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- FREE SHIT MOVEMENT To celebrate the signing of Sydney outﬁt Movement to their label roster, Modular Recordings have announced a single launch party in Melbourne this month. Self-described as seductive, Movement will support local indie electro duo Flight Facilities in the coming months. Their single launch party will be held this Thursday at Ding Dong Lounge. We have two double passes up for grabs. KATIE NOONAN The iconic, angelic vocals of Katie Noonan are reborn in her new album Songbook, a record showcasing acoustic re-imaginings of her most favourite songs over lush string arrangements. The Australian songstress will be performing on Friday June 21 at The Substation in Newport and on Sunday June 23 at The Toﬀ in Town. We have two double passes per show to giveaway.
GOBLIN Masters of cinematic prog-horror Goblin have announced their welcome return to Melbourne after making a breathtaking debut last year as part of Melbourne Music Week. This Melbourne show will see the band perform their classics Suspiria, Dawn Of The Dead, Deep Red and Roller, generating a palpable suspense through sound in the process. Support on the night comes from The Night Terrors’ Miles Brown in solo mode. Goblin perform at Billboard The Venue on Sunday July 14.
THE BASICS After a three-year hiatus, Melbourne cult heroes The Basics have announced their revival. The boys have been busy in the previous years, with Tim performing ﬁlmic duties on The Rise And Rise Of Richard Latté, Wally winning many Grammys and many Facebook statuses, and Kris ﬁghting malaria. With a career stretching over a decade, including four studio album and new single So Hard For You. The Basics play Northcote Social Club on Friday September 27 and Saturday September 28. Tickets on sale via the venue website.
NICKY BOMBA’S BUSTAMENTO In support of their Livin’ The Dream Tour, six-piece reggae band Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento will be bringing their Caribbean inspired upbeat rhythms to the Northcote Social Club later this month. Led by Nicky Bomba, the conductor of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra and drummer of John Butler Trio, the outﬁt will perform at the Northcote on Sunday June 23. We have two packages to give away, each with a double pass plus a copy of the album. GYPSY & THE CAT Dream pop duo Gypsy & The Cat are supporting the release of their new single It’s A Fine Line with a headline tour this month. The duo’s sophomore release The Late Blue is a manifestation of the boys’ desire to delve into a more alternate, richer direction. They hit The Hi-Fi on Friday 21 June and we have ﬁve passes to giveaway. Surf the web and barrel roll over to beat.com.au/freeshit
YELLOWCARD Pop-punk kings Yellowcard have reimagined their 2003 record Ocean Avenue into Ocean Avenue Acoustic, and to celebrate, they’re heading to Australia for a very special tour. Yellowcard will perform their legacy album acoustically in its entirety and will ﬁnish with an electric set covering their album back catalogue including hits from Where We Stand, Paper Walls, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes and Southern Air. Support on the night comes from Toy Boats. Yellowcard perform at The Palace on Tuesday October 29.
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PRESENTATION NIGHT Presentation Night is a live talk show that takes football and music as starting points for a discussion about our great obsessions – love, life, how to win the ﬂag and great albums. It’s about learning something new about our heroes, ourselves, and how kicking a ball and writing songs deﬁne us. Under the warm glow of the spotlight, Paul Kelly (legendary singer/songwriter) and Bob Murphy (star Western Bulldog, newspaper columnist, music fan) come together to discuss their mutual love of music and footy at length in ways that are philosophical, funny and surprising. Ably guided by music and sport obsessive Francis Leach (ABC Grandstand Breakfast), Presentation Night will tackle the big issues: what similarities are there between the professional musician and the professional footballer? How do friendships form in footy and in music? Is there any similarity in the discipline of training and in forcing oneself to sit down and write a song? Is there any room for the true maverick in either ﬁeld anymore? It all happens live on stage at the Corner Hotel on Wednesday July 10. Tickets on sale Friday June 14 from the Corner box oﬃce.
LAMB OF GOD Get ready to feel the force as Virginian metal crew Lamb of God are set to tour Down Under. Lamb Of God will be playing tracks from their last album, Resolution, and to make things sweeter, they’ll also be joined by tech-metal giants Meshuggah. Pretty fucking impressive. Lamb Of God and Meshuggah play Festival Hall on Sunday September 22. Tickets from Ticketmaster on sale Friday June 14 at 9am.
ANBERLIN Floridian ﬁve-piece Anberlin will celebrate their tenth anniversary by bringing brand new anthems and a pair of international support bands to Australia this September. Their last Australian tour included acoustic songs, covers, requests and even live Q&As – an extra edge to the standard model of live performance. Joined by Arizona’s The Maine along with William Beckett, Anberlin play The Palace on Sunday September 8. Tickets on sale Friday June 14 at 9am from Oztix and Ticketek.
MUSIC FEAST Music Feast is one of Melbourne’s most musically and culturally diverse festivals, reﬂecting Darebin’s eclectic population. It is known for its quirky, grass roots vibe and has showcased music styles ranging from Argentinean tango to psychobilly, cross-cultural chanting to hard rubbish orchestras, tongue in cheek Lithuanian folk music to Indigenous bogan cabaret as well as all the popular main-stream staples that make up the Melbourne music scene Expressions of Interest to perform at the Northcote Town Hall are open now and close on June 16. Venue Show Registrations are now open now and close July 15 .All forms and details are at musicfeast.com.au. Music Feast runs from Wednesday September 18 until Sunday September 29.
JUSTIN BIEBER Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber has revealed his 2013 return to Austraila, announcing a run of arena dates at the end of the year. Revealed via his oﬃcial Facebook page this morning, the tour will be Justin’s ﬁrst fully-ﬂedged run of Australian dates since the release of last year’s pop triumph Believe. Justin Bieber performs at Rod Laver Arena on Monday December 2 and Tuesday December 3.
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MY DISCO THE MEANIES When the lovely folk from the City of Yarra’s Leaps & Bounds Festival asked The Meanies if they’d like to take part in the festivities they of course said, “Fuck yeah!” When the lovely folk asked, “Where would you like to do the gig?”, The Meanies said, “The Tote, of course!” So here they are, almost 24 years to the day of The Meanies’ ﬁrst ever show which just happened to be at The Tote, and they’re right back where it started. Joined by Batpiss and The Kremlings as well as The Dipsticks, come get wild at The Tote on Friday July 12. Doors open 8pm, tickets $20+bf from trybooking.com.
Formed in 2003, three-piece local lads My Disco have announced a Dark MoFo sideshow, bringing along Cornell Wilczek from the USA for the ride. The band recently celebrated their tenth anniversary with their latest piece, Sub Pop 1000 – it’s up on YouTube to stream. Head to the Northcote Social Club on Sunday June 16. Tickets are $22+bf or $24 at the door if still available. Hit up the venue’s site for tickets.
ELLA HOOPER Oﬀ the back of the success of her packed-out Haxan single launch at The Workers Club last month, Melbourne singer-songwriter Ella Hooper has announced a June residency. Each Tuesday at The Toﬀ through June, Ella will showcase songs from her forthcoming solo album, In Tongues. Support on each night comes from Texture Like Sun, with a rotating roster of opening acts each week. Ella Hooper performs at The Toﬀ every Tuesday night through June.
CARUS THOMPSON Fremantle-born singer songwriter Carus Thompson has announced an epic two-set request show, along with special guests to be announced soon. It’s all happening at the Northcote Social Club on Friday June 28. Tickets $15+bf or $20 at the door if available. Hit up the venue’s website for more information.
SWERVEDRIVER This September Swervedriver will descend on Australian shores in what will be a worldwide premiere performance of their iconic album Raise. Released in 1991, Raise was Swervedriver’s debut album, and featured the game-changing tracks Son of a Mustang Ford and Sandblasted, and was described by The New York Times described the record as “triumphal riﬀs and shimmering reverberations, kicked along by a rhythm section that gave uptempo songs a reckless momentum and paced slow drones with inexorable heartbeats.” Swervedriver play the Corner Hotel on Saturday September 28. Tickets through the Metropolis Touring website.
Touting a freshly inked contract with ABC Music, Ben Salter (The Gin Club, The Wilson Pickers, Giants of Science) has announced a new EP called European Vacation, along with a show to launch it at The Worker’s Club on Thursday July 25. Tickets are available from the venue website.
NICKY BOMBA’S BUSTAMENTO After setting the town on ﬁre as part of the allconquering Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Nicky Bomba will regroup with Bustamento for a headline show this month. Known for crowd interaction and having the dance ﬂoor jumping at all times, Bustamento pay homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean – covering the calypso, mento, early reggae and ska styles. Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento perform at Northcote Social Club on Sunday June 23.
PAUL KELLY After a mammoth run of dates last year to celebrate the release of Spring And Fall, iconic singer-songwriter Paul Kelly has announced an extensive 2013 tour. The band touring with Paul will be Dan Kelly on guitar and vocals, J. Walker, Zoe Hauptmann on bass (who recently performed on the Finn and Kelly tour) and Bree Van Reyk (Holly Throsby, Seeker Lover Keeper) on drums. Support on the tour comes from preeminent Australian MC Urthboy. Paul Kelly performs at Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday August 8 and Friday August 9. Tickets through Live Nation. Beat Magazine Page 18
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BRING ME THE HORIZON Fresh from their brutal appearance at Soundwave, Bring Me The Horizon have announced their return later this year. Bring Me The Horizon will be joined by recent Kerrang Award nominees Of Mice & Men, whose latest album The Flood has received much acclaim. Also coming to the party are Japan’s Crossfaith, who have a new album Catalyze coming out in August. Catch it all at Festival Hall on Wednesday October 9. Tickets on sale Friday June 14 at 9am from Ticketmaster.
CHRISSY AMPHLETT TRIBUTE Some of Melbourne’s ﬁnest female rockers will be rippin’ it up in memory of the woman who paved the way for them, Divinyls frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett, on Saturday June 29 at The Yarraville Club. Grace Knight, Kerri Simpson, Jane Clifton, Fiona Lee Maynard and more will be channelling Chrissy’s ﬁesty fabulousness on the night to help raise funds for MS Australia. Dig out those school tunics and ﬁshnets, get a sneer on your lips, and get amongst it. Doors open at 7pm, the show starts at 8.45pm. Tickets are $27 or $30 on the door.
HITS & PITS 2.0 Having already announced Boysetsﬁre, No Fun At All, Jughead’s Revenge and Oﬀ With Their Heads, Hits & Pits 2.0 just lifted this mofucka to 11. Likely to be the band’s ﬁrst and last jaunt around this country, Bad Astronaut have joined the party, along with the quintessential pop-punk band of the ‘90s, The Ataris, who will also be in tow. Furthermore, representing the United Kingdom is Snuﬀ, who recently released their ﬁrst studio album in 10 years. Best news? Still more to come. It’s at the Palace Theatre on Friday November 22. Hit up hitsandpitsfest.bigcartel.com for more information.
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SARAH BLASKO After taking a splendid, orchestra-backed tour to Australia’s capital cities earlier in the year, lauded singersongwriter Sarah Blasko has announced a run of regional dates surrounding an appearance at Splendour In The Grass. Blasko places Eastbank Centre, Shepparton on Tuesday July 30, The Capital, Bendigo on Wednesday July 31, Wendouree Centre For Performing Arts, Ballarat on Thursday August 1 and Lighthouse Theatre, Warnambool on Friday August 2. All dates and ticketing details are available on her website.
Closure in Moscow will be returning to Australian shores in July. They’re currently putting the ﬁnishing touches on their sophomore album Pink Lemonade, which is set for release later in the year. The band formed in Melbourne back in 2006 and subsequently released their debut First Temple to critical acclaim. It was nominated for an AIR award in 2009 for ‘Best Independent Hard Rock/ Punk Album’. With a new US home, they’ve been making a name for themselves in Europe and the UK touring with Dance Gavin Dance. Closure In Moscow will be playing with some special guests at the Toﬀ in Town on Saturday July 13.
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INTERNATIONAL THE BLACK ANGELS Palace Theatre June 14 MARTHA WAINWRIGHT Melbourne Recital Hall June 14, 15 TOY Corner Hotel June 18 BORIS Corner Hotel June 19 MUNICIPAL WASTE Corner Hotel June 23 MONO The Hi-Fi June 23 MARK SULTAN The LuWow June 26 A$AP ROCKY Festival Hall June 28 MANIC STREET PREACHERS Festival Hall June 28 BEN OTTENWELL The Worker’s Club June 29, 30 SPLASHH Ding Dong Lounge June 29 IDINA MENZEL Hamer Hall June 30 FEAR FACTORY Palace Theatre July 7 P!NK Rod Laver Arena July 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, August 27 GILBY CLARKE Northcote Social Club July 7 STEVE VAI The Palais July 13 A DAY TO REMEMBER Festival Hall July 14 GOBLIN Billboard The Venue July 14 TODD RUNDGREN Corner Hotel July 21 STEREOPHONICS Palace Theatre July 21 DAUGHTER Corner Hotel July 23 SURFER BLOOD Corner Hotel July 24 HAIM The Hi-Fi July 25 BABYSHAMBLES The Palace July 25 EVERYTHING EVERYTHING Corner Hotel July 26 WAVVES/UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA Corner Hotel July 27 DEAP VALLY The Tote July 27 JAKE BUGG Corner Hotel July 28 PALMA VIOLETS Northcote Social Club July 29 MS MR The Hi-Fi July 29 FIDLAR Corner Hotel July 29 COLD WAR KIDS The Hi-Fi July 30 LAURA MARLING St Michael’s Uniting Church July 30 VILLAGERS Corner Hotel July 30 PASSION PIT Palace Theatre July 30, The Hi-Fi July 31 ALT-J Festival Hall July 30 DARWIN DEEZ Corner Hotel July 31 JAMES BLAKE The Palais July 31 OF MONSTERS AND MEN The Palais August 3,4 JOAN BAEZ Hamer Hall August 8
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS Rod Laver Arena August 10 SENSES FAIL Corner Hotel August 11 DON MCLEAN Hamer Hall August 17 CYNDI LAUPER The Palais August 29,30 JAPANDROIDS Corner Hotel August 30 FAT FREDDY’S DROP The Forum August 31 ALL TIME LOW Billboard August 31 POISON CITY WEEKENDER Various Venues September 6,7,8 ANBERLIN Palace Theatre September 8 AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA The Forum September 20 LAMB OF GOD/MESHUGGAH Festival Hall September 22 FOALS Palace Theatre September 26, 27 SWERVEDRIVER Corner Hotel September 28 RIHANNA Rod Laver Arena September 30 BRING ME THE HORIZON Festival Hall October 9 ATP: RELEASE THE BATS Westgate Entertainment Centre October 26 YELLOWCARD Palace Theatre October 29 FLEETWOOD MAC Rod Laver Arena November 26, A Day On The Green November 30 JUSTIN BIEBER Rod Laver Arena December 2,3 PASSENGER The Palais December 4 BON JOVI Etihad Stadium December 7 TAYLOR SWIFT Etihad Stadium December 14
NATIONAL THE BELLRAYS The Corner June 12 SOMETHING FOR KATE The Forum June 14, Corner Hotel June 15, 16 EXPERIENCE JIMI HENDRIX The Palms At Crown June 14 THE BEARDS The Hi-Fi June 15 THE RED PAINTINGS The Espy June 15 MY DISCO Northcote Social Club June 16 GYPSY AND THE CAT The Hi-Fi June 21 WAGONS Corner Hotel June 22 BABY ANIMALS The Hi-Fi June 22 DAN SULTAN The Toﬀ In Town June 26, 27 THE WHITLAMS Hamer Hall June 28 ASH GRUNWALD Prince Bandroom June 28
MS MR The Hi-Fi July 29 YOU AM I The Forum July 3,4,6,7 KIRIN J CALLINAN Northcote Social Club July 4 DICK DIVER Corner Hotel July 5,7 BALL PARK MUSIC The Forum July 5 SLEEPMAKESWAVES The Evelyn July 6,7 THE JUNGLE GIANTS Corner Hotel July 6 UV RACE Northcote Social Club July 8 PRESENTATION NIGHT July 10, Corner Hotel ESKIMO JOE Ormond Hall July 12 GOLD FIELDS Corner Hotel July 13 LAURA IMBRUGLIA The Tote July 13 KINGSWOOD Corner Hotel July 18 WHITLEY The Hi-Fi July 19 CLAIRY BROWNE & BANGIN’ RACKETTES July 19 ATLAS GENIUS The Toﬀ July 20 AIRBOURNE Corner Hotel July 20 DAVID BRIDIE Northcote Social Club July 20 WORLD’S END PRESS Ding Dong Lounge July 26 SARAH BLASKO Various Regional Venues July 30-August 2 FRENZAL RHOMB Corner Hotel August 2
GRINSPOON Corner Hotel August 8 PAUL KELLY Melbourne Recital Centre August 8,9 BERNARD FANNING Palace Theatre August 9 CLARE BOWDITCH Corner Hotel August 10 JOSH PYKE Corner Hotel August 17 MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS Corner Hotel August 24 BIGSOUND 2013 Various Venues Brisbane September 11–13 PARKWAY DRIVE Palace Theatre September 21,22 THE BASICS Northcote Social Club September 27,28 XAVIER RUDD The Forum October 3
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What can a punter expect from your live show? Tasty arse grooves blended with a soul explosion. That’s one way to describe our show. We try to keep it high energy with a funky soul vibe, and sometimes we will throw in a favorite from one of our idols. When’s the gig and with who? Our next show is on Thursday June 20 with our amigos Camm Strutt and Bella and the Mellows. We will be hosting it at Laundry Bar in Fitzroy and doors open at 8.30pm. We would love to see you there! What part of making music excites you the most? Well turning a chord progression, or a simple idea into a full; completed song. that makes it worth it. But when you take it out to a crowd and they love it as much as you do there is nothing more electrifying. How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments? None of us really know how we ﬁt everything we do into each day, it has worked so far so we are just going to keep on doing what we are doing. How long have you been gigging and writing? We started writing in November 2012 after four months of practice we played our ﬁrst show in Sunbury, since then we have been adding to the set, and playing shows in Melbourne and Canberra. The gigs are rolling in pretty thick so keep and eye out you never know where you might spot us next. What does your music reflect about you guys? Our music reﬂects us as people. It shows our
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DEAP VALLY BY RICK WICKMAN
Emerging from LA with a scuzzy and sludgy brand of filthy blues rock, guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards have gone on to tour extensively across the globe as Deap Vally – including an Australian debut at the start of the year. Turns out that visit was but a tease for their swift return, which will see the band grace Splendour In The Grass as well as peripheral headline shows. Speaking soon after touching down on the New York tarmac, Lindsey looks back on the whirlwind past year. “Playing shows is what makes it all worthwhile, that’s what we love to do and that’s what makes it so much fun,” she states. “All the travelling can be gruelling – being in the car all day. You get used to never being settled, you’re always packing or unpacking your suitcase. now we have a few days oﬀ – which never happens. Julie’s in LA and I’m in New York.” Cultivating an innate binary bond, Deap Vally have forged a fertile dynamic both on stage and in the studio. “When we met, we had really great chemistry,” Lindsey recalls. “Just enjoying talking to each other and our musical experiences, and we were hungry to do something new. I always wanted to play rock’n’roll, and Julie wanted to do something inspired by soul and classic rock. I thought it would be good to have blues as the blueprint – no pun intended – for what we were building around that. That’s how we started. We were originally meant to be a three-piece. Our ﬁrst rehearsal was with a real badarse bassist, but she was really busy playing with other bands and touring. So me and Julie would go in just the two of us and rehearse that way. It became clear pretty quickly that it was working really well with just the two of us. We wrote Baby I Call Hell, our current single, during the ﬁrst practice with just the two of us. We felt very comfortable around each other. Julie has such great ideas, she is really creative. Neither of us are that classically trained on our instruments – we had a couple of lessons here and there. I grew up playing acoustic guitar, so learning to play electric and ﬁguring it out on my own was really fun. There’s a really good alchemy between me and Julie, we just went into the rehearsal space, jamming and coming up with more songs. We were both really driven. When we ﬁrst started talking about the band, I knew it was the band I’ve been dreaming of my whole life. We were both determined to make it work.” As for the writing process, the band engage in a freeform ethos to generate their creative ﬂow. “It’s always diﬀerent, but a lot of times it’s starting to start with a riﬀ as the basis of a song and build out from there. But sometimes we will write from one of Julie’s drum beats, sometimes there is a lyrical idea. We just get in the room together and start jamming. A lot of times it doesn’t sound great, but sometimes it does. Sometimes we’ll start with an idea Beat Magazine Page 22
that turns into something cooler. It’s a very collaborative process, we write all the lyrics together too.” With few exceptions, two or three-piece bands often grow to supplement their sound with extra musicians. While Deap Vally don’t see themselves ﬂeshing out anytime in the near future, Lindsey doesn’t rule out the prospect. “It’s really hard to imagine another member being in the band, because it’s very much a democracy between Julie and I. At the moment we really love the limitations
“WHEN I WAS YOUNG, TO HAVE STRONG FEMALE ROLE MODELS WAS REALLY IMPORTANT. AND THERE WEREN’T MANY STRONG, UNAPOLOGETIC, FIERCE WOMEN. SO THE ONES THAT DID EXIST WERE REALLY MEANINGFUL TO ME” of being a two-piece, it’s really deﬁned the band. It’s exciting to work within those limitations, so we will go as far as we can with that. If we get to that point where we feel restricted or tired, we could add someone else – who would be a female. But I don’t see it happening anytime soon.” Lindsey’s guitar tones more than compensate for the lack of a bassist, ﬁlling out the bottom end with mammoth fuzzy sonics. “I just think they sound the best. Gui-
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tar tones are so exciting, and those are the tones I was drawn to when we started the band. They’re just really powerful.” As for her guitar role models, Lindsey lists a series of greats from a range of eras. “Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Nick Zinner, Joan Jett, and Jack White. All the blues guys from back in the day – Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie McTell. They were just un-fucking-believable at their instrument, and I would love to learn how to play like that one day,” she regales. Touring so proliﬁcally in the past year, the band have managed to reﬁne their setlist into a powerhouse showcase of material from their upcoming debut album. “Most songs are really exciting to play. The way we write, there’s a lot happening to ﬁll out the sound. Julie’s doing a lot with the drums and doing backup vocals, my hands are busy with the guitar and my feet are busy pushing pedals. It keeps it really fun. The songs we don’t really love kind of got weeded out, so everything left is fucking rad. Gonna Make My Own Money, people really love that song. There’s a really fun one to play live called Walk Of Shame. Also the closer of the album, Six Feet Under, we’ve only played once, but it was a lot of fun.” In the festival circuit, it seems that rock‘n’roll has receded somewhat to the throes of varying electronic genres. But Deap Vally are dead set on ﬁghting the good ﬁght. “I think it’s so important because it’s something that’s kind of been lost in the mainstream. It’s a craft, something that needs to be preserved like an ancient language. It’s the genre with the most balls, and it gives a platform for people to be unapologetic, be really bold, to make a statement and have fun at the same time. It’s an unpretentious genre – or at least it should be. It’s a genre with humanity, which is something that has been lost in a lot of modern music. It’s not programmed by a computer, it’s not where people pull their samples from the same database of sound. A lot of people are hungry for rock’n’roll music,” Lindsey declares. “To have rock’n’roll icons is really important. When I was young, to have strong female role models was really important. And there weren’t many strong, unapologetic, ﬁerce women. So the ones that did exist were really meaningful to me.“ As for their quickﬁre return to Australia, Lindsey is keen to make the most of it this time around. “It was so awesome. We loved it there, but we were sad the trip was so short. We only got to do Sydney and Melbourne. We want to do Brisbane and Perth at some point, we just need to ﬁgure out how it can logistically work. I felt really at peace there. The way the weather is, the people are so nice and mellow. I’m originally from San Diego, which is a beach town. So I feel really at home in that beach culture. It’s just gorgeous. Julie is really bummed that she didn’t get to hug a koala though. She’s made it very clear that on the next trip it really needs to happen.” DEAP VALLY are playing the sold-out Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay, taking place between Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28, as well as a sideshow at The Tote on Saturday July 27. Sistrionix is out later this month via Universal.
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THIS WEEK: ON SCREEN The annual Spanish Film Festival will celebrate its sweet 16th with a delicious serving of Latin American, Mexican and Spanish ﬁlms this month. Opening the festival will be Cesc Gay’s mid-life crisis classic A Gun in Each Hand (Una pistola en cada mano), a tale of forty-something men and their gender roles within Hispanic culture. Succeeding this will be a selection of acclaimed ﬁlms and premières, including 2011 Cannes winner Days of Grace (Dias de Gracia) and eccentric rom-com Don’t Fall in Love With Me (No te enamores de mi). Closing the festival will be 1970s classic, Tristana by Luis Buñeal. Spanish Film Festival will run across Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, and Kino Cinema from Wednesday June 12 – Wednesday June 26.
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ON STAGE After a sold out season last year, Genesis to Broadway will be returning to Chapel oﬀ Chapel for a strictly limited season this June. Heralding the creation of Broadway, the play, as written and directed by Frank Howson (A Number), explores the musical journey of theatre from African reggae beats to medieval Spain to modern-day Broadway. Actress Fem Belling (Hairspray) will reprise her role within the production and will be accompanied by new cast member Tod Strike (South Paciﬁc, Cats). Igniting the music will be internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Warren Wills. Genesis to Broadway is currently being performed at Chapel oﬀ Chapel until Thursday June 20.
ON DISPLAY David Burrows returns with new binocularbending images in I To Eye at [MARS] Melbourne Art Rooms this June. Burrows is known for being the ﬁrst Australian artist to have attended the revered French Art Institute, Le Fresnoy National Studio, and for good reason. His overtly simplistic pieces delve into the complexity of visual mechanics and depth perception. I To Eye is currently on exhibition at [MARS] Melbourne Art Rooms until Sunday June 30.
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As part of their current exhibition, The Sometimes Chaotic World of Mike Brown, Heide Museum of Modern Art will be hosting an Art Tour entitled Why Mike Brown? In this engrossing tour, art aﬁcionados will begin their tour being guided around The Sometimes Chaotic World of Mike Brown by curator Sue Cramer and author Richard Haese who wrote Permanent Revolution: Mike Brown and the Australian Avant-Garde 1953-1997. Following this, Cramer and Richard Haese will escort the tourists around to the other ﬁve galleries participating in the Like Mike festival—Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Utopian Slumps, Neon Parc, Sarah Scout, and Charlies Nodrum Gallery. Mike Brown was an Australian avant-garde artist known for his works that combined pornography, pop culture and psychedelia with a ﬁerce intellect and perspective. Why Mike Brown? will run from 10am – 2pm on Saturday June 15.
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CRANKED UP BY JACK FRANKLIN
My earliest memories of the circus are not of elephants or horses, or too many clowns in an undersized car. There was no sawdust, no three rings, there was no Barnum, no Bailey, no Ringling Brothers; it was not like the circus from the movies that folks run oﬀ to. There was nothing American about it at all. One of my brothers, my father and I all have our birthdays within the same week, and family tradition dictated that each year one of us would receive tickets to the circus as their present, necessitating the need for the rest of the family to accompany them. Late January, 40 degree days and we would be at the matinee, in the vacant ruins of the Queen Vic Hospital (In case what you were wondering what QV Shopping centre stands for), baking under the canvas. My ﬁrst memories of the circus is Circus Oz, with The Flying Fruit Flies and my absolute favourite – I could watch him every year and not get bored – the astounding Upside Down Man, who deﬁed gravity and my imagination time and time again. Circus Oz has kept on chugging along over the years, I have even been down to a show at its current location, the Big Top on Birrarung Marr and am happy to report none of the magic has faded. It still holds the
THE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL Spanish cinema has produced some of the best ﬁlms ever, and this year’s Spanish Film Festival helps celebrate the wonders of Spanish ﬁlm. With Q&As, premieres (A Gun In Each Hand), classics such as Luis Buñuel’s Tristana and much more, it’s one of the highlights of the ﬁlm lover’s year. Running from Wednesday June 12 until Wednesday June 26, we have some double in season tickets to give away.
same anarchic Aussie charm, a free-wheeling spirit that is both dangerous and inclusive, Circus Oz continues to deliver everything a circus should be. “My exposure to circus as a child was through old movies like Trapeze and The Greatest Show On Earth,” says Bec Matthews, a musician and performer who has been with Circus Oz since 2010. “I was really into it when I saw ﬁlms but I didn’t actually get to see a circus myself until I was about 15 and I
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COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES Cockneys vs Zombies is the story of Andy and Terry: two hapless Cockney brothers who try to save their grandfather’s nursing home by robbing a bank. At the same time, a virus sweeps across London turning all the inhabitants into ﬂesh-eating zombies. Fighting oﬀ
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remember thinking how amazing human beings were. There were animals in that circus but I remember leaving it thinking that they didn’t need them, those humans were incredible – so it was very inspiring. I did see Circus Oz several times along the way and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, wouldn’t that be great.’ But I never really thought about it more than that until I got the call to come and audition.” This year they are back with Cranked Up. “It is energetic, it’s fun, it’s silly and it is awe-inspiring. This year’s show, which is a cranked up version of last year’s show, is set on a construction site,” Bec explains. “The old favourites are all there, we have got the straps and the sway pole, ﬂying trapeze, Rolla bolla, they have all been ramped up.” Disappointingly, well at least for me, is that The Upside Down Man is not in this year’s show. “We have got a new MC, an Indigenous, roving provocateur is the current way we are describing him – Mark Sheppard. He has done a lot of work acting and had his own show, Chasing The Lollyman. He is a real asset to have in the show, he’s a great improviser, very funny, very smart and it’s been great to have fresh energy on the ﬂoor. “I’ve got a aerial drumming act,” she continues. “It is great fun, I swing through the air drumming. The thing I think I enjoyed the most was the process of creating it. I am drawn to circus because of collaboration – so I got to work with our rigger, Chad, who built a contraption for me to ﬂy around in, and one of the acrobats Shane. The act integrates drumming and tumbling, so for me that is now my ultimate circus experience, out there on the ﬂoor and working with the other artists.” For a percussionist, Bec sure seems like a performer, and that is because she is. Originally she studied a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash but ended up in a music stream at the VCA. “I was really interested in theatre but I realised I wasn’t interested in being an actor,” she confesses. “So I pursued music but that love of theatre never left me. I ﬁnd it really satisfying to put music together with theatre, whether it be dance, cabaret, spoken word or circus – it is just where it is at for me. I play anything you can hit. I was playing a lot of tuned percussion, vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, timpani, playing in orchestras. In high school I had played the drum kit and piano, so I followed that combination into orchestral percussion. I wanted to work with physical theatre, not necessarily circus, and I ended up just getting involved with the Women’s Circus. So I directed shows with them over a few years, learning a little bit of circus myself along the way.”
