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Contents Issue No. 1016 Tuesday 6 July 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.

DRUM MEDIA Giveaways – Look to your left for free stuff, silly! 22 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 we investigate what’s happened – or what’s not happened more accurately – with the abolition of the PoPE licences.

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Band Of Horses love the little accidents.

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The Butterfly Effect like a tense vibe for a fertile creative environment. 35 Drawn From Bees explore death in a positive way. 36

THE AMITY AFFLICTION

WEAR A LITTLE AMITY Recent Drum cover heroes The Amity Affliction hit town Friday for what promises to be a bottler of a show in the UNSW Roundhouse as they pound out tracks from their latest album, Youngbloods, and all your favourites from the back catalogue. Throw in the fact that they’ll be joined by American guests Misery Signals, Britain’s Flood Of Red and local heroes Confession, on top of the fact that it’s an all ages show and you’ve got every reason to get down there and go off big time. The guys are so chuffed to be in town that they’ve slung us five Amity Affliction T-shirts to give away to you guys, so email us with Amity T-shirt giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 13 July.

COLA INVADERS Where once stood Bodyjar now stand Melbourne’s Cola Wars, who are bringing their debut album, Invader, to town and launching it in style at the Annandale Thursday night supported by their good buddies Behind Crimson Eyes. As it happens, we have five double passes to the night to give away for email us with Cola Wars giveaway in the subject line by midday Thursday and you might just get to catch the show on us.

TWIST AND SHOUT, IT’S PARTY TIME Sydney’s favourite decade-specific (that’s the ‘60s okay?) dance party, Twist And Shout, is back at The Brighton Up Bar in Darlinghurst for round three Friday, so the word is be sure to wear some flowers in your hair for a belated Fourth of July extravaganza celebrating all things Americana, ‘60s and dance-friendly, from Motown and Stax to Monterey Pop and Woodstock, doo wop to bubblegum pop to psych rock. We have five double passes to the party to give away, so for your chance to shake your tailfeather on us, email us with Twist And Shout Party giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

TIME FOR YOUR INFUSION The past year Infusion have been trekking all over the country touring their most recent album, All Night Sun Light, but they’re winding things down and return to The Annandale for the first time in ages to present their Back to Basics club show Friday, supported by The Dirty Secrets. The three-piece would obviously love to see you there and we might just be able to help. We have five double passes to the night to give away, so email us with Infusion giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

SKETCHBOOK BEE BOX Brisbane four-piece Drawn From Bees released their debut album, Fear Not The Footsteps Of The Departed, back at the end of May, just after getting back to Australia after showcasing at Musexpo LA. That debut album is the culmination of a two-year long project that saw them studiously fulfilling a self-imposed goal of writing, recording and releasing a new body of work every six months. Aside from the debut album, their four releases to date are now housed together as a special limited-release box set titled Elementary Tales For Young Girls & Boys. To help celebrate the fact that Drawn From Bees are heading into the Gaelic Theatre Saturday to launch their debut album, we have two Drawn From Bees packs, each including a box set of their entire catalogue and a double pass to the show, so email us with Drawn From Bees giveaway in the subject line by midday Friday.

STEVE ON HIS TODD You might know the name from his time with The Beta Band, or perhaps King Biscuit Time. Either way the Scotsman, singer and songwriter Steve Mason, now based in London, has decided it’s time to step out from the shadows of his former band personae and has cut a debut solo album, Boys Outside, released on Domino through EMI, and described by The Guardian as “hymnal electronic soul”. If you loved the Beta Band, you’ll be intrigued by what Mason is doing today and you can hear where he’s at on us. We have five copies of Boys Outside to give away, so email us with Steve Mason album giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 13 July.

RUN RUN RUNAWAY Long before The Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child, back in the 1970s, there was a girl band that really knew how to rock. They called themselves The Runaways and they gave the world the iconic guitarist Joan Jett and singer Cherie Currie. Their story has been adapted for the big screen by writer/ director Floria Sigismondi and playing the parts of Jett and Currie are Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. They were only together three years but cut five albums and lived the life, as the non-stop adrenaline rush of The Runaways makes all too clear. We have ten in-season double passes to The Runaways to give away, so email us with The Runaways giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 13 July. • 22 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

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We Are Scientists want to be your pleasure centre.

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Boys Like Girls dismiss their irrational fears.

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CW Stoneking was doing his thing before everyone came along with an old guitar with one string on it and a kind of hillbilly look about them. 39 You could try to draw Mark Lanegan out of his shell on stage, but don’t hold your breath. 40 The Drums find themselves sandwiched between Jay-Z and Lady Gaga.

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On The Record reviews new release albums and singles from Cabins, Chemical Brothers, Parkway Drive and more. 44 With a light heart and a playful kind of spirit, Ash Grunwald sets about creating his new album. 46 Amy Meredith get off to a flying start. 46 Sleigh Bells manage to find a singer in a restaurant. 46 The Morning Benders are wary of giving up creative control, but it’s okay when it’s to a member of Grizzly Bear.

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Young Heretics get childish.

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Cola Wars bring out the positive energy in every star sign in the room along the way to making their new album. 47 Things get heavy as we give you the Sydney Metal Guide.

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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. 57

FRONT ROW iOTA talks cabaret ahead of his performance at Late Night Lounge; 7Up looks at sequels; This Week In Arts plans your week; Snapshot looks at a Play Now Act Now winner; Shakespeare’s R&J gets reviewed. 58 David Simon (creator, The Wire) discusses his new show, Treme; The Karate Kid and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse get reviewed. 59 Cultural Cringe looks at the week in arts news and gossip; Todd Van Voris takes a Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Dieter Brummer and Diarmid Heidenreich wax lyrical about their career revivals in Underbelly: The Golden Mile; A Little Night Music is reviewed; the B Sharp 2010 season two gets previewed. 60 Trevor Ashley prepares for I’m Every Woman at the Sydney Opera House this week; Cageling gets reviewed. 61

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 muses on the strength of song in shared experiences in The Breakdown. 76 Backstage – your guide to studios, recording, courses and more.

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NO SUMMER LOVIN’

Dear Drum,

Dear Drum,

I have a dilemma and I need assistance. I scored tickets to Mumford & Sons in Enmore on Tuesday 3 August. This is good. But I now see that Frightened Rabbit are also touring Sydney, playing the Factory Theatre on the same date. This is bad. How can I possibly be in two places at the same time? I guess I’ll have to consult the Amazing Mumford to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

So, slowly we’re starting to see some big names emerge touring in our summer. And while they are indeed big name acts, one can’t help but notice they’re decidedly aimed towards an older audience. That’s not to say someone like, say, The Eagles, would attract its share of younger fans, but I’d bet the majority of the audience witnessing them on this tour would have the odd grey hair. I’ve even seen names like Chicago and even Smokie being announced as playing here in the months to come. And I can’t think of anyone who would want to see Michael Buble besides my mum and her friends. None of those appeal to me at all, so I’m wondering how am I going to spend my summer? The weather will be fine and I’ll want to experience some good music in the warmer months, but so far none of those acts appeal to me. What am I to do?

Shane Alexandria We suspect you’re not alone – such a dilemma often appears around festivals when you have so many acts doing sideshows and only a limited timeframe to put them on while they’re in the country. We could lend you our cloning machine to enable you to attend both, but we’d have to swear you to secrecy and… oh no, I’ve said too much already, aaaargh… – Former Ed Thanks for your letter. Such a thing as a cloning machine is a preposterous idea. Ahem. – Ed

FEES SCHMEES Dear Drum, I am writing to express my disgust in Ticketek’s nerve to charge over inflated transaction fees. Many letters have been written to Drum over the years about inflated ticket prices and if they are not high enough already, these so called transaction fees are rubbing the salt in the wound. Cases in point Bon Jovi have a minimum $15.75 transaction fee, Leonard Cohen has $17.70, Metallica have $15.90 and Eagles have $18.10. I know it’s a quick money grab since concerts like Blondie/Pretenders only have a $6.95 fee and Angus & Julia Stone, $7.15. What’s the difference? The popularity of the artists? The venues? I highly doubt it since acts like Pearl Jam, AC/ DC and Green Day did not have such high fees and they played equally sized or bigger venues. The venues and artists probably don’t even get a cent from any of the proceeds. Some of these concerts even advertise a transaction fee from $4.95, but the minimum you can actually pay is triple the amount! Whilst technically not false advertising, it’s outright insulting. If this continues, as someone who has attended well over 300 gigs in his lifetime (I’m 27), Ticketek are about to lose one very valuable customer.

Brookvale We noticed this on Ticketek’s website under sales for The Eagles’ tickets: “Guidelines released by the Reserve Bank of Australia, which regulate how credit card merchant fees are collected, allow for retailers to pass on the cost of credit card payments to the consumer. In this instance the promoter has elected to pass these fees onto consumers that are paying by credit card, and therefore the Transaction Fee has been increased to cover this cost”. Looks like we once again should have the banks in our sights for charging the fees in the first place. Meanwhile, if you can afford the $669.40 VIP Platinum Package for The Eagles, I’m pretty sure you won’t miss or even notice the $18.10 transaction fee. – Ed

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Five Dock Patience, Jacinta, patience. As sure as day follows night, we reckon you can expect the usual array of summer festival announcements in the weeks to come, so maybe start saving now so you don’t end up writing a letter to us a bit later lamenting how there is so much on over summer and just how can you afford to attend it all. – Ed

FAMILY FUN Dear Drum, Frenzal, Frenzal, Frenzal – what a treat! They give such excellent witty between song banter. It was a wonderful family bonding gig too, with the kids turning up to remember our days of driving from one end of Sydney to the other to Frenzal all ages gigs, plus they played the family song Punch In the Face and the parent’s favourite Bucket Bong (only because it’s such a catchy tune). Of course I would have loved Lindsay to wear his little black dress, but he’s possibly grown out of it by now. Jay’s hair is astounding! There’s nothing like the family getting together for Frenzal. Back to the ‘Dale again on Saturday night to get a bit of regurgitation with The Gurge. Haven’t seen them for a long time and they were fantastic and the Kong Foo Sing went down a treat. Definitely a crowd favourite still. Thanks as always to the ‘Dale for more rockin’ times to add to the countless other rockin’ nights at the ‘Dale and may there be many more – the Hard Ons are on their way! The excitement just never ceases. Note to Ed: your postscripts are so entertaining, I find myself reading them prior to reading the actual letter. Sometimes, I don’t even read the letter.

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NEWS@DRUMMEDIA.COM.AU A limited number of discounted pre-release three-day and family season tickets for Peats Ridge 2010, winner of the 2010 Greener Festival Award, go on sale 9am Monday through Oztix via the festival’s website. The line-up will be announced in August. Due to a rescheduling of the release of their next album, The Ting Tings have been obliged to delay their forthcoming Australian tour, which means they will not only not be performing at Splendour In The Grass but are also postponing their Sydney sideshow at the Enmore Theatre Wednesday 28 July. Refunds are available from point of purchase. The Middle East have also pulled out of Splendour, but stepping up to fill those gaps at the festival will be Sally Seltmann and Art Vs. Science. Further on Splendour, the Jager Cube will feature Sosueme DJs, The Vines DJs, Hey Now, Ember, Alison Wonderland and Murray Lake partying Saturday night, Joyride, The Gameboys, Calling In Sick, Cadillac, Hobogestapo, Frames, Mailer Daemon and Elaine Benes Friday and Bag Raiders, Knightlife, F.R.I.E.N.D/s DJs, Rogers Room and various Falcona DJs Sunday night.

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The Stereosonic music festival hits Sydney Saturday 27 November. Stay tuned for details on who will be performing. The inaugural Rodeo Rockfest kicks off way up in Ipswich at the end of the month, reaching Newcastle’s National Park No. 2 Sportsground Friday 8 through Sunday 10 October, Mt. Penang Gardens in Gosford Friday 22 through Sunday 24 and Penrith Panthers Friday 5 through Sunday 7 November. Details on the line-up when they come to hand.

Ukulele player Rose Turtle Ertler returns for the In Her Winter Kitchen Tour, playing the Royal Exchange Hotel Friday 16 July, The Vault Cabaret Saturday 17 and Nitro Septimus Sunday 18.

HWM + BS = YESSS

Old mate Chuck Ragan just couldn’t keep it too himself when he visited for the Revival Tour here earlier in the year, and we’ve now got dates and confirmation for the impending Hot Water Music and Bouncing Souls tour. You can all pat yourselves on the back for being damned good audiences, because the semiretired band don’t often make their way around the world these days. Playing in New Zealand before they land here, you can catch the two legendary acts at The Metro Theatre Friday 10 December. We know a lot of people who have been waiting a long time to see these bands…

Described as one of the most original and innovative bands of the modern psych, drone and doom metal genres, California’s Om come to the Factory Theatre Saturday 17 July, with guests, New York’s Lichen along with our own Blarke Bayer//Black Widow and Naked On The Vague. Lichens also do their own headline sideshow Tuesday 20 at the Sandringham.

WESTERN TRIBES Word from the west coast – it comes by email and telephone these days, so we know it’s still relevant – is that this band called Erasers is making some sweet noises. Nominated by our sister magazine Drum Media Perth last year as one of the two to keep tabs on, the duo has been developing the grassroots and DIY way, and their tribal art-rock output seems to be reaping the rewards. With their EP, Autumn, the catalyst for their first east coast adventure, they’ll be in the Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar Wednesday 21 July and the Red Rattler Friday 23 as part of the New Weird Australia showcase night.

The Annandale hosts the Splendour Sydney sideshow performance by Alberta Cross Saturday 24 July. UK three-piece The Joy Formidable are another of Splendour’s little gems that just also happens to have now been invited to open for The Temper Trap and Passion Pit when they play the Hordern Pavilion Tuesday 27 July and are even joining The Temper Trap in DJ mode down at the Beach Road Hotel Bondi Wednesday 28.

PEACED TOGETHER A true veteran of the Australian music scene, Ross Wilson’s career (which spans over 40 years) is about to get another addition with the release of his 15th studio album, I Come In Peace. A collection of 11 new tracks, the disc was recorded late last year in both Nashville and Melbourne and produced by Mark Moffatt, who’s best know for being behind the desk for The Saints’ seminal record, I’m Stranded. Hitting the beaten path to launch the record, Wilson will be at The Basement, Circular Quay, Saturday 14 August and Waves at Towradgi Beach Hotel Sunday 15.

UK songbird Laura Marling returns to Sydney Sunday 1 August to play the Factory Theatre in addition to the sold out Metro show the day after. When Sigur Ros singer Jonsi heads back down after performing at Splendour to play the Enmore Theatre Monday 2 August, New Zealand duo Seth Frightening will be opening the show for him. Splendour Sydney sideshow visitors Surfer Blood hit town Tuesday 3 August to play the Manning Bar. Due to that good old popular demand, Blondie and The Pretenders have been persuaded to add a third and final Enmore Theatre concert Thursday 9 December to their forthcoming Australian tour together. Cabins will be opening for San Diego four-piece The Soft Pack at the Oxford Art Factory Wednesday and then head south with them, returning to join the FBi Sydney Sounds-Like fundraiser at the Metro Saturday 17 July. Currently doing the Warped Tour in the US, Parkway Drive should be well pleased to see that their new album, Deep Blue, debuted at #2 in the national ARIA chart, which should auger well for a cracker of a national album tour when they return in September, accompanied by The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside and 50 Lions, hitting the Hordern Pavilion Friday 24, the Royal Theatre Canberra Saturday 25 and Panthers Newcastle Monday 27. It’s beards all over Sydney this week, as our cover story makes clear, so it’s logical that Adelaide’s most hirsute combo, The Beards, should also return, as they do Friday night to play the Sandringham. Siren Lines have been invited to tour with Melbourne’s Young Heretics to help them launch their new album, We Are The Lost Loves, with Guineafowl joining them when they hit town to play Spectrum Saturday. Reforming in 2008, Melbourne’s The Badloves have been working on their third album but are taking a break and passing through town on their way to playing Lizotte’s Newcastle Saturday 17 July and Lizotte’s Kincumber Sunday 18, supported both nights by The Widowbirds. Renamed PVT, the former Pivot release their new album, Church With No Magic, Friday 16 July, and take it out for a trot with Seekae along for the ride playing the Manning Bar Saturday 21 August. • 26• THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

CALLING ALL CARS

Music from both ends of the spectrum this week, Delta Spirit if you vibe on the Cold War Kids and Itch-E & Scratch-E if you vibe on ‘90s electro. They’re free, so get ‘em while they’re not hot – universalmusic.net.au/freedownloads/streetpressaustralia. Itch-E & Scratch-E r.E.f.r.E.s.h. (feat. Scribe) (Santiago & Bushido Remix) r.E.f.r.E.s.h. is not only a sub-editor’s nightmare, but the latest single from iconic local electronic duo Itch-E & Scratch-E. Making its way into the ARIA Club Chart Top 10, this comeback track features vocals from New Zealand’s platinumboasting MC, Scribe. The track is out now on Hussle recordings and comes from the forthcoming album, Hooray For Everything!!!, out 23 July. Delta Spirit Golden State California’s Delta Spirit return with the follow-up to their lauded debut, Ode To Sunshine, with an album recorded at Prairie Sun Studio C, the same place Tom Waits has recorded almost exclusively since 1991. The album, History From Below, aims to capture that powerful energy that radiates musically, lyrically and vocally when on stage. Stand out track, Golden State is an indicator of the passion with which the band sings of tragedies and joy, with the line, “Good friends remain/ even through the pain/of the long road ahead.” Hopefully we’ll be trekking the road with them.

AIMING FOR THE TOP After releasing their debut and long overdue album, Hold, Hold, Fire, Calling All Cars also notched up an array of support slots – they don’t get much bigger in Aussie rock than AC/DC and Grinspoon. Almost entirely perceived as a support act, they’re about to break out of the mould they’ve created for themselves this September with their own headline album launch tour. Thursday 9 they’ll be at Wollongong University and Friday 10 the Annandale Hotel. Joining the pop-rock outfit will be Brisbane’s Numbers Radio and Perth’s Young Revelry.

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ANGELIC ADVENTURES With the type of voice that we mere mortals only hear in our dreams, Katherine Jenkins is returning to Australia in October. The Welsh-born opera-meets-pop songbird (it’s that pop influence that has allowed her to sell over four million records worldwide across seven albums) has performed for everyone from the Queen to the Pope, as well as such greats like Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli. Returning after 2006’s sold-out venture and last year’s promotional journey, Jenkins will play the State Theatre Saturday 23 October. Our own Mark Vincent will be warming the crowd up.

TRANS FUNK Hailing from Adelaide and drawing influences from all over the funk and soul spectrum, The Transatlantics are hitting the road in support of their debut and selftitled album. Their points of reference are from both modern favourites on Daptone to those of the more time-honoured Stax, Motown and Hi ranks. They’ll be touring with Kon (one half of Kon & Amir) who’s currently spinning vinyl on his own before release of the new Off Track project from the duo. Saturday 21 August the tour hits The Basement, Circular Quay.

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THE DOMNICKS

JOE’S MATES – HIS SONGS This year’s Revolution Rock event, which pays tribute to The Clash and the Mescalero’s Joe Strummer, has stepped up a gear. The annual Sydney event will take place at the Annandale Hotel Saturday 28 August and be headlined by Perth’s The Domnicks – which actually features Nick Sheppard who was an admittedly brief member of The Clash during the Cut The Crap era – The Rumjacks, The City Lights, Madonna and The Tearaways. All proceeds from the night go to Strummerville, the charity that aims to create opportunities for aspiring musicians.

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After the moniker-swapping and general confusion that saw their formation, L.A. Guns turned into one of the most important bands in the Los Angeles glam-metal scene. Involved in the formation of Guns N’ Roses before they shook themselves out, founding member Tracii Guns is bringing the band to Australia for no real reason other than to rock the fuck out. Wouldn’t hedge your bets on a Guns N’ Roses tour later in the year, so if you want your ‘80s LA glam rock fix best get a ticket to The Forum Friday 3 September.

GREAT CLUB NIGHT The third edition of the Oxford Art Factory’s Revenant Club will see Melbourne’s one-man band Great Earthquake launch his new album, Drawings. Sounding very much like a film soundtrack, his band name is probably a fair indication of his sound. Also performing on the night will be Loene Carmen, who we can assure will be bringing the party up in a sassy blues sort of way, Lyth And Tropics, Leroy Macqueen & The Gussets and Moody Kee Jams. It happens Wednesday 21 July.


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BRAND NEW HEAVIES

THIS IS HEAVY, DOC In the same week that the Transatlantics have announced a national tour, so too have a British band that you feel must have had some sort of influences on the Adelaide outfit. Brand New Heavies are finally bringing their funk and soul to Australia, with four of the original members (Simon Bartholomew (guitar), Jan Kincaid (drums), Andrew Levy (bass) and N’Dea Davenport (vocals). Pivotal in the acid jazz movement, they picked up a slew of top 20 songs in the process. Thursday 19 August they’ll arrive at The Metro Theatre.

LAST FRIGHTS

The Scary Kids Scaring Kids journey is almost over, the break up – which came about due to mounting internal tensions – is official and new side projects are being developed. However in a surprise move, the Arizona post-hardcore six-piece has announced an Australian and New Zealand tour to say farewell properly to we fans in the southern hemisphere. With Mod Sun, the hip hop alter ego of session drummer Derek Smith, and Perth’s We Are The Emergency opening the tour, Saturday 21 August they’ll be at The Factory with Stealing O’Neal, Sunday 22 Wollongong City Diggers with Conspiracy Plan and Thursday 26 the Cambridge Hotel with The Mission In Motion.

SMOKE LIKE IT’S THE ‘70S British pop-smiths Smokie are heading to the land down under for their first major and extensive tour in ten years. Formed in the dying breaths of the ‘60s, it wasn’t until the ‘70s that they became an international force, storming the charts with tracks like If You Think You Know How To Love Me, Don’t Play Your Rock’n’Roll To Me, It’s Your Life, Living Next Door To Alice and Oh Carol. Luckily, the songs themselves have aged better than their names and you’ll be able to witness that at the Enmore Theatre Sunday 28 November.

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CAN’T KEEP THEM DOWN One of the surprise packages of this year’s Soundwave Festival, You Me At Six are the young guns of the pop rock/punk scene, following the trail blazed by Paramore and desperately trying to hold onto their integrity, as vocalist Josh Franceschi told Drum just before that festival. Their second album, Hold Me Down, was brand new back then, and that’s partly what’s inspired their quick return, giving the fans another taste now that they’re familiar, The Audition will be joining them for the tour. Sunday 26 September they both head into The Metro.

THE GOOD STORM Sunderland’s Leatherface have built an enviable and sturdy reputation since their formation over two decades ago. The punk legends reunited the songwriting teams that garnered that term, Frankie Stubbs and Dickie Hammond, for their new album, The Stormy Petrel, which is out now and regarded as a stunning return to form – words are being thrown around that matches it to the calibre of 1992’s classic, Mush. Playing the Poison City Weekender Fest (a Melbourne festival that’s yet to get to Sydney) they’ll also be playing The Sandringham Hotel Sunday 12 September with Lungs and The Optionals supporting.

THY BLOOD RUNS BLACK A product of the Western Sydney metal-core scene, Thy Art Is Murder are proving that there’s enough scene to yell and scream about still. The last two years they’ve been riding on the back of 2008’s EP, Infinite Death, slowly building momentum and honing their gore-riddled craft. Now their debut full-length, The Adversary, has got a solid release date (Friday 16 of this month) and they’re stepping out into a headliner’s role once again for an upcoming tour. Get your death metal fix Friday 30 at Campbelltown PCYC, Saturday 31 during the day at Blacktown’s Masonic Hall and at night at SFX at Space and Sunday 1 August at The Wall during the day. They also hit the Cambridge Hotel Wednesday 4 (over 18) and Sunday 15 (all ages).

TWO AT A TIME Melburnites unite for the Woah Nelly tour. The Boo Hoo Hoos and The Ravenous will be in and out quick-smart, showcasing what they’ve got and then making a quick, clean getaway. The BHHs draw their influences from the likes of The Beatles, Jeff Buckley and The Strokes by their own admission, updating the sounds without any hanger on, whereas The Ravers tend to play something more akin to Ween or Weezer, delving into the world of powerpop whilst keeping a wondrous edge. Playing World Bar Friday 6 August, you can also catch the double header Saturday 7 at the Hamilton Station Hotel. • 28 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

RED DESCENDS

THE ART

FOLLOWING THEIR ART When they dropped the moniker The Follow, stopped dating Veronicas and stopped going missing in The States, The Art seemed to cut their own progress short. But since returning from America last year – a place where they spend a lot of their time; they’re primarily based in LA rather than Newtown these days – the moody rockers have built things up steadily, scoring support slots with Marilyn Manson, Them Crooked Vultures and The Pixies no less. With their debut album under the new name, Here Comes The War, due for release later in the year, they’re embarking on a national tour, hitting The Harp Wollongong Thursday 15 July, Manly Fisho’s Friday 16 and SFX at Space Saturday 17.

MUSIC GEOGRAPHY Seattle-based minimal soundscaper Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) is coming to Australia, bringing his electronic textures with him. There are classical elements, seaside influences, a floating feel and it’s all done extremely patiently – without any urgency at all in fact. Making the trip over to promote his new solo album, The North Bend, which is meant to represent the American Pacific North-west’s rugged terrain, he’ll be at El Rocco’s Sunday 15 August, at Headlands Hotel’s 1/4 Inch. You want loud good times – check the HWM announcement. You want to float away under tones and currents – Rafael’s your man.

THE FIRE INSIDE Charging out of Brisbane with their eyes set on the east coast, My Fiction will be showing off their debut album, FIREROMANCEFIRE. Currently enjoying rotation on triple j with the track, Every June, they even scored a rage Indie Clip Of The Week spot. With the album due out this month, they’re launching it on the date in their hometown before heading down to Melbourne and back up via Sydney. Specifically the Lansdowne Hotel Thursday 5 August with The Moments, The Written Crusade and The Company as supports.

WHAT TO DO WITH SOUND Touring with San Franciscan psych-drone outfit OM, Lichens is the solo experimental sound project of Rob Lowe (worked with 90 Day Men and now is a member of the OM touring party). A seated man with a guitar, distinct folk influences, a fair bit of sound manipulation and killer facial hair, he’s stepping out of the supporting roles to also play some headline shows of his own. Tuesday 20 July he’ll be at the Sandringham Hotel.

A BRIEF HOME STOP It appears that things are starting to tick over in the UK for Sydney’s indie-punk golden children Philadelphia Grand Jury. The record’s been released and those tastemakers over at the BBC have started to play a few tracks on the radio. They’ve also lined up a world tour to keep things rolling and if you noticed the lineup for FBi’s Sydney Sounds-Like show at The Metro Theatre, you’ll know that it includes Australia. In between Los Angeles and Glasgow, that Metro show happens Saturday 17 July, and they’ll stick around to play The Beach Road Hotel Saturday 24. The latter’s free.

It’s not often that you really get to say goodbye, but Simply Red are giving their fans that exact opportunity when they return to Australia for the last time after 25 successful years. The brainchild of Mick Hucknall, they emerged from Manchester in the mid ‘80s and from there expanded all across the world. Now they’re calling it a day and will climax at London’s O2 arena. They’ve sold 55 million global record sales worldwide and this celebrated last visit is certain to tickets as hot property. Saturday 2 October they’ll play A Day On The Green at Bimbadgen Estate, and Tuesday the Sydney Opera House.

SEAMAN’S SCROLLS With three EPs to their name, Sydney’s own Found At Sea have finally taken the plunge and taken the full-length step. Lumières is its name and dark indie its nature. The lyrics of Ryan Linnegar take an important focus within the band’s sound as he draws on tales of dreams and waking up hopelessly lost. Formed in 2004, they’re adequately experienced for a band on their debut and they’ll be drawing on all of that to launch the album Saturday 17 July at the Gaelic Theatre. Decorated Generals, The Wonderful Lives and Valar will support for the evening.

THE DIGITAL AGE Now claiming to be positioned to become the biggest retailer of digital music in the southern hemisphere, Liquid Music can indeed boast an impressive catalogue of over eight million tracks. To celebrate their rise, they’ll be releasing a compilation of rising Australian artists, which they’ll launch at the Annandale Hotel Friday 30 July. The event will feature showcase performances and single launches from Henry Fraser & The Echo, Another Minute Past Midnight, Neo Stereo, Master Of None, Daniel Allars and Vision Alaska. The ticket price includes a digital copy of the compilation.

SEEING COLOURS Big-upped by none other than John Butler himself, Tinpan Orange will be joining the hugely successful Cat Empire on their European tour – but not before they headline their own Australian jaunt. Melbourne’s folk pop trio will be promoting one of their new singles, taken from their latest album, The Bottom Of The Lake. Saturday 14 August they’re at The Vanguard and Sunday 15 Shir Madness – the Jewish music festival in Bondi. Watch this space.

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WASHINGTON

BAND ON A RUN Usually regarded as a solo project with backing band, it seems like Washington’s namesake Megan Washington is now referring to her band as us, rather than me. Their debut album, I Believe You, Liar, will be released late July and seems to be shaping up as any good first album should – a record which has taken a lifetime to write. Unearthed (one of the proper ones, that they actually chose) last summer the band has gone from strength to strength, and they’ll remain on that trajectory right into the Grand Hotel, Wollongong Thursday 9 September, the Manning Bar Friday 10 and the Hunter Valley’s Funk N Grooves festival Saturday 11 (don’t let the name fool you – Gyroscope are headlining).


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AS SEEN ON JACKETS Touring on the back of their 11th studio album, Charged GBH (usually just known as GBH) are lookin’ your way and galloping straight ahead. Almost staple patch-wear on the jackets of punks and hardcore kids worldwide, the band released their solid aforementioned album, Perfume And Piss, earlier this year, their first since 2004’s Cruel And Unusual. Proving that age shall not weary them, expect the British stalwarts to tear the roof off the Gaelic Theatre Thursday 14 October.

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EXPLAINING THE WORLD

After the decision to go back and re-work an album that they weren’t completely happy with (they got Rob Schnapf to produce it in the end), the delays surrounding Children Collide’s second album, Theory Of Everything, have been resolved and it will be released late August. In keeping with the sci-fi and extra terrestrial explorations that they’re so good at, be assured nonetheless that the rock element hasn’t lost out. Fans can jump on their website now to join the singles club and get some super rare material in anticipation of their album release, and then the accompanying tour. Thursday 16 September they hit the Fitzroy Hotel, Friday 17 The Metro Theatre and Saturday 18 Wollongong Uni. Howl will support, though just now they’re heading into the studio to record their second EP with producer Woody Annison.

Right from the heartland that is Nashville, Tennessee, Midnight From Memphis are riding the bluegrass resurgence all the way to our shores. A collaborative project between young guns, together they’re pulling influence and inspiration from the old time blues, string music and the country folk of the homeland. Noted mandolinist and vocalist David Long is the leader of the pack, whilst guitarist Scott Simontacchi has a 15-year career that’s at odds with their youthful sound. Wednesday 14 July they’re at the Clarendon Guesthouse and Friday 16 The Harp, Tempe.

Just released is the latest selection from the triple j vaults, Live At The Wireless Volume 3, a CD/DVD release featuring performances by Florence & The Machine, The Presets, Lily Allen, Cold War Kids, The Specials, Paul Dempsey and more. Also out now is the second album from San Diego five-piece Delta Spirit, History From Below. Featuring a duet with Julia Stone, folk blues singer songwriter Jez Mead has just released his fourth album, Beard Of Bees. Currently touring the US opening for The Flaming Lips, Brooklyn five-piece Fang Island have just released their latest and selftitled album. Based in Hollywood the past ten years, Australian-born singer/ songwriter Gilli Moon releases her latest and sixth album, The Stillness, Friday. Singer and guitarist with The Delgados, Emma Pollock has released her second album, The Law Of Large Numbers. Two “DIY-or-die” brothers from Nashville, who go by the name JEFF The Brotherhood, release their debut album, Heavy Days. Also out Friday is the fourth album, Make Me A King, from Paul Capsis, reinterpreting songs by artists as diverse as Nina Simone and Garbage. Mama Kin is Danielle Caruana, a classical pianist who changed direction when she discovered Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin. She’s also Mrs. John Butler and releases her debut album, Beat And Holler, Friday. Just for a change, a band is releasing an album on a Thursday, in this case Sydney three-piece The Shake Up, who drop their debut album, …if you no shame, on this very Thursday. While the punters that will be hitting Sydney Entertainment Centre in October will be waiting for the big hits of the ‘70s, Peter Frampton isn’t sitting around milking the legacy, as is obvious from the release Friday of his latest album, Thank You Mr Churchill. Former Verve main man Richard Ashcroft releases his latest album, RPA & The United Nations Of Sound, Friday 16 July, just in time for his Australian tour. Heading across the Tasman to join the Splendour festivities, New Zealand’s favourite sons, Fat Freddy’s Drop release their latest album, recorded in London, Live At The Roundhouse, Friday 16 July. Written in exotic locales as diverse as Paris and Coonabarabran, Darren Hanlon releases his fourth studio album, I Will Love You At All, Friday 16 July. Putting down the lute, Sting picked up the acoustic guitar and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to re-imagine, with symphonic arrangements, songs he wrote for The Police as well as his solo catalogue and recorded the results as Symphonicities, out Friday 16 July. Fresh out of Minnesota, Adam Young calls himself Sky Sailing when he’s recording and performing and releases his debut album as such, An Airplane Carried Me To Bed, Friday 16 July. Recorded in Nashville and Melbourne, Ross Wilson releases his 15th album, I Come In Peace, his first new album in eight years, Friday 16 July. British rapper Professor Green, whose latest single, Just Be Good To Green, features guest vocals from Lily Allen, releases his latest album, Alive Till I’m Dead, Friday 16 July. Perth four-piece The Bank Holidays release their second album, Sail Becomes A Kite, Saturday 17 July. Alaskan heavy metal kids 36 Crazyfists release their latest album, Collisions And Castaways, Friday 23 July. Birds Of Tokyo release their latest and self-titled album Friday 23 July. Put a note in the diary to remind you that the new album from The Pernice Brothers, Goodbye, Killer, will be released locally Sunday 25 July. • 30 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

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FRONTLASH

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Taking The Gruen Transfer to the election. Thank God, someone needed to do it.

LATE NIGHT SPORT Just as things are winding down – bring on Le Tour! (Hot tip: turn down the Australian commentator and turn on some world music to accompany the scenery before Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen come on.) Mondays do hurt more though…

OMAR & JOHN Rafael Anton Irisarri’s announcement inspired a replaying of the collaborative record Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & John Frusciante. Two masters, one album. Brilliance ensues.

THE STATE WITHOUT A POPE WHEN THE POPE LICENSE WAS ABOLISHED IT WAS MEANT TO FIX A LOT OF THINGS. AS DRUM’S SCOTT FITZSIMONS TAKES ANOTHER LOOK INTO THE STATE OF THE SCENE, A YEAR ON, WHAT HAVE THE CHANGES REALLY ACHIEVED?

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There is actually literally too much on in one night. Even with Metal For The Masses and FBi’s Choose Your Own Adventure starting early, it is all physically too much for one individual. Should be a good night wherever you end up.

TING TINGS/MIDDLE EAST Out of Splendour. No more packed party mayhem ala Big Day Out (Tings) or weirdly intimate festival sets (Middles). Art Vs Science and Sally Seltmenn got the call-up though. Able replacements.

TRACKWORK It makes staying home all the more appetising when you have to catch two trains and a bleedin’ bus to get anywhere.

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n 26 October 2009, the Place of Public Entertainment (PoPE) license was abolished for NSW venues. What that meant was that venues looking to host live entertainment, including music, no longer had to apply to the local council, so long as it was part of the venue’s main business and did not fundamentally change the principal use of the venue, as it would be covered in their development applications. The changes came after the closure of The Hopetoun Hotel – previously one of the few venues in Sydney to host live music every night of the week – and were greeted by the music community highly favourably. Eliza Sarlos, creative director of not-for-profit music industry association MusicNSW, told Drum that the visible changes have been underwhelming. “There has been a difference but it has not been the massive difference that I think we’d hoped,” she admits speaking as both a MusicNSW representative and a member the music community. “I think the difference that you see is predominately in cafés that can now have music in addition to their service. But it’s not so much a live music-specific venue that we’ve seen emerge, which is disappointing.” She says that there’s still the potential for the changes to develop the scene as we’d all hoped, but there are other elements that need to be installed. “I think there’s been a real lack of communication around the changes. For example, if I were someone that was thinking about establishing a music venue, there isn’t that much information available easily to someone like me to try and

find out what kid of regulations have changed and why it’s massively different to how it was before. People need to know that there’s no longer all this red tape around having live music at a venue.” Is the government actively lending its support? “If you had not used the word ‘active’ I would have said yes, absolutely. I think the government totally supports the cultural value of live music, but I don’t thing there’s a lot of activity around that support. These regulation changes were incredible, but without following that up with the support, whether that’s through communication, or with someone actively being a go-to person between potential venues and local councils and State Government, I think that the effects are really limited.”

John Cass, owner of The Vanguard, is also yet to see any trickle-through from the changes. “No not really. I celebrate the work of [campaigner] John Wardle and the changes he made, but it has only made it easier to host music if you are a café or small restaurant. Real live music venues still have to adhere to the stringent fire safety laws.” These sentiments are echoed by Sandringham Hotel owner Tony Townsend and Gaelic Theatre manager Narissa Mathews, as they’d already jumped the hoops, so to speak, on the way to the PoPE. “Not [the Gaelic] per se,” said Matthews. “But it has helped foster more music in other places that normally wouldn’t have had it. If we can create a culture where people want to go out to see music more often, then we will all benefit.” Townsend also agrees that the level of support is a factor as much as anything else. “Live music is making a comeback but we must maintain and support a ‘live performance’,” he told Drum. “We all have to lift our game and I am aware that it’s no longer the ‘70s/’80s, but, if we all work on it, it can be as strong as it was back then. Seven days a week. The scene was so strong then that even bands such as The Cure, Dead Kennedys and PiL played in your local pub.” Undoubtedly though, if the venues themselves find it easier to host live music the pressure on artists to pull a large crowd week-inweek-out would lighten and from there the support would grow.

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ELIZA SARLOS The changes the PoPE’s abolition heralded were positive, no doubt, but as Sarlos points out it’s still difficult to run a dedicated music venue – a place where musicians should be showcased on stages as opposed to on café floors, with bands squeezing their guitarists and drummer into corners, which is inevitably going to hinder how well they can express themselves. “It needs to be for young entrepreneurs, or just advocates of live music, to be able to have live music in their spaces, and I think so much of the hard work has been done that the changes need to be communicated more effectively… We’re almost a year on from when the PoPE had been officially lifted and the impact hasn’t been as phenomenal as it should’ve been, that’s what’s holding back live music.” With regards to the Hopetoun Hotel, unfortunately there is nothing new to report about its possible re-opening as the building continues to stand sadly dormant. The lack of communication of progress there mirrors the relationship between the government and budding live music venues and “advocates”.


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IRON & WINE

BEARD ROCK Beards in music used to be considered incredibly passé, with the notable exception of ZZ Top (who you always felt were taking the piss in this regard anyway). While beards have been all the rage in heavy circles for a while (think Mastodon, Lamb Of God, Clutch et al) they are now so common in the indie realm that there’s a new sub-genre known as ‘beard rock’. Band Of Horses are of course at the vanguard of this burgeoning movement, but others flying the fluff include:

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IRON & WINE The quietly-spoken singer is more beard than man. His beard is so conspicuous that it probably has a name. Constantly asked about it in interviews, Beam claims that it’s “a product of laziness” and hints at it being a beard of necessity in the bedroom as well, claiming that his wife hates how he looks without it. FLEET FOXES Usually run at a beard ratio of about 80 percent hirsute. Not bad at all. Frontman Robin Pecknold was just out of his teens when they broke and must have been grooming his whiskers for the big time since puberty, because his chin action would have made Ned Kelly blush.

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BASSPLAYER BILL REYNOLDS FROM BAND OF HORSES CHATS WITH NICK ARGYRIOU ABOUT THE BAND’S MOST DEMOCRATIC RECORD TO DATE AND THE START OF A FRUITFUL ERA FOR THE BAND.

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outh Carolina-based indie country musical collective Band Of Horses are only three records into their career yet all of its individual members have been around for years in various solo guises. All making a name for themselves before joining Ben Bridwell (the sole remaining founding BoH member), Ryan Monroe (keyboards) and drummer Creighton Barrett, who both recorded with Bridwell on 2007’s Cease To Begin, were soon joined by songwriter and guitarist Tyler Ramsey along with buddy, bass player and studio engineer Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers) during the tour of that record. These five men have remained together ever since. While you wouldn’t automatically refer to Band Of Horses as a supergroup akin to the likes of Monsters Of Folk or Them Crooked Vultures, Bridwell and co – much like the post A Ghost Is Born Wilco lineup – have finally assembled as the most complete band of players that should see them stick together over the next decade plus. “Since I’ve been in the group we’ve had a few people come in and out and they were nice people but just weren’t the right fit. And now, with the five of us, we really know how to communicate and not turn into this messy shaped soup, if you know what I mean,” bass player and the band’s least hairy member, Bill Reynolds explains. He’s also acutely aware that, although the band has locked into a fine musical groove, it’s Bridwell’s distinct, high-pitched vocals, crunchy guitars and ambiguous songwriting that Band Of Horses have as its nucleus. “None of us ever came into the band and said, ‘Oh, let me take over this damn thing.’ We just don’t work like that. With Band Of Horses, it’s all about working for what’s best for the band.” There’s no question that Band Of Horses’ third record, Infinite Arms, is a definitive band record. It’s a true

collaboration between its five members, all working strenuously to produce, arguably, the outfit’s finest record thus far. It’s no doubt the band’s most mature sound, testament to the growth of the unit since 2008. Reynolds agrees. “Well yeah, we’ve been on the road touring since the beginning of Cease To Begin, which is almost three years, so as a band we’ve been bouncing ideas off each other for a while. And when we went in to make this new record we started in the studio in Muscle Shoals [Sound Studios]) because we wanted to make a record that really sounds like guys playing together. The whole point was to capture us live; to make it sound more like the band records we listen to.” With the variation emanating from Infinite Arms being the record’s strength, it’s the layered West Coast-style harmonies that shine as they bubble to the surface and add to Bridwell’s trademark falsetto holler. With Tyler Ramsey – who released his solo debut, A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea, just prior to joining Band Of Horses, becoming the key go-to-man for Bridwell by ways of backing vocal and songwriting support – the two men now share a John Stirratt and Jeff Tweedy-type musical relationship that catapults Band Of Horses from good to great band. But again, we must be reminded that Infinite Arms is a total group effort. It’s an atmospheric record that’s also punchy and littered with degrees of rhythmic sizzle. The recording process oscillated between takes at Asheville, North Carolina studio, Echo Mountain and the infamous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, as Reynolds explains. “We went a little crazy with our demos prior to heading into the studio and even when we got to Muscle Shoals when we started sorting these, at times, eccentric songs, once we found our rhythm, things starting taking shape.”

The trials and tribulations that Bridwell endured in the lead-up to Band Of Horses’ third release have been well documented. Leaving Sub Pop in 2008 after the band’s initial contract had expired, Bridwell re-ignited his own independent label Brown Records before hooking up with Fat Possum, then moving Columbia to release Infinite Arms. Brown Records was Bridwell’s self-funded label set up pre-Band Of Horses from the money earned working a shitty hospitality job at the famed Seattle club The Crocodile. Arguably one of the most talented dishpigs on the planet, Bridwell bided his time, struggling for air in one sweat-box kitchen after the other, but the struggle has been worth it. Three evolving Band Of Horses records in the can, avoiding total bankruptcy and touring alongside the likes of Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Roger McGuinn have all helped shape the band into the powerful force it now is. “It was fun for the five of us to go into Muscle Shoals and Echo and work with Ben’s lyrics and just go crazy with the music... We had a blast with horn and string sections and making it fun for us – that was key,” Reynolds explains. Admitting that Infinite Arms is the sound of Band Of Horses really ‘getting their groove on’, Reynolds also suggests, beaming, that this feels like the beginning for the band, irrespective of the two previous – and albeit very good – Band Of Horses records, 2006’s Everything All The Time and 2007’s Cease To Begin. “This will be the first of many fine records with this line-up.” One of the more impressive aspects of the Infinite Arms’ sound is the fresh and intuitive playing heard throughout. At times it can be a little rough around the edges - all loose and ragged with diverse tempo shifts and in other instances clean-as-a-whistle, with big and bold instrumentation utilised. It’s the sound of a band

BLITZEN TRAPPER There’s some sweet facial hair within this northwest group, but mountain man drummer Brian Adrian Koch has one of the greatest beards ever, so wild-looking that it probably houses its own unique ecosystem.

figuring it out in the studio, playing off-the-cuff, all working for the song and trying to capture the moment. Compliments is a good case in point with the opening to that song very un-Band Of Horses-like, instead having an extreme Clash-esque anthemic feel at its core. It’s a strange but wonderful tune. “We loved the little accidents that made the songs better. Like instead of saying, ‘No, this can’t happen, let’s do the take again,’ we just went for it and kept going,” Reynolds admits. With the enigmatic bass player adding to the band collaboration and writing Blue Beard for the record (alongside Ramsey’s Evening Kitchen and Monroe’s Older), he explains that his song was inspired by a range of classical music and big symphonies he was listening to in 2009 and recalls the process of a simple idea making it all the way through from his Atlanta, Georgia home to the confines of the Muscle Shoals recording studio and onto the album. “I remember sending Ben the music and him being like, ‘Oh shit, this is awesome,’ and putting words to it. Then we both just really laughed at what it had become because it was just so out of control. But when we went in to record, it just found this sort of ‘70s supergroup sound so we went that route with it. So, really, it went from this big Live And Let Die feel to this supergroup thing out of nowhere and that typifies much of the album [laughs].” WHO Band Of Horses WHAT Infinite Arms (Columbia/Sony Music) WHEN & WHERE Thursday 29 July, The Enmore Theatre; Saturday 31, Splendour In The Grass

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IN THEIR PRACTICE SPACE WORKING HARD ON ALBUM NUMBER FOUR, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT AREN’T RUSHING THINGS AT ALL. DRUMMER BEN HALL TELLS BRENDAN CRABB ABOUT WORKING AT THEIR OWN PACE AND SCHEDULE THIS TIME AROUND.

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espite 2008’s Final Conversation Of Kings being the Brisbane rockers’ third consecutive gold record in this country, the sticksman explains that he doesn’t feel entirely comfortable with its place within their catalogue. “I think the biggest influence or the biggest experience [on their new material] was Final Conversation Of Kings; releasing that record and maybe not necessarily being happy with all of the songs that were on it,” Hall muses to Drum during a break between exhaustive writing sessions. “I think that’s kind of been the motivation behind the writing of the next record. We’re going to go out and write ten or twelve songs that we really like and want to play live, so that when we hit the touring circuit again off the release of the next album it’s exciting and fresh for us. “It’s a bit of a long story but our manager left us, we were self-managed and I think we just kind of went, ‘Shit, we need to get a record out. We’ve got no manager and we need to keep the business flowing and moving forward.’ So we kind of committed to recording an album when I don’t necessarily think we were ready for it. In hindsight, we would have pushed it back a little and made sure we had the songs first. We gave ourselves a bit of time to write more songs, but at the end of it all I think we probably should have just taken the time and decided to record the album when we knew we had it in the bag.” So, are there many songs on Final… that he wishes they could have better fine-tuned then? “Yeah, or maybe just didn’t put it on the record in the first place,” he laughs. “Maybe just killed it when we first started writing it, say, ‘No, that’s actually just a shithouse song, don’t bother.’ Yeah, definitely, at least one or two I think. It

is kind of hard to get a full album that you really like after time goes by. But I mean, when I listen back to tracks from [2006’s] Imago or [2003 debut album] Begins Here and the [2001 debut] EP, they all kind of have their place in time. When I listen to some of the songs from the last record, I just kind of wonder what did I see in that one when I first started playing that made me go, ‘Yeah, fuck, that’s a great idea, let’s pursue it?’ We agreed [to] write every idea out, not worry about any constraints or parameters and just write some six, seven-minute songs and see which bits work and which bits don’t work, [then] do all the culling towards the end of the process.” With several months worth of writing sessions for the next record already behind them (which Hall says is tentatively due mid-next year and is “a little bit more alternative” than their previous releases), things can get fiery within the ranks, but the drummer believes

that’s one of the keys to creativity. “The thing is with Clint [Boge, vocals], he’s very fast, so he’ll come in and sing on a riff in no time at all and pretty much have his part ready. So we’ve got to make sure that when we’re showing [him] a song that we’re all ready. What he’s been doing for the last couple of months now is coming to rehearsal every day and just sitting with us while we write the songs and try to knock bits and pieces that he’s not sure of on the head straight away. Because sometimes we’ll get a bit muso, artsy-fartsy,” he chuckles. “Then he’ll come in and go, ‘Well, what the fuck were you thinking with that part?’ We get attached to it and then there’s that whole, ‘Well, you didn’t live with it for three weeks, it’s actually great’ kind of thing. So he’s now coming in and just sort of going, ‘Cool, yep, okay, I see what you’re going for,’ or ‘Actually, you know what, that’s pretty fucking shit, you probably should scrap it.’

