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Contents Issue No. 1027 Tuesday 21 September 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.

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SEABELLIES ARE LANDING Having released their debut album, By Limbo Lake, a month ago this week, Novocastrian six-piece Seabellies have been taking their luscious, layered instrumentation and melodic sound around the country, determined to visit everywhere they possibly can between now and the time they hit the Peats Ridge stage at year’s end. This Friday sees them head into the Oxford Art Factory and we have two double passes to the show to give away, so email us with Seabellies giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

THE OX IS AN OVER-REACTOR Where once was Mammal now snarls Over-Reactor – the new musical vehicle for the uncompromising Ezekiel Ox – and this Saturday night, SFX at the St James Hotel gets to host them in an evening where they’ll be joined by special guests Del Santo and Me Vs You, the latter in what will be their last show ever. A huge night as always, the alternative party spread over three levels and four huge rooms with DJ Bzurk taking on M.I.T. in the Party Room all night long. We have five double passes to the night to give away. Email us with Over-Reactor giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

FRINGE-DWELLING PREACHERS Taking their cue from the black American music that was being created in the Deep South somewhere between 1920 and 1940, The Blues Preachers – Brother John on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Captain Bluetongue on harmonica, mountain dulcimer and vocals – are launching their new album, Dead Catz Can Bounce, at The Vanguard this Saturday as part of the Sydney Fringe, along with special guests Leroy Lee and Lanie Lane. We have five copies of Dead Catz Can Bounce to give away, so email us with The Blues Preachers CD giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday.

THEY’RE RAISIN’ CRAZY After a very successful EP launch at the Annandale Hotel, back in January, Raise The Crazy took six months off to write the material necessary for their first full length album, due for release in the New Year. Having had more than enough time away from the stage, it’s time for the pub rockers to hit the road and try the new songs out, so where else would they do that but The Annandale? Friday night they’re doing just that, and Devine Electric, Buzzkillers and The Prehistorics will join them on the night. We have five double passes to the show to give away, so email us with Raise The Crazy giveaway in the subject line by midday Friday.

CHICO IS DE MANN Further inside bulging pages you’ll find a little story about a Brooklynbased guitarist who plays in Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra who, one day, happened to be noodling away at an old Casio keyboard and discovered not only a bunch of fun sounds but a whole new musical journey to pursue. Opting to call the project and himself Chico Mann, he’s added a tour of Australia to that journey and Thursday night, he’s at Melt Bar. We have five double passes to the gig, so email us with Chico Mann giveaway in the subject line by midday Thursday.

LINKIN BLINK-IN You’re all invited to join the Club Blink crew as they host, in association with Warner Music, the official launch of the new album from Linkin Park, A Thousand Suns, Saturday night at the St James Hotel. Spinning the discs across the four rooms through the night are DJs from Blink, Trash and SFX, but the main event of course is the spinning of A Thousand Suns. We have five double passes to the night to give away, so email us with Club Linkin giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

WE HEAR VOICES Cuba’s a cappella sensation Vocal Sampling literally create every sound that comes off the stage themselves, whether it be the most traditional Cuban samba or The Police’s Every Breath You Take – instruments, percussion, the lot. But don’t take our word for it. They’re here Wednesday 29 September to perform one show only at The Basement in Circular Quay and we have three double passes to the show so email us with Vocal Sampling giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 28.

CHERCHEZ LES FEMMES Les femmes, in this instance, are two of France’s hottest contemporary singer songwriters, Emilie Simon and Melanie Pain, who are heading over to share the bill at The Metro Thursday 30 September. Simon now lives in New York, where she wrote and recorded her most recent album, The Big Machine, while Melanie Pain spent time in Nouvelle Vague but has been travelling solo for some years and recently released her debut solo album, My Name. We have one double pass to the show to give away, so email us with Emilie and Melanie giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 28. • 24 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

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DRUM MEDIA Giveaways – Look to your left for free stuff, silly! 24 The Front Line hits hard with industry fact and conjecture, plus we ruminate on who should be nominated to the ARIA Hall Of Fame. Spoiler alert – Collette not considered. 26 Mailbag – your say on what floats your boat or makes the red mist descend, plus Backlash and Frontlash. 28 The News – just like it says, with tours, releases and more. 30 Even if he’s a kook, Birds Of Tokyo love when a weird cousin turns up and he’s in his colourful suit. 36 Regurgitator admit to being a bunch of cardigan wearing thirtysomethings. 37 Peter Hook hasn’t just cashed in a winning lottery ticket that’s been sitting in his pants for years with Unknown Pleasures. 38 A national tragedy, plus one closer to home, propels The Paradise Motel. 40 On their pessimistic premise that no one will give a fuck in two years, You Me At Six plan to ride the wave. 41 Many life changes cause an existential crisis for Old Man River, but he ends up with a new album from it. 42 Ladies, the results are in and Enter Shikari say that Australian women have bigger breasts on average than anywhere else. 43 Matthew J Tow of The Lovetones comes through a couple of rough years with a new album. 44 Mayhem enjoy being the black sheep of the music family. 44 Passenger initiates a set of musical postcards. 46 It’s not always a holiday on tour for Miles Away. 46 Murder Junkies endeavour to continue the spirit of their late frontman GG Allin. 48 The musical landscape of Chico Mann keeps evolving. 48 Overkill get a new lease on life thanks to playing with younger bands in the thrash scene. 50 The underlying manifesto of The Barons Of Tang is having fun. 50 Angelas Dish find themselves with a lot more substance. 50 On The Record reviews new release albums and singles from The Holidays, Kasey Chambers, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl and more. 52 Chris Maric gets local with hard rock and metal in The Heavy Shit. 56 Stu Harvey delivers a Short Fast Report on punk and hardcore. 57 Adam Curley muses on remixes and what it represents in The Breakdown. 58 Viktor Krum asks you to Get It Together with the latest in hip hop. 58 Scott Fitzsimons gets Young & Restless with all ages goings on. 58 Tom Hawking sends us a snapshot of life in the Big Apple with New York Conversation. 58 Dan Condon features the world of blues and roots with Roots Down. 60 Michael Smith delivers some Blow with jazz and world music news. 60 Go south as you enter Pedro Manoy’s Swamp Shack. 60

FRONT ROW This Week In Arts wraps up what’s happening at Sydney Fringe; 7Up looks at films where ‘guys solve problems with helicopters’; Cultural Cringe reveals the week’s big news and gossip; News, news, and more news. Helpmann Award winner Ewen Leslie speaks about his role in Kafka’s The Trial; Omid Djalili waxes lyrical about his new film in which a man raised as Muslim in later life finds out he was born Jewish. The Birdmann reveals all ahead of The Bohemian Masquerade Ball; we weigh in on Josh Thomas’ live show; more News! Joseph O’Farrell talks about his shabby, junky, and oh-so-hot musical group Suitcase Royale. Our wrap up of the first week at Sydney Fringe.

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Celebrating ten years of existence, MusicNSW’s all age branch will host the Indent All Ages Tour – featuring Urthboy, industry workshops and triple j Unearthed supports – that will draw into Newcastle Panthers Friday, Cessnock High School Saturday and The Factory Theatre Sunday. The events have been organised, promoted and will be run by under age industry hopefuls under the eye of Indent and speaking to The Front Line, Indent board member Andy Kent (also the bassist for You Am I) believes that it’s the best way to learn. “I think it’s about as being as close to real as you can [be], so these kids really learn how to do it properly. They have to do all the planning, they have to do all the marketing, they have to make sure that they have all the legalities and health and safety right, the insurance and there’s a financial reality that they have to deal with. So I think the more real the experience is and the more that they’re doing this without training wheels, then the better the learning experience is going to be for these guys.” Regionally focused, there’s even less opportunities for kids not in the city – not only is there not an all ages scene, usually there’s no scene full stop – so this experience is highly valuable. “Kids can go to college and have their parents pay a lot of money to have an education in the music industry, but I don’t necessarily know that a lot of those graduates are ready for the music industry or particularly for the risks of the free market,” Kent says, “One of the best things about this tour,” explains Tim Levinson, aka Urthboy, “is it’s something we’ve never done before, all ages shows across New South Wales and that is something that is unheard of for a lot of music, but particularly hip hop. Also the workshops, which does add an extra element that can be draining on a tour but they’re also something that I’m a big believer in. “We live in a pretty conservative age where not only are we obsessed with public liability and the borderline paranoia of some kind of accident occurring where somebody will be liable, but were in a society that frowns on taking a risk… It’s a frustrating infrastructure that you have to work with – and especially being a young person in a regional area where it’s already difficult enough to organise something that captures the imagination of the other young people in that area… so I think you’ve got to hold these sort of initiatives in both hands and embrace them,” he says. And by empowering people within the music industry, the experience and confidence will spill into other aspects of life. “These type of things are sometimes the stepping stones to a whole lot of other opportunities and sometimes they don’t even relate to the music scene at all, but they might have something that reinforces their self esteem, their sense of worth, self-confidence,” continues Levinson, “and it allows you to feel a little bit more empowered to go on a do a little bit more of study or be a bit more confident of getting a job.” • 26• THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

BLACK T-SHIRTS AND WHITE POWDER

Richard Clapton was seriously depressed, verging on suicide, during the time he spent shopping himself to the British and American markets, Michael Chugg’s new biography Hey, You In The Black T-shirt claims. The Front Line has obtained a copy of the book, which covers the heavyweight promoter’s rise to the top of the industry and the excess surrounding rock’n’roll tours in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Recalling Fleetwood Mac’s demands (including importing beer for the sole purpose of using the bottle caps for cocaine), the book also discusses his failed stints to break it as an international manager (missing opportunities with Clapton and Kevin Borich), his turbulent relationship with Michael Gudinski (whose backstage “attitude” is subtly commented on throughout), the discovery of Stevie Wright’s heroin addiction (which he claims he hid from the rest of his former Easybeats bandmates initially), Ian Saxon’s drug bust that almost brought down Frontier, his own marriage breakdowns and heart attack amongst other things. Hey, You In The Back T-shirt, which has already been the subject of legal rumblings between Chugg and Gudinski, will be released October.

FINAL ONES The final announcements for One Movement’s Weekend Festival line-up have been announced, with Karnivool and The Jezabels joining the previously announced Xavier Rudd, Grinspoon, Ben Kweller, Children Collide, British India, Dead Letter Circus, Dan Sultan, Operator Please and more. The Perth conference and festival runs Wednesday 6 through Sunday 10 October.

DRUMS LOSE GUITARIST In what seems to have been an on-tour altercation between members, The Drums’ guitarist Adam Kessler has left the band in the middle of an American tour. The band, who were out recently for Splendour In The Grass, posted the following on their website, “There have been some questions as to recent events and we are sorry to say that Adam has left The Drums. Jonny, Jacob and Connor are devastated and are keeping to themselves and with friends at this time. The band are currently on the road in America. Thank you for all of the support, it means a lot.” Upcoming dates are going ahead as planned, it seems.

GUINNESS MUSIC RECORDS The expensive Kanye West album doesn’t seem too bad with the news that Jay-Z and Beyoncé will be listed in the Guinness Book Of Records’ 2011 edition for being the Highest Earning Power Couple, as they amassed $122 million American up until June 2009. Lady GaGa is the most searched for female (ousting Sarah Palin), Michael Jackson the equivalent male. Susan Boyle is the oldest artist to reach #1 with a debut album, while GaGa also took over Oasis’ record of weeks in the UK chart (topping their 153 with 154) and Pixie Lott has the highest one-week jump to number one ever (Boys And Girls flew from 72 to the top).

UK: INDUSTRY TO PAY FOR FIGHT The British Government has indicated that the rights holders in music, TV and film industries will be required to fund 75 percent of the fight against illegal downloading, with the remaining 25 percent to be funded by internet service providers, The Guardian reported. Independent telecommunications regulator Ofcom now has three months to finish the Online Copyright Infringement Initial Obligations Code, which will govern the costings and this particular cost-sharing mechanism is expected to kick in the first half of 2011. It is believed that the rights holders will be up for as much as £14 million a year. The industry had hoped that service providers would foot a larger chunk of the bill, but the move is an example of the increasingly prevalent ‘their problem’ attitude. Britain recently surpassed its 500 millionth legal digital download; at the end of August there had been 102 million this calendar year alone.

DEBUTS DOMINATE TOP TEN Linkin Park’s fourth album A Thousand Suns has debuted in the top spot on the ARIA charts this week, as a flurry of strong international releases pushed local titles out of the top ten. Locals Little Red entered at five with Midnight Remember, Grinderman ninth with Grinderman 2, but they couldn’t compete with the like of The Script, whose Science & Faith sits at three, Interpol’s self-titled album in seventh and Linkin Park. After having five titles in the top ten over the last couple of weeks, the only album able to hold its position was Angus & Julia Stone’s Down The Way, which clings to tenth.

PANICS, CC PULL OUT The Panics and Cloud Control will not be appearing at the upcoming Stonefest festival in Canberra, due to the former’s recording commitments and Cloud Control’s impending UK tour which was insisted upon by their new UK label, Infectious Records. In their place, the festival has announced that Xavier Rudd and Deep Sea Arcade will now be performing. The event happens at the University of Canberra, Saturday 30 October.

SHUFFLE TO THE TOP Canberra’s The Aston Shuffle have been voted the winner of the InTheMix 50, an online poll of Australian DJs. Last year’s winner tyDi dropped to second, Andy Murphy, The Stafford Brothers and Bag Raiders rounded out the top five.

FACE THE GUESTS Melbourne’s Face The Music Conference – Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November at the Arts Centre – has announced its first round of speakers. MGM owner Sebastian Chase, Glastonbury music festival’s Malcolm Haynes, Posse.com founder Rebekah Campbell, music journalist Christie Eliezer, Rubber Records’ lawyer David Vodicka, Artist Voice Agency co-founder Brett Murrihy, Resist Records owner Graham Nixon and more. Early bird-priced registrations for the conference are available until 10 October from The Push’s website.

NIGHT OF THE DEADS The 16th Deadlys – award ceremony for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements in music, sport, entertainment and community –will take place at the Sydney Opera House on Monday. Live performances will come from of Australia’s top artists, including Christine Anu, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Ali Mills amongst others.

AAA CONFERENCE Musicians Making A Difference’s Access All Areas conference will take place at Sydney’s Seymour Centre,

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Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February, 2011. Aimed at young/aspiring musicians, speaking will be Michael Taylor (Island Records), Tim Kelly and Mia McLeod (Universal Music), Jaime Chaux (Radar Radio), Ben Fletcher (Video Hits), Nick Findlay (triple j), Jeremy Sharp (Harbour Agency), Neil Ackland (Sound Alliance), Mark Bulgin (MySpace) as well as Australia’s Got Talent’s Justice Crew and So You Think You Can Dance representatives/performances.

RAINMEN HAVE BUZZ Bring The Rain, from Coffs Harbour, have been announced as the first finalist for the inaugural Australian Red Bull Bedroom Jam. They topped the online band competition’s “buzz chart” (consolidates mentions from social networking sites) and will play a live webcast from their bedroom on Friday. They are now in the running for the grand prize – a high profile support and recording session in LA.

OUR QUIET WORLDBEATERS AC/DC loving Victorian rockers Airbourne have been confirmed as one of the headliners at Germany’s Wacken rock festival, which welcomes 75,000 people each year. Another example for the band’s comparatively small fanbase in their homeland.

CRACKS TO SING The Cracks have been chosen out of LG’s unsigned band competition and will now perform at LG Live, at Singapore’s Formula 1 Grand Prix event next week alongside international acts Missy Elliot, Adam Lambert and Mariah Carey.

$3 MILLION MAN The long awaited and delayed Kanye West album – apparently titled Dark Twisted Fantasy this week – has cost Def Jam Records $US3 million, according to hip hop gossip blog VladTV.com. Recording is ongoing but has already involved sessions in a Hawaii mansion, Jimi Hendrix’s studio with guests Jay-Z, Raekwon, Rick Ross, Mos Def and more rumoured to have guest spots.

SHOT TO THE TOP Buckshot, former frontman of the now inactive Brooklyn hip hop group Black Moon, is celebrating the 15 year anniversary of underground label Duck Down Records with a ‘how-to’ e-book/audio book of the music industry. A press release for the book states that it will be split into three stages, covering “Basics”, the “Framework” and “How It All Works”.

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LINE lia. A cover of their song, The Loved One, was a hit for INXS in 1981. Hush: This Sydney pub rock take on the glam sound ruled Australian teen girls’ lives between 1971 and 1977. They scored hit singles, massive album sales, sold-out tours and their anthem, Get Rocked, was the perfect song to accompany the arm-swinging, foot-stomping dance so loved by the kids of the time. Importantly too, the mixed-race lineup of Hush gave middle Australia its first glimpse of an Asian-integrated Australia. Lynne Randell: The late pop singer was the most popular Australian female singer in the mid-‘60s thanks to catchy hits Goin’ Out Of My Head and Ciao Baby. In the US she toured with The Monkees, Jimi Hendrix and Ike & Tina Turner. Her music is now much sought after by UK northern soul fans.

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lipped in amidst a few announcements about their ‘events calendar’ this year, it was not only mentioned that ARIA’s annual Hall Of Fame ceremony was moving to Sydney, but that once again only five artists would be inducted. The number of inductees reached a peak between 2005 and 2007 with seven artists being put forward in each of those years, the number being cut back to five since 2008. It’s understandable that ARIA want the Hall to remain an elite club to get into, but as each year passes the waiting list grows longer. We can’t keep so many deserving artists waiting so long. The criteria for induction is simple – an artist must fall into one of four musical categories (pop/rock, jazz, classical and country); an artist must have recorded work; that recording must have commenced twenty years prior; they must possess a “significant body of work”; they must have made a cultural impact locally and/or been recognised globally. Rock and pop now dominates (over 80 percent of inductees would fall into this category) while jazz, classical and country artists have been recognised less and less since the Hall’s inception in 1988. But that’s hardly surprising, as those genres’ grand achievers are recognised elsewhere (the Australian Country Music Foundation has its own ‘Roll

Of Renown’, the Classical Music Awards recognise longterm achievement at their annual ceremony and the Australian Jazz Awards, now the Bells, have their own Hall Of Fame). The ARIA Hall Of Fame has become the ultimate accolade for the local rock and pop scene – if you’re into that kinda thing. With this year’s inductions to take place on Wednesday 27 October, it’s that time of the year when you start wondering who will be joining those greats already inducted (over 60 artists so far, from Johnny O’Keefe, The Bee Gees and The Seekers to The Triffids, The Saints and Nick Cave). And it can be anyone who has recorded prior to 1990. Yet to be inducted from the ‘60s are successful chart acts The Loved Ones, Lynne Randell or Bobby & Laurie, let alone more seminal acts like The Atlantics, The Throb or Purple Hearts (although member Lobby Lloyd was inducted in 2006). And while the biggest names of the ‘70s have been tributed (Sherbet, Billy Thorpe, Skyhooks, The Angels and Little River Band), we are yet to honour one-time household names Jon English, Ted Mulry Gang and Hush or those who remained on the cusp like Spectrum and Ross D. Wylie. Of course, now there is the sprawling ‘80s to dip into – from The Church at one end to Kylie Minogue at the other. Inducted artists who

created, or began to create, a significant recorded output in the ‘80s so far include only INXS, Hunters & Collectors, Jimmy Barnes, Australian Crawl, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil, Divinyls, Icehouse, Men At Work, Hoodoo Gurus, Nick Cave, The Triffids and Mental As Anything. We’re yet to scratch the surface with TISM, Models, Do Re Mi, The Sports, Eurogliders, I’m Talking, Redgum, Goanna, Weddings Parties Anything, Sunnyboys, Not Drowning Waving and Yothu Yindi. Locally, the ‘80s also witnessed a boom in DIY labels giving acts on the underground live circuit the ability to release a steady flow of records. They may not have made the top 40, but many are cited by overseas artists as major influences (Eastern Dark, Cosmic Psychos, God, The Stems, Severed Heads, The Dagoes, Boxcar, Foetus, The Scientists, The Moodists, Lime Spiders and the list really goes on). It’s hard to narrow the list down to five. So, attempting to spread them across the decades and no setting aside of all personal biases how about these five in 2010? The Loved Ones: Fronted by the dark-voiced Gerry Humphries, this Melbourne band managed a string of influential singles in just a few years of existence (19651967) as they bridged mod, garage and early psychede-

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The Reels: This pop troupe from Dubbo paved the way for the future of local electronic music. Along the way they scored pop hits (Love Will Find A Way), dabbled in politics (The Bombs Dropped On Xmas), reinterpreted classics (Bad Moon Rising) and produced a song considered one of this country’s finest (Quasimodo’s Dream). The Reels also took-the-piss out of the Aussie mainstream all-the-time remaining uniquely Australian – their 1988 album Neighbours was all Australian covers including Cold Chisel’s Forever Now. The Go-Betweens: The Brisbane-based literary popsters were one of the cornerstone sources of the indie pop scene. Their elegant recordings were largely ignored by the mainstream here despite a strong live following and international cult fandom. Despite a fluctuating lineup, the basic duo of Robert Forster and the late great Grant McLennan consistently released albums of acclaimed pop masterpieces across a career spanning three decades. WHAT The ARIA Hall Of Fame WHEN & WHERE Wednesday 27 October, Hordern Pavilion

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SIGN OF THE TIMES Dear Drum, Re: Amanda’s letter (mailbag #1026) While a generation gap was a way of explaining differences in taste and values between teens and their parents during the ‘60s, whether it be music related or not, a few decades ago access to information was scant at best. However with computers now in almost every home, everything is more easily accessible and I think we blame too much on generation gaps. Being younger is no longer an excuse to not know what’s out there or what came before. Let’s face it, Australia is a depressing wasteland when it comes to music. The overwhelming majority is content on being spoon-fed what’s current only. You’re incredulous over someone not knowing The Beatles, but given how bland and disposable music is these days, what can you expect? You can’t compare ‘60s music to today, be it The Beatles, Hendrix or countless others. Music has degenerated to the point that if a band like The Beatles came out in 2010, they wouldn’t last past two albums at best. Ask yourself, if you saw four guys on stage all dressed the same and singing about living in a yellow submarine, do you seriously think they’d survive? Today a group like that would be eaten alive, seen as nothing more than a novelty act. Name any rock song considered a classic by many music fans – Smoke On The Water, Stairway To Heaven, Paranoid, etc – and there’s a multitude of people who either haven’t heard of them or disregard them as dinosaur music best left in the past. AC/DC may be our biggest rock export, but if High Voltage or TNT was put out today, they’d go nowhere, swallowed up in a myriad of consumer friendly radio noise. I spoke to a self-proclaimed “huge fan” at an Iron Maiden gig, dressed head to toe in Maiden gear, but he’d never heard of Blaze Bayley. Generation gaps maybe, or just plain ignorance? I don’t think that ramming more Aussie content down peoples’ throats is a solution. The music is already there, people just have to want it. The Drum is full of local gigs catering for every taste – and it’s free. People bitch and whinge about pub closures and that we should take some kind of affirmative action against the death knells of whatever live music scene remains, but instead of trying to close the gate after the horse has bolted, a

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simple solution would be to pry ourselves away from the TV every so often and go see some bands. As Australians we love a good outrage story and a venue closure is one that gets many people going, regardless of what generation you’re in. Although it’s one thing to get outraged over something, it’s another thing entirely to actually do anything about it. Felix Newtown I kind of wish I’d never heard Blaze Bayley out front of Iron Maiden either – Ed

MOVE ALONG Dear Drum, I agree with Martin’s letter (mailbag #1026) in that when it comes to live scenes, Sydney and Melbourne are completely different. For those lamenting that Melbourne’s scene is infinitely better because The Tote reopened whereas the Hoey remains shut, get over it, seriously. Yes, it’s a damn shame the Hoey closed and even though it was a live music icon, people act as if it was the only venue in Sydney and that the live scene is doomed because of its closure. Can we all stop to think about just how many other venues are out there still plugging away, providing live music, multiple times a week? And they haven’t closed. The Hoey shut a year ago, so instead of still banging on about it after all this time (quite possibly from in front of your computer screen), how about you actually get off your arse and see a band in a venue that is still kicking. I’m sure not all venues are swimming in gold and some are probably doing it tough, but if we want to avoid another Hoey-style closure, we should support what’s currently out there, rather than mope about what’s not there. Tara Chatswood My my, it has been a year already. Thankfully we’ve been to that many gigs since we haven’t stopped to mourn the Hoey since it originally passed. – Ed

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It’s just like a Nintendo Wii, but with added visual awesome. Proof? No-one plays bocce unless there’s some other reason to (grandad/beer). We played Playstation bocce for hours last weekend because we wanted to.

Just can’t help that lip syncing, can you?

FINALS FOOTBALL The tears, the joys, and soaking it all in as a neutral observer. That said, would much prefer it if the supported teams were still involved, so to partake in said joys/tears…

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NEWS@DRUMMEDIA.COM.AU When Parklife takes over Kippax Lake’s surrounds in Moore Park Sunday 3 October, it’ll not only be presenting a blinder of an international and national line-up you should all be well aware of, but it’ll also be presenting Convaire, a local indie pop four-piece hitting the stage courtesy triple j Unearthed. Stepping out for a solo spin, Fremantle-based singer songwriter Justin Walshe is taking in the sights this side of the continent, including The Phoenix in Canberra Wednesday 13 October and Casa Di Musica in Enmore Thursday 21. Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist Matthew Barber is releasing his fourth album, True Believer, released locally this week and introduces it personally Wednesday 29 September at the Brass Monkey, Thursday 30 at Lizotte’s Kincumber, Friday 1 October at Notes, opening for Angie Hart and Saturday 2 at the Clarendon Guesthouse. Japanese hardcore/metal band Zeni Geva are in town Saturday to play alongside Nunchukka Superfly and more at the Bald Faced Stag. Irish rockers Aslan finally hit Australia this week, having had to reschedule their originally mooted April tour and head into Canberra Irish Club Wednesday 29 September and The Forum in Moore Park Sunday 3 October. Joining NZ’s barnstorming Cell when they head into the Valve Bar (formerly The Harp in Tempe) Friday 1 October are The Understatement, City In Crisis and more. Cell return to Sydney to play Club Blink Friday 29. The Wombats won’t be releasing their new album to which they’re just adding the final touches in LA, ‘til Wednesday 24 November, but you’re sure to hear a few new songs from it at their Parklife performance Sunday 3 October. Break Even get the Guernsey opening for Alexisonfire right around the nation, which means they’ll be there Friday 8 October to do the honours at the UNSW Roundhouse.

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HOOTING AND HOWLING Those photo-savy young Ballarat punks, Howl have had a very busy year indeed – and it looks set to get much, much busier. From support slots with Children Collide and Philadelphia Grand Jury, not to mention a run of dates with Die! Die! Die!, the triple j Unearthed High previous winners are about to embark on their first ever headline tour. In support of their latest EP, Brothers In Violence – the follow-up to their brilliant debut release – the garage punks will be playing Friday 22 October at Spectrum.

BEATZ ARE BACK

SALLY SELTMANN

THE NEW SALLY

Bone Thugs N Harmony have sold out their Thursday 11 November show at The Gaelic and have now added a second show there Sunday 21. Tickets for the Newcastle CBD show Wednesday 10, Southern Cross Event Centre Canberra show Friday 12 and Grand Hotel Wollongong show Sunday 14 are still available.

After winning hearts the world-over under her old moniker, New Buffalo, Sally Seltmann has re-defined herself as a brooding and soulful folk artist. Armed with her new album Heart That’s Pounding and one of the sweetest voices in the country, Seltmann has just announced a run of shows this November and December which will see her visit both capital cities and regional towns along the way. Joined by one of the nation’s sleeper-loved acts Oh Mercy, you can catch the songstress Friday 19 November at the Grand Hotel Wollongong, Saturday 20 at The Factory Theatre and Sunday 21 at the Brass Monkey.

Akaname get to showcase their five-years-in-themaking self-titled debut album in style when they open for Baroness at the Annandale Friday 12 November. Fresh out of Detroit comes Detroit Techno in the form of D25: Detroit Twenty Five, hitting The Forum/ Entertainment Quarter Saturday 11 December and featuring Carl Craig, Theo Parish, Moodymann and more.

‘PHAT PRODUCTIONS Inspired by varying spheres of blues and rock, Tranzphat are launching their new record Dirty Bird, at the Annandale Hotel Thursday 7 October. The fourtrack EP’s available now and the band have opted to capture that big production sound – belying their status as a local outfit. It’ll be a night of all those things we love about rock.

When Pikelet hits The Gaelic Saturday night with Ghoul and Collarbones, or the Hotel Gearin Sunday with Maple Trail, you might also be hearing her radio-only Remix EP slamming out of, well, the radio.

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KING’S WELCOME

Opening for The Paradise Motel when they play the Clarendon Guesthouse Friday and the Sandringham Saturday is former Love Outside Andromeda singer Sianna Lee. Koolism are taking their latest album, The ‘Umu, for a stroll round the place, kicking off in the Transit Bar in Canberra Friday 8 October, the closest they’ll be to our patch before joining Good Vibrations in Sydney Saturday 12 February. Celebrating a decade of working together, Kid Kenobi & MC Shureshock are hitting the road with a debut single, Safe Sound, a debut EP, Ten, and a fistful of dates including Fat As Butter in Newcastle Saturday 23 October, Club Club in Sydney Saturday 20 November, King St Hotel Newcastle Friday 10 December and One Five One in Wollongong Saturday 18. Releasing their fourth studio album, Loose Manifesto, Friday 1 October, Peabody are doing an instore performance at Red Eye Records 3pm Sunday 3 and launching it live Thursday 28 at the Harp in Wollongong, Friday 5 November at the Annandale, Saturday 6 at the Phoenix Bar Canberra and Saturday 13 at the Hotel Gearin. Melbourne’s Kate Vigo & The Underground Orchestra pop into Raval Saturday 30 October. • 30• THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

NEWTOWN’S DAY OUT The eclectic Newtown Festival is back for another year, still free, still fun and probably still nice and hot. Sunday 14 November is when it all kicks off, with the first line-up announcement including Richard In Your Mind, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Thundamentals, Chocolate Strings, Mojo Juju, Snowdroppers, Ernest Ellis, Guineafowl, Megastick Fanfare, Liz Martin, Laneous And The Family Yah, Stiff Gins and Kira Puru & The Bruise. Brought to you by the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, the festival works as a fundraiser for the Centre’s essential services to those less fortunate in the community and attracts an audience of around 80,000 punters.