Circus Oz 2013: Cranked Up will be under the big top on Birrarung Marr from Wednesday June 19 through Sunday July 14. Tickets from Ticketmaster.
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FOR MORE ARTS NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS VISIT BEAT.COM.AU GUITAR/FAN PHASE Tinning Street Gallery will host Travis John’s newest exhibition, guitar/fan phase, later this month. The three-day exhibition, considered ‘a perpetual sound installation’, will feature a sound installation made of fans, guitars and other electrical appliances. Travis John is a sound artist and composer, situated in Melbourne, who explores the interaction and reactions between sounds with an aim to uncover how their expressed. guitar/fan phase will be on exhibition at Tinning Street Gallery from Thursday June 20 – Sunday June 23, with an opening night on Thursday June 20 from 6pm – 9pm. Admission is free.
MY LIFE IN THE NUDE
THE CRUCIBLE Arthur Miller’s classic masterpiece, The Crucible, will be reinterpreted at the Melbourne Theatre Company this month. Starring acclaimed actor David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Oranges and Sunshine) and directed by MTC’s Associate Artistic Director Sam Strong (The Boys, Other Desert Cities and Madagascar), The Crucible illustrates a gripping tale of the Salem witch trails, in which a man must make a decision to save his wife from unjustiﬁed persecution or become a guilty bystander. The Crucible will be performed at the Southbank Theatre from Saturday June 22 – Saturday August 3.
FRIDAY ON MY MIND Celebrated Australian Director Fred Schepisi will be joining former MIFF Director, Sandra Sdraulig, for Friday on My Mind this week. Born in Melbourne, Schepisi broke into the ﬁlm industry with his debut ﬁlm The Devil’s Playground in 1976, a semi-autobiographical movie that illustrated the trials of attending Catholic Secondary Schools. It won the Australian Institute Award for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Lead Actor, garnering Schepisi national attention. Since then, the director has worked with various highproﬁle stars, including Michael Caine, Steve Martin, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Sean Connery and many more. At Friday on My Mind, Schepisi will discuss his newest ﬁlm Words and Pictures, which is currently in post-production, and provide valuable insight into his directing process. Friday on My Mind with Fred Schepisi will be hosted ACMI on Friday June 14 at 5pm. Admission is free, though bookings are recommended.
RED STITCH ACTORS THEATRE After smashing it in their ﬁrst season of the year, Red Stitch Actors Theatre have announced their just-as-exciting season two program. Opening the season will be the Australian premiere of Foxfinder, the latest production by playwright Dawn King (The Squatter’s Handbook, Face Value). Recently nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Foxfinder illustrates the tale of William Boor, a detective sent to investigate a suspected infestation within a dypstopian farming community. Succeeding this will be Straight, a sharp-witted production by playwright DC Moore. Straight illustrates the story of Lewis and his girlfriend Morgan who become tangled within a drunken dare involving a camcorder and regrettable consequences. Melbourne playwright Adam Cass (I Love You, Bro) returns with his world premiere of Roam, a chilling production that explores the world of gaming, social media and pornography, and how we interact with it. Following Roam will be the Australian premiere of playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW. Quirky, inventive and poignant, NSFW, which stands for ‘Not Safe For Work’, delves into the dilemmas faced in the magazine industry today. Season two will run from Friday July 19 – Saturday December 21. Check online for full dates.
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La Mama will host one of Maude Davey’s last nude performances in her latest production, My Life in the Nude. Considered an icon within cabaret culture, Davey was one of the core performers in The Burlesque Hour who helped create a new, edgy and provocative standard for burlesque that garnered her attention nationally and internationally. My Life in the Nude will be an autobiographical play about Davey’s experiences across an array of mediums, including burlesque, directing, acting, writing and teaching. My Life in the Nude will be performed at La Mama Theatre for a strict season from Wednesday July 3 – Sunday July 21.
FELIX BAR COMEDY This Wednesday, Nazeem Hussain of Fear Of A Brown Planet headlines Felix Bar Comedy. Plus they’ve got Daniel Connell, John Conway, Michael Williams, Kate McLennan and Cam Marshall! It’s happening tonight, Wednesday June 12 at 8.30pm for only $12 at Felix Bar, St Kilda.
FIVE BOROUGHS COMEDY Cal Wilson headlines Five Boroughs Comedy this Thursday. Plus they’ve got Asher Treleaven, Nazeem Hussain, the Nelson Twins, Ben Darsow and Cam Marshall! After a sell out show with Jimeoin last week, it’s sure to be big this Thursday June 13 at 8.30pm, for only $12 at Five Boroughs (upstairs), 68 Hardware Lane, CBD.
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WINTER ARTISANS’ MARKET Northcote Town Hall will host its beloved annual Winter Artisans’ Market this month. The Winter Artisans’ Market will feature over 40 stall holders that will be selling locally created work by artists, including ceramics, clothes, jewellery and pieces of art that are gift-worthy. Accompanying the market, will be a pop-up high tea room entitled Lady Bower Café and weekly music performances, including artists such as The Ukulele Ladies, Stiletto Sisters and Bohemian Nights. Winter Artisans’ Market will run every Saturday at the Northcote Town Hall from Saturday June 22 – Saturday July 13, from 10am – 4pm. Admission is free.
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Commedia Dell Parte at Agent 284 continues this Thursday night headlined by Harley Breen with Liam Ryan as MC and featuring Tommy Dassalo, Claire Hooper, Aleisha McCormack, Asaf Gerchak and Trav Nash. Tickets at the door for just $10.
COMMEDIA DELL PARTE: ST KILDA ARCHIBALD PRIZE The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has been announced as the exclusive Victorian venue for The Archibald Prize in 2013 and 2014, opening its doors on Saturday June 8. The Archibald is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes. It is awarded to the best portrait painting of a man or woman distinguished in the arts, letters, science or politics. In its 92nd year, the prize attracted 868 entries. The Gallery will feature all of the shortlisted works along with Del Kathryn Barton’s winning portrait of Hugo Weaving. Vincent Fantauzzo’s portrait of his partner Asher Keddie, Love Face, will also be on display after winning this year’s people’s choice award. The works can be viewed at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery until Sunday July 7.
Commedia Dell Parte is still running every Thursday in St Kilda as well. This week Mike Nayna hosts a great lineup of comics including Adam Vincint, Michael Tancredi, Spencer Hodges, Tshaka, Gabe Hogan, and James Rosier. With each week packing out, you will need to get in early to grab a seat. The room runs on a ‘pay as you like’ 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 8.30pm at George Lane Bar, St Kilda.
COMEDY AT SPLEEN This Monday, it’s yet another cracking lineup down at your old mate Comedy@Spleen! They’ve got Elbowskin, Ben Darsow, Kate McLennan, Michael Connell, Gerard McCulloch and heaps and heaps more! It’s this Monday June 17, 41 Bourke St, in the city at 8.30pm. It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door.
DROWNING IN VERONICA LAKE
As part of their Moving Parts season, Gasworks will be presenting a production dedicated to ﬁlm siren Veronica Lake entitled, Drowning in Veronica Lake, this month. Drowning in Veronica Lake will thrust audiences into the illustrious career of the American actress, detailing her ascent to international fame and her cathartic decline. Actress Alex Ellis will give a heartfelt performance as Veronica Lake, who suﬀered from mental illness and alcoholism throughout her career. Drowning in Veronica Lake will grace the Gasworks Arts Park for two performances from Friday June 28 – Saturday June 29.
This week at LOL Comedy is MC Nellie White and your feature act Asher Treleaven. There is also a great lineup of local goodies to heat up the Portland Hotel. Come on down and have a beer and a laugh tonight.
AIR BORN AND NEST Birds are representative of many notions, including hope, fear and beauty. In AIR BORN and NEST: The Art of Birds, a new exhibition opening at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery this month, these notions is explored. Through the employment of 18 contemporary artists, AIR BORN delves into the spiritual and cultural representations of birds throughout the world, deconstructing their symbolism and how we interact with them. Feature artists include Anne Ferran, Judith Pungarta Inkamala, Ben Quilty, Noel McKenna, Louise Weaver and sculpture Kate Rohde. AIR BORN and NEST: The Art of Birds will be on exhibition at McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery from Sunday June 23 – Sunday October 6. Admission is free.
RMIT GALLERY RMIT Gallery have announced their selection of new exhibitions that will open this month. Entitled A Room Without A View, artist Gosia Wlodarczak will combine performance, installation and sensory limitation while she traps herself in a sensory limitation box for seven days to produce the work for her exhibition. After the seventh day, Wlodarczak will host a public talk discussing her creative process on Friday July 1 from 1–2pm. Peter Ellis will showcase his surrealistic collection of drawings in A Head in a Hive of Bees, during which he will host a talk, L’ ge d’Or: Surrealism, Drawing And Me, on Thursday July 25 from 5.30–7pm, and a ﬂoor talk on Thursday August 1 from 12.30–1.30pm. The last exhibition will be A Parliament of Lines: Aspect of Scottish Contemporary Drawing, an exhibition that deﬁnes drawing and explores its limitations. Scottish curator Euan Gray will host a talk on Friday June 28 discussing the exhibition from 12.30–1.30pm. A Room Without A View, A Head in a Hive of Bees, and A Parliament of Lines: Aspect of Scottish Contemporary Drawing will be exhibited at RMIT Gallery from Friday June 28 – Saturday August 17. Admission is free.
CHIAMUS Four Letter Word Theatre will present its debut ﬁrst original production, Chiamus, at Collingwood Underground Car Park, this June. Inspired by the deﬁnition of Chiamus ”a ﬁgure of speech in which two or more clauses relate to each other through a reversal of structure in order to make a larger point” the play delves into power of words and how it shapes people, our fears, insecurities and primal instincts. Chiamus will be the third production of Four Letter Word Theatre this year, following the success of Equus and Titus Andonicus which earned the theatre company much acclaim. Chiamus will be performed at Collingwood Underground Car Park from Tuesday June 25 – Sunday June 30.
EQUUS In their third oﬀering of 2013, Mockingbird Theatre have announced a production of Peter Shaﬀer’s provocative Equus. Winner of the 1975 Tony Award for Best Play, Equus was a worldwide sensation upon its release. It tells the story of disturbed youth Alan Strang, whose obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence. As Psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to come to term with Strang’s actions, he is faced with his own demons and the darkest recesses of human existence. Mockingbird Theatre’s artistic director Chris Baldock will be directing. Equus will open at Brunswick Mechanics Institute on Saturday August 3 and will run for 10 performances only until Sunday August 17.
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BALLET REVOLUCIÓN After sold out seasons in London, Paris, Zurich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna, Cuban dance sensation Ballet Revolución will be returning to Australian shores this July. The show sets the world’s most talented classical and contemporary dancers to the infectious rhythms of Latin America and no. 1 hits from the likes of Usher, Shakira, Beyoncé, Enrique Ingelsias, J-Lo, Prince and Chris Brown. The result is an explosive and energetic performance with a distinctly Cuban ﬂavour. The dancers were trained at the world’s most prestigious dance institutions in their home country, the Escuela Nacional de Arte, with its renowned faculty of modern dance, and at the famous Escuela Nacional de Ballet for classical dance. Join the dance revolución from Wednesday July 17 until Sunday July 21 at The Arts Centre.
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In Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, English music critic Jon Savage explores the cultural history of the teenager from the latter part of the 19th century through to the end of the Second World War. While Savage focuses on the commoditisation of youth culture, it’s the perils and pitfalls of adolescence – with all its attendant sexual, domestic, chemical and platonic dramas – that continue to fascinate and worry professionals and parents alike.
THE WE AND THE I
It’s daily dramas that dominate French director Michel Gondry’s The We and the I, a dramatisation of the social intercourse between teenagers riding home on the bus from their last day at a New York community school. Seen through the eyes of the children on the bus, The We and I explores themes of bullying, identity, sexuality and community. “It’s super fun, but also sentimental and a moving ﬁlm,” says ACMI Film Programmer Kristy Matheson. “He’s essentially looking at adolescence, and the ride home of the school bus. Lots of adults tend to look back on adolescence with nostalgia, and it just doesn’t ring true.” The We and the I is screening as part of ACMI’s First Look program in June and July. “[First Look] provides another platform for audiences to see ﬁlms that are coming straight oﬀ the international ﬁlm festival circuit,” Matheson says. “That might mean that people are seeing ﬁlms from established auteurs, or they might be getting to see brand new ﬁlms from people just starting out.” Matheson is keen to ensure the First Look program doesn’t become too elitist, while at the same time trying to ensure the program showcases works that “are a little bit more challenging”. In creating The We and the I, Gondry used actors from The Point, a Bronx local community group. “Gondry has this whole interest in people telling their own story,” Matheson says. “When he was looking at this ﬁlm, he wanted to do that on a more formal scale. So when he did this ﬁlm, he found teenagers who were already getting together and doing artistic stuﬀ, and got them to help him devise the script and the characters, and the dialogue.” While The We and the I avoids the moralising and clichés of many other ﬁlms exploring adolescence, the ﬁlm does reach a level of closure after each of the characters leave the bus at various stages in its journey. “What’s really nice about the ﬁlm is that Gondry gives you enough about each character to make you intrigued about what they will end up doing over the summer break, and in the future,” Matheson says. “But there is also a level of closure in the ﬁlm, which is where the cinematic aspect of the ﬁlm comes in. But because he’s collaborated with these kids, there is a level of vibrancy in the ﬁlm that might not be there otherwise if it was just done with normal actors. Through the whole ﬁlm, there are moments when you think the whole thing could just tip over into disarray, which I really liked.” In addition to The We and the I, First Look features James Bennings’ American Dreams (lost and found) and Stemple Pass and Italian director Salvatore Mereu’s Pretty Buﬀerﬂies (Bellas Mariposas). American Dreams is a newly restored print of one of his older ﬁlms, and uses political speeches, popular songs and baseball card images of American baseball legend Hank Aaron to look at American life between 1954 and 1976; Stemple Pass, Benning’s latest ﬁlm, forms part of Benning’s Cabin Project, and uses text from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s journal to create an alternative, and somewhat disturbing of an ‘other’ America. “James Benning isn’t that well known, but he’s a key ﬁgure in the American avant-garde,” Matheson says. “In the same way that Michel Gondry is quite famous, even though not as many people have heard of him.” Pretty Buﬀerlies, which portrays the life of a teenager on a Sardinian council estate, is the only ﬁlm on the program that doesn’t explore aspects of the American cultural fabric. Despite the obvious diﬀerence between it and the other ﬁlms on the program, Matheson says it wasn’t chosen deliberately for that contrast. “I was just really immediately struck by that ﬁlm,” Matheson. “It sounds like it could be quite dreary, in a Mike Leigh sort of way, but it’s actually super fun and made in this irreverent style, a bit like an early Pedro Almodavar ﬁlm.” In relation to the other ﬁlms, Matheson notes that each represents a portrayal of America from outside of the mainstream perspective. “You have The We and the I, which is set in the Bronx, and the Benning ﬁlms, which are made by an American but with Benning you have a director whose ﬁlms have provided an alternate history of America. I’ve always been interested in ﬁlm makers working outside of their home territory – which is what is so good about the Michel Gondry ﬁlm.” In Benning’s case, the ﬁlmmaker has become so interested in his Cabin Project, and the cultural milieu that he’s built a replica of Kaczynski’s cabin in rural Montana. Through entries in Kaczynski’s diary, Stemple Pass explores Kaczynski’s underlying philosophy, which eventually mutated into his terrorist activities. “He started out not wanting to be part of the rat race, so he’s very concerned about the environment and protecting the environment, he’s concerned about the role of government,” Matheson says. “You deﬁnitely get a better sense of what he was about, and obviously he dealt with that in a very destructive way, and Benning doesn’t condone that in any way, but I think we’re living in an era where we are just getting little grabs of things, so this ﬁlm tries to unpack things beyond the 24 news cycle we seem to live in.” ACMI is currently screening The We and the I until Sunday June 16. Head to acmi.net.au/first_look to see what else they have coming up.
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on tour OUTLAWZ [USA] Friday June 14, Trak Lounge JEFF MILLS [USA] Friday June 21, The Liberty Social ATA [GER] Friday June 21, Mercat Basement MAXMILLION DUNBAR [USA] Saturday June 22, Mercat Basement COOLIO [USA] Thursday June 27, Red Bennies OBIE TRICE [USA] Friday June 28, Trak Lounge WINTER BEATS SOUNDSYSTEM: SKAZI [ISR], BEHIND BLUE EYES [DEN] Friday June 28, RMH The Venue BRISK [UK] Friday June 28, Charlton’s Nightclub DEORRO [USA] Friday July 5, Billboard SIMON PATTERSON [UK] Friday July 5, Chasers Nightclub A$AP ROCKY [USA] Saturday June 29, Festival Hall TOKIMONSTA [USA] Saturday July 6, The Hi-Fi MARK E [UK] Saturday July 6, New Guernica JUAN ATKINS [USA], FUNK D’VOID [UK] Friday July 12, Brown Alley ALEX KIDD [UK] Friday July 12, Billboard YUKSEK [FRA] Friday July 19, The Liberty Social ONRA [FRA] Thursday July 18, TBA FRANK OCEAN [USA] Friday July 26, Festival Hall RICK WILHITE [USA] Saturday July 27, New Guernica JAMES BLAKE [UK] Wednesday July 31, Palais Theatre CHVRCHES [UK] Monday August 5, Corner Hotel D-BLOCK & S-TE-FAN [NED] Friday August 16, Chaser’s Nightclub GHOSTPOET [UK] Saturday September 14, Corner Hotel RUDIMENTAL [UK] Saturday September 21, Festival Hall PORTER ROBINSON [USA] Sunday October 20, Billboard 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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“Where am I going tonight? I don’t know. Maybe Stockholm? All I know is I’m playing a show somewhere in Europe tomorrow, somewhere that starts with a ‘S’, I think.” The days and the destinations are starting to blur for Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws. The artist known as Tricky is in his home country of England, but is a long way from home. Tricky moved to Paris a few years back, and says he enjoys it there. Does he enjoy the French capital more than Bristol, the southern English city where he grew up and began his career as a producer and performer? “Let’s just say I like visiting London,” he says, avoiding talk of his hometown. “There’s always fucked up shit going on here in London. There could be people down in the street giving flowers to each other, and it’s such a big city that around the corner someone’s getting mugged. Life just goes on here. “London is the place I go to get food or buy books. I can’t read French, so I come here to stock up on books, and eat food I can’t get in France.” It’s also the place where he’s been recording with Francesca Belmonte, one of the many guests who appears on the trip hop pioneer’s tenth album, False Idols. “We’re working on some pretty incredible stuff for her album,” Tricky says. “It’s pretty scary how good the album is sounding already. I reckon I might be supporting her next year.” Other collaborators on False Idols include Igbo singer Nnenka, Fifi Rong and Peter Silberman from The Antlers. Silberman contributes vocals on the hypnotic lead single Parenthesis, and his involvement came about purely by chance. “I met Antlers at a festival,” Tricky explains, “and the thing that impressed me was that they weren’t playing the rock stars. They’re a band that is doing well, but they’re grounded. That’s enough to make me want to work with someone, much more than any talent they might have.” Tricky is renowned for his exacting standards in the studio. Does he think he is too demanding? “Nine times out of ten if someone is going on my album, it’s because I know that they can bring something, but it has to be done my way. I want to hear things my way, because I know what I want, and I know what I need. I work very fast, and I don’t like waiting around,” he says. The Brit might be exacting, but he admits it’s because he’s in a
Records, who had backed his previous two albums. “When I was with them I couldn’t work quick enough. I’d record my demos, and then the CEO (Laurence Bell) of the label would have to come to Paris to tell me if I was ready to mix. He’s never made a record in his life: how can he tell me if I’m ready to mix? I like the guy personally, but that was really painful business. I could have done Knowle West four months quicker if it wasn’t for Laurence getting in the way, because that’s how I am and how I do things. Don’t get
me wrong, Laurence is a great guy, but that was really painful.” Creative hassles with Domino were added to by Tricky’s managerial strife. In November 2011 it was revealed that the artist’s former manager, Matt Willis, was suing him. Willis claimed that he was owed a share of the artist’s revenue since signing with Domino, which Tricky disputed. The battle is ongoing, and has clearly taken a toll on the musician. “Right now everything is so busy for me,” Tricky says. “I’ve had the thing that’s been happening for the last few years, with my old manager. This old manager made a real mess of things for me, and it created all this stress. I’d never had stress like this before, and it gave me a pretty dark view of things. I know there’s a lot of fucked up shit going on in the business right now, and this just made all of that worse.” False Idols is being released in collaboration with German imprint Studio !K7, who have licensing and distribution deals with a swag of influential labels including Frenchkiss Records (Les Savy Fav, Local Natives) and Lo Recordings (Aphex Twin, Four Tet). The Berlin group are providing artist and label services for the album, relieving some of the pressure on the Bristol-native, and allowed him to focus on the future. “I’ve got another album coming out in January. I’m going to call it Hicks, and it’ll be very different to this one. There’ll be much more soulful tracks in places. I just love working, you know? I just love banging out the tracks,” Tricky laughs. “It’s funny: some artists might say being dropped is the worst, but I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at.”
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state of bliss when in the studio. “I love the recording process,” Tricky says. “If it becomes painful I walk away. When you start analysing too much it becomes a job. An older musician told me once that when you record something, remember the first feeling it gave you and play it like that. Otherwise you start questioning yourself, and that’s never going to help.” His latest album is the first one to be released on his own label, also called False Idols. It follows a painful separation with Domino
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Life in Color is the world’s largest paint part making waves in the US, Mexico, Canada and throughout Europe. It’s Melbourne’s turn and with Life In Color comes the promise of it being a life-changing experience. Presenting groundbreaking production, amazing live acts and surprises around every corner, the event spans to be a culmination of music, art and hedonistic fun with LED robots, aerialists, stilt walkers, acrobats and international DJs. With the local lineup having been released you can expect to see the likes of Will Sparks, Aaron James, Sebastian Morxx, Bombs Away and Marlo with international DJs to be announced very soon. Head down to the Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday June 29 for all the fun.
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juan atkins, phil kieran & funk d’void
One of the originators of techno, Juan Atkins, is coming back in Australia joined by Phil Kieran and Funk D’Void. Juan Atkins is best known for his influence on Detroit techno and a shadowy but important figure in the birth of Chicago house. Atkins is a man with a fascination for technology and all things futuristic. Lars Sandberg, aka Funk D’Void is the guy who carried techno in the ‘90s and kept his sense of humour while most lost their hair. After a string of hits over the years, Jack Me Off, Bad Coffee, Emotional Content plus some killer remixes for the likes of Underworld, New Order and Kevin Saunderson, he is probably best known for the end-of-nighter Diabla which bridged house and techno. Phil Kieran has worked with many top musicians and DJs including Peter Hook, Gary Numan, Green Velvet, Speedy J and David Holmes, and is rightly proud of being hand picked by Martin Gore to remix Depeche Mode’s Sweetest Perfection. Catch all three amazing artists on Friday July 12 at Brown Alley.
the house de frost 5th birthday yuksek Pierre Busson, know to most as Yuksek, is back in Australia promoting his newly formed record label Partyfine. Created on the premise of independence and a gathering of like minded musicians who can collaborate around a defined concept while using their individual talents, Partyfine aims to set itself apart from any regular label. With Yuksek’s expertise, such an impossible feat seems to have become a reality. The first two releases on the label have been from Yuksek himself, offering synth-pop heaven with Last of our Kinds featuring remixes from Club Cheval’s Sam Tiba and Kasper Bjorke and Truth a track that wouldn’t be out of place within Mark Ronson’s discography. Having toured the world with his amazing live shows, Yuksek is returning to the decks for the first time since 2009 and is making a stop in Melbourne. Catch Yuksek at Liberty Social on Friday July 19.
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In celebration of a night that has become an institution, The House de Frost is throwing a 5th birthday unlike many, inviting down Zanzibar Chanel, No Zu and Elevator Alligators. Fresh outta Port Phillip Detention Centre and onto the stage Zach & Baba X have been turning it out all over town for the past year now. Having landed a spot on stage at Boiler Room, Golden Plains, MONA and every other worthy stage around town, Zanzibar Chanel plan to grace THDF with an extended set and a slew of new material to debut. No Zu play out like an homage to Liquid Liquid and James Chance, with their explosive performances dripping in reverb, horn stabs culminating to an unrelenting urge to dance. The illusive Elevator Alligators will be warming things up setting up an evening with blending tripped out vocals, rare exotica records with an MPC and live keys. Thrown in the middle of it all will be Andras Fox and Andee Frost bringing it home late. It’s all happening on Saturday July 6 at The Toff.
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Trak paid tribute to Tupac Shakur last year and this year are stepping this up by bringing down the Outlawz live with a full 90 minute show covering all the West Coast hits in his memory. Outlawz, formally known as Outlaw Immortalz, are an American hip hop group founded by Tupac Shakur in late 1995. Collectively, they are best known for the numerous songs and albums they did with Tupac Shakur. When Tupac signed to Death Row upon his release from prison, he recruited his step brother Mopreme Shakur and Big Syke from Thug Life, Hussein Fatal, Napoleon, E.D.I. Mean, Kastro, Yaki Kadafi, and Storm to form the original lineup of the Outlaw Immortalz that debuted on 2Pac’s multi-platinum smash All Eyez on Me. They later dropped the immortal after the untimely deaths of 2Pac and Yaki Kadafi and moved on as Outlawz without the members of Thug Life. Last year, Trak’s tribute to Tupac sold out and there are very limited tickets left to buy, including 20 meet and greet tickets where a few lucky ticket holders will meet The Outlawz, have their photo taken with the band and have an object or photo autographed. Head down to Trak on Friday June 14 for what will be a night to remember.
One of the few consistently excellent producers of recent times, Mark E returns to our shores with New Guernica in his sights. The music of Mark E is quintessential house, unswerving, mechanistic, intoxicatingly simple. With releases flowing steadily since his first release on Jiscomusic way back in 2005, Mark’s music has been released by a plethora of high quality labels such as Running Back, Golf Channel, Internasjonal, Spectral Sound, Endless Flight and Sonar Kollektiv, as well as remixing everyone from Matthew Dear and Shit Robot, to Jazzanova and Boys Noize. Mark E has developed his sound to become one of the great house and techno producers of today. Support on the night by New Guernica regulars Otologic and Jezadin, Awesome Wales and Mu-Gen. Make sure you’ll be heading down to New Guernica on Saturday July 6 to check it out.
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The country’s biggest all aussie hip hop festival just got bigger. The all-ages Sprung Hip Hop Festival will star ARIA Award winning chart toppers 360 and Drapht alongside a stellar lineup that includes Channel [V] Oz Artist of the Year Seth Sentry, The Funkoars, Horrorshow, Thundamentals, Diafrix, Brad Strut, Allday, The Crate Cartel, Bam Bam, Lazy Grey & Jake Biz, Dialectrix, Purpose, Mr Hill & Rahjconkas, K21, Eloji, Komplete, Chelsea Jane, Savo and it wouldn’t be a hip hop party without Urthboy. Melbourne tickets on sale Thursday July 18 – check out sprunghiphop.com.au for more info. It’s on at Kevin Bartlett Sport & Rec Complex on Saturday October 19.
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As one of Australia’s most renowned homegrown DJs, Kid Kenobi can boast an accolade-filled music career and a successful record label. Taking home a swag of DJ awards as a young up and coming producer to now helping others reach their potential, Jesse Desenberg aka Kid Kenobi has been a lover and a purveyor of dance music since the early ‘90s. Initially a hip hop man, his tastes were forcibly broadened growing up in Sydney and enveloping himself in the rave scene. “Dance music started for me a very long time ago, going to illegal raves in the early ‘90s, so I got introduced to it at a very young age when it was still extremely underground and nobody knew anything about it,” he says. “Before that I was into hip hop. I fought rave music
for a very long time; I just wanted to be hip hop forever kind of thing until I finally caved in and just loved it. I’d listen to music during the week and then be a part of the culture on the weekend, and it sort of grew from that.” He knew he was beginning to make as a DJ when he could pay the rent with the earnings from his early gigs, but he says he didn’t have a plan as a university student without a clear idea of what he wanted his future to hold. “I loved music. I never really thought of it as a career at that point,” he says. “I was going from playing the backroom to being on the main stage, then winning awards which were little steps along the way to success I guess.” He recalls the awards being an important part of his development, as well as doing mixes for Ministry of Sound, things that collectively snowballed until he found himself living the life of a professional DJ and producer. “With the first awards I won (including People’s Choice NSW DJ of the Year 2001), I was like, ‘Cool, now Mum and Dad will look at what I’m doing and not think I was wasting my time,” he says. Gaining inspiration simply from checking out what other DJs and producers are up to, Desenberg is amazed by how much music is currently out there, especially considering how underground the scene used to be.
