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FIRST HARVEST IS ON! The vines have ripened! Get on down to Irish Murphy’s Hobart tonight, Wednesday, November 26, for the very first First Harvest! The grapes of The Greenhouse will battle it out on stage for a $7000 recording, mastering, and engineering package at Melbourne’s Sing Sing studios. That’s what’s in it for the bands, but what’s in it for you is fantastic music from Dali Srhoj and the Paper Band, Ejecter, Joni’s Plastic Sunday, Nathan Wheldon and the Two-Timers, New Saxons, and The Trolls. NOVEMBER 26 @ IRISH MURPHY’S (HOBART) NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS WITH THE SAINTS Dark legends, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will be headlining the inaugural MONA Festival of Music and Art (MONA FOMA) in Hobart with a one off concert at the Derwent Entertainment Centre. Supporting them will be the original line up of punk pioneers, The Saints, performing their first Australian shows (outside Brisbane) since 1977. MONDAY, JAN 12TH, 2009 @ DERWENT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, HOBART. TICKETS, $89, ON SALE FROM TICKETMASTER. LAGWAGON GUITARIST DEPORTED Lagwagon guitarist Chris Flippin was deported from Australia last week, joining the Doggfather on a short list of celebrities deemed to be lacking the good character required to enter the country by Australia’s Dept of Immigration. Stepping into Flip’s extremely large shoes is Frenzal Rhomb guitarist Lindsay McDougall, himself no stranger to the law. Lindsay will accompany the band on the remainder of their Australian tour. A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE VINES It is with a great deal of regret that The Vines have announced that they have cancelled all of their Australian festival appearances - Homebake, Pyramid Rock and Big Day Out - and their forthcoming Japanese tour scheduled for late November.
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Craig Nicholls’ mental condition, due to Aspergers Syndrome, has deteriorated extremely rapidly over the past month to the point where he requires immediate help over an extended period of time. Craig’s fellow band members Hamish Rosser, Ryan Griffiths and Brad Heald are all extremely saddened by this turn of events and wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the fans, friends and family who have shown in faith in the band since their successful return to the live stage in 2006. AFTER THE FALL GIG ANNOUNCED After The Fall have announced an upcoming gig in Hobart, at HOTEL SOHO. Tickets $20 pre-sale, $25 on the door, available from the venue and Ruffcut Records. WORLD AIDS DAY Next week is the commencement of AIDS awareness week and December 1st is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Buy a red ribbon to support research. LEAH FLANAGAN BAND ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR The Leah Flanagan Band will be touring to Hobart to follow the realease of their debut, self-titled album, recorded late this year by ARIA award winning team behind The Waifs, “Up All Night”, Chris Thompson and Steve Schram. www.myspace.com/leahflanagan REPUBLIC BAR AND CAFÉ, THURSDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
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In the previous issue, we stated The Potbelleez will appear at The Soundscape Festival. They will not appear at this festival. Congratulations to our second winner! If this is your car, email a pic of yourself in front of your rego to email@example.com, with ‘Sticker Winner’ in the subject line by Friday, 5th of December @ 5pm to win two new release CDs. In the body of the email, let us know what two genres of music you’d prefer the CDs to be from. If you don’t let us know in time, the prize will JACKPOT, so next edition there will be four CDs to be won. And so on … To get in on the action, get a SAUCE sticker and whack it on your vehicle! One vehicle with a sticker displayed will be chosen each edition to win the CDs. Check each edition of SAUCE to see if you’ve won. It’s that easy!
PSYCHEDELIC CARNATION Melbourne Indie band, Caranation, will be hitting Launceston for one show only, keep an eye out! www. myspace.com/carnationspace
The Potbelleez WILL appear at the GOOD VIBRATIONS FESTIVAL, in Sydney (Feb 14), Melbourne (Feb 15), Gold Coast (Feb 21), and Perth (Feb 22), 2009. The Potbelleez will also appear at MS Fest, February 7, 2009. SAUCE apologises inconvenience.
For more information please visit: http://www.gvf.com.au As of the time of publishing, the following acts were confirmed for the following festivals: PNAU, Cut Copy, British India, The Getaway Plan, Muph & Plutonic, Behind Crimson Eyes, Mammal, Bomba, PHRASE, D’opus & Roshambo, Let The Cat Out, The Frets. 0 January 17 @ The Soundscape Festival, Hobart Regatta Grounds Fatboy Slim, The Presets, The Roots, Deadmau5, The Pharcyde, Sam Sparro, Roni Size Reprazent, Chromeo, Stanton Warriors, The Potbelleez, Kid Kenobi & Mc Shureshock, Micky Slim, Yelle, Wale, The Cuban Brothers, Miami Horror, Rico Tubbs, Mike Relm, Master Of Ceremonies: Supernatural 0 February 14-15 & 21-22 @ Good Vibrations
SULTRY SONGSTRESS Mates with our own Jordan Millar, Amali Ward will be touring the state mid-December. Check next edition’s Entertainment Guide. www.myspace.com/amaliward PERTH ELECTRO Perth (WA) releases its electro showman, Tomas Ford, for one night only, at The Alley Cat on Friday, November 28. www.myspace.com/tomasford
Our first winner was Wayne Beswick, who took away “Music For An Accelerated Culture” by Hadouken! and “Chase The Setting Sun” by Stone Parade.
The Living End, The Presets, Cog, Faker, Gyroscope, Josh Pyke, Carpathian, Drapht, Funkoars, Paris Wells 0 February 7 @ MS Fest, Launceston Inveresk Showgrounds
New after hours needle and syringe vending machines Two Needle and Syringe Vending Machines are now located in Devonport and Hobart, and coming to Launceston soon. Devonport • Vending machine is located on the side of the Devonport Council Chambers, accessible from the Best Street car park. • Operating between the hours of 8pm – 6am, 7 days a week
Hobart • Vending machine is located in the old ambulance bay of the Royal Hobart Hospital, Argyle Street • Operating between the hours of 6pm – 6am, 7 days a week
• Will be available in early 2009. Needle and Syringe Vending Machines dispense pre-packs of injecting equipment: 3 syringes (choose 1ml, 3ml or 5 ml), needles for drawing up and injection, and alcohol swabs, packed in a small sharps container. The cost of each pre-pack is $2.00 A large community sharps bin is located near each vending machine for disposal of used injecting equipment.
reduce the risk this summer.
STUDIO DIARY WED, NOV 19 Shoe - Final Mix Earlier in March this year, I recorded Follow By The Wayside. After that time, I hadn’t heard much from the band. Then I heard they were on a spontaneous three-month trek across Europe and Australia. Last week I got an email from the guys, wanting to catch up in the studio, now fresh, after finding their roots. Their name had changed to Shoe. Definitely easier to pronounce eh? Anyways... we made a couple of minor changes to the song, Egg, to be ready for mastering. The EP will be mastered next week at Studios 301 Sydney. Have a preview on MySpace... http://www.myspace.com/shinemyshoesbrother Next time... Recording starts for Tas Music Rock Challenge winners, The Framed. Stay tuned! WWW.SAUCE.NET.AU
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METAL – HOBART // PSYCROPTIC
Radioactive Metal the New Black you hadn’t heard by now, Hobart’s Psycroptic were signed to Nuclear Blast a few months ago. It’s possibly the hugest achievement of any oIfTasmanian band yet. But, in stark contrast to their music, it’s a laidback Joe Haley on the phone to me from Melbourne, a day before Psycroptic
leaves Australia to terrorise sheep in New Zealand. “Yeah, we’re heading off first thing tomorrow morning. We’re playing Auckland and Wellington, and – what would the other place be?” he hesitates. “Christchurch. Yeah. So that should be pretty cool. We’ve only played there once before… so we’re looking forward to going back.”
But seriously, how important is New Zealand in the entire Psycroptic World Domination plan? “We didn’t know what to expect the first time we went,” he laughs. “We didn’t think anyone had ever heard of us so we thought it would be just like starting out again over there. We seem to have a little bit of a following over there, which is pretty cool. Yeah, nah, I’m looking forward to getting back there. It’s pretty important. It’s as important as anywhere else. You’ve gotta get out there and play as many different places as you can and get yourself known everywhere.” And everywhere is where they’re headed. After New Zealand, they embark on a European tour – and it’s not the first time. “We’ve done Europe four times now. We sort of know what to expect. Each time we’ve gone we’ve developed a bit more of a following. The band that we’re touring with, The Black Dahlia Murder, they’re pretty good friends of ours, we’ve toured with them several times, and every time we play with them it’s a different sort of crowd to what we usually play to, which is good, you know, expanding out to different sort of people, but they’re always really receptive and really good, so I reckon it should be a pretty decent tour. I know they’re WWW.SAUCE.NET.AU
pretty big over in Europe as well, so yeah, should be a good tour.” Now the small talk’s out of the way, it’s time to drop the bomb – what does it mean for the band now they’re signed with one of the biggest, if not the biggest, metal label in all of Christendom? “Yeah, it’s given us a bit of freedom, also because we’ve started up a bit of a management deal with them. This guy from Perth, over the years he’s been sort of helping us out – this is the Soundworks Touring Agency – Brad, the guy that sort of co-runs it does a bit of managing as well – so we got him on board just before we signed on to Nuclear Blast, and he sort of pushed it over the edge. He was basically like, an integral part of getting us on the label. Since we’ve had him on board things have definitely taken a bit of a turn.” “The whole Nuclear Blast thing – obviously our CDs are heaps more available, like everywhere,” says Joe, almost incredulously. “We’ve signed with them worldwide for Europe and the US, and we’re on this comp in Australia. It just means our CDs are totally available anywhere. Obviously, our music’s getting
out there a lot easier. The other labels in the past – they might have been a pretty cool label or whatever, but they didn’t have the distribution… especially Symbols of Failure, the [album] before the new one. It was just too hard to get. It might have been a European label, but they didn’t have distribution anywhere else. But with Nuclear Blast you can just get the CDs anywhere and we’ve sort of found it’s only been out for a few weeks and it’s probably already outsold, y’know, all the other albums together, just because it’s available to people to buy. That’s the main thing with Nuclear Blast.”
good.” So to what extent does he forget sometimes the reasons why he does it? “Obviously we do it for the fun of it!” he says, his tone immediately energised. “There’s like, no money in it, really. All the money we make just goes straight back into the band. That’s the only way we can do these European tours and US tours and stuff. Obviously, we’ve got the passion for it and want to do it, and when you hear that people are getting that much out of the music it just makes it all the more worthwhile.” sCHRIS RATTRAY
It must seem to him that there’s a real hunger out there for their style of music and his band in particular. I wonder how it feels to know that there may be some kid in their bedroom hanging on every guitar lick, just like when we were teenagers? Joe laughs slightly, knowingly, “Yeah, totally. Every now and then I get some emails and stuff from people saying how much they like our stuff and that sort of thing. It just makes you remember what you’re doing it for… You just sort of know you’re doing something right when you get that sort of interest from younger people. It’s
Get Psycropticalised! 0 December 5 @ The Brisbane Hotel 0 December 6 @ The Saloon Bar 0 December 7 @ The Brisbane Hotel (All Ages) Ob(servant) is out now on Nuclear Blast. Ob(viously). Listen to the rest of this interview at www.sauce.net.au. . ISSUE 82 . NOV 26 - DEC 9 2008
DANCE – SYDNEY // THE HUMP DAY PROJECT
Whackness Bumped for the Hump
and raised in a galaxy far far away our penchant for partying was realised by our master at a very early age,” says a mysteriously masked o“Born Hump Day Project rep. “Our youth was misspent on the dance floors of cosmic-discos and supernova blue lights, until one day the clear and present danger of eternal whackness threatened to consume Mother Earth. The time had come to unleash our powers and fulfil the destiny bestowed upon us. Hurtling through space and time we crash landed in the club and The Hump Day Project were born...”
I understand you’ve a new album set to drop in 2009 - how’s it coming along? The foundations are set for a journey into unknown audio wastelands. We’ve taken all the hunks of the humps that you have grown to know and love and pimped them across the universe to create hybrid love children of sonic debauchery.
TRUE DAT! The Hump Day Project’s favourite superheroes are Banana Man and Super Ted!
Which tracks are you most proud of and why? They are all our children and we love them equally. But look out for Magic Sponge... shh, we said nothing! Aside from yourselves, who else has contributed the album and what have they done? Darth Vadar has laid down a particularly catchy chorus line to the closing track while Clark Kent has been working on his mid range falsetto to deliver a stunning rendition of an old Prince number. We have also been trying to negotiate a contract with MC Nicky D. from the Gold Coast but his “people” are proving to be a real pain in the arse... why won’t you return our calls, Nicky!? Other than that The Hump Cave has been in lock down since production commenced. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU…
What are some of the influences that a discerning ear might detect on the album? Anyone who’s been to our club night Big Trouble at the Chinese Laundry will know it’s pretty much a genre free for all. We basically wanna take the Big Trouble party ethos and sound into the studio, feed them full of cheap liquor and disco biscuits and let them all make sweet, sweet music together!
Felt under the pump? Doing this interview. Needed to make a big jump? Hop scotch. Ate something plump? Peaches.
