FANTASTIC MESS RECORDS indulge their romanticism with vinyl singles once again with the release of a split double A side 7” featuring PENNY IKINGER and BABY 8. The single will be launched at THE OLD BAR, Fitzroy, Melbourne on SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER 2019.

Sonic chanteuse, guitar ace and primal mistress of pop, PENNY IKINGER covers her favourite Oz rock song of all time – DIVINYLS classic ‘Boys in Town’, for this split single vinyl release. Ikinger recently launched her new video clip of ‘Boys in Town’ at ‘A Celebration for Chrissy’, an event to mark the occasion of CHRISSY AMPHLETT’s 60th birthday and to honour her legacy. Proceeds from this event were donated to the OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN Cancer, Wellness and Research Centre.

Penny’s friendship with Chrissy spanned decades and their mutual affection for one another is evident when Chrissy interviews Penny in the rockumentary: ‘Electra: The Music of Penny Ikinger’ (Burlesque Productions). 

“One that was born with a star on the forehead is PENNY IKINGER, a kind of grungy answer to PJ HARVEY…Devastating from start to finish.”- JON PAGOLA, Mondosonoro, (Spain).

PENNY IKINGER will be accompanied by the musicians who played on ‘Boys in Town’:- TIM MCCORMACK – bass, JASON MCGANN – drums, SAM BILLINGHURST-WALSH – guitar, JULIAN HELD – guitar and backing vocals and RYAN OLIVER – keyboards. They will play a selection of Penny’s favourite Oz rock classics, and material from her latest solo album ‘Tokyo’, at the single launch.

BABY 8 are a hard hitting power-pop five-piece band creating quite a rumble. Recently supporting GANG OF FOUR at The Croxton Hotel, Melbourne, they left their audience wanting more. They play with strength, passion and attitude. Get ready for some seriously powerful riffs and tunes reminiscent of the 90’s riot grrrl era.

‘Laughing Up A Storm’ is a brand new track written by KATIE DIXON especially for this vinyl release. The song chronicles a woman’s battle to resist a descent into madness when faced with a betrayal of friendship and an isolating pain so pervasive it threatens her grip on reality. Will she triumph? Or relinquish all control and cross a line from which she can never return? In just under three minutes you’ll know…

‘…ridiculously cool songwriting, killer guitar licks and some serious attitude, both on stage and on record” The Age, Melbourne.

Baby 8 features KAT KARAMITROS – vocals, KATIE DIXON – guitar and vocals, JACQUI BROWN – guitar, MAUREEN GEARON – bass and vocals, MATTY WHITTLE – drums. With a band comprised of members from POWERLINE SNEAKERS, GOD and NQR, no wonder they’re leaving everyone stunned.

‘Boys in Town’ by PENNY IKINGER was recorded at HOTHOUSE AUDIO, St Kilda, Melbourne by CRAIG HARNATH & JEZ GIDDINGS. ‘Laughing Up A Storm’ by BABY 8 was recorded at SOUNDPARK by IDGE. 

This double A side 7” vinyl single is world-class rock ‘n’ roll. First 30 payers receive a free copy! Support from Riot Grrrl Goth band ‘Plaster of Paris’.

VENUE: The Old Bar, 74 – 76 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. Telephone: (03) 94174155

DATE: Sunday 8th December 2019                         ENTRY: $15.00

PLAYING TIMES : Penny Ikinger at 9pm, Baby 8 at 8pm, Plaster of Paris at 7pm. Doors open 6pm