Oct 302013

The Controllers are thrilled to present the first single ‘Twins,’ to be launched 13 December at the Brunswick Hotel, 140 Sydney Road, Brunswick from 9pm with Among Giants, Squarehead and Chop Squad.– Free Entry!

‘Twins’ is the tale of two twins – one virtuous, one slightly tarnished and a decision between duty and desire, which is reflected in the design on the single cover by up and coming Melbourne artist Madison Griffiths.

The Controllers count Against Me!, Refused, The Audition, Comeback Kid and Chick Corea as their musical influences and drummer Kieran recently won Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer Competition, $3000 worth of prizes and sponsorship from Pearl, Zildjian, Remo and Vic Firth.

Bassist Ben Tyler and drummer Kieran Rafferty met at the tender age of 8 years while attending Grade 3 at Haileybury College and were instant best mates, sharing the common bond of musicality and of both of their mums teaching at the school.

Enter new kid Zac Connelly (guitars/vocals), who came to the school in Year 7 (2007) and was classified as a ‘jock’ rather than a ‘muso.’ like Kieran and Ben.

As it happens, the school was putting on a battle of the bands and Zac, Ben and Kieran were put into a band with 3 other classmates. The band then consisted of 3 bad guitarists, one bad drummer, a mediocre singer, one good drummer and a good bassist.

After much shuffling and many reformations a 4-piece band called Happy Accidents was formed. They went on to win multiple school battles of the bands and a couple of Freeza events. But eventually all things must pass, and at 16, Happy Accidents disbanded to concentrate on completing school.

Fast forward to NOW and at the age of 19 and fresh out of high school, Zac, Ben and Kieran have reformed as The Controllers with a more mature sound and a musical sensibility that belies their tender years.

‘Twins’ is the first single to be lifted from their forthcoming debut 5 song EP and it’s sitting at #17 on the overall charts and #5 on the rock charts on Triple J’s unearthed page. You can download ‘Twins’ here:

Oct 292013


Freestyle hiphop artist and multi-instrumentalist Giovanni ‘Gio’ Agosta is proud to present the title single from his upcoming album ‘Real.’

Gio grew up in Werribee exposed to multiple musical genres and soaking up various multi-ethnic influences.

Gio said, “When I was about 12 years old I used to sit in my room with my guitar singing ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ over and over and I’m a massive fan of Bob Dylan. I guess I was about 14 when I found 2pac, Biggie, JayZ, Lil Wayne.

Shortly after that I moved out of home and lived in a bunch of places pretty down and out commerical flats – and really started to take rap seriously because I didn’t want to be stuck in the flats all my life and I feel like there are things I want to say.” Other local artists such as Jimmy Cupples also had an impact on Gio as he discovered basic vocal scales, rhymthic patterns and chord progressions which he says “…had a huge impact on Real.”

Now nineteen years of age, Gio lists Kendrick Lamar, Hoodie Allen and Aussies like Illy, Bliss N Eso, Allday as influences.

For his album ‘Real’ he enlisted producer Gio enlisted producer Mark Belcastro of Cavern Sound Studios for ‘Real’. Belcastro says, “When Gio’s on stage, he steps it up to a whole new level, he instantly connects and activates with the crowd and they become part of his show.”

After creating a small but persistent buzz with his 2012 mixtape ‘Evergreen’, Gio has shared a stage with Stretchy, Codix, N’fa Jones, Mind Over Matter & M-Phazes to name a few.

Gio will launch ‘Real’ on 16th of November at Revolver Upstairs. Doors open at 9pm.
Supports: MCMJD, Real Music, Stretchy & High Nights. Tix at the door – $15 plus booking fee.

Listen to ‘Real’ at Soundcloud:

Visit Gio here:


Oct 252013

Mutli-award winning show stoppers The Davidson Brothers will be squeezing in a smokin’ hot November residency at the Spotted Mallard on Sunday afternoons throughout the month of November! The Spotted Mallard residency is their opener for the summer festival season which this year sees the brothers play their first ever Meredith Music Festival! It’s not [more]

Oct 242013

2013 Age Music Victoria Best Male Artist Nominee Mikelangelo, brings his group The Black Sea Gentlemen to Melbourne to play the Spotted Mallard’s 1st Birthday on Friday 1 November. A heady mix of music, theatre and black humour, Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen’s signature sound blends Balkan melodies, European Kabaret Noir and Spaghetti Western [more]