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THE PRICE IS RIGHT WE ALL WANT TO Brisbane indie-pop supergroup We All Want To continue to ride the wave of the success they enjoyed in 2012, their breakout year, by releasing the No Signs EP earlier this month. Hailed for their infectious grooves and sing-along pop melodies, the band bring their energetic live ensemble to Melbourne next week as part of their national tour. Catch their main show at 8pm at the Public Bar in North Melbourne on Saturday May 11. We’ve got two double passes up for grabs.
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THE RUBENS The Rubens return home this month after playing headline shows in Europe and US, and have wasted no time in announcing a month long national tour. To celebrate their homecoming, the soulful, bluesy fourpiece from Sydney have released a limited edition package of their self-titled debut album (released 2012, certiﬁed gold 2012). The album package features a previously unreleased track and seven live recordings from their acclaimed sold out show at Melbourne’s Forum theatre last year. We’ve got ﬁve of the deluxe edition albums to give away. Get ye to beat.com.au/freeshit
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS BLEEDING KNEES CLUB Brash Gold Coast duo Bleeding Knees Club have announced their new single Feel and a Melbourne show to go with it. From a duo whose ﬁrst EP was recorded in the back of a shoe shop in their hometown, Bleeding Knees Club have come a long way in their short but busy existence, with their 2012 debut album Nothing To Do recorded in New York City with producer Dev Hynes. Bleeding Knees Club will be playing in Melbourne on Saturday June 1 at Ding Dong Lounge, supported by Sydney’s Sures. Tickets are on sale through Oztix
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After an unprecedented bout of rabid rumour-mongering as to who will help break in Splendour In The Grass’s lush new digs at North Byron Parklands, we can ﬁnally reveal who will be heading our way for our largest winter music festival. The full, very tasty, lineup reads as follows: Mumford & Sons (Only Australian Show), Frank Ocean, The National (Only Australian Show), Of Monsters & Men, Empire Of The Sun, Bernard Fanning, The Presets, TV On The Radio (Only Australian Show), Klaxons, Flume, Babyshambles, Passion Pit, Birds Of Tokyo, James Blake, Architecture In Helsinki, Laura Marling, Matt Corby, Drapht, Mystery Band, Flight Facilities, Polyphonic Spree (Performing Rocky Horror Picture Show), Boy & Bear, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Cold War Kids, The Rubens, Sarah Blasko, Darwin Deez, You Am I (Performing Sound As Ever and Hi-Fi Way), Hermitude, Haim, Airbourne, The Drones, Ms Mr, Gurrumul, Everything Everything, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Cloud Control, Portugal. The Man, Daughter, Something For Kate, Wavves, Chet Faker, Snakadaktal, Robert Delong, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Whitley, Fidlar, Jake Bugg, The Bamboos, Surfer Blood, Deap Vally, Palma Violets, Alpine, Little Green Cars, Vance Joy, Jagwar Ma, Villagers, Violent Soho, Dune Rats, PVT, The Jungle Giants, Cub Scouts, Art Of Sleeping, The Growl, Twinsy, The Chemist, Songs, Mitzi, Alison Wonderland, Yolanda Be Cool, What So Not, Xaphoon Jones, D-Cup, Otologic, Peking Duk, Tyler Touche, Bad Ezzy. Splendour In The Grass 2013 takes place at North Byron Parklands from Friday July 26 until Sunday July 28.
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DONNY BENET Sydney’s poster boy of Italo funk, Donny Benet will be supporting YACHT for their two headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Oregon pop duo YACHT are due to tour Australia at the end of this month as part of the Groovin’ The Moo festival. YACHT, supported by Donny Benet will be playing Melbourne at Ding Dong Lounge this Friday May 3. Tickets are still on sale and available via the venue website.
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TEK TEK ENSEMBLE Tek Tek Ensemble is a festive anthropological mini-orchestra consisting of three guys and three girls playing trumpet, trombone, violins, percussion, guitars, double bass, piano accordion, and the human voice. Join them for their upcoming residency every Thursday evening at Spotted Mallard in May from 9pm.
BERNARD FANNING THE BREAK Surf quintet The Break have just come oﬀ the back of a national tour supporting Rodriguez, and will be following it up with two of their own headline shows in Melbourne. The band released their second album Space Farm in mid-March, featuring chants by The Gyuto Monks Of Tibet and even a full vocal performance by Engelbert Humperdinck. The Break will be playing in Melbourne on Thursday May 30 at The Caravan Music Club (part of the Oakleigh RSL) and on Friday May 31 at The Thornbury Theatre. Tickets for both shows are on sale and available at thebreak.net.au.
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Recently announced for the mammoth Splendour bill, Bernard Fanning has added a headline tour to his 2013 itinerary. The tour will be fans’ ﬁrst opportunity to hear Fanning’s upcoming album Departures live. The ﬁrst taste of the album, lead single Battleships, was released last week. Support for the tour will come from Big Scary and Vance Joy. Bernard Fanning will play at the Palace Theatre on Friday August 9. Tickets go on sale on Friday May 10 from Ticketek.
Following the recent release of the brand new single Tightrope and accompanying video from The Vanturas, the band have announced a single launch show to celebrate. Tightrope is the band’s ﬁrst single lifted from their so far untitled up coming album, due for release late 2013. The Vanturas will be launching Tightrope on Friday May 31 at Cherry Bar. No ticketing information available yet, but keep an eye on the Cherry Bar website for show details.
Troubadour Ash Grunswald developed a friendship with Scott Owen – world-renowned bass-straddler for The Living End – around the coal pit in Ash’s backyard over many a soy sausage and a surf report. The two teamed up with The Living End drummer Andy Strachan to record a heavy version of Gnarls Barkely’s Crazy. They launch this single at The Prince Bandroom on Friday June 28. Tickets are from the venue website.
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Deﬁne your genre in ﬁve words or less: Rhythmic, psychedelic, melodic, pop. Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Someone described us as Neil Young meets Oasis after our ﬁrst gig. What do you love about making music? Anyone can do it. Some are just more equal than others. What can a punter expect from your live show? We’re not really into theatrics, we just play very good tunes very well. When’s the gig and with who? This Saturday May 4 at Black Night Crash (Rochester Castle) with Honey Badgers. So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say? “What’s with all the paisley? Where are their beanies and sexist t shirts?” How long have you been gigging and writing? I’ve been writing for ten years and gigging for six. What inspires or has inﬂuenced your music the most? Hearing new music from bands or artists I already like, as long as it’s good of course. And travelling usually works pretty well too. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We have our ﬁrst demos on our soundcloud page. What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? When people whose opinions I trust genuinely love what we’re doing. Now it’s just a matter of getting in front of and in the heads of more people. When are you doing your thing next? We’re relocating to the UK in June. Describe the best gig you have ever played. Supporting Tim Rogers at the Toﬀ, who was a last minute replacement for Even. Was probably one of the best gigs I’ve attended, let alone opened the show for. When, and why did you start writing music? I started writing around ten years ago, just because it felt right and I enjoyed creating something out of thin air. Other art still requires physical matter to create, where as the song itself is genuinely created out of nothing. Where would you like to be in ﬁve years? On the cover. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU
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YO GABBA GABBA! After a smashing it last year, silly creatures Yo Gabba Gabba! will be returning to Australia this year. The children’s show has been a success worldwide, receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination for costume design/styling. It’s featured guest performances by Jimmy Eat World, Elijah Wood, The Killers and The Ting Tings and many more. Host DJ Lance Rock will present, and control the havoc that the muppets create. A delight for all families alike, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Get the Sillies Out! will be at the Palais Theatre on Saturday June 8. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
HOWLIN’ STEAM TRAIN The boozy cocktail of rock, soul and boogie that is Howlin’ Steam Train are bringing their rollicking live show to The Espy on Friday May 24 playing tunes from their third release Green Jelly. It’s in the front bar and it’s free entry.
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One of the country’s most-adored semi-dormant acts have roused from their slumber to hit The Tote this June. The show will see The Nation Blue perform material from their stellar back catalogue, plus a showcase of their ﬁrst new material since 2009. Frontman Tom Lyngcoln spent time since performing with the rising powerhouse that is Harmony. Support on the night comes from the No Anchor and Dead. The Nation Blue perform at The Tote on Saturday June 8.
Minimal duo Footy have announced a headline show to celebrate the launch of their fulllength debut. Mobile Cemetary showcases the underground pop meanderings from the rising electronic piano two-piece. The LP will be released on Friday May 3 through Lost & Lonesome. Rounding out the stellar bill at Northcote Social Club will be Pearls, Mad Nanna and The Backstabber. Footy perform at Northcote Social Club on Sunday May 12.
DELANEY DAVIDSON Part man, part wheel, New Zealand’s Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman with one foot ﬁrmly in the blues trash corner of the ring and the other on the road. He plays an exclusive Melbourne show at The Spotted Mallard on Saturday May 18 with special guest Mojo Juju. Tickets are $10+bf with pre-sales available from the venue website.
MONO Japanese instrumental quartet MONO will make their triumphant return to Melbourne this June. Already announced for the Dark MOFO festival, Mono were last on Australian shores for the 2011 Melbourne Festival which saw them play to a sold out Forum Theatre. The tour follows the release of their sixth studio album, For My Parents, which was released in late 2012. MONO will play at The Hi-Fi on Sunday June 23. Tickets through the venue’s website.
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Melbourne-based singer/songwriter and ex-Killing Heidi front woman Ella Hooper has announced the release of her newest single, Häxan. The Scandinavian word Häxan translates roughly to ‘The Witches’, Hooper taking cues from ﬁlm noir ambiances in the writing and recording of her debut solo album In Tongues. Ella Hooper will be debuting her new single at The Workers Club on Thursday May 9, supported by Spender and Hailey Crame. Tickets are $12+bf and are on sale now via theworkersclub.com.au. The single Häxan is out now, with the album In Tongues due for release Friday June 28.
BRITISH INDIA In addition to a sold out performance at The Corner Hotel, and a show at Geelong’s Wool Exchange, Melbourne quartet British India have added ten more dates to their upcoming Controller tour, including three more Victorian dates. Controller is the band’s fourth album, released back in March this year. The band’s extra dates are Friday May 17 at Karova Lounge in Ballarat, Friday May 24 at The Pelly Bar in Frankston and Saturday May 24 at The Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, with tickets also still available to the band’s Geelong show at The Wool Exchange on Saturday May 18. Tickets for all shows are on sale now via Oztix.
TAPE WOLF One-man-band surf guitarist Tape Wolf brings his fuzzed-up guitar across the pond from New Zealand this month. He plays The Grace Darling on Friday May 17 with a righteous lineup of supports including The Bonniwells, Towelheads and Ausmuteants. Tickets are at the door.
HAPPY MONDAYS Ten bands everyone should know about: Jeﬀ Lang, Siskin River, Max Savage, Bob Brozman, Jamie Pye, Tom Richardson Project, Chase The Sun, Jay Fraser, The Flaming Lips & Jake Shimabokuro. Nine food items that you need to make a kickarse dinner party: Big breakfast dinner party with appropriately themed background music: bacon, eggs in all possible formats, mushroom, tomato, onion, sausage, coﬀee, Irish coﬀee, just straight whiskey... Eight possessions that define you: Just the one guitar I think...and maybe a few records from the collection. Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mixtape: I Love You Man, School Of Rock, RockWiz, August Rush, Dark Eyes, Into The Wild and Paris Texas (best soundtracks). Six bad habits you can’t escape: Tapping my foot to a song while driving, waking myself with six cups of coﬀee then not being able to sleep ‘til daylight then sleeping for three hours then waking myself Beat Magazine Page 16
with six cups of coﬀee, crashing hire cars, missing planes, getting into cabs with no wallet and breaking guitars. Five people who inspire you: Bob Brozman, Michael Hedges, Judy Collins, Jeﬀ Lang, most of my family and friends. Four things that turn you on: Music, ‘50s electric guitars, ‘50s record players and playing music on those two things. Three goals for your music: To travel, have fun and stay alive. Two live gigs you’ll never forget and why: Geoﬀ Achison at the Old Hepburn hotel last year. There were three people in the room including the bar girl, the sound guy and myself but he played like it was a packed out Hollywood Bowl. Also my dad’s band, the ﬁrst gig I ever saw back at the Brogo bush hall when I was ﬁve. One day left before the apocalypse and you…: Jam with all of the above. DANIEL CHAMPAGNE launches his new album The Gypsy Moon (Volume 1) at The Northcote Social Club on Saturday May 4.
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Inﬂuential UK rockers Happy Mondays have announced rescheduled dates for their upcoming Australian tour. Replacing Peter Hook’s DJ set support, as he is unable to make the new dates, are special guests 808 State, also doing a DJ set. All tickets previously purchased are valid for this next set of dates. Happy Mondays play The Palace on Thursday June 6. Tickets are through Ticketek and Oztix.
BARBARIÖN Virile battle-axe wielding beasts of metal Barbariön will hit Ding Dong Lounge to launch their skull-crushing new album. Renowned for their all-out Viking-like live performances, Barbariön have captured the attention of the country with their meaty throwback to the glory days of hard rock. Support comes from Very Handsome Men and Pterodactly. Barbariön perform at Ding Dong Lounge on Friday May 10.
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INTERNATIONAL AEROSMITH Rod Laver Arena May 4 BLACK SABBATH Rod Laver Arena April 29, May 1 THE BRONX The Corner April 30, May 1 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS The Corner Hotel April 23, May 2, 3 TEGAN & SARA The Palais May 2 MATT & KIM Northcote Social Club May 3 YACHT Ding Dong Lounge May 3 EXAMPLE The Palace May 3 THE KOOKS The Palais May 1,3 GROOVIN THE MOO Prince Of Wales Showground Bendigo, May 4 BILAL The Hi-Fi May 4 HAPPY MONDAYS The Palace May 6 CHERRYROCK013 AC/DC Lane May 5 FRIGHTENED RABBIT The Corner Hotel May 7, 8 BETH ORTON St Michael’s Church May 8 JULIAN MARLEY Corner Hotel May 9 OM The Hi-Fi May 10 CRADLE OF FILTH The Palace May 10 BEASTWARS The Bendigo May 11 TRUCKFIGHTERS Ding Dong Lounge May 11 JELLO BIAFRA Corner Hotel May 11, 12 UNIDA The Hi-Fi May 12 FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND The Corner Hotel May 14, Pier Live Frankston May 15 THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM The Palace May 14, 15 NEON TREES Ding Dong May 15 TENACIOUS D The Palais May 17,18 DEFTONES The Palace May 17, 18 LOCAL NATIVES The Forum May 18 STAN RIDGWAY Corner Hotel May 18, The Caravan Club May 19 BOBBY WOMACK Hamer Hall May 21 ...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD The Corner May 22 LITA FORD Prince Bandroom May 23 KAKI KING Corner Hotel May 30 THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT Billboard May 31, Caravan Club May 23 THE MILK CARTON KIDS Thornbury Theatre June 6, St Kilda Memo June 8 THE BLACK ANGELS The Palace June 14
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NATIONAL FLUME Festival Hall May 2, 3 MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA Forum Theatre May 4 THE RUBENS The Forum May 10, 11 EMMA LOUISE Corner Hotel May 10 BARBARIÖN Ding Dong Lounge May 10 DRAGON The Palms at Crown May 11 WINTERCOATS The Gasometer May 11 THE SEEKERS Hamer Hall May 14 THE HEART OF ST KILDA The Palais May 14 JINJA SAFARI The Toﬀ May 15, 16 OH MERCY Northcote Social Club May 16, 17 LORDE Workers Club May 17 THE STEVENS The Tote May 17 SAN CISCO Corner Hotel May 25 CLAIRY BROWNE & BANGIN’ RACKETTES Corner Hotel May 31 MATT CORBY The Palace May 31 OWL EYES Corner Hotel June 1 BLEEDING KNEES CLUB Ding Dong Lounge June 1
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CHERRYROCK013 UNIDA BY THOMAS BAILEY
There’s something curious about being in Cherry Bar during the day, with nary a punter, guitarist, bartender or coat-check girl in sight. Rather, on this late summer afternoon with the last vestiges of a warm drizzle still floating in the air, there is only me and a small gaggle of photographers and a publicist present in the venue, standing on the sticky carpet. We’re here to meet the one and only John Garcia, lead vocalist of Kyuss Lives!, who that evening are going to play a blistering Sidewave set at the Palace Theatre. Garcia looks fit and healthy as we sit on one of those vinyl couches for our 15-minute chat. He speaks with an intense directness, yet his eyes project a measured gentleness and serenity as we talk about his music, his home world of Palm Desert, California (home of the definitive “stoner rock” sound), the resurrection of his band Unida, who will be performing at the seventh annual CherryRock Festival this weekend, and the fact that the moniker Kyuss Lives! will no longer be used, seeing as how former Kyuss bandmate (and now figurehead of Queens Of The Stone Age) Josh Homme launched a lawsuit to stop them from using it. “It’s a fucking nightmare, really,” he admits when asked about the latter issue. “Honestly, it’s just a bunch of high school bullshit. I’m not into that! I’m concerned about what fish and bait I’m using with my kids when I hang out with my family, but regardless – we’re changing the name. [Josh] sued us. We could have fought it, all the way to the fucking Supreme Court but it’s like, you know what? How much money do most of these cases cost? I don’t have that kind of fucking coin!” It doesn’t matter too much to Garcia, anyway – he and his mates in Kyuss Lives! have moved on and are starting a new band called Vista Chino, and, Garcia informs me, they’ll be releasing a new album in August or September of this year. “We’ll still be playing all the [Kyuss] songs – it’s my Godgiven right to sing any Kyuss song the way I want to sing it,
and I plan to do so!” Aussie fans of his offshoot Unida should be excited as Garcia brings his buddies Arthur and Owen Seay (guitar and bass) and Miguel “Mike” Cancino (drums) Down Under for the first time. Born in 1999 out of the dissolution of Kyuss in 1996, Unida exemplified the stoner rock sound – droning guitars, intense drums, and a distinct heaviness in its delivery of music that, yes, one could certainly get stoned to. Their debut record Coping With The Urban Coyote was released to good reviews, but unfortunately the follow-up, 2001’s The Great Divide, got bogged down in inter-label dramas and – at the time of this writing – has never seen the light of day. Sanguine as ever, Garcia bears no ill will towards American Records or Def Jam – it’s just part and parcel of working in the industry. “When you’re in the music business,” he declares, “sometimes deals go through, and sometimes deals go bad. That’s by no fault of anybody. I don’t think [Rick Ruben] was out to fuck us or anything like that. I saw a t-shirt not too long ago, and it read, ‘Welcome to the music business – you’re pretty much fucked!’ And sometimes it’s true!” But certainly it sucks that the label won’t let you buy the record back? “It is what it is,” he says simply. “We spent $350,000 on that record, and they wanted to sell it back to us at a fraction of the price – it’s not that horrible of a deal, but I just don’t have
$125,000 laying around in my back pocket! “Now, I’ve got two kids, and for a father and a family man like me – when you’re a family man, you live a pretty simple life, and [your family] is the number one priority. And so, when the time comes, I would love to be able to talk to [the label] again … and that’s going to happen. That’s a personal project of mine, to have that record see the light of day.” When Garcia says this, there is no doubt in my mind that it’s going to happen sooner or later. But for now, he grins wildly when the subject of CherryRock 2013 comes up, and he’s super chuffed about bringing Unida down to Oz for the first time in the band’s life. “I am so excited about this!” he smiles. “I can’t wait! I have a certain special place in my heart for Australia … it’s just a different vibe over here, and I really appreciate it. “And Unida? We’re a no-frills rock band, and I think [the show’s] going to be exactly that!” He gestures with his arms, taking in the entirety of the surrounding Cherry Bar. “And we’re playing at this legendary place, to be at this bar, down this little lane, and that makes it that much more special. And now I can check this off my list!” UNIDA perform alongside Truckfighters, Barbarion, and Drunk Mums (amongst others) at CHERRYROCK013 at Cherry Bar on Sunday May 5. Tickets are $70 and are on sale from Cherry Bar’s website. Unida also hit The Hi-Fi on Sunday May 12.
TRUCKFIGHTERS BY AUGUSTUS WELBY
Thanks to their fuzzy guitar breadth, Swedish band Truckfighters have been drawing qualified comparisons to stoner rock royalty Kyuss and Fu Manchu ever since their first EP release in 2001. However, guitarist Dango explains that when the band started out in Örebro, Sweden there wasn’t much of a scene for them to cultivate their heavyfuzzing jams. “The stoner scene didn’t really exist. There were a few bands playing when we first started, but not so much people actually listened to these bands up here in Sweden. Because all the bands played more in Europe than in Sweden, we did the same.” Truckfighters have predominantly situated themselves in central Europe throughout their career, but following the release of third record Mania in 2009 their tour itinerary expanded to encompass the Americas. Contrary to popularly held opinion, Dango dismisses much of a difference between European audiences and American audiences. “I think rock’n’roll fans, it’s basically the same wherever you are. I mean, sure, some places people are a bit more energetic or in some places they’re just chilling. I don’t think it’s that big difference like people tend to think.” While Dango insists the type of people coming to their shows doesn’t greatly vary, it seems the Swedish market has upheld a touch of nonchalance toward Truckfighters. “Sweden is a bit hard because we have to get past a certain level for people to actually think it’s ok to listen to you.” It has been a much delayed reaction, but Dango believes their home country is gradually warming to their fuzz-filled frenzy. “We’re getting bigger in Sweden, that’s something we actually noticed lately. I think we passed the point of being totally unknown in Sweden,” he says. Truckfighters have their own studio in Örebro and have self-produced all of their records. Dango points out that they essentially manage all band affairs from the bottom up.
“We’re ‘do-it-yourself’ guys. We run the label ourselves, we record everything ourselves and we write the songs ourselves and take care of everything ourselves.” They’ve been chipping away in the studio between tours and have almost completed recording a new album. It’s been almost four years since Mania came out and Dango explains the major factors halting studio productivity. “Partially because we tour really hard all the time, we don’t really take time off just to sit down and ‘let’s make an album’. Also the drummer dilemma takes away lots of time, to rehearse with new drummers. Creative energy disappears when the drummer ends and we have to look for a new one.” Truckfighters have had a string of temporary drummers over the last four years and although Dango suggests that Poncho, the man currently occupying the drum stool, is an optimum candidate, he’s reluctant to assert he’ll remain permanently. “Let’s just say I have been through too much to think so, but I really hope so. Poncho we’ve been playing with for four months. If he stays for more than a year I think he’s going to stay for a long time. He’s really cool and a really good drummer and we get along really well and it feels good, but you never know.” Truckfighters songs generate out of a collaboration between Dango and vocalist/bassist Ozo. Dango confirms that, despite drummer instability altering the method of song construction, they still possess a jam mentality. “In the early days of the band we just jammed and made
ideas and then tried to make songs out of it. Then as drummers have been coming and going it’s more focused on me and Ozo sitting down in the studio and composing stuff right out of the blue. Even if the two latest albums has been more me and Ozo writing the stuff, lots of the ideas come from recorded jams. We hear a part of a jam and think, ‘Woah this sounds really cool, let’s try to make something serious out of it.’” The band’s sound is particularly indebted to gritty guitar sounds of the ‘90s and Dango admits he prefers to listen to artists of yore, rather than investigating current music happenings. “I’m too old to be excited for music unfortunately. I really like the Soundgarden album they released last year. I like the old Soundgarden as well, but I really was impressed that they made a good album 15 years later. One of my favourite bands is Tool. They don’t release so many albums but Tool is a really big influence for me personally.” He’s found what stimulates him and is sticking with it, but he reveals there is basically one notable exception. “I got the new Kvelertak album. We toured with them in Europe for six weeks. That’s a good album, it’s like more of a punk-rock hardcore mixture. Their first album is also good. That’s a new band I actually listen to but mostly I listen to old bands.” TRUCKFIGHTERS play CHERRYROCK013 at Cherry Bar on Sunday May 5 and Ding Dong Lounge on Saturday May 11.
CHERRYROCK013 PLAYING TIMES CHERRY BAR STAGE The Working Horse Irons 12.15pm – 12.45pm AC/DC LANE MAIN STAGE The Surefire Midnights 12.45pm – 1.15pm CHERRY BAR STAGE Battle Axe Howlers 1.15pm – 1.45pm AC/DC LANE MAIN STAGE Gay Paris 1.45pm – 2.15pm CHERRY BAR STAGE Little Bastard 2.15pm – 2.50pm Beat Magazine Page 20
AC/DC LANE MAIN STAGE Barbarion 2.50pm – 3.30pm CHERRY BAR STAGE Mammoth Mammoth3.30pm – 4.05pm AC/DC LANE MAIN STAGE Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk 4.05pm – 4.50pm CHERRY BAR STAGE Matt Sonic & the High Times 4.50pm – 5.25pm
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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN The Emperor’s New Clothes is a talk hosted by the ACMI; all about costume and its inﬂuence on the evolution of character. This talk explores the role of the costume designer in the development of a character for the screen, both physically and psychologically. Join costume designer Katie Graham (Wilfred, Small Time Gangster), journalist, writer and cultural critic Mel Campbell and Senior Lecturer in Media and Cinema Studies at La Trobe University, Dr Terrie Waddell, as they explore the costume and its eﬀect on the evolution of a screen character. This is happening at ACMI this Sunday May 5, from 2pm.
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ON STAGE Internationally acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre heads boldly into 2013 with an inspiring and poignant new dance theatre production, Blak. Choreographed by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page and emerging choreographer and dancer Daniel Riley McKinley, Blak places culture at the heart of our existence. It reaﬃrms the powerful experiences of rites of passage for young people as they transition to adulthood. By embracing their responsibilities, these young people become a critical link in the song lines that connect our future with our ancient past. Based on the myriad of stories told by Bangarra’s young artists, their personal appreciation for traditional customs and practices drives the central themes of Blak. Culture, language and survival are intrinsically linked in the urban world of changing social behaviours. Blak starts this Friday May 3, and will be at the Arts Centre until Saturday May 11.
ON DISPLAY This May the Fourth, Jedi and Lego fans alike are invited to come together and celebrate the world of LEGO Star Wars with a building event like no other. Harnessing the power of the Force along with a little help from Ryan McNaught; (one of only 13 Certiﬁed Lego Professionals in the world) fans young and old are invited to gather and assist Ryan in building a giant Lego model of the Jedi Master himself, Yoda. Over the course of two days, this 3m high Yoda will be built from the ground up, using over 100,000 Lego bricks. In addition, there’ll be exciting sets from the extensive Lego Star Wars range on display, and if that’s not enough, there’ll be Star Wars trivia and Lego speed building challenges held throughout both days with plenty of prizes up for grabs. This is a free event happening this Saturday May 4 at Westﬁeld Doncaster.
BEAT’S PICK OF THE WEEK: The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is back with another “mouth-watering masala of movie magic” from the world’s biggest, and often craziest, ﬁlm industry. This year is extra special as the festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of Indian ﬁlm. Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange said the festival would include a retrospective of Indian classics and a range of genres including arthouse, neo-realist, Bollywood kitsch and modern blockbusters. When India screened its ﬁrst feature ﬁlm 100 years ago, the ﬁlmmakers could hardly have imagined the event would one day be celebrated in Australia, but the centenary of silent picture Raja Harishchandra, India’s ﬁrst feature ﬁlm, will kick oﬀ festivities at the opening night of the 2013 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. This very special opening night event is taking place at 7pm at Hoyts Melbourne Central, this Friday May 3. The night will also include a complementary viewing of Harishchandrachi Factory, a multi-award winning documentary which examines the making of Raja Harishchandra and the journey of pioneering director and producer Dadasaheb Phalke, as well as a Q&A with IFFM Ambassador, Vidya Balan. Other stars of Indian cinema that will be present on the night include the Indian god of dance, actor and ﬁlm maker, Prabhudeva, the remarkable actor, director, writer, producer and television host Simi Garewal, and documentary-turned blockbuster ﬁlmmaker, Kabir Kahn. Tickets are just $25 each and can be purchased at Hoyts Melbourne Central. Check out the IFFM website for the full festival program and information on Masterclasses with India’s best ﬁlmmakers, the Bollywood dance competition held in Fed Square and the Western Union Short Film Competition: iﬀm.com.au
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CAMILLE REWINDS BY TRAVIS JOHNSON
Camille Rewinds – or Camille Redouble, for the Francophiles amongst us – takes a somewhat well-worn but intriguing trope and gives it an appealing Gallic twist. What if you could go back and change the direction of your life? It’s a fantasy that has been tackled in ﬁlm and literature countless times; Back to the Future comes immediately to mind, as does Francis Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married. However, when French writer/director/actor Naomie Lvovsky turned her hand to the subject, she made something that is at once wistful and funny without wallowing in nostalgia. Lvovsky, familiar to local audiences from such recent festival favourites as Granny’s Funeral, Farewell, My Queen and Skylab, is the titular Camille, a harddrinking, chain-smoking, 40-something Frenchwoman trying - and failing, by and large - to cope with the breakup of her 25 year marriage to Eric (Samir
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Guesmi), whom she fell in love with in high school. Hitting the hooch rather too hard at a New Year’s Eve party, she blacks out and wakes up with more than the usual post-binge regrets; she’s jumped back into her own body in the year 1985 (amusingly, Lvovsky plays both the adult Camille and her teenage antecedent). This strange turn of events - we’re never really clued in as to whether it’s real or fantasy, but from Camille’s point of view that’s largely irrelevant - aﬀords her the opportunity to evaluate her youthful choices, and perhaps even change them for the better. However, doing so means re-encountering Eric at the time she ﬁrst fell for him, and his charms are diﬃcult to refuse. and their journey together. Told through the perspective of J. M. Barrie, Lowe crafts a deeply embroiling story of suppressed desire, love and conﬂict. Death of Peter Pan will be performed at Chapel Oﬀ Chapel from Wednesday May 15 – Sunday May 26. We have a double pass to giveaway.
