Nat Col &The Kings (featuring Nathan Cavaleri and Col Hatchman)

‘Simple Things’ E.P. Launch


After wrapping up their first national tour and spending many sleepless nights in the studio, the long wait is over, as Nat Col & the Kings prepare to hit the road again on their second national tour, unleashing their 2nd EP, ‘Simple Things’ on the world. With 5 confirmed shows to launch their 2nd EP, everyone here at the Sando is excited that we’ve been included on the tour.  In previous shows, such as their recent support spot for Rose Tattoo @ The Sando,  Nat Col & the Kings  have blown crowds away with their new-generation stomp blues, and contine to make it obvious that they are here to stay.
Nat Col & the Kings is the combination of guitarist Nathan Cavaleri, who has toured with BB King and jammed with everyone from Michael Jackson to Diesel, and former Screaming Jets Drummer Col Hatchman. With two individually amazing artists, from very different musical backgrounds, it is clear that together as Nat Col & the Kings, Nathan & Col are making their own rules as they continue to grow their own style and sound that has some solid influences from their own musical backgrounds and their guests on stage.
Their first national tour saw Nat Col & the Kings take on the east coast, with nothing but positive outcomes as they concluded the tour with two incredible shows at Byron Bay Bluesfest, before heading straight for the studio to work on their latest addition to their EP collection, Simple Things. This show is definitely not one to be miss, and with two great supports- Carrie Phillis & The Downtown Three and Bittersweet Kicks– you’d better get there early to soak up the entire atmosphere!

Nat Col & The Kings

With Carrie Phillis & The Downtown Three and BitterSweet Kicks

Friday 2nd September 2011

Sandringham Hotel, 387 King St, Newtown

Doors Open @ 8pm

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Drum Media 23/08/11 (Review)

Sandringham Hotel

With The Holy Soul’s swampy, garage rock sound radiating heat from the stage, it didn’t feel like winter at all upstairs at the Sando band room. Dark, guitar driven ballads of murder, death and isolation managed to create a dramatic, tense ambience. They instinctively rely on dynamics, repetition and restrained menace to create a sound that carries on a tradition  started by iconic Australian bands like The Scientists, Beasts Of Bourbon and The Birthday  Party. A rumbling bassline heralded signature song Train that featured a ripping solo by  guitarist Jon Hunter, with Kate Wilson’s drumming keeping the boys in check. It was a short  but blistering set from the local quartet.

Staging two sets tonight, Kim Salmon performed the first set as a three-piece playing a repertoire of groovebased favourites from some of his past incarnations, of which there  have been many, to an audience that moved along with reverence. He played three songs from his 1999 release Record, which he said sold the least number of copies despite getting   the most airplay. I’ll Be Around was a highlight, showcasing some of Salmon’s dirtiest,  bluesiest licks. Disconnected, also from Record, sounded raw and powerful minus the horn  section that featured on the recording. The very sexy Cool Fire finished the set, rendered as  only Salmon can, with intense restraint and humility.
A change of outfi t (well, T-shirt anyway) and drummer followed for the second set. No  bassist this time, just Salmon on guitar with original Scientists drummer Leanne Cowie  casually playing some Scientists classics such as Set It On Fire, I’m A Drop Out and the archetypal Swampland to name a few. As a retrospective, this show was great. We Had Love  had the entire audience moving and for a moment it was like being transported back in time to the heady days of the ‘80s when it seemed like a good thing to party like it was 1969. It was a great live show from one of Australia’s most underrated and talented musicians.

Francesca Palazzolo

(source => drum media 23/08/11, pg. 60)

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Feel Presents: On the Street! (09/09/11)

The Lighthouse Keepers

Playing 2 sets!!

Friday 9th September



***UPDATE: Tickets are Selling FAST. MOSHTIX have exhausted their allocation however tickets ARE STILL AVAILABLE FROM OZTIX *****



Contemporaries of The Triffids, Wet Taxis, The Particles and the Laughing Clowns, The Lighthouse Keepers released their first single, the classic Gargoyle, in March 1983 and followed that with a further two singles (including Ocean Liner), a mini-album and a full length album before finally pulling up stumps with a sold out farewell show at Sydney’s Graphic Arts Club in March 1986.

To help promote the new release original members Greg Appel, Juliet Ward, Stephen ‘Blue’ Dalton and Stephen O’Neil have agreed to reform and play at the Sando on the Friday 9th September to launch their new album Ode to Nothing – The Very Best of The Lighthouse Keepers. 

