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Well it is almost Easter. Wait … WTF! It was just Christmas, wasn’t it? This issue of Forte Magazine is jampacked with Easter action. We have long-time Forte faves Boy & Bear on the cover. Tex Miller caught up with the band as they were about to embark on a massive tour of Europe and America. They will be back in May for four massive regional dates, so be sure to grab your tix – they always sell quickly. We caught up with Justice Crew as they are coming to Geelong to perform a show at the Arena. Also in there we have Ash Grunwald, The Slow Death and Juan Alban! We also take a little look at how ‘Record Store Day’ plays an important role in the life of those selling vinyl in regional Victoria! There are all the other bits and bobs, and don’t forget Forte’s content is available in full online! Have a great Easter, and we will see you on the other side. Team Forte.



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The Highlights: Where not everybody has got a body like you. Coming up you have… MMMHanson If you’re like me, you can’t help but get caught up in Hanson’s ‘MMMBop’ when it comes on the radio. If you’re not, well, arguably that is a good thing. The lads have matured a great deal since releasing that little song back in 1997. Music, however, has remained part of them. The tour is on the back of their new album, Anthem. It is their ninth album, believe it or not. The Palais – August 9. .........................................................................

The Beautiful Bonjah Tomorrow, that would be April 18 foxy readers, sees the release of Beautiful Wild, the new release from the lovely Bonjah. Written across an eighteenmonth period and recorded across ten days in their adopted hometown of Melbourne with producer Jan Skubiszewski (Way of the Eagle, J.B.T, Cat Empire), the album is eleven tracks full of warm guitar tones and plenty of rock and roll swagger. .........................................................................

The Hungry Violent Soho Literature is what inspired Hungry Ghost, the new album from Violent Soho. In his book Culture Jam, Kalle Lasn writes: “We sit around on couches, buying what we think makes us who we are, like a hungry ghost.” The line not only helped with the title, but played a major influence in the penning of the album. In their tenth year as a band, Violent Soho continues to strive for new heights. The HiFi – July 5 (sold out) & July 6. .........................................................................

Feeling Even Dandier The Dandy Warhols: the love is great for this band. The band has already sold out three Melbourne shows in the blink of an eye; luckily, they have added another. The chances are by the time you read this all tickets would have been snapped up … and, they’re gone. Actually, that is just a guess. Good luck, as their Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia have been absolutely killing it. New show is at The Corner on September 2. .........................................................................

Flea’s Autobiography Following a deal with Grand Central Publishing, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea is set to begin work on his memoir. A press release published by Time said: “Flea shares stories from his intense and dynamic life,



including: his move from a ‘normal’ upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father,” as well as “his young, rebellious life on the streets of LA.” There is currently no release date. .........................................................................

Community Cup 2014 The sporting glory that is the Community Cup is heading our way again. Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM’s Megahertz and will once again do battle with the Rockdogs in support of Reclink, a charitable organisation whose mission is to provide sports and arts activities to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage. Elsternwick Park is the location; June 22 the date; and ‘Such a Perfect Day’ the theme.

Not Just Another Copy

Bryan Cranston’s Life of Lies

From Chile to Chicago, Peru to Siberia, Cut Copy has been leaving their music mark just about everywhere of late. What about Australia? Where is our piece of the action? Well, you only have to wait until next month. It has been a little while since the four-piece toured their homeland, but that is what happens when everyone wants a little piece. 170 Russell – May 9. The band’s latest is Free Your Mind.

From playing the goofy (arguably inept) but lovable Hal in Malcolm in the Middle, to Walter White in Breaking Bad, the acting life of Bryan Cranston would make for some interesting reading. So it is little surprise that the actor is set to write a memoir about his life that will “tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad”. Had to love his bit-work in Seinfeld, too.

Ground Zero for Chela

It’s All About Soul

Raised in Western Australia before moving to Melbourne around ten years ago with her family, electro-pop singer Chela has often been touted as one of the country’s hottest talents. She found a lot of love through triple j, and more recently showcased her talents at SXSW through IHEARTCOMIX, Aussie BBQ, The Green Room, Kitsuné and Vitalic Noise. Shebeen – April 25.

Soulfest, “Australia’s first ever neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop festival”, will welcome a host of amazing names this October. Performers include D’Angelo, Common (pictured), Aloe Blacc, Mos Def, Maxwell, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, Ngaiire, Musiq Soulchild, Leela James, Nathaniel, Ms Murphy, Miracle and DJ Trey. Authentic New Orleans soul food will also feature. Yarra Park, Melbourne – October 19.


Hilltop Hoods Dub Thee… Congratulations to I Am D, the recipient of the HTH Initiative. The HTH Initiative, in case you didn’t know, is a $10,000 grant funded by the Hilltop Hoods and APRA to help emerging Australian hip hop artists. Brisbane-based I Am D, who by day responds to Tom Daley, will use the money to record his first full-length album. He is the second Queenslander to take home the HTH Initiative. .........................................................................

Slim Jim Phantom Is there a cooler cat in the drumming world than Slim Jim Phantom. Born James McDonnell, Slim Jim Phantom is the drummer for Stray Cats. “To be honest, I think the drums chose me; I can’t remember ever wanting to do anything else,” he says. Slim is on his way to Australia for a string of shows in June. Joining him will be the wild and wonderful psychobilly band, Fireballs. Ding Dong Lounge – June 12. .........................................................................

Introducing Mr. Carmack Mr. Carmack, aka Aaron Carmack, is a Hawaiian-based producer known for blurring the distinction between hip hop and dance music. Along the way he has caught the attention of Pharrell and DJ Shadow, as well as featuring on L.A.-based record labels Soulection and Team Supreme. For those familiar with reddit, Carmack took part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) at the beginning of the year. Revolt Artspace – April 24.

Bare Bones of Dustin Tebbutt

Peace Out, David Letterman

Rolling Stones Still Rolling

He has been labelled as one to keep an eye on by triple j and now Sydneysider Dustin Tebbutt will show why with a handful of shows in support of his new single, ‘Bones’. Tebbutt: “I’m really looking forward to these shows, they’ll be the first headline dates with the band, and it will be great to finally share the songs in these intimate venues. The rooms should be big enough to fit you all in, but small enough for everyone to still feel connected, which is perfect.” NSC – May 16.

As you probably know, the one and only David Letterman will hang up the microphone next year following three decades in latenight television. The announcement was actually made through a tweet by former R.E.M. bassist Mike Ellis. To date, Letterman has filmed almost 6000 episodes of his show. His late-night show has also received a whopping 108 Emmy nominations. Have a little fun on YouTube.

Rolling Stones have taken to their official website to give their fans a little message that will hopefully make them sleep a little easier. They wrote: The rescheduled Australia / New Zealand tour will take place between 25 October to 22 November 2014. The Rolling Stones wish to thank their fans in Australia and New Zealand for their patience and understanding at this time.” Keep an eye out for specifics.

Key & Peele: Boys in Blue

Star Wars is Just a Game

The Goonies Sequel Still On

So, you know how there has been talk of a Police Academy reboot for a few years now? Well, there has. The latest news is that Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are in talks, if The Wrap is to be believed. Some readers may be familiar with their sketch TV show Key & Peele, which was renewed for a fourth season last year. According to The Wrap, the pair is in talks with New Line Cinema about the possibility of producing the film.

Uncharted series writer and director Amy Hennig has joined Dead Space studio Visceral Games as the creative director for their new Star Wars game. Hennig spent a decade at Uncharted developer Naughty Dog where she directed all three games for the PS3, as well as the upcoming PS4 game. Not a great deal is known about the game at this stage. But, it’s Star Wars – you can’t go wrong. Oh wait...

News of a sequel to Goonies will either have you doing the truffle shuffle or wanting to punch the person next to you. Whispers of a sequel have been around for a little while now, but while signing autographs, director Richard Donner told trash news website TMZ: “If you call Goonies a comic book. We’re doing a sequel.” Donner made the remark following a question about whether he was attached to any comic book sequels.




If Books Could Talk

The White Album Returns

Louie Returns

In just because news, it recently came to light – well, at least to the greater populous – that three books within the walls of the Harvard University Libraries are bound in human skin. The report was first published in 2006 but has since become known on a larger scale. One such book is a Spanish law book made from a man who was “flayed alive” way back in 1632. The practice is called Anthropodermic bibliopegy. Look it up.

In 2011, the highly lovable foursome of Chris Cheney, Phil Jamieson, Tim Rogers and Josh Pike saluted the Beatles’ White Album through a series of soldout shows. Well, they’re set for another run in 2014. Backed by a 17-piece rock orchestra including guitars, strings, horn and two drummers, the guys will take in the Beatle’s ninth studio album. Hamer Hall – July 15 & July 16. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Following a 19-month hiatus, the fourth season of Louie returns to US network FX on May 5. Given Australia’s growing trend to screen shows within hours of their US screening, this will come as very welcome news to fans. Written, directed, edited, produced and starring Louis C.K., the show became a runaway hit with critics and audiences alike. Three new trailers have been released by FX. Check them out.





20 Something’s for Kate It’s a good time to be a fan of Something for Kate. In this, their 20th anniversary, the trio of Paul Dempsey, Clint Hyndman and Stephanie Ashworth have plenty to pass around in celebration, including their entire back catalogue reissued on vinyl, deluxe CD and iTunes; the screening of a short film tracing their 20 year evolution; and the release of the book Paper Trail, a visual history of the band’s career. The Forum – July 18.

Once More for Mastodon Atlanta, Georgia heavy-hitters Mastodon have released details of their new album. Titled Once More Around the Sun, the album was recorded in Tennessee with Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Alice in Chains). Frontman Troy Sanders spoke with Paste, telling them that the album is “pure, authentic Mastodon”. Even better, a bunch of extra material cut from the album will make up an EP release. There was no release date at time of writing. .........................................................................

Kurt Cobain Musical So, apparently there is going to be a Kurt Cobain musical. I just don’t know what to write here. But it hurts. It really, really hurts.

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Thursday April 17th BEAVS BAR: Dave Anderson Live and Karaoke BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): Live and Local, $13 Pizza night EUREKA: Thirsty Thursday with Mike Metro, Simon One, Shorty J, Max McKay, TVB, Toppa, Dawson, Pinky, Aybakez, Paul-E ELEPHANT & CASTLE: $20 Asahi Safood & Chips Night KAROVA LOUNGE (Ballarat): Yacht Club DJs, Godwolf, Savannah Riot THE MAX HOTEL: Parmi All Day All Night $14, InnQUIZitive Trivia from 7.30pm till 10.30pm, amazing prizes, call to book your team’s spot THE SPHINX HOTEL: Schnitzel Night from $13 GPAC: MM- ‘That Old Black Magic’: The Songs of Johnny Mercer PISTOL PETE’S: Wayne Jury from 8pm EDGE: Live Music and DJs THE LOFT (WARNAMBOOL): Salsa and Latin Street Dance Classes MARTIANS CAFE: $20 Internation Night includin drink

EDGE GEELONG: Live music and DJ ELEPHANT & CASTLE: Mad Cow (Ballarat) from 9-30pm KAROVA lOUNGE (BALLARAT): The Kremlings, Rick Moranis Overdrive, Sewerside THE GROVEDALE HOTEL: Dear Ivy from 7pm OLD HEPBURN HOTEL: Cam Kettle HOME HOUSE: Upstairs: Rave Radio (QLD), Harry Mullins (Noizy Neighbours). Downstairs: The Best RnB & Hip Hop with DJ Reque WHISPERS: Coming up: DJ’s including Aston shuffle, Andy Murohy, Ruby Rose, John Dahlback, Slice n Dice, Jam Xpress, New World Sound, Jack n Jill, Mic Newman, Apocalypto, John Course, Zoolanda, Jebu, Jane Daffy, Butters, Generik, Tigerlily, Hey Sam, Katt Niall, Fake Forward, Katie Valentine, Mike Metro, Valdalism, Benson, Courtney Mills PISTOL PETES: Sugar Blues Kay Gibbons from 8:30pm THE NEWMARKET (Bendigo): Live Bands THE LOFT (Warrnambool): Calling all Cars BARWON HEADS HOTEL: One of them Nights Feat. Apax

TORQUAY HOTEL: The Kite Machine with The Stackshots


THE LOFT (WARNAMBOOL): Caravana Sun LAMBYS BAR AND RESTAURANT: Test Pilot Molly ROSALIND PARK (BENDIGO): Calling all Cars with The Love Junies and Sinking Teeth

Friday April 18th CITY QUARTER BAR: Friday Unwind with live music then DJ ELEPHANT AND CASTLE: Thank Guinness It’s Friday HOME HOUSE: Homehouse Fridays Party with DJs, Steve Camp, Simon One, Keith Evans, Marcel & more TORQUAY HOTEL: Kid mac with Billy Fox BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): Locals Night, Spinning Vinyl from 4pm BEAVS BAR: Hayden Scott Live EDGE GEELONG: Live Music and DJ OLD HEPBURN HOTEL: The Cartwheels 7pm BLACK HATT: Live Bands: Public Nuisance, Acoustic Avenue, Off The Hook, Audemia. Solo Performers: Heath Stenton, Cameron Henderson, Sue Kirby, Loretta Dawes, John Paul Not So Young, Neil Drinkwater, Matt (Comedian) plus more. THE GROVEDALE HOTEL: Good Faces For Radio BARWON HEADS HOTEL: King of the North and Supports THE LORD NELSON: Happy Hour 5pm-7pm

Saturday April 19th RECORD STORE DAY AUSTRALIA!!!!: Saturday 19 April 2014. Celebrate your local record store! One day, all around Australia, record stores offer deals, specials, live music and more. CITY QUARTER BAR: Live Music and DJ LAMBY’S BAR & RESTAURANT: Live band Stellar and DJs


BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): Retro Vinyl and live music from Noon, DJ from 8pm

HOMEHOUSE: Upstairs: Katie Valentine, Samual James

BARWON HEADS HOTEL: Trivia Night from 7pm


BEAVS BAR: Steve Pianto Live

THE MAX: Trojan TORQUAY HOTEL: Caravana Sun with Cory Hargreaves Early

Sunday April 20th CITY QUARTER: Perfect Sunday Sesh Live music and DJ from 4pm BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): SUNDAY SESH: Steak $21 and Parmi $16 BEAVS BAR: 2-Tone HOMEHOUSE: Upstairs: MGMC (Single Launch), JDG. Downstairs: Best RnB & Hip Hop with Georgia Sinclair (TV personality) EDGE GEELONG: Live Music and DJ BARWON CLUB: Front bar live entertainment. ODYSSEY TAVERN AND BREWERY: Andy Ellis, Cal Young, Ben Dew, Guy Perkins, Sam Fletcher, Jessey Jackson EUREKA: New World Sound and Jam Express, Max Mckay, Isaac Fryar, TVB, Simon One, Shorty J and more THE LOFT (WARNAMBOOL): Cider Sundays with live music in the afternoon ELEPHANT & CASTLE: Live Jazz Moonee Valley Hot 5 jazz bandand Parmi Night GEELONG RSL: Live Jazz and $13 Carvery Lunch LAMBY’S BAR & RESTAURANT: Live Snack Attack and DJs THE MAX: Wooshka OLD HEPBURN HOTEL: Lloyd Spiegel TORQUAY HOTEL: Calling All Cars BARWON HEADS HOTEL: Absolutely 80’s Show Feat. Brian Mannix, Dale Ryder & Scott Carne ELEPHANT AND CASTLE: Shandelle Cooke Jazz Quartet

Monday April 21st BARWON CLUB HOTEL: Gloryhammer (UK), Lagerstein, Bane of Winterstorm, Stromtide ELEPHANT & CASTLE: $20 Steak & Drink night

TLY CALENDAR & GIG GUIDE Tuesday April 22nd ELEPHANT & CASTLE: $20 Steak & Drink night

ANGLESEA GOLF CLUB: Jack Howard and the Ambassadors of Love BARWON HEADS HOTEL: Trivia Night from 7pm

GEELONG RSL: Steak Night $13 BLACK HATT: Bachata Dance Classes PISTOL PETE’S: Blues Jam Sessions from 7:30pm

Wednesday April 23RD BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): Spinning Cool Vinyl and Mexican Night from 4pm GEELONG RSL: Pot and Parmi Night $13 BLACK HATT: Cuban Salsa Dance Classes ELEPHANT AND CASTLE: Trivia Night from 8pm. Have fun win prizes book a table BEAVS BAR: Karaoke open mic with Dave Anderson PISTOL PETE’S: Legends - Howlin Wolf KAROVE LOUNGE (BALLARAT): Calling All Cars, The Love Junkies, The Sinking Teeth THE BARWON HEADS HOTEL: Master of Dartness and Poker from 7pm GOLD DIGGERS ARMS: Spinning Wheel and a lot of Parmi’s from $14.50

Thursday April 24th THE BARWON CLUB: The Slow Death (USA), Laura Palmer, Japan For EUREKA: The Ultimate Suprise Party with Ashton Shuffle BIRD ROCK CAFÉ: (Jan Juc): Live and Local, $13 Pizza night THE MAX HOTEL: Parmi All Day All Night $14, InnQUIZitive Trivia from 7.30pm till 10.30pm, amazing prizes, call to book your team’s spot ELEPHANT & CASTLE: $20 Asahi Seafood & Chips Night KAROVA LOUNGE (BALLARAT): Hot Dub Time Machine