On the back of the success of the massive Winterbeatz event, it’s time to prepare for another huge urban/pop concert – Summerbeatz. Over four hours of live music, international names Flo Rida, who could probably ride off the success of Low for the rest of his life, multi-million record-selling Jay Sean, Twitter beef-prone Soulja Boy and Gym Class Hero’s frontman Travie McCoy will be joined by locals Stan Walker and DJ Nino Brown. It happens at Acer Arena Saturday 20 November.

It seems Billy Corgan himself decided that Adelaide’s City Riots should be the band to open for Smashing Pumpkins on their forthcoming Australian tour, which you’ll experience here under the Big Top in Luna Park Saturday 16 October.

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GATHERING NO MOSS

We’d almost call her a regular by now and it’s with pleasure that Australian audiences will welcome Kaki King back onto our shores and into our venues this November. Playing the Queenscliff and Mullum Music Festivals, she’s just announced sideshows where she’ll be playing tracks from her latest effort, Junior. With sublime guitar tactics and a voice that central to everything gelling as well as it does. Friday 19 November she’ll be at the Oxford Art Factory.

For the past year, singer/songwriter Fergus McAlpin and double bassist Adam Afiff have been playing to audiences as Roller One, developing their sound and identity one show at a time. The former members of Silver City Highway now have a record to accompany their live show – Roller One Motorsports – that was recorded in a burst of 20 songs in three days. The country-folk duo will launch the record at Ravál Tuesday 12 and Tuesday 19 October.

HOLLER ALL AROUND

CHERRY POPPIN’ GOOD TIMES

Western Australia’s Mama Kin has had a big year, dropping her album Beat And Holler somewhere in the middle of it all. Sharing stages with the likes of Gurrumul and the John Butler Trio, the rootsy singer/songwriter is finishing off 2010 with her own headline tour. It’s taken a while for her sounds to reach our ears, but she’s wasting no time now hat it has. After a showcase at the One Movement festival, you can be part of her tales Thursday 28 November at The Vanguard and Friday 29 at The Brass Monkey.

A TREAT FOR US There’s no doubting the calibre of what the Sydney Opera House have got lined up for us. American jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will be on stage, singing tracks from his Grammy Award winning album Dedicated To You. The record, which had the arts sections of the major American newspapers tripping over themselves to heap praise on, takes its music from the Impulse record, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman. Tuesday 2 November he’ll be at the Concert Hall.

The next Black Cherry rock’n’roll party is taking place to coincide with the event’s fourth birthday and will happen at The Factory Theatre Saturday 2 October. From 8pm to 2am everything that’s rocked from the ‘50s to now will be spun and on stage American one-man band Bob Log III, Mojo Juju & The Snake Oil Merchants, La Mancha Negra and The Lazys will belt out tunes. Punk Rock Karaoke and burlesque won’t be far away, either.

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SOUNDWAVE CONTINUES TO ROAR The second Soundwave line-up was leaking like a sieve recently, with bands and promoters not able to contain their excitement as they took to social networking sites. So they’ve decided to be out with it and drop the whole second and final announcement for the monster punk, rock and metal festival. One Day As A Lion (Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine and line drummer supreme Jon Theodore’s visceral collaboration) will fly out for an extremely rare performances while on the rest of the line-up there’s Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, The Murderdolls, Dimmu Borgir, Millencolin, Coheed & Cambria, The Amity Affliction, Feed, H2O, The Rocket Summer, Saxon, Silverstein, Fucked Up and We The Kings. Sunday 27 February the pilgrimage to Eastern Creek Raceway happens again.

AUSSIE ACCENTS Seemingly made for Australian audiences, moody French rockers Dimo Dero Inc will be hitting Australia to support their latest album Cremation Day In The Court Of Miracles. They’ve two albums under their belt and toured most parts of the world, but in joining tours with The Drones, Beasts Of Bourbon and The New Christs among others, they seem destined for an Australian fanbase. Friday 22 October they’re at Manly Fisho’s and Saturday 23 the Excelsior, Surry Hills.

KNOW ABOUT BONJAH

MOUTH WORKS

With a swag of APRA Award nominations under their belt, Bonjah will hit the road in support of their new single Something We Should Know, reintroducing their roots rock to fans around the country. Currently spinning on triple j airwaves, the track was recorded at Melbourne’s fabled Sing Sing studios and the band were recently showcasing themselves at the recent Bigsound conference. Friday 12 November they’re at the Brass Monkey, Saturday 13 the Beach Road Hotel and Thursday 18 Newcastle’s The Brewery.

Two of Sydney’s – and Australia’s – most exciting hip hop acts at the moment, The Tongue and Spit Syndicate are hitting the road together very soon. The Tongue’s recently dropped his new album, Alternative Energy, which was picked up as album of the week in more than a couple of places including this very publication, while The Syndicate have been going hammer and tong since the release of their second album Exile. Friday 5 November they’re at the ANU Bar, Saturday 6 Cambridge Hotel and Saturday 27 The Gaelic.

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KORN

WHO KORN ARE Returning to their roots for their ninth studio album and first for new label Roadrunner, the aptly titled, Korn III – Remember Who You Are, Korn have re-energised their fanbase. Coming out to Australia to support Guns N’ Roses (or what’s left of them) on their national tour, it was only a matter of time that a Sydney date got announced. Saturday 4 December at the Hordern Pavilion, they’ve got some top supports of their own. Not least the ever-formidable Shihad, plus Melbourne up and comers Sydonia. No room for second shows, so don’t miss the first.

A CASIO AND GRAND PLANS

SURPRISE HITS

Perhaps understandably, few took them serious when Fozzy emerged to cover metal tracks with WWE wrestler Chris Jericho at the helm. But a few years down the track they’re hit their stride with latest – and original – record Chasing The Grail, a surprisingly dynamic metal record. Returning to Australia for the first time since 2005, they’ll play an all ages show at The Factory Theatre Friday 3 December. VIP ‘meet and greet’ packages are also available for the tour.

Another taste from her forthcoming debut full-length, Emma Davis has offered us the track Machines. A Casio-driven number, it’s minimal in parts, soundscape-y in others and tied together with an obviously personal narrative. The album has been created over the last year, with help from Brian Campeau and his homemade studio, which saw friends and guests tide in an out to lend their voices and advice. Friday 29 October at the Red Rattler and Saturday 6 November at Canberra’s Front Bar, you get to find out what the fuss is about.

SEAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS Serial crowd-worker AniKiko is set to launch her album Fibonacci’s Seam at The Vanguard Thursday 30 September and then throw in the release of her first film clip for Like No Other because she can. Playing calculated and rule-breaking trip-pop, it’s probably too unlike the mathematics of her album’s namesake – less hated by high school children, though. She’s already released two EPs this year, so she’s not waiting around for you to catch up if you miss her. Alex Gibson and Yunyu will provide support for the night.

GET LOW Part of the New Justice Records roster, Chemical Transport kicked off the year with the release of their debut EP We’re Not Alone in April. Showing they won’t be tied to a genre either, they’ve since supported Switchfoot, Senses Fail, MM9, Snob Scrilla and got acoustic with MXPX’s Mike Herrera. The Sydney based five-piece are now hitting the road again in support of new single Down Down – a track about teenage parties, which just had to be recreated in a video clip. Saturday 2 October they’re at Alliance Youth, Thursday 7 Bull & Bush Hotel, SFX @ St James Hotel Saturday 30, Sirens Nightclub Friday 12 November, Gideon HQ Saturday 20 and the Crest Hotel Friday 26.

THE FUMES

INTERNATIONAL RESPECTS We always knew there’s was something exciting about The Fumes and sure enough their recent North American joint has had the folks over there yelling their praises. Now the blues/rock duo are back on home soil and they’ve even bought some friends – Canada’s Elliot Brood. Starting from scratch again in the US has seen them build a fanbase steadily, releasing singles from their back catalogue as they went along. Thursday 21 October they’re at the Great Northern, Friday 22 the Brass Monkey, Saturday 23 Notes and Sunday 24 the Heritage Hotel. Then they headline the Sydney Blues Festival Friday 29 and Saturday 30.

THIS IS THE END Music to dance to, rather than strictly ‘dance’ music, the influences for World’s End Press come from all over the shop – or musical history of the last 30 years. And they’ve been honing their skills into a debut album recently, with Music For The World due for release early next year. Recently found warming up crowds for Delphic and Miami Horror, they’re dropping and EP Faithful mid-October that will be launched and followed up in November with a full-blown tour leading up to Falls and Southbound appearances. Friday 8 October they’re at World Bar’s MUM, with a support slot for Catcall at The Civic Saturday 9.

STORM’S A-COMIN’ Bubbling at the surface for the last couple of years and having more than one person who knows what they’re talking about singing their praises, melodic rock outfit Sydonia are ready to take the next step. Leading their charge is the new single Ocean Of Storms, which previews what their second album will be made of. With a support history that boasts Slipknot, Lamb Of God and recently Dead Letter Circus, Friday 1 October they’re at the Annandale Hotel, Saturday 20 November the ANU Bar. • 32 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

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TEMPER VIEWS We already knew that The Temper Trap were the surprise headline for Harbourlife this year (which introduces a Gold Coast leg this week), bringing a show “with all the bells and whistles” for the occasion. It’s now also been announced that Metronomy, Yacht Club DJs and Knightlife will be joining the festivities. It takes over the Fleet Steps at Mrs Macquarie’s point Saturday 20 November, running from 2pm to 10pm.

LYING ABOUT THE BLUES

THE EARLY BIRDS If there’s no rest for the wicked then we’re hoping that Eagle & The Worm don’t end up auditing our tax returns. The Melbourne act seems to be spending most of their time touring and once again venues across the east coast beckon as they continue support debut single Futureman and follow up All I Know. With plenty of glam and camp to go around, their honed eight-piece live show hits The Harp Hotel Thursday 14 October, Coogee Diggers Friday 15 and Spectrum Saturday 16.

TRUE BLOOD

Once upon a time they were called the Very Geordie Malones and now they’re called Kira Puru & The Bruise and with all matter of hyperbole and superlative they’re hitting the road in support of their second studio recording – The Liar. The no holds-barred blues revellers were at Katoomba’s Bohemian Masquerade Ball last week – this Wednesday they’re at the Bar On The Hill, Newcastle’s Masquerade Ball Friday, The Vanguard Friday 1 October and Wednesday 20 Phoenix Canberra.

We last saw them as the special guests of Kasabian, and the Fearless Vampire Killers are trekking back into town very soon to preview songs from their debut album – which we’re told is almost completed. Mixing psychedelic surf and pop punk initiatives, they’ll be right at home in the intimate Good God Small Club Thursday 30 September and Friday 1 October at the Ivanhoe Hotel – the latter is free.

ANIMAL SHAPES

THE VICTORIANS ARE COMING

The hard rocking Baby Animals are making another of their rare forays onto the stage when they the Oxford Art Factory Wednesday 20 October. Frontwoman Suze Demarchi has been based in Los Angeles for the last 16 years, but is now back on home soil until the new year to play some shows, write some songs (a new Baby Animals album is not off the cards) and soak up the Australian summer vibe once again. It’s a one-off show, so ensure that you’re present and accounted for.

The Oxford Art Factory will welcome two Melbourne musicians to its stage in the near future, each with a story to tell and a new record to promote. They are The Stu Thomas Paradox – the multi instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Thomas having played bass with Kim Salmon for years – and their album Escape From Algebra and the vocally gifted Jane Dust, with her new self-titled record. They team up for the CD launch Thursday 14 October.

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STONEFEST 2.0 Canberra’s music festival, Stonefest, has encountered a couple of line-up hiccups recently, with headliners The Panics and Cloud Control having to pull out of the event, due to recording commitments and a UK tour respectively. Called in to fill their shoes will be roots man Xavier Rudd and Sydney indie up-and-comers Deep Sea Arcade – so things are going to be a little different, but the vibe’ll stay the same. Happening 30 October at the University Of Canberra, previously announced acts still on the bill include Pendulum, Bliss N Eso, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Spiderbait, Airbourne, Clare Bowditch & The New Slang and Operator Please.

MISS MARE Adelaide’s newest talent, Delamare have been busy of late, scoring support slots for local heroes The Presets, Pete Murray and Operator Please among others. The five piece play a rock/pop blend, accentuated with moods and accompanying lyrics and their latest single Miss Sunshine has been receiving attention on local radio and TV. The boys will be embarking on a run of shows throughout the state in October, playing Thursday 21 October at The Wall, Friday 22 at the Mars Hill Cafe, Saturday 23 at Trash – which has recently moved to Plantation Bar – and Sunday 24 at the Annandale Hotel.

SOUND OF POCKET CHANGE Launching this Friday is Sydney’s newest social night (unless you start one very soon), the Stop Start $7 Social Club. Finding a home in the emerging indie venue, Melt Bar, the new night will be graced with performances from Hungry Kids Of Hungry, Maniac and Pluto Jonze. On the eve of the Coaster festival, Hungry Kids are making the stop over in the city for a solo show a few weeks before the release of their debut album, Escapades – it’s a cracker. All in attendance will be also gifted with a Stop Start Sampler.


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HOWL AT THE KIDS Destroy All Lines – the folks behind the hugely popular Sydney punk/party night institution Hot Damn – are launching a brand new night, Teen Wolves at UTS’ Glasshouse. With a band room big enough for locals and internationals, the Hot Damn DJs will be spinning throughout the night as well. Launching Saturday 6 November, Carpathian and Shinto Katana will be kicking proceedings off. Expect it to go long into the night and long into the future.

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Just as you thought things couldn’t get any busier, nu metal-cum-alternative rock heroes Linkin Park are headed our way this summer. Playing major arena shows throughout the country, the five-piece will be showcasing songs off their new album A Thousand Suns (debuted at #1 this week), and, of course, those old favourites (which will make for an interesting setlist). It’s been a couple of years since the Californian five-piece have graced our sunny shores, last time around singer Chester Bennington broke his wrist attempting a stage dive at a Melbourne show. Be ready for the noise Saturday 11 December at Acer Arena, with tickets on sale Friday. (P.S., the band and Jay-Z will be in Sydney the same time by our reckoning – will Collision Course be revisited?)

The line-up for New Year’s Eve’s Harbour party has been announced, with a huge international and local contingent set to be hyping you into the new year. Germany’s Digitalism – you’ll know them from such club monsters as Pogo – head things up, with Sneaky Sound System, New York’s Dennis Ferrer, Riva Starr and Goodwill running out the bill. Taking place at Luna Park’s harbourside location, there’ll also be the fireworks to watch if you can keep your eyes off the live acts. This year 31 December falls on a Friday.

BONA-FIDE BASSIST

THE NAKED + FAMOUS

There’s few better names in the bass world to be compared to than Jaco Pastorious, but that’s exactly what Richard Bona can lay claim to. And now, thanks to the Adelaide Guitar Festival, which is being curated by Slava Grigoryan, Bona is on track to make his first ever appearance in Australia. The seventh recipient of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal’s honour for those with influence over jazz and crossover, his new album Then Shades Of Blues will be released in Australia to coincide with his tour. Wednesday 24 November he’s at The Basement, Circular Quay.

“One-woman orchestra” Glasser, aka Los Angeles-based artist Cameron Mesirow, has just released her debut album, Ring, here. UK five-piece indie rockers Rotating Leslie, who spent their first four years together practicing, writing and recording in an old farmhouse in Hertfordshire before they got discovered, release their debut album, The Walls Have Ears, Thursday. The hotly anticipated new and eighth studio album from Shihad, Ignite, finally hits stores Friday. Fifteen years after releasing their last album, the reunited Soundgarden release a career retrospective, Telephantasm, which includes one previously unreleased track from their Badmotorfinger sessions, Friday. Still keeping it simple and authentic, Justin Townes Earle releases his new album, Harlem River Blues, Friday. Eric Clapton releases his 19th solo studio album, simply titled Clapton, Friday, among the inevitable guests are Steve Winwood, Sheryl Crow, Wynton Marsalis and Derek Trucks. The ninth album, Mixed Race, from producer extraordinaire Tricky, is released 1 October, with the album officially introducing IrishItalian singer Franky Riley, who has been Tricky’s vocalist the past two years. The multi-skilling producer Mark Ronson has set the Dap Kings aside for his latest album, Record Collection, out Friday, utilising instead a bunch of vintage keyboards he bought on eBay. System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian releases his solo album, Imperfect Harmonies, Friday. Old school R&B singer John Legend has hooked up with hip hop combo The Roots to create an album of soul covers from the ‘60s and ‘70s aimed at instilling some serious consciousness in this second decade of the 21st century. The album, Wake Up!, is released Friday. Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist KT Tunstall releases her third studio album, Tiger Suit, Friday. One of Britain’s most popular exports, Seal, reunited with producer David Foster for his sixth album, Seal 6: Commitment, released Friday.

PASSIVE ME / AGGRESSIVE YOU

Israeli-born, South African-raised singer songwriter Yoav releases his second album, A Foolproof Escape Plan, Friday.

Album out 1 October

Auckland, NZ three-piece punkettes Coolies release their latest effort, Master, Monday. Slow Dancing Society is Washington-based producer and musician Drew Sullivan and his new album, Under The Sodium Lights, is out Thursday 30 September.

featuring the single Young Blood

Sometime Wilson Picker Andrew Morris called in a few of his fellow Brisbanites The Gin Club and Bernard Fanning, as well as Tim Rogers, Clare Bowditch, Washington and Drew from The Panics, to help out in the recording of his fifth album, Shadow Of A Shadow, out Friday 1 October.

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Friday 1 October sees EMI release An Introduction To Syd Barrett, a new, remastered collection from both Syd Barrett’s solo and band period from the late and deeply troubled founder of Pink Floyd.

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IT’S NOT ALL DRUNK GUYS AND GIRLS WHEN IT COMES TO BIRDS OF TOKYO, BUT, THERE IS A KOOK AND BIRDS OF TOKYO LOVE HIM, EVEN IF HE’S WEIRD AND WEARS A COLOURFUL SHIRT. IAN KENNY AND ADAM SPARK TALK TO DANIELLE O’DONOHUE ABOUT WHEN THINGS COME FROM A REAL PLACE. COVER AND FEATURE PICS BY KANE HIBBERD.

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t’s a pretty big change of scenery, to go from the bright, blue skies and endless beaches of Perth to the almost permanent dark of a winter in Sweden. Imagine also that you’re not just in Sweden to take in the sights and visit the fjords, but to create – to record your magnum opus, your most defining album up to this point. Before this Birds Of Tokyo had spent the majority of their recording time at home in WA or in Melbourne, with guitarist Adam Spark taking on the role of producer. But a change is as good as a holiday, right? For album number three, Birds (Spark, singer Ian Kenny, bass player Anthony Jackson, drummer Adam Weston and unofficial fifth member, keyboardist Glenn Sarangapany) enlisted the help of an outside producer, Scott Horscroft, a man known for working on projects with a rich sonic palette, such as Silverchair’s Young Modern, The Sleepy Jackson’s Personality… and The Panics’ Cruel Guards. Then after two weeks’ preproduction in Sydney in the hottest month of the year, the band decamped to Scandinavia. “It was like minus-twenty outside,” Kenny says of their briefly adopted home. “It was brutal. Two weeks in Sydney in January and six weeks in Sweden and then two weeks in New York mixing. The bulk of the record was made in Sweden. Cool place to do it.” “Literally and figuratively,” Spark adds laughing. “It’s funny. It was that bleak,” Kenny continues. “It was dark. Not completely dark, but more than it was light. You still had your seven hours of daylight or whatever. But we didn’t see it much. We were in the studios going insane. And it had an effect on the record, I think. It’s funny. If you listen to this record – for those that look into it – if you found out it was made in the Bahamas in the middle of a beautiful summer you’d probably go, ‘That doesn’t sound right.’ But the fact that it was made in a fairly hostile environment, it had a mental effect on the headspace we were in. It allows you to look inward and really focus and really feel a connection for what the unit is doing at the time.” “The fact that it was a new avenue, an organic forward movement, for Birds, this record was totally necessary,” Spark adds earnestly. “I think to make this record [we had] to be in an uncomfortable environment because you really do disconnect from the real world. We were so disconnected it wasn’t even funny.” “Cabin fever set in.” This time it’s Kenny’s turn for the one-liner. But together the pair paint a vivid picture of a creative process outside the Birds Of Tokyo norm. And so far the new way of working has paid off. Released at the end of July, Birds Of Tokyo, the band’s eponymous third album, debuted on the ARIA chart at number two, only kept from a chart-topping opening week by the allconquering Eminem. • 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

Now, a month later Birds Of Tokyo is still hanging onto its place in the top ten – an oddity for an Australian rock album. Usually albums like this, if they debut high, they fall rapidly. But the album has already achieved gold status and with the band’s biggest tour to date about to start, playing venues like Festival Hall in Melbourne and the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, as well as festival appearances including Coaster this weekend, it’s highly likely the album will stick around the upper reaches of the charts for a little longer yet. And to think, after five years of drawing their audience in with big, hook-filled rock numbers, this album was the band’s “taking a risk” moment; the point where they stepped out from behind the guitars and developed a new sonic language for their audience to connect with. “If you’re in your home you’ve got friends going, ‘Huh?’ constantly,” Spark says of the recording process, “Reminding you that you’re doing something different than you’d normally do, so you maybe pull back on that. But we had no one around us, that influence. We were allowed to just run with it. Plans, it was just coming out really bubbly and pretty and electronic and we’re going, ‘Wow.’ We’re in Sweden so we don’t know any better and then you finish it and you go, ‘Shit, how are people in Australia going to think this is Birds?’ But you don’t really think about that. It just is what it is. And that’s when it becomes really real and honest.” There are some elements to the new Birds sound that weren’t totally unexpected. This time last year, the band were preparing for a national ‘Strings’ tour that stripped their songs down to their acoustic bones and added a string quartet. But Kenny asserts there isn’t a direct link between that tour and the addition of strings on the new album. “We’d done all this before the strings tour even happened. The wheels [for the record] were set in motion before the string thing. It’s come up a lot in interviews too. People have been asking, ‘Did it inspire the new record? What did it inspire?’ But it affected us as a band I think and allowed us to learn and grow and feel things out in a completely different light. But [the album] was done.” What people perhaps weren’t expecting were songs like The Gap, a song that manages to be heavy and dense with hardly a guitar riff to be heard, where instead a string section gives the song its hooks and there’s a gang vocal at the end, or The Unspeakable Scene, a song that sounds more like modern day Silverchair than Birds Of Tokyo. Even Kenny can see the connection. “Maybe, yeah, Diorama,” Kenny says, acknowledging where the song fits in the Australian rock landscape. “I think it’s the nature of the string delivery on that that punctuated that. It’s pretty kooky. To me it’s the black sheep of the record. But it’s totally fuckin’ cool. I don’t say black sheep in a negative thing. It is absolutely part of the family and without it the album wouldn’t be the same at all. The record would be completely different.” “It’s like the weird cousin,” Spark adds. “Y’know. You’ve

got a family BBQ and the weird cousin turns up and he’s in his colourful suit. He’s a kook but we love him.” It’s the colour and diversity of the palette the band are painting with on Birds Of Tokyo that make it an album worth returning to again and again. And it’s going to take on another life again when these songs get a run onstage. The album is full of songs just made to be played in stadiums. Though no band is ever presumptuous enough to assume there is an audience out there for each new album they release, especially guys as humble and down to earth as this Perth four-piece, from the outset both Kenny and Spark knew it wasn’t a matter of winning people over to the new Birds Of Tokyo sound; it was a matter of giving them space to make up their own minds and let the songs do the rest. “People need to just source it themselves,” Kenny says. “You can’t tell people how they should listen to this presuming they’ll like it. I think people find things. If you go searching for them you’ll find them and if you find it you might be pleasantly surprised. “Some people shy away from things that they don’t know and I think any band that’s put out a new release has to take that on board because people like what they know. But in understanding this band I think people will absolutely enjoy this record. Maybe not on first listen, but I think we’ve offered a fair bit.” “You’re either into it, or you’re not,” Spark says decisively. ”I think everything we do comes from a pretty real place. There’s no bullshit. It is a reflection of who we are and if people aren’t comfortable with that, that’s their own thing. “To be honest I feel a lot that we’re a fairly misunderstood band. In that I think what people on the outside think of this band is that it is just big, dumb, muscular rock and people assume that of the crowd as well. That it’s just drunk guys carrying on and singing along and that kind of stuff and drunk girls and whatever. From the inside it’s not like that. “The stuff that people really resonate with and people kind of talk to you at shows is not the big hooky singles. It’s not the big, ‘There goes my baby’ moments,” Spark continues, namechecking the chorus of their earlier track Silhouettic. “It’s track eight and the elevens and stuff that people go, ‘I love all that, but my favourite one is this one.’ It’s great because people are constantly surprising us. It’s not as big and engaging but it’s much more personal.” WHO Birds Of Tokyo WHAT Birds Of Tokyo (EMI) WHEN & WHERE Saturday, Coaster Festival; Thursday 30 September, Hordern Pavilion; Saturday 20 November, Open Arms Festival; Friday 26 November, Newtowns Nation

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THE KEYMASTER Glenn Sarangapany’s role in Birds Of Tokyo is so much more than simply hired hand. While the keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist isn’t a fullyfledged member, he plays on all their recordings and is always there behind a bank of keyboards when the band plays live. To bring this new album to life, Sarangapany is going to have his work cut out for him. Rather than take another string quartet out on the road, Sarangapany’s bandmates have entrusted him with the task of filling out the band’s sound. “We’ve equipped ourselves with the latest technology,” Ian Kenny says with a wry smile. “We’ve got this elaborate keyboard system,” Adam Spark goes on to explain. “This little brain thing which allows [Sarangapany] to play on one hand the chords of the piano with one finger and the other fingers he has got a harmony string section and electronic bleeps. Him and I spent a week in a house in LA, starting on a Tuesday morning setting this rig up and we finally programmed our first song on the Saturday night. That came with massive hugs and yelling.” “But you were kind of learning it as you went though,” Kenny points out, before adding with a chuckle, “It was so funny. These guys were like pulling out their hair.” But with determination and perseverance, Spark and Sarangapany have conquered their new piece of technology. It’s clear Kenny and Spark have a lot of respect for Birds Of Tokyo’s unofficial fifth member and the way he approaches the kinds of challenges this ambitious and forward-thinking band like to present him with. “Glenn loves it,” Kenny says. “He just throws himself in the deep end. He’s more than capable of taking it on board. He loves a challenge. He’s like an octopus. Doing crossovers and under overs and this arm behind. You watch him. It’s hilarious. It’s pretty funny.” “I think people love the challenge of taking on a task that seems impossible,” Spark says. “Glenn’ll send me videos of himself. I’ve been on Skype with him before when I’ve been over in the US and he’s in Australia and he’s playing. ‘Here’s what I’ve done. Listen to what I’ve done.’ And I hear these massive orchestra organs, pianos, synths. ‘I’m doing it all with two hands.’ ‘You’re a maniac.’” Spark though believes one of Sarangapany’s biggest assets is his ability to get his increasingly complex job done onstage with a minimum of fuss. While the Strings tour gave Sarangapany a chance to take centre stage at a grand piano, the band’s upcoming tour will see the focus back on the unit as a whole. “You don’t want people to notice,” Spark says. “You just want people to feel it. It’s working hard to make it feel fairly effortless and seamless. It’s a fairly discrete thing. He’s up there doing his thing and we’re there playing our thing.”


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REGURGITATOR DUO BEN ELY AND QUAN YEOMANS HAVE ALWAYS WALKED A DIFFERENT PATH TO MOST OTHER BANDS. ELY CHECKS IN WITH DANIELLE O’DONOHUE.

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sk Regurgitator’s Ben Ely what he wants his band’s legacy to be and the normally articulate and thoughtful bassist hesitates. “I don’t know. I don’t know how to answer that question. I feel a bit embarrassed about it. As long as we’ve brought some happiness to some people at some point, I think that’s probably the main thing. I think just to remind people there’s more to life than just being entrenched in the grind. To remind people of a kind of tribal idea at a gig, when people get together it feels like this is humanity. This is people coming together to be elevated out of our earthly state, our material state. That sounds kind of like new age bullshit to me, but something like that,” Ely says with a chuckle. Regurgitator may never have had an ARIA number one album or headlined stadiums, but theirs is a legacy that is about so much more than just sales figures. Units sold don’t even begin to do justice to this band. Likewise, Ely’s hope for his band’s legacy also seems to undersell the extent of Regurgitator’s achievements over the last 16 years. Whether it be songs that have become part of pop culture – Polyester Girl, Black Bugs, or ! (The Song Formerly Known As) – or the ambitious and very eccentric Band In A Bubble project, or their recent forays into the world of high culture, Regurgitator are a band that can never be pinned down, musically or otherwise. “It’s just helping our short attention spans that we have,” Ely says of the various paths the band has taken over the years. “As we grow as a band we need to do some different things to challenge ourselves and keep it interesting, as well as, I don’t know, seem relevant to people.

I think you can put stuff out as you write it. If you write a song and you like it, you put it out. And it’s done. You can kind of move onto the next thing. FEEL PRESENTS

“It’s kind of good to explore making music in different ways. Last year we did a show in Brisbane with a contemporary dance company. It’s just good exploring new ways of being a band without having to be a band in that pop sense – putting out a record and making a video clip and selling yourself as a personality, rather than just creating something that’s a bit more arty.” As part of their non-traditional approach to music, the band are moving away from the more structured album release, taking to the Internet with gusto and releasing music at much more frequent intervals, the first of which is called Distractions. “It will just free us up to just put out whatever we feel is okay at the time. I think you can put stuff out as you write it. If you write a song and you like it, you put it out. And it’s done. You can kind of move onto the next thing. “I think it’s kind of fine for us because we’ve genre hopped a little bit. I’ve got this song that sounds like this bluegrass song – about the devil – that I thought I was going to put it on the last album, but now I can put those songs online and it will be fine. You just put it out. It’s just a song that goes out to the world and whoever wants it can listen to it. I think it will help us create whatever we like.” Ely has faith that Regurgitator fans are ready, willing and able to adjust to a new way of following his band. “I think that it will probably just free us up from the idea of making something cohesive so when we go to do a tour or something we might press vinyl or do a CD of the compilation of the songs that we’ve released online. I think the albums that we put out that work the best are the ones that genre hop the most. Like, Mish Mash was all over the place and Unit was all over the place and even Tu-Plang. I think they were pretty good albums.” This sudden change in the Regurgitator world isn’t just about shrugging off the old industry model of production; it’s also a way for the band to prepare for a more prolific songwriting period. For the last few years, while the band released and toured their last album, Love And Paranoia, Ely’s partner in Regurgitator Quan Yeomans had been living in Hong Kong. Now Yeomans is back and for the first time in a long time, Ely or his fellow songwriter doesn’t need to jump on a plane to see each other. “He was over there and working on his solo album. So now it’s really good to be in the same city so we can work a bit more diligently on Regurgitator, rather than sending emails and tracks to each other, which doesn’t really work very well. Actually, I think we appreciate it now. “We haven’t really had that free time together. So it’s funny, it feels like we’re better friends than ever. We haven’t fought at all this year. It’s been really good. It’s going the opposite way relationships are supposed to go. It’s good at the beginning, you don’t fight, then you fight at the end and break up. We started our relationship fighting all the time and now… things have been done in reverse.” Ely accepts the suggestion that maybe he and Yeomans are just growing up – that starting the band as angry, teenage punks was always going to lead to lots of creative tension that just isn’t as applicable anymore. “Maybe that’s what it is,” Ely admits contemplatively, “cardiganwearing thirtysomethings. We can talk about it calmly and gently and everything’s going to be fine. I don’t feel any older. “I mean I look in the mirror, obviously I look older but it’s a weird sense that I have. When I went to Sydney [for a show at the Opera House last month] I just had this feeling like it was… It may as well have been 1993 and we’d gone to Sydney to play for our first time. It didn’t feel any different. It felt really fresh.”

