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ith 25 albums under their collective belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking that punk-metal juggernaut Motorhead might want to take it easy in what should be the band’s twilight years. However, it seems as though there is plenty of life left in this band yet, if ‘Aftershock’ is any indication. While they are definitely not trying to break any new musical ground (and why the hell should they, they’re Motorhead), there is a palpable sense of urgency that is constantly bubbling underneath the surface of these tracks – making it one of their most exciting albums, in this reviewer’s opinion, since their 1986 slab ‘Orgasmatron’. Standouts include the thunderous opener ‘Heartbreaker’ and the slow burner ‘Silence When You Speak to Me.’ Rawk!

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here’s little denying that, since releasing their debut long player ‘Here Come the Lies’ in 2002, The Drones have been at the forefront of musical adventurism in the Australian music scene. Their sound, almost uncatergorisable switches effortlessly from slightly off-kilter ballads through to full on rock assaults. However, the band have taken this ethos to the next level with their stunning seventh album, ‘I See Seaweed’ and for frontman Gareth Liddiard, the success of the album was to find the spaces between the notes. The band enlisted the services of keyboard player Steve Hesketh and Liddiard told TE that the addition of the extra member helped immeasurably in fleshing out the Drones sound even further. “Having Steve in the band really frees both Dan [Luscombe, guitar] and I to stop playing – you just can’t underestimate the power of silence” he said. “Also the piano can get away with things that guitars can’t – some things that you are able to get away with on the piano just sound w**ky on the guitar so it also frees us up to go places musically that we couldn’t before.

If you caught The Drones set, opening for Neil Young, at Bimbadgen earlier this year, you would have witnessed a masterclass in musical tension with lashings of light and shade courtesy of the muscular guitar acrobatics of Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe and the dirgy rhythm section of Mike Noga and Fiona Kitschin. While there set may’ve been, at times, at odds with the winery crowd, there was a sense of danger, musical antagonism and a palpable fragility, a feeling that everything could topple over at any given moment, but never does, that is reflected perfectly on the album. “Yeah that show was pretty crazy – we were only supposed to play the one show but ended up playing the tour,” Liddiard said. “I guess that sometimes the crowd didn’t like us but we really tried to feed off that and give it back to them in the performance.” For Liddiard, the proof is in the performance and he said punters could expect no less than 100 per cent when The Drones hit the stage. “When I see a good gig it’s proof that rock and roll can be so much more than just music,” he said. “It might sound a bit w**ky, but The Drones are the real thing onstage – we’re more MC5 than ELO, if you know what I mean.” Catch The Drones when they play at the Cambridge Hotel on Friday, November 22.

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fter a brilliant turn in the runaway smash-hit film ‘The Sapphires’, Jessica Mauboy’s star is showing no signs of slowing down. Her latest album ‘Beautiful’ has already netted the affable pop star two gold certified singles in ‘To The End of the Earth’ and ‘Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up)’ and she is about to embark on her first national headlining tour – an extensive 27-date tour that will leave few Aussie stones unturned. Jessica was kind enough to take time out from rehearsals to have a quick chat to TE. Hi Jessica thanks for the chat. So what’s happening at the moment? Rehearsing, rehearsing and more rehearsing! So you must be looking forward to getting out on the road for the To The End of The Earth tour. It’s a pretty hectic schedule. It’s been a crazy few months but I am beyond excited to be taking this tour on the road and connecting with my fans again. A hearty congratulations are in order on the album, by the way. Can you tell me a little bit about the writing and recording of it and how the process differed to or indeed built on what you accomplished on ‘Get ‘Em Girls’ and ‘Been Waiting’? I have been lucky to work with some incredible people on all my records – in this instance, I feel like I was a lot stronger and more in control over the outcome of the