Obviously there is a heavy Baltimore club influence but we have tried to deliver it in a unique way by blending in all our favourite sounds from many different styles. There’re elements of tech, rave, hip hop, electro, pop and everything in between. This ain’t no over intellectualised exercise into self indulgent, it’s a slab of hard out party bangas for y’all to lose your shit! sCHRIS RATTRAY
Enjoyed a particularly nice rump? In the club. Get Humped! 0 December 7 @ The Metz (Hobart)
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DANCE - AUSTRALIA // GOODWILL
Oz Domination on MOS Compilation
…we’re literally ng dominati the sic at dance mu t… momen
caught up with noted Aussie DJ, Goodwill, ahead of the Hobart leg of his MOS Annual tour, to talk about the alchemy of compilation oSAUCE track selection and what the proliferation of home-grown producing talent means… How much time do you put into selecting the first track of a compilation CD? Ages. It’s all about flow… it’s gotta sound good in like, a shop or whatever, but it takes ages. I was pretty certain, early on, that I was gonna start with Carbonara. It’s just my favourite from the year, and it’s a good summer record as well. Why is it your favourite, do you think? It’s just so summery – even the original. I play the original in my sets as well. It’s just so cool and unique and… just a really interesting record, and just so well written as well. One track I was surprised to see on your mix was You Finishing with Paris is Burning… I actually tried to put that track in but it didn’t really fit… why were you surprised? I don’t really see it as that much of a dance track…
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Yeah, I know. It’s just an amazing record and I think it crossed over a line. It’s been a year where dance kids are getting into indie stuff and indie kids are getting into dance stuff. I thought it was important that we had a nod to that. Also, the remix didn’t do anything for me, but the original is just fantastic.
it was a bigger, mixed bag sort of a record. Myself, I’m just happy with it but we’ll have to see what the public thinks of it, really… that’s always the barometer. I hear so many hundreds of records a month so it’s really hard to pick the ones I want, so I hope I’ve picked it right this year.
The majority of the tracks you’ve selected are Australian… They always are. The last annual I had, maybe a little bit more… the sessions before that I had just Australian artists. For mine, they always average at least seven or eight Aussie original remixes… and that’s not just stuff lined up for Australian people because they’re my mates, it’s as good a material – better than the rest of the world! – so I always make sure they’re on there.
Which tracks did you and John both pick? There’s only a couple, and they’re always Dirty South records. [Laughs] Because they’re both mates of his and wanna support him and love his stuff. I think he and I have had to share it this year, which is fine – disk one is dirty and big and kind of challenging…
How would you compare this CD with the previous annual? Good! I think it was harder to mix, this one, because
So it was the PNAU track and another one? No, just the Dirty South stuff. I think the PNAU stuff… it’s usually the Australian stuff we fight over. [Laughs] And do you find yourself just generally playing more Australian stuff in your regular sets, and is
that because there’s more Australian stuff out here, because it’s the country in which it’s produced, or because we don’t get as many of the releases from overseas – why do you think it works out like that? I just reckon Australian music is better. I’ve always said it, but I think it’s more prominent than ever. Everyone was just telling the same story about how much Australian stuff we’ve had, and genuinely rolling off the names of producers from around Australia that they’ve been playing… we’re literally dominating dance music at the moment. It’s just fantastic for us. sDAVID WILLIAMS
Be dominated by fantastic Australians: 0 December 19 @ Syrup Listen to more at www.sauce.net.au.
ROCK – AUSTRALIA // DIESEL
Secret Language on New Release “It’s important to kind of do both, I suppose. I don’t know if I’m that aware of what directions I’m taking when I make a record,” says Diesel in response to whether artists should constantly reinvent themselves or rely on past achievements. He has a new album out. “I kind of do it to please myself first. Whatever gets me excited, I roll with it, and in the process hope that it’s doing the same for other people, that it fans out from there. I think it’s important to keep challenging yourself as a musician, definitely. It’s kind of vital and goes with it.”
“…somewhere in the eighties they started making these things called demos…”
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The obvious question then is how did you challenge yourself with the writing, arrangements and production of Days Like These? “Well, from the get go it was a different record. Usually I work with building blocks and I’m more… you know, models. You make a model or sketch and work off that. You go for a better version of it, you know, that whole process of making a record… I think “demos” are what people have been calling them for years, you know the word, demo? Demos always struck me as really weird because it’s like, “what is this? It’s a demo!” What, people aren’t supposed to hear this? Why can’t it just be a recording? Years ago, they didn’t really demo anything, they just walked into the studio and went ‘we’re gonna cut a record today.’ I think, somewhere in the eighties they started making these things called demos, according to all the books I’ve read anyway. That seems to be how it happened. You know, occasionally they’d do something and it’d be a catalyst.” “The Rolling Stones recorded Sympathy for the Devil about twenty times and they even tried a country version of it before they finally found that groove and it took off, you know?” We didn’t, but we do now. “It’s just weird that music got very calculated there for a while. I guess people are still making demos to a certain degree. I don’t feel that I wanna make demos in the sense of I get really attached to demos, stuff that I’ve recorded at home, and just because I’ve recorded
it at home it’s like, I can’t use that, it was recorded at home and all that sort of thing – there’s that mentality, and I’ve shared that mentality myself, but I guess with this record it’s different, because we just went in… normally, I would have some kind of scratchy songs to play to the guys so they could hear it, but I… guess I’m getting familiar enough with both of them to just go, “look, here it is, da-duh-da-duh-dah,” play a little bit, but not too much because you don’t want them to know too much, you wanna leave the door open for just anything to walk through. Yeah, that’s kind of how we started with the last portion of the record, and then, the other portion, was from complete nothing – just jamming on the spot, coming up with things, and, as a musician, I think that’s what you’re supposed to do, have a jam and that’s the language you invent, y’know? It’s a bit of a secret language while it’s going on, but ultimately, they all start out as in-jokes, I think.” sDAVID WILLIAMS & CHRIS RATTRAY See if you can get the joke: 0 December 11 @ The Republic Bar 0 December 12 @ Siroccos 0 December 13 @ Batman Fawkner Inn 0 December 14 @ The Republic Bar Days Like These is out now. Listen to more at www.sauce.net.au.
ACOUSTIC – MELBOURNE // DOM COOLEY
Tracking through his new album with Dom Cooley
On the road, Dom listens to: 1 Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice 1 Anything by Brisbane band, The Mercy Beat 1 Anything by Mick Hart
up to Brisbane for one week and we turned the house I o“Igrewcame up in into a recording studio,” says Dom, ignoring his parents,
about recording his new album, This Can Only End One Way. “There was something really cool about recording in the house that I’d lived in from since I was four months old with a bunch of people who I consider to be some of my best friends.” We selected a few tracks at random to see what kind of random answers Dom could come up with…
NICKED VEIN – What’s the worst injury you’ve incurred and how did you incur it? I did my knee about six years ago and had to have a reconstruction. I injured it playing rugby. It was a bit stupid really. There wasn’t anyone else involved. I just went to step left and my knee had other plans. I also fractured my finger playing cricket a couple of years ago. It wasn’t that bad but hurt to play guitar and I had to have surgery too. That was actually pretty cool; they had to smooth the fracture because it healed in the middle of the joint, and they let me watch a bit of the surgery. I couldn’t feel my arm at all but could see the bones and stuff. HAPPY TODAY – What’s made you happy today? I got a good review of one of my songs! That will always make me happy! MEXICO – How much Spanish do you know and what’s the dirtiest thing you can say? Burrito, taco, salsa, guacamole… That’s about the extent of my amazing Spanish skills. Oh… and I
can sing that song that Antonio Banderas sings in Desperado. Sort of. 3RD PERSON FEMALE – When was the last time you felt confused about gender – your own or someone else’s? Probably the last time I was in Bali… Ladyboys everywhere! NEVER AGAIN – When was the last time you did something you’d vowed never to do again, and what was it? I don’t think that I’ve done anything that I have vowed never to do again… That’s not to say that I haven’t done a lot of stupid things, because I have. But I’d probably do them again depending on the circumstances. NEW SHORE – What’s the furthest you’ve travelled from your home and where did you go? Last year I went to LA, Vegas and New York. I was in Times Square for New Years… It was amazing!
ETERNITY – To what extent do you believe the human soul lives on forever, before and after death? Now we’re getting deep aren’t we? To be honest I haven’t put that much thought into it. Although I believe in ghosts. My cousin’s old house in Sydney was haunted. Scared the crap out of me!
stuff we always have. When am I going to do something with my life and so on.
FULL OF FIRE – What was the last, most ferocious argument you had, what was it about and who was it with? Probably with my parents. Fighting about the same
STOLEN. CHEATED. LIED – When was the last time you did any of these things? I’d say I probably lied at some stage in answering these questions. You just have to work out which ones!
0 This Can Only End One Way is out now! http://www.domcooley.com.au
ACOUSTIC – LAUNCESTON // INVISIBLE BOY
A Splash of Rock in Water
o They may have gone unseen, but they are very certainly about to be heard – Invisible Boy’s debut album is ready for the unleashing! Ben, Dan, Tigdh,
and Jon sat stopped bouncing off the walls long enough to unveil all about We’re Going to Hang Your Picture High… without the beatings. Thanks, Carl
What was the most challenging thing about creating your new album? Ben: I found it really fun hanging out with all the invisible boys and Carl and Hamish, but it was challenging learning when to be ‘rock’ and when to be ‘water’. Mary: The most challenging thing was getting five individuals to come to a happy place on decisions. Also, late nights can cause emotions to get a little frayed. We got locked into the studio one night at 1am, which was actually quite amusing. All in all it was a very positive experience and I think we came out of it loving each other a little more than before. Tigdh: The pseudoephedrine sandwiches helped… Dan: It sometimes seems it’s uncool to say what you believe. It’s easier to be a ‘seeker’ or to be ‘anti’ something, but making an album is like saying “We believe this now” and committing that to eternity. What would you say into a microphone if you knew it would be played back to you in the Great Beyond? What particular track are you most proud of and why? Ben: I love Willow Rain because Willow [Dan’s daughter] is my favourite girl. It’s such a fun track to play live and it recorded well. Mary: I love With my Hands. Ben’s voice is super lovely
on it and the lyrics are interesting… Actually, I like them all Tigdh: You, Me, Everyone – Damn good song, damn fine songwriter, damn fine sentiment… Dan: A Sparrow in the Kitchen sounds just like it sounds inside me. Our music sounds better when I can just sit and listen without having to think about which chords to play next. What was the highest point during the making of the album for you, and why? Ben: When Dan gave me my Bachelor of Religionology Certificate, our white board antics and other shenanigans… Dan: Just getting our songs recorded was a beautiful thing. It had been a long road of disappointment and pretty average recordings. I felt like we had planted so much and reaped so little… Mary: Working with Carl was the best – he’s very funny. I may be a little corrupted now, also a little more educated…Loved the time in the studio, hearing things for the first time… Tigdh: That would have been shortly after the sandwiches for me… Dan: Yeah, eventually Carl Fidler approached us and offered to record us for free. For free! What a little, well-dressed angel. We love Carl like a brother, but
What was the lowest point during the making of the album for you, and why? Ben: When Carl won my Bachelor of Religionology certificate off me… Mary: Tigdh and I had a miscommunication one afternoon about cover art and that wasn’t very fun… Oh and I broke Ben’s capo on the first day we got in the studio. That wasn’t fun either – but the lovely people at Barratt’s replaced it for me for free. Tigdh: When I locked us all in at the TAFE complex. My doorman skills were put to good use that night I can tell you. Felt like a right twerp… We bonded though… Dan: My friend, Lou, died on the last day of recording. I had been planning to see her that afternoon. It was shitty and beautiful all at once. I’d written her a song and she was so chuffed that we were recording. Life, hey? Describe to me the journey you hope people will go on as they listen to the album? Dan: The album starts with a poor man throwing his hands in the air and deciding that if he can’t control the weather then he might as well sing about it. He finds himself meandering through a few awkward relationships, some of which he can walk away from and others that seem to follow him home. Ultimately he decides he doesn’t know much but what he does know is worth holding onto tightly. It would be nice if people can take that journey. Ben: My experience of this album is that it can take your day from a 2/10 day to a 6/10 day. Mary: I guess to me the album is hopeful, so I hope people are lifted by it. It would be nice if they didn’t hate it. Tigdh: Only 6/10 Ben? Hmmm… I hope that people will think, “Wow, another really cool album from another bunch of really cool Tasmanian musicians!” and not feel the place has nothing to offer them. Let them seek beyond our fair shores, but let them return full of vitality and love and ideas for the future… What were some of the things that influenced you during the making of the album?
Ben: A book called Sex God by Rob Bell influenced the writing of Dandelions… Mary: My only influences are the boys in the band – they don’t allow me to see other people... Tigdh: Fatigue, Caffeine, Mary’s pizza maker, Peter Luscombe, musicality… Dan: Willow Rain’s dancing; having Nell with us in the box; Steven Covey’s The 8th Habit which is about finding your voice and helping others to find theirs; Crosby, Stills and Nash. That will do. We seemed to talk about God a lot, too. Tigdh: I seem to remember talking a lot about the lack of same… Under what conditions would this album best be experienced? Ben: Standing on your head in the corner, listening intently while facing Mecca… Mary: It’s a great car album… Dan: I was homeless one freezing night in Adelaide with a friend. It was in the early hours of the morning. We had been avoiding weirdos and security guards and looking for a safe place to sleep when we heard a Beatles tune coming from the in-house speakers of a shop. I cried and felt at home and it was the best music I’ve ever heard. Discover you’ve got nothing, and music sounds better. Tigdh: I think it’s a great acoustic pop album, full of catchy melodies and excitement, but not without its challenges… sCHRIS RATTRAY Check out Invisible Boy: 0 November 27 @ Amy Kendall Ep Launch – The Alley Cat Bar, Hobart 0 November 29 @ ALBUM LAUNCH PART 1 (7pm, Arts Alive Space), Launceston 0 November 30 @ ALBUM LAUNCH PART 2 (1pm, Arts Alive Space), Launceston 0 December 6 @ Stage Door, The Café, Burnie We’re Going to Hang Your Picture High will be available at CDBaby.com. http://www.myspace.com/invisibleboymusic
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Touring Travel Tips with Kris Schroeder of The Basics “I was born on an island situated in Lake Texcoco, some call me Aztec, others call me Tenochtitlan,” says an obviously delusional Kris of his mysterious origins. “I learnt to play music from my father who was the High Priest of the Temple, his specialty was drums made out of flayed human skin. They made the most wonderful beating sound, I can still hear them ringing in my ears now... good times, good times...” Ahead of their gig at The Republic Bar, we drew Kris’s attention away from some random shiny things to have a look in their travel bags… Aside from your instruments, what are the three most essential items you make sure you bring with you on tour and why? 1. A car or bus, walking isn’t as much fun as it’s cracked up to be; 2. Toilet paper, nothing worse than a dump-stop at public lavs in Longreach, QLD and realising all-to-late that there is none left; and… 3. A credit card - never know when I’ll need to do a runner and jump on the next flight outta here.
