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THURSDAY 3RD JUNE

Red Brick Lane Presents:

+ Former Love Pirates + Rocketsmiths + Sleepyhands

SUNDAY 6TH JUNE

FRIDAY 4TH JUNE

Professor Groove and the Booty Affair

WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE

Saritah Huntings + Digging Roots + Panver Queen

THUR 3 7.30PM

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Mad Polly SUNDAY 13TH JUNE

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Dr Watson & Friends WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE

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Bistu (Album Launch) + Lab 64 + Thrashed + Danger!bus Direct From Ireland - Only Gaelic Language Gig!

John Spillane "One of the greatest songwriters to emerge in the last 10 years is John Spillane." Christy Moore

FRI 11: Melamine + Calling Mendoza; SAT 12: The Monks Of Mellonwah + Hook Elation + S.A.R. + Exit Row FRI 18 JUNE: Beoga (Ire); FRI 25 JUNE: John Spillane (Ire). FOR BAND BOOKINGS, EMAIL: gigs at theh ar p@gmail.com

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The Maladies The Momos + Gramophone Man SATURDAY 5TH JUNE

The Memphis Soul Revue Featuring:

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The Scarletts + Kitch +Nick Latta + The Art Thieves

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The Australian

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Wed 16th June Ophelia Of The Sprits Thur 17th June Blue House Fri 18th June Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow Sat 19th June Jeff Martin Thur 24th June The Universal Thump Featuring Greta Gertler (US)Sat 26th June Custom Kings Sun 27th June Mashas Legacy Sunday 4th July Tom Jordan Thur 08th July The Wildes Sat 10th July Ian Moss Wed 14th July Rick Price Fri 16th July Lisa Miller Sat 17th July Peter Northcote Thur 22nd July Lucie Thorne Fri 23rd July Sara Storer Sat 24th July Gyan Thur 19th July Urban Gypsies Fri 30th July Lazy Susan Sat 31st July Dave Graney


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Contents Issue No. 1011 Tuesday 1 June 2010 All entries must be sent to giveaways@drummedia.com.au and include your full name, address and a contact number. Please note – prizes that are to be collected from the office must be done within four weeks of notification of winning.

THE LOVED ONES

DRUM MEDIA Giveaways – Look to your left for free stuff, silly!

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Mailbag – your say on what floats your boat or makes the red mist descend.

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The News – just like it says, with opinions, tours, releases, Backlash, Frontlash and thanks to the new Sound Emissions website, whatever part you play in the music industry, you can find a way to reduce your carbon emissions.

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Sia wants to get spermulated and become a dog masseuse. Not necessarily in that order.

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Dappled Cities hang with four year olds and find new metaphors for sex in Texas.

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Jack Johnson rocks out. Yes, the Jack Johnson of laidback, cruisy, surfy acoustic type songs. 40 By not making albums anymore, Ash want to be as random as possible. 40 Having only just released their debut album, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! are already thinking about their third. 41 My Brightest Diamond looks to develop a split personality.

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Crystal Castles end up squatting in Detroit and emerge with a new album. 42

THE BASICS

GET STRUNG OUT FOR FREE Anyone who’s heard the latest album, Agents Of The Underground, from Strung Out will know their signature energy and musicianship is still kicking it hard. You’ll also be aware that they’re in town this very Thursday, playing the Annandale with special guests, Philadelphians The Loved Ones along with our own Lungs. We have two double passes to give away to the show, so email us with Strung Out/The Loved Ones giveaway in the subject line by midday Thursday.

WHAT THE MONDO GENERATOR! What do Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), Happy Tom (Turbonegro) and The Fresh Prince Of Darkness (The Dwarves) all have in common? They all feature on the brand new single from Los Angeles band Mondo Generator. With a fresh Mondo Generator line-up in place, the band is playing a limited number of shows in Australia one of which just happens to be at the Annandale Hotel Friday and we have five double passes to that show to give away. Email us with Mondo Generator giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

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Punks Strung Out reckon they’d make a bitchin’ acoustic record.

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Hell is a TV set, a drum machine, a Ferris wheel and a bunch of weird dancers according to Simone Felice.

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Midnight Youth go against the grain. 46 The Black Ryder are control freaks.

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It’s new things for new records with Crow.

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Cabins were excited at getting to use a horn section on their new recording.

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On The Record reviews new release albums and singles from Toe To Toe, Mike Patton, Hole and more. 48 Andrew Haug fills us in on the metal world as he makes The Racket.

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Stu Harvey delivers a Short Fast Report on punk and hardcore.

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Scott Fitzsimons gets Young & Restless with all ages goings on.

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Viktor Krum asks you to Get It Together with the latest in hip hop.

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Dan Condon features the world of blues and roots with Roots Down.

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Michael Smith delivers some Blow with jazz and world music news.

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Go south as you enter Pedro Manoy’s Swamp Shack.

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TIME FOR SOME CITY ESCAPE

FRONT ROW

City Escape are on their first headlining tour of the year, celebrating the fact that their EP, Avalanches, has been out a full year, and that they’re marking the anniversary by offering the EP for full download via their MySpace site. They’re joined on the tour by Boston hardcore punks Therefore I Am, who are on their first ever visit here, and they’ll be showcasing their latest album, The Sound Of Human Lives. Together they’re playing Spectrum Saturday, an all ages show Live at the Wall Sunday and The Harp Hotel, Wollongong Wednesday 9 June. We’ve been slung five double passes to the show at The Wall to give away, so you know the drill – email us with City Escape giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

Snapshot on Polixeni Papapetrou; Cats gets reviewed; Sydney Opera House gets a dose of neon theatre with Glow; and This Week Is Arts plans your next seven days.

GETTING BACK TO BASICS Their drummer and cofounder Wally de Backer is back from his Gotye duties and The Basics are back with a new EP, Wait For You, so with that as the perfect excuse, they’re hitting the road once. Thursday 10 June sees the Melbourne three-piece play the Oxford Art Factory, and we’ve got two Basics packs that each include a copy of the EP and double pass to the show to give away. So email us with The Basics giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 8 June.

GUN-LOVIN’ CHICKS R US Sydney five-piece Chicks Who Love Guns have released their debut EP, Vomit On The Dance Floor, fresh from a run up to Brisbane, get to headline another night at Spectrum Saturday 12 June accompanied by The Go Roll Your Bones and Doc Holiday Takes A Shotgun, and would love to see all your smiling faces there. To help that happen, they’ve passed over a Chicks Who Love Guns bag containing a copy of the EP and a double pass to the show, so email us with Gun-loving Chicks giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 8 June.

CELEBRATING A DENNIS LIFE There was once a third Dennis brother, Dale, who sadly passed away last year. His brothers singer and guitarist Lyle and bass player Erle Dennis have dedicated the new Dennis Boys Band album, No Story To Tell (Green Media), to Dale’s memory, and the Newcastle band wants to share their alt. country/roots in person at the launch of the album this Friday at Laguna Wine Bar. If you can’t manage that, we have one copy of the album for you to taste and try on us, so email us with Dennis Boys Band CD giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 8 June. • 24 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

The Red Eyes aim to take it as far as they can.

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Robin McLeavy talks about her roles in Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure for Company B and playing for scares in Australian horror film The Loved Ones; we profile Stills Gallery; Cultural Cringe looks at the arts scene this week. 59 Ben Mendelsohn and David Michôd discuss the new Australian crime flick Animal Kingdom; we take a look at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Biennale; Rain Man gets reviewed. 60 Film reviews: Animal Kingdom and City Island; Julia Ohannessian talks blood in Oresteia; we profile Chippendale gallery White Rabbit.

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Fragmented Films looks at the Ed D. Wood Collection; we chime in on Red Dead Redemption, the latest video game to take the world by storm. 63 Front Row Guide To The 2010 Sydney Film Festival, featuring an interview with Mars Volta’s Omar Rodríguez-López for his film The Sentimental Engine Slayer, our picks of the festival and bands weigh in on their cinematic experiences. 65

LIVE It’s all here: gig reviews, tour guide, what’s happening this week, charts, gig guide, random shit and more.

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Finish Line hits hard with industry fact and conjecture.

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Adam Curley looks at some of the latest releases The Breakdown.

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arrangement Buckley did in a sense make it his own, but it still doesn’t compare to Cohen’s version, or, indeed, his legacy.

After reading Jeff’s gripes in last week’s issue (mailbag #1010) I thought of a simple solution. That said I need to declare that I am what you might call old at 47, but still love my live music when I get a chance to see something. And before you start with the old fart stuff, yes I know how to use the ‘net and of course a computer.

I suggest Ray that you grab yourself a ticket to Cohen’s upcoming tour. Then you’ll hear a true master of his craft who’s still at the top of his game (in fact, Live In London is one of his best records full stop) who didn’t waste his talent foolishly.

What about this? No internet sales. Ticket booth sales only limited to say two – four per punter. This means you need to physically line up (like the good old days... aha) to buy a bloody ticket. That way true fans that actually could be arsed to get out and wait in the cold should be rewarded.

Sandringham

Bit old fashioned? Yes. Not convenient for people who work? Absolutely. But who wins? The true fans who line up and hopefully not scalpers with a quick computer trigger figure.

Dear Drum,

Thanks for listening. Con Waverley The internet? They have that on computers now? – Ed

GRACEFUL VERSION Dear Drum, Yes, Leonard Cohen wrote hallelujah and we thank him immensely for it (mailbag #1010)... but Jeff Buckley owns that song so much that I consider his the measure by which all versions are judged, including the bloke who wrote it. Some songs touch us so deeply that our tolerance lowers considerably for any other version but the one that made us fall for the song in the first place. I didn’t become an appreciator of Leonard Cohen until after I’d heard Buckley’s Hallelujah and as much as I wanted the original to rise above, or even equal such a sublime cover, it didn’t. And while I realise some people find Buckley’s vocal style to be histrionic at times it is the opinion of this writer and music lover that this particular song is the perfect example of superior lyricist meeting superior vocalist.

Jim

In all this no one’s even mentioned Il Divo’s version. It’s in Spanish, you know. – Ed

CRYING POOR I am troubled by my increasing need to watch concerts come and go. It’s heartbreaking. The barrage of artists touring in attempt to subsidise income from lost CD sales is unprecedented and the music loving public have never had more choice. What baffles me is that despite more musical choice, ticket prices have never been more overpriced. Ticket prices are sky rocketing, sub standard ticketing procedures remain unrectified and patience is running low. The most recent bollocking is charging $14.90 to collect concert tickets. How can anyone justify charging this kind of money to collect a product you’ve already paid for? The production and mailing charge is $2 at best so we can only assume they are picking our pockets for every last penny. New artists seem to be the worst offenders. Where an artist once built the right and reputation to charge larger ticket prices, new artists are charging first and performing later. I’m not suggesting these gigs are substandard, they’re simply overpriced given the limited material they have. The thought of new artists charging upwards of $80 is baffling and with so much choice the danger of overpricing these bands is the death of the emerging scene in favour of more established artists. Getting to the cheaper venues will likely build a fanbase that’s loyal to the music and not to the craze, surely presenting better odds for longevity.

Miller

Sadly the ringing in my ears is no longer from the music but from the sound of a promoter opening the cash register.

Dare you to say that to Leonard Cohen’s face when he’s here in November. Go on. Double dare ya. – Ed

Finally, can you lend me $2 for the bus? I’ve got a gig tonight.

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE

Sealy

Cate

Dear Drum,

Here’s a fiver. Buy yourself a schooner at happy hour while you’re at it. – Ed

My dear Ray (mailbag #1010) I believe you are overlooking a very important point about the song Hallelujah. The fact that it’s Leonard Cohen’s song and it is his version that is the definitive performance. Now I’ve got nothing against Buckley (apart from the obvious cashing in on his estate) or kd Lang, but Cohen’s version is so patient, so impassioned, sung with such an imperfect voice that the life that he gave it can never be replicated. Buckley’s version is good no doubt, but not in the smoky calibre of Cohen’s. And there’s another point while we’re here – Hallelujah is Buckley’s most famous song and usual entry point into his album (note, that’s singular) and it’s not even his track. I’m all for covers – Johnny Cash making Trent Reznor’s Hurt his own – and with the modified

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FLORENCE & THE MACHINE THE BOAT PEOPLE

A fourth and final Sydney concert by Florence & The Machine has been announced for Sunday 8 August, this time at the Hordern Pavilion.

SAILING HOME Quiet achievers of the Australian music scene, The Boat People are adding to their two album and many EP back catalogue with a new full-length, Dear Darkly. They’ve played heaps of high-profile festivals both here and abroad as well as garnered plenty of radio airtime, and now the Brisbane indie pop outfit are hitting the road once more just as the album is released 2 July. Catch them at the Harp Hotel in Wollongong Thursday 15 July, or Spectrum the following Friday 16. The reaction to their new singles, especially Soporific, has been positive.

LAURA MARLING Fellow Briton Laura Marling has also added another Sydney show, her Metro Theatre show Monday 2 August having sold out quick smart. She’ll now also play the Factory Theatre Sunday 1, once again with guests The Maple Trail. Lungs will be opening for Strung Out and The Loved Ones when they play the Annandale Hotel Thursday.

WATER INSPIRATIONS

CLOSE TO GOD

The consensus was unanimous – Leonard Cohen’s recent visit to Australia was one of the most spectacular performances a lot of people had ever seen. And if you didn’t go, you’d wished you did after seeing/hearing his live release, Live In London – an absolute classic of a live album. We all thought it was his last visit, raising funds to compensate for the money his manager had swindled, but he’s returning, and this is a very rare opportunity for those who missed out to repent their mistake – a chance we never thought they’d have. Monday 8 November Cohen plays Acer Arena – it will be magic.

Jordie Lane gets to open for Simone Felice when the multi-tasking American plays the Annandale Wednesday 9 June.

KEEPING THE ROLL GOING

Blackalicious MC, Gift Of Gab, comes to town Friday 11 June for a night at the Oxford Art Factory showcasing his new album, Escape 2 Mars, accompanied by DJ/producer Dnaebeats and joined by Ozi Batla and Loose Change. M-Phazes delivers a live set when he’s joined at Spectrum Sunday 13 June by Joyride Sound System, Mailer Daemon Sound System and loads of other guests.

THE TING TINGS

Italian DJ phenomenon Luigi Baroni brings his latest electro-house project Gigi Barocco to Candy’s Apartment Friday 2 July and Lot 33 in Canberra Saturday 3. The girl who sang the anthem for Barrack Obama’s presidential campaign, Shontelle, will be the guest of New Yorker Kevin Rudolf when he takes the Enmore Theatre stage Sunday 18 July. Brooklyn five-piece Alberta Cross has added Newcastle’s Cambridge Hotel Sunday 25 July to their Splendour sideshow activities, so that’s the night after they play the Annandale. Winterbeatz 2010 at the Acer Arena just got bigger with the addition of OutKast’s Big Boi and “partyking hypeman” Fatman Scoop to an already massive line-up headed up by Ne-Yo, T-Pain and more. The Red Ink Battlescars tour, on the back of the new single of that title, pulls into the Gaelic Theatre Saturday. Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, The Butterfly Effect, who were to be the special guests of Cog at the Metro Theatre Friday 11 June, will not now be able to do so. Cog will however go ahead with the gig, while The Butterfly Effect will be at the Mona Vale Hotel Sunday 11 July, and then at Campbelltown RSL Wednesday 14.

THAT’S IS MY BAND THE DRUMS

THE BEAT OF HYPE They’re being told they’re cool by all the right people, and you’d expect The Drums will elicit the same response from we locals when they arrive on Australian shores for the first time for Splendour. The UK fans and critics are virtually tripping over themselves to throw praise the way of the New Yorkers, who’ve just announced a sideshow Sunday 1 August at the Oxford Art Factory (really, where else?). With their debut album due very, very soon, discover them before they hit our shores – you’ll enjoy yourself far more.

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HOMETOWN HEADLINE There have been whispers for a couple of years now that Sydney’s Fait Accompli were something above and beyond the regular indie types. With a progressive and punk slant to their sound, following a trip to South By Southwest and with new tracks and a live show to go with it, the band will be headlining the Gaelic Theatre Friday 11 June with supports from The Lazys, Generation Swine and Contraband. The headliner’s debut album, Dreams, from which the lead single, Ride, was lifted last year, is expected to surface during the year.

BIGGEST AND BEST

Cabins do the honours Saturday at the Factory Theatre, opening for Children Collide, who are launching the first single, Jellylegs, from their forthcoming and second album.

Former Sydneysider now several years New York City-based singer, songwriter and keyboards player Greta Gertler brings her latest project, The Universal Thump, to Notes Thursday 24 June, the band, accompanied by string quartet featuring FourPlay’s Lara Goodridge, launching an Australian tour EP, First Spout.

After packing out one whole area of the Big Day Out festival, it was obvious that a few people had underestimated the fan base of pop duo The Ting Tings. We really shouldn’t have though, how many people did you hear singing, humming, tapping, dancing, convulsing along to That’s Not My Name? It’s fun music, often just for fun music’s sake – and sometimes that’s a very refreshing thing. Playing the Splendour In The Grass festival, they play the Enmore Theatre Wednesday 28 July.

It was just going to be a couple of shows, but since 1927 had so much fun being back on the road last year and the reception to the re-issuing of their multi-platinum album …ISH was so good, they just had to do a 20th anniversary tour for the record. Featuring tracks like That’s When I Think Of You, If I Could and You’ll Never Know, it may be the last time you get to catch these tracks live. With a tour running over three months, they’ll be at the Belmont 16 Footers Club Saturday 3 July, the Southern Cross Club Friday 6 August and the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Saturday 7.

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Singer, songwriter and in demand session player Daniel March launches his debut album, The Wonder And Hunger, Saturday 12 June at Sol Sutra on Oxford Street.

Last week saw Midnight Juggernauts release their new album, The Crystal Axis, with a limited edition seven-track bonus disc, but you’ll have to wait until Friday 20 August before you get to experience it and more live at the Forum, joined by Dappled Cities, Canyons and Kirin J Callinan.

Apparently the new album from London’s Fanfarlo isn’t just called Reservoir for no reason; it’s said the collective’s frontman Simon Balthazar has an obsession with the things. Fair enough, those things can display grandeur at times. The new album is due out mid-June, and to coincide with the release the band will be making their way to Sydney, as part of their first ever shows in the country. Appearing at the Splendour festival, you can also catch their energetically-aged indie tracks at the Gaelic Theatre Monday 7 August.

DAVE GLEESON

THE CLOSEST THING After the success of their recent Beatles tribute night, the folks at CCE have announced the eight annual Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin tribute event, which will once again take place at the Enmore Theatre, Thursday 16 September. The night originally started live at The Basement, but has moved up in the world over the years due to popular demand. Regular faces will once again provide vocals - Dave Gleeson (Screaming Jets), Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Simon Meli (Oohlala) and Zyke - with a 12-piece band behind them. It always sells out, so get on Ticketek quick smart, sales to general public from Thursday.

Undoubtedly Australia’s biggest hardcore/metal act at the moment, over the last two years Parkway Drive have proved an influence and inspiration not only for bands, but for the whole scene. Having spent plenty of time overseas recently showing the rest of the world what we already know, the band have now got around to releasing their new record, Deep Blue. There’ll be no holds barred either. When was the last time you saw a hardcore band play the Hordern Pavilion? Well they’ll be doing just that Friday 24 September, as well as in Canberra’s Royal Theatre Saturday 25 and Newcastle Panthers Monday 27. Get out and support Australia’s finest – the album’s out 25 June.

NOT SCARED ANYMORE Without experiencing it yourself, it’s hard to fathom what coming to terms with your own mortality might feel like – especially if you are just 20, as Girl Vs Ghost’s guitarist Tristan Waight was, when an advanced stage of cancer was discovered. Thankfully, after a year of treatment, he’s cancer-free and the band are focused like never before and heading our way very soon. Playing a punk brand with a few pop influences, the female-fronted quartet will be at the Cambridge Hotel Wednesday 30 June and Candy’s Apartment Friday 9 July.

JIMMY BARNES

BARNSY ROCKS THE ‘DALE The Annandale Hotel’s tenth anniversary birthday week celebrations (since the Rule brothers took control) were looking good already, but they’ve stepped it up with a real-life legend of the Australian rock, and more recently soul, scenes. The one and only Jimmy Barnes will be performing at the sticky-carpeted pub Sunday 27 July, with tickets on sale now (that wasn’t just information, that was a drop what your doing and go and buy yourself tickets through the venue’s website now). Still in fine form, proven by the Cold Chisel reunion, this one’s going to be special.


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CUSTOM KINGS

THEY THE KINGS They’ve been working on anything but Custom Kings, but now the musicians that make up the Melbourne band are back focusing on the day job, and are currently working on their second album, Great Escape. Being recorded in Melbourne’s infamous Sing Sing studio, the record’s looking at an August release date, and will once again channel their “late ‘60s/ early ‘70s California” sound, with more contemporary ‘90s indie influences. Returning from hiatus, in between hometown residency dates, they’ll be at the Cambridge Hotel Friday 25 June, Notes Saturday 26 and the Brass Monkey Sunday 27.

PRIDE OF THE COUNTRY It’s usually a category dominated by rock and pop, but Troy Cassar-Daley is confounding all expectations. The Australian country performer has been nominated for the APRA Song Of The Year award for his track Big Big Love alongside the likes of The Temper Trap and Sarah Blasko. Now with his album, I Love This Place, coming to the end of its touring cycle, Cassar-Daley will be performing his last Australian show for the year before relocating to Nashville Wednesday 23 June at the Seymour Centre’s York Theatre. The special event will be filmed, with the aim of releasing a DVD later in the year.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

A NIGHT WITH RUFUS It was a great tragedy, on a number of levels, that Rufus Wainwright had to cancel his intimate run of shows planned for earlier this year due to the passing of his mother, singer Kate McGarrigle, but he’s made true his vow to return to Australia and has booked the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Thursday 14 October. The themes of loss that inhabit his latest record, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, which also has more piano/ voice work than his previous, orchestral-informed, albums, now seem more poignant in light of his mother’s death. With anticipation for his return high even before his tour was postponed, expect a sell-out.

WHITE NOISE

SOME LIKE IT BIG

At the Big Day Out, Muse were huge. Huge sound, huge projections, huge crowd, but we all know that they can go bigger – we’ve seen the footage. Returning to our shores later in the year and without the confines of a festival stage set-up, the British trio will be taking to Acer Arena Thursday 9 December, their natural habitat. Their last two albums, especially Black Holes & Revelations and The Resistance, have been built for the stadium environment – anything else just doesn’t feel right. It’s bound to be quite the experience, a call to musical arms, with tickets going on sale this Monday through Ticketek.

Swedish trio Miike Snow can definitely write a song. Two-thirds of the band, Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, have won a Grammy Award for their producing moniker Bloodshy & Avant, where they’ve helped craft the sound of Madonna, Britney Spears (Toxic won the Grammy) and our own Kylie. Now writing indie-pop tunes with American Andrew Wyatt, they’ve quickly put themselves above the pack, with Wyatt providing the voice and lyrics to the band’s slick undertones. Heading to Australia this August, they’ll be at The Forum Wednesday 4 August.

YOUNG TALENT TIME At just 19 years of age, Jason Derulo has put a solid foot forward into the international music scene. Kicking things off with the single, Whatcha Say, he followed it up with In My Head, which shot to the top of the ARIA charts – and has been ever present on iTunes. He’s not just a pretty front either; he’s contributed to songs by rap superstar Lil Wayne and fellow loved youngster Sean Kingston. With a definite soul tinge to his R&B tracks – everything from shimmering pop to ballads – he’s making his first appearances in Australia later this year. Tuesday 9 November he’s at the Hordern Pavilion.

THE GIN CLUB

DARREN H ANLON

FOR GIN AND FOR DEATH

ALL HIS LOVE

The brand new record from Brisbane’s The Gin Club is a corker. Deathwish has developed the traditional folk strains of their self-titled debut to see that band incorporate a wider palette of sounds, whereby guest members gel brilliantly and don’t outstay their welcome, and the songs can sound intimate and personal as well as develop into rolling tracks with nothing in their way. Playing a launch show in each of the East Coast’s major cities, they’ll be at the Annandale Hotel Friday 18 June.

There’s no doubting Darren Hanlon’s skill as a wordsmith and so lyric fans, pencil the date Friday 16 July into your diaries, because the pop-smith will be releasing his fourth studio album, I Will Love You At All that day. The new record was written during Hanlon’s international travels (see if you can pick which track was written in Paris, and the one from Coonabarabran) and recorded in Portland. Hitting the road shortly after the release to promote the record, he’ll be at the Armidale Club Wednesday 11 August, Newcastle’s Gallipoli Legions Club Thursday 12, The Factory Theatre Friday 13, Tilley’s in Canberra on Saturday 14, the Clarendon Guesthouse Sunday 15 and the Heritage Hotel Wednesday 18.

KIDS ON OVERLOAD There is a huge lineup that has been assembled for Dueting It For The Kids – a night that does exactly what it says on the tin in support of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, which aims to bring hope and inspiration to Indigenous and disadvantaged children - that includes Rachael Beck, Richard Clapton, Iva Davies, Tim Freedman (The Whitlams), Mark Gable (Choirboys), Paul Gray (Wa Wa Nee), Jay Laga’aia, Darryl Lovegrove (The Leading Men), Wendy Matthews, Jessica Mauboy, Mirusia, Jenny Morris, Ian Moss, Melinda Schneider, Glenn Shorrock, Danielle Spencer, Don Spencer and more. Expect the likes of Leo Sayer and Paulini doing You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, and Christine Anu and Jimmy Little doing My Island Home at the State Theatre, Monday 9 August. • 30 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

MIND SWELLS Sydney’s very own Richard In Your Mind have announced the release details of their latest record, My Volcano, and we can tell you that it’s a cracker of a release, and we expect that the band will finally be getting the recognition they deserve. Subdued and psychedelic, they’re currently on tour with Cloud Control, but will be stepping out to play launch shows throughout July. Kicking off in their hometown, they’ll be at Spectrum Saturday 3. We assume, and hope, that there are big things in store for the guys following this album release, and not just within our nation’s borders.

ANIMAL SHAPES

“TWINKLE-CORE” By now you should know that Animal Shapes features members of Grand Fatal, Lights Out, Staying At Home, Lungs etc., but from these punk roots arises, “noodley twinkle-core,” as they call it. It’s essentially an innovative and intricate indie sound, and their debut album, Calabi-Yau, is ready for consumption. Playing an instore at independent Parramatta record store Beatdisc this Friday, the album will be released that day. However they’ll be launching the record properly on Saturday 26 June at Spectrum.

AIRBOURNE

THERE WILL BE ROCK There were many that said that Airbourne would be discarded as quickly as they emerged, their likeness to AC/DC too much for punters to handle. Well didn’t they get that wrong! Not only did their 2007 album, Runnin’ Wild, bring the Victorian outfit much acclaim here and overseas, their second album, No Guts. No Glory, cracked the top five in Germany and Canada, top ten in New Zealand and top 20 here when it was released earlier this year. In their first run of Australian dates since 2007 (they’ve been too popular overseas to return sooner) they play The Metro Theatre, Friday 22 October.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS

RING OUT VIII The atmospheric electro-pop of School Of Seven Bells (beautifully reduced to SVIIIB) is back in Australia for Splendour In The Grass, and the band has now announced sideshow dates. The trio comprises of twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza with ex-Secret Machines man Benjamin Curtis and they’ve a new record to push, Disconnect From Desire, due for release early July. Less introspective than their debut, Alpinisms, it’s a record that has definitely been influenced by their touring around the world. Saturday 31 July, SVIIIB return to the Gaelic Theatre.


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FUNK BY NAME, ROCK BY NATURE

After last year’s successes, The Hunter Valley’s Funk N Grooves festival will return for another run this year, with a bigger and better line-up… albeit with quite a lack of actual funk and/or groove bands. But that’s not to worry as they’ve got some of the country’s top rock and indie acts at the moment, with Gyroscope, Spiderbait, British India (pictured), Urthboy, Washington, Resin Dogs, Calling All Cars, The Bamboos, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Red Ink, Samba Frog and Boston Shaker due to play. At a new venue Broke Rd, next door to Tyrrell’s vineyards, the festival takes place Saturday 11 September, with tickets from the official website.

HELLYEAH

CAN I GET A HELL YEAH? A metal supergroup of sorts, Hellyeah have made a mark of their own. Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Chad Gray (Mudvayne), Greg Tribett (Mudvayne), Bob Zilla (Damageplan) and Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) create charging and pummelling, no reservations made, no riff left unturned, no sissy ambience metal. With their appropriately titled second album Stampede due for release 29 June, the band will be bringing their anthems back to Australia one month later. With tickets on sale this Friday, they’ll be at The Metro Theatre Thursday 29 July.

HOOTERS Melbourne’s alternative rock outfit Brittle keep popping up in various places, scoring various supports and the like – and they’re set to find themselves in Sydney once again, on tour in support of their new EP The Owls, their biggest national tour since 2008. Recorded with Mark Opitz and set to be released mid June as a free, digital download, the five track release will no doubt feature heavily throughout their sets at Wollongong’s Grand Hotel Thursday 22 July and the Ivanhoe Hotel Friday 23.

NEW LITTLE TRACKS The folk-pop of Melbourne’s The Little Stevies is somewhat suited to the winter weather and that’s exactly what they’ll be doing soon before they head back inside to begin work on their second album for a bit until they’re due back on the US and Canadian circuits in October – a jaunt that looks to continue into the 2011 festival season. So, for a first taste of new material they’ll be at the Beach Road Hotel Tuesday 22 June, The Vanguard Wednesday 23, the Transit Bar Thursday 24 and The Basement, Circular Quay on Friday 25 (supporting Mr Percival).

FOLK CHANTS With folk music quickly replacing electro as the chosen retrorehash of the indie scenes, there’s been quite a few discussions over what ‘folk music’ actually is and distinguishing the various shades of the genre. Announcing a run of upcoming shows, Royal Chant have tried to brand their own sound and have come up with the “raw and chaotic modes of expression that careen haphazardly between the mythic, romantic, comedic and ironic,” type. We do know they’re noisy and hope that their debut album (tentatively called Put A Sock In It, Sergeant!) is near completion. At the moment they’ll be playing Caringbah Bizzo’s Saturday, the Beach Road Hotel Wednesday 9 June, Friday 11 at the Avalon RSL and Sunday 13 at The Vanguard.

Channel [V] is filming its next two episodes of [V] Live at Waves in Towradgi Beach Hotel Monday 14 June, with Gyroscope, currently promoting their second single, Baby I’m Getting’ Better, off their album, Cohesion, and Children Collide performing. You can register for your chance to be a part of the event at www.vmusic. com.au. Meanwhile the Operator Please [V] Live concert filmed last week goes to air 5pm Saturday 12 June. Recorded over three years and three continents – here in Sydney, in Europe and in Hollywood – Andy Clockwise has just released his new album, The Socialite. The Arcade Fire have released a limited edition double A-side 12” vinyl version of the first singles, including the title track of their forthcoming album, The Suburbs, with Month Of May. Melbourne’s The Sirens Of Venice, featuring Gersey frontman Craig Jackson, release their self-titled debut album Friday. Maryland USA’s Clutch, who toured here earlier this year, release a 2DVD set, Live At The 9:30, one a concert film, the other a behind the scenes road film titled Fortune Tellers Make A Killing These Days, Friday. The band may – or may not – be over, but the Oasis legacy lives on, starting with the first complete collection of their singles, Time Flies… 1994-2009, out Friday 11 June, the deluxe edition including a second disc with all 36 video clips the band made, all previously unreleased, as well as the ‘last ever’ recorded Oasis live show, at the Roundhouse in London July last year. Portland, Oregon-based six-piece Blitzen Trapper release their fifth album, Destroyer Of The Void, Friday 11 June.

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FRONTLASH

LEONARD COHEN

What a stalwart that that guy is.

OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ What an interesting chap that guy is.

LOU REED What a sleepy man that guy is.

LEONARD COHEN

BACKLASH

THE HOBBIT

Guillermo Del Toro has quit as director of the The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of The Rings series that has been in prodection for years – they’re looking at six years all up. Peter Jackson’s still producing, but it looks shakier than ever now.

EUROWTF Amid all the over-arched eyebrows (a tribute to Chris Klein?) and wind machines, somehow the tragic Eurovision contest was one by a German lass doing Lily Allen better than Lilly Allen has done it. Or maybe three hours of trash just wore us down.

X-FACTOR Matthew Newton as judge? What does he know about talent?

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SOUND BUSINESS PRACTICE SATURDAY IS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY AND ON THAT DAY LIVE EARTH AUSTRALIA IS LAUNCHING AN INTERACTIVE WEBSITE CALLED SOUND EMISSIONS THAT JUST MIGHT ALLOW EVERYONE WHO LOVES MUSIC, FROM THE PRODUCERS TO THE CONSUMERS, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MICHAEL SMITH TALKS TO THE MAN BEHIND IT, MAT MORRIS.

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ack in 2007, through the Live Earth concert series, a number of environmental grants were made available, one of which I was successful in securing to look at ways to help the entire Australian music industry move towards a lower carbon footprint,” begins Mat Morris, an Australian environmental scientist and music fan who specialises in carbon and resource management solutions. He pioneered the ‘carbon ticket’, which allows fans to do their bit by offsetting some of their own travel emissions. “As part of that I undertook a fairly in-depth market research process, speaking with some of our larger touring companies, festival operators and a number of artists, to really get a handle on what they felt was missing in terms of moving us forward. “I found they basically fell into three groups. There were the ‘carbon crusaders’ – tour promoters and festival operators who were well ahead of the curve, right into addressing climate change issues and had put together programs and initiatives to tackle that. Then there is a much larger group I’d call the ‘carbon confused’,” he laughs. “These were people that knew that climate change is an issue, they wanted to do something about it, but it really wasn’t their core business so they didn’t really know how to go about doing it. And then of course there were ‘carbon evaders’, a small group that basically

would either wait for government legislation or were really not interested in integrating climate issues into their daily business activities. The main message was that people just wanted something simple, a place to go where they could get simple, layperson information about managing their carbon emissions – and that’s how Sound Emissions was born.”

A not-for-profit interactive website, Sound Emissions is the first of its kind in Australia and aims to provide members of the Australian music community and fans with information, tips and resources required to minimise their carbon footprint and help us all become a little more “carbon smart”. To give you an idea of the sort of emissions involved, here are a few facts. If you drive to a gig, depending on how far you have to travel, you’ll generate anything up to 100kg of carbon emissions. If you’re an artist flying from, say, Melbourne to Perth to perform, you’re contributing 1600kg to carbon emissions. On the macro level, a typical 20,000 person outdoor festival – in terms of artists through airfares, freight, production, vehicles, electricity, generators and so on – generates up to 200 tonnes in carbon emissions, while the audience, just through travelling to and from the event, can generate from 1,500 to 2,000 tonnes. Obviously, the science behind climate change is incredibly complex, so the idea behind the Sound Emissions website is to provide this sort of information in a way that makes sense and provide users viable ways to do their small part in reducing at least their part of the carbon footprint. “It really is a complex set of issues and I think the trick really was to present the information in a way that was digestible. So on the Sound Emissions website it’s been broken down into parts of the music industry supply chain if you like, so there’s a section on artists, a section on venues, festivals, tours, record companies and most importantly fans, because when you look at the total footprint of the music industry, probably around 90 percent of the emissions that are generated that are associated with the music industry are generated by fans getting to and from events. So the trick was really to identify those issues that revolve around avoidance, reduction and offsetting carbon emissions and present them in a way that people could see them and say, ‘Ah,

MAT MORRIS that’s what they mean, I see how I can implement that and I can also see it’s not going to cost me the earth to make these changes.’ It’s really just back to basics – have a second look at what you’re doing and just see where you can make an improvement and everyone does make those small improvements; they do add up. “In the music industry supply chain, there are I think two important ‘pinch’ points – the fans and the artists – and the artists have an incredible ability to influence a massive cross-section of Australians to make the necessary behavioural changes. Artists are a lynchpin to this initiative and artists are becoming more aware that they have a power to influence, say, record companies to package their CDs in a greener way, to undertake greener tours or to have particular greener aspects to festivals they might play at. Fans conversely are starting to recognise that through their purchasing power that they have the ability to influence the music industry supply chain.” As one of the aforementioned artists, Clare Bowditch, sees it, “Right now we are the very country who could be leading the world with the grand-scale development of our own ground-breaking sustainable energy industry! What’s with the hold up?” On the other hand, The Living End’s Scott Owen reckons, “We must leave this planet as tidy as we can for future generations.” It really isn’t rocket science. We really can all make a difference and the best way to know how, each in our own way, is to check into www.soundemissions.com.au and see.


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THE MANY FRIENDS OF SIA KATIE NOONAN When the former george lead singer was in New York writing her debut solo album and was in desperate need of a friendly face, a detour to LA to write Sweet One with Sia on her way back to Australia was just what the homesick singer needed. BECK The Scientologist has become a regular collaborator of Sia’s. After seeing her perform at a festival in LA, Beck asked her to sing with him on a duet of Grease smash You’re The One That I Want. Since then, Beck has turned up singing on several Sia albums. FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS After an introduction from Drew Barrymore, Bret McKenzie and Sia’s friendship extended beyond the occasional brunch. When he was recording Flight Of The Conchords’ second album I Told You I Was Freaky with partner in rhyme Jermaine Clement and needed a vocalist he put in an urgent call out to his Adelaide mate. The Aussie was around and more than willing to spend an afternoon with everyone’s favourite New Zealanders.

SIA TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

DAVID BYRNE & FATBOY SLIM When David Byrne and Fatboy Slim brought their musical about former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos to CD, Here Lies Love, they enlisted the help of some very impressive ladies to sing their oddly themed pop. The company Sia keeps on the album includes Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Cyndi Lauper, Santigold and Sharon Jones.

SIA’S NEW ALBUM IS A POP EXPLOSION, BUT DON’T GET TOO USED TO THE ADELAIDE SINGER BEING AROUND. SHE TELLS DANIELLE O’DONOHUE IT MIGHT ALL BE OVER SOON.

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hen Adelaide singer/songwriter Sia took the stage at last year’s ARIAs to accept her award for Best Music DVD, she walked up barefooted and made the shortest ARIA speech in history, consisting of little more than a shocked, “I wasn’t really expecting this, so thanks and bye”. It was obvious then this artist wasn’t your average media trained, industry approved pop starlet. This is a woman very definitely marching to the beat of her own drum. In fact, despite success around the world, a home base in LA and a list of big name fans, Sia’s contemplating giving it all up. “I really miss home actually,” Sia says, after confessing she’s spent the day of Drum’s interview doing Tim Tam slams in a Starbucks in Washington DC with an old high school friend from Adelaide. “This last Christmas I went back and I was with JD [Samson from Le Tigre] – my girlfriend – and we loved it. It was like magic. I thought to myself I could totally come back and live here. So I’m trying to get out of this game right now. I want to be just a songwriter and maybe work at like the RSPCA or something and be like a dog masseuse or if I ever get good enough to be like a dog trainer or a dog psychologist, that’s what I really like. That’s what makes me really happy. The best day of this tour so far was the day that I got a tour of the Minneapolis Humane Society.” Though it seems crazy to contemplate walking away from her performing career, Sia isn’t just a singer with a voice to swoon to. She’s also fast becoming a go-to songwriter and her latest credit is sure to bring her even more work. Sia has co-written tracks with Christina Aguilera for Xtina’s latest album and rather then send the US pop

tart a couple of songs through the appropriate channels, the lady herself rang Sia to invite her to the Aguilera mansion. “She got in touch. Well, her management got in touch with my management and tried to set up a phone call. She said, ‘Would you be interested in writing with me for my next record?’ I said, ‘I would love to. Do you want me to work with Linda Perry or with one of my guys that I normally work with?’ and her exact words were, ‘I really want to step into your world’.” “Then she said, ‘Why don’t you bring one of your friends?’ Now who out of my friends do I want to make a million dollars? It was my friend Sam Dixon who I’ve probably known for 17 years and we write songs with each other. So I chose him. He was the chosen one. And he came to Christina’s house with me and wrote four songs and all of them made the album. They even flew us back to write a song for her new movie with Cher, Burlesque.” But if this unique artist is stepping away from her own recording career, she’s certainly going out with a bang. New album We Are Born is going to surprise a lot of the fans Sia found with the success of song Breathe Me, an achingly melancholy track with barely there vocals and swelling strings. In contrast, We Are Born is unashamedly pop; a celebration of a record that sways and swings along on funky basslines, almost out-souls Amy Winehouse on Be Good To Me and even shows Gaga a thing or two on Bring Night. “I started writing it a long time ago. I’d written a lot of these songs over the last six years. And I’ve always written songs like this,” Sia explains. “If anyone has

listened to my first record Healing Is Difficult they’d know that I tried to write pop music then. And then I started writing with Zero 7 and I was influenced by them. I’m easily influenced, so I made Colour The Small One. I was pigeonholed as a downtempo artist. “I practically tried to deliver this record to Universal five or six years ago and they dropped me so I hot-footed it over to America because Breathe Me was in Six Feet Under and I got a little deal and everybody said it would be career suicide if you put out this uptempo record because you’re a downtempo artist and I was like, ‘Fuck I’ve been pigeonholed’. I did what everybody suggested – make another downtempo record so I could probably make an uptempo record after that. I kept accumulating these songs that I felt were really fun and poppy but that nobody else knew how to market.” Though Sia admits to not really listening to music, she says that We Are Born has been getting the occasional play on her stereo, which considering she only listened to her previous albums once each to “make sure there were no mistakes”, is quite a big endorsement. But Sia generally doesn’t really listen to music. Reality television is her vice. For the bubbly, bright conversational powerhouse on the other end of the phone, bad reality TV – Sia’s favourite kind – seems to be one of the few things that bring a moment of peace from the craziness of the world Sia lives in these days. Another is clearly girlfriend JD. Her name is littered throughout Sia’s conversation and at one stage when Sia means to say Salman Rushdie but instead says Saddam, a muffled voice in the background prompts Sia’s raucous

laughter and the comment, “JD’s embarrassed because I said Saddam first. I’m clueless. She’s embarrassed for me constantly”. But she’s also obviously willing to follow Sia around the world. Towards the end of the interview, talk turns back to Adelaide and the pair’s desire to end up back in Australia. “All I want to do is get spermulated. We’re going to try and get spermulated this year – me and JD. And we’re down to four sperm donors. Then once we’ve done that, once the kid is about four we want to move back to Adelaide. That’s the plan. Something like that. I don’t know if we’ll do beach or hills or city. I still haven’t decided. Or all three,” Sia says, letting out a maniacal, villain-conquering-theworld laugh which she retracts almost immediately. “Ew, that was gross. I’m just kidding.” She may be kidding about needing the three houses, but everything’s definitely coming up rosy for this Aussie lass. There’s even talk of a tour back home in December. Well, that’s the Sia plan. She has a wedding to attend in Australia on December 11 and is hoping she can provide her band with their plane tickets back for their friends’ special day. But even if Sia doesn’t make it back in December, one gets the feeling her presence might be required at a certain award ceremony in October. And this time, she might need a speech that’s just a little bit longer than, “Thanks and bye”. WHO Sia WHAT We Are Born (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia) out Friday 18 June

‘Cooper thinks Lars von Trier’s movies are totally soft.’

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CITIES OF GOLD

AS TIM DERRICOURT, SINGER/ GUITARIST WITH DAPPLED CITIES, IMPERSONATES THE ACCENTS OF VARIOUS CHARACTERS HIS BAND HAS ENCOUNTERED WHILE TOURING ABROAD, BRYGET CHRISFIELD FINETUNES HER BULLSHIT DETECTOR.

Courage... She was contacted pretty last minute and just pulled this thing together. It was very impressive.” Reflecting on the AIR experience, Derricourt says the band enjoyed the night despite being denied the opportunity to give an acceptance speech. “Next time though, hey? That was saying that Dappled Cities are prizeworthy – next year, BAM!” Derricourt and co discovered an alternative use for Wilson’s costume design following the ceremony. “We got back to the hotel and we ended up with 200 paper planes that we got to throw off the balcony. That’s the thing about her designs – very useful.” Obviously the lads then bolted down to street level and retrieved the painstakingly crafted pieces? “No, we just littered in Melbourne. We probably should pay a fine. Sorry Melbourne!”

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ou were meant to hear from Dave [Rennick, guitar/vocals] but he’s not here,” advises the other alternating frontman of Dappled Cities, Tim Derricourt. “He’s in Paris, France. He went on [website] Gumtree and got a lift. He hitched a ride with a man, his two sons and his two best friends – all of varying ages – and we haven’t heard from him since. I can imagine gaîté Paris is Dave’s territory.” It’s eight in the morning in London, where Dappled Cities are currently based, but Derricourt is quick-witted, enthusiastic and ready to exercise the British tradition of taking the piss. On whether his band has been affected by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud, Derricourt offers, “Well it is lifting – you couldn’t see ten metres in front of you in London.” Is he for real? “No, no I was having you on,” he chuckles. “There were some nice sunsets.” Luckily Dappled Cities had the week off to “hang out in London” so the resultant airport closures didn’t inconvenience them, but as Derricourt says, “I’m really bummed because so many of our friends are travelling in Europe right now and they were gonna come and hang out with us in London and now they can’t… And the London Book Fair – not many delegates this year.” The Dappled Cities itinerary saw them once again hitting South By Southwest, at which they also performed in 2006 and last year. “Our accommodation was awesome. We went for the billeting option this year, which is a family gets a free ticket to the festival if you can stay at their house for free. It’s awesome. And we totally lucked out and stayed with this really lovely family with a four year old son and two big dogs and we just hung out, drank beer and had a fire pit in the back garden.” A photo of aforementioned toddler riveted by a Dappled Cities soundcheck (with humorous

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caption stating the band “impressed the more important industry leaders”) takes pride of place on the Dappled blog. “He was cute, and when we left, his dad was carrying him to bed and he was like [impersonates toddler with American accent], ‘Where are they going? Are they going to Australia?’ And [the dad]’s like, ‘No, they’re on tour and they’re going to New York’. And he was like, ‘I miss them.’”

kicks in. “We got in a cab and this guy… There was four boys so he’s obviously thought, ‘I know what these guys like, sex with women!’ And so we got in and he was like, [employs American cabbie accent] ‘How you goin’? Do you guys have a lady? Do you put the pickle in the hole?’ And then pretty much spent about ten minutes doing all sorts of weird, amazing metaphors for having sex with a lady.”

