After such a phenomenal fundraising performance by Team Leadfinger (Melbourne Branch) and everyone at the Tote Hotel in Melbourne recently, it’s time for Sydney/Wollongong Team Leadfinger to run with the momentum created.
A group of friends are organising “See You Tonight – A benefit gig for Stewy ‘Leadfinger’ Cunningham” at Marrickville Bowling Club on Friday, November 23.
Cunningham, singer-guyitarist for Leadfinger, Asteroid B612, Challenger 7, Proton Energy Pills and The Yes-Men, was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year
This will be one memorable night with a host of Sydney and Wollongong artists coming together to celebrate the man and the music that is Mr Cunningham.
Also on the bill are international tourists Señor No, direct from the Basque country in Spain. High-energy veterans Señor No are big fans of Australian underground music and played host to Leadfinger when they toured Spain in 2017. This will be their only Sydney show.
The line-up is:
- SC5 (Sydney’s own amazing MC5 tribute featuring ex members of the New Christs and Lime Spiders)
- Señor No
- Adam Young and the Down Main (Adam and mates bring some Alt Country rock to the night)
- 300 St. Claire (Sydney Blundstone rock from guys you all know)
- Fangin Felines (a very new band with Carrie Phillis from Booby Traps and Morgana and Sarah from Nitocris)
- Dave Curley’s Ripped Genes (featuring members of Leadfinger along with special guests Kent Steedman (Celibate Rifles), Bill Gibson (The Eastern Dark) and others.
Be sure to stuff your wallets with cash money for the night. With the awesome assistance of some great labels and record stores across Australia, organisers will be raffling off CDs, vinyl, tees and other goodies. Tickets here.
Sydney's cocktail-sipping frat rock kings, Thurston Howlers, are back from oblivion to headline this year's Tiki Safari.
The event is billed as "a supersonic eruption" that's going to rock Marrickville's Factory Theatre and raise more heat than Kilauea lava on Saturday, October 13.
Thurston Howlers were garage rock staples on the Sydney scene in the mid 1990s. After 20 years away, they'll be joined by an eclectic cast:
Last year’s explosive act, Pacific Dreamz Polynesian Dance Group, will deliver another mesmerising performance of island dance and drums. Rosa Maria brings a splash of garage, a hint of surf, a measure of psych and a dash of blues.
Pat Capocci is an international festival favourite, a superstar of the rockabilly scene who is guaranteed to deliver a rock’n’roll spectacular. The Hellcat III are a tumultuous trio that promise to raise the roof and get this party started with their exciting blend of traditional surf guitar and neo rockabilly.
Los Monaros will drive you to a tantalising tropical zone with their cool grindhouse surf beats.
DJs Jay Katz, Rod Almighty and Andy Travers will keep the afternoon and evening moving. There will be food, merchandise, clothing, collectables and rum and the doors open at 3pm. Tickets are $35 in advance here and $40 on the door.
It’s a truism that stated fact sits at one end of the scale and fiction at the other, with the truth lying somewhere in-between. Ex-MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer has been a divisive figure at times - the stillborn “A True Testimonial” documentary, anyone? - so parts of his story will be disputed by some.
Ultimately, though, it’s pointless buying into all that. “The Hard Stuff” is Kramer’s own story and it’s told from his own perspective. None of the other people still standing are offering alternative perspectives (although the posthumous autobiography from bandmate Mike Davis is out there, too.) On its merits, “The Hard Stuff” is a rollicking read with only a few stones left unturned.
The plotline for dummies: Kramer’s the working class Detroit kid from a broken family who shook off the handicap of an abusive stepfather and forged his own musical way. He was a founding member of the radical chic MC5 and remains a compellingly lyrical guitar player who’s influenced countless others.
“The Hard Stuff” takes us through the rise and fall of the 5, Kramer’s slide into crime, his imprisonment for drug dealing, ongoing battles with booze and smack, career revival and personal redemption through hard work and love.