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A K SORCHEST R A SPECIAL INVESTIGATION INSIDE: TRUMP, TURNBULL AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON THE ARTS
T OB Y M A R T IN F OUND BY L AUR A Q DINING SYDNE Y'S BEST BRUNCH SPOTS Because nothing says the weekend like a lazy brunch.
SUBLIME WITH ROME
The new-look lineup celebrates classic hits and new faves.
"If I was going to make my play, I had to make it now."
Making music suited to summer sunsets.
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“Nothing really changes under Turnbull. Nobody in the world of the arts truly wins.” (16-19) 6
22-23 Arts reviews, Market Corner
24-25 Bar of the week, Sydney’s best brunch spots, Q Dining reviewed
10-11 Melbourne Ska Orchestra 12
Fractures is too hard on himself, but he’s primed for big things
Album reviews, First Drafts
28-29 Live reviews
Sublime With Rome, The Cactus Channel, Peter Black
Poolclvb sets out to create music as a body of work, not just for the club
Off The Record
Out & About: why it’s time for equality for everyone
Member, a Mardi Gras play about homophobic violence
Found By Laura – an exhibition of lost notes and lists, Inside Jokes
“That’s just what I peddle in, for whatever reason. Depressing shit.” (12)
MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
Nicky Bomba’s all-star (and all-ska) collective Melbourne Ska Orchestra sure know how to throw a party – and now they’re hosting the barbecue to go with it. The band’s new Ska-BQ tour sees MSO and a bunch of their best mates hitting venues around the country, all in support of Saturn Return, a full-length album of unreleased recordings from the ARIA Award-winning Sierra-Kilo-Alpha. If you’ve ever seen Melbourne Ska Orchestra in the live or festival environment before, you’ll know just how much fun their sets can be – and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? The Ska-BQ takes over the Factory Theatre precinct on Sunday March 5, and we’ve got two double passes up for grabs. Enter the draw at thebrag.com/freeshit.
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PYRMONT GROWERS MARKET RETURNS
Sydney food lovers are invited to head on down to Pyrmont Bay Park on Saturday February 25 for stalls full of fresh produce and hot food. Held on the fourth Saturday of every month, the Pyrmont Growers Market offers fresh veggies, meat, flowers and all things in between. Beginning 18 years ago, the market has long been a popular attraction for Sydney foodies, offering a chilled and tasty place for everyone to spend a Saturday morning.
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SLEEPMAKESWAVES STRIKE BACK
REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS: Nat Amat, Arca Bayburt, Chelsea Deeley, Christie Eliezer, Matthew Galea, Emily Gibb, Jennifer Hoddinett, Emily Meller, David Molloy, Annie Murney, Adam Norris, George Nott, Daniel Prior, Natalie Rogers, Erin Rooney, Spencer Scott, Natalie Salvo, Leonardo Silvestrini, Jade Smith, Aaron Streatfeild, Jessica Westcott, Anna Wilson, Stephanie Yip, David James Young
Sydney post-rockers Sleepmakeswaves are back again with news of a third album and national tour. Off the back of shows in the US and China, the Sydneysiders will be heading home to play a leg of Australian shows. After releasing their ARIA-nominated album Love Of Cartography in 2014, their third effort, Made Of Breath Only, will arrive on Friday March 24. The new LP was crowdfunded by fans, raising $45,000 through pre-orders. Recorded with Rage Against The Machine and Karnivool collaborator Nick DiDia, Made Of Breath Only will feature at Sleepmakeswaves’ Metro Theatre show on the day of its release.
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NEWTOWN SOCIAL FAREWELL SHOW
The Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard will send off one of Sydney’s favourite music venues with a bang. After three years of operation since rescuing the beloved ‘Sando’ pub on King Street, Newtown Social Club recently announced its impending closure due to “the current regulatory climate in Sydney and the inherent challenges therein”. Now, the Aussie songwriter Liddiard has been confirmed to play the final ever show at the venue as part of his national tour. Liddiard’s return to stage coincides with his return home after a month-long sabbatical in Latin America, and he’ll be playing a mix of solo cuts, Drones classics and unheard newbies. Liddiard closes Newtown Social Club on Sunday April 23.
