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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gear: Moog MF-104z Analog Delay

I think I've only ever really loved one pedal; my Boss DM-3 Delay pedal. It's often overlooked as it was "brighter" than the Boss DM-2, but it still added a really nice something a guitar sound. I often just had it on all the time, bubbling away really low.

When I was finally happy with my pedal setup last year, I decided to cobble together a pair of boards using some scrap wood and velcro. It was all up and running, I clicked on the delay and... nothing. Light was on, but no delay was home. It was dead. I was sad.

I was replaced by my trusty Line DL-4 (an 18th birthday present from my folks) for a little while, which is cool but didn't quite do what I wanted it to. I still use the same guitar presets for my vocal effects in the band; the sweep-echo, the tube-echo for a gainy slapback sound and the multi-head (Space-Echo-ish) setting for the low, slightly modulated echo.

My next delay was a Freakshow Digilog; a hand-painted digital delay from Portland, Maine which does a great job of emulating a nice analog/tape echo. It's a great pedal, but didn't sit the same way as the old Boss. It also has a cool self-oscilation footswitch (which is a little more subtle than the one you find on the SIB Mr. Echo, which my brother Matt has) which allows you to do some really nice atmospherics without going too far into ultra-feedback territory (unless you want to). It only really works on the longer settings though, and I didn't use it much as my delay settings are usually set to mostly slapback type stuff with a few extra repeats.

(BTW, we use also use Freakshow Brown Rabbit distortion pedal on bass.)

Anyway, yesterday I managed to snag myself a used Moog MF-104Z at a fantastic price in (almost) mint condish. I've only spent a little bit of time with it, but it's sounding just right. The guy who sold it to me said it was the best sounding delay he's had, but he decided to keep the Diamond Memory Lane II for the more practical features (tap-tempo, two delay presets, etc). There's all sorts of cool features on Moog too, such as an expression pedal option for every parameter, as well as CV stuff and a loop, where you can modulate your delays with any other pedal or processor. I've tried this with a phaser and the MuRF for a little bit it and it has potential for some interesting stuff... however, I'm just keeping it simple right now... I have enough tap-dancing to do on-stage already.

I did an comparison of the Moog and the Freakshow and the Freakshow actually got pretty damn close. It's a great pedal and well worth checking out if you're in the market for a delay. It's since graduated off the floor and now sits on top of my Nord Electro keyboard.

Post-practice update: I love this pedal.

Andrew Bird tomorrow night.

If you're not too worn out after tonight's New Years Eve festivities, you must go see Andrew Bird at The Hi-Fi.

Tickets here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

R.I.P. Rowland S. Howard

photo by Robert Carbone/Carbie Warbie for Mess & Noise

Everyone was a little shocked today by the passing of Rowland S. Howard. It was coming, but you still don't expect the news... or know what to say. What a shit year. I imagine it'll be a very somber night on the streets of Melbourne, as well as a very low key New Years Eve for many.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Australia Day Eve at Pony

Just found out (thanks to the Pony website) that we're playing Monday 25th of Jan (Australia Day Eve) in the middle of Baptism of Uzi and Bad Orchestra. Should be a pretty wild show, so, save the date.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Photos: YIS at The Old Bar, Boxing Day 2009

Well, that was nuts. Vampillia blew many minds last night... make sure you catch them before the skip the country. We were pretty happy with our set in general; not as awesome as the last time we play The Oldie, but still pretty good.