songs. I guess I feel more confident in knowing what I wanted and how to convey that. I was involved in every element of the process. Who or what was influencing you during the writing and recording of ‘Beautiful’? Travelling so much with The Sapphires was incredible, however I did feel myself missing my family and Australia. A lot of these emotions ended up influencing songs on the album. Given the phenomenal success of ‘The Sapphires’, did you feel any pressure to, in a way, recapture that success with the album or was it more of a case of just getting in the studio and doing the songs justice? I was worried about getting back into the headspace to write an album after all the touring around the world with The Sapphires, but once I got into the studio – it all just came out! You must ’ve known when you read ‘The Sapphires’ script that there was some gold in those pages, but did you have any idea that it would take off like it has? None of us had any idea of how big the film was to become. I feel so blessed to have been a part of an incredible production that told an important story in our history and to take that story around the world. So who or what was it that made you want to pick up a mic in the first place? ME! I always had a hairbrush in my hand from as long as I can remember. Mum & Dad were always very supportive but I think I drove them crazy with all my singing! How would you say you have

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o say that 2013 has been a trying year for Frenzal Rhomb frontman Jay Whalley would be an understatement. In February, the singer underwent brain surgery to remove a pig tapeworm from his brain that he picked up in Central America four years ago. Thaqnkfully, Whalley’s surgery was a complete success and he is back in his rightful place as the frontman of the elder statesmen of Aussie punk rock. TE caught up with Whalley and we found him with a burgeoning curiosity for herpetology. “Yeah I’m just at my mum’s house in Byron Bay and I’m looking out the window at this massive three-metre diamond python outside,” he said. “I’ve never seen one before – it’s just staring at me. I’m pretty sure they’re not venomous, though. I hope not because it’s a big ba****d.” Whalley said he was champing at the bit to get back out on the road after Frenzal were forced to pull out of the Descendents tour, earlier this year, due to the surgery although he added that he was disappointed that the tapeworm didn’t bestow any supernatural powers on him.

“Yeah I was definitely hoping to get some powers but I am still limited to one language, I can’t read people’s minds and I certainly can’t control snakes,” he said. “We’ve done a few shows already so it’s great to finally get back to normal, I mean, brain surgery is pretty heavy.” Now with the “unpleasantness” behind him, the band are showing no signs of slowing down with a new album in the works as well as a contribution to a tribute album for the late No Use For A Name frontman Tony Sly. “Fat Mike [NOFX, Fat Wreck Chords] asked us to contribute and we chose a track of Tony’s solo record. It was all well and good to be asked but we didn’t really have the money to record it so we did it on the cheap at my studio [The Pet Food Factory]. “We’re also working on our next album at the moment - so we’re busy writing songs and trying to corral all the members who live interstate.” So, after plying their self-effacing trade for more than 20 years, what is it about Frenzal Rhomb that has kept audiences coming back? “I’d say it’s more a damning indictment on our society that we’re allowed to continue to make records,” he quipped. Frenzal Rhomb the Cambridge Hotel on Saturday, November 9.

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Nuanced folk-pop triumph

To help capture the live vibe, the band headed over to Nashville and enlisted the services of producer Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Justin Townes Earle) and Marou said, Jones’ playing background made proceedings that much easier. Aside from bringing in their touring band to flesh out their sound, the pair also enlisted the services of some “heavy friends”” to add their musical gravitas to the album, including arguably Australia’s greatest songwriter Don Walker who co-wrote the track ‘Luck’’ with Busby and legendary Hawaiian kona guitarist and pedal steel player Al Perkins (Flying Burrito Brothers, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Emmylou Harris). Catch Busby Marou when they play at the Small Ballroom on Friday, November 8.

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t seems as though the “difficult second album” syndrome that has plagued so many bands has passed Rockhampton-born outfit Busby Marou well and truly by, with their sophomore effort ‘Farewell To Fitzroy’ taking the gloriously nuanced folk pop and nimble storytelling, that was central to their debut, to the next level with a much larger and complete album, both in sound and scope. While originally known as a duo, Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou have fleshed out their sound with a full band on ‘Farewell to Fitzroy’ and Marou told TE that, given the band had evolved quite considerably ince the duo days, the pair wanted the album to reflect this.