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“It leads to tension as well, but I think tension is good in the band and we’ve never been a band that’s been short of tension. I think maybe if we lost our tension then perhaps we’d probably end up being… Pearl Jam went from being just that amazing band and then I think the tension just left and they kind of started to write just really nonchalant rock. I’m not saying that I know that’s the case or not, but it’s like sometimes bands maybe lose the tension amongst the members that maybe they actually… The songs just turn shit; they start to write just average music. I don’t actually know if that was the case in Pearl Jam; I’ve always wondered if it was, ‘cause I know they were very angsty when they were younger. Eddie Vedder was very angsty and the vibe – they used to fight a lot. They seem to get on better as you watch DVDs of the band; they get on better and better as the career kind of fades away,” he laughs. This writer then brings up the example of Faith No More, who literally thrived on their dysfunctional nature. “They did, didn’t they?” the drummer ponders. “They were renowned for their tension. I guess some bands can probably write great songs without the tension too, but I think in our case it’s definitely if the vibe’s a little tense, then we’re probably working on something that’s good.” With the quartet also currently stockpiling material for an upcoming DVD, the release date of which is unconfirmed (“We’ve got hundreds of hours of footage; someone needs to go through that, but I’m not,” Hall laughs), they’re taking a break from the studio to hit the road yet again. “We’re going to throw a couple of new songs in so I’m really looking forward to that. I think from this tour you can just expect to see four guys who have had enough of sitting in the fucking rehearsal room for the past six months. I’m really looking forward to getting on the road and I think the boys are as well.” WHO The Butterfly Effect WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Hellenic Club Canberra; Saturday Newcastle Panthers; Sunday, Mona Vale Hotel; Wednesday 14 July, Campbelltown RSL; Thursday 15, Castle Hill RSL; Friday 16, Entrance Leagues

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EMBRACING DEATH’S INEVITABILITY HARD WORKING BUT UNASSUMING AT FIRST GLANCE, THE END RESULT OF DRAWN FROM BEES’ TWO-YEAR CREATIVE JAUNT IS WORTH EVERY OUNCE OF PERSEVERANCE. WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE INTENTIONS, DAN JAMES HOLDS SCOTT FITZSIMONS’ HEAD UNDERWATER AND TELLS HIM OTHER STORIES OF DEATH.

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his record is a massive culmination of everything we’ve wanted to do over the two years,” says Dan James, frontman with Brisbane quartet Drawn From Bees. He’s talking about Fear Not The Footsteps Of The Departed, the album that has emerged from their self-imposed deadlines of delivering a record every six months. It’s the last in the series and undoubtedly their finest moment. Lazy ‘60s references fuse with a Sub Pop indie intelligence and four-part harmonies that carry the whole package away. You could call them an equivalent to Sydney’s Belles Will Ring, but Drawn From Bees are far too busy for comparisons. They are collective of four songwriters who are producers of various professionalism in their own right, which made the deadlines easier to deal with. “It’s kind of handy not ever having to sit back and think if I want to make changes I’ve got to pay for it… [We were] constantly coming up with ideas. Putting the deadline on ourselves was just really an experiment, we didn’t think we were even going to vaguely achieve it. But as soon as you start putting random deadlines on yourself you seem to push yourself harder. “As far as creativity goes, even when we weren’t recording or writing we were just looking for ideas to put into the next record – and it’s really cool to have a purpose. You set yourself this two-year goal and you just spend all this time working towards it. It’s almost like you don’t stop to look back or think about it, you just go with it and try and achieve it.” The band’s democratic nature – if 25 percent of the group wasn’t satisfied with something, anything, the other 75 would heed – meant that a lot of ideas, if not fully-fledged songs, spent time on the backburner, waiting for the time when they’d be incorporated into another group of ideas. The band can thank technology for the large computer storage system that made such a library possible. Obviously then, each of the releases – The Boy And The Ocean (2008), And The Blind Shall Lead The Way (2009), The Sky Is Falling (2009) and Fear Not The Footsteps Of The Departed (May) – are intrinsically tied to one another. “The four records are themed,” James confirms. “The first was water, second was very loosely themed around fire, third was air, fourth earth and we were always intending to do a box set called Elementary Tales For Young Boys And Girls.” The immediate perception of Fear Not… doesn’t lend itself to ‘earth’ though. A collection of good indie tunes, after the first listen it felt like the record had given all it’s got. Wondrously, after further attention to the narratives, by the third listen it had opened up a whole new scope of captivating depth. “The whole record is themed, in hopefully not a negative way, about death. About the passing of life, going into the earth and all that sort of thing. One of the songs is about euthanasia and another of the songs is taking care of funeral arrangements; things like that. But we’re trying to not make it seem like a negative thing,” he stresses, “almost like death is a part of what you do. It just is, it’s not positive or negative, it’s just there.” They’re not so much personal experiences as they are possibilities the band – lyrics are collaborative, with final editing done by James and bassist Stew Riddle – create for themselves. But there are reference points. “I have some relatives who are at that stage where they’re sitting in waiting rooms for death and they’ve completely lost their mind and all they want to do is… I mean, Raven [D Jones guitars/keys]’s grandmother so many times said to him, ‘I just want this to be over.’ And there’s this weird point with a lot of people where they just go, ‘Look, I’m ready. It’s not a bad thing, I’m ready to go.’ It’s a very tricky subject and the reflection on that particular song’s quite macabre.” Said song, an album highlight, is Lights On, a calming wash in the middle of the album that boasts an atmosphere perfected to its purpose. “It’s about holding someone’s head underwater, while they drown… It’s very cheery.” The effort put into the storytelling – if lyrics don’t stand up when spoken aloud, they don’t make it to a melody – is just another indicator of the band’s desire to offer more than just music. James cites growing up in the ‘80s, whereby a vinyl record was an artwork with liner notes to be obsessed over. It was a trademark of an era that valued packaging (even if those artists hadn’t intended it) about which Drawn From Bees are obsessed, though living in an era that values immediacy. Maybe it’s fitting then that Fear Not… requires real patience to be really absorbed. “There’s more to it than just writing music. There’s a literature aspect to the way a band is and there’s also an artistic aspect to the way they portray themselves and everything is about creating a world… That’s why if you open the record on the inside there’s a little note to Ailene. You know when you get second-hand books… and you open this book and you’re like, ‘Wow, this is something that someone’s previously read and loved and now it’s mine.’” The limited edition box set Elementary Tales… collects the band’s releases in a move that James admits is odd for such a young band, but still felt like the right thing to do in their world. This meticulous nature is holistic. The production features, “radio tape samples, doors slamming, people dropping keys, kind of really beaten-up old tape samples,” which all play a part in creating the Drawn From Bees atmosphere. “Creatively we feel like we’re peaking at the moment and I guess we’ve put out a record we’re extremely proud of… So at the moment it’s a bit delirium for us, because we didn’t expect to be suddenly touring around different countries and [have] had the impact that the records have.” WHO Drawn From Bees WHAT Fear Not The Footsteps Of The Departed (Bonefinger) WHEN & WHERE Saturday, Gaelic Theatre

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Wednesday 7th July.................... MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLERS MUSICIANS’ MASTERCLASS 5-6.30PM A rare opportunity to join the multi-award winning musicians, composers and producers of Mysterious Travellers for an informative master class covering sax, keys, bass, drums and percussion, including solo and band performances. See below for more details.

MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLERS A Tribute to Weather Report At last, a world class tribute to one of the greatest and most influential JazzRock fusion groups, Weather Report. In the early Seventies, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter formed Weather Report with an evolving line-up of virtuoso musicians and now, some of our finest pay homage: Dale Barlow, Fabian Hevia, John Prior, Bill Risby, and Phil Scorgie.

Thursday 8th July...................... PETULANT FRENZY PLAY THE MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA Pat Sheil from SMH sums up the Petulant Frenzy experience nicely: ‘Describing Petulant Frenzy as a Frank Zappa covers band is akin to describing the Australian Chamber Orchestra as a group that rehashes old Mozart hits. But the back-handed compliment of being a ‘hot covers band’ was shrugged off by the Frenzy many moons ago, as a devoted audience of Jazz musicians and rabid nostalgics realised they were not simply a note-for-note re-enactment.

Friday 9th July........................... HOTEL CALIFORNIA - A Tribute to The Eagles *9PM START* The Access All Eras crew have honed their skills with this show to bring to life the ultimate in Californian Rock, where song writing and musicianship meet at the highest level. The brilliant song writing of Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey are given new breath by the Hotel California (Sydney) band. This is an amazing show featuring all the big hits by the Eagles, reproduced by some of Sydney’s best musicians.

Saturday 10th July..................... FLAVA IN YA EAR! A Tribute to Bad Boy Entertainment + DJ Shorty Lead by Sydney’s very own Young Boy Old Soul, Mike Champion and introducing one hot female vocalist, Miss Bernie Love, with their band The Harlem Knights, Soulstation.com.au and CMS present a tribute to one of the world’s Baddest Labels and its artists - from Notorious BIG to 112, Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, Mario Winans, Total and of course Mr Bad Boy himself Diddy. In true Diddy style, a strictly All White dress code is in action.

Sunday 11th July......................... CLOSED

Monday 12th July........................ TBA

Tuesday 13th July....................... JENNY BIDDLE + Kate Gogarty + Aaron Culigan *8:30PM START* Winner of the 2009 Port Fairy Folk Festival Just Guitars: Best Artist Award, Jenny Biddle is one of the most versatile and well-seasoned songwriters of her time. The multi-instrumentalist stands out with her blistering guitar skill and heartfelt touch to the piano, combining a jaw-dropping ear for melody, and humble, straight-to-the-core lyrics.

Wednesday 14th July.................. TBA

Thursday 16th July..................... MIKE HUDSON Writing and singing for 10 years Mike Hudson returns after last seen here with Leo Sayer late last year. With a nostalgic and signature mix of contemporary Folk, Ballad and Rock, Mike draws inspiration from his vast travels, absorbing the sounds and sights of lands afar and pouring them into his music.

Friday 17th July......................... PROFESSOR GROOVE’S BLAXPLOITATION 2010 W. The Booty Affair Pempestra + DJ Stephen Ferris It’s time to stroll down to the sleaziest soulsonic shakedown this side of Harlem circa 1973. Featuring Australia’s very own Mack Man: the pimp rolling, streetworking, high risk player Professor Groove, and a raft of special guest hustlers and ho’s, we’re talking the sinister, atmospheric funk and soul tracks from films recorded originally by soul greats Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Willie Hutch.

Saturday 18th July..................... RUMOURS – A Tribute to FLEETWOOD MAC Access All Eras is presenting the ultimate Fleetwood Mac show where the band will be performing the catalogue from the early blues period to the contemporary hits. The success of Rumours, one of the biggest selling albums of all time has made this show one of the hottest tickets in town. Fleetwood Mac have an eclectic catalogue and the house band and guest singers will bring some gorgeous interpretations to the back catalogue on this night. Featuring Sarina Jennings, Damien Lovelock, Amanda Easton, Floyd Vincent, Lloyd G, Steve Bull, Nick Meredit, and Clare O Meara.

Coming Soon Book Now 9251 2797 Mon 19 DRUMSCENE LIVE FEAT. STEVE SMITH, MICHAEL BARKER & DEREK RODDY Tue 20 MATT RALPH BAND + NICK ARNOLD BAND + UNDER THE PURPLE TREE + PAUL PRESTIPINO

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A FORMULA FOR FUN

WE ARE SCIENTISTS’ KEITH MURRAY TELLS PAUL SMITH THE BAND ARE IN IT FOR JUST ONE THING.

There is no doubt the band’s music has also benefitted, with the newer songs having a more mature feel to them. Murray puts that down to the band finally being more comfortable in their pop world than they ever have been, although he does admit that they still have a sense that every song needs to be manipulated in some way so it isn’t just seen as straightforward pop. “Especially on the first record, we were almost crippled by a need to couch these pop songs that we were trying to write in a sort of tricky arrangement that legitimised it in some way to us. I think we’re sort of getting over that now though. There is part of us that still wants to do that to a degree, but I think there was a tendency in the old days to go overboard on it to the detriment of the song.” And then comes that word again as he continues: “I think we sort of now are trying to trust our gut a little more about what is fun and pleasurable in a song without necessarily over-tweaking it too much; without getting too analytical about it.”

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eith Murray, vocalist and guitarist with New York-based pop-rockers We Are Scientists, shows a definite fondness for a certain f word when talking about his band’s music and motivations. It starts right from the off when he describes how he introduces his band to anyone who may not know much about them. “We essentially just say, ‘Hello, we are your pleasure centre,’” he laughs. “I honestly think that our only aim is to bring fun. We don’t care about the accolades, we don’t care about the cerebral aspects of it; we simply want to deliver and derive pleasure.” Fun is an ethos that seems to run throughout everything they do. Their gigs, their videos, their interview manner – all are focused on fun. Indeed, to emphasise it Murray goes on to give the example that the live reviews that mean the most to them are not the ones that say how amazing the songs may be, but simply that they delivered a good party. Their chirpily boppy music has resonated particularly well with UK audiences where the band has actually enjoyed considerably more success than in their native US. Murray isn’t surprised though and has a theory for the difference in how they have been received in the two countries. “I think it’s just down to the nature of UK radio and the sort of thing that they have deemed worthy of mainstream radio play. When our first major label record came out in 2005 that sort of indie guitar rock was a pretty popular staple on mainstream radio there, so we fitted right into what the programmers had deemed radio ready. Whereas in the US when that record came out I think the closest thing to us that was playing on the radio was something as horrific as Fall Out Boy. We didn’t really fit within the parameters of American mainstream radio. And also I feel DJs in the UK have a lot more personal leeway as well; they can actually go ahead and add things that they enjoy to their own playlists, whereas in the United States if a DJ ever tried that he would be lucky to only be fired. He’d probably be strung up in front of the building.”

Murray, together with bassist Chris Cain who makes up the core of the band, had originally intended to use a few different drummers in the recording of their latest album, the recently released Barbara. However, in something of a coup for the band, Andy Burrows, formally with Razorlight, got himself behind the kit and has almost stayed there. “Well it’s a theoretically permanent arrangement but not really a practically full arrangement yet,” Murray explains. “The problem with him playing with us is that he has his own record coming out in July, so he is also now indebted to both his record company and more importantly his own record to promote that. So he’s going to be fairly busy for the next few months trying to push that, so he can’t really do much of the touring at the moment. We are hoping that later in the year, when things have cooled down a little post-album release, he’ll come out with us.” For the Australian dates Youth Group’s Danny Allen is acting as a more than capable stand-in.

Burrows’ availability, as well as that of producer Ariel Rechtshaid, made creating Barbara a pretty fragmented affair and logistical nightmare with a lot of schedulejuggling involved. Recording took place in London, Los Angeles and New York across several different sessions, but Murray says he was more than happy not to get tied down in a studio for too long at any one time. “We generally consider ourselves more of a live band than a studio band just in that we’d always prefer to be playing a show rather than sitting in a studio watching somebody set up and re-set up a microphone for three and a half hours, which surprisingly some bands really do seem to enjoy. I really could not care less about mic placement and amp choice and things like that. So I think this time it was actually really nice to not be forced to sit in a studio for five weeks straight but to have it broken up in refreshing chunks. Every time we would return to the studio I’d be excited, although by

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BOYS LIKE GIRLS FRONTMAN MARTIN JOHNSON TALKS TO NINA BERTOK ABOUT COUNTRY POP CROSSOVER STARS, CABIN FEVER AND FACING YOUR FEARS

WHO We Are Scientists WHAT Barbara (Liberator Music) WHEN & WHERE Sunday 1 August, Splendour In The Grass; Tuesday 3, The Metro Theatre

Both the hustle-and-bustle of New York City and the quiet isolation of Vancouver, Canada played a big part in shaping the album’s sound too, says Johnson. In order to break up the monotony of spending months cooped up in the same studio, the band decided to take the record across the national border to help create as much diversity as possible. “In Canada they were really into the sonic explosion, the melody and the pure sound. And in New York, their production team was all about the detail and the overall essence of the record. Having both sides of the spectrum made the record an interesting mix. Working in two different places also broke the cabin fever, especially when we started feeling like we were isolating ourselves in Canada. New York let us have more of a breather just because there’s so much going on.”

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“We didn’t know about any of that until we became a touring band,” says Johnson. “You learn so much about yourself because when you’re away from your comfort zone, your home, and you’re up on that stage in front of complete strangers, or just out on the road in the middle of nowhere – you really do feel like you’re homeless, naked and just exposed to the elements of nature every single day of your life. And if you can handle it, good for you, but if you can’t, then you’re screwed. I never would have said this before, but I don’t think touring is for everybody. We are lucky because we’re out on the road as four best friends. We’ve come out so much stronger and humbler and more ready and hungrier than ever to make music again. It’s a beautiful thing.”

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Despite their obvious humour-loving tendencies though (check out the self-help dating manual in the CD notes – don’t expect the song lyrics), Murray makes it clear that within their music it will just be their tone and climactic chorus that bring smiles of pleasure, not jokes, as he reasons and reiterates. “I definitely don’t ever want the words comedy and music to be used simultaneously when discussing us. I think obviously there is a place for wit in music, but the idea of a joke song is totally a no-go in front of me. In fact I’m pretty sure the joke song is the lowest form of art that there is. I’d much rather people would just be like, ‘Oh man, I love that song; that song is so much fun.’”

the duet with Taylor let us experiment with a little bit of country and there’s a lot more eighties influence on this record too.”

ccording to Boys Like Girls vocalist Martin Johnson, touring is a lot like being homeless. And naked. And totally exposed to the elements. Thank God, then, that the Massachusetts pop-rockin’ foursome is taking the stage in Australia with the safe backing of good mates Hot Chelle Rae.

Nevertheless, as hungry and ready as the band may have been to continue its success after the 2006 self-titled debut album, Johnson admits the pressure was well and truly on when it came to follow-up Love Drunk last year. So much so that it became almost crippling, according to the singer. “It took a lot of guts for us to make Love Drunk, especially for me because my lyrics are completely personal. Everybody remembers you for the first record you make and it really is very hard to make a second record. For me, it was because of the words I struggled to put down on paper. I literally would just lock myself up in a room and just scream that I can’t do this and that the pressure was just too hard – I was like, ‘I don’t think I can write this fucking record.’ It was a huge step forward for us, though. In the end, it was a matter of us just coming together and realising that we had nobody to impress but ourselves. Nothing had really changed because we still loved playing music as much

day three of that session I’d already be wanting to get the hell out of there. But I think the actual recording process consistently felt fun and enjoyable and we were able to actually embrace it without feeling the drudgery of weeks sitting in a lifeless studio.”

as ever and we still liked kicking it back together and we’d learned so much as a live band. It wasn’t really a rational fear now when I think about it.”

One, we just felt something was missing and we realised it was Taylor. Of course, she totally took it to a whole other level.”

One person who definitely believed in Love Drunk from the start was pop-country princess Taylor Swift, with whom Johnson had previously collaborated on the Miley Cyrus track You’ll Always Finds Your Way Back Home and who offered her angelic pipes on Love Drunk’s Two Is Better Than One. “I think Taylor is probably one of the best examples of a crossover artist,” claims Johnson. “She started off as strictly country and now she’s doing radio-friendly pop songs with maybe a country twang. We heard that she was talking about our song Hero/ Heroine and we heard her do a cover version of it on YouTube at one of her shows and we were amazed at how incredible it sounded. We got in touch with her and became friends, so when we tracked Two Is Better Than

Actually, it’s Love Drunk in its entirety that takes Boys Like Girls to a whole new level. For one, as Johnson reveals, the band allowed itself to dabble and step outside self-imposed boundaries for the first time ever and in the process turned up the ‘80s rock factor too. “When you’re touring the same record for three years, you start to get a little restless, I guess,” laughs Johnson. “When you’re playing the same songs over and over again, you start to play around with them and try doing them from a different angle until they almost start sounding like new songs… We agreed that would probably be a pretty good starting point for Love Drunk because we were really inspired. Musically, we also took a different turn because having

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And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down either, with Boys Like Girls’ second visit to Australia now upon them, their last appearance here being the 2008 Soundwave Festival. “Maybe for a while we took it all for granted. Everything that got put in front of us and the record sales – because it all happens so fast it’s very easy not to appreciate it in full. Now I realise that not everybody gets a chance to make that second record. If you can step back from that, you realise like, ‘Man, this is a dream come true.’ Being able to make art for people who appreciate it so much that they come just to scream at your shows is very humbling to me now. It’s been a whirlwind but I’m glad it’s happened with my friends at my side. And you know, I don’t give a fuck how people get our record. Download it! Give it to your friend! I don’t care; just make sure you hear the whole thing.” WHO Boys Like Girls WHAT Love Drunk (Sony Music) WHEN & WHERE Sunday, UNSW Roundhouse


JUST A MAN

CW STONEKING HAS BEEN PERPLEXING CRITICS AND COMMENTATORS FOR OVER TEN YEARS. MATT O’NEILL PROUDLY JOINS THE RANKS OF MUSIC JOURNALISTS WHO HAVE TRIED TO GET INSIDE THE MAN’S PRIMITIVE BLUES GENIUS.

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t’s always read something like a magic trick. The concept of a contemporary Australian male effectively channelling the sound and spirit of pre-war American musical dialects sounds, on paper, like some kind of ludicrously specific con. Aside from the issues of why someone would even bother to attempt such a feat, one always had to ask – how on earth could it possibly be done? The sounds of pre-war America are among the most iconic in Western cultural history. Arriving mere decades before the advent of rock’n’roll music and only years after the development of primitive audio recording technologies, pre-war musical forms like blues and calypso are more strongly associated with a specific time and place than perhaps any other musical phenomena in Western history. Yet CW Stoneking has done it – not just once but consistently for well over a decade. The singer/songwriter may have been born in Alice Springs in 1974 but, as far as his music is concerned, Stoneking has never resembled anything so much more than the archetypal early pre-war bluesman – and still, after two highly acclaimed solo albums, no one has figured out how he’s done it.

I’d have an idea or a sound in my head – like ‘jungle music’ – and then I’d go looking for music that kind of fitted that idea.

“I never really thought about what I wanted when I started out,” Stoneking considers. “I still don’t. I just kind of figure out what sort of music I want to do and then I do it. I’m working on my third album now and I think it’s going to be a little bit more gospel-music based. I’ve always really liked those old gospel bands and some of those musical elements are there in the new songs. Once I’ve got the song, I pretty much know where it’s going to go. I can figure out the arrangement and the direction and, with the last two albums, production involved adding a lot of effects and ideas. By the same token though, it is a very long process. I’m very happy when I’m finished but it’s quite difficult for me to go through the process.” Journalists, critics, commentators and audiences have all been trying to understand the mystery of Stoneking’s work since the release of his first solo album, King Hokum, in 2006. There are those who ascribed the magic to the record’s producer – J Walker of Machine Translations – while others have been more imaginative in their myth-mongering. Not unlike Robert Johnson before him, some have suggested Stoneking’s skills have been derived from some kind of Faustian bargain while others have attributed his work to a keen intellect and a flair for mimicry. There are others, meanwhile, who have claim Stoneking is nothing more than a hapless dilettante who finally stumbled on a style that afforded him some degree of success. “I don’t really pay too much attention to what people say about me. I don’t really read too much about myself and when I do, it’s usually just something based on an earlier interview or earlier press release so I don’t really bother thinking about it too much. I don’t know – usually people talk to my wife or my friends or something and then come tell me the stories. It doesn’t bother me. I don’t know how anyone could be bothered by that. There was one interview where the person clearly didn’t understand a single word I said, but that was probably one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever read. They must have thought I was on LSD or something. I actually had to save the whole thing to my computer.”

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None of which is to suggest any of the praise heaped on Stoneking in recent years is in anyway unjustified. King Hokum and its sterling 2008 follow-up, Jungle Blues, were more than deserving of the sales and accolades they managed to acquire (including several ARIA nominations and AIR awards), but the reasoning behind their success is infinitely simpler than Faustian bargains or luck. CW Stoneking’s music – like all great music – is successful merely because it is a product of honest artistic expression. While some may suggest the troubadour’s devotion to pre-war forms marks him as a mimic instead of an artist, one need only look closely at an eclectic album like Jungle Blues to understand Stoneking’s unique tapestry of blues, folk, jazz and calypso is much more than imitation. It is the expression of a truly idiosyncratic individual perspective.

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The ludicrously specific con of Stoneking’s career, however, is only that there isn’t one. It isn’t surprising that audiences have spent so much time looking for one – and, in some instances, convincing themselves they found one – but, beneath all the mythology of Stoneking’s career, there’s just a musician attempting to make music. There’s nothing more complicated at work. “I pretty much ran into this music just by picking records in a record shop,” he says with telling bluntness. “I’d see a record with a cover I liked in a store so I’d buy it. It’d link up with some other record so I’d buy that or I’d see another record by the same person and buy that. I just kept picking up records along the way. There were other times where it would just be like a sound I came up with on my own. I’d have an idea or a sound in my head – like ‘jungle music’ – and then I’d go looking for music that kind of fitted that idea. Like I’d poke around with African music, but that’s all there is to it. You get a notion and look around as to how to make it.”

“I don’t really feel like I’m in a scene. I suppose, when I tour overseas, there are more artists doing something similar to what I do but, by the same token, I don’t see myself as being of them. I remember when I first started shows doing old blues and stuff like that, I couldn’t get a show anywhere. Though now it kind of looks like everyone’s got an old guitar with one string on it and a kind of hillbilly look about them.”

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THE SOUND OF SILENCE

AHEAD OF HIS SHOWS HERE NEXT WEEK, MARK LANEGAN TELLS NICK ARGYRIOU ABOUT HIS LACK OF REHEARSALS AND HIS TRADEMARK BETWEEN-SONG SILENCE ON STAGE.

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evered US rocker Mark Lanegan is a survivor. Although many times during his 45 years he’s come very close to being sucked into the vortex of death and destruction courtesy his abuse of drugs, namely heroin and the booze. It was a difficult habit and lifestyle to shake around the mid-to-late ‘80s and early ‘90s, particularly when it was everywhere and all his close friends – including Kurt Cobain and Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley – were joining in on the party. Where the aforementioned burnt out, Lanegan far from faded away, instead pushing through his addictions and continuing with his seminal grunge outfit, Screaming Trees, until they disbanded in 2000. It’s been a hellish ride for Lanegan over his career, but he’s battled on. He’s ridden and conquered the unsympathetic waves that come with the territory; watched many musical brothers die young, dealt with stalkers and worked through his own demons. The upside arrived courtesy the friendship cultivated over the years between he and Afghan Whigs’ frontman Greg Dulli, both men being there for one another when it was most needed. Lanegan most famously saved Dulli from harm during the recording of the Twilight Singers’ second album, Blackberry Belle, which came out in 2003, with Dulli repaying the favour many times since they first met back in 1989. The one constant throughout the life and times of Mark Lanegan is the quality of the music he has created – the songs he has written and the way he sings them. Few can boast a vocal spread like Lanegan’s raspy, drawl-riddled, gravely tone that puts the Washington stayer and now Los Angeles resident in the same ball park as the icon that is Tom Waits. Lanegan’s vocal is arguably rock/grunge’s finest. It’s a force like no other; hypnotic in its delivery, the man channels his songs and the material on stage like a medium bringing forward characters from the spirit world – Lanegan preferring the shut-eye mode as he gives everything to the performance. The sucking down of cigarettes and whiskey only enhances the power of the distinctive vocal. “Singing is still so physically taxing and I don’t know how I moved around [on stage] when I was a young kid because I don’t move around now and it’s still hard so... I don’t know how I deal with it,” he admits in a bemused fashion, stating that he barely rehearses for shows. “We haven’t played for about a month and we rehearsed for about 30 minutes recently and that’s all we’re going to do. It’s not as much as we should, but we learnt some new songs and so it’s all cool,” he says, struggling to laugh. The rapport built up between Lanegan and guitarist David Rosser (The Twilight Singers, Gutter Twins, MyJeru) dictates the terms as to why the preparation is so limited and carefree. “It’s like very little conversation need happen, because David’s really an intuitive musician and he listens, so he is usually meeting me halfway.” Speaking of limited conversation, this is a trait that has become standard practice for a Mark Lanegan show. Concentrating so intently on the songs, the interaction with his audience is kept to a very bare minimum, which begs the question – if Dulli was the self-nominated speaker on the Gutter Twins 2009 tour with Lanegan and Rosser taking a vow of silence, will these duo shows simply be acoustic guitar, guttural vocal and pin drop sounds all the way? “The beauty of doing stuff with Greg is it doesn’t make me so weird to not say anything, but neither Dave nor I are much of talkers. But that said, occasionally there is some banter.” Just don’t holler out requests, shine too much light on stage or get your photo lens and flash too close to Lanegan, whatever you do. Heckle at your own peril also. “I’ve had frequent attempts to draw me out which occasionally works... but rarely,” admits Lanegan. Material from all of Lanegan’s solo works are being featured on this tour, from early classics The Winding Sheet (1990) and Whiskey For The Holy Ghost (1994), through to 2001’s Field Songs and the epic, star-studded Bubblegum (2004), an album that still resonates strongly with music critics worldwide. “We’re playing about 70 percent the same setlists on this solo tour but then we throw some different songs in to keep us interested – we’re playing songs off every solo record, every night and more.” So something for everyone then? “Well, I hope so.” Aside from Lanegan’s superhuman collaborations with Queens Of The Stone Age and Soulsavers, his hooking up with former Belle & Sebastian songbird Isobel Campbell has already produced two fine records, with a third, Hawk, to be released later this year. But it’s Lanegan’s long-standing friendship and musical partnership with Greg Dulli that resonates most with the performer. With Dulli in the Gutter Twins, Lanegan treated Australian audiences to a run of imposing shows (with guitarist Rosser) that found the trio playing tunes from their 2008 record, Saturnalia, while also surprising with ingenious interpretations of Nick Drake’s Three Hours and the made-famous-by-The Everly Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream. With work already underway on a new Twilight Singers record, the band’s fifth since 2000, Lanegan explains that the industrious Dulli has written enough material to cover the rockers’ next five releases. “I wrote some songs and sang some vocals, but I’m not sure if any of it is gonna make it onto the record or not,” the highly modest Lanegan admits as he breaks into a severe coughing fit, before apologising. “Sorry about that, something weird, God! Gettin’ old.” So here we are. Lanegan in white-hot form on vocals. Material from his entire back catalogue of solo works on offer during his tour. It doesn’t get much better than this. Well, a new Mark Lanegan record would be satisfying, as the follow-up to 2004’s Bubblegum has us salivating with anticipation at the very thought. WHO Mark Lanegan WHEN & WHERE Thursday, The Metro Theatre

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PARADIGM SHIFT

VOCALIST JONATHAN PIERCE FROM THE DRUMS TELLS NINA BERTOK WHY HE’S LIKE A SHARK AND ENJOYS GRIM SUBJECT MATTER FOR HIS LYRICS.

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here is power in simplicity. It’s what simultaneously attracts and repels people when it comes to New York indie kids The Drums, whose vocalist Jonathan Pierce proudly states, “We’re not reinventing the fucking wheel!” In fact, as the singer adds, this is a band that outright refuses to complicate things through experimentation – and maybe that’s precisely their little experiment… “When I look back, I realise I’ve always been drawn to simple songs,” Pierce points out. “When your goal is to be experimental then you’re very easily going to lose the song. Maybe trying not to be experimental is us actually being experimental – I’d much rather just have a song that speaks for itself. I think most other bands are so worried about not being intellectual enough, whereas we’re not interested in being clever. You wouldn’t believe how many people are scared to enjoy The Drums because we’re so simple. It’s like, whoever can out-weird the next person is considered a better artist or something. It’s like a competition of who can be the biggest freak. Everyone is putting on feathers and neon faces and being really extreme and avant-garde, which is fine, but it doesn’t do anything for me. At the end of the day, when I’m alone in bed and staring at the ceiling, I want to hear a song that feels human.” And this is the essence of The Drums, songs delivered in the purest of forms – quite literally from bedroom sessions. According to Pierce, this is the secret behind his band’s success. “I think people generally are looking for something a bit more human and tangible. The most exciting thing about our [self-titled] album is that it literally came out of our bedroom and into your stereo or your iPod. Maybe the most exciting thing is that we’re in a unique situation where we pretty much completed the album before there was any hype about it or the band. It means that whoever goes out and buys the album actually believes in it, which has been our goal all along. It’s exciting that we have all these songs that we love and that nobody else has touched – we did it all on our own. It’s a testament to how things might be changing. We’re proof that anyone can just make a good album, you don’t need lots of money to do it.”

You wouldn’t believe how many people are scared to enjoy The Drums because we’re so simple. It’s like, whoever can out-weird the next person is considered a better artist or something. Even more incredible, as Pierce himself acknowledges, is that The Drums’ single Best Friend earned itself a snug spot right in between heavyweights Jay-Z and Lady Gaga on UK radio in recent weeks. While this makes the vocalist chuckle in disbelief, it also serves as obvious proof of the band’s mass popularity in Europe. “For us things are much bigger and better over there than at home. Maybe it’s because our album isn’t even out in the ‘States yet and we haven’t done a tour, but all I know is that we got picked up very quickly in Europe. People in the UK have much more of an ear for pop and we’ve been lucky enough to get picked up by the mainstream, which is crazy and I never thought that would happen. Radio in general is very powerful. I believe radio is dead in America. If you get on the radio, the only way you’ve probably done that is because you’re a famous actress who’s decided to write an album for a change. You have to be famous in order to be famous. In the UK, even the biggest radio stations take risks on bands and artists they’ve never heard of. There is something amazing about that. When we found out that Best Friend was getting airplay between Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, we just couldn’t believe it – this little song we wrote one day in a bedroom in Florida on guitars we’d never played before. It feels great to be part of this paradigm shift.” And while The Drums in no way crave the fame and hype for their music, Pierce does admit, laughing, he once briefly had dreams of stardom many moons ago. “Well, when I was a kid my number one dream was to be a movie star. No, it’s true. I didn’t want to be famous but I did want attention. If I never made it as a movie star, I just knew that I always wanted to be on some sort of platform – not because I have something particularly important to say, but just because I like being the centre of attention, in theory. With this band I’ve had a taste of it and it really scared me. It’s the weirdest thing because as soon as I get up there on the stage I get so nervous and I don’t like it at all! If I’m talking to a crowd and someone yells out my name or ‘The Drums’, I get really anxious and I just want to run backstage.” Despite occasional bouts of panic, Pierce has no intentions of slowing down. In fact, before their debut album was even completed, the singer claims he was already putting pen to paper for the follow-up. “Maybe some bands prefer to relax, but for me, I’m like a shark. If I stop swimming I feel like I’m just going to die so I have to keep the momentum going. I’m also really terrified of stopping because it took me four years of trying to write songs and nothing would happen. It was the most frustrating period ever. As soon as we started The Drums, it came back to me. It was like an avalanche of songs just pouring out of me, so I’m really scared to stop writing now because I don’t know if that will happen again. I enjoy writing about grim subject matter; there is something comforting to me about it. Maybe because I’ve always been somewhat of a miserable guy. I really connected well with The Smiths and bands who weren’t afraid to sing about how they were feeling. I hate the idea that just because you’re four guys in a band you have to be tough and macho. What? That’s just ridiculous.” WHO The Drums WHAT The Drums (Moshi Moshi/Shock) WHEN & WHERE Saturday 31 July, Splendour In The Grass; Sunday 1 August, Oxford Art Factory • 42 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

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WITH ROSS CLELLAND

THE BON SCOTTS We Can Cause Such A Fuss/Sad Sad Songs Independent Besides having the best rock name for a band other than The Vandas, or perhaps The Wrights, there is something lovable about The BS. Or maybe it’s just that Fuss sounds like it was built on a rhythm base stolen from one of those little domed toddler trolleys with the balls that bounce as you push it along. Yeah, those ones. They hide bigger words among the lyrics than that would suggest, but the colours of it – and the darker Sad one – keep making you want to live in their world. It makes me smile, albeit uncomfortably.

UNDERLIGHTS Shiver Aches Independent Despite having a young modern look, and perhaps even sound, that should put them in a certain pigeonhole of label and audience, there’s somehow something not quite as posed about Underlights as compared to some of their contemporaries. The music here seems to have a grounding many lack. While they can make the guitars arc up and surge, there’s spaces and effort in the craft in this that suggests they’re being allowed to grow into their music rather than flash and collapse. This is a good thing.

DAN KELLY Hold On I’m Coming On Shock From Bindi Irwin to Sam & Dave? Thankfully (or not…), no. But, his oddly interesting take on a version of 21st century talking blues, buzzy synths and assorted noise, comes here with added girly backing vocals. More musically talented Kellys, incidentally, in this case cousins – Uncle Paul’s daughters – and an added ukelady to add some further twist to it. It appears there’s a mid-thirties life crisis going on, and there may be something in the way of pharmaceuticals not commercially available involved. On, as they say.

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Secretly Canadian/Inertia

Further

Lustre

Further is album number seven from the Bros. and needs to be consumed as a whole, like one long track. This makes patience of the essence, especially as the introductory song, Snow, is quite confronting with an irritating sound. Soon though the sound experiment unfolds and you’re met with Stephanie Dosen’s ethereal vocals, which transcend the song and raise it to a saccharine level of electronica. This moulds into the 12-minute marathon that is Escape Velocity. The song is based on a continuing sensation of building pressure akin to an extraterrestrial takeoff in Ibiza, especially through its interesting choice of vintage synths and Sigur Rós-like moments of musical layering. It’s a great piece of giddy zone-out with a psychedelic sound montage from every angle. And in an appropriate fashion after the 12 minutes of Technicolour take-off we end up in Another World. Horse Power should come with its own warning label, as it is fantastic, and it’s impossible not to smile when a horse neighing joins the distorted vocals. It works well backing onto the single, Swoon, which has a hedonistic sonic effervescence throughout. But where Horse Power builds your animalistic, headbanging spirit for a sweaty warehouse or festival atmosphere, Swoon stimulates you towards the sneaky footpath dance move when you think no one’s watching. Further finishes up with two tracks encouraging an aural painting of passionate dancers peaking amongst joyful electronic squeaks.

Ed Harcourt hasn’t always been the breeziest fellow, but his fifth studio album sees him in a slightly less worldweary frame of mind than in his previous offerings. Since his last record, four years ago, he has become a doting father, and while there is still the familiar desperate melancholy running through his lyrics, this time it is pierced by a renewed sense of hope. “Oh please don’t break me from this spell/I’ve found a little heaven in this world of hell,” he pleads on Haywired, “It’s not easy to be happy and get away with it.” Harcourt has always been very skilled at combining bouncy melodies with darker wordplay, and Lustre displays this. Co-produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Gossip), it is lush, sweeping and beautifully structured, with three-part harmonies courtesy of The Langley Sisters (Harcourt’s wife and her sisters) and handclaps accompanying his piano-led songs. Considering the lyrics deal with subjects such as life in a mental asylum and a stern view of religion, it is a fascinating juxtaposition and brings to mind both Costello and Cohen. Elsewhere, more of the British troubadour’s slightly optimistic demeanour is evident on Heart Of A Wolf – a playful, Tom Waits-style knockabout – and on the jaunty A Secret Society.

Pigeons

That the entirety of Pigeons, the second album from Here We Go Magic, does not ride on the vibe of single, Collector, is a damned shame. With one listen, the wash of blinking bass and uplifting pop guitars promises one hell of a record – the perfect follow-up to Luke Temple’s bedroom debut, a self-titled, self-recorded album that paved the way for the currently bursting lineup. That said, Temple’s simple bedroom aesthetic remains with distant, dreamy vocals delivered in signature wail, though with them comes a plumper sound that defies the capabilities of a man on his lonesome. Alternating between up [see Collector, Moon, Old World United] and downbeat songs [Bottom Feeder, F.F.A.P. and Land of Feelings] we are introduced to a band that’s huge on melody, weaving all kinds of organic-sounding instrumentals, loops and synths into tripped out, luscious dream-pop. Pigeons never takes itself too seriously, nor does its beauty stand in the way of novelty [One World United], though it is the album’s progression into lo-fi emotional territory that is most surprising. Its back end is slow and psychedelic, still enforcing the intricate aesthetic of its first half while showing off the many faces of this new collaboration.

Even in the album’s weaker moments, and there are a few, Harcourt’s words are always poetic and delivered with honesty and passion. Regardless of whether he is singing through a smile or a frown, Lustre signals a welcome return for this underrated songwriter.

Joining the dots between the chamber and the bedroom, Pigeons could easily be an album of blissful melancholy or striking heights. That it succeeds at both without risking its backbone is an aesthetic achievement itself.

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These geezers are veritable forefathers of electronica and hence can defy any boundaries or limitations, such as age, that are established. They’ve developed this genre and they’re still taking it Further.

SALLY SELTMANN Dream About Changing Remote Control/Shock Among the new tricks the artist formerly known as New Buffalo has latterly mastered is this knack of making songs that somehow sound new and familiar all at once. Or is it already being used in some television promo campaign or another? From a slightly unexpected Uptown Girl doo-wop opening, Dream then changes (see that…?) to a happy skip around the history of pop as Sally then chats about her nocturnal visions and remembers to put a sweet melodic hook in it. And then it stops. This is all good.

TORTOISESHELL This Girl Hole In The Sky The self-description as music for “an island sojourn or pastel bedroom” worried slightly, before reading on, where happier confessions found them referencing the ‘80s and more specifically what is becoming one of 2010 favourite namechecks, Talking Heads. Thus, suitably echoey and wistfully surfing a somewhat arty wave, it has a happy sense of its own relaxation. Laid back enough to lull you quietly, but enough occasional outbreaks of restrained happy in the chorus to wake you when Rage play it around 3.40am. Which they will.

EMPERORS The River Independent An Unearthed and a WAMI suggests there’s something about them worthy of note. Both The River and the equally impressive Favourite Colours, also included, have that rather clever Australian trait of being anthemic yet seldomly bombastic. Commercial, and somehow not wholly offensive. OK, it’s probably too early to start the search for a new Powderthingy, and certainly not sure we need a new Eskimo Joe, but they could be on that track. Whether you think that a good or bad thing is up to you.

The Boxer is not a Bloc Party record, thank God. Before you write an angry letter in defence of said band (they have their place, really, they do), there’s nothing more infuriating that a frontman going solo in order to produce an album that’s a watered down take on his day job. So here, for something different, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke is playful but physical in a way that standard pop doesn’t usually allow. Opener Walk Talk swings from the club to the schoolyard in the way that ‘official remixes’ often do; a bit puzzling but worth repeat listens. Next track, On The Lam is a little more coherent, with what sounds like a Kylie Minogue sample (it’s not, but the accusation stands), but if you really want the good stuff head straight on to Tenderoni and Unholy Thoughts, quality alternative dance pop tracks with that indescribable ‘makes you want to jump’ vibe (to force a label, the latter does have a distinctly ‘80s vibe). It’s a theme that Kele continues with The Other Side, a different type of pop that takes a trip via the artist formally known as the artist formally known as Prince, and the Purple One would likely be impressed with the mixture of sounds. For something a little more mellow try The New Rules, a duet of sorts between Kele and Jodie Scantlebury, an interesting mixture of soft, and almost timid, vocals. However, this doesn’t work so well elsewhere and you might want to skip past the contemplative and slightly naff Rise and I Could Never Say.

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Australian Ghost Story

The Boxer

Emerging from the Tasmanian wilderness in the mid‘90s, The Paradise Motel were always an idiosyncratic beast. Their first releases appeared so assured and fullyformed, references to them being the spiritual heirs to the likes of The Triffids came quickly. A relocation to London was unsurprising. It seemed a natural base and market for the rich music they made. That the hopes for them just seemed to dissolve away in the typical slow-motion fashion of so many before them was, sadly, no real shock either. But there is surprise in their return, a decade on. There’s an orthodox band album ready to go, but – as is their wont – they offer this first: that most difficult of offerings, the concept album. And in this case, a subject almost equally fraught and open to misunderstanding: the perfectly Australian gothic tale of the Azaria Chamberlain case. Merida Sussex’s voice can still haunt and pine out of the desert night, but where it can have the desired effect over the awkward violin waltz and hollow percussion of Familiar Stranger, it’s not as well served when having to wrap itself around narrative-driven songs such as the jerkily-titled Goodwin And The Jumpsuit. When it works, like in the organ-underpinned gaol cell letter of Stations Of The Cross it’s music of quality, but in some other places it’s almost university revue would-be rock opera. But the good hereon gives hope that the forthcoming less straitjacketed album may show their true worth.

Ross Clelland

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Deep Blue

Byron Bay’s Parkway Drive have made a gigantic impact with a minimum of fanfare. While album number three risks alienating those seeking 13 tracks of solely moshpit fodder, this album chances to yield an even greater number of devotees from the metal side of the divide, while retaining the majority of the faithful. Deep Blue is more measured and disciplined. Overall the tempos have been slowed down and consequently the elements – especially their rapidly developing melodic sensibilities – have ample room to breathe. The lesser reliance on cramming in too many ideas and riffs for their own sake is likely due to producer Joe Barresi’s influence. While often highly metallic sonically (Sleepwalker, Pressures, Alone), this is meshed with the structures of many tracks being increasingly rooted in traditional hardcore (Hollow, Set To Destroy). The album does pick up speed about the halfway mark; Deliver Me is arguably the most truly dynamic excursion they’ve captured thus far, while still hurtling along at a rollicking pace. Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz drops by on the anthemic Home Is For The Heartless, easily the most punk rock thing in Parkway Drive’s canon. Fear not though, pit ninjas, there are numerous colossal beatdowns. Karma will leave countless broken and battered limbs in its wake. The “What the fuck have I become?” epithet and seismic-shifting breakdown of Unrest also assure it as live set opener. Even though it’s anything by groundbreaking, Deep Blue is evidence that Parkway Drive have learnt to listen more to their instincts as songwriters and value the importance of songcraft, rather than solely adhering to the desires of the live crowd. Brendan Crabb


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RATATAT

THE CAT EMPIRE

CABINS

Riot!/Warner

XL/Remote Control

Two Shoes/EMI

Ivy League/Liberation

Little Immaculate White Fox Pearl Aday’s rock music pedigree is difficult to contest. Daughter of Meat Loaf and wife of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (who also performs on the album), she’s also performed backing vocals on albums by Ace Frehley and served as live backing singer for Mötley Crüe. Compound this with dynamic backing band Mother Superior, Joe Barresi’s expert production and guest appearances by Ted Nugent and Jerry Cantrell, and her debut, Little Immaculate White Fox, looks impressive – at least on paper. It’s when she opens her mouth and lets rip on opener Rock Child that you’ll be fully convinced though. “I’ve been a little girl/Livin’ centre stage/I’ve been sleeping in a guitar case,” she booms with conviction and purpose, punctuated by incisive riffing. The track exudes plenty of zest, which continues for the next few cuts, including the infectious Broken White and grittier, Nugent-laced Check Out Charlie. Opting to cover Tina Turner’s primary school dance class-recalling Nutbush City Limits is a questionable move, but Aday performs it with such gusto she never sounds out of her depth. The album gets bogged down in balladry through its midsection, but the country-flecked My Heart Isn’t It and hit-in-waiting Nobody pack plenty of punch. Courtney Love would slit the throats of anyone necessary to write a song with a fraction of the energy and genuine “fuck you” attitude that Whore exhibits.

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When Brooklyn instrumental duo Ratatat burst onto the scene with their debut album in 2004, they turned a hell of a lot of heads and busted open a hell of a lot of ear drums with their ingenious fusion of equally impacting electronica and hip hop beats, interspersed with fiercely wailing guitars, the sound that became their trademark and made for some genuinely arresting listening. After years of repeating the same formula though, it seems the shtick has finally evaporated to reveal that Evan Mast and Mike Stroud are grinding to a creative halt.

Irrespective of any notoriety her roots may afford her, if mainstream radio gives Little Immaculate White Fox a fair shake, Pearl could be well on the way to attaining her own star status.

It’s blatantly obvious this album was born from the same sessions as 2008’s LP3, meandering along a startlingly similar track that reeks of déjà entendu. There are still some excellent elements here though – Drugs swells from a timid piano/guitar intro to one of Ratatat’s most instantly memorable licks; Neckbrace employs a talkbox to synthesise stuttered vocals over heavy blips, and the whole affair is littered with dialogue lifted from the strangest of places (Werner Herzog films and Linda Manz interview bites, to name a couple). But first single, Party With Children plays like a lazy update of 2004’s Crips, and unlike previous albums the tracks don’t possess much individual personality. Dancefloors will continue to pulse to beats that are still undeniably contagious but no longer fresh, desperately lacking any tangible innovative touch. Detractors who have consistently flamed Ratatat for repeating ideas ad infinitum over the years will rejoice in a triumphant “I told you so”. Six years on, the magic is fading fast on an album that, sounding exactly like its predecessors, is superficially entertaining yet barely inspiring.

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This Melbourne collective has always felt Australian in the most unusual, and wonderful, way; somehow multicultural and properly musically eclectic while remaining recognisable to those of us who’ve not notched up as many passport stamps as we’d like to have by now. New album, Cinema, continues on this bent, in particular with the horn-driven exotica of The Heart Is A Cannibal, with its Latino folk bent, and is an intriguing piece of experimentation that the band had long done live but has now finally put down in the studio. This isn’t to say that The Cats’ signature upbeat, singalong pop isn’t also here, with On My Way and opener Waiting definitely confirming the band’s love of chasing, well, little lady cats as well. Maybe the idea with the album’s title is to create musical imagery or a series of little images put together, although in lots of ways there are less clear pictures here than in previous studio efforts. Not to say there aren’t shades, with last track, Beyond All, an unexpected dark and a cool closer, a love song of a different kind for these boys. Similarly, Feeling’s Gone sounds like the band played at the wrong speed on a record player, almost bogged down by a slower pace and need to place emphasis on low notes and leave themselves some musical space. Next track, Only Light wears this mid-pace a little better, although still sounds a bit of a musical left turn. Shock, horror, could they actually be growing up? Say it ain’t so…

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Showing promise in a few choice support slots over the last 18 months, Cabins’ mini-album release sees a number of favoured live tracks put to tape and exploring the dark, lonely and oft’ times macabre teatime of the soul. With one of the tightest rhythm sections this side of a budget deficit, it’s music that was made to both move you and at the same time root you to the spot. The simple piano balladry of Catcher In The Rye stands out as a lead single, with a completely captivating, vampire western sound that manages to get away with its combinations of Massive Attack doing the backing track to Alice In Wonderland – if it was written by J.D. Salinger. The Moon culminates in a release of mariachi horns and Hounds delivers as an opening track setting the scene for a completely satisfying 34 minutes of aged brooding. Oceanic Blues’ moody slur is quietly epic and ambitious for a bunch of guys that seem barely in their twenties while Mary moves at an urgent pace, which seemingly stops before it has begun. However these are all a prelude to possibly the most unpredictable track and contender for single of the year for referencing the boys from The Goonies (without the gold and rubies), but also for the a bass line, guitar and organ duel that excites as it builds and disappoints as it ends. Yes folks, Father Ripper can now be taken anywhere! The Js may not have the minerals to discover the depth of this little gem but do yourself a favour, purchase a copy for yourself and a loved one. Adam Wilding

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WHOA MAMA

SECOND TIME LUCKY

ROOTS ICON AND ALL-ROUND AUSSIE BLOKE ASH GRUNWALD TELLS TYLER MCLOUGHLAN ABOUT EMBRACING HIS INNER GEEK.

