Radar Illawarra: the week's music news

Welcome back to the Mercury’s weekly local music round-up, with Josh Butler wrapping up new music, gigs and band news. 

•  The Walking Who have been teasing a "secret" project for a while now, and it finally dropped this week; a free collection of unreleased songs, in a package called the Mansions EP B-sides. "Many of the songs were written and recorded 2011 then shelved, revisited and re-imagined years later until we felt each song had reached full maturity," reads a statement from the band. Nine unheard cuts from the sessions for their Mansions EP and previous Candy Flu album, all mixed and mastered by the band themselves. Try and find it on Soundcloud.

•  Round The Corner have shared a new video for latest single "Stay". Filmed on a coastal farm, the band dedicated the clip to Ken Douglas, the owner of the farm who passed away last week. 

•  Bruce! have started a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to finance the recording of their new 7” release. If you want to help the guys release new music into the world, a mere $5 pledge will get you a advance digital copy of the EP, while $25 will get a coloured vinyl copy of the new EP hand-delivered to your house. If you’ve got a bit more money to splash out, they’re offering to play a private gig for a $500 pledge, while a big $2000 donation will give you "anything". 

 Outrageous San Francisco garage rockers Hunx and his Punx will headline another Farmer and the Owl party in Wollongong next month. The group are heading around Australia on a headline tour and will pop by on April 20 for a local show at a to-be-disclosed location. Tickets on sale now.

•  In more tour news, much hyped American hardcore act Twitching Tongues have locked in a show at the Corrimal Hotel in May. The exciting riff-wielders, coming to Australia for Melbourne’s Break The Ice festival, are bringing Canberra’s blues-tinged metal dudes I Exist along for a show up north on May 14.

• Wollongong Uni’s annual Superheroes and Villains party is one of the more outrageous nights on the student calendar, and it’s back again in 2014. April 17 is the night, with bands and DJs to be announced soon.

• Don’t forget, Cloud Control’s free acoustic tour stops in at Towradgi Beach Hotel on April 6.

A handy tour

Sydney band Palms are on tour with fellow Sydney-siders The Gooch Palms. Naturally, the tour is nicknamed Palm-A-Rama. Palms’ frontman Al Grigg (formerly of cult act Red Riders) gave a bit of his time between stops in the tour van to answer a few questions ahead of their show at Rad (with local supports Hockey Dad) on Friday.

Who are Palms? 

Palms are four pals: Al (me), Tom, Dion and Brendy, who like playing the rock n roll music.

When and how did the band start?

A couple of years ago when me and Tom’s old band broke up and we weren’t ready to stop playing music and settle into the mundane life that surely awaits us, we recruited our mates Dion and Brendan to come sit in vans and planes and cabs with us and make noise for whoever will listen.

Describe your music

We all like a whole bunch of different things. But if you boiled each guy down then I guess you could say I’m into a lot of '80s and '90s indie rock, Dion loves classic rock and metal, Brendy loves garage rock from all ages, and Tom’s really into epic, ambient but heavy kind of music. I guess Palms is somewhere in the middle of all that.

How did your sound develop over time?

I originally wanted it to be quite understated and melodic, not so rocking, more like The Shins or something. But as soon as we started doing shows and Dion joined, it immediately became way more on the attack/in your face/melodramatic.

What are your experiences of playing Wollongong?

We’ve been a bunch of times. Once supporting Children Collide, once supporting Velociraptor and once at an instore at Music Farmers. We love the Gong! We’re stoked to be playing at RAD. We’ve only heard good things about that place.

Plans for the rest of 2014?

We’re going on tour with our mates DZ Deathrays in May (playing Rad on May 30) but before that we’re gonna start recording our next album in April. Our album Step Brothers is out now. Come to the show on Friday. Our buds The Gooch Palms are playing too and they are NOT TO BE MISSED! See ya there!

Palms play at RAD on Friday.

Illawarra gig guide

• Tommy M & The Mastersounds – Howlin Wolf, Friday

•  Palms, Gooch Palms, Hockey Dad – Rad, Friday

• Bob Log III, Los Tones – Rad, Sunday

• Howling Wolf open jam night - Thursday

• Ball Park Music, Papa vs Pretty – Unibar, Thursday

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