香港金属明信片唱片公司(Metal Postcard Records)创始人兼所有人Sean Hocking在半个世纪前出生在澳大利亚。他的青葱岁月是在金属乐队和斯卡音乐浸泡的西印度群岛度过的。七十年代初，迁居至英国，最初的音乐记忆之一是Roxy Music 在“Top of the Pops”节目上所演奏的Virginia Plain，接着是 Marc Bloan的T-REX，还有David Bowie的Space Oddity，从此他便深陷其中。在12岁时，Sex Pistols, Clash & The Damned通过John Peel的广播节目出现在他卧室的录音机上。十几岁的时候，追随着Siouxisie & the Banshees，the Cure还有全国其它乐队。十几岁时最难忘的演出无疑时Black Flag在英国的首演。在1983年是来到澳大利亚，引荐了了一些包括the Scientists from Perth在内的天才乐团，也成为了Kurt Cobain最大的影响之一……绝对是邋遢摇滚的表率。
Sean Hocking founder and owner of Hong Kong based record label Metal Postcard Records was born half a century ago in Australia. He spent his younger years running around barefoot in the West Indies soaking up steel bands & ska music. Moving to the UK in the early seventies, one of his first musical memories was seeing Roxy Music playing Virginia Plain on the ‘Top Of The Pops’ show, then Marc Bloan’s T-Rex, and David Bowie’s Space Oddity. He was hooked. At the age of 12 the Sex Pistols, Clash & The Damned came into his living room and onto his record player via the genius of John Peel’s radio show. Teenage times involved following Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Cure and other bands around the country. Greatest teenage gig moment was without doubt seeing Black Flag play their first ever UK gig. A visit to Australia in 1983, introduced incredible bands including the Scientists from Perth, who later went on to become one of Kurt Cobain’s main influences…definitely the grungiest band ever. Pt.1.
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Blank Realm – Cleaning Up My Mess
目前，澳大利亚有一批全球最耀眼的新生乐队。有Dick Diver，Courtney Barnett，Louis Inglis，The Twerps，Hot Palms…这样的例子不胜枚举。而然我们所谈论的并不是澳洲血统的硬摇滚，而是趋向于中间派的，The Triffids, Chads Tree，更温文尔雅知性的澳大利亚。Black Realm一定能拿下“X”Factor。这首歌太震撼了，现场演出绝对会秒杀全场。
Australia has some of the best new bands on the planet at the moment. There’s Dick Diver, Courtney Barnett, Louis Inglis, The Twerps, Hot Palms…the list goes on and on. But instead of the hard rocking’ Aussie lineage, we’re talking about the bastard grandchildren of the Go-Betweens, The Triffids, Chads Tree. A quieter more literate Australia. Blank Realm have the “X” factor in spades. This song is amazing and apparently they kill it live.