Keep Sydney Open will host its third public rally against the lockout laws this Saturday February 18. Following a Supreme Court decision to prevent the planned Saturday night protest in Kings Cross this month, the Keep Sydney Open organisers have regrouped to arrange another daytime event in Martin Place. The description on the official Facebook page reads: “The longer they drag this out, the bigger we get! With a new Premier it’s more important than ever to let the government know that sacrificing nightlife for safety is shamefully unnecessary, and we won’t stand for it.” A lineup of speakers and performers will be announced shortly.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROM-COM
Starring Margi de Ferranti and directed and written by Monica Zanetti, the new play Ellie, Abbie & Ellie’s Dead Aunt is a charming and unconventional comedy that will feature some of Sydney’s most promising local performers. The play, featuring an all-female cast, looks to put a fresh spin on the romantic comedy genre. Inspired by a lack of rom-com narratives surrounding lesbian relationships, it focuses on a high school student who wants nothing more than to ask a girl to her formal. Young Ellie tackles the uneasiness of first love and disapproval of her family, all with
the guidance of her deceased aunt in fairy godmother form. Ellie, Abbie & Ellie’s Dead Aunt will play at The Depot Theatre from Wednesday March 29 – Sunday April 9.
GUM BALL GOES LARGE
The second lineup for The Gum Ball music festival in the Hunter Valley has been announced. Kim Churchill, The Funk Hunters and Flyying Colours are among the new artists announced for the lineup this April, as are Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission, Felix Riebl, Caity Baker and more. They join Regurgitator, Tripod, Boo Seeka and many others. The festival hits Belford in the Hunter Valley from Friday April 21 – Sunday April 23.
STICKY FINGERS SURVIVE
Back in December, Sticky Fingers fans were sad to learn that the band was breaking up – or at least going on hiatus – in the aftermath of accusations of bad behaviour against frontman Dylan Frost. Now, as The Examiner reports, the reggae-loving funsters have apparently revealed they’ll be back at a later date. During their Party In The Paddock performance, Sticky Fingers told the crowd: “There’s a huge difference between hiatus and breaking up.” Still, let’s not get ahead of ourselves – Silverchair told fans in 2011 they were going on an “indefinite hiatus”, and there’s only been radio silence ever since. thebrag.com
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16-19 300 Million Backward Steps: Trump, Turnbull And The Global War On The Arts
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SUN 12 - BLACK BIRD HUM
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Industrial Strength Music Industry News with Christie Eliezer
THINGS WE HEAR • Which singer, when noticing his band’s new tour jackets had his management’s name at the bottom, snipped it off his apparel, saying they never got permission? • Will the original Van Halen lineup tour behind their 40th anniversary? • Spotted at Bruce Springsteen’s Sydney show: Glenn McGrath queuing up for a beer and chatting with punters about The Boss. • Angus Young, in T-shirt and jeans, joined Guns N’ Roses onstage at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium for ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ and ‘Riff Raff’ – the two songs they performed together at least year’s Coachella festival. He’d already welcomed the band at the airport when the Gunners fl ew in on a private jet from
AGGRESSIVE MUSIC IS GOOD FOR YOU
While the fun police might like to claim that aggressive music like punk and metal should be restricted because it causes violent behaviour, recent psychoanalytical research suggests it actually calms people down. In their essay Extreme Metal Music And Anger Processing published in Frontiers In Human Neuroscience, Leah Sharman and Genevieve A. Dingle reported: “Extreme music did not make angry participants angrier; rather, it appeared to match their physiological arousal and result in an increase in positive emotions. Listening to extreme music may represent a healthy way of processing anger for these listeners.”
MUSIC BELONGS IN THE BEDROOM
43% of people play music in the bedroom, with more unmarried couples (62%) blasting tunes than married ones (28%). A survey by the Symphony Hall in Birmingham found R&B was the most popular genre (preferred by 16% of listeners), followed by top 40 hits (12%), classic ’80s and ’90s pop (11%), dance (9%) and indie/rock (8%). The rest of the top genres included jazz, classical, blues, opera, prog rock and thrash metal.