THEIR FIRST PROPER SHOW WAS IN LA, THEIR SECOND WAS IN TOKYO, SO WHEN THE GUYS FROM AMY MEREDITH SUGGEST TO MICHAEL SMITH THAT IT WAS ALL A BIT SURREAL TO BEGIN WITH, THEY’RE NOT KIDDING, AS GUITARIST JOEL CHAPMAN EXPLAINS.

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inner of the 2010 APRA Blues/Roots Work of the Year, Ash Grunwald is a man about town. Everyone’s town. So much so that the dreadlocked roots artist who grew up in Melbourne and is now settled north of Byron Bay carries the auspicious tag of just about every place sizable enough for a music venue in Australia holding the belief that he is one of their own. “I have that all around Australia, everyone thinks I’m from their hometown because I go there so much,” the affable Grunwald laughs. “It does feel the same for me – I’ve been to all these places so much it does feel like a lot of Australia feels a bit like home for me. It sounds like a cliché to say the road is my home, but it actually has been for the last eight or so years.” Ever the happy-go-lucky, joking character, Grunwald has allowed this side of him to come to the fore on his fifth studio album, Hot Mama Vibes. “Even the title Hot Mama Vibes, it’s just a funny kind of song. It’s a playful album – I did it with a light heart and a playful kind of spirit and just really enjoyed myself. I feel like on [2008’s] Fish Out Of Water I got my manifesto out of my system. So on Hot Mama Vibes it was a little bit more fun. I could try different things and go in different directions and I just enjoyed it really. “A lot of the band tracks were done the day after we’d finished a tour with The Funkoars. We played a gig in Brissie, then we basically partied all night and rolled into the studio in the morning and recorded for about ten hours; just mucked around a lot and I was making up songs and making up lyrics. I probably went back to the studio for another two weeks or something, but the inspiration and the majority of the stuff was recorded just jamming and having fun.” Essentially the tracks from this session found their own way onto the album, rather than being laden with that intention from the outset, which was a different experience for Grunwald. And though the end technique of piecing his album together was a tried-and-true method, the incorporation of the live element threw a new spin on the result. “In the past I’d recorded with just myself and an engineer. Last album I used Count Bounce [Urthboy, TZU], a hip hop producer, so this album was

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going to be made up of all different producers. I said to the boys [touring band Benny, Kanchana and Fingers Malone]. ‘Oh, we’ll just book a studio, go in for a jam and see what comes out of it.’ I kinda thought of the idea of jamming then chopping it up, reordering things and cutting and pasting and kinda making songs out of it. That’s how I work with producers anyway – I just thought do that with live music instead. In the end the songs had a lot more shape than I thought. I used a lot more of it than I thought I would. I ended up really loving a lot of the band tracks.” Despite the stereotypical concept of a roots-based artist keeping things simple and organic, Grunwald is actually a tech-head at heart and relishes any opportunity get down and dirty with a good piece of recording software. “I’ve been nerding out for a while on the software side of things and I love it. I think you should take the core of something – so if you’re into bluesy music take the core of what you like about it, but it doesn’t mean you have to have all the trappings, like you have to wear a suit and drive an old car and hate computers. Technology has given us so many really cool things and I just really love the idea of embracing it all.” WHO Ash Grunwald WHAT Hot Mama Vibes (Delta Groove/Shock) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Harp Hotel Wollongong; Friday, The Metro Theatre

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t all started with a strong MySpace presence. The five school friends from the Sutherland Shire who’d taken their name from their singer and keyboards player Christian Lo Russo’s old babysitter were well aware of the power of the social networking site. “We didn’t really have to do anything to get people,” Chapman laughs. “It’s not like we had to play all these crappy pub shows. It was like, put a track on MySpace and keep on adding to and talking to people and what we learnt was that the people at the record labels actually sit on a computer and listen to bands on MySpace.” Before they’d even really done a gig locally – or one or two maybe – Amy Meredith found themselves signing what’s described as ‘a progressive deal’ with Tsubi Jeans and being invited to the US to play a showcase. The problem was they were far from being anywhere near ready. “Starting out, we never thought that things would take off so quickly, but then the truth kind of hit home and we got back to Australia and realised we actually have to work really hard at this. We only had four songs. So then we’re back to Australia, touring around, driving around in a van and staying at crappy little motels and stuff – back to reality! But I mean it was cool for that to happen to us, I guess. It was quite a humbling experience, to make us hungry to make it our career, doing what we love. “So that deal kind of fell through and then we released an independent EP in ’07, recorded it here with the guys who produced the Empire Of The Sun album before we went overseas. Toured around and we got to a point where it was like, ‘Far out, what are we gonna do? We’re still working crappy jobs’ and we spent about six months writing heaps of songs and almost a year maybe didn’t play a show and then went back around to the record labels and started gigging again and kind of reinvented ourselves. Even in saying that, it’s been a lot of hard work – people might kind of say these guys just popped up out of nowhere or whatever, but we’re all still

NEW YORK’S SLEIGH BELLS HAVE, OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, GONE FROM A RANDOM ENCOUNTER TO GLOBAL ACCLAIM. MATT O’NEILL SPOKE TO GUITARIST DEREK MILLER ABOUT THE DUO’S UNLIKELY SUCCESS STORY.

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leigh Bells are not the kind of act one would necessarily expect to find achieving success at an early age. A collaboration between a one-time post-hardcore guitarist (Derek Miller – formerly of legendary Florida noiseniks Poison The Well) and a random singer from off the street (Alexis Krauss), Sleigh Bells’ combination of over-driven guitar noise, distended pop melodies and stabbing electroclash beats sounds, on paper, like the kind of glorious mess only truly appreciated decades after the fact.

“We’d been emailing each other for a number of years. I wrote him an email saying how much I liked his band’s [2006] album Yellow House when that first came out. A couple of times when we were on tour in New York, he’d come see us play. That was the first time I’d ever met him in person. We always just had good interactions, a good energy between us. And, when he heard some of the early demos of these Big Echo songs, he was really supportive. We’d talked, vaguely, about working together at some point and eventually we worked out he could mix this record. It started from there and I was lucky enough to be able to work on it with him.” Up to that point, The Morning Benders had been wholly Chu’s baby. Growing up in California, he felt an attraction to music from an early age, his still-held predilection for classic pop song hooks and swelling orchestral arrangements due to his parents’ record collection. “That was the music that I loved, all the stuff my parents played around the house – The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon. My parents had all The Beatles’ greatest hits albums, but they didn’t have any of the albums proper and I remember ordering eight Beatles on CD from Amazon. It was the first time I’d ever mail-ordered a package and it was just like Christmas morning when it showed up.” • 46 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

The synth-pop band’s management are obviously committed as they accepted the idea of the band coming off the road to write what would eventually become their debut album, Restless, even bringing in an American producer, Rob Connolly, to help them develop their material. Not that Chapman necessarily immediately embraced him. “I remember the day we were walking in to do it, I was on the phone to our manager going, ‘I don’t want to do this, we don’t need some other guy to come onboard,’ and our manager just said, ‘Go in there for a day and see. Whatever happens, at least you’ve done it’ and we ended up writing for like a year together. And now I’m good friends with Rob.” Once they had enough material for two albums, the band started shopping around again and managed to score a deal with Sony Music. “Some songs we consciously wrote for the album, other songs we just jammed out and the first song on the album, Black Eyes, was the first song that we ever wrote and we had when we went over to America and I’m really stoked that it got on the album because there’s a bit of a journey there now.” WHO Amy Meredith WHAT Restless (Sony Music) WHEN & WHERE Wednesday 11 August, Campbelltown RSL; Thursday 12, Castle Hill RSL; Friday 13, Waves; Saturday 14 Revesby Workers; Sunday 15, The Entrance Leagues

BELLS OF CREATION

THE MORNING BENDERS MAIN MAN CHRISTOPHER CHU TELLS ANTHONY CAREW HOW ORDERING THE BEATLES THROUGH AMAZON CHANGED HIS LIFE AND INFLUENCED CALIFORNIA’S NEW POP PROGENIES. f course I’ve noticed that we’ve gotten almost nothing but positive feedback,” admits Christopher Chu. The 24-year-old frontman of indie pop outfit The Morning Benders is wary of buying into the Next Big Thing hype, but even he can’t deny the fact his band has been one of the year’s big crossover acts. After issuing a barely-noticed debut, Talking Through Tin Cans, in 2008, their second record, Big Echo, has found an enthusiastic critical response and ever-growing audience. A grand, thrilling orchestral pop LP, its glorious production – and critical reception – is undoubtedly buoyed by the presence of Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist Christopher Taylor behind the mixing desk.

working crappy jobs and on and off the dole – it’s not as glamorous as people think.”

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For Chu’s first six months performing, it was just him, solo. By the time The Morning Benders began working on Big Echo, there was a settled band lineup, including bassist Tim Or and Chu’s 19-year-old brother, Jonathan, on guitar. Not wanting “to keep making songs in one particular way forever”, Chu hoped to make a grand orchestral record; Big Echo’s ambition is reflected by its title, its sound sparked by its songsmith’s “interest in production”. As a way of advancing the band’s sound, he invited Taylor on board, even though he was reticent about relinquishing some control. “I felt scared about giving up creative control, about collaborating with someone on my music and my songs. But, to have [Taylor] be the person I took the plunge with was so great. It only happened because I was able to communicate well with him. I felt confident that he could understand what I wanted, what we were going for. He was someone that I trusted. With that out of the way, it ended up being a pretty smooth collaboration.” That smooth collaboration is reaping rewards, The Morning Benders having since toured with Grizzly Bear, Broken Bells and The Black Keys. Big Echo’s grandeur also suggests a realm of possibilities for the band, with bigger, grander things, perhaps, looming. “I definitely felt like we’d lifted a lot of the restrictions that we’d placed on ourselves with the first record and allowed ourselves to be a lot freer, both in this album and in the future. [Big Echo] felt a lot more unique and special. In terms of whether this album really is taking us to a bigger place, that’s hard for me to tell. [I’m just glad] that people seem to be genuinely moved by the songs.” WHO The Morning Benders WHAT Big Echo (Rough Trade/Remote Control)

The past two years, however, have seen the duo develop from literally a random encounter at the restaurant where Miller was waiting tables (the guitarist having waited on Krauss and her mother and striking up a conversation) into one of the most promising acts of their niche genre of noise-pop. Contemporary tastemakers Pitchfork named the group’s Crown On The Ground the 57th best track of 2009 while M.I.A. has since signed the pair to her own N.E.E.T. record label. “I am so lucky to have found Alexis,” Miller reflects incredulously. “Everything hinged on finding her – otherwise I’d still be at that restaurant looking for somebody. I mean, I was desperate. I was asking everyone. The fact that I met Alexis while I was waiting on her is kind of testament to that fact. We talk about it all the time. They were apparently not even going to go to that restaurant. They were going to go home and then it started raining so they decided to do it.” The recent release of the pair’s debut album, Treats, meanwhile, has only expanded the group’s already considerable profile. The album managed to reach #39 on America’s Billboard charts and #4 on the independent album charts and has thus far garnered praise from publications as mainstream as Entertainment Weekly – despite the fact that Treats’ caustic and cacophonous aesthetic is about as immediately inviting as a particularly amorous garbage truck. “We’re such a young band. It’s actually pretty amazing anyone cares at all. I didn’t really have any expectations

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for the record in regards to who would buy it or listen to it. I just hoped it would resonate – that people would feel really good when they hear it and want to come see us play. I just hoped it would become a part of people’s lives the way my favourite records have become a part of my life. It would be flattering to even be mentioned in a conversation like that.” That said, Miller is quick to emphasise that the pair have never been in any way opposed to the concept of populist songwriting or its trappings. While the confronting melange of the group’s sound – and Miller’s own hardcore origins – would tend to suggest a certain variety of contrarianism, Sleigh Bells arguably owe more to pop than any of the countless other genre titles the duo has had appended to their work. “It all makes sense to me,” the guitarist laughs. “For me, it all just sounds really familiar because I’ve had this sound in my head for ages. This isn’t one of those projects where I’m sitting in my room for ages just trying to please myself. I want people to like the record. I care – and I don’t think there’s any shame in that. I want it to make people feel great and energised and to make people feel the things my favourite records make me feel. It’s important to me. Why would I even share it if I didn’t give a damn about that? I’d just keep it in my bedroom.” WHO Sleigh Bells WHAT Treats (N.E.E.T./Liberator)


PUNK INVADERS

TRY EVERYTHING

FORMER BODYJAR FRONTMAN CAM BAINES HAS NO REGRETS ABOUT LEAVING IT ALL BEHIND AS HE SOLDIERS ON WITH NEW MUSICAL PROJECT COLA WARS. IT’S GOT SOME BALLS HE TELLS DANIEL JOHNSON.

EXPLORING THE INTRINSIC TIES OF SIBLING RELATIONSHIPS BY WAY OF A CHAT TO KITTY HART OF YOUNG HERETICS, TYLER MCLOUGHLAN ALSO LEARNS OF THE PROCESS LEADING UP TO THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM.

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arlier this year, Australian pop/punk institution Bodyjar broke up after more than 15 year together. But their former frontman Cam Baines is ploughing ahead with new project Cola Wars. “Probably about three or four years we’ve sort of been jamming and playing the odd gig and that sort of turned serious when Bodyjar broke up,” Baines explains. “It was just a two-piece at the start, just me and Shane [Wakker, former Bodyjar drummer] jamming, then we got Mark [Brunott] on bass, who’s one of our mates who plays in local bands and then we got Mikey [Juler, formerly of For Amusement Only], because I was living with him and he was coming along to jams and listening.” After spending more than 15 years of his life playing in Bodyjar, Baines admits it was difficult to say goodbye to the band, but he says he has no regrets. “It’s a massive part of my life and it was sad. I don’t think we realised how hard it was going to be, until we got to the last show and were like, ‘Fuck, this is really sad.’ But at the same time I think we sort of got out while we were on a high; we had a sold-out tour and I think, just because of the way things were going, I could tell if we did try and do another record it would have been slightly inferior to the other stuff.”

Cola Wars recorded their debut album, Invader, with Kalju Tonuma, with whom Baines had previously worked on How It Works, Bodyjar’s most commercially successful album. “He’s a pretty freaky dude man; he’s a weird dude,” Baines laughs. “But he’s very creative. He lets you have a hands-on approach, he lets you do a lot of production yourself and he likes a team environment sort of thing, you know? He came to a lot of our jams and rearranged a lot shit and changed shit around and I just think it was really cool how he was willing to do that. “We were on a budget and he sort of went beyond what he had to do to make the album work. But he does bring in weird crystals and weird shit and he says, ‘Oh this is going to bring out the positive energy in every star sign

in the room.’ He’s sort of almost a spiritual sort of dude.” Baines shares lead vocal and guitar duties with Juler and says being able to take more of a back seat has actually been a liberating experience. “That’s what I’ve always wanted to do – be a guitarist and sing backing vocals, which I’m way more comfortable doing, just rocking out a bit more and not having to worry about it and Mikey seems to love having that frontman position and getting to sing and say his two cents worth between songs and shit and it sort of works a bit better, I think. “Some of the time he’s singing my melodies, sometimes I’m singing his, but it’s almost a fifty-fifty split, which I think’s really cool. I like the way bands like Alkaline Trio have two singers and sometimes they do verse/chorus, sometimes they do line for line, sometimes they do their own song. I just think it mixes it up a bit and doesn’t sound samey all the time.” And Baines says fans of their previous bands won’t be disappointed by Cola Wars’ live show either. “If you like punk rock or just rock music and you want to see something on stage that has a little bit of passion then come out and see the Cola Wars. We’re not pretending; we’re just being what we are. It’s got some energy and it’s got some balls compared to a lot of the other shit out there at the moment.” WHO Cola Wars WHAT Invader (Inertia) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Annandale Hotel; Friday, Hamilton Station Hotel

t’s raining cats and dogs in Melbourne as Kitty Hart dashes home from work to speak with Drum. In her rush she finally makes it to the phone and, though breathless, the lovely timbre of a voice that hints at a mischievous preference for being outside splashing in puddles still manages to seep through as she talks excitedly about the debut Young Heretics album, We Are The Lost Loves. “We started 2009 in the studio with Tom Larkin [of Shihad],” the vocalist explains the recording process shared with collaborator Matthew Wright, who worked alongside Larkin in his former incarnation as frontman of now defunct The Getaway Plan. “By the time we’d recorded the three or four songs for the EP we were going to release, there were eleven tracks. So we just thought, ‘Okay we should make it longer, but the suits aren’t going to let you release an eleven-track EP.’” Releasing debut EP, The Dreamers, to give the music world an idea of what they were up to, the experimental pop duo kept recording to create an album. It was a process that took a year, three different studios and a menagerie of musicians, not to mention a whole lot of project management before the real work of making music began. So did they opt for the easy and cheap route of roping in friends for the job? “There’s more than sixty of them [guest musicians] so I can’t say,” Hart laughs. “Some of them were friends, some were friends of friends and some were professional session musicians that we’d called in. The choir was Melbourne Philharmonic choir, so they obviously weren’t all friends of ours.” In view of the full, theatrical soundscape created, Hart is not concerned with the pressure of having to replicate all this in a live setting, which is filled out with just extra two musicians, though continues their anything goes attitude that has previously seen even a homeless guy join them on stage. “I think that’s the fun bit,” Hart playfully explains in a sing-song voice. “Just doing whatever you like with recording and going as far as you can possibly imagine. We definitely got to do that. We deliberately wanted to make this sort of childish, to represent where we were at, which is a really explorative,

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curious stage of our lives. We really wanted to just try things; try everything. As far as translating live, that’s never been a concern. I guess it’s a whole other story and that again is really fun. So you’re definitely not trying to do everything you can, but you know your restrictions live and then you try to bend those restrictions. “I’ve never analysed it, but it’s really different – the mentality and the approach taken to record something compared to making it live. But it’s not a struggle, it comes together. Everything with us has come together really smoothly. We spend probably 70 percent of our time doing things that are music related - rehearsing or writing or recording demos or trying things out.” Considering the extraordinary musical connection, it’s no surprise to find that the duo are step-siblings, sharing the same father, though being brought up separately with Hart in New Zealand and Wright in Australia. In what could well be used in a study of the intrinsic ties of sibling relationships, the two separately arriving at the lifestyle choice of veganism. “We’re always talking and communicating and we’re always on the same wavelength and I guess we just came to it at the same time. It’s one of those things that once you’re aware of it you can’t ignore it. It spreads; it’s almost like an energy that spreads because all our friends are [vegan] as well. “We’re just very, very close I guess. He’s my best friend and I’m his. I don’t think we could spend that much time together and not be incredibly close.” WHO Young Heretics WHAT We Are The Lost Loves (Boomtown Records) WHEN & WHERE Saturday, Spectrum

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Reviews by Brendan Crabb and Scott Fitzsimons

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POD PEOPLE

BURIED IN VERONA Saturday Night Sever Riot!/Warner

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Despite a band name inspired by Romeo And Juliet, somehow we’re not sure if the Bard would have entirely approved of Buried In Verona’s teenage angst-ridden, violent metalcore assault. Lent a bruising, yet clear, mix by heavyweight producer Fredrik Nordstrom (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir), the Sydney crew sound positively immense on these 11 tracks.

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DESPITE A VAST NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL METAL ACTS TOURING AUSTRALIA, WHY DOES OUR HOMEGROWN PRODUCE REMAIN LARGELY OVERLOOKED? BRENDAN CRABB SEEKS ANSWERS FROM SOME OF THE NATION’S FINEST HEAVY ACTS.

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ecently, Metallica sold out more than a dozen Australian shows. Iron Maiden filled arenas in 2008. Dozens of international bands, from Testament to Lamb of God to Alestorm are touring, bringing numerous metal fans out of the woodwork. Although Parkway Drive will soon headline massive venues, are the majority of punters attending the aforementioned shows aware of the rich diversity within the Australian metal scene? Attendances at many shows solely featuring local acts would indicate not. Mat Maurer, vocalist for veteran Sydney thrashers Mortal Sin believes the metal scene in Sydney and surrounding areas is probably as healthy as it’s ever been, but the mass hysteria afforded international tours raises questions. “Metallica are doing four shows in Sydney – where are these people when it comes to local bands?” he ponders. “They think they [Australian metal bands] aren’t as good. There are some bands here, four or five, who are just as good as the internationals.” Mortal Sin were the main support on Metallica’s now legendary first visit to our shores in 1989. “[On that tour] we had everyone behind us. I came out in Melbourne for the first song and the whole crowd was chanting for us,” Maurer recalls. “It was unbelievable. Back then it was just metal, it wasn’t as fractured as it is now.” When it comes to how Australia’s metal acts stacked up against their foreign counterparts, the overall consensus was local bands have been crucially overlooked. “I guess it’s frustrating, but then again those [international] bands are professionals, travel the world and they’re very good at what they do,” Daysend bassist Meredith Webster says. “I wouldn’t really say it’s like a tall poppy kind of thing, but I’ve worked in music stores, Utopia being one of them, and you’d be playing a CD and someone would walk in and go, ‘Oh, this is awesome, what’s this?’ You’d give them the name of the band, then say they were from Sydney and so many people would just be like, ‘Oh, don’t worry about it then,’” she laughs. “You liked it up until I told you it was Aussie. It’s weird. There’s a big mentality out there like that. You could also say that maybe we’re just not cutting it… There’s a lot of bands that are really good but there’s other ones that they’re really not on the same stage. You have to keep working at it, and can’t just go, ‘Oh well, people should just come and see us.’ You need to actually get out there and do something about it.”

The Metal for the Masses show is part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for the seminal Utopia Records. The address may have changed a few times, but the store’s importance hasn’t diminished, as the following bands attest. Lord Tim (LORD): “I think for spreading the word of an underground movement like metal, it’s vital that there’s stores like Utopia actively promoting it.”

Mat Piccolotto, drummer for Sydney’s Switchblade offers similar sentiments. “I’d say there is a slight lack of awareness for the local scene but a lot of that has to do with the fact that people generally just assume that the bands coming from overseas will automatically be of a better quality. I’m not saying that isn’t always the case, but it’s hard to compare bands that tour as a career, usually with a crew that does all the lugging/booking and management for them, with bands that play music as a hobby.

“While Australian bands don’t command the commercial respect of our overseas contemporaries, we certainly have the respect of the underground. Portal, Blood Duster, Captain Cleanoff and Nazxul all just played wellreceived sets and tours of the US. More bands than ever have made it overseas from here as the international networks grow and that will continue. Many Australian bands have a lot of respect in the underground and the music we make is definitely of an international standard.”

“As much as you may not enjoy the music of the international band, they’re obviously working really hard and doing something right to end up touring on the other side of the world. A lot of Aussie bands are great but don’t have the drive to push the band beyond the point of doing local shows, and that’s a shame. If the local bands really want it bad enough, they’ll learn how to get bigger and better shows and get the recognition they deserve. But if they’re lazy, don’t want to work or make any sacrifices, they’ll forever be wondering why their band isn’t ‘making it’.”

There are also those who believe the winds of change are sweeping through the Australian scene – albeit currently merely in the form of a slight breeze. “We’re starting to see a change,” says Timothy Pope, keyboardist/sampler for Sydney industrial/death metal crew The Amenta. “I saw Psycroptic with Decapitated and some other international bands recently and most of the crowd seemed more interested in Psycroptic than some of the others. It’s frustrating, but it’s improving.”

A lack of adequate support seemingly plays its part, despite the oft-impressive quality of the Australian metal product. “I think as a scene itself, we’re not doing too badly, despite there being hardly any metal-friendly venues left, and that the mainstream has entirely overlooked what we have on offer,” LORD mainman Lord Tim laments. “That said, I think it’s time to get more recognition for bands outside of our little insulated underground bubble. We deserve better than that, and once people actually hear what we have, there’s a good chance they’ll enjoy it. I think we have a lot of great metal bands which have tremendous crossover appeal into a bigger mainstream market, and that can only bring more fans and more money into the metal scene. That will allow metal bands to really step up and show the world that we truly have a force down here to be reckoned with.” Josh Nixon, guitarist for Canberra doom metallers Pod People believes Australian metal acts need to adopt a worldview. “Australian heavy metal has never been championed in a way that translates into some commercial success in the long term. All the glossy mags have come and gone, the couple of pay TV shows have been and gone and the mainstream media in Australia seems to have to be able to equate ‘good’ through either a sales chart or a competition like Idol. I think there’s always been a perception, given our geographic isolation, that you need to be from overseas to be good.

Meredith Webster (Daysend): “Metal is community, so places like Utopia are great. It’s a ritual. Whether it’s once a month, once a week or for example when I was a kid and you used to come to Sydney once every year.” Josh Nixon (Pod People): “[As a teenager] having a store that specialised in heavy music was one of the few validations or gave a sense of community to metal fans. Of course this was pre-internet. I remember the first

Pope also raises the importance of shows such as the upcoming Metal for the Masses event, part of Utopia Records’ 30th anniversary celebrations. The show will feature Mortal Sin (performing their classic debut, Mayhemic Destruction, in its entirety for just the second time), The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade and more. “I think it will pull plenty of people and show them the worth of Aussie metal,” he suggests. Webster believes that the basis of every gig featuring Australian metal acts should be of a showcase. “You need to have the bands that are drawcards and will get people in, but you need to get newer bands on the bill. I think if every gig was an event, maybe that’s when people would be more interested in spending their hard-earned money.”

A lack of imagination in the songwriting department (not to mention the uneven clean vocal passages) does significantly hamper them. That said, cuts such as the instantly memorable Temptress and thrashy inclinations of the title track are filled to the brim with Gothenburg-influenced harmonics and enormous breakdowns that will find a ready-made audience. Displaying a knack for amusing song titles that belie the deadly serious, yet immature lyrical subject matter (Rohypnol Sunrise), fans of Parkway Drive and Unearth ought to be lining up to get severed by Buried In Verona. BC

RECOIL

The Will To Sin

New Justice Records Part of the New Justice stable that’s seeking to rebuild the path between Sydney’s heavy underground and mainstream viability, Recoil are one of the metal hopes. A relatively unassuming cover art doesn’t do justice to the furious gallop of Immortal – not the only occasion of horsepower – which is extremely well executed, if not groundbreaking. They really come into their own on songs like …And A Hard Place whereby the flurry of double kick and thrashing but defined guitars urge your attendance to their next live set. The band’s credited as the record’s main producer, the clarity is particularly impressive and holistically it’s pleasing to see that even their weaker moments are lifted with competency and honesty. On the grand stage a good record, in Sydney’s context a great one. SF

“We need to tell these young kids to get out there and support the local scene. Just go and check ‘em out,” Maurer suggests. “Even if you go see a band and you don’t like them, that’s fine, but you might surprise yourself.”

NEKROFEIST

“These bands on the lineup are the bands in Sydney that are up there supporting the internationals and even touring internationally themselves, so you’ve got a great cross-section of genres,” Piccolotto adds. “For people that may not know much about the local scene or doubt the quality of local bands, this is a good introduction to what they’re missing out on.”

Released by prominent indigenous label Gadigal Music, this debut EP is a melting pot of early-tomid ‘90s metal influences. If you can excuse the questionable band name, the Wollongong-based quartet capably fuse Pantera’s stomping power groove with flickers of Testament, Sepultura, Machine Head and even Alice in Chains’ riffage and tunefulness.

trips up to Sydney for shows and a visit to Utopia was a bit of a rite of passage and a part of being into metal.” Timothy Pope (The Amenta): “When I was a kid, we used to go for trips to Utopia. That was how you learned about music. It’s now a hub, a place where people can meet.”

Nekrofeist EP Gadigal Music

These four tracks (plus two radio edits) represent a band still sharpening their songwriting claws and distancing themselves from their influences en route to finding a fresh sound. The songs strongly suggest a band to watch though. Destroyed is perhaps the most instantly memorable track here, while the up-tempo, thrash-inflected Government Ruins locks into a potent groove before counterpunching it with an infectious chorus and striking lead work. BC

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Canberra/Brisbane

Sydney

Rodney Holder

Aaron Worboys

How would you describe your band in five words? Now on an indefinite break.

How would you describe your band in five words? Triumphant, blackened, melodic, war, metal.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? We’ll we’ve already been lucky enough to play with Slayer in Europe so I’d have to say Metallica, but I want to get in a time machine and support them in 1984.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? I don’t think our style would really be complimented by playing with any of these bands to be honest. If I had to pick one, it’d probably be Megadeth just for the nostalgic and technical value.

Double-kick or shred Double kick for sure.

Sydney

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Hate Disciple – Brisbane.

How would you describe your band in five words? Double-kicks and guitar licks.

Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Mmm… tough one! Jamie from Damaged on vocals, Loui from The Furor on drums, Fuller from Blood Duster on bass, Steve from Manticore on guitar one, Josh from Pod People on guitar two, Shira Lee from Chalice on keyboards, me on bank account management.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? None… Behemoth!

Where do you get your music these days? MySpace/YouTube. Does grandma listen to your records? Absolutely not. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Black Sabbath’s Volume 4.

Amir Bukan, Iain Mclure and Danny Straughen

Double-kick or shred? Double-kicking. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Ignite the Ibex. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Drums – Dave Haley (Psycroptic), guitar – Andrew Najdek (Switchblade), guitar – Denis Vlachiotis, bass – Andy Dowling (Lord), vocals – CJ McMahon (Thy Art Is Murder). Where do you get your music these days? Utopia!

Double-kick or shred? That’s tough! We don’t exactly shred, more replace the ‘shred’ sections with dual guitar harmonies etc. 6/8 double-kick beats create a brutal war metal feel and easily flow into a crushing blast beat! Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Death Squadren. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Pete. Where do you get your music these days? I rarely buy music but when I do buy albums (usually it’s vinyl, circa 1991-1998) I buy it from wherever I come across something good! No good bands put albums out anymore. Does grandma listen to your records? She is dead. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Reinkaos.

Does grandma listen to your records? She can’t anymore… hip replacement from too much hardcore dancing.

Sydney Tim Lim How would you describe your band in five words? Heavy groove spiralling intricate epic… or, buy Where The Wasteland Ends. If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Hmm. I’d have to say Metallica, only if they played Black and backwards from there. Otherwise I’d have to vomit on them. Double-kick or shred? Can’t we have both? (See Arsis…) Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Red Bee. Massive, fat, head-crushing grooves. And catchy! Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Karl from Angelspit on keyboards, me on vocals [insert smiley-face], Jim from Red Bee on bass, Dom from Darker Half on drums, Stewart Horsfield of Abyssus Bellum on guitar, Vo from Darker Half on guitar. Where do you get your music these days? Emusic. It has a fantastic range of obscure music and metal. And Blatherskite. Does grandma listen to your records? My Grandma is dead. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Arsis – We Are The Nightmare.

The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Bloodbath – Nightmares Made Flesh

Melbourne

Sydney

Cameron Macdonald Audri Medicate and Hiv Rentakill

How would you describe your band in five words? Honest, intelligent, challenging, creative and nerdy. Sydney Dominic Simpson How would you describe your band in five words? Metal with melodic vocals… Cucumber. If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? The 16 year old in me would throw a tantrum if I didn’t say Metallica. I love all those bands though. Double-kick or shred? You’re talking to the drummer buddy. Love the double-kick, although I think the crowd is there for the shred. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Are you serious there are so many good bands right now. Can I give you a top three? How about I do that and you can edit it out if you need the extra 12 characters? 1. Alarum (Vic) 2. Under The Influence (WA) 3. Anno Domini (NSW). Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Dave Haley from Psycroptic and Ricky Evensand who’s played with everyone from Aaron Carter to Soilwork would play drums (because two are better than one). Mark Palfreyman from Alarum can play bass. Jimmy Lardner-Brown from Killrazer on guitar one and his brother Phil Brown from Sword Towards Self on guitar two, I’d love to see those two in the same band. Finally Chuck L.T from Lord/Dungeon on lead vocals ‘cause that guy can do anything.

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How would you describe your band in five words? The answer to your cancer.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Anthrax (only ‘cause our drummer loves them).

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Megadeth… Just to prove there is a man in the world more bitter than us. Thanks Dave.

Double-kick or shred? Neither. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Helm. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Tim Ebolie – guitar, Rob Brens – drums, Andrew Mortenson (Slimey Things) – bass, Jess Murdoch (Flesh Mechanic) – vocals. Where do you get your music these days? Same as always. Friends, interwebs, music stores. Does grandma listen to your records? Yep, mine did. She bought five copies of our first album. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Eye Of Every Storm – Neurosis.

Canberra Josh Bennett How would you describe your band in five words? Aggressive no bullshit thrash metal. If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Slayer. (Old school Slayer of course though). Double-kick or shred? Both? Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Trench Hell. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Peter Hobbs (Hobbs’ Angel of Death), Matt Green (Armoured Angel), Hexx (Trench Hell), Joel Green (Armoured Angel). Where do you get your music these days? Usually buy vinyl and CDs online from sites such as eBay or record label/distros. Does grandma listen to your records? Not mine, but apparently there are other grandparents who listen to metal. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Venom – Welcome To Hell.

Double-kick or shred? Double-kick all the way baby. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Black Horizon. (That one is for you Cat, wink, wink – HIV Rentakill.) Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Jess – Voltera, Frog – Norse, Postmortem Matt – Devilution, Bridgitte Handley – The Dark Shadows. Where do you get your music these days? Gigs, graves and any chicks willing to be slaves.


Wollongong/Sydney

Sydney

Lord Tim

Matt, Evan, Adam

How would you describe your band in five words? Diverse. Melodic. Technical. Catchy. Fun.

How would you describe your band in five words? Alcohol-driven heavy fu#*en metal.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Megadeth – amazing musicians and good people who were nothing but all class when we toured with them as Dungeon back in 2005.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Metallica. Double-kick or shred? Of course.

Double-kick or shred? Shred, but preferably both. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Grey Waters (although “metal” is a pretty limiting description of what they do). Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Tim Yatras – drums (ex-LORD, Grey Waters), Demonica Lewinsky – bass (Platinum Brunette), Chris Brooks – guitar, Gareth Michael – vocals (ex-Veil) and me on the other guitar because I’d want to be in on this awesome lineup! That said, I know for a fact that everyone in this list is far too busy with their own projects to do anything else, so it’s purely a hypothetical list. Where do you get your music these days? I don’t – I’m far too busy writing or recording to really listen to anything new unfortunately. Most of the new music I’ve heard has been bands I’ve had the good fortune to record here in my studio.

Sydney Luke Cook

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Dawn Heist.

How would you describe your band in five words? Thrash, fast, energetic, fun, old school.

Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Angry Anderson, Red Symonds, Lucius Borich, Scott Owen.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Metallica… Only because it’s the only one I haven’t played with yet.

Where do you get your music these days? CD shop, we like to have the physical product in our hot little hands.

Double-kick or shred? Double-kick.

Does grandma listen to your records? Yes, Jean Griffin likes to head-bang whilst listening to the wireless and betting on the horses.

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Euminal. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Dave Haley, Jimmy Lardner-Brown, Chris Griffin, Nathan Shea.

The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? And Justice For All – Metallica

Where do you get your music these days? Mostly online.

The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Emperor – In The Nightside Eclipse.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Well we’ve already played with Slayer, so I’ll say Metallica. Not a huge Dave Mustaine fan and Anthrax were better with Bush. Double-kick or shred? Both, simultaneously. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Really dug Templestowe from Canberra, but they just broke up! Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? These four dudes from Tasmania, oh that’s right, they’re called Psycroptic. Where do you get your music these days? Good old-fashioned CDs. Downloading sucks! Does grandma listen to your records? Even if she did, she wouldn’t be able to hear them. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Meshuggah – Chaosphere. That’s gotta be the soundtrack to the Apocalypse for sure.

Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Me, Blasphemer and Hellhammer (Mayhem) and Steve Digiorgio (Sadus/Death) all wearing bushman’s hats with corks dangling off them. Would that count? Where do you get your music these days? All over the place. CD stores, online stores. Does grandma listen to your records? Of course. She got me into black metal. She’ll actually be doing backing vocals on one of the tracks for our next album. She’s brutal as fuck.

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Prophets Of Doom or Gwarpkrusha. Hessian Crucifix! Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Marcus (Looking Glass) lead guitar, Blackie (Hard-Ons) rhythm guitar, Lachlan (Looking Glass) bass, Dave (Psycroptic/Blood Duster) drums, Sarah (Earth/Electric Dynamite) keytar, The Curator (Portal) vocals.

How would you describe your band in five words? Melodic progressive super-catchy heavy stuff (super-catchy is so ONE word). If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? You forgot Sodom and Kreator. Nah, I’d probably say Metallica, but I’m not sure what the rest of the band would think.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Probably Metallica. Their fans would probably hate us more than any of the other bands. It’d be fucking hilarious.

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Malignant Monster, Perth. (Shameless selfpromotion. Though, what did you expect!?)

Double-kick or shred? Riffs!

Danny Estrin

How would you describe your band in five words? Uncompromising – extreme – industrial – black – death.

How would you describe your band in five words? Seven-string visceral melodic madness.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with, who would it be? Slayer. But I’d much prefer to play with Autopsy in a club than those guys. We wouldn’t suit the stadium format, nor does having a 20-minute set with four channels of the desk while their rabid fans boo us appeal at all.

Perth

Cain Cressall

Double-kick or shred? Why not both? I don’t discriminate. As long as it’s in the good name of extreme aggression, that’s all that matters.

How would you describe your band in five words? Australia’s premier stoom jerks.

Does grandma listen to your records? Thinks I need to play more acoustic.

Sydney

Mat Piccolotto

Josh Nixon

Where do you get your music these days? Landspeed in Canberra, Missing Link in Melbourne, Utopia in Sydney and the hellridemusic.com website.

Does grandma listen to your records? Apparently.

Sydney

Canberra

Double-kick or shred? Double-kick + (guitar shred + keytar shred). But in moderation and where appropriate. Gold Coast Skenie How would you describe your band in five words? Rockin’, focal, energetic, tough, raw. If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Metallica. Double-kick or shred? Shredouble-kick Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Rekoil. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? LUMP.

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Lacrymae. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? All members from Black Majesty, Eyefear, Vanishing Point, Voyager, Toehider, Universum, Lacrymae and Lord singing Cannibal Corpse’s Mummified In Barbed Wire. A cappella. Where do you get your music these days? Emusic.com, or from labels/bands’ webpages directly. Supports the artists that way and saves space in my apartment for more keytars. Does grandma listen to your records? You know what, she actually does and is very proud. She’s 90 and lives in Russia, but she’s a genuine fan.

Where do you get your music these days? I buy it online. I don’t fuckin’ steal it! Does grandma listen to your records? Used to, both dead now. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Blackbird by Altertbridge.

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CRAIG DOWNES HAS BEEN THE MANAGER OF UTOPIA RECORDS FOR A DECADE, ONE THIRD OF THE RETAILER’S 30 YEAR EXISTENCE. AS THEY ASSEMBLE THE CREAM OF THE METAL CROP FOR THEIR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS HE TELLS SCOTT FITZSIMONS HOW’S IT’S EVOLVED FROM LITERALLY AN ‘80S HOLE-IN-THEWALL – AND WHAT THE NEXT MOVE IS. On the state of the industry. “There’s been a lot of changes in the industry obviously over that period; online downloading, buying through websites, that type of thing. So it’s become a more competitive marketplace. But really all that means is that you need to be a little more pro-active and a little more careful about your promotions and know your market and target it and promote properly to it. Kids are into the ethos of what it’s all about, a genre like metal, people are very precious about the way it’s presented and the legitimacy of it.” Strength and dedication of the metal scene. “Yeah, metal’s strong. It’s always been a bit of a niche market but it’s a strong niche market and it’s growing. The thing about metal is it’s not really something that’s for the casual fan – it’s more of a lifestyle type of thing. So you find that metal fans, once they’re into it, it’s their thing; they’re not transient, they don’t move around. Once you

jump on board as a metal fan you’re in it for life. It’s the respect for the lifestyle, the music, the look – obviously you can always tell a metal fan when they’re walking down the street – it’s totally a lifestyle, it’s something you take to the grave.” The store’s instore performance highlights. “I’ve always been a huge fan of The Tea Party and they did an acoustic set in the store; we actually invited customers. It was a night-time thing and we had a couple of hundred people in the store and it was a full show, they played for like a hour… The signings are cool as well, because you get to get up close and personal with your heroes and have a bit of a chat. Gene Simmons, for example, spent an afternoon in the store just signing stuff. I’ll never forget that we had System Of A Down at that George St. store, and we had literally 1,500 people queuing around the block. But then we have smaller ones, like recently we had Behemoth who are important on the scene right now… And you can see the impact they’re going to have.” Famous faces at Utopia and in their shirts.

Local symphonic outfit The Veil are closer to completing their full-length, with their website reporting updates on their progress. Their 2008 EP, Nightfall Watching, did seem cluttered with ideas, but when they nailed the operatic influence, ominous tone and Gothic imagery it was obvious that something special might be in store. After releasing perhaps the best local metal album this year in Our Ashes Built Mountains, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace promptly imploded. Split down the middle the decision whether the band should continue hasn’t sat well with both parties and the pages of Blunt magazine have seen a verbal slinging match that’s been anything but polite. The future’s very uncertain for the Blue Mountain’s finest. There’s just something about metal and The Lord Of The Rings that just works – Tolkien’s responsible for a lot of great albums – and Bane Of Isildur are another example. The Sydney battle-metal outfit scored a string a good supports late last year, with an EP littered with imagery. Bring on a full-length. In conjunction with the increasing acknowledgement of warehouse spaces, the local power-violence scene is starting to thrive. Sitting somewhere between punk and grind, check out D.Y Or Die from Michael Crafter. Take their cues from Agents Of Abhorrence and sandcastles. SF

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“We’ve had everything from Alice Cooper and Motörhead to Pantera back in the day. Fear

Factory used to come down and play in the store 20 years ago, and we recently had Fear Factory again and we had Burton C. Bell, the lead singer, hassling us, ‘I’ve got to have a Utopia shirt! Or a couple of them!’ Because he’d had one from 20 years ago, he wore it forever and he needed to update… Often after [bands] do a signing, they go shopping and they can’t believe a little store in Sydney, Australia has such a great range and support for the metal genre.” On Utopia’s next location move. “We’re just looking at a couple of options now; part of what we do is evolve. Part of what staying alive in this industry is these days, is you have to mould and evolve to the market place. We’ve had some fun here [Broadway] it’s been good to us… Not to say we’re going to change at all – we won’t. Perhaps consolidate what it is that we are and make it easy for people to find us in a new locale in the city… If you’re a dinosaur and put your head in the sand like a lot of retailers, you’re extinct.”

CRAIG DOWNES WITH JUDAS PRIEST sub-] genres and have a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B. But as I started putting the thing together there was just an avalanche of goodwill and support of people saying, ‘We’ve got to do these shows. How do we get involved?’… It’s a full day event. It starts at 4pm and goes ‘til midnight, so what I would do is implore people to get there early, because even the opening bands are great. The moment that started it all. I’ll never forget once I found the store I was there three or four times a week, and walking in one afternoon after seeing Metallica at the Hordern Pavilion on their And Justice For All tour, and feeling a bit weary the next day but thinking I’d feel better if I bought some metal from Utopia. And walking in the store there was James Hetfield and Lars Ullrich from Metallica at the store, flicking through the same vinyl that I was flicking through… They’re fucking metal fans, just like me!… That’s a moment I don’t think I’ll ever forget.”

About the Metal For The Masses event.

WHO Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Killrazer and more

“The original vision I had was to combine [metal

WHERE & WHEN The Manning Bar, Saturday

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AUSTRALIAN METAL AWARDS? THEY CHANGED HANDS AND JAMIE HOCKING – PART OF THE NEW ADMINISTRATION – ASSURES SCOTT FITZSIMONS THAT THINGS ARE ON TRACK.

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ast year, the inaugural Australia Metal Awards were devised and held by Matt Willis and Natalie Meisenhelter, an attempt to kickstart a floundering scene. Designed to be more a showcase with awards presented in between sets, while the event at The Forum certainly showcased the calibre of Australian artists, technical problems and low attendance hindered the event’s ability to really rally the scene and achieve the unification it had hoped. (For the record, the big winners on the night were Tasmania’s Psycroptic and WA’s Chaos Divine.) While there were doubts on the event’s future, in May news came through that administration of the event had been passed onto Jamie and Jon Hocking, and a Facebook page was set up to accept ideas from the public. Jamie Hocking assures Drum that, “The AMAs are coming back, but we can’t say for certain whether it will happen in this calendar year. It will either be late this year or early next year.” According to Hocking this will be bigger than a Sydney-focused event. “No location has been

determined as of yet, but since the AMAs recognise Australian metal nationwide, it is a goal of ours to hold the event in different locations each year.”

conversations we had with musicians, members of last year’s judging panel and other interested parties.

The challenge, however, lies in being able to give the event both validity and viability, something the inaugural event struggled to achieve. “We wanted to learn from the first event and take a step forward for the second AMAs as they would have if they had remained in charge. When we came on board we decided that before we put any solid plans into place we would get as much feedback and input from the metal community as we could. It’s been a long process, but we’ve heard a lot of the same ideas over and over. As a result we are instituting changes to the categories, the nomination process and the voting process. One of the big changes will be the establishment of a committee of industry representatives from across the country. Rather than asking bands to self-nominate, we will be asking industry representatives to join a committee and to make nominations. This change came as a result of

“As for the event side of things, we are hoping to add a networking and/or workshop component to complement the gig. This was another idea that came up time and again in our conversations with the metal community. There are a limited number of bands that can play at the AMAs, and a networking or workshopping event would give a wider range of musicians the ability to access something of value at the event. There are a lot of bands putting out great releases and there is a sense that the serious bands are upping the ante with each release. I think that the established bands are giving the up and comers a great example to follow. Hopefully this will mean that the scene gets stronger and stronger over time.” To show your support, offer your advice or just follow the progress, head to australianmetal.com. au or search the awards on Facebook.


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EYE OF THE ENEMY

REDEEMING THE SCENE Launching their new album, Weight Of Redemption, with a national tour including this Friday at The Wall, Drum caught up with Eye Of The Enemy’s Chris Kane to find out if they’ve achieved what they’d hoped. “We tried to achieve what we think has been lacking in not only metal but music in general for the past few years, which is an actual album rather than a bunch of songs. There have been a lot of albums of late that personally I have felt have been one song after another of the same thing. I think a lot of bands find a formula and tend not to deviate from it too much from song to song. What we feel we have achieved is ten songs individual from one another that, however, still have the same sound to them. Also, the songs are arranged in a particular way to take the listener on a journey of sorts. There is no message behind the whole thing, more of a journey of highs, lows and shades in between. We are stoked with the final product. When I first heard the final master it sounded exactly as it has been sounding in my head since starting the project. Every song sounds the way we wanted it to, and the album as a whole is what we wanted. The rest of the year is playing as many shows as we can to promote the album, but also because it’s what we love to do. Eye Of The Enemy are definitely a live band more than a studio band and on the stage is where we belong. The Australian tour will end at the end of August, however that won’t be the last you see of us. There are a few things in the works and we’ll make further announcements as they are confirmed.”

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Behemoth fans are surely rejoicing at this piece of good news. Here goes; the District Court in Gdynia, Poland has dismissed charges against vocalist/guitarist Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski in connection with a September 2007 incident where he reportedly called the Catholic Church, “the most murderous cult on the planet,” during a performance in Gdynia, tearing up a copy of the Bible onstage. Darski was formally charged on 8 March for insulting Roman Catholics (offending somebody’s religious beliefs is a criminal offense under Polish law) and would have faced two years in prison had he been found guilty. According to a posting on the band’s MySpace page, “During the preparatory proceedings, the defender filed the application which was entirely accepted by the Court. The defendant’s behaviour wasn’t recognised as a crime. Moreover, the Court acknowledged no causal connection/causeand-effect relationship between Adam Darski’s behaviour and the consequence in a form of outrage of religious emotions.” Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have finally entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida with engineer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) to begin recording their ninth album. Due late 2010/early 2011 via Season Of Mist, the new CD will be the first to be recorded without longtime drummer Pedro ‘Pete’ Sandoval, who recently underwent back surgery for a deteriorating disc problem. Filling in for him on a temporary basis is Tim Yeung, who has previously played with Divine Heresy. Soilwork have also joined Korn’s ban on BP in the wake of the company’s catastrophic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Soilwork will not use any BP or BP-affiliated products and facilities on their upcoming 2010 North American headlining tour, stating that, “We’re outraged about BP’s obvious profit-over-safety policy leading to this terrible disaster and their extremely poor handling of the oil spill. In joining the boycott and calling all our fans to do the same, we can collectively make a statement strong enough to bring this shameless, careless corporation to its knees and to avoid such catastrophes in the future.”

bouncing drums with the right amount of blasts and double bass, and outstanding vocal delivery from Dez [Fafara] that takes it past your average approach of the metal attempt. I’m not talking about reinventing the wheel or nothing. I just think our new album sits in its own corner from any of our other albums.”

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Massachusetts metallers All That Remains have set For We Are Many as the title of their fifth album, tentatively due this fall via Prosthetic Records/Razor & Tie. The album was again produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz.

