Past Event

OK Motels Charlton CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODS

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Fri 28th Oct — Sun 30th Oct

Charlton, Victoria

ALWAYS LIVE, RRR + OK Motels presents

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
The Frowning Clouds
Nice Biscuit
Elizabeth
Vintage Crop
Bad Bangs
Skyscraper Stan
Various Asses
Kino Motel
Baby Cool
Enola
K5

We are very, very excited to be heading back once again to our fave lil Mallee town, Charlton.

It’s been an interesting time, and we all deserve an escape up the highway for some good ol’ fashioned country hospitality.

You can expect all the faves to be there. The CWA will be hosting a Devo Tea at the Charlton Lawn Bowls Club, you can also have a game of lawn bowls. Tell Your Friends You Love Them will be seeing who reigns supreme in the Locals v Blow-Ins Pool Comp and will be facilitating friendship with some Speed Friending at the Devo Tea. Greg and Leanne at the East Charlton Hotel will have another surprise guest take the stage on Saturday arvo, and of course you can expect Greg to be on the bar with his guitar. There’s the usual mini golf, food at the motel both Friday and Saturday night, and Benno’s.

There’s new stuff too!

Something pretty exciting … we have a whole new room! The Pool House is solely dedicated to dancing and karaoke. If you’ve ever wondered what was inside the room that looks over the pool at the Charlton Motel, you will soon know. We’re also opening up a little seating area in the ‘country style’ basketball court, located next to the Pool House. 

We have some cool things going on in the town too, with the Rotary Art and Photography Show, and the Golden Grains Vintage Market at the Senior Citz Centre. There’s a few other fun bits and pieces we’re working on, stay tuned.

See you in Charlton.

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks

In an era when the world is falling apart with such a deafening roar, Cash Savage’s voice rings loud over the cacophony. Songs of politics, grief, songs of rage – this is weighty music that has been written to cut through the noise.

Savage’s band The Last Drinks are a powerhouse of fierce and brooding energy, every bit as committed to her songs and message. Every performance by this band is as epic as it is honest, raw and human.

One of the most powerful bands in the country… you won’t hear much that’s better than this.
– The Guardian

The Frowning Clouds

Frowning Clouds started out as pimply teens in 2006, and by 2008, as 17 year old kids they were invited to play the iconic Golden Plains festival, and played shows around Melbourne and surrounds on a weekly basis for years onward. For a moment they seemed to like they were the next big thing, but for some strange reason, their 60’s garage inspired brand of music was largely under-appreciated and they never really got the respect or attention they deserved. A much more appreciated band these days than they ever were during their existence. You could say they were ten years ahead of their time, perhaps?

Nice Biscuit

Brisbane’s Nice Biscuit creates their distinct vision of psychedelic and garage rock by blending together harmonised vocal melodies and driving instrumental grooves. Vocalist Billie and Grace, bring their ethereal and powerful vocal harmonies, synchronised dancing and matching costumes to create a visually stunning live performance. Along with fuzzy instrumentals, melodic lead guitar sections and tight rhythms, Nice Biscuit create a sonic exploration of psych-rock that can’t be missed.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a glamorous tragic, a queer pop anti-heroine holding a curtain of glittering melodies over ugly truths. Casting herself as the antagonist wielding pop songs as weapons, she wipes away her running mascara and escapes a destruction of her own making. This debutante divorcée has traded in her white veil for a cocktail and concocted a collection of shimmering heartbreak bangers that celebrate the femme and her indulgent indiscretions.

Vintage Crop

Vintage Crop are emerging as one of Geelong’s premier rock groups, boasting a string of increasingly impressive records and a scintillating live show. Known for their razor sharp guitars and biting lyrics, the band have honed their craft on stages around the world and are now a true force in the Melbourne scene. Their latest album “Kibitzer” was released through both UK & Australian underground royalty; Upset The Rhythm & Anti-Fade Records.

