Welcome back to the monthly installment of what I like to call “Gigs That You Should Go To Because I Want To Go To Them”. This article acts as both a lesson on what’s coming up in the Brisbane area as well as a bit of self-motivation for me to get out, smell the fresh air and see a little bit of live music. Once again, I’ll be providing links to the Brisbane events, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find the national tour dates if they so apply.
Steve Smyth – February 20 – Lefty’s
This is tonight. Forget Married at First Sight, get your ass down to Lefty’s. After a brief date change, Steve Smyth will grace Lefty’s stage for a free Wednesday night gig. I’ve seen Smyth a handful of times, interviewed the man a few years ago and watched his career boom with his 2014 album Exists. He’s spent some time abroad and tonight’s gig is one of his last of his current Australian tour. Who knows when he’ll tour again, so I’d get your ass off the couch and I’ll see you at Lefty’s.
Little May – February 22 – Black Bear Lodge
I first saw Little May in 2014 supporting Mikhael Paskalev. I remember the moment vividly. I had been listening to their single Boardwalks on repeat and I stood amongst the humble walls of the deceased Alhambra Lounge without knowledge that Little May were supporting. It was a special moment. A surprising moment. I’ve seen Little May a couple times more times since then, and their atmospheric folk holds up live. Black Bear is the perfect venue for Little May as they support their latest singles Lover and Apples.
Thee Oh Sees – February 23 – The Valley Drive In
From what I’ve watched on YouTube, psych-rockers Thee Oh Sees put on a helluva show. And I want to be there and experience it instead of sitting behind my computer. They’ve been butting out albums every year for the past decade, so I have high hopes for an off-the-walls set at the Drive In.
Arctic Monkeys – March 3 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was a helluva lot better than AM. But I’ve seen Arctic Monkeys live before when they toured their Suck It and See album. It was one of the worst gigs I’ve ever been to. And I’ve seen their current live set up on YouTube; the guys can’t play with the same pace and gusto as they did in 2006. But I’d see Tranquility live, maybe. If I could sit down.
Ghost – March 6 – The Tivoli
I just want to see what this would be like. Ghost get a lot of shit for their over the top macabre attitude, but their 2018 album Prequelle is fun. I can imagine this being an experience.
J Mascis – March 7 – The Triffid
Of Dinosaur Jr fame, J Mascis’ latest album also made my Top 30 Albums of 2018 list. The lead single See You At the Movies is a well written, subtly vulnerable track mixing acoustic elements and Mascis’ trademark noisy guitar solos. I’d love to see him perform live, especially touring this album. Someone come with me.
Code Orange – March 10 – The Zoo
Code Orange are one of the most exciting metal bands around in 2019. The band blend hardcore, metalcore, nu-metal and punk. Their 2018 single The Hunt featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame is heavy as fuck and was on high rotation on my gym playlist. I’d probably throw down at this gig and get a bit sweaty.
Tropical Fuck Storm – March 16 – Crowbar
Tickets are only $30. Cheap as chips to see one of one of Australian’s most exciting projects live. Their 2018 album A Laughing Death in Meatspace was great, and I regret that I overlooked it for my Top 30 Albums of 2018 list. And I’d love to make it up by seeing TFS live.
Connan Mockasin – March 20 – The Tivoli
Connan Mockasin presents Jassbusters live. Another great album from 2018, featuring one of my favourite singles Charlotte’s Thong. This is a seated gig, and I’d probably fall asleep. But I reckon it’d be worth it.
Max and Iggor Cavalera – March 22 – The Valley Drive In
The heavyweights of Brazilian heavy metal return to Brisbane, this time playing cuts from their classic Sepultura albums Beneath the Remains and Arise. I’d probably die in the mosh.