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#23 01/02/06



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GIG GUIDE - FEB 06! Wed 1/02- KAMIKAZE KARAOKE Hosted by Little Miss Pink & Karaoke KowGirl. Thurs 2/02 - MESH (breaks & drum’n’bass) - Hobarts oldest club night, with residents SPINFX / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / GROTESQUE + Guests. Upstairs Bands: Sydney City Trash / Alexander Pearce / The One Eyed Reillys - $5 Entry. Fri 3/02 - Downstairs 8pm: KO - Resident DJ MEZ & Guests ‘Laying down the Chunks“O”Funk’ Downstairs 10.30pm: BOOGIE - 70’s & 80’s FUNK with resident DJ’s NICK C & DUNCAN. Upstairs 11pm: BREAK EVEN- Fat Breaks & Beats with residents, ADAM TURNER / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / MEZ + Guests. Sat 4/02 - Upstairs 3pm: SATURDAY ARVO LIVE SESSIONS - Rock out with the bands: Echo Blue + The Voyeurs - $3 cover - Then Downstairs from 10.30pm: TACKYLAND - 70’s, 80’s and 90’s RETRO with resident DJ’s NAUGHTS & THC + Upstairs 11pm: The BEEZ NEEZ presents DIRTY F*KING DANCIN’ - house, electro & breaks. Residents: GILLIE / ADAM TURNER / CORNEY / + Special Guest JET MORE (Byron Bay)

Wed 8/02 - SYRUP SMACK DOWN Hosted by MDUSU and DJ GROTESQUE Open Mic Night and DJ Battles.

Thurs 9/02 - MESH (breaks & drum’n’bass) - Hobarts oldest club night, with residents SPINFX / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / GROTESQUE + Guests. Fri 10/02 - Downstairs 8pm: KO - Resident DJ MEZ & Guests ‘Laying down the Chunks“O”Funk’ Downstairs 10.30pm: BOOGIE - 70’s & 80’s FUNK with resident DJ’s NICK C & DUNCAN. Upstairs 11pm: LA CASA sexy vocal house with residents DGJ, MATT B / GILLIE Sat 11/02 - Upstairs 3pm: SATURDAY ARVO LIVE SESSIONS - Rock out to LIVE BANDS: Fell To Erin + Guest - 3pm to 6pm. $3 cover. Downstairs 10.30pm: TACKYLAND – 70’s 80’s and 90’s RETRO with resident DJs T.H.C. & ROLLY Upstairs 11pm: The BEEZ NEEZ present DIRTY F*KING DANCIN’ - the best of house, electro & breaks with resident DJ’s - GILLIE / ADAM TURNER / MODAL / KIR. Sun 12/02 - MINISTRY OF SOUND PRESENTS - CLUBBERS GUIDE TO ‘06 with DJs - AXWELL (SWEDEN) / MIKE MONDAY (UK) / GOODWILL (SYD) + Locals GILLIE / DSKO / CORNEY / ADAM TURNER. pre sale tickets $30+BF

Wed 15/02 - HOBART’S UNDERGROUND FILMS Hosted by Andrew Harper showcasing a variety of locally produced movies - Free Entry.

Thurs 16/02 - MESH (breaks & drum’n’bass) - Hobarts oldest club night, with residents SPINFX / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / GROTESQUE + Guests. Fri 17/02 - Downstairs 8pm: KO - Resident DJ MEZ & Guests ‘Laying down the Chunks“O”Funk’ Downstairs 10.30pm: BOOGIE - 70’s & 80’s FUNK with resident DJ’s NICK C & DUNCAN. Upstairs 11pm - Syrup Presents - OLIVER HUNTEMANN (GERMANY) Electro, Techno & House - with locals GILLIE / ADAM TURNER - Tickets on the door: $13. Sat 18/02 - Upstairs 3pm: SATURDAY ARVO LIVE SESSIONS – Rock out to LIVE Bands: Alcatrash (Melb) + Guests from 3pm to 8pm. $3 cover. Downstairs 10.30: TACKYLAND – 70’s 80’s and 90’s RETRO with resident DJ’s ROLLY and T.H.C. Upstairs 11pm: The BEEZ NEEZ – present DIRTY F*KING DANCIN’ – house, electro & breaks with resident DJ’s - GILLIE / ADAM TURNER / TIMO / CORNEY. Sun 19/02 - Psy Sundays. Local Psycadelic Trance Djs 8pm to late.

Wed 22/02 - KAMIKAZE KARAOKE Hosted by Little Miss Pink & Karaoke KowGirl. Thurs 23/02 - MESH (breaks & drum’n’bass) - Hobarts oldest club night, with residents SPINFX / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / GROTESQUE + Guests.

Fri 24/02 - Downstairs 8pm: KO - Resident DJ MEZ & Guests ‘Laying down the Chunks“O”Funk’ Downstairs 10.30pm: BOOGIE - 70’s & 80’s FUNK with resident DJ’s NICK C & DUNCAN. Upstairs 11pm: PICKLE - presents BEXTA (SYD) + Residents: DSKO / CORNEY / TRISTAN - Pre Sale Tickets: $15. Sat 25/02 - Upstairs 3pm: SATURDAY ARVO LIVE SESSIONS – Rock out to LIVE BANDS Burn The Black Lodge + Supershow - from 3pm to 6pm FREE ENTRY. Downstairs 10.30: TACKYLAND – 70’s 80’s and 90’s RETRO with resident DJ’s ROLLY and Naughty - Upstairs 11pm: DIRTY F*KING DANCIN’ – house, electro & breaks with resident DJ’s GILLIE / ADAM TURNER / KIR / CORNEY.

axwell / goodwill / mike monday // at syrup

//Coming Up Friday 12th March - MOGUAI (GERMANY) Friday 17th March - JON CARTER (UK) Friday 31st March - TARA REYNOLDS (UK) Friday 7th April - KLAUS ‘HEAVYWEIGHT’ HILL - Ministry Of Sound - Maximum Bass Tour

Oliver Huntemann Fri 17th February At Syrup

Sunday 12th February

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ROCK SALT Presidents of the USA

gray skies....that was a long sentence...I will try to make them shorter from here on out...we have been having a long stretch at home and it has been a strange time...for starters my wife and I are getting divorced or separated or whatever you call it these days...before you all take a collective gasp and feel sad you should know that it is a really positive thing...we are both on the same page with it and we are collaborating on finding solutions to all the new obstacles during the process of separating...

T h a t ’s r i g h t , t h e y ’re b a c k …

By Tom Wilson You know them. You know the songs. With their selftitled debut in the mid-nineties, pop-rockers PUSA became one of the biggest bands in the world. Then, a few short years later, we were wondering where they’d gone. Now they’re back, and I spoke to the man behind the soundtrack to my primary years – frontman Chris Ballew.

We are still friends...the overall vibe of the whole thing is a big relief and a feeling that we did the hard work and found the truth and now we can move on without bad feelings and be good parents as individuals for our kids.... so that has been a big part of my time off from the touring thing lately!...

How are you? What have you been up to today? Let’s see… I taught a class at a high school today with my nephew about video production – about making music videos. Then I came home, ate lunch, answered emails, worked on a song I’m doing for a video game, then I picked up my kids, came home, and now I am talking to Australia on the phone.

I also have a new band I am doing called THE FEELINGS this thing is the most satisfying mixed bag acoustadelic rap-a-long campfire ghost filled break beat hoe-down that i have ever produced....I am collaborating with one of sir-mix-a-lots buddies named OUTTASITE...

What about in the last month? Last month…let’s see… We did the New Year’s Eve show – Presidents at the EMP, the big music museum here in Seattle. I’ve been working on my side-project at the moment which is called the Feelings Hijackers; it’s kind of a kinder, gentler Gorillaz, which I’ve been doing with a rapper called Outtasite. We have a record that we’ve selfreleased on the Presidents website. We’re working on a second record and we’re almost done with it, and kind of hunting around for a label, and starting to do live shows here in Seattle. As you know only too well, success can take its toll. How do you reckon the experience changed you, personally? Well, it’s mainly changed me for the better. It’s made me more experienced and wiser. It’s made me successful, which is great; I can check that off my list of things to do in my life. (Laughs) But it’s funny because it hasn’t really changed me a lot – I’m still a very much kind of a minimalist…someone who likes being simple. I like free time. I like living un-traditionally. I was kind of living the way I live now before we were famous, except without money. The same kind of thing – making music all day, hanging out with my friends, playing in my rock band… But basically I didn’t have any cash before, and now I have some cash, so I can actually eat stuff that I like…instead of just peanut butter on a spoon. I remember the first album came out when I was in the fourth grade – it was actually the first CD I ever bought. And it was absolutely fun and unapologetically poppy. In what ways was it a conscious decision of the band to gain chart success? Oh, it wasn’t at all. I didn’t believe that we had the makings of a pro rock band at all. I mean, the Presidents was just another in a long string of goofy little bands that I’d been in for my whole life. Something about the combination of this one… I don’t think it was the timing – I’d been making music like this for ten years, twelve years before the Presidents formed. But that had more of a focused approach to it, so it kind of went over, but I think it was also timing; people needing an anecdote from the Seattle

He was in the band that PUSA and MIX had back in the 1999 years and OUTTASITE and I just hit it off and found that we had a huge common ground musically...a few years later we decided to start making noise and it just avalanched into the coolest record i have ever been involved gots to check it can get it on the site... grunge solution. So I think it was a timing thing, and I was unaware that we would have as much relevance as we did. But no, it wasn’t conscious. As I said before, our bottom-line was just to make music that made us so happy that our happiness was undeniable from the stage, and that would make other people happy, and the happiness would feed the happiness, and then you’d have this giant happy bubble. With your side projects – when the band broke up, everyone went and started working on their own things. You’ve told me about yours, but are the projects of any of the other members still going? Yeah. I’m doing one with Tad from the Young Fresh Fellows called “Chris & Tad”. That’s been going on since 1997-98 – it’s been tottering along. I’ve put out records under the name “The Giraffes”, which is really just me, but it’s this invented band of hand puppets and toys. And then there’s The Feelings Hijackers, which started about a year-and-a-half ago. That’s – as I was saying before – Gorillaz with a smile…acoust-a-delic campfire rap. Those are the main ones. I have a couple of other ones. There’s this thing called “Creepy Stick” which is just a recording project; we put out an EP recently. All of this is available on the website, which is So that’s what’s next? Yeah. Just keep it human. Just keep a schedule as such that we have lives; we lost sense of our lives before, so we just want to keep it on a human scale, and keep it comfortable, and sustain it. Don’t burn out.

The following is Chris’ own writing and is presented to you, as per his request, totally uncut and unedited. Rejoice and enjoy. OK….lets get started….where am I?….flying deep inside a rock riff? Making lunch for the kids? Soaring high over a crowd of beer soaked hooligans? Paying my phone bill? Yes to all of the above my fine feathered fans....above all I am happy to be able to say that we are returning to Australia in march and everytime I am asked how I am going by people I meet the first thing out of my mouth is “I AM GOING BACK TO AUSTRALIA IN MARCH!!!!”...they usually step back a foot or two and ask me what Australia is like.... I go on about the food (little critters on a big plate) and the people (generous easy going not jaded silly rock and rollers) and the sense of wide open elbow room that fuels the general feeling of loving life because you have room to do of these days I will come back to OZ and live there for a while so I can really absorb the culture instead of just buzzing through with a soundcheck and a gig and a hotel room.... I am sitting at my home studio in Seattle writing this and the sun is out for the first time in 30 days!!! its true we were on the verge of breaking the record of 33 consecutive days with rain when the silly sun came bursting out from between the clouds and although it is a welcome sight it ruined the satisfaction of breaking records in the face of

SO....what else do I do when I am not rocking Australia you ask? I watch the entire 5 seasons of the sopranos I get and do battle with and ultimately win the war with the worst flu i ever done had...I eat really good sushi and Thai food that makes me feel like a little euphoric lamb.... I get 2 hour massages that make the crimp from the hours and hours in from of the computer in the home studio melt away....I dont write a lot of songs...funny but the flow is not there right now...I am OK with that though.... I am enjoying just continuing to celebrate the release of LOVE EVERYBODY and not worry about the next one till it is time...I used to get all uptight about having enough songs for the next record before the record we had just finished was even cold but now I am going to just let it flow and feel the magic when it is time to get on with recording again...the exciting thing of course is that we will have a new guitar player in the studio and he is an idea machine... Andrew writes his own songs and can really tear a riff out of a guitar so it should be a rock and roll explosion once we all get into the same room to be creative....I am really looking forward to it...well I gotta go get the kiddies at school and go to the dentist....or do i have to play a huge solo in front of thousands of jubilant fans? one or the other...or both!...bye...see you all soon! The Presidents of the United States of America play Wrest Point on Saturday March 11th

Dave Larkin & Tim Rogers Don't Mention The War By Dave Williams Just don't talk mention the war! Ok! Well, it wasn't the war Dave Williams talked about with Dallas Crane's Dave Larkin & Aussie rock icon, Tim Rogers, but there are some subjects Tim doesn't want to talk about anymore. Get it!

vidually very unique characters, and they’ve got a good dynamic. I think that’s incredibly appealing and inspiring, and I think they’re my favourite live band in the world. And they’d be very close to being my favourite recorded band if their record company would let them make the record that they want to make. There’s a bit of sting in that… Tim – Well, there should be.

Something to do with Falls ... So have you guys been doing interviews all afternoon? Dave – Yeah, since nine o’clock this morning. Interviews with Centrelink. (Laughs)

And this is the album that you’re about to release, isn’t it, Dave? Dave – Yeah, it is.

Are they going to keep you on, or are you going to get sacked? Dave – Well, we’ve changed our forms from Newstart to The John Howard Surf Team.

And has Tim had a listen to it, or has he just been listening to you guys having a whinge? Dave – It’s pretty much a work-in-progress. There’s nothing I can really comment on at the moment. We’re certainly getting there with where we want to be on the record.

