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EVERY TIME I DIE Esteemed metalcore proponents Every Time I Die will be bringing their formidable live show to Australia this October. The band have recently unleashed their brand new album Ex Lives, which is their highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s raging New Junk Aesthetic. Every Time I Die will hit at The Corner on Sunday October 20.
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THE PAPER KITES Quickly becoming household names thanks to proliﬁc fanfare and the power of sharing music online, indiefolk group The Paper Kites have ﬁnally announced that their eponymous debut is set for an August 2013 release. Capping oﬀ a jam-packed year thus far, they’re embarking on an nationwide tour which coincides with the album release before crossing the Paciﬁc for their ﬁrst North American tour. They play the Forum on Saturday September 28 and an under 18s matinee show at The Hi-Fi on Sunday September 15. Ticketing information is at the venue websites.
YES PLEASE SECOND BIRTHDAY
Esteemed nascent record label Yes Please are about to celebrate two years in action, and to do so they are bringing together a very tasty selection of acts for their birthday bash. The Melbourne party will see a ripper of a lineup take the stage, including I’lls, Fishing, Wintercoats, Guerre and The Townhouses. Plus some DJ action from Oscar Key Sung, Andras Fox, Tim Shiel, Simon Winkler and Adam Christou. Yes Please’s Second Birthday Party takes place at The Workers Club on Thursday July 18.
Recipients of last week’s Album Of The Week in Beat, Jagwar Ma have made up for the cancellation of their last Melbourne show with the announcement of a national album tour. A lot has happened for the Sydney outﬁt since their cancelled April dates, with the release of Howlin earning the band worldwide recognition. Audiences are in for a treat when the live incarnation of Jagwar Ma showcase their nextlevel musical stylings. Jagwar Ma perform at The Corner on Thursday August 1.
KARNIVOOL It’s been over four years since the release of the band’s ground breaking sophomore album Sound Awake, but after multiple sell out tours and ventures overseas, Karnivool are ﬁnally returning with their new record, Asymmetry, out on Friday July 19. To celebrate, the band are hitting the road for one of their biggest Australian tours yet. Joining them will be Sydney ﬁve-piece Northlane, who have exploded onto the scene since the release of their debut album in 2011 and have quickly become one of the biggest metal bands in the country. It all goes down at the Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday August 1 and Friday August 2. Tickets from Oztix.
QUEENSCLIFF WINTER WARM UP While we’re thrust into the chilly throes of the winter season, it’s diﬃcult to see the bright beacon of the summer festival season on the horizon. But all hope is not lost, with the Queenscliﬀ Music Festival once again providing musical solace in the form of their stellar Winter Warmup. The Winter Warmup will be well and truly heating up with acts Darren Percival, eight-piece outﬁt Eagle & the Worm, rockers EMPRA, blues duo Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk and youthful garage gadabouts The Frowning Clouds. Plus hear this year’s Queenscliﬀ Music Festival lineup announced live on the night. The Queenscliﬀ Music Festival Winter Warmup takes place at Queenscliﬀ Town Hall on Saturday June 22. Tickets are at qmf.net.au.
Vance Joy is sure to one day look back on 2013 with sentiment. We’re six months in and he’s already signed a ﬁve album deal with powerhouse label Atlantic, had a massive hit single in the fun Riptide, announced a tour with the legendary Bernard Fanning, and has a much hyped debut EP, God Loves You When You’re Dancing, under his belt. Along with playing Splendour in the Grass, Vance returns home to Melbourne, playing a headline show on Tuesday September 3 at the Corner Hotel to oﬃcially launch Riptide. It’s likely to be his last local act of the year before he embarks for more international shows. Support comes from Fraser A Gorman and tickets are available from the venue box oﬃce and website.
After two years of bringing the ruckus in Brisbane, the country’s biggest local hip hop festival has announced its Melbourne debut. The Sprung Festival will hit Melbourne with headliner 360, plus an all-star roster of Australian hip hop talent. Rounding out the very tasty lineup will be 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 Urthboy. Sprung Festival takes place at Kevin Bartlett Sporting And Recreation Complex, Burnley on Saturday October 19. There’s more information at sprunghiphop.com.au. CHECK OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS, REVIEWS AND FREE SHIT AT BEAT.COM.AU
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FRASER A GORMAN Every Wednesday this July rising blues-folk hero Fraser A Gorman will take to The Spotted Mallard to celebrate the launch of the new single Dark Eyes. Hitting the stage in solo mode, Fraser will be joined by a rotating roster of support acts over the course of the month.Â Fraser A Gorman performs at The Spotted Mallard every Wednesday in July.
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THE STABS Much loved long lost local lads The Stabs are returning for a one-oďŹ€ show to promote the release of both of their albums on vinyl, soon to be released through Homeless Records. Having toured with the likes of Mudhoney and Lubricated Goat, as well as joining the bill for All Tomorrowâ€™s Party with The Saints, The Bad Seeds and The Dirty Three, The Stabs made a name for themselves locally and internationally before quietly disappearing â€“ until now. This one-oďŹ€ show is taking place on Saturday July 13 at the John Curtin Hotel. Itâ€™s going to sell out. Get your tickets now from the venue website.
Legendary Australian rock outďŹ t The Angels have announced their return to the Melbourne stage, hitting The Espy this August. With Dave Gleeson (from The Screaming Jets) upfront, The Angels have been storming rock stages right around the country and around the world - clocking up two years of blowing away new and old Angels fans at sold out show after sold out show. The Angels perform at The Espy on Saturday August 3.
Founding member of San Franciscan band Negativland is making his way to Melbourne this weekend. Since 1980,Â NegativlandÂ has perpetrated a series of unique creative projects, hoaxes and pranks - manifest asÂ records, video, visual art works, radio, and live performance, using appropriated sound, image and text, coining the term â€˜culture jammingâ€™. Hosler will perform at The Gasometer this Saturday June 22 from 8.30pm. tickets are $10 at the door.
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ZOOPHYTE Following the recent release of Free The Light, taken from the album Somewhere ElsewhereÂ released late last year, Melbourne rockers Zoophtye have announced a residency at Revolver. With a killer live set, the band has generated support from fans and media alike, carving out their own niche in the Aussie rock landscape with their recorded output and live shows. Zoophyte perform at Revolver Upstairs every Thursday between Thursday June 20 and Thursday July 11.
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YEO In support of his cheekily-titled LP Sell Out, Melbourne producer Yeo will be touring the East Coast next month. Sell Out has been stirring underground musical scenes across Australia, garnering airplay from triple j and a burst of new followers. Likened to James Blake and Chet Faker, Yeo has found a new voice and built a new hookline and synth-laden vehicle to carry it. He will perform at The Gasometer on Thursday July 11. Support will be from The Townhouses and Canberra beat-maker Eaves.
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Funny, oďŹ€beat and penis-free since Wednesday June 5, Wattâ€™s On has established its now legendary place in the Melbourne music scene. This July, Wattâ€™s On will be presenting a killer lineup set to tear through The ToďŹ€ In Town like Dan Watt tears through social etiquette and basic politeness. With a band name very likely to be found in Dan Wattâ€™s recent search history, Drunk Mums are for many the best thing that has happened to Australian rockâ€™nâ€™roll in a long time. The band share the ability to combine brash yet melodic song structure that entreats the audience to boogie. To further convince you to come get wild, Ballaratâ€™s Bad News ToiletÂ â€“ another band name with a personal aďŹ€ection to Dan Watt â€“Â are closing the night with their genre-melting style of DJing that sees them giving Xavier Rudd a facelift via Regurgitator as well as many more mixes. To round out this lineup that is intent of giving The ToďŹ€ a facelift is APES.Â This young band are hot on tail of their single Seven,Â with a sound that owes as much to the bombast of The Hives to the stoner atmospherics of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club this the perfect lineup to hump your hump day. Drunk Mums along with Bad News Toilet and APES will be reshaping your view of The ToďŹ€ in Town via an anti-hegemonic display rockâ€™nâ€™roll atÂ The ToďŹ€ In Town on Wednesday July 10.
LO! Returning home from an epic European tour with Cult Of Luna and The Ocean, Lo! have announced an album tour to launch their newest slab of sludge post metal Monstrorum Historia. High Tension will provide support. Lo! play The Reverence on Saturday July 13. Seven favourite movies/TV shows that go on your mix-tape: The Simpsons (season 1 to about 12), HEAD (Monkees movie), HELP (Beatles movie), Dog Day Afternoon, Jungle Book, Toy Story, A Clockwork Orange, I fall asleep in most movies. Six bad habits you canâ€™t escape: Poverty, picking my nose, driving my car when the petrol is below empty, spending money I shouldnâ€™t on 45s, the â€˜60s, playing in too many bands.
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Whenâ€™s the gig/release? QMF Winter Warmup, Saturday June 22, 7pm (doors 6.30pm) at QueenscliďŹ€ Town Hall. Album is ďŹ nished and will be out before the end of the year. We also have a split 7â€? with The Living Eyes out soon too.
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INTERNATIONAL 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
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MANIC STREET PREACHERS BY CHRIS MARTIN
It’s early on a midweek morning, Cardiﬀ time, and Nicky Wire’s voice crackles down the line from his home just outside the Welsh capital. Over the years, Manic Street Preachers’ success has taken their bassist, lyricist and chief mouthpiece Wire all around the world – from Thatcher’s Britain to communist Cuba – and yet he’s never really desired to depart the working-class surrounds of his youth. “I’ve never gone, really,” Wire says with mild amusement. “Obviously, all bands end up living in London at one point, and we lived with a manager and stuﬀ [there], but I’ve never moved, I’ve never actually bought a place anywhere [outside Wales].” He speaks as if the possibilities of excess and travel, of long summers spent in the Los Angeles sun, have never even occurred to him. Perhaps it’s because Manic Street Preachers were never meant to last; never meant to be career rock stars. One album, a couple of hit singles, then retire, maybe with a spot reserved for them somewhere up the back corners of Welsh musical folklore. For the young James Dean Bradﬁeld, Sean Moore, Richey Edwards and Wire, that was the plan. At ﬁrst. “That’s true,” laughs Wire. “22, 23 years ago, [it was] as much down to myself, [that] manifesto, and Richey. James and Sean were always the musicians – I’m sure they always had a longer-term plan – but at the time it seemed like, coming where we came from, we just wanted to be almost cartoon-like to get noticed. It was quite hard coming from Wales back then; there wasn’t a rich musical history really, so we presented ourselves in what we thought was an extreme way.” Generation Terrorists came and went in 1992, and that should’ve been it. Except it sold, and so did Gold Against The Soul, and so have the Manics’ eight albums since. And here they are today. “I think what changed was the love of music, really, and the love of being in a band,” says Wire. “The fact we’re still together now when all our contemporaries have either split up – or split up and reformed and split up again…I think we were lucky. If we were [starting] a band now, we wouldn’t have the longevity, because you don’t get the chance anymore to grow like we did.” It hasn’t all come easily, of course – and that’s putting aside even the Manics’ most regrettable musical decisions. In February 1995, guitarist Edwards – after a history of depression and self-harm – checked out of a London hotel and went for a drive. He was never seen again. The band kept on, and put out the Mercury Prize-nominated Everything Must Go in 1996. Almost immediately, the Manics became hot properties of the mainstream – and, unlike most, were not slightly shy of talking about their ambitions. “It’s a really good point, because we were very blatant about the idea of getting into the mainstream,” says Wire. “I mean, it’s hard to explain to people now in what was a totally diﬀerent landscape. You had a very elitist alternative/indie scene – which we did admire [for] a lot of that music. We grew up quite snobbish ourselves. But then all of a sudden when you realised how big The Smiths were, or The Clash, or you listened to Exile On Main St., we kind of thought…[if you] feel you’ve got something to say then you want to try and reach as many Beat Magazine Page 16
people as you can.” And it worked. Since abandoning their initial get-in, getfamous, get-out plan for crashing the music industry, Manic Street Preachers have risen to the grandest heights of Welsh rock. They’re celebrated by their peers and progeny – Stereophonics, Lostprophets, Super Furry Animals and the rest – for imbuing Wales with a musical voice and enabling the world to hear it. But what does ‘Welsh rock’ mean to one of its primary ﬁgures? That
“MAYBE IN 20 YEARS’ TIME I CAN LOOK BACK AT THE PICTURES AND THE FOOTAGE AND THINK IT WAS…AT LEAST IT WAS EXTRAORDINARY. IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY SHIT, BUT AT LEAST IT WAS EXTRAORDINARY.” wonderful, tumbling, euphoric sound of south-western Britain – from where did it come in the ﬁrst place? “I think it’s a class thing. I think there’s a deﬁnite working-class vibe to it, about self-improvement and self-empowerment, especially in the South Wales side of it. I also think there’s such a vocal tradition here – it might sound a bit clichéd, but even James was in the school choir, and you can hear that…[the Welsh] really are amazing singers. There were a lot of indie bands with that kind of phased, out-of-tune sort of singer, but that explosion in Wales in the ’90s, every one of them was more from the Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones tradition of just being brilliant vocalists. And it was a really political place to grow up in as well – obviously you had a lot of strikes and discontent, growing up in the ’80s, and it all produced a distinct sort of sound compared to the rest of Britain.” Almost as soon as he mentions class warfare – that battle cry of any musician worth their salt in ’90s Britain – Wire checks himself. “Sometimes I feel like our generation is
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too obsessed with it,” he says, wary in the knowledge that he’s not speaking to old clichés now, but determined to go on. “We grew up through so much turmoil politically, perhaps we’re still using it as some kind of chip on our shoulder. But for me growing up, it was the whole idea of self-improvement through working-class education. I was lucky enough to get to university and do a degree in politics, and it was all tied in with something: pride in work and dignity. Whether all that stuﬀ really exists anymore, I’m not really sure…But I’m not going to let it go. I think all people need a bit of a little thing that keeps them inspired. There’s a kind of poetic artistic side to the band and there’s more of a working-class political side. Sometimes one outweighs the other.” Case in point: 2001, and the Manics’ visit to Cuba to play a concert before Fidel Castro at the Teatro Karl Marx. On the spectrum of working-class grandstanding, it was a bold gesture indeed. The Manics copped heavy criticism for the gig, and Wire still hasn’t decided whether it was a good idea or bad. “I don’t know what it was, really. The whole premise behind it was never to endorse any sort of government. We just felt like…one, we wanted to do something completely diﬀerent; to launch an album where you can’t make any money selling any albums, because there’s an embargo with Sony/Columbia – they didn’t even sell records there – so it was much more of that Situationist idea of subverting [capitalism]. But then again, it’s certainly caused us a lot of problems over the years, whether it’s visas with America, or going to former Eastern Bloc countries who obviously had a hideous time under communism – they don’t think it was a good idea that Castro turned up to one of our gigs. “So it’s a ﬁne line. I’m not sure – it certainly wasn’t a massive success, but maybe in 20 years’ time I can look back at the pictures and the footage and think it was … at least it was extraordinary. It might have been extraordinarily shit, but at least it was extraordinary.” Like any self-respecting Welshmen, Wire and his bandmates consider themselves huge rugby fans – so much so, their tour of Australia and New Zealand (the Manics’ longest run of dates since early 2012) ties in directly with the British And Irish Lions’ ﬁxtures against the Wallabies. 2-1 to the Lions is Wire’s tip: “a bit of Welsh skill” to make the diﬀerence, he reckons. After that, the band will return to the studio to ﬁnish oﬀ its next two albums – the ﬁrst, due by the end of this year, has a working title Rewind The Film. “I think we genuinely wake up most days thinking we can communicate with people on a kind of visceral and intellectual level,” says Wire. “We don’t always succeed – God, over the years there’s been some great records and some average ones – but we wake up with that intent. We’ve been pretty proliﬁc – we’re all sort of hitting 43, 44 now, and we’ve been averaging an album and a load of singles every year and half, every two years. As long as the desire to communicate is there, I think we’ll be okay.” MANIC STREET PREACHERS play Festival Hall on Friday June 28 with special guests Hungry Kids Of Hungary.
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A remote cabin in the woods becomes a blood-soaked chamber of horrors when a group of 20-something friends unwittingly awakens an ancient demon in Evil Dead, the highly anticipated reboot of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-hit horror ﬁlm. Featuring a fresh young cast, Evil Dead is a bone-chilling ﬁlm that combines all the raw excitement and gleeful gore of the acclaimed original with a series of shocking new twists. It’s currently playing at Cinema Nova.
ON STAGE 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.
ON DISPLAY 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 they’re expressed. guitar/fan phase will be on exhibition at Tinning Street Gallery from Thursday June 20 – Sunday June 23. Admission is free.
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Arthur Miller’s classic, 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 trials, 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.
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SOLOMON AND MARION BY JOSH FERGEUS
“We have our first preview show tonight,” Pacharo Mzembe tells me down the line. He is currently appearing as the male lead alongside Packed To The Rafters star Gillian Jones in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s latest production, Solomon and Marion, by South African theatre guru Lara Foot. “Last night everything was going pretty good, just going through it. It’s the last time we’ll have a full run, a full go at the show within rehearsals.” The pre-show energy is palpable. “We’re trying to conserve energy, trying to remember what we did in the rehearsal room,” Mzembe says as he describes the pre-show process. “It’s the chance to give the tech guys their opportunity to get the lighting and the sound spot on. I guess at dress rehearsals everyone is going ‘this is where we’re at, this is what we need to work on’, then the preview show happens, the opening, and we go from there. “ At this stage of the process the largest audience he and Jones have had for their two-person show is around 20 people, and “it was still in such a raw form,” says Mzembe. “We’re testing the waters, seeing if people are laughing at certain areas, where they’re really getting engaged. Because we haven’t done it on stage before we’re testing our voices, the sound, the people, the lighting…it’s about repetition.” Solomon and Marion deals with loss, pain, and brutal violence, all set in post-apartheid South Africa. It’s heavy stuﬀ, demanding a lot from the two actors. “It’s tough,” confesses Mzembe. “One big thing I did when I ﬁrst read it, and still when I read it now, is to look at it from the perspective of humanity. It’s a very human story. South Africa has a very dark history, a dark past. It’s heavy, it’s very bleak, and you can get caught up in that but if you immerse yourself in the character you can ﬁnd a lot of similarities with your own self.” Sharing the stage with Jones has lightened the load somewhat. “It’s been awesome. My ﬁrst production straight out of NIDA was Antigone and she was in it. She played the blind prophet, and I met her there for the ﬁrst time. It’s back to square one, it’s pretty good.” Working in a two person show has its challenges too, but
having actress Pamela Rabe directing the production has proven to be a blessing. “It is very diﬀerent, but having Pam there as an actress – she’s the director here but she’s deﬁnitely an actress – is great. I have a lot of respect for the both of them and what they’ve done in the industry. When I’m in there I try to be conﬁdent and make my choices but be able to listen and take a lot on board from these professionals who’ve been in the industry for such a long time.” There’s been a lot for the three of them to tackle as a team in the text. “A lot of things, a lot of big things. Forgiveness. The challenge of co-existing in a space, co-existing in a country.” And how does Mzembe think audiences will process what Solomon and Marion presents them with? “Like most countries, South Africa has a dark past. People can look at that from that historical perspective or simply a human perspective. There’s a lot of fear, a lot of loss. People are going to be looking at us and thinking about how they handle things themselves. Obviously there’s the South African accents but people will get past that. When things like chicken feet rock up on stage or painting, they’ll get lost in that as well. “What I stand for as an actor is to show society how it was, is and could be. If you’re continually doing that, if you’re asking people to look at themselves, then they’ll keep coming back to the theatre, they’ll be inspired, challenged, motivated.” Solomon and Marion is currently playing at the Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio until Saturday July 20.
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MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT GALA The 2013 Melbourne Cabaret Festival is almost here and the lineup for the Opening Night Gala has arrived. Headlining the star-studded line-up will be Motown royalty and founding member of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, alongside six other international acts and a stellar lineup of Australian performers, including Joey Arias, Adam Guettel, David Pomeranz, Tara Minton, Spanky, Trevor Ashley and a whole lot more. It takes place at The Palais on Wednesday June 26 and we have some double passes to giveaway. Hit up beat.com.au/freeshit for your chance to win.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL GUESTS Spanish actress Maribel Verdú (best known for her roles in Pan's Labyrinth and Y Tu Mama Tambien), and Mexican Director, Natalia Beristáin.
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FOR MORE ARTS NEWS, REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS VISIT BEAT.COM.AU SPECTACLE This September, the ACMI will host its next major exhibition, Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition. Featuring over 300 works presented across nine thematic sections, Spectacle is a historical exhibition of the music video industry. The exhibition will delve into the fundamentalism of video clips and how they deﬁne artists to the public, including the multiple reinventions of Madonna, Björk’s iconic music videos, and OK GO’s quirky, eclectic clips. Spectacle will also explore how these videos inﬂuence our expectations about the music industry today. Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition will open at ACMI from Thursday September 26 and close on Sunday February 23, 2014.
MELBOURNE WRITERS FESTIVAL The Melbourne Writer’s Festival just provided a sneak peak at this year’s program. In an eﬀort to top their excellent addition of The New Yorker last year, Melbourne Writer’s Festival have announced the addition of the ﬁnal chapter of the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference, which includes discussions from Tony Birch, Pulitzer Prize wining author Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), and MJ Hyland; The Moth Mainstage, a theatrical production featuring Magda Szubanski; and acclaimed London Review of Books. Melbourne Writer’s Festival will run from Thursday August 22 – Sunday September 1. Tickets and passes, including the program so far, are available online. A full program will be released on Friday July 19.
Exploration, an exhibition focused on showcasing unsigned and emerging artists, will host its 13th annual exhibition this month. Some of the artists featured include Meg Cowell, a large-scale photographer who depicts the theatricality of clothes through photographing garments and couture in water; her works are known for juxtaposing the dichotomy of absence and fullness. In contrast, abstract painter Zac Koukoravas will present a collection of works that combine architecture, graﬃti and political activism into a contemporary, relatable medium. Other artists on exhibition include Despa Hondros, painter Daniela Miszkinis, Tony Nguyen, Ramon Martinez Mendoza and many, many more. Exploration is currently on exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery until Saturday July 13. Admission is free.
MIFF 2013 OPENING NIGHT GALA Melbourne International Film Festival have announced their opening night ﬁlm for their gala next month. Entitled, I’m So Excited, the ﬁlm is a sensual and cheeky production illustrating Spanish politics mid-air. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, I’m So Excited depicts the story of a Mexicobound ﬂight that goes wrong; gear malfunctions, drugs, alcohol and a dominatrix it’s got it, including every other thing you thought could go wrong. Following the ﬁlm will be a chance for guests to mingle among the stars, enjoy drinks, canapés and local entertainment. Opening Night Gala will hit Hamer Hall on Thursday July 25 at 7pm.
POLYGLOT THEATRE CALL FOR EOI Polyglot Theatre are calling for expressions of interest for their Space to Play, an artist residency program. Space to Play oﬀers people working across various art forms to use Polyglot’s space at Cromwell Road Theatre, South Yarra. Successful applicants will be able to use the space to rehearse, receive access to mentorship and advice, and booking keeping help, in return, Polyglot requires any successful artists/groups prepare a workshop about their art form for industry peers. Space to Play is part of Feed the Art, an initiative by Polyglot to support artists of all forms by giving them spaces to access, mentorship and advice.
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OFFENDING THE AUDIENCE Verve Studio have announced their last production to be performed next month, Oﬀending the Audience. Written by Peter Handke in 1966, Oﬀending the Audience was considered the epitome of the ‘anti-play’; unmasking the technique of theatre and renouncing the essentialism of any play, a plot. Instead, the Stage Verve Company actors need to create a prologue that tells the audience what is happening and what each action is called; a challenge for all artists. Oﬀending the Audience will be performed at Roxanne Parlour from Monday July 3 – Wednesday July 5 at 7pm.
MALTHOUSE THEATRE PRESENTS THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
As part of their Helium season, Melbourne Theatre will host an introspective production entitled This Is Beautiful next month. Created by The Public Studio, This Is Beautiful will follow a dinner conversation of three actors and their self-perception, including their opinions on their bodies, face, identities and what they wish they were. Accompanying their conversation, a cinematic animation of their responses will be projected onto a screen behind them. Grotesque and harrowing, this juxtaposition will capture the psychological conﬂict we experience, laying bare our desires, prejudices, fears, and inner beauty, or ugliness. This Is Beautiful will be hosted at the Malthouse Theatre from Friday July 19 – Saturday August 3.
THE EXTRAORDINARY SHAPES OF GEOFFREY RUSH Geoﬀrey Rush is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and reverred actors, and The Arts Centre is set to host an exhibition dedicated to the Australia icon. Entitled The Extraordinary Shapes of Geoﬀrey Rush, the exhibition, curated and developed alongside the man himself, will thrust viewers into the iconic roles the actor has played over the years, including Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Ernest, Captain Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more. The exhibition will feature footage and images detailing his approach to developing characters, costumes Rush has worn and the awards he’s received throughout the years. The Extraordinary Shapes of Geoﬀrey Rush will be on exhibition at the Arts Centre from Saturday July 6 – Sunday September 29. Admission is free.
SPEAKEASY CINEMA Speakeasy Cinema have announced their new season before Melbourne International Film Festival next month. Opening the season will be Tiny Furniture, a ﬁlm by director, writer and actress Lena Dunham (Girls). Following this will be a documentary about every, yes every, conspiracy theory about The Shining entitled Room 237. Los Chidos, a ﬁlm directed by Mars Volta front man Omar Rodríguez-López,will explore the misogyny and homophobia of Latino culture. Following this, The Sheik and I delve into a documentary about the tyranny of Sharjah, while Turner-Prize winning artist Gillian Wearing will debut her latest ﬁlm, Self Made. Speakeasy Cinema’s June/July Season will from Wednesday June 19 – Sunday July 21.
