Sedition 2019 is a Celebration of Public Art and Protest in Sydney during the 1970s running across various venues and spaces this August-September. To celebrate Feel Presents have put together a live music component featuring some musical giants from Sydney’s fertile post-punk scene of the late 1970s.
Ed Kuepper needs little introduction; as a founding member of Brisbane world beating proto-punks The Saints – residents of Sydney for a short four months in Jan-April 1977 – and Sydney’s post-punk giants the Laughing Clowns (1979-1984) Kuepper is almost single handedly responsible for igniting two musical movements. The Aints! is a continuation of those both projects having lain dormant for some 35+ years but reignited with a passion in 2017 that has thus far seen the release of two full lengths albums, a mini-album and a series of scorching live shows.
Flaming Hands, inspired by Radio Birdman’s ‘do-it-yourself’ example formed when vocalist Julie Mostyn (Kamikaze Kids) and songwriter/guitarist Jeff Sullivan (Passengers) teamed up with their brand of soul influenced rock’n’roll. Combining the poetic imagery of Jeff’s songs with Julie’s passionate soaring vocals.. “Julie Mostyn possesses one of the best sets of vocal chords in the country … their single The Edge was one of the finest and most under-rated records of last year” (Stuart Coupe). “It was a night of passionate rock, due mainly to the fine vocals of Julie Mostyn. Her soaring searing voice gives the Flaming Hands a dynamic edge and easy access to the complex rhythms of the six piece band.” – Live review.
Shy Impostors songwriter Penny Ward would present her noir-like prose atop a menacing rock ’n ‘roll beat via a band that oozed serious talent and featured future members of both the Sunnyboys and Lipstick Killers. Existing for just 12 months during 1979-1980 the legend of the band lies largely in the release of one posthumous single but an impossibly good one-off reformation show in 2017 showed just what could have been.
“Where’s the professor? We need him now.” Legend has it that ‘The Professor’ referred to in The Saints classic Know Your Product was Stephen Vineburg, a friend to the band during their Sydney sojourn of early 1977. Taking the moniker that singer Chris Bailey had entrusted upon him Vineburg would then form a band of the same name playing a hybrid of ’77 punk and Sydney style Detroit existing – like many – for the briefest of moments in the late 70s.
Well before the moniker was highjacked by wannabe socialites and talentless bums mild-manned record store clerk Frank Cotterell was a major taste maker for serious young music buffs. As Dr. Rock though, any Klark Kent like tendencies are pushed to the side as Frank’s alter-ego takes control of the decks with a garage-pysch-soul meltdown for the ages.
And if you’re loving the artwork for the show it was designed by former Disney animator and Radio Birdman bass player Warwick Gilbert, one of the supreme artistic talents of the day and the man responsible for the great Radio Birdman tour posters of the mid-late 1970s. See Warwick’s art and plenty of others from Reg Mombassa to Martin Sharp to Paul Worstead at the Sedition Festival 2019.
Saturday August 31st: Paddington R.S.L.