The Truth Is Always Out There

BMW MU 2aBMW Bar, Glebe (Sydney), 6 May: The wall looks rather Cavern Club-esque, ‘cept maybe for the eight miles high ceiling. The vibe was rather good last Saturday night with our old friends the 60s garage rockers Flipped Out Kicks (who loaned us an excellent home-made amp – thanks guys).

The night also featured a couple of new twists to the mystery of our modest little universe, both expected and unexpected. First we added guitar to the Mysterious Universe mix for the first time (that’s it lurking in the foreground in the second pic down there) and got a bit carried away, so one song (You’re Mine) hit the 9-minute mark. IMG_5280a

But lan’sakes, there was still time to kill, so out came the mandolin for a new song’s debut, too new even for the other guys to play along with it, so it decided to take off solo, more Yuri Gagarin than Apollo 11. One small step and all that.

Anyhow maybe we’ll see ya at Gasoline Pony (Marrickville Road, on July 12 with Luke Collings & Greasy Lake.

Pony Express

Huzzah! We’re doing Gasoline Pony with Luke Collings’ Greasy Lake and Alister Marshall on July 12. Gasoline Pony, as many will know, is a small bar in Marrickville Road, Sydney, near the Victoria Rd corner. Doctor Google tells us Gasoline Pony equals “Craft beers, bar food and live music in an eclectic, arty space with a courtyard and a relaxed vibe”. Thou hast indeed spoken truth, Doctor Google. My hindbrain recalls that a gasoline pony is slang for motorcycle. Is that true, or just something half-remembered from some kind of Russ Meyer movie?

It’s almost Saturday night

We’ve had a lull, lapsing into mystery maybe, although the truths are more mundane than that; we just haven’t got it together lately what with life being life. But enough pre-amble! You don’t want to wade through that. This is the internet, not a place of reflection (except in the sense being the new global pool of Narcissus, but let’s not get into that). So back to skimming. I’m going to quickly say that Mysterious Universe is doing a bar in Glebe on Saturday night and y’all are most heartily invited to check it out. Also on the bill is (are? the plural/singular grammar of band names sorely vexes me; no, actually I don’t care) The Flipped Out Kicks, 60s garage in style and probably louder than us, though we get up a fair volume for a band playing lead mandolin…

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The Truth Is Out There

Friday night at Petersham Bowling Club – seriously cool venue, lotta people and a floor with feedback – the punk bands downstairs had the ground humming hard (so that explains that line in Whiter Shade of Pale…) even through the stage’s shag-pile carpet, so we cranked up to eleven to drown out our floor. A jolly good show and hats off those we supported, the fab Flipped Out Kicks and The Resurrection Men (who resurrected many a rock classic)

Inner & Western

petershambc27jan17Happy New Year and all that… we’re blasting off 2017 with a three-piece (mandolin/harp, drums, guitar) show at Petersham Bowling Club on Friday, January 27 (on stage 8.30pm), where we’ll be playing both kinds of music (inner and western).

Here’s a link to the PBC wotzon page detailing the wheres and wherefores, etc , and a bit about our partners in crime – garage rockers The Flipped Out Kicks (it’ll be our second gig with ’em and they’re damn good) and The Resurrection Men (plenty to dig there).

Live & Original In Lewisham

Mysterious Universe lands at the Louis Hotel’s Bucket Lounge night in full four-piece mode Thursday 24th November (the Louis is the Lewisham Hotel renamed – 794 Parramatta Rd Lewisham). Come on down! Bucket Lounge is a great showcase for independent music with several venues around Sydney and we are mighty honoured to make our Bucket debut. To quote some of the official blurb…
14708018_563178840555490_2733430787604321654_o“Bucket Lounge has a truly talented bunch of individuals hitting the stage next Thursday night for Live & Original at the Louis.
Fire performed last month at Cronulla and brought some pretty awesome music to the stage; new to our stage will be Mysterious Universe ~ recommended to us by the illustrious Bill Hunt.
You will often see names on our bill unknown to you. That’s a good thing! A big part of our ethos is the element of discovery.
Come and discover…
The music kicks off at 7:30, happy hour from 5-7 with $5 beers, plus meal deals for 10 bucks from the kitchen. Our wonderful friend, Justine Wahlin will be the Host for the night.”

Our Zest of Honour


Journalist: How do you keep up that zest on stage?
Lennon: ‘We just do the zest we can’

The deepest impression this hugely enjoyable doco leaves is how much fun the Beatles had on their four-year whirlwind between Love Me Do in 1962 and their last live concert in ’66. Their own infectious enthusiasm adds mountains of magma to the Beatlemania volcano erupting all around them – incredible scenes which, without filmed proof, would surely risk dismissal as mythical by future generations. beatles

The Beatles didn’t stop touring because they got sick of live performance – they absolutely radiate enjoyment even at their last concerts – but because they got too big to do it properly anymore, bigger than existing sound systems could cope with, bigger even than existing belief systems could cope with. But before they were overwhelmed and frustrated and exhausted by the unique phenomenon that was them – which, ironically, sparked the retreat that spawned their best albums – they rode an exhilarating wave with style, wit and jubilation.

On side with the Sidekicks

Solo at the Camelia Grove was solely acoustic – nary a plug or a cord or a mike in sight. Six songs on the burnt Jasmine, no Mysterious Universe regulars but other fish I fry – lotta fun and all systems go.

Paul Hayward & His Sidekicks were excellent… imagine a ragtag gaggle of wayward carnies playing instrumentals, movie themes, the melodies that stagger through the dusty attics of your hind-brain when the moon is full. The Baby Elephant Walks right into the gutter, kicks over a few garbage cans and the alley cats wonder how the LSD got into that scavenged fish-head.


A good cause too!

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Into the outer limits of Oxjam orbit last Saturday night – many thanks and much kosmic karmic kudos to Davy Hilton for staging the whole shebang, packed to the gills with great bands, including a ripping set from his own combo Rudefinger, and a big crowd, smoke, strobes and a full dance floor to boot.

OXJAM 2016

oxjam-digital-poster_horizontal_version-11-610x408Oxjam is a month-long music festival held at a wide variety of venues (even homes) around Australia in August. The idea is to raise money for Oxfam’s fight against global poverty. An annual event in the UK for a decade or so, Oxjam only launched Down Under last year. For more about Oxjam 2016, have a squizz at

Mysterious Universe are playing an Oxjam at 10 Hocking Avenue, Earlwood (Sydney) on Saturday 27 August (9pm +), along with various other acts.

Come along and enjoy the music and throw a few coins Oxfam’s way!