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PUFF & STUFF It’s the last Puff for 2011. Don’t get emotional. Let’s look at the local run into 2012 and beyond to start with: Mr Goodnight are launching their second EP, ‘For You’ at The Crown and Sceptre on Fri 16 Dec, the same night as our cover heroes, The Honey Pies, launch their new album ‘Carpe Carp’ at Jive, and coincidentally also the same night that Stock Exchange play The Wheatty. Stock Exchange are also performing with Saturday’s Army at the Rhino Room on Thu 22 Dec, which is also the same night that The Cheer Advisory Council will play their last show of the year at The Metro on Thu 22 Dec with Burning Tower and Kirk Watt in support. Major Chord (aka Dan Flynn) and Andrew Winton are coming together to launch their new albums in unison on one special evening at the Trinity Sessions on Fri 16 Dec and Leader Cheetah shall be joined by J-Wah of The Beards and fame in an acoustic performance at The Grace on Thu 15 Dec.
Ben David& The Banned and The Sunset Horrors.
[Pic-Dangerous!] On the eve of JC Fest 2011 (that’s Christmas eve for those not in the lingo), the BottleRockets and Radio Spectacular are coming together to perform at the Crown and Anchor, while Jimmy And The Mirrors return to launch their ‘Hard To Find’ EP at the Ed Castle on the same magical night!
[Pic-JATM] [Pic-LeaderCheetah] Then we start the count down to 2012 with the final Crank Yankers of the year, to be held on New Years Eve at the Crown and Anchor. Bitches Of Zeus, Doe, Weed Capital and Count Citrus will front the line up, with Azz from Lady Strangelove DJing to see in the New Year. If that doesn’t take your fancy, there’s always the Rhino Room’s Revolution NYE with Transmission DJs and GOSH! DJ Craig
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Also, recent Epitaph signing Dangerous! (pictured) will be back in Adelaide at the Unibar on Sat 17 Dec to finally launch their debut album ‘Teenage Rampage’ locally, with support from Move To Strike,
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happening as well. And early in 2012, there’s plenty to look forward to as well, with Adelaide Hills four-piece apolarbear and Quiet Child (who will be supporting Opeth in the East to end their 2011) both playing in support of The Red Paintings at Fowlers on Sat 14 Jan; Curses, Sincerely Grizzly and Damned Men make for a rock-tinged line up at the Crown and Anchor on Sat 7 Jan; and The Yearlings, The Streamliners and The Huckleberry Swedes will present a rare triple-headline bill at The Gov on Fri 13 Jan for those who love their roots music. FUSE will be one of the first big events on everyone’s mind come the start of 2012, and they’ve ended the year with some pretty big announcements. To begin, the FUSE (in conjunction with Carclew’s Off The Couch) will host the Adelaide arm of the National Save Live Australian Music (SLAM) Day on Thu 23 Feb, coinciding with the FUSE WEST showcase. And finally, dB can tell you who the speakers for 2012 will be. Brett Cottle (CEO of APRA/AMCOS) will give the keynote address, with Ken West (Big Day Out) a very strong rumour to join him. The International speakers will be Aileen Catron (Head of Music for NBC Universal), Ariel Hyatt (Cyber PR, NY) and Jon McIldowie (The Great Escape). The Management Master class will feature Claire Collins (Art Vs Science, Yes You), Greg Carey (Cloud Control, Bells Will Ring), Keith Welsh (Icehouse), Tom Harris (Temper Trap, Little Stevies) and Cath Hariday (Eskimo Joe, Jebediah). And finally, the national speakers read as follows: David Vodicka (APRA Board, PPCA Board, Rubber Records), Philip Mortlock (Origin Publishing), Jaddan Comerford (UNFD), Ashley Gay (Xelon Entertainment), Natalie Bell (Twenty Two Publicity), Basil Cook (ABC Music- Head of Digital), David Williams (CEO- Shock Entertainment), Andrew Walker (Garden Of Unearthly Delights), Glenn Oright (Vitamin Records), Maria Amato (AIR’s Chief Financial Officer), Darren Sanicki (Sanicki Lawyers), Ben Strong (Sanicki Lawyers), Chris Johnson (AMRAP), Christie Eliezer (Professional Freelance Writer- dB Magazine), Michael Szumowski (Alberts), Vicki Gordon (VGMedia) and Alec Doomadgee (Gadigal Music Label). Submissions to be part of the FUSE East and West Showcases, including access to the conference, close on Fri 16 Dec. Now we move onto the list of nationally touring bands coming our way, beginning with Sydney electronic act Dro Carey shall perform at The Exeter and Two Ships (the lovely new venue next to The Jade Monkey) on the same night, Thu 5 Jan; Melbourne rock band The Deep End are launching their new EP ‘Your Shout’ at the Forresters and Squatters Arms on Sat 28 Jan; DZ Deathrays will join Crystal Castles on stage at HQ on Thu 5 Jan; Matt Corby will follow up his recent secret garden shows by supporting Feist at the Thebby on Thu 9 Jan, before returning to Jive on Sat 25 Feb for his own headline show to launch his new ‘Into The Flame’ EP; locals act The Streamliners will support Bondi Cigars when they play at the Old Clarendon Inn on Thu 26 Jan, followed by a show at The Gov on Fri 27 Jan; The Herd will be joined by Thundamentals on Fri 20 Apr at The Gov for the ‘A Thousand Lives’ tour; and more immediately, Brisbane band The Strums (pictured), who formed during the Brisbane floods at the beginning of the year, will play their first Adelaide show on Fri 16 Dec at Enigma. A lot of noise has been made about New Zealand reggae band Katchafire, who will
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make their first ever Adelaide appearance at The Gov on Sat 14 Jan. Renegade Sound System are in support for this show, which should nicely suit all the folks who usually make their way to La Mar on a Sunday…
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Peak Twins and Mondo Phase Band received some exciting news last fortnight. Both will support Thee Oh Sees when they play at Jive Bar on Sat 21 Jan. Equally exciting news for The Honey Pies and Terrible Truths, who have the chance to support Deerhoof at Jive on Thu 12 Jan. Sadly, no local supports for Sons & Daughters when they perform at the Festival Centre on Wed 11 Jan… at least, not that we know of.
Finally, on the touring front, Rich Davies & The Devils Union will be stopping by The Grace Emily on Fri 23 Dec with Van Cleef to plug their self titled album and no doubt explain how Rich got the black eye he has in this photo.
on Fri 26 Nov. Remember to bring your Gov[Pic-Sons&Daughters] raincoat and umbrella, because the weather is going to turn Cosmic!”
North Byron Parklands. They’ve got an online petition running currently for punters who wish Adelaide. We already knew that The to support this idea. If you’re one of those people, Also, it’stoapproaching the time of yearand leave your Specials were coming to the Thebby on bringsplendourhome.com head Tue 3 Apr, but we can now announce that The aforementioned quote can be attributed to whendetails. The Fat Elvises don their get-up and Steve Earle will perform at The Gov on the shit out of thein Gov. Fri 6 Janthe is the the band Cosmic Storm, who have formulated rock After Jim Beam Melbourne, years many the same night, while Angelique Kidjo and this Oscar Wilde style play on words to announce date from those in the know. c-BenJorgensen[ time. Bootleg series has gone national for the first Across Keb Mo have booked the Adelaide Festival their next show at The Gov on Fri 26 Nov. Darren And finally, the very last mention for The Adelaide leg sees Red Apparition and All Theand Future Music Festival surprised a Centre on Wed 4 Apr. Puff this year will go to our beloved Leigh Romanny For Rolland No Friends Wotton Night Girls alongside up and comers Mammoth \1. Local act with amazing ﬁlm clip for their last that weekevening, when they More international tours announced St Xmas Market, which are on once fans of withannounced in support be people willfew as Cut You Out (5,2,4) Killgirls The stalwarts electro-rock and Logic single their second headline New Order in the last fortnight include Petula Clark Ironhorse and Kevinagain on Sun 18 Dec on Leigh St (where Yacka act. John to recognise sure as Fourwords Dec. 3 Fri on Jive at debut’s event the 5. Trent Reznor side-project, How __ performing at the Stamford Grand Hotel Perks More fewnight. people noted that Peter else). Alongside the stalls, eateries and the stage athat on than just tickets with evening the out round will DJs Destroy Angels (2) Hook will be in town around the same time Amazing Drumming Monkeys for the on Fri 30 Mar; Ronan Keating and a become series this see to prepared Be $12. 6. The Offspring’s ‘Americana’ spawned the Sharon Corr have added a second show as the Mon Mar has show date, though latest kids will be live performances by Laura hiswe released just Corby Matt12 A certain asWhy Don’t You ___ __ ____? (3,1,3) Bands such scene.the liveNuvo, the 2011 part ofStreet single the Atlantic Band, the Adelaide Festival Theatre on Tue expectTo much to come from him Hill, regular seentidbit. hasthat which Colour’ ‘Transition EPdon’t Bones The Magic band lbournetopsychedelic and Sparkadia Trap, Temper The India, British Duran Friendly Fires, The Casablabla African drummers and 14 Feb; the original line up of Also announced were become bedfellows with Mumford & Sons’ Ben e informed us that they’ll be on their way over 7. 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Foo Fighters slow number from ‘One By want hisfor nothing. probablyscene on Fri 3 Dec. winners Soul II Soul (Sounds System) are Wheatsheaf Some stragglers from We’ll the ntouring for James Freud. One’, ____ Of You (5) as well. coming to The Gov on Wed 22 Feb; and rider which came through late to Puff include Freud commenced his music career at the 13. Kings Of Leon classic covered by Tiki Norwegian aggrotech pioneering band the very exciting San Cisco, who will be age of 17 as a member of the Teenage Radio Taane, ___ Somebody (3) Combichrist (pictured) will be joined by joined by The Jungle Giants at Jive on Stars who had their first Australian hit with14.‘I ‘Unto The Locust’ was the 2011 album We had a lot to cover the c-TheMagicBones] Sat 4 Feb; Kill Devil Hills have lined up A+D+A+M (Lab4), Angelspit (DJ set) Wanna Be Your Baby’. He signed with Michael from this Soundwave bound act (7,4) and Kidcrusher at Fowlers Live on Wed Jive on Sun 22 Jan following on from their a and had labelso Records Mushroom Gudinski’s before the year was out, 17. First EP of 2011 from Ride Into The 11 Jan. latest European jaunt; Millions, Nantes successful solo career with the hit ‘Modern Girl’ Sun, Goodbye Hipster, Hello ___ (7) and Northeast House Party will share head to album dbmagazine.com. ‘Breaking Silence’ in 1980. James from the 20. Post Hardcore band Title Fight released headline duties at Jive on Sat Feb 18; joined The Models in 1982 and wrote their smash this album in 2011 (4) Candian Hawksley Workman will play for au for the biggest list of CDs, hits ‘Barbados’, ‘and ‘Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight’ 21. Double this for part of the title of [Pic-Combichrist] the first time at Jive on Sat 14 Jan, while Of Mind, Out from their Games andhugely live successful reviews‘Out you’ve body rock worthy band Helm will not play Bonjah’s 2011 album, ‘___ ___ Chaos’ (2) album. Sight’ Of o heading over from Melbourne are The at Jive on Sat 28 Jan, but will be at The 22. Massive 2011 hit for Eminem featuring ever We’re kidding. from alcoholism recovery on hisnot two books Hisseen. ekend People, who will be launching their Gov instead. were bestsellers, however, he unfortunatelyRihanna, Love The Way You ___ (3) ut album at The Rhino Room on Sat 13 Nov. on lifeHT succumbed to his disease and took his own24. [Pic-MattCorby] ors open at 8pm that night. The band asks 25. 2011 ARIA nominated album by locals Thu 4 Nov. ters to prepare for some melancholy as well as the Shaolin Afronauts, ‘___ ___ ___ ������������������������������������������������������ �������������� Freud is survived by his wife Sally and sons The organisers of Splendour In The Grass are that evening. me happier tunes Ancients’ (6,2,3) American comedian Wayne Harrison and Jackson. Rest In Peace. attempting to bring the festival back home to the here’s a storm a brewin’ and it’s set to hit The Brady always enjoys returning to Gov on Fri 26 Nov. Remember to bring your raincoat and umbrella, because the weather is going to turn Cosmic!”
The aforementioned quote can be attributed to the band Cosmic Storm, who have formulated this Oscar Wilde style play on words to announce their next show at The Gov on Fri 26 Nov. Darren Wotton and No Friends For Rolland Romanny will be in support that evening, with fans of Ironhorse sure to recognise John Yacka and Kevin Perks on stage that night.
Melbourne psychedelic band The Magic Bones have informed us that they’ll be on their way over soon to assist Ride Into The Sun and The Amcats at Jive on Sat 20 Nov.
A certain Matt Corby has just released his latest EP ‘Transition To Colour’ which has seen him become bedfellows with Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett’s UK indie label, Communion. It’s slightly sickening for Puff to think that a 19 year old is that good a musician, but envy aside, we’ll still want his autograph when he comes to The Wheatsheaf on Fri 3 Dec. We’ll probably want his rider as well.
Also heading over from Melbourne are The Weekend People, who will be launching their debut album at The Rhino Room on Sat 13 Nov. Doors open at 8pm that night. The band asks punters to prepare for some melancholy as well as some happier tunes that evening. “There’s a storm a brewin’ and it’s set to hit The
The organisers of Splendour In The Grass are attempting to bring the festival back home to the
We finish this edition of Puff with an obituary for James Freud. Freud commenced his music career at the age of 17 as a member of the Teenage Radio Stars who had their first Australian hit with ‘I Wanna Be Your Baby’. He signed with Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Records label and had a successful solo career with the hit ‘Modern Girl’ from the album ‘Breaking Silence’ in 1980. James joined The Models in 1982 and wrote their smash hits ‘Barbados’, ‘and ‘Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight’ from their hugely successful ‘Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight’ album. His two books on his recovery from alcoholism were bestsellers, however, he unfortunately succumbed to his disease and took his own life on Thu 4 Nov. Freud is survived by his wife Sally and sons Harrison and Jackson. Rest In Peace.
Just four Frenzies left until the end of the year and the pile of unclaimed prizes is huge! Frenzor™ suspects they’ll be a few scabs looking for cheap stocking stuffers come December, but it would be nice if you left a few things behind because we don’t actually pay Frenzor™, we just feed him occasionally.
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As usual dial 8231 0881 at 1pm (Triple J news theme time) on Fri 12 Nov. Here’s the list for this edition: 1. We have a double pass to see The Chemist at the Ed Castle on Fri 12 Nov thanks to Riot House, If you’re going to be at the Ed that night anyway, why not try your luck? 2. A further 3 double passes to see iconic Aussie band The Poor smash out their second album ‘Round 2’ at Enigma on Fri 12 Nov. Frenzor™ will get your name’s on the door folks. We have Riot Act to thank for those.
double pass, as well as a copy of that album, we have 2 packs to give away care of the band. 4. The Cosmic Storm are armed with some great euphemisms and an old school rock show at The Gov on Fri 26 Nov. Before you go to that show, maybe you’d like a copy of their latest album? We have 3 copies in the office courtesy of John Yacka and Co.
1. Local act with debut album ‘Ishi Prende’ �������������� out soon on Pee Records (8)
5. We’ve had a really lovely chat with Sally Seltmann as she prepares to play Jive on Sat 13 Nov. And she is such a dear, she’s sent us 2 double passes for anyone interested in seeing her.
Just four Frenzies left until the end of the year and the pile of unclaimed prizes is huge! Frenzor™ suspects they’ll be a few scabs looking for cheap stocking stuffers come December, but it would be nice if you left a few things behind because we don’t actually pay Frenzor™, we just feed him occasionally.
As usual dial 8231 0881 at 1pm (Triple J news theme time) on Fri 12 Nov. Here’s the list for this edition:
1. We have a double pass to see The Chemist at the Ed Castle on Fri 12 Nov thanks to Riot House, If you’re going to be at the Ed that night anyway, why not try your luck?
2. A further 3 double passes to see iconic Aussie band The Poor smash out their second album ‘Round 2’ at Enigma on Fri 12 Nov. Frenzor™ will get your name’s on the door folks. We have Riot Act to thank for those.
Across 1. UK rapper Dylan Kwabena Mills is better known by his stage name _____ ______ (6,6) 6. Post Apocalyptic sci-fi film from 2000, ‘Titan ___’ (1,1) 7. Lead singer of the Dropkick Murphy’s, __ Barr (2) 8. Gwenyth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their daughter ____ (5) 11. Puff Daddy and Faith Hill collaborated on the 1997 single ___ Be Missing You, in tribute to Notorious B.I.G. (3) 12. Motorhead classic, ___ Of Spades (3) 13. Adelaide band, now defuct, Mark Of ____ (4) 16. US R&B singer who had a 90s #1 in Australia with Case Of The Ex (3) 17. Dragon hit song, ____ You Old Enough? (3) 19. Ms Hooper, of The Verses (4) 23. Aussie rapper The Tongue spent 8 months of this year in ____ (6) 27. Indianapolis record label famous for world music (4) 28. Slipknot song off ‘Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’ album, Three ___ (3)
It’s what been waiting for all2year folks! packs we have that album, of you’ve double pass, as well as a copy Brown paper bag time! I mean, there’s also a to give away care of the band. couple of other prizes on offer, but who can discount the mystery of the paper bag?
4. The Cosmic Storm are armed with some great Thanks rock to all the scabs a great on Fri Gov2011. The at for show euphemisms and an old school says he won’t miss like you over a copy you’d maybe that show, 26 Nov. Before you go to Frenzor™ have 3 copies in the office courtesy of their latest album? Wesummer. of John Yacka and Co. For your chance at the following gifts, phone 8231 0881 on Fri 16 Dec from 1pm (on the
chime of the JJJSally newstheme). Seltmann as she with chat 5. We’ve had a really lovely is such a dear, she And Nov. 13 prepares to play Jive on Sat 1. We have 1 Laneway CD Prizepack on seeing inthe interested anyone she’s sent us 2 double passes for it’s way featuring some of biggest her. releases from Laneway line up artists. 2.