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Dennis ‘D-Rakkas’ Shaw has been on an extended international tour, which started February and has most recently taken him through parts of Asia like Cambodia, Taiwan and Vietnam for the first time. “Before that I was in the studio for about three months, four months straight and was just creating songs and putting them out,” he says from Hong Kong. He’s just played a well-received four hour set, which had been scheduled for just 90 minutes. Which isn’t all that surprising, considering his approach to spinning. “It’s about the club; it’s about being a DJ and responding to the crowd and just rocking the house,” he says, when asked what Perth punters can look forward to. “I expect to go everywhere: electro, all the new cutting edge stuff, moombahton, dancehall obviously, old school hip hop. I’m gonna go all over the
place and make the party jump.” Shaw spent the months leading up to his international tour releasing music to build excitement – and when the tour finishes, he’ll be working to clear the backlog of music he wasn’t able to complete. “As soon as I get off the road I’m back and on it,” he says. “That’s the whole idea of this tour, is just to get all this out of the way so I can just get in the studio and work, you know? That’s what I really want to, just get back in the studio and start pumping music back out as much as possible, as quickly as possible.” His next project is likely to be a new single and remix EP, Pumpin Music – a collaboration with Jamaican dancehall acts Monsta Twins and Flexx of T.O.K., in keeping with his origins. “Dancehall is my birth; I was born in Jamaica, so almost everything I do, I hear dancehall on it, and it’s the easiest and most accessible
“It’s about seeing what other people are doing, and trying to find a way of making that your own,” he says. “I think I’ve got a certain style, and it’s not genre-specific, it’s like party and bouncy kind of vibes really. I’ll just take current music and put it in line with what I like.” The leader of Sydney dance label Klub Kids Records, Desenberg stresses the importance of staying fresh, defined by the motto ‘forward-thinking party music.’ The label’s current roster features a growing number of Aussie artists working away in various genres through house, breaks, hip hop and other areas. As the father of a two-year-old daughter, Desenberg has plenty of perspective to go with his love of club music, keeping himself grounded and juggling the different roles in his life. “It’s always on the go, she takes a lot energy you know,” he says. “With all the work I’m doing you just don’t stop, but it’s all worthwhile stuff.”
Kid Kenobi’s latest release Freak Funk is out now. facebook.com/kidkenobiofficial soundcloud.com/kidkenobi
thing for me,” he says. “But I’m definitely up to doing whatever, recording with whoever, as long as I think the sound is cool.” It’s an approach Shaw has taken throughout his career. He met Alex ‘Alex G’ Greggs through Toronto’s local music scene, and the pair eventually moved to Florida and formed South Rakkas Crew. Their partnership blended the yin of Greggs’ pop sensibilities with the yang of Shaw’s hard-edged dancehall sound. Shaw and Greggs parted ways in 2010, and Shaw has continued on with South Rakkas Crew. “It hasn’t really changed at all. We’re still moving forward; it’s just about cutting edge music with our flavour, which is the whole dancehall or Jamaican influence,” he says. “What Alex contributed to South Rakkas Crew was more of a pop flavour, maybe, more polish, but with the last couple of things I recorded, like Go Hard Go Home, had a real pop and commercial edge to it… So I can’t even say that that element is missing. “We’ve just been doing it for so long, I think South Rakkas’ flavour is South Rakkas’ flavour. It’s not really conflicting. In the beginning it was me pushing more on the hard-edged stuff and him pushing more on the pop stuff, and then it coming together the way it did, but at this point it just is what it is.”
South Rakkas Crew play a free show at Laundry Bar this Friday June 15. facebook.com/southrakkascrew soundcloud.com/southrakkas
club guide wednesday june 12
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. DUBSTEP GRIME DRUM & BASS - FEAT: DJ BADDUMS + DJ CARMEX Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. HOODRAPZ Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. NEW GUERNICA WEDNESDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. THE DINNER SET - FEAT: BOOSHANK Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00Pm. NEW GUERNICA WEDNESDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SOUL ARMY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE DINNER SET Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.
3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + JAKE JUDD + NIKKI SARAFIAN + HEY SAM + JESSE YOUNG + JOHN DOE + SEAN RAULT Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 5:00pm. ASIAN ENVY + MANIC CITY + SAMMY PAUL Gh Hotel, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $15. 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. CQ SESSIONS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm. DO DROP IN - FEAT: DJ KITI + DJ LADY NOIR The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. 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. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: DJS PREQUEL & EDD FISHER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. MOOD - FEAT: NUBODY Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. RADIONICA Workshop, Melbourne. 3:04pm. THE RITZ THURSDAYS - FEAT: CAUC-ASIAN DJ’S + JOSHUA GILILAND + KEN WALKER + LUCILLE CROFT + CARRICK DALTON & SAM COHEN + ED WILKS + 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 - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. VARSITY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.
friday june 14
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. CLOSET PARTY First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. CQ FRIDAYS
Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm. DISCOTHEQUE - FEAT: ELANA MUSTO + GREG SARA + SCOTT T Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. FUSION FRIDAY Fusion, Southbank. 10:00pm. I LOVE OLD SCHOOL - FEAT: SHAGGZ & PUPPET + DJ TEY + MERV MAC Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. $10. MEET YOUR MATES FRIDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. P-MONEY + DAVID DALLAS + DYLAN JOEL + MANCHILD Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. PANORAMA - FEAT: DJS MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + PHATO A MANO Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. POPROCKS - FEAT: DR PHIL SMITH Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. REVOLVER FRIDAYS - 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. THE FIX - FEAT: SEAN DEANS Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE FOX FRIDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. WEEKENDER! Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. UPTOWN GROOVE Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.
saturday june 15
BANDS AS DJS Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. BASS CARTEL - FEAT: C:1 + EXCELLE + FA Workshop, Melbourne. 8:30pm. 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. 10:00pm. FIRST FLOOR SATURDAYS - FEAT: BILLY HOYLE + DJS DUCHESZ + MZRIZK + WASABI First Floor, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. HOT STEP Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. LAB 22 Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. MIXED DRINKS SATURDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MUSICISLIFE AFTER PARTY Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA SATURDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. POISON APPLE - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS - FEAT: ACTION SAM + DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS AT ONE TWENTY BAR One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SIMPLY BURLESQUE Sandbelt Club Hotel, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $10. 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 - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Star Bar, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. STRUT SATURDAYS - FEAT: COLLECTIVE + ANDREAS + DANNY
electronic - urban - club life
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. SUPER GRANDE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TEMPERANCE SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm. TEXTILE Lucky 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. THE LATE SHOW - FEAT: MAT CANT + RANSOM + TOO MUCH + BOOGS + CONGO TARDIS #1 + DANIELSAN + MR MOONSHINE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. THE TONGUE - FEAT: DJ SKOOB + DJ MOONSHINE + PHIL PARA + REMI + SWOOPING DUCK Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. WHY NOT? Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm. WILDSTYLEZ (LIGHTS OUT TOUR) + ALPHAÂ² + BANGERZ & MASHERZ + CHRIS DYNASTY + CHRIS X DEEJAY + CONSTRUCTION + DJ EM + DJ PRACTICE + GATTY + JLS + JOHHNY L DEEJAY + KARPEDM + KEMICAL KONJESTION + MC VILLAIN + SOUL-T + VAZARD The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 9:00pm.
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GOO GOO MUCK Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. LATIN QUARTER Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. MASHTAG Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. MOTEL SATURDAYS The Motel, South Melbourne. 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 Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. SUNDAE SHAKE - FEAT: AGENT 86 + PHATO-A-MANO + TIGERFUNK Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. 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. WE BE QUEENS - FEAT: DJ AYNA + DJ LOTUS + MZ RIZK Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.
monday june 17
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 june 18
COSMIC PIZZA Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. CURIOUS TALES Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 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 june 12
Pennies Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.
Like Fridays - Feat: Broz + Dir-X + DJs Dinesh + Nyd + Sef + Shaggz + Shaun D La Di Da, Melbourne. 8:00pm. Rnb Superclub - Feat: Young Men Society Rnb Superclub, Southbank. 8:00pm. Studio Chasers, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $20. Sweet Nothing Fridays - Feat: DJ Marcus Knight + DJ Xander James Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 9:00pm.
friday june 14
saturday june 15
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. 11:00pm. $15. DJ Thaddeus Doe The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. Faktory Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 2:55pm. Faktory - Feat: DJ Damion De Silva + DJ Durmy + DJ K Dee + DJ Yaths Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 9:30pm. Get Lit Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.
Chaise Lounge Saturdays - Feat: DJ Andy Pala + DJ Kah Lua Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Cheap Sober + Maggot Mouf & Gutz + Pete Mc + Planz The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $26. Laundry Saturdays Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. Saturday Nights - Feat: DJ Damion De Silva + Dj Jay Sin + DJ K Dee Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 9:30pm. The Dojo Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. The High Society Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.
Compression Session - Feat: Cassawarrior + Dd + Ricka E55, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Soul Ensemble Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.
thursday june 13
faktory at khokolat bar
rhythm-al-ism at eden
khokolat koated at khokolat bar
electronic - urban - club life
monday june 17 Freedom Pass - Feat: Phil Ross + B-Boogie + Chris Mac + Dozza Co., Southbank. 10:30pm. Hip Hop Open Mic First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.
tuesday june 18 Can I Kick It? Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.
Welcome to Beat Magazine’s Education Guide. Do you know how these words got on this page? A typesetter. Do you know who designed this very page? A graphic designer. Do you know who wrote the words you’re reading? An editor. And what do they all have in common? A communal love for hyper-industrial Ricky Martin trance anthems, and experience and education in their respective ﬁelds. There are many famous quotes from academics, intellectuals and philosophers on the importance of education. My favourite came from my father, who once told me, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to
BILLY BLUE COLLEGE OF DESIGN 595 LITTLE COLLINS ST, MELBOURNE 1300 851245 INFO@BILLYBLUE.EDU.AU WWW.BILLYBLUE.EDU.AU
change the world. Also, I am not your real father.” So if you’re stuck in a boring, unfulﬁlling job, perhaps making the changes to position yourself towards attaining your dream job is a good idea. If not now, when? Why not work in the music industry, or the fashion industry, or in any appealing creative industry? The courses are there for you, in fact, they’re in here for you. While you’re hardly gonna take any good career advice from a magazine blurb, it might be a good idea to ﬂick through and see what each school oﬀers. You never know where it might lead you.
Billy Blue College of Design began as Billy Blue Creative in 1977, a magazine publishing colloquial Australian writing. In 1987, Billy Blue Creative decided to open a tiny design school to train people who would eventually work in the studio. A crowd of about four was expected, however 66people enrolled and there was a long waiting list. Today, the Billy Blue community have campuses in Sydney, Brisbane, with the newest addition in Melbourne. The school was created by industry for industry and has been building on that concept ever since. All of the teachers at Billy Blue are industry professionals, promoting professional teaching rather than teaching professionals and the students beneﬁt. Over the years, some of the college’s best graduates have worked at the
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consultancy itself and Billy Blue Creative staﬀ members have, in turn, taught at the school. It’s a unique and fun relationship. Industry permeates everything the college does. Billy Blue’s positive partnership with the design industry is the key to the college’s reputation and success. The college is constantly consulting with experts in the ﬁeld to ensure that students are learning the most valuable skills. To make sure that all students have access to the industry in their own right, each is given free membership to the Australian Graphic Design Association in a partnership that is unique to Billy Blue. The Melbourne college oﬀers Bachelor Degrees in Communication Design, Commercial Interiors, Residential Interiors and Branded Fashion.
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55 BRADY ST, SOUTH MELBOURNE VIC 3205 1300 818 777 INFO@COLLARTS.EDU.AU WWW.COLLARTS.EDU.AU
BOX HILL INSTITUTE
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MIKE STERN VISITS BOX HILL INSTITUTE Mike Stern has played with Miles Davis, been nominated for Grammy Awards and appears in numerous lists of “Best Jazz Guitarists of All Time”, but recently he work-shopped with Box Hill Institute’s music students about how to make a lifelong career from the music industry. The two-hour workshop was attended by approximately 100 students who were treated to performances by the band, interspersed with advice on making a sustained career in the music industry. For Stern, whose career started in the early ‘70s playing with the band Blood, Sweat and Tears, keeping music alive in the students’ lives was an important topic. “My musical beginnings were blues and rock. I grew up in the ‘60s and learnt by playing along with the records. Then my mum used to play jazz records and
I tried to play along but just got lost straight away. So I got some lessons, then eventually went to Berkley college of Music. Music is a journey, you’ve got to just keep moving, just keep trying to learn as much as you can and play your heart out,” said Mike. Box Hill Institute Music student Luke Haaja, who specialises in drums, said it was a great opportunity to listen to and learn from someone who’d made a sustained career out of music. “I thought it was great. I believe that this masterclass was exclusive to Box Hill Institute so it is great that we are getting opportunities like that through the school.” Box Hill Institute oﬀer certiﬁcates, diplomas, advanced diplomas and degree courses that are nationally recognised by employers. Their study pathways also give you the opportunity to continue your training and build on your qualiﬁcations, skills and knowledge.
More than just a place of learning, the Australian College of the Arts (Collarts) is a creative environment that nurtures talent and equips students with the skills and knowledge to take that talent to a professional level. Collarts oﬀers two-year intensive degrees in Music Performance, Audio Production and Creative Industries Management. These courses are taught by industry specialists including Academy Award nominees, ARIA Award winners, Billboard Top 40 songwriters and a multi-award-winning composer. Two staﬀ new to Collarts this year highlight how Collarts combines academic skills, practical knowledge and real world experience to deliver an outstanding student experience. Take Tim Dalton, the Head of
Creative Industries Management. Tim previously taught at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and his industry experience includes working as Tour Manager for the likes of Atomic Kitten, Elvis Costello and Simple Minds, as well as record producer and sound engineer for Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Run DMC and Faith No More. Another example of this industry experience is David Streefkerk, one of Collarts’ audio teachers. David specialises in live sound and post-production studies, and he has worked with some of the world’s leading music acts including a ﬁve-year stint as front-of-house engineer for Sting while also working with Mötley Crüe and U2.
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Take the first step towards your successful career. Imagine watching thousands of people going crazy at a gig you have produced, or watching your character come to life in a playable game. JMC Academy oﬀers Degrees and Diplomas in Entertainment Management, Music, Audio, Game Design, Animation and Film. Students are guided through their studies by a network of industryconnected lecturers who are highly experienced, accomplished and above all passionate about equipping their students with everything they need for success. With world class facilities, ongoing technology updates, a dedicated team of academics and a network of international master class lecturers, JMC Academy is committed to ensuring their graduates make their own inedible mark on the industry.
Jason Endﬁeld graduated in 2010 and is now working for one of the world’s top talent management companies, Untitled Entertainment in Beverly Hills which represents talent such as Ashton Kutcher, Madonna and Naomi Watts. Emma Chow graduated in 2006 and is now the co-host and producer for the award nominated Mike E and Emma radio breakfast show on The Edge 96.ONE. Scott Petts graduated in 2002 and is now working for HBO in New York where his team was nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement for their work on the Game of Thrones Season 2 digital experience. With scholarships also available, apply now for June 2013 or February 2014 online or give them a call.
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Established in 1999, MWT Institute delivers exceptional, government accredited Music qualiﬁcations. Positioning themselves as the adult learning environment of choice, MWT have proudly granted nationally endorsed music qualiﬁcations to hundreds of musicians over the past four years. Oﬀering a dynamic choice of music streams, they are renowned as one of the best institutes to deliver fast track Music Diploma pathways in composition, performance and tuition. MWT courses help learners to improve their musicianship skills and add valuable experience to their professional music careers. As with any of the creative industries, a career in music requires practitioners to harness their creative talent by combining it with a speciﬁc set of practical skills and knowledge. A successful music professional needs to understand ‘how it all ﬁts together’ in terms of
arranging and composing, music technology and having sound business acumen. At MWT Institute they empower their students by creating a learning environment where they are comfortable and encouraged to connect and network with each other and other industry professionals. By doing this, they are given a valuable insight into the business and start to work on dissolving barriers that prevent entry into the industry as professionals. With an MWT music diploma you’ll get a chance to connect with like-minded people, build your professional and personal knowledge and skills, and unleash your creativity. You will also get the chance to promote yourself, start your own business or event and uncover the potential to get recruited for exciting music projects. Join them today!
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Northern College of The Arts (NCAT) Music and Sound Production course guarantees students to graduate with industry based qualiﬁcations and contacts to launch their career in sound engineering, producing and mixing. With all live and studio based recording applications as part of the course structure, students are encouraged to explore new mediums in which to implement their skills such as ﬁlm and television, advertising, gaming and mobile digital content, as well as selfpublication and broadcast. The Music and Sound Production course employs a team of professional staﬀ, teaching on the latest facilities to ensure that their students have a portfolio of recorded work and the skills to
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take their musical career to the next level. The College consults with industry and government reference groups to ensure their curriculum remains consistent with emerging trends and includes purpose built facilities that demonstrate sustainable practices. Some of these include a fully equipped, state-of-the-art recording studio, digital audio workstations and multi-media labs for student use. The beauty about NCAT is their commitment to up-to-date industry practices and technology alongside their focus on individual progress creating real working graduates. Get in contact today to learn more about where the NCAT – Music and Sound Production could take you!
Australians have always had a proliﬁc love aﬀair with music, new media and the creative industries. Our shores are a stomping ground for some of the world’s best musical, artistic and creative talents. Music resonates throughout our day-today existence and provides the killer soundtrack to our quintessential Aussie culture, while digital media provides the format in which we receive and engage with it. If you’re an avid musician, sound technician or a tech-head with a creative ﬂare and looking to take your career to the next professional level, then SAE Institute and QANTM College will have the right course for you. SAE Institute oﬀers accredited degrees, diplomas and certiﬁcates in audio, ﬁlm, music and sound
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production and Qantm College is a global innovator in creative digital media education, oﬀering industryfocused courses in animation, games design, games programming, graphic design and interactive media. Working with industry leaders, students not only learn from the best in the business but also on state of the art equipment and in facilities that are built above industry standards. Put simply, if you want real employment opportunities and pathways in the audio, ﬁlm, animation and digital ﬁelds, then SAE and QANTM would love to hear from you and help kick start your professional journey. See both websites for more information on how you can also travel and study abroad with their numerous international locations.
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VOX SINGING ACADEMY
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Vox Singing Academy was established in 1993 and has fast become Australia’s leading voice training specialists. A rich history of working with some of Australia’s leading performers and production companies in both contemporary and classical styles has ensured they guarantee to give their students what they want from their voice and performance. The training covers everything from amateur tuition through to professional training modules that looks to enhance each vocalist with their range, pitch, ear, breathing techniques and even songwriting skills. Vox Singing Academy employs a range of professional singers and musicians that have looked after heavy rock vocalists from Airbourne, The Butterﬂy Eﬀect and
Gyroscope through to the pop sensibilities of Paris Wells, Cut Copy and even modern cabaret crooner styles employed by artists such as Rob Mills. If you’ve ever heard the vocal power of blues act Ash Grunwald or rockabilly sensations King Cannons or even the delectable dialectic musings of rapper Allday, it’s safe to know they’ve all been trained and inﬂuenced at Vox Singing Academy. Numerous high proﬁle bands and performers often ﬂy from interstate for private singing lessons and Vox even oﬀer real-time online tuition from your computer at home. The Academy further oﬀers the choice of both male and female teachers, so if you want to sing, what are you waiting for? Call, actually sing to them today!
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Ashley Davies is regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative and ﬁnest drummer/songwriters. Throughout a career spanning two decades, Davies has covered many miles of rich musical terrain and clocked up a dazzling score of credits to his name. As one half of Matt Walker and Ashley Davies, he won an ARIA award and opened for the likes of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Cruel Sea, Gomez, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Cowboy Junkies, ZZ Top, Cold Chisel and Junior Brown. As a drummer who is able to adapt to many styles of drumming, Davies has recorded, toured, and played live with some of Australia’s great and well-known artists: Jeﬀ Lang, Chris Whitley, The Waifs, Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), Lisa Miller, Dave Larkins (Dallas Crane), Chris Wilson and The Crown of Thorns and The ZO330508
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Backsliders. As a passionate believer in nurturing fresh talent he’s also recorded with artists just starting to make an impact on the industry: Jordie Lane, Luluc, Abbie Cardwell, Rory Ellis. Davies teaches that the drums are a musical instrument as well as percussive. He uses rudimentary studies not just as exercises but as an integral part of playing and encourages students to learn various styles of drumming in order to improvise and to enhance one’s own individual style. Described by Rolling Stone as “a lot more full and textured than your average drum clinic”, subjects covered in lessons include hand and feet technique, thinking creatively, co-ordination and independence and there is also VCE tuition available.
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INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP
with Christie Eliezer * Stuﬀ for this column to be emailed to <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Friday 5pm STUDY: GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT WILL TOP $2 TRILLION IN 2016 The global entertainment and media market will hit US$2.152 trillion by 2016, according to analysts PricewaterhouseCoopers in its 2013-2017 Global Entertainment And Media Outlook report. There might be new markets like China, Brazil and India that will storm the sector. But the report makes it clear that the United States will continue to dominate, with a 29.4% market. In 2012, the US entertainment and media market generated $479.23 billion, amounting to 29.2% of the worldwide revenue of nearly $1.639 trillion. In terms of consumer spending on E&M, China will rise from #5 in 2012 to #3 in 2017, overtaking the UK in 2013 and Germany in 2016. Brazil will also grow, surpassing Canada in 2014 and South Korea and Italy in 2016 to reach #7. India will pass Australia in 2014 but remain just outside the top ten consumer spending markets. Traditional media will continue to dominate. The 9% of consumer E&M spend on digital content in 2012 will rise to just 16% in 2017. The US music market’s will grow 1% a year until 2017, led by growth in concerts and digital music. The concert business will grow 3% a year, from $8.61 billion in 2012 to $10 billion. The digital music business will grow 5.1% from last year’s $3.6 billion to $4.6 billion in 2017. CDs and vinyl will drop at an annual rate of 13%, to be worth just $1.4 billion in 2017 and probably $500 million in 2023. The report is adamant that the CD format will eventually die but can’t say when. Of the 13 sectors that make up the E&M industry, the fastest grower is internet advertising, which will grow 13.1% annually from 2013-2017. Film will grow at the seventh-fastest pace worldwide, and in 2016 will break the $100 billion mark. The North American ﬁlm market – which includes the US, Canada and Mexico – will grow 3.4% annually from $31.04 billion in 2013 to $36.35 billion by 2017, while globally, ﬁlm revenue will rise at 3.6% per year to $106.01 billion by 2017. The major growth will come from streaming services Netﬂix, Hulu and Amazon.com. Physical rental and sell-through home entertainment products will drop.
FEEDBACK WANTED ON UNDERAGE EVENTS The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has released a public consultation paper about underage live music events in licensed premises. It invites feedback on plans to streamline regulatory requirements for venue operators. The live music industry has indicated that the current rules must be changed. This is a once in a generation opportunity to improve things for young musos and fans. Obviously young music fans deserve to see acts where their elder siblings see them. But will they be in danger in a room where adults are drinking? What are your concerns and solutions? Submissions are invited by 5pm on Tuesday June 18 and sent to the VCGLR in writing either by post or email to email@example.com. Email submissions should be clearly marked with ‘Underage events consultation paper’ in the subject line. Find the discussion paper at vcglr.vic.gov.au.
CHANGE OF BUSINESS FOR PEZ
Melbourne hip hopper Pez changed his Facebook page to show he left Hub Artist Services and now with Rae Harvey’s Crucial Music. He joins The Living End, 360, Children Collide, Hunting Grounds and Gyroscope. His bookings shifted to Evan Davies of Village Sounds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRAS PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED Performances at APRA awards are a stand-out, especially with interpretations of the nominated Song of the Year.
Architecture in Helsinki, British India and Jessica Mauboy are performing, as are team-ups Lior & Gian Slater, Georgi & Robert Conley and Abbe May & Sam Ford. Presenters include Wally De Backer, Jenny Morris and Suﬀa and Debris from Hilltop Hoods. Hosted by Jonathan Biggins and Clare Bowditch, they are held on Monday June 17 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. MAX music channel (on Foxtel) will broadcast a special on Wednesday June 26 at 8pm.
THINGS WE HEAR
* While in Brisbane last December, Coldplay fell in love with chocolate-covered berry treats by local company Dr Superfood. They insisted the company send them boxes while they toured around Australia. Now they’ve put in a new order, to send a package each month to wherever they are in the world. * Justin Bieber’s legal woes continue. First a girl claimed he fathered her child (he’s denied it) while a Florida photographer says he was roughed up by his bodyguards after he took shots of the singer skateboarding in a parking lot in Miami. In the meantime, his pal Tyler, The Creator, admitted he’s the one who drove Bieb’s Ferrari recklessly in 25-mph zone near Bieber’s home in Calabasas, Calif which drew complaints to police from neighbours. * Courtney Love reckons that Kristen Stewart’s Twilight role as Bella nearly went to her and Kurt Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean. Then 13, Frances turned it down because it was “a sexist Mormon piece of shit”. * Flume’s On Top is now certiﬁed gold, following on from Sleepless and Holdin On are gold and double platinum respectively, while the self-titled LP achieved platinum. Flume returns to Europe and the States for a three-month tour next month that takes in club dates (both London dates sold-out) and festival slots including Roskilde, Wireless, Latitude and the ﬁrst ever Detroit Laneway Festival. * In the ﬁrst three days of the ten day Melbourne International Jazz Festival 15,000 attended 26 free and ticketed events – 12 of which were sold-out. * Is Florence Welch up for a role in the new Star Wars trilogy? * Tamworth has oﬃcially become a sister city to US country capital Nashville. * ABC-TV’s Spicks And Specks won’t be back until 2014. * Has Coldplay’s Chris Martin been recording with U2? * Boards Of Canada’s live album playback crashed their oﬃcial website. * The Victoria Government extended its ban on late night liquor licences for new venues by a further two years to June 2015. Any new venue in Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra will not be able to sell alcohol after 1am.
OASIS’ WONDERWALL WINS J’S 20 YEARS
Oasis’ 1995 hit Wonderwall topped the 20 Years of triple j’s Hottest 100 poll. Over 940,000 votes were cast, over 20 days, with 25-year-olds submitting the most votes of any age. Daft Punk, Silverchair and The Killers had three songs each, followed by Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, Gotye, Jebediah, Jeﬀ Buckley, MGMT, Powderﬁnger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead with two apiece. 1997 stood out as the year with the most popular songs with 11 songs from the countdown released that year. There are 49 songs from the ‘90s (1993 – 1999) and 51 songs from the ‘00s (2000 – 2012). 41 songs were penned by American artists, 29 by Aussies and 25 by UK artists, with three from France and one each for Ireland and Iceland. Five bands have siblings in them, six songs have an animal in the title, and eight songs are reportedly about politics. For more stats head to triplej.net.au/hottest100.
Melbourne band Strange Talk have been signed to US label Wind-Up Records. The worldwide deal excludes Australia and NZ where it is with Sony. Their album Cast Away will be re-released in America on Tuesday August 20, around which time they will do shows there. Wind-Up is home to Evanescence, Creed, Seether, Finger Eleven, Filter, The Darkness and Sydney’s The Griswolds.
KATE BENTLEY TO BE HONOURED
The late band and venue manager Kate Bentley will be honoured at the Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend gala dinner at Crown Palladium on Thursday June 20. Bentley, who passed from cancer last November, threw herself into charity work. She is awarded the inaugural Diamond of the Year Award. Bentley had been told a day before she passed she was receiving the award. “She cried and said her family would be so proud of her”, revealed Anna Toman, chair of the Women for Challenge Committee. Bentley’s mother and two sisters and their family will accept the award. Daryl Braithwaite, for whom Bentley sang backup vocals, will perform her favourite song Horses.
HELLIONS SIGN TO UNFD
Sydney hardcore act Hellions were signed by UNFD. Formed from the ashes of The Bride, Hellions emerged from the scene that gave birth to Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder and Buried In Verona. Hellions debut album Die Young is set for a September release. Debut single Infamita, with Adrian Fitipaldes from Northlane on guest vocals, is on the UNFD YouTube Channel.
ABC MUSIC SIGNS BEN SALTER
Singer/songwriter Ben Salter (The Gin Club, Giants Of Science, The Wilson Pickers) signed with ABC Music. His new European Vacation EP came from when he travelled Europe for ﬁve months to collaborate with as many songwriters and artists as he could. The EP is out Friday July 12.
COLES GOES IN ONE DIRECTION
After successful campaigns with Status Quo to get the oldies and the jeans set, supermarket giant Coles is going for a younger demographic by signing One Direction for its latest ad campaign. Media outlets received a box of cupcakes which spelt out “That’s what makes you beautiful.” 1D’s October tour sold out in three minutes. But Coles is giving away 10,000 tickets to their shows and 2,500 four person passes to a new matinée Sunday October 6 show for Coles customers only.
