Michael Bowser

Web Site: http://www.musicvice.com


Pinky Beecroft interview – a Q&A with The White Russians frontman

August 25, 2010
Pinky Beecroft interview – a Q&A with The White Russians frontman

Pinky Beecroft used to be a member of the infamous Australian band/cabaret act that was Machine Gun Fellatio, but these days his pet project is called The White Russians.  Michael Bowser gets the low-down on milk-based drinks, the brilliance of Ween and the merits of writing for TV shows like Farscape...
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The Bedroom Philosopher interview – On music, ‘nu-Australian’ and Mexican space stations

August 19, 2010
The Bedroom Philosopher interview – On music, ‘nu-Australian’ and Mexican space stations

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, The Bedroom Philosopher is the musical persona of one Justin Heazlewood, a multi-talented comedian/writer/whatever-the-hell-else-he-feels-like-doing who clearly has spent far too much of his time travelling on trams.  Michael Bowser drills him about his heady new concept album, Songs From The 86 Tram, among other hot topics such...
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Album Review: O. Children

August 18, 2010
O. Children album artwork

Title: O. Children Artist: O. Children Label:  Deadly People Recordings Released: 12 July 2010 In one word: Gloomtastic A short while back I reviewed the recent William Control album, and concluded that while it showed some definite promise, it ultimately failed to live up to the sheer loftiness of many of...
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Deadly Are The Naked interview

August 16, 2010
Deadly Are The Naked

Deadly Are The Naked are a Melbournian band who know how to Party – that’s with a capital fuckin’ “P”, folks! – both live and on record, as well as mellow out with the occasional silky-smooth, chilled ballad.  Michael Bowser moves up close enough to the flying sweat and the high-energy...
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Artery at The Lexington, London – gig review and show photos

August 10, 2010
Artery at The Lexington, London, 7 August 2010 - photo by Michael Bowser, Music Vice

The Gig: Artery Where: The Lexington, London, England When: 7 August 2010 In One Word: Intense Having been a long-time fan of the British post-punk movement, I bought a DVD documentary some years back entitled “Made in Sheffield”…and while my main interest lay in bands I have known and loved for...
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Album Review: Samsara – Instinct Over Influence

August 9, 2010
Samsare - Instinct Over Influence

Title: Instinct Over Influence Artist: Samsara Label: Trial & Error Records / Stomp Released: 9 July 2010 In one word: Pissed! One sincerely hopes that the title of this album wasn’t meant to be some statement of the band’s musical philosophy, ’cause while I kinda enjoyed the CD for what it’s...
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Sex On Toast interview – The hot topic of yacht rock is discussed for your reading pleasure…

August 2, 2010
Sex On Toast interview – The hot topic of yacht rock is discussed for your reading pleasure…

Melbourne’s Sex On Toast are arguably a lot of things:  Wilfully weird, musically convoluted, unashamedly smug and, most of all, stupidly talented.  Taking their main cues from the likes of Frank Zappa and Mr Bungle, any further attempt to describe their (otherwise indescribable) music is mostly in vain.  Michael Bowser speaks...
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Album Review: The Sun Harmonic – Chemistry

July 29, 2010
The Sun Harmonic - Chemistry

Title: Chemistry Artist: The Sun Harmonic Label: Truth In Records Released: 11 May 2010 In one word: Chilled I’ll come straight out and say this isn’t necessarily my kind of “thing”, but if you like your music super-chilled, emotional without being too overwrought, easy-listening without plumbing the depths of the dreaded...
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Album Review: The Demon Parade – God Said It’s Legal EP

July 28, 2010
The Demon Parade - God Said It's Legal

Title: God Said It’s Legal EP Artist: The Demon Parade Label: Jaya Jaya Records Released: 17 July 2010 In one word: Groovy Okay, this review’s gonna be short but sweet.  My hard-workin’ editor’s gonna love me for it. Do you remember the late 80s/early 90s?  Melbourne, Victoria’s The Demon Parade certainly...
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Death O’Connor interview – a rather awkward conversation with the bizarre man behind the mask

July 26, 2010
Death O’Connor interview – a rather awkward conversation with the bizarre man behind the mask

A recent press release describes the music of Death O’Connor as being “like Kraftwerk being sucked off in an alleyway by The Stooges”.  Curious and a little dubious, Music Vice’s Melbourne-based writer Michael Bowser had a brief “conversation” with The Man (as opposed to The Band) himself…so with no further ado,...
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