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Protesting with Michael Jackson

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by Weary Hobo

When you think of Protest Songs you might think of John Lennon, Sam Cooke and Pete Seeger. But what about Michael Jackson, The White Stripes or Lady Gaga?

Not so conventional but when Riff Raff Radical Marching Band rock them out at protests around Sydney they get people singing and having a laugh.

Riff Raff say

we are a bunch of friends who got tired of boring protests and started a fabulous marching band in 2010!  We play at community events, coal ports, solidarity demonstrations, artyhipsterthings, fundraisers, and on the streetz!

These musical protestors follow in the tradition of marching bands from USA such as the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Infernal Noise Brigade and Brass Liberation Orchestra. Here is Rude Mechanical Orchestra performing Smash-A Bank Polka performed at Occupy Wall Street!

If you are interested they are looking for sweet new members and supporters! Including people that can play trombone, trumpet, clarinet, sax, flute, euphonium/tuba, and any forms of percussion.

W.H.

Reclaim the Lanes

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Were you there this Saturday?

The rain didn’t keep us away from Reclaim the Lanes. The video below is an explanation and history of the event from the founder of its latest incarnation Chris Lego and organiser Sophie Trevitt.

I was disappointed that the rain meant The Crooked Fiddle was put back in its case. However, there was a great bit of Old-Timey with the Sydney-based Rusty Spring Syncopators and plenty more to be entertained by.

Here is one of their numbers called ‘Smackin’ the Sex’

Edit 3rd Oct.

And here is a bit of home footage of these rapskallions at Eliza Bar for the last night of Sydney Fringe Festival. Elizabeth Cotton’s ‘O Babe It Ain’t No Lie

Yours,

W.H.

Free download of our second single now!

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2011 by Weary Hobo

As you may know our second album will be released next month at The Red Rattler.

The Album launch is on Saturday 17th September and tickets available now on the Sydney Fringe Festival site. To build momentum, last month we released the title track from the album ‘Who’s Got a Padlock and Chain?’ 

To our suprise, a song about locking-on to coal trains stayed in the top ten on the triple j unearthed Roots Charts for weeks and even went to #1!

Today we have released the second single from the album called ‘Passivist‘. This is a new song inspired by Generation X-box. It was partially written in Pirate Studios on the last day of recording and turned out to be one of our favourites from the album. 

Listen for the first time now !

And if you like it, download it now for free at triple j unearthed! It will have more luck in the charts if you give it a review too.

Tell you mates because it is a certainty that this is more Lurkers #1 gold!

W.H.

DIY Sydney Punk

Posted in Activism, Festivals, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2011 by Weary Hobo

Dear Lurkers,

I hope you’re enjoying the queens b’day longweekend. Coinciding with this was two nights of the raw Australian punk, thrash, grindcore and heavy metal (and a touch of ska) over the weekend.

The event was called Decolonise II – diy punkfest held in the murky underground the inner west. Recently, I’ve been asking around to get some experience with sound and so I was helping a bit behind the desk, mostly just turning everything up to 11.Being involved with awesome bands like Thorax, Infinite Void, Kids on Glue and White Male Dumbinance(video) made me ask some questions about whether we have any right to call ourselves punk. The diy attitude, subversion and having fun while not taking yourself too seriously are things we have in common. At Midien there was a bunch of ‘scrn-prntng’ where you could print your favourite band name onto your hoodie. Also, there was a free stew going for the punks.

All of this along with not being out there to make money, not afraid to sing songs you love but think might challenge others and doing it for the  love is what we have in common with this sound.

There is also a tradition in punk for activism and speaking out – bands like Dead Kennedys, Propaghandi and Black Flag don’t hold back. Neither do these great young Australian bands.

Decolonise II was the last gig for Do Not Resuscitate and Thylacine and they rocked the crowd. New bands like DOSS and Las Banditas are just firing up and definitely worth checking out. My fav band from last night was Steppin’ Razor (myspace).

And to promote us… coming up soon is this tour!!

Wednesday 6th July, Students of Sustainability conference. Charles Sturt University Albury NSW. Thursday 7th July, The Pheonix Pub, Canberra ACT. Friday 8th July, Jura Books Petersham NSW. Saturday 9th July, Dirty Shirlows NSW

Griffin will be in his best punk gear. Hope to see you there!

Yours punkfully,

 

Weary H.

Winterland festival at Carriageworks

Posted in Festivals, Music, Newtown, photos with tags , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2010 by Desert Rat Shorty

Blog love

Posted in Culture, Folk music, Music with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by Desert Rat Shorty

The cool kids at Timber and Steel have posted a profile on The Lurkers.

They also have a gig listing for the discerning music fan. Timber and Steel have a “focus on folk music which falls through the cracks between the Trad and Indie scenes, and will bring you the best in international nu-folk and acoustic as well as promoting local Australian acts who may not be getting the exposure they deserve.”

What’s the difference between Sydney and Berlin?

Posted in Activism, Berlin, Culture, Grafitti, Newtown, Street art, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by Desert Rat Shorty

Magnificent street art covers almost every surface in Berlin

image by nomsaleena

Meanwhile… City of Sydney Council has a 24 hour graffiti response team hell bent on destroying culture and community

Image from SMH

Berlin is coated in a paper mache veneer of artistic, political and music posters advertising gypsy-punk-soul-rap-fusion

Image by Bastien!

City of Sydney ‘generously’ provides a single pillar per suburb for the community to put posters on (sorry about the crap photo… )

The result?  Berlin has a well deserved reputation as a beating heart of art and culture.  Sydney is becoming more sterile by the day as all signs of grassroots community are systematically removed, from garage sale signs, to street art and political posters.