“BUILT TO SPILL IS A LIVING TESTAMENT TO THE ENDURING POWER OF THE ROCK GUITAR. DOUG MARTSCH’S SIX-STRING SYMPHONIES ARE AS SUBLIME AS THEY ARE MASTERFUL, BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN POP-ROCK PRECISION AND PUNK-ROCK ABANDON.” - DETROIT FREE PRESS

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If Ely and Yeomans are as excited to be playing as they did 16 years ago, then the energy they bring to their stage show night after night, maybe that should be their legacy.

Friday 22nd October Factory Theatre, Marrickville

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Special guests The Laurels

WHEN & WHERE Wednesday, Hotel Gearin; Thursday, The Maram; Friday, Wollongong Uni; Saturday, Manning Bar; Friday 10 December, Festival Of The Sun

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SIMPLE PLEASURES

AMONG OTHER THINGS, PETER HOOK IS AN AUTHOR, DJ, NIGHTCLUB OWNER, CURRENT MEMBER OF THE LIGHT AND “ANOTHER COUPLE OF PROJECTS IN THE WORKS”. BUT IT’S AN ALBUM HE AND SOME MATES MADE 30 YEARS AGO THAT’S BRINGING HIM HERE. THE MAN KNOWN AS HOOKY TELLS ROSS CLELLAND TALES OF JOY DIVISION, NEW ORDER AND WHATEVER COMES NEXT.

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t’s a striking image. The graphic representation of the flashes from a dying Pulsar star in fact. But as an album cover, it’s as iconic as that baby in the swimming pool, or those guys on the pedestrian crossing. ‘It’ is Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. When released in 1979, the critics embraced it, but as the band’s tragedy unfolded, with singer Ian Curtis becoming a generational martyr, the myth and influence of the album grew. Even now you’ll hear echoes of its moody atmospherics.

Peter Hook’s throbbing bass was one of the centrepieces of the album’s sound, but he certainly didn’t think it would endure. As the man himself offers, in a Manchester accent which you half-expect to be called from the phone at any moment because there’s ‘trouble at t’mill’, “If someone said to me a few months back that I’d be going to Australia to play Unknown Pleasures? I would have just said, ‘Don’t be fuckin’ ridiculous.” He offers the back story: “It came about from [Manchester’s] Macclesfield Council – we were supposed to celebrate Ian’s life and Joy Division’s music in May. But naturally, being a government idea, it fell through,” he chuckles dryly. “For whatever reasons, we’ve never celebrated one year, or five, ten, twenty-five years of it – and I wasn’t going to let it go again. To be honest, I thought we’d just play it the once at home – and I want to point out, every time we do it is because I’ve been asked to do it, not me pushing to do it. I’m gratified people want it.” That history – and the album’s effect on listeners then to now – makes people very protective of it. Hook has been careful with the memories. “I’ve got records that mean so much to me: Ian Dury’s New Boots, Nico’s Chelsea Girl, The Clash. You don’t want someone making a mess of it.” He’s heard the whispers and is blunt about the criticism. “If someone had said after hearing us, ‘That’s shit, mate,’ I’d pack it away. Now, we’ve had plenty of people saying that before they hear it, but no one’s said it afterward. Those who say I’m ‘cashing in’? Fook, I’ve waited thirty years to cash in? I’ve had the winning lottery ticket – and I’ve just left it in my pants pocket for thirty years? I wish!” he laughs darkly. The fact is there are songs on that record we just never did. It was not really through technical problems, it was just easier to ‘rock out’ and more delicate songs just never got played. We were twenty-one and just wanted to take everyone’s ‘eads off.” Hook also admits the album’s quality was as much due to the eccentric genius of producer Martin Hannett. “He gave the album an aura that was very lasting, very ethereal. Bernard [Sumner, guitar] and I – we would have made a punk record. We liked The Clash, The Sex Pistols and it just wouldn’t have the mystique to it. But it was like working with a mad professor – we really didn’t know what he was talking about a lot of the time.” It’s all about the arrogance of youth, apparently. They just didn’t recognise the greatness of what they’d done, they actively disliked the result. “Fook no, I hated it! I thought he’d emasculated our music, where he’d actually empowered it. Found depths in it I certainly didn’t know were there.” Thus, 30 years of experience, of knowledge, of hindsight can now be put into a live performance. And compromise is possible, apparently. “I hope it’s a cross between Martin’s idea of Joy Division and mine. There’s a lot of atmosphere he gave it and the ‘balls out’ we’d put there.” There’s durability to the songs as well. Hook has been performing the album in several manners over the past couple of months, sometimes surprising himself. “We’ve done it with orchestra and a choir. That’s a long way from punk. I pissed myself laughing when Deep Purple did that in the ‘70s and now it’s me doing it.” You can almost hear the shake of his head, before he gets sincere. “But it sounds fantastic. Atmosphere is sublime with an orchestra.” Realism intrudes: “But we can’t quite afford to bring the symphony out there. You’re just getting us. But it works this way too – a different energy.” The ‘us’ is basically his band, The Light, with son Jack playing his dad’s trademark bass lines. “I recognise myself all too much in watching him.” So, does he get the bass down round his knees like his dad? “Ha! He plays low. He’s still nervous, but he’s coming along. The more confidence he’s getting, the bass gets lower each time. That’s my boy.”

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First single ‘Time to Wander’ out now. Debut album ‘Gilgamesh’ coming soon.

Having been through it, he’s pretty well-placed to give the right advice to Jack and other young ‘uns. “Oh yeah, there’s always rules that still stand. Here’s the first one: Don’t sign anything when you’re nineteen. I’ve got this little game with my solicitor - he’ll show me some piece of paper and I’ll go, ‘What fuckin’ idiot did that?’ and he turns the page over and shows me. ‘Er, it’d be you.’ Did it thirty years ago and still paying for it.” But even knowing cynicism can’t make everything a happy ending. The other surviving members of Joy Division, Bernard Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris – who went on with Hook to international success in New Order and spent over 20 years together – have no contact with him, or comment on this revival. It feels like a dysfunctional family. “It is a bit. Yeah, so I’m looking forward to our Christmas lunch,” he adds with some mischief. “Have a guess who’s going to be the grumpy uncle drinking in the corner?” He goes on to a little more serious reflection though. “It is a shame, particularly with anniversaries and such. Unknown Pleasures gave us the life we have today. It is sad we can’t share it. I owe a lot to Bernard, Stephen, Ian – and what we did together. And the chance to acknowledge it – even walking around with a sandwich board with the cover on it and yelling ‘Hey, this is a great fucking record, you should hear it!’ – it just should be celebrated. I’d be happy with that.”

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DEAD HEART TALKING

IT HAD ALL THE ELEMENTS OF AN ARCHETYPAL GOTHIC TALE – A BABY DISAPPEARS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT IN AUSTRALIA’S DEAD HEART – TAILOR-MADE FOR THE PARADISE MOTEL. CHARLES BICKFORD TELLS MICHAEL SMITH ABOUT THEIR NEW ALBUM, AUSTRALIAN GHOST STORY.

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Thematically, the tragedy of Azaria Chamberlain as it’s explored in Australian Ghost Story sits more than comfortably with the things The Paradise Motel have written about on their previous albums, often preoccupied as they are with themes of death, disappearance and the incipient strangeness of the Australian wilderness. The Azaria Chamberlain case remains contentious for a lot of people and Bickford very wisely chose not to make any judgements either way in retelling the story. “I guess I was about eight or ten when it happened, but I’d been living overseas with my family for a couple of years and we’d just got back to Australia when it happened and as happens when you’re a child, you don’t grasp the enormity of it, but you’re aware that this is something that’s very much discussed and very heatedly discussed. Certainly as a child it seemed it was all the adults were talking about and I think that probably planted the seed for me, this sort of mass shared event in Australia that wasn’t of a sporting nature.

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t did seem like it was waiting for us,” songwriter, acoustic guitarist and organist with The Paradise Motel, Charles Bickford admits, discussing the decision to write an album based on the disappearance of the baby Azaria Chamberlain from her parents’ tent near Uluru 30 years ago. “I’d certainly been thinking about doing some work about the Azaria thing for a long time, but to be honest with you, I don’t think anyone in the band – and certainly not me – was at the right time of their lives do the record before. Most of us have had children and we’ve had various things happen in our lives that maybe made us a little bit more sensitive to… calamity I guess. Having children makes you understand time differently and I think the loss of a child certainly amplifies that.”

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There’s another very palpable “character” involved in the cast of Australian Ghost Story of course, and that is the land itself and the outback in particular. “I’m pretty sure it was Robert Hughes who was writing about how there’s this melancholy to Australia and it’s often written about as quite a frightening place, the outback, but I think there’s also this terrible melancholia as well. Australia can seem a very silent, frightening place for everyone, yet you can also go to classic places in Australia where that melancholia is located – like Hanging Rock – and it is a very sombre and meditative place. That’s why I was trying to tell this story with the background as a sad place as well as an angry place.” All of which makes the story a natural match for the kind of atmospherically evocative soundscapes that The Paradise Motel has always done so well. “That was the beauty of this collaboration and that’s what it felt like for me, this record. All of the elements really fixed on this one point. For the first time in our creative lives everything was aligned and we didn’t have to think about it much. It was a very quick record by our standards and it seemed to be propelled from the centre.” In a very real sense, Australian Ghost Story wasn’t the album The Paradise Motel had intended to release as their first since reforming in 2007. Originally forming in Hobart in 1994 and moving to Melbourne the following year, they quickly established themselves with their distinctively evocative form of art rock. By the time they released their second album, Flight Paths, they were attracting a lot of critical attention from the UK and in 1998 they moved to London, touring Europe and the US. But by 2000, they’d broken up, some members returning to Melbourne, others opting to remain in London. “The band had run out of things to say,” is how Bickford explains the band’s dissolution in London ten years ago. The members all kept in touch however and in 2007, The Paradise Motel reformed and recorded what would have been their third album, I Still Hear Your Voice At Night, the following year, only for their drummer at the time, Damien Hill, to sadly pass away. That album was put on hold, but the emotions unleashed by Hill’s passing in a sense propelled the recording of what has now become their third album, Australian Ghost Story. “Looking back at the music we made in our twenties as a group, I think we were always interested in telling these stories of loss, essentially, and I think we were really trying to beyond just the stories to explore what it is to be conscious. This record is a little bit of a departure for us in that there’s a lot of social thought that’s gone into what we’re trying to reflect on in Australia – the frustrations and also the power of being Australian. Coming back to Australia after so many years I had a much heightened sense of Australianness than I’d ever done before.” Australian Ghost Story was originally released on the 30th anniversary of Azaria’s birth, June 11, this year, as a limited edition USB stick. “What happened was we had everybody in the same country again for a brief period and we thought we’d do a couple of shows and weren’t really sure where we would go beyond that. I was not particularly drawn to playing our old songs – not for any reason beyond having plenty of new songs to play – but we were aware that people might not be particularly interested. So we made the music available on these USB sticks and just played Australian Ghost Story from start to end a few times in Melbourne and it was good – people liked it.” WHO The Paradise Motel WHAT Australian Ghost Story (Left Over Life To Kill/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE Friday, Clarendon Guest House; Saturday, Sandringham Hotel


YOU, ME AND THIS WAVE

STILL RISING FROM THE BOOST THAT SOUNDWAVE GAVE THEM EARLIER THIS YEAR, YOU ME AT SIX RETURN TRIUMPHANTLY. SCOTT FITZSIMONS CATCHES UP WITH “PESSIMIST” JOSH FRANCESCHI AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD.

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festival the size of Soundwave is going to throw up a few surprises, a few discoveries, and You Me At Six are undoubtedly a success story of the 2010 event. The Surrey, England, rockers had just released their second album, Hold Me Down, and were looking to capitalise on the buzz they were generating elsewhere in the world helped along by supports with Paramore and a #5 debut for the new album in the homeland. When vocalist Josh Franceschi spoke to Drum prior to their visit earlier this year, he was keen to introduce the band on the right foot – and felt understandably humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as acts like Florence + The Machine, alongside whom they were charting. Distancing themselves from the dogmas of their scene – and perhaps particularly the Fueled By Ramen methods – he was assuring us that the band were in complete creative control, calling the shots over their label and management (originally a band member’s father).

We were like, ‘Why the fuck would you even care [about us]? What’s going on here?’

Not only did they play to thousands of Paramore fans in the sideshow supports on that February tour, but even had people turning heads at their festival sets. “We guessed we were going to have fun,” reminisces Franceschi, “but we weren’t sure whether we were going to get well received or even whether people knew about us, being so far from home. It was really, really flattering the people coming out to watch us play at Soundwave, singing along and stuff and coming to our signings.” While they won’t be playing Soundwave again next year, they’ve managed to beat the festival around, returning half a year after their first jaunt for their own headlining tour. Their sudden jump in profile is yet to sink in. “You ask anyone in our band. I’m the negative person in our band; I’m the pessimist. I’m the one that thinks that we’ve been dealt a really good hand of luck and it’s going to run out any moment. When we came to Australia, we were completely overwhelmed and surprised by the response we had. I mean, when people from our label were turning up and taking us to radio interviews and stuff, we were like, ‘Why the fuck would you even care [about us]? What’s going on here?’ I can’t wait to come back. At Soundwave it was hard to meet all the people that I wanted to meet, like all the fans at shows and stuff. But September I’m going to make sure everyone’s aware that we’re very, very grateful for everything we’ve got and we really appreciate it.” Though Australia and America have taken to the quartet with open arms and signature requests, they’re not quite world conquerors yet. It’s proving challenging in Asia and they haven’t had a Japanese release yet – surely a region where they’d be similarly appreciated, if not more so. “Japan’s been… difficult,” he says carefully, but honestly. “Our label… it’s weird actually, it goes to show that it happens to everyone – but I mean, they won’t even release 30 Seconds To Mars’ record, they won’t release ours either in Japan. So we feel like we’re banging our head against a brick wall with them. “Stuff is starting to happen in Europe I suppose, but Australia has got a feeling; we’re all part of the Commonwealth, there’s a lot of love because we speak the same language – maybe that’s the reason why people are getting amongst it, I don’t know… I think it’s amazing but I always feel like we’re dreaming about this position; it isn’t actually happening. The fact that I’m being paid to go out to Australia to play shows in front of people that like the music we wrote, it’s ridiculous. We’re very, very lucky… In two years no one will give a fuck! Just ride the wave.”

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The tables are turned for their September visit as they’ll be supported by Chicago’s The Audition and Cardiff’s Kids In Glass Houses, both bands they’ve been associated with before. The first ever “real” tour You Me At Six completed was around England, in support of The Audition. “It was the first time I felt like a real band. A tour, with a proper American band – it felt like a big deal and it was a big deal and we’ve stayed friends ever since… I think The Audition are the US equivalent of You Me At Six in terms of people; we’re the exact same people.” And Kids In Glass Houses could have been in You Me At Six’s shoes had they been dealt a better hand. “I guess what happened with Kids In Glass Houses was us and them were rising through the UK at the same time and we were doing everything ourselves, so we were in complete control of when stuff happens and how things sound and they were on a label that, even now, I don’t really feel gave them the support they needed. “And so there’s a two-year gap between the first record and second record, which in this climate – and I know that’s a silly phrase to use – but in this current climate of record industry you can’t really do; you can’t afford to wait so long. That band’s an amazing band and I know eventually they’re going to get everything they deserve in terms of probably in six months time, they’ll be coming out and doing they’re own headline tour of Australia and do the exact same thing that we’ve done.” Their support here is not so much of a favour though, as the bands share management and the support act harboured Australian ambitions before this opportunity arose. As far as the headliners go, we’re going to get a set heavy on our favourite album; new material has been thought about and sketched, but not acted on. “I love playing the songs from Hold Me Down. I think ‘cause it’s relevant, ‘cause it’s current. The lyrics I’ve written are still fresh in my memory, fresh as in terms of them being [as] personal as they were when I wrote them.” WHO You Me At Six WHEN & WHERE Sunday, The Metro Theatre

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A WORLD OF SOUND

AN APRA AWARD-WINNING BLUES AND ROOTS WORK OF THE YEAR CALLED SUNSHINE, A DEBUT ALBUM, GOOD MORNING, THEN, IT SEEMED, THREE YEARS SILENCE FROM OLD MAN RIVER AKA SINGER/SONGWRITER OHAD REIN. MICHAEL SMITH INVESTIGATES THE MISSING TIME.

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t wasn’t up to me really,” Ohad Rein, sitting on Drum’s interrogation couch fielding questions about the three-year gap between his debut and his second album, Trust, admits. “If it was up to me I would have rushed into it and put it out a year ago, easily, because it was almost ready a year ago. The universe was giving me sometimes subtle, sometimes very fucking aggressive signs that I couldn’t put it out when I wanted to. I mean I put Good Morning out in 2007, so it’s a long gap between albums. But I think a lot of it had to do with Good Morning having a relative success to it and all the overseas releases that we did, forcing me to start touring cycles for the album in every country that it came out. “So as soon as the touring cycle was ending in Australia, boom, it’s out in Japan and I have to start again there. Boom, it’s out in Italy, have to start again there. So two years on the road, really dividing the energy between all these places – very intense time – and when finally the touring cycle was over I started going through major personal changes, for starters finding out my partner found out we’re having a baby, literally the first week after we finished touring and that forced me into a new state of mind. What else? My band broke up and I stopped working with the label that put out the first album and couldn’t find a new label to put out the second, so I was forced to start recording independently. And I had to write the songs and I hadn’t been writing during all that touring.” Now, it’s not every independent artist that decides that if he’s going to pay for it all himself he may as well as go and record in India using a very specific producer, but then Rein isn’t your average indie artist. The result is a big budget album made on an independent budget, albeit released now by another major label. “I started recording in Sydney but wasn’t really feeling inspired. I mean it all sounded good and going well, but it was it was very much that same old same old vibe, kind of like it was the first album over again and I wanted to be a bit more excited about what I was doing; surprised. I’d had this old idea to go to India and record there because I was really inspired by early recordings from India, from the sixties and seventies, this very specific artist and producer [Daman Sood] and they had a really nice blend of Indian and Western instruments and a very unique production, so one day I wanted to make an album that sounds like that. “Anyway, all those changes I was going through threw me into a bit of an existential crisis where I just went, ‘Fuck, live those dreams now’ and even though it didn’t make much sense, I started getting very excited about the idea and somehow, when you find that something – that dream – and you start following, the world has a way to sort everything out for you. Things started clicking and amazing stuff happened and off we went and we hooked up with that producer in India that I’d admired – even though he’d retired – gathered a group of amazing Indian musicians, recorded in Mumbai. We took all that stuff we did in Sydney over there and it really gave it a unique sonic twist.” Contacting Sood by email, Rein discovered the veteran producer surprisingly amenable to his ideas and also ensured that the sonic twist he was seeking really would be a little more unique by not using the expected Indian instruments, such as the sitar and the tabla, but more exotic – to Western ears at least – traditional instruments mixed with contemporary Western instruments. Even before he got to India, however, Rein had decided that he wanted to add another layer to the sonic mix – and stopped off in his original hometown, Tel Aviv in Israel. “Tel Aviv was a short stop and we recorded mainly piano and keyboard over there with one of the co-producers of the album, my friend Ori Avni. We did that in a studio, which was located in an atomic bomb shelter. Very typical Israel – had a grand Steinway in there, but we’d read all these notices on the wall – ‘In case of a chemical attack…’ Everywhere in Israel there’s a shelter somewhere. Ori was involved in arranging the songs from day one and writing string arrangements and playing piano. He flew over to India and helped get the shit sorted there as well.” Then to polish it all off, Rein, who co-produced Trust, sent several of the tracks that had begin life in Sydney with engineer/producer Wayne Connolly behind the controls to Tony Hoffer, who has worked with Beck and Air, in Los Angeles, to partially mix. As mentioned earlier, it’s a big budget album despite its indie origins and an international production into the bargain. A quick listen to the album though also points not to India or LA but to Liverpool circa 1964 – The Beatles. “It’s hard to shake those bastards,” Rein laughs. “What the hell were they on? Every song’s good. I’m definitely not hiding The Beatles reference – one of the songs is about them, totally ripping them off [Our Love Will Win, though there are musical Beatles references through much of the album]. Lyrically, I was being honest to where I was at when I was writing them. There was this ‘in between’ period, a lot of expecting, with the baby, plus fear of the unknown with all this stuff that was going around and I think what ended up coming out is a very honest album.

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“Compared to the first album, it’s got more layers to it. Good Morning was a great introduction card – ‘Hey, this is Old Man River,’ and ‘happy happy happy,’ – but this one’s more balanced in terms of the spectrum of emotions. There’s upbeat but there are also more contemplative moments. It’s not as immediate; it’s maybe an album that’s takes another listen. I was aiming for longevity with this one. You can only hope. I’m always trying to stay loyal to channelling the spirit.” WHO Old Man River WHAT Trust (Stop Start/EMI) WHEN & WHERE Sunday, Clarendon Guesthouse; Thursday 30 September, The Basement Circular Quay; Friday 1 October, Lizotte’s Kincumber; Saturday 2, Lizotte’s Newcastle

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TRIBAL TRANCE

HEADING BACK TO AUSTRALIA WITH A NEW, DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, REMIX ALBUM, ENTER SHIKARI ARE RIDING HIGH ON THE BACK OF THE TRANCE-METAL PONY SHOW THAT THEY PIONEERED A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK. GUITARIST RORY CLEWLOW GIVES LUKE MONKS HIS OPINIONS ON THE FINE ART OF REMIXING, STAYING TOUGH ON THE ROAD AND, OF COURSE, AUSTRALIAN BREASTS.

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e’re all good; we’re just sitting on a bus going to Leeds Festival. Nothing too exciting really, just hookers and hard drugs. Just the standard stuff,” quips the guitarist as he watches his crew members loading gear into the vehicle. Taking it easy sure isn’t the way things started out for the four young men from St Albans though. “The original way that we toured, we stuffed ourselves in a van with the back converted into a bed and storage space below,” he laughs. “It’s probably a similar story to the way that a lot of bands do things. To be honest, sometimes I miss that. Sometimes the comfort of a bus can make you a bit soft. I miss being huddled into a tiny little post office van.” From a humble start and hundreds of shows in their little converted post office van to international touring, it isn’t only the tour conditions that have improved for Enter Shikari. Having begun with demo tracks created only to show their friends, the act has made a glamorous turn in the world of DIY creating their own record label, and not because it’s the cool thing to do these days, explains Clewlow. “We were never a DIY band because that was the kind of thing that we believed in, we were a DIY band because we didn’t have anyone else around to do anything for us. It made us into kinda control freaks and we’ve tried to maintain as much control as we can as the band grows, even as more and more people get involved. It gets harder but I think we’ve got a really good balance at the moment. We release the records on our own label and no one can tell us what or how to write our music. We can’t do everything ourselves these days and if we tried to, we’d never get any time to work on the music.”

I wouldn’t say that we’re doing anything new, but what I can claim is that there aren’t too many bands out there that will give you the same kind of energy at a live show as we do.

With their own record label and no outside pressure, Clewlow and company have taken an interesting route and digitally released a remix album, Tribalism, which features an array of Enter Shikari classics as reworked by the band’s close friends in the style of drum’n’bass, dubstep and other dance music forms. Aside from getting the good folks at True Tiger to give the remix action a spin, the band’s own electronics wizard and dubstep aficionado added his own touch to the alterations. “Rou [Roughton Reynolds], our singer, remixes other bands so he did some remixing on this too,” the guitarist explains, adding that while the band may be a bunch of control freaks in general, they always love to hear other people reinterpret their sound. “Remixes are something that we’re going to keep on doing.” Far from being a mish-mash of other people’s artistry, Enter Shikari added a little of their own flavour, including something that almost fell by the wayside and luckily for fans, was resurrected for this release. “The track Tribalism was written when we started doing [previous studio album] Common Dreads, but it had to come off because we had too many tracks and it was a bit much. We really liked that track, so we went back and recorded it with Thumper too.” For those of you in the know, the mention of Thumper is probably leaving an uneasy feeling in your gut – the rotoscoped film clip is genuinely disturbing, an acid-distorted reimagining of A-Ha’s Take On Me. Clewlow says that even though the band are experimenting with a more ‘dance’ based style of production and remixing, the ‘fundamental mentality’ has remained the same, even if the band’s second album, Common Dreads, saw the lyrics take a decidedly more socio-political bent. What definitely remains the same is the overall Enter Shikari ‘sound’, which seems almost self-referencing, even this early on in their career. “If you don’t draw influence from yourself, each track will come out sounding completely different,” says the guitarist, further adding that even as the band always wants to work out what sounds right to them, the nearby London dance scene has provided recent inspiration that will see them further expand on their sound. Still, don’t expect Clewlow to be claiming a new sub-genre for his band anytime soon. “I’ve got a real thing about people claiming originality and I really don’t think that anything is original anymore. Anything that comes out is just a collaboration of things that already exist, otherwise it’s just a happy accident. I wouldn’t say that we’re doing anything new, but what I can claim is that there aren’t too many bands out there that will give you the same kind of energy at a live show as we do. You can say that about most bands who only write for themselves, rather than trying to copy everyone else. “Essentially, I think that we come across with the similar kind of energy as a rock band. We do alright on rock festivals and it’s not like back in the day when we had the challenge of making people either love us or hate us.” Returning to Australia, it’s obvious the locals have taken the former reaction and the affection is mutual, according to the guitarist. “Australia is wicked. When we did the Big Day Out festival, it was quite the adventure, plus we got looked after a lot better as well as hanging with our favourite bands like Rage Against The Machine every night. Also, I’m sure that Australian girls have much bigger tits on average than anywhere else, so that is a real bonus! You know I was joking about the hookers and hard drugs though, alright?” WHO Enter Shikari WHAT Tribalism (Warner) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, UNSW Roundhouse

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BLACK METAL SURVIVORS

MAYHEM HAS SURVIVED CONTROVERSY, CHANGING MUSICAL TASTES AND A HIGH PROFILE KILLING TO BECOME THE MOST ICONIC BLACK METAL BAND. MARK HEBBLEWHITE TRACKED DOWN FOUNDING MEMBER NECROBUTCHER TO CHAT ABOUT THE STATE OF THE SCENE, LONGEVITY AND THE RECENT RELEASE OF VARG VIKERNES FROM PRISON.

“Look I can’t tell you all the reasons that Blasphemer ended up leaving the band, but really the main one was that he was tired of playing just this style of music. He wanted to try some new things and that’s totally fine. He helped Mayhem for a long time, but in the end this band is bigger than any one of its members and we have been able to carry on with no problems.”

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“It’s just the way we’ve developed as a band,” explains Necrobutcher. “It’s all about where we are at each time we sit down to write a record. So to put it another way, each record is a document of how we felt at the time we recorded it. And because there are large gaps – three or four years – between each album, these differences are pronounced because obviously we’re in very different places each time we record. This restlessness keeps the band interesting I think and it’s probably the reason why black metal fans still care about Mayhem after all these years. Can you imagine if we were still releasing albums that sound like [1987 debut] Deathcrush? People would have lost interest. So would we.”

or a guy who goes by such a gruesome sobriquet, Necrobutcher, Jørn Stubberud is a relaxed and easygoing personality. In fact he considers Australia something of a spiritual home. “Man we always love coming to Australia. I love the temperature, I love the wildlife, but most of all I love the laidback vibe there,” he enthuses. “For a guy who’s spent his whole life living in one of the coldest places on the planet, Australia is about as exotic as it gets and every time I’m down there I have a great time.”

This dogged spirit has not only contributed to the longevity of Mayhem but also characterises its tendency to take head-scratching artistic turns. The simple fact is that while their contemporaries release album after album of similar music (Immortal and Darkthrone, we’re looking at you), no two Mayhem LPs sound alike. Is this by design or just a result of the band’s organic development from Venom-obsessed teenagers to trendsetting grandmasters of the extreme?

“It was a terrible situation and a terrible thing that happened, but I must say I have known many people who have died in terrible ways over the years so maybe I am becoming immune to death?”

There’s no doubt that Necrobutcher confounds the stereotype of the grim frostbitten black metal warrior. Not only does he dig our fair shores, but he’s not shy in admitting that the violent death of his friend and bandmate Euronymous in 1993 shook him to the core. In fact it led him to temporarily leave the band he’d helped form with Euronymous way back in 1984. Now, with the perpetrator of the crime finally released from prison, Necrobutcher has been forced to reassess his feelings about the tragedy. Remarkably, he’s able to remain philosophical about the situation.

And if Euronymous was still alive, what would he think about the band Mayhem has become? “I think he would be really proud of what we have achieved,” says Necrobutcher, who admits that only recently he was thinking about the kind of person Euronymous would have been today had he still been alive. “We have the same spirit with which the band had way back in 1984 – playing the music we want to and doing so on our own terms. I know I’m still the same person I always was and I think that Euronymous would like the fact that we are still out there being as uncompromising as we ever were.”

“Look, the guy served sixteen or seventeen years straight in prison, which is a severe punishment. What I didn’t want to happen was for the press to revisit the whole mess. Of course they did and they rang everyone in the scene and thankfully most people didn’t want to be involved.