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6. And last but not least, Roadshow Entertainmen have sent us 4 copies of Shameless Series 2 on DVD. It’s currently airing on SBS now.
3. Local band Ride Into The Sun will have got songs from their debut album on offer when they play Jive on Sat 20 Nov. If you fancy a
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Australia, and after a year or so of absence is back in Adelaide on Fri 26 Nov at the Thebarton Theatre with his show ‘Making S%!t Up’. A-List Entertainment have thrown a couple of double passes our way for anyone interested. Jump online to dbmagazine.com.au to get question, then be the first to call up with the correct answer on Friday at 1pm.
36. Bear Grylls is the action man of the TV series ‘____ Vs. Wild’ 37. Summadayze headlining DJ, ____ Brown (4)
North Byron Parklands. They’ve got an online petition running currently for punters who wish to support this idea. If you’re one of those people, head to bringsplendourhome.com and leave your details. After many years in Melbourne, the Jim Beam Bootleg series has gone national for the first time. The Adelaide leg sees Red Apparition and All Night Girls alongside up and comers Mammoth Logic and electro-rock stalwarts The Killgirls as the event debut’s at Jive on Fri 3 Dec. Fourwords DJs will round out the evening with tickets just $12. Be prepared to see this series become a regular part of the 2011 live scene. Bands such as British India, The Temper Trap, Sparkadia and Children Collide have been a part of these events in the past.
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to Enigma on Fri 14 Jan. It’s a while away, but we thought it would be best to give y’all a heads up.
THE HONEY PIES The funding source isn’t the only difference between ‘Carpe Carp’ and the band’s even more mischievously titled first LP, ‘Think Of England’. Even though their debut was only released in January of this year, The Honey Pies still found many ways to keep it fresh, featuring strings, horns, and a choir, on ‘Carpe Carp’, which they will hopefully bring back for at least a couple of songs at their upcoming album launch. And as for how they’ll continue to experiment with their sound? Marco says that they may soon introduce a keyboard to their usual line-up (“with lots of sounds in it so we can cheat a little bit”), though he’s
ou only need spend a very short period of time with The Honey Pies’ front man, Jon Marco, to realise that even if the band didn’t have talent or stupidly catchy songs, they still would’ve gathered all the remarkably good press quoted on their press release. This is because Marco has figured out that the best way to get someone on side is to make them laugh. Indeed, within two minutes of being on the phone to The Honey Pies’ front man, he is singing. Granted, this would seem rather self-involved if he was doing an unplugged version of one of his own songs, but fortunately he is merely trying to tell me that he’s hoping to catch Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino at the Big Day Out. “I wish he was my boyfriend,” he sings, before admitting that he’s not very good with remembering band names. “I don’t have a radio or anything so I’m always behind.” He has noticed, however, that The Honey Pies have been enjoying some exposure from Triple J, with the tracks, Girl and My O My O Me O My, from their latest album both receiving recent airplay. With the radio station’s considerable influence in recent years in garnering substantial followings for little known bands, and propelling them to far greater heights of known-ness, it would be understandable for Marco to be feeling somewhat intimidated by the possibilities, but he seems pragmatic about the potential for hype. “They (Triple J) are pretty powerful… but I don’t know, I don’t really think about it.” There is a multitude of other things that have been happening for The Honey Pies over the last few months; they’ve been chosen as the local support for Adelaide’s Big Day Out (“I’m a bit devo that Kanye isn’t playing,” says Marco), and are about to launch their second album ‘Carpe Carp’. But this time around, they decided to try to finance the album through Pozible, a crowd-funding platform where people pledge money to various creative projects. The catch being that if the target isn’t met, they receive no funding at all. “Yeah, it would’ve been pretty embarrassing…I mean, people wouldn’t be stopping in the street going ‘ha ha, you didn’t do it’ but it would’ve been personally disappointing,” Marco says of the venture. “A lot of people were sort of waiting, I think they were thinking ‘I’ll do it if they need it’. Towards the end, it started picking up a lot. “But I think it’s something you can only do once!” Fortunately The Honey Pies provided enough incentive for fans to donate to the project, offering pre-orders of the album and entry to the launch, as well as the opportunity to vote for the album name itself. The quartet picked three names – ‘Carpe Carp’, ‘Marvin Berry’, and ‘Breakfast of Champignons’ – and in the end The Honey Pies were happy with the outcome, with Marco saying that ‘Carpe Carp’ was the title they were quietly rooting for.
BY DUNJA NEDIC clear that The Honey Pies is to remain a four-piece. In the current tempestuous musical climate, it’s no longer enough to just be a good band. But The Honey Pies, whose sound their front man describes as “the shitty Beatles”, clearly have much to offer in addition to their addictive tunes: diligence, impressive output, charisma, and, let’s face it, not at all bad looks.
‘Carpe Carp’ will be launched at Jive on Fri 16 Dec, before The Honey Pies play the Big Day Out on Fri 3 Feb at the Adelaide Showgrounds.
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BY RYAN WINTER performance at Splendour. This has since been followed by ‘Never Trust A Happy Song’ charting at #21 in Australia, which no doubt leads nicely into their Falls Festival performance this New Years Eve. Hooper and co. have also been kind enough to extend dates around the country, and will spend the majority of January reacquainting themselves with the holiday dynamic which brought the members together in the first place. “It was like a black out trip last time we came to Australia, even though we were there and I have the photographs to prove it. This time you know we’re going to be in Australia for around 16 days or something, so there’s going to be an opportunity to get over the jet lag and enjoy some days off in Adelaide, Byron Bay and Sydney. It’s nice.” I had wondered if the rigours and grind of playing and performing music full time had in any way dulled Grouplove’s enthusiasm or chemistry after two years of hard work, but Hooper was quick to dismiss this suggestion. However, there have been some necessary adjustments made to their individual mindsets to ensure that the collective is the priority. “I hope this lifestyle is actually never comfortable,” Hooper begins, “because I think
rom a holiday in Crete two years ago, to David Letterman. It’s not your usual career arc, yet has been the reality for Hannah Hooper and the fellow members of Grouplove.
“That iconic face,” Hooper breathes, having only met the US talk show host days earlier. “We’d been there since 6am to play at 5pm, but we got called on stage early, just as we sat down for hair and make up. We were just extra
energetic to make up for it,” she laughs. Truly, this has been a charmed two years for the band, especially in regards to Australia. The debut release of their ‘Colours’ EP around this time last year was followed by their debut
hen the request went out, it came with more than a touch of humour.
“I'd like to offer you a chance to chat with the Vengaboys.” Yep. “We've been offered a time at 6.40 tomorrow night. Not sure who with. Maybe the bloke with the shiny codpiece? Maybe the pale girl who dB Magazine 14 December 2011
Grouplove will perform at the Falls Festival on New Years Eve, then at The Gov on Thu 5 Jan.
BY JAMES McKENZIE
ecent events have conspired to return The Church to the public conscience. Industry recognition came last year with the band’s induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame accompanied, of course, by Steve Kilbey’s inspired acceptance speech. In April there was the one-off ‘Psychedelic Symphony’ concert at the Opera House to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary. Perhaps most crucial of all has been the success and critical acclaim for their 2009 album ‘Untitled # 23’. From his Sydney home on a rare day off, drummer Tim Powles reflects on a hectic but rewarding 2011. “The band haven’t been in the same place since the Opera House show but we’ve been working on plenty of things including the TV special and the forthcoming DVD and double live CD from that show as well. But recently we’ve been working on bringing the ‘Future, Past, Perfect’ tour to Australia that we toured through America in February.” That tour will see The Church perform not one, but three albums in their entirety, namely ‘Starfish’, Priest = Aura’ and ‘Untitled # 23’, an ambitious concept with humble origins. “Our website moderator Sue Campbell inadvertently came up with the three album thing and suggested one per decade as a solution to an argument about what we would actually play. We were always going to do two, and we always came back to ‘Starfish’ and ‘Untitled # 23’ as being the oldest and most recent ‘classic’ records. Then we felt there wasn’t enough that was different in there because we’d covered the records, not totally, but reasonably within the last three or four years in our touring. So the idea of adding ‘Priest = Aura’ in so we had an eighties record, a nineties record and a new millennium record was actually just a comment in an email. But it was a great idea. Marty
the discomfort adds to the show as much as anything. It’s great to be familiar with getting on stage, but it’s always different every night; no matter what you can’t plan it. And I love that. It’s been kind of a big lesson for all of us that even on days when your like “oh man I’m really inspired right now, I wanna paint, I wanna write or I wanna be alone,” we can get out there and still put on a crazy and have a good time. We should all just stop thinking, everyone, because it’s when you stop you seize opportunities, and nothing comes at a bad time. We’re lucky that in our band we’re always open to things, though normally towards the end of a really long tour you do feel like “oh god, I don’t know if I can do it”. But then you think back about the amazing moments on the tour and it encourages you again to just shut up and not worry!”
The Church bring their ‘Future, Past, Perfect’ tour to the Norwood Town Hall on Thu 29 Dec. To read the full interview with Tim Powles visit dbmagazine.com.au
Wilson-Piper came up with the ‘Future, Past, Perfect’ title and we all kind of leapt into it. I think this is as focused as the band has ever been learning something. What it’s done is actually raise the standard of our live show by another fifty percent. It’s really stretched everybody. ‘Priest = Aura’ and ‘Untitled # 23’ particularly are not easy records to play live.” That complexity coupled with the sheer length of the performance leaves band and audience feeling tired but exhilarated. “It’s a good exhaustion, though. It’s an amazing feeling. You forget the beginning of the night when you come off. It’s an amazing journey. In my opinion it’s the best show we’ve done in terms of a musical adventure and it has pretty much bits of everything that The Church do. There’s no encore, just the three records. It clocks in at three hours twenty minutes or something by the time you’ve had a short break between them.” After many years of hard graft, Powles is certainly enjoying the recent critical and commercial success, but as ever the band continue to forge their own path. “It does feel good. But it will also feel good when we’ve done the tour and hopefully people have come out to see it! It’s a risky venture, we’re doing this ourselves. We’ve chosen to take the risk, so I guess we’ll know by New Year’s Eve what happened!”
THE VENGABOYS didn't sing much? If you'd like to be part of this lottery, I bet this will be one of the most fun interviews you could possibly do.” Well, who wouldn’t be keen when all is said and done? After all, how often is it that the hallowed pages of dB get to cover a group who have sold an estimated 15 million records worldwide, have a World Music Award stashed away somewhere for safe-keeping and who – despite an extended absence from the scene – are nevertheless regarded as one of the most influential Eurodance pop groups of the early 21st Century? Plus, they played the opening of Hooters in North Korea! “Did we?” gasps Kim Sasabone, one of two female vocalists in the group. “I honestly don’t remember that. Are you sure?” Well, it’s on the Vegaboys website, as well as other gigs at such places as Promises rehab
centre in Malibu and the Kids Choice Awards when they were held in Vatican City. “Well,” she says, “we spent so many years flying around the world playing all these different places to so many people that sometimes we didn’t always know where we were! It really was quite something.” Quite something indeed. The brainchild of two Dutch producers, Wessel van Diepen and Dennis van den Driesschen, the Vengaboys exploded all around the world in the late 1990s with a succession of hit singles – Up And Down, We Like To Party and Boom Boom Boom Boom were all mega and paved the way for the We Like To Party album to be an instant smash hit, ultimately spending 30 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in America. But that was then, this is now. Music used to sell – now it barely raises a ripple on accountant spreadsheets around the globe. Units don’t shift the way they used to do, and the world in which we live is very different to those perhaps preNapster times. “It is different in some ways, but in other ways it’s still very much the same,” Sasabone says. “You still have to get out there and promote your music and talk to people, and you still have to play shows so people can see that you exist and you’re real.” 8
BY ANDREW WEAVER But things are different – take for instance the comeback single for the Vengaboys, the tongue-in-between-cheeks Rocket To Uranus, which featured the songwriting ‘talents’ of Perez Hilton. But, ooh, controversy: Sasabone ain’t so sure that the Vengaboys should be giving away points on the record. “I don’t really remember him being involved in the writing process,” she avers. But the exposure he brought to the project undoubtedly helped launch the Vengaboys comeback, which will continue apace when they hit Adelaide in January.
The Vengaboys will perform at HQ on Thu 19 Jan.
his year has been a busy one for local metal outfit Arcadia, the band having done, by frontman Tim Gidding’s estimation, one show every fortnight on average. They’ve got a couple more important ones coming up soon, the first a show at the Enigma Bar just before Christmas that’ll double as the launch of ‘Strike’, a new monthly metal club that Giddings himself will be running. The second gig will be a spot at the Summer Rage Festival, an annual metal extravaganza that’s now in its fourth year. “The Summer Rage Festival is actually where we launched our debut EP a couple of years ago now, so it’s kind of nice to come back to it,” Giddings tells me. “It’s a good show that’s really growing; it’s going to be held over two days this time, with thirty or so bands on the bill. There’ll be a good strong line up which will include a couple of bands from rural areas.” One such rural outfit will be Zelorage, a group that hail from Renmark. According to Giddings, this band was responsible for one of the more unusual shows Arcadia did this year. “We played a recent show in Renmark,” he says. “One of the guys does an annual show over there called Shedbanging, which is held on a property he owns. The bands play pretty much out of the back of a semitrailer, and all the local metal heads show up for it. That one was good fun. It’s basically just a big
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outdoor party out in the sticks. There’s not a lot to look at except the trees and vineyards, but it’s actually a lot of fun just hanging out in a place like that, and getting to see some cool bands at the same time.” Another thing Arcadia have in the pipeline is a split CD with a band from Melbourne called Bury The Fallen. “We were thinking earlier on in the year about doing some more recording, and thinking that doing a split CD with an interstate band would be a really good idea,” Giddings reflects. “It’s that whole crosspromotion thing: they sell your stuff over there, and vice versa, which means that both of us benefit from getting our name out in a different state. A band from Melbourne seemed the best choice for one to do a split with because that city’s practically next-door. It’s much easier and cheaper to get to than any of the other major ones, which means we can do more regular shows over there once the CD’s out.”
Arcadia play at the Enigma Bar on Fri 23 Dec with House of Thumbs and Isaw, and at the Summer Rage Fest at the Cavern Club. The latter event will be held over Fri 6 Jan and Sat 7 Jan.
• After a successful launch that was after vocalist Ryan McCombs left the powerful, focused and harmonious right broadcast in seven venues around the now, and the new album is going to Texas-based metal outfit to rejoin his country on 11/11/11, Alice Springscompletely fucking destroy! Bring it on!” old band, Soil. “We have always been based independent metal label The A replacement for former Onslaught a band who has gained success despite Black Wreath will be coming down having multiple singers,” mused guitarist drummer Steve Grice (whose parting here to put on a show at the Forresters with the group earlier this year proved C J Pierce. “Maybe we suffer from and Squatters Arms Hotel on Fri rather acrimonious), Hourihan was reverse ‘lead singer’s disease’. Changing 30 Dec. Appearing on stage will be a member of Extreme Noise Terror things up has not always been easy, Miazma, The Horror and Uncreation for a number of years, and also plays but the band has become re-energised – the same three bands that played at the time and time again. We are looking with a Welsh death metal outfit called aforementioned launch – and the label Desecration. to find a new singer who will give both are also hoping to get some local bands • Just over a month after his passing, us, and most importantly our fans, the involved as well. the cause of death of former GWAR new adrenaline shot they deserve. We • The members of a long-defunct guitarist Cory Smoot (aka Flattus do wish Ryan great success in his future local metal outfit by the name of Maximus) has been revealed. According endeavours.” A member of the group Bezerker (no relation to the Melbourne to the coroner who conducted his since 2006, McCombs replaced Jason extreme metal outfit of nearly the same autopsy, the artist in question died from “Gong” Jones, who was himself a name) are planning to re-release their “a coronary artery thrombosis brought replacement for original vocalist Dave “long deleted and very rare” 1990 about by a pre-existing coronary artery Williams (who died in 2002 of heart album, ‘Lost’. “After much high drama, disease.” Just 34 when he died, Smoot disease). the original recording studio tapes of passed away in his sleep while the band • Continuing on the subject of our 1990 ten-track vinyl album, ‘Lost’, were partway through an extensive line up changes, British thrash metal have been successfully re-mastered to North American tour. Somewhat outfit Onslaught have announced that CD,” said former bass player Keith controversially, his band mates chose drummer Michael “Mic” Hourihan, Stevens in a bit of correspondence to to continue the tour in question after who’s been touring with them since me. “It was touch and go for a while his death, but announced they’d be March this year, has been made a because of the fragile state of the tapes. permanent member of the band. “I have “retiring” his onstage character – a The binding is notoriously shithouse reptilian alien – as a mark of respect to to say I am so fucking happy to have on these old reel-to-reels, in that they him. While he was by no means the first Mic playing full-time in Onslaught,” get exponentially worse as time goes person to have played this character, said bass player Jeff Williams. “Not by, and the passing of nearly 22 years he’d played him longer than anyone only is he a really cool guy and a real has rendered their state very delicate.” else, having been in the role for nearly a pleasure to spend time with, but also Formed in 1988 from the ashes of a decade. without doubt the finest drummer band called Final Warning, Bezerker that I have ever had the pleasure to James Brazel became quite big on the local scene play alongside. The guy is a fucking email@example.com for a number of years, and played a machine! The Onslaught line up is so style of progressive thrash metal that’s CHUGG ENTERTAINMENT, XIIITOURING, BLUNT & KILLYOURSTEREO.COM PRESENT been likened to that of Testament. In 1991, they relocated to the UK, but unfortunately broke up just a few months later as a result of financial difficulties. • Speaking of Testament, the Oaklandbased thrash metal outfit have announced that they’ve parted ways with drummer Paul Bostaph, who’s left to focus on his new band Blackgates. “…Paul feels at this point in his career that he wants to be a little more in control of the artistic creation of the songs. With his new project, they are all involved with that process whereas with our group, (guitarist) Eric (Peterson) is pretty much the main songwriter, and that’s just the way it’s been with us for 25 years,” said front-man Chuck Billy in a statement. Bostaph’s split with the band (which Billy says was amicable) appears to WEDNESDAY 1 FEBRUARY PERTH ROSEMOUNT HOTEL have been also prompted by a “serious injury” he WWW.HEATSEEKER.COM.AU suffered to one of his THURSDAY 2 FEBRUARY ADELAIDE FOWLERS LIVE wrists earlier in the year. 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Fuse Festival will host the Adelaide arm of the National SLAM (Save Live Australian Music) day campaign on Feb 23. The date marks the first anniversary of SLAM’s rally in Melbourne when 20,000 marched the streets protesting rigid laws that were affecting live music venues. In association with Fuse, up to 10 SA venues will showcase Australian acts. Meantime, Artist registrations for Coopers FUSE East and West close Fri 16 Dec via Sonicbids sonicbids.com/ FuseFestival201.
