BLACK & WHITE #11
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS Since IZE Magazine was first released in January 2012, we have expanded and grown from our small beginnings as a small thirty-two page magazine. With 11 issues now behind us, we have blossomed into a much bigger magazine. However, in the rise of the digital age, it has become apparent to us that IZE too needs to evolve with this media transformation. This IZE format is changing. We will still have tri-monthly theme, but instead of a flip through magazine being released at the end of the three-month period, it will be a dynamic process. Within the theme content will be constantly added to it on the new IZE website (which will be revealed soon). We’ll still have all the same editorials, interviews and articles that you love but this way it will allow us to be continually making content and for you to be getting more of IZE all the time. We decided to theme this last online flipthrough IZE magazine ‘black and white’. We hope you enjoy the aesthetic of this magazine, and the beauty and simplicity that comes with the lack of colour. We are super excited to grow with you our beautiful readers.
Founders Nicole Pires (Editor) firstname.lastname@example.org Madeline Hay (Art Director) email@example.com
regulars Thea Halpin (Feature Writer) Caitlin Low (Feature Writer) Matt Meintjes (Film Writer) Caitlin Puplett (Music Writer) Alice Waterhouse (Fashion Writer)
DISCLAIMER Any views or opinions in this magazine are of the authors and not of IZE as a whole. We endeavour to bring you the most up-todate and accurate information, though we cannot guarantee that inaccuracies will occur.
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IZE Loves Trend Report, by Alice Waterhouse The Glittering Eyes of the Youth, by Gabi Mulder A Broke Girlâ€™s Blog Sunday Social Golden Slumbers, by Yazzi Williams Ball Park Music Guide to... Travelling the USA on a Student Budget, by Nicole Pires Spin, by Claudia Smith Claudia Smith Lux, by Rachel Jackson New Brisbane Releases Temples, by Caitlin Low Eves, by Caitlin Puplett Sundream, by Ingrid Wang Black & White, by Matt Meintjes New Releases, by Matt Meintjes Black & White Playlist
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IZE LOVES Greaser
Greaser is the new cool bar to grace Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. It’s reminiscent of a dingy American dive bar, but with fancy cocktails and a tasty American menu to boot. Greaser is open in the evening on Wednesday through to Sunday, with a 4.00am closing time on Friday and Saturday, and 12.00am all other times during the week. It makes for great after work/ university drinks and a delicious bite to eat, or your new favourite weekend Valley spot.
Splendour in the grass When the weather gets colder and winter sets in, there’s only one thing that means… Splendour in the Grass is around the corner! It’s time to clean up your dirty gumboots that have been sitting in the garage since last year, get out your face stickers, bindis, tiedye t-shirts and make your Spotify playlist. Check out this year’s amazing line-up on the Splendour website. We’re particularly excited about all the Brisbane bands on the bill this year, including Ball Park Music, DZ Deathrays, The Kite String Tangle, Violent Soho and
Sticks + Stones shop Ainsley and Sebastian, aka the coolest husband/wife team to ever exist, have a new project born from their fashion agency, the Sticks + Stones Shop. The store stocks a host of awesome clothes from different labels the agency represents. Get your wallets out and get ready to do some serious damage.
dogeared Beautifully delicate are the two words that best describe jewellery company Dogeared. Their approach to jewellery is simplistic, silver, gold and rose gold pieces adorned with different charms. Their necklace collection is particularly notable; some of their popular necklaces include the classic karma circle, crescent moon and wishbone. Whatâ€™s even greater about these dainty jewellery pieces is that each has a message and meaning.
WORDS Alice Waterhouse
asian influence The Asian culture is expanding in Brisvages, with the opening of Japanese superstore â€˜Daisoâ€™ and cute fro-yo places popping up on every corner. Think socks and sandals, Korean pop singers and all things sweet. Embrace the cutesy Asian aesthetic that is flooding the catwalks with candy colours and mix-matched prints.
Kick Off The 2014 FIFA world cup is making us nostalgic for sportswear, with emerging trends featuring jersey-like shirts and football inspired shorts. Kick off this season in bright uniform colours and don your favorite pair of sneakers.
WIDE leg pants
No longer do we have to suffer the restrictiveness of skinny jeans, which seem to be becoming tighter by the day. This season wide leg pants are a staple, with an array of fabrics and styles available to suit the occasion.