Alex Moore, Dappled’s bassist, jotted a few memorable quotes down to commemorate the SXSW experience on their blog. Can Derricourt please divulge the source of the following quote: “You just got to pull the skin back on that pickle”? Derricourt laughs so heartily he sounds like a kookaburra. “Alex? Who was that?” The fact that Moore answers, “That was the cab driver,” without the aid of reiteration is proof this isn’t an ‘a’ to ‘b’ conversation. “Oh my God,” Derricourt’s memory

Zounds, Dappled Cities’ third album, dropped in Australia last August and saw the five-piece nominated for a slew of awards. Although they walked away empty-handed, their performance at the Australian Independent Record Awards (AIRs) was one of the night’s highlights and their costumes, utilising paper planes constructed from hand-painted fabric, were a definite talking point. The designer was Robyn Wilson, “who’s got her own little design company called View Of

Was Wilson also responsible for the gold, lurex onesies the band sported on stage on the Laneway festival tour earlier this year? “No, that was Ned [Cooke, keyboards/ samples],” Derricourt begins before a voice in the room objects and he corrects himself. “Oh, Dave and Ned. They were proud of their new, toned buttocks so they wanted to find some skintight bodysuits and they found them [laughs].” Once the Laneway tour wrapped, Dappled headed to Los Angeles for a week. “[We] hung out at our label’s office there and they had a little room out the back and we had an amazing week where we stayed up all day and all night and just fiddled around with songs and came up with a whole bunch that we were really happy with. And we gave them to the label and they were like, ‘Sounds amazing!’ And so it turns out we’ve got a new album. I think we wanna write a few more and so that’s also kind of the purpose of being over here – to try new things out that we’d probably be a bit nervous about trying in front of Australian or American audiences in a new environment. And from there we’ll have a smasher of a new album. We do wanna try and move faster with getting albums out because we felt we waited a little too long with the last one just to kind of get it happening.” WHO Dappled Cities WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Cambridge Hotel; Friday, Mona Vale Hotel; Saturday, Manning Bar; Thursday 24 June, ANU Bar


Tuesday 1st June.......................... THEMYTYS+ALEXGIBSON+ELLIECULLINGTON*8:30PMSTART* Sitting down or up and dancing, if a bit of funky rocked-up Ska and Reggae’s for you, then so are the My Tys. On the other hand, if your liking’s a bit more on the Soul, Rock and Pop side, Alex Gibson and band will sate your appetite, as will the refreshingly gutsy approach to Jazz and Pop from Ellie Cullington.

Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd June HARRYMANX(CAN) Canada’s most awarded Bluesman, has been described as the link between the music of East and West, with his traditional Delta Blues infused with more than a hint of Indian spice, with the New York Times describing Harry Manx’s style as ‘Mysticssippi’. This time ‘round will feature material from Manx’s new album Bread and Buddha, which features the stunning Hammond organ of our own Clayton Doley of The Hands, who’ll be joining Harry each night.

Friday 4th June........................... BACKONTHEBLOCK–CELEBRATINGTHEMUSICOFQUINCYJONES &MICHAELJACKSON Kere Buchanan (Bodacious Cowboys) gathers another stellar line up of musicians to celebrate the brilliance of Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson with music from their combined input to modern music, with songs from a classic album collection including: The Dude, Back On The Block, Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and George Benson’s Give Me The Night.

Saturday 5th June...................... HIPSTONESFAREWELLSHOW+SPECIALGUESTS:JEFFDUFF, EDOARDOSANTONI,DANIELMIFSUD,EVAN&THEBRAVE +DJELCHINO(TREVORPARKEE/2SERDEPARTURELOUNGE) Serving up Soul and Funk with tracks from their latest album Dreamers, The Hipstones present three sets of music with their 10-piece band before they return to the US to tour the East Coast and play the prestigious NY Union Square Summer Stage 29 July. *Tickets for this show can only be obtained by emailing your NAME and the NUMBER OF TICKETS REQUIRED to thehipstones@thehipstones.com.au or by TEXTING your email, name and the number of tickets required to 0422 970 083.

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Monday 7th June.......................... WWW.THEBASEMENT.COM.AU FOR DETAILS.

Tuesday 8th June........................ ACCORDIONCAFEFEAT.EDDIEBRONSON,MARCELLOMAIO,LUKAS MAIO,ROSSMAIO,ROBYNPITT-OWEN&GINOPENGUE From French Musette waltzes and Piaf Melodies, to Tango, Jazz, Gypsy and Mancini for Accordion Ensemble, this is a musical feast to sweep you away to lands afar. This all-star line-up are set to take you away from the depths of a cold Winter night to the warm heart of times past.

Wednesday 9th June.................. EASTSIDERADIO’SLIVEATTHERESERVOIROFFICIALLAUNCH Your night, your station. Four great Jazz bands led by Eastside Radio presenters Lily Dior, Susan Gai Dowling, Ben Fink and Bob Bertles relive October 2009 Art & About’s East Village Jazz Festival, part of a free outdoor concert at Paddington Reservoir.

Thursday 10th June..................... UNCLEJED+MARTYSIMPSON A solid groove filled with Funk and Reggae influences results in pure fun from this family combo of brothers Danny and Shannon Stitt, and their cousin, Laura who sings with a voice glowing with a soulful incandescence. Uncle Jed produce one of the freshest new sounds around with a vitality that’s testament to their youth.

Friday 11th June........................... GERVAISKOFFI+YANNICKKOFFI*9:00PMSTART* Gervais Koffi and his African Diaspora invite you to shake your ‘bum bum’ while enjoying their meticulously crafted tropical blend of Reggae, Afro Caribbean and Latin rhythms. Plus, multi-instrumentalist and Oprah Winfrey Show guest, 10-year-old Yannick Koffi, the youngest Fender endorsee in the World.

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IDEA OF NORTH FEELS LIKE SPRING OFFICIAL CD LAUNCH *9PM START* Thurs 17th LIZ STRINGER ALBUM LAUNCH + ELENA STONE - DOUBLE BILL! F ri 18th HALF MAN HALF WOMAN - DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER Sat 19th YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE - MEGA HOUSE PARTY NO.1! Sun 20th CLOSED Mon 21st PETER NORTHCOTE

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BURNING DOWNLOADS

ASH FRONTMAN TIM WHEELER TELLS PAUL SMITH HOW USING THE INTERNET HAS GOT HIS BAND FIRED UP ENOUGH TO GO IT ALONE.

album people understand straight away, but this takes a bit longer to explain. So some people are bemused and baffled by the whole thing. But the fans who subscribe to it on our website and get the tracks every two weeks and get all the bonus tracks, they’re saying it’s the best time to be an Ash fan ever. They even keep updating lists of their favourite new songs.”

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For those who do still prefer the traditional way of releasing music, Ash have recently made available the first half of the series on CD as A-Z Volume 1, on their own label. As Wheeler reasons, “I think we had to cover everything and some people do feel a bit weird about downloads. Also a lot of our fans have grown up with CDs so they still like and are used to the physical things. And internationally it’s hard to spread the word about our subscription idea, so I think the CD is still the best way of doing that.”

n 2007 Brit-pop first-wavers and out-lasters Ash announced that their then just-released album, Twilight Of The Innocents, would be their last. The inevitable rumours that the band was splitting up however missed the point of the statement entirely. In fact, somewhat ironically, their decision would result in even more music being released by the band rather than none at all. It was just time to break from the routine of album/tour/album, as guitarist/vocalist Tim Wheeler recalls: “I think it was seeing how much everything had changed and thinking that we need to come up with some new ideas to survive, really. We’d just finished our record deal so we also had a load of freedom to experiment and try something completely new and to be honest, the idea of doing another album wasn’t exciting at all.” And so the band decided to fully embrace the internet age and release all their music by download in the future. They also, in something of a first, made a commitment to release a new track every two weeks over the course of a year (under the title of Ash A-Z, i.e. 26 releases). Wheeler credits The Wedding Present for the idea, remembering when they put out 12 singles in one year back in the early ‘90s. “I always thought that was really cool and then when I realised how easy it was distributing music digitally, I just thought it would work really well with downloads. We figured one a week would be pushing the quality control a bit and we’d be in danger of just putting out some really bad stuff, but figured a song every two weeks was something that we could achieve.” Wheeler explains that the band took a small stock of songs with them into the project, with the first 13 pretty much planned to ensure that they didn’t “fall on our faces”, as he puts it. They have worked on the rest as they’ve gone on, from their base in Manhattan, a long way from their native Northern Ireland. The first track was released in October 2009 and they have maintained

Once this series is complete the band intends to continue in a similar vein. They are already talking of doing a single a month next year, which Wheeler acknowledges will be a lot easier to manage. Other bands are also beginning to adopt the idea with The Smashing Pumpkins announcing that they will put out 44 tracks by download, but without the confines of a specified time frame. the downloads since then as promised. There may still be pressure on them to record, but Wheeler refers to it as a creative pressure that he says he doesn’t mind at all, compared to the old record company demands. Most importantly though it has given the band the sort of freedom that recording an album for a label, usually so hung up on making everything marketable and cohesive, never would do. Wheeler agrees. “I think that part of the excitement was that it was totally the opposite mentality to making an album. When you’re making an album you think it’s all got to fit together, but this was more like, well, we wanted it to be as random as possible. We want to keep surprising people throughout the whole thing and keep people interested.” Some of the downloads so far have been vintage Ash with their huge slabs of melodic pop/rock, but others have seen the band venture into areas they would probably never have got away with before. True Love 1980 sounds like New Order revisited and Return Of White Rabbit shows a dark dance beat side to the band. The solid

songwriting is ever present though. As for any surprises still to come, Wheeler will only give away that they have a ten-minute instrumental that might make it as one of the singles, though at this stage he is not sure, such is the fluidity of their releases these days when they can constantly adapt and change. He is already convinced though it is a better way to do things. “The fun thing has been getting feedback from people and that has been inspiring us in the studio. We’ve also done bits of touring, been playing stuff live and then going back to do a bit more work. It’s totally different to the album process which keeps things very separate. That way you’re writing and then in the studio for a while and you know you’re not going to be back in the studio for a year and a half because you’re going to be on tour. This way it’s a lot more balanced I think.” Although an impressive three thousand or so of their fans have now subscribed to receive a fortnightly Ash fix, not all immediately took to the new way of doing things, as Wheeler admits. “If you say you’re doing an

BACKWARDS FROM NORMAL

JACK JOHNSON MAY JUST BE A DAD TRYING TO IMPRESS HIS KIDS WITH HIS MUSIC, HE TELLS SASHA PERERA.

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he Johnson household is a tough audience. Despite selling millions of albums worldwide and being a top drawcard for live shows around the globe, at home Jack Johnson is just plain ol’ dad. “I got a six year old, a three year old and another one that’s a few months old now and they like my stuff alright, but they like The White Stripes a little more. They like real rock like Led Zeppelin a lot, but they also like kids’ music like Raffi,” a relaxed and shaggy-haired Jack Johnson says, as we begin discussing the release of his new studio album, To The Sea.

“A lot of times we record the songs before we’ve ever played them live, so they’re really acoustic guitar based and then we go out and play them live and they tend to transform into a sound that has more energy. I think this time going into the studio I felt a little more comfortable with the electric guitar after having played it on stage on the last world tour. • 40 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

WHO Ash WHAT A-Z Volume 1 (Liberator Music) WHEN & WHERE Sunday 1 August, Splendour In The Grass; Tuesday 3, The Metro Theatre

so when he’s not around I usually just use a little fourtrack that I used to use when I was a kid. You just press record, so it’s a little easier. Most times I’d start out with a drum beat – on this album I started with the drums – and build from there, which was kinda backwards from normal for me. I’ve been playing the drums more and more, ever since I’ve been playing with the band. That’s my favourite thing to do; to just sit down and play the drums. This album has that difference where it’s not so acoustic-based this time around. Some of it started with the groove and then we built on top of that.” The title of new album, To The Sea, aside from being a song on the album, is also related to a couple more tracks on the album that use the phrase in their lyrics. Johnson says that the over-arching theme refers to the analysis of dreams and myths whereby water represents the subconscious and that the album is about finding out who he is underneath it all. Johnson explores these ideas with caution, ensuring that he doesn’t reveal too many intimate and specific details about his family.

His fifth studio album to date, To The Sea continues to build on the simple melodic structures of Johnson’s previous efforts, this time incorporating a fuller band sound. Whilst it may not be a heavy rock record per se, the record is noticeably more amped up. So, was Johnson trying to impress his kids? “It’s funny because when we get together and we all jam out – we all get together behind the drums or whatever and play – they want it to really rock. They love to rock out, so maybe it is just me being a middle-aged guy who’s trying to impress my six year old who’s a real rocker.” Audiences concerned that Johnson has completely changed gear need not worry. In the same way the album Sleep Through The Static took it up a notch, To The Sea lifts the musical backdrop with a more bandlike presence. It is best exemplified by the first single, You And Your Heart, which uses both acoustic and electric guitar lines fused together to create a natural progression to the Jack Johnson sound.

So would the band ever go back to a label now? “I just wouldn’t,” Wheeler replies emphatically. “It’s really fucking cool to be fully self-funded and self-sufficient and we’re actually pretty much trucking along okay. You know, we just got our royalties statements for the first bunch of CDs that we sold in the UK. We actually never got paid any royalties before, even when we were having number one records! I was just totally shocked. It’s the first time after eighteen years we finally get record royalties and it’s because we’re doing things on our own label. And you don’t have to deal with so much unpredictable shit out of a record label, like not knowing if your record’s even going to get released. I think it’s much safer just to have control these days.”

“A lot of times the songs feel really personal and they are because that’s where they come from, but I always have to ask myself the question, ‘Is this song too personal, to the level that I’m letting people know too much about my family?’ and hopefully the answer is ‘no’. My songs are very personal, but at the same time they’re very broad and I think that’s why people connect with them.

“Also, the band actually produced this album. That was the first time we’ve ever done it where the four guys in the band, plus our friend Robert [Carranza], who engineers most of the records, co-produced the record together. We went in without a producer – no one was really in charge, so we approached it more with everyone throwing in their two cents. I think, as a result, the music became a little more band-focused.” At home in Hawaii since the bulk of the touring for his last album finished in August 2008, Johnson settled into family life, periodically picking up his guitar to write

in between daddy duties. “I mostly write songs at home and a lot of times nowadays it’s once I get all the kids to sleep and have time to reflect on what’s been going on in my life. It’s times like that where I’ll sit down with an acoustic guitar and play some music. It’s mostly in the house, but every once in a while I’ll go into the studio, which is basically the garage, just sectioned off. My brother and I built some walls in there and that’s where we’ve recorded most of the albums. “I can’t run all the equipment really. It’s not a real fancy studio, but my friend Robert runs the equipment,

“When I sing a song about my little girl [My Little Girl] I really don’t want people to know details about her, other than it’s about a father meeting his little girl for the first time and thinking about what he’s going to have to teach her in this world. I write it because I feel those emotions, but I put it on an album because someone may hear it and be able to apply it to their own life,” reasons Johnson, the epitome of the laidback family-guy. “That’s the balancing act for me – having these songs that are fairly personal, but without compromising my own privacy or my own personal life.” WHO Jack Johnson WHAT To The Sea (Universal) out Friday WHEN & WHERE Saturday 11 December, The Domain


FIRE STARTERS

ADELAIDE ROCKERS FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE! HAVE LEFT NO STONE UNTURNED TO FIND THE RIGHT LINEUP. NATHANIEL MORSE AND SAM STEARNE TELL DANIELLE O’DONOHUE ABOUT THEIR DEBUT ALBUM… AND THE ONE AFTER THAT… AND THE ONE AFTER THAT EVEN.

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here’s a Mark Wahlberg movie, Rock Star, where a guy singing in a tribute band ends up fronting the very band he’s been worshipping all his life. Melbourne guitarist Nathaniel Morse knows how Wahlberg’s character feels. After several years playing with bands in his hometown, Morse finally packed up last year and moved to Adelaide when the manager of his favourite band Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! asked if he was interested in taking up the role of second guitarist. “It’s a long story in that it pretty much took about four years, but nothing really happened,” Morse explains. “I had found Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!’s MySpace when I was in high school and I was in such a terrible band. I was like, ‘Wow, these guys are so great,’ and I followed them for years and years. Three years later they’d just lost a member and I was in Adelaide with another terrible band that I was playing in from Melbourne and their manager approached me and said, ‘How tied down are you in Melbourne?’ I was like, ‘Not tied down at all.’ I quite frankly wanted to get the hell out of there because I was done with it. I was sick of it for a little while.

Not only are we such boys in a sitting around scratching our butts kind of way, but also it’s male-centric music – distortion, guitars.

“May last year I moved. I love it so much. Not just playing in the band, but Adelaide as a way of life is just fantastic. You can just exist so happily there. It’s quiet but it’s still got the hustle and bustle if that’s what you’re after at certain times of the day” Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! have been a fixture of the Adelaide live scene for about five years now. Early on the band rode the wave of indie dance that was all the rage before settling into the sound that graces their debut album, Sea Priest. The album is dark and beautiful, an unexpectedly mature listen for a band barely into their twenties. One suspects this music-making caper got a lot more serious for the band when they made sometime singer Caitlin Duff a full-time member. The petite singer gives Sea Priest an otherworldly, ethereal edge, one that was certainly missing when they were doing Justin Timberlake covers back in their hometown. “The stuff we make now,” FSRF drummer Sam Stearne explains, “I always really like it when it’s adorable little Caitlin singing out the front of some fairly aggressive and unexpected kind of backing from us. I think there’s something interesting there and I love exploiting that. We’re all into our overfuzzed, post-hardcore Battles-y kind of stuff. And that’s never really been her cup of tea. She’s always preferred someone singing beautifully. Not only are we such boys in a sitting around scratching our butts kind of way, but also it’s malecentric music – distortion, guitars. I know that’s kind of a bit sexist, but you know what I mean. It’s cool.” Duff shares vocal duties with the band’s founder Dave Williams and already, with Sea Priest only recently released, the band is working on ideas for a follow-up. “I think we’re sitting on at least ten or fifteen awesome little titbits or ideas for the next time. Even though we’re not in any kind of jamming capacity we’re already piecing ideas together. I can’t even comment what it’s going to sound like, but we’re definitely going to realise something that we’ve been wanting to do for such a long time.” It may seem premature that a band about to start touring their debut is already thinking about album number two, but the members of FSRF were working on Sea Priest for two years before it finally left their hands. The introduction of Morse into the band sparked a whole new level of inspiration the band were loathe to interrupt. “It always amazes me how much I managed to get my foot in the door in terms of playing on the record,” Morse says with a laugh. “Half of it existed when I joined the band and I learned to play on that half and then we wrote the other half in six months. I can’t believe it worked out. I’d seen Fire… play these songs at shows – and big shows too like festivals – and this is from the perspective of a little boy who’s in a crappy band in Melbourne. I’m like, ‘Wow, I would love to be in that band,’ and six months later I’m in that band playing those songs.” “We were trying to do the whole single guitar trying to do the work of two guitars kind of job and we got sick of that really quickly,” Stearne adds. “Since then it’s the most together the band’s seemed in a really long time. We ended up asking for a bit more time from the label because we were getting the right amount of songs ready, but there were some we just thought really shouldn’t be on there. We were trying to… we weren’t writing quickly but we had a real good thing going writing-wise, so we thought we’ve got to keep this up. We’ve got to see this through. “We ended up getting until March instead of last thing before the end of last year and we wrote three of the best tracks on the record in that time, so we were really happy we had it. But if it was up to us we’d still be going.” Not only did the burst of creativity toward the end of the recording process inspire the band to get a start on ideas for album number two, but album number three is already starting to take shape for the band. “We’ve promised ourselves that we’re going to do a fully R&Binfluenced album as our third one,” Stearne says with a grin. “So our second one, we hope we don’t destroy our career with the second one so we can do the third one.” WHO Fire, Santa Rosa, Fire! WHAT Sea Priest (Dot Dash/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Oxford Art Factory THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010 • 41 •


BRIGHT AND VIVID

LEADING UP TO HER APPEARANCE AT THIS YEAR’S VIVID FESTIVAL, BROOKE SALISBURY TALKS TO SHARA WORDEN, THE PROLIFIC AND DOWNRIGHT LOVELY MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND ABOUT COLLABORATION, COMMUNITY AND WHY LAURIE ANDERSON WILL PLAY THE PERFECT HOST FOR THE PARADE OF LIGHTS.

David Byrne for Here Lies Love, his recent collaboration with Fatboy Slim where the musicians asked the question, what makes a powerful person’s mind tick? It is the act of such collaborations that let Worden return to her own venture with such focus and success. “My Brightest Diamond isn’t so collaborative,” Worden laughs. “Well it is in a way – the rhythm section is actually pretty independent, but I’m sort of a benevolent dictator in My Brightest Diamond. Somebody’s got to have the reins of the horse.” The band’s trademark has, until recently, been its intense binding of baroque pop forms with detailed symphonic scores centred on its string quartet. “I actually think that I’m going to develop split personalities and stop trying to combine all of the things that I love into one place,” Worden admits. “The star of my string quartet has fractured his hand and the founding member has a new band, so I’ve been working on a song cycle with them that has more of a classical, chamber feel and then I think that My Brightest Diamond will leave off the orchestral thing, at least for the time being so that I can focus on rhythm.”

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lightly to the left of New York’s artistic spotlight sits a wealth of musical talent that wants little of the airtime reserved for the more recent indie status symbols. They are not underground or off the cuff by any means; in fact quite the opposite. They are classically trained, mature musicians – among them Clogs, Doveman, Nico Muhly and My Brightest Diamond. Among their commonalities are their postcode, scholar and collaborations. It is a nest of artists that also includes The National, Sufjan Stephens, DM Stith and David Byrne. “But you know who’s really surprising me lately? The Dirty Projectors. Going through their back catalogue and listening to some of those records, they’re totally orchestral albums and they’re recorded with two microphones,” says Shara Worden, the musician behind celebrated baroque pop act My Brightest Diamond, as she begins to unfurl her latest musical trajectory. The Dirty Projectors, like Worden herself has recently, have also collaborated with Brooklyn local David Byrne. Renowned for her own stately vocals and symphonic strings, recently Worden stepped away from her usual moniker to pursue a range of interesting collaborations, many of them centring around her gorgeous strings. “Well it’s something that’s cyclical, baroque pop and, you know, there’s tonnes of strings in Edith Piaf and there’s strings all over the crooners – from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and everybody from PJ Harvey to The Beatles to Prince and Bjork. Strings are pervasive, but it seems lately like there is something happening, with pop being so much a part of our culture now that I find many, many students who are pursuing classical

education also have a library that’s half full of pop music. So I think that the way that we listen to music is actually broader than it used to be. You see people like Nico Muhly for example who are young and cool, but they’re really into classical.” The Vivid Festival, curated by Lou Reed and partner Laurie Anderson, celebrates this exact shift in paradigm, presenting Sydneysiders with an opportunity to experience the music of Doveman, My Brightest Diamond and a host of unusual talent converging at the Opera House. “I’m extremely excited,” says Worden of the festival. “Laurie [Anderson] really creates these situations and scenarios and these magical spaces that are more than just music, more than just visual experiences; they’re environmental installations that cater to all of the senses and she is so inspiring to me. She really creates the path that she walks on. There’s no one else I can think of that really understands that artistic path. She’s an artist who has really chosen her own adventure.” Over the past year, Worden has devoted much of her time

to paving her own inspired path; first collaborating with The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner on The Long Count, an interactive piece in which The National’s Matt Berninger, The Breeders’ Kim and Kelley Deal and Worden explore the myths and science behind the beginning of time amid the incredible visuals of artist Matthew Ritchie. In Ritchie’s words, it is ‘a re-enactment of the creation of the universe’. “That project has been full-on because it has put me in the role of more actor and dancer and that theatre world than any of the other things that I’ve done, so it definitely made me remember the theatrical side of myself which has been really fun to explore again.” Next, she assumed the role of The Queen with The Decemberists for their recent album, The Hazards Of Love, touring with the band across America. “Actually, because that music was not staged at all, there was maybe a dash of theatricality but, in general, they didn’t want to stage it in any way and so the performances were playing the record from start to finish but there was a certain element of costuming, but it wasn’t acted out really.” She has sung with Clogs, performed with St. Vincent on The David Letterman Show and recorded a duet with

VERSION 2.0

CRYSTAL CASTLES ARE BACK WITH THE FOLLOW-UP TO THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT, AGAIN TITLED CRYSTAL CASTLES (WHAT ELSE?). THE MAN BEHIND THE BEATS/NOISE, ETHAN KATH, BEGRUDGINGLY CHATS TO TROY MUTTON ABOUT LIVING AND RECORDING IN ABANDONED BUILDINGS AND HIS OBSESSION WITH CIRCUIT-BENDING.

The duo is notoriously difficult when it comes to interviews and publicity – they’d clearly rather be holed up in the middle of nowhere and left alone – so Drum’s chat with Kath is predictably stilted, but no less interesting, as he gives some insight into the man who controls the melodies. In fact, things even get off to a bad start when Kath is innocently asked what the feeling is having released a rather successful follow-up album. “I haven’t been able to think about it. We’ve just been touring and doing lots of these [interviews],” is his short reply. • 42 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

Fortunately, he quickly warms up when it comes to what actually went into the recording of the album – the process taking place in various parts of the world as a result of the constant touring and limited downtime. “We were touring for so long we gave up our apartment in Toronto because it made no sense to pay rent somewhere and not be there for seven months, right? So we just gave it all up and what we’ve been doing is after the last day of tour we’d have nowhere to go home to, so we’d just stay in the city of the show.” It might seem giving up your home due to touring is a sad fact of life on the road, but it’s not half as depressing as the situation that led to their being able to record overseas. “We ended up being in Detroit at one time; we had weeks off in Detroit so we used that time to record. Their economy is completely fucked up right now and all of these businesses were just abandoned because no one was making any money. You know there are all these stores and you can just squat at these stores so no one will ever find you or bother you. So we squatted in a store and set up and recorded.” It’s a pretty amazing story and it kind of puts a bit of perspective on why this

WHO My Brightest Diamond WHEN & WHERE Friday, Slow Music Night @ Sydney Opera House Concert Hall; Sunday and Monday, The Studio

you definitely could not say they were imitating them. This is a result of Kath’s obsession with pulling things apart and seeing how they sound. “So I wanted to do the opposite of [imitating bands] which was try to find a new sound. Try to find something completely different and it felt like the only way to do that was to find sounds that nobody was using. So I got into circuit-bending. Like I could think of bending the same equipment someone else is, but it’s gonna sound different every time. And I was really attracted to that and what I could do with, you know, breaking things open, altering things inside and I’d always have the record button on no matter what, just in case that one split second of sound happened.” As he continues he gets even more poetic, almost romantic. “My favourite thing to do is find like a moment when the machine breathes or sighs or moans. Where it sounds like it’s dying and it’s on its last gasp. You know, that’s what I’m looking for and when I find that moment I throw that moment into the sampler and build a melody.”

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or a band that so clearly doesn’t give a rat’s arse what others think of them, Crystal Castles have captured the attention of many critics and general music-lovers alike. Perhaps it’s that attitude which draws people in, but more likely it’s their polarising music that causes some to dismiss it as noisy rubbish, which only serves to fuel the fires of those that dig it. Their debut LP ranked a rather impressive 39 in NME’s top 50 albums of the decade and while their second may not scale those impressive heights come 2020 (put simply, the shock of something so different and exciting is gone), it is an altogether more assured and impressive effort. Much like Crimewave before it, first single Celestica lulls you into thinking the album is going to be an indie/electro fan’s wet dream, but of course it has evenly mixed in the noise/punk/thrash numbers that have lost none of the abrasiveness of earlier tracks but feel much stronger and less obnoxious.

Worden attributes her recent collaborations for motivating such a division, which will see her continuing to write both pop music and classical scores. “I hope to write some new music to play at the Slow Music Night at Vivid. That will be a truly great collaborative affair. It’s times like those when collaborating really works and something new and fresh can be created. I’ve been talking to a lot of people – Bryce Dessner included – and I think for him having a band like Clogs and having a band like The National and doing the festivals and curating like he does, he’s got his finger in a lot of pots. That’s why I created the My Brightest Diamond moniker, so that I could funnel all of these musical ideas and that name has an identity and that’s a challenge that will continue to define itself. But cramming it all into one tiny space? That’s a lot of pressure to put on three minutes.”

duo creates so much hype just through their desire to do something different; a desire ironically enough born out of doing something very similar. You see, Kath wasn’t always trying to break through sonic barriers filled with crazy synths, blips and bleeps and howling female vocals run through 40 different filters – far from it. Once again after a few uninterested answers regarding remixes (“I haven’t done one in years, so I can’t answer that”) and the internet (“We don’t understand it”), he perks up at the mention of his obsession with circuit-bending and looking for new sounds. “That came about because I was in a garage metal band that was essentially paying tribute to The Stooges and Iron Maiden... like the classics. I realised that yeah, it was fun getting paid in beer and playing local shows every week, but I wasn’t really proud of the music because it wasn’t anything new. It was just a rehash of The Stooges. At our very best we were an imitation of The Stooges.” While you could say they are similar to some other nu-rave acts out there a la Late Of The Pier or Klaxons,

It almost sounds too pretty, too intense, but at the same time goes a long way to understanding the mindset of a man who is simply obsessed with finding new noises and sounds; an obsession that he is transferring into exciting music that has grabbed the hearts and minds of purists and fans alike. “Our original intention with recording was just to release some songs and we hoped that maybe some rebellious teenagers in 2030 would discover it as some really old relic, you know? We love garage bands from the ‘60s and punk bands in the ‘80s. We wanted to put something out that would be discovered in 30 years. That’s what we were thinking and we wanted it to be true to ourselves and be proud of it.” It’s a heartfelt response to how the duo operates and why they do what they do and Kath seems almost at a loss to explain why people like it. “We find it really hard to believe. We were shocked when the kids talk to us and they tell us how much they like it; we don’t even believe them. How are they even getting this? We can’t wrap our heads around it.” WHO Crystal Castles WHAT Crystal Castles (II) (Fiction/Shock)


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I SEE RED

FROM JUST A JAM TO TAKING IT AS FAR AS THEY CAN, THE RED EYES ARE NOW EXTREMELY PRODUCTIVE AS DAMIEN CHARLES TELLS SAM FELL.

years old and most of them have been written in the last year and a half. “And the next album that’s been half recorded already, we recorded this at the same time, some of those songs are really new and some are really old too.” The fact the band has enough material at the moment to complete two records also says a lot about their proclivity to write. “Well, that depends on who you compare us to,” he muses before adding with a laugh, “Like, Prince has 400 songs in his vault. I don’t think we have that.” Still, enough for two records. “The last year has been the main focus, the start of last year was when we really knuckled down to write a bunch of new songs and when we realised we had 55 tracks to choose from and started sifting through them, we realised there were two distinct thematic drives.

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ounding member of The Red Eyes, Damien Charles, is relaxed today. He’s calm and genial, he’s lighthearted and happy to talk – as well he should be. As he sips a beer he explains he’s just finished mastering the band’s new record, Red Army. He says he hadn’t been drinking whilst mastering and so this one is going down a treat. As such, almost a year’s work is done, the album ready to be shared with the world, so here he is, talking about said record outside a pub in Melbourne – a pub Charles and the rest of The Red Eyes used to frequent a lot, given they used to live on the same street. He’s happy about this too, as the pub itself has many fond memories. “And that’s not just because they put our records on the jukebox,” he laughs. “We used to sit out here too and look at the street and say how it’d make a great spot for a mini-festival. We had that conversation many times.” The Red Eyes have been hawking their dub/reggae wares on an unsuspecting but adoring Australian audience for eight years, since they first came together back in 2002. “Well, this was something I always wanted to do. I had some time on my hands when I was in hospital and I actually just decided while I was in this hospital bed, to do The Red Eyes. The idea was for it to just be a jam. All the different musicians I knew at the time could come on down, whoever was up for it… There wasn’t any money in it and not a lot has changed, but it was a lot of fun. For the first six months it was like that, just a jam with a revolving door of musicians. Then El [Witeri], the singer, he was a friend of mine and he turned up from New Zealand; we hadn’t seen each other for six years. He turned up at my front door, walked into my room where I was in bed – hungover – and said, ‘Bro, I’ve come to do music, bro’.” It was from that fortuitous event that The Red Eyes began to solidify and morph into what you see today, a group that still adheres adamantly to the ‘revolving

door’ policy of players (“The Red Eyes are like Hotel California – you can check out anytime, but you can never leave,” says their presser), but a group which now boasts a core of seven regulars, reggae/dub their watchword, funky grooves their modus operandi. “We seemed to just slot into a niche at the time,” Charles says. “And our aim was to take it as far as we could, which it still is.” Since those early days, The Red Eyes have begun to make a name for themselves as purveyors of dub and reggae tunes, without falling victim to the ‘Australian summer festival reggae band’ syndrome – and kudos to them. Since Witeri joined, the band has gotten serious, for want of a better phrase. In 2004 they released their Highplace EP, quickly following it with another

in Prolific/My Kingdom (’05) and a full-length, Rudeworld, in 2007. All three of these recordings have served to back up their live set – a set that garners praise wherever they play – and also to serve as a base from which they’re now building again, in the form of Red Army, their second full-length recording. “It’s not as energetic as we are live, but it’s more energetic than the last album,” Charles explains. “The whole first half is live favourites that are quite uptempo, but then there are a lot of others that are more downtempo towards the end of the album. We can’t forgo the dreamy, drifty, dub stuff completely.” Indeed, it is part of their watchword after all. Given Charles says some of these songs are ‘live favourites’, how old is some of this material? “None of the songs are older than three

MAKE IT HAPPEN

HISTORY IS LITTERED WITH ONCE SEEMINGLY UNDERGROUND BANDS WHO HAVE SIMPLIFIED THEIR APPROACH TO CHASE THE DOLLAR. STRUNG OUT FRONTMAN JASON CRUZ TELLS BRENDAN CRABB HOW SUCH A TEMPTATION HAS NEVER BEEN A CONSIDERATION.

Red Army is a solid record from this crew, one that shows them for what they are – a group on their own tangent, doing their own thing within a genre dominated by filler. A new chapter has opened for The Red Eyes; it’s a chapter they’re writing on the run, but a chapter that one daresay won’t be the last. WHO The Red Eyes WHAT Red Army (MGM) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Transit Bar; Friday, Manning Bar

it from a different perspective than anyone else. I don’t read trade magazines or any of that stuff. I don’t listen to too many bands that are big right now, because you bring different stuff to the table [that way]. The stuff I’m into is so different than anything that’s going on right now; I think it makes our music more interesting.” The band’s high-energy music has flirted with a number of styles across their seven album career, yet their sound has remained distinctively theirs. Despite this, the vocalist has one particular musical goal that he’s yet to make a reality. “I think we’d write a bitchin’ acoustic record. I think it’s a testament to a band’s songs to be able to play them acoustic, strip it down without all the aggression and distortion. I think Strung Out songs have always been that strong. I would like to do a record where we just do acoustic instruments. My band shreds, they’re all good, but I think it would be kind of cool.

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f ever an album title summarised a band’s outlook, it would be Agents Of The Underground, the most recent disc from the Californian punk/hardcore/ metal crew Strung Out. “I just think it’s embracing the fact that we’re not a mainstream band, that we’ve done everything through hard work and very little radio and media,” Cruz tells Drum, shortly before heading off for band practice. “[It’s] just a testament to a working-class band; this is what we do and here we are.”

“Some would probably bitch about it, but I think most are pretty open-minded. I think a lot of bands underestimate the versatility of their fans. I like to push people’s perception of the band. That’s my job in the band, to try and defy expectation and I think a lot of fans respect that. If the songs are good and the work is quality, you can’t argue with that. I would like to rework some old songs; play different keys, different tempos, add different things to the songs and then try some new stuff. Maybe it’ll happen one day, maybe it won’t.”

It must be a relief in some respects that the quintet can operate just outside the mainstream radar. “Hell yeah. I think it’s better actually. Everyone has their dreams and aspirations, but the reality of the situation is that you do it because you love doing it. You’ve got to work your ass off with anything that you do and if there’s one thing that I hope people can walk away from listening or being exposed to our band in some way, is that we’re just a bunch of guys that work our ass off, just like everybody else out there. We just happen to play music and we’re here for the music.” Have there been any points during the band’s career when they’ve had pressure from the outside to steer things towards accessibility and greater sales? “No, never. We’ve always been on Fat [Wreck Chords, their long-time label]; they’ve just let us do what we want and have faith that we are going to be Strung Out. I don’t think we’ve ever consciously tried to sound [like] or do anything.”

radio sound. You realise that early on – not to break yourself against something that’s never going to happen. Embrace what you do have and what you are good at. I guess the older you get the better you get at that. I have no idea why we’ve lasted so long, honestly. I don’t really particularly think we’re anything special, I don’t think I’m anything special or anybody in the band is. People keep showing up to the shows, it’s inspiring and we keep doing it. As long as that keeps happening… as long as we can still excite ourselves with the music that we write, when that stops then I guess we stop.”

Having survived so long – last year marked the band’s 20th anniversary – without having to compromise is largely due to the members’ focus and dedication, not to mention that of their fanbase. “I realise that not everybody’s going to like our style of music; we don’t appeal to everybody and that’s fine. We don’t have that

Cruz says making a living off the band has been their greatest achievement. “I’ve been able to make a living and do my thing and live a life to where I can try other things. Strung Out takes up a lot of time, but I think I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve been able to do this and travel to so many cities and meet so many people. At

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“One of them was really outward-looking, based on what’s happening in the world, social commentary and ‘reading the newspaper’ kinda thing, which has come on to this album. So even the more downtempo songs on this one have a more outward-looking, extroverted attitude than the last album. Then the next album, which will hopefully be released this time next year, is more personal, introverted stuff. It’ll also be more dub-oriented than this one, more instrumental.” From a jam band to where they are now – laying down records at a rate of knots – The Red Eyes have matured and are now older and wiser but no less committed to the cause dreamt up by Charles from a hospital bed in 2002.

the same time it gives you a chance to experience other things in life that you wouldn’t normally have the time to do, because you’re bogged down with other things. Every good thing in my life has come because of Strung Out and I will always embrace and appreciate that.” They’ve also managed to successfully distance themselves from any musical trends that have come and gone (and sometimes come back again) during the past two decades. Cruz suggests this has been easier than you may believe. “I don’t think about it too much. I guess when you do it all the time and you’re surrounded by it, you kind of tend to shy away from it. I tour so much and deal with this band so much that I don’t think about it. I don’t even listen to hardcore or punk too much; I listen to the bands that I like, but I think it’s good to separate yourself from that, so you don’t get too wrapped up in what everyone else is doing. Then you kind of come at

Even with a hard-won reputation as road dogs (according to Cruz, their upcoming run with Pennsylvania punkers The Loved Ones is their seventh Australian visit) such extensive trekking is still a unique balancing act. “Definitely the best things are being out on the road, being in a strange city and working,” Cruz enthuses. “You’re picking up your world, taking it out to the big world, working and doing the best that you can. I like not sitting around and waiting for shit to happen – I like going out and making it happen. The worst part is not having any quiet time. For me it’s hard to get some peace in your head sometimes.” WHO Strung Out WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Annandale Hotel; Saturday 12 June, Come Together; Sunday 13, Wollongong Uni; Wednesday 16, Cambridge Hotel


THE TRUTH OF IT

MOVE OVER HEIRONYMUS BOSCH AND DANTE, SIMONE FELICE TELLS MICHAEL SMITH HIS OWN VISION OF HELL, WHICH INVOLVES, ERM, FERRIS WHEELS.

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imone Felice has been down in Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, working on the second album for The Duke & The King, due for US release in September. He had also been demoing songs for his first solo record in his own studio, built in a barn by his house before Drum’s call came through. “It’s very peaceful there,” he says cheerfully. “My recordings have a lot of birds on them ‘cause they won’t stop, but, you know, better that than some sterile isolation booth in LA or something.” For all its rustic charms of course, living this close to nature does have its down sides. The Duke & The King’s Australian tour last year had to be postponed because a particularly virulent case of food poisoning from eating deer meat. “There are pros and cons to livin’ in the woods. But no, I believe everything happens in its right course, so this is the time I’m meant to come down and I’m meant to get on that airplane for a very long flight. This is the way of the universe and I’m just a traveller on the highway.”

This is the way of the universe, I’m just a traveller on a highway

The first most people got to hear the Americana-based music of Simone and brothers guitarist Ian and accordionist James Felice was only four years ago, with the release of their debut album proper, Through These Reins And Gone. They released another four before Simone decided to step out of the group to explore his own muse a little more extensively, hooking up with friend and fellow multi-instrumentalist Robert Burke on a project that became The Duke & The King. “We were recording it to get it out of our system,” Felice explains, “and really kind of just have a lonesome winter there and use the songs as a healing process. By the time we were done, we said, ‘Hey man, this is a real record’ and lo and behold, a year later people really love these songs and it’s a real surprise for me – and a real welcome surprise. It’s really nice to see the music that helped me can move other people too.” That was the northern winter of 2008/2009 and the reason why making the album became so important as part of a healing process was that, sadly, Felice and his partner lost their first child in a late-term stillbirth. The ten songs on that album, Nothing Gold Can Stay, include a couple of lyrically very short songs, I’ve Been Bad plus the gloriously Pink Floyd epic Lose My Self, which is literally just those three words, sung over and over for a couple of minutes, to great effect. “Sometimes you don’t need a novel to tell a story, you know? Sometimes you can tell it in a couple of words or just a feeling. Since when I was a kid, 15, 16, that’s when I first opened my mind to music and bought my first records and Dark Side Of The Moon and The Beatles, Neil Young, music has been my drug, my big medicine, so it’s all in there; I can’t hide it. I was a little kid in the ‘70s and that was the first music I heard and it’s inside of me. “I’m a child of psychedelic music and even though it’s not Parliament or anything like that, I love for there to be a haunted quality to the record so that it feels like you’re not alone in the room. I love that kind of music; it’s a subtle kind of haunt. I love that song [Lose My Self]. It was a tough time when I was recording those songs. John Lennon says, ‘I me mine/ I me mine/ And all through the day I me mine.’” Felice can even make hell seem almost languidly benign, turning the old blues/rock imagery of contracts with the devil on it head, in the song The Morning I Get To Hell. “[Laughs] I’m sure if you ever get to hell, there’s gonna be a drum machine there, so we had to use an old drum machine for that recording. That’s a song about telling lies really. No matter how good we try to be, you hide things from the people you love ‘cause you don’t want to hurt them. I wrote that in a day. Dante has his visions of damnation and Hollywood has its visions, so I have my vision – there’s a TV set, there’s a drum machine, there’s a Ferris wheel and there’s a bunch of weird dancers – Heironymus Bosch had some really cool visions, so this was my chance to give my little vision.” Lying is there too in that fragment, I’ve Been Bad, and at the core of perhaps the most expansive song on the album, One More American Song. “I think that, as a culture, we lie to ourselves a lot and we lie to each other as to what’s real. I’m as guilty in lying to my own self in what’s important in life – [opening song] If You Ever Get Famous, what does it all mean? I’m as guilty as the next man not walking with my true heart, you know what I mean? So I think a lot of that record was kind of cracking a whip to my own soul and say, ‘Hey, tell the truth.’ I wanted it to be a really honest record. “Johnny king of bottle tops [a character in One More American Song] is based on a kid I knew growin’ up in my home town, the boombox playin’ loud, that’s me and my brothers singin’ along with my best friends and where does all the time go? Tellin’ us in school as kids we’re the superpower, we’re the big cheese, but it’s really just bullshit. Growin’ up the ‘80s, Ronald Reagan tellin’ us we’re gonna go to the moon and shoot at all the Russians you know, all this other bullshit. But that was my reality as a kid – MTV and the Arms Race and Michael Jackson, all that weird shit.” Thankfully Felice got beyond the bullshit to become a remarkable songwriter and now a novelist. His debut novel, Black Jesus, is based on the same Johnny character in One More American Song, coming back from Iraq. His artistry is obviously all interrelated. WHO Simone Felice WHEN & WHERE Wednesday 9 June, The Annandale Hotel THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010 • 45 •


AGAINST THE GRAIN

KIWI QUINTET MIDNIGHT YOUTH ARE A DETERMINED BUNCH. SELFFUNDED, SELF-DIRECTED AND SELFDEPRECATING, THEY’RE QUITE A PLEASURE INDEED. TALKING TO DRUM’S LIZ GIUFFRE, LEAD SINGER JEREMY REDMORE IS GENTLE AND EXCITED, AS WELL AS DETERMINED.

Arguably Kiwi bands are no longer as struck by the distance they once were thanks, perhaps ironically, to Flight Of The Conchords. While this writer is aware bringing up such a thing may be as culturally insensitive as asking a Scot to sing 500 Miles, Redmore is far from offended. “It’s great because I went to the States a few years ago and they didn’t even know where we were. At least now they know New Zealand’s a country. And Justin Bieber just came to New Zealand and had never heard the word ‘Germany’. A kid asked him about it in an interview and he asked them to repeat it, then said, ‘No, we don’t have that word at home’. But Flight Of The Conchords just sold out the Hollywood Bowl. They’re the biggest New Zealand band sort of ever and it’s great.” While lots of bands throw everything they’ve ever written onto a debut album, another reason Midnight Youth have made such a solid start is because they’ve taken their time and shed a little baby fat on their first longplayer, The Brave Don’t Run. In particular, an early single or two that they released, maybe, a little

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prematurely. “One of our first singles, A New Day, was a song that we released as a single and to be honest, we played it twice live and then never wanted to play again. We hated it,” Redmore laughs. “Our other one, Supernatural, we were thinking about including on there, but when we had the songs down we felt like it didn’t fit. And I guess it just felt a bit old. The album is a representation of three years as a band and I suppose most first albums are like that and that’s why it’s so dynamic, but I guess when it came down to it those songs were just older and I suppose we were sick of them.” About to tour with Birds Of Tokyo, Midnight Youth have toured Australia a few times before on various festivals including Come Together. While they like Australia’s size (“you go around New Zealand and it’s all over in five days”), they also love the opportunity to learn from other bands on the road. “I think you definitely learn off every single band you play with, either in a good way or a bad way. So you might play with someone who you didn’t like and say, ‘Wow, I’m never doing that’. But then we played with Trial Kennedy and Dukes Of Windsor last year; we had sixteen guys on tour and sixteen of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. It was really bizarre.” WHO Midnight Youth WHAT The Brave Don’t Run (Warner) WHEN & WHERE Saturday, The Enmore Theatre

THE ART OF CONTROL

DOING IT ALL YOURSELF IS REWARDING BUT TIME CONSUMING, AS THE BLACK RYDER HAVE FOUND OUT. MORE SHOWS ARE ON THE WAY, SAYS AIMEE NASH, AS SHE REINTRODUCES SCOTT FITZSIMONS TO HER BAND.

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ver since forming after departing The Morning After Girls, The Black Ryder have been well received. The two core members Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper create psychedelic and shoe-gazing rock, with their album, Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride, successfully capturing their sound and approach. However, for all their potential they’re yet to capitalise on the situation with heavy touring or promotion – in fact, they haven’t even launched it in their Sydney hometown yet. But don’t think that Nash and Von Ryper have been resting on their laurels, as they’re running their own label and trying to do as much off their own back that they possibly can. “It does take up a big chunk of time,” says Nash. “It’s not like the traditional work for the record label and they take on your publicity, planning and marketing.” Their label, The Anti-Machine Machine, was part of an EMI initiative that granted them distribution through the label’s network, but without the regular support that a signed artist would get. “We probably sound like control freaks because we want to do everything, but it’s the only way that I think we would feel comfortable doing it. We’ve invested a lot into it, we recorded the album ourselves, we’ve been very involved in the business side, built our own little studio – so yeah, control freaks.” Creatively, that complete control has shown results, but it’s inevitably a taxing approach. “We were approached by other labels to release, and there was definitely a stop/start with all of the labels [who] come in, ‘Oh, we love you and we want to sign you and you’re fantastic,’ and then it all feels right and then you read the fine print and then you realise that it’s not. A lot of time was taken up last year with a lot of that nonsense; it can really destroy you if you let it. There was a lot of hope and then dashed hopes. This year has kind of being tying up the ends of this contract.” Meanwhile the album’s release in Japan and America is imminent. It’s meant that there hasn’t been a lot of touring, • 46 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

DARK AND MOODY, THE TITLE OF CABINS’ ALBUM, BRIGHT VICTORY, DEFIES WHAT IT ACTUALLY SOUNDS LIKE. LEROY BRESSINGTON AND BRIN HINCHCLIFFE TAKE SCOTT FITZSIMONS THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR BAND. iding the influx of surprisingly brilliant oneword-named Sydney bands that are dominating the community radio playlists at the moment, Cabins are at the point now where they’re demanding an opinion. No longer amongst the gaggle of support acts around the city on a Friday night, they’ve signed to the prominent Sydney label Ivy League and their debut album, Bright Victory, is imminent.