4X4 PROJECTION FESTIVAL Ferdydurke, a venue/bar/gallery/performance space, will be hosting its 4x4 Projection Festival next month. Named after a novel that “explored the problems of immaturity and youth” (Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz), 4x4 Projection Festival will capture the aesthetic and exuberance of youth with four weeks of video art, performance, ﬁlm-making and photography. Feature artists during the festival include Arie Rain Glorie, installation and detail media artist Amanda Morgan, Keith Deverell, and Yandell Walton. 4x4 Projection Festival will operate every Thursday – Sunday at Ferdydurke from Thursday July 4 – Sunday July 28. Admission is free.
THE LAST FIVE YEARS Tall Trees Productions, a local theatre company, will host its latest production The Last Five Years at the Treble Clef Jazz Lounge this month. Written by acclaimed playwright Jason Robert Brown, The Last Five Years is an innovative musical that places a twist on your average romance story. Set in New York, two characters named Jamie, played by Luigi Lucente, and Cathy, portrayed by Angela Harding, illustrate their relationship from reverse time-lines Cathy tells her from the demise of their love, while Jamie relates how he fanned their love to its imminent demise. The Last Five Years will be performed at Treble Clef Jazz Lounge from Wednesday June 26 – Saturday June 29.
GERTRUDE STREET PROJECTION FESTIVAL Every year, Fitzroy turns into a Technicolor of light and this year it will be no diﬀerent. Returning for its sixth year, the Gertude Street Projection Festival will feature over 28 artists and ten days of exquisite imagery. Opening this year’s festival will be a special installation by The Light Foundation at Atherton Gardens Estate. Accompanying the night will be acapella singing, poetry readings and the marching girls of The Red Brigade. Through the tenday festival, light installations will be projected onto the buildings of Fitzroy, becoming one with the architecture each night; contributing artists include Alesh Macak (Lurujarri Dreaming), designer Stewart Russell, and the debut collaboration of Tess Hamilton, Adriana Bernardo and Melissa Acker (TAM Projects) entitled Lunch Box. Extra features of the festival include a Festival Hub hosted at Gertrude’s Brown Couch. The hub boasts events, workshops, master classes, music and much more. Gertrude Street Projection Festival will light up Fitzroy from Friday July 19 – Sunday July 28.
OZ COMIC-CON MELBOURNE
After smashing it last year, Oz Comic-Con returns to Melbourne with an exciting selection of guests and events. Considered one of the yearly highlights for Cosplayers and comic book aﬁcionados, Oz Comic-Con will feature the likes of Rodger Bumpass (Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants), Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs, who are best known as the Halliwell sisters in Charmed, The Princess Bride actor Cary Elwes, manga artist Queenie Chan (The Dreaming), The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Nell Campbell and Patricia Quinn, Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon A Time), and many, many more. Oz-Comic Con will be hosted at Royal Exhibition Building from Saturday July 5 – Sunday July 6. Tickets, including a full guest list and program, is available online. The event program will be released on Saturday June 22.
THE GLORY BOX Once upon a time, your great-grandmother had a ‘glory box’. It was a great box ﬁlled with clothes, linen and items to use when they would marry someday. Finucane & Smith, the creators of The Burlesque Hour, have created as more titillating twist on the idiom with their latest production The Glory Box. Hosted at fortyﬁvedownstairs, The Glory Box is a collection of the best burlesque performances from around the world, including German expressionist fan dancing, exotic routines and duress-like Shinjuku striptease. Featured performers include Moira Finucane, Ursula Martinez, Jess Love and Parisian siren Holly Durant. These women will tease, seduce and entertain you in what has been heralded as one of the most subversive, titillating salon burlesque shows ever. The Glory Box will be performed at fortyﬁvedownstairs from Wednesday July 10 – Sunday August 11.
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THE COMIC STRIP CHECKPOINT CHARLIE COMEDY Checkpoint is a pretty sweet comedy room and tonight they’re bringing the noise with Barry Award nominee John Conway, Comedy Zone mates Daniel Connell and Nellie White and many more. It’s Melbourne’s ﬁnest spitting funnies into the business end of a mic for just $5. Plus cheap drinks. The show kicks oﬀ 8.30pm tonight, upstairs at Eurotrash Bar. Get down early for a seat.
FELIX BAR COMEDY This Wednesday, Randy the purple puppet headlines Felix Bar Comedy, plus they’ve got Brad Oakes, Justin Hamilton, Rob Hunter, Alisdair Tremblay-Birchall and Karl Woodberry. It’s happening this Wednesday June 19 at 8.30pm for only $12 at Felix Bar, St Kilda.
THE MOULIN BEIGE Join the Moulin Beige comedy cabaret this Thursday and see the one of the best little shows in town featuring eclectic comic acts of all diﬀerent styles in Fitzroy’s cosy little cocktail lounge, The Burlesque Bar. See the delightfully debaucherous Dirk Von Danger, the fabulously funny Em O’Loughlin, the hilarious Honey B Goode and the outrageous Amy Bodiossian. You can only catch this show on the third Thursday of every month. It’s on from 7.30pm, hit up moulinbeige.com.au for more information.
COMMEDIA DELL PARTE: COLLINGWOOD Claire Hooper will be hosting Commedia Dell Parte at Agent 284 this Thursday with Adam Vincent headlining and featuring Xavier Michelides, Jonathan Schuster, Brendan Maloney, Sonia Di Iorio and David Boyle. Tickets at the door for just $10.
COMMEDIA DELL PARTE: ST KILDA Commedia Dell Parte is still running every Thursday in St Kilda. This week Karl Woodberry hosts a great lineup of comics including Jay Morrissey, Dave Fairclough, Ben Darsow, Rose Callaghan, and Murphy McLachlan. 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, 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 Mikey Robins, Elbowskin, Justin Hamilton, Nazeem Hussain, the Stevenson Experience, Nick Cody and heaps and heaps more! It’s this Monday June 24, 41 Bourke St, CBD, at 8.30pm It may be free, but they appreciate a good gold coin donation at the door.
MY LEONARD COHEN There are few bodies of musical work that rouse, seduce and are of such solace, as much as that of Leonard Cohen. It is as rare to ﬁnd an interpreter of great music as visceral, legitimate and intuitively arresting as Stewart D’Arrietta. My Leonard Cohen is a long held labour of love for the composer, musician and actor. In this cabaret presentation D’Arrietta inhabits not only Cohen, but his world, and translates the poetic and musical canon of the great poet and songwriter in his undeniable, indomitable style at Chapel oﬀ Chapel from Saturday July 6 until Sunday July 14. A nine-piece band of Australia’s most respected musicians, led by D’Arrietta and musically directed by Rex Goh has a wall of sound as rich and raw as Cohen’s work. My Leonard Cohen in cabaret is small enough to be intimate, yet of a scale large enough to enter a suspension of disbelief, a world all-engulﬁng - an emotional landscape universally understood not only by Cohen fans but far beyond – as the soundtrack to many millions of lives.
SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO BY KRISSI WEISS Tackling the idea of “intimate relationships as minefields of buried fears and misunderstandings” may sound like an awfully nihilistic way of viewing love but let’s face, it isn’t far off the mark for some couples. While love was presented as a saccharine fairy tale in a host of popular plays and films through the ‘50s and ‘60s, things started to turn back to stark reality in the ‘70s. Sexual Perversity In Chicago, written by David Mamet, has been adapted and readapted on stage and screen (as About Last Night… in 1986 with Demi Moore and Rob Lowe) and for all its crude and caustic dialogue, speaks to the (broken) hearts throughout time. Mamet has challenged many a notion of social interaction through his work as a playwright and screenwriter. With Tony Awards for Glengarry Glen Ross and SpeedThe-Plow as well as critical acclaim for the films Wag The Dog, State and Main, The Untouchables and many more, Mamet is nothing if not a slightly absurdist observer of relationships. His play is in the capable hands of Melbourne’s black comedy specialists, Mellow Yellow Productions, who are transforming The Wilde in Fitzroy into the performance space for this season of Sexual Perversity In Chicago. Director Fiona Atkin explains why they chose this frequently revisited play in the first place. “Well Mellow Yellow was founded on doing quality black comedies and I have always loved Mamet,” she says. “So we were looking for a one act, four hander and I pitched this to her and she loved it. For me, Mamet’s dialogue is genius and this play is a master playwright just about at the peak of his powers. It’s a very, very funny play but in the end it’s also terribly sad. What more can you ask for from an hour and ten minute show?” Part of the play’s power and originality came from the time and place in which it was set. Capturing the social frustration of working class Chicago natives and the sexual revolution of the ‘70s, Sexual Perversity… could come off as too regionally specific but Atkin and co. have found that Mamet’s piece is so immediately relatable that presenting it in Melbourne in 2013 is in no way an alien concept. The odd political and cultural reference is really all that needed to be updated. “Well, although the play is set in the social climate of the ‘70s, I think that its main message – the complications of love, sex and relationships – is still very contemporary,” she says. “And hell, misogyny still exists and a lot of us still struggle to work out ‘what the fuck we want’. A few references have been updated – we talk about Iraq instead of Korea – but other than that the play actually transitions from 1976 to 2013 very easily.” Both the content of the play itself, and the space in which it is being performed have presented their own unique challenges and opportunities for Atkin and her cast. “The Wilde is obviously not a dedicated theatre space, so there are some interesting challenges associated with that,” she says. “It’s made for an extremely intimate production, which I think really suits this play. The audience will feel as though they’re right there, overhearing conversations in a bar or a bedroom. It’s an unrelenting, rapid-fire piece as well, which means that none of the actors really get a break. It’s exhausting for them, but it’s kind of exhilarating as well.” Exhaustion can also come about from the emotional transition that an actor undergoes when stepping into the skin of a character. A work can inform, change or confront an actor and director’s preconceived ideas about the subject matter being presented.
“THE PLAY IS SET IN THE SOCIAL CLIMATE OF THE ‘70S, I THINK THAT ITS MAIN MESSAGE – THE COMPLICATIONS OF LOVE, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS – IS STILL VERY CONTEMPORARY. AND HELL, MISOGYNY STILL EXISTS AND A LOT OF US STILL STRUGGLE TO WORK OUT ‘WHAT THE FUCK WE WANT’.”
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Never is this more so than with something like Sexual Perversity In Chicago. While heavily drenched in comedic elements, it challenges what people “want” out of love with the facts of how it often “is”. Love and the dynamism of a relationship come with a heavy expectation (often uncommunicated expectation) – it’s hard to accept the idea that it isn’t an easy path. Atkin and the cast found the play enlightening in a way. “The cast and I have had a huge number of discussions about relationships, how we treat one another and sexual politics in the process of rehearsing this show,” she says. “I think all of us have seen something of Dan and Deb (and even Bernie and Joan) in a past or present relationship and the piece has definitely informed our perspectives on how men and women relate to one another.” While the cast and particularly Atkin are no strangers to opening night jitters, preparation is going well and excitement is building. “We’re in the process of moving from our rehearsal space into The Wilde, which is hugely exciting,” she says. “I really feel that the actors are going to hit their peak with the show just as we open and really there’s no better feeling for a director than that.”
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LORD OF THE FLIES BY AVRILLE BYLOK-COLLARD
It quickly becomes apparent upon talking to Eloise Winestock that today will be no ordinary conversation. The Lord of the Flies actress approaches each question asked thoughtfully, answering them with meticulous eloquence and care. It’s obvious why Winestock was chosen to portray the antagonist of the story, Jack, with her proclivity towards empathy and compassion. “I don’t see him as the bad guy, because I’m fighting for his little journey,” explains Winestock, detailing that despite Jack’s deplorable actions throughout the story – he uses fear as a device to manipulate and control the other boys on the island – he is still human. “I think he’s just a very misunderstood, insecure little boy who’s desperately seeking approval and love, [despite doing] a lot of unlikeable things to the other kids in the story.” Lord of the Flies is the newest addition to the Malthouse Theatre’s Helium season, a season that supports the performance of independent and contemporary Australian productions. Adapted from William Golding’s debut novel of the same name by Nigel Williams (Fortysomething, The Wimbledon Trilogy), Lord of the Flies illustrates the story of nine British boys who become stranded on an isolated island and details their descent into savagery. Fiercely affronting, the story explores morality, violence, civilisation and animal instinct, challenging our preconceived notions of what we perceive as humane and inhumane. Adding to this dichotomy will be the exploration of gender identity, something that Winestock admits could only be challenged through
the use of an all-female cast. “It’s made me really think about the issues we’re exploring through doing this story with women,” muses Winestock, iterating how the play and the book have made her reassess her viewpoint on society. “Placing women in these roles really highlights what we perceive as masculine behaviour and feminine behaviour. [Lord of the Flies] had made me question that [notion] and think what certain modes of behaviour are set genders and [whether] that’s a prejudice. It’s made me reassess, and come to the conclusion, that you shouldn’t separate behaviours into categories of gender, because there’s nothing to say that a girl couldn’t behave the same way a boy would if she was played in the situation as in Lord of the Flies.” For Winestock, this is refreshing. The actress, who has performed in many classical theatre productions and last year played Bubba in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s revamp of Australian classic, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, admits that it’s really “empowering” to portray the character Jack, who is authoritarian, courageous and brutal, a role that many women in theatre rarely experience.
THEATRE REVIEW: PALACE OF THE END BY LAURA MAIN There really are few words to describe how truly confronting Palace of the End is. A three-piece monologue written by Canadian playwright Judith Thompson, the play depicts the suffering of three unrelated individuals affected by the Iraq war. The first piece, My Pyramids, was an excruciating story that focused on the character of Lynndie England, a US solider at the centre of the human pyramid debacle involving Iraqi prisoners. It was, quite simply, emotionally insufferable. Vulgar language, the depiction of the acts carried out by the soldiers who effectively tortured these people and the sheer certainty from the soldier that what they had done that day was horrifying. A superb performance from Hannah Norris for committing so convincingly to such a horrid character. Harrowdown Hill was an eloquent depiction of immense guilt and regret on certain choices made in one’s lifetime. David Kelly, played by Robert Meldrum was the British weapons expert during the Iraq war and died alone in a forest after exposing himself as the source that told the media about the fabrication of weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. Meldrum’s delivery was simple,
painful and honestly a relieving respite from the previous monologue. Lastly, Instruments of Yearning that followed the story of Nehrjas Al Saffarh and was played by Eugenia Fragos. Saffarh was a leading member of Iraq’s Communist party and was detained by Saddam’s soldiers in a torture building named Palace of The End. Saffarh survived the ordeal but was later killed by an American bomb in 1991. Fragos is tremendous as Saffarh, exposing us to the extreme horrors of Saddam’s reign while remaining so soft and dignified in her expression. Palace of The End is a well-executed and performed play, but can only be recommend for those seeking confrontation in all its horrific glory.
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“In classical theatre, women are typically at the mercy of male authority figures. [Either] they’re at the mercy of an authority figure, or there’s a man that’s in control of [their] behaviour, or [they’re] obsessed with a man and that drives [their] story,” explains the actress, elucidating the trials of common Shakespearean female roles—Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Ophelia in Hamlet and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “So, to be able to play a role in Lord of the Flies that is uninhibited by any kind of authority or male dominance is really empowering, and I find it really exciting to be able to play the character that is in control because you rarely get to experience that as a young female actress in theatre.” Adding to this drive for dominance is the physicality of the stage. Instead of employing the use of artificial palm trees and sand to recreate the island
environment, all nine actresses will be marooned on a raised platform for the entire duration of the play; yes, that means there are no intervals. However, according to Winestock, this stage dynamic intensifies the play. It helps create an unbroken story, mimicking the harrowing effect of Peter Brooks’ 1963 adaption that is still just as impressionable 40 years later. “I’m really looking forward to what the audience’s response is,” admits Winestock enthusiastically. “We’ve decided what we want to say with it, but I think it’s going to be really interesting to see how they react to the idea of putting women in these male roles.” Lord of the Flies is playing at the Malthouse Theatre from Friday June 28 – Sunday July 14.
COMEDY REVIEW: CHRIS TUCKER BY TUXEDO TARAS In April, I saw 147 shows at the Comedy Festival. Some were incredibly funny. Most were shit. Afterwards, I needed a break from comedy, as you could imagine. I was sick of all the laughter and joy. It made me so depressed. Two months later, I was ready to make a comeback. I needed inspiration. I watched Sylvester Stallone play legendary fictional boxer Rocky Balboa as he comes out of retirement in his fifties and overcomes another fictional boxer. I cried as I YouTube’d highlights of Lance Armstrong as he fended off cancer and heroically won the Tour de France seven times with nothing but hard work and determination. Now it was my turn. Channelling the spirit of these legends, I worked hard, really hard. I practised sitting on all sorts of chairs for hours. After a week, I felt ready. I was ready. And I finally did it guys. I sat down in a chair once again. Chris Tucker’s stand-up on Def Comedy Jam in the ‘90s was legendary, propelling him to film roles alongside Ice Cube in Friday, Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element, and most famously/ lucratively, alongside Jackie Chan in the Rush Hour franchise. However, other creative and personal matters meant that stand-up comedy performances were extremely rare. While his observational humour was OK, you buy a ticket to Chris Tucker because he can tell stories of rolling with Michael Jackson and interrupting a private duet with MJ and Barry Gibbs from the Bee Gees, and touring Africa WINNER ASTEROID AWARD GRAND JURY PRIZE
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with Bill Clinton. These were often the best moments of the show, when Tucker broke away from his loud, animated onstage performance to create an atmosphere that felt more conversational than monologic. While some routines stayed way past their welcome, his iconic voice, that high-pitched whiney scream, is one of the most irresistibly funny sounds on Earth, and he used it to great effect. It’s a rare talent to make an audience laugh not by content but purely on delivery. During one story, I remember being physically incapable of stopping myself from laughing just because of the way Tucker screamed, “Get back! Get back!” I’m laughing again now and I don’t know why. Throughout the show, Tucker would often speak about how rich he was. I mean, we can all relate to driving Bentleys around the streets on Halloween, but Tucker often tried to hide the crass of talking about his wealth by making it funny. And you know what, it fucking was. He can make anything funny. Such is the talent of Chris Tucker. Chris Tucker performed at The Plenary on Tuesday June 11.
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2013 RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP BY LACHLAN KANONIUK It’s that time of year when we grab the Rockdogs/Megahertz scarf/beanie (don’t worry, you can pick one up on the day if you’re yet to profess your allegiance) and rally the troops for a day of ﬁne footy and ﬁne music. Well, at least the music is ﬁne. Bearing the tagline “Be Suburban”, this year’s clash features a headline performance from the resurgent Beasts Of Bourbon, plus performances from King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Super Wild Horses and Justine Clarke. And of course, the main event will be replete with footy action from an all-star lineup of local musicians donning the Rockdogs guernsey, and community radio talent sporting the red and white of the Megahertz. A week out from the match, Megahertz co-captain/ PBS breakfast presenter Maddy Mac and King Gizzard multi-instrumentalist (and Rockdogs debutant) Eric Moore tell us what Community Cup means to them, and Melbourne’s culture at large. “I went to my ﬁrst Community Cup back when it was at Junction Oval,” Maddy recalls. “I was a presenter at PBS at the time, and thought you could just rock up in your sneakers and play. I didn’t realise quite how seriously it was taken. I went to the match, and there were umpires dressed as The Ramones with their black wigs. The year after there wasn’t a Cup, the year there was no charity partner involved. Following that, there was the new charity partner with Reclink and it moved to Elsternwick Oval. I made sure I got involved as soon as possible, because I didn’t want to miss out. “This also comes from no interest in AFL proper, it was more an interest in the Community Cup rather than football. That year we didn’t have many training [sessions], we just got together and played and it was all fun and ﬁne. But in the subsequent years we’ve really made the eﬀort to get to know everyone on the Megahertz team and bring together community radio.
Since then we’ve got to know each other outside of any Community Cup aﬃliation as well. Plus the connection with the musicians on the Rockdogs team has grown bigger as well,” Maddy assesses. “I’ve been going as a punter for the past four years,” Eric states. “I actually ran water a few years ago when I ﬁrst got to Melbourne, just trying to get involved, giving Timmy Rogers a squirt from a drink bottle. It’s just one of those days, so many people rock up. Having bands play to a massive footy ﬁeld full of people is just sick. And to be asked to play at halftime is an honour, it’s a Melbourne institution,” he proclaims. “I’m pulling the boots on, which is pretty funny. I haven’t played since I was 17. The other boys are keen, but there’s a one player per band system or something like that. Plus we’d probably take up the whole team, or at least everything,” Eric laughs in reference to King Gizzard’s seven-strong lineup. With many thousands of Melbournians continuing to rally around our live music scene, plus displaying a passionate will to make a stand for community radio, the Community Cup provides an opportunity for all that is great in our city through the lens of sport. “Well it’s a really inclusive, family-friendly day,” Maddy
“WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE PEOPLE THERE WATCHING ARE THE PEOPLE CALLING UP IN THE EARLY MORNING ASKING ABOUT A SONG, WHO ARE SMSING, WHO ARE INTERACTING. IT’S THE ONE DAY WHERE WE ALL GET TOGETHER.”
Beasts of Bourbon reasons. “As a community radio station, we know the community is there – whether it’s membership drives for the individual stations or raising awareness of the community radio digital radio cause. So at the Community Cup, we all get to be together there. Without a doubt, the people there watching are the people calling up in the early morning asking about a song, who are SMSing, who are interacting. It’s the one day where we all get together. Also as music lovers, the Community Cup has always had ﬁne bands involved, not only on the teams. Having Blue Ruin last year, and You Am I and Kram involved over the years. And this year having Beasts Of Bourbon, what music-loving Melburnian would miss it?” As for King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard’s setlist, Eric can’t yet conﬁrm whether we’ll hear the appropriate 12 Bar Bruise album-closer Footy Footy on the day. “I’m not sure actually, we haven’t really talked about it. I guess we should. We’ve only played that song once, and it was as a gag. I think the set will be a bunch of new stuﬀ, songs we worked on during The Drones supports slot a few months back. A bit of a preview of the new album,” he reveals. “We’re dropping the ﬁrst track next week, which is
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a 16-minute psych epic. I don’t know how to describe it, but we can’t wait for people to hear it. I guess the album is slated for later in the year, maybe September, once we get all the pieces together – artwork, pressing it up, all that shit. Stu [Mackenzie, frontman] already has the next two albums ready to go. He’s quite a proliﬁc songwriter.” Though Eric will be making his on-ground debut, Maddy has amassed many years’ worth of Community Cup memories. “The Spazzys ordering pizza to the ground – I don’t know if that was admirable or mad. They’re pretty cunning, those Spazzys. Plus there have been a few questionable high tackles from Tim Rogers. But it doesn’t matter the result – win, lose or (as it was last year) draw – each year is quite memorable.”
The 2013 RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP takes place at Elsternwick Park on Sunday June 23. Music kicks oﬀ from 12 noon, and entry is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 16.
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NICKY BOMBA’S BUSTAMENTO BY KRISSI WEISS It is probably not an overstatement to say Nicky Bomba is one of the hardest working musicians on the Australian scene. Furthermore, he’s one of the most talented, and just to seal the deal, he’s also one of the nicest. From Bomba to Melbourne Ska Orchestra, drumming for John Butler (and probably appearing on as a session drummer on more albums than any of us are aware of) as well as a host of other projects, Mr Bomba was inspired to take things back to his island origins (he was born in Malta) with Bustamento. The creation of Bustamento has a thoroughly romantic tale that personiﬁes the choices of Nicky Bomba – to follow his heart and be inspired by his surroundings. After the album Intrepid Adeventures To The Lost Riddim Islands enjoyed a truly positive reception (and an ARIA nomination but you know, awards whatevs), Bomba and his Bustamento crew are taking their island love up and down the East Coast. Catching up with Nicky Bomba is a case of squeezing yourself in between his many gigs but as Bomba acknowledges, balance is still the key to life in this industry. “[I] spent a couple of days at the Kuranda Roots Festival in Cairns and played on Saturday night. I do this all stars thing where all diﬀerent musicians join me for an unknown musical adventure. There’s always a bit of magic that unfolds. Today we did a small but lively gig at the Bingil Bay Cafe near Mission beach. The support was the local under ten music group – sounded sweeeet!” Bomba says before explaining how he manages so many diﬀerent projects. “I’ve learned that a real sense of peace comes when you get the balance right: music, nature, chillin’, thinking, creating, friends, love, eating well. You get the picture.”