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Reece Mastin Goes Platinum…
‘X-Factor’ winner Reece Mastin’s single Good Night went platinum in its second week. It debuted at #1 with gold certification, selling a copy every 2.7 seconds on the day after his win was watched by over 2 million.
…While Jezabels Go Gold The Jezabels’ debut album ‘Prisoner’ went gold in Australia. Meantime, shows at London’s Heaven and New York’s Mercury Lounge sold out. Their ‘Catch Me’ was showcased on an episode of ‘Ringer’. ‘Prisoner’ is released in the US and Europe in March.
Venues #1: Ent Cent Posts Biggest Year
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The 12,000-capacity Adelaide Entertainment Centre set a new attendance and box office record for itself in the 2010/11 year. A record 415,000 attendees drawn to a record 73 acts playing there resulted in biggest box office revenue of $33 million, and biggest profit of $5.4 million. Under CEO Anthony Kirchner, it also posted a record number of publicly ticketed performances (105) and record function sales (up 38% on previous record).
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Venues #2: Acoustic Night At Duke Of York The Duke of York (Currie St) last week launched its Wednesday night foray into original acoustic music. The first night featured Brenton Manser, Dave Bond and J-Wah of The Beards. If you're interested in playing, email Andrew Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com
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Things We Hear • We don’t know if the lunar eclipse had anything to do with it but at the end of Grinderman’s set before 12,000 at Meredith Music Nick Cave barked, “That’s it for Grinderman. It’s over. See you in ten years.” They’d formed in 2006. • Southern Cross Austereo is doing an online survey of its listeners if Kyle Sandiland should be given his marching orders. The ad sector may smirk that the advertisers who stampeded from Kyle and Jackie O’s 2DAY show, will quietly return in 2012, and Sandiland’s popularity will soar as a result of his increased bad boy reputation. But last week, 15 major brands — including Myer, Vodafone, McDonald's and Ford — said they would not return next year. That’s about 60% of the show’s revenue. More than 26,500 signed an online petition demanding Sandiland be stood down. • Big Day Out sideshows by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Girl Talk and Foster the People have sold out. In NZ, however, it had some negative vibes when the Auckland Council, which owns BDO site Mt Smart Stadium, declared sales dipped after Kanye West dropped out. BDO said sales were “fine” and that sales traditionally rise during the Christmas/New Year break. • Fresh from their ‘Light The Nitro’ tour becoming the biggest ever by an Australianbased band drawing nearly 300,000 to 36 shows, Cold Chisel also become the first Aussie act to headline Bluesfest (on Thurs 5 April). We hear Bluesfest is trying to snare one of the world’s biggest bands for 2013.
Three decades of the church in three classic albums
Untitled #23, Priest=Aura and Starfish performed in their entirety in one night A unique, special one-off show!
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Adelaide expats Lovers Electric aka husband and wife David Turley and Eden Boucher have signed to be the faces of electronic musical brand Casio’s new range of keyboards and digital pianos in Australia. The endorsement came after Casio execs spotted Turley play the earlier version of a Casio he had used onstage for years. Says Boucher, “I grew up with Casio’s, my sisters and I wrote many of our first songs on our little Casio, sitting in our
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motor home. It was like having an entire band in one instrument, perfect for the travelling musical family.” Love Electric are back in Australia from their base in Germany to promote their new single Love Can Save Us, which was used as theme for the German broadcast of the Royal Wedding.
Feder Wins Burrows Awards 23-year old country singer-songwriter Melody Feder (melodyfeder.co melodyfeder.com) took out the 11th Anniversary Emily Burrows award. It is sponsored by APRA and given to further the career of a rising act. It was instituted in the memory of former APRA membership rep Emily Burrows who worked tirelessly to help SA talent until her death in 2000. Feder, the daughter of a country musician who started performing at 10 will use the $5,000 prize to record an album. She performs as a duo (Pretty Radio) and a band (Fully Loaded), and recently won the Adelaide heat of the Telstra Road To Discovery competition. Previous winners of the Emily Burrows Award have included The Touch (2010), Poetikool Justice (2009), The Fiddle Chicks (2008), Huckleberry Swedes (2007), Mere Theory (2006), Pharaohs (2005), Foreshore (2004), Special Patrol (2003), Hilltop Hoods (2002) and Gone to Earth (2001).
Music SA Extends ‘Training’ Deadline MusicSA extended the deadline for enrolments in the 2012 accredited Music Industry Training program to the 31st of January 2012. Enrolments are being accepted for: Certificate IV In Music Business Certificate III In Technical Production Certificate III In Music Business (VET) Certificate II In Music (VET) Certificate I In Creative Industries (VET) For more information go to musicsa.com.au/resources/courses.aspx�or call musicsa.com.au/resources/courses.asp (08) 8218 8444
Internode To Expand Content Business Australian ISP Internode’s upgraded content delivery network allowed for the on-demand streaming of the inaugural Gorgeous Festival, held November 26 at McLaren Vale. Performances by acts as Icehouse, Josh Pyke and Emma Louise were recorded, live-edited with post-production by Internode’s in-house content team.
Daisy’s Debonairs Lunch The last Debonair's Luncheon of the year is on Sun 18 Dec at The Arkaba from 1pm - 6pm. The event is also host David 'Daisy' Day's 60th Birthday celebration. There will be live performances, plus the announcement of the next singer/songwriter winner for the second half of the year. Entry $10.00 as usual, with money raised going to Support Act Ltd. Bookings are essential. You can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
Lifelines Engaged: Isaac Koren of US-based Australian rock band The Kin and New York based model and songwriter Sophie ‘sister of Gemma’ Ward. Dating: Taylor Swift and Parachute frontman Will Anderson after meeting in Nashville last month. He’s already written a song White Dress about her. Swift left Owl City singer Adam Young “heartbroken” after dumping him. Married: Sinead O'Connor for the fourth time (to Barry Herridge) at a Las Vegas ceremony, in the back of a pink Cadillac, on her 45th birthday Divorced: Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz have finalized their split. Ill: six weeks after revealing she has breast cancer, ‘E! News’ host Giuliana Rancic, 37, says she will have a double mastectomy. In Court: British guitarist Johnny Marr was fined £535 and lost his license for 56 days for doing 72mph in a 40mph zone. Died: US soul singer Dobie Gray (Drift Away, The In Crowd Crowd), 71. Died: Barbara Orbison, widow and manager of Roy Orbison, 60, after being hospitalized since May. Died: Mississippi blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, best known as axeman for Howlin’ Wolf, from a heart attack, aged 80. Died: Grammy winning Philly soul singer Howard Tate (Get It While You Can) 72. His superb voice was let down by his drug addiction. Died: Willie Nelson’s bassist Dan ‘Bee’ Spears, 62, fell outside his trailer outside Nashville and succumbed to the elements. Died: Eric Clapton’s keyboardplayer for ten years, Dick Sims. He played on such hits as I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine and Lay Down Sally.
n late November of this year the Managing Director of Inertia Music, Mr Colin Daniels, told a room of just over 100 interested members of the Adelaide music scene that the national music industry was in great shape. Now, at the time, I wasn’t too sure what he meant exactly by this statement. After all, there appears plenty of evidence to the contrary. We now only have three major labels left after the remnants of EMI’s record and publishing divisions were split between Sony and Universal to the tune of a few billion dollars. The festival bubble seems to have finally burst, with even institutions such as Big Day Out and Soundwave (at least their Revolution) being forced to reconsider their size. And touring company feedback suggests that tickets sales in Adelaide are as erratic as ever, which caused many acts to avoid our city altogether this year, as well as several late tour cancellations. However, after careful consideration, I have to agree with Daniels’ summation completely and whole-heartedly. The Australian music industry is in great shape. It’s just that the indicators of its overall health have changed, and until the reallocation of our industry resources towards our digitally driven reinvention are completed, things are going to seem as if they’re on tenterhooks. But they’re not. Consider the fact that the sheer quantity of music released in Australia during 2011 was staggering. Label control of consumers’ access to new music is practically nonexistent, while independent artists can now utilise virtually identical distribution channels as the majors. Of course, presently there’s still a lot of hard work for individual acts to cut through, but should the current trend of industry members moving from existing infrastructure to support these artists continue (and it will), opportunities for Australian artists will increase exponentially. Couple this with the pending expansion of digital radio services around the country, not just through their licensing but via their reach (especially when they’re in enough car stereos), and these are exciting times we’re entering. Australia will also experience the introduction of cloud-based online streaming services shortly, with Spotify tipped by industry pundits to soon replace personal iTunes libraries with an ever-present online juke box, the size and likes of which we can barely fathom. As I said, this reinvention is presently a work in progress, though I suspect very little can derail everything that has already been put into motion. The main negative on the horizon is Commercial Radio’s determination to circumvent an Australian play quota. It’s difficult to believe for a second that were they to be alleviated of this burden, they would still choose to promote Australian artists. 20 years ago, New Zealand deregulated their radio industry, resulting in local content dropping to as little as 2% of total music played. They’ve since spent millions of dollars each year rebuilding the industry. 2011 has been very much a year of
Thieves Album Launch @ The Jade Monkey, Bearded Gypsy Band @ Jive, Day Of Contempt @ Fowlers, Tomorrow Is @ The Wheatsheaf, The Swiss @ Masonic Hall and Snooks La Vie & Nikko @ Lobethal Winery.
transition, and it’s likely that 2012 will be the same. On behalf of dB Magazine, I hope you’ve enjoyed the year of music with us, the highlights of which have been surmised rather nicely in the following lists. Merry Xmas and all that
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Best Australian Album Contributor’s choice was tied between ‘Zonoscope’- Cut Copy, ‘Kosciusko’Jebediah and ‘Pajama Club’- Pajama Club. Mentions also go to ‘Bleeders’- The Trouble With Templeton, ‘So Many Things’- Eddy Current Suppression Ring, ‘Harmony’- Harmony, ‘The Twerps’- The Twerps, ‘Prisoner’- The Jezabels, ‘Making Mirrors’- Gotye, ‘Smoko At The Pet Factory’Frenzal Rhomb, ‘The Systemaddicts’- The Systemaddicts, ‘Adalita’- Adalita, ‘Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey’- Skipping Girl Vinegar, ’93 Million Miles’- Africa Hitech, ‘For You’- Oscar + Martin, ‘Keep Your Dreams’- Canyons, ‘Living Undesigned’Trial Kennedy, ‘United In Isolation’- Papa Vs Pretty, ‘To The Horses’- Lanie Lane and ‘Go Go Chaos’- Bonjah.
Miles Away @ Enigma, Josh Pyke @ The Grace Emily, Money For Rope @ Crown & Anchor and Imogen Heap @ Festival Centre. Favourite Local Venue: The Gov (runner up was The Jade Monkey).
Guitar Wolf @ Jive, Streetlight Manifesto @ Enigma, The Frowning Clouds @ Ed Castle, The Hives @ The Thebby, Kyuss Lives @ Fowlers, Kimbra @ The Gov, Sufjan Stevens @ Festival Centre, Chris Cornell @ Festival Centre, Against Me! @ Unibar, Frenzal Rhomb @ The Gov, Unitopia @ The Gov, Adalita @ The Grace Emily, The Flaming Lips @ The Thebby, Portishead @ The Thebby, Jimmy Eat World @ The Gov, Holly Throsby @ Jive, Warpaint @ Jive,
Soundwave (runners up were WOMADelaide and Laneway).
Worst Music Memories of 2011 BDO downsizing, Meatloaf at the AFL Grand Final, Loutallica, Gary Moore passing away, Rebecca Black, LMFAO, Courtney Love’s rants, Thrice and Thursday breaking up, cynical re-issue cash ins, the ongoing dispute between Peter Hook and New Order.
Best International Album Contributor’s choice was ‘Bad As Me’Tom Waits, closely followed by ‘Major/ Minor’- Thrice. Mentions also for ‘Gold In The Shadows’William Fitzsimmons, ‘Arabia Mountain’The Black Lips, ‘New Brigade’-Iceage, ‘Neighborhoods’- Blink 182, ‘Premonition 13’- Premonition 13, ‘All Eternal Docks’- The Mountain Goats, ‘Shed’- Title Fight, ‘The Golden Age Of Apocalypse’- Thundercat, ‘The Year Of Hibernation’- Youth Lagoon, ‘Bon Iver’- Bon Iver, ‘Yuck’- Yuck, ‘Tao Of The Dead’- Trail Of The Dead, ‘Future Starts Slow’- The Kills and ‘How To Destroy Angels’- How To Destroy Angels.
Best Local release Contributor’s choice was ‘Ethereal Surrogate Savior’- Coerce, with ‘Dear Punk Rock…’- Hawks Of Alba and ‘Flight Of The Ancients’- The Shaolin Afronauts, tied for second. Other mentions go to ‘Thumper’- Quiet Child, ‘Dieselwitch Will Kill You’Dieselwitch, ‘Rats, Thieves & Liars’- Ride Into The Sun, ‘Goodbye Hipster, Hello Reality’- Ride Into The Sun, ‘Terrible Truths’ (7”)- Terrible Truths, ‘Carpe Carp’- The Honey Pies, ‘They Will Run’- The Sea Thieves, ‘For You’- Mr Goodnight, ‘Sweet Exchange’- Lady Strangelove, ‘Fly Baby Fly’Squeaker.
Best local shows Vorn Doolette @ Suzie Wong’s Room, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Weezer! @ Ed Castle, The Killgirls Album Launch @ Queen’s Theatre, Big Richard Insect @ Exeter, Sea
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OSCAR 'N' MARTIN The soulful duo arose out of the ashes of ensemble pop band Psuche and hit music blogs everywhere with the release of their debut album, ‘For You’. Much like Justin Vernon’s first release, there are no guesses about who this album is written for. Oscar V Slorach-Thorn and Martin King write unabashed, deliberate love songs, and listening to the open and earnest lyrics in each track, it is clear singer Slorach-Thorn was nursing some pretty heavy break-up wounds. “It’s just where I was at, at the time – it’s all I was thinking about and all I was talking about and all I was singing about,” laughs the 21year-old. But despite the heartache there is still an ever-present sense of youthful hope and shades of light pervading the record. “Often when I’m writing a sad love song, it’s as much to get it out and get the feelings out, as it is to try and cheer myself up and lighten things for myself,” Slorach-Thorn says. Amongst the traditional lovelorn lyrics are quirky references to Darth Vader, Wu-Tang skills, and warriors. The duo also injects a nice dose of fun and unique instrumentation to their music including toy pianos, tape loops and layered vocals. “It’s nice to try to find sounds that inspire you and that are a little interesting or special, that sounds like itself and not a hugely referential thing.” Oscar ‘N’ Martin’s distinctive sound combines elements of electro-pop, soul and r’n’b, with Slorach-Thorn taking his cue from a diverse range of vocalists. “At the time
very so often a band comes along who wear their heart unashamedly on their sleeve. Love and heartbreak can certainly foster the creative genius in a songwriter - think Bon Iver’s landmark debut ‘For Emma Forever Ago’ - and Melbourne band Oscar ‘N’ Martin are no exception.
I was really inspired by Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye,” he says of the album’s recording period. “I also really like Bjork’s singing style, and Otouto who are on (Melbourne-based label) Two Bright Lakes with us - I think their singing has probably influenced me.” With full emotional disclosure, Slorach-Thorn says he developed an interest in dance music through an effort to distract himself from the disintegration of his relationship. “I was trying to go out a lot and dance a lot and that sort of thing so was listening to a lot of electro music and Arthur Russell. I was also listening to a lot of r’n’b and hip hop like Dilla and Mad Lib, even Beyonce.” For now the main thing on the pair’s collective mind is playing live. “I think we’ll probably get into finishing some stuff off and really making some solid songs in January and February after we’ve gotten our gigging out of the way and after we’ve done enough gigs to feel satisfied with.” The duo have just begun a national tour off the back of their latest single What I Know and are headed for Adelaide in a couple of weeks. “At the moment we’re sort of workshopping everything leading up to the tour - we’re really trying to get the live show to the next level.”
Oscar ‘N' Martin will perform at Ed Castle on Sat 17 Dec.
MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILIMANJARO “The only country we’ve played outside of Japan is Australia. and you guys are super receptive!” enthuses guitarist Bobsan. Similar to the vagabond nature of the Funk scene in Australia, Japan doesn’t really have venues exclusively dedicated to support bands. “We usually perform at normal gig venues, clubs etc.” Bobsan explains. “Though having said that, most venues don’t really have a particular clientele, so it helps in that sense.” While James Brown and The Meters have been heavy influences on the group, Bobsan can’t really pin down any particular Japanese influences which have encroached upon their style of performance. “A lot of us grew up listening to more hard rock (visual-kei as they call them here, a kind of gothic/glam metal kind of genre), normal Japanese music and so on, so inevitably that was one of the influences to start music in the first place. But with the music we write now, we don’t feel that we are being influenced by one country or one scene. I guess the UK and US scene does have a commanding presence on the Japanese market, but the local music scene here is very big and diverse as well, though the majority of it is just bad pop
odern incarnations of funk music seem to take on a truly universal quality, which is to say that they’re rarely tied to any particular geographic location. When the original proponents of the genre were first convincing the US of their wares, I doubt they’d ever have fathomed that they would inspire a group of young Japanese musicians to emulate them. Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro were in fact originally a rock-styled band who performed Aerosmith, Guns ‘N Roses and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ covers back when founding members Bobsan, Tiger and Temjin were in high school together. Somehow over a period of many years they morphed, as members came and went, into their current form – a bonafide six-piece instrumental funk act who have found a surprising second home amongst Australian audiences.
ocal tongue-in-cheek funk metal lotharios, Silent Duck, have quickly made a big impression with the punters after their packed out debut not so long ago, raising eyebrows and libidos in sweaty rooms all around this fair city. With the immediate surge of support for the band, I suspected that their connections to the much loved Beards gave them a bit of a kick start. I decided to check this theory out with the enigmatic Silent Duck vocalist, known only as Sexman… a name that is, as it turns out, a non de plume for The Beards’ own Facey McStubblington. “We have a lot of friends in and around the Adelaide music scene who've supported us early on, and yes, a lot of them were acquired through The Beards,” he concedes. “But we are all in other working local bands (Stuff Box, Obsidian Aspect, The Well-Hung Super Heroes of Rock) and are keen live music fans dB Magazine 14 December 2011
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music. It is, however, a very large and wide scene.” With their new album ‘Uhuru Peak’ about to be released, and a return to Australia soon on the cards, Bobsan says that the band are looking forward to some time away from the studio, especially in front of new touring audiences. “In the studio we can be more detailed and experiment with arrangements and have lots of fun doing it. It is a place where we grow as well. But live has it’s pros as well. We love playing live and creating a certain energy with the crowd, and that has its own distinct amazing quality.”
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro will perform as part of the Sessions series at the Festival Centre on Sat 7 Jan. ‘Uhuru Peak’ is out on Fri 13 Jan through Instrumental Recordings/MGM.
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as well, so there are a number of factors that have contributed to the early interest in Silent Duck; begging friends and family to come see us not being the least. Though the band certainly has a style all their own, there are some great and very unique antecedents to their sounds hailing from Adelaide. As Sexman confirms, “we are all big fans of this funk-rock style and loved Tony Font Show and Sledgehammock. I was/am a huge fan of Kinetic Playground going back a decade, and that has influenced the style we've fallen into. We also just wanted to have some good, old-fashioned sweaty fun, so sexy funk-rock was the obvious choice.” In the lead up to their debut EP being released, rumors of their ubiquitously hilarious/scandalous promotional photos began to circulate, culminating in a launch poster that Motley Crue themselves would be proud of. “The photo shoot was great fun. Harmony (Nicholas – photographer) is excellent fun to work with and incredibly professional. It was a blast just drinking and getting beautiful women get naked for us, so to have a cool product at the end of it all is garnish.”
Silent Duck launch their debut EP at Jive on Sat 17 Dec. 14
Quiet Waters – Belly Dancing with Shamira Ramsgate Hotel – Acoustic Sessions Red Square – ‘Red Square Saturdays’: Decker, DJ Brendan, DJ Femme, DJ Lazy B, DJ Ryley, Krispy, MC DV8, MC Jazz Rhino Room – SquareOne Salt – Funky Jazz & House by Sound Mechanics Savvy – Professor X, Wade C, VIP, Henry Hains Seacliff Beach Hotel – The Swedes Seaford Hotel – Seaford Live: Stamford Plaza – Swish: DJ DMH, DJ Matty, MC Dave Eason ‘Stamford Plaza Cascades’ with Double Vision Stockade Tavern – Fuel Bar: DJ Dynamic The Duck Inn – Enuf Said The Goody Hotel – DJ Ahmeed The Kingsford Hotel - Drive The South Coast Social Club – Bring The Flames w Daystarr + Thursday’s Friend + Suburban Standoff + Murdergrin + Stray Dog + Strut + The Paradise Syndrome + Tricky Tsunami + The Fyoogs + Trench Effect + The Killbot Factory (from 1pm) The Stag – DJ Huddy Victoria Hotel (O’Halloran Hill) – DJ Spoonylove Village Tavern – Club XS DJs Warradale Hotel – KTC Duo Worldsend – ‘Moscow Sessions’: Antiks, Adam Lawrence, Keyser, Tommi
WED DEC 14 - TUE JAN 11
Wed 14 Dec Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: DJ Hugo Salcedo; Top Room: Salsa Dance Classes Avoca Hotel – Live Sessions & DJ DMH Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Bombay Bicycle Club – Sean Robertson Colonel Light Hotel – DJ Chombo Coopers Alehouse @ The Earl – Darren & Carmen Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Hear No Evil with DJs Nixon & Bunyip Cumberland Arms – d’n’b with DJs Swift and Stryke Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Open Mic The Duke of York – Acoustic Wednesday: Lipsmack w Heston Drop + Projected Twin Electric Light Hotel – DJs AliX & Ocky Elysium Lounge – Chilled Beats Empire Pool Lounge – DJ Orbe Exeter Hotel - Curtis Forresters and Squatters Arms Hotel – Big Al’s Krazy Karaoke Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Open Mic Night Grace Emily Hotel – Pub Art “Click” Heaven – Dirty Harry HQ – ‘Flashdance’ Jive Bar – The Beards Film Clip Live Recording Kings Head – DJ Driller Mars Bar – DJK Experience Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Celtic Connection Seaford Hotel – Karaoke with Suzanne Ford S-Bar – Complete Trivia with Des Supermild – Corey, DJ EFTPOS & guests The Goody Hotel – DJ Mike, MC Paul Curran Worldsend – Free Acoustic Music
Thurs 15 Dec Alma Tavern – DJ Abe Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: DJ Hugo Salcedo; Top Room: Salsa Dance Classes Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Bombay Bicycle Club – DJ Contact Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Aural Elixir with DJ Bos + live sax Cumberland Arms Hotel – RnB with DJ Well Edinburgh Hotel – DJs Ben James, Marty & Rashi Electric Light Hotel – Ill Street Blues: DJs Antdigger, Delta & guests Elysium Lounge – Guest DJs Empire Pool Lounge – DJ Orbe Exeter Hotel – Jay Hoad Finn MacCool’s – Open Mic Night Fowlers Live – Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group Gaslight Tavern – Jam with The Gaslight House Band Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Front Bar: The Strangers Grace Emily Hotel – Leader Cheetah Unplugged w J-Wah Grand Bar – DJ Peter Noble Heaven – Shag! Thursdays Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt McLaughlin Higher Ground – Character Jam's Stinkin’ Hot Love Highlander Hotel – Hilife DJs Jade Monkey – Weightless & Sepia Mars Bar – Naughty/Nice with DJ Astro Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Disco Revival Night Palais (Semaphore) – Sound Mechanics: Sax & DJ Duo Portland Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – DJs Brendan & Dynamic: House & r’n’b Prince Albert Hotel – Dusty & Billy Bob Red Square – Roadhouse: DJ Mark C Rhino Room – Adelaide Comedy w Dave Callan Royal Oak Hotel – Funk & Soul with DJ Ant Williams S-Bar – Ladies Night with MC Cosi Seacliff Beach Hotel – Sean Robertson Stirling Hotel – Resident NRG & Trance DJs Supermild – Helter Skelter: DJ Jesse and guests The Goody Hotel – Shine Village Taverner – Club Village DJs Worldsend – Free Live Music
Fri 16 Dec Alma Tavern – ‘Rock Out With Your C*ck Out’: Adelaide’s best Rock bands and DJ Shogun Archer Hotel – Downstairs: DJ Huddy; Upstairs: DJ Reelax Arkaba Hotel – Harvest Bar On Gouger – Random Hero Boho Bar – DJ Patty + Roving Magician Bushman Hotel – DJ Rupheo Cavern Club – Fab Four Chichi – DJs Smooth Trax & GBH Cooper’s Alehouse @ The Earl – DJ Semtex Crown & Anchor Hotel – Luminari Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Mr Goodnight live + DJs Soulshine, Medhi + Stephen King Cumberland Arms Hotel – Funky Lounge with DJ Boss Duke Of York Hotel – DJs Tom, Roasty & friends Electric Light Hotel – Syke Night Elysium Lounge – Soul & Funk: Kubrik, DJs Hemilove & deNorthwode Enigma Bar – Bar 2: Sights & Sounds w Grenadiers + Paper Arms + Chasing Ghosts + Dead Joe; Bar 3: The Strums w Isaac Graham + Ben David & The Banned + Shivers + Rin and The Reckless Exeter Hotel – The Readymades Garage – DJs Filthy Rich & Matt Pearce Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Satisfaction – XMAS Show: Front Bar: The Bakers Digest Folk Night. Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions Grace Emily Hotel – Van Cleef w The Leafs (Melb) Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Fridays’ DJ Strawbs, MC Dave Eason, Undercover Duo Hahndorf Inn – DJ Dynamic Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt Highlander Hotel – Hijinks: Hilton Hotel (Hilton) – ‘Boogie Nights in MyBar’: DJ Capital D, MC DV8
Holdfast Hotel – Wasabi Hyatt Regency Adelaide – Waves Nightclub: Miami Nights Iso Bar – Sound Mechanics: r’n’b & urban with DJ Krisp, DJ Sok & Jo Castell Jade Monkey – J-Wah w Jess Porter + Senor Travesty Jive Bar – The Honeypies Album Launch w The Salvadors + Gold Bloom + Choral Grief Kings Head – In House: DJs Lachlan Pender, D-Lux & VIP Largs Pier – Sound Mechanics: Funky, Motown & Old School Lockleys Hotel – DJ Toopie Marion Hotel – Carl Pink & One Planet Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Ain’t Misbehavin Oriental – DJ Audio Porn Pier One Bar – DJ Skot Holder Producers Bar – Miami Nights Ramsgate Hotel – Live Bands Rhino Room – Adelaide Comedy w Dave Callan & Mark Trenwith + Itchycoo Park Rob Roy Hotel – Robin George Robin Hood Hotel – ‘Friday Night’s The Pianoman’: with Denis Ferraro at the piano Royal Oak Hotel – Groovy Lounge with DJ Derek Lang & friends Savvy – Groovy DJs Seaford Hotel – ‘Party Hard’: DJ DMH Semaphore Workers Club – Double Whammy Shores Complex – Boogaloo Latino Lounge: DJ el Papi & Chico Southern Hotel Gawler – Club S: DJ Deelite & Sandra Stamford Plaza – Swish: MC Peter Noble, DJ V Stockade Hotel – Fuel: DJ Nathan Sunnyside Hotel Motel – Idle Saints Supermild – DJ Gumshoe & guests Tassie Tavern (Port Augusta) – Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers The Goody Hotel – DJ Strawbs The Stockade – Foxxy G Topaz Bar (Findon Hotel) – DJ Demize Trinity Sessions – Andrew Wilson (WA) + Major Chord (VIC) Warradale Hotel – Stone's Throw Watermark Hotel – E'nuf Said Victoria Hotel – DJ Kontrol, DJ Nick Ford, Mc Kris Winstons Bar (Pirie St) – Professor X, DJ Jamie, ATB, Stevie & Michael Fraser Worldsend Hotel – ‘Girls Girls Girls’: TomBoy, Doddsy
Sun 18 Dec Alma Tavern – Sunday School Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – General Gist Crown & Anchor Hotel – Front Bar: Jayne West Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Sunday Love w DJs Eez-G + Juddo, Elliot Ness, Jason Lee & Bos Duck Inn – Greg Horan Forresters and Squatters Arms Hotel – Movie Massacre Grace Emily Hotel – Evan Andy’s Drag Disco Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Sundays’: Audio Zoo, DJ Dylan Manov, DJ Steve Reece, MC Paul Curran Great Eastern Hotel (Littlehampton) – Mick Kidd Henley Sandbar – DJ Mark McLaughlan Hilton Hotel – @‘MyBar’: Reid Jones Sax/Percussion HQ – ‘Garden Grooves’ w Jazzy James, Professor X, Damage Lakes Resort – KTC Duo Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Shannon Lloyd Pier One Bar – DJs Jayse & Scott Ramada Pier Hotel – DJs Justice, Capital D + more Salt – Funky Jazz & House by Sound Mechanics 4pm Savvy – Sunset: Henry Hains & Sanjii Semaphore Workers Club – Rhum Boogie The Duck Inn – Shannon
Sat 17 Dec Alma Tavern – ‘MetroRetro’: DJ Capital D, MC Timmy Pine Apothecary – Deep House with Bensun & Bundi Archer Hotel – DJs David James & Jaki J Arkaba Hotel – Tavern Bar: The Incredibles; Top Room: XMAS Dinner & Show Bar On Gouger – Random Hero Bedford Hotel (Woodville) - Generator Bentley’s Clare – DJ Ben Boho Bar – DJ Pauly + Flavella the Snake Dancer Bushman Hotel – ‘I Love Retro!’ w DJ V Cavern Club – Metalocalypse 2011: Diamond Sins w Chaos Burning, To Bury Or Burn, Here We Divide, Make It To Vegas, Emerald City, Shapes Divide, The Sky Will know, Fortune From Tragedy, Zelorage, Weekend In Ruin, We Ate The Search Party, Devonera, Edith Hope, These Nights Of Plague and Cyclosa Chichi – DJs Smooth Trax & GBH Club 199 – House, Retro Dance Crown & Anchor Hotel – Gay Paris w Totally Unicorn + God God Dammit Dammit Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Jam Club House Band w Irie Knights + Kicking Beyond Matter + DJ Dubwise Cumberland Arms Hotel – Dance with DJ Harlz Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Fig Jam Duck Inn – Underground Orchid Electric Circus – DJs Paul Glenn & D Lux Electric Light Hotel – DJs Hank & Osk, DJ Suckerpunch, DJ Hixxwa, deNorthwode Elysium Lounge – House with DJs Kaelee, Seamless, Sven, Juddo Empire Pool Lounge – Matt Decker, Orb & Tonez Enigma Bar – Bar 2: Jericco w Red Light Sound + The Lost Show + Fell At 10; Bar 3: No Way Out w Halfmast + Rising From Ruins + Life Pilot Exeter Hotel – Thunderclaw + Damned Men Fowlers Live – Bring On The Summer Garage – DJ Luke Lombe German Arms – DJ Semtex Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Movin’ The Crowd w Simplex + The Bellephonics + Grifters Ink w Tandem Run + Break dance crews; Front Bar: Lite Werks Grace Emily Hotel – Liam Gerner Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Saturdays’: DJ DMH, DJ Rupheo Grays Inn (Mt Barker) – DJ Dynamic & DJ Biz Grifﬁn's Head – DJs Grosvenor Hotel – Riley Solo Acoustic Hahndorf Inn – DJ Abe & MC Craig Egan Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt McLaughlin Highlander Hotel – Highlander Saturdays Hilton Hotel (Hilton) – ‘REVIVE @ MyBar’: DJ Femme, DJ Nathan Harrison, MC Dave Eason Jive Bar – Siletn Duck EP Launch + Pimpin Horus + Seventeen Fifty Seven Kings Head – Smik Saturdays: Wade C, VIP & Madness Lakes Resort – Cherry Soda Duo; Reﬂections Bar: Coolmints Duo London Tavern – DJ Dynamic Mansions – Mansions Saturdays: DJ Michael Constant, DJ Steve Reece, MC Eggo Marion Hotel – Johnny & Boris Loves To Boogie Mars Bar – Main Room: DJs BeeJay & guests + Floorshow starring Rochelle, Fiﬁ & cast; Kitchen Bar: DJ Fraser & guests Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Harvest Norwood Hotel – DJs Sam & Glen Oriental – Dynasty Pier One Bar – DJ Skot Holder
The Goody Hotel – ‘Sunday Sessions’ The Oxford Hotel – Miles and Paul West Thebarton Hotel – Karaoke