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idnight Youth have an indie rock sensibility and work ethic, yet have gained the attention of a major after doing the hard yards of writing, playing and recording under their own steam. As a Kiwi band, they were expecting an uphill battle, but are thrilled that their efforts are now paying off. “We’d recorded a few singles and the advice we got was to record an album,” lead singer Jeremy Redmore explains. “We didn’t have a label or grant or anything like that, so we decided to do a deal with a producer in New York that our producer knew. The idea came up and three weeks later we were in New York and then we recorded the thing... We believe that you do have to work really hard, particularly when you’re from a small country and working against the grain. And even how we put it all together, a friend did the artwork, so it’s been hard work but we’re really proud of it.”

THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT

A dark and artistic rock record that immediately calls to mind their influences Nick Cave and Tom Waits, it’s easy to believe it came from the hands and minds of guitarist/vocalist Leroy Bressington and drummer Brin Hinchcliffe, as they’re softly spoken and deliver succinct answers. They’re first and foremost a live band, the environment in which they’d prefer people to first experience them. “We tried to get the live [feel] as much as we could in the studio, but I mean there’s only a certain amount of live-ness you can put into a studio time, in such a short amount of time as well,” says Hinchcliffe. They’ve done a fair job of it as well – Bright Victory is a visceral listen. Perhaps there’s no better indicator of their success in capturing the sound than the fact that their songs’ live versions are similar to those on disc. “There are certain songs that are different when we play them live, like the last song, Calling You Home, is a lot different to what it is on the CD. And we also have a backing track for Oceanic Blues that we use, but mostly they sound pretty spot-on.” The band enlisted the Hunters & Collectors horn section to spice up a few tracks on the album, which is one difference. “Yeah, none of us play – I think we had a trumpet, a French horn and a trombone and none of us play any wind instruments really. Except for the recorder; we can all play recorder,” says Bressington. “We thought we wanted to have horns in it, but we never thought it would be possible, until we found out we could,” he laughs. They have the folks at Ivy League to thank for providing the money and

contacts to make it happen. “Then we realised it was what we’ve always wanted.” The record’s sonic noir themes are mirrored lyrically, for the most, but it’s all reasonably veiled. “It’s more personal events that are portrayed in our lives; portrayed metaphorically through, I guess, folk tales and fantasy, dream-like stories,” says Bressington. “It’s pretty personal, in the way that I wouldn’t want to say exactly what everything in it means.” One track in particular, Catcher In The Rye, showcases that depth. “It’s not about the book; well, I guess it is. I don’t know if you know the story, but the guy who shot John Lennon, well he read the book and thought the book was about him, or something like that. [It’s about] Someone thinking their part of something when they’re not.” With the goal to release an album every year, the future looks busy for the band, but progression is also on the mind. They’re looking to broaden their genre and “pinpoint” their focus a little bit more. “I think the song I least like in Bright Victory would probably be Foes And Thieves, because of how atmospheric it is. I mean, I’m still happy with the song, but I think we rushed that song a bit in the songwriting process… I think we will really think more about the structure of the songs and just get deeper with them and hopefully next time we record we’ll have more time to do it and work on the songs.” WHO Cabins WHAT Bright Victory (Ivy League/Universal) out Friday 11 June WHEN & WHERE Saturday, The Factory Theatre

STILL COUNTING

AS PETER FENTON SINGS IN THE OPENING TRACK OF THE FIRST NEW CROW ALBUM IN OVER A DECADE, “DON’T FORGET, WE SPENT TEN YEARS IN SPACE”. MICHAEL SMITH DONS THE HELMET AND ENTERS THE CAPSULE FOR AN UPDATE.

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except for when high-profile supports are offered. With a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club support coming up in August, the band recently completed The Cult’s national tour, visiting Adelaide and Perth for the first time. “It was actually awesome. One guy yelled out that we suck in Perth,” she laughs. “I saw The Cult play here at the Big Day Our, which was 15 years ago I think and me, Archi [Read, collaborator] and Scott are all huge Cult fans. I was a little worried that there would be some hard rock dudes in the audience that probably wouldn’t like what we were doing at all, but overall it was a pretty good response. “I’ve seen some really good reviews and other than the one guy in Perth, generally the crowds were really great. I was really surprised by Adelaide and Perth and one guy actually came up to me in Perth and told me that he’d actually come there to see us and he created artwork for us, so that was really, really, really nice. It was beautiful – beyond pleasantly surprised with all of that. It’s always nice to get good feedback.” All the delays aside, the band’s focus is back onto playing live and getting amongst an audience base that has been seriously deprived. “Ideally I’d love to be working on our new record right now and working on playing more shows, but the shitty side of the business stuff takes time… We’ve actually got material sitting around, waiting to get some attention.” WHO The Black Ryder WHAT Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride (The AntiMachine Machine/EMI) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Club 77

he line is from Ghost At The Crossroads, the opening track on Arcane, the first Crow album in 12 years, featuring the original lineup of Fenton, Peter Archer on lead guitar, bass player Jim Woff and drummer John Fenton. During their first decade together, from 1988 until they broke up in 1999, Crow were one of Sydney’s most intriguing bands, as much for their potential to fall apart right before your eyes as for their particular brand of earthy guitar-driven rock. Despite the instability of the lineup towards the last years of the band, they still managed to release three very fine albums, their debut, My Kind Of Pain, recorded in Chicago in 1992 with Steve Albini producing, even scored an ARIA nomination for Best Alternative Release. All in all a pretty good run and some great memories – to all intents and purposes, the book on Crow was closed. Then, a couple of years ago… “We got invited to do a show by a Melbourne event organiser,” singer, songwriter and guitarist Peter Fenton explains. “That didn’t happen, but I think we’d already got together and had a practise or two, just the three of us – Peter lives eight hours south of Sydney outside of Eden on the NSW south coast – but I guess it goes more deeply than that. We were now all on friendly terms and then there was a series of signs: we got asked to do a show at the Factory Theatre – a That Then, This Is Now – and during those early sort of discussions it became clear that what we didn’t want to do was do a sort of reunion; that if we were to do this then we were commit to being a band again and that meant new recording and releasing new material, not just playing something that probably had little relevance or resemblance to our lives now. So rather than reaching for the antihistamines and playing a reunion show, we decided to dig a little deeper. “I had a few songs and then the excitement of making another record inspired us to write more. I don’t know if Peter had any songs kind of stockpiled, but it wasn’t long before songs arrived in cassette form

wrapped in newspaper indicating new material from down south.” Fenton and Archer pretty much match each other song for song across the 13 tracks of Arcane, an album that, while still guitar-driven, brings a few new elements into the mix. “It’s interesting, I live sort of 50Ks from the middle of Sydney in what I think is country but Peter Archer really lives in the country, in the hills overlooking Eden, and his songs are just really rural in a way… I dunno. And mine seem fairly urban, so what we did was that we thought we’d get Jason Walker, who is a pedal steel player and that was sort of the thing that bound the record together, something that had a country flavour but played by a strong gritty urban man. “It was about not necessarily reinventing ourselves, but making sure that we weren’t just ploughing the same field, that we hadn’t done this before. It was still very basically recorded and then layered like we’d done records before, but to me it sounds markedly different and I’m not sure I can work out what that is. Jason’s going to be participating in the launch and some horns as well, which is another new thing. We’ve never made a record with horns on it, or pedal steel, so new things for new records.” WHO Crow WHAT Arcane (nonzero/Shock) WHEN & WHERE Friday, Notes; Saturday, Northern Star Hotel


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MACHINE TRANSLATIONS Telepathic Head Spunk/EMI We need more J.Walkers. His songs have the easy charm of your slightly weird uncle rocking in his chair as he tells you stories like this. You know, the traditional love song: boy meets girl, well, boy meets 6,000-year-old extraterrestrial girl, falling in love as she reads his thoughts to find that he is pure in heart and mind. There is simplicity in the construction, which could only come with great care being taken. Having busied himself with soundtracks and producing to make others sound interesting, this return is welcome.

M.I.A. XXXO XL/Remote Control/Inertia As it rattles together over the usual millions samples that somehow fit together, I admit to never quite getting M.I.A. That being possibly due to me still finding it impossible to not sing The Clash’s Straight To Hell over that one about the guns. This is from the more personal side of her canon, the trick being the revealing of the point as the song unfolds – the simple “you want me” sentiment suddenly finishing the thought “…be somebody who I’m really not”. Insistent and smart, this is perhaps what she should be about.

CHILDREN COLLIDE Jellylegs Universal According to themselves: “A post-traumatic heartbreak song about an ex-girlfriend dying in a bizarre hunting accident with her grandfather.” Indeed, what did ever happen to the old boy meets girl song? The subject matter has a touch of The Cure about it, as does the ringing guitar figures in the verses, right down to the “kittens on the floor”. Then the choruses get all noisy and nasty on you. It may be a little contrived in the look and style of it, but get past that and it’s not a bad little spit of pop song in the modern manner.

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Circle The Wagons Okay, so Darkthrone aren’t a black metal group anymore. We all just have to accept that fact and move on, and assess their current melange of raw punk/thrash on its own terms. Alright then – Circle The Wagons fairly sucks. Why? It’s sloppy, uninspired and – quite frankly – boring as bat shit. Members Fenriz and Nocturno Culto have never been known for their technical prowess, nor for their desire to reinvent the wheel with each successive record. But once upon a time they played with passion and enthusiasm. Once upon a time, they didn’t sound lazy, jaded and sarcastic. Tracks like I Am The Graves Of The 80s and I Am The Working Class gleefully piss all over the band’s legacy, offering nothing but recycled riffs and awful vocals (even by Darkthrone standards). The band’s last two records, F.O.A.D. and Dark Thrones And Black Flags, could at least boast a couple of decent tunes each. And as much as those records could never hope to match the insane genius of A Blaze In The Northern Sky, they were brimming with a kind of warped fuck-you attitude that gave them a certain charm. There’s none of that here. Circle The Wagons is, perhaps, the first Darkthrone album to be a complete stinker. Even Stylised Corpse, which is as close as this album gets to grim, is derailed by its corny lyrics.

Nobody’s Daughter Courtney Love has been called a lot of things: dilettante, guttersnipe, has-been, never-was, model-actress, hooker-waitress. And for the past decade, it has seemed like her detractors were perhaps right all along. Besides her tabloid-baiting antics, there was her solo album, America’s Sweetheart, which could generously be described as a train wreck. Now she’s back with the band that propelled her into the spotlight, except there’s no sign of her former bandmates. Backed by a trio of no-names, Love has taken a leaf out of old pal Billy Corgan’s book by resurrecting the Hole brand without actually reforming the band. Which makes Nobody’s Daughter as much a Hole album as America’s Sweetheart was. It would all be largely beside the point if the album was any good. Which it’s not. In fact, it’s abominably bad. With its bland AM radio production and dullas-dishwater songwriting, Nobody’s Daughter is an unforgivable blemish on the legacy of a band that in the ‘90s gave righteous voice to feminine angst against the male-dominated world of grunge. Skinny Little Bitch is as juvenile as its title suggests, while it’s hard to believe that the bad teenage poetry of Samantha comes from the same person who wrote Miss World. Even worse are the album’s mellower moments, such as Letter To God, which capture Love at her maudlin worst.

Trespassers It has been roughly five years since their last release but Kashmir, practically the veteran rock band of Denmark, have returned with their sixth album, Trespassers. Recorded in Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York, the 11-track collection is an assemblage of carefully crafted songs. Opening with Mouthful Of Wasps, the album’s first single, the soft, measured tempo builds to be greeted by the husky tremor of Kaiser Eistrup’s vocals. With a constant solidity, the record continues to flow in a similar way before concluding with the lingering, almost orchestral sounds of The Indian (That Dwells In This Chest). Originally a blues band, Kashmir’s style has changed progressively from album to album, and has been routinely compared to the likes of Coldplay and Radiohead. This time there is no mistaking that the emphasis is on emotionally powerful lyrics carried by a methodically engineered instrumental undercurrent. Their most memorable tracks include Mantaray, Danger Bear and Pursuit Of Misery, but despite this, there is no hands-down standout. Pallas Athena, the shortest track on the album, is also worth a mention, their experimentation by the use of tweaked guitars and the mechanical distortion of Eistrup’s voice creates both an ethereal and haunting sound.

Nobody’s Daughter is everything fans of Pretty On The Inside and Live Through This do not want to hear: another horrific train wreck of an attempt at recapturing past glories.

Strangers to our shores, both physically and in terms of exposure, Kashmir are likely to continue that trend with Trespassers. It is something cohesive for fans, but not enough to propel them to the level of fame they enjoy in Europe.

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KATIE NOONAN & THE CAPTAINS

MANTRA

MIKE PATTON

Obese

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At first instance, Power Of The Spoken is a tough nut to crack. It’s hard to listen to Mantra without reflecting on who the collaborator is, what the project is, or what new ethos is driving one of Melbourne’s finest. Mantra, you see, has been one of our best for the last decade, but this is the first time he’s ventured out alone. First impressions of POTS are that it is straightforward and unchallenging, especially compared with Mantra’s work with Illzilla and Equills.

Mike Patton can never be accused of predictability. Whether reinvigorating the ‘90s rock of Faith No More or screeching The Godfather theme as Fantômas, he manages to contort the most simple of sounds in ways the listener could never have imagined. Though no one could have expected Mondo Cane, an 11-song homage to ‘60s Italian pop songs with the Patton seal gleaming on every inch of each song, from musical arrangements to his own melodically crazed vocals.

Scratch the surface and you quickly find out how wrong you were. This debut is a rumbling sleeper of an album, ready to return all the love and affection you’re willing to give it. I Wanna Go Home is an entry point for this experience. Immediately familiar – raps, raps, bragging, raps – a little analysis reveals a neat reflection of what drives mythical Mantra. Mantra is a myth, you see; he’s spent most of the album telling us. The title track is straightforward with it (“Chant the mantra!”) while other tunes, Remember Where You Were among them, are a little more oblique. They still fail to conceal our hero’s grab for demigod status, though.

Mimicking Looney Tunes mariachi on Che Notte! and conjuring seductive tones on standout Morricone cover, Deep Down, the underlying nuance is that of a deep respect Patton holds for these songs. To say Patton has reinvigorated these staunch classics is an understatement; the moment his morphing voice utters a single word, the song is entirely his own. Take for instance Urlo Negro, which brings Mondo Cane to a feverish peak, as a rising drum beat introduces Patton’s catch-cry shout, followed by impassioned Italian screaming.

Truly the heyday of Norwegian black metal is over. But even the most pessimistic among us couldn’t have predicted that the mighty would fall this far.

BLAME RINGO At The In-Between MGM Conversely, as the three-part harmonies skid into the jungle drums and the guitars get all sandpapery, somehow it doesn’t quite sit right. And you wish it would, as all those elements have their charm, and this band appear to know what they’re doing with them. You get the feeling this is the one they want as their ‘getting to know you’ approachable pop song, and the upcoming album might have some further twists and turns to it. So, perhaps pull it all back a bit, or stop thinking quite so much.

YOLANDA & THE STOLEN BOYS Left Me Doing Time Bluepie Does Triple M play anything from this century? If so, this should be it. Big guitars, leather and lace anthemic choruses. Strong-voiced woman seeking company for her heart, brain, and other areas. If there’s a problem it’s that the local audience might not quite see the sincerity or craft in it, for while there’s a certain amount of tongue in somebody else’s cheek, you think the great unwashed of middle-America might be all over it, even if they’d be taking it a mite too seriously.

CORDRAZINE Sunshine Rubber Records Hamish Cowan’s keening voice remains a compelling and emotional instrument. And is it really 13 years since the band gave it up so he could indulge his dance music interests? Built on a flutter of strings that doesn’t overwhelm it, and acoustic guitars to cradle those idiosyncratic vocals, its very quietness is what drags you in. There is a timelessness to their/ his songs, which perhaps might mean the world hasn’t passed them by in the interim. Quite lovely, for that’s what it is.

Emperor’s Box

She may have returned to a rock context with three musicians who can throw around all the necessary elements of guitar, keyboards, bass and drums in a variety of configurations, but she’s always going to sound like Katie Noonan, voice extraordinaire, and the context will always be more inventive, experimental and lush than ever you’ll ever hear on your average ‘rock’ record. Certainly more ‘art’ than ‘prog’ rock, this debut collection from Noonan and her new co-conspirators, for all the drama, pathos, power and glory displayed, never loses sight of the core instrument at the heart of it all, that voice, and its remarkable suppleness and dexterity. That voice too, is never merely a vehicle to exhibit technical virtuosity; it always serves the emotion that’s being explored. Emperor’s Box must inevitably be compared to the ‘rock’ vehicle that first brought Noonan to notice, george, the band she shared with brother Tyrone. But there are no easy ‘pop’ or ‘rock’ moments here in the way there were across the george catalogue. Inevitably, this album embraces elements of all the musical landscapes Noonan has explored since george split, from classical, through jazz, helped here by keyboards and bass player Stu Hunter in particular, to electronica. For instance, in a track like Time, there’s the grandeur of sweeping orchestral strings that also hint at the rhythmic peregrinations of Yes and the vistas of Led Zep’s Kashmir. For all the things thrown into the mix, Emperor’s Box never seems bogged down by its obvious superfluity of ideas, though sometimes it’s hard to lock into something solid as you get swept away by the sheer beauty of the sounds cascading around you. Michael Smith

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Power Of The Spoken

Don’t worry: none of this depth gets in the way of us having a bit of fun. Perfect Little Island’s hook will stick with you for days and the back and forth with Jeremedy on Mad With It is a riot. When a veteran debuts, there are fingers crossed everywhere. With Power Of The Spoken Mantra, our new God and Overlord, has nailed it.

James d’Apice

Mondo Cane

The record drags along the middle with run of the mill takes on Scalinatella, and with sparse guitar and Patton’s voice all that is on hand, the language barrier becomes challenging. Nonetheless, the listener need not understand Italian to appreciate the musical diversity on offer on Mondo Cane. Patton’s voice remains his best instrument, a shapeshifting beast that moves from high falsetto to indecipherable screeches and back to monotone bass in the space of a threeminute song. More than anything, it sounds like Patton is having a blast. Sevana Ohandjanian


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Birds Of A Feather Melbourne-based Rumourtism have pulled together an eclectic and varied collection of songs for their debut album, Birds Of A Feather. From the opening track, Once In A While, it is immediately evident that lead singer and songwriter Bradlee Jay has a knack for piecing together subtle melodies along with tasty song structures to create coherent songs that work as a collective body of work as well as individually. From the acoustic meanderings of Once In A While to the guitar-driven No Hello, which delves into darker territory for the band, this track is a brooding display of post-grunge rock. With a heavily syncopated verse that gives way to a smooth, flowing chorus, Snoxberry Jam is an epic instrumental track built up in gradual layers, with its basis an acoustic guitar. The track builds up momentum across its eight and a half minutes reaching its climax then cutting the tension with the song ending how it began. It’s ambitious and risky, as all of the sections in the song need to be as interesting as those before and after it but they tread this treacherous road with confidence and the end result is engaging and rewarding. While most songs grow from an acoustic guitar base, the band skilfully builds upon the tracks, and in what could have been droll, Birds Of A Feather is comprised of tracks that work in both capacities. The diversity on this album is something that most bands would shy away from, and credit must be given to Rumourtism for that.

James Dawson

Omen

…And Then We Saw Land

Despite a few fleeting moments of genius, it took Soulfly a staggering six albums to get close to fulfilling their potential. Metal’s perennial under-achievers finally managed it with 2008’s Conquer and whatever lit a fire under Max Cavalera is still audibly irritating him on Omen, even if this record is patchy songwriting-wise in comparison. The first handful of tracks are among their finest work; Bloodbath & Beyond is a suitably furious opener, the rumbling bass and pummelling percussion contributing to the audio violence. Grooveladen thrasher Lethal Injection offers up flecks of dirty crust-punk and enlists Prong’s Tommy Victor. Rise Of The Fallen (featuring Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato) is anthemic; the band’s track record regarding collaborations is spotty at best, but this is one of the weightier ones. There are frantic riffs and aggressive moments (Vulture Culture) throughout, but not much that quite captures the same fury. While it does taper off, the clumsy, even occasionally snigger-inducing lyrics (“Jeffrey Dahmer – master cannibal/Jeffrey Dahmer – master of the gruesome”) and simplistic choruses are present and correct, meaning the majority of longtime devotees will have little to complain of. Marc Rizzo’s tasteful sweep-picking again lends a touch of class to Cavalera’s primitive (pun intended) crunch. Predictably, Omen closes with jazz-infused instrumental Soulfly VII, continuing a band tradition that wore out its welcome several records ago. The special edition includes a cover of Sepultura’s Refuse/Resist, which virtually steps over the line of self-parody, but considering it’s been a staple of the band’s live set it seems unlikely many will care.

Tunng has always been a hard band to capture in words. Claustrophobic, sparse, full, electronic and yet traditionally folk. The arrangements were wide open yet the songs, written by Sam Genders, were close, personal pieces of sadness and longing. To listen to Tunng was to subject oneself to an experience that was not necessarily pleasant, but was certainly engaging.

Brendan Crabb

Ben Revi

A couple of years ago, Genders left Tunng. Fellow singer Mike Lindsay had always contributed to the songwriting, and in recent years Becky Jacobs had stepped up to be a key singer and frontperson. But Genders had provided the backbone, so now the band turned inward, collaborating with sound and instrumentation. … And Then We Saw Land is like no Tunng we’ve ever heard before. Stripped of the oddball ambience which once defined the band, they now sound much more akin to Akron/Family, an all-in folk explosion of choral harmonies, of slogans and pride and hope. “We don’t give up easily,” sing Lindsay and Jacobs in harmony, and not only do we believe them – we want to join them. For all the gorgeous melodies and superb harmonic arrangements, this album lacks togetherness. Fellow group-vocal bands, whether dense like Efterklang or light like Aberfeldy, have a tightness and a purpose which draws the listener in. Tunng’s compositions seem thrown together, which is a shame, because there are some truly grand moments on this record (the chorus to Don’t Look Down Or Back particularly); the result is imperfect, but beautiful nonetheless.

Arturo Gatti

Listening to Arturo Gatti is akin to meeting an old friend you haven’t seen in years. A friend who immediately proceeds to head butt you in the nose – yet you still smile, because you expect nothing less. Fancy adjectives are optional when it comes to describing Toe To Toe’s first outing in 11 years. Quite simply, this is a top-notch record that offers up unrelenting and no nonsense hardcore played with real passion, feeling and a refreshing take it or leave it attitude. Toe To Toe have a timeless quality that transcends fads and image, and Arturo Gatti proves that it’s still okay to rely on good songs and a belief in hardcore’s traditions rather than its fly by night fashions. Over 12 tracks Toe To Toe pick up where they left off with Consolidated in 1999. Each track seethes with anger and intent. When Scotty Mac cries out “Have you ever been a part of something now it’s a part of you?” on Rise And Fall, you believe him. The Sydney band holds hardcore sacred and by the time the anthemic strains of album closers True Sounds and Always & Forever fade from the speakers, you will as well. Bottom line, Arturo Gatti is both a timely reminder of hardcore’s legacy and a promise that the genre’s best days could be ahead of them. The fact that these guys are from our own backyard is just the icing on the cake.

Mark Hebblewhite

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PAUL GRAY

NOTHING BUT RESPECT Understandably, the signs of respect for SlipKnot bassist Paul Gray continue to roll in, this time from Murderdolls frontman Wednesday 13. He released a statement that read; “I write this with great sadness that such a great human being has left us. “Paul Gray was not a close friend of mine, but we were friends. In fact, he is one of the first people I met in this crazy fucked-up business, but I will say that he treated me like he knew me his whole life. One of the most genuine people you could ever ask to meet. “I remember once back years ago, I hadn’t seen him in a year or more – no phone calls, text – and outta the blue he texted me… ‘Hey, you wanna come hang out and go to the Grammys with me? We got nominated and I wanted to hang with ya.’ “That’s the kinda guy I will remember Paul Gray as, just an all-around good person. “To my brother Joey [Jordison, SlipKnot drummer and Murderdolls guitarist], and all my friends within the SLIPKNOT family, my thoughts are with you all.” Also, Anthrax’s guitarist Scott Ian, who had spent time playing with Gray for the Roadrunner United: All Stars concert, told Noisecreep, “Paul Gray was always super-fun to be around. He was always smiling and he was always all about the music. “He and I were the main rhythm player and bass player for that band. I got to spend a lot of time with him just jamming, which is what we both loved to do. We’d just get such a kick out of learning riffs. It was always all about the music. He just seemed like he was really that dude who just loved to play his instrument. I’m really gonna miss him.”

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Are we cursed in this metal community of late or what? Another metal brother has sadly succumbed to the clutches of the damn reaper! This week’s column is dedicated to the sad passing of bassist Paul Gray aka #2 from SLIPKNOT! He was found dead last week in a hotel in his hometown Iowa. There was no evidence of foul play but the investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled shortly to determine any contributing factors to his death. The eight surviving members of Slipknot held a news conference to address the tragedy. “He was everything that was wonderful about this band and about this group of people,” frontman Corey Taylor said. “The only way I can sum up Paul Gray is ‘love’. Everything he did, he did for everyone around him, whether he knew you or not… and that’s what he’s left behind for us: absolute love. I will miss him with every fibre of my heart, as will everybody at this table and everyone who knew him. He was the best of us.” Looks like you don’t have to travel all the way around the world to catch the “big four” - check out this news from the Metallica website: “Can’t make it to Europe this June for one of the seven Sonisphere ‘Big Four’ shows featuring the ‘Tallica along with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax? No problem… we’ve got the next best thing through the magic of satellite technology with a special HD simulcast from Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22! Here’s how it works: The live show will be transmitted via satellite to over 450 movie theatres in the U.S. and over 350 theatres across Europe, Canada and Latin America. Within hours of all of us walking off the stage, depending on what time zone you live in, you’ll be able to rock out to each set in the cozy confines of your local movie theatre that same night. For our friends in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, delayed screenings will be coming your way. Again, keep watching here and www.thebigfourlive.com for updates.” Adelaide’s Truth Corroded has announced the addition of drummer Andrew Parkinson to the group’s ranks. The band will enter the studio in July to begin recording its new album, Worship The Bled, for a late 2010 release. The CD will be mixed and mastered in Sweden by Scar Symmetry guitarist Jonas Kjelgren. Commented bassist Greg Shaw in a press release, “Andrew is a great drummer with a highly professional attitude and musical background, so the band is really pleased to have him join. He brings enthusiasm and a strong ethic that the band needs to take its music to the next stage. The new songs are some of the fastest the band has

we’re really excited to start recording this one. The material is the strongest and most memorable we have written. I know every band says this, but if it wasn’t true, there wouldn’t be a point in us recording it! The demoing process will begin in the next few weeks.”

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THURSDAY

Kcavemen, Dawn Heist, Grannyfist, Headkase – The Wall

FRIDAY PSYCROPTIC written, but also the most crushing. This album builds on the previous album Upon The Warlords Crawl but destroys using new methods.’ Finally, it’s been revealed! Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson spoke to Chordstruck Magazine that he has begun work on material for his much-anticipated collaboration with Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth and Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater. “I started writing with Mikael last month, finally. It’s still in the very early days. We wrote about 15 minutes of music last month in my studio near London and we’re very excited about it. I think people are going to be very surprised by the direction. If they’re expecting some kind of death-metal-progressive rock, they’re going to be surprised because it’s not like that. If you put the two of us together, the last thing we’re going to do is something similar to what people already know from our most high-profile project. It’s very arty, very ambitious; it’s going to be epic. We’re still writing. It’s going to be very dark, very twisted, very experimental. It’s still rock music, but we’re trying to do something really, really special and really different with this.” Tasmania’s technical death metallers Psycroptic are hard at work on material for the follow-up to their Nuclear Blast Records debut, Ob(Servant). The band will continue the songwriting process right up until it embarks on a U.S. tour in October with Nile. Commented Psycroptic guitarist Joe Haley in a press release, “We’re halfway through the writing process for the new Psycroptic album and everything is going great. The songs are coming together really naturally – nothing sounds forced, and

Five Star Prison Cell, Recoil – Basement, Belconnen Vendetta Of The Fallen, Absolution, Alice Through The Windshield Glass, Datura Curse, Sykosapian – The Wall Kcavemen, Grannyfist, Headkase – Hamilton Station Hotel Darker Half, Sobrusion – Carnage, Empire Hotel Kings Cross Resist The Thought – The Loft Youth Venue

SATURDAY Frozen Doberman, Chinese Burns Unit, Hell City Glamours – Annandale Hotel As Silence Breaks – Bridge 54 Red Bee, Jova, H Train, Walking Zero, Typhos, 2010 – Lewisham Hotel

TOURS TOURS TOURS Paul Di’Anno – Thursday 17 June, Bar On The Hill; Wednesday 18, Waves Wollongong; Saturday 19, Gaelic Theatre Alestorm – Friday 18 June, The Factory Om – Saturday 17 July, The Factory Theatre Hellyeah – Thursday 29 July, The Metro Theatre Slash – Monday 16 August, Enmore Theater Napalm Death, Dying Fetus – Saturday 4 September, The Factory Mayhem – Friday 24 September, The Factory Theatre Metallica – Wednesday 10, Thursday 11, Saturday 13 November, Acer Arena Andrew Haug hosts triple j’s The Racket every Tuesday from 10pm. triplej.abc.net.au/racket. theracket@drummedia.com.au


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PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY

SILVERSTEIN

TEN YEARS ON Canada’s post-hardcore outfit Silverstein have announced that they will be celebrating a decade in existence this year with a DVD/CD release, Decade (Live At The El Mocambo). The material comes from a run of four shows that took place at the venue and is due out Friday 25 June. On the DVD you can expect over two hours of footage from across the shows, unseen backstage footage and all nine of the band’s music videos, including the new one for American Dream. The CD will comprise of 22 tracks from the shows.

ISIS

ONE FOR THE ROAD Despite recently announcing their cessation, Isis will be heading out on one last tour of the United States this June. The band will be releasing a spit 12” with The Melvins on 13 July and while it will be available during their tour, there’s no word as yet whether it will be available in Australia. Importing seems like it will be the best option.

WORTH IT Favourites of Australian fans, America’s La Dispute are teaming up with Touche Amore to release a split seven inch record, Searching For A Pulse/The Worth Of The World. Just a mere $5, pre-sales are being now at the No Sleep Records’ webstore and if the Twitter posts are correct the online allocation is album has almost sold-out.

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In the lead up to the release of their massively anticipated new album Deep Blue, Parkway Drive have announced the Deep Blue tour. True to form the band have put together a quality line-up to join them on the trip around the country. Supporting the band on their album release run will be American acts The Devil Wears Prada and The Ghost Inside plus rounding out the line-up are local lads 50 Lions. Tickets go on sale 11 June for Friday 24 September at the Hordern Pavilions and Saturday 25 Royal Theatre, Canberra. Both shows are all ages. English hardcore lads Your Demise are currently in the studio working on a follow up to their awesome debut album Ignorance Never Dies. Guitarist Stu Paice is quoted as saying, “The new songs are a very big progression, the best stuff the band has ever written by far. It’s a big step up in sound.” You talk a good game Jay Bentley… The bassist knows exactly what to say to get Bad Religion fans excited about the forthcoming album. “I’ve heard Greg and Brett both saying that if our last three records were the Suffer, No Control and Against The Grain of the 2000s, then this would be Recipe For Hate. I said, ‘You’re leaving Generator out’ and Brett said, ‘Yeah but that’s intentional.’ Then, listening to the material, it sort of is Generator mixed in with Recipe For Hate. There’s gonna be a lot of stuff that’s gonna surprise people on this record.” Sydney Ska Weekender promoters have announced that due to reasons beyond their control, the Saturday show will now be held at Hermann’s Bar as opposed to The Wall. All pre-sold tickets remain valid for entry and the line-up remains the same – King Cannons, Chris Duke & The Royals, Backy Skank, The Resignators, Cohen Heart, Los Capitanes, Son Of A Dad, Madonna and Steppin Razor. If you’re free on the Sunday, hit up the harbour cruise. Steel City Allstars, The Resignators and Sniperival covering albums from Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake and Strung Out. 12pm – 3.30pm departing from Pyrmont Bay Wharf. Old blokes will be stoked to hear that Samiam are soon releasing a rarities collection in August. Titled Orphan Works, the 18-song set will be made up of rare tracks from the You Are Freaking Me Out and Clumsy eras. Congratulations to Showbread who have used Kickstarter.com to appeal to their fans to donate money to fund the recording of the Georgia band’s next album. The band that was formerly signed to Tooth And Nail took just eight days to raise the $13,000 they required

1. Strung Out & The Loved Ones. Kicking off their Australian tour together with an initiate club show at The Annandale this Thursday. 2. Toe To Toe. Sydney hardcore kings Toe To Toe have returned with their brand new album Arturo Gatti that is out in stores now. This Wednesday night on Short Fast Loud I’ll be chatting to the band about the new album.

BAD RELIGION for the recording process. In exchange for fans’ money people were offered everything from a signed “thank you” postcard for a $4 donation all the way to the $1000 tier which only one fan took out. That fan will now have Showbread write, record and release a song personally for them on a subject mater they decide. Remember a few months ago the Fat Mike/Cokie The Clown incident from the SXSW music festival in Texas where it was reported that the NOFX frontman decided to top up a bottle of patron with his own urine before he then went and handed out shots to the waiting crowd? This week he revealed that it was all a swindle, when a video was posted showing the veteran punker switching bottles before he went on stage. The end of the video, which you can see on the Fat Wreck Chords website, announces “suckers” at the end. Congratulations to Philly pop-punkers The Wonder Years who just inked a deal with Hopeless Records. “Hopeless was the right choice for us,” they said in a press release. “We’ve never been concerned with sounding like the other bands on a label. I mean, when we signed with No Sleep there were two other bands on the label. One sounded like Botch and the other sounded like Modest Mouse. For us, it’s more important that a label gets us and what we want to do and after a ton of meetings with Hopeless, we know that it’s the right home for us.” You can check out The Wonder Years for yourself when they tour in September with Heroes For Hire. Saturday 11 September at The Gaelic Theatre and Sunday 12 at Blacktown Masonic Hall (all ages).

HIP HOP WITH VIKTOR KRUM Some ideas are good ones. Axiom have had an idea. They’ve just released the first in a series of “digital 12 inches” they have for download. Initially, the cry of “just call it a single” can be heard for miles around. What is a 12 inch if it’s digital? My computer can’t play records. My turntables can’t play mp4s. What’s going on? Is this empty gimmickry? Turns out it’s not. It’s a refreshing hit of earnest, melancholic nostalgia. Bom and Kay Illa are lovers of vinyl (not like that). They acknowledge and mourn the imminent passing of vinyl culture. With the digital 12 inch, they’re sending out the single, the instrumental, the acapella and the B-Side. In their own words they’re “keeping the spirit of the old school 12” alive.” Before you start crying, listen to the single, Sam. Axiom make bangers. Dance that sadness away. Dance hard enough and vinyl may return. Now, like most people who are into rap music made in Sydney, I’m about a million years old. I went to university in the days where we had to carve our theses in stone and light our overhead projector by rubbing two sticks together over some dry leaves. These days it’s all terminators and hoverboards, but there are some things that don’t change. On Thursday 24 June Wollongong Unibar are putting on a Toga Party! Togas! Parties! It’s the end of semester and Wollongong Uni have decided to celebrate in style by bringing Space Invadas down for the night. It’s a pretty exciting idea. Drag Steve Spacek and Katalyst down the train line for a night of fun and laughter, have The Drunk Guy trip over his toga (he’s so drunk!), and dance around to some of the most fun and soulful jams your likely to hear on a cold, cold winter night. Plus, happy hour is happy hour and a half. Cheap drinks between 7.30 and 9.00. The Drunk Guy loves happy hour. Toga! Aha! Ahahaha! Ah. Ha. The Spit Syndicate Starry-Eyed National Tour dates are in! They’ve been confirmed. For you ladies out there, you’ll finally be able to fall prey to Nick Lupi’s devilish grin and Jimmy Nice’s gravelly growl. For the dudes, get ready to rock out with two of your favourite 1dayers. And hold on to your hats when man mountain DJ Joyride hops on the mic. The local dates are Thursday 22 July at the Harp in Wollongong, Friday 23 at The Cambridge, Saturday 24 at the Gaelic Theatre and an all ages show on Sunday 25 July at The Wall. Dads, lock up your daughters; boyfriends, lock up your partners (not like that) and let’s get it! • 56 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

SPACE INVADAS Lots to like about this piece of news: Sydney label Grindin is kickstarting a new website. “Meh,” I hear you think. Well, meh yourself! I know everyone has a website. And I know that new websites have nothing on salary cap breaches and mining taxes but – get this – if you head to grindin.net right now, you’ll be able to get the M-Phazes remix album Grindin’ Remixed for free. Free. No bullshit. In 2008, Phaze rocked our world by remixing Foreign Beggars’ Hold On. We all decided that’s the song we wanted played at our funerals. Well, we’re all still alive (yay?) but if you’re alive and you don’t have the album, it’s time to head to grindin.net and pick up a cracking set of songs for zilch. It’s that time of year again: time to be jealous of anyone living on a continent that allows them (relatively) easy access for a (relatively) small price to Rock The Bells. The lineup has been announced. This year: legends. Legends playing their legendary albums. The whole way through. God. Wu Tang are performing all of Enter The Wu-Tang. KRS-One is doing all of Criminal Minded. Slick Rick’s playing The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. Rakim is doing Paid in Full (solo). God. Jealousy. getittogether@drummedia.com.au

3. Come Together. Speaking of Toe To Toe, you can catch Scottie Mac and the boys at Come Together next weekend. Tickets still on sale for a massive line-up on Saturday 12 June that includes Frenzal Rhomb, Strung Out, House Vs Hurricane and The Loved Ones. 4. Trash Talk. The new album Eyes & Nines is a step up for the Sacramento hardcore crew. I don’t think I’ve listened to any album more so far this year. 5. Between The Devil And The Deep. Catch ‘em at the Sando next Friday to launch their new CD Souvenirs.

LOCAL GIG GUIDE

THURSDAY

Strung Out, The Loved Ones, Lungs – Annandale Hotel The Optionals, Madonna, Anchor Nowhere – Bull ‘N Bush Hotel

FRIDAY Heartbreak Club, King Cannons, Wiseheimer, Son Of Dad – Cambridge Hotel Worst Case Scenario, The Sculptures, The Initiation, The Never Ever – Gaelic Theatre

SATURDAY King Cannons, Chris Duke and The Royals, Backy Skank, Resignators, Cohen Heart, Los Capitanes and more – Hermann’s Bar City Escape, Therefore I Am – Spectrum Persist, Silverback, Aftermath, Snake Grills – Trash, Agincourt Hotel

SUNDAY Ebolagoldfish, Heartbreak Club, Steel City Allstars – Town Hall Hotel, Newtown Catch Stu presenting Short.Fast.Loud. every Wednesday night from 10pm on triple j. Contact Stu at shortfast@drummedia.com.au

ALL AGES WITH SCOTT FITZSIMONS Triple j’s Unearthed High school band search has announced its six finalists and there’s heaps of quality amongst them. Last year’s winners, Ballarat’s Howl, have gone on to release an EP and have since become one of the best young bands in the country. There seems to be something in the water down in Victoria again this year, because the moody rock of all-female group iotah of Gisbourne Secondary College and the ‘60s pop worshipping lo-fi The Living Eyes of Geelong’s St Joseph’s College are Y&R’s tips as favourites for the top prize. There’s also the throbbing electro of Blud from Perth’s Wesley College, the unassuming solo project The Harry Heart Chrysalis of St Luke’s in Bundaberg, the indie pop of last year’s Splendour surprise package Glass Towers from Alstonville High, Byron Bay and twin sister singer/songwriters (very Tegan & Sara/Angus & Julia Stone) Aurora & Daisy from St Andrews Lutheran College, Gold Coast. Unfortunately, no bands from Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong or Canberra made the cut – but competition’s obviously cutthroat. The winner will be announced Friday on the station’s breakfast show. Youth Week may be over, but its legacy lives on. The national talent competition that was run as part of the week has now opened up its website’s doors for votes in the People’s Choice category. With entries now closed, youthweek.com is showcasing emerging musicians, writers, film makers, graphic designers, photographers and more. Jump on the website for the full list of entrants and to cast your vote.

OUT AND ABOUT Singer/songwriter Jess Chalker plays The View Factory this Wednesday, playing tracks from her debut EP, Said The Raindrop To The Seed. Things are looking pretty good for Cloud Control, who recently saw their album Bliss Release debut at the very impressive #20 spot on the ARIA charts. With fellow exciting Sydneysiders Richard In Your Mind, they’re at the Clarendon Guesthouse this Thursday. As one of Western Sydney’s last remaining independent record stores – a sad reality, especially in Parramatta where there are now two stores for that electronics retailer – Beatdisc Records is throwing another of their trademark instore shows this Friday. Sydney’s Animal Shapes feature members of prominent Sydney punk

ANIMAL SHAPES outfits (Lungs, Grand Fatal etc.) that have caught the indie bug and will be playing tracks from their album Calibi-Yau, which will also be on sale for the first time. Pockets will also be playing. Kicks off from 7pm. With their new album Damnation recently released, Resist The Thought take to The Loft Youth Centre this Friday. Silverback, Violence and Morna Point will be supporting. Dead Letter Circus have definitely arrived and with their debut album This Is The Warning shooting to the #2 spot on its first week in the ARIA charts, they look like they’re going to hang around. Friday they play The Factory Theatre – spirits will be high. The Penshurst RSL all age band competition enters its sixth round this week with Reunion, The Shift Hand, Mother Of Pearl, Jux Ta Pose and Your Way With Words taking to the venue on Friday. Saturday, the Lucky Australia Tavern continues to provide a Western Sydney haven for the all ages scene with The Vanirs, Blatant Audio, Virginia Killstyx, Zygotic and Metallica tribute band Damage Inc. Sunday, the live music kicks off at 1pm with Distorted Sound Theory, Facebreaker, Eastwood, Allay The Sea and To The Grave. Taperjean Records’ City Escape are making the trip up from Melbourne this week, with Equal Vision signed Therefore I Am joining them for the ride. Sunday they take to The Wall from 2pm. Your tips for the Unearthed High competition to allages@drummedia.com.au


ANCIENT METHODS BLUES AND ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON I was lucky enough to catch Canadian Blues Artist of the Year Harry Manx live in concert last week in an intimate theatre setting. Now I must have seen Manx play ten times over the past ten years, but this time was different in that it was the first time I had seen him outside of a festival environment. A humble stool, small mixing desk and rack of four stringed instruments sat in the middle of the enormous stage and when Manx strolled up casually and launched into Bring That Thing from his 2001 debut, Dog My Cat, it became very obvious that he would have us in the palm of his hand all night and wouldn’t let go. A couple of common criticisms of blues music in general is that it is uninventive, repetitive, clichéd and insincere and there’s no doubt that this can sadly be the case when looking at the work of a number of blues artists around today, but Manx could never be accused of being any of the above. Firstly, his 21-string Mohan Veena (he added a new bass string to it recently) is the most obvious point of difference separating his work from that of other bluesmen kicking around. For five years Manx studied in India under the tutelage of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt where he learned about the music of eastern cultures and when he marries that deep knowledge of Hindustani-style music with his love of and adept skill for playing the blues, an incredibly unique sound is born. This style of playing translates just as smoothly to Manx’s banjo, lap steel and resonator work as well; particularly important in his playing across the board is his wonderful use of the drone – a

and finally – in the tradition of artists like Albert King and Robert Cray (among many, many others) – Beadle will also perform with the ‘Kiss My Brass’ horn section. A great chance to see every dimension of this exciting young blues talent. Entry is $15 and it kicks off at around 8.30pm.

MICK HART vital part of both the styles of music he melds together. He’s not shy of performing the odd cover and his show this time around saw him tackle a couple of Willie Dixon tunes and some Hendrix as usual, but it was his rendition of JJ Cale’s Tijuana (which Manx titled San Diego-Tijuana on his Mantras For Madmen record) that really had the hairs standing to attention. An incredible song initially released on Cale’s very worldly 1990 album, Travel-log, it leapt out like never before in this setting. If you get the chance to catch Manx in this stark but incredibly engaging manner, I strongly recommend you take it. Word is he will be back in August and September. On the local front, rising star Ray Beadle has a special show coming up this weekend. He plays the Bridge Hotel in Roselle on Saturday night and you’ll be able to see him in solo acoustic mode, with his power trio

Aussie roots favourite Mick Hart is back in town this weekend after a couple of successful shows up north and will be stopping in at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills on Saturday night for a show with his full band. Hart reckons this will be he and the band’s last headlining show in Sydney for quite a while, so if you’re a fan don’t miss it. Also joining in on the action will be Tempo De Naughty. Doors open 8pm and tickets are available on the night. One band we really, really want to see tour Australia again is the Derek Trucks Band. If you’re into blues guitar then you undoubtedly are well familiar with Trucks’ work, this guy is so good that a large number of people believe he stole the show when touring Australia as a part of Eric Clapton’s band back in 2007. Unfortunately for us the band has taken a year off the road in 2010, but thankfully there’s a new double live CD coming out to tide us over until they decide to get their arses out here. Roadsongs was recorded over two nights in Chicago last year and will be released in Australia on Friday 18 June. rootsdown@drummedia.com.au

Touring with Perth’s Saritah, Canada’s Digging Roots will be at Notes Thursday, The Heritage Hotel Friday, The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, Saturday and the Brass Monkey. Recent Juno winners (Canada’s ARIA equivalent), we asked vocalist ShoShona Kish to describe their sound and message. “Digging Roots is more about musical ideas than particular sounds. Though we are based in blues and roots music in some fundamental aspects, the music for us is about the land and the rhythms and melodies that rise from place. The music is a conviction of our beliefs. Our optimism and the things we believe most deeply in drive the lyrics. We grew up listening to everything from Led Zeppelin to Miles Davis to Johnny Cash to traditional chanting so the music comes from these really wide open places. My father was a draft dodger who took refuge in Canada during the Vietnam War. My mother was an artist and an activist. I remember, as a small child, that my home was filled with musicians and jams sessions and many heated discussions about how to change the world. So I guess we were born and bred into all this. We come by it honestly. “The songs on this album [We Are] specifically come from a songwriting project that we have been exploring for a couple of years. The project began when an elder from our community told us about one of the traditional Anishinabe (native) ways we used to create music. She said that back in the day, we would draw inspiration from the contours of the tree lines and horizon lines to guide the melodic and rhythmic movement of a song. We thought, what a beautiful and simple way to think about making songs. So we began to photo document our travels by taking panoramic shots of horizon lines to study and make songs from. It was a really exciting to get inside this ancient idea.”

