Return to Archive List


Welcome to Undercover Music News for December 2008.

This Month...

+ Mic Conway's National Junk BankNew single and tour dates
+ The LovetonesJourney continues with latest album
+ Fiddlers FeastNew Tour Dates!
+ Eric BogleNew album and DVD
+ Gary ShearstonNew Double Album!
+ SounditoutStay tuned for debut EP on Yep! Records
+ CODA & Prop Join ColoursoundTo help save Vale of Belvoir...

This month’s edition of UCM Radio features tracks from The Lovetones new album ‘Dimensions’, the new single from Mic Conway’s National Junk Band plus Fiddlers Feast, Prop, CODA, Coloursound, Eric Bogle, Gary Shearston (Old Man Time) and new signing Sounditout.

Check It Out Here!

Yep! Records

The Lovetones

Psychedelic indie rockers The Lovetones have just returned from launching their fourth album Dimensions in Sydney & Melbourne to the sounds of FBI’s favourite Australian track for November Journeyman getting airplay nationwide especially on ABC Sydney Breakfasts with Adam Spencer.

“Australia has yet to really embrace this four-piece (led by the gifted songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Tow), but if there is any justice, Dimensions will remedy this situation somewhat.”
(4 stars, Rave Magazine)

Look and listen out for The Lovetones this month in Brag, Beat, Inpress, Drum Media, Tsnami Magazine, Rip It Up, The Age, dB Magazine, Time Off, Mediasearch, Rave Magazine, HYPERLINK "", and on Triple J, FBi, 2SER, Triple R, 3PBS, 2BLU, 5DDD, 2UUU, Tune! FM, 7EDG, 3SYN, 4ZZZ and community radio nationwide thanks to the good folk at Amrap.

The Lovetones will be touring nationally again early in 2009.

'Dimensions' (YEP010) is out now on Yep! Records via MGM Distribution.

More Information: Artist Page | Artist MySpace

Axiom (YEP009), Meditations (YEP008) & Be What You Want (YEP006) are out on Yep! Records through MGM Distribution.

Check out the The Lovetones Live



Haven’t heard of Sounditout? Well stay tuned for the new Sydney electro duo’s debut EP will be released on Yep! Records in February 2009.

Listen to this month’s edition of Undercover Radio which features two tracks hot from the mastering suite of King Willy Bowden.

Rouseabout Records

Mic Conway's National Junk Band

“What can you say about a national institution except that’s where they should put Mic Conway and the National Junk Band”
(John Williams, Trad & Now).

It’s been a busy month for Mic and the gang which saw them help launch Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week with appearances on Channel 7’s popular Sunrise morning TV show and shows in Martin Place. ‘Rubbish Wrap’, the second single from Corporate Chook, which completely takes the piss out of everything R&B and Urban(e) also makes its way out to radio land.

Look and listen out for Mic and the National Junk Band this month on 3RPP, ABC Melbourne and in Simply Australia, Trad & Now plus check out our gig guide for all their latest gig info including details of their performance times at the Woodford Folk Festival. Join Mic and his crazy mates on stage for music and theatric mayhem. The band are also appearing at the Cygnet Folk Festival January 9 to 11. Cygnet is situated in the Huon Valley, south of Hobart, Tasmania, a beautiful spot. Check out their website for details.

Before then...

Come down and raise glass Saturday afternoon 13th December. It's the Junk Band's last show in Sydney for 2008 - a big year with the new Chook album. Cazzbo is back from extensive touring with The Kransky Sisters, so this is a rare moment to see the band in all its glory before they head to Woodford & Cygnet. Kids get their own show at 1pm, followed by two sets from the Junk Band, featuring new songs from the new album. If you don't get a laugh from this CD then check your pulse because you may already be dead.
(John Williams, Trad & Now)

Corporate Chook (RRR45) is available now on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution.

More Information: Artist Page | Artist Website | Artist MySpace


Fiddlers Feast

Check out our gig guide for details of where the FF are playing next including their shows at Woodford with JIGZAG and Tamworth!

Check out our list of tour dates! See right >>

More Information: Artist Page

Forte (RRR44) is out now on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution.


Eric Bogle

Great news for fans of the great man! Rouseabout Records are over the moon with news that Eric will be delivering a new studio album plus live DVD in the first half of 2009.

Back from touring overseas in January, the new album will be recorded and mixed in February and the DVD in March.

Rouseabout has also secured Eric’s entire back catalogue which will be available in all its glory online for the first time in 2009.

Eric & long time partner-in-crime John Munro have also been confirmed as performing at the National Folk Festival in 2009.


Gary Shearston

As we write this month's news, the sounds of Gary Shearston's new double album, The Best of All Trades, sing out loudly and proudly around the office. One of the nation's most eulogized singer/songwriters, he "...occupies a singular place in Australian music history" (Keith Glass, The Australian) and his work has been likened to that of both Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. On the new double album he delivers 24 previously unreleased songs that are among the best he has ever written or recorded.

Accompanied by David Hume on acoustic, slide and electric guitars, the production is deliberately stripped back, allowing the songs and Shearston's unique vocal style to take centre stage, and that they do in their most inimitable style.

The Best of All Trades has been some time in the making and will not disappoint. It is due for release in March 2009.

Silent Recordings

CODA, Prop and Coloursound...

…are featured in a film Heidi Douglas is making for the Tasmanian Land Conservancy about the Vale of Belvoir, a high conservation value area they are raising money to protect.

CODA’s ‘Kawaii’ & ‘Gonna Run You Over’, Prop’s ‘Sirius’ and Coloursound’s ‘Empire’ are all lifted off Sounds of Silent (SIL004).

Big Pond Music

Undercover Music releases are also available online through BigPond Music



  1. Thurs 26th February, Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
  2. Sat 28th February, Club Kooky Mardi Gras Party, Factory Theatre, Enmore, NSW

More Information: Artist Page

Mic Conway's National Junk Band

  1. Thurs 12th February, The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW

More Information: Artist Page

Fiddlers Feast

  1. Sat 14th February, 2009, Fairlight Folk, NSW

More Information: Artist Page