Denver, Colorado-based technical death/grind metallers Cephalic Carnage have set Misled By Certainty as the title of their new album, due on 31 August through Relapse Records. The CD is described in a press release as a, “50-plus minute journey into metal’s most extreme realms, which sees these veterans takes it to the edge before pulling it back with Repangea, perhaps their most sprawling and epic work to date.”

Infektion – Hamilton Station Hotel

TMZ.com reports that Glenn Danzig has been sued for allegedly “recklessly crash[ing]” his car into the rear end of another vehicle back in January. According to the suit, filed last Friday in L.A. County Superior Court, the alleged victim, Guy Wilson, claims he’s had to endure “pain and suffering” and “emotional distress” as a result of the crash. He is suing for unspecified damages.

Paradigm, Ignite The Ibex, Eye Of The Enemy, Alice Through The Windshield Glass – The Wall Erebus Enthroned, Infektion – Empire Hotel, Kings Cross Mycanthia, Rainshadow, Requiem Of The Damned – Newcastle District Tennis Club

California metallers Devildriver recently finished recording their fifth album at Sonic Ranch studios in Tornillo, Texas with producer Mark Lewis (Trivium) for a tentative early 2011 release through Roadrunner. According to drummer John Boecklin, acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth) will mix the effort at Andy’s Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England. Regarding the new album’s musical direction, Boecklin stated on the band’s MySpace, “It’s interesting to me – it’s not the fastest shit we have done, nor the slowest, [but it] just [has] lots of groove. When people say ‘it’s got groove,’ I think it’s a nice way of saying simple and boring these days. We wanted to avoid this. Our record has a great contrast of dark riffs, stomp

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Infektion – Chilli Lounge Datura Curse, To The Grave, Sundacy – Club Blink, Agincourt Hotel

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SATURDAY Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Killrazer, Darker Half, Anno Domini, Hellbringer, Norse – Manning Bar Voltera, Horrorwood Mannequins, Red Zephyr – SFX, Space Absolution, Remains The Day, Caulfied, Gutterstomp, Red Dawn, Hold Your Own – Lewisham Hotel (afternoon) Pledge This, Kings Of Stars, The Paradox Unseen, Black Horizon, Katabasis, Requiem Of The Damned – Lewisham Hotel (night) 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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Canberra/Brisbane

Sydney

Rodney Holder

Aaron Worboys

How would you describe your band in five words? Now on an indefinite break.

How would you describe your band in five words? Triumphant, blackened, melodic, war, metal.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? We’ll we’ve already been lucky enough to play with Slayer in Europe so I’d have to say Metallica, but I want to get in a time machine and support them in 1984.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? I don’t think our style would really be complimented by playing with any of these bands to be honest. If I had to pick one, it’d probably be Megadeth just for the nostalgic and technical value.

Double-kick or shred Double kick for sure.

Sydney

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Hate Disciple – Brisbane.

How would you describe your band in five words? Double-kicks and guitar licks.

Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Mmm… tough one! Jamie from Damaged on vocals, Loui from The Furor on drums, Fuller from Blood Duster on bass, Steve from Manticore on guitar one, Josh from Pod People on guitar two, Shira Lee from Chalice on keyboards, me on bank account management.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? None… Behemoth!

Where do you get your music these days? MySpace/YouTube. Does grandma listen to your records? Absolutely not. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Black Sabbath’s Volume 4.

Amir Bukan, Iain Mclure and Danny Straughen

Double-kick or shred? Double-kicking. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Ignite the Ibex. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Drums – Dave Haley (Psycroptic), guitar – Andrew Najdek (Switchblade), guitar – Denis Vlachiotis, bass – Andy Dowling (Lord), vocals – CJ McMahon (Thy Art Is Murder). Where do you get your music these days? Utopia!

Double-kick or shred? That’s tough! We don’t exactly shred, more replace the ‘shred’ sections with dual guitar harmonies etc. 6/8 double-kick beats create a brutal war metal feel and easily flow into a crushing blast beat! Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Death Squadren. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Pete. Where do you get your music these days? I rarely buy music but when I do buy albums (usually it’s vinyl, circa 1991-1998) I buy it from wherever I come across something good! No good bands put albums out anymore. Does grandma listen to your records? She is dead. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Reinkaos.

Does grandma listen to your records? She can’t anymore… hip replacement from too much hardcore dancing.

Sydney Tim Lim How would you describe your band in five words? Heavy groove spiralling intricate epic… or, buy Where The Wasteland Ends. If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Hmm. I’d have to say Metallica, only if they played Black and backwards from there. Otherwise I’d have to vomit on them. Double-kick or shred? Can’t we have both? (See Arsis…) Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Red Bee. Massive, fat, head-crushing grooves. And catchy! Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Karl from Angelspit on keyboards, me on vocals [insert smiley-face], Jim from Red Bee on bass, Dom from Darker Half on drums, Stewart Horsfield of Abyssus Bellum on guitar, Vo from Darker Half on guitar. Where do you get your music these days? Emusic. It has a fantastic range of obscure music and metal. And Blatherskite. Does grandma listen to your records? My Grandma is dead. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Arsis – We Are The Nightmare.

The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Bloodbath – Nightmares Made Flesh

Melbourne

Sydney

Cameron Macdonald Audri Medicate and Hiv Rentakill

How would you describe your band in five words? Honest, intelligent, challenging, creative and nerdy. Sydney Dominic Simpson How would you describe your band in five words? Metal with melodic vocals… Cucumber. If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? The 16 year old in me would throw a tantrum if I didn’t say Metallica. I love all those bands though. Double-kick or shred? You’re talking to the drummer buddy. Love the double-kick, although I think the crowd is there for the shred. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Are you serious there are so many good bands right now. Can I give you a top three? How about I do that and you can edit it out if you need the extra 12 characters? 1. Alarum (Vic) 2. Under The Influence (WA) 3. Anno Domini (NSW). Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Dave Haley from Psycroptic and Ricky Evensand who’s played with everyone from Aaron Carter to Soilwork would play drums (because two are better than one). Mark Palfreyman from Alarum can play bass. Jimmy Lardner-Brown from Killrazer on guitar one and his brother Phil Brown from Sword Towards Self on guitar two, I’d love to see those two in the same band. Finally Chuck L.T from Lord/Dungeon on lead vocals ‘cause that guy can do anything.

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How would you describe your band in five words? The answer to your cancer.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Anthrax (only ‘cause our drummer loves them).

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Megadeth… Just to prove there is a man in the world more bitter than us. Thanks Dave.

Double-kick or shred? Neither. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Helm. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Tim Ebolie – guitar, Rob Brens – drums, Andrew Mortenson (Slimey Things) – bass, Jess Murdoch (Flesh Mechanic) – vocals. Where do you get your music these days? Same as always. Friends, interwebs, music stores. Does grandma listen to your records? Yep, mine did. She bought five copies of our first album. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Eye Of Every Storm – Neurosis.

Canberra Josh Bennett How would you describe your band in five words? Aggressive no bullshit thrash metal. If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Slayer. (Old school Slayer of course though). Double-kick or shred? Both? Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Trench Hell. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Peter Hobbs (Hobbs’ Angel of Death), Matt Green (Armoured Angel), Hexx (Trench Hell), Joel Green (Armoured Angel). Where do you get your music these days? Usually buy vinyl and CDs online from sites such as eBay or record label/distros. Does grandma listen to your records? Not mine, but apparently there are other grandparents who listen to metal. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Venom – Welcome To Hell.

Double-kick or shred? Double-kick all the way baby. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Black Horizon. (That one is for you Cat, wink, wink – HIV Rentakill.) Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Jess – Voltera, Frog – Norse, Postmortem Matt – Devilution, Bridgitte Handley – The Dark Shadows. Where do you get your music these days? Gigs, graves and any chicks willing to be slaves.


Wollongong/Sydney

Sydney

Lord Tim

Matt, Evan, Adam

How would you describe your band in five words? Diverse. Melodic. Technical. Catchy. Fun.

How would you describe your band in five words? Alcohol-driven heavy fu#*en metal.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Megadeth – amazing musicians and good people who were nothing but all class when we toured with them as Dungeon back in 2005.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Metallica. Double-kick or shred? Of course.

Double-kick or shred? Shred, but preferably both. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Grey Waters (although “metal” is a pretty limiting description of what they do). Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Tim Yatras – drums (ex-LORD, Grey Waters), Demonica Lewinsky – bass (Platinum Brunette), Chris Brooks – guitar, Gareth Michael – vocals (ex-Veil) and me on the other guitar because I’d want to be in on this awesome lineup! That said, I know for a fact that everyone in this list is far too busy with their own projects to do anything else, so it’s purely a hypothetical list. Where do you get your music these days? I don’t – I’m far too busy writing or recording to really listen to anything new unfortunately. Most of the new music I’ve heard has been bands I’ve had the good fortune to record here in my studio.

Sydney Luke Cook

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Dawn Heist.

How would you describe your band in five words? Thrash, fast, energetic, fun, old school.

Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Angry Anderson, Red Symonds, Lucius Borich, Scott Owen.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Metallica… Only because it’s the only one I haven’t played with yet.

Where do you get your music these days? CD shop, we like to have the physical product in our hot little hands.

Double-kick or shred? Double-kick.

Does grandma listen to your records? Yes, Jean Griffin likes to head-bang whilst listening to the wireless and betting on the horses.

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Euminal. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Dave Haley, Jimmy Lardner-Brown, Chris Griffin, Nathan Shea.

The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? And Justice For All – Metallica

Where do you get your music these days? Mostly online.

The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Emperor – In The Nightside Eclipse.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Well we’ve already played with Slayer, so I’ll say Metallica. Not a huge Dave Mustaine fan and Anthrax were better with Bush. Double-kick or shred? Both, simultaneously. Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Really dug Templestowe from Canberra, but they just broke up! Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? These four dudes from Tasmania, oh that’s right, they’re called Psycroptic. Where do you get your music these days? Good old-fashioned CDs. Downloading sucks! Does grandma listen to your records? Even if she did, she wouldn’t be able to hear them. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Meshuggah – Chaosphere. That’s gotta be the soundtrack to the Apocalypse for sure.

Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Me, Blasphemer and Hellhammer (Mayhem) and Steve Digiorgio (Sadus/Death) all wearing bushman’s hats with corks dangling off them. Would that count? Where do you get your music these days? All over the place. CD stores, online stores. Does grandma listen to your records? Of course. She got me into black metal. She’ll actually be doing backing vocals on one of the tracks for our next album. She’s brutal as fuck.

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Prophets Of Doom or Gwarpkrusha. Hessian Crucifix! Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? Marcus (Looking Glass) lead guitar, Blackie (Hard-Ons) rhythm guitar, Lachlan (Looking Glass) bass, Dave (Psycroptic/Blood Duster) drums, Sarah (Earth/Electric Dynamite) keytar, The Curator (Portal) vocals.

How would you describe your band in five words? Melodic progressive super-catchy heavy stuff (super-catchy is so ONE word). If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? You forgot Sodom and Kreator. Nah, I’d probably say Metallica, but I’m not sure what the rest of the band would think.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Probably Metallica. Their fans would probably hate us more than any of the other bands. It’d be fucking hilarious.

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Malignant Monster, Perth. (Shameless selfpromotion. Though, what did you expect!?)

Double-kick or shred? Riffs!

Danny Estrin

How would you describe your band in five words? Uncompromising – extreme – industrial – black – death.

How would you describe your band in five words? Seven-string visceral melodic madness.

If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with, who would it be? Slayer. But I’d much prefer to play with Autopsy in a club than those guys. We wouldn’t suit the stadium format, nor does having a 20-minute set with four channels of the desk while their rabid fans boo us appeal at all.

Perth

Cain Cressall

Double-kick or shred? Why not both? I don’t discriminate. As long as it’s in the good name of extreme aggression, that’s all that matters.

How would you describe your band in five words? Australia’s premier stoom jerks.

Does grandma listen to your records? Thinks I need to play more acoustic.

Sydney

Mat Piccolotto

Josh Nixon

Where do you get your music these days? Landspeed in Canberra, Missing Link in Melbourne, Utopia in Sydney and the hellridemusic.com website.

Does grandma listen to your records? Apparently.

Sydney

Canberra

Double-kick or shred? Double-kick + (guitar shred + keytar shred). But in moderation and where appropriate. Gold Coast Skenie How would you describe your band in five words? Rockin’, focal, energetic, tough, raw. If you got to choose one of the big four of thrash to play with – who would it be? Metallica. Double-kick or shred? Shredouble-kick Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Rekoil. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? LUMP.

Who’s the best local metal band we’ve never heard of? Lacrymae. Who’s in your Australian metal supergroup? All members from Black Majesty, Eyefear, Vanishing Point, Voyager, Toehider, Universum, Lacrymae and Lord singing Cannibal Corpse’s Mummified In Barbed Wire. A cappella. Where do you get your music these days? Emusic.com, or from labels/bands’ webpages directly. Supports the artists that way and saves space in my apartment for more keytars. Does grandma listen to your records? You know what, she actually does and is very proud. She’s 90 and lives in Russia, but she’s a genuine fan.

Where do you get your music these days? I buy it online. I don’t fuckin’ steal it! Does grandma listen to your records? Used to, both dead now. The world’s ending – what record do you listen to last? Blackbird by Altertbridge.

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CRAIG DOWNES HAS BEEN THE MANAGER OF UTOPIA RECORDS FOR A DECADE, ONE THIRD OF THE RETAILER’S 30 YEAR EXISTENCE. AS THEY ASSEMBLE THE CREAM OF THE METAL CROP FOR THEIR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS HE TELLS SCOTT FITZSIMONS HOW’S IT’S EVOLVED FROM LITERALLY AN ‘80S HOLE-IN-THEWALL – AND WHAT THE NEXT MOVE IS. On the state of the industry. “There’s been a lot of changes in the industry obviously over that period; online downloading, buying through websites, that type of thing. So it’s become a more competitive marketplace. But really all that means is that you need to be a little more pro-active and a little more careful about your promotions and know your market and target it and promote properly to it. Kids are into the ethos of what it’s all about, a genre like metal, people are very precious about the way it’s presented and the legitimacy of it.” Strength and dedication of the metal scene. “Yeah, metal’s strong. It’s always been a bit of a niche market but it’s a strong niche market and it’s growing. The thing about metal is it’s not really something that’s for the casual fan – it’s more of a lifestyle type of thing. So you find that metal fans, once they’re into it, it’s their thing; they’re not transient, they don’t move around. Once you

jump on board as a metal fan you’re in it for life. It’s the respect for the lifestyle, the music, the look – obviously you can always tell a metal fan when they’re walking down the street – it’s totally a lifestyle, it’s something you take to the grave.” The store’s instore performance highlights. “I’ve always been a huge fan of The Tea Party and they did an acoustic set in the store; we actually invited customers. It was a night-time thing and we had a couple of hundred people in the store and it was a full show, they played for like a hour… The signings are cool as well, because you get to get up close and personal with your heroes and have a bit of a chat. Gene Simmons, for example, spent an afternoon in the store just signing stuff. I’ll never forget that we had System Of A Down at that George St. store, and we had literally 1,500 people queuing around the block. But then we have smaller ones, like recently we had Behemoth who are important on the scene right now… And you can see the impact they’re going to have.” Famous faces at Utopia and in their shirts.

Local symphonic outfit The Veil are closer to completing their full-length, with their website reporting updates on their progress. Their 2008 EP, Nightfall Watching, did seem cluttered with ideas, but when they nailed the operatic influence, ominous tone and Gothic imagery it was obvious that something special might be in store. After releasing perhaps the best local metal album this year in Our Ashes Built Mountains, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace promptly imploded. Split down the middle the decision whether the band should continue hasn’t sat well with both parties and the pages of Blunt magazine have seen a verbal slinging match that’s been anything but polite. The future’s very uncertain for the Blue Mountain’s finest. There’s just something about metal and The Lord Of The Rings that just works – Tolkien’s responsible for a lot of great albums – and Bane Of Isildur are another example. The Sydney battle-metal outfit scored a string a good supports late last year, with an EP littered with imagery. Bring on a full-length. In conjunction with the increasing acknowledgement of warehouse spaces, the local power-violence scene is starting to thrive. Sitting somewhere between punk and grind, check out D.Y Or Die from Michael Crafter. Take their cues from Agents Of Abhorrence and sandcastles. SF

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“We’ve had everything from Alice Cooper and Motörhead to Pantera back in the day. Fear

Factory used to come down and play in the store 20 years ago, and we recently had Fear Factory again and we had Burton C. Bell, the lead singer, hassling us, ‘I’ve got to have a Utopia shirt! Or a couple of them!’ Because he’d had one from 20 years ago, he wore it forever and he needed to update… Often after [bands] do a signing, they go shopping and they can’t believe a little store in Sydney, Australia has such a great range and support for the metal genre.” On Utopia’s next location move. “We’re just looking at a couple of options now; part of what we do is evolve. Part of what staying alive in this industry is these days, is you have to mould and evolve to the market place. We’ve had some fun here [Broadway] it’s been good to us… Not to say we’re going to change at all – we won’t. Perhaps consolidate what it is that we are and make it easy for people to find us in a new locale in the city… If you’re a dinosaur and put your head in the sand like a lot of retailers, you’re extinct.”

CRAIG DOWNES WITH JUDAS PRIEST sub-] genres and have a little bit from column A and a little bit from column B. But as I started putting the thing together there was just an avalanche of goodwill and support of people saying, ‘We’ve got to do these shows. How do we get involved?’… It’s a full day event. It starts at 4pm and goes ‘til midnight, so what I would do is implore people to get there early, because even the opening bands are great. The moment that started it all. I’ll never forget once I found the store I was there three or four times a week, and walking in one afternoon after seeing Metallica at the Hordern Pavilion on their And Justice For All tour, and feeling a bit weary the next day but thinking I’d feel better if I bought some metal from Utopia. And walking in the store there was James Hetfield and Lars Ullrich from Metallica at the store, flicking through the same vinyl that I was flicking through… They’re fucking metal fans, just like me!… That’s a moment I don’t think I’ll ever forget.”

About the Metal For The Masses event.

WHO Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Killrazer and more

“The original vision I had was to combine [metal

WHERE & WHEN The Manning Bar, Saturday

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AUSTRALIAN METAL AWARDS? THEY CHANGED HANDS AND JAMIE HOCKING – PART OF THE NEW ADMINISTRATION – ASSURES SCOTT FITZSIMONS THAT THINGS ARE ON TRACK.

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ast year, the inaugural Australia Metal Awards were devised and held by Matt Willis and Natalie Meisenhelter, an attempt to kickstart a floundering scene. Designed to be more a showcase with awards presented in between sets, while the event at The Forum certainly showcased the calibre of Australian artists, technical problems and low attendance hindered the event’s ability to really rally the scene and achieve the unification it had hoped. (For the record, the big winners on the night were Tasmania’s Psycroptic and WA’s Chaos Divine.) While there were doubts on the event’s future, in May news came through that administration of the event had been passed onto Jamie and Jon Hocking, and a Facebook page was set up to accept ideas from the public. Jamie Hocking assures Drum that, “The AMAs are coming back, but we can’t say for certain whether it will happen in this calendar year. It will either be late this year or early next year.” According to Hocking this will be bigger than a Sydney-focused event. “No location has been

determined as of yet, but since the AMAs recognise Australian metal nationwide, it is a goal of ours to hold the event in different locations each year.”

conversations we had with musicians, members of last year’s judging panel and other interested parties.

The challenge, however, lies in being able to give the event both validity and viability, something the inaugural event struggled to achieve. “We wanted to learn from the first event and take a step forward for the second AMAs as they would have if they had remained in charge. When we came on board we decided that before we put any solid plans into place we would get as much feedback and input from the metal community as we could. It’s been a long process, but we’ve heard a lot of the same ideas over and over. As a result we are instituting changes to the categories, the nomination process and the voting process. One of the big changes will be the establishment of a committee of industry representatives from across the country. Rather than asking bands to self-nominate, we will be asking industry representatives to join a committee and to make nominations. This change came as a result of

“As for the event side of things, we are hoping to add a networking and/or workshop component to complement the gig. This was another idea that came up time and again in our conversations with the metal community. There are a limited number of bands that can play at the AMAs, and a networking or workshopping event would give a wider range of musicians the ability to access something of value at the event. There are a lot of bands putting out great releases and there is a sense that the serious bands are upping the ante with each release. I think that the established bands are giving the up and comers a great example to follow. Hopefully this will mean that the scene gets stronger and stronger over time.” To show your support, offer your advice or just follow the progress, head to australianmetal.com. au or search the awards on Facebook.


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PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY

MISERY SIGNALS

MISERY LOVES COMPANY Returning to Australia for the third time to join The Amity Affliction around the country, Drum caught up with Stuart Ross, guitarist with Wisconsin’s Misery Signals while the band were still in the States. At the time of press there are a few tickets left to the show Friday at the UNSW Roundhouse, but don’t count on them being around for long.

Are you keen to tour with Amity? What do you think of the new album? We are greatly excited to be back on the road with Amity. Since our last tour together they have become quite close friends of ours. I’m very excited for them to be touring in support of Youngbloods. I know how hard they worked on the album and it shows. The record turned out great and they should be very proud of it (as I’m sure they are).

After spending some time on side projects, is it good to be playing as Misery Signals again? Yes, it has been great to be back in the swing of things with MS. We had about half a year off in which we all worked, travelled and played with our other bands. It was a welcome change of pace, but I think I speak for everyone in the band when I say it feels really good to be back playing together again.

Do you have a message to the kids in the pit? Thank you for coming out and supporting the band. It’s always an amazing and memorable time touring in Australia and I can assume this time around will be much the same.

Horrifying news from the Madina Lake camp this week. You may remember them as the pop punk outfit featuring twin brothers Nathan and Matthew Leone. This week Nathan, who fronts the band, shared details of a horrific incident on his blog. The language and grammar is obviously distressed. “A few nights ago, Matthew walked from my apt. a block and a half down the street to meet a friend for a drink. halfway there he saw a man severely beating his wife. Being the most amazing, strong, heroic and incredible person I know.. even though the guy was twice his size, Matthew intervened. He managed to subdue this guy for a second and since his wife was beat up pretty good called the cops.. as he did so the guy jumped him from behind and beat him. This guy did things I can’t even type. After words, he and his beaten wife left Matthew unconscious on the street. Matthew is in the hospital with a third of his skull removed as we wait for the swelling in his brain to go down. I’d rather not share any additional information at this time besides the fact that he acted as a hero (as he always would in any of these situations) and is paying a horrific price. Please send all your love and good energy and vibrations to him. I’ve been and will be next to him throughout the entire recovery process. We don’t know enough yet details about how that will develop.. but it has shocked, stunned, disgusted our best friends, family and band (which are both).” (sic) Our thoughts are with Matthew and the Madina Lake crew. Now in its fourth year Revolution Rock – A Joe Strummer Tribute Night returns in 2010 to pay tribute to the great man. From frontman of The Clash to his work with The Mescalero’s, Strummer was, and still is, a massive influence on so many bands and people’s lives worldwide. Last year the event sold out on the night in just 30 minutes and I expect the same thing to happen this year at The Annandale August 28. The lineup features The Domnicks (WA) featuring Nick Sheppard from The Clash, The Rumjacks, The City Lights, Madonna (Vic) and The Tearaways (Vic). All proceeds from the event every year go to Strummerville, The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music. Strummerville are not involved in the organisation of this event. Strummerville is a registered charity that aims to create new opportunities for aspiring young musicians. Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, the charity seeks to reflect Strummer’s unique contribution to the music world by offering support, recording resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not

1. Parkway Drive. Huge congrats to the Parkway boys, their third album, Deep Blue, has shot straight to #2 in the ARIA charts! Amity last week and Parkway Drive this week, great to see Australian independent music getting so much local support! 2. La Dispute. Our friends from Grand Rapids have unveiled a new song this week from forthcoming split with Touché Amore. Head to myspace.com/ladispute to preview the new track, How I Feel, and then to nosleepstore.com to pre-order your copy. Don’t forget they’re returning to Australia January 2011!

MADINA LAKE: AN UNTHINKABLE EVENT normally have access to them. For more information go to strummerville.com. We announced on Short Fast Loud this week that Trash Talk is the latest band announced for Soundwave 2011! The Sacramento hardcore outfit will make their second visit ever to Australia to be part of the event. From DIY shows to massive stages, pretty big step up for the band who recently released their album, Eyes & Nines. Tune into Short Fast Loud this Wednesday because I’ll be announcing another band for the 2011 lineup. You Me At Six also announced an Australian tour this week and they’ll be bringing The Audition as support. Of the three Australian shows announced Wednesday night only the Sydney show is all ages, so the announcement was bittersweet, considering much of You Me At Six’s fan base seems to be under 18. Petitions are already doing the rounds online and the band reacted immediately announcing to fans via Twitter, “Australia, don’t you worry. I’m working hard to get all shows all ages! It’s gonna be such a fun tour!!!” Those in NSW who want to catch the band should hit ticket outlets Friday for Sunday 26 September at The Metro – licensed/ all ages.

5. SFL Mid Year Report. This week of SFL we countdown the 20 best releases of 2010 so far as voted by Short Fast Loud listeners. So email you favourite five punk/hardcore releases of the first half of 2010 to shortfastloud@triplej.abc.net.au then tune into the show Wednesday night at 10pm for the countdown.

LOCAL GIG GUIDE

WEDNESDAY

Local Resident Failure, The Decline – Cambridge Hotel Myth & Tropics, White Bats, Giraffe Season – QBar/34B

THURSDAY Cola Wars, Behind Crimson Eyes, The Optionals – Annandale Hotel The Amity Affliction, Misery Signals, Confession, Flood Of Red – Woden Basketball Stadium One Vital Word, The Final Fall – Hot Damn, Spectrum

FRIDAY The Amity Affliction Misery Signals, Confession, Flood Of Red – UNSW Roundhouse Nightsafe, Corpus, Here Goes Nothing, Entropy Withing, The Angel Affair – Lewisham Hotel

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HYPE CENTRAL’S NEXT SHOW In response to the cover story The Drum Media ran a few weeks ago slamming Hills Shire council for the cessation of shows at Hype Central, we received an email from the council’s media department last week announcing a show that will take place Friday 30 July – a good 11 weeks after the gig planned for 7 May was cancelled. So much for that six-week promise Mayor Peter Dimbrowsky. My Future Lies will headline with Below The Zodiak and three more acts as yet unannounced. It’s good to see events back there, but it remains to be seen how regular they’ll be and if they’ll reach previous heights.

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The lineup is also chock full of other artists who have released big music in recent months. Ozi Batla will be bringing the heat from his debut, Wild Colonial. Optimen have made the trip south of the border to gloat about the superiority of their backline and to celebrate their new album, The Out Of Money Experience. Thundamentals are on deck to keep Sleeping On Your Style resonating. Daily Meds will be showing us where Sydney’s at and – arguably – where Sydney’s going. Loose Change will be doing the same. And the lineup keeps coming! Apsci, Katalyst, Phat Chance and Coptic Soldier are also on the bill. There will be lots of dancing and good times, friends. Remember: guys, hand on the waist; ladies, hand on the shoulder. And make sure you have my daughter home by midnight!

bored of Entourage, and she’s incredibly quick-witted. My advice is to check this tape if you want to hear a bit of smarts on some killer beats. Plus: there’s a launch happening at the Sandringham Hotel as part of Freshly Squeezed on Saturday 10 July. Too easy!

You may know Gabi as one of the most cold-hearted and clearly-enunciated battle rappers around Sydney. You may know her as the host(ess) of Syphon. You may know her as one half of a duo with DJ Lou Lou. Now we get to see a new side of Gabi: Gab, the solo recording artist. For, you see, our heroine has decided to grace us with a free mixtape. First things first, the cover is great: a big bowl of soup with all sorts of excitement inside (because the mixtape is called Special Combination, you guys!). Second things second: you can catch the mixtape up for free download at specialcombination. com. There are some things you should know. Gab has been Queen of battles in Sydney since before you were

Not every show in the world can be on at the Sandringham Hotel though. Oxford Art Factory is out to prove it. On Wednesday 14 July, you can catch the Oxfam fundraiser The Hip Hop Approach. It’s a good looking fundraising party that will be headlined by The Tongue and Thundamentals (busy boys!). Also in the place are TrueVibeNation, the Sketch The Rhyme kids with their crazy drawing and freestlying combos and DJ Mailer Daemon will be bringing you a special set. When you’re at the OAF and having a great time, remember: it’s all for a good cause.

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4. GBH Tour. Yes, get set for the Purfume & Piss tour! Still going strong after 30 years in the game, you can catch them at The Gaelic Theatre Thursday 14 October with guests The Rumjacks.

The Devil Wears Prada will have a new EP coming out soon, possibly around the time they head back to Australia to support Parkway Drive in September. The Zombie EP will be their first new release since last year’s With Roots Above And Branches Below.

HIP HOP WITH VIKTOR KRUM My dudes, FBi Radio’s Stolen Records is putting on a Gala Ball for us Friday 16 July! That’s good to hear. In the past the Stolen Records kids have been known to throw some incredible parties. Like their radio show, there’s the spicy combination of familiarity, confidence and fun. Plus, if this is a ball (and it is), we are all going to have to get dressed up to go! This means you are going to have put some effort in. I know you love your new Nike Air Max Special Edition Jordan Hurache Air Force 1000s or whatever, but tonight’s the night to whip out the shoe polish, the trousers with the military stripe down the side and head to the Gaelic Theatre with your best girl/guy by your side. There will be dancing. There will be incredible DJs and – oh yes – there will be some excellent live acts. Ironically, headliners Koolism are fronted by the host of a hip hop show on another radio station. Hau is triple j’s host on a Monday night. Could there be tension? You’ll have to head over to find out.

3. The Gaslight Anthem in March? According to frontman Brian Fallon the New Jersey band are heading back in 2011. He told the triple j breakfast show last week, “Yeah, we’re supposed to be coming back there in the beginning of March. Set me aside a surfboard because I hear your waves are pretty good.”

Due to a noise notice that shut down his warehouse album launch on 29 May, ya boy Undertow is setting up another launch for us at the Sando on Saturday 17 July. The Sandringham Hotel is certainly being put through its paces of late and it’s good news that a cool show that fell through was able to be resuscitated so quickly. In support of Undertow, you can catch Swarmy and Aye One, Dyno-Mics, Rukus Crew and Bhopps. Good times!

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On a brighter note, congratulations to Wollongong’s Maze, who won the Penshurst RSL band competition, receiving $1,000 among other prizes for their troubles. Second place went to Sutherland Shire’s Your Way With Words and third East Hills’ Mung.

DECISIONS TO MAKE Community radio station FBi is holding a fundraiser this Saturday at The Factory Theatre, with a huge lineup utilising all the rooms in the venue. They’ve dubbed it Choose Your Own Adventure, so we got a few bands to offer up their tips. When you choose your own adventure, do you continue on the same path or take the “mysterious passage to the left”? The Jezabels: Put it this way – without fail, I always get veggie and tofu Panang curry when ordering Thai food. I guess my mysterious passage to the left is whether or not I get spring rolls too. Papa Vs Pretty: Neither, I turn to the right, jump in a fairly large kayak previously owned by a shady unicorn, row down a river of flowers till I find the Queen Bee. We Are Volcanoes: I would probably keep going straight. I am that way inclined, if you know what I mean. Megastick Fanfare: You most definitely take the mysterious passage to the left, as chances are we will be playing in some squalid cave at the end of it, bringing the smackdown and de-alphabetising your everything. Halal, How Are You?: I’d probably close my eyes and

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THE JEZABELS spin around a few times before continuing. The Holidays: As a band we would split in half and two go to the left and two straight ahead. We get a nice mix. I’d like to think I would take the mysterious passage but I probably only would about half the time. Betty Airs: Always choose the mysterious passage to the left. Sure, it may be a little overgrown and even have a curiously enticing aroma. But when you find yourself ankle deep in jellybeans, you’ll know you made the right choice. Advice to make the most of the day? Halal, How Are You?: Don’t close your eyes and spin around when trying to choose your own adventure, you’re likely to fall over and make a right fool of yourself. The Jezabels: Spend no more than 3.125 percent of your day on Facebook (that’s 30 minutes assuming a 16-hour day) – spend the rest of your time outside, with people or making something, like a cake. We Are Volcanoes: Look for vans giving out free candy; free food is the best deal! Megastick Fanfare: Bring earplugs, read the question, take deep breaths, and consider purchasing our seveninch split single with Kyu. Betty Airs: Tie an onion to your belt. This will help you stand out…well until the end of winter when every hipster is doing it. Laurenz Pike: Try and establish regular sleeping patterns and eat three balanced meals a day. Abstain from stimulants such as coffee and avoid the pleasures of the flesh. Hold on to your dreams.


UPCOMING RELEASES BLUES AND ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON Curran, Brett Hunt, Claude Hay, Dai Pritchard Band, Dr Don Hopkins & Rob Grosser, Forever Young, Gail Page Band, 19-Twenty, AniKiko, Jasmine Rae, Lianna Rose, Mark Easton, Marshall & the Fro, Swamphouse, Richard Perso, The Dave Tice Band, The Wildes, Tice and Evans, Transit Lane and The Driving Conditions are the acts announced thus far and we’ve heard that there are still a few more to come! The festival happens from Friday 29 through to Sunday 31 October and you can grab a ticket from sydneybluesfestival.com.au for just $109 at the moment, which is $30 cheaper than the non early bird rate. Get amongst it.

As much as I’d love to continue crapping on about the amazing music I was able to see overseas, there’s so much great stuff happening close to home that it’s about time we directed our attention to the local scene again. One of the biggest blues events of the year anywhere in Australia is the Great Southern Blues Festival, which was held in Narooma up until this year when it will move to its new home in Batemans Bay. There has been a fair amount of conjecture about which artists would make up the bill for this, the 15th showing of the festival, but a couple of weeks ago all rumours could be cast aside as the first announcement confirmed suspicions and delivered a few surprises. From the USA comes Todd Rundgren’s Johnson (yes, that Todd Rundgren) who will be playing a special set comprising of a bunch of Robert Johnson songs reinvented in the Rundgren style. Also coming over from the States are Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm, whose brand of blues is heavily injected with hip hop and funk influences, and Rick Estrin & the Nightcats will be making their return, delivering a fiery brand of blues with a heavy guitar and harmonica focus. The festival will also welcome Canada’s Harry Manx, who was only here just over a month ago, and anyone who has read this column in the past would know we can’t praise this guy enough. Once again the locals are well accounted for with the legendary Dave Hole heading up the local bill, which also features young guns Dallas Frasca, Kim Churchill and Blue Shaddy. The festival hits Batemans Bay’s Mackay Park Friday 1 through until Sunday 3

DALLAS FRASCA October, tickets are available from bluesfestival.tv from $80 up to $250. Festival fever has clearly taken over the local blues world as we’ve just received word on who will be lining up at the Sydney Blues Festival this year as well. This event had its debut last year where the small township of Windsor, just 40 minutes’ drive along the M2, came alive to some rip-roaring performances from a few local legends. Given its huge success, the festival is back this year, bigger and better than before, with another local lineup that will no doubt have you pretty excited. Richard Clapton, Kevin Borich, The Fumes, Geoff Achison and The Souldiggers, Chase The Sun, Dallas Frasca, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, The Detonators, Bondi Cigars, Adam Hole & Marji

This Sunday there is a very special coming together of some of Wollongong’s finest bluesmen as Wollongong’s Blues Mafia take over the Towradgi Beach Hotel. Who is involved exactly? Well Ewan Sommerville of Whose Muddy Shoes, Dave Hooper of the Blues Cowboys, The Villains’ TJ Blanch and Illya Szwec, who you would have seen playing with Groove Depot, and Robert Susz will be jamming it out for you in the main slot, while special guest Shane Pacey of the Bondi Cigars will warm things up in solo mode (though we reckon he’ll get up on stage with the rest of the lads later on in the afternoon as well). The band has promised many styles of blues, including swing, Texas, Chicago, soul and funk, so there’ll be a little something in there for everybody. All the action kicks off from 2pm! rootsdown@drummedia.com.au

Chicago’s singer/songwriter Joe Pug dropped out of North Carolina’s University to be here. Sending out free copies of his early material to anyone who wanted a copy, complete with a handwritten note to sweeten the deal, a fair effort considering he ended up moving 15,000 copies in the end. Australian and New Zealand audiences can catch up on the backlog of material with the deluxe edition of his album, Messenger, which incorporates the debut, Nation Of Heat, as well as second EP, In The Meantime. It’s released locally this Friday. Also this week is the newie from Kevin Welch, his first solo record release in eight years. Welch is best known – especially in Australia – for his duties with The Flood and Kane, Welch & Kaplin, which has seen often him grace festival and intimate club stages around the nation. A Patch Of Blue Sky allows Welch to move further into his own country-blues strain, with plenty of collaborations but with he as the director. The details have come through for the Australian release of Los Lobos’ brand new and tenth studio. Their first offering of new tracks in four years, Tin Can Trust will be released Friday 30 of this month through Shock (the band’s first release on the Australian distributor’s label). The last change to the band’s lineup occurred in 1984, when saxophonist/ keyboardist Steve Berlin joined original members Louie Perez, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas and Conrad Lozano (all since 1973) so they’re well and truly a coherent machine. The album is said to be a further expansion of scope for the band, once again mixing an American blues into South American influences.

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A Perth resident these past two and a half years, saxophonist and composer Jamie Oehlers brings his new quartet across the continent for two nights at 505.

The Perth-based 14-piece Mace Francis Orchestra, or at least eight core members, are coming to 505 as part of their national Neverever Tour, with the four-piece Snafu, led by trombonist Alex Silver, kicking off the evening. The James Valentine Quartet continues its Supper Club residency at the Golden Sheaf in Double Bay, tonight with special guest Neilsen Gough sitting in for Valentine. Saturday, they head for the mountains to spread a little Christmas in July at the Clarendon in Katoomba. American-born Sydney-based pianist John Harkins returns to Jazushi in Surry Hills.

WEDNESDAY Saxophonist and composer Spike Mason leads his quintet, Oximetric, through a couple of sets at 505. Five-piece jazz-groove collective Mysterious Travellers, featuring sax player Dale Barlow and keyboards player Bill Risby, present their tribute to the music of Weather Report at the Basement Circular Quay. The John Redmond Trio plays the Manhattan Lounge. The bass-led Tim McArtney Trio has a residency Wednesdays at Sappho Books in Glebe, 6pm kickoff. Sydney born and bred, Skii Harvey sings like Ella and writes likes Benson, her talent recently recognised at the US Billboard Music Awards, and tonight she showcases

Singer Paul Sun takes the trio into the Arthouse Hotel in the City tonight and then puts in a few hours Sunday at the Kirribilli Art & Design Markets, free from 11.30am. The always eclectic, decidedly eccentric multiinstrumentalist Linsey Pollak presents a new solo show, Passing Wind, with a difference tonight and tomorrow night in Coles Theatre, Powerhouse Museum, playing everything from kitchen gloves and garden hoses to, well, carrots.

THE CATHOLICS her latest album, Foolish Girl, at the Vanguard.

THURSDAY Double bassist and composer Mike Majkowski and trombonist and composer Lucian McGuiness play Solos & Duos down at Impermanent. The Acca Daiquiris play their cocktail lounge renditions of classic AC/DC, Billy Idol and more at The Golden Sheaf Hotel. Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity, Australia’s most adventurous string quartet, The Noise, is staging a one-off event at the Australian Museum in East Sydney from 7pm.

FRIDAY US-born, Sydney-based trumpeter, flugelhorn player and composer Don Rader takes his six-piece band into the Sound Lounge for some serious post-bop.

SATURDAY Led by double bassist Lloyd Swanton, The catholics revisit their acclaimed album, Gondola, recently reissued by Bugle Records, and more in the Sound Lounge.

SUNDAY The Entrance Winter Blues & Jazz Festival continues with the Central Coast Conservatorium Little Big Band, Jiri’s Harlem Swing and the Yuki Kumagai/ John Mackie Jazz Band among others. Father-daughter jazz duo Dick and Christa Hughes launch Speakeasy Sundays in The Studio at Sydney Opera House with a variety of guests. blow@drummedia.com.au

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hosts a monster night of swamp, rockabilly, garage and psychobilly with the Chickenstones, Mother Truckers, Jarran Zen & the Blind Children’s Orchestra and the Beaut Utes. The Shelley Turner Band jump and jive at Leonay Golf Club from 8pm.

Ray Beadle and The King Brothers do it acoustic style at the Macquarie Hotel while the Muso’s Club Jam Night hosted by Jim Finn and Al Britton takes over the Bald Faced Stag Hotel from 8pm.

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THURSDAY Bryen Willems hosts a big country show at the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL with the Hillbilly Heaven Band and a host of guest artists. Ash Grunwald and The Widowbirds have a great night in store at the Harp Hotel in Corrimal and The Bridge Between take centre stage at the National Press Club. Ross Ward does his solo show at GJ’s Coffee Lounge in Cronulla and Terry Batu does likewise at the Chisholm Family Tavern. Mick Hanna and his eight-piece band release their second EP, Life, featuring a 5m 30sec rock opera as the title track, with a special launch at Ravál in the Macquarie Hotel.

FRIDAY Ash Grunwald continues his nationwide tour with a big show The Metro along with Jordie Lane and The Widowbirds. The John Leigh Calder Trio has its regular night at the Hotel Clarendon in Surry Hills and Ray Beadle flies solo at the Sebel Harbourside in Kiama. Terry Batu plays the Enfield Boulevarde Hotel from 8pm.

SATURDAY BBQ Blues & Brews takes over Burwood Park for a great afternoon featuring Andrew Winton, The Bondi

BRYEN WILLEMS Cigars, Cass Eager & The Sirens, Chase The Sun, Continental Robert’s Blues Party, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Phil Manning and the Ray Beadle Band from midday to 7pm. The two-day Entrance Winter Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off on the Central Coast with a massive lineup that features Bridie King, Jack Evans, Jenny Marie Lang and Swamphouse to name just a few. Dave Tice & Mark Evans play their iconic evening spot at the Sandringham Hotel hotly followed by Los Skeletone Blues at the Lansdowne Hotel from 5pm. Victorian C.W. Stoneking & His Primitive Horns headline Selina’s at the Coogee Bay Hotel. The very bluesy Stormcellar rock the Bald Rock Hotel, the very swinging Ray Beadle Band hit Beaches in Thirroul and Terry Batu does his one-man show at the Mortdale Hotel. The historic Town & Country Hotel

Blue Venom have a 1pm start at the Time & Tide Hotel as does Jack Derwin at The Vault 146. Wollongong’s Blues Mafia featuring TJ Blanch with special guests Shane Pacey and Jacob Cooke unload their violin cases at the Towradgi Beach Hotel from 2pm. There are early afternoon blues jams at the Jolly Frog at Windsor with the Shelley Turner Band and at the Artichoke Café hosted by Mark Hopper. The Ray Beadle Band have a 2pm spot at the Heathcote Hotel and the Cass Eager Duo play the Southern Cross Yacht Club from 3pm. Hunter & Suzy Owens are back at the Marrickville Bowlo for another great afternoon of modern country. Newtown’s number one country jazzabilly outfit The Hoo Haas launch their third album, Snakejuice, in the funky street level bar of the Sandringham Hotel and Ward’s Xpress play the Tudor Hall Hotel, both shows from 4pm. Ash Grunwald and The Widowbirds travel to the Mean Fiddler and Don Hopkins does his solo piano show at the Dee Why RSL’s Flame Lounge. Mo Trowell & The Delivery showcase their new CD, The Suspect Way, at the Botany View Hotel along with their good friends The Exiles. swampshack@drummedia.com.au

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Up on the Central Coast, The Entrance is hosting its Winter Blues & Jazz Festival this Saturday and Sunday, taking in a lot of jazz but also a fair bit of blues as well. Over 30 acts will take to Memorial Park and surrounding venues, with most performances being free. To top it all off there’ll be a fireworks display at 7pm on the Saturday night. The event will include Galapagos Duck, the Mal Gatt Latin Jazz Trio, Strictly Dixie, Alison Penney & The Moneymakers and Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow among others performing across the eight venues from 11am. Community radio station 2SER (107.3FM) will be playing tribute to jazz legend John Coltrane on air on Saturday 17 July, to mark the 43rd (an odd choice perhaps) anniversary of his death from liver cancer at the age of 40. The audio documentary will feature hours of live performances – from the stage and studio – spanning his entire career, thoughts on Coltrane and his philosophies, a biography of the jazz legend, thoughts from Australian musicians and tributes that have arisen since his death. Here’s the Coltrane quote with which 2SER has chosen to introduce the event; “My music is the spiritual expression of what I am – my faith, my knowledge, my being… I think music can make the world better and, if I’m qualified, I want to do it. I’d like to point out to people the divine in a musical language that transcends words. I want to speak to their souls.”

THE BIRD IS BACK Kasey Chambers has always been the darling of the Australian country scene, but not always that of the wider music listening public – the refrain “Am I not pretty enough?” is either loved, or the bane of one’s existence. That’s not to deny she’s on a run with three ARIA #1 solo records but, ironically, it was her last record, Rattlin’ Bones, on which she collaborated with husband Shane Nicholson, that introduced her to a wider audience (2008’s Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and The Little Hillbillies was a fun distraction and ode to her family life). Returning to the solo sphere, it has been announced that her new album will be released through Liberator 17 September, and be titled Little Bird. Recorded with her band The Millionaires (an all star cast of Jim Moginie, Jeff McCormack, Shane Nicholson, John Watson, Bill Chambers and Nash Chambers) in a recent press release Chambers states, “I think it is the most fun I have ever had making an album and the result is something I am so proud of. This record reminds me of the same feeling that The Captain and Barricades gave me. It’s all about songs, homegrown sounds and a feeling that sails throughout the entire album. “In February I had one song that I had written last year but was not thinking at all about writing more, then all of a sudden songs just started flowing out of me. Within 12 days I had 14 songs and they just kept coming. I wasn’t even sure where they came from. I was writing in and around my daily life (which I used to find difficult) – cooking dinner, making school lunches, doing gigs, swimming lessons, feeding children, writing lyrics, humming melodies.” THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010 • 57 •


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CORRECTION TO LAST WEEK’S SNAPSHOT Last week the above image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor was incorrectly labelled. It is, in fact, the first-look at the Australian actor (known locally for his work in Home & Away, internationally thanks to Star Trek), who stars as Thor in the film of the same name, out in cinemas next year through Paramount Pictures. Thor will also star Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. Image courtesy Paramount Pictures.

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PLAY NOW ACT NOW AGAIN NOW The Play Now Act Now (PNAN) competition is now fully in the swing of things, with its July winners recently being announced across the short film, digital design and micro-fiction categories. To recap, PNAN is the collaborative effort between NSW Health and Metro Screen showcasing the best works from creative 16-25-year-olds on the topic of raising drug and alcohol awareness. August’s competition is now open, with the theme of ‘Out of it’, so if you’ve got a short story, design idea or film in mind based on this theme, head to playnowactnow.com.au to submit. This month’s due date is midnight 27 July. Winners nab sweet prizes (think software from Adobe, hard drives, cash etc.) and the chance to win $2,000.

SEVEN SEQUELS THAT AREN’T SHIT By Daniel Crichton-Rouse 1. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) 2. Aliens (James Cameron, 1986) 3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron, 1991) 4. National Lampoon’s European Vacation (Amy Heckerling, 1985) 5. The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980) 6. Back To The Future Part II (Robert Zemeckis, 1989) 7. Toy Story 2 (John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon, 1999) and Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, 2010)

THIS WEEK IN WEDNESDAY 7 Curators’ Talk – Assistant Director, Curatorial Tony Boyd talks about AGNSW’s latest blockbuster exhibition, Paths to abstraction: 1867-1917. AGNSW, 5:30pm. Every Rose Has Its Thorn – exhibition of photographic works by Petrina Hicks. Opening night. Stills Gallery, 6pm. Popcorn Taxi: The Runaways – Popcorn Taxi screening of rock’n’roll biopic The Runaways (out 15 July) starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, with Q&A from Currie herself live from L.A. Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction, 8pm. Second-hand Tang Poem – exhibition of works by Shanghaibased photographer Maleonn (Ma Liang) blending contemporary life and traditional Chinese mythology. Opening night. Stills Gallery, 6pm. Sweet Smell Of Success – screening of Alexander Mackendrick’s 1957 film noir, starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. AGNSW, 7:15pm.

THURSDAY 8 Underbelly: Public Lab Tours – watch as Sydney’s most experimental artists devise, rehearse and develop their ideas. Fraser Studios until 14 July, 6pm and 7:30pm (2pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm Saturday 10). Waverley Art Prize – recognising the best in oil, acrylic, printmaking, works on paper, the Waverley Art Prize, this exhibition showcases winners and finalists in each category. BondiWaverley School Of Arts until 11 July.

FRIDAY 9 Badlands – Terence Malick’s debut work, a masterpiece of filmmaking, follows Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen on a joyride across the United States that ends in murder. Chauvel Cinema, 8:30pm.

SATURDAY 10 The Colour Blind Festival - festival showcasing Indigenous talent across the dramatic spectrum in an effort to break casting boundaries. Closing day. TAP Gallery. Jim Jeffries – last night to see Australian-reared/British-dwelling comedian Jim Jeffries back on home soil. The Comedy Store, 8:30pm. That Old Chestnut – closing night of Tamarama Rock Surfers’ latest production, which takes a modern look at relationships and secrets. Old • 58 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

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Fitzroy Theatre, 8pm. Time To Leave – a masculine melodrama from 8 Women and Swimming Pool director François Ozon. World Movies Channel (Foxtel), 8:30pm, as part of their 25 Filmmakers You Must See Before You Die series. Underbelly Saturday Program – free art tours throughout the day, talks from Jess Cook (Token Imagination) and Eddie Sharp (Imperial Panda Festival), Project Participation Sessions (see underbellyarts.com.au for details) and more Underbelly goodies. Fraser Studios and Clare Hotel from 11am.

