Uncovering power pop bands that you might have missed.

Welcome to the fourth installment from a series of short pieces on power pop obscurities or hidden gems. Each week, I will present to you a band that you may not have heard of before, or perhaps a band that deserves a bit more recognition, and feature that artist’s key album as an introduction to their work (indeed, that might be their only album!).

This week’s hidden gem #4 is:

Seaside Stars

A German duo comprising Hans Forster & Andi Schuwirth, Seaside Stars created some wonderful power-pop reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, Beach Boys, Big Star, and The Las. And Teenage Fanclub! …


Summer love is like no other love

Growing up in Australia meant very hot summers, and I mean HOT! Often the subject of many jokes in modern times, you know it’s summer in Australia when:

  • your shoe gets stuck in the melting asphalt
  • the seat belt buckle becomes a branding iron
  • you tire of the weatherman saying “It’s a scorcher”
  • the tiled floor in the kitchen is cooler and more comfortable than bed
  • shops keep the chocolate bars in the refrigerator
  • you go to the cinema specifically for the air conditioning
  • people say “f*ck it’s hot” ten times a day
  • Zooper Doopers!

Summer life meant backyard barbecues…


Uncovering power pop bands that you might have missed.

Welcome to the third instalment from a series of short pieces on power pop obscurities or hidden gems. Each week, I will present to you a band that you may not have heard of before, or perhaps a band that deserves a bit more recognition, and feature that artist’s key album as an introduction to their work (indeed, that might be their only album!).

This week’s hidden gem #3 is:

Ninja Gun

Multiple labels have been used to describe Ninja Gun’s musical style: 70s power pop, melody-driven rock ’n’ roll, Americana, classic rock, indie pop, rural rock, punk, alt-country, southern rock. The…


Uncovering power pop bands that you might have missed.

Welcome to the second installment from a series of short pieces on power pop obscurities or hidden gems. Each week, I will present to you a band that you may not have heard of before, or perhaps a band that deserves a bit more recognition, and feature that artist’s key album as an introduction to their work (indeed, that might be their only album!).

This week’s hidden gem #2 is:

The Welcome Mat

From Sydney, Australia, The Welcome Mat featured three singer-songwriters: Wayne Connolly (guitar), Cory Messenger (guitar), and Leo Mullins (bass), with drummer Pete Bennett making up the quartet. …


Uncovering power pop bands that you might have missed.

In recent weeks, Medium contributor S.W. Lauden wrote a couple of pieces on the power pop music genre. Several posts focussed on the books ‘Go All The Way’ and ‘Go Further’, edited by Lauden and Paul Myers, which feature essays on power pop bands written by authors, musicians, music writers, and power pop fans.

Additionally, Lauden teamed up with Myers and power pop die-hard John Borack (author of ‘Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide’) to create the ‘Ultimate power pop bracket contest’, which was detailed in Lauden’s story Have a favorite power pop song? in The Riff. The…


This week, I've played a lot of stuff at home, including Teenage Fanclub's 'Songs From Northern Britain', the Kelly Jones album 'She Bang!' and Whitney's 'Forever Turned Around'. In the car, It's been Dinosaur Jr's 'Where You Been'. I've been going through my vinyl collection a lot as I'm participating in the #mayvinylchallenge on Instagram (@anthony.overs).


Weird scenes inside a rock show …

It’s a pretty safe bet to say that veterans of the live music scene will have witnessed some wild and crazy things happen both on stage and off. And I’m sure some of those experiences have been downright bizarre!

Performing naked? Sure, it’s been done plenty of times. Too drunk to play? Yep, I’m sure we’ve all seen that too! How about somebody spraying mace in the crowd? Unfortunately, I’ve experienced that. Or walking into the men’s toilets to find the singer of a hard core punk band standing at the urinal talking to his penis. …


Our experience with seeing Nada Surf live.

I’ve been a fan of Nada Surf for many years. I remember their first single ‘Popular’ when it was released in 1996, but didn’t really pick up on them at the time. It wasn’t until I heard ‘The Way You Wear Your Head’ by chance in 2002 that my interest was piqued. I bought the album ‘Let Go’ and was instantly hooked! That album hovers somewhere in my top 10 records of all time.

In my opinion, they only got better! ‘The Weight Is A Gift’ in 2005 and ‘Lucky’ in 2008 were brilliant. Such an incredible trio of albums!


Another music writing challenge set by The Riff, and it’s a significant one. Your favourite live show!

Now, given my vintage, and my passion for music, I have been to a lot of gigs. And I mean A LOT! Choosing a favourite live show is a very difficult task. Some gigs are memorable for multiple reasons, and some have a special place in my memory because of the time, place, artist, or even who I was with.

A little while back someone challenged me to list all of the bands I’d ever seen. I spent a great deal of time (perhaps too much, but hey, we were in lockdown) thinking about bands I’d seen, and methodically listing…


Raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease symptoms

April is Parkinson’s disease awareness month. World Parkinson’s Day falls on 11 April. Why that day? It’s the birthday of English physician James Parkinson, who published the first detailed description of the disease in ‘An Essay on the Shaking Palsy’, in 1817.

Raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is crucial, given its prevalence. It is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia. The Shake It Up Australia Foundation provides this brief summary:

  • The disease affects 100,000 Australians.
  • 38 Australians are diagnosed with the disease every day.
  • 20 percent of sufferers are under 50 years old and 10…

Anthony Overs

Australian. Varied interests including music, wildlife (especially birds), food, baseball, taekwondo, drums. Person living with Parkinson’s.

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