1 Brighton Rd St Kilda.Ph: 9534 4189
Tue 7 March
Public Bar: Fame Trivia. Free 8pm.
FAME - I wanna live forever, I wanna win it all - FAME!
Have your fame and eat it - every Tuesday nite @ The Greyhound Hotel free from 8pm.
Wed 8 March
Bandroom: Jager Uprising w Robot Army, Sons Of Messengers + Sam Lombardi. 8pm free entry.
Jager continues its support of all things fresh and new in Australian music. This week check out:
Robot Army features singer/songwriter Reegan ‘Rex’ Jolley got together with Danny Simcic drummer/producer/writer. The band is made up from people in their network of session players and cover band regulars, producing tunes more within a commercial rock sense than alternative/Indie vibe. They have played a couple of gigs, and are only now beginning to define their sound. There’s a bit of ‘70’s metal guitar influence, over ‘80’s riffs and hooky melodies. This current guitar (soon to add synths) based line up is easy to get into for the first time listener.
Sons of Messengers are 4 piece hard-edged rock band, born and bred in the musical hotbed of Melbourne. Their brand of high energy, high voltage, high chance of injury rock has been entertaining audiences since the beginning of 2005, while also soothing the pains of the technological/industrial age with subtleties and groove. Their catchy hooks and interesting ideas give the songs a memorable edge. Come and live the excitement that only SOMs can deliver and feel the presence generated by the bands music and onstage energy www.sonsofmessengers.com
16 year old Samantha Lombardi is a new style of rocker with attitude and enthusiasm to burn. When she’s not playing guitar or listening to her favourite bands, chances are Sam will be singing her lungs out. With her unique voice and style, Sam Lombardi has already accomplished a lot in her short singing career, and will no doubt achieve further success in the near future with the release of her debut album, “take your pic”.
The album features songs written by John Ingoldsby and Charlie Clouser of NIN, Andreas Carlsson of The Location and has been produced by Andreas Mood (AM Productions in Stockholm/Sweden, Darren Noble of Titanium Productions in NY, Phil Haywood of Flashpoint UK in London, and all vocal production has been produced by Danny Simcic (Attitude in Rhythm Productions) and Clarence Jey (Apollo Music) in Australia. Sam has also co-written 3 songs on her forthcoming album, “take your pic” and the album is now under license to Black Sea Records Group in Florida USA and was penned for nationwide release in December 2005. Expect Japanese, UK and European release of the first single, Young & Stupid and the album in early 2006. www.samanthalombardi.com
Thur 9 March
Bandroom: COMEDY w Dave O’Neil, Lawrence Mooney, David Hamley + more. 8pm entry $12/8.
Mumma’s making Canton - doesn’t take long - for word to get around. Is it just me, or is that damn ad addictive? Laughs galore with 3 of Melbourne’s finest gentlemen of grin, and more. Nova funny man Dave O’Neil stays up late for a special appearance at the Greyhound Hotel - don’t miss it.
Fri 10 March
Bandroom: Jager Hot Shots with RooK, The Need, Days Of Red + Illumni. 8.30pm $10
Jager presents 4 of the standout bands from recent Uprising gigs - wrap your musical tastebuds around these outfits and see what’s cookin’ in Melbourne’s new music scene.
RooK (formerly known as Paper Street Sound Company) is the new force in Australian heavy rock. Formed in Melbourne’s Bayside area in late 2002, RooK has firmly established their place at the top of Australia’s hard rock scene through an unrelenting live presence. Led by Forbes McKail, arguably one of the best hard rock vocalists in Melbourne, RooK combine emotionally charged energy with a raw, chunky drive. Tyson Fish’s soaring, uplifting sounds combined with the driving rhythm section of Ben Foley and Adam May create the perfect mix of power and melody.