The Glittering Eyes of the Youth
PHOTOGRAPHY Gabi Mulder MODEL Molly Macdougal
INTERVIEW Thea Halpin
A broke girl’s blog In the hunt for bargains in Brisbane no one has their finger on the pulse like Prudence Richardson. Starting ‘A Broke Girl’s Blog’ earlier this year, Prudence has been sharing her budget style with a dedicated and growing audience. We caught up with Prudence for a chat. www.abrokegirlsblog.com
Hey Prue, thanks for chatting to us. Can you tell us a little about yourself and A Broke Girl’s Blog and why you started a blog? I am in my final year of Journalism and Communications at UQ and I work part time at Beginning Boutique. I have always had an interest in fashion and have always been told I have a knack for finding bargains. Being a student and not having the funds to fuel an obsessive shopping habit I became determined to stay stylish on a budget and thus, A Broke
Girl’s Blog was created to share my findings. What are your best tips for shopping on a budget in Brisbane? Shop around! Don’t settle for the first thing you find. You’ll tend to find something similar that may be at a cheaper price in another store! An obvious one, but always take advantage of sale times, you’ll be surprised by the goods you’ll find in a sale rack. And finally, don’t be
a fashion snob. Be open-minded and visit stores you’ve never heard of, that may not have a reputable name behind them. Do you have a favourite bargain find? My favourite find this season would have to be my Therapy Hester Boots ($59.95). They are an everyday staple that can be dressed up or down and they compliment any winter outfit!
STYLE Since Brisbane winters are pretty short and sweet people don’t want to spend too much money fitting out a whole new wardrobe that they can only wear for a couple months in the year. Do you have any tips for creating an economical winter wardrobe? Invest in wardrobe staples – Things that you can layer. You’ll be surprised how many summer basics can be styled and worked into our Brisbane winter. You don’t want to splurge on statement winter coats and boots that won’t get wear. Think of that perfect leather jacket or trench that you want, find it for that broke-girl approved price and you’ll be sorted for the winter seasons.
You are a great eBay shopper and always seem to be able to stumble on some great finds. Do you have any tips for the eBay novice? eBay for me is the place to snag all your favourite labels and designer wear! You’ll have to spend some time digging but it will be worth it in the end when you score a killer designer piece for a fraction of the price! I purchased my Sass & Bide boyfriend jeans for a third of the price on eBay and have worn them to death over the last 4 years (and still wearing them now!). You only started your blog in February and you have already garnered an impressive following. Do you have any tips for any budding bloggers? Be consistent. Always offer your followers new and interesting
content everyday. It can be hard to keep up, but it’s definitely worth it if you are passionate about what you’re doing. You need to be true to what you’re sharing on your blog so that your followers can relate to you and know that you are being genuine. You said that you started your blog because it combined your interests of journalism, communication and fashion. Do you have any other ambitions that combine these interests? I have done a couple of internships at reputable fashion magazines and really enjoyed myself. This obviously combines my love for my studies in journalism and my interest in fashion, however, I am really enjoying creating my own personal content through my blog that everyday fashionistas and I can relate to.
Your blog is all about shopping on a budget but is there one item of clothing you don’t mind splurging on? I would splurge on a staple piece for my wardrobe because I know that it will get it’s money’s worth in wear. I purchased my H&M Leather Jacket from eBay, just less than cost price, however have worn it religiously no matter the season. What’s next for the blog? I am taking everything as it comes. I am super excited for any and every future opportunities that may arise with A Broke Girl’s Blog. It’s only just coming onto about five months now since I started the blog and I have been blown away by all the support! I’ll just have to wait and see what’s around the corner… But whatever it is, I’m excited!
Photography - Hannah Roche Model - Stephanie Steer Clothing - Sunday Social
Sunday Social Tucked away in the Fortitude Valley’s Winn Lane, Sunday Social is a vintage mecca and a gem amongst the numerous types of these stores Brisbane has to offer. With a mixture of vintage, second-hand, brand new clothing, sunglasses, accessories, Sunday Social has something for everyone.
Who is behind Sunday Social and how long has it been running? Hello!! I’m Jessica Barty and Sunday Social opened in March 2011.
Sunday Social is nestled in Winn Lane, which has fast become one of Brisbane’s best little shopping locations. What do you like about the Brisbane fashion scene?
How did the store begin and evolve?
I think there’s a cool level of experimentation out there, and COLOUR!
I used to be an eBay seller and started doing markets, which lead me to believe a store might be the way to go!
Can you give an insight into any new styles/stock that you will be releasing?
What kind of combination do you stock of brand new and vintage clothes? Anything really! Usually classic or rare vintage, and on trend and hard to find new things. How would you sum up the store’s aesthetic in three words? A weird wonderful dream.
Our exclusive Sunday Social rope platforms are back! And we will be launching a home wares line soon that will make you never want to leave your house. What are your future plans for Sunday Social? Maybe more stores, we’ll see!
