from the limelight. A career band Television clearly are not.

Then, in 2001, Television made a surprise return at the UK's All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. This time though, they decided to hang around continuing to play sporadic live shows and even threatening a new album.

Finally, in 2013, Television are to make their Australian debut. Singer / guitarist Tom Verlaine, bassist Fred Smith, drummer Billy Ficca and guitarist Jimmy Rip will perform works from right across the Television cannon including the mighty Marquee Moon.

Tickets for this unique experience go on-sale Friday 2nd August.

October 28th: Fremantle, Fly By Night Musicians Club
Tickets $75.00 + bf on-sale from, phone 9430 5976 or in person at the venue.

October 30th: Sydney, Enmore Theatre (reserved seating only)
Special guest Ed Kuepper
Tickets $79.60 (includes GST and booking fee, a transaction fee may apply) on-sale from, phone 9550 3666 or in person at the venue and all Ticketek outlets.

November 1st: Hobart, The Void @ MONA
Tickets $60.00 / $50.00 concession + bf from or phone 6277 9971

MDC, aka Millions Of Dead Cops, Multi Death Corporation are credited as one of the most politically vocal American Hardcore Punk bands to come out of the early 1980's and will make their way to Australian and New Zealand shores for the first time ever this August.

Forming in 1979, MDC were one of the pioneers of hardcore punk. MDC released their debut album in 1982 on their own label (distributed by Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles). Today the album is widely regarded as an essential punk classic. Packed with vitriolic aggressive riffs, punchy punk rock songs and blunt force social commentary. MDC lashed out at the social mores and hypocritical values of Regan era America with their fists in the air and their hearts on their sleeve – promoting social conscience, equality and liberty. Songs like "John Wayne Was A Nazi", "My Family is a Little Weird", "Dick for Brains", "I Remember", "Corporate Death Burger" are cornerstones of hardcore punk. Songs you can mosh to, but with a message. And who could forget the humorous, pro-vegetarian, country-tinged "Chicken Squawk"?

Through the '80s and '90s MDC released several demiurgic records in punk rock lore including "Smoke Signals", "This Blood's For You (Millions of Dead Christians)" and "Shades of Brown" – with each subsequent album expanding the scope of their socially conscious satire and incorporating more melody and more diverse musical styles. MDC broke up in 1995, but frontman and founder, Dave Dictor, reformed the band in 2000 – later releasing the full length album "Magnus Dominus Corpus" in 2004. MDC conducted a 25th Anniversary tour featuring the band's original line up in 2005.

Over 30 years after their formation, MDC are still full of break neck, old school, punk rock energy and loaded on furious guitar riffs - singing their anthems for the anarchic, open minded and disenfranchised. A message just as vital and potent today as it was back then, a message backed up by angry, upbeat, toe-to-toe, rock 'n roll. David Dictor is still full of piss and vinegar and ready to take on the status quo - spewing his biting anti-authoritarian bark with the same vigor as he did three decades ago. Completing the current line up is original guitarist Ron Poser, current bassist Mike Smith who joined the band in 2008 and a new addition on drums Jesse Cobb!

This will be the first time for Australian punks to experience MDC live on Australian shores which is sure to warm the hearts of old school punk rockers and delight new school fans interested in the legacy of the Punk genre.

Australian Tour August 2013
Tues 13th (Wednesday is a public holiday) – Brisbane – The Zoo
Wed 14th – Adelaide – Fowlers Live
Thu 15th – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
Fri 16th – Sydney – Hermann's Bar
Tickets only $44 + bf on sale from or the venues

Saturday, August 17 - Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland, NZ
Tickets from UTR, Real Groovy, Slow Boat and Cosmic


The Powder Monkeys are a legendary Australian band. Their take-no-prisoners adrenalin fuelled stage delivery is still engraved on the minds of many who saw them live.

The band may never have been paid their dues but they certainly won the respect of the music community including heroes Lobby Loyde (the Coloured Balls) and Pete Wells (Rose Tattoo) who they often backed live. The Powder Monkeys toured overseas with the Hellacopters and producer Rick Rubin almost signed them to his label American Recordings in the late 1990s. While the Powder Monkeys were renowned for their intense live shows, they managed to capture their essence in great four-minute songs on their albums 'Smashed on a Knee', 'Time Wounds All Heels', 'Blood Sweat and Beers' and 'Lost City Blues'. The few covers which they played packed a punch too, including Sam & Dave's 1968 soul classic 'I Thank You' and Chain's 'Black and Blue' for the Dirty Deeds soundtrack and their last ever recording 'Black Tea' for The Dogs (Detroit group) tribute CD which appeared on a posthumous Powder Monkeys compilation 'Outta Control Rock n Roll' on the Dropkick label in 2005. The band ended tragically in mid 2003 when Tim Hemensley died, aged 31.

Singer and bass player, Tim Hemensley was a little man with a big heart who lived for rock'n'roll. He played in his first band at age 10 and at 11 interviewed Jello Biafra for his fanzine. He spent his teenage years in the band GOD, along with his pals Joel Silbersher, Matty Whittle and Sean Greenway. He was a member of Bored! for a short time before forming the Powder Monkeys in 1992 with John Nolan.

Since Tim Hemensley passed away on July 21st, 2003 his parents and friends have gathered at the Tote each anniversary to share a quiet drink for Tim. The music lives on, the Powder Monkeys songs are regularly blaring out of the Tote juke box. This year marks ten years and it is going to get even louder.

