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CANCELLED - Screamfeeder
The Cambridge Hotel (Newcastle, NSW)
Saturday, 9 October 2021 8:00 pm
Screamfeeder. A noisy pop/indie rock band from Brisbane. Lovers of loud and beautiful music since the day they were each conceived, they have been compared to all the greats; Husker Du, The Jam, The Replacements and The Who. Contradictions and dualities abound within Screamfeeder, and therein lies their beauty. They’re the band you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90’s and 00’s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for nearly 30 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more loved. A band that combines loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulls it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage. While not dwelling too much on the music industry history, Screamfeeder were always the band that everyone knew were one of the best in the country, as well as often the unluckiest. Label turmoil seemed to be their lot in life, but it never stopped them making great music. Their place in Brisbane’s musical history is assured, with a long and impressive series of albums that never slipped in quality. They released their debut album Flour in 1992, and followed that with five more scorching albums including the undeniably-classic Kitten Licks in 1996. Their records continued to sell, with all of their albums remastered and released on vinyl – the last being Take You Apart, which was finally re-issued in May 2020. The five-week tour that was scheduled, well, you know what happened to that. They’ve toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, taking audiences on the ride that is uniquely Screamfeeder. Live, they’re a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, Darek’s guitar riffs alternately soaring and abrasive, all anchored with the explosive power of Dean’s drumming. This band can give anyone in the world a run for their money – they’re raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every space in the room with pure radiant youth. “…(their) ragged, infectious spirit evokes all kinds of glories: classic soul records, the early Who singles, the fire and fun of bands such as the Jam and the Replacements.” (Courier Mail) After a couple of quiet years, the band stepped back into the live arena in 2014 to celebrate the reissue of their four classic ‘90s albums, focusing on songs from their spiky, immediate debut Flour, the crushing, seminal Burn Out Your Name, 1995’s oddball indie rollercoaster Fill Yourself With Music and the 1996 smash Kitten Licks. Guess what? Rooms filled with punters singing every word were testament to the abiding quality and ongoing love for the band and their songs. 2015 brought the release of their classic 2000 album, Rocks On The Soul, and again it sold out in short order. 2017 saw the first new Screamfeeder recordings in twelve years, with the acclaimed Pop Guilt album being hailed as a career highlight. And just to hammer home the point, in 2018 they put out a double-LP “best of” collection entitled Patterns Form – 24 shining examples of what Screamfeeder does best, collected into a fine career overview. “Forget Jet, The Vines, even You Am I… Screamfeeder are hands down the country’s best rock band and Take You Apart is all the proof you need. For real.” (Time Off magazine, Brisbane , November 2003) 2020 brought Take You Apart on vinyl and not much else…but 2021 sees Tim and Kellie writing new songs for a new album due in July 2021, with that delayed national tour now set for September and October. With some festivals sprinkled in, this year you finally get to see them in action again. Screamfeeder believe in writing good songs and performing them like their lives depend on it. Old school? Shit yeah, and proud of it.