LORD NELSON HOTEL: Parmi & Pot for $15 on presentation of student I.D

Friday April 25th

THE LOFT (WARNAMBOOL): The Ramshackle Army with guests The Morrisons and side act Analogue Menace

THE BARWON CLUB: Cosmic Psychos, Clowns, Mesa Closa

WHISPERS: DJ’S Ahton Shuffle, Andy Murphy, Ruby Rose, John Dahlback, Slice n Dice, Jam Xpress, New World Sound, Jack N Jill, Mic Newman, Apocalypto, John Course, Zoolandas, Jebu,Jane Daffy, Butters, Generik, Tigerlily, Hey Sam, Katt Naill, Fake Forward, Katie Vanentine, Mike Metro, Vandalism, Benson, Courtney Mills

CITY QUARTER BAR: Friday Unwind from 5pm. Live with live entertainment and DJ BEAVS BAR: 2-Tone Live HOME HOUSE: Upstairs: Scotty Lee (Billboard), DJ Madleine (Tramp) VS. Rimmy (Cloud Nine) BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): Locals Nightm Spinning Vinyl from 4pm ELEPHANT AND CASTLE: Thank Guinness It’s Friday LAMBY’S BAR & RESTAURANT: Live Tackleberry and DJs EDGE GEELONG: Live Music and DJ PISTOL PETES: Wayne Jury & Rory Millar THE LORD NELSON: Happy Hour 5pm-7pm BARWON HEADS HOTEL: Ash Grunwald THE BRIDGE HOTEL (CASTLEMAINE): The Ramshackle Army with guests The Morrisons and side act Golden Gate Jumpers THE BABUSHKA CAFE AND LOUNGE (Ballarat): Lloyd Spiegel

Saturday April 26th

THE BABUSHKA CAFE AND LOUNGE (Ballarat): Owen Campbell with Band

Sunday April 27th

LAMBY’S BAR & RESTAURANT: Live band with Adam 12, DJ Yas, DJ Fabian

Wednesday April 30th GEELONG RSL: Pot and Parmi Night $13 KAROVA LOUNGE (Ballarat): Bitter Sweet Kicks, Hits

BLACK HATT: Cuban Salsa Dance Classes

THE SPHINX: Crooners Around the World with Dave Allen & Ronnie Soul THE LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE (WARNAMBOOL): Apia Good Times Tour Rocks On


BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): Spinning Vinyl and Mexican Night from 4pm

THE SPHINX HOTEL: Carvery from $17

GOLD DIGGERS ARMS: Spinning Wheel and a lot of Parmi’s from $14.50

EDGE GEELONG: Live Music and DJ

THE BARWON CLUB: Bittersweet Kicks, Hits, The Dukes of Deliciousness

GEELONG RSL: Live Jazz and $13 Carvery Lunch

LAMBY’S BAR & RESTAURANT: Live Stellar and DJs

THE LOFT (WARNAMBOOL): Cider Sundays with live music in the afternoon

THE NEWMARKET (Bendigo): Live Bands


HOME HOUSE: Upstairs, Johnny Canik (Cloud Nine), Kalus (Noizy Neighbours). Downstairs:

PISTOL PETE’S: Blues Jam Sessions from 7:30pm

GEELONG RSL: Maryborough Trad Jazz Ensemble

ELEPHANT & CASTLE: Live Jazz and Parmi Night

BEAVS BAR: Steve Pianto

BLACK HATT: Bachata Dance Classes

THE BARWON HEADS HOTEL: Master of Dartness and Poker from 7pm

CITY QUARTER: Live entertainment

EDGE: Live Music and DJ

ELEPHANT & CASTLE: $20 Steak & Drink night

THE BARWON CLUB: Regressor, Wonders, Bombs Over Brunswick. Front bar live entertainment.

OLD HEPBURN HOTEL: Pugsley Buzzard

BEAVS BAR: Owen Campbell Live in Band Room. Andy Forster in main bar

GEELONG RSL: Steak Night $13

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE: Trivia Night from 8pm. Have fun win prizes book a table

THE MAX: Entourage

ELEPHANT & CASTLE: Live band 9.00 to midnight

Tuesday April 29th

BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): SUNDAY SESH: Spining Vinyl from Noon, DJ RJ from 5pm CITY QUARTER: Perfect Sunday Sesh Live music and DJ from 4pm


MARTIANS CAFE: $20 Internation Night includin drink

THE SPHINX HOTEL: Meals for $11


GPAC: Amadeus

BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): Retro Vinyl and live music from Noon, DJ from 8pm


BARWON CLUB: $10 Parmis

KAROVA LOUNGE (BALLARAT): Cosmic Psychos, Sun Gold Replica, Swhat, Rick Moranis Overdrive PISTOL PETES: Red Whyte

THE LOFT (WARNAMBOOL): Salsa and Latin Street Dance Classes

EDGE GEELONG: Live Music and DJ

Best RnB & Hip Hop with DJ Kay Z

ODYSSEY TAVERN AND BREWERY: Sam Fletcher, Nick Deman, Jimmy Graham, Imy and Sam

Monday April 28th ELEPHANT & CASTLE: $20 Steak & Drink night

Thursday May 1st BIRD ROCK CAFE (Jan Juc): Live and Local, $13 Pizza night EUREKA: Thirsty Thursday with residents DJsSimon One, Shorty J, Max McKay, TVB, Pinky, Aybakez, Paul-E, Vickers THE MAX HOTEL: Parmi All Day All Night $14, InnQUIZitive Trivia from 7.30pm till 10.30pm, amazing prizes, call to book your team’s spot ELEPHANT & CASTLE: $20 Asahi Seafood & Chips Night BEAVS BAR: Karaoke open mic with Luke Biscan BARWON HEADS HOTEL: Trivia Night from 7pm





Boy & Bear written by Tex Miller

Since being unearthed by triple j in 2010, they have gone on to become one of the biggest names all over the world. Infamous for their blissful five-part vocal harmonies and their relaxed acoustic vibes, Boy & Bear have over the years woven their music into the hearts of Australia. On the back of the release of their sophomore album, Harlequin Dream (2013), they are touring around the country and stopping off in several regional centres along the way. Although he’s been in the band for a good 18 months, bass player Dave Symes is still the new kid on the block, as I found out.

winning Moonfire (2011). “We did alright with the countdown, didn’t we? It’s a great day listening to the countdown and so much great music came out last year; it’s great to be featured amongst it all. triple j have had great support for us once again with this album, which has been just wonderful.”

A couple of days out before the band set off for Europe and America, I got the chance to catch up with Symesy to find out a little about life on the road. With three entries in the Hottest 100 Countdown in January, Symes feels that it is a great accomplishment and reward for all of the hard work put into creating the follow-up to the ARIA award-

One of the most renowned spots on their American leg of their tour was a stop at the infamous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. There have been several opportunities since Symes joined the band that are real bucket list moments, but being able to play at one of the biggest music conferences in the world is high on the list. “The original plan for this tour was

If you have been following Boy & Bear’s Facebook page you will be well aware that they recently toured throughout Europe and America in the lead up to this Australian tour, and speaking a couple of days before flying to London, the band were finally able to relax after some passport and immigration issues with the American embassy. “For one reason or another, a couple of our passports got hold up and we just got them back this morning, which was the last day we could get them before we fly out on Sunday, which is really lucky. To be able to fly across the world and play gigs and have people rock up is really lovely, and we are really lucky to be doing what we are doing,” Symes said about the tour.

to play some shows in North America and Canada but we got the opportunity just before Christmas to head along to Austin, so hopefully we get to see some of the great music that is on offer there.” In mid-2012, Jake Tarasenko left the band to pursue other interests, and that’s when Symes stepped up to the plate to fill the role. As you would expect, having to fill the role of an original member in a band would be a daunting task; however, the reality is the direct opposite. “The new kid on the block terminology still gets used from time to time, but this partnership just really seemed to gel from the first moment we played through the songs. I did a few gigs with the boys and we took it from there and it felt like a right match. It’s been really nice to jump on board with it and make a record and start touring and all that stuff.” It may seem that Dave Symes has joined Boy & Bear and been thrust into the limelight, yet he has been kicking around the music scene for many years and has played with the likes of Sarah Blasko and Missy Higgins, to name but just a couple. “I have been working very hard on my music for many years and to be back in a band with the boys is great. You never really know what is going to happen when you release a new song or album. All of the success that has followed the band since the start has been great, but we don’t play for the awards and the accolades. To be doing something that you love and to have everyone enjoy the music and come out to shows is a dream come true, I believe.” On Moonfire, their award-winning debut, Boy & Bear were lucky enough to work with Wayne Connolly and headed over to Nashville to record. This time around, the boys opted to record in Sydney, which had several benefits to the creative process, as Symes relates. “This time around we

made a conscious decision to work at home and I think that has really paid off for us. We were able to take our time a bit more instead of smashing it out in one block. It definitely had a healthier vibe to the record, but we will just see how it changes into the future. Each album is a learning curve and you therefore approach it in a different way.” With massive touring schedules for the next six months or so, Symes emphasises the importance of keeping fit on tour. One such example is when Boy & Bear took on Matt Corby and Ball Park Music in one massive game of backyard cricket in the backstage of Southbound Festival in Western Australia over New Year’s. “Matt Corby and Ball Park are all pretty handy with the willow, and I think I am more so the water boy or 12 th man of the team. That said though, we played yesterday and I was pretty handy with just a lemon and a bit of fence post, so there is hope for me yet!” Although a little daunting looking at the upcoming tour schedule, Symes and the band are excited about heading out around the country once again and relates that you can expect to hear all your favourites: “It’s still early in the campaign and we have only done one tour, so we are excited to be heading out on the road. We have a great team around us and will be playing tunes from our whole back catalogue. See you out there!”

When&Where: Black Swan Hotel, Bendigo – May 8; Regent Cinema, Ballarat – May 9; Deakin’s Costa Hall, Geelong – May 10; and Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – May 11

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Story of the year written by Natalie Rogers

These days few albums stand the test of time, particularity those pigeonholed as mainstream punk/ hardcore. Then along comes PAGE AVENUE: 10 Years and Counting, the “re-imagining” of SOTY’s 2003 breakthrough release, and suddenly anything is possible. The amalgamation of acoustic guitars, pianos, clever drums, creative arrangements and programming brings new life to these already firstrate tracks and showcases the musicianship of the five-piece beautifully. Since embarking on the PAGE AVENUE WORLD TOUR late last year they’ve played countless shows across the globe, and finally it’s our turn. I sat down with Philip Sneed, the band’s passionate rhythm guitarist, and together we took a trip down memory lane. “Getting together just listening to all those songs again was incredible. Suddenly I was that twenty-year-old kid living out in California with my friends recording with John Feldmann [Goldfinger frontman and superlative producer] in his tiny little bedroom. John and I were talking a couple of days ago about how fun it was. We were so poor and worked so hard. We hadn’t had any success but we didn’t really know what failure was. We didn’t have any expectations and were just so happy to be doing what we were doing. Playing these shows, we’ve been able to experience memories at the same time as the crowd does; seeing people’s faces light up is the best feeling. We’ve been trying to make the Oz trip happen for a year and a half now. Australia is not only one of our favourite places to go, you have probably the most loyal fan base in the entire

RELEASE: PAGE AVENUE: 10 Years and Counting is out now. When&Where: 170 Russell, Melbourne – June 29

world. You’ve really stuck by us, and in this day and age, especially in the US, that’s almost unheard of. We’re very fortunate and the ‘Page Avenue’ anniversary tour is going to be our best yet.”

Saved!) the Music Industry?’. It’s pretty exciting. From the stuff that I’ve already seen it’s going to make waves and definitely be an intriguing topic for music fans all over the place. They’ll be wrapping it up soon hopefully.

SOTY are no amateurs when it comes to hitting the road – each of the guys play in other bands and have interesting side projects. “Man, we’re busy, busy, busy!” Philip laughed. “Let me give you the run-down. Dan, our singer, is knee-deep in making a record for his punk band. Ryan, our other guitar player, and Adam, our bass player, are making a documentary film called ‘Who Killed (Or

“Ryan and I also have another band, Greek Fire, and we’re wrapping up a two-part concept record at the moment that we’ll be releasing this year. Plus, I work on a morning radio show here in the US and I also am touring with Goldfinger next month! So by the time I get to you guys we’ll have done a bunch of touring and we’ll be well rehearsed. “The audiences are always so energetic and happy to

see us. No band is able to ignore that and as cliché as it sounds when we feel the love, we want to give it back. The better the crowd is, the better the band is; and Australia never let us down, so hopefully we never let you down. It’s going to be fun and we’ll make it worth it!” Our chat ended with Philip hinting there will be an entirely new SOTY album in the near future. “Yes, we’ve been talking leisurely about it. There’s been music passed back and forth, but we don’t want to release something just for the sake of it. We want to make the record of our lives; we don’t want our best days to be behind us.

justice crew written by Daniel Waight

Australia’s Got Talent sensation Justice Crew is coming to Geelong as part of their national #HYPETOUR. The dance troupe’s recent successes include their platinum singles ‘Boom Boom’, ‘Best Night’ and ‘Everybody’, two previous nationwide tours, and representing Australia at the ABU TV Song Festival in Vietnam last year. Founding member Len Pearce says their music is intended to make people feel good about themselves. “I would describe it to be upbeat, hype … just music that makes you feel good and makes you want to dance,” he says. “Our music means feeling happy, letting loose and just having a good time. I think our main goal in onstage performing is to try and get people smiling and happy and forgetting all their problems.” The members of Justice Crew were initially part of two separate dance troupes that competed against each other at a national dance competition. After that, they merged together to form one ‘supergroup’ and entered Australia’s Got Talent in 2010, which they won. Len was as surprised as anyone at the result. “It was pretty unreal. We just entered the show because we weren’t doing anything and we just thought why not? And then we started doing really well and we got standing ovations every time and we were all like, ‘what the heck?’ It was just so surreal.” Since their Australia’s Got Talent victory the opportunities have come pouring in. They have recorded and released nine singles, with another on the way in a few weeks, and are preparing to work on an album this year. They have toured nationally twice, with #HYPETOUR being their third. More recently, they’ve been signed to American rap

When&Where: Geelong Arena – April 19 artist Pitbull’s record label to release ‘Boom Boom’ in the United States. Len says he could never have imagined Justice Crew would get this far. “We didn’t really exist past that [Australia’s Got Talent],” he says. “We thought we’d win the show and then we weren’t sure. We were kind of blind leading ourselves into the future. We didn’t know what was coming and then these opportunities came up, like being signed to Pitbull’s label in America, releasing songs and collaborating with all these other artists. I had no idea that all this would happen. It’s crazy. We don’t know what to expect now as well. There

could be bigger doors opening.”

how we’ve evolved in the last four years.”

For the moment, though, they’re throwing everything into the #HYPETOUR, which consists of 18 shows across five states. Len says the boys are really looking forward to the experience.

He also says they’re looking forward to the show at the Geelong Arena on April 19. “It’ll be really cool. We’re so excited to see the fans out there and show them an awesome, fun night, which they’ll probably never forget. And we’re touring with Jai Waetford, so he’ll be there, and we’ll be doing some collab moments and other fun stuff. It should be a really good night.”

“I’m very excited and the boys are very excited because we have this awesome new show where we have a DJ and we interact with the crowd, and the lighting and the videos. It should be really cool. We can’t wait to show everyone around Australia what we’ve turned into and

The #HYPETOUR began in Broadbeach on April 4 and finishes in Perth on April 27.

Ash Grunwald written by zach broadhurst

Ash Grunwald has been a busy man: two albums in the past two and a half years, recording and touring with two thirds of The Living End, and playing gigs in Canada, around Australia and soon in the USA – a very hectic schedule for a man who considers himself “lazy”. “I’ve got a funny personality because I kind of regard myself as lazy, but I’m pretty hard working at the same time when I’m passionate about something. I just feel lucky to be playing music,” explains Grunwald. Usually synonymous with playing solo shows, Grunwald has spent the past year playing with one of the best rhythm sections in Australia. Scott Owen and Andy Strachan of The Living End joined Grunwald for his 2013 release Gargantua, and were the perfect men to match his passion and intensity on stage. “It was sick; they are just such great players and it was really good for my playing as well,” says Grunwald. “Sometimes in the past going from solo to bands, and this is very ironic to say, but it almost felt like sometimes it didn’t have the same energy of that ramp up. When you’re playing solo you can really ramp up at your own pace and read the crowd and it can be quiet exciting, but then sometimes in a band setup it’s a bit more regimented and a bit more clunking along playing the songs and it’s not as exciting. But those guys just take it to a new level, so it never felt like that at all; it always just felt like we were creating extra excitement the whole time.” For now, however, Grunwald is back on the road unaccompanied and is bringing back a more “old



When&Where: Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads – April 25 school” sound then the last time he played solo. “I don’t ever want to get stuck in any kind of rut and that’s the thing that has made going back to the solo format so much more exciting for me,” says Grunwald. “Last time I played solo was on the Trouble’s Door tour and I was messing with beats and it had a little bit of that fusion of blues and hip hop in a way. But now I’m going back to my old school sound where it is all organic, so in a sense it’s stripped back and probably a little louder.

