The Coalition of Aging Rockers presents Australian punk legends FEEDTIME with special guests Dead Meat and Musk (ex-Killer's Kiss and Tractor Sex Fatality). EARLY START TIME -- 6:00pm, $10
FEEDTIME: It starts around '78 or '79 in Sydney, Australia. feedtime evolved from this point. There was no "formation," it just crept through a few people who believed in the same purpose. Rick and Allen met each other in February 1970 and became friends through circumstance and necessity. Both shared a connection to music: Allen with the Sydney hard rock of the '70s; Rick with Cajun music and bluesmen such as Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Willie McTell and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Both recall seeing live performances by (Australian) X and Rose Tattoo, bands who outlined the fundamentals of what would become "good feel"the term coined by the band to articulate the sonics of feedtime. Allen chose bass duties, Rick opted for electric slide guitar. Both chose motorcycles.
Dave handled drums until 1981, though very real threats of violence from irate punters (who expected to hear tame barroom fare) saw him split with the band. Allen's sister Nella filled the drum stool until around 1982, eventually she also left the band due to the hostile atmosphere within the Sydney underground rock scene.
Tom was already playing in several bands in Sydney in the early 1980s and knew feedtime through friends. He'd seen them live a few times and was duly impressed. An all-round musician, he joined feedtime on drums in 1982. The band's classic line-up was complete and three years of relentless live performance and rehearsal began. Early set-lists consisted of originals which would appear on their first two albums and covers of songs by X, The Rolling Stones and Flipper. Covers remained in the feedtime oeuvre with the band eventually releasing an LP of their favorite interpretations.
"You pay your respect to the stuff that got you going and you respect that stuff that keeps you going." feedtime, 1985
The sound of feedtime was like nothing else in Australia: a vintage blues swagger via roots rock and the late '70s that didn't come from an established clique, a pure strain of rock and roll with a relentless mechanical propulsion. It was the perfect symbiosis of syncopation, minimalist rock that carried a thunderous atmosphere of reckless intoxication and intense personal pain but with a self-assured "ease" amongst the chaos. The sound was both Zen-like transcendence and a form of self-defense from psychic scum. Impenetrable, yet welcoming. Guitar noise you could dance to with lyrics cut straight from experience, tradition and dead crazy urban confusion. Repeating in cycles over and over and over again. (bio)
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