This was our second run to Sydney with the band, and this time we drove down. A long wet drive finally led us to Bondi Beach where we stayed at a backpackers. Six beds and one sink is all you need my friend.
Thursday night we played at the Royal hotel in Bondi supported by Bonnie Grace Vargas, a fun show, a decent turnout, a bit quiet but still good.
The hostel we were staying at asked us to play on the rooftop of the building. Man that would have been fun. We’ve decided next time we’ll source a sound system and advertise it a bit. Imagine the rooftop packed out and doing a full show, I can’t wait.
Saturday morning we made our way home and that was the end.
This show exceeded my expectations, for one, Felons Barrel Hall is a really nice venue looking out to the water, the stage is good, and the sound was good, and good sound is critical to a good show.
We were supporting Lazywax, and the amazing thing about this is that in May 2021 I went to see Lazywax perform for the first time AT Felons, and I was fanboying hardcore. I’d heard Vol. 1 and couldn’t stop listening to it. Then, a year later, I’m performing with them as a support act for their headline show at the SAME venue. True honor it was.
I really like my band, but one thing we seem to do a lot of is rush the songs. Very common mistake I think for young bands.
One of our gigs supporting Donny Benet was atrocious for being what felt like 200bpm faster than usual, so I wanted to focus on not rushing for this show, if we could do that, I was stoked.
I find taking the time before a song starts to look around and make sure my band and I are all on the same page really helps this, and it really did make a difference on the night. What was nice is that a lot of my friends came to support me and I could see them all in the crowd.
My good friend Jonty Brown (Go Tell Media) took all of these photos. By the end of the night there were quite a few stokesauce stickers stuck to tables and cups.
I love my friends Hans and Muller, long live LAZYWAX
Bands: Lazywax + Julian Munyard Venue: Performing live at Felons Barrel Hall, Brisbane Date: June 11, 2022
Julian Munyard supporting Donny Benet was probably my favorite trip to Sydney so far, altogether it was a wonderful couple of days with the band, and as usual we learned so much about traveling and touring.
We were on a tight budget so I chose the early morning cheap flights, this meant an early start for us, unfortunately we hadn’t yet learnt that if we fly virgin as registered muso’s we can get more luggage allowance for our instruments, all for free.
So we had to fiddle with the luggage to get it all on the plane without additional cost, and to top it we had a MASSIVE road case for my DX7, which felt like it could have weight about 200kg .. somehow we got everything on the airplane.
Bakani always has good things to say when we look back at our first day in Sydney, we arrived so early that we had the entire day ahead of us before going to the venue where we were to perform.
We spent it doodling around in the city, which led us to the best sandwich shop we’d ever been to. We could tell it was the best in town, because after we arrived all white collar workers came out of their glass cells and formed a decent line outside the restaurant. We ended up ordering a sandwich and a burger each.
I think people could tell we weren’t from the city simply by our appearance and slight fascination with revolving doors. Max almost broke one trying to stay still inside of it.
We ended up at our motel which was called Marco Polo Motor Inn, it had pink walls wherever you looked, and there was something nice about it. Our door ended up getting very jammed and the maintenance guy had to come over.
We got on the bus with all our gear and headed to the venue, which funny enough was located inside Sydney University, there’s a whole venue in there.
Apparently it’s usually used for metal bands but Donny Benét was as far from a metal band as you can get, his music was smooth, crisp, there was groove, lots of it. I have to say Donny ’s set was amazing. What I notice about his band is that they play quietly, but it sounds so full and pretty.
We played just before Donny, the place was quite full by that stage and I’m glad I invited people to come down to the front when I did. Two songs in I broke a string, which set me back a bit, not only that, but it put my entire guitar out of tune. It sounded horrible haha.
So I was standing there tuning my guitar with a tuner app because I didn’t even have a tuner pedal. We kept it together, but I think the suddenness of it hit me and I got quite nervous after that, which led to me playing really fast and I swear all of the songs from that point onwards were 30BPMs faster than usual haha.