People may not immediately view Malta and islands within the Caribbean as similar but from what Nicky Bomba has experienced; he identiﬁes a lot of parallels to lifestyle and therefore culture. “I think the connecting quality is the spirit in the music and the highly social atmosphere that unfolds when you live on a small bit of land surrounded by water,” he says. “There is a deﬁnite connection with the ‘make it up as you go along’ attitude that we love to explore when we can – keeps you on your mental toes if they even exist. Bustamento is great at doing that; we’ve known each other a long time and we are able to follow tangents at the blink of an eye. It’s a pleasure to play with these brothers.” Bomba seems to have created a genuinely united family in the Australian (and international) music scene. While other artists cry foul at the rigidity of the local scene and the suﬀocation of the industry of large, Bomba seems to thrive and Bustamento is another testament to that. So is the industry simply what you make of it? “Firstly, I think if you are making a living solely from music then you are successful,” he says. “I still pinch myself that I can do that. The exploration of music and development
of your craft is all inspiring and exciting, thinking of all the possibilities as you remain the eternal student. There are so many albums to make, songs to write, grooves to concoct, gigs to do, dreams to follow; chart success only happens to small portion of the industry. The other 95 percent are just doing their thing. Just make sure you have fun doing it.” For the most part, Bomba still does have fun doing it. “I’m loving music even more now,” he says. “We’re forever discovering new things to play, experimenting with whatever. I ﬁnd the older you get the quicker you get to the point of the song. Music is like a partner for me, but we do have our falling outs.” The Bustamento journey, as with Bomba’s many other creative pursuits, has undergone an evolution from its beginnings and their time in the studio has been somewhat of a catalyst for that. “The big change was the way we recorded the album,” he explains. “There’s a magic that
happens when we play together live and capturing that in a recording can be diﬃcult. I think we did well in reaching that goal. We had massive help from our sound engineer, Robin Mai. It has taught me to be a lot more relaxed with my vocals and to let the music speak for itself.” Bustamento is certainly not a side project and is currently getting the attention of each individual in the band as much as anything else. “[We plan to] keep doing what we do well – touring, performing, etc. – and another clip maybe,” he says. “We’ve got more songs in the archives that will see the light of day soon enough. Regardless, it’s always fun.”
experience”. Before the release of A Is For Alpine, their ﬁrst album and ﬁrst release since the Zurich EP, they tried to have no expectations. If that’s the case, all the success must be overwhelming by this point. The US has welcomed them with open arms, the crowd really going crazy, singing the lyrics. “They’re wicked. One guy saw the show and was like, ‘Okay, my job sucks – I’m just going to come to like ﬁve of your shows’. So we put him on the ticket and he did, follow us around for a while. Not in a weird way, he was just a nice, salt of the earth type guy.” The variety of people, not just in the US, but within the shows has stood out. “There are people in the crowd from 18, to like, 60-year-old ladies!” The Alpine live experience is diﬀerent to what you might expect. “When you hear our music, I think people sort of expect us have this pretty sort of style, then they’re surprised when they see us live.” They
certainly do have a surgical sound. It’s an endearing quality in indie-pop, it sounds Scandinavian, a little like The Whitest Boy Alive. Apparently, that sound does not come from the authoritarian approach. Unlike James Brown, who famously punched a trumpeter with his own trumpet for getting out of line, they have more of a team philosophy when it comes to making music. “We’re great friends, we’re all pretty easy going, sometimes we piss each other oﬀ but we get over it.”
at ﬁrst. When we were making these songs for Kveikur, a lot of the time we had a computer running these loops and lines. We named the computer Kjartan,” Orri laughs. “There was deﬁnitely something missing. We got used to it, but it was strange at ﬁrst. We had played together for a long time. But it was good for us, it’s diﬀerent, it’s what we needed. Kjartan is happier with what he’s doing now, so everyone likes it.” Earlier in the year, the three Sigur Rós members guest starred on The Simpsons, a role which saw them become the most involved musical guest stars – with original compositions being produced for the soundtrack. “I think it’s amazing actually, one of the highlights of my life. I have three kids, I used to watch it when I was a kid. It’s just amazing. We had to do it on tour, so we were in hotel rooms and dressing rooms and it was great fun, actually. We did something that we thought would be a demo, and we were waiting for them to reply or comment, but they just really liked the demo. So that’s what we mixed, and that’s what is on the show.” With their music being overwhelmingly aﬀecting and
serious in nature, it’s interesting to see the band appear in light-hearted cartoon form. Though not present in their music, it seems the Icelandic outﬁt possess a distinct sense of humour – evident in a clip from a live a show in France where Jonsi forgets the lyrics, and ad libs something along the lines of “oh shit, I forgot the lyrics, but that’s alright because I’m in France and no one understands me” in Icelandic. “That’s really funny, actually,” Orri regales. “I don’t know. I guess you’re right, the music isn’t really funny. I don’t like funny music, actually. I don’t think it’s a good mix.” As for a return to Australia, Orri assures us we’re on the Kveikur touring cycle radar. “We are touring until the beginning of December, and that’s the only thing that’s booked. If we are feeling alright, still healthy, and not been drinking too much, then we might tour next year.”
BUSTAMENTO are performing a special matinee show (with Kilmarnock Steve performing between their two sets) at the Northcote Social Club on Sunday June 23. Intrepid Adventures To The Lost Riddim Islands is out now.
BY SEAN MELROSE-AUKEMA
Alpine’s US tour schedule reads like the script for a season of The Amazing Race, but they’re loving every minute. It’s all a crazy haze of diﬀerent towns, busses, planes and hotels. The line is crackly, and it sounds like Phoebe and Lou are lost in a sand storm, so it’s nigh on impossible to tell who’s who. They are actually baking in the 36 degree heat on the side of a Denver highway. At least, they think it’s Denver, they’re not too sure. If they survive the heat, they will return to Melbourne covered in glory for Spray N Wipe at The Espy. They’re looking forward to bringing a slightly changed Alpine to the show, in a good way. “I totally feel like we have [changed], just in the way we perform. I know it’s only been a couple of weeks but it feels like months!” The development of their live performance style comes down to experience and the inﬂuence of their US tour director, helping them connect with the US crowds. “It’s been fun identifying with the crowd and really looking people in the eye. “The show in Melbourne is actually on the same day we ﬂy out of New York,” they say. So they’ll be fresh oﬀ a 16 hour ﬂight “ready to have some fun.” Sounds crazy, but that type of preparation is becoming more normal for them. “We’re getting used to doing crazy stuﬀ like that, it’s a lot of hard work, but you just have to really try and get lost in the performance.” Watching Crystal Fighters probably didn’t do any
harm either. They talk about the Crystal Fighters live show with enthusiasm, saying it is packed with “almost tribal” energy. “They’re mental, they remind us of Jinja Safari a bit.” One thing Alpine have not been digging is the 14 hour road trips, but they think it’s hilarious that they’ve been trailing after the Crystal Fighters bus in their smaller “little brother bus.” The Alpine train has been steadily growing in size and gathering momentum for a while now. They recently were named the iTunes Australian alternative band of the year, so the stack of accolades is growing higher. While they’re happy with the props and incredibly grateful for their success so far, they are staying focused. “We’re taking things one step at a time, because, all that stuﬀ is nice but it might not always be like that. We have a good work ethic, so we’ll just keep working hard. We just want to really enjoy being here, make the most of it.” Reﬂecting, they admit it’s been a “completely surreal
ALPINE headline Spray N Wipe, taking place at The Espy on Friday June 28. Also playing are DZ Deathrays, Naysayer and Gilsun (DJ set), World’s End Press, Hollow Everdaze, Super Magic Hats and more. Also supporting Foals on Thursday September 26 and Friday September 27 at The Palace.
BY LACHLAN KANONIUK
After an ostensible years-long hiatus, Icelandic post-rock powerhouse Sigur Rós returned last year with the relatively subdued full-length album Valtari and a resounding return to the live stage. Brandishing a proliﬁc resolve, the band have recorded Kveikur – an album which marks a jack-kniﬁng change of style with bombast and an aﬃnity for a more conventional for song structure. Speaking from his parents’ house in the suburbs of Reykjavik, drummer/multiinstrumentalist Orri Páll Dýrason tells us about Kveikur’s swift turnaround, adjusting to a threepiece formation, returning to the drumkit, and turning yellow for a guest spot on The Simpsons. “When we were doing Valtari, we started writing the songs,” Orri says on Kveikur‘s genesis. “Then we started touring in July [last year], and in between touring we were recording. We haven’t really had any time oﬀ since July.” Valtari marked the band’s ﬁrst material since retreating in 2008, an inactive period that fans feared might be permanent. As Orri explains, the strategy has paid oﬀ. “It was very necessary. We quit in November 2008, and then we were going to take a whole year oﬀ. But we found ourselves in the studio the following March [laughs], starting to do Valtari. It was the ﬁrst and the last sessions of Valtari, that was in March 2009. So there wasn’t really a hiatus, we just weren’t touring. Then we did the ﬁlm Inni, the concert ﬁlm in London. We were always doing something. But we were sleeping in our own bed, not the tour bus. It was a good break from touring, at least.” The return to the studio was followed by Sigur Rós bringing their considerable live show back to the world stages, including a run of Australian dates at last year’s Harvest Festivals. “We were all super nervous,” Orri says of the Beat Magazine Page 24
return to the live setting. “Well, at least me and Goggi [Hólm, bassist] were – [singer] Jónsi had been on tour, so he was kind of used to it. But I was really nervous for the ﬁrst show. But we got back into it really quickly. Now we have new string players and bass players touring with us, plus one guitar player and piano player. They’re all really nice people. It’s kind of like starting over again.” After a dearth of drums present on Valtari, Orri’s percussion work has returned in big way on Kveikur. “Drums are the most fun instrument in the world, especially playing live. But the piano doesn’t bother anyone. So when I’m at home I don’t play drums at all, I just play guitar and piano. They’re such diﬀerent instruments. The drums are a lot more physical. I’ve been playing them a lot – on tour and on Kveikur. It’s great fun,” he beams. “There’s almost no piano. It’s very bass and drum-oriented, they carry most of the weight. It’s more ‘rock’, if that’s the right word.” Long-serving keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson announced his departure at the start of the year, resulting in the band managing with a three-piece formation. “It was very strange
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on tour 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 A$AP ROCKY [USA] Saturday June 29, Festival Hall DEORRO [USA]
fat freddy’s drop wo rd s / n i c k j a r v i s
Friday July 5, Billboard SIMON PATTERSON [UK] Friday July 5, Chasers Nightclub TOKIMONSTA [USA] Saturday July 6, The Hi-Fi NT89 [NED] Saturday July 6, RMH The Venue MARK E [UK] Saturday July 6, New Guernica JUAN ATKINS [USA], FUNK D’VOID [UK] J U LY
Friday July 12, Brown Alley ALEX KIDD [UK] Friday July 12, Billboard ONRA [FRA] Thursday July 18, TBA YUKSEK [FRA] Friday July 19, The Liberty Social FRANK OCEAN [USA] Friday July 26, Festival Hall BROOKE BROTHERS [UK] Friday July 26, Brown Alley 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
Things are pretty busy for the Fat Freddy’s Drop guys right now, with a new album and world tour to fit in between their familial duties. Trumpet player Scott ‘Chopper Reedz’ Towers is helping his young son in and out of the shower between juggling interview duties for Fat Freddy’s, which is “fairly typical” for the band these days, he says. They’ve been going for a while and they’re all a bit older now. The revered seven-piece has been touring its brand of live Aotearoan soul all around the world for 14 years, and in two weeks they’ll depart for another string of 40 back-to-back dates in support of their new album Blackbird, another slice of exceptional and inimitable soul music rooted in dub and reggae. The latest tour will take them from Ireland right across Europe and then back to Australia, where they’ll premiere Blackbird live at Splendour in the Grass before a quick trip around the capital cities, a stopover to play Auckland and Wellington, and then it’s back to the Continent for another 17 dates in Western Europe. An enviable life – not that they get much time to take it all in. “The itinerary comes through and you look at it and start thinking, ‘Oh great, we’ll have some time in Paris, or Berlin, or London,” Towers says. “But more often than not you’re arriving in the early morning, setting up and doing the gig and then getting on the bus and leaving. But when we do get the chance to get out and eat the food and see the sights and visit the music shops, we really make the most of it. You can’t complain, getting to travel to Europe all the time.” Fat Freddy’s Drop bring the party with them everywhere they go – anyone who’s seen them live will have witnessed trombonist Hopepa’s famed onstage dancing antics – but off stage the dedication to partying is 50/50. “We tour in two sleeper buses, about eight to ten people per bus, so we split into the party bus and the not-so-party bus,” Towers says. “The party bus tends to go hard for their first week, and then the
non-party bus slowly winds up to being the party bus. We all have our moments, but we’ve all got kids now so we’re a bit calmer.” Fat Freddy’s new record Blackbird is a concise nine tracks that flow as smoothly as one of their live shows, the rhythms driven
by Fitchie’s basslines and the horn section, as Joe Dukie’s sublime vocals float over the top. The new record’s live feel was a conscious decision, Towers says, and a product of the band’s habit of refining songs on the road. “We’ll spend a couple of weeks putting beats together on the keys and MPC, and then we take those bare bones out onto the road to play live,” Towers says. “Then we bring that into the studio and try to pull together a studio version. We really approached this album
like a classic ‘70s recording session, where everyone was in the room playing at the same time, using big chunks of performances. I’d say the main thing with this album is that the songs flow quite naturally, a lot like our live performances, we’re not trying to force a bridge in there or anything. Our overriding principle is that we have to let the music dictate where the songs go, instead of trying to force a particular genre or style onto each one.” The band returned to their studio Bays just outside Wellington – which they built by hand in an old vinyl pressing plant – to record Blackbird over the course of nine months. Having their own studio allows the band to work at things at their own pace, Towers says, and to be more like a family than a business. “It’s really handy [recording at Bays], as most of the band live in Wellington, so they treat it like a nine to five – or, really, an 11 to 11 – job; come into the studio, do the days work and leave. It’s like a local drop-in centre, there’s always people coming by and things going on, even when there’s no ‘work’ being done. We eat a lot together – Dobie Blaze, our keyboard player, would have to be the best cook, he’s great at Asian-inspired seafood, he makes this abalone wonton that’s beautiful.”
Fat Freddy’s Drop play Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay from Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28 and The Forum on Saturday August 31. Blackbird is out later this month on Remote Control. facebook.com/fatfreddysdropnz soundcloud.com/fat-freddys-drop
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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
obie trice adds swifty mcvay
oﬀ the record w it h
Is there an emoticon for a shook white man? Asking for a friend.
In what is already set to be a spectacular show, Swift McVay from D12 is joining Obie Trice on his Australian tour. Straight from Detroit and one of Obie Trice’s long time friend’s, Swifty McVay, is bringing his contagious energy to the tour as a hypeman and more importantly to add another dimension to the show only she can. If you’re a D12 fan and seeing Swifty McVay at Obie Trice’s show is not quite enough, two sideshows are to be announced in the lead up with a 50 percent discount off ticket prices for Obie Trice ticketholders. Catch all the excitement on Friday June 28 at Trak.
Friday November 29 - Sunday December 2, TBA BRUNO MARS [USA], MIGUEL [USA] Tuesday March 4 & Wednesday March 5, Rod Laver Arena
tour rumours Pantha Du Prince, Robert Hood, Pangaea, Tyree Cooper, Roman Flügel, Maurice Fulton, Jam City, Andrew Weatherall, Silicone Soul
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brookes brothers REMi Emerging Melbourne hip hop artist REMi has announced the release of his free mixtape and his Free Sangria National Tour. Remi’s incredibly catchy tribute to days off and drinks with friends, Sangria, has not only been well received by fans but has racked up 20,000 video views and constant play on triple j. With a brand new mixtape, FYG :: ACT 1, REMi is heading on his first national headline tour after supporting the likes of Danny Brown, De La Soul, The Pharcyde and Jesse Boykins III. REMi’s influence are vast and his mantra of not restricting his taste to one genre is what sets him apart from him peers, revering the sounds of Radiohead, Common, D’angelo, Jeff Buckley, J Dilla to early Bloc Party the list is virtually endless. Head down to Revolver Upstairs on Friday July 12 to check it out.
One of the most respected production partnerships in drum and bass, the Brookes Brothers have become a formidable force across the bass music scene and they’re heading to Melbourne. Dan and Phil are real life brothers who have been dabbling in production since 2002, their breakout single Someone/Promise coming in 2006. The brothers collaborated with many of their peers, most of whom have now become the biggest names in the scene including Sub Focus and Danny Byrd. Now fresh from the success of their BBC Radio 1 hit Loveline which was released to wide acclaim on Breakbeat Kans in 2012, the duo have resigned with the label that started everything for them, Viper Recordings. With their track Carry Me On already named as the ‘Hottest Record In The World’ by Zane Lowe, 2013 is set to be one of the most exciting chapters in the Brooke Brothers’ career to date. Catch Brooke Brothers at Brown Alley on Friday July 26 with support from Monkee, Lickweed, Rubix, Asteria and Undatone.
electronic - urban - club life
nt89 NT89 heads back to Melbourne for an exciting day party in the middle of Melbourne’s chilly winter. In just a few years, NT89 has set the benchmark in dance music. It’s hard to define his sound, as his DJ sets are vivid and eclectic. Weaving in and out of techno and house seamlessly in his sets, NT89 stands apart from his peers with his revered technical ability. 2013 is set to be an amazing year for the 23-year-old, with his upcoming track on the New Jack Techno 2 compilation set for release on Turbo recordings, a brand new EP on Fool’s Gold Records as well as original productions already being spun by the likes of Tiga, Dj Hell and many more. Head down to RMH The Venue on Saturday July 6 at 3pm to check out NT89 with support from Benson, Mu-Gen, Fake Forward, Glass Mirrors and many more.
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quiet deeds pale ale
snaps in tribute: ajax lucky coq
After a five-year hiatus, music, arts and lifestyle festival Earthcore is returning for its 20th birthday celebration, and even more acts have been added to its already colossal lineup. Joining Ace Ventura, Captain Hook, Perfect Stranger, Angy Kore, Piatto, Astrix, Freedom Fighters, Sesto Sento, Coming Soon, Ghost Rider, Moshic, Polaris, Mr Bill and many more will be Tsuyoshi Suzuki, Michele Adamson, Quivver, D-Addiction, Bluetech, Min & Mal, Antix, Eelke Kleijn, Siopsis, Boris Brejcha, Ann Clue, Lucas with more to be announced. It begins Friday November 29 and ends Sunday December 1.
Quiet Deeds Pale Ale represents a celebration of everything refined, amber and tasteful about life. A memorable beer with true substance & character, it was created with the righteous Aussie drinker in mind. Created by two Melbourne lads living the quintessential Aussie blokes dream of producing their own brew, Patrick Alè and David Milstein, have crafted an Australian-made boutique beer as fresh & flavoursome as they come. Quiet Deeds is a toast to the understated achiever in us all. But just because you’re humble, doesn’t mean you can’t pat yourself on the back or better yet shout yourself a beer. “The name itself – Quiet Deeds – resonated with us as a company and encapsulates our motto in life. We aren’t about ego, we love what we do” says co-founder Patrick Alè. Quiet Deeds Pale Ale is the initial brew out of four the duo plan to launch this year. The Pale Ale is a great balance of bitterness and malt and the addition of Australian Cascade and Amarillo hops provide a floral nose and citrus tones on the palate. The follow up brew, an Indian Pale Ale, is set to release later this year and is on track to cement the brand as a go to brew amongst beer lovers.
Paul Master & MC Kitch
The renowned Regrooved party makes its way back to Melbourne this month. One of the best DJ and MC acts in Australia, Paul Master & MC Kitch headline as part of their Step Into Our World national tour. MC Kitch delivers his individual style through beatboxing, reggae vocals and a hip hop flair as well as taking inspiration from dance music. His inimitable sound is supported by his partner in crime, Paul Master who in his own regard is considered one of the best mash up DJs in Australia. His 15 years of experience shines through in his class and technical abiity that he brings to each and every show. Paul Master & MC Kitch are always taking the opportunity to express their passion and love for dance, hip hop and reggae enabling them the ability to reach out and connect with their crowd ensuring a good time for everyone involved. Local support comes from Tom Showtime and DJ Ayna. It’s all happening at Blue Bar330 on Saturday June 22.
make some noise As part of the City of Yarra’s Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, Music Victoria presents Make Some Noise, with hip hop and electronic music workshops for both emerging and established artists. Pragmatic and lived-in advice will be on offer on topics like how to get a gig, management, sampling, getting airplays and grant writing for both emerging and advanced hip hop and electronic music practitioners. A panel of experts including M-Phazes, Nate Flagrant, Anthony Colombi, Andy Rantzen, Jon Hanlon and Chris Johnston will be there on the day to answer any questions. There’ll be two sessions to suit both beginners and more advanced artists and all ages are welcome. Head down to First Floor in Fitzroy on Saturday July 6. It’s free for Music Victoria members, or just $15 per session for non-members and make sure to make a booking.
electronic - urban - club life
Following on from the success of her 2010 album The Liberation of… Ladi6 returns with a powerful new energy with one-off preview performances in anticipation for the release of her new studio album. The as yet to be titled album was recorded between Studio A in Detroit, Michigan and Revolver Studios in Waiuku. The first single Ikarus produced by her band mate, Parks has been described as a beautiful amalgamation of soul and futuristic hip hop complemented by Ladi6’s hypnotic vocals. At her Melbourne show, Ladi6 will be joined by Detroit’s Waajeed, one half of the hip hop and R&B group Platinum Pied Pipers. It’s all happening at Revolver Upstairs on Thursday July 25.
electronic - urban - club life
electronic - urban - club life
Tyson had been honing his production skills on the sidelines while drumming in three-piece band Loki. “The band broke up in 2001, and I could have joined another band, but I really believed in dance music so I gave up the drums which I’d been learning for 12 years, sold them, my cymbals, cases and studio gear and just knuckled down writing tracks.” He’s since moved through various dance genres but always with a focus on bass and making music that gets a club crowd moving. “From breaks I moved into fidget house, then to electro, tech house, traditional house and I’m back into electro now and bringing in a bit of a tech house twist,” he says. “I really like the Flume kick drum stuff and big, chunky sounds like W&W; those guys are really rocking it for me.” Bringing a bag of new tunes and remixes on tour, along with his signature drum machine, Tyson says his new home in America has been great to him so far, with a multitude of professional opportunities coming his way. “I’d been touring here for a few years before I moved permanently, and the shows are always amazing,” he says. “I had the opportunity to move over here, and I thought it was the way to go, for the incredible shows and being able to collaborate with other artists, and I can always come back to Australia and play.”
bass kleph word s / to m k i t s o n
Now a resident of LA, one-time Sydney-sider, Bass Kleph, was and house bangers like I’ll be OK and Shakedown. Describing trained as a drummer before turning his attention to electronic his journey from teenage drummer to global DJ, Tyson makes beats. Beats chats with him ahead of his Australian headline tour. note of the breakbeat scene of the ‘90s that got him started. “In 2003 I put my first record out, As a performer, Bass Kleph aka Stu Tyson, exudes a sense of clear after getting hooked on dance enjoyment, grinning as he drops the “From breaks I moved into fidget house, music in about 1998,” he says. bass and savouring the hold the “I was playing in rock bands then to electro, tech house, traditional music takes on his audience. This early on as a drummer – nothing house and I’m back into electro now and really grabbed me about dance love for dance music has taken him from drumming in a rock band music until I heard breakbeat, bringing in a bit of a tech house twist.” to making Beatport hits and doing like The Chemical Brothers, shows around the world. He’s been The Prodigy and Squarepusher. in the industry for around a decade “I was like, ‘Wow, these drums are now, currently running Vacation Records from his Los Angeles amazing, I’ve gotta check this out and learn more about it!’” he says. “Then I progressed into house music and never looked back.” base, touring extensively and producing and remixing electro
Bass Kleph plays at Levels on Saturday June 22. facebook.com/basskleph soundcloud.com/basskleph
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the psyde projects
Define your genre in five words or less: Classic golden party content. Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? Awesomeness wrapped up in more awesomeness. Do The Psyde Projects have a new release on the cards? Always! But this one will come with a nice surprise. Who do you guys draw your inspiration from? The greats! Rakim, KRS, EPMD, Tribe, Souls of Mischief, People Under The Stairs, De La Soul, etc What do you love about making music? The fact the no one can tell us how to do it. What do you think about new age hip hop scene? Don’t really call it hip hop more like hip hip. What can we expect from your live show? Explosive entertainment throughout with a couple of cheeky scoobs. Which artist would you most like to collaborate with? The Beatnuts.
What do you guys enjoy most about playing live shows? Mainly.. the girls that try to grab our business and pull our pants down on stage from the crowd. What do you think makes a good hip hop artist? One that is a jack of all trades. What is the best show you guys have played? Supported Public Enemy at The Espy sold-out show followed by Chuck D rockin’ the fist pound saying “good show guys!” What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? Our first and second EPs, remixes of those EPs, about half a crate of Welcome To Boomtown on vinyl, few singles, and a 7” with Tom Showtime. When’s the gig and with who? Revolver Upstairs on Saturday June 22 with Mose & The FMLY, 1/6 & 2nd Thought plus more. How do you stop your pre-gig jitters? Cherry vodka.
club guide wednesday june 19
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.
thursday june 20
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 jun 21
BADABOOM FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. CANT SAY Platform One, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. CHI FRIDAYS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00Pm. CQ FRIDAYS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm.
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. 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 22
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 MERX + HENRIQUE + JASON SERINI + MARK PELLEGRINI + MC JUNIOR + NICK VAN WILDER Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $22.
electronic - urban - club life
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. WHY NOT? Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm.
sunday june 23
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 24
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 25
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 19 Compression Session - Feat: Cassawarrior + Dd + Ricka E55, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Soul Ensemble Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.
thursday june 20 Pennies Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.
friday june 21 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. 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.
saturday june 22 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.