Mon 19 Dec Archer Hotel – DJ Ocky Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – Fortune Teller Broadway Hotel – Riley Solo Acoustic Crown & Anchor Hotel – Front Bar: Ben David Exeter Hotel – Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob's BBQ Grand Bar – Industrie Night with DJ Rupheo Oaks Embassy (North Tce) – Karaoke with Annie & Shaggy Red Square – Chill: DJ Semler Rhino Room – One Mic Stand – Open Mic Comedy Hosted by Fabien Clark Sugar – driLLer, Stephen King Worldsend – S-Fools I-Puddle
Tues 20 Dec Arkaba Hotel – Top Room: Adelaide Comedy Awards w Tom Gleeson Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Coopers Ale House – Crikey! An Aussie Night Out Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Eclectric: DJ Tr!p Daniel O'Connell Hotel – Irish Sessions Duke Of York Hotel – Pub Flicks Edinburgh Hotel – DJs Ben, James, Marty + Rashi Electric Light Hotel – Indie Ipod Elephant British Pub – The Jam Night with Core Exeter Hotel – Joel + Nathan Fowlers Live – Xmas Tightarse Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Uke Night Grace Emily Hotel – Yours Truly w John McCall Oxford Hotel – E’Nuf Said Royal Oak Hotel – Lucifer’s Lounge S-Bar – Bingo & Funky House with Ben James The Oxford Hotel – Lucifers Lounge The Tonsley – Drive: DJs DMH & Adam Daze Worldsend – Free Live Music
Wed 21 Dec Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: DJ Hugo Salcedo; Top Room: Salsa Dance Classes Avoca Hotel – Live Sessions & DJ DMH Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – Lucifer’s Lounge Bombay Bicycle Club – Sean Robertson Colonel Light Hotel – DJ Chombo Coopers Alehouse @ The Earl – Darren & Carmen Crown & Anchor Hotel – Geek w
DJ Trip Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Hear No Evil w DJs Nixon + Bunyip Cumberland Arms – d’n’b with DJs Swift and Stryke Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Open Mic Duke Of York Hotel – Acoustic Wednesdays: The Dean Project w Pete Wilsons + Surprise Pack + The Sexual Predators Electric Light Hotel – DJs AliX & Ocky Elysium Lounge – Chilled Beats Exeter Hotel - Curtis Forresters and Squatters Arms Hotel – Big Al’s Krazy Karaoke Grace Emily Hotel – Sour Bob Bob w Emma Luker + Paul Geldhart Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Front Bar: Open Mic Night HQ – ‘Flashdance’: Kings Head – DJ Driller Mars Bar – DJK Experience Mick O‘Shea’s Irish Pub – Celtic Connection Seaford Hotel – Karaoke with Suzanne Ford S-Bar – Complete Trivia with Des Supermild – Corey, DJ EFTPOS & guests The Goody Hotel – DJ Mike, MC Paul Curran Worldsend – Free Acoustic Music
Thurs 22 Dec Alma Tavern – DJ Abe Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: Flaming Sambucas Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – DJ Paulie Bombay Bicycle Club – DJ Contact Broadway Hotel – Riley Solo Acoustic Crown & Anchor Hotel – Barn Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Aural Elixir: DJ Bos + live sax Cumberland Arms Hotel – RnB with DJ Well Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Trivia night Edinburgh Hotel – DJs Ben James, Marty & Rashi Electric Light Hotel – Ill Street Blues: DJs Ant Digger, Delta & guests Elysium Lounge – Guest DJs Empire Pool Lounge – DJ Orbe Finn MacCool’s – Open Mic Night Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Front Bar: The Strangers Grace Emily Hotel – The Sundance Kids Grand Bar – ‘OMG!’: DJ Rupheo Heaven – Shag! Thursdays Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt McLaughlin Highlander Hotel – Hilife DJs Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Disco Revival Night Oriental – Dynasty: DJ Ryley Palais (Semaphore) – Sound Mechanics: Sax & DJ Duo Portland Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – DJs Brendan & Dynamic: House & r’n’b Prince Albert Hotel – Dusty & Billy Bob Royal Oak Hotel – Funk & Soul with DJ Ant Williams
S-Bar – Ladies Night with MC Cosi Shotz – MiracleX DJs: House, Anthems, r’n’b + more Stirling Hotel – Resident NRG & Trance DJs Supermild – Helter Skelter: DJ Jesse & guests The Goody Hotel – Shine Worldsend – Free Live Music
Fri 23 Dec Alma Tavern – ‘Rock Out With Your C*ck Out’: DJ Abe & Animal House Archer Hotel – Downstairs: DJ Huddy; Upstairs: DJ Reelax Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: The HiTopps; Top Room: Latino Grooves XMAS Party Bar On Gouger – Random Hero Boho Bar – DJ Paulie & Guests Bushman Hotel – DJ Rupheo Chichi – DJs Smooth Trax & GBH Cooper’s Alehouse @ The Earl – DJ Semtex Crown & Anchor Hotel – Sincerely Grizzly + guests Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Track Team DJs + Soulshine + Stephen King Cumberland Arms Hotel – Funky Lounge with DJ Boss Duke Of York Hotel – Cherry Grind + Grace Electric Light Hotel – Syke Night Elysium Lounge – Soul and Funk: Kubrik, DJs Hemilove & deNorthwode Enigma Bar – Bar 2: Loaded Leopard w Trash City + Psychosurgery; Bar 3: “Strike” (New Monthly Metal Club) feat ISAW + House of Thumbs + Arcadia Excelsior Hotel (Brompton) – Mick Kidd Format - Axemen (NZ), School Girl Report (NSW), Men's Health, No Action Garage – DJs Filthy Rich & Matt Pearce Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Front Bar: James Abberly; Saloon Bar: Irish Sessions Grace Emily Hotel – Van Cleef w Rich Davies (Melb) + Subtract-S Grand Bar – ‘Flashback Fridays’: DJ Hollywood & MC Dave Eason, Undercover Duo Hampshire Hotel – DJ Fusion, DJ Josh Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt Hilton Hotel (Hilton) – ‘Boogie Nights in MyBar’: DJ Capital D, MC DV8, DJ Spinbad Hyatt Regency Adelaide – Waves Nightclub: Miami Nights Iso Bar – Sound Mechanics: r’n’b & urban with DJ Krisp, DJ Sok & Jo Castell Kings Head – In House: DJs Lachlan Pender, D-Lux & VIP Largs Pier – Sound Mechanics: Funky, Motown & Old School Lockleys Hotel – DJ Toopie Mansions – ‘Mansions Friday’: DJ K2 Marion Hotel – Graham Lawrence & 3D Mars Bar – Main Room: DJs BeeJay & guests + Floorshow starring Rochelle, Fiﬁ & cast; Kitchen Bar: DJ
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Fusion & guests Oriental – DJ Audio Porn Pier One Bar – DJ Skot Holder Producers Bar – Miami Nights Ramsgate Hotel – Live Bands Red Square – ‘Gloss Fridays’: Red Square Reverse Decker, DJ Brendon, Junior, MC Jazz, Stoop Kid Rhino Room – Fourwords Xmas Party Rob Roy – Boehoffer Robin Hood Hotel – ‘Friday Night’s The Pianoman’: Denis Ferraro at the piano Royal Oak Hotel – Groovy Lounge with DJ Derek Lang & friends Savvy – Groovy DJs Seaford Hotel – ‘Party Hard’: DJ DMH Semaphore Workers Club – Jessie Deane-Freeman & The Rhythym Aces Shores Complex – Boogaloo Latino Lounge: DJ el Papi & Chico Southern Hotel Gawler – Club S: DJ Deelite & Sandra Stamford Plaza – Swish: MC Timmy Pine, DJ V Stockade Hotel – Fuel: DJ Nathan Supermild – DJ Gumshoe & guests Tea Tree Gully Hotel – DJ Michael Constant, MC Kris The Goody Hotel – DJ Gex The Stockade – Foxxy G Topaz Bar (Findon Hotel) – DJ Demize Victoria Hotel – DJ Kontrol, DJ Nick Ford, MC Mischief Winstons Bar (Pirie St) – Professor X, DJ Jamie, ATB, Stevie & Michael Fraser Worldsend Hotel – ‘Girls Girls Girls’: TomBoy, Doddsy
Sat 24 Dec Alma Tavern – ‘MetroRetro’: Haloween Party! DJ Capital D, MC Timmy Pine Apothecary – Deep House with Bensun & Bundi Archer Hotel – DJs David James & Jaki J Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: DJ Hugo Salcedo; Top Room: Salsa Dance Classes Bar On Gouger – Random Hero Bentley’s Clare – DJ Ben Boho Bar – DJ Paulie & Guests Bushman Hotel – ‘I Love Retro!’: DJ Silver Chichi – DJs Smooth Trax & GBH Club 199 – House, Retro Dance Crown & Anchor Hotel – BottleRoXMAS: Radio Spectacular w Bottle Rockets Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Disco Mischief Christmas w DJs Cumberland Arms Hotel – Dance with DJ Harlz Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Panic Duck Inn – Cry Wolf Electric Circus – DJs Paul Glenn & D Lux Electric Light Hotel – DJs Hank & Osk, DJ Suckerpunch, DJ Hixxwa, deNorthwode Elysium Lounge – House with DJs Kaelee, Seamless, Sven, Juddo Enigma Bar – Craterface, Anchors, Sex Wizard, Hightime; Bar 3: It’s Tops: DJ Ian & friends Empire Pool Lounge – Matt Decker, Orb & Tonez Exeter Hotel - Barn Garage – DJ Luke Lombe German Arms – DJ Semtex Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Saturdays’: DJ DMH, DJ Rupheo, Matt B Grace Emily Hotel – The Scarfs w Little Lindsay Grays Inn (Mt Barker) – DJ Dynamic & DJ Biz Grifﬁn's Head – DJs Hahndorf Inn – DJ Abe & MC Craig Egan Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt McLaughlin Highlander Hotel – Highlander Saturdays: Hilton Hotel (Hilton) – ‘REVIVE @ MyBar’: DJ Nick Ford, MC Paul Curran Iso Bar – Sound Mechanics: r’n’b & urban with DJ Krisp, DJ Sok & Jo Castell Jive – Gosh! with DJ Craig Kings Head – Smik Saturdays: Wade C, VIP & Madness London Tavern – DJ Dynamic Mansions – ‘Mansions Saturdays’: DJ Michael Constant, DJ Steve Reece, MC Eggo Marion Hotel – Paul Stubbings Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Chill Norwood Hotel – DJs Sam & Glen Oakbank Hotel – Mick Kidd Oriental – Dynasty Pier One Bar – DJ Skot Holder Quiet Waters – Belly Dancing with Shamira Ramsgate Hotel – Acoustic Sessions Red Square – ‘Red Square Saturdays’: Decker, DJ Femme, DJ Lazy B, DJ Ryley, Krispy, MC Jazz, MC DV8 Salt – Funky Jazz & House by Sound Mechanics Savvy – Professor X, Wade C, VIP, Henry Hains Seaford Hotel – Seaford Live Stamford Plaza – ‘Swish Saturdays’: DJ DMH, DJ Matty B, MC Dave Eason; ‘Stamford Plaza Cascades’ with Acoustically Raw Stockade Tavern – Fuel Bar: DJ Dynamic Tea Tree Gully Hotel – DJ V The Goody Hotel – DJ Ahmeed The Seaford Tavern – Dirty Harry The Stag – DJ Huddy Victoria Hotel (O’Halloran Hill) – DJ Spoonylove Village Tavern – Club XS DJs
Sun 25 Dec Alma Tavern – Sunday School Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: Ark Goes Greek Christmas Night Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – Groove Elation Crown & Sceptre Hotel – closed Forresters and Squatters Arms Hotel – Movie Massacre Grace Emily Hotel – closed Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Sundays’: Two Stroke Johnny, DJ Dylan Manov, DJ Nick Ford, MC Paul Curran Hilton Hotel MyBar – Tim Bos DJ & Sax
Henley Sandbar – DJ Mark McLaughlan HQ – ‘Garden Grooves’: Jazzy James, Professor X, Damage Marion Hotel – Christmas Day Lunch w Will Metzer Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Jambo Pier One Bar – DJs Jayse & Scott Ramada Pier Hotel – DJs Justice, Capital D + more Salt – Funky Jazz & House by Sound Mechanics 4pm Savvy – Sunset: Henry Hains & Sanjii Semaphore Workers Club - closed The Goody Hotel – ‘Sunday Sessions’: Luke & Brock West Thebarton Hotel – Karaoke
Mon 26 Dec Archer Hotel – DJ Ocky Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Crown & Anchor Hotel – Front Bar: Ben David Exeter Hotel – James Meston Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob's BBQ Grand Bar – Industrie Night: DJ Rupheo Oaks Embassy (North Tce) – Karaoke with Annie & Shaggy Red Square – Chill: DJ Semler Sugar – driLLer, Stephen King Worldsend – S-Fools I-Puddle
Tues 27 Dec Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Coopers Ale House – Crikey! An Aussie Night Out Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Eclectric with DJ Tr!p Daniel O'Connell Hotel – Irish Sessions Duke Of York Hotel – Pub Flicks Edinburgh Hotel – DJs Ben, James, Marty + Rashi Electric Light Hotel – Indie Ipod Exeter Hotel – Like Leaves DJs Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Front Bar: Uke Night Grace Emily Hotel – Pub Cinema Oxford Hotel – E’Nuf Said Royal Oak Hotel – Lucifer’s Lounge S-Bar – Bingo & Funky House with Ben James The Oxford Hotel – Lucifers Lounge Worldsend – Free Live Music
Wed 28 Dec Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: DJ Hugo Salcedo Top room: Clearway Avoca Hotel – Live Sessions & DJ DMH Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Bombay Bicycle Club – Sean Robertson Colonel Light Hotel – DJ Chombo Coopers Alehouse @ The Earl – Darren & Carmen Crown & Anchor Hotel – Geek w DJ Trip Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Hear No Evil with DJs Nixon & Bunyip Cumberland Arms – d’n’b with DJs Swift and Stryke Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Open Mic Duke Of York Hotel – Melody Feder w Cat Dog Bird + Tom Ireland Electric Light Hotel – DJs AliX & Ocky Elysium Lounge – Chilled Beats Empire Pool Lounge – DJ Orbe Exeter Hotel - Curtis Forresters and Squatters Arms Hotel – Big Al’s Krazy Karaoke Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Open Mic Night Grace Emily Hotel – Daniel Cameron HQ – ‘Flashdance’ Kings Head – DJ Driller Mars Bar – DJK Experience Seaford Hotel – Karaoke with Suzanne Ford S-Bar – Complete Trivia with Des Supermild – Corey, DJ EFTPOS & guests The Goody Hotel – DJ Mike, MC Paul Curran Worldsend – Free Acoustic Music
Thurs 29 Dec Alma Tavern – DJ Abe Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Bombay Bicycle Club – DJ Contact Crown & Anchor Hotel – Big Richard Insect Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Aural Elixir with DJ Bos + live sax Cumberland Arms Hotel – RnB with DJ Well Edinburgh Hotel – DJs Ben James, Marty & Rashi Electric Light Hotel – Ill Street Blues: DJs Antdigger, Delta & guests Elysium Lounge – Guest DJs Empire Pool Lounge – DJ Orbe Exeter Hotel – Lankey (reunion show) Finn MacCool’s – Open Mic Night Gaslight Tavern – Jam with The Gaslight House Band Grace Emily Hotel – A.P. D’Antonio w Cal Williams Grand Bar – DJ Peter Noble Heaven – Shag! Thursdays Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt McLaughlin Higher Ground – Character Jam's Stinkin’ Hot Love Highlander Hotel – Hilife DJs Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Disco Revival Night Palais (Semaphore) – Sound Mechanics: Sax & DJ Duo Portland Hotel (Pt Adelaide) – DJs Brendan & Dynamic: House & r’n’b Prince Albert Hotel – Dusty & Billy Bob Red Square – Roadhouse: DJ Mark C Royal Oak Hotel – Funk & Soul with DJ Ant Williams S-Bar – Ladies Night with MC Cosi Seacliff Beach Hotel – Sean Robertson Stirling Hotel – Resident NRG & Trance DJs Supermild – Helter Skelter: DJ Jesse and guests The Goody Hotel – Shine Village Taverner – Club Village DJs Worldsend – Free live Music
Fri 30 Dec Alma Tavern – ‘Rock Out With Your
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C*ck Out’: Adelaide’s best Rock bands and DJ Shogun Archer Hotel – Downstairs: DJ Huddy; Upstairs: DJ Reelax Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: Jaya / DJ Troy Bar On Gouger – Random Hero Boho Bar – DJ Patty + Roving Magician Bushman Hotel – DJ Rupheo Chichi – DJs Smooth Trax & GBH Cooper’s Alehouse @ The Earl – DJ Semtex Crown & Anchor Hotel – Spider Eggs + guests Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Loungin’ Large! Cumberland Arms Hotel – Funky Lounge with DJ Boss Duke Of York Hotel – DJs Tom, Roasty & friends Electric Light Hotel – Syke Night Elysium Lounge – Soul & Funk: Kubrik, DJs Hemilove & deNorthwode Exeter Hotel – All Night Girls Garage – DJs Filthy Rich & Matt Pearce Grace Emily Hotel – Van Cleef w 180 Proof Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Fridays’ DJ Strawbs, MC Dave Eason, Undercover Duo Hahndorf Inn – DJ Dynamic Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt Highlander Hotel – Hijinks: Hilton Hotel (Hilton) – ‘Boogie Nights in MyBar’: DJ Capital D, MC DV8 Holdfast Hotel – Wasabi Hyatt Regency Adelaide – Waves Nightclub: Miami Nights Iso Bar – Sound Mechanics: r’n’b & urban with DJ Krisp, DJ Sok & Jo Castell Jade Monkey – Roger The Band Reunion Kings Head – In House: DJs Lachlan Pender, D-Lux & VIP Largs Pier – Sound Mechanics: Funky, Motown & Old School Lockleys Hotel – DJ Toopie Marion Hotel – Carl Pink & The Hi-Topps Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Ain’t Misbehavin Oriental – DJ Audio Porn Pier One Bar – DJ Skot Holder Producers Bar – Miami Nights Ramsgate Hotel – Live Bands Rob Roy Hotel – Robin George Robin Hood Hotel – ‘Friday Night’s The Pianoman’: with Denis Ferraro at the piano Royal Oak Hotel – Groovy Lounge with DJ Derek Lang & friends Savvy – Groovy DJs Seaford Hotel – ‘Party Hard’: DJ DMH Stamford Plaza – Swish: MC Peter Noble, DJ V Stockade Hotel – Fuel: DJ Nathan Sunnyside Hotel Motel – Idle Saints Supermild – DJ Gumshoe & guests The Goody Hotel – DJ Strawbs The Stockade – Foxxy G Warradale Hotel – Stone's Throw Victoria Hotel – DJ Kontrol, DJ Nick Ford, Mc KrisWorldsend Hotel – ‘Girls Girls Girls’: TomBoy, Doddsy