Grunwald’s next challenge was one he decided on during a recent tour of Canada, but at this point in his career wasting too much time in America isn’t an option if things don’t work out. “I was touring Canada this year and was thinking, ‘man it’s just over the border and there is so much bluesy stuff over there and there is nothing quite like what I’m doing, maybe I should give it an honest go’,” explains Grunwald. “I won’t put a decade into it banging my head against a wall. I’ll see how it goes,

and if it’s happening I’ll keep going.” Luckily for his Victorian fans, Grunwald will make a few appearances in his state of origin before jumping on a plane to take on the USA. “I can’t wait; it will be really good to get back to Victoria,” says Grunwald. “I’ve been out of Victoria for a good four years, so it will be good to get back and get some waves and catch up with friends and play some good gigs.”



Keepin' it Regional!


Juan Alban





Talk of the Town: Where the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain. Coming up you have…

Here’s to Drunk Mums While we would never condone drunken behaviour here at Forte – unless it’s really funny or really embarrassing – we can get behind Drunk Mums. The music of Drunk Mums, that is. Drunk Mums is a Melbourne via Cairns band of rock ‘n’ roll yobos. Comparisons can be a tricky (and arguably annoying) business at times. However, it can make life a little easier for those wanting an insight. Musically, one could perhaps liken them to the earlier sounds of The Hives, though they remain their own band. Their garage rock and “D.U.I” development has already caused havoc at venues including the Cherry Bar; now they’re set to spread their drunken ways across Australia. Their new single is ‘Plastic’. The Barwon Club, Geelong – May 10 & The Karova, Ballarat – May 24. .........................................................................

Take a Holiday with Juan Alban

can feel the history of the Blues in the South. It gives a meaning to the words and music of those great artists we attempt to emulate, and who inspire us. We are now a much better band and musicians as a result.” Martians Café, Deans Marsh – April 26.



The Reality of Sydonia

Get on the Blues Train

Earlier this year saw the release of Reality Kicks, the second full-length album from Sydonia. Here you have a band who has toured with Korn, Dead Letter Circus and Mammal, among others. Here you have a band who was personally invited by Randy Blythe to tour Australia with Lamb of God. Here you have a band whose praises have been sung by the aforementioned Blythe, as well as Slipknot’s Jim Root. Simply put, Sydonia is a band that commands respect. Since 1998 they have put out eleven releases including singles, EPs and a DVD. They may have made fans wait a little while for their second full-player, but good things can take time. Kill Your Stereo: “While incorporating so many sounds into one record can often be a recipe for disaster as bands try too hard to reach every audience possible, this is not the case with Sydonia, as their newest album, Reality Kicks, manages to execute all these different elements of genres coherently.” You can check out a clip for the title track online. Music Man Megastore, Bendigo – June 6. Guests include Zelorage, I Am Duckeye and Ergasia.

Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Motor City Music Festival, the Blues Train is chugging along as strong as ever. Just in case you have been busy the last 20 years, the Blues Train consists of a meal at the Queenscliff Railway Station, followed by a journey on a moving steam train. There are four different themed carriages – a solo act, a duo, a trio and a full band – each offering an intimate concert for 50 people. Now, this is a very popular event – their final April run and their May dates have sold out; however, seats are currently available for their August and September runs. Don’t let that make you think you have plenty of time as they won’t stick around long. Artists coming up include Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Spoonful and Wayne Jury. Hit for bookings.

How Bitter Sweet Kicks It Is St Kilda is the suburb Melbourne’s punk scene was borne on. Although many will say it is a shadow of its former self, its legend still inspires many a bedroom muso. Some years ago, a bunch of musos came together via various teenage punk bands. That band was Bitter Sweet Kicks, and they wear the St Kilda badge with honour. They performed their first gig at the iconic Espy and set about the seemingly thankless task of slogging their guts out to win fans. One such fan they encountered just happened to be Spencer P. Jones, whose musical credits could fill a page. Bitter Sweet Kicks support HITS on their Hikikomori tour (taken from their Rob Younger-produced album of the same name) at The Bridge, Castlemaine – April 24. The gloriousness of musical chaos will rule this night. .........................................................................

Clowning Around with Mesa Cosa “Imagine if The Birthday Party and the Dead Kennedys had a baby together. Mesa Cosa, specialising in highly impactful and in your face garage rock, featuring guitar torture and screaming vocals of the highest order, would be the result. This is a party band to be reckoned with.” Go on, imagine it. That’s how Tone Deaf feels about the pure punk mayhem of Mesa Cosa. How punk are they? Well, they’re a band from Melbourne that wrote a song called ‘Sydney’. How about them Clowns, though? Also from Melbourne, they’re a hardcore punk rock and roll four-piece with an ‘anything goes’ attitude. Things have been known to get a little wild at their shows, and they wouldn’t want it any other way. The Karova, Ballarat – May 9. * Note: they also join Cosmic Psychos at Geelong’s Barwon Club on April 25. .........................................................................

Dream On, Dreamboogie There is a famous poem by the late Langston Hughes (1902–1967) called ‘Dream Boogie’. One of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry, Hughes’ ‘Dream Boogie’ is taken from his book Montage of a Dream Deferred. That is your history lesson for the day. Now we turn our focus to today. Hailing from Melbourne, Dreamboogie is a modern blues band named after the famous poem. Formed in 2010, the band has represented the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Vocalist Rebecca Davey: “You


“Sik, I just mute the sound” - anonymous internet troll #1. “You guys suck, just stop” – hater. “It’s a bit aggressive, Peter” - Pete’s Mum. The Morrisons stand for originality, the way they used to do it. And with the above words of support and encouragement spurring them forward for the last three years they’ve nurtured their punk rock sound into the bastard child of Jello Biafra and Keith Richards. Sharp riffs, rasping vocals, catchy choruses and punk dance floor anthems- The Morrisons are a band that’ll get you going. They’re bringing their infamous road show to: The Bridge Hotel in Catlemaine on the 25th of April & The Loft in Warrnambool on the 26th of April with siblings The Ramshackle Army.

We all have the ability to be judgemental creatures. We see someone and believe we have them figured out. In ‘Universe’, a single lifted from Juan Alban’s Dr Pelican on Holiday!, the seemingly gentle and compliant songman explores a darker side. “I will cut throats, I will break necks; I will rain down like terrible vengeance on the powerless. Throats all cut and necks all broke; I will beat a ragged tattoo with their bones. I will shoot lasers from my eyes; Throw down lightning from the sky; Kick my teeth in, count me out; the universe keeps pushing me around.” The single, the latest off the album, is about the violent thoughts Juan has when things aren’t going his way. Sung with sweet vocals, it’s hard not to tap your feet along to the song despite its lyrics. As for the album, the moment of inspiration for the title came after Alban received a Kris Kringle card from a work colleague. On the card was a stock photo of a pelican with the words ‘Dr Pelican on Holiday’ drawn near its beak. “There was something about that pelican. I looked into its eyes and I understood that pelican … and that pelican understood me,” he says. The Karova, Ballarat – May 3.



No aplogies from The Morrisons with their road show


Hey HOY, Let’s Go In late 2010, Felicity Cripps, Cecilia Dowling and Liam Linley decided to bring together their talents to create the contemporary folk trio HOY. The trio would spend the next few years writing, performing and touring before turning their attention to recording. Aquaslum is the result. Set for release at the beginning of next month, Aquaslum was recorded in a grand old country house in regional France. Between writing and practising, the band took time to bake a lot of apple crumble with fruit from the orchard. Recording was done a little closer to home, with HOY setting up show in an old converted church in the Victorian Goldfields. Produced by Pip Norman (TZU, Sparkadia, Gossling), the album features “electric rock-outs, psychedelic interludes, classically inspired instrumentals”. The Bridge, Castlemaine – May 9.

Dan Sultan, All Your Life The king of bluesy rock and roll, Mr Dan Sultan will hit the road shortly for another round of shows in support of his third album, Blackbird. Sultan has been busy of late with shows, including warming up the Melbourne crowd for Springsteen, but as his popularity rises, so does the demand for shows. The new album followed a souring relationship with guitarist Scott Wilson. How much this played a role is not for me to say; however, soon Sultan had written 35 songs, including co-writes with TZU’s Pip Norman, Sparkadia’s Alexander Burnett and former Jet drummer, Chris Chester. Sultan spent two months recording Blackbird at the famous Nashville studio of the same name, working with producer Jacquire King, whose credits include Kings of Leon and Tom Waits. Speaking with The Australian, Sultan said: “There are a lot of songs on there that I started writing a long time ago. I never really got around to finishing them because I didn’t have a lot of confidence in writing on my own … It was scary at first doing that. There was a bit of pressure there and I guess there still is; the pressure to perform it and the pressure of whether anyone is going to like it. I would like everyone to like it, but I’m realistic.” The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex, Geelong – July 18.

The Bad Shepherds’ Good News Adrian Edmondson is the man. From 1982 to 1984 he started as punk Vyvyan in The Young Ones. Between 1991 and 1996 he then starred with old pal Rik Mayall in the crude sitcom Bottom. But this isn’t about his comedic genius; this is about his band, The Bad Shepherds. The story goes that Adrian Edmondson accidentally bought a mandolin whilst drunk. Rather than let it collect dust in the cupboard, he began fumbling around with a few chords. Later, while mucking around in a dressing room on a version of ‘London Calling’ with Neil Innes, Innes suggested to Edmondson that he round up some “brilliant folk musicians”. And so he did. And so music came to life. Get a unique dose of The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69 and many more. The Bridge, Castlemaine – April 19. .........................................................................

It’s Not So Hard-Ons

A little heads up that the Castlemaine Jazz Festival takes place this June. The idea for the festival came about through a conversation between regional musicians and the Melbourne Jazz Jammers, a Sunday afternoon session at the Leinster Arms Hotel where “musos and audience alike can get together to share the joy, passion and talent that is the Melbourne jazz scene”. Over 40 bands/artists have signed up, including the Daylesford Swing Band (featuring 20 members), Robbie Melville Trio, Moodswing, Standing Tall, the Tim Nelson Band, Vida Petrini, Malt and Rye and the Paul Van Ross Trio. The Castlemaine Jazz Festival takes place across the Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 7 and 8. For further information and updates be sure to bookmark

So, who here is over the age of 30? How does that feel? I bet it feels nice. Like a comfy pair of jeans. Make the best of your age, my friends, for father time catches up with us all and soon that comfy pair of jeans becomes a pair of death pants with a vice-like grip. On June 20, 1984, a group of teenagers strapped on their gear and busted out a hybrid sound that would later be responsible for several speaker deaths. Calling themselves the Hard-Ons, the band’s origins can be traced back to Western Sydney’s Punchbowl Boys High School. Founding member Peter “Blackie” Black would later recall: “We wanted to be punk rockers. We didn’t want Keish’s [Keish de Silva] parents to see so we had bags full of these jackets and chains and stuff and went around the corner of the street and put all these clothes on.” They would release their debut EP, Surfin’ On My Face, in 1985, a release which would kick off a run of 17 consecutive #1 listings on the Australian independent music chart. In celebration of 30 years in the game, original members de Silva, Black and Ray Ahn, together with current member Murray Ruse, will tour the country, playing tunes from their 1984-1993 period. The Karova, Ballarat – June 12; The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex, Geelong – June 14; and The Bridge, Castlemaine – June 15.



In Sweden We Trust

The Lion’s Bride

Releasing your first track at the age of seventeen is a fair effort. However, the years that have followed have been more impressive for label owner, producer, remixer and DJ, John Dahlbäck, with the talented jackof-all-trades building a library that boasts over 400 titles. Born in Stockholm, he comes from a musical family – his mum sings in a jazz band and his dad drummed in a prog rock band – and learnt the basics of his craft on his old man’s Atari. John has performed at venues and festivals including Pacha & Ushuaia Ibiza; MoS, London; Tomorrowland Belgium, TomorrowWorld Atlanta and Stereosonic Australia. He is also the founding owner of Pickadoll Records, as well as Mutants Records, which also serves up a weekly radio podcast. Star Bar, Bendigo – April 25.

Presented by Courthouse ARTS, The Lion’s Bride is an adaptation of the work of the late poet Gwen Harwood (1920–1995). Born in the Brisbane suburb of Taringa, Harwood worked as a typist in the War Damage Commission in 1942. Her first poem was published in the Australian literary journal Meanjin in 1944, though more regular appearances of her work did not occur until the 1960s. The Lion’s Bride, which delves into the contrasting aspects of womanhood, was released in 1981. It is billed as “A heart-warming and quirky adaptation … Punctuated with wit, humour and deft storytelling this is the journey of a gutsy wisp-haired poet, her regrettable follies and the heroic greatness of her characters.” It features an original score by Hannah Riley. Courthouse ARTS – September 4 & 5.


Castlemaine Jazz Festival

Dry Your Blue Eyes Cry Blues in alive and well in Australia – just ask bluescum-funk band Blues Eyes Cry. At the Australian Blues Music (Chain Awards) ceremony at The Workers Club in February, the Melbourne via NSW outfit received gongs for ‘Best New Talent’ and ‘Song of the Year’ (‘Sleepin’ Alone’). Fronted by Iseula Hingano, the band is rounded out by her partner, Nathan Brett, along with Stuart Prendergast and Cameron Smith. Iseula spent several years in London where educating herself about music became a full-time job. She returned to Coffs Harbour, hooked up with Nathan, and entered a local talent contest. They won. Their relocation to Melbourne would follow. They released their debut album, Sleepin’ Alone, in 2013. Geelong Trades Hall, Geelong – April 27. .........................................................................

What’s On @ GPAC There is always something to look forward to at GPAC. On April 24 you have a performance by the Djuki Mala dancers. Hailing from Galiwin’ku Community (Elcho Island) in North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) explores and re-establishes the notions of contemporary Aboriginal performance. Kicking off on April 25 is a production of Amadeus. Written by Peter Schaffer, Amadeus tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the jealousy his genius inspires in Antonio Salieri. Early next month, meanwhile, sees the Geelong Lyric Theatre Society presenting Annie. Set in New York in the 1930s, Annie is the much-loved Broadway musical about a lovable orphan who sets out to find her parents. Full details on all shows can be found through

The Sunny Rays of Caravana Sun It is hard to say which one is getting more love – Caravana Sun’s sophomore album, AYA, or its subsequent support shows. Byron Bay’s Bay FM said of their music: “Where are we? Spain? Greece? Mexico? Who Cares. Let’s dance!” while’s Deborah Jackson said of their live show: “You could feel the deep connection the Caravana Sun boys have with their fans; it was almost as if they were playing to a room full of their closest friends, with the crowd happily dancing away and singing along to every lyric.” AYA was recorded in the Gold Coast hinterland in an old water tank-cum-studio. There are a few interesting stories floating around (including some with nudity) it you’re interested. The Loft, Warrnambool – April 17 & Torquay Hotel, Torquay – April 19.


let that stop you getting in early for your tickets – you know it’s going to be worth it.

Chad Morgan is Still Kicking


Born in Wondai, Queensland in 1933, Chadwick William “Chad” Morgan is renowned for his vaudeville style of comic country and western songs and stage persona. Fondly known as ‘The Sheik of Scrubby Creek’, Morgan released his first album in 1952. One of the last pioneers of Australian country music, he remains one of the biggest drawcards in the country music scene. I’m Not Dead Yet is his “unplugged” road movie which follows his travels, and that of his wife, Joanie, throughout regional and outback Australia. It is narrated by Tex Perkins. So, you want to hear songs about sheilas? Songs about fighting drongos? Songs about shotgun weddings? Getting drunk? It doesn’t get much more country than Chad Morgan. Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – April 26.

The Mighty Fighting Foo


Quick bite: Easter and the blues go together like two things that go together really well. (What I lack in simile prowess, I make up for with sub-par writing.) What we have here, then, is a cracking shoe lined up at Bendigo’s Goldmines Hotel on Easter Sunday, April 20. Mark Smith, Juvenile in Chains and Buzzards will be your entertainment. With his combination of blues, bluegrass and resonator slide, Mark Smith feels just as home whether he is lining up as part of Cold Snap or playing solo. As long as blues is involved, he is A-ok.

Queenscliff Music Festival Quick bite: We know it is a little way off yet, but tickets for the Queenscliff Music Festival are already on sale. Why? WHY? you ask. Because it’s about as popular a festival as you’re likely to come across. And this year it is legal. That’s right, the festival is 18. It can now vote! QMF takes place across November 28, 29 & 30. Unfortunately, that is about all the information we have at this point. Don’t

Quick bite: We love us a little Foo Fighters in Australia. They’re a nice-looking bunch of guys with some sweet tunes who will hopefully return to our shores shortly. In the meantime, there’s Fighting Foo. Victoria’s premier tribute band of the Foo, Fighting Foo takes you on a sweaty rock and roll journey through the band’s entire catalogue. It’s not quite the real thing, but it’s a pretty nice little consolation. Music Man Megastore, Bendigo – May 24. .........................................................................

Easter at the Goldmines

The Ramshackle Army roll on with The Morrisons Fresh off the release of their debut album “Letters From The Road Less Travelled”, Melbourne Celtic punks THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY roll through The Bridge Hotel (Castlemaine) and The Loft (Warrnambool) on 25th - 26th April as part of an extensive album tour. The album, a shot in the arm of loud, whiskey fuelled sing along Celt punk tunes, has been released through Michigan (USA) punk label East Grand Record Co and has seen the band attacking bars up and down the country since its release mid Feb. Joining the party for this raucous weekend, armed with their own energetic live show, are fellow Melbourne punks The Morrisons, with a new release of their very own. Local crews Golden Gate Jumpers (Castlemaine) and Analogue Menace (Warrnambool) will be kicking off proceedings in the best possible way.