NEW SIGNINGS #1: A.D.K.O.B @ WONDERLICK
Brisbane. • Eminem’s Australian promoter TEG Dainty says a 2017 tour poster doing the rounds is a fake, and that Eminem’s management has been informed. • Hit93.1 Riverina’s breakfast team invited listeners to ring in with their best Ed Sheeran impersonation. One dude won by a mile – and before long it was revealed the mystery caller was the real Sheeran. Ed also let slip he plans to get a tattoo of Elton John on his arse. • At their Adelaide show, Icehouse revealed that the “medical emergency” which caused them to postpone two Perth shows was guitarist Paul Gildea breaking an arm. “I got a BMX for Christmas,” he quipped to the crowd. • Two high-decibel Aussie albums stormed the ARIA charts this week: Dune Rats’ The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit debuted at number one (their last record
STORYTELLING BEGINS AT AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VAULT
Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM) has unveiled the Australian Music Vault, a free and interactive high-tech hall of fame due to open in November. Its 17-strong advisory committee – made up of national music biz execs, media, ACM staffers and arts curatorial experts – met last week for the first time. The meeting was followed by a function for 200 execs. The Vault is set to host a handful of the 600,000 items housed in ACM’s performing arts collection, including rarities from AC/DC, Split Enz, Nick Cave, Australian Crawl and venue flyers and tour posters. Some will be used for the Vault’s ever-changing exhibitions, with items from patrons Kylie Minogue, Molly Meldrum and Michael Gudinski all set to feature. Another patron, Archie Roach, spoke of the importance of documenting the stories behind songs. He made the point with an exquisite performance of ‘Old Mission Road’, a song about the parents from whom he was stolen when he was three. Later, some of the music executives were filmed going over old anecdotes for the Favourite Australian Music Experience (FAME) program. Two of the execs shared their tales from the stage: Bakehouse Studios co-owner and
Wonderlick Entertainment/ Sony Music Entertainment Australia has signed Sydney band A.D.K.O.B. The group was formed by sound engineer Mark Piccles, who over the years has put together a massive eight hard drives’ worth of song ideas. New single ‘Less & Less’ follows ‘Glue’, which got playlisted on triple j and community radio.
NEW SIGNINGS #2: PIKELET @ LISTEN RECORDS
Melbourne’s masked production and DJ duo Lockdown are the latest signing to That Sound Agency. Within a year of playing their first show on Halloween night, they’ve become an underground cult success. Their signing follows TSA’s recent additions Dimatik, Natalie Sax and Fresh Kiwi.
A deal with October Records will see Sydney producer/DJ Endgrain (Jackson May) issue his debut single ‘4x4’. The song draws on UK club culture, house and techno. May and two of his friends are known for putting together Translate Sound System, which powers many of Sydney’s underground party scene events.
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FALCONA ADDS NEW AGENT, ACTS
Sydney boutique music, touring and events company Falcona has appointed Joel Siviour, formerly of Select Music and Archery Club, to work on electronic acts in its agency. “Joel is one of the most talented agents in the electronic space,” says Falcona director Chris Murray. The agency has also announced new signings including LA-based producer Hook N Sling, New Zealand buzz act Sachi, Sydney’s dark electronica duo Mezko and local producers Command Q, Spenda C and Wongo. Falcona already represents Alison Wonderland, Hot Dub Time Machine, Hayden James and Young Franco.
UNIFIED EXPANDS RECORDING DIVISION
Unified has expanded its recorded music division, adding new label manager Conrad Lloyd. The artistic director at Universal Music for five years, Lloyd will work with head of recorded music Luke Logemann to grow the label and seek out new opportunities. Maya Janeska will continue to label manage the flagship heavy music imprint UNFD and Hopeless as she has done since joining the company in 2014.
Beyoncé is being sued for US$20 million for allegedly using the voice of late New Orleans rapper, comedian and YouTube star Messy Mya on her ‘Formation’ track. His estate claims Beyoncé sampled from two 2010 videos, ‘What Happened After New Orleans?’ and ‘Bitch I’m Back, By Popular Demand’. Mya (real name Anthony Barré) was shot that year when leaving his unborn son’s baby shower.
ONELOVE, 1INGROOVES SIGN GLOBAL DEAL
The US-based INgrooves Music Group has struck a global digital distribution and label services partnership with Australia’s Onelove group. Over 15 years, Onelove promoted, toured, licensed and recorded major EDM acts and events. It’s now rebranded itself in artist development and also expanded into publishing and management. It is currently launching a number of new imprints, working with artists directly and led by a fresh team of A&R talent execs. Onelove GM Ant Celestino explains that becoming an artist development hub “means more interaction with artists’ rights, and that shift requires an update of the way we work with a distributor on a global level. Efficient digital delivery, trending models and world-class label services are now essential tools at artist, executive and management levels, and a partnership with a top tier music company like INgrooves provides that support perfectly.” The new deal will be managed locally by Rick Butterworth.