Since you’ve been traveling around this great brown land of ours, what’s struck you about the people? Dave – Well, going anywhere that you haven’t really played before is great – getting to know a bit of the geography of our wide brown land. I reckon you guys have been sleeping every day on the bus… Dave – Oh, why do you say that? Because it doesn’t seem like you’ve actually seen anything! Dave – Oh, mate. Little do you know, Dave! Little do you know! I’ve seen Shane’s cock! I’ve seen everything? Tim – Shane’s cock? Really? Dave – Yeah. Looked like a rare animal… Was it on a leash at the time? Dave – It was cruelly caged up in Bonds underpants! I’ve got a few best-and-worst things for you. Tim, what’s the best thing about touring with the Dallas Crane guys? Tim – I don’t think that’s a bad thing. (Laughs) No, there’s not really any bad things, apart from…at certain times, my ego grows a bit big for itself. I think that they’re indi-

So when you guys come down to Tassie… The tour’s called “On the Beach”, and I’ve seen some pictures of you guys on the beach with surfboards, pretending to be really buff surf guys… Dave – We are now. We were young, we needed the money. You guys don’t really strike me as very outdoors-y types… Dave – Well, you obviously haven’t seen my physique under my shirt. We’ve done a lot of outdoor festivals! So you haven’t been having the Dallas Crane versus Tim Rogers and the Temperance Union football games in the afternoon? Dave – It’s been pretty cool. A bit of footy going on. Some drug competitions. (Laughs) Not indoors by management… It’s an interesting dichotomy. I’ve been approached by people who’ve wanted to take me to hospital just because I’m walking down the street in a pair of shorts… But was it early morning when you were walking down the street in a pair of shorts? Dave – I do wear stockings underneath them, of course. And you’ll be wearing those on stage?

Dave – I’m not going to tell you! You’re going to have to come and see for yourself, mate!

just have a massive ego. I’m proud of what I do and I’m very lucky to be able to do it. I just covet it.

Tim, you released a double-album last year. Why a double-album? Tim – Why not?

Dallas Crane first started getting exposure supporting You Am I… Tim – I don’t think that’s really the case. I think Dallas Crane had their own thing going. We were just scared of their power – that’s why they didn’t get more shows with You Am I.

Ah…maybe because you could spin it out over two albums? Tim – Well that would be ripping people off, and I’m not into doing that. It wasn’t our original idea to do it that way, but he suggested it, and we thought the songs were strong enough. To do it in that way was titillating, and it appealed to my massive ego. And why spin it out over two CDs? This kind of thing has a very small audience, and I’d like to not fuck with that. You see so many bands releasing a record and then re-releasing them, with extra tracks and all that. I find that deplorable, and it’s a really scummy way to treat people who are into you. And I do love people who like the band, so I wanted to give them more bang for the buck.

About last year’s Falls Festival… Dave – (Whistles) He couldn’t see that one coming!

So how was 2005 for you? Tim – Ah well, I’ll send you a note of all the things that happened to me in 2005 and you can make up your own mind.

Well it’s a Tasmanian publication. I’ve heard some stories about it; can I hear your side of the story? Tim – I’ve talked about it enough, actually. I’ve talked about it quite a lot. I’ve apologised to the people that I needed to. And I think it’s kind of shitty that it’s all so sensationalist and conservative that people still want to talk about that. The way that was written about did more harm… It was a question people kept asking me about it and talking about it and they really didn’t give a fuck about anything else. It’s done more damage to my life than getting fucked-up and taking drugs and drinking… I sound like I’m getting angry about it… I’ve talked about it enough, and I think if people call themselves music journalists…and stop acting like little tabloid fuckers. I’m sick of talking about it. Appreciate that it did a lot more damage than people fucking realise.

You were saying before about your ego and getting out of control… Tim – I didn’t say anything about getting out of control. I

Dallas Crane, Tim Rogers & The Temperance Union play with support act Canon at the Republic Bar & Café on the 17th and 18th of February.

So 2006 is your year, is it Tim? Tim – I don’t know. It’s off to a good start, that’s for sure.


The Casanovas About to Share the Love at D&D By Tom Wilson

We enjoy a drink, sure… working on stuff like that over there. I think people warm to it a lot. Also, The Casanovas are getting involved with the D & D Ball. Is that correct? That’s right, we are. Something a little different!

It’s almost the epitome of irony. A band who called themselves The Casanovas because they couldn’t get laid are about to play the D&D Ball as it tours around the country – an event where singles go to fall in love and tear the roof off. Tom Wilson spoke to Damien Campbell about the upcoming album and how it might just have a bit of Led Zeppelin…. So what have you been up to today? What have I been up to today…? Not a lot, really. Just cleaning the spare room out. Mucking around and making a mess, pretty much. Glamourous life of a rock star… Yeah, “oh, so glamourous”… What about in the past month? Well we’ve been pretty much just trying to organise our new album that we recorded overseas in June. So since then it’s been a slow and steady process of just getting everything together and artwork and all that kind of thing. Just all the little tweaks that have to go on and take a long time, so that’s pretty much what we’ve been doing. What’s the album called again? We haven’t really got a title for it yet. We haven’t thought too much into it yet. We were thinking along the lines of “All Night Long” or something like that. It’s a bit of a rock ‘n roll party album this time around. You signed to IROCK last year. How do you think that changed things as a band? Well all it pretty much changes is that our first album gets properly distributed in the US, and gets to have a good run there. As far as that goes, the label tries to get as much radio as they can. It’s pretty much, for us, a base over there; to have people working on our album in America, trying to push it. Which is exactly what you need; you can’t do anything from Australia. Our label here can’t do anything. I don’t know a lot about it, but I guess that’s a benefit for us. Has there been a lot of interest overseas? There has been. We only released our album in October last year. We have “Livin’ In the City” as a single over there, and it got a pretty good wrap on the radio. We actually charted on the Active Rock Charts over there at like number 41 or something like that. So all that kind of stuff, we never expected any kind of chart position. So it’s gone pretty well. It’s being marketed as a bit of an indie release over there. I think it’s a bit refreshing in a lot of the opinions of the Americans. I mean they get so much mainstream commercial junk thrown at them, so they have a label like IROCK, an independent label,

I find it pretty ironic that a band called The Casanovas will be playing at an event where singles go to fall in love. I know; it’s a bit too ironic, isn’t it? Are you prepared to get majorly laid? Well I won’t, personally – I’m a happily married man. But I don’t know…our crew might have other ideas. Now they say you can tell a lot about a band from their rider. So tell me – what’s in yours? Given you’re from Melbourne, I’m thinking VB. Am I wrong? Well, I’m actually originally from Tassie; from Launceston. Bloody hell, that wasn’t in your bio! Cool! Yeah, so in actual fact, I’ve been trying to get the Boags and the Cascade on the rider for a long time. And they won’t let you? Well, we do it from time to time; it depends where we are. It’s pretty hard to get Boags Draught when you’re in Japan or something like that. We’ve got a pretty simple rider; I like drinking vodka. Me and the drummer like drinking vodka and Redbull – a few quick shots before we go on stage. Tommy’s a bit of a Jack Daniels man, and I like a bit of red wine from time to time… Pretty much whatever we can get out of all of those. It’s pretty simple. Would you consider The Casanovas to be a pretty hard-drinking band? Not really. We probably were in our earlier days – not that we’re that old – but you’ve really got to balance it out. You don’t want to come out on stage and be all fuckedup. We all used to do that in bands years and years ago. I used to be in a band called Mustang in Tasmania, and we used to drink like fish. But I guess you get over that. But we enjoy a drink, sure. So when’s Tasmania next going to get a hit of The Casanovas? You mean after the D & D thing? We hope to come there; definitely our album tour. But I definitely want to get down there, just for personal reasons. After the tours and stuff, what’s next for The Casanovas? Who knows? It depends how well, or how badly, this album goes. It all really hinges on that, as far as Australia goes. I mean, we like to tour a lot, so we’ll put this album out and if things go well we’ll keep doing it. The Casanovas play the D&D Ball at the Derwent Entertainment Centre on March 4th, with Jimmy Z and the Rogue Traders.



if you try to explain that it would just be a minefield so it was just from frustration… I needed to get it off my chest.

T h e N a m e i s H e r e To S t a y

By Tom Wilson …I heard Simple Plan… it’s fucking hideous some gear so we can play these shows… Is that all you’ve been doing today? Pretty much man. Just taking it easy; I just got over from New Zealand yesterday and it was one of those six o’clock in the morning flights where you have to get up at four in the morning, which is two o’clock your time. So what have you been up to in the last month? In the last month…it’s been a mixture of family time and rock time. I’ve been hanging out with my wife and child and also been warbling and screaming over a bunch of new music Shihad just made like two months ago that I’ve got sitting on my computer. I’m really enjoying it. So I’ve been doing that; not playing any shows, but I’ve been writing, which I enjoy just as much as playing shows.

It was a hit that no one saw coming – Shihad least of all. In L.A with their first overseas record deal, the New Zealand rockers had it made. Then, one September morning, terrorists turned 747s into flying bombs and changed the world irrevocably. And in the insanity and paranoia that followed, Shihad were right in the middle. And they got very, very pissed off. About to grace our shores on the back of “Love Is The New Hate”, Tom Wilson spoke to Johnny Toogood about love, hate, war and music. Good morning, Pizza Hut. How are you? (Laughs) How are you man? I’m good man, how are you? I’m alright. I’ve just been running around grabbing

“Love is the New Hate” – that’s a pretty bloody potent statement for an album… Well when you’ve making a record in L.A when the World Trade Center gets hit, and you’re going “well, this is mad”. And then people are going “change the name of your band that you’ve had the same since you were kids at school”. And you’re going “fucking hold on a second!” And you’re realising just how fearful these people in America are, and how it’s just not going to fly… It’s like “Shit! All our dreams that we’ve been fighting for…” We do a tour around America while the country gets talked into the idea of invading Iraq, under the guise of bollocks; under the guise of “freedom” and giving people what they want when no one asks for it. It was just a mad time to be there and it messed with my head and made me just pissed-off! We had to be really careful with what we said over there; even Americans we were traveling with who were our crew couldn’t talk against the war. If you apply that idea of “take this guy out because he’s a bad dude”, you’ll be taking out shitloads of countries, because there are heaps of tyrants, everywhere! But

What you were saying about not being able to voice any dissent… When the attacks happened, every Rage Against the Machine song got pulled off radio. Totally. It was McCarthyism again. It was just crazy. Like, “fuck, guys! You’re the land of “Star Trek – The Next Generation”, freedom-buzz…this is the land where you can do what you want… But you aren’t allowed to do anything! It was just really scary to watch, but really interesting to watch as well. The republicans actually sold the idea really well to the morons, you know. They had some pretty smart people working for them, and they twisted everything so that it made their idea seem good. But from an American viewpoint, when you’ve been slapped as hard as that, they [the government] played on it perfectly. It was really interesting to see how scared everyone to say anything against it. We met kids up in the southern states when we were touring around who had worked out just from our music that we probably would be into that idea. They would come up to us after a gig and say “hey, we were getting called faggots in school because we think this war’s bullshit, and getting beaten up and stuff. What do you guys think?” And we were like “Thank god; some fucking sanity!” Then we’d be able to talk; when we’d met like-minded people. Shihad’s been going since 1988. In that time the music scene must have changed immeasurably. How do you think those changes affected Shihad? This is how I do it; when something good comes along, like Nirvana first came out or when Fugazi first came out, I’ll get into it. Now, we’re going through a phase where Good Charlotte is punk rock, I go back and listen to the classics. I always try and surround myself with different things. When I first heard the term “emo rock” I thought it was so retarded; what, playing rock with emotion is a new idea? It’s almost to the point where it is a new idea, because so much of the modern rock is fucking emotionless, you know? I remember when I heard a Simple Plan record, it was like [it] was straight out of a marketing meeting. The lyrics from the chorus – it was like “Okay! What are the kids into? They’re depressed? Great, talk about that…” It’s fucking hideous. So I’ll go back and listen to music that I’ve loved in the past, and keep myself believing… Because it’s my fucking religion, dude; music is what got me from being a fucking teenager, which sucked. And even now, ‘cause I’m not a religious dude, it’s my link to spirituality. It makes me feel good to be human, playing music. It’s really important to me to be surrounded by music that’s good. That’s the way I’ve

got through it. We’ve been cool and we’ve been geeky and we’ve been cool again…after a while you kind of go “fuck, this is bullshit, so let’s just make sure we make music from the heart, and put out a kick-arse show that people can’t argue with.” Have you ever had pressure from record companies to go in any particular direction? Oh, the L.A experience was all about that. It was the first time we had a major label deal in America. All these dreams that we’d had as kids had just presented themselves to us. And the universe basically went “Yeah, here you go; you’ve got everything you’ve dreamed of, but we’re going to blow up the World Trade Center and make your name mud and see how you deal with it.” It was just the weirdest circumstances. I was totally confused. L.A’s fucking confusing from the word “go” anyway – it’s a soulless vacuum where everything’s segregated racially. It’s a weird, weird place, especially having grown up in New Zealand where everything’s kind of integrated and quite spiritual. It’s the antithesis of that, so I found it really alien. And on top of it we had all these people going “hey, maybe you should work with this guy, work with that guy, listen to me because I started publishing with The Police and blah-blah-blah”. And you’re going “well, fuck; maybe there’s something to that. I’ve never had a major label deal in America.” And we just made all the mistakes that bands that get signed young do in America. It was just purely naivety. And it was, for me, just two years of insanity. The singles of yours which come to mind, like “Comfort Me” and “All the Young Fascists”; they’re pretty fucking aggressive… They’re the sort of songs that I know are going to fucking rock a crowd, but you hand them to the radio department or a record company and they’re going to go “what the fuck am I going to do with this?” But I’m just like…this is what we do, and you just wait until we play that at the Big Day Out. It’s going to fucking kick arse. I’m just trying to imagine what a radio edit of “All the Young Fascists” must sound like… Half of it would probably be just bleeps. But I didn’t realise until I’d laid down the vocals how many “fucks” were in that song. We just made a conscious effort after the whole Pacifier experience not censor ourselves, and just let it all come out. And it’s funny ‘cause my wife actually said “fuck, I didn’t know you were that angry!” Shihad plays MS Fest at Launceston’s Royal Park on March 11th