PHOTOGRAPHY & MUA // Yazzi Williams STYLING // The Haute Monster MODELS // Macie @ Busy & Courtney
Courtney wears Veronica’s band tee, One Teaspoon shorts, Stylist’s Own fur Macie wears Stylist’s Own jumper and Lia & Co choker
Courtney wears Cotton On bralette, Stussy shorts, Stylist’s Own socks, Lia & Co choker Macie wears Cotton On jumper, Peter Alexander shorts, Stylist’s Own socks, Lia & Co choker
Courtney wears Ksubi muscle tee, One Teaspoon denim shorts, Lia & Co choker Macie wears band tee, Peter Alexander PJ shorts, Lia & Co choker
Courtney wears Kokoh bikini top, St Frock cardi, Billabong shorts, Lia & Co choker Macie wears Cotton On bralette, St Frock drape poncho, Lia & Co choker
Courtney wears Polly the Label dress, This is A Love Song Mermaid bikini, Lia & Co choker Macie wears Stylistâ€™s own top and denim shorts, Cotton On crop, Lia & Co choker
Courtney wears Isla for Tululah crop tee, Mink Pink leggings, Lia & Co chokers Macie wears Polly the Label crop, Polly the Label skirt, Lia & Co chokers
INTERVIEW Nicole Pires
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Ball Park Music
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There have been a sleuth of Brisbane bands emerging into the Australian music scene and causing a ruckus overseas, but none have done so with as much zing as Ball Park Music. Their sound is unique and always evolving, you never quite know what’s going to come next. Their most recent album and third LP ‘Puddinghead’ is another example of BPM’s ability to put out an album that has built on their previous ones, and produce another solid album. IZE talks to singer Sam Cromack of the band about the new album, the Brisbane music scene, the Tivoli and their upcoming national tour and second Splendour in the Grass performance. Puddinghead is an amazing album, it’s lively and has the big Ball Park Music sound we’ve come to expect from the band. What were you trying to achieve with this album that is different from other music you’ve put out? Sam: We chose to produce this album ourselves which meant a change in approach. A lot of that change was to do with the technology we were using.
Previously we’d recorded almost exclusively to tape with minimal overdubs or digital editing. That’s a great way to record but I was eager for a change and to see the production become a little more intricate. I wanted to manipulate the audio a lot more and give it a more ‘modern’ flavour, if you will. The film clip for Trippin’ the Light Fantastic has recently dropped and has managed to
the right environment; they’d be too busy or noisy or whatever. That’s when we decided to rent a house. I think all young people understand the challenges of trying to secure a rental property. That’s why we aimed low. Just searched for the cheapest, no frills scenario. The house we got was a bit crap, but fun nevertheless. I made some really great memories there. What’s your most memorable recording anecdote? For a lot of the record, we’d ask ourselves ‘What would Rick Rubin do?’ I’m a fan of a lot of the records he’s produced and have watched a lot of stuff about how he likes to work. Even though using Rick Rubin didn’t exactly fit into our budget, it was fun to imagine what he’d say while we were working. He’s all about the obvious and cutting the fat. I love the pop sensibility that he applies to all genres.
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capture singer Sam Cromack’s fantastic dancing on camera (one of my favourite parts of your live shows). Where did the idea for the video come from? The dancing in the live show was something that started in earnest many years ago now. It became a bit of a novelty and is still something I love doing. I really don’t know why it took us so long to think of putting it front and centre in a music video. Maybe we were just waiting for the right song. I think Trippin’ The Light Fantastic
is the right song. It’s a true party track about trying to stay positive. For the recording of ‘Puddinghead’ you occupied an empty house in Brisbane from which you recorded the album. Can you tell us more about the recording process? Finding a place to record was probably the biggest challenge. I searched endlessly for designated ‘arts’ spaces but they were either too expensive or they didn’t offer
‘Puddinghead’ is very vibrant and upbeat, and has less of the ballad-esque (but still very full and punchy) tunes like Coming Down, Cry With One Eye and Harbour of Lame Ducks from ‘Museum’ and Alligator from ‘Happiness and Surrounding Suburts’. What marked this change on the new album? It’s funny you mention that. Initially I felt like songs such as Teenager Pie or Error Playin’ filled the quota for ballad-esque material, but I’ve come to see that the record perhaps doesn’t quite offer that melancholy break that a lot of listeners chase. I think, given the feedback from our three records, I’d be massively in favour of working on a more mellow, subdued record in the future.
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Puddinghead is the third album you’ve put out in three years. A lot of bands struggle to even make the transition from doing EPs to their first LP. As a band, what’s drives you to continually be able to produce new music? I’ve just always loved working. I still write all the time and I think it’s felt very natural to continue recording. It’s only now that I’ve stopped to consider the quality vs. quantity argument. I don’t necessarily believe that we’ve made bad records as such, but I’m interested in what the result would be if we were to take our time more; to filter through all the written material and develop a record a little more than we have previously. You’re a Brisbane band and you formed in this lovely city too. What are your earliest musical moments in Brisbane? I can still remember our first gig,
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which was at The Zoo. We were all studying at uni then, and we were offered a show with some other uni students. I think we developed a thirst for playing and performing very early on. I can still remember emailing every venue I could think of to secure shows. Eventually some started to hit us back, and we used to play all the time. I remember sometimes doing eight shows a month in Brisbane.