RooK’s high energy live performances see them regularly fill Melbourne’s most prestigious inner city pub venues including the Espy, Greyhound and Duke of Windsor. With their fan base constantly growing, they are now enjoying 600+ crowds at venues like the Corner Hotel and the HiFi Bar & Ballroom. August sees the release of RooK’s eagerly-anticipated EP Transitions – five tracks that showcase their diversity in sound, song craft and musicianship. Whether RooK play as a fully-amplified, full-power rock band or in an intimate acoustic performance, they leave audiences inspired and exhausted!www.rookband.com
The Need have created an original yet familiar sound combining power and energy with majestic melodies. Even though they consider themselves rock, this groove based four piece have found it difficult to be set in one genre. They will be releasing their second independent release by December this year featuring 5 of the 11 tracks recorded by JT at Debasement and produced by Michael Zamit. Having been together for almost four years they have played all around Melbourne including the Espy, Mercury Lounge, Palladium, and tons of little pubs. With a residency at Hotel Brighton they have been able to entertain a growing audience for almost two years, never failing to impress. www.theneed.info
Hailing from Melbourne, Days of Red play a unique sound of emotion and aggression, whilst having the ability to captivate audiences with their hard-rock style. They perform with a level of depth and maturity beyond their years. In the beginning of 2005, despite their vastly different taste in music, the boys from Days of Red formed together to write music that they felt was true to themselves. Combining Caz’s up-beat guitar lines, hard-alternative rock riffage and Matt’s tricky bass rhythms with Dan’s effortless transition between melodic hard-rock vocals and intense screams, integrate that with Sumner’s dynamic drum patterns, DOR have everything it takes to beat you senseless while you still yearn for more…
Illumni are a four piece band originating from the Sunbury. They have been making a name for ourselves playing around Melbourne, playing venues like the Espy, TOTE, Green Room, Greyhound Hotel and Pony to name a few, earning a reputation as quite a crowd puller and are now prime for the sell out. Their Influences range from 90’s Indie rock like Nirvana, Radiohead and the Smashing Pumpkins to old school punk and rock acts like Black Sabbath, the Ramones and AC/DC.
Illumni have recorded a four track EP in 2004 which sold out, and followed it up with a promo type, give-away single, New Heavy in 2005. www.illumni.net
Sat 11 March
Public Bar: The Gammarays, 9pm, free
Bandroom: The Drag Show. Winner of 5 Rainbow Awards. 8pm $10
The fabulous Gammarays play The Greyhound Hotel front bar Saturday 11th of March. Get down to the sublime sounds of Don Ely’s Morricone inspired twang, Kaos’s Kaotic drum mayhem and Andy “Pops” Kentler’s throbbin bass. It’s all good and it’s all free.
Sun 12 March
Public Bar: The Moonee Valley Drifters (5pm free) + BBQ 4pm.
Bandroom: KOOKY KARAOKE w Fred, Steve + guests, free 8.30pm.
Happy Happy Hours 5.30 - 7.30pm
The Moonee Valley Drifters are alive and well and play regularly around Melbourne venues. They play every week and their motto is Roll With The Punches, Make It Swing And Groove On Your Hunches. We like ‘em - you will too.
The Moonee Valley Drifters are Tom Forsell on rhythm guitar/vocals/accordion; Nick Grant on lead guitar/vocals; John “Dude” Brockton on drums/vocals; Kip Dale on bass; and Gerard Rowan on steel guitar. The various band members have played with Doug Mansfield’s Dust Devils, Truckasaurus, The Blues Shift, Doctor Doowop, The Rhythm Rustlers, and The Baylor Brothers among others.
Fred Negro’s Karaoke is a St.Kilda institution, and the biggest night of the year is the Karaoke Oscars! A dazzling night where all the aspiring tonsil gymnasts turn up in full regalia in the hope of securing a gold painted trophy and 12 months of prestige. Voting forms will be circulating soon and the 10th Annual Oscars will be held on Sunday March 26. Get to the Hound, and join Fred and his new co-host Fred P Farlow for in the weeks preceeding to view the talent and lodge your nominations. Kooky Karaoke - Every Sunday Nite, Free!
Y, Carousel + Iris 15/3
Greg Fleet, Mark My Words, Tom Siegert + more 16/3
Twin Lizzy + Pure Cult 17/3
Ian Rilen + The Love Addicts 18/3
Charlie Pickering, Marty Lappan, John Burgos + more 23/3
The Fits, Aluca + Chris Matthews 24/3
Backbone House Band + Guests 25/3
Karaoke Oscars 26/3
The Hornets 26/3
Steve Bedwell, Paul Brasch, Troy Kinne + more 30/3
Jagger’s Banquet 31/3
Large Number 12’s 1/4