Upcoming Hobart band, Powerchild, are set to support Magic Dirt, along with Red Rival, at the tail end of November. We sat them down in a darkened room, switched on the lamp, and asked the hard questions. Did they wet themselves? Not really… but we might have weed ourselves a little. We do that.
What is your favourite article of stage clothing and why? I love my bloomers. They really bring out the colour in my thighs.
Which three albums or songs keep you going when on the road? 1. Drop It Like It’s Hot - Snoop Dogg & Pharrell 2. Untrust Us - Crystal Castles 3. Kare Kare - Crowded House Where was the last place you went on tour and how was it? We’re on tour now! Of the whole country! Didn’t you know?!?!?! And to answer the second part - it’s fine. I wish I were in Ireland though. Where’s the next destination after your tour here and how do you think it will compare? Ireland! It will compare in the same way that describing a tree and listening to a beer compare. What’s the most extreme example of culture shock you’ve experienced on tour? Playing out in the Western Desert at the Papunya, Mount Liebig and Haast’s Bluff Indigenous Communities. That’s a whole difference world out there. What do you most look forward to when you arrive home? Going to Ireland! Who’s waiting for you there? A sweet young lass who I hope to spend a good amount of time.
Catch The Basics (vs The Bawdies): 0 December 6 @ The Republic Bar
How did the band come to be? Adam (drums) and Alex (bass) have been friends forever, and they wanted to start a band. Adam was playing Pearl Jam covers and Alex was in a bluesy rock band called Squealer. I met both of them at a party last year and they were talking about starting a band. I mentioned I was playing in a band called The Psychedelic Jesus that played Queens of the Stone Age sounding material but I don’t think they actually cared at the time. A few months later they had Ben from Stroke of Ace playing lead guitar. They were still looking for a singer/guitarist so they asked me to join. Nothing too crazy really. What’s been the lowest point during the history of the band and why? We haven’t really had a low point yet as we’ve only been playing for under twelve months. What’s been the highest point for the band and why? We signed up on a site called numberone.com and have had emails from all over the world asking for merch and complimenting us. After hearing our song Big Sky, one person even went as far to say that her heart felt like it had been taken out and served on a silver platter. That was pretty cool. What is the most challenging thing about being in this band? The most challenging thing is having four songwriters in one band. It gets hard trying to incorporate everyone’s ideas into the one song. What particular original track are you most proud of and why? I’m most proud of a new song we have called Sell Yourself. I think it incorporates the best elements of the band in that it’s psychedelic but heavy. What are some of the things (as in other literature, music, art, culture) that influence the band’s output? We read a fair few comics. The Watchmen is a collective favourite. We all have different influences though. I come from a stoner rock background, Ben comes from a very classic rock/bluesy thing, Adam loves weird noise bands and Matt Cameron whilst Alex listens to a lot of grunge and metal. What other bands can your sound be compared to? Our influences shine through a lot. We try to meld the psychedelic-freak-out of Monster Magnet and Soundgarden’s experimentalism and dirtiness with the grooviness of Kyuss. What are your goals for the band? To work hard and have our music heard by as many people as possible. I think that’s what everyone wants. Under what conditions should Powerchild best be enjoyed? We’re best heard when people have had a few beers and don’t care if someone looks at them stupidly for headbanging and moshing. We’ve played a few shows where the audience are sitting and judging you and that’s not a fun experience for anyone.
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ACOUSTIC – HOBART // JONNO COLEMAN
TRUE DAT! Jonno Coleman’s family are all musos!
Softer but Just as Hard my first song on my sister’s old guitar and from then on it’s o“Ibeenwrote an interesting and eventful/uneventful journey!” reflects Jonno on his musical beginnings, as his sister enquires as to the whereabouts of her guitar. “I’ve played in a few bands over the past ten years or so. Lately my attention has been focused on my band, EJECTER… The EJECTER stuff is a lot louder and more rockin’ than my solo stuff but there is a time place for that! I felt the need to get some of my softer tunes out, so I wrote the songs for the new EP.”
What was the most challenging thing about creating your new album? There were a couple of challenges, but one thing was that I don’t consider myself to be a fantastic guitar player, and I always have an idea of what I want it to sound like in my head but it’s not always what comes out unfortunately… Usually I have to back off a bit and try to simplify what I’m doing. In the end it worked out well because it put more emphasis on the vocals, feel and the message of the songs, which I hope comes through on the EP.
I played a gig with EJECTER the night before and strained my voice on top of me starting to get sick. I had to do the vocals for one of the tracks (The Islands) and it was really hard. I literally had blisters on my throat that week! I struggled through it with the aid of heaps of this rank jungle bush tea stuff that my manager Pete brought in for me from Sumatra or something… It was vile and had bits in it but it seemed to help a lot. The next day the lurgy caned me and I had to take about four days off work. Lucky timing really, at least I finished the EP!
What particular track are you most proud of and why? I would say the short, but sweet, track, So Far Away, (track three) on the EP.
What was the highest point during the making of the album for you, and why? Making CDs is really fun and interesting the whole time for me. I don’t seem to get a big high from it until about two weeks after recording and mixing because I can’t relax while everything is unfinished. My songs always sound a bit mediocre to me. I keep getting told I am get a bit over-critical and listen for bad bits rather than just enjoy the whole experience. It seems a couple of weeks after it’s finished and I’ve forgotten most of what happened in the recording process, I hear it again and get a big high listening to them as finished songs… That’s the best part I reckon.
I was watching TV one night and there was this advert on about Doctors Without Borders - those guys who help in war-torn countries. It was one of those moments where you just switch the channel without thinking about it. And then I was like, man I must be pretty damn cold to be just ignoring what’s happening in the world with people and their families getting shot-up and lives ruined. When you see that stuff on TV, you seem to have these subconscious thoughts of “but I’m so far away, that isn’t happening here, so it’s not effecting me.” Then you just change the channel. Everyone does it but not many people imagine what it would be like to have it happening to them. So the song stems from that feeling of helplessness and isolation when you watch this shit on television and can’t do anything. What was the lowest point during the making of the album for you, and why?
Describe to me the journey you hope people will go on as they listen to the album? The songs are very personal and they all come from my experiences and people I’ve known as relatives and mates. I hope people can connect with the different themes of the EP and make them think about things. Heaps of music comes out these days and a lot of it is a bit soulless in my opinion, especially the Top 40’s stuff. Hopefully people see this as music you can shut your eyes to and go somewhere else for a while. They are sad tunes in one respect but it’s also really relaxing
and people have told me that it’s touched them. What were some of the things that influenced you (as in other literature, music, art, culture) during the making of the album? Jeff Martin is the main musical influence on this EP. He always has been for me. I can’t seem to shake him for some reason. I am a massive fan. There’s also a bit of a Paul Kelly, Eddie Vedder and Dave Matthews in there too. David Attenborough gave me a few ideas too! (See the song, David.) Under what conditions would this album best be experienced?
Cranked up in the car is my favourite place to listen to music. Or… sitting back with feet up and glass of wine in hand, eyes closed and no distractions. Headphones can really be awesome too, they block out everything else so you really get to experience the music. sCHRIS RATTRAY Experience Jonno Coleman: 0 December 3 @ The Alley Cat Bar 0 December 13 @ The Royal Oak The Small Hours of Morning is available for preorder from http://www.ejecter.com.au/merch
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BLACK ASYLUM CRAZY IN TAS! Black Asylum is a driving force for creative, head straight metal. With talent to burn, their musicianship and musical instinct produces wave after wave of catchy, groove oriented and power driven original metal. The band is young, professionally focused at all levels and thrives on incorporating traditionally heavy musical ideas on the one hand and breaking through sometimes stale musical stereotypes on the other. There is musical complexity without pretension, technical and musical challenges that do justice to their art and an innate understanding that the music and its performance should ideally be an inspired and creatively brutal live experience. In the short years since the band’s inception, they have forged a strong presence in the Australian metal scene having played the last three of Australia’s premier heavy metal event, Metalstock, the most recent being headlined by international heavyweights - Kataklysm. Having shared the bills with many of Australia’s biggest metal acts including Psycroptic, Parkway Drive, Alchemist, Five Star Prison Cell, The Furor, Daysend and many others, Black Asylum are now currently promoting their debut album Truths of the Blood out now through Riot entertainment. Catch Black Asylum supporting Psycroptic (with Zero Degrees Freedom):
0 December 5 2008 @ The Brisbane Hotel (18+) 0 December 6 2008 @ The Saloon Bar (18+) 0 December 7 2008 @ The Brisbane Hotel (All Ages) http://www.black-asylum.com
THE BIGGEST IMPACT With Jess Patmore
“I started playing guitar about twelve months ago and have really only just started singing in the last few months,” says Jess, on her relatively recent origins. “I can’t read music and I’ve never had a guitar or singing lesson and don’t know that many covers so nearly all of the music I play is my own. My sister is a jazz singer and has studied at the Conservatorium so I guess that’s where my love of music streams from.” What album has had the biggest impact on you, both personally and as a musician, and why? Angus and Julia Stone’s album, A Book Like This, has had the biggest impact on me musically. Julia Stone is my biggest influence towards singing. Her very beautiful, innocent, easy-listening voice is what inspired me to pick up a guitar and start singing. My favourite song from the album is Wasted, which has had the biggest impact on the music I play. Which gig has had the biggest impact on you, as a punter and that you’ve played, and why? My first gig on the 4th of November this year definitely had the biggest impact on me. It was at Irish Murphy’s, which is where I used to work, so I was really comfortable there and I had the support of my family and friends, which was what made it so great. As a punter, the gig that has impacted on me the most, was Joni’s Plastic Sunday’s gig at Irish earlier this year. I have seen them play a lot of gigs prior to Irish but the one particular gig I’m referring to impacted on me the most because I saw a transformation in their band and was there to see them finally really ‘click’ together as a band. Since that gig, Joni’s have definitely been my ieggest inspiration. What impact do you hope your music will have on people? I hope to make people feel the same way I do when they listen to my music. I love singing and love to play guitar so that is what I aim for the audience to experience as well. Also, the songs I sing are in reference to my own experiences so I hope that they can feel something from my lyrics. What’s an example of the impact you’ve made on people through your music? I got an email two days ago from someone I didn’t know that had tracked down my email address from a Greenhouse website who told me that he was at Irish on the night I had my first gig and that he loved it! He refereed to one particular song I sang about a friend of mine that died last year and said that it was breath taking and that it really moved him. It was a massive shock to hear that my song had such an impact on someone but that has definitely been a huge highlight for me. Let Jess make an impact on you: 0 December 2 @ Irish Murphy’s (Hobart) 14