How did living in Brisbane shape your musicality and what were the challenges and positives of being a band trying to break it in this music scene? I grew up in NSW and moved here when I was eighteen so I could go to uni. I think when the band first began, I wasn’t looking to the local scene or even the national scene too much because I was
still fascinated with the music that was part of my childhood, most of which was from the US or the UK. I began to identify with some of my local favourites like The Boat People, John Steel Singers and Skinny Jean, and they were greatly influential on how we entered the local scene. I can’t recall any significant challenges as we tried to make our way into the local scene. I remember just trying to be friendly, play decent shows and secure as many gigs as possible. You’re playing at this year’s Splendour in the Grass. What does playing at this festival, which is an institution of sorts in this country, mean to the band? You’re right. The festival is very esteemed in Australia and it also holds a special place in my heart. The event has (nearly) always been held near the area I grew up in and I’ve been attending since I was sixteen. We’re very grateful to be performing for the second time. We can’t wait to appear in the new amphitheatre and rip in to a set. We’ve got some good surprises in store too!
Who are you looking forward to catching most at the festival? This year the festival features a lot of great emerging artists, so I’m hoping to see some really passionate, enthusiastic performances – the type you get from young artists with everything to prove. I’m really looking forward to seeing D.D Dumbo, Tune-Yards, Future Islands, Parquet Courts and Jungle. You’ve just announced dates for a huge Australia-wide tour playing at the Tivoli for the Brisbane leg of the tour. How many times have you played at this venue now and what do you like about performing there? This will be our fourth headline show at The Tivoli, but we’ve also supported Boy & Bear there for two shows. I can’t believe it. It’s truly one of the most beautiful venues in the country. One of our support acts, Millions, posted online that they were pumped to finally be playing there. I remember that feeling when Boy & Bear took us there. I seriously can’t believe our little band is playing it for the
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fourth time. Apart from the upcoming tour and SITG, what’s on the agenda for Ball Park Music in the near future? We’ve got more to go overseas again this year. We’re still finalising dates and countries, but I’m super excited for that. I’ve also just moved house, and a new environment is always healthy for my writing. I’ve been writing a lot of new stuff and doing a lot of demo recordings with the basic set-up I’ve got running at my house.
WORDS Nicole Pires
Travelling the USA on a Student Budget
modes of travel Flights Flights are always expensive, especially the long-haul 14 hour from Australia to LA and domestically flights are still fairly pricey. However, there are ways of making your trip more affordable. The first is to plan your trip well before you leave. If you’re going on a big tour of the States, you’re best to fly straight to the East after flying into LA and then working your way down the coast to the South, before coming back up to the West coast. Thoughtfully planning your trip will save you lots of money in flights that go back and forth.
Back on the bus Whilst you can save money by organising your trip well, flights still cost a lot. The best way to cut costs is by getting a coach between cities and states. Bus lines include Peter Pan, Grey Hound and Mega Bus, which is renowned for
its $1 bus specials. Some of the longer journeys can be done on an overnight bus, which isn’t for everyone but certainty saves a lot of money. The coaches are kitted out with electrical outlets, WiFi, toilets and are generally quite comfortable.
Doing it ‘On The Road’ style Doing a Jack Kerouac style road trip around the States has to be on just about everyone’s bucket list ever. However glamorous it may seem, it’s not the most economical travel option around the States if you’re going to get a rental car. If you’re under the age of 25, you’ll be hit with an extra daily insurance fee which over a short-extended period of time really adds up. At these prices, it often ends up being cheaper to fly, especially since you can’t squeeze lots of people into the car to cut costs as you’ll each have big suitcases to fit too. If you’re gung ho on road
tripping, a way of getting around this is looking into private car rentals, where people rent their car through private companies for weeks/months. Alternatively, doing a combination the above travel options with a couple of road trips thrown in cuts down on the cost.
Getting around When you arrive in a new city after a long plane journey you instinctively want to relax and jump into a cab. However, airport taxis in America are particularly pricey. Additional to the metered fare they have an airport fee, a charge per suitcase and often there will be a toll charge too. On top of this you have to tip 10-20%. All of the major cities have airport trains that will take you into the middle of the city, where depending on the location of your accommodation, you can get a bus. Getting public transport from the airport is a fraction of what a taxi will cost you.
accomodation Hostels Hostels are always the best choice for student travellers on a budget. However, hostels aren’t as plentiful as they are in Europe. There can be good hostels in major cities, but in the smaller cities motels are more common. Because America doesn’t have much of a hostel culture, they can be quite expensive in the really big cities. One example is New York, where your cheapest hostel option is in Brooklyn and even then it’s not bargain accommodation.