The new collection can be purchased from the feel website, and is a sixteen track, sixteen page career overview & memoir compiled by the band and Feel inhouse archivist Tim Pittman.

So grab a copy of the cd, get your presale tickets via moshtix or oztix and come on down for a great night of music, where the band will be playing TWO SETS and featuring a very special, yet to be announced, Guest Speaker. The night will kick off when doors open at 8pm, but tickets are selling fast so we definitely suggest trying to grab some presales while they’re still available!

“In Australia where a sense of light and space is much more relevant than any amount of gothic/industrial Hunters & Collectors or Nick Caves, bands like The Lighthouse Keepers along with, say, their Hot records labelmates The Triffids, put a uniquely off-centre spin on post-punk. They may even have invented Australian lo-fi! Certainly, they remain one of the best bands ever to have come out of Canberra, and that’s no faint praise when stacked up against the likes of Tactics and The Church.”

~ Clinton Walker (Australian music critic)

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This Weekend @ The Sando!

thursday 18th august:


johnathan devoy solo

Originally hailing from the South Coast of NSW, Johnathan Devoy has been playing around the country for 15 years. Fronting bands such as Jerk, Ink, The Vandolls and most recently Melody Black, has developed not only a strong performance, but an eclectic collection of material to draw upon. Continuing his almost 2 year long Thursday night residency at the Sando you can expect a mix of Stand Up Comedy, Binge Drinking & Acoustic Rock featuring special guests Zotty Cillia on Drums,  and songstress Cecil Hotbake belting out a few tunes as well. The tunes will kick off at about 8:30pm, and its completely free!


happy hate me nots + money for rope + the optionals + raprager

Emerging from the Sydney indie scene in the mid 80’s, the Happy Hate Me Nots have released 2 mini albums, 7 singles and one full length record in their time. After taking a pretty long haiatus before reforming in 2006, they are back, touring, writing and releasing their first new material in over a decade!

With their melodic, up tempo sound and great live presence, tonights show is going to be a good one. Supports are Melbourne based garage soul band Money for Rope, and local boys The Optionals & Raprager (as last minute replacements for Buzzard). Doors will open from 8pm and entry is a mere $15.

friday 19th august:

kim salmon with supports the nice folk

After consecutive sell outs over four Melbourne shows, Kim Salmon is bringing his Old Bar Russian Roulette concept for the first time to Sydney. Over 2 nights at the Sando Kim will be playing two different sets, each focussing on a different aspect of his career. He’ll have a new band for each set – Kim and Leanne as the Scientists duo or ScienceTest, his 3 piece ‘solo band’ covering everything from Beasts of Bourbon to Salmon to The Darling Downs, his latest combo ‘Precious Jules’, The Surrealists and everything inbetween, infront of or behind.

Friday night Kim Salmon will be playing with his own band, with supports The Nice Folk, and warming up for his next show on SATUDAY night at the Sando. It’s bound to be a great couple of nights here and we’d definitely suggest getting in early cause presale tickets (available via moshtix & zombie dog entertainment) are selling fast. Doors will open at 8pm with the bands due to kick off at about 8:30pm.

saturday 20th august:


tice & evans

Saturday night will kick off (like it always does) at about 4pm when TICE & EVANS start your night off right with their own unique mixture of rock and blues. Its FREE downstairs, so pop on in for a beer or three and see what it takes to keep a 5 year long residency at the Sando. Also dont forget to check out Mark Evans’ new book Dirty Deeds, which had its official launch yesterday at Berkalow Books in Newtown, and is due for national release next week!

kim salmon with supports the holy soul

Following Tice & Evans will be the second night of Kim Salmon‘s Old Bar Russian Roulette shows. Over 2 nights at the Sando, this Friday and Saturday, Kim will be playing two different sets, each focussing on a different aspect of his career. If you cant make the Friday night show, be sure not to miss this one! Or, alternatively, come to both!!!

Friday night Kim Salmon will be playing with his own band, with supports The Holy Soul kicking the night off, winding down his Sydney leg of th Russian Roulette Tour. Once again, try and make sure you grab some tickets presale (available via moshtix & zombie dog entertainment) as they are selling fast. Doors will open at 8pm with the bands due to kick off at about 8:30pm- if you dont have presales make sure you get in early!

sunday 21st august:


the slowdowns

These city folk with a penchant for cowboy boots n hats, both kinds of music, beer, cigarettes whisky and wild, wild women wont just drive you crazy, they’ll drive you insane. Kicking off at 4pm, and running through till about 8pmThe Slowdowns will, stand and deliver their patented** brand of gravelly lead vocals, five part harmonies, slide banjo, harmonica and blistering guitars precariously held together by a rhythm section that rolls like a runaway train.