SONGS AND CULTURE JAZZ/WORLD WITH MICHAEL SMITH TUESDAY

Sunday in the Italian Forum, Leichhardt.

The women provide the focus tonight as the inimitable Judy Bailey takes her big band Jazz Connection down to 505, with singer Briana Cowlishaw and her quintet opening the evening.

Down at the Unity Hall Hotel it’s the Unity Hall Jazz Band once again, free from 9pm. Sporting musicians from places as diverse as West Africa and Russia, Spain and Macedonia, Marsala create a musical gumbo best experienced live, as it can tonight at Eastside Café.

Casablanca Nights at Notes brings you their first Listeners’ Choice night, with Evelyn Duprai joined by guests Amanda Bloom, Nic Jeffries and Anita Meiruntu, with The Hipstones’ Mark Palmer guest pianist. The saxophone-led James Valentine Quartet returns the Golden Sheaf in Double Bay.

WEDNESDAY

TIM BRUER Guitarist Ben Panucci takes the trio to the Colbourne Ave Glebe stage.

Led by trumpeter Eamon Dilworth, The Dilworths are joined by bass player Cameron Undy down at 505.

Singer Rebecca Barrett plays the Kudu Lounge with guitarist John Hardaker and bass player Brendan Clarke.

Curated and presented by pianist and composer Alister Spence, Impermanent Kissa happens at Studio Impermanent in Rozelle.

South American singer, composer and guitarist Jorge Do Prado takes to the Sound Lounge.

The John Redmond Trio plays the Manhattan Lounge in Martin Place tonight, and Redmond guests with the Shawnuff Swing Band at Newtown Jets Rugby League Club Tempe Friday.

Sax player and composer Jason Bruer takes his sextet into the Sound Lounge to showcase some new tunes and cuts from his latest album, As Above So Below.

THURSDAY The Mean Fiddler host The Shear Jazz Supper Club, tonight presenting, direct from France on their first Australian visit, The Tricia Evy Trio performing the classic American Songbook according to Ella Fitzgerald.

FRIDAY

Originally together by Melbourne-based singer songwriter Kavisha Mazzella to perform an Italian folk music score for a silent documentary, Dall’ Italia All’ Australia, from 1924, I Viaggiatori are using Italian Week to bring the album, Suitcase Serenata, based on that score, to life tonight at City Diggers in Wollongong, tomorrow at the Southern Cross Club and from 3pm

The Hollywood Hotel in Surry Hills Friday hosts jazz veteran Edwin Duff’s 82nd birthday celebrations.

SATURDAY The Melodies celebrate their first birthday at the Town & Country from 3pm. This year sees pianist and composer Tim Bruer chalk up 30 years as a professional musician, and tonight sees him present his first quartet performance since 2008, down at the Sound Lounge. Trumpeter and composer Warwick Adler launches his latest album, Brendance, at 505 in quartet mode. Originally scheduled at Qirkz the weekend the venue was closed, Double Daddio’n’Daughters Evening of Song, featuring father/daughter duos Dick and Christa Hughes and Peter Head and Loene Carmen, deliver the piano-pounding honky-tonk barrelhouse jazz/blues/ torch/chanson, finally plays tonight at Ravál. blow@drummedia.com.au

ROCKABILLY/PSYCHOBILLY/ALT.COUNTRY WITH PEDRO MANOY WEDNESDAY

and island sounds. Nick Charles plays the Shack in Narrabeen and Ray Beadle gets all horny at the Bridge Hotel with a special brass section as well as solo and trio sets. 2MBSFM’s long running Stormy Monday program has a huge night of music and blues films at the Marrickville Bowling Club from 8pm. As well as great blues sounds from The Foreday Riders there will be lots of classic and rare blues films on the big screen with entry at a bargain $5. The Flamin’ Beauties pay the Royal Hotel in Springwood and DV8 rip it up at the Royal Inn in Waratah. Marshall & The Fro play the Railway Bowling Club in Goulburn and Brett Hunt has a 7pm start at Vault 146 in Windsor.

Charlie McMahon and friends return to the street level bar at the Sandringham Hotel from 8pm. Harry Manx continues his Australian tour with a show at The Basement Circular Quay while piano whiz Pugsley Buzzard rips up the ivories at the Mac Hotel. The Muso’s Club Jam Night hosted by Jim Finn and Al Britton continues its long run at The Wall.

THURSDAY The Muso’s Club Jam Night shifts to the Carousel Inn Hotel and the Bondi Blues Jam hosted by Greg Nunan & Friends gets down at Bar Bondi. Harry Manx plays the second of two nights at The Basement Circular Quay and guitarist Steve Edmonds does his solo thing at the Amber Ale Hotel.

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FRIDAY The Loungephonics take their blues and soul revue to the Town & Country Hotel while the Flamin’ Beauties hit the Crown Hotel in the CBD. The John Leigh Calder Trio play their regular spot at the Hotel Clarendon in Surry Hills and the Christina Crofts Band turn it on at Dicey Riley’s. Marshall & The Fro have a great night in store at Club Sapphire in Merimbula and up north you’ll find the Mason Rack Band at the Cabarita Beach Bar & Grill.

SATURDAY The Steve Edmonds Band have a Sydney Harbour cruise aboard the good ship Rocks Rhythmboat,

HARRY MANX departing 11.45am from Pyrmont Bay Wharf with bookings on 0458 080 553. The Melodies promise to celebrate their first birthday in quirky style at the iconic Town & Country from 3pm. Dave Tice & Mark Evans play their regular spot at the Sandringham Hotel from 4pm followed by Los Skeletone Blues at the Lansdowne Hotel from 5pm. Stormcellar deliver a great night as always at the Pendle Hill Inn and Out Of Nowhere swing the Huntsbury Hotel with some great country

Don Hopkins is first off the blocks at Vault 146 with a 1pm start. DV8 play the Wallarah Hotel from 2pm and the Blues Sunday Jam hosted by Mark Hopper continues at the Artichoke Gallery Café. Toukley Golf Club hosts the Little Blues Festival with the Rollercoaster Blues Band and guests from 5pm. The Steve Edmonds Band let loose at the Premier Hotel in Newcastle from 4pm and Dwayne Elix & The Engineers keep it country at the Marrickville Bowling Club. Rebecca Hancock and The Prison Wives have a big show planned for the Sandringham Hotel from 4pm, showcasing her new album. Cletis Carr and Mitchell Shadow combine at the Bald Rock Hotel for the return of a series of popular 6pm sessions.

Playing tribute to the music of Astrud Gilberto vocalists Magdalena Mira and Sam Joole with the John Hardaker Direction are performing at Surry Hills’ Café Lounge this Sunday from 5pm. Drum asked Mira what it is about GIlberto that inspires her, and how the Latin and bossa nova scenes are faring at the moment. “Bossa nova is my way to express myself. It’s how I tell my feelings. It’s hard for me to explain in English. It has a lot of ‘saudade’. Saudade is like the blues – it’s sad but not angry, it’s blue and it’s melancholy. I don’t express myself through rock or charged music. Sam [Joole] does all the time and I sing with him but this is a different field. The bossa nova always relies on the guitar, and the masculine and feminine voices – and together we are tributing this true form. For me, the bossa nova (“new wave”) has evolved. Let’s go back to Rio De Janeiro, in Ipanema, in Brazil before the birth of rock’n’roll. A group of already established musicians and lyricists, João Gilberto, Antonio Jobim, Vinicius De Moraes and more, they got together in an apartment and jammed. This was like a way of letting loose, relaxing, experimenting and bossa nova emerged from this and the Samba rhythm of the day. The melodies, the accurate and honest tales of love, a less percussive style with more complex harmony. Jobim has made a huge impact on music, on jazz. To be completely honest, Astrud was just mixed up in this somehow, she was João’s wife, a housewife, and had a good grasp over English, she sang one day and her song catapulted her to fame – The Girl From Ipanema. She sang mainly by João’s side. She had the voice that personified the style and was westernised and commercialised, but the music came from these guys in Brazil.”

COUNTRY AT THE FORE The APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Song of the Year is a category usually dominated by rock and pop artists, but the fact that they’ve included a ‘rock’ category this year as well indicates that the landscape is changing. And props to Troy Cassar-Daley whose song Big Big Love is nominated for the top award alongside tracks from the likes of The Temper Trap, Sarah Blasko, Empire Of The Sun and more. Understandably, the song also features in the country category alongside Brooke McClymont (with co-writer Trey Bruce) for Kick It Up, Steven Forde for I Ain’t That Guy and Brad Cole for Come Home.

LADY ON WEB-CAM Lady Antebellum have become one of the biggest names in Nashville country over the last 12 months, and will be hosting a private fan club party Thursday 10 June, to raise money for relief from the floods that have caused havoc throughout Nashville. Aussie fans can also take part in the event, because the whole concert will be streamed live for a minimum donation of $5 – due to the time difference it means it will be showing locally Friday 11 from 12.15am. In a media release, backing vocalist and pianist/guitarist Dave Haywood said, “We want to keep doing our part because it isn’t over yet. Music City has a long way to go. Streaming the event online is a cool way for us to include more of our fans in this event, and all the money goes to a great cause.”

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THEATRE REVIEW

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THE WANDERER, 2009 POLIXENI PAPAPETROU

Displaying as part of the exhibition Between Worlds at Stills Gallery, Paddington, Wednesday 2 June to Saturday 3 July.

THIS WEEK IN TUESDAY 1 The Hypochondriac - that cheeky 17th century Frenchman Molière was a master of the comedy, and The Hypochondriac was his final play, the writer having collapsed during a performance and never recovering. Parade Studio, NIDA until 5 June. Jon Dore - stand-up from Canadian comedian, known for his show on The Comedy Channel as well as his role on Canadian Idol. The Comedy Store until 12 June. Oresteia - Sydney Theatre Company’s latest epic piece of theatre is the great Greek tragedy, Oresteia, adapted by Tom Wright. Wharf 1 until 27 June.

WEDNESDAY 2 Accidental Death Of An Antichrist - Dario Fo’s popular play about a man who falls (or is he pushed) from a building in Milan. Parade Playhouse, NIDA until 5 June. All That Glisters - exhibition of photography by Mark Kimber focusing on untouchable memorabilia. Stills Gallery, Paddington until 3 July. Between Worlds - exhibition of photography from Polixeni Papapetrou exploring childhood identity formation. (See Snapshot.) Stills Gallery, Paddington until 3 July. Bromance - new dance work from choreographers Alisdair Macindoe and Adam Synnott, inspired by their personal stories of brotherhood. Performance Space at Carriageworks until 5 June. Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow - the infamous comedy festival from down south is currently on the road, stopping in Sydney to play Riverside Theatres Parramatt tonight. Awesome lineup includes Smart Casual, Melinda Buttle, Joel Creasey, and Miles Jupp. Sydney Film Festival - opening night! Official Opening Night film: South Solitary. Other films screening this evening: music biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Banksy’s Exit Through The Giftshop, and Korean horror film Possessed.

THURSDAY 3 Sydney Film Festival - films screening today include: Heartbeats, Howl, Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, and Just Like Us.

FRIDAY 4 Apocalypse Now - the granddaddy of war films, it’s a rare occasion you get to see Francis Ford Coppola’s epic film on the big screen. We love the smell of popcorn in the cinema. Chauvel Cinema (8:30pm). • 58 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

ARTS 7 UP Sydney Film Festival - films screening today include Life During Wartime, Red Hill, I Killed My Mother, Lemmy, and The Sentimental Engine Slayer.

JOHN DORE

JON DORE SWINGS INTO TOWN Canadian comedian Jon Dore is coming to Sydney this month for a string of dates at the Comedy Store. Best known for his mockumentary show for The Comedy Channel, The Jon Dore Television Show, as well as being a correspondent for Canadian Idol, Dore is also a well-travelled stand-up comedian, something Sydney will see for themselves when he plays the wellknown comedy locale Tuesday 1 June to Saturday 12.

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THE RUSKIS ARE COMING

Assassins - closing night of NIDA’s first production of Stephen Sondheim’s (Sweeney Todd) Assassins in ten years, which, under the guise of a carnival game, deals with US Presidential assassinations throughout the years. Parade Theatre, NIDA.

The 2010 Russian Resurrection Film Festival has an historical film in it, named after historical figures you vaguely remember the names of. An historical film called Belka & Strelka that’s in 3D animation and subtitled ‘Space Dogs’. Awesome. It also features a survey of Russian WWII films, including Andrei ‘God’ Tarkovsky’s feature debut, Ivan’s Childhood, a political satire called Miracle that uses a religious retribution as a lens on social taboos lifted immediately after the death of Stalin, and a superhero film called Black Lightning where the guy has a flying car (have faith - it’s produced by Night Watch director Timur Bekmambatov). Russian Resurrection runs Thursday 19 August to Wednesday 1 September at Chauvel Cinema. Full programme online at russianresurrection.com.

Flushing Meadows - exhibition of paint on canvas by Jasper Knight taking its cue from the 1964/195 New York World’s Fair. Think modernism and pop art. Knight’s White 1964 Mustang exhibition features alongside. Closing night. Chalk Horse Gallery.

TOWNS WITH ZOMBIE PROBLEMS By Cam Grace 1. Pittsburgh - Night Of The Living Dead (1968) 2. Vermont - Zombie Town (2008) 3. London - Shaun Of The Dead (2004) 4. Macon - The Crazies (2010)

The Last Emperor - Bernado Bertolucci’s masterpiece about China’s last emperor, which won ten Academy Awards. World Movies Channel (Foxtel) as part of their 25 Filmmakers You Must See Before You Die series.

5. Utah - Carnival Of Souls (1962)

Measure For Measure Shakespeare’s play gets a 21st Century upgrade under the direction of Benedict Andrews and a cast including Maeve Dermody, Colin Moody, and Toby Schmitz. Belvoir St Theatre until 25 July.

GLOW SCHTICK

Sydney And Surrounds - new paintings by Jane Canfield of Sydney and its surrounding areas. Hat Hill Gallery until 4 July. Sydney Film Festival - films screening today include The Illusionist, The Tree, The Loved Ones, Au revoir Taipei, Dracula, Oil City Confidential, No One Knows About Persian Cats, and Nosferatu.

SUNDAY 6 Sydney Film Festival - films screening today include Joan Rivers: Piece Of Work, Boy, The Waiting City, To Die Like A Man, Howl, Possessed, Bill Cunningham: New York, New Beijing: Reinventing The City, and Dance Of The Vampires.

MONDAY 7 Sydney Film Festival - films screening today include Exit Through The Giftshop, The Sentimental Engine Slayer, The Loved Ones, Space Tourists, Ordinary People. The Unholy Tree - black and white 1925 film from US director Tod Browning about a caper that goes horribly wrong. Chauvel Cinema (6:30pm).

6. Port au Prince - White Zombie (1937) 7. Pennsylvania - Wicked Little Things (2007)

SYDNEY PUNK MUSO RELEASES COMIC Science and supervillains are both very important to comic books, and it’s nice to see them used to address the sorely neglected topic of girl bands and zombie rock stars. A four-issue investigation of a Frankenstein-style genius who takes his reanimation skills into record production, The Grave Shakers is the “braaains”child of Sydney punk band Nancy Vandal’s Mike Foxall. Roping in some hapless attractive and/or bumbling types along the way, there’s scheming and nice gloomy-looking cartoon renderings of famous people. Issue one is available for free download or purchase of the print edition atthegraveshakers. com. Foxall will also be featured at Supernova this July.

Lyric Theatre The musical Cats takes us into a vast junkyard, where the Jellicle Cats (don’t ask) are congregating to compete for the honour of being reborn. The story, such as it is, is of little importance – and just as well, since T.S. Eliot’s loopy poetry is often lost in the melee. In full flight, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is much closer to a ballet than a typical musical. As with any decent production of Cats, the movement and dance is extraordinary – not all of it depending on the whole ‘feline behaviour’ shtick – and the costume department and make-up artists do wonderful work. But at a whisker under two hours and 45 minutes and interval, Cats is no dish of cream. A number of sections will test the patience of most adults in the audience, let alone the youngsters. The Awful Battle Of The Pekes And The Pollicles and Growltiger’s Last Stand need a good neutering. Still, Cats features some of Webber’s finest moments as a composer. The descending Jellicle Cats motif is a masterstroke, and there are some fantastically proggy moments, including the overture, that wouldn’t be out of place on an Alan Parsons Project or Rick Wakeman album. Elsewhere, there’s Puccini-inspired operetta, choir hymns, sleazy nightclub numbers that turn into James Bond themes, and of course another of Lloyd Webber’s signature ‘big moment’ ballads, Memory, which still packs a punch. As usual, Webber hoicks up reprises like hairballs, but so much of it is genuinely fun and interesting. Truth be told, even the most hardened theatregoer will struggle to resist the furry hijinks during interval. Until 13 June DARRYN KING

GLOW IS IN MANY WAYS TRADITIONAL, HANDS-ON THEATRE, BUT IT DAZZLES LIKE THE MOST EYE-POPPING SPECIAL EFFECTS SEQUENCES IN HOLLYWOOD’S BIGGEST BUDGET BLOCKBUSTERS. LEE BEMROSE SPOKE TO THE SHOW’S CREATOR LIOR KALFO.

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ior Kalfo isn’t exactly a household name here, but he’s big in his native Israel. He has been a stand-up comedian, star of television sitcom, theatre director, producer and actor. His bio claims that he “is a man with a thousand faces”, and while we suspect this might be a bit of an exaggeration, there is no doubt he is a man of many talents. His latest production, Glow, has been delighting audiences around the globe, and Kalfo has been content to direct the show for some time now rather than star in it. When the Sydney Opera House approached him in Spain and asked him to bring the show to Australia, however, he decided to climb back into the saddle and play the lead character, the titular Glow. At this point in a regular theatre feature we’d probably spend a paragraph or two on the storyline, setting, characters and themes,

but Glow is anything but regular theatre and the storyline is almost irrelevant. Basically our man Glow is a shy office nerd who gets bullied by his boss. He falls in love with a co-worker and you can join the dots yourself. Sweet story, yes, but as the show’s creator readily admits, it’s a story we’ve all heard before. What makes Glow really stand out, however, is, well, the way it stands out. This is blacklight theatre and it’s quite unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s live theatre incorporating truly amazing special effects that rely on UV reactive clothing and props, black lights and a team of invisible ninjas. That’s right – there are three actors visible on stage supported by a team of invisible ninjas decked out in full-length black body stockings rendering them invisible to the ultra-violet light. In this way, the invisible ninjas – taking their cues from the music – scurry about in the dark,

manipulating the props in a way that makes a standard stage take on characteristics normally seen on film via CGI or cartoon animation. There are moments of homage in Glow to films such as The Matrix and The Mask, but here the effects are achieved with a much more modest budget and without a CGI geek in sight. On the phone from Tel Aviv, Kalfo describes Glow thus: “I would call it cinematic theatre, because you sit in the audience and you see a live theatre show, but you see it in the language of cinema. You even see opening credits the way you would in the cinema. You will sit

there and say how did they do that... how the hell did they do that?” And speaking of language... Kalfo deploys at least eight languages to deliver the dialogue and has found that in this way, Glow is understood by audiences all around the world. So while the colours pop, don’t let your eyes have all the fun; keep an ear out for jokes in local vernacular. WHAT: Glow WHERE & WHEN: Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House Saturday 5 June to Friday 11


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n a rehearsal break at Company B’s warehouse, stage and screen actress Robin McLeavy – when she isn’t sneaking surreptitious glances at my notes – is casually philosophical about working through a tricky script. “Theatre’s always interesting when it’s not easy,” she admits. Thing is, on stage or screen, McLeavy makes it look easy. When I speak to NIDA’s Head of Acting Tony Knight to get the goss on McLeavy, there’s an outpouring of adjectives – intelligent, motivated, creative, a great ensemble member, generous, a lot of fun to work with – but he settles on one quality in particular. “Her versatility is one of the most attractive things about her. She’s got quite an extraordinary range of characters within her.” Talk about versatility. You may have seen McLeavy as a spunky bassist in 48 Shades, a sassy Empress of Russia in The Great, a conflicted Southern belle in A Streetcar Named Desire, or as any one of six characters in Holding The Man. (You may have also seen her on an episode of All Saints, the very mention of which mortifies McLeavy into silence.) It’s a wonderful string of roles for someone who came this close (I’m indicating a small space between my thumb and forefinger) to pursuing professional horse-riding over acting. This week, McLeavy is smearing screens red in torture porn masterpiece The Loved Ones, part of the Sydney Film Festival programme. McLeavy plays Lola, a pretty powerdrill-wielding psycho bitch from hell. Someone with a dark sense of humour at the festival has dubbed this grand guignol of a flick ‘the perfect date movie’. At the moment though, as she tells me apologetically, McLeavy’s mind is operating in iambic pentameter. She’s currently in a production of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure at Belvoir St Theatre, playing one of the Bard’s great female characters, the virtuous nun-to-be Isabella. McLeavy laughs at the mismatch between Lola and Isabella, particularly when I ask if there’s a connection between the two, but if there is a similarity between The Loved Ones and this production of Measure For Measure, it’s that they’re both tapping into the darkness within – and are steeped in sex. “At first I was like, it’s about a nun, what are you talking about?” says McLeavy (I’ve mentioned her semi-nude Measure For Measure photo shoot). “But, when you read the play, it’s really about sexual excess. Sexuality is everyday and

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WITH JAMELLE WELLS Director Sam Strong has been appointed the new Artistic Director of Griffin Theatre Company. Strong, the Literary Associate at Company B and director of its production The Power Of Yes, replaces Nick Marchand, who is leaving to become Director of the British Council in Australia. Strong will co-curate the 2011 season with Marchand who has been in the job for three years. Rumours that the founder of the Tropfest short film festival might take the event interstate are a sad reflection of New South Wales Government’s support for the arts. Actor/Director John Polson is returning a government grant of $10,000 and asking Events New South Wales to take the festival, which packs the Domain each summer, off its website. He says his festival gets three times more support from Victorian agencies than from the NSW government and Events New South Wales. Polson is also critical that the state government wants logos and VIP seats in return for less than one per cent of the festival’s costs of more than $1million. Tropfest, which is free to the public, recorded a $50,000 deficit this year. Cate Blanchett joined Premier Kristina Keneally and Arts Minister Virginia Judge to announce that the Pier 2/3 wharf will be turned into a new performance space and home for arts companies. It consolidates a new cultural precinct stretching from the Opera House to the Sydney Theatre. The Premier reckons future use of the site will be determined by ‘an expert panel’ – who will consult with

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HER THIS WEEK YOU GET THE RARE CHANCE TO SEE ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST PROMISING NEW ACTING TALENTS ON BOTH STAGE AND SCREEN, IN COMPANY B’S MEASURE FOR MEASURE AND IN THE LOVED ONES, SCREENING AT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL. DARRYN KING TALKS TO ROBIN MCLEAVY.

acceptable. Pornography is so accessible and it doesn’t seem like it’s really taboo anymore. It’s become commercialised. We’re being encouraged to be in contact with that urge no matter how shallow or meaningless it is. We really play with that idea of excess and raunch and the paradox of people who are removed from their sexuality, who are so confronted by it, and the consequences of being cut off from those natural instincts. It’s got a disturbing edge to it.” McLeavy has worked with director Benedict Andrews once before, playing Honey in Andrews’ memorable 2007 production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Andrews has described what he does as conjuring ‘beautiful nightmares’,

and McLeavy says they’re very much on the same page. “I love working with Beno so much. While he’s extremely academic and intellectual he’s also so poetic visually, to the extent where you kind of feel you’re entering into someone’s world. It’s really empowering to be inside of that.” McLeavy’s last stage role was alongside Cate Blanchett in Sydney Theatre Company’s formidable production of A Streetcar Named Desire, which was embraced by audiences in Washington and New York. McLeavy describes it as “one of the most special experiences I’ve ever been involved in,” and speaks with unreserved awe when the conversation drifts to Blanchett. “It was just mind-blowing to be

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able to observe her level of skill and dedication and rigorousness and passion and discipline. She’s an absolute machine and master at what she does.” Blanchett is an inspiration to McLeavy in another way, as someone who seems to effortlessly glide between theatre and film work. McLeavy’s intention was to pursue more film work after Streetcar – she punished herself with a string of gruelling auditions in LA this year and will be going back – but she feels like she’s being lured back onto the boards. “I can’t get out!” she laughs. “I love theatre so much and when I say that I want to do more film I feel like I’m forsaking it. But I definitely want to do more film. All my favourite actors go in and out of

Tell us about the gallery. Stills Gallery is a long-established Australian gallery with a focus on contemporary photography and multimedia art. The gallery, opened in 1999, is now located in a converted warehouse with a large exhibition and printroom space in Paddington. Stills Gallery represents both emerging and established artists, and has a history of fostering artists who work at the forefront of contemporary photomedia practice. What are some of your past highlights? As well as representing some of Australia’s most well-known contemporary artists who work with photomedia such as Pat Brassington, Trent Parke, Narelle Autio, Robyn Stacey, Anne Ferran, Petrina Hicks and Ricky Maynard, we have presented works by

theatre and film. I’d like to be able to do that. Theatre takes such a long time to cultivate, and the idea of doing one scene once and once only is really appealing. Theatre is a beautiful thing to be involved in, but it vanishes into thin air, and you’re left with the memory – and a really bad DVD shot from a distance that’s nothing like what you created.” McLeavy partly credits luck for her career thus far. With a little bit more of said luck – and perhaps a smattering of that talent, charm and dedication of hers – McLeavy will be one to watch out for on the international big screen. For the time being though, McLeavy is in her element. She positively lights up as she talks about the puzzles of Isabella’s character

international artists such as Roger Ballen and Magnum Photo Agency in a group show of their newest members. We also usually set aside the first exhibition on our yearly programme for emerging artists whose work pushes the boundaries of photomedia. What’s currently exhibiting? From 2 June until 3 July we are presenting two solo exhibitions. One by Polixeni Papapetrou titled Between Worlds. She has photographed children acting as animals in the landscape. The identity of her child actors is discretely hidden behind masks. This clever device elevates her characters to participants in an absurdist drama, which is both recognisable and surprising. The other, by Mark Kimber, is titled All That Glisters. The images present hermetically-sealed mini-dioramas that speak of our need to place

the arts sector. It will also look at potential private sector investment. At its Annual General Meeting last week the Sydney Theatre Company announced an operating profit of $607,167 for 2009, the first year programmed by Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett. Box office income (excluding tours) increased by $2.9 million, up 27 per cent on 2008. Some of the highlights of 2009 included A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, directed by Liv Ullmann, and a revival of David Williamson’s The Removalists. Ian Wilding has won the $20,000 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for Forever Seven. Set in the future, the play satirises the fetish of youth, the cult of beauty, and the longevity business. The award was established in 2000 in honour of White’s contribution to theatre and to foster the development of local writers. Carlingford theatre patron Peter Maroon tells us he was the onemillionth person to buy a ticket to Wicked during its Australian run. Maroon got a VIP upgrade including a dinner and photo opportunity with the cast. But he says he liked the free merchandise bag and souvenir prop – a witch’s broom – the best. Rehearsals are in full swing for a new production of Under Milk Wood – Dylan Thomas’ great love letter to the Welsh countryside that he wrote and left behind in a pub. Bambina Borracha Production’s new tilt on the classic play for voices promises to “rebuild the village in Sydney with the same curiosity and ratbag humour”. It opens this month at Marrickville’s Sidetrack Theatre.

(who has a habit of going mute at pivotal moments in the text), and, as someone who grew up in a politically active household, has also come to appreciate the value of her profession. “I’ve convinced myself over time that what I do is important. This play especially offers some insight into forgiveness and redemption and compassion. That’s pretty useful. That’s what keeps me going.”

WHAT: Measure For Measure / The Loved Ones WHERE & WHEN: Belvoir St Theatre Saturday 5 June to Sunday 25 July / Event Cinemas, George St Saturday 5 June and Monday 7

value upon, control, and create memorabilia within our lives. Who are some local artists you admire? The ones we represent… plus if we are talking about artists working in other mediums… Mikala Dwyer, Laith McGregor, Fiona Hall. Looking to the immediate future – what’s on the cards? After Polixeni and Mark we will be showing new work by Petrina Hicks, who is currently undertaking a year of artist residencies in Europe. We will also be showing a Chinese photographic artist called Maleonn who makes contemporary photographic interpretations of Tang poems. Dates for that are 7 July to 14 August. We’ll also be going to Melbourne Art Fair from 4-8 August. THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010 • 59 •


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ONCE WERE ANIMALS ON-SET FIGHTING, CIGARETTES, AND SUNDANCE: WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF ANIMAL KINGDOM, THE AUSTRALIAN FILM EVERYONE OVERSEAS IS TALKING ABOUT. ALICE TYNAN SPEAKS TO ACTOR BEN MENDELSOHN AND THE FILM’S WRITER/DIRECTOR DAVID MICHÔD.

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he poster for Animal Kingdom may simply describe the film as ‘A Crime Story’. In fact it’s a searing portrait of family loyalties, love and dysfunction, brutally tethered to the nihilism that comes with so virulently living outside the law. With an impressive ensemble cast including Guy Pierce, Jackie Weaver and Joel Edgerton, the film also makes the most of its titular metaphor, one that is too meaty not to wonder if it can apply to writerdirector David Michôd’s debut feature production, particularly when it stars a lion of an actor in Ben Mendelsohn. The film’s ambition, precision as well as its win at Sundance clearly marks Michôd as the new player in town. And Meldelsohn, for one, has noticed. “Fuck, I mean can you imagine coming out of the blocks any stronger?” he declares. “David’s got a beautiful brain; he’s very connected in, he’s got a lot going on concerning human dynamics. He’s the kind of person who’s got a feel for uptown and downtown, [and] he’s a man that’s shown a significant mastery of the medium. I think there’s plenty for people that like films to be a bit hopeful and excited about with David.” For Michôd, Animal Kingdom has been a ten-year labour of love, and one that developed from his short film work. “You spend all those years writing something of that size, but not actually being able to imagine ever being in a position where you can make the thing,” the filmmaker admits. “And what felt at the time like a relatively sudden shift in the whole landscape, where it didn’t feel just makeable, it felt inevitable.” Mendelsohn meanwhile admits, “I was essentially raised on set, I’m probably more comfortable on a set at work than anywhere really.”

And together they brought to life in Pope Cody what will surely come to be one of Australian cinema’s most malevolent and coolly nightmarish antagonists. “I had an idea of a particular kind of damage,” Michôd explains, “a particular kind of man who had never been fully functional, but had managed to survive within a certain kind of network of people and within a certain kind of social framework. When that framework starts to unravel, as it does for him in the movie – we’re in a particular era where his main field of criminal expertise is becoming ever increasingly unviable – such that when that framework in which he has just managed to be functional starts to unravel, so does he. There’s a particular kind of damaged child in there that, when lost and confused, lashes out.” Mendelsohn came to Pope during a frenetic period of working backto-back (and overlapping) films, Knowing, Beautiful Kate, and Prime Mover, as well as TV shows Tangle and Who Do You Think You Are. “It ended up being kind of perfect, because I think working that hard is actually really good for me. It’s kind of full-on, but I actually do very well [to] pedal to the metal. And I just didn’t care anymore; I didn’t care how full-on it got inside. I have no idea how the people in the world of the events are – never seen ’em, never heard ’em, can’t feel ’em. So I took one or two things from people that I’d run into, impressions that you get. The most important of which is that people who are actually dangerous don’t need to pretend they’re dangerous.” However Meldelsohn also admits, “It wasn’t a fun film to make. They don’t have to be. I had a lot of fun while I was there, but it was a difficult shoot at

times.” This, it seems was in part the byproduct of Michôd’s incisive psychological characterisation. “You’re dealing with something that is particularly up close and well more than personal, it’s hyper-personal, and when you’re doing that you need your full range of dysfunctional kind of feeling set to be able to be on display and accessed. So in order to do that you just want to do it. And that’s just kind of an unspoken agreement or a pact or the film taking over, or all those sorts of things, that ‘we’re doing this.’ “But it really got ugly for a while. There were fights on this set, there were punch-ups. We were able to do stuff with each other and still come back from there [because] we all kind of adore each other. We’re not like the Codys but we got a family rapport going.” For Michôd, however, the tension took its toll, admitting, “I starting smoking almost two packs a day.” But then again with rave reviews across the board, perhaps the ends justified the means. In this nigh saturated market of crime-time TV, Animal Kingdom comes as a refreshingly weighty and beautifully constructed piece of cinema. “I didn’t want to make a film that was a glorification of criminal endeavours. I didn’t want to make a film in which these characters were really cool. I have a deep, strange, if not love... empathy for these characters, but I didn’t want to make a kind of cool, rock’n’roll crime film, I wanted to make something more substantial than that.” While Michôd remains quietly anxious for his film to strike a chord with Australian audiences, Meldelsohn is droll. “I think this film is such a palpable

GIVEAWAYS Thank God for the indie comedy. These days every second film that comes out stars That Guy Who Used To Do Action Films But Now Is The Face Of Men’s Perfume and Woman That Was In A Really Good TV Show But Never Made It In The Film World... Really in some botched attempt at comedy. So it’s refreshing when a little less money is spent on the catering and fed into the script. The latest indie-tastic comedy to come out of the US is City Island, revolving around a dysfunctional family headed by Andy Garcia (yes!) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and also featuring the always reliable Emily Mortimer. Thanks to Anchor Bay Films we’ve got five double in-season passes to the film to giveaway, so for your chance to win one email giveaways@drummedia.com.au with ‘CITY ISLAND’ in the subject line.

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experience that it’s going to be fine,” he says. “And if we don’t catch you buggers here in Australia, don’t worry, we’ll catch a lot of the rest of the world anyway.” WHAT: Animal Kingdom WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas 3 June

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RAIN MAN Ensemble Theatre Plays are turned into films all the time. The other way round is less common. Why take something from the screen to the stage, where it will be seen by far fewer people, particularly when the original film is so well-known and so, well, good? With Rain Man, the answer partly seems to be because it works. The basic story of Charlie Babbit and his cross-country road trip with estranged savant brother Raymond (originally played by Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman respectively, here played by Alex Dimitriades and Daniel Mitchell) is much the same in director Sandra Bates’s production as it was in the 1988 film. There are only a couple of significant revisions: Raymond’s fear of flying takes on a whole new meaning post 9/11, and it certainly wouldn’t do to leave the term “idiot savant” unaddressed in our politically correct times. Mitchell’s wonderful portrayal of Raymond – the nervous tics, the infuriating compulsions, the surprising tenderness – is his own. Dimitriades too is excellent once he climbs out of Tom’s shoes and, by the second act, brings more of himself to his performance. I’m still not convinced that a world with Rain Man: The Movie needed Rain Man: The Play – especially with theatre ticket prices costing as much as they do – but one can’t entirely dismiss this production which, judged on its own merits, manages to be almost as enjoyable and touching as the film, which is very much indeed. Season ongoing DARRYN KING

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Sydney; various locations For his first Sydney Writers’ Festival the excellently-named Artistic Director (and vague Stephen Malkmus-alike) Chip Rolley put together a lineup that spanned cultures and genres and got big, impressive crowds. There was a public so keen to hear about the Irish-Australian connection culturally and in literature that they clustered around a loudspeaker outside in the sunshine… oh wait. With all the charming accents and sunshine making the water sparkle like a certain vampire I wasn’t too regretful of missing the Holden Caulfield to Edward Cullen session on Young Adult Fiction, and hung around the same venue to see Who Owns the Story?, a great panel on copyright issues around traditional Indigenous stories, which usually don’t fall within their bounds but aren’t really, ethically-speaking, public domain. I was impressed and inspired by What PEN Means to Me: Stories from the Frontline, and worried that I wouldn’t be able to say much about it because I’m not really up to being flippant about the child pornography and sex-trafficking rings and death threats from the Mexican government Lidia Cacho uncovered and was imprisoned for exposing. Fortunately her co-panellist Eric Lax, American author and leader of a team that worked to get her released, made a joke about being able to get a meeting because the Archbishop of Canterbury liked his biography of Woody Allen, which was, y’know, RELATABLE. A series of readings from poets and essayists and short story writers and (jealousy-inducing) young novelists proceeded as these things do, with some lovely words and some awkward questions. There were politics and technology offerings, and more feats of reportage came to light in the Extreme Journalism session, where neurobiologist Lone Frank described going under brain experiments including wearing a ‘God Helmet’, then left the signing table early when the earnest dorks of Slow Death By Rubber Duck got more attention for their tales of the toxins that mess up your home environment and the ways they massively overdosed on them. Finalement, Catherine Millet in translated conversation with Linda Jaivin about libertinage and adultery proved that, in this case at least, French people don’t giggle nearly as much about sex as the average Australian does, and the room positively thrilled to a joke about ‘the solid bourgeois morals of hypocrisy’. I think I saw at least two people decide to take up smoking at that moment, and you know there’s a reason that en y va rhymes with Festival Bar. À votre santé, you guys. Festival finished BETHANY SMALL

The Biennale takes a whole lot of important and pretty Sydney institutions – the AGNSW, the MCA, the Botanical Gardens, the Opera House – and packs them out with additional and of-the-moment reasons to go there and feel clever and arty rather than ironic and touristy. It also takes the just plain cool, like Cockatoo Island and Artspace, and provides incentives for you to get there more often, like a free ferry. And a festival club. SuperDeluxe @ Artspace is one of the most brilliant things you can do until August. Based below the Biennale HQ, it’s a club imported from Japan incorporating a bunch of innovative and underground(ish) local and international music and performance acts, runs PechKucha nights (slideshows by and for fun people, like TEDx talks but open to anyone) on Thursdays and films on Sunday.

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Each Saturday morning sees a Mystery Tour of the installations at Cockatoo Island guided by a surprise famous art enthusiast (starting at 11:30am, again free but bookings required). Audio tours are available at the MCA and on the island if you’re going as a way of establishing date points with someone attractive but not very conversible. Cai Guo-Qiang won a Venice Biennale, and designed the fireworks for the Beijing Olympics. His Inopportune: Stage One is a pretty strong retort to any claims of art elitism. It’s cars! Flipping over in a life-size diorama of a crash! Through the sky! With light tubes! This isn’t any kind of high-low opposition, though: the binaries are of the complementary kind, so this fascinating disaster is a commentary on how we understand space and objects in time as well as being the kind of eye-catching that makes you feel guilty afterwards. While it was rumoured that some of Fiona Hall’s The Barbarians At The Gate had gone missing from the Botanical Gardens shortly after installation, the countrycoded camouflage beehives and grain plantings are a source of moral discomfort only in terms of colonial importation and implanting of other cultures. Old news. But the grain plantings in this piece aren’t the only things growing here: Janet Laurence’s WAITING – A Medicinal Garden For Ailing Plants is laboratory-cum-fieldhospital where human botanical and doctoring techniques are used on specimens that may recover or decay throughout the duration of the work. (Choi Jeong-Hwa’s inflatable lotus flower in the Main Pond, the unbearable lightness of being, isn’t expected to – um – blossom any further.) Until 1 August BETHANY SMALL

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ANIMAL KINGDOM David Michôd’s feature debut is a visceral, character-driven journey into the dark heart of a Melbourne crime family. From its pitch-black comedic opening, Animal Kingdom is a slow-burn of epic proportions, with fans of The Wire or Michael Mann’s classic Heat sure to find resonance in the incisive writing and palpable atmosphere throughout. When J’s (James Frenchville) mother overdoses, the lanky 17-year-old is rescued by his sunny maternal grandmother, Smurf (Jackie Weaver), and reunited with his uncles Craig (Sullivan Stapleton), Darren (Luke Ford), and the patriarch, Pope (Ben Mendelsohn). This is a family once fuelled by armed robbery; now Craig has turned to the more lucrative drug trade and Pope’s lieutenant Baz (Joel Edgerton) is considering the stock market. It’s the end of an era, and when police detective Leckie (Guy Pierce) starts circling J, it comes time for him to choose which pack he’s running with. Though the metaphor may be pushed a tad too far at times, along with J’s unnecessary narration, Animal Kingdom is nonetheless a stunning

CITY ISLAND debut. Unfolding at a studied pace, with the disquieting leadership of a pathological Pope intercut with bursts of jarring violence, this is no action flick. Instead it’s almost Shakespearean in scope, with Mendelsohn and Weaver each giving tour de force performances that etch themselves into your nightmares. Animal Kingdom is both a cruel coming of age fable and a chilling portrait of criminal psychology, a film in which Michôd proves himself a potent creative force, and a contender for rule. WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 3 June ALICE TYNAN

CITY ISLAND It’s not hard to see why City Island took out the Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca film festival. Writer/ director Raymond De Felitta’s film has a distinctly New York ‘indie’ sensibility set in the Bronx (on the tiny, eponymous island), featuring a dysfunctional family headed up by Andy Garcia’s Vince Rizzo, as a prison guard with secret aspirations to be an actor. In fact, the whole family has secrets, from smoking to stripping

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Tell us about the gallery. White Rabbit Gallery opened in August 2009 to share with the public the Neilson family’s collection of contemporary Chinese art created since 2000. This collection, one of the most significant of its kind in the world, includes works by 140 artists, ranging from ‘megastars’ like Ai Weiwei and Lin Tianmiao to young relative unknowns like Cong Lingqi and Dong Yuan. The gallery is a not-for-profit enterprise, funded entirely by the Neilson Foundation. None of the art is for sale, and entry is free. What are some of your past highlights? • 62 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

Stills Gallery’s next shows are photographic records of inaccessible worlds: those of childhood identityformation in Polixeni Papapetrou’s Between Worlds and the untouchable memorabilia under glass in All That Glisters by Mark Kimber. Viewers inhabit the gaze of the collector in Kimber’s dioramas, to recognise the markers of celebrity and authenticity that denote a treasure, and are denied eye contact with the animal-masked children in fairytale scenes in Papapetrou’s costumed portraits. Both extensions on and continuations of the practices of these photographers, the two shows are open for viewing from Wednesday 2 June to Saturday 3 July. and food fetishes; there’s conflict, there’s quirk, and there’s definitely home ground advantage. For Australians audiences there’s still much to enjoy. De Felitta’s slightly overwritten script proves to be a fun twist on the prodigal son parable when, unbeknownst to Tony (Steven Strait) Vince, the father who ran out on him, springs him from jail and brings him home to meet a similarly clueless family. Hijinks most certainly ensue in a film where the strength lies in the great ensemble casting. Garcia and Julianna Margulies make for a great married couple, while Emily Mortimer brings depth to her kooky wannabe star and the singular Alan Arkin lends his charm as Vince’s acting coach. The film’s highlight is a scene in which Vince botches an open call audition for a Scorsese movie, only to impress with his prison guard improv. It’s this delightful, self-aware tone that brings an added element to what could easily have been just a runof-the-mill family dramedy where, surprise surprise, the petty crim turns out to be the most together of them all. WHEN: Screening in cinemas now ALICE TYNAN

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Pointless to mention, since they’re no longer on show. What’s currently exhibiting? Our current exhibition, The Tao Of Now, focuses on the fusion of cutting-edge, contemporary thought, and media with ancient philosophy and techniques. Many of the artists are Taoists, Confucians or Buddhists; one is a Mongolian shaman. Equally, many have been rigorously schooled in ink painting, landscape (shanshui) painting, gongbi (meticulously realistic drawing) and so on. Their works respond to the tumultuous changes taking place in China today through the prism of these age-old ideas. Who are some local artists you

admire? As a gallery of contemporary Chinese art, we don’t comment on Australian artists. Two of the artists in the collection do live in Australia however: Li Peng and Shen Jiawei. Looking to the immediate future – what’s on the cards? The Tao Of Now will remain on show until the end of July. Our next exhibition, The Big Bang, opens in early September. It will be a complete re-hang of the gallery, with works by around 45 artists well worth a visit! Image: Shi Jindian’s Blue CJ750 No. 2 (2008)

RECORDING A TOTALLY AWESOME DVD Axis Of Awesome are household names in Australia, but their status has gone from pretty much unknown entities to in-demand superstarsin-the-making in the United States, thanks to a 140-character plug from actor-turned-influential-tweeter Ashton Kutcher. Before they head across the pond for glory in that most fickle of nations, the three-piece musical comedy act is performing at the Metro Theatre, and recording it for a live DVD. If you want to see the recording live in action, the Metro

AXIS OF AWESOME show is being held Tuesday 8 June. Tickets through the venue.

PLAYS FROM SONDHEIM, FO, AND MOLIÈRE AT NIDA

MOMA DIRECTOR TO GIVE LECTURE AT MCA

This week NIDA kicks off three comedies, including their first staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, exploring Presidential assassination in the US, in ten years (that production including a young Sam Worthington in the cast). Directed by Toby Knight with choreography from Baz Luhrmann’s go-to guy John O’Connell, Assassins plays at Parade Theatre Monday 31 May to Saturday 5 June. In addition, Dario Fo’s Accidental Death Of An Anarchist will play at the Parade Playhouse Wednesday 2 June to Saturday 5, and Molière’s The Hypochondriac will run at Parade Studio Tuesday 1 June to Saturday 5. That’s three big name writers, there. Head to Ticketek for tickets; nida. edu.au for further info.

Sydney’s Museum Of Contemporary Art is kicking off their Ann Lewis AO Contemporary Visual Arts International Address series with a bang, by way of Museum Of Modern Art, New York Director Glenn D. Lowry, who will give a speech at the Circular Quay museum Friday 25 June. The lecture, titled ‘The Museum of Modern Art and the Future: thoughts about art museums in the 21st Century’, will do just that: address the issues and ideas surrounding the worlds of art and collecting. MoMA is one of the world’s best known homes to some of the world’s best contemporary art so this is pretty much an unmissable event. Head to mca.com.au for more info.

LET THERE BE BLOOD! BLOOD, BLOOD AND MORE BLOOD. THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF SANGUINOUS TALK SURROUNDING STC’S NEW PLAY, ORESTEIA. ACTOR JULIA OHANNESSIAN TALKS TO DARRYN KING. ABOUT BLOOD.