Thanks to Mr Kieran West from The Strange Attractions for the photos, who you can see on Thursday, January 7th at The Birmingham Hotel. Also playing are Nightmaster and Spitfire Parade. And, yes, YIS. Facebook event here, if you do that.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Vampillia & Tofurky

Having garnered a reputation as "The Craziest act ever seen" in May, Vampillia (Japan) returns for an intensive summer tour. Vampillia turns classical music into Hard Core. Famous for the aggressive, chaotic performance with three eccentric Vocalists at front, a body painted dancer, macho man with a saw in his hand and a drug queen Noise Violinist, and strings at the back, they call themselves 10 piece Brutal Orchestra. After their very successful first Australian Tour in May 2009, now Melbourne knows they are amazing Party Band / Theatrical Classical act / Crazy PunkLive / Death Heavy Metal show. If you donʼt understand, you need to come to see them. Having Toyohito Yoshikawa (ex Boredoms) as a recording drummer, they are recognized as a genuine post-Boredoms indie act in Japan. Their 2nd drummer, Kazuhisa Chikada, also plays in Worlds End Girlfriend and will play as his own side project “No Name” twice during this tour. They toured and got a great response in N.Y. with Tujiko Noriko. Their collaboration with Tujiko will be released soon. This time they are touring with their new EP Sppears available at their shows.

"I saw these guys last night by chance and found that they are a bunch of flat out tallents from Japan playing locally... think, the Drummer of the Boredoms is the eleveth member, they are sound scape, math rock and creepy impro...... with a mascot who is creepy as all fuck covered in make-up and dances like a freak.... SIC! I tell you what thou, I want to see them again at the Old Bar, gonna flip my brains to fried messy stuff."

And, yeah, we're playing with them tonight at The Old Bar, Johnston St, Fitzroy. Doors are at 8:30pm and it'll cost $8.

Also, the good folks over at Where's The Beef? actually made Bron's tofurky for Christmas. Pictures and more here!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas From YIS

Merry Christmas everyone! Even though it doesn't really feel much like Christmas this year.

YIS - Good King Wenceslas

Merry Christmas From The Minpins

(from their sophomore release "Wake The Neighbours", out 2010)

(Song inspired by real events.)

The Minpins are Andre Fazio (YIS, Fazmo) and Tim Taliana (The Strange Attractions). They're playing their first gig on Saturday, January 10th at The Brunswick Hotel in, er, Brunswick. They need a support band, so, get in touch if you want to play.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

YISCHEF XMAS Edition: "Awesome" Vegan Fruit Mince Pies

If you're looking for something delicious to go with your tofurky on Friday...

Bronwyn's Awesome Fruit Mince Pies


1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

150 ml orange juice

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

50 grams dried cherries

50 grams muscatels

50 grams dried figs, finely chopped

50 grams currants

50 grams craisins

50 grams candied cumquats, finley chopped

1 tablespoon grated orange rind

as much booze (rum, brandy, cognac, grappa, etc) as you like


Chuck sugar, spices and juice in pan, dissolve sugar, add fruit, simmer for 5 minutes, remove from heat, add booze, cool, put in airtight container till ready to use.


(makes about 40 x 4 cm tarts)

1 cup plain flour

2/3 cup ground hazelnuts

180 grams nuttelex


Process flour, nuts and nuttelex till it resembles fine breadcrumbs, slowly add chilled water until dough just comes together, remove from processor, wrap in cling film and chill for about an hour, roll out, cut into desired shape to fit tin, chill for another hour before blind baking.


Blind bake bases for 15 minutes on 200 degrees, add fruit mince, top with stars cut from pastry scraps, bake for another 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove, cool, and dust with icing sugar. Stuff yourself stupid.

- B.L.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Birmy Poster(s)

This will be our first proper headline show, so, please come along!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Photos: YIS do Meredith....

...although not in the way we really would have liked.

Personal highlights were Thee Oh Sees, Why? and (of course) Jarvis Cocker. Eddy Current in the headliner slot gave me some mixed feelings... but after a shaky first three songs, they nailed it. And, yeah, Animal Collective didn't play My Girls.

Listened to Real Estate's self-titled album on the way up; what a lovely piece of work. The whole thing is up on Youtube here if you want a listen.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Thank You Too!

What a great weekend. Thanks for everyone who came and saw us over the past few nights; it was a lot of fun. The Old Bar show was probably the best show of our quintet of dates over the past couple of months, so, thanks for making the night really special. Hope you enjoyed the BBQ as well. Apologies to Bill Callahan, Lou Reed, Alan Vega and Martin Rev for the hack job.