Honey, I Shrunk Rick Moranis Overdrive Quick bite: In a time called the eighties, Rick Moranis was everywhere. He hasn’t appeared in a film since 1996, though he has done some voice-over work. However, his legend lives on through Rick Moranis Overdrive, a garage punk team forged in the fiery pits of Meredith. RMO features Kreg Hollick and Gareth Harrison, who boating enthusiasts would know from Yacht Club DJs. The Karova, Ballarat – April 19. They’ll be given friendly (and noisy) support by The Kremlings and Sewercide. .........................................................................

What’s the Go at Old Hepburn Hotel Hepburn Spring’s Old Hepburn Hotel isn’t done with April yet. They’ve still got a couple of cracking shows coming up in Lloyd Spiegel and Pugsley Buzzard. Spiegel sets up shop at the venue on April 20. Performing more than half his lifetime, Spiegel is one of the finest bluesman our country has ever produced. Last year, in honour of his longstanding relationship with Cole Guitars, the slinger released two signature Lloyd Spiegel models, built to the exact specifications of Lloyd’s custom-made stage guitars. Buzzard checks in on April 27. The piano-songman has one of the most distinctive voices in Australia. Featuring Barrelhouse, boogie, Stride piano stylings dripping with New Orleans funk, Buzzard will sweep you away to the jazz cellars of the world.



TALK OF THE TOWN! King Parrot Still Rules

She’s Got the Right Mojo

Grind-thrash-punk outfit King Parrot has got to be one of the hardest working bands going round. The band kicked off the year with a chunky run of shows with upstarts Desecrator; now they have announced a stack more shows with a string of special guests. In between keeping up with their Australian fans’ demands, the band embarked on a hugely successful North American tour. Their US run included an appearance at SXSW, for which they earned heavy praise from leading US website Metal Injection. Their upcoming Aussie run will begin with shows in Singapore and Jakarta’s Hammersonic Fest. Once the tour wraps up, the band will take a break to write new material and take in further touring abroad. Catch them while you can. The Loft, Warrnambool – May 30.

Quick bite: “Smooth, shiny & loaded with sin. The kind of music that could make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window. Mojo Juju sings songs that sound just like that night you can’t quite remember, in that bar you swear you weren’t at, with that girl you promise you’ve never met.” That, my friends, is about as cool an intro as you’re likely to come across. With as much style as sin, Mojo Juju lends tricks from film noir, the jazz age, the Latin American Pachuco culture of the 1930s and ’40s and early blues music. Do yourself a favour and make a date at The Bridge, Castlemaine on April 24.


The Gallant Trees Knows No Fear Joel Stibbard, Chris Chinchilla, Sonja van den Berg and Alistair Cook make up “Avian Rock’ quartet The Gallant Trees. The story goes that at the solo launch of the Birdwatching EP, Joel announced to the Wesley Anne crowd that he required the services of a drummer and bass player. Chris Chinchilla answered the call, asking if he could play drums. Music was made and the first incarnation of The Gallant Trees took to the stage in December 2009. There has been a reshuffle or two since, and now Chris is on guitar, but their music continues to shine as brightly as ever. You can enjoy their avian rock at Martians Café, Deans Marsh on May 3. Joining them will be Josh Dunois, frontman and songwriter for Hobart folk/rock outfit The Sketches. .........................................................................

The Mighty Spencer P. Jones Where does once begin when it comes to Spencer P. Jones? How about the beginning? Jones grew up on a farm in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, before later moving to Auckland with his family. Jones, along with his siblings, studied piano before stumbling upon the rite of passage for just about every teenager: his first guitar. Spencer played in a bunch of bands before joining The Johnnys in 1983. That same year, while still a member of The Johnnys, Spencer formed a little side-project called Beasts of Bourbon. In 1994 he released his debut solo album, Rumour of Death. A string of solo releases have followed, including his latest, 2013’s Runaways. In 2012 Australian Guitar named him one of Australia’s Top 40 guitarists. The Bridge, Castlemaine – April 20 & April 27.


Ballarat Heritage Weekend Quick bite: What are you doing next month, say, May 10 & 11? Eh, I don’t care. What you should do is head to Ballarat to check out what’s in store at Ballarat Heritage Weekend. The weekend celebrates those who helped shape the city. From all corners of the world, Ballarat attracted men and women who were hoping to build better lives. An exciting program of free entertainment, activities, performances, markets, tours and other heritage experiences is on offer.

The World of Jay Hoad Travel can inspire, or so they say. There is no doubt it has inspired the music of Jay Hoad. The Fiji-born songman and multi-instrumentalist has spent years touring the globe; his music reaching the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Fiji, India and North America. You can hear his worldly travels in his music. His live show is something special. Even describing it gives you a sense of how special it is. Didgeridoo, dulcimer, dulsitar, cigar box guitar, wine box bass, weissenborn lap steel, harmonica, ocarina, djembe, percussion, loops, voice and more are all utilised. His latest release is Home Is Where the Heart Is. The album was recorded in Sydney with Craig Porteils and was brought together via a successful Pozible campaign. The Loft, Warrnambool – April 24.


Dreaming of Hug Therapist Quick bite: Melbourne punksters Hug Therapist have a few shows lined up in support of their Tearjerker EP. Hardcore/metal/punk website ‘Chucking a Mosh’ wrote: “It’s a mosh-inducing yet measured work. It represents a sharp, punchy offering that will not only please their existing fans, but that deserves to win them plenty of new ones … I am sure we will be hearing more from Hug Therapist, and I for one look forward to that.” The Steam Dream tour takes the band to The Loft, Warrnambool on April 18. * Note: Hug Therapist will be joined by Max Goes to Hollywood. .........................................................................

Still the Kings Quick bite: One day you’re just a couple of guys kicking out the jams; the next you have Kyuss’ John Garcia saying: “You guys are an incredibly hard act to follow.” If you haven’t heard of King of the North by now, then something has gone wrong somewhere along the way for you. A two-piece comprised of Andrew Higgs (guitar, vocals) and Danny Leo (drums, backup vocals), KOTN is taking the music world by storm. They have been playing a ton of shows lately in support of their debut Sound the Underground but they’re not done yet. Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads – April 18 & The Loft, Warrnambool – April 25.

South Africa’s Heavenly Soweto Choir Quick bite: The heavenly voices of the Soweto Gospel Choir will return to Australia shortly for a massive run of over 40 dates. Since their formation a touch over a decade ago, the choir has travelled the world, bringing joy and warmth to audiences of all ages. They have also collaborated and recorded with artists including Bono and U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peter Gabriel and Josh Groban. The Capital, Bendigo – July 15. .........................................................................

I Want a Bertie Beetle You want more? You got it! Calling All Cars hit The Loft, Warrnambool on April 19, Torquay Hotel, Torquay on April 20 and The Karova, Ballarat on April 23. Special guests will join in at all shows. Paddy punk purveyors Ramshackle Army have gigs locked and loaded at The Bridge, Castlemaine on April 25 and The Loft, Warrnambool on April 26. The Recycled Roots Festival hits Bendigo’s Goldmines Hotel this Saturday, April 19. Performers include Justin Johnson and Kim Volkman. Doctor Dru gives some not-so-doctorly advice at Fake Chow, Geelong on April 19. Upcoming producer Sable (aka Perth native John Dewhurst) takes his Hypercolour EP to Star Bar, Bendigo on May 16.

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The National Wool Museum is calling all aspiring and professional filmmakers, vloggers, YouTubers, artists, school kids and media students to enter the Seven Wonders Silent Film Festival.

Cr. Richards said: "We have already received some incredible entries and look forward seeing and showcasing as many seven wonderfuls as possible.”

Entrants are invited to submit a 100% silent film no longer than seven minutes for their chance to win in a share of some fantastic prize money.

Shortlisted films will be screened at the National Wool Museum from 16 May to 27 July 2014.

The National Wool Museum is encouraging entrants to use their imagination when considering this year's theme, Seven. "Your film may highlight seven reasons why you love Geelong or question whether seven really is a lucky number- the possibilities are endless,"

Amateur and professional films are welcome and winners will be selected by a panel of judges.

It is free to enter and films must be received by 5.00pm on Monday, 28 April 2014 (entry cut off has been extended). For more information, entry criteria and entry forms visit When&Where: National Wool Museum , Geelong - 16 May to 27 July

When&Where: The Barwon Club, Geelong – April 25 & The Karova, Ballarat – April 26

Cosmic Psychos written by Natalie Rogers

How many farmers do you know who count Eddie Vedder and Buzz Osborne as friends? What about any Aussie dads that have been called ‘Godfathers of Grunge’? Thought not. It’s resoundingly clear that the Cosmic Psychos transcend the norm – but good luck trying to convince the guys themselves, as frontman Ross Knight explains:

“I’ve always said that music is just a hobby for me. That’s why I love it so much. But I’ve never cracked the tommy tits with it; the band’s not something I take deadly serious at all. I’ve got other things to crack the shits with, like on the farm when the bulldozer blows up or the ute won’t start – all the normal stuff.” Knight’s good-humoured nature is evident immediately and showcased brilliantly in Matt Weston’s 2013 doco Blokes You Can Trust. The film profiles the band’s beer-soaked journey from playing pubs in Bendigo to drunken chats with Mudhoney and the Melvins. “They’re all great blokes. We’re really good mates, but I don’t know if they really like the music or our show at all, or whether they’re just laughing at us, ’cause after a few beers we’re a bunch of clowns and we entertain them, so who knows? It’s a strange world.” For years, the world was the Psychos’ playground; touring the world, drinking bars dry and making record after record. But these days things have slowed down, and Knight couldn’t be happier. “We’re heading to Europe shortly for a fairly big stretch. We used to do it every year but as we’ve got older a lot more commitments seem to pop up. It was a bit different twenty-five years ago – I didn’t have kids”, Knight began to reminisce. “Twenty-five years ago I

didn’t owe the bank any money either so it was easier to go and do that kind of stuff, you know? But when you’re older, lose your hair and your kids start nagging you, then the bank manager is on your case every five minutes, life takes a bit of a turn doesn’t it? “If we weren’t going to Europe we’d probably be going into the studio. We may even do some stuff over in Holland. Our sound engineer has a studio over there and we’ve always wanted to record with him. We’ve got four days off after the main tour finishes and then we’re going to Helsinki for a gig at a festival there. So in those four days we might get in and have a rummage around. We’ve got heaps of new stuff; it’s just finding the time. Look [Knight added with a chuckle], I don’t think the world is in any great need to hear another Psychos’ album. We can put the same album in a different cover … that’ll do. “We’ve stumbled across this sound and, because of our lack of musical ability, I’m quite happy to say that I haven’t advanced in any way or means! People seem to know when it’s a Psychos’ song because we’re pretty repetitive and we’ve been singing about beer, schnitzel and broken relationships now for thirty years.” In that time, in addition to making their mark internationally, the Cosmic Psychos have turned heads at home, too. Aussie punkers Frenzal Rhomb and The

Meanies are friends as well as fans, with both bands citing the Psychos as influences. “If I’m asked for advice, I say: ‘Don’t give up your day job, don’t take it too seriously, but don’t let anyone rip you off. Just enjoy it and have fun; but when I say have fun, do it respectfully. If you respect the audience, the people you’re with and the position that you’re in, there’s no reason why you can’t do it for years like we have. And I hope we do it for another twenty. You don’t have to try to be the next big thing. You just have to try to hang around and you’ll have a bloody good ride’!” So this Easter long weekend, wash all those hot cross buns down with a few cold ones while Ross, John and Dean do their best. ”We’ll do what we’ve always done – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Dean and I come from the Castlemaine/Bendigo area and we never seem to play around home. We haven’t been playing the Geelong area much lately and we haven’t played Ballarat for a year. It’s a good chance just to get out of town ourselves and have a bit of fun. I love the old country pubs, and we always have a great time. “We’ll play a couple of songs from every album. If people make any requests we’ll get a bit mixed up because we’ve forgotten how to play ’em! Also expect a few yarns at the bar and some ringing ears in the morning.”





BENDIGO: What’s On in The surf coast: Abreact Thursday 17th April to Thursday 1st May written By Daniel Waight

written by Darlene Taylor

Hey there, music fans! Anyone interested in checking out some live bands and shows in the Surf Coast area? Well, here’s a rundown of some of the gigs happening in the next couple of weeks.

Abreact’s current songwriting endeavours anticipate new tracks in the near future; nevertheless, the group has just released another single from their album Entities, and the film clip for it has been viewable on YouTube since the first day of April.

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Friday, April 18th Kid Mac Torquay Hotel, Torquay. 8.00 p.m. Marcario de Souza (aka Kid Mac) has a unique urban sound that incorporates elements of rap, rock and dance music. He has toured both in Australia and overseas and has recently released his second album, Head Noise. Check out his awesome live show at the Torquay Hotel. Carus Thompson Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet. 9.15 p.m. Western Australia’s Carus Thompson has been touring, writing and performing for more than ten years and has released two live albums featuring his original acoustic folk-rock songs. Come and see him at the Aireys Pub for a great night of Australian roots music. Saturday, April 19th Caravana Sun Torquay Hotel. 8.00 p.m. As part of their AYA national tour, this group from Cronulla

are coming to the Torquay Hotel for an energetic, fun-filled live show. They describe their music as a “frenetic mixture of gypsy fuelled ska surf rock” and have performed throughout Australia and in Europe.

national tour. They’ve just released their new album, Raising the People, and are relocating to the UK later this year, so don’t miss them.

Test Pilot Molly Anglesea Hotel, Anglesea. 9.30 p.m.

Craig Sayer brings his show to the Anglesea Pub.

This Geelong cover band boasts a massive song-list filled with hits from the ’60s through to the present day. The longtime Friday night residents at Lamby’s are great for any kind of crowd and are bound to play some of your favourites. Craig Sayer Aireys Pub. 9.15 p.m. Craig Sayer has been playing gigs for many years and is well known in both the Melbourne and Adelaide cover scenes. Come check out his acoustic cover show at the Aireys Pub. Dog Gone South Martians Café, Deans Marsh. 7.30 p.m. Featuring sounds that hark back to legends like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Elvis and others, Dog Gone South celebrates all that is the blues – from the deep, soulful kind to foot-tappin’ rock ‘n’ roll. Sunday, April 20th Calling All Cars Torquay Hotel 8.00 p.m. Catch Melbourne rock band Calling All Cars at the Torquay Hotel as part of their Australian

Craig Sayer Anglesea Pub. 9.30 p.m.

Friday, April 25th Jay Hoad Torquay Hotel, 9.00 p.m. Fijian artist Jay Hoad is coming to Torquay as part of his Australian tour. Inspired by Caribbean, Indian and Asian music (among others), his show sees him tearing it up on many instruments, including the didgeridoo, cigar box guitar, harmonica, djembe, ocarina, dulcimer and many more. Come and see this music master work his magic. Saturday, April 26th Dreamboogie Martians Café. 7.30 p.m. This Melbourne quartet has played at international blues festivals and their single, ‘My Baby Caught the Train’, was a download chart-topper in 2011. They class themselves as a “modern blues band” that aims to adapt the classic blues sound to today’s audiences. Come and check them out at Martians. Carus Thompson Aireys Pub. 9.15 p.m. Carus Thompson returns to the Aireys Pub for another gig.

There you have it guys – plenty of gigs to check out on the Surf Coast. Contact the venues for more information. See you in a fortnight!



The video for ‘Weight of Disturbance’ marks a sharp shift from the group’s previous efforts. Kane White’s melancholic charcoal animation tells the story of ‘Bomber’, and flickering and fast images are partially what make up ‘Remnants’. With both these clips made in black and white, they possess an ominous air that is entirely appropriate for their respective examinations of war and its causes and religious disreputability and its causes (e.g. dollar signs are used in each of these videos). Although the latest track is full of Abreact’s characteristic urgency and ferocity, the video for it is colourful and contains what can only be described as happy snaps, in which supporters of the group appear. This is in contrast to the photos intercut into ‘Remnants’ which are of various (and variously) dodgy church/cult figures including the recently deceased Fred Phelps of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church and the architect of the Jonestown massacre, Jim Jones. In regards to the clip for ‘Weight of Disturbance’, guitarist Lee Chatterton says that “…the images in the song … come back to the lyrical reference in the song ‘remember who you are’. Basically it’s just showing a snippet of life on the road; the people who have helped us out and that we call friends. Basically our family as we call it.”

