Australia day talent in town

Simon Wooldridge | Bendigo Weekly | 25-Jan-2018

Eater of the Sky

Australia Day sees some top-notch talent gracing stages across Bendigo.

The reformed and rejuvenated Smashed Pie will be dishing out a mix of heavy rock classics and their own numbers at the Golden Vine. 

The band that “likes to drink Jack Daniels while we play” wear their Deep Purple, Judas Priest and AC/DC influences very much on their sleeves. 

Lead singer Vik Torr’s vocals can dominate any central Victorian venue. 

He’s backed-up by local guitar legend Steve Harvey (Darkcide), Alex Harris (also on guitar), Lyndon Eddy on bass, and new addition Marc Picos on drums.

A Smashed Pie gig is a good mix of the familiar and unknown. No slouches, this hard-working band will play three sets on the night. Doors 8.30pm, $5.

Across town at Handle Bar in Mitchell Street, Four Lions will be joined by the Rhyley McGrath Band and DJ Tonky for an Australia Day special. 

This will be one of only a handful of Four Lions gigs in Bendigo in 2018. 

The alt-country Americana five-piece recently holed-up for a few days at Head Gap studios in Melbourne working on album number four.

Rhyley McGrath is one of a group of talented young Bendigo-based musicians. 

His influences stretch back a couple of generations, embracing late 1960s and early 1970s classics such as Cream’s White Room, All Along The Watchtower (the Hendrix incarnation), and the funky delights of Stevie Wonder. 

McGrath is one to watch. If you haven’t seen him play, why not start at the Handle Bar?

And just for a bit of contrast Four Lions and Rhyley McGrath Band are joined by award-winning DJ Tonky.  

As well as holding down a number of club residencies across Victoria, Tonky has played overseas in Malaysia, Singapore and the Mecca of the house scene, Ibiza. 

Tonky’s remix of Piero’s Gotta Be You hit the ARIA Club charts in 2016. 

Tonky will spin tunes late into the evening. The music kicks off at 1pm at Handle Bar.

Formed in 2010, Eater of the Sky is a Bendigo-based alt-progressive-funk-metal trio. 

They’re actually as close to “genre-indefinable” as possible in an era where everything has to have a label. 

On stage, Sam Butcher (guitar), Declain Hain (bass), and Nick Reid (drums) play a seemingly unconstructed, haphazard even, set of numbers. See them a few times and listen carefully; it’s all part of the plan. 

They are a highly original, innovative outfit – weaving metal, funk, indie sounds and more.

A year after recording it, Eater of the Sky will be launching their new five-track EP at MusicMan. 

The regard in which they’re held by their peers is reflected in the top local bands joining them for the long-awaited launch. 

Filthy Hacks, Tusk, Die in a Dream, and Jack Harlon and The Dead Crows all take to the stage during the evening.  

Doors at 7pm, $10.

– Simon Wooldridge 

Twitter: @spwooldridge


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