The next show is also at The Old Bar on Boxing Day (Saturday, 26th of Jan) with the crazy symphonic metal 9-piece Vampillia from Japan. How they are going to all fit on stage is beyond me, but it should be a fun night. Along for the ride is No Name (also from Japan) and Fourteen Nights At Sea. Only $8 as well.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Mesa Cosa, The Lazy Sons and YIS at The Public Bar tonight!

Oh, and Suicide are awesome.

Also, a very Happy Birthday to our very good friend Josh for Monday.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Photo: Greatest drum-head of all time?

The answer is...

(Artwork by Andre Fazio.)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Get well soon, Marc Nolte!

Our good friend Marc Nolte from The Strange Attractions has broken his arm! Badly!! Send your messages of hope to him here.

Sunday BBQ

We've decided to put on a BBQ at our FREE Old Bar gig on Sunday. Food will be flying off the grill at around 7pm, and it'll be vegan friendly... Decent stuff too! Not those generic "veggie burgers" served up at school sausage sizzles. There'll be a cup for shrapnel donations if you wish to chow down.

Even if you can't hang around until we play, come down for a drink and a chat. We'll be around from 4pm or so. Address is 74 - 76 JOHNSTON ST, FITZROY, in-between Brunswick and Nicholson St.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Yah Yah's Poster


FESTIVAL OF YIS: 3rd-6th December, 2009

The Thod, The Revels, YIS, 9pm start. $6
Mesa Cosa, The Lazy Sons, YIS, 9pm start. $6
YIS (Headline show!), Spitfire Parade, Fallow Fields, 8pm start. FREE.

and later this month...
Boxing Day at The Old Bar : Vampillia (Japan), Fourteen Nights At Sea, YIS, No Name (Japan)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New Song: "End/Last Man On Earth"

It's been a while since I posted something musical, so here's a rough sketch of a song, str8 off tha dome. Felt good to brush the cobwebs away. Maybe some more stuff soon.

Friday, November 27, 2009

YISCHEF: Tofurky

With only a month to go before Krampus arrives to steal naughty children, Bronwyn provides you with a holiday recipe that wont harm the poor widdle aminals. Perfect for vegos, or carnivores catering for family members who don't realise the deliciousness of the the Holy Trinty of roasts that is ham, turkey and pork.

The bird:
1.5 kg firm tofu (drained and dried with a paper towel to remove as much liquid as possible) 1/2 cup fresh chopped rosemary, sage and thyme
1 Massel “chicken” stock cube
Cracked pepper
Few tablespoons of potato starch or besan (chickpea flour) in case tofu mixture is too wet

The stuffing:
1 small red onion, diced
1 clove of garlic
1 small carrot
1 sticks celery, diced
1 apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup chopped parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme
3 cups freshly made breadcrumbs (I use stale yeast-free Italian sourdough)
1/2 cup craisins
1/4 cup chopped chestnuts
1/3 approx. cup stock (made with Massel cubes or powder)
Saute onion, garlic, celery, carrot, apple and herbs in olive oil. Mix with breadcrumbs, craisins, chestnuts and stock to form a firm but moist stuffing.

The marinade:
40ml balsamic vinegar
40ml pomegranate molasses (easily obtainable from Middle Eastern grocers)
1/2 cup port
1/3 cup chopped herbs (same as before)
1 teaspoon seeded mustard (I make my own by pounding yellow and brown mustard seeds and mixing with Keen’s powdered mustard, salt and white vinegar, but any good quality version will suffice- just read the label to make sure it doesn’t contain lactic acid)
sea salt, cracked pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes to taste
Whisk all this stuff together.