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It also means reconnecting with her parents (Yolande Moreau and Michel Vuillermoz) and her childhood posse of BFFs, Josepha, Alice and Louise (Judith Chemla, India Hair and Julia Faure). Chemla was good enough to talk to us about her part in the ﬁlm. Although a relative newcomer to the screen - her ﬁrst role was in the 2007 French comedythriller Hellphone - she has been remarkably proliﬁc, appearing in 18 diﬀerent projects over the past six years. Playing the spiky, self-possessed Josepha gave her the chance to essay a markedly diﬀerent role from those she’s played in the past, although, as she explains, it almost didn’t happen that way. “At ﬁrst they wanted to give me the part of Louise in the movie - the girl with the glasses,” Chemla explains, referencing Camille’s mousier other friend. “But they couldn’t really ﬁnd anyone who would suit the part of Josepha. I’d already played the parts of girls who have been a bit frail, a bit vulnerable, or a bit clumsy, so I wanted to play a character that is very strong, that believes in life, that will stand up to everyone.” Lvovsky felt the same, and Chemla is eﬀusive in her gratitude to the triple-threat ﬁlmmaker for granting her the opportunity to ﬂex her acting muscles. “She felt the same way,” she says of Lvovsky. “She thought that would be for the best. The ﬁlm was very personal for her, so it made the whole process make a little more sense. We were very close. She was giving us so much, and she was acting and directing at the same time.” Lvovsky also acted as Chemla’s guide into the world and mindset of the average teenage girl, circa 1985. The ﬁlm revels in the fashions and trends of its period setting, and it’s interesting to note that Camille travels back to the year that was Marty McFly’s point of departure in the inﬂuential Back to the Future. Although Chemla herself was born in the middle of the “Me” decade, her memories of the period are hazy. When it came to wardrobe and style choices, not to mention musical tastes and language, Lvovksy was her anchor. “She gave me a lot of advice. She wanted me to have my hair much darker, for example, and she wanted me to have a fringe. But, of course, you are very free to make your own choices and suggestions as well.” And though, as mentioned, the broad outlines of the ﬁlm’s plot is hardly the most original story, Chemla is adamant that it retains its own distinctive personality, which she puts down to Lvovsky’s emotional connection to the material. “It is very close to Naomie’s personality,” she says. “Life always moves between laughter and tears, and this movie is really like that, the way it’s done. It very much reﬂects the way she sees life, and it’s a very good reﬂection of her humour as well.” She’s right, too. Camille Rewinds works best when it’s examining the nature of regret, and the notion that, for all the pain our choices sometimes bring us, they all contribute to who we are, making even the bitterest memory important, even necessary. Speaking of which, it seemed germane to ask Chemla if, young though she may be, she has any lasting regrets, anything in her past that she would change, given the chance. “No!” she exclaims, and laughs. Camille Rewinds screens at Cinema Nova from tomorrow, Thursday May 2.
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Young Flesh Required brings together extensive research, exclusive interviews and personal reﬂections to tell the stories behind the newspaper headlines and get to the heart of the band. Alan and Mick’s contact books read like a Who’s Who of Punk Rock and here you will ﬁnd ﬁrst-hand accounts from Glen Matlock and Malcolm McLaren, behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Roadent (who jumped ship as roadie for the Clash to work for the Sex Pistols) and interviews with contemporaries such as Captain Sensible, various Buzzcocks and many more. Young Flesh Required charts not only the formation, early years and break-up of the group but also their numerous reunion gigs, right up to the present day doings of the band members.
This volume is a tribute to the vinyl album and celebrates 101 of rock’s most inﬂuential records - from The Beatles’ 1963 debut Please Please Me - through the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks (1977.) Alongside the big names Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac are lesser-known but highly inﬂuential artists including Laura Nyro, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Captain Beefheart and The Stooges. An essay on each album accompanies reproductions of the original vinyl cover artwork, with rare variations from around the world (including the ﬁrst-ever Beatles LP, valued at $5,000, and an alternate issue of Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’, worth twice that amount.) Also included are thought-provoking interviews with musicians who discuss the albums and artists who changed their lives.
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The bands that spearheaded the late 1970s punk scene in Australia-the Saints, Birthday Party, Radio Birdman, and the Go-Betweens--are among the most important of their time. Inner City Sound is the classic account of the explosive development of that scene. Original articles from fanzines and newspapers, together with almost 300 photographs, vividly portray the creative ferment of the period and the dozens of bands that sprang up in the wake of the pioneers. First published in late 1981, Inner City Sound soon fell out of print. It became a lost classic, so sought after that it has been bootlegged like the rare singles listed in its discography. This new edition contains 32 extra pages of articles, photos, and discographic data, which take the story through to 1985, when Nick Cave, the Go-Betweens, the Trifﬁds, and others began to break through internationally.
Parsons was a contradiction in some respects. Most country stars are born in poverty, but Parsons was born to a wealthy family. He brieﬂy studied Theology at Harvard, but embarked on a life of drink and drugs that was to destroy him. He sold few records during his life, but his inﬂuence has been enormous even though he died at only 26. U2, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and more are avowed fans of a man whose voice was truly that of God’s Own Singer. This edition has been revised and updated and most importantly contains an exclusive interview with Michael Martin who, along with Phil Kaufman, stole Parsons’ dead body and cremated it at the Joshua Tree in accordance with the singer’s wishes.
THE WU-TANG MANUAL - THE RZA ($29.95) Written in a style that is at once personal and philosophical, “The Wu-Tang Manual” unravels the intricate web of personalities (and alter egos), warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual ethics that deﬁne the Wu-Tang dynasty. Packed with information that reﬂects the breadth and depth of the RZA’s and rest of the Clan’s - intellectual interests and passions, “The Wu-Tang Manual” is divided into four books of nine chambers each, for a total of 36 chambers. All together, the book provides the breakdown of essential Wu-Tang components, from basic information about each of the nine core members of Wu-Tang Clan to deeper explorations of the key themes of the Wu-Tang universe, a dictionary-like Wu-Slang lexicon, and an entire section of WuTang lyrics with densely annotated explanations of what they mean.
TYPICAL GIRLS: THE STORY OF THE SLITS - ZOE STREET HOWE ($29.95) Wild, deﬁant and startlingly inventive, The Slits were ahead of their time. Although they created some unique hybrids - dub reggae and pop-punk, African rhythms, funk and free jazz - they were dismissed as being unable to play. Their lyrics were witty and perceptive while their inﬂuential ﬁrst album challenged perceptions of punk and of girl bands - but they were still misunderstood. And that infamous debut album cover, with the band appearing topless and muddaubed, prompted further misreadings of the ﬁrst ladies of punk. Author Zoe Street Howe speaks to The Slits themselves, to former manager Don Letts, mentor and PIL guitarist Keith Levene and many other friends and colleagues to discover exactly how The Slits phenomenon came about and to celebrate the legacy of a seminal band long overdue its rightful acclaim.
INNER CITY SOUND - CLINTON WALKER ($36.95)
HANDMADE ELECTRONIC MUSIC - NICHOLAS COLLINS ($49.95) Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction to the craft of making - as well as creatively cannibalizing - electronic circuits for artistic purposes. With a sense of adventure and no prior knowledge, the reader can subvert the intentions designed into devices such as radios and toys to discover a new sonic world. At a time when computers dominate music production, this book offers a rare glimpse into the core technology of early live electronic music, as well as more recent developments at the hands of emerging artists. In addition to advice on hacking found electronics, the reader learns how to make contact microphones, pickups for electromagnetic ﬁelds, oscillators, distortion boxes, and unusual signal processors cheaply and quickly.
COMMANDO: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHNNY RAMONE ($29.95) Raised in Queens, New York, Johnny Ramone founded one of the most inﬂuential rock bands of all time, but he never strayed from his blue-collar roots and attitude. He was truly imbued with the angryyoung-man spirit that would characterize his persona both on and off stage. Through it all, Johnny kept the band focused and moving forward, ultimately securing their place in music history by inventing punk rock. The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 - two years later, Johnny died of cancer, having outlived two other founding members. Revealing, inspiring, and told on his own terms, this highly designed memoir also features Johnny’s assessment of the Ramones’ albums; a number of eccentric Top Ten lists; rare historical artifacts; and scores of personal and professional photos, many of which have never before been published.
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NACKT (NAKED) Armenian artist Sam Grigorian returns with his fourth solo exhibition at Anna Pappas Gallery this May. Entitled, Nackt (Naked), the collection of works is inspired by the power of paper. Grigorian executes this through incorporating idea into a careful collage of composition, shape, shade and balance. Albeit minimalistic, Grigorianâ€™s work captures the profound simplicity, yet monstrous impact of thought through paper. Nackt (Naked) will be on display at Anna Pappas Gallery from Friday May 3 â€“ Saturday June 1; opening drinks will be held on Thursday May 2 at 6pm. Admission is free.
UNDONE PALACE OF THE END This June, Theatre Works will premiere Julia Thompsonâ€™s acclaimed production Palace of The End. Recipient of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression award, Palace of The End is a three-part monologue inspired by the Iraqi wars. Thompson illustrates the crucial moments of each war, including Lynndie Englandâ€™s public vitriol after photos emerged of her torturing Iraqi prisoners of war in 2004, the suicide of David Kelly, and the tragic tale of Nehrjas SaďŹ€arh. Analytically evocative, Palace of The End will be performed at Theatre Works from Thursday June 6 â€“ Sunday June 16.
CultureLAB, an Arts House initiative to help budding artists, will be hosting their annual show Undone. Undone is a series of several 20 â€“ 30 minute performances of new artists and collaborators, including Natalie Abbottâ€™s MID-Air, a juxtaposition of body builders and dancers, and Man O Man, Mish Grigor and Collaborators production about feminism, patriarchy and the food-chain. A fantastic chance to see new productions before their reďŹ nement, Undone showcases the development of performing arts. Following the performances will be a panel discussion hosted by Sydney Performance Space co-director JeďŹ€ Khan. Undone will be held at Arts Houseâ€™s Meat Market and North Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday May 11. Admission is free.
THE AESTHETICS OF TEXT David Freney-Mills returns with his newest collection of work, The Aesthetics of Text, at the Carbon Black Gallery this month. The typography-based artist who is known for his disďŹ gurement of text and language will be presenting his newest collection of works, delving, yet again, into the subconscious interpretation. Freney-Mills explores this through dripping text, blurred paint and block colour. The Aesthetics of Text is currently on display at the Carbon Black Gallery until Sunday May 12.
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In an exploration of cultural expectations, Thousand ÂŁ Bend presents Shattered, a story about the ďŹ rst Australian terrorist. Written and performed by Jessi Lewis, Shattered illustrates the story of an Australian plane-crash in the outback, which is quickly ruled out as an accident. Through sharp dialogue, Lewis delves into the Australian misconception that we are isolated from terrorism, and whether terrorism would make us mature as a nation. Jessi Lewis is an artist and performer who worked with Director Yvonne Virsik (Malthouse Theatre, La Mama Theatre), political writer Ben Eltham, choreographer Tony Yap, and Metamorphis Theatre Company to create Shattered. Shattered will be performed at Thousand ÂŁ Bend from Wednesday May 29 â€“ Sunday June 1.
REEL ANIME Director: Ernesto Contreras, JM Cravioto Duration: 85mins Year: 2010 Country: Mexico When: 7 May 2013 Time: 7.00pm Where: ACMI Cinemas Tickets: Full $15, Concession $12, ACMI members $11
Any conversation about Latin American rock, or even music, starts with Cafe Tacvba. In their 20 years as a band, no group has left a more lasting impact on Latin America than the quarter from Mexico. In â€˜Seguir Siendoâ€™ we get an extended look at the bank; their rise in popularity throughout the world and a glimpse into the creative process of a rare kind of genius, four-headed music monster.
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The fourth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival have announced another tantalising lineup that will leave you a little peckish. Boasting a lineup of over 150 performers and 60 cabaret shows, the festival will commence with a riveting performance by Mary Wilson of The Supremes, followed by New York Cabaret star Joey Arias, Adam Guettel, and David Pomeranz. Afterward, the fun starts. Cabaret witty-man Trevor Ashley will present his successful pantomime Little Orphan TrAshley, while Naomi Price will personify Adeleâ€™s power in Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele. UK jazz goddess, and harpist, Tara Minton will make her debut in Melbourne, and the mischievous Spanky will celebrate Fleetwood Macâ€™s album Rumours in their production Dead Bitches. Melbourne Cabaret Festival will be hosted across Melbourne from Wednesday June 26 â€“ Sunday July 7.
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Reel Anime, a festival dedicated to anime ďŹ lms, have announced the second ďŹ lm featured in their 2013 lineup. Hosted by Madman Entertainment â€” those sassy bastards who bring you gems like Adventure Time â€” Reel Anime is dedicated to bringing you the most fascinating and sublime anime. Included in this yearâ€™s lineup is Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the newest installation to the Rebuild of Evangelion franchise. The ďŹ lm was an instant hit in Japan. The second ďŹ lm that is joining this is Kenji Kamiyamaâ€™s remake of anime, sci-ďŹ classic Cyborg 009. Entitled 009 RE: Cyborg, the ďŹ lm centres around the story of nine abducted humans who are transformed into super-human cyborgs. Dates for Reel Anime have not been conďŹ rmed yet, however, you can ďŹ nd out more about the festival through Reel Anime.
SISTA ACT In an eďŹ€ort to raise funds for Worawa Aboriginal Girlsâ€™ College, Newport Substation will be hosting a special night called Sista Act. Initiated by Fiona Scott-Norman, Sista Act will see Indigenous and Non-Indigenous performers combine to create a night of pure entertainment. Tasmanian muďŹƒn Hannah Gadsby will join Deborah Cheetham, Denise Scott, Deborah Conway and original Sapphires member Lois Peeler, the current principal of Worawa Aboriginal College. All proceeds from the show will support the performing arts sector of the college, a strong focus of the school. Sista Act will be performed at Newport Substation on Friday May 17 at 7pm.
C3, an art-space dedicated to contemporary pieces, have announced their current instalment of c3 Contemporary Art Space. Consisting of six gallery spaces ďŹ lled with six artists, c3 Contemporary Art Space explores shape, contrast and systematic design. Artists include Clare Davies and her collection Opposing Forces, a composition of bodily functions, redox reactions and opposing forces; Battle Life by Andre Tjaberings, a collection of ceramics from Arts Project Australia entitled World in My Eyes; Deb K Williamsâ€™ exploration of fragmented connection in The Earth Bling Experiment, Al OuchTomSkyâ€™s psychedelic collusion of digital, landscape and voids, and This Has Been a collection of photography by Paul Adair, Kate Beckingham, Danica Chappell, Danny Digby, Benjamin Lichtenstein and Kate Robertson. c3 Contemporary Art Space is currently on exhibition at Abbotsford Convent until Sunday May 12. Admission is free.
COMMEDIA DELL PARTE This week at Commedia Dell Parte Charles Barrington hosts another great lineup. This week catch Michael Chamberlin, Cam Marshall, David Boyle, Dan Brader, Xander Allan, Craig McLeod, Damian Snell, Mick Davies and more. With the last few weeks packing out you will need to get in early to grab a seat. The room runs on a â€˜pay as you likeâ€™ basis, so come along and have a great laugh, then pay what you believe the show is worth on the way out. Commedia Dell Parte runs every Thursday from 8.30pm at the George Lane Bar, St Kilda.
FELIX BAR COMEDY Itâ€™s business as usual down at Felix Bar Comedy in St Kilda. Heaps more great comedy, but this week, theyâ€™ve got interstate and international guests too. Itâ€™s happening tonight at 8.30pm for only $12, at Felix Bar, St Kilda.
FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Theyâ€™re back after a break over the festival, with the return of the very best lineups in Melbourne. Theyâ€™ve got big names, and the best of local comedy, match-ďŹ t after four weeks of festival. And itâ€™s sounding like a big crowd already. Itâ€™s on this Thursday April 25 at 8.30pm and itâ€™s happening at Five Boroughs Comedy, upstairs at 68 Hardware Lane, CBD. Still only $12.
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The comedy festival is done but Charlie is still rolling out the welcome mat to the best comics from around the country. Expect big-name dropins as Melbourneâ€™s ďŹ nest spit funnies into the business end of a mic. For just $5, plus cheap piss. Show kicks oďŹ€ 8.30pm tonight, upstairs from Eurotrash Bar, 18 Corrs Lane, CBD. Get down early for a seat.
Friday on My Mind, a talk series dedicated to panel discussions on ďŹ lm and television, feature Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw this May. Anna McLeish is known for her work with Walt Disney Pictures and Madmen Entertainment before she founded Warp Films Australia (WFA) in 2008, a division of Warp Films UK. Warp Films are known for their production of ďŹ lms such as BAFTA-winning Submarine, and WFAâ€™s Shopping, which recently received the Grand Prix award at the Berlin Film Festival. Sarah Shaw joined not long after McLeish, and both produced WFAâ€™s ďŹ rst feature Snowtown. The ďŹ lm went on to win two Marrakeck International Film Festival awards. Hosted by former MIFF Director Sandra Sdraulig, Friday on My Mind with Anna McLeish & Sarah Shaw is sure to be interesting for aspiring producers. Friday on My Mind with Anna McLeish & Sarah Shaw will be hosted at ACMI on Friday May 3 at 5pm. Admission is free, but bookings are recommended.
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CAFE TACVBA: SEGUIR SIENDO Melbourne Filmoteca is proud to present the amazing documentary of one of the most inďŹ‚uential and fantastic Latin American rock bands in Cafe Tacvba: Seguir Siendo. CafĂŠ Tacuba, perhaps the most important rock band in Mexico, narrates the milestones of its own history. The latest, a world tour to celebrate the bandâ€™s 20th anniversary, takes the group from Mexico to Argentina to the United States and Japan. This ďŹ lm highlights the bandâ€™s broad international appeal, with passionate fans â€“ some from the unlikeliest corners of the globe â€“ ďŹ lling music venues everywhere. It also explores the creative processes that unite and frustrate the bandâ€™s members in equal measure. Directed by Ernesto Contreras and JosĂŠ Manuel Craviotto, itâ€™s screening at ACMI on Tuesday May 7 at 7pm.
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Tinaâ€™s Comedy Canteen is a new comedy night every Wednesday nightÂ featuring an all star lineup of comedy greats.Â Opening night, Wednesday May 1, is hosted by the internationally divine, velvet-dipped, gin soaked delight that is Tina Del Twist and includes special guests Hannah Gadsby, Kate McLennan, Luke McGregor and Randy. Itâ€™s on at the Eureka Hotel, Richmond. Doors 6pm, show 8pm.
COMEDY AT SPLEEN Comedy At Spleen happens every Monday, and it doesnâ€™t need the comedy festival to keep rockinâ€™ the full room. Theyâ€™ve always got a smashing lineup with a packed house. Itâ€™s this Monday April 29, 41 Bourke St, in the city, at 8.30pm. It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door.
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OBLIVION Graphic novels are almost the ﬁlm industry equivalent of concept drawings. With action and characters coming to life without the aid of cameras, it helps readers establish settings and personas. This is a big reason why animated books have readily been adapted by cinema recently as technology catches up with the paper fantasy. Oblivion takes its cue from the genre with its page origins transplanting well to the big screen. In the late 21st century, ex-marine commander Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) nears the end of his mission. Tasked with obtaining valuable resources after an alien invasion previously destroyed Earth, he looks forward to going home. With the remaining populace living in cities among the clouds, his existence is shattered when a rogue ship crashes; its’ inhabitant, Julia (Olga Kurylenko), reveals a life-changing secret, placing Jack in mortal danger. Oblivion dazzles in its rich CGI. It’s easy seeing where its mega-budget went as the spectacular scenery almost overwhelms the story. This is perhaps where Oblivion falters as whilst the special eﬀects are fantastic, its tale is very familiar. Borrowing from well-worn sci-ﬁ genre
staples, it fails to add anything new. Its plot twists are ones keen observers would see a mile-oﬀ with the lack of emotional depth creating a cold disconnect. Tom Cruise dons his ‘action-hero’ persona once again with ease. He knows the routine by now having starred in a slew of science ﬁction block-busters; his workmanlike performance is agreeable and he shows genuine chemistry with Kurylenko who gives the best performance in her multi-layered role. The spectre of 2001: A Space Odyssey looms large in terms of tone which occasionally sits uncomfortably with the requisite explosive action scenes. Science ﬁction fanatics should enjoy Oblivion even if it isn’t particularly memorable. More could have been done with the characters although its attempts in transporting the original novel’s animated ideas succeed with its fantastical visuals.
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Oblivion is currently showing in cinemas. BY PATRICK MOORE
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP Throughout his career, Robert Redford has done it all with his success aﬀording him the luxury of choosing quality projects. The Company You Keep provides a compelling story and a chance for his directing/acting skills to shine. Using classic-style ﬁlm-making with a leisurely pace and strong characters, Redford’s talents remind why his infrequent cinematic appearances are always welcome. Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a wanted former antiVietnam War militant on the run. Having hid from the FBI for decades, his whereabouts have been exposed by journalist Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf). Wanted for bank robbery and murder, Jim attempts to clear his name. With his past catching up with him and his future quickly unravelling, he turns to some surprising people in his quest for the truth. A thriller with only a modicum of genuine thrills, The Company You Keep is nonetheless compelling. Due to strong performers who add depth to their roles it is easy becoming immersed in the story. The characters’ plight is engaging as they replace a physical battle with
an emotional one. How their older selves reconcile with their youthful actions provides interest as is the continual debate in the decline of genuine convictions. Although the leaden pace drags down the story’s urgency, it’s easy believing in its oft surprising plot developments. Nothing is ever black and white in Redford’s world, the grey areas something he enjoys exploring. Echoing ﬁlms like The French Connection and All The President’s Men, he crafts a movie Hollywood had no qualms of releasing back in the 1970’s. It’s a wistful reminder of not only the passions people had then but also the creativity commercial ﬁlms had as well. Whilst it could have been punchier in terms of rhythm The Company You Keep is still a ﬁne movie. Its adherence in providing a character-driven piece devoid of technological wonder is as pleasing as seeing Redford back on screen. The Company You Keep is currently in cinemas. BY PATRICK MOORE
22 May - 02 June 2013 WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY @ 8.00PM SUNDAY @ 6.30PM THE HUNT When we can’t ﬁnd anything to pin on the donkey, we search for a tale. Danish director Thomas Vinterberg hurtles down the slippery slope of doubt and accusation in his Cannes award-winner The Hunt. In this unmercifully powerful tale of the classic ‘little white lie gone horribly wrong’ paradigm, Vinterberg (The Celebration) puts doubt centre screen, a powerful seed sown early in the ﬁlm by a naïve young mind. Under the weight of a crippling snowball eﬀect, the accused stands to endure the Crucible-like trial of hysteria, seeing tranquility and loyalty shattered with a damning nod. The Hunt is borne of a quest to tell stories through basic means. Vinterberg and his reel buddy Lars Von Trier (Dancer In the Dark, Melancholia, Antichrist) put their disgruntlement with special-eﬀect heavy, big budget Hollywood ﬁlmmaking into founding the Dogme 95 Collective almost 20 years ago. The movement called for a back to basics puriﬁcation of ﬁlmmaking, propelled by out-of-the-ballpark acting, stunning cinematography and a damn good script. And it seems the Dogme 95 ﬂame is still ﬂickering – The Hunt sees Vinterberg call on the oldest and purest form of storytelling by respecting the power of acting to tell
the story unbridled. It’s here we ﬁnd strength in the cornerstone of the ﬁlm, the leading man Mads Mikkelsen. The 47-year-old Dane is subtly superb as the wrongfullyaccused Lucas. Painted with a loving brush by the Casino Royale Bad Guy, this time Mikkelsen is established as your all-round Nice Guy; a dedicated kindergarten teacher, wounded divorcee and pivotal member of his local friend group. Honest, heartfelt performances in The Hunt are laid bare by Vinterberg, with the handheld camerawork kept in claustrophobic close-up for most of the ﬁlm, another Dogme rule: “ﬁlming must take place where the action takes place.” The Hunt is a simple tale with complicated repercussions, leaving audiences blindly scrambling for a scrap of innocence to pin. While we champion our accused hero, we start to wonder whether we’ve missed something oﬀscreen, quickly ﬁnding ourselves caught in Vinterberg’s well-crafted web of uncertainty. The Hunt is in cinemas from tomorrow, Thursday May 2.
Writer: Barry Lowe | Director: Robert Chuter Costume Design: Elissa Hullah | Music: Andrew Bishop Lighting Design: Rob Sowinski | Photography: Jacqueline Barkla Stage Manager: Chloe Woodman With Matt Werkmeister | Gabby Llewelyn-Salter Frederique Fouche | Sean Paisley Collins Benjamin Byrne | Alexander Moller and Ian Rooney as Sir J. M. Barrie. This production contains nudity and adult themes.
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MILK CARTON KIDS BY ZOË RADAS
“I am in eastern Maryland, on the east coast of the US, on the Chesapeake Bay,” Joey Ryan says, utterly tranquil. “If we were here a month later the crabs would be in season, and we’d be able to sit on the bay somewhere and have a crab feast.” It’s an apt introduction to the Milk Carton Kids, the Californian duo who are making waves with their beautiful reinterpretation of very traditional American guitar-based folk. The mix of sweetly duelling guitars and the conversational style of vocals which Ryan and his bandmate Kenneth Pattengale have developed began early on in their career, which has only just tipped the two-year mark. “When there’s only four things happening on the stage, between the two guitars and the two voices, each thing has to be paid careful attention to,” Ryan says. “[Harmony pitches] switch often; back and forth in one song. We don’t really treat either of the parts as a harmony. A harmony part that’s merely supportive of a melody is rarely enough to hold one’s attention for more than a couple of bars at a time. So we take the opportunity to arrange the band more like a quartet, with four independent parts.” Pattengale has said that being a part of the band has helped him grow as a musician and writer as well as a listener, and Ryan interprets that comment as central to their ‘quartet’ approach. “Our performance together is very ... improvisational between us, and that requires listening and reacting, and taking into account what the other person is doing. I deﬁnitely think that’s part of the process of learning to be in a duo, as opposed to being a solo artist or the frontman for a band. It’s an intensely collaborative process
which requires as much push as pull from both of us.” The band’s gorgeous new album The Ash & Clay demands repeated spins and rewards you with each listen, when extra little tendrils of guitar or lyric become apparent. There are also a few one-shot clips out which follow the theme of characters getting into their cars and driving for the duration of the song, a wonderfully contemplative idea (also, watch out for some big name cameos). The band’s previous two albums are titled Retrospect and Prologue, which both pertain to a notion of the past; Ryan and Pattengale feel strongly about concerning themselves with the balance of employing a traditional style but creating something new. “I think the instrumentation we’ve chosen is so referential of a tradition, it’s so ingrained in our minds, it’s a particularly American sound ... and it’s a very nostalgic and memorable and meaningful aesthetic, I think,” says Ryan. “Then it becomes our job as writers, mostly lyrically, to make sure that we only concern ourselves with themes that are very contemporary and very true to the lives that we’ve led as 31-yearolds in 2013, in Los Angeles, California. [We] make sure that the material sits squarely in the present and
also, you know, deals with the future: deals with what we ought to do or what we can do, because of the way the world is.” The guys have been playing in many beautiful venues around the world on The Ash & Clay tour including several converted churches. Despite the fact that they don’t wear freaky costumes or do a lot of weird stuﬀ on stage, they’re being touted as a band to see live. “That’s funny, it’s true, we don’t do anything on stage. We hold eerily still,” Ryan deadpans. “And still people want to see the show. Actually Kenneth moves around a bit like an epileptic. We’ve taken great care and been very deliberate about the places we play. Especially for a band like us, that we feel like we kind of have a fragile sound, it’s important to perform in the right setting. Not just to protect it, in the way that it’s fragile, but also to give people the feeling that
they really had an experience that’s worth having.” In Melbourne, Milk Carton Kids will be playing at the MeMo Theatre in St Kilda – a venue which I had no idea existed despite my being a denizen of that suburb. It’s a palatial art deco space which has been recently done up and so far hosted a few events. “That’s great to hear that it’s a beautiful building,” Ryan says. “We like to treat each [show] like a very special occasion because even though we’re doing 40, 50, 100, 200 in a row, for everybody that comes that night, hopefully it will be a memorable occasion.”
to their own reality and atmosphere, they don’t need anything. We try to live up to that. We also don’t like not being able to breathe and smoke machines and all that shit.” When it comes to lyrics, however, OM couldn’t be further from punk. Amos is hesitant to talk about them at all, given they’re written by Cisneros – “it would be really weird for me to try to interpret his lyrics” – but is happy to explain, if not the meaning, then at least Cisneros’ perspective on words such as ‘Traveller now reach the stream/ The astral flight adapter/From the pain-sheath life ascends/The Non-returner sees’ (from State
Of Non Return). “A punk song is like, ‘I hate my boss, I hate my parents’. Everything about it is so direct. The challenge Al faces is putting words to ideas that are not as simple or as temporal or pedestrian. It’s supposed to be from a place that’s more ineﬀable and to describe it would diminish the power and mystique of the place it’s trying to honour.”
of things done,” he explains. “(Bach) did a lot of work to try and ﬁnd a bit more of a diﬀerence in sounds compared to the last album and to try and make sure there was a progression of sound and ideas.” It’s remarkable the eﬀect an environment can have on a record. Symons agrees that the decision to record in the hills as opposed to say a studio in the city, had a big impact, both ﬁguratively and literally.” The hills themselves, the mountains and everything; you feel like you’ve got a lot of space to think and create and you just have that sense of the environment,” he says. “We used a lot of sounds in the recordings, you know, you hear birds chirping and other things so in a sense we were inﬂuenced by the environment.”
To celebrate the release of Mind Maps, Great Earthquake will be launching the new album at The Tote before heading oﬀ interstate for a run of shows. “I ﬁnd with a launch, I try and put a little extra eﬀort into talking and I guess making sure everyone’s having a good night,” he says. “Regular gigs, you’re obviously conscious of performing but at a launch, I don’t know, it’s like it’s on a diﬀerent level and people are coming to support a launch. So I’m really excited about it and all the elements coming together.”
MILK CARTON KIDS play Thornbury Theatre on Thursday June 6 and the MeMo Theatre in St Kilda on Saturday June 8. The Ash & Clay is out now through Anti-/Warner.
BY KATE HENNESSY 2012 album Advaitic Songs crowned American band OM as kings of an as-yet undeﬁned genre. Not metal, not devotional music, not doom, not world music – but with all those threads woven in – Advaitic Songs is serious in tone yet seriously fun to listen to. As it should be, says drummer Emil Amos, who reacts to my comment about fun with something approaching a gush of relief. “It’s awesome to hear you say that. Maybe it’s age but at this point in my life it feels easier to push all the bullshit aside and produce music that’s literally just fun to listen to. “I don’t mean mindless, I mean fun in that you want to hear it again and again. I think fun is a big part of why we all like music and why we all got into it.” Advaitic Songs’ ﬁrst track, Addis, is a sparsely augmented Hindi chant that sounds both ancient and immediate. It’s sung by a female guest (not by OM vocalist and bass player, Al Cisneros, also of stoner doom band Sleep) and demonstrates OM’s power to lead listeners down paths they might not otherwise tread – even if it’s the promise of some huge, growling riﬀs that gets them there. There could be no better opening track than Addis, but Amos admits it was actually recorded for OM’s last record, God Is Good. “It didn’t ﬁt in very well so
we decided to lead oﬀ this record with it instead. So the beginnings were recorded with Steve Albini.” After using Albini for God Is Good, OM turned to a San Francisco-based engineer, Jay Pellicci, for Advaitic Songs. “He’s mostly known for doing Deerhoof records. He’s extremely focused and has, I don’t know, a kind of a Zen vibe himself. He’s the real deal. He did basically the whole record, though Brandon Eggleston, who also works with The Mountain Goats and Swans, helped too.” Those hoping OM might complement their eerily spiritual vibe with some similar-spirited props (guilty as charged) will be disappointed. OM let the music do the work, says Amos. “There’s really no light show or anything, though we do try to keep it moody and dark. We kind of come from the punk movement in that sense. Like, when you used to see Fugazi play they’d turn up the house lights and play like they were in a gym. “When a band has total power and total commitment
OM play The Hi-Fi on Friday May 10 with support from Fourteen Nights At Sea, Dead River and ASSAD.
