Sunday 28 December 2014

Transience - Endless Change

Get an earful of this! Transience will be dropping by The Basement on the 9th of Jan for what is set to be an awesome show with ourselves, Second Sun and Sorry Meditators! Miss this one and you'll be kicking yourself. If that happens, send videos. Current world record for kicking ones self in the head is 127 but this guy wins on style points.

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December 28, 2014 at 09:20AM

Saturday 20 December 2014

Help TONK release Ruby Voodoo (LP) by Jeff Rudd and Steve Gray

Dive in and throw a few bob to the amazing TONK to help get their new album across the line. You'll also get, free of charge, a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that you're keeping the music alive.

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Monday 15 December 2014

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Well Transit Bar, that was an awesome night! Everyone who made it out will be able to testify as to the shear explosiveness that was Alithia. Just amazing guys! Thanks so much for stopping by Canberra and hope to see you back again real soon! Our good mates Tundrel wowed the room yet again winning over some new fans with their first few notes. Wicked stuff boys! Our next outing is at The Basement on the 9th of January with Transience, Second Sun and Sorry Meditators - so get your drinking pants on nice and early, practice up over the break and come and smash a few with us over some killer tunes! This is actually our last currently booked show so if no one ever asks us to play again, this will be it, so you might want to check us out one last time, just in case. As always, FB event details in the comments so some of you may actually see this. \m/>.<\m/

Sunday 14 December 2014

December 14, 2014 at 08:59PM

Holy shit! Alithia!

December 14, 2014 at 07:57PM

The Tundrel machine firing on all cylinders!

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Your Friday was huge. Your Saturday was epic. Now you have the Sunday blues. :( Well fear not! Transit Bar has organised the exact remedy to wind your weekend up in style! Alithia, Tundrel, and our intriguing selves blasting out some tunes for your entertainment! Free pool, great beer, good company, kick arse tunes, and all nice and early so you don't have to worry about Monday eating you alive. We hit the stage at 6:40 so wander on in and have a beer with us. See you there!

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Hence the Testbed

Come down and check out Alithia this Sunday the 14th at Transit Bar with ourselves and Tundrel laying down the prologue. Here is some of what the press is saying about this incredibly atmospheric outfit. I think I will be bringing a bean bag to get the full experience. “Let yourself be carried away by the magic of this masterful album!” 5/5 STARS - Music Waves, Paris, France. “Imagine looking down at the earth, floating through space, out of Body and out of mind while listening to this. It’s beautiful.” - Vulture Mag, Melbourne, Australia. "Their concert isn’t made of songs but of sounds, color and life. Their music is a spiritual state, emotion and empathy... their music is love and exploration... a breath of fresh air in a world far too polluted by the mainstream." -, Bucharest, Romania. "The music Alithia creates is intelligent, creative and emotional… amazing songwriting and musicianship." - Blank Magazine, Gold Coast, Australia. “AlithiA are pure emotion” -, Melbourne, Australia. "The fire of the Australian desert is deep inside them with intense tribal drums and shamanistic feel to their music.” - / Budapest, Hungary. "Their music is filled with the cosmos, chaos and complexity... a beautiful cacophony" Russia Today English

Thursday 27 November 2014

♫ Out of the Basement - Hence the Testbed. Listen @cdbaby

The price of the digital version of our live CD has just dropped to $5 on CDBaby. Dive in! Don't like CDBaby? You can also find it on pretty much any digital distribution platform you care to name. If you do choose to listen to it on Spotify however, could you please play each song about 1000 times so we can hit the elusive and lofty goal of a 1 cent return?

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Monday 17 November 2014

Hence the Testbed

Saturday night was a blast! Both Tundrel and The Archaic Revival kicked some serious tail at The Phoenix to an awesome crowd. We had so much fun in fact that ourselves and Tundrel are doing it again at Transit Bar with the very tasty Alithia on December the 14th! This will be our last gig for the year and our unofficial official Xmas shin dig, so get on down for some good time holiday vibes.