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Those at the state final of the Rock Challenge are probably familiar with Jacques-Marcel Aubin and Simon Mcintosh; otherwise known as The Scientists of Modern Music. While SAUCE’s questionnaire was aimed at both of them, Jacques-Marcel decided to go rogue, talking about the music, the Rock Challenge success, and his ass. What have you been doing today? Well today, I woke up and scratched my bum, because that’s what I do most days. That was it really, I’m largely bored. For the uninitiated, how would you describe your music? Like Novocain for your ass; a combination of hard and soft pillows that sit nicely between your ass cheeks. What are your main influences? Electronic music has, for most of my life, been a major influence for me, and I passed that onto Simon when we met. We listen to a lot of Daft Punk and Air, and their music drives us to keep going with what we are doing. As Simon says, it gets us pumped. Who does what? I’m on top, and Simon does what ever he wants…. I kid, we both have an equal amount that we do, neither of us have any defined role, we just do. However, Simon can play guitar whereas I suck at it, but I can wipe my own ass whereas Simon struggles. How did you two meet? Who decided to form the band? In Venice on passing Gondolas, we looked into each others eyes, and knew that we had to form a band. What equipment do you use? Ah, electronic equipment is our life blood, I personally have an obsession with the vocoder, that is why it is evident in most of our songs. We use a lot of synthesizers, and there are still more to come, from new to vintage gear. On my

side I have a Korg MS-20, without that, I think we would be nothing, I also use a MicroKorg, which, for it’s size, can churn out some nice sounds. On Simons side he uses the Korg MS-2000, and plugged into that is a 10 dollar mic that he got from Malta. For live and recording situations we use a ZOOM MRS-1608 HDD multitrack recorder and a Yamaha RS-7000 sequencer/sampler. We also have a really shitty Monterey Gibson SG clone that is a bitch to tune, but it still does the job. When mastering and composing we use Propellerheads Reason 2.5, this program is a godsend, the beats and basslines are made with this heavenly program, for mastering we use Steinberg Nuendo 2. We have this little funky vocoder called Zerius which we use all the time, it has 64 bands of filter goodness! We are forever building up our equipment, as I said before, it is an obsession.

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Anyone who read my review of Phil K playing the Reality at Launceston’s James Hotel will know just how infectious his work can be. But then, twenty years’ experience will do that. And what do you know? We didn’t have to wait that long for him to come back down… What have you been up to today? Today I picked up a prototype mixer I helped develop with Pioneer electronics in Japan called DJM800…I’m really excited as the last time I played on it was start August. What about in the past month? Just relaxing mainly…It’s been a long year in Europe as will this year will be so I’m just preparing myself with a bit of r & r I’ve talked to a lot of DJs, and more often than not they all started around 1993-1994. Why do you think this era was so crucial in the forming of modern electronic music? Can’t really say…I think maybe because it became so prevalent and accessible that a lot of people paid attention to it. Maybe because many “big name” DJs made their

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I was disappointed that D&D didn’t stand for Dungeons & Dragons” The past month has actually been a bit quieter for us. We’ve taken a little bit of time off; it was an unbelievably hectic year for the Rogue Traders last year, and obviously this year’s shaping up that way too. You’re involved with the D&D Balls. Tell me about that. Yeah, we’re performing at them. To be honest, I don’t know a great deal more than that. (Laughs) I hear that they’re quite riotous on occasions. It’s the night for you to get the most messy, is that right?

How did getting into the state final of the Rock Challenge affect you, as musicians and as people? If we didn’t get into the Rock Challenge state final, I would be dead…. No no, The Rock Challenge gave us a lot of exposure that we probably wouldn’t have otherwise gotten this early on. The experience was also valuable because it set the stage for how we were going to perform from then on. It taught us lots of lessons about pressure, and how to push out songs like new born babies after the war.

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Well, from what I’ve heard, yeah. Are any of the Rogue Traders single. Will you be looking for love? I don’t think there are any single Rogue Traders, actually. Although I have to say that I was initially very disappointed when I found out that “D&D” didn’t actually stand for “Dungeons & Dragons” after all. I had this feeling that I’d walk down there and see people dressed like Frodo. You know a band is busy when the conference call lady patches you through to the artists’ mobile when he’s on the way to the airport. But then, there won’t be much respite at all for the Rogue Traders this year. With a platinum album under their belt, they will be heading down to our shores to play the legendary D&D Ball alongside the Casanovas and others. I spoke to a pre-takeoff James Ash. James, what have you been up to today? Well I’m on my way to the airport right now, in Melbourne. We’re getting off the other end in Canberra. Straight to rehearsals for the Australia Day party. What about the past month?

“I’ve got my magic +1, now sleep with me”… Yeah, exactly (laughs). But I’ve never been to one, and I’m proud to say I’ve never been to a D&D Ball, but I have heard that they’re off the hook – riotous. If you don’t get paralytic, you haven’t had a good night. What’s next for the Traders? Well we’ll continue to tour here in Australia, and then we’ll be going to the UK and Japan in the first half of this year, and see if we can kick things off over there. And then near the end of this year we’ll look at making another record. The Rogue Traders play the D&D Ball in Hobart on March 4th & MSFest on March 11.

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By Tom Wilson Well, aren’t the budding romantics of Tasmania a lucky bunch? The D&D Ball will be playing host to a wide range of musical heavyweights. The Casanovas, Rogue Traders, and radio host-slash-DJ Jimmy Z. He hijacked the satellite communications hub of a NSW hotel to have a word with us.

That term has been retired. I currently provide all their mixed dance sets and provide a good deal of programming for Nova network stations on Friday and Saturday nights. Nova is the big new 18-29yo cap city radio station that is #1 and very cool.

What about in the past month? Finished mixing 4Play Anthems Vol 1 – the new Retro Party Mix CD that I will be touring and launching in the 4PLAY room at the D&D Ball early 2006.

How do you think the booming popularity of downloadable music affected radio as a medium? Radio stations have been giving away those Ipods…it’s like raffling off DVD Home Entertainment systems at the movie cinemas. For straight up music you want on demand, downloading is great. However, radio (and TV) still provides locality and connection with the place that you are in, as well as expose you to new music you otherwise may not hear about, how else will you know what to download? Podcasting is still in its early days but it will catch up. A lot of the music we play on 4Play is leading edge, upfront, and exclusively remixed for 4Play and not downloadable, so radio can still corner the world reaching a mass market with a unique product.

I’ve read that you’re the dance consultant for Nova in Sydney. What does that entail?

You’re going to be playing the D&D balls. Why did you choose to get involved in this?

What have you been up to today? Out and about taking a break before the D&D Ball hits Hobart on Sat 4th March. Right now? Sitting in the front seat of a now dirt-road blessed car outside a motel in beachside town Forster in NSW that offers free wireless doing this interview on a laptop - I am not staying there tonight. Do I have a conscience? Whenever is convenient.

Hypothetically, if I was to steal all your records, which three would you miss the most? I would miss all of them…it would be like stealing my memories While record companies are trying their hardest to collar it, internet piracy is still a big issue. What are your feelings towards it? Its getting better as long as it’s available to buy online you hope that people will do the right thing and pay for it… for artists now though I think it’s more about the performance than selling records so more emphasis should be put on that I remember you as a very down-to-earth and friendly guy. That seems to be a characteristic of DJs that you don’t always find in other kinds of musicians. Would you agree? Why? We play other people’s music so we shouldn’t be so precious really…. What’s next for you? I’ve got an artist album coming out with Luke Chable as “lo-step” in April for Global Underground so we have to tour everywhere…then I will move to Europe for summer and keep playing around there till the end of 2006. Phil K plays Reality at Launceston’s James Hotel on February 4th. Do not miss him. Having set up, and now growing the 4Play brand, to be a leading commercial dance brand in Australia, the D&D Ball was a perfect fit. 4Play is already a top selling compilation series (formerly Wild CDs), it’s a record label (thru Rajon/Sony Distribution), regular club nights around Australia, on Foxtel’s Club [V], heard on most of the Nova network radio stations in the capital, and tied up with brand new events about to hit the scene like the 4Play Popcorn Party – Snow Party’s, Foam Party’s, Bean Bag ball party’s are on the cards. It’s shaping up to be that fun familiar and feelgood clubbing brand for people who feel alienated by the ‘weird music’ DJ’s usually play – 4Play is for people who just want a great night out. What kind of music do you play for budding lovebirds? Sexy retro, fun and feelgood house, a good mix of the best anthems of all time from disco to hip hop and dance as well as a few cheeky remixes of the old school. You worked in radio in Tasmania. When was this, and what was it like? I worked with Energy FM providing a chart show and occasionally dropping in voice ID’s, touring to a couple of clubs. The team were great, very friendly and happy to have me involved for which I was grateful. What effects has your musical endeavors had on other areas of your life? I go home and switch off the music and throw on Foxtel and watch the Discovery channel (hah). Late hours

keep you rising at midday to save feeling jetlagged every weekday. 4Play and music is all consuming and keeps me working 24/7 – except for breaks (which I am having now). What material do you have in the pipeline? 4Play Vol 4 due out April 2006. Maybe one day I will come down and host Hobart’s first ever 4Play Popcorn Party. The next 4Play Anthems CD and 4Play Vol 5 at the end of the year. Two nationally syndicated radio shows (more info in next question). What’s next for you? 4Play is set to syndicate to radio stations around the country early 2006 with two great show concepts in the pipeline and under discussion. Expansion to USA (New York) and South Africa planned later 2006. JimmyZ plays the D&D Ball in Hobart on March 4th, alongside The Casanovas and Rogue Traders.


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Oliver Huntemann was born in 1968 in Bremen, Germany. Though, like many, he was fascinated with music from an early age, there was one major event that put him on the course we now know. American musical culture infiltrated Europe in the late 70s, soon finding a young Huntemann in his hometown. By now, the affects of that cultural invasion are legendary. Germany soon became host to some of the pioneering and most exciting electro music produced in the world, and along with electro supergroup Kraftwerk, Huntemann helped hold the torch aloft and carry the distinct German sound around the world. But it was not just the disco sound that got his attention, and by the 80s he was a breakdancer into Grandmaster Flash and other early rap stalwarts. He gained an affinity for hip-hop samples that has remained in his work since; nowhere more apparent than his last album “Too Many Presents for One Girl”. He’s been DJ-ing since ’87 and started his own label Confused Recordings, and this year he has a new imprint called Dance Electric. But it seems that one Huntemann is not enough, as he also operates under the alias H-Man, gaining notable success through the bass-heavy club hit “Manga” last year. But whatever side of himself Oliver decides to show at Syrup on the 17th of this month, I don’t think the punters will be complaining. Oliver Huntemann plays Syrup on Friday the 17th of February

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But when that regular is an electronic artist, it’s a sign of something else entirely. But this isn’t the first time she – the first lady of hard trance and best looking DJ in Australia – has exceeded expectations. Starting in 1992 making music on keyboards and PCs and soon moving into DJing, she signed with Sony Dance in 1997 and released three singles. One such release, the “Skirmish EP”, debuted in the ARIA Top 100 chart. It needs to be stressed that, in 1997, this was almost unfathomable. She got her stars as a support act for Bjork

What direction do you think electronic music is heading in, and why? Hopefully it’s coming back to vocals a bit more. And hopefully Gabba will disappear. Is there a more elaborate meaning behind your DJ moniker, or is it just self-explanatory? It was actually given to me by Sugar Ray. It was like a Christmas gift that I can’t get rid of. What’s next for you? A massive Ministry of Sound tour to promote the latest Clubbers Guide release and then back in the studio to hide from sunlight. Ministry of Sound’s “Clubber’s Guide 2006” is out now. Goodwill plays Syrup Sunday 12th. & MSFest March 11.

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Getting drunk and taking drugs. What have you been doing in the past month? I have been all over the place. On holiday and Djing. Just got back from a wedding in Byron. It was lovely! I’ve read that you won the People’s Choice Award for best DJ in NSW. How did that affect you, both personally and professionally? Well, it was so long ago I almost forgot. It’s always good to win a publicly nominated award though. I’m not really too interested in what ‘the industry’ thinks. Every musician grew up idolizing someone – who was it for you? Prince. As long as I can remember I worshipped him and I still do. You’ve played with such distinguished acts as Fatboy Slim and Underworld. What do you think you took away from those experiences? It’s always important to watch how hard international acts work. Because for the most part it is hard work that got them there in the first place. You’ve done a fair bit of remixing. What do you think are the marks of a good mix? Is there a set way you approach a track when doing a remix?

It all started in the early 90s, he adds. “When I first moved to London, I played saxophone in various funk and jazz bands, including Beat Foundation with Andy Cato from Groove Armada. London was a real melting pot then, a really vibrant and exciting time for electronic music. I got hooked on house pretty quickly because it had such a real sense of possibility. Nearly every month a new sound would appear. And there weren’t any strict stylistic boundaries - just great records.”

should be. It’s got to be fresh, new, so exciting you can’t help dance to it...” Mike Monday joins Axwell and Goodwill at Syrup on the 12th of February for the MOS Clubber’s Guide ’06 tour.