SNAKE SIXX TRIBUTE
Stigmata Promotions is staging a tribute show for Sydney metal guitarist Leif Gregory, AKA Snake Sixx, who passed away late last year aged 40 from an apparent heart attack. Aside from his work with Aftermath, Destrier, Dark Order, Total Abuse and Nazxul, Snake also worked for over 25 months on the Itz All About The Riff project. 33 metal figures from three continents recorded covers of Australian hard rock classics. On Sunday February 26 from 4pm, The Bald Faced Stag will host a number of locals who played on the record, with the guests recreating the tracks after sets by Aussie Metal Knights, Twin City Riot and The Mis-Made. All proceeds will go to his family.
TAKE THE WEATHER WITH YOU
Spotify research shows listeners opt for happy music when it’s sunny and instrumentals during snow, with melancholic acoustic tracks rising in popularity by 121% during the colder months. To that end, it’s introduced Climatune, which works out the weather where you are and provides appropriate tracks from its catalogue.
Lifelines Hospitalised: Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson had surgery on his spine, making him the third in the band to require such an operation, following singer Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root. Ill: Metallica postponed one of four shows in Copenhagen after James Hetfield lost his voice midway through the first. He offered to stop singing as it wasn’t fair to the audience who’d paid good money, but the crowd insisted he sing on. Ill: British ‘rockney’ duo Chas & Dave’s Chas Hodges, 73, diagnosed with early stages of oesophagus cancer. Suing: This Is Spinal Tap co-creator Harry Shearer’s US$125 million lawsuit against Universal Music’s parent company Vivendi for “fraudulently” underpaying producer royalties has now swelled to $400 million after the other creators Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner joined in. In Court: Xavier Rudd is to face alleged assault charges at Byron Bay Local Court on Thursday April 6. They relate to an alleged incident last November. In Court: a 19-year-old who smuggled MDMA in his underwear into last year’s Bunbury instalment of Groovin The Moo was given a $500 fine by the magistrate, who sternly told him the penalty was higher because the incident took place at a music festival. Died: influential US songwriter and producer David Axelrod, 83. In the mid-’60s he wrote two albums for psychedelic band The Electric Prunes. His solo records pioneered the merging of jazz, R&B and rock and were sampled by De La Soul, DJ Shadow, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan and Lil Wayne. Died: internationally renowned Brisbane music journalist and author Ritchie Yorke, 73. He spent many years in Canada where he wrote for Billboard and Rolling Stone and became close friends with John Lennon and Yoko Ono (he ran their peace drives in the late ’60s), Led Zeppelin and Van Morrison. Died: former April Wine bass player Steve Lang, 67. He is the father of Canadian singersongwriter Erin Lang. Died: seven-time Grammy-winner Al Jarreau, 76, peacefully in a Los Angeles hospital. Only days earlier, the jazz singer announced his retirement from touring due to exhaustion.
Pikelet photo by Louis Oliver Roach
NEW SIGNINGS #4: ENDGRAIN @ OCTOBER RECORDS
SLAM co-founder Helen Marcou nominated the SLAM rally, where 20,000 marched in protest at the closing of Melbourne venues, an event that changed the government’s attitude towards live music. “It was a moment where the music industry galvanised … We took back the streets,” she said. Chris Gill, owner of Northside Records and Triple R presenter, recalled “a spiritual moment” when Roach played at the store as part of the 25th anniversary of his Charcoal Lane album – the store is in the same area where the songs were written, and Gill said fans were in tears.
BEYONCÉ SUED OVER SAMPLE
Pikelet, AKA Evelyn Morris, will release her fifth album in 2017 through Listen Records. The label is led by feminist and social rights activist organisation Listen, and includes Biscotti, Simona Castricum, Hi-Tec Emotions, Stina Tester & Cinta Masters, Shag Planet, Beloved Elk and Claws & Organs.
NEW SIGNINGS #3: LOCKDOWN @ THAT SOUND AGENCY
only reached the 22nd spot) while Ocean Grove’s The Rhapsody Tapes debuted at number fi ve. • The Marlborough Hotel on Newtown’s King Street is for sale, apparently for $35m. • After storming the European/UK charts, Kungs’ remix of Melbourne band Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ ‘This Girl’ has been picked up for an ad in the US by mobile company Cricket Wireless, and is also to be announced as the theme song for a new American TV series. • A man from Busselton, Western Australia jumped a fence with friends to get into a local nightclub and had his fi nger cut off when he caught it in razor wire on the fence. His friends retrieved the fi nger… but our genius realised it was missing his wedding ring. They were looking for it when security arrived and turfed them out.