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here will be blood. In rehearsals for the latest Sydney Theatre Company production, the actors are being splashed, spattered and soaked in gore. Actor Julia Ohannessian gets drenched in the stuff. “It’s actually made out of sugar and has a syrupy kind of texture,” Ohannessian admits. “After a while it sets and becomes quite icky. It’s fun to try to deal with that as an actor. You can feel it drying and your skin tightening. I have it in my mouth, sitting in the back of my throat for about half an hour.” Are there communal showers for the performers at the ecologicallyconscious Wharf theatres? “There are showers. You don’t have to shower together but, you know, it’s always nice to have someone to scrub your back.” Ohannessian is a member of the Residents, STC’s nine-strong in-house ensemble of actors, who have learned, worked, performed – and, it’s not surprising to find out, showered – together at the company since June last year. Most recently, they’ve been rehearsing under director Tom Wright in Wright’s own adaptation of Aeschylus’s bloody tragedy Oresteia (we agree to pronounce it “awr-e-sty-uh”, though there seems to be a strong case for “awr-estee-uh”). Ohannessian plays Trojan princess Cassandra, to whom Apollo grants the gift of prophecy. When Cassandra fails to return Apollo’s

affections, he turns his gift into a curse: her prophecies go unheeded. Wright has made no secret of his impatience for domestic dramas, and Oresteia is shaping up to be a work that lives up to its mythical origins. “You can never go wrong with putting on a massive Greek tragedy. There’s so much you can get from it. There’s tragedy, loss and love, and it’s always nice to see someone going through a journey like that on stage. It’s great for the actors as well as the audience. It feels like it’s something we have to dig up and put on stage, to imagine those times and relate those events to now. Tom’s doing such a fantastic job in this production. He’s really capturing the essence of Greek tragedy.” Ohannessian has a great admiration for Wright – with whom the Residents have worked particularly closely – and a strong appreciation of her time at the STC in general. “Tom is absolutely fantastic. I don’t think there’s anything he doesn’t know. Every time I step into the rehearsal room it’s different: he adjusts to the time and the weather

and how you’re feeling as an actor, and when you think you don’t know about your character he pulls it out of the air. “Personally, how I see it is, an actor can never stop learning. The whole life is learning and being curious about life and experiences. And that’s something you get from being part of the Residents here at STC. I feel I’ve learned more here about myself and acting than anywhere. We’re testing ourselves to our limits and seeing what we have to offer. It’s such a great experience.” Not long after I speak to Ohannessian a rehearsal picture is uploaded to the Oresteia production blog. It shows Ohannessian slain, on the ground, her throat slashed and her body streaked with that familiar crimson colour. They sure work them hard at the STC. Keep up to date with the Oresteia rehearsals at oresteia.posterous.com. WHAT: Oresteia WHERE & WHEN: Wharf 1 Tuesday 1 June to Sunday 4 July


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WEIRD HOME VIDEO WITH BOB BAKER FISH The Ed D. Wood Jr. Collection (Rocket) is a four-disc opus from the most hilariously inept filmmaker ever. His stilted cyclical dialogue is confused and inane, a contorted yet oddly poetic abuse of the English language. Somehow it’s compelling. He was an auteur of incompetence and unintentionally avant garde, conjuring up a new form of genius steeped in ineptitude. Bride Of The Monster is totally insane. Bela Lugosi abducts people and experiments on them to create a master race. It’s filled with these golden Woodian moments like a police chief who sits at his desk with a bird on his shoulder like he’s a pirate, the monster is a giant inanimate plastic octopus that requires the victims to thrash around wildly to create the pretext it’s moving, and the stilted climax is near incomprehensible. 1954’s Jailbait is a little disappointing; not only is it not about statutory rape, but it’s not as nuts as his other films. It is however brimming with golden quotes like “this afternoon we had a long conversation earlier in the day” and “Carrying a gun can be dangerous business”; the reply? “So can building a skyscraper”. It’s film noir Wood style, with glaring plot holes and peculiar inappropriate guitar music. Then there’s the blackface comedy routine that’s spliced midway into the film for no apparent reason. Glen Or Glenda

PS3/Xbox 360 Theft Auto III before it soon you won’t be able to remember the days before Red Dead Redemption.

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is Wood at his best, a clunky ham-fisted plea for tolerance for transvestism masquerading as an educational film with Wood himself playing both Glen and Glenda. Bela Lugosi pops up saying ridiculous things like “bevare of the big green dragon that sits on your doorstep”, which if you’re feeling generous may be a metaphor for homosexuality, or if you’re not, a cynical attempt to cash in on Lugosi’s fame. Midway through he splices in some half-naked chicks cavorting burlesque-style. Again for no apparent reason. But genius has never needed a reason, as demonstrated in his 1959 alien invasion masterpiece Plan 9 From Outer Space. Lugosi died prior to filming so Wood reused the same footage of Lugosi over and over and then got his chiropractor to play Lugosi’s role with his arm shielding

his face, hoping the audience wouldn’t clue in. Voted the worst film of all time, it’s unintentionally hilarious, a bizarre Z-grade howler borne out of continuity errors, stilted acting, and effects that are very, very not special. Both Jam and Tim And Eric Awesome Show could never have existed without Mr Mike’s Mondo Video (Beyond). Made in 1979 by Michael O’ Donoghue and featuring a murder of fellow Saturday Night Live alumni like Bill Murray, it was a spoof of the sleazy exotic shocksploitation of Mondo Cane. Yet it was too dark and surreal for TV. Apparently images of a bunch of cats thrown into swimming pools or beautiful women discussing how men who smell their fingers get them hot didn’t fly with the network. Genius.

Few video games make you wish you lived in the world they’ve created. Like, very few. Like, couldn’t name a single one before last weekend few. However, that’s all changed. Coming out of an all-night Red Dead Redemption bender on Sunday morning the real world suddenly seemed empty and lifeless. Boring. Such is the nature of Rockstar Games’ latest beast. What we have in Red Dead Redemption is a video game so well constructed, so lovingly crafted, so stunning to look at and enjoyable/ addictive to explore that you cannot deny calling it one of the defining cultural texts of this generation. This is a video game that has immediately become the benchmark; like Rockstar’s Grand

Howwer, to describe RDR as a ‘game’ seems shallow. Never before has such a vast world been realised nor such an authentic period of time recreated. It’s more of an experience, a description that can only be understood once you’ve played it. Does it sound weird to feel a kinship with a fictional horse? Does it feel kinda creepy to shape a character to your personality to the point where you yourself become the protagonist? If it does, then you simply haven’t yet played RDR. To the basics: The missions are more thought out than in GTA IV. They rely more on your own intelligence than skill with the button (although in the massive shootouts you’re going to need to be very flexible with your thumbs and fingers), and they are less repetitive. Want to steal a train? There’s a mission for that. Want to blow up carts with ye olde dynamite? There’s a mission for that. Want to save a woman from hanging? You guessed it. In fact, there’s a mission for pretty much anything you could possibly want to do in the Wild West, and if there’s not, it’s simply there in the game. Duel? Check. Texas Hold ’Em? Check. Drink yourself into a disgraceful state of drunken bliss?

Check. Skin your own horse? Um. Check. Hours can also easily be spent wandering the game’s various terrains, getting lost in its deserts, watching the sun set, the stars twinkle, the wildlife frolic. How you interact with the world around you changes every time, whether you actively engage in it or not. Red Dead Redemption is, whilst hard to fathom, a living entity, which is what makes it so absolutely incredible to play and explore. The game is full of Rockstar’s usual humour (and the game is often unintentionally hilarious, like when you whistle for your horse and it gallops straight past you and over a cliff) and the cut-scenes are cinematic to say the least. RDR’s realism, over the cartoonish nature of GTA, makes for a richer experience – and you certainly choose your actions a lot more carefully. Morals were never questioned in GTA - here, every time. Hats off to Rockstar’s Dan and Sam Houser for creating this masterpiece of a game that will, without doubt, live long in the lives of all who buy it. A must-buy. DANIEL CRICHTON-ROUSE

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2010 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL WITH 157 FILMS FROM 47 COUNTRIES IT CAN BE A BIT OF A DAUNTING TASK SELECTING WHICH FILMS TO SEE AT THE 2010 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL, SO WE HOPE THIS GUIDE WILL HELP NARROW THE SELECTION DOWN. HERE, ANITA CONNORS PREVIEWS JUST SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS.

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icking off the festival is the world premiere of Australian director Shirley Barrett’s new film South Solitary. Promising windswept elegance and romance, the film pairs Miranda Otto and father Barry as niece and uncle who arrive on a remote lighthouse island to give its lighthouse keepers a kick up the bum; the charismatic Harry (Rohan Nichol), his wife (Essie Davis), and the reclusive Fleet (Marton Csokas). With a dramatic backdrop and stunning cinematography, after two years of British kitchen sink openings from Ken Loach and Mike Leigh it’s refreshing to see a female director, and a local one at that, kicking off this year’s festival. Of the 12 films in competition at the festival, British director Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me is perhaps the most violently brutal. Definitely not an outing for the easily squeamish, the movie is

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based on Jim Thompson’s crime novel of the same name and follows Lou Ford, a psychopathic smalltown sheriff played Casey Affleck (younger brother to Ben) as he toys with those around him. The film was met with cheers and jeers at its previous stops on the festival circuit. How Sydney reacts is a highlight we’re anticipating. Another Pom with a film in competition and who’s no stranger to controversy is writer-director Chris Morris. Notorious in the UK for his intelligent but often too-closefor-comfort style of comedy in his spoof current affairs TV shows The Day Today and Brass Eye, Four Lions is his foray into film. Devastatingly funny, the movie can only be described as a farce as it follows a group of the dumbest terrorists in Britain. A must for any shrewd festivalgoer is the Aussie western Red Hill, and no

that’s not a misnomer. Debut director Patrick Hughes, 2001 Tropfest best film winner, daringly coils, twists and subverts genre, convention, and humour, which sees a rural Victorian town caught in the crossfire of corruption, justice and revenge. Stars True Blood and ex-Home and Away star Ryan Kwanten. Exit Through The Gift Shop is the much awaited first film of the mysterious graffiti artist Banksy. A documentary in the broadest sense, the movie began in the hands of a crazy Frenchman living in LA with a major case of fanboyism. Following the graffiti artists about town with a camera and a story about making a film, Thierry Guetta captured on film hours and hours of street art being made. But he, like the supposed film is directionless before he meets the king of the spray can Banksy. An absolute riot, and a film you’d better already have tickets for as its

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two screenings were the first of this festival to sell-out. In a much more tempered tone is the French-Austrian film Lourdes. A mystical mystery, the film delves into lives of over five million Roman Catholics who make a pilgrimage to the French town of Lourdes each year as it focuses on Christine, a wheelchair-bound young woman who is looking to escape her loneliness. At once reverent and critiquing of religious piety and the concept of miracles, the film asks many questions and ambiguously and frustratingly answers but a few. Audiences will leave discussing this long after the credits have rolled at the State Theatre. The godfather of controversy and festival darling Roman Polanski makes his SFF appearance with the aptly titled The Ghost Writer, his first feature film in five years. Based on the best-selling political novel by Robert Harris (Fatherland, Enigma),

the movie is a smooth, good-looking but conventional thriller. It is not one of finer films. Indeed, the first half lags but what ensures viewers from nodding off is a handsomely weathered cast, namely Ewan McGregor, eerie, panoramic shots of the stormy, island-setting and the stunning cinematography of Pawel Edelman. For fans and the Polanski curious. (Note: Ewan McGregor will be attending the Sunday 13 June screening, which just upped interest levels significantly.) Another intriguing inclusion in the festival line-up is Howl by the Academy Award-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friendman, which follows the real life obscenity trial surrounding the titular poem of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Entwining reenactments of the court case, poetry readings and interviews with Ginsberg (James Franco) with animation, it is a loving ode to freedom of expression. The film is an

absolute joy, largely on account of its syncopated rhythm that keeps in tone with Ginsberg’s poem and the jazz soundtrack, as is Franco who brings Ginsberg’s voice alive.

Solondz’] Life During Wartime, she’s coming out and will be participating in a talk with Christine K Walker, who is the producer of both Life During Wartime and Howl – that’s certainly one to look forward to.” This robust female filmmaking contingent is also a clear source of pride for Stewart.

“Margaret Pomeranz is hosting a talk for us with [directors] Gillian Armstrong and Shirley Barrett and our official Jury President Jan Champan around the restorations of Love Serenade and the Last Days Of Chez Nous. I think that’s going to be an incredibly powerful talk about women directors as well,” she says. “Something I’m really excited about with this year’s line-up is that there are so many strong films directed by women. To be opening and closing with films by Shirley Barrett [South Solitary] and Lisa Cholodenko [The Kids Are Alright], while the films were definitely chosen for the strengths of their merit for those positions, to be opening and closing the festival with films directed by women is something that I feel very passionate about.” South Solitary also marks the first time in years an Australian film has received opening night honours. “[The Opening Night film] is without a doubt the most complicated choice of the festival, because you have so many different people and tastes to try and please in that opening night crowd. And every year there are a couple of films that really sparkle in terms of delivering on both the entertainment level but also having a lightness of touch that kind of makes people feel like partying afterwards – something very important! “My personal view is that the festival is an international festival, so everything we do is about

internationalism, and to lock down into particular patterns is never a good thing because you become predictable [and] you don’t want to be that. So the opening night slot is something that should rotate, and just like the international competition should include Australian films, because Australian films are participating in the international arena, so to divide the festival into international and Australian is not, I don’t think, doing the best thing by the films. “With all of that in view I’m really delighted that it’s also created so much excitement to have an Australian film back on the opening night and a world premiere at that, and the first film to be directed by a woman for a very long time.” Another obvious feature of the festival is the curious return of the canine. Indeed this year’s festival theme is “unleashed”. “We decided that following on from the incredible success of the pug last year that, when at a good wicket, times it by six, so [that means] canine ambassadors for each one of our pathways. My personal favourite (and everybody has one) is Cooper, who thinks that Lars Von Trier’s films are totally soft. “Truly I think that Sydneysiders are very much a dog loving city, so it definitely seems to tap into the imagination,” she continues. “And it’s been extra fun to run a campaign with those characters running alongside us…unleashed!”

Of course apart from the films, the other drawcard for the festival is the stars. In addition to Chris Morris traversing our fair city, look out for American funnyman Jonah Hill (Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), here with his film Cyrus. As do for the 2009 winner for Best Director at Cannes Film Festival Brillante Mendoza, the awardwinning documentarist Judith Ehrlich, the Haitian Raoul Peck, writerdirector Javier Fuentes-Léon, Italian director Luca Guadagnino, and New Zealand’s first Filmmaker Laureate Gayler Preston. See you on the red carpet. WHERE & WHEN: Various locations Wednesday 2 June to Monday 14

FOURTH FESTIVAL FEVER ALICE TYNAN TALKS TO SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR CLARE STEWART ABOUT 2010’S PROGRAMME, THE FOURTH SHE HAS PUT TOGETHER.

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ere days away from the opening of the 57th Sydney Film Festival, director Clare Stewart is practically buzzing. The articulate, fast-talking, veritable film encyclopedia is brimming with enthusiasm for this her fourth festival. “I’m feeling very excited. I couldn’t be more chuffed with our line-up for this year and that’s just had a big boost that Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives took out the Palme d’Or at Cannes on the weekend,” she says. “We had that, and had it programmed before Cannes, and will actually be having the first screening in the world after its win!” Call it prescience or just good planning, Stewart and her team are making a habit out of drawing the best from abroad to be part of the festival’s Official Competition. “It’s the third year in a row that we’ve attracted three films direct from Cannes,” she says - the others being The Tree – the Australia/ French co-production – and Xavier Dolan’s Heatbeats, which was in Un Certain Regard. “I think that speaks volumes to how [the Official Competition is] taking hold internationally and certainly • 66 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

we find on an industrial level that we’re attracting more and more sales agents to trust us with those screenings as well, which is a very important factor.” “[We] have those kind of films up alongside those films with name directors like Michael Winterbottom for The Killer Inside Me and Todd Solondz for Life During Wartime – two highly anticipated films, along with Berlin Film Festival winners How I Ended This Summer and If I Want to Whistle I Whistle and Chris Morris’ outrageous comedy Four Lions.” Stewart is also delighted to add that Morris will be taking part in the festival’s free talks programme. “[The Chaser’s] Julian Morrow is going to be hosting the talk with Chris Morris and [actor] Kayvan Novak, who is also coming out, which is great. That’s an incredibly rare coup because Chris doesn’t do many public talks at all, so we’re really excited that Chris has decided to do one for the festival.” Stewart considers attracting filmmakers and talent to accompany their films on the oftentimes-lengthy journey to Sydney a vital component of the festival.

“It’s the people, it’s the filmmakers, it’s that sense of excitement that really builds the festival environment,” she says. “Another one that I’m really looking forward to is that Shirley Henderson, the wonderful actress who has been in a bunch of Michael Winterbottom films actually, but who’s one of the stars of [Todd


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pure fear factor, the original Funny Games (Michael Haneke, 1997) has gotta be up there (as much as I’ve got a huge crush on Michael Pitt, the original is better), but I’ve also got a major soft spot for ’80s teen slasher flicks, and the Scream franchise. A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times?

CIRCLE PIT Would you call yourself a film buff? Angie Bermuda: I enjoy film, I used to study it. But I’m definitely not a film buff; there’s a million movies I haven’t yet seen. I’d rather be working on making my own video or film than watching one, most of the time. Jack Mannix: I’m obsessed with horror movies and experimental film, but I also love blockbusters. I wouldn’t call myself a film buff, but I do know a lot about the slasher/horror genre. What’s the first film you remember seeing? Jack: The first film I can recall having an impact on me was A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors - which I watched for

the first time when I was five. My older brother and I used to hire out the most gruesome R18+ films from a very young age, the scarier and more far-out the better. The Elm Street series was my favourite of the horror genre - the effects were and still are so impressive, and the deaths are incredibly surreal and imaginative. The imagery from those films still inspires me in countless ways. What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? Angie: I really loved The Edge Of Heaven by a young German director Fatih Akin. It explores many themes but primarily cultural difference and the experience of rebirth after death. Favourite scary movie? Jack: That’s a tough one; scary movies are my favourite kind! For

Angie: Anything by Louis Malle, especially Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Lift To The Scaffold/Elevator To The Gallows) and The Fire Within, Richard Kern’s Hardcore Collection and Agnès Varda’s Vagabond. Jack: Showgirls is probably my favourite ‘bad’ movie. The dialogue between Elizabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon is horrendous (although I do know almost every scene wordfor-word). One time I watched it three times in a row with a couple of friends in one night. Worst movie you’ve ever seen? Angie: I watched a film the other day - I forget the name but it had Ricky Gervais in it. It was terrible. Jack: I think you’re talking about The Invention Of Lying - I haven’t seen it but from what you told me it sounds awful. I couldn’t stand that movie Shopgirl with Claire Danes and Steve Martin - it made me hate him so much! Which film would best accompany your music? Angie: Maybe Performance by

Nicholas Roeg - or a low budget ’80s horror flick like Frankenhooker or A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Favourite scary movie? I’m too delicate for scary movies but if I had the emotional fortitude I would like to see The Human Centipede.

Jack: I’d have to go with The Lost Boys (RIP Corey), The Basketball Diaries, Christiane F., or Liquid Sky.

A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times?

What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival?

Pirates XXX.

Angie: Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire flick Near Dark for sure. I haven’t seen it yet but I’m hoping its like Daughters Of Darkness.

As Good As It Gets.

Jack: Daughters Of Darkness is showing as part of the festival, and I’m looking forward to seeing it on the silver screen. Do you have a favourite Australian film? Angie: There are so so many great Australian films... But it would have to be a toss up between Stone, Pure Shit, or Bad Boy Bubby. Stone is a biker movie set around Manly in the ’70s. The editing, costumes, storyline is incredible. Rolf de Heer’s Bad Boy Bubby is incredible. It stands alone as a truly original piece of art. He is definitely one of my favourite Australian filmakers. I also really like Ten Canoes. Jack: I agree, Stone and Pure Shit are definitely up there, some other favourites are Dogs In Space and Wake In Fright. The late ’70s/ early ’80s were a golden age in Australian cinema.

Worst movie you’ve ever seen? Which film would best accompany your music?

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Pirates XXX, if it was directed by Kenneth Anger.

Would you call yourself a film buff? Yes, because I am a wanker. What’s the first film you remember seeing? The Wizard Of Oz (I was a camp baby). What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? I haven’t seen many contemporary films this year, but I loved Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo, which screened at ACMI in Melbourne last year.

What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival? I can’t decide between Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, Au revoir Taipei, and Chicks (La vie au ranch). Maybe the latter because it looks sexy. Do you have a favourite Australian film? The Tightrope Dancer, a 1980s documentary on Melbourne artist Vali Myers.

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a good friend of Brian Emrich (sound designer) and he is just a really interesting sound designer. Plus any Darren Aronofsky film is going to be good... Worst movie you’ve ever seen? The Moment. No more needs to be said... Which film would best accompany your music?

ONE FLEW EAST Would you call yourself a film buff? Every three weeks we have a slumber party and watch the Friday night movie on SBS while spooning. What’s the first film you remember seeing? Rich: The Mask, Nate: Bambi, Dane: The Jungle Book. What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? Rich: It Might Get Loud/District 9. Nate: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. (If you’re a bass player, we’d really appreciate it if you contacted us right about now.) Favourite scary movie? The Exorcism Of Emily Rose: Don’t watch this movie alone, at night, in winter, naked. Worst movie you’ve ever seen? Nate: American Ninja. Rich: Battlefield Earth – ten years later and I’m still copping flack from the friends I dragged along to see it. Which film would best accompany your music? Aladdin. Jasmine deserved better. What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival? The Killer Inside Me, Lebanon, Exit Through The Gift Shop, and The Sentimental Engine Slayer. Do you have a favourite Australian film? Two Hands. • 68 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

SOUNDITOUT HOWL Carrie. The scene with all the girls cutting about the locker rooms with their bushes showing, hurling all their tampons at Carrie is the best opening scene to any horror. A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times? The Girl Next Door. Worst movie you’ve ever seen?

CABINS Would you call yourself a film buff? Yes. I think film can show what music cannot. What’s the first film you remember seeing? Labyrinth. One of my very first memories is the scene where David Bowie is throwing the baby into the air whilst singing, “dance, magic dance.” What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? Moon. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi films but Moon is one of the best releases to come out in the last few years. Favourite scary movie?

The Lost Boys 2. After the original Lost Boys I knew a sequal wouldn’t be as good, but Jesus they completely lost it. Which film would best accompany your music? The Lost Boys. Especially the scene at the theme park when the sweaty, tanked guy with huge chains around his neck is playing saxophone. What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival? Howl. Do you have a favourite Australian film? Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. I don’t like Mel Gibson but I dig Mad Max.

Would you call yourself a film buff? Buff? What’s a buff? I know a bit about films. I am a Sound Designer. I have a Masters degree in Sound Design from AFTRS. I have worked on a fairly big US feature film and a tonne of shorts. I watch/listen to a heap of films. What’s the first film you remember seeing? Probably, like, Alice In Wonderland or The Wizard Of Oz. ET? Maybe a Chevy Chase film. What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? I saw The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo the other day. That was pretty good. What month are we in? Ah, the best... There is no best. The Limits Of Control was pretty good also. So was The Lovely Bones. I liked Push, Surrogates (don’t laugh!). The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus. When was that released? I like that the best. Terry Gillium... Favourite scary movie? The Shining. The whole concept of shooting really wide for a scary movie had never been done before.

Instead of shooting really close like everybody else had done in the past to make the viewer afraid of what they cant see. Stanley Kubrick decided to shoot really wide... Make the viewer afraid of what they can see; because they can see everything, they still know something bad is going to happen. He wasn’t relying on hiding things from the viewer in order to make them afraid. He had a great script, a genious lead (Jack Nicholson back then was just ripping!) and an amazing cinematographer to build this fucking scary atmosphere for the viewer to dwell in. A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times? Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (I can repeat the dialogues verbatim) or Donnie Darko. Terry Gillium, Johnny Depp, Benicio del Toro and Peter Pennell (supervising Sound Editor makes for a genious piece of art. The dialogue effects are really cool. I have read most of Hunter S.’s stuff. Just finished reading his life story. Plus it’s got some great depictions of all sorts of states of drug taking. Sound design for these types of scenes is great fun! The adrenocrome scene is amazing. I’ve also seen The Fountain a million times. I am

A Clockwork Orange. Just genious. Amazingly shot (all Stanley’s films are), Wonderful set design, amazingly casted, and a great concept. I love the details Stanley goes to with his set design. It just has that dark feel that enables you to question a lot of basic human impulses. Inspires me every time. Who wants to write music about fluffy bright shit? What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival? There are a few that look OK: The Ghost Writer, Heartbeats, Howl, The Killer Inside Me, Lemmy, Near Dark, The Refuge, Red Hill, The Sentimental Engine Slayer, The Waiting City, Wasted On The Young, Winter’s Bone... Ah, probs Wasted On The Young. I am interested in the dialogue/slang and the way it is going to depict the Naughties... Do you have a favourite Australian film? Chopper. Great dialogue, Eric Bana is a genius and should do more comedy. I think it depicts Australia back then gracefully. Plus it doesn’t go into the whole woe is me, hard done by Aussie slow buring drama that we seem to churn out. Lantana is amazing too. Great sound design by Andrew Plain. He is a great man to work with.


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Would you call yourself a film buff? No, I’m not a buff in any form. Record collecting nerd and king of irrelevant musical trivia, yes. What’s the first film you remember seeing? Star Wars, Superman, or Foul Play come to mind. What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? I thought Kick-Ass was totally kickass. Favourite scary movie? Happiness. Well, I thought it was scary! A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times? National Lampoon’s Vacation. The original and the best. Early ’80s Chevy Chase is my hero. Anthony Michael Hall is hilarious too. It still makes me laugh out loud. I’m pretty sure I could quote the whole thing. Worst movie you’ve ever seen? That’s a toss up between Crossroads and Glitter. You should totally be able to buy them as a boxset. Yes, I actually sat through both. Which film would best accompany your music? For: Animal Shapes – You And Me And Everyone We Know For: Grand Fatal – Nowhere For: The Optionals – Four Rooms What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival? Exit Through The Gift Shop. One word: Banksy! Do you have a favourite Australian film? There are many, but Two Hands comes to mind, except for the parts with Heath’s dead brother. Fortress should also get a mention, as it used to scare me a little as a kid in the ’80s, but I also developed a (first ever) crush on Rachel Ward. Confusing times!

Would you call yourself a film buff? I am certainly no buff, but I do love watching films. I cannot think of anything better than finding that magical film that inspires you and draws from you. What’s the first film you remember seeing? I am sure this wasn’t the first but it is the most memorable: Singing In The Rain. I used to watch this after school and wish that I had a voice like Debbie Reynolds! What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? (500) Days of Summer. I haven’t seen a film that has made me feel that happy for a while! There is something about it that makes my insides jump with joy! Favourite scary movie? I recently watched Evil Dead II. That was ridiculously amazing! Completely ahead of its time. A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times? The original Walt Disney Alice In Wonderland, but it is certainly not a guilty pleasure. I know the book and film back to front. I used to tell everyone my name was Alice. Worst movie you’ve ever seen? I was really unhappy with Tim Burton’s version of Alice In Wonderland. Whilst the imagery was all perfect the storyline went nowhere. I almost wanted to leave halfway through...and I love Tim Burton. I am a tough critic when it comes to Alice though. I have only ever seen one other film do it justice! Which film would best accompany your music? Perhaps Once, with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Maybe Elizabethtown with some of my newer songs. Do you have a favourite Australian film? Candy. My dad’s friend wrote the book and I have always loved it.

GAY PARIS Would you call yourself a film buff? Yes sir. Why? Because besides humping your earholes with the greatest tunes ever penned by humans (as verified by Jesus) or what I’m having for dinner, movies are all I think about. Plus I collect movie posters, listen to film analysis podcasts all day long (the /Filmcast is a winner) and sometimes dress

THE HOLIDAYS Would you call yourself a film buff? Yes. I watch about five films a week, particularly during a tour when we’re on the road. What’s the first film you remember seeing? The Land Before Time. What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? I saw Dr Strangelove the other week and thought it was incredible. More recent films, I guess A Prophet, a French film I saw the other week which came out this year, is an incredible crime drama type thing (not normally my favourite genre). Favourite scary movie?

great. Come to think of it, most movies with Melissa George are great. Favourite scary movie? Paranormal Activity. I managed to see it at a film festival last year; before the hype and general cinematic release. I still have scars from my girlfriend digging her vicelike fingernails into me. A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times?

THE JEFFERSON Would you call yourself a film buff? Yeah, sure, why not. Does a Dendy membership and the fact I have seen Scarface justify this at all? What’s the first film you remember seeing?

All I remember of my movie childhood is David Bowie in Labyrinth and in black spandex singing “dance, magic dance.” Perhaps this explains a lot of things. What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? Triangle with Melissa George was

It’s not the most tasteful movie in the world, but we have all seen it (pretty hard to avoid a movie that gets aired four times a year) and we all love to quote it; Billy Madison. Worst movie you’ve ever seen? Teeth. A movie that revolves around the idea of a killer vagina isn’t really destined for international acclaim I suppose.

up as Indiana Jones and lasso my cat in the backyard. It’s quite disgusting really. What’s the first film you remember seeing? Tim Burton’s Batman (1989). That business changed my life, and not just because of all the sweet, sweet velvety Prince on the soundtrack. That said, I think I was predisposed to be a film buff: I used to make my parents recount the plotlines of the films they’d been to see when I

I actually can’t decide if I hate or like scary movies. I force myself to watch them to toughen up, but I think I actually really dislike them! Favourite, or least favourite might be The Strangers, which I just saw the other week. A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times? Garden State! Worst movie you’ve ever seen? Ugh too many. Recently I saw Freddie Got Fingered, which was terrible. Which film would best accompany your music? The Making Of The Holidays’ Debut Album. It’s a documentary about the making of our debut album, with the soundtrack being our debut album. What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival? Mmm, maybe The Ghost Writer, the new Roman Polanski film. And I really like the French films; there’s something about French people and making great films. Do you have a favourite Australian film? Probably can’t go past Samson & Delilah.

was a small child. Crocodile Dundee was nowhere near as good as mum made it out to be. What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? I lost my shit over Let The Right One In, which is about to be savaged in Hollywood, so if you haven’t seen it, do so before it’s becomes obscured by a stinky American cousin. Also, I dug up this Irish gangster flick called State Of Grace from 1990 the other day: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, and Gary Oldman, plus cinematography from the chap who did Blade Runner. Gives The Departed a run for its money. Favourite scary movie? I always say Session 9, but I haven’t seen it in years. It combines two things I’m genuinely terrified of, though: asbestos and crackling recordings of mental patients transforming into their alternate personalities. A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times? Willow. I wish I had a Nelwyn wizard who lived under my stairs and turned my worries into pancakes. And I loved Val Kilmer before he had his charisma reduction in the mid-’90s.

Do you have a favourite Australian film? The Castle. Because it’s Mabo, it’s the constitution, it’s the vibe.

Which film would best accompany your music? We’re in negotiations for the Fraggle Rock movie. What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival? Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime. Not only does no one make my skin crawl and brain come out of its cave like this guy, but I hear it’s some kind of sequel to Happiness, arguably his best film and the reason I won’t let your dog lick my face at the dinner table. Do you have a favourite Australian film? Young Einstein. In Year 2, I convinced my teacher we should be doing our end of year school dance performance to Icehouse songs because of this film. Two months later I was on stage doing the robot to Great Southern Land in matching pink bike pants, suspenders, and backwards cap. A star was born.

What’s the first film you remember seeing? I don’t really remember, but I remember the Young Einstein craze! What’s the best film you’ve seen over the past year? Anything with vampires in it. Favourite scary movie? Anything with Robin Williams in it. A guilty pleasure you’ve seen a hundred times? Ocean’s 11 Inches, but the guilt starts to go away after the 100th viewing. Worst movie you’ve ever seen?

You know that scene in Wayne’s World where they’re, like, singing and head-banging to that song... whatever it is... ‘Bohemian’ something... Yeah, I think one of our songs would have worked a lot better.

Well, now that I have this easy to read, convenient Sydney Film Festival Drum Media Guide, making a decision won’t be hard at all! Thanks Drum Media! (*smiles and winks*)

A dead tie between Couples Retreat and Mission Impossible II. One of my co-workers thinks those two are “fuckin’ awesome”. What a knob head. Someone fire that guy already.

THE GHOST WRITER

Which film would best accompany your music?

What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival?

Worst movie you’ve ever seen?

Anything with Robin Williams in it. Which film would best accompany your music? A film where Robin Williams plays Neil Finn as he discovers his older brother is actually a creature of the night who drinks human blood for kicks.

WONS PHREELY Would you call yourself a film buff? Not really, but I know what I like, and I am currently writing my second screenplay, the first instalment of a trilogy about the early life of Neil and Tim Finn, set mainly between the years of 1968 and 1970 it focuses on the fierce competitiveness during their time at the Te Awamutu Under 12s Cricket Club.

What film are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Sydney Film Festival? I’m not sure but I had a quick look at the list and it includes titles such as Mr Vampire, Dance Of The Vampires, Dracula, Dracula AD 1972, and Dracula: Pages From A Virgin’s Diary, so is sounds like there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Do you have a favourite Australian film? Probably Young Einstein. THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010 • 69 •


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IT’S ALL VERY REAL FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS GOT A GLIMPSE OF OMAR RODRÍGUEZ-LÓPEZ’S ALMOST MYTHICAL FILMS. HE OPENS UP TO SCOTT FITZSIMONS ABOUT THE SENTIMENTAL ENGINE SLAYER, AND THE INSPIRATION OF THE DEAD.

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here are few artists of our current generation that compare to the calibre and work-rate of Omar Rodríguez-López. Best known as a member for post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In and then as the general of experimental rock juggernaut The Mars Volta, his solo work has been the focus recently. Releasing a phenomenal seven or eight albums a year when he can, there’s a lot more that are sitting in an office waiting for a moment he says, for years fans have known about the existence of films. In 2004, he released part one of a two-part soundtrack for A Manual Dexterity (recorded/filmed 2001), his first solo album, but neither the second album or film has ever surfaced for various reasons. The Sentimental Engine Slayer (filmed in El Paso in 2007) is the world’s first look. “It just sort of happened, by way of the people I was working with, the crew,” says Rodríguez-López. “I call it the ‘crew mutiny’. I had made two other films and made this film, none of them with the intention of what happens after, all of them for the love of the process and for doing it. “Eventually the crew sat me down and said, ‘We respect your point of view and we respect your philosophy behind doing things and we think they’re beautiful. But at the same time we helped you make these films, we put a lot of hard work into it so it’s bigger than you, these films, and we want your permission to pull it out of the closet and send it to the film festivals.’ So I said ‘OK’, not thinking anything of it and next thing I know we’re going to Rotterdam, and Tribeca and Australia and Japan.” Rodríguez-López wrote, directed, produced (along with ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper and regular collaborator John Frusciante), composed the soundtrack and starred in the film, and though he expresses a hesitance about his film projects becoming public, he’s more jovial than he’s ever been in past talks to Drum. “We were just finishing another film when the theme came up, so it was a way of just shutting them up so they would get back to work… I think the difficult part comes later when you realise, yes, that an audience sits before it and has its own ideas about your film.” The Sentimental Engine Slayer is typically Omar. Multiple storylines all at once, and not only does he cut between narratives, but also plays • 70 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

with the timeline within each scene as well. The soundtrack becomes a vital part in following the story, sonic motifs return the viewer to earlier moments and piece the film together. “There was music that I imagined for the film, and there was music I played for the actors, I said this is the feeling of your character and this is the feeling of your character and this is the feeling of El Paso, and then making the film of course, generates a tone, generates a sound in your mind, generates a feeling the same way that we can smell our life.” Perhaps the most surprising thing about the film is the fact that Rodríguez-López stars as the troubled and nihilistic-leaning Barlam, adding another element to his already full workload. “With the film it turns into a thing that if you don’t do it, then who? And if not now, when?” he says, emphasising the questions. “You know how it can happen, a human being, you can sit there and say ‘I want, I want, I want,’ [and] until the day you just do, then you sit there saying ‘I want’,” he chuckles. “So at someday at some moment you decide to just do, and any obstacle that gets in your way, well you treat it like a dagger pointed at your heart. “For example, I never wanted to act in the film. But the main actor pulled out a week before because they offered him a gig where they can pay him, and so at that moment I either play a character that I know very well and that I’ve written or the film doesn’t happen. I decide making the film happen over my own fear and my own ego. The same thing with anything else… I make it happen.” Remarkably, he goes on to talk of Jeremy Ward, a very close friend and Mars Volta collaborator who died in 2003, when discussing the autobiographical nature of the film.

“If I dream one night that I can fly and I turn into a dragon, if I make a film like that – I lived it, you know? I lived my dream, it happened. It’s a part of my existence, so therefore it’s a part of some sort of waking reality, whether I’m awake in this reality where we speak in the phone right now, or if I’m awake in the other reality to see my dead grandfather and to see Jeremy, neither of them are more real. But either way I pull from one and take it to other. “The dead people who were with me, are still with me. In The Sentimental Engine Slayer, Barlam the main character, he has to burn a body and he goes to the desert and he burns the body. So when I have to sit there and look at the bag, I’m burning Jeremy’s clothes. I kept Jeremy’s clothes since the day that I packed his room because it was too painful for his parents to go into his room and pack away all his things. I packed away all his things and for some strange reason, without knowing it, I kept all of his clothes. What I didn’t realise was that I’d have my own moment with him years later in this film. “So in the bags, I put his clothes there and then this moment when I look at the fire, or Barlam looks at the fire, this moment is real and it’s filled with truth. It’s not just a man looking at a fake bag, there’s reality always in every aspect of the film. You give it something personal in any way shape or form that you can, and for me there I said goodbye to Jeremy’s clothes and what was left of the exterior world to him.” WHAT: The Sentimental Engine Slayer WHERE & WHEN: Sydney Opera House Friday 4 June, Event Cinemas George St Monday 7

NOTES FROM A

FESTIVAL JUNKIE shaved off her eyebrows. And spoke love in the doctor who’s to perform the DURING FILM in Flemish - is that even a language? reconstructive surgery on her leg; the FESTIVALS A LOT OF I don’t think she appreciated my second, a quirky comedy about family choice of opening line (“Wow! What love that crosses boundaries (oh, PEOPLE SPEND A brings you here?”). Needless to say, I Europeans!) - that should definitely be LOT OF TIME IN THE wasn’t invited to the after-after-party. in the running for best-of lists at the CINEMA. WE ASKED A Anyway, here are some notes I found end of the festival.” on serviettes from all the FESTIVAL JUNKIE* TO scrawled JUNE 6, 2009 fancy restaurants I’ve attended over “The big day. The day the festival GIVE US A LOOK INTO the years at various film festivals comes alive - and the first major film across Europe and the United States. THEIR (LITERALLY) is screened, with many guests in DARK WORLD. THIS IS FEBRUARY 24, 2007 attendance. Thanks to a friend of a friend who was out of town, I manage “First day of festival. Must look my THEIR STORY. to get onto the red carpet and throw best. Lay out two perfectly pressed I sleep for about a week before any and every film festival. I stock up on the No-Doz, too, and keep a flask of coffee on me at all times. (Ever tried watching The Three Colours trilogy back-to-back cold turkey? No. I didn’t think so.) By the end of a festival I’ll look like I’ve been submerged in chlorine for a week, and will have as much hair on my face as I do on top of my head. People used to mistake me for Jeff Bridges (“It’s the Dude!”), but now it’s Zach Galifianakis. Whatever. Both get me drinks. I’ve been preparing heavily for the 2010 Sydney Film Festival - which basically involves a lot of sleeping - in order to catch as many films as possible and stay awake doing so. I’ve also been writing useless facts into my Moleskine notebook to whip out at the right time to stun eager ears, such as “Did you know that the English translation of the Italian title to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo is ‘The Woman Who Died Twice’?” (I mean, obviously that ruins the plot.) I also have plenty of stories at my disposal to dish out at parties when rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ewan McGregor. (He and I go way back - I was an extra in Moulin Rouge!, although my scenes didn’t make it into the final film. I found them on YouTube once, though.) Example? There was that time I fell asleep during a Romanian “classic” only to wake up 30 minutes later at the exact same point as when I nodded off. My only indication that the film hadn’t frozen being that the theatre was still completely full. Maybe they were all collectively on something. You had to be there. I’ve also a fond memory of bumping into That Blonde Bombshell That Shan’t Be Named at a bar postscreening one night. I mean, how was I supposed to know she was whom I’d just watched on screen? She was brunette in the film. And had

options on the bed - one; a jeans and T-shirt combo (emblazoned with HAL on the front - of course), and the other; a black suit, black cardigan, black beret combo. What am I, a cliché? I choose the suit and beret. First screening of the day is the latest film from that Russian misogynist every one raves about. ‘The new Tarkovsky’, they say. I thought this last film was taken completely out of context. I mean, the rape was a metaphor of America’s attitude towards the west. Anyone that saw otherwise needs to spend a little time at film school. Still, can’t believe they chose it as their first screening of the day, something so intense. Bless them, though - film festivals are hardly going to play it safe. That’s what the big cinema chains are for. Opening Night film goes against last year’s crow-pleasing Oscar winner in exchange for a tour de force (and yet somewhat self indulgent) black and white silent film from Armenia about an eight-year-old boy addicted to heroin. Didn’t expect that dance number.”

SEPTEMBER 11, 2004 “After yesterday’s harrowing early morning experience - brilliant film, it just left me completely and utterly devoid of emotion - today’s off to a much lighter start with the new animated film from that guy you, me and everyone we know loves. This time in 3D. It starts out well - the credits were a nice allusion to Saul Bass, but the rest of the film merely entertained, and at a festival you need more than entertainment. You need art, you need soul. Luckily, the mid afternoon Spanish auteur double feature redeemed the early morning misfire, with two tales of love and loss - the first, an incredible film about a woman who loses her leg in a horrific car accident only to find

a casual observation to the star of the film. I catch her eye and she smiles. I’m in, right? But as I start walking towards her, Hugo Weaving brushes past and I realise what had happened. Bastard. I sympathise with Neo in this moment. The film was great - probably the best Australian film I’ve seen in years - and the complimentary Champagne afterwards was drinkable. Spoke to a couple of guys from Brisbane who made a fortune in the horror game afterwards about Sliced With Lemon, which I’d seen earlier that afternoon. Who would’ve thought the simple addition of citrus to the horror genre would rejuvinate the genre?”

OCTOBER 3, 2003 “Hangover. Got six films to get through today. Shit. English period drama up first. Lavender’s pretty, but that lead actress needs a bit of work. French horror double bill up next, which puts me right off lunch. I don’t need to see nubile women skinned alive. In fact, I don’t need to see anything that is on the screen at this point. Think I’m one of only two people let in the cinema when the film ends. Polanski’s new one is up next, “a sombre masterpiece of mood and tension”, the Guardian says. They weren’t joking either, I think there are grip marks left in the chair where I sat. The early evening film was a sell-out, surprising really for a documentary. (Do people actually pay to watch docos?) It warned of the future if we don’t start looking after the planet and effectively used puppies, kittens, and rabbits to get their message across. Good choice - puppies and kittens should be used more. *Name withheld at writer’s request to save embarassment. For more loose tales and talk of cinema during the 2010 Sydney Film Festival make sure you pick up Drum Media and follow twitter. com/frontrowSPA.

SYDNEY TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL CAN’T MAKE IT TO SYDNEY? DON’T STRESS. THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL ORGANISERS ARE ONCE AGAIN HEADING OUT ON THE ROAD WITH ITS TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL, GOING AS FAR AS DARWIN AND ALICE SPRINGS, EVEN. HERE ARE THE NSW DATES: NEWCASTLE The festival will roll into town (Greater Union Cinemas) Friday 7 May to Sunday 9, opening with Untouchable Girls, a portrait of New Zealand national treasures the Topp Twins, “the world’s only comedic, country singing, dancing and yodelling lesbian twin sisters”. Other films screening during the festival include The Strength Of Water, The French Kissers, and A Prophet.

WOLLONGONG Following its trip to Newcastle, the Sydney Travelling Film Festival will head south to Wollongong (Greater Union Cinemas), opening again with Untouchable Girls, and also screening The Strength Of Water, A Prophet, Mid-August Lunch, Amreeka, and Séraphine. TFF hits town Friday 14 May to Sunday 16.

Following this the festival will travel to Dubbo (Reading Cinemas), Huskisson (Huskisson Pictures), and Wagga Wagga (Forum 6 Cinemas), although further details - dates, titles - at time of printing are unavailable. Full programmes are, however, available for Newcastle and Wollongong Head to sff.org.au for further info.


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DRUM PICKS A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN MON 7 JUN 12.15PM STATE / THU 10 JUN 8.45PM EV8 A screwball Nordic comedy with criminal undertones starring Stellan Skarsgård.

A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE SAT 5 JUN 10.30AM AGNSW The Film Foundation’s restoration of John Cassavette’s 1974 masterpiece.

BEAUTIFUL DARLING WED 2 JUN 6.00PM EV9 / SAT 5 JUN 2.30PM EV9 The story of James Slattery, who as Candy Darling transformed herself into a stunning blonde and became a hit with Warhol’s ‘60s Factory crowd.

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS FRI 4 JUN 12.00PM DOQ / MON 7 JUN 2.45PM STATE Selected for competition in Venice, a powerful allegory of post-war Sri Lanka.

BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK SUN 6 JUN 12.30PM EV9 / SAT 12 JUN 12.00PM EV9 A portrait of much-loved New York Times photo-journalist Bill Cunningham.

BLACK SUNDAY SAT 5 JUN 3.05PM AGNSW Two centuries after being burned at the stake Princess Asa returns to seek revenge. Mario Bava’s landmark gothic horror stars British scream queen Barbara Steele.

BOY SUN 6 JUN 4.15PM STATE / TUE 8 JUN 6.30PM DOQ Taika Waititi’s magical follow-up to Eagle vs Shark is a rollicking coming-of-age film that affectionately lampoons the crazes of the ’80s.

CHICKS SAT 5 JUN 8.15PM DOQ / WED 9 JUN 1.45PM DOQ In Sophie Letourneur’s debut feature the contrast between talk and action propels much of the drama and the gradual reveal of this dynamic is key to the sassy brilliance of Chicks.

DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES SUN 6 JUN 10.30AM AGNSW The original version of Roman Polanski’s big–budget horror spoof. Polanski stars as Alfred, inept assistant to European vampire hunter Professor Abronsius.

DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS MON 14 JUN 1.00PM AGNSW The ageless Countess Elizabeth Bathory preys on newlyweds at a seaside hotel. A moody and sensual Euro–vampire tale.

DRACULA SAT 5 JUN 1.20PM AGNSW In the first official Dracula movie, Bela Lugosi plays the Transylvanian Count who travels to England to satiate his lust for blood.

DRACULA PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY SUN 13 JUN 7.00PM SOH Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg) films the Winnipeg Royal Ballet’s interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A luscious silent film with music.

S H O W I N G AT T H E 2 0 1 0 S Y D N E Y F I L M F E S T I VA L

DREAM HOME

I KILLED MY MOTHER

FRI 11 JUN 9.00PM EV8 / SUN 13 JUN 9.45PM EV8 A young, upwardly mobile professional will do anything to get her dream home… even if it means keeping her would-be neighbours dead.

FRI 4 JUN 8.00PM DOQ / TUE 8 JUN 4.30PM DOQ Cannes prize-winner about a gay teen’s embattled relationship with manipulative mother from wunderkind French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan.

DRIVE SAT 12 JUN 6.00PM EV8 Drive looks at young men and their cars – and the impact of their love of speed on family and community.

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP WED 2 JUN 8.00PM EV9 / MON 7 JUN 9.05PM STATE Not just the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture, but also a hilarious exposé on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas. Dir. Bansky.

EYE SAT 5 JUN 6.30PM EV9 Indigenous photographer Bindi Cole travels from Melbourne to the far north of Australia to document the beautiful transgender ‘Sistergirls’ of the Tiwi Islands.

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: THE RADIANT CHILD

falls prey to a modern–day vampire ‘family’ prowling the American southwest for victims.

and Barry Otto, shot on Cape Nelson and featuring exquisite prod. design and ’20s costumes.

with Cherry Bomb, feat. stellar performances from Kristen Stewart (as Joan Jett) and Dakota Fanning.

NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS

SUMMER WARS

THE SENTIMENTAL ENGINE SLAYER

SAT 12 JUN 2.00PM SOH / THU JUN 5 2.00 SOH The vibrant underground indie rock scene of Tehran, from acclaimed Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi.