Sat 31 Dec Alma Tavern – ‘MetroRetro’: DJ Capital D, MC Timmy Pine Apothecary – Deep House with Bensun & Bundi Archer Hotel – DJs David James & Jaki J Arkaba Hotel – New Years Eve – Disco 54 70s Party Bar On Gouger – Random Hero Bedford Hotel (Woodville) - Generator Boho Bar – DJ Pauly + Flavella the Snake Dancer Chichi – DJs Smooth Trax & GBH Club 199 – House, Retro Dance Crown & Anchor Hotel – NYE Crank Yankers! w Bitches of Zeus (feat Dan & Pat from Like Leaves) + Doe + Weed Capital + Count Citrus Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Cumberland Arms Hotel – Dance with DJ Harlz Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Fig Jam Duck Inn – Shine Elysium Lounge – House with DJs Kaelee, Seamless, Sven, Juddo Empire Pool Lounge – Matt Decker, Orb & Tonez Enigma Bar – Filthy Freqin New Year Exeter Hotel - NYE Bash Garage – DJ Luke Lombe German Arms – DJ Semtex Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Latino NYE Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Saturdays’: DJ DMH, DJ Rupheo Grays Inn (Mt Barker) – DJ Dynamic & DJ Biz Grifﬁn's Head – DJs Grosvenor Hotel – Riley Solo Acoustic Hahndorf Inn – DJ Abe & MC Craig Egan Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt McLaughlin Highlander Hotel – Highlander Saturdays Hilton Hotel (Hilton) – ‘REVIVE @ MyBar’: DJ Femme, DJ Nathan Harrison, MC Dave Eason Jade Monkey – 9th Birthday Bash w God God Dammit Dammit + The Mighty Upsetters + Monster Society Of Evil + The Bokchoy Boys Jive – Gosh! with DJ Craig Kings Head – Smik Saturdays: Wade C, VIP & Madness Lakes Resort – Cherry Soda Duo; Reﬂections Bar: Coolmints Duo London Tavern – DJ Dynamic Mansions – Mansions Saturdays: DJ Michael Constant, DJ Steve Reece, MC Eggo Marion Hotel – Las Vegas New Years Eve Mars Bar – Main Room: DJs BeeJay & guests + Floorshow starring Rochelle, Fiﬁ & cast; Kitchen Bar: DJ Fraser & guests Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Zkye High Band Norwood Hotel – DJs Sam & Glen Oriental – Dynasty Pier One Bar – DJ Skot Holder Quiet Waters – Belly Dancing with Shamira Ramsgate Hotel – Dirty Harry Red Square – ‘Red Square Saturdays’: Decker, DJ Brendan, DJ Femme, DJ Lazy B, DJ Ryley, Krispy, MC DV8, MC Jazz Rhino Room – Revolution NYE Party
w Transmission DJs Ross Ross Ross & DJ Craig Salt – Funky Jazz & House by Sound Mechanics Savvy – Professor X, Wade C, VIP, Henry Hains Seacliff Beach Hotel – The Swedes Seaford Hotel – Seaford Live: Shotz – DJ Chris Pike Stamford Plaza – Swish: DJ DMH, DJ Matty, MC Dave Eason ‘Stamford Plaza Cascades’ with Double Vision The Goody Hotel – DJ Ahmeed The Stag – DJ Huddy Village Tavern – Club XS DJs Warradale Hotel – KTC Duo Whitehorse Inn – Bon ‘N’ All (Classic AC/DC Show)
Acoustic Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Aural Elixir: DJ Bos + live sax Cumberland Arms Hotel – RnB with DJ Well Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Trivia night Ed Castle – DJ Mikey Edinburgh Hotel – DJs Ben James, Marty & Rashi Electric Light Hotel – Ill Street Blues: DJs Ant Digger, Delta & guests Elysium Lounge – Guest DJs Empire Pool Lounge – DJ Orbe Exeter Hotel – Dro Carey Finn MacCool’s – Open Mic Night Gaslight Tavern – Jam with The Gaslight House Band Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Grouplove – all ages Grace Emily Hotel – Harmless Hunter Grand Bar – ‘OMG!’: DJ Rupheo Heaven – Shag! Thursdays Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt McLaughlin Highlander Hotel – Hilife DJs Mars Bar – Naughty/Nice: DJ Astro Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Disco Revival Night Oriental – Dynasty: DJ Ryley PJ O’Briens – The O’Brien's Prince Albert Hotel – Dusty & Billy Bob Red Square – Roadhouse: DJ Mark C Royal Oak Hotel – Funk & Soul with DJ Ant Williams Stirling Hotel – Resident NRG & Trance DJs Supermild – Helter Skelter: DJ Jesse & guests The Goody Hotel – Shine Worldsend – Free Live Music
Sun 1 Jan Alma Tavern – Sunday School Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – General Gist Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Wash with DJ Jason Lee Duck Inn – Russell Stuart Forresters and Squatters Arms Hotel – Movie Massacre Grace Emily Hotel – Shit Disco Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Sundays’: Audio Zoo, DJ Dylan Manov, DJ Steve Reece, MC Paul Curran Henley Sandbar – DJ Mark McLaughlan Hilton Hotel – @‘MyBar’: Reid Jones Sax/Percussion Historic Auburn Courthouse, Clare Valley – Whitetop Mountaineers HQ – ‘Garden Grooves’ w Jazzy James, Professor X, Damage Lakes Resort – KTC Duo Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Acoustically Raw Pier One Bar – DJs Jayse & Scott Ramada Pier Hotel – DJs Justice, Capital D + more Salt – Funky Jazz & House by Sound Mechanics 4pm Savvy – Sunset: Henry Hains & Sanjii The Duck Inn – Shannon The Goody Hotel – ‘Sunday Sessions’ The Oxford Hotel – Miles and Paul West Thebarton Hotel – Karaoke
Fri 6 Jan Alma Tavern – ‘Rock Out With Your C*ck Out’: DJ Abe & Animal House Archer Hotel – Downstairs: DJ Huddy; Upstairs: DJ Reelax Arkaba Hotel – Harvest Bar On Gouger – Random Hero Boho Bar – DJ Paulie & Guests Bushman Hotel – DJ Rupheo Cavern Club – Summer Rage Fest – Day 1: Optical Delusion, Afternoon Rebellion, For The Vultures, One In The Chamber, Neck Deep, To Bury Or Burn, The Pursuit. Thekillbotfactory, The Baron, Gunter & The Safeword, Lamina and We Ate The Search Party Chichi – DJs Smooth Trax & GBH Cooper’s Alehouse @ The Earl – DJ Semtex Cumberland Arms Hotel – Funky Lounge with DJ Boss Duke Of York Hotel – DJs Tom, Roasty & friends Earth Club – Altitude: DJs Banshee, AdrianV, CheekyB, Odyessy Electric Light Hotel – Syke Night Elysium Lounge – Soul and Funk: Kubrik, DJs Hemilove & deNorthwode Enigma Bar – Bar 2: Second Before Sunrise w Lake Nyos + Archers + Visions; Bar 3: “Rockin’ Rocks” w Burlesque Dancers + Mayqueen + These Wild Animals + Encarta Garage – DJs Filthy Rich & Matt Pearce
Mon 2 Jan Archer Hotel – DJ Ocky Arkaba – Tavern: Terriﬁc Trivia Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – Fortune Teller Broadway Hotel – Riley Solo Acoustic Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Bad Manners Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob's BBQ Grand Bar – Industrie Night with DJ Rupheo Oaks Embassy (North Tce) – Karaoke with Annie & Shaggy Red Square – Chill: DJ Semler Sugar – driLLer, Stephen King Worldsend – S-Fools I-Puddle
Tues 3 Jan Arkaba – Top Room: Gavin Baskerville Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Coopers Ale House – Crikey! An Aussie Night Out Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Eclectric: DJ Tr!p Daniel O'Connell Hotel – Irish Sessions Duke Of York Hotel – Pub Flicks Edinburgh Hotel – DJs Ben, James, Marty + Rashi Electric Light Hotel – Indie Ipod Elephant British Pub – The Jam Night with Core Grace Emily Hotel – Pub Cinema Oxford Hotel – E’Nuf Said Royal Oak Hotel – Lucifer’s Lounge S-Bar – Bingo & Funky House with Ben James The Oxford Hotel – Lucifers Lounge The Tonsley – Drive: DJs DMH & Adam Daze Worldsend – Free Live Music
Wed 4 Jan Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: DJ Hugo Salcedo; Top Room: Salsa Dance Classes Avoca Hotel – Live Sessions & DJ DMH Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – Lucifer’s Lounge Bombay Bicycle Club – Sean Robertson Colonel Light Hotel – DJ Chombo Coopers Alehouse @ The Earl – Darren & Carmen Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Hear No Evil: DJs Nixon & Bunyip Cumberland Arms – d’n’b with DJs Swift and Stryke Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Open Mic Electric Light Hotel – DJs AliX & Ocky Elysium Lounge – Chilled Beats Empire Pool Lounge – DJ Orbe Forresters and Squatters Arms Hotel – Big Al’s Krazy Karaoke Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Lather – Presenting the music of Frank Zappa Grace Emily Hotel – Michael Law w Tony Genovese HQ – ‘Flashdance’: Kings Head – DJ Driller Mars Bar – DJK Experience Mick O‘Shea’s Irish Pub – Celtic Connection Seaford Hotel – Karaoke with Suzanne Ford S-Bar – Complete Trivia with Des Supermild – Corey, DJ EFTPOS & guests The Goody Hotel – DJ Mike, MC Paul Curran Worldsend – Free Acoustic Music
Thurs 5 Jan Alma Tavern – DJ Abe Arkaba Hotel – Tavern: Flaming Sambucas Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – DJ Paulie Bombay Bicycle Club – DJ Contact Broadway Hotel – Riley Solo
Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Fat Elvises Grace Emily Hotel – Bakers Digest Grand Bar – ‘Flashback Fridays’: DJ Hollywood & MC Dave Eason, Undercover Duo Hahndorf Inn – DJ Dynamic Hampshire Hotel – DJ Fusion, DJ Josh Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt Highlander Hotel – Hijinks: Hilton Hotel (Hilton) – ‘Boogie Nights in MyBar’: DJ Capital D, MC DV8, DJ Spinbad Hyatt Regency Adelaide – Waves Nightclub: Miami Nights Iso Bar – Sound Mechanics: r’n’b & urban with DJ Krisp, DJ Sok & Jo Castell Kings Head – In House: DJs Lachlan Pender, D-Lux & VIP Largs Pier – Sound Mechanics: Funky, Motown & Old School Lockleys Hotel – DJ Toopie Mansions – ‘Mansions Friday’: DJ K2 Pier One Bar – DJ Skot Holder Producers Bar – Miami Nights Ramsgate Hotel – Live Bands Red Square – ‘Gloss Fridays’: Red Square Reverse Decker, DJ Brendon, Junior, MC Jazz, Stoop Kid Rob Roy – Boehoffer Robin Hood Hotel – ‘Friday Night’s The Pianoman’: Denis Ferraro at the piano Royal Oak Hotel – Groovy Lounge with DJ Derek Lang & friends Savvy – Groovy DJs Seaford Hotel – ‘Party Hard’: DJ DMH Stamford Plaza – Swish: MC Timmy Pine, DJ V Stockade Hotel – Fuel: DJ Nathan Supermild – DJ Gumshoe & guests Tea Tree Gully Hotel – DJ Michael Constant, MC Kris The Goody Hotel – DJ Gex The Stockade – Foxxy G Topaz Bar (Findon Hotel) – DJ Demize Victoria Hotel – DJ Kontrol, DJ Nick Ford, MC Mischief Winstons Bar (Pirie St) – Professor X, DJ Jamie, ATB, Stevie & Michael Fraser Worldsend Hotel – ‘Girls Girls Girls’: TomBoy, Doddsy
Sat 7 Jan Alma Tavern – ‘MetroRetro’: Haloween Party! DJ Capital D, MC Timmy Pine Apothecary – Deep House with Bensun & Bundi Archer Hotel – DJs David James & Jaki J Arkaba Hotel – Unknown To Man Bar On Gouger – Random Hero Bentley’s Clare – DJ Ben Boho Bar – DJ Paulie & Guests Bushman Hotel – ‘I Love Retro!’: DJ Silver Cavern Club – Summer Rage Fest – Day 2: Heston Drop, Ice On Mercury, Server Hill, Chaos Burning, Lipsmack, Here We Divide, The Sunset Horrors, Arcadia, Zelorage, Freak Therapy, Fortune From Tragedy, The Sky Will Know
Club 199 – House, Retro Dance Crown & Anchor Hotel – Curses w Sincerely Grizzly + Damned Men Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Cumberland Arms Hotel – Dance with DJ Harlz Daniel O’Connell Hotel – Panic Duck Inn – Cry Wolf Electric Light Hotel – DJs Hank & Osk, DJ Suckerpunch, DJ Hixxwa, deNorthwode Elysium Lounge – House with DJs Kaelee, Seamless, Sven, Juddo Enigma Bar – Craterface, Anchors, Sex Wizard, Hightime; Bar 3: It’s Tops: DJ Ian & friends Empire Pool Lounge – Matt Decker, Orb & Tonez Garage – DJ Luke Lombe German Arms – DJ Semtex Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Nesin Mystik Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Saturdays’: DJ DMH, DJ Rupheo, Matt B Grace Emily Hotel – Kelsey w Fluff Grays Inn (Mt Barker) – DJ Dynamic & DJ Biz Grifﬁn's Head – DJs Hahndorf Inn – DJ Abe & MC Craig Egan Henley Sandbar – DJ Matt McLaughlin Highlander Hotel – Highlander Saturdays: Hilton Hotel (Hilton) – ‘REVIVE @ MyBar’: DJ Nick Ford, MC Paul Curran Iso Bar – Sound Mechanics: r’n’b & urban with DJ Krisp, DJ Sok & Jo Castell Jive – Gosh! with DJ Craig Kings Head – Smik Saturdays: Wade C, VIP & Madness London Tavern – DJ Dynamic Mansions – ‘Mansions Saturdays’: DJ Michael Constant, DJ Steve Reece, MC Eggo Marion Hotel – Two Hard Basket Mars Bar – Main Room: DJs BeeJay & guests + Floorshow starring Rochelle, Fiﬁ & cast; Kitchen Bar: DJ Fraser & guests Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Chill Norwood Hotel – DJs Sam & Glen Oakbank Hotel – Mick Kidd Oriental – Dynasty Quiet Waters – Belly Dancing with Shamira Ramsgate Hotel – Acoustic Sessions Salt – Funky Jazz & House by Sound Mechanics Savvy – Professor X, Wade C, VIP, Henry Hains Seaford Hotel – Seaford Live S-Bar – Schoolies: MC Cosi & S-Bar Slaves Shotz – DJ Chris Pike Stamford Plaza – ‘Swish Saturdays’: DJ DMH, DJ Matty B, MC Dave Eason; ‘Stamford Plaza Cascades’ with Acoustically Raw Stockade Tavern – Fuel Bar: DJ Dynamic Tea Tree Gully Hotel – DJ V The Goody Hotel – DJ Ahmeed The Stag – DJ Huddy Victoria Hotel (O’Halloran Hill) – DJ Spoonylove Village Tavern – Club XS DJs
Worldsend – ‘Moscow Sessions’: Antiks, Adam Lawrence, Keyser, Tommi
Sun 8 Jan Alma Tavern – Sunday School Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Boho Bar – Groove Elation Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Wash with DJ Jason Lee Enigma Bar – Juke Kartel w Trash City + Ten Thousand + Amber Fade Forresters and Squatters Arms Hotel – Movie Massacre Fowlers Live - Toxic Holocaust Governor Hindmarsh Hotel – Kaha Grace Emily Hotel – Matthew Barlow Grand Bar – ‘Grand Bar Sundays’: Two Stroke Johnny, DJ Dylan Manov, DJ Nick Ford, MC Paul Curran Hilton Hotel MyBar – Tim Bos DJ & Sax Henley Sandbar – DJ Mark McLaughlan HQ – ‘Garden Grooves’: Jazzy James, Professor X, Damage Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub – Jambo Salt – Funky Jazz & House by Sound Mechanics 4pm The Goody Hotel – ‘Sunday Sessions’: Luke & Brock West Thebarton Hotel – Karaoke
Mon 9 Jan Archer Hotel – DJ Ocky Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Grace Emily Hotel – Billy Bob's BBQ Oaks Embassy (North Tce) – Karaoke with Annie & Shaggy Red Square – Chill: DJ Semler Sugar – driLLer, Stephen King Worldsend – S-Fools I-Puddle
Tues 10 Jan Bar On Gouger – Lounge Night Coopers Ale House – Crikey! An Aussie Night Out Crown & Sceptre Hotel – Eclectric with DJ Tr!p Daniel O'Connell Hotel – Irish Sessions Duke Of York Hotel – Pub Flicks Edinburgh Hotel – DJs Ben, James, Marty + Rashi Electric Light Hotel – Indie Ipod Grace Emily Hotel – Half Circle Songwriter Sessions Oxford Hotel – E’Nuf Said Royal Oak Hotel – Lucifer’s Lounge S-Bar – Bingo & Funky House with Ben James The Oxford Hotel – Lucifers Lounge Worldsend – Free Live Music
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Deep Street Soul Look Out, Watch Out Freestyle Records/Fuse Adding vocalist Mighty May Johnston into the mix, Melbourne-based funk outfit Deep Street Soul have expanded their sound and their repertoire on their second album ‘Look Out, Watch Out’ and display all the right moves to tear up the dance floor. As an ensemble, they are as tight as a glove, with each member taking his moment to rise above and shine. Stinging guitar lines, cracking drumbeats and harmonised horn-lines are punctuated by Johnston’s gritty vocals that sound like Ann Peebles with a modern makeover and more than a little debt to James Brown. The traditionally empowering lyrics aren’t anything particularly new, hitting up some typical funk territory, but they are a good fit for the music and Johnston’s voice is a welcome addition to the sound, particularly on Hold On Me, which could easily have been a hit for Stax in the 60s. Meanwhile, What She Said and Deep Street Strut are perfect mid-tempo grooves, laden with punchy clavs, sleazy riffs and dirty hi-hats. The instrumental tracks, however, truly blossom with an added layer of compositional polish and some screaming organ solos. Deep Street Soul know their influences well – The Meters, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone – yet succeed in not sounding like a carbon copy of any of these. The recording is very raw, in keeping with the band’s downand-dirty methodology, and succeeds in capturing a live feeling. The band also clearly understand the value of brevity – with an average track length around 3 minutes, they get in and out quickly and never outstay their welcome. But groove is undoubtedly the most important element in this mix and Deep Street Soul’s highly physical music seems to exist – above all else – for dancing.