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It’s been a long journey from Beat Foundation to now, though, playing on every continent, remixing artists from U2 to Marc Romboy to deep underground tracks from Hi-Phen and Dirt Crew records. Today his main label is Playtime Records, an offshoot of Mike’s residency at Playtime the club - described by DJ magazine as “one of clubland's finest inventions”. A project with Playtime’s other founder, Big Daddy G, the label reflects the club – experimental, jackin’, flat out weird but with both feet on the dancefloor and a real old-school spirit. “It’s a throwback to the best days of acid house,” Monday says. “The club is the last mixed place left in London - gay, straight, men, women, geeks, fashionistas - whatever! That’s important to us because it’s the kind of testbed you need for new music: an open mind and a club where people really care what they hear - but where they want to hear something new. That’s what house music

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I give you Bexta. When an artist plays the Big Day Out once, they’re good. When they play it regularly, they’re great.

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What have you been up to today? Working on 2 remixes and finishing off a mix CD. What have you been up to?

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There’s nothing better than a fiercely talented woman. Wait, yes there is – one who’s also hot.

I think a good remix is a completely new track compared to the original. Usually when I do a remix I try and just retain the one bit that I like and scrap the rest. But sometimes you just have to remake the track and make it bigger!

ties has that presented you with that you didn’t have before? Well, I don’t have to pay for beer much. Um, that’s about it. But it’s enough though.

This isn’t the first time Bexta has exceeded expectations and The Prodigy, but it wasn’t long before her name moved to a more prominent position on bill posters. Bexta had become a headline act. Her Mixology compilations are amongst the most successful independent DJ releases in the country – number 8 was released late last year – and her reputations in both DJing and live performances have expanded radically in recent times, due in no small part to her debut LP “Conversations With Ones and Zeros” in 2004. Whether performing live or DJing, one thing is sure – her audience at Syrup will be leaving with sore ears and even sorer feet. Bexta plays Hobart’s Syrup on Friday the 24th of February.

Infectious enough to fill dancefloors on three continents The bright yellow and white of his website is not unsuited to DJ Axwell. Like the colour scheme, his productions and remixes represent the brighter side of house. It’s the kind of sound that is infectious enough to fill dancefloors on three continents, but cheerful enough to play in trendy cafés. A member of the new ‘Swedish House Mafia’, Axwell has earned the respect of the worlds dance elite and established himself in the mainstream market with some of the biggest club records of 2005. With monstrous tracks such as ‘Feel the Vibe’, ‘Watch The Sunrise’ and ‘Together’ with Sebastian Ingrosso, he gained support from DJ’s such as Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez & Judge Jules eventually driving ‘Feel the Vibe’ into the UK Top 20. This success has resulted in some big name remix opportunities for artists such as N.E.R.D, Usher, Moby, Rasmus Faber, Bob Sinclar and Roger Sanchez’s track ‘Turn on the Music’, one of the years closing highlights. As a result of his successes, the demand for all things Axwell has resulted in a punishing DJ schedule from Miami to Kiev, Ibiza to London, South Africa to Manila. And with fellow MOS soldiers Mike Monday and Goodwill, he will be putting smiles on faces in Hobart’s Syrup nightclub as part of the Clubber’s Guide to 2006 tour. Ministry of Sound’s Clubber’s Guide to 2006 plays Syrup on the 12th of February



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He went on to run his own labels including the critically acclaimed and much talked about electro-driven Zoid and Thrust Recordings. It was whilst working at Intergroove in the late nineties that he met with Finger Lickin’ label boss Justin Rushmore. The rest is history. Coombs’ contribution to Finger Lickin meant that his acid-angled productions gave him a float all of his own. Soon his talents were being called upon to put his twist on everyone from New Order to Lamb to Moby.

When the man known as Q45 was a youngster growing up in South London, he walked to school some mornings passing wobbling, staggering, giggling figures wearing club regalia. It was the late eighties – a time considered by many to be the main wave of attack for electronic music in Europe. Those figures were the ravers – walking home from clubs with ears still ringing from hip-hop and early electro. Those moments in his youth certainly made an impact, because he would go from buying his first record – “The Show” by Doug E Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew – to moving to Australia and taking to the decks for the first time as a DJ. Not willing to side with either of his early influences – hip-hop and rave – he moved into drum and bass in 1994, getting gigs at the first Drum and Bass International in Sydney – the aptly-named DJ Rap. a

Lee then got a call from Paul =Oakenfold resulting in the almighty Perfecto Breaks album which was launched to critical acclaim in October 2002. 2004 saw Lee Coombs back in the studio writing like a demon in preparation for the release of his much-anticipated artist album “Breakfast Of Champions”. He has collaborated with some of the finest producers around including Dylan Rhymes, Christian J, Andy Gardner (Plump DJs) and Jem Panufnik (Soul of Man). Lee Coombs plays Hobart’s Halo

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By Tom Wilson Known as simply “poxy” to those in the know (which didn’t include me before this interview), the pairing of DJs Ken Cloud and Pocket (known to his mother as Sameer) have racked up a tally of over forty remixes at time of print, and they don’t appear to be getting tired. You’ve done a lot of remixing. What do you think are the marks of a good mix? Is there a set way you approach a track when doing a remix? There are many ways we approach a remix. One of them is to strip the original parts back to the key elements. Then we ditch everything we don’t like. Then rebuild the track/song in the way we would have written the track. You don’t always have that luxury though, as sometimes you have to create something for a particular outcome, like a dancefloor remix in a specified genre. My favourite remixes are always those that retain the essence of the original song, yet add new elements that give it an alternate musicality. Why remix a song? Is it a case of seeing promise in an otherwise average song, or is there a different motivation? In most cases, the record label requesting a remix wants to re-contextualise a song for a different market, ie- take a pop song to a house dance floor, or take a house song and make a breaks mix of it. This unfortunately does reduce your creativity, but then it’s paying the bills… What do you feel more comfortable with – remixing existing tracks or producing your own? I’d say both. But we did so many remixes there for a while, we didn’t get a chance to write our own material… and you end up using all your best ideas on someone else’s tracks which is frustrating. So immersing ourselves in writing our album is a very insular yet satisfying task. Before poxymusic, the two of you worked as DJs. How did you meet, and why did you decide to start collaborating? Ken has been a DJ for about 15 years. I was never a working DJ – I have been writing music for 15 years under several monikers. Ken and I had been friends for about 10 years before we decided to remix a track one day. In fact, I had been collaborating with a number of people at the time (c1999) but my collaborations with Ken were so easy and productive, that we decided to

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By Tom Wilson Given that his career is only six years old – which, by DJ standards, is barely past infancy – the resume of support gigs of Bondi DJ James Taylor is envious by anyone’s standards. About to launch his new CD “Fuzzy Breaks Volume 2” at Hobart’s Halo, he spoke to SAUCE about coming to Tassie for the first time… What have you been up to today? Not much; I started my tour last week. Not much at all. So no glamorous DJ moments? No threesomes with groupies…? Not yet, no. The tour’s only just begun, so we’ll have to see as it goes on. What about in the last month? The last month… Well New Year’s was amazing; I played at Fatboy Slim…before him, in Sydney on Bondi Beach, and that was an experience I’ll never forget, that’s for sure. I played eight gigs over the New Year’s period, so that was a bit hectic, but after that was all finished, it was good. What do you think you took away from the gig with Slim? Well it was the biggest crowd I’ve ever played to – it was like eighteen thousand or something like that. It was weird – you’re so detached from the crowd, it’s really hard to gauge how the crowd’s reacting because they’re that far away. But the first five thousand people are going off, and the next ten thousand behind them just look like little dots, and you’re like “Jesus! Am I going alright, or what?” It was the first time I’d done a party on that scale, so… Next time hopefully I’ll take it in a bit more; I was just really concentrating on doing the best I could that time, instead of taking it in.

As a DJ your career is pretty young, yet you’ve certainly had a lot of success nationally. What one thing do you think you could attribute it to? Oh God…one thing… I guess Australia as a whole has really taken to the breaks sound. I’d say when I first started playing it, it was fairly small; it wasn’t a big genre in the dance music community.

So how does one describe a Q45 set? That should be left to the man himself. “It’s one thing to be eclectic, but the hard part is to be able to mix different styles together so that it flows – that is where I come in”.

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So, “Fuzzy Breaks Volume II”. Tell me things. Um…What’s there to say? Disc one’s done by Drummatic Twins from the UK, and I’ve done disc two. I guess it’s what you can expect from me in a club set; just starting off on the more funky…moving through electro areas and finishing up on the more techie breaks…tech-funk and stuff like that.

From there, it was simply a case of his two beloved genres merging into what we now call “breaks”. With Kid Kenobi and Goodwill, he established Green & Jazzy, one of the first nights to push breakbeat in Sydney. This led to his donning of the producer’s cap, working with Kenobi and Ritual of JDS’ Rockstaron TCR.

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A good song is really all that matters make it a full-time thing. Looking back on roughly ten years experience, how do you think you have evolved as electronic artists? From a technical point of view, production techniques have changed from a predominantly hardware environment to a predominantly software environment. This new studio method changes the way you compose as well. But I suppose the main difference in the past 10 years has really been in the last 2 years for us, where we’ve stopped concentrating on the technical production side as such, and have focused more so on the songwriting side instead…. something that’s certainly not our strong point, which makes it all the more challenging. What direction do you think electronic music is heading in, and why? The obvious answer is where it has been heading for the past few years now – less noise and more melody. But to be honest, I don’t think it really matters where it’s heading. A good song is really all that matters, and that will always be the centre of attention irrespective of genre. What’s next for you guys? Our main focus right now is to complete our album over the next 3 months. Let’s see what happens after that! Poxymusic play MS Fest at the Launceston Royal Park Regatta Grounds on March 11th

So you’ve always been into the electronic music? As a kid I grew up listening to just about everything. I used to love a lot of rock, and then around ’96-97 I started getting into a lot of electronic music. When big beats really started to get big I got really involved in that, and it sort of just flowed on from there. You’re playing Hobart on the 18th. What are your impressions of Tassie? I’ve had nothing but amazing reports from the guys who go down there; guys like Krafty Kuts and Kid Kenobi. I’ve spoken to them all and they’ve all said it’s one rocking party down there. Klaus Heavyweight Hill goes down there a bit, and he’s actually my neighbour. So I have a few beers with him and he tells me how good Hobart is. So I’m pretty excited to be honest. Here’s a chance to big-note yourself. What do you think your strengths are as a DJ? My strengths… I’d have to say probably my track selection. I think a lot of DJs can play hits after hits but not really read the crowd. I’m always trying to really get myself involved in the crowd; try to get them into that groove where the crowd stays with you. James Taylor launches “Fuzzy Breaks Volume 2” at Halo on the 18th of February.

GIG Guide 01/02/06 - 28/02/06

DEVONPORT Spurs/Warehouse Donut HOBART




Stage Door The Café Kyron Howell at grand piano, 7.00pm.

Dr Syntax EDGE RADIO DJ’S 9pm


Republic Bar & Café Show No Mercy Washboard Band 9pm

King’s Bar Argus

Syrup KAMIKAZE KARAOKE Hosted by Little Miss Pink & Karaoke KowGirl.


Telegraph Gnosis and Brent The Metz DJ Dave Webber LAUNCESTON Batman Fawkner Inn Mark Stinson Irish Murphy’s Daniel Townsend Argus James Hotel Cheap Ass Wednesday Saloon Legendary Uni Night with live DJ playing commercial music and Karaoke in The Loft with DJ Loco. THURSDAY 2nd


Heat Black Market Midnight till 7am Kaos Soak @ Kaos House DJs Chilli & Brent 10-till-late Republic Bar & Café Sugartrain $2 10pm Syrup Downstairs 8pm: KO - Resident DJ MEZ & Guests ‘Laying down the Chunks“O”Funk’ Downstairs 10.30pm: BOOGIE - 70’s & 80’s FUNK with resident DJ’s NICK C & DUNCAN. Upstairs 11pm: BREAK EVEN- Fat Breaks & Beats with residents, ADAM TURNER / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / MEZ + Guests.

BURNIE Stage Door The Café Viktor Zappner Trio, featuring Yoly Torres, from Burnie, on vocals, 8.00pm HOBART Esperance Camp Ground FREE FESTIVAL 3-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL Republic Bar & Café Dave & Marty’s GoingAway Partae - 3 bands $3 9pm Syrup MESH (breaks & drum’n’bass) - Hobarts oldest club night, with residents SPINFX / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / GROTESQUE + Guests. Upstairs Bands: Sydney City Trash / Alexander Pearce / The One Eyed Reillys - $5 Entry. Telegraph Charles Trout Ryan Kinder

Telegraph Background Beats with Messi Jessi The Metz DJ’s Scoot & Jesse Trout The Keds of Ray Brower, Burn the Black Lodge ($3) LAUNCESTON Batman Fawkner Inn Club 8 – Sydney City Trash 8-Ball Irish Murphy’s Dead Kilkenny’s James Hotel James Bar – Luke Parry Reality – MacD + Nikko

Heat Black Market Midnight till 7am Republic Bar & Café Pete Cornelius & the Devilles $2 10pm Syrup Upstairs 3pm: SATURDAY ARVO LIVE SESSIONS Rock out with the bands: Echo Blue + The Voyeurs - $3 cover - Then Downstairs from 10.30pm: TACKYLAND - 70’s, 80’s and 90’s RETRO with resident DJ’s NAUGHTS & THC + Upstairs 11pm: The BEEZ NEEZ presents - DIRTY F*KING DANCIN’ - house, electro & breaks. Residents: GILLIE / ADAM TURNER / CORNEY / + Special Guest JET MORE (Byron Bay)

Irish Murphy’s Phil Picasso James Hotel Uni Night Funkin Unbelievable

The Mud Bar Chris Neobi 3pm-9pm

Royal Oak Dan Callahan and Simone Taylor, Daniel Townsend all in the P/Bar

Ursula’s Straight No Chaser

Saloon Request Night Keep the party going with $3 Daiquiri's for the Ladies and live DJ playing requests.


Voice DJ Earl & DJ C till late

BURNIE Stage Door The Café Hipnosis brings belly dancing to Burnie, 7.30pm.