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ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE WEDNESDAY 26 HOBART
The Royal Oak Mick Attard in the P/B from 9pm
Irish Murphy’s Phil Picasso WEDNESDAY 03
The Alley Cat Bar Bridget Pross FREE 8.30pm Hotel SOHO Beets with DJ MACCA 8pm
The Saloon Bar Captain Cleanoff w/ 3 Victims, DB Call, Nosce Teipsum SATURDAY 29
The Greenhouse @ Irish Murphy’s First Harvest Invitational
The New Sydney Hotel Short Back and Sideshow
The Alley Cat Bar Rebel Music with DJs Monkey Marc, Sakamoiz, Ham & Dom $7 9pm
The Metz Mid Week Metz - DJ Scotty 8pm The Republic Bar 9pm Shagpile LAUNCESTON
The Brisbane Hotel ALL AGES: Captain Cleanoff (Vic) + MEPHISTOPHELES, DB CALL, SUNDAY SOMETHING RUINED and BACKLASH 18+: Captain Cleanoff (Vic) + Ghost & The Storm Outside + DB Call + NowyourefuckeD
The Royal Oak Sara and Hamish in the P/B from 9pm
HOBART SATURDAY 06 The Alley Cat Bar Jonno Coleman w/ Helen Crowther FREE 8.30pm The Brisbane Hotel Suzzette Bennett (front bar, free entry) The Greenhouse @ Irish Murphy’s Andy Watkins (NoFoTo), Linc & Joe, New Saxons Hotel SOHO Beats with DJ MACCA 8pm The Metz Mid Week Metz - DJ Scotty 8pm
HOBART The Alley Cat Bar Class A & Mata and Must $5 The Brisbane Hotel Late Night Krackie Oke w Bleeter & Bluurter + Disco Tunes Hotel SOHO Live Entertainment 9pm The Republic Bar The Basics vs The Bawdies (Japan) $12 pre /$15 door
The Republic Bar Akouo - Album launch $5 cover
Syrup Syrup presents: Dirth F’king Dancing DJs: Gillie, Adam Turner + Tristan
Top Shelf @ Irish Murphy’s Van Diemen + Nathan Wheldon
The Commercial Hotel (The Mersh) Rob Richards
Syrup DFD @ Syrup presents Matt Nugent with support from Gillie and Adam Turner
The Royal Oak Luke Parry in the P/B from 9pm
The Hub Bar Hannah
The Brisbane Hotel Ben Wells & The Middle Names
Arts Alive Invisible Boy Album Launch Pt. 1
The Greenhouse @ Irish Murphy’s Abbey Doggett, Let The Cat Out
The Commercial Hotel (The Mersh) Darren Lloyd
Top Shelf @ Irish Murphy’s The Staunches + The Stoics The Royal Oak Open Mic Night, 2nd Birthday Party in the P/B from 9 pm THURSDAY 27 HOBART The Alley Cat Bar Amy Kendall (Album Launch), Joe Nuttal & Invisible Boy $5 9pm
The Loft Trolls, Myblackson, Manchester Mourning, The Mangles and Boot Lemon 7-11pm (All Ages) $5 The Republic Bar 9pm Leah Flannigan & Band $10/$8conc Syrup Mesh DJs: Adam Turner, Mylestone, Soundwave, Kyle LAUNCESTON The Hub Bar edward guglielmino w/ Adam Cousens Irish Murphy’s Brief Illusion The Royal Oak Sara-Jane and Nathan Wheldon in the P/B from 9pm FRIDAY 28
Halo One Tasty Morsel album launch The Republic Bar 10pm Magic Dirt $20pre/$22door
Irish Murphy’s 3 Some The Northern Club FATsmalls The Royal Oak Leap in, Rock out feat. Wizard and Your Damn Neighbors $6 cover * ( please send a revewer to this night) SUNDAY 30 HOBART Hotel SOHO Open Mic with Christian & John 9pm
The Alley Cat Bar Tomas Ford, The Roobs & We are the Kicks $7 9.30pm The Brisbane Hotel Edward Guglielmino + Ivy St + Paint Your Golden Face Brookfield Vineyard Suzette Bennett The Metz Movember Metz - DJ Camo 6pm The Republic Bar 10pm Magic Dirt $20pre/$22door Syrup Pickle vs Pitch Black- LAST one for 2008!! DJs: Shad, GTek, Will.co, Liv
The Alley Cat Bar Ed Guglielmino, Wolf n Arrow, Matt Sertori, Tim Downey, Professor Higgins, Lucien Simon & Andy Wear 8pm $5
The Republic Bar 9PM Trumps
Irish Murphy’s Pocket Rocket
The Saloon Bar Psycroptic w/ Black Asylum (NSW), Zero Degrees Freedom, Separatist BURNIE
The Greenhouse @ Irish Murphy’s Gretel Templeton, Ben Wells Band, Van Diemen
The Republic Bar 9pm The Hornets (Melb) Syrup Mesh DJs: Adam Turner, Mylestone, Soundwave, Kyle
The Commercial Hotel (The Mersh) Karaoke The Hub Bar Suzette Bennett
Arts Alive Invisible Boy Album Launch Pt. 2 The Hub Free Pool + DJ Mynse
Irish Murphy’s Ben Castles
Stage Door The Café Invisible Boy
HOBART The Brisbane Hotel ALL AGES: Psycroptic (CD Launch) + Black Asylum (NSW) + Zero Degrees Freedom + Separatist Hotel SOHO Open Mic with Christian & John 9pm
FRIDAY 05 Irish Murphy’s Ben Castles, Luke Parry, Pocket Rocket MONDAY 01 HOBART Hotel SOHO Industry Night with the Smashers 10pm The Republic Bar 9pm Godrobot LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Glenn & Jade
The Greenhouse @ Irish Murphy’s Tea for Tilly Quartet Lewisham Tavern The Bawdies vs The Basics The Republic Bar 9pm Cakewalking Babies LAUNCESTON
The Royal Oak Blind Dead McJones in the P/B from from 9pm
HOBART The Alley Cat Bar The Eddy O Show, The Huw Joseph Experience, & The Muddy Turds 9.30pm $6
The Hub Free Pool + DJ Mynse Irish Murphy’s Nathan Wheldon, Two Strung, Victor Charlie Charlie MONDAY 08 HOBART
The Brisbane Hotel 18+ Psycroptic (Album Launch) + Black Asylum (NSW) + Zero Degrees Freedom + Separatist
Hotel SOHO Selecta 10pm
Brookfield Vineyard Open Mic Choirs Christmas Cheer
Hotel SOHO Tom & Nick Wolfe 9pm
The Republic Bar 8.15 Quiz Night
Irish Murphy’s Ben Castles TUESDAY 09
TUESDAY 02 The Republic Bar 10pm Sugartrain $4
The Hub Bar Grrr + Lakoda
The Royal Oak L.B.C Christmas party feat. The Hornets (cover charge)
The Brisbane Hotel Clockcleaner (usa) + Naked On The Vague (vic) + Native Cats + Music Men
HOBART The Commercial Hotel (The Mersh) DJ Skip
Irish Murphy’s Victor Charlie Charlie
LAUNCESTON The Metz Metz on Sundays - DJ Camo 4pm
Long Way Home
The Greenhouse @ Irish Murphy’s ASA w/ Little Things, Jess Patmore, Ruth Berechree, Dan Hennessy 9pm - 11:30pm Free entry
Syrup Breakeven DJs: Adam Turner + Guests LAUNCESTON
The Republic Bar 9pm The Sign
The Commercial Hotel (The Mersh) DJ Skip
HOBART The Greenhouse @ Irish Murphy’s Josh Mazey, Lakoda (Unplugged), Amy Kendall The Republic Bar 9pm Joe Piere LAUNCESTON Irish Murphy’s Carl Fidler
Venue Guide HOBART
Brookfield Vineyard 1640 Channel Highway Margate 6267 2880
Batman Fawkner Inn 35 Cameron Street 6331 7222
Hotel SOHO 124 Davey Street 6224 9494 www.hotelsoho.com.au
The Commercial Hotel 27 George Street 6331 3868
Irish Murphy’s 21 Salamanca Place 6223 1119 www.irishmurphys. com.au
Country Club Country Club Avenue 6335 5777 www. countryclubtasmania. com.au
Metz on the Bay 217 Sandy Bay Road 6224 4444
Irish Murphy’s 211 Brisbane Street 6331 4440 www.irishmurphys. The New Sydney Hotel com.au 87 Bathurst Street 6234 4516 Hotel New York 122 York Street Syrup 6334 7231 1st Floor 39 Salamanca Place Lonnies 6224 8249 107 Brisbane Street www.syrupclub.com 6334 7889 www.lonniesniteclub. The Republic Bar com 299 Elizabeth Street 6234 6954 The Newstead Hotel www.republicbar.com 160 Elphin Road 6331 1344 The Brisbane Hotel 3 Brisbane Street The Northern Club 6234 4920 5/61 Cameron Street www.myspace.com/ 6331 3568 thebrisbanehotel www.thenorthernclub. com.au The Alley Cat Bar 381 Elizabeth Street The Hub Bar 6231 2299 1 Tamar Street www.myspace.com/ 6334 9288 thealleycatbar www. tamarbackpackers.com Wrest Point Entertainment Centre The Royal Oak 410 Sandy Bay Road 14 Brisbane Street 6225 0112 6331 5346 www.wrestpoint.com.au www.myspace.com/ leapinlimpout . ISSUE 82 . NOV 26 - DEC 9 2008
ELECTRONICA – MELBOURNE // SENSIENT
Music From Beyond the Sphere
grew up heavily influenced by my dad who plays electric and double bass – he’s a full jazz cat so I heard a lot of jazz/fusion when I was young,” o“Iscats Tim Larner, otherwise known as DJ Sensient, the other half of One Tasty Morsel. “Got a drum kit at about the age of twelve, played until I was 22 when I finished a Uni Degree (music majoring in drums). Then I discovered doofs, sold my drums, bought a computer and moved to Melbourne and started to write tunes. Been writing for about eight years now.”
How’d you get into DJ’ing ? My brother was going to outdoor dance parties around Byron Bay, where I was also living. He invited me to come along to one – The Dawning. It was pretty epic – big production standards and a lush site. I was blown away by the music I heard and wanted to try and make my own version of it.
Lust? Hmmm…not sure I’ve ever felt lust from music, nothing comes to mind…maybe a 70’s porno soundtrack?
What release have you been working on lately and how would you describe it? I’ve been working on my next album since the last one, Antifluoro, came out two years ago. It’s just about ready and I would describe it as phat, deep, minimal, psychedelic-techno.
Coming down? Secede – Tryshala (Soaring, positive, underwater, fairytale soundscapes… usually makes me wanna cry… in a good way)
Transcendence? Storm of Drones (massively tripped out beatless soundscapes… intense!)
What would you play (and why) to get in the mood for…
Describe a time to me where you felt like the music took you to another place? The aforementioned Storm of Drones CD, in the backyard, headphones on, looking at the stars.
Love? Telefon Tel Aviv – Farenheit Fair Enough (Beautiful melodies and subtle glitched out beats reminding me of special times)
What’s the most wrong request anyone’s ever asked of you in your capacity as a DJ? I don’t really take any requests cause 95% of the time I’m playing my own tunes from laptop. It frustrates
me when I tell people this and they still want me to play “something faster and harder”… sorry man, this is what I do! Out of everything you’ve been doing lately, what’s been the most challenging and/or rewarding? The most challenging and rewarding part of it is going away on tour. I was gone for three months earlier this year in Europe and Brazil. It was a long haul and tough going some of the time, but damn it feels good when you set foot back in Oz knowing you did a good job and
showcased your music to heaps of appreciative peeps. What was the last album or track you heard that you can’t get out of your head and why? One Tasty Morsel – Golden Sanction... ‘cause its just been released on my label, Zenon, and it sounds so clean and crisp on my (long overdue) new car stereo. sCHRIS RATTRAY Take a bite of One Tasty Morsel’s Illogitechnicality: 0 November 29 @ Halo http://www.myspace.com/zenonrecords
THE BAWDIES IN CROSS COUNTRY BEAT OFF
All the way from Tokyo, and seemingly from the farflung fifties, The Bawdies are currently co-headlining a series of gigs with The Basics all across Australia. The stage is set for a musical mashing of mayhemical madness at The Republic Bar in December for their Tasmanian tour. Even though the two bands will be battling it out, nobody needs to worry because it’s not a real fight! No, that would be silly! The feel-good fisticuffs are sure to make for a night of smooth punchy grooves, resulting in your feet being beaten black and blue on the dancefloor! Get in the ring with The Bawdies and The Basics and everyone’s a winner! FIGHT! 0 December 6 @ The Republic Bar 0 December 7 @ Lewisham Tavern http://www.myspace.com/thebawdies
One of Australia’s most known and revered grind acts, Captain Cleanoff are making their first ever journey to the most southern of Australian states this November. The band has been alive in some form since 1995, and has long been touted as one of the most exciting, and intense live bands the Aussie underground scene has to offer. With four well received releases under their belt, Captain Cleanoff have recently unleashed their latest CD, Symphonies of Slackness upon the world through European label Obscene Productions – and a national tour was a must. This time however, they decided a visit to Tasmania simply had to happen – and was locked in as their final two dates of the tour. This tour isn’t just an album launch tour, it was also their first time performing live for nearly a year since drummer Murray’s near fatal motorbike accident last year. It was a tough year for the band, and now with their return they are hungrier than ever – especially the man behind the kit. So be sure to come along, to support and witness one of Australia’s greatest extreme bands.
Don’t be slack! See Captain Cleanoff: 0 November 28 @ The Saloon Bar, Launceston 0 November 29 @ 2pm, The Brisbane Hotel (All Ages) 0 November 29 @ 8pm, The Brisbane Hotel (18+) 18
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HIP HOP - MELBOURNE // PHRASE
Drummer Takes the Bait on New Single it was good man. It was good fun, good shows. They were o“Yeah, all fools so it was a good show,” says Phrase, of his recent turn
supporting Bliss N Eso on their recent tour. I venture into pun territory and ask if it went like clockwork, alluding to his recent single of the same name. Phrase laughs, kindly. “Kind of! It was good! It was pretty hectic because there were a lot of people turning up to the show and it was really busy, but it ran pretty smoothly and it was all good fun.”