But would the infamous Euronymous have approved of the global juggernaut that black metal has become? In fact, the second wave of black metal, of which he was a driving force, was actually born out of a deep disgust for death metal’s then growing popularity. Surely the idea of middle-class kids from Sydney or Los Angeles rocking

out to the music he saw as being reserved for an elite few wouldn’t please the great man at all? “Well, I think we have to put a few things in perspective,” argues Necrobutcher. “On the one hand black metal is thriving. The fans keep coming to the gigs and keep buying the music – something that is amazing in an age of downloading. Black metal fans are loyal and I think that’s wonderful for the scene. “But on the other hand, no matter how ‘big’ the scene gets, the music will always be underground. We are ‘the black sheep’ of the music family because our sound is so extreme that it will never achieve mainstream popularity. And I must say that this fact doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Whereas before we had a select audience just in our country, now we have a select audience across the world – and that just makes for a stronger scene.” The Mayhem camp was rocked in 2008 by the departure of guitarist Blasphemer who, after joining the band in 1994, played a large role in steadying the ship following the murder of Euronymous. According to Necrobutcher it was nothing more than a case of ‘artistic differences’.

LOST AND FOUND

MATTHEW TOW MIGHT HAVE TITLED THE FIFTH ALBUM FROM HIS BAND THE LOVETONES, LOST, BUT THERE’S NO MISTAKING WHAT YOU GET – ANOTHER DIZZYING DOSE OF GLORIOUS PSYCHEDELICALLY-CHARGED POP, AS MICHAEL SMITH WRITES.

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WHEN & WHERE Friday, The Factory Theatre

“I was also lucky enough to get James Marsh to do the artwork. He was a big illustrator in the sixties, worked on some of The Beatles’ illustrated songbooks and won all these awards and did all the Talk Talk records. I was always a massive fan of his work and Talk Talk were always one of my favourite UK bands and so I just thought I’d email him and see what he says and he said, ‘Yeah sure, great.’”

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Tow loves the States, which have been very good to him, from being invited to become a member of the Brian Jonestown Massacre for a few months in 2003, touring the US and UK and contributing two songs to their album of that year, …And This Is Our Music. “Because I was lucky enough to be a part of the Jonestown thing for a little while, I was lucky enough to get in touch with a lot of people and get great contact and The Lovetones started out there small, touring with local bands over there and Anton [Newcombe, BJM’s enigmatic leader]

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rough patch, I can say I learnt a lot from that and it was probably good for me in some ways, in retrospect.

he Lovetones’ fifth album, Lost, sees the band’s singer, principal songwriter and guitarist Matt Tow continue his creative relationship with America and his connection to the extended Brian Jonestown Massacre family. He recorded three songs in Los Angeles with BJM guitarist and producer Rob Campanella, who worked with Tow on the previous Lovetones album, 2008’s Dimensions, plus who introduced him to LA singer/ songwriter Miranda Lee Richards, another BJM alumnus who duets with Tow on Coming Home. Campanella’s brother Andy and another American, Ryan Carlson from The Asteroid No. 4, also added a few bits and pieces. “I’d always loved Miranda’s voice and singing and while I was in the US, I just emailed and said I had a song I’d love her to be a part of and she said yep. Rob Campanella also played the mellotron on that one. I try and get as many different people as I can to play on records because I think it’s great – the more the merrier and they add great things to the records. Sometimes you don’t quite realise yourself until they’ve added these great parts – other textures and other lines I wouldn’t necessarily have imagined – and you think, ‘That’s perfect’. So I like that input from other musicians also.”

So considering it’s been three years since the last Mayhem LP, Ordo Ad Chao, should we expect a new blast of leftfield black metal insanity anytime soon? “We’re always working on new material and right now we have a couple of new songs which we are rehearsing. We also have a concept drawn up. But I should say that we never rush these things. We always let new ideas develop naturally and I think the new Mayhem album will be about a year away. So yeah, it’s a wait for people, but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.”

helped me get my records released, firstly on Bomp label and Tee Pee Records in New York. So it just sort of opened up from there and we’ve made a conscious effort to go back every year and tour. “The gigs are great; the West Coast particularly for us. We sort of navigated ourselves, whether consciously or subconsciously, towards the kind of new psychedelic pop music scene that was coming out of the West Coast, like the Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, that sort of stuff. There’s a whole great network of bands and we somehow became part of that, so when we go we can play decent shows in LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland – those sorts of places. We do okay on the East Coast too but particularly the West Coast, for us, we were able to integrate. It’s my second home now.” There might be all sorts of other streams of musical references meeting up in Lost, but over all of them is the overarching and unmistakable influence of The Beatles and Tow is unashamedly the complete Beatles nut. “I suppose everyone can say they’re a Beatles fan –

the ones that say they’re not Beatles fans are probably the unusual ones [laughs]! I try and keep the music fairly contemporary still, but I draw inspiration from all the greats. You listen to all the great music and not consciously, you make it your own – I’m sure that it seeps through the filter of your own personality and your own experience. “Everyone tends to go through rough patches when they have big life changes and I think the last couple of records especially has been that period in my life where I’ve had those big life changes, so I think that’s reflected through the music that I make. Dimensions was a pretty dark record; this record I just thought, ‘You know what? I’ll just write it and see what happens’ and that’s what came out – and it’s not particularly dark. I think there’s a bit of hope there. Even though the title’s Lost – the last couple of years have been my lost years to some degree, which is why I gave it that title – someone said it’s got a bit of romanticism about it, this record. Maybe it does, I don’t know. Perhaps, having come through that

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The Lovetones head back to the US in October for a month to promote the American release of Lost, this time through Virginia-based label Planting Seeds. Has Tow ever considered quitting Australia to concentrate his energy on ‘breaking’ the American market in a more substantial way? “Yeah, I did think that for a couple of years. I even thought about getting a visa… I think most musicians who get a taste for America probably want to do it, if they do okay, ‘cause it’s so huge and there are so many places to play. People there are very welcoming, especially the music community. I’ve only had really positive experiences from America and I thought about doing it, but it just seemed like such an effort [laughs]. Maybe in the [previous band] Drop City days I was all into ‘making it’, but as I’ve got older I’m quite happy with continuing to make records as long as people want to put them out. “If something happens, great, but I’m not going to push myself to making any great leap into this sort of world where I’d do anything I could to make it. It’s not really me anymore. I wouldn’t say no if some sort of success in a major way sort of happened, but I’m not really going to look for it any more. I’m quite happy with what I do and who I am and I don’t want to compromise on these records. We’re still quite an underground band in that respect. We’re released here on a very small label and released in America on small labels, but we’ve got a lot of respect.” WHO The Lovetones WHAT Lost (Yep/Undercover) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Oxford Art Factory; Thursday 30 December, Peats Ridge Festival


Down On My Knees EP Launch Tour

FRI 24TH SEPTEMBER The Boatshed, Manly 9pm, $10 SAT 25TH SEPTEMBER Wickham Park, Newcastle 8.30pm, free SAT 2ND OCTOBER The Junkyard, Maitland 8.30pm, free

THURS 14TH OCTOBER The Vanguard, Newtown with peregrine & Liz Martin

7pm, $12 presale/$15 door FRI 15TH OCTOBER Hotel Gearin, Katoomba with peregrine

8.30pm, $10 SAT 16TH OCTOBER Beaches, Thirroul with Kane Dennelly

CASS EAGER AND THE VELVET ROPE DOWN ON MY KNEES ON ITUNES & INSTORE 20 SEPT 2010 ON LITTLE BLISS RECORDS THROUGH ONLY BLUES MUSIC www.casseager.com AN INDEPENDENT RECORD CO. LITTLE BLISS

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ROAD TOLLS

FOR A BAND THAT’S SPENT MOST OF THEIR LIFE ON THE ROAD, IT’S FITTING MILES AWAY DEDICATED AN ALBUM TO THE EXPERIENCE. SCOTT FITZSIMONS CATCHES NICK HORSNELL DURING HIS TRAVELS.

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erth’s hardcore punk explosion has seen the likes of Break Even last year, Extortion earlier this year and more recently Miles Away offer some of the best the genre’s seen in the last five years. Whatever’s in the water over there, it’s allowing these guys – Miles Away and Break Even especially – to really get some mileage out of their bands as they tour Europe solidly; indeed, to keep the band viable they can’t afford to stop. In fact when Nick Horsnell, vocalist with Miles Away, gets on the phone to chat to Drum he’s in Paris, enjoying a week off at the end of a tour. That’s a highlight, but there’s also plenty to get frustrated about on tour and it’s a mix of those experiences that formed the core fury of their latest album, Endless Roads. “We’ve all gained a lot from spending a lot of time out of the country and just seen a lot of things that we wouldn’t have seen without the band itself,” he admits. “I write the lyrics but the other guys definitely have some input as well… It’s not always a holiday on tour – you miss your relationships back home and everything. Just even things like your bed and having proper meals.” The best album they’ve created, Endless Roads came after a notable delay between releases – three years since predecessor Rewind, Repeat – when they’d previously pumped out releases on a yearly basis. “We could have maybe pushed something out a year or two later, but I don’t think it really would have done it justice.” Two tracks that didn’t make the album were released on a seven-inch EP prior to its release. “We were touring quite a bit during that time, but also we had months at home where we wouldn’t do any band type of things, really clear our heads and then come out with something a bit more to the point and precise.”

had a lot of songs that we liked and we worked on them a lot of times and went over and over and got rid of all the fat.” As you’d expect from songwriting that was incubated over a period three times as long as usual, there’s a development in the sound. “I think when you look back to the albums we did or the EP we did they seem pretty melodic and maybe on [2006’s] Consequences we went a bit away from the melodic sound.” They’ve returned to the melodic, rhythm guitar-driven undertones this time. “We’ve always had that melodic thing going on and I think it’s just come a bit more out on this album… It’s not something we really planned to do.” With this dominating world-weary theme, they were at risk of alienating the listening public. But there are also personal threads and Horsnell cites the track Rain Eyes as one of those deviations. “I think it’s different to anything we’ve put out as a band. I mean it’s not massively different, but it’s a different tempo song-wise. And lyrically it’s kind of important to me because I had a few friends pass and stuff so it’s important to me and a few other people, so I like that song.” WHO Miles Away

As Horsnell alludes, there’s no excess evident on the record. A brisk 25 minutes, it barely leaves enough time for a single (luckily, three-minute long Ghostwriter is a corker). “We started writing straight after Rewind, Repeat actually,” Horsnell continues, “and then we had a bit of a break and then we started writing [again]. We

WHAT Endless Roads (Resist/Shock) WHEN & WHERE Tuesday 28 September, Axis Youth Centre; Wednesday 29, The Wall; Thursday 30, Oasis Youth Centre

ALL ABOARD

WHERE ONCE WAS A BAND CALLED PASSENGER NOW STANDS MIKE ROSENBERG, STILL PASSENGER BUT WORKING A WHOLE OTHER MODUS OPERANDI, AS HE EXPLAINED TO MICHAEL SMITH.

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asically what happened,” Brighton, UK-born singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg explains, “Passenger was a five-piece band and we released one album [Wicked Man’s Rest], did a bit of touring round the UK and the States and then things kind of happened and so I ended up going my own way and recorded this album, Wide Eyes Blind Love, then went off busking with it. It was great, just going out with no expectations and I just found busking to be the best way of communicating the music to people without any of the bullshit and smoke machines and crap that goes along with it – it’s just people in their lunch break and that kind of old school interaction; that live thing that you can’t really replace.” Since the busking proved so remarkably successful, with Rosenberg selling four or five thousand copies of Wide Eyes… just out on the streets, he thought he’d expand his horizons and took himself off to Australia and another round of busking. The unexpected payoff turned out to be his third album, Flight Of The Crow, featuring collaborations with, amongst others, Lior, Josh Pyke, Katie Noonan, Boy & Bear, Kate Miller-Heidke, Brian Campeau, Elana Stone, plus Simon J Berckelman aka Berkfinger from Philadelphia Grand Jury, who also co-produced the album. “I came over here last October thinking I’d be here for two or three months and I went on tour with Elana Stone and Brian Campeau, which was great, that was luck – which is what this whole project is kind of based on! – did the One Movement festival and stuff, did a lot of busking, which is kind of how I fund everything when I’m travelling. I knew Lior from a tour I’d done with him previously and I met Josh Pyke just ‘cause he lived round the corner from me in Bronte where I was staying and the idea just sort of came up. “It sprung from trying to keep MySpace and Facebook alive back in England while I was in Australia. So the original idea was to just film myself singing and playing a song wherever it was, whether that be the Harbour Bridge or Uluru; musical postcards. Then I started • 46 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

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meeting all these musicians and playing with them and thinking, ‘How cool would it be to send each one sort of a collaboration with a different musician?’ So I started recording and filming demos – I did one with Josh and one with Lior – and they just worked really well and the plan just kind of got bigger and bigger until I thought, ‘Well I’ve made all this money busking, so why I don’t I just bung it into making a record with all these great artists I’ve met?’” Rosenberg wrote the bulk of the songs on the album, though he co-wrote the title track with Pyke and it was more the inevitable time limits and availabilities of the various collaborators that there wasn’t more co-writing. “Everyone was so busy, so to actually sit down and write a song and then record it and film it was pushing it really, so you had to take something out of the equation just to make it work. I got band together, with Declan Kelly [Katie Noonan & The Captains] on drums, [jazz musician] Cameron Undy on double bass and Richie Harris on guitar and we just went into the studio for three or four days, rehearsed it and then just did the whole thing live all in a day and after that bit was a case getting the artists in when they could over a twoweek period.” WHO Passenger WHAT Flight Of The Crow (Inertia) WHEN & WHERE Tuesday 28 September, Raval; Wednesday 24 November, Brass Monkey; Friday 26, The Vanguard


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PUNK ROCK JUNKIES

ELECTRO-EVOLUTION

CHICO MANN IS THE ALTER-EGO OF ANTIBALAS GUITARIST MARQUITOS GARCIA, WHO QUITE BY CHANCE FOUND HIMSELF WITH AN ALTERNATIVE THANKS TO AN OLD CASIO KEYBOARD, AS MICHAEL SMITH DISCOVERS.

AS THE BACKING GROUP FOR INFAMOUS PUNK ROCK PROVOCATEUR GG ALLIN, THE MURDER JUNKIES CUT A SWATHE OF DESTRUCTION ACROSS THE WORLD. ON THE EVE OF THEIR FIRST EVER VISIT TO AUSTRALIA, MARK HEBBLEWHITE CORNERED GG’S BROTHER AND BANDMATE MERLE ALLIN FOR AN INSIGHT INTO THE MADNESS.

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he name Murder Junkies was something that GG came up with when he was in prison in 1990 – and we just went with it,” explains Allin. “Really we were never really planning on continuing without GG, who of course died in 1993. But things happened gradually that kept us going right through until 1999 when the band broke up for the first time. We got back together in 2003 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of GG’s death – but only expected to play a couple of shows. But after playing a few shows around the East Coast we started getting offers to tour from other parts of the country and then we got the chance to go to Europe. So really we figured that if people wanted to see us, we thought it was important to keep the band alive. The fact that you guys down in Australia want to see us is just phenomenal and we can’t wait to get down there.” In order to cement the Junkies as an ongoing concern, the band is about to head into the studio to record a brand new LP, which amazingly will be the band’s first studio effort since 1993’s Brutality And Bloodshed For All. Allin admits, laughing, that the as yet unnamed LP has been a long time coming. “People always want to know what took us so long to get back to the studio. Well, the fact is that we finally have a lineup that we really feel good about. Add to that the fact that we’ve been playing some ‘new’ songs now for nearly three years and we knew that it was time to get them down in the studio. We’ll be finished recording by the time we get down to Australia and we plan to play some really new material – stuff that’s just been written this year – for you guys. It’s going to be a gruesome record, serial killer-related – you know all the stuff we’re into.” Talking of gruesome, no one did it better than Merle’s late brother GG. His live performances were the stuff of legend – brawls, drunkenness, rivers of blood and

on-stage defecation. Punk rock equalled GG Allin. But was this the real man or just an act? Was GG driven by demons or just the simple need to shock? “Look, GG never felt he fitted in anywhere in the world and he reacted accordingly. He hated when people would try to impress him with how ‘punk rock’ they were. He hated all the fake bullshit that goes on in the world and he lashed out against it. He was a loner that somehow managed to make enemies wherever he went. He would burn bridges everywhere we went. He’d get to drinking and the more he drank the more mean and vicious he would become. “As for his shows I’d explain it like this,” continues Allin. “We were considered fuck-ups when we were young, but then we discovered punk rock as a home and we went all out to get a taste of it in any way we could. But then as he got older GG saw all the bands he loved selling out. So he decided he had to take things to the next level and that’s why his performances were so extreme. He was going to make sure that real punk rock was represented. And that’s what we try to do as a band to this very day. The younger kids today have no idea about the history of punk and apart from bands like us and some of the other older bands that have reformed, punk rock is really dead.” WHO Murder Junkies WHEN & WHERE Saturday 2 October, Sandringham Hotel

t was an experiment,” Garcia admits of the “happy accident” that led him into the world of Chico Mann. He was in Australia in February with the Brooklyn-based Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, but Drum finds him on the line from his home in New York. “I was messing around with a Casio keyboard and it turned into something else. When I started recording the first batch of tracks, I thought maybe I could just record, you know, doing this as a creative outlet. It wasn’t until I was approached by the first label [US indie, Kindred Spirits], which released Manifest Tone Volume 1, that I ever even considered doing this live. Being forced to play it live is what kind of gave rise to the idea that this could have its own life outside of just recording.” With that life of its own came a new name, Chico Mann, to match the quirky mix of electro-Afrobeat-freestyle that was coming out of those experiments. Released in August 2007, the Manifest Tone Volume I EP was followed, this time through Furious Panther, by Volumes 2 and 3, in May and June 2008 respectively. Last year saw the release of his debut album, Analog Drift: Muy Esniqui. “It took a few years to kind of unpack it and to grow into it I should be really saying, because I’ve always been an analogue musician and artist and making the transition into this electronic music and then finding a way to present it live has been a natural ongoing process. I’ve finally arrived at a place where it makes sense and it still has artistic integrity, for me, coming from this analogue kind of mentality.” A quick look at the Chico Mann clips up on YouTube show an artist not only having enormous fun with the medium but also, in the clips from gigs, plenty of live percussion and backing vocals to augment the electronic elements. “That was the challenge that’s always been there. It had to have dynamic in the live presentation and the way to do that is live percussion. Even though he’s using acoustic and electronic percussion, it’s just that element of spontaneity and adds that extra level of dynamic range to the performance that is crucial I

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think to the live show. I still program everything for the recordings for the most part – I haven’t always but I do now – and for the live show, there may or may not be those elements sequenced. The percussionist may very well cover those things.” For all the electronics and programming, Garcia’s guitar remains at the heart of the music, as it does the heart of Afrobeat – “the syncopated guitars” – though again, in live performance as Chico Mann, he doesn’t play guitar. The keyboards, for Garcia, take up the function normally taken by the horn section in an Afrobeat band. So while the Chico Mann project might seem a bit of left turn from his work in Antibalas, there’s a sort of central through-line that still remains Afrobeat. Garcia sees the three EPs, the debut album and the one he’s currently working on in a similar evolutionary way. “The aesthetic of Analog Drift… is the logical next step of the Manifest Tone volumes, because the Manifest Tone volumes are all using either Casio-based or ‘found’ rhythms, drum patterns, with electro-mechanical instruments, meaning organs and not synthesisers. You don’t hear the synthesisers until later in the volumes, whereas in Analog Drift… there are no more Casios; there’s still electro-mechanical but there’s a lot more synthesiser. The idea is that of a musical landscape that keeps evolving, progressing in time and a more refined songwriting aesthetic in Analog Drift, which is also pointing towards the next album, which I’m working on now and is totally synthesised.” WHO Chico Mann WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Melt Bar


Tuesday 21st September.......... PETE MCDONALD AND CHRIS KOMOROWSKI Double CD launch with special guest Sandy Evans A double whammy album launch party with big scoops of flavour from the Jazz, R&B, Groove, Blues and Funk vats. Pianist and composer Pete McDonald launches his album Two, featuring celebrated saxophonist Sandy Evans; Chris Komorowski, solo Jazz guitarist, presents As I Hear It, and then morphs into a trio when he gets lonely, and joins his mate's band for extra play time

Wednesday 22nd September... GLENN SHORROCK With a career spanning over 40 years, Glenn Shorrock is one of the elder statesmen of Australian contemporary show business. From Axiom to Little River Band and as a solo performer, Shorrock continues to bring ‘em in, with a voice that rather than fade with age, continues to get richer. “ I have been blessed with a long and successful career and I’m doing some of my best work right at the moment.“

Thursday 23rd September...... SOUL SHOWDOWN - Lily Dior, Vima Sanzone, Tina Harrod and Mitchell Anderson & All-Star Band Sydney's No 1 Sisters of Soul lead an all-star band in a huge Soul Funk Extravaganza that's guaranteed to keep you dancing all night. With a line-up which includes members of The Godmothers, The Grandmasters and other graduates of Jackie Orszaczky’s school of Funk, come and celebrate the true essence of groove performed by Sydney's finest.

Friday 24th September........... JAMES MORRISON + EMMA PASK James Morrison thinks she's the real thing and the greatest gift to Australian Jazz singing in a decade. Emma Pask is one of the hundreds of thousands who consider Morrison to be far and away Australia's most virtuosic and unrelentingly entertaining performers. A show with the two together guarantees an evening of mesmerising music and captivating performances.

Saturday 25th September....... BODACIOUS COWBOYS Celebrate timeless Steely Dan classics from Can't Buy A Thrill, Pretzel Logic, Aja and more and travel to a time when textured rhythm and Rock with a sprinkle of Pop catapulted Steely Dan into the modern music lexicon. Featuring Bernie Segedin, James Gillard, Brendan St Ledger, Pete Northcote, Franco Raggatt, Mark Costa, Tony Azzopardi and Kere Buchanan.

Sunday 26th September.......... CLOSED

Monday 27th September.......... MISINTERPROTATO - The Gentle War Album Launch + special guest ELLY HOYT & JAMES SHERLOCK ‘…part of the new wave of piano trios, citing influences such as EST, The Necks and Radiohead. Emphasizing an ensemble approach, they are more than comfortable cranking up the volume, generating mesmeric and fluid runs, working in tight with each other’. - The Age. Simultaneously thunderous and hushed, and remarkably compelling, ladies and gentlemen: Misinterprotato.

Tuesday 28th September......... BLACKHEART (UK) Enjoy an evening with the new stars of British contemporary Folk. Combining the sound of traditional acoustic Folk instruments with a totally modern approach to their songwriting, Blackheart have an exquisite style of beautifully crafted, instantly memorable songs, which take their audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride from sadness and sensitivity to the most energetic rocking Folk that has audiences on their feet.

Wednesday 29th September.... VOCAL SAMPLING (Cuba) ‘You can't get much closer to pure entertainment than Vocal Sampling, six Cubans famed for being able to recreate a hot Latin orchestra, a trompe l'oreille achieved with voices and mics.’ – The Guardian. Vocal Sampling may sound like a full salsa band - but in reality their unique sound is created by “...a sixman a cappella group with boundless vitality and ingenuity.” New York Times.

Thursday 30th September....... OLD MAN RIVER + Dead Letter Chorus + Adrian Deutch *8.30PM START* Old Man River releases his important sophomore album, Trust, which picks up where 2007’s APRA Award winning debut Good Morning album left off. And more. Songs retain the wonderful sense of melody for which Old Man River is renowned, while delivering the perfect blend of eastern and western pop sensibilities. The first single from the album, You’re On My Mind is already a Triple J smash. *PLEASE CHECK WWW.THEBASEMENT.COM.AU FOR SPECIAL OFFERS INCLUDED IN TICKET PRICES.

Coming Soon Book Now 9251 2797 Fri 1st - CEDRIC BURNSIDE & LIGHTNING MALCOLM + RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHT CATS.. Sat 2nd - TODD RUNDGREN. Sun 3rd - CECELIA NOEL (PERU). Wed 6th - LIL' BAND O' GOLD (USA). Thur 7th - The Stevie Ray Vaughan & Aretha Franklin Music Celebration! Feat. Mal Eastick, Shauna Jensen, Matt Roberts and The Bodz. Fri 8th - JON CLEARY: PIANO, BASS & DRUMS (USA). Sat 9th - MARK WILKINSON.

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IRON AGE THRASH

WITH THE THRASH REVIVAL MOVEMENT STRONGER THAN EVER, 2010 WAS THE PERFECT YEAR FOR AMERICAN EAST COAST VETERANS OVERKILL TO MAKE WHAT IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE ALBUM OF THEIR CAREER. MARK HEBBLEWHITE CORNERED BOBBY “BLITZ” ELLSWORTH FOR THE LOWDOWN.

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hen metal fans debate about the best thrash metal band of all time, Overkill are serious contenders for the throne. While they may not have sold as many records as their contemporaries, they’re one of the few acts to have an almost continuous pedigree stretching back 30 years. Oh yeah, they’re also responsible for some of the most killer thrash metal anthems ever laid down, not to mention a new album, Ironbound, that lays waste to their younger competitors. “Everything just fell into place this time around,” vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth is trying to explain the immense vitality of Ironbound. “It’s hard to describe the ‘x’ factor here, but we put it down to having the right songs and of course the band having been so tight after all the touring we’d done. We got to the end of the recording process and straight away we knew we’d achieved something special.” Traditionally, thrash metal’s spiritual home has been

MOFO BOHO

“IT’S BEEN A REAL DREAM RIDE FOR US,” SAYS JULIAN CUE FROM THE BARONS OF TANG AS HE CHATS TO LIZ GIUFFRE ABOUT WEIRD NICHE SUBCULTURE, GOOD TIMING AND HAVING FUN.

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he Bohemian Ball is one of the drawcards of this year’s Sydney Fringe Festival, a chance for the freaks, geeks, artists and artificial types to get out their party frocks and mask up. The Ball’s been running bi-annually in Melbourne since 2007, so it’s about time Sydney got on the bandwagon. The entertainment on the night will of course be supplied by the crowd (get into it, kids), but also those hired to draw attention to themselves, including burlesque, circus, cabaret and bands that break the mould. A particular drawcard is The Barons Of Tang, a selfdescribed ‘gypsy deathcore’ mega-outfit who promise to get Sydney into the Boho swing. “We played the first Boho Ball in Melbourne and we worked very closely with the organisers for that. It’s part of this weird kind of niche subculture thing that’s happening – especially in Melbourne – and so I guess we’ve been asked to continue because we fit the bill quite nicely,” explains Julian Cue, The Barons’ double bass and vox man. At the time of Drum’s chat, the rest of the band (there are seven in total), are in the other room playing charades while waiting for a gig. Hardly the picture of rock’n’roll excess, but that, friends, is exactly The Barons’ aim. “I think our timing,

considered the Bay Area on America’s West Coast. However, thousands of kilometres away, the East Coast has always boasted its own thrash metal scene, one that spawned not only Overkill, but also Anthrax, S.O.D. and Nuclear Assault. So if scintillating musicianship defines the Bay Area scene, what makes East Coast Thrash special? “I think the difference is that the West Coast scene had its own sound that set all the bands from there apart, while bands from around here were quite individually distinctive. To put it another way – you’d hear a German thrash band and you’d recognise it as such because of, say, the raw production values. You’d hear a West Coast band and from their sound know exactly where they were from. But when you’d listen to a New York band we were all so different from each other we were never categorised as ‘New York’ sounding bands, ‘cause quite simply there wasn’t a unifying sound that bound us together.” So the argument that East Coast thrash was heavily influence by the rising New York hardcore movement seems to be an erroneous one. “Well there was some influence, but you could say that the thrash bands had just as much influence on that scene as they did on ours. I mean listen to the likes of Cro Mags and Agnostic Front – they definitely took our music on board. It’s funny, the hardcore bands had the attitude, but couldn’t really play. We could play but didn’t have the attitude. “I remember when we were the house band at L’Amour – a great club in Brooklyn – and we’d do shows with hardcore bands. At the shows there would be thrash kids

although completely coincidental [when compared to movements like the wider Boho revival], was very good. Forming the band when we did and playing the kind of music that we do... playing elaborate gypsy jazzy punk stuff after the rock’n’roll fallout of the early 2000s, people were just desperate to get away from the electric guitar four-piece band. So when we started playing people reacted so positively in so many ways it’s been a real dream ride for us. Of course we’ve worked really hard, but to have it go so well in so many capacities has been really great.” Formed in “old Melbourne town in the winter of 2007”, the group are keen to explore music that’s hard to describe (hence coming up with their own mishmash of musical descriptors). It’s something that, initially, just came out of a want to just muck around with whoever and whatever was at hand. “We never anticipated touring or playing festivals or having any sort of industry interest. It was just about having fun, throwing around ideas and playing ridiculous music. We’ve got an accordion and we now have a bass clarinet, a saxophone, a trombone and so a lot of instruments that sort of aren’t traditionally, necessarily, rock’n’roll instruments. So that makes a difference, straight up, in our sound. “And we really like a lot of Eastern European stuff as well as, you know, punk and different metal sub genres and all kinds of stuff. So we’re pooling influences from a lot of sources, but it was all an experiment when we started writing, it was just for kicks until we started performing... And then people really dug it so we kept on going.” While

and hardcore kids mixed in together and eventually both audiences saw something they liked in the other scene. I’ll tell you what, I remember some black eyes and dislocated jaws, but we all got along in the end.” Back to 2010 and Overkill have worked hard to embrace the newfound popularity of thrash by working with upstarts like Gama Bomb and Evile. “We’ve taken a number of the newer bands out on the road with us. I really admire their standards and values – just like we had when we started. These new bands are giving legs to the scene. Thrash won’t grow by incorporating new bands of 45 year olds; it grows by having younger, more excited musicians coming in. By touring with these guys we’re giving their fans a chance to see where these guys drew their inspiration from and in turn the new guard are giving renewed life to bands like Exodus, Testament and Overkill. It’s awesome and one of the reasons we’ll have the chance to finally play in Australia.” WHO Overkill WHAT Ironbound (Nuclear Blast/Riot) WHEN & WHERE Saturday, The Metro Theatre

happy to call The Barons’ music ‘ridiculous’, Cue is keen to emphasise that the band isn’t a novelty act necessarily (no Weird Al-style parodies or jokey covers). While audience reaction – and laughter – is certainly allowed, they are really all about the music rather than just going for the funny. “I think the best reaction we can get from an audience is just them having a good time. We often play shows, we may be playing a beautiful tango section or an emotive part and then break into a big metal guitar riff and you know, half the audience bursts out laughing. But it is comical, it’s loud and heavy, but it’s not necessarily aggressive. It’s energetic and if people are having fun then we’re having fun.” WHO The Barons Of Tang WHAT Knots And Tangles (The Planet Company) out Friday 1 October WHEN & WHERE Friday, The Gallipoli Club; Saturday 25 September, The Factory Theatre; Friday 1 October, The Gallipoli Club; Saturday 20 November, Open Arms Festival

DARK MATTER

IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS BETWEEN ALBUMS FOR CENTRAL COAST LADS ANGELAS DISH, BUT A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR SLICK DEBUT RECORD. SINGER MICHAEL HARRIS TELLS BENJAMIN MCINERNEY WHY THEIR NEW ALBUM IS REALLY JUST LIKE A GOOD PIECE OF GUM.