Well Strung HOBART Republic Bar & Café Wolf Mail $5 9pm

James Hotel Open Decks Bring your own vinyl O’Keefe’s Hotel Sunday Sessions

Telegraph Charles


Trout Airto




Batman Fawkner Inn Roundabout

Stage Door The Café The Chordwainers, leather music ensemble, 8.00pm

Batman Fawkner Inn Club 8 – 4PLAY 8-Ball

Republic Bar & Café Josh Wilkinson & the Ten Bears 8:30pm LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Ben Castles James Hotel HO TUESDAY 7th HOBART Republic Bar & Café G. B. Balding 9pm

Irish Murphy’s Leigh Ratcliffe

James Hotel Phil K + Mez (hbt) & Joycie (Ltn) Lloyds Friction Lonnies Love Royal Oak Idle Hands

The Mud Bar Chris Neobi 3pm-9pm Voice DJ Earl & DJ C till late SUNDAY 5th HOBART Dr Syntax HUTCH, THE FOX AND THE HOUND.. 7pm Republic Bar & Café Sundy Side Up 8:30pm Telegraph Liquid Lounge – various DJs The Metz Sunday Session – Live acoustic with Charles

Voice DJ Earl & DJ C till late

Saloon Trivia Night in the Main Room $5,000 to be Won Commences at 7pm. WEDNESDAY 8th

Republic Bar & Café Blue Healers 9pm Syrup SYRUP SMACK DOWN Hosted by MDUSU and DJ GROTESQUE Open Mic Night and DJ Battles. Telegraph Gnosis and Brent The Metz DJ Dave Webber Trout Lokoda, All of 18" LAUNCESTON Batman Fawkner Inn Mark Stinson Irish Murphy’s Mick Attard Rocket Noodle James Hotel Cheap Ass Wednesday Glenn Moorhouse Saloon Legendary Uni Night with live DJ playing commercial music and Karaoke in The Loft with DJ Loco. The Mud Bar Ursula’s Voice THURSDAY 9th BURNIE Stage Door The Café Viktor Zappner Trio, featuring Max Gourlay, from Launceston on clarinet, violin and vocals, 8.00pm

Republic Bar & Café The Blue Flies 9pm

The Mud Bar Chris Neobi 3pm-9pm


Voice DJ Earl & DJ C till late

Saloon Request Night with $3 Daiquiri's for the Ladies and live DJ playing requests.



Halo Nick Thayer (Melb)


Stage Door The Café Hot Strings, 7.00pm.

Dr Syntax TASMUSIC SHOWCASE 9pm Heat Black Market Midnight till 7am Kaos Soak @ Kaos House DJs Chilli & Brent 10-till-late Republic Bar & Café The Exploders supp: The Humans $8/$5 conc. 10pm Syrup Downstairs 8pm: KO - Resident DJ MEZ & Guests ‘Laying down the Chunks“O”Funk’ Downstairs 10.30pm: BOOGIE - 70’s & 80’s FUNK with resident DJ’s NICK C & DUNCAN. Upstairs 11pm: LA CASA sexy vocal house with residents DGJ, MATT B / GILLIE Telegraph Background Beats with Messi Jessi

Stage Door The Café Shindig No 2, showcase of local talent, 5.00pm. This month: Jacob Boote, Tom Hyland.

Heat Black Market Midnight till 7am Kaos Soak @ Kaos House DJs Chilli & Brent 10-till-late Republic Bar & Café Karnivool supp: t.b.a $18 10pm Syrup Upstairs 3pm: SATURDAY ARVO LIVE SESSIONS Rock out to LIVE BANDS: Fell To Erin + Guest - 3pm to 6pm. $3 cover. Downstairs 10.30pm: TACKYLAND – 70’s 80’s and 90’s RETRO with resident DJs T.H.C. & ROLLY Upstairs 11pm: The BEEZ NEEZ present DIRTY F*KING DANCIN’ - the best of house, electro & breaks with resident DJ’s - GILLIE / ADAM TURNER / MODAL / KIR. Telegraph Oscar The Metz Local duo Loco Trout Hammerhead, Blakout & Lady Crimson ($3)

Halo Steve Lawler (UK) Heat Irish Murphy’s Kaos Lewisham Tavern Prince of Wales Republic Bar & Café 4 Letter Fish 9pm

Saloon Legendary Uni Night with live DJ playing commercial music and Karaoke in The Loft with DJ Loco.

The Metz Sunday Session – Live acoustic with Charles 4-7pm DJ Dave Webber 7pm-late Trout UTAS Uni Bar Wrest Point LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Nathan Weldon Leo Leigh Ratcliffe Luke Parry trio James Hotel Open Decks Bring your own vinyl

Republic Bar & Café Blue King Brown & the Josh Allen Band $10 8:15pm

Irish Murphy’s The Unit

Syrup Telegraph

James Hotel The Exploders + The Embers Dj’s MacD & Nikko

The Metz DJ Dave Webber 8pm-late (Hobart Cup)

Royal Oak David Adams Royal on George

The Metz DJ Dave Webber

Telegraph Liquid Lounge – various DJs

Batman Fawkner Inn Club 8 – Rocket Noodle & The Belchers 8-Ball

O’Keefe’s Hotel Sunday Sessions MONDAY 13th


Lonnies Love

Telegraph Gnosis and Brent

Trout The Infected, Ice Eater

Batman Fawkner Inn Club 8 – Wolfmail – Blues heavyweight champion of the world” 8-Ball

Lloyds Sgt Green

Syrup HOBART’S UNDERGROUND FILMS Hosted by Andrew Harper showcasing a variety of locally-produced movies - Free Entry.



Lonnies Groove


Republic Bar & Café Black Coffee 9pm


Lloyds Leigh Ratcliffe

Saloon Trivia Night in the Main Room $5,000 to be Won Commences at 7pm.



James Hotel MacD & Nikko

James Hotel Toss the Boss Toss to win free drink


Trout Combat Wombat ($10)

Irish Murphy’s The Rob Sayer Band

Irish Murphy’s Geale Bros



The Metz DJ’s Scott & Jesse

Telegraph Australian songwriters association

DEVONPORT Spurs/Warehouse Voodoo Lounge



Saloon Super Saturday with resident band Sergeant Green and live DJ playing commercial music and upstairs DJ Loco with Karaoke.


James Hotel Uni Night Gypsy Caravan + MacD & Nikko


HOBART Irish Murphy’s Luke Parry Trio

Ursula’s Ultimo Trem

Royal on George DJ Patty Duke




The Mud Bar Chris Neobi 3pm-9pm


James Hotel Toss the Boss Toss to win free drink

Trout Sydney City Trash & The Roobs ($5)

Saloon Dance the Night Away with live DJ playing commercial music and Karaoke in The Loft with DJ Loco.

Syrup MESH (breaks & drum’n’bass) - Hobarts oldest club night, with residents SPINFX / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / GROTESQUE + Guests.

The Metz Local Duo John Craig

Saloon Mental As Anything Legends of Australian Rock live at the Saloon, with support band "The Rogers" and upstairs DJ Loco with Karaoke

Royal on George Leigh Ratcliffe

Irish Murphy’s Idle Hands Dan And Sara Glenn Moorhouse TBC

Irish Murphy’s Leo

Lonnies Groove Royal Oak L' ton Blues Club "Terraplane"


Telegraph Oscar

Royal on George Summer Melodies

Saloon Dance the Night Away with live DJ playing commercial music and Karaoke in The Loft with DJ Loco.


Kaos Soak @ Kaos House DJs Chilli & Brent 10-till-late

Lloyds Well Strung

LAUNCESTON Batman Fawkner Inn Pulse


4-7pm DJ Dave Webber 7pm-late

Irish Murphy’s Mick Attard James Hotel HO

Royal Oak The Stoics TUESDAY 14th

LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Dave Adams James Hotel Cheap Ass Wednesday Luke Parry

THURSDAY 16th BURNIE Stage Door The Café Viktor Zappner Trio, featuring Adrian Cunningham (back by popular demand), from Sydney, on tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, 8.00pm. DEVONPORT Spurs/Warehouse Dallas Crane/Tim Rogers & The Temperance Union/ Cannon HOBART Republic Bar & Café The Jamie Faulkner Band supp: Glass House $3 9pm Syrup MESH (breaks & drum’n’bass) - Hobarts oldest club night, with residents SPINFX / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / GROTESQUE + Guests. Telegraph Charles Trout Linc Lefevre LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Luke Parry James Hotel UniNight Alpha Numeric + MacD & Nikko

GIG Guide 01/02/06 - 28/02/06 Royal Oak Ronan Martin - Scottish fiddler in the Boatshed Saloon Request Night with $3 Daiquiri's for the Ladies and live DJ playing requests.


Ursula’s Brendan & Daryl


Voice DJ Earl & DJ C till late SATURDAY 18th BURNIE


Stage Door The Café Hot Strings, 7.00pm. DEVONPORT Spurs/Warehouse Waiter / Glasshouse




Halo James Taylor – Fuzzy Breaks CD launch

Heat Black Market Midnight till 7am

Heat Black Market Midnight till 7am

Kaos Soak @ Kaos House DJs Chilli & Brent 10-till-late

Kaos Soak @ Kaos House DJs Chilli & Brent 10-till-late

Republic Bar & Café Dallas Crane + Tim Rogers $27 10pm

Republic Bar & Café Dallas Crane + Tim Rogers $27 10pm

Syrup Downstairs 8pm: KO - Resident DJ MEZ & Guests ‘Laying down the Chunks“O”Funk’ Downstairs 10.30pm: BOOGIE - 70’s & 80’s FUNK with resident DJ’s NICK C & DUNCAN. Upstairs 11pm - Syrup Presents - OLIVER HUNTEMANN (GERMANY) Electro, Techno & House - with locals GILLIE / ADAM TURNER - Tickets on the door: $13.

Syrup Upstairs 3pm: SATURDAY ARVO LIVE SESSIONS – Rock out to LIVE Bands: Alcatrash (Melb) + Guests from 3pm to 8pm. $3 cover. Downstairs 10.30: TACKYLAND – 70’s 80’s and 90’s RETRO with resident DJ’s ROLLY and T.H.C. Upstairs 11pm: The BEEZ NEEZ – present DIRTY F*KING DANCIN’ – house, electro & breaks with resident DJ’s - GILLIE / ADAM TURNER / TIMO / CORNEY.

Telegraph Background Beats with Messi Jessi The Metz DJ’s Scott & Jesse Trout The Roobs, Alcatrash (Melb) ($4)


Chris Neobi 3pm-9pm


Stage Door The Café Jerome Hillier, vocalistguitarist from Launceston, 7.00pm.

Voice DJ Earl & DJ C till late

Telegraph Oscar The Metz Local Duo Brett & Joel Trout Midnight Caller ($3)

Republic Bar & Café Cake Walking Babies 9pm Syrup Psy Sundays. Local Psycadelic Trance Djs 8pm to late. Telegraph Liquid Lounge – various DJs The Metz Sunday Session – Live acoustic with Charles 4-7pm DJ Dave Webber

Batman Fawkner Inn Club 8 – Breakwater 8-Ball

Batman Fawkner Inn 4PLAY

Irish Murphy’s Well Strung

Irish Murphy’s Alphanumeric

James Hotel James bar Leigh Ratcliffe Reality MacD & Nikko Lloyds TBC Lonnies Groove Royal Oak L'ton Blues Club Jamiei Faulkner Band (Victorian 3 pce) Royal on George Luke Parry Trio Saloon Dance the Night Away with live DJ playing commercial music and Karaoke in The Loft with DJ Loco. The Mud Bar

James Hotel Reality MacD & Nikko Lloyds Well Strung Lonnies Love O’Keefe’s Hotel Royal Oak Royal on George Sgt Green Saloon Super Saturday with resident band Sergeant Green and live DJ playing commercial music and upstairs DJ Loco with Karaoke. The Mud Bar Chris Neobi 3pm-9pm

The Metz DJ’s Scott & Jesse

James Hotel Lonnie Cup Nite James Bar Dj’s Recut + Joycie + Buff * D Lux Reality Funkin UNbelievable

Trout Toy Death (Syd) ($5) Uni Bar Hard Candy returns CD launch "Hard Candy 5" Featuring Scott Alert, Calvinator and Rysta 10pm -4.00am

Saloon Legendary Uni Night with live DJ playing commercial LAUNCESTON music and Karaoke in The Loft with DJ Loco. Batman Fawkner Inn Neo Bleek THURSDAY 23rd Irish Murphy’s HOBART The Fabulous Picasso Bros Republic Bar & Café Koolism + R.U.C.L $22 9pm Syrup MESH (breaks & drum’n’bass) - Hobarts oldest club night, with residents SPINFX / SCOTT WOODHOUSE / GROTESQUE + Guests.

James Hotel James bar Sambo Reality MacD & Nikko Lloyds Luke Parry Trio Lonnies Groove

LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s S&M Geale bros Voodoo Lounge Funkin Unbelieveable James Hotel Open Decks Bring your own vinyl

Telegraph Charles

Royal Oak Idle hands in the P /Bar

Trout Jez & Dane

Royal on George Sgt Green


Saloon Dance the Night Away with live DJ playing commercial music and Karaoke in The Loft with DJ Loco.

Batman Fawkner Inn Pulse

O’Keefe’s Hotel Sunday Sessions

Irish Murphy’s Damon Brown


James Hotel UniNight James Bar Jagermeister Promo. Free Uni Buses. Reality 3Sum + MacD & Nikko

HOBART Republic Bar & Café Kenny Foreshore 8:30pm LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Voodoo Lounge James Hotel HO TUESDAY 21st HOBART Republic Bar & Café Jordan Miller E.P Launch supp: Hayley 9pm LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Sambo James Hotel Toss the Boss Toss to win free drink


Irish Murphy’s Samuel Bester

Saloon Trivia Night in the Main Room $5,000 to be Won Commences at 7pm.

