28 Jul Trading Tunes with Chook Race

In this edition of Trading Tunes we had a chat with Rob Remedios from Chook Race about their mammoth year ahead, and in turn he sent us some of his favourite music that has come out of Brisbane – befitting Chook Race’s sunny, garage sound.

Chook Race have been making multiple appearances in our weekly Ripe Guide to Australia’s Best New Music, and last week they made it to Number 2 with the release of their new, sensational song ‘Hard To Clean‘. With their new LP Around The House due to come out September 2nd via Brisbane label Tenth Court and US label Trouble In Mind Records, Chook Race are set for a big breakout summer later this year. Alongside their LP release they’ll also be touring the US from September to October, with one last Australian tour date in Melbourne before they fly off – find their tour date listing below.

Rob: I’ve never spent a great deal of time in Brisbane, but constantly find myself drawn to Brisbane music; from The Purple Hearts to Thigh Master and a whole heap of stuff in between. I think it probably started in Year 7 when I first heard Custard’sGirls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us)”… Has a song about unrequited love ever made you feel that good? I think not!


The Saints – ‘One Way Street’

Rob: An obvious choice perhaps, but if this doesn’t make you want to pick up a guitar and stomp around then I don’t know what will.

The Go Betweens – ‘Don’t Let Him Come Back’

Rob: What a hit. A great song with a great story. And a ripping little harmonica solo too. I also particularly enjoy the sound of this recording. Makes my ears feel good.

Clang – ‘Security Man’

Rob: Cheer up, mr security man.

A Leap In The Dark – ‘Samurai’

Rob: Who the hell doesn’t want to be a Samurai?! What a gem. Found this one via the marvellous Wallaby Beat blog, which seems to have slowed down these days unfortunately.

Custard – ‘Pinball Lez’

Rob: My favourite Custard song this week. Again, a great pop song and a great story; all delivered with a knowing smile. “The casinos are rigged to beat you!”


Sep 3rd, 2016 – Brunswick, VIC @ Record Paradise
Sep 19th, 2016 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle Sep 20th, 2016 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Sep 21st, 2016 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog Sep 22nd, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA
Sep 23rd, 2016 – Boston, MA Sep 24th, 2016 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop
Sep 25th, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool Sep 26th, 2016 – Baltimore, MD @ Wind-Up Space w/ Sauna Youth
Sep 27th, 2016 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Reanimator Sep 28th, 2016 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Power
Sep 29th, 2016 – Memphis, TN @ Goner Fest 13 Oct 5th, 2016 – Austin, TX @ Beerland
Oct 7th, 2016 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room Oct 8th, 2016 – El Centro, CA @ Strangers West
Oct 9th, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA @ Ham & Eggs Tavern Oct 10th, 2016 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Oct 12th, 2016 – Seattle, WA @ The Highline Oct 13th, 2016 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Oct 15th, 2016 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records Oct 17th, 2016 – Lawrence, KS @ Eighth Street Tap
Oct 18th, 2016 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon Oct 19th, 2016 – Milwaukee, WI @ Company Brewing
Oct 20th, 2016 – Hammond, IN

Marcus Rimondini

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