Do this:
1. Mash tofu till smooth. Mix in herbs, and pepper to taste. If it is too crumbly, add flour as required.
2. Line a colander with muslin. Place tofu mixture in colander and press into a bowl shape. Tofu should be 2-3cm thick. Keep trimmings to seal in stuffing and to fashion the wings and legs of the tofurkey. The tofu needs to be as dry as possible. Fold the muslin over it, fit a small bowl in the centre, then weigh it down with kitchen weights or tins of beans or whatever. Place in fridge to drain, over a bowl, for at least three hours.
3. Take dry tofu and place stuffing in the centre. Use tofu trimmings to seal in stuffing, making sure it's as secure as possible and invert onto greased baking tray. Use remaining trimmings to form legs and wings. Arrange on the tofurkey. Coat the tofurkey with the marinade.
4. Cook at 170C for 1 and a half hours, brushing with marinade every 15 minutes or so. Serve with gravy (Massel or Gravox or any other vegan-friendly brand) or cranberry sauce or whatever else you fancy.

- B.L.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

YIS Recommends: Person Pitch & Synecdoche, NY

So, after a ten hour day, it's probably a good idea to relax to something. So, I took Kurt Cobain's advice and tried some Young Marble Giants. Wasn't happening. So, just at random, I pulled out Panda Bear's Person Pitch...

Okay, considering this was Pitchfork's Album of the Year back in 2007, you've probably checked this album out, but still, check it out again. Animal Collective are almost in town... and although Merriweather Post Pavillion is a pretty decent album, this one is pretty damn amazing. It's taken a couple of years for it to click, but after a long day, it's a great one to put on to drift off to. Apparently the true mark of a great album is when as soon as it finishes, you put it on again. I've done this very, very few times in my life, but tonight, Noah Lennox, you've done it. Kudos.

While we're recommending things, Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche, New York has come out at ye olde video shoppe. Watched it last night and it blew my mind just a little bit. There's a few shocking moments in it (one of the scenes with Philip Seymour Hoffman and his daughter is really quite disturbing), and it's not something that's going to be totally digested in just one viewing. It's so dense it'll linger in your brain for a couple of days like a Lynch film, but unlike, say, Inland Empire, it's actually worth unpacking in your own mind. Seems like an intensely personal work, but I related to it in a big way. The final moment just hits you in the gut really, really hard.

I remember sitting in a Cinema Studies class back in second-year Uni and watching Adaptation, and the opening monologue setting something off in my head. I very rarely relate to anything, but for some reason Kaufman's neuroses really resonates with me, and every one of his films is worth watching.

Also, Jon Brion scores it, so you know it's probably worth a look.

Oh, and it's pronounced like this.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Photos: The Cursed Gig, 21/11/09

Despite the breakup of the first headlining act, the dropout of the second headlining band (due to a broken arm two days before the gig), the hospitalisation of our DJ for the night, the death of a 200-watt Marshall stack midway through a set, a busted A-string on Nightmaster's Fender Bass VI and the abysmal weather, we all survived THE CURSED GIG. I even busted my B-string in the first song... lucky I had 11 others to break. Good ol' 12-string.

Sure, the vocals were way too loud (thanks for telling us, guys), but fun was had by all.

Next gigs are...

Thursday the 3rd of December at Yah Yah's (Smith St, Collingwood), supporting The Thod and The Revels. Playing at 9pm.

Saturday the 5th of December at Public Bar (Victoria St, North Melbourne), supporting Mesa Cosa (Chris Chinchilla's new Mexi-Punk posse) and someone else. On around 9.

Invite yourself on Facebook here.

Photo: Andre at Lightning Bolt

This show was insanely good. More pics at Faster Louder.

If you haven't seen them yet, you must must must go to one of these shows.

Sunday 22nd November: Brisbane, Queensland: Hi Fi w/ Grey Daturas, Slug Guts + Abject Leader

Monday 23rd: Sydney, NSW: Hermanns Bar, (opposite Sydney University) w/ CRUX, Rice Corpse, Black Widow

Tuesday 24th: Auckland, New Zealand: Transmission Room

Wednesday 25th: Wellington, New Zealand: San Francisco Bath House

Thursday 26th: Hobart, Tasmania: Mona / One Project presents, venue TBC

Friday 27th: Adelaide, South Australia: Fowlers w/ Primitive Calculators, Robotosaurus + Bronze Chariot

Saturday 28th: Nth Melbourne, Victoria: Static Age Festival @ Lithuanian Club w/ Lightning Bolt, Grey Daturas, Primitive Calculators, Naked on the Vague, Justice Yeldham, Embers big band, Abject Leader, Ivans, Other Films, Rebeiro / Andrews, The Whulge + Robotosaurus

Sunday 29th: Geelong, Victoria: The National Hotel w/ Grey Daturas + The Stabs

Get close. Bring earplugs.