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Those summer nights Sandy the production is literally chocka-block full of those great songs from the film including ‘Summer Nights’, ‘Grease is the Word’, ‘Hopelessly Devoted’ and ‘Grease Lightning’. Brought to you by the director of the acclaimed ‘Time Warp – A Musical Tribute to the Rocky Horror Show’, this is a must-see production for Grease enthusiasts or anyone looking for a great night out. There will also be a prize for best dresses “Grease-er” so get those glad rags on. Catch ‘Grease Lightnin’ – A Musical Tribute to Grease’ at Toronto Workers Club on Friday, November 15, Soldiers Point Bowling Club on Saturday, November 16, and Wests Lambton on Sunday, November 17.

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f you are looking for a night out that is automatic, systematic and hydromatic all at once, then you’re in luck, as ‘Grease Lightnin’ – A Musical Tribute to Grease’ will be hitting the region this month for three special shows. Get ready to do the jitterbug and hand jive the night away while joining the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies on a journey through their puberty blues and party along with an outstanding cast in this interactive and high-energy tribute to the iconic film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Starring a talented cast including John O’Hara (‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Cats’) as Danny and Gretel Scarlett (‘Wicked’’, ‘Sweeny Todd’, ‘West Side Story’) as

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hen it comes to ivory ticklers, there aren’t too many out there with the chops or the big personalities as Elton John and Billy Joel. Between them, the pair have a staggering amount of hits under their belts and have etched out a place as some of the most successful recording artists in musical history. Now, the music of Captain Fantastic and the Piano Man will be brought to life in a dynamic tribute featuring two of the best in the business – Lance Strauss, aka Elton Jack and Jimmy Mann, aka BigShot. Strauss told TE that audiences could expect a highly dynamic affair with the show starting out in intimate mode with the pair playing some of Elton and Billy’s best loved ballads including ‘Your Song’ and ‘ ‘Just The Way You Are’ before being joined by the band for such rockers as ‘Movin Out’, ‘I’m Still Standing’ and ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’.

“They [Billy and Elton] really are two fabulous artists who have written some of the best-loved songs out there,” Strauss said. “Because they have so many big songs it can be a real problem deciding what goes in the show but there are some “must plays” like ‘Crocodile Rock’ and ‘Rocket Man’ and both Jimmy and I are really into performance so it will be a very exciting show.” Strauss’ Elton John journey has lasted for 25 years – from impressing friends at parties to gracing the stages of the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall. “Most of my life I looked like Elton and I also played the piano so I was the guy at parties who sat at the piano and played his songs,” he said. “I have a background in musical theatre and in 1986 I had the opportunity to play Elton in a play about John Lennon and then the following year I ended up winning ‘Red Faces’ – the segment on ‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’ and I’ve been doing it ever since.” Catch ‘Tour De Force: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel’ at Nelson Bay Diggers on Saturday, November 9.

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hen serving up modern Australian cuisine, it can be easy for a restaurant to become another blurred face in a crowded market, so when I visited Falls Restaurant at Kahibah Sports Club I was looking for something to make it stand out. Happily, I found it, not just in the food, but in the form of jovial staff members, Steph and Marvin. Upbeat, chatty and funny, the attitudes of Steph and Marvin were apt for the modern Australian theme. I could have quite happily cracked a beer with either of them and spent the night discussing the finer points of Michael Clarke’s batting technique or innovations in the Hills Hoist industry. Alas, there was delicious food to be consumed, so we couldn’t talk all night. My dining partner and I started with some cheese bread, and he also

enjoyed some panko calamari rings, which he reported was high up on the satisfaction stakes. I chose to skip an entrée, lest I need to be rolled out later. Moving on to mains, and continuing with his seafood theme, my dining partner chose the beer battered flathead fillets, while I opted for the grilled chicken breast, served with avocado and hollandaise sauce. Again, no complaints. The flathead was gleefully devoured while I savoured my chicken – tender, juicy and just the right size. Both were served with a robust salad and tasty chips that were crunchy on the outside, but light and fluffy within. I then took on a passionfruit cheesecake for desert, while my dining partner couldn’t face another mouthful. Pleased with my life choices, I went to town on the cheesecake, but with the right thickness of crust and the sweet passionfruit topping, it was hard not to. So if you haven’t dined at Falls Restaurant yet, where the bloody hell are you?