SUNDAY 11 Rather Be Naked – exhibition of works by painters, illustrators, video artists in conjunction with WhiteSpac3.com. Closing night. 48 Little Oxford St, Darlinghurst.

MONDAY 12 Fringe Monday Night Comedy – live stand-up featuring Mikey Mileos, Peter Egner, Gary Eck and MC Paul Fridgy Hancock. Fringe Bar, 8:30pm.

ONGOING Paper Trail – solo showing of Elisabeth Cummings’ works on paper over the course of her 30-year career. King St Gallery, Darlinghurst until 24 July. Paths To Abstraction 1867-1917 – major exhibition of works by the people that gave birth to modern art: Whistler, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Gauguin, Leger and more, drawn from collections such as MoMA, Pompidou and Tate Modern. AGNSW until 16 September. Songs are for sad, paintings are for happy – exhibition by Craig Dermot of a series of works created as potential covers for the debut album from his band Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, exploring the ways he uses different artforms to express and process different emotional states. Somedays, Surry Hills until 8 August. Under Milk Wood – Bambina Borracha Productions’ one-woman version of the Dylan Thomas ‘play for voices’ starring Zoe Norton Lodge. Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville until 18 July. West Side Story – the classic musical, combining the artistic forces of Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Lyric Theatre until 2 August.

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WASTED POTENTIAL (2010) JESSICA LE Winner, Official Selection, Digital Design category of Play Now Act Now June. More info at pnan.com.au.

DISAPPEAR HERE (AT OXFORD ART FACTORY) Bret Easton Ellis is one of the most brilliant minds of the past 30 years. His literature, comprising novels Less Than Zero, Rules Of Attraction, American Psycho, The Informers, Glamorama and Lunar Park, has established the American author as the voice of disenchanted youth and hedonism. His new novel, Imperial Bedrooms, is set 25 years after the events of Less Than Zero – and self-aware of the film adaptation starring a young Robert Downey, Jr. – as the characters face middle age. For anyone who’s a fan of Ellis, this book is A Very Big Deal Indeed. To help promote Imperial Bedrooms (like it needs it), the author is coming to Australia for a spot of promotion, including a night presented by Kinokuniya at Oxford Art Factory Tuesday 10 August. Bret Easton Ellis will be in conversation, The Chaser’s Dominic Knight will host, and, aptly, ’80s Australian band Models will perform. Book tickets through Moshtix. Now.

SHAKESPEARE’S R&J York Theatre, Seymour Centre The magnificent Robin Williams making an appearance at the old Seymour Centre? No, surely not – all my childhood dreams of meeting the man behind a tonne of amazing Hollywood films could not be materialising on a Wednesday night without me having any clue it was going to happen? Sadly not. Although you could be forgiven for imagining that this would happen after seeing the first ten minutes of Riverside Production’s Shakespeare’s R&J. It was almost as if Dead Poets Society had jumped from the screen onto the Chippendale stage as the four male cast members jostled and cooed over an ancient publication of the Bard’s famous tragedy. Another modern twist on a

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familiar story, this production has its own special treats; only four cast members (all male), hints at homosexuality and society’s reactions to it, and almost two parallel worlds sucking the characters in and out simultaneously. There is clever choreography and use of minimal props to indicate scene and character changes, and aside from a few disturbing sound glitches the tech side of things, all was complementary and well-executed. For a main-stage production it doesn’t really grab you, feeling more like a TV show that had been devised as a school’s touring production, and in that context it would probably work quite well (the six teenage girls in the row behind would agree). There’s nothing particularly wrong with Shakespeare’s R&J – it’s just a bit boring. Season finished LAUREN DILLON

SWINGING AROUND THE HOUSE IOTA HAS MADE A POINT OF DOING LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS IN HIS CAREER, SOME OF WHICH YOU’LL SEE THIS WEEK AT LATE NIGHT LOUNGE. HE SPEAKS TO LIZ GIUFFRE.

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respected indie singer/ songwriter, award-winning actor and musical performer (Hedwig and Rocky Horror), a visual artist and much-coveted guest vocalist (the recent outing with Junglehammer was a particular highlight), iOTA couldn’t resist another excuse to do something different at the Sydney Opera House. “I think the Late Night programme is really there for people to do something that they wouldn’t usually do,” he explains. “I think it’s a great place to go and try stuff out. I have no idea who else is playing, I just jumped on the bandwagon.” For the record, dear reader, that bandwagon will also include Charlie Pickering, Caroline Nin, Aerialize and musical comedians Axis Of Awesome. While iOTA might have been keen to join the party irrespective of the rest of the bill, his spot at the Late Night Lounge will be his own. This isn’t to say it’ll be a solo situation though, but just something a little spontaneous. “I did Late Night last month with the trapeze artist from my show [Chelsea McGuffin from Smoke And Mirrors], and we had a really good time and

liked it, so I said I’d really like to come and do a spot again, so it’s on. We first saw her performances on YouTube and figured that she looked really good, and she’s been great to work with since. “She does these amazing things, she’s not like your regular trapeze [artist]; it’s not [starts singing dodgy carnival music] ‘whee’, there’s none of that... She does very heartfelt, painful-looking trapeze performances that somehow convey some really beautiful things.” In keeping with the idea of using death-defying feats of bravery, a key part of iOTA’s show will be unplanned. “We completely improvised our last performance; I just got up onstage with a guitar and she got up, dragged herself up onto the trapeze, and we started. But she does claw at her skin and does all sorts of stuff, the odd, you know, trick and stuff, but it’s more of a dance, what she does,” he says, describing their interaction. “I watch so I know what noises to make, and I make sort of drumming sounds and different vocal noises and it’s all very atmospheric and then it turns into a song.”

While he doesn’t want to go into too much detail about what else will be going on, he does give one little bit away. “I’ll be doing a couple of tunes, I don’t think I really want to say what they are, but there’s one tune which is like a performance about Batman and Robin. I’ve written that, it’s a little bit of a mix-up of, you know, the

‘Batman smells’ nursery rhyme and a bit of Peaches thrown in.” Pausing, he adds, “Oh yeah, it’s very rude.” WHAT: Late Night Lounge WHERE & WHEN: The Studio, Sydney Opera House Saturday 10 July


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FOLLOWING UP A TV SERIES WIDELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE FINEST IN THE HISTORY OF THE MEDIUM WOULD PROBABLY DAUNT MOST PEOPLE. LUCKILY, DAVID SIMON ISN’T LIKE MOST PEOPLE. THE HBO GOD SPEAKS TO GUY DAVIS.

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ver since he helped turn his book about the work of a Baltimore Police Department homicide squad into the groundbreaking TV drama Homicide: Life On The Street, the former journalist has been one of the writers and producers redefining the calibre of work the small screen is capable of delivering. And for many viewers, Simon reached his apex (so far, at least) with The Wire, a challenging and compelling crime saga that began as a cops-versus-drug-dealers series and gradually broadened its point of view to take in politics, education and the media and create a stunning big-picture of a system too mired in corruption and neglect to ever operate effectively. His new ensemble drama Treme (pronounced truh-may), which follows a loosely connected group of New Orleans residents struggling to rebuild their personal and professional lives in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has a different tone to The Wire but it shares that show’s rigorous intelligence and keen insight into human nature. (It also has a superbly jazzy and bluesy soundtrack, just so you know.) With Treme, Simon and his collaborators (including co-creator Eric Overmyer) have created a vivid social document that doesn’t necessarily adhere to the conventions of series television. “We decided not to explain everything and instead just be,” he says of the immersive approach taken by his shows. “Some

people will come on the journey and some people won’t. But I think this way is a lot more fun than being didactic about it.” From the very first episode, which drops the audience into the thick of an all-singing, all-dancing New Orleans ‘second line’ (Google it!), Simon doesn’t offer much explanation or exposition about the city, its traditions and Treme’s cast of characters. It’s a bold move but Simon has always been the kind of guy who trusts his audience to meet him halfway. “I’ve found that the less we explained and the more we were just in the world, the more vibrant the piece seemed to be, the more it felt like a slice of life. When you go somewhere and meet people, not everything is explained to you right away. You start getting context by degrees. No one tells you a story from the beginning and goes all the way to the end. In a way, this kind of television is the best kind of tourism, for lack of a better word. You got someplace that’s not familiar to you and you exist and meet people on their own terms rather than see it all from some tour bus.” A long-time admirer of New Orleans, especially its rich musical history, Simon actually conceived the notion of a show focusing on the city and its culture prior to Hurricane Katrina. “When you say ‘conceived’,” he chuckles, “the best way to say it is that we wanted to do a show about New Orleans and its culture but had absolutely no idea how to pitch that.

Or what the core of the show might be, because a show about culture is such a delicate thing and most television is about life-and-death stuff - cops, doctors in an ER, lawyers fighting over whether someone is guilty or not guilty. That kind of stuff is the grist of most television drama. “So when you have a piece where the issue is what they’re going to play for an encore or whether the entree is overcooked, you’re taking the stakes down to a human scale. There was no way we could go into a room in Los Angeles and pitch that. They’d laugh us right out of the building. So it was tricky, and we just put it in our back pocket and went, ‘Well, it’d be great to do that but we don’t have a clue how.’ Then Katrina put New Orleans front and centre in a dramatic and political sense, and all of a sudden you could go into a room and the words New Orleans would have this resonance. If we were ever going to get this thing going, this would be the time. We would love to have done the show without the storm but I don’t know if anyone would have let us do it.” For all the sorrow, anger and frustration the characters of Treme feel in the wake of Katrina and the ineffectual response of the US government in providing aid, the show has an underlying optimism and positivity that separates it from other Simon productions, such as The Wire or the recent Iraq War series Generation Kill. According to Simon, that’s simply a reflection of the New Orleans vibe. “A lot of New Orleans is living in

the moment. It’s not a town that has done a lot of planning ahead. You’re talking about a city that is very different to the rest of America, for better or worse. It’s not a city with a profound notion of itself, nor does it have a remarkable work ethic. In a way, it’s third world in its attitudes, again for better or worse. It is a city that is deeply traditional in how it approaches life. It has French, Spanish, Cuban, Caribbean and African influences. It is part of the United States but it also feels apart from the United States. “It’s hard to describe it. In fact, if I could describe it I wouldn’t have to do the show,” he adds with a laugh. “The thing about it is, nowhere else can you live in the moment quite the way they do in New Orleans. Ultimately that’s one of the major, fundamental themes of the show. When the storm happened, there was no governmental leadership, no economic fiat to bring the city back, no imperative by business leaders or civic leaders. Nobody had a plan. The government was remarkably ineffective. What brought the city back to the extent was people’s unwillingness to let go of the culture. Culture is what saved the city, and in that way culture is kind of a political act.” WHAT: Treme WHERE & WHEN: Showcase (Foxtel/ Austar), 8:30pm Wednesdays from 14 July

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The blessing and curse of The Twilight Saga is its source material. Stephanie Meyer’s angsty, torturous prose makes for some truly terrible dialogue, regardless of screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg’s salvage attempts. This latest instalment even manages to bastardise Robert Frost’s Fire And Ice, but then again the books are also responsible for setting many hearts aflame with fated lovers Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) and their third wheel, Jacob (Taylor Lautner). Here Eclipse won’t disappoint Twihards, with British director David Slade (30 Days Of Night) carving at least two-thirds of the film from lingering close-ups of his stars’ sparkly faces (in Edward’s case, literally). Slade seems to think these close-ups communicate emotion, when really all they do is leave you pondering just how much CGI they’ve done to make the actors’ pores disappear. On the big screen, the giant, glossy faces are quite distracting, though that may be precisely the intention, especially when you consider the storyline stems from the Party Of Five/Dawson’s Creek playbook of one breathlessly intense conversation after the next. Though Slade might not have the assured hand Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke did on her character’s inner teen turmoil, he sure does smash the action. The mercifully improved CGI makes for some legitimately tense fight scenes, wherein Australian Xavier Samuel (The Loved Ones) proves himself a worthy addition to the franchise. The rest (including Victoria replacement Bryce Dallas Howard) know their places. It’s conflicted, passionate, postulating business as usual.

THE KARATE KID Die-hard fans of Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san may well rue the day this remake got the green light, a film that replaces Los Angeles for Beijing, a teen for a tween and karate for kung fu (or, more specifically, wushu) seemingly taking egregious liberties with the beloved original. Somehow, this Karate Kid has got it right, capturing the awe-inspiring essence of the 1984 classic and bringing it to a whole new generation. The latest Karate Kid very much belongs to a post-Global Financial Crisis, postBeijing Olympics world. Dre (Jaden Smith) and his mother Sherry (Taraji P. Henson) are forced to up sticks from bankrupt motor industry Detroit and transfer to bustling Beijing. This economic landscape won’t go missed by the adults, but for the kids (and kids at heart) there are plenty of school bullies and stylish training montages to see them begging their parents for kung fu lessons. Smith appears to have inherited much of his father Will’s charm and athleticism, convincingly carrying this film with all its weighty expectations. As Mr. Han, the cinematic gem Jackie Chan superbly supports, not only showing a more emotional side, but also never failing to impress with his stunt team’s dazzling kung fu choreography. Though at 140 minutes the film’s too long for its target audience, there’s no doubting the martial arts alchemy Mr. Han and his Shuo Dre bring to the screen. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now ALICE TYNAN

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WITH JAMELLE WELLS An image from Sydney Dance Company’s We Unfold features on Venice Biennale posters and banners. Festival artistic director Ismael Ivo is focusing on dance groups from Canada and Australia this year. Australasian companies performing at the festival include Sydney Dance, Chunky Move, Splintergroup, Ros Warby and New Zealand’s Mau. Work is underway on Sydney Theatre Company’s solar power station on the roof of the Wharf theatre. It’s apparently the secondlargest rooftop solar array in Australia with 1,900 solar panels. The project’s been funded by donations, a State Government grant and support from EnergyAustralia. The station’s expected to deliver most of the STC’s energy and water requirements from sustainable sources. The national shutdown of analogue television has started with analogue broadcasts cut off in the Mildura region in Victoria. The rest of Australia will follow in stages until the final analogue signal is cut in 2013. We know that digital broadcasts available since 2001 boast sharper pictures,

clearer sound, better reception and extra channels. But despite a $190 million campaign to promote them, it’s feared many of us still aren’t ready for the changeover. Figures show only about 68 per cent of Australian households have so far converted their TVs to the digital signal. Television night owls have been dealt a blow with CNN broadcaster Larry King announcing his decision to step down from his long-running show. After a career that has seen him do more than 40,000 interviews, the 76-year-old says Larry King Live will soon go off the air. King says he still plans to work for CNN after the end of his nightly show, which has been the subject of speculation for months due to poor ratings. Two Australians attached to overseas production companies through Screen Australia internships include Kate Croser, who’s working with Film4, and Caroline Gerard, who’s working with Scott Free Productions. Sydney-based producer Danielle Lauren has just returned from a five-week attachment to Mad Men series four in Los Angeles. Screen Australia is after producers for another three internships with

ABOUT A FAMILY independent production companies in New York: Likely Story, Belladonna, and Killer Films. The launch of West Side Story at Star City’s Lyric Theatre last week saw the entire cast, including Josh Piterman, Julie Goodwin, Nigel Turner-Carroll, Rohan Browne and Alinta Chidzey perform numbers from the show earlier in the day for a media call. Directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely, the Sydney season runs for six weeks before touring to Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. Fifty volunteers braved the cold to dress up in suits and bowler hats and wade into the surf at Bondi Beach. They were part of a human sculpture by surrealist artist Andrew Baines. Local member and former Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull joined them, describing it as “human Sculpture By The Sea’’. Baines says his art is influenced by memories of being surrounded by a sea of businessmen on the London Underground when he was a teenager. He’s staged similar installations at Manly, St Kilda Beach in Melbourne and Henley in South Australia.

THE BELLY OF THE BEAST BARELY A BREATH WAS TAKEN BETWEEN THE SERIES FINALE OF CHANNEL 9’S AUSTRALIAN CRIME DRAMA UNDERBELLY: THE GOLDEN MILE AND ITS DVD RELEASE. ALICE TYNAN TALKS TO THE SHOW’S STARS, DIETER BRUMMER AND DIARMID HEIDENREICH.

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n 27 November, 1953, playwright Eugene O’Neill died in his Boston apartment. The New York Times obituary, published the next day, credited O’Neill with nothing less than transforming the face of theatre as an art form. There is also a fleeting, passing mention of an unknown work, a play O’Neill had written 12 years prior which, for some reason, he’d refused to talk about. It was called Long Day’s Journey Into Night. “It was reported that the play deals with his own family life,” the obituary says simply. O’Neill wished the play to be published 25 years after his death and never performed. As we know, many an artist’s dying wishes are, let’s say, respectfully dishonoured. In the case of O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night – which has come to be seen as the playwright’s masterpiece – it’s a decision that actor Todd Van Voris (pictured second from left) strongly believes in. “I think the world needs the play,” he says. “It’s a truly amazing work of art and one of the greatest plays ever written. No audience experiences it unchanged. That’s important.” Van Voris hails from Portland, Oregon, whose Artists Repertory Theatre has collaborated with the Sydney Theatre Company in the current production of Long Day’s Journey and will be hosting the production after its run in Sydney. Van Voris calls it a dream

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come true to be put up in Australia to work on the production. “It’s a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere than in the States, not in the way of shirking the work by any stretch of the imagination. There’s an easygoing atmosphere in the room, which is nice.” What audiences will see on stage will be considerably less easygoing. Long Day’s Journey is a harrowing portrait of the tormented Tyrone family: the morphine-addicted Mary (Robyn Nevin), the deeply unhappy James Tyrone (William Hurt) and their adult sons, tuberculous Edmund (Luke Mullins) and alcoholic failure Jamie (Van Voris). As suggested, the play was modelled on O’Neill’s own family history – hence his wish to keep a lid on it – and, according to the stories, the playwright would emerge from a day of writing it “gaunt and sometimes weeping”. When it premiered in Stockholm, three years rather than 25 after O’Neill’s death, critics noted it would be unlikely that it would be performed often, since it demanded so much emotionally of both actors and audience. Van Voris sees it slightly differently

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Eddie Gould, Heidenreich is an altogether more nasty piece of work and it’s a role that proves playing the baddie isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “Look, the process of it is fun, and the challenge of it is fun,” Heidenreich admits, “but there’s nothing fun about handcuffing a woman to a table in a room full of blokes. I didn’t feel good afterward. I didn’t give myself a high five.” And yet it is the confronting scenes like the one Heidenreich describes that helps make Underbelly the compelling local television he is so passionate about. “I hope [Underbelly] raises the bar in Australian television in general. If we’re going to make a show about cops, let’s make a true show about cops… Let’s not make it pavlova and add sugar to it to make it easy to swallow; let’s make it gritty, and have really interesting characters that make you think about things, confront you and scare you.” “Let’s not do the typical happy ending for everything,” Brummer adds. Both actors cite HBO series like The Sopranos and Deadwood as

instrumental to the changing tide of television culture that now embraces high quality dramas. “There are only so many reality shows that the public can bear,” quips Brummer. However Heidenreich is outspoken about Australians investing in local content. “I don’t care about America,” he says. “American pop culture, great, that’s theirs, it’s not ours. This is Australia. What did we do?” “I would much rather have had a beer with Ned Kelly than Wyatt Earp!” Indeed Underbelly does seem to tap into Australia’s rich history and enduring fascination with outlaws; the show just changes up the location. “I think the Cross is the star of it. You only have to go to the Cross once and you get it,” says Brummer. For Heidenreich, the script is the source of show’s success. “Without a story you’ve got nothing. You can have great costumes, great locations, great actors, but if there’s no story you can’t polish a turd.” WHAT: Underbelly: The Golden Mile (Roadshow)

WHAT: Long Day’s Journey Into Night WHERE & WHEN: Sydney Theatre until 1 August

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC here’s little doubt the seedy, stylised crime drama Underbelly has struck a chord with Australian audiences. However it may be more surprising to realise the series brought about Home & Away alumnus Dieter Brummer’s return to the small screen. “It’s what brought me back,” Brummer confirms as he sits in a Kings Cross café with co-star Diarmid Heidenreich. “The recognition has increased again, being back in the public consciousness. It’s been interesting coming back to that after the best part of ten years off. Hopefully from here on we’re not always referred to as former Home & Away heartthrob and former pizza delivery boy.” Brummer and Heidenreich’s crooked cops certainly mark a dramatic departure from their 1990s fame as Shane Parrish and Dougie the pizza guy. Brummer plays the infamous Trevor Haken, the woefully corrupt detective and key witness in the watershed Wood Royal Commission, the lead up to which informs the action of Underbelly’s third series, The Golden Mile. As fictional character

though. “I think I can speak for a lot of actors in saying that, while it might be an emotional journey for one’s character, the art of acting in and of itself is extremely energising – if we’re doing our work properly. And, of course, after the show I’m able to go home, have a beer, watch the telly…” O’Neill himself wrote, in a dedication to his wife, that the play was formed “with the deepest understanding and pity for all afflicted members of the Tyrone family.” Van Voris agrees that, ultimately, the play has a profound message of hope. “The play has a reputation of being a dirge of some sort, you know, a terrible tragedy. But while it is certainly tragic, there is tremendous love and caring and laughter in this family as well. It’s the struggle to survive, and the simple fact that they’re struggling for survival is a beautiful thing.”

Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music is comprised almost entirely of songs in triple time, and the Opera Australia production doesn’t miss a step. Under the direction of Stuart Maunder, it positively glides like one great waltz number, its characters whisked hither and thither on a revolve, back and forth on their intricate and intersecting romantic paths. Of course, it will come as a surprise to no one that, as Fredrik Egerman, Anthony Warlow is a perfect match for Sondheim. He emerges from even the thorniest thicket of a number totally unscathed and, along with Ben Lewis’s buffoonish dragoon, is very much in tune with what the show has to offer in the way of laughs, which is plenty. As the well-plumed swan Désirée, Sigrid Thornton is all poise and elegance, though anyone expecting Broadway karaoke should note that hers is an actress’s rendition of Send In The Clowns, not a singer’s. It’s a superb cast. Conductor Andrew Greene teases out all the gorgeous moments of the score – even the harpist has

her moment to shine – and, when the lovers embrace at last, what might have been an oboe merely regurgitating Send In The Clowns turns into the kind of sweeping climactic moment you’d rightly expect from a classic Hollywood score. The extravagant costume and set design – the handiwork of celebrated designer Roger Kirk – results in a production that looks as splendid as it sounds. It’s a wonderful show. Until 15 July DARRYN KING

B SHARP AUGUST TO DECEMBER SEASON LAUNCH Belvoir St Theatre As ever, the B Sharp August to December season will feature an imaginative, diverse range of work from some fabulous new talents. Georg Büchner’s unfinished 1836 masterpiece Woyzeck is an epic tale of war, religion and murder. Director Netta Yaschin promises to bring to the play something of her first-hand experiences in the Israeli army, not to mention carnival dancers and a live band.

Susanna Dowling will direct the “sometimes beautiful, sometimes painful” Yellow Moon: The Ballad Of Leila And Lee. It’s a gritty story (Wizard Of Oz meets Bonnie And Clyde) about “finally finding what it is you’ve been dreaming about”. Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love is the kind of play that cried out to be performed in the intimate Downstairs Theatre. It throws us into a motel room in the Mojave Desert with two self-destructing lovers. Director Imara Savage suggested the production will be part-True Blood, part-Deadwood. Next, the world premiere of The Sweetest Thing, which follows a girl as she flees to New Zealand after the death of her father. It’s a story of love, loss and chaos theory and, in the words of director Sarah Goodes, “the glorious moments when you connect with the people you love.” Finally, a double bill on the global financial crisis will feature post, the hilarious all-girl performance group. The girls promise to do as little research as possible for the show. “Fuck it,” said post member Zoe Coombs Marr. “I think it’ll be pretty close to, you know… The truth.” B Sharp August to December season kicks off 5 August with Woyzeck DARRYN KING


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AGNSW ANNOUNCE PATHS FILM PROGRAMME

A COMPLETE DRAG

If you’re looking for classic films on the big screen in Sydney, the Art Gallery Of NSW has a great cinémathèque offering a meticulously selected programme of films – and all screenings are free. Their next programme, titled Paths to abstraction, to compliment the major exhibition of the same name, begins Wednesday 21 July with a screening of Len Lye’s short Swinging The Lambeth Walk and George Stevens’ 1936 Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire vehicle Swing Time. Other films screening over coming weeks include Mary Ellen Bute’s Polka Graph and Jacques Tati’s Playtime (Wednesday 28), Oskar Fischinger’s Motion Painting and Roman Kroitor’s Stravinsky (Saturday 31), Murray Grigor’s The Architecture Of Frank Lloyd Wright (Saturday 7 August), Fernand Léger’s Ballet mécanique and Ettore Scola’s Le Bal (Wednesday 4). All Wednesday screenings commence at 2pm and 7:15pm, and are repeated the following Sunday at 2pm. Saturday sessions start at 2pm. For more info, visit artgallery.nsw.gov.au.

LIZ GIUFFRE SPEAKS TO DRAG QUEEN TREVOR ASHLEY, PERFORMING AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE THIS WEEKEND AS PART OF THEIR HOUSE CABARET SERIES.

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revor Ashley has made a name for himself as a gorgeous drag queen. But this is not because he’s a performing coat hanger but rather because of his love of performing, celebrating and critiquing the music of the girls he inhabits. It’s not a case of ‘anything you can do I can do better’, but rather ‘what can I do with what you’ve already done?’ “I think of this show as a trip through pop music from the ’50s to now, because back in 1950-something Judy Garland was a pop star, you know. And as time’s gone on tastes changed, but we do really cover most eras of pop music, because lots of these girls I’m doing have been around a very long time. From the rock songs of Tina Turner in the 1960s to ’80s, to Cher in the ’90s and noughties, and even to Bonnie Tyler as well.” There are, however, some great musical moments and classic divas that he won’t attempt, not because they’re not worthy, but just because he doesn’t feel he could do them justice. “I love Dolly [Parton] but I can’t sing like her, she’s so girlie! She’s such a woman whereas most of these people sound like men, particularly Cher; it’s not that hard,

it’s not that much of a stretch,” he laughs, tongue perhaps only half in check. “I think that you do have to know your limitations. So for example I won’t do Streisand because there’s just no way I can sound like her, but the people who have the bigger, brassier voices, I find that a lot easier to match. And the rock singers, the people who’ve had a bit of wear and tear to their voice, I can do them well, but people like Dolly and Julie Andrews I have to leave out.” With I’m Every Woman Ashley will combine some of the previous impersonations he’s already done (Liza On An E was particularly masterful). While he’ll still do the full hair and frock fabulousness, he wants to make the process a little more interesting, as he explains. “I’m having a bunch of frocks made, and I’ve got a bunch in the wardrobe from having done people over the years, but it’s all done on stage. With all of the costume changes done on stage, it’s taking a lot of the mystery of drag away for people, but I think it’s going to be really great.” Ashley’s fodder will be mainly the great divas of the past, the Lizas, the Dustys, the Judys, but he’s also going to explore the plight of the

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contemporary diva. “We’re doing Lady Gaga but we’re kind of taking the piss out of her more than anything else because I’m not really sure if she’ll stick around,” Ashley says with a genuine tone. “While for me the jury’s still out, I have a feeling that she’s been so outrageous already she’s either going to have to go completely the other way and go really classy, or I’m not

sure, because otherwise I’m not really sure how much further she can push it before people just say, ‘Oh, she’s doing the same old thing again!’” WHAT: Trevor Ashley in I’m Every Woman WHERE & WHEN: The Studio, Sydney Opera House Wednesday 7 July to Saturday 10

Carriageworks Cageling is balls-out theatre: intense messed-up ‘family romance’ storyline, nearly unbelievable physical discipline from the actors, symbolic valency to every prop and piece of costume and setting, long periods of gruelling silence, and weird stuff going on with the lights. Also literally balls out. “I knew that guy’d be the only one you see naked,” I was told. “And the biting-her-tongue-out scene was nearly as bad as you’d think!” Beg to differ. To be fair, it was richly allusive gore: Procne and Philomela being all rape, mutilation, kill-your-kids and serve them up stuff, so on the money for the sexuality and monstrosity and so on that are the main thing here. Appropriations like this abound in the play, which is loosely based on The House Of Bernarda Alba by Lorca.

Dead sister, no father, day in the life. There’s a poem that’s used to express grief at the loss of one sister but also the abusive dynamic between the family members, and this frequentlyinterrupted, laboriously-achieved recitation is (aside from a brief telling of the already-mentioned story) the only sustained speech in the piece. It’s by no means silent, though: a metronome structures their ritualised daily activities and provides a reminder of the inescapable steadiness of time, there are choral and electronic musical tracks that the characters act along with, footsteps range from balletic lightness to absolute stomps. And cracking whips. Lots. It was very full on, a bit of an opportunity to play gender theory bingo, and actually great. Watch the handkerchiefs. Season finished BETHANY SMALL

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Manning Bar 02/07/10

Unfortunately, due to traffic this reviewer missed Ill Brigade, but Relentless were full of bouncy energy. Perhaps the local crew are still searching for an identity to call their own, but the effort was clearly there throughout and they were an adequate warm-up for many a pit ninja to get limber. In a genre like hardcore, which can often have a limited a musical scope, so much can often hinge on a band’s vocalist to distinguish them from the rest of the pack. Despite enthusiasm mirrored by the punters’ rapturous response, Blkout’s vocals lacked impact or the consistency to complement the hefty drive of the music, the Perth crew ultimately coming across as a lesser version of Madball. Fellow Western Australians Extortion were heavier and more uncompromising – and clear crowd favourites to boot – but an almost complete absence of stage presence crippled them. After the opening salvo of up-and-coming acts, to use a cliché it was time for history to be made, as hometown heroes Toe To Toe and Melbourne’s Mindsnare played their first show together in 13 years. Despite in many respects being derived from different schools of hardcore (the former’s bruising, New York-influenced hardcore punk in contrast to the latter’s crossover-infused metallic hardcore), they teamed up to offer a few lessons. Although existing in a series of different incarnations throughout their career, Toe To Toe still ignore trends and this honesty was apparent in everything from their considerable stage presence to their song selection. Although hanging much of their set on excellent new disc Arturo Gatti, alongside a handful of long-time favourites (the anthemic Slave), with aggressive old hand, frontman Scott Mac leading the charge, what they did or didn’t play was of little consequence. Even with drummer Gordy Foreman pulling double duty due to his other outfit’s show several suburbs away, Melbourne’s Mindsnare immediately showed why it’s bordering on criminal that the band is essentially a parttime proposition in 2010. Opening with a ferocious Bulldozed, they tore through the likes of Burning Black, The Web and staple closer The Gallows In Disguise with furious purpose. Justifiably, they were treated to the most vehement reaction of the evening, the quartet’s set a violent melange of stage divers, broken bodies and impassioned singalongs. Now, how about another studio album lads? Brendan Crabb

ASH GRUNWALD: Jul 8 Harp Wollongong, Jul 9 The Metro, Jul 11 Mean Fiddler 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 THE WILDES: Jul 8 Notes, Jul 9 Brass Monkey, Jul 10 Heritage Hotel, Jul 11 The Clarendon, Jul 14 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Jul 15 Wickham Park Hotel MR MAPS: Jul 8 Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills, Jul 9 World Bar, Jul 10 The Lass O’Gowrie THE ART*: Jul 9 Caringbah Bizzo’s, Jul 15 Harp Wollongong, Jul 16 Manly Fisho’s, Jul 17 SFX IAN MOSS: 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 THE SNOWDROPPERS: Jul 9 Brass Monkey DAN PARSONS: Jul 9 World Bar DIAFRIX: Jul 9 Oxford Art Factory THE BEARDS: Jul 9 Sandringham Hotel, Jul 10 The Northern Star BRITISH INDIA: Jul 9 Gaelic Theatre, Jul 10 Cambridge Hotel DRAWN FROM BEES: Jul 10 Gaelic Theatre CW STONEKING: Jul 10 Selina’s YOUNG HERETICS: Jul 10 Spectrum LISA MILLER: Jul 16 Notes, Jul 17 Heritage Hotel, Jul 18 The Clarendon Katoomba THE HARD-ONS: Jul 16 Annandale Hotel BLACK CAB: Jul 16 Oxford Art Factory THE BOAT PEOPLE: Jul 16 Spectrum THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS: Jul 16 Hellenic Club, Jul 17 Enmore Theatre THE SCARE: Jul 16 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Jul 17 Annandale Hotel LITTLE RED: Jul 17 Oxford Art Factory 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 GYAN: Jul 23 The Clarendon, Jul 24 Notes, Jul 25 Lizotte’s Kincumber BOYS BOYS BOYS!: Jul 23 World Bar COLLEGE FALL: Jul 23

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THE SOFTPACK,

WEDNESDAY, OXFORD ART FACTORY Thanks to our spies at the South By Southwest festival in Texas, we can tell you that to miss The Soft Pack’s upcoming tour will be a crime almost equal to Lester Bangs writing off the early Led Zeppelin albums. Despite changing their name from The Muslims due to national pressure back in the homeland, the only way that these guys are going to go is up. Jump on YouTube to see their performance on Letterman and on someone’s rooftop. Oh shit, the brilliant Cabins are supporting as well. Most other headliners and this paragraph would have been about them.

Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills VIOLENT SOHO: Jul 23 Annandale Hotel GOSTELERADIO: Jul 23 Oxford Art Factory FABULOUS DIAMONDS: Jul 23 Spectrum HALFWAY: Jul 23 Excelsior Surry Hills SALLY SELTMANN: Jul 23 Oxford Art Factory, Jul 24 Heritage Hotel THE NATION BLUE, A DEATH IN THE FAMILY: Jul 23 Sandringham Hotel ERNEST ELLIS: Jul 23 Grand Hotel Wollongong SUPER WILD HORSES: Jul 24 Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills THE WILSON PICKERS: Jul 24 Raval, Jul 25 Hotel Gearin THE TEMPER TRAP: Jul 27 Hordern Pavilion DAVE GRANEY & THE LURID YELLOW MIST: Jul 28 The Clarendon, Jul 29 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Jul 30 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Jul 31 Notes, Aug 1 Brass Monkey TAYLOR: Jul 28 The Vanguard SHANE HOWARD: Jul 28 The Basement Circular Quay, Jul 30 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Jul 31 Lizotte’s Newcastle LUNGS: Jul 29 Hamilton Station Hotel, Jul 30 Oxford Tavern, Jul 31 Sandringham Hotel THY ART IS MURDER*: Jul 30 Campbelltown PCYC, Jul 31 (day) Blacktown Masonic Hall, Jul 31 (evening) SFX, Aug 1 (day) The Wall, Aug 4 & 15 (day) Cambridge Hotel MY FICTION*: Aug 5 Lansdowne Hotel 1927: Aug 6 Southern Cross Club, Sep 3 Enmore Theatre 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 OZI BATLA: Aug 12 Harp Wollongong, Aug 13 Hotel Gearin HUNGARY KIDS OF HUNGARY: Aug 13 Oxford Art Factory, Aug 14 Cambridge Hotel EXTORTION, I EXIST: Aug 13 ANU Bar, Aug 14

Sandringham Hotel, Aug 15 The Loft Newcastle GRINSPOON: Aug 13 Waves, Aug 15 The Entrance Leagues Club, Aug 18 Newcastle Leagues GLIDE feat. TOBY MARTIN: Aug 14 Annandale Hotel ROSS WILSON*: Aug 14 The Basement Circular Quay, Aug 15 Waves TINPAN ORANGE*: Aug 14 The Vanguard BASEMENT BIRDS: Aug 18 Newcastle Uni, Aug 19 Wollongong Uni, Aug 20 Enmore Theatre BLISS N ESO: Aug 19 Enmore Theatre ART VS SCIENCE: Aug 19 Bar On The Hill, Aug 20 Wollongong Uni, Aug 21 The Metro Theatre HOUSE VS HURRICANE, HEROES FOR HIRE: Aug 19 The Cambridge, Aug 20 The Loft Youth Venue, Aug 21 Weston Creek Community Centre, Aug 22 Campbelltown PCYC MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS: Aug 20 The Forum BREAKING ORBIT: Aug 20 Hamilton Station Hotel, Aug 21 ANU Bar, Sep 9 The Harp Wollongong, Sep 10 The Wall 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 & 27 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 HORRORSHOW: Sep 3 Gaelic Theatre, Sep 4 ANU Bar CALLING ALL CARS*: Sep 9 Wollongong Uni, Sep 10 Annandale Hotel WASHINGTON*: Sep 9 Grand Hotel, Sep 10 Manning Bar CHILDREN COLLIDE*: Sep 16 Fitzroy Hotel, Sep 17 The Metro, Sep 18 Wollongong Uni 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 PENDULUM: Nov 6 Hordern Pavilion

INTERNATIONAL 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 MIDNIGHT FROM MEMPHIS*: Jul 14 The Clarendon, Jul 16 Harp Tempe OM: Jul 17 The Factory STRIKE ANYWHERE: Jul 18 Woodport Inn, Jul 19 Caringbah Bizzo’s, Jul 20 The Wall, Jul 21 Cambridge Hotel LICHENS*: Jul 20 Sandringham Hotel SCUBA: Jul 23 Civic KASABIAN: Jul 24 Hordern Pavilion ALBERTA CROSS: Jul 24 Annandale Hotel, Jul 25 Cambridge Hotel GRIZZLY BEAR, HERE WE GO MAGIC: 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 JOY FORMIDABLE: Jul 28 Beach Road Hotel THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010 • 63 •


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MM9 GAY PARIS

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 LAURA MARLING: Aug 1 The Factory, Aug 2 The Metro TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB: Aug 2 Manning Bar PASSION PIT: Aug 2 The Forum JONSI: Aug 2 Enmore Theatre 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 DELPHIC: Aug 3 The Gaelic Theatre, Aug 4 The Grand Wollongong 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 TESTAMENT: Aug 7 Manning Bar A TRIBE CALLED QUEST: Aug 11 Hordern Pavilion 3OH!3: Aug 13 UNSW Roundhouse CHRISTIAN DEATH: Aug 13 Gaelic Theatre SENSES FAIL: Aug 14 The Factory Theatre HORACE PINKER: Aug 14 Spectrum EELS: Aug 14 Enmore Theatre CKY: Aug 14 Manning Bar LOS VAN VAN: Aug 15 Sydney Opera House RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI*: Aug 15 El Rocco, Aug 16 1/4 Inch SLASH: Aug 16 Hordern Pavilion BRAND NEW HEAVIES*: Aug 19 The Metro SHIHAD: Aug 20 & 21 Annandale Hotel SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS: Aug 21 The Factory Theatre, Aug 22 City Diggers, Aug 26 • 64 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

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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 ALBERTA CROSS: Jul 24 Annandale Hotel GRIZZLY BEAR: Jul 24 & Jul 25 Enmore Theatre THE WILSON PICKERS: Jul 24 Raval, Jul 25 Hotel Gearin 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 ART VS SCIENCE: Aug 19 Bar On The Hill, Aug 20 Wollongong Uni, Aug 21 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 CKY: Aug 14 Manning Bar SLASH: Aug 16 Hordern Pavilion MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS: Aug 20 The Forum SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS: Aug 21 The Factory Theatre, Aug 22 City Diggers, Aug 26 Cambridge Hotel CORDRAZINE: Aug 21 The Vanguard REVOLUTION ROCK: Aug 28 Annandale Hotel GANGSTER’S BALL: Sep 4 The Metro FUNK N GROOVES: Sep 11 Pokolbin TAKE ACTION TOUR: Sep 14 Tuggeranong Youth Centre, Sep 15 The Factory, Sep 16 Oasis Youth Centre WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: Sep 16 Enmore Theatre COASTER: Sep 25 Gosford Showgrounds BIRDS OF TOKYO: Sep 30 Hordern Pavilion SARAH BLASKO: Oct 28 Civic Theatre, Oct 29 Enmore Theatre, Oct 30 The Playhouse Cambridge Hotel CHRIS BOTTI: Aug 22 & 23 The Basement Circular Quay STRYPER: Aug 26 The Metro XIU XIU, HIGH PLACES: Sep 2 Oxford Art Factory NAPALM DEATH, DYING FETUS: Sep 4 The Factory SOULFLY, CITY OF FIRE: Sep 9 UNSW Roundhouse, Sep 10 Newcastle Panthers, Sep 11 ANU Bar BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BRING ME THE HORIZON, CANCER BATS: Sep 10 Hordern Pavilion LEATHERFACE*: Sep 12 Sandringham Hotel TAKE ACTION TOUR feat. ATTACK ATTACK!, PIERCE THE VEIL: Sep 14 Tuggeranong Youth Centre, Sep 15 The Factory, Sep 16 Oasis Youth Centre METALLICA: Sep 18, Nov 10, 11, 13 Acer Arena ENTER SHIKARI: Sep 23 UNSW Roundhouse MAYHEM: Sep 24 The Metro CYPRESS HILL: Sep 24 Enmore Theatre OVERKILL: Sep 25 The Metro Theatre PETER HOOK: Sep 25 Enmore Theatre YOU ME AT SIX*: Sep 26 The Metro EXODUS: Oct 2 Manning Bar SIMPLY RED*: Oct 2

Bimbadgen Estate, Oct 12 Sydney Opera House Forecourt ALEXISONFIRE: Oct 8 UNSW Roundhouse AGAINST ME!: Oct 9 The Metro Theatre, Oct 10 Cambridge Hotel RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: Oct 14 Concert Hall Sydney Opera House, Oct 21 State Theatre PARAMORE: Oct 15 Sydney Entertainment Centre BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH: Oct 16 Annandale Hotel PAUL WELLER: Oct 22, 23 Enmore Theatre KATHERINE JENKINS*: Oct 23 State Theatre AMERICA, CHICAGO, PETER FRAMPTON: Oct 27 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Oct 29 WIN Entertainment Centre, Nov 6 Hope Estate, Nov 7 AIS Arena LEONARD COHEN: Nov 8 & 9 Acer Arena ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK: Nov 12 & 13 State Theatre SMOKIE*: Nov 28 Enmore Theatre THE EAGLES: Dec 2 & 3 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Dec 6 & 7 Acer Arena BLONDIE, THE PRETENDERS*: Dec 7, 8, 9 Enmore Theatre,

Dec 11 Bimbadgen Estate, Dec 14 Royal Theatre MUSE: Dec 9 & 10 Acer Arena JASON DERULO: Dec 9 Hordern Pavilion THE BOUNCING SOULS, HOT WATER MUSIC*: Dec 10 The Metro JACK JOHNSON: Dec 11 The Domain BON JOVI: Dec 17 Sydney Football Stadium MICHAEL BUBLE: Feb 14 & 15 Acer Arena

FESTIVALS SHIR MADNESS: Aug 15 Bondi Beach FUNK N GROOVES: Sep 11 Pokolbin COASTER: Sep 25 Gosford Showgrounds GREAT SOUTHERN BLUES FESTIVAL: Oct 1 – 3 Mackay Park Batemans Bay BELLINGEN GLOBAL CARNIVAL: Oct 1 – 3 Bellingen PARKLIFE: Oct 3 Kippax Lake SYDNEY BLUES FESTIVAL: Oct 29 – 31 Windsor * indicates new or amended listing this week Check with agencies for booking fees.

The third night of a sellout run at The Metro was always going to be a charged affair with a bracing atmosphere, what with the fervour that surrounds Karnivool. It’s not an event for those tending toward frailty – on stage or off. First into the fray was Gay Paris, last seen molesting a Hell City Glamour. Swampy, bluesy, gritty, thumping riffage is their stock in trade, so much so you almost want a bucket of diesel and a wire brush to soften things up a little. With a shtick that owes a little to Foghorn Leghorn, an impressive Sovereign citizen beard and moves that were rough on the trousers (thank God he didn’t go commando), frontman WH Monks led his band of rabble rousers through the sort of fullthrottle set that even if you didn’t dig it, you weren’t going to argue with it.

exempt status. With so many rabid acolytes already in circulation it shouldn’t be too hard to mould an Australian version of a charismatic self-styled prophet a la Jim Jones. A thundering, howling mob greeted the band as they strode on stage amid sirens and red lights, with Set Fire To The Hive their opening salvo in a contest of volume between band and audience. It was a career-spanning set where Fade was dedicated to anyone who bought the first EP and featured signature numbers Themata, All I Know and Roquefort. The pit boiled, the surfers crested and Kenny’s thousand-yard stare mesmerised any his gaze settled upon. Encore number Change was a fitting close to a performance that fell little short of triumph. Pass the Kool Aid.