Friday, November 20, 2009


The dude from Pageants broke his arm, so tomorrow night is reduced to three bands and a $6 cover. We're now on at 9:20pm.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saturday Playing Times

Doors 8:30, Entry $8

11.20 – 12.00
Nightmaster 10.30 – 11.00
Fourteen Nights At Sea 9.40 – 10.10
YIS 8.50 – 9.20

Sunday, November 15, 2009


So, yes, sorry for the lack of updates this week. It's been a pretty heavy week as far with all things happening, with equal parts fantastic and awful. If anything, it makes for some good material to write with.

We had a practice today for the pair of gigs we've got coming up. It'll be the last ones for a while, as we've all decided we're way too overhyped. The pressure is just getting too much to handle and we need to some time away from this juggernaut...

Some more updates throughout the week, I PROMISE.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

More Sad News

Nowhere near as sad as the last update, but Richo just retired! :(

I should probably do something music related now...

Monday, November 9, 2009

R.I.P. Jerry Fuchs

Most of you have probably heard about the really sad news regarding !!! drummer Jerry Fuchs. !!! are a fantastic band. Their album Myth Takes is just awesome, as is all their other stuff. Their midnight slot at Golden Plains set a few years back is probably one my favourite sets ever (and apparently they were even better the next night at The Prince, which I can't believe as that'd be almost impossible). Anyway, it sounds like a horrible way to go. RIP.

Yes, there were no weekend updates.


Friday, November 6, 2009

YIS News #3

Having a proper practice tomorrow... might even be recording a bit. We're planning to try to record a couple of songs to give out at the Cobra show. See how we go. There'll be something up for grabs.

Check out the other acts we're playing with on the night: Pageants, NightMaster and Fourteen Nights at Sea. If you can't make it, don't stress, we've got another gig on Thursday, December 3rd at Yah Yahs.

Oh, and my laptop hard-drive corrupted, so, I've lost all the masters for the Live Mixtape... So, yes, the 40 that were made will be the only 40 that exist.

Also, we've gone up to second if you search for us on Google now. In first place is "Yes I Am Single": a website for singles who sign up and wear a badge in public to attract potential mates. Instructions are as follows:

The Yes I am Single ( badge is a subtle and unobtrusive tool to be worn by single people to let other singles know that they are unattached and looking to meet other likeminded singles.

Once you have your badge and membership, you can access our forums where you can chat to singles with similar interests, form new social networks and organise your own events.

You may like to form your own or join an existing golf, walking or wine tasting group or simply organise an impromptu evening out to the theatre or a pub in a central location.

Below are a few situations where you may wish to put on your badge with a view to meeting other single people:

  • On the bus, train or ferry
  • At the gym
  • At the pub or at a restaurant
  • At the shopping mall
  • At the theatre or cinema
  • While walking the dog
  • On vacation
  • At a sporting event
  • On a bucks/ hens night when out with friends
  • At the beach
  • At church

Wear your badge and start meeting people the old fashioned way!

We were planning to start YISHEARTS: a singles club for YIS fans who were searching for that special someone, but we'll probably end up provoking some Apple Computers/Apple Corps scale naming rights legal battle...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

YIS The Stamp

YIS, The Stamp!!!

Okay, so, it's been a bit of a slow news day...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Poster & Gigs

Here's the poster for the next YIS gig on Saturday, November 21st at Cobra Bar, upstairs at The Tote... We'll be distributing free copies of our mythical double-A side single "Call The Jury When He's Hungry/Trevor Block Rockin' Beats". These songs are so good they might not ever be released ever again. EVER. Pledge your allegiance on the Facebook event here.