“…We played Enmore Theatre and there was two-and-a-half-thousand people there…”
Reflecting on that tour, I ask him what his most vivid memory is. “It was probably Sydney, I think,” he says. “We played Enmore Theatre and there was two-anda-half-thousand people there, which was pretty huge, and I think it was also…” he pauses, framing his next thought. “You know, it’s a big thing for Aussie hip hop to be getting that many people to a show as well, y’know? So it was pretty good.” So how did he feel about that, in terms of his presence there? What does that mean to him? “I think it represents a state that hip hop’s in, and all the hard work that myself and all the guys out there have put in. It kind of makes me think back to ten years ago when you’d be lucky to get twenty people to a show, y’know? And just to see how much it’s grown and spread and to see how much it’s become a part of the music culture out here, y’know? Now that the tour’s all done with and the single’s been out for a while, you’d think it would be time for a holiday… “Nah mate, I f ’kn wish! I actually just had a long holiday. I just did three shows in Perth with the boys, Bliss N Eso, and my sister just moved over that side of the country about six months ago, so after the tour, I took four or five days off and just hung out there with my sister and girlfriend. Flew back to Melbourne yesterday, flew up to Sydney yesterday evening and I’m up here at a few meetings and the new song will be out in about two weeks. We’re about to get real busy again. I’ve got a bunch of shows locked in and a few festivals and stuff like that coming up in the next few months, so [I’m] just busy on the road.” So what’s the second single off the album, Burn it
Down? “The second single’s gonna be a collaboration track that I did with Kram, from Spiderbait,” he says. I gasp. He continues. “It was a pretty cool collab, y’know? I don’t think that kinda stuff’s kinda expected, so it should be good. It’s a really cool song and Kram’s really pumped about putting it out as well so, that comes out in a few weeks. Hopefully it’ll be on radio in a couple of weeks. It’s called Skylight.” Kram was, or is, the drummer for Spiderbait. So, predictably, that was probably his role. Phrase confirms it. “Yeahhh, definitely with that track we got him to play the drums. It was cool, three of us got in – myself, Kram, and the guy that I make music with, Jan, just got in there and started jamming with some stuff, and we recorded a heap of drums that Kram played and we chopped them all up… Kram played a bass lick and we wrote the chorus together and, yeah. It was cool. It happened quite quickly – about a day, it was one of those jams… I’ve known Kram for quite awhile. I met him about five years ago when I first started sort of doing things in the industry. I met him at the ARIAs and we kind of just clicked and hung out and now then we’d run into each other, and when I was making the record I wanted to do some different stuff so I approached him, and he was cool to do it so we hooked up and went from there.” sCHRIS RATTRAY Jam with Phrase, Jan, and Kram! 0 January 17 @ The Soundscape Festival, Hobart Regatta Grounds Listen to more at www.sauce.net.au
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FALLS FESTIVAL RESPONSE
WHAT’S THE STORY?
With Nathan Wheldon & The Two Timers
With Pfundty From Wizard Like some powerful giant, smashing mithral boulders hewn from the melted Elven armour of a thousand Eldrad Warriors of Krynn over a mystical fire, stolen from the Dragon’s Nest of Allansia, they strode over the horizon, surfing a rainbow of pure Dionysian ROCK – yes, Launceston band, Wizard are to conjure their spells again, as they roll their d20, and make an armour class check of STUPIDLY LOUD. The women shall lament, the men will weep, and the children will throw themselves overboard, even the unborn ones – as it was written in the Prophetic Book of What’s the Story? Behind your band name? Beer… Lord of the Rings maybe? Don’t really remember, actually maybe Dave suggested it. About how the band got together? We just started jamming at Tristan’s house (rhythm guitar) just him and I. Then we got Johnny Zero on board and wrote a few songs that were pretty rockin’ and then decided to go all out and brought in the two sexiest members Dave (bass) and Sammy (vocals). After that it all just fell into place and rock spewed forth from orifices. About how you ended up in your role in the band? I’ve been drumming for years and we’ve all been friends for ages. It was bound to happen one day and
we all seemed to migrate towards original rock at the same time after playing in other bands. Well, except for Tristan. He hadn’t played before. You should have seen him at our first gig… green. Of the last time you were in trouble with the law? We are wizards! We’re above the law! Of the last famous person you met? Was having lunch with Ian McKellen and Sam Neill the other day… Interesting bunch. Behind your most prized non-music related possession? It’d have to be the Kombi. It’s a car and it goes places and if we ever go on tour and can’t afford to buy a bus we’d call it Shadowfax and go along on our merry way. Behind your most prized music-related possession? Well Dave’s pretty musical. If you twist his ear he whistles a merry tune. Apart from that, it’d be my MIDI controller because I can cut up people’s voices and hence own their soul… Also I can pretend I’m playing a B3. Of the first gig you ever played together? The first gig we ever played together was at the The Oak! And from what I remember it kicked arse, we had a great crowd and everyone was sweating and
dancing about like madmen and nobody took any drugs whatsoever. We’ll be writing about your band in five years? Quote: “WIZARD mysteriously disappears after string of massive hit albums, leaving girlz all over the world stripped of their only source of rock! Thought to have access to secret powerful ring… etc. etc.” end quote.
Get access to Wizard’s powerful rings! 0 November 29 @ The Royal Oak http://www.myspace.com/wizardtas
“We were pretty damn shocked actually!” says Nathan, in regards to his band’s Falls Festival selection. “It was a great night and a there were a lot of high calibre acts, so to get through for the second year in a row was a great relief. We really wanted to have another shot at Falls, [with] new members and new songs, [we’re] a much tighter outfit to what we were last year. So yeah, stoked!” What did you do to celebrate, if anything? It was pretty low key after the gig. We were just all really tired from playing, We all put in that night and when we got the news, we just grazed around the pub for an hour or two to catch our breath! We’ll make up for it at Falls! Why do you think you made the grade, so to speak? Well firstly, I think our style of music suits the festival vibe - cruisey, rootsy stuff that anyone (hopefully) can have a jive to. The current line-up has been playing pretty solid for a year now, so our set is tight. Plus we threw a few surprises in the set at the play-off, so I think that all helped in the selection. We just try and have fun on stage, move around a bit and hopefully get the crowd to have a sing along too. What can we expect from you at Falls – a repeat of your winning performance, or will you throw something new in there? We haven’t decided on the exact set yet, so anything could still really happen. We are pretty keen on getting a small brass section maybe. It’s a much bigger stage than we’re used to, so we need to fill it up as much as we can. Last year we all felt really separated on the field stage, so it didn’t feel as cohesive as we’re used to. I think we play better closer together, so yeah, you might see a few more Two-Timers running around on stage, but hey, anything is possible. You’ll just have to come see! Who are you most looking forward to seeing and/or hanging out with at Falls? I am a really big fan of the Mystery Jets… Can’t wait to see Eli ‘paperboy’ Reed, Sharon Jones, CW Stoneking… Ah you know; I just love all that old school stuff! Oh, and The Kooks too... What does it mean to you for your band to play at Falls? Falls Festival comes around once a year, and I don’t know anyone that doesn’t want to play, so it’s just nice to know our hard work has paid off and it’s a real reward for the band to play at a big event to a big crowd. And there are some really, really great bands that aren’t playing, so that’s why it’s still so hard to believe we got in! Not to mention getting around some industry people and maybe making some contacts while we’re there too. Plus we’re gonna have a great time. Bring on Falls!
Catch Nathan and his Two-Timers at Falls: 0 December 29 – January 1 @ Marion Bay http://www.fallsfestival.com 20
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OFF THE SHELF With Carl Fidler and Glenn Moorehouse Top Shelf at Irish kicked off on Wednesday November 12, and what a great way to start with The Dog Line and Mick Attard (cheers Carl!). Thanks to the people who turned out to celebrate the opening night with us. For those of you who don’t know, Top Shelf at Irish is the new name for the old home of original music on Wednesday nights. Mick Attard (The Embers) set the tone for the evening with his rich voice and beautifully crafted songs, wooing the audience with country/folk swagger. His performance of The Embers, Rubby Dubby, was a gorgeous touch.
The Dog Line It’s a bit hard to review my own band, so here’s Carl: Cheers Glenn! The Dog Line is a four-piece band with an “intense, dramatic, chainsaw rock” sound. This was most evident on the final track of the night, Stefanos, where the instrumentation collided to form the tormented screams of Glenn’s nightmares. Highlight of the set was drummer, Dane Leonard’s vitality on the kit along with the guitar interplay of Glenn and Mally. Wednesday, November 19 saw Shoe (formally Follow By The Wayside) take to the stage. This young Devonport three-piece gave us a glimpse of their future brilliance as well as a solid taste of the north west scene. Their take on indie pop was refreshing to the ears and gave the crowd plenty of hooks to latch onto. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for their forthcoming release due March next year. The next few weeks are an exciting time for music lovers. Wednesday, November 26 we will be featuring
Shoe the new hard rock outfit from Jimmy Steele, The Staunches. You may have seen them at Irish last month for the Falls Festival playoffs but this time we get to hear a whole set! They will be supported by an acoustic show from The Stoics who have recently released their latest EP, Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing. Local heartthrobs, Van Diemen, make their return to the stage on December 3 with Nathan Wheldon opening the night. Van Diemen’s clean-cut pop has been attracting attention from numerous record labels and is well worth the look! Nathan has been a busy man on the local scene working his live show both solo and with his band, Nathan Wheldon and The Two Timers. The fruits of his labour being a quality album and a spot on The Falls Festival line up. It’s been a while since we heard the delay-drenched strains of Foreign Films but thankfully Mark Edmonds has returned to our state and we are thrilled to have these guys playing on Wednesday December 10 along with Mayfield front man, Carl Fidler. This promises to be a must see night as you never know when the jetsetting Foreign Films will be onstage again. Big thanks to our sponsors: Irish Murphy’s, Tas Music, Frontline and Scarab Design, who have helped invaluably to get Top Shelf off the ground. Also to Jason Howard for putting in the long hours behind the sound desk. Cheers Dave K.Q for the column. See you at the gig! (Photos by Toni M) Grab the best off the Top Shelf: 0 Every Wednesday @ Irish Murphy’s (Launceston)
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CHRIS STILGOE’S 1994 TOYOTA SUPRA RZ
ENGINE • 2JZ-GTE 3.0L in line 6 cylinder DOHC twin-turbo
BODYSTYLING • Replica Veilside type 2 bodykit
DRIVELINE • 6 Speed Getrag Gearbox feeding power to the rear wheels via a 1.5 way LSD
OTHER MODS • HKS front mount intercooler • Turbosmart 50mm blowoff valve • 3 Inch Exhaust • Full Alpine Stereo system • Customised Alarm System with integrated GPS tracker & two way mobile communications
WHEELS/BRAKES/SUSPENSION • 17 inch alloy mags (unknown type – on car when purchased) • 4 wheel disc brakes – 4 pot calipers on the front, 2 pot callipers on the rear • Standard coilover suspension front & rear
DRIVER PROFILE Lucas Williams AGE: “Old enough to know better, young enough to do it again if I like it!” CAR CLUB: Velocity
When and where did you buy your car? I purchased the car in Melbourne approximately 3 years ago What car did you have before this one? 1986 Ford Laser (cheap to buy & cheap to run)
the spare tyre, jack and tyre iron in order to change the tyre. As soon as I attempted loosen the wheel nuts, I realised I had a problem. The tyre iron was the wrong size for the wheel nuts!
What’s your dream car and why? Anything Ferrari or Corvette. Both manufacturers have stood the test of time and produce a fantastic “drivers” vehicle.
After about half an hour, I managed to borrow the correct size tyre iron from a local business, so happily went about loosening the wheel nuts and then attempted to place the jack under the side of the car at the manufacturers recommended jack point; only to discover that my jack was too tall to fit under the side skirt of body kit!
What’s a funny story to do with the car? I had a flat tyre about two months after I purchased my car, so I proceeded to retrieve
I had no block(s) of wood available to move the car forward onto in order to raise the side clearance, so I had to remove the entire side
What would you like to have after this? I haven’t thought that far ahead
skirt with a screw driver. It was at this time I realised that some of the body kit was “sticker flexed” on as well as screw fixed to the body. A simple 10 minute job to change a tyre became a 2 hour challenge. Why do you love the car? When I purchased my car, there weren’t too many of them on the roads in Tasmania. I wanted something that wasn’t too common. I love the styling; build quality and performance of the car. If I was to criticise anything about the car; it would be the “token” back seats... why did they bother at all? Anyone familiar with the Supra will know exactly what I mean.
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GIG REVIEWS IKOCHI + JONNO ZILBER & THE NO NO’S @ The Brisbane Hotel, November 14
EPICURE + DAM THE MAP @ The Republic Bar, November 21
THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE @ The Alley Cat Bar, October 18
PETE CORNELIUS AND THE DEVILLES AND FATSMALLS @ The Royal Oak, November 15
Photo by Tracey Wing
Dam the Map, having flown from New Zealand to play for us, had left our ears ringing with their enthusiastic alternate-pop rock set. Being the only person to clap after one song, the lead singer and bassist wished me luck with the photos I was taking, which seemed a little ineffectual when considering the poor quality of my camera. Ten minutes later and the guitars were still being tuned while the sound guy attempted to balance the delicate equilibrium between fold-back and feedback. The room was filling quickly. All of a sudden the first chords of Epicure’s set rang out, wistful lyrics and warbling piano complementing the extremely danceable drum and bass lines, all topped off by the classic, biting tone of Michael Hubbard’s Fender Telecaster, practically singing the blues which lay at the heart of most Epicure songs. The performance grew from the first few songs, with most people singing along to some choice ballads and singles, through to the first single off the band’s latest album, Postcards From A Ghost, which saw the band and audience alike ‘cut loose’. They said little and looked tired but they were almost at the end of an Australia wide tour and still played passionately so that we felt it had all ended too soon when they finished up on the desperately emotional song Life Sentence.
We stood outside Hobart’s Brisbane Hotel at 12:45am on a cold Saturday morning. After the first half of Ikochi’s set, we needed a breather. The night had kicked off hours before with Australian Capital Terran, Jonno Zilber. Wrapped around his Cole Clark acoustic guitar, Jonno was exceptional. Playing a modern take on classic folk and blues, you’d have been hard pressed to find anyone in the room not blown away by his intricate playing style, and his Dylan, Elvis and Tom Waits covers went down a treat. After a brief introduction from TasPride organisers, local Country-Punk three piece, The No No’s took the stage to woo us with songs of corpse love, tough love and tough corpses during their beer ’n 2-beat set. Discussing their performance on the damp street afterward, our youthful vocabularies come up with “bitchin’” as the best adjective to describe their performance. Tokyo’s Ilochi donned the stage. They radiated confidence from the first Rockabilly chord transgender lead singer and guitarist Chikako strummed. They played a tight and powerful set, and were really something different in a genre fallen on hard and unimaginative times of late. Drummer, Daisuke, played flawlessly, pulling off punchy tom rolls every other beat while Double Bassist, Kota won the audience with his charismatic charm and chunky bass tones.