Hightime Ishi Prende Pee Records As the band name suggests, this local four-piece create music for exactly what one would imagine, which is simply put: “A good time”. Combining an array of influences into their punk formula, Hightime may have just created the soundtrack for a lot of Punk lovers’ summers out there, as well as reggae enthusiasts and beach inhabitants. Igniting the listener with opening track Beer Garden, a fast paced intense punk number which could remind NOFX that there are bands at their standard minus the obnoxious and crude vulgarity (not that this is a bad sentiment from the Californian icons), it really is a party starter and practically transports the listener to a circle pit of mayhem. However, the real genius behind this quartet is that just when one has Hightime figured out, they accentuate their true talent with their diversity. Lay Low is a prime example of this with its transformation from firstly a reggae song, to then a Californian punk hard hitting sprint which morphs again into an accelerated surf rock number; simply remarkable. 17
The real highlight from the thirteen tracks of ‘Ishi Prende’ is one of the final tracks of the album called Don’t Move Away. Flirting amongst punk, reggae, a memorable 80s soundtrack and a jazz interlude, what emphasises this track the most is not only the sense of local pride in the lyrics, but just the straightforward and catchy chorus which is impossible to not sing along to. Full credit must be directed to vocalist Nina McCann because this hook might just make the history books. The experimentation with other instruments like trumpets and bongos on the songs Plug Your Feet and Loan Shark justifies the bands’ talents even further. But don’t for a second think they are shying away from intensity as Nothing To Stop is an insane thrash about of chaos, screams and blast beat drums – yes, the scarier version of punk. If bands like NOFX, Sublime and even some earlier Frenzal Rhomb are the soundtrack to your summer BBQ, then Hightime are a definite worthy addition to your playlist. Fat Wreck Chords may as well start hunting Hightime down; this is easily their level and best of all Australian.
Eddy Current Suppression Ring So Many Things Fuse
Eight years and three albums on from their humble beginnings at a vinyl pressing plant Christmas party in 2003, Melbourne’s Eddy Current Suppression Ring have become something of an icon in the Australian independent scene. They have remained creative which has retained many fans, and grown upwards and outwards, with their breakthrough 2008 EP – Australian Music Prize winning ‘Primary Colours’ - from which the awesome organ fest of We’ll Be Turned On features. The band’s approach is pure DIY – basic but effective: a melodic rush of overdriven garage rock with a purely Aussie lackadaisical delivery. They have a gift for riffs that can keep looping and looping without ever getting old. The result is a thrilling potpourri of jagged riffs, tightly wound rhythms and lyrical observations that are both basic and thrilling. The release of ‘So Many Things’, a careerspanning collection of 22 singles and nonalbum rarities, has come while the band is on an indefinite hiatus. The band’s first single, Get Up Morning has lost none of its riffing magnificence whilst the surf stomp of That Time of Day is a nice little treat. Noise In My Head has a jangly 12string Rickenbacker Beatles feel while I have read that the main hook of It Ain’t Cheap sounds a bit like The Easybeats playing the intro to The Doors’ Touch Me, which I only sense in the delivery. You Don’t Care turns a Kinks-like hook into a nice little thumper as well as the Buzzcocks-esque Pagans cover Boy, Can I Dance Good. For the record, my personal favourites are We Got The Beat, something I did not realize was a Go-Go’s cover at first (shame!), Noise In My Head and You Don’t Care. What highlights ECSR in not such a flattering light is the odds ‘n’ sods collection. It is somewhat dominated by demo-quality lo-fi recordings, its tracks pile on with such a sameness that ECSR sound more formulaic than they really are. It doesn’t highlight the back-to-back garage anthems of their early days or the expansive Krautrock maze of 2010’s ‘Rush To Relax’. Whether this does them a disservice is mainly irrelevant – most fans will lap this up anyway. They’re a good little band. dB Magazine 14 December 2011
Florence & The Machine
Dieselwitch Will Kill You Independent
Elysian Vibes 5 by Leigh Wood One World Music
Ceremonials Island Records
To say the Florence and the Machine’s 2009 album ‘Lungs’ was a success would be the biggest understatement in this review and the pressure surrounding follow-up, ‘Ceremonials’, has been massive (another understatement). The fact that Florence Welch has such a unique musical and vocal style, however, means that she is in a pretty safe spot, because even after two albums, enough time has not yet passed for the general public to grow tired or what she does. Plus, she does it so well. The piano rules this record. From the opening reverb drenched chords of Only If For A Night, its presence dominates the entire album. The melody lines are instantly catchy and the drum patterns are the unsung hero, bringing the songs from good to great. Single, Shake It Out, is a clear standout, beginning with a simple and honest vocal lead, the song grows as it travels along into a percussion drenched celebration of a chorus that will have you running and spinning in a field of sunflowers whilst holding white streamers. Welch seems more confident and ambitious this time around. This is obvious on tracks like the sinister toned What The Water Gave Me, or the eighties pop influenced Breaking Down and Lover To Lover. The haunting gospel number Seven Devils is another highlight which is followed by the sporadic Heartlines. The overall tone of the record is much happier and brighter than the debut. Tracks like All This And Heaven Too, have an underlying joy to them that lifts and strengthens the vibe. The record ends on the groove heavy Leave My Body, which sums up ‘Ceremonials’ extremely well – a refined version of ‘Lungs’ that has a confidence about it which betters its predecessor.
I’ll admit, I only came across the Killgirls fairly recently, when they played a set at the Adelaide Roller Derby, so I can’t really say that I’ve been aware of their previous progress. What I do know, though, is what these local lads are – a solid and talented group of electro-dance-rockers who, based on their new EP ‘Animal’, are set to explode into bigger markets any day now. Right from the word go, with the catchy opening track Flint And Steel, The Killgirls draw the listener in with their driving rhythms and well balanced mix of synths and strings, which is something a lot of bands go awry on in their early days. Through to the final notes of closing track, the titular and leading track Animal, this is easily one of the strongest local releases I’ve come across in 2011. Animal is well picked as the leading track, as it is arguably the most accessible to electronica fans, while still showing the band’s rock edge in its chorus, which gives it a wide target audience. For me, however, the strongest moment on the EP has to be either Astronaut’s infectious, cowbell infused, rhythm, or What I Need’s dubstep inspired drop after the second chorus. That’s not to say that the rest of the tracks are in any way slouches; Grams And Tons has possibly the most interesting arrangement on the CD, Teeth And Fur’s ethereal quality gives a nice mid-way departure from the EP’s frantic pace, and the two song combo of White Bus and Disconnected deliver a relentless barrage that is truly a joy to listen to. To sum it up; this is a release to get a hold of, and this is a band to watch, so find a copy ‘Animal’. Now.
Starting off with Jack It All In, I was transported back to a time where surf boards where as big as cars and slicked back hair was the norm – the 50s. Octopus is an instrumental and should be a soundtrack to a Hawaii 5-0 type police show. Gina The Gypsy belongs on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack it’s that good. You can’t help but grab a partner and fling them around on the dance floor. Okay, before you think this is all Dick Dale or The Ventures, it’s not all surf music. After track 3 they inject some rock and move from the beach to the garage for some raw surf rock moments reminiscent of The Sonics and The Trashmen (famous for Surfin’ Bird). There are even some influences of that mid 60’s feel that The Kinks brought upon the world evidenced on Lost In The Desert. Kill Brain is another highlight and has this repeated noodling garage rock guitar riff with surf breaks. I thought The Cramps and The Ventures had collaborated and taken over the album. After four EPs they finally release this, their first full length album. The singing style is something you are going to love or hate. The vocals are shared between Buz and Luke – it’s hard to tell who’s who – and while the passion comes through in the singing it did get a little irritating. On Kicks he shreds the hell out of his vocal chords but not in a good way. Unfortunately Kicks and Trouble Sleeping are easily skipped. I Set Bugs On Fire just survives the cut, but it could have been much better for the last track. It’s a massive gamble to produce this style of music but its good to see a local band going against the grain and doing what the hell they want to do!
One World Music is Australia’s contribution to anything smooth, downtempo, chilled out, and soulful in electronic music. Its ‘Elysian Vibes’ compilations have been a strong showcase for international acts within the genre, with frequent comparisons being made to other similar, world-renowned compilations such as ‘Hotel Costes’ and ‘Buddha Bar.’ The fifth instalment of the series sees the label founder: Leigh Wood taking the reigns (his first compilation in 3 years) and further cement his label as the local go-to for downtempo lovers. The album opens with a brilliant remix of Submotion Orchestra’s All Yours. It is dubby, soulful, ambient, and jazzy – the epitome of what Wood is trying to achieve with One World Music. Enigmatic’s Fragile continues the dubby electronica vibe, but the album soon eases itself off, getting more and more chilled out, with tracks like the remixes of Afterlife’s Soulstice and Pravana’s Sea Temple; Alucidnation’s Me & ‘er,’ and Chris Coco’s Summer Sun. The lullaby effect continues on for much of the album, and it doesn’t get more uptempo until the album closer, Alucidnation’s remix of Al-Pha-X’s Chilled Goodbyes. Even then, describing the track as uptempo is a bit of a stretch. Leigh Wood keeps the track mixing at a basic level, just providing enough so to deliver a sense of continuity, as well as not to disrupt the atmospherics that the tracks already provide. Admittedly, downtempo and chill out music is not the most dynamic musical genre. Whilst not overly in your face or invasive, it can also be lackadaisical and unstimulating. The ‘Elysian Vibes’ compilation however, has managed to get a nice balance when it comes to the genre, and this release is pleasant enough that it may garner more than just one rotation from its listeners.
dB Magazine 14 December 2011
BY DAVID O'BRIEN
ach December theatre and arts writer David O’Brien casts a gimlet eye over the year that was, reaches back into the memory banks and recall the highpoints and lowlights which have enriched his life since January. Generally speaking, he pulls no punches, loves his locally produced theatre, is fiercely loyal to theatre practitioners who put in the hard work to be a success and (naturally) has an opinion on just about everything related to the arts in SA. This year his ‘Top 10’ includes 12 entries for reasons known only to him. The Top 10 1.Bound Bear Trap Theatre/Adelaide Fringe The songs, the profound expression of human frailty bound in a journey of mind, place, all arrayed in stripped back production values. Breathtaking. 2. Buried Child State Theatre Sam Shephard’s work sings with a newfound voice and powerful awareness in the hands of Director David Mealor. 3. The Eisteddfod five.point.one The most fascinating, morally challenging, utterly absorbing independent production of an Australian playwright seen this year. 4. The Transposed Man Ross Daniels/Adelaide Fringe Ross Daniels is a profoundly gifted creator of comic characters, caricatures, melded with a deeply engaging humanity. He’s back in 2012 with ‘Punked’. Please, please see it. 5. The Wau Wau Sisters Are Naked as The Day They Were Born Again Daniel Clarke Presents/Adelaide Fringe
Cerise de Gelder’s play is. Dr Seuss with Aussie tele melodrama delights thrown in. 11. Sexual Perversity in Chicago Accidental Productions Playwright David Mamet excels at leaving dirty hard secrets behind how people really behave, for artists to discover. This production missed not one of them. Nor the brilliant humour either.
I said it all first time. Tanya Gagne and Adrienne Truscott are supremely powerful and all commanding. They reach into hearts in a tempestuous, passionate and profoundly liberating way.
12.Debut 3 Restless Dance Theatre Great arts exists to ennoble and inform. Great artists allow others, no matter the barriers they face, the means of creative expression. The Restless Debut program is giving life to the creativity of the disabled choreographer, and should be followed closely.
6. That Face five.point.one Easily the two best performances given this year came from Tamara Lee and Matt Crook. Their rendering of Polly Stenham’s dysfunctional family world was sensational.
The Wrap or… What Mattered in 2011
7. The Lounge Room Confabulators Adelaide Fringe My heart melted, drowned, swirled in this duos intimate, soulful gothic style fairy tales.
And the wheels are turning and turning as this twentieth century dies… ‘I Have Not Been To Oxford Town’ David Bowie, 1.Outside. 1995.
8. The Lesson Accidental Productions Aching beautiful, frightening distillation of Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece handled masterfully by Guy O’Grady and Elizabeth Hay.
As the mores of last century are either fading away or are no longer, time to focus on what’s changing for the better in the arts game and where the action is in making the foundations of a new century. Let’s start with Cloud funding. The next big thing in an era of significantly decreasing and set to further decrease, state and federal based arts funding. We know in SA that 2012 will see a decline in funding. We see the states of Victoria and NSW’s peak arts organisations sending ‘please explain’ letters to their Governments asking
9. No Hello Duende/Adelaide Fringe Apocalypse Now with serious smarts. 10. Just Douglas Accidental Productions What a ripping comic gift Playwright
to know why decisions have not been made about 2012, let alone what we know here as triennial funding, is at. Hello cloud funding. Independent artists nationally and internationally are jumping on this fab bandwagon, allowing them to globally garner admittedly meagre funds in cases from supporters new and old, ensuring underfunded, partly funded, skin of our teeth funded work gets up. Sure, they still have to write those annoying grant applications. With online tools such as Pozible and IndieGoGo, and others, what a reach artists can achieve. Adelaide’s Tina Mitchell, now green card carrying girl in New York, working with another Adelaide expat New Yorker, freelance Opera director Paul Peers has managed the cash for her hybrid Opera ‘Mata Hari: The Great Imitator’. Jason Sweeny and Fiona Sprott recently raised the money needed for their film project ‘The Pyjama Monologues’ under their Unreasonable Films label, now in production. Five.point.one raised cash with some trad methods, along with cloud funding for their production of London hipster Polly Stenham’s ‘That Face’. In a related approach, Brink Productions totally used YouTube to present video ‘ads’ spruiking their fundraising efforts, the coolest vids I’ve seen. Energising the spirit of private philanthropy, against declining government support, truly lies in the known ‘public’; friends, family, industry aware types to the corporate, through these tools. The struggle of new art, building new audiences is as ever ‘threadbare’, but so much the financially smarter in its financial and audience mix thanks to cloud funding.
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dB Magazine 14 December 2011
THEATRE Gypsy Gin & Vodka Productions The Star Theatres Thurs 24 Nov Season closed ‘Gypsy’ has been called American musical theatre’s ‘King Lear’. Since its 1959 premiere, it has been revived countless times on Broadway and in London, and the role of Mama Rose, Gypsy’s domineering mother, has become one of musical theatre’s most coveted. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents, ‘Gypsy’ transforms the memoirs of striptease star Gypsy Rose Lee into what is perhaps the definitive theatrical rendering of the ‘stage mother from hell’ story. It chronicles Mama Rose’s unending efforts to propel one of her daughters into stardom. When June rebels, Rose turns to the shy Louise to fulfil her all-consuming dream of raising her family above their humdrum, Great Depression era lives. In their programme notes, directors Vince Fusco and Joshua Penley describe the play as having ‘stood the test of time again and again’ but, unsurprisingly for a show which is over fifty years old, it is showing its age. Songs such as Everything’s Coming up Roses and Let Me Entertain You are amongst musical theatre’s most recognisable and remain infectious, but the rags-to-riches, obsessive stage mother and reluctant star aspects of the story have become overfamiliar through a panoply of films, books and plays. Much of the dialogue creaks, and not all of the comedy sits comfortably with 21st century sensibilities, though Gin & Vodka succeed in blowing enough of the cobwebs off.
April Stuart turns in an extraordinary performance as Mama Rose, seemingly effortlessly capturing her character’s complex and at times contradictory personality. Stuart has described playing the role as the fulfilment of a dream and she clearly relishes every moment on stage, demanding both ire and empathy from the audience. Lindsay Dunn, as Rose’s long-suffering partner Herbie, is solid but more impressive are Chloe Truehl and Jessica Voivenel who play Rose’s daughters June and Louise with much skill and flair. Voivenel’s transition from the naive Louise to the seductive Gypsy is utterly convincing. It is this transition, along with the brief but highly entertaining cameos by Amy Hutchinson, Nicole Christopoulos and Vanessa Shirley as the burlesque performers Tessie Tura, Mazeppa and Electra that make the second act the better of the two. The first, at a touch over an hour and a half long, drags and ultimately runs out of steam. Of the plethora of other performers, Todd Emmett is the most impressive as Tulsa, one of the boys from Rose’s increasingly ropey act. Emmett proves to be ‘Gypsy’s standout triple threat, singing, dancing and acting with commendable dexterity and enthusiasm. His first act tap routine is a showstopper. It is the strength of these performances that ensure ‘Gypsy’s success. The show’s cheap and cheery production values work, as does the altered denouement which sees the second act end on a pleasingly ambiguous note. The band are not, unfortunately, always on song but their occasional lapses are not enough to diminish what is an engaging showcase of some of Adelaide’s most talented musical theatre performers.
PUFFIO Botanic Park plays host to Moonlight Cinema once again this summer with another batch of recent flicks and old favourites to round out 2011 in the best possible way: sitting under the stars, perhaps sunk into a bean bed, and watching some great films with all the picnicking amenities you can think of. This week’s program takes off on Dec 14 and offers the likes of ‘Warrior’, ‘The Debt’ and ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ while the following weeks will reign in the likes of ‘We Bought A Zoo’, ‘Midnight In Paris’ and ‘Immortals’ as well as cult classics like ‘Rocky Horror’, ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ’. Screenings take place after sundown, from 7pm, and tickets are available at the door or online at moonlight.com.au. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awardwinning musical ‘A Chorus Line’ is taking place at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre from Dec 31 and is surely a summer musical not to be missed. Originally conceived in 1975 at the Public Theatre’s Newman Theatre and later moved to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre, the original ‘A Chorus Line’ won 9 Tony Awards and ran for almost 15 years, closing in 1990 after over 6,000 performances. The iconic presentation of ‘A Chorus Line’ follows the story of 17 dancers auditioning for just 8 stage roles in a new Broadway musical, presenting their individual stories through a brilliant arrangement of song and dance. Tickets for this historic show are available now from BASS and the season will run until Jan 28.
Hawker Street Café is exhibiting works from local visual artist Marcel V. Grguric throughout December. Grguric’s acrylic and digital artwork will be on display and with 19 pieces in total and the loveliest café in Bowden presenting these fine works it’s looking like a great exhibition already. Head along to 22 Hawker St, Bowden and catch a glimpse of some work from one of Adelaide’s seasoned visual artists.