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fter rave reviews, sold out performances and standing ovations in New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisband and Perth, Spiegelworld’s latest extravaganza ‘Empire’ will be pitching its opulent spiegeltent at Wheeler Place for a limited Newcastle season. ‘Empire’ is a 90-minute theatrobatic adventure performed by the greatest international talent even assembled in one tent. The MCs, Oscar and Fanny, steer the show while an eccentric cast of characters help Oscar rebuild his empire – the seductive Gorilla Girls from Ukrane form perfectly balanced pyramids on top of each other and the Ethiopian foot juggler Black Flintstone throws and impossibly catches his brother Big Mac Boy on his feet. Other performers include the lime Green Lady and Carrot Man, theHalf naked Asian Dude Wearing Pigtails, Miss A in a

RtY NOw! BOOk YOUR CHRIStmAS pA • 3 stylish rooms • affordable beverages • quality menus • secure off street parking kahibah Sports Club is an ideal venue for training, offsite meetings & team building. Bubble and the 3D Graffiti Guy. To create ‘Empire’, Spiegelworld impresario Ross Mollison assembled a stellar Australian creative team of director Terrence O’Connell (numerous comedy greats at ‘The Last Laugh’ in Melbourne through to Curcus OZ), choreographer John ‘Cha Cha’ O’Connell (‘Strictly Ballroom’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘The Great Gatsby’) and designer Angus Strathie (Academy Award for Moulin Rouge). The 700-seat antique spiegeltent, complete with bevelled mirrors, velvet-upholstered seating booths, a speakeasy style bar and the most intimate stage in town, will host the most jaw-dropping and outrageous night you’ll experience this year. ‘Empire’ kicks off at Wheeler Place on Thursday, November 14 and will run until Sunday, December 8. For more information and tickets visit ticketek.com.au

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f you’re after unashamedly infectious hooks, then that’sd exactly what you’re going to get at the Great Northen this weekend when Melbourne’s purveyors of party peppered punk, The Bennies, hit the stage. With their first album ‘Party Party Party’ setting the agenda quite succinctly, The Bennies have shown that they don’t want that party to end with their latest long player ‘Rainbows In Space’ which drops this week.

Like some kind of lethal speedball, ‘Rainbows In Space’, combines all the high energy, reggae-tinged punk rock party anthems your tiny heart can endure. There’s chilled out ska rhythms, brain-melting solos, bouncing basslines, speedy hi-hats and some of the most addictive choruses ever to seize upon your brain. Catch The Bennies at the Great Northern Hotel on Saturday, November 9.

t seems as though swampy blues soaked rock and roll is the order of the day in venues across Australia with acts like Chase the Sun and Marshall Okel kicking goals wherever they go. There is another act that looks set to join the ranks of the Aussie blues rock elite – Transvaal Diamond Syndicate. The band began life in 2009 and, almost immediately, set tongues wagging largely due to their raw, energetic and, as some hyperbolists would have you believe, primeval live shows. Not ones to shy away from the rigours of the road, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate have been plugging away, almost non-stop since packing up their gig bags. A slot on 2011’s Byron Bay Bluesfest alongside the likes of Bob Dylan, Michael Franti and Ben Harper kicked off a year that would have the band release a foot-stompin’ as anything 7-track mini album, ‘Sins Of The Blessed’ that is as diverse as the terrain the band covered, deftly skipping from straight blues jams through to some rockabilly, stoner groove and a bit of roots-esque balladry.

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