Republic Bar & Café Bob Log III supp: Tim Scanlon $10/$8 9pm Syrup KAMIKAZE KARAOKE Hosted by Little Miss Pink & Karaoke KowGirl. Telegraph Gnosis and Brent The Metz DJ Dave Webber Trout Kind Winds LAUNCESTON

Ursula’s No Strings

Royal Oak Carl Fidler, The Embers, Green Wood and Kernel Nimby in the Boatshed Royal on George Voodoo Lounge Saloon Super Saturday with resident band Sergeant Green and live DJ playing commercial music and upstairs DJ Loco with Karaoke. The Mud Bar Chris Neobi 3pm-9pm Voice DJ Earl & DJ C till late SUNDAY 26th

Dr Syntax JOE PIRERE, THE FOX AND THE HOUND.. 7pm Republic Bar & Café Sundy Side Up 9pm Telegraph Liquid Lounge – various DJs



Spurs/Warehouse Sexual Chocolate (Melb)

Saloon Request Night with $3 Daiquiri's for the Ladies and live DJ playing requests.


Irish Murphy’s Ben Castles Leo Mick Attard Sgt Green


Halo Q45 (UK)


BURNIE Stage Door The Café Judy Carmichael, from the US, with some ragtime and stride piano, 8.00pm, cover charge $10.

Heat Black Market Midnight till 7am


Republic Bar & Café Son Del Sur $3 10pm

Heat Black Market Midnight till 7am

Syrup Upstairs 3pm: SATURDAY ARVO LIVE SESSIONS – Rock out to LIVE BANDS Burn The Black Lodge + Supershow - from 3pm to 6pm FREE ENTRY. Downstairs 10.30: TACKYLAND – 70’s 80’s and 90’s RETRO with resident DJ’s ROLLY and Naughty - Upstairs 11pm: DIRTY F*KING DANCIN’ – house, electro & breaks with resident DJ’s GILLIE / ADAM TURNER / KIR / CORNEY.

Kaos Soak @ Kaos House DJs Chilli & Brent 10-till-late Republic Bar & Café I&I Bredda 10pm Syrup Downstairs 8pm: KO - Resident DJ MEZ & Guests ‘Laying down the Chunks“O”Funk’ Downstairs 10.30pm: BOOGIE - 70’s & 80’s FUNK with resident DJ’s NICK C & DUNCAN. Upstairs 11pm: PICKLE - presents BEXTA (SYD) + Residents: DSKO / CORNEY / TRISTAN - Pre Sale Tickets: $15.

The Metz Local Duo Brett & Joel Trout Raggard Annes ($3)

Telegraph Background Beats with Messi Jessi

Irish Murphy’s Sgt Green

Devonport Spurs/Warehouse 18 Kings St Devonport 6424 7851 Kings Bar & Niteclub 25 King St Devonport 6423 3488

Hobart Halo 37a Elizabeth St Mall Hobart 6234 6669 Republic Bar 299 Elizabeth St North Hobart 6234 6954 Soak @ Kaos 237 Elizabeth St Hobart 6231 5699 Syrup 1st Floor 39 Salamanca Place Hobart 6224 8249

James Hotel Open Decks Bring your own vinyl O’Keefe’s Hotel Sunday Sessions



Republic Bar & Café Republic Quiz Night 8:15pm LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Leo James Hotel HO

Royal On George 90 George St 6331 2526 Irish Murphy’s 211 Brisbane St Launceston 6331 4440 James Hotel Reality Niteclub James Bar 122 York St Launceston 6334 7231

TUESDAY 28th HOBART Republic Bar & Café Brant Bjork & the Bros (NZ) supp: turbo deluxe $20 9pm Trout Sabot (France) LAUNCESTON

Telegraph Oscar

Sirocco's Bar & Nightclub 64 Wilmot St Bur nie 6431 3133 Stage Door The Cafe 254 Mount St Upper Bur nie 64322600

Uni Bar - Hobart Campus 1 Churchill Ave Sandy Bay 6226 2495

HOBART Kaos Soak @ Kaos House DJs Chilli & Brent 10-till-late




LAUNCESTON Batman Fawkner Inn Pulse

Lonnies Love

Royal Oak L'ton Jazz club Judy Carmichael U.S pianist in the Boatshed Samuel Bester in the P/Bar

Voice DJ Earl & DJ C till late

@Venue Guide

Lloyds Alphanumeric

The Metz Sunday Session – Live acoustic with Charles 4-7pm DJ Dave Webber


The Mud Bar Chris Neobi 3pm-9pm

James Hotel Reality MacD & Nikko

Irish Murphy’s Voodoo Lounge James Hotel Toss the Boss Toss to win free drink Saloon Trivia Night in the Main Room $5,000 to be Won Commences at 7pm.

Lonnies Niteclub 107 Brisbane St Launceston 6334 7889 Saloon Bar 191 Charles Street Launceston 63 317 355 The Batty The Batman Fawkner Inn 35 Cameron St Launceston 6331 7222 Ursulas on Brisbane 63 Brisbane St Launceston 6334 7033

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Albums - Reviews Franz Ferdinand

Grand Daddy

You Could Have So Much Better By Carl Fidler

Excerpts From The Diary Of Todd Zilla By Carl Fidler

This album pretty much picks up where the last one left off, and this will please most fans. It’s the same style, production and imagery, only pushing their collective tongues ever-so-slightly further into their cheeks to gently ruffle a few feathers. The first single ‘Do You Want To’ says it all for me: “Well, do you want to go where I’d never let you before?” Raise one eyebrow, yes folks, I think we’re talking about the ’poo hole’. The pretty boys from Scotland just got prettier! ‘You Could Have It So Much Better’ is a convincing second album and reveals a more refined approach to their jagged driving pop. The songs are catchy and well structured and the production is cool and contemporary (distorted vocals and drums not too dissimilar to techniques used on The Strokes’ debut ‘Is This It?’). As well as a host of stand out tracks, there are two rather lovely ballads on the album that display another side to the band and another range of influences. ‘Eleanor Put Your Boots On’ and ‘Fade together’ exhibit meandering chord progressions and an atmosphere reminiscent of the Beatles but with a Lou Reed vocal delivery.

Delta Mayday By Paul Woolcock Since around 1984 Delta has been busy making a name for himself. A philosophy student and a well established free styler with numerous victories under his belt (including the 2003 Aus VS NZ battle for supremacy) this Aussie MC has forged a network of talented allies from London all the way to the Bronx. Commendable but can he put together a decent written? Well yes, actually, he can. Mayday is solid. Delta’s lyrics have a lot of impact alongside Mark-B’s production and if you like Aussie battle rhymes over thumpin’ instrumentals your probably gonna lap it up. Nowadays I’m generally looking for lyrics with a little more depth so I was more interested in the other track on the single ‘The Greater Good’. Contrasting heavily to the intensity of Mayday this reflective track sees Delta team up with NYC rapper Mojo over a softer Mark-B instrumental. I like this track, some will think it’s too sentimental but, in my opinion, there’s more to good rhyming than boasting. You can tell Delta has spent a lot of time battling by his aggressive, tight, and fairly uncomplicated style and while not exactly revolutionary he is interesting, I’m really looking forward to his LP ‘Lostralian’ hitting the shelf early Feb.

Self Scientific Change By Paul Woolcock Parts of this album are excellent. Self Scientific prove that not every MC who has lived a hard life on the streets of a city like L.A is an overbearing, overconfident, pretentious idiot who only wants to brag about how much crack they’ve sold and how many people they’ve killed in the process. MC Chace Infinite is, at times, brilliant. He is undeniably gangster, which will definitely turn a lot of people off, yet he seems genuinely disturbed by the violence around him. A man with strong beliefs and a lot of inner conflict Chace illustrates his thoughts with clarity and passion. Unlike so many rappers these days who seem to have all the depth of a stubbie, Chace is not afraid to expose his doubts and weaknesses as well as his strengths. This is demonstrated in many tracks on the album, a perfect example being ‘Free Will’ which has Chace torn between his belief in God and his struggle with the countless temptations that confront him. While I may not share his beliefs I really do appreciate his vivid, heartfelt lyrics. As far as the actual sound of the album goes I am impressed. I think Self Scientific could appeal to both commercial fans and underground heads. Many of the beats have an old school feel combined with modern sounding production. DJ Khalil is a skilled producer, making instrumentals that support Chaces deeper rhymes perfectly (make sure you check out the secret track at the end of the album). Aside from three or four comparatively shallow tracks with hooks that I find irritating (such as the club track ‘2 step’) most of this album is introspective and thought provoking while still packing a solid punch. With lyrics like ‘…deals on the streets to the soundtracks of rap and its like that, forever intertwining marriage, the era that brought money for promoting the savage’ I think gangsta rap artists as well as fans should listen

I have always had a soft spot for anything Indie. The control and limitations of money hungry labels seems daunting compared to the creative freedom of independent companies. Grand Daddy are a great example of this and quite possibly an inspiration to up and coming songwriters. Singer and key songwriter, Jason Lytle, recorded this EP in his home studio on an old 8 track recorder. Studio B to be precise, which is located in his bedroom. Studio A is in his lounge/kitchen and contains the “glitzy” 24 track machine which will be used on the forthcoming album. Lytle writes his cutesy pop songs from a disgruntled heart. Most of the material on 'Todd Zilla' is based on his increasing dissatisfaction with life in Modesto, a town he used to love which is being sullied with strip mall fever, choked by air pollution and dragged down by overlapping gentrification and dilapidation (Sound familiar?). The songs are more synth-based than previous recordings but the sounds are always interesting and contain enough quirkiness to carry you through the seven tracks. I especially liked the droning lawnmower recorded out his bedroom window in 'Fuck The Valley Fudge'.

Maximo Park

Dei Hamo

Missing Songs

First Edition

By Carl Fidler

By Paul Woolcock

Billed as the ‘now’ band of the UK indie scene and the ‘new’ Bloc Party, Maxïmo Park are riding high on the latest wave of Brit pop. ‘Missing Songs’ is a fan friendly CD comprising their B-sides and extra material recorded for their debut album ‘A Certain Trigger’. Angular guitars and jagged drum patterns charge in a riot of lyrical romanticism, as the style of their scene dictates, but they lack the intensity and urgency of Bloc Party. ‘Missing Songs’ does have a few shining moments though. ‘Fear Of Falling’ and ‘I Want You To Leave’ are both stand out tracks and pleasingly epic; and a cool and concise cover of John Lennon’s ‘Isolation’ which recently appeared in Q magazine’s compilation CD to celebrate Lennon’s 65th birthday. For the interest of their fans, Maxïmo Park have included three original demo versions of the first singles from ‘A Certain Trigger’. I can’t help thinking it’s a little too early to release a CD of B sides and songs that weren’t quite good enough for the album. ‘Misusing Songs’ seems like an opportunity for Warp Records to cash in on Maxïmo Park’s recent success but would probably be better suited as a bonus disc with the album.

Ja Rule

Dreddy Kruger / Wu-Tang


Think Differently Music

I’m not a big fan of most gangsta’ rap (don’t get me wrong there are some absolute classics such as The Gravediggaz album 6 Feet Deep) so I haven’t gone out of my way to listen to Ja Rule much at all. He just doesn’t appeal to me so I’d better outline what is contained in this Album for those who are interested.

By Paul Woolcock “Think Differently” is huge with 19 heavily varying tracks, some featuring a single rapper some featuring, four, some featuring only a DJ. There are so many rappers and producers I will not be able to cover the whole thing, so to start with, heres a list of some of the artists involved: RZA, GZA, UGod, MF Doom, Ras Kass, Aesop Rock, Casual, Del tha Funky Homosapien, Sean Price, J-Live, Tragedy Khadafi, C-Rayz Walz, Planet Asia, RA the Rugged Man, Littles, Cannibal Ox, Bronze Nazareth, DJ Noise, Mathematics. There’s more but I don’t want to run out of room. Strangely, even Jim Jarmusch the director of Ghost Dog sais a few words. A Dreddy Kruger concept designed to ‘…highlight the diminishing chasm between mainstream commercial and underground Hip Hop’ (according to the press release) and while I’m not sure that this mission is accomplished, if you’re a fan of these artists, you’re probably gonna want to get this anyway. There are some interesting combinations of rappers, such as MF Doom and the RZA on the track ‘Biochemical Equation’ as well as an awesome tribute to O.D.B with no rapping but samples ranging from the Gravediggaz to O.D.B himself. While the beats are reminiscent of past Wu-Tang efforts they are actually often a little cleaner than I expected (I miss the crackly buzzing of killer bees and shit like that) but I do really like some of the sampling. Not the hardcore onslaught many die hard Wu fans would possibly hope for (You can tell the RZA isn’t quite what he used to be and it appears some of the main members are missing entirely, maybe they were too stoned or too under arrest) this CD is for those who like smokin’ up hard and listening to some really rugged old school American rapping over simple instrumentals with some sweet samples, I doubt I would really enjoy it any other way.

Movement The Good Money EP By Paul Woolcock I’d be surprised if these fellas don’t get pretty big. This is basically well made party Hip-Hop. The thing that makes LA based ‘Movement’ a little different to your average is that they aren’t saying random shit in a way that sounds cool. They’re saying cool shit in a way that sounds cool. There are six tracks on this EP including two remixes (the Step Fam Remix is worth a listen) and they are all solid. It seems like MC Champ has a lot to get off his chest and his flow is pretty damn entertaining. DJ Spider knows what he’s doing and J-Beat makes thumpin’ beats. The production is tight and if you put this on at a party then people are gonna bounce.

By Carl Paul Woolcock

Ja Rule was apparently the rap industry’s most commercially successful artist during the early 2000s and Exodus is a compilation of his works spanning 1999 to 2005. Many hits are here to be found such as ‘Living it up’, ‘Thug Lovin’ and ‘Holla Holla’ as well as the new single, Exodus (which I find pretty unimpressive though I’m sure Ja Rule fans will love it.). Can someone please explain to me, why, out of all the countless Gangsta rappers Ja Rule has sold such a ridiculously large amount of albums? Something like three of them have gone x3 platinum.