It happens, and to be honest I’m glad it did. Paul and Kyle, good friends of mine that also happen to be my booking agents, gave us a lift back to the Motel, Tim Ayre came with us too. It was really nice of him to watch. I appreciated that a lot.
We got about 3 hours of sleep from 1am to 4am, then got up and waited for the taxi to take us to the airport.
Even landing on the Sunshine Coast, there is an automatic shift in atmosphere, the hustle just sort of disappears when you get here, which I like.
That was it, I think it was something like 22 or 23 hours in Sydney, we didn’t even spend an entire day there. We were pretty exhausted by the end of it, but I’d do it all again
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Tuesday 29th of March 2022, we invite you to turn off your phones, go OFFLINE, and re-connect to your soul through the expression of Human Beings. OFFLINE is a carefully curated artistic experience with a diverse range of art. Come along and explore the different creative spaces in the lofty Sun City Gallery. Special thanks to Jason and Belinda!
General ticket: $45, Everyone is welcome, kids under 12 don’t need tickets. With your ticket, you will help the gathering of a wonderful community of artists. 100% of the booking fees are donated to children’s charities.
About 6 months ago, some friends invited me to an event in Noosa. It was more of a thoroughly planned party, with a few DJ’s, and 3 different rooms, one to dance, one to relax and talk, and one to play a game of Jenga, maybe get your face painted. The music was wonderful, and almost everyone you talk to is from a different part of the world, we had to leave early that night, but that wasn’t the end of these events for us.
We became close friends with the interesting people that held this event, they’re called Alter Ego. To put it in their own words “ALTEREGO is about sharing and connection, going back to the roots of the human essence. The interaction with nature through different expressions. Resistance to the virtualisation of communication. – it’s a break from the rat race, high speed modern way of living and social alienation. Everyone is welcome except industrial or superficial mainstream music.”
A great passage if you ask me, and my ideals align well with this statement. Months past and they asked my duo partner Bakani, and myself to perform a few songs for a video they would shoot, with the goal to capture an afternoon of music, sunset, sharing food, talking, and enjoying each other’s company. The afternoon was great, and later the 13 minute video was published, titled ‘Sunshine Session Vol. 1”. We performed 3 songs, 2 originals and one Mac Demarco song. It felt extremely natural, mainly because we didn’t have any microphones up close to us, and instead was a single condenser mic between us, and a chords running out of my guitar so, and that was enough to get quite a well balanced natural sound.
The video is worth watching, not because we’re in it, but because of the way it’s shot and edited, some of my friends who watched it said you really feel like you were there that day, amongst the small crowd.
The boys at ALTEREGO told me about an arts festival they were planning, and I knew from other parties that there was a precedent for great events. It was a nice combination of musical artists, illustrators, mime artists, and of course, people. I was asked to headline with the band, which was great, a really fun set, everyone was so warm and friendly when we played. What also helped is that mobile phones were banned, so when you look at the crowd they’re all looking at you or at least not at the ground. Everyone is really there, no escaping. That is one of ALTEREGO’s trademarks, no phones.
Here are a some photos of the event from many people with cameras, both film and digital.
I really look forward to where these guys go, I think they possess something the Sunshine Coast needs desperately, but it’s also something they can take around the world.
Caloundra Music Festival: It was my pleasure to play at the Caloundra Music Festival on the 1st of October 2021.
Julian Munyard (October 1st, 2021)
This is our first time playing a festival together and I’ve really been looking forward to being here with you all today, I’m Julian Munyard and the songs you’re about to hear are from an EP released last year, I’m Julian Munyard and I hope you all enjoy the next hour of music lets do it.
Thank you, (drink some water)
In 2 weeks a new song is coming out and you guys are the first to hear it, quite frankly I’m over the moon about it. It’s called Don’t You Love Me Yet. Lets get it
Don’t you love me yet
I’m going to take this moment to introduce the band, to the right of me we have Jack Curry on Keyboard, Bakani Kombanie on percussion and vocals, Sam Ayling on Bass, and finally Max on the tubs. Alright,
Over to the left of me is a little stall with some merch, we got some really cool stickers you can grab after the show. This song is called okay.
Bakani and I often play at a local bar called sneaky baron in Maroochydore, and the song we’re about to play is out favourite number to pull out of the bag so today we thought we’d play it.
Cover 1 (Hey Ya)
As I said earlier I’m releasing a new song in two weeks, but I’ve been writing a lot of new content. and this song is about a guy who wakes up to find a man taking photographs of him outside his house.
Thank you. Talk in Pictures is a EP I released last year, which was born from being in and out of quarantine most of the year, and the next couple of songs are from that EP. This one is Harley Benson
I wrote this number about the lies that media can tell through the hole in your living room wall. It’s called Television
This is another new song, I heard a guy talk about songs with longer melodies, so instead of writing a song with 2 3 or 4 chords, I opened to the idea of using 6 t or 8 chords in a progression, and this is the result. This is steaming cup.
Sing along if you know this song
Cover 2 (LSD)
A few years ago when I was 14, I wrote this song, and I always played it acousticly, just me and my guitar, but today were playing it with my beloved band, and it feels like a brand new song. It’s called chasing the wind.
Chasing the Wind
As I said earlier, the talk in pictures EP was born from last years lockdowns and so forth, and this track is about being stuck on online school and really wanting to surfing with my friends.
Thank you. This is an unreleased track, and its about a Purple Man.
Don’t forget to check out out Merch table!! Thank you and goodbye!
Stokesauce is my Brand, highlighting interesting music, art, demos, spacejunk, ideas, and anything else that takes my fancy,
Stokesauce is my BAND, a great team of musician having fun an performance live at various venues along the Sunshine Coast.
Stokesauce is the salt water which runs out of your nose, (mostly at an inconvenient time), but useually after a fun surf in the ocean, so for example you’ve been in the surf most of the day, and enjoyed the delights of the ocean, and after the surf you sitting in the sunshine chatting with your friend, and as you turn your head to the side to to share a story, the ocean pours out your nose. That my friend is STOKESAUCE
Live at the Beerwah Hotel on Tuesday August 10, 2021
Tuesday August 10, 2021
The Musos once more enjoyed the Julian Munyard band (Julian, Bakani. Jack, Sam, and Max) on Tuesday night. Thank you to this youthful outfit, brimming with talent, for their commitment, presenting such a tight show. Players two and three times their age could certainly pick up some tips! After a superb set of originals (Julian played his album plus two new songs) the band was pressed for an encore and shocked me (and perhaps others) by performing the old Kenny Rogers classic the Gambler! I have nothing against country music of course and this song with its “ace that we might keep” (“every hand’s a winner and every hand’s a loser…”) has a lot going for it. The band’s version was entertaining too, so it probably says more about me that I should have anticipated something perhaps more recent or at least closer in style to Julian’s own writing. Good on you mate, keep dealing out the surprises…
The Julian Munyard band performing at the Beerwah Hotel.
Tuesday August 10, 2021
The Musos once more enjoyed the Julian Munyard band (Julian, Bakani. Jack, Sam, and Max) on Tuesday night. Thank you to this youthful outfit, brimming with talent, for their commitment, presenting such a tight show. Players two and three times their age could certainly pick up some tips! After a superb set of originals (Julian played his album plus two new songs) the band was pressed for an encore and shocked me (and perhaps others) by performing the old Kenny Rogers classic the Gambler! I have nothing against country music of course and this song with its “ace that we might keep” (“every hand’s a winner and every hand’s a loser…”) has a lot going for it. The band’s version was entertaining too, so it probably says more about me that I should have anticipated something perhaps more recent or at least closer in style to Julian’s own writing. Good on you mate, keep dealing out the surprises.