Wanted for murdering the hits, butchering country classics and spicing it up with their original originals the Slowdowns are solid favourites here at the Sando! So come on down and wet your weekend and catch them singing and slappin and twanging away all your favourite toons in the street level bar. So come on in and slow down…

**patent most likely does not exist….

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Happy Hate Me Nots- Thursday August 18th

Happy Hate Me Nots

Money for Rope

The Optionals


Hailing from Sydney, Australia, and emerging from that city’s indie scene in the mid 80’s, Happy Hate Me Nots released 2 mini albums, 7 singles, and a full length album on the Waterfront label before disbanding.

A unique 2 guitar, melodic, up tempo sound with strong memorable songs became the band’s trademark. HHMNs reformed in 2006 to promote the release of of the 2CD compilation “The Good That’s Been Done”, which came out that year on the Feel Presents Label.

Having too much fun playing again after a long break, the band decided to stay together and work towards new material. With the release of the CD, HHMNs appeared as support for the Buzzcocks on the eastern leg of Oz on their 2006 national tour, as well as doing a few shows in Sydney on their own.

Supported by Melbourne based garage/soul band Money for Rope, and local punk rockers The Optionals and Buzzard.


Thursday 18th August

Doors open @ 8pm

$15 Entry

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This Weekend At the Sando!

Friday 5th August:

With a line up featuring newly reformed Melbourne Harcore/Punk/Metal/Thrash band DEPRESSION, with local supports DEATHCAGE, UNKOWN TO GOD & DARK HORSE, this is a night for all those who like their music hard, fast and loud.
The night kicks of at 8pm and playing times are as follows:

DEPRESSION 10:45 – 11:45
DEATHCAGE 10:00 – 10:40
Unknown to God 9:05 – 9:40
Dark Horse 8:15 – 8:45



Saturday 6th August:

Saturday night will kick off (like it always does) at about 4pm when TICE & EVANS start your night off right with their own unique mixture of rock and blues. Its FREE downstairs, so pop on in for a beer or three and see what it takes to keep a 5 year long residency at the Sando!

THEN from 8pm, the night will really begin to kick off with supports ISHU & Daily Meds opening up the night for the launch of Joelistic’s album, Voyager. Best known as one of the founding members of TZU, and fresh off the back of his tour supporting Lowrider, head on up to the mainstage to check out a great night of hip-hop and electronica.


Sunday 7th August:

Come on in and chill out on your Sunday arvo with Simon Kinny-Lewis from 4pm. Noted as one of the most exceptional Australian Jazz/Blues singers, Simon has been playing live since he was 11. His third album Higher Heaven lead to him being named in The Sydney Morning Herald under “Ten Bands You Must Hear. Its downstairs, free and the perfect way to end a big weekend, with some relaxed tunes and a beer or three!!!


Have a great weekend! See you at the bar…


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Danny Ross, Jordan Lesser & Silver Cinder (17.08.11)

Danny Ross, Jordon Lesser

& Silver Cinder

Upstairs @ The Sando

Wednesday 17th August

Danny Ross

You have no choice but to go where Danny takes you when he plays.  The guitar wanders through the words in an almost mystic way.  He has been gathering friends and fans in Sydney, Byron and points north.  Whether it is a ‘dustiest day’ or diving into ‘aquamarine’ there’s magic in the air. His last gig packed out the Basement; his partnership with electro house producer “the immigrant” has produced high rotation triple j smashers and aria club chart top 10 singles. Danny will be playing with Si Fixion on synth and mpc, one half of legionary live drum and bass outfit “the bird”. Together these two have a unique sound that some have called “folk-step”- laying slower, heavier dub step themes and nasty, growling synth bass lines underneath masterful guitar lines and haunting arrangements.

Jordan Leser

Jordan Leser a soulful, ethereal singer whose songs are arrows aimed straight at the heart, her sense of place is evocative, and her gift for melody arresting. Her compositions echo the likes of Kate Bush, Dido, and Tracey Thorn, but this won’t do her justice because in her music there is a fresh, new voice demanding to be heard. For the past 12 months Jordan has been developing her craft with Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst (both Midnight Oil). Jim has recorded a stunning collection of songs due to be released later in the year.

Silver Cinder

Tamara and James provide the wonderful combination of guitar and flute with harmonies to die for.  Swell Season has nothing on these guys.  They have been working the east coast for the past year or so and found time to record an album in the midst of it all.  As Dr. John says ‘Such a night’!  Guaranteed to enjoy.

