Radar Illawarra: the week's music news

Chet Faker brings his soulful indie-pop to Thirroul in June

Chet Faker brings his soulful indie-pop to Thirroul in June

■Indie Soul crooner Chet Faker is all over the airwaves, and the bloke with the best beard in the business is heading out on tour with new album Built On Glass.

A  national tour was announced this week, and he’s coming to Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul on June 28.

Tickets are on sale Tuesday, April 22.

■Canberra act Safia  are about to start  an Aussie tour supporting Lorde, but have also locked in dates for their own headline shows around the country. The electronic outfit, who have also supported Disclosure and Rudimental, will play Rad bar in Wollongong on June 15.

■I had a chat with Simon from DZ Deathrays this week, and he said the noisy duo will be bringing a third member on the road with them when they tour new album Black Rat in May. “We need someone to just shred guitar over the new songs,” Simon said. “It sounds great with three of us.” DZ play Rad on May 30 – stay tuned for the full interview with Simon.

■Local guys Troldhaugen and Saralisse have scored support slots for Finnish folk metal band Finntroll. The two Wollongong bands will play Sydney’s Manning Bar on June 21.

■Howlin Wolf will soon begin hosting regular hip-hop open mic nights. The brainchild of promo company Songbird Presents, the first evening will be May 7 with Jake Sara as headline act and opportunities for rappers to show off their goods.

■Dance crew Déjà Vu are putting on a  12-hour party this Easter Sunday at The Grand. Kicking off at 12pm with chilled house tunes in the garden, the party rages until late into the night with Some Blonde DJs, Beni and Go Freek.

Sam La More is one of the headliners for the new Kiss Land club night, launching in May.

Sam La More is one of the headliners for the new Kiss Land club night, launching in May.

■Speaking of dance, Kiss Land is a name you might have heard  lately. They’ve been dropping hints online, and finally revealed they will bring a swathe of top-notch talent to Saturday nights at Hostage X from May 3. They’ve locked in Sam La More, Van She DJs, DCUP and talent from OWSLA and Motorik to play in coming weeks. 


The Pinheads haven’t played a single show yet, but they’ve got a lot going for them. Including two members of Shining Bird, and with their first two shows this weekend as part of Record Store Day at Music Farmers on Saturday, then supporting Hunx & His Punx on Sunday at Rad, they’ve got a big week lined up. The band answered a few questions for us.

Who are The Pinheads?

The Pinheads came from outer space to bring you Rock ’n Roll. We are Alastair, Luke, Tanya, Merlin and James.

When and how did the band start?

We all go tenpin bowling every week as a team and started calling the loser of each game Pinhead, later a pal lent us a mysterious 8-track karaoke machine from the 80s and we started making some songs for fun. Our mate James Kates was in the process of making a surf film for Le Boogie magazine named ’Passing Through’. He heard we were recording songs and he asked to hear some of them, and liked them so much he used 3 songs in the film and also joined The Pinheads, playing drums.

Describe your music

Each one of us has an eclectic range of influences and we brew them all up in our music barn, and the finished product is a blend of thumpin’ 60’s garage rock ’n  roll, energetic surf licks and raucous vocals with a dash of twisted humour. If we had to list some bands that inspire us as a whole they would be The Stones, The Cramps, through to Ennio Morricone

How did your sound develop and how has it changed over time?

Its kind of like a chameleon, we’re happy with any song we can pull off, but we aren’t thinking of any particular genre. The said development will happen depending on whether we learn to play our instruments or not.

First shows this weekend - excited?

Very excited, by which I mean we’ve been losing our minds in our music barn for far too long, and its time to unleash the intergalactic madness upon the world - until we return to our home planet.

What’s the Wollongong music scene like now?

The Farmer and the Owl, and Rad bar, are doing amazing things at the moment and influencing local people by bringing bands from out of town through Wollongong, although The Pinheads think there is still a lack of bigger venues to support local bands and audiences despite the growing scene.

Anything else we should know

We’re releasing a little bundle of songs this weekend. We’ve also made a Facebook page which you can find at facebook.com/thepinheadz.