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Dialectrix has watched his profile in Oz hip hop grow steadily over the last five years, and the release of his third album The Cold Light Of Day proves he’s one of the scene’s true stars. “The response has been much greater than I expected,” says the Blue Mountains MC, whose new record arrived late last month. “As usual I get nervous about how a release will be taken by the public, mainly because this album has by far been the most eclectic sounding, and in some ways pushed out of what I think people expected.” The album reflects a particularly dark period in the MC’s life – in many ways, The Cold Light Of Day represents a cathartic experience, an opportunity to work through and reassess certain major milestones. “I was mourning the loss of loved ones, while being over-worked and being flooded with stress, and learning to raise a child,” he says. “It was a chaotic time, and I see it far more clearly now than back then.” In retrospect, though the times
were rough, they proved inspiring, and the album encapsulates his response to those tough life experiences. The Cold Light Of Day fuses beats and warm organic instrumentation, a sound that Dialectrix honed with the help of producer Plutonic. “Plutonic has been my favourite producer since I was young,” he says of the collaboration. “I was honoured to have the chance firstly to know him, and then to work with him. We’re close mates and we share very similar ideals about music. I could choose other producers but working with Plutonic has helped my sound become unique.” Of all the tracks on The Cold Light Of Day, Fire In The Blood is perhaps the most personal for Dialectrix, a product of the dark times he mentioned. The song is particularly candid in the way it deals with his family relationships. “I was analysing whether I was continuing my family history of violence and alcohol abuse and
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electronic - urban - club life
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.
monday june 24 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 25 Can I Kick It? Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.
passing it onto my son,” he says. “The song is about not being happy about the person I was becoming, and feeling like trying to exist in a way that challenges the norm is futile and rage-inducing, and is aiding the aforementioned. I was in a life rut and this track is an accurate snap shot of that time.” It seems to me that Dialectrix is unafraid to get political in his lyrics – What Is The World Coming To? from his Satellite EP being just one example – but when I put this to him, he disputes it. “I really don’t like to think that my lyrics are political,” he says, “simply because I know bugger all about the finer points of politics. I am, however, heavily opinionated, and consider my content socially aware. My songs are like social critiques put forth with the knowledge that these critiques won’t change the situations I’m talking about. “If I was politically-minded and genuinely cared about those things I wouldn’t make music, I would study and try to get into parliament to make an actual difference in the world,” he continues. “I think there’s a certain smugness that comes from musicians who claim to make political music with this notion that they’re making a difference. That’s not me, I just tell it as I see it and hope it has some people relating to certain life issues.”
Dialectrix’s The Cold Light Of Day is out now. He’ll launch it at Revolver Upstairs on Friday August 16. He’ll also appear at the Sprung Festival at the Kevin Bartlett Sports Complex on Saturday October 19. facebook.com/dialectrix soundcloud.com/dialectrix-2
LIFELINES Born: daughter for Kanye West and partner Kim Kardashian, who arrived ﬁve weeks early while he was away touring Europe. Injured: Eric Clapton cancelled two European shows due to severe back pain. Injured: The Dillinger Escape Plan’s guitarist Ben Weinman suﬀered an injury to his right hand and wrist. Hospitalised: Mumford & Sons bass player Ted Dwane needs surgery after being diagnosed with a brain clot. Recovering: former Journey singer Steve Perry recently had cancer treatment for a mole on his face, ﬁve months after his girlfriend died of the disease. Ill: Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Ill: Chris Isaak’s drummer Kenney Dale Johnson being treated for cancer. In Court: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe has been freed of charges of killing a fan by pushing him oﬀ-stage during a Czech show in 2010. Investigated: Justin Bieber’s bodyguards, already up on three charges in Miami of roughing up people who took photos of their charge in one week, were hit with a fourth complaint. Arrested: US rapper 2 Chainz for possessing drugs at Los Angeles’ LAX airport. A day before he was mugged of his wallet during an incident in San Francisco during which the assailant ﬁred a gunshot. Died: former Jeﬀerson Airplane and Hot Tuna drummer Joey Covington, 67, in a Palm Springs car crash when it crashed into a wall. His wife thinks he had a stroke or heart attack before the accident. Died: long time Ramones collaborator Arturo Vega, 65. The Mexican artist created their iconic logo and was also their lighting tech. Died: Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx’s mum Deana Richards, 74, who brought him up as a single mother. She abandoned him but he reconnected with her later.
MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS & GOSSIP
with Christie Eliezer * Stuﬀ for this column to be emailed to <firstname.lastname@example.org> by Friday 5pm BETTER KATE THAN NEVER
Something For Kate played an unexpected acoustic [V] Guerilla Gig for 300 passers-by at the Bendigo Centre of songs oﬀ Leave Your Soul To Science.
BIG SCARY LANDS US DEAL Big Scary landed a North American and South American deal with Seattle-based label Barsuk Records, home to Death Cab For Cutie, Menomena, Phantogram and Ra Ra Riot. The multi-album deal will see their Not Art album out in those territories in mid-September. Barsuk co-founder Josh Rosenfeld said, “In our 15 years as a label, we’ve never worked with an artist from Australia, since it’s so logistically challenging for them to tour in North America. But the music that Tom and Jo make together – its intelligence, originality, and sophisticated balance of complexity and accessibility – it’s just too compelling to let geography get in the way.” Not Art is released in Australia and New Zealand on June 28 through Pieater /Inertia. Its cover art is by Melbourne artist Adam Stone.
SAMBROOKS LAUNCHES HIGHER PLAINS
Ashley Sambrooks of Show oﬀ Services this week launched a new publicity company Higher Plains (higher-plains.com) which will focus on digital publicity and marketing. It will service local and overseas music to online sites, music blogs, e-mags, internet radio and online newspapers. Sambrooks has been in music PR for ﬁve years. Higher Plains will work closely with two parties overseas – Londonbased digital outlet Whiteboard Publicity and Los Angeles based artist development group The Planetary Group – which Sambrooks says will oﬀer Aussie acts a global campaign. First client is NZ pop band She’s So Rad who have success in NZ, Australia and the UK with the In Circles album.
NEW BAND BOOKER FOR THE BARLEYCORN
Mik Destar’s Punk-A-Billy Touring has taken over band bookings for the Barley Corn Hotel on Johnson Street, Collingwood. Destar says, “We are working closely with the new owners and are hoping to restore this great venue to its former glory as an iconic Melbourne band venue.” For all bookings and gig enquiries contact Destar at punkabilly. email@example.com.
THE PAPER KITES FLY TO WONDERLICK Wonderlick Recording Company, the new joint venture between Wonderlick Entertainment and Sony Music Australia, signed The Paper Kites. Wonderlick’s Gregg Donovan said, “They make some of the most beautiful music we have ever heard.” They’re recording their debut album with Wayne Connolly. The Kites’ Sam Bentley added, “Wonderlick were the ﬁrst label that came to us that had a real passion and understanding about what we were already doing.”
THINGS WE HEAR
* KFC and Vodafone happily capitalised on Joel Madden’s national Voice proﬁle this year. But they’ve distanced themselves after Madden was heaved out of the Star after 5g of cannabis was allegedly found in his hotel room. According to marketing site Mumbrella, neither plans to work with him again. KFC said its involvement was a oneoﬀ campaign during the cricket and “it’s long done now”. Vodafone oﬃcially stated to the site, “We have no current plans in place for Joel Madden appearances.” * Real Estate: After recording in Byron Bay, former Brisbane resident Wolfmother leader Andrew Stockdale is staying on. He paid $1.6 million for a four-bedroom pile of bricks with three bathrooms and a wraparound veranda … The Lilyﬁeld , Sydney, house (348 Catherine St ) in which Icehouse’s Iva Davies lived for 32 years – the original “icehouse” in which he wrote Great Southern Man, the Primitive Man album and Razorback soundtrack – is for sale for about $900,000. … Axl Rose who is renting in New
York is thinking of buying his own apartment. He already owns a 2.3-acre spread in Malibu overlooking the Paciﬁc Ocean. Meantime, live music venue The Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford is taken over by pub group Sand Hill Road who say they will pump $2 million in renovations. The Town Hall Hotel in Bridge Road, Richmond, also has new owners. * The video for Empire of The Sun’s Alive has had three million views. * Guitarist Adrian Belew quit Nine Inch Nails ahead of the release of their new album and tour, saying that “no one is at fault” but “it just was not working.” Kim Deal, bassist for Pixies, left the band after 25 years * Melbourne’s House Vs Hurricane are calling it quits after almost seven years after their tour this month with I Killed The Prom Queen and Buried In Verona. * During the live ﬁnale of Britain’s Got Talent when two opera singers were warbling away, a woman from the audience ran on and threw eggs at the judges.
SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS COMPETITION Ballina Byron Gateway Airport is the oﬃcial airport sponsor of the 2013 Splendour in the Grass festival, being 30 minutes away from the site. It has a competition oﬀering two Gold Bar VIP tickets with camping not oﬀered to the public. Go to ballinabyronairportcompetitions.com, deadline is Monday July 1.
ADEN MULLENS TO HEAD ETCETC Stepping up from his position as A&R/Compilations Manager for Ministry Of Sound for seven years, Aden Mullens was appointed to the newly created post of Head of etcetc. Distributed through Universal Music, etcetc is home to electronic acts Pnau, The Knife, Two Door Cinema Club, Duke Dumont, Duck Sauce and MSTKRFT. After scoring a club and Top 40 hit with Dumont’s Need U, upcoming are releases from Chris Malinchak, Ben Pearce, FCL, Nora en Pure, UK garage producer Youan, Australia’s Kilter and Pnau’s ﬁfth album later this year. July marks the arrival of Favored Nations, a trans-paciﬁc super band comprising of Morgan Phalen (Justice, Phenomenal Handclap Band), James Curd (DFA, Exploited) and Surahn Sidhu (Empire of the Sun, The Swiss).
PERFECT, WHELAN, HOST THE HELPMANNS
Cabaret performers Eddie Perfect and Christie Whelan Browne of Shane The Musical fame will host the Helpmann Awards on Monday July 29. Held at the Sydney Opera House, they will broadcast on Foxtel’s ARENA from 8.30pm
NEW AUSSIE CROWDFUNDER ZOSHPIT DEDICATED TO MUSIC A new Australian crowd-funding service Zoshpit has launched, with its headquarters in Perth and another oﬃce in Noosa. The likes of Pozible, PledgeMusic, Kickstarter and Indiegogo have served Australian acts in the past well. But Zoshpit emphasises that it will focus solely on music. In addition to getting funding from fans, it also allows acts to upload tracks to sell directly to them. Such sales are not included in the ARIA charts but they’re planning to address this. Zoshpit plans to be a one-stop for acts wanting to make a record,
UK FANS DRAWN TO SEX, DRUGS, NOT MUSIC AT FESTIVALS Up to 55% of UK festival goers admit they go to drink, take drugs or have sex rather than listen to music, according to a poll carried out by MSN. Only 45% said they went for the music. A quarter of them had sex – even with a stranger – at the top of their list, while 21% preferred taking drugs and a few would rather burn their tents or get into ﬁghts. George McKay, Professor of Cultural Studies at Salford University, said this was normal: many see festivals as a way to escape everyday life and hang with friends, even paying up to £423 (almost $700AUD) for a weekend. Up to 9% experimented with drugs for the ﬁrst time.
ANDY BULL SIGNS US DEAL
Singer songwriter Andy Bull of Keep On Running fame signed a US deal with Republic. Its A&R chief Brett Alperowitz called his music “fresh and unique” and “we look forward to introducing American audiences to Andy Bull and what is shaping up to be a terriﬁc album.”
JMC ACADEMY LOOKS FOR LECTURERS The JMC Academy in South Melbourne is seeking lecturers for diﬀerent Music Business units in the Bachelor of Entertainment (Business Management). The head of the department, Simon Smith, points out, “Our best practice industry focussed courses will suit highly experienced industry practitioners. This opportunity will suit those that wish to pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation of entertainment industry managers. Industry experience is essential and previous lecturing experience will be highly regarded.” Submit resume and enquiries to Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9624 2929.
MAKE SOME NOISE: HIP HOP AND ELECTRONIC WORKSHOP As part of the City of Yarra’s Leaps and Bounds festival, Music Victoria presents ‘Make Some Noise’ – hip hop and electronic music workshops for both emerging and advanced artists. Practical, real-world advice on topics including getting a gig, management, sampling, getting airplay, press releases, crowdfunding and grant writing. Speakers include M-Phazes, Nate Flagrant, Anthony Colombi, Andy Rantzen, Jon Hanlon and Chris Johnston. It’s on Saturday July 6, at First Floor in Fitzroy. There’s a session for beginners (2pm-3.30pm) and one for advanced (3.30pm-5pm). Booking is at trybooking.com.
‘YOUR SHOT’ EVENT DATES 72 ﬁnalists were selected from thousands of registrants in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for Your Shot – The Search for Australia’s Next Big DJ. They are receiving six weeks of free DJ training via DJ Warehouse and now play a 30-minute set on Saturday August 3 and Sunday 4 at Royal Melbourne Hotel: 629 Bourke St, City. KYLIE EARNS $7.3M During her 25th year in pop, Kylie Minogue earned £85,000 ($11, 250AUD) a week, the London Sun reported. Accounts for her company Darenote revealed she made £4.5million ($7.3 million) before costs between 2011 and 2012. She made a proﬁt of £3.27million ($5.36 million), up £1million ($1.6 million) from the year before. Celebrations included a Hits album and the Aphrodite: Les Folies world tour. The accounts showed that sister Dannii quit the Darenote board before this.
MAC’S DAY ON THE GREEN SELLS OUT
The 14,000 tickets for Fleetwood Mac’s A Day On The Green show at the Hill Winery outside Geelong, sold out in 90 minutes. This was great news for local authorities which recently contended with bad unemployment ﬁgures. “Tourism brings more than $1 billion to the region every year and you cannot underestimate the importance of events like this,” Geelong Otway Tourism boss Roger Grant told the Geelong Advertiser. “This type of event will bring in millions of dollars.” This year, A Day On The Green also drew big crowds for a Hoodoo Gurus-headlined Aussie bill (7,000) and Neil Young & Crazy Horse (10,000). Events as Lorne’s Falls, Meredith, the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington and Apollo Bay, Queenscliﬀ and Anglesea also played an important part.
DEBONAIRS CELEBRATE TENTH The tenth anniversary of the monthly music industry charity lunch, The Debonairs, celebrated with a capacity 170 guests at FOG in Prahran with many more arriving for drinks after. The original Debonairs all made it down: Wendy Stapleton, Paul Norton, Geoﬀ Cox, Bobby Valentine, Jo and Margaret Imbroll, Ron Murfett, Jilly
Moﬃtt, Tony Naylor, Penny Dyer, Craig Newman, Nikki Nicholls, Annette Philpot, Wilbur Wilde and John Grant. During the lunch, David Johnson presented a cheque for $1,000 to Support Act Ltd’s Brian Cadd, bringing his total donations from his book The Music Goes Round My Head to $3,000. SAL in return presented the Debonairs’ lynchpin Dom Barbuto with a plaque. In ten years, The Debs raised $500,000 for charities including SAL.
MELBOURNE JAZZ BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORD In its 16th year, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival broke its own attendance record set in 2012, with more than half of the events playing to full houses. In a triumph for its artistic director Michael Tortoni’s programming, over 40,000 people went to nearly 100 events over ten days, with 80 international and 400 Australian acts performing and collaborating at 19 venues across Melbourne. The ﬁnale, by US vocalist Cassandra Wilson, got a standing ovation.
FRACTURES GETS FRACTURE!
Fractures aka Melbourne based singer and multiinstrumentalist Mark Zito has lived up to his name. His ﬁrst headline show, this Thursday at the Toﬀ (June 20), had to be cancelled when he had a fall at home and fractured a vertebrae in his neck. Bad timing: his debut single Twisted is getting airplay on triple j, FBi and RRR and getting proﬁled in blogs globally.
SANE BENEFIT ‘Swingin’ The Blues Away – A Charity Gala” is held at the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday June 22 for SANE Australia, the charity that supports Australians with mental health issues. Playing are The Pearly Shells feat. Hetty Kate, Simon Palomares, MC Mikelangelo and The Swing Sisters with burlesque, ﬁre dancing, and swing troupes with a free swing dance lesson for beginners.
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YOU AM I BY PATRICK EMERY
In the early ‘90s, New Zealand-born Andy Kent was living in the heart of then-vibrant Sydney live music scene, stumbling distance from the Lansdowne Hotel and Hopetoun Hotel. Kent had already taken his first steps to establishing a career in the music industry by doing live sound for various local bands. He didn’t know it at the time, but when he came across a three-piece band called You Am I, fronted by a tall, gangly, opinionated and fiendishly talented guitarist (not to mention a propensity for onstage barbs and brawls of a scale that’d make The Who blush) Kent’s life would be changed for ever. “This three-piece band popped up, pretty brash, ﬁnding their way, with inﬂuences that were both the classic stuﬀ that I liked, and also a good swag of what was happening in Seattle, and Minneapolis.” Kent got to know the members of You Am I – which at that time comprised Rogers, his brother Jaimme on bass and Mark Tunaley on drums – and began to do the band’s live sound. When Tim Rogers’ artistic relationship with his brother fractured for the last time, Kent was drafted in as the band’s bass player. Kent had already witnessed You Am I’s notoriously volatile on-stage antics – which included ﬁstﬁghts between the Rogers brothers, and Tunaley hurling his cymbals in frustration – and agrees that those antics contributed to You Am I’s popular reputation. “We’re all passionate guys, and we don’t take too much shit, and we ﬁght for what we believe in,” Kent says. “So things can get passionate in our band – and a little bit of danger in a rock’n’roll band can be a healthy thing.” After releasing a series of now-classic EPs on Timberyard Records, You Am I found itself swept up in the feeding frenzy that following in the wake of the commercial success of Nirvana’s Nevermind. “You’re only learning how to be a band, let alone learning how the music industry works, or
how a career should work,” Kent says, reﬂecting on those halcyon days. “I remember there were some bands – like Killing Time – who were really hyped, and got everything thrown at them. Unfortunately it was too much for those guys, and it didn’t work out – so it was lucky that that didn’t happen to us.” With the help of astute management, You Am I managed to insulate itself reasonably well from the cannibalistic interest of the music industry. In 1994 You Am I released its debut full-length album, Sound As Ever. Featuring the singles Berlin Chair and Adam’s Ribs, and produced by Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo, Sound As Ever was replete with ‘60s-style rock’n’roll riﬀs and saturated with youthful exuberance and passion. “That album’s certainly a time and a place,” Kent muses. “There’s some fun stuﬀ on there, but it’s a young band, and there’s a heavy reliance on riﬀs. It’s got that traditional rock feel, but it’s also pumped full of the energy that came out of Seattle.” Not long after, You Am I headed overseas for its ﬁrst international tour, supporting Soundgarden on that band’s 1994 US tour. “That was great for learning how to play on a big stage, night after night,” Kent says. “A lot of rock’n’roll isn’t art, it’s being a tradesman.” At the end of the tour, with
Q&A DELSINKI RECORDS Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? My music is of no ‘original’ genre but I cannot deﬁne it to one or any, it feels like if I say folk and then think of folk music…it’s not, maybe alternative? What do you love about making music? I love creating music and visuals together to project a thought or sequence to help other people think upon it too. So in essence the thing I love about music is visuals.
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the band once again perilously close to implosion in the face of the pressures of touring, compounded by Rogers’ intense personality, You Am I headed into the studio in New York to record its second album. While Sound As Ever located You Am I in the classic rock tradition, Hi Fi Way demonstrated the maturity in Tim Roger’s songwriting, drawing comparisons with Pete Townshend and Ray Davies. Kent describes the recording of Hi Fi Way as a case of “blink and you’ll miss it – it was seat of the pants stuﬀ”. While Rogers was initially disappointed with the results, Hi Fi Way would cement You Am I’s reputation as one of the shining stars of the Australian music scene. Renaldo’s production eﬀorts – which Kent attributes to his empathy with the band’s musical inﬂuences and style – added another layer to Rogers’ razor-sharp songs. “[Renaldo] knows all the rock’n’roll folklore, but he’s also deep down a classicist,” Kent says. “Ultimately I don’t think Lee wanted to mould You Am I into anything that You Am I didn’t want.” It was around this time that Rusty Hopkinson replaced Tunaley on drums, further developing You Am I’s live and recorded sound. “Once Rusty joined it opened us up to playing music that maybe Mark couldn’t,” Kent says. “Rusty can do that big, rolling thing that The Who can do, and which Tim and I love.”
On You Am I’s next record, Hourly Daily, You Am I traded riﬀs for pop sensibility, creating a record that was more Village Green Preservation Society than Who’s Next. “By the time we got to Hourly Daily, we’d realise we could spread our wings,” Kent says. “We aﬀorded ourselves a bit more space and work out what we could do, so we created something with a bit more thought, and diﬀerent arrangements.” This month You Am I heads back on tour to promote the re-issue of Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily. In addition to remastered versions of the original albums, the re-issues feature previously unreleased tracks dating back to the early ‘90s. While fans may have hoped for more demo material, Kent says what’s around isn’t generally ﬁt for release. “It’s just three guys standing around, trying to work it out,” he says dryly. “It sounds kind of messy and crap. But we’ve found some tracks that we didn’t realise existed. So as long as people’s expectations aren’t too high, they should be pleasantly surprised.”
What’ve you got to sell CD-wise? CD-wise I am rocking my four-track EP which consists of tunes directly related to me and friends close to me over the last couple of years, they all have a video which I will be projecting during the live gigs, if the room is into it I’ll talk a little about what and who made them. Why should everyone come and see your band? You should come see my band because some of the visuals have been created by guys like Jon Frank who shot vision for The Reef and Mike Foxall who has done work for Frenzal Rhomb. When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/ single/etc.?
My Delsinki Records EP is out Friday June 21 on iTunes. I also have an album out with my other project, Gretchen Lewis, which can be bought from iTunes or JB Hi Fi. When, and why did you start writing music? I have been gigging and writing for about 15 years. If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be? If I could tour with any musician it would be Tom Waits, that way I could watch him play every night!
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YOU AM I play The Forum on Wednesday July 3, Thursday July 4 (sold out), Saturday July 6 (sold out) and Sunday July 7. The reissues of Sound As Ever, Hi Fi Way and Hourly Daily are out via Sony.
DELSINKI RECORDS plays The Wesley Anne on Friday June 21.
MONO BY JOSHUA KLOKE
The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged North-Eastern Japan on March 11, 2011 caused the kind of damage to the country and its citizens for it to have become permanently etched on the psyche of those affected. Once the country began picking up the pieces and returning to normalcy, it became vital for Japan’s artists to remember the disaster in their own unique and stirring ways. For Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto and Mono, his instrumental post-rock outfit, the March 11 earthquake eventually inspired For My Parents, the band’s sixth and arguably most-emotionally charged full-length album. Though capturing the sense of panic and fragility wasn’t easy, Goto was determined. And as he tells it, there was more than enough spiritual energy being transferred throughout Japan at the time of writing For My Parents that Goto was able to serve his purpose well. “The earthquake and tsunami in Japan unexpectedly stirred up emotions about our homeland and families,” writes the guitarist in an email. “It made us think about how fleeting, and sometimes fragile, moments can be,” he continues, before nothing that For My Parents was “…inspired by all the energy circulating around at that time.” The way Goto tells it, you’d think For My Parents in all of its sweeping glory was part of the healing process for him. And while that may be true, the healing didn’t come easy. First, as his country recuperated from one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent memory, Goto had to come to a stark realisation: death is an inevitability. This kind of realisation was likely rampant throughout Japan. But in coming face-to-face with a jarring reality, Goto and Mono were eventually able to find solace in their work. Full of incredible builds and layered walls of sound, working on For My Parents offered solace to Goto. Questions soon gave way to answers. “For My Parents came from the understanding that we all eventually lose the ones that made us. It’s the way of nature,” he states rather defiantly. “How do you stand by the one that created you?” he continues. “How do you stand next to your home, the place that created you?” So moving has the evolution of Mono been that, indeed at times, it’s hard to trace their lineage back to the band they were on Under The Pipal Tree, their debut. But Goto and Mono knew it was imperative for them to accurately understand the people they are and the musicians they’ve become if they were to properly express such vital emotions. “For this album, we went back to our roots. It’s something that we wanted to do while we still had the chance,” he says. Though Goto alludes to changes forthcoming in Mono’s deeply entrenched aesthetic, he later insists that any changes that may occur will certainly happen organically. It’s easy to forget that, despite the band having released six full-length albums, Under The Pipal Tree is only 11-years-old itself. Mono is essentially in a constant state of transition, says Goto. Even so, it took quite some time for the band to understand their sound themselves.
“IT’S A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE TO PLAY OUR MUSIC ON DIFFERENT CONTINENTS AND FEEL NO DISCONNECT BETWEEN US AND THE AUDIENCE. THIS IS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF MUSIC.” “I think we are still learning, still discovering new things about our sound everyday. The point when we started to have a clearer vision began with You Are There and Hymn to the Immortal Wind. By then we’d grown more confident as a quartet and understood the energy behind our songs. “We just try to translate our own personal experiences and emotions into sound,” continues Goto in earnest. “I think the root of each song and album has to come from an honest place. We are exposed to so many forms of art and music all around us, so the only way to give our music a unique life of its own is to become storytellers of our own journey.” As such, the best way for Mono to compose their songs is to take those very songs on a journey themselves, composing each one delicately and with great care. It’s obvious through their textured tracks that the band leave no stone unturned and maintain a great degree of care in composition. “I think we compose our songs similar to building a large structure using many bricks, one at a time. Imagine our body – each organ has its own purpose and connects perfectly with the other,” he muses. “I think it’s the same with music. We have to be scientists of music if we want to share emotion with someone.” As anyone in attendance at their 2011 performance at the Melbourne Festival (in which their often ten-minute tracks were given new weight with a full orchestra) will attest, emotion is never in short supply with Mono, regardless of the venue. Now ready to share For My Parents with Australia, Mono consider themselves a band more aware of the world around them. “As long as we have a space where people can concentrate on the show, then we are happy,” says Goto of where the band have enjoyed performing For My Parents. “We enjoy playing large venues, churches, and tiny venues. It’s a beautiful experience to play our music on different continents and feel no disconnect between us and the audience. This is the universal language of music.” MONO perform at Dark Mofo’s Satanalia event in Hobart on Saturday June 22 and The Hi-Fi on Sunday June 23. For My Parents is out through Valve/MGM. DISCUSS WHAT? BEAT.COM.AU/DISCUSSION
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BY DAN WATT
Powerful, grand, explorative, intellectual and cheeky are all words to describe Midnight Juggernauts’ latest album Uncanny Valley. For their third full-length album, Vincent Vendetta, Andrew Szekeres and Daniel Stricker have added another layer to their future/retro indie-disco by delving deeper into the experimental layers that the pioneers of the synth-rock genre first touched on almost 50 years ago. Additionally, on the band’s second single, Memorium, from the newly released album, the band thematically and astutely tackle the themes of technological evolution and pareidolia. Pareidolia is the phenomena of man, subconsciously, needing to see their likeness in everything they create and control. Vendetta discusses the broader themes of the album, specifically in reference to the closing visual from the film clip for Memorium that is a quote from American historian Arthur M Schlesinger that states, “Science and technology revolutionise our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” “Well I suppose with the idea of futurism and technology we’ll (mankind) always be drawn to this technological aspect and forward progression but within that you always want to find a human quality, an actual human feel.” This concept of ‘man’ seeing himself in everything from constellations to faces in smoke is known as pareidolia. Notable examples in contemporary culture are shows about ghost hunting where people, who want so badly to believe, see human faces and hear human voices in vague and often random stimulus.