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nitially drawing influence from the Central Coast staple of pop/punk bands, including old favourites One Dollar Short and Something With Numbers, Angelas Dish crafted their sound around slick and simple songwriting and won themselves a ton of fans along the way. Skip ahead a couple of years and the boys are on the eve of releasing their second album, Walk Into The Sky, which has seen them re-invent their sound, straying from their pop/rock roots and inviting a darker, ethereal mood into their music. “I think the new record is definitely a whole lot darker and more honest,” Harris explains. “I guess it sounds like one of those cliché band-things to say, but to us it really is.” Lead single, Rapture, has been described as a dark and ballsy rock song, but as Harris points out, it’s not hard for their new material to be musically heavier than their previous album. “Well maybe the real truth is it’s not that dark, but compared to our first release it sure is; there is a huge difference. It makes the debut seem immature and our songwriting has just progressed so much. You

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couldn’t listen to our old album over and over and we realise that. I would say the new album is like a good piece of gum – there is a lot more substance to it.” Two years have passed since their debut album War On Time hit the shelves, but in that time the young four-piece have supported some of the biggest names in music, including getting one-up on American pop/ rock legends Anberlin. “One of the best shows we ever played was supporting Jimmy Eat World at The Metro. It sold out in a couple of minutes and the crowd was just amazing. It was one of those things that you don’t realise how good it really was until you look back on it later. We were playing a couple of dates with Anberlin soon after and we were explaining that we just played that show and they couldn’t believe it. Even Anberlin were jealous.” Although the second album blues haven’t really seemed an issue for Angela’s Dish, Harris explains that in a way this record feels like more of a debut than the first. “Our debut album didn’t get that much attention to be honest. It’s not like it went gold or platinum, so I guess that is one of the blessings of having our first album come and go without making a big splash. Hopefully we might be known to a lot of new listeners for our latest release without them even hearing our first CD.” Leaving mixing duties to acclaimed producer Michael Baskette, the production quality throughout the new record echoes touches of his work, which includes producing bands such as Incubus and Story Of The Year. Although the mixing was done offshore, Harris explains

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that working with Baskette was a huge privilege and one that earned them one more fan along the way. “He is a really positive and encouraging guy and we have already spoken to him about producing the next album, which is really exciting. He wants us to continue to send him demos of new songs and he wants to be involved in a much bigger way on future albums.” For the moment though, Angelas Dish seem content with bringing their new material to as many people as possible. Through re-shaping their sound they have gained a new perspective on their music and are ready to take the new album into the live environment, picking up as many new fans as they possibly can. “We can’t wait to tour this record,” Harris admits. “We are all a bit older now and although we can’t play as many shows as we did on the back of the debut, we are just really excited to get it out there and get back on the road.” WHO Angelas Dish WHAT Walk Into The Sky (BNM/Shock) out Friday 1 October WHEN & WHERE Friday, The Bald Faced Stag


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DEEP SEA ARCADE Keep On Walking Independent It almost seems a contradiction in terms: Economic psychedelic. Not only have the scarily promising DSA put together a gloriously catchy pop song – with some ‘80s New-Wavey rattle and tumble to it - but even manage the overlapping harmonies and a wobbly guitar breakdown and speed up – and all of this in a speck over three minutes. Extra points for this being on the traditional seven-inch vinyl format, which means I might just hold on to this, as it could well be the collector’s item of a band on their way.

BIG SCARY Spring Independent That one and this provide some hope for the latterlymaligned ‘indie’ status. With the previous of their ongoing concept EPs – that’d be Winter as is the way of such things – they made music literally in their front room, which you felt was speaking directly to you of its cold longing and fear. Naturally, Spring is a little more hopeful – maybe even a little delusional – and beautiful in a different way than its predecessor. Those seeking something to love with Augie March missing could do worse than seeking this out.

THE ASTON SHUFFLE Your Love Hussle/UMG Meantime, the ‘majors’ (whatever that means these days…) are seeking their thing for each niche category of popular music. Washington is obviously this year’s model quirky female, but the bouncy synth dance pigeonhole is still open for the likes of this. Even if they are from Canberra – never a likely dance mecca. It buzzes away on the requisite Stephen Hawking vocoder vocals and burp-and-fart keyboard noises. Yes, annoying enough to be successful. You know, just like Midnight Juggernauts – remember them?

AVENGED SEVENFOLD

BRANDON FLOWERS

EUROPE

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Nightmare

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It’s not surprising that Avenged Sevenfold’s latest release is filled with themes of loss, regret and reflection. With their drummer, The Rev’s ( James Sullivan), untimely passing, Nightmare is a tribute to him as a friend and band mate. As The Rev wrote and arranged many of the drum sections for this album, the band recruited his favourite drummer, Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy to complete them and Portnoy did a great job of keeping his spirit alive.

As the chief songwriter for The Killers, frontman Brandon Flowers’ solo record was always going to sound a little bit like his bombastic Las Vegas anglophile synth-rock band. The main difference here though is that Flowers tends to turn inward. He’s given to lyrical introspection, rather than the shouty singalong anthems his band is best known for. This personal, almost confessional feel is probably what characterises Flamingo as a Flowers record and not a Killers one.

Nightmare is clearly Avenged Sevenfold’s most emotional album, taking them to fairly dark and personal depths. The instrumentation is great; menacing guitar solos, brutal drumming and atmospheric melodies. Vocalist M. Shadows (Matthew Sanders) remains an acquired taste though, a possible hindrance of an otherwise great release.

Opener, Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas is reminiscent in theme of The Killers’ second album, Sam’s Town, an ode to Flowers’ complex, two-faced hometown, and the Vegas theme persists. With its chugging classic rock guitar, sweeping synths, pounding drums and an extended lyrical metaphor playing on gambling jargon, Jilted Lovers And Broken Hearts is possibly the most ‘Killers’ song on the whole album. But elsewhere Flowers’ musical influences range far and wide. There are slight country touches throughout the record, when a little bit of lap steel will fold in with the rock and the synth-pop, as it does on ballad Playing With Fire, while The Clock Was Tickin’ is a bona fide down-home country bootstomper, where Flowers changes his usual reedy croon to a bassier Southern drawl.

Not only a tribute to their fallen comrade, the record chronicles the band’s coping process. The album follows stages of grief, with denial in the opener and title track, depression in So Far Away, anger in God Hates Us and, true to their form, epic closer Save Me hinting at regrettable acceptance. Fiction’s clearly the stand-out though, not only because it’s one of the bigger ballady listens on the record but because The Rev joins M. Shadows on vocal duties. It’s goosebump-inducing stuff for fans, with lines like, “I hope you’ll find your own way when I’m not with you,” and for the fact it was the last song he recorded. Nightmare is definitely an album no Sevenfold fan wants to be without, and on it they’ve set the bar high.

Flowers did indeed pen some of these songs for The Killers, but as the band are on hiatus, he’s done them his own way (with occasional help from drummer Ronnie Vannucci, who plays on several tracks). It’s all a far cry from the likes of Mr Brightside and Somebody Told Me, but it works – Flowers alone may tend towards a more sedate, pensive musical experience than his band, but he’s ever evolving.

Last Look At Eden Try as they may, Europe will never truly live down the legacy of that song. Both a blessing (having made them millionaires) and a curse (few have taken them seriously since), the Swedes have fought against trends, one split and an oft-apathetic public since reuniting in 2003. What many, whose knowledge of the quintet begins and ends with the song which shall remain unnamed, may not realise is their musical focus since reforming has been deeply rooted in ‘70s hard rock, with few traces of the keyboard-oriented poodle rock excursions of yore. The return of guitarist John Norum – who departed during their ‘80s commercial peak due to creative differences – has lent them a distinctly classic rock feel that’s especially prevalent in the bluesy licks and sleek lead work of the instantly catchy Gonna Get Ready and Zeppelininfluenced swagger of Catch That Plane. The symphonic title track opens the record in all its bombastic, quite frankly pompous glory. Despite this, the chorus is striking in how quickly it infiltrates your psyche, frontman Joey Tempest’s melodies soaring with surprising conviction. Mojito Girl and U Devil U also inject a noticeably funky stomp, while The Beast is a crunchy, urgent rocker. Yes, Last Look At Eden has its shortcomings too – the obligatory, occasionally mawkish ballads and a chunk of less-than-memorable padding in its second half among them. The cover art is also an eyesore. So, should we forgive the band’s previous crimes against music? Not quite perhaps, but, and at the risk of eroding street cred, Last Look At Eden isn’t without merit. Actually, many parts are quite enjoyable – who would have thought?

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KASEY CHAMBERS

MAPS AND ATLASES

MARTHA TILSTON

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Barsuk/Fat Cat

Longtime Listener/Other Tongues

GEORGIA FIELDS All The King’s Men Popboomerang/MGM Also looking for – and often finding – an interesting balance, Georgia Fields is a sometimes odd mix. The ukulele opening makes it sounds like it’s heading for ramshackle chamber pop, but then strings and woodwinds swirl in and it’s classicist baroque of a timeless sort. Similarly, her words have a domesticity about them, but then nursery rhymes trip over some adult philosophies and you find yourself having to listen a few more times, thinking you might have missed something – and you probably did.

THE MELODICS Paint Me Gold Independent There’s an artistic temperament and attitude to it that manifests much like Regurgitator’s trashy aesthetic of an earlier time. For his part, Jeremedy sets his wayback machine (any of you remember Peabody & Sherman – other than from Simpsons trivia questions?) for a slightly earlier time. He wants the music from some year of the ‘80s with himself playing the Michael Hutchence role – or something similar, perhaps with some hip and hop. Variously works. Sometimes doesn’t.

OWL EYES Faces Wunderkind/Warner The perils of timing. The obviously dangerously clever Owl Eyes – precocious, teenage, ear for melody, voice and words that hint of spirit and individuality – could be a world-beater. Sad then that her Venn Diagram overlaps in places with those of Lisa Mitchell and Washington. You know the rules as outlined above – we’re allowed only a certain number of female artists a year. There is some talent abounding; maybe she should run away to the world before this place crushes her, or she has to compromise her gifts. • 52 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

Perch Patchwork

Little Bird

This new album from Australia’s queen of country isn’t The Captain version two, nor is it a return to her breakthrough moment, Barricades And Brickwalls. There’s no song that stands out as an obvious massive single and, quite honestly, it doesn’t sound like a charttopper. Little Bird is a much more understated affair. But make no mistake, this is Kasey Chambers as she’s supposed to be – not making music because it sells, or because her audience wants her to (and by now, four years after her last solo album, The Carnival, they’re surely begging). Instead, Little Bird is like an album recorded by a group of friends enjoying time together in a studio just because they had some time to kill. And therein lies its charm. There are a couple of rockier numbers that feel a little forced but otherwise, Chambers is in fine form. Her band, featuring husband Shane Nicholson, her dad Bill Chambers and former Midnight Oil/current Break guitarist Jim Moginie are like all great backing bands – it’s only when you notice you haven’t been noticing them that you realise just how tight and on song they really are. One of the album highlights is a beautiful duet, Love Like A Hurricane, featuring Kevin Bennett of The Flood. The song features a lazy pedal steel accompaniment and feather-light orchestration, but the voices wrap around each other; it’s Chambers’ Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris moment. She’s moving to occupy a similar place in the local country scene that artists such as Harris and, one of Chambers’ guest vocalists, Patty Griffin occupy in America. While the queen may be travelling without all her finery, she’s definitely back. Danielle O’Donohue

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Perch Patchwork is a fun but confused album, in parts chaotic bliss and in other parts just chaos. The debut from Chicago natives Maps And Atlases sees them embrace their math-rock roots with some unwieldy syncopation and bizarre time signatures. Unlike their previous two EPs, they seem to have the basis of fine songwriting at their fingertips but lack the ability to create their final masterpiece, instead disguising it in layers of noise, just out of reach.

If there was any doubt that the folk scene has entered the mainstream of popular music, then just listen to the soundtracks of so many ads on contemporary television. Martha Tilston is another who has folk heritage and has done the rounds in different groups and small folk circles. This wonderfully packaged album showcases natural beauty with clever songs and an allencompassing mood, perhaps another to make the jump from those circles into the broader consciousness.

But it’s not all bad. Living Decorations is a strippedback guitar-driven song with some twangy riffs and singer Dave Davison’s distinctly bizarre vocals, which sound like a weird mix somewhere between a smooth baritone and Kermit The Frog. Solid Ground is perhaps the best song on the record, a sweet melodic number driven by loads of percussion and vintage organ sounds. It explodes into a groove-driven verse with some solid cowbell and block work and some signature ohs and ahs. Israeli Caves is a softer ballad, reminiscent of Fleet Foxes in parts and embracing a touch of Americana, but fails to craft a captivating hook.

It’s easy to make a comparison to Nick Drake with Tilston’s warbling and acoustic guitar-picking and at the heart of the album is an Englishness that inevitably flavours her brand of folk. It gets a little more contemporary on favourites like 350 Bells, which uses repetitive loops to create more of a soundscape than a traditional song.

The second half of the record seems to delve even deeper into a world of math-rock and guitar-heavy bleeps and whirls. This noodling can in parts border on pretension, particularly in the irritating Pigeon, which is a fine example of their chaotic past. The record ends with Perch Patchwork, a grounded number with horns, acoustic guitar, violins and some weird vintage synthesizer alongside an eccentric and slightly offbeat vocal melody, showcasing their distinctly individual sound for the final time. Benjamin McInerney

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There are some other interesting influences at work here on Lucy & The Wolves. Jon Thorne from Lamb turns up on bass and the band compliment Martha’s delicate vocals throughout. Her English background and previous lineups reflect influences like Bert Jansch, Ralph McTell and even her mother Maggie Boyle, who was a wellknown performer on the UK folk scene. There’s also a similarity to Natalie Merchant, who also made her way through indie bands into the mainstream’s left field. All things considered, this is a beautiful and captivating record that stands out in its wholesomeness and superb production. There is no question that this will lead to building a bigger audience for Tilston. Sebastian Skeet


album with a captivating synth jam. And managing to remain uncluttered, this really is a forward-thinking debut record from the reinvented Holidays, a joy for the length of the listen. Benjamin McInerney

FACT FILE: Length: 10 tracks, 40 minutes. Moods: Day-off, warm and playful.

THE MOMOS

MURDERDOLLS

Half A Cow/MGM

Roadrunner/Warner

No No No Not Like That Bands are often a result of the collision of their influences. The punk bouncing off the metal, coming via the soul, over the country. But in The Momos, it’s maybe an intersection seldom seen, as the music often unwinds and intertwines in old-school prog fashion, but leavened with a very Australian-accented slacker sensibility. The guitars can get fiddly in their conversation, but stay slightly frayed at the seams – and can’t be arsed going on for the ten-or-more minutes some might have. Bands are also often the result of the personnel involved. The idea is guitarist Drew Thomason’s, refining the noise since the early 2000s. But it works now with the falling into place of having two of the well-credentialled Hayes Brothers aboard, Pat and Justin adding their Shout Brothers pop knowledge and lopsided grins to it. Thus, Japan – one of a number of locality-titled pieces, which often don’t have music to match the geography – has some ‘80s flourishes, and some of the Hayes’ typical overlapping ‘do-do-dooo’ Beach Boysie vocal harmonies, while America descends into a wonderfully scathing, near-unintelligible sub-Beastie Boys yell. Elsewhere, songs like Knuckles and Africa head towards being some sort of driving music – the band’s name actually a contraction of their original nod to a brand of sports steering wheel.

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Women And Children Last Eight years after their first release, Murderdolls are back with their second, Women And Children Last. Their first album, Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls, was more of a fun album, filled with sardonic wit and humour – much as expected from a shock-rock outfit. The Murderdolls have matured here, with a tighter, more polished sound and lyrics that, while still holding onto the shock-rock mannerisms, focus on real horrors. Core member Wednesday 13 has stated that the lyrics are more personal. While this album has taken Murderdolls to a darker, more pessimistic place, they have not completely taken away the aspect of fun. Tracks like Nowhere and Summertime Suicide have melodies that are far too happy to accompany tracks with such depressing lyrics, but it just so happens to work so well. Opening track, The World According To Revenge is more of a warning to the listener, than an intro – as if the parental advisory stickers and warning labels weren’t enough. Chapel of Blood follows the opener, spilling copious amounts of anti-religion, shock-rock horror and guitar solos evoked from Satan over the listener.

Mostly, it’s awfully good, and just fuzzy enough around the edges so you’re not quite sure just how much Ballad Of Dishwasher Man is just piss-farting around, as those involved can actually play very well. How can you not uneasily love an album ending with something called Poofter Pool Party?

Women And Children Last may be their second album, yet both Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13 consider this to be their first, seeing as they wrote it together and there’s a jump in production quality. More serious than their debut, the Murderdolls are still just as heavy, sleazy and shocking as they’ve always promised they would be.

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THE HOLIDAYS Post Paradise

Liberation/Universal The Holidays have come a long way since their guitardriven indie-rock thrust them onto the Sydney scene only a couple of years ago. Today their sound is laced with spacious percussion, falsetto interludes and trippy synthesisers, transforming them from the urban sprawl of Sydney City and into the ocean for a tropical debut that proves a magical journey.

• That with the addition of percussion to their live show the band has naturally had to carry a lot more gear around. During a recent tour, nearly all of the percussion equipment they hired was used for the most recent Akon tour. • The band released two EPs in 2008, before taking a break to rethink their direction in 2009. Those jams provided the nucleus for the songs that would eventually be recorded for Post Paradise. • The record took over a year to make because by recording it themselves, and throwing the doors open for experimentation, the band spent a lot of time developing ideas in the studio and adding them to songs immediately.

Welcoming track, Heavy Feathers utilises most of the aforementioned sounds and creates a mellow and summery vibe fuelled by a jittery beat and singer Simon Jones’ creamy falsetto. It becomes evident pretty early on that the vibe is going to carry through and The Holidays have crafted an album to be digested as a whole body of work. The beach party continues on the outwardly tropical Midnight Hours, which highlights their grasp on groovy percussion and irresistible rolling bass lines. 2 Days is perhaps the catchiest song on the record, utilising some overdriven guitar and a half-time beat that explodes into a huge singalong chorus – a sure-fire festival hit. It’s also the little things on the album that make it so polished, as the five-piece’s experimentation with almost every percussive instrument known to man transforms their spacious sound into another realm. There is hardly a moment where there isn’t some form of shaker, maraca, conga, bongo or cowbell – including on final track, A Million Eyes, which rounds out the

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ALBUM ROUNDUP BY MICHAEL SMITH Fronting the Hamburg-based Mighty Mocambos, UK soul/funk singer Gizelle Smith plays it old school right down the line, sitting somewhere between James Brown and Motown with an authenticity to match her whiter than white fellow Briton Alice Russell on This Is Gizelle Smith & The Mighty Mocambos (Legere/Beat Brokers). Turns out some Germans really can swing! Adelaide eight-piece The Transatlantics come at the soul/funk thing far more politely, though the bass playing is propulsive enough to keep things moving, but the self-titled debut (Mecca/ Freestyle) is more in the Average White Band meets Chicago pocket than their avowed main influence Sharon Jones & The Daptones. Another model turned singer, Taylor Momsen can at least sing, even if she’s not all that deep as a lyricist, and knows what she wants, sacking the first lineup of The Pretty Reckless within months of starting the band two years ago. It might have been touring the US opening for The Veronicas that really caused that though. Either way, debut album, Light Me Up (Interscope/Universal), is pretty safe hard rock with enough of a Garbage (or is that Pink?) sensibility to give it the mildest of edges. She’s been described as the best thing to come out of Essex since Billy Bragg, and on her fourth album, It’s A Shame About Gemma Ray (Bronzerat/Inertia), Gemma Ray steps back from the lush production of last year’s Lights Out Zoltar!, to present an eclectic set of covers in a very Bragg kind of way for the most part, just voice and clanking great chunks of guitar. And when I say eclectic, I mean it. Lee Hazlewood sits there next to The Gun Club, George Gershwin and Alex Harvey, Sonic Youth’s Drunken Butterfly somehow perfectly evolving out of the theme from Rosemary’s Baby. Flawed perhaps but a gem nonetheless. Despite their longevity and success, Simple Minds singer and frontman Jim Kerr is probably one of the most underrated of the singers to come out of the UK’s New Wave movement, so it’s interesting to hear him “reinventing” himself as Lostboy! AKA (Riot), a debut solo album prompted, he suggests, by “tuning into the boy he used to be”. Inevitably there’s still a lot of Simple Minds in there, but there’s also a touch of the Bowies and, oddly enough, a sort of Billy Idol moment, in Soloman Solohead. Apparently One Step At A Time, the second album from our own Jack Johnson, surfer turned singer songwriter Beau Young with a touch of the Cat Stevenses almost wasn’t released. Just why this low key, personable collection wasn’t released earlier – it was recorded late 2006 – when he was touring on the back of the Delightful Rain compilation, is a mystery. Luckily, this sort of personal songwriting doesn’t date too easily. It’s been eight years since her debut but Sydneysider Rebecca Hancock has lost none of her sassy assurance on Under My Bed (Bad Boo), as comfortable caressing us with Keep You Hanging On as she is sending a touch of Cave-like chill down the spine in Cruel Mistress, ably supported again by The Prison Wives. Songwriting in Panavision. In complete contrast the girls who make up Ruby For Lucy – singer/ songwriter/acoustic guitarists Julie Stenton and Kat Borghetti – keep things light and pretty on their Half A Cow debut, Catching Bream, even in the darker moments like One Day. Like the press release says, “indie-folk fairytale vibe” is a pretty good description. Introduced to the rest of Australia when she was invited to join the Black Arm Band with Shane Howard and Archie Roach among others, Darwinborn singer songwriter Leah Flanagan steps out with her debut, Nirvana Nights (Vitamin), a collection embracing as much brown-eyed soul as it does quietly emotional balladry. Lush arrangements to match a sophisticated lady, and a Liz Stringer cover, Innocent Hearts, just because. Don’t be fooled by the fact Brisbane singer songwriter Ross Hope has chosen to present his deeply evocative songs behind the name Disco Nap, even if he chooses to sing in an American accent, in a Pet Shop Boys kind of way. Running Red Lights (Independent) sounds vast, especially on the nominal single, The Soft Cell, courtesy Darek Mudge’s synths and electronic twiddling, while never inundating Hope’s plaintive, aching voice, a grand vision indeed beautifully executed. Evocative in an altogether different way is Orchid Avenue, the third album from Sydney duo Red Ochre, featuring trombonist Glad Reed, who’s toured with Laughing Clowns and Midnight Oil among others, providing moody synth textures behind the tales of urban and outback Australian life sung by writing partner guitarist David Claringbold. Subtle, pensive, the sort of album to settle back with a glass of port and a crackling fire and quietly savour. Far scarier, a little reminiscent of Tony Maguire’s debut album, Mouth From The South, meets the Spooky Men’s Chorale, both of which would sit quite comfortably next to it, is third album, The Drink, The Devil & The Dance, from “horror country” six-piece from Melbourne, Graveyard Train, all blokey chants over surprisingly good old-timey instrumentation. • 54 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

SURF CITY

WAVVES

WEEZER

Popfrenzy/Inertia

Pod/Inertia

Epitaph/Shock

Kudos

King Of The Beach

Have you ever wondered what REM would sound like underwater? With a little more reverb perhaps? If so, Kudos is your answer. Though the music couldn’t be further from the Athens, Georgia pop of the aforementioned band, the opening pacing and vocal acrobatics on Surf City’s latest record have Michael Stipe written all over them. And that isn’t a bad thing at all. Crazy Rulers Of The World sounds the call of a band making noise the old-fashioned way; lots of fuzzy guitar, wailing vocals and repetitive shouting. The band manage to remain melodic in the otherwise hazy soundscape, before the pounding surf psychedelia of See How The Sun blazes in, recreating perfect summer road trip music with a steady drum beat and the return of the yelping voice. Album highlight is the title track, Kudos, vocals leaping from the muffled instrumentation with semi-chanting and pleading melding together. The tune emerges from its grunge minimalism to become a punk song carefully disguised. Similarly, Icy Lakes is carried by a thumping chorus and guitar riff that snakes through the song to lift into a shredding crescendo.

Nathan Williams – who goes by the name Wavves – returns with a new record that, rather than being homerecorded in fits and spurts on a laptop as his previous recordings were, was put together over three months at a studio in Mississippi with Modest Mouse producer Dennis Herring and Jay Reatard’s backing band. The result is a less distorted album that still manages to retain his grungy, surf sound. At its best, King Of The Beach’s Californian punk-pop lands satisfactorily between The Beach Boys and The Jesus and Mary Chain. “You’re never gonna stop me,” yells Williams over the album’s irrepressible title track that thrillingly opens proceedings. In spite of this triumphant start, Williams’ lyrics – presumably gleaned from the bottom of a bong – are generally self-hating and riddled with almost caricatured slacker angst. “I’m an idiot,” he whines, “My own friends hate me/But I don’t give a shit.” All of this is appealing in small doses – and will tap into the mindset of young teens with a chip on their shoulder – but those who have been there and done that when grunge first came about might find it hard to empathise with William’s rather tenuous attempts at loserdom.

Hurley

While most indie rock aficionados will viciously ridicule the idea that Weezer have put out a decent record since Pinkerton, if you actually bother to dig below the surface on any of the six albums released since (maybe with the exception of the last-ditch attempt at pop glory Make Believe) there’s a ridiculous wealth of superb pop songs, rock anthems and ambitious conceptual experiments – with the frank narrative of Rivers Cuomo’s very personal musings on life ever present throughout. Hurley, with its instant Internet meme front cover of the fat dude from Lost, is another chapter in Rivers’ diary, another excuse to write a bunch of delicious pop tunes, another reason to reflect on life, and another reason to party. Trainwrecks is a revelry in wasteoidism, with hooks and a chorus as good as he’s ever written, and lyrics to match – “…you’re freaking out ‘cause I can’t I keep a job/we don’t update our blogs, we are trainwrecks.” There’s a bizarre mix of collaborators on the album including big budget pop songwriter Linda Perry, rock pig Desmond Child, actor Michael Cera and alt pin-up Ryan Adams, but none of their contributions stand out enough to detract from Rivers’ own personality.

Sonically, the record seems stuck in its grunge repression purgatory, which is not necessarily a negative when there’s such underlying fierceness in the musicianship. Do New Zealand’s Surf City stand out in the current musical climate of psychedelic/grunge/surf/ punk that seems to have overtaken the Australian scene? They certainly are in the top pack, and Kudos is a great calling card.

However, there are undoubtedly a couple of absolutely belting tunes on King Of The Beach. When Williams’ slacker vibe is more focused on having fun than feeling like the world is out to get him, it’s really infectious and makes you want to cruise around in the sunshine with a bag of weed in your pocket and a couldn’t-give-a-fuck attitude.

Sevana Ohandjanian

Rob Townsend

Chris Yates

THE MOONS

THE WONDER YEARS

YELLOWFEVER

Acid Jazz/Other Tongues

Hopeless/Shock

Lost And Lonesome/MGM

The Upsides

Life On Earth

Though The Moons are hardly made up of the glitterati of British music, they have a couple of names of moderate note. As well as featuring Chris Ketley from the now defunct The Rakes, they are fronted by Andy Crofts, the keyboardist for Paul Weller. Indeed, the Modfather himself allowed The Moons to record Life On Earth in his studio. Unsurprisingly then, there is no shortage of reminiscence here, as the album sticks pretty rigidly to a 1960s revival agenda of classic British pop-rock sounds.

After signing onto Hopeless Records, potential pop-punk saviours The Wonder Years re-released their second album, The Upsides, as a deluxe edition with new artwork and four new tracks for a wider – Australia included – release, one of which, I Was Scared And I’m Sorry, is an absolute stand-out and joins originally listed tracks such as Hey Thanks and Everything I Own Fits In This Backpack, which also stray slightly from the mould, as some of the best on the album.

After mod-rock opener Don’t Go Changin’ has clearly signposted where we’re heading, Chinese Whispers creates the kind of backwards-looking anthem that would be unbearable in its derivativeness were it not such singalong fun. Imagine The Fratellis covering The Bees and you’ll get the idea. Life On Earth’s lyrics often seem to have been pulled straight from the Oasis Big Book Of Hackneyed Lines & Obvious Rhymes, but it kind of works because the songs are harking back to an innocent pop age.

The album begins to drag towards the end, possibly due to the aforementioned extra tracks, possibly due to the fact that it is difficult to stay so positive for so long. After all, the reissue clocks in at just under an hour.

The problem with Life On Earth is that, by the end of the album, the lack of diversity is such that the fun of the opening few tracks has rather started to lag. Sure, there are two or three pop gems here, but one wonders if there is enough about The Moons to warrant prolonged interest. After all, this kind of thing has been done to death, resurrected and then done again. Does the world really need another Ocean Colour Scene? I think we all know the answer to that.

Rob Townsend

This is pop-punk cut from the mould of New Found Glory and The Ataris, and while it has certainly been done, these guys know how to do it well, from the palm-muted guitars to the slightly nasal vocals that you love to hate, the band tick all the boxes – you wish you grew up in Philadelphia beside them. There’s something about a voice sounding so impassioned singing about an American town that has so much more cache than its Australian counterpart, at least in the realms of pop punk.

Of course it’s a shame that there will never be another blue album or Pinkerton, but that’s no excuse not to enjoy another truly great pop rock record. As the closing track Time Flies unsubtly reminds us, life’s too short not to enjoy the rare moments when you get something to have a bit of fun with, and Hurley is certainly full of those.

