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Interview: Regular John – Catching The Wild Beast

Interview by Stuart Blythe

2011 has been a big year for Regular John. The psychedelic rockers played The Big Day Out, supported Motörhead, have toured relentlessly and more recently entered the studio to record the follow up to their debut album The Peaceful Atom Is a Bomb.

We caught up with Regular John in the studio!


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Festival Review: Playground Weekender 2010

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  Within only a matter of moments after disembarking the ferry, it becomes immediately apparent why Playground Weekender (PW) has been the recipient of the “Best Crowd & Atmosphere” award for the last two years running.

PW organisers pride themselves on compiling a line-up that will attract a friendly and laid back crowd, and they know their craft well. The result is, quite bluntly and refreshingly, a music festival without all the jerks.

Over the four long and hot days festival goers remained pumped, happy and, as far as intoxicated crowds go, fairly mature. Even during the headliners when the main stage crowd was in full force, there was little pushing and shoving, people seemed pretty considerate of each other.

With little requirement for much control, the friendly crowd seemed slightly at odds with the size of the police force throughout the weekend. Officers walking sniffer dogs through festival grounds among the punters simply enjoying their lunch was an unusual sight. Though despite their numbers and high visibility, police were friendly and relaxed. Security were equally laid back in general.
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Photo Gallery: Playground Weekender 2010

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The Lost Weekend Festival – Change of Venue

dinosourjr   Having seen a need for a camping and music festival easily accessible to the music fans of Brisbane, the team behind Sounds Of Spring planned The Lost Weekend which was to be involve three days of camping and music situated less than an hour from Brisbane’s CBD.

Unfortunately issues beyond the promoter’s control have made running the event in the way that they envisaged impossible, and have forced the inaugural The Lost Weekend to be moved to the picturesque Brisbane Riverstage and Botanical Gardens.

The festival will no longer be a camping event and will now be held on Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7, with the same diverse and exciting selection of international, interstate and local acts performing over three stages between 10am and 10pm on both days, still making it the perfect end to the festival season.
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DANCE ‘A MILLION WAYS’ AT PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER 2010

bluejuice   Playground Weekender HQ are pleased as punch to announce BLUEJUICE, OK GO (USA), MISTA SAVONA & PRINCE ALLA (JAMAICA), LOST VALENTINOS, KING TIDE and THE HOLIDAYS will join megastars ORBITAL (Live), LUPE FIASCO, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE CRIBS and over 100 more acts at Australia’s award winning four day boutique music festival – rounding up an eclectic line up set to make your summer sizzle.

“Any festival that requires a ferry crossing to get to is a good festival as far as we’re concerned. The line-up is amazing, but it’s the ferry ride that really stokes the fires of our childish desires”… Jake Stone – BLUEJUICE

TICKETS SELLING OUT
Four-day camping tickets + early bird and members tickets have completely SOLD OUT.
There are only 200 1st release tickets left so get in quick!

ACCOMMODATION SELLING OUt
Houseboats and cabins have completely SOLD OUT.
There are only 20 campervan spaces left! Book now for Tent Hotel or Tipis.

BLUEJUICE
Sydney’s BLUEJUICE are the ultimate complement to the Playground Weekender lineup – perfectly epitomizing the festivals maverick, eclectic feel. Whilst fundamentally a rock band, they also stir into their pot a mixture of hip hop with pop, ska, punk and disco.

It’s been a huge two years which as seen the band break into the top of Triple J playlists with favorites ‘Vitriol’ and Reductionist’, before becoming global internet sensations with their hilarious skipping video for the hook laden cross over hit ‘Broken Leg’, which went onto be a top 30 ARIA hit with two ARIA award nominations. As unpredictable as a day spent without taking your medication, BLUEJUICE put on an infamously energetic live show…

OK GO (USA)
Chicago band OK Go combine off-kilter guitars, Pixies/Cars fetishism, and straightforward power pop sensibilities to produce eccentric, catchy songs.

OK Go wrote the book on how to turn a creative low budget video into a viral Internet phenomenon. The video for ‘Here It Goes Again’ saw OK Go pull of some incredible synchronized dance moves on multiple treadmills. It became one of the most watched videos of all time with over 49 million view on YouTube and a 2007 Grammy Award for ‘Best Short-Form Music Video’. That exposure helping the track break the Top 40 in both the US and the UK. The four piece are getting ready and set to go get you dancing at Playground Weekender!
‘Here It Goes Again’ (Treadmill video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI
‘A Million Ways’ (Backyard video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1_CLW-NNwc

MISTA SAVONA & PRINCE ALLA (JAMAICA)
Leading exponents of roots reggae, dancehall and heavyweight dub music MISTA SAVONA will raise the roof with percussion bliss and crazy good songs from international guest artist – reggae royalty – PRINCE ALLA. Straight from Jamaica, a serious, humble and genuine Rastaman.

NICKODEMUS (NEW YORK)
A mainstay of the New York underground, NICKODEMUS is a DJ and producer who co-founded the now legendary Turntable on the Hudson (the longest running weekly party in NY) parties with the simple edict of playing “music with soul”. NICKODEMUS will be bringing his ‘spinning at sea’ set to Playground Weekender blending Latin, Afro-funk, hip-hop, big beat, house, funk, reggae, broken beat, soul and more.