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Great Earthquake aka Noah Symons is by no means your average one man band. The musician and visual artist who hails from the Dandenong Ranges creates dreamy soundscapes full of multiple layers, loops and melodies which destroy the conventional boundaries of what a solo artist can be. Three years on from his debut record Drawings, Great Earthquake is back with his second eﬀort, Mind Maps, and it’s an album which shows oﬀ the natural progression of the musician’s songwriting ability developed over the last few years. “I really did try and progress and build on what’s already happening and try and ﬁnd new ways of working with looping,” explains Symons on the coming together of the new record. “I think the main diﬀerence was thinking about the addition of vocals and having the vocal as an instrument rather than a vocal line.” The addition of vocals will no doubt be one of the ﬁrst things many listeners notice yet as with most of Great Earthquake’s output; they’re not used in the traditional sense. “I sort of got to the point with all the instruments that I was using where I could keep working away with them but I just felt like there needed to be some new additions,” he says. “It just felt like a natural thing to try. There were lots of things that I tried originally that didn’t work and I had like lots of diﬀerent whistling ideas or diﬀerent ways of using voice. Just trying every little way that was possible and in the end that was where I ended up.” Beat Magazine Page 26
According to Symons, despite the multiple layers and instruments used on the record, most of the songs’ origins can be traced back to a single idea. “Usually its one little thing, like a guitar riﬀ or a drumbeat that forms the basic skeleton of the song,” says Symons. “From there I go down and work on it with the other instruments and ways of putting it together and that’s trial and error; sometimes a song can take between 20 minutes to an hour and then other times a song can be worked on for weeks or months.” Another departure from the ﬁrst record is that Mind Maps was recorded in a shack in the Dandenong Ranges where Symons resides. Recorded with the help of good friend Josh Bach, the two used their unique environment to help inﬂuence the record as best they could. “It was a great place to work because of the time and space and (Bach) would come down for a weekend and we’d just have three days or so just to get a whole lot
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GREAT EARTHQUAKE launches his new record Mind Maps at The Tote on Saturday May 4. The album is out on Lost & Lonesome Records.
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on tour EXAMPLE [USA] Friday May 3, The Palace MAX COOPER [UK] Friday May 3, RMH The Venue YACHT [USA] Friday May 3, Ding Dong Lounge NINA KRAVIZ [RUS] Friday May 3, Brown Alley DJ WOODY [UK] Friday May 3, The Espy YING YANG TWINS [USA] Saturday May 4, The Espy WILKINSON [UK] Saturday May 4, The Liberty Social BAAUER [USA] Saturday May 4, Brown Alley RYAN ELLIOT [USA] Friday May 10, Brown Alley VAKULA [UKR] Friday May 10, Mercat Basement RROSE [USA] Saturday May 11, The Liberty Social RADIOSLAVE [UK] Friday May 17, Brown Alley GENIUS OF TIME [SWE] Friday May 17, The Liberty Social DELTA HEAVY [UK] Sunday May 19, RMH The Venue OCTO OCTA [USA], MAGIC TOUCH [USA], BOBBY BROWSER [USA] Friday May 24, Mercat Basement Saturday May 25, Shebeen KARL HYDE [UK] Saturday May 25, Melbourne Recital Centre RIFF RAFF [USA] Wednesday May 29, The Liberty Social ROBERT BABICZ [GER], MARC ROMBOY [GER] Friday May 31, Brown Alley ELITE FORCE [UK] Friday May 31, RMH The Venue KUTSKI [UK] Friday May 31, Roxanne Parlour CHRIS FORTIER [USA] Friday May 31, New Guernica FLATBUSH ZOMBIES [USA] Saturday June 1, The Toff In Town COSMIN TRG [ROM] Friday June 7, New Guernica THE REVENGE [SCO] Saturday June 8, The Liberty Social DASH BERLIN [NED] Saturday June 8, Shed 14 CHRIS LIEBING [GER], JIMMY EDGAR [USA] Sunday June 9, Brown Alley JEFF MILLS [USA] Sunday June 9, The Bottom End SEPALCURE [USA], DJ RASHAD [USA] + MORE Sunday June 9, TBA ATA [GER] Friday June 21, Mercat Basement A$AP ROCKY [USA] Saturday June 29, Festival Hall ALEX KIDD [UK] Friday July 12, Billboard CHVRCHES [UK] Monday August 5, Corner Hotel EARTHCORE: ANGY KORE [ITA], PERFECT STRANGER [ISR] + MORE Friday November 29 - Sunday December 2, TBA BRUNO MARS [USA], MIGUEL [USA] Tuesday March 4 & Wednesday March 5, Rod Laver Arena
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opiuo word s / j o c a m p b e ll Oscar Davey-Wraight is not your run-of-the-mill beat maker. Specialising in funkadelic bass music and glitch hop, this producer from New Zealand, now living in Melbourne, is an artist of the old fashion creed. Beats converses with him about his recent work and his brand new live show. Opiuo aka Oscar Davey-Wraight’s recent Butternut Slap EP series is something else. His intricate and diverse production could be described as being a funky trip through The Matrix on smack, but there’s one element that’s ever-present, and that’s ‘the groove’. His 2008 remix of Benny Tones’ Fire Fly was his first experimentation with downtempo grooves, where he brought the BPMs down to 93 to create a chill out vibe. “That was the first time I’d slowed down my sound,” he explains. “I’d been more into making break beats and electro, 4/4, a bit of drum and bass. But yeah that’s the first time I experimented with slowing the groove. Emotion is also important to my work, but I think the groove for me, is more resonating and if there’s no groove, it doesn’t work.” The Butternut Slap series, a follow up to his critically acclaimed Slurp And Giggle LP of 2010, has been blitzing it on Beatport and has resulted in Opiuo recently taking out five categories in the UK Glitch Hop Awards. The series was released as three EPs over the last year with a dope remix version featuring seven producers including Infected Mushroom having just dropped. “At the time I was experimenting a lot, so I knew my sound was evolving. I was also going through quite a traumatic time with one of my ears and having big operations just previously to that series,” Davey-Wraight says of his choice to release the work as a series of EPs rather than an LP. “I knew I wanted to change things up and experiment, so if I’d
decided to do an album, it would have taken me a year to write and during that time, my sound would have changed a lot. The EPs have given me the chance to do what I want.” Davey-Wraight has taken on many remixes, but his reworkings are artistic and original, leaving no room for accusations of subscribing to commercial remix culture.
re-rub of Infected Mushroom’s U R So Fucked. “At the moment, I’m getting asked to do remixes constantly, but I’m working on a new album and I think it’s really important to not become known as just a remix producer and to keep some balance. “People really like to hear your take on things but I think at the moment, there’s a lot of people just working on remixing preexisting songs and trying to hype themselves up that way, using the popularity of that already existing song, but there’s no real quality behind what they’re doing a lot of the time. I love it when people do a really good remix and then put out an album that’s also really awesome.” Alongside currently working on a full length album and touring the world constantly, Davey-Wraight has transformed his already semi-live solo show into a six-piece outfit, blending the organic with the digital. “I really want it to have a really live feel,” he says. “It’s all Opiuo music with parts being played on trumpets, guitars, keys or drums, blasting a much more organic feel and has a lot of raw live energy. It becomes a bit more human.”
Opiuo plays at The Hi-Fi on Saturday May 11 alongside Spoonbill, who will be launching his Boca Fiesta EP. facebook.com/opiuo
His remixes are as diverse as his own original productions, having produced a cinematic remix for Disney’s Tron Uprising soundtrack, a glitch hop version of The Upbeats Diffused and a
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Sydney’s “poster boy of Italo funk”, Donny Benet will be supporting YACHT for their Australian headline shows. Oregon pop duo Yacht are due to tour Australia at the end of this month as part of the Groovin’ The Moo festival. YACHT, supported by Donny Benet will be playing Melbourne at Ding Dong Lounge this Friday May 3.
The Revenge is a producer who understands the past but embraces the future. The analogue approach, forward thinking productions and his versatility as a DJ, has ensured him a place as one of the leading names in House music in recent years. After making music for over 15 years, Graeme rose to prominence in 2010 with a string of productions and remixes, which lead to the opportunity to reconstruct an entire album for Z Records, reworking the classic sounds of artists such as Johnny Adams and The Joneses to much critical acclaim. Definitely not a producer to rest on any success, Graeme has gone on to forge several aliases and collaborative projects for his prolific production and experienced engineering demands. If it is in partnership, an undercover alias or as The Revenge, the chances are your listening has been soundtracked in some way by Graeme’s music in the past few years. Expect to hear a lot more in the future too. The Revenge plays at The Liberty Social on Saturday June 8.
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Darkbeat will be celebrating ten years of being at the forefront of Melbourne’s underground next month with none other than John Digweed. It’s no surprise that Darkbeat has gone on to position itself as one of Australia’s foremost underground dance tastemakers, having toured and hosted the world’s most leading and sought after acts such as Sasha, Sven Vath, Derrick Carter, Claude VonStoke, Stanton Warriors, Pendulum, J00F, Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Adam Beyer and Steve Lawler just to name a few. Alongside John Digweed, Darkbeat will have a selection of their longest standing favourite DJs joining this huge occasion to help celebrate in true style, including the Australian legend, Mr Anthony Pappa. It all goes down at the Prince of Wales on Sunday June 9.
Dash Berlin is finally returning to Melbourne as part of the #Musicislife world tour. Fresh from impressive performances at: Ultra Music Festival and EDC in Chicago. Dash Berlin fans have eagerly been anticipating the announcement of the #Musicislife concert and stadium show since his standout performance at Stereosonic 2012. Joining Dash Berlin will be special guest: MaRLo, fresh from performances at ASOT 600 in Beirut and Ministry of Sound in London. Dash Berlin plays at Shed 14 on Saturday June 8.
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Riff Raff, aka the Neon Icon, aka Jody Highroller, aka Rap Game James Franco, has announced his Melbourne debut alongside an appearance at Sydney’s Vivid LIVE. Signed to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, Riff Raff has gained prominence with his larger than life persona and mind-boggling wordplay. Though James Franco tries to claim otherwise, Riff Raff’s image provided inspiration for the upcoming Harmony Korine film Spring Breakers. Riff Raff performs at Liberty Social on Wednesday May 29.
One of Australia’s most bizarre stomping grounds, Red Bennies, celebrates its third birthday in May and they’re throwing one hell of a party to commemorate the event. The night features Client Liasion, DJs Edd Fisher and Fugitive, Mike Gurieri, Random As Fuck Stage Shows, cage dancers and heaps more. The theme is New Years Eve 1999 with all proceeds going to fund indie film START.OPTIONS. EXIT. It’s all on at Red Bennies on Friday May 10.
thundercat genius of time Alexander Berg and Nils Krogh aka Genius Of Time continue to rule with their ancient drum machines and synthesizers - creating insanely catchy grooves for modern day dancefloors around the world. They are stopping in Melbourne for the very first time to play a special live set, showcasing the music of their label Aniara Recordings. It happens at The Liberty Social on Friday May 17.
As bassist for Erykah Badu and Suicidal Tendencies, Stephen Bruner is no stranger to Australian shores, however the master of the four-string, on the eve of the announce of his second album, is now coming to Australia for his first ever headline tour. In 2011, Thundercat dazzled listeners worldwide with his debut for Brainfeeder The Golden Age of Apocalypse, a shimmering culmination of influences as diverse as yacht rock and free jazz produced by frequent collaborator Flying Lotus. His singing also takes to the fore on catchy tracks like Walkin and the brand new lead single Heartbreaks + Setbacks off the second album Apocalypse due out this July. Thundercat will play the Forum with Hiatus Kaiyote on Friday June 7.
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BBA and Whomp are joining forces to present a massive night of diverse electronic music. The Upbeats need no introduction to Melbourne, religiously tearing apart venues for many years for Broken Beat Assault, and this time are touring on the back of their biggest release to date, their new album Primitive Technique. Glitch Hop specialists K+Lab and Analog MC also join a massive line up of homegrown artists spread over two rooms of beats and bass lines. It goes down on Brown Alley on Friday May 24.
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Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? A paddock in Altona, no idea how I got there, last thing I remember I was in the city. A local old chap gave me a lift to the station. He was a good guy. I also once woke up folded awkwardly upside down in the front seat of a stranger’s Suzuki Swift. It was weird. What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? That suede was pronounced ‘sooood.’ Describe your sound and live set-up. I suck at subgenres, so I’ll just use some keywords: bass, glitch, melodic, off-beat. I’m a sucker for booming 808 beats. Live set-up is constantly in flux but at the moment I combine a laptop running Ableton, an analogue synth/sequencer and a Kaoss pad. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? Trying to explain that I’m not a DJ and I can’t play Beyonce with my drum machine.
Nero - Crush on You. I’m not opposed to ‘wub wub’ music but god damn that song is awful. What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? Could you please transport me to a time in which we have hoverboards? Even if it’s a no, it would be worth a try. If you hadn’t made it as a producer, what job would you choose to work in instead? I’m pretty fresh to making electronic music, I grew up playing in punk/hardcore bands, I definitely haven’t ‘made it.’ By day I’m a freelance graphic artist/designer so if the music bug never grabbed me I’d probably be working a more corporate design job. When and where is your next gig? Mercat Basement this Friday, supporting Maximum Wolf for his album launch, with Blossoms opening the night.
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dj woody word s / a ug u st u s we lby It sounds like the lengthy flight over from England has left DJ Woody feeling slightly unbalanced when he answers the phone a day prior to the opening gig on his first Australian tour. “Still recovering from the flight I think. Landed yesterday at 5am, so still disorientated a little bit really,” he says. Thankfully he’s permitted a day of rest before grabbing hold of the decks to scratch through a ‘90s hip hop extravaganza on a twoweek Australian stint. “I’m meeting my agent dude today, going to do a bit of the tourist thing, have a bit of a chilled one today so it’s all good,” says Woody with a tone of relief. This is the first time DJ Woody has made the trip to Australia and his multi-sensory dancefloor experience is set to inspire revelry on the Groovin’ The Moo festival tour and at a string of club shows around the country. Woody admits that his inaugural journey to southern shores has been a long time coming. “I’ve had the carrot dangled a few times for Australian tours but this is the first time it’s actually happened. Pretty stoked to be here.” Despite the delayed Australian visit, DJ Woody is no stranger to world travel. Over the past 15 years (and particularly since claiming the title of International Turntablist Federation World Champion in 2001) DJing has taken him to many illustrious locations across multiple continents. In fact, reflecting on the extent of his global roaming, he exclaims, “I’ve been everywhere apart from Australia!” DJ Woody hails from Lancashire in northern England and started
DJing there, as well as neighbouring Manchester, in the early ‘90s. He explains that when he begun DJing it was no more than a minor hobby, so the fact that it’s become a full-time occupation is a perpetual thrill. “To be honest with you DJing was never supposed to be a career full-stop, so at every single hurdle it’s been a surprise.” Understandably, the sense of delight is magnified when his vocational exploits transport him to the other side of the world. “I remember the first big one that was pretty awesome and really a surprise location was when I went to South Africa. I ended up doing a bunch of gigs in Capetown and Johannesburg and Durban and ended up doing DJ workshops in the middle of Soweto, teaching kids to scratch down there. It was a big eye opener,” he reveals. Being educationally interactive with locals suggests that Woody’s touring workspace isn’t restricted to the depths of dance clubs. He elaborates that the aforementioned South African trip was one segment of a cultural exchange program facilitated by the British council. “They work out cultural programs and exchange programs for ex-colonial places. On the same tour we ended up in Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago and India doing a similar sort of thing – performances and workshops. Obviously, being a scratch nerd I can do all that stuff as well. Really enriching experience, definitely.” Woody believes that his occupation offers remarkable opportunities
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With new track Drunk Arcade ready for release, Bombs Away are living the high life after honing their skills for years. One half of the brother duo, Sketch, spoke to Beats ahead of their upcoming visit to Villa. Former Perth club promoters-turned-nationwide DJs and producers Thomas Hart and Sketch have always been all about the party, churning out hits like Party Bass and Super Soaker with film clips exclusively featuring themselves amongst bikiniclad women partying hard. Their newest single Drunk Arcade follows suit, reinforcing their desire to bring the party atmosphere wherever they go. Now residing on the Gold Coast after growing up in Perth, these electro DJ/MC’s haven’t got to where they are by chance alone. Sketch details the beginnings of the project, including the journey from being local promoters to big time national stars. “We used to run events in Perth, and it just sort of came from there,” he says. “I’ve been DJing since I was really, really young, and my brother Tom basically started doing the same thing separately. “We were doing our own things with different names, until about
three years ago now when we got together and started doing this Bombs Away thing.” As they began performing as a group, the boys were also working on their own music including early releases Big Booty Bitches and Swagger, tunes which quickly hit the charts and put their name on the map. With their name generating a lot of interest across the country, they have set up on the Gold Coast, where they work on their music when they aren’t on tour, while still trying to get home to Perth every few months. Sketch says their musical education started with Perth’s own artists, himself and his brother taking interest in various bass genres. “We both come from a bass background, guys like Kid Kenobi and Perth’s Micah have always influenced us heavily,” he says. “We booked Micah for a few gigs as promoters and have played alongside him at Ambar before we were Bombs Away. He’s had one of the biggest influences on us because his DJ sets are so crazy.” It’s this combination of mutual enjoyment and camaraderie
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At first glance, classical music and psytrance seem like unlikely bedfellows. Aside from Infected Mushroom’s 2000 album Classical Mushroom and the amusing moniker of Russian darkpsy producer Psykovsky, you’d be forgiven for thinking the two styles of music have very little in common. But for Melbourne producer Felix Greenlees — who performs as both psytrance-oriented project Terrafracty and the more downtempo Hypnagog — an upbringing rich with classical music has played a vital part in his musical education. “It’s been a very large influence,” he reveals. “Actually, it’s pretty much integral to the way I write music. When I don’t feel like ‘writing’, I spend a lot of time improvising what I would call classical music, as well as jazz, on the piano in my studio. This is where I come up with many of my melodic ideas. I also tend to think in terms of melody, harmony, counterpoint and structure in much the same way I learnt to analyse these things while studying classical
compositional techniques.” His first introduction to electronic music was from hardcore and drum and bass, which Greenlees found “quite fascinating”. “It was so different from the classical music culture I had grown up in,” he admits. “But it wasn’t long before I found myself at a full moon Goa trance party, and from that moment I was hooked! “I started trying to write Goa trance on my computer the moment I heard it. I slaved away in vain for many years before giving up and deciding electronic music was not for me. This was mainly due to a lack of good equipment though, and when it came to a point where anyone with a computer could write decent-sounding music I jumped straight back into it. A few years later, I was playing it all over the country!” Having moved to Melbourne 15 years ago from Tasmania, Greenlees has nothing but praise for the city’s electronic music scene. “It’s amazingly vibrant and diverse. It seems to
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to travel around the world and become immersed in settings that surpass the general tourist experience. “I love different types of food and I love trying to soak up whatever the culture is. I think as a DJ it’s a good way to experience a place really, even though you have very limited time. Sometimes you might have just a day or two or something but at least you meet the right heads. If you go as a tourist you’re just seeing the tourist stuff really.” Rather than holding him back, his DJ work requirements generally fast-track him towards where he’d most like to be. “The promoter is usually a local guy and knows everybody on the music scene. Generally speaking, as soon as you get there you’ve got the perfect hook-up because he knows all the people who are into a similar thing in that city. It’s kind of ‘power-tourism’ sometimes. They’ll take you to the record shops or if you’re interested in the local food usually they can hook you up with the good stuff straight away.” DJ Woody’s Australian tour is focused around the Groovin’ The Moo tour and the extensive lineups and unpredictability of scheduling means that festivals can sometimes be a hit or miss gig environment. However, Woody discusses how his relish for festivals has grown since augmenting his live show with his own visual animations (which also allows him to implement the skills he learned studying graphic design at university). “Since I started giving a visual aspect to the DJing, pretty much I find the bigger the crowd the better really. With the visual element it really helps when you’re on a good size stage. It’s a balance between having people dancing, keeping people interested in what you’re presenting visually. In a band kind of set-up where everybody is already facing the stage, I think it really works with the visual stuff because they’re not just in a club talking to their mates, they’re kind of focused on what’s going on onstage. For me, with the visual stuff, the festivals are kind of a perfect outlet for those really. As much as I enjoy small sweaty clubs, it’s definitely a different experience. I defy anybody to not vibe off a good sized crowd.”
DJ Woody plays The Espy on Friday May 3 and Groovin’ The Moo in Bendigo on Saturday May 4. facebook.com/djwoodymusic soundcloud.com/djwoodymusic
behind the decks that spurs Sketch on, with performing always being a party in itself, allowing the duo to bounce off other artists while doing their own thing. “The party electro stuff is what we’re really digging, just because it turns into such crazy nights,” he says. “We get to hang out with other DJs and people in the same industry, and not just the big guys like Steve Aoki and those guys, but also other crew around the country who are all in it for the same reason and are cool people to hang out with.” Describing the Bombs Away signature sound, Sketch outlines the mix of genres and styles of music they pick from, with the intention to bring the party while exploring music further and in different directions. “People kept asking us what we play, and we said it’s bass music, as in dubstep, trap, electro and all that,” he says. “But it’s not just any of those genres. We have a party bass take on it, and that’s where the name for the song came from.” Releasing new material in the coming months with collaboration from Luciana, Bombs Away are also making big plans to tackle the American scene, having started work on another track with Lil’ Wayne through remote recording. Their lyrics and video clips would seem suited to the US dance market, and their efforts to push themselves and work with other artists can only broaden their reach and enhance their reputation. As he discusses what goes on behind the scenes of one of their music videos, Sketch is almost in disbelief about what some parts of their work allow them to do. “Every music video we’ve done has essentially been an actual party,” he says. “As soon as the cameras turn off we end up partying for the rest of the night, so it’s good times.”
Bombs Away’s latest release Drunk Arcade is out now through Central Station Records. facebook.com/bombsawaymusic soundcloud.com/bombs-away
be one of the hubs of creativity in general in Australia. The constant influx of new people really keeps it interesting, and quite musically diverse. As an artist, it can be a hard place to leave. “It’s is probably still my favourite place to play,” he continues, “mainly because I am often surrounded by my good friends. Playing music in new places and to people that may have never heard your music before is amazingly exciting, but there’s still nothing quite like having a good time with your mates.” In terms of new material, Greenlees has a couple of fresh cuts he’s been playing out lately. “I recently released my EP A Speck of Dust on my new record label Kinematic Records. I have two tracks from this EP, especially the title track and The Machinery of Nature, that have a slightly more progressive feel than a lot of my other music. They’ve been a great way to close out my sets — or even to open them, depending on the time and place.” When quizzed on the future of psytrance, Greenlees says there are changes in the air. “It’s always evolving and changing so that is a very hard question, but I think there is starting to be a slow shift away from the cheesy progressive sounds that have started to dominate parties lately, especially in Europe. I noticed in my travels last year that a lot of people are starting to rebel against this and are really enjoying fast and dark psychedelic music, which is really interesting, but still not really for me. I sit somewhere in the middle!”
Terrafractyl plays at Brown Alley alongside Symbolic on Friday May 10. soundcloud.com/terrafractyl
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big dancing saturday
When is it? Every Saturday. Where is it? Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. Who’s playing? Mafia, Mat Can’t, Get Busy, M-Phazes and Brooklyn Queenz. What sort of shit will they be playing? Hip hop, party, trill. What’s the crowd going to be like? Party People.
What will we remember in the AM? That you had a fucking amazing time! What’s the wallet damage? Pub prices. Give us one final reason why we should party here. Because you can rage and get great drinks all in one place! facebook.com/thelaundrybar
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club guide wednesday may 1
ANZAC DAY EVE - FEAT: BELLA JABARA + JAMES SOUTHWELL + LIL RSSCO Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 4:30pm. ANZAC DAY EVE First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. COQ ROQ - FEAT: AGENT 86 + DJS LADY NOIR + JOYBOT + KITI + MR THOM Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. COSMIC PIZZA - FEAT: NHJ Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm DADA LIFE Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. DUBSTEP GRIME DRUM & BASS - FEAT: DJ BADDUMS + DJ CARMEX Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. HALFWAYS Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. HOODRAPZ - FEAT: WEDNESDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. LOST & FOUND - FEAT: DJ SPIDEY + DJ RUBY FROST Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: DJ VINCE PEACH & MISS GOLDIE Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA WEDNESDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. PARTY PARTY - FEAT: DJ LP + DJ DAZZY D + DJ MING MING + DJ PITTY + DJ SLENDER + DJ YUSUF Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 10:00pm. $25. SOUL ARMY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE DINNER SET Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.
thursday may 2
3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + JAKE JUDD + NIKKI SARAFIAN + HEY SAM + JESSE YOUNG + JOHN DOE + SEAN RAULT Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 5:00pm. BANG N MASH Word Events Warehouse & Lounge, Melbourne. 8:00pm. BILLBOARD THURSDAYS - FEAT: MATT DEAN + MATTY GRANT + PHIL ROSS Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10. CHI BEATS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. DJ KRONIC + MS BUTT Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. DO DROP IN - FEAT: DJ KITI + DJ LADY NOIR The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. DON’T THINK I’M ALIVE THURSDAYS The Vineyard, St Kilda. 7:00pm. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: AGENT 86 + LEWIS CANCUT + WHO LUCKY COQ, WINDSOR. 6:00PM. GOOD EVENING - FEAT: DJ PEOPLE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. GRAD PARTY THURSDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. LE DISCO TECH Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm. LOVE STORY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. MEZZANINE & THE BACK ROOM - FEAT: DJ MANNEQUIN + DJ SYTO Abode, St Kilda. 9:00pm. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: DJS PREQUEL & EDD FISHER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. MOOD - FEAT: NUBODY Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. NEW GUERNICA THURSDAYS - FEAT: CONDUCTORS + JAMES KANE + NEGATIV MAGICK + NU BALANCE + POST PERCY New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. RADIONICA Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE RITZ THURSDAYS - FEAT: NARI & MILANI + CARRICK DALTON & SAM COHEN + CAUC-ASIAN DJ’S + ED WILKS + JOSHUA GILILAND + KEN WALKER + LUCILLE CROFT + MAX KRUSE + TIM LIGHT + ZACK ROSE Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $20. TIGER FUNK LIVE - FEAT: DJ MOONSHINE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TROCADERO Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.
friday may 3
ANYTIME Workshop, Melbourne. 8:30pm. BADABOOM FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. CANT SAY Platform One, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. CHI FRIDAYS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. CQ FRIDAYS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm. CRUCIAL SOCIAL ACADEMY - FEAT: DJ A13 + DJ JELLYFISHWORKSHOP, MELBOURNE. 8:00PM. discotheque - feat: elana musto + greg sara + scott t MATCH BAR & GRILL, MELBOURNE CBD. 7:00PM. FRIDAY NIGHT COMMERCIAL HOUSE DJS - FEAT: HIJACK + LIVNBEYNG + MAGIC HOUSE Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 8:30pm. I LOVE OLD SCHOOL - FEAT: SHAGGZ & PUPPET + DJ TEY + MERV MAC Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. $10. JUICY - FEAT: CHAIRMAIN MEOW + COBURG MARKET + MR. FOX + TIGERFUNK + WHO Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MEET YOUR MATES FRIDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MIDNIGHT MIDNIGHT New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. MR VEGAS Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. PANORAMA - FEAT: DJS MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + PHATO A MANO + TOM MEAGHER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. POPROCKS - FEAT: DR PHIL SMITH Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. REMEMBER ME The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. RETRO SEXUAL One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. REVOLVER FRIDAYS (ANTARCTICA REMIX LAUNCH) - FEAT: DJ LEWIE DAY + DJ MIKE CALLANDER + DJ ALEX THOMAS + DJ KATIE DROVER + DJ WHO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. SATURDAY MORNING - FEAT: DJ SUNSHINE + DJ BUTTERS + DJ HEY SAM Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00am. SHUFFLE FRIDAY NIGHTS Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 10:00pm. SVELT + BISCOTTI + MANGELWURZEL 303, Northcote. 8:30pm. $10. THE FOX FRIDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. UPTOWN GROOVE Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.