Airbnb When hostels aren’t abundant or cheap, another option in the States is finding accommodation through Airbnb. This website allows people to rent out a room in or their whole apartment/ house. In groups renting out a whole apartment works out far cheaper than staying in a shared 6-8 person dorm in a hostel. Plus you’ll have the added benefit of having a lounge room and kitchen. Other than this you can also use
Airbnb to find accommodation in cool up-and-coming areas of each city, which might not be well serviced by other types of accommodation. In a smaller group you might find yourself renting a room in someone’s house. This has the benefits of meeting your lovely hosts and getting a local perspective on the area and things to do.
Food + Drink Cut down on meals out One of the priciest aspects of travelling can be trying to budget eating out for three meals a day. Although everyone loves a good meal out, over an extended period of time a lot of money goes on eating out that could be better spent on other things (shopping). Instead of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner out, try mixing things up. All hostels have a free breakfast, whilst normally very basic it’s enough to start the day. Another alternative is to buy simple breakfast foods like fruit and bagels to cut down on lavish breakfasts out everyday. The same goes for other meals, and if you’re staying at accommodation with cooking facilities every once in a while it may be cheap to eat in.
Junk Food In contradiction to the above, there is one way to eat cheap out all the time and that’s to gorge on junk food. This option is not recommended, but every now and then when you’re on a budget the McDonalds loose change menu will have you gathering you quarters and nickels together for a meal. On the plus side, being the home of fast food, America has some really good options not in Australia (In-and-Out Burger and Chick-fil-A anyone).
Mmm that’s a tasty beverage Whilst not for everybody, an integral part of travelling is experiencing the country’s nightlife and drinking culture. As a student
travelling in America, clubbing in some of the really big cities is really expensive with extortionate door fees. For students, your best bet to going out, having a drink and a good night in the States is by frequenting the dive bars. They can be a little dingy but they’re super fun and you can drink lovely cheap American beers. Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice.
Other essentials Dollar dollar bills y’all Make sure you look at all the different options of how you’re going to take money with you. You might find that taking out a kind of travel money card with your normal bank is the best option. Keep an eye out on the exchange rate a while before your trip starts to make sure that you’re getting a good rate when you change the money over. Another option is a credit card without international fees. The choice is up to you, just make sure you’ve researched it well before deciding which is better for you.
That pesky data roaming If you’re anything like me and can’t survive without constantly checking your Facebook and Instagram, the scariest part of being overseas is not having internet on your phone. Or if you have parents like mine who want to be able to contact you at all times (thanks mum and dad) you’ll need to get an American sim to avoid paying through your nose for international texting and data roaming. There are lots of pay as you go sim cards you can get from the major phone companies that
you put into your existing phone. T-Mobile and AT&T are two popular choices that have monthly text, calls and data plans. I’d recommend AT&T as it has better coverage throughout the States.
PHOTOGRAPHY Claudia Smith MODEL Zemira Whitehead
Claudia smith At 17-years-old, Claudia Smith has been mesmerising audiences nationally and across the globe with her beautiful photography. Her pure talent is witnessed at how easy one can connect with her work. Photographer of the ‘Spin’ editorial for this issue from IZE, we interview the amazing young photographer. How long have you been taking photos for and when did your interest in photography begin? My interest in photography began with instant sticker cameras when I was little and I received my first DSLR when I was 12. I used to just play around and take photos of friends etc., but for the last 3 years I’ve been taking it more seriously and trying to improve my work.
Why do you like being behind a camera? I get to be in control of a situation that I feel most comfortable in. Taking photos for me is a way I express my creativity. I love the process of planning a shoot, putting all the little ideas together and seeing a finished product that is successful with what I had in mind.
A lot of your work is done on film. What is it that draws you to this medium of photography and why do you think there has been a resurgence in Analog photography among young photographers recently? I’ve always preferred film and its aesthetics. It’s exciting to shoot and I feel that film is also more intimate with your subject as each shot is carefully constructed as apposed to shooting fast/a lot on digital. I think it’s kind of become a “popular” thing to shoot on film;
Purienne would most definitely be a huge influence. Also it’s something new to explore.
because I’d never shot in Brisbane, but I also love the laid back vibes in just fun shoots with friends.
As a creative, what kind of things do you draw inspiration from? The area/landscape around me, magazines, art, specific people.
How would you sum up your work in three words? Youthful, free, girls.
What has been your favourite shoot to work on so far? It’s hard to choose! I love aspects in all shoots. The location of my shoot with Kate Nutting (Pretty Dresses in the Laundry) was fun
Who are your favourite photographers and why? Ryan Kenny for his beautiful landscape shots and Katie Silvester because her photography is rad and makes me want to move to London.
What is one subject or location you dream of photographing? Definitely America. Do you have any advice for other young photographers? Iâ€™m a big believer in photographing things that you enjoy and being able to fulfil a vision. Youâ€™re currently in your last year of school. Do you have plans for the big summer holiday ahead? I want to travel for a bit before moving to Melbourne to study.
