Radar Illawarra: the week's music news

Sheerkhan.

Sheerkhan.

Lunatics on Pogosticks member Calum Newton.

Lunatics on Pogosticks member Calum Newton.

*Washed Out is the newest venue to enter the Wollongong music market. Popping up in the upper floor of the Grand Hotel, the space formerly known as Barcode, the concept is an intersection between music and art; besides the bands, the room has been given a bright makeover with a huge mural by local artists and there will a rotating shirt design created by Minty Duds. The launch party is June 6, with Lunatics On Pogosticks, Sea Legs, The Vanns and Sheerkhan playing. Tickets on sale now. 

* Folk-metal eclectics Troldhaugen have put in the hard yards touring around Australia recently, and their work has paid off in being selected to tour Europe with Alestorm. Perhaps Wollongong’s most eclectic band, Troldhaugen will play through Germany, France, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and more through September and October. 

Born Lions.

Born Lions.

* Born Lion will support UK buzzband Royal Blood at two Sydney shows next week, and have also just been named to support Californian punk titans The Bronx. The June 20 gig at the Metro Theatre is set to be one of the most high-octane gigs of the year, and a few tickets are still available

Beaten Bodies.

Beaten Bodies.

* Beaten Bodies have been quiet lately, but have finally announced their long-awaited new EP ‘The Royal Road.’ The sprawling funk-soul band will hit the road in June for a big East Coast tour, playing nine dates from Melbourne to Brisbane. They kick off the run with a hometown show at the Heritage Hotel on June 13. Watch the video for new song ‘EPK’ on Youtube -

* Latham’s Grip have released their new album Hey Senorita. Check it out on their Bandcamp page

* One for the hardcore kids - Deez Nuts and Confession will take off on tour together in June, playing a co-headlining tour around the country with Hand of Mercy and Thorns in tow. The huge mosh lineup pulls into the Towradgi Surf Club for a big all ages show on June 22.

* The annual HOPE suicide prevention fundraiser is back in 2014, with Dicey Riley’s again the host for a big day of local music. Massonics, Baby Machine, The Heapsgoods, Smasheddybash and stacks more will play from 3pm well into the night on July 5.

Q & A with Sea Legs

Central Coast indie-pop band Sea Legs have announced a big tour through June, playing alongside the likes of British India and Dune Rats as they make their way across the country, but have found time to drop in and help launch new local venue Washed Out on June 6. The guys sat down to answer a few questions for us

Who are Sea Legs? 

Four dudes who grew up together, hung out at family Christmas together, went through school together, surfed, wrote music, partied, dated each other’s girlfriends, played in bands, and then eventually started Sea Legs. 

How did the band start? 

Sea Legs was birthed in 2011 after our previous project had to pull the pin due to half of the band members exploding off into a Afro-Bubble with Jinja Safari! Sea Legs is what formed from that. 

Describe your music 

A blend of contagious vocal melodies mashed up with the warmth of  Brit pop tones.

 Tell us about your new EP 

It’s so fresh that our froth levels are full to bursting... we are so so proud of it and seriously can’t wait to drop it on you all this August. Get ready for your Synth Shower people.

Tell us about your tour coming up 

It’s the ‘Take A Little For Yourself Tour’ with 10 dates on the East Coast of Oz, from Brisbane to Melbourne and everything in between. These shows include British India, Lurch and Chief, Dune Rats and Lunatics on Pogosticks. We have band crushes on all those bands, so I dare say our love tanks will be overflowing.

Any other info we should know

After the first gig we ever played together, I found a G-String in the back of my guitar amp... It was lacy black silk G-String... Sexy as hell. I couldn’t help but think –we  had already made the big time. I slept with that G-String on my pillow that night, and held it close. The next day I proudly told my mum about my new found friend... It turns out that it was my mum’s.

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