NOSFERATU

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED

SAT 5 JUN 4.30PM EV9 / MON 7 JUN 6.00PM EV9 Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life story, directed by his close friend Tamra Davis, includes an expansive mid’80s interview with the young artist and a plethora of interviews.

SAT 5 JUN 10.00PM SOH In F W Murnau’s silent–era masterpiece Count Orlok arrives in Bremen searching for prey. Cinema’s first genuine vampire movie.

SAT 5 JUN 8.15PM EV8 / TUE 8 JUN 8.45PM DOQ A young woman is kidnapped by two ex-cons - a creepy claustrophobic thriller from the UK.

JUST LIKE US

SAT 5 JUN 6.00PM SOH / THU 10 JUN 8.30PM EV9 ‘Famed rockumentarian Julian Temple’s take on the cult R&B band, Dr Feelgood. The very best in British rock documentary’ - Time Out.

THU 3 JUN 8.45PM EV9 / SUN 6 JUN 9.30PM EV9 A hilarious tour of the Middle East with a bunch of taboo-exploding stand-up comedians.

LEMMY

OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL THE GAME OF DEATH

POLICE, ADJECTIVE

FRI 4 JUN 9.30PM SOH / TUE 8 JUN 8.35PM EV9 An immensely enjoyable doco about the legendary frontman of Motorhead.

WED 9 JUN 6.30PM DOQ / FRI 11 JUN 2.15PM STATE A wry Cannes-winning comedy that provides a critique of Romania’s postcommunist stagnation.

FOUR LIONS

LIFE DURING WARTIME

SAT 12 JUN 7.00PM STATE / SUN 13 JUN 10.00AM STATE Cult TV comedy director Chris Morris makes his feature directing debut with this hilarious, in-your-face film about four British jihadists.

POSSESSED

FRI 4 JUN 6.30PM STATE / SAT 5 JUN 10.00AM STATE Todd Solondz’s darkly humorous follow-up to 1998 critical hit Happiness, starring Shirley Henderson, Ally Sheedy and Allison Janney.

WED 2 JUN 8.30PM DOQ / SUN 6 JUN 9.45PM EV8 A missing girl, a gruesome death, a fanatically religious mother and the neighbours from hell - a Korean horror-mash up.

GENIUS WITHIN: THE INNER LIFE OF GLENN GOULD THU 10 JUN 4.15PM STATE / FRI 11 JUN 2.30PM DOQ The man behind the music, his thoughts on art, society, love and life plus rare archival footage with Gould’s closest friends

HEARTBEATS THU 3 JUN 6.30PM STATE / FRI 4 JUN 10.00AM STATE Xavier Dolan follows I Killed My Mother with a more reflective film about wilful delusion, rejection and the politics of the competing and unrequited crush.

HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT’S INFERNO FRI 11 JUN 4.30PM STATE SUN 13 JUN 12.00PM DOQ A fascinating documentary about one of the great lost films of French cinema.

HESHER MON 14 JUN 5.10PM STATE A power-rock parable centring on a blistering performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the man himself. Written by Australian David Michôd (Animal Kingdom).

HOWL THU 3 JUN 9.00PM STATE / SUN 6 JUN 7.15PM EV8 In 1957 the publisher of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl – now considered a masterpiece of US counterculture – was tried for obscenity. Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have crafted this suitably enigmatic tribute to Ginsberg and his defenders.

I AM LOVE FRI 11 JUN 9.00PM STATE / SUN 13 JUN 4.00PM DOQ Dir. Luca Guadagnino and Tilda Swinton rush headlong into the crumbling empire that is classical melodrama & create a magnificent contemporary ode to impossible love.

MON 14 JUN 12.00PM EV9 From the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a wonderful anime mash of Japanese tradition and internet mayhem.

LOLA MON 7 JUN 6.30PM STATE / TUE 8 JUN 10.00AM STATE Two grandmothers bear the consequences of their grandchildren’s crimes, a powerful drama from hot Filipino director Brillante Mendoza.

LOURDES FRI 4 JUN 4.30PM STATE / SUN 6 JUN 8.30PM DOQ Sylvie Testud in a superb performance as woman on a pilgrimage to the iconic site.

LOVE IN A PUFF THU 10 JUN 6.15PM DOQ / SAT 12 JUN 4.15PM DOQ Ever-attuned to the lifestyle choices of contemporary 20y -30y Hong Kongers, dir. Pang Ho-cheung uses the change in smoking laws as his cue for this rom-com.

LOVE SERENADE SAT 12 JUN 10.30AM AGNSW Restored print of of Shirley Barrett’s (South Solitary, Opening Night) debut feature produced by SFF Jury Pres. Jan Chapman, which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes ’96.

MIND SAT 5 JUN 6.30 EV9 Exploring of the nature of identity: from an early age, Tom Cho thought he was different and knew he didn’t match his mother’s expectations of a good daughter.

RED HILL FRI 4 JUN 9.00PM STATE Debut Aust. feature starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) as a city cop who moves to the country for some peace and quiet only to be thwarted by an escaped convict.

ROAD, MOVIE THU 3 JUN 12.30PM DOQ / SAT 5 JUN 6.00PM EV8 With the sumptuous landscape of India as his canvas, director Dev Benegal paints a delightfully original road movie.

ROCK STEADY: THE ROOTS OF REGGAE SAT 12 JUN 9.30PM SOH / SUN 13 JUN 3.00PM SOH ‘The Buena Vista of Rocksteady.’ So a Canadian writer termed this Swiss doco on the mid-1960s link between the more frenetic Ska and the politicized ’70s ‘roots’ reggae.

SAINT LOUIS BLUES SAT 12 JUN 2.00PM EV9 / SUN 13 JUN 2.00PM EV9 A musical that takes place on a road trip in Senegal - screens with Soul Boy, a teen on a mission to save his father’s soul.

SENSO SUN 13 JUN 12.05PM STATE Luchino Visconti’s first colour feature, magnificently restored by The Film Foundation.

MR VAMPIRE

SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

WED 9 JUN 8.30PM EV8 Hopping Chinese vampires make life hell for an apprentice exorcist in this Cantonese horror–comedy– action classic.

WED 2 JUN 6.30PM EV8 / FRI 4 JUN 8.30PM EV9 A rip-roaring portrait of mercurial British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury (BAFTA nominee Andy Serkis).

NEAR DARK

SOUTH SOLITARY

THU 3 JUN 9.00PM EV8 Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) solo directing debut. A farm boy

WED 2 JUN 7.30PM STATE Opening Night: New Aust. feature from Shirley Barrett starring Miranda

FRI 11 JUN 6.30PM EV8 / SUN 13 JUN 5.00PM EV8 Controversial French documentary that turns a famous social experiment into a game show.

THE GHOST WRITER SUN 13 JUN 9.30PM STATE / MON 14 JUN 4.45PM EV8 Roman Polanski’s political thriller revolves around a ghost writer (Ewan McGregor) hired to pen the memoirs of an ex-British Prime Minister (Pierce Brosnan).

THE ILLUSIONIST SAT 5 JUN 12.00PM STATE / FRI 11 JUN 6.00PM DOQ Adapted from an unfilmed screenplay by French comedy great Jacques Tati and directed by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville).

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT MON 14 JUN 7.30PM STATE Festival Closing Night: Sexy, droll, and just occasionally heartrending, Lisa Cholodenko’s third feature is a delightfully sneaky twist on both family drama and romcom, starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo.

THE KILLER INSIDE ME FRI 11 JUN 6.30PM STATE / SAT 12 JUN 10.00AM STATE Casey Affleck turns in an chilling performance as a pyschopathic sheriff in Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of a Jim Thompson novel.

THE LOVED ONES SAT 5 JUN 9.00PM EV9 / MON 7 JUN 8.15PM EV9 Director Sean Byrne fuses The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Carrie and then hacks the genre to pieces in this alternately gruesome and hilarious Aussie horror.

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA THU 10 JUN 2.05PM STATE / MON 14 JUN 12.30PM EV8 A gripping doco that explores the profound political and legal consequences that followed Daniel Ellsberg’s release of the US’s secret report on Vietnam.

THE REFUGE FRI 4 JUN 6.00PM DOQ / MON 7 JUN 4.30PM STATE From François Ozon (8 Women), the story of a beautiful young woman (Isabelle Carre) and her wealthy boyfriend - two lives spiralling out of control.

THE RUNAWAYS WED 9 JUN 9.00PM STATE / SAT 12 JUN 8.45PM EV9 Charting the rise and demise of the girl group that rocked to fame

FRI 4 JUN 7.00PM SOH / MON 7 JUN 8.30PM EV8 A reality-fantasy narrative from debut director Omar Rodríguez-López, best known as a musician with progressive rock bank the Mars Volta.

THE TREE SAT 5 JUN 6.45PM STATE / SUN 6 JUN 10.00AM STATE After the death of her father, eightyear-old Simone is convinced her father whispers to her through the leaves of her favourite tree and he’s come back to protect them.

THE WAITING CITY SUN 6 JUN 9.00PM STATE / WED 9 JUN 8.00PM EV9 Claire McCarthy’s ambitious film featuring eloquent performances from Rahda Mitchell and Joel Edgerton, as a couple who travel to India to adopt a child.

THIRST SAT 12 JUN 6.00PM SOH Innocent Kate is kidnapped by a secret society of blood drinkers who claim she is their promised leader. A highlight of ’70s Ozploitation.

THIS WAY OF LIFE THU 3 JUN 4.30PM DOQ / WED 9 JUN 12.00PM STATE Fascinating documentary, shot over four years, about a family and their many horses who live almost wild in the stunning beauty of New Zealand’s Ruahine Mountains.

TWO IN THE WAVE THU 3 JUN 2.15PM STATE / SUN 6 JUN 12.00PM DOQ François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard from friendship and fame to the rift that allegedly ended the French New Wave.

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES WED 9 JUN 6.30PM STATE / THU 10 JUN 10.00AM STATE Uncle Boonmee injects his mystical storytelling with fleeting reminders of the political reality of contemporary Thailand, and pulsates with unexpected humour.

WASTED ON THE YOUNG SUN 13 JUN 7.00PM STATE / MON 14 JUN 10.00AM STATE Set in an elite high school where social hierarchies are rigorously enforced, Zack is the ruler of cool and his half brother Darren is a geek-boy misfit tenuously connected to the clique through his position on the swim team.

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN THU 10 JUN 6.30PM STATE / FRI 11 JUN 10.00AM STATE Artist Shirin Neshat’s interpretation of a banned novel that reflects on the lives of women in 1950s Iran.

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BORIS @ THE STUDIO. PICS: ROD HUNT

HOLLY MIRANDA,

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, THE STUDIO, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE NATIONAL

BORIS

The Studio, Sydney Opera House 29/05/10 Japan’s Boris were one of the artists welcoming Sydney to Vivid Live, drawing the metalheads and droneintellectuals to the underground Studio whilst Rickie Lee Jones had crowds flocking upstairs. With the 11pm start delayed, by the time that the sizable audience began to fill the venue, the harbour was bathed in Lou Reed’s and Laurie Anderson’s light installations, setting the scene for the far from ordinary drone-metal outfit. With Lou Reed watching from seating up the back, his jetlag seemed to be getting the better of him as his falling asleep was in no way deserved by the band. Drummer Atsuo provided the most charisma of the lot, his white-gloved hands visible through the smoke as he set the tempo on the gong to his rear and defined the sonic movements with his snare/tom punctuations. Both frontpersons, Takeshi and Wata, sang, but the female touch of Wata had the most absorbing effect. The band speaks very little English, leaving the music to make the communications and the room was quickly filled with noise and smoke. The beautifully rhythmic quartet blended their works into one another in a hypnotic fashion – there was barely a moment of silence throughout their 90 minutes. Playing tracks from a fair spread of their back catalogue, the set leaned towards their drone material – a consequence of the live versions of tracks, it seemed. There were enough lights on the wall behind the four-piece to ensure that one was going to hit you in the face at least once and provide you with a moment of visual force equivalent to their pummelling sound. Finishing up in a blaze of noise, no one predicted their encore. Announced as the world premiere of BXI, a project between Boris and Ian Astbury, The Cult frontman arrived on stage and took up the English duties where Boris hadn’t been able. “Boris are one of the world’s most important bands, doing some of the most important work,” he said. “I don’t know how you could fall asleep Lou Reed, these are your children.” Launching into a powerful version of The Doors’ The End, the night was finished off with what appeared to be an original to this reviewer. A very special end – and spewing if you went on the Friday and missed it. Scott Fitzsimons

CLOUD CONTROL: Jun 2 Beach Road Hotel, Jun 4 The Clarendon, Jun 5 Transit Bar THE RED EYES: Jun 3 Transit Bar, Jun 4 Manning Bar FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!: Jun 3 Oxford Art Factory JAMES MORRISON & THE IDEA OF NORTH: Jun 3 The Factory, Jun 4 Newcastle City Hall, Jun 16 The Basement Circular Quay, Jun 17 Canberra Theatre DAPPLED CITIES: Jun 3 Cambridge Hotel, Jun 4 Mona Vale Hotel, Jun 5 Manning Bar, Jun 24 ANU Bar DEAD LETTER CIRCUS: Jun 4 The Factory RESIST THE THOUGHT: Jun 4 Agincourt Hotel, Jun 5 The Loft Newcastle FIVE STAR PRISON CELL: Jun 4 The Basement Canberra, Jun 10 Spectrum, Jun 17 Oxford Tavern, Jun 18 Empire Hotel, Jun 20 Lucky Australian Tavern RECOIL: Jun 4 The Basement Canberra URTHBOY: Jun 4 Gearin Hotel, Jun 19 Sandringham Hotel ROCKETSMITHS: Jun 5 Gaelic Theatre CHILDREN COLLIDE, CABINS: Jun 5 The Factory Theatre BIRDS OF TOKYO: Jun 5 Enmore Theatre MACHINE TRANSLATIONS: Jun 5 The Vanguard LEE KERNAGHAN: Jun 5 Penrith Panthers, Jun 18 Wyong Leagues, Jun 19 Civic Theatre Newcastle PARADES: Jun 10 Transit Bar, Jul 2 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Jul 3 Red Rattler COG: Jun 11 The Metro MIAMI HORROR: Jun 11 Waves, Jun 12 Manning Bar THE SNOWDROPPERS: Jun 11 Grand Junction Hotel, Jun 12 View Factory, Jun 26 Oxford Tavern, Jul 2 Old Manly Boatshed, Jul 3 Hotel Gearin, Jul 9 Brass Monkey THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS: Jun 11 Newcastle Panthers, Jun 12 Waves, Jun 13 Entrance Leagues, Jun 16 Baroque, Jun 19 Wodonga Civic Centre, Jul 16 Hellenic Club, Jul 17 Enmore Theatre BOY & BEAR: Jun 12 Annandale Hotel M-PHAZES*: Jun 13 Spectrum DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER: Jun 16 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Jun 18 The Basement Circular Quay, Jun 19 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Jun 20 The Clarendon DEAD LETTER CHORUS: Jun 16 Front Gallery, Jun 17 Harp Wollongong, Jun 18 The Clarendon, Jun 19 Brass Monkey, Jun 24 Great

For the second week running, it’s a show that’s part of the Vivid LIVE festival that gets our Feature Tour tick. And not only that, it was a hard choice between the acts on offer at the festival itself. While we’re looking forward to the beautiful melodies of Miranda, the drug-infused free form psych-rock of Bardo Pond, Emily Haines’s string backing, Laurie Anderson’s solo retrospective and Slow Music night, the chaos of Melt-Banana and/or The King Kahn & BBQ Show, the primal sounds Chirgilchin and plenty more have us wondering how we’re going to fit it all in exactly.

Northern JONESEZ: Jun 16 Bar 32, Jun 18 Sandringham Hotel LIZ STRINGER: Jun 17 The Basement THE BREAK: Jun 17 Old Manly Boatshed, Jun 19 Beach Road Hotel, Jun 20 Annandale Hotel, Jul 3 Old Manly Boatshed, Jul 4 The Brewery CASSETTE KIDS: Jun 18 Oxford Art Factory THE GIN CLUB*: Jun 18 Annandale Hotel GYROSCOPE: Jun 18 The Metro, Jun 19 ANU Bar 1927*: Jul 2 Davistown RSL, Jul 3 Belmont 16 Footers Club, Aug 6 Southern Cross Club SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR: Jun 19 Raval KATIE NOONAN & THE CAPTAINS: Jun 19 The Metro 50 LIONS, BLKOUT: Jun 19 The Loft Newcastle, Jun 27 Jam Factory, Jul 3 Factory Theatre MILES AWAY, BREAK EVEN, HOPELESS, THE BRODERICK: Jun 22 Tuggeranong Youth Centre, Jun 26 & 27 The Wall THE LITTLE STEVIES*: Jun 22 Beach Road Hotel, Jun 23 The Vanguard, Jun 24 Transit Bar, Jun 26 The Junkyard THE DEVIL RIDES OUT: Jun 23 Harp Hotel, Jun 24 Sandringham Hotel DALLAS CRANE: Jun 24 Annandale Hotel TARA SIMMONS: Jun 24 Raval ASH GRUNWALD: Jun 25 Cambridge Hotel, Jun 26 Entrance Leagues, Jun 27 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Jun 30 Baroque, Jul 1 Transit Bar, Jul 8 Harp Wollongong, Jul 9 The Metro, Jul 11 Mean Fiddler OPERATOR PLEASE: Jun 26 The Metro KARNIVOOL: Jun 26 Newcastle Panthers, Jun 30, Jul 1, Jul 2 The Metro, Jul 3 ANU Bar THIRSTY MERC: Jun 30 Southern Cross Club, Jul 1 Waves, Jul 2 Cambridge Hotel, Jul 3 The Metro IAN MOSS: Jul 1 Southern Cross Club, Jul 2 Rooty Hills RSL,

Jul 3 Bankstown Sports Showroom, Jul 9 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Jul 10 Notes, Aug 6 Heritage Hotel, Aug 7 Coogee Diggers, Aug 13 & 14 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Aug 19 – 21 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Sep 16 & 17 The Clarendon, Sep 18 Canterbury Hurlstone RSL REGURGITATOR: Jul 3 Annandale Hotel RICHARD IN YOUR MIND*: Jul 3 Spectrum THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, CALLING ALL CARS: Jul 8 Hellenic Club, Jul 10 Panthers Newcastle, Jul 11 Mona Vale Hotel, Jul 14 Campbelltown RSL, Jul 15 Castle Hill RSL, Jul 16 Entrance Leagues Club THE AMITY AFFLICTION: Jul 8 Woden Basketball Stadium, Jul 9 UNSW Roundhouse DAN PARSONS: Jul 9 World Bar DRAWN FROM BEES: Jul 10 Gaelic Theatre CW STONEKING: Jul 10 Selinas YOUNG HERETICS: Jul 10 Spectrum LISA MILLER: Jul 16 Notes, Jul 17 Heritage Hotel, Jul 18 The Clarendon HARD-ONS: Jul 16 Annandale Hotel BLACK CAB: Jul 16 Oxford Art Factory THE BOAT PEOPLE*: Jul 16 Spectrum BENEDICT MOLETA: Jul 18 Sandringham Hotel SPIT SYNDICATE: Jul 22 The Harp Wollongong, Jul 23 Cambridge Newcastle, Jul 24 Gaelic Theatre, Jul 25 The Wall VIOLENT SOHO: Jul 23 Annandale Hotel GOSTELERADIO: Jul 23 Oxford Art Factory FABULOUS DIAMONDS: Jul 23 Spectrum SALLY SELTMANN: Jul 23 Oxford Art Factory, Jul 24 Heritage Hotel THE NATION BLUE, A DEATH IN

THE FAMILY: Jul 23 Sandringham Hotel THE TEMPER TRAP: Jul 27 Hordern Pavilion LUNGS: Jul 29 Hamilton Station Hotel, Jul 30 Oxford Tavern, Jul 31 Sandringham Hotel DARREN HANLON*: Aug 12 Gallipoli Legions Club, Aug 13 The Factory Theatre, Aug 14 Tilley’s, Aug 15 The Clarendon, Aug 18 Heritage Hotel LOWRIDER: Aug 12 The Brewery, Aug 13 Annandale Hotel GRINSPOON: Aug 13 Waves, Aug 15 The Entrance Leagues Club, Aug 18 Newcastle Leagues MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS: Aug 20 The Forum PVT: Aug 21 Manning Bar CORDRAZINE: Aug 21 The Vanguard THE CAT EMPIRE: Aug 22 ANU Bar, Aug 29 Hordern Pavilion ANGUS & JULIA STONE: Aug 25 Newcastle Civic Theatre, Aug 26 Enmore Theatre, Sep 1 Llewellyn Hall, Sep 2 Wollongong Uni POWDERFINGER: Sep 1 Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Sep 9 WIN Entertainment Centre, Sep 18 & 19 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Oct 12 University Of Canberra, Nov 6 Acer Arena JOHN BUTLER TRIO: Sep 2 WIN Entertainment Centre, Sep 3 Hordern Pavilion, Sep 7 Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Sep 15 Royal Theatre PARKWAY DRIVE*: Sep 24 Hordern Pavilion, Sep 25 Royal Theatre, Sep 27 Newcastle Panthers AIRBOURNE*: Oct 22 The Metro Theatre SARAH BLASKO: Oct 28 Civic Theatre, Oct 29 Enmore Theatre, Oct 30 The Playhouse

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Opera Theatre 30/05/10 MELT-BANANA: Jun 2 The Studio MONDO GENERATOR: Jun 3 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Jun 4 Annandale Hotel, Jun 5 Cambridge Hotel KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW: Jun 3 The Studio STRUNG OUT, THE LOVED ONES: Jun 3 Annandale Hotel, Jun 13 Wollongong Uni Bar, Jun 16 Cambridge Hotel SLOW MUSIC NIGHT feat. LAURIE ANDERSON, EMILY HAINES, HOLLY MIRANDA and more: Jun 4 Sydney Opera House Concert Hall CHIRGILCHIN: Jun 4 The Studio THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA: Jun 5 Sydney Opera House Concert Hall DOVEMAN: Jun 5 The Studio MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND: Jun 6 The Studio SIMONE FELICE: Jun 9 Annandale Hotel COMMON, KID CAPRI: Jun 11 The Forum TOTAL SCIENCE: Jun 11 The Loft UTS GIFT OF GAB: Jun 11 Oxford Art Factory STORY OF THE YEAR, SAOSIN, BLESSTHEFALL: Jun 12 UNSW Roundhouse SHAPESHIFTER: Jun 13 The Metro NOUVELLE VAGUE, BERRY: Jun 16 The Factory Theatre PAUL DIANNO: Jun 17 Bar On The Hill, Jun 18 Waves, Jun 19 Gaelic Theatre, Jun 20 ANU HERE WE GO MAGIC: Jun 17 Oxford Art Factory ALESTORM: Jun 18 Gaelic Theatre SHWAYZE: Jun 18 Home TRAIN: Jun 21 Enmore Theatre YUSUF ISLAM: Jun 21 & 23 Sydney Entertainment Centre HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS: Jun 25 Enmore Theatre GIGI BAROCCO*: Jul 2 Candys Apartment, Jul 3 Lot 33 STEPHAN BODZIN, HUGO: Jul 3 Arthouse Hotel THE SOFT PACK: Jul 7 Oxford Art Factory MARK LANEGAN: Jul 8 The Metro BOYS LIKE GIRLS: Jul 11 UNSW Roundhouse SNFU: Jul 14 The Wall OM: Jul 17 The Factory KEVIN RUDOLF: Jul 18 Enmore Theatre STRIKE ANYWHERE: Jul 18 Woodport Inn, Jul 19 Caringbah Bizzo’s, Jul 20 The Wall, Jul 21 Cambridge Hotel SHIHAD: Jul 20 & 21 Annandale Hotel KASABIAN: Jul 24 Hordern Pavilion ALBERTA CROSS*: Jul 24 Annandale Hotel, Jul 25 Cambridge Hotel • 74 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

One of the many events scheduled over the coming weeks as part of Sydney’s Vivid festival was Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio, a concept partly inspired by his 1975 experimental endeavour of a similar name, which critics lauded and thousands of people returned in the first weeks of its release due to it being only distorted guitars and feedback. That was recorded with analogue technology but with the digital age, a whole new world of possibilities seems to have opened up for the music icon.

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DRUM PRESENTS CLOUD CONTROL: Jun 2 Beach Road Hotel, Jun 4 The Clarendon, Jun 5 Transit Bar DAPPLED CITIES: Jun 3 Cambridge Hotel, Jun 4 Mona Vale Hotel, Jun 5 Manning Bar, Jun 24 ANU Bar THE RED EYES: Jun 3 Transit Bar, Jun 4 Manning Bar MIAMI HORROR: Jun 11 Waves, Jun 12 Manning Bar COME TOGETHER: Jun 12 & 13 Luna Park HESHER: Jun 14 State Theatre HERE WE GO MAGIC: Jun 17 Oxford Art Factory THE GIN CLUB: Jun 18 Annandale Hotel ANNANDALE HOTEL BIRTHDAY WEEK: Jun 23 – Jul 3 Annandale Hotel OPERATOR PLEASE: Jun 26 The Metro THE SOFT PACK: Jul 7 Oxford Art Factory BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS: Jul 10 Annandale Hotel DRAWN FROM BEES: Jul 10 Gaelic Theatre OM: Jul 17 The Factory SALLY SELTMANN: Jul 23 Oxford Art Factory, Jul 24 Heritage Hotel KASABIAN: Jul 24 Hordern Pavilion GRIZZLY BEAR*: Jul 24 & Jul 25 Enmore Theatre LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, HOT CHIP: Jul 26 Hordern Pavilion SCISSOR SISTERS: Jul 27 Big Top Luna Park YEASAYER: Jul 28 The Metro FOALS: Jul 28 Manning Bar WINTERBEATZ feat. NE-YO, T-PAIN: Jul 28 Acer Arena THE TING TINGS*: Jul 28 Enmore Theatre THE STROKES: Jul 29 Hordern Pavilion GOLDFRAPP: Jul 29 Big Top Luna Park BAND OF HORSES: Jul 29 Enmore Theatre HELLYEAH*: Jul 29 The Metro Theatre THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS: Jul 30 Hordern Pavilion THE MAGIC NUMBERS: Jul 30 The Metro RICHARD ASHCROFT & THE UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND: Jul 31 Enmore Theatre MIDLAKE: Jul 31 The Metro SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS*: Jul 31 Gaelic Theatre BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB: Aug 1 The Metro THE DRUMS*: Aug 1 Oxford Art Factory TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB*: Aug 2 Manning Bar PASSION PIT: Aug 2 The Forum JONSI: Aug 2 Enmore Theatre LAURA MARLING*: Aug 1 The Factory, Aug 2 The

ALBERTA CROSS: Jul 24 Annandale Hotel GRIZZLY BEAR: Jul 24 & Jul 25 Enmore Theatre YEASAYER: Jul 28 The Metro BAND OF HORSES: Jul 29 Enmore Theatre MIDLAKE: Jul 31 The Metro JONSI: Aug 2 Enmore Theatre LAURA MARLING: Aug 1 The Factory, Aug 2 The Metro ASH, WE ARE SCIENTISTS: Aug 3 The Metro FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Aug 3 The Factory SURFER BLOOD: Aug 3 Manning Bar BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Aug 4 The Metro KATE NASH: Aug 5 The Metro DARREN HANLON: Aug 12 Gallipoli Legions Club, Aug 13 The Factory Theatre, Aug 14 Tilley’s, Aug 15 The Clarendon, Aug 18 Heritage Hotel SLASH: Aug 16 Hordern Pavilion MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS: Aug 20 The Forum FUNK N GROOVES: Sep 11 Pokolbin WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: Sep 16 Enmore Theatre COASTER: Sep 25 Gosford Showgrounds SARAH BLASKO: Oct 28 Civic Theatre, Oct 29 Enmore Theatre, Oct 30 The Playhouse

Metro FANFARLO*: Aug 2 Gaelic Theatre ASH, WE ARE SCIENTISTS: Aug 3 The Metro SURFER BLOOD: Aug 3 Manning Bar BAND OF SKULLS: Aug 3 Oxford Art Factory FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Aug 3 The Factory MUMFORD & SONS: Aug 3 Enmore Theatre K-OS: Aug 4 Oxford Art Factory BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Aug 4 The Metro MIIKE SNOW*: Aug 4 The Forum KATE NASH: Aug 5 The Metro FLORENCE & THE MACHINE*: Aug 5, 6 & 7 Enmore Theatre, Aug 8 Hordern Pavilion SENSES FAIL: Aug 14 The Factory Theatre EELS: Aug 14 Enmore Theatre SLASH: Aug 16 Hordern Pavilion STRYPER: Aug 26 The Metro NAPALM DEATH, DYING FETUS: Sep 4 The Factory BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BRING ME THE HORIZON, CANCER BATS: Sep 10 Hordern Pavilion MAYHEM: Sep 24 The Metro CYPRESS HILL: Sep 24 Enmore Theatre OVERKILL: Sep 25 The Metro Theatre RUFUS WAINWRIGHT*: Oct

14 Concert Hall Sydney Opera House PAUL WELLER: Oct 22, 23 Enmore Theatre LEONARD COHEN*: Nov 8 Acer Arena METALLICA: Nov 10, 11, 13 Acer Arena ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK: Nov 12 State Theatre MUSE*: Dec 9 Acer Arena JASON DERULO*: Dec 9 Hordern Pavilion JACK JOHNSON: Dec 11 The Domain MICHAEL BUBLE: Feb 14 & 15 Acer Arena

FESTIVALS VIVID: Jun 1 – Jun 21 Sydney Opera House ALL OUR FRIENDS: Jun 5 University Of Canberra Refectory COME TOGETHER: Jun 12 & 13 Luna Park BONDI MUSIC FESTIVAL*: Jun 12 Bondi Pavilion WE LOVE SOUNDS: Jun 12 Entertainment Quarter HARDCORE 2010: Jul 2 Manning Bar, Jul 3 The Factory SHIR MADNESS: Aug 15 Bondi Beach FUNK N GROOVES*: Sep 11 Pokolbin COASTER: Sep 25 Gosford Showgrounds SYDNEY BLUES FESTIVAL: Oct 29 – 31 Windsor * indicates new or amended listing this week Check with agencies for booking fees.

Essentially an aural experience and with no songs or vocals (as displayed on the ticket), a packed crowd were treated to a full 90-minute juggernaut of sound, with the three on stage orchestrating the discord and playing Dr Frankenstein to create a monster of music. Watching the trio overindulge – uninhibited and oblivious – was almost like stumbling upon man discovering not fire or the wheel but noise, with the creationist sound juxtaposed with the fact, from a commercial perspective, it played like music from the future.

to manipulate the sound produced by the saxophonist and Reed’s lineup of guitars and pedals. There aren’t enough adjectives to describe the primal mood, which at times soared and other times frustrated, culminating and finishing with the urgent sound an old washing machine makes towards the end of its cycle. A notably older crowd seemingly embraced every minute of it and while it was the complete opposite of music in the conventional sense, it was something that was completely captivating and impossible not to get taken away by. The three acknowledged the crowd at the end of it all and at 68 years of age, Reed certainly displayed on the night no signs of slowing down. Like a good movie you keep thinking about but never want to watch again, this stuff was not for the faint hearted and was a rewardingly exhausting experience. Adam Wilding

Free jazz, experimental musician and Professor, Ulrich Krieger provided distorted saxophone, at times not even having to blow to make noise. Sarth Calhoun rounded out the trio on electronics, fingerboards and laptops (also being notably the youngest of the three), who was essentially able

WAGONS

THE SNOWDROPPERS THE EXILES

The Annandale Hotel 28/05/10

After checking out The Exiles online before the gig, there was an expectation of something a lot more staid and mellow than the fairly chaotic, even if melancholy at times, offering from this act live. The set built in intensity from start to finish, thoroughly engaging the audience and even the generally disastrous attempt at instrument swapping was pulled off with aplomb, culminating in a sexed-up version of Tom Waits’ Hang On Saint Christopher in which the drummer didn’t miss a beat even as he blared away on a horn in maniacal counterpoint to some most excellent use of saxophone. The Snowdroppers joined this bill as a last minute replacement for Those Darlins and cheekily introduced themselves as said band. As usual, the Sydney boys delivered a set full of faux-old world charisma and swaggering rock’n’roll testosterone, with a very heavy element of hillbilly honk thrown in for good measure. Throughout a set in which the frontman Johnny Wishbone and guitarist Pauly K put on all kinds of flash with jabber and riffing respectively, bassist London is a constant anchor along with the tight as hell drumming from the neo-model-looking drummer Cougar Jones. The band seemed strangely humble throughout the show, almost as if they were unsure about their place on the bill, but by the time they got to Do The Stomp at the set’s end, it was obvious that the people were with them 100 percent, shouting along with the ridiculously catchy chorus. Opening with The Gambler, Wagons were obviously out impress with frontman Henry Wagons doing much to alleviate anyone’s need to feel a cultural cringe. He came across as a freewheeling rogue, unpractised and completely natural; the kind of guy that you’d love to have a beer with just to hear his stories, even though he wasted no time in calling the crowd cunts. Of course, the band played their ‘hits’ from The Rise And Fall Of Goodtown, but also the ode to country star Willy Nelson and a late set instrument change, with the drummer and guitarist breaking it down, hip hop style, while the frontman pounded the drums. By the time the band wound up and ambled off stage, you got the feeling that they were far too dishevelled to go any further – though to be honest, that was pretty much how they started out! Luke Monks

RICKIE LEE JONES

Opera Theatre 28/05/10

Back in the day, the Beat-chic, slurred hobo hip of Rickie Lee Jones was a bolt from the blue. So cool, such seeming lack of artifice, so... relaxed. Of course, the casual demeanour and beat thing were just as studied and just as much a shtick as anything else going round. But underpinning the eccentricity was a wealth of talent and an original vision. It’s a vision that has evolved and maintained its integrity. The elements of Jones’ music are jazz, a little country, some folk and a moody pop psychedelia. But it’s the

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force of her personality that provides the spine. She has successfully subsumed her influences into an original oeuvre of work. From Chuck E’s In Love to Ugly Man to Wild Girl. Mood is everything, but detailed arrangements and the originality of her guitar-playing are also fascinating. Her central themes are religion, men and her peripatetic lifestyle (i.e. the Beats’ ‘on the road’ mindset). Tonight, we were given a tour through her whole career. Songs off her self-titled debut and Pirates, along with her relatively recent Balm In Gilead, were found to be her strongest. But such is her unique perspective and so enthralling is that light-filled, tired angel of a voice that she captivated for nearly the entire performance. There was a constant tension during the show, too, as if things could collapse at any time. Edges were constantly being pushed, extemporised; no song was left to wallow in a standard approach as Jones rode her band like James Brown. Bassist Jose Mari Maramba was incredible in his own right. An excellent voice used for harmonies, plus a bass guitar that was played for rhythm, then as a lead harmonic device, then with a bow. On the final encore, drummer Lionel Cole provided a rousing gospel piano accompaniment as Jones slipped behind the drumkit. It was a suitable end – verging on shambolic, but full of heart, warmth and generosity of spirit. Craig N Pearce

NILE

HATE ETERNAL ABIGAIL WILLIAMS

The Factory Theatre 28/05/10

Abigail Williams have copped flak for numerous reasons, with not looking “kvlt” enough and being Americans playing black metal among them. This is quite frankly ridiculous, because if one is going to criticise them then it should be for their rather nondescript fare, instead of any of the other irrelevant window-dressing. Playing to a lukewarm reception (former female keyboardist Ashley Jurgemeyer’s absence prompted queries from the front rows), as well as being the first band of the night to battle technical difficulties, they struggled to make a lasting impact. Hate Eternal possessed more aggression and stage presence than their predecessors and the technical death metal-adoring hordes immediately made their voice heard. Despite an uneven mix, they created an immense sound for a trio. Frontman Erik Rutan’s searing leads and wildly flowing hair were an impressive sight, but new(ish) sticksman Jade Simonetto also stamped his authority on the night. Trying to fill extreme metal drum god Derek Roddy’s shoes was akin to the Newcastle Knights attempting to replace Andrew Johns a few years back, but he made more than a fair fist of it. After a prolonged wait, Nile were crippled the most by technical issues, with drummer George Kollias’ triggers almost comically playing up less than a minute into opener Kafir! and forcing them to restart the track from scratch. Despite also being visibly displeased with amplifier-related dramas that plagued almost the entire set, the quartet opted to grin and bear it as best as possible, with frontman Dallas Toler-Wade even engaging continued pg.76


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live@drummedia.com.au from pg.74 the crowd with healthy humour and demanding the packed room unleash their best death growl. Good news, because once they set about their task they ripped through a ruthless 75-minute set of Egyptian-infused, jaw-dropping death metal that incited by far the greatest amount of pit action of the evening. Toler-Wade and Karl Sanders’ two-pronged vocal approach was crushing throughout a legion of fan favourites, including Serpent Headed Mask, Ithyphallic, Sarcophagus, Lashed To The Slave Stick and an especially stirring Cast Down The Heretic. Closing with a blistering Black Seeds Of Vengeance (by which time Toler-Wade was pleased to announce that the sound gremlins had for the most part left the building), the entire set was a testament to the South Carolina crew’s perseverance and (brutal) grace under considerable fire. The punters appreciated it too. Brendan Crabb

TAASHA COATES & TRISTAN GOODALL ANDY WHITE

Notes 29/05/10

Wow. Having been quite taken aback by The Audreys’ second album, When The Flood Comes, this writer thinks it is one of the very best Australian albums ever and, as such, one of rock history’s most impressive collections of songs. And the voice of Taasha Coates is one of its strong points. But hearing her live is quite something else. This is one of the most powerful and unique musical forces you are likely to encounter; at once jazzlike, at another full of cabaret theatricality. At another, a shredded country cowgirl – lost, lamenting and lovelorn. In partnership with the other creative axis of the band, Tristan Goodall, who wielded an array of guitars and banjo, the pair made a strong argument for bands roadtesting songs off upcoming albums in an acoustic format, such as they were doing for the imminent Sometimes The Stars. The good news is that the new songs seem to be very good. The not quite so good news is that they didn’t quite seem to measure up to the band’s benchmark. A risk in a band downsizing is, clearly, that the more limited sonic palette will stymie effective transmission of the songs’ quality. But that is not taking into account the ability of the performers to rearrange the material so a different, but no less insightful, light is thrown on them, nor the sheer talent of the performers themselves. Which is precisely what you got in this case. From early material like Oh Honey, through …Flood… songs like Lay Me Down, to a clutch of new numbers, each was realised in a manner that was, in most cases, effective. The quality of their songwriting is profoundly impressive. Certainly the preference was when the material veered more towards a feral and intense edge, with the slide of Oh Honey exemplifying this. There is also a tendency in some Audreys’ songs to go a little lullaby-ish. This sometimes leads to a diminishing of power and resonance; perhaps too much smooth jazz chanteuse and not enough of the band’s arid country dimension, which is a defining element of their originality. This originality is something support act Andy White could do with. His well-meaning set had a couple of songs that threatened to impress, but his voice was too weak, his treated acoustic guitar too bland and his songs too monotonous. Craig N Pearce

CARN SEE SOME METAL Metal club Carnage returns to the Empire Hotel in Kings Cross this Friday, where they’ll be holding a pre-tour party for Paul Di’anno’s upcoming dates. Playing live will be Darker Half and Sobrusion, so there’s plenty of reason to head down and embrace the city’s metal scene.

WELL THAWED After performing at the Monster Sessions 2 benefit gig, Frozen Doberman couldn’t help but get back into the swing of things a little bit more completely. This Saturday, the band will be taking to the Annandale Hotel with Hell City Glamours and Chinese Burns Unit also due to perform. (Hell City will soon be kicking right into gear by way of a split release with Adelaide’s grindcore leaders Robotosaurus.)

SCHOOL’S OUT In what may be one of their last run of shows ever, Cog head to the Wollongong Uni Bar this Thursday to play for the End of Session party. Touring on the back of their new live DVD/CD, The Sound Of Three – 12 Years With You, they’ve also got Sydney dates which will happen next week.

DROPPING IN Sydney’s rock’n’rollers L.U.S.T., continue their First Tattoo tour this week, arriving at Newcastle University for a lunchtime gig on Wednesday.

AUSSIE AMERICANO Kicking off their 1000% Guapo tour, Watussi, fresh from being the first ever Australian band to play the Festival Iberoamericano in Columbia, will be playing Coogee Diggers this Friday with DCup and the Hotel Gearin Saturday with Katoomba Dub Collective. The tour continues next week.

ON THE DRUM STEREO Betty’s Soup Made The Harbor Latin Crystal Castles Cosmology Disappear Here In The Dark Dark Side Of The Moon Damnation The Will To Sin

JONESEZ MOUNTAIN MAN HOLY FUCK CRYSTAL CASTLES ROLO TOMASSI HYBRID THE WHIGS THE FLAMING LIPS RESIST THE THOUGHT RECOIL

ITUNES TOP NINE SONGS 1. OMG (feat Will.I.Am) USHER 2. Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams) B.O.B 3. California Gurls (feat Snoop Dogg) KATY PERRY 4. We Speak No Americano YOLANDA BE COOL & DCUP 5. Jessie’s Girl GLEE CAST 6. Break Your Heart TAIO CRUZ 7. Ridin’ Solo JASON DERULO 8. Your Love Is My Drug KE$HA 9. Getting’ Over You (feat. Fergie and LMFAO) DAVID GUETTA/CHRIS WILLIS

FBI’S FAVOURITE NEW AUSSIE SONGS FOR THIS WEEK Window Grapefruit Duet Telepathic Head Our Fathers Inside Out Dub Crossover Love And War Prettiest Hearts Come To The Village

PVT BEARHUG IN THE DOLLHOUSE MACHINE TRANSLATIONS SLEEPYHEADS THE RED EYES HOLYHEAD ANDY CLOCKWISE THE BLUSH FOUNDATION BELLES WILL RING

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THEIR WONDROUS WORLD Sydney’s own Ruby For Lucy are due to launch their debut album, Catching Bream, this Wednesday at the Vanguard. Comprising of Julie Stenton and Kat Borghetti, the duo has appeared on Sunrise previously, had a track featured on the I Hate Cinderella soundtrack and played across most of Sydney’s premier venues. A little bit indie folk and a little bit fairytale, it’s all a little bit special.

THE FINER THINGS

CHINESE BURNS UNIT Your music is…? Candy metal/post fun/punk.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? The Meanies, Descendents, Screeching Weasel, Lentil Soup… the usual.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? To one day play with Lawnsmell and Frenzal Rhomb in Japan, touring our album which will only be released on glow in the dark 11-inch vinyl.

Before their launch their album next week, Uncle Jed will play the Manly Food & Wine Festival this Sunday.

Why should we come and see you?

LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

How do you find the local live scene?

After their plans were cut short following the peremptory closing of Qirkz, the fathers and daughters evening of Christa & Dick Hughes as well as Leona Carmen & Peter Head had to be rescheduled. This Saturday it finally takes place at Ravál.

LET LOOSE Midway through their Matriarch album launch tour, metal outfit Five Star Prison Cell will be at the Basement, Belconnen this Friday, before heading down to Victoria and returning to Sydney and surrounds next week.

ALL SOULED OUT The “raw soul” of Johnny G & The E Types will be hosting the Memphis Soul Review this Saturday at Notes. The night will be infused by the E Types’ horn section, making it an eight-piece band in all.

STEEL BALLADS Country-infused rock’n’roll gal Corrina Steel kicks off her residency at the Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills this week. You might have caught her at Bluesfest, but this will be far more intimate each June Wednesday.

THE FACES OF ROCK The Lewisham Hotel will be typically diverse in its live entertainment again this week, with Melamine, Stray, Satellite and The Written Crusade providing various takes on rock, pop and funk this Thursday.

JUST FIRE AWAY Adelaide’s bright indie-pop hope, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! take to the Oxford Art Factory’s main room this Thursday, with Sydney’s own Deep Sea Arcade, Traps and Bearhug playing supporting guests. The headliners are currently touring in support of their debut album, Sea Priest.

Because our “image” is inconsistent. There is a steady increase in solo whiskey beard core, a decrease in disco punk and the Townie now has live music which is fantastic I reckon.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Playing our first show with The Hard Ons, our only “moment” so far.

For more info see: myspace.com/chineseburnsunit

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AUSSIE NICK Nick Oliveri’s got some form of love affair with Australia, and even though he was just here peddling his acoustic project, he’s back with the day job, Mondo Generator. We don’t mind, we’ll be there at the Annandale Hotel on Friday.

FOLLOW IT HOME Yellow Brick Road at the Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery bar this Wednesday will feature Designer Pilot and Johnny Took. It’s free mid-week indie rock from 8pm.

TWO OF A KIND Aleesha Dibbs and Jesse Redwing will take control of the Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar this Thursday, with a free gig that kicks off at 8pm.

DOM’S IN THE HOUSE You can’t really discuss Sydney’s funk scene without mentioning The Domestics, and the masters of the residency have chosen the Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar for their next haunt. This Friday they’ll be joined by Massema.

CAN’T BEAT IT Parramatta’s independent CD store Beatdisc are keeping the dwindling indie spirit alive with another of their instores this Friday, with Animal Shapes and Pockets performing from 7pm. Get out there and buy a few CDs or records while you’re are. It’ll be the first time you can buy the headliner’s new album, Calibi-Yau.

FREE HISTORY For the first time in 25 years, The Basement, Circular Quay, will give free entry to punters as they host a one-off, tips-only event. Soon to be New York-based once more, The Hipstones will be performing as will Evan And The Brave, Jeff Duff and DJ Elchino.

CLOUD CONTROL

HIGH AS KITES No doubt riding high on the back of the news that their debut album, Bliss Release, debuted at #20 on the ARIA charts last week (not bad for a former Blue Mountains collective) Cloud Control are on the road this week with Richard In Your Mind – who are also promoting a new album, My Volcano, due late June - Wednesday at the Beach Road Hotel, Friday The Clarendon Guesthouse Katoomba and Saturday the Transit Bar.


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NIKKO Your music is…? “Everything from post-metal gravitas to indie-rock melody” – Matt O’Neill, Time Off.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why?

HIGH ROTATION

HIGH ROTATION

We’re fans of bands like The Drones and Mogwai, not only because they create amazing and highly original music, but also because they do things on their own terms and put their music first.

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“At the moment I’ve just been delving into my record, my actual vinyl collection, there’s a whole bunch of old stuff in there. [Also] a lot of Tim Finn, Crowded House, a lot of the Finn brothers’ stuff. Just the sense of melodies that they get is just amazing. Really hanging to hear the new Crowded House stuff too, whatever they do is amazing. I’ve just gone through a whole history of the Finn brothers if you will. I’m married to a whole New Zealand family now, so it’s good to take in their culture even though we say they’re Aussies.”

“Do you know Sonic Boom? Pete Kember? This is actually one of my heroes, he was in Spaceman 3 with Jason Pierce, who later went on to be Spiritualized. So Pete Kember named himself Sonic Boom, and he’s also got a project called Spectrum. The last couple of days I’ve been listening to [a Spectrum] album called What Came Before After, and it’s my favourite album right now. Pete Kember just produced the new MGMT album as well. I haven’t heard it, I’m not really across MGMT, but I think it’s really awesome to see someone like that working on someone like MGMT, I guess that’s a really cool gig for him.”