WEEKENDER! Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SHUFFLE FRIDAY NIGHTS Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 11:00pm. THE FOX FRIDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. UPTOWN GROOVE Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.
saturday may 4
VENICE MUSIC - FEAT: DJ ALI E Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill. 8:00pm. BILLBOARD SATURDAYS - FEAT: FRAZER ADNAM SCOTT MCMAHON + JAMIE VLAHOS + MR MAGOO + ZIGGY Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. CHI SATURDAYS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm .CLUB FICTION - FEAT: KITTY ROCK & THE BAD LADIES Red Bennies, South Yarra. 2:00am. DJ PLAZMA Idgaff Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. FIRST FLOOR SATURDAYS - FEAT: BILLY HOYLE + DJS DUCHESZ + MZRIZK + WASABI First Floor, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. GLITCH THIS - FEAT: SATURDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. HOT STEP Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. LAB 22 Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. MIXED DRINKS SATURDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MOTEL SATURDAYS The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. NEO SACRILEGE - FEAT: DJ NERO Abode, St Kilda. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA SATURDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. ONESIXFIVE - FEAT: DJ COURTNEY MILLS + DJ HOOPS + DJ OLLIE HOLMES + DJ JOSH PAOLA + DJ WILL CUMMINGS Onesixone, Prahran. 3:00am. POISON APPLE Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 8:00pm. SATURDAY CONFIDENTIAL Galley Room, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SATURDAYS - FEAT: ACTION SAM + DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS @ LEVEL 2 - FEAT: DJ BOOGS + DJ CHESTWIG + DJ LUKE MCD + DJ MIKE HUNT + DJ ROWIE + DJ SPECIAL K Level 2 The Club, Northcote. 9:00pm. SATURDAYS AT ONE TWENTY BAR One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SOUND EMPIRE - FEAT: DJ TATE STRAUSS + DJ JOE SOFO + DJ MATTY + DJ MISS SARAH + DJ PHIL ROSS Fusion, Southbank. 9:30pm. $25. SOUTH SIDE SHOW - FEAT: EDD FISHER + KNAVE KNIXX Red Bennies, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $15. STAR SATURDAYS Star Bar, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. STRUT SATURDAYS - FEAT: COLLECTIVE + ANDREAS + DANNY MERX + HENRIQUE + JASON SERINI + MARK PELLEGRINI + MC JUNIOR + NICK VAN WILDER Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $22. SUNDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY J + DJ KEN WALKER + DJ LIGHTING Co., Southbank. 8:30pm. TEMPERANCE SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm. TEXTILE - FEAT: DJS PACMAN + JEAN PAUL + MOONSHINE + TAH lLucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. THE FOX SATURDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. THE HOUSE DEFROST - FEAT: DJ ANDEE FROST Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. TOO MUCH 4TH BIRTHDAY - FEAT: MOSCA + DAVID BASS + NAISE + SAME O + WOZ Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. WHAT’S DOING? - FEAT: DJ CITIZEN.COM Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. WHY NOT? - FEAT: SATURDAY Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm.
sunday may 5
COSMIC TONIC Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 9:30pm. DANGER - FEAT: GEORGE HYSTERIC & ROHAN BELLTOWERS The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. GUILTY PLEASURES Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm. MOTEL SUNDAYS The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. NO MORE-BANG-FOR-BUCK BURLESQUE SHOW! Red Bennies, South Yarra. 8:00pm. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: DJ BOOGS + DJ SPACEY SPACE + DJ RADIATOR + DJ SILVERSIX + DJ T-REK Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:30pm. SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE - FEAT: ASKEW + BOOSHANK + DISCO HARRY + JUNJI + MISS BUTT + PAZ + PETER BAKER Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. SUNDAE SHAKE - FEAT: AGENT 86 + PHATO-A-MANO + TIGERFUNK Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. SUNDAY SESSIONS - FEAT: DAN BOWDENA ND MAYFIELD + FOUNKSHUI Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 4:30pm. SURRENDER - FEAT: DJ SERGEANT SLICK + DJ ADAM TRACE + DJ ADRIAN CHESSARI + DJ CHRIS OSTROM + DJ SEF Fusion, Southbank. 8:00pm. THE SUNDAY SET - FEAT: DJS ANDYBLACK + HAGGIS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm.
monday may 6
IBIMBO - FEAT: LADY NOIR & KITI Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. KOOL AID - FEAT: DJ MU-GEN Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. STIFF DRINK - FEAT: DJ MICHAEL KUCYK + DJ MICHAEL OZONE + DJ ROMAN WAFERS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TWERKERS CLUB - FEAT: DJ FLETCH Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm.
tuesday may 7
BIMBO TUESDAYS - FEAT: ADAM ASKEW Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. COSMIC PIZZA Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. dj jaguar E55, MELBOURNE CBD. 8:00PM. never cheer before you know who’s winning - feat: repeter fonda REVOLVER UPSTAIRS, PRAHRAN. 7:00PM.
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wednesday may 1
saturday may 4
COMPRESSION SESSION - FEAT: CASSAWARRIOR + DD + RICKA E55, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SOUL ENSEMBLE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.
CHAISE LOUNGE SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ ANDY PALA + DJ KAH LUA Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. LAUNDRY SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. PHATURDAY - FEAT: TOM SHOWTIME + DJ AYNA Blue Bar, Prahran. 10:00pm. SATURDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY SIN + DJ K DEE Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. THE DOJO - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.
thursday may 2 BE EASY - FEAT: DJ ARKS + DJ THANKS Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. PENNIES - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6. RHYTHM-AL-ISM - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ K-DEE + DJ SIMON SEZ Fusion, Southbank. 10:00pm. $15.
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sunday may 5 BE. - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY J + DJ KEN WALKER Co., Southbank. 10:00pm. $15.
friday may 3
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CHAISE FRIDAYS - FEAT: SOULCLAP + DJ CLAZ + DJ DIRX + DJ PERIL + DJ SEF Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 4:30pm. CREW LOVE - FEAT: DJ TONY SUNSHINE Sub Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15. FAKTORY - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ DURMY + DJ K DEE + DJ YATHS Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. GET LIT - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. LIKE FRIDAYS - FEAT: BROZ + DIR-X + DJS DINESH + NYD + SEF + SHAGGZ + SHAUN D La Di Da, Melbourne. 7:00pm. SWEET NOTHING FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm.
monday may 6 FREEDOM PASS - FEAT: PHIL ROSS + B-BOOGIE + CHRIS MAC + DOZZA Co., Southbank. 9:30pm. THAT’S A RAP First Floor, Fitzroy. 6:00pm.
tuesday may 7 CAN I KICK Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.
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29th Apartment 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9078 8922
Love Machine Cnr Lt Chapel & Malvern Rd, Prahran, 9533 8837
303 303 High Street, Northcote
Lucky Coq 179 Chapel St, Windsor, 9525 1288
Abode 374 St.Kilda Rd, St.Kilda
The LuWOW 62-70 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 5447
Albert Park Hotel Cnr Montague & Dundas Pl, Albert Park, 9690 5459
Mercat Cross Lvl 1, 456 Queen St, Melb, 9348 9998
Alia Lvl 1, 83-87 Smith St, Fitzroy, 9486 0999
Mink 2 Acland St, St Kilda, 9536 1199
Alumbra Shed 9, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Espl, Docklands, 8623 9666
Miss Libertine 34 Franklin St, Melb, 9663 6855
Back Bar 67 Green St, Windsor, 9529 7899
Misty 3-5 Hosier Ln, Melb, 9663 9202
Bar Open 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 9601
Mockingbird Bar 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9534 0000
Baroq House 9-13 Drewery Ln, Melb, 8080 5680
Musicland 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 9359 0006
Bendigo Hotel 125 Johnston St, Collingwood 9417 3415
Neverland 32-48 Johnson St, South Melb, 9646 5544
Bertha Brown 562 Flinders Street, 9629 1207
New Guernica Lvl 2, Hub Arcade, 318-322 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9650 4464
Big Mouth 168 Acland St, St.Kilda, 9534 4611
Night Cat 141 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 0090
Billboard 170 Russell St, Melb, 9639 4000
Night Cat 279 Flinders Ln, Melb, 9654 0444
Bimbo Deluxe 376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 8600
Noise Bar 291 Albert St, Brunswick, 9380 1493
Birmingham Hotel Cnr Smith & Johnston St, Fitzroy
Northcote Social Club 301 High St, Northcote, 9489 3917
Black Cat 252 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6230
Old Bar 74 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 4155
Blue Bar 330 Chapel St, Prahran, 9529 6499
One Twenty Bar 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Blue Tile Lounge 95 Smith St, Fitzroy
Onesixone 161 High St, Prahran, 9533 8433
Boutique 134 Greville St, Prahran, 9525 2322
Order Of Melbourne level 2, 401 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 6707
Brown Alley King Street, Melb,9670 8599
Palace Hotel 893 Burke Rd, Camberwell
Brunswick Hotel 140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9387 6637
Palace Theatre 20-30 Bourke St, Melb, 9650 0180
Builders Arms 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Palais 111 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs, 5348 4849
Cabinet Bar 11 Rainbow Alley, Melbourne, 9654 0915
Palais Theatre Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 9525 3240
Caravan Music Club 95 Drummond St, Oakleigh
Papa Goose 91 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, 9663 2800
Caseys Nightclub 660A Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 9810 0030
Penny Black 420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 8667
Caz Reitops Dirty Secrets 80 Smith St, Collingwood, 9415 8876
Pier Live Hotel 508 Nepean Hwy, Frankston, 9783 9800
CBD Club 12-14 McKillop St, Melb, 9670 3638
Pony 68-70 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9662 1026
Chaise Lounge Basement, 105 Queen St, Melb, 9670 6120
Portland Hotel Cnr Lt Collins & Russell St, Melb, 9810 0064
Chandelier Room 91 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin, 9532 2288
The Prague Hotel, 911 High St, Northcote, 9495 0000
Chelsea Heights Hotel Cnr Springvale & Wells Rd,
Pretty Please 61c Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9534 4484
Chelsea Heights, 9773 4453
Prince Bandroom 29 Fitztory St, St Kilda, 9536 1168
Cherry Bar AC/DC Ln, Melb, 9639 8122
Prince Of Wales 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9536 1168
Chi Lounge 195 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, 9662 2688
Public Bar 238 Victoria St, North Melb, 9329 6522
Co. Lvl 3, Crown Complex, 9292 5750
Railway Hotel 280 Ferrars St, South Melb, 9690 5092
Colonial Hotel (Brown Alley) Cnr King & Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 8599
Red Bennies 371 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9826 2689
Commercial Club Hotel 344 Nicholson St, Fitzroy, 9419 1522
Red Love Lvl 1, 401 Swanston St, Melb, 9639 3722
Cookie Lvl 1, 252 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 7660
Retreat Hotel 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, 9417 2693
Corner Hotel 57 Swan St, Richmond, 9427 9198
The Retreat Hotel 280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 4090
Cornish Arms 163 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
The Reverence Hotel 28 Napier St, Footscray, 03 9687 2111
CQ 113 Queen St, Melb, 8601 2738
Revolt Elizabeth St, Kensington, 03 9376 2115
Croft Institute 21 Croft Alley, Melb, 9671 4399
Revolver Upstairs 229 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5985
Cruzao Arepa Bar 365 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 7871
Rochester Castle Hotel 202 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9415 7555
Cushion 99 Fitzroy St, St.Kilda, 9534 7575
Rooftop Cider Bar, Cnr Swanston & Flinders St, Melbourne, 9650 3884
Damask 1/347 Burnswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 4578
Room 680 Level 1, 680 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 9818 0680
The Dancing Dog 42A Albert St, Footscray, Footscray, 9687 2566
Roxanne Parlour Lvl 3, 2 Coverlid Pl, Melb
The Drunken Poet 65 Peel Street, West Melbourne, 9348 9797
Royal Derby 446 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 2321
Der Raum 438 Church St, Richmond, 9428 0055
Roal Melbourne Hotel 629 Bourke St, 9629 2400
Ding Dong Lounge Lvl 1, 18 Market Ln, Melb, 9662 1020
Ruby’s Lounge 1648 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave, 9754 7445
Dizzy’s Jazz Club 381 Burnley St, Richmond, 9428 1233
Saint Hotel 54 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9593 8333
Double Happiness 21 Liverpool St, Melb, 9650 4488
Sandbelt Live Cnr South & Bignell Rd, Moorabbin, 9555 6899
E:55 55 Elizabeth St, Melb, 9620 3899
Scarlett Lounge 174 Burnley St, Richmond, 9428 0230
East Brunswick Club 280 Lygon St, East Brunswick, 9388 2777
Seven Nightclub 52 Albert Rd, South Melb, 9690 7877
Edinburgh Castle 681 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Spensers Live 419 Spencer St, West Melb, 9329 8821
Electric Ladyland Lvl 1, 265 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5757
Spot 133 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9388 0222
Elwood Lounge 49-51 Glenhuntly Rd, Elwood, 9525 6788
Standard Hotel 293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy, 9419 4793
Empress 714 Nicholson St, Nth Fitzroy, 9489 8605
Star Bar 160 Clarendon St, South Melb, 9810 0054
Espy 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, 9534 0211
Station 59 59 Church St, Richmond, 9427 8797
Eurotrash 18 Corrs Ln, Melb, 9654 4411
Stolberg Beer Café 197 Plenty Rd, Preston, 9495 1444
Eve 334 City Rd, Southbank, 9696 7388
Strange Wolf 71 Collins Street (enter via Strachan Lane), Melb, 9662 4914
Evelyn 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 5500
Sub Lounge & Restaurant 168 Elizabeth St Melb, 0411 800 198
Ferntree Gully Hotel 1130 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully, 9758 6544
Sugar Bar (Hotel Urban) 35 Fitztroy St, St Kilda, 8530 8888
Festival Hall 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne, 9329 9699
Temperance Hotel 426 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9827 7401
First Floor 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6380
Thornbury Theatre 859 High St, Thornbury, 9484 9813
Forum Theatre 154 Flinders St, Melb, 9299 9800
Tiki Lounge 327 Swan St, Richmond, 9428 4336
The Fox Hotel 351 Wellington Street, Collingwood, 9416 4957
Toff In Town Lvl 2, 252 Swanston St, Melb, 9639 8770
Fusion Lvl 3, Crown Complex, Southbank, 9292 5750
Tony Starr’s Kitten Club 267 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9650 2448
The Gallery Room 1/510 Flinders St, Melbourne, 9629 1350
The Tote Hotel 67 Johnson St, Collingwood, 9419 5320
Gem Bar & Dining 289 Wellingston St, Collingwood, 9419 5170
Town Hall Hotel 33 Errol St, North Melbourne, 9328 1983
George Basement, 127 Fitzroy St, 9534 8822
Trak Lounge 445 Toorak Rd, Toorak, 9826 9000
Gertrude’s Brown Couch 30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, 9417 6420
Tramp 20 King St, Melb
Grace Darling Hotel 114 Smith St, Collingwood, 9416 0055
Transport Hotel Federation Square, Melb, 9654 8808
Grandview Hotel Cnr Heidelberg Rd & Station St, Fairfield, 9489 8061
Trunk 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 9663 7994
Great Britain Hotel 447 Church St, Richmond, 9429 5066
Tyranny Of Distance 147 Union St, Windsor, 9525 1005
Grind N Groove 274 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville
Two of Hearts 149 Commercial Road, Prahran
Grumpy’s Green 125 Smith St, Collingwood, 9416 1944
Union Hotel Brunswick 109 Union St, Brunswick, 9388 2235
Gypsy Bar 334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 0548
Veludo 175 Acland St, St Kilda, 9534 4456
HiFi 125 Swanston St, Melb, 1300 843 4434
Victoria Hotel 380 Victoria St, Brunswick, 9388 0830
Highlander 11a Highlander Lane, Melb, 9620 2227
Wah Wah Lounge Lvl 1, 185 Lonsdale St, Melb
Hoo Haa 105 Chapel St, Windsor, 9529 6900
Wesley Anne 250 High St, Northcote, 9482 1333
Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 2329
Westernport Hotel 161 Marine Pde, San Remo, 5678 5205
Iddy Biddy 47 Blessington St, St Kilda, 9534 4484
Willow Bar 222 High Street, Northcote, 9481 1222
Jett Black 177 Greville St, Prahran
Windsor Castle 89 Albert St, Windsor, 9525 0239
John Curtin Hotel 29 Lygon St, Melb, 9663 6350
Workers Club 51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 8889
Khokolat Bar 43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 039642 1142
Workshop Lvl 1, 413 Elizabeth St, Melb, 9326 4365
La Di Da 577 Lt Bourke St, Melb, 9670 7680
Yah Yah’s 99 Smith St, Fitzroy, 9419 4920
Labour In Vain 197A Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 5955
The Vine 59 Wellington St, Collingwood, 9417 2434
Lomond Hotel 225 Nicholson St, East Brunswick Longroom 162 Collins St, Melbourne, 9663 9226 Loop 23 Meyers Pl, Melb, 9654 0500 Lounge 243 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 2916 The Lounge Pit 386-388 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 9415 6142
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THINGS WE HEAR
Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea has signed to Universal Music’s Island Def Jam for the US. She’s already with Universal’s Mercury Records, in the UK. Island Records US president David Massey said of her, “She’s focused, driven, and has great creative tastes and instincts. She is nothing short of an international star.” Iggy, who was to have played in Australia on the now-axed Movement festival in April, got eight million YouTube views for her latest single Work.
* Blue King Brown have been joined by two freedom fighters in their ranks. Joining on backing vocals are Lea and Petra Rumwaropen, daughters of the late Agosto Rumwaropen whose band The Black Brothers wrote popular songs about freedom, justice and oppression in West Papua under Indonesia. They had to flee as a result and were granted asylum in Australia. * High profile British manager Peter Mensch told British TV that the stupidest request he’s ever had from a client was from AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd. “I was in London. They were in Paris. Phil Rudd wanted hot water because his kettle was broken. He called at midnight to ask me to bring over hot water. Wish I had told him I’d charter a flight to bring him a kettle, and billed it back.” * Muse reshot the video for Panic Station after controversy blew up in Asia with the inclusion of the Imperial Japanese Army Flag. It represents Japan’s militarism in World War II and struck a raw nerve in China and Korea. * Sydney has two new music venues. The Newtown Social Club is off and running this Friday at 387 King St, Newtown… The King St Brewhouse at King’s Street Wharf in Darling Harbour, launched itself as a place that showcases music … Meantime, the owners of The Belvedere Hotel, the Cohibar and The Watershed Hotel are in receivership but it’s business as usual for the venues. * Attendance for Stone Music Festival with Van Halen, Aerosmith and Billy Joel was well down, but backers say it’ll be back next year. Heavy rain didn’t help. Van Halen let down many fans who left early but Wolfgang Van Halen was so excited by their set he talked about the band returning some time. * Motley Crüe are back to Oz next year, as part of a farewell world tour. * Someone told Ke$sha that drinking her own urine was good for her. She tried it and thought it was so “gross” she’d never do it again. * An American woman was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend for singing Macklemore’s Thrift Store 25 times in a row. * Photographers hoping for drunken antics from Ozzy Osbourne in New Zealand were disappointed. He spent most of his time in his hotel room and only ventured out to an art gallery. * The Melbourne Age reported that creative types are being offered free rent in the empty Docklands. The Docklands Spaces project, run by not-for-profit Renew Australia, will be on a month-to-month basis until the spaces are rented commercially. You just pay a participation fee of just $20 to Renew Australia to cover minor maintenance and insurance. * The competition to name the new $25.8 million Bendigo Theatre project finished earlier this week, the winning entry is announced later in the year. The project, developed in the former Bendigo Prison site will include a 1,000-seat theatre and dance and drama studio spaces, utilising elements of the jail built in 1861. It can be used by the local education, arts, entertainment, tourism and business sectors. Seven tenders are being considered.
NEW SIGNINGS #2: DEAD LETTER CIRCUS JOIN UNFD
ROWLAND S. HOWARD LANEWAY APPROVED
A British study by ICM showed that 18 to 24-year-olds are driving the vinyl revival. In the last month, 5% of respondents bought vinyl, with 14% of 18 to 24-year-olds, compared to 9% of 25 to 34-year-olds and 5% of 35 to 44-year-olds. They cited raw sound, artwork and collectability. 27% buy vinyl and CD versions of a release, and don’t play the vinyl seeing them as art pieces. 85% of these preferred to go to indie stores (47% aged 18 to 24). There are 300 indie stores in Britain, down from 2,200 in the ‘80s. This age group is most likely driving vinyl sales in Australia too. According to ARIA, last year 77,934 vinyl albums were sold here, almost double that from the year before. Interviews with indie stores around Record Store Day confirmed that vinyl sales by Gen Y is helping their business. In cases like Rocking Horse Records in Brisbane, it prevented it from closing. Turntable sales also rose, 50% by young fans. Billboard reported that this year’s Record Store Day in America was the most successful since it was introduced in 2008. Sales in indie stores were up 59% from the previous week, and up 3% from sales on the day last year. There’s definitely a trend back to vinyl albums. Last week they made up 37% of all sales in the US last week, 82% of these bought in indie stores.
WORLD MUSIC WORKSHOPS Multicultural Arts Victoria and Moreland City Council hold music business workshops next month. The CALD (Culturally & Linguistically Diverse) workshops are designed to give ‘world music’ and culturally diverse artists a better understanding of the music industry and the kind of opportunities available. They can also network with artists and experts of the wider music business. They’re held Saturday June 8 to Monday June 10. Apply by Wednesday May 8 to email@example.com or call (03) 9188 3681 for more details. Speakers include reps from ARIA, APRA and AIR, bookers, lawyers, indie label heads, accountants, grants programmers, managers, radio execs, street press publishers, tour and conference promoters and digital experts. They’ll cover what to expect from the business, how to land gigs, releasing independently, making the right choices as a musician, how to make money from your music, sorting out finances, band agreements, royalties and contracts, getting grants and how to apply, and using technology to get your music to the world.
NEW SIGNINGS #1: AUSSIE IGGY LANDS MAJOR US DEAL
UNFD, home to charters The Amity Affliction and Northlane, ups its hard rock quotient by signing Dead Letter Circus. Their second album, produced by Forrester Savell, is out in August. In the meantime, DLC’s 2010 debut album This Is The Warning went gold last month. On its release, it went to #2 on the ARIA chart. UNFD’s founder Jaddan Comerford and A&R chief Luke Logemann were angling to get DLC back as their Boomtown Records days.
MELBOURNE JAZZ NOMINEES The Melbourne jazz community will be holding its breath this week when the national Jazz Bell Awards are held on Thursday May 2 at the Regent Theatre. Among local nominees are Michelle Nicole (best Australian jazz vocal album), Mark Hannaford (original album), Stephen Magnusson (contemporary album), Eamon McNelis (traditional album), Matt Dixon (traditional album) while Samuel Pankhurst is up for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year.
Port Phillip Council in Melbourne approved naming a thoroughfare in St. Kilda Rowland S Howard Laneway. The Birthday Party guitarist songwriter lived in the area for ten years before his death in 2009. The lane is between 29 and 31 Jackson Street and 19 and 21 Eildon Road. The Council now has to get special permission to allow the use of the S in his name, so there are no errors with postal and emergency services. The city’s ACDC Lane, for instance, has no slash as per the name. The campaign was launched by promoter Nick Haines who got 2,069 signatures including from Henry Rollins and Shane McGown and a letter from Nick Cave.
SHIP AHOY The burlesque, cabaret, comedy and dance musical Holy Ship is raising $15,000 through Pozible to fund its next step. After two sold seasons at Red Bennies, it is booked at The GH Hotel in St Kilda for July 12, 13, 14. If you can help, go to pozible.com/project/14891.
FINAL ACTS FOR HEART OF ST. KILDA The final acts were added to the sixth Heart of St Kilda Concert at the Palais Theatre on Tuesday May 14. They are Henry Wagons, Saskwatch, Rebecca Barnard, Lisa Miller, Billy Miller, Graveyard Train, Kate Ceberano and Wishful, as well as comedians Russell Gilbert, Rachel Berger, Dave Callan, Hannah Gadsby and Frank Woodley and ventriloquist Darren Carr. All proceeds to the Sacred Heart Mission.
CHRISSY REMEMBERED IN CHARTS
The passing of Chrissy Amphlett saw The Divinyls back in the ARIA charts this week. The best of, Essential, is at #14. I Touch Myself at #49, Pleasure And Pain at #56 and Boys In Town at #79. Within days of her death in New York, Essential topped the Australian iTunes chart and The Divinyls at #20. So did I Touch Myself, Pleasure and Pain, Boys In Town and Science Fiction. Everyone had Chrissy stories. From the Lismore security guard who once refused to let her into his nightclub because she arrived in her schoolgirl uniform stage gear, to this columnist recalling how she psyched up for shows by listening to Indian snake charmer music. Their manager Andrew McManus told the Herald Sun that Madonna’s manager Freddy Mann co-managed them in America. But once they took off, Mann dropped them in case it upset Maddy. All through Australia, bands paid tribute to her at gigs, none more poignant than Suze de Marchi and Baby Animals learning Boys In Town and getting fellow rock chick Sarah McLeod to come help sing it at their gig at the Standard in Sydney. The final word goes to her long time collaborator and feuding partner Mark McEntee. He told Today: “It took two [diseases]. She was too tough for one.”
THE CAT EMPIRE HEAD BACK ABROAD
In 2002 when The Cat Empire went to America for their first gigs abroad, it was the first time many of its members had to get a passport. Now on their latest world tour behind their fifth album Steal The Light, they are doing almost 70 shows across three continents. It is their biggest world tour to date, and kicks off in North America in July. They will be joined by Blackalicious and Australia’s own Tinpan Orange of these dates. The Catties also head to South America for the first time, after fans lobbied through pledge site Queremos. Five hundred promised in the first week alone to attend their gigs.
ABBEY STONE, RAMONA D, TAKE ON THE WORLD Two emerging Melbourne singer songwriters are taking on the world. Abbey Stone is heading to the US in June to live for a few months, and fulfil a lifetime dream to write and record in New York and Nashville. Stone says, “While we are over in the States I hope to write and record for two albums. My management and I have rented a studio apartment on 5th Avenue, Lower Manhattan, and a house in Nashville with a grand piano. I have a lot of things I want to sing about. New York is just a part of my dream. I’m not afraid to drive myself hard to make my dreams come true. My guitars and road cases are packed already!” The 18-yearold hopes to release the tracks early 2014. Ramona D is relocating to Canada after winning a scholarship to a conservatorium there. Building up a club following with her theatrical shows with her band Cocoa Soul, she became an Unearthed discovery and her single Wake Up Call got triple j airplay.
WANNA BE ON COMPILATION?
Welkin Records is putting together Vol. 2 of Australian hardcore compilation The Time Is Now. It will be distributed at forthcoming tours by Northlane, I Killed The Prom Queen, House Vs Hurricane and Dream On Dreamer.More info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is May 9.
STAFFORDS GET OWN RADIO SHOW
In addition to their Fox8 series, Gold Coast DJs The Stafford Bros get their own radio show. Every Fridays at 2pm, they’ll play exclusive mixes on Fox.
BORED NOTHING VS GUNG HO VS STEP-PANTHER Q&A THE SCARLETS
BORED NOTHING ASK GUNG HO
Have you ever seen a show called Seinfeld? How good is Seinfeld? It’s awesome, I’m glad you like it too. Good for you, Jack! What’s your favourite pizza topping, do you ever need to get half and half or are you guys closer than that? Supreme always goes well. Except the pineapple. If there’s anyone cool with pineapple on the pizza they’re out of the band. Can I borrow some money for beer? I promise you can have some of the beer, but most of the beer is for me. Sure, I’ll watch you drink the beer. You’ll get a little buzzed. We’ll take it from there.
GUNG HO ASK STEP-PANTHER
Hey Dan, you end up finding that weed I lost behind your couch?
No it’s been consumed by the dark deep abyss of my house... along with most of my socks, jocks and the alternate ending to TV’s Lost.
If you were in another band that wasn’t your band, what would that band be? I would be in a shred metal band but I’m too shit at doublekick. It would be called something like ‘Epic Death Star’ or ‘Exploding Stab Face’, except with Hello Kitty cover art. I googled “awesome interview questions” and got nothing. So I’ll just steal one of Bored Nothing’s questions – What’s your favourite pizza topping? I don’t think you can go wrong with supreme; it’s the allrounder – meat, vegetables, olives and artificial cheese from a laboratory. However you gotta get that shit on thin ‘n’ crispy.
Born: son to Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne and Win Butler. Split: Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson after getting married in 2005. They have been living apart for some time now, and have two children. Hospitalised: Nathan Sykes of The Wanted, throat surgery in Los Angeles. Hospitalised: Biffy Clyro cancelled half their US tour due to Simon Neil’s serious respiratory problem. Hospitalised: Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri with concussion, two black eyes and a split lip after falling on her face while shooting a video in Paris. In Court: Lauryn Hill was told that unless she paid $504,000 in back taxes before her next court appearance on May 6, she faces 24-30 months in jail. Suing: Katy Perry took $6.5 million action against the hair-styling company who paid her $4.5 million to endorse their product. The deal is over but the firm kept using her image, the singer claimed. Died: US protest folk singer Richie Havens, one of the stars of 1969’s legendary Woodstock, aged 72. “I never had a bad day on stage,” he said. Died: Canada’s “first lady of song”, folk-country troubadour Rita MacNeil, 68, from post-surgical complications. Flying On Your Own and Working Man were her biggest hits, three albums charted in Australia. Died: Dani Crivelli, former drummer with the Swiss metal band Krokus. Died: US country singer George Jones, described as “the definitive country singer of the last half-century” who inspired this generation of country singers. Died: Jared Shelton, who worked at Triple M ten years ago before becoming a journalist abroad, suffered cardiac arrests and died in a Bangkok hospital.
STUDY: NEW MUSIC GOOD FOR YOU A new study in Canada found that the brain becomes more active when hearing a new song for the first time – and more so when it enjoys that music. The study at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University played 19 volunteers 60 pieces of new music while they were lying on an MRI machine. Dr Valorie Salimpoor says that normally the brain gets excited when it is expecting food or sex or money. “But what’s cool is that you’re anticipating and getting excited over something entirely abstract – and that’s the next sound that is coming up.” The researchers are now hoping to use their findings to discover what drives an individual’s music taste and whether the reason why different people like different types of music can be explained.
INSURER APIA GETS INTO MUSIC Insurance brand Apia which aims at the over-50 demographic is behind the Time Of My Life tour, which kicked off last week. It did a survey which showed it that over 80% of the 50 to 64 age group still have a passion for music, 80% had bought music in the last 12 months and over 40% saw a gig in that time. Three quarters would go and see their fave band, and almost half complained there were few opportunities to see the acts they wanted to see. So Apia staged Time Of My Life with Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, James Reyne and Ross Wilson. The 14 shows run until May 19.
RIHANNA, CALVIN HARRIS, SET NEW CHART RECORDS
Rihanna is the first artist in Billboard’s radio airplay chart to have ten #1s. She notched it up with Stay featuring Mikky Ekko. She previously tied with Katy Perry with nine. Stay is the second piano-vocal only chart topper. The last was Bruno Mars’ When I Was Your Man, which Stay toppled to get to #1. Calvin Harris set a new record in the UK with eight Top 10 singles from one album. I Need Your Love featuring Ellie Goulding is the eighth hit from 18 Months. Official Charts Company called this “absolutely remarkable.”
NEW BASS LABEL DRUMB LAUNCHES Xelon Entertainment, which is behind the house-electro stable Velcro and the trance label 405 Recordings, has launched a new label Drumb. It will focus on releasing Australian and international tracks on bass music in all its forms – drum and bass, trap, dubstep, moombah and glitch. First release is Vato Gonzalez vs Lethal Bizzle & Donae’o’s Not A Saint.
STEP-PANTHER ASK BORED NOTHING
You’ve got a chicken and a duck in your film clip, in your backyard. Would you eat them if you had to? I threaten them with that whenever they piss me off.
You’re making a burger. What’s in it? Haloumi, relish, lettuce and people. Top five people you could/would/will dedicate Shit For Brains to while onstage – living or dead? My grandparents, Wile E. Coyote (you’ll never catch him, get over it), Steve from Step-Panther, Lisa Leoni from grade two, your mother.
BORED NOTHING, GUNG HO and STEP-PANTHER bring the Triple Treat tour to The Northcote Social Club on Saturday May 11.