On this theme Vendetta takes it a step further by somewhat light-heartedly retelling his own personal experience with pareidolia. “It’s the same with food. I’m a carnivore and I’m happy to eat meat but as soon as there’s anything related to the face I can’t help but humanise or personalise what I am going to eat. I remember ordering calamari and it was a full creature and I remember seeing a human face in what I was about to eat and it completely turned me off my meal,” He explains. Musically, the song Memorium features Vendetta singing in a low and slightly affected manner giving the overall vibe of the track a dreamy veneer, keeping the music of the song minimal and analogue. The film clip itself is literally a history lesson in 3D imagery that starts with 1951 and the MIT Servomechanism Laboratory’s ‘Whirlwind Computer’ and finishes up in 1985 with the 3D pianist ‘Tony De Peltrie’ by Pierre Lachapelle, Phillipe Bergeron, Daniel Langlois and Pierre Robidoux. Despite the educative value of a clip that helps remind us where James Cameron got his groundwork for Avatar, Vendetta admits that he is still a little nervous about the use of the imagery. “Well we had to [use someone else’s images]! It’s a difficult one because, well, there’s a few programmers that we contacted online, they sent me a higher [resolution] copy of their work but for some of them
“WE’LL (MANKIND) ALWAYS BE DRAWN TO THIS TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECT AND FORWARD PROGRESSION BUT WITHIN THAT YOU ALWAYS WANT TO FIND A HUMAN QUALITY.”
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we couldn’t do that – we just couldn’t get on to them.” However, due to the reportage and educative aspect of the film clip, as well as the full accreditation to the creators of the 3D images, it looks as though the copyright law concept of fair dealings will keep the film clip in play. “We were looking into the background, and we’re hoping it’s successful, where under the fair dealings law, as well as using and crediting all the authors and their company,” explains an informed Vendetta. Musically, there is an overall textural simplicity and vintage feel to Uncanny Valley and this ‘throwback’ to the early the days of synth rock is captured magnificently on the song Ballad Of The War Machine. In line with the previous discussion of the song, Memorium’s identity intertwined with its film clip Ballad Of The War Machine has a tremendously anachronistic film clip that has the band’s three members dressed as Soviet soldiers dancing in the lots that contain defunct jet planes and in front of Eastern Orthodox cathedrals. “We actually did go to Russia to film that video,” tells Vendetta before delving into why the song and clip
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were first release via YouTube under a Russian language non-de-plume. “It has been three years or so since our last album, we wanted to return with something a little bit different so we had the rough concept of creating a video anonymously and releasing it under the pretence of being a Soviet pop band and seeing how long we could get away with that pretence.” So how did the façade play-out? Were Midnight Juggernauts successful in creating a mythological Soviet era pop band? “A few Russian friends posted it on a lot of Russian blogs and different Russian websites and it did attract a lot of attention. People had no idea who this band were and were asking how to find more of their music online. But then there were a lot of Russians questioning why there was a band singing in English and not in Russian. There were a few people who thought maybe it was an English band who travelled there in the ‘80s.” MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS are returning to the Corner Hotel on Saturday August 24 to launch Uncanny Valley in their hometown. Uncanny Valley is out now on Siberia Records/Remote Control.
MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE BY ROD WHITFIELD
This long running New York-based band have one of those truly quirky and indefinable sounds that people seem to either love or loathe. Forming back in 1997, Mindless Self Indulgence have released five albums that have covered a whole gamut of musical styles, from punk and rock to hip hop, techno, industrial and all manner of other strange hybrids and experiments, and they’ve delivered it all in a manner that is all their own. Of course, this means they have gathered their fair share of haters along the way and people who don’t ‘get it’. Their response to this is their fifth album and its typically idiosyncratic title How I Learned to Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgence, and according to vocalist, keyboardist and co-founding member Jimmy Urine, it seems to be working, although he is still a little surprised by this. “We’ve always liked to have really cool titles,” he explains. “That one means a lot to us. One, it’s a Kubrick reference, we’re very influenced by his movies. It’s also sort of a message to people, there’s a lot of people who know who we are, and we’ve been around forever, and they’re just like, ‘Oh, it’s these guys again’. And they reference us and they rip us off, and it (the title) is just a message to them, ‘You know you fuckers love this shit, stop being all uppity and snobby, and admit that you like this shit. Smoke a fuckin’ joint, shut up and enjoy it! We’ve been around a long time, we’re not going away, we think you should just chill the fuck out and like it!’” he laughs. The album has been out a little over a month, and according to a very surprised Urine, the reactions from fans, critics and even non fans has been overwhelmingly positive, despite the usually divisive inherent weirdness of their music. “You never know,” he muses. “You can have an older fan being like, ‘Oh, I don’t like the new stuff’, or you can have someone who’s never heard you go, ‘I fuckin’ hate this shit’, or you can have a reviewer be like, ‘Well I see what they’re trying to do, I think they fail’, as well as a lot of people saying ‘I love Mindless!’. But this one I haven’t heard anything bad, which is fuckin’ bizarre! It’s really, really strange, but it’s really cool.” The new album was funded by Kickstarter, a ‘crowdfunding’ initiative whereby fans of a band and others can donate money to fund the recording and releasing of the band’s album. The band smashed their target of $150,000, raking in over $225,000. Urine was very happy with the result, and believes that crowdfunding is an excellent new way for bands to fund their endeavours in this day and age of ‘free’ music.
“THE NEW GENERATION THINKS MUSIC IS FREE. FINE. YOU CAN’T GET THE MUSIC THAT’S IN MY FUCKING HEAD. IF YOU WANT THAT MUSIC THAT’S IN MY HEAD, YOU GOTTA PAY ME IN ADVANCE. WHICH IS WHERE KICKSTARTER COMES IN, IN A REALLY COOL WAY.” “Hell yeah, that worked out great!” he enthuses. “I think it’s smart, the reason we did it is that a) we like to have control, b) we like to cut out the middle man, and c) that is the way whereby you don’t have to worry about people stealing your music. We were never really that worried if a kid stole some Mindless Self Indulgence mp3s and music; the thing we’d always say is that if you’re going to steal our music, rip a couple of copies for your friends and get them into it, and then maybe they’ll all come to a show. “That’s just the way people think,” he continues. “It’s not even a discussion anymore, it’s not even a question anymore, the new generation thinks music is free. Fine. You can’t get the music that’s in my fucking head. If you want that music that’s in my head, you gotta pay me in advance. Which is where Kickstarter comes in, in a really cool way. You pay us the money, we’ll make the record and then you can do whatever the fuck you want with it!” The band were in Australia earlier this year for Soundwave, and despite sticking out like a knot on a log in that lineup, by all accounts they made a very strong impression on those who witnessed their set. But Urine tells us that he would be more than happy to make a return visit in quick succession, in any kind of capacity. “I’d like to, I mean, I’ll come down for any reason,” he states. “I’ll come down and do Soundwave again, I come down and do Big Day Out, I’ll come down and do whatever, you know. Whatever is offered to me, as long as it made financial sense, and it pays for the bill to come down there and hang out, we love going down there.” The brand new MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE album, How I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgence is out now through 3Wise Records. DISCUSS WHAT? BEAT.COM.AU/DISCUSSION
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BAPTISM OF UZI
BY PATRICK EMERY
Recently voted in Australiaâ€™s top 20 voices of all time, Katie Noonanâ€™s gilded pipes have both soothed and ignited audiences since georgeâ€™s debut album Polyserena in 2002. Now the songwriter has compiled a release of songs spanning her career, selected not to reďŹ‚ect peaks of popularity (although some tracks certainly do), but seminally emotive points in her life.
A couple of years ago, Baptism Of Uzi were playing around in the studio, exploring the limits of prog-rock spectrum, unsure of whether â€œto funk or not to funkâ€?. Eventually a decision was made to revert to the rockâ€™nâ€™roll style that underpinned Baptism Of Uziâ€™s original gestation and evolution. â€œWe were considering scrapping the tracks weâ€™d recorded,â€? says guitarist Bojan Stojanov. â€œBut we thought there was a pretty good vibe in there, and with some editing and overdubbing we could bring out the melodic ideas a bit more, and also experiment with structuring songs more.â€?
â€œI think the thing about music as a composer, as well as a listener too, is that the meanings constantly change,â€? she explains assuredly, when I ask if she was tempted to alter any of the older tunes. â€œSo, say a song that I wrote when I was 19 like Spawn, which is the oldest song on the record, that meant what it meant to me at the time and now it means something totally diďŹ€erent, but equally signiďŹ cant.â€? The operation canâ€™t have been easy. You try ďŹ nding the original material from something you created 17 years ago, and see how you fare. But for Noonan, these songs were so core to her mind at the time of creation that theyâ€™ve never been far from her heart (despite not having played some of them in over a decade). â€œI must admit, I wouldâ€™ve loved to have had the time to ďŹ nd the original songbook; they are somewhere in my oďŹƒce but we (Noonan, husband Isaac Hurren and two sons Dexter and Jonah) moved house last year and weâ€™re still half in boxes. So I couldnâ€™t really go back to the source in that way. But I didnâ€™t really need to do that, you know, because I wrote it and I remember it.â€? In putting together the release, titled Songbook, Noonan discovered not just a maturation of themes and content but also of the songwriting process. â€œThe thing about being an artist is that youâ€™re constantly questioning the process, and youâ€™re constantly questioning...everything,â€? she laughs. â€œYou want to get better, and you want to evolve, and you donâ€™t want to get stuck in a spot that means youâ€™re not going to improve. Iâ€™m always kind of doing that, anyway. But looking back, yes, I can see that my harmonic intentions
Over the next two years, Baptism Of Uzi tinkered with those initial recordings, editing, overdubbing and reďŹ ning the songs. â€œWeâ€™d play the song live and new melodies would come out, and weâ€™d overdub that to the song weâ€™d recorded, so there was this constant process, and trying out new sounds,â€? Stojanov says. It would take the best part of two years for Baptism Of Uzi to ďŹ nish what would be eventually released as the Stray Currents EP. Stojanov says Baptism Of Uzi was conscious of trying to separate the constituent musical elements in the bandâ€™s music, an aspect he feels is occasionally missing from the bandâ€™s live show. â€œOn this record, everyone is playing at the same time, so each of the elements is clear, which is what we felt was our problem some times, both playing live and recording,â€? Stojanov says. The title track on the record, a perennial live favourite and a classic pop track to boot, dates back to the bandâ€™s earliest recordings. â€œThe ďŹ rst version was maybe more than three years ago, and that was just me playing an electric guitar into an echo box, and taping directly onto a cassette with a drum machine and another track with the same echo â€“ you can hear that track on Dictaphonia,â€? Stojanov says. Stray Current represents Baptism Of Uziâ€™s perpetual quandary â€“ how to marry its studio experimentations with its live indulgence. â€œWe tried to record that version of Stray Current as a band, and we keep adding more parts to it. We recorded it on our ďŹ rst EP, but there were things I still wanted on it â€“ like in the original version thereâ€™s this amazing bit when the snare echoes,â€? Stojanov says. â€œWe tried to do that in the
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grew. I guess I can hear the inďŹ‚uence of my jazz training coming through a little bit further on, then earlier on I think you can hear a bit more of the classical tradition in the chordal movement.â€? Thereâ€™s also a golden maxim which sheâ€™s discovered has laced its way into her compositions. â€œI think the older you get as a musician, the more you realise that less is more. If you can say something with three chords and few words, without the purple prose...if the chords arenâ€™t necessary to move, donâ€™t move them. Itâ€™s an evolution where you just kind of realise. And some of the greatest songs ever written are incredibly simple, and theyâ€™re profound in their simplicity and theyâ€™re succinct.â€? Songbook as a physical object is a pretty in-depth aďŹ€air, the coolest part of which is that it includes sheet music. Sort of like Beckâ€™s Song Reader? â€œYeah! Well, thatâ€™s a totally diďŹ€erent thing where there is no recording,â€? Noonan says. â€œI mean the ultimate compliment is someone doing your music, really. When people send me versions of my songs it really gives me a great kick, and I think thatâ€™s awesome. Iâ€™ve had a lot of people over the years ask me for music, and this project just seemed like the right time.â€?
KATIE NOONAN is playing three Melbourne shows as part of the Songbook tour: Friday June 21 at The Substation in Newport, Saturday June 22 at GPAC in Geelong, and Sunday June 23 at The ToďŹ€ in Town in Melbourne.
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studio, but we couldnâ€™t get it. So this time we could spend a whole day trying to get the space echo parameters right, so we could get that sound. But then the question becomes â€“ how do you get that live?â€? In the course of ďŹ nishing oďŹ€ the EP, Baptism of Uziâ€™s had undergone a transformative experience, with the departure of the bandâ€™s keyboard player. Stojanov says there is a thematic progression running through the record â€“ though itâ€™s not a story in the grand indulgent prog-rock tradition. â€œItâ€™s not necessarily a story, but more of a progression of sounds,â€? Stojanov says. â€œYou come into the intro, and itâ€™s like walking around in a forest or looking into the universe or whatever, and then Carnal Need comes in, which is like passion, then you have the wig out with Fire Penguin, which is like an intense night out when youâ€™re all hyped up, and then later on, itâ€™s later on in the night and youâ€™re with friends and you want to play something more relaxed, like Fleetwood Mac, and then it all builds up to the big pop song, Stray Current, the big satisfaction, sun coming up thing.â€? Stojanov goes so far as to liken the record to the â€˜90s television show, Sliders, in which the characters entered a diďŹ€erent world each episode by means of a portal. â€œWhat that I thought of this record was that every song is a hit â€“ basically I saw all these songs as diďŹ€erent dimensions from Sliders, when you come through the portal,â€? Stojanov says. BAPTISM OF UZI launch Stray Currents at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday July 6 with Turtlenecjk and Atolls.
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Neurosis founder Scott Kelly will return to our fair shores this November with his band The DESCENDENTS Road Home. He’ll be bringing ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe with him when he performs some stripped back acoustic ditties at the Corner Hotel on Thursday November 7. Cartel are coming back. They’ll be in the country this August on the back of their new album, Collider. You can see them at The Hi-Fi on Saturday August 17 (18+ only I’m afraid). They are bringing bring Lydia with them for the trip, too, ensuring you get some bang for your buck. Parkway Drive hardly need any support selling out venues on their upcoming anniversary tour, but that hasn’t stopped them from picking some huge names to accompany them on their jaunt. Melbourne audiences will get Thy Art Is Murder at the sold out Palace show on Friday September 20 and Thy Art and Confession on the underage show on Saturday September 21. Confession alone are accompanying on the remaining overage gig on Sunday September 22. Adelaide’s Hightime are chucking a trip down the east coast this month. Plugging their Ishi Prende album and live DVD, they’ll be over at The Reverence on SaturdayJune 29 with Luca Brasi, Anchors, The Bennies, The Sinking Teeth, Foxtrot and Tigers. Sheeeeesh. Don’t miss it. One of the country’s better singer-songwriters, Isaac Graham will hit the road with his threepiece band The Great Unknown this winter. The Glorious Momentum Tour will arrive at the Public Bar on Saturday August 10 with The Shadow League, I Am The Riot and Nathan Seeckts in tow. Rolo Tomassi are ﬁnally returning to our shores after a rather lengthy absence. The band acknowledge they’re “long overdue” for a return. They’ll play The Reverence in Melbourne on Friday September 27 and Wrangler Studios on Sunday September 29 with Totally Unicorn and Stockades.
Every Time I Die are coming back! Woo! These legends are gonna rip out a mega set at the Corner Hotel on Sunday October 20 and boy am I excited. Grab tickets from Thursday onwards. Will sell out. Despite some mega successes in their time, House Vs Hurricane will call it a day once they’ve completed their East Coast Rampage tour with I Killed The Prom Queen and Buried In Verona. Though they’re yet to rule out a big farewell tour, they’re not shy about talking about the breakup. “Of course we will all continue to play music in some capacity”, they assure us. CORE GIG GUIDE WEDNESDAY JUNE 19: Boris, Margins at Corner Hotel Municipal Waste, Join The Amish, Metalstorm at Bendigo Hotel THURSDAY JUNE 20: Brooklyn, Armourus, Cardinals, Blood Line at Next Outlines, Fresh Nelson, Ever Rest, Elevator Talk at The Gaso Trench Sisters, Gutter Gods, Dribble, Velvet Whip, Halt Ever at The Gaso Upstairs FRIDAY JUNE 21: I Killed The Prom Queen, House Vs Hurricane, Buried In Verona, Saviour at Corner Hotel The Mercy Beat at The Retreat Initials, Fireﬁght, Gladstone, Lizard Punch at Gertrude’s Brown Couch Shitripper, Hailgun, Counterattack at Public Bar The Savages, Hopes Abandoned, Too Soon!, All We Needs at IDGAFF SATURDAY JUNE 22: In Hearts Wake, Counterparts, The Storm Picturesque, Stories at The Workers Club Batpiss, Shitripper, Cuntz at Old Bar Wagons, The Toot Toot Toots, Jemma and The Wise Young Ambitious Men at Corner Hotel Totally Unicorn, Robotosaurus, Coerce, Urns at The Reverence Perfect Fit, Caulﬁeld, Hometown, Way With Words, Josh (In Fiction), Aaron (Behind Crimson Eyes) at Bang Lights On At Heathrow, Maricopa Wells, Lunaire, Stowers at The Bendigo SUNDAY JUNE 23: Municipal Waste, Shitripper, Extortion, Sewercide at Corner Hotel In Hearts Wake, Counterparts, The Storm Picturesque, Stories, The Approach at Phoenix Youth Center Ribbons Patterns, Brad Vincent, Luke Thomas at The Reverence Reclink Community Cub featuring Beasts Of Bourbon, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
CRUNCH! BLACK SABBATH DEBUTS AT #4 The mighty Black Sabbath have landed at #4 in the ARIA charts with 13, their ﬁrst album with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die and their ﬁrst Australian top ten result since 1974's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. And it landed at #1 in the UK, and is on track to sell between 120,000 and 130,000 in the USA in its ﬁrst week. BABY ANIMALS AT THE HI-FI The Baby Animals at The Hi-Fi this weekend, on Saturday June 22. They're back with their new album, This Is Not The End, their ﬁrst in over 20 years. Aside from Suze DeMarchi and guitarist Dave Leslie, the band now includes Dario Bortolin on bass and Mick Skelton on drums, and the album was produced by David Nicholas (INXS, Ash). Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots) also lent his considerable skill on the record’s ﬁrst single, Email. LO! ANNOUNCE JULY ALBUM TOUR Lo! have ﬁnally returned home from an epic 25date European tour with Cult Of Luna and The Ocean in support of their latest slab of sludge post metal, Monstrorum Historia. In no mood to slow down, Lo! will tour Australia on the back of this stunning new release, bringing with them Melbourne’s High Tension. They'll be at The Reverence on Saturday July 13 also with Jurassic Penguin.
MUNICIPAL WASTE HIT THE BENDIGO North American thrash metal legends Municipal Waste are at The Bendigo on Johnston St in Collingwood tonight. Tickets are limited to 300 only. This is in addition to their Sunday June 23 date at the Corner Hotel.
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PAUL LAINE DOWNUNDER IN DECEMBER Sure, it probably feels a little early to start talking about gigs that are half a year away, but what the hell, this is a good one: Canadian vocalist Paul Laine will be heading to Australia in December 2013 and will be playing a one-oﬀ Melbourne show backed by Oz rockers The Radio Sun. This will be Paul’s ﬁrst ever live date in Australia and he will be playing a selection of songs from his solo work, Danger Danger (with whom he sang for ten years) and Shugaazer catalogue. Paul Laine & The Radio Sun will play in Melbourne on Tuesday December 3 at the Cherry Bar. Tickets are being sold at Realm Of Kaos in North Melbourne and Radical Records in Dandenong. TRACER AT THE ESPY Adelaide-bred three-piece outﬁt Tracer are hoping to earn their spot on the list of great Oz rock bands soon. Two EPs and years spent honing their live shows saw them picked up by the Mascot Label Group and introduced to the European rock scene. Their 2011 debut LP Spaces In Between gave yet more hints about the band’s potential and was quickly followed by three successful European tours and the Best New Band award at the 2012 Classic Rock Awards. With their new album El Pistolero due to be released here on Friday July 5, the hard rocking outﬁt have well and truly started to fulﬁll their potential. Produced by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Silverchair, Cold Chisel, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden) El Pistolero is on track to make Tracer the rock band that everyone is talking about in 2013. And you can catch them in the Gershwin Room at The Espy on Saturday August 3. NEW BLACK STAR RIDERS VIDEO Black Star Riders – the new band featuring most of the latest incarnation of Thin Lizzy – has released a video for the track Hey Judas from their debut album All Hell Breaks Loose. This is a seriously great album that you should check out if you have any interest in rock whatsoever.
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A dress up night celebrating the warped genius of Quentin Tarantino. Head to the Forbidden Temple at the LuWow for a mad cap cinematic event based on the ﬁlms of Quentin Tarantino. Barbara Blaze and her hip bongo beating beatniks The Kahuna Daddies start oﬀ the show with their classy cocktail hits. Dizzy Miss Lizzie goes all out avenger with her Miss Emma PeelOﬀ routine, and stars of the show The Tarantinos play a fun ﬁlled set of songs from Tarantino’s ﬁlms. Dj’s Sye Saxon and Barbara Blaze lay down lost gems of rhythm and blues, ‘60s pop, surf exotica and wild gogo. Don’t forget the inevitable ‘World’s Greatest Twist Contest’ and prizes for the best costumes. Get up and get down to LuWow this Friday June 21. Free before 9pm, $5 after 9pm.
On what will most likely be a frozen Thursday eve, Child will brace the outside world after being locked away in the warmth of a recording studio. Their brothers from the south, Borrachero will make their maiden voyage to the land of smith with their guides, the lords of riﬀdom, Riﬀ Fist. Thursday June 20 at Yah Yah’s.
THE SINKING TEETH
It’s been a crazy couple of months for The Sinking Teeth. Launching the ﬁrst single Temporary Living from their soon to be released EP the band has seen some serious love from triple j coming their way, and with a sling of local and interstate shows (including a run with Sydney hero’s Strangers) the band is ready to take some names at The Retreat Hotel on Friday June 21. Teaming up again with bone crushing Brisbanites The Mercy Beat this show is sure to pack a punch and is deﬁnitely one not to be missed. Doors 9pm.
Jeb Cardwell who is the frontman of local swamp blues trio Backwood Creatures is a multi-award winning guitarist. He has supported many artists, among them Tony Joe White, Steve Earle and The Punch Brothers. Most recently he recorded and toured nationally with Aria award winners Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson for their latest album release Wreck & Ruin. Catch him at The Retreat Hotel tonight from 7.30pm.
ORSOME WELLS Progressive avant-gardes Orsome Welles return to the Melbourne music scene this Friday June 21. Orsome Welles revisit the mystic site of their ﬁrst ever performance, The Bendigo Hotel, to deliver a show that will hit you faster than the speed of light. Orsome Welles fuse remarkable musicianship with the hard-hitting fare of progressive hard-rock and metal. Joining them are enigmatic hard rockers, The Heroines, alternative high-ﬂyers, Aircrafte and melodic masters, Paradies.
MATHAS MAY Last year winning a WAMi for Best Hip Hop Artist but also an open-genre Most Popular Single nomination, Perth MC, producer, singer, genre-bender, social-stirrer and song psychologist Mathas appeals as much to indie kids as future-diggin’ hip hoppers and electronic souls. It’s some next level shiz, and his new single with electro-pop vixen Abbe May, Nourishment, is testament to this. Be there to witness the future ﬂow ﬁtness when Mathas supports Abbe at Ding Dong Lounge on Friday 21 and then an intimate, free entry showcase of his many talents at Whole Lotta Love Saturday June 22.
PAPER HOUSE With their live show described as “oﬀering you candy and then pushing you in the dirt”, Paper House have gained a reputation for their captivating and dynamic live shows. Built on atmospheric electronics augmented by a live band, Paper House plays with genres with hints of folk, rock, jazz and experimental inﬂuences. They play a June frontbar residency every Tuesday at Gertrude’s Brown Couch from 7.30pm.
LOW RENT Low Rent are an indie country band with lyrical grit that connects with a mass market (300 people roughly), and it’s normal to be a bit scared of honesty and thoughtfulness. With some of the most talented indie/grass musicians at the helm, it’s no doubt this rent will be paid in full. They play The Great Britain Hotel this Sunday June 23 from 7pm with Lonesome. 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 three-headed beast that is Sheriﬀ will warm your brittle bones with a ﬁery Saturday afternoon residency at The Tote throughout June. It all starts at 4pm and it’s free.
