Radar Illawarra: the week's music news

Kay Proudlove just released the video for Drunk Girl Vow.
Kay Proudlove just released the video for Drunk Girl Vow.

■ Harbourer have called it quits. The promising Wollongong band had just released an excellent EP, and spent much of their short lifespan playing alongside bands like La Dispute, Make Do And Mend, Daylight, The Swellers and Lagwagon. "Unfortunately we will no longer be continuing as a band. This will give each member some time to travel and also focus on our own commitments and lives. Still the best of friends, some of us have other things in mind," the band said. Harbourer's last show will be on July 28 at Rad, alongside British emo-punk champions Basement.

■ Bruce! and Totally Unicorn have been picked to support Brisbane grunge-rockers Violent Soho in July. Tarrawanna band Bruce!, with members of Hy-Test, will open for Violent Soho at the sold-out Thursday July 8 date at the Manning Bar, and Totally Unicorn will emerge from a quiet period to play at the same venue on Saturday June 10.

■ Entries for the Original LP Band Comp have been extended until June 19. The competition, to be held each Thursday at the Woonona Bulli RSL, is now also open to duos. More than 25 local bands have already signed up. Email originallpbandcomp@gmail.com for more information, or to enter.

■ Without Parachutes have released new single No Time To Lose online. The track was recorded and mixed by the legendary Nick Didia, behind such talents as Rage Against The Machine, Powderfinger. Bruce Springsteen and The Living End.

■ Blackie, frontman for legendary Sydney act The Hard-Ons, has been announced to support King Buzzo (Buzz from The Melvins) at Anita's Theatre on August 22. Tickets from yoursandowls.com.au.

■ Folk-pop singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove has released a colourful new video for her single Drunk Girl Vow. Full of balloons, cakes and teapots, it's fun and cute and whimsical. The single is from her latest EP, Finding Words.

■ Last week marked the launch of Washed Out, the new music venue inside The Grand Hotel. Four bands played to a packed house, giving a great welcome to the new space. The venue has plans for more regular gigs, with themed nights also on the horizon. Keep an ear out for more news on Washed Out.

■ Speaking of new venues, you may have seen a bit of chatter about new spot The Garden on Facebook. The venue launches on June 26, and from what we've heard, it should be a good one.


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