What lies in the next few years for you after graduating? Hopefully happiness, fun, inspiring people and more work so I am able to make a comfortable living from doing something I love.
Lux PHOTOGRAPHY Rachel Jackson STYLING Madeline Roberts MODEL Alana @ Viviens MAKEUP Nicole Beth
L’America t-shirt, BACK by Sofie Ann Back dress, L’America shoes, Tilly Sinclair earrings and necklaces
Celeste Tesoriero long sleeved shirt, Monki culottes, Tilly Sinclair earrings and rings
House of Cards dress, Her Pony shoes, Tilly Sinclair rings
ASOS top, We Are Submarine bottoms, Tilly Sinclair earrings
We Are Submarine mesh top, Lara Bingle Intimates bandeau, House of Cards skirt, Tilly Sinclair rings and earrings
Soot dress, Tilly Sinclair necklaces
Celeste Tesoriero long sleeved shirt, Monki culottes, Adidas shoes, Tilly Sinclair earrings and rings
Bona Capello hat, ASOS top, House of Cards skirt, Lâ€™America shoes
Soot dress, Sav Sav earrings, Adidas shoes
House of Cards hat, House of Cards dress, Sav Sav earrings, Tilly Sinclair necklaces
WORDS Nicole Pires
NEW Brisbane releases
dune rats - dune rats (lp)
Dune Rats have been kicking around and causing ruckus around Australia and internationally for some time now. With a few great EPs up their sleeves, there was a bit of scepticism is they could translate their riotous live performances and rambunctious tunes into a full album. If the title track is to answer the impending question, it would be a big yes. Dalai Lama Big Banana Marijuana opens the self-titled LP, a dreamy stoner-pop gem that has lead
singer Danny crooning the words of the song title over again with the occasional classic Dunies ‘wooo!’ The album is just like the band’s attitude to life, it’s super chilled out. If the album was edible it would be a gooey marshmallow filled with popping candy. Full of fun and upbeat tracks, ‘Dune Rats’ has the kind of songs that make this Brisbane band awesome to see live.
Black rat - dz deathrays (lp) DZ Deathrays are back with their unique brand of punk/rock/electro noise. The bar was raised high with their amazing debut release ‘Bloodstreams’, which apart from generally rocking also earned them a sneaky Aria. ‘Black Rat’ has proven that DZ Deathrays are a band that aren’t fading away. The album is loud, but in the best
possible way. The two pre-album release singles Reflective Skull and Gina Works at a Heart encapsulate the DZ sound on ‘Black Rat’. There are these moments of quiet calm before licks of rushing rock breaks through and wakes you up. Black Rat is an invigorating album and has put DZ Deathrays in a category of their own.
static lines - the creases (single) Some of the best new talent to come out of Brisbane, The Creases, have released a new single oozing with indie pop goodness. Static Lines feels somewhat early Vaccines, but with a much more nostalgic charm. What the single demonstrates band have really tapped into and cemented their sound, creating yearning tunes that
clementine - millions (single) Clementine is the first taste of Millions highly anticipated debut album release. Opening with chiming bells, lead singer Dom’s voice comes in as ethereal and beautiful as ever. Just like a clementine the song is sweet but also packs a bit of a punch, something we’ve come to expect from the band. Millions have
demonstrated their aptitude for great song writing from an early stage and Clementine is no different. A release date hasn’t been announced as yet, but as their ‘About’ section on Facebook says “working on an album yo, cut us some slack.”
work their way into your head and feel easily relatable. The Creases are currently touring this single on the East Coast of Australia.
WORDS Caitlin Low
Temples 08.05.14 / The Zoo
British psych-rockers/hair heroes Temples made their heavenly descent into Brisbane earlier this year. Although they’ve emerged from the recent wave of UK bands with Google-unfriendly names and obsessive Tumblr fangirls, it was talent – not hype – that drove the crowd crazy. Their debut album Sun Structures is an hour’s worth of cosmic ‘60s jams – a sonic #tbt to The Byrds and The Zombies, with a generous side of wah-wah. Anyone with ears would understand why Temples is such an apt name for the jangly and celestial four-piece. IRL angels James Bagshaw, Thomas Walmsley, Sam Toms and Adam Smith were noticeably humbled by The Zoo’s impressive turnout – their first ever show in Australia.
Even so, their engaging live set was interspersed with dry-humoured quips from Bagshaw: “stop playing with your phones… stop playing with your cocks”. And it worked, because the audience was enraptured from the opening ‘Colours to Life’ right until the heart-pounding climax of ‘Mesmerise’. Fan favourites ‘Keep in the Dark’ and ‘Shelter Song’ anchored the show, whilst swirly B-side ‘Ankh’ was a surprise highlight. The omission of ‘The Guesser’ and ‘The Golden Throne’ was mildly disappointing – if only because of its harmonic-minor resemblance to the Luigi’s Mansion theme song. Temples are often lumped in a rainbow-hued, psychedelic box with homegrown Tame Impala, but
such comparisons are misguided. Where Tame’s brand of neopsychedelia is experimental and raw, Temples maintain a much lighter, glam image – perhaps more faithful to the era they’re paying homage to. Both are brilliant, but only one frontman wears glitter on his eyes.