NEW HUB BAR FOR MUSIC FEAST This year’s Music Feast celebrating Darebin talent introduces the Bain Marie festival hub bar on busy High Street to increase the visibility of the event. Set in the Northcote Town Hall Civic Square, it will operate from midday til late oﬀering 12 days of free entertainment in a curated program. There are also more spaces to more artists in the Town Hall through the artists support program. Attention artists, bookers and producers: expressions of Interest to perform at the Northcote Town Hall close on Sunday June 16. All details at musicfeast.com.au.
SLEEP IN FOR LEAPS & BOUNDS Morning Ritual Sleeps In is a series of weekend gigs (midday to 4pm) which is part of the Leaps & Bounds festival. It is co-presented by Bird and Aarght Records at Copacabana at 137 Smith St, Fitzroy. There’ll be two bands a session – highlights include The UV Race’s ﬁrst gig back after their US tour, the ﬁrst local gigs for Beaches and Super Wild Horses since their sold-out album launches and a rare appearance
Engaged: two Whitesnake fans during the band’s show in Sheﬃeld, UK, with singer David Coverdale reading out the marriage proposal on stage. Ill: Sharon Jones has been diagnosed with stageone bile duct cancer. She is expected to fully recover but has given up touring for the time being. Injured: an unlucky fan who was accidentally hit on the head when R&B singer Miguel tried to jump from the stage to the catwalk at the Billboard music awards, might be suﬀering from brain damage. Injured: W.A.S.P. are oﬀ the road for the time being as singer Blackie Lawless needs to undergo surgery for an injury suﬀered in a car accident. Arrested: John Eastman, 45, of Connecticut who posed as Harry Styles of One Direction when he’d skype under-aged girls asking them to pose nude. (Not) In Court: George Michael won’t be charged for not wearing a seatbelt, when he fell out of a moving vehicle on the busy M1 motorway on May 16, almost causing other cars to crash, and earning himself a spell in hospital. Suing: after being dumped in February and sued by the band he helped create, Scott Weiland is counter-suing Stone Temple Pilots. He wants $7 million in damages for what he claims was a conspiracy to oust him. Suing: a US woman claims she got oral herpes after trying on Rihanna’s signature lipstick shade at a pop-up show at her show in New York. She says the sales assistant “didn’t use a fresh or new lipstick tube, but rather one that had been used for other patrons”. Suing: veteran Sydney journalist Richard Sleeman, 62, takes action against Oxford Street nightclub Palms for defamation after a bouncer allegedly loudly refused to let him come in because he was “way too drunk.” He says he was not drunk but had been excluded because of his age. Arrested: one time N-Dubz singer and former X Factor UK judge Tulisa Contostavlos after a newspaper claimed that she supplied cocaine to one of its journalists by introducing him to a drug dealer. In Court: Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins denied two charges of raping a baby, conspiracy to rape another child, sexual assault and possessing indecent images involving an animal. by the Ooga Boogas – as well as DJs and a record fair.
LAW WORKSHOP Arts Law Centre of Australia’s Victorian Arts Law Consortium Workshop is on Friday June 14 at DLA Piper (140 William St, City). It costs $25 a session or $100 per day. It covers Business Governance (including how it aﬀects arts groups applying for “charitable” status and ATO tax concessions), contracting over the internet, crowdfunding and artists’ rights to be paid to work.
“START ME UP – ONLINE GUIDE TO MUSIC BIZ” This covers using social media to achieve your aims, setting up or improving your website, basic understanding of hardware, software and networking options, and beneﬁts, drawbacks and rules of being online. Presented by Music Victoria and Small Business Victoria, it is on Tuesday June 18 between 6 to 8pm at State Library of Victoria. Seminar Room One 328 Swanston Street. Book, at $20 via trybooking.com/CUPK.
DEADLINE FOR ARTS GRANT The deadline to apply for the City of Melbourne 2014 Annual Arts Grants is Monday June 17. Artists, groups and organisations with creative ideas for projects in the City of Melbourne are being encouraged to apply. See melbourne. vic.gov.au/grantsandsponsorship/artsgrants or call 9658 9658.
THE TIGER & ME
Deﬁne your genre in ﬁve words or less: Indie-pop. Euro-folk. Done.
Drifter’s Dawn (2012). Try ABC stores, JB-Hiﬁ, iTunes or Spotify.
What can a punter expect from your live show? I might give you the ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’ answer for this one, which is: a rare mixture of styles and sounds as three lead vocalists exchange and merge tunes from whispered ballad to fevered maelstrom. Driven by keys, bass and drums, the band also draws on guitars, ukulele, accordion, violin and ﬁve voices.
Tell us about the last song you wrote. Last year I wrote and recorded an album on my own (as yet unreleased), setting Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven to music. One of the songs looked like it would ﬁt The Tiger & Me much better than the orchestral art pop setting of the rest of The Raven, so I took it to the band. We played with the lyrics a little to make it appropriate, but some of the original text remains, and the title Other Friends Have Flown Before comes directly from the poem.
Where would you like to be in ﬁve years? The Forum. What makes a good musician? 50% practice, 20% natural ability, 30% assorted stimulants, 20% amazing hair, 5% anxiety, 5% ability to add up percentages, 10% more practice, and the rest is just good luck. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? Two LPs, From A Liar To A Thief (2010) and The Beat Magazine Page 42
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What inspires or has inﬂuenced your music the most? Working with and learning from people I admire. For example: being in a studio for several weeks with Steven Schram, the producer on our recent record, was a huge inspiration. He hears diﬀerent things to what I hear. I learned a lot, especially about vocal performance and what makes a good one. Writing a song for The Key of Sea project with Murtaza Jafari,
an Afghani refugee now living in Australia, was hugely inﬂuential. Collaborating with other musicians and performers is a constant source of inspiration. 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? I like to think they’ll say that band sounds amazing, but they’ll probably say the bass player has a sweet moustache (which is true), the accordion player is mysterious and handsome (he’s handsome but
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he’s not really that mysterious), and how the hell is the frontman getting into those jeans? (with some diﬃculty). THE TIGER & ME play The Spotted Mallard on Saturday June 15 with Aluka and Oh Pep! Entry is $15 from 8.30pm.
GYPSY & THE CAT BY CHRIS MARTIN
It’s seven months since the release of Gypsy & The Cat’s second record, The Late Blue, and Xavier Bacash is in the mood for reflection. “I’m happy with how it turned out,” says the DJ-turned-vocalist about album number two. “But I’m not happy with the reception of it.” Ah yes, it’s those second album blues – and Bacash seems to have swallowed an unhealthy dose. 2010’s Gilgamesh spawned Time To Wander, Jona Vark and The Piper’s Song, singles that garnered the band considerable attention and airplay. The Late Blue has not hit the same note. “Tame Impala are probably the only [current] band I can think of whose second record has pushed them further forward… I felt like it was the right time for this record, but it hasn’t done as well as we would have liked.” As interview subjects go, Bacash is honest – more honest than most. He’s unassuming and considered, and he speaks about The Late Blue less with anger than with disappointment. After the bounding success of Gilgamesh, this one has hurt Bacash – and the feeling is contagious. Hell, in the band’s eyes at least, it’s downright better than their ﬁrst. “Musically, technically, everything about it,” Bacash reckons. “If this was our ﬁrst record, maybe it would’ve been a bit diﬀerent. We always knew that this was going to be a transition record, and that people who had listened to the ﬁrst one were going to be a little freaked out. And through the commercial radio play we’ve received from a few of the [Gilgamesh] songs, there’s probably a whole stack of fans we could aﬀord to lose, that weren’t fans that come to the shows. A lot of indie bands – like Tame Impala and Bon Iver and whatever – have those fans that have invested in driving those careers forward, and making sure they keep buying their records and they’re interested in what they do. “It just shows you how ﬁckle commercial exposure can be to a new band. On one side it’s been really disappointing, but on the other side we’re still getting heaps of fans on Facebook and a whole new [set of] fans. I guess instead of doubling our fan base we’ve swapped out a lot of fans that probably aren’t positive for us moving forward.” It’s back on the road, then, to do just that. Bacash, collaborator Lionel Towers and their band have spent the recent months playing showcase gigs Stateside, but with the Australian winter comes a new run of dates across the country on the ‘It’s A Fine Line’ Tour. The Late Blue, at least, has injected some newfound life into Gypsy & The Cat’s live show. Its sonic palate draws much more from organic melodies and acoustic drums than before, and the eﬀect transfers to the stage. “I guess there’s a bit more freedom, there’s less on the backing track and you can have more of a dynamic – light and shade within the song, and better variation from the record to live,” says Bacash. “When things are very electronic, like on the ﬁrst record, it was pretty diﬃcult trying to translate without feeling like we were putting everything on backing tracks and just pressing ‘play’… I guess on this record we were conscious, writing the record, of playing it live.” Not that the duo approaches its live shows with relish, exactly – Bacash usually feels more comfortable in the surroundings of his family farm in rural Victoria, where he set up a recording studio some 18 months ago to cut The Late Blue. “We’re pretty private, Lionel and myself, we don’t really like – we didn’t go to the ARIAs, we’re not interested in that competitive side of music. So it’s kind of weird playing shows because I feel like there’s this huge expectation. We had such a successful ﬁrst record, so there’s always pressure when you announce a tour to sell it out, and the media expect all this stuﬀ from you…people are just waiting for you to fuck up, really. So it’s nice to be in the bubble up at the farm.” Still, one inspiring asset the band picked up on its American excursion was visual artist Yr Friend Matthew, AKA Matthew Caron, who shot the video for It’s A Fine Line in Los Angeles (witness Bacash dancing like his hero Ian Brown in the clip: “He probably has more of a swagger than I have. I met him – he was the nicest, most down-to-earth dude I reckon I’ve met in music”). Caron is also working on the visuals for Gypsy & The Cat’s live show, continuing the band’s habit of jumping into bed with talented artists. “I guess we’re just lucky enough to get the right people who are very, very good at what they do involved in what we do,” says Bacash. “We like to be thematic with things, and this new artwork and the ﬁlm clip especially is kind of a link to our next record, which we’ve been working on, so it’s all very deliberate. We never just solicit ideas from random artists – we go after people we really like.” It’s all part of the band’s dedication – a stubborn one, perhaps – to the old-fashioned album experience. “We sell more records than we sell singles, so we feel like we’re an album band more than a singles band. And from the experience of having singles on commercial radio, it’s felt like, yeah – we want to have really strong songs and songs that need to go on radio, because especially as an indie band you have to have songs on radio to keep propelling your career forward, but we weren’t desperate to do that. We’re more focused on having an album package that makes sense and is interesting as a whole.”
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BY LACHLAN KANONIUK
It’s in the live setting where Japandroids, and their arsenal of two LPs and two EPs, truly flourish. Australian audiences weren’t privy to the experience until the start of 2013, well after the band broke through with the debut Post-Nothing and the all-conquering anthem Young Hearts Spark Fire. But the Canadian duo have more than made up for their tardiness, following up an exclusive Laneway run earlier in the year with their own headline tour. Speaking from his home in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada after the band’s two Coachella sets – “It was great, there were actually a lot of bands that we played with at Laneway there. So it was like a Laneway reunion party” – drummer-vocalist David Prowse explains the delay in their antipodean debut. “Well to be honest with you, we didn’t really know that anyone knew about our band down there,” he reasons. “Maybe that sounds really silly, but we’d asked about going there and the powers that be in the booking world didn’t really seem to think that we were well known down there on Post-Nothing. But with Celebration Rock, that’s when we started doing a lot of press, and that’s when people started asking, ‘How come you guys haven’t been here yet?’ And we were kind of shocked to hear that, knowing that we were missing out on all the potential shows we could have had down there. We just blew it, basically. We’re dummies.” With an impeccable canon of two albums forged since 2009, the band have honed an ethos of sporadic recording in between a proliﬁc touring schedule. “I think we feel a lot more comfortable playing live, and we’ve deﬁned ourselves as a live band for a very long time. I don’t think either of us thought we were the best musicians or songwriters or singers, but we took pride in the fact that we put as much of ourselves into every show as humanly possible – playing with as much passion and energy as we could every night,” he explains. “As time goes on, we’re really getting
comfortable with the whole studio environment. At this point, we’ve played around 500 shows and we’ve only recorded two albums and a couple of EPs. It’s just a balance of experience, and it’s skewed so far to the touring side of things so that’s where we feel more comfortable.” Playing together since the mid-2000s, Prowses and guitarist-vocalist Brian King have maintained and fostered a considerable musical bond. “When you play in a band with somebody and you feel that you really click musically, it’s a pretty special thing. Brian and I felt that when we were just friends ﬁrst starting to play. It’s a hard thing. It’s common for four or ﬁve friends to get together and start a band, and all of those people have totally diﬀerent ideas of what they want the band to sound like. I feel like with Brian, not that all our musical tastes are in line, we deﬁnitely had a lot of bands were an inﬂuence on both of us. “That was the music we wanted to make. When you’ve been playing music as long as we have, things become intuitive. When we were recording Celebration Rock, it was hard knowing we had to follow-up Post-Nothing. But in some ways, so many things became so natural to us. If we had a
spark of an idea, we knew where to go with it.” Despite the band sticking to their two-piece guns, Japandroids manage to emanate a resounding brand of power-anthem which is bolstered by an overwhelming impulse for crowd participation. “I think that was something we stumbled upon. We both wanted to play high energy music, and we’re both suckers for a good hook,” Dave reveals. “But as time goes on and you play 200 shows a year, a very natural things happens where you see which songs get a better response. Before Post-Nothing even really hit the media, we knew that Young Hearts Spark Fire was the strongest song on that album. Then those convictions were proven when we began to play the song live. For Celebration Rock, we basically wanted to have that kind of feeling you get for ﬁve minutes of the show expanded into the duration of the album. We pushed ourselves to make a consistently strong album all the way through, and how it would translate into the live dynamic. We wanted to make this full blown sonic assault, that no matter which song we played oﬀ Celebration Rock the crowd would be just as excited. That’s what we were striving for, that singa-long, anthemic nature. It’s quite obvious that the people
coming to Japandroids shows go there to participate, and that’s something quite special that we stumbled into,” he states. “To be honest, we’re pretty reliant on that. Once you experience a crowd of people singing along, you start to really crave it. We become addicted to that feeling.” The thread of nostalgic themes throughout Japandroids’ work belies their youth “I think when the lyrics were written for Younger Us, it was so obviously nostalgic even from the title, but we weren’t really aware of that. I think to some extent it’s not necessarily taking the fatalistic view, that once you get old you can’t be like you were when you were young. But it’s that craving of that feeling that you have to be nostalgic about. Interpretation of lyrics is more up to the audience than the songwriter, once you release it out into the world it’s not yours anymore,” he philosophises, channelling Barthes.
collective approach to creating music. Barron says there’s no dominant artistic inﬂuence in the band. “I suppose it varies – everyone comes up with ideas,” he says. “We just take them into the studio, and we record live as well. And one of the good things in the band is that everyone can play other instruments.” After recording a few singles, TOY signed to Heavenly Records, and went into the studio early last year to record the band’s debut self-titled album. “The guy we did the record with, Dan Carey, was a friend of ours,” Barron says. “When we were in the studio, he decided to set up a smoke machine and lasers. That created a swirly fog, and it helped create a diﬀerent atmosphere that meant we didn’t have to concentrate on each take.” TOY’s debut album made an immediate critical splash, generating positive commentary across the English music media. Despite the notoriously ﬁckle tastes of the English media, Barron says TOY isn’t worried about any inevitable backlash. “We were really pleased at how the
record was received over here,” Barron says. “We’re not that phased at the reviews, but it is nice when people say something nice about us. But I suppose it does wash oﬀ our backs a bit.” In mid-June TOY will leave the northern summer for the southern winter (“it’s not much of a summer here at the moment,” Barron notes wryly) to undertake its ﬁrst Australian tour. Barron says TOY’s live show is more than a replication of its recorded sound. “We’ve played the record live quite a bit, and when you’ve been playing the songs live for a while, the songs tend to morph into something diﬀerent,” Barron says. “Our live show is diﬀerent to the record – we’re not just trying to replicate the record. There’s quite a lot of room for improvisation in the songs. And while each show is diﬀerent, it’s not a conscious thing to change it.”
while. This time around, we wanted to do things very simply – the songs on Damage all started out on acoustic guitar.” Adkins is fond of quoting the Jesus And Mary Chain’s maxim that, if a song isn’t worth playing on acoustic guitar, it isn’t worth keeping around. This principle underpins the songs on Damage, and I put it to Adkins that he actually holds true of a lot of contemporary pop music. I put it to him that if Katy Perry’s detractors, for instance, heard some dude with an acoustic guitar playing Teenage Dream, they would probably ﬁnd that they liked the song. He laughs, and says he agrees. “That’s the thing with modern pop,” he says. “A lot of the
animosity is aimed at the artiﬁce of it all. Everything sounds computerised and perfect – pop music production today is about trying to correct the errors of humans, whereas I think you have a better chance of connection with somebody if you leave all that rough and raw shit in there.” He pauses for a second. “Mind you, that goes the other way too,” he says. “You can make something really stupid sound cerebral and intelligent by fuzzing it all out …”
JAPANDROIDS perform at the Corner Hotel on Wednesday August 28 (tickets on sale now) and Friday August 30 (sold-out). Celebration Rock is out now through Inertia.
BY PATRICK EMERY
If the lessons of postmodernism are correct, and language does indeed create social reality, calling your band TOY – including the deliberate capitalisation – is going to lead to an immediate, and potentially misleading inference on the band’s music. Is it, for example, a band specialising in performing children’s songs, or possibly an act deriving its influence from the antics of Buzz Lightyear and his fellow CGI characters? In the case of English band TOY, nothing could be further from the truth. “No, it’s never been suggested that we’re a children’s band,” laughs bass player Maxim ‘Panda’ Barron. In fact, TOY’s music – a blend of ‘60s psychedelia, ‘70s Krautrock and early ‘90s shoegaze – is arguably diametrically opposed to what’s suggested by the band’s name. But in a Lewis Carroll sort of a way, the name is entirely appropriate. “We originally found the name from the side of an old toy box in a friend’s house,” Barron explains. “We really liked the logo and how it was used on the box, and the name just jumped out at us. And it had a really good meaning and connotations for us, so we decided to use it.” The genesis of TOY can be traced back some years before the encounter with the Victorian toy box, to when most of the band members were attending the same high school in the seaside suburb of Brighton. “We formed about three years ago, but we went to school together before that,” Barron says. “Even before we formed the band, we played guitar together. We met our keyboard player [Alejandra Diezand], who’d just come back from Spain, in Brighton, and we met our drummer [Charlie Salvidge] in London.” Raised on a musical diet of Television, The Stooges and the
Velvet Underground, the young TOY did what most young bands do – they sat around in a rehearsal space, jammed, and created songs. “We just got in a room and started playing music,” Barron says. “Our keyboard player bought a Korg synthesiser, which has a really amazing sound – that’s what Roxy Music had in the ‘70s, and that helped form our sound. We’d grown up listening to Television and the Velvets, as well as bands like Can and Neu!, so we just spent a lot of time listening to music and thinking about ideas.” The blend of Krautrock and psychedelia is, on one level, paradoxical – Krautrock is rooted in Germanic discipline, while psychedelia prides itself on its sonic and rhythmic elasticity. Upon closer examination, however, there’s a symbiotic relationship between the two genres. “Krautrock generally has a straight, hypnotic beat,” Barron muses. “But even though Krautrock can be seen as monochrome, it can deﬁnitely take you to other places. We really like that heavy, hypnotic beat. And there’s plenty of Krautrock songs, especially from bands like Can, that are psychedelic.” With each band member able to swap to diﬀerent instruments if required, TOY has been able to take a
TOY play the Corner Hotel on Tuesday June 18.
JIMMY EAT WORLD
BY ALASDAIR DUNCAN
Jim Adkins, the singer of Arizona alt-rockers Jimmy Eat World, says that his band’s latest album, Damage, is an adult break-up record. It’s a raw and wounded collection of songs. Far more stripped-back than anything in the band’s recent catalogue, it represents an attempt, by a guy in his 30s, to pick through the wreckage of a broken relationship in a mature and grown-up fashion. “When it comes to love songs, I guess the ones that deal with tough times are just more interesting to me,” Adkins says. “I wanted to approach the topic with as much honesty as I could, without feeling like a fraud.” The older you get, the more your perspective on love broadens. “Relationships are diﬀerent when you have more experience,” Adkins says, of the experiences that shaped the record. “There’s more of a grey area between right and wrong in arguments,” he says. Take a song like album closer You Were Good – as break-up songs go, it’s less of a screw you than a sad send-oﬀ. “The complexities of having a mature relationship, or dissolving a mature relationship, are endless,” he continues. “It’s messy – it’s really fucking messy – and it’s not easy. There’s a lot to write about.” I ask Adkins how many of the album’s lyrics are based on personal experience, but it seems he doesn’t like to talk Beat Magazine Page 44
about this too much. The emotions on the record are his, he says, but he has chosen to put them in the mouth of a character, as a short story writer would. “Even the most insane, out-there science ﬁction writer has to ground their work in some kind of observation and experience,” he says. “The person who’s speaking the story, he doesn’t do anything out of white-hot passion. He’s in a calm period after his initial reaction to things. That’s where you get the real complexity, but also where some of the harder stuﬀ starts to come out.” From here, our talk turns to the sound of the album. The songs on Damage are simple and unadorned, as if Jimmy Eat World are standing in your living room, bashing out the songs on guitar, bass and drums. “In the past, we’ve always reached for the best recording we could get, without giving a lot of thought to how we’d be able to play the song live,” Adkins says. “You hear of people using the studio as an instrument – we did that for a
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EMPIRE OF THE SUN BY ALASDAIR DUNCAN “A bluebird flew down from the heavens, and landed in the Cal Mar Suites in Santa Monica,” Luke Steele tells me, explaining the inspiration behind Ice On The Dune, the title track of the new Empire of the Sun record. “Much later, we were shooting the video for Alive in Bryce Canyon, Utah, and as we stood there, thousands of feet up, I looked around and saw ice melting on the top of these canyons. Littlemore turned around and said to me, ‘There you go Steele, Ice On The Dune.’” This kind of thing happens quite a lot with Empire of the Sun, Steele tells me. “We write things, and then they happen – ask and you shall receive. Sometimes I feel like our songs are sent from another place, and we’re just puppets.” You can forgive Steele for feeling a little dazed. The ﬁrst Empire of the Sun record became a surprise smash hit around the world oﬀ the back of glistening electro pop tracks like Walking On A Dream. It was hard work crafting a follow-up, and pressure from outside forces weighed heavily on the band. “I told the label I wanted a year and a half to make the record, and after about two months, everyone started calling to ask when it was going to be ﬁnished,” he says. “People were very impatient, and it created a lot of stress, and it’s funny, because in the end, Ice On The Dune took a year and a half to make – the exact time frame that I predicted all along.” Before the pieces of Ice On The Dune could come together, Steele needed to reconnect with his enigmatic Empire band mate Nick Littlemore. Littlemore himself is famously diﬃcult to pin down – he’s touring with his band PNAU one minute, and composing soundtracks for Cirque Du Soleil the next. Steele and Littlemore famously fell out of contact for a long time following Empire’s debut. The band toured the country with an elaborate stage show, but Littlemore wasn’t a part of it. For a time, Empire of the Sun seemed as if it might continue as a Luke Steele solo project. The universe, however, wasn’t done with Empire of the Sun, and it would soon bring the two together again. “I think it got to the point where, after I’d toured for the record for a couple of years, it became pretty obvious that all the fans needed new songs to sing, new rhythms to dance to,” Steele says, when I ask about the delicate process of reconnecting with his old friend. “Nick and I started tinkering with things, sending images and recordings back and forth. We slowly started communicating again, and then after a while, we got back together.” Once the two were in the same room together, during a trip to New York, it all crystallised. “We’ve always had a pretty powerful musical chemistry,” Steele says. “It’s like the yin and the yang. Nick has books and books of lyrics, all divided into colours, and when I sing a melody for him, he’ll decide what colour it is, bring out the book and say, ‘Here you go.’ It works well for us.” The new album opens with a stirring orchestral track called Lux – it comes across like the opening strains of a sci-ﬁ soundtrack, and I ask Steele what exactly inspired it. “Nick had a strange keyboard contraption where none of the black keys worked, just the white keys,” he explains. “That kind of thing is really confusing for a keyboard player, but we thrive on weird things like that. I ﬁnd that’s the trick to songwriting, tricking your brain to make it do things in a diﬀerent pattern. My father was always saying, after the ﬁrst record, that he was fascinated to see where The Emperor and his Prophet would go,” he continues. “I like this track because it sounds like an army coming over the mountain, ready to go into battle. It seemed like the perfect opener.” In the world of Empire of the Sun, Steele is The Emperor and Littlemore is The Prophet. These are the roles that the pair play in their colourful videos and, if they get their way, will one day play in a movie. I ask Steele if he can tell me more about these characters, and how Ice On The Dune develops them further. “The Emperor, through his crown and his priestesses, conjures up visions and dreams for people,” he explains. “He designs animals, and makes the seas and waterfalls ﬂow. The Prophet is basically his disciple, who goes out and surveys the land and then reports back to The Emperor. In this next BIG segment, his crown is stolen by The King Of Shadows. Waterfalls start ﬂowing backwards, trees bury their heads in the sand, animals are born strange…we set out to regain The Emperor’s crown and restore peace to the world.” Once Ice On The Dune is out, Steele promises a killer live show to go along with it. “If the ﬁrst show was like someone pouring water on your head, this TIX FROM TICKETEK | one is like the whole ocean raging through you,” he explains. After that, the duo’s plans are grander still. “We’re planning to produce a lot more music, and we’re going to make our ﬁlm,” Steele says. “We want to develop hotels and amusement parks and oceans. I’ll tour the show and we’ll continue in the studio, in that world. The band is growing so much.”
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BY ROD WHITFIELD
Australia has become an absolute world leader in the field of alternative and progressive rock music over the past five to ten years, with bands the likes of Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and Twelve Foot Ninja leading the way, drawing the eyes, ears and attention of many in progressive music circles internationally. Another act right there in the thick of it is Sydney modern prog-rockers Breaking Orbit, whose superb debut album The Time Traveller was released approximately a year ago to virtually universal acclaim. After a stunning 12 months and a very busy 2013 so far, including a nationwide jaunt with Dead Letter Circus earlier this year, the band have headed oﬀ on their own headlining tour of the country as you read this, and pull in to Melbourne this Friday. Drummer Mark Tyson joined us prior to the tour from his home in Sydney to tell us all it. “I think we’ve been really lucky in the last 12 months, with the album and how that’s come out,” he says, “and so for us, this headline tour is a good consolidation of all the good stuﬀ that’s happened over the last 12 months, so it’s pretty cool.” And the band have not been idle in the last year, as far as writing new material is concerned, and Mark promises that some brand new songs will get an airing on this tour. “We’re really excited,” he enthuses, “’cause we’ve got some brand new stuﬀ to throw out
there as well, keeping it fresh and all that kind of stuﬀ!” The tour is actually to support the release of a brand new single, the third one lifted from the album, closing track Silence Seekers, which showcases the more atmospheric side of this hard hitting progressive rock act. “Yeah, it’s one of the tracks oﬀ the album, we decided to promote that one because it’s the big, emotive… well it captures a big emotional moment, it’s a real crescendo,” he describes, “and it’s one of the tracks on the album that we love, it probably came out the best on the album, for us. So we’re deﬁnitely looking forward to thrashing that one out, should be awesome!” The Breaking Orbit live show is deﬁnitely not just another band playing their live set; they endeavour to put on a show full of light and shade, colour and movement, and bring in an array of percussive elements to add to their already highly complex and interesting progressive rock tunes, as Mark explains. “Love this question!” he laughs. “I guess one of the
things we try and do the most is try and use as much energy as we can to communicate with the crowd and engage the crowd. It’s one of those thing where, whether you’re into the progressive rock sounds, like whether you’re a die hard Cog fan and stuﬀ of that genre, or whether you’re just into to good songwriting or the whole staging thing, we try and bring everything to our shows. A great live presentation, the show, what it sounds like and all those kind of things. “For those who haven’t seen us, it’s a real opportunity to step outside the bounds of what you hear on the record. And we engage in that live percussion element very heavily, and it has a great visual impact as well as being a hell of a lot of fun for us!” The album has had a superb response in the year that it has been out, and the band have been very excited and encouraged by the reaction, both here and overseas. The band have strong ambitions to expand their reach beyond our shores and take their sounds and live presentation to oﬀshore markets. “Even overseas, we’re just stoked that it’s getting such a good response over there, because obviously for us that’s a great goal in life, to step oﬀ and capture
that European market, and eventually the States, or whatever other paths we can possibly conquer!” And in the shorter term, there is the matter of writing and building towards a follow up to The Time Traveller, and Mark tells us that work is well underway on the band’s sophomore eﬀort. “We always have a large backlog of stuﬀ,” he reveals. “Half the tracks on the ﬁrst album we’d been playing for quite a while and then we went in and reﬁned them for the album itself. We have a lot of stuﬀ that we’ve laid down over the last three or four years, so we’re cultivating those ideas. I suppose they’re slightly inﬂuenced by the bands that we’ve touring with, and the sounds that have been coming out in the last little while. Bands like Twelve Foot [Ninja] and Dead Letter [Circus] and all that kind of stuﬀ.”