In comparison, those snapshots in ‘Remnants’ are there to put faces to those being accused by the question ‘Who do you think you are?’ Chatterton added about the new clip that “we just thought it would be cool to have a live type video; us in our element, so to speak, doing what we do.” Perhaps it is Abreact’s commitment to, and comfort with, playing live that offered the opportunity for the latest video to be more lighthearted than prior ventures, with even some horsing around at a service station in the nation’s capital featuring. Lest it (wrongly) seem as if the group has gone soft, the song is deemed by their guitarist to be indicative of their usual style. “It’s a bit of a belter; we love playing it live. From a song point of view it pretty much has all elements of our songwriting in there. It’s pretty fast, it has a groove, has a building section, has a fist pumping section, it has strong lyrics; so yeah, it’s a pretty good overview of what we do.”  Another difference to the earlier clips is that the creation of the new one – including coming up with the concept and editing – were all done in-house with bassist Chris Hayden being what Chatterton describes as the “wizard behind it all”. “With Weight of Disturbance, we just did it ourselves and kept it simple,” says Chatterton.  “We backed our intent and vision and just had a go,” he adds. The band is presently getting their fans to articulate their hopes for the tracks that are currently being composed, although the group already has its own views. “We are gonna go for a more raw but polished production this time around,” says Chatterton. “Makes perfect sense, right? Hahaha. That’s us for ya.”

What’s On in The Rat: Thursday 17th April to Thursday 1st May


written By Daniel Lock

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Hello, and Happy Easter. I hope you get lots of chocolates this coming weekend. Personally, I’m hoping for an Elegant Rabbit and a Humpty Dumpty – and the best brand rhymes with ‘Fed Julep’! We’ll pick up where we left off last fortnight with the highlights of tonight. The Karova Lounge is still the only one confirmed on the bill tonight, Thursday, April 17th, with the Yacht Club DJs, GodWolf and Savannah Riot playing. Entry: $15. Exciting times ahead, as now The Eastern has entered the Forte fray for original live music in Ballarat. I’ll post their details at the bottom of the article but in the meantime... Good Friday, 18th April, The Eastern has local singer-songwriter and guitarist Arkie Williams playing live on stage. Entry TBC. Easter Saturday, 19 April, The Karova Lounge open their doors to the oncoming crowd set to enjoy the music of The Kremlings. Joining them on stage will be Rick Moranis Overdrive and Sewerside. Entry: $8. While just down the hill and on the opposite side of the town, The Main Bar host a reunion show for Into the Black. With a plethora of recognisable Ballarat talent reuniting the band, this show is going to set the blues vibe without any competition. Entry: $10. th

Wednesday, 23rd April has The Karova’s next night of music with Calling All Cars gracing the stage. Set to join them are The Love Junkies and The Sinking Teeth. Entry: $20. Thursday, 24th April has Karova confirmed on the bill again, this time with the Hot Dub Time Machine. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s one DJ (Time Lord Lulu Loud) hosting a trip through music time – starting as early as the ’50s and progressing through each decade of music as it occurred relevant to the timeline. Entry: $12. Also, The Main Bar is again having

their In2it Improvisation night, with musical and artistic minds again meeting under the same roof. Entry: $10

Experienced 22 y/o singer, songwriter, guitarist looking for a drummer, bassist and lead guitarist to start up an original rock band based in Geelong. Influences: QOTSA, Sublime & Dave Grohl. Contact Tom at: 0487067083

Friday, 25th April has everyone re-entering the scene. We have The Babushka Bar/Café/Gallery hosting Lloyd Spiegel. Entry: TBC; The Eastern has Jack on Fire on stage. Entry: TBC; The Karova Lounge with … someone, I’m sure ... (hey, I thought it was a completely booked night!); and The Main Bar with The Vests. Entry: $5. That was the lead up, now THIS is the completely booked across the venues’ night (that last one was a practise)…

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Saturday, 26 April and Babushka Bar has the angry busker (YouTube Australia’s Got Talent title) Owen Campbell w/band playing. Entry: $15 before, $20 on door. th

That night, just down the road, The Eastern will have Fraud Band and Matt Malone playing. Entry: TBC. The Karova Lounge is hosting the Cosmic Psychos in what’s set to be a big night for that venue. Entry: $20. And last but not least on the fully venue booked night is The Main Bar with The All Ordinary’s playing. Entry: $5. So if you can’t find something to do this night, there’s no helping you. Sunday funday, 27th April The Eastern is having a Leonard Cohen Time afternoon/evening to help you get over the choosiest of nights’ before. Wednesday, 30th April has The Karova hosting the Bitter Sweet Kicks; they’re set to bring the house down. Entry: $8. And last on the running sheet for this issue is The Main Bar with the Sam Boon Quartet, supported by the Wayne Parker Trio. Entry: $15. The Eastern can be found on Facebook at



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The Slow Death There is sure to be the odd reader out there who has imagined themselves as a rock star. While some may only live the dream within their imagination, others set out to make things a reality. We had the great pleasure to sit down with Jesse Thorson, a guy who certainly falls into the latter category. Hey guys, thanks for taking the time to talk to Forte Magazine. First off, can you introduce yourselves to Forte readers? I’m Jesse Thorson, singer, songwriter, bass player, guitar player – whatever is needed for The Slow Death. Joining me on this tour will be my main man Jonny C on guitar and Dr Logan Stang on drums. Can you take us back to the start for The Slow Death. Where are you from and how did the band come together? We are from Minneapolis, MN, USA. We started back in 2009. My old band was falling apart and I needed to make music so I got a new group together, got a new vision, and bought a new t-shirt. It’s all important. Can you explain to us the transition from Pretty Boy Thorson to The Slow Death. Was there a particular reason behind the name change? The guitar player and drummer of Pretty Boy both moved to opposite coasts of the US for girls. We had to power on, plus the name Pretty Boy Thorson was one of those jokes that got duller each time I said it. The LP No Heaven is out now. How has it been received? What is the record like for those who are comparing it to earlier efforts like Born Ugly, Got Worse? It has been received really well. We tried to do something

different and a lot of people were picking up what we were laying down, smelling what we were stepping in. Of course there will be comparisons to what we did before, but why would we make the same record twice? We could just make a new cover, right? You are touring all over ATM, Europe among other places. How is life on the road for you generally? I love being on the road, especially in other countries. People are always so cool and I just feel lucky that I get to go to these places and party with folks I would have never met otherwise. Australia is on the cards. You told Twitter you planned to fight a Kangaroo. Are you also afraid of being attacked by drop bears while in Australia? Not sure what a drop bear is but it sounds adorable. Nah, I’m not scared. As a band, who is your favourite band at the moment? What are you guys currently listening to on tour? Man, I gotta say Criminal Damage is probably my favourite band going right now, but honestly on tour we listen to a lot of comedy and podcasts. Having a break from music helps to appreciate it even more. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever done on tour? You guys got any crazy stories, or is it all healthy eating and early night for you? Wow! I am pretty dumb, so there is an awful lot to choose from. What comes to mind right now is last year at a fest in Gainesville. I decided I would drink 30 shots of whiskey before Pretty Boy Thorson played. I am proud to say I achieved that goal, although I don’t remember the set at all.

When&Where: The Barwon Club, Geelong – April 24. With Laura Palmer. I was drinking with the guys from Dillinger Four and good ol’ Jonny found me and told me I was to go on in like five minutes. I ran all the way to the show and barely made it in time to sing. I immediately blacked out and apparently spent a lot of time rolling around on the floor. No one seemed to mind, and from what I hear we were pretty good. You are coming to Geelong. Have you been to Geelong before? No, never been to Australia before. So stoked to hang out.

You are set to take the stage at the iconic Barwon Club. What can the punters expect once you take the stage? You can expect us to give everything we’ve got to destroy ourselves for a good time. Everyone will leave sweaty and shaking and whole. Anything you would like to add? Thanks so much for having us. Thanks for talking to us. Where’s the bar? And where do these drop bears hang out?

Laura Palmer written by Xavier Fennell

Laura Palmer is a band built on a love for Twin Peaks, strong songwriting, and badass pop/punk. Since forming in mid-2013, the band has slowly built a platform of touring extensively in support of the likes of Snuff, Off with Their Heads and Paper Arms. I spoke to lead guitarist/singer Niam about the upcoming tour with the USA’s The Slow Death and the release of their forthcoming EP. Laura Palmer is set to take their prominence to the next level, despite their small existence.

suit, it was evident that the bands would complement each other’s styles throughout the tour. I was curious as how Niam felt about the idea of bills that boasted a range of genres. “You don’t want the difference in genre to be too crazy, but I suppose it really wouldn’t affect how a gig would go. You can’t really dwell on genre too much these days, and I think if you like the band then there’s nothing really to worry about. Touring with The Slow Death is going to be fun. Touring is always fun.”

When I first read the name ‘Laura Palmer’ it seemed that I might be set to interview a female solo artist. After a few moments it was realised that Laura Palmer is a Twin Peaks reference and that the band is simply a fan of David Lynch’s strange yet wonderful work. Niam explained the influences that Twin Peaks had over the band. “Apart from the fact that we like Twin Peaks, I wouldn’t say that it influences our writing in particular. We really just thought the name was cool and I was a pretty big fan of Twin Peaks for years. The Twin Peaks/ David Lynch stuff is more on the art side of the band; we have a t-shirt with Laura Palmer’s face on it. The music side of the band is pretty separate from the Twin Peaks stuff. A lot of lyrical influence for me comes from personal experience. I used to tour a lot with other bands and there’s a lot of tough times that comes with that stuff.”

On top of the upcoming tour, Laura Palmer is also planning the imminent release of their first EP. A debut EP release is always an exciting and unnerving time for any band, regardless of how established you are. The release combined with the tour gives the band a chance to promote and establish everything they’ve been doing over the past nine months. “The EP should be out very soon. We just finished recording a month ago and we’re just working through the final mixes and working out stuff with record labels. It’s in the final phase of being ready.”

Accompanying The Slow Death on their upcoming April Australian tour would be an exciting prospect for any band. With The Slow Death’s obvious pop-punk influences and Laura Palmer following along the same

Despite only existing as a band for a mere nine months or so, it’s admirable to see a band with confidence in what they want to do and an already strong and established style. Niam was happy to discuss the musical direction of Laura Palmer and their musical influences. “Despite our ‘indie’ genre label, we don’t sound anything like those go-to indie bands like Joy Division or The Smiths. If anything we’re more punkrock or pop-punk than indie rock. We really love a lot of ’90s indie rock bands.”

When&Where: The Barwon Club, Geelong – April 24. With The Slow Death

Juan Alban written by Tex Miller

The name Juan Alban should be one that is all too familiar with the Forte readership. For those unfamiliar with his name though, Alban fronted a little band called Epicure, who was one of the most successful through the 2000s in the Australian music scene. Last year Alban released his debut solo record entitled Dr Pelican on Holiday!, and if you remember reading the review for it, I said that it was a cracking acoustic and relaxing listen. In the lead up to his show at the Karova Lounge on the 3rd of May, I sat down with Juan to chat about how the journey has been to produce a solo record. After the final tour and band mates went different ways, Alban began working on an EP, which eventually saw the light of day in 2012. Too Long in Flight, according to Alban, was very similar to the material that he was writing for Epicure, and so with the album, Alban wanted to change things up a little bit and create an entirely new sound. “In 2010 we did our final tour and then I was working on Too Long in Flight straight after that. It took a while to craft the songs and everything I wrote in the period after Epicure broke up sounded more or less like the band. Dr Pelican on Holiday! was something that I had to go back to the drawing board with and look at each song and it took a while to come up with them, but I think that the final result is sounding great. And the record has been getting really positive reviews as well,” Alban said. Having been influenced by many bands throughout



his musical career, it is hard to pinpoint exactly what inspired the set of ten songs on the album. Throughout the Epicure days, Alban was inspired by the likes of Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, but thinks that singer-songwriters had a lot more to say this time around. “There are a lot of different sounds on the album that is credit to the producing of Dave Manton. We stripped the songs back and worked on them from there and there is a folky influence from the likes of Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams and Ray LaMontagne, to name just a few in there. It took around 18 months to piece together, but it is a record that I am very proud of.” Together with members of The Hello Morning, the Karova Lounge gig sees Juan Alban and Los Pelicans creating the album exactly as you hear it on the record, with a full eight-piece band along for the ride. Comprised of many members of The Hello Morning, Alban is unsure of when this full band sound will happen again and urges all Forte readers to get down for a great night of fun. “The Hello Morning are a band in their own right and are off touring around the country. They have given me a lot of their time, and this show is probably the last time that you will see this record played in full band mode for quite some time. There are some great players, and Steve Clifford’s amazing pedal steel will be on show. What more could you ask for?” Be sure not to miss a brilliant record, re-created in this live show.

When&Where: The Karova, Ballarat – May 3

up at the Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne on Friday, May 23. Woot! Sexy times afoot! Supports expected to be announced any time now... 20 years after the death of frontman Kurt Cobain, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, alongside KISS and Hall & Oats. Krist Novoselic has let slip online that he’s been brushing up on his bass parts, leading many to believe that SOME sort of live performance is forthcoming. Hmmm...

written by chris cruz

Hi ya, kids! Is it that time again already? Damn! Okay, let’s do this... I feel kinda bad about going on and on and on about all these rad music festivals happening overseas, so I’m just gonna let y’all know about one more exciting prospect before retiring the topic for a little bit. The 9th annual Amnesia Rock Fest will be taking place this June (20-21st) in Montebello, Canada, and has a lineup that is nothing short of jaw dropping: Motley Crue, NOFX, Megadeth, Weezer, Lagwagon, Cypress Hill, Danzig, Anti-Flag, Dead Kennedys, Henry Rollins (not sure, however, if it’s spoken word, deejaying, or a live band at this stage), Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Reel Big Fish, Blink-182, Cannibal Corpse, MxPx, Alice in Chains, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits, New Found Glory, GOB, H2O, Fear, Bigwig, No Use for a Name, Black Flag, Venom, 88 Fingers Louie, Strife, Joan Jett, Mastodon and many, many more. Crazy, right? Right! And more than anything, I’m digging the lack of emo, screamo, metalcore, indie pop-rock and tweenwave bands that seem to litter OTHER festival line-ups. Melbourne punk institutions Strawberry Fist Cake and K-Mart Warriors have a joint album launch coming

Speaking of KISS, I’m kinda surprised they’re finally getting a look in after being ignored all these years, to the point where frontman Paul Stanley has openly criticised the committee and called them out about it. Interesting! Ironically, now that the band is getting what it wants, they’ve declined the chance to perform at the ceremony because they can’t decide which current and former band members deserve to take part, as Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley refuse to share a stage with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss ever again. Seriously? It’s Guns N’ Roses all over again. Personally, I’d love to see Vinnie Vincent make a return to the line-up! We’re creeping closer and closer to the Melbourne leg of Hits & Pits, which is now sold out. Face to Face, Unwritten Law, The Casualties, Masked Intruder and more! So, last week local lads Culzean opened for Reece Mastin at Market Square and, in my opinion, were way better! You go, Culzean! Killer EP, too! Until next time, kids, stay cool.

Le Monde Entier - T r av e l Colu m n written by Madelin Baldwin

San Francisco The City By The Bay, and a lovely bay it is. San Francisco is a fascinating city, with numerous landmarks and things to do that characterise it and make it one of the main places to see in California, if not the States. I was lucky enough to start my USA roadtrip here a few years ago. From Melbourne there are a number of airlines that will fly you the 14 off hour journey, and the lucky thing about flying to America is you arrive on the same day you left! Unluckily the time difference curses you with a 2 day journey home, but thats neither here nor there. One of the most interesting thing about San Fran is Alcatraz Island. It’s an old prison island, only a short ferry ride from Fishermans Wharf, and was literally functioning right up until 1963! Once you get over there, you pay for an audio tour. Nothing makes walking around an ex prison island, that walking around it with a bunch of people who are not talking, and following directions and information through their ear phones! I think all the different languages follow a different route as well, so everyone is walking about, reminiscent of ghosts, staring into empty cells that once held federal prisoners. It shut down largely after the extreme cost to keep it running as was reopened on the main land, whilst obviously still staying open these days for tourism. There are 2 main areas to stay if you’re after accessibility, safety and fun. Union Square is, in true San Fran form, all about hills that hold clubs, bars, restaurants and huge department stores like Macys. If you head here in Winter, you’ll also be treated to a huge ice rink! Fishermans Wharf is either a nice long stroll, a quick cab or tram ride away, and as mentioned before is where you’ll find the ferries. There are also an amazing collection of seafood restaurants, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two and some local foods right over the water. Somewhere to steer clear of though is Market Street, especially at night. Although not, in my experience, dangerous, it is filled with homeless people and lingerers. Due to the year round sunny and vibrant weather in San Fran, sadly homeless

BLUES NEWS Presented by The Sleepy Hollow Blues Club written by John (Dr John) Lamp

Start as you mean to continue

Now none of that seemed at all unusual, but what I didn’t know was that this was not only the first time she’d played a festival, it was pretty much her first major gig. The question is: how is someone that self-assured so early in her career? Jessey has been playing as long as she can remember, and writing music almost as long. From a single Yamaha with a bowed neck, she now has an embarrassing number of guitars and switches from one to the other in her gigs. Since that meeting in 2010, she has also developed an interest in recording and mixing, and is now studying that art. She has put out some self-recorded EPs, but recently released a full album. As if to emphasise that she does things the hard way, she funded the recording and producing through crowdsourcing, and had well and truly enough fans to reach the target. Last weekend was the launch of her CD at Sea Eyes in Anglesea, the very venue where she was making her debut when I first met her. That night she had an artist supporting her, but a few weeks ago she was supporting the James Reyne Trio. That’s doing it the hard way. There is no X Factor here, just hard work with family and friends supporting you and waiting for the day.

will not be her last. She will succeed, because she doesn’t see that there is an alternative. I have enjoyed watching Jessey over the years; I was one of the crowd funders, and it was great to hear her last weekend. She is maturing into a rich and personal style and has a future in the business. But this is not to put off aspiring musicians, even if it is an accurate retelling of the start of a career. Even so, for every amazing, successful gig or career, there are many more that don’t go as you expect. You won’t make it by sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring. You have to get out there, accept that this is going to take some time, that there will be setbacks, but that the journey is well worth it. Get involved in the music scene that speaks to you. There are open mic nights, there are music clubs, and these can be more supportive. The Geelong Folk Club has regular events; The Sleepy Hollow Blues Club has monthly jams – a great place to get started with other musicians, and to hear what they think of you.