The heavy rain had kept a lot of people home, our cab driver told us, yet The Republic had been packed, and Epicure had certainly delivered a memorable performance.
As Chikako’s first few sultry tones wafted out into the street, indicating the beginning of the next half of her set, we eagerly wandered back in for what was one of the most original live shows to grace Tasmanian stages this year.
JONNO COLEMAN @ Irish Murphy’s (Hobart), November 21
ASTON SHUFFLE @ Syrup, November 15
The cover of a record can help to make or break an album. Sometimes the covers work so brilliantly that they become iconic over time, such as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, or Nirvana’s Nevermind. We all know them, talk about them, maybe even collect them, but we don’t usually talk about the designs that are just painfully awful. Cue Fiona Scott-Norman. Her stand up show, The Needle and the Damage Done, was a journey of bad album covers and bad music which all comes from her record collection. The show began with Scott-Norman playing the kind of music she was saturated with as kid. This gave an insight into understanding her unusual fascination with bad music and bad covers. The night then consisted of being played snippets of awful songs, songs with bizarre lyrics and being shown the disturbing album covers from her collection (mainly a lot of John Laws albums!). The show is built on a clever idea, which makes you wonder why a lot of these albums were made but, sadly, the idea isn’t strong enough on its own. Being shown the awful covers felt like a segment out of a Spicks and Specks episode, which is fine for ten minutes but doesn’t seem enough for a whole comedy act. Listening to the bizarre music of yesteryears was also a fun idea but stretched out for over an hour soon got a bit tiring. Unfortunately a few of Scott-Norman’s jokes fell flat in a show mostly driven by the material of the covers and the music.
It had been ages since I’d seen Pete Cornelius on stage and this was my first time at a FATsmalls show; I was suitably keen. I hope there are more fun nights like this one to come. Where else would you hear the words “This one’s about low fat yoghurt” and be utterly impressed by the result? Well done, The Launceston Blues Club for supporting great local music. I nestled in the front corner near the stage as FATsmalls started off with a quick-paced funky number, which had gotten a few people up and dancing and a great response from an appreciative crowd. After the third chilled song, the dance floor had been engulfed and the room was buzzing. Their sound is a classy mix of funk and blues made bold and exciting by two great saxophonists playing in unison. There are still some minor kinks to be worked out, but for their second gig, they were fantastic.
Overall, it was an interesting night. Listening to and viewing some of the more unusual albums of years passed is a great idea but having higher expectations I sadly left feeling a little disappointed.
I’ve only seen Pete Cornelius play a couple of times now and this was the first time I’ve seen him with The DeVilles. He’s an excellent solo act but The DeVilles give an extra dynamic and add depth to his classical style. Pete played some classic western sling, awe inspiring slide, some old faves and some impressive new material from his latest releases, all topped off with an encore rendition of Ray Charles’ I Got a Woman. The man’s a genius on the guitar. Every solo had me transfixed and every song received an excellent ovation.
ADAM FERGUSON ALL FIRES THE FIRE, THE E.L.F., GRAFTON PRIMARY, KID KENOBI & MC SHURESHOCK
GOODWILL @ Lonnies Niteclub, November 21
@ Hotel New York Opening Night, November 15 As I arrived, I realised I wasn’t in the mood for partying, in fact I had zero energy, and about an equal level of motivation. Die-hard electro house fans were out in force hanging with anticipation for the funky electro synth baselines that Aston Shuffle is most famous for. First up was DJ Kir and Gilli, both pulling out energising sets, the room buzzing with fans from all walks of life. Then came Aston Shuffle, starting off tame but effective, grabbing everyone’s attention. As the night progressed the beats kept building up, exciting the crowd more and more, bringing energy and enthusiasm from the Shuffle. On several occasions, Mikah pulled out a camera and took photographs of the bouncing punters while Vance kept the tunes pumping. Even though electro house isn’t a genre that I would find myself listening to, I can appreciate the talent that these guys displayed and how they have the ability to captivate an audience. I became pleasantly surprised how hard it was to stop my body moving as the tunes hit the dance floor. The music itself created a positive vibe that kept people having fun on the dance floor and at the bar. Towards the end, Vance and Mikah showed signs of weakening, evidence that they had given their all throughout the night.
I had come to the right gig. Jonno Coleman’s relaxed, gentle tunes are medicine for the tired chick or the world weary traveller. It was the launch of Jonno’s EP, The Small Hours of Morning. This Indie/soft rock style is home for Jonno’s skills. New tracks such as So Far Away and Not Ready tells stories which the listener will appreciate and understand, in fact all of his tunes are real life tales, some dealing with difficult subjects such as addictions, mental disorders and loss. Jonno writes from the heart, just as he plays it. A personal favourite of mine is The Islands one of the tracks from the new EP. Jonno told the assembled how he came to write such songs, and rather than struggling to listen to what he’s saying over the noise, you could hear every word, such was the appreciation of the crowd. The gathering had grown, and a decent number of people were lining the walls and filling the floor. Jonno called up his mates and fellow Ejecter band members, drummer Drew Castles and bass player Sean Gardam, to do a couple of extended tunes, all of which were loudly applauded.
Goodwill showed why he is one of Australia’s leading DJs tonight. Truly professional in my understanding of what a DJ is meant to do. His set was not overtly masculine or feminine, but catered for all the dance floor. There were some lighter, uplifting tracks mixed amongst the get-down-and-dirty bangers with the electro sound that is currently the leading trend. And as this was an MOS Annual tour, it was fitting to have a selection of what has been popular in the clubs, nation-wide. At a rough estimation, Goodwill played about half of the tracks that are on the MOS Annual CD, and mixed them in with some of the tracks that he is lovin’ right now. He took the atmosphere of the room to peaks and through valleys, and the crowd followed. There was only one thing that could break his focus, and that couldn’t be avoided.
So yeah, overall, the fans were definitely satisfied with this act and our happy vibe continued on....There were even brief glimpses of the Melbourne shuffle at times!
I sat on the floor up front and simply closed my eyes and let Jonno take me on his journeys. The Small Hours of Morning is a highly valued addition to my collection, one I will be playing when I need to unwind, maybe laying in the bath with a glass of wine and the candles burning. Beautiful.
About half-way through his set I saw Goodwill rush off stage. Wondering what he was up to, I followed, but he had disappeared. As I stood, looking around, the men’s toilet door flew open, and Goodwill strode quickly back to the DJ booth. He’d answered the call of nature, and then returned to answer the call of the dance floor. Without missing a beat. A true pro.
How good are All Fires The Fire, the opening act, from Hobart, on this opening night for Hotel New York? Tonight they were very good. I tend to make comparisons, so to me there was a feeling of The Cure mixed with Talking Heads. Definitely a band to watch. Second up was The E.L.F., a one-man party machine. We were entertained, first, by his original tracks, which were funky, electro and dirty. He followed this with his mash-ups of tracks from the past and present. He was the perfect middle-man for this night, with Grafton Primary to follow. And GP were awesome. The crowd went mad, jumping and bumping, grinding, flipping and flopping about the dance-floor like funked-up rag-dolls. Every track was a winner. After the GP set, DJ’s Randall and The Doctor were keeping the packed audience moving and the atmosphere was bordering on festival fever. As Randall and The Doctor finished up, MC Shureshock did a mic check and wound the crowd into a frenzy as Kid Kenobi set up. When the beats started to flow, Shureshock officially welcomed all, and the crowd, sound-system and the temperature rose. Kid and Shureshock worked their butts off to please the crowd, especially MC, who had the dance floor at his beck and call, getting arms waving, hands-in-theair and lighters blazing at will. He was at it for ninety minutes straight, until he took his shirt off, took a sip of drink and then ‘kept-on-trucking’. They kept the festival atmosphere going until about 4:00am, when they wound it down, thanked us all and took a welldeserved break after what was an awesome set. And a great opening night. ADAM FERGUSON & DAVID WILLIAMS . ISSUE 82 . NOV 26 - DEC 9 2008
games, gadgets, and other digital distractions
RACER // PS3
Motorstorm: Pacific Rift
Two years gone and there’s another storm on the horizon – and this time it’s tropical!
NEW XBOX LIVE INTERFACE A new era of entertainment began last week. Millions of Xbox 360 consoles worldwide will be transformed through the power of software, offering a bold new future for the Xbox 360, where experiences are shared with friends and families, in the same room or around the world. “Xbox 360 is getting a whole new look,” said Andrew Jenkins, Xbox 360 Product Marketing Manager for games and LIVE. “Xbox owners are able to download a new user interface for their consoles, effectively updating their Xbox through Xbox LIVE. Xbox 360 now boasts a more user-friendly look and allows users to create online parties, chat with friends, share pictures, create avatars of themselves and much more,” added Jenkins. Have you updated your Xbox 360 yet? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think!
eGAMES EXPO @ Melbourne Exhibition Centre, November 14-16
“…It’s all momentum, driving forward, hard and fast and loud…” For those early adopters of the PS3, the original Motorstorm was a must-have launch title. It was a grungy racer, full of dirty desert racing action, and characterised by a brash attitude that didn’t muck around. Just in time for the PS3’s second birthday, the second Motorstorm outing has arrived. This time it’s a pristine tropical paradise that serves as the setting for a racing event that is less about the burning of rubber, and more about the destruction of flora. The many and varied vehicles of the game will, more often than not, cut their own path through the tracks available, as they race through courses themed around the four elements – air, water, fire, and earth. One only wonders what the original island’s inhabitants will do about the mess when the Motorstorm typhoon abates, but then, we presume it’s their own fault. Must have needed to boost tourism or something. Speaking of boost, that’s what you’ll be doing plenty of in this game, because, like all good homemade racing vehicles, you’ve got a shitload of go-faster juice installed. Press X and you’ll lurch forward, ahead of your competition or around that awkward bend. Or off a cliff. Or into a river of red-hot lava. Or down a waterfall, even. Such is the peril of racing on a tropical island. The tracks are designed with each element in mind – air has plenty of jumps and other gravitydefying features; water, lots of rivulets to barrel into; fire, plenty of molten lava to AVOID AS BEST YOU CAN OH GOD IT IS SO HOT BOOM; and earth – well, more like mud, really. The most pronounced effect of these environmental deviations is best demonstrated on your boost – water cools your engine down so you can boost longer, and proximity to fire and lava
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overheats your engine, making extended boosting more dangerous than a cayenne pepper milkshake. Boost too much, and you’re so much burnt toast. So, that’s all well and cool. There’s plenty of variation in the track design, with appropriate environmental effects, short of natives waving their fists in the air and vowing death to your family for soiling their wonderful beaches. The vehicles available to you in order to perform doughies in the sand and other atrocities range from the nimblest two-wheeler dirt bikes, to the more cumbersome four-wheelers – busses, and trucks, and MONSTER TRUCKS RAHHHHH!!! No track leaves any vehicle class struggling, as there’s an optimum route to be discovered for each. Bikes might take the high road, for example, jumping over crevasses and the like, as the heavier beasts tear it up through the foliage below. The game is very giving in this regard, which gives it a little more depth than most racers. Having said that, the game is shallower than a wading pool in a drought full of Paris Hilton. Its presentation is second-to-none, swept on a wave of stunning visuals that screams go, go go! It’s all momentum, driving forward, hard and fast and loud. It’s all wild abandon and purity of vision, resulting in a note-perfect arcade racer that will do little to challenge you, but much to gratify you, much like reading Playboy “for the articles”. Its strength is its weakness however – you’ll get your quick fix, but you’ll hunger for something of more substance after a few hours. The formula of “choose a vehicle, race, unlock event, choose a vehicle, race, unlock event, blah, blah etc” can’t last longer
than an hour at a time. But then, it probably wasn’t meant to. This Motorstorm works best in short, but intense bursts of adrenalised necessity. Floor it, and hold on tight. sCHRIS RATTRAY GAMEPLAY: 70% 0 Simple, and pure. You’ll know what to expect and won’t be terribly surprised when you find it. GRAPHICS: 90% 0Stunning environments, beautiful lighting, and gorgeous scenery. The cars are appropriately dingy. SOUND: 65% 0 Engine noises, while accurate, grate. A good soundtrack is offered, however. PLAYABILITY: 75% 0 Like sticking mice in a microwave: fun in small bursts. OVERALL: 80% 0 Not the brightest tool in the shed, but perfectly suited to the job. 0 MOTORSTORM: PACIFIC RIFT IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR THE PS3, FOR RRP OF $109.95.
My 6am flight to Melbourne was well worth the trip to attend the eGames Expo 2008 held as part of the International Digital Entertainment Festival, which ran over three days recently. The eGames Expo is a showcase of new products and services from the biggest names in the business giving visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a room filled with gaming and digital lifestyle stalls. No slim pickings with the likes of Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, Nintendo, Intel and Acer being one of the many in attendance with a truckload of games in tow for visitors to get a hands on experience. With more LCD TVs, video games, mobile devices and computers than you could poke a joypad at, I was dumbstruck by a room full of the familiar hums of fans and TVs hard at work. The gaming area featured many sought-after games such as LittleBigPlanet, Resident Evil 5, Resistance 2, Gears of War 2, Red Faction, Mirror’s Edge, and Tomb Raider:Underworld. The greatest opportunities available were the competitions for Guitar Hero 3, Alienware PC Gaming Zone, LAN Call of Duty: World at War and Red Alert 3, Pro Evolution Soccer with a real ball(!) and the chance to test your mettle against Intel’s professional players, Team Immunity. Monash University, Qantm and AiE just to name a few institutions who were in attendance, were ready to inform you with seminars on career options that exist in the digital industry. I tried out the surround sound gamer chairs, placed stickers on the giant LittleBigPlanet Globe and created my own Sackboy, hugged the Raving Rabbids Guy-in-a-rabbit-suit, found random cosplayers for happy snaps and bought a gamer t-shirt from one of merchandise stalls. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out next year for this event and recommend it as it was worth the $18 day pass to check it out. http://www.idef.com.au/egames_home.php
Look out for reviews of LittleBigPlanet, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Resistance 2, and Tomb Raider: Underworld coming up in future editions of SAUCE!