The band’s had a little radio play with triple j and other stations around the country and also in Europe and USA. I think bands can get ahead in Australia without triple j saturation or any other station saturation. It’s deﬁnitely easier with them behind you, but if you really wanna do it clean, you can.” With a single releasing looming and an eventual album release, Phatouros explains the diﬀerent recording approach they took this time. “We recorded our ﬁrst album in Melbourne at Birdland with Lindsay Gravina and Rob Long,” he says. “We had a great time working with them both, they were top shelf and really helped us a lot. This time with our new album we went into YoYo Studios in Perth with Kenny Watt engineering and Rob Younger producing, then went up to Sydney with Rob and Wayne Connolly mixed it with us there. That really made a huge diﬀerence working with those three cats, they all went beyond the call of duty and the band’s real lucky for that. We have our new single Get A Move On out now. In the past, Phatouros has talked about his frustration with playing older songs from The Volcanics’ catalogue but he seems to be at peace with that idea now. “We
still play a few older songs yeah. It don’t matter what date a song was written, if it moves ya it moves ya and some people wanna hear the songs they wanna hear,” he says. Sometimes it helps to look back in order to move forward and moving forward is something that The Volcanics desire as much as ever. “We hope the new music will help the band keep moving along on its path and hopefully play some new places we haven’t played before,” he says. “We’ve been oﬀered some things in the past, that at the time we couldn’t accept, but now the band is a lot more mobile and free to do those things, which is pretty exciting. Hopefully with our new album, after playing Australia, we can get over to the good people in Europe and Japan who like our music. We’re glad those people are still waiting for the band to go to their city.”
Evil Versus People and beyond has been me controlling everything like a dictator, which I felt wasn’t working recently so we tried to have the current lineup more involved creatively. But in the end everybody agreed that ‘this is my band’ and essentially handed the reins back to me. They are peasants now and do what I say, when I say it.” Writing songs for inclusion in an established band’s catalogue comes with the risk of becoming constricted by what supposedly represents the band’s identity. Price sympathises with this view but suggests the original ethos of Cotton Sidewalk largely enables him to evade falling into this trap. “I think Cotton Sidewalk’s identity is to have no constrictions, no rules, no parameters. These days I try to just write music of any kind. Whatever comes out, if I think it will work in the Cotton Sidewalk arena, then it gets a shot.” The press release that details the band’s new EP makes reference to what a privilege it is to make music at all. Price explains that realising the actuality of this sentiment has positively augmented his approach to songwriting. “The impact was analogous with re-learning how to defecate and doing lots of it. Green, brown, corn-ﬁlled.
Whatever pains I felt in my brain I do not hold them in, they just come out and they keep coming. I feel liberated as a songwriter now, I feel my songwriting is much less contrived.” Acknowledging the deﬁning importance that making music has in his life also allowed Price to largely set aside the distracting yearning for conspicuous adulation. “I want to keep writing and releasing music no matter what. If people dig it, good. If not, fuck them. I’m not going to let that dictate my creative outlet. Whereas before, I’d take it to heart that my music didn’t change the world,” he explains. Price’s chief aims for the band’s fortunes have shifted somewhat but, if anything, the ramiﬁcations are likely to enhance the integrity of their music. Price concurs and suggests that he won’t be slowing down anytime soon. “I guess I’m less naive now, but the intention to create honest music has always been there, and still is, probably more so than ever.”
BREAKING ORBIT bring their bombastic live show to Revolver Upstairs this Friday June 14, supported by Sleep Parade, Shadowgame and Transcience.
BY KRISSI WEISS
Inspired by the likes of MC5, The Stooges and AC/DC – aka dirty, raw and unpretentious rock‘n’roll – Perth’s The Volcanics have been slogging it out both independently and as a part of the Out Of the Loop roster for many years. Theirs is a fairly standard rock tale – doing what they love in spite of/or thanks to a host of highs (supporting the lies of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mudhoney, Radio Birdman) and the usual lows (do you realise how much money and time it takes to make this thing called rock music these days?). They have a new album coming out and singer John Phatouros looks back at the biography of The Volcanics so far. A few years ago the band underwent a brief hiatus and it seems that absence may have made their little fuzzed out hearts grow fonder. “No, we haven’t taken much time oﬀ lately, we been pretty busy for a while now, with recording, playing shows and preparing to put the album out,” Phatouros says. In the face of unending challenges that life in the music industry brings, what is it that constantly brings The Volcanics back together? “Lots of things in life are fun, but this band – to us anyway – has something about it that lifts the enjoyment level higher than other things we do on the side,” he says. “Maybe it’s the rawness of the music, who knows? We all have other friends that we play music with, when the band has no commitments. That’s pretty normal and healthy to do, though this band is our ﬁrst thing.” The thing that really sets The Volcanics apart from their contemporaries is their ability to carry their inﬂuences so strongly throughout their music, without ever sounding like a tribute or nostalgia band. Of course, to answer how
they manage that is a near impossible task for Phatouros. “I’m not sure if we can be objective viewing our own music and the band,” he says. “We don’t think about it. What we do is we write and play what we like and try making it sound the way we want it to. Inﬂuences, yeah they do sneak in and that ain’t a bad thing. Consciously, blatantly copying something or someone, well that’s a diﬀerent thing. “ As they climb up the ladder of the Oz music industry, their journey has been a long one with three steps forward and then the odd lull but with regard to the local Perth industry and, to the other extreme, the global industry, The Volcanics have enjoyed a fair amount of support and recognition. “Yeah we’ve had a few great nights playing gigs with some great bands in WA,” he says. “I won’t go into naming ‘em all, but I gotta say that the night playing with The New York Dolls won’t be forgotten soon. We’ve toured around Australia when we’ve released stuﬀ in the past, but not really consistently enough to expect much.
THE VOLCANICS will be at The Old Bar on Saturday June 15 and Cherry Bar on Sunday June 16. Get A Move On is out now through Citadel.
BY AUGUSTUS WELBY
After relocating to Melbourne from their hometown of Newcastle, in 2009 Cotton Sidewalk unveiled the Evil Versus People LP, an estimable collection of progressive pop-rock tunes that seemed to indicate the band had entered an exciting phase of activity. However, when a few years slid by after the release with no sign of new music, speculation spread regarding whether the band had called it a day. Recently their subsistence was confirmed with the announcement of a new EP, Do Something, and frontman/bandleader Adam Price asserts Cotton Sidewalk are ready to re-build their public identity. “I want to put Cotton’s name back on the music-land map and draw some attention to the band. Then, bam! Another EP. And just as you’re about to wipe your face from the ﬂoor, bam! Another one.” Price appears conﬁdent about the band’s resurgence. However, he admits that the period of inertia following Evil Versus People came about when his intentions for the record weren’t satisﬁed. “We just hadn’t planned beyond the Evil Versus People album. I felt at the time that if I put my everything into Evil Versus People, the forces of nature would take over and what will be will be, which I really thought would be massive acclaim for such a wonderful record,” he says. When the anticipated acclaim didn’t rush towards Evil Versus People, Price’s deﬂation stiﬂed his creative ﬂow. He reveals that in the process of attempting to broaden Cotton Sidewalk’s proﬁle he lost contact with the band’s essential life-force. “I went through a stage of thinking, ‘To keep this band Beat Magazine Page 46
going it needs to become economically viable, the band has to make money’. This led to all sorts of outrageous, desperate decisions to make the band more marketable and easier on the mainstream person’s ears and eyes.” This mercenary impulse wasn’t destined to prosper, however, and Price describes how his zeal for expressing himself on his own terms returned to him. “When we moved to Melbourne I was set on taking over the Melbourne music scene, then using that to announce ourselves to the Australian music scene and then the world. Turns out it’s not that easy, particularly when you have other non-music related things going on in your life. The wisdom that came from this period was a re-realisation that the only person I had to impress was myself.” Throughout the past decade Cotton Sidewalk have survived a number of personnel re-shuﬄing. Do Something features a completely diﬀerent lineup to Evil Versus People but Price explains that the manner of operation remains essentially the same. “The setup with
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COTTON SIDEWALK launch Do Something at The Evelyn on Saturday June 15.
BORIS BY THOMAS BAILEY
Originally borne out of the Tokyo hardcore punk scene in the early ‘90s, Japanese threepiece Boris are a band that doesn’t screw around when it comes to pushing the envelope of musical alchemy. For much of their storied career (and fruitful as well – they’ve released nearly 20 albums!), they’ve stood defiantly in the face of popular culture and disposable music to create a sound that is undeniably theirs and theirs alone. Whether they’re exploring the realms of twisted psychedelic metal, deep-as-fuck drone, shoegaze, or hardcore punk, you are sure to be hearing something you hadn’t quite heard before. Sure, the word “iconoclastic” tends to get bandied about quite a bit – but in Boris’s case that description is apt. Take their third album, 2000’s Flood. Consisting of a single track spread out over 72 minutes in four parts, Flood is a modern-day masterpiece of experimental droneadelica that celebrates noise, restraint, silence, and heaviness in equal measures. These three musicians – Takeshi on bass, Wata on guitar, and Atsuo on drums – deliver the goods … and then some. “Our sound was similar to – and often overlapped – the hardcore/punk scene,” explains Atsuo by email when asked about their beginnings. “I guess you could call it the Tokyo Underground! Since we were that kind of band, we never really ﬁtted neatly into any speciﬁc scene. Takeshi and I were in a Chaos UK tribute band, and we had lots of hardcore friends, so Boris was active amidst all those connections. For our own shows, we invited our favourite bands and helped organise events. We played with lots of diﬀerent bands from many genres, such as punk, hardcore, psyche, alternative, garage, et cetera! I think spending time with all those bands and inﬂuences has been reﬂected in our music,” he concludes thoughtfully. And it would be those wildly disparate inﬂuences, it seems, that ﬂit about eﬀortlessly, colouring their compositions in nearly equal measure. A Boris album (my personal favourite, 2005’s Pink, is a perfect example) doesn’t sit comfortably in one place. Their songs are like organic, living things that somehow sound diﬀerent on separate listens. Is this shifting course they take intentional? Or does it just happen naturally? “We don’t try to experiment in a conscious sense,” Atsuo answers. “We don’t think it out beforehand. We only think about how we can make our listeners or our audience enjoy what we’re doing! We always look for something new because we get bored easily. We constantly follow our own gratiﬁcation, but at the same time we have to deliver to the listeners what makes us feel hot – otherwise it isn’t honest!” It’s only been since last year that saw Boris visiting Australia to tour – but this time will see them performing Flood in its entirety on stage. When asked what inspired this classic record, Atsuo is poetically vague. “I think Parts Two and Three were completed during rehearsals,” he begins. “But we worked on and created Parts One and Four in the studio. To make this album, the concept was ‘an album that makes you sleep while you listen’, so I remember we extended the length of some parts until it was tedious, or we gradually blurred the original point of the sound.” But, Atsuo informs, it’s not going to be just about Flood. “We’ll perform other songs as well,” he says. “We’ll also play new songs that haven’t been released yet! We can deliver a range of songs from Boris’s past and future, directly to the audience’s body. I hope they can experience the whole image of Boris, not just Flood.” I ask him about Tokyo itself. What’s the musical scene there like? And is it supportive of burgeoning artists? The answer sounds a bit dystopic in a weird sense, but it also seems to illustrate a damn good reason to heading abroad to make one’s music. “There are about 300 music venues called ‘live houses’ in the centre of Tokyo alone,” Atsuo explains. “These venues have everything you’ll need to play, all set up and prepared for you – even amps and a drum kit! Bands that play at these venues have to sell a minimum number of tickets or else they must pay the difference back to the venue. “In Japan, this is called the ‘ticket norm’ quota system. Because this system has been established for a long time, Japanese bands are just exploited until they’re exhausted. As far as being the right place to give birth to new expressions, this system is unsound. I feel compelled to say that this situation is generally negative! There are some good venues, and some people are trying hard. But, I think they should go abroad more and more!” Over the course of their career, Boris has collaborated with an abundance of fellow musos, such as Merzbow, Sunn 0))), Ian Astbury of The Cult, and Michio Kurihara of Ghost. Atsuo scoﬀs when asked if there is anybody they haven’t worked with that they’d like to in the future. “You shouldn’t give voice to such a thing,” he chides gently. “We have a word called ‘en’ in Japanese, which means something like ‘every encounter is the result of chance’.” Regardless of whether they work with someone else or their own bad selves, Boris will certainly continue to create dazzling soundscapes that are quite unlike anything else. Atsuo is really keen to get back to Australia to share this momentous work of theirs. “When we tour, we feel a deep connection with many people all over the world, and so we receive a massive boost!” he conﬁdes. “We always appreciate our fans and they make us feel like we are alive! We are looking forward to seeing you in Australia! Let’s enjoy our time together.”
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YELLOWCARD BY ALASDAIR DUNCAN
A decade ago, Yellowcard were just a bunch of young punks, newly relocated to California and hoping to follow in the footsteps of their favourite bands, Lagwagon and NOFX. Then, Ocean Avenue came along, and all of that changed. The success of the young band’s fourth album elevated them to headliner status, and they have seldom looked back since. “The album came out in 2003, but it was a slow burn,” violin player and vocalist Sean Mackin tells me. “It was around the time of the Warped Tour in 2004 when the single Ocean Avenue really took oﬀ. We were just a bunch of kids who were hoping to tour and play song songs and just have some fun – to have a song so big that we were able to headline the Warped tour was unbelievable to us. We had no idea it would end up like this.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ocean Avenue, and to mark the occasion, Yellowcard have decided to revisit the album, and re-record the whole thing acoustically. They’ll then be hitting the road for a series of shows, playing Ocean Avenue Acoustic in full. When I ask Mackin why they decided to do this, he tells me that they wanted to do something truly unique to thank fans for sticking by them. “We ﬁgured that we could go out and do a tour where we play our songs, and everyone comes and sings along and has a good time, but we wanted to do something more than that,” he says. “We get a lot of requests for acoustic versions of our songs, and so we decided that this was the best way to say thank you to our fans, and also to bring everyone together for a really awesome night.” A decade is a long time, and I ask Mackin if he and the rest of the band felt strange going back to revisit a collection of songs that they wrote as much younger men. Given the chance to reﬂect, though, he says that he wouldn’t have done anything diﬀerently. “When I look back at Ocean Avenue, I think that it was truly a gift,” he says, “and I wouldn’t change any moment of it. There’s a song on the album called Believe, where we commemorate the heroes that gave their lives to protect people on 9/11. That song has a lot of meaning to us, it’s still one of my favourites, and its meaning touches people so far beyond what we imagined at the time. It has its own special place in our discography. We have our own special relationship with these songs, and it’s great to hear them come to life again in acoustic form.” The violin is not the most obvious instrument to play in a punk band, and Mackin himself is grateful that he has been able to do it for so many years. He started playing the instrument at the age of ﬁve, at his mother’s insistence, but it wasn’t until much later that he began to love and appreciate the instrument. “I grew up in Florida, and everything there is more about surﬁng and the beach and basketball and football and tennis,” he says. “It’s hard to be a young person there playing the violin when all your friends are doing all these other fun things outside and making fun of you. I took lessons, but at the time, I didn’t want to play because I didn’t want to be diﬀerent – I just wanted to play basketball with my friends. My mom would hammer me about it and tell me how it was a gift and how I’d thank her one day, and she was absolutely right.” Beat Magazine Page 48
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When Mackin transferred to an arts-focussed high school, violin began to make more sense. “I played in orchestras through high school, and I did lessons, and I realised I was never going to be a prodigy, but I still worked hard at it. That was a really cool period in my life – I started writing songs, then I met some friends who shared similar taste in music, so we formed a band, and now we’re touring the world and putting out records and our lives are really amazing.” Though Mackin’s classical days are behind him, he still draws on the lessons he learned about structure, melody and arrangement. “There are elements that people were using in classical music hundreds of years ago that Yellowcard and other bands are using today,” he says. “There’s really nothing new in music. I just want to write songs that we can be proud of, songs that our fans will want to play to their friends.”
“WE GET A LOT OF REQUESTS FOR ACOUSTIC VERSIONS OF OUR SONGS, AND SO WE DECIDED THAT THIS WAS THE BEST WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR FANS, AND ALSO TO BRING EVERYONE TOGETHER FOR A REALLY AWESOME NIGHT.”
The Ocean Avenue Acoustic tour will bring Yellowcard to Australia, and I ask Mackin if the band have any ﬁnal word for fans in this part of the world. “It’s a long trip to Australia and it hasn’t always been easy for us to get down there,” he says, “but on our last couple of trips, we’ve had more and more fans each time come along to support us and love us. We can see that and we appreciate that, and we’ll make every eﬀort to keep coming back for years to come. We’d really like to thank all our fans there from the bottom of our hearts, and we can’t wait to come back down and hang out.” YELLOWCARD play The Palace Theatre on Tuesday October 29. Tickets on sale Thursday June 13 via Frontier Touring. Ocean Avenue Acoustic is out Friday August 16 via Hopeless/ UNFD.
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Bring Me The Horizon have decided that two tours of Australia in one year is no big deal, and have gone and announced their return to the country this October with Of Mice & Men and Japan’s Crossfaith. Catch them at Festival Hall on Wednesday October 9. Mental!
Boris have announce supports for their fast approaching Australian tour on which they’ll play their Flood album in full. Melbourne will see Margins support the three-piece at the Corner Hotel. Tickets are still available.
Lamb Of God will make a triumphant return to Australia with Randy in tow this September. They’ll bring Meshuggah with them to make things that extra bit tastier and they’ll also bring it all on at Festival Hall on Sunday September 22. Tickets available from Friday.
Westbro Baptist Church appear to be extending their talents to music reviews this week, as member Steve Drain has commented on Dillinger Escape Plan’s (most excellent) new album. He comments that DEP “have become vain in their imaginations and their foolish hearts were darkened”. Brilliant stuﬀ. Someone give this clown a blog.
The Hits and Pits team have decided that Boysetsﬁre, No Fun At All, Oﬀ With Their Heads and Jugheads Revenge were not suﬃcient enough for their November bill so they’ve gone and added Bad Astronaut, The Ataris and Snuﬀ to the lineup. See ‘em all at The Palace on Friday November 22.
Coheed and Cambria’s former bassist have admitted to stooging his own fans by selling merch and band memorabilia that she doesn’t actually own. “I overextended myself,” he reasoned. “I didn’t do this out of malice, but in a desperation brought on by my present situation”.
For Our Hero have a brand new album titled Young Wolves and it’s coming out this week AND they’re hitting the road to celebrate. You can suss them live when they play at Next on Thursday August 22 or chuck an all ages hang at Wrangler Studios on Saturday August 24. Alesana will hit our shores this August on the back of their new, ﬁfth studio album (their ﬁrst after parting ways with Epitaph earlier in the year). Catch them at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel on Friday August 9 or Lilydale Showground on Saturday August 10 (all ages). Anberlin will celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band by touring Australia this September with The Maine and former singer of The Academy Is… William Beckett. They’ll smash The Palace on Sunday September 8. You can get tickets from this Friday. Melbourne boys Clowns will tour pretty extensively this winter. Deﬁnitely check them out on one of their two Melbourne shows next month. See them Friday July 26 at The Public Bar or Saturday July 27 at The Reverence. Neat!
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ADRIAN BELEW LEAVES NIN
Damn, that didn’t last long. Mere days after Nine Inch Nails unveiled their ﬁrst new track in a jillion years, the brilliant Came Back Haunted from their forthcoming album Hesitation Marks, guitarist Adrian Belew has announced that he’s left the band. “It didn’t work out,” Belew says. “I greatly respect Trent [Reznor] and the music he makes. No one is at fault. We both agreed it just was not working. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone.” Belew, who is perhaps best known for his work with King Crimson, Frank Zappa and David Bowie, plans to refocus his energy on his solo project, FLUX.
NEW SABBATH OUT NOW
Holy crap. You’ve heard it too, right? The new Black Sabbath album, 13? It’s out now, and was streaming on iTunes prior to its release so everyone could take in its particular brand of satanic majesty. With drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) ﬁlling in for a departed Bill Ward without necessitating a new monogrammed bass drum, the mighty Sabbath triumvirate of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler don’t put a single cloven foot wrong on this masterpiece.
For Our Hero are back with a brand new record, titled Young Wolves. This time around the boys are here with a more focused oﬀering, closely nursing themes of intense and audacious hunger; whether that is for love, your dreams or simply wanting to survive. Due for release on Friday June 14 through MGM and produced by Matt Malpass (Train, Hey Monday), fans can expect driving beats and empowering sing-a-long choruses of the six-track record, complete with the trademark elements that made fans fall in love with the melodic rockers to begin with. Catch the Young Wolves national tour with Forever Ends Here and Call The Shots at the Colonial Hotel on Thursday August 22 (18+) and at Wrangler Studios (all ages) on Saturday August 24.
DREAM THEATER NAMES NEW ALBUM
Dream Theater have completed work on their latest album, which is due for release on Friday September 20 on Roadrunner Records. Titled simply Dream Theater, it’ll be the ﬁrst release that drummer Mike Mangini has been in on from the very beginning – the material was already written prior to Mangini stepping foot in the studio last time ‘round. “I see every new album as an opportunity to start over,” guitarist/producer John Petrucci says. “To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the ﬁrst self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about Dream Theater and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
THY ART IS MURDER BY JESSICA WILLOUGHBY
You might be forgiven for thinking that deathcore group Thy Art Is Murder is just another local band from Campbelltown. But don’t be fooled – they’re currently ranked in Metal Hammer’s top ﬁve ‘must see’ new bands in the world. The ﬁve-piece is about to embark on its biggest tour ever – “four months of chaos” across Australia and Europe. Frontman Chris McMahon is blown away by the hype, but he knew the outﬁt was onto a “winner” when they wrote their latest opus, Hate. “We knew when we recorded it that it was going to be good,” he says. “We thought it might get us overseas and do alright. But it has completely smashed all of our expectations ten-fold. We never thought it would do as well as it has done. We’ve gotten on the biggest labels and are now on some of the biggest tours in the world. We’re even up for a Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for best new band. We’re nominated in the top ﬁve, so if we don’t win, I’m not going to be worried. I’m just stoked to be nominated.” Recorded in New York last year, the album saw the band
Wednesday June 12: Someone Elses Wedding Band, Sweet Teens, A Commoners Revolt, Mara Threat at The Public Bar Thursday June 13: Thy Art Is Murder, Cattle Decapitation, King Parrot, Aversions Crowd, Internal Nightmare at Corner Hotel Train Wreck, Our Solace, Free World at Next Friday June 14: Initials, Angry Seas, Limits, I Am The Riot at The Gasometer Thy Art Is Murder, Cattle Decapitation, King Parrot, Aversions Crowd, I Valiance at Arrow On Stanston Fourteen Nights At Sea, Ceres, Bear The Mammoth, Lucy Wilson at The Reverence No Art, Inﬁnite Void, Naked Maja, Halt Ever at The Public Bar The Black Angels at The Palace Breaking Orbit at Revolver Udays Tiger, Damn Terran, Kids Of Zo, Darts at The Old Bar Chook Race, Velcro, The Pink Tiles at The Tote The Sinking Teeth, Apart From This, Foxtrot, Maids at The Workers Club Electrik Dynamite, Terror Hawks at Madhouse Saturday June 15: I Exist at Bang Cavalcade, Have/Hold, Toy Boats, Initials, Maximum Wolf at Wrangler Studios Sunday June 16: Ribbons Patterns, Toy Boats, Pack Bears at The Reverence
reach feverish heights, signing with label heavyweights Nuclear Blast. A giant leap from their self-recorded debut, The Adversary (2010), their second oﬀering was just about the musicians getting the right ‘mix’ to bring out their best work. “Over the years, we’ve had a couple of lineup changes,” McMahon says. “People just didn’t work with what we’re about and just weren’t on the right track. But now, for the ﬁve of us, it’s the perfect lineup. I think if someone were to leave the group at the moment, we would really struggle to replace them. The boys are not only amazing at their instruments, but they’re also good lyricists, so we write all the lyrics together. You get better ideas. Sometimes, I might write something that’s a little too ‘easy’ or someone else can write something that’s a little to ‘tech’ for kids, but we ﬁnd a happy medium between
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GIG ALERT: BABY ANIMALS
The Baby Animals are back with This Is Not The End, their ﬁrst album in over 20 years, and to celebrate they’ll be at The Hi-Fi on Saturday June 22. Aside from Suze DeMarchi and guitarist Dave Leslie, the band now includes Dario Bortolin on bass and Mick Skelton on drums. The album was produced by David Nicholas (INXS, Ash), while Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots) also lent his considerable skill on the record’s ﬁrst single, Email. “I’m really, really proud of this album,” Suze says. “I love every track and I can’t wait to perform these songs on tour. I love playing live; gigs really are the pay oﬀ. We want to go wherever this record takes us.”
THE NERVE, THE CHARGE GET DOWN THERE
The Nerve (the new band featuring Ezekiel Ox, Lucius Borich, Glenn Proudfoot and Davarj Thomas) and The Charge are teaming up for the Down There national tour this month. The ﬁnal leg of the tour makes it way to Geelong on Thursday June 27 at The Sporting Globe and then back to Melbourne for the ﬁnal show on Friday June 28 at the Northcote Social Club.
us. It just all came together on this album. Everyone had a say on everything, from the riﬀs to the drum patterns, vocals, lyrics and everything. “With the ﬁrst album, we recorded it ourselves and there were two other members in the band who were dead-set on writing. This time, we did things a little bit diﬀerently. We basically segregated Tom (Brown), our guitarist who’s been with us for just over a year, and Sean (Delander) our bass player. They wrote the whole album musically. When we got to New York, we’d sit down for a couple of hours each day and write the songs together as a group. It seems to be the winning formula. It was the best way we’ve done it; when we start writing the new album we’ll structure it the same way. Don’t fuck with something that’s not broken I guess.” Hate was recorded with Will Putney, a talented young producer McMahon says has staked his claim to recording all future releases for the band. “We sat down before we started writing, about two years ago, and we thought ‘…this next album has to be the one’. We wanted to invest a bit of money and actually do it with an amazing producer. “We looked at two or three producers and Will just seemed to stand out. He’s a young producer and he’s done some of the biggest records in the scene over the last two years. When we approached him, he said he actually also wanted to do our ﬁrst album because he’d
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Over the past year the world’s metal community united with a solitary focus… Free Randy! Australian metal fans now get their chance to unite to celebrate the triumphant return of Lamb of God. Oh yeah and they’re bringing frigging Meshuggah with them! That’s right, two of the highlights of the 2012 Soundwave festival are back and they’ll be kicking – nay, smashing – arses in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. They’ll be at Festival Hall on Sunday September 22. Tickets are on sale Friday June 14 at 9am from Ticketmaster.
BMTH, OF MICE & MEN, CROSFAITH TEAM UP Speaking of bands who brought the brutals on recent Soundwave tours, 2013 Soundwavers Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men and Crossfaith are returning in October. BMTH have been threatening to deliver on a world dominating scale and their incredible new album Sempiternal has ﬁnally tipped them over the edge. It was Australian fans leading the charge catapulting the album to a no.1 debut. And having just been nominated for Best Live Band and Best International New Comer at the Kerrang Awards, Of Mice and Men are on a mission. Their latest album, The Flood, is a monster. And Crossfaith are heading our way to celebrate the release of their new album, Catalyze, which will be released in August, so you’ll have a good few months to let it sink in before you see them at Festival Hall on Wednesday October 9. Tickets are on sale Friday June 14 at 9am.
been a fan of the band for a number of years. This guy just ticked all the boxes. Now, we’re best friends for life and we want him to do all of our albums.” THY ART IS MURDER perform at The Corner on Thursday June 13 and an all-ages show at Arrow On Swanston on Friday June 14.
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VERONA LIGHTS Burning up The Bendigo Hotel this Sunday June 16. Four smoking hot bands to set the place alight: Verona Lights, Black Fuel, Midnight Alibi and Moonshifter. The pace is set from the word go with this quadruple header of great rock from four bands that have been blowing the roof oﬀ gigs all over town. An early start on a Sunday with ﬁrst band at 7pm. $10 entry at the door.
HAVE/HOLD THE TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE The Taste Of Indie Collective is serving up another great night of original indie artists at The Eureka Hotel bandroom in Richmond on Thursday June 13. Opening up with the always dynamic and powerful song writing of Brooke Taylor, next up is Five Acre Field with their impressive mix of instrumentation and vivid lyrics. Lazybones lead singer/guitarist Rhys Jones will be doling out a solo set on the night which is sure to be impressive and the night is capped oﬀ by the apocalyptic folk rock of Storyhorse. The Taste Of Indie Collective’s sole purpose is to put some of Melbourne’s best original indie acts in the best listening venues at a cost you can live with – free.
THE ANOMALIES The Anomalies are playing The Brunswick Hotel this Sunday June 16 with guests Dan Krochmal, Santanna Nawalany, Daniel Buccheri, Emma Broady and Sarah Aarons. Doors open at 6.45pm.
THE SOLICITORS Hot on the heels of signing to inﬂuential local label Popboomerang, The Solicitors are excited to announce the launch of their debut EP Made To Measure at Yah Yah’s this Friday June 14. The Solicitors bring to the table a youthful, fresh take on New Wave Power Pop, inspired by the greats and tailored for the modern world. On the night they will be supported by Sydney-siders Hailer and The Dark Fair. Doors from 5pm and it’s free.
