THE MUSIC’S NOT DEAD. ISSUE #2
As we make our final farewells to 2010, we can look back to the year that was and smile; for it was a good one. Good, for the new bands who have hit the scene; good for the new venues to hit the Valley; and good, for our everlasting tribute to an iconic Brisbane band through the naming of the Go-Between Bridge. Celebrate the year that was with this issue of the Valley: The Musicâ€™s Not Dead zine. A big thankyou to those of you who made the first issue well worth it, we have something worth celebrating here. Also, my best wishes go out to those affected by the recent floods. If you can, please donate. Keep in touch.
BANDS OF OUR TOWN WITH The Honey Month
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS The best moments of 2010
TOP 10’s The albums, singles, gigs and films that rocked my year
THE TROUBADOUR’S LAST SONG The demise of Brisbane’s music venues
THE FLOOD CRISIS The music will survive
EVENT REVIEW: Girls, The Honey Month @ the Zoo
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THE HONEY MONTH WITH SO MUCH TALENT COMING OFF THE STREETS, WE’VE DECIDED TO DEDICATE A WHOLE SECTION TO THE NEW BANDS WHO ARE ROCKING THE SCENE.
BANDS of our TOWN W/ TOM KULIC` FROM THE HONEY MONTH www.myspace.com/thehoneymonth www.thehoneymonth.com
SINCE WINNING A SPOT IN LAST YEAR’S SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS LINE-UP, BRISBANE’S THE HONEY MONTH, HAVE GAINED QUITE A FOLLOWING. THE BOYS HAVE SINCE MOVED ON TO LAUNCH THEIR DEBUT EP, FOLIAGE, AND WON TRIPLE J’S UNEARTHED COMPETITION FOR PERTH’S ONE MOVEMENT FESTIVAL. CATCH THE HONEY MONTH AS THEY SUPPORT FELLOW BRISBANITES, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, AND LAUNCH THEIR SINGLE THE OWL AT WOODLAND BAR IN FEBRUARY. How did The Honey Month form? Liam and I have been playing in bands together since we were about 11. Over time, others have joined us and our influences have expanded. What is the story behind the name? We were named by Kirby (a former/ nomadic member) a few years ago when we decided to start a new band. I found out about a year later that ‘The Honey Month’ is an Augie March song, which is cool, because they are cool. We were lucky enough to play with Glenn Richards in Sydney at The Metro Theatre this year for his album launch! His album is rad. What has been your biggest challenge with starting a band in Brisbane? There weren’t many challenges in starting a band in Brisbane. There are heaps of great musicians everywhere. The early stages like getting shows and exposure can be hard at first, but once you know how to do things, and once you’ve networked enough its all pretty simple. We’re lucky in Brisbane.
Describe the types of instruments you play? Sometimes we get compared to Mumford and Sons… What fuels your “obsession for unconventional instruments”? I like having lots of different sounds to play with when structuring a song. For us, its not about trying to use ‘unusual’ instruments for the novelty of it, its about using the ones that compliment a song. What has been your most memorable live show? When we played at the Great Northern in Byron, David broke his double bass and fell over half way through our last song. I remember that pretty clearly. Apart from that, my most memorable show would be Splendour in the Grass.
SWEET, SWEET MUSIC As a music punter, what is your favourite bar/venue in the Valley? It WAS the Troubadour, now I’m undecided… What does the near future hold for The Honey Month and where can fans access your music? We are writing an album at the moment, which is really fun. There’s a whole stack of shows in 2011 lined up for us… some tours even. We have Facebook and all of the usual things, as well as a website. Any last words? I don’t think we sound like Mumford and Sons.
MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS
The moments that made 2010 great... Big Sound Bowery cocktails (always good) Powderfinger facing the truth The Zoo - for staying exactly the same
! W E N Releases: The Gin Club, Hungry Kids of Hungary, John Steel Singers, We All Want To, Rocketsmiths Bands: The Honey Month, Lunch Tapes, Inland Sea Venues: Woodland, Beetle Bar, The Old Museum Season of Mad Men 4ZZZ turning 35 The Old Museum becoming a venue Go-Between Bridge: The tribute to the Go-Betweens Splendour in the Grass at Woodfordia Tony Abbot did not become our Prime Minister
“SO RETARDED” ... and the moments that sucked! Family, Cloudland, The Met, Mustang are still standing Growing population of street shitheads The “make-overs” of Ric’s and Alibi Room The demise of the iconic Troubadour and Lofly Hanger The Queensland flood crisis Reindeer ears, Australian Flags, My Family stickers or any car decals. Jeggings Bum cheek pants Sex and the City 2 Openly racist groups on Facebook Justin Bieber
Bought to you by The Saints.
Arcade Fire The National Cloud Control Band of Horses Gareth Liddiard The Drums Yeasayer The Gin Club Beach House Grinderman
The Suburbs High Violet Bliss Release Infinite Arms Strange Tourist The Drums Odd Blood Deathwish Teen Dream Grinderman 2
Band of Horses The National The Jezabels Yeasayer The Drums Dan Kelly Grinderman Beach House
We Used To Wait There’s Nothing in the Water We Can’t Fight Laredo Bloodbuzz Ohio Easy to Love O.N.E Forever and Ever Amen Hold On, I’m Coming On Palaces of Montezuma Norway
Arcade Fire Cloud Control
The Gin Club Laneway Festival Gareth Liddiard Cloud Control Sunset Sounds
Dappled Cities The Mess Hall Dirty Three Sceneless Warehouse Parties
Highlights: Band of Horses, Grizzly Bear, LCD Soundsystem, Band of Skulls, The Drums @ theTroubadour Highlights: Florence + the Machine @ Old Museum AND @ Troubadour w/ Ben Salter @ the Zoo Highlights: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dappled Cities @ Hi Fi @ the Zoo @ the Tivoli Highlight: the Jezabels Alice in Wonderland Animal Kingdom The Blind Side Crazy Heart Elegance of the Hedgehog The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Harry Potter #7 Part 1 The King’s Speech (I know, it’s technically 2011) The Social Network Tomorrow When the War Began
Splendor in the Grass
THE TROUBADOUR’S LAST SONG THE RISE AND FALL OF BRISBANE VENUES As the Troubadour shut its doors for the very last time, a dispirited sigh could be heard rippling through the city, as music lovers tried to comprehend why? Why, in this year alone have the demise of two great venues left a large, but fillable hole in Brisbane’s music scene? Yes, fillable, for we have also seen the opening of a promising venue in Woodland. With the growing number of nightclubs taking over the streets of the Valley, the worry is whether the music venues in the area will continue to survive as the demand changes to suit the crowds. Brisbane has a great music community, but will their support be enough? Ric’s Bar and the Zoo are the last true
music venues in my eyes, and if they were to close all hell would surely break loose. Perhaps I just dislike change, but the Troubadour was truly a great venue. It had the perfect capacity between the Zoo and Ric’s, and had a great atmosphere for gigs. Talks of moving to another suburb has long been discussed, but I find it hard to imagine another like the Valley. Sure there is always West End, but behind the grunge and grime of the Valley lies something special I just can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s the accessibility and convenience of it being so close to the City, or that it welcomes all kinds of the weird and wonderful. There is a long history that binds Brisbane music to the Valley, let’s hope it isn’t lost to the bullshit of the nightclubs.
// THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
W O O D L A N D
I like what I have heard so far. Yet to check it out.Sounds like a nice escape from the Valley chaos. Bands so far: Six Ft Hick, Inland Sea, Bleeding Knees Club, Metronomy, Gentle Ben Coming up: I Heart Hiroshima Laneway Official after party www.woodlandbar.com Coniston Lane, Fortitude Valley
Okay, I know BB is technically outside of the Valley precinct; in fact in Roma Street, but it is fast gaining a reputation amongst music punters. Not sure about their taste in music, but it is a perfect size venue. Brisbane needs more this size.
