Fitzroy Bowl ...
Here's my new song 'Fitzroy Bowl’. I'll be launching it at The Spotted Mallard on Thur 15 Feb with my band! You can buy tix here ➡️https://goo.gl/A2jKGb
There are so many songwriters in Melbourne pushing their boundaries and creating new and exciting work, feel so lucky to live in such a supportive and vibrant music community!
Thanks to all the Radio DJ's who've given 'Fitzroy Bowl' a spin, Crispi at Radio City Radio Show on PBS FM, Timmy Thorpe at Vital Bits (RRR), Myles at 5 Feet High And Rising on PBS FM, Tony at On The Blower (RRR), Vinny at The Outpost 2ser FM - Real Radio and Knecki on ROOTS N ALL
Community radio is such a massive part of the music scene in Melbs, they help us get our music out there and spruke our gigs. But they're also the best place for discovering new music - both local and international... at least that's how I feel anyhow!
Set between All Nations Park (Northcote) and EdinburghGardens (NorthFitzroy), ‘Fitzroy Bowl’ is the story of two children from different socio-economic backgrounds who form a bond through their mutual love of skateboarding. The song explores the kindness and compassion of children, whist reflecting on social privilege, disadvantage, and the isolation experienced by those who are failed by the system and fall through the cracks.
I spent lots of time at Fitzy Bowl through Grade 4/5/6 at Nth Fitzroy Primary School. Pretty much always the only girl back in those days. Skateboarding dissolves boundaries between people - young and old. There’s an incredible skate culture here in Melbourne and I really can’t wait for governments to finally acknowledge this and give it the recognition it deserves ... They could start with putting some night lights up at Fitzy, and by integrating skateable structures into urban design - rather than capping ledges and stairs so they can’t be skated.
The State and Local Government in Victoria and Melbourne did a total backflip on the Melbourne Music scene once they had a report to show what it was worth in dollar terms... it’s kind of disappointing that bureaucrats can’t see the cultural and social value in things until they’re presented in $$$$ signs. Rant over.
Hope you enjoy the new song.
Shared many stories at Fitzroy Bowl
Edinburgh Gardens, both 9 years old
Hung out in the grandstand at every game
Skating and footy, those were our days
You lived in the high rise up Brunswick St
Your Mum had schitzed out on bad LSD
She was always too freaked out to get you to school
So you jumped on your board, rode on down that hill
Your Dad moved back in, you just had to go
He smashed up your stuff, wasn’t safe to go home
I begged my folks to take you in
We can’t interfere son it’s just one of those things
A few months went by, you were hardly at school
I heard you’d been fostered near Clifton Hill
You weren’t at the bowl, you weren’t at the game
Did we drift apart or did you drift away
Last time I saw you was in All Nations Park
Collecting those soft drink cans after dark
Pushin’ your trolley down Merri Parade
Past Rushall Station to where the homeless stay
But they don’t understand you, avert their gaze
Just an angry young man a tattoo on your face
You’ll never tell ‘em what you’ve been through
Cause men don’t talk, boys don’t cry
Trucks on the coping, skate hard or
Men don’t talk, boys don’t cry
Trucks on the coping drop in and fly
Cat – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Justin Bernasconi – Electric Guitars
Ben Franz – Bass
Justin Olsson – Drums
Super excited to announce the first single from my new album is coming out in a few weeks, it’s called ‘Fitzroy Bowl’ and there an awful lot to tell you about the song… in due time. My banjo pickin’ brother Ben Mastwyk and I are teaming up to launch our respective singles at The Spotted Mallard on Thursday 15 Feb, we hope you’ll join us! Tix here ➡️ https://goo.gl/A2jKGb
New Album Coming 2018
Announcement! I’ll have a brand new album to share with you in 2018, I’ve been secretly working away on it behind the scenes this year 💪🏽 I wrestled with a lot of self doubt and uncertainty whist recording and I wanted to share this photo because it captured me in one of my darker moments.
I’m really excited to share the new album with everyone. I feel I’ve reached a new level with my songwriting, singing and guitar playing, and that’s certainly a great feeling!