This just isn’t my kind of thing. Dai Hamo has very little to say that I haven’t heard a thousand times before. In my opinion this album does for Hip-Hop what your average Hollywood romantic comedy does for film. Not a musician so much as a businessman, Dei Hamo just does not fit with my definition of a Hip-Hop artist. Still, I have no doubt that this album will sell as there are plenty of people out there who are afraid of anything that isn’t utterly predictable. It does sound like he is having a lot of fun and as he explains in ‘This is my life’ he is indeed allowed to live however he likes. The fact that he seems all too aware of being a clone of the many clones before him makes this whole thing all the more depressing. I guess it’s no more his fault than the fault of the people who actually part with money for these tired replicas. When will this cycle end? The beats are familiar with plenty of bass and synth. The back up singing is familiar with plenty of words like ‘Girl’, ‘Baby’ and ‘Oh’ being half sung, half whispered. The rhyming is familiar with a lot of basic structured boasting and flirting. If you like music you don’t have to listen to, in order to know what it’s about, maybe it’s your thing. If you want to turn your living room into an underage rave maybe it’s your thing. If you want to help perpetuate the seemingly endless supply of soulless club tracks maybe it’s your thing. Personally I like my Hip-Hop thought provoking and passionately written, to me, this is neither. Just so you know, Dei Hamo is also apparently working on a clothing line and a movie script. Why is the world so fascinated by mediocrity?


Ja Rule’s voice does sound pretty hardcore I suppose and the beats are often very good. Having a label like Def-Jam, with so much money behind it, means the production is top notch. Still, as I said, this album just does not appeal to me. I get the impression that, according to himself, Ja Rule is the most hardcore gun-toting mutha on the planet. I’m not convinced and having recently listened to music like K’Naan’s Album ‘The Dusty Foot Philosopher’ I feel that if you’re after some convincing and original rhyming about some actual hardcore shit going down in the world then go listen to the lyrics on ‘what’s Hardcore’. But if you like Ja Rule I suppose that’s not what your interested in, is it.

Korn See you on the other side By Ryan Cooke I personally like a lot of people spent most of my teenage years listening to this Nu-Metal Gods and worshiping the ground they walked. High school personally finished 7 years ago for me and I moved on, KoRn didn’t. This is bands 6th album and first since guitarist Head left the band in early 2005. Opening track ‘Twisted Transistor’ the album brings up where 2003’s ‘Take a Look in the Mirror’ left out, the track shows some promise but that’s where it ends for me. This band hasn’t changed since I was 16 and that isn’t a good thing at all!! I honestly wouldn’t recommend this to anyone including my worst enemies…..Everyone please don’t bother, maybe they will just go away.

Hammerhead Stiff By Ryan Cooke 2005 had so many great local releases and 2006 has certainly kicked off with a bag. Watch out for Hobart hair metallers Hammerhead, This little self produced jewel kicks off with the hard hitting number ‘Animal’ which sets the tempo and mood for the whole album.

I’m keen to hear their full album, ‘The Scope Of Things’ apparently it was released at the end of last year.

The hard-hitting riffs, long great solos and guitar licks don’t give up for a second but truly the standout tracks are ‘Feel the Pain’ and ‘Pure Evil’ but there are some great ballads (‘not when you cry’ and ‘on her own’) which lighten the mood a little.

Something tells me I’m not going to fully appreciate ‘Movement’ until I see them live but until then I’ll crank this EP the next time I am even remotely drunk with my mates.

These Hobart boys have bought back hair metal in a big way and If you can’t afford to build a time machine to go back to 1985, just buy this….it will give you the same feeling.

The Dusty Foot Philosopher By Paul Woolcock Wow. I have never heard anything like this before. K’NAAN is one of the most unusual rhymers I have come across in a long, long time. When it comes to hardcore rappers what do you think of? I would generally think of a towering, tattoo covered, crack pushing meat-axe, fresh out of prison, strolling down a New York alleyway and barking vicious rhymes about deals gone bad, through his gold plated teeth. Not anymore. Now I picture a little African dude with dusty feet. Why? America’s idea of hardcore just does not compare to Somalia’s. On the one hand you have the whole US, gang war/ police war shit going down, on the other hand you have the whole African total anarchy shit going down: Riots, machetes, gangster manned roadblocks, A-Ks, RPGs and actual warlords. No police, no fire fighters, no ambulance. In my opinion surviving that shit is about as hardcore as it gets. Oddly enough K’NAAN does not seem to be asking for pity. In fact his music is uplifting as often as it is depressing. In my opinion many of his rhymes are simply an attempt to educate a world that seems blinded by its obsession with the glorified crack dealer/rapper. Unfortunately many will probably find his voice just too strange to get into. When I listened to track one ‘Wash It Down’ K’NAANs voice, (backed only by percussion made with plastic sheets on pools of water) at first, sounded more female than male, maybe because I’m so used to the macho growl so many rappers possess. After getting over this initial reaction I found his style to be catchy, fresh and emotionally driven. The actual sound of the album varies heavily from track to track, from tribal drums and African vocalists to guitars and American sounding Hip Hop percussion. To those who want something completely different to the average I cannot recommend ‘The Dusty Foot Philosopher’ enough. I am blown away by K’NAANs rhyming ability: Realistic and powerful, vivid and emotional, unusual and interesting. Exactly what I’m looking for.

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Falling Off at Falls By Duncan Ewington Being the enterprising man thata he is, and a dedicated hardcore skater, Jimmy (of Jimmy's Skate and Street) had the great idea of providing another thrill to the many delights on offer at The Fall's Festival. After a few weeks of serious construction, and beer drinking, a beautiful mini ramp was built for the occasion. Thanks to the legendary efforts, and skill, of Rob Godfrey and Rich Goodsell, the ramp was near perfect. Just the right thing to put on a great show

of getting up and falling down! Throughout the entire event the skating drew a big audience. People stopped and marveled at the maneuvers, queried the skaters’ tight black jeans, and grimaced at the amount of abuse the lads inflicted on themselves – by skating and by other means (all in the pursuit of fun!) During the demos it drew a few hecklers – as is the nature of a festival full of rowdy drunkards. Yelling to do such and such, or saying they could do better themselves, but as soon as a board was offered up to put

their money where their mouth is, they shut up quick smart. However, there was still the occasional loose unit who would appear, drunk, barefoot and in shorts (who'd never stepped on a board before!) and decide now was the best time to drop in on a ramp in front of a large audience. I think they might have regretted it later on when the alcohol wore off, but it was still amusing to see nonetheless – dropin’ to ramp shuddering superman crash to heap on the ground to cheering grinning geezer! Ah fun in the sun! Now being a self-confessed skateboard addict meant I had lots of fun too, and I probably missed a lot of great music because of it. But with an incredible ramp to skate, lots of cool people to hang out with, lots of cute girls, and even more alcohol, how could I resist not skating my arse off? Unfortunately on the second day the weather was not so favorable, resulting in a saturated soggy ramp, and sad skaters. But in the end it was a thankful respite for the skaters. Eventually the sun poked its head through the dark clouds and shone on Marion Bay long enough for a couple of crowd-pleasing demos full of amazing skating and

drunken mayhem.

Everyone who skated…skated hard! Honourable mentions included Robert Parson's calm style, and busted an incredible five-o to kickflip to fakie, Hamish Cashion's double kickflips and his trademark sal flip to blunt (what!?), Ben Smith's cruisy 360 flips and kickies, Laif's annihilating runs with big alley oop ollies and booming flips to fakie, Stu Primrose's solid runs and layback lipslides, a kid from Launnie by the name of Pig Pen (who lacked any regard for Launceston 6331 4440 his personal safety) and Alex Harvey who had the most bodacious outfits, and nail biting frontside feebles and stomping beanplant to fakies. [Are you speaking English? - Ed]

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Some people say we just sound like any other metal

Parkway Drive N o M o r e F l a t t e r y … How has the reaction been to “Killing with a Smile”? Really, really, really good. From the first time we toured the CD kids have known the words to every song and sung along like crazy. Shit just gets better every time we go out too, more kids, more moshing, more singing.

By Tom Wilson Considered by some to be a breath of fresh air for new Australian music, and considered by others to be over-hyped, the metalcore troupe Parkway Drive have certainly made an impression on both camps. About to return to Tasmania on the “All Ages Assault” tour – leading on from the success of their debut LP “Killing with a Smile” – Tom Wilson tried to find out some of the few things that you don’t already know about PD. What have you been up to today? Today I woke up in an apartment in the tallest apartment building in the world (in Surfers Paradise) and took my girlfriend to do a bit of shopping. Then I drove back down to Byron Bay and I’m doing emails and myspace stuff now, as well as this interview! What about in the past month? Past month saw us get out to New Zealand for our first international tour. Was awesome fun. Did the ‘Boys Of Summer’ tour with Evergreen Terrace, Carpathian and The Getaway Plan. That tour was amazing, some of the best shows we’ve ever played and got to do them with great bands. Most recently we just played the Gold Coast Big Day Out which was totally crazy – so much fun and a good experience for us.

Cog B o n d i ’ s

G r e a t e s t

A c h i e v e m e n t

By Tom Wilson

They are one of Australia’s most unique and powerful heavy acts, and as far as I’m concerned, the best band in Australia. A sonically spell-binding merger of dynamic musicianship and socio-political commentary, Bondi threepiece Cog has done the hard yards in the last few years. But now – returning to Tasmania for the second time for MS Fest in Launceston – their hard work seems to be paying off. I spoke with drummer/sampler Lucius Borich about the album, race riots and the glory of the mosh… So, Lucius, what have you been up to today? Well, actually, today I just recorded my father for a track for my girlfriend’s band. So I got up early and did that, and I’m just chilling out at the moment today. So what’s Cog been up to in the last month?

It seems that metalcore is being popularised now in the way that nu-metal was about five years ago, with a lot of acts being pretty middle-of-the-line and boring. What’s your take on that? I guess it’s like anything. Something becomes popular and everyone wants a piece of the action. So naturally there’s going to be lots of new bands with that particular sound starting. At the moment it’s the sound that we are creating. Can be good can be bad. It’s good for us at the moment but over-saturation could harm it. I think “metalcore” has a few good years left before something else comes in. What do you think sets Parkway Drive apart from the rest of the herd? I don’t know hey. Some people say we just sound like any other metal / hardcore band, others say we are totally original and have our own sound. Our manager thinks it’s cause we’re so good looking. I just think if you do something and do it good people will take notice. Last time you spoke to SAUCE you were about to come down to Tassie for the first time. How did the metal scene down here compare with the mainland? The overall crowd was different but I think the metal side of the crowd is the same anywhere you go in the world. They just want long hair, jeans, a metal shirt and to get pissed and bang their heads. So that part was the same. The difference was the hardcore kids more or less. As you guys don’t get as much tour action as the mainland I guess

OK, well basically, we’ve been doing the Big Day Out; we did the Gold Coast and Sydney. That was last week. Before that, it was just holiday season pretty much. I spent some time in New Zealand surfing and stuff, so that was pretty cool. So the Big Day Out is pretty much what we’re doing at the moment. We did some warm-up shows before that; we’re just trying to write some new material…slowly but surely, getting things together. How do you reckon people reacted to “The New Normal”? Very well, actually. Obviously we had a bass player, so Luke has a lot of input into the new album as well, so it took on a different shape compared to the last two EPs that we released. So we definitely wanted to push our boundaries a bit more and explore a little bit more with the various things, and hone our sound a bit more, and become more about our own sound. From the punters and from the media, it seemed pretty good. We’ve been pretty lucky, really. Didn’t you have a bass player on “Just Visiting”? No, I played the bass on “Just Visiting”; on both EPs. We just couldn’t find anyone. Luke was in another band at that time, so when that band broke up he came onboard. So Flynn and I were left to just to whatever we could, whenever we could. It was just that transition that makes sense. When Luke came on board he learnt the “Just Visiting” stuff…but obviously the new one was a different kettle of fish, so it has a different feel. You’ve definitely shaken off the comparisons to Tool, would you agree? Yeah, I reckon. We’re definitely finding that there’s not a bunch of guys in the front row with Tool shirts on anymore. In saying that though, I think it was the dynamics of both bands… Both bands had the same kind of dynamics – heavy music, and then quite textural and melodic. So I guess we were quite the same in a sense, but I think people can distinguish the two bands as something different now, obviously. Politics and society are obviously a pretty big influence on the group. Was it always as integrated as it is now? The Aboriginal flag on the speakers; the Che stickers… Well, obviously we very much respect the indigenous culture

By the time we go to print you will have already played, but what are your thoughts leading up to playing the Big Day Out? Leading up to the Big Day Out I wasn’t too interested. I didn’t think much of it and thought it would kinda suck. Boy was I wrong. If you were going to steal alcohol from the rider of any band on the BDO, who would it be? Well since no-one in the band really drinks (Jeff has his occasional JD & coke) I would steal their pineapple juice. Probably Franz Ferdinand. Given the huge amount of success that you’ve had in the last two years, you’ve probably had a lot of people lavishing praise and sucking up to you. Do you think that it’s healthy for the band? Or would you rather people actually gave you honest criticism? Honesty is a good thing. I don’t think kids are really ‘sucking up’ to us, I think they appreciate what we do. If they didn’t we’d still be playing the youth centre in Byron every month and be quite content. The popularity we’ve gained over the past couple of years hasn’t really gone to our heads – we’re still the same dudes writing the same kind of music. Still doing cheap shows, still selling cheap merch. What’s next for Parkway Drive? Everything! Throughout March and April we are on the road for the “All Ages Assault” tour. This sees us getting to towns that don’t usually get shows and they are strictly all ages so everyone gets a chance to come out. After that we are off overseas. We’ll be touring the UK, Europe, Japan, Canada and the States for their summer. Back to tour New Zealand and Australia in November and December. Come 2007 we do a new album and do it all over again!