Fiona Cameron

MM9 don’t so much blend hooks, buzzsaw and intense focus as run it through a meat grinder and take it out for a spin. Sporting remixes on some tunes and featuring the best their debut album has to offer, the four-piece seized both audience and spotlight with a white-knuckled grip that offered no respite till the last chords died down. Highlights included the primal stomp of SOSOS, crowd favourite They Murder and personal favourite A Devil Once Said. If crowd reaction is any fair indicator then maybe Ian Kenny and his Karnivool compatriots should just bite the bullet, declare their calling and file for tax-

CLARE BOWDITCH AND FRIENDS

HENRY WAGONS ALUKA

The Studio, Sydney Opera House 02/07/10 A beautiful way to kick off this stripped-back show was with the voices of Aluka – the first support, who would return later as Clare Bowditch’s backup singers, The Lady Garden – Rachael, Sally and Annabelle relied solely on their amazing voices to captivate the studio. Their a cappella pop (or aca-pop as they like to call it) was sophisticated and ethereal, resonating just as well when they used musical sounds rather than words to create their intoxicating melodies. Henry Wagons will probably never be called ethereal, but he was captivating in a different way. The urban country artist hammed it up and cracked bad local reference gags (“It’s my first time playing at the Sydney Harbour Bridge”) but balanced the laughs with powerful renditions of songs written with his band Wagons and a couple of covers, Hoyt Axton’s Never Been To Spain and Melbourne band The Wayfaring Strangers’ Willie Nelson. Some performers keep the wall between themselves and the audience very firmly in place, never allowing the audience, for even a moment, to see any of the cogs that need to turn to make a show. Melbourne singer/ songwriter Clare Bowditch has never been one of those performers. A large part of her charm – and the reason many of her audience return tour after tour – is because she strips away the facade and presents a live performance that is undoubtedly beautiful but is also transparent and sometimes flawed. Without her band behind her and with an album out in August, Bowditch and The Lady Garden spent most of this set playing new songs and it was clear Bowditch was nervous. Though some of the new songs have been in Bowditch’s set for a while now, (the delightfully tonguein-cheek Running and recent single, The Start Of War), songs such as the heartbreaking piano ballad about a woman’s battle with body issues, Your Own Kind Of Girl, and soul-mama parenthood ode, A Lucky Life, were making their debuts. While she was still feeling her way into the new material, there were plenty of moments of Bowditch magic. A solo performance of oldie Human Being was one of the highlights of the set, while the new material gave the audience a rare chance to see a performer explore where she wants to take these songs. Danielle O’Donohue

ERNEST ELLIS

SLEEPYHANDS THE TOURIST

Oxford Art Factory 01/07/10

Shuffling in from the blistering cold, punters were met first with the sounds of The Tourist, clearly chuffed to be playing to their biggest crowd yet. The partnership of

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acoustic and electric guitar – and the total lack of bass – created a pleasantly dreamy atmosphere, but the vocals form this band’s main problem area. The two singers often fell short in hitting the right notes harmonically, causing a subtle dissonant clash, while the backup vocalist proved a stronger voice than the lead, who struggled to project. The band’s admirable ideas will be able to be executed with ease once they have more shows under their belt. Seven-piece Sleepyhands started off average, with the boy/girl vocals failing to properly gel, but soon drove into an energetic set with musical ideas reflecting the growingly popular bluegrass-pop smarts of Mumford & Sons. Their stage presence was excitingly vigorous, with impassioned yelling puncturing most songs (sounding out of place at times, but just right at others) and providing a much-needed adrenaline rush to the audience. Conveying organic emotion and looking like they were having a hell of a lot of fun on stage, Sleepyhands were the surprise hit of the night, despite some occasional off-key moments. Ernest Ellis is doing mighty well for himself. His debut album, Hunting, dropped only two weeks ago, with no EPs preceding, yet the venue was packed. Backed by a three-piece band, the hirsute mountaineer opened with Want For Anything, the driving drums and ghostly vocals drawing immediate Temper Trap comparisons, before making the brave jump into cover territory only two songs in with a rendition of The Doors’ The End. It seems that Ellis is able to take these risks though. He turned the room into a throbbing dance hall with extended upbeat song jams – something you wouldn’t expect from hearing his recorded material – and played plenty of non-album tracks. His voice sounded spectacular both in its falsetto form (the heartbreaking Loveless) and its sustained brood (acoustic solo number Valley Song), though some recorded immediacy was dampened with the sheer number of people present. The evening ended with audience members jumping up on stage to joyously dance with the band. Though the setlist was uneven at best, Ellis and friends are wonderful performers and this is just the beginning. Giselle Nguyen

GARETH LIDDIARD

JAMIE HUTCHINGS THE HOLY SOUL THE MALADIES

The Annandale Hotel 04/07/10

It’s been a very long fortnight for the cast and crew of Sydney live-music beacon The Annandale Hotel. Beginning on June 23 with a gig by The Vines, the infamous pub’s tenth birthday celebrations concluded with a Sunday afternoon session that had the definite feel of a mellow morning after. The Maladies were as fiery as this four-act lineup got, crafting dark mournful tunes, led by the aching voice of lead singer Dan Marando. Though the band began the set feeling a little too safe, when Marando put the continued pg.66


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live@drummedia.com.au from pg.64 guitar down and his bandmates joined him for group vocals, the whole set took on a much more sinister and delightful turn. The Holy Soul had a more languid approach to their rock’n’roll, playing with an almost slacker air, though Trent Marden’s voice had the attention of the room. It was a deep, boomy set that provided a laugh when the Annandale’s video screen slowly descended in front of the stage mid-set and then slowly ascended to a wry “we can take a fuckin’ hint” from Marden. As the afternoon turned into night, things got quieter and gentler with former Bluebottle Kiss frontman, Jamie Hutchings stepping up. His acoustically rendered songs were rich in detail and poetry. While the set started with Hutchings exploring classical pop songwriting forms, things got a bit more hypnotic along the way, before Bluebottle Kiss’ Let The Termites Eat Our Riches ended the set. Despite claims he was feeling fragile after a Saturday night party, Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard was up for a chat, keeping the audience chuckling between songs as he covered topics like Paul Hogan not paying taxes and Tyra Banks getting public surgery, but the rambling banter was the perfect contrast to this set of stark, bleak songs. Few current Australian songwriters deal with Australia’s less than savoury history or its people’s anguished existence like Liddiard. Whether singing songs about a convict executioner or the hell on earth that was Morton Bay convict settlement or a discontented modern housewife, Liddiard had the whole room spellbound, his unpolished voice so suited to his epic tales. And, fittingly, there were none more epic than the set closer, the dramatic convict story, Sixteen Straws. Danielle O’Donohue

HELL CITY GLAMOURS

THE SNOWDROPPERS THE RUMJACKS BITTER SWEET KICKS

Oxford Art Factory 25/06/10

Melbourne’s Bitter Sweet Kicks may not have been feeling the love – plying their wares to a sparselypeopled room – but it didn’t seem to get them down as the few of us who were there were treated to a rabble-rousing, raucous show featuring some of the best blues-infused punk seen on a Sydney stage in quite some time. Think big riffs, plenty of shred, a harmonica and a frontman channelling his inner Iggy. Standout tunes included Apple, Wolves and Black Turned Red. Sometimes it pays to be prompt. The Rumjacks walk an interesting line, blending traditional Celtic forms with a trashy punk sensibility. The Jolly Executioner opened the show and set the tone for a set that hooned along, sparing little room for chit chat and cramming 13 numbers into 40 minutes. Highlights included Pinchgut, Green Ginger Wine, Paddy Goes To Babylon and Whiskey You’re The Devil. Flourishes in the mix included a few bars of the bridal waltz, a number dedicated to Surry Hills, a traditional flute and hand drum that got the punters jumping, jigging and cheering lustily. If the snatches of conversation overheard outside around the ashtrays were any indication, one of the anticipated bands of the evening was local four-piece The Snowdroppers. Unashamedly rockabilly, the band boasted a kinetic energy, a cheeky frontman and a sense of glee and abandon you don’t often come across. The setlist ranged from the classic Shout to Paper And Pins, Good Drugs Bad Women and Bottom Of The Trough. Throw in some natty suits, a banjo, harmonica, serious hair and a broken string and a good time was had by all. The Hell City Glamours have long done things their own way and this show proved no exception. The set included crowd favourites Josephine, White Trash Hot Love and Hey Man, generating singalongs, clapalongs, crowd surfers and offers of procreation. Amid the usual chaos that is a Glamours show, the band was augmented by guest musicians on fiddle, harmonica and vocals on One For The Road, a streaker for One Night Only and a gay Parisienne slipping frontman Oscar McBlack the tongue. Fiona Cameron

HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS

MICK TURNER

Enmore Theatre 25/06/10

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hiding in the darkness. The music washed over you. Her voice remained a beautiful, distracted, affecting thing. But there were times you may as well have been listening to the CD at home. The support was also music to soak in rather than be engaged. Mick Turner – he of the Dirty Three – and a band which boded well for their collision: Laughing Clowns’ Jeffrey Wegener on drums and Ian Wadley (Bird Blobs) on bass. Wegener built skittering rhythms, brushes and little wasted energy, with Turner’s guitar snaking through. They intrigued, but never quite sparked as you hoped – even when the guitarist picked up one of Warren Ellis’ spare violin bows, appeared to want to attack the strings, but then pulled back, leaving the music meandering. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions had their own drummer of renown. But Colm O’Ciosoig’s resume boasting being My Bloody Valentine’s engine while Kevin Shields’ guitar divebombed around him didn’t prepare you for the quieter heartbeats he put under Sandoval’s gently flowing songs, as in the soft – but somehow uncomfortable – Trouble. The rest of the band found their places in the sound, as she alternated between a loop and sample array, a more old-world xylophone and surprising small outbreaks of harmonica. The backdrop of early silent films, campish Busby Berkeley musicals, stoner home movies and chaos theory organics was almost predictable, but allowed you to catch occasional flickering images of the singer – if only to prove she was actually there and not using a stunt double. It may be genuine shyness but sometimes came across as merely precious, heightened when we were left sitting during the interminable wait for an encore. But Satellite’s refrain of “count your blessings on the way down” seemed quite apt. By turns puzzling and infuriating – but at times fascinating. Ross Clelland

PARADES

BELLES WILL RING BON CHAT, BON RAT THE DULL BOYS The Grand Hotel 02/07/10 Local lads The Dull Boys proved that the ‘90s can still be cool. They blended atmospheric guitar interludes with grunge-fuelled rock. Lagging in parts, they ultimately gave an entertaining start to the evening including a cool Stooges cover. Bon Chat, Bon Rat are three guys and a drum machine who are making their own mark on the electronic scene. Part Massive Attack and part Postal Service, they walked a fine line between overtly experimental and contagiously poppy, somehow pulling it off with significant finesse. They created an ethereal atmosphere that was coated with a sense of grandeur usually reserved for bands years ahead of their meagre tenure. Belles Will Ring arrived and if nothing else, they looked the part. Lugging around a huge selection of guitars, keyboards and healthy dose of percussion they transported the audience to a time decades ago when double denim was cool and hippies were a dime a dozen. Fuzzing their way through a seemingly never-ending set, they commanded attention with their tightness and experience – a band of true musicians. Although you couldn’t fault them performance-wise, the five-piece seemed to lack the spark of the headliners as their relatively nonchalant show seemed a little too predictable in parts. To put it simply, Parades are a really great band. They create a richly layered and melodic live sound, seemingly without even raising a sweat. Opener Marigold was intimate and entrancing, a real moodsetter. Hunters was a crowd favourite with some sweet female vocals, percussion and keys driving the song forward. Proving their position as one of the country’s most dynamic bands, Springboarder was the most remarkable song of the night as all band members battled each other with samples, electronic beats and loops, which all collided in atmospheric bliss. Dead Nationale was infectious, as drummer Jonathon Boulet’s raucous beat provided a solid platform for the popsensible track. New single, Loserspeak In New Tongue was also well received by the mesmerised audience, with solid vocal harmonies and intricate guitar play. Parades did not disappoint and if their most recent run of shows is anything to go by, these five lads will be winning over a lot of new fans in the coming months. Benjamin McInerney

ALBA VARDEN Your music is…? Raw and sleazy, sexy sounds, which encapsulate the soundtrack to a story where things are not entirely what they seem…

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? Nick Cave, for proving that you can still write deep and dark conceptual music, while still being universally popular. The Strokes, for bringing back rock’n’roll. Tupac, for just not giving a fuck.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? That the concepts behind our writing reach the willing as we open a fine bottle of Moet on top of the Eiffel Tower, sing the blues in New Orleans and play karaoke in Japan.

Why should we come and see you? Well you’ve read this far, you must be slightly interested?

HIGH ROTATION WITH AMY MEREDITH Local synth-pop heroes Amy Meredith are currently doing the round of media chats to introduce their debut album, Restless (Sony), so Drum asked guitarist Joel Chapman and drummer Kosta Theodosis what they’re listening to themselves. Theodosis: “I’ve only just started listening to Steely Dan, so I’m listening to Aja and just loving all the drummers back then, how they can do an album and each track have different drummers and each one the best session drummers in the world. And Miles Davis Quintet is on high rotation at home.” Chapman: “In my car I’ve been listening to Broken Bells, which is a project from James Mercer from The Shins and Danger Mouse. It’s like this kind of chilled-out kind of thing, and the new album from Band of Horses as well, so just kind of cruisey stuff.”

How do you find the local live scene? Ever-evolving.

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

INTO THE WILD

It would have to be a toss-up between bringing in the New Year live on stage at Melbourne’s The Espy, alongside The Drones, Tumbleweed and Paul Dempsey, or just recently hiring out a burlesque bar in Sydney for the day and having an all-day private burlesque show for the video for our debut single, .

Melbourne quartet The Wildes will be gracing venues throughout the nation during this month and the next as they hit the road to tour their latest single, Sue Ellen. They will be playing at Notes on Thursday, Brass Monkey on Friday, the Heritage Hotel on Saturday and Clarendon Guest House on Sunday.

For more info see: myspace.com/albavarden Debut EP released Friday.

Next available at: Friday – Purple Sneakers DJ set, Gladstone Hotel Saturday – Gaelic Theatre

THEIR EFFECT This Friday catch Domino when they bring their Middle Eastern-inspired rock to Notes. They will be supported by Meza and The Tells.

URBAN CONSOLIDATION To promote his forthcoming single, Just Imagine, a new name in Australian urban music AFS will be performing live at Home nightclub this Wednesday. He will be joined from 9pm by DJs Tickelz, Victor Lopez, FlyGirl Tee, Stefko D and MCs Candice Rose, Shawty and Theegz.

TO B OR NOT TO B?

APLONEA Your music is…? Indie/alternative.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? The Smashing Pumpkins, their sound is indefinable and we want to replicate that.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? To be the music that a stripper strips to in seedy men’s club.

Why should we come and see you? Now that Powderfinger is finished we are set to become Australia’s best rock export, our tickets will never be this cheap again.

How do you find the local live scene? We have found that people don’t care as much as they should about local bands, there are some great bands playing out there in Sydney if you just take some time to find them.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Well, depends if you believe the rumours or not.

For more info see: www.aplonea.com www.myspace.com/aplonea Debut album Far From Here out now

Next available at: Friday – QBar

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Warm up this Saturday in the best way possible at the Burwood BBQ, Blues and Brews, a seven-hour festival from midday at Burwood Park. For only $20, you get a steak, a beer (or wine) and music performed over two stages – cheering! Bands include Chase The Sun, The Bondi Cigars, Robert Susz’s Continental Blues Party, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Phil Manning, Andrew Winton, Ray Beadle and Cass Eager and the Sirens.

that on 13 July, DID YOU KNOW… John signed a 1985, when Elton Records in new deal with MCA lbum deal ve fi America, the -a t advance included the bigges int. He was given in history to that po $8m US.

HIP HOP KLUB Gadigal music present Klub Koori Hip Hop and a double EP launch at the Oxford Art Factory this Thursday from 8pm. There will be performances by The Last Kinection, as well as Stunna Set and Trindoe, promoting their EPs, Against All Odds and Black Boi, respectively. DJ The Black President will also be there to drop beats.

UNGODLY Not only are Godswounds on the lookout for a new guitarist, but during July they are also celebrating their first birthday. They will be playing with Squid Recording and Violence in Action at Dirty Shirlows next Tuesday.


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THERE WILL BE BLOOD AND…

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lood, Sweat & Beers is upon us for another year and some of the nation’s best – if uncelebrated – punk rock bands will arise at the Annandale Hotel this Saturday. Drum got in the thick of a few of them. (Note, Mid Youth Crisis, Gilgamesh and heaps more will also be playing.) Of the holy trilogy of blood, sweat and beers, which is the most vital to a healthy set? A Secret Death : The answer is clearly beers. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool and a communist.

DAN PARSONS Your music is…? Indie/pop/folk.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? James Taylor; I’m so enamoured with his voice, lyrical conviction and acoustic guitar style. Paul Simon for his devotion to change and experimentation.

FEAR LIKE US

Surprise Wasp: The way I see it, if you’re not sweating, you’re not dancing; if you’re not dancing, you’re not playing rad songs; if you’re not playing rad songs… What? Are you some kind of wanker that doesn’t like sweating, dancing and playing rad songs?

be wringing wet by the third song. What? Are you scared you’re going to mess up your eyeliner or something?

Fear Like Us: Sweat. It makes you feel like you went out there and worked your arse off! But more often than not it’s just mostly from the heat of the stage lights.

ASD: Hopefully all the other bands ‘cause we’re broke.

And on that, which band is going to bring that to the party?

Between The Devil And The Deep: Sweat – you cannot trust a band that is not putting in enough of an effort to

SW: I’m pretty sure all of the bands are this way inclined but I know for a fact that Between The Devil And The Deep enjoy sweat, ‘cause Jay gave me a hug last time

RESIDENT EVIL?

NEW VETERANS

Dumbsaint are taking over the Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills every Wednesday this month. For their first night as residents they’ll be joined by Pirate, Space Project and Solkyri as supports.

The debut album from Cola Wars (featuring members of Bodyjar), Invader, will be launched at the Annandale this Thursday night with support coming from good friends Behind Crimson Eyes.

NO COMPASS NEEDED

RAVING HOUSE LOVE

Surry Hills’ Excelsior Hotel will be rocked this Thursday by Brisbane band Mr Maps as they launch their doubleA-sided single, Nice Fights, which will be available on the night. There will also be performances from the Founder and The Understudy.

Be ‘energised’ at the Annandale on Friday night with a pumping electronic set from Wollongong trio Infusion. They’ll be supported by The Dirty Secrets, with doors open at 8pm.

they played and it was like embracing a slug trying to kick a heroin addiction. FLU: I would have to say FLU actually. I am only basing that on the fact that I sweat just by riding down the street on my bike! BTWATD: MYC, still the best band of its ilk in our country’s history.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? I suppose the most idealistic ambition would be for my songs to be part of the soundtrack to someone’s life. To have them grow and change personally as I do musically and creatively.

Why should we come and see you? I’m consistent and always in search of the ‘shared’ experience between the audience and myself.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Playing lead guitar for a band in Brisbane, a drunk kept shouting out for us to play Wolfmother songs. After the first three interruptions I became quite angry. Words led to physical violence but I managed to get back up onstage and play my solo before flipping this ignoramus the bird.

For more info see: myspace.com/danparsonsmusic

Next available at: Friday – World Bar

BACK TO BASICS

SEVENTH DAY WE SCREAMISTS

Western madness, Chickenstones will be sending audiences into a frenzy at the Town and Country Hotel, St Peters, this Saturday night. Along for the ride are Rockabilly stompers the Mother Truckers, Jarran Zen & the Blind Childrens Orchestra and The Beaut Utes. Entry is $10 and the bone rattlin’ kicks off at 7.30pm.

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A rare occasion for the Excelsior Surry Hills this Friday: an acoustic show. Headlining the night is Tim Rogerstein but prior to his performance the crowd will be amped (so to speak) by the sounds of Rob Clarkson and Eirwen Skye.

This Sunday shall be a Screaming Sunday at the Annandale, and it is exceptional value at $20 entry for 20 bands. Doors will be opened at midday and you can catch The Raids, White Bats, Liberty County, Go With Colours, Drover Mad and obviously, much more.

SUNDAY SAVIOUR

GHETTO, CHEAP, FABULOUS

SunSets at Fringe Bar will play host to The Rescue Ships this Sunday. They’re a duo formed by Brian Campeau and Elana Stone and cost is eight bucks, which includes a complimentary drink.

Exams are over and you’ll need a good smack in the face to get yourself back on your wild buckin’ party horse. Is it not perfect timing that Ghetto Blaster will be back this Wednesday at QBar? Enjoy local bands Myth & Tropics and The White Bats, not to mention the cheap drinks, cheap pool, inspirational art and miniature Ghetto Bears hiding around the bar that will even shout you a drink.

Spreading the goodness of their recent CD release, The Suspect Way, Mo Trowell & The Delivery will be playing a free show at The Botany View Hotel in Newtown this Sunday alongside fellow alt-country companions The Exiles. The show will begin at 6.30pm.

PISTOL WHIPPIN’ YEE-HAR!

Absorb the atmospheric rock of The Duchesses at the Oxford Art Factory this Wednesday night, with special guests Dusker opening proceedings at 9pm. Entry will be free.

SAT-DEE AT THE BOWLO Geoff Yule Smith and his band will be performing at Leichhardt Bowling Club on Saturday from 8pm. Music will be played from the band’s debut record as well as popular covers. Entry is free – as is the dancing competition.

Creeping out of the swamps with their no-redemption

GET A FINE TASTE FIRST

DOUBLE ‘DU’

ACROSS 3 What is the name of the new Band Of Horses album? 4 Which band did Young Heretic’s Matthew Wright previously front? 5 Who’s headlining Metal For The Masses this Saturday? 7 Finish the name of Drawn From Bees’ album: Fear Not The Footsteps Of The _____.

DOWN 1 CW Stoneking’s first album (2006) is named what? 2 What is the first name of Kylie Minogue’s singer/actress sister? 4 At what number did the new album, Deep Blue, from Parkway Drive debut at in the ARIA charts? 6 How many years has the Utopia record store been operating?

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1. Horizons. 2. Fucking. 3. The Muslims. 4. Jack White. 5. The Soft Pack. 6. Friday. 7. New Justice. 8. Thirsty Merc. 9. Megamix. 10. Deftones. • 68 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

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BALLAD SONGS Francis Edwards begins a Sunday afternoon residency this week at The Point Hotel, Pyrmont. The Sydney singer/songwriter will be performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;ballads and bluesâ&#x20AC;? of the 1960s from 4 to 7pm. A gold coin donation is asked on entry with all proceeds going to charity.

MODEL FOR GOOD SOUND THE MICK HANNA BAND Your music isâ&#x20AC;Ś?

Our single, Life, is a modern-day rock opera drawing on gypsy, rock, theatre and circus, a big brass section, whistles, animal sounds and operatic choir all squeezed into 5 min 30secs. Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why?

My roots are folk and country, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gigged a lot as a soloist. Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon were my biggest inspirations then, and are still. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your wildest ambition for your music?

I think all any artist wants is to reach people through song and create work that is fulfilling and long lasting. Millions would be nice too. Why should we come and see you?

Great old school entertainment, a rollercoaster ride of sounds, lyrics, emotions and pizzazz. How do you find the local live scene?

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m constantly inspired by local acts. Motivating people to attend gigs is a problem. Marrickville is a great, thriving creative environment, and new artist-run venue 505 is a blessing. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your greatest rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll moment?

Well Jimmy Barnes was at one of my gigs once. For more info see:

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After some hard work in the studio for their upcoming (hopefully spring) release, Sydney experimentalists The Model School will be performing a free show in the Oxford Art Factoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gallery Bar this Saturday with Ya Aha.

VOLTERA

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Before gracing Gosfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coaster festival with their unique haunting indie sound this September, Perthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Chemist will be giving audiences a taste of their next EP, which due for release in early spring. Catch them at the Oxford Art Factory this Thursday night alongside The Joysticks.

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

Indie-industrial

BLACK IS THE NEW FREAKY Contrary to their name, Mechanical Black are a colourful act. Alternate prog-rockers, transvestites and cock rockers all in one band, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been waiting for this Thursday so creep to the Sandringham Hotel before 9pm for the launch of the new album, Rock The Bull, with supports from Neon Heart and Minus Mouse.

STRINGS IN THE HILLS

ESSENTIAL VIEWING Young Heretics Risk/Loss The much whispered-about post-Getaway Plan project of Matthew Wright and Kitty Heart has gone up-market for their latest clip, a sort of Alice In Wonderland-inspired search for colour and love through Melbourne (plenty of scenes for location spotters). Heavy on the close-ups, the blank expressions are addressed by a track thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part indie-theatrics, part overblown industrial ballad. Features a cameo by Closure In Moscowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chris De Cinque. Directed by James Lawler

The Castle Hill Tavern will welcome Chris Brooks and Steve Paoli this Thursday, and in return theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll showcase some of the finest virtuoso instrumental guitar in the Hills. As seen on YouTube.

UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mum lineup (Friday and World Bar) can boast Mr Maps, Arkestra, Wilfred Jackal, Indigo Rising and Fishing in the main band room, while The Villainaires, Dan Parsons and Nick Van Breda are upstairs.

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ASH WONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T GROUND THEM The Widowbirds have been invited by Ash Grunwald to join him for his current tour, and will be arriving at The Harp Wollongong Thursday, The Metro Theatre Friday and the Mean Fiddler Sunday as a result.

All sorts, such as NIN, Sepultura and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs because they appeal to so many different people.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your wildest ambition for your music? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dedicated to overpopulation issues, ethics of consumerism and the environment. We donate various amounts from our merchandise sales to different charities and if we achieved any major success with Voltera (or any other form of art) weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d dedicate that success to either existing charities or one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d start and run ourselves.

Why should we come and see you? Because this is our album launch and a chance to hear some of our newer music. We also deliver an exciting and unique live performance.

How do you find the local live scene? Slightly restrictive, a lack of venues seems to be a problem.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your greatest rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll moment? Playing the West Coast shows of the Warped tour in the USA.

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Mick Hanna and his eight-piece band are playing at RavĂĄl for the launch of their second EP, Life. Head there on Thursday to hear songs from the four-track record, as

Weather Report tribute act Mysterious Travellers continue their current tour this week, hitting The Basement, Circular Quay, this Wednesday.

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SEASIDE VIEWS The Queens Wharf Brewery is back with another of its intimate shows this Thursday. This time Katie Noonan & The Captains will be performing for the dinner show. Tickets are available as pre-sale only through the venue, so organise your posse quick smart.

QUITE A RACKET SECOND NATION Your music is…? Pub-core.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? Usually it’s music that affects your body and mind before you know it, your primal instincts. Like when I first heard Queens Of The Stone Age: I was at work and all of a sudden I got my fist in the air, devil’s horns and I’m stage-divin’ into a mosh pit from hell.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? To have a Second Nation cologne that outsells P. Diddy’s and to have the nation renamed ‘Second’.

Why should we come and see you? I couldn’t answer this so I asked a fan who said, “’Cause it’s not your everyday shit.” Quote unquote.

How do you find the local live scene? It would be cool if there was more support and promotion of emerging bands and less half-arsed band comps.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? If I’m able to remember it, it just wasn’t rock’n’roll enough.

For more info see: myspace.com/secondnation

Next available at: Saturday – The Lansdowne Hotel, EP launch

The Australian Museum will bear witness to improvisational string quartet The Noise this Thursday. Playing everything from Hendrix and Radiohead to Bach and Shostakovich, it’s never the same twice and you’re not sure what you’ll get this time.

DUB TOWN Melbourne dubstars New Dub City Sound are arriving in New South Wales this week, hitting Dustones at the Beach Road Hotel Friday, Baroque Night Club Katoomba Saturday and the Manly Boatshed Sunday. Frontman Ali MC hopes that his music can be used to understand the world and push for social change.

COME WHAT MAY The experienced acoustic duo May December will be belting out the classics at The Vault 146 this Saturday. They’ve infiltrated high profile support slots, grand finals, soundtracks for shows like Bondi Rescue and more, but this time you’ll know exactly where to find them.

GIG OF THE WEEK

UNHOLY MASS

Well don’t read about it here, go check out the metal feature! Metal For The Masses is bringing together all that’s good and unholy about the Sydney metal scene on the occasion of Utopia Records’ 30th birthday. Mortal Sin, The Amenta, Daysend, Switchblade, Darker Half and heaps more will be belting it out from 4pm at the Manning Bar. This scene is on fire.

HURRICANE B

THE HORROR OF THE ‘80S

With their new album, Avalanche, slowly emerging as their best yet – good news considering its make-or-break status – British India are in town this week, hitting the Gaelic Theatre Friday and the Cambridge Hotel Saturday.

There’s not really all that much ‘80s about Horrorwood Mannequins, Voltera or Red Zephyr, but that’s while they’ll be bringing the metal in the band room of Space for SFX, while the party room gets its flouro on.

THREE SHADES

LOOK MA!

Quietly emerging Sydney guitar-pop outfit Siren Lines will be embarking on their first real tour in support of Young Heretics’ national album tour. It kicks off at Spectrum this Saturday with Guineafowl joining in the pop diversification.

Scout TV will be broadcasting their picks of the local scene this Thursday at the Lewisham Hotel, with Unit 13, Paradox 13 and Sarah Bird all set to jump in front of the camera.

JACK’S MIX

GUARD THE WEEKEND

A convergence of influences from jazz and blues, Jack Derwin’s due at The Vault 146 this Sunday. He begins the strummin’ and harmonica hummin’ from 1pm.

Nightsafe lead the local bands at the Lewisham Hotel this Friday with indie punk duo Corpus close in tow. Here Goes Nothing, Entropy Within and The Angel Affair are also due.

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THE HONEYS Your music is…? Alt.country and pop with indie, soulful groove and a twang like a good lime.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? Neil Young, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions and The Smiths. Neil Young in my opinion founded this genre. He is a genius, a brilliant songwriter. I worshipped him as a kid.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? Wild ambition is for silly children; I’m a dreamer, a lover and a realist. I just like playin’ music; who cares about ambition and I’m to old to be wild.

Why should we come and see you? You’ll hear great songs and a rare chance to witness the amazing voice of Andrea Croft, a rare and enigmatic gem!

How do you find the local live scene? Perth is fortunate to have a bright and supportive live scene, despite the fact that people prefer to make love to their televisions and their pets.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Supporting Hall & Oates at the Entertainment Centre when I was 19, in front of 6,000 people. No, meeting Matthew Sweet actually.

For more info see: myspace.com/thehoneysband

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CHEAP RENT

Masters of the tribute, Access All Eras are hosting their next show this Friday with Rex Goh, Lloyd G, Bernie Segedin and more paying tribute to the Eagles ahead of the real thing’s tour. Kicking off at 9pm, it happens at The Basement, Circular Quay.

The residencies at The Macquarie Hotel are rolling out this week, with The King Bros Trio taking care of Wednesdays and Entropic Thursdays. This Friday Brisbane’s Cheap Fakes have the night’s quota of funk and reggae covered. All shows are free.

DARK VOICES Supporting Mark Lanegan when he plays The Metro Theatre this Thursday will be Melbourne’s own songstress Amaya Laucirica. Dark but beautiful, there are touches of country, folk and pop throughout her sound.

HOWDY-DO

THREE YEARS OF ALT LOVE Club Blink on Friday has Datura Curse, To The Grave and Sundacy charging in while on Saturday the Agincourt Hotel switches to Trash Nightclub. There Stealing O’Neal, Tonight Alive and Ladies & Gentlemen will celebrate the night’s third anniversary.

Self-described “country-jazzabilly” outfit The Hoo Haas will be launching their third album, Snakejuice, this Sunday at the Sandringham Hotel. Things kick off at 4pm.

WORD UP!

BIDS ARE IN Blues songstress Jenny Biddle has The Basement, Circular Quay, in her sights Tuesday 13 where she’ll be joined by Kate Gogarty and Aaron Culligan for the show.

METAL ALL NIGHT LONG

ON THE DRUM STEREO Central Roadsongs

TECHNASIA THE DEREK TRUCKS BAND

Fear Not The Footsteps Of The Departed DRAWN FROM BEES

Church With No Magic PVT Hidden THESE NEW PURITANS Recovery EMINEM Deep Blue PARKWAY DRIVE Exile On Main St THE ROLLING STONES Power KANYE WEST Latin HOLY FUCK

FBI’S FAVOURITE NEW AUSSIE SONGS FOR THIS WEEK Anywhere But Here HEAPS DECENT Maps And Compasses GOODNIGHT OWL Morning Man MARCH OF THE REAL FLY Splitting Pairs MOUSTACHE Spirits STEERING BY STARS Starry Eyes (Zarkov Remix) SPIT SYNDICATE Golden Town SUPER WILD HORSES The Skills RU C.L Your Own ART RUSH Tsk Tsk NICK WALES AND BREE VAN REYK

ITUNES AUSTRALIA TOP 10 SONGS

1. California Gurls (feat Snoop Dogg) KATY PERRY 2. Smile UNCLE KRACKER 3. I Like It (feat. Pitbull) ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 4. Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams) B.O.B 5. Love The Way You Lie EMINEM & RIHANNA 6. Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars) TRAVIE MCCOY 7. We Speak No Americano YOLANDA BE COOL & DCUP 8. Getting’ Over You (feat. Fergie and LMFAO) DAVID GUETTA/CHRIS WILLIS 9. OMG (feat Will.I.Am) USHER 10. Break Your Heart TAIO CRUZ

ARIA TOP TEN ALBUMS

This Thursday, Hot Damn at Spectrum – and then across most of the Exchange Hotel – welcomes One Vital Word along with Empires and The Final Fall for the regular punk party.

There’s a huge afternoon/night in store at the Lewisham Hotel this Saturday, with Hold Your Own kicking things off at 3.15pm. They’ll be followed by Red Dawn, Gutterstomp, Caulfield, Remains The Day and Absolution for the all ages leg. At 9pm they’ll swing into over 18 mode with The Paradox Unseen, Kings Of Stars, Pledge This, Black Horizon, Katabasis and Requiem Of The Damned playing well into the morning. It’s the official after-party of the Metal For The Masses event.

THE AMENTA

HIGH ROTATION WITH BERNARD FANNING OF POWDERFINGER With their last ever tour imminent, what’s the famous Mr Fanning listening to at the moment? “I can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s by The Low Anthem. I really like it. I think it’s called Charlie Darwin or something like that. It’s beautiful. It’s really beautifully melodic and sweet.”

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1. Recovery EMINEM 2. Deep Blue PARKWAY DRIVE 3. Cinema THE CAT EMPIRE 4. Can’t Be Tamed MILEY CYRUS 5. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST 6. Glee: The Music, Volume 3 GLEE CAST JACK JOHNSON 7. To The Sea 8. We Are Born SIA 9. Essential MICHAEL JACKSON 10. Night Work SCISSOR SISTERS

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TUE 06

FINN: Royal Htl Leichhardt MACE FRANCIS ORCHESTRA, SNAFU: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills Mitchell Anderson Band: Sandringham Htl MR PERCIVAL: Raval Nielsen Gough Jazz quartet, JAMES VALENTINE’S SUPPER CLUB: Golden Sheaf PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl Pop Panic, KARAOKE, DJ Daigo, M.I.T, SHIPWRECK: The World Bar ROB HENRY: Observer Htl SECRET SOCIETY, LIONS AT YOUR DOOR, CAMERAS, Idea Idea: The Vanguard Snaketide: Manly Fishos Suburban Alternative Uni Break Feat., DJ MINI MULLET: Oatley Hotel THEY CALL ME BRUCE: Maloney’s Hotel Troubadour Tuesday: Mean Fiddler Htl TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE feat..., Sun Solider, LOVERS JUMP CREEK, IF WE HAD A BOAT, Ashlee Carroll: Beach Rd Htl Bondi

WED 07

AFS Performing live with., DJ TIKELZ, Victor Lopez, FlyGirl Tee, Stefko, D And MC’s, Candice Rose, Shawty, Theegz: Home Nightclub ANDY MAMMERS: Novotel Homebush ANDY MAMMERS BAND: Novotel - Brewery Bar, Olympic Park CARMEN TOWNSEND, THE SINS, SPOOKYLAND: Raval DARRYL BEATON: CIVIC UNDERGROUND DAVE WHITE DUO: Maloney’s Hotel DUMBSAINT, PIRATE, SPACE PROJECT, SOLKYRI: Excelsior Surry Hills GEMMA: Observer Htl IN PIECES: Orient Htl John Redmond Tro: Manhattan Lounge JP: Omalleys JP DUO: O’Malleys Kings X LOCAL RESIDENT FAILURE, THE DECLINE: Cambridge Htl Newcastle Monesque:

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Artichoke Café Manly MUSOS CLUB JAM NIGHT: Bald Faced Stag MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLERS: The Basement Oximetric: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PETER INGLIS: Battuta Café/Restaurant RHYS CRIMMIN BAND, Jessica Cain: The View Factory, Newcastle RICK PRICE, Jackie Dee, KELLIE MARIE: Brass Monkey Robyn Pinson Trio: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Seniors Concert With, FALLON: Belmont 16’s Skii Harvey, AARON LYON, LITTLE FURY: The Vanguard SONGSALIVE, ROSS BRUZZESE, Tess & Baz, TAOS: Coach & Horses Hotel, Randwick SONGSALIVE, PAVE LECLAIR, DANIEL COATES, ANDREW DENNISTON: Harbourview Htl THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, CALLING ALL CARS: Station Resort Jindabyne THE DUCHESSES: Oxford Art Factory THE DUCHESSES, DUSKER: Oxford Art Factory - Gallery THE FALLS, FERGUS BROWN, MISS LITTLE: Hotel Hollywood THE FILTH PRESENTS., RED INK, ONE JONATHAN: Beach Rd Htl Bondi The Soft Pack, CABINS: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space THE WALL: The World Bar TREVOR ASHLEY: The Studio Syd Opera House UNI NIGHT: Mean Fiddler Htl YOURSPACE, Pink Robbins, Karaoke Tax, Once You Go, ETTO, Kickstone, Nick K, Jack Fernly, JOHN VAN ROSSEN: Town Hall Htl, Newtown

THU 08

505’s Latin Night!Marsala: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills Alt Country feat., Charlie Trindall, WIL MASSSEY AND THE GHOST TRIO, THE LURKERS, The Preachers: Q Bar Darlinghurst As Chaos Unfolds, Hudson State: Bald Faced Stag BACKLASH: Riverwood Sports BACON N CABBAGE, TeeJay: Cock & Bull

BRITISH INDIA: FRIDAY 9, GAELIC CLUB, SATURDAY 10, THE CAMBRIDGE BRYEN WILLEMS: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Canterbury Country, TRACEY LEE KILLEEN, ROSE CARLEO, Doug McIntyre: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL -Starlight Auditorim Chris Brooks, Steve Paoli: Castle Hill Tavern Cola Wars Albulm Launch, BEHIND CRIMSON EYES: Annandale Htl DAVE WHITE DUO: Orient Htl DownstairsJOHNATHAN DEVOY: Sandringham Htl downstairs FOUNDER, MR MAPS, THE UNDERSTUDY: Excelsior Surry Hills G3: Marble Bar Hilton Htl GET RICH: WOLLARHA HOTEL Gonin, The Gap Players, Rargo, Capitol: Gaelic Club HITSEEKERS: Bradbury Inn HOT DAMN!, ONE VITAL WORD, Final Fall, HOT DAMN! DJ’S: Spectrum IAN MCCRAE BIG BAND, DONNIE SUTHERLAND: Smithfield RSL JAZZ FACTORY: The View Factory, Newcastle JEFFERSON GROOVE: Teagardens Hotel, Bondi Junction JON STEVENS, MARK WILKINSON: Lizottes, Newcastle KARAOKE: Warners at the Bay KATIE NOONAN & THE CAPTAINS: The Brewery, Newcastle KEITH ARMITAGE: Harbord Beach Htl Live Webcast Feat., Scout, Unit 13: Lewisham Htl LOCAL RESIDENT FAILURE, THE DECLINE: The Coffs Hotel Local Swell, Smoke and Silver, DJ Greg P: Beach Rd Htl Bondi LUKE DICKENS: Condobolin RSL Club

Mark Lanegan, AMAYA LAUCIRICA: Metro MERILYN STEELE, Cutaway Duo: Lane Cove Club MICHAEL PETER: Northies Cronulla Htl MICK HANNA, BRETT WINTERFOLD, The Alison Avron Band: Raval Musos Are People Too, TFT, Tantrum Fantasy, Brayke, BUZZKILLER, Anthony Ousack: Sandringham Htl MUSOS CLUB JAM NIGHT: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PETULANT FRENZY: The Basement RICK PRICE: Coogee Diggers Rockabilly Frenzy feat., LAURIE RIX & HIS SIDE KIX: Cat & Fiddle ROSS WARD: gj’s Coffee Lounge SALSA ON THE ROCKS, DWIGHT ‘CHOCOLATE’ ESCOBAR: Cruise Bar, The Rocks Sam Ferraro: Guildford Leagues SCOTT DONALDSON: Campbelltown Catholic Club Smirnoff Singer Competition Semi Final 2: Piano Room, Kings Cross Smith Style, The Mandolin Mad Folk Dad: Artichoke Café Manly SONGSALIVE, April Sky, Nadine Hayward, helmu: Henry Lawson Club SONGSALIVE, Ben Osmo, ANDREW DENNISTON: Pittwater RSL SONGSALIVE, DANIEL COATES, Clem Gorman, Kris Schubart, Damion Stirling, TAOS: Red Lion Htl Starr Witness: The Harp TALK OF THE TOWN: Wallsend Sporties TEENAGE KICKS, HOWLING BELLS DJ’S, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND DJ’S, JOHNNY SEGMENT, EL MARIACHI: The World Bar TERRY BATU: Chisholm Tavern ACT

THE AMITY AFFLECTION, MISERY SIGNALS, CONFESSION: Woden Youth Centre ACT THE DELTA RIGGS: Transit Bar ACT THE HONEYS, BIG HEAVY STUFF, The Screaming Tribesman, THE STEMS, DIED PRETTY, SASCHA KLAVE: Brass Monkey The Joy Sticks, THE CHEMIST: Oxford Art Factory Gallery THE JOYSTICKS, THE CHEMIST: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery THE LAST KINECTION, Stunna Set, Trindoe, Koori Radio Clud DJ’s: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space THE RUMJACKS, Will Wagner, The Smiths Street Band, + DJ’s: UTS Loft Bar The Smiths vs The Cure, MATT RALPH, THE CREEPERS, RADIO NATIONAL, RAPIDS, STICKY FINGERS, JOEL SARAKULA, CHRIS BYRNE, KATY WREN: The Vanguard THE WILDES: Notes, Newtown TRAVIS COLLINS: Rooty Hill RSL TREVOR ASHLEY: The Studio Syd Opera House VIDEO 8: Melt Bar Kings X Wilful Misconduct feat., WIL ANDERSON: Comedy @ The Store ZOLTAN: The Mill

FRI 09

2 OF HEARTS: The Roxia Htl 241 Duo: Sydney Rowing Club 3 WAY SPLIT: Woy Woy Leagues Adam Roycroft, DJ Black: Jade Tavern ALEX MASSO, Ed Rodrigues, Kraig Grady, Terumi

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Marushima: St Luke’s Hall Enmore ALICE TERRY: Nags Head Htl Glebe ANTHONY LEE: Cessnock Supporters Club Arbori: Artichoke Café Manly ASH GRUNWALD, JORDIE LANE, THE WIDOW-BIRDS: Metro BACK TO THE 80’S Presents, VIDEO MANIA: Diggers at The Entrance Band Room, MR MAPS, Akestra, INDIGO RISING, Fishing: The World Bar BIG SMACK, The Last Straw, Madelyn Rogers: Kauri Foreshore Htl Glebe BLACK ROSE: Matraville Htl BLAZE OF GLORY-BON JOVI SHOW: Taren Point Bowling Club BLAZE OF GLORY-BON JOVI SHOW: The Point Bowling Club Blue Suede Rockers: Wallsend Sporties BRIDGE CITY JAZZ BAND: Club Ashfield BRITISH INDIA: Gaelic Club BROWN SUGAR: Marble Bar Hilton Htl Charlton: Oasis on Beamish CHRIS CONNOLLY: Guildford Leagues CHRIS DRUMMOND: Smithfield RSL CLUB BLINK feat., DATURA’S CURSE, TO THE GRAVE, SUNDACY: Agincourt Htl DAVID MCMASTER: Matraville RSL Denmarko’s Dog, THYLACINE: The Harp DIAFRIX, OZI BATLA, NIKKITA: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space DIRTY DEEDS - AC/DC SHOW: Heathcote Hotel DIRTY LOVE: Club Lemon Tree DIRTY SPANIARD, Jack Dawson, Amber Lee: The View Factory, Newcastle Disco on Ice feat., Arithmatix: Carriage Works, Eveleigh DNA: Hotel CBD

DOMINO, MEZA, THE TELLS: Notes, Newtown DON RADER QUINTET: The Sound Lounge Seymour Centre DREW MCALISTER: Town Hall Htl Balmain DUST TONES, KINGFISHA, ALI MC and NEW DUB CITY SOUND, MC 1/6, DJ VOODOO, FRENZIE: Beach Rd Htl Bondi Eye Of The Enemy: Bald Faced Stag Falcona Fridays Launch, FALCONA DJ’S, GAME BOYS: Kit & kaboodle, Kings Cross FINN: New Orana Hotel Full Swing Quartet: Lane Cove Country Club GAIL BROWNING: Revesby Workers, Skyline Lounge GRAND THEFT AUDIO: Belmore Htl Newcastle GUINEAFOWL, PREACHERS: Oxford Art Factory Gallery HAPPY HIPPIES: Blacktown RSL HIT MACHINE: Campbelltown Catholic Club HUE WILLIAMS: Eastern Suburbs Leagues IAN MOSS: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre IDOL KARAOKE: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill IGNITION: Marlborough Htl IN PIECES: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL INFUSION, THE DIRTY SECRETS: Annandale Htl INTIMATE LOUNGE MUSIC: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club JAMES MORRISON, SYDNEY SYMPHONY: Concert Hall, Syd Opera House James The Grey, The Affairs, PJ Wolf: The Polo Lounge, Taylor Sq Jamie Oehlers: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills JESSE: Crown Htl Sydney JOHN PAUL YOUNG: Sydney South Juniors Auditorium JOHN WILLIAMS: Belmore RSL Johnny Vinyl, STRIKE: Cruise Bar, The Rocks Jumari: Club Menai KARAOKE: Muree Golf Club KATIE NOONAN & THE CAPTAINS: Bulli Heritage Hotel KEVIN BORICH: Coogee Diggers KID KENOBI, Kato & Anna Lunoe, RO SHAM BO, HOOPS, DIZZ1, Toni Toni

Lee, SIMON CALDWELL, JAMES TAYLOR, BEN MORRIS: Oxford Art Factory KOLIDER: MJ Finnegans Newcastle Laura Hill: Caves Beach Htl LIQUID SKY feat., TOM PIPER, Moonchild, LIGHTS OUT, A-tonez ft Adam Zae, Itchy & Scratchy, Anything Slim, We Can Solve Mysteries, Get Wet: Candys Apartment LIZA OHLBACK: Dee Why RSL LOCAL RESIDENT FAILURE, THE DECLINE: Northern Rivers Sound LONESOME TRAIN: Lakes Entrance Htl LOONATIC FRINGE: The Mark Hotel LUKE DICKENS: The Montreal Community Theatre Macarthur Country Music Club: Wests Campbelltown Tennis Club MARK COREY: Quakers Inn MATT LYON: Orient Htl MENTAL AS ANYTHING: Cessnock Supporters Club MERILYN STEELE, Cutaway Duo: Lane Cove Club MICK BUCKLEY: Padstow RSL Miss Snow Bunny 2010 feat., DJ smokin Joe Mekhael, TONY WHY: Oatley Hotel Mission Jones Duo: Mosman RSL MR BREEZE: Hawkesbury Htl MUM, THE VILLAINARES, DAN PARSONS, Nick Van Breda, + DJ’s: The World Bar New Millenium Karaoke: Auburn Htl NO BRAKES, GRIZZLY ADAMS: Windsor RSL PAUL GREENE: Kareela Golf Club PAUL SUN, DIDI MUDIGDO, MATT LAMB: Arthouse Htl PIANOMAN: Cruise Restaurant PROFESSOR GROOVE & THE BOOTY AFFAIR: Gearins Htl Katoomba PURPLE SNEAKERS feat., Kid N Bird, MONKEY GENIUS, HEARTATTACK, Alba Varden DJ Set, Retox, Girls Gone Wrong: Gladstone Htl REBECCA JOHNSON BAND: Cronulla RSL RECKLESS: Orient Htl RICK PRICE: Lizottes, Kincumber Rock Against Racism, SISTER JANE, LEEROY & SAMSON, DJ Russ Dewbery: Hermanns Bar Darlington ROCK STEADY: Penshurst RSL


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CLOUD CONTROL: SATURDAY 10, THE FACTORY SAM & JAMIE BAND: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl SCOTT: Hills District Bowling Club SHUFFLE BOYS: Belmont 16’s SMART ALEC: Penrith RSL SOLSKYR, Satellite: @ Newtown SOSUEME, BURNING BROOKLYN, UNDERLIGHTS, THE NEW PAGANS, DJ Hansom, Devola, Chode, ALISON WONDERLAND, Max Smart: Q Bar Darlinghurst SOUL AGENTS: Harbord Beach Htl SUSAN GAI DOWLING: Jazsushi Surry Hills TERRY BATU: Enfield Boulevard Hotel, SOUTH STRATHFIELD THE AMITY AFFLECTION, MISERY SIGNALS, CONFESSION: UNSW Roundhouse THE ANGEL AFFAIR: Lewisham Htl THE ART, HAILER, The Black Paintings: Bizzos - Caringbah THE BEARDS: Sandringham Htl THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, CALLING ALL CARS: Panthers Bathurst THE GREAT DIVIDING RANGE, RUBIX CUBA, Tiger Tiger: Lansdowne Htl THE HONEYS, Darren & Greg Atkinson, STEVE CLARK, The Morris Lane Project: The Vanguard THE PROTECTORS: Home Nightclub THE SNOWDROPPERS, THE WILDES: Brass Monkey THUNDERSTRUCK-AC/DC SHOW, SHADOW BOXER- THE ANGELS TRIBUTE, K: Bull & Bush Tim Rogerstein, EIRWEN SKYE, Rob Clarkson: Excelsior Surry Hills TREVOR ASHLEY: The Studio Syd Opera House VALHALLA: Warners at the Bay WELCOME TO THE HOTEL CALIFORNIAEAGLES TRIBUTE, A Tribute to The Eagles: The Basement WILDCATZ: Towradgi Beach Htl Wilful Misconduct feat., WIL ANDERSON: Comedy @ The Store

SAT 10

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2 FOLD: Orient Htl A Celebration of Oz Rock, THE RADIATORS, KEVIN BORICH, SWANEE: Towradgi Beach Htl AFTER PARTY BAND: Epping Htl AFTER PARTY BAND: Tracks, Epping Htl Afternoon, Singalong feat., VOICES FROM THE VACANT LOT: Carriage Works, Eveleigh AM 2 PM: Revesby Workers, Skyline Lounge ANNA SALLEH’S BOSSA BOOTS, MARCELLO MAIO TRIO: Berkelouw Wine Bar, Leichardt BACK TO FRONT DUO: Miranda RSL BBQ, Blues and Brew, JIM CONWAY’S BIG WHEEL: Burwood Park BEATNIX: Castle Hill RSL BLACK DIAMOND HEART CLUB: Marlborough Htl BLACK LABEL: North Nowra Tavern Blood Sweat & Beers, Mid Youth Crisis, Gilgamash, THE GO SET, FEAR LIKE US, A SECRET DEATH, Identity Theft, + more: Annandale Htl BLUE MOON QUARTET: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club Bon Jovi The Show: Revesby Workers Bon Jovi The Show: Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre Breaking Orbit, Rincon, GEMININE: Excelsior Surry Hills BRITISH INDIA: Cambridge Htl Newcastle Buried Spheres, Ramonk: The Harp C.W. STONEKING, Al Duvall (USA): Coogee Bay Htl CHART BUSTERS: Campbelltown Catholic Club Chasing Amy: Chili Loung, Wyong CHICKENSTONES, MOTHER TRUCKERS, Jarren Zen & The Blind Childrrens Orchestra, The Beaut Utes: Town & Country, St Peters CHRIS ORCHARD: Crown Htl Sydney CLOUD CONTROL, THE HOLIDAYS, Laurenz Pike, Georgina Fair, PAPA VS PRETTY, MEGASTICK FANFARE, AND MANY MORE: The Factory Theatre Club TRASH feat…, STEALING O’NEAL, TONIGHT ALIVE, LADIES & GENTLEMEN: Agincourt Htl COSY VELOUR:

Windsor Castle Htl Newcastle CRUSHED ICE: St Marys Band Club CRUSHED ICE: St Marys RSL DAVE WHITE: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl Delinquent, THE LICKS, Second Nation, Eager 13, EYE ON YOU, DELAMARE: Lansdowne Htl DES GIBSON: Lansvale Htl DICK & CHRISTA HUGHES: Clarendon Katoomba DISCO DISCO feat., VENGEANCE, THE HUMP DAY PROJECT, WHITE CAT, FNGRLCKN, HEROES OF THE PARTYN, JPL, SEXWAX: Candys Apartment Downstairs, TICE & EVANS, Kaki: Sandringham Htl DRAGON: Moorebank Sports Club Drawn From Bees: Gaelic Club Driving The Rhino, H Train, Kohji, Brown Esky, Hong Kong: Manly Fishos ED STAR: The Mark Hotel ELISA KATE: Grand Htl Newcastle ERIC LEWIS: Orient Htl Feral Media Showcase, Vorad Fils, Gentleforce, Broken Chip, UNDERLAPPER: Carriage Works, Eveleigh FINN: Bayside Bike Club, Cardiff GEOFF DAVIES: Heathcote Hotel GEOFF YULE SMITH, And Band: Leichhardt Bowling Club GEORGIA FAIR: Factory Theatre GHETTO DISCO feat…, BAG RAIDERS, HEY NOW!, MURRAY LAKE, Frames, Hoodlmz, DownKick, Jaime Von Parrty, OMZ Lay: Q Bar Darlinghurst GILBERT WHYTE: Artichoke Café Cremorne GLENN SHORROCK: State Theatre GRAND THEFT AUDIO: Exchange Htl Newcastle HIT MACHINE: Teagardens Hotel, Bondi Junction HOGANS HEROES: Mounties Club Mt Pritchard HR King & Friends: Brass Monkey IAN MOSS:

KATIE NOOAN & THE CAPTAINS: SATURDAY 10, CARRIAGEWORKS Notes, Newtown Infectacide: Roxbury Htl Glebe JAMES MORRISON, SYDNEY SYMPHONY: Concert Hall, Syd Opera House Jamie Oehlers: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills JAYWALKER: Laurieton Hotel JFL: Warners at the Bay JOHN MACKIE, SIMON KINNEY-LEWIS BAND: Rozelle Markets JON STEVENS, MARK WILKINSON: Lizottes, Kincumber KAMI: Blacktown RSL KATIE NOONAN & THE CAPTAINS: Carriageworks Bay 20, Sydney KIM CHURCHILL: Blue Cow Bistro KIM CHURCHILL: Station Resort Jindabyne LIES N DESTRUCTION, GUNS N ROSES SHOW: Oatley Hotel LIZ STRINGER, Van Walker: The View Factory, Newcastle LOCAL RESIDENT FAILURE, THE DECLINE: Tamworth PCYC LONESOME TRAIN: Bankstown District Sports Club LONESOME TRAIN, THE JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW: Bankstown Sports Club LONNIE LEE & THE LEEMEN: Dural Country Club LOVE THAT HAT: South Leagues Club MAL BARNES: Hills District Bowling Club Mary Mulholland: Northies Cronulla Htl May-December Duo: The Vault 146 MCCAULEYS RAIDERS: Smithfield RSL Metal For The Masses feat., MORTAL SIN, THE AMENTA, DAYSEND, SWITCHBLADES: Manning Bar Syd Uni MICK BUCKLEY: Terrey Hills Tavern MIDNIGHT SHIFT, GRIZZLY ADAMS: Ashfield RSL MIDNYT SUN: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL MOONLIGHT DRIVE: Bay Hotel Nadisko, SMACKTOWN, WHY NOT, Obey, RA, Gus Lakeview: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space NEW LIFE DUO: Arncliffe Htl Official Metal for the Masses afterparty, REQUIEM OF THE DAMNED, Katabasis, BLACK HORIZON: Lewisham Htl

PEACHY: Bayview Tavern PEPPERMINT JAM, JIVE BOMBERS: Penrith RSL PETE: The Belvedere Htl PHASE III: Belmore Htl Newcastle PHIL DAVIDSON: Sydney Rowing Club POP FICTION: Penrith Panthers PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS: Club Singleton RADIO CITY CATS: Marble Bar Hilton Htl RAY BEADLE: Beaches Htl Thirroul RECKLESS: Town Hall Htl Balmain RED HOT NUMBERS: Courthouse Htl REX BAR, DJ MICKEY MORPHINGAZ: Beach Rd Htl Bondi RICK PRICE: Lizottes, Newcastle ROB HENRY DUO: Harbord Beach Htl ROCK STEADY: Manly Leagues ROYAL CHANT: Seabreeze Beach Hotel Royale: Nags Head Htl Glebe Salute to Paul Rodgers, Free and Bad Company:, SPENCER JONES, DAVE LESLIE, DARIO BORTOLIN, LACHLAN DOLEY, MICK SKELTON: The Vanguard SHADE OF RED: Brighton RSL SIMON NEAL, DANNI PRESTI: Cruise Bar, The Rocks SKOOTA: MJ Finnegans Newcastle SKY BAR: Watershed Htl Darling Harbour STORM CELLER: Bald Rock Htl Rozelle SUSAN GAI DOWLING, ALISTER SPENCE, PAUL CUTLAN: St Luke’s Hall Enmore SUVI: CLUB CRONULLA TERRY BATU: Mortdale Htl THE BEARDS: Northern Star Htl Newcastle The Brutal Retaliation Festival, PLEDGE THIS, KINGS OF STARS, THE PARADOX UNSEEN, ABSOLUTION, REMAINS THE DAY, CAULFIELD, GUTTERSTOMP, RED DAWN: Lewisham Htl THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, CALLING ALL CARS: Panthers Newcastle THE CATHOLICS: The Sound Lounge Seymour Centre

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The Entrance Winter Blues & Jazz Festival Feat., GALAPAGOS DUCK, AND MANY MORE: Memorial Park, The Entrance THE FROCKS: Guildford Leagues THE JUNGLE KINGS: Belmont 16’s THE MODEL SCHOOL, YA AHA: Oxford Art Factory - Gallery THE WILDES: Bulli Heritage Hotel TREVOR ASHLEY: The Studio Syd Opera House TREVOR WESTON: Crown Htl Camden Turn It Up 2010, NO PRESSURE, Tue Love Chaos, NEON HEART: PCYC Umina Beach Turn The Page, THE SCULPTURES, The Wire: Fitzroy Htl Windsor TWINSANITY: Club Lemon Tree TWO GOOD REASONS: Cessnock Supporters Club TWO MINDS: Regents Park Sporting & Community Club WHAM!, SHIVERS, JAMES TAYLOR, Rob Kay, LEVINS, EMBER, Kerry Wallace, HUSKY, FOUNDATION: The World Bar WILDE END, SUNDACY, Nomads of Noise: Hornsby Inn YOUNG HERETICS: Spectrum

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2DAYS HITS: Harbord Beach Htl 3 WAY SPLIT: Orient Htl ACE KARAOKE: Brighton RSL ANDREW RUSSELL, Fernando: Rozelle Markets ANDY MAMMERS: Orient Htl ASH GRUNWALD: Mean Fiddle Htl, shed ASH GRUNWALD: Mean Fiddler Htl Back Beat Duo: Belmont 16’s BACON N CABBAGE, MARK OATES, Dan Lissing: Cock & Bull BLUES SUNDAYS: Artichoke Café Manly Bondi Cultura, TOCA JORGE: Beach Rd Htl Bondi BOYS LIKE GIRLS, Hot Chelle Rae: Roundhouse Kensington DON HOPKINS: Dee Why RSL EASTWOOD, MY HOLLOWED FANTASY, Westside Hustlers, Ugly Little Secrets, TOTAL KARNAGE, STIMULUST: Lucky Oz Tavern, St Marys

FERAL SWING KATZ: ROCKSALT Francis Edwards Sings the 1960’s: The Point Hotel Pyrmont Gai Bryant Quintet, Mike Majkowski, CHRIS ABRAHAMS, James Waples: St Luke’s Hall Enmore Galleri: The View Factory, Newcastle GLENN WHITEHALL: Oatley Hotel HELPFUL KITCHEN GODS, The Clean Skins, The Thing O’s, NED ALPHABET, Dr Delites: Gladstone Htl Hip Sister: Sydney Rowing Club HUNTER & SUZY OWENS: Marrickville Bowling Club JACK DERWIN: The Vault 146 JASON HICKS: Caves Beach Htl JIMMY MANN, TREVOR WESTON: Campbelltown Catholic Club JOYCE COLLINS: The Belvedere Htl Kelly’s Heroes: P.J. O’Brien’s, Sydney KIM CHURCHILL: Jax Nightclub, Perisher KIM CHURCHILL: Station Resort Jindabyne MARISA MARS: Sandringham Htl MARK WELLS: Murray’s Brewery MIDNIGHT SHIFT: Windsor RSL MULLANE SISTERS, David Bond, MICK AQUILINA: Smithfield RSL Nic Jeffries: WOLLARHA HOTEL No Breaks: Matraville RSL No Messin’ Band: Shannon Htl Chippendale PAUL SUN: Bradfield Park, Milsons Point PAUL SUN, JOHN BLENKHORN, MARK SZETO: Kirribilli Art & Design Markets PETER NORTHCOTE: Bridge Htl Rozelle Randy: Hurstville RSL Club RAY BEADLE: Heathcote Hotel RICK PRICE: Bulli Heritage Hotel Rockin the Kasbah: The Gaff, Darlinghurst SAM & JAMIE BAND: Northies Cronulla Htl Sceaming Sundays, + 20 BANDS: Annandale Htl Songwriters Live: Paddy Maguires Haymarket

SUNDAY SESSIONS, DJ TONE, & FRIENDS: Oatley Hotel The Belles, Ruby Delight: Raval THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, CALLING ALL CARS: Mona Vale Hotel The Entrance Winter Blue & Jazz Festival, KEVIN BORICH, AND MANY MORE: Memorial Park, The Entrance THE HONEYS, Darren & Greg Atkinson, STEVE CLARK, SASCHA KLAIRE, The Morris Lane Project: Coogee Diggers THE HOO HAAS: Sandringham Htl downstairs The House Of Blues, MATT BLACK & THE PHAT CATS: Town Hall Htl, Newtown THE MAPLE TRAIL, Underwater Birds, CRYIN SKIES, Wade Jackson: The Vanguard THE PROJECT: Lidcombe Htl THE WILDES: Clarendon Katoomba TORI DARKE: Penrith RSL TREVOR ASHLEY: The Studio Syd Opera House TRIVIA: St Marys RSL VEORA, Alex Anonymous: Bald Faced Stag WARDS XPRESS: Tudor Hall Hotel WILDCATZ Trio: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl WOLLONGONG BLUES MAFIA: Towradgi Beach Htl ZOLTAN: Penrith Panthers

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Carribean Soul: Paddy Maguires Haymarket

GERARD MASTERS TRIO: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills OPEN MIC, Daniel Falero, Pierre Della Putta, Phil Taig, Rinske Geerlings, Ed Rapo: Bar Me Kings X Remote Nightlife: Mean Fiddler Htl SONGWRITER SESSIONS: Excelsior Surry Hills UNHERD OPEN MIC NIGHT, DERKAJAM: Sandringham Htl downstairs


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CRUE SINGER DRUNK AT WHEEL… AGAIN Mötley Crüe’s lead singer Vince Neil was arrested for drink driving in Las Vegas last week. Neil was pulled over shortly after he left the Las Vegas Hilton hotel where his tequila bar, Vince Neil’s Tres Rios, is situated and was immediately taken to the Clark County Jail where bail was set at $2,000. The 49 year-old has just released his first solo album in 15 years, which bears the title Tattoos & Tequila (a collection of ‘70s rock covers plus a rendition of Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley), with a memoir of the same name due out in September. In an interview with the Associated Press a week prior to his arrest, Neil claimed to be off the booze and said he hadn’t taken drugs in 20 years. “There’s just a point in your life where you kind of stop, that’s what happened with me,” he was quoted as saying. “There’s other things in life than just drugs and alcohol.” This is Neil’s second DIU incident. The first occurred in 1984 and cost passenger Nicholas ‘Razzle’ Dingley (Hanoi Rocks drummer) his life. Neil was subsequently charged with vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years probation. He also agreed to pay $2.5 million in compensation to the victims. Neil will appear in Las Vegas Justice Court on 27 September to answer to this latest charge.

THE ENEMY TO RETURN? Iconic rap conglomerate Public Enemy will return to our shores for a December tour if their official website (publicenemy.com) is anything to go by. At the tail end of a comprehensive tour listing and under the month of December, “AFRICA and OZ TBA,” is included. PE’s current world tour celebrates 20 years since their Fear Of A Black Planet album dropped. The last time Chuck D, Flavor Flav and co got all up in our grills was for festivities to kick off the New Year in 2009. These included appearances at Sydney’s Days Like This and the Espy in Melbourne, during which the crew played It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back in its entirety.

DIGITAL RADIO EXEMPT FROM LOCAL MUSIC An exception to the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice has been made to free digital radio stations from having to play a minimum quota of Australian music. All traditional commercial radio stations have to devote between 5 percent and 25 percent of airtime to Australian music, depending on the station’s format, and the local music community had hoped to have a similar quota enforced on digital radio. The decision won’t be revisited until 2013.

MADINA LAKE ROCKER LEFT FOR DEAD Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone is recovering in hospital after being savagely beaten and left unconscious when he attempted to break up a domestic violence dispute on a Chicago street. His twin brother and Madina Lake frontman, Nathan Leone, has kept vigil by his brother’s hospital bed ever since and told MTV News, “[Matthew] had all kinds of injuries and his brain was swelling, so doctors had to remove part of his skull and put it on ice while we wait for the swelling to stop and the hematoma to stop leaking. It was touch and go for a while there, but at this point, things are starting to turn around, which is wonderful. The first couple of days, he couldn’t recognise me or say anything coherent, but this morning he did. And now he’s aware and talking and moving around a little, which is wonderful. So the prognosis is getting better by the hour.” An updated post from Nathan Leone revealed that his brother’s alleged attacker has been arrested. The bassist will undergo surgery on 16 July.

MOVES & SHAKES George Ash has been appointed President of Universal Music, Australasia and will be responsible for the company’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. Max Hole is now the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Ash will report to him. Spunk Records farewelled Michaella Solar-March last week. Any Spunk-related questions can be emailed to curnow@spunk.com.au. Solar-March can be contacted via m.solarmarch@gmail.com. Empire Touring, Marketing & Events has moved to Level 1/156 Military Road, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089. Ph: (02) 9953 6577. • 76 • THE DRUM MEDIA 6 JULY 2010

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Ignoring his doctor’s orders by travelling to – and appearing on – the live finale of Celebrity Apprentice, Bret Michaels was rewarded by being “hired” by Donald Trump. After this continued success on the small screen, kicked off by the Rock Of Love series, the former Poison frontman is now meeting with American Idol producers to discuss possibly replacing Simon Cowell on the show’s judging panel. “They did a poll and I think it was Madonna, P Diddy, Howard Stern and myself, and I took 50 percent or 60 percent of the vote,” Michaels told Parade magazine, “and that’s tremendous. I would love to be a judge on American Idol. I think I would bring a lot to the table. I would have to bring my own personality. I think if they have someone in there to try to imitate Simon [Cowell], it would be a mistake; he’s an original. Bring Bret Michaels in to be original to who and what I am. Bring someone who can bring a little grit, true grit back to the show.” Michaels is lucky to be alive after suffering from a massive brain haemorrhage, followed by a warning stroke, in April and has returned to the stage to promote his forthcoming album Custom Built. “While Bret may be out on the road and performing, he is still not 100 percent,” Janna Elias, Vice President of Michaels Entertainment, told People magazine. She revealed the 47-year-old rocker still experiences headaches, abnormal fatigue and short-term memory loss. It is believed Idol’s producers have also spoken to Harry Connick Jnr about potentially stepping into Cowell’s shoes. Mr Nasty is stepping down from the panel to concentrate on taking The X Factor Stateside.

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The Killers broke their ‘hiatus’ for a performance to honour the US troops on the South Lawn at the White House last Sunday (4 July). The band were invited by President Barack Obama to make a special appearance as part of the Salute To The Military United Service Organisations Concert together with actor/ comedian Cedric The Entertainer and Seattle-based singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile and the celebration was streamed live via the White House’s website. A debut solo record from The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers, titled Flamingo, is due to drop in September. The video for the album’s lead single Crossfire was directed by our own Nash Edgerton and will debut this Thursday (8 July). It also stars Charlize Theron.

In response to NSW Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge calling for a national review of scalping, Moshtix has launched a survey to investigate the affect this has on the entertainment industry. The survey can be found at coredata.com.au (follow the links) and the results will be used to form Moshtix’s submission to the Government’s review into ticket scalping. All survey respondents go into a prize draw to win $250 worth of Moshtix tickets.

PSYCHEDELIC NERD NERD’s fourth album, Nothing, is due out in September and Pharrell Williams told Rolling Stone that it features sixties influences from bands such as The Doors and The Beach Boys. “I love flowers as much as I love Ferraris,” he told the mag. “I’m not telling you to not buy a Ferrari. Buy it with the rims, kid. But it’s about being alive and not just this person in the Matrix. I used to not realise that currency is not your money. Currency is time, currency is love, currency is education. What would happen if we spent more time enriching those aspects of our lives?” Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley originally laid down 27 tracks featuring singer Rhea Dummett but strayed from these recordings that Williams described as “great, but they weren’t unforgettable.” The artist has also been working in conjunction with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack for the animated movie Despicable Me.

SUBSCRIBE TO FALLS This year Falls Festival will offer most of the tickets for both the Lorne and Marion Bay events to subscribers via a ballot, with only a few allocated to the general public. If you’ve subscribed before, you’ll need to do so again by Wednesday 18 August in order to be eligible for the ballot. Organisers have confirmed that The Soft Pack from San Diego, currently over here for their maiden tour, have been locked in for this year’s festival line-up. Expect to hear the first line-up announcement for Falls on Wednesday 11 August.

SWANNING ABOUT The follow-up to Antony & The Johnsons’ 2009 album The Crying Light will feature a duet with Björk, titled Flétta. Seemingly drawing inspiration from the Icelandic artist’s previous Oscars attire, the forthcoming LP that’s scheduled to drop on 11 October is called Swanlights.

FROST UNDER ENO Ben Frost – a 30-year-old composer, producer and musician who is originally from Melbourne – has been chosen by Brian Eno for a year of mentoring as part of the international Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Frost has lived and worked in Iceland since 2005 will receive personal access to and creative dialogue with Eno as part of the initiative together with a $US25,000 grant. Successful protégés are also eligible for a further $US25,000 to invest in a creative project the year following their mentorship.

LAURA WANTS YOU Australia’s six-piece instrumental outfit Laura are currently looking for someone to handle management of the group. The duties include managing the band’s affairs in Australia, Japan and the USA as well as continuing growth into new territories. Forward your expression of interest to David Gagliardi at mail@ wearemappingyourdreams.com.

IT’S GOT LEGS Bayonets For Legs are the latest winners of the Jäger Uprising competition, which was held at the Annandale Hotel. The Sydney trio was selected from seven finalists and walked away with the $10,000 prize package. A new season of Jäger Uprising kicks off on 14 July. Head to annandalehotel.com for more information.

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She let the needle of the record player fall, looked over to me on her bent knee from across the room and smiled through the guard of people lining the kitchen table. I smiled back but, with the first notes of the familiar song, a lump formed, not so much in my throat as in my chest, so I could tell it wasn’t just indigestion from the massive amount of cheese that seems to go with any share-house dinner party – the thing to bring when you want to look like you’ve made an effort and spent some money but can’t be arsed actually making anything. My friend was leaving, going to London to study for however long that would take and we all knew there was a chance she would never return. Not permanently, anyway, so not for a long time at least. A few hours into her farewell dinner, populated with the friends and ‘lovers’ and exes (some one, some the same, but that’s just the mess of life), it was time to bring out the sentimental symbols of the bonds we’d formed. After all, by that point, we’d knocked back a couple of bottles of champers. The waggish ones always come out first – the cardigan lent a year ago finally being returned; the stories of long supposed-to-be-studying university days (or, for me, supposed-to-be-finding-work post-university days) spent drinking coffee and smoking rollies before shrugging our shoulders at it all and going to the pub; the song that caused the lounge room riot at that house party we had that time – it was Young Americans, right? Or was it Fame? Someone should write a thesis on Bowie’s continued use as a soundtrack to early-20s liberation. Then, always at the time that your last sip of champagne is the one that gives you your first real head-spin, someone says something that reminds you of what you’ve really been through together. It doesn’t even have to have been something shared, but you or they were around when it happened; you know how much it meant. A break-up or a crisis or a lonely stretch. A song can be an equally smacking reminder and, on this night, it was Fleetwood Mac’s Storms. The thing was, we’d never even knowingly listened to it together, but she let the needle of the record player fall, looked over to me on her bent knee and we both knew how much of our past and present it encapsulated; the things we’d been through separately but together. Searching out the song in the pile of records had followed a conversation of my newfound appreciation of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk or, really, of anything beyond their most famous songs. I was unreasonably late to the game, but I’ve come to realise that you don’t get to choose when some music reveals itself to you. She’d been a Fleetwood Mac fan forever and, even before my revelation, any time they were mentioned I was reminded of her. Maybe that’s how our bond over Storms was begun, as simple as an association given time to ingrain itself into a relationship. But it was more than that. At least it felt like it. She came and put her arms around me and I could see it in her face. All that shit adults tell you as a teenager about the things you learn after growing up becomes the everyday of the rest of your life. All the little bits that might mean nothing at the time but clump on top of each other and stick to you like gum to become the story of what’s been. And then there were the words given new meaning by the situation at hand – my friend was going away. And, boy, did Stevie Nicks know it. So we stood there and shared the song while our friends and ‘lovers’ and exes (some one, some the same) picked the blue castello from the salad and talked the pros and cons of Julia Gillard. “So I try to say goodbye my friend/ I’d like to leave you with something warm/ But never have I been a blue calm sea/ I have always been a storm.” breakdown@drummedia.com.au


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100 watt head and matching 4/12 angled quadbox.2 fully seperate channels with reverb/crunch/mean/filth.effects send/ return.all footswithable.very versatile. Australian designed quality.MINT CONDITION.$850 ono. iFlogID: 5831

Awesome Yamaha 4 string bass, Ideal intermediate quality bass. Great neck and big sound. Available in 4 colours Black, Red, Natural or Silver. 5 year warranty RRP $499 SUPER SALE $333 Limited Stock LOGANS MUSIC BURWOOD 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au AUTHORISED YAMAHA DEALER iFlogID: 5338

of Pub Rock, yet there is no mistaking its contemporary relevance. Don’t be fooled by the hooks of “You’re So Easy”, or the appeal of “Breathe Easy”, ‘cause you can sense something more just below the surface. Second Nation’s new EP, Delinquent, is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic and Rhapsody. For those wanting the physical copy, go to Big Cartel or CD Baby. Also, watch out for the video of “You’re So Easy”, currently in post-production. The band are set to tour in support of the new release, with shows planned for mid-August. For further information contact: 2ndnation@gmail.com www.myspace.com/secondnation iFlogID: 5889

MARSHALL JCM 900 COMBO

CONTRIBUTORS WANTED TheHeadChimp.com is looking for writers, artists, advertisers and photographers to be part of our newest initiative, The Head Chimp Magazine. Our site is growing extremely fast and we are looking to implement the Mag very soon. If you feel like becoming part of our awesome team, drop us an email: info@theheadchimp. com. iFlogID: 5975

PROMOTER PROMOTERS WANTED Stylish & up-market Martin Place Venue with 290 capacity seeks professional & reliable promoters to run fortnightly or weekly events on either Friday or Saturday Nights. Run your nights between hours of 9pm to 2-4 am. If interested CALL (don’t text message) Denise on 0410 044 128 (not between 12-2pm or 5-9pm- Tues to Fri) iFlogID: 5643

The Directory is a sourcebook for all the contacts in the Australian music market. There are over 5,000 listed companies & individuals in 70 sections covering all business sectors from Artists cross referenced by Booking Agents, Managers & Record Labels, Promoters, Music Media, Venues, Lawyers, Publishers & much more! We have 3 versions of the Directory available in Print $55 (GST & Postage included)--6 Month Online Subscription $40--iPhone App $19.95 (from Apple iTunes Store). To purchase your print or online version go to www.immedia.com.au/amid or call the IMMEDIA! Office (02) 9557 7766 iFlogID: 5078

ACOUSTIC GUITAR HARD CASE

GIBSON SG SPECIAL GUITAR

TWO NEW DW ECO X DESSERT SAND FINISH TOMS. ALL BRAND NEW IN THE BOX,NEVER BEEN USED. SIZES: 7x8 and 14x16-$1500(FOR BOTH). LOCATED IN BONDI JUNCTION. CONTACT APPLE:0406405667. iFlogID: 4902

NEW DRIVERACK PX WITH DBX MIC

FENDER FRONTMAN 65R

HARDER STYLES PROMOTERS WANTED Are you passionate about Hardstyle, hard trance or hardcore? Then we need YOU! Hsu Sydneys biggest monthly hard dance club night is looking for dedicated promoters. Great pay & kick backs. Email interests of expression to hsupromo@ gmail.com iFlogID: 5656

SELF-EMPLOYMENT

Awesome solid state amp. 65 watts with a 12 inch speaker, 2 selectable channels(clean and overdrive) and Effects Loop CRAZY PRICE $351 Hurry, limited stock. Logans Music Burwood 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5266

FOUR GUITAR AMPS Suit practise use, various wattage. Good sound and volume. Guaranteed money back. $85 each. David, Ryde 98883074 iFlogID: 5718

MARSHALL JCM900 VALVE COMBO

Excellent condition Marshall Vintage Modern 100W Head VM2466 and two Marshall Vintage Modern 4 x 12 Cab, that separates with roadcases made by Transitpak in Thomastown, Melbourne, which is one of the leading custom road case manufactures in the world. Constructed of lightweight high strength 8mm laminated plywood with aluminium extrusions, quality butterfly catches and castor wheels. Roadcases only for head and top amp, bottom amp has no road case. $4000 Negotiable. Contact Rob - 0430 203 859. iFlogID: 5925

Gibson SG. Made in USA. Brand new with Warranty. Polished Ebony including bag. Limited Stock RRP $1999 HOT PRICE $1192 Logans Music BURWOOD 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au AUTHORISED GIBSON DEALER iFlogID: 5292

MARTIN USA GUITARS

12-24 MONTHS INTEREST FREE, NO INTEREST EVER, TAKE HOME YOUR GUITAR,AMP,P.A,KEYBOARD,ETC TODAY... CALL US FOR MORE DETAILS 07 54743033 MUSIC @ NOOSA iFlogID: 4563 BRAND NEW DRIVERACK PX WITH WHIRLWIND CABLE AND DBX MEASUREMENT MIC 110VOLTS,ALL BRAND NEW IN BOX,NEVER BEEN USED.LOCATED IN BONDI JUNCTION. TWO AVAILABLE FOR $550.00. CONTACT APPLE:0406405667. iFlogID: 4904

IBANEZ RG SERIES AND HARDCASE

Better exchange rate means better Martin prices! Logans are making a move on Martin guitars. Prices have been slashed on the guitar many consider to be the finest acoustics ever made. For details check out: www.loganspianos.com.au or call (02)9744 2400 Logans Music Burwood Authorised Martin dealer iFlogID: 5294

COLE CLARK FL1AC GUITAR

This guitar is virtually new and unplayed comes with hardcase and strap. going for $400. contact me via email indie_hindley@ hotmail.com or call me 0406296033. iFlogID: 5224

CD / DVD

AMPS

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PEARL EXR CYMBALS RACK STANDS

100w valve, High Gain Dual Reverb with footswitch. Great tone, rarely used, excellent condition. Selling as moving o/s. One owner only, was bought brand new. $1500 ono. Call Michael 0402 859 129 (Northern Beaches) iFlogID: 5885

FOR SALE

Super cool guitar with the feel to match. Set neck in the Natural Korina finish, this guitar is ready to rock. Package includes Hard Case. BRAND NEW $699 Logans Music 97442400 www.loganspianos. com.au iFlogID: 5280

SECONDHAND 1960 RI LES PAUL GOLDTOP IN EXCELLENT CONDITION W/CASE ONLY $3395 CALL US 07 54743033 MUSIC@NOOSA iFlogID: 4384

CASES

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World renowned Rocking Horse Studio Byron Bay Hinterland Call Greg Price Elders Bangalow 0412 871 500 iFlogID: 5843

For sale is a British made A class tube amp for dirt cheap! It is an Ashdown Peacemaker 20 watt combo which I bought a few years back for $2000. It has a beautiful vox like clean sound, great for blues jazz. The overdrive is great for that vintage blues rock tone. reason why I’m selling it so cheap is that it needs a service. Fuse needs repairing, reverb unit needs replacing. The cost of repair with the sale price is negligible compared to the value for money you are receiving with this amp! Check out more here... http://www.flickr. com/photos/scooterjohn/349150246/ iFlogID: 5915

Maton M225 Solid Sitka Spruce soundboard Queensland Maple Back, sides & neck Rosewood with dot inlays fingerboard Australian Made Original Elixir strings Natural Finish $750 *pick up in Sydney area iFlogID: 3645

BUSINESSES

Whether your at home or on the road, protect your guitar with this great hard case RRP $119 DRUM MEDIA SPECIAL $57 Mention this ad to get this awesome deal. Logans Music Burwood 9744 2400 www. loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5284

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ACOUSTIC GUITAR MATON M225

TWO NEW DW ECO X TOMS

MARSHALL VS100 VALVESTATE AMP.

English made reliability. 100watts in 2 fully seperate channels with reverb/chorus/ lead boost. all footswitchable. very grunty. great fat sound! PERFECT CONDITION! $400.00 Ph Jimbo on 0428744963 iFlogID: 5833

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A CLASS TUBE AMP $250!!!

LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

Thumping rhythm section seeks guitarist for choppy hard-groove and mainly instrumental rock band. Looking to do some recording and shows but low pressure and not a ‘make it’ band. Have songs but open to co-writing if able. Prefer someone closer to south sydney and inner west but not essential. 0415337720 iFlogID: 5891

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We are seeking talented, bright and reliable MCs to host Trivia/karaoke shows in pubs, corporate or private functions. The work is fun, fast paced and pays very well. No experience needed but must have a willingness to learn and a personality that can move a crowd to their feet and keep them motivated all night. Some heavy lifting involved and an applicant with car/ license is very desirable To apply, please send your resume with specified availability to Jason Dean, Operations Manager jason@ev-ent.com iFlogID: 5769

Ajay’s Rehearsal Studio in Canterbury Super Cheap Rehearsal Studio Available to hire or to share in Big Warehouse in Canterbury. $ 10 per hour , min booking 3 hrs or $50 per day . Bands, Trio’s, Duo’s or Soloist or Music Teachers all are welcome. vVery powerful P.A. System vBig and Huge Soundproof Room vPlenty of Car parking vVery Easy Access vOnly 2 Minutes Walk From Canterbury Station vNear the park and cooks River, beautiful and suitable place for Creating new ideas and lyrics and new music or what ever it is that you do. To find out more please Call Ajay Goldsmith On 0409 334 240 or you can email me with the questions on bluesyaj@ yahoo.com.au iFlogID: 5761

100 watt amp for sale. Was $1100 a month ago, now going for $850 ono. Very good condition with new valves. Rarely played in years. Must sell. Call Craig on 0448 838 055 iFlogID: 5765

STOP HOWLIN AT THE MOON

READY TO TO START?

AGENCY SUPPORT WANTED, The Shelley Turner Band require a booking agent. Please visit myspace.com/shelleyturnerband Have averaged 2 jobs per month over last year contact Shelley 043 279 0076 iFlogID: 5600

CHEAPEST REHEARSAL STUDIO IN SYDNEY, CANTERBURY

Would you like to be able to offer everyone you know and everyone they know and so on, the BEST PRICES GUARANTEED in the world for all their new brand name shopping? Well take a look at this. This is most certainly a lifetime opportunity to launch ongoing income well into the future. www. hotglobalbusiness.com/fortunate iFlogID: 2992

“COLOURS” EP OUT JUNE 1ST

ARIA FA65 HOLLOWBODY GUITAR Pearl EXR (2005 model) drum kit with the following: - 14” snare - 8” tom - 10” tom - 12” tom - 13” tom - 16” floor tom - 22” bass - double kick pedal - single kick pedal - Pearl drum rack - numerous clamps for additional drums and/ or cymbals - brand new skins for all 5 toms - Drum City cymbal bag (leather) clamp arm - 3x boom cymbal stands - 2x straight cymbal stands - stool - additional tom arms Cymbals: - Zildjian A Custom 14” hi-hats - 10” splash - 17” crash - 18” crash - 16” fast crash - Zildjian A - 21” sweet ride All in perfect condition, reluctant sale. Call Kieran on 0410691616. Pickup from Sydney. iFlogID: 5091

SABIAN CYMBALS

“Colours” is the new 5 track EP from Melbourne Alternative Folk-Rock musician Joe Forrester. Described as: “5 songs written on a mini guitar, recorded in a tiny room, conceived in a very short space of time after a lovely little trip to visit the fam in N.Z. ...A package of badly drawn childlike artwork, warm acoustic guitars and nostalgic strings; a classic sound, reminiscent of early rock records of the 50’s-60’s and a pinch of fat electronic synths. Songs about love, loss, wonder and French-English translation.” Available June 1st through http://www.myspace. com/joeforrester iFlogID: 4675

SECOND NATION DELINQUENT E.P SECOND NATION - delinquent E.P. AVAILABLE NOW for $4.99 at www.myspace. com/secondnation iFlogID: 5112

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Sabian 20” AA Rock ride, Sabian 17” med thin crash, Sabian 14” AA Regular hihats all with Ragone case. As new, $700, ph 0419760940 iFlogID: 5821

All solid Australian made guitar with dual pickup system. Different timber options available. Package includes FL1AC guitar, Hard case and leather strap Package price $1299. Logans Music Burwood 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au AUTHORISED COLE CLARK DEALER iFlogID: 5318

OVATION USA ELITE LX GUITAR The Aria FA65 is just the ticket for everything rockabilly to Jazz. Awesome package includes Hard case and Ernie Ball 20’ Cable RRP $1167, now 50% off- $583. BARGAIN! Logans Music BURWOOD 97442400 www.loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5274

MARTIN D28 Made In USA with LX super shallow bowl. Beautiful plug in acoustic sound. Includes hard case. 1 only. Super Special $1499 Logans Music BURWOOD 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5322

YAMAHA GIGMAKER DRUM KIT

HALF YEARLY CLEARANCE

Brand New Yamaha Gigmaker 5 piece drum kit. Includes double braced hardware and bonus Paiste Cymbal Pack(RRP $239). Black finish. SPECIAL $899 1 only at this price. Logans Music 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5977

The Rolls Royce of Acoustic guitars. Handmade in the USA. Solid Spruce top with Solid Rosewood Back and sides. Unbeatable tone. Includes Martin hardcase and factory warranty. RRP $4395 SALE PRICE $2988 Logans Music Burwood 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5276

FENDER USA STANDARD STRAT

We are a week into our month long Half Yearly Clearance. Up to 50% off. Big brands, big savings. Gibson, Epiphone, Musicman, Cole Clark, Boss, Peavey, Takamine & many more. Village Guitar. 35 Penshurst Street, Penshurst. 9580 9284. Monday to Saturday. iFlogID: 5444

GUITARS FENDER GIBSON MARTIN Vintage and USA guitars. Buy, Sell and Trade. mattsvintageguitars.com 02-95180150 iFlogID: 5483

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NEW SEAGULL ACOUST/ ELECT

MESA BOOGIE TRIPLE RETIFIER Rare original 2 channel Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier head. Better sounding than the newer 3 channel one. It is in superb condition. Comes with footswitch. $3200 email anthonydotnet@gmail.com iFlogID: 5996

BASS YAMAHA RBX270 BASS GUITAR

“They’ve really stripped back their sound to a garage/punk feel, raw without frills and great songwriting” David Harrison Xpress Magazine The raw, no-nonsense sound of the band gives Second Nation’s Delinquent release a timeless quality: it could have been recorded in the heyday

Online cymbal store and community forum. We offer hand hammered Turkish cymbals at the best prices. Please feel free to join the community forums at www. cymbalvault.com.au/forum/ iFlogID: 6045

Fender USA Standard Stratocaster. Made in USA. New model Vintage Modified Strat Bridge. Includes SKB Hard case, Strap and lead. RRP $2299 SALE PRICE $1539 Logans Music Burwood 9744 2400 www. loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5278

BRAND NEW SEAGULL ENTOURAGE RUSTIC BURST ACOUSTIC IN BOX Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar Back & Sides : Wild Cherry Neck : Silver Leaf Maple

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with the Seagull Slim 1.72” nut width. Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood Tusq® nut and compensated saddle Finish : Rustic Burst Custom Polished Finish Electronics : Godin Quantum I PICKUP RRP $ 949.00 SELL $700.00 SHIPPING $30.00 Phone: 02 49597421 iFlogID: 5518

tor. EXCELLENT CONDITION! $2500.00 Ph Jimbo on 0428744963. iFlogID: 5835

now. Chris 0419 272 196 http://infovisionproductions.yayabings.com.au iFlogID: 5076

ROSS PC110 POWERED MIXER

stay current with Aussie and overseas breaking stories. Velvet Rope is brought to you via Door Bitch and is a weekly news column that keeps you up to date on the happenings of the music biz. From job opps, news, events & a bit of back room gossip, Door Bitch has it covered. It’s out every Friday at noon. Check out the new news at www.TheMusic.com.au iFlogID: 5089

PA SYSTEMS, LIGHTS , STAGES

SELLING EPIPHONE LESPAUL

MATON MS 2000DLX CHEAP!!!

For sale is a mint condition, Maton Mastersound Deluxe electric guitar for $1000 off the recommended retail price!!!! I bought this guitar four years ago. It has a beautiful sound, is extremely versatile (especially with the coil taps on both the bridge and neck pick ups). The reason for selling is that I don’t play electric guitar anymore (have taken up the oud), and this beautiful instrument just sits at home unplayed. Sale price $1700 o.n.o. Contact me at brent.keogh@students.mq.edu.au Specs as below: Maton Mastersound Deluxe Tone Cap: Blackwood or Rock Maple Binding: White Neck: Set Rock Maple F/Board: Rosewood F/Board Radius: 12 inches Fret Markers: M.O.P. Blocks Scale: 25.5 Fret Wire: Jim Dunlop 6130 Bridge: Chrome Tailpeice & Bridge Finish: Gloss Machines: Chrome Grover Bridge Pick Up: MVB2 (Coil Tapped) Magnets - Alnico 8 1000G Coils - 2x8.5k Neck Pick Up: MHN2 (Coil Tapped) Magnets - Alnico 5 950G Coils - 2x8.5k Controls: 2 Volumes 2 Tones (2 Coil Tapped) 3 Way rotary selector switch Colours: Sunburst iFlogID: 5555

HUGE GUITAR CLEARANCE

Selling a Epiphone les paul 100 Starburst. Good Condition 400$. Hardly been Used. More Info Email Me. wtf_juice@hotmail. com iFlogID: 5877

RARE PAINTED 7STRING IBANEZ AX

HUGE FENDER NEW AND USED SALE

100watt rms. 4 channell with EQ/REVERB. stereo CD input. CUBE STYLE. Very good condition. $300.00 Ph Jimbo on 0428744963. iFlogID: 5837

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ON LINE BOOKING AGENCY

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Using; P Audio, B & C, JBL and E.V. Top quality drivers in all our custom built bins. Top boxes, mids, subs, wedges to spec. This online pic is our new folded horn with one 18inch challenger, putting out 137db – 140+ when coupled. Call us for a free quote. 0414355763 iFlogID: 3096

Rare 7string Ibanez AX7221, 22 fret, on the back it’s signed by JOE SATRIANI, equipped w/Seymour Duncan Invader pickup (w/volume & tone control) & DiMarzio clip-lock strap. Heavy tone & huge sustain. Features hand-painted (by owner) biomechanical landscape in the style of H.R.Giger.. AU$2500..Price INCLUDES new black guitar hard case & postage if required.. Call for more info, I custompaint any guitar.. Michael - 0417184213. iFlogID: 5921

Parker PM24V w/Piezo Bridge. Set-in neck and flame maple top, Ebony fretboard, Double humbucker w/push pull coil tap switch on each tone pots. Great feature on this price range. Included gig bag. Brand new condition. Any inquires please SMS first. iFlogID: 6034

ADULTS ONLY LESSONS!

Shop online 24/7 at www.tsp.net.au for Australia’s biggest and best range of official licensed band merchandise. Hundreds of bands, thousands of products! AC/DC, Blink 182, David Bowie, Dead Kennedys, Escape The Fate, Iron Maiden, Jimi Hendrix, Joy Division, Megadeth, Metallica, MGMT, Minor Threat, Misfits, Nirvana, Opeth, Parkway Drive, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Ramones, Slayer, Sonic Youth, Tool, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more! T-shirts, fleecy hoodies, caps, beanies, bags and loads of other cool stuff. Shop now at www. tsp.net.au. iFlogID: 4737

YAMAHA YAS62 ALTO SAXOPHONE

RARE PAINTED 7STRING IBANEZ AX

May Madness sale only $349 Power adapter an extra $29 Call 02 9520 3044 or email shop@engadinemusic.com iFlogID: 4414

YAMAHA NP30 DIGITIAL PIANO

HUGE ACCORDION SALE

lessons in all instruments in comfortable commercial premises. Group or individual one-on-one. Kogarah & Beverly Hills ph:1300 787 697 www.jumbonote. com.au iFlogID: 3623

PA AND RYTHM SECTION HIRE

just bought all brand new pa system and band instruments,looking for fixed installation for bars and pubs,will give a special price depending on the length of contract,these are all proffessional equipments,jbl speakers,dw drums,roland vdrums,hartke and marshall amps,dbx,soundcraft mixer and akg mics.just name your price and make your offer,and if its fair,i’ll accept it.with p.a. operator,located in bondi junction.my number is 0406405667.ACCEPTS ONLY FIXED INSTALLATION IN SYDNEY,OR PERMANENT GIGS IN BONDI JUNCTION.LOOK FOR APPLE. iFlogID: 4525

Logans has one of the largest ranges of stringed instruments in Sydney. Over 180 violins, violas, cellos instock. Offering professional setups on all instruments, repairs and bow rehairs. Come in and see our range of new and used instruments. LOGANS MUSIC BURWOOD 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5328

Piano accordions now on sale at Logans! Come in select from our large range of piano accordions. All sizes available Mention this ad to Receive 20% off RRP. Logans Pianos 9744 2400 www.loganspianos.com.au iFlogID: 5264

MIXERS DIGIDESIGN C|24 BARGAIN!

Promoting a CD? Want to let fans know about your gigs? Take your band to the next level with our competitive rates for your marketing and publicity needs. We strive to bring our artists to as wide an audience as possible conducting a broad media campaign which encompasses national print media and online promotion and an artist administration area allowing access to realtime 24/7 campaign results. We can also look after your paid advertising, sourcing some of the most competitive pricing. Contact 0402257148 or www.aaaentertainment.com.au iFlogID: 5801

LEGAL / ACCOUNTING

Feros Group and in4mal entertainment are hosting 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 0413 735773 openmic1@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5116

Custom bass drum heads ensure your bands name gets remembered after the gig. The sickest, best quality custom bass drum heads, banners, backdrops, stickers, and full drum wraps! www.kustombassdrumgraphics.com.au sales@kustombassdrumgraphics.com.au iFlogID: 2883

WANT TO PERFORM OR TOUR? Do you want to perform or tour? Need help sourcing $ for? There are government grants closing soon. For help contact: speakeasywordsandmusic@gmail.com or 0439 620 526. Professional, down to earth, affordable grant writing and music/ tour booking iFlogID: 3637

SYDNEY INDIE FORUMS!!! SEX SAX TAX. WHICH ONE SUX? If you said TAX, then maybe you need to call me! Accounting & Tax Services for the Entertainment & Arts Industries. Great rates, fully qualified registered Tax Agent. Dave Elliott 0434 979 269 or detax@ optusnet.com.au iFlogID: 5988

Calling all Sydney musos! Come and hang at www.sydneyindie.com, Sydney’s very own indie artist chat space. Promote your music, network with other musicians, and talk shop 24/7. Don’t be a douche, just head on over! iFlogID: 4199

COOL PERTH NIGHTS

MASTERING

CD Duplication for no minimum copies and quick turnaround. CD Replication for runs over 500. Cost effective and high quality. Several packaging options. Delivered to your door - see our website for more details: www.musicdesignsolutions. com.au Or email us for a quote: info@ musicdesignsolutions.com.au iFlogID: 5722

EP RELEASE RAPPERS / MC’S / HIP HOPPERS

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PA EQUIPMENT HEADROOM SOUND Using; P Audio, B & C, JBL and E.V. Top quality drivers in all our custom built bins. Top boxes, mids, subs, wedges to spec. This online pic is our new folded horn with one 18inch challenger, putting out 137db – 140+ when coupled. Call us for a free quote. 0414355763 iFlogID: 3098

Trust your next mastering project with Paul who’s been working with major international artists for over 25 years.. you’ll probably find his name on CDs you own.....For a limited time song transfers through the ATR100 - the worlds finest 1/2” tape machine - is absolutely FREE!! (Worth up to $100 a song)...So for only $88 per song you can get the results you want at the price you can afford..-..-Post - Upload, or call in......For further details visit --- www.gomersall.com --- Call Paul 0407 488 697 iFlogID: 2857

MATTHEW GRAY MASTERING - $99 Stately Manor Productions – Sydney’s newest Hip-Hop Production House are offering MC’s, Rappers and Hip Hop Artists recording, custom beats, songwriting, production, mixing and mastering to release quality at affordable prices. www. statelymanor.com.au for details. iFlogID: 4510

A rockin’ salute from the Team at Clk Click Publicity! Clk Click Publicity is a music and entertainment publicity company that specialises in providing excellent quality management, marketing and PR services in order to promote music, film, arts and events in Australia. We have an introductory offer that will blow your mind, and keep your pockets full! For a limited time Clk Click Publicity can whip you up a professional Bio and Press Release for only $100. We can also organise band photos and logo creation for a very reasonable price. If you’re interested in finding out about our full range of publicity services, we’d love the opportunity to have a chat with you and put together a proposal for your next release, event or tour. For further information please shoot us an email at info@clkclickpublicity.com or visit our website at www.clkclickpublicity.com We look forward to working with you! iFlogID: 5312

WE LICENSE YOUR MUSIC!

Cool Perth Nights weekly mailout features all the coolest live music, theatre, indie film screenings and art exhibition happenings in and around Perth Western Australia. Sign up via www.coolperthnights.com and receive this clean presented and very fun info each Wednesday lunchtime WST. iFlogID: 4351

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Do you live to play? Whether you’ve just bought a new guitar or an old favourite is feeling a little faded, we’ll bring the best out of it! Rockin’ Repairs is based in Point Piper in Sydney, Australia and offers restrings, setups, upgrades and repairs for all guitars and basses; no matter what you play or how you play it, we’ve got the tools and techniques to breathe life back into even the most mistreated guitar. We treat every instrument individually; time, care and love is taken with each job to get the best from your guitar. We work hard to give you the feel and the sound you want. 0405 253 417 tara@rockinrepairs.com www.rockinrepairs.com iFlogID: 5992

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Play songs on guitar instantly. $49.99 postage inc. kit of 4 x interfaces + tutorial CD. Special deals for the first 100 buyers. The guitar is an easy instrument to play but it is an extremely difficult instrument to learn. Getting past the initial stumbling clanging strumming period of learning guitar can take a number of years and its made all the more difficult by the blank fret board. InteGuitar solves this problem by giving the fret board a temporary movable visual interface of rudimentary OPEN and BAR Chords in the form of a silicon strap. If you can see how the chords are played these basic functions can be over come in much shorter time and be less frustrating. Because the interfaces can be repositioned along part of the neck Bar Chords be displayed. It takes a few attempts to get used to setting up an interface eventually taking 1 to 5 minutes to complete. Silicon Interfaces stretch to fit on all steel string acoustic and electric guitars. Fatter necks like classical guitars are a little harder to fit. Call us now on 0405 044 513 iFlogID: 2716

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I’m a professional Music Producer and Sound Mixer who has worked with internationally renowned artist such as Seal and De La Soul, and I’m offering private tuition in Mixing and Production. Bring your own session (Logic or Protools) or use one of mine, and I will show the tricks that they do not teach you at school, I work from my home setup (Surry Hills) only, $65 per hour. http://www.steevebody.com iFlogID: 4776

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Individually tailored music tuition from UNSW/ Sydney Conservatorium trained and accredited professional musician. Half lesson learning theory and technique, half playing the music of the student’s choice. Learn with direction with 3 stage core program enabling improvisation and composition. Dedicated, patient teacher who listens to student’s needs. Also available voice, keyboard, songwriting, arranging, and music technology. All styles offered to all ages from around 12 and over. Studio situated in Surry Hills. Contact Christian Laki on (02) 9280-3443, email christianlaki@musicteachers.com.au or visit www. christianlaki.com iFlogID: 5213

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With experienced and fully qualified tutor. Who has 20 years of studio and live performance. Learn to play your favourite songs, theory, proper technique, etc. etc. Beginners to advanced are welcome. Lessons conducted in the convenience of your own home. Good results guaranteed. Phone Oles on 0407413143 or email oa@ olesart.com iFlogID: 5943

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Drum Tuition in Stanmore with a Billy Hyde Trained Teacher. (Dip Drums. Dip Ed). All ages and all styles. Beginners Welcome. Call Lee: 0403307796 iFlogID: 4210

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SESSION BASS PLAYER AVAILABLE Session Bass Player Andrew Challoner is available for any recording projects from a full album in a professional studio to a single track in a home studio. Andrew is experienced in recording, has great time/feel, quality gear, and knows how to groove. He has knowledege in any style

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Learn to play from some of Australia’s best guitar teachers. G4 GUITAR is a network of over 100 teachers across Australia using the latest learning techniques to ensure students the absolute best tuition available. Backed by the G4 GUITAR METHOD our teachers have the reputation to take you from beginner to pro. Please visit our website to find your closest teacher and grab a free download. www.g4guitar.com. au or Phone 0405-274456 iFlogID: 2633 Try Krank Studios in Kogarah. Our new rooms have air-con, flat load, good PAs and snacks! Its where all the cool cats rehearse. 9587 0180 ben@krankstudios. com.au iFlogID: 5549

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Learn Blues Harmonica all styles from Ragtime, Country Blues , Chicago Blues styles. Private lessons in Sydney with Blue tongue & Workshops across Australia with Bluetongue, Ian Collard & Doc Span. webhttp://www.bluetongueharmonica.com.au p-02 80037132 m-0412 668575 iFlogID: 3683

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From a working musician. Most electric & some acoustic styles. E-mail me at revjdlove@pacific.net.au iFlogID: 4765

TRANSPORT

Man with a van available for gigging, setting up and break down of events, or just moving furniture. Experienced staging and A/V Rigger. Reliable and careful, I am available 24/7 just call ahead for bookings. $50 per hour No hidden cost Comes with a Ford transit! Call Andrew 0416 043 934 iFlogID: 5742

and most importantly, have fun! Music is a fulfilling pastime for a great many people. If you enjoy music get in and be a part of it. Seize the day! Beginners to intermediate of all ages welcome. I have experience in both song writing and performance aspects of music. Whether you just want to strum or sing along in your room or you’d prefer to start your own band and take over the world. Together, we should be able to get you well on your way. Just add enthusiasm!$50 per 45min Individual and 1h small group sessions available. Call Zach on 0424 047 183 zachdevans@ gmail.com iFlogID: 4872

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Guitar tuition now available in Kogarah. We specialise in rock so if you want to learn to shread like slash or just learn some all time classics give us a call. 95870180 ben@krankstudios.com.au iFlogID: 5553

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Taught at AIM, GIT USA and London, Munich University, Sydney Conservatorium. Played with Joe Pass, Robin Ford, Mike Stern, John Schofield. All styles taught beginners to professionals. Lewisham. 0416 738 397. www.jazz-planet.