YellowFever

Between meandering around their home country in a beaten up old hippie wagon, Texas’ YellowFever have released a handful of singles and EPs, which are brought together neatly in this 11-track compilation. YellowFever offers minimalist art pop, with a guitar, drums and a couple of vocals allowing big open spaces that are occasionally filled with cheeky twangs of surf guitar or organ. Jennifer Moore’s voice is nicely detached in a Nico kind of way and is complimented by harmonies from Isabel Martin, as YellowFever portray simple and whimsical tales. With lyrics like, “The cutest boy I ever saw was drinking cider through a straw,” the songs are hypnotic, and, like indie nursery rhymes, get stuck in your head between plays. With anti-folk leanings, comparisons to The Moldy Peaches are perhaps inevitable (especially now that the trio has become a duo, after Martin permanently relocated to New York), and there is a similar cuteness about them, but they probably land closer to Young Marble Giants, or maybe what Vivian Girls would sound like if they didn’t drown their songs in guitar fuzz.

The Upsides feels like pop punk circa 2000; we’re all having trouble getting beer and getting girls and being misunderstood, so we throw on a pair of baggie Dickies, a wristband and write sugar-sweet songs about it. Try as hard as you can, you won’t be able to stop yourself from smiling while The Wonder Years are playing.

YellowFever is certainly rudimentary, but while this sparseness is enjoyable in itself, the chronology of the tracks also shows pleasing progression in the band’s sound. The fact that the later songs are the album’s strongest – most notably the excellent Joe Brown – bodes well for YellowFever’s first proper album, which is due for release next year. For now though, this sweet thirty-minute taster will sit well with those who like their indie lo-fi and DIY.

Dave Drayton

Rob Townsend

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DEVIL’S BRIGADE

MAGIC KIDS

Hellcat/Shock

Remote Control/Inertia

Ten years after Rancid’s Matt Freeman started his side project Devil’s Brigade, the self-titled debut album sees the light of day. This album is largely Freeman’s and Tim Armstrong’s (also Rancid) baby, with six of the 12 tracks being from an unfinished musical they were working on, Half Way To Hell Club, about the troubles surrounding the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cello plus violin and sleigh bells – Phone, the opening track on this debut outing by Magic Kids, skips along blissfully and you can effectively sing the chorus from I’m Into Something Good by Herman’s Hermits (1964) over the top of it. These Memphis dweebs sing about dating pre-rsvp.com (“I’ll be waiting here right by the phone/I’ll be waiting here ‘til you come home”) and how ‘signs’ and synchronicity once influenced whether or not a crush would blossom into hand-holding on the school bus. Lyrics are swoon-worthy throughout (“‘There’s no candy sweeter than my baby,’ she turns to me and says”) and Superball, with its “bounce-bouncebounce-bounce” BV conclusion, takes you back to an age where a cheap novelty item could entertain for hours.

Devil’s Brigade

Freeman’s roaring, throaty vocals and upright slap bass, keep this side project from sounding like another Rancid album. Devil’s Brigade is more than just punk, mixing psychobilly, country, heavy guitars and DJ Bonebrake’s rock-steady rhythm. It’s experimental, fun and like all good punk rock, shares an anti-establishment message regarding the issue of recession.

Memphis

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

RAY LAMONTAGNE & THE PARIAH DOGS

Boo Boo Wax/Liberator

Sony Music

The Sound Of Sunshine In one form or another, Michael Franti has been a political soldier for the last 20 years, but as time has gone on, his message has moved from outrage and angst to relaxing and good times, bringing us to the current point of his latest release with Spearhead in The Sound Of Sunshine. Franti is now firmly committed to sharing his newfound optimism and cheer, and although it doesn’t have the same soul-stirring punch as earlier records like Stay Human seemed to possess in bucketloads, the album achieves what it sets out to do in creating escapism for 43 minutes, headed and highlighted by the title track. The combining effect of the previously-used blended sounds of dancehall, reggae fusion and hip hop with the shimmering melody and hooks of ‘50s surf pop has given the record a broad appeal, while the organic acoustic style keeps the results well grounded so as not to become another batch of condescending pop. Lyrically the majority of the record is fairly simplistic, with the focus firmly set on the harmonies and delivery as opposed to the content itself.

God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise Ray LaMontagne’s albums are driven more by intuition, or emotion, than an intellectual need for flamboyant stylistic experimentation – or radical reinventions. If anything, he’s carrying on the tradition of Stills’ old Buffalo Springfield pal Neil Young with contemplative songwriting – often personal, occasionally narrative, but always timeless. Yet, on this fourth album, LaMontagne formally introduces a band. It was perhaps inevitable after 2007’s Gossip In The Grain saw him record with his touring players, who now largely make up The Pariah Dogs (though LaMontagne still performs Like Rock & Roll Radio, a sparse and meandering acoustic ballad, solo). He’s also assumed production duties from longtime cohort Ethan Johns.

The album starts strong and fast with I’m Movin’ Through, which has the initial shock of the change in musical direction. Following the initial introduction to Freeman’s psychobilly side, he establishes his independence and power in My Own Man Now. In Bridge Of Gold when Armstrong takes over on the vocals and Freeman picks up the banjo, the ride’s just about to start. That journey flourishes in the second, more serious half of the album, with tracks Who’s Gonna Save You Now, Gentleman Of The Road and Protest Song, which hammer home the issues of recession and poverty. Devil’s Brigade may begin sounding like Freeman was just dabbling in different styles, but by the end, listeners will be won over and assured this was more than a little pastime activity.

This set of tracks is bursting with youthful exuberance and will inspire you to dust off that long-forgotten space hopper and have a bounce. The tinkly sweetness of Hey Boy is closest to a Beach Boys composition (hello, California Girls?) and Magic Kids incorporate the sounds of a full orchestra into these arrangements. A chorus of backing vixens who could be the protagonist’s conscience – “Hey boy, where’s your girlfriend?/She needs your attention/Hey boy, where’s your girl tonight?” – inject a loving teaspoon of sugar and the song wraps up perfectly like a starched, polka dot neckerchief. Closer Cry With Me Baby has a similar upbeatness to We Go Together (from the Grease soundtrack) and when this under-30-minutes of warm fuzzies draws to a close, you’ll flash back to how you felt when you lost your favourite teddy bear in the department store. Magic Kids could be The Partridge Family’s offspring – “Come on get happyyyy!”

Christine Caruana

Bryget Chrisfield

Mark Beresford

Cyclone

vocals. The rapper is centre of attention, and rightfully so, as the music ebbs and flows in accordance to his voice. The singalong chorus is an earworm if there ever was one.

instantly distinguishable voice is visceral, its soulfulness permeating the layers of electronic haze present. The strange, almost pitchless tones he exudes are irresistible. It’s so rare to hear a voice imbued with such passion, associated with a specific genre such as R&B, meld exceptionally well with what is essentially a Ronson synth assault.

13. Missing Words

3. The Bike Song

(feat. Kyle Falconer and Spank Rock) With its gimmicky title and bicycle bell sample this should be cringeworthy, but Kyle Falconer’s lilting Scottish voice matches the childish premise of riding your bike home and feeling aimless on the verge of adulthood. Ronson’s production is minimalist, proving that he knows when to hold back. Spank Rock’s cameo has a tacked on feel, but I challenge you not to bop along.

4. Somebody To Love Me

(feat. Boy George and Andrew Wyatt)

MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL

A standout moment on the record, Boy George commandeers the song with piercing melody, complimented by Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and his gravelly accompaniment. The calypso pop jam stops short of treading Culture Club territory with heartbreaking lyrics at odds with the mood.

Columbia/Sony

5. You Gave Me Nothing

Record Collection

Mark Ronson has forsaken his beloved horns for the keyboard, but he’s lost none of his soul, rallying a credheavy list of collaborators both new and old.

1. Bang Bang Bang (feat. Q-Tip and MNDR)

Kicking off more synth explosion than bang, the lead single is an introduction that immediately dismisses Ronson’s 2007 record, Versions. It’s a keyboard-heavy affair, all catchy pop hooks and reworked French nursery rhymes. Q-Tip’s rap nicely juxtaposes MNDR’s occasionally irritating repetitive vocal with obligatory hipster intonations.

2. Lose It (In The End)

(feat. Ghostface Killah and Alex Greenwald) If the idea of Killah and Phantom Planet’s Greenwald collaborating inspires concern, it’s cast aside once the bombastic horns herald the entrance of Ghostface spitting intense rhymes before Greenwald provides crisp

In almost the perfect closing motion, Franti closes off the record with the stripped look back of The Sound Of Sunshine Going Down, which even on its own is enough to please any earlier fan set to accuse the man of ‘selling out’. Franti and Spearhead haven’t tried to break new ground here, but have instead shifted focus to perfect their new sound, and have done so pretty well.

8. Circuit Breaker

(feat. Rose Elinor Dougall and Alex Greenwald)

9. Introducing The Business

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(feat. Pill and London Gay Men’s Chorus) Who are The Business International? This song doesn’t so much deliver on its title as take a hip hop attitude towards the rap/chorus combination. Pill raps over inspiring strings and rousing choral vocals, though the soundscape is characteristic rap meets classical fare.

Taking a turn for the darker ends of dance, Dougall of The Pipettes fame plays the wounded woman with brassy depth, channelling any number of past Ronson muses. Wyatt’s falsetto is decibel-defying as the chorus rings out with, “You’re not my baby/’cause you gave me nothing to hold onto.” Sure, the lyrics touch cliché, but it’s cleverly masked with synth trickery and a killer percussive beat. Closest Ronson comes to a classic dancefloor tune.

It’s Simon Le Bon! With Mark Ronson! It could have gone horribly wrong but it’s close to pop perfection. Ronson takes a turn behind the mic delivering witty double liners in conversational tones allowing his British deadpan accent to shine through, before Le Bon appears in the chorus singing, “I only want to be in your record collection/and I’ll do anything to get there.” Oh you’re already there Simon. May you never leave.

(feat. Simon Le Bon and Wiley)

6. The Colour of Crumar

11. Selector

An instrumental piece that sounds like it’s being recorded through a 1940s wireless radio. It may be Ronson’s attempt at contextualising his shift to electronic and makes the listener feel like jettisoning into space. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Electro filler blah blah, sounds good but forgettable.

Damn, where has D’Angelo been the last ten years? His

14. The Night Last Night

A fitting bookend to the album that Ronson’s oft collaborator Greenwald should feature, smooth vocals in tow. Unintentionally emotive, his vocals sit between Californian droll and pitchy weirdness. Dougall is sharp contrast, channelling Florence with the harp accompaniment. Soft but pulsing with underlying snare drums and synths, it’s ethereal and soulful in equal turns.

10. Record Collection

(feat. D’Angelo)

Strange jangly ‘60s guitar interlude with organ synths, a mod party sitting oddly amidst the pop electro of the rest of the record. Needlessness of these interludes stands.

Jittery scratches marry multiple keyboard chords to produce an overall Final Countdown vibe, quickly saved by xylophone-esque samples. Its value on a record that is already jampacked with musical meat is questionable, but it provides Ronson a moment in the spotlight after pushing himself into the production dark for almost the entire record.

(feat. Rose Elinor Dougall and Andrew Wyatt)

7. Glass Mountain Trust

The album opens with the latently funky Repo Man, LaMontagne at his huskiest – and seething with indignation at a presumptuous ex. But the majority of the album is mellow, LaMontagne only rockin’ out again on Devil’s In The Jukebox. He expresses big city alienation on the (almost cliched) country New York City’s Killing Me – enhanced symbolically by Eric Heyward’s pedal steel guitar. The rustic dreaminess of the title-track – a micro Cold Mountain tale about missing a lover across country, albeit without the complication of civil war – belies its plaintive lyrics. The engaging Beg Steal Or Borrow an astute choice for lead single. LaMontagne’s career may parallel the freak folk movement – embodied in the eccentric Devendra Banhart – but he doesn’t belong to it. God Willin’… is an assured work from an artist who’s found mainstream success on his own humble terms.

12. Hey Boy

(feat. Rose Elinor Dougall and Theopilus London) Dougall exudes elegance as she sings of new, heartpounding love. It’s a down-tempo, sweet number that breaks up the electro-fest Ronson has spruiked through most of the record. Think swaying in a summer dress under the sun and you’ve got the feeling this song inspires.

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METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC

NOCTURNAL

BASTARD’S BAILED As German thrash metallers Nocturnal have just released Possessed Creations, a compilation CD of mostly unreleased material, the band’s original drummer, Hellbastard, has announced his departure after nearly ten years with the band. A lengthy MySpace blog was posted by guitarist Avenger stating Hellbastard’s intentions and reasons for the decision: “His reasons are a variety of different things. The two main factors are that he was facing some health problems since quite some time which made him unable to play drums the last week… On the other hand he wants to focus more on his personal life which as some of us know first hand can be a very time and energy consuming experience. Nocturnal wishes Hellbastard well for his future plans and everything that comes his way… We’ll burn some towns for you during the next time!” Hellbastard commented in the same post; “I do thank all the members of Nocturnal for the past years and especially all the fans for all those great years of drinking and rock’n’roll.” Without Hellbastard the once five-piece will naturally be on the look out for a new drummer, not to mention a new and unassuming moniker to fit in with the remaining members – Tyrannizer, Avenger, Vomitor and Teutonic Slaughter.

INSIDE THE GARDEN With rumours abounding that Soundgarden will find themselves on a festival bill this summer, footage of the manufacturing of their new release – Telephantasm, their first record since 1996 – has been posted on YouTube. Released worldwide late September, the best of collection features a previously unreleased track Black Rain.

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Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave!! Just when you thought next year’s lineup couldn’t get any cooler, Shagrath, Galder and Silenoz decide to jump on the bill. To finally see Dimmu Borgir play here would be a massive highlight for most of us and to see the worlds’ biggest black metal band play the fastest growing festival in the southern hemisphere is just the grim icing on a huge black forest cake! Biff Byford and the guys from Saxon are also coming back to play on the bill. For those too young to remember or even too old to remember, Saxon are a powerhouse of solid British heavy metal that’s pretty much the missing link between Motorhead, AC/DC and Maiden and I for one can’t wait to hear them belt it out again. If you were one of the 5000 kids I spent a night with at the Hordern a few weeks ago, then you will be pleased to know that Bullet For My Valentine will also be returning for SW2011. Double-kicks, twin-harmonies, riffs in E, melodic vocals and Matt playing like a mid-‘80s Hetfield, what’s not to like about the Welshmen? Utopia are once again back in the city! 511 Kent Street to be exact, sharing a corner with Bathurst Street right near that Medina Hotel where that poor backpacker was tied up and held hostage for three weeks a few years back. Nothing like a bit of macabre history to make the Utopian experience complete! There’s a Town Hall train station exit directly opposite too so getting there has never been easier. As part of their opening celebrations, the store is offering the chance to win two tickets to Soundwave by simply spending $30 or more. A fairly easy task considering the plethora of awesome new releases that have come out recently. And, if you drop into the store this Saturday you can check out one of Sydney’s best bands, Darker Half playing live. NSW death metallers Automata have signed a digital distribution deal with Australian-based Anti-Human Records for their forthcoming debut EP, Praise To The Parasites. The five-track release is available through Steve Jobs’ digital empire in Australia, NZ, Japan, Mexico, The US, The UK, Canada and Europe. The rise of well, I’m not sure what you call it – new stoner maybe? – is a great thing. Bands like Baroness, Kylesa and Mose Giganticus are bringing that old sludgy feeling that might even encourage Kyuss to reform (I hear all the boys bar Mr Homme have been jamming together recently so it just might happen!) back. Anyway, one band you definitely need to be aware

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you go in a draw to win an iPad Fozzy are returning for the first time since 2005 and will play an all ages show at The Factory Friday 3 December. They’re headed up by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho on vocals, Rich Ward from Stuck Mojo on guitar, Sean Delson on bass and Frank Fontsere, also of Stuck Mojo on drums. They started out many years ago as a fun band covering Ozzy and other classics but became a serious metal entity in ‘05 with the release of All That Remains and earlier this year released the follow-up, Chasing The Grail.

DARKER HALF of is Kvelertak. They hail from Norway and sing in Norwegian about Vikings and snow but rather than sounding like Enslaved, imagine the bastard child of Turbo Negro, Converge and Dark Throne’s punkier stuff. It’s totally awesome and with album art by John Baizley from Baroness, their self-titled album should be easy to spot in the racks. If not, go and demand your local store get it in. A huge congrats to Perth’s other biggest band, Voyager who have just announced they’ll be playing at ProgPower USA 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia, with the likes of Arcturus, Sanctuary and Therion. They’re very excited and proud to be the first Aussie band to be playing the Festival! Maybe Arcane will be there in 2012? Funk/System Of A Down-influenced Rich Uncle Skeleton are back from celebrating the Melbourne album launch of Idiotproof and play The Gaelic Friday with up and comers Rampant and Destined. The night kicks off 8pm and will flow on to either Blink or SFX as the afterparty disappears into the wee hours. If you feel like something else on Friday after you’re done being hypnotised by Attila and the nutcases from Mayhem at The Factory or had enough of starting circle pits during Parkway Drive’s sold-out Hordern show, you can head down to Club Blink (new location at St James Hotel remember) and check out the album launch from Sonic Syndicate. The melodic deathsters from Sweden are on album number three and are getting bigger all the time. Not doing anything Saturday? The Annandale is open practically all day for an all ages event. From 11.00am to 10.30pm you can drop in and out as many times as you want but make sure you’re there 12.30pm when Melody Black take the stage. Paris Crash are also on the bill and like I mentioned before, when you buy your ticket,

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LOCAL GIG GIUDE

WEDNESDAY

Buried In Verona, Vanstorm – Bar 32

THURSDAY

The Dark Shadows, The Veil – Club 77 Nekrofeist, Dogs Of Stone, Primal Intent – The Harp Thousand Needles In Red – Fitzroy Hotel

FRIDAY

Mayhem, Anno Domini, Astriaal – The Factory Theatre Thousand Needles In Red – Kiama Leagues Club Raise The Crazy, Devine Electric, Buzzkiller, The Prehistorics – Annandale Hotel

SATURDAY

Overkill, Mortal Sin – The Metro Theatre Deconstructivist, Exist Within, Nobody Knew They Were Robots, The Darkest Illusion – Abduction X, Lewisham Hotel

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PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY One thing you have to admire about Less Than Jake is that they’re always willing to try something new. Among their long and extensive discography you’ll find a tribute album to the musical, Grease, a split with metal act Megadeth and a 7” record shaped like a piece of cheese. The long-running Gainsville Florida ska-punks have now announced their next release, TV/EP. According to the band’s website, “Spanning from the vintage adverts of yesteryear to the frenetic promos of modern day, TV/ EP reimagines a world where pop punk and ska is the music de rigueur, and this is the soundtrack to your couch potato life. Tracklisted as anonymously numbered channels (the band is keeping the names of the songs under wraps till right before release), the experience they’ve planned is akin to the feeling of flipping random television channels.” Expect to see it in November and it will apparently have 16 tracks and clock in at just over 13 minutes! You can of course catch Less Than Jake next year when they return to be part of Soundwave 2011. Steven Blush’s 2001 book American Hardcore will soon be re-released in an updated form. The book’s publisher stated in a press release: “The author has updated all of the chapters, added a new one titled Destroy Babylon, which explores the mutant forms of spirituality that came from the movement, and interviewed over 25 new subjects. Blush also has unearthed over a hundred new pieces of artwork, drafted two hundred plus new band bios, and radically expanded the discography. Most significant, he has offered a new conclusion, which is an anomaly within the realm of period studies. The original book was 328 pages, and the revised edition is now 408.” The book tracks the development of US hardcore through the 1980s. The updated version will be published in November. Epitaph-signed act Sing It Loud announced their split last week. The band’s statement explaining the decision was, well, just as plain as their music. “Here comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to make choices and steps towards what will make them happy, and we are all ready to take those steps in our lives,” read a post on their MySpace. Congratulations to Parkway Drive for selling out the Hordern Pavilion! That’s nuts, a bunch of hardcore kids from Byron selling enough tickets to fill that giant room - well done. Speaking of PWD the boys will be filling in for me on Short Fast Loud this Wednesday night. Yep, I’m on holidays so join Parkway Drive as they program

Saxon, The Rocket Summer and We The Kings. 2. Parkway Drive. The Deep Blue tour finally hits this week. As mentioned the Hordern Pavilion show is sold out as is their show Thursday at Byron Bay High School, but tickets are still available for Royal Theatre Canberra Saturday and Panthers Newcastle Sunday. 3. Break Even + Alexisonfire. Finally the support for Alexisonfire’s national tour next month has been announced and it’s Perth’s Break Even.

three hours of their favourite punk and hardcore tunes from 10pm on triple j.

4. The Devil Wears Prada. Sure they’re playing with Parkway Drive, but they also have their own Sydney headline show this Sunday night at The Wall with supports The Bride and Buried In Verona. Tickets on sale now!

Frank Turner has announced he’s about to start work on his first new recordings since the acclaimed Poetry Of The Deed album released late last year. “Well, USA, that was a lot of fun, if brief. Now heading home to hit the studio in London and make a new EP. See you in a month or so,” he’s quoted as saying.

5. Enter Shikari + House Vs Hurricane. So many good tours coming through the country at the moment. Don’t miss Enter Shikari on their first trip back to Australia since Soundwave earlier this year. The wonderful House Vs Hurricane will be supporting them. Catch the fun Thursday night at The Roundhouse.

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On the subject of new albums, Polar Bear Club are considering their next one currently according to guitarist Chris Browne’s interview with Adequacy.net. “Between Jimmy [Stadt] and I we have probably 14 or 15 song ideas ready to go. I know Nate [Morris] has some stuff he’s working on as well. We’ve only had time to get to one or two as a full band so far, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about PBC songwriting. Things are coming together naturally and smoothly, and we all seem to want the same things this time around. I think the next record will maintain the variety of songs that we like, but the performance will have a little more ‘vibe’ or ‘groove’ to it if that makes any sense. We’re not going to be afraid to just take a song where it needs to go rather than micromanaging everything. It may end up being more of a pop rock record than we’ve ever done before, but the ideas are just as quirky and intense as ever in my mind.”

SHORT FAST REPORT TOP 5 1. Soundwave 2011. Even though names have been leaking for the last couple of weeks, the second announcement of bands provides a few more surprises. The acts added to the already massive lineup include Bring Me The Horizon, Millencolin, Coheed & Cambria, The Amity Affliction, Silverstein, Fucked Up, H20, Feeder,

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THURSDAY

Enter Shikari, House Vs Hurricane, Hand Of Mercy – UNSW Roundhouse

FRIDAY

Parkway Drive, The Devil Wears Prada, The Ghost Inside, 50 Lions – Hordern Pavilion The Celibate Rifles, Grand Fatal, Molten Universe – The Sandringham Hotel

SATURDAY

Over-reactor, Del Santo, Me Vs. You – SFX, St James Hotel Nunchukka Superfly, Zeni Geva, Dead Farmers, Sunnonus, Ether Rag – The Wall

SUNDAY

The Devil Wears Prada, Buried In Verona, The Bride – The Wall You Me At Six, The Audition, Kids In Glass Houses – The Metro Theatre Stu presents Short.Fast.Loud. Wednesdays from 10pm on triple j. shortfast@drummedia.com.au

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MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

SOMETHING FISHY Joey Cape, the frontman of much-loved Cali punk band Lagwagon has just released a new solo track titled The Fish Rots From The Head Case Down. The ninth track to be released by Cape this year is part of his newest album compilation, Doesn’t Play Well With Others, which sees Cape release a song a month over the entire year. Accompanying this unique distribution system is individual artwork done by his young daughter Violet, with the latest track involving, yep, you guessed it, a badly drawn dead, smelly fish.

THE ROMANCE RETURNS Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying the success of My Chemical Romance’s previous record, The Black Parade. The album won them fans the world over, and although it has been four years since the band’s whirlwind third album, giant record chain HMV have just announced 22 November as the release date for their much anticipated new release. The absurdly titled Danger Days: True Lives Of The Dabulous Killjoys, is also set to include leaked album artwork involving a giant white spider sprawled over the Californian desert. In a recent blog post, guitarist Frank Iero stated, “Our new record is done, finished, kaput, in the proverbial can, and being played loudly as we drive way too fast in our respective cars. Would you like to hear it? Ah, I bet you would, but all in due time my friends… good things come to a patient MCRmy. We have a plan, and we are sticking to it. But look alive, keep your ears to the ground and your eyes bloodshot and open… there are signs everywhere and it will all make sense to you soon. Keep checking back for the shit to hit the fan.”

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HIP HOP WITH VIKTOR KRUM There’s going to be a new all ages venue launching this Saturday in Sydney’s CBD, run by the folks at Gideon shoes (it’s also the place that The Drum calls home). A rejuvenated church space at 142 Chalmers St, it’s kicking off proceedings this week with a show featuring some of the state’s best emerging youngsters. The collaborative project Northie & Coop Plays Drums will headline the afternoon/evening with Wake The Giants, Karl Christoph and an acoustic set from A Bad Day’s Goodnight Tash rounding out the bill. Young & Restless spoke to Northie and Wake The Giants’ James Clarke.

Free downloads! One wonders how any other type of distribution survives (“Don’t worry, selling stuff in shops is just getting started!” – Record Executive). Joell Ortiz has put up a high quality set of six originals that he is calling Farewell Summer. Seth Sentry and Horrorshow have collaborated on a hugely popular single you can find online for free. Sydney’s Mind Over Matter have a single up for free download called Rappers In Wonderland. That’s just a quick sweep of what’s popped up recently. Really: upgrade your Internet plan and keep the money JB Hi-Fi would have taken from you (“Don’t do that, guys. There are heaps of cool things about owning CDs!” – Record Executive). Buff1 works hard. On free downloads! No bullshit. Put aside the fact that he is signed to Grindin Records for a moment – no matter how apt the name may be – and appreciate his productivity. He’s back again this month with a free downloadable mixtape called Ghosting which sees our host get on songs that inspire him. These are not instrumentals though. And they are not all hip hop. He had a week to write for this and he ended up hopping on a Joni Mitchell track, a Grizzly Bear joint and a Beatles song. You’ll find Ghosting floating around online my dudes. Get it! We’ve often shared a wry smile about cricketouttacompton.com.au. It’s easy to sneer at people trying to achieve something difficult (it’s why we music journalists have such fun). Here, the idea is to use cricket as a way of empowering young black men from Compton to avoid gang culture, keep their elbows high and ensure their body weight is moving forward through the ball. Twenty-five years ago, Compton birthed NWA, a few years ago Compton birthed a cricket team. A number of interested parties are trying to bring the CCC out here for a tour. They need to raise funds. If you’re in the mood to show your support, you know which website to check out. If you like irony, note how many members of the CCC enjoy wearing baseball paraphernalia. In Autumn this year FBi Radio’s massive Tuesday night show Ro Sham Bo played host to Bone Thugs Autumn, a season where every show began with a tune from Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony. At the time you may have thought it was a nice touch. Now – with hindsight – you can consider it a warmup for… a Bone Thugs tour! Wednesday 10 November, the Bonez boys are playing CBD in Newcastle. Thursday 11, you’re sitting at home

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BONE THUGS ‘N’ HARMONY sooking about missing tickets to the sold-out Gaelic show (while plotting to buy tickets to their show at the same venue Sunday 21). Sunday 14 sees BTnH at The Grand Hotel in Wollongong. Never again can we say that community radio is powerless. I think it’s fair to say we’ve all been a bit too melodramatic about battles in the past few years. I’m happy to take my fair share of the blame. “The standard is poor.” “None of the good emcees battle anymore.” “There’s no beat. Why is there no beat?” “Someone drew squiggly lines on the walls of the toilets.” Etcetera. Well, just as our negative attitude has contributed to the fading away of battles, so can our positive attitude revive them. Positivity, guys! Saturday 11 December, The Wall will be hosting the Sydney leg of Brisbane battle league Real Talk’s battle tournament. There won’t be any beats but we can get over that though. There is no excuse for complaining about the standard. That is now in your hands. You think there aren’t enough high calibre battlers entering? Go and pester your mate who’s been sharpening his tongue for an occasion like this. Your best mate’s cousin works with Anecdote’s little brother? Use your connections and get him to enter the battle. You’re skilled? Great. Send an email to realtalkbattles@ hotmail.com. The power is yours!

“I think there should be more all age venues [so] that is easier for younger kids to get to near train stations or easy travelling by public transport,” said Clarke. “Also should be gigs that don’t finish too late (like the Gideon show) so it’s safe for younger teenagers to get home safely and their parents aren’t worried to death about where they are.” In regards to the current all ages scene he said, “It’s mostly younger people I have found, but there are older people going still that have been for a while. But the scene is good, everyone is more into it and get pumped up for local bands.” “The local live scene can be a lot of things, like anything it has its pros and cons,” Northie said. “Sometimes it’s flooded and has no quality control. But at the same time it’s very encouraging and gives a lot of great opportunities for my music, as well as other independent artists. All you can do is know your place in it, be respectful of that and at the same time strive to overtake it!” If these guys are to be believed, the launch show’s going to be quite the event. “The Gideon show is going to be one of the best all ages venues that is located in the city,” Clarke enthused. “[It] is in a decked-out church which is so insane for bands to play in, the show has great bands playing all make really good music, looking forward to this show a lot!” “To have a good old party down and take the chance to see a live act that’s unique to this scene,” said Northie. Doors open at 4pm on the day and tickets are $15 on the door. You can pre-order discounted tickets through Northie and Wake The Giants’ websites.