The ‘West End XMAS Market and Carnivale’ will take place for one day only, this Sunday Dec 18 along Leigh Street in the city centre. In it’s second year running, the West End will come alive (more-so than any old Sunday afternoon) with this pre-Christmas street party featuring live music from The Amazing Drumming Monkeys, The Levitators, Laura Hill, Nuvo and The Atlantic Street Band as well as performances from Fusion Beats (Adelaide’s own Bollywood dance school), Las Chicas Bomba samba dance group, African Drummers and a Mexican Mariachi Band. As always, Coffee Branch will be open for the day and the Burger Theory van is due to make an appearance. Along with food stalls offering the finest Jamaican, Portuguese, Latin American, Indian and Asian cuisine, Leigh St will come alive from Midday to 10pm and it’s absolutely free to head along and check out the festivities. A celebration of 21 years of Tunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research will take place this month in the form of ‘Long Way Home’, an exhibition featuring pieces from Indigenous artists such as Ian W Abdulla, Julie Dowling, Michael Boiyool Anning, Nici Cumpston, Eubena Nampitjinpa and many more talented artists. Running from Dec 17 – Feb 19, the exhibition will also feature a fully illustrated catalogue compiled by indigenous staff and students at Flinders University including curators Ali Gumillya Baker, Natalie Wheeler and Jackie Wurm. The opening night will run from 6-8pm on Friday Dec 16 at Flinders University City Gallery in the State Library of SA, North Terrace. ‘Long Way Home’ will celebrate 21 years of Indigenous contribution and achievement at Flinders University and will explore themes of nationalism, identity and cultural diversity in a very intimate setting. The Adelaide Festival Centre’s Visual Arts program will present ‘Homage: The Royal Dozen (2007-2010) and The Regal Twelve (2005-2007)’, beginning this week from Dec 17 until Feb 19 at the Artspace Gallery, via Festival Drive. ‘Royal Dozen’, a photographic exhibition from award winning photographic and digital artist Alexia Sinclair, showcases a series of male monarchs and explores a symbolic re-representation of royalty throughout history. Her series ‘The Regal Twelve’ presents well-known portraits from European Monarchs across history and mythology and the series of works explores the lives of twelve fascinating women through Sinclair’s distinctly original style of photography and digital media. Don’t miss out on this one-off chance to view these award winning works. ‘Neko Nation’, Adelaide’s own Anime and Gaming themed party takes off this Friday Dec 16 at Higher Ground in the city and there’s no greater avenue for local gamers and Anime fans to get their fix of all things Anime. Featuring 14 DJs playing J-Pop, J-Rock and Anime Themes along with Catgirls serving free sushi, how could anyone pass up an offer like that? ‘Neko Nation’ might be your last opportunity this year to get amongst Japanese and Korean Anime culture here in Adelaide and Cosplay as your favourite Anime character. Head along to Higher Ground this Friday to see what it’s all about. Happy holiday season to all – dB Magazine takes a break until early in the New Year, the first edition being out Wed 11 Jan 2012.
dB Magazine 14 December 2011
CINEMA BEST OF 2011 Mal Byrne 1. Snowtown Director: Justin Kurzel I agree with Peter Goers. It’s disturbing, shocking, almost impossible to watch in parts, and only has one professional actor in the cast, but it’s a masterpiece comparable with ‘Wake In Fright’ and ‘Gallipoli’.
Alex Wheaton Once again a years’ worth of film releases throws up an amazing array, and once again, the dB Magazine film reviewers survey the field, assessing and putting together the list which I demand. At the close of each and every year I collate the nominations, think about things a bit, do a little research, flip a coin, and then try to write a few words that make sense of the varied selections. No such luck this year, I’m afraid; there are the usual suspects which rely as much on computer generated imaging as they do as their cartoon strip antecedents, there are those who draw an interesting artistic portrayal of a bygone period, factual or otherwise. As evidence that both the 1970s and the 1930s are staging something of a comeback, it’s tiresome to note Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight In Paris’ was nominated by three reviewers. Rupert Wyatt’s ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ is interesting for entirely other anthropological reasons, since a forty year old concept which spawned a complete industry in B-grade movies and a spinoff television show can still capture the imagination of many. Even so, there are some in society who still reject the specific attraction between the subspecies of great apes. Yes Gilligan, there is still hope for that remake of the ‘marooned on an island’ concept. Oh, wait. For the year 2011 there can be only two standouts, as decided by me (and I alone)… ‘The Tree Of Life’ from Director Terence Malik is a quirky and wonderfully different style of movie; loved by many. And then there’s the woefully dark and almost entirely implied nastiness of ‘Snowtown’, usually described on-screen as bleak and confronting. Of course, a movie set in the Northern Adelaide suburbs about a gang of serial killers is likely to reveal those things. That ‘Snowtown’ manages so well to convey it’s feeling reveals a miraculous piece of filmmaking. If you’ve not seen it, this home grown monster comes with the highest accolades, but don’t expect it to be enjoyable.
Luke Carlino 1. Sucker Punch Director: Zack Snyder An original spin on the split personality concept topped off with brilliant effects and performances from relatively unknowns. Also one of the best soundtracks in a film this year. 2. X-Men: First Class
Director: Matthew Vaughn A re-boot that blows away all others that came before it. James McEvoy and Michael Fassbender steal the show with great performances in a well told, accurate story about the origins of the X:Men.
an exciting and surprisingly complex story was generated from a (mostly) mute set of digital monkeys is no mean feat.
3. Hanna Director: Joe Wright Another very original concept topped off by an amazing performance from Saorise Ronan. The story of trained child assassin told so well with minimal use of action and effects.
1. Captain America: The First Avenger Director: Joe Johnston A superhero flick with a surprising degree of heart, where wimpy Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is transformed into a powerhouse to take on the Nazis.
4. Super 8 Director: JJ Abrams This alien invasion film is literally the modern day ‘Goonies’ and relies heavily on fantastic performances from its child actors rather than special effects. 5. Bridesmaids Director: Paul Feig The ladies stand up and show they can be just as funny and gross as the men and ending up with slightly more laughs than their Hangover 2 rivals.
Matt Vesely 1. Drive Director: Nicolas Winding Refn An amazingly absorbing and uncomfortably odd crime film, one which proved stone-cold weirdo Ryan Gosling is a force to be reckoned with - I've never seen anyone sit quietly in a diner with such bizarre intensity. 2. Snowtown Director: Justin Kurzel Like last year's 'Animal Kingdom,' a horrific group of criminals is explored through the eyes of a mislead youth - but locally made 'Snowtown' is a far superior effort, dripping with style and atmosphere. 3. Super 8 Director: JJ Abrams The science-fiction subplot ends up a bit like a dodgy 'X-Files' episode (of which there were only a few), but JJ Abrams shot at his own 'E.T.' is warm, funny and full of brilliant performances by its young cast. 4. Beginners Director: Mike Mills An immensely likeable Ewan McGregor' finds out that his elderly father, played to perfection by Christopher Plummer, is gay in this touching indie flick - one that, despite its A-list cast, is completely stolen by a subtitled Jack Russell Terrier. 5. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Director: Rupert Wyatt The humans are all pretty crap, but the fact that such
2. The Tree Of Life Director: Terence Malik A++ for ambition and even if the execution was uneven, Terence Malick proves that he’s the most audacious American filmmaker since Kubrick. Brad Pitt is superb.
3. Incendies Director: Denis Villeneuve An Arabian western with an extraordinary story told in an epic style befitting the masters like John Ford and George Stevens. Is rural Jordan the new Monument Valley? 4. Paul Director: Greg Mottola Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s piss take on science fiction films and America generally was a hoot and a cut above the gross out stuff we’re being served these days.
2. The Illusionist Director: Sylvain Chomet A lyrical, enchanting animation that is both an adaptation of an un-produced Jacques Tati script and a tribute to his comic genius.
5. Inside Job Director: Charles Ferguson This documentary dissecting the causes of the GCF should be compulsory viewing. How did they get away with it and why do they still get away with it?
3. Midnight in Paris Director: Woody Allen Lightweight but charming, this romantic comedy showcases Owen Wilson at his best as a man who mysteriously winds up in 1920s Paris amongst a cohort of his literary idols.
4. Rango Director: Gore Verbinski One of the most original and visually daring animated films ever, this wry, knowing homage to ‘Chinatown’ has Johnny Depp as a smoothtalking chameleon and unlikely Wild West hero.
1. Captain America: The First Avenger Director: Jow Johnston Although seen as just another origin film in a market flooded by superheroes, Johnston's take on one of the most thematically interesting hero origins around held true to the 1940's propoganda origins of the comic, while keeping it grounded in modern storytelling.
5. The Trip Director: Michael Winterbottom A comedy feast, featuring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan as manic caricatures of themselves playing a biting game of one-upmanship on a trip around the UK.
2. Green Lantern Director: Martin Campbell Although not the strongest of the superhero releases of the year, and also one of the few not tied in to the upcoming Avengers, Campbell's surprisingly poorly received (to me) take on the popular DC Comics' character held true to the feel of the comics and showcased some amazing acting from Mark Strong, in particular.
Darren Bevington Leach 1. Source Code Director: Duncan Jones Back To The Future sans Michael J Fox or 1.21 gigawatts. 2. Contagion Director: Steven Soderbergh A deadly virus could potentially destroy the worlds population, and no Motley Crue member caused it.
3. Snowtown Director: Justin Kurzel A film that many found so shocking as to be unpalatable, this unnervingly accurate depiction of modern Adelaide's darker side provides a thought provoking commentary on the power of a charismatic leader in a desperate community, even in our more developed country.
3. Catfish Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman Proof why not to have a Facebook relationship.
4. True Grit Director: Ethan and Joel Cohen The Cohen brothers' remake of the well known cowboy film delivers a solidly enjoyable experience in all regards, from start to finish, held together with some very fine performances.
4. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Director: Rupert Wyatt The apes outwit the humans yet again. Damn those dirty apes. 5. Unknown Director: Jaume Collet-Serra A bad man turns good after head butting a car window.
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In a culture permeated with nerd humour which comes off as condescending more often than not (‘Big Bang Theory’, I'm looking at you), it's refreshing to see a film by nerds, for nerds, that delivers enjoyment and humour for us, not about us.
Patrick Moore 1. Black Swan Director: Darren Aronofsky This tour de force from Aronofsky and star Natalie Portman about an ambitious dancer proved an arresting essay of the human condition and the price paid for pushing oneself to the emotional extreme. 2. Super 8 Director: JJ Abrams Harking back to the style of movies so common in the 70s/80s, ‘Super 8’ created a welcome echo of wondrous charm as it charted a group of cinema loving teenagers battling an alien menace. 3. Drive Director: Nicolas Winding Ryan Gosling once again cements his place as one of today’s finest actors in this crime tale with his anti-hero smoothly navigating the murky waters of gangsters and opportunism. 4. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Director: Rupert Wyatt One of the very few recent remakes that worked, this new addition to the ‘Apes’ franchise restored the once tarnished concept with a smartly written screenplay matching the dazzling CGI. 5. The Girl Who Kicked A Hornet’s Nest Director: Daniel Alfredson A very satisfying conclusion to the hugely popular ‘Girl’ series, ‘Hornet’s Nest’ successfully tied up the various mysterious with striking performances and direction making fine use of its source novel.
Aaron Nash 1. Midnight In Paris Director: Woody Allen A classic Woody romantic comedy about the effects of nostalgia, set in the city of love. 2. Drive Director: Nicolas Winding Refn A noirish action-thriller with perfect pacing and a stellar performance from Ryan Gosling that evokes younger stars of yesteryear like Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood.
Puss In Boots Director: Chris Miller Rated: PG Now screening The best aspect of watching animated movies based on literature is seeing how well writers twist established mythology. The Shrek films did this successfully with its bending of various fairy tales delighting big and small viewers. Spinning off from that series is ‘Puss In Boots’, with the title character becoming almost as popular as Shrek himself. Adapted from the works by Charles Perrault Puss In Boots’ first solo outing is almost as enchanting as the words from which it first appeared. Puss In Boots is a swashbuckling feline looking for the next prize; he thinks he finds this when hearing of some magic beans which can lead him to untold riches. Unfortunately they are protected by wicked outlaws Jack and Jill who intend on using them for nefarious means. Sensing big trouble, Puss is helped by the mysterious vagabond Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty. A strange trio of personas, they attempt to save the world in their own suave but valiant fashion. With a vocal cast including Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek and filled with superb animation, ‘Puss In Boots’ is a generally fun escapade. Whilst occasionally suffering from a ‘touch of the cuteness’ and ill-judged bodily function jokes, it mostly recaptures the character’s original charm. Perhaps more so than Shrek, this allows the writers to be even more free-wheeling with the finely tuned humour and action enlivening the sometimes slow paced story. Although primarily a children’s film ‘Puss In Boots’ manages to put in a few genre references older viewers should enjoy. Its style and look are taken from the ‘Zorro’ series – ironic given Banderas actually played that hero in two films. Coupled with the ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’ motif the justification of putting a popular character from another franchise into their own production pays off – something rarely meeting much success. While it could have been better in certain areas overall ‘Puss In Boots’ should satisfy fans. A silly animated romp it again highlights how the re-interpretation of literary icons can only be as successful as a screen-writer’s vivid imagination.
3. Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure Director: Matthew Bate A locally produced documentary and one of the stand-outs at the Adelaide Film Festival, "...Little Man" plays to our voyeuristic tendencies and tickles our funny bone in some of the most uncomfortable places. 4. The Tree Of Life Director: Terence Malik Malik's semi-autobiographic film about life, the universe and everything is impressionistic, indulgent and unlike any other film released this year. dB Magazine 14 December 2011
Attack The Block Director: Joe Cornish Rated: R from Thurs 1 Dec If Ripley and Dizzy Rascal had a baby, their creation would be ‘Attack The Block’. Full
of a mysterious creature. The gang of South London teens, their victim Sam and their drug dealer Ron (Nick Frost) must now band together and defend their block from an alien invasion, and learn in the process, that actions have consequences. The brilliance of this film is that it knows the concept is outlandish and the action is equally as ridiculous but it uses it’s absurdity to its advantage to create a great comedy full of suspense and action, almost as if channelling ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ or ‘Hot Fuzz’, and what you get is a fantastic English tongue-in-cheek comedy. There really are no down sides to this film, if you leave your critiquing at the door, you’ll see this film is brilliantly cast, with a group of teens seemingly straight out of the South London Housing Block this film is set in. It’s quick to the action and full of amazing suspense filled moments, which will have you rooting for the kids you despised at the start of the film, and screaming for them to run bruvver, run faster. The way the kids start out as heartless thugs trying to prove their manliness is one of the best parts of the film, their transition from petty criminals wanting to be in the big league to having to become the men they were supposed to be and coming to the realisation that actions have consequences, is the heart and soul of
of action, suspense, terrifying aliens and of course dialogue straight out of a South London housing block, this film will have you laughing, jumping out of your seat and wishing, (if only for a moment), you had an awesome cockney accent - I guaran'ee i' bruvver...know what I mean? When a gang of thugs mug one of their own Sam (Jodie Whittaker) the result is the death
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the film even if it is done in a comical and outlandish way....somehow this works. The Aliens, although not up to the standard of Hollywood blockbuster special effects we’re used to, are crude, but their effect on the screen only serves to enhance the comedy and absurd nature of the script. Special mention to the wonderful Nick Frost, who although has a small part in the film as the mentor to this misfit group of teens, provides some hilarious “Frost” moments we’ve come to expect and love. I know this is a big call, but this is probably one of the best comedies I’ve seen for a long time, it’s a fresh take on the alien genre and nails the casting to create a hilariously believable film with endless amount of fun.
Anonymous Director: Roland Emmerich Rated: M now screening What if the world’s greatest playwright was a fraud? This is the conspiracy theory tackled by director Roland Emmerich in ‘Anonymous’. Set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the political drama of her succession, ‘Anonymous’ poses the theory that Edward De Vere, the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) is the real writer of all the Shakespearean plays we’ve come to know and love. Forced to live with the manipulating William Cecil, a trusted advisor to Queen Elizabeth, the Earl of Oxford is forced to give up his talent as a playwright, (considered to be a sin), to help ensure the smooth succession plan of Queen Elizabeth, and stop the Essex Rebellion against her. Unable to just throw his talent away, the Earl decides to deliver his writings to someone he knows will ensure they are seen by the world... and keep his name secret... enter big Will. ‘Anonymous’ poses a lot of theoretical questions about Shakespeare and his work. The film keeps you totally engrossed from start to finish, and will have you thinking... yeah, how did someone who was supposedly illiterate write such fantastic plays, and therein lies the brilliance of this film. Although it’s hard to believe that someone who gave the world ‘Universal Soldiers’ would have the ability to tackle such a tough conspiracy theory, Roland Emmerich has indeed succeeded in getting his audience walking out thinking... maybe, just maybe. But credit where credit is due, Emmerich, better known for giving us Hollywood blockbusters such as ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Godzilla’, manages to create an absolutely, entirely believable world where William Shakespeare is nothing but an uneducated, womanising buffoon, who takes credit for someone else's work... telling that story to the world had to be hard going. ‘Anonymous’ also boasts a stellar line up of actors such as Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis to help plant the seed of doubt. Ifans is brilliant as the tortured Earl of Oxford whose creativity is stifled by an equally brilliant David Thewlis as the power hungry, manipulating Cecil. Both men are so engrossed in their character and selling the theory of this story, that their passion is obvious with every word spoken, lending itself more and more to making the theory that much more believable. An honourable mention goes to Raffe Spall, so convincing as the dim witted, sex mad William Shakespeare, who not only provides some much needed comic relief to the drama heavy script, but does an outstanding job convincing the audience that the theory is entirely possible, once we get a load of Shakespeare in full action. Perhaps the only let down of this film is its length. At just over two hours, the film often gets caught up in the political drama between Queen Liz and the rebellion, rather than the compelling nature of the theory behind who is the real playwright. Had the script stuck purely to the controversial conspiracy, it would have been a tad more punchier and to the point, and made the film a little more accessible to those uneducated about Elizabethan history. Nevertheless, whether you believe the theory or not, ‘Anonymous’ is still great and will forever plant the seed of doubt in the storied history of William Shakespeare.
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