Kinematic is a band from Melbourne, Australia.

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It's 2020 EPIC FAIL from our December 17 specials playlist - see the whole list in The Punters Club

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Kinematic gigs

TomKatz   Sorrento   Sun 20 Feb 2022
TomKatz

Finally. Thanks to the pandemic lockdowns in Melbourne this will be our first live show in two years and two days. And it's the 20th of the 2nd in 2022 - that's a lot of twos. We're heading down to the Mornington Peninsula for a couple of sets on a summer Sunday arvo. An acoustic set featuring songs from the new album The Long Divide and a 'best of' featuring songs from No. 1 Fan. Have we still got our mojo? We have no idea ... come along and find out!

Tickets $10 through TryBooking

Kinematic news

Old Leaves   Fri 5 November 2021
Old Leaves

One day you wake up and you’re middle-aged, damn it. You remember significant historical events that people are now writing about in history books, like seeing Nirvana live or the collapse of the Berlin Wall. How does this happen? So effortlessly and almost without your knowledge; where does the time go?

OLD LEAVES laments the march of time while embracing change and life lessons learnt - it's like a musical ointment for changing times. It’s available from 5 November 2021 on all your favourite streaming services and ours, Bandcamp.

Lyrics, links, liner notes and video for OLD LEAVES

June   Wed 30 June 2021
June

It doesn’t take a pandemic for people to feel isolated and lonely.

So many of us live that way even in the best of times. Maybe we reach out to someone. Go out of our way to make ourselves available. Take a risk. Perhaps we’re grateful for even the most fleeting of interactions.

The tale of two neighbours, one more invested than the other, JUNE was written before COVID but is perhaps even more relevant today. It's out now wherever you get your tunes.

Lyrics, links and liner notes for JUNE

Monday 8am   Mon 17 May 2021
Monday 8am

The opening track from our soon to be released fifth album, The Long Divide, MONDAY 8am was inspired by a message from a fan in Newfoundland and finds its protagonist pondering life and love on her commute through a cold and rainy morning.

It's the third single from the 'years-in-the-making' new album (to be released in mid-2021), which sees us returning to our acoustic beginnings – it's come up better than we dared hope and we can't wait to share the whole record with you. In the meantime, dial up MONDAY 8am on your fave service and enjoy!

Lyrics, links, liner notes and video for MONDAY 8AM

2020 Epic Fail   Sun 20 Dec 2020
2020 Epic Fail

Every year around this time we release a song that's out of left field. Remixes, album out-takes, covers of our old bands, from the sublime to the ridiculous. For over a decade the Kinematic Pagan Holiday Specials have been stocking stuffers for anyone who doesn't mind a tune with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

This year's tune is no exception. 2020 EPIC FAIL will be available on your favourite streaming service from Christmas or you can get in early and listen on Soundcloud, Bandcamp and YouTube. We hope you enjoy it and play it at your New Year's Eve party.

2020. Thank fuck that's over. Here's to better things in 2021. Your pals, Kinematic.

West Gate Bridge   Sat 3 Oct 2020
West Gate Bridge

From Flinders Street station to the MCG, The Shrine to St Kilda Pier, Melbourne has plenty of iconic landmarks.

Melburnians use the West Gate Bridge a lot. Whether we’re heading to or from work or jumping on the Princes Highway to head to the surf coast, we use this thoroughfare so much, its history might not occur to many of us.

2020, already notable for so many of the wrong reasons, marks the 50th anniversary of a tragedy that not only changed Melbourne, it changed the working lives of Victorians forever.

At 11.50 am on the 15th of October 1970, two years into its construction, span 10-11 of the bridge collapsed, taking the lives of 35 workers with it. It remains the worst industrial accident in Australia’s history, but is credited with kick-starting a raft of workplace reforms that make Victoria and Australia one of the safest places to work in the world. This is the legacy of the men who died, and hopefully this is what people remember as they cross the West Gate.

It was on an everyday crossing a few years back that Mike noticed a lone man walking the bridge normally closed to pedestrians. Mike took that image home and picked up his guitar. He and Gordo continued crafting the music and lyrics for quite some time, until it felt just right.

Not long afterwards, Gordo ran into an old mate and discovered he was making a documentary to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. It was a complete coincidence.

That mate is Shane Jacobson and the documentary is a project close to his heart. As a result of that chance encounter, Kinematic’s WEST GATE BRIDGE features in the documentary West Gate Bridge: The Untold Stories, which will air on Thursday 15th of October on the Nine Network. The band feel privileged to have contributed a small verse to the ongoing chapter of Melbourne. Cover art by Melbourne artist Karri Clarke. @karriclarke.art

No. One Fan and Speakeasy   Fri 10 Jul 2020
Speakeasy

We’re all too aware that in the age of the playlist, the idea of a compilation is a little anachronistic, but 2020 and the COVID era has given us plenty of time for reflection.

Introducing No. One Fan, a volume of our hits and misses since 2005, curated by a complicated logarithm combining the feedback of our dearest friends and fans, our most streamed and downloaded songs worldwide (now numbering in the millions) and, well, a few songs we like the most.

One exception, it includes a new single, Speakeasy, a never-before-heard studio version of a live favourite. Check out the new video on YouTube.

Although comps like this sometimes set a signpost to a penultimate stage for a band or artist, rest assured we’re nowhere near done yet, with plenty of irons in the fire for 2020 and 2021. As always, thanks for listening.

Isolation songs   Thu 2 July 2020

Mike has been recording live songs in his home studio since isolation began back in March, but the whole band has gotten in on the act as well. Here's North By North West, from our fourth album Kinecism, performed from our home studios and lounge rooms, with special guest Greg Coles on piano.

There are plenty more live songs on our YouTube channel, check 'em out.

"Don't Go Out Tonight"   Thu 9 Apr 2020

Like the rest of the world, we're bunkered down in our respective homes and doing our best to avoid this bloody virus. And contemplating what the world will look like on the other side of it. But for now we're still here, writing and recording, as best we can. There should be plenty of new music from Kinematic soon - exactly when and how depends on what happens with COVID-19 over the coming weeks and months. In the meantime we hope our extended Kinefamily stays safe and stays well.

And we'll leave you with this timely safety message - due to COVID-19 we've changed the lyrics on our 2017 music video "Let's Go Out Tonight" to something more socially responsible.

Neon Helloman soundtrack  Mon 12 Aug 2019
Neon Helloman

In case you’ve been on our socials and are wondering what this is all about, Gordo and Mike went and did a soundtrack to a comic. But before you rush out to buy it for your kids, just don’t - this rollicking and ribald road trip from the mind of Melbourne poet, Michael Pardy, beautifully drawn by Portuguese surrealist Antonio Piedades, is not that type of comic. The comic and accompanying soundtrack are best consumed together and in full. But be prepared, this is not typical Kinematic fare - whatever that is. Find the comic and more info at neonhelloman.com and the soundtreack is available to stream now on Spotify and all your faves.

Live at Bakehouse   Sun 17 Mar 2019
Live at Bakehouse

After two long years of editing and mixing, our concert film and album LIVE AT BAKEHOUSE finally hits the digital shelves on Sunday 17 March.  The film and album have slightly different playlists - the film will be available on DVD to all our awesome pledgers and on YouTube for everyone, and the album will be on CD for pledgers and on all the usual digital platforms for everyone - click here for pre-release on Spotify.

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