Professional Bass Player Andrew Challoner is available for gigs; covers or originals, casual or permanent. Great groove/ feel, quality gear, experienced in any style, large repertoire, reasonable rates and a good attitude! Also available for recording and tuition. 0410-625-981 www. andrewchalloner.com, www.myspace. com/andrewchalloner iFlogID: N/A

BASS PLAYER AVAILABLE Experienced professional electric and double bassist available for gigs, recording, touring, lessons. All styles. Specializing in jazz and world music. Good reader. Good gear. Call 0423 160 448 iFlogID: 4998

BASS PLAYER AVAILABLE Mature age, excellent gear, huge repertoire, specializing in 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Only working bands need apply 0403357019 iFlogID: 5063

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DOUBLE BASS PLAYER Double Bass Player / Bass Guitarist available for working situation. Mature Age and very experienced in most types of music. 97590970 iFlogID: 5065

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I’m a 22 year old guitar player looking for gigs with cover bands or originals. I can play a lot of different styles and I wanna play on stage as soon as posible. I can also do recordings. Send an e-mail to nikki.rausch@hotmail.com or call me: Nikki- 0404963050 iFlogID: 5201

in these choirs. We do several performances each year. Contact Gary on 0414 869 352. iFlogID: 5724

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GUITARIST LOOKING TO FORM BAND

I’m an experienced bass player, just moved to sydney from Melb. Looking for a gigging band doing rock, pop, alt, indie et. Covers are fine if you have gigs going, PLENTY of originals and covers experience. Great gear/transport (1998 Tarago) and vocal ability. Good look, no ego :) Looking for a band that’s organised and plays live. email: fuzzlemix@me.com mob: 0438 387 939 iFlogID: 5568

AUSTRALIAN FOLK & PUNK SINGER Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist looking to join or form band playing Australian & Celtic music Influences: Redgum, Warumpi Band, Goanna, Dubliners, Pogues, Roaring Jack, Planxty, The Fureys, Paul Kelly, Dropkick Murphys Call or email Matthew 0400467043 or irishtrad@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5582

GUITARIST AVAILABLE! Guitarist wants to jam/form hard rock band with like-minded drummer, lead guitarist & bass player. No extreme metal stuff. Influences include: Motorhead, GnR, Slash’s Snakepit, early KISS, Thin Lizzy etc Ideally aged between 28 - 40. I’m based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Call Jason 0431-836-604. iFlogID: 5716

I’m an 18yr old Alternative/hard rock/Punk guitarist looking for musicians (preferably 18+) to start a band with that plays originals and a few covers. I live in the northern beaches area and have been playing for approx 7 years. My influences are very broad and varied ranging from Nine Inch Nails to the Sex Pistols to Fleetwood Mac to Johnny Cash so don’t hesitate to call. Looking for dedicated members to form a band with lots of energy in live situations and a very unique sound. Contact Ben: 0448221479 or want to know more: Kingy_21@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5254

LEAD GUITARIST AVAILABLE Lead guitarist looking to jam/form a heavy metal band, preferably on the central coast but willing to travel. Influences: Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron maiden - Blake 0403138542 iFlogID: 6021

KEYBOARD AVAILABLE FOR GIGS Professional piano/keyboard player / singer available for gigs, jazz, classical, contemporary music, only serious working offers no projects please. iFlogID: 6023

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ROCK/HEAVY METAL SINGER Singer looking to form or join hard rock/ heavy metal band. I have stage experience & looking for something that is versatile & challenging. My influences range from Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Ozzy, Motley Crue, etc... I live in St.Marys, willing to travel if I find the right band or people to form the band. If interested please give me a call on 9673123 ask for Chris, or email me at arcarnum@tpg.com.au iFlogID: 6056

ROCK/METAL SINGER AVAIALBLE Singer looking to form or join hard rock/ heavy metal band. I have stage experience & looking for something that is versatile & challenging. My influences range from Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Ozzy, Motley Crue, etc... I live in St.Marys, willing to travel if I find the right band or people to form the band. If interested please give me a call on 96731232 ask for Chris, or email me at arcarnum@tpg.com.au iFlogID: 6060

Bass player wanted. Shitting stick figures encouraged to apply. The music is influenced by Folk and Viking Metal bands like Fintroll, Thyrfing, Enslaved etc, cheesy shit like Bal Sagoth and some death and grindcore as well as Frank Zappa, Bela Bartok and some jazz. Your influences can be completely different, we don’t really give a shit. Call or message 0405 911 748 iFlogID: 5533

GREEN BEAVER NEED BASS. Bass player wanted for totally original Blues/Rock band. Must have good gear and transport and a sick sense of humour. iFlogID: 5537

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DRUMER AVALIABLE Experienced saxophonist is looking for bands and studio sessions. Jazz, funky, afro, reggae, latin, rock, folk. If interested contact me at 0410041979. Cheers. Lorenzo iFlogID: 2848

Proffesional guitar, bass, drum, keys and vocal teachers wanted for music studio in Kogarah. New studios with air-con, sound proofing etc. We can do all the back office work for you or lease you a space. Important: Must rock and have good attitude! email: ben@krankstudios.com.au 95870180 iFlogID: 5547

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for gigs,tours,sessions etc. Good equipment, professional attitude.Many years pro experience working with well known artists. Please check out my website, www.mikehague.com Ph 0419760940 iFlogID: 5819

DRUMMER AVAILABLE! Drummer is seeking recording experience as a session musician. This service will be free. Bachelor of Music completed. Been playing drums for over 10 years. Drumming style: rock/funk. My influences are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink 182, Toto etc. No Jazz or Metal. My services would suit University students, audio engineering students and professional musicians. Have own professional gear and transport. Based in Cambridge Park N.S.W. Phone Will: 0413 772 911 iFlogID: 5869

Stone Cry (band) with management and road crew seek competent bass player with gear and transport to tour country. Original rock band. Influences U2, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers etc. Song from album, Love or War can be listened to at http://www.stonecry.au.com Contact via email: manuellyledayes@gmail.com iFlogID: 4264

WANNA BE IN MNY BAND??! Professional Trombone player available for gigs, session and tours. Jazz, Funk, Latin, Pop, Rock and Classical. Can sight read, improvise and write parts. Contact Brendan 0409833827. iFlogID: 4099

ORIGINAL SIN INXS SHOW

VOCALIST WANTED Professional band with clubwork and agent, looking for charismatic male vocalist.Ideal influences would be 80’s 90’s pop/soul.Must be true showperson. Age: 35 - 50years of age. For details call Cora on 0418 122 370. iFlogID: 4994

BASS PLAYER FOR 60S POP GROUP

GUITARIST PRO GUITARIST AVAILABLE Available for your recording, fill-in gig or band. Highly versatile - jazz, blues, solo fingerstyle, slide, rock, country. Varied influences from Tommy Emmanuel to SRV to Satch, top quality gear and guitars, able to deliver a wide variety of sounds to suit your project. Call Scott 0400 391 400 www.reverbnation.com/scottyburford iFlogID: 4375

The ultimate tribute to one of Australia’s most popular & successful bands, INXS! www.inxsshow.com For bookings contact Glenn - info@inxsshow.com iFlogID: 4755

SAXOPHONIST AVAILABLE

ELECTRIC BLUES GUITARIST 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. iFlogID: 4481

GUITARIST TO FORM/JOIN BAND i am looking to form a serious band, influences include Stone Roses, The Smiths, Beatles, Kinks, Suede. Preferably looking for vocalist to collaborate with, then add bass and drums later. songs ready, looking to be gigging asap. own transport preferable. email - thevilliers@hotmail.com iFlogID: 4990

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 iFlogID: 4974

SINGER LOOKING FOR LIFE TIME BAND genuine music man searching life time members. iFlogID: 2424

GUITARRIST WANTS TO PLAY GIGS I’m a 22 year old guitar player looking for gigs with cover bands or originals. I can play a lot of different styles and I wanna play on stage as soon as posible. I can also do recordings. Send an e-mail to nikki.rausch@hotmail.com or call me: Nikki- 0404963050 iFlogID: 5199

GUITARRIST WANTS TO PLAY GIGS

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: 4390

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHOIR Two Sydney choirs are taking singers now. Have you wanted to join a choir. We have a couple of great community choirs in the inner west. Wednesdays in Glebe and Thursdays in Waterloo. Come along and check it out. Lots of styles including gospel, pop, jazz and world music. You don’t have be a trained musician to be

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 iFlogID: 5053

BASSIST NEEDED! we are a progressive/alternative rock band looking for a bassist to help complete the band and also have alot of fun aswell. we’ve been looking despratelyfor months so please give me, Hindley (Drums) a call or an email. and the ages between 16 - 23 are prefered. indie_hindley@hotmail.com or 0406296033 iFlogID: 5424

SYDNEY DOOM BAND SEEKS BASSIST Sydney doom band Rituals of the Oak are seeking a bass player. Influences include Candlemass, Pentagram, Solitude Aeturnus, and Warning. Must have own gear etc, rehearsing in Belmore area. Currently waiting to record second album, first album released on Eyes Like Snow label from Germany last year, signed for 2 more albums. Contact Matt on 0418435898. www.myspace.com/ritualsoftheoak iFlogID: 5823

ORIGINALS BAND SEEKS Drummer and Bass Player. Able to play and/or create in odd time signatures. Open to be musically different. Heavy but not metal, sounds like a mix of Rammstein, Manson, Incubus, Wolfmother and Tool. Rehearse in Western Sydney. Call Jarvik7 at 0405584387. iFlogID: 5612

AAA BASS PLAYER WANTED Are you a bass player and are tired of playing cover songs where you cannot truly express yourself? Are you being confined to root notes, and would like to play “lead bass”? Then get in touch with The Clue: we are a Sydney-based band, play mostly original stuff (classic rock, pop and folk), and rehearse every Monday in Ultimo. We are looking for YOU! Good gear a must, vocal harmonies a plus. See you soon! iFlogID: 5638

HUMAN FORGERY SEEKS BASSIST

DRUMMER NEEDED

Bass Player Wanted 25-40yrs for new Sydney based Heavy Rock band, ex Drive to Grace, The Kindergarten Experiment, Overview. Rehearse St George area. Must have own gear and transport. Currently writing and recording and looking to gig Asap. Contact Paul - 0405626821 or Matt - 0400448626. iFlogID: 5857

Drummer needed for established band, infl: Sparta, Wilco, Bright Eyes, Johnny Cash, Crowded House. All the essentials: Good gear, own transport, willing to tour and record. Demo up at www.myspace. com/bayonetsforlegs Contact bayonetsforlegs@live.com iFlogID: 4814

Session Bass Player Wanted! Drummer is forming a fast paced professional original alternative rock band to get signed to a major label. Must be ambitious, self-motivated, committed, reliable and have a lot of drive. No metal! Age: 18-30. Rehearsing at Wetherill Park. Only contact me if you want to get signed to a major label! E-mail: cooleywill2@hotmail.com. iFlogID: 5861

PRO BASSIST NEEDED.ROCK COVERS Im after a professional bassist with BV’s for a rock covers band. $150/gig. dates booked. playing mainly newer hits with the odd classic. good gear and pro attitude a must. Rick 0419 437 794 or email replikatrio@live.com www.replikatrio.com iFlogID: 6000

BASSIST WANTED!!!

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 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

DRUMMER WANTED looking for a drummer, age 13-15, some experience with drum iFlogID: 5067

READY TO GO TO THE TOP?

PROGRESSIVE HEAVY ROCK Experienced bass player wanted for an original, progressive & heavy hard rock band. Must have stage worthy gear, own transport and be a 100% committed. Influences are TOOL and ISIS. For further inquiries, demos, etc contact Brett at bmaperformance@hotmail. com, 0400464983. www.myspace.com/ demo000 iFlogID: 6053

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

DYNAMIC METAL DRUMMER NEEDED!

ROCK/METAL BASSIST REQUIRED Singer looking to form or join hard rock/ heavy metal band. I have stage experience & looking for something that is versatile & challenging. My influences range from Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Ozzy, Motley Crue, etc... I live in St.Marys, willing to travel if I find the right band or people to form the band. If interested please give me a call on 96731232 ask for Chris, or email me at arcarnum@tpg.com.au iFlogID: 6058

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. iFlogID: 4238

Guitarist (has own gear) looking for drummer to jam and start a band with. Open to all styles but some influences are Alice In Chains, Faith No More, Sepultura, Machine Head, Down, Hatebreed, The Haunted, RATM, White Zombie, Slayer etc. Call Jake on 0427064905 iFlogID: 5504

DRUMMER NEEDED Drummer needed to join Sydney based vocal, bass and guitar. Songs written with another drummer, but a new perspective and ideas is welcome. Sound ranges from pulled back ambient sounds to heavy riffs and all in between. 4th member with equal input, own gear, imagination and an ear for what suits the song. Sound has elements of Radiohead, Tool, Split Enz ,Jeff Buckley, FNM. Check http://www.myspace.com/ nrm2010 for sound sample with drum loops. Matt 0405 756 733 iFlogID: 5602

Newly established original band in the Hills district, Sydney are seeking a talented death metal drummer. Must be influenced by bands such as TBDM and JFAC. Professional gear and attitude a must. Own transport is desirable. Call or email Chris on 0414 901 411 or christopher_breedon@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5647

DRUMMER NEEDED! Guitarist and Bassist looking for Drummer to jam, write and form a band with, preferably from the Inner West. Influences are Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Faith No More, Rage Against the Machine, Living Colour, Alice in Chains, The Tea Party, Pantera, Sevendust and many more! Please contact Michael on 0420 371 624 iFlogID: 5654

The Mool King Requires a drummer to fill out their trio of Banana Core! infl. Primus 2 Neil Young 2 Melvins and most in between. www.myspace.com/themoolkingdevice Call Eli - 0431225686 or Greg - 0415652 227 iFlogID: 5809

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DRUMMER WANTED

A1 DRUMMER WANTED! Established Western Sydney based funk/ rock band with a solid set, own rehearsal studio and pro level musicians require a replacement drummer asap! We have a unique yet commercial sound that comprises lead vox/sax, funk/rock guitar and 4-6 string finger/slap bass. If you are inspired by the likes of Reef, Finger Eleven, RHCP, The Killers & INXS and can lay down complex grooves with feel and passion we want you! Pro gear, transport and great attitude essential! For full details Ph Scotty 0408 289 384, Faz 0410 927 176, BJ 0410 454 301 or check out our online iFlog ad for more details. iFlogID: 5740

fungky guitar/bass duo looking for drummer to drive some odd stompy tunes. influences include: fishbone, faith no more, mr bungle, trout fishing in quebec, melvins, gojira, les claypool, the gurge, SC3, tom waits, neil young, phish...can jam most anywhere, most weekday arvos. if interested pls. contact mrmoolking@ yahoo.com iFlogID: 5767

DRUMMER WANTED 4 METAL BAND

Guitarist and drummer is needed to complete line up for metal band. we are based in Deewhy and Enmore/ Marrickville. Influences include Tool,Metallica,SOAD,Deftones, Slayer,Iron Maiden,Cannibal Corpse,Parkway Drive, Periphery,Mudvayne,RATM,Lacuna Coil. No time wasters..we are bent on world domination..drop us aline..email ttonous@ hotmail.com or call 0401056876. iFlogID: 5932

PRO DRUMMER WANTED SYDNEY Experienced, high energy, versatile drummer wanted for sydney alt rock band. (2030y/o) must have good gear, transport,live experience, ect many influences ranging from queens of the stone age, deftones, foo fighters, butterfly effect, cog, ect to name a few. we have gigs/ recording/ touring waiting. material ready to go. no time wasters please. Experienced players only. email: scoobysnacks@live.com.au or call/sms: 0458 338 102 iFlogID: 5937

DRUMMER NEEDED ASAP

DRUMMER/PERCUSSIONIST inner west based alt/count,indie/psych / folk/experimental/prog band seek commited drummer with good feel,impro ability and ear for dynamics.Like but not The Dirty Three,The Necks,Stereolab,Smog,Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes,Dirty Projectors etc. If you can sing and like to jam around and give other instruments a go that would be most splendid, but just drums is good. You must be able to practice/jam weekly. listen/ contact at myspace.com/frontiersinphotography Scott. 0431 228 583 iFlogID: 5781

Solid Drummer wanted for “Dirty Country” 3-4 piece. Sounds like a cross between early Springsteen, Damien Rice and Bon Iver...Call Nick 0415535982 iFlogID: 5783

Western Sydney based Rock/Pop band seeks male/female replacement drummer aged 18-28. Original songs and gigs lined up. We are a fun but business minded band so you must be 100% committed and have own transport and equipment. No time wasters. Check us out at www. myspace.com/thewrittencrusade and call Dinora on 0419 198 696 or email– thewrittencrusade@gmail.com to partake in this moving forward band!! iFlogID: 5945

GUITARIST GUITARISTS WANTED TO TEACH

PRO POWERHOUSE DRUMMER WANTED Pro powerhouse Drummer for an established 5 piece band Newcastle area. Covers and originals>Hard rock,blues,pop,rocknroll exp band gigged with the Angels 2 booking agents alot of pai gigs booked Album 2011 Peter 4984 4731 iFlogID: 5791

WANNA BE IN MY BAND??!!!

PRO POWERHOUSE DRUMMER

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: 4394

Pro powerhouse Drummer for an established 5 piece band Newcastle area. Covers and originals,Hard Rock,blues,pop,rock & roll exp band gigged with the Angels 2 booking agents a lot of paid gigs booked, Album 2011. Contact Peter 4984 4731 iFlogID: 5793

INDIE POP BAND ‘The Blue Belladonnas’ are looking for a talented drummer to rehearse weekly in Valley Heights, & to gig

NORTH SHORE BASED GOSPEL BAND URGENTLY NEEDING DRUMMER CALL BEN 99444984 OR snapper_watson@ hotmail.com iFlogID: 5917

Tempered Red are an established innerwest based act that have just wrapped up a series of gigs in and around the Sydney circuit. If you’re a committed drummer that enjoys groove based rock and you’re serious about playing, then come meet and jam with us! See www.myspace.com/ temperedred for a sample of our music. Email temperedred@gmail.com iFlogID: 5732

DRUMMER WANTED Mature metal band based around Hills & Blacktown area. Influ: Heavy, grunge, hardcore, Death, Groove & various. Likeminded dynamic drummer own gear & car. Aiming to gig & record. cursedwithsanity@hotmail.com; myspace.com/ cursedwithsanity (mp3s r old); myspace. com/mazvox (vocalist) iFlogID: 5272

Sydney/Wollongong band The Watt Riot are still trying out drummers!! Need a hard hittin drum demon to join the gang. Wheels and a cool kit is important. Liking our tunes is also good... before calling check out www.myspace.com/thewattriot We have done some cool stuff such as win jjj unearthed, toured, released two ep’s. If all this applies to you then call Johnny on 0403529600 or email thewattriot@hotmail.com Thankyou thankyou!! iFlogID: 5911

DRUMMER WANTED

2+1 PIECE

BASS PLAYER WANTED bass player wanted for upper blue mountains metal band. some songs written. chek out myspace.com/fouronethreeoh for a small sample. call 0423622627 or 0410667466 iFlogID: 6043

TMKD DRUMMER NEEDED

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER

BASS PLAYER WANTED

FUNKY RYTHYM SECTION WANTED!

Sydney rock n roll band needs committed bassist with great gear to fill out the

SHANGREN - ASIAN FOLK METAL

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

Human Forgery is a brutal technical death band based in Sydney. We seek a talented bassist. Songs played across Australia and about to be featured on a compilation to go round Europe. If your interests are the likes of Behemoth, Hate, Vader, Psycroptic, Emperor, Zyklon, and everything else metal then we want to hear from you. Must have good gear, own transport and motivation. www.myspace.com/humanforgery for further info iFlogID: 5671

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

Keyboard Player required for international touring band, playing 5 star hotel circuit. 3 Month contracts with 7 piece band from Australia. Must be a team player, and be flexible with a range of material. Must have current passport. Call Brad for an audition. 0404 065 976 iFlogID: 5827

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regularly. www.myspace.com/thebluebelladonnas Contact: milly_moo_7@hotmail. com (Amelia) 0413416210 (Claire) iFlogID: 5455

DRUMMER WANTED TO START BAND

KEYBOARD PLAYER TOURING BAND

Im after a professional bassist with BV’s for a rock covers band. $150/gig dates booked. playing mainly newer hits with the odd classic. Rick 0419 437 794 or email replikatrio@live.com www.replikatrio.com iFlogID: 5998 Are you a Bass Player? Have your own transport? Are male or female? and are you somewhere between 20-35 yrs old? Well that is good! My band is a 3 piece rock/ indie group looking for a bass player to start gigging our originals with. It needs you! We rehearse at Whetherill Park in a studio which is cheap to Rent! We like anything from The Beatles, The Beautiful Girls to ACDC. Just email me(Jess) at jessibrat@hotmail.com or phone 0420909588 today! iFlogID: 5608

SONS OF GENGHIS NEED DRUMMER!

POWERHOUSE BASSPLAYER WANTED

PRO BASSIST WANTED.ROCK COVERS

BASS PLAYER WANTED Bassist wanted to join melodic metal band with death/black/thrash influence. Must be determined, skilled and have own gear and transport. Easygoing but professional environment. Ages 18-30 Wollongong/ Sydney based. Influences: Dimmu, Old man’s child, arch enemy, children of bodom, immortal, megadeth, slayer, amon amarth etc. Interest gained nationally and internationally with distribution deals on offer for the band. Great opportunity. www.myspace.com/asmodaiaus or email asmodai_aus@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5302

lower end. We’re really LOUD! Influences are Motorhead, The Beatles, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Early Split Enz (Phil Judd era) and a bunch of other stuff. The music is pretty much unique. We be managed and just waiting to play live. Must be between 18-32. Cheers. 0431317613 iFlogID: 5779

Pro Powerhouse Bassplayer wanted for an established 5 piece band Newcastle area.Covers and originals hard rock,blues,pop,rocknroll exp band gigged with the Angels 2 booking agents,a lot of paid gigs booked.Album 2011 Peter 4984 4731. Must be a team player.A good opportunity for the right person we have a small fan base and growing. iFlogID: 5789

Acoustic Pop-Rock Specialist -www. jasonayres.comiFlogID: 5777

COMPETENT BASS PLAYER WANTED

TOP PRO DRUMMER AVAILABLE

Unique heavy project seeks bassist ASAP to begin Live shows followed by recording. Must be commited and ready for a different band experience. Located in Belmore, Sydney. Call Phil 0424304618 iFlogID: 5527

MUSICIANS WANTED

DRUMMER Own transport Most styles Call Patrick 0415680575 iFlogID: 5535

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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

WANNA BE IN MY BAND??!!! 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

COOL STUDIO#NEEDS NEW TEACHERS

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 or call 0412 706 061. www.dirtydeeds.net.au www.myspace. com/dirty.deeds iFlogID: 5489

GUITARIST WANTED

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: 4733

CENTRAL COAST INDI KIDZ

Experienced and committed guitarist required to join an established Sydneybased rock/pop/indie band Alter Ego Mania – must have recent gigging experience and good gear. We have booking agent, management and about to release an EP. Festival dates and gigs already lined up. www.myspace.com/alteregomania. Please contact alteregomaniamusic@ hotmail.com iFlogID: 5562

GUITARIST WANTED We are seeking an experienced guitarist to join our band. Must have transport, reherse twice weekly, gig & add creative input. metal, hardcore, punk, screamo genre. wayzted@live.com iFlogID: 5604

GUITARIST WANTED!!!

KEYBOARD EXPERIENCED KEYBOARD PLAYER

COVERBAND REQUIRE KEYS

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 iFlogID: 4275

Sydney based, agent backed coverband requires a keyboardist. Must have good gear, own transport able to gig most fri / sat nights. We play mostly modern covers and are after ages 18 - 35. Please send your details to brotherbooth@gmail.com iFlogID: 5905

SKILLED KEYBOARDIST WANTED

OTHER

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

MUSICIANS AND AUDIENCE WANTED

GUITARIST FOR 60S POP GROUP 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

Sound Allowed, alternative rock band is looking for pro guitarist to finalise the line-up. We’re currently finishing our EP and want to start gigging by the of the year. We have agency back up. www. myspace.com/soundallowed. Please contact if interested in audition. email to: szczepanik_lukasz@soundallowed.com or call 0406547968 iFlogID: 5630

GUITARIST WANTED The Cramps. Must have the right look and feel, girl or guy. iFlogID: 5708

HARDCORE GUITARIST WANTED HARDCORE STYLE GUITARIST WANTED FOR MELODIC HARDCORE BAND LOCATED WEST SYDNEY.MUST BE ABLE TO SING CLEAN VOCALS, DESTROY THE FRETBOARD, STAGE PRESENCE, GOTTA BE HAPPY AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.WWW. MYSPACE.COM/WHENHORIZONSFALL OR RYAN 0411135162 iFlogID: 5726

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 SONG-WRITING 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. iFlogID: 4976

KEYBOARDIST NEEDED! we are a progressive/alternative rock band based in sydney looking for a keyboardist to help complete the band and also have alot of fun aswell. we’ve been looking desprately for months so please give me, Hindley (Drums) a call or an email. and the ages between 16 - 23 are prefered. indie_hindley@hotmail.com or 0406296033 iFlogID: 5426

KEYBOARD PLAYER WANTED INDIE POP BAND ‘The Blue Belladonnas’ are looking for a committed keyboard player to rehearse weekly in Valley Heights, & to gig regularly. www. myspace.com/thebluebelladonnas Contact: milly_moo_7@hotmail.com (Amelia) 0413416210 (Claire) iFlogID: 5450

Unique heavy project seeks Synth player ASAP to begin Live shows followed by recording. Must be commited and ready for a different band experience. Located in Belmore, Sydney. Call Phil 0424304618 iFlogID: 5529

KEYBOARDIST AVAILABLE!!! I am looking for a job that is musically related, preferably performing or something along those lines. Studying a B. Music (Performance) at AICM. mobile number: 0435544916 email: brat.dog@ hotmail.com Thankyou iFlogID: 5531

KEYBOARD/GTR PLAYER WANTED We are in need of a keyboardist to complete a true Classic Rock Show. Ideal would be to have you back up on rhythm gtr as well. We are a bunch of ex-pro players who have been busy raising families, and are now looking to get back into it for the fun, not the career. Good money for a well played show. Prefer person 40-50yrs as hopefully you also grew up with the music. Rehearse fortnightly, but seriously. Could be for you? Ring me Daniel 0409 442 446 up to 8pm. iFlogID: 5736

RAD SYNTH PERSON WANTED

GUITARIST WANTED

LEAD GUITARIST WANTED

For melodic ‘not very heavy metal’ band. www.myspace.com/evyntide, material recorded, check us out and hit us back. call Buddy on 0431612415 or Adam on 0432762483 iFlogID: 5853

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 iFlogID: 5101

GUITARIST WANTED Experienced guitarist wanted for established Sydney-based band. Material consists of both originals and covers. Influences include Lucinda Williams, Fred Eaglesmith and other alternative artists. Ring 0408 116 174 or 0419 112 899. iFlogID: 5348

RHYTHM GUITARIST NEEDED! we are a progressive/alternative rock band based in sydney looking for a Rhythm guitarist to help complete the band and also have alot of fun aswell. we’ve been looking desprately for months so please give me, Hindley (Drums) a call or an email. and the ages between 16 - 23 are prefered. indie_hindley@hotmail.com or 0406296033 iFlogID: 5428

GUITARIST WANTED INDIE POP BAND ‘The Blue Belladonnas’ are looking for a committed guitarist to rehearse weekly in Valley Heights, & to gig regularly. www.myspace.com.au/thebluebelladonnas Contact: milly_moo_7@hotmail.com (Amelia) 0413416210 (Claire) iFlogID: 5448

GET SIGNED TO A MAJOR LABEL! Session Guitarist Wanted! Drummer is forming a fast paced professional original alternative rock band to get signed to a major label. Must be ambitious, self-motivated, committed, reliable and have a lot of drive. No metal. Age: 18-30. Rehearsing at Wetherill Park N.S.W. Only contact me if you want to get signed to a major label! E-mail: cooleywill2@hotmail.com. iFlogID: 5863

ROCK/METAL GUITARIST REQUIRED Singer looking to form or join hard rock/ heavy metal band. I have stage experience & looking for something that is versatile & challenging. My influences range from Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Ozzy, Motley Crue, etc... I live in St.Marys, willing to travel if I find the right band or people to form the band. If interested please give me a call on 96731232 ask for Chris, or email me at arcarnum@tpg.com.au iFlogID: 6062

Five world-class passionate vocalists wanted for a Gospel music CD project. Must have beautiful, passionate, powerful and devotional delivery. iFlogID: 3585

SINGER-DANCERS WANTED!

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. iFlogID: 2923

ELECTRONIC MUSIC GURU WANTED! 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

Attention all metal bands! Valleyarm Digital are releasing an Aussie Metal compilation album called “METAL AS F#@K!”. The album will be exclusive to iTunes and will released and promoted worldwide. We want to show the world just how heavy Australia is so submit your track (1 per band) and bio to info@valleyarm.com now to secure a spot. We’ll also be offering a $5000 online marketing and global digital distribution deal to a “Stand Out” act that we think has what it takes...this could be you!! iFlogID: 5516

ELECTRONIC MUSICIANS WANTED Electronic musicians wanted to form a live act. Preferably using Ableton & with some hardware. Influence :- Groove Armada, Bent, Justice, Faithless, Röyksopp, Nightmares on Wax, Thievery Corporation, Air, Bonobo, Cassius. Tell me a bit about yourself & preferably send some links to your soundcloud : whooyeah@gmail.com. Also Want to hear from other musicians that would like to colaborate on this type of project. iFlogID: 5522

MUSICIANS WANTED

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

MAL’S OPEN MIC NIGHTS

If you want to join a band, form a band, find a new band member, get exposure, or just jam, then Ozjam is for you! Whatever instrument or genre of music you play, Ozjam can connect you with other talented, like minded musicians who are looking to jam, gig, and even tour the World! Ozjam is loaded with features, it’s free to join and with over 4000 members its fast becoming the largest online music community in Australia today! iFlogID: 5610

CHILLERS NEEDED TO FORM BAND

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 iFlogID: 5114

ROCK BANDS WANTED FOR ITUNES

17yo female wanting to start a cruisey indie/alternate band, looking for all genders - preferably between 16-19ish, living on the northern beaches- think death cab for cutie meets the strokes, must know how to have a good laugh yet be passionate about their music, at least over a years experience.preferably looking for piano/keys, bassist, drummer..email at fritter2107@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5636

SINGER FOR GRUNGE/ROCK BAND Sydney Grunge/Rock band Samsara looking for a talented singer and front man to join a complete band looking to gig and record. An albums worth of music is already written but need vocal melodies and lyrics. Influences include Silverchair, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Black Sabbath etc etc. Contact Daniel: 0403 885 433, for more information and demos. iFlogID: 4187

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 iFlogID: 4279

SKA SINGER WANTED 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

SINGER WANTED! 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 iFlogID: 4802

ROCK N ROLL SINGER WANTED

SAXOPHONE PLAYER WANTED

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 iFlogID: 5148

SIMPLY RED VOCALIST REQUIRED Professional Sydney based band with club work and agent requires a frontman for Simply Red tribute show.For further information call Dianne on 0418 122 370. iFlogID: 5290

**LEAD VOCALIST WANTED** Hey there. We’re looking for a lead vocalist. Songs are written, some recorded. The person we want is someone who has versatility, range and power. We like Split Enz, Nirvana, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Ramones, although we dont wear our influences. The music is very varied. And a hell of alot of fun to play. email: playitstrange@live.com iFlogID: 5453

SINGER WANTED! SINGER WANTED The Havknotz are looking for a singer to guest/add to their rock/ rap band (think RATM, meets Cypress Hill meets Faith No more). This is a golden opportunity for a talented and committed singer. The voice they are looking for would ideally be a strong Faith No more/ Papa Roach style voice. Being able to rap wouldn’t hurt but is not necessary. This group is in a fantastic position for the right singer to come on board. The Havknotz have already supported HED P.E, NECRO, RAEKWON, METHOD MAN AND REDMAN, DJ CASH MONEY AND SCRATCH and WOLFMOTHER and play local nights such as BLINK, TRASH and SFX. Their forthcoming EP ‘MUSIC - LIFE - PAIN’ is currently being completed and features drums by Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil and ILL BILL from LA COKA NOSTRA. The next 12 months will include the EP release, national gigs/support tours and putting in the hard work back at Alberts Studios, completing The Havknotz first album for release. Send your demo to: thehavknotz@live.com iFlogID: 5473

BRIAN JOHNSON 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 or call 0412 706 061. www.dirtydeeds.net.au www.myspace.com/dirty.deeds iFlogID: 5491

Hello hello! Want to play synth/keys/drumpads in up and coming sydney alternative pop band? Sounds like... Gorrilaz meets Neil Young. Project has MTV backing. Call Josh on 0402937011 or email creativefreelancer@mtvna.com.au. Gigs are awaiting. iFlogID: 5759

CAN YOU FUCKING SING???

NEED KEYBOARD &/OR GUITAR

Attention all Rock bands! Valleyarm Digital are releasing an Aussie Rock compilation album called “ROCK ME DEAD!”. The album will be exclusive to iTunes and will released and promoted worldwide. We want to show the world that Australia has the best rockin’ bands on the planet so submit your track (1 per band) and bio to info@valleyarm.com now to secure a spot. We’ll also be offering a $5000 online marketing and global digital distribution deal to a “Stand Out” act that we think has what it takes...this could be you!! iFlogID: 5512

TECHNO WANTED FOR ITUNES! SEEKING KEYBOARD PLAYER/ GUITARIST FOR LONG-TERM COLLABORATION. I CURRENTLY HAVE A SONGWRITER’S CONTRACT FROM NASHVILLE AND HAVE MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE. IF YOU ARE PROFICIENT WITH APPLE, GARAGEBAND IT’S A BONUS. CALL ME TO SET UP AN AUDITION ON 0407-781156 or Email me. iFlogID: 5799

COVERBAND REQUIRE KEYS Sydney based, agent backed coverband requires a keyboardist. We are looking for ages 18 - 35 yrs, and we are playing modern covers. Must have good gear, own transport able to gig most fri / sat nights.

Attention all Techno, Dance, Electronica bands, DJs and producers! Valleyarm Digital are releasing an Aussie Electronic

Solo composer looking for musicians to support for live acts/form a band. If you play bass, drums, piano/keyboard, guitar or sing then you can help me out playing original songs + help compose :) To hear them musical style visit and listen @ www.myspace.com/ stevewilliams91 or http://www.reverbnation.com /stevewilliams91 Ages 17-25 contact via myspace (above) or stevewilliams91musicprofiles@ gmail.com iFlogID: 5677

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 iFlogID: 4950

DRUMMER WANTED

SINGER NEEDED

For melodic ‘not very heavy metal’ band. www.myspace.com/evyntide, material recorded, check us out and hit us back. call Buddy on 0431612415 or Adam on 0432762483 iFlogID: 5851

SINGER GOSPEL SINGERS WANTED

Male singer-songwriter wanted(experienced)! Drummer is forming a fast paced professional original alternative rock band to get signed to a major label. Must be ambitious, self-motivated, committed, reliable and have a lot of drive. No metal! Age: 18-30. Rehearsing at Wetherill Park N.S.W. Only contact me if you want to get signed to a major label! E-mail: cooleywill2@hotmail.com. iFlogID: 5865

SINGER WANTED Singer/rhythm guitarist required for newly formed band to complete the line-up. Rock/Indie/Garage/Punk/Surf Guitar(Pulp Fiction type instrumentals) such as Ramones, Dick Dale, Green Day, The Who,Stereophonics, Oasis, The Jam, PLUS ORIGINALS. Good gear, Fender, Marshall,etc. Weekly rehearsal,own transport and aged between mid 30’s and late ‘50’s or either side of, as long as you sound good. Please contact Denis on 0407229126 or Carl on 0448774470 iFlogID: 5873 NORTH SHORE BASED GOSPEL BAND NEEDING SINGERS WHO CAN DANCE FOR AUDITIONS CONTACT BEN 99444984 OR snapper_watson@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5919

WANTED MALE LEAD SINGER Poly Reggae, Disco, Pop, Funk, 70’s 80’s and Island Music for established Island Band. Our band is after a confident lead vocalist our current lead singer has gone interstate. We are on the look out for someone who wants to join we have all our own sound system and fan base so just walk on in and show us what ur got to offer. If you think this is you please give me a call on 0439452122 iFlogID: 5994

CENTRAL COAST METALCORE GROUP

vox and 2nd guitar 4 Central coast Metalcore group shows us what you got the cream get the job email: patty_conwell@hotmail.com for a brutal demo or if you are more out going give us a call 0415680575 iFlogID: 6017

FEMALE SINGER WANTED Competent FEMALE SINGER wanted for working covers band...looking for a dynamic female front line able to carry lead vocals with good harmony and stage personality, reliable...35+...call 0417233573 iFlogID: 6065

SONG WRITER GET SIGNED TO A MAJOR LABEL! Male singer-songwriter wanted (experienced)! Drummer is forming a fast paced professional original alternative rock band to get signed to a major label. Must be ambitious, self-motivated, committed, reliable and have a lot of drive. No metal! Age: 18-30. Rehearsing at Wetherill Park N.S.W. Only contact me if you want to get signed to a major label! E-mail: cooleywill2@hotmail.com. iFlogID: 5867 soundornot.com

iFlogID: 6049

SERVICES BEAUTY SERVICES

We are VIRGINIA KILLSTYXX and we need a frontman with a voice that could kill, charisma, attitude and a will to do what it takes... think from Guns N Roses to Motley Crue to AC/DC to Motorhead etc... check us out on www.myspace.com/virginiakillstyxx 0418639860 iFlogID: 5728

WEB & GRAPHIC DESIGNSYDNEY

PRO SINGER WANTED

MAL’S OPEN MIC NIGHTS in4mal entertainment, Soundbasement Studios, Jumbonote Recording & Shire Music provide opportunities for musicians, songwriters, covers & original bands to perfect your performance, learn stage craft and test out your material in a professional environment at: Taren Point Hotel Wed wkly, Harp Tempe Thurs ftntly, Amber Ale Annandale fri ftntly & Panania Hotel Sat ftntly. Go to blogs at: www.myspace. com/in4mal_entertainment for all dates, venues, artist lists & photo’s. Call Mal to register your spot. 0413735773 iFlogID: 5951

GET SIGNED TO A MAJOR LABEL!

EXPERIENCED LATIN SINGER Looking for an Experienced Latin/Spanish Singer, who also can sing in English, for a wedding/corporate events band in the eastern suburbs area. Call Eli 0433938278 iFlogID: 5688

Saxophone player wanted by singer for covers and originals blues band based on the central coast, blending a mix of texas, louisianna swamp, west coast and funk. Covering artists like Johnny winter, Freddy king, ronnie earl, tab benoit, zztop, jjgrey and much more!! call: 0413576064 iFlogID: 5658

SINGER REQUIRED LEAD VOCALIST For soul, funk, blues project rehearsing in the inner West of Sydney.We are a group of experienced musicians with industry contacts.We aim to be gigging as soon as the repertoire is sorted.Contact Tony: 0409429078 or Glen: 0407276303 iFlogID: 5845

SINGER/S WANTED I’m looking for a singer, or singers, to meet with 6 songs I have written for an EP in preparation for distribution to Publishers and other. I have had a Publishing deal once before, which I am still under, so essentially do know what Im doing. Esentially!!! Music style is Electronic meets Rock and sometimes Funk. Please email a demo of your singing style to machinesinc@yahoo.com.au. iFlogID: 5388

LIVE BAND MEMBERS 4 SOLOARTIST

GUITARIST Thumping rhythm section seeks guitarist for choppy hard-groove and mainly instrumental rock band. Looking to do some recording and shows but low pressure and not a ‘make it’ band. Have songs but open to co-writing if able. Prefer someone closer to south sydney and inner west but not essential. 0415337720 iFlogID: 5935

METAL BANDS WANTED FOR ITUNES

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. iFlogID: 5131

SINGER DANCERS WANTED FOR THE FLAMBOYANT Saba ‘FEELING FEMININE’ SHOWS! STYLISH ELECTRO-POP CABARET! THE MORE FLAMBOYANT THE BETTER! CALL SABA: 0410-450-375. CALL BEN: 0410-344-107. iFlogID: 3824

GUITARIST WANTED Guitarist wanted to form band.Infl. GNR,the irons,AC/DC,etc... must be keen and positive and willing to jam each week..0420463161 Doogs! iFlogID: 5855

compilation album called “Technically Australian”. The album will be exclusive to iTunes and will released and promoted worldwide. Submit your track (1 per band) and bio to info@valleyarm.com now to secure a spot. We’ll also be offering a $5000 online marketing and global digital distribution deal to a “Stand Out” act that we think has what it takes...this could be you!! iFlogID: 5514

MULTI-GENRE KEYBOARD PLAYER

HEAVY PROJECT SEEKS SYNTHS 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 iFlogID: 5019

Please send your details to brotherbooth@ gmail.com iFlogID: 5903

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

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Bands who have recently made videos with us include El Duende, Line Drawings and Grace Before Meals. Get your band on Rage and Youtube, or make a video for your myspace page. Fantastic concepts and slick production that wont break your budget. See examples of our videos on facebook.com/dynamic.screen.content Call Darrin on 0413555857 (we’re based in Sydney) iFlogID: 5586

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JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Ever found yourself putting on a tour and don’t know how to get a sound engineer or someone to sell merchandise on the other side of the country? Well, that is how CoverYourArtz. com came about... The website enables anyone offering a service that can be used by touring artists to browse for work, and for touring artists to find the people they need to make their tour work anywhere in Australia. By visiting CoverYourArtz. com, anyone who is putting on an event is able to source all types of crew from tour managers, sound engineers, and lighting technicians to merchandisers, photographers and poster distributors in areas where they wouldn’t normally know where to start looking. Anyone working in the industry can look for work, and also list their details so that they don’t miss out on that next ‘big job’! Registering and browsing for jobs on CoverYourArtz.com is absolutely free, you only pay when you want to apply. For further info please contact the team at info@coveryourartz.com or visit our website at www.coveryourartz.com. iFlogID: 5308

DRUMS With experienced and fully qualified tutor. Who has 20 years of studio and live performance. Most styles including Rock, Pop and Jazz. Learn to play your favourite songs, practical theory, improvisation, proper technique, etc. etc. Beginners to advanced are welcome. Lessons conducted in the convenience of your own home. Good results guaranteed. Phone Oles on 0407413143 or email oa@olesart.com iFlogID: 5681

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in4mal entertainment, Soundbasement Studios, Jumbonote Recording & Shire Music provide opportunities for musicians, song writers, covers & original bands to perfect your performance, learn stage craft and test your material out in a professional environment at: Taren Point Hotel Wed wkly, Harp Tempe Thurs ftntly, Amber Ale Annandale Fri ftntly & Panania Hotel Sat ftntly. Go to blogs at: www.myspace. com/in4mal_entertainment for all dates, venues, artist lists & photo’s. Call Mal to register your spot. 0413735773 iFlogID: 5953

P&O have teamed up with DJ Bootcamp to bring u Australias first 8 day/3 island professional DJ Course Cruise.Learn DJing and enjoy, food,entertainmet,accommidation and 3 islands!Early booking discounts. Go www.djbootcamp.com.au to book 95472578 info. Sails August 29, 2010 iFlogID: 4498

Learn guitar with someone who’s actually out there working in the industry performing, writing, recording etc. (north shore area) call/email Josh: 0415248313 kellermanjosh@gmail.com iFlogID: 5683

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Hi, My name is Aley Greenblo and I am currently a Miss Earth Finalist, Miss Global Australia, Miss SupraNational Australia and a Miss Bikini World Australia finalist for the competition in Darwin in July. I am absolutely passionate and dedicated to the environment. I have high hopes to win the Miss Earth world title and apart from bush regeneration schemes, recycling, tree planting and water management projects, I have also been to schools and universities lecturing the students about environmental management. My reason for emailing you is simple and direct. I am looking for a handful of sponsors to assist me with my quests through money sponsorship. In return your name/brand/ website will be included on the official Website as well as inclusions in other media promotions and my social media pages and blogs. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information and/or to discuss what form of sponsorship you would be willing to engage in with me. If you sponsor me then you are supporting an environmental cause that entertains, moves and engages a mainstream audience. Benefits include an exceptional and powerful outside brand presence whereby your business can be identified as a good corporate citizen, playing an active role in saving the environment. Miss Earth Australia has loyal and enthusiastic followers and their number has grown enormously since 2004. This annual event attracts media attention. Members of the media believe in the cause and often help out. As a Miss Earth Australia finalist I have duties to fulfill through the year and I hope to encourage everyone to reduce their environmental footprint. If you become a sponsor you will help to encourage every Australian and business to plant at least one tree. This requires worthy ambition because trees extract CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it to trunks, branches, leaves and flowers. Everybody has to take their first step to clean our atmosphere and environment and this is why I think that trees are worthwhile because they clean up the atmosphere, stabilize river banks, provide shade and prevent soil erosion. I believe that encouraging individuals to be aware of and responsible for the environment in which we live is one of the single most important tasks this society faces. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Aley Greenblo. Email: aley_greenblo@hotmail.com Blog:http://aleygreenblo.blogspot.com/ Facebook: Aley Greenblo iFlogID: 5622

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With experienced and fully qualified tutor. Who has 20 years of studio and live performance. Most styles including Rock, Pop and Jazz. Learn to play your favourite songs, practical theory, improvisation, proper technique, etc. etc. Beginners to advanced are welcome. Lessons conducted in the convenience of your own home. Good results guaranteed. Phone Oles on 0407413143 or email oa@olesart.com iFlogID: 5679

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Darlo Drama - Sydney’s best acting classes for Beginners. No experience required! Fun, social & inspiring. Great to build your confidence in performing and public speaking. Try out acting before you commit to a course in our next FREE INTRO SESSION, 17 July, 2.30pm 4.00pm at Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point. To book call 9331 3107 or email classes@darlinghursttheatre.com iFlogID: 5620

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Hi, looking for a cool open-minded female to share my unit with. Smoking ok.. outside. Older style unit in good conidtion, huge room, close to shops,beaches, buses and trains. Washing machine, dryer, microwave, digital tv, dvd, and video player available for you to use. Room is unfurnished..prefer someone working or studying who would like to stay for at least a year. Very friendly, cosy home. Call if interested...$210pw, 2 weeks bond required Pandora 0421 635 737 iFlogID: 5080

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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

be put on the official MISS BIKINI WORLD AUSTRALIA website as well as on Aley’s blog and other social networking pages. Aley is currently also engaging in Social Media, utilising Facebook as a way to engage with the public, increase my fan base, and raise awareness for local charities to protect the environment. The page will be custom designed, and is offering a sponsor to completely brand her Facebook page. You will also have the opportunity to run competitions on my page, as well as offer discounts, and engage with my audience. Working with a top global marketing company based in Australia, the Facebook fan page will have 10,000 fans by the end of August 2010. These fans are highly targeted towards your demographic, and will be a great way to engage with them. Please see Aley’s blog for more info about her and we look so forward to hearing back from you http://aleygreenblo.blogspot.com/ Facbook: Aley Greenblo Email: aley_greenblo@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5560

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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 iFlogID: 4835

Do you need an affordable Illustrator? Freelance illustrator Paul Ikin can create a range of styles for your project. No hidden cost at an affordable price. Album Covers Film Clips - Book Sleeves - Children Books - Online Images - Fliers - Posters - Editorial Artwork. Visit www.paulikin.com - T: 0403 996 129 iFlogID: 5133

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Recently returned from Japan where I worked semi-pro doing portraiture, fashion,editorial and music photography. Covered local punk,rock, horror-metal gigs in Tokyo as well as doing shots for album covers/inlays and promo material. Looking to establish myself here in Sydney. Using Nikon professional gear and photoshop(CS3) ,Lightroom and Capture one for post-production. Very reasonable rates. iFlogID: 5973

This 5-week stand up comedy course gets u on the fast track of stand up comedy. Covering writing and stage techniques to prepare U for the spot light! How to develop a solid 3-5 minute comedy routine based upon any and all topics! Plus as an added bonus, All graduating students will perform live and be videotaped at Sydney’s Comedy Court stand up show and competitions. www.comedyintheraw. com.au or 95472578 iFlogID: 4506

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Australia’s first professional DJ Cruise sets sail in just a few months. We still have a few cabins available. One Price includes Food, room, entertainment and 5 days of DJ Training with Australia’s only award winning and Apra endorsed DJ School The DJ/MC Bootcamp.All gear will be supplied, plus book this month and get $75 bucks of on board spending credit. Call 0295472578 or log on to www.djbootcamp.com.au to book. Be a part of history, Australia’s first Professional DJ Cruise with P&O cruise lines. iFlogID: 5983

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ALEY GREENBLO has been selected to represent SYDNEY and attend the NATIONAL FINAL OF MISS BIKINI WORLD AUSTRALIA IN DARWIN. Aley will be competing against 34 other girls and the winner will represent Australia at the international final. Aley is currently MISS GLOBAL AUSTRALIA, MISS SUPRANATIONAL AUSTRALIA and a MISS EARTH finalist and is in search for a sponsor. Diesel Promotions will be filming the 11 day Miss Bikini World competition for a reality TV show which will provide great exposure. Aley will also be photographed during the competition and these photo’s will be circulated through the press and gain major publicity. In return, Aley has allowed her pictures for advertisement purposes for your own business. Additionally your logo and website link will

in4mal entertainment, Soundbasement Studios, Jumbonote Recording & Shire Music provide opportunities for musicians, songwriters covers & original bands to perfect your performance, learn stage craft & test out your material in a professional environment at: Taren Point Hotel Wed wkly, Harp Tempe Thurs ftntly, Amber Ale Annandale Fri ftntly & Panania Hotel Sat ftntly. Go to bolgs at: www.myspace. com/in4mal_entertainment for all dates, venues, artist lists & photo’s. Call Mal to register your spot. 0413735773 iFlogID: 5955

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