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    • May 4, 2012 2:06 AM CDT
    • Caught the Sydney and the Melbourne shows, well worth the trip to Sydney, as the sunnyboys were gobsmakingly brilliant...the emotions ran high throughout the enmore as they played so beautifully, so rockin', ahh the sunnyboys!
      The sonics rocked and rolled, back from the grave and taking names...I managed to make it their side show at the caravan club in oakleigh as well, again a top show!
      Also great sets from redd cross and 5678's..
      All up a top bunch of shows.

    • May 2, 2012 10:04 PM CDT
    • Oh yeah! GREAT show... worth going over to a very wet Melbourne from Adelaide, fer sure!

      Totally agree with the sentiments about the Sonics... cool seeing the 5678s coming onstage to dance near the end (they were great too... though I heard they had a bad night in Sydney... it happens!)

      We didn't get the Sunnyboys unfortunately, but the locals did us proud... Hard-Ons, Lovetones, Murlocks, Beaches, Frowning Clouds, Royal Headache et al

      One fave thing was the Steve Wynn set with a fourpiece line-up rather than just the 'acoustic duo' advertised... did lotsa Dream Syndicate stuff and ROCKED!!!!

      Nah, it was an excellent day out... hope there are more... and that next time it comes to Adelaide! It would have gone down a storm here! Mind you, reports on the limited line-up here (Sonics, Hard-Ons, Gurus) say it was a brilliant show and that the Sonics just BLEW everyone away!!

    • April 30, 2012 9:56 PM CDT
    • YEah being a long-time Red Kross fan, really enjoyed their set. The emotional favourite for me was the Sunnyboys, though. First saw them at NSW Uni in 1980 and it brought back those early days, they were in fine form.

      And the Sonics were incredible, really great energy, putting guys half or quarter their age to shame. So great to hear all those classic songs!


      vincent von fuhkk said:

      Flew down from the Gold Coast for this. What a weekend of pure rock n roll. X on the Friday Night was a fine night (though a few too many beers were had).

      Fleshtones were great. I have never seen a band do a human pyramid & just in the first song, the set was fun. A fantastic way to start the day (missed the Hard-Ons). Kinds In Dust aka The Sunnyboys, a joy to watch, fine performance. Redd Kross stole the show for me, high energy & the McDonald Brothers are just over grown teenagers, great. The Sonics, what can you say? I was estatic to see them & did not dissappoint even with the mid song meltdown on "Strychnine". Such a great performance, I couldn't stop grinning.

      Possibly the most fun I've had at a show. My back & legs were killing at the end of the evening but it was all worth it for the pure joy & hearing some fantastic rock n roll.

       

    • April 30, 2012 9:51 PM CDT
    • Thanks for the link :-)

      MzAmar said:

      It breaks my heart that I am not in Australia for this.  Boo hoo hoo!  The line up is such solid entertainment!!!

      Interview here with Dave where he talks about how stoked he is for this concert.  

      http://www.rockerzine.com/index.php/2012/04/dave-faulkner-of-the-ho...

      I will have to console self with webcast tomorrow night my time.  

    • April 30, 2012 9:46 PM CDT
    • What a great bloody show!!! 

      Highlights were definitely the Sunnyboys and the Sonics - amazing!

    • April 24, 2012 7:22 PM CDT
    • Flew down from the Gold Coast for this. What a weekend of pure rock n roll. X on the Friday Night was a fine night (though a few too many beers were had).

      Fleshtones were great. I have never seen a band do a human pyramid & just in the first song, the set was fun. A fantastic way to start the day (missed the Hard-Ons). Kinds In Dust aka The Sunnyboys, a joy to watch, fine performance. Redd Kross stole the show for me, high energy & the McDonald Brothers are just over grown teenagers, great. The Sonics, what can you say? I was estatic to see them & did not dissappoint even with the mid song meltdown on "Strychnine". Such a great performance, I couldn't stop grinning.

      Possibly the most fun I've had at a show. My back & legs were killing at the end of the evening but it was all worth it for the pure joy & hearing some fantastic rock n roll.

       

    • April 30, 2012 9:48 PM CDT
    • Well, next weekend in any case ... maybe we need one in every state! 

    • April 24, 2012 9:09 PM CDT
    • Hi, all. Next week-end the wheels will be in motion. I'll be in touch with all of you shortly. Thanks for your interest. We're going to push this as far as we can!!!!

    • April 11, 2012 2:45 AM CDT
    • Think we're getting closer. Been looking into a number of Sydney venues for this gig and am happy with the progress being made.

    • April 9, 2012 3:22 AM CDT
    • We have a Japanese band coming out in early July. I'm looking to book a Sydney show for them and am looking for a room for GPHOAUS I at the same time around the same date. Will keep all parties informed as I go.

      Chuckles Bunt.

    • April 5, 2012 12:08 AM CDT
    • hey Bunt -- posted a message on the main thread regarding an Oz contingent for an annual Hideout DU do. Not sure you saw the posting on the main thread? Anyway, I'm interested in getting involved if you are looking for hands up.