Parkway Drive play The Venue in Hobart on Saturday March 11th along side Mephistopheles, This Future... Chaos & Victory Avenue

of Australia, and where Australia was two hundred years ago, and what actually happened. We’re very concerned and very interested in the history of the indigenous people and how they lived with the land and what not and how when a certain bunch of guys came along they were wiped out, basically. Genocide threw them to the wayside. They’re amazing people who have a lot to offer when it comes to survival. That’s a side to the band; we just respect indigenous culture. What we would like to see is a lot more help and a lot more awareness when it comes to the traditional owners of the land – it seems to have just been pushed away. It’s funny; I went to New Zealand, and the Maori culture over there is so strong and so alive, compared to the Australian indigenous culture. It’s like chalk and cheese over there; it’s amazing. How did you feel about the race riots in Sydney? Well I look at that and I go “well, it was obviously a minority of people who kind of got caught up in the moment.” And obviously the media played a brilliant part on whipping up hysteria and making it bigger than it was, and trying to fuel the fire. I mean, there’s people around Australia that fight every week on the piss; all different nationalities; they get on the piss and in every pub in Australia there’ll be a massive fight. And it seems to me that this was very concentrated and almost staged to a degree. It was silly that people took advantage of it, when they should be setting an example. It was just a sick sight. And I think that these people aren’t Australian, and they’re not understanding what Australia is actually about, and how it evolved. It’s a multicultural society whether you look at it or not. We’re immigrants. To me, you’re not the kind of band that you mosh to, and that’s a good thing. Does it irritate you when you see people reacting to your music in a typically thuggish, violent way, as opposed to appreciating the music? How do you feel about that? I think there’re a couple of schools of thought. I’ve been to bands many times when I’ve just stood there and the energy coming from the band… At your Saloon gig you might remember a strange, tall guy

METAL / HARDCORE IN FEBRUARY By Ryan Cooke 2006 is here in a big way and everything is already starting out great. 1 month into the year already and maybe one of the best records is already out. You know I’m talking about Bleeding Through’s ‘The Truth’, its takes the OC local back to their roots and shows a lot of promise. I have to give a shout out to a friend and one of the best bass players in the state Jess Curran. Hobart teenagers Mephistopheles are set to release their debut album on the new Tassie label ‘Southern Extremeties Productions’. The album (title unknown at time of printing) is set for release sometime in March, and before that the group will be joining M.S.I on the "Tasmanian Invasion Tour". Always hitting the studio in February/March are Launceston metalcore maniacs This Future…Chaos to lay down tracks for their self funded album which is due out later in 2006. One of the best metal acts in the nation, Adelaide’s I Killed the Prom Queen have officially parted way with their vocalist Matthew Crafter. Reasons are still unknown at the present time but I will report them as well as I know. Bryon Bay’s finest Parkway Drive is heading back our way in early march on their All Ages Assault Tour. Playing only the one headlining show in Hobart on March 11th make sure you don’t miss them. Unless your been living under a rock you would have heard Igor has officially ended all ties with Sepultura. Sorta metal related Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme has become a father. Josh and The Distillers' siren Brody Dalle have reportedly had their first child in Los Angeles. Camille Homme was born on January 17 and weighed in at 6lbs and 15oz.A press release from Homme has been released which says: "Camille's interests include boobs, sleeping, and pooping. Camille's dislikes include smoking, men who are afraid to cry and dirty diapers.". Every Time I Die have named their upcoming DVD release 'Shit Happens'. The project has no release date but is expected sometime in 2006. In tour news, so many bands coming to Australia in the first half of the year. Behind Crimson and Cog have been added to the Launceston MS Fest bill which is on March 11th (same night as Parkway Drive). Opeth are heading out in April as well as KoRn who are bringing Disturbed and Hatebreed out as supports. The tour everyone has been waiting for has been announced, The Haunted will be playing in Melbourne in mid march with Exodus and I Killed the Prom Queen. That’s a wrap for another month, Cheers Eggy off to the side of the stage going absolutely mental. That was me. Well then you know the feeling. Something triggers inside you and it’s like you’re possessed. And it’s a ritual when people go and see a band and hear the music. People react in different ways. I don’t give a fuck how someone reacts, as long as they don’t hurt someone else intentionally. I prefer a mosh, and it’s all fun. Because they’re being strong and tough and they’re getting shit out because they’re pissed off ‘cause they’ve been working all week and they’re fucking over it. They go to their favourite band and they let loose. And they kind of know what they’re doing, but some people get a little bit stupid; they have a little too much to drink, and they take that shove from someone else seriously. And they’ll act on that. And then there are people who just want to stand there and enjoy the music. It’s a real fine line; if you’re going to see a rock n roll band, you’ve got to expect to get pushed around. I’ve got to ask – what’s with the outrageous facial hair? Flynn’s got the “reverse Hitler” – he’s got the middle cut away… And Luke had the porn star moustache… You’ve probably got to take that porn star moustache as just an Australian thing. That time when we were touring; I think it was a bet. “Come on Luke; grow a handlebar moustache and we’ll give you a hundred bucks”. What’s next for Cog? I think the main is getting an overseas release. We really want to mix with the big fish in America. We’ve had a bit of interest over there; we’ve had a little bit of airplay on radio over there, and we’re trying to wrap things up with the management over there. [That’s] what Cog will be concentrating on most this year. And hopefully we can be recording by the end of the year. Record a new album by the end of the year, and get one out by 2007. Lucius, thanks so much for talking to me today. I’m a massive fan. I’ll see you at that gig then. For sure. Cog play MS Fest at the Launceston Regatta Grounds with Grinspoon, Shihad, The Herd and others on March 11th

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Falls Festival @ Marion Bay - By Tom Wilson - Photography By Simon Hancock

behind the smell of sunlit grass and marijuana smoke; an air of excitement, so thick it was almost tangible; so tangible you could almost reach up and grab hold of it. It was New Year’s Eve, at the best venue in Tasmania, and after so many people had been turned away from ticket venues around the state, we were very lucky to be there.

What you are reading now is not a gig review – having experienced far too many incredible bands, I’m not going to insult them by summing up their sets in one or two lines. Instead, think of this as more of a structured recollection…my impressions of the epic that was the Falls Festival 2005. The looped red band around my left wrist was a ticket to so many things; a relentless, two-headed salvo of bands, from high-profile national and international acts to low-profile talents who managed to make a blip on the radar; a tidal wave of intermingled social microcosms. Above all, it was almost a social experiment that, as you shall read, has succeeded for the third year in a row. Falls is a cultural whirlpool – a bustling throng of everyone from townies to rurals to hippies. It’s a giant pub, with enough grog (some legit, some not) to ensure widespread inebriation. But most of all, it seems to be a demonstration of goodwill by all who go. As someone who goes out on the town quite frequently, I’m in awe of the peaceful, relaxed vibe that has characterised Falls three years running. Not one incident of violence. Not one demonstration of hatred. No posers or dickheads. No bullish bouncers with authority complexes.

Prior to the event, I remember some friends saying they weren’t interested in going because they weren’t impressed with the line-up. So many times during the festival – swimming at the beach, lazing around on the grass listening to music, smoking weed with hippies – I thought of those people with nothing but pity. Half the fun of Falls is discovering bands you’ve never heard before. I’d never heard The Vasco Era. I’d never heard Ugly Duckling. But I walked away an avid fan. When thinking back on the festival, so many memories come to mind. Hearing True Live launch into an electric cello solo that almost sounded metal. Watching The Vasco Era’s haunting solo Radiohead cover. Witnessing Sauce's Designer Simon drunkenly vault over the barricade to photograph The Embers. Seeing the Dandy Warhols appear as spectral figures behind an epileptic haze of smoke, strobe light and guitar feedback. Feeling the crowd explode as the Hoodoo Gurus launched into “The Right Time”. Seeing a forty-foot sailing boat parked in the middle of the campsite. Rolling a joint in a tent with a guy wearing a Zeppelin shirt. Realising that no one gave a shit when it started to rain.


The Dandy Warhols

The Styles

The Vasco Era

Those are memories which money can’t buy. But with that red wristband now pinned up on my bedroom wall, they are all mine to keep. Here’s to Falls 2006.

It’s a bit of a cliché nowadays, but the old Woodstock adage of “peace, love and music” seems fairly appropriate; though perhaps “peace, love, music and excitement” would be more to the point.

The Embers

The sheer mood of the festival was something worth far more than the price of admission. It was something


Hammerclit Solo & The Raggard Annes

@ The Albert Hall By Ryan Cooke

@ Syrup Arvo Sessions By Duncan Ewington

Bliss n Eso This show was always going to be a gamble and you had to give it to the promoters putting on a show this big during the falls. I arrived to catch the tail end of a DJ set by Randall. I personally wasn’t impressed but then again I hate dance music, first proper band Modus were up next and boy did they rock the house. Their blend of rock, prog rock and nu-metal always goes over well with the audience; Modus have to be one of the tightest acts in the state. Highlight of their set as usual was vocalist Admah’s energy on stage. The Dead Abigails aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but boy they don’t disappoint, their energy and stage presence was great and played a great set. Due to the midnight countdown and other reasons I was unable to catch any of Muphin and Plutonic but from what friends said they were great. Sydney’s finest Bliss n Eso were a late addact to the bill and god were they by far the highlight of the night, from the word go everyone was up front and going off, the set focused more on stuff from their 2004 release ‘flowers in the pavement’ but they did debut some new tracks from their upcoming album out in feb. The highlight of their set was their track ‘Beer o Clock’ or their DJ’s solo piece. Due to unforeseen reasons I was unable to catch Kid Kenobi’s set but from the bands I had already seen, I didn’t feel disappointed.

Hammerclit I always look forward to Saturday arvos - a vague cruise around Salamanca Market, the hangover's almost gone, the sun's shining, and there's music going off at Syrup. With a little change to the format (a small change cover charge and no more happy hour) the Syrup Arvo Sessions are still as good as ever a place to check out some of the more interesting and original music Hobart has to offer. This Saturday was no exception! Originally the line up was to be Play The Game and Hammerclit, instead Play The Game's sister band The Raggard Annes filled in, and Hammerclit appeared as a temporary line up as Hammerclit Solo. Well, what can I say about Hammerclit Solo? I've never seen anything quite like it! Fronted by Emma Dilemma from Launceston, they're definately a force to be reckoned with. A difficult one to describe, they have been dubbed as Euro Electro Trash. Mad electro keyboard antics, mixed with almost "classical" singing, all mashed up with staccato "poetry" and screeching choruses. Definately different, nice, and unusual. Performance art in full effect, gaffa tape now has got a whole new meaning! The rise of The Raggard Annes is amazing. Blazing a trail of Indie music across Hobart, they're starting to put a few notches on their guitars and are alrready drawing a steady stream of loyal supporters. Having seen all The Raggard Annes previous gigs I can say this one was the best yet, minus a few technical difficulties mid set. You'll be hearing a lot more from this band, in fact keep reading this issue.. Another fun filled afternoon, and a great warm up to another long night of over indulgence and ear ringing inducing good times.

Illicit Eve

Nick Skitz

@ The Republic Bar By Duncan Ewinton

@ Voice By Dave Williams

I didn't know quite what to expect from Illicit Eve. I'd never heard of them before, and I didn't know anybody else who had, the only thing I knew was that they were from Adelaide. I had a vague guess, and by trying to judge by the name I thought that they might be hip hop in flavour - ya know "Illicit" and all. Anyway I was far from it!

Voice, at The Batman Fawkner Inn in Launceston, hosted Nik Skitz from New South Wales; who is, I believe, the first "name" DJ at Voice since the club opened a few months ago.

The Human's, Hobart's hardest working indie support band, kicked things off and got the noise level up. Both bands had played the night before (a Friday), and judging by the smallish crowd, everyone had decided to check 'em out the night before. It must have been a big night, because the audience in attendence was very reluctant to get moving in anyway. Illicit Eve turned out to be a very hard rockin' group. As a three piece, they whacked out some thumping good jams, combining sweet singing, harmonies, and strong, almost metal like, riffs. They had a tight sound, and a fun and charming stage presence. You could tell they were having a great time, and were really aprreciative of the Tassie hospitality, even though the audience were frozen like rabbits in the headlights (or maybe they were just too busy admiring the girl's good looks?). Coinciding with the tour, Illicit Eve have released their debut album "Element 11" through Shock and Mixmaster Records, so if you're keen to hear or see more, contact Shock. They sounded keen to play Tassie again, so if you missed them this time around I have a good feeling they'll be back. Unfortunately there were no illicit substances here, just a good and loud, rock'n'rollin' eve.

I think it's a great move by the Batty to bring down some recognised DJ's, especially DJ's different to those that seem to regularly visit here. However, I hope that a variety of local DJ's also get some time. DJ Earl has been holding down the fort at Voice with other guests since opening, and it was DJ Earl who supported Nick Fish on the night. Unfortunately, he had finished his set when I arrived at about 1am, with Nik Fish just starting. There were only about sixty people in the club at any one time - maybe more had paid to come in, but due to the new antismoking laws, you never know how many are out having a smoke. Nick played a great set. You could tell he was working to build the dancefloor, reacting to what worked and what didn't. Mostly girls were dancing, but it was a good reaction from the number of people who were there. I didn't see any of the usual Launnie dance crowd, which was a bit of a surprise. However, if the Batty continue to book DJ's of the standard of Nick Skitz, and develop a roster of locals, I think numbers could increase.

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Sauce - Issue 23, 1-6-06  

Tasmanian music and pop-culture, featuring The Presidents Of The United States of America, Tim Rogers, Dallas Crane, Dave Larkin, The Cassan...

Sauce - Issue 23, 1-6-06  

Tasmanian music and pop-culture, featuring The Presidents Of The United States of America, Tim Rogers, Dallas Crane, Dave Larkin, The Cassan...