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Joelistics- Saturday 6th August (Drum Media Article)




“If I woke up some day and suddenly became deaf, I’d become a painter,” announces Ma decisively. “I like to think in colours when I write the music and when I write beats I try to balance the musical frequencies with frequencies of colour.” When asked how a book of rhymes would look when accompanied with art, he states, “I see it splashed with plenty of colour and heavy textures. I would Jackson Pollack the shit out of it.”

The MC/guitarist from rap group TZU, Joelistics has always kept his artistry dressed in coloured and cultural cloaks from around the globe. The second-generation Chinese Australian went from picking apples in the furthermost fi elds of Tasmania to teaching English across China to a Mongolian orphanage and travel writing through Paris. Forever the traveller, Ma has breathed in so much cultural air and celebrates his fi ndings through this year’s Voyager, his fi rst solo LP and with new label Elefant Traks.

“I tried very hard not to be the tourist. Everywhere I went I lived for a long time: I settled in China for six months, settled in Paris for six months and found some stable accommodation and work. I studied Mandarin and French when I was living in both places and made it a lifestyle. In Mongolia, I did some work in a Frenchspeaking orphanage which was cool – it was a total standout of places that I went to. When I was in Paris I hadn’t seen the Eiffel Tower for about three months. I’m much more of a traveller than a tourist.”

Tracks like Modern World, Madmen and Sooner Or Later cover so much of his experiences – the album written recalling traversing time zones and language barriers, new cultures to new colours.

“A lot of the lyrics were written when I got home. So the lyrics really were about how travelling made you more aware of where you came from. I felt a lot more Australian when I was overseas, more so that when I’m at home. So it took that to really be able to analyse the culture I came from and to sometime both romanticise it and criticise it and be able to look at it for what it is.” New single, Head Right, fi nds Ma narrating from an outsider’s perspective, as a multicultural Australian who’s always found it hard to assimilate and frankly prefers to stay on the periphery for artistic and creative license.

“The sentiment within Head Right is more about not judging a book by its cover in a cultural sense, because the world is such a mash-up of culturalisms in that you can fi nd every colour of a human being in every country and they will somehow be native to that place as well. It’s still very much a part of being a second generation or non-Anglo Australian,” admits Ma on feeling left out of the Australian culture, even as one of the country’s leading rappers. “I feel like an outsider within hip hop, I feel like an outsider within the culture I live in, probably equally because I choose to be outside of that mainstream or the obvious paradigms; I prefer that position. And it’s a choice sometimes to not want to fi t in – both musically and in artistic outlook. It gives you a lot of creative freedom with the art and in life it gives you a crystallised observational position to look at things.” Ma closes with a laugh, “We were never flagwaving Aussies, that’s for sure!”

Article from Drum Media (Sydney). pg. 48, Issue Date: Tuesday 2nd August, 2011. link =>

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The Sando is Hiring! (POSITION FILLED)

 Needed: Experienced Bar Staff

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Do you have experience in hospitality & barwork? Do you love live music? Then the Sando needs you! We’re currently looking for an experienced and reliable Bartender to run 3-5 shifts a week at the Sando. You need to be able to multitask, manage multiple staff members and an ability to deal with a bar full of music loving punters. RSA & RCG certificates are essential- both the qualification and a physical copy of the certificate (sorry guys, but this is required by law). At least 12 months experience in a similar position is preferred- the more experience the better!

If this sounds like you, or something you would be interested in, send a copy of your resume with current contact details and ALL relevant experiece to

Alternatively, you can pop into the bar sometime in the next week or so and hand it in personally. is the direct link to this information. Feel free to repost it, email it or nail it to a wall somewhere!!!

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Updated Line Up for Dan Brodie & The Grieving Widows TONIGHT!!!

Dan Brodie & The Grieving Widows

with supports Smitty & B. Goode

and The Dunhill Blues

Friday 29th July

ARIA award nominated singer/songwriter Dan Brodie (The Broken Arrows) returns to the stage in July, with his new band The Grieving Widows. Following on from a U.S. tour earlier in the year which took in shows at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, as well as gigs in Vegas and L.A., Dan Brodie and The Grieving Widows return to release their new album “My Friend The Murderer” featuring the 1st single, “Lower me Down”.

The band features Dan Brodie as frontman/vocalist, and featuring Dave Nicholls (Ian Rilen/Spence P.Jones) on drums and Chris Brodie (Broken Arrows/Dallas Crane) on bass. Tickets will be avaible at the venue when the doors open @ 8pm.

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