From the Rockbrat Archives: Ian Rilen – Love Is Murder (Phantom)

Damn this is good….real good. If this isn't the best Australian release of the year then I'd like to know what is. Is it necessary to introduce the man ? OK, for the benefit of the few who weren't listening the first time around. Rilen formed the seminal Australian rock 'n' roll beast that be … Continue reading From the Rockbrat Archives: Ian Rilen – Love Is Murder (Phantom)

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What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BITZER – Oz Rock Six Pack (2013)

Fans of genuine Aussie rock (Angels, Tatts, AC/DC)  take note. BITZER are for you. Forget about Airbourne for one second and the carbon copied style of oz rock they play. They are good at what they do, they nod approvingly to the past, but they lack the legitimacy, the authenticity, that a band like BITZER … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? BITZER – Oz Rock Six Pack (2013)

Rockbrat Remembers: Mick Cocks – died 22 December, 2009

For a long time there, particularly during the late 80s and early 90’s, Michael Thomas Cocks looked ageless, like he’d been drinking heartily from the fountain of youth. Yet he we are, the 22nd of December, 2010 and Cocksy has been gone for a year already. Sure there was benefit concert for him in July, … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Mick Cocks – died 22 December, 2009

Rockbrat Wonders – Who will save Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll ?

Last Sunday evening I found myself channel surfing, and with no rugby league, baseball or decent historical documentary to watch - I landed on the industry backslapping night of nights known as the ARIA (or Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards. Powderfinger were on, and the kids were lapping it up. Powderfinger are a great example … Continue reading Rockbrat Wonders – Who will save Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll ?

Rockbrat News Flash: Blood, Sweat & Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to Rose Tattoo

Blood, Sweat & Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to Rose Tattoo by Murray Engleheart It is an honor to be the first person on the internet to review this book - the latest penned by the highly acclaimed Australian music writer Murray Engleheart. 'Blood, Sweat and Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to … Continue reading Rockbrat News Flash: Blood, Sweat & Beers : Oz Rock From The Aztecs to Rose Tattoo

Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: X Radio Interview on Double J (1980)

Recently dusted off for your listening pleasure, here is a 10 minute interview with Ian Rilen and Steve Lucas on Double J at the time of the release of X's glorious 'Aspirations' LP. We've cleaned up the sound a little bit for you, enjoy my friends. Dedicated to the memory of the one and only, … Continue reading Rockbrat’s Audio Archive: X Radio Interview on Double J (1980)

Rockbrat Remembers: Lobby Loyde

This is a re-published interview/article we conducted with the much-missed Lobby Loyde in 1998 If ever a book is written on Lobby Loyde it will sure as hell make for interesting reading. Loyde is an Australian rock n roll icon, who has been treading the boards since 1963. His cutting edge guitar playing has influenced … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Lobby Loyde

Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Rose Tattoo (1998)

Who: Rose Tattoo When: Labor Club, Canberra - August 11, 1998 It had been some years since Rose Tattoo last graced a Canberra stage, so their return to the national capital was indeed an event to cherish. Witnessing the musical muscle that is Rose Tattoo is pretty much like watching a retired heavyweight champ climb … Continue reading Best Gigs The Rockbrat’s Seen ? Rose Tattoo (1998)