- yardstock 2.0
- Then I went to another house where everyone seemed to have ‚ÄúRock‚ÄĚ written on their bones inside them. Next to other more intimate words. Joe Bludge was singing, but like a legend, rather than someone just trying things out. His voice was like a mud slide that everyone was very calm feeling as it slowly dragged them down a hill. The drums were a legend too, and with grey hair like Rod Stewart. I was standing back, and I kept listening to the drums. A man next to me held a piece of wood in his hand, and brought it up to his lips to stain all his teeth in a different way. I think he was autistic. [read more]
- The Black Lips Show
- Perth duo THE PAINKILLERS were up next and wasted no time getting things rollin‚Äô. Now, when you think of an ‚Äúacoustic guitarist‚ÄĚ, it‚Äôs unlikely that the imposing, dishevelled image of Joe Bludge comes to mind. Sweaty and resplendent in a check shirt and jeans, Bludge‚Äôs guitar tone is raw and trebly ‚Äď and when combined with the primal drumming of the Rock‚Äôn‚ÄôRoll artefact that is James Baker, a sound is created that can only be described as ‚Äėelectric‚Äô. What‚Äôs more is that in addition to Bludge being a striking and enigmatic guitarist, he is nothing if not an observant and accomplished lyricist as well. Although local youngster Luke Dux joined the band on electric guitar for their closing numbers, he ultimately proved unnecessary as Bludge and Baker needed no help. When armed with their songs and instruments, these two are a force to be reckoned with. [read more]
- Queensland Tour
Been a while but apparently everyone is still alive, whew QLD!
- Painkillers Best of 2011
- At this time of year, the street press and blogosphere is full of best-of-year compilations, and it is wonderful to see Feel the Pain make a few people's lists. One of our favourites is this list from the Boomeister of Inpress Magazine in Melbourne. It's got Adalita, Brian Hooper, Dave Graney and True Grit - you will want to track down some of the more obscure stuff, perhaps.
Thanks to the Boomeister and everybody else who thought of us when asked what was tops for 2011. [read more]
- The Tote 30th Birthday Party
Wow, The Tote is exactly the same age as us! We are coming to Melbourne to play with all these great Off the Hip bands for one night only...
- Beaufort Street Festival
This is a great community festival that is happening every year in Perth. We are playing at 4pm on the Vincent Stage.
- Album review - Mess & Noise
- Even if you want to simply call The Painkillers garage ‚Äď and hell, they once won a WAMi Award for Best Punk Band ‚Äď they don‚Äôt run on adrenaline but on a nervous looseness. It‚Äôs as if they‚Äôve got to get through each song before it collapses beneath them like a spent horse. [read more]
- The Painkillers
- In the haze of years gone by, Josh Reynolds, aka Joe Bludge, was playing in a band at the Hyde Park Hotel in Perth. Among the regular patrons at the hotel was a bloke with a pudding bowl haircut and plenty of positive words for Bludge‚Äôs band. ‚ÄúHe really loved the band,‚ÄĚ Bludge recalls. ‚ÄúHe was our number one fan.‚ÄĚ Bludge wasn‚Äôt aware initially that the fan in question was James Baker, legendary drummer with The Victims, Beasts Of Bourbon, Le Hoodoo Gurus and The Dubrovniks. ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt know his history,‚ÄĚ Bludge admts. ‚ÄúIt was only after starting working with him that I realised just how many bands he‚Äôd been in.‚ÄĚ
- How Melbourne made its own beat - Sydney Morning Herald
- Wild About You! will be launched at Readings Carlton, 6.30pm on Thursday. A launch party featuring the Painkillers (Perth) and Thee Mighty Childish will be held at Off the Hip records on June 17 from 6.30pm.and more »
- Melbourne Shows