200 years since invading Tasmania, The Empire is in its death throes. But while Maggie’s dead, her ideas don’t rest. We can’t change the past, and we should probably talk about it… but instead, go and catch The Dead Maggies.
Tasmanian story-telling, flannie-clad, folk-punks The Dead Maggies are on tour again, this time for two months of folk festivals, doof festivals and pub gigs across NSW, QLD, and South-East Asia.
This is their 4th tour in the 9 months since releasing their debut album ‘Well Hanged’ which had international airplay and was ‘album of the week’ on Edge Radio, ABC936 and 2BoB with airtime on Triple J. Their past April tour – ‘Lock up the drunks, lock in the Punks’, made new friends and has since brought more bands to the Tasmanian gig circuit.
The tour starts in Queensland, and throughout August they trek south to end up at Psyfari Festival to share the Friday night stage with The Bennies and The Porkers. Then they head off to Asia for gigs in Indonesia and Vietnam, and return in time for Folk by The Sea Festival at the end of September. Then they will go back to Tasmania and enjoy not being in the immediate company of each other for a while.
August/September Tour dates:
Fr 12/8 – The Grand Hotel, Gayndah, QLD (+fox n firkin, +button collective)
Sa 13/8 – Sonnys, Brisbane, QLD
Su 14/8 – Pub Paradise, Macleay Island, QLD
Tu 16/8 – Ponyland, near Nimbin, NSW (+the stragglers)
We 17/8 – New Tattersalls, Lismore, NSW (+button collective, +leigh hair)
Th 18/8 – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW (+button collective, +the stragglers)
Fr 19/8 – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW (+handsome young strangers acoustic)
Sa 20/8 – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW (+beefweek, +the stragglers)
Brisbane Celtic-punk rock band Fox ‘N’ Firkin release debut album with a national tour in April.
Since forming in 2012, Fox ‘N’ Firkin have established themselves in the thriving Brisbane music scene. They fill large rooms with crowds and music and get the audience manically mosh-jigging in their hometown time after time. But when you’ve conquered your own backyard, it’s time to explore beyond the quarter-acre block, Fox ‘N’ Firkin are about to rip apart the white picket fences and sledgehammer their high energy sounds into the faces of new audiences. With the release of their long awaited debut album No Vacancy, Fox ‘N’ Firkin will be on the road in April.
After releasing two independent EPs in 2013, No Vacancy will be the debut full length album by Fox ‘N’ Firkin. It contains ten songs covering social issues such as the treatment of indigenous populations, environmental degradation and asylum seeker policy. The songs fuse traditional Irish instrumentation and melodies into blistering catchy punk rock.
No Vacancy will be the third release on Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records, following on from The Dead Maggies and The Button Collective, who have both garnered rave reviews and radioplay, both nationally and internationally for their respective releases. FTYP have a distribution deal with MGM and contains a roster of upcoming folk, punk and folkpunk bands from around Australia.
The title track No Vacancy is the lead single from the upcoming album. The song has a ska feel, and no swearing, unlike the rest of the album which is more straight up Celtic punk rock (and with a heap of ‘fucks’), as a result this song translates well to a host of different themed radio programs. The song is blatantly about Australia’s reaction and attitude towards asylum seekers and refugees. This single is officially released on Monday 14th March 2016. The album is officially released 1st April 2016.
To coincide with the release of No Vacancy, Fox ‘N’ Firkin embark on a series of gigs in April.
Friday 1st – The Reverence Hotel, Footscray, Melbourne
Saturday 2nd – Bar 12, Frankston, Melbourne
Friday 14th – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast*
Saturday 15th – Beetle Bar, Brisbane*
Friday 29th – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart*
Saturday 30th – Fresh On Charles, Launceston*
* with The Dead Maggies
The Dead Maggies’ new single matches their raucous folk-punk with a tale of the improbable yet true Jørgen Jørgenson. A pirate, a convict, a king and a drunkard, the title character is the perfect foil for The Dead Maggies’ mix of foot-stomping folk and hollering punk antics.
A little-known legend, Danish-born Jørgenson once ruled Iceland for 50 days, and spent his final 14 years in Tasmania. When it came time to shoot the video for the single, the venue was clear: the Yukon, a fully restored Danish tall ship. “He was an adventurer who wrote his own legends while drinking, gambling, spying and pirating,” says vocalist/guitarist GT Mongrel. “He took on armies. He took on whole countries. He faced the executioners block and survived. He lived life as hard as life can be lived. He was a punk.”
The single is the first taste from The Dead Maggies’ forthcoming debut album Well Hanged, due for release on November on Folk ’Til Ya Punk Records. The album will feature Jørgen Jørgenson alongside 11 other tales culled from the dark and oppressive past of Australia’s southern penal colony, all set to music that finds the common energy, melody and attitude of folk and punk.
The Dead Maggies, The Bennies, The Porkers, Peter Coombe, lots of DJs
Capertree Valley, 3h west of Sydney, NSW
Psysari Festival, Capertree Valley
It’s a big psytrance doof doof festival. But on the Friday night (26th Aug) there will be punk and ska bands on a stage, including The Dead Maggies, The Bennies and The Porkers, and probably some other bands. www.psyfari.com for more info
James Brook has toured the world for years, both solo and in bands. He’s also been involved in the Sea Shepherd, and is an allround nice guy.
He delivers well-written folk punk anthems of politics and personal stories.
Joining him is The Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, who should need no introduction, because you like them a lot.