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Who: Creeping Jesus

Charlestown punk-rockers Creeping Jesus, are the second Australian signing of Newcastle-based Reign Records. They have only had a few gigs but they have already got the nod on air recently from Triple J music guru Richard Kingsmill. The King also played the track Didn't come to make friends from their self-titled album.

The Creeping Jesus approach is hard and fast with a combination of old-school tradition laced with youthful exuberance.

No track is over two minutes.

They are made up of 29-year-old singer-guitarist Theren Saxon (formerly No Reason) and his two cousins, Rebel on bass and drummer Raphe Coombes who are aged 23 and 16 respectively.

LOCAL ELECTRONICA: Newcastle electronic music label, Pendulum Tapes and Digitalia Australia recently released an all-Newcastle compilation CD.

With 17 tracks in total, Newcastle Electronica Volume One is available through Soundworld, Patsan's Dance Music Specialists and online at www.geocities.com/pendulumtapes for $10.

HARDCORE RECORD: Two Newcastle bands will showcase their respective new releases at The Hunter on Hunter on Friday night. Hardcore punk act FMD (Found My Direction) will launch their seven track LP entitled The Path Remains while Case For Jefferson will launch the 10 inch, The Dead As Their Founders. Also playing will be Draw The Line and Shortfall. HIP HOP: The next instalment of Da Bounce Factor will be on Friday as part of the Past Present Future Youth Reconciliation Week.

Hosted by the Hunter Koori Youth Service at the Palais Royale Youth Venue, the night will include hip-hop and R'n'B from a range of underground artists.

Featuring will be MC Trey and South-West Syndicate from Sydney and local DJs RonE, Weno, Jay-Tee, Juvarne, KenX and Adriana. There will also be break-dancing competitions, a rapping contest and talent contest with cash prizes and CD giveaways.

RHYME AND RHYTHM: Triple J Radio's hip hop program is presenting States Of Mind, a national showcase of local rhymes and rhythms.

The tour will cover most of Australia, with headline act Shin Ki Row stopping over for a lunchtime show at the Newcastle University's Bar On The Hill. On Wednesday, April, 4, the entire entourage including Trey and Reference Point, will return to perform at the Northern Star Hotel.

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