But, if you can't wait three weeks for some fun, there's two goodies on this weekend: Chris Chinchilla (who used to play in Art Brut and Macaca Mulatta) new Mexican-punk posse Mesa Cosa are also playing Cobra this Friday, supporting Confirmed Reptilian and The Show.

Night after that one is the main event; The Holy Soul's album launch at The Oldy on Saturday night, supported by Mick Turner from The Dirty Three, Miniature Submarines (feat. Mark from The Stabs and Monika from Love of Diagrams), and Brendan Black from The Stabs. Maybe this is the Old Bar's way of trying to get The Stabs to play... The same thing happened with Wu Tang at an American festival a few years ago, where the dude just booked all the Clan as solo artists and hoped for the best... Well, probably not the same, really....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Friends: Wrong Turn

Y'know when you get a CD of your mate's band, and it ends up sounding like it was recorded for $0 under their house on a walkman?

Well, I had the pleasure of driving around with the excellent new CD by Wrong Turn in my car for a few hours last night after catching them blast through a set to some appreciative diners at The Retreat on Sydney Rd last night. Apart from being some of the nicest dudes you'll meet, Myles and Ian pack a lot of punch for a two piece. The sound is pretty straight vintage (their description of Chuck Berry/Bo Diddley style rock is pretty spot on); it sounds like they grew up on the same stuff Jon Spencer did and came to a similar, but less zombie-Elvis-like conclusion.

And gear whores take note; there is some seriously nice ampage going on up there including some vintage Australian VASE gear and a set of Ampro speakers on wooden legs. I was thinking how nice it must be to play in a two-piece and not having to worry about all that gear until I saw Ian packing a station-wagon to the gills with his two speakers, two heads in massive roadcases and three guitars. I spose Myles' Ludwig kit is orrite as well...

Anyway, check out the Myspace for the next show details and some tunes, and get the cd thru Off The Hip.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Photos: The YIS Attractions, The Tote, 31/10/09

On Saturday, YIS and The Strange Attractions defied several restraining orders and joined forces to create THE YIS ATTRACTIONS, who "performed" a spirited rendition of Flipper's "Sex Bomb". The camera was destroyed shortly after these photos were taken. Pics by James Neilson.

Anyone got any more shots?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ice Cream Winner!

So, we had many, many amazing entries for the Ice-Cream competition, but there can only be one winner...

Bronwyn and Andre's favourites were "YIS is Simon" (by someone who attended our last gig) "Yes, I'm Simon" by Dan Harman, as it's apparently such an apt description of the band... to them, I say, you're fired. Gabbo's "Youth Inspired by Stooges" would have also been an accurate statement if not for the fact that Bron and I are so damn old.

A.H. Cayley gets the award for sheer volume of entries, including "Yorrick's Indigo Skullcap" and "Yoda's Inepitude Syntactical".

I personally thought kazpatafta's "Yemenis Impersonating Saudis" was the funniest and smartest, and tugboat's "Yoni-In-Sadhu" (roughly translated as "enlightened vagina") the most crazy and unique of them all.

To the above entrants, you all win our love and respect. To the people who insulted us using the acronym format... nice job.

All these mentioned and many other all would have been worthy winners... HOWEVER.... the rules clearly stated that you had to be at the gig to win the prize... so, I'm delighted to announce the winner of the YIS Ice-Cream Social competition is Stu Burns from (Undisclosed), Victoria for his entry "Yoda Implies Secrets". Congratulations for Bradburying your way into a mound of dairy goodness. Tell us where and when. Bring a friend if you like. However, they may only watch and laugh.