2017 has been a difficult year... but there’s lots of things to celebrate. Biggest one for me is the legalisation of same sex marriage. As someone who doesn’t identify as heterosexual it’s was a huge moment for me personally. There’ve been countless people who’ve spent their lives fighting for Queer rights and when the law was past I thought about all the couples who never got to marry their partners (all the rights they were denied), all the men who were jailed in Australia for being gay, and the people cast out from their communities because of who they love or what they are.
Australia still has a very long way to go but it’s important to celebrate the miles stones when they happen 🏳️🌈
May you follow your dreams and achieve all you set out to achieve in 2018 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Happy New Year
Black Rain - Jed Rowe
Try - Bill Jackson
Absolutely love this new song by Bill and Ross Jackson... killer words, killer feel.
"If you're not angry, you're not listening"
Haven't Been Alive
Last August, I flew on a little solo mission to Sydney to watch (and be general nuisance) which Melissa and her team of wonderful people shot this video for my song Haven't Been Alive.
Featuring: Amanda Woodhams & Felix Jozeps
Also Featuring: Sara Cleland
Director: Melissa Anastasi
Co-Producer: Rachel Argall
Producer: Melissa Anastasi
Production Company: Rapture Films
Cinematography: Simon Koloadin
Production & Costume Design: Marryanne Christodoulou
1st Camera Assistant: Lucas Plunkett
Hair & Makeup: Crystal Davies
Editor: Melissa Anastasi
Colorist: Marcus Timpson
Shot on Location at: Botany Bay National Park
Below are some behind the scenes pics, taken by Marryanne Christdoulou.
Home game in Brunswick
When We Were Young album launch at Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Friday 17th October 2014
Photos by Tajette O'Halloran
Justin Bernasconi - guitar
Daniel Hobson - bass
Justin Olsson - drums
Louise Goh - keys
Ben Franz - pedal steel
Here For Now, In Your Head
Melbourne has well and truly hit Spring with more sunny days than cold ones. All the shows we played up the coast only a week ago seem like a distant memory.... I'm looking forward to the summer, riding my bike to gigs, swimming down Williamstown beach and having some fun in a few Triathlons.
Here's the second instalment to my Live at The Aviary Sessions, Here For Now, In Your Head
See My Bones
I suffered from anorexia from 2004 to 2009, and in that time I searched but never found any songs that I felt really reflected my experience. I found songs about healing and recovery, but that’s not what I wanted to listen to. I wanted to find a song that made me feel someone understood my pain, my struggle. I didn’t want a song to tell me everything was going to be all right, because, I didn’t feel like I could be normal again, and, I didn’t want to be ‘better’. That’s part of the paradox of having anorexia, not wanting to be rid of your disease. Even when you hate it, even when you want it all to stop, there’s still a part of you that loves it, that doesn’t want to let go. Even though you do all these things to control yourself, the deeper you get the more out of control you actually are.
Because See My Bones a confrontational song, I had a few people suggest that I give it some kind of positive resolution at the end…. Some kind of sentiment to the affect of “I’m okay now” or “you can get overcome this”. I thought about this a lot. In the end I decided I didn’t want to close the song with that kind of statement for two main reasons. Firstly, because I’m alive and healthy. People can see that, so they can see there’s a positive end to the story in that way. Secondly, and more importantly, when I was sick the last thing I wanted to hear were people telling me things were going to ‘be okay’… like if you’re depressed and people tell you to cheer up...
Thanks to Les Thomas for asking me about this song... the words above are from the interview for Unpaved... I was really inspired reading Les' blog about mental illness recently... thanks to other friends who've encouraged me to put this song out there and thanks to my family who supported me through being an absolute narcissistic basket case. It's almost unfathomable now to think about what it would be like to watch your child walk a tight rope on the edge of death.
Walking up in Yackandandah this morning is pretty sweet. The sun is shining the birds are singing and I'm about to go for a run.
A few weeks back Justin, Justin, Danny and I went in The Aviary in Abbotsford to record a few tunes from When We Were Young live. It was the first time the four of us have been in the studio together as a band. We had such a great time! Here's the first video, hope you enjoy :D
Professional procrastinator. Drummer, swimmer, runner, rider.