NUNCHUKKA SUPERFLY The time has come once again for Nunchukka Superﬂy to teach the lucky riﬀ lovers of Melbourne another lesson. Opening the night will be PunkBrute-Low Tone-High Energy duo Dead. Seeing Dead live will dull any memories you had of bands you once considered heavy. Then The Ruiner will deliver an ultra slow-mo kick to the guts. Then Wicked City, Melbourne’s premier riﬀ’n’roll merchants will be unleashing a succulent preview of their brownest punk-prog, riﬀ-laden songs from their forthcoming album Worsted Yarn. Rock out this Saturday June 22 at The Tote from 9pm. Door charge applies.
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OXBLVD Born in the Delta and hammered down the rail with blood, sand and whiskey, Oxblvd rises from the ashes with a ﬁre and brimstone of foot-stomping blues and barnstorming folk. The boys of Oxblvd may hail from Sydney’s northern beaches, but their heart and soul lies in the glowing coals of American swamp rock and river blues. It’s a sound that sits at the table of Mississippi and then rips the chair out from under all your preconceptions, getting you on the dance ﬂoor with smoky heartbreak, soulful memories and swigging from lightning in your rock and roll bottle. Catch them at The Retreat Hotel Thursday June 20 from 9.30pm.
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 PAUL BIRD BAND The Paul Bird Band are a tight, versatile and exciting outﬁt, with a broad repertoire delivered with heart. A top notch lineup is currently playing hot vintage style dixieland jazz and blues. They are shaking cats, hot and stomping, and can transform a Melbourne winter afternoon to a steamy session in a New Orleans tonk. They play Gertrude’s Brown Couch this Sunday June 23, $5 entry
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ATOLLS 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.
PAVEMENT SERENADERS Picture that it’s 1936. The maﬁa run the city – pay your dues or serenade the pavement from the top ﬂoor of a tall building. For musicians, the gambling dens and bordellos run by the gangsters provide the best paying gigs out there in a time where money is hard to come by. Musicians everywhere are honing their craft, ousting other musicians with their virtuosity in the legendary cutting contests. Inspired by these times, the Pavement Serenaders are a hard swinging jazz combo that will take you to the smoke ﬁlled clubs of the ‘30s. Put on your ﬁne clothes, stick a feather in your cap and head down to the Sporting Club this Saturday June 22 from 6pm.
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.
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, which 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.
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 23 will be Toy Boats and Pack Bears. It’s an afternoon aﬀair kicking oﬀ at 3pm and ﬁnishing up around 7pm. Free entry.
ROXY LAVISH Melbourne’s most unknown post-rock-folk collaborator and ‘dylanesque’ writer Roxy Lavish is again bringing you something you will not get if you pay cash for it, it’s never dull and always challenging. Catch a small amount of satisfaction with multiple acts supporting on Thursday June 20 at The Great Britain Hotel. Doors open 8pm. Free entry.
BARRY SAVAGE AND THE LITTLE CAESARS This will be remembered as the loud and savage show, The Great Britain Hotel is one of Barry’s favourite places and James Mcannes most disliked venues, for the same reasons. Don’t get us wrong – it’s small, judgemental and hairy but we all like a sniﬀ. It always does better in person. Barry Savage and The Little Caesars, this Saturday June 24 at The Great Britain Hotel from 9pm. Free entry.
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On Saturday June 29 Buried Horses will play an all too rare show at the reclusive, oft neglected Spotted Mallard. Honoured, they’ll tread the boards with a high calibre lineup of the Nathan Hollywood Band, 100 Acre Woods and Suicide Swans.
ALICIA ADKINS Alicia Adkins is an alt-country and folk singer/ songwriter from Austin, TX. With a voice as sweet as honey, and uniquely varied style, Alicia’s lived and played in much of the world including France, Italy, India, and now Australia. In 2012, she tripled her original repertoire and has quickly created a buzz in Melbourne’s local music scene, playing frequently at venues like the Standard, Old Bar, Retreat, and Wesley Anne. With inﬂuences ranging from Mumford and Sons to Patty Griﬃn and Loretta Lynn, she will release her much anticipated debut EP Birds Of A Feather in 2013. Catch her at The Retreat Hotel on Tuesday June 25 from 7.30pm.
CHRIS WILSON Chris Wilson has been an essential part of blues and rock music scene in Australia since taking the stage with the Sole Twisters over 20 years ago. Stints with Harum Scarum and Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls followed, and by the end of the ‘80s Chris was renowned as one of our ﬁnest vocalists, harmonica players and songwriters. A master of his craft, Chris’ voice, presence and talent are a central part of our musical folklore. Catch Chris this Saturday June 22 at the Drunken Poet from 9pm.
CASH FOR GOLD Cash For Gold is a collaboration between singer Jack Weaving and producer Matik. Jack Weaving and Stephen Mowat (Matik) met whilst playing a festival with their previous bands, soon after this they began writing songs. At the time Jack and his current band were about to relocate to Berlin, this didn’t prove too much of an obstacle with more than half the album written through Skype sessions and drop boxed ﬁles. With an album due in September, catch them playing with psychedelic band Fascinator at the Prince Public Bar on Saturday June 22. Free entry.
KALACOMA Having successfully launched their debut EP Spiral Eyes to a packed house at the Evelyn Hotel, Kalacoma have been invited back to the Evelyn to follow up with a Wednesday night residency through June. Each week the band will be cramming the night full of lo-ﬁ beats, twisted rhythms intertwined with soaring melodies, and a sound that is comparable to none. Joining Kalacoma each week will be local lo-ﬁ Legends Easy Dada, and mixed media martial artist Brett Scheyezer, along with a diﬀerent and special musical guest each week of the likes include, Matt Kelly, Amanita and the incredibly awesome On Sierra. Entry is only $5,
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TOTALLY UNICORN VS ROBOTOSAURUS Totally Unicorn and Robotosaurus – on Saturday June 22, these two ﬁve-piece acts will be storming The Reverence Hotel in support of their upcoming split Together Alone (through Monolith), in what will be a tour of debauchery, drinking, and nudity in excess. The boys from Adelaide and Wollongong have been long time friends but competition ensues whenever the stage is shared by these big men – and even more so once the opportunity to record a split together ﬁnally arrived. With Izzy (Robots) and Drew (Unicorns) fronting some of the most entertaining destruction-machines that are their backing, this is going to be one of the hardest and most anticipated Australian releases of 2013.
FIRE AND THEFT Made with the double cream of Circus Oz, Checkerboard Lounge, Prayerbabies and a sweetened condensed milk, Tago Mago introduce the debonair-heads of Fire and Theft for all your ribald and racy rhythms and luxurious Latin‘n’lounging pleasures. They play there on Friday June 21.
PRAYERBABIES It’s the kind of country folks who don’t like country like: four-part lemon butter harmonies, guitars, slide, ﬁddle, bullﬁddle and drums for gospel, blues, a little Latin; even Bolero on banjo. The frontiersmen of Prayerbabies have touted their smouldering brand of country and western at the Big Day Out, Port Fairy, Apollo Bay and multifarious festivals. They play Tago Mago in Preston on Saturday June 22.
HOUSE OF LIGHTS Wave rock group House Of Light has recently moved from Berlin to Australia and will be playing Melbourne this month. With inﬂuences such as the Pixies, Velvet Underground and Joy Division, Valentina and Justin create one hell of a sound storm. Listen to them on Thursday June 20 at Tago Mago. They will be supported by the local act Nothing Final.
SUN GOD REPLICA Sun God Replica formed two years ago when Link McLennan (singer/songwriter/guitarist for the Bakelite Age) and Lochie Cavigan (drummer for the same) decided to take the best elements from ‘60s/’70s heavy rock’n’roll and fuse them into a heavy garage psych band that would become SGR. They play The Prince Public Bar on Friday June 21 with Drifter and Leopard Slug. Entry is free.
HOWLIN’ STEAM TRAIN As the name implies, Howlin’ Steam Train are ragged, relentless, and freakin’ fun. They’re a nice boozy cocktail of rock, soul, boogie and a bunch of other sensual delights you can’t quite pick. Travelling up and down the country, they forged a reputation for a rollicking live show. They go to extremes to excite the audience, like Yan, who often employs a stand in drummer from the crowd so he can fulﬁl his need to dance. It’s a wild ride, but it’s also a fun ride. Don’t miss their show at The Spotted Mallard on Friday June 21 with Papa Pilko & The Bin Rats and Rolling Blackouts. $8 entry from 8.30pm.
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.
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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.
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 Drunk Mums from 8pm, and it’s free.
DOGSDAY Veterans and legends of the local music scene Dogsday, team up with partners in crime The Very Handsome Men to play a front bar double header extravaganza on Saturday June 22. Dogsday kick oﬀ proceedings pumping out their rockin’ countrysurfabilly tunes between 5pm and 7pm, followed by the sleazy country twang of The Very Handsome Men between 8pm and 10pm. Like all great gigs at The Retreat Hotel, it’s free entry.
IAN COLLARD Ian Collard is a name that needs no introduction to blues fans in this country. Providing the voice and harp to much loved trio Collard, Greens and Gravy (amongst various other outﬁts), Ian combines the spirit of the Delta with the sounds of country blues, creating a mood of menace and desire. He is playing at The Drunken Poet this Sunday June 23 from 4pm.
MARISA QUIGLEY Fresh from her appearance on Australia’s most popular vocal talent show, Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Marisa Quigley is gearing up for the release of her latest EP Gypsy’s Lament. The launch will take place at The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick on Satuday June 22 with support from Sarah Carnegie, Alie Penney and Wayne Jury.
THE WIKIMEN Throughout their daily toils and tribulations The Wikimen always ﬁnd 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. The Wikimen will set up shop at The Spotted Mallard throughout the months of June and July, these free entry shows will occur every Sunday from 4pm. And to celebrate their return the Mallard kitchen is serving up a succulent Sunday roast with all the trimmings.
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BASEMENT APES For those who don’t yet know, Basement Apes Live is a music show produced for Melbourne’s own Channel 31 and ﬁlmed live in the main room at The Tote. The show features two bands each week playing a set each and then joining forces for a totally improvised jam session to round out the show. The run of June shows continues with another rockin’ lineup. Featuring probably the country’s best femalefronted rock band, Virtue, and supported by Melbourne’s ﬁnest Canberra-based imports, Scaramouche. It’s all happening at The Tote tonight from 8.30pm and it’s free.
THE ATTICS Make sure you get on over to The Tote Friday June 21 for one hell of a rock show. Entry is just $7 for four acts. The Attics are curators of moody rock music built from reverb washed guitars, tale-telling lyrics and a touch of fuzz. Built on a dynamic roller coaster channelling the rawness of fuzzy blues-rock yet conserving the delicacy of emotion, The Attics put on a high-energy moody rock show. On the night they will be supported by dirty, sexy, garage rockers The Black Alleys, the genre defying Magic Bones and Charm. Doors from 9pm.
BRENDAN WEST & THE BROKEN BONES Brendan West & The Broken Bones started out as a casual jam but are rapidly gaining popularity all over town with the release of their single Dead Blues backed by their energetic live performance. With a blend of psychedelia, country, garage and blues topped with a Cobain-esque vocal delivery, these boys are not to be missed. Check them out at The Retreat Hotel on Thursday June 20 from 8.30pm.
HUGH MCGINLAY The Hugh McGinlay band will spend the winter playing at favourite old haunt Brunswick’s The Edinburgh Castle every Sunday in June. All shows are free and start at the family friendly time of 4pm. Bring your kids and let them drive home.
THE IMPRINTS The Imprints and 8Foot Felix are both heading oﬀ on their ﬁrst UK and European tours in July and August and are performing a special Bar Open bon voyage show on Friday June 21. The Imprints are oﬀ to Glastonbury at the end of June before playing BeatHerder, Forever Sun, Frolic Festival and Edinburgh Fringe with a bunch of Europe shows in between. 8Foot Felix Are playing Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fair and Wilderness and are gigging their way through the UK throughout July and August. It’s free entry.
SUNROOM FUNROOM Sunroom is an indie comedy short ﬁlm following sisters thrust into dealing with the death of their childhoods while apprehensively attempting to grow up. To raise funds for the making of this ﬁlm, Sunroom is putting on a fundraiser at Bar Open on Sunday June 23. The night will consist of a pop-up op shop store selling clothes and nick-nacks. Melbourne punk band The Mighty Boys will be playing, alongside The Shards and for their ﬁrst show in months, folk band Velvet Archers will be opening the night. The theme is 2000s nostalgia.
THE KREMLINGS Get ready for an awesome show of regional punk rock bands that are fucking awesome. The Kremlings, Ausmuteants and the Rick Moranis Overdrive – better still its free entry. The Kremlings are a sludge punk band who hail from Geelong and some of the Ausmuteants do too which features members of the Frowning Clouds plus the super wild Rick Moranis Overdrive. It’s free at Yah Yah’s this Friday June 21.
THE WORKINGHORSE IRONS The Workinghorse Irons are a four-piece psychobilly band from Melbourne, Australia. Since being discovered at the end of 2011 at Cherry Bar in Melbourne they have recorded a brand new EP under the guise of Powderﬁngers’ Ian Haug at Airlock studios in Brisbane. This EP will be the ﬁrst band to be released under Ian Haug’s new label Airlock Records. The Workinghorse Irons will tear up Yah Yah’s on Saturday June 22 with I Am The Riot, My Echo and Beggar’s Way. It’s free entry.
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WAGONS After spending the past year venturing into the solo realm with Expecting Company?, Henry Wagons will return to reassemble his band in 2013 for a taste of their ﬁrst album since 2011. Due out at the end of 2013, the album will be previewed with a headline Melbourne show this June. Wagons perform at The Corner Hotel on Saturday June 22.
MAMMOTH MAMMOTH Having destroyed venues and laid waste to audiences across the North, South and East of Melbourne, Mammoth Mammoth ﬁnally turn their attention to the last remaining pocket of un-savaged territory within the city’s limits – the West. On Friday June 21 the Viking longship of rock will cross the Maribyrnong at ramming speed aimed directly at the Reverence Hotel, loaded to the gunwales with Dead City Ruins, Battle Axe Howlers and more murder fuzz than you could shake a bowl of Pho at.
CHICO FLASH Tonight, Bar Open will be hosting the perfect line up of musical disharmony. Starting with the two piece dissonant barrage of Afterwhite, followed by the quirky math prog shankings of Fritzwicky. Main support for the night are Spermaids and their musical mastery of noisy cross instrumental, catchy post punk & to bring it on home are Melbourne’s mighty noise mongers Chico Flash.
DON’T GET LOST Fast times, fast chords and free entry. Head down to Bar Open for punk-rock in its true form. The Choice Of Thieves originally known as your local hero, have changed their sound and have something to say. They are joined by Don’t Get Lost who have burst onto the scene with new recordings up their sleeves. For something a little diﬀerent Dangerous John are also fresh out of the studio and opening the evening with some seriously infectious tunes, guaranteed to make you want to stamp your feet. It’s Thursday June 20.
DAWN Dawn are a battalion of neo-Victorian musical renegades led by Australian/Canadian chanteuse Kimberley Dawn Lysons. This band of renegades only truly burst onto the scene when their lead singer returned after six months in Canada to debut with the full band at Woodford Folk Festival 2012/2013. In only six months, they have supported Jeﬀ Martin on his national solo tour December 2012, performed at an internationally renowned folk festival and supported The Tea Party’s recent national tour. They launch their debut album The Spinning Jenny (produced by Jeﬀ Martin) at The Toﬀ In Town tonight (with Rapskallion), The Workers Club on Thursday June 20 (with The Bon Scotts) and Caravan Music Club on Friday June 21 (with Rapskallion and The Bon Scotts).
MAN WITH A BAND The kind folk at Man With A Van have again united the clans and put together a line up of talented folk for your listening pleasure. By day these dextrous lads laugh in the face of tight stairwells, shifting your most worldly possessions, using cunning and guile to get the job done. Man With A Band is about celebrating the other talents our gaggle of bearded move masters possess. A few of the lads playing on the day include Sunday Chairs, Sherrif, Nth Meets South and 19th Century Strongmen. Head on down to The Bendigo Hotel on Sunday June 23. Free entry.
JOHN FLANAGAN AND THE BEGIN AGAINS John Flanagan and the Begin Agains blend Americana stylings with deeply honest Australian storytelling to create their simple and expressive style of bluegrass/ folk. With comparisons to artists such as Gillian Welch, James Taylor and Alison Krauss the four-piece Melbourne band has developed a stirring sound characterized by rich melodies and delicate acoustic textures. Playing at the Wesley Anne, Thursday June 20 from 8pm, $8 in band room.
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Dojo Rising (Ivy League) Former festival staple Cloud Control return to the fold with a depresso bent on their all-conquering chirpy signature sound, transposing their distinctive guitar tones and vocal bursts into a darker shade of pop. There are tasteful electronica undertones, letting it be known the band are intent on moving beyond their breakthrough LP with their upcoming Dream Cave. All this, and they can still pull oďŹ€ a goofy title with Dojo Rising.
Do Something (Independent) Wearing their Temper Trap-sized aspirations on their sleeve, Cotton Sidewalkâ€™s impressive scope overcomes the gaudiness of anthem, narrowly avoiding sounding like Bon Jovi in autopilot. The singer has a set of pipes to behold, and the band have crammed plenty of tonal sustenance into the three and a half minutes. â€œDo somethingâ€? isnâ€™t exactly the most inspiring sentiment as a call to arms, however.
THE JUNGLE GIANTS
I Am What You Want Me To Be (Amplifire) If you wanted The Jungle Giants to be a shitty amalgamation of every horrid indie trope of 20072010, replete with a wholesale rip of the A-Punk video, then The Jungle Giants are what you want them to be. Also if you wanted The Jungle Giants to sound as annoying as humanly possible, they are what you want them to be. Get it, Iâ€™m riďŹƒng oďŹ€ the song title. Genius.
LAX (Popfrenzy) Launching a solo project in Melbourne after honing her musical chops in Sydney outďŹ ts KyĂź and Richard In My Mind, Alyx Dennison showcases an incredible vocal mastery on the short but sweet LAX, an introductory teaser. The intimate acoustic guitar work emboldens the ornate vocal melodies. Larynx gymnastics done right, calling to mind the folk masters of yore.
Nightswim (Illusive) Released to commemorate the 15th anniversary of JeďŹ€ Buckleyâ€™s death, Nightswim is an excellent and icy retro-synth ballad, calling to mind Collegeâ€™s Drivesynonymous A Real Hero. Itâ€™s a calming ode to living in the moment, evoking nostalgia-tinged beauty in the process. Oh and I totally made up that JeďŹ€ Buckley thing as a terrible, poor taste joke and Iâ€™m sorry. Beat Magazine Page 44
for its contemporary stylistic push and variation. With elements of dream pop artists like Kindness, the song is knitted together by a Sgt Pepperâ€™s era charm. In a similar vein, the following song Systematic further embraces psychedelic pop. Uncanny Valley is a trip. Although the scenery doesnâ€™t change vastly along the way, when you ďŹ nd yourself in the ethereal outro of closing track Melodiya youâ€™re glad the Midnight Juggernauts have returned to take you on the journey. DAN WATT
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Sensitive Fuck (Independent) On this contemplative, wistful example of astute electronic pop production, Melbourne solo artist Major Napier cultivates a rapid percussive groove and orchestral swells as a foundation for his impassioned and impressive vocal range. Cries such as â€œAre you still playing Slayer and laughing out loud?â€? deftly provide cultural touchstones. Australiaâ€™s answer to Autre Ne Veut, perhaps? Or that might be selling Major Napier short.
Desert Night (Sweat It Out) Umlaut-heavy outďŹ t RĂœFĂœS have unveiled the second single from their upcoming debut, Atlas, broadcasting a world-class dance ethos that kind of reminds me of the new Disclosure album. But perhaps Iâ€™ve just been listening to the new Disclosure album too damn much. The entirety of the trackâ€™s third minute is a near-eternal buildup to a drop that doesnâ€™t quite pay oďŹ€. Still, Desert Night is a promising sign that big things may be in store for the bandâ€™s fulllength.
A Bigger Splash (Chapter) Longstanding, venerable DIY outďŹ t The Cannanes return with a meek stream-of-consciousness telltale over some rollicking surf rock licks. Itâ€™s taken from the bandâ€™s upcoming debut album (fair eďŹ€ort, considering theyâ€™ve been kicking it for nearly three decades now), and doesnâ€™t let up for a single second, commanding multiple replays for optimal absorption. Itâ€™s a dizzyingly good, Tally Ho-reminiscent rush.
SINGLE OF THE WEEK FRASER A GORMAN & BIG HARVEST
Dark Eyes (Independent) Reaching above and beyond the promise of a series of very excellent singles in the last year, young fella Fraser A Gorman showcases both his penchant for classic folk songwriting and his rich Nashville Skyline baritone on Dark Eyes. It starts oďŹ€ simply enough, with just Fraserâ€™s vocals enticing us for a dance over some sublime guitar jolts. The eventual builds us to the great heights of some Eagle And The Worm-assisted horns. Along the way we hear some mellow double bass, immaculate guitar solos, soothing ďŹ ddle action, and heart-winning sweet nothings such as â€œlike an airforce pilot, Iâ€™ll ride you to the stars again.â€?