OUT & ABOUT Enter Shikari are likely to play a few tracks from their

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POP CULTURE THERAPY WITH ADAM CURLEY Four weeks in which the season finally (kind of) changed, the Pluto inner-cleaning (gross) retrograde ended and many people attempted to hide from Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream and failed (to which I say: go with it; it’s not all that often the writer-producer team of Max Martin and Luke Gottwald take over the world and when they do it’s far less psychologically straining to just get your skank on, learn the words and ride it out. Their songs are far too strong for our feeble minds to fight, as previously proven with The Veronicas’ 4ever, Pink’s U + Ur Hand, Kelly Clarkson’s My Life Would Suck Without You, etc. And, yes, all those songs are the same song rewritten, but I’m pretty sure market research has declared that no one cares, so who are you to argue?). There have also been a few rather excellent releases otherwise. Melbourne’s Heirs released their second album, Fowl (Denovali), and it’s a sublime seven tracks of metallicSwansian grind-and-release playing. Cloudy, layered guitars and synths get ripped apart by unrelenting riffs and fall into spiralling, captivating effects and elegant rhythms. That all sounds like a load of ‘music writer’ wank, but it all sort of adds up to being the 2010 version of industrial rock, which might sound oxymoronic but I’m having a hard time describing this so just go and listen to it because it’s really very, very good. Sydney duo kyü last week released their self-titled debut album through Popfenzy just in time for some sunning and giving us the most intriguing psych pop record since Flying Scribble’s album of last month. Yes, this year is turning out to be the culmination of whatever bizzaro theatrical bent pop-making Australian kids have been on of late. In kyü’s case that means ‘tribal’ rhythms used to remarkable effect, piercing vocal harmonies and arseshaking-and-shimmying melodies (even though there’s something about using the words ‘arse-shaking’ that seems very wrong in this context). The most common thing that has been said to me about the new Blonde Redhead album, Penny Sparkle (4AD/ Remote Control) is that it doesn’t sound like Blonde Redhead, which is usually spoken with a satisfied grin and pisses me off because I always liked them, but is also reasonably fair. Blue-toned keys and sparse beats build subtle pop melodies, shone down on with ghostly effects to sort of add up to being the 2010 version of French electronic pop. Except they aren’t French. Wow, I’m really using my words today. Anyway, it’s very good. • 58 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

THE UNAVOIDABLE KATY PERRY Probably the biggest surprise to me personally has been the new track from My Disco, Turn, from their upcoming Little Joy album (out 15 October through Shock). The word ‘minimal’ has always been used to describe the Melbourne trio – indeed at times to be ‘made for them’ – but there’s something about Turn that’s very un-minimal without being at all bordering on maximal (again with the excellent word-using today, sorry). Almost tinny, again ‘tribal’ drumming, a lack of the usual unrelenting rhythmic guitar jabs and softer vocals make it an unassumingly danceable affair. By God, it’s almost tropical. Into what the blogs have been talking about: a band from London called The Vaccines have been getting talked up after posting their first demo and homemade clip for a track called If You Wanna, which takes the kick-drum-riding and wang-out guitar strums of the UK nu-gaze set and adds them to jangly ‘60s pop sensibilities, slotting in with the whole ‘chillwave’ aesthetic but creating something entirely different and much more of their nation. You can download it free from their Facebook page. Brooklyn’s How To Dress Well is still the most overwritten-about man in the western blog world, creating something of an interesting one-minute discussion about why people like him so much or whether all the praise is ‘justified’ but not giving much of a chance for anything other than an online moment to really happen for the ‘post-chillwave’ ‘chill-scape’ dude. Finally, Adelaide’s Fake Tan are three newbies giving their own angle to all the ‘60s thing, making nagging and completely loveable pop songs for slackers that’ll get yer heart racing in yer skin-tight jeans. Check them at mypace.com/faketann. breakdown@drummedia.com.au

NORTHIE new release, Tribalism – a mix of newies, rarities and remixes – when the UK post-hardcore group play the UNSW Roundhouse Thursday. Aussie acts House Vs Hurricane and Hand Of Mercy have the supports. Indent’s tenth birthday tour is kicking around into local venues this week, incorporating a workshop into a show with Urthboy (and his mates Jane & El Gusto). There’s a bigger chat with the organisers in this week’s The Front Line, but the tour will pop into Newcastle Panthers Friday, Cessnock High School Saturday and The Factory Theatre Sunday. Launching their EP, metal locals Tensions Arise will be joining the ranks of Pulseffect, Vendetta Of The Fallen, Syke Sapian and Never Trust A Bunny at the Lewisham Hotel this Friday. Now us all age kids are welcome, but need to bring someone over-age along. Parkway Drive have a few all ages dates this week – Friday at the Hordern (sold out), Saturday at Canberra’s Royal Theatre and Monday at Newcastle Panthers. Support act The Devil Wears Prada have a sideshow you can get along to also, Sunday at The Wall. Electro-rock outfit Paris Crash keep the momentum from the ARIA charting single, Honeymoon In Vegas, going this week, with an Annandale Hotel date Saturday from midday. The Violet Flames, Melody Black and Ricky Bloomfield will be supporting. British lads You Me At Six have the doors open to people of all ages this Sunday at The Metro with The Audition and Kids In Glass Houses. allages@drummedia.com.au

TALES FROM THE BIG APPLE WITH TOM HAWKING So last week was New York Fashion Week. This basically means that there are shitloads of fashion parades around town wherein various designers unveil “Fall 2010”, i.e. what you’re supposed to be wearing this year if you can afford a new wardrobe. Which I can’t.

circle and take photos of one another, like some sort of mutually priapic paparazz-off.

Despite my general lack of interest in purchasing ruinously expensive clothing, I tagged along to a few events, largely out of curiosity and for the free drinks. It’s one of the more pleasing aspects of New York life that sizeable parties are generally sponsored by a prominent brand of alcohol. This means that there’s always much freeloading to be done – and since freeloading is a crucial component of freelancing, this week has found NY Conversation propping up various fashionable bars. The whole idea sounds okay in theory, but in reality you walk in, survey the room and... awwwww, shit. I knew I forgot something: I hate these people.

I have heard a DJ drop Phil Collins’ Sussudio without a hint of irony and I have heard the Ting Tings more times than I care to remember. I have also discovered that to DJ in New York, you need a) comedy spectacles and b) to be related to someone famous. I have been ushered away from VIP areas by very large men. I have seen people with genuine entourages. I have seen more face-kissing than at a European wedding.

Or, at least, I think I hate them. I can’t decide for sure because in the course of a week, I’ve barely spoken to anyone apart from the bartenders. Honestly, I’ve never in my life encountered anything quite like the fashion crowd’s ability to simply refuse to acknowledge your existence. At least people who are blowing you off in Australia actually make dull conversation while they look over your shoulder for someone more important to speak to. Not so here. I get the feeling I could have turned up in a sandwich board proclaiming affiliation with the Westboro Baptist Church and still everyone would have stared straight through me in search of the next killer networking opportunity. This meant that I spent most of my time at these events just... observing. Which, in its own strange way, was kinda enjoyable. I have undoubtedly seen many famous people, although sadly I’ve been oblivious to who any of them actually were. But I have also seen at least one pair of genuine arse implants. I have seen eight-inch platform stilettos navigated with nonchalance. I have been introduced to a woman who does not cook at home because she uses her fridge to store jeans in. I have seen how curiously insectoid models look up close, all angular arms and legs and the faintly desperate expressions that creep onto their faces when they’re left alone for a moment. I have seen several photographers form an impromptu

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I have discovered that “muse” constitutes a valid job description.

I have spent at least an hour waiting to insult Lou Reed, having got wind he was going to be at a certain event, only for the contrary old bastard not to show up. I have stumbled into a serious fashion parade at an op shop. I have marvelled at the collective ability of the few people with whom I did converse to simply turn their back on you and start talking to someone else. I have not parted with a single business card. My networking skills clearly suck balls. I have drunk lots of free vodka. But still, for all the perverse anthropological appeal of watching people whose greatest talent and concern is how they dress themselves, prêt à porter eventually became prêt à partir and I decided that Fashion Week was clearly not for me. About halfway through the last party I attended before I lost patience with the whole thing, I realised exactly what the fashion world reminded me of – being at kindergarten, watching in quiet bewilderment as my fellow three-year-olds squeaked in excitement at the prospect of playing dressups and wondering when we could get back to playing with the Lego. But all’s well that ends well – the emperor has plenty of new clothes to choose from for another season and I’m back home in my daggy old trackpants and hoodie. Eventually, I guess I’ll be heading back to the op shop... once the fashion parade has finished. More New York Conversation action at nyconversation. com


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BLUES AND ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH

STILL STANDING Understated favourite, The Tallest Man On Earth, returns with a new EP, having released his second album, The Wild Hunt, in April. The new recording, titled Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird, pushes The Tallest Man’s genre confines more than previous releases, incorporating some light blues into his heart-warming DIY-folk aesthetic. Marked with his signature croaky voice and complex guitar playing, The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) has entered a darker and more ethereal space for this release.

BLUES IS TALENT In an upset result, blues crooner Michael Grimm has won America’s Got Talent, beating out tenyear-old opera prodigy Jackie Evancho. Hailing from Mississippi, Grimm, 30, was voted the winner by viewers’ vote. As the winner he receives a $1 million prize, a national tour headline and some of best publicity money can buy. Hopefully he’s going to have a little more substance and longevity than reality talent quest shows usually offer.

Bluesman and Minnie Marks. The festival takes place at the Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park on Saturday 11 December and Sunday 12 December and tickets are available from the festival’s website for $145 plus booking fee and that includes two nights of beachside camping! There are only 3000 tickets so get in quick.

Femi Kuti can undoubtedly be considered Afrobeat royalty. Not only is he the oldest son of the legendary Fela Kuti – who is essentially the pioneer of the genre – but he has forged a stellar career of his own, releasing a huge number of albums with his band The Positive Force since their inception back in 1989 and, perhaps more importantly, absolutely destroying stages all around the world. If you’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Kuti in action on any of his previous visits to our country, you’ll know that the energy levels simply cannot get any higher than when he and his band are on the stage. His blend of Afrobeat with hip hop and contemporary soul is utterly captivating and it’s gonna make you dance like a lunatic when it sets the Metro Theatre alight on Friday 20 November. Tickets are available from the venue and Ticketek now for $57. Another artist who has set Aussie stages alight on her previous visits to our country is Sharon Jones and her incredible band The Dap-Kings. This year saw the release of their I Learned The Hard Way album, which is easily their finest release to date. And we’re not just saying that; in fact we’d have no need to say that, it’s simply the truth. In fact we’d go so far as to say that it is one of the finest funk/soul records to be released in a very, very long time. It was inevitable that the band would be back on our shores before long and indeed they are making their return to Australia this December. They are playing one festival date, up at Port Macquarie’s Festival Of The Sun, but there are club shows happening as well, and you can catch this

SHARON JONES incredible band in action at the Enmore Theatre on Friday 3 December. While we’re on the topic of Festival of the Sun acts, the festival has once again shown their appreciation for fine Australian (and a little international) roots music with plenty of quality artists invited along to play the big annual party once again this year. A few that have been announced in the first round of acts include Xavier Rudd, San Francisco’s That One Guy, Dallas Frasca, The Gin Club, The Seabellies, The Chemist, Barrel House, Sierra Fin, Mojada, Lee Rosser, The McMenamins, Bob Corbett, Lissa, Mojo

Well it’s known to be more of a festival for the young dance, electro and pop music-loving people of the world, but this year’s Good Vibrations lineup does feature some incredible modern soul, reggae, R&B and funk that wouldn’t be out of place in any self-respecting roots music lover’s collection. One of the undisputed legends of modern soul, Erykah Badu will be in town for the very first time to play the festival, as will fellow soul sisters Janelle Monae and Kelis. The incredible Damien Marley, who was last here as a part of the Byron Bay Bluesfest a few years back, will return to Australia with hip hop hero Nas on the back of their sensational Distant Relatives album, which was released earlier this year. Also on the bill is Cee Lo Green who you may know as the voice of Gnarls Barkley. Green’s new tune, Fuck You, is one hell of a toe-tapping soul ditty, but we fear that by the time the festival rolls around we’re going to want to inflict violence anytime we hear it, due to extreme saturation. Good Vibrations hits Centennial Park on Sunday 11 February. You might want to keep your eye out for sideshows though. rootsdown@drummedia.com.au

IT’S A WAR Launching their fourth record, The Gentle War, Monday at The Basement, Circular Quay, Drum caught up with pianist Sean Foran of Misinterprotato

You guys were through town recently with an album titled Healthy, and here you are back three months on with The Gentle War. What was the driving inspiration behind The Gentle War? “Yes, it’s been a really busy year, we recorded both albums in the first few months of 2010, which was quite intense! The great thing about The Gentle War is that it really represents exactly what the band has been exploring musically for the past few years. Since the last album, which came out in 2007, a lot has happened; we’ve toured a heap here and internationally plus I spent some time studying in the UK/Europe. This led to a heap of great musical inspiration and we think it’s helped produce an album which is very diverse yet captures the sound of the band perfectly. Also, it’s a mix of works that we’ve been playing live for quite a while, so we’ve really got inside them, plus a few new pieces that were composed specifically for the album. That keeps the record really fresh and exciting for us.”

There’s a lyricism across the album that isn’t always evident in a lot of other contemporary piano-based trios. “The lyricism thing is huge; so, so important. We think the melodic focus is an integral part of the music and also helps communicate some of the more experimental and abstract moments and works. We love pushing ourselves musically and challenging the audience but at the same time try to keep that melodic focus.”

JAZZ/WORLD WITH MICHAEL SMITH TUESDAY

and multi-instrumentalist Kim Sanders for a night at Efendy Turkish Restaurant in Balmain.

Two album launches on the one bill tonight at the Basement Circular Quay with the piano-led Pete McDonald Quintet featuring saxophonist Sandy Evans launching second album, Two, while opening the evening is solo guitarist Chris Komorowski, launching his debut album, As I Hear It.

Tenor saxophonist Richard Maegraith takes his band, featuring vocalist Kristin Berardi, into the Sound Lounge.

The sax-led James Annesley Quartet head up the Hume to play 505’s Jazzgroove night.

A ten-piece Monsieur Camembert present their acclaimed Famous Blue Cheese show, based on the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen, at The Avenue, formerly the Cooks River Boat Club, in Tempe. Things are decidedly Latin down at the Golden Sheaf as Carlos Villaneuva and George Rojas join the James Valentine Quartet.

WEDNESDAY

Guitarist Julian Curwin takes the now nine-piece Tango Saloon for a spin down at 505. Frank Bennett and his Fur Burkas cohorts take over the usually jazz-free Sandringham’s street level bar. Singer Paul Sun and guitarist John Blenkhorn hit Jazushi. Local bluegrass musicians Ian Simpson and John Kane launch their ABC Music album, The Banjo – Misunderstood, Maligned, Magic!, at the Cat & Fiddle.

FRIDAY

MISINTERPROTATO The John Redmond Trio plays the Manhattan Lounge.

THURSDAY

The piano-led Matt McMahon Trio heads into Colbourne Ave. Billed as a Soul Showdown, three of Australia’s finest jazz divas – Tina Harrod, Virna Sinzone and Lily Dior – with special guest Mitchell Anderson, take up the challenge down at the Basement Circular Quay, backed by an all-star band. Now an author as well, Grace Knight pops into the 18 Footers in Double Bay to deliver some sophisticated jazz. Six-piece traditional Cuban combo Armandito Y Su Trovason take the 505 stage.

Bass virtuoso and prolific composer Steve Hunter and his quartet play 505. Multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and singer Emma Pask return to the Basement for one of their regular popular nights. Singer Yuki Kumagai is in duo mode tonight at the Well Connected Café in Glebe and trio mode Saturday when she joins the Willoughby Arts Festival. Guitarist Chris Alexander takes his trio into Rydges Hotel in Campbelltown, from 5.30pm It’s two for the price of one with the Café Carnivale bill at Eastside Arts Paddington, with the Magic Strings Ensemble and the Volatinski Trio.

SATURDAY

The Acca Daiquiris do the business at the Golden Sheaf tonight.

Seventy years young, drummer John Pochee gets to celebrate the only way any real musician would, by getting Ten Part Invention and heading into the Sound Lounge.

Tabla player Bobby Singh joins world music pioneer

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ROCKABILLY/PSYCHOBILLY/ALT.COUNTRY WITH PEDRO MANOY Vanguard while The Loungephonics play the Galston Club. The Project let loose at the Cat & Fiddle Hotel.

WEDNESDAY

WANDA JACKSON

THE PARTY AIN’T OVER Teaming up with White Stripes star Jack White, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson has a new album in the works, 60 years since her entry into the world of rock’n’roll. Almost single-handedly defining the genre for women performers, the singer created a style all her own, combining elements of country, rock, blues and rockabilly unheard of at the time, especially for an American woman living in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Jackson, who was entered into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame last year, was approached by White to produce her forthcoming album, which has a tentative release date of January next year. She began her career at the suggestion of the great man himself, Elvis, so after 31 studio albums, her newest will be appropriately titled The Party Ain’t Over.

RIVER SONGS The son of seminal country star Steve Earle and namesake of Townes Van Zandt, Justin Townes Earle has once again reshaped his alt.country sound on latest album, Harlem River Blues, released last week. Not defined by his father’s country-rock blend, Justin Earle’s alternative twist to country ballads are focused on his recent move to New York City. • 60 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

Banjo Magic is in the air at the Cat & Fiddle when Ian Simpson and John Kane are joined by Mike Kerin and surprise guests for a special one-off celebration of bluegrass music and the release of the new album, The Banjo – Misunderstood, Maligned, Magic. The Muso’s Club Jam Night summons all blues fans to The Wall.

SUNDAY

THURSDAY

Ross Ward is at at GJ’s Coffee Lounge in Cronulla from 6pm and the Steve Edmonds Band rock the blues at the Empire Hotel from 7pm. The Muso’s Club Jam Night holds court at the Carousel Inn and Jim Conway’s Big Wheel travel to Lizotte’s Kincumber, from 8pm. Mick Conway’s National Junk Band play the Vanguard and Finn get down at the National Press Club Canberra.

FRIDAY

Chris Turner goes solo at the Katoomba Golf Club from 7pm while Jim Conway’s Big Wheel move to Lizotte’s in Newcastle. Collard Greens & Gravy launch their new CD at the Vanguard and the John Leigh Calder Trio play their regular spot at the Hotel Clarendon. Nick Woodford plays Vault 146, Johnny G & The E-Types swing the Macquarie Hotel and Matt Ross headlines the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel, all gigs from around 8pm. Cass Eager & The Velvet Rope have a big night planned for the iconic Old Manly Boat Shed and the Steve Edmonds Band have a 10pm start at the Mona Vale Hotel. There’s a great bill at Notes with Michelle Van Der Meer & The Midnight Ramblers, Mal Eastick and Bridie King

CASS EAGER & Sally King with their bands plus Dom Turner solo, while Finn play the Old Canberra Inn.

SATURDAY

Skarratt & Watts play the Macquarie Arms in Windsor from 1pm while Dave Tice & Mark Evans have their long-running spot at the Sandringham from 4pm. Collard Greens & Gravy take their travelling CD launch to the Brass Monkey and Cass Eager & The Velvet Rope move to the Wickham Park Hotel in Islington. Rip It Up play the Bald Rock Hotel from 7.30pm and the Pugsley Buzzard Band let loose at the atmospheric 505. Chris Mawer’s Redbeans get funky at the Macquarie Hotel and the Jive Bombers journey to the John Edmondson Memorial Club in Liverpool. Cletis Carr plays Vault 146 and the Steve Edmonds Band hit Dicey Riley’s. Billygoat & The Mongrels, Day of the Meerkat, The Green Mohair Suits and Skullsquadron rip it up at the Annandale Hotel and The Blues Preachers launch their new CD at the

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Karl Broadie plays Vault 146 and Pugsley Buzzard is at the Nepean Rowing Club, both shows from 1pm. The Bondi Cigars hold court at the Towradgi Beach Hotel, Ilya Szwec’s Groove Depot get soulful at the Bondi Icebergs Club and Tony Cini’s Blues Explosion featuring Chase the Sun and Jenny Marie Lang have a big afternoon at the Davistown RSL, with both shows from 2pm. The Big Ol’ Bus Band play the Avoca Beach Theatre from 2.30pm and The Project are at the Valve Bar from 3pm. Also from 3pm you’ll find Cash Only at the Marrickville Bowlo with a host of songs from the ‘Man in Black’. Weird Assembly play the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel from 5pm and the Sydney Blues Society Jam features Michelle Van Der Meer & The Midnight Ramblers, winners of the Blues Performer Competition, at the Botany View from 6pm. The Steve Edmonds Band move to the Kent Hotel in Hamilton from 8.30pm and Finn round off a big week at the Home Tavern in Wagga from 9pm.

COMIN’ ROUND THE MOUNTAIN: The Stormy Monday program on 2MBS-FM has a great night of blues and R&B at the Marrickville Bowling Club Saturday 9 October with the fabulous guitarist Ray Beadle and his combo. swampshack@drummedia.com.au


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SPEAKING IN TONGUES, AS PART OF GRIFFIN’S 2011 SEASON

APOCALYPSE NOW

MOVIES WHERE GUYS SOLVE PROBLEMS WITH HELICOPTERS BY CAM GRACE 1. Blue Thunder (John Badham, 1973) 2. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1977)

3. Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott, 2001) 4. You Only Live Twice (Lewis Gilbert, 1967) 5. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978) 6. Midnight Run (Martin Best, 1978) 7. The Gauntlet (Clint Eastwood, 1977)

REGURGITATOR

TUESDAY 21 Sydney Fringe – shows today include Men With Fish, The Awkwardness Of Belonging, Vavavoom By Alice, Black Friday, Newtown In The ’30s, The Famous Maurice Flea Circus, a tiny chorus, In The Slaughterhouse Of Love: Romeo & Juliet, Mobile Screenfest 2010, The Oily Rag Murder, Rip Whitening’s SynchroDestiny Experience, Cuckoo, Blondes In The Wild and more. See thesydneyfringe. com.au for more info.

WEDNESDAY 22 Sydney Fringe – shows today include MOP Projects, Cats And Ladders And Chris Rochester, Hi, How Can I Help You?, Time, In A Pink Tutu, February, Murder In The Dark, It’s a Guy Thing, The McMenamins, Anger Box, Collapse, Sketch The Rhyme, Freddie And Eden Present Beautiful Things, Zoe & Penny’s Very Short Attention Span, Pistol Whipped, Pearls Before Swine: An Evening With Orson Welles, Landing, My Private Parts: An Inside View Of Fertilisation, Sam Simmons: Fail and more. See thesydneyfringe. com.au for more info.

THURSDAY 23 Sydney Fringe – shows today include Johnny Romeo, Donna Bailey Oculi, Forenzics, Once Under A Sky, A Czar Is Born, The Oily Rag Murder, Artists Open Studio, Leap Deprivation: Tales From The 29th, Appleloft, A SandS Through The Hourglass, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band feat. The Birdmann, Tom Waits: Way Down The Hole, Three Steps Towards, This Mortal Coil, Careers For Attractive Ladies, Breath A Little And Call It Life, Daughters Of Whore and more. See thesydneyfringe.com.au for more info.

FRIDAY 24 Sydney Fringe – shows today include Vari-a-tease!, Molly: A Tale Of Blood

GRIFFIN’S 2011: TONGUES, HOLLOWAY & CRICKET Griffin Theatre Company announced their 2011 season last week, which also sees the Kings Cross-based company taken over by a new Artistic Director in Sam Strong. The programme consists of four Australian works, four new productions by Griffin Independent and new resident artists Griffin Studio. The flagship event of the year will be the return of Andrew Bovell’s Speaking In Tongues, marking the 15th anniversary of its original run at SBW Stables as well as the tenth anniversary of its film adaptation, Lantana. Other • 62 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

And Guts And Giants And Weddings, Walk Me!, Good Clean Fun, Fat Boy Dancing!, Monkey See Monkey Do!, Just Another Cunt With A Guitar, The Steve Hunter Band, Mayhem, Violent Delights, I Am A Man, The Viagra Monologues, Silent Dinner Parties, Dirty Laundry, Kitty And Fifi and Jason Dale, Sexy Tales Of Palaeontology, Projector Bike, Once Under A Sky, Thousands and more. See thesydneyfringe.com.au for more info.

WITH JAMELLE WELLS Griffin’s Artistic Director Sam Strong has unveiled a 2011 programme that includes a revival of Andrew Bovell’s Speaking In Tongues. It marks the 15th anniversary of the original SBW Stables production and the tenth anniversary of the film it spawned, Lantana. The season also includes the premiere of the winner of last year’s Griffin award, Lachlan Philpott’s Silent Disco, a new production of this year’s AWGIE award-winning And No More Shall We Part by Tom Holloway and the premiere of This Year’s Ashes, a new play from Jane Bodie, Head of Playwrighting at NIDA. A season of four new independent shows includes Louisiana writer Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, Marius Von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One, Irish writer Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom and Aussie Lally Katz’s Smashed. Punters who subscribe to the main season before 1 November can see eight plays for just $180. Mid-December will be a good time to avoid the Opera House after news Oprah Winfrey is coming to Sydney on Tuesday 14 with 300 of her US viewers. The American TV talk-show host will film at least two episodes of her show here, one at the Opera House which will be transformed into the Sydney ‘Oprah’ House. An audience of 300 ‘ultimate viewers’ will be flown out for the eight-day, all-expenses-paid holiday by celebrity pilot and Pulp Fiction actor John Travolta. The trip, carried out in conjunction with Qantas, will involve

SATURDAY 25 Sydney Fringe – shows today include This Mortal Coil, The Hideous Demise Of Detective Slate, Greta, Pugsley Buzzard, Regurgitator, Zeni Geva, Brumby’s Babes: The Flirty Dozen, Songs Of Grace And Redemption, Into The Shadows, The Event By John Clancy, Deli Chicks, The Bohemian Masquerade Ball, Zoe And Penny’s Very Short Attention Span, Unknown Pleasures: A Joy Division Celebration, The Blues Preachers, Table Settings and more. See thesydneyfringe.com.au for more info.

SUNDAY 26 Sydney Fringe – shows today include Noir Revue, Anger Box, Pink Ladies: Women Make It Up, Ungas, Ungas, Ungas, Bitter/Sweet, MusicNSW and Indent Present The Ten Year Tour feat. Urthboy, Pesciolino, Magic Mic Conway’s Rubbish! Show, Marrickville Bowlo Gigs, The Magic Hat, Amazing Artists’ Books, The Jarrod Hayne Experiment, artRiot, Kath Fries: Incubate and more. See thesydneyfringe.com.au for more info.

TOBY SCHMITZ AND EWEN LESLIE IN THE WILD DUCK FOR BELVOIR

more than $3 million from the Federal and NSW governments. A former bookshop in Ash Street in the CBD has been transformed into a new creative artist-run space called The Paper Mill. The shop front will be used by artists to teach, exhibit and work on paper-based art. It will be open to the public one night each month for drawing workshops along with lunch break workshops every Friday. Film producer Aidan O’Bryan has won a six-month internship with New York production company Belladonna and producer Stuart Parkyn an internship with Killer Films. They’ll each get $60,000 from Screen Australia towards their expenses. O’Bryan’s acclaimed first feature, Wasted On The Young, is screening in Toronto and will also appear at the Pusan International Film Festival next month. Parkyn’s short films include Cannes Jury Prize winner Jerrycan and the Academy Award-nominated The Saviour. Next month’s Pusan International Film Festival in Korea will include Australian feature film Oranges and Sunshine - the story of a social worker who uncovers the organised deportation of children in care from the UK to Australia. It stars Emily Watson, David Wenham and Hugo Weaving. A strong contingent of Australian filmmakers is expected to attend including Ross Matthews, who is speaking at the Asian Film Policy Forum. Screen Australia is also organising an industry networking event co-hosted by the Australian Embassy.

MONDAY 27 Sydney Fringe – sole event still running is Spirit In Verde: Underwater Photography by Paolo Talbert. Vargabar. productions include the world premiere of last year’s Griffin award winner, Silent Disco, by Lachlan Philpott; a new production of Tom Holloway’s AGWIE award-winning And No More Shall We Part; the world premiere of This Year’s Ashes, by Head of Playwrighting, NIDA Jane Bodie; an exclusive night at the Stables taken over by the Griffin Studio, which will be as much about the audience as it will them; a new programme of Griffin Between The Lines events including film screenings, music gigs, laneway cricket and BBQs, and their Independent showcase, featuring Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, Marius von Mayenburg’s The Ugly One, Enda Walsh’s The New

Electric Ballroom and Lally Katz’s Smashed. It all kicks off in February. Head to griffintheatre.com.au for subscription information.

BELVOIR ST THEATRE REVAMPED AND RELOADED Belvoir is dead, long live Belvoir! Belvoir St Theatre announced their 2011 season at a gala event held at the venue last week, which also brought with it some major changes to the Sydney theatre institution. For one, its in-house company, until now known as Company B, has been rebranded as simply ‘Belvoir’. As a result, the B+circle logo had to go and in its place is a delightfully innocent chair and gumboot combination that in silhouette resembles a horse. Belvoir’s website has had a facelift too, now all Nancy Meyers pastel and clean shapes. But this is somewhat secondary to the real

news: Belvoir’s 2011 programme, its first under new Artistic Director Ralph Myers. Kicking off in February will be Simon Stone’s The Wild Duck, starring Ewen Leslie and Toby Schmitz, followed by Jack Charles vs The Crown, written by and starring Jack Charles (recently the subject of the film, Bastardy); Duncan Graham’s Cut; Jonathan Gavin and Cristabel Sved’s The Business; The Kiss, which brings together four stories called The Kiss by authors Anton Chekov, Kate Chopin, Peter Goldsworthy and Guy de Maupassant; Benedict Andrews’ all-star production of Chekov’s The Seagull; the Robyn Nevin-starring Neighbourhood Watch; Kylie Farmer’s production of David Milroy’s Windmill Baby; Lucy Guerin’s theatre-dance hybrid piece, Human Interest Story; Gareth Davies’ And They Called Him Mr Glamour; out-going Artistic Director Neil Armfield’s

production of Ray Lawler’s Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll; Leticia Caceres’ The Dark Room with Brendan Cowell, and Eamon Flack’s reinvention of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Season and individual tickets are on sale now through belvoir. com.au, and you can probably start finding physical brochures at local cafés soon.

PROJECT 5 GOES UP FOR AUCTION The next really good chance to get your hands on street art from some of the country’s finest purveyors of the craft – such as Meggs, Anthony Lister, Ears, and WEBUYYOURKIDS – will be at aMBUSH Gallery’s Project 5 auction in October. Works produced at their Project 5 Live Art And Music Event at Cockle Bay in August will be going under the hammer to raise money for ICE and their SWITCH Enterprise Hub in Parramatta, which helps the

disadvantaged express themselves in a creative fashion. The auction is happening at Leonard Joel auction house, Double Bay Thursday 14 October. More information from project5.com.au.

CALLING OCCUPANTS OF SYDNEY… It’s not really a question of whether you like David Bowie – the question really is which version of David Bowie you like the most. The many facets of the musician will be paid tribute to at the upcoming Ziggy: The Songs Of David Bowie, a musical journey through the life of the Thin White Duke by Helpmann award winner iOTA, the inimitable Jeff Duff, Noiseworks founder Steve Balbi and Brydon Stace. From Heroes to The Rise And Fall, this theatrical showcase should tide the hoards of fans over until we’re graced by the Man himself (which should be soon, surely). Ziggy performs at the State Theatre Sunday 28 November.


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HAPPY

BIRTHDAY DARRYN KING SPEAKS TO HELPMANN AWARD WINNING ACTOR EWEN LESLIE ABOUT THE TRIAL, SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY’S PRODUCTION OF THE CLASSIC KAFKA PLAY.