Bad Bangs

Clad in tailored suits and leather boots, with a penchant for scuzzed-out tones, clattering rhythms and tender, introspective lyricism, Bad Bangs mean business. The Melbourne garage outfit released their debut album ‘Character Building’ late last year through new label Blossom Rot Records and made an impression around the country. ‘Character Building’ was named album of the week at 4ZZZ (Brisbane), SYN FM (Melbourne) and Edge Radio (Tasmania) while also receiving a nomination for The Australian Music Prize. The band has spent the better half of the summer on a regional Victorian Album Tour, selling out a home ground Melbourne show at the John Curtin Hotel, notably supporting The Murlocs at Castlemaine’s iconic Theatre Royal and taking to the iconic stage at Boogie Festival.

Skyscraper Stan

Originally classing himself as a country musician, Skyscraper Stans’ earlier influences included pre-war blues, the Laurel Canyon songwriters, Nick Cave and Sam Cooke. Since arriving in Australia in 2009 The Drones, Peep Tempel and Paul Kelly among others have been added to the list.

His debut studio album, Last Year’s Tune, received 4 stars in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sunday Herald (New Zealand) and No Depression (US) and five stars in New Zealand Musician Magazine. Since its release Stan has toured Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam, released a live album and written a song for academy award long-listed documentary 25 April. He has shared bills with artists such as James Reyne, Ian Moss, Marlon Williams, The Troggs, The Animals, The Church and C W Stoneking and has appeared at major festivals around Australia.

Various Asses

Melbourne’s Various Asses is a master at creating powerful, buildup-driven bass music, electrifying minds and dancefloors since around 2015. Their Filipino heritage and love of ecclectic pop history often informs an alchemical approach to sample work, driven by smouldering energy with a smirk. Their disrupted dancefloor forms are instantly recognisable, each rhythm and break buidling and colliding with the next with unstoppable intent.

In a live setting, word of mouth around VA’s raw power and menacing charm secured her recognition as one of the most important abstract bass music artists of the last decade, performing frequently along the east coast of Australia. In 2016 Various Asses released their debut EP ‘Loción’ on Melbourne/Naarm label Nice Music, and after the self-released‘POSESIÓN’ in 2020 they have unveiled a much awaited full length on NM in 2022, ‘La Adoración’.

Kino Motel

KINO MOTEL is the new Melbourne-based Grit Pop project from Ed Fraser (Heads.) and Rosa Mercedes (Josephine Foster band). After meeting in a commune in Berlin, the duo deserted together and hit the road. Following a grimy and particularly sweaty basement karaoke session somewhere in Vietnam in 2019, KINO MOTEL was created. Named for the bar in which it was conceived, KINO MOTEL listeners can expect dusty melancholic gritty pop, with lots of oil and sand and road ahead. The band have recently wrapped recording their debut album in Melbourne, and are embarking on their first European tour in October 2022, returning just in time to play OK Motels.

Baby Cool

Marrying psychedelia with folk and a touch of country, Baby Cool is the latest side project by Nice Biscuit co-front woman Grace Cuell.

“The songs are deeply sentimental. I have a lot I need to sing about to help me make sense of this earthly pod I have been gifted. If in singing these words out loud, I can help others find solace in knowing that we’re all out here flailing about in the cosmos, then it feels good to me.” – Cuell

Earlier this year, Baby Cool hit the road with the Babe Rainbow, performing on the renowned stages of the Princess Theatre (Brisbane) and the Metro Theatre (Sydney). With Cool’s live band composed of members from Nice Biscuit, The Flamingo Jones and Cigarny Weaver, it is no surprise these shows were met with rave reviews.

Baby Cool is set to release music later this year via Virgin Music Australia, Greenway Records (US) and Bad Vibes (UK).

Enola

Creating raw and powerful music out of Naarm/Melbourne, ENOLA brings a modern telling of post-punk, grunge and shoegaze. Following the release of their debut EP by Burning Rose Records in 2019, a new cathartic post-punk scream comes from ENOLA, evolving from an electronic production background. From the most tender ballads to criminally heavy grunge ENOLA traverses the rollercoaster of emotions in their set with poignant and uninhibited vocals that are brought to the spotlight with the energy of a full band. ENOLA has recently supported the likes of Divide & Dissolve, RVG & Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and are a force to behold.

K5

OK Motels besties K5 are back and will be the first to play the backyard stage at the East Charlton on Saturday arvo. We can’t wait to have them back, we’ve missed them.

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