Interview by Stuart Blythe
Progressive instrumental rockers Balloons Kill Babies are hitting the stage with Anathema in Brisbane this month (October 29, 2015). We caught up with Christian ‘Twiggy’ Carter, guitarist for Balloons Kill Babies, for a chat.
You’re about to play a one-off acoustic show with Anathema in Brisbane?
El Grande Festival expands for its 4th iteration March 20th-22nd – the event is now a 2 Day Festival at the Grand Hotel in Gladstone on Saturday and Sunday and this time, Brisbane also gets a taste of the grandiose event at the Hi-Fi Bar on Friday night – March 21st.
This time around the 3 day, 2 city event features headliners 28 Days, DZ Deathrays, Dream On Dreamer, Tiki Taane (NZ), D At Sea, Voyager, Sydonia, Ezekiel Ox, Drawcard, The City Shakeup and many more local artists from Gladstone to Brisbane and everywhere in between.
Brisbane’s event on Friday 21st March – El Grande #BNE – will be a fiesta of heavy rock goodness. It features a mish-mash of genres and flavours – from crowd favourites 28 Days through to some of Australia’s best new up and comers – Dream on, Dreamer, Voyager, Sydonia and Guards of May – punk to hardcore to metal and prog.
Photographer: KristaBella Photography – www.facebook.com/pages/KristaBella-Photography/224012647628052
Review by Billy Geary
The Ocean are one of the more interesting bands of the past few decades. The brainchild of guitarist Robin Staps, The Ocean has, over the years, morphed into one of the most forward thinking and innovative metal bands in the world. Their show at Melbourne’s Hi-Fi bar on Saturday night was the second last leg of their maiden tour of Australia, and what a night it was.
Upon descending the steps below Swanston Street, Sydney’s Lo! and their brand of chaotic hardcore was reverberating around the room and up the staircase. First impressions were good, with the quartet proving dynamic on the Hi-Fi’s stage. Front man Jamie-Leigh Smith screamed his way around the room, both on stage and off it and gradually won over an oddly surly audience over as their set progressed. Coming across as a mixture of Converge and Mastodon, the sludgy riffs from Carl Whitbread sounded huge over the PA, really driving the band’s sound into the punters present. At the conclusion of their set, it was more than obvious why they were hand picked by The Ocean to support the entire tour.