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FIREBALLS BY JESS SHULMAN
Eddie Fury has discovered a pretty good way to pass time while waiting in those never-ending Melbourne airport border security queues: punch out some interviews. Today he’s en route to Finland to play the Mavericks Rock and Roll Association Club Sin Party. While other passengers are being summoned to various gates over the intercom, the Fireballs drummer and lead vocalist (and allround super nice bloke) gets philosophical about Melbourne’s decaying pub scene, and how – even after 20 years on the live circuit – hair of the dog is still a great way to deal with an intense touring schedule. “We decided that we’d play some pub shows in Melbourne as we haven’t played here in a while, and what better time to do it than when you’re jet-lagged?” Fireballs are ﬂag-bearers for the glory days of Melbourne pub-rock. As the bandits of ‘psychobilly’ they’ve carved a niche for themselves that scratched the harsh veneer of thrash/metal/punk with a bit of friendly rockabilly. And as a band that’s incredibly diﬃcult to pigeon-hole, it makes sense that for their upcoming Melbourne shows – at their own Hellbourne Weekender – they’ve lined up a host of incredibly diverse bands (a rare feat in Melbourne, where gigs tend to be very genre-speciﬁc). Fury says, “We all fall under the banner of subculture so there’s no reason why we should stick to any preferred genre. It’s also good to get a whole heap of diﬀerent people in to see what you’re doing and hopefully spread the word around. If you’ve got your blinkers on you can’t open yourself up to all sorts of styles. And our only prerequisite for what we like or who we play with is ‘high energy’, whether it’s punk or garage or psychobilly or metal or whatever.” The most charming thing about Fury is his humility. He’s as giddy as a schoolgirl about the upcoming overseas jaunt. “I’m still trying to pinch myself to believe it’s actually happening and I keep staring at the tickets in my hands to remind myself!” The band has a healthy respect for a place like Finland, which is renowned for championing an excellent metal/ punk scene. “It’s always good going over to places like that, like Sweden and Norway are known for their metal scenes and I think our version of what we do with the psychobilly stuﬀ sort of seems to translate. It’s just a good feeling to actually be invited over to do it,” he says. When probed about how the tour came about, Fury laughs, “The Mavericks crew contacted us and said, ‘come on over, let’s party!’” Although what they have planned sounds more like punishment than a party. “It’s literally like a ﬁve or six day turnaround so not much time on the ground but a lot of time in the air,” he says. Not one to ever be phased by a punishing tour schedule (Fireballs at their peak played up to 400 shows a year), the ever-positive Fury describes what drives him to still be playing shows after so many years: “There’s a ﬁre, a passion that’s in there that’s got to be stoked. I still get nervous when I get on stage, and if I ever overwrite that nervousness, well, what have I got left, you know?”
“THERE’S A FIRE, A PASSION THAT’S IN THERE THAT’S GOT TO BE STOKED.” It’s hard to mainline that sort of positivity in a scene such as Melbourne’s, where beloved live music venues, particularly those of the punk variety, continue to fall victim to various external pressures (liquor licensing, noise restrictions, gentriﬁcation, and so on) – or is it? Fury takes a pretty pragmatic stance. “Years ago you’d be playing full-tilt, and everyone really liked loud music but now with all the various regulations and pressures from external sources it’s obviously much harder. In place of venues like The Arthouse, I think others will crop up and it’s not the end of the world. In another few years it’ll all change again anyway. Melbourne is constantly changing and I think – if anything – the music hub will move out of the centre of Melbourne and out to the ‘burbs. And then we’ll all become everything that we never wanted to be!” The band is currently writing new material, to follow 2010’s Hell Rider, but our brief encounter was cut short as Fury entered the “restricted section” at the airport, unable to elaborate – or perhaps creating a shroud of mystery? It is expected we’ll see some pretty great lyrics on that one, as Fury is pretty good at inventing words. While he protests that it’s “very early in the morning” and he can’t be held accountable for the words he’s making up, this interviewer plans to make heavy use of his term “metallisation” which is basically what happens when metalheads like a particular genre of music – in their case, rockabilly – and want to amp it the fuck up. Genius. Go forth and use as you see ﬁt and be comforted in the knowledge that even those who have been a part of Melbourne’s music scene since the early ‘90s not only still want to be a part of it but are positive about its future. FIREBALLS headline Melbourne’s Hellbourne Weekender taking place at The Bendigo Hotel on Friday May 3 (with The Murder Rats and Royal Cut Throat Co) and Saturday May 4 (with Yard Apes and La Bastard).
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KINGS KONEKTED BY KRISSI WEISS
South East Queensland-based hip hop collective, Kings Konekted have bounced the boards of the live scene for years with only a mix tape under their belt. They’ve gigged extensively, have been consistently in the studio and their crew has slowly grown but tight, almost obsessive, quality control have meant that their fans have waited since 2009 for a release. EP The Campaign is out now and a full-length album is only a few months away. Hip hop in heart and soul, MCs Dontez and Culprit originally rapped over beats made on a Playstation, using the medium as a way of escaping the violent and frustrating world that they lived in, but with the crew expanding and the production talents of DJ Stricknine driving their sound, The Campaign looks well won. “Every time someone asks how the release is going, it’s a bit overwhelming; everything’s crazy and shit’s hectic as but I reckon when we look back in a week we’ll be really happy with everything,” DJ Strickinine says. “Preorders have been goin’ crazy, we’ve had to do another run ‘cause people’ve been going nuts if they can’t ﬁnd it at a certain store and MGM have been working oﬀ the charts with this.” So why the nearly four year delay? “I think that ‘cause we’ve done a lot of live gigs over the years that has really helped us a lot and taken up time,” MC Dontez says. “We weren’t releasing but we were very strong with the live shows and I think that’s created a fair bit of hype. Even though we haven’t just put out any old release and we’ve kept a bit of time in between, I think people have hung on. We’ve recorded a lot of tracks and we’ve spent a lot of time in the studio but for us, a track has to be really up to standard and so there are a lot of tracks that don’t see the light of day because of that. “There’d be close to 50 tracks recorded that won’t be released,” Stricknine adds. “I always say that there’s enough there to release a whole other album that I think’d blow people’s minds but all it takes is one person in the crew to say no and that’s it, we scrap it.” With the crew growing a lot from the early days of Dontez, MC Culprit and the Playstation, the guys have handled change as best they can while staying true to their vision. “I think we had a strong blueprint in our mind but we’ve always been open to new ideas whether it comes from a friend or someone we’re doing business with,” MC Culprit says, joining the conversation. “We wanna take it in and take it on board but we’re still pretty strict about remembering the original plan … We’ve done feature tracks with other people that we’ve scrapped too. It’s hard when you have to scrap it but you’d rather piss oﬀ a couple people than piss of yourself and all your fans.”
“WE’VE DONE FEATURE TRACKS WITH OTHER PEOPLE THAT WE’VE SCRAPPED TOO. IT’S HARD WHEN YOU HAVE TO SCRAP IT BUT YOU’D RATHER PISS OFF A COUPLE PEOPLE THAN PISS OF YOURSELF AND ALL YOUR FANS.” They’ve never shied away from expressing their dislike for hip hop artists that slide in under the label with music that barely resembles the genre. In the past it’s been a real source of frustration but with age comes the knowledge that you can’t ﬁght every ﬁght. When the topic comes up, all three still have something to say. “We back it up with what we listen to; if someone gets in my car and puts something on and I’m not feeling it, it won’t get a play,” Stricknine says before Culprit joins in. “One thing we do is to make people aware that we’re just making hip hop, not under the ‘style’ of hip hop. There are so many but each to their own. “In our younger days we probably got a lot more defensive about it,” Dontez adds. “But people are free to do their own thing. I guess our only problem is that it gets labeled as hip hop and a lot of times it doesn’t even come close to the genre.” With The Campaign barely having time to cool on the sill, Kings Konekted can’t help but be excited about the forthcoming LP. “It’s ﬁnished basically,” Stricknine says. “It’s about 20 tracks deep and we’re just down to the ﬁnal few. Even tracks that aren’t done are ready in our minds. There are a lot of songs recorded that we’ve gotta look at; when you put together an album you want the songs to ﬁt. Some of the songs on the EP maybe woulda worked on the album and there are some too that might be up to standard but yet not quite feel right on the album. I guess as well for the people that got our mix tape in 2009 and were waiting for the album, we wanted to give them a little taster with this EP.” The Campaign is out now through Class A Records/MGM. DISCUSS WHAT? BEAT.COM.AU/DISCUSSION
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BY JOSHUA KLOKE
It’s been a few weeks since The Rubens returned from South By Southwest, known internationally as one of the more chaotic industry-driven music festivals. Bands are regularly forced to bring their gear around town on foot in desperate attempts to play upwards of three shows in one day. It can be intimidating, to say the least, for many firsttimers to play the festival. But Elliott Margin, who mans the keys for The Rubens, insists the band got lucky. “We didn’t have it so bad. We’d heard a lot of horror stories from other bands about how horrible and chaotic it is. We probably had about one show each day and the rest of the day was mostly promos and interviews. So while we were moving around a lot, we didn’t have the issue of multiple shows each day which means trying to pull your gear around town, through the streets,” admits Margin, reached on the phone during a bit of downtime before an upcoming tour. If Margin and The Rubens got lucky regarding their schedule during SXSW, that’s about as much luck as they’d like to get credited for. Though the band has enjoyed a fruitful few years since they began in 2011, they’re fully committed not only to moving forward, but working at their craft. Very, very hard. “Obviously if you want people to become interested in your band and interested in your record you can’t just play a couple shows and then never play again. We’ve worked really hard in Australia to make sure people get to hear our music, and it’s no diﬀerent elsewhere,”
admits the incredibly honest and forthright Margin, one of three brothers in The Rubens. Margin speaks with the kind of poise and clarity that it takes many bands of a similar age years to attain. Yet it would appear that The Rubens, still touring oﬀ the strength of their self-titled 2012 debut full-length, aren’t ready to take any of the success they’ve been aﬀorded for granted. Early 2013 saw the band engage in a full-scale tour of Europe and stops in New York City and Los Angeles in addition to the aforementioned trip to Austin for SXSW. As Margin attests, touring with a relentless approach is necessary for the band. Not because it’s the only way to be considered successful, but because, in 2013, Margin believes it’s important to ensure The Rubens is simply more than just an online entity. “You have to work hard to see the people and make sure they see you and make sure they understand you’re an actual band,” maintains Margin. “So often you’re nothing but a few songs on iTunes and just a photo on Facebook
to your fans. They have to see you live to get the whole experience. If a band didn’t tour, I’d wonder how they could be successful. Well, all I know is that we want to play as many shows as possible.” So then, with an ambitious mentality and admitting that the next time they head overseas The Rubens “…want to spend a lot more time in a lot of diﬀerent places,” does Elliott Margin believe only after touring abroad will they be considered a success? “I don’t know about necessary, but we do enjoy it very much. There’s only so much we can tour Australia before people get sick of you,” Margin admits. The idea of people getting sick of The Rubens is one that Margin admits to being possible, but once we get on the topic, I begin to prod him on the idea of people getting sick of each other. Speciﬁcally, if the three brothers in The Rubens, Zaac, Sam and Elliott have gotten sick of each other during the touring they’ve done in cramped quarters. “We’ve been talking about it a lot though, we’re wondering if someone’s going to crack sometime soon,”
chuckles Margin. “It almost seems like we’re in the honeymoon phase right now.” Pressed further, Margin believes that once the “Honeymoon phase” ends, the band will still be able to maintain a constant civility within its members. “I think [being a band largely comprised of siblings] is deﬁnitely an advantage. Believe it or not, we never ﬁght. I know when bands go out on tour there’s a lot of ﬁghting, but because we’ve been living together our whole lives, we don’t ﬁght very much, if at all. We already know what makes each other tick. Nothing’s that unusual for us, we’re just living together on the other side of the world sometimes.”
we wanted each song to come at you like a great wave of light,” he says. “We wanted the songs to be very light and bright – like a light at the end of a tunnel, or even a religious light. We were thinking about comets and lights in the sky – we went to the library and borrowed a whole lot of books on these subjects, and we thought a lot about how to portray them in musical terms.” He pauses. “We talked earlier about Destroy. We wanted to have a long intro because we wanted the listener to have time to really approach the song. With music, you create a world – you have to think about the little details.” A lot of people mention speciﬁc ‘80s bands when talking about Shout Out Louds, The Cure being a popular reference point. Olenius has been hearing this comparison for a long time, and it used to annoy him, but these days, he accepts it as an amusing fact of life. “My curse is that my voice sounds a lot like Robert Smith’s!” he chuckles. “I can’t help it, that’s just the way I sing, but a lot of people make the comparison for that reason.” While The Cure may be a sore spot, Olenius has loved
‘80s music since his teens, when a friend gave him a box set featuring such hallowed indie bands as Television Personalities, Sonic Youth and The Go-Betweens. “Before that, I spent most of my time listening to my sister’s George Michael records,” he says. “I discovered those other acts right when we were trying to ﬁnd ourselves as a band, and they sounded new and exciting to me. That, more than anything, inﬂuenced the sound of the band.” As for the immediate future, Olenius tells me that he wants to record new material for the band as soon as possible. “We’ve noticed that it takes three years to write, record and tour an album,” he says, “and we’d like to do it faster this time. I have some songs I would like to record, and whether they will end up on an EP or a new album, I’m not sure. We have some nice songs. We might release something this year and add it on to this record, or we might start a new one. There are a lot of ideas right now. It feels comforting.”
stuﬀ. It’s easier to communicate with people that way, actually creating a conversation.” Likewise, Young is very much his own man when it comes to live performance. Though a distinctive artist, he is nonetheless something of a shapeshifter, adapting himself to his surroundings. “I started oﬀ doing solo gigs, but as the venues got bigger, I decided to expand to a three-piece,” he explains. This change was far from traumatic, though. “It’s the same set, but with a drummer and bassist, it’s just a progression. When you start out, you’re a sponge for your environment anyway, and you learn about what works from other bands around you. The same goes for venues. Some things just work better in diﬀerent spaces.” From talking to Young, it’s obvious that live performance
is what comes most naturally to him, but he is aware of the risk of over-exposure, and the importance of restraint. “I’m learning to be more selective about the gigs I take. It’s great fun, but I don’t necessarily need to be playing twice a week at the moment. Having said that, it’s great training to be playing live, more so than any practice you could do.”
THE RUBENS play The Forum on Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11, plus The Yarra Hotel in Geelong on Sunday May 12. They were also announced as part of Splendour In The Grass from Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28.
SHOUT OUT LOUDS
BY ALASDAIR DUNCAN
Adam Olenius is feeling philosophical. The Shout Out Louds singer has just returned to Stockholm after a three-week tour of Europe and Scandinavia; generally busy with recording and touring, on his rare breaks he struggles with the concept of doing nothing. “It’s hard,” he says. “I’m sitting around my apartment, not doing much, trying to get over the post-tour depression and get some rest, but I’m really bad at doing nothing. If I rest, I feel edgy.” He plans to spend the time oﬀ seeing friends and writing songs, but if that doesn’t work, he may try an escape to the country. “I like to go out in nature,” he says. “We have a family country house an hour and a half outside of Stockholm, and I like to go there sometimes to cook and take walks. I sound like a senior citizen,” he laughs, “just walking around and cooking and being out in nature, but that’s what I do.” The older Olenius gets, the more leisurely he becomes, and the same seems to hold true of his band. The most recent Shout Out Louds album, last year’s Optica, was a lithe and luxurious aﬀair, and the band were happy to take as much time as they needed to get its ﬁnely wrought sound just right. “We spent more time on this album than we ever have before,” he says. “We booked one week in the studio and did three songs, which worked really well, so we booked more and more time, until we had something like a hundred days in the studio.” Their engineer was frequently away on tour, travelling with the likes of Lykke Li and Miike Snow, and the long breaks in-
between sessions meant even more time to play. “We made guitars sound like keyboards, and the other way around,” Olenius laughs. “We tried numerous diﬀerent microphone setups for vocals. We spent a lot of time working on individual sounds.” The songs themselves are spacious, several of them featuring lengthy intro sections that build over a minute or more. The closing track, Destroy, is an example of this, building slowly but surely to a state of near-euphoria. I tell Olenius that it’s my favourite track on the album, and he seems pleased. “Most of the songs were written quite early,” he says, “so we went back and changed a lot. With that song, we redid the drums four or ﬁve times before going back to the original one. We decided that we liked that ﬁrst take the best, because it was very controlled. There are even some heavy metal-inspired drum sounds in there, on the hi-hats, which are inﬂuenced by my early, early Metallica years,” he laughs. “The long intro gives the song a very cinematic sound. It’s actually one of my favourite tracks on the record, too, and I like that it’s there at the end – it closes the album oﬀ with something very epic.” The concept of light is central to Optica, and the band considered some aspect of it on every song. “Early on, when we were talking about this record, we decided that
Optica is out now on Inertia.
BY EDWARD SHARP-PAUL
Wellington-born, Melbourne-based Anthony Young has been quietly rising through the singer-songwriter ranks of his adopted city. With the imminent digital release of his debut single, Guns, that ascent looks set to continue. Young discussed expatriate life, adapting to one’s surroundings and the wonder of Paul Simon. Despite making the jump at a tender age, with no safety net, Young explains that the decision to relocate to Melbourne from his hometown of Wellington was an easy one. “In terms of music and all of the arts, Melbourne was the best city on this side of the world, this little corner,” Young explains. “So I worked for a few months out of high school and saved up for the plane ticket.” It doesn’t always feel like he’s left, though. “Melbourne’s full of New Zealanders! I see people from home everywhere, just all the time.” Does it ever feel like you’re being followed? “Nah, it’s great, it’s nice to be reminded of home.” Young possesses a gently quavering voice, reminiscent of a classic troubadour, yet he touches upon all sorts of wildly divergent styles. One imagines he’s sick of answering this question at parties, but how would Young describe his eclectic sound? “I usually go with soul, that’s the general sensibility. Obviously the stuﬀ I write goes into reggae, blues and rock as well, though. I grew up listening to Dave Dobbyn, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, anything my mum put on the stereo at home, really.” Beat Magazine Page 40
It’s a pretty wide selection, and Young doesn’t especially resemble any of them. Are any of these artists direct inﬂuences? “Well, when I was little, I learned all the words to Graceland. It doesn’t mean I sound like Paul Simon, but I learned a lot from his approach – his lyrics, his poetry, his delivery.” This notion of learning comes up a lot with Young. It extends to his approach to live performance, and to the management of his budding career. He is self-managed, and he has organised the recording of One Drop himself. “I’m really happy with how it turned out,” he says of his debut EP. Craig Harnath recorded it and mixed it down at Hothouse Studios, down on Acland Street in St Kilda, and he did an amazing job – Hothouse really care about their artists. Jack The Bear mastered it, and he really knows his stuﬀ as well. Xoë Hall is an amazing Wellington artist, and she’s handling the artwork, and then I’m just gluing it all together and dropping it online.” Young is pushing the release himself as well, albeit not through the traditional channels. “It’s going to be a free download, just to get it out there. I’m not really doing much publicity for the single,” he says. “Just social media
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ANTHONY YOUNG’s debut single, Guns, will be available as a free download from the end of April. The single is taken from his forthcoming debut EP, One Drop.
JELLO BIAFRA BY PATRICK EMERY
Jello Biafra isn’t shy to oﬀer an opinion on anything, whether it’s the extra-territorial activities of the American military, the evils of corporate excess, the patronising antics of the mainstream music industry or the seemingly endless swarm of malicious government programs that purport to limit the lives of the modern citizen. “I’m grateful my parents didn’t change the TV channel when bloody Vietnam war footage came on, or African-Americans being hosed by the cops or attacked by German shepherds because of the colour of their skin,” Biafra says. “So how could I not be radicalised when this is all going on?” Born Eric Boucher in the college town of Boulder in Colorado (a town which would ﬁnd a modicum of publicity as the location for the Mork And Mindy television series in the late ‘70s, coincidentally, at the same time as Dead Kennedys were spearheading the San Francisco punk rock scene), Biafra formed Dead Kennedys with East Bay Ray, Klaus Fluoride and Ted in 1978. Biafra had taken his nom de plume after the short-lived African state formed during the Nigerian civil war of the late ‘60s. The name of his ﬂedgling punk rock band was a typically confrontational reference to the assassinated members of the Kennedy family (in 1979 the group would draw the ire of the establishment when it held a concert on the 16th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s death). Dead Kennedys would go on to become one of the most outspoken punk bands, its aesthetic a confronting blend of shotgun garage-punk and Biafra’s polemical observations on domestic and international events from the right-wing. In 1983, Dead Kennedys toured Australia; in Adelaide, Dead Kennedys we’re supported by Grong Grong, whose irreverent punk antics would so impress Biafra that he would feature the band on his Alternative Tentacles label. “I didn’t even know who they were – I just read in Harry Butler’s DNA fanzine when he described them as The Birthday Party on speed, and I thought ‘this will be generic punk, or will it? I hope not!’,” Biafra recalls. “And sure enough, they turned out to be pretty damn bizarre and not only was it good, this could had the potential to be the Australian Flipper, or even Butthole Surfers in the way they were working things. It’s always great when I see someone
and have no idea what they’re going to be like and it’s just amazing, and let alone when it’s that real kind of band when I have to stare in disbelief at what’s going on in a public space!” In 1985, Dead Kennedys released Frankenchrist, which included a poster featuring sexually explicit artwork by HR Giger. It was to be the beginning of the end for Dead Kennedys. Obscenity charges were brought against the band, and while the trial was not successful, the album was withdrawn from sale in many stores across the United States and the band was crippled by legal costs associated with the trial. Dead Kennedys eventually broke up in 1987 after releasing the Bedtime For Democracy album. Biafra transferred his energy into spoken word performance, as well as trying to stymie the eﬀorts of Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Centre to censor oﬀensive lyrics. (In the ‘90s, Biafra would fall out with his former band mates – who reformed subsequently without their original lead singer – over royalties and various alleged contractual anomalies.) A few years ago, having been inspired by Iggy Pop’s 60th birthday celebratory concert, Biafra formed the Guantanamo School of Medicine; the group has gone on to release three albums, including this year’s White People And The Damage Done. My time speaking with Biafra is unfortunately cut short by a combination of malfunctioning modern technology, and a visitor to Biafra’s house; before the interview ends, Biafra has waxed lyrical on the evils of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (“You had the fox in the hen house, and the lunatics taking over the asylum, and the bankers looting the store!”), corporate America (“It’s not capitalism anymore – what they want is feudalism, a new feudalism where the corporations are the barons and the lords, with mad Emperor Ludwig and Ivan the Terribles and their capital, and we’re supposed to live like serfs and peasants and be grateful for it”) and libertarianism (“I have common ground with libertarians on issues
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like decriminalisation of drugs and taking our military out of places where they don’t belong, but beyond that they drive me up the wall”) and community responsibility (“the very idea that community is important and that, hey, we might even have more self respect at the end of the day if you gave up your psych med and just gave a shit, that’s a very hard thing to put through”). Beyond the polemical diatribe, however, Biafra oﬀers his own insights into the vexed deﬁnition of ‘punk’. While some have argued that punk is a social movement, for Biafra it’s not that simple. “I’ve never considered punk to be a movement – a movement is political, and has its eyes on a political prize. Martin Luther King had his eyes on a prize. People with their eyes on all the mining and fracking, even in Australia, there’s a very speciﬁc political goal that makes anti-mining, anti-fracking, a pro-planet type movement,” Biafra says. For Biafra, punk isn’t predicated on an identiﬁed goal.
“What is the prize with the punk movement?” Biafra asks rhetorically. “More punk? No, that’s culture. Yes, like it or not it’s a consumer culture, even before it was co-opted – we all bought into it because it had so much energy, and the lyrics were cool and it ﬁnally rekindled the spirit of rock’n’roll and people loved bands like early Radio Birdman and The Saints, and other bands in the US and Britain were all no longer in a vacuum anymore.” JELLO BIAFRA with The Guantanamo School of Medicine performs at the Corner Hotel on Saturday May 11 (with Useless Children and The Kremlings) and Sunday May 12 (with Grong Grong and The Spinning Rooms). Biafra also performs a talking show at The Espy Gershwin Room on Thursday May 23 and The Thornbury Theatre on Friday May 24.
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BY ROD WHITFIELD
A first release and first ever gig is always an exciting time for the members of a young band, and that is exactly what is about to happen for this Melbourne-based poprock act. Although the band has been around in a slightly different form and under a different name for a few years, the entity known as Seattle only formed early this year. They are launching their debut single at their first ever show, at the Evelyn in Fitzroy next week, and effervescent lead vocalist Jo Dawson can’t wait for the show. “We sort of had about a month off up until last week, because our guitarist Andrew was overseas in the UK. He’s come back and we’ve hit the rehearsal studio again, and it sounds so good! It’s going to be awesome, recording’s great fun, but playing live is a whole ‘nother fun,” she says. The song is called Replay, and is a fine piece of buoyant, catchy pop-rock. It is intended to be the first single lifted off a major release slated for later this year, and the song has special meaning for Dawson, although it can be interpreted in a more universal manner as well. “It’s the first that the boys and I will be releasing together. It’s really cool, it’s about making the same mistake in life over and over again, as I often do!” she says ruefully, laughing. “It’s one of those songs about old habits dying hard. It’s great, and yeah, it’s a rocking sort of pop-rock tune. It’s got lots of vocal and guitar
hooks, and I like to think that it slams, it’s awesome!” It may be the band’s first ever gig as Seattle, but Dawson is still able to give a little insight into what the band’s live show is like for the people heading along who may not have seen her play before. Especially since the new band is essentially an evolution of her previous, self-titled act. “It’s actually a good question,” she says. “There will be people who will have seen (previous incarnation) the Jo Dawson Band before, and will recognise a lot of what we do. I think it’s a bit punchier now, it rocks a little bit harder. But it’s still very lyrically-driven, guitar-based pop-rock tracks. “At heart I guess I’m a storyteller,” she continues. “I think the people who come along to the show can expect to go on a little bit of a journey, get a little bit of an insight, God help them, into my mind!” she laughs again.
Post launch, Dawson plans to have the band gig more, both here and interstate, where she feels there is some serious demand. “After the launch we want to play a few shows around and about town,” she tells us. “I’m also originally from Torquay, so I want to do maybe a local launch, maybe somewhere in Geelong and also the surf coast. And then at some stage soon I’d like to do a bit of an East Coast thing, maybe that might a bit more appropriate a bit later when we release the EP. So I’m thinking around September if everything works out the way that I hope. “I’ve got lots of people saying, ‘When you going to come and play in Queensland?’ and ‘When you coming to play in Sydney?’ I keep promising but as yet, haven’t delivered!”
Longer term, Jo has some pretty lofty goals for the band, tempered with some realism. But ultimately she feels the band has a great and unique sound and a great future. “I think we’re going to take over the world!” she laughs, with tongue firmly in cheek. “I think ultimately I want to reach as many people as possible. I think the boys and I have got something that is really good and really exciting and a little bit different. There’s not that many female-fronted rock bands going around, so it’s a bit refreshing.”
Tardy attests that music’s time-transporting ability has also led to recalling the values and attitudes he promoted at this point in his life. “It brings back a lot of memories and a lot of things that you used to think and the way you used to act. You can mess up on stage a few nights because you’re just sitting there getting totally lost in time.” In addition to re-living their nascent days, over the past few years Obituary have been working on what will become their ninth album. They’ve already devoted substantial time to a follow-up to 2009’s Darkest Day, but Tardy says they’re still at the songwriting stage. “We’ve been scheduling a lot of time to continue working on our new album, which just kind of keeps getting pushed back. We scheduled three more months off and I think we spent more time out fishing then we did writing! We keep saying, ‘Oh yeah, the album will be out this year,’ that was last year and it
probably won’t get done this year either!” Tardy doesn’t seem worried that their work ethic might be too relaxed. He suggests that rather than forcing the songs they’re letting them evolve naturally. “We should start recording here in the next couple of months, but we’re not in any hurry. It seems like sometimes in the past we’d write songs and once everybody knew it you find yourself recording. Some of those songs you go back years later, especially after you played them for three or four tours, and things just change a little bit. One thing we wanted to do was to really learn these songs and give them every opportunity to grow as much as that song’s going to grow.”
noticed a thing or two about the differences in crowds throughout the world. “Well there’s more of a similarity between Canadian, Australian and European crowds,” says Hause. “American crowds are a little spoiled. And I’m saying that as an American, we’re spoiled with the amounts of shows we get. Culturally of course, it’s very different in Japan. Their commitment to honour translates to the show itself. I’d say Australians are pretty rowdy though,” he admits. His “role” as it were may not be then just simply a performer, or even a protector. Having fully embraced the lifestyle of a touring musician, Hause may think of himself as a traveller, first and foremost. “My music has come of age in a time when records don’t sell the way they used to,” says Hause when asked if touring has become necessary for his survival. “As far as my emotional make up and how I stay sane, I need to keep going. And one of the ways I do that is to book a lot of shows, get a lot of different perspectives from a lot of different people. I’m from a working class, gritty East
Coast town where a lot of people don’t ever get past the Jersey Shore. A lot of people I know have never been to New York City, Canada, much less Europe or Australia. So for me, that shapes my worldview. Most of what I’ve learned has come from travelling around the world. It’s a huge part of what I do.” To say then that Dave Hause is grateful for the opportunities he’s been given to tour the world would be an understatement. An exceptionally amped up crowd isn’t anything Hause hasn’t seen before, or can’t handle. He’s a versatile performer, one whose ability to manage a crowd usually produces the most fruitful of results. “It’s kind of like surfing I guess,” muses Hause. “You have to know when the wave is coming and know how to catch it. It’s something you’ve got to work at.”
SEATTLE launch their debut single Replay at The Evelyn Hotel on Friday May 10 with The Modern Age, Calm and Chaos and Watching Fools in support.
BY AUGUSTUS WELBY
On their forthcoming Australian tour, American death metal sires Obituary will perform a set derived solely from their first three records. The three year bracket between 1989 and 1992 was a prolific time for the band, commencing with debut Slowly We Rot and culminating with the widely revered and commercially successful third album The End Complete. Vocalist John Tardy reflects on the massive excitement the band felt at this time. “Once we got into the studio for the first time we just couldn’t wait to get back in again so we just sat around and wrote music. We were itching to get back into that studio because we had so much fun the first time around. It was so new to us, we were all so young, still in high school. We went in the second time with Cause Of Death and really had fun, as you can tell with all the weird intros that we were doing.” Unsurprisingly, choosing to specifically focus on their first three records for the current world tour has led to re-discovering many things lingering in the past. “We went back and started listening to them and I can see Donald (Tardy, drums) and I sitting down and listening to Slowly We Rot, which we probably haven’t done in several years, some of them songs I was like, ‘I don’t even remember this song!’ it’s crazy. Some of the songs we never even played live before, some of them were tuned a little bit different so Trevor (Peres, guitar) had to go back and re-pick them out because we tune differently now. We play about six songs off each album, which is a pretty good representation of
each one,” Tardy enthuses. Even though some songs were basically unfamiliar to them, Tardy insists that once they started working on the set many things about the band’s early days became really clear in his mind. “It seemed like once we listened to them a few times and played them a few times it all started coming back together again. By the time we made it to Europe we were ploughing through them. They sounded so great and it brings back a lot of memories of that time.” Tardy shares a few details of before Obituary were a recognised band, which have vividly appeared in his mind while performing the classic setlist. “You’ll find yourself starting to think back to some of the little shitty clubs we were playing in around Tampa at the time. You know, playing the weird show at some civic centre or the airplane hanger we played one time and the cops all showed up. Little things like that you find popping into your mind as you’re out there onstage and you just wind up cracking a smile to yourself.”