The Tote will host a huge day of live rock and roll over two stages with many bands Tim was friends with and loved including Hoss, Seminal Rats, Bored!, Power Line Sneakers (making their debut featuring John Nolan, Sly Splatterhead and Katie Dixon), The Casanovas, The Spazzys, The Onyas, Hits (Brisbane), Digger & the Pussycats, Speed Demons, Wrong Turn, Fortress of Narzod, Leadfinger (Sydney) and The Undecided.

There are also a couple of younger bands the Powder Monkeys inspired but Tim never had the opportunity to see, but those close to him agree he would approve. The Swedish Magazines started a Powder Monkeys cover band, and singer Jack Davies of the Bitter Sweet Kicks awarded the Tim Hemensley medal for being the most rock on ground at last year's Community Cup footy match.

At the end of the night surviving members of the Powder Monkeys, guitarist John Nolan and drummer Timmy Jack Ray will share the stage with guest singers and musicians to perform a set of Powder Monkeys songs. Lined up so far is Joel Silbersher, Matty Whittle, Adalita, Dave Hogan, Roman Tucker, Sly Splatterhead, Spencer P Jones, Dick (Hits) and more to be announced.

The Powder Monkeys' debut album from 1993, 'Smashed On A Knee' (originally released on the Dog Meat label), will be reissued in July by Freeform Patterns through Fuse Music. Newly remastered by Mikey Young, giving it the punch it always needed, featuring three bonus tracks and a 16-page booklet with previously unpublished photos and liner notes by Deniz Tek, Joel Silbersher, Mike Mariconda, David Laing and Dave Lang. A vinyl edition will follow later in the year along with the reissuing of their second album 'Time Wounds All Heels'.

The annual Hemensley Cup footy match will kick off the day's celebrations at Victoria Park in Abbotsford from 11am with two short matches including a ladies' game. Tim Hemensley hated AFL but enjoyed the Community Cup.

This event (including the footy match) is proudly part of the Leaps and Bounds festival, which celebrates the music scene within the City of Yarra. Supercharged bands such as the Powder Monkeys who regularly played the Great Britain Hotel, the Tote and across the river in the Prince of Wales Piano Bar fortify Melbourne as the live music capital of Australia.

I THANK YOU: The Powder Monkeys / Tim Hemensley 10th Anniversary Gig:

Sunday 21st July 2013
The Tote, 71 Johnston St, Collingwood.
Doors 2pm, 2 stages, free BBQ

The Powder Monkeys set with guests
Seminal Rats
The Casanovas
The Spazzys
The Onyas
Power Line Sneakers
Digger & the Pussycats
Bittersweet Kicks
Swedish Magazines
Speed Demons
Wrong Turn
Fortress of Narzod
The Undecided by Default
plus more to be announced

Please note: This is not the playing order, times will be revealed closer to the day.

Ready to mount their assault against the humdrum, Gay Paris announce the release of their incendiary forthcoming album, THE LAST GOOD PARTY, on April 19, produced and recorded in Australia with acclaimed Californian producer, Sam Pura. As if this weren't enough of an advent, stand to attention as the magnificent purveyors of revelry and thrills bestow their daring feats of musical prowess upon the people during national tour throughout April, May and June. The deliverance now continues over ADDITIONAL DATES within the city walls of Newcastle, Bendigo, Wollongong, Canberra and Port Macquarie. 

After the release of their first official single The Demarcation of Joseph Hollybone and national tour with sold out shows in late 2012, Gay Paris have returned for the good of the people, to light the way to a departure from the ordinary. They have heard your clamouring, and are poised to quench your thirst with reckless abandon. They have practiced corruption – they have mastered it. They have crafted an ark of filth, seduction and raunch to show you the way.  Now, their one request is that that you join them in support their righteous crusade – in delivering the promise of THE LAST GOOD PARTY. You asked for salvation, and you shall receive.

Spurred on by apocalyptic new album THE LAST GOOD PARTY, the merry-makers hit the open roads of Australia on a 35 date national tour, commencing April 18. Here's a sample of their sound - "Ash Wednesday Boudoir Party":

Thursday April 18 - Bull N Bush, Baulkham Hills
Friday April 19 - Yours & Owls, Wollongong
Saturday April 20 - The Phoenix, Canberra
Wednesday April 24 - The Cambridge, Newcastle
Thursday April 25 - Port Macquarie Hotel, Port Maquarie
Friday April 26 - The Joynt, Brisbane
Saturday May 4 - Cherry Bar, Melbourne
Sunday May 5 - Cherry Rock, Melbourne
Friday May 10 - Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston
Saturday May 11 - Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
Friday May 17 - The Enigma, Adelaide
Saturday May 18 - Jetty Bar, Glenelg
Wednesday May 22 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Thursday May 23 - Moonshine Bar, Manly
Friday May 24 - Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor
Saturday May 25 - Railway Express Club, Darwin
Thursday May 30, Musicman Megastore, Bendigo
Friday May 31 - The Loft, Warnambool
Saturday June 1 - Rock and Load Festival, St Kilda
Friday June 7 - The Annandale, Sydney
Saturday June 8 - North St Bar and Café, Batemans Bay
Sunday June 9 – Dicey Riley's Hotel, Wollongong
Thursday 13 June – The Phoenix, Canberra
Friday June 14 – Studio 6, Sutherland
Saturday June 15 - Baroque Bar, Carrington Hotel, Katoomba
Thursday June 20 – Port Macquarie Hotel, Port Macquarie
Friday June 21 - The Northern, Byron Bay
Thursday June 27 - Mojos, Fremantle
Friday June 28 - Yah Yah's, Perth
Saturday June 29 - Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Friday July 5 – The Lass O'Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle