Universal comeback

FRESH BEGINNING: Hey Universe plan to showcase a simpler and more mature sound than Adam Mark Scott’s former band Cotton Sidewalk.THE last time Adam Mark Price performed at Adamstown Uniting Church’s renown Dungeon in November 2014 his band Cotton Sidewalk bade farewell in grandiose style.
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The five-piece alternative rock band were joined by a string quartet and choir as they performed their third and final album Evil Versus People in its entirety.

On July 8 Price will return to the Brunker Road venue to launch his new band Hey Universe at the first Lo-Fi @ The Dungeon evening. Hey Universe also features Cotton Sidewalk’s original drummer Marty Paget and Price’s brother Andy on bass.

In their 2000s prime Cotton Sidewalk were among Newcastle’s top bands and they spent six years battling to crack national exposure in Melbourne.

Since returning to Newcastle three years ago Price has been frustrated by the lack of original music venues and felt compelled to curate Lo-Fi @ The Dungeon, which he hopes will become a monthly event.

Hey Universe are in the process of self-recording and producing their debut EP, due for release later this year.

“It’s not a huge leap from it, but the fact it’s a three piece make it a different sound,” Price said.“Cotton Sidewalk had lots of layers, strings, synths and choirs, but this is much more simple. The songwriting has moved on and has become more mature.”

Price has no plans to include Cotton Sidewalk songs in Hey Universe’s sets and is prepared for the battle to win over old and new fans.

“This is definitely a new beginning and that may be hard for some people,” he said. “That’s a challenge for us because when people go to a show they like to hear something they’re familiar with. For me, I love going to a gig and hearing a band for the first time.”

Joining Hey Universe at the inaugural Lo-Fi @ The Dungeon on July 8will be Looseleaf IV and Kieran Wicks, who is releasing his debut albumSticking To My Guns.

PAPER SUPPORTTHE last time Canadian garage rockersJapandroids touredAustralia inDecember Paper Thin frontman Spencer Scott was forced to sell his tickets for their Sydney show.

It was a missed opportunity that has gnawed at Scott. Fortunately, there’s no chance of that happening this time around as Paper Thin have secured the support slot for Japandroids’ first ever Newcastle show at the Small Ballroom on July 15.

The show is expected to be Paper Thin’sbiggest ever Newcastle show and their most high-profile support since they warmed the Factory Theatre stage for British folk-rock band Levellers.

Paper Thin areputting the finishing touches to their second EP, which follows their self-titled release last August.

OKINE HITS BEACHONLY the bravest surfers might be hitting the waves at the moment, but the sand will be hotter than ever this Saturday at Beach Street 6.

NEW RAP: Comedian and former Triple J host Matt Okine will perform in The Boilermakers at Beach Street 6. Picture: Annaliese Nappa

The grassroots music festival have locked in its biggest headline act to date with comedian and former Triple J presenter Matt Okine performing his first Newcastle show as The Boilermakers, his new hip-hop duo with Dinnertime Duke.

The stacked bill at the Lass O’Gowrie also includes Illawarra’s Archy Punker and Newcastle’s PALS, The Owls, Voodoo Youth, Demi Mitchell and Nicholas Connors.

BURGO FAREWELLRAAVE Tapes have a reputation for delivering one hell of a party. It’ll be no different on Friday night when the Newcastle dance rockerssend out original bassist Joel Burgess with a wild house party for his final gig.

Details for the free show with electronic act E4444e will be revealed shortly before the gig.

We’re also hearing that Raave Tapes will announce their newest member next week and that they’re heading in a more feminine direction.

ROCK SAVIOURSROCK’N’ROLL and its traditional format of guitars, bass and drums won’t ever die. That’s the opinion of Geelong retro rockers The Murlocs.

On their upcoming third album Old Locomotive, due for release on July 28, The Murlocs’ singer and lyricist Ambrose Kenny-Smith said thethe band willcontinue their revivalist sound andstance“against rock’n’roll’s extinction.”

You can join the fight for rock’n’roll when The Murlocs perform at the Small Ballroom on August 2.

A-GRADE REVIEWIT’S an album that 17 years on remains a bone of contention. Was Kid A themoment Radiohead reached their creative zenith or when the British alternative kings lost themselves in a maze of electronic ambient pretension?

That will surely be debated by music lovers on Thursday night when The Edwards reviews the 2000 masterpiece at the return of SoundBite.

DJ Perry will spin Radiohead-inspired tunes, Kid A will be played in full and its ongoing legacy discussed andexperimental musician Dexter Moore will perform live.Everything is definitely in its right place.

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