ALANNA & ALICIA Twin sisters Alanna & Alicia have created a refreshingly contrasting catalogue of award winning songs during their lifetime of singing together. Each twin possesses a cutting wit, warm vocal tone, a gift for harmonising and a love of folk, jazz and roots music. The pair are launching their latest album Twinlines at Thornbury Theatre’s Velvet Room on Friday June 14 at 8pm. Supports by Pugsley Buzzard, Carolina Cordeiro and Leni Philippe-Janon. Tickets are $15 on the door.
MO SESTO After a captivating show in May, Mo returns to the Paris Cat tonight with her band, Italian jazz powerhouse Mirko Guerrini, Sonja Horbelt, Jon Chidgey and Australian jazz legend Bob Sedergreen. Mo’s music will feature songs from iconic female vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse and Kimbra, along with a number of her own original compositions. Doors from 9pm, entry is $20.
WITCHGRINDER Catch Witchgrinder at the Espy in the iconic Gershwin Room this Friday June 14. Supports will be provided by Sydonia, Bronson and Cold Divide. It all kicks oﬀ at 8pm and tickets are $12+bf.
ROXY LAVISH AND THE SUICIDE CULT Roxy Lavish and the Suicide Cult continue their messianic assault on Melbourne with a show at The John Curtin on Sunday June 16. The show is for Freyafest, a massive eight band birthday party extravaganza that runs from 1pm until midnight. Rlatsc will take the stage at 6pm to perform songs from their bluesy debut album Join Us Or Die Alone. Entry is $6.
This Saturday June 15 Have/Hold return with a new lineup featuring original members Luke and Ryan Shields and new addition Luke Smith (Marathon, Ryu Vs Ken). They will hit the stage at Wrangler Studios in Footscray brandishing a slew of new material and impassioned revivals of some of the songs that made the band such an intence and captivating musical presence. Supports will be provided by Cavalcade, Toy Boats, Initials and Maximum Wolf. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 8pm.
PORCELAIN PILL This folktronica duo make use of ponderous guitar and cello lines layered upon glitchey electronic beats to build up a solid groove for the male and female vocal combination. The pair are launcing their new self-titled EP at The Evelyn Hotel on Sunday June 16. On the day they will be supported by Sleepy Dreamers and The Imprints. Doors open at 2pm and tickets are $10+bf.
PHIL PARA Melbourne Rock icon Phil Para performances combine a diverse range of his own rock, blues and Latin fusion music with classic guitar oriented covers to create an exciting stage show that never fails to delight. From authentic Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan versions to his genuine interpretations of the blues Phil’s shows are energetic and renowned for keeping the dance ﬂoor ﬁlled and not to be missed. He plays The Sandbelt Club on Sunday June 30.
THE NAYSAYERS Melbourne-based three-piece, The Naysayers, play melodic pop-rock with ﬁrm roots in punk and garage. The Naysayers’ debut EP, It Goes Like This, launched in September 2012 and their follow-up eﬀort, Our Lady Alacrity, is slated for a midto-late 2013 release. Witness their highly melodic vocals and harmonies coupled with pop hooks and down’n’dirty rhythm section on Thursday June 13 at Yah Yah’s. Support from The Velvets.
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The Nymphs work harmony like nobody’s business. The Melbourne-based vocal quartet return to favourite haunt The Retreat tonight for some front-bar shenanigans, bringing with them their unique blend of ‘40s jazz, ‘50s swing and early ‘60s pop. Come get your vintage glam hit for the week and let The Nymphs lift you over that midweek hump with some sweet vocal action. Doors 7.30pm and it's free.
Melbourne’s very own Willow have established a unique sound for themselves that can be described as warm soul pop. Their sound is reminiscent of the music soulful divas made in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s mixed with the sounds of Australia’s contemporary female singer songwriters. Every Tuesday in June you can catch them at The Workers Club in Fitzroy. This Tuesday June 18 they will be supported by Velma Grove. Doors 7.30pm and its $5.
Performing at the best venues, getting crowds up and dancing at each show and receiving mass exposure throughout Australia. This is what makes Plastic Spaceman the hottest band in town. With the release of their new selftitled EP combined with their arduous eﬀorts of slugging it out on the band scene, the word has gotten around about this hot act. Their unique sound of blues/funk/rock has been referred to by those in the industry as a clash of Jon Spenser Blues Explosion and Jet. Their performance with Michael Yule at the Retreat Hotel this Thursday June 13 will not be one to miss. Doors open 8.30pm.
THE VOLCANICS Volatile Perth band The Volcanics are heading for the Australian East Coast in June to launch their Rob Youngerproduced single as a precursor to their new album. Get A Move On is the title track from the LP of the same name. They’ll unveil it at The Old Bar on Saturday June 15 accompanied by fellow Perth act The Wishers, My Left Boot, The Warders and DJ Draw 4. Doors open at 8.30pm. Entry is $10.
AGENCY DUB COLLECTIVE Australia’s original live dub revolutionaries, Agency Dub Collective, are back after a two month break with a show to warm up your winter at Bar Open, Fitzroy, on Saturday June 15.The band had a hectic summer touring for their recent album Beggars Belief, covering over 10,000km and playing 20 shows along the East Coast of Australia. This Saturday Agency Dub Collective are unleashing a new rhythm section and are pleased to welcome back past member Sam Young on drumkit, and long-time dubcontractor Cass (of Black Jesus Experience) on bass. On the night they will be joined by DJs DD and Cassawarrior. Doors 10pm, free entry.
DREADNAUGHT As one of Australia ‘s longest running metal bands Dreadnaught have established themselves as a cornerstone for Australian heavy rock audiences. Saturday June 15 sees them return to The Tote with long time friends one of Melbourne’s tightest live acts, Red Sky Burial, for a night of mayhem. Also getting up to do what they do best are the gatekeepers of the eternal riﬀ, TTTDC and blues fuelled Guzoline. Doors open at 8.30pm. Tickets are $12.
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THE CHARGE The Charge are one of Melbourne’s hard rock hidden treasures. Although they’ve been around since 2008, they’re slowly but surely making Australia aware of their music. The Charge support The Nerve on their Down There National Tour. The ﬁnal leg of the tour makes it way to Geelong on Thursday June 27 at The Sporting Globe and then back to Melbourne for the ﬁnal show on Friday June 28 at The Northcote Social Club.
GREEN DAIRY ANGEL ENSEMBLE Green’s Dairy Angel Ensemble performs original compositions with a torchy diva, a smooth crooner, blazing country ﬁddle, south-of-the-border guitar, bluegrassy mandolin, swinging double bass and sweet ﬁve-part harmonies. They play at The Sporting Club this Saturday June 15 from 6pm and it’s free.
WATUSSI Get down to Lounge Bar this Saturday June 15 and check out these funky afrolatin rockers. Supports are provided by Kooyeh, Oz Locos and Jose Nieto. Phil Parra is also playing an early set. Doors open at 9pm and it’s free.
VAUDEVILLE SMASH These guys have wasted no time this year getting noticed, with their ‘disco-chic’ track Look At Me making waves with concurrent successes at SXSW, a further three shows in Canada and then a show in New York. Their debut album Dancing For The Girl was released in April and they have announced a national tour to coincide with the release, and will play at The Corner on Friday June 14. Tickets from the venue box oﬃce and website.
KINGSTON CROWN Rick’s got the washing on, and it looks like the ﬁve members of Kingston Crown will all have clean undies at their next headlining gig at Laundry Bar this Thursday June 20. Joining them will be Bella And The Mellows, who never fail to provide an electrifying show alongside opening act Camm Stutt, the musical genius who will be supplying not only some tantalizingly sweet grooves but some quality vibes to get the night started. $8 entry.
THE RED PAINTINGS Check out The Red Paintings in the Gershwin Room at The Espy this Saturday June 15 as part of their You’re Not One of Them tour. There will be several special guests on the night. Doors from 8pm and tickets are $22 +bf.
THE BEARDS Hilarious beard rock group The Beards will be bringing their songs about beards to the rest of the planet with their ﬁrst ever world tour. As well as their homeland, The Beards will tour the USA, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. The Beards perform at The Hi-Fi on Saturday June 15.
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This Melbourne fuzz-pop trio burst onto the scene late last year with their infectious single and b-side Mumble/Water, scoring ‘Single Of The Week’ in Time Oﬀ and Inpress. This three-piece has been continuing to make waves recently with their live shows. Check them out at The Workers Club every Wednesday in June.
THE SINKING TEETH The Sinking Teeth have been busy recording their White Water EP recently, but you can catch the three-peice playing their signature ‘puke-punk’, this Friday June 14 at The Workers Club in Fitzroy, when they launch their new single Temporary Living. Supports will be provided by Apart From This, Foxtrot and Maids. Doors open at 7.30pm, entry is $10.
SOMETHING FOR KATE After returning to the spotlight in a massive way in 2012, Something For Kate have announced their biggest Australian tour in over six years. The band will showcase material from their new album, the critically acclaimed Leave Your Soul To Science, as well as a comprehensive selection of material from their large and enviable back catalogue. Something For Kate perform at The Forum on Friday June 14 (sold out) and The Corner Hotel on Saturday June 15 (sold out) and Sunday June 16.
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Deﬁne your genre in ﬁve words or less: Sonic indie rock. Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? People say that we sound like a lot of things, indie rock, psychedelic rock, indie pop, krautrock, commercial rock, post-punk, raw, polished…we were even described as “power-pop” the other day which was deﬁnitely a new one. People hear music, categorise it and compare it against what they know, but for us the descriptions from person to person seem to diﬀer greatly. 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? Steve: Hey Dave-o, I just went and checked out that band. Dave: Oh yeah, any good? *keeps watching the footy*. Steve: Yeah man, they are pretty good actually…come check it. Dave: Nah man. Steve: What’s wrong with ya? Dave: …Footy Steve: Suit yourself. When the game is over, and you’re feeling that inevitable void open up inside you, come ﬁnd me. I’ll be next door being somebody and trying to get lock-ons with the good sorts dancing. Dave: Huh? (Dave turns to look at Steve to seek clariﬁcation, but he does not ﬁnd it, nor Steve, who has already smokebombed to join the good times.) What do you think a band has to do these days to succeed? That depends on your deﬁnition of success. I think the great bands do whatever they want to do. There will always be musical fads and the artists seeking quick thrills gravitate towards that, however the truly successful bands with long careers and die-hard fans are the ones that just be themselves and play whatever comes naturally. When are you doing your thing next? We are currently touring the East Coast right now, and are heading over to the states in September for a few months. We’ve been getting some great pickup on college radio over there (110 stations are spinning our tracks), so we ﬁgure that now is as good a time as any to grab a van and do a couple of laps around the country. When are you playing live & releasing your album? We have just released our new album Another Way, which you can get online or at a show. You can see us on Thursday 13 June at the Brunswick Hotel with the Garden Party, Friday 14 June at Yah Yah’s with The Solicitors and Dark Fair, and Saturday 15 June at Bar 303 with The Poppies, Single Mens Drinking Club and Sun Blindness. Head to hailer.com.au for details.
ADRIAN STOYLES Adrian Stoyles is a core member of Brisbane band The Gin Club and local acts The Spoils and Jimmy Tait. He is set to play solo at The Retreat Hotel on Tuesday June 18. With The Gin Club in recording mode over the next few months, Stoyles will be out playing a number a solo shows previewing some of their new material. His sound have often been compared to that of The Triﬃds and Split Enz. With The Gin Club, Stoyles has supported or toured with Iron & Wine, Band of Horses, You Am I and The Drones. Check him out from 7.30pm.
THE PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUGBAND The Perch Creek Family Jugband are a curiosity. Which other bands out there feature ﬁve quirky lead vocalists and instrumentation as diverse as the trombone, frailing banjo, ashboard, double bass, overdriven blues harp, musical saw, tap dancing and a whole lot of other stuﬀ including, of course, the jug? Catch the family playing a selection of their brand new songs, including their new single Big Things Calling, at The Workers Club on Saturday June 15. Coral Lee & The Silver Scream and Fraser A. Gorman will be supporting. Doors open at 8.30pm and entry is $18.
SARAH CARROLL & THE PSYCHEDELIC WILDMEN Sarah Carroll is a member of many bands, but The Psychedelic Wildmen is the only one which truly represents her as an artist. This is a group with roots-pop, country, reggae and Latin sounds at its ﬁngertips. Sarah’s songs are by turns earthy, wry and romantic; the tune Ukulele Bitchfight was written while waiting for an interview at Centrelink; It Hurts Me tells of her sorrow at leaving her children behind when going on the road, Shantaray employs an equine metaphor to describe undying love and The Lisa Marie is a tribute to the King like you’ve never heard before. Check them out in the front bar of The Retreat Saturday June 15 from 5pm.
MOVEMENT Movement are a trio from Sydney building steam from a grain of salt with their seductive nocturnal music. Composed in a bedroom somewhere in the suburbs at night, their lucid, spacious and engagingly rhythmic body of music will soon see the light of day on Modular Recordings. The three-piece are playing at Ding Dong Lounge on Thursday June 13 with some special guests. Doors open at 8pm, tickets are $10 +bf.
STEVIE AND THE SLEEPERS Putting back the soul in soul and the blue in blues, Stevie & The Sleepers are ready to shake things up with the release their debut six track EP, accurately titled Shake It Up. Armed with a one hell of a powerful voice Stevie is ready to get the party started. The band is launching their EP at Ding Dong Lounge on Friday June 14. Making the night extra special the band will be performing as an eight-piece party posse, ﬁlled to the brim with a collection of Melbourne’s ﬁnest musicians. It all kicks oﬀ at 8pm. Entry is $10+bf.
HOLLOW EVERDAZE Hollow Everdaze combine a sense of ruralism with youthful exuberance to create music which is both idyllic and harsh. Their soon to be released debut album was recorded at Birdland studios and produced by Lindsay Gravina (Hungry Ghost, Cosmic Psychos and Rowland S Howard). Come join them at The Tote’s Cobra Room every Wednesday in June with support from: Sleep Decade, Amanita, Fraser A. Gorman, Contrast, Grandstands, Tangrams and many more. Doors are 8.30pm Door charge applies.
AUTO DA FE Auto da fe are bringing their psychedelic punk sounds to the Cobra Room at The Tote. Join them every Thursday in June for Yakuza murder/love ballads, science ﬁction love songs, Dostoyevskian redemption tales, submissive sex hymns, heavy riﬀs and sweet melodies. With special guests Night Walks, Mechanical Pterodactyl (solo set), 100 Acre Woods, House of Light, Autoportraits, Likedeelers, Midnight Scavengers and Horsemeat. Doors 8pm, door charge applies.
MILLAR JUKES & THE BANDITS There’s no better way to start your weekend then heading to The Cornish Arms this Friday June 14. A Northern Soul presents Millar Jukes and The Bandits, Feed The Birds and Rich Davies in solo mode. Free Entry.
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SHERIFF Winter is a harsh temptress; a conjurer of wind and rain. You need protection. You need Sheriﬀ. Here to protect you from the wild of the city streets, the threeheaded beast that is Sheriﬀ will warm your brittle bones with a ﬁery Saturday afternoon residency at The Tote throughout June. Featuring Spermaids this Saturday June 15 could be your last chance to catch Sheriﬀ before they bunker down back in the studio. It all starts at 4pm and it’s free.
All things must come to an end (for now, at least). Having spent the last three years spreading their insurmountable blend of whip, rumble and jive throughout this great city of Melbourne, Gotham City born-and-raised three piece doomsters Roussemoﬀ will venture into the guttural blackness one last time (for the next couple of years). Joining them for this winter’s penultimate BBQ doom fest will be the young and dangerous blood that is Horsehunter, Ballarat’s sludgiest of the obsidian NOUS, and the analogue noise discourse of Jonathon Nokes. Come get down to The Tote this Sunday June 16 for a semi-matinee, kind of evening thing. Doors 4pm, door charge applies, free BBQ.
Matt Bailey (ex-Paradise Motel) plays songs from his forthcoming third album Death To Nature, accompanied by Dan McKay on drums. Sydney heartbreakers Devotional play their ﬁrst Melbourne show in a year, on the back of their recent 7” single My Baby Loves Me all the Time/Paradise (our Single of the Week this week). Twenty Seven Winters play swaggering blues rock and have just released a double A-side single, Cleopatra’s Bed/Fire In The South on Beast Records and Spooky Records. They feature the vocal/guitar talents of Joshua Davidson, and ex-Immortal Souls drummer Craig Williamson. Catch this stellar lineup when they play a free show at Yah Yah’s this Saturday June 15.
VICE GRIP PUSSIES Bold? Yep. Brash? Deﬁnitely. A bit over the top? You better believe it. The Vice Grip Pussies don’t do anything by halves. Catch The Vice Grip Pussies every Wednesday in June at Cherry Bar; two bands, two stages, track-for-track at the same time. Tonight it’s The Vice Grip Pussies and Stone Revival from 8pm, and it’s free.
ANDREA MARR & THE FUNKY HITMEN Andrea Marr & the Funky Hitmen: They sound like Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. They are Andrea Marr, Cam Scott, Dave Reynolds, Paul Angas, Steve Temple, Sean Rankin, Dave Palmer, Andy O’Connell and Lee Grey. This Thursday June 13 catch them at Cherry Bar with DJs Vince Peach and Pierre Baroni. Open 5pm, Door-charge $10 from 8pm ‘til 5am
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INTO THE WOODS The kind folk at not-for-proﬁt record label Sound of Melbourne Records liked Into the Woods’ debut album Goldentone so much that they decided to release it on vinyl. On the back of reviews, national airplay (JJJ, RRR and other acronyms) and strong rotation for ﬁrst single, Black Dog, on Rage, Into The Woods will have their vinl album launch at The Toﬀ In Town on Saturday June 15 with label mates Wiley Red Fox and Pensive Penguin.
RIBBONS PATTERNS Ribbons Patterns (Donnie Dureau/Blueline Medic) are back to play The Reverence Hotel all ﬁve Sundays in June. Playing alongside them this Sunday June 16 will be Toy Boats and Pack Bears. It’s an afternoon aﬀair kicking oﬀ at 3pm and ﬁnishing up around 7pm. Free entry.
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DEAR STALKER The Vineyard goes oﬀ every Thursday night and is becoming one of this town’s worst-kept secrets. Grunge-pop three piece Dear Stalker are thrilled to be returning to one of their favourite late-night haunts to get loud with System Of Venus and Angry Mules. It’s all happening this Thursday June 13. The ﬁrst band is on at 11pm, entry is free and good times aplenty are guaranteed.
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BREAKING ORBIT Fresh from a recent sold out national tour with heavyweights Dead Letter Circus, Sydney’s Breaking Orbit will traverse the country this June with their captivating blend of ambient, melodic and heavy progressive rock. The band is now bringing their powerful and captivating live show to Revolver Upstairs on Friday June 14 as part of The Silence Seekers national tour - named after the album’s ﬁnal track and latest single. Supports by Sleep Parade, Shadowgame and Transience. Doors from 8pm. Tickets $12+bf via Oztix or $15 at the door.
SHANNON BOURNE BAND Shannon Bourne has been an integral part of the new roots movement. He spent seven years playing with leather lunged bluesman Chris Wilson. In this time he toured twice overseas and he has shared the bill with The Waifs, John Butler, Richard Thompson, Jeﬀ Lang and many more. His music comes from an honest place and his intensity is only out shone by his deep lyrics. You will never see this kind of commitment to the exorcism of raw emotion. Check him out this Sunday June 16 at Cherry Bar, Doors 2pm, $5 entry, DJ Max Crawdaddy 'til 6.30pm. Free chilli.
HAILER Sydney rockers Hailer are playing at The Brunswick Hotel this Thursday June 13. Supports will be provided by Black Chord and Dark Fair Channel Switcher. 8pm ‘til 1am.
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Hank’s Jalopy Demons have been particularly active in seedy late night bars, where they have assailed unsuspecting victims with their well practiced and expert renditions of unadulterated rockabilly music. They play everything from Starday to Sun, that is, both kinds of music — rock and billy — and sometimes cut it with illicit substances such as late-’50s garage rock‘n’roll and hillbilly. See them this Saturday June 15 at The Victoria Hotel from 10pm. Free entry.
MICHAEL PLATER AND THE EXIT KEYS Michael Plater and the Exit Keys will be bringing their particular brand of art-rock/indie-noir to The Reverence Hotel on Thursday June 13. They will be joined by the untethered country punk of the D-Grades, the alternately gentle and savage psychedelia of The Zonks and the shoegazing indie-pop of Ballarat’s Lo-Fi Cowboys. The night kicks oﬀ at 8pm. Entry is $5.
BROTHERS GRIM AND THE BLUE MURDERS Currently whipping the country into a frenzy on their Roll It In EP tour, Brothers Grim And The Blue Murders have just announced that they are taking the whole damn tour out to the suburbs to ﬁnish it oﬀ humanely. This will be the bands last live show for quite some time so, be sure to get amongst it. Catch their brand of wild and dirty blues at The Reverence Hotel in Footscray this Friday June 14. Tickets are $15.
FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA After playing support to OM and This Will Destroy You recently, Fourteen Nights At Sea are headlining their own show at The Reverence Hotel on Friday June 14. This will be their last Melbourne show before they head over to Hobart for the Dark Mofo Festival where they will play alongside the likes of Mono, Boris, The Drones and more. Support for this show will come from Ceres, Bear The Mammoth and Lucy Wilson. $10 entry and doors are at 8.30pm.
THE FABRIC Melbourne’s newest soul/funk band, The Fabric, is kicking it’s career oﬀ in style at The Great Britain Hotel this Thursday June 13 with a free show. This nine-piece unit has been rocking the rehearsal room for a few months now and are ﬁnally ready to strut their stuﬀ live and show the world their sound. With some funky tunes, soulful ballads and a booming horn section, they hope you’ll love what you hear! Joining them on this special night are good friends and very special guests Up Up Away and Benny & The Dukes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry.
Marc Welsh (ex-Sodaracer, Starworld, Have a Nice Day) launches his debut solo album, Press The Flesh, with guests Venom, The Hunter and guitar-slinger Two Chains. DJ Karl H-Block rocks the decks, ‘80s band Asylum reform for a few songs on the night, plus the magic and comedy of the amazing Dr El Suavo. It’s a launch party in the vein of The Mighty Boosh meets the Sex Pistols via beers with David Lee Roth. Should be a laugh. Get down to The Reverence Hotel Saturday June 15 from 9pm, $10 entry.
Etched ﬁrmly in the hearts of Melbourne’s live music loving community, Clinkerﬁeld have been forging their own indescribable path for the past ﬁve, or is it six years? Detail aside, they do seem content to allow incessant live showings do the bulk of the talking. Hear them chit chat all over the place at The Great Britain on Saturday June 15 for two glorious sets of heartfelt country tinged rollicking good tunes. 9pm, free entry.
THE YOU YANGS No frills garage is what you’ll get when The You Yangs take to The Reverence Hotel Stage on Saturday June 15, joined by reverb-laden 60s revivalists Working Girls, as well as Claws & Organs who give new perspective on the foregone grunge era, this Saturday night promises to be a ripper. Deﬁnitely best experienced live, your mum won’t like it. It kicks oﬀ at 8pm and it’s $5 on the door.
PUGSLEY BUZZARD This Sunday June 16 at 4pm Pugsley Buzzard is bringing his New Orleans-style boogie piano to The Drunken Poet. Known to make ladies sigh, and grown men cry, Pugsley boogiﬁes danceﬂoors leaving a slew of dropjawed, sweated up punters in his wake. Following on at 6.30pm is one of our ﬁnest in Charles Jenkins. Charles can write a tune with the best of them and is deserving of his own postage stamp. Or an ARIA at the very least. It all starts at 4pm.
GEOFF ACHISON Gritty, soulful vocals, steeped in the history of blues and R&B, Geoﬀ Achison’s show features a mix of gutsy originals and dynamic arrangements of classic tunes of the Blues and R&B cannon. Geoﬀ has been hailed as one of the ﬁnest blues players in the land, possessing a completely original style in a genre where tradition is everything. You can catch him this Saturday June 15 at West Melbourne’s Drunken Poet from 9pm.
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SARAH CARNEGIE Sarah Carnegie returns to The Great Britain Hotel Sunday June 16 to perform her mix of soul, folk and pop. Her original creations are thick with acoustic guitar, angelic vocals, lingering lyrics and ﬂoating harmonies. In the last few years Sarah has opened for Katie Noonan at The Vanguard in Sydney, the Prince of Wales and Manchester Lane in Melbourne, and has supported US singer/songwriter Jason Mraz. Sarah’s debut album, The Architect, builds from her organic vocals and guitar, to a world of color where the songs paint a picture, tell a story and leave a melodic imprint in your music receptor. Get your receptor to The Great Britain Hotel Sunday at 7pm. It’s free.
TIM CHAISSON Heading to Australia for his second visit in 2013, Canadian singer-songwriter Tim Chaisson is once again set to showcase his warm, soulful voice, beautiful guitar melodies and renowned violin performances on a national tour. This time around, Chaisson will tackle the national touring circuit with legendary ARIA award winning artist Diesel. This tour is expected to be full of momentous occasions where Chaisson bares all to his audience and invites you into his world of truth and intrigue, leaving you addicted and dreaming of all that is yet to come. Catch him with Adam Eaton at The Spotted Mallard on Thursday June 13 from 9pm. Free entry.
THE AMBIENTS The Ambients are a Melbourne based band that explore the improvised development of musical motifs through the gradual evolution of hypnotic rhythms, and the subtle manipulation of sound, ﬁnding a balance of stasis and motion. The debut album, Into Red Dust came about through recording long improvised sessions, and later using certain ideas from those recordings to form basic compositional structure. They are playing their ﬁrst show at Bar Open tonight supported by Conolan/Taylor Band and Cleaning Lady. Doors open at 8.30pm, free entry.
DIRTY CHAPTERS Dirty Chapters are back to shake some foundations with their no-hold-back hard rocking thrash jams. These guys don’t mess around and have been busy shredding Melbourne to pieces. Check them out at Bar Open this Thursday June 13. Also playing is Street Fangs, they will bring some new heavy riﬀage sure to poke your eyes out. They have been working on a new split EP. with the guys from A-Bomb Whores, which is set for release very soon. Thrasher Jynx are also along for the ride with their bad arse grunge beats. Doors 9pm and it’s free.
COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS Jake Mason, Ivan Khatchoyan and Lance Ferguson are Cookin’ On 3 Burners, a three-piece powerhouse who serve up the rawest in deep funk, jazz, boogaloo and soul. Led by a wailing Hammond Organ, they are distinctly diﬀerent to many other funk acts, yet you’ll be no stranger to the grooves and pounding drums. Their top-notch reputation led to them supporting Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings in Sydney, jamming live with Breakestra and becoming the in demand band south of the equator. See them return to Bar Open this Friday June 14, where they’ll be joined by the golden voice of Bamboos frontwoman Kylie Auldist. Doors Open at 10pm and it’s free.
WAYWARDBREED Waywardbreed has chosen the early winter evening of Wednesday June 12 to enter into a divine dance to slow down time at The Spotted Mallard with the alluring Ravenswood, a newly arrived gathering of folk/country wonderfulness featuring Alison Ferrier, Alysia Manceau, Elizabeth Barker and Ruth Lindsey. All stellar singers and songwriters on their own, together they are all-powerful. Doors 8.30pm, free entry.
GRED DODD & THE TAILDRAGGERS Greg Dodd and The Taildraggers are a blues band inﬂuenced by the sound of the Chicago style played by artists such as Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells etc. The band plays everything from swing blues, slow sleazy shuﬄes to up tempo dancin ‘ blues grooves. Fiery guitar mixed with harmonica melodies is what we are all about. Check them out at The Spotted Mallard Friday June 14 from 8.30pm, free entry.
DOG WHISTLE POLITICS Saturday June 15 is a night for celebration at The Bendigo Hotel. Dog Whistle Politics are a four-piece alternative rock band from Melbourne, currently recording their ﬁrst EP. Their sound is heavily inﬂuenced by Radiohead and they are set to chill your souls with the haunting voice of vocalist Felix Brown. All the way from Warburton for the night is the grungy pop-rock of MF Jones. Supporting them are Buﬀalo Pain and Dick n’ Stein. Entry is $7.
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THE TIGER & ME On Saturday June 15 The Tiger & Me have every intention of both playing well and looking sharp at The Spotted Mallard, and if either of these does not occur then something will have gone horribly wrong and they will be very embarrassed. To aid in this commendable goal they will be joined by special guests on trumpet and oboe. Also gracing the stage will be the always-stunning vocal trio Aluka, and exciting folk/pop quintet Oh Pep! In addition, a happy accident on a search engine has led to the discovery that the date is also World Gin Day, an occasion devoted to the appreciation of gin, which lends the evening a certain, ‘er, je ne sais quoi’, or even possibly a…Gin e sais quoi! 8.30pm, $15 entry.
THE WIKIMEN The Wikimen have played forever and a day since 1908. Mostly at kindergartens and art galleries in Melbourne. Throughout their daily toils and tribulations they always ﬁnd a time to sting up the Double bass and polish the vibraphone for a new sonic adventure in the realms of early 20th century pop jazz. When the band is really cooking you can bet they have the help of those hard to keep up with Brassy siblings, The Jones’ , Declan and Ros. Check them out at The Spotted Mallard this Sunday June 16 from 4.30pm. Free entry.