Jessey will go on, and her new CD, Deliver Me, Make Jessey your hero!

The Muir Woods are an awesome national park to visit. For people 16 and over, entrance fee is $7USD. The trees trunks are rounder than 15 people standing back to back, and probably higher than double that upwards! They cover the ground and you can hike up through them, though for the non athletes its not too exhausting and there are heaps of routes to follow! After all of this, your trip in San Fran cannot be finished without heading to the Napa Valley for some excellent local wines! You can organise transfers and days trips with local companies who will take you and drop you back in the city. We were luckily enough to visit about 4-5 wineries and try all of the wines, beers and snacks along the way. My favourite (and I so apologies, I can’t remember the name!), served a small tray of red wine, in chocolate shot glasses - Amazing! After you’ve eaten your way through the seafood delights, shopped yourself silly and experienced a bit of city meets country, you can hire a car and drive the coastline to LA, or head to the oh so excellent Las Vegas!

written by PAUL S TAYLOR

Keeping with the theme of modern music industry case studies and less with metal, for this edition anyway, news is that the Wu-Tang Clan is set to release their new album, The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin soon. What’s so fascinating about this album release is that Wu-Tang are only going to make a solitary copy of the album.

Four years ago I was at the Anglesea Music Festival, on the prowl with my trusty recorder, searching out people to interview. One of the people I spotted was Jessey Jackson. She came across as young, self-assured and exuberant – just the sort of person for an interview, and so she was. It was a good interview; she happily talked about her music, her ambitions, the life she saw ahead.

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge is an experience in itself, but once you’re on the other side there is so much to do! Theres a little town on the other side named Sausalito, where the coffee cups as big as your head, the town has a lovely chilled coastal feel, and you can see the big city through the fog on the other side!

TOO HEAVY TO HUG Welcome to THTH, Forte’s premier source of all things heavy, hard, fast and metal.

I often get asked how to get started in music. I almost think that if you have to ask, then you won’t make it. That sounds pretty Machiavellian, but really being a musician is more often “must” than “want”.

people flock here to escape a cold night.

The idea behind it – which is part fascinating, part genius, and part I can’t believe no one has thought of this before – is for the album to follow the same path as a painting or sculpture. It’ll be released and then exhibited, where punters can go and listen to the album in an exhibition-type setting. Now, I know you’re thinking surely someone will just record it as it plays in some art gallery then chuck it up on The Pirate Bay. Measures are currently being considered to reduce this particular risk. So, once the album has completed its tour it’ll be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Numbers from one million to five million have been thrown around as the final auction figure and at the moment legalities surrounding copy rights and ownership rights are being worked through in preparation for the purchaser.

there be bean bags and couches? I like to think they’d try to make the art space, or the club, into a giant lounge room where you can feel like you’re listening to an album for the first time in the comfort of your home with your buddies; and they’d want to, too, because there’s a cover charge to even get into the exhibition space. Wu-Tang have said this whole idea isn’t about money but about integrity and bringing their music closer to fine art, but if they do this right and pull it off, they might just change music consumption forever. While the similarities between fine art or high culture, if you will, and some genres of music has been discussed on academic papers for decades, Wu-Tang might attract a whole new curious audience based solely on their album release. Heck, the announcement even grabbed the attention of Forbes Magazine editors. In other news… Story of the Year will be at 170 Russell on Sunday, June 29. If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug

In an age where music is consumed without the appreciation it once was, where for the masses music is no more than a filler of time between trains and attention spans that can’t handle one whole album, Wu-Tang are single-handedly flipping music consumption on its head. The serious question for the serious music listener, who might enjoy a drink with their album or the TV on mute as they try to sync the album with a movie, is how will an exhibition-type setting go down? I don’t want to generalise, but don’t all rap fans smoke blunts? Can you smoke blunts in an art exhibition? Where will people sit for the duration of the 31-track double album? Will



arts news from around town – and beyond! A Fresh Start at Courthouse ARTS written by Amanda Sherring

GROWTH HABITS – Julia Gorman This abstract wall drawing realised in vinyl, takes its inspiration from the free-flowing form of garden succulents. Just as they do in a natural setting, Gorman’s vibrant stylised interpretation of plant stems and leaves will take root in the Gallery extending across the west walls of the Douglass and Hitchcock galleries. WHERE: Geelong Gallery. Little Malop Street, Geelong. WHEN: Until 5 July. INFO:

FOR AULD LANG SYNE: Images of Scottish Australia from First Fleet to Federation THE DREAM STARTS HERE

In The Dream Starts Here Dave Bowers and Nick Morris will exhibit their iconic, boldly executed paintings alongside the work of Doug Bartlett. 

Doug Bartlett is their inspired collaboration with screen printed, hand painted and stencilled canvases. “I get a huge kick out of sharing canvases because of the chaotic momentum. 

Working alone you can sometimes labour over a detail for hours, but with a shared canvas, someone else will just boldly paint right over it and I’ll think what a bloody relief.” 

This exhibition is the first of its scale in the Melbourne region for several years, having recently shown in New York, Mexico City, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. 

Their work is held in numerous national and international collections and was included as a finalist in the prestigious Doug Moran portraiture prize in 2010.

Celebrate the role played by Scots in the development of the Australian nation from the First Fleet to Federation, by coming to Ballarat to experience For Auld Lang Syne. This large and complex art exhibition that brings together artworks and objects from across the country and beyond will celebrate the unique contribution of Scots to the development of the cultural, social and political life of this nation during its formative years. This ground breaking project will present a fresh perspective on Australian history by highlighting the impact of a particular segment of society - the Scots - and their successful establishment of economic and cultural networks.  By drawing together the extraordinary story of Scottish Australia through rich visual heritage in all its forms, including objects and artworks from national, state and regional collections and from private collectors, the exhibition will contribute to Australia’s understanding of its cultural inheritance. WHERE: Art Gallery of Ballarat. 40 Lydiard Street, Ballarat. WHEN: Until 27 July. INFO: TIX: 5320 5858.

WHERE: Boom Gallery. 11 Rutland St, Newtown. WHEN: Until 26 April. TIX:


WHERE: Queenscliff Uniting Church, cnr Hesse & Stokes Streets, Queenscliff.

Whilst Jamie is new to Geelong and has a lot to discover, he’s taking it upon himself to uncover the inner workings of the city. “I don’t want to taint my image of what Geelong actually is. I want to experience that for myself so that I’m not being swayed by anyone else’s opinions,” he says. After growing up going to drama schools and finishing a degree in theatre and drama, Jamie quickly found himself making friends with guys from the Fruit Fly Circus. “I had no coordination whatsoever, so I wasn’t going to join the circus. But I started getting into production, stage and event management,” he says. “I then discovered that I was a much better director and producer than an actor. So that’s how I kind of ended up in arts management.” Jamie soon moved on to working for local government, finishing up recently at Wyndham City, whilst fitting in some hospitality and events management in the gaps. “I’ve been a bit of a gypsy,” Jamie says. Jamie seems to thrive off working in exciting new locations, and Geelong is just one small addition to his growing list. He has worked at a nightclub and theatre in London, worked for a fashion label in Toronto, and as part of the cast and crew for Priscilla.


A celebration of diversity and artistic expression, Sacred Edge promises something for everyone. 

The arts & spirituality festival will include music, speakers, dance, meditation, a free kids art space and an international dinner catered for by Bosnian refugees. 

Presenters include author Val Webb, refugee and founder of RAW (Resilient Aspiring Women) Mariam Issa, Baptist minister Matt Glover - known for his work facilitating healing between faith and LGBTI communities, and Vicki Clark from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry. 

Performers will include Yirrmal and the Yolngu Boys, indie-folk band The Tealeaves and Hip Hop artist Abe Ape. 

Local speakers include Queenscliff meteorologist Marc McNaught who will provide an empowering response to climate change and Ocean Grove children’s author Heather Gallagher who will launch her first picture book Happy Pants.

Starting work in an unfamiliar city may be daunting for some but for Jamie Smith, the new general manager at Courthouse ARTS, it’s a welcome change. “I love the fact that I know a little bit about Geelong but not too much. It’s like an adventure, and that’s why I love travelling so much,” Jamie says. “I’ve moved to cities that I’ve known nothing about, so this feels like another adventure.”

He also had a few minor roles in Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stingers, TV commercials, and as an actor with Opera Australia. There’s no denying that Jamie has a phenomenal amount of experience in a variety of different industries. Courthouse ARTS are lucky to have him, and Jamie is looking forward to what he can achieve at the venue. “The building’s amazing and it’s really great to come back to being responsible for a building which is always the epicentre of any activity,” Jamie says. His first port of call is to ensure that Courthouse ARTS is an inclusive venue and that they are welcoming all types of people, no matter what your background is. “It’s not arts for a certain sector of the community; it’s meant to be there for the whole community. But it still needs to be a contemporary arts experience,” he says. But before Jamie does anything he needs to sit back and take a look at the venue as a whole, to truly be able to do justice to Courthouse ARTS and give the Geelong people what they need. “I’ll be reviewing what we’ve done, where are the challenges and where are the gaps, where have our successes been and then build a five-year development strategy around where we’re going next,” he says. While Jamie is making changes to one part of the arts scene in Geelong, he has full respect for what Courthouse ARTS and Geelong as a whole have already achieved. “Back to Back Theatre are doing amazing things and have been for years, and GPAC have been doing great programs for a really long time as well,” he says.

DJUKI MALA (Chooky Dancers) Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) are touring nationally throughout 2014 with their self titled and long awaited show. For over a decade, Dance innovators Djuki Mala have been exploring and re-establishing the notions of contemporary Aboriginal performance.


WHERE: GPAC. 50 Little Malop Street, Geelong.

A great time to visit and help celebrate the best growers, provedores, chefs, restaurateurs and vignerons of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges region. Enjoy a showcase of unique product from Daylesford Macedon Produce. Taste your way around the region during Harvest Week. 

Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Festival is a celebration of harvest – a practice dating back to a time when the success of local crops dictated the lives of people and whole communities. Celebrate with us.

 Taste your way around the region with regional tasting plates and their matched local tipples. Visit farm gates and cellar doors for Harvest ‘specials’ or shop with the locals at farmer’s markets. Join us at forums on sustainable communities, special winemaker and chef’s dinners and classes in everything from composting, preserving to bread making.

Hailing from Galiwin’ku Community (Elcho Island) in North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala have again teamed up with Creative Producer and Artistic Director Joshua Bond to create a show full of excitement for the whole family. Djuki Mala continue to redefine the unique physical language they are known and loved for by marrying it with acrobatics and diverse flavours of dance and theatre, and their own keen sense of humour. Djuki Mala promise audiences both laughter and insight. This is a rare opportunity to engage with performers from a very remote part of this vast and diverse country.

AMADEUS Written by Peter Shaffer, directed by Jacqui Connor. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a genius, but the eighteenth century court of Austria doesn’t recognise his talents. Only Antonio Salieri, the Court Composer does and he is tortured by what he hears. Seething with rage at the genius of this flippant buffoon, and confronted by his own mediocrity, Salieri sets out to destroy Mozart. WHERE: Woodbin Theatre. 15 Coronation Street, Geelong West.

WHEN: 24 April.

WHERE: Daylesford and Macedon Ranges.

WHEN: 25 April–10 May.

WHEN: 2-4 May.


WHEN: 26 April-1 May.



TIX: 5225 1200


TIX: 5225 1200.



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time machine: 2003 Written by Adem Ali

For this issue of Splinters, it was strongly considered to embark on an ARIA chart round-up but, seeing as the current ARIA Singles Chart is dreary enough to make even the most potent of amphetamine addicts feel like falling flat on their faces after collapsing into unconsciousness, I figured we’d forget about that trash and focus all of our chart-related energy looking back on the glorious yesteryears. It’s been 11 years since 2003 (chart facts, ladies and gentlemen!) and although some may say dance music has never been more prevalent in chart history than it is now, there was definitely a lot less noise on the ARIA dance charts back then. So just ignore what’s happening right now on the ARIA dance singles charts and take a large, super-indulgent sniff of the closest bottle of poppers you have lying around and prepare for something with a little more class: The ARIA Top 10 Highest Selling Dance Singles of 2003.

1. Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song (Asereje)

What will forever be remembered as a timeless and spicy pop concoction, ‘The Ketchup Song’ was to 2003 (and, er, 2002) what ‘Macarena’ was to 1996. And by that I mean it was and still is ball-tearingly amazing. In fact, I’ve always felt that of these two ‘novelty dance’ singles, ‘The Ketchup Song’ was the clear front-runner, and still is to this day. Eleven years on and I still have no idea what they’re saying for about 50 per cent of it, but that chorus is not only undeniable, it is also understandable in any language. Pure, unapologetic joy is what ‘The Ketchup Song’ evoked, with a bloody bonkers video clip only helping that theory along. The most incredible ARIA chart fact about this song is that it was also in 2002′s end-of-year Dance Singles Chart, at Number 2!

2. In-Grid – You Promised Me (Tu Es Foutu)

This thumping, delightfully French commercial club smash (which is basically a souped-up remodelling of Kaoma‘s ‘Lambada’) is very much a snapshot of its time; the dance music made through the early naughties was of a golden variety. This song is as timeless today as it was ten years ago, yet is exactly the kind of cleaner production missing from our current dance charts. Interestingly, this particular sound was slightly referenced six years later on Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina‘s single ‘Stereo Love’, and although it isn’t as brilliant as ‘Tu Es Foutu’ it does come close, being the exact kind of dance I’ve missed hearing on the proverbial dance floor. Also, I guess it is of some interest to note that the two highest selling dance singles in Australia for 2003 were, in part, sung in a foreign language.

tweet of the week

“What if Madonna released a new album called Bitchcoin, and it was trendy and hip.” @ohrohin has us all searching the iTunes store to lay down our pre-orders, hasn’t he?

3. Britney Spears ft. Madonna – Me Against the Music

ARIA’s definition of what a ‘dance’ single is has always puzzled me, but when it comes to odd placements involving Queen Madonna, I’ll take it. Defying preconceived genre barriers, because Legend Madonna and fellow Pop Icon Britney’s duet not only went to Number 1 in this country but, according to ARIA, was also one of the greatest dance singles of 2003.

4. Kylie Minogue – Slow

Another odd placement, but another one I’ll happily take. Kylie Minogue’s ‘Slow’ remains one of the sexiest moments in her discography and, unlike her recent effort ‘Kiss Me Once’, does it effortlessly and without looking desperate. If you’re looking for a real dance floor BLAST, wrap your ears around the insanely iconic Chemical Brothers remix that manages to turn an already sensational electronic pop moment into a full-blown rave.

5. DJ Sammy – Boys of Summer


I was never that particularly fond of the Don Henley original and this donked-up remake never did it any favours. Of DJ Sammy’s previous raved-up covers, ‘Heaven’ is clearly the best of the lot, whereas ‘Boys of Summer’ has aged, and miserably so. I’m sure you’re all wondering why you haven’t heard from this bloke in a while but truth be told DJ Sammy’s most recent single was released only last year. It is called ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me’, and charted at Number 65 on the German pop charts.

6. Elvis Presley – Rubberneckin’ (Paul Oakenfold Remix) 7. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction

Back in 2002 when I first heard this track, I thought it was the most creative thing I’d heard in the world of harder-edged dance music for quite some time; to this day it remains one of the benchmark peaks of the genre’s history. Naturally, ‘Satisfaction’ ushered in many sound-a-likes that would follow (many of those by Benassi himself) and was, perhaps, one of the decade’s first very early signs as to where commercial dance music was headed in the decade which would follow it.


How many of your faves could have TWO Top 10 hit singles nearly 25 years after they’ve died? Because mine did.

10. Madonna – Die Another Day

This twisted Mirwais-produced Bond theme is as crisp today as it was eleven years ago. If you’re looking for a monumental rave-up version of this then look no further than the ballistic Thunderpuss Remix, which I vaguely remember drunkenly dancing to on both of the podiums at Lyric Nightclub (R.I.P.)

To paraphrase the iconic pop group Aqua, ‘If only we could turn back time’.




Originally a single released by producer JCA featuring a session vocalist, it’s clear which of the versions has aged the most gracefully – much like Dannii herself. Minogue truly turned this song around and not only made it her own, but the track gave her what is arguably her most radio-ready hit to date. Interestingly, this would be Dannii’s final year-end Top 10 single in Australia.