Monday 10 November 2014

November 10, 2014 at 12:59PM

Big cheers to all that made it out on Saturday night! The Veil were in fine form and there was a really good vibe the whole night thanks to all the kick arse staff at The Basement. If you were one of the unfortunate ones who missed out, get along and check out The Veil as soon as you can. Epic stuff! Next up, and our second last show for the year is at The Phoenix this Saturday the 15th of November with our good mates Tundrel and our new partners in crime The Archaic Revival! It's sure to be a big one so make sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after the show. Choice of fluids is entirely up to you but may I suggest cold tasty ones that make you feel good. Catch you Saturday!

Saturday 8 November 2014

Hence the Testbed

Your handy check list for this evening 1. Put on pants ❐ 2. Head to The Basement ❐ 3. Enjoy tunes, food and beverages ❐ This handy check list bought to you by Hence the Testbed, The Veil, and Kevs BBQ burgers of awesome - the official super food of champions!

Thursday 6 November 2014

The Veil

Have a listen to this! Good stuff huh?! You can catch The Veil at The Basement this Saturday the 8th of November on their album launch tour - and we might just have a couple of new tunes to show off as well. See you there!

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Thursday 16 October 2014

Hence the Testbed

We've got a big night lined up for the 8th of November! The Veil will be launching their new album soon and are swinging by The Basement to blast out some tunes off it for you! With support from Looking Glass and ourselves, you have a kick arse night of tunes just waiting to tickle your trusty tympanic membrane. The other option is to stay home and listen to mainstream media bombard you with stories of fear and terror. But trust me, our versions are far more entertaining as they are set to music and involve interpretive dance! Event details are in the comments. See you there!

Friday 26 September 2014

September 26, 2014 at 08:00PM

Prep work.

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Van is packed in what is now the benchmark time of 5 minutes and 20 seconds. The Basement here we come! CHUD, In Death..., Tensions Arise, Na Maza, Internal Nightmare! See you there!

Monday 8 September 2014

September 08, 2014 at 06:06PM

A big cheers to all you awesome people who came out to The Phoenix to get their fix of rock. Was a kick arse night all around! Thanks to CASTERS who put on a killer set and The Khalasar who were wickedly awesome! Also a Big thank you to Fiete for twiddling the noise knobs to perfection. Really appreciate it! Next up we hit The Basement on the 26th of September with an outstanding line up in CHUD, In Death..., Na Maza, Tensions Arise and Internal Nightmare. Holy crap!

Saturday 30 August 2014

Captain Safety™ now has either an apprentice, or master. Which one is still up for debate.

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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Captain Safety™ with another well thought out plan!

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Monday 25 August 2014

Unfortunately Renegade Peacock have had an injury in their ranks and won't be able to play, but the rest of us have avoided the infirmary and are still good to go. The Phoenix here we come!

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Sunday 24 August 2014

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Super amazing sets last night from both the Troldhaugen lads and Beast Impalor! Thanks for having us guys, it was epic! If you are in Sydney on the 29th of August, get along to Valve and catch Troldhaugen before they leave the country an hit the road with the mighty Alestorm! Better yet, buy a plane ticket and follow them around on tour. You won't regret it! Also a huge thanks to everyone who came out last night to watch some amazing bands. It was a treat to play for you and we really appreciate all the support! Next up we hit The Phoenix on the 4th of September with The Khalasar and Renegade Peacock for another killer night of tunes! And for all our Melbourne buds, We will see you on the 13th of September at The Sound Bar. Really looking forward to playing some tunes for our southern friends and neighbours!

Monday 18 August 2014

Troldhaugen - "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Troll After Midnight)" ABBA Cover

The Pot Belly Bar and Bistro isn't going to know what hit her this Saturday! Not a show to be missed!

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Wednesday 13 August 2014

August 13, 2014 at 09:14PM

"Think a resurrected Frank Zappa joining a reformed Mr. Bungle, then enlisting Devin Townsend and Shagrath to co-produce after bonding over a mutual adoration of swing records." - Drum Media Troldhaugen! See you there!!

Sunday 3 August 2014

Check out this tasty little number from our buds, The Khalasar!