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INTERVIEW Caitlin Puplett
The latest talent to come out of small town Brisbane, 19-year-old Hannah Karydas, otherwise known as Eves, has jumped on to the Triple J rotation in a matter of months of releasing her first single. Karydas created her Eves alter ego in light of releasing Zen, which has been picked up and played countlessly by Triple J over the past months. With a sound that is unlike most upcoming bands coming out of Brisbane, Karydas has touched upon something completely unique through only one release, though she assures us there is more to come to help define her genre and sound. After recently touring the east coast of Australia, Eves is now headed over to LA to further develop her sound. IZE caught up with Karydas to chat about her recent success and the inspiration behind everything that is Eves.
MUSIC Zen, your most popular song to date, has burst on to the scene and is on constant rotation on Triple J, how does it feel to be played regularly on one of Australia’s most listened to stations? Zen was a big experiment for me. It sat in a territory I never expected to extend to the radio. But Triple J picked it up and I’m totally thankful, because it’s given me exposure I wouldn’t otherwise have. Tell us a bit about the song, Zen, what was the inspiration behind it? It’s about the end of a… “phase”. Everything looks different at the end of a phase. That person I was close to, well I saw them in an entirely new shade of colour. Not bad, not good, just new and different. The music video for it is also incredibly interesting, how did it come about? One morning I suddenly came up with a concept and I said “right-o! I need you (friend of mine) to drive this car around a car park and I’ll sit in the boot and film”. It was very simple. Minimal planning, and much room to experiment. You’re off to LA for the most of June, what are your plans over there? Should we expect to hear an EP anytime soon? Yes! I am currently writing these answers to you from Los Angeles! I’ve never been here before but I was invited over to stay and write and record with a good friend of mine. I won’t say there is an EP. But there is something coming.
For those who haven’t heard of her, how would you describe your alter ego, stage-name, whatever you describe it as, Eves? It’s hard to describe with only one song out. But I promise that with my next move, you’ll begin to see it unfold. Eves is a colour, dark blue. Eves is a feeling, strength and boldness. Eves likes dirt and Eves likes to provoke. I’m very excited for the next phase. The sound you produce, especially in Zen, is something completely different to come out of Brisbane, what processes do you undergo to create such an intriguing and unique sound? In David Lynch terminology - it was a small fish I caught that lead me to bigger and better fish. The fish is the idea, and the idea was the guitar riff. Everything else followed!
You recently toured the East Coast of Aus with a few other upcoming artists, how was that, was that your first ever tour? First tour, yes! It was with Jesse Davidson and Jordan Leser (both are wonderful). We all had a really good time, hanging out in the different cities we’d never been to. Other than Eves, what is a day in the life of Hannah Karydas like? I spend a lot of time in Sydney, with my music. But when I have free time I usually hang out in cafes and bookshops. I love to read.
Eves is playing at the Big Sound festival on the 10-12th of September in the Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. To purchase tickets you can head to Oztix or the Qmusic website. Eves’ music is on Spotify and Sound Cloud, and you can find her on Facebook and Instagram @ heyeves for updates on upcoming gigs and new releases.
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WORDS Matt Meintjes
Black & White “Black and White” in filmography does not simply refer to the lack of colour in the films of bygone years. “Black and White” in reality refers to a whole different era and culture of the silver screen. Bringing images to life in the early years of film was no mean feat, yet the appreciation and admiration of motion pictures in those times was beyond anything that we can dare to imagine today. Just try to picture the amazement of audiences when projections came to life before their very eyes! I liken it to being a young child and watching any of the early Disney animations, wondering how on earth they managed to make those pictures move. Yet in those times, this feeling was shared across all generations; film was equally as captivating and magical to a child as it was to a senior citizen.