THE STILLSONS Melbourne band The Stillsons have announced the launch date of their eﬀervescent second single Feel So Young, and have teamed up with the up and coming all female folk group Ravenswood and the electrifying Rich Davies and The Devils Union to launch it. Feel So Young is a highly charged track of lost innocence, taps into the energy and grit of 1970s super group Fleetwood Mac. On lead vocals, Cat Canteri sings with vulnerability and genuine emotion in a way that lets the tune stay with you long after the ﬁrst listen. Check them out on Friday June 21 at The Grace Darling in Collingwood. Doors 9pm and its $12.
THE DEAD HEIR Saturday June 15 The Dead Heir are playing The Brunswick Hotel. Supports by Luna Ghost A Cheeky Grin and Archer Moore. Doors 5pm.
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Define your genre in five words or less: Instrumental-post-progressive-experimental-rock. What can a punter expect from your live show? Expect to be bedazzled by hypnotic, ambient, and ethereal soundscapes, surreal video projections and ambient smoke and lighting. What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? We’ll be selling our latest single release, Dinosaur Web, equipped with accompanying wall poster and sticker, as well as our 2012 full-length, Tree Of The Seas equipped with accompanying wall poster and sticker also. When’s the gig and with who? Saturday June 22 at The John Curtin Hotel with Bear The Mammoth, The Black Galaxy Experience and Lopaka. It’ll be our last show until the end of the year as we go into lock down to begin writing the third album. So, you won’t want to miss it! 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 the fuck was that?” How long have you been gigging and writing? This year marks our ﬁve year anniversary. We’ve been pretty productive over that time and have become somewhat nostalgic in reﬂecting our achievements over the past ﬁve years. Two albums, three Easy Coast and regional tours, three singles, two bass players (we’re like Spinal Tap with bass players), one video clip, loads of great shows, and we are only just beginning. Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them? We have all of our stuﬀ up on bandcamp. Some for sale and we often have some free download stuﬀ as well but you’ll have to check and see for yourselves. We will be releasing a new album at the end of 2013 Why should everyone come and see your band? Firstly we put a lot of time and thought into our live shows. Projections, lighting, smoke and props all to create a unique and otherworldly setting. We take our art very serious and pride ourselves on our musicality. Our music is thought provoking, diverse, quirky, and evocative and crosses a lot of genres. Come down and see for yourselves. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU
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Howlin (Future Classic) The debut record from Sydney’s Jagwar Ma has two perceptible personalities. It’s full of immersive grooves and acid-like synth lines, as well as displaying marked melodic ﬁnesse. The duo incorporate wheelsturning grooves into hypnotic arrangements, similar to contemporaries Django Django. They also regularly apply a house-music backbone, akin to the early ‘90s work of Primal Scream. Their strong melodic capability, heard on the singles Come Save Me and Man I Need, goes beyond being simply a homage or reappropriation. On Uncertainty and Loneliness the question of whether they’re copying and pasting from the Hacienda’s heyday isn’t what’s most important. The vocals stand up on their own merits, even if the lyrics don’t have greatly aﬀecting impact. In fact, it’s when the vocals stick to an ambivalent mantra, such as the delirious repetition of “Waiting for tomorrow brings another day to another sun” on opener What Love, that the universe Jagwar Ma telecast from appears most fully formed. Conversely, Loneliness gives vague details of a solitary imposition, but it doesn’t exactly beckon empathy. Rather, the forward-skipping bassline, mapping a sunny dawn, is the key emotional pivot. Howlin’s major triumph is that it cohesively maintains a melodic emphasis within songs clearly intended to soundtrack a smoke machine decorated haze. Largely, the less-formal, DJ-oriented moments evenly supplement their alluring pop-craft, but at times there’s a sense the duo aren’t sure of their identity. The furthest leanings towards each pole, the druggy
1. Trouble Will Find Me THE NATIONAL 2. She Beats BEACHES 3. Indigo Meadow THE BLACK ANGELS 4. Fade YO LA TENGO 5. Ghost On Ghost IRON AND WINE 6. Calendar Days DICK DIVER 7. Deleted Scenes STANDISH CARLYON 8. Ooga Boogas OOGA BOOGAS 9. Monomania DEERHUNTER 10. Like Clockwork QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
COLLECTORS CORNER MISSING LINK spiral of Four and the paisley chime of Let Her Go, sit alongside each other and this juxtaposition is a little disorienting. However, while at ﬁrst the album might seem volatile, with repeated listens the duality is shown to be deliberate and executed to involve both the feet and the diaphragm. AUGUSTUS WELBY Best Track: What Love If You Like These You’ll Like This: Merriweather Post Pavillion ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, Django Django DJANGO DJANGO, Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches HAPPY MONDAYS In A Word: Baggy
SINGLES BY LACHLAN I hereby nominate Gene Parmesan for Arrested Development season four MVP.
All My Friends (Independent) It’s not what you think – Jimmy Tait’s All My Friends is not yet another cover of the LCD Soundsystem classic. Instead we have a gentle and atmospheric toast to having shit mates, with an uneasy undercurrent running beneath the softly sweet folk aesthetic. Rhyming “the fence” with “defence” is a bit of a stretch, but it works.
We Can’t Stop (Sony) A down-tempo summer #YOLO anthem contender, We Can’t Stop features some pretty ace production from Mike Will and some empowered platitudes from Miley. Giving shouts out to all the “homegirls with the big butts”, recounts of doing lines in the bathroom to get “turnt up”, plus the vocal inﬂection to make “Miley” sound like “molly”, all adds up to something a little bit cringe-inducing.
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Came Back Haunted (Columbia) A reﬂective return from hiatus for Nine Inch Nails, Came Back Haunted worships minimal Kraftwerkinspired techno with gritted teeth. I don’t think Trent really means it when he cries “I am not what I used to be”, with the track showcasing a neat encapsulation of the prior Nine Inch Nails canon. It’s far from overreaching, but the rest of Hesitation Marks needs to provide some innovation if it is to live up to Trent’s self-assessment of it being “fucking awesome”.
Coast To Coast (PIAS) Solo project Waxahatchee shares some common ground with Best Coast, except it’s considerably more palatable. Coast To Coast is a fuzzed out, chilled little jam with plenty of charm, making the most of the track’s brief length. It possesses a weird, sorta-chorus-less dynamic.
Gun (Liberator) Cheesy as hell and irresistibly poppy, Gun is retro bubblegum goodness from Glaswegians CHVRCHES. Beneath the sugary veneer lie some menacing themes of revenge. Keeping with the retro schematic, we are treated to a fade-out ﬁnish. Great in small bursts, but repeated listens can become a little overbearing.
Dark & Stormy (Domino/Universal) A surprise little treat in between albums, Dark & Stormy is typical Hot Chip fare – which is to say, pretty darn good. Carried by a big goofy bassline, the track features an even split in terms of vocal duties between Alexis and Joe. A sense of dread nulliﬁes many of the danceable attributes and the band’s cheeky wit is gilded by a sardonic edge. Alexis’s possible double entendre of “I oﬀer you this organ” is delivered with impeccable deadpan.
On & On (Warner) The stuttering synths that deﬁne On & On pique interest, but everything else about the track well and truly shits the bed. Illy’s pointless verses about living in the moment – he actually says “dance like nobody’s there to watch” – equate to sub-Tumblr inspirational cries, and the chorus features a ﬂow too convoluted for sing-along. A weak example of mainstream Australian hip hop.
Berlin (Independent) Achieving an impressive scope with a repetitive build, Sydney singer-songwriter Jordan Leser expands upon a piano-driven core with orchestral touches. The drum production is incredibly on-point, too.
Trying To Be Cool (Liberator) Phoenix’s appeal lies in their aﬀable, dorky charm. Trying To Be Cool, taken from the middling Bankrupt!, is a tongue-in-cheek detailing of singer Thomas Mars trying to pull a root. It’s a fairly ambling track, and the fact it’s been chosen as a single highlights the lack of hooks present on Bankrupt!. Amusing, but not overly captivating.
Never Be The Same (Ivy League) An awful shitheap of a lullaby, Never Be The Same numbs the mind with over simplistic melodies and tic-inducing rhyming couplets with stadium-sized impulses that hopefully will never be realised outside of their misguided selection as supports for The Boss earlier in the year. Mediocrity at its most pure. Beat Magazine Page 54
1. Black Sabbath LP/CD 13” BLACK SABBATH 2. Like Clockwork LP/CD QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 3. Push The Sky Away LP/CD+DVD+book NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS 4. White People & The Damage Done LP/ CD JELLO BIAFRA & THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 5. Spencer P Jones & The Nothing Butts LP SPENCER P. JONES & THE NOTHING BUTTS 6. Nuclear Winter LP/CD BATPISS 7. Sol Austan Mani Vestan LP/CD BURZUM 8. Until The Light Takes Us DVD DOCUMENTARY 9. Devil Put Dinosaurs Here CD ALICE IN CHAINS 10. Hated DVD G.G. ALLIN
JAGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC CHARTS 1. Let Me Down Easy SHEPPARD 2. Battleships BERNARD FANNING 3. Riptide VANCE JOY 4. Holdin On FLUME 5. I Didn’t Believe FLIGHT FACILITIES FEAT. ELIZABETH ROSE 6. I’ve Been Thinking THE OCCUPANTS 7. I Am What You Want Me To Be THE JUNGLE GIANTS 8. I Need Answers ASTA 9. Real Life MIND OVER MATTER FEAT. K.I.K.I. 10. Home Is Where The Heart Is BLISS N ESO
TOP 20 OF TRIPLE J’S HOTTEST 100 OF THE PAST 20 YEARS 1. Wonderwall OASIS 2. Seven Nation Army THE WHITE STRIPES 3. Last Goodbye JEFF BUCKLEY 4. The Nosebleed Section HILLTOP HOODS 5. Bittersweet Symphony THE VERVE 6. Everlong FOO FIGHTERS 7. Mr Brightside THE KILLERS 8. These Days POWDERFINGER 9. Somebody That I Used To Know GOTYE (FEAT. KIMBRA) 10. My Happiness POWDERFINGER 11. No One Knows QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE 12. Heart’s a Mess GOTYE 13. Paranoid Android RADIOHEAD 14. Little Lion Man MUMFORD & SONS 15. Breathe THE PRODIGY 16. Skinny Love BON IVER 17. Tomorrow SILVERCHAIR 18. Hey Ya! OUTKAST 19. Dammit BLINK-182 20. Prisoner of Society THE LIVING END
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My Baby Loves Me All The Time (Independent) Perfectly blending measured folk-pop and spasmodic, frantic tidal waves of guitar noise, Sydney three-piece Devotional project a stoic strain of beauty with My Baby Loves Me All The Time. The sweet sentiment of the title is given an air of hopelessness with the restrained vocal take, coupling with the cacophonous background noise to conceive an unnerving whole. B-side Paradise is equally magniﬁcent.
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Nuclear Winter (Every Night Is A Saturday Night) “Your majesty is like a river of bat’s piss,” remarks John Cleese’s James McNeill Whistler, in a sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Faced with the king’s oﬀended reaction, the quotation is attributed to George Bernard Shaw, played by Michael Palin. “I merely meant, Your Majesty,” Shaw recovers with elegant linguistic dexterity, “that your majesty shines out like a shaft of gold when all around is dark.” There’s not a lot of gilt edge in Batpiss’s debut album, Nuclear Winter. In fact, as the title suggests, it’s more lingering radioactive destruction than precious metal beauty. And therein lies the attraction. Seed kicks oﬀ the album with a violent sonic blow, Drag Your Body lurches through the sludgy territory west of The Stabs; you can take a guess at what Come Here And Fuck Oﬀ is all about, and you’d be right. Deal with it. Burn Below does you slowly, a murderously potent guitar riﬀ that sidles up to you like Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs, and engages in sonic surgery of the most brutal calibre. Hollywood is the pop song of the record, the glamour of celebrity beaten to a pulp by the speedball punk rock of The Germs. Human is almost anything but; it grinds into your aural consciousness with psychopathic attitude, until there’s nothing left to give; Pig’s Blood oﬀers up animal sacriﬁce and a haunting sparse sonic backdrop as recovery. Loose Screws starts from the darkest dysfunctional recesses of sociological reasoning, and launches into a dirty rock’n’roll track that’ll fellate you ‘til there’s nothing left to give. Couldn’t Get Out is a trip back to the Old Queen’s Arms in Adelaide in the early ‘90s, when punk rock was the only way to deal with cultural claustrophobia. Portal tries to ﬁnd a way to escape, and its hardcore riﬀ could be your only chance of survival. From there it’s almost seven minutes of Drone, and an exhausted stumble back from the brink of the sonic Best Track: Burn Below abyss. You’re battered, bruised and almost beaten – but If You Like These, You’ll Like This: SST hardcore, that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger THE STABS, BIRD BLOBS In A Word: Brutal PATRICK EMERY
What A Treat (Ready Freddie / MGM) Expanding from a three-piece to a ﬁve-piece band, independent artist Laura Imbruglia has returned with a third album, titled What A Treat. The album’s best tracks are scattered, the aﬀectionate country-bop of Awoooh! making for a ﬁne ﬁrst impression. Later, bluesy break-up ditty Ain’t Done Yet sees a sassy Imbruglia indulge in a savage lecture. The clever ensemble eﬀort of The Intervention emerges a folk novelty and another key track. Overall, What A Treat serves to illustrate Imbruglia’s formidable talents as a lyricist. The album oﬀers meditations on lust, shame and bitterness, each made irresistible thanks to Imbruglia’s razor-sharp wit. She possesses a rare means of engagement, whether it be through a turn of unguarded honesty or some bleak-but-humorous quip. Imbruglia has always oﬀered up unique personal insights through her writing and this ability to be forthright colours What A Treat. Aesthetically, What A Treat presents a fusion of Imbruglia’s past form, the album sporting all the hallmarks of its predecessors. There’s some folk, a little bit of country, a dash of power-pop, each faintly reminiscent of Imbruglia’s body of work to date. What A Treat suﬀers from feeling a little inoﬀensive at times, though, its mish-mash of styles diluted. Imbruglia’s debut album remains the most exciting and enigmatic of her Best Track: Awoooh! career and, at times, listeners will be left hungry for its If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Rabbit Fur Coat ingenuity. Overall, What A Treat is serviceable, stirring JENNY LEWIS AND THE WATSON TWINS, Subur- excitement for Imbruglia’s next move. ban Songbook BOB EVANS In A Word: Lyrical NICK MASON
Junip (Shock) Although Junip formed 15 years ago, their development was stunted by the postHeartbeats success of José González as a solo artist. The three-piece has had a chance to make some traction in recent years and it’s apt that this second fulllength release is also their namesake album, as their sound has ﬁnally come to fruition. Tobias Winterkorn’s simmering synths continue to match Gonzalez’s mellow vocals nicely, but there’s more of a conﬁdence and energy on Junip than on past releases. This boost is heard in the triumphant build on opening song Line Of Fire, a danceﬂoor-friendly single that’s a dead ringer for Hot Chip (Your Life Your Call) and a distorted eﬀect applied to the all-too-brief Villain showing a grungier side to the band. Best of all are tracks like Suddenly or Walking Lightly, which appear to sit comfortably at ﬁrst gear but then subtly shift and expand within their fragile framework. The balance of the ﬁrst half of the album gives way to a languid second act where the music starts to fade into the background. After the trancelike Walking Lightly peaks, interest slumps to match the sluggish tempo of the ﬁnal four tracks. It’s a reminder that there’s only so far that Junip will stretch to and soon enough they’ll relax to the point of distraction. They’re one of those bands that are easy to adapt to but their default move is to play it safe, and that’s what you have to come here expecting to be able to be Best Track: Walking Lightly If You Like These, You’ll Like This: In Our Nature taken by surprise occasionally. JOSE GONZALEZ, Coming On Strong HOT CHIP In A Word: Light
On ﬁrst listen, Charlie Gleason’s thick Australian tone is reminiscent of Ben Mendelsohn’s distinguished accent in Killing Them Softly, a comparison that makes one laugh out loud. However, when studied carefully a second time, Brightly begin to transﬁx the strangeness of their folk and electronic fusion causing one to listen beyond the surface of Gleason’s banal tone. The lyricism in the tracks are quite simplistic, yet powerful. The second track Fox, sounds like a fairytale, complete with childish prose and an eerie warning. Occurring themes of loss and despair are present in this record, with a repetition of missing someone and dreaming of someone. Anger, resentment and hostility are pretty palpable on Over And Over and Doubt. When the LP kicks into its ﬁfth track, the instrumentals become less indie-rock and more electronic, with piercing synths and disjointed drum machines, adding to the disconcerting mood of the lyrics. The juxtaposition of folk and electronica is what makes Brightly so interesting and unorthodox. There is the evanescent appearance of post-dubstep in the debut’s experimentation with heavy bass and sampling. & Then We Woke Up incorporates a subtle background of children laughing and screaming, an intrusive and alienating addition distracting the listeners from what is going on in the foreground. The LP’s only instrumental track Soundtrack epitomises the overall sound of the album. It is disjointing, sporadic and unusual. Hood is an especially important track, as it is chock-a-block with metaphor and vivid imagery. Gleason, over a synth-pop melody, sings of the fears of removing our hoods, of revealing our true selves to others. The instrumentation becomes more intense, switching to heavy rock as Gleason’s voice becomes more strained. As a direct reaction to the sombre mood of its predecessor, the ﬁnal track I Like Tea is a fun and uplifting homage to, yep you guessed it, tea. According to Gleason, the cathartic beverage will solve everything. With minimalistic lyrics and instrumentation, the LP concludes on an inspiring tone. An ambiguous debut record, Brightly manage to Best Track: Hood simultaneously confuse and satisfy their listeners with a If You Like These, You’ll Like This: BRIGHT EYES, unique and unconventional repertoire. THE POSTAL SERVICE DINA AMIN In A Word: Eccentric
Bloodsports (Warner) Suede’s ﬁrst new release in 11 years has the task of wiping away bad memories of the ailing last gasp that was A New Morning and giving new vitality to a band that has always slunk around the darker edges of the Britpop scene. A recent compilation of Suede classics recently compiled by Brett Anderson showed he had a ﬁrm grasp on what were the strongest points in his band’s back catalogue, but whether the magic could be recaptured was always an uncertainty. After all, even the coming together of Anderson and original guitarist Bernard Butler hardly saw sparks ﬂy on their sole release as The Tears. The Coming Up version of Suede, with doe-eyed keyboardist Neil Codling and second-best guitarist Richard Oakes in tow, have opted to use that album’s commercial pop template for the bulk of Bloodsports. They then suddenly shift gear for the last four songs, which recall the darkness and grandness of Dog Man Star. But the success of Bloodsports doesn’t come down to the recapturing of past glories by simply splicing their two strongest albums. Bloodsports unexpectedly invigorates the band by exploring more mature subject matter and does so with an improved lyrically turn from Anderson. He’s matched by music that doesn’t mess with the Suede formula, but takes us back to the glory days of the band by handing out guitar-led pop hooks left, right and centre. The result is not their best album, but possibly their most consistent, which is more than what you’d expect at this point in Best Track: Snowblind If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Valhalla Dancehall their career. If anything, it points the way toward a BRITISH SEA POWER, Coming Up SUEDE, Here whole new phase for the band. Come The Tears THE TEARS CHRIS GIRDLER In A Word: Punchy
Kiss My Apocalypse (MGM) Abbe May’s second album begins with Hurricane Heartbeat, a synthed-up sample of her actual heartbeat. And despite some critical views that Kiss My Apocalypse is the Western Australian at her most obfuscating, this is her at most open and raw. On Tantric Romantic she relegates creative stumbling blocks with the killer line, “Like when he said I couldn’t make the scene, And I replaced him with a drum machine.” The delicious meter of this fuck you is all the more tasty given our narrator has just ﬁnished confessing her love of Timberlake and K-Pop. The album’s biggest single — thus far — is T.R.O.U.B.L.E. May summons space throughout the big, mechanically resonant chorus, before creating a crushing claustrophobia in the minimal verses. Despite returning to the song for the lilting hook, it’s the promise of conﬁnement in the verses that provides the darkest pleasure. The swagger continues on Karmageddon, where May spits, “I think you say whatever you need to/Get your fuck on and somebody to pay for you.” Further down the line, the appallingly titled Sex Tourette’s wobbles and wanders in something of a musical miasma, never really surpassing its promisingly snappy chorus. Napalm Baby! packs a similar sense of teetering madness – most obviously in the veering guitar bridge — but anchors it with a dominant and simple riﬀ. The title track is probably the tenderest cut. There’s a wounded quality to the expansive style of May’s vocals here, and it’s augmented by the bass of long time creative partner Sam Ford’s. This album is not what people have come to expect from an artist who was nominated for an Australian Music Prize for her bluesy 2011 debut Design Desire. Those kinds of reactions are probably what May wants most. Best Track: Kiss My Apocalypse If You Like This, You’ll Like These: Climate of Hunter BENJAMIN COOPER SCOTT WALKER In A Word: Menacing
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GIG GUIDE WEDNESDAY JUN 12
THURSDAY JUN 13
JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC
JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC
DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. EDELPLASTIK + THE NICOLE CHIAYI TRIO 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. GIAN SLATER & FROSTFALL Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. HAMMOND JAZZ CLUB + MR ANDREW SWANN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. MONASH RECITAL NIGHT Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. PER FORSBERG Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. SWING NIGHT First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE NYMPHS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. VIVE LA DIFFERENCE Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm.
ADE ISHS TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. ALORA Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 8:00pm. ALWAN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. ANDREA MARR & THE FUNKY HITMEN + DJS VINCE PEACH & PIERRE BARONI Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. BRAINFRY COLLECTIVE Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. $5. PETER GEOGHEGAN’S STRAIGHT AHEAD 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. PLASTIC SPACEMAN (EP LAUNCH) + MICHAEL YULE Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. THE JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE NEW IMPROPTU QUARTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. THE OVEREASYS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 6:30pm. THE SAM KEEVERS QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.
INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ATOLLS + SAGAMORE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5. COLLAGE - FEAT: SCARAMOUCHE + COPSE + JENARIUM + RISE OF THE NEW SUN + STEPHAN WARD Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE + ALEX LASHLIE + BIG SMOKE + THE TOOT TOOT TOOTS DJS + WILDERBEAST Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6. HOLLOW EVERDAZE + AMANITA + TANGRAMS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. NMIT RECITAL Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:30pm. SAM LAWRENCE + HUGO BLADEL + TINA & JOE Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. SOMEONE ELSE’S WEDDING BAND + A COMMONER’S REVOLT + MARA THREAT + SWEET TEENS The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $6. THE AMBIENTS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 11:00pm. THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. THE PINK TILES + KIM SALMON + PATSY + VIKTORIA WOLF + WET LIPS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. TIM WALKER + GOODBYEMOTEL + THE MERE POETS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. VICE GRIP PUSSIES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK PETER HAREN + TRAVIS ADDISON Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 7:00pm. ALICIA ADKINS Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. CATCH RELEASE Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. ELEANOR MCEVOY + ENDA KENNY Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $30. ELEANOR MCEVOY Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. GRETTA ZILLER + JOSE NIETO + PABLO NARANJO Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. OPEN MIC Grind N Groove, Healesville. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 7:30pm. OPEN MIC Bonnie & Clydes Cafe & Cocktail Bar, Thornbury. 8:00pm. OPEN MIC Tago Mago, Thornbury. 7:30pm. OPEN MIC & JAM NIGHT Musicland, Fawkner. 7:00pm. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote, 8:00pm. Free THE BELLRAYS + THE DEMON PARADE + THEM BRUINS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $40. WAYWARDBREED + RAVENSWOOD Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: CLAIRE PATTI + ZIKORA Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.
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INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ANGRY MULES + DUKES VEDA + THE INTERCEPTORS Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. $5. AUTO DA F + 100 ACRE WOODS + AUTOPORTRAITS + HORSEMEAT + HOUSE OF LIGHT + LIKEDEELERS + MECHANICAL PTERODACTYL + MIDNIGHT SCAVENGERS + NIGHT WALKS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. BEAUTIFUL CHANGE (SINGLE LAUNCH) + BIG SEAL & THE SLIPPERY FEW Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $6. BLACK TEA + SIDEWAYS + THE DAN DANS The Bendigo, Collingwood. 8:00pm. BORED NOTHING + AIRWOLF + THE RED LIGHTS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $10. COTANGENT + MAIDS + THE MAGGOT MEN The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $7. DAVID BRIDIE Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. DIRTY CHAPTERS + STREET FANGS + THRASHER JYNX Bar Open, Fitzroy. 11:00pm. HAILER + BLACK CHORDS + CHANNEL SWITCHER + DARK FAIR Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. HAILMARY + DESTROY SHE SAID + FOREVER THE OPTIMIST + VIRTUE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. HENRY JOSEPH & THE VICTORYS + DAVID COSMA Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:30pm. $15. JAMES TEAGUE + KATE MARTIN + THE SILENT TREATMENT Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6. LAKYN HEPERI + LACHLAN DUTHIE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $15. MATT GLASS & THE LOOSE CANNONS + THE WINTER SUNS + VELMA GROVE Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:30pm. MOVEMENT Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. NEXT - FEAT: TRAIN WRECK + FREE WORLD + OUR SOLACE Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. PRETTY STRANGERS + MALLEE SONGS + PRETTY CITY Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. RIBBON PATTERNS Wesley Anne, Northcote, 8:00pm. $5 Band Room. SWIMMING (ALBUM LAUNCH) + NAKED MAJA + SUI ZHEN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $8. TARCUTTA + THE QUOLLS + TK BOLLINGER Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TASTE OF INDIE COLLECTIVE - FEAT: BROOKE TAYLOR + FIVE ACRE FIELD + RHYS JONES + STORYHORSE FREE The Eureka Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm.
SOMETHING FOR KATE After returning to the spotlight in a massive way in 2012, Something For Kate are embarking their biggest Australian tour in over six years. The band will showcase material from their new album, the critically acclaimed Leave Your Soul To Science, as well as a comprehensive selection of material from their large and enviable back catalogue. Something For Kate play at the Forum Theatre on Friday June 14 (sold out) and the Corner Hotel on Saturday June 15 (sold out) and Sunday June 16 as part of the Roadsmarts initiative. THE AOEDE PROJECT + BLACK MAYDAY + SPEAK DIGITAL WATER Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:30pm. $15. THE BEARDS Pier Live, Frankston. 8:00pm. $22. THE D-GRADES + MICHAEL PLATER & THE EXIT KEYS + THE LO-FI COWBOYS + THE ZONKS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5. THE VELVETS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THY ART IS MURDER + AVERSIONS CROWN + CATTLE DECAPITATION + INTERNAL NIGHTMARE + KING PARROT Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $25.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ALISON FERRIER BAND + RUTH LINDSEY Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. BLOW The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 8:00pm. DANNY WALSH Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. JASON FREDDI BAND + ADAM PAVITT Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. JOHN FLANAGAN AND THE BEGIN AGAINS Wesley Anne, Northcote, 6:00pm. Free Front Bar. LINC & LISE + CHRIS MALINSKI SAX Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 7:00pm. LOUNGE THURSDAYS - FEAT: NONE OF THE TONGUE + BELOVED ELK + DJS JAKE JUDD + NIKKI SARRAFIAN Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. MILESONES QUARTET Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 7pm Free. OPEN MIC Acoustic Cafe, Collingwood. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 6:00pm. RIBBONS PATTERNS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. SALT LAKE CITY Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm, Free. THE DAMES Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 8:30pm. THE FABRIC + BENNY & THE DUKES + UP UP AWAY Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. TIM CHAISSON + ADAM EATON Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm.
FRIDAY JUN 14 JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC THE BULLETTES The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. 8 FOOT FELIX + LUCAS MICHALIDIS Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm.
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ALANNA & ALICIA + CAROLINE CORDEIRO + LENI PHILIPPE-JANON + PUGSLEY BUZZARD Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 8:00pm. $15. BARB JUNGR Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 8:00pm. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS - FEAT: KYLIE AULDIST Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:30pm. DEAN’S MARTINI & SHAKERS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. GROOVE SYNDICATE Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 9:30pm. HAYDEN JONES Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. MARGIE LOU’S PIANO HOUR + ALYCE PLATT Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. MARTHA WAINWRIGHT Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank. 8:00pm. RASA DUENDE Montrose Town Centre, Montrose. 8:00pm. STEVIE & THE SLEEPERS + LAMARAMA & SOUL SAFARI Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. THE STEVE GRANT QUINTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TRIPLE TREAT - FEAT: ANNEMARIE SHARRY + BRIDGETTE ALLEN + JULIE O’HARA Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. YVETTE JOHANSSON & THE JOE RUBERTO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. ZELUS TRIO Famous Blue Raincoat, South Kingsville. 8:30pm.
INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ANDREW STOCKDALE + THE BOB HARROW BAND + THE DELTA RIGGS The Hi-ﬁ, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $41. BABERAHAM LINCOLN + BELLA & THE MELLOWS + LITTLE MISS REMEMBERING + REAL NOW Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. BAG O’NAILS Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. BREAKING ORBIT + SHADOWGAME + SLEEP PARADE + TRANSCIENCE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:30pm. $12. CHARLIE LANE + CAT & BEAR + DORKUS MALORKUS + THE WOODIES Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $10. CROWNED KINGS - FEAT: OUR SOLACE + DISASTERS + PROCLAIM + REACTION + THE EVERCOLD Musicland, Fawkner. 6:00pm. $15. EXPERIENCE JIMI HENDRIX The Palms, Southbank. 8:00pm. FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA + BEAR THE MAMMOTH + CERES + LUCY WILSON Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10. GREY GHOST + AMIN PAYNE + CITIZEN KAY + DJ MOONSHINE + DUVZ + JACKSON MILES FRANCOISE Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm.
