Radar Illawarra: the week's music news

The Walking Who.

The Walking Who.

Music Farmers and Yours & Owls have announced the full line-up for their latest venture, The Farmer and The Owl, a "secret" laneway party next month.

Melbourne psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will be joined by local legends The Walking Who, Sydney act Day Ravies, Grease Arrestor and Miners.

Blackbear (Bodie from Mother & Son) will turn up for a DJ set as well.

The location for the April 13 gig has not yet been revealed, but tickets are on sale now.

Sydney gypsy-ska band Caravana Sun are about to head overseas for a European tour, but not before they finish up a run of home dates.

The band, who count South Coast-raised Luke Carra and a few UOW-educated lads in their number, will play a show at Splashes Beach Bar on March 14 with a solid local contingent of Round The Corner, Steel City Mother Funkers and Broden Tadros on the bill.

Keep an eye out for my chat with the band in next week's Mercury.

Classic Aussie rockers The Angels will be heading our way in July. Their new album, Talk The Talk, was released in January, only their second LP with new frontman Dave Gleeson (The Screaming Jets), and the iconic act are set to support the release with a big national tour later this year. The Angels will play Towradgi Beach Hotel on July 4.

The Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival is on this weekend. More than 60 free gigs will go down across 30 venues in Kiama.

Friday night has Dlinkwnt, Tommy M & The Mastersounds and Joe Mungovan all playing around town, and The Vanns, Firelucy and Kane Dennelly (19-Twenty) will also play during the weekend. 



Talented local folksters Yetis released their new single, Kind Eyes , this week. All breathy vocals, padding drums and soft piano before building to a swirling, euphoric crescendo, the song is a taste of an upcoming EP and is available through their Facebook.

Mixtape For The Drive are only new on the local music scene, but the pop-punkers have sure packed a punch with their first offerings. After first single Heroes, the four-piece have let loose new track Days online. Somewhere between Blink 182 and New Found Glory and The Ataris, the boys throw up a fun and bouncy and catchy sound. Their debut EP is called Stories.

Calling it early: DZ Deathrays playing at Rad bar will be one of the highlights of the year. The Brisbane rockers are releasing new album Black Rat soon, and will go on a big national tour with Sydney dudes Palms in March. They are playing on May 30. Tickets won't last long.

We want to hear from you! To have your music, gig, news or anything music-related featured next week, email details to joshua.butler@ illawarramercury.com.au.

Interview: The Nuclear Family

The Nuclear Family are a trio playing fast, loud and brash punk-rock. Their new self-titled EP will be launched on Thursday March 13 at Rad, the band headlining a great local line-up of My Little Underground, Lucha Libre and Beast & Flood. Frontman Jai Love-Lapan gave up some time to introduce the band to Mercury readers:

Who are The Nuclear Family?

Ryan, Grace and myself.  

When and how did the band start?

In high school we were friends and shared music that we liked. 

Describe your music.

The Misfits, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, a lot of 80s and 90s East and West Coast hardcore punk and some heavier stuff too. 

Tell us about your new EP.

We recorded it in my lounge. It is a lot heavier than our previous release. It also is being released on cassette by American label Not Punk Records. Jonathon Tooke from My Little Underground helped us a lot. 

What’s the Wollongong music scene like now?

We’ve found the scene has changed a lot from when we started. It’s getting better now,  though. There have been lots of good times. 

More on The Nuclear Family.