B E E T L E
Capacity: 450 Look for their page on Facebook 350 Upper Roma Street
B A R
MUSIC FOR A CAUSE WITH THE CITY IN A STATE OF CRISIS, THE BRISBANE MUSIC SCENE IS PULLING TOGETHER TO DO WHAT THEY DO BEST; PLAY MUSIC FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
Floody Hell @ Beetle Bar JANUARY 26
Flood Bank: Brisbane Music Benefit Gig @ the Old Museum FEBRUARY 3
Celebrate Australia Day with Numbers Radio, Shrewms, Lords of Wong, + more. Tickets $10 and a $2 sausage sizzle. Sweet! Starts midday.
You have to experience the Old Museum as a music venue, plus 100% of proceeds go to Premier‘s Relief Fund! Violent Soho, Evil Eddie, Ball Park Music, Inland Sea, + more great acts.
Flood Relief Benefit: All You Need Is Beatles Tribute Night @ the Zoo FEBRUARY 5
Float On: Brisbane Music Benefit Gig @ Hi Fi FEBRUARY 6
Ten of the biggest Brisbane bands are sharing the stage, including Drawn From Bees. Tickets are $25 at the door, and 100% of proceeds go to the Premier‘s Relief Fund.
Featuring Custard, Regurgitator, Screamfeeder, Kate Miller-Heidke, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Gentle Ben & His Sensitive Side and Little Scout! 100% of proceeds go to Premier’s Relief Fund.
As the waters rose, many of the Valley venues were forced to close and cancel gigs for most of the week. Now with the clean up and recovery underway, venues, musicians, artists, skaters, dancers, and anyone with even a slight bit of talent, are pulling together to raise money. For more information on all benefit concerts and gigs, check out Friends with Benefits: the Arts Queensland’s Flood Relief Register on Facebook. Even if you cannot make these benefit gigs, you can help out by donating to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal on 1800 219 028 or online at, www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate
For more information and for the sources of the posters, see the individual Facebook events pages.
OTHER UPCOMING GIGS JANUARY 29
I Heart Hiroshima @ Woodland
Texas Tea @ Ric’s Bar
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Best Coast @ Woodland
The Honey Month @ Woodland
Martha Wainwright @ the Tivoli
Joanna Newsom @ the Tivoli
Best Coast @ Woodland
Gareth Liddiard @ the Zoo
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELLENI TOUMPAS WWW.LTMUSICPHOTOGRAPHY.COM Onstage, the Honey Month can seem a little out of place, looking comfortably dishevelled among their odd assembly of instruments; that is, until they start playing. Their sound has a perfect balance between the strong vocals of lead Tom Kulic, and the light backing of an accordion and many other distinctive instruments. It creates a rather pleasant sound, a mix of folk/indie/pop; the perfect support for the San Franciscan headliners. The night kicked off in typical Brisbane summer style, with a dense heat following punters into the Zoo. The Honey Month got things started slowly with Cold Light, one of softer tunes on their debut EP Foliage. They seemed to lack the infectious onstage energy from their Big Sound set at the Troubadour, but it didn’t deter from the music; plus the crowd didn’t seem to notice, or care. The pleased the crowd early with Foliage, a song with some serious drum lines that makes you want to grab some sticks and join them on stage. Almost.
Their set also included new single the Owl, Mother Mercy, and Paper Lips; these songs having the peculiar knack of being familiar to you, though you’ve only heard them once before. The Honey Month are definitely worth catching live, and I’m sure you will get many more chances to. Hopefully, the same can be said for Girls as they put on a killer set. Greeted warmly to the stage by the crowd and the weather alike, Girls showed that their 2009 release, Album, could be even better. The unpolished sound that makes the album so great comes across perfectly live, though some of their Californian-ness did get a little lost. Playing all the favourites; Lust for Life, Laura, Hellhole Ratrace, Summertime, and Big Bad Mean Motherfucker, Girls had the crowd knee bopping and swaying hypnotically in turn. Extra brownie points were rewarded for coming back on for an encore with Life in San Francisco, which was accompanied by the waft of weed and a group sing-a-long. A perfect ending.
GIRLS // THE HONEY MONTH @the Zoo DECEMBER 9 2010
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