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COMEDY STRANGER THAN MICKTION Another true story from the world of Hobart comedian, Mick Lowenstein. Is there something about me that radiates “accident waiting to happen”? It’s a rhetorical question; don’t feel you need to flood me with answers. Or answer me with floods. I wouldn’t describe myself as being particularly accident prone, although there is a strange coincidence of things going balls up in my vicinity, which I’m almost positive has nothing to do with me. It’s odd. Recently I have had two people, who I’m very close to, tell me quite strongly not to mess with electricity. They were both concerned for my wellbeing and safety which is beautiful and touching, but it made me quite aware of my “Keep him away from any sharp implements” status. It still happens when I get introduced to groups of strangers at parties. “This is Mick, don’t let him near anything spiky.” This is followed by a flurry of activity as people in the room put away valuables, put their shoes on, improvise rudimentary protective clothing and huddle together in a corner behind a beanbag. It’s not as if I’m some sort of lightning rod for disaster, though it does happen quite often. I find it kind of novel. It does mean I end up with a fisherman’s basket of injuries, but that’s kinda just me really. I still bear the scars of various falling from heights, being hit by cars, having nails driven through bits of me, being
electrocuted, having very large objects fall on me and going to a Catholic school. My Dad was a bit of a “flirting with danger” sort of guy, not in an Evil Knievel kind of way though. He just had this awful knack for trying to fix things with no actual aptitude or skill. I still have visions of Dad fixing toasters by sticking screwdrivers in them while they were plugged in and then enthusiastically repairing them by nailing large blocks of wood onto the sides. He’d just chonk away at stuff without thinking. It was just something he did, right up until he died. He’s been far less productive since then… There’s a certain tension on stage when I’m performing with other people as well. I tend to be quite physical in my performance stuff and sometimes that can backfire. There’s more than one Impro Vice show where I’ve left the stage bleeding. Hardcore comedy, you don’t get that on TV. I did accidentally kick a table into someone’s face in the front row once as well. But in my defence, they should have laughed more. I’m really not that dangerous. It’s just coincidence is all, though these days it’s hard to perform ensemble pieces at the Short Back and Sideshow when all the cast are huddled in a corner behind a bean bag… True story. MICK LOWENSTEIN
SCREEN SCREEN – QUANTUM OF SOLACE
STRUTH BE TOLD
Justin “The Bedroom Philospher” Heazlewood delves into the murky world of music journalism… Pete Doherty is attempting to sue Wikipedia over misinformation written about him, by him, during a bender. He claims there should be more control over people ‘like him’ editing the online encyclopaedia. “You need a license to drive but not to be a historian it seems. Panda bugle ice cream,” he said, before collapsing. Beck has reinvented himself once again with a re-release of Odelay. Fans say it’s the best thing he’s done since Odelay. Rage Against the Machine have reformed, no longer able to stifle their musical mission to tear down capitalism. Also, they needed the money. Oasis will be releasing their own version of the retro arcade space game ‘Galaga.’ In the game the ship will be replaced by their heads, and the alien ships replaced by music journalists telling them that they’ve gone shit.
Bond Girl Stands on Her Own
Jack Johnson has formed a side project with U2’s The Edge. Jack said in an interview “I’m really excited, I’ve never written songs with edge before.”
hero, it’s usually the case that they’ll end up between the sheets with the secret agent at some stage. Not so with Camille, the revenge-seeking “real woman” played by Ukrainian model-turned-actress Olga Kurylenko in the latest James Bond movie Quantum of Solace.
Radiohead have been attacked over the recent ‘giving away’ of their album over the Internet. Says one angry muso ‘they’re like the JB Hi-fi of the music world. How are us smaller bands supposed to compete with their prices?’ He suggested that the Radiohead website be renamed ‘Crazy Thom’s.’
been a lot of talk in recent years about the reinvention of the ‘Bond girl’. And while many of the oThere’s 007 franchise’s leading ladies are as adept at shooting, fighting or piloting a plane out of harm’s way as the
She teams up with Daniel Craig’s 007 to take down dangerous billionaire Dominic Greene (French actor Mathieu Amalric) but the two never make it to the bedroom, something that really pleases Kurylenko. “The whole film, Bond’s still in love with Vesper,” said Kurylenko, referring to the woman who won 007’s heart in Casino Royale before meeting a tragic end. “So I would have been disappointed if we had gotten together, and I was happy that we didn’t.” “It’s good to be part of something with this kind of history and legacy. But at the same time I got to bring something different to the series. Camille is not a clichéd Bond girl.” Indeed, Camille’s storyline – emotionally and physically scarred, she’s seeking payback for her family’s murder – is compelling enough that it would worth following even if she never encountered Bond. “That’s exactly what I’ve been saying!” laughed Kurylenko. “And it’s something that I really like about the character and the film: she has her own story. If she’d never met Bond, she would still have her own journey and do what she needed to get done without anyone’s help. She exists as a character by herself, and I think that’s a nice change for a Bond movie.” “I read the complete script before my last audition – there were three of them – and I realised that Camille was very strong and feisty,” said Kurylenko. “I really liked her – she had depth, she came across as a real woman and not so much of a doll. What she’s gone through has scarred her but it’s also made her determined and tough. But even though she shows a lot of strength, she’s also vulnerable.” Showing Camille’s
But Quantum of Solace’s director, Marc Forster, was keen to make sure that the emotional and psychological content of the film had as much impact as the action sequences, another development Kurylenko welcomed. “It was very important for all of us,” she said. “Marc stressed it, and he was always making sure the emotion was there. But he never wanted it to be over the top, which is contrary to a big action movie – he always said he wanted it simple, natural. It’s a nice contrast to the scenes where everything is blowing up.” There’s been talk that Camille may reappear in future Bond adventures, and while Kurylenko is clearly flattered by the positive response to her character – “Every person I meet asks me if I’ll be back!” she laughed – she admitted that reprising her role isn’t really on the cards. “I’d like to do as many versatile parts as possible,” she said. “That’s the goal.” sGUY DAVIS strength, however, required an extended training period prior to filming. “It had to be believable. I couldn’t just pretend I was this strong woman, I had to become one,” she said. “So they trained me for four months before we started shooting, which definitely made me a stronger person. The first month, I spent four hours a day learning how to fight. And I also learned how to use weapons and how to skydive. “I basically became a stuntwoman because I did most of the stunts myself. I walked away with bruises and cuts but they gave me a sense of pride – ‘Yes, today I really worked’. It’s how I knew I was working hard. If I ever do another action movie, I’ll definitely be ready!”
Quantum of Solace is in cinemas now. 0 We have one in-season double pass to Quantum of Solace to give away! Answer this question: What is the name of Olga’s character in the new James Bond movie? Write to email@example.com. au with the answer, your name, and contact phone number and put BOND COMP in the subject. A winner will be chosen at random and announced next issue! Competition closes 5pm Friday, December 5!
Bobby Mcferrin has reissued a cover of his 80’s hit Don’t Worry Be Happy. The new version contains the updated lyric ‘Worry, we’re fucked.’ It’s the first track from the An Inconvenient Truth soundtrack. The entire first season of Rage has been sold on E-Bay. The nine hundred VHS collection, spanning from 1987-1988 was sold to Ernie Baker, from Ulverstone who was quoted as saying ‘I was trying to bid on a rake, I’m pissed.’ Jet have been taken into custody over possession of stolen chords. Police say that Nick Chester was found in a Melbourne airport with a bag containing chords from several bands including AC/DC, Iggy Pop and The Kinks. Jet’s management claims that it’s perfectly innocent and that the band were just ‘borrowing’ them for rehearsals. AC/DC guitarist, Angus Young, claims he awoke to find several power chords missing from his power chord drawer. Smithton country radio station Howdy106, has announced that it’s going to stage its own Hottest 100. Unlike the popular youth radio station Triple J’s annual poll, the field will be made up entirely of Slim Dusty albums. Listeners can vote on which of Dusty’s hundred albums was their favourite, and then hear the entire list played back to back. The poll is scheduled to be aired during January. JUSTIN HEAZLEWOOD
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ACOUSTIC – HOBART // AMY KENDALL
New Album Driven by Pastry knew I wanted to be a singer – my sister and I spent more o“Ithanalways our fair share of time singing into hairbrushes and textas,” says
Amy of her abused home wares and stationery. “I started playing guitar and writing songs when I was thirteen. I bought myself my first guitar when I was sixteen, so it was all go from then. After a stint at music college in NSW, and singing in a pub rock duo, I moved to Tasmania in 2005 and began playing my original songs live around Hobart. I started performing solo in 2006 and haven’t really looked back!” And looking forward, her new album Hot Stars in a Cold Sky is almost upon us!
What was the most challenging thing about creating your new album? Having the drive to finish each track and be completely happy with it. It was recorded over eight months with big gaps between sessions. I’m also not entirely comfortable in the confines of a studio. I’m much more at ease performing in front of an audience, and having to ensure that the studio supervisor, my cat, was sitting and quiet before the next take – he’d carry on if he was locked out, and I think he enjoyed being part of the action. More than once I had a take ruined by an errant meow - it was also interesting having to explain this to the visiting musicians who recorded with me.
the album for you, and why? Finishing the backing vocals. I feel a bit Freddie Mercury on this at times – some songs have seven vocal tracks on them. So, to finish recording the backing vocals, and hear how it sounds – that was amazing. So many of the harmonies were experiments that worked. How fun!
What particular track are you most proud of and why? I’m proud of them all, and for entirely different reasons. I’m really proud of Gravity, because it was a song that I really needed to sing. Green Lights is also one of my favourites – the arrangements are phenomenal and it’s exactly how I heard it in my head. It brings a smile to my face every time I hear it.
What were some of the things that influenced you (as in other literature, music, art, culture) during the making of the album? I listened to a lot of Abbie Cardwell’s album By Hook or By Crook while making this – I remember playing it for the bass player whilst driving to our first day of recording. It’s got such a warm sound to it – I really strive for a sound like that.
What was the lowest point during the making of the album for you, and why? I began recording less than six months after my father passed away, so a lot of these songs are raw and reflective. Recording Gravity was so difficult – it’s an intense song, written at such an emotional time. I had a lot of trouble playing and singing it in the studio, and having the finished track to a point where I was happy with it.
I also started listening to a lot of the music from my teenage years – I dragged out some Sheryl Crow albums from the early nineties. I think she’s an amazing producer and listening to her earlier albums gave me a lot of ideas of how I wanted things to sound. I baked a lot while recording – I thanked the musicians for their efforts with cake. And biscuits. And slices. And cupcakes. Even now, no band member leaves my house empty handed.
What was the highest point during the making of
Describe to me the journey you hope people will go on as they listen to the album? When reading the lyrics I think you realise that I’m actually a hopeless romantic. As a whole the EP has a really contemplative feel to it, and it seems like a collection of songs to muse upon.
Get hopelessly romantic with Amy: 0 November 27 @ The Alley Cat Bar 0 December 9 @ Irish Murphy’s (Hobart) Amy Kendall’s Hot Stars in a Cold Sky will be available for purchase from http://www.amykendall.com.au
ALTERNATIVE – HOBART // NEW SAXONS
The Power of Three
would never really consider myself a musician, just someone who enjoys writing songs,” Tim says, o“Isomewhat dubiously. “However, I have been lucky enough to be friends with some talented players who I have tricked into playing with me. New Saxons has probably existed for about a year, if you consider writing the first songs when a band starts. In that time we have just finished recording an EP, which was recorded and mixed with Sydney producer Ant Whitehouse, we have just started gigging and have supported Sparkadia. I would call our music catchy-alternate-singer songwriter-pop.” Taking Tim completely by surprise, I ask him nothing about any of the above.
Which three of your band’s original songs are you most proud of and why? 1. Dance Hall: It’s my take on a ballad and my favourite song of ours. 2. Lights Go On and Off: It is the most fun song to play live. 3. Mikey: Contains the name of the elder brother in The Goonies. Choose three influential albums from your life. What are they and how are they significant to you? 1. Weezer: Pinkerton 2. Faith No More: King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime 3. Fountains of Wayne: Fountains of Wayne All these albums got me interested in music before I even played. What are three strange facts about the band that we wouldn’t find in the liner notes? 1. Richard would lose the ability to play bass if he shaved his beard. 2. Alex can’t grow a beard. 3. I am the shortest. What are three non-music related things you need with you on stage or in rehearsal? 1. Water. 2. Pad and pen. 3. Pants.
1. Alex and Richard are both amazing musicians. 2. Being in a band hurts less than playing rugby. 3. Long walks on the beach.
What are three peculiar things about each band member that people may not know? 1. Alex is a vegan. 2. Richard’s favourite actor is Michael Winslow. 3. My favourite sounds are made by Michael Winslow.