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Big Black Delta (One Love/Sony) US-based Jonathan Bates, originally hailing from Venezuela, was the vocalist and bass player in Mellowdrone and is now the creative force behind the spacetripping expansive electro-rock of Big Black Delta. On this enormously intriguing 13-track self-titled debut opus, Bates covers a lot of musical bases whilst sounding fabulously original. If you like your pop rock to be both melodically infectious and ﬁercely intelligent, check out the sublime Money Rain Down which features great Floyd-tinged vocals and an addictive yet subtle groove. If you prefer to have your mind expanded and then gently blown to pieces, tune into the gothdance melodrama of the towering IFUCKINGLOVEYOU which sounds as if it was recorded on an exploding planet somewhere near the end of the universe. What a shuddering and pulsating beast of a track. Brilliant. Single Side Of The Road echoes elements of the best ‘80s electro-pop whilst harnessing a haunting central melody amidst the glittering sonic eﬀects. After being immersed in the intricate grooves and left-ﬁeld atmospherics of this mighty ﬁne debut album it becomes easy to understand why Best Track: IFUCKINGLOVEYOU Big Black Delta has attracted the attention of famous If You Like These, You’ll like This: Heard It All Before fans such as Dave Navarro and Jay-Z. SOULSCRAPER In A Word: Mind-expanding GRAHAM BLACKLEY
Black Sabbath is rock music’s greatest accident. Forty-four years ago John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne chanced upon Tony Iommi, hands disﬁgured in a factory, playing heavy blues to give hippies chills. I, along with countless others, feel eternally grateful for rock music’s lapse of judgment. Rock’s history and future is inconceivable without Sabbath’s inﬂuence. The band (minus original drummer Bill Ward, replaced by Rage Against The Machine skinsman Brad Wilk) is 35 years wiser since booze near killed them on Never Say Die! With sage Rick Rubin behind the desk, what can go wrong? In short: nothing does. Nevertheless, there’s something achingly lacking. Ozzy’s soulless snarl is central to 13, as is Iommi’s wicked, cathedral-shaking riﬀs. A style demanding their humanity circle the drain, forever. Whether Ozzy caterwauls “Is God Dead?” nigh on a million times or absently ponders “Is this the beginning of the end?” or vice versa like a brooding teen, there’s an unshakeable feeling Ozzy doesn’t truly need Black Sabbath and the Butler/Iommi combo doesn’t really need him. 13 is a collection of dusted-oﬀ set pieces. We’re stomped on by the monstrousness of NIB here (Loner), dizzied by psychedelic airs and bongo-hits (Zeitgeist) there. Live Forever owes much to the headbanging arena metal of their equally thrilling Ronnie James Dio (RIP) era. Iommi cleaves up piles of bluesy Hendrix-style chops in barnstormer Damaged Soul. These far between treasures wow like a ﬁrecracker. Once the fuse ignites, it’s all over. What it’s padded with drags, making listening tiresome. If 13 is one-shot or the opening of a 21st Century Sabbath Best Track: Live Forever saga, it won’t set the world on ﬁre. If You Like These, You’ll Like This: LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE, GHOST TOM VALCANIS In A Word: Doomed
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Free Time (Underwater Peoples) The self-titled debut from Melbourne-bred, New York-based outﬁt Free Time is deﬁned by a warmish tension between sunshiney pop and progenitor Dion Nania’s resigned singsong loveletters – making it impossible to discern whether he’s trying to lift himself up or drag himself down. “When I’m not with you, the world stops.” – a one bar rest, then we’re back in with the mitigating “It doesn’t stop, but it becomes a ticking clock, a watched pot.” Velvet Underground’s New York cool seemed a world away from The GoBetweens droll Australian suburbia some three decades ago, now Free Time have neatly tied these reference points into a full circle. The geographical inﬂuence is explicitly prevalent on the somewhat homesick, alienated Here & There – “New York was there, but I didn’t care.” The pop aﬃnity is buoyed with a myriad of deft, subtle touches – the Knopﬂer-esque guitar noodling sitting just below Uniﬁed Europe’s surface, the stripped back and swirling melodies on World Without Love which eventually pay oﬀ with a very welcome pan ﬂute solo. In the end, it’s optimism which wins out over a pervading sense of hopelessness, empowering Nania’s nasally croon as a tool of endearment rather than dread. “It’s alright, even when it’s not alright,” he comforts on It’s Alright. Best Track: It’s Alright The album’s nine tracks sustain an impeccable If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Loaded THE standard throughout, culminating in the jammy VELVET UNDERGROUND, Calendar Days DICK triumph of Nothin’ But Nice. DIVER In A Word: Heartwarming LACHLAN KANONIUK
If choice is the enemy of simplicity, then modern life is a mineﬁeld of potential crises. Like navigating your way through the seemingly inﬁnite selection of bland cheeses in an American supermarket, the contemporary capitalist world is beset by a proliferation of apparent choice that is both confusing, and – notwithstanding the protestations of Chicago School economists – frequently unsatisfying. Maybe it’s this socio-economic drama that underpins Jack Carty’s collaboration with producer Casual Psychotic. The opening track, What Does Your Heart Say?, imbues the equation with a measure of soulful tranquillity; that is, until the music fades out, and only vacant aural space remains. Is the dub-happy-cum-’70s-soul-rock Strung Along a metaphor for our tethering to an economic discourse few of us genuinely understand, let alone have subscribed to – or is it simply that age-old romantic scenario that science can never truly explain? Tunnel Vision seems to escape into more accommodating pastures, a thin mist of country-tinged reﬂection as the narrator tries to ﬁnd a way out of a maze of cognitive confusion. Wherever It Is is nothing less than a foot-tapping ‘70s Californian rock track, stripped of the cokeinduced indulgence and egotistical obsession, and spliced with some folk sensibility for good measure. Intermission is what it suggests, a brief interlude as the mind wrestles with the pitfalls of psychological introspective, interposed with some cheap and cheerful academic psychoanalytical commentary. Finally, there’s Reasons To Be Afraid, and we’re back on the edge of a dystopian world where things could be good, or not, depending on the way you move. But when the Paul Simon-meets-Evan Dando acoustic guitar kicks in, everything’s okay, even if you’re not sure how long the moment will last. Modern life can be a fucker to deal with, but Jack Carty’s given us enough to protect Best Track: What Does Your Heart Say? If You Like This, You’ll Like: Some respite from the us against the most psychotic of thoughts. perils of modern life. PATRICK EMERY In A Word: Reasuring
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Impersonator (Matador/Remote Control) The new album from Montreal’s Majical Cloudz is a masterwork of minimalism. After some variable recordings that set Devon Welsh’s vocal up against too many competing elements, the recent Turns Turns Turns EP has set the tone for the duo’s second full-length album, Impersonator. The way the vocal is shoved to the front of the mix is confronting and even initially oﬀ-putting. Welsh throws himself naked into the spotlight, constantly questioning himself with an often uncomfortable openness. He starts the album with his mask up and declaring falsehood (“I’m a liar, I make music”), but then the layers are slowly peeled back, his dark stories told through shadowy childhood memories. Although the onus seems to be on Welsh’s centralized vocal to riﬀ on the bare bones laid down by collaborator Matthew Otto, the instrumentalist has a key role in the eﬀectiveness of their music. The songs don’t build, they simmer, so a little patience is required to see through a bunch of compositions without much of a pay-oﬀ. Halfway through the album, pattering beats emerge in the comparatively cluttered Mister, as if suggesting a continuing increase in tempo and density. Instead, Turns Turns Turns spins on a drowsy, hypnotic loop and paves the way for even more pared-back tracks to close the album. Impersonator is an immersive work that holds you at close quarters and then forces you to engage Best Track: This Is Magic If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Smother WILD by stripping away anything that could cause too much of a distraction. BEASTS, Calling Out Of Context ARTHUR RUSSELL In A Word: Sparse CHRIS GIRDLER
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Sam Amidon is an outlier. He sets himself apart from his folk-inclined peers by embodying its traditions, rather than merely cribbing its sounds. This starts with his stark, aﬀectless voice, which conveys more emotion with a wobbly note than most singers could manage with four octaves and a thesaurus: it continues through to his ability to wring untold tension out of the humble banjo. Previous album I See The Sign established Amidon’s aesthetic, setting that voice against a gentle backdrop of strings, horns, banjo and guitar. Bright Sunny South is a little diﬀerent, with Amidon accompanied by a band on roughly half the songs. Their boisterous interventions, on the likes of squalling He’s Taken My Feet and As I Roved Out, make Amidon sound even lonelier when they depart once more. It’s common practice to describe anything old-sounding as ‘timeless’. Well, Bright Sunny South doesn’t sound timeless, it sounds old-fashioned. It has, however, a timeless quality about it, in the haunted characters that Amidon summons: these men are either vainly trying to ﬂee past traumas, or stoically marching into a grim future. His cover of Mariah Carey’s Shake It Oﬀ, however, misses the mark. Amidon is a very good interpreter, able to locate the essential song-ness of just about anything (R Kelly, Tears For Fears) and warming it over with his spare, aching sensibility. Shake It Oﬀ is a bridge too far, though: If you’re going to reduce a song to words and chords, you’ll be needing a better class of words than this (although wisely, Amidon ditches the Louis Vuitton verse). This bung note is easily forgiven, though, coming as it does in the middle of such a strong album. Best Track: He’s Taken My Feet
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GIG GUIDE WEDNESDAY JUN 19 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ARTISTS PROOF Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. ATOLLS + CONTRAST Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5. BORIS + MARGINS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. $45. CHICO FLASH + AFTERWHITE + FRITZWICKY + SPERMAIDS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. HOLLOW EVERDAZE + AMANITA + CONTRAST + FRASER A GORMAN + GRANDSTANDS + SLEEP DECADE + TANGRAMS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. JESSICA-JADE + CARDINAL + JAKE NICHOLLS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. LAURA HELLAR Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. MARILYN ROSE & THE THORNS + CITY OF COOL + DAMN THE MAOS + STELLARCASTER Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. MUNICIPAL WASTE + JOIN THE AMISH + METAL STORM + PARTY VIBEZ Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 7:30pm. $40. ROBOT CHILD + JOE GUITON + POLYGASM John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 7:30pm. $10. SIMPLY ACOUSTIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. THE PINK TILES + DJ RICHIE + THE CLITS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. THE SILENT TREATMENT + JUKAI FOREST + MARTIN SLEEMAN The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $6. UNCLE RUDEY + HEATH ROBINS-POWELL + THE LAWNTON BOWLS CLUB Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. VICE GRIP PUSSIES & DRUNK MUMS + DRUNK MUMS + VICE GRIP PUSSIES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. VIRTUE + SCARAMOUCHE Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK CATCH RELEASE + LAMARAMA & PHILEMON Grace
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Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. CLAIRE PATTI Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. DAVE GRANEY (EARLY FOLK) Butterﬂy Club, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. GRIZZLY JIM LAWRIE + BRAVEFACE + KASHMERE CLUB + VENICE MUSIC Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $7. JEB CARDWELL Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. KIM SALMON Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. 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. RAPSKALLION + DAWN Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $20. WEDDING BAND EVENT Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 7:00pm. WINE WHISKEY WOMEN - FEAT: ÁINE TYRELL + KATE MULQUEEN Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm.
JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC DIZZY’S BIG BAND Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. EDELPLASTIK + LAA + LO RES 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. MO SESTO Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $20. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: REVOMATIX + DJ VINCE PEACH & MISS GOLDIE Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SPURLS & PEARLS Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 8:00pm. SWING NIGHT First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. VIVE LA DIFFERENCE Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm.
THURSDAY JUN 20 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL,
GIG OF THE WEEK: RECLINK COMMUNITY CUP The Melbourne institution that is the Reclink Community Cup returns this weekend. Gracing the stage inbetween the footy action between the Rockdogs and Megahurtz will be Melbourne garage pop duo Super Wild Horses, psychedelic garage rockers King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard, and a family pre match treat in the form of Justine Clarke performing her special brand of retro pop inspired tunes for the kids. Closing out proceedings will be the Beasts Of Bourbon lineup of Tex Perkins, Brian Hooper, Tony Pola, Charlie Owen, and Spencer P Jones. Music kicks oﬀ from 12 noon, and entry is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 16. Also, mates. Footy. Carn.
PUNK & COVERS 23AOA + ABLAZE + KILL TWO BIRDS Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5. A GAZILLION ANGRY MEXICANS + THE BLACK GALAXY EXPERIENCE + THE IVORY ELEPHANT + THE UNDERHANDED The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $5. AFTER DARK - FEAT: SPLIT SECONDS + GO VIOLETS + JASPER John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $10. ANDREA MARR & THE FUNKY HITMEN + DJ PIERRE BARONI + DJ VINCE PEACH Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. AUTO DA FE + AUTOPORTRAITS + LIKEDEELERS Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. BIG YAWN + BONNIE MERCER + CALL ME PROFESSOR + JEALOUS HUSBAND Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. BLACK TEETH III ZINE LAUNCH - FEAT: TRENCH SISTERS + DRIBBLE + GUTTER GODS + HALT EVER + VELVET WHIP Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. $5. CHILD + BORRACHERO + RIFF FIST Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.
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DON’T GET LOST + DANGEROUS JOHN + THE CHOICE OF THIEVES Bar Open, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. FEED MY FRANKENSTEIN + AS A RIVAL + EUPHORIA + LIZARD PUNCH Old Bar, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. $5. FRESH NELSON + ELEVATOR TALK + EVER REST + OUTLINES Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. HOUSE OF LIGHT + NOTHING FINAL Tago Mago, Thornbury. 9:00pm. JIM KEAYS BENEFIT & TRIBUTE - FEAT: BLACK FEATHER + DARYL BRAITHWAITE + DEBORAH CONWAY + JAMES REYNE + SPECTRUM + WILLY ZYGIER The Hi-ﬁ, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $46. JON ENGLISH & THE FOSTER BROTHERS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $43. LOUTS + BATTLERS + MASON Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. METALS VS DUB THE MAGIC DRAGON + THE WEDNESDAY EXPERIMENT Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. NEXT - FEAT: BROOKLYN + ARMOUR US + BLOOD LINE + CARDINALS Colonial Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15.
SALT LAKE CITY Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. THE BELLASTRADES + JOHN CASHMAN + THE ANTICKS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:30pm. $8. THE BRAVES + ANIMAL HANDS + GEE SEAS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5. THE NAXALITES + THE NAYSAYERS + WINSTON Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $6. THE SLIMS Seven Nightclub, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. $10. THE TESKEY BROTHERS + SUPER DELUXE + THE SCRIMSHAW FOUR Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $12. THE VOCAL LOTION + CHAPTER RAY + KITE CLUB + THE PORCHIES Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. ZOOPHYTE + FOREVER + MIKEY & THE ALIGNMENT + POSEIDON Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. $15.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK AMANDA CONNELL & THE STRAY HENS Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 8:30pm. BLOW The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 8:00pm. DAVE GRANEY (EARLY FOLK) Butterﬂy Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. DAWN + THE BON SCOTTS Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $12. DELIVERY BOY + KYLINA Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 8:00pm. GUY KABLE Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. JOHN FLANAGAN & THE BEGIN AGAINS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. JOHN FRANCIS CARROLL Carino Tapas Bar, Ascot Vale. 8:00pm. KATE WALKER Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 7:00pm. LOUNGE THURSDAYS Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. MICHAEL PLATER & THE EXIT KEYS + DIRTBIRD + MATT MALONE Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $5. OPEN MIC Balaclava Hotel, Balaclava. 6:00pm. OPEN MIC Acoustic Cafe, Collingwood. 6:30pm. OPEN MIC Burringa Cafe, Upwey. 6:30pm. OXBLVD + BRENDAN WEST & THE BROKEN BONES Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 8:30pm. ROXY LAVISH Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. STEVE ABORI Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. THE GUNBARREL STRAIGHTS + TERESA DIXON & TAMARIN YOUNG Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE LUCILLES Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 8:30pm. THE MARK STEVENS TRIO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $8.
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GYPSY & THE CAT
When it comes to Henry Wagons, you’ve got to expect the unexpected. The release of his highly acclaimed and appropriately titled solo debut, Expecting Company?, came oﬀ of a year long hiatus from his band, Wagons. Wagons will be playing their ﬁrst shows together since 2011, and they’re on this Saturday June 22 at the Corner Hotel. It’s a Roadsmarts gig. Jump on the band-Wagons.
Fresh oﬀ their ﬁrst US tour, where they showcased at college radio bible CMJ Festival, Gypsy And The Cat are ﬁnally returning to a Melbourne stage. The duo have just released their latest single It’s A Fine Line, taken from their second album The Late Blue. They’ll hit The Hi-Fi on Friday June 21, tickets from Oztix. It’ll be paw-sitively ace, and we’re not kitten (these are cat puns, guys).
HOWLIN’ STEAM TRAIN + PAPA PILKO & THE BINRATS + ROLLING BLACKOUTS Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:30pm. $8. I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN WITH HOUSE VS HURRICANE + HURRICANE + I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN WITH HOUSE + BURIED IN VERONA + SAVIOUR Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $30. INITIALS + FIREFIGHT + GLADSTONE + LIZARD PUNCH Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. $5. JUKE BOX RACKETT Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. KING LUCHO Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 9:00pm. KORA + CHEAP FAKES + DJ TOMTOM + LIQUID FUNK ORCHESTRA Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm. $35. LIZ STRINGER + FLASH COMPANY + VAN WALKER Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 8:30pm. $15. MAMMOTH MAMMOTH + BATTLE AXE HOWLERS + DEAD CITY RUINS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $12. OROSME WELLS + AIRCRAFTE + PARODIES + THE HEROINES Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. PRIVATE LIFE (EP LAUNCH) + CASH FOR GOLD + NEIGHBOURHOOD YOUTH Workers Club, Fitzroy.
8:30pm. $10. SHITRIPPER + COUNTERATTACK + HAILGUN The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $10. SPEED ORANGE + NEVAJA NEGRA + ROOSTAR Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SPENCER P JONES Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:30pm. SPEW N GUTS + GLEN & THE PEANUTBUTTER MEN + ISIYM + MASTA BETA DIXON CIDER + STRAWBERRY-FIST CAKE Dancing Dog, Footscray. 7:00pm. SUN GOD REPLICA + DRIFTER + LEOPARD SLUG Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. TANGO RUBINO Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 7:00pm. TEX PERKINS & CHARLIE OWEN + FRASER A GORMAN The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $30. THE ATTICS + CHARM + THE BLACK ALLEYS + THE MAGIC BONES Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $7. THE HARRY HOOKY BAND Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 9:00pm. THE IMPRINTS + 8 FOOT FELIX Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. THE KREMLINGS + AUSMUTEANTS + RICK MO-
ALWAN Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. DEL BARRIO + QUARTER STREET ORCHESTRA Jewell Of Brunswick, Brunswick. 4:00pm. FRIDA (EP LAUNCH) + FARROW + ROUGE + THE MCQUEENS + WAVS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10. FUTURAS 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. JESSICA CARLTON JAZZ COLLECTIVE Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MATT WALTERS + ANDY LOWDON + ERAN JAMES Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MINGUS THINGUS Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. MOJO & PETER FOLEY Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 8:00pm. $14. OSCAR KEY SUNG Shebeen, Melbourne. 8:00pm. THE JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE OVEREASYS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 6:30pm. TYLA BERTOLLI BURN BURN FUNDRAISER + ANDREW SWIFT + CHRIS O’NEAL + MISS LIZZY & THE NIGHT OWLS + YELKA Red Bennies, South Yarra. 7:00pm.
FRIDAY JUN 21 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ABBE MAY (ALBUM LAUNCH) Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $25. ALL WE NEED + HOPES ABANDONED + THE SAVAGES + TOO SOON Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. $5. BERKSHIRE HUNTING CLUB + A GAZILLION ANGRY MEXICANS + COTANGENT + THE COUNCIL Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. CALICO CAT + B.A.A.D.D.D + SOFT POWER + THHOMAS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5. CAN’T SAY - FEAT: INDIAN SUMMER: FOREIGN FORMULA Platform One, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. DELSINKI RECORDS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. EINSTEINS TOYBOY Musicland, Fawkner. 7:30pm. $10. EMERSON + AURAL WINDOW + DJ LUCY ARUNDEL + FAIL THE ABSTRACT + SHADOWS OF HYENAS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. $13. FIRE & THEFT Tago Mago, Thornbury. 9:00pm. FOOTY + SEAGULL + SISSYCOCKS + WHERE WERE YOU AT LUNCH John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $10. GYPSY & THE CAT The Hi-ﬁ, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $31. SUBMIT YOUR GIGS TO GIGGUIDE@BEAT.COM.AU
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NICKY BOMBA’S BUSTAMENTO After setting the town on ﬁre as part of the allconquering Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Nicky Bomba has regrouped with Bustamento for a headline show this weekend. 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 this Sunday June 23 for a special matinee show at 2pm. Don’t just stand there, Busta-move. RANIS OVERDRIVE Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. THE OPHIDIAN ASCENSION + KONTACT + THE SEAFORD MONSTER + WHORETOPSY Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $12. THE REPROBETTES The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. THE STILLSONS (FEEL SO YOUNG LAUNCH) + RAVENSWOOD + RICH DAVIES & THE DEVILS UNION Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $12. THE TARANTINOS + DJ BARBARA BLAZE + KAHUNA DADDIES The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TSM SHOWCASE 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $10. TTTDC + DJ PROG JOHNSON + MOTHER MARS + NUNCHUKKA SUPERFLY + PLYMOUTH REVERENDS Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK 3CR’S BURNING VINYL LIVE BROADCAST - FEAT: BULLS + JIMMY STEWART Old Bar, Fitzroy. 2:00pm. DANNY STAIN Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. DAVE GRANEY (EARLY FOLK) Butterﬂy Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. DAWN + RAPSKALLION + THE BON SCOTTS Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. $18. DONNA DEAN Basement Discs, Melbourne Cbd. 12:45pm. FASSBENDER Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. GEORGE HYDE Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. GRUMPY NEIGHBOUR Pause Bar, Balaclava. 8:00pm. JUKE BARITONE + LUCAS MICHALIDIS + PETER BAYLOR Open Studio, Northcote. 7:00pm. JVG GUITAR METHOD Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. KATIE NOONAN Substation, Newport. 8:00pm. MARGIE LOU DYER + ALYCE PLATT Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. RONSON HANGUP Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. THE CARTWHEELS Pascoe Vale Rsl, Pascoe Vale. 8:00pm. $8. THE MERCY BEAT + DJ REDRIGUEZ + THE SINKING TEETH Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE TIGER & ME Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 8:00pm. TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 6:00pm. TRIO AGOGO Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm.
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ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE MELBOURNE - FEAT: KYLIE AULDIST + GARETH SKINNER + SUZIE STAPLETON + THE WOOHOO REVUE Espy, St Kilda. 7:15pm. DANY MAIA Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. DEAN’S MARTINI & SHAKERS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. MARGIE LOU’S PIANO HOUR + ALYCE PLATT Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. NICHAUD FITZGIBBON & THE JOE ROBERTO TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. THE EMMA GILMARTIN QUARTET Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. VIRNA SANZONE & PAUL GROBOWSKI (THE ITALIAN PROJECT) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25.
SATURDAY JUN 22 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS ABOVE MIX Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 8:00pm. ALBERT HOFMANN LSD TRIBUTE NIGHT - FEAT: MORNING AFTER GIRLS + FASCINATOR + THE DEMON PARADE + THE HOUSE OF LAURENCE Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $15. AVIERASKIES + I SEE THE END + NICOLAS CAGE FIGHTER + SWIM THROUGH SEASONS + THE RISING TIDE + THIS FIASCO Musicland, Fawkner. 2:00pm. $15. BABY ANIMALS + BOTTLE OF SMOKE + KING OF THE NORTH The Hi-ﬁ, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $36. BARRY SAVAGE & THE LITTLE CREATURES + PATRON SAINTS Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 9:00pm. BATPISS + CLOWNS + CUNTZ + DJ WHISKEY CREAM + SHITRIPPER Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $10. BROOZER + MOTHER MARS + MOTHERSLUG + RIFF FIST Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. CASH FOR GOLD + FASCINATOR Prince Public Bar, St Kilda. 8:00pm. COLLAGE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW Espy, St Kilda. 8:00pm. $13. DEVIL ROCK FOUR + MY LEFT BOOT + NUMBER 1 JONES + THE DEEP END The Public Bar, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $10. DV8 - FEAT: MICHAEL YULE + DEAR STALKER + SUB ROSA Cbd Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15. ENGINE + PHIL PARA + SELF IS A SEED + THE GREETING METHOD + THE KHYBER BELT Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. FRESH NELSON + JURASSIC PENGUIN + LOVE ALONE + PANDORAN SKY Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. GREG BORING (LP LAUNCH) + FREE CHOICE DUO + GURNER + TARCAR + ZONK VISION Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $8. IN HEARTS WAKE + COUNTERPARTS + STROIES + THE STORM PICTURESQUE Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $35. INEDIA + LUCID SUN + PIGTAILS + REDFIELD Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $10. JAREK + BEAR THE MAMMOTH + THE BLACK GALAXY EXPERIENCE John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm. $7. JULY DAYS + HANDS LIKE OURS + SHARP SHARP PRETTY + TEX MOON Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 8:00pm. LIGHTS ON AT HEATHROW + LUNAIRE + MARICOPA WELLS + STOWERS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. $10. LIOR Montrose Town Centre, Montrose. 8:00pm. $25. LITTLE HOUSE GODZ + RUSTBUCKET + TIME TRAVILERS Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. $10. LURCH & CHIEF (WE ARE THE SAME LAUNCH) + THE RAFFAELLAS + THE TROTSKIES Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. MARCUS STURROCK + THE GODDESS + TOMAS
FITZGERALD Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 3:00pm. MARISA QUIGLEY + ALI PENNEY + SARAH CARNEGIE + WAYNE JURY Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $12. MOSE & THE FMLY + 2ND THOUGHT + DJ LOTUS + MARCUS + ONESIXTH + PSYDE PROJECTS Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 9:00pm. $15. NUNCHUKKA SUPERFLY + DEAD + THE RUINER + WICKED CITY Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. PAVEMENT SERENADERS Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. PERDITION + BASTARD SQUAD + GLEN & THE PEANUT BUTTER MEN Cornish Arms, Brunswick. 8:00pm. REVOMATIX + DJ MANCHILD The Luwow, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. RUMOUR CONTROL + THE BLACK ALLEYS + THE NAYSAYERS Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood. 9:00pm. $5. SHERIFF + BATPISS + MY LEFT BOOT + SPERMAIDS + THE BERKSHIRE HUNTING CLUB + WICKED CITY Tote Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. SHOOT THE SUN (SINGLE LAUNCH) Rochester Castle Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. TEX PERKINS & CHARLIE OWEN + SHANNON BOURNE Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh. 8:00pm. THE PRAYERBABIES Tago Mago, Thornbury. 9:00pm. THE QMF WINTER WARMUP - FEAT: EAGLE & THE WORM + CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK + DARREN PERCIVAL + EMPRA + THE FROWNING CLOUDS Queenscliﬀ Town Hall, 7:00pm. $20. THE TERRY MCCARTHY SPECIAL Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. THE WORKINGHORSE IRONS + BEGGAR’S WAY + I AM THE RIOT + MY ECHO Yah Yah’s, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. TOTALLY UNICORN & ROBOTOSAURUS + ROBOTOSAURUS + TOTALLY UNICORN + COERCE + URNS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 8:00pm. $20. TRIBUTE NIGHT - FEAT: NARVANA + REAR VIEW MIRROR + SCAR TISSUE Musicland, Fawkner. 8:30pm. $10. WAGONS + JEMMA & THE WISE YOUNG AMBITIOUS MEN + THE TOOT TOOT TOOTS Corner Hotel, Richmond. 8:30pm. $22.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK 8 FOOT FELIX Penny Black, Brunswick. 9:30pm. ALEX BURNS & JEN HAWLEY BAND Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 9:30pm. BAD JUJU Footscray Hotel, Footscray. 8:30pm. CHRIS WILSON Drunken Poet, West Melbourne.
60 SECONDS WITH… MARISA QUIGLEY
What do you love about making music? What I love the most is the sharing of it, the connection that I get to have with people when they are moved by my songs. It always blows me away when someone really relates to a song based on their own experience. What can a punter expect from your live show? They can expect a variety of blues, gospel and alt. country, some great story telling, the occasional tear jerker and a good ol’ belly laugh. People tell me I can be quite funny. I really love connecting with an audience on stage, I like to think of a gig as a soiree in my lounge room and you’re all invited. When’s the gig and with who? The gig is on Saturday June 22 at The Spotted Mallard in Brunswick. It’s the launch of my brand new EP, Gypsy’s Lament and I’ll have Sarah Carnegie and Ali Penney and Wayne Jury supporting. What inspires or has influenced your music the most? Tom Waits – I believe he is one of the greatest and most influential songwriters of all time. I’m also inspired by the human experience and people’s stories, especially those who have suffered hardship. Tell us about the last song you wrote. My latest song is about a guy I met at the Mataranka Homestead south of Katherine in the Northern Territory. He and his wife were from WA and used to go there every year. She died of cancer a few years ago so he scattered her ashes in the Mataranka River and now he can’t leave. He lives at the homestead and is slowly drinking himself to death. It’s a really haunting ballad, she beckons him from her watery grave. It’s very reminiscent of Nick Cave’s Where The Wild Roses Grow. I’ll be playing it at the launch as a snap shot of what’s to come.
BORIS Following the wild reception they received here last year, Japanese experimental three-piece Boris will play their classic album Flood along with some bonus tracks when they return in June. Despite being split into four tracks, Flood, the band’s third album, is essentially one single piece. With inﬂuences from noise rock to drone metal, Boris have earned a strong cult following thanks to their uncanny ability to blend a variety of genres into one cohesive and potent concoction of sounds. Boris play the Corner Hotel tonight, Wednesday June 19. You’ll be there if you Noah what’s good for you (here, a ﬂood pun).