LOST VALENTINOS
Formed in Sydney in 2005 LOST VALENTINOS quickly established themselves as one of the hottest acts in on Australia’s indie scene. The immediate success of their self tiled EP, and the follow up ‘Damn & Damn Again’ nailed their reputation as a gang of rogue’s intent on forging their own original sound. Current single ‘Serio’ is out now and taken from their debut album ‘Cities of Gold’. With punk intensity and noise-drenched melodies, a LOST VALENTINOS set is for young adventurers seeking a new treasure. Dig deep with them at Playground Weekender!

KING TIDE
Renowned for their brilliant high-energy shows, KING TIDE have earned their fan base on the live scene. Using reggae as the compass guiding them to new and wonderful musical lands. Renowned reggae and roots influenced band, KING TIDE are the first Australian band to be signed to prestigious UK record label, Urban Sedated.
“I love me hip hop but Reggaes me life. We’re gonna have a Reggae party tonight.” Tony Hughes.

THE HOLIDAYS

Time for a change of scenery? It’s time for THE HOLIDAYS. After only a handful of shows, Sydney’s FBI radio latched on to the band, then Triple J put them on high rotation with their self titled single. THE HOLIDAYS ball had begun rolling in a big way. They soon achieved airplay on several eagle-eyed US stations, which led to the ‘Artist of the Week’ billing in influential US trade publication A&R Worldwide. They are very much a band in the ‘next big thing’ bracket. We are sure you won’t be disappointed by their performance at Del Rio Resort.
“We play every gig like it’s our first gig’’ said Will Magnus.

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With the stellar line up, Australia’s largest fancy dress party, houseboats, tipi’s and wine bars under the stars, don’t miss out on getting your tickets now!

FULL PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER 2010 LINEUP… SO FAR!

Orbital Live, Lupe Fiasco, Polyphonic Spree, The Cribs, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jamie Lidell, Bluejuice, Bjorn Again, Gui Boratto live, OK GO, Steve Lawler, LTJ Bukem, British Sea Power, Norman Jay, Bertie Blackman, Mark Farina, James Lavelle, Prins Thomas, Pivot, New Orleans Bingo Show, Mista Savona & Prince Alla, Ewan Pearson, Washington, Luna City Express, The Bees DJ set, Lost Valentinos, Gaslamp Killer, 16 BIT (Southside Dubstars), Vincenzo, King Tide, Charles Webster, The Holidays, Regular John, Goons of Doom, The Jezabels, Black Ryder, PBR Street Gang (2020 Vision), Kid Mac, Mr Doris, Snowdroppers

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News: BIG DAY OUT 2010 – THIRD ROUND OF ACTS ANNOUNCED

Summer has begun, the New Year is just around the corner, and so is the BIG DAY OUT! We’re thrilled to let you in on the final artists who will be touring with the BIG DAY OUT in 2010 plus the local acts taking to the stage in each city.

BIG DAY OUT 2010 is hosting the mother of all celebrations – FEAR FACTORY’s 21st birthday. Continue reading News: BIG DAY OUT 2010 – THIRD ROUND OF ACTS ANNOUNCED

Live Review: Karnivool, Regular John, Coerce @ The Tivoli, 25 November 2009

Karnivool
[Photo: Stuart Blythe]
  Karnivool, Regular John, Coerce @ The Tivoli, 25.11.2009
By Denis Semchenko

Having successfully escaped my Pearl Jam fan-invaded neighbourhood, by the time I get to The Tivoli openers Coerce have already finished. From a friend’s account, the UK combo played a solid set of angular prog-rock with At The Drive-In leanings, which would have by all means made for a decent listening experience for this writer. For the time being, though, Sydneysiders Regular John will do – and they do it with gusto, cranking up heady garage-rock riffs and pentatonic licks and flailing the ‘70s long hair. Some post-2002 Grinspoon echoes are heard throughout but the quartet’s overall feel is that of the ballsy vintage rock & roll, somewhat incongruous given the headliner’s complex, emotion-drenched oeuvre, yet fun nonetheless.

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KARNIVOOL – Sine Waves and Mirrors – Australian tour dates

Karnivool   Sydney live and radio favourites Regular John who along with opening act Coerce should well and truly get things warmed up and maybe a little kicked in the ass before Karnivool hit the stage.

Karnivool’s rabid fan base has again come out in force with a very healthy uptake for ticket sales for the Sine Waves and Mirrors tour. Melbourne fans will get an extra show with a date added at The Palace Theatre on Thursday December 3rd – tickets for this show are on sale now and the show on Wednesday December 2nd is about to sell out as other shows noted below. Having just completed a hugely successful international tour over the past couple of months Karnivool are fully primed to deliver killer sets for their Australian fans.
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TALONS are touring nationally with REGULAR JOHN! – June/July 2009

Talons are hitting the road as main support for ol pals Regular John on their
“The Peaceful Atom is a Bomb” National album tour!Regular John
[photo: Stuart Blythe]
Talons will also have released their self-titled album through RICE IS NICE on May 30th just as the tour kicks off. Talons are thrilled to have been asked to head along for the 13 dates to unleash new songs from their highly anticipated release on to the willing crowds.
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