HAILMARY + DROP BUNNY + FOREVER THE OPTIMIST + I CONFESS + THE GREY FILE Barleycorn Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. HIGH SCHOOL HOP - FEAT: JUKEBOX RACKETS + DJ BARBARA BLAZE + DJ BRUCE MILNE The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. INITIALS + ANGRY SEAS + I AM THE RIOT + LIMITS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. MAX SAVAGE Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. NEBRASKATAK + FARROW + KASHMERE CLUB John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $5. NICK ATHANA Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. NO ART + HALT EVER + INFINITE VOID + NAKED MAJA The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10. RUSTBUCKET Lucky 13 Garage, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $10. SOMETHING FOR KATE + COURTNEY BARNETT Forum Theatre, Melbourne. 8:00pm. SWAMP MOTH 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5. THE BEATLES MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA - FEAT: COME TOGETHER Burringa Cafe, Upwey. 6:30pm. $20. THE BLACK ANGELS Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE CORNER SHOP KIDS + BUSY KINGDOM + TASH SULTANA + TURTLE & FOX Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE FIGHTING + ACRE + BLACK NAIL + LACHY ROSS + SIMON LEVIK Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. THE NUDGELS Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. THE QUIVERS + FLYYING COLOURS + WARMTH CRASHES IN Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. THE SINKING TEETH (EP LAUNCH) + APART FROM THIS + FOXTROT + MAIDS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10. THE SOLICITORS + DARK FAIR + HAILER Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. THE TWOKS + CANARY + THE NYMPHS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15. THE VAUDEVILLE SMASH Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $15. TIGERTOWN Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. TIJUANA CARTEL Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $20. UDAYS TIGER + DAMN TERRAN + DARTS + DJ KEZBOT + KIDS OF ZO Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. WAZ E JAMES BAND Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. WITCHGRINDER + BRONSON + COLD DIVIDE + SYDONIA Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $12. YOUNG GIFTED BROKE - FEAT: ESTHER STEPHENS + HONE BE GOOD Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ANTHONY YOUNG’S BRIGADE Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. DAN WATERS Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. FIONA LEE MAYNARD & HER HOLY MEN + JACK HOWARD + THE LARGE NUMBER TWELVES The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $18. GREG DODD & THE TAILDRAGGERS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. KING LUCHO Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 10pm Free. LUCY & THE DIAMONDS Dane Certiﬁcate’s Magic Tricks, Gags & Theatre, Brunswick. 8:00pm. MIKKI MICHELLE + MELODY MOON + TAKADIMI Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. PALM SPRINGS + TIM NEILSON Old Bar, Fitzroy. 2:00pm. PAPER STREET Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm, Free. PHEASANT PLUCKERS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. SEAN KIRKWOOD & GUESTS Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 7:30pm Free. TEX PERKINS & CHARLIE OWEN Substation, Newport. 8:00pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm.
SATURDAY JUN 15 JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC
THE BELLRAYS Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. With a band like The BellRays it’s all about emotion and energy, experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide. The Bellrays will be playing the Corner Hotel on Wednesday June 12. MIKELANGELO & THE TIN STAR + DAN WATERS + ST CLARE Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10. CLASSICAL PIANO Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 2:00pm. FUNK RABBIT + THE CHARLIES Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. GOYIM + ELVIS IN THE HOUSE Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. HUANCHACO Open Studio, Northcote. 6:00pm. KRISTEN VIRAG + DJ CHRIS WENN + SAVIDAS Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 7:00pm. MIMI VELEVSKA Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. OMEDA WINTER SHOWCASE - FEAT: ALWAN Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 2:00pm. ROCKING SOUL NIGHT - FEAT: EUGENE HAMILTON & THE MONEY + DJ JUMPIN’ JOSH + DJ MOHAIR SLIM The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SONYA VERONICA Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. THE NORIA LETTS QUINTET Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. THE PAUL WILLIAMSON QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE VINCE JONES QUARTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $38. VARDOS + TIM MEYEN Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. WILD TURKEY + SARAH CARROLL & THE PSYCHEDELIC WILDMEN Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.
INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ANDREW STOCKDALE The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex, Geelong. 8:00pm. BOB STARKIE The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $18. CAVALCADE + HAVE/HOLD + INITIALS + MAXIMUM WOLF + TOY BOATS Wrangler Studios, Footscray . 8:00pm. $10. COTTON SIDEWALK (DO SOMETHING LAUNCH) + BUTTERSCTCHE BLONDE + GRANDTRANSATLANTIC + LEBELLE Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $10. DEAF WISH + DEEP HEAT + SPITEHOUSE + TERRIBLE TRUTHS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $10. DEVOTION + MATT BAILEY + TWENTY SEVEN WINTERS Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DICK N’ STEIN + BUFFALO PAIN TRAIN + MF JONES + DOG WHISTLE POLITICS The Bendigo, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $7. DREADNAUGHT + GUZOLINE + RED SKY BURIAL + TTTDC Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $12. HAILER + SINGLE MEN’S DRINKING CLUB 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $5. INTO THE WOODS (GOLDENTONE LAUNCH) + PENSIVE PENGUIN + WILEY RED FOX Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. KOALA KINGS + B J MORRISZONKLE + TYSON SLITHERS Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. LAWRENCE HENRY Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. MARC WELSH + DJ KARL H-BLOCK + DR EL SUAVO Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10. MEATLOAF TRIBUTE SHOW - FEAT: TO HELL & BACK + PURE BLONDE Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. $10.
MY LEFT BOOT + DJ DRAW 4 + THE VOLCANICS + THE WARDERS + THE WISHERS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. NEW GODS + THE INFANTS + WARMTH CRASHES IN Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. NO ART + DUCK DUCK CHOP + YOLKE Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. OUCH MY FACE + BRICKS ARE HEAVY + DEAD RIVER The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10. RACHEL BY THE STREAM Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 9:30pm. REACTIONS + CROWNED KINGS + DISASTERS + IMPRISONED + TERM FOUR Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. SHERIFF + SPERMAIDS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. SIME NUGENT BAND Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. SOMETHING FOR KATE + COURTNEY BARNETT Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $40. THE BEARDS The Hi-ﬁ, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $28. THE BREADMAKERS + JUDGE PINO & THE RULING MOTIONS + THE SEVEN UPS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. THE DEAD HEIR + A CHEEKY GRIN + ARCHER MOORE + LUNA GHOST Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE PREATURES (SINGLE TOUR) + OLYMPIA + THE STRANGE Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $15. THE RED PAINTINGS Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $22. THEM SWOOPS + HIDING WITH BEARS + THE GREASERS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. TIDY TOWNS + EVELYN IDA MORRIS + SEZ WILKS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $10. WATUSSI - FEAT: WATUSI + JOSE NIETO + KOOYEH + OZ LOCOS + PHIL PARA Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. YOU YANGS + CLAWS & ORGANS + THE WORKING GIRLS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $5. ZEVON & THE WEREWOLVES OF MELBOURNE + THE ALEJANDRO ADAMS BAND + THREE KINGS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ABOVE MIX Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm Free. THE TIGER & ME + ALUKA + OH PEP! Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $15. BABERAHAM LINCOLN + BELLA & THE MELLOWS + LITTLE MISS REMEMBERING + REAL NOW Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. BLUEGRASS GENTRY Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm Free. BRIAN CAMPEAU + RICHARD CUTHBERT Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15. CAROLINA & LENI Dane Certiﬁcate’s Magic Tricks, Gags & Theatre, Brunswick. 8:00pm. CISCO CAESAR Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. CLINKERFIELD Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. DAN LETHBRIDGE Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. GEOFF ACHISON Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 9:00pm. GREENS DAIRY ANGEL ENSEMBLE Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm, Free. HANK’S JALOPY DEMONS Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. JENNY BIDDLE + PAUL BARRY + STEPHANIE MASCETTA Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $10. MATT TAYLOR Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $25. MISTER SIPPY Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 9:00pm. MOOSEJAW RIFLE CLUB Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. OL’ TIMEY JAM SESSION Victoria Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. PERCH CREEK FAMILY JUG BAND + CORAL LEE & THE SILVER SCREAM + FRASER A GORMAN Workers Club, Fitzroy. 9:01pm. $15. RHYS JONES Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. THE BROKEN SWEETHEARTS + JUSTIN SMITH & THE LITTLE COLOURS Musicland, Fawkner. 8:00pm. $10. THE JUNES Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. THE LISA MILLER BAND Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. THE WHORLS Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 4:00pm.
SUNDAY JUN 16 JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC
DEVOTIONAL/MATT BAILEY It’s a staggering musical medley this Saturday night at Yah Yah’s. Performing will be ex-Paradise Motel bassist Matt Bailey, showcasing new tunes from his forthcoming 3rd album Death To Nature and Sydney heart breakers Devotional, who will play their first Melbourne show in a year. Also making an appearance will be blues rock outfit Twenty Seven Winters. It all starts at 8:30pm with free entry.
ADE ISHS TRIO Open Studio, Northcote. 5:00pm. BELLE & JULIA Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 4:30pm. BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 6:00pm. ELVIS IN THE HOUSE + DUO SEVERINI Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 1:00pm. MATT KELLY + CONSTANTINE STEFANOU + KLARA MONDEGREEN Wesley Anne, Northcote, 8:00pm. Free Band Room.
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ZUBONJA + LAURA BAXTER Bar Open, Fitzroy. 6:30pm. NUDIST FUNK ORCHESTRA + BAD BOYS BATUCADA + MS BUTT + THE DALE RYDER BAND Espy, St Kilda. 5:30pm. PUGSLEY BUZZARD Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. TAKEDIMI Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. THE JULIEN WILSON TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE WIKIMEN Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm. $15. VINCS & WAKELING Famous Blue Raincoat, South Kingsville. 3:00pm.
INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ANDREW STOCKDALE Pier Live, Frankston. 8:00pm. $40. BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS - FEAT: SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS + DJ JUKE JOINT + HORSEMEAT + THE SCOUTS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6. CHARLES JENKINS Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:30pm. FREYA FES - FEAT: THE PLEASURE BOYS + DARN MATTER + RIFF FIST + ROXY LAVISH & THE SUICIDE CULT + SUPER FAT FRUIT John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. FUJIYAMA MAMAS Tago Mago, Thornbury. 8:00pm. KISSTROYER (ALL AGES) Monash Gallery Of Art, Wheelers Hill. 6:00pm. LIFELIKE + LIP SMACK + MERCURY IN COGNITION Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. RIBBONS PATTERNS + PACK BEARS + TOY BOATS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm. ROSS HANNAFORD’S CRITTERS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 3:00pm. $15. ROUSSEMOFF FAREWELL SHOW + HORSEHUNTER + JONATHON NOKES + NOS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:30pm. SOMETHING FOR KATE + COURTNEY BARNETT Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $40. SUNDAY SESSIONS - FEAT: BELLA + RELLIK + KINGSTON CROWN Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 4:30pm. THE CLITS + BELOVED ELK + DJ SIR CHAZ & ARI SHAWSHOT + SWEET TEENS + THE ANCIENTS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 6:00pm. $10. THE SIDESHOW BRIDES Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE TESKEY BROTHERS + SUPER DELUXE + THE SCRIMSHAW FOUR Workers Club, Fitzroy. 2:00pm. $12. THE THOMCORDS (SINGLE LAUNCH) + THE MARIONETTES Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $10. THE VOLCANICS + THE SURE FIRE MIDNIGHTS + THE WISHERS + UPTOWN ACE Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. THE WINTER MIGRATION (REBUILD THE UNIVERSE LAUNCH) + EMMA HEENEY + THE STEINBECKS Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. $20. VERONA LIGHTS + BLACK FUEL + MIDNIGHT ALIBI +
MOONSHIFTER Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $10.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ANTHONY ATKINSON & THE RUNNING MATES Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. CAPTAIN APPLES + BELOVED ELK + PEPPERJACK Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10. COLLARD GREENS & GRAVY Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm. EXIT CROWD Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. $10. GREENS DAIRY ANGLE ENSEMBLE Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 4pm, Free. JAM SUNDAYS Musicland, Fawkner. 5:00pm. JIMI HOCKING Bay Hotel, Mornington. 3:00pm. JVG GUITAR METHOD Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. KING LUCHO Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm, Free. LINDSAY FIELD, + GLYN MASON + SAM SEE Carringbush Hotel, Abbotsford. 4:00pm. MATT WALKER & THE LOST RAGAS Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. PORCELAIN PILL (EP LAUNCH) + SLEEPY DREAMERS + THE IMPRINTS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 2:00pm. $10. REBECCA BARNARD Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. SARAH CARNEGIE Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 7:00pm. SUNDAY FUNDAY - FEAT: ROWIE + NACKERS Big Mouth, St Kilda. 6:00pm. SUNLARK Wesley Anne, Northcote. 4:00pm. THE ANOMALIES + DAN KROCHMAL + DANIEL BUCCHERI + EMMA BROADY + SANTANNA NAWALANY + SARAH AARONS Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 6:45pm. THE LARGE NUMBER TWELVES Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. THE LITTLE SISTERS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 4:00pm. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. THE SHANNON BOURNE BAND + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00pm. THE VOCAL LOTION Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:30pm. WHIRLING FURPHIES + KEN MAHER & TONY HARGREAVES Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm.
MONDAY JUN 17 JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC FROCK Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. $8. LEBOWSKIS - FEAT: THE REUBEN LEWIS QUINTET + THE NIRAN DASIKA EXTRAVAGANZA 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $8. MONASH UNIVERSITY Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 7:00pm. ROSS HANNAFORD’S LONG WEEKEND Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. THE ALLAN BROWNE TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm.
INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA The Public Bar, Melbourne. 7:00pm. MAGELWURZEL + AMANITA + DAN & TIM + MAIKO RUM Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MELBOURNE FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASES Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ACOUSTIC SESSION Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. PORT PHILLIP GILGAMESH READINGS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. SONGWRITER SESSONS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5.
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THE TIGER & ME One of the better bands in the crowded Euro/ cabaret/circus/indie/folk/pop market, The Tiger & Me will this Saturday June 15 have every intention of both playing well and looking sharp at The Spotted Mallard, and if either of these does not occur then something will have gone horribly wrong and they will be very embarrassed – as they should be. They’ll be joined by special guests on trumpet and oboe, and also gracing the stage will be talented vocal trio Aluka and folk/pop quintet Oh Pep!
TUESDAY JUN 18 JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC HI-FI LOUNGE LIZARDS Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. HUE BLANES Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. PETER BAYLOR’S ULTRAFOX Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. THE LEE APPLETON BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 7:00pm. $14. THE QUENTIN ANGUS QUINTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm.
INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ELLA HOOPER + KRISTA POLVERE + TEXTURE LIKE SUN Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. KOOYEH + EL MOTH + UP UP AWAY Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. PAPER HOUSE Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. THE ALAN LADDS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. TOY Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $36.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ADRIAN STOYLES Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. COLLAGE - FEAT: KICKING BEYOND MATTER + CHAPTER RAY + DOM COOLEY + PASCOE + SINCE WE KISSED Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. LAURA JEAN + GUY BLACKMAN Longplay, Fitzroy North. 9:00pm. OPEN MIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. OPEN MIC Bar Oussou, Brunswick. 7:00pm. PETER EWING & NICK BASTIRAS Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. SAMBROSE + LUCAS SKINNER Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm.
For anyone who lives in Fawkner, Musicland is a music complex on Sydney Road that is definitely worth checking out. They offer all age friendly jam session and open mic nights every Wednesday and Sunday. Even if your favourite genre is a bit unusual, say, instrumental psychadelic jazz folk, they welcome all music tastes and skill levels. Nights like these are a great opportunity to play with quality sound, lighting, PA and Engineer at your disposal without having to pay anything. If you’re in a band and your parents aren’t considerate enough to have built you a garage to practice in, they’ve also got some swanky rehearsal spaces for hire. Jump onto musiclandonline.com. au to check out their full gig guide. Finally, there are only two more months to go until heats for the Push Start Battle of the Bands wrap up! Once all the heats wrap up in August, we’ll start to see some Regional Finals with heat winners from every area competing for a spot at Pushover fest 2014. Some FReeZA committees are still looking for bands, so if you haven’t heard anything from your local crew, it’s probably worth jumping onto freeza.vic.gov.au and sussing it out.
ALL AGES TIMETABLE Wednesday June 12 Open Mic/Jam Night, Musicland, 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 7pm, free, www.musiclandonline.com. au, AA. Thursday June 13 RocKwiz Rocks Youth Mental Health, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston st, Melbourne, 8pm, $70, ticketmaster. com.au, AA. Cattle Decapitation
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Friday June 14 Thy Art Is Murder w/ Cattle Decapitation, King Parrot, Aversions Crown and Guest, Arrow On Swanston, 488 Swanston st, Carlton, 6pm, $28.60, oztix.com.au, AA.
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All Out War, MEU Nightclub, 1 Gildea Lane, Bendigo, 7pm-10pm, $10, 13-17 year olds.
Winter Wasteland w/ way With Words, Woodlock, Madeline Jayne, Little Big and Maddie Green and The Love Machine, EV’s Youth Centre, 212 Mt Dandenong Rd, Croydon, 6pm, $12, 9294 5706, AA.
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It’s an exciting time at the Push office as we’ve recently announced the program for this year’s Push FReeZA Summits. If you’ve never been to one, the Summits are a great chance to get some great music industry training for FREE. Music industry experts sharing their advice this year include D at Sea, Yung Philly, Defron, BBoy and Frances Haysey from Small Talk PR. The workshop will also include a hands on live sound/ guitar setup workshop, music career pathways and tertiary info, as well as heaps more cool stuff. The only thing better than free music industry advice is a catered lunch, and the Summits will provide you with that as well. All events are open to both FReeZA committees and the general public, so everyone can come along and bond with fellow music lovers over a sandwich or two. There will be three events this year in Bendigo on July 2, Traralgon on July 4 and Fitzroy on July 11. For full details and registration info head to our website at thepush.com.au.
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SUPER WILD HORSES The Tote, Friday May 31 People will tell you that Melbourne’s social animals don’t pay too much attention to bad weather – they can’t, otherwise they would never leave the house. The insistent rain over Collingwood is testing that theory tonight, especially for the committed smokers huddling under the two square metre undercover area in the beer garden, but so far the worst side eﬀect is a band room that smells strongly of an old Labrador. The Clits begin proceedings sounding like they have melody to spare, packing plenty of jangly pop ideas into 180 seconds before unceremoniously moving onto the next song. There are some rough edges to the performance, and at times you sense that their ambition has sped ahead of their performance skills, but the trio pull people closer with their ear worm choruses. There’s a peculiar sweetness in guitarist Lucas singing a few bars of Rain by Dragon as he leaves the stage. In case you couldn’t tell from all the denim, The Living Eyes are going for something a bit more sharp, aggressive and snotty when their set comes around. Where The Clits draw rough sketches of songs in 2B pencil, The Living Eyes write everything down in thick black marker, ﬁlling any hint of silence with caustic guitar lines and ratatat rhythms. The fresh-faced naivety of how clearly they wear their inﬂuences is an asset – there’s nothing here that isn’t cribbed from the garage-rock handbook, but they do it very well. Young naivety had a dark side though. I can’t have been the only one to cringe when the singer thanked The Clits for opening tonight before ‘jokingly’ calling Lucas a faggot. The schoolboy punk angle comes with some baggage.
The stage props have been there from the start – hanging streamers, paper ﬁsh, pineapples and maracas chaotically thrown about the place like the dying moments of a beach house party – but with Super Wild Horses it makes more sense (and not just because it’s Hayley’s birthday when the clock strikes 12). Fashionably laconic, elegantly apathetic, this is the space that the Melbourne duo inhabit on stage and on record. Both Hayley and Amy (switching between vocal, drums and guitar duties throughout the set) are comfortable drowning in a sea of reverb. Not to ﬁll up any vocal shortcomings, it’s just the way they like it, and having a sound where everything is supposed to bleed into everything else is well suited to The Tote. Members of Twerps, Dick Diver and Lost Animal pop onstage from time to time for guest performances that range from vestigial – whacking drum sticks together, anyone? – to oﬀ-putting, with a Theremin-like device particularly prone to audio demons. But it is a celebration, there’s a new album to be heard, why not bring a few buddies in to share the fun? It’s Super Wild Horses’ party, and they’ll do whatever they want to. BY MITCHELL ALEXANDER
LOVED: Spotting a who’s who of Melbourne’s indie music scene in attendance. HATED: The internal waterfall near the sound desk – that can’t be good. DRANK: Mountain Goat Steam Ale.
HEART OF ST KILDA CONCERT 2013 Palais Theatre, Tuesday May 14 A procession of pipes and drums signalled the sixth annual Heart of St.Kilda Concert was underway, its master of ceremonies – Brian Nankervis – extending a warm welcome. The evening, a fundraiser, was in support of the Sacred Heart Mission, their work aimed at assisting those in crisis with a range of basic needs such as access to food, health care, laundry and bathroom facilities. EVEN, the house band, were faultless in their execution and, as such, an appropriate selection of house band. Russel Morris set the night oﬀ well with his acoustic renditions of Black Dog Blues and The Real Thing connecting with the event’s demographic. Dave Callan was the evening’s ﬁrst comedian; no prizes for guessing how Callan’s set ended, though the shaggy-haired comic initially teased leaving the stage without busting a single move, Beyonce’s Crazy In Love would eventually ﬁll the venue. Callan’s infamous dance routine, more impressive than side-splitting, brought the house down. Anyone who’s seen Callan strut his stuﬀ before knows this display makes for an extremely fun spectacle every time. Callan introduced Lisa Miller, who continued the evening’s trend of adult-contemporary pop. While there was no faulting Miller, necessarily – highlights including Red And Blue (Let The Heart Go) and Let Love Carry You – the night was, by this stage, crying out for an injection of something radical. Comic Rachel Berger worked a little blue – which, in itself, was surprising. It would take Suzannah Espie to shake things up, her voice emerging an irresistible X-factor. Local comedy stalwart Russell Gilbert was in spectacular form this evening, his set raising questions as to why, these days, he’s no longer a proliﬁc ﬁgure within the mainstream media. The highlight of Gilbert’s appearance was a story with a twist: it was a tale meticulously woven together using lyrics from some of the biggest songs in pop music history. Gilbert must have made mention of almost 30 songs, speaking almost exclusively in verses and choruses, each instantly recognisable to punters throughout the venue. Rebecca Barnard and Billy Miller were next to the stage, a pop-up choir contributing to a magical rendition of (They Long To Be) Close To You. A group of around 30 vocalists ﬁled down the aisles of the Palais to join the pair on stage, performing country classic King Of The Road and The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends. The Caravan Music Choir embodied the community spirit of the evening and the Palais Theatre united in voice made for a very special experience. Sydney ventriloquist Darren Carr put his own spin on the evening through his unique expertise. A series of razor-sharp quips distracted from the obvious: a noticeable lack of puppet on stage. Carr very casually addressed the issue and, with a single prop and a suspiciously compliant member of the audience, he presented a surprising masterclass of ventriloquism. Carr was a massive hit, his act bound to stay with punters beyond the concert. Beat Magazine Page 62
Wishful were ﬁrst to the stage after the interval, their friendly yet inventive indie-folk-pop proving a novelty. The epitome of an up-and-coming act (this was, by their own admission, the biggest stage they’d ever played on) you couldn’t help but feel beguiled by their promise. Frank Woodley was waylaid by an innocuous heckle within seconds of taking to the stage. Demonstrating his comedy-veteran status, Woodley used the quip as a launch pad, the audience warming to his tangential approach. Eventually, Woodley found a way to slip into his fun, stammering fool persona, exploring comedy as a subjective experience, along with the awkwardness of birthing videos. Henry Wagons wasted no time in establishing himself as the evening’s livewire. He stunned the crowd with an exciting amalgamation of country, rock and blues. He brought a lot to the stage, namely an abundance of energy and enthusiasm, the likes of which had been absent for much of the evening. A black sheep amongst the evening’s musical acts, Wagons proved himself an eccentric performer with electrifying personality. Following the Heart Of St Kilda raﬄe, songstress Kate Ceberano took to the stage for another spot of adult-contemporary pop. She staged a serviceable performance – heartfelt gem With You emerging a key highlight – but her decision to talk up her previous ‘paid’ appearances at the Palais seemed a tad careless within the context of an evening devoted to charity. However, Ceberano’s oﬀ-the-cuﬀ quips did nothing to reverse punters’ goodwill towards her, a pleasant ovation the ultimate outcome. While acclaimed comic Hannah Gadsby encountered some resistance early, her candid, self-deprecating style soon had the audience in stitches. An accomplished performer, Hannah Gadsby was true-toform hilarious, charming the Palais Theatre. Soul collective Saskwatch were the last act of the evening, the nine-piece gearing up for their Glastonbury appearance. The outstanding Nkechi Anele sung with ﬂawless elasticity, an electric performance leading an impressive, cohesive ensemble. The event itself felt a little overblown at almost four hours, including a short interval, though the overall enjoyment of the Heart Of St Kilda Concert – a mini-gala of music and comedy – was refreshed with every act. The concert ended up raising more than $85,000, which will go onto fund an estimated 26,000 meals served by Sacred Heart Mission to people experiencing homelessness or poverty. A theatre full of generous punters received a fun-ﬁlled evening of entertainment, too, eﬀectively ticking every last box in the process. BY NICK MASON LOVED: The Gala-esque feel of the evening. HATED: The exhausting duration, the only real downside of any sizeable show. DRANK: Water.
TYLER THE CREATOR & EARL SWEATSHIRT Palace Theatre, Saturday June 8 Although there wasn’t as much controversy as Sydney’s show, Tyler and his 19-year-old protégé Earl Sweatshirt still gave a packed Palace plenty to holler about, in a good way. Unfortunately about ten minutes in, the heel came oﬀ my fucking shoe. I’m talking high heels. Do you know what the Plan B for that scenario is? Yeah, me neither, so I danced on one tiptoe the whole damn night (it was ﬁne, I worked out some new moves). It didn’t make things easier that security wouldn’t let us put our bags on the ﬂoor (“It’s a ﬁre hazard” – give me a break, your face is) or that Mim decided when they played Radicals she’d hurl her bag at us and leap into the nosebleed section. But the Odd Future boys were total professionals, delivering everything with a ton of energy and laughs, and getting almost every cat moving while heckling those who wouldn’t. “Why didn’t you move? There’s like four of you motherfuckers right there,” Tyler pointed into the balcony, just so we knew who to attack later when
we were all hopped up on misogyny and violence. He also gave us rules to make the skank circle a happy place, and recommended that if we didn’t know the words to any of the tracks that we scream along anyway. Honestly, some of the fanboys in their green Golf caps (pretty cool bit of merchandise there) were belting along impressively with every single word, and the show ﬁnished out with all of us screaming “wolf gang kill them all”. Bags on the ﬂoor should’ve been the least of the venue’s worries. Top show. BY ZOË RADAS
LOVED: Earl is so cute. His speaking voice is like a sweet little kid. HATED: It was over at 11.30pm – bit too short. DRANK: Something out of a plastic cup.
THE BREAK Thornbury Theatre, Friday May 31 It was ugly weather on Friday night. Rain bucketed down like the nuclear fallout Midnight Oil spent much of the ‘80s rhetorically ﬁghting against. Inside the Thornbury Theatre, however, it was a picture of suburban regal serenity. Behind the stage, images of space missions past ﬁlled the screen. Whereas once Messrs Moginie, Hirst and Rotsey led the leftwing Australian rock’n’roll charge, in The Break, the message has been tempered, yet remains as politically strong – if only you’re prepared to look close enough. The members of The Break take to the stage shortly after 9pm, clad in white boiler suits that were somewhere between the outﬁts worn in the Oils’ 10,9,8 ... era, and Karen Silkwood’s protective clothing in Silkwood. Jim Moginie is the mad scientist on the right of stage, a middleaged psychedelic hippie on a surf coast rock’n’roll farm. Martin Rotsey is as enigmatic as ever; he’s still rocking on that back foot, just like Read About It days. Brian Ritchie is a big man in stature, reputation and presence. Occasionally he wanders to the centre of stage like he’s looking to burst into song, but at best, it’s a short incomprehensible bark of psychedelic discourse. Ritchie introduces Rob Hirst as the best drummer in Australia, and you can’t but agree. At one stage, Hirst took temporary leave from his drumming duties to shake his monitors, presumably to address some imperfection in foldback. With a smile to the road crew – less temperate musicians would have stormed oﬀ in a ﬁt of pique – Hirst returned to his drum stool, gathered his sticks and picked up the beat with barely a breath missed. This
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was perfection, Rob Hirst style. Jack Howard has become a permanent ﬁxture in the band, and you remember just how seminal his trumpet melodies are to the Australian rock’n’roll canon. The quality of the musicianship is impregnable – a better group of players you couldn’t imagine. There are two sets, with equal coverage given to both Church of the Open Sky and Space Farm. The surf material from the ﬁrst record is sharp as nails; the space-psych material from the recent record explores a deeper, even more spiritual side to the group. Moginie dabbles with the erratic sounds of the Theremin, the proverbial kid in the sonic candy store. Rotsey’s licks on Wedding Cake Island are to die for, and we’re bathed in northern beach tranquillity. Yet there’s something missing, and it’s about the layout of the venue. Everybody’s seated, and there’s negligible opportunity for anyone to challenge the dominant audience participation paradigm. At the end of the second set, Jack Howard oﬀers a subtle prompt for people to cheer, and it’s heeded suﬃciently to get the band out again for a ﬁnal bracket. But given how good The Break were, and are, seating just didn’t work. And that was the only thing wrong with tonight. BY PATRICK EMERY
LOVED: Wedding Cake Island. HATED: The seating. DRANK: Coopers Pale on tap.
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