When talking about the years of Black and White films, the first and most obvious talking point is of course the colour, or lack thereof. Some might argue that modern films that utilise colour can create vivid visual experiences for cinema-goers that black and white films simply cannot. However, it is important not to forget that there are many shades of grey between black and white. Tone determination in those days was just as much as an art form as the use of colour today. With a limited palate to work with, the use of shadows, silhouetting and other lighting effects became crucial. The decades of black and white film saw the birth of film noir, one of the most visually distinctive genres of film. With low-key lighting and high contrast between the shadows of the city streets and the
overhanging streetlights, crime noir epitomises the creative uses of black, white and all the shades of grey between. Cinematography has aged and transformed itself during the course of filmography to what we know it to be today. What was once a fine art has somewhat stumbled in the mainstream market of film, replaced by highoctane action films or the generic formula of romantic comedies that are abundant in the industry. True cinematic vision was born in the era of black and white. This does relate to a degree to the limited spectrum of greys available to moviemakers, but camera techniques and movement also had a determined purpose. Take the opening shot of Touch of Evil: one single shot sweeping through the
streets of a Mexican/USA border town for a near three minutes and twenty seconds. We have become so attuned to the modern use of quick cuts and multiple camera angles within scenes that such a long cut feels almost alien as we watch it. It utilises the full shooting location around the scene, forcing viewers to envelop themselves more in the settings of the films as they have a chance to observe the surroundings. The slow and purposeful camera movement steadies the viewer from the bustle of the crowds trying to cross the border. The boundaries of creative cinema were even being pushed at the turn of the twentieth century. Early cinematographer Georges Méliès was well known for his pioneering of cinema magic, utilising superimposition and multiple exposures in his unique work. It is this type of cinematography that has made the medium the appreciated art form that it is today.
Two great black and white classics are The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca. The Maltese Falcon is a prime example of 1940’s film noir, centring on a string of murders linked to the hunt for an elusive statue worth a fortune. After the death of his partner, detective Sam Spade is pulled unwillingly into the case when his name is thrown around as a suspect. Humphrey Bogart is perfect as Spade: the cynical private-eye stereotype protagonist of the noir genre. His voice is strong and piercing and is quite unlike any voice in cinema today. He also stars as the male lead in Casablanca, a drama set in the African city of the same name during World War II. With the Germans controlling most of Europe, many rich refugees flee to Casablanca in the hopes of securing a flight to neutral Portugal, where obtaining passage to America is possible. Amongst this, the cynical Rick Blaine runs a popular bar and club in the city and
is admired by many of his patrons. Choosing to remain neutral in the time of war, his world is thrown upside-down when a former flame Ilsa Lund walks into his bar. “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine” is the classic quote of Casablanca. So whilst it’s always good to enjoy a new film in today’s cinema with the benefits of colour, CGI and other visual effects, it’s also important to appreciate the more humble beginnings of cinema. It may not be in everyone’s tastes to do so, yet many black and white films still stand the test of time to this day. So go on, add a bit of monochrome to your movie diet.
WORDS Matt Meintjes
A million ways to die in the west After a successful first trip onto the movie scene with Ted, Seth MacFarlane returns to the silver screen with A Million Ways to Die in the West. Despite not playing the same fluffy animated character, MacFarlane still brings his cynical personality to the table and manages to deliver a few laughs. However, A Million Ways felt somewhat sub-par given his previous exploits on both the television and silver screen. Whilst trying to share some clever,
ironic jokes with the audience, the film fails to generate any real enjoyment, which is disappointing given the marketing for the film. At times it almost felt like a group of extended skits tied together by a plot, though a rather generic one at that. I wouldn’t go so far to say that A Million Ways is terrible, or even bad – but it leaves a lot to be desired. Let’s just hope MacFarlane can redeem himself when Ted 2 hits cinemas next year.
Bad Neighbours One of the worst movie experiences is the eventual realisation that you paid to see a movie in which the only humourous parts were the ones you saw in the trailer. Okay. Bad Neighbours isn’t that bad. But it is walking the line. Think of the general inappropriateness of Seth Rogen’s movies and throw in a college fraternity for good measure. Should be good for a few laughs, albeit rather crass and typically
sexually related. Bad Neighbours delivers on such potential though only in very limited numbers. The remainder of the movie is just plain average. Surprisingly, Rogen and co-star Rose Byrne even deliver some almost cringe-worthy scenes of ‘back-and-forth’ during the film. Whilst it’s obvious they’re trying to channel the interactions of a young, semi-awkward couple, it really just reminded me of those moments where someone talks for far too long when it is obvious the
conversation is dead. Furthermore, the scripted relationships between the fraternity brothers is quite poor and all-in-all the ending is quite dissatisfying. If you’re at all sensitive to crass humour then this is certainly not your cup of tea. Really, Bad Neighbours isn’t spectacularly bad – it’s just plain unspectacular.
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black & white playlist Winter has set in all over Australia, and while Brisbane doesn’t feel extreme lows, the slight drop in temperature makes us all feel a bit sluggish. The black and white playlist is a bit like this, songs that pad along slowly as we drag our way through the cooler winter months.
Twin Rivers – Big Scary Static Lines – The Creases Delete – DMA’s Fuckabout – Drenge Zen – Eves Stepson – Foals Gooey – Glass Animals I Only Think of You – The Horrors Darklands – Jesus and the Mary Chain Salad Days – Mac Demarco This Is The Last Time – The National Juicy Ones – Sticky Fingers From The Sun – Unknown Mortal Orchestra Stutter – Yuck
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