Sydney actor Ewen Leslie has done stunning work in some pretty dark places these last couple of years. Last year he played a war orphan in Soviet Russia (The Promise), and before that the contemptuous, bloodsoaked Henry V in Sydney Theatre Company’s War Of The Roses. In June he played Shakespeare’s villainous and monstrous Richard III for the Melbourne Theatre Company, while on film he was last seen in Matthew Newton’s Three Blind Mice as a Navy officer who suffered horrendous treatment at sea.

“I haven’t done a comedy in so long, hey,” Leslie says. “I would love to do one again.” We may very well see him in a hilarious knockabout farce soon but, in the meantime, Leslie will be starring in Louise Fox’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s victim-of-the-system parable The Trial. It doesn’t get much bleaker than that. “I recently heard a really great and kind of depressing line: ‘We don’t read Kafka; Kafka reads us and finds us blank.’” he chuckles. “That’s pretty awful. But

at the same time there’s something really amazing about it.” Leslie will play the tragic bank clerk Josef K who, without having done anything wrong and without ever being told the charges against him, is arrested on the morning of his 30th birthday. Josef K resigns himself to the senseless, inhumane proceedings of the Law and Court and, ultimately, accepts his sentence. “One of his first and biggest mistakes is accepting the fact that there might even be a charge against him in the

first place,” Leslie says. “But he goes along with it every step of the way. He’s kind of complicit in it. People throw up all these ridiculous ideas and situations and he completely accepts it. As a piece of theatre, it’s really about a bunch of actors doing ridiculous things in front of me and me just trying to go along with it and accept it all as completely sensible. I think that’s what Josef does – which is his downfall in many ways.” Considering his recent roles, it’s a good thing Leslie is not one to let his

DON’T JEW FORGET

ABOUT ME ANITA CONNORS CHATS TO BRITISH FUNNYMAN OMID DJALILI ABOUT HIS NEW FILM THE RELUCTANT INFIDEL.

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“I had told David Baddiel [scriptwriter, The Reluctant Infidel] very stupidly that I usually get my ideas as a stand-up comedian when I go to see really bad stand-up comedians. I secretly go there, and the worse they are the better ideas I get. In fact, the really bad comedians inspire great ideas in me. “And he said to me, ‘That’s really interesting ’cause I had a great idea watching you the other night.’” Omid Djalili laughs as he recalls the inspiration for his latest film, The

Reluctant Infidel. “He didn’t know who I was. He just said, ‘Well, who is this guy? He’s funny, but, I don’t know, is he Jewish, he said he’s Iranian, is he Iranian Jew? Is he Iranian Muslim? What is he?’ “David himself, he tells a funny story about how he’s been beaten up twice in his life, once for being Jewish and once for being Pakistani. He’s a very dark-looking Jew who could look Pakistani. So he just thought, here is an interesting idea. So he pitched the idea to me and I think it is one of the

best film pitches. You know, brevity is the soul of wit. ‘A Muslim finds out he’s a Jew’ was such a great premise.”

winner Archie Panjabi) and children, things come to a head when the Muslim fundamentalist Arshad El Masri (Yigal Naor) comes to visit.

In the film Djalili plays Mahmud Nasir, an ordinary, small business owner who accidentally discovers that he was adopted. Not only that, his birth parents were Jewish. Shenanigans erupt as he undergoes an identity crisis of which only his Jewish neighbour Lenny Goldberg (Richard Schiff) is privy to. Hiding his discovery from his wife Saamiya (Emmy Award

“[Mahmud has] been described as a Muslim Homer Simpson. That’s never happened before, you know; he’s fat, beer-swilling, sweary. He’s like a Brit, he’s like all the worst things about being British, I suppose, in a Muslim character. Muslims have really taken it to heart. I think it’s because it’s the first time we’ve seen a MuslimEveryman.”

characters get to him. At the close of the production of Richard III, he says, he was able to “cut it off and let it go”. Still, he does admit that performing The Trial 72 times (which includes runs in Melbourne and Perth) is the sort of thing that could take its toll. “We’ve run the show a few times now and it’s a very big downward spiral for me – a really dark trajectory. It’s not going to be an easy thing to do eight times a week, that’s for sure. It’s going to require me to go to some pretty dark places.” In actual fact though, The Trial could be the closest thing Leslie has done to a comedy in a while. Kafka is not without his own twisted sense of humour and there’s something of the demented, disorientating spirit of Lewis Carroll in The Trial, populated as it is by corrupt warders, oafish inspectors and other freakish characters (the supporting cast, Leslie tells me, has been dubbed ‘the troupe of evil clowns’). Josef K’s arrest itself, in a way, is the ultimate Cheshire Cat non-sequitur. “It’s very ‘down the rabbit hole’ – that’s completely it. The first time I read it – and I guess it was because I was looking at it from Josef K’s perspective – I found it pretty harrowing. When [director] Matt Lutton gave it to me he told me how funny it was going to be. And when I read the book I was kinda like…” (Leslie makes a tortured groaning sound.) “But I found Louise Fox’s draft hilarious. I thought she’d added all this stuff and put in all these gags, but when I read the book again I realised all that stuff was actually in there. Louise just brought it to the surface I guess. She’s brought out a lot of the humour and absurdity of it. I mean,

I hear ‘Kafka’, and I think, right, it’s going to be heavy, and it certainly does have a dark trajectory – but it is really funny. I think it’s going to be a really fun night in the theatre.”

Released in the UK several months ago, initial responses to the film have been positive. “Jews have had a couple of issues with it. But by and large, the film played in Jewish areas very strongly; it was sold out for weeks with Jewish audiences. And the fact that a number of synagogues in London did special screenings of it shows that the Jewish community embraced it. And I think the comedy community really took the film to its heart in the sense that there was no questioning that the film was very well intentioned and the humour came from a very good place. And most people just thought it was funny. I think it’s been better received than I would have expected.” Although this is Djalili’s first lead role, he is no newcomer to acting; he’s been in everything from The Mummy to Casanova to Sex And The City 2. “Whenever I’ve done a film part, because it’s never been a big part, usually an underwritten part, I got known in Hollywood actually as the guy who can fix parts that are underwritten. So I wasn’t used to someone writing a whole lead role. And because David Baddiel had become a friend, he captured my voice quite well. “His script seemed to me like a symphony. I used to read his script like a really jealous Salieri looking at a Mozart composition and thinking, a) I should have written this, and b) as an actor I’m like a musician; [I] just have to hit the right notes and just get the comedy out of what he’s written.” The message behind the film also drew him to the project. “I’m Bahá’í, and I believe all religions come from the same god and they’re different chapters of the same book. And if Richard Dawkins is a nine out of ten atheist then David Baddiel is a ten out of ten atheist. He’s one of those atheists who’s not anti-religion; he thinks religion can be quite nice,

but can’t understand why there’s so much violence and fighting. “So we both came at it from different angles but with exactly the same conclusions. We’re comedians and we want to do something funny, and we believe that if you can laugh at the subject first then it’s a precursor to actually overcoming the issue intellectually. So we felt the whole Muslim-Jew thing was something that we should find some humour out of it. “But I suppose from a message point of view we both felt that, a) it was a film that talked about the unity of religions and, I suppose, the similarities of religions, whereas people have really concentrated on the differences; and, b) the second, I think most important message of the movie,” he continues, starting to laugh, “is don’t lie to your wife; don’t withhold information from your wife because she’s going to find out and it’s going to come back and bite you in the arse anyway. So that was the more important message.” The comedian has also just started work on a new stand-up show, which he hopes to bring to Australia late next year. It’s going “remarkably and bafflingly well”. “I get asked to do all kinds of things all the time,” he explains. “They’re always asking me to do stand-up comedy shows. Prince Charles asks me to do things for him all the time; it’s pretty funny. Every week there seems to be something, the Prince’s Trust or Prince Charles himself wants me to host things and introduce him. I should be his pocket MC, he always likes the way I introduce him. I started writing jokes for him as well. There was a joke about how he loved architecture; he’s written a book about architecture but he won’t publish it because he doesn’t want to be known as the architect formerly known as Prince.”

There’s a wealth of essays and papers on Kafka and his work – but Leslie has made a point of not getting carried away with academic interpretations. At the end of the day, he says, none of it is anything you can really ‘play’. “You really just have to look at it as a story and play the character’s journey. I would hate to fall into the danger of deliberately playing an idea to show the audience ‘I secretly know this is what the scene is about, this is what this play or this book is about…’ It’s really about playing the situation as truthfully as possible – and whatever the audience takes out of it is what they take out of it.” Of course, if Kafka had had his way, there’d be nothing to show of his work at all. Before dying of tuberculosis in 1924, Kafka bequeathed his writings to his publisher and longtime friend Max Brod. Kafka instructed Brod to burn his work. Brod ignored those wishes. “I find it incredible that he wrote that stuff and requested that it be burnt. It’s such incredible stuff and 100 years later we’re now putting on a theatre piece based on one of his books. That’s very telling.” But what would the notoriously miserable Kafka make of it? Leslie chuckles. “I’d like to think that he would be happy.” WHAT: The Trial WHERE & WHEN: Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre until 16 October

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IS IT A BIRD, IS IT A

PLANE? NO IT’S A BIRDMANN NO, BIRDMANN. WELL THE BIRDMANN. BIRDMANN AND A BOHEMIAN MASQUERADE BALL. AND ONE OF THE BIG NIGHTS OUT AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL. DISCUSS PEOPLE OF SYDNEY, DISCUSS. BY LIZ GIUFFRE.

“I was 18, and like a lot of people I’d finished high school and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but I was interested in performing,” The Birdmann begins, explaining how he’s feathered his cage so far. “I auditioned for Magic Mountain and this guy, his son had actually worked for my father at his tool shop and so he gave me my first straight jacket and taught me a few things. I’m still working on some of those things he taught me because it actually takes a long time to learn how to pick the locks and you’ve got to be pretty confident to get yourself out of those tricky situations. “For many years I did the straight jacket on the street, but I stopped doing it because a lot of people were performing with straight jackets. I’ve started doing it again recently on high heels, just to add that something a little different.” The Birdmann, this lovely, strange, gifted creature who chose straight jacket training over, you know, TAFE or something a touch more sensible, is just one of many lovely, strange and curious beings who will be present at The Bohemian Masquerade Ball. He’s there along with bands, circus acts, carnies, gypsies, burlesque performers and vaudevillian type oddities. As such, backstage must be a strange place to be given the range of props, apparatus, warm-ups, live animals, makeup and costumes that the collective would require. Although The Birdmann is himself a relatively plain (but stylish) dresser, with a trademark crested Mohawk and some impossibly tight pants, you may wonder if there’s some competition for attention (and costume rights) backstage, as well as at the front of house, for an epic event of showiness like the Boho. “Well, I haven’t heard [of any costume wars], really. Although one

time I was working in a venue where two performers both had some tearaway pants, and one wasn’t happy about the other,” Birdmann begins but then stops, perhaps to protect the innocent. “I did the Boho Ball in Melbourne last year and they’re generally pretty wild audiences [too], but they’re also usually pretty supportive, really. “I really like the crowd actually; people get dressed up and into it, and so we just try and match that as performers, give them as much exciting material as we can as well.” If you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing The Birdmann before, there are some previews that do him the most basic of justice online, including a demonstration of how you can use a teapot to pour water up one nostril, out the other, into a shoe, and then drink it again. Just in case you were wondering if that were possible... How do you find out that’s possible? “When I first started performing I was in a duo act, and the person I was working with did a lot of freakish things with body piercing and suspension and that kind of thing, and I thought, ‘I need a few new things,’ so essentially my friend grabbed a book on Chinese medicine and we found that … it’s used for medicinal purposes. So we grabbed his mum’s watering can and started to use it as entertainment,” he says matter-of-factly, as if such a thing was just a normal conclusion to make. His addition of the shoe? Well, that’s just plain convenience. “I usually like to travel so light that I couldn’t be bothered to carry a cup, and using a shoe seems to have a more exciting effect.” The vaudeville/burlesque/old school variety oddness that The Birdmann peddles is more than enough on its own, but to have it a part of an

COMEDY

Playhouse, Sydney Opera House The Gen Y commercial spokesman with strange hair and a strange accent is well worth paying good money for. Having said that, bear in mind that young Mr Thomas is not what you might expect if you are just expecting the strange hair and accent. The point of live stand-up is that you’re going to see a real live boy, without the TV code of conduct and timeslot restrictions, and also without the need to pander to commercial interests (or at least, to not piss off those paying the bill). As such, Josh Thomas live looks like the guy you might know, and he shares some of that guy’s mannerisms, but what’s charming is how different he is. Gone is the delightful (or, depending on your

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THE QUEEN OF WISHFUL DRINKING If you’re a 45-year-old man chances are there’s someone that’s been the object of your fantasies for the majority of your life. Caught on yet? We’re talking about Carrie Fisher, and no, we don’t need to remind you of what we’re referring to. With a career that spans to awesome and beyond, including roles in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and The ’Burbs – and most • 64 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

recently in 30 Rock – as well as that trilogy that’s kind of a big deal, Fisher has also made a name for herself as an author and playwright, including her Broadway production, Wishful Drinking, which deals with her addictions and bipolar disorder. Fisher herself will be bringing this autobiographical play to Australia, arriving in Sydney to play State Theatre Tuesday 19 October and Wednesday 20. Tickets through Ticketmaster.

STORIES, EMAILS AND A LITTLE HANKY PANKY One of the highlights of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, Ursula Martinez’s My Stories Your Emails is a genius piece of theatre whereby Martinez, a woman who became popular on the Internet due to an illegal video recording of her satirical striptease (which is from her time in La Clique), recounts the online interactions she’s had with

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His name has also been connected directly to burlesque as well, something that generally isn’t considered the type of thing for manfolk, and certainly not for those who aren’t afraid to look a little unglam. However, he’s happy to take that label, too. “Well, I guess I just fell into that group too. As that new burlesque stuff has been happening they often want an MC, so I kind of slotted in there. Yeah, I kind of feel like I’m not really, totally...I’m not totally specifically to that genre of burlesque, but I’ve fallen into that community as well. “And there are quite a few performers doing that [kind of older stuff] and making it more contemporary and updating that work. And then there are other times where I just take my clothes off.” WHAT: Bohemian Masquerade Ball WHERE & WHEN: Factory Theatre Saturday 25 September

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her many ‘admirers’ in the wake of her viral stardom. It’s simply a show that you cannot miss, containing caricatures, hilarious anecdotes, shocking anecdotes, embarrassing photos, video footage and a touch of nudity. My Stories Your Emails plays at The Studio, Sydney Opera House Wednesday 24 November to Saturday 4 October. Tickets through the venue.

embarrassment of riches will be really worth frocking up for. While The Birdmann moves across different types of performance styles, covering comedy, theatre, trickery, escapology and, um, juggling, he’s settled on the vaudeville to describe himself. For the moment, anyway. “Well, I guess everyone likes a convenient definition, and I guess that is where my background’s from, coming from a street and new vaudeville background. [I’m] a stage performer who just does a unique collection of acts or oddities, and, I don’t know, I’m getting a bit more avant garde as I go on and defy description, but in the meantime vaudillian is okay. It’s not a bad description, and it’s what I’ve been inspired by, the community I belong to, so it’s not a bad thing.”

perspective, adolescent) nervousness, and it’s replaced by nervousness that is instead carefully, and masterfully, orchestrated. Thomas doesn’t pretend to be something he’s not, but here you find out more than Your Gen might have been able to fit into a wacky game. This show centres around Thomas’ ‘coming out’ (Surprise! He’s gay!), but it’s more than awkward ‘How do I tell my Mum? When did I know?’ stories. They’re in there too, but for me the best bits are the actual relationship stories. Not because they’re gay necessarily, but because they’re genuine, and genuinely funny. While the most notable relationship in the show is now over (which caused an inconvenient obstacle for Thomas the comedian, as well as Thomas the boyfriend), the show remains solid as a rock. Returns Monday 27 September to Saturday 2 October LIZ GIUFFRE Taking place Friday 29 October to Friday 5 November, Sydney’s science fiction and fantasy film-specific festival will be screening Robert Rodriguez’s hugely anticipated Machete, starring Danny Trejo and adapted from the trailer that screened during the Rodriguez/Tarantino Grindhouse double-bill; local Aussie Shakespearean comedy, Mortal Fools, conspiracy mocumentary, Lunopolis, I Heart Doomsday and the zom-com Evil In The Time Of Heroes. With the full lineup still to be announced, this sneak peak should be enough to make you mark the dates in your iCal. Head to fantasticplanetfilmfestival. com for details.


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BAG Suitcase Royale are really junky. So junky they populate their stage with offcast props, homemade sets and unique (if not slightly shabby), um, ‘stuff’. “We kind of invent stuff in the show, there’s a lot of invention and homemade stuff in the show that we’ve built,” explains Joseph O’Farrell, one of the Suitcasers. “We found all this stuff on the side of the road and so we’ve kind of made our set out of these bits and bobs and it kind of makes us invent things really.” What’s not shabby or junky is how they’ve been building, as the boys from Melbourne, a trio that puts

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O’Farrell together with Miles O’Neil and Glen Walton, have recently taken their self-described ‘rag n bone’ band to the Edinburgh Festival. “We first went in 2007 so this was our return to it, and it was just great. We’ve toured the UK and Europe since then, but this was our return to Edinburgh and it feels like we’ve been growing and growing as the Suitcase Royale reputation goes. So going to Edinburgh, and two weeks in London before that, really cemented where we’re going.” The group have grown their Suitcase caper from a music act into a sound and vision theatre piece, and while

they do draw the line at being called ‘music theatre’, there are lots of crossovers. “No, we’re not musical theatre, we’re pretty far away from that,” O’Farrell says definitely despite a little jet-lagged fuzziness. “We try and blend comedy, theatre, music and kind of like image-based performance, so yeah. Music is definitely a huge part of our theatre, but it’s one of many.” The result has been described by The Guardian as what might happen if “Tom Waits and The Mighty Boosh took a trip in the Australian outback”

- not a bad compliment in anyone’s book. “Yeah, it was great. Everyone was really receptive to our style of comedy; it’s really dark, and the English and the Scots in particular really dug that. And this show, The Ballad Of Backbone Joe, is really Australian as well. It’s based in a small country town in Australia, and you know, we play with that idea of the backwaters of the middle of Australia. We’re interested, when we tour, in touring something with an Australian voice.” Part of getting that voice out, even to places that don’t understand our drawl (which, let’s face it, could include Edinburgh anyway), has been the making of the Suitcase Royale comic book, a happy accident that has brought the junky Australians together with a German artist Jonas Grawert. “He’s made a comic book for every show he’s done, he’s helped us out immensely,” O’Farrell explains. Following the round trip the boys are bringing the show back to us in the colonies, borrowing some space at the Sydney Theatre Company. The point is to keep up the junky, music-y, theatre-y, comedy blend. “I think we’re only interested in being a hybrid really. Theatre itself doesn’t really interest us, but theatre combined with all these fantastic elements is really the only thing that we want to make. And that’s why, I think, STC is interested in us as well.” WHAT: The Ballad Of Backbone Joe WHERE & WHEN: Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre Tuesday 21 September to Saturday 2 October 2010

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The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second book in the ‘Millennium’ series by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, which has been adapted into a hugely successful film franchise. Following The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire will release in Australian cinemas 23 September. Thanks to Rialto Distribution we’ve got a prize pack to giveaway, including a copy of The Girl With The

Dragon Tattoo DVD to bring you up to scratch, The Girl Who Played With Fire book so you can argue which is better, a branded T-shirt to bring the summer in in fan-style, and double pass to see TGWPWF, because that’s why we’re here. Nine runner-ups will recieve a double pass to The Girl Who Played With Fire. For your chance to win, email giveaways@ drummedia.com.au with ‘THE GIRL’ in the subject line.

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Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre You know, people scheming and drinking and falling in love in New York happened before Mad Men, kids. Lemme tell you a little story about a thing called voiceovers by Humphrey Bogart... Quite topical in these Franzengate times, this Laurence Rosier Staines-written and directed effort has a convoluted plot about authorship and identity conducted within an Edward Hopper painting with a good complement of fur coats, song and mugging at the audience. The rivalry between the publishers Swanson and Fabian entails the hurling of insults and at one point a shoe between their offices and reaches a flashpoint over the publicity they’re able to garner for their competing

highbrow authors Francois Duchamp de Belvoire and Ludwig Heisa-Hopsa, who turn out to have a curious amount in common. A kleptomaniac delivery boy, the Chandler-Hammett style femme fatale Rosanna, a hapless publicist and an assortment of journalists, fans, legal personnel and bystanders round out the impostures, readings, cocktails and abduction hijincks of the plot. This is not a work that takes itself terribly seriously, light, and kind of broad, with a lot of puns and slapstick which the cast play very effectively for laughs both at face value and on an in-jokey level with the audience. It looks good too, with the costumes managing to be accurate to period and character in the same meta-style and the fairly bare sets functioning perfectly to frame the action but also

as a reminder of the artificiality of the whole performance. Until 23 September BETHANY SMALL

A GERM OF AN IDEA

The Other Room, Factory Theatre A three-part character-driven piece, A Germ Of An Idea is drawn together by slimy, filthy, dirty germs. Thematically, that is. The brainchild of actor/writer/ sole performer Monica Main, the show rewards a pun-loving audience so much I can’t even give you the first character’s name. Even without names however, I can tell you that we begin with a scientist exploring germs from a ‘scientific’ stance, complete with rubber

gloves, white coat and a slightly non-descript, but appropriately silly accent. She had a powerpoint, she had some more puns, she even swabbed an audience member. Next Main transformed into a garbage-slinging slightly sad bogan, whose relationship with his mobile phone, mum and bogan mates gets played out as he breaks more and more health and safety rules. Most impressive here is Main’s transformation - she’s unrecognisable - although the sketch is a touch too long, she’s pitched perfectly. Finally, after a brief mock commercial she returned again as a psycho germ-obsessed housewife who took devotion to a new level. Crazed in a Julie Andrews-has-had-onetoo-many-spoonfuls-of-sugar way, she was another excuse to let Main show her writing and performing skills, although, sadly, there wasn’t a clear enough link between the characters. Despite this, her delivery was confident and amusing, and she worked well in a festival corner room plagued with being far from soundproof (who knew someone walking around upstairs would make so much noise?). Certainly more than a little infectious. Until 23 September LIZ GIUFFRE

STORIES FROM THE 428

Sidetrack Theatre This is an ensemble show in both writing and performance, a bit like a public transport Love Actually framed by the Circular Quay to Marrickville bus route. The stories of the title range across the silent physical comedy of someone sitting too close, overheard thoughts and brief exchanges, to imaginary between-the-wars dance halls, a terrorist attack by Socialist Alliance, and of course romances and iPods. These slice-of-life, cross-section, American Beauty ‘ordinary people are wonderful’ texts can go two ways: either showing everyone is always amazing in his or her own way if only we could see it, or that by the law of averages something poignant is happening right now and we’re probably oblivious to it, and either way you can take it as a reproach or an encouragement. At its best when showing the gaps between how people feel and how they behave and what they want to say but usually don’t, the play founders a bit in its attempts at more extended characterisation outside its student sphere of origin. There seems something a bit cynically deliberate in the elderly couple who dance gracefully in memory or imagination but move tentatively and with difficulty through the aisles in actuality, and while the fruitless mutual hope and willingness to flirt of the job-seeking woman and the man who hates his work is charming and relatable, their problems are handled clumsily. Like its characters, Stories From The 428 has problems but it’s trying. Season finished BETHANY SMALL

VARI-A-TEASE

Newtown Theatre Fans of the HBO TV series Carnivale should get their cabooses on the road and into the Newtown Theatre to catch Vari-a-tease, a vaudeville/circus show so snappy and brimming with spectacle you could almost picture the big tops littered with hay bales and the smell of...elephant. Okay, unlike Carnivale it may not have the possessed preacher, or a sexually ravenous bearded lady, but it does have pole dancing, magic, burlesque and clowns with a twist. The clowns (well, one clown and two others who were trying their best) are at it from the get go, making such menial tasks as cleaning the stage quite enthralling and comical, amping the crowd up little by little. A futuristic pole dance by Missy was impetus for female audience members to realise their lack of abdominal muscles and start researching dance classes in the near vicinity. She’s a little lady making a big impact around the traps during the Fringe. Liam Power (perhaps not the most worthy of stage names for a young magician of his talent) assisted by Wayne The Psychic Swan left mouths agape. He may not be much of a talker himself but the magic spoke for itself. A few booby-dancers later and Mr Gorski topped off the night with some old school plate spinning – plate spinning I might add that had the entire audience voluntarily screaming with excitement and anticipation right to the end. Pay your fee and witness vintage extravaganza! Until 24 September LAUREN DILLON

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Enmore Theatre, 18/9/2010 This year’s show was high on silliness but disappointingly light on celebrity. It starred a cast of ten improvisers, including the seasoned Cale Bain and Rebecca De Unamuno, as well as Cal Wilson (Spicks And Specks, Good News Week), best-selling international thriller author Matthew Reilly, Grahame Bond (The Aunty Jack Show), Scott Major (Neighbours), the Chaser’s Chris Taylor and ABC radio star presenter Adam Spencer. Of these, Scott Major, Chris Taylor and Adam Spencer were the most animated and helped to liven up the evening. Grahame Bond, on the other hand, was an absolute drag and chose, not onlyto read passages from his autobiography but in a bizarre point of the evening, he accused Sacha Baron Cohen of ripping off his Aunty Jack characters. Highlights of the show included scenes re-enacted from Matthew Reilly’s novels, an improv scene based on the Chechen theatre hostage crisis, and another scene where women’s soccer was coached in every accent imaginable. MONICA CONNORS


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The community festival is apparently not a thing of the past as the sold-out Changing Lanes Festival made its inaugural debut in the back lanes and pubs of Newtown. What may have surprised some was the fact organisers actually got the festival off the ground, given the red tape associated with public liability, alcohol licensing and council approval – it has to be one of the best concepts of 2010. Featuring a cast of mostly local Sydney acts including a solo acoustic set from Richard Cartwright of indie genre-hoppers Richard In Your Mind, DJ sets from Red Riders and the Purple Sneakers crew, the stages were split between the Bank Hotel hosting electronic, old skool vinyl and hip hop while the main bands and a host of stalls could be found on Eliza St, which had been closed off to allow festivalgoers a chance to chill out to watch a band or wander around with beer and lamb pie in hand. Coming on later than scheduled, 2010 Splendour comp winners Jinja Safari excited the crowd with a energetic set despite its only lasting two songs before they had to bid everyone farewell due to some “technical difficulties” which was the reason for the late start. Even so, they managed to pack a lot of energy into both tunes and their Afro-pop Yeasayer-esque beats will no doubt be returning soon to a theatre near you. There’s a change in Cabins that has seen them mature into a live act that has and continues to improve. Since moving to the Ivy League label, the band of four has tightened on the live circuit in a relatively short period of time. They enjoy embracing the dark and a cover of Edwyn Collins’ A Girl Like You was a standout along with the well-known Catcher In The Rye plus their opening track, which doesn’t appear to be available in any recorded format, but was pounds of droning bass. Thundamentals’ lyrical genius and thinking person’s sampling put the hey into ho with people up the front heavy into the DJ/MC mix, being another tight live unit that’s making waves on the festival circuit, as The Mash received a very positive response. Either Tame Impala’s set is starting to get predictable or Drum’s plus one (who guessed the opening, second and closing tracks) who is psychic and should be helping police locate missing persons. Opening with It Is Not Meant To Be and following it with Solitude Is Bliss, they nonetheless continue to be a tight live unit that, although well-worn, continue to deliver thanks to the strength of great song structure and their perpetual grooves and jams. The hippy look is still their own, but with a few haircuts the lads appear ready to take to on the world with a scheduled European tour coming up. They weren’t able to stick around for a lengthy set, finishing with a medley that included Half Full Glass Of Wine. Although the main stage closed at 6pm, the Bank Hotel continued the party as the dedicated were able to groove to the beats of electro veterans Itch-E & Scratch-E and hip hoppers Spit Syndicate and various DJs until close at midnight. Despite a couple of sound hiccups and venue changes, it was testament to what a community event should all be about and hopefully a blueprint and motivation for other promoters and councils to embrace a concept that (fingers crossed) spreads to other locations in Sydney in the future. Adam Wilding

REGURGITATOR: Sep 22 Hotel Gearin, Sep 23 The Maram, Sep 24 Wollongong Uni, Sep 25 Manning Bar PARIS WELLS: Sep 23 & 30 Raval NIKKO: Sep 23 Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills, Sep 24 Lass O’Gowrie THOUSAND NEEDLES IN RED: Sep 23 Fitzroy Hotel, Sep 24 City Diggers, Sep 25 The Maram BOHEMIAN MASQUERADE BALL feat. THE BARONS OF TANG and more: Sep 24 The Gallipoli, Sep 25 The Factory PARKWAY DRIVE: Sep 24 Hordern Pavilion, Sep 25 Royal Theatre, Sep 27 Newcastle Panthers THE PARADISE MOTEL: Sep 24 Clarendon Guesthouse, Sep 25 Sandringham Hotel RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, PIKELET: Sep 24 ANU Bar, Sep 25 The Gaelic, Sep 26 Hotel Gearin CITY RIOTS, THE CHEMIST: Sep 24 Spectrum SEABELLIES: Sep 24 Oxford Art Factory, Oct 1 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Oct 9 Cambridge Hotel, Oct 15 Ivanhoe Hotel ANGELAS DISH: Sep 24 The Wall DAN WEBB: Sep 24 Queen’s Wharf Brewery, Sep 30 Oxford Art Factory, Oct 1 World Bar CASS EAGER & THE VELVET ROPE: Sep 24 Old Manly Boatshed, Sep 25 Wickham Park Hotel, Oct 2 Grand Junction Hotel, Oct 14 The Vanguard, Oct 15 Hotel Gearin, Oct 16 Beaches Hotel, Oct 17 Peachtree Hotel THE SACRED TRUTH: Sep 24 City Diggers, Sep 30 The Batcave, Oct 2 Hamilton Station Hotel, Nov 6 Fitzroy Hotel, Nov 11 Harp Hotel Wollongong THE PARIS CRASH: Sep 25 Annandale Hotel OLD MAN RIVER: Sep 26 The Clarendon, Sep 30 The Basement Circular Quay, Oct 1 Lizotte’s Central Coast, Oct 2 Lizotte’s Newcastle MILES AWAY: Sep 29 The Wall, Sep 30 Oasis Youth Centre THE HOLIDAYS: Sep 29 