OBITUARY’s Rotting Slow In Australia show reaches The Espy on Friday May 3.
BY JOSHUA KLOKE
Dave Hause is relaxing pre-show in Syracuse, New York. He crossed the American border a few hours previous and is in need of some time to prepare himself for another night on The Revival Tour, a communal tour organised by Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music featuring many of today’s most inspiring punk rockers and songwriters. The night previous in Toronto, Canada was a little more demanding than usual for Hause, the Philadelphia-based songwriter, as a group of overly boisterous crowd members stole the show. Engaging heavily in an alcohol and drug-fuelled evening, it was a night of revelry that Hause has admittedly seen the likes of before. “It’s always interesting when you’ve got a group of guys at a show that are 100 per cent more fired up than the rest of the crowd,” says Hause wryly. After having released records with four different bands (The Loved Ones, The Curse, Paint It Black, Step Ahead) and as a solo artist, Hause has seen his role change simply from being a musician into being a performer and, at times, a protector. “I guess this comes from playing in punk bands when I was younger, but you wonder if they’re going to cause any trouble,” admits Hause. “So I’m always on the lookout during my set. But they were cool; they were fired up. They were so much more amped than the rest of the crowd,” says Hause with a chuckle. Never one to shy away from engaging a crowd, Hause takes pride in ensuring his sets are memorable for all Beat Magazine Page 42
the right reasons. He mentions repeatedly throughout our interview how important it is for the members of his crowds to have a good time. Learning how to encourage such an atmosphere has taken time, and Hause has had to model what he does after a few of the great performers of our time. “I think about the way David Lee Roth used to do it, or the way Dave King from Flogging Molly does it. They’re the hosts of a giant party and want everyone to have a good time. And sometimes when you’re having a party you’ve got to get rid of that one asshole that’s causing shenanigans. But I’ve found that happens less and less once people start to know your songs,” says Hause. After the release of his 2011 solo full-length Resolutions, his songs became more than just cult favourites. He began touring the world in earnest, spending large portions of the year on the road. Yet Hause speaks of this time with incredible grace and appreciation. Now in his mid-thirties, Hause has put in his time playing the cramped basements and is beginning to use his music as a vehicle to see the world outside of his Philadelphia roots. He’s even
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DAVE HAUSE opens for the Gaslight Anthem at The Palace on Wednesday May 15.
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Have been in Amsterdam this week, readying my mind and soul for Groezrock2013. By DESCENDENTS which I mean visiting coﬀee shops and waxing intellectual about whether Iron Chic are more worthy of our afternoon than Flatliners. Friends and I believe we have coined the term “music tourism” (complex concept I know) to best describe the joy of choosing holiday destinations according to where the great gigs/ bands/festivals are. It’s a brilliant way to travel. Appreciation for music stretches beyond culture, race and language and the connection you can forge with weirdo aﬁcionados in the most far-reaching regional provinces because the word ‘Lagwagon’ is understandable in any tongue, is amazing. In the depths of Tokyo’s Shinjuku province in an underground cellar, I bro’d down with a dozen young punk rock fanatics in an instant when I wandered into a local hardcore show. We hugged, sang, moshed and laughed together but sans the use of Japanese OR English. Music was our mediator and we connected so thoroughly to the sound of a booming hardcore breakdown that we still converse fondly on Facebook. Hoping to meet some likeminded Euros (i.e. the kind that DON’T fancy the cringey Euro-doof that sees to be the norm here…harder to ﬁnd than you might imagine), in a muddy mosh somewhere. Wish me luck.
Thursday May 2: Lost Cause, Clowns, The Posers, Admiral Acbar Dishonourable Discharge, Spew N Guts at The Bendigo Right Mind, The Approach, Searcher, Feveteeth, Love Alone at The Gasometer Tegan and Sara at The Palais Lopaka, Chinese Handcuﬀs, Format Wars at The Reverence
The Nation Blue will play once more this June when they team with No Anchor and Dead who will be releasing a split 7” in time for the show. Tickets for this gig at The Tote are available now through Oztix. Progrockers Dead Letter Circus will release their new album on Melbourne-based label UNFD. It’s been three years since their last release, This Is The Warning, and the label has promised to reveal more on the album as it edges closer to release. Bleeding Through will bid their Australian fans adieu this year when they tour for the last time before disbanding. Catch them with Make Them Suﬀer on July 26 at Ferntree Gully Hotel then July 27 at The Hi-Fi. The Reverence Hotel in Footscray will celebrate their ﬁrst birthday on Saturday June 1 with a huge lineup. The Smith Street Band, Inﬁnite Void, High Tension, The Gun Runners, Grenadiers, Union Paciﬁc, Feverteeth, Maricopa Wels and Darren Gibson will join forces to celebrate . Grab tickets now from The Rev’s website.
Japandroids’ return to the country has been met with much enthusiasm as their ﬁrst show at The Corner Hotel has sold out rather swiftly. They’ve announced a second show for those who missed out. Catch them on August 28.
Friday May 3: The Fireballs, Murder Rats, Royal Cut Throat Co at The Bendigo Obituary at The Espy D At Sea, Chasing Ghosts, Millie Tizzard at Workers Club The Lose Cause, Wolfpack, SpewnGuts, KMart Warriors at The Dancing Dog, Footscray No Way Out, Fractures, Term Four, Cold Ground at The Reverence Saturday May 4: The FIreballs, The Yard Apes, La Bastard at The Bendigo The Bennies at Karova Lounge, Ballarat Deathstars at The Corner Hotel D At Sea Chasing Chosts, Millie Tizzard at Showground Shed Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt, The Reverend Jesse Custer at The Gasometer Norma Jean, Vanna, Safe Hands at Ferntree Gully Hotel King Parrot, Desecrator, Internal Nightmare, Seppuku at The Pelly Bar Crowned, Agave Maize, Page Sage, Sewercide at The Reverence Band Room The Jailbird Jokers Elcaset, Farenheit 43, The Stray Melodics at The Reverence Sunday May 5: Norma Jean, Vanna, A Secret Death, Safe Hands, Belle Haven at The Corner Hotel Unida ,Truckﬁghters, Barbarion, Drum Mums, Matt Sonic and the High Times, King Parrot, Mammoth Mammoth, The Murlocs, Battle Axe Howlers, The Workinghorse Irons, The SureFire Midnights, Gay Paris, Little Bastard at Cherry Rock
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Metropolis Touring and Tombowler present Flyleaf, headlining in Australia for the ﬁrst time. Described as “the sweet-yet-tortured tones of Evanescence with the angry wails of Lacuna Coil” by Rag Magazine, and also compared to the likes of Deftones and Chevelle, their latest is New Horizons. The subsequent tour – featuring new vocalist Kirsten May (ex-Vedera) – makes its way to Australia in August, and you can catch them at The Hi-Fi on Friday August 16. Tickets are available from metropolistouring.com and the venues.
BEASTWARS INVADE THE BENDIGO One of New Zealand’s heaviest, hardest, and most well-respected stoner rock bands, Beastwars, are just about to release their second studio album, Blood Becomes Fire, and they’re ﬁnally touring Australia for the very ﬁrst time. They verily attack the Bendigo on Saturday May 11 with ground support from a ruthless local line up including rising punk rockers Batpiss, Broozer and The Ruiner (with members of Bloodduster and Christbait).
THE NATION BLUE GET SWEATY AT THE TOTE Sometimes you get a press release so wellwritten that you just have to run it as-is. Example: “Single? Looking for men with beards in black t-shirts? Don’t like conversation? Prefer to face an illuminated wall in cordial silence with others? May we present you with the hottest ticket in Melbourne for your particular thing: On Saturday the 8th of June, The Nation Blue, No Anchor and Dead will convert The Tote into a veritable forest before your very eyes. With a resting pulse rate of 105+ The Nation Blue have ﬁnally been able to stand up, brush aside the Cheetos and leave the house after a long secluded summer. They are sweaty, uncomfortable and angry and will be diving into the lesser-ventured folds of their back catalogue, as well as presenting their ﬁrst new material since 2009. Brisbane’s No Anchor are so heavy they disregard the entire top half of the frequency spectrum. It’s been almost 12 months since they last levelled Melbourne and they are touring on the back of their fourth masterpiece The Golden Bridge, released late last year. Come and slow mosh to square waves. Dead subscribe to a similar guitar hate as No Anchor and the bands will be releasing a split 7” together in time for the show. They will open the night in primordial fashion dragging a colossus of force from two brutalised instruments. Witness this live evolutionary chart as one bass-becomestwo-becomes an appallingly played guitar. Hope I don’t break a string.” Saturday June 8 at The Tote Hotel. Tickets are $15 plus booking fee, on sale now from Oztix.
HEAVEN THE AXE WIN OZ HARD ROCK RISING CROWN
Heaven The Axe have been crowned Australian winners of Hard Rock Rising, the Hard Rock Cafe Global Battle Of The Bands. There are 96 bands from all over the world competing to be one of the ﬁnal 25 who will be reviewed by an industry panel and chosen to ﬂy to London to perform as part of a world tour with a globally-supported record release and music video. You can help Heaven The Axe win by voting in the Hard Rock Rising web app. Voting is open now and until Saturday May 4 (and it only works on a computer, not a phone). Get the link at facebook.com/ heaventheaxe or facebook.com/hardrock. Check out their website for full Victorian regional dates.
AEROSMITH BASS PLAYER TAKES A BREAK “Is that Tom in a wig?” was a popular question at Aerosmith’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl gig on Sunday night. The answer: nope. Bass player Tom Hamilton has dropped out of the band’s current tour as he battles a chest infection. Hamilton has returned home to the USA to recover, and he plans to rejoin the band and continue their Global Warming tour when he feels well enough. Filling in for now is ﬁlm and TV composer David Hull, a founding member of Dirty Angels and a collaborator with Joe Perry in The Joe Perry Project. Hull was ﬂown in from the USA at short notice to ﬁll in for Hamilton. Get well soon, Tom!
NEW GAY PARIS VIDEO MEANS DEATH FOR US ALL Getteth thee to YouTube to check out the video for Ash Wednesday Boudoir Party, the second single from Gay Paris’s new album The Last Good Party. It’s a rollicking dose of gravel-voiced post-Pantera, post-Devin-Townsend-Vampira-Style ﬁlth. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU
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MATT WALKER & THE LOST RAGAS Matt Walker is one of the most respected musicians on the Australian scene. His work as a songwriter, producer, session guitarist and composer is credited on dozens of albums, ﬁlms and documentary scores, and among his peers down under he enjoys the status of a true cult legend. Matt Walker & The Lost Ragas launch new single In Echos Of Dawn at The Spotted Mallard on Friday May 3. Support from Pony Face and Saint Jude. Doors at 8.30pm, $15 entry.
UNION ROYALE When you take Shane Reilly (Tex Perkins, Blue Sun), Simon Burke (Mia Dyson, Something For Kate) and Toby Lang (ex-Audreys, Kate Nash) and put them all together, you can expect to hear Buck Owens to Bowie – drenched in pedal steel of course. These intimate Sunday sessions make a cosy residency at The Spotted Mallard and are free for one and all from 4.30pm onwards.
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE If you pretend to be Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, or let’s face it, Kill Bill, this night may be perfect for you. It’s a sleepover where Cinemaniacs and Fangoria present the screening of the sequel to Amy Holden’s masterpiece Slumber Party Massacre. After the movie. The Tarantinos, a band purely dedicated to performing cult favourites from Reservoir Dogs and others, will showcase their wares. There will be drinks aplenty in this night of ﬂesh in all its beauty and gory glory. All proceeds go to making Cinemaniacs a bigger and better entity. It all takes place on Saturday May 11 at The Tote and doors are at 8pm.
BEASTWARS Beastwars’ second studio album Blood Becomes Fire is on its way, and they’re ﬁnally touring Australia for the very ﬁrst time to celebrate. The underground band from New Zealand are inﬂuenced by the heavy drones of Black Sabbath and Mastodon, and their live shows reﬂect these classic rock inﬂuences so aren’t to be missed. Catch them at The Bendigo Hotel on Saturday May 11 with Batpiss, Broozer with tuﬀ tech sludge and The Ruiner (featuring members of Bloodduster and Christbait).
ZELUS The new jazz trio from inner-city Melbourne draw original compositions from jazz, funk, blues and Latin inﬂuences. Their strong improvised spirit puts a fresh perspective on the classic standards of these styles. You can catch Zelus at The Spotted Mallard tonight from 8.30pm and it’s free.
SURRENDER Surrender are back after taking a break to write their new record. Joining them at The Gasometer Hotel on Saturday May 4 are Left For Wolves, Metcalfe (SYD) and Valjean. It’s $10 and starts at 8pm.
Great Earthquake are launching their new album Mind Maps at The Tote on Saturday May 4 with guests A Dead Forest Index and Isopedia (Rohan of My Disco fame’s newest side project) Jaw-dropping drum kit rhythms are what the LP promises to exude in abundance with layers of fervent attack. It’s an early one with doors at 6pm.
SEAN KIRKWOOD AND THE RADIOSHOW After a year of solo acoustic shows throughout Melbourne, New Zealand-bred singer-songwriter Sean Kirkwood is stepping up the vibe with his brand new band, The Radioshow, featuring Phoebe Neilson (The Staﬀords) on both electric and double bass and Andrej Morgan (Afternoon Raj, Wintermoon) on drums. Although fresh, Sean Kirkwood and The Radioshow are ready to make their mark on the Australian music scene and after already being compared to the likes of Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, they’re deﬁnitely one to check out. Playing at The Old Bar from 8pm on Tuesday May 7 and it’s free.
THE HOTELS On Saturday May 4 we’re a little spoilt for choice at The Retreat Hotel. Murdena will be creating a punchy lyric-driven songfest at the Front Bar from 5pm, then the unlikely/likely combination of JVG Guitar Methos will take stage, followed by synth rockers Nothing Hurts Robot. The Hotels are a three-piece garage and alternative rock band hailing from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and this will be their last gig before re-emerging as The Rollercanes, and releasing their recently recorded EP. They’re inspired by The Strokes, The White Stripes and The Doors. DJ Ludwig spinning tunes ‘til 3am, so get on down.
PIONEERS OF GOOD SCIENCE This super cool duet who play music from the heart with pedals, pretty melodies and punky blues are playing alongside Duck Duck Chop and Carb on Carb tonight at The Public Bar.
MAT WATSON Saturday May 4 will see three bands take the stage of The Public Bar, with worldly inspiration infused through a set spanning three individual talents. Constant Light bring their globe-trotting sound, followed by sonic experimentalists Wunderlust and then Mat Watson will meld synth, loop pedal and analogue delay to create textural, danceable sonic landscapes. The show will start at 8.30pm and is $8.
ALUKA You might remember these ladies from Lisa Mitchell’s Heavenly Sounds tour last year. Aluka are Melbourne’s ﬁnest experimental vocal group, and are fresh from touring their impressive debut album Space along the East Coast. This Friday, Aluka will be launching Space at The Northcote Uniting Church with support from Brighter Later. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $15. Under 18’s are allowed with parent or guardian supervision. Beat Magazine Page 44
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MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA Born in the Espy’s Gershwin Room of a world record attempt which sought to cram the largest number of ska-skank playing horn musicians on stage, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra will be touring their debut album this month, with a stop in at the Forum Theatre on Saturday May 4 with special guests Strange Tenants and Savona Sound System. The ska is the limit! Tickets are through Ticketmaster.
PEAK TWINS Peak Twins are celebrating the launch of their 7” Steppin Oﬀ at The Tote on Friday May 3 with special guests. Their upcoming LP promises to be one of the most anticipated Australian releases of the year. Don’t miss out on tickets.
JIMMY HAWK Catch Jimmy Hawk & Feed The Birds in acoustic mode at The Retreat Hotel front bar on Tuesday May 7. Having spent the past few months in the UK, Jimmy Hawk has been wooing audiences whilst promoting latest album Liberty Sunset Blue. Feed The Birds are hitting their straps with a full line up sorted out and a debut EP on its way. The music starts at 7.30pm and it’s free entry.
THIS LUCID INTERVAL It’s ﬁnally arrived; the ﬁrst album release from This Lucid Interval. It’s straight up electro goth, but there’s something eerily fascinating about how it all comes together with its ragged edges, hypnotic synth drones and washed out delayed vocals taking you to another space, one beyond the performance stage. With some extraordinary eclectic themes and tales to add to the mix this is set to be one weird and wonderful evening. Get down to The Great Britain Hotel on Thursday May 2 from 9pm to check it out.
THE CLITS The Clits have a residency in May at The Tote every Wednesday, kicking oﬀ today with support from Velcro and Big Tobacco, and the upcoming shows include Chook Race and Ross De Chene Hurricanes, Store Bought Cool and Autoportraits, The Bonniwells, The Pink Tiles, Seesaw, Grand Prismatic and The Ocean Party. Doors at 8pm.
THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS Three-time Golden Guitar winning act The Davidson Brothers are taking a break for winter and won’t be back performing in Australia until August 2013 while they plan their new record. Hamish and Lachie are respected musicians across Australia and the US bluegrass scene, and they can play the heck out of anything with strings. Before they go into hibernation, The Davidson Brothers are performing at The Retreat Hotel on Thursday May 2 from 8.30pm. They’re joined by Jacob McGuﬃe on acoustic guitar and Louis Gill and upright bass for this special show.
WAYWARDBREED There’s an intensity to Waywardbreed’s second album Gathering For The Feast that pulls you in and holds you close. To celebrate this deftly crafted album, Waywardbreed launches Gathering For The Feast on Saturday May 4 at The Old Bar with support from Junk Horses, Ravenswood and Water Music.
THE BAUDELAIRES This sure sounds like a good way to put a bit of life into your Sunday, with Child kicking oﬀ the evening with their psychedelic swoons, Mightiest of Guns bringing their down and dirty country tunes, Willow Darling exciting with their feel good rhythm and The Baudelaires’ rockin’ psyche blues. It’s Sunday May 5 from 7.30pm at Bar Open and the price is up to you – pay what you feel.
LOVE LIKE HATE Brisbane-based band, Love Like Hate set the challenge for the way we look at female independent artists in Queensland by putting on a music event last year at The Loft in the Gold Coast called Saturn Eve. This year Love Like Hate have teamed up with other artists including Aimee Francis to pull together a string of all-female fronted lineups including a show at Grumpy’s Green on Thursday May 2 with Bec Newman and Georgia Maq.
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VIVE LA DIFFERENCE KIM SALMON & SPENCER P. JONES Australian music greats and Beasts of Bourbon members Kim Salmon and Spencer P. Jones are together again, this time for a free show at the Prince Public Bar on Saturday May 4. Joining them on the night is The Ronson Hangup, featuring the Pinkerton brothers and Ash Naylor. It’s free and it’ll probably get a little crowded so get in early.
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Vive La Diﬀerence is a Melbourne-based versatile outﬁt, with a distinctive touch that comes from a mix of Europe and world music inﬂuences, taking its roots in jazz, Latin and blues. They invite you to take a musical journey with alternative and exclusive covers of songs from all over the world. They play every Wednesday at Claypots Evening Star in South Melbourne from 8pm.
ROCK AND TRIVIA
Melbourne’s best trivia night has found a new home at The B.East. Triple R’s Jess McGuire and Shock Record’s George H. will present their iconic rock and pop culture trivia nights every Tuesday at The B.East from 8pm, a wicked celebration of all that useless information gathered from ﬁlm, TV and music delivered in a relaxed three round format with loads of alcohol prizes to give away.
OL’ TIMEY BLUEGRASS JAM Craig Woodward of Headbelly Buzzard, among other bands, brings his weekly jam session to The Vic Hotel every Saturday afternoon from 4pm. You can join in musically and bring an instrument, or just hang out and take in the atmosphere.
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? I think I have my own sound – straight up-front telling how it is and not trying to create clever symbolism or innuendos. If I had to choose genres as a point of reference I would say hip hop with rock inﬂuences. What do you love about making music? Making music gives me a chance to get things out of my system. I have feelings and attitudes towards what I see going on around me and my music allows me to package and present these elements rather than bottle them up inside. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuﬀ, who would it be and why? I would love to have the chance to play my music to 2pac. My Mum used to make clothes for him and I got to hang out with him when he would come around for a ﬁtting. He always encouraged me to take up singing and performing as did Biggie and Snoop. Now I have actually established myself as a songwriter and performer, it would be sick to let 2pac know I took his advice. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? I have just released my latest single Get You Out Of My System. I recorded it specially for the Smokescreen Music Festival in Australia, sick. There’s a rad clip for it getting around online. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Bands today have to market sick music and ﬁnd the right chances to get a fan base to connect with it. They need to keep developing these connections. They have to ﬁnd ways to add more content and experiences for their fans on a regular basis or those fans will desert them. Tell us about the last song you wrote. Get You Out Of My System is the last song I wrote. It is all about the downside of smoking and how hard it is to deal with if it gets a hold of you. It is a pretty scary obvious message, but it is also a pretty insidious thing for people to inﬂict on themselves for no good reason. M4-CEMA is part of the Smokescreen Music Festival.
After taking some time to craft some new songs and work up their latest record Cold Hand Warm Heart, Shaky Stills are back and armed with new members. They’ve enlisted Jarrod Bayliss, who played the tubs on the outﬁt’s You And Me record, and a new bass player in their old friend Justin Ossher. Now with four singers in the mix, Shaky Stills’ harmonies are sounding cleaner than ever and they’re ready to tread the boards once again. Shaky Stills are playing a Sunday afternoon residency throughout the month of May at The Edinburgh Castle, bringing their good times alt-country and blues from 4pm ‘til 7pm with free entry.
WILY RED FOX Deﬁne your genre in ﬁve words or less: Hip hop.
Clemmie and Rebecca are card-carrying members of local indie, alt-country band Wiley Red Fox, but they also have a back catalogue of solo material they think might spark your interest and it’s about time they gave it an airing. So if you like it a little bit country, a little bit sad and a little bit sweet, this show might be for you. Support from Rebecca Perkins, on tonight at The Retreat Hotel from 7.30pm.
Emerging from East Melbourne suburbia to tickle eardrums across the city, Zoophyte will be bringing their high energy performance to The Espy each Monday. Following the release of their album Somewhere Elsewhere last year, the four-piece rock band has spent the past 12 months sharing stages with the likes of Eskimo Joe, Grinspoon, Tex Perkins and INXS. Catch them at The Espy in the front bar, free entry.
WE ALL WANT TO
MAKE IT UP CLUB
The new release No Signs from We All Want To is out now, taken from their forthcoming sophomore album Come Up Invisible. To celebrate, We All Want To will be touring their ‘90s-tinged set shining with audacious ambition and genuine conviction to a stage near you. See it all come to life on Saturday May 11 at The Public Bar in North Melbourne.
The Make It Up Club is a weekly program presenting the avant-garde and experimental improvised music Melbourne has generated for the past 15 years. Featuring local, state and international performers who play everything from acoustic to electronic and jazz to rock, Make It Up Club is the longest running program of its kind in Australia. It’s all happening at Bar Open on Tuesday April 30 from 7pm.
SHELDON KING This remarkable acoustic guitarist from the UK harks inﬂuences from Andy McKee and Tommy Emmanuel. He now resides in Australia and directs workshops in improvisation for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and plays banjo for Irish punk folkists Streams of Whiskey. With audiences rapt at his Womad masterclass at Glastonbury, Sheldon King is sure to impress with material from his new album I Taste Your Language at Bar Open on Wednesday May 1. He will be joined by James Butt and Courtney Robb. Doors are at 8.30pm with free entry.
SMOKY SEAS Smoky Seas have taken some time out to record their ﬁrst single to return to the stage on Friday May 3 at Bar Open. Smoky Seas is a voyage of “pirate-paganpsych-folk-reggae-prog rock.” This description feels a little like the blurb to a ‘90s angst ﬁlm with Neve Campbell as the protagonist. If that’s not enough to make you see this gig, we don’t know what is. They’ll be joined by the funky and soulful Crooks and Queens. It’s free and doors are at 10pm.
NO WAY OUT Melbourne locals No Way Out formed back in 2006 and now they’re preparing to launch their second full-length album, Dead Ends. Founded by brothers Andrew and Jack Rieveley, the band have done rounds on the local circuit for the past ﬁve years but this is their ﬁrst release since their debut self-titled record in 2009. No Way Out play at The Reverence Hotel on Friday May 3 with Fractures, Term Four and Cold Ground. Doors at 8pm, $8 entry.
POISON FISH Poison Fish, Temple, Sordid Ordeal and Bricks are joining forces for a special energetic four-band bill at Bar Open on Thursday May 2. It kicks oﬀ at 8.30pm, head down early to catch some of Melbourne’s most vibrant – and loud – bands.
Leon Thomas is a ﬁerce singer/songwriter from Melbourne. His inﬂuences span Dylan, Hemingway and Hendrix. It’s authentic, fearless music delivered with heart and soul. For his show at The Retreat Hotel on Friday May 3, Leon will be joined by Sabrina and the Red Vans who serve rock’n’roll with soul and groove, and DJ Lucas will be spinning tunes ‘til late. It all kicks oﬀ at 9pm.
ANNA’S GO-GO ACADEMY Anna’s go-go classes are great fun, an excellent cardio workout, and have been described as "inspiring”, “a retro hit parade…everything from Elvis’s Jailhouse Rock to AC/DC’s Jailbreak, and a “high energy dance party with the hostess with the mostest." Now with two classes every Thursday night at The Vic Hotel from 6.30pm and 8pm. Entry is $10.
VINCENT Blending ambient, progressive and post-hardcore rock, Melbourne’s Vincent launch their debut concept-driven single and video for Shadows at The Evelyn on Friday May 3. Produced by Samuel K (Gatherer, Closure In Moscow) and directed by Sean T Barnes (Seja, The Vasco Era) Shadows is a fusion of music and storytelling that unveils the beginnings of a stellar saga. Supporting on the night will be the experimental post-punk of Assemble the Empire, the atmospheric rock of Sharp Sharp Pretty, and powerful instrumentals and projections from The Nest Itself. Doors at 8.30pm and tickets available at the door for $10.
BASTARD CHILDREN The Bastard Children bring their multifarious twisted bastard-folk back to The Great Britain Hotel for another infamous and informal interlude of lewdness. Come and search for the age old answer to the question; why’s Britain so great? Two free sets of dirty folk and blues with a smattering of dusty-gypsy and punkish-Celtic from 9pm on Saturday May 4.
SCREEN SECT The ﬁlm society devoted to rarely seen, obsessively loved and criminally neglected cult classics of cinema is bringing you Brothers Of The Head (Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, 2006). The ﬁlm is a sensationally smart mockumentary adapted from a novel by sci-ﬁ author Brian Aldiss. The story of conjoined twins who are exploited as a pop act in the mid-’70s. If you’re as interested as we are, head on down to Bar Open on Monday April 29 from 7pm. Free entry.
THE BLUEBOTTLES In the Autumn of 2011 Michael Hubbard (lead guitar) enlisted the help of friends Richard Bradbeer (bass), Jim Laurie (drums) and his little brother Joe Hubbard (rhythm guitar/keys) to bring to life a vision he’d had for a long time – a rockin’ guitar-based instrumental group inspired by the ‘pre-Beatles’ rock music of the ‘60s. No strangers to the Melbourne music scene, The Bluebottles is comprised of members of Eagle And The Worm, Downhills Home and The Greasers to name but a few. Catch them perform at The Retreat this Sunday May 5, taking you back to a time when beehives and booty-shaking wasn’t ‘vintage’ with supports Nigel Wearne and Les Minijupes.
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LOPAKA Lopaka, Chinese Handcuﬀs and Format Wars are bringing their delectable instrumental, ambient, post-rock, and experimental sounds to The Reverence Hotel this Thursday May 2. Entry is a ‘pay-what-you-like/name-your-price/pass-the-hat’ deal; if you like what you hear, feel free to slip in some coins or nothing at all. Either way, you’ll leave The Reverence feeling awesome.
THE LOST CAUSE
The Reverence Hotel plays host to a night of slaughter and sorcery this Saturday May 4. Crowned are making the long journey from Queensland to showcase their unique and harrowing black art; Atmospheric Black Metal will echo in the Reverence like the chant of choral ghosts in forgotten crypts; Agavé Maize will be conjuring their dark black metal; Pale Sage (formerly Witchhammer) bring their relentless display of head-banging metal; while openers Sewercide blast a wave of blood and vomit through the venue from 8.30pm. Entry is $12.
The Lost Cause will be in Melbourne for a weekend of partying. Their latest Pink Flamingos Tour brings a whole heap of fun alongside Clowns, alongside ska kings Admiral Ackbars Dishonourable Discharge and Punk Rockers The Posers. With four headline bands and one support from Spew N Guts, there’s no other way to spend your night on Thursday May 2 than at The Bendigo Hotel. Doors at 8pm and $6 entry.
You might have heard their name ﬂoating around for a while after forming at the start of the year from a love of Sonic Youth and The Go-Betweens. They hail from various pieces of Melbourne and Brisbane bands which shows in their dedication to three minute pop songs about love loss and the inability to drive a car. Catch their debut gig this Thursday May 2 at The Tote with Sadglint. Doors open at 9pm.
ScotDrakula are playing with New Zealanders Carb on Carb and Psalm Beach at The Gasometer Hotel on Friday May 3. This night of noisy pop practically begs you to go with the lineup of post-punk sounds out of Melbourne. It’s only $5 and kicks oﬀ at 8pm.
THE SHAMBELLES The Shambelles are an all girl, ‘60s super group, bustin’ out a variety of obscure covers, some old faves (The Easybeats, Wanda Jackson, The Kinks) and the odd original tune. They’ve been causing havoc around Victoria for two years now, leaving no-one free from a grin on their face and a swing in their hips. It is also rumored that dangerously excellent robot moves are part of the experience. The Drunken Poet entirely approves of this shambolic bunch, swinging hips, and robot moves for that matter. Thursday May 2 from 9pm.
ARCHER AND THE LONG GONE DADDIES Were Hank Williams to be reincarnated, say, in Australia sometime within the past 30 years, there is a very good chance that a gentlemen by the name of Archer may be the result. Archer, and his Long Gone Daddies personify the spirit of Hank and his ilk, bringing the sounds of when the blues became country and all commenced placing tears in their beers. Head on down to the Drunken Poet this Saturday May 4 at 9pm and get yourself some country lovin’.
This cool duet is playing with rappers Simo Soo, B. Deep and Keith! Party at The Gasometer Hotel from 8pm on Thursday May 2. HTML Flowers and Oscar Key Sung make loop beats that sway through smooth rapid rap about happy feelings and good places. It’s $10 and promises to shower you in their breadth of textural EPs, singles and remixes.
DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS Digger & The Pussycats return from an extended hiatus to launch, not one, but two brand new 7” singles on Friday May 3 at Yah Yah’s. Titled Real Hard Time and Better Listen Up Good, these singles were released late last year on German labels P.Trash Records and Timmeheiehumme records, but have ﬁnally arrived on our shores. Catch the return of Digger & The Pussycats with good pals Mesa Cosa, High Fangs and Pronto. Limited copies of the 7” will be available on the night, so get in quick. Beat Magazine Page 46
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WIL WAGNER Wil Wagner (from The Smith Street Band) will be doing a Sunday residency at The Reverence Hotel for the whole of May. After non-stop touring over the last couple of years, which saw The Smith Street Band winning fans all over the world, somehow Wil Wagner found time to write and record a solo album earlier this year. For his ﬁrst show of the month on Sunday May 5 he will be supported by Will Staler (Deﬁance, Ohio), the Shadow League and Lucy Wilson. It’s all free, so head down from 3pm for some beers, Mexican food and a good ol’ fashioned sing-along.
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MAMMOTH MAMMOTH After swapping their ﬁrst Hell’s Likely royalty cheque for a shopping bag full of shrooms and four Zone 2 bus tickets, Mammoth Mammoth are back from their extended tour of the Twilight Zone and ready to go totally North Korea on Melbourne over three massive gigs this May. So warn your dealer, grab some bags and prepare your nose for chemical warfare in the disabled dunnies, because Mammoth are back. They play at Cherry Rock Festival on Sunday May 5, The Espy on Friday May 10 with Destroy She Said, and at The Hi-Fi on Sunday May 12 supporting Unida (USA).
ROCK N LOAD RETURNS The second annual Rock N Load Festival returns to The Espy on Saturday June 1 with a massive 30 acts over three stages. The Espy will feature some of the best live rock acts from Melbourne and interstate, including Dallas Frasca, The Fumes, The Nerve (featuring Ezekiel Ox and Lucius Borich), King Of The North, Ten Thousand, My Secret Circus, Massive, Gay Paris, Don Fernando, Dead City Ruins, Vida Cain, Riot In Toytown, Sudden State, The Dead Love, Sheriﬀ, Virtue and heaps more. Tickets are sure to sell fast, so get ‘em now via Oztix and from The Espy. Check out rocknloadfestival.com for the lineup and ticketing details.
BROTHERS HAND MIRROR
2013 is shaping up to be nothing short of epic for Dear Stalker, and this week is no exception. Thursday May 2 the grunge-pop three-piece will join Seedy Jeezus and The Melanomads for a night of noise and mayhem at The John Curtin Hotel. They’ll be backing it up Saturday May 4 at Revolver Upstairs, smashing out a slew of tracks from their debut album (currently in the works) in support of Sydney rock chick Aimee Francis, as part of her Jetplane single launch tour.
Melbourne’s Fireballs have been invited to the inaugural Club Sin 13 party in Tampare, Finland for the Mavericks Rock’n’Roll Association, and out of pure excitement they’re throwing another one of their infamously wild parties. They’ve announced their own weekender of shows at The Bendigo Hotel on Friday May 3 and Saturday May 4, ﬁghting through the jet lag to play more loud and sweaty gigs on their home soil. On the Friday they perform with Murder Rats and Royal Cut Throat Co, and on the Saturday they’re joined by The Yard Apes and La Bastard. Tickets are $20+bf and can be purchased through Oztix.
ROLLING STONE: THE COVERS 1972-2010 This one’s for all of those collectors out there who love memorabilia, because Rolling Stone Australia are releasing 150 of the greatest covers spanning over four decades. The exhibition is touring the country and can be seen at The Yarra Ranges Regional Museum until Sunday July 7. With an original masthead designed by the late, great psychedelic artist Rick Griﬃn, stunning photography and illustration by luminaries including Annie Leibovitz and Ralph Steadman, and the work of stellar art directors, Rolling Stone’s covers have become as iconic as the stars that feature on them. Not only is this the only place in Victoria the covers will be on show, the exhibition is also completely free.
Define your genre in five words or less: Incredibly enthusiastic electronic folk. If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why? Aw, everything has a place, doesn’t it? Plus assassination is pretty aggressive. Couldn’t we just start by taking away their microphone and work from there?
Define your genre in five words or less. Alternative, heavy, melodic, epic, rock. What do you hate about the music industry? The lack of money. If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it be and why? Radiohead, they are just too good. And they make us look shit. What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? Get a degree in marketing and play pop songs. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We are releasing our debut EP on Friday May 10. It was recorded at The Wick Studios in Melbourne and produced by Jesse Hooper from Killing Heidi. Buy it soon on Bandcamp or come to Cherry Bar on Friday May 10 for a cheap EP and a free cider. Describe the worst gig you have ever played. We played at some cheap venue in fuck-nowhere (eastern suburbs) in front of one guy and his parents and all we got was party pies. Cold party pies. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? Radiohead, before we assassinate them. When’s the gig and with who? Our EP Launch is at Cherry Bar on Friday May 10 with a great eclectic lineup featuring Beloved Elk, The Narrow Road and Pointless Nepean. And yeah, there is free cider.
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Why should everyone come and see your band? Because there is the potential that they will love us as much as we love them. It is, much like buying hummus or ﬁnding a $20 note in a jacket you haven’t worn for a very long time – a win-win situation. So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say? “Gosh, that lead singer must work out.” What advice would you give to bands that are new on the Melbourne music scene? Don’t be a jerk to people. It’s like Russian roulette – there’s always a chance that you’ll inadvertently shoot yourself in the head. Everyone is in the same boat, and if you spend a little time with them, they’ll probably buy you a beer. Plus, when they get incredibly famous, you can tell everyone you were friends with them before they were huge. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? Every band that is reading this. See you soon, new best friends. Tell us about the last song you wrote. It was our last single, Preflight Nerves. Charlie wrote it in the back seat of a car while his boyfriend drove them from Sydney to Newcastle. The tweet-powered ﬁlm clip we built for it, aﬀectionately called Tweetﬂight, has had over 250,000 views, which we were pretty chuﬀed about. You can check it out at tweetﬂight.wearebrightly.com. When’s the gig and with who? Our debut album launch is at Northcote Social Club, Thursday May 9 with our friends We The People, Super Magic Hats and Sangkara (I’lls/Nearly Oratorio) DJing. Entry is $10 and doors open at 7.30pm. Joy is all but guaranteed.
LOVE AND OTHER DOGS DogWorld Records take over The Gasometer Hotel from 5pm on Sunday May 5 (and for only $5). Cherax Destructor is the unoﬃcial head of the DogWorld Sydney branch, and Cherry mixes groovin’ hip hop beats with IDM and post-rock to make something strange, dancey and emotional. Pilbu makes bug music. Cherax teams up with Areographe to create glo-ﬁ collages of schizophrenic samples. Pony Boys are an enigmatic supergroup. Areogrpahe is a world-weary vagabond. Underscore makes deconstructionist pop. Measured insanity mixed with the ill-est of beats, keeping you on your toes at all times. It sounds crazy – crazy fun that is.
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AL BURNS Tonight at Open Studio, Al Burns takes a much needed night oﬀ from managing other people’s careers and celebrates with a night of song(s) amongst friends. Al will bring some rebound girl heartbreak, New York romance, oﬃce crush anthems, and most likely a Paul Kelly cover. His skills are courtesy of too many years singing at weddings/pubs. Tim Guy released his brilliant new album Dreaming Of A Night Mango in April and will play some of these beautiful songs. Anthonie Tonnon will show us why Beirut handpicked him to support their NZ tour last year, and why he is widely regarded as one of NZ’s most intelligent songwriters.
MIDNIGHT WOOLF They’re returning to Fitzroy’s Yah Yah’s with their drenched rock to break a sweat and get you moving. Their acclaimed new album I’ll Be A Dog will woo the crowd with fast-paced covers and beer swilling oldies alongside Cal Pec and The Tramps and The Interceptors. It’s happening on Saturday May 4.
JAILBIRD JOKERS The Reverence Hotel plays host to a line-up of on-the-rise local talent this Saturday May 4. Headlined by the Jailbird Jokers, supports rounding out the bill are Elcaset, Fahrenheit 43 and The Stray Melodics. Doors at 8pm, $10 entry.
Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Outshine is a hard rock/metal band with a sound steeped in grunge and gothic vibes. Set to release their fourth studio album Prelude To Descent later this year, featuring the already-released singles Addiction and I Was Nothing, they have just completed their sixth US tour and have a bad ass passion for music so large that they just can’t stop. Outshine are keen to head down to Australia, so get into them and start a groundswell of interest today.
KOOYEH Kooyeh is a ten-piece reggae/soul/dub band based in Melbourne. Featuring four vocalists, a four-piece horn section and a skankalicious riddim section, the Kooyeh massive deliver a high energy show that keeps the danceﬂoor buzzing as the spotlight sweeps between each of the singers, the riﬃng horn players, funky organ, bluesy guitar and of course, bass heavy one drop. They play a free show at The Prince Public Bar this Sunday May 5.
Ella Thompson has just released her debut solo EP Elysium after previous work with AXOLOTOL and The Bamboos has set her in good stead for future endeavours. Co-produced with John Castle, the EP exudes cinematic textures, ﬂuid melodies and raw performance. She will perform solo at the intimate Some Velvet Morning on Friday May 10 with support from Ainslie Wills.
Ready to mount their assault against the humdrum, Gay Paris have announced a tour around the release of their new album, The Last Good Party,. Gay Paris play at Cherry Bar on Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5, Musicman Megastore on Thursday May 30, The Loft in Warnambool on Friday May 31, and the Rock and Loud Festival in St. Kilda on Saturday June 1.
GREEN’S DAIRY ANGEL ENSEMBLE
I KNOW THE CHIEF
A torchy diva, a smooth crooner, blazing country ﬁddle, south-of-the-border guitar, bluegrassy mandolin, swinging double bass and sweet ﬁve-part harmonies – are you interested yet? Green’s Dairy Angel Ensemble are a little bit jazz, a little bit bluegrass and a little bit Celtic, so why not see for yourself at The Great Britain Hotel on Sunday May 5 from 7.30pm. Oh, and it’s free too.
I Know The Chief is the lovechild of former indie band Passport. Describing their euphoric sound as ‘jungle disco’, these ﬁve young men have already undergone a rollercoaster in their music journey. Drawing upon inﬂuences such as Two Door Cinema Club, Twinsy and Phoenix they set out to move the needle on the Australian music culture. They start their Wednesday residency at the Evelyn tonight.
SEATTLE It’s likely you won’t have heard of Seattle, the new alternative pop rock band descending on the Melbourne music scene, but they’re not such a ‘new’ band. Jo Dawson began making a name playing sold out shows around town almost three years ago, and for the most part Andrew Welsh, Stuart Jaymes and Dylan Farrugia have been right there with her. They launch their debut single Replay at The Evelyn on Friday May 10.
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK THE LIVING EYES
The Living Eyes (Z-Man Records)
WEDNESDAY 1 MAY RESIDENCY – OPENING NIGHT
I KNOW THE CHIEF THE MCQUEENS LEWIS PIDUTTI
THURSDAY 2 MAY SINGLE LAUNCH
THE NAYSAYERS MERCIANS AIRCRAFTE $2.50 POTS, $5 VODKAS! FRIDAY 3 MAY SINGLE LAUNCH
ASSEMBLE THE EMPIRE THE NEST ITSELF DEAR PLASTIC SATURDAY 4 MAY DOUBLE ALBUM LAUNCH
BEFORE NIGHTFALL (QLD) DARK EARTH ALASKAN THUNDER SUNDAY 5 MAY MATINEE SHOW
CAITY FOWLER WISHFUL KATE & LISA EVENING
VELMA GROVE GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE MONDAY 6 MAY RESIDENCY – OPENING NIGHT
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Radio Birdman guitarist and principal songwriter Deniz Tek’s fascination with the imagery of eyes derived in part from a book he read, in which a pair of eyes watched over the evolving world; the body had left this mortal earth, but the eyes continued to see and observe. To extrapolate the idea to The Living Eyes might not be as far as conceptual leap as you might think: the proto-R&B bands of yore are still, sort of, growing concerns, albeit in weathered form, but their gaze watches over a new generation of garage bands, including The Living Eyes. Listen to Sitting Sick and you’re in a smoky bar in Tacoma, Washington, watching a bunch of eﬀervescent adolescents strumming dirty R&B chords while pontiﬁcating on the mundane irrelevance of the adult world; on Wrong Doings you’re skipping down Carnaby Street with the latest Kinks record, and wondering why the fuck it took you so long to realise Ray Davies’ genius. Down And Out is holding court in a scungy Adelaide bar in the early ‘60s, the deliciously ironic Heard It All Before is The Sonics’ Strychnine re-told for the umpteenth time, and just as good as everyone else, and Up And At Them is the psychedelic-folk imprint of the snotty garage generation. Economy First rides down the back of the plane with Brian Jones’ original Stones and gets right smashed, Outta Doubt jams with Dr Feelgood in a London pub and Slave Labour gets down and dirty in a Mandy Rice Davies sort of
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Quasimodo’s Dream (SLAM) Released on a limited run of 7” as a fundraiser for SLAM (Save Live Australian Music), Quasimodo’s Dream sees all-round top bloke Wally De Backer team up with comedy troupe Perfect Tripod (Tripod plus Eddie Perfect) for an obscure cut from the Australian ‘80s canon. The kooky ﬂourishes of The Reels’ original are transformed into an endearing a capella beauty, with Wally’s contemplative vocal hitting the mark. Despite the concept and presence of Tripod suggesting otherwise, the track doesn’t play for laughs – it’s just plain good. Preorder your 7” (and support a worthy cause) at pledgemusic.com/projects/slam.
BLEEDING KNEES CLUB
Feel (I OH YOU) I guess if levelling up from scrappy garage to poppunk-by-numbers is considered maturation of sound, Bleeding Knees Club have ‘matured’ on their ﬁrst new track since their debut album of last year. It’s not exactly terrible, but if you’re gonna strap yourself in to the hopefully ephemeral ‘90s pop-punk revival you need to do it a little better than phoning it in with four minutes worth of shitty conceited platitudes about how relationships are hard so tough omg.
Back To The Middle (Remote Control) Taken from Monomania, the band’s ﬁfth full-length LP, Back To The Middle retains many of Bradford Cox’s aural signatures – the gentle breakdowns and swerving guitar melodies – while serving up a side of garage distortion. Far from overreaching, the track is a short but sweet taste of Cox’s popgenius spittle.
Ísjaki (Remote Control) Ah post-rock, how I’ve tried to embrace thee. The closest I’ve came to enjoying the genre was staring at the stars while Sigur Rós took to the grounds of Werribee Mansion late last year. Ísjaki sees the now three-piece reel in their tonal triumphs into a more concise form, bounding along with joyous pomp. Apparently the lyrics mark a move away from the made-up Hopelandic dialect into their home tongue. Still, I can’t see myself following along karaoke-style to the lyric video. Special mention goes to what sounds like vintage dial-up modem samples.
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My Poor Mind (Indpendent) Really wish this was bad enough for me to pull a “Shit Sandwich”-esque three word review that reads “My Poor Ears”. It’s bad, but not quite that Beat Magazine Page 48
1. Monomania DEERHUNTER 2. Cigarettes & Truckstops LINDI ORTEGA 3. Mosquito YEAH YEAH YEAHS 4. Steal The Light THE CAT EMPIRE 5. Change Becomes Us WIRE 6. Haunts TINY RUINS 7. Junip JUNIP 8. The Terror THE FLAMING LIPS 9. Free The Universe MAJOR LAZER 10. Babes In Consumerland SNOG
HEARTLAND RECORDS TOP 10 a way. Ways To Make A Living does for ‘60s nostalgia what The Masters’ Apprentices did for English immigration, Stuck In My Own World has instant pop classic stamped all over it and Cry In Shame will bring a tear to your eye, if only you’re tough enough to admit it. Is this 2013 or 1965? When the moments are this good, who gives a ﬂying fuck. PATRICK EMERY Best Track: Sitting Sick If You Like These, You’ll Like This: THE SONICS, STRAIGHT ARROWS, THE KINKS In A Word: Garage
1. Elephant WHITE STRIPES 2. Toys In The Attic LP AEROSMITH 3. Live 10” MUMFORD & SONS 4. Hey Joe 7” JIMI HENDRIX 5. Live BON JOVI 6. Animal 7” NICK CAVE 7. Vol 4 LP BLACK SABBATH 8. Paranoid LP BLACK SABBATH 9. Sabotage LP BLACK SABBATH 10. Wigwam 7” BOB DYLAN
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SINGLES BY LACHLAN Hi, I’m Lachlan, and when I grow up I want to be Simone Ubaldi.
1. Sketches EP WINTERCOATS 2. !!! – Thri!!!er 3. Stray Current BAPTISM OF UZI 4. This Last Year PALMS
bad. My Poor Mind sounds like what would happen if The Strokes and Band On The Run-era Wings merged together in unholy union.
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7. My Poor Mind RAINY DAY WOMEN
6. My Baby Loves Me All The Time DEVOTIONAL
Wavygravy (Independent) Belying its goofy as hell title, Wavygravy is a powerhouse display of shoegaze might from rising Melbourne outﬁt Flyying Colours. It sounds big and it sounds good, like it was recorded with a cliﬀ-face of amps in an abandoned wind tunnel. It’s all taken to greater heights when the animalistic rhythm section cuts loose two-thirds of the way through. Far from worshipping at the foot of early‘90s icons, this is shoegaze done right.
8. Tired Hands FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA
9. Childhood’s End MAJICAL CLOUDZ 10. Your Life Your Call JUNIP
RECORD PARADISE TOP 10 1 Desperate LP DIVINYLS 2 Give UP(deluxe)LP POSTAL SERVICE 3 Scene From A Marriage 7” TOTAL
Lonesome Dreams (PIAS) Seems like Lord Huron is aiming for a little bit of Jim James on Lonesome Dreams, but Australian listeners would ﬁnd more in common with our troubadour Josh Pyke. The lyrics give the impression that Lord Huron took a day trip out to the forest and simply listed every single thing he saw – “rocks and trees”, “wooded mile”. A hackneyed strain of Americana.
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On Top (Sultan Sounds) Diving headﬁrst into turbo-charged rock‘n’roll cliché territory, On Top sees The BellRays crank their dickhead riﬀs to 11 – taking it from the garage to a Halen, Crue-ready arena setting. It doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not – sticking it to the man, purporting a Long Way To The Top ethos, dealing in single entendres with quips like “I’ll be your slut.” Does what it says on the tin, really.
5 Vol-7. 7” THE WORLD’S LOUSY WITH IDEAS 6 Vanishing Point LP MUDHONEY 7 Work It Out 7” TWERPS 8 Crosswords LP SUPER WILD HORSES 9 Love Will Tear Us Apart 7”JOY DIVISION 10 The Stevens EP THE STEVENS
1. Above LP MAD SEASON 2. See Emily Play 7” PINK FLOYD 3. Blood becomes Fire LP/CD BEASTWARS 4. Acrobatic Tenement LP AT THE DRIVE IN 5. Terror LP FLAMING LIPS 6. Mind Control LP/CD UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS
Rattle The Chain (Flightless) A solid blues-rock stomper, Rattle The Chain is a slinky lil’ track that showcases frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s inimitable howl and formidable harmonica chops. A ﬁne initial warning shot ahead of the reputable live outﬁt’s upcoming fulllength debut.
7. Opus Eponymous CD/LP GHOST 8. Wonderful Glorious 2x10” EELS 9. Live On PBS LP STRAIGHTJACKET NATION 10. The Last Spire CD CATHEDRAL
BEAT’S TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT CHERRIES 1. Cherry Lips GARBAGE
SINGLE OF THE WEEK CARB ON CARB
You’re Bound To Fall, Give (Independent) Auckland duo Carb On Carb deal in a dreamy brand of minimalist shoegaze, forming a tenacious and cohesive wash of tonal bliss. You’re Bound To Fall, Give bears a palette that stretches beyond the limitations of being a two-piece, with a forlorn vocal interplay weaving in between drum-guitar breakdowns. Tidy stuﬀ. They play The Public Bar tonight and The Gaso on Friday May 3.
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AKRON/FAMILY Sub Verses (Spunk)
Here’s a fun game: listen to Akron/Family’s sixth album Sub Verses and then come up with a genre description. Country digi-psych? Heartland electro-prog? Sludgegospel? At a pinch, you might describe it as The Band-style Americana and badtrippin’ psych, fused with the sensibilities of Williamsburg indie. Believe it or not, the album that results from this seemingly terrible idea is actually great, albeit in small doses. Sub Verses beneﬁts from Akron/Family’s obvious knowledge of the traditions that they subvert and mash together – this is not mere genre tourism. Way Up sounds – no kidding – like Feels-era Animal Collective exploring a classic rock tangent. Like much of the material here, it beneﬁts from loose, naturalistic interweaving vocals of Dana Janssen, Seth Olinsky and Miles Seaton. Unlike many multi-vocalist bands, Akron/Family truly bat three deep, and make full use of this strength. Unfortunately, these restless harmonies, along with the drum blasts, dense polyrhythms, the sequencers and the whiplash dynamic changes that characterise the album, conspire to make Sub Verses as tiring as it is initially thrilling. It’s a relief when the pastoral Until The Morning and the weird, dissonant Scott Walker knock-oﬀ Sometimes come along to interrupt the barrage, but these songs are such a drastic change of pace that they may as well be from a diﬀerent album altogether. If you hadn’t guessed, though, things like cohesion and restraint are not much of a priority for Akron/ Family. It’s a shame, because it ensures that, regardless of several excellent moments, Sub Verses well and truly drags by the end. The good moments are very good, the likes of Samurai and No-Room, but from such an extroverted Best Track: No-Room If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Feels ANIMAL band, it’s hardly a surprise. COLLECTIVE, Yellow House GRIZZLY BEAR EDWARD SHARP-PAUL In A Word: Cosmic
BRING ME THE HORIZON Sempiternal (Sony)
On their Wiki, this British band is described as a ‘metalcore’ band. This doesn’t really do them justice. For better or worse, these guys are a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, and they take that even further on this, their fourth album. This album lurches from one style of heavy music to another, often in the one song. From straight out metal, thrash and the aforementioned melodic metalcore to screamo, gothic pop, symphonic rock and more progressive and even experimental elements, these guys cover a lot of musical territory across the course of the 11 tunes on oﬀer here. On the most part, they pull it oﬀ pretty seamlessly. The schizophrenic nature of the album is on full display in the ﬁrst two songs, with the dramatic, relentless, slow burn of Can You Feel My Heart leading into the ﬂat-knacker, howling explosion that is The House Of Wolves. And the album progresses into even more varied territory from there, right through to the almost seven minute Hospital For Souls, which is as dark, eerie and moody as it sounds. Here is a band pushing the boundaries of what heavy music can be. So in that sense, they could possibly be termed more of a progressive heavy music band, as opposed to a mere metalcore act. Whatever the case, Sempiternal is a very strong release and shows a Best Track: Empire (Let Them Sing) band close to the peak of their powers. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: CHELSEA GRIN, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, ASKING ALEXANDRIA ROD WHITFIELD In A Word: Unconventional
This reviewer’s had a myriad of reasons to steer clear of Frank Turner. All of those involve various songs/records/gigs of his being ruined by the memory of some terrible person or another. In the interest of adulthood, I am now choosing to black out those blotches on memory in order to recover a love that was once lost. Recovery being the key word, and – incidentally – the opening track, one that couldn’t have come at a more pressing juncture (for those in the southern hemisphere at least). Shit is turning cold and depressing. Relationships are crumbling. Your housemate is dating your most recent soul-destroying crush and she gives zero fucks etc, etc. Welcome to the hell on earth that is winter in a southern Australian city. But don’t get too down, Tape Deck Heart – Turner’s third oﬀering since England Keep My Bones ushered him into the auditory clutter that is mainstream radio in 2011, and record number ten in total – is going to guide you through this diﬃcult time. Anyone with a tape deck heart will appreciate the painfully positive pop gem The Way I Tend To Be, a throwback to Turner’s (very) early folk strummings. Only to be tossed back into their tumultuous teens with angsty folk punk anthem Plain Sailing Weather. The middle-bracket is somewhat underwhelming: just your standard selection of acoustic balladry and self-indulgent whinings, interjected with Four Simple Words which sounds like a Million Dead song re-worked (badly). He manages to redeem himself towards the end with the dark dronings of Broken Piano that provide an interesting productionheavy alternative to the trusty four-chord formula, Best Track: The Way I Tend To Be if nothing else. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: CHUCK RAGAN, TIM BARRY, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, FRANZ NIKOLAY, JESS SHULMAN COREY BRANAN In A Word: Recovering
Falling Awake (Independent) Melbourne ﬁve-piece Shortfall are a quality rock band. When I say ‘rock’ band I mean in line with the kind of rock bands that people who don’t go to Soundwave would call punk. There are elements of the late great proto-punk band Thursday in Shortfall’s sound. What really draws your attention to the band’s debut EP is their execution – it is so tight. Reminiscent of punk crossover legends Refused’s This Might Just Be… The Truth this EP opens with a instrumental track that highlights the textures and heaviness that can be captured by a band with three guitars. The harmonics of the outro of this track are adept, eliciting an emotion you normally get from vocals. Speaking of vocals, frontman Simon Borg doesn’t have a huge range but he picks the right times to sing. The song One In A Million sees Borg keep his voice low and unobtrusive as the slick lead guitar and dulcet rhythms interplay to create the album’s key ballad. The highlight of this seven-track EP (a more pretentious band may call it a mini-album) is track two Surprise. This song comes in directly oﬀ the back of the ﬁnal guitar distortions of the Intro. For the most part the song plays oﬀ between a quiet verse and a fairly massive chorus with the interplay between three guitars the highlight. This is a well executed release from a local band Best Track: Surprise with a world class sound. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: THURSDAY, BUTTERFLY EFFECT, DEAD LETTER CIRCUS DENVER MAXX In A Word: Tight
The Stevens EP (Chapter)
Caveman (Fat Possum/Shock) One of last year’s most underrated albums, for me, was Caveman’s debut, CoCo Beware. It didn’t get a lot of press and when it did, the reviews were middling. I could understand the criticisms of the Brooklyn band’s debut, which played it a little safe and might easily be written oﬀ as a nice but mild listen. The lack of dynamics in their music can make for an underwhelming experience at ﬁrst, but the restraint of the compositions eventually proves to be their greatest asset. Holding back from being over-emotive, they let the elements simmer away together resulting in music that sounds like a less complicated Here We Go Magic or a pulled-back Local Natives. Caveman’s new, self-titled release is a moodier collection than their debut, its songs plagued by denial, isolation and uncertainty. Despite the gloomy disposition, they still know their way around a good tune and bed down their strongest compositions early in the album with the hypnotic sheen of single In The City and the slow-building, pessimistic Where’s The Time?. The album is bookended by the songs Strange To Suﬀer and Strange. There’s little to separate the two apart from the closing track losing ‘to suﬀer’ in its title and adding the lyric “It’s not forever”, along with a more settled, comforting percussion. This soft sleight of hand to Best Track: In The City shift the mood is indicative of the subtleties that make If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Everything All The Time Caveman such a rewarding band. BAND OF HORSES, Hummingbird LOCAL NATIVES, Parc Avenue PLANTS & ANIMALS CHRIS GIRDLER In A Word: Under-the-radar
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At this point, a Chapter release is pretty close to a sure thing: it’s gonna be endearingly sloppy, it’s gonna jangle (hard), and it’s probably gonna be pretty damn good. On their self-titled EP, Melbourne four-piece The Stevens do nothing to upset the trend. Whether this is a good thing or not is another matter entirely. Given the limitations of dole-wave, Melbourne jangle or whatever else we’re calling it this week – the wilful amateurishness, the emotional detachment, the limited sonic palette – it’s tough to stand out when not even novelty is on your side. The Stevens don’t seem like the sort of band to worry about this too much, though. Alex MacFarlane and Travis MacDonald get on with the serious business of laying out spindly guitar lines and frail harmonies. Bassist Gus Lord joins in with some melodic counterpoint, while drummer Matthew Harkin sticks to stoic timekeeping. Lead track Alone does a pretty good job of summarising the wistful themes on show: “Every night I lie in bed, thinking about you lying in bed,” opines one of the two frontmen (you can’t pick their soft, keening voices apart). MacDonald and MacFarlane are forever dreaming, wondering, considering. The fast cars described in, uh, Fast Cars are probably metaphorical, but it’s hard to tell, and in all honesty, it doesn’t really matter. The stakes are low, and they’re treading in some seriously well-worn footsteps, but if The Stevens sound like your kind of thing, they are. The Stevens is good Best Track: Fast Cars clean fun, and at a shade over 13 minutes, it can If You Like These, You’ll Like This: All Gone POP SINGLES, hardly be said to outstay its welcome. Odditties THE CLEAN In A Word: Sprightly EDWARD SHARP-PAUL
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JO MEARES Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Grind N Groove, Healesville. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 7:30pm. OPEN MIC Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. REBECCA BARNARD & BILLY MILLER’S SINGALONG + BILLY MILLER + REBECCA BARNARD Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 7:00pm. $15. THE JAMES SOUTHWELL BAND + JOE CONROY & THE PANTOM 309 + NICK & DOM Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. WILY RED FOX + REBECCA PERKINS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: COOKIE BAKER + LINDA JOY Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.
INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS BLACK SABBATH Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne. 8:00pm. BOMBS ARE FALLING + BRICKS + INFAMOUS 506 Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. CARB ON CARB + DUCK DUCK CHOP + PIONEERS OF GOOD SCIENCE The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8. COLLAGE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. HAMISH ANDERSON (EP LAUNCH) + TANYA BATT + THE WALTERS Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. I KNOW THE CHIEF + LEWIS PIDUTTI + THE MCQUEENS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. ROOTS OF MUSIC - FEAT: AMISTAT + ALBERT SALT + CARDINAL Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $5. SHELDON KING + COURTNEY ROBB + JAMES BUTT Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. TEN THOUSAND + VIRTUE Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. THE BRONX + BATPISS + DZ DEATHRAYS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $45. THE CLITS + BIG TABACCO + VELCRO Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. THE FOX PARTY + MEME + SHANE KENNEDY & THE CREEPS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $8. THE KOOKS + VAN HOOM Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8:00pm.