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? We’d love to be able to take our music overseas. We don’t want to be working in cafes and bottle shops for much longer.

Why should we come and see you? Energy from the rhythm section (namely Blair, our drummer), a vast sense of space and atmosphere, a wide range of emotional dynamics and, most importantly, volume!

How do you find the local live scene? A lot of bands in both Brisbane and Melbourne have a negative perception of Sydney’s live scene, but that isn’t our experience.

obvious dues taken from Bob Dylan, Kasey’s father has taken time away from his daughter’s touring band to return to the roots of his songwriting.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment?

CARR’S GOING AGAIN

We get told to turn down pretty often. I guess our loudness is the most rock’n’roll element of the band, although Sam (bass player) has jumped into the crowd a few times.

For more info see:

The Warm Side (Tenzenmen/Fuse) out now myspace.com/nikkoband Next available at:

Thursday – Excelsior Hotel, Surry Hills Friday – World Bar Sunday – Lass O’Gowrie

SHOCK AND AWE Shock To The System at the Annandale Hotel this Sunday has a bunch of local up and comers looking for experience this Sunday, and this week it’s The Villainares, The Marines, The Owls and one more to be announced.

LIKE A FAMILY This Thursday The Sandringham Hotel will welcome Bek-Jean Stewart, Jim Dead & The Army of Shadows, The Leisure Suit and Maxine Kauter to the stage. The fun starts from 8pm.

CHAMBER SONGS Launching his new album, Drifting South, Bill Chambers will be making his way to one of the Sydney scene’s newest venues (trying to revitalise the North Sydney scene) the Anahita Persian Basement. With

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The Bald Rock Hotel will witness the revival of guitarist Cletis Carr’s Sunday session this week. Happening the first Sunday of each month, this week’s guests are Mitchell Shadlow and Karen-Anne Waters.

ENJOY THE CLASSICS Recently back from Berlin, classical/flamenco guitarist and vocalist Lincoln Davis leads his trio at the Excelsior Glebe this Friday. Also playing on the night will be regular scene identity TAOS and opening the night will be Portable Junk. Entry is free.

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ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE Returning to Sydney, and the Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills, this Saturday is Mick Hart, who’ll be bringing his band, The Mick Hart Experience with him. As Hart’s last Sydney headline for a while, he’ll be delving into the back catalogue for the set list. Supporting will be Tempo De Naughty.

SOUTHERN DUB Playing in Sydney for the first time in over a year, Melbourne’s the Agency Dub Collective will stop at the Beach Road Hotel as part of their tri-city tour. They’re road-testing new material for when they head into in the studio directly after the tour. The gig is part of the venue’s Dust Tones night and will also feature Zino & Caroline as well as Ology and Bentley.

COME ONE COME ALL This week’s YourSpace at the Town Hall Hotel in Newtown has Sepora & The Gentlemen, Susan Hurley & The Hurricanes, Monannlisa Wilde, Sally Hackett, Solomon Barbar, Jamie Lumb, Matt Hohn and Jack Fernley. It happens Wednesday and entry is free, with an open jam session from about midnight.

OH YE UNLOVED Goth metal group Bistu will be launching their second album, The Unadored, Saturday at the Harp in Tempe. With doors at 8pm, supports come in the form of Danger!Bus, Thrashed and Lab 64.

GROUND SHAKING The Chickenstones will be leading the foot-stomping way at the Old Manly Boatshed this Friday with support from 25th Floor as well as the psychedelic Young Docteurs.

FAMILY SONGS Now from Brisbane once again, indie hip hop collective Laneous & The Family Yah take time out from work on their second EP, Sonic, to play the Sandringham Hotel with Thundamentals on Saturday and Sunsets at the Fridge Bar on Sunday.

VENDETTA OF THE FALLEN Your music is…? Metal.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? Lamb of God/Opeth/Devildriver/Gojira and various others – the music of these bands creates an energy that is almost tangible and an energy that is unlike anything else.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? To be able to tour the world and play music in stadiums supporting our favourite bands. To be able to make music full-time, and to make a living doing it would be a bonus.

Why should we come and see you? To see an energetic metal band with fast, energetic and groove-based riffs you can break your neck to.

How do you find the local live scene? The Sydney local live scene features some amazing talent all of whom are very deserving of people’s support.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Every opportunity we get to hit the stage feels like the greatest rock’n’roll moment, but having a couple of songs from our debut EP, The Thirteenth Day, played on triple j’s Full Metal Racket was killer.

For more info see: myspace.com/vendettaofthefallen

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THE LONG WEEKEND It’s all about ska this weekend, thanks to the folks at Chopdog. This Saturday it’s Hermann’s Bar with King Cannons, Chris Duke And The Royals, Backy Skank, Resignators, Cohen Heart, Los Capitanes, Son Of Dad, Madonna and Steppin Razor, while Sunday there’s the Sydney Harbour cruise, departing from Piermont Bay Wharf with the Steel City Allstars, Resignators and Sniperival playing special covers sets. Tickets for both those shows are available through QJump, and when everyone’s back on solid land it’s off to The Town Hall Hotel in Newtown for Ebolagoldfish, Heartbreak Club and Steel City Allstars – that one’s free.

ONE YEAR OLD The Melodies will be celebrating one year of existence this Saturday at the Town & Country Hotel.


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live@drummedia.com.au Red Bee, along with Jova, H Train, Walking Zero, Angel Affair, Typhos and 2010, will be celebrating. The party night kicks off at 4.30pm and runs until 2am.

NEW RESIDENTS The weekly residencies at The Mac Hotel kick off this week with Pugsley Buzzard – Sydney’s premier honkytonk purveyor – this and every Wednesday, and the hip hop/dub collective Rumpunch holding fort each Thursday. Then on Fridays, the roots‘n’soul of To The Next have the stage throughout the month.

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A VERY DAPPLED WINTER THE DELTA RIGGS What is it about the venue that makes you want to do a run of shows there? We have never actually played the Sandringham yet so you could call it our debut. We have heard really good things about the whole vibe of the venue and of course the location!

Loved indie rockers Dappled Cities are currently on their Winter Tour as, perhaps, the touring cycle for their most recent album, Zounds, comes to a close. They’ve yet to disappoint live and this week you can catch them Thursday at the Cambridge Hotel, Friday at the Mona Vale Hotel and Saturday at the Manning. They’ll be joined by the John Steel Singers (who’ve been quiet of late after turning heads both here and abroad) and hyperidden Otouto.

Same set every week or mixing it up? Mixin’ it up, movin’ and doin’ it you know... We tend to like to play a different set each week, keeps people coming back.

Any special guests going to make an appearance during your tenure? We are playing with a slew of really cool local acts each week – Step Panther, Hancock Basement, The Protectors and Brackets to name a few. Who knows what will happen, you’ll just have to come check us out every week to see what’s on offer.

Favourite position at the venue when you’re not on stage? Well this goes without saying really now doesn’t it?

When are you in residence? The first show is on Wednesday 2 June, from then on its the 9th, 23rd and 30th.

GOODBYE, FAIR BASSIST El Duende’s bass player. Garry Manley, is leaving the band, but not before he plays one last gig with the lads this Saturday at the Excelsior Glebe. With no holds barred, Lobsterman have thrown up their hand to also offer a send-off, and so will also be playing.

CROW’S CALL Prominent throughout the ‘90s, Crow will be headlining Notes this Friday. Still led by Peter Fenton and Peter Archer, the band has a new album, Arcane, due later on this year. The Maladies will be supporting tonight.

THE ATMOSPHERE MATTERS The Lansdowne Hotel has it all this Sunday from 6pm, thanks to Scarlet’s Revenge, Feick’s Device, The Forest Folk and Transat. They’ll be providing a mix of folk, acoustic punk and atmospheric rock.

DOWN THE HAMPY The Hampshire Hotel’s new weekly music night continues with local artists Susie Mae and Henry Fraser playing acoustic sets. With free entry, there’s also cheap food and drinks.

BUSY SAILING The Blues Pirates have a run of new shows lined up to promote their equally new album. This Tuesday they’ll be at Leichhardt’s Royal Hotel, Wednesday The Wall, Thursday (7pm) the Huntsbury Hotel and (10pm) the Carousel in as well as Friday at the Smithfield RSL. They’ll cap it all off with an album launch show this Saturday at the Bald Rock Hotel.

NEVER STOP PARTYING This Saturday’s Trash will feature Persist, Silverback, Aftermath and Snake Grills, whilst the Basement level will be holding a listening party for the new Buried In Verona album. It happens Saturday at the Agincourt Hotel.

NERD IT UP The dual-roomed SFX, each and every Saturday at Space, will this week play host to rising stars Tonight Alive, Corpus and Ladies And Gentlemen. Over in the party room, it’s all about the nerds – with specs (3D?) complimentary.

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CHAOS WILL REIGN The hordes heading down to Club Blink this Friday will catch live sets from True Love Chaos, The Tavistocracy and No Pressure. The Basement level will be launching Beneath The Sky’s latest album Friday at the Agincourt.

GUITARS AS SWORDS The Hornsby Inn’s Battle Of The Bands continues this Saturday with The Presence, Aver and Caleb Coles taking part in this week’s heats. The heats will take place all through June and entry’s free.

THURSDAY LIVE HIGH ROTATION WITH LEROY BRESSINGTON AND BRIN HINCHCLIFFE OF CABINS Brin: “Tom Waits, I listen to a lot of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Grinderman, I’ve been starting to listen to The Horrors recently as well.” Leory: “Yeah? I’ve gotten back into The Strokes too, I always go on and off The Strokes. But yeah, Bob Dylan, the usual. Leonard Cohen a lot lately actually. Songs Of Love And Hate.

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Taking an innovative approach to the well-explored funk and jazz genres, Alamode take to the stage at the Mac Hotel this Saturday.

ETHOPIAN SPIRIT Dereb The Ambassador and his seven-piece band bring the sounds of Ethiopia to Ravál this Wednesday, with support from Tony Buchen. Dereb will be back at the venue later in the month.

THE INDEPENDENT ATTITUDE The second instore happening this week is at Repressed Records, whereby Queensland’s Teargas (punk for fans of Poison Idea/Black Flag) will push the CD aisles aside this Saturday from 3pm. Later in the month (Sunday 25) Super Wild Horses will have a similar honour. The shows are free and all ages.

FELLING LUCKY, PUNK? The Lucky Oz Tavern has become one of the most supportive all ages venues around, with gigs week in week out. This week, their metal/hardcore lean continues with To The Grave, Allay The Sea, Hudson State, Facebreaker, Eastwood and Distorted Sound Theory taking to the stage on Sunday.

AXE SHOW Guitarist extraordinaire Peter Northcote plays the Coogee Diggers this Saturday as part of his band’s current run of shows (which will culminate with his 50th birthday in October). The band features Brydon Stace and Saxter James among others.

RADIO LIVE Melbourne’s Radio Star are on the road this month with their two-door Celica packed full of band gear and looking to ferry them up and down the East Coast. This Friday they’re hitting World Bar’s Mum in support of their latest release, Goodbye, Goodnight. They play the upstairs room alongside Long Island Sound, Nikko and The New Pagans whilst Magnetic Heads, Pluto Jonze, Cameras and Paper Moon play in the main downstairs arena.

ROOM FILLING Justin Ashworth is his name and ambient sound is his game. The Melbourne artist will be launching his new single, Requiem, this Friday at the Lansdowne Hotel. Supports will come from Valar, Space Project, Lumiere and Grun. Naturally, the venue has free entry.

NIK’S MATES With Brisbane’s Nikko set to arrive at the Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills this Thursday, they’ll be joined by some of Sydney’s most exciting emerging acts, Hira Hira, Dead China Doll and Founder.

RAMP IT UP Launching their debut album, Rampant will be headlining the Excelsior Hotel, Surry Hills this Friday. Own Worst Enemy will be opening the night.

IRISH GREEN

The Lewisham Hotel will welcome Melamine, Stray, Satellite and The Written Crusade this Thursday. Kicking off at 7pm, entry’s $10.

NAMING GAMES

IT’S NOT ALL BAD

BIRTHDAY BASH When it’s the sound guy’s birthday, you know you’re in for a good time. Such is the case at the Lewisham Hotel this Saturday, and Blue Mountains metal/punk outfit

The Black Keys Tighten Up Kids are always an acting unknown, but in this video for the latest single from their album, Brothers, they absolutely nail it. Needless to say, the kids are more mature than the adults (just) in chasing love. Killer track too. Directed by Chris Marrs Piliero

BITCH PLEASE The interestingly named Ugly Bitch, who take their cues from the likes of The Bronx, will be launching their EP over a handful of dates this month. The first show happens this Friday at Caringbah Bizzo’s.

As part of the Gaelic Hotel’s relaunch and remodel, they’ve a week paced full of live music with Tonksgreen heading things up this Wednesday. Bridie O’Brien and Klia Zurak will be supporting.

There are some interesting names taking to the Lewisham Hotel this Friday, including Hey Maverick, Plight Of The Mystical Dugongs, Ray Ray Ray & The Jetsons and Hook Elation. We’re sure that they’ll sound as eclectic as the bill reads.

ESSENTIAL VIEWING

Local punk outfit Worst Case Scenario headline the refurbished Gaelic Hotel this Friday, with The Sculptures, The Initiation and The Never Ever.

ROCKET MEN Brisbane’s The Rocketsmiths are in town this week, and will be playing the Gaelic Hotel this Saturday. The Rolling Stones-loving The Protectors will be the main support, whilst Red Ink and Little Lovers also have slot.

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TAME IMPALA PENDULUM AC/DC ANGUS & JULIA STONE DAIVD HOBSON DEAD LETTER CIRCUS POWDERFINGER THE JOHN BITLER TRIO THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS VANESSA AMOROSI

BILLBOARD TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. Glee: The Music, Volume 3 GLEE CAST 2. Exile On Main St. ROLLING STONES 3. Brothers THE BLACK KEYS 4. My World 2.0 JUSTIN BIEBER 5. Distant Relatives NAS & DAMIEN MARLEY 6. Need You Now LADY ANTEBELLUM 7. Infinite Arms BAND OF HORSES 8. Raymond V Raymond USHER AC/DC 9. Iron Man 2 10. This Is Happening LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

DRUM’S VIVID CHART Transformers LOU REED Smile BORIS Ticket Crystals BARDO POND Mister Heartbreak LAURIE ANDERSON Footloose DOVEMAN Knives Don’t Have Your Back EMILY HAINES Pirates RICKY LEE JONES Down In New Orleans BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Scratch Or Stitch MELT-BANANA The Magician’s Private Library HOLLY MIRANDA

TOP 10 UK ALBUMS 1. Immersion PENDULUM 2. Crazy Love MICHAEL BUBLE GLEE CAST 3. Glee: The Music, Volume 3 4. The House KATIE MELUA 5. Exile On Main St ROLLING STONES 6. The Element Of Freedom ALICIA KEUS 7. The Defamation Of Strickland Banks PLAN B 8. The Fame LADY GAGA FAITHLESS 9. The Dance 10. Lungs FLORENCE + THE MACHINE


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TONIGHT ALIVE Your music is…? Melodic rock/heavy pop punk.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? Bands like Thrice, Sum 41, Rufio, New Found Glory, blink 182 etc. Because growing up with those songs really defined our lives and meant so much to all of us and we produce our own music in the hope that someday we can have the same effect on people that those songs had on us.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? To get one of our songs on the new Twilight soundtrack. Haha! It would be incredible for our music to reach all corners of the world.

Why should we come and see you? To make your own decision on us.

How do you find the local live scene? It’s an average scene at the moment because it doesn’t have the support from kids/promoters and venues it needs, but there are a lot of good local bands although it’s very far off reaching its potential.

What’s your greatest rock ‘n’ roll moment? Haha I think it’s yet to be had.

For more info see: myspace.com/tonightalive twitter.com/tonightalive facebook.com/tonightaliveband purevolume.com/tonightalive Next available at: Saturday – SFX

CHILDREN COLLIDE

WE’LL COLLIDE AGAIN Children Collide are back, with a brand new album – which is not yet named but we do know that it was produced by big name US mind Rob Schnapf. Before the finishing touches are applied, the band will be taking to The Factory Theatre this Saturday 5 June. You might even get a taste of their new stuff, while Cabins – pushing their new album, Bright Victory – and Betty Airs will be supporting.

REGULARS UP FRONT Premier indie club night Purple Sneakers takes to the Gladstone Hotel this Friday with regular DJ M.I.T going head to head with Fait Accompli, Ben Lucid, Nick Findlay and heaps of other track-spinners. The night will also launch the new album, Pigeons, from Here We Go Magic.

DEAD LETTER CIRCUS

GIG OF THE WEEK

ONE HELL OF A SHOW

If it weren’t for Justin Bieber, we’d be calling Dead Letter Circus a chart-topping band. But alas, the prepubescent sensation kept Brisbane’s hard rock band out of the top spot with their album, This Is Warning. Expect the celebrations to ring long and loud this Friday when the band play The Factory Theatre.

instrumentalist James Morrison and a cappella group The Idea Of North are hitting the road together this week. This Thursday they’re at the Factory Theatre, Friday Newcastle City Hall. Later in the month they’re back in Sydney and Canberra for more shows.

VIRTUITOUS SHOW

TWO GREAT LOVES

With doors opening at 6.30pm, Bobby Virtue will be performing at Lizotte’s Newcastle this Wednesday.

With a name that some members of the Drum staff will hold close to their heart, Moustache Train are headlining the Tuesday night event this week at the Beach Road Hotel. Colin Jones and Zach will also be playing.

BIG STEPS

STRONG TOGETHER With their collaborative album, Feels Like Spring, receiving a very warm reception indeed, multi-

The blues/funk of The Strides takes to the Beach Road Hotel this Thursday, in a night that kicks off at 8pm and has free entry.

FLYING AWAY Designer Pilot will be headlining the Oxford Art

Factory’s Gallery Bar this Wednesday from 8pm with Johnny Took as the main support.

DOWN TO URTH With Mantra by his side, Urthboy is currently making his way around on The Sneakquel tour, before he heads off to Europe to give those punters a taste of his latest solo album, Spitshine. This Friday they’re at the Hotel Gearin.

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THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND: FRIDAY 4, THE VANGUARD

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AMAZING ENTERTAINMENT KARAOKE, DAN SPILLANE: Penrith Htl BARDO POND: The Studio Syd Opera House BLUES PIRATES: Royal Htl Leichhardt DAVE DELVES, MAIANH, RUSSELL NEAL, HELMUT UHLMANN: Club Five Dock DELILAH, BOB GEBERT TRIO: Goldfish, Kings Cross DJ MINI MULLET: Oatley Hotel EMILY HAINES: Opera House IT IS HER, NO RIGHT TURNS, MELAMINE: Manly Fishos JAMES VALENTINE, GOLDEN SHEAF, ENSPIER, PAINTBOX CITY, SUPER FLORENCE JAM, WILDE END, THIN AIR: Albion Htl JAMES VALENTINE, KATE ROWE: Golden Sheaf JUDY BAILEY’S JAZZ CONNECTION, BRIANA COWLISHAW QUINTET: VENUE 505

Bald Faced Stag

Coogee Bay Htl

CHARLIE MCMAHON: Sandringham Htl

YOUR SPACE MUSO SHOWCASE, SEPHORA & THE GENTLEMEN: Town Hall Htl, Newtown

CHRISTOPHER BURNS, LISA MCGLASSION, PAUL MCGOWAN, MASSIMO PRESTI: Newtown RSL CM3: 3 Wise Monkeys COMEDY NIGHT, RASH RYDER, MARK WILLIAMSON, OLIVER PHOMMAVANH: Oatley Hotel CORRINA STEEL, JO MEARES AND THE HONEYRIDERS: Excelsior Surry Hills DEREB THE AMBASSADOR, TONY BUCHEN: Raval

TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE feat..., MOUSTACHE TRAIN, COLIN JONES, ZACH: Beach Rd Htl Bondi UNICENTRE BAND COMP: UNiBAR

WED 02

16 TACOS, ADAM BOZZETTO, BENTLEY, ALISTAIR ERSKINE, STAND UP GET DOWN COMEDY: World Bar Kings X BLUES PIRATES:

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RAPTURE: Customs House Sydney

KING BURGESS: Earlwood Htl

BLACK DIAMOND HEART CLUB: 3 Wise Monkeys

JJ DUO: Albion Place Htl

RAY BEADLE: VENUE 505

Johnny Vinyl, STRIKE: Cruise Bar, The Rocks

REBECCA JOHNSON BAND: Kirribilli Htl

KINGBAYLER, NICK NORTON TRIO: The Vanguard

BOOTY CALL: Matraville RSL

AMAZING ENTERTAINMENT KARAOKE: Penrith Htl

LIZ STRINGER: SETTLERS TAVERN

ATOMIC POETS: Coogee Bay Htl

LUKE KOTERAS: Campbelltown Catholic Club

CHICKENSTONES, 25TH FLOOR, YOUNG DOCTEURS: Old Manly Boatshed

0.583333333: Miranda Htl

BANSHEE, NIK V, TOM LIBERTINE, EL MARIACHI, SUGAR APE: World Bar Kings X

MAL’S OPEN MIC NIGHT: The Harp MONDO GENERATOR: Harp Htl

RED EYES: Transit Bar ACT

HOLLY MIRANDA: The Studio Syd Opera House

COG, SHARMBER, WALKING ZERO: UNiBAR

IN PIECES: Orient Htl

DAVE WHITE: Orient Htl

SALSA ON THE ROCKS, DWIGHT ‘CHOCOLATE’ ESCOBAR: Cruise Bar, The Rocks

JESS CHALKER, JAY WALKER, DANNY SULLIVAN: The View Factory, Newcastle JO ELMS: Dee Why RSL

MARTY STEWART: Rocksia Hotel, Arncliffe OPEN MIC NIGHT: Fitzroy Htl Windsor SIMON CANT, DANIEL COATES, CAROLYN CRYSDALE: Harbourview Htl STARCASM: Spectrum SUSIE MAE, HENRY FRASER & THE ECHO: Hampshire Hotel, Camperdown SWITCHBACK: The Bentley THE DELTA RIGGS, BRACKETS, HANCOCK BASEMENT: The Sando THE DILWORTHS, CAMERON UNDY: VENUE 505 THE FILTH PRESENTS., CLOUD CONTROL, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND: Beach Rd Htl Bondi THE MIDNIGHT SUNS: Paddington RSL THEY CALL ME BRUCE:

BLUES PIRATES: Smithfield RSL

Live at THE WALL, KCAVEMEN, HEADCASE, DAWN HEIST, GRANNY FIST: Bald Faced Stag

CLOUD CONTROL: Clarendon Katoomba

LOS DOS MONOS: Opera Bar

THE MY TYS, ALEX GIBSON, ELLIE CULLINGTON: The Basement

JIM FINN: Crown Htl Sydney

HARRY MANX: The Basement

LAURIE ANDERSON: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

STEVE TONGE: Omalleys

BIG BEN: Key Largo Bar

DYNAMIC DUO: CLUB RIVERS

LAURIE ANDERSON: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

ROCK-STEIN TRIVIA: Gaelic Club

JIM FINN: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill

BEK-JEAN STEWART, JIM DEAD, THE LEISURE SUIT, MAXINE KAUTER: Sandringham Htl

DJ E: The Brewery, Newcastle

KARAOKE, DAIGO, SHIPWRECK, M.I.T: World Bar Kings X

PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl

THU 03

BIRDS OF TOKYO: SATURDAY 5, ENMORE THEATRE

DEAD CHINA DOLL, NIKKO, FOUNDER, HIRA HIRA: Excelsior Surry Hills DENNIS AUBREY’S SONGWRITERS NIGHT: Newtown RSL FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!: Oxford Art Factory FORMER LOVE PIRATES, ROCKETSMITHS, SLEEPYHANDS: Brass Monkey HAPPY HIPPIES: Jannali Inn HARRY MANX: The Basement HELMUT UHLMANN: Henry Lawson Club HOT DAMN!, CHEMICAL TRANSPORT, RUIN GLORIA, RETRASPEC, FUTURES IN BLACK & WHITE: Spectrum IGNITION: UNSW Roundhouse JAMES MORRISON, THE IDEA OF NORTH: The Factory Theatre JAMES PARRINO: Northies Cronulla Htl JIM DEAD & THE ARMY OF SHADOWS, BEK-JEAN STEWART, THE LEISURE SUIT, MAXINE KAUTER: The Sando

NATALIE CONWAY: Opera Bar PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl

SAMBA MUNDI: VENUE 505 SARITAH, DIGGING ROOTS, LUCY HALL: Notes, Newtown SEPORA: Liquidity, Rozelle THE ELEVATORS, MARK WELLS: The Brewery, Newcastle THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS: Cambridge Htl Newcastle

CALIFORNICATIONRHCP SHOW: Bull & Bush

CHILDREN COLLIDE: The Factory Theatre CLOUD CONTROL: Clarendon Hotel, Surry Hills CLOUD CONTROL: Clarendon Katoomba COVER NOTE: Blacktown RSL CROW, THE MALADIES, THE MOMOS, GRAMOPHONE MAN: Notes, Newtown

ANIMAL SHAPES, POCKETS: Beatdisc Records, Parramatta AUSTRALIAN PLAYED: Engadine Family Tavern BACK ON THE BLOCKQUINCY JONES TRIBUTE feat...: The Basement

ABSOLUTION: Bald Faced Stag

WHITE BROS: Quakers Inn

SAM & JAMIE SHOW: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl

YOUR WAY WITH WORDS, JUX TA POSE, MOTHER OF PEARL, THE SHIFT HAND, REUNION: Penhurst RSL

SERENATA: Casa Di Musica SIMON LARRY: Liquidity, Rozelle SMOOTH AS DUO: The Point Bowling Club SOUL TATTOO: Woy Woy Leagues SOUNDS LIKE TWO: Coogee Bay Htl SURPRISE PARTY: Eastern Suburbs Leagues

MATT BOURNE: Chatswood RSL

DJ SURI K, MATT SAXON, DJ ADZ: The Brewery, Newcastle

MONDO GENERATOR: Annandale Htl

THE ANAMOR, INCEPTION: The Harp

DJ TASK, DJ KDB, DJ TENZIN, MC BUNNY BELLE, DJ COOKIE: Mean Fiddler Htl

ERIC LEWIS, RECKLESS: Orient Htl

ALMOST FAMOUS: Rooty Hill RSL

Live at THE WALL, VENDETTA OF THE FALLEN, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, DATURA’S CURSE, SYKOSAPIEN,

ROCK STAR: Marlborough Htl

DJ MJM: Campbelltown City Htl

TONY SLAVICH: Dee Why RSL

AFTER PARTY BAND: Moorebank Sports Club

LINCOLN DAVIS TRIO, TAOS, PORTABLE JUNK: Excelsior Glebe

WATUSSI: Coogee Diggers

TERRY BATU: Oasis on Beamish

EBONY & IVORY: Matraville Htl

3RD TIME LUCKY: Mortdale RSL

LEE KERNAGHAN, JASMINE RAE, MARKUS MEIER: Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre

ROB HENRY: Town Hall Htl Balmain

MARTY STEWART: Colyton Htl

TIM FINN: Lizottes

2 SOME: Mosman RSL

LEADFINGER, DUNHILL BLUES: Cabbage Tree Hotel

WARPED RETRO: Watershed Htl Darling Harbour

LOUNGEPHONICS: Town & Country, St Peters

DJ MATT ROBERTS, DJ JEDDY ROWLAND: Cohibar

THURSDAY RESIDENTS feat, THE STRIDES: Beach Rd Htl Bondi

FRI 04

KEEP THE FAITH - BON JOVI SHOW: Towradgi Beach Htl

FIVE STAR PRISON CELL: The Basement ACT GLENN WHITEHALL: Clovelly Htl GOT IT COVERED: Ingleburn RSL GTS: CLUB RIVERS

LJ: Easts Leagues

MUM, MAGNETIC HEADS, PLUTO JONZ, CAMERAS, PAPER MOON, LONG ISLAND SOUND, NIKKO, THE NEW PAGANS, RADIO STAR: World Bar Kings X NEXT BEST THING: Seven Hills RSL NIGHT SHIFT: Western Suburbs Leagues Club PARTEE JAM: Vineyard Htl PAUL DIANNO, DARKER HALF, SOBRUSION: Empire Htl PLUTO JONZ: Mum @ The World Bar POWER OF TWO: Windang Bowling Club PROFESSOR GROOVE & THE BOOTY AFFAIR: Brass Monkey

INDIANA PHEONIX: Edgeworth Tavern

PURPLE SNEAKERS feat., FAIT ACCOMPLI, M.I.T, NICK FINDLAY, BEN LUCID, BANSHEE, JOHNNY SAYS ALOHA, ERECTRO,

INSTANT REPLAY: St Marys Band Club

PHATWORKS: Gladstone Htl

JELLYBEAN JAM: Richmond Inn

RAMPANT, RAMPAGE, OWN WORST ENEMY: Excelsior Surry Hills

HAPPY HIPPIES: Courthouse Htl HOUSE DJS: Jacksons on George

VICKY TURNER TRIO, BAD MOON RISING, RAOUL GRAF & CLARE O’MEARA: Dee Why RSL

RED EYES: Manning Bar Syd Uni

TEARGAS, HAD IT, ETHER RAG, NONE REMAIN, INEBRIOUS BASTARDS: The Sando

DAPPLED CITIES, JOHN STEEL SINGERS: Mona Vale Hotel

DUSTONES feat..., AGENCY DUB COLLECTIVE, ZINO & CAROLINE, OLOGY, BENTLEY: Beach Rd Htl Bondi

THE KRUNCH: 3 Wise Monkeys

JUSTIN ASHWORTH: Landsdowne Hotel

Katoomba

THE AUSTRALIAN PINK SHOW: Heathcote Hotel THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND, DAVE CARR’S FABULOUS CONTRAPTION: The Vanguard THE LOOSE TONGUES, THE STILL BANDITS, PIXILATED PIRATES, SHAPE: Manly Fishos

YUM: Penrith Gaels

SAT 05

3RD TIME LUCKY: Miranda RSL

ACHTUNG BABY-U2 SHOW: St Marys RSL ALICE TERRY: Liquidity, Rozelle ALL STAR TRIO: Maloney’s Hotel AMAZING ENTERTAINMENT KARAOKE: Penrith Htl AZLOCK, VANSTORM, HOLD EM TO THE SOUTH, BREAK THE FALL, MERCIFY: The Chilli Lounge BACK TO THE 80’S: Tracks, Epping Htl BEATNIX: Canley Heights RSL BIRDS OF TOKYO, MIDNIGHT YOUTH, THE ROCKEFELLER FREQUENCY: Enmore Theatre BISTU, INCEPTION: The Harp

TIM FINN: Lizottes, Kincumber

BLISS BOMBS: Coogee Bay Htl

TRUE LOVE CHAOS, THE MANSONS, NO PRESSURE: Agincourt Htl

BLUES BROS DOWN UNDER: Burwood RSL

UGLY BITCH, DREAMING OF A WORLD, END OF DAYS: Bizzos - Caringbah

BLUES PIRATES: Bald Faced Stag BOTANICS, DUBBLY, BLACKBIRD HUM: Manly Fishos

UNDIE SUNDIE DJS: Oatley Hotel

BRETT HUNT: The Vault, Windsor

UNMARKED DJ: Crown Hotel Motel, Camden

BUBLE AND THE LEDGENDS OF SWING: Blacktown RSL

UPSIDE DOWN, THE DEER REPUBLIC, SUPER FLORENCE JAM, WHERE’S JEROME, CANOPY CHOIRS: Spectrum

CASA, THE JACKEL: Cruise Bar, The Rocks

URTHBOY: Hotel Gearin,

CAVAN TE: Opera Bar CITY ESCAPE, THEREFORE I AM, MAYHEM ADDITION, THE ATTENDANCE: Spectrum


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NOUVELLE VAUGE: SATURDAY 5, THE FACTORY CLOUD CONTROL: Transit Bar ACT

RICHARD HENDERSON: El Rocco Kings X

CORPUS: SFX - Space Nightclub

GLEN WHITEHALL: Picton Htl

CROW, THE MOMOS: Northern Star Htl Newcastle

GOT IT COVERED: Engadine Family Tavern

DADDIOS & DAUGHTERS, DICK & CHRISTA HUGHES, LOENE CARMEN, PETER HEAD: Raval DAMAGE INC METALLICA SHOW, ZYGOTIC, VIRGINIA KILLSTYX, BLATANT AUDIO, THE VANIRS: Lucky Australian Tavern Sydney DAPPLED CITIES: Manning Bar Syd Uni DES GIBSON: Lansvale Htl DI SOLOMON: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: Padstow RSL DJ ANDERS, DJ MIKE SILVER: Cohibar DJ Lenno, ALADDIN ROYAAL: Jacksons on George

HAPPY HIPPIES: Taren Point Htl HIPSTONES FAREWELL SHOW, SPECIAL GUESTS, JEFF DUFF, EDOARDO SANTONI, DANIEL MIFSUD, EVAN & THE BRAVE, DJ ELCHINO, TREVOR PARKEE, 2SER DEPARTURE LOUNGE: The Basement HOGANS HEROES: South’s Juniors HUE WILLIAMS: Bass Hill RSL Club IGNITION: Crows Nest Club JAMES PAUL, DJ BRUCE LEE, A.G.T: The Brewery, Newcastle JED: Crown Hotel Motel, Camden JIM FINN: Royal Htl Springwood JIVE KATZ: Matraville RSL

DJ MICHA: Beach Rd Htl Bondi

LAWRENCE, WHITE BROS: Orient Htl

ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY: Cronulla Leagues

LEE KERNAGHAN: Penrith Panthers

EYE OF THE TIGER: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill FLOYD VINCENT & THE CHILDBRIDES: Lizottes, Newcastle GEORGE KATRALIS, PATRIC COYTE,

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Northies Cronulla Htl MARTYS PLACE: Terrey Hills Tavern MICK BUCKLEY: East Leagues MR BREEZE: Richmond Club Natasha-Eloise Andrade, PHIL COLE, ANDREW DENNISTON, CAROLYN CRYSDALE: Grumpy’s, Hurlstone Park NEIL SEDAKA: Kareela Golf Club OCTIVE: Manly Warringah Leagues Club PANORAMA: Steyne Htl Manly

THE MALADIES: SUNDAY 6, NOTES RAY BEADLE BAND: Bridge Htl Rozelle RECKLESS: Town Hall Htl Balmain ROCKETSMITHS: Gaelic Club RUSSELL NEAL: Leichhardt Bowling Club SHIMMA: 3 Wise Monkeys SINGLED OUT: Ivanhoe Manly SKY BAR: Watershed Htl Darling Harbour SO FRENCHY SO CHIC LIVE feat., NOUVELLE VAGUE, BERRY: The Factory Theatre

PARTY VIBE: Scruffy Murphys

SUSAN GAI DOWLING DUO: Jazushi Restaurant Surry Hills

PEACHY: Mean Fiddler Htl

THE JACKS: Oatley Hotel

PEPPERMINT JAM: Mounties Club Mt Pritchard

THE MELODIES: Town & Country, St Peters

PERSIST, SILVERBACK, AFTERMATH, SNAKE GRILLS: Agincourt Htl PETE: The Belvedere Htl PROFESSOR GROOVE & THE BOOTY AFFAIR: Brass Monkey

THE MEMPHIS SOUL REVUE, JOHNNY G, E TYPES: Notes, Newtown The MICK HART EXPERIENCE, TEMPO DE NAUGHTY: Excelsior Surry Hills THE MONEYSMOKERS, ROYAL CHANT, MILKMAIDS, SPOOKYLAND: Bizzos - Caringbah

LJ: Clovelly Htl

PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS: Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre

MACHINE TRANSLATIONS: The Vanguard

PURKINJE: The View Factory, Newcastle

THUNDAMENTALS, LANEOUS & THE FAMILY WAR, TENTH DAN: Sandringham Htl

MARK DA COSTA: Marlborough Htl

RATTLE & HUM-U2 SHOW: Colyton Htl

THUNDAMENTALS, LANEOUS & THE FAMILY YAH, TENTH DAN:

MARTIN MULHOLLAND:

THE POD BROTHERS: Lithgow Htl

The Sando TONE RANGERS: Harbord Diggers

HUNTER, JULIE STERN, ANDREW DENNISTON: Forresters Htl, Surry Hills

TONY SLAVICH, KIM CAMPBELL: Dee Why RSL

CLETIS CARR, MITCHELL SHADLOW, KAREN ANNE WATERS: Bald Rock Htl Rozelle

TOUR DE FORCE: The Cube, Campbelltown

CM2: Steyne Htl Manly

TWO MINDS TRIO: Mercantile Htl VINCE JONES: North Sydney Leagues, Cammeray WARWICK ALDER: VENUE 505 WATUSSI: Hotel Gearin, Katoomba WHAM!, JAMES TAYLOR N MC SHURESHOCK, Raye Antonelli Vs Wax Motif, Trent Rackus vs Johnny Rad, ILLYA VS HUSKY, LEVINS Vs BAD EZZY, TELEFUNKEN Vs MATT WEIR, Adam Bozzetto Vs Moneyshot, Brenden Fing Vs Sushii: World Bar Kings X ZOOO SUPER BAND: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge

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ALEX: Mosman RSL

ANDY MAMMERS BAND: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl ASLI: Opera Bar CHRISTOPHER BURNS, KELLY

CROW, THE MALADIES, THE MOMOS, GRAMAPHONE MAN: Notes, Newtown DAN SPILLANE: Richmond Club DAVE AGIUS DUO: Northies Cronulla Htl DI SOLOMON: Campbelltown Catholic Club DIRTY DEEDS - AC/DC SHOW: Beachcomber Htl Toukley DJ BRYNSTAR: Cohibar

INDIANA PHEONIX: Great Northern Hotel JJ: Coogee Bay Htl JOYCE COLLINS: The Belvedere Htl KOOL BANANAS: Oatley Htl Live at THE WALL, CITY ESCAPE, THEREFORE I AM, MY FUTURE LIES, ENVY PARADE, KINGS OF STARS: Bald Faced Stag

WE ARE LEOPARD, LEONORA JACKSON, PETER MILLER ROBINSON, Michael-John Azzopardi: St Andrews Church Balmain

SCARLETS REVENGE, FEICK’S DEVICE, THE FOREST FOLK, TRANSAT: Lansdowne Htl

FLOYD VINCENT & THE CHILDBRIDES: Beaches Htl Thirroul FRANK SULTANA: Liquidity, Rozelle GAIL PAGE: Towradgi Beach Htl GLEN CAMPBELL: Hurstville RSL Club

U2 ELEVATION, 2 FOLD: Orient Htl

REBECCA HANCOCK & THE PRISON WIVES: Sandringham Htl

DJ SURI K, MATT SAXON, DJ J SMOOTH, DJ ULES: The Brewery, Newcastle

EuSH, JOHNNY TOOK, SPOOKYLAND: World Bar Kings X

TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN, SUITE NONCHALANT: The Sando

VANAUTU SHAKEDOWN, THE BAKERY, EMMA DAVIS, THE LIBERATORS: The Vanguard

SARITAH, DIGGING ROOTS, LUCY HALL: Brass Monkey

DONNY HOPKINS: The Vault, Windsor

TO THE GRAVE, ALLAY THE SEA, EASTWOOD, FACEBREAKER, TBC, DISTORDED SOUND THEORY: Lucky Australian Tavern Sydney

PAUL SUN, JOHN BLENKHORN, ALEX COMPTON: Frenchs Forest Organic Food Markets

DJ BRYNSTAR: Watershed Htl Darling Harbour

DJ TONE: Oatley Hotel

Botany View Htl

SOULGANIC: Clovelly Htl STEVE PASSFIELD: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge STRIKE: Cruise Bar, The Rocks SUPER DRIVER: Macarthur Tavern Campbelltown THE BANDITS: East Leagues THE DUNHILL BLUES:

MON 07 NICKY KURTA: Opera Bar PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl RUSSELL NEAL, HELMUT UHLMANN: Kellys on King Newtown SANDO SKETCH CLUB LIFE DRAWING: The Sando SONGWRITER SESSIONS: Excelsior Surry Hills THE JAM THING: Albion Htl WAY OUT WEST: VENUE 505


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APRA NOMINEES ANNOUNCED Hosted by triple j’s Dom Alessio, the APRA Award nominations were announced at the Australasian Performing Right Association’s offices Tuesday 25 May. Brett Cottle, APRA CEO, stressed the importance for the songwriter to be the focus of the industry in an opening speech. Finalists for the peer-voted Song Of The Year category are as follows: All I Want (Sarah Blasko), Big Big Love (Troy Cassar-Daley), The Last Day On Earth (Kate Miller-Heidke), We Are The People (Empire Of The Sun) and Sweet Disposition (The Temper Trap). Although The Temper Trap’s worldwide smash was released in late 2008, Sweet Disposition still falls into APRA’s 18-month catchment period. Two Song Of The Year finalists – Empire Of The Sun and The Temper Trap – have also been shortlisted for Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year alongside Daniel Merriweather, Lisa Mitchell and Jessica Mauboy – finalists in this category were announced in advance of the ceremony for the first time this year. Mauboy is also in the running for Most Played Australian Work (Been Waiting) and Urban Work Of The Year (Running Back feat Flo Rida), giving her the highest nomination tally with four in total. Artists up for a possible trifecta of awards are Empire Of The Sun (Walking On A Dream is nominated for Dance Work Of The Year) and last year’s Song Of The Year winners The Living End, whose Raise The Alarm is up for both Most Played Australian Work and the inaugural Rock Work Of The Year award, for which White Noise (APRA Song Of The Year last year) is also being considered. The only other outfit to receive two noms in the one category (Dance Work Of The Year) is The Presets (last year’s APRA Songwriter/s Of The Year), for Talk Like That and If I Know You. The winners will be announced at the Sydney Convention Centre Monday 21 June as part of the Vivid festival.

OUCH MY FACE While on tour in Lisbon, Californian duo No Age got into a fight with bouncers as they attempted to enter a nightclub. According to the band’s website, the fracas started when singer/drummer Dean Spunt was punched as he disputed a bouncer’s claim that the club didn’t want any “English” inside. Keyboardist William Kai Strangeland Menchaca and sound tech Scott Cornish also sustained injuries and photos of their war wounds were posted on noagela.blogspot.com.

CHART SALES GO WEST Two Perth bands battled it out to make the week’s highest debut in this week’s ARIA Albums Chart but both were pipped by the third in the series of Glee soundtracks (also atop the US chart and featuring expat Olivia Newton-John reworking her 1981 hit Physical). It was drum’n’bass-turned-electrock outfit Pendulum who won the WA sales war with their Immersion set entering at three just one notch above trip rockers Tame Impala, landing at four with InnerSpeaker. The east coast’s debuts came in lower, The Beautiful Girls at 18 with Spooks and Deez Nuts at 44 with This One’s For You. In the Music DVD Chart, Sydney’s Cog became the only local in that top 40 with The Sound Of Three – 12 Years With You debuting at #1.

The last fortnight has brought phenomenal news for contemporary music in this country. The first comes via the Federal Strategic Contemporary Music Industry Plan, a discussion paper released earlier this month following through on some of the election promises of 2007. In it the Australian Government identifies key areas to focus on which to strengthen the contemporary music industry in Australia. These include enhancing industry co-operation, fostering live performance, increasing exposure of Australian music and building business capability and innovation. We’re pretty excited about it and wanna know what you think – read it at musicnsw.com and then give us your thoughts. We’ll be preparing the submission mid-June so email us at info@musicnsw.com to be part of our submission. The second? It comes with PPCA’S win against the • 86 • THE DRUM MEDIA 1 JUNE 2010

Industry news with Bryget Chrisfield Got news? Announcements? Gossip? Unsubstantiated but hilarious rumours? Send them all to finishline@streetpress.com.au POP CULTURE THERAPY WITH ADAM CURLEY

MIA

MIA TAKES ON COURTNEY’S NEMESIS

After publishing journalist Lynn Hirschberg’s office phone number on Twitter last Thursday, a disgruntled MIA (Maya Arulpragasam on her passport) has now posted her version of “the Truff” on her Neet Recordings homepage. Taking offence to the nine-page cover story penned by the NY Times Magazine journalist, the Sri Lankan artist tweeted, “CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day bitches,” insinuating these were her own digits. The New York Observer contacted Hirschberg – who painted a famously unflattering portrait of Courtney Love for Vanity Fair in 1992 – and the scribe quipped, “I find it kind of interesting that she would cast the spotlight on the story in any way, shape or form,” considering the petite singer obviously wasn’t a fan of the piece. “It’s a fairly unethical thing to do, but I don’t think it’s surprising,” she continued. “She’s a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative.” MIA has now posted a song titled I’m A Singer on neetrecordings.com that includes lyrics such as, “Why the hell would a journalist be thick as shit,” and, “You can talk shit to me I’m used to it/You make me hard with the wounds that I have to lick/You can pick on me and I can see it at a click”. The “unedited version of the interview” that MIA promised comes in the form of two short audio snippets from one of the interviews (the New York Times piece follows MIA over several months and sees Hirschberg interviewing her on numerous occasions). These have been uploaded to the Neet Recordings homepage and one recording captures Hirschberg bigging up and then ordering the truffle-flavoured French fries she details MIA as consuming immediately after saying, “I kind of want to be an outsider”. The other snippet seems to allude to Hirschberg taking quotes about MIA’s award show appearances out of context to make her political views seem as flippant as those held by other grandstanding artists that the singer herself takes aim at. On the weekend, Courtney Love tweeted her support of MIA in bringing Hirschberg down, adding “she killed my husband and she knows it. i hate loathe hate her.”

DIRECT TO THE SUMMIT One lucky singer/songwriter from every Australian state will be flown to Sydney to attend the 2010 Song Summit and also participate in an exclusive songwriting workshop with APRA Songwriter Of The Year Julian Hamilton, Washington, and Kevin Mitchell (AKA Bob Evans) thanks to the pairing of Triple J Unearthed and Song Summit. Hit up songsummit.com.au/unearthed.htm for more details and get your entries in by Sunday.

GOING DIGITAL Missing Link Records is excited to announce plans for the launch of Missing Link Digital Media in June. The legal download service will include tracks from many of Missing Link’s favourite labels and bands and also aims to give independent artists an opportunity to share their music with a worldwide audience. Labels that have signed so far include MGM, Shock, Obese, Resist, Boomtown, Anchor Brain, Aberrant and Reactor. B-sides, live tracks and live video streaming and rarities will also be included on the site with all downloads available in the standard mp3 format as well as FLAC format for the true music fanatics.

JOB OPS MTV Networks Australia is in search of an experienced Production Manager. The successful applicant will be responsible for the management of all of the company’s shoots and events. As a manager level employee leading the Production Management team, this role will require mentorship and training for more junior members of the department. Contact Janelle McCarthy (janelle.mccarthy@mtvna.com.au) for more information. Also, a Chief Executive position has been created for Music Victoria to shape the agenda and direction of this non-profit organisation. The CEO will

gyms. The Copyright Tribunal’s decision means that instead of paying less than a dollar per class, gyms are now required to pay a $15 flat rate for the use of licensed music during each session. This represents a 1500 percent hike of the rates, an increase that reflects the value of music to fitness classes and an increase that will flow from the non-profit organisation that collects fees on behalf of labels and their artists, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), to those labels and artists. What does that mean for gyms? Since the decision was made PPCA copyright-free music has been heard in gyms, with the fitness sector anticipating a growing market for this. Instead of The Presets or Sneaky Sound System coming through the speakers during your next gym class, you’re likely to hear cover versions or vague imitations. Fitness Australia, the fitness sector’s peak body, has criticised the PPCA for seeking such a big jump in the fees payable to the PPCA claiming the demands are “outrageously high”. The PPCA remains adamant that the decision is a

implement strategies, programs, systems and processes that enable Music Victoria to develop and promote the state’s contemporary music industry. To apply for this position, email applymel@shk.com.au.