If you were to go back in time three years ago, what would you tell yourself that you wished you’d known then? I would do a Biff and give myself a 2005 Sports Almanac, and then I would teach that McFly a lesson or two.
What are three things you love about being in the New Saxons?
Where do you think the New Saxons will be three years from now?
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Wet N Wild water park. In three words, tell us why we need to come to your next gig? We need you. sCHRIS RATTRAY
It’s nice to be needed! Get Saxoned: 0 December 3 @ Irish Murphy’s (Hobart) http://www.myspace.com/newsaxons WWW.SAUCE.NET.AU
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HIP HOP – AUSTRALIA // MONKEYMARC
New Solo Project Hard to Beat
was in my first band in Wales when I was eleven (we were terrible and got stuff thrown at us by the whole o“Ischool at our first and last gig),” says Marc, expertly dodging a brick from my hands. “Then I was in heaps
of bands, and ended up in Darwin somehow where I co-founded Labrats Solar Powered Sound System. Out of those crazy and fantastic times came my band, Combat Wombat. Whilst writing all the music for them I kept writing all this instrumental music. So I decided that it needed a platform of its own so I decided to start up my new solo project.”
How’d you get into DJ’ing? Actually that’s kind of funny. I first started DJ’ing at local Blue Light Discos in Berwora, Sydney. I never had decks then, just two tape players. I used to borrow records off the local radio station and then tape them. I used to make my own 12” mixes of the songs by recording tape to tape (by pausing and recording). I would loop up the guitar solos and the beats and stuff and AC/DC songs. People used to love it. I then discovered the local second-hand record store and that was it. Vinyl addiction at first sight. What release have you been working on lately and how would you describe it? I have just finished a remix for DJ Solals (Gotan Project), Moonshine Sessions, which is coming out in a 12” in France and the rest of Europe. More importantly though, I am working on my new solo album and that’s been taking all sorts of funny turns. It’s kind of moody instrumental hip hop with a worldly flavour and dubby elements with dub, future dub and dubsteppy flavours. It’s a bit of a journey. One minute you’re in blissed out dreamy beats and the next you’re in a humongous bass wash with epic dub-step. I am also working on the new Combat Wombat album, which is also taking some interesting directions. What sort of music did your parents expose you to? My Dad was into his ska and rocksteady as he grew up around Cardiff’s famous Tiger Bay. His best mate was a Jamaican whose brother used to work on the ships and bring all the new music back from the US.
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He and my mum were also in soul and motown, stax and all that grimey old stuff from the sixties. I was very fortunate they had good taste. You work out of a “green” studio. What was the most difficult thing about building it? Making it work. There where lots of problems on the way and it also ended up costing me a bit more than I thought. My first battery bank died so I had to buy another, so that set me back. The studio itself is built into a shipping container and that took about four months to rebuild and deck out. That was tricky. My solar set up is in an old horse float and now I have so many batteries in it that I can hardly tow it. Oh well. It works well, though. I have recorded the entirety of my new album on solar so I can’t complain. It’s always been a dream of mine to do it and well I guess I’m living the dream so that’s good. What’s the oddest thing or request anyone’s ever asked of you in your capacity as a DJ? One of the oddest things was years ago when I was playing at a huge youth gig in a hall. This young death metal girl comes up to the decks in the middle of my set and grabs the needle and stops the music and shouts at the top of her voice at me, “Play some decent music f***head!” That was pretty out there. Out of everything you’ve been doing lately, what’s been the most challenging and/or rewarding? Making music is always challenging, but making music with a message is rewarding. Probably the
most rewarding project for me recently was project I did in Parnngurr, remote WA, [with an Aboriginal community there.] The result was this amazing song all in language about the first time their grandfather/ mother saw white man in 1963. We ended up making a film clip where those elders acted out their scenes. It was amazing. The whole community came out to see it and elders where crying with joy. We were invited to the national film and sound archives the week later to submit the film which was such a great experience. What was the last album or track you heard that you can’t get out of your head and why? Bloc Party’s Intimacy for a whole album - I am actually listening to it right now. But as for the last track I have stuck in my head it would have to be Fisherman Style by The Congos. I just can’t get it out of my head. It’s been in there since I left London three months ago. Who are you most looking forward to seeing at your set? The sound man so I can make some fat beats and hopefully meet some new faces. Oh yeah. And lots of people who hopefully like my new solo material. DJ Sakamois always puts on a great show so I’m looking forward to that. I want to make a big shout out though to all the Tassie forest blockaders… They better bloody turn up too… sCHRIS RATTRAY Monkeymarc will be performing his new solo material live: 0 November 29 @ The Alley Cat Bar
The Taste Festival Turns Twenty!
MONA FOMA Sneak Preview of new event at Salamanca. What a lovely way to cheer up my Friday afternoon, with the delightful drumming sounds of MONA FOMA! What is MONA FOMA one might ask? The new urban Festival of Music and Art making its way to Hobart in January! Exciting, engaging and enlightening are a few feelings experienced, along with an overall sense of freedom as I witnessed open birdcages, peace signage and the sweet sound of soul on Hobart’s Salamanca waterfront. Based in and around the Salamanca Arts Centre, this awesome festival will showcase Art drawn from the Museum of Old and New Art, teaming up with the great sound of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds! The line up for the festival is huge, including both homegrown and international acts; The Saints, DJ Trip, The Zen Circus and heaps more! MONA FOMA will engage audiences of all ages, with performances taking place in The Republic Bar (I know I’ll be there with bells on!), St. David’s Cathedral and home to MONA, Morilla Vineyard. MONA FOMA sets Hobart alight from January 9 – 12. Check out the program for MONA FOMA on their official website www.mofo.net.au as there are loads of free events! Free your mind, open your eyes and engage in this ultimate culmination of art & music. ELISA COSENTINO
This summer, The Taste Festival, Tasmania’s largest annual event turns twenty. For eight days and nights, Hobart’s waterfront will be transformed into a display of colour and life as the Taste Festival ignites the historic Sullivans Cove precinct. The Taste of Tasmania and the Hobart Summer Festival have been merged to become the Taste Festival – Hobart’s Waterfront Celebration. This year, the re-programmed Festival mixes fresh new projects with Hobart’s favourite summer events, presenting the best of Tasmanian local produce with an exceptional multi-arts, culture and sports program in the traditional waterfront setting. As well as a re-shaped festival home and program incorporating the Taste’s foodie origins, this year’s Festival launches an exciting new format. The Taste’s Arts & Music, Sports, Food & Beverage and Community streams will be promoted through a new pocket-sized brochure and a daily festival broadsheet available onsite to help patrons organise the day’s activities. The sounds, sights and celebrations of The Taste Festival will welcome hundreds of thousands of local, interstate and international visitors. In 2007-2008, The Taste of Tasmania attracted almost 300,000 visitors. “This twentieth anniversary is an important milestone and a great opportunity to showcase the future direction of the event,” said the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Alderman Rob Valentine. “This new direction emphasises the community, environment, diverse food and beverage experiences, with an engaging entertainment and cultural program, combining to provide new ways to experience the best of Tasmania.” The first three nights feature free bands to get festival spirits flowing. The final three nights of “after taste” feature a series of hosted special events with entertainment including Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter in Liyarn Ngarn – ‘the coming together of the spirit’, peace-lovin’ troubadour, Nicky Bomba, and Hobart’s Comedy Bites matched with delicacies from local chefs. And that’s just a taste of this year’s Taste! 0 28 December 2008 – 4 January 2009 @ Hobart’s Waterfront http://www.tastefestival.com.au WWW.SAUCE.NET.AU
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BY MICHAEL BLAKE
Favourite Band: The Hives. How do you feel about soy milk? I like soymilk. I love soymilk. Favourite Cartoon Character? Kim Possible. What is the best kind of donut? Caramel.
Favourite Band: Ministry of Sound 09 is my current favourite album. How do you feel about soy milk? I drink it in cappuccinos and Boost. Favourite Cartoon Character? Dora The Explorer. What is the best kind of donut? I don’t eat them.
Favourite Band: Foals. How do you feel about soy milk? It tastes funny, but kind of nice. Smooth. Favourite Cartoon Character? Daggett (from Angry Beavers). What is the best kind of donut? Jam Donut.
Favourite Band: Katie Melua. How do you feel about soy milk? I do not like soymilk. Favourite Cartoon Character? Nemo. What is the best kind of donut? Vanilla.
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DANCEHALL QUEEN AUSTRALIA 2008 Various Artists - Mixed By Surgeon General Sound
MEGADETH Anthology - Set the World Afire
SKILLZ The Million Dollar Backpack
DOM COOLEY This Can Only End One Way
The Dancehall Queen competition has been an institution in Jamaica for nearly thirty years and have been held worldwide. The Australian heats were established by Surgeon General Sound in 2007.
One of the foremost originators of the thrash movement, ginger guitar prodigy and vocalist, Dave Mustaine and band, offer us thirty-five songs over a two-disc compilation spanning the career of the band from the last twenty-six years.
For those that don’t know Skillz, jump on the ‘net immediately and look up his 2000 single Ghostwriter. This controversial track saw Skillz expose his career as a ghostwriter - someone who writes lyrics for another rapper to perform - for (un-named) critically acclaimed American rappers. P. Diddy has since come out and admitted that Skillz has ghostwritten for him on numerous occasions. After a long career as a freestyle champion and ghostwriter, he drops his eighth LP, The Million Dollar Backpack.
What makes this CD stand out is the lyrics. ‘Write about what you know’ is the golden rule for writing, I’ve heard, and it seems that Dom Cooley has followed this. So, what you get is a window on the life and times of Dom Cooley. And those times have tumultuous, dark and sometimes this made me feel a little uncomfortable with Dom’s exposure and his honesty. But I love that. If it’s good, it’ll take a bit of getting used to, I believe.
It’s basically a chance for the girls to get on stage and show off their style, with the winner being the most original and creative dancer. This CD is a mix of the tracks that are being used this year in the Australian competitions. I’m a big fan of all things reggae and dancehall, so I had high hopes for this mix and overall I found it to be a fun listen. The artists on the disc read like a who’s who of dancehall, with tracks by Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Mr Vegas, Elephant Man, Busy Signal and Lady Saw to mention a few. I particularly enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t all classics. The majority of the tracks are 2007 and 2008 releases with a few classics like Beenie Man’s Row Like a Boat and Shabba Rank’s, Ting-A-Ling. The most impressive thing about the mix for me was the mixing. A lot of dancehall mixes are really let down by the way the tracks are mixed, with no real flow and a lot of fading out the old track over the intro of the next without any thought to tempo, but Surgeon General Sound really put a lot of effort into making the blends smooth. 7/10 DJ GROTESQUE
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With three lots of greatest hits albums released within the last decade, this anthology makes it the band’s fourth effort. You are asking if there is anything different to the previous compilations – yes, three tracks - High Speed Dirt off a 1992 demo, a live version of Peace Sells from 1993, and a live version of Symphony of Destruction that was previously unreleased in the US. Herman Kahn, a strategist in the RAND military, created the term Megadeth to describe a million deaths, hence the band’s name and the common thread of nuclear war and the aftermath of war as the basis for the lyrical content is evident, particularly in tracks Hangar 18, Take No Prisoners, and Ashes in Your Mouth. Among other lyrical concepts, the band explores political views in Peace Sells and environmental issues in Symphony Of Destruction. It seems Capitol records are straining the life out of Megadeth, considering that four compilations, similar in selection, have been released in the last eight years. All devoted fans would already have the entire back catalogue of albums from the band, making this release unnecessary unless you are a collector. For someone who is unfamiliar with the band’s music you will find the selection of songs a clear idea as to why this band is prominent for influencing the top metal acts of today. 6/10 DAVID WALKER
The album is a fairly apt description of the man, as while he shies away from the thugged-out clichés of gangsta rap, he certainly isn’t averse to the finer things in life (wine, weed, and women). With a range of producers including Kwame, ?uestlove and DJ Jazzy Jeff amongst others, the album favours a classic soulsampled sound, with some modern “club” drums to help a couple of tracks bump for the party set. Lyrically, Skillz dips between tales of coming up in the game from Struggle Street (Where I Been, So Far, So Good ft Common), numbers for, and about, the ladies ((For Real) He Don’t Own Me, My Phone), and the freestyler’s main arsenal – the braggadocio (Sick, Don’t Act Like You Don’t Know). The guests on this album are perfect for the occasion, with Common, Black Thought, Talib Kweli and Freeway all bringing strong contributions to their respective tracks. When you’ve been in the game this long, you’d better keep bringing heat each time you get on the mic, and Skillz has done that with this release. Dope listen. 8/10 TOM BUTLER
The opening track, Nicked Vein, is an example of this. What has been written in this song cannot be sourced from a third person, and gives us the first glimpse that Dom has had more than his fair share of self-destructive, miserable times. But he flips the feeling with the follow-up track, Happy Today, saying we should be happy for what we have, and not focus on what we don’t. Obvious, yeah? Well, kind-of. It is when you say it out loud, but for many the feeling of underachieving, of wanting more, can drive a person to their death instead of motivating them to healthy action – see Nicked Vein. Musically, Dom complements his lyrics with a folk style, with some great melodies, and a tinge of the feeling I get from listening to the Flaming Lips. Just as their lyrics are direct, and with amazing melodies, so too is Dom’s music, but with a more roots-y sound, and less production. So, it’s a CD with happy songs, happy-sounding songs with a touch of tragedy, and tragic songs. Fresh and worth a listen. 7/10 DAVID WILLIAMS
. ISSUE 82 . NOV 26 - DEC 9 2008
. ISSUE 82 . NOV 26 - DEC 9 2008