What a JAM – and from one of the best Aussie pop duo’s on record. This Prince-inspired funk-a-tronic trip down memory lane remains one of Australia’s greatest pop music achievements, from an album that delivered several of them. The brothers of Disco Montego were brilliant, but their story came to an abrupt halt only a short few years after this single was released, when in 2005, member Darren Dowlut sadly died of cancer. If you’re as enamoured by this song and these guys as I am, chase up their previous singles with former Bardot starlet Katie Underwood, ‘Beautiful‘ and ‘Magic‘, which were also big-sellers on this chart in 2002.

REBEL HEART The alleged title of Madonna’s new single. Tick-tock, Lady M; let’s hear it already!

8. Dannii Minogue – I Begin to Wonder 9. Disco Montego – U Talkin’ to Me

Look, she’s brought up almost every issue in HIT but it is with good reason; Bianca Del Rio may not only be the greatest Drag Queen of All Time, she may also be the Funniest Person Alive. No hyperbole – she is the real deal folks.


HOW NOBODY IS BUYING GAGA ARTPOP TICKETS IN AUSTRALIA Oh dear. I honestly feel like I am the only person in the country going!



sweet little hi-fi celebrates Record Store Day written by Tex Miller

In the digital age where all the bands vie for the top spot on the iTunes or ARIA Chart, it’s easy to forget about older mediums and the days gone by; enjoying an album for its entirety instead of just hitting ‘skip track’ in iTunes. April 19th marks Record Store Day for 2014, which has over the past few years led to a resurgence in vinyl records through special releases and reissues available on the day. Into the sixth year all around Australia, Record Store Day allows for newer generations to rediscover the love of collecting vinyl, which has according to an ARIA chart report been up 77 per cent in the last twelve months. Chairman of AMRA (Australian Music Retailers Association) George Papadopoulos feels that the variety of activities and events on offer all around the country creates for a great atmosphere and that there is still much appreciation for vinyl records in 2013. “People who are unaware about the resurgence of vinyl ask me who buys it and I usually say anyone who doesn’t have cloth ears. So many true music lovers are turning away from the flattened audio of an mp3 and want a warmer, richer sound, and that’s where vinyl comes in. Record Store Day Australia helps drive the sale and promotion of the medium.” From just a quick flick through my Facebook news feed it is easy to see that many bands from around Australia and the world are jumping on the bandwagon of creating special releases that you can get your chops around. By heading down to your indie record store on the 19th, such big name acts include Jake Bugg, Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie, and

even a Foals live album from their Royal Albert Hall performance. Quite impressively, Jack White, who is gearing up to release his second solo album, Lazaretto, in the next couple of months, is trying to set the world record for the quickest released album in history; from recording to printing in store. Within the period of six hours, Jack White hopes to press and print a 45-rpm single complete with artwork featuring photography shot at this particular performance. Based in Geelong and Warrnambool is Sweet Little HiFi, which is your best chance to pick up some vinyl gold. Run by Shane Godfrey, I recently got the opportunity to have a chat about the resurgence of records and what it was like seeing Nirvana and the White Stripes before they were big. “Five years ago after doing a small business course, I decided that I would open a record store and I have never looked back since. It started as an internet only thing doing record supplies and developed into Sweet Little Hi-Fi as we see it today. One of my first vinyls I ever got my hands on was Nirvana’s Bleach, and to be able to see them at their all ages show at The Palais was simply remarkable. “The thing that I love about vinyl is the whole package that it offers, from the cover art to the booklet. We are gearing up for a big day on the 19th and we have an extensive range. Keep your eyes on the Sweet Little Hi-Fi Facebook page for all the details.” Come on Forte! Head out and discover what all the fun is about.

when&where: Record Store Day - April 19 Sweet Little Hi-Fi located at Warranbool Independent Traders Market and the Mill Market Geelong

Dreamboogie written by Tex Miller

It is steeped in blues music folklore that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi; and on a pilgrimage to the site, Dreamboogie kind of did the same thing. Lucky for them they did, because this allowed them to cheat death after their tour van nearly went off the edge of a cliff whilst on tour in Phillip Island. With the release of their sophomore LP not too far around the corner, I recently got the opportunity to sit down with lead vocalist for the band, Rebecca Davey, to find out all about the full original release and how excited they are ahead of their performance at Martians Café in Deans Marsh. Since winning the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s Blues Performer of the Year and getting the opportunity to play at the International Blues Challenge (IBC), Dreamboogie has since become one of the hottest blues bands this country has to offer. Over the past few months, Dreamboogie has been putting the finishing touches on their latest CD. “We released our debut I’m Ready about a year after and since then it has been a massive journey to putting together the second album. It currently doesn’t have a title at the minute, but we are hoping to have it out by May. We are playing Blues on Broadbeach at the end of May and hopefully, fingers crossed, we’ll have it by then,” Davey said. The evolution of Dreamboogie has been credited to the amazing support of the MBAS, which has allowed for the band to develop whilst touring around

the country. I’m Ready is a collection of covers that came about from playing at the society’s blues nights. Reminiscing about those early days, it was a quick rise to the top, as Rebecca relates. “We came together about four years ago now. We met and a week later we were doing our first gig at the MBAS, and I was still reading lyrics off the floor at that show. We spent the first couple of years really getting to know each other and forming our sound and the trip to Memphis really helped that because we were learning from some old blues men in some funky bars. We supplied them with bourbon and they were more than happy to give us their secrets. This album is an all-original piece of work and it is something that we are collectively very proud of. “ Having been a band that has been on the road since day one, I had to inquire about the band’s preferred use of transportation. “We travel around in a van and I don’t know how it is still alive today. It’s caught on fire three times; the bonnet has flipped up and smashed the windscreen whilst we were driving. Robert, our drummer, has driven the roads of Australia many times though so we haven’t died yet, which is a positive! Touch wood.” In the weeks leading up to the release of their record, Dreamboogie is set to play at Martians Café in Deans Marsh for the first time. “We’ve played the Gellibrand Blueberry festival before, and we love playing down there. It’s such a great experience and we can’t wait to play at Martians. Come down and hear the new tunes in action!”

When&Where: Martians Café, Deans Marsh – April 26

Wooshka As in the world of originals, you need a few things to fall your way if you want to be a successful cover band. Arguably, you need a little more. Playing songs people know and love can be a gamble, as we tend to be protective of songs we hold dear. Wooshka seem to be doing things just right. Welcome Wooshka. Can you tell us a bit about your history as a cover band? How did you guys come together? Jade was a guitarist and had been in bands before; I had always played guitar, but only in my bedroom. We knew Nath could sing, but it wasn’t until a group of us went to Karaoke one night, Nath got up on the microphone – we were blown away by his voice! Jade had a couple of friends who played bass and drums, so we thought we would get together for a jam and a bit of fun. We played one gig together and then kinda fell into a Calling All Coverbands competition. We had no experience and were not ready but we ended up coming second out of 48 bands. We loved being on stage and we wanted to see where this could go. We booked a gig at the Tigers Club and we were rapt when a huge crowd showed up. We started playing fortnightly gigs there and continued to build our following. Since then there have been a few line-up changes, but we are very settled now.

You guys are from Melbourne but you play all over the place. Tell us about some of the different locations you have performed. I’m actually from Geelong and the rest of the boys are from Werribee, Altona and Airport West. Our home ground is Tigers Clubhouse in Hoppers. We play there twice a month and have a big following there. Now we are making ourselves a home here at The Max! We all know life on stage can be crazy, particularly after patrons at a pub have had a few to drink. Got any crazy stories? We are actually the furthest thing from crazy rock stars! We don’t drink during gigs and after a gig you’ll find us at the nearest Maccas or Hungry Jacks, having a coffee and a burger to wind down! A few silly stories… Back when Gangnam Style was huge, I learned the lyrics and sung it in Korean. One gig there was a group of Asians in the crowd and when I started singing, they all started looking at each other and talking. I had no idea what they were talking about, but I was pretty worried that I could be offending them!

When&Where: The Max Hotel, Geelong - April 20 that are guaranteed to get people dancing. We play a fair bit of rap and hip hop and find people go berserk to songs like Jump Around and Baby Got Back etc.

What sort of covers can one expect when you guys perform? Do you incorporate any originals?

Driving to a gig in Mulwala, it was 30 degrees; we were all wearing shorts and thongs. Our stage get up is always black shirt, skinny ties, black pants and dress shoes. Halfway to Mulwala our singer realises he forgot his shoes. He is a size 14 – good luck finding size 14 dress shoes on a Saturday night in a place you’d never been before!

We try and cover all bases to entertain everyone who is watching us – classics, rock, rap, reggae, hip hop and everything! If people like a song, we will play it.

What do you find is the one song that gets everyone going more than any other?

A massive party! Everyone dancing and singing all night long. Our last few gigs at The Max have packed the place out. I would recommend everyone come down early in the night to make sure they get in.

We have stacks of good songs and only play songs

For anyone who hasn’t seen a Wooshka show,



You guys are coming to Geelong soon for the Easter weekend to play at The Max. What is in store?

what can they expect? Plenty of energy! Songs for everyone whether they are young/old, male/female. The dance floor will be full and it will be stacks of fun. We wanna send people off with a smile on their dial. Anything you would like to add? Hit us up on Facebook to see where and when we are playing and have a chat. We love our fans and we really appreciate them. We have a really big, loyal fan base. They have even started a Facebook group called the Wooshkamaniacs! They are awesome!





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The Grand Budapest Hotel The year is 1932. Actually, no it’s not. It’s the present day, where we see a young girl clutching a book visiting a key-strewn memorial in an Eastern European graveyard. Then we jump back to 1985, where an author (Tom Wilkinson) gives a televised lecture interrupted by a small child. He’s talking about how stories present themselves to an author; his example takes place in 1968, when he (now played by Jude Law) was staying in the now-drab Grand Hotel Budapest, located in the (fictional) now-communist Eastern European country of Zubrowka. There he met the owner of the hotel, one Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) who, over dinner, tells him the story of how the hotel came into his possession. Now it’s 1932, and the glory days of the hotel. Its concierge, Monsieur Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), runs a tight ship – when he’s not off sleeping with the hotel’s older single guests, that is. It’s easy to see why they’d fall for him, too: a hilarious Fiennes is all charm and high energy as he goes about his business, which initially seems to involve shunting the dirty jobs on to new lobby boy, Zero (newcomer Tony Revolori). The plot soon kicks in as one of Gustave’s elderly lovers (an unrecognisable Tilda Swinton) dies under suspicious circumstances. She leaves Gustave a priceless painting; her thuggish son Dmitri (Adrien Brody) does not approve. Accusations fly; Dmitri’s henchman Jopling (a feral Willem Dafoe) steps in. Political tensions mount; Zero falls in love with a baker’s assistant (Saoirse Ronan); there’s a prison escape (involving a shirtless Harvey Keitel); and a mountaintop confrontation. Someone has their fingers cut off; a cat is thrown out a window and does not survive.

In a World...

Only Lovers Left Alive

The funniest thing about In a World... is that it’s actually set in a parallel world – one where having voice-over artists narrate movie trailers is still a big thing. Well, that’s not really the funniest thing: with roughly half the cast of hilarious and bizarre sitcom Children’s Hospital in this debut feature from writer/director/star Lake Bell (also from Children’s Hospital), it’s hardly surprising that there are a lot of funny lines in here.

Jim Jarmusch’s latest film takes the vampire genre and boils it down to an element not seen so often these days: vampires as the ultimate hipsters, cruising around the world causally dropping famous names while sneakily scoring their blood from blood banks rather than the necks of passing strangers.

This is a bit choppy overall, and the various underlying messages are a bit blurry even when there’s a scene where a character literally explains them to Carol. But there’s also a lot of very funny stuff here, and a lot of the character material – especially the scenes between Carol and her more professional sister Dani (Michaela Watkins) – has real charm to it.

It works in large part thanks to the cast: Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a musician hiding out in the ruins of Detroit, a master craftsman with nothing but contempt for his audience, balanced out by an equal contempt for himself. His partner, Eve (Tilda Swinton), is happy in Tangiers, but is drawn to him when she sees how down he is. They meet up, hang out, he complains about pollution but is happy to see her, she enjoys just hanging out with him, and while things eventually do go off the rails slightly – Adam’s human sidekick, Ian (Anton Yelchin), and Eve’s vampire sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), have their parts to play there – this is a film that’s much more about capturing a feeling than any plotdriven mechanics. It’s about two people against a world they’re kind of bored with, and while this easily could have come off as pretentious scenester wank, Hiddleston – and especially Swinton – ironically play their vampires with enough warmth and life to make their massive ennui something worth getting in on.

Muppets Most Wanted


After the high points of the last Muppets film, it’s hard to know whether to be saddened that the franchise seems to be already falling back into a rut, or glad that it’s managed to hold on to as much of the last film’s magic as it has.

You know the drill by now: it’s the future, and after some great cataclysm that wiped out everything that went before – well, not the buildings and stuff, because we’re still clearly in Chicago, even if things are a bit crumbly and there are wind turbines on all the tall buildings – society has undergone some serious changes. Here, that means that people are grouped into five clans, each in charge of a different aspect of society (farming, public servants, truth-tellers, the cops/army and the smart guys), and during a special ceremony you have to choose which one you want to go into.

Bell plays Carol Solomon, a struggling L.A. voice coach who happens to be the daughter of the reigning king of voice-over artists, Sam Sotto (Fred Melamed). He’s only the king because the (real-life) king, Don LaFontaine, recently died and took his famous “In a world…” trailer opening line with him. But now the studios want to bring it back, and the race is on to find someone able to do it justice. Sam gracefully withdraws from the battle in favour of his protégé, Gustav Warner (Ken Marino), but with Carol’s voice-over career finally taking off and the studio keen to put a new spin on “In a world…” – especially as the movie, The Amazon Games, is aimed at young women – could there be an upset? And if so, who will Sam side with?

This is much more of a straight-up romp than anything Anderson’s done before and it’s a joy to watch. His rapidpaced style of dialogue suits this kind of complicated story perfectly and his love of miniatures and elaborate sets provides an excellent backdrop for action. This is a lightweight confection of a film – cakes play a major role in the plot – but there’s a serious undercurrent here too. This is about as fun as movie-going gets.

Beginning roughly 0 seconds after the end of the last one (with a musical number that underlines the film’s awareness of all the issues that come with doing a follow-up, apart from the trouble finding a title: the chorus suggests the film was going to be titled The Muppets Again), the now-reunited Muppets are at a loose end. Enter Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), who suggests they go on a world tour with him as their tour manager. Sounds good to them, and they promptly take the train to Europe (don’t ask), where their tour just happens to overlap with a series of daring robberies. That’s because the world’s most evil frog, Constantine – a dead ringer for Kermit, aside from a mole on his face – has freshly escaped from a Siberian Gulag and has teamed up with his subordinate, Badguy, as part of a crime wave.

The Other Woman Hands up everyone who saw the trailer for this and thought, “hey, isn’t that The First Wives Club?” Congratulations, you are now officially too old to be going to the movies. And also, you’re kind of wrong: sure, this is a movie about three scorned women who team up to get revenge, but they’re all getting revenge on the same guy – and in Hollywood, that’s enough to make it an all-new feature presentation. High-powered lawyer and alpha female Carly (Cameron Diaz) thinks her new boyfriend Mark (Nikolaj CosterWaldau – Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones) might be “the one” (she even refers to him by real name, not sleazy nickname) – until a surprise visit to his home reveals his wife, Kate (Leslie Mann). Carly is no home-wrecker so she breaks it off, but a devastated and frequently incoherent Kate keeps turning up trying to figure out how her life went so wrong. When Mark’s third girlfriend, Amber (Kate Upton), turns up it’s pretty clear that he’s the problem, and all three of them set out to ruin his life. The revenge stuff is pretty by-the-numbers, to the extent that often the film itself doesn’t seem to care about stuff like feeding Mark female hormones and putting hair remover in his shampoo. Nor does it care all that much about the characters: we’re constantly told that having friends has somehow “changed” Carly, but we never see much of a change in her, while Amber is clearly meant to be a dumb blonde, only somebody decided that would be offensive and cut out almost all the dumb blonde jokes. There are still some diamonds in this film’s extensive rough: Mann’s riffing whenever Kate has an emotional breakdown is hilarious, while Coster-Waldau is able to be both plausible enough as a nice guy to have sucked these women in and cartoony enough to stop things getting grim when things start to go wrong for him. They can’t save this mess, but if you do somehow find yourself in a cinema where this is showing, they’re enough to keep your eyes focused in the general direction of the screen.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier The Marvel Movie Machine churns on with an effort that falls more at the upper scale of acceptable parameters


thanks to some decent action sequences and a cast that are probably too good for this generic Marvel tale – you know: secret bad guy, everyone turns against the hero


so he has to solve the conspiracy on his own – the usual stuff.

Noah Russel Crowe

is Noah in this loose adaptation of the Bible tale where rock monsters

walk the earth and Noah thinks his mission is to exterminate all human life. Some of the visuals are pretty spectacular, though.