Next Gig: Cobra Bar (The Tote, upstairs), Saturday, 21st of November

Next Fixture

Saturday, 21st of November
YIS vs Cobra Bar
(upstairs at The Tote)

Bounce: 8pm

Team Changes

Out: Tim Taliana (omitted)
In: Bronwyn Liroudia

Out: The Strange Attractions (injured liver)
In: Fourteen Nights At Sea, Nightmaster, Pageants

Now we can move on! Next gig in three weeks at Cobra, playing original YIS material! Tim Taliana omitted for the returning Bronwyn Liroudia. Matthew Fazio moved from guitar onto the synth, but might be forced out with injury/better things to do. There'll be some free CDs, as per usual...

Free Download: Live Mixtape #1

YIS - Live Mixtape #1
(.mp3 format, 224kbps, VBR)

Click Here To Download

Recorded live at YIS Manor
Wednesday, 28th of October, 2009

01. New Race (Radio Birdman)
02. Sex Beat (The Gun Club)
03. Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More (Mudhoney)
04. Dirt (The Stooges)
05. Where Eagles Dare (Misfits)
06. 12XU (Wire)
07. Orgasm Addict (Buzzcocks)
08. Trash (New York Dolls)
09. The American Ruse (MC5)
10. The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill (Husker Du)
11. Sex Bomb (Flipper)

Simon Fazio - Vocals, Guitar
Andre Fazio - Drums
Matthew Fazio - Guitar
Tim Taliana - Bass, Vocals (on Trash)

Special thanks to Roffy from The Tote (for booking us), Bek Duke for the requests, Mum and Dad for putting up with the noise, everyone who came down to The Tote in the heat (Stu, Block, Jess, Andrew, Fi, Russ, Michelle, Gary, Aiden, Eleanor, Matt's other friends, Emi, Ruth, Jemell, Carla, Marc, Kizz, Timmy, Josh, Kelly, Laura, Myles, The Talianas and everyone else I forgot), the Tote barstaff for the watermelon and A.H. Cayley for being awesome.

(You'll need Winrar to unrar this)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Free CDs SOLD OUT (for the moment)

Thanks to everyone who got in touch re: the CDs... My send-out allocation has run out for the moment... there will be more up for grabs if there's any left over from the gig... but if you really want one, you're just gonna have to turn up!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Free CDs

We're giving away a limited number of Live Mixtape CDs at The Tote on Saturday... but if you can't make it and want one, just shoot me a message here, or email before tomorrow night... There'll be a total of 40 in existence. CD and postage are totally free, but I'll only have a handful to send out (plus any leftover from the gig), so get in quick.

There'll also be a couple of leftover posters at the gig too.

Favourites: Husker Du - Eight Miles High (Byrds Cover)

One of my favourite covers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Studio Report: Mixtape #1

With time and technology against us, this afternoon we decided to blaze through the set "live to air" (if you will), and have recorded the whole thing for your listening pleasure. Five mics up in the room: one on the drums, one of the bass, one for each guitar, and a vocal in the middle... The end result is shambolic, messy, frequently annoying and a lot of fun... and now I have a headache. I'll be burning off a limited number to give out after the gig on Saturday.

Gear: Tym Guitars Bass Face

"This is another old school fuzz designed especially for you bass players. This is a "messy" bass fuzz for fat stoner rock and psychedelic. The circuit is based on the classic Shen-ei fuzz above using old stock C945 transistors. I've added more gain and true bypass etc. This design has been used by bass players in JAMC and Cosmic Psychos, among others."

Andre was lucky enough receive one of this bad boys for his birthday. It's a pretty crazy pedal, and we haven't given it a full workout yet... but so far it's been a lot of fun. Tim and the gang were also nice enough to include a birthday T-Shirt for him as well! Awesome dude. You can get one and other similarly awesome pedals over at the Tym Guitars site, which also has his own guitars, amps and cabs, as well as an outstanding collection of reasonably priced used guitars.

The graphics on the new Tym pedals are designed by Jackyl from Sixfthick, who has one of the best blogs going over at Guitar Nerd. Also an outstanding fellow.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

YISCHEF: Trio of Salads, Tiramisu

These are some of the gastronomical delights Bron whipped up on Sunday... Recipes to come tomorrow...