The Gascan Interview: Ashley Thomson of The Kelpies
Aug02

The Gascan Interview: Ashley Thomson of The Kelpies

It lasted for just under a year and a half but, from March 1981 to August 1982, the Kelpies emerged as one of the most frenetic–and notorious–bands to hit the punk scene in Sydney, Australia. Evan Kanarakis The band consisted of James Gelding on vocals, Mark Easton and Brian Conolly on guitars, Con Murphy on bass, and drummer Ashley Thomson. Given so many of the band’s membership had already earned their stripes in a...

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Tornados, Crazy Fans and More Tornados
Aug01

Tornados, Crazy Fans and More Tornados

Three Tales from The Kelpies The following are are taken from Evan Kanarakis’ 2003 book, ‘Sex, Drugs & Mum In The Front Row’ (Allen & Unwin). Evan Kanarakis THE RANDOMLY GENERATED FAN TORNADO Punk rockers, the Kelpies, quite literally rampaged through Sydney in the early 1980s, albeit for a brief but frenetic run. Their first show was a taste of the mayhem to come, however the random nature of the punk scene at the time and...

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Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
Jun09

Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It

It’s been five years since Seattle’s Mike Hadreas released his first record on Matador. A beautiful, low-fi affair, it was the work of a songwriter who clearly needed a few more records to exorcise his demons. Now that he’s thirty–and two years after releasing his second record, Put Your Back N 2 It–Hadreas is getting ready for a third movement. After wrapping a tour with punk labelmates Fucked Up, those...

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The Gascan Interview: Mama Kin
Dec31

The Gascan Interview: Mama Kin

Aussie songstress Mama Kin talks touring, kids and of a Kimberley region in her homeland currently under threat.

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On Matters of Influence
Dec29

On Matters of Influence

I was recently watching a 1968 CBC interview with Jimi Hendrix and the conversation turned to his popularity in the United Kingdom.

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Feeling The Music
Dec12

Feeling The Music

So we’re once again at that time of year where any venture into a retail outlet is met by an endless rush of Christmas music…

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