The Lego Movie When

Stage two: Constantine slaps a fake mole on Kermit, covers up his own, has Kermit shipped off to the Gulag (run by Tina Fey) and takes his place as part of The Muppet Show. What is Constantine after? Will Kermit escape in time? Will anyone notice he’s been replaced by a frog with a totally different accent? And can they pack any sillier and totally gratuitous celebrity cameos into this film? The Muppets style of comedy works whether it’s coming or going: if a joke’s funny then it’s funny, if it falls flat that’s almost as good – The Muppets are meant to be a bit crap, after all. Unfortunately, the story falls a bit flat: the crime spree plot is a bit one-note and having Kermit off on his own for much of the film is not a great idea. Worse, for some reason all of the Muppets seem to have been reduced to their basics: Miss Piggy only wants to marry Kermit, Fozzie only cracks lame jokes, and while having everyone clueless as to the Constantine-Kermit swap is an okay joke, it also makes everyone else seem a little heartless. Heartless Muppets? That’s the opposite of what we want. The comedy songs (by Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords) are amazing, though (getting the soundtrack is a must). your movie has as its theme song ‘Everything is Awesome’, you need to be awesome to back it up. Luckily, The Lego Movie is awesome for all ages. One not to be missed.

Need for Speed Car chases. Lots and lots of car chases. Everything in between the car chases is forgettable, lame or outright stupid; the car chases themselves are

For Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley), this is a problem, as she’s just done the big test meant to guide teens to the path for them, only to discover she’s “divergent” – equally good at more than one thing. Forced to keep it a secret, she still decides to follow her heart (and break her parents’ hearts) by leaving behind their boring do-gooder Abnegation cast and joining Dauntless, who run everywhere, spend all their spare time climbing stuff, and presumably use these skills to defend the realm against various unspecified threats. Those guys don’t mess around, and the extended training that follows is underlined by the very real threat of death or being kicked out – and once you’re kicked out of one group, none of the others will have you. What develops isn’t all that original – there’s a hunky instructor (Theo James), a bunch of feisty friends, and a range of sinister and oily leaders (Kate Winslet being the most obvious) who are clearly up to no good – but unlike a lot of recent young adult franchises, this knuckles down to tell a solid story while keeping the characters focused within that story. There aren’t the usual comedic moments or bizarre asides that often make these films fun but flawed: Prior’s story is told straight and with an earnest touch that works out, largely due to the strength of Woodley’s performance. It’s not going to replace The Hunger Games any time soon, but even if there are no further instalments – while there are more novels, this ends on a pleasingly definite note if the series doesn’t continue – this is the first worthy challenger in a long time. pretty good, but not quite good enough to get this across the finishing line.

Mr Peabody & Sherman It’s every kid’s favourite ’60s cartoon characters brought to 3D life! Well,

presumably the parents are coming because they’ve heard of time travellers Mr Peabody & Sherman; the kids will at least be distracted by this generic cartoon.


Get to You


Steel the Wheel

In the Silence

The Night Party

The Phoncurves

Shaun Kirk


Rum Jungle Records




Get to You is the debut record from Melbourne band The Night Party. A collaboration between Buck Lexton and Rick Sands, this album draws some comparisons to the likes of The Black Keys and The Rolling Stones. Although the album only goes for 30 minutes, throughout the twelve tracks there is an extensive music landscape created through each of the tracks.

Brisbane duo The Phoncurves are back with their new EP entitled Heartstrings. With luscious vocal melodies, this group has already mixed it with the likes of Josh Pyke, Thelma Plum, Asta and The Paper Kites to name but just a few.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician that has been working harder than Shaun Kirk over the past few years. Steer the Wheel, a majority crowdfunded record, is a stunning full band affair this time around, featuring the talents of Danny McKenna and Grant Cummerford as Kirk’s rhythm section.

Discovering Ásgeir was one of the best things to happen to me this week; then I got given his album to review. Already becoming the fastestselling debut album in Iceland by a domestic artist, Ásgeir is now ready to show Australia his “Folktronica” sound inspired by the likes of Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Alt-J and James Blake in his English language version of Dyrd i Daudathogn (In the Silence).

‘Love in Vain’ kicks off with some infectious fuzz guitar lines that sound like it could be covered by The Black Keys for triple j’s Like a Version or taken from their 2010 album, Brothers. On record you can produce many sounds, and the thing that is both really surprising and awesome about this record is that it is just two guys in the studio smashing out some old school rock and roll. It’s funky, fresh, original rock and roll at its best and it will be interesting to see how the band pulls off playing these tracks live. If you’re road-trippin’ in the next little while, be sure to pick up Get to You and add it to the collection of sweet tunes on rotation. This is an album with many different flavours and textures offering a wide palate of rock and roll. Check this band out; it’s an enjoyable listen. And don’t be surprised if you are having a little boogie around your bedroom whilst it is playing. Tex Miller

The lead single from this release is ‘Lover’, which uses electronic beats to hook you into the infectious melodies. The vocals are very sweet, and it is quite easy to mellow out to this song. Vocally, it sounds like Feist, who we all know and love from the ‘1234’ iPod commercial a few years back. ‘Heartstrings’ is the opening track on the EP, and sounds like Sally Seltmann could cover this for Like a Version. If you’re a triple j tragic, you may have just heard ‘Heartstrings’ or ‘Lover’ around the airwaves as it racks up more and more requests. For a while now, The Phoncurves have been playing the supporting role to big name acts, but definitely watch these guys in the next six months. They are producing some lovely indie pop music. To be able to take the listener on a journey throughout an album or EP is a challenge, yet The Phoncurves have definitely achieved that with this release.

On previous albums, Kirk has built up the acoustic one-man band sound but on Steer the Wheel the sound is very subdued, with more electric blues at play this time. Kicking off with ‘Give to the Needy’, you are directly thrown into the groove and within the first thirty seconds you are captured in the new sound that Kirk has been working tirelessly on over the past few years. The last time that Kirk ventured to Geelong we all heard the tracks ‘Find Me a Lady’ and ‘Blues for My Birthday’, which make their studio debut on Steer the Wheel. It’s a rocking band feel with electric piano and banjos, and lead guitar from Jed Cardwell. Lyrics and songwriting have always been something that Kirk has worked on and he has really hit the mark with this release. Although there isn’t a Geelong show on this current, he is playing all around Australia so make sure you head down if he is in your neck of the woods.

On tour throughout May and June, be sure to get your ears around these guys whilst it is still hip to.

Although some may not be instantly converted by the new sounds that Kirk is throwing down, it’s worth giving it a chance because this is by far the most ambitious record to date, and something that Kirk should be incredibly proud of.

Tex Miller

Tex Miller

WHAT’s NEW!? Waterloo


ABBA’s Greatest Hits in a Classical Style

Linda Ronstadt

One of the biggest bands in the world, ABBA, has had plenty of greatest hits compilations, but none quite like this. A classical spin on a different kind of classic. Available now on Universal.

On the heels of her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Linda Rodstadt is releasing a compilation of duets. Featuring the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton and Bette Midler. Available now on Rhino.

180g Vinyl Rereleases

Van Diemen’s Land


Russell Morris

Never missing a trend, Kiss are rereleasing their albums on vinyl, much like… everyone else. Their back catalogue includes classics such as the self-titled album, Destroyer, Hotter Than Hell and Dynasty. Available now on Universal.

An absolute legend of Australian music, the man behind psychedelic classic ‘The Real Thing’ is back. Featuring appearances by fellow legends Joe Camilleri and Rick Springfield, as well as The Living End’s Scott Owen and Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst. Available now on Fanfare.

It is difficult to go wrong with this album as it has such a wide audience appeal; going from one track having a brass section and a soft fingerpicked guitar and the next track a synth and electric beat. With an almost identical style to Bon Iver, the 20-year-old has struck gold in this release. Most tracks written about his 72-yearold father Ásgeir takes us on a emotional lyrical journey, with haunting harmonies and mellow riffs. With many standout tracks, ‘Torrent’, which almost feels looped, is the biggest diamond in the jewellery store that is In the Silence, with a bit more power and freshness to that of his Bon Iver stylings and should be a track to watch for in the triple j Hottest 100 for 2015. Another killer track is the title track itself ‘In the Silence’, that is almost indescribable in its perfectness, similar to the stylings of Mumford & Sons and fellow Icelandic superstars, Of Monsters and Men. With five bonus tracks added making it a 15 track album, In the Silence is a must have album in 2014. Oliver Friend

State of Trance 2014 Armin van Buuren I’d hate to be accused of being biased in this column, so here’s a bit of trance. Armin van Buuren is one of the biggest names in trance; so big even I have heard of him. This is the latest instalment of State of Trance. Available now on Armada.

Catacombs of the Black Vatican Black Label Society It doesn’t get much more rock and roll than these guys. Zakk Wylde and the rest of the band are back with their ninth studio album. Available now on E1.

Built on Glass Chet Faker He’s playing his third straight Splendour in the Grass, he’s a regular on triple j, and now he’s finally releasing his debut LP. Available now on Future Classic.



Grog Watch On the rare occasion I have a conversation about this column that isn’t “do you still write that crap?” people often ask me what I get out of writing it. I was going to make a joke here along the lines of “what, besides all the money and fame?” but that would have just sounded weird as these days everyone knows the only ways to get money or fame is to inherit them. Serious question: do they still teach kids at school that things are different now from Medieval times? I mean, obviously things are different now, as back then the various Lords that owned everything and controlled everyone’s lives felt at least some minor responsibility to the general public, if only to stop the general public from rising up and trying to kill them. But while complaining about the state of society today might seem like an obvious perk I get from

PULP. >>>>>> By Cameron Urquhart & Alastair McGibbon

Alastair: So, I’ve never been a huge fan of Captain America. He’s always come across as kinda cheesy, and, much like Superman, has that Boy Scout personality that just doesn’t sit well with me. I like my heroes with flaws, dang nabbit! Despite my distaste for the comic version of the character, I’ve particularly enjoyed the way he’s been portrayed on film by Chris Evans in the MCU. Captain America: The First Avenger turned my perception of Cap around and I absolutely loved the film. It inspired me to pick up my first (and only) Captain America trade: Captain America: Winter Soldier – yup, the same book that has just been turned into a movie. Written by the supremely talented Ed Brubaker, the Winter Soldier storyline begins with the assassination of the Red Skull and the theft of the Cosmic Cube. The suspect? An unstoppable, untraceable killer, employed as an undercover agent for the Soviets for over fifty years. Kneedeep in intrigue, secrets and lies, Cap struggles to stop the Winter Soldier, catch the person pulling his strings, and stay alive. Winter Soldier is as much a Cold War-style intrigue story as much as it is a superhero story. Cap has to navigate a sea of diplomacy and avoid pissing off the wrong people. One wrong move could mean an international incident, and with the threat of the Winter Soldier looming large, it’s no easy task. Winter Soldier is one of my all-time favourite Marvel stories. The titular character actually reminds me a little of Red Hood, from the DC Universe – except he has a badass metal arm. It’s a huge story, and I was sucked in right from the beginning. While the movie version is probably more condensed, the comic is a must-have for Marvel fans. Cameron: Until a few years ago I’d never heard of Rick Remender. In fact, I only came across him by accident, when Marvel stopped shipping me my Deadpool subscription and instead replaced it with Remender’s X-Force. I threw the early issues aside almost entirely because I was upset over missing Deadpool. One day, however, I was starved for reading material and ended up reading every issue in one sitting.



writing this column, I can do that just as easily down the pub… if there was still a pub in Geelong they would let me into, that is. No, the real benefit that flows from writing a column like this is being able to publicly beg for stuff – or at least, that’s what seems to be the benefit of writing a column like this judging by some of the examples I’ve read recently. Not naming names or anything, but I was reading one long-running column recently and I was extremely impressed with the way they managed to boast about their lack of a love life while totally laying out the case for why someone should come over and jump their bones right this second. I mean, why give that stuff away for free on a dating site profile when you can get paid to run it in a major newspaper, right? Obviously the secret to this kind of thing – as with all forms of seduction – is to not lay your case out in the open in the first paragraph. This person played it smart: they kicked off by mentioning that many of their ex’s walked out the door, telling our columnist that they’d probably die alone. Obviously this kind of thing is designed to win our sympathy: of course they’re not going to die alone! The question of what they were doing dating such cold-hearted bastards in the first place is one for another time. Then the columnist explained that meeting all these cold-hearted bastards had pretty much put them off love, and they’d now been single for a number of years.

Despite how much I enjoyed X-Force, I was hesitant to read Remender’s new run on Captain America. Like Al, I’ve enjoyed Evans’s take on the character in the MCU, but I’ve never really been interested in the comic counterpart. Having read The Winter Soldier in preparation for the movie, I decided to go back and give the Remender run a second look. Remender has a passion for odd science-fiction, and Captain America plays to this strength. Stuck in Dimension Z, Cap is forced not only to look out for himself, but also for a young child he rescued from the clutches of the evil bio-fanatic Zola. Dimension Z itself is a monstrous landscape and its inhabitants are equally unsettling and vile. Cap and his new ward, Ian, spend years in this harsh world but still never really become comfortable in it. A strong father and son bond is forged through their hardships, but it is just as strongly tested. Their relationship is reflected back through Zola and his genetically engineered daughter. Where one bond is built through trust and love, the other more resembles Stockholm Syndrome. This run is incredibly thrilling so far, and makes me excited to dig deeper into the history of the star spangled Captain.

Again, regular readers of this particular column will know that’s about as long as the columnist has been a single parent, but surprisingly – especially if you’re expecting the old “I have to be more picky, as whoever I date will become part of my child’s life, too” line – this doesn’t get a mention. Only it’s no surprise at all once you realise this column is basically a dating profile: being a single parent doesn’t exactly make you more attractive, right guys? Back to the column, where our columnist is wondering whether all their bitter romantic experience has killed the love in their heart or just made them super-sensitive to the flaws of others. That’s right, potential partners, this one is a challenge. Are you up for it? There’s a bit more waffle for a while before we get to the heart of the column: the columnist has had their heart broken so many times before that they fear they have lost the ability to trust another person with their heart. Sure, they say, if you don’t put yourself out there you’ll become a lonely old person – but isn’t loneliness easier to work with than the pain of a broken heart? And it gets worse, as the punchline to all this turns out to be that while being unable to trust other people is just your usual cynicism, what our columnist is suffering – the inability to trust themselves when it comes to love, having made so many bad decisions in the past – is so much worse. While it’s tempting to dig out some of this columnist’s earlier work (in which they revealed that youth and

looks were pretty much all they were after in a partner because much of the value in having a partner came from impressing your friends), let’s stick to the issue at hand: someone wrote and had printed in a major publication a column that was basically, “I’ve been hurt so many times before, I don’t know if I can risk falling in love again”. Isn’t this, like, the third or fourth oldest pick-up approach in the book? If I’d known it was okay to base columns on pick-up attempts I’d have been starting this one out with “Do you come here often?” every couple of months. What this is – all this is, because there’s no real insight into anything past the author’s status as a member of the walking wounded on love’s battlefield – is a naked attempt to let the readership know that the columnist is single and looking to mingle… if the right person is out there willing to take a chance on an old warhorse who might be a bit of a challenge. Awww. Mostly “awww, they’re trying a pick-up line in the daytime on readers who are sober, how sad,” but at least they’re plugging away. My real question is: if this kind of cheeseball naked begging is allowed in a column, what should I start begging you guys for? Anyone got a Blu-ray of the first season of The Americans they don’t want, give me a call… Tony “cold and flu remedies wouldn’t go astray, either” Montana

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It’s no secret – well, it’s no secret if you’ve been reading this column – that movies have seasons. Over the course of a year, what’s available at the cinema changes; not just individual movies, but what kind of movies. On one level, this is obvious. This issue of Forte is out at the end of school holidays, and so over the last few weeks we’ve had a couple of hard-core kids’ movies on in cinemas – Sherman & Mr Peabody and The Lego Movie. This doesn’t mean there haven’t been other kinds of movies showing – Noah opened last week, and while that’s kind of all-ages in a way (lots of kids have read The Bible over the years), it’s not exactly pure kids fare – but last week we got Muppets Most Wanted and Divergent, both of which skew a little younger than the norm across the year. And considering the other big release of the last few weeks was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s fairly safe to say we’re in a bit of a kids-zone at the movies at the moment. That’s a minor blip in the wider pattern of movies across the year, which basically goes like this: from late December until early February are the Oscar favourites – the quality movies the studios release then so the members of The Academy (who are, percentage-wise, getting on in years) remember them when they get around to voting. Then, from around mid-May until early August we get the serious blockbusters – the big crowdpleasing movies the studios have invested a lot of money into. You can usually tell these by the way there’s only ever one of them a week, as they cost so much money no studio dares risk splitting the audience by pitching one of them up against another one.

That doesn’t mean there’s one out every week for that period, just most weeks. And everything in between is when Hollywood dumps its duds. Well, obviously not every film out between those periods is a dud (and many of the films out in the quality or expensive times of year are duds, too), but they’re almost always films that, for whatever reason, the studios think are below par. The Lego Movie? A toy tie-in that became a surprise hit. Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Disney almost always release their Marvel movies on the fringes of blockbuster season because they make them on the (relative) cheap, and with almost no (big) stars they rake in the money. But given the choice between seeing one of them and the latest Transformers movie? It’s probably going to lose. As much as it’s possible to have a “risky” period at the movies these days – if a movie fails overseas we’re almost certainly not getting it here unless it stars an Australian name, and entire genres (horror, teen comedy) are pretty much shut-out from our cinemas at the moment – this time of year is it. It’s still the usual diet of blockbusters, comedies and kids movies treated “seriously”, but because these are the ones that aren’t quite right, there’s always the chance they’ll turn out to be more interesting than the usual standardised product. Unless it’s I, Frankenstein, of course.

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Issue 584 / 17 April 2014

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