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Dom Mariani

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  Perth legend Dom Mariani is back with a new LP with his blues rock outfit Datura 4. The bands new LP, Neanderthal Jam, is a mix of 13 th Floor Elevators and 70s Australian rock blues, plus throwing up current day topics we can all relate to. From the Stems to the 4, Dom Mariani always brings something new to every release he does and while the Stems reform for the odd show now and then, he’d prefer look forward releasing new music rather than rest of his brilliant back catalogue. Munster: I’ve been enjoying the new Datura 4 single Black Speakers, got a real 70s, Roky Erickson sound to it. Dom: It’s one of those songs that came out of a jam. We put it together, we have a keyboard player, Bob Patient, who brings a lot to the jam, and it was created out of the rehearsal room. Most of the songs on the LP were done that way, hence the title of the album. Munster: You say it came from a jam, did you bring a riff to the practice room, present it to the band and take it from there?

Pub: the Movie (2022)- Munsters Weird and Awesome Films.

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  Director: Andrew Leavold The Players: Fred Negro, Sam Crassweller, Mark Carson, Phil Miles, Ross Knight, Paulie Stewart, Dave Moll (Warning: Article contains spoilers) Now. Not sure if I can be impartial with this review, considering im interviewed for the film and count both the star and director, as well as several people in this talkie great friends. But sod it, i/ll do it anyway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkvQI-AOjyQ Pub: The Film is the telling of the life and work of the mayor of St Kilda, Fred Negro. Yes, he is the unofficial mayor, but hes done more for the suburb by the sea then any member of council has in the last thirty years. I ave no idea wot the tourism/advertising budget is down at the Port Phillip Council, but for me, Fred has done more for St Kilda, in terms of advertising the place and documenting it/s history, with a pencil and paper then any lame advertising campaign or festival has ever done. Musician, cartoonist, barfly, father, husband it/s all h

Huxton Creepers

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  Combining elements of power pop, grunge, and hard edged rock n roll that only comes out of Melbourne, the Huxton Creepers were one of the of the best bands to come out of Victoria in the 80s. After three well received LPs and non-stop touring, the Creepers, while only round for five years, certainly made their mark on the scene in Melbourne but also all over the country, playing anywhere and everywhere. The Creepers are back playing a rare show at the Corner Hotel Saturday 27 August, along with other 80s legends the Gas Babies and Intoxica. Lead singer Rob Craw was happy to reminisce on the bands original run, and also what keeps them coming back for more. Munster: you’re playing a gig at the Corner, a rare show for you guys, what led to this? Rob: Essentially, two-three years ago we did a gig at the Curtin Hotel. We hadn’t played for a while, we used to play every three- four years. A lot of people want to see us and we get feedback on Facebook. We were meant to do two shows a

Claire Birchall

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  I first saw Clair Birchall back round 2017, when I saw her perform with her backing band, the Phantom Hitchhikers, and after seeing them I went out and got there latest LP at the time, Nothing Ever Gets Lost. Was a cracking release, amazing swampy rock n roll, and Claire’s killer voice up front made me want to hear more. Fast forward a few years, and I saw Claire again at the Tote, when she performed solo, with a guitar, keyboard, synth and drum machine. It was quite different to the other time I saw her, but still a fantastic show, and like the first time, while it was completely different musically, I still wanted to hear more. April 2020 saw the release of her latest LP, Running in Slow Motion, a one women production full of synth pop, and was left startled that such a big sound can be made by one person and a 4 track. Munster: going back to the start, were you born and raised in Geelong? Claire: a bit further down the coast, Torque, but Geelong was the closest big town. Munster:

Howlin’ Threads

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  Sydney outfit Howlin Threads upcoming EP Of the Sea is one of Munster’s most anticipated releases of 2022. Coming off 2020s self titled EP, the new offering from the Threads features a killer credits list, featuring cameos from Penny Ikinger, Deniz Tek, J.J McCann and Kent Steedman. It’s a wonderful mix of 80s Sydney rock and classic Detroit punk. Singer/guitarist Dylan Webster spoke to us via the email machine. Munster: Prior to Howlin Threads starting, which other bands have you played in? Dylan: I played guitar in Newcastle band ‘The Fools’ 1990-98. After that folded, I played in a few local bands with Fools drummer Adam Fermo. He’s also on this new EP. I jammed with a great Wollongong band ‘Mudlungs’ in late 98, but unfortunately I had to quit because I joined the Navy. That was a cool group. I was right into Sonic’s Rendezvous Band at the time, and so were they. I regret not being able to continue with them. Munster:   How did the Threads start? Dylan: I had a bunch of s

Dez Dare

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Former Geelong native Dez Dare left for Oz about a decade ago. Now located in the UK, the former Warped member in 2021 dropped his debut solo LP, Hairline Ego Trip. With Dez pretty much operating as a sole trader, in terms of doing everything with the LPs production, the album is full of social and political commentary, and contains nine ripping post punk tracks, and was well worth the wait considering the time inbetween releases from Dare.  You moved over to the UK, in 2010, what made you wanna leave Oz and settle overseas? I have been back and forth a few times now. I guess I am pretty restless. This seems to be ingrained in me. I am adopted and only found out about my birth parents as I got older. They were both wandering types it seems . I first came over in the mid-90s on the usual working holiday visa. I had a record by Thee Vinyl Creatures out over here and thought I would have a crack but the band broke up before I left so… classic story. I moved in 2010 with my ex-wife as she