THURSDAY 2 MAY INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS AFRO MANDIKO + BROADWAY SOUNDS + DJ CHRIS GILL + THE FANDROIDS Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12. AVANTAIR (SUMMER SILHOUETTES LAUNCH) + AIRCRAFTE + MERCIANS + THE NAYSAYERS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15. BATTLE OF THE BANDS - FEAT: INDIGO LAKES + DESERT STREEL + LITTLE MISS REMEMBERING + SOAPBOX Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. CHIPS RAFFERTY + SADGLINT Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. ED & I Tago Mago, Thornbury. 9:00pm. FLUME Festival Hall, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. $50. GRAND PRISMATIC + ANTHONIE TONNEN + PALM SPRINGS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $8. JEREMY NEALE (SINGLE LAUNCH) + DIRT FARMER + THE LAUGHING LEAVES Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $15. LOPAKA + CHINESE HANDCUFFS + FORMAT WARS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. MILK TEDDY + DD DUMBO + JEALOUS HUSBAND Tote
CHERRY ROCK 2013 Returning for its seventh year, the annual Cherry Rock festival has finally descended upon us. Headlining the festivities in ACDC lane this year are American stoner-rockers Unida and Swedish fuzz legends Truckfighters. Rounding out the rest of the lineup is King Parrot, Barbarion, Matt Sonic and The High Times, The Murlocs, Mammoth Mammoth, Gay Paris, The Surefire Midnights, The Workinghorse Irons, Drunk Mums, Little Bastard and Battle Axe Howlers. The Cherry Rock festival takes place at Cherry Bar on Sunday May 5 and kicks off at 12pm, ensuring a full day of roaring, mindsplintering – would you guess it – rock. Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. MNTTAB + DYLAN HILL + LAZY BONES + NOTHINGE Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $7. PLACE OF INDIGO + ALASKA + I KNOW THE CHIEF + MANSION + ROGUE WAVS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $10. POISON FISH + BRICKS + SORDID ORDEAL + TEMPLE Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. RIGHT MIND + FEVERTEETH + LOVE ALONE + SEARCHER + THE APPROACH Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. SEEDY JEEZUS + DEAR STALKER + MELONOMADES John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. TEGAN & SARA + CLUBFEET Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 7:30pm. TEK TEK ENSEMBLE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE KILNIKS + BLOOM + BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDE + HARRY BORLAND & THE UGANDAN NATIONAL CHOIR Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE LOST CAUSE + ADMIRAL ACKBARS DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE + CLOWNS + SPEW N GUTS + THE
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Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? We´ve heard we sound for example like Alice In Chains and Paradise Lost, but people seem to find it difficult to put us in a specific genre, which I think is a positive thing. What do you love about making music? The creative process is always fun, from a certain riff in our rehearsal place downtown Gothenburg, building up the whole ground with drums and bass, love the feeling when a song starting to take place and you can feel the fundamental vibe of it. The recording process is also great fun, lots of hard work yes, but getting the tunes on tape is a special feeling, it’s really intense. Not to mention the whole touring thing, which is pure awesomeness. What can a punter expect from your live show? A serious kick arse show with a great hang out with the band after the gig. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? The CD market is not a huge thing for us, of course it always has to be available, but it’s more of a merchandise kind of thing for us, selling stuff after the shows. Do you have a pre-gig ritual? If so, what is it? We use to do a shot of Fernet Branca and just pep talk a little before we enter the stage. Never heard SUBMIT YOUR GIGS TO GIGGUIDE@BEAT.COM.AU
JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC ALWAN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. BRAE GRIMES Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. DAVID REX TRIO 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. MINGUS THINGUS Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. SPUNK MACHINE + UP UP AWAY Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE NAT BARTSCH TRIO - FEAT: THE NAT BARTCH TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE OVEREASYS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 6:30pm.
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POSERS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $6. THE ROLLING PERPETUAL GROOVE SHOW + CONTANGENT + GHENGIS CAN’T SWIM Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $15. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS + PLUTO JONZE Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $59. TURIN BRAKES - FEAT: TURIN BREAKS + BENNY WALKER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $27.
of Fernet Branca? Well, it’s an Italian high octane liquor, it contains a variety of herbs and it makes you strong like a bull (aka rock musician). Tell us about the last song you wrote. We’ve got a bunch of new ones coming up, they are still in the making process, but they will tell stories about the dark back streets in life, the not so sweet and furry stuff so to speak. It’ll be backed up by the typical Outshine sound, down tuned roaring guitars and heavy drums with groove and the great voice of Mike topping it (our new singer since beginning of 2013). When are you doing your thing next? We´re always having a packed schedule and in the making of new stuff, we just came back from our sixth tour in the United States. The new album named Prelude to Descent will be released this summer, we´ll back the release up with playing gigs in Sweden and probably a tour in the EU this fall. Some people say we should look into touring Australia ASAP which would be a blast. Name an interview question you wish someone would ask you, and answer it. Q: Whose bath tub water would you prefer as a drink? A: Beyonce Knowles Anything else to add? Thanks for the interview, we appreciate it, looking forward to spread our music in your country! Be safe, stay rock and don’t forget to check us out at facebook.com/outshinesweden.
THE SWEETHEARTS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. WIZARD & OZ Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $16.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK BIG WORDS Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. CHAD MASON & DAN WATERS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. COURTNEY ROBB + MANDY CONNELL + QUEEN & CONVICT Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DAVIDSON BROTHERS + STEPHEN O’HERN Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. FIRESTONE & HONEY Red Bennies, South Yarra. 8:00pm. JAMES KENYON Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. LOUNGE THURSDAYS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. MARK STEVENS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. OH PEP! + AL PARKINSON Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 10:00pm. $5. OPEN MIC Acoustic Cafe, Collingwood. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 6:00pm. OPEN MIC Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. STRAYTHREAD + RAZORS OF OCKHAM + THE NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. SUZANNAH ESPIE & IAN COLLARD Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 8:30pm. TAJ TRIO Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. THIS LUCID INTERVAL Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm.
FRIDAY 3 MAY JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC ADE ASH Open Studio, Northcote. 6:00pm. MACLAINE & SIDNEY QUARTET Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. SOUL FIST + THE CHARLIES The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE RITA SATCH QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. THE STEVE MAGNUSSON TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TRIO BEM BRASIL Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. YVETTE JOHANSSON & THE JOE RUBERTO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25.
INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS BLACK ACES (ON THE ROCKS LAUNCH) + CHERRY GRIND + DE LA CRUZ + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $13. BLACK CAB Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 10:00pm. $10. BLOODLINE + ORDER OF CHAOS + ORDNANCE + THREE STOREY GOAT Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. $12.
TEGAN & SARA In support of the release of their seventh studio album Heartthob and as part of the Groovin’ The Moo festival, Canadian singer-songwriter twins Tegan & Sara have already kicked off their Australian tour. The kooky indie-folk turned indie-pop duo will be supported by synth-pop quintet Clubfeet and they will be playing at the Palais Theatre this Thursday May 2. Twins for the win, eh? CAT JUMP RD + ACOUSTIC FOXX + BUSY KINDOM + MIKKI MICHELLE The 86, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. COCKS ARQUETTE + HEX ON THE BEACH + HOTEL WRECKING CITY TRADERS The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $8. D AT SEA + CHASING GHOSTS + MILLIE TIZZARD Workers Club, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $15. DEJA + BROADWAY SOUNDS DJS + POLO CLUB Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS + HIGH FANGS + MESA COSA + PRONTO Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $10. FOXTROT + DEL LAGO + MAZ GOES TO HOLLYWOOD + SHADOW LEAGUE + THE FLAYING SO HIGH OHS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. GOOD ROCKIN TONIGHT - FEAT: SILAS + KING CREOLES Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. JOSH PYKE (FANS FIRST TOUR) Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS + SEEDY JEEZUS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 9:00pm. $10. MADHOUSE - FEAT: BLACK MAJESTY + KETTLESPIDER Cbd Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. MATT & KIM + CITIZEN KAY + JACKIE ONASSIS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $40. MATT WALKER & THE LOST RAGAS + PONY FACE + SAINT JUDE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 9:00pm. $15. MONNONE ALONE + CREEKS + TOTALLY MILD Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm.
NICE BOY TOM + JAREK Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. OBITUARY + DENOUNCEMENT PYRE + KING PARROT Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $59. PEAK TWINS (STEPPIN OUT LAUNCH) Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. SCOTDRAKULA + CARB ON CARB + PSALM BEACH Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $5. SHED ZEPPELIN Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. SMOKY SEAS + CROOKS & QUEENS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. SOMEBODY’S SUN + DATING SUMMER + JOHN CHAMPION’S CORPSE EXPLOSION + PRETTY CITY Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $5. SPACE JUNK + BLOOD THINNER + MASTER_BETA Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. TEMPLE + DAMN THAT RIVER + EASY PLEASE + SISTER ANXIETY Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. TEX PERKINS Stones Of The Yarra Valley, Coldstream. 6:30pm. $110. THE ANGEL & BABY CHAIN + BARACK O ‘SHAKA + WOD John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. THE FIREBALLS + ROYAL CUT THROAT CO + THE MURDER RATS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $22. THE HARLOTS Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. THE KOOKS + GLASS TOWER Palais Theatre, St Kilda. 8:00pm. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS + PLUTO JONZE Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $59.
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THE KOOKS The epitome of British indie-pop and fans of our fair country, The Kooks have returned to tour some Australian paddocks with Groovin’ The Moo. They’re also wiping the mud off their boots and are city-bound for some headline shows including one at The Palais Theatre tonight (on sale) and on Friday May 3 (sold-out). YACHT + DONNY BENET Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $42.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK BABERAHAM LINCOLN + NICK LARKINS & THE BONES + THE SOLICITORS + WOLF Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:30pm. BRONI Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. CAL PECK & THE TRAMPS + BLUE STRATOS + WRONG TURN Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. DANIEL CHAMPAGNE (CD LAUNCH) + MAX SAVAGE Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $18. FLORALIE ESCANO Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm.
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JUKE BARITONE Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. LEON THOMAS + DJ LUCAS + SABRINA & THE RED VANS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. LOREN Gods Kitchen, Mornington. 8:00pm. MARGIE LOU DYER + ALYCE PLATT Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. SHORT ORDER SCHEFS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. SMOKIN’ SAM & THE CARGO BLUES BAND Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10. SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm.
Names: Daryl and Tom. Define your genre in five words or less Modern progressive alternative rock… yeah. When’s your next gig and with who? We’re launching our first ever single and video on Friday May 3 at the Evelyn Hotel with some great bands. Dear Plastic who have a great chilled electronic vibe, The Nest Itself who make moving instrumental music, and Assemble The Empire will sing some very catchy and energetic tunes. Tell us about the single. We recorded Shadows with Samuel K (Gatherer, Closure in Moscow) onboard as producer. We’re really grateful for having access to his gigantic musical brain, as he took the song to places we couldn’t have dreamt of. For our newer songs, we’ve tried something different, and have come up with a back story to tie them all together. As we’re massive science nerds, it’s set in space. This song is a dialogue between two characters in the story, so we asked our friend B to come and help with some vocals to give it a different dynamic. She’s got a beautiful voice. What about the video? The video also loosely follows the story, but as we didn’t have a Hollywood budget to work with, we held a space themed house party and replicated the plot within that. We think Sean T Barnes (director – Seja, The Vasco Era) did a stellar job, and so too all our friends who dressed up. Someone came as the solar system; there was a black hole, even
an Alien chest burster. Not to mention many fairy lights and an overworked smoke machine. What has inspired your music the most? Science, unnecessary pluralisation of words, as many delay pedals as can fit onto a pedalboard, Rand, Dostoevsky and Pynchon, buckets of KFC and our amazing friends. If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why? The citizens of Hurrian city of Ugarit, in order to discuss non-linear structure. Then on our way back have a jam with Buddy Rich, making sure we record all his riffs in order to tastefully pay homage to them in future. What can a punter expect from your live show? High energy, a few awkward time signatures, much awkward banter, and free stuff. Sometimes we provide cupcakes. Rock and roll baby. For more information, check out facebook.com/ vincenttheband.
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JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC HEATHER STEWART SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $25. MADDY HAY (GLAMOROUS LAUNCH) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25. MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. SUMIYOSHI Open Studio, Northcote. 5:30pm. THAT GOLD STREET SOUND Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. THE MELBOURNE TANGO QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20. THE PAUL WILLIAMSON QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TRACY BARTRAM BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. TRIO RIO 57 Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 8:00pm. WEST PAPUA STRING BAND + MUK & THE SOPHISTICATED HULUS + ROSE 303, Northcote. 3:00pm.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK APPLEJACK + SOPHIE ROSE Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 4:00pm. CAROLINA & LENI TARA & REZI Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. CHAD MASON BAND Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. CHRIS WILSON & SANDI THOM Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $23. DAN LETHBRIDGE DUO Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. DANIEL CHAMPAGNE + MAX SAVAGE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15. GOYIM KLEZMER KAOS Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:00pm. HEATH CULLEN + EMMA HEENEY Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $20. HORNETS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. JAIL BIRD JOKERS + ELCASET + FAHRENHEIT 43 + THE STRAY MELODICS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 7:30pm. $10. JIMI HOCKING BLUES MACHINE Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 7:00pm. KELLYBROOK CIDER FESTIVAL - FEAT: THE BASH ARTISTS + CIDER COUNTRY + CIDERFECTS + JED ROWE + MISSION BROWN + THE SCRIMSHAW FOUR + THE TESKEY BROTHERS Kellybrook Winery, Wonga Park. 11:00am. $12. KIM SALMON & SPENCER P JONES Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. LATE NIGHT HOT SPOT Open Studio, Northcote. 11:00pm. MOONEE VALLEY DRIFTERS + SALLY GUEST SPOT & THE SINGING DANCERS Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MURDENA Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. PROJECT INSPERADO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 5:00pm. ROESY + EALEY & TYERS + THE MIKE HAYNES TRIO Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $10. ROWAN ROEBIG (ALBUM LAUNCH) + GOLDEN SOUND + JUSTIN BERNASCONI Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SARAH EIDA + JAMES HARRISON + MICHAEL YULE & JOHNATHAN DEVOY Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. SHAKY STILLS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm. THE BASTARD CHILDREN Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm.
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MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA With the amount of members in this band it’s pretty effing amazing that the folks making up the Melbourne Ska Orchestra can even fit in the damn Forum. This Saturday May 4 the large party are throwing a party to launch their ska-tatsic self-titled debut and it’s going to be a heel-kicking, head-bopping guaranteed good time, so go and get amongst it.
SUNDAY 5 MAY INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS 4TRESS + DIANA’S BOW + MOONSHIFTER + STYX & STONZ Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. BLUEBOTTLES + LES MINIJUPES + NIGEL WEARNE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. CHERRYROCK13 - FEAT: TRUCKFIGHTERS + BARBARION + BATTLE AXE HOWLERS + DRUNK MUMS + GAY PARIS + KING PARROT + MAMMOTH MAMMOTH + MATT SONIC & THE HIGH TIMES + THE MURLOCS + THE SUREFIRE MIDNIGHTS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 12:00pm. $70. CLIO RENNER (SINGLE LAUNCH) + HAARLO + SHE SAID ZED Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10. DANNY WALSH BANNED + SIB Tago Mago, Thornbury. 4:00pm. FAT GUY WEARS MYSTIC WOLF SHIRT + THE REVEREND JESSE CUSTER The Public Bar, Melbourne. 2:00pm. HAPPY MONDAYS + PETER HOOK + UNDERGROUND LOVERS Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. HAZEL GROVE + CHARM + TWO QUIRKS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $6. ITCHY SCABS Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. $10. JOHNNY GIBSON + DUNCAN GRAHAM + TIM CROSSEY Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm.
KOOYEH + ECHO DRAMA Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 6:00pm. LITTLE HOUSE GODZ + 4TRESS + YARN SPINNER Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. NORMA JEAN + A SECRET DEATH + BELLE HAVEN + SAFE HANDS + VANNA Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $37. PLACE OF INDIGO + ESC + THE CITRADELS + THE PRIMARY Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. STEEL BIRDS (ALBUM LAUNCH) + INTO THE WOODS + WHITAKER Workers Club, Fitzroy. 1:30pm. $10. THE BAUDELAIRES + CHILD + MIGHTIEST GUNS + WILLOW DARLING Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. THE LIFTED BROW MAGAZINE LAUNCH - FEAT: MILK TEDDY Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $12. UNION ROYALE Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm. $15.
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ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ANNA STRUTH Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS - FEAT: CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS + CHERRYWOOD + DJ DAN LEWIS + TINSMOKE Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. BIRDS & THE BEES SHOWCASE Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:30pm. CHARLES JENKINS & THE CHIVAGOS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. GEN & FLORA + DAN DINNEN Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. GREEN’S DIARY ANGEL ENSEMBLE Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm.
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JAM SUNDAYS Musicland, Fawkner. 5:00pm. KELLY AUTY BAND + MARTY KELLY & CO Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. LARGE NO 12S Carringbush Hotel, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. MAL WEBB 303, Northcote. 4:00pm. MICHAEL SPIBY Bay Hotel, Mornington. 3:00pm. MOUNTAIN & SWAMP Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. OPEN MIC Rose Hotel (williamstown), Williamstown. 3:00pm. PHEASANT PLUCKERS Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. RHYS CRIMMIN Gods Kitchen, Mornington. 8:00pm. SUNDAY FUNDAY - FEAT: ROWIE + NACKERS Big Mouth, St Kilda. 6:00pm. THE BLACKEYED SUSANS TRIO Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. THE FARROW + GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE + TULLY ON TULLY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE HIRED GUNS Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. THE MELWAYS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 4:00pm. THE ROYAL JELLY DIXIELAND BAND Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm.
MONDAY 6 MAY INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. THE PATRON SAINTS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. THE WEARY John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. ZOOPHYTE & TOM TUENA Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC BENNETTS LANE BIG BAND Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 6:30pm. THE JANE CLIFTON TRIO Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ACOUSTIC SESSION Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. MONDAYS NOT DEAD - FEAT: CITRUS JAM + LUCAS SHAW + SHARI WYATT Penny Black, Brunswick. 7:00pm. PORT PHILLIP GILGAMESH READINGS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. UNPAVED PRESENTS SONGWRITER SESSIONS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.
TUESDAY 7 MAY JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC BOSSA NOVA JAM Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 8:00pm. CRAIG BEARD & THE GEMMA TURVEY TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:00pm. MELBOURNE IMPROVISORS COLLECTIVE PRESENTS - FEAT: STEPH MASCETTA & TULLY INGAMELLS + MARK LOCKETT TRIO + THE JON CROMPTON COLLECTIVE Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. MY GOODNESS MCGUINESS & LITTLE MISS Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 7:00pm. WAZ E JAMES BAND Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm.
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What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Probably my friends, they know when I’m being honest and tell me to pull my head in otherwise. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Yes I am releasing an EP called Elysium which is available May 2 on Bandcamp. If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why? Simon Cowell for franchising the Idol phenomenon and championing the ‘big notes win votes’ theory. When’s the gig and with who? The EP Launch is Friday May 10 at Some Velvet Morning, they have a real piano and it’s like going to a gig in a nice lounge room, very intimate. Ainslie
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Wills is also playing and she rules! Lance Ferguson will be DJing sweet tracks after the gig. How long have you been gigging and writing? Seems kind of weird adding it up, but at least ten years. Which singer would you most like to have a battle/ showdown with? Delta Goodrem. What makes you happiest about what you’re doing? That I’m doing what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid! I feel very lucky. When are you doing your thing next? After this I am off to New York and Europe to do some stuff which is exciting. This is the last solo show before I leave for a few months.
FRIGHTENED RABBIT + ADMIRAL FALLOW Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $41. MELBOURNE FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. $15. NEW GODS + ALI BARTER + JOSEPH PAUL + VALENTIINE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK COLLAGE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. ECHO DRAMA + BELLA & THE MELLOWS + TIARYN Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE + HILLARY WATSON + LUCY WILSON Roller Door Cafe, West Melbourne. 6:00pm. JIMMY HAWK + FEED THE BIRDS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. KLUB MUK 303, Northcote. 7:30pm. LIAM GERNER Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. OPEN MIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. SEAN KIRKWOOD & THE RADIO SHOW + ALEX ARENSTON & THE SOUTHERN LIGHTS + SEAN O’NEILL Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.
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ACCESS ALL AGES Wednesday May 1, 2013 With Ruth Mihelcic Are you in a young band and looking to perform, gain exposure, and possibly win your way to grabbing a spot on the 2014 Push Over lineup? Then you need to get in contact with your local FReeZA group and register your interest for the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands comp, which has already kicked oﬀ around the state. Current groups looking for bands to enter include Mitchell Shire FReeZA, Moreland’s Amped Up Productions, Kingston’s Fuse Productions, Wyndham’s Infinite Entertainment, and the crew from Manningham. No doubt there’s plenty of other groups also on the lookout, ﬁnd their contact details at www. freeza.vic.gov.au so you don’t miss out. There’s a couple of competitions closing this week, so if you’re in the mood to win some cool stuﬀ and are feeling kinda creative, hit them up before they expire. First up is the PIXEL8 photo comp open to 12-18 year olds from Hobson’s Bay, where you have to capture positive aspects of the area using the themes of “community harmony” or “community wellbeing / environment”. It closes next Monday and you can enter at www.pixel8photocomp.com.au. The second comp is the “It’s There For Life” competition which is about you coming up with a design, image or video that gets the message across to think twice before you post online because it could stay there forever and your future reputation may be aﬀected. It’s just COMMON SENSE, people. You can win $1500 in prizes so it’s probably worth entering if you have a good idea, there’s also more info at www. youthcentral.vic.gov.au. And now for something a little left ﬁeld and oﬀ-beat, Melbourne’s Signal is calling for young illustrators and writers to work alongside experienced artists from Australia’s most diverse comic book community - the silent army comic art collective. Every Saturday 11am – 4pm during May there will be a diﬀerent artist present to collaborate with and make a page or two to be printed in an anthology. You’ll get to learn about storytelling with illustrations and comic book timing using traditional and modern techniques. Bookings are essential so go to www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ Signal and follow the links.
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TOOL Saturday April 27, Rod Laver Arena
THE TEMPER TRAP Wednesday April 24, Festival Hall Everything comes full circle when The Temper Trap end their gig with their deﬁning hit Sweet Disposition. The single that launched the Melbourne ﬁve-piece into the Australian music consciousness has become an anthem of sorts and serves as a 'thank you' to an audience that has clearly loved them from the start. It was also an aﬃrmation; The Temper Trap is here to stay. The crowd moved in thick and fast to see support act Alpine. Gee, these kids are fun. Duelling lead singers Phoebe and Lou took on loose roles as angel and devil (you know, the little ones that sit on your shoulders). Lou’s demure moves and pastel dress clashed with Phoebe’s devilish thrusting, draped head-to-toe in black and gold glitter jump suit. Hands, Gasoline, and Villagers are all art-pop magniﬁcence. After the release of The Temper Trap’s 2009 debut, Conditions, the lads spent the better half of four years touring the globe. But as soon as they stepped on stage it was clear they still call Melbourne home. The show was an even mix of their ﬁrst and second albums; the latter released last year (self-titled). Lead singer Dougie Mandagi was a charismatic presence from the start. That falsetto is always delicately alien and consistently soared to emotional peaks. The band was a tight presence throughout; wielding a meandering dark pop-rock aura. Only in retrospect could you see that The Temper Trap was more turned on in the second half. During Rabbit Hole Dougie pulled the plug due to a croaky throat; “They paid to see that? I don’t think so, let’s do it again!” followed by “don’t smoke, it may look cool but
it isn’t,” (thanks Uncle Doug). Songs such as Fader were delivered right and true but minus the joyous ascension experienced in the latter half. It was Trembling Hands and Science Of Fear that turned it all around. Those hooks were engrained in many an audience member and as each chorus gained momentum the crowd swelled with heart and song. The boys introduced a fresh tune, recently written in Byron Bay called Summer’s Almost Gone. They asked the audience go easy but there was little need for hesitation. It kindly strayed, but never lost that Temper Trap feel; a little bit rock, a little bit electro art-pop. Not saying that it was the Dougie show or anything, but he was never upstaged (excluding bassist Jonathon Aherne’s funky footwork). He tugged on our Gen Y heartstrings and precursored Everybody Leaves In The End with a dedication to “everyone I’ve ever lost”. Alas, his gyrating hips and bombastic dance moves proved the greatest spectacle of all, with or without his guitar. Without being cheesy, The Temper Trap are one of the most uplifting touring bands around and undoubtedly one of Australia’s most loved acts. Finishing with Sweet Disposition reminded us that it all started with just one song.
Pushit was trailed by the calm of Intension, which led the audience into the deep trough of their dynamic set. While certainly a comedown, the track is cleverly placed with the intention to build tension for the volatile Lateralus to close the ﬁrst set. Following the intermission with a drum solo shadowed by Jambi, the inertia previously exhibited seemed to be eroding. Bearded bassist Justin Chancellor eventually began slowly submitting to the power of his own performance, particularly during Forty Six & 2, a song truly brought into another dimension live. Rising towards the crest with Ænema, Tool exploded with the ﬁnale of fan favourite Stinkfist. Tool are the perfect band to be given the keys to world class lighting capabilities and a sound system that grabs you by the goolies. While their refusal to play an encore (which is not unique to this tour) may upset fans, you realise the fake ‘let’s pretend the roadies are packing up’ nature just doesn’t suit Tool. There’s barely no audience interaction (aside from “hands up who’s on drugs”), no encore and no bullshit. You walk out of a Tool concert feeling like every other band you have ever seen is phony. NICK TARAS
LOVED: The professionalism of the reviewer next to me. He brought a jotter pad! HATED: That they didn’t play (-) Ions – it kills live. DRANK: Boag’s Draught, which caused me to nearly miss the start because apparently only three people in total ever work at Rod Laver at any one fucking time.
Photo by Richard Sharman
ADELAIDE FRENCH LOVED: Dougie’s hips don’t lie. HATED: Too many handclapping cues. DRANK: Atmosphere.
BERMUDA FLOAT Thursday April 25, Victoria Star It seemed like a slightly gimmicky premise on paper. Four acts – the scope of a mini-festival – performing on a party cruise setting sail from a Docklands wharf while we cut a sick one around Port Phillip Bay. Turns out the cruise alone was worth the admission, providing some pretty spectacular views of our fair cityscape. As for a music venue, it provided the intimacy of an ad-hoc warehouse gig to contrast with the vastness of the sea and sky of the immediate outdoors. Bloody beautiful. A ﬂurry of hands hammered away at the low upstairs ceiling, demanding an encore from the night’s headliners King Tuﬀ as we began to glide our way back to shore. Making the translation from Kyle Thomas’s solo project into a ﬂeshed-out live outﬁt masterfully, the band burned through a no-bullshit display of solid garage acumen. Tuﬀ’s bratty vocals shine brighter in the live setting, especially during the all-out pre-encore closing anthem Bad Thing. They also won major points for wishing us a happy Danzig Day, which only oﬀended me because I didn’t think of it ﬁrst. At the risk of sounding slightly hyperbolic, UV Race are the best band in the country right now and are one of the top three Australian bands of all-time. And by Neptune’s beard, they were in ﬁne form tonight. With
There aren’t many bands around anymore where your ﬁrst step is spinning one of their records, and by the second step you’re already lost in a labyrinth of irregular time signatures and hidden tracks, not to mention researching the Fibonacci sequence. Opening with Hooker With A Penis, followed by Vicarious, Sober and Schism, Tool drew from each of their four albums. If memory serves, this is their second tour here without a new album, and while their fan base are begging for a new release, this meant the setlist wasn’t shackled by any one particular album. Famed for their complex, detailed approached to visual arts (Tool’s album 10,000 Days uses a folding stereoscope to display stereographic images), the backdropping screens provided incredibly haunting and phantasmagorical images to complement their music. Combined with dazzling laser eﬀects, this is what makes a Tool performance special – there is a holistic attack on the mind and body, and each sense is given its own toy. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan discreetly positions himself at the rear of the stage, and in doing so prevents himself from becoming the focus of your attention. Guitarist Adam Jones stands with nonchalance in the same spot all night. For the ﬁrst half an hour, with the exception of drummer Danny Carey (by far the most technically masterful drummer I’ve ever seen live, quite easily beating out Thomas Pridgen), the band are virtually motionless. However, where other bands require their members to be lively in order to elicit energy, Tool can just stand idly and dominate with the music itself; the transﬁxion on their instruments is infectious. And don’t be fooled – every song is positioned in the setlist with reason. The passion of scream-inducer
a setlist focussed on the ace new record Racism, the band tamed the bay with an impeccable display of riﬀworship. They were illuminated from below, the sea winds licking Al Montfort’s mullet and acting as a industrial fan to accentuate Georgia’s godlike sax action. It’s saying something that UV Race can pull oﬀ an all-killer set while leaving cuts like Burn That Cat, Inner North, Homo ashore. Frontman Marcus was in ﬁne form – probably buoyed by the ‘Dons getting up over the Pies judging by his pre-gig attire. Raw Balls was a goddamn ﬁrecracker, forcing me to do some sick Super Mario Bros 3-style crouch-jump action in the conﬁnes of the upstairs cabin. Getting naughty and nautical is very fun, A+++, would recommend. LACHLAN KANONIUK LOVED: Oinking along to UV Race’s I’m A Pig. Also the lower deck rave cave was sick as. HATED: Getting to the gig late meant I missed the opening two bands. Lucky my level ﬁve Vicswim skills came in handy. DRANK: Ale.
THE DRONES Friday April 26, The Forum Mixing it up slightly for tonight’s support slot, King Gizzard And The Lizard took a more measured approach – whether it be out of reverence for the man who inspired the title of Garage Liddiard, or simply a less-attacking stratagem to comply with their role as the night’s warmup. Playing tracks from their recently released Eyes Like The Sky was a curious choice, especially when performed sans Broderick Smith’s spoken word narrative. Hell, they didn’t really play any of the tracks at that respective album’s launch. Seeing frontman Stu perform his trademark projectile spit catch and release, you can’t help but picture him doing the same the following night in the hallowed stage of the Opera House. They closed with Sea Of Trees, perhaps their best track, which inadvertently provided a titular segue into the headlining act. Weighted heavily towards their new album, tonight’s setlist was crafted with a ﬁne dynamic. It was a case of I See Seaweed tracks being played out much similar to tracklist order with a select few ‘greatest hits’ peppered intermittently. Gaz is a bit of a shaggy-haired bastard these days, pitting his feral snarl against his, and Dan Luscombe’s, violent bursts of guitar. New belter A Moat You Can Stand In was
a triumph, as was the live staple cover of Kev Carmody’s River Of Tears. Gaz’s banter tread a fairly safe territory, baiting an audience member before an improvised rendition of the Jaws theme – which of course, led into Shark Fin Blues. They sounded bloody amazing. Fiona Kitschin’s bass-work was a near-show-stealer, and ‘new guy’ Steve Hesketh’s piano and organ elements deftly switched between textural ﬂourishes and percussive menace. There was a perfunctory grace present this evening, a calculated rebirth into the album touring cycle. Even when The Drones play it safe, they still sound a thousand times more dangerous than anyone else out there. LACHLAN KANONIUK
LOVED: New material was top-notch, but I’m always a sucker for I Don’t Ever Want To Change. HATED: That I thought I could make the transition from The Drones into Kangaroo Skull in the one night. DRANK: Water.
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