MOVES & SHAKES Mark Callaghan has been appointed Managing Director of Music Sales Pty Ltd preceding Norm Lurie’s retirement at the end of 2011.

SONG SUMMIT LIVE Song Summit 2010’s Saturday 19 June night live program will feature artists from One Movement For Music Perth including Dan Sultan, plus performances from Teneille Neda Musulin and Luke Webb (winners of the Telstra Road To Tamworth) and Amber Lawrence (winner of the CMAA Telstra Horizon Award). Also showcasing are Melbourne MC 1/6 (winner of the Hilltop Hoods Initiative), Amy Meredith and pop rockers Finabah, courtesy the Rock The Schools program. Sunday night, the program goes global with Canada’s hottest emerging artists as part of the Sydney Meets Sydney crosscultural program between the cities. Canadians Carmen Townsend and Two Hours Traffic will perform alongside locals Fergus Brown and Dead Letter Chorus. New Zealand’s The Earlybirds, Computers Want Me Dead and Artisan Guns will also take to the stage as will Cornerstone, Dadiigii, Lawrence Martin and Warian Echoe from Papua New Guinea. Homegrown talent Sunday night includes performances by Indigenous artists plus the winners of the Play The Music opportunities, where Song Summit delegates are chosen to perform. Rounding out the evening are Megan Washington (winner of the inaugural Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition) and Dan Kelly. The public events will be held at Home The Venue in Darling Harbour.

positive one for Australian artists and industry, plus pays proper acknowledgement (and dollars) for the specialist skills, time and cost in being a musician. And for number three flick on your (pay) tele as Indies partner with MTV. In a move that echoes agreements in Europe and NZ, MTV has formed a partnership with the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), which sees the broadcaster paying to play indie videos. For the first time ever, AIR will act as the collection agency – gathering royalties on behalf of their members and distributing revenue accordingly. While details of the deal have been kept quiet, AIR’s GM Nick O’Byrne has said he’s happy with the terms and that it matches any deal a major would have with the network. Plus, nominees for the APRA Awards have just been announced. Fingers crossed for Sarah Blasko, Brad Cole, Sneaky Sound System and all NSW nominees! They get announced at the APRA Awards later this month.

CIRCLE PIT If you’ve been able to pull yourself away from watching Janelle Monáe’s pop-history homage on Letterman, performing her track Tightrope from the best of recent attempts at clepto-futuristic R&B, The ArchAndroid; or off the floor from the news that LA ‘deathpunk pioneers’ Christian Death are touring Australia for the first time since forming in 1979, then there’s been a tonne of new music to seek out and take in over the past four weeks. Sydney’s Naked On The Vague released their latest album, Heaps Of Nothing, on the Dualplover label and though they’re often shrugged off here as being inaccessible to anyone who doesn’t enjoy contemptuous discordant noise, the record is a fantastically bright and coherent push of cosmic guitars and late-‘80s New York punk grindings into bold, melodic rock songs. It can still be a challenging listen at times, but so is some of the most widely appreciated ‘rock’ music. They’re on tour in July. Also in Sydney, seemingly polarising band Circle Pit released their first album, Bruise Constellation, through Timberyard Records – a lot has been said already; I think they find the perfect balance between song-form, meaningful lyric and guttural noise, others think dressing interestingly or being thin is a crime. As self-help guru Arnold Patent and the Kaiser Chiefs once said, you can have it all. Speaking of the grind, Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells have been causing a fair fuss with their Treats album Stateside – huge, distorted beats, wiry guitars and ‘cheerleader’ vocals. From what I’ve heard so far it’s an incredible and incredibly fun combination. It’s out mid-June through Liberator. Back home again, a few new Melbourne-based bands have caught my attention in recent weeks, the first for a pretty obvious reason. Zsa Zsa is made up of Nisa Venerosa of Fabulous Diamonds, Ela Stiles of Songs and Karl Scullin of Kes Band. They played their first gig with Perth’s Pond last week and sound every bit as nostalgic for the army as you’d expect, which is a very good thing assuming you’ve never been in the army. Silver Bits, meanwhile, have played less than a handful of gigs but make an impressively dense and cathartic live noise, like psychedelic songs scoured with a wire brush, with sad, atonal vocals and guitar lines calling underneath. Damn excellent. Then there’s Iowa, who recorded their debut 7”, Green Swirl, with engineer Jack Farley, who’s given the lush-lo-fi treatment to Beaches and St Helens. The trio kind of sound like something that would be coming out of the stereo as Jordan Catalano tries to grope Angela Chase in a My So Called-Life episode. You can decide for yourself if that’s your thing. The glut of NYC-meets-West Coast harmonic surf garage (or variations thereon) bands being ‘hyped’ by “cool bloggers” (as quoted from a press release from one such album and surely an oxymoron) in the past month suggests it’s reaching tipping point, with few fully-baked melodies or distinguishing sounds to be found. Far better are the UK’s Male Bonding, softer and poppier than a lot of garage punk the US has thrown up in recent times. Their Year’s Not Long clip was made by Vice Cooler and reflects their preppy take on Black Lips, down to the clean-cut ‘dudes’ kissing. Their album, Nothing Hurts, is out on Stomp. (As an aside, too, some Facebook stalking revealed Thurston Moore telling Cooler that Sonic Youth were originally called Male Bonding before a name change. Privacy: who needs it?) Over in the ‘atmospheric dance’ tent, Spain’s Delorian have dished up what could be this year’s Friendly Fires if given the chance with their Subiza album, out on True Panther/Remote Control. Like FF, their strong hooks are well hidden under airy production and across-the-board tropical, rabid beats, but they’re most definitely there. Perhaps, like FF, it will take a live tour to lure many to them. Finally, Brooklyn’s Small Black continue their excellent journey into wistfully dark and wonderfully emotive DIY synth sounds with the US release of a new 12” through Jagjaguwar (mp3 and CD versions can be ordered it on the label’s site) and are currently on tour with Georgia, US, band Washed Out, who themselves make some pretty blissed-out beachbum electronica. But that’s not for now; we’d best wait for summer.


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CMP WORKSHOPS I’ll be chatting to the man himself about it all soon, but make a note in your diaries that producer extraordinaire and owner/operator of Big Jesus Burger Studios in Surry Hills, Scott Horscroft, is presenting a new music workshop in partnership with music production educator Julian Knowles called the Creative Music Production or CMP Workshops running over five days Monday 21 through Friday 25 June at BJB. Participants will be taken through a real-time studio session with Horscroft as he produces an original track, from meeting the band, which will include members of The Scare, through preproduction and practice sessions to recording techniques, editing to mixing the final product. For details and to book a place in the five-day workshop, go to cmpworkshops.com.

INTRODUCING FIDOCK HANDCRAFTED DRUMS A professional drummer whose CV includes time with The Reels in the early ‘80s, Stephan Fidock a few years ago decided to reassess the instrument that had given him so many pleasurable years and set up Fidock Handcrafted Drums, in association with cabinetmaker, wood turner and musician Charlie Sandford. Motivated by what he saw as the shortcomings in so many massproduced drums as well as some of the custom drums available on the market, Fidock sought to push the boundaries in terms of tonal timber and, in his words, “bring drum shells closer to the standard of a really good violin for instance”. Fidock drums use solid timber, mostly Australian blackwood and Tasmanian myrtle, rather than ply, so the grain runs vertically, plus the only glue involved in manufacture is a thin layer between staves, allowing the inherent tone of the shell to flow through with its natural warmth. So you don’t get any wrapping or synthetic material on the outside of the drum shells either. To hear and see the drums, check out the website at fidockdrums.com.

TANNOY NOW WITH APG As of Thursday 1 July, one of the oldest and most trusted names in the world of audio, Tannoy, will be utilising Audio Products Group Pty (APG) to distribute its various lines of professional and installed sound products, including of course its studio monitors, in Australia.

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GRINDERMAN Tannoy has for many years used Syntec. For details, email hpfeilmaier@audioproducts.com.au.

DID YOU KNOW? Texas-born, LA-based guitarist and producer T Bone Burnette is so unimpressed by the fact that many contemporary producers are mixing music to be louder and more dense for the iPod and ringtone markets, that he has returned to audio engineering basics and developed what he’s dubbed CODE technology, which offers a listening experience that replicates the original studio master recording as faithfully as possible in audio DVD format. Last year’s debut album by psych rockers Moonalice saw Burnette further refine the technology, which adds no additional cost to the price of a conventional CD.

SOUND BYTES Recording in LA, Klaxons called in producer Ross Robinson (Sepultura, Slipknot, At The Drive-In) to work on their latest album, three years in the writing. The latest Bonjah album, Live At The Prince Of Wales, was recorded in St Kilda venue in March and mixed at Woodstock Studios in Melbourne by Robyn Mai. The release includes a 35-minute DVD documentary. Due for release in September, the second album from Nck Cave’s rock incarnation, Grinderman, imaginatively titled Grinderman 2, was recorded last year at RAK, State Of The Ark and Assault And Battery Studios in London with the band and Nick Launay co-producing, the latter mixing the album at British Grove in London and Seedy Underbelly in LA. btl@drummedia.com.au


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Coming soon to a movie theatre near you, this sensatonal new and original film opera / musical. A dramatic and compelling medieval adventure set to classical music and song. Contact Duncan on mob: 0402 136 335 or at duncan321sunrise@yahoo.com.au View associated website at: www. loveinakingdom.webs.com myspace. com/duncansmusicsunrise

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..is coming soon. A must for the heavy metal fan. This is Australias tribute to UK’s DJ Tommy Vance who was The Voice of Heavy Metal on the Radio (b:11/7/1940- d:6/3/2005). RIP THE KING OF HM \m/ RONNIE JAMES DIO \m/ WE ROCK www.tommyvance. webs.com iFlogID: 5109

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MAL’S OPEN MIC NIGHTS PA HIRE Need a STUNNING ORCHESTRAL OR CHORAL ARRANGEMENT for your project? Want it recorded (dry) so you can fly it into your own multi-track? Need a CREATIVE MUSIC PRODUCER or MIXING/MASTERING ARTIST? How about an ONLINE SESSION MUSICIAN to add a KILLER PERFORMANCE to your tracks? Upload your skeleton mix to our secure servers, we’ll add

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DAN NASH - SOUND GUY

Feros Group and in4mal entertainment are hosting open mic nights

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ment and promotion of your music via an appropriate web-site set-up. A relaxed, congenial environment is provided to facilitate the best possible creative experience and optimum musical outcomes. The focus is on your satisfaction, not on the clock. A free cup of tea/ coffee and biscuit(s) is also provided, you won’t have to ask. Rates: $50/hr or $125 for a threehour session. Other extended session periods are negotiable. Demo/ editing/ web packages from $250. Call or message Duncan on 0402 136 335. North-Shore location. www.myspace. com/duncansunrise www.myspace. com/filmtvradio iFlogID: 4420

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POSTERS

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ILLUSTRATOR AVAILABLE NOW!

PA + OPERATOR EV Mongoose FOH 4000 watts, EV foldback with 4 sends 2000 watts incl drumfill. Allen & Heath, Shure, DBX & Lexicon. Lights included. Rates start from $300. Glenn 0425263999 or glenn@sevenyearitch.com.au

Stately Manor Productions – Sydney’s newest Hip-Hop Production House are offering MC’s, Rappers and Hip Hop Artists the chance to RECORD FREE at our project studios and have a customised beat created. Get that song out of your head and on disc at professional release quality. Check www.statelymanor.com.au for details (submit your best track online).

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TOP US MIX ENGINEER PAUL LANI Professional illustrator available for any project. Book covers, children’s books, album art and much more. Based in Melbourne, drawing world wide! Excellent rates. www.paulikin. com -Phone: 0403 996 129 or email paul@paulikin.com iFlogID: 4701

RECORDING STUDIOS

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SINGERS & SONGWRITERS

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HEAVY METAL DRUMMER WANTED! Drummer wanted to join melodic death/black/thrash band. Must be determined, have tight footwork, blasts and creative fills. Easy going but professional environment. Band has lots of interest nationally and overseas plus distro deals on offer. Just need a drummer so we can get it all rolling. Ages: 18-30. Wollongong/ Sydney based. Willing to travel for the right drummer if needed. Influences: Dimmu, Immortal, Old man’s child, Deicide, Megadeth, Slayer, Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy etc. www.myspace.com/asmodaiaus email: asmodai_aus@hotmail.com iFlogID: 3376

BASS PLAYER + DRUMMER WANTED I’m a Sydney based artist looking for a bass player and a drummer. I’d love to give everyone a go but we can only consider accomplished players. We are and will continue to be gigging regularly around Sydney. With the music getting regular airplay on FBI and attention from all the right people, we need musos that LOVE the music I do and believe 100% in it. Let Management know if you’re interested by emailing: management@ taylorkingmusic.com or calling on 0404 370 768 Check out the music at my Myspace: www.myspace.com/ taylorjking

BRAIN, FISHMAN, IGOR, HERB We are a 4 piece folk/acoustic/blues/ country band consisting of 2 x vox, 2 x guitars, double bass, stomp box and keys looking to find a drummer to add colour and energy to our songs. We play all original material and are currently gigging around Sydney and recording our debut EP in June this year. We play a mix of styles so looking for someone versatile. Must be willing to commit to at least 1 night a week rehearsal, gigs and festivals. If this sounds like you then please contact Susie on susiehurley@live.com iFlogID: 4425

EXPERIENCED MALE DRUMMER Seeks working covers band 60s to 80’s Looking for easy going people. With a positive outlook. Age group 35 plus No drugs phone mark mob 0422173728 home 9662 8330 iFlogID: 4367

COOL MUSIC STUDIO-NEEDS MORE TEACHERS!!!! looking for rock guitar and or drum teachers: must have band experience- Studio in Kings Cross area ::::::: please send resume or myspace page to= rocknroll@ hotkey.net.au iFlogID: 4735

SHANGREN - ASIAN FOLK METAL

drums for Mool Project. currently a duo playing odd style stomps, grooves and changes, with t.waits/n. young/ish vox. view to record and gig. myspace.com/themoolkingdevice for a rough idea. Elegio 0431 225 686 iFlogID: 4946

DRUMMER WANTED FOR BLUES BAND

BLUES ROCK DRUMMER WANTED

Want to put together a power trio. Need to be familiar with all the styles within the blues genre. Swing, slow blues, shuffles ect & also be able to move into funk & heavy blues/rock. www.myspace.com/samuelvernonbuckley ph 0407906389 iFlogID: 4435

SONS OF GENGHIS NEED DRUMMER!

Shangren - Asian folk metal is seeking a drummer, bass and er-hu player. Music can be heard at our myspace. If interested, Send a message to us at www.myspace.com/shangrenmetal iFlogID: 4747

DRUMMER WANTED.

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For developing indi outfit lambs become lions. Think kooks and the Beatles vs the beautiful girls with a bit of your influences mixed in for good measure If you’re keen for it give Patrick a call 0415680575. Please serious applicants only as studio time is expensive for half baked no shows. Thanks guys

to go. No time wasters please. email: scoobysnacks@live.com.au or call: 0458 338 102

WANNA BE IN MY BAND??!!!

DRUMMER TO JAM/FORM BAND

funky rythym section wanted for dynamic sexy funk/rock/blues hip hop band.influences-the meters,early rhcp,sly stone,james brown,jimi hendrix,parliament/funkadelic.phone 0421727864.

FEMALE BASS PLAYER: JOIN GIRLS

WANNA BE IN MNY BAND??! Easygoing fun person to do regular jams with drummer and guitarist for good times. Suit intermediate player

Guitarist/singer seeking bass guitarist to form a 60s pop/rnb group (2 guitars, bass,drums) encompassing authentic sounds of the 1960s Brit Invasion (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Yardbirds, Searchers, Pacemakers etc) & material of similar ilk (eg The Monkees, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Easybeats etc). Also stuff by likes of Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochrane & early 60s African/American rnb music that inspired 60s UK beat bands. Sharing quality lead vocals and contributing 60s beat band style 2 part backup and call/response harmonies (eg Paul & George on Twist And Shout) is absolutely essential. Good gear and transport also essential and age up to 50 fine. If interested, email me at 62gretschgent@gmail.com

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DRUMMERS! ARE YOU FRUSTRATED?

FUNKY RYTHYM SECTION WANTED!

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SINGER

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GUITARIST TO JOIN/FORM BAND

WANT TO GO TO THE TOP? We’re looking for a new bass player to come to the top with us. We’re a new hard rock band in the Inner West and we have already set up our own studio and we’re in the process of recording our demo. If you like rock or metal, rock with us! Contact: 0431 957 583 or max@razorheart.net

THE UNFORGIVEN METALLICA TRIBUTE SHOW & BIGWAYOUT rock cover band requires a professional bass player for immediate start!! Agency backed, 8-12 shows per month. Your own form of transport and good gear a must.. Call John on 0416144111

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BASS PLAYER WANTED

FEMALE BASS PLAYER - PAID GIGS Experienced saxophonist based in Sydney is looking for bands and studio sessions. Jazz, funky, afro, reggae,latin, rock, folk. If interested contact me at 0410041979. Cheers. Lorenzo

BASS PLAYER WANTED We are a rock covers band playing classics from the 70’s to current styles. AC/DC is a big influence along with Guns N’ Roses, Pearl Jam and Hendrix. We are easy going down to earth people looking for the same. We’re looking for someone who is committed and doesn’t take themselves too seriously. We have a view to play local gigs around Wollongong and eventually doing originals and touring. If you’re interested in rocking your way to the top then look no further. Call Dale on 0409 408 596

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serious, dedicated musos. Check out our myspace page and have a listen to our demos, we are serious and need someone serious who loves rock n roll... www.myspace.com/ blackwingsaustralia 0415561740 OR 0435554559

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SAXOPHONIST AVAILABLE

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Bass Player Wanted for new Sydney heavy band, we have played shows & recorded an EP, currently writing new material, our studio is in mascot. ehdmetal@hotmail.com ...or... www. myspace.com/ehdmetal

The ultimate tribute to one of Australia’s most popular & successful bands, INXS! www.inxsshow.com For bookings contact Glenn - info@ inxsshow.com

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Available. I specialize in playing all styles of blues. Swing, jump, shuffles, slow blues ect. Also experienced with heavy blues, funk & heavy blues/rock. Have toured nationally & played festivals ect. See www. myspace.com/samuelvernonbuckley ph 0407906389.

METALLICA SHOW

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PLAY ABIT OF EVERYTHING RANGING FROM PUB COVERS TO ORIGINALS, MOSTLY HARDROCK/METAL CALL 0424487379

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59 year old business man still with a passion. Competent player. Lead vocals, harmonies. Looking for covers band, or country rock.

DRUMMER AVAILABLE

The Wonderful Lives need a creative bass player to join the band. Our music is original and we are inspired by artists such as Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Dirty Three, Arcade Fire and The Pogues. Check out our work at www. myspace.com/thewonderfullives or www.thewonderfullives.com Call Lucas on 0414 391 550

THE MEAN FEET HORNS Have you got some special gigs coming up and need a great horn section? The Mean Feet Horns can provide a variety of sections to meet your needs. We can also do the arrangements for you. Call Hugh on 0402 529 474. Come and see Mean Feet Brass Band www.myspace.com/ meanfeetbrassband

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FUNKY BASS PLYR Bass player needed to join Guitarist & Drummer. Practise every 2nd sunday, Fairfield.Originals & Rock classics. Call Andrew 0421760495

BASS PLAYER

DRUMMER

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Do you love to see people groove to your sound? Is it a thrill to move people with your music? are you able to receive simple instruction and run with it? If so, give us a call. We are a local church in Cronulla looking for a bass player to add to our creative team - call us today on 9544 1144.

PRO TROMBONIST AVAILABLE

Experienced Reggae Soul Funk Rhythm and Blues drummer (33) based in Dee Why looking for some work in Northern Beaches. Call MIchael 0402 549 423

Looking for a bass player 18-24 likes punk,alt or metal or someone who likes to play rock. Must have good gear and transport and be able to rehearse once a week.Please contact Jason on 0403130356.

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REGGAE SOUL BLUES FUNK DRUMMER

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DO YOU LIKE DRUMMING?

Sydney Based “Sons Of Genghis” need versatile drummer, if you play like primus meets Chilli Peppers, Faith no more meets Pantera,this is the band for you and we want your chops!! Check the sounds at www. myspace.com/sonsofgenghis. Call Jono 0410 330 702 or Andy 0420 771 357. iFlogID: 4485

DRUMMER & SINGER NEEDED Black wings need a rock n roll drummer and singer.. We are a sydney hard rock / heavy metal band influenced by Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest etc etc...... We have dozens of songs ready to go and we are all

Looking for beginner to intermediate drummer who’s interested in learning/improving and wanting to have some fun with a couple of laid back guys.. Jamming at first with a view to potentially record and/or do some gigs when the time comes. Currently playing stuff by papa roach, halestorm, three days grace, green day, daughtry, lit, paramore just to name a few. Contact Pete on (0421) 258 859 or email morrissey.peter@ gmail.com iFlogID: 4788

DRUMMER WANTED SYDNEY High energy, versatile drummer wanted for Sydney Alt rock band. (20-30y/o) must have good gear, transport,live experience, ect many influences ranging from Deftones, Butterfly Effect to QOTSA, Foo’s ect to name a few. We have gigs + opportunites waiting. material ready

Drummer needed urgently for original blues rock band based southern Sydney area with record company backing and management. Some interstate touring required, approx. once a month, with your travel and accommodation costs covered. Paid gigs but you’re in it for love not money. ABN, drivers licence and reliable equipment essential. No session players please, we want someone committed to the project. See www. annipiper.com for more info and phone Rich 0412509198 iFlogID: 5000

DRUMMER WANTED 4 METAL BAND Drummer needed for metal band,Influences inc, Slayer,Pantera, Metallica,Mudvayne,SOAD rehearse Deewhy, call 0401056876. iFlogID: 5049

DRUMMER WANTED - 60S POP GROUP Guitarist/singer seeking drummer to form a 60s pop/rnb group (2 guitars, bass,drums) encompassing authentic sounds of the 1960s Brit Invasion (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Yardbirds, Searchers, Pacemakers etc) & material of similar ilk (eg The Monkees, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Easybeats etc). Also stuff by likes of Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochrane & early 60s African/ American rnb music that inspired 60s UK beat bands. Good vocal ability

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considered handy but not essential. Authentic quality drumming’s the focus. Good gear and transport also essential and age up to 50 fine. If interested, email me at 62gretschgent@gmail.com iFlogID: 5057

READY TO GO TO THE TOP?

FEMALE GUITARIST TO JOIN GIRLS Female guitarist wanted to join 2 girls - singer/songwriter/pianist and violinist for originals, all girl band...looking for drummer and bass player too. Easy acoustic through to soft pop/ rock. Have label interest. Preparing to record/play live immediately. Lizzie 0412 858 152 iFlogID: 4304

1 GUITARIST REQUIRED

We’re looking for a new drummer to come to the top with us. We’re a new hard rock band in the Inner West and we have already set up our own studio and we’re in the process of recording our demo. If you like hard rock, come rock with us! Contact: 0431 957 583 or max@razorheart.net iFlogID: 5071

DRUMMER WANTED 18- 30yo drummer wanted to jam with guitarist and bass player in the Northern Beaches/ North Shore area. We are playing covers and originals. Styles include punk, funk, rock, reggae. Influences RATM, early Offspring, Bob Marley and many more. Call Tom on 0402 162 663. iFlogID: 5103

DRUMMER REQUIRED Drummers are like girlfriends: it’s best to meet them through friends, at parties, or browsing in the non-fiction section of your local library. But I’m desperate, so here goes: singersongwriter seeks drummer with gear & transport for gigs. We rehearse in the inner-west. www.lostinthewoodsmusic.com iFlogID: 5122

SHOEGAZE/POST PUNK BAND based in Wollongong/Sydney needs a drummer and vocalist. Influences are Sonic Youth, MBV, The Clean. Send an email to thelastbrimmingbowl@ gmail.com iFlogID: 5160

1 band with label and management seeks shit hot guitarist!. NO IBANEZ (or Similar) players!! Go wank off to Steve Vai and don’t waste our time. If you play Fender, Gibson, Ricky, Gretsch or simliar and do so well and can sing harmonies please feel free to call for a chat. Recording with label and producer at the end of May so no fuck ups, experienced only need apply. Style if you like: The Stones, Zeppllin, Kasabian, Strokes, chances are we might like you! :).... If you like Nickelback, Steve Vai, or Creed go and shoot yourself in the head and get a Vasectomy PLEASE! Sound like your kinda gig? Call ZIPPY 0431 178 589 ps must be willing to record and tour heaps (also marriage and girlfriends may hinder your coke snorting whore mungering abilities so all things shall be considered upon application)

Creative Guitarist wanted to collaborate with Bassplayer/Vocalist/ Songwriter and professional drummer/songwriter. We are looking for a self-starter, highly motivated and creative guitarist/songwriter to collaborate in a new band project. We have a lot of material ready, some production interest, and ideally need ambition and drive from a creative partner. We have a diverse range of influences, from English trip/hop, reggae, electronica, and alternative metal/rock. Looking to create a new sound, not replicate anything current. Please call Daniel on 0422 942 721. Previous recordings available. iFlogID: 4874

CENTRAL COAST INDI KIDZ

Who wants to be in a all girls original pop rock band hav some fun and make some $$$?! Guitar/bass/ drummer needed. Must be able to sing passable back up vox and luv performing!Practice 1-2 times per week. Gig asap. All ages welcome. www.myspace.com/nicolesero 0435 426 012 iFlogID: 4392

MATH METAL GUTIARIST sydney band nobody knew they were robots needs a new guitarist. play all over the country. 2 x old songs on www.myspace.com/nobodyknewtheywererobots rehearse inner city. recording and touring soon. 18+ kind of mathmetal...... 0431 337 488 iFlogID: 4707

ANGUS YOUNG

DIRTY DEEDS - Australia’s leading tribute to AC/DC are in need of a professional Angus Young impersonator for immediate work. If you look like Angus Young and are an Angus nut, you live and breathe AC/DC, you can get down on the floor and spin on your shirtless back while shredding to Whole Lotta Rosie - then we want you! This is the busiest AC/DC tribute show there is with the best crew so be prepared to commit fully. Send your bio, recent photos and any other supporting evidence of your bad self to info@dirtydeeds.net.au for consideration. www.dirtydeeds.net.au

For developing indi outfit lambs become lions. Think kooks and the Beatles vs the beautiful girls with a bit of your influences mixed in for good measure If you’re keen for it give Patrick a call 0415680575. Please serious applicants only as studio time is expensive for half baked no shows. Thanks guys

Guitarist/singer seeking rhythm/lead guitarist to form a 60s pop/rnb group (2 guitars, bass,drums) encompassing authentic sounds of the 1960s Brit Invasion (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Yardbirds, Searchers, Pacemakers etc) & material of similar ilk (eg The Monkees, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Easybeats etc). Also stuff by likes of Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochrane & early 60s African/American rnb music that inspired 60s UK beat bands. Sharing quality lead vocals and contributing 60s beat band style 2 part backup and call/response harmonies (eg Paul & George on Twist And Shout) is absolutely essential. Good gear and transport also essential and age up to 50 fine. If interested, email me at 62gretschgent@gmail.com iFlogID: 5055

COOL STUDIO NEEDS NEW TEACHERS

Guitarist, keyboards, or any old things you play are wanted for new Central coast Indi outfit. Influences open. Current influences Beatles, kooks and kings of Leon new and old. Call Patrick 0415680575 iFlogID: 2988

HARD ROCK GUITARIST WANTED If you take early Madonna & slap some Metallica guitars into the mix, what do you get? You get an Ultimate Frontress named Sophia Marie. Sophia Marie is a hard working female fronted band who has captured the hearts of Sydney. She has been featured on Rage and the highly rated music show Songwriters Across Australia. She has pushed the limits of being an independent artist through pure determination, drive, & persistency and is always on the move to use her creative mind to get her noticed. Sex appeal with this woman is extremely hot!!! Check out her music before you ring as its of the highest importance that you LOVE the music. WWW.MYSPACE.COM/SOPHIAMARIESMUSIC CALL STEPHEN AT 0411433207 iFlogID: 3631

EXPERIENCED GUITAR PLAYER Looking for an experienced, professional guitarist to play in a cover band for weddings and corporate events. Located in the Eastern Suburbs area. Contact Eli on 0433938278 iFlogID: 4277

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SKILLED KEYBOARDIST WANTED to complete lineup of new show. Ability to cover orchestrations and excellent sounds to match a must. High quality show with good pay. Contact: onemoreguitar@yahoo.com.au iFlogID: 4323

KEYBOARD PLAY WANTED

looking for another guitar player to jam or start a band with. I live in the south. Influences: Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC. Call Tom on: 0401722767 iFlogID: 4760

GUITARIST,DRUMS, BASS WANTED

KEYBOARD PLAYER NEEDED

male or female singers/songwriters wanted to jam/perform open mic’s with on northern beaches, stevesbackintown@hotmail.com

Keyboard player wanted, backing vocals a plus. Own transport a must. Must have good gear and experience. We are currently a Sydney 3 piece looking at expanding to 5 piece. Think most bands on the creation records and 4AD labels. Contact Sam on 0415292247 and listen to us on www.myspace.com/ourpendingname iFlogID: 4792

SYNTH PLAYER WANTED!!!

RED FIRE RED; explosive new Australian rock act are auditioning Synth players for album launch and touring. Check out our music at www. myspace.com/redfirered Must have pro experience and gear. If you’re fired up about what we do email us at redfireredband@gmail.com iFlogID: 4859

ORGAN PLAYER WANTED GOSPEL BAND URGENTLY NEEDING AN ORGAN PLAYER NORTHERN BEACHES CALL BEN ON 99444984 OR snapper_watson@hotmail.com

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MULTI-GENRE KEYBOARD PLAYER

acoustic guitarist/vocalist for tenacious D type comedy duo for suburban domination and beyond... influences the D, kiss, bill bailey, tim minchin, weezer, flight of the conchords. contact mick 0403354003 or jokermick@hotmail.com

LEAD GUITARIST WANTED

COVERBAND REQUIRE KEYS

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ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC LEAD GUITAR Originals singer/songwriter needs a lead guitarist with both acoustic and electric capabilities to finalise band line-up of two singers, bass, keys, drums, rhythm guitar. Over 100 original songs are whittled down to the best 10 - 15. Emphasis is on strong melody & harmony with great scope to bring your skills into developing interesting solos and fills. Music is influenced by Crowded House, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor

Sydney based, agent backed coverband requires a keyboardist. Must have good gear, own transport able to gig most fri / sat nights. Please send your bio and pic to brotherbooth@ gmail.com iFlogID: 5033

OTHER Lead guitarist wanted for Central Coast band “The No Such Things” infl: 60s power pop/garage/ psych e.g. Standells, early Who, Nuggets,Pebbles, Love, Kinks etc. Gigs waiting when ready. Phone Rob 0423 014819 or Paul 0408 429280

MAL’S OPEN MIC NIGHTS

MUSO’S WANTED TO JAM/FORM BAND muso’s wanted to jam form rock/ metal band, steve,0424487379 iFlogID: 2814

Hi I’m Brad, I’m 23 and i live on the northern beaches. I’m trying to start a Punk Rock band and I cant do it by myself. If you can play the guitar or drums or whatever and want to start a band, then please call me. I don’t care how good or bad you are at your instrument-your probably better than me! My influences are The Clash, The Ramones and The Pistols. My No. is 0404 909 416

Feros Group and in4mal entertainment host open mic nights at Taren Point Hotel, Panania Hotel, Lone Pine Tavern Rooty Hill, Amber Ale Annandale and Harp Tempe. Go to blogs at www.myspace.com/in4mal_entertainment phone Mal to register your spot. 0413 735773 openmic1@ hotmail.com

EXPERIENCED MUSO WANTED

accordian player wanted for tex mex, blues band . Band members have lots of live experience aged in 30’s / 40’s. Some keyboard or vocal ability even better. Dan 0411778606

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Piano Accordianist or Violinist to team up with Double Bassist who plays Electric Bass as well. STYLES: European Folk style thru to Gypsy Manouche, DJango Rheinhardt. Interested in exploring possiblities???? Call Garry anytime on (02) 9570 9501 or leave a message E-mail: annushkaswin@hotmail.com iFlogID: 4671

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ACCORDIAN PLAYER WANTED

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ELECTRONIC MUSIC GURU WANTED FOR THE FLAMBOYANT Saba ‘FEELING FEMININE’ SHOWS! GOOD AT SEQUENCING AND PLAYING LIVE! INFLUENCES: LA ROUX, THE PRESETS, DELPHIC, HOT CHIP, MGMT. CALL SABA: 0410-450-375. CALL BEN: 0410-344-107. iFlogID: 3822

MUSOS WANTED FOR BAND guitarist ,singer song writer seeks lower mountains muso’s to form band. Drummer, Bassist, Guitarist and Vocalist welcome. Influences include The Cure, the Church, Bowie, Dylan etc Please call Dave on 0405059558 iFlogID: 4300

GUITARIST AND SINGER NEEDED! We are a dedicated drummer and bassist looking for a guitarist and singer to help form original alternative rock band based in sydney within the ages of 16 - 20, some influences are: Amy Meredith, Jet & Cobra starship.We would like to begin recording and gigging by the end of the year, we want to be a four - five piece band by the time everything is all set, and have fun making the music without wasting time. you can contact Hindley by phone: 0406296033 or Jonny via email: jono_1_2@hotmail.com iFlogID: 4302

TROMBONE FOR MEAN FEET

wanted for duo openmic nights leading into the opportunity to form covers/originals band northern beaches area call 0424487379 iFlogID: 3348

Hi I’m Brad, I’m 23 and I live on the northern beaches. I’m trying to start a punk rock band and i cant to it by myself. If you can play the guitar or drums and want to start a band then please call me. I don’t care how good or bad you are at your instrumentyour probably better than me! my influences are The Pistols, The Ramones, The Clash etc. And my No. is 0404 909 416.

GOSPEL SINGERS WANTED

BASSIST AND KEYBOARDIST NEEDED

RECORDING + CUSTOM BEATS

Five world-class passionate vocalists wanted for a Gospel music CD project. Must have beautiful, passionate, powerful and devotional delivery.

We are a very newly formed band in sydney looking for a bassist and keyboardist to help complete the band, dedication and a love for music is highly recommended, 16 - 19 years of age is also a good idea, if you have a huge ego this isnt the band for you, Please if you are interested we are more than ready for your call, Call Jenean 0448053306 or Hindley 0406296033 so we can organize a meeting and jam session. or if its easier email us indie_hindley@hotmail.com - jenean1223@hotmail. com

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CAN YOU SING?!

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Alternative heavy rock band seeks professional singer. Album worth of material ready to but also willing to jam and write together. Samples available, SMS Tek 0425 729 690 for further details.

SKA SINGER WANTED

The Cleftomaniacs, the enthusiastic 25-member a cappella choir who brought you the most recent Sydney A Cappella Festival, invite new members (especially those lovely bass blokes). Eclectic repertoire from classical polyphony to Elvis Costello and we love to gig! Rehearsals school term Thursday evenings in Waterloo. Contact Catherine 9388 7010 / 0414 517 010 / flittie@iinet.net.au iFlogID: 3688

38 y/o guitarist/songwriter looking for likeminded people to form a nottoo-serious band for writing, playing and recording in my garage studio in St Clair (Western Sydney). Weekends only, just for fun. Originals, covers and maybe a few gigs. Call Steve 0424 505 361.

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SINGER WANTED

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SINGER-DANCERS WANTED! Valleyarm Digital are looking for bands to be included on compilation albums that will be featured on iTunes worldwide, you’ll still own 100% of your recordings & publishing plus make money from the sales!! All genres are welcome and we’ll also be offering a Worldwide Digital Deal to a band or artist that we think we can market on a global scale! This will include $5000 worth of online marketing and a worldwide release on all the major digital stores. Submit your tracks (1 per band/artist) along with bio and contact details to - info@valleyarm.com www.valleyarm.com

Very experienced guitarist seeks quality vocalist for duo - acoustic and with backing tracks. Gigs vary from pubs,clubs to private functions and weddings. Only reliable and experienced singers need apply; I would prefer to hear from people with bio/ demo together. I live in northern Wollongong, gigs for the duo will range from south coast to Sydney, possibly Canberra if money is right. Call 0400 391 400 Scott

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BANDS WANTED FOR ITUNES ALBUMS

Stately Manor Productions – Sydney’s newest Hip-Hop Production House are offering MC’s, Rappers and Hip Hop Artists the chance to RECORD FREE at our project studios and have a customised beat created. Get that song out of your head and on disc at professional release quality. www.statelymanor.com.au for details (submit your best track online).

SINGER REQUIRED FOR DUO

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WESTERN SYDNEY - MUSOS WANTED

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NOEL GALLAGHER-OASIS COV BAND

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Mean Feet Brass Band is still looking for a trombone player to join our exciting 8-peice, brass and percussion band. Our goal is to be working regularly (one paid gig per week) by the end of the year but there’s not much paid work yet. We have a regular last Friday of the month at the Excelsior in Glebe. www.myspace. com/meanfeetbrassband

We are looking for an open-minded and charismatic artist. Experience not necessary. Keyboardist optional. Preferred age: 16-26. We are a new band looking to jump into the live music scene. Located in Bondi, our influences include blues, punk, rock and funk. Jam and practice sessions twice a week. Call Bo on 0401365924 or Email on andrewakman2001@ gmail.com.

SINGER

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ELECTRONIC MUSIC GURU WANTED!

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FEMALE SINGER WANTED

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SINGER TO JAM/ FORM BAND

MUSO’S WANTED TO DO OPENMICS WITH JAM/FORM BAND ON THE NORTHERN BEACHES INFLUENCES ROCK/METAL/ORIGINALS/COVERS/ PUBROCK/ACCOUSTIC STEVE 0424487379

GET YOUR MUSIC ON RADIO!

FEMALE SINGER WANTED Female singer wanted for rock covers show Rockfest. You will be sharing the stage with a quality male singer and experienced musicians. Age and appearance not an issue. Quality and powerful singing ability a must. You will be covering the likes of Baby Animals,Divynals,Pink,Mellissa Ethridge, Paramore, The Donnas etc...... We reherse in the Campbelltown area. Plenty of work waiting. Phone Carcus on 0423264460

OASIS cover band needs a Noel Gallagher. That means a good singer with tight rythm guitar ability. Lead not essential. Good gear and transport required. Call Blake 0420 774 819

HELP

MUSO’S WANTED TO JAM/ FORM BAND

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Progressive metal/rock acts seeks musos.Influences include TOOL,SOA D,DEFTONES,MUDVAYNE,KARNIVOO L, CONTACT TONY ON 0401056876. REHEARSE ENMORE,MARRICKVILLE.

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SINGERS/SONGWRITERS/ ACCOUSTIC

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SEEKING KEYBOARD PLAYER WITH A LIKING AND SKILL IN VARIOUS GENRES OF MUSIC FROM THE 60’S ONWARDS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A LONG TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH A PROFESSIONAL LYRICIST, SINGER WITH AMBITION TO FROM A SONGWRITING DUO TO CREATE SONGS FOR ALBUMS, FILM AND OTHER MEDIA. PROFICIENCY IN APPLE, GARAGEBAND A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE. , PLEASE CONTACT ENRICO ON 0407 781156 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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Details: http://hotelwilliam.yayabings. com.au This is the underground melting pot of music jam sessions, organised by the Yayabings Music Club with the JazzKatts romping the Fusion Bar. Musicians/singers, comedians and artists at all levels perform by coming in on that evening. Totally impromptu and musicians may improvise with other musicians/singers or perform their own set. Local/Backpackers/ Internationals all welcome.

KEYBOARD PLAY WANTED Dig this! Keyboard player required. Prefer Versatile Seasoned non working musician to form partnership with mature all-round vocalist. Excellent classic song, repertoire with charts. Rehearsal room, Parking. Good Vibe great opportunities “wiz” 93891805 0414 660 621

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Looking for an experienced, professional keyboard player for a cover band for weddings and corporate events. A strong knowledge of computers is preferred but not essential. Located in the Eastern Suburbs area. Contact Eli on 0433938278

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G4 Guitar is an Australia wide network of Guitar Teachers who teach from their own homes and studios. With over 100 teachers we are the No.1 name in guitar tuition. We welcome both inexperienced and experienced teachers and we provide online training and support. To apply to become a teacher please visit our website at www.g4guitar.com.au or phone 0430-426137

but in more modern terms, maybe John Mayer, Travis, Keane. Pop folk Rock. Ph: Andy 0438 648 545

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EXPERIENCED SINGERS Looking for a experienced and professional male and female singer to join a cover band for weddings and corporate events. Located in the Eastern Suburbs area. Contact Eli on 0433938278

We are a new band called Low Gear. Have had about 16 practices together at home, and now about 10 in a studio. We’re not looking for anyone interested in making money as soon as they join a band as we are not gigging yet, but will be looking to just for fun to start, then who knows. Whilst we dont like to admit to being influenced directly by any particular bands, we all like a mix of, The Specials, Toots and the Maytals, Madniess, Reel Big Fish, Prince Buster, Sublime as far as ska goes, we also individually have many opposing influences such as, The Clash, The Ramones, Stiff Little Fingers and thats just me! We have had a great time in the rehearsal rooms in Marrickville, Sydney for the past couple of months, doing 2 hours every fortnight until we get storage then looking to make it more regular. We are now finding that we are hitting a wall without a singer and are looking for someone to come along and give us some input and help us over this hurdle. We are looking for a singer who is decent, but doesnt feel the need to bash it out at 100% all the time, someone who can relax into a voice and also belt out some cheeky stuff every now and then too. If you feel you would have a good time practising with us, give us an email and see how you go. If you enjoy our company then I am sure you would be a welcome friend. iFlogID: 4579

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SINGER WANTED [METAL] Melodic/Trash Metal band aged early 20’s seeking a singer. We play covers but also working on originals, we plan to gig in the near future. Influences; Slayer, Pantera, Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Mudvayne & more. Practice at Newtown Zen-Studio [Contact me at Memo.oi@hotmail. com] iFlogID: 5029

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS SINGER Sydney based, agent backed and well established Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute require a singer. Please send bio and pic to info@ozredhotchilipeppersshow.com.au iFlogID: 5035

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DIRTY DEEDS - Australia’s leading tribute to AC/DC are in need of a professional Brian Johnson impersonator for immediate dep work. If you look like Brian and can scream your lungs out in the style of Johnson to all the AC/DC classics - then we want you! This is the busiest AC/DC tribute show there is with the best crew so be prepared to work. Send your bio, recent photos, mp3’s or any other supporting evidence of your bad self to info@dirtydeeds.net.au for consideration. www.dirtydeeds.net.au

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Expirienced female singer wanted for rock covers band, Rockfest.. Age and apperance is not an issue. Strong quality vocals is a must. You will be sharing the stage with a very expirienced male singer and quality musicians backing you up. You will be covering the likes of Baby Animals, Divynals , Paramore, Mellissa Ethridge , Pink, Lilly Allen , The Donnas,Pat Benatar etc..... We rehearse in the Campbelltown area. Phone Carcus on 0423264460.

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Creating a band is Western Sydney Penrith Region It will be a Pop rock with a nice bounce to it, for example boys like girls, motion city soundtrack, Rufio and others like that style if interested call me on 0433 028 200 or e-mail me on shane_greig1@hotmail.com and please no calls after 10 would be Appreciated

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PROFESSIONAL FEMALE VOCALIST I Need a Professional Female Vocalist for my Duo. This is a 6 month fill in job as my partner is happily awaiting her second child, End of July thru Dec. Age Group 30 to 40 Must have strong Lead Vocal Must Have Great Harmony Ability Must Have Really Good Song Knowledge as we do mostly 60’s to 80’s style mixed music ( bobby sox - rock n roll - country - retro) 1 to 2 nights a week. Work Waiting $150.00 per night. Please email me a demo and short Bio. girlstalkduo@bigpond. com Suszanne 0412 030 874

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ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS FOR GUITAR 4 WEEK COURSE GETS YOU PLAYING GUITAR OR KEYBOARDS FAST. CHORDS,SONGS,THEORY,INDIVIDUAL TUTION. CALL DAVID ON 0412360275 ANNANDALE AREA ,SYD Feros Group and in4mal entertainment present open mic nights. We provide entertainers and musicians for private functions and parties. Paying gigs available for acts selected at auditions. Taren Point Hotel Wednesdays, Lone Pine Tavern Saturdays, Panania Hotel Friday fortnightly, Amber Ale Annandale Friday fortnightly, Harp Tempe Thursday fortnightly. Covers and original acts. Bands-Duos-Solos. Contact Mal 0413735773 www.myspace.com/ in4mal_entertainment iFlogID: 4721

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Hourly Lessons Fortnightly By Professional, Working, Vocal Coach. Backing Tracks For Rehearsals and Live Performances Technique & Scale Work Take Home C.D’s Recording Of Vocal For Purpose Of Self Improvement. First Half Hour Lesson Free to discuss your needs. And to decide if you really want to work hard at getting the Vocal Freedom, Strength and Accuracy of Pitch you need to be a Truly Great Singer. Hour Lessons Fortnightly $ 50.00 Please Phone Suszanne 0412 030 874 iFlogID: 4882

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Black wings need a rock n roll drummer and singer.. We are a sydney hard rock / heavy metal band influenced by Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Judas Priest etc etc...... We have dozens of songs ready to go and we are all serious, dedicated musos. Check out our myspace page and have a listen to our demos, we are serious and need someone serious who loves rock n roll... www.myspace.com/ blackwingsaustralia 0415561740 OR 0435554559

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Sydney Modern/Alternative rock band with heaps of ORIGINALS! Seeking a male singer, 18-22yo, with good range and powerful voice. Contact Jae for more details on 0432 438 433

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Singer needed for hard rock band. We’re looking for a singer, male or female, for our all original hard rock band. The guitarist and I (bass) have been playing together for over 8 years now and over 3 years with our drummer. We have been writing new songs the last 2 years and continue to work on fresh original material. We have also been playing gigs all over Melbourne for the last year getting some stage experience up but we are really dying to get a frontperson with a voice that works with our music. We’re willing to give anyone a listen, we’re all easy going and in it for the fun above all else, but also been keen to take the next step and make it a serious commitment. Have a listen at our myspace link upon application. http://www.myspace.com/psyecho Please note the myspace recordings are over 2 years old now and we have progressed in style and skill greatly since then.

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LEARN GUITAR TODAY ! Have you been wondering if you have the talent to play an instrument? I am classically trained with years of teaching experience and proven methods! Learn about scales, modes, arpeggios,improvisation ,sweep picking,finger style,music theory and much more in a positive environment. Learn rock, blues, metal or classical. call Shane 0404365289 or email shanelew@bigpond.net.au

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