Media & comms pro who works in mysterious ways. Writer, vinyl enthusiast, sort-of cineaste, history and geopolitics nerd and (nearly) reformed muso. Has a soft spot for hyphens and slashes. Will chew off your ear about obscure music, random facts and world football.
DENIS SEMCHENKO has written 60 posts for OffStreet Press

REVIEW: Beach House

Beach House, Wintercoats The Tivoli, Brisbane, Friday January 11 Melbourne’s Wintercoats (James Wallace) takes the stage with a violin. Plays. Loops. Plays more. Layers and layers. There are smooth violin lines turned into chords and pizzicato pluckings turned to bass through a pedal; bow and body tapping turned to processed electronic rhythm tracks. And histrionics —the histrionics … Continue reading

PREVIEW: Northlane

The upcoming Soundwave lineup has been marred by a growing controvesy about the festival’s wariness of booking Australian bands. So when OffStreet Press sat down with ADRIAN FITIPALDES, vocalist for Sydney metalcore upstarts NORTHLANE, we talked about festival politics, the band’s stellar run in 2012 and what it means to kick off 2013 with a … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: All India Radio

ALL INDIA RADIO – Red Shadow Landing (Pledge Music) PETE WALSH explores the dreamy landscape of transcendent instrumentalism. Martin Kennedy’s All India Radio are veterans of the underrated cosmic force that is instrumental rock, and Red Shadow Landing is yet another testament to their exemplary service record in the Australian music industry. The chilled ambient stylistics … Continue reading


REEL BIG FISH frontman AARON BARRETT gets in touch with TOM HERSEY to discuss what has kept the ska band dancing for 20-plus years. Talk about Peter Pan syndrome. Since their inception in the late ‘80s, Californian ska-pop-punk outfit Reel Big Fish have kept crowds and themselves grooving to songs about adolescent concerns like beer, … Continue reading

PHOTOS: Touche Amore, Make Do And Mend, Nuclear Summer

The one and only Moshpitson, ALLAN ALLPORT scored a hardcore trifecta at Brisbane’s Sun Distortion Studios a fortnight ago — here are some of his adrenalin-charged stills from TOUCHE AMORE/MAKE DO AND MEND‘s joint gig.

REVIEW: Radiohead

CHELSEA HEANEY tries to put the religious experience that was RADIOHEAD‘s long-awaited Brisbane concert into words. Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Friday November 9 It was rainy and cold as thousands made the journey to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre last Friday for the sold out Radiohead concert. I have described this venture as the musical equivalent of a … Continue reading

REVIEW: Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg + Jordie Lane QPAC, Thursday October 25 DON SINNAMON catches BILLY BRAGG‘s world tour for Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. It’s rad. From the back row, Jordie Lane is just a distant hat, beard and guitar until he opens his mouth and that amazing voice spills out. His soulful lilting could easily belong to one … Continue reading

GIG: Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses

In case you’re due for a dose of Tex “The Sex” Perkins, you’d be thrilled to learn the gruff-voiced entertainer/storyteller is set to roll into Brisbane with his restless Dark Horses — aka rock & roll journeymen Charlie Owen, Joel Silbersher (of GOD fame), James Cruickshank (of The Cruel Sea), Stephen Hadley and Gus Agars (of The … Continue reading


BLAQK AUDIO — Bright Black Heaven (Superball Music) PETE WALSH invites all spelling Nazis and genre critics to have a squiz at this one. Best known as the BFFs of AFI fame, Jade Puget and Davey Havok have returned their attentions to their little electro lovechild, Blaqk Audio. Bright Black Heaven builds further on the ‘90s … Continue reading

REVIEW: We All Want To

We All Want To + Tall Tails Black Bear Lodge, Sunday Sep 30 DON SINNAMON reaffirms his bandcrush on Brisbane’s WE ALL WANT TO at their new album launch. Black Bear Lodge is a cosy venue, but as a narrow chute of a room, it can be hard to pitch the sound levels properly – … Continue reading

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