      There's real possibilities for virtual participation as well.

      cheers, Mel



      Bunt said:

      With the Kill City Creeps (whom I've not spoken to in some time) we are the only three I know but I think we can make it happen. I have a few ideas like a Coopers promotion and maybe a vinyl stall. I don't know but the juices are flowing. I even have a few venues in mind.

      I'll be in touch.

      Chuckles.

    • April 4, 2012 11:29 PM CDT
    • With the Kill City Creeps (whom I've not spoken to in some time) we are the only three I know but I think we can make it happen. I have a few ideas like a Coopers promotion and maybe a vinyl stall. I don't know but the juices are flowing. I even have a few venues in mind.

      I'll be in touch.

      Chuckles.

    • April 4, 2012 11:10 PM CDT
    • yeah would be up for getting involved in this, Chuckles.

    • April 3, 2012 4:58 PM CDT
    • There was an idea thrown up about an annual festival for this page. I ran a small folk festival for nine years. I got Coopers involved for the last few. If any Sydney bands are keen to see if we can make something of this, like Kemblastock, let me know and I'll get the ball rolling. I just want to get Kopper's blessing first.

      Chuckles, Bunt bass.

    • April 26, 2012 11:18 AM CDT
    • Excelente. Yo entré a GaragePunk precisamente buscando acerca de bandas latinoamericanas sesenteras. Y me quedé.

    • April 19, 2012 8:21 PM CDT
    • hey, I'm planning a trip to Valdivia, Chile. i was just wondering where i should start to find some rock n roll there. any help is greatly appreciated.

      Noland

    • April 16, 2012 4:43 AM CDT
    • Consider it done. :)

    • April 16, 2012 4:30 AM CDT
    • Yes please that would be fabulous!!  Just had a listen totally digging it.  Ill add you as a friend and send you my address.  Spanks man this is what its all about! 

      Bunt said:

      Would you like a Bunt press kit for this? Basically it's some CDs, assorted merch and a t-shirt. If you'd like I can send it straight to the cafe'.

      We were in Melbourne about a month ago. I enjoy playing there.

      Chuckles. (Bunt bass player)

    • April 4, 2012 11:19 PM CDT
    • Would you like a Bunt press kit for this? Basically it's some CDs, assorted merch and a t-shirt. If you'd like I can send it straight to the cafe'.

      We were in Melbourne about a month ago. I enjoy playing there.

      Chuckles. (Bunt bass player)

    • March 23, 2012 10:29 AM CDT
    • I'm gonna write an appendix to the book I wrote above. Maybe the first of many. Concerning backline, gear and soundchecks.

      While it might seem like the cost of gigging in Japan is excessive, especially compared to the payout situation, there are some benefits. All live houses are equipped with backline line and enough gear for a band to "plug in and play." So you don't have to worry about borrowing gear from another band or anything like that. Drums and PA are included, but most drummers I know bring a kick, a snare and sometimes cymbals. Of course, many local bands bring their own amps to get that customized sound, but many just use pedals for that. Sound guys in Japan a very reliable, usually not drunk and very attentive to any onstage issues or problems that might arise. These guys are professional and always show up well before bands do sound check and are the last to leave. That brings me to the final topic in this appendix, sound checks. Sound checks or rehearsals (reha, for short in the local vernacular) usually start at 3pm. Some bands, usually the ones that have notched up several years of playing, will ask to skip the sound check and just "plug in and play" but every event will have a rehearsal. It's important to make these, but things go wrong, people get lost, weather turns to crap, things get stolen, batteries die, etc. so there's a certain degree of looseness when asking a foreign band to show up on time. That being said, it's best to show you're serious and make every effort to make sound check on time. Once you get to the venue, the staff will hand you a form with stage layout and a place to write your set list and indicate which songs are fast, slow, etc., and also indicate when you will do an MC (or excessive talking between songs). This helps the sound man customize your set to your style. The event organizer will give you a full timetable for the gig from the first sound check to the last DJ. If you don't get this timetable, you have the right to complain to your event organizer, handler, etc. The point is you have full access to gear, great sound guys who are working for you and a precise schedule to follow.

    • March 21, 2012 2:12 PM CDT
    • I agree there should be a group for all things related to touring. I can give input about getting shows in Taiwan or NY and even give insight to China or S. Korea, but I'd like to keep this thread about Japan only. However, I wouldn't mind hearing how your home town scene compares to Japan.

    • March 21, 2012 12:44 PM CDT
    • This is quite close to what actually happens in Brazil as well.

      Maybe we should start some sort of International Touring Experiences post, it might help a lot.

      And thanks for the time and effort putting these lines up.

    • March 20, 2012 12:50 AM CDT
    • No worries. I'm not opposed to helping out underground bands. I just can't create a event calendar and start booking bands from here tho. The main reason I made this thread was so that bands can seriously think about what goes into touring in Japan since it's a lot different from other places. It's no so much that the culture is different, it's mostly that bands are expected to put up a lot of their own money, as it says in the article above touring in Japan is really a promotional expense. The part where culture comes into it is when, after playing a gig and the live house staff asks you to pay 1000yen for borrowing a guitar chord, save face and pay it and know that the other bands had to pay a lot more so you could play for free, just as an example.

      I'd be happy to hear about other bands experiences touring in Japan if there are any out there. It might verify or correct or give further insight to what I know about it.