• turn on the lightsNoisy Wollongong duo Chimers - whose self-released and self-titled album has found fans among the likes of Henry Rollins, Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, and members of The Mark Of Cain and Mudhoney – have released a new single to coincide with a host of shows up and down the Australian East Coast.

    The band is about to support Mudhoney on selected dates and has issued “Turn On The Lights” b/w “Closure”  on “translucent transfusion red” and “recycled marble love” wax on boutique label Soundpressing.

    Pick up a copy at the gigs or here.


  • chimers liveKatelyn Slyer photo.

    Wollongong's Chimers - whose self-released and self-titled album of 2021 has found fans in Henry Rollins, Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, and members of The Mark Of Cain and Mudhoney - have released a new single "Generator" ahead of extensive live dates.

    The single will be launched in Sydney on January 20 at Vic On The Park with support from Private Wives, and in Wollongong on January 27 at La La La's with Uncle Pit.

    Irish born Padraic Skehan and life partner Binx formed the band in their Wollongong backyard during the initial lockdown of 2020. Veterans and drummers both of the ‘Gong’s vibrant garage-scene - The Pink Fits, Drop Offs, Evol and more. Chimers is an altogether different beast, Padraic taking a giant leap forward by removing himself from the back seat and assuming the roles of singing, playing guitar song-writing.

  • feedtime chimers Bowlo red frog tweakGigs by seminal Australian blues scuzz band feedtime are increasingly rare so drop whatever you’re doing and make a beeline to Marrickville Bowling Club in Sydney’s inner-west on Saturday, September 16.

    feedtime will play two sets with a bracket by Wollongong’s amazing duo Chimers sandwiched in-between.

    Chimers are one of the must see acts in Australia today with praise from judges as esteemed as Henry Rollins among the acclaim. Formed in the lockdown by Binx (drums) and Padraic (guitar and vocals) and with one self-titled album firmly under their belt, they’re edgy, compelling and intense - and therefore a perfect match to feedtime.

    feedtime’s unique brand of stripped-down urban blues and feedback-fueled dissonance remains a singular experience.

    Their last outing at Marrickville Bowlo sold out in quick time and there’s no reason this won’t do so too. Grab a ticket here.

  •  kc 20211)  Died Pretty- The Factory Theatre - It had been a long wait for the return of Ron Peno and co to the stage. They reminded us how great they are

    2)  Rubbernecker- The middle band at Marrickville Bowling Club last Thursday - I’ve always been a fan but they’re improving in leaps and bounds. Catch them soon.

    3) Kim Salmon's Haunted Grooves - The Great Club - A great night of story and song.

    4) Underground Lovers- Brunswick Ballroom . So lucky to be in Melbourne to catch the matinee gig!

    5) Albums - Chimers debut; Reverse Light Years- Even; Deadly Decoupage - Boxing With Ghosts; Strange Flash - Lipstick Killers.

  • A  busy year for SoundPressing. A couple of 7" singles, a show here and there, an LP and a three-stop tour of SE Queensland with the one and only Mr Charlie Owen.

    Here is a lil recap in no particular order. Thanks to everyone who came to a show or bought a record.

  • mick baty 20231- Ed Kuepper at the National, world class all the way.

    2- Handgrenade Hearts at the Town Hall Hotel. Punk/powerpop teenagers, and my new favourite band.

    3- Munster Zine, approaching issue 40, keep it up young man.

    4- The Victims + Chimers at the Brunswick Ballroom, Chimers BOG, great to see the legendary James Baker on the tubs one last time.

    5- Civic “Brute Force”, hints of Birdman and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

    6- Those Pretty Wrongs + Alexander Harvey at the Brunswick Ballroom, heartfelt, sublime, AH I need to revisit.

    7- The Prize “Wrong Side Of Town”,  If Amyl and The Sniffers had a song this good they’d be as big as Blondie, if……..

    8- Civic live at 3RRR.

    9- The Fiction at the Northcote Social Club supporting Chris Masuak and Dog Soldier. Best I’ve seen them play.

    10- Ballarat Gallery: Walker, Luke, Counihan, more; love the revamp, can’t wait to return over the summer.

  • barman and wizardThe Barman on tour in Japan at Mr Death's Crampstore with The Grand Wizard of the Psychotic Turnbuckles.  

    Top Ten Albums and Other Things In No Particular Order (with a qualifier that I never review gigs promted by the Bar but, fuck that, it’s my Top Ten.)

    Ten Albums
    1. Dark Country – Sonic Garage (self released)

    This turned up on the eve of an overseas trip so a full review from yours truly isn’t among the glowing tributes already posted. A step up on the debut (which was pretty good in its own right) with lots of weaving guitars and classy keyboard textures. Sydney Old Man Rock and Roll. Just buy it.

    2. Hackney Diamonds – The Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones Records)
    You might have wanted to hate it. Lead “single” “Angry” was so-so but turned out to be one of the parts of a sum that’s much better than it could have been. There's a formula here but it's not a negative when it's in the hands of its inventors. Trust your own ears: It sounds contemporary but this is still The Stones being the Stones, even without Charlie.