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9:00pm. COLLARD GREENS & GRAVY Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 9:30pm. CRAIG ATKINS Grind N Groove, Healesville. 8:00pm. DANNY WIDDICOMBE Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. DAVE GRANEY (EARLY FOLK) Butterﬂy Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. DIANNE + BORRACHERO + PEACH NOISE Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm. JUNK COMPANY + LEIGH SLOGGETT + PETA EVANS-TAYLOR Chandelier Room, Moorabbin. 8:00pm. $10. LIAM GERNER Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 6:00pm. MURDENA + DJ MERMAID + LOOSE TOOTH + OH
PEP! Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. $13. SPOONFUL Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood. 9:00pm. SWINGIN’ THE BLUES AWAY - FEAT: THE PEARLY SHELLS Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury. 7:00pm. $45. THE FISH JOHN WEST REJECT + THE STEINBECKS Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 8:30pm. $10. THE HIRED GUNS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 9:00pm. THE WEEPING WILLOWS Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. VARDOS Northcote Town Hall, Northcote. 10:00am. VERY HANDSOME MEN + DJ DR LUDWIG + DOGSDAY Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm.
JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC AN EVENING OF FADO Open Studio, Northcote. 8:30pm. ANNA GILKISON (I SHOULD CARE LAUNCH) Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $15. CAITY FOWLER (EP LAUNCH) + JEN KINGWELL + MATHEW JAMES 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. $15. CLASSICAL PIANO Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 2:00pm. CLASSICAL REVOLUTION Open Studio, Northcote. 5:00pm. GOYIM + ELVIS IN THE HOUSE Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. GRAND WAZOO The Flying Saucer Club, Elsternwick. 8:00pm. $23. JULIE O’HARA & ULTRAFOX Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. $20. PAPA CHANGO Bar Open, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. PROJETO INSPERADO + THE FURBELOWS Penny Black, Brunswick. 8:00pm. $10. THE JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Uptown Jazz Cafe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. THE JOE CHINDAMO TRIO Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 9:00pm. $20. VIRNA SANZONE & PAUL GROBOWSKI (THE ITALIAN PROJECT) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $25. ZAN & THE GOOD THINGS The Night Cat, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.
SUNDAY JUN 23 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS BEERSOAKED SUNDAYS - FEAT: SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMISSION FLATS + DJ KEZBOT + EATEN BY
DOGS + WINSTON Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6. BRENDAN THUNDERHORSE + DEAR ALE + GUESTS Idgaﬀ Bar & Venue, Abbotsford. 8:00pm. BRONI Wesley Anne, Northcote. 4:00pm. BUSTAMENTO + KILMARNOCK STEVE Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 1:30pm. $20. IN HEARTS WAKE + COUNTERPARTS + STORIES + THE STORM PICTURESQUE Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray. 8:00pm. KATIE NOONAN + PLAYWRITE Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $40. KING LUCHO Sporting Club Hotel, Brunswick. 6:00pm. MONO The Hi-ﬁ, Melbourne. 7:30pm. $46. MOUNTAIN & SWAMP SUNDAYS Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood. 5:00pm. MUNICIPAL WASTE + EXTORTION + SEWERCIDE + SHIT RIPPER Corner Hotel, Richmond. 7:30pm. $40. MUNICIPAL WASTE (U18) + SHIT RIPPER Corner Hotel, Richmond. 12:30pm. $40. NTH MEETS STH + DJ NAKEDD + SHERRIF + SUNDAY CHAIRS Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood. 4:00pm. PAUL THORN + DAN WATERS Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $28. RIBBONS PATTERNS + BRAD VINCENT + LUKE THOMAS Reverence Hotel, Footscray. 3:00pm. SUNDAY SESSIONS - FEAT: FOUNKSHUI + ASH BALL PROJECT + DJ TALARICO + JAYMIE DEBOUCHERVILLE + SAM LUDEMAN Veludo Bar & Restaurant, St Kilda. 4:30pm. THE WHORLS + LAURENCE SZUCS + LOCAL GROUP Tago Mago, Thornbury. 5:00pm. WIKIMEN Spotted Mallard, Brunswick. 4:30pm. $12. WOODLOCK + AMISTAT + CIDER TREE KIDS John Curtin Hotel, Carlton. 8:00pm.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ANNE OF THE WOLVES (EP LAUNCH) + JAMES KENYON + WAYWARD BREED Workers Club, Fitzroy. 1:30pm. $10. BIRDS & THE BEES SHOWCASE Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy. 7:30pm. CATFISH VOODOO + DJ MAX CRAWDADDY Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00pm. $5. CHRIS WILSON & SHANNON BOURNE + CHRIS WILSON + SHANNON BOURNE Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 4:00pm. DAREBIN SONGWRITERS GUILD 303, Northcote. 3:30pm. EXIT CROWD Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine. 4:00pm. GREENS DAIRY ANGEL ENSEMBLE + GATOR QUEEN + URBAN UKES Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.
HAWAIIAN SUPREMES + KEN MAHER & TONY HARGREAVES Lomond Hotel, Brunswick East. 5:30pm. HUGH MCGINLAY Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick. 4:00pm. JAM SUNDAYS Musicland, Fawkner. 5:00pm. LOW RENT + LONESOME Great Britain Hotel, Richmond. 8:00pm. MADDISON + GOSSAMER PRIDE + SPUNK MACHINE Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. MATT WALKER Post Oﬃce Hotel, Coburg. 4:30pm. RECEITA DE CHORO + ADE ISHES TRIO Open Studio, Northcote. 5:00pm. $5. SHANAKEE Bay Hotel, Mornington. 3:00pm. SUNDAY FUNDAY - FEAT: ROWIE + NACKERS Big Mouth, St Kilda. 6:00pm. SUNROOM FUNROOM - FEAT: THE MIGHTY BOYS + THE SHARDS + VELVET ARCHERS Bar Open, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $10. SUSANNAH ESPIE + THE TRACY MCNEIL BAND Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE DANNY WIDDOCOMBE TRIO Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. THE KING KATS Ontop In Ormond, Ormond. 5:00pm. THE LITTLE SISTERS Union Hotel, Brunswick. 5:00pm. THE MARGIE LOU TRIO + GIL ASKEY Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 3:30pm. THE PETER BAYLOR TRIO + IAN COLLARD Drunken Poet, West Melbourne. 4:00pm. THE PRAYERBABIES Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy North. 4:00pm. THE WARNER BROTHERS Standard Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. TOLKA + JENNY MCKECHNEI + MAE TRIO Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $15.
JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC BLACK JESUS EXPERIENCE The Horn African Music Lounge, Collingwood. 6:00pm. ELVIS IN THE HOUSE + DUO SEVERINI Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 1:00pm. MARGIE LOU DYER TRIO Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. MOTION & KYNAN TAN (CD LAUNCH) Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. NUDIST FUNK ORCHESTRA + BAD BOYS BATUCADA + MS BUTT + THE DALE RYDER BAND Espy, St Kilda. 5:30pm. THE CHARLIE BROWN BAND 303, Northcote. 8:00pm. THE MELLISSA MAIN BAND Penny Black, Brunswick. 5:00pm.
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THE PAUL BIRD BAND Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 2:30pm. $5. TIARYN GRIGS DUO Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 5:00pm.
MONDAY JUN 24 INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS CHERRY JAM Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 6:30pm. THE PIERCE BROTHERS + ADAM HYNES + RATTLIN’ BONES BLACKWOOD Espy, St Kilda. 8:30pm.
DAVID RYAN HARRIS + AL PARKINSON Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. $25. LEBOWSKIS - FEAT: CHRISTOPHER YOUNG + LIAM WERRETT TRIO 303, Northcote. 9:00pm. $8. PAUL WILLIAMSON’S HAMMOND COMBO Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. $10. RHONDA BURCHMORE + DARYL MCKENZIE JAZZ ORCHESTRA The Apartment, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. $10. ROSS HANNAFORD’S LONG WEEKEND Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm. THE ALLAN BROWNE QUARTET Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. THE JANE CLIFTON TRIO Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm.
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ACOUSTIC SESSION Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. FROCK Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. $8. GARETH ED LINDSAY Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MANGELWURZEL + NOSE BLOOD CATHARSIS + ROGUE WAVS + SEX ON TOAST + TRUE FUNK SOLDIERS Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. PORT PHILLIP GILGAMESH READINGS Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. UNPAVED PRESENTS SONGWRITER SESSIONS - FEAT: CYNDI BOSTE + BILLY JACKSON + TONY ENGLISH Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $5.
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INDIE, ROCK, POP, METAL, PUNK & COVERS COLLAGE - FEAT: SPACE ECHO + MATT GLASS + SLUGGER & THE STONE Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm. ELLA HOOPER + GENA ROSE BRUCE + TEXTURE LIKE SUN Toﬀ In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $12. MELBOURNE FRESH INDUSTRY SHOWCASES Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. $15. THE ALAN LADDS Cherry Bar, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. THE BRUNSWICK HOTEL DISCOVERY NIGHT FEAT: DUENDE + DUOUX Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick. 8:00pm.
ACOUSTIC, COUNTRY, BLUES & FOLK ALICIA ADKINS Retreat Hotel, Brunswick. 7:30pm. ANDY SZIKLA & THE PREACHERS OF FICTION + ADRIAN SIB + KRISTA POLVERE Old Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. LAURA JEAN + BIDDY CONNOR Longplay, Fitzroy North. 9:00pm. OPEN MIC Wesley Anne, Northcote. 6:00pm. PLASTERED BASTARD SISTERS Open Studio, Northcote. 8:00pm. WILLOW + TAXIDERMY HALL Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. $5.
JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN & WORLD MUSIC HI-FI LOUNGE LIZARDS Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 9:00pm. KOOYEH + GHOST ORKID + THE AGES Evelyn Hotel, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. MENTONE GRAMMAR Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. 7:00pm. $14. PAPER HOUSE Gertrudes Brown Couch, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. PETER BAYLOR’S ULTRAFOX Claypots Evening Star, Melbourne. 7:30pm. THE STEVEN BARRY TRIO Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne. 8:30pm. $15. WAZ E JAMES BAND Claypots Tavern & Fair, St Kilda. 8:30pm.
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ACCESS ALL AGES Wednesday June 19th, 2012 With Claire Barley
Life can be tough for the young musician. It’s hard to fund a musical career on casual wages, and in my experience, it takes months of convincing for parents to realise that you don’t just want a new guitar, you need one. Not to mention dealing with the old “what’s wrong with this one that’s $500 cheaper”. Thankfully, there are some really great competitions on at the moment to help young songwriters out! The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition gives musicians the chance to have their song judged by industry pros and win some serious cash. A prize of $65,000 will be divided between the top three winners, as chosen by a panel including Adalita, Arnthor Birgisson and Gary Go. First prize is $50,000, which has been won in the past by Kimbra and Megan Washington. All entry fee funds are donated to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia, an organisation helping people with developmental disorders and disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Spina Bifida and Down Syndrome. It’s not often you come across a great competition that helps out such a worthy cause in the process, and you can enter as many songs as you like! Head to www. vandayoungsongcomp.com for full entry details, but hurry your butt up because entries must be received online or postmarked before 12pm on June 21. For peeps living in Darebin, expressions of interest to participate in the 2013 Music Feast are now open. This year’s feast will run from Wednesday 18-Sunday 29 September and could see your band perform at music venues and cultural spaces around the Darebin area. For more info and expression of interest forms head to www. musicfeast.com.au. If you haven’t already, head to thepush.com.au to register for this year’s Push FReeZA Summits. The Summits will be held in Bendigo on July 2, Traralgon on July 4 and Fitzroy on July 11. They are a great opportunity to get some free music industry training advice from professionals, including D at Sea, Yung Philly, Defron, BBoy and Frances Haysey from Small Talk PR. Lunch will be provided! On a sadder note, underage favourites House VS Hurricane have recently announced their breakup. The band have played at countless events run by FReeZA committees and The Push, and will be sorely missed. They have uploaded a couple of free tracks as a farewell gift to fans, which can be downloaded from their facebook page (facebook. com/housevshurricane).
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Location: 62 Murray Road, Preston Vic 3072 Established: 2000 What are the courses NCAT specialise in? CUS40109 Certiﬁcate IV in Music CUS40209 Certiﬁcate IV in Sound Production LMF40308 Certiﬁcate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair Main methods for teaching and learning? NCAT specializes in practical learning methods, with regular industry professional guest speakers, in-class work experience and touring opportunities. Students create a folio throughout the year to present to universities and potential employers along with their qualiﬁcation. In-house engineers and teachers: Peter Thornely (Chasing Gravity), Shelley Scown (ABC Jazz/ ARIA nominee), Zac Lister (Rocky N Nancys), Peter Harper (Black Jesus Experience) Conrad Henderson (International Bass session player). What facilities are available to the students? A professional recording studio, 10 fully equipped rehearsal rooms, Mac Labs, digital audio workstations, private and group instrument tuition also available.
What are some of the points of diﬀerence with NCAT compared to other music education providers? Students spend time out of the classroom gaining real world experience in a variety of ﬁelds including sound production, music education and performance and touring experience. Completion of Certiﬁcate IV will gain students direct entry into Victoria Universities second year of the Diploma of Creative Arts. Payment options: NCAT oﬀers a VCAL senior extension program oﬀered by only three other colleges in Victoria. These are State funded programs that means there are no tuition fees for Certiﬁcate V. Extras: Catch us performing at the Herald Sun Careers Expo on the 18th of August 2013, or enjoy an information seminar at the college on the 21st of August 2013. Contact the college for times and private tour opportunities
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DIXON RECYCLED RECORDS
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reason people are always parting ways with titles that have, since they bought them many years ago, increased in collectability. Special oﬀers? This weekend 22nd and 23rd we have 20% oﬀ all stock – spend $75 and get a free LP canvas carry bag.
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New, rare or interesting titles? There are many exciting new releases including those from Sigur Ros, Boards of Canada, Queens of the Stone Age, (and, of course, Max’s personal favourite, the “Django Unchained” soundtrack!!).
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LIVE KING KHAN AND BBQ SHOW Tuesday June 11, The Tote The last time Arish Khan and Mark Sultan – aka King Khan and BBQ – left Australian shores, it was in the wake of upturned food platters, personal acrimony and the ire of the Sydney Opera House. Khan posted a vitriolic attack on the Opera House management on the Internet; Sultan returned to Australia a year later, still estranged from his long-time Montreal punk-rock contemporary, unwilling to discuss the events of the pair’s previous visit. But time – with the aid of some judicious ﬁnancial incentive – heals most wounds, and so it is that King Khan and BBQ took up the oﬀer to return to Australia to ply their weird and wonderful brand of punk-rock. Being a school night, Gooch Palms started, and ﬁnished, relatively early in the evening; fortunately The Frowning Clouds had just kicked into gear when we walked through the door. It’s over ﬁve years since The Frowning Clouds supported Dolly Rocker Movement upstairs in Cobra Bar, after which show it’s said that the then-under age band members earned a second strike for ﬂouting the venue’s instructions about consuming alcohol. These days The Frowning Clouds are older, and presumably wiser in maintaining the justiﬁable interest in the band’s ‘60s garage rock sound and style. A belated new album is apparently in the wings; here’s hoping it’ll be with us before the members of the band reach the dreaded 30s. After a suitable, actually laborious, delay, King Khan and BBQ are on stage. Khan is a picture of sartorial confusion: a sparkling gold Romano-Nepalese head-dress adorned with feather, green cape (bearing the ﬂoral symbol of Quebec), sneakers and a weathered pair of satin shorts – which, Khan gratuitously demonstrates later in the show, have a hole in the rear that looks like it’s been caused by a dose of chronic explosive ﬂatulence (which I’m sure
Khan would have been only too happy to describe in embarrassing detail, if given the chance). Sultan wears a tunic (also bearing the national ﬂower of Quebec), white leggings, and head attire that’s a variation on the theme of his band mate. The music is a perverse blend of punk-rock, garage, soul, ‘50s rockabilly and doowop. Khan is the garage rock exhibitionist, doing the three-chord wonder thing with a liberal dose of charisma; Sultan’s soulful voice would be at home in Al Green’s congregation, and oﬀers the perfect foil for Khan’s spectacular antics. The scatological rhetoric comes as thick and fast as an end-of-season footy trip, with just as much diplomatic candour. When Khan and Sultan start musing on the proctologic and sexual beneﬁts elbows up anuses, it’s clear political correctness still hasn’t completely sanitised the public discourse. There’s a goon bag in the crowd – a term, apparently, of common usage in Queensland – and Khan drinks from it, like some sort of weird regional Antipodean ritual. There’s a short break, an encore, more punk-rocksoul-and-sex-and-shit, and the night’s over. Sultan wants to party on later that night, and oﬀers a general invitation to join him. Hopefully there won’t be any food on oﬀer. With King Khan and BBQ, who knows what’s going to happen. BY PATRICK EMERY
LOVED: The fact that King Khan couldn’t give a fuck what anyone thinks. HATED: Not much, really. DRANK: Cooper’s Pale Ale, ‘cause the Fat Yak keg had run dry.
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT Sunday June 16, Melbourne Recital Centre Dressed in a brightly striped dress and a ‘Rufus is a Tit Man’ T-shirt, Martha Wainwright begins tonight’s set with the pensive acoustic number, This Life. Her backing band joins her on stage for a run of songs from her latest album Come Home To Mama, interspersed with some highlights from her ﬁrst two albums – though, somewhat refreshingly, no Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole. Wainwright is a reliably terriﬁc live performer and very funny on stage, with some droll banter between her and husband/ bassist/manager Brad Albetta. Although the uptempo album cuts come across well, the set’s midpoint kicks oﬀ an even stronger second act, dressing the songs down with minimal accompaniment. Wainwright is at her best when the spotlight is on her incredible voice and she rips through a couple of rousing Edith Piaf numbers that are crying out to be tackled once again within the impressive surrounds of the Recital Centre. As well as a rendition of Nick Cave’s The Ship Song, she covers a couple of oddities from her mother’s back catalogue. But the tear-jerking moment of the
night is the Kate McGarrigle-penned Proserpina, followed closely by Wainwright’s own song about motherhood in the shadow of her mother’s death, Everything’s Wrong. Tinpan Orange are on hand to add to the Greek Chorus-style backing vocals on Proserpina and they prove themselves to be the most well-judged support to an Australian Martha Wainwright show yet. The kangaroos may have refused to wake up for Martha and family on their recent visit to Healesville Sanctuary, but they will always be guaranteed an attentive, highly appreciative audience whenever they visit Melbourne. BY CHRIS GIRDLER
LOVED: Proserpina, Everything’s Wrong. HATED: Inane, booming commentary from the douche behind me. DRANK: A glass of red before the show.
VAUDEVILLE SMASH Friday June 14, The Corner Hotel These guys...these guys. The Smash are back from their overseas sojourn and sure put on a shit-hot show at The Corner on Friday, to say heyo and launch their new album Dancing For The Girl. “This goes out to anybody, anybody who was forced to learn a wind instrument as a child,” frontman Marc Lucchesi hollered before busting out his disco ﬂute. The guy has a new hairdo which is very smooth. Since we last saw him, it’s clear he’s retained his genuine electric showmanship but has put to bed some of the reaching of past shows; he’s totally conﬁdent now that we’ll respond, but he still completely connects. And that’s exactly what happened to the crowd, with wheeling limbs and wide grins and bursts of real, joyous laughter. I met a guy there named Jaze who’d travelled four hours from Warrnambool to see bona ﬁde romantic discopop, hoping to learn from these princes for his own band. Supports She Said You and Sex On Toast came out in black shirts to contribute a bit of choir action, and when the beats dropped they all freaked out boogaloo style. It was gorgeous. Drummer Dan Lucchesi treated us to his scat-solo (which I watched about eleventy hundred times a couple months ago when the guys uploaded a clip of it on Facebook) in which he deadpan yells Beat Magazine Page 54
hilarious noises in tandem with each tom whack. A segue into Get Lucky was totally seamless with some great vocoder in the breakdown. Dirty Old Man (Come Inside) saw the organist absolutely killing it, with warped vocals, magic harmonies and perfect synchronicity with Dan’s accents. We all sang “Hey there Danny, you’re the luckiest in the world” with the little puﬃng Hammond chords and some crazy chromatic key runs, feeling like high schoolers at the prom, and I watched two guys in hoodies trying to swing dance, teaching one another. Marc put his sax over his shoulder and just stood there amongst the chaos, clicking along and grinning at us. Am I making this sound uncannily perfect? Shut up, it was. BY ZOË RADAS
LOVED: I learned Dan wrote Hey for Natalie Portman. HATED: Have to get back to you on that one. DRANK: Beer. It smelled like a farm, according to Mim. But her Earlwolf beer smelled like toast, so.
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LIL B Thursday June 13, The Hi-Fi “I’m half thug, half nerd. 100 percent thug, 100 percent nerd.” So proclaimed Lil B, the Basedgod himself, in an accurate self-assessment midway through his ﬁrst-ever Australian show. I won’t bother trying to relay the idiosyncrasies of Lil B here. They are too great and too many to surmise, plus there’s already great literature on the self-sustained mythology – see The New Yorker’s proﬁle from April last year – or the cult-like worldwide following – see Pitchfork’s insight into Basedworld from earlier this year. The fanbase’s devotion to Lil B was reciprocated to the inﬁnite degree after an all-killer setlist – one which cherry-picked the ﬁnest from a exponentially-growing, thousands-deep canon of material. Soundtracked by one of The Basedgod’s album of original classical compositions, members of the crowd waited patiently and positively as they waited their turn to be photographed with their hero. It’s important to note that the photo opportunity took place front and centre of the pit, rather than anywhere near the merch desk. It’s impossible to fault Lil B’s sheer altruism, from his releasing of an album’s worth of free material at a near-monthly rate to his frequent musings of uninhibited positivity through social networks. After an extensive run of tracks, we were treated to a “greatest hits” chain of material, beginning with The Pack’s breakthrough track Vans, into Wonton Soup, then the Clams Casino-produced I’m God (which was released some three years before Kanye’s declaration of I Am A God). Then we received recent showcase of proﬁcient rap talent Real Person Music, and we were told “It’s okay to cry to this” before the heartwarming I Love You. Basedgod was onstage by himself, rapping over blown-out instrumentals shirtless in sunglasses,
with his famous “$80,000 Vans” – only joined onstage by a couple of stage invaders, then later on a sizable posse from the crowd. Rather than exacerbate his online posturing about “fucking your bitch” and the sort, Basedgod mitigated it with self-censorship in his lyrics, or supplementing anything that could be construed as disrespectful with messages of love and respect – parlaying perceived misogony against itself. “Fuck your partner respectfully. Always use a condom.” “Put your hands up if you respect women. Put your hands up if you respect dudes. Put your hands up if you respect women.” The crowd, mostly young, some emulating their idol with trademark pink bandanas, obliged dutifully. It’s tough to stay positive in this day and age. Newsfeeds are ﬁlled with ephemeral outrage. The day leading up to the show, I resorted to Ellen to avoid the scandal being purported by daytime news programming. Later that night, Lil B opened his set with his song Ellen Degeneres. The Basedgod moves in mysterious ways. The following day my news feeds were dominated by photos of friends posing with Lil B, smiling with a glint in his resplendent grill. Thank you Based God, this was real. BY LACHLAN KANONIUK LOVED: Screaming along to “Let the bodies hit the ﬂoor” during the Drowning Pool-sampling Connected In Jail. LOVED: Lil B acting as his own hypeman during the party-starting CNBFTBGB and his soulful croon during Eat. LOVED: The sustained embracement of positivity that will resonate long after Basedgod farewells Australia.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Sunday June 16, Rod Laver Arena Occupy Bethlehem! The current Jesus Christ Superstar does its best to drag Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera kicking and screaming into the 21st century. It’s a well staged money spinner, however iPads and tweets are no match for Lord Lloyd’s dodgy ‘70s freak-out jams. If there was ever testament to the understanding and forgiving nature of Christians, it is the continued existence of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Cheap shots at one of the most successful pieces of musical theatre aside, this production does a remarkable job of turning a ﬂawed concept (dated musical and a cavernous, unsuitable space) into thoroughly crowd-pleasing entertainment. The cast is near ﬂawless in their respective roles. Winning his spot as a result of the British TV show ITV Superstar (think Idol for musicals) Ben Forster has a remarkable voice and does all he can in the lead role. While the show that takes half of its title from the ﬁrst two words out of my mouth when anyone mentions Andy Lloyd Webber, it is actually about Judas and not Jesus Christ at all. Tim Minchin, proving he can in fact perform while wearing shoes, devours what is in essence the staring role. He clearly loves the show and this opportunity to brood and strut as the original turncoat of (ﬁctional) history. A man with music and musicals in his blood, his natural timbre is perhaps a touch nasal in lower registers. Such quibbles barely matter, he excels in bringing passion and regret to the role, and the glee in his eye descending from the rafters for the title number could be seen to the very back seat. Melanie Chisholm AKA Mel C AKA Sporty Spice is a prefect ﬁt for Mary Magdalene, during Could
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We Start Again, Please? She achieves the nearimpossible, managing to covey genuine emotion in a space where nuance is easily lost without resorting to ham. Even when she stood back as part of the ensemble it was a joy to see her simply dance. Jon Stevens has come the full circle of life, the last time JCS was at this venue he was Judas, now he returns as Pontius Pilate. (That’s a name that has fallen out of fashion, I would respect a toddler called Pontius.) If anyone can make counting slowly to 39 interesting, as his character does in this show, it’s Stevens. What the production lacked in staging, a necessary compromise of arena shows, it made up for in strength of numbers. The supporting cast and ensemble are stellar and create a real sense of excitement. They are let down by chorography that has a whiﬀ of a youth Rock Eisteddfod about it, but they managed to transcend these limitations. The art direction and staging essentially casts Jesus as the leader of the Occupy movement battling against the 1%, with all the associated Banksy style stencil art, going so far as to have Jesus in an Obama style Shepherd Farley Hope poster, JC’s of course reads Believe. If you are a fan of the Lloyd Weber brand or the show, this revival won’t disappoint. BY JACK FRANKLIN
LOVED: Mel (The most talented Spice Girl) C. HATED: The venue. DRANK: Plastic cups of beer.