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Sunday 27 July 2014

Hence the Testbed

Cheers to everyone who came out to The Basement on Friday night! Was a really great vibe thanks some awesome tunes, friendly faces and our dapper drinksmeister and proprietor Kev behind the bar, and boss of the dB's Kurt behind the desk! NeonHoney and Interceptor kicked some serious arse! Could have listened to them all night. Go check out their stuff! We've got Troldhaugen and Beast Impalor coming up on the 23rd of August at The Pot Belly Bar and Bistro. Should be a killer night too! Event details will be in the comments so click on through!

Tuesday 22 July 2014

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And so our manager has been fired. There was plenty of tears, shouting and few slices of tasty cake (I always like to have a fancy firing cake on hand to soften the blow). Failing to note that our next gig is in fact at The Basement this Friday with The Khalasar and Interceptor was the last straw in a long line of indiscretions which included but were not limited to unreasonable conduct, embezzlement and frequent instances of drunk and disorderly behaviour. I really was the worst manager anyway so I don't think it's any great loss. Was weird yelling at myself though. See you at the Baso this Friday!

Sunday 20 July 2014

Hence the Testbed

Smith's Alternative Bookshop! Thank you so much for having us. It's always a pleasure! We had a fantastic time last night and hope you all did too! Met some amazing people and listened to some incredible tunes from both The Barren Spinsters and Critical Monkee! Hope we can do it again soon! Next up we hit our old favourite The Pot Belly Bar and Bistro on the 23rd of August for a crazy show with Troldhaugen and Beast Impalor. Should be epic! See you there.

Friday 18 July 2014

Hence the Testbed: Gigs

Just updated the gig guide! A small victory, but a victory none the less! And while I'm at it, if you want your band up on the Canberra Bands page on the site, drop us a line and I'll try to line up all the ones and zeros for you. Same goes for Laksa reviews - we need to complete our database of deliciousness and disasters. For those of you too frugal to waste precious electricity and bandwidth by clicking on an extra link, tomorrow night sees us Smiths with the The Barren Spinsters and Critical Monkee! It's going to be a fun night!

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Monday 23 June 2014

Hence the Testbed

What a night of entertainment! Thanks to everyone who made it out to The Basement on Friday. You really were a great crowd and all the bands had a blast playing for you! Thanks to Self Is A Seed for making the trek and playing an absolute killer set. Can't thank you enough guys! The Khalasar for proving that it's never to late to be mind blowingly awesome. And to Tundrel for pre lifting the roof off the place! Pretty sure they owe the pet store a new fish tank or two. Cheers to Trent for being the hottest bearded door wench we saw all night; Lance, Simone and all the bar crew for making sure the beer was cold and plentiful, and Kurt for getting all the sounds playing nice together! We will catch you all next time!

Friday 20 June 2014

June 20, 2014 at 09:54PM

Tundrel kicking it off like it's new years 1999!

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Cancel the dog, put your mail in a kennel, lock the oven and don't forget to turn off the doors because it Self Is A Seed time! See you at The Basement for some tunes and brews!

Friday 13 June 2014

If you haven't already popped over to the event page and ticked the 'going' box you might want to get on that pretty soon. There are only so many 10" hot dogs to go around and if we don't know you are coming, you might just miss out. The have bacon... ... and cheese!

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Monday 2 June 2014

Hence the Testbed

A massive thank you to everyone who came out on Sunday to revel in some live tunes. Dylan Jay Hekimian was as inspiring as ever, Stu Tyrrell had the kids up and dancing and Haley and Pete were as on voice as ever and even had a guest appearance from the battle weary Jason from Tundrel, who gave it as good as he did the night before! As always a big thanks to Kurt for looking after the sound and Jasper behind the bar for looking after our taste buds! Next up we are lucky enough to be sharing the stage with the incredible Self Is A Seed from Sydney. 20th of June at The Basement. It's going to be a cracker of a night so make sure to mark it in the calendar!

June 02, 2014 at 08:05PM

A little bit of yesterdays action captured by Chantelle. Cheers!

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Saturday 31 May 2014

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Sunday! What could be better than live, unplugged tunes to get you vibed for the week ahead? Well how about if I told you it was FREE?! Our benevolent benefactors at the The Basement have kindly waved the cover so you can reap all the benefit! Tunes kick off at 2pm, and the new gaming sensation affectionately know as Harold will be demonstrated on the pool tables throughout the day! So come on down and have a beer, a game and enjoy some acoustic tunes, lovingly crafted by your local friendly musicians!

Friday 9 May 2014

Hence the Testbed

Massive thanks to King Of The North for making the trek up to Canberra last night to rock the Transit Bar to within an inch of its life! The clean up was messy as there were socks that had been blown off all over the place! The ever awesome (and untaggable on facebook for some reason) Tonk killed it as always! Look them up if you haven't already heard them on How I Met Your Mother. :) Well done lads! And to everyone who came out, especially the boys representing the 2617, really appreciate the support! Got a few very cool shows coming up soon so keep your peepers peeled. \m/

Sunday 27 April 2014

Hence the Testbed

Huge thanks to all that came out last night. Greenthief rocked Smiths like it was Wembley and Ivory Lights have some sublime harmonies that just have to be heard to be believed. Thanks for having us Smiths! We'll come back any time if you will have us. Next up we are at Transit with the incredible King Of The North and the massive wall of rock that is TONK. May 8th, early bird tickets are on sale now so get in quick! See you there!

Saturday 26 April 2014

April 26, 2014 at 10:55PM

We are winning the Greenthief! Everyone's tables look so more somistificated with their wine glasses, but pound for pound we've out drunk them all!

April 26, 2014 at 10:20PM

Greenthief! You wish you were here!

April 26, 2014 at 08:27PM

Ivory Lights are sounding amazing at Smiths!

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Tonight we are at Smiths Alternative Bookshop with Greenthief and Ivory Lights! Come say hello if you are in town and we'll play you some tunes. I'll be the one full of Laksa and beer. Hmm... Beer Laksa. Patent Pending™©.

Saturday 5 April 2014

Hence the Testbed

Tonight! The Defiant Few, Hence the Testbed, Bleeding Gasoline, Na Maza and The Dead Men at the Hell Ranch!. Get there at 7pm if you want to grab some food because last time it disappeared fast because it was wickedly tasty! \m/>,\u003C\m/

Monday 31 March 2014

This Saturday! Bring souls.

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Monday 17 March 2014

Hell Ranch

Tickets are on sale now! An awesome deal at just $25 pre-sale for a bunch of bands and a feed! Or if you prefer, you can wait until the night and offer up your soul at the gates of the Hell Ranch - plus a small $50 soul handling fee.* *does not include soul handling fee tax.

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Monday 24 February 2014

Hence the Testbed

Was a super fun night at the Magpies! Thanks to all those who made it along and to the other bands for putting on a corker of a show. Really is great to see so much talent in Canberra at the moment. However the whole night wasn't incident free. There was a little altercation with an invisible, stealthy, dastardly, murderous fly screen. But never fear, I absolutely kicked it's arse. Obliterated it. Took.. it.. apart. So if you are ever trapped behind a fly screen or fly screens invade somewhere you don't want them to, I'm your dude.

Thursday 20 February 2014

February 20, 2014 at 07:58PM

Mother's Cake were incredible last night! Thanks everyone for coming out to what was an awesome evening of tunes! If for some reason you missed last night just do yourself a favour and go and have a listen to their album. You won't regret it! Next up is the 22nd of Feb where we are at the Magpies Club in Civic for another great line up. Hearing Voices will be launching their new EP with Time & Weight and The Khalasar to lend a hand. Should be a ripper and our last show before we try to get some recording done. Catch you on Saturday!

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Hence the Testbed

Tonight! Mother's Cake, Renegade Peacock, The Khalasar and us at ANU Bar! Come down and see us play the new note we have invented! It might sound like a mistake at first but we worked long and hard to get it juuuuuuuust right. ;)

Monday 17 February 2014

February 17, 2014 at 08:25PM

February 17, 2014 at 08:05PM

Shananigans 7 was an absolute blast! Thanks to everyone who made it such a great night and came out bright and early to catch all the festivities. And big cheers to all the hard working staff and bands that made it an unforgettable night! This Wednesday we are at ANU Bar with the amazing Austrians, Mother's Cake who have some killer Australian support in The Khalasar and Renegade Peacock. It really does promise to be a great night of music so get yourself along and check out what all the fuss is about! We have squirrelled away an extra ticket so if you want to get yours for $15 instead of $20 on the door just send us a message and we will sort you out. *wink*

Friday 14 February 2014

Thursday 13 February 2014

February 13, 2014 at 12:42PM

Here is the short list of songs for tomorrow night at The Basement for Shananigans Entertainment's crazy line up. Trouble is we will only be able to do 5 or 6. We can't decide so we are going to make you do it. We will draw a song out of the hat and then play it. Could mean our set is a little less structured than normal but maybe that's a good thing. Only one way to find out! See you tomorrow. ;)

Thursday 30 January 2014

January 30, 2014 at 09:15PM

Broke? Bored? Bereft of bacchanal? Here is a fun way to wile away the hours with promise of great reward! Caption comp! Best caption for this photo will win not one, not two, but three free gigs! That's a grand total of 21 bands! If each band plays 6 songs, that's 126 songs! The winner gets entry to a Shananigans Entertainment event Shanannigans 7, who are delivering their 7th outing of awesome at The Basement, Mother's Cake at the ANU Bar with supports from The Khalasar and Renegade Peacock, plus Band Express's show at the Magpies in Civic featuring Time & Weight and Hearing Voices! Entries close midnight 11/02/14 and will be judged by Ad and mucus. It's hard to make Ad laugh, but when you do he starts to snort a little bit and that makes him laugh more. Then I laugh at him, which some times makes me blow a little snot bubble out of my nose. Sam is usually just having a nap when this happens. We'll leave him out of this shall we? So make me SB and win some fun!

Wednesday 29 January 2014

January 28, 2014 at 08:04PM

So my cunning plan in the last post may not have worked as cunningly as I first envisioned. Facebook 1 - The little guys 0. Round two! Post a picture of a poster and see if they let anyone see it. This one is for a killer line up at Magpies in Civic on the 22nd of Feb. A new venue for us and should be a lot of fun! Oh and if you didn't catch the previous post you should have a squizz down below. Or to the right. Or left. It all depends on what mood the robotic formatting monkeys are in I guess.

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Was great to see everyone out at The Phoenix on Sunday. We had a killer time as always. We've got some audio from the night that we might show you if it passes our rigorous screening process that may or may not include darts. Next up we are down the The Pot Belly Restaurant on the 31st of Jan with Fossil Rabbit and Moon Striders. Should be another great night of live original music so get yourself on down and grab a few cold pints with us! I'll chuck the event details in the comments because it's a way to trick facebook to get a few more of you to see our posts without selling our kidneys. Cheating, or working the system? Hmmm, Working the System could be a good band name. Dibs!

Wednesday 22 January 2014

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Have I got a deal for you! You love great music. You've found your new favourite band, Mother's Cake. You really want to see them live. Only problem is that they are from Austria. :( You COULD get a plane ticket to Austria for $1200. You COULD try to converse with Austrian cabbies, hotel staff and waiters as you bumble your way around a foreign land confusing all and sundry with your thick Australian accent. You COULD pay a fortune for accommodation, hookers and antibiotics. You COULD pay $40 to get a ticket to their show. Or... could grab a ticket from ourselves, Renegade Peacock or The Khalasar for the low, low price of $15. Yep, that's right, $15! By my calculations that is a net saving of around $1685!!* That's a lot of Chicken McNuggets! So let any of the bands know if you want to grab a ticket as the price is set to sky rocket on the door the night of Feb 19th to a brutal $20. You can use the extra $5 to buy your favourite Austrians a good old Australian brew as I'm pretty sure they don't have beer over there. *hooker quality may vary total price

Tuesday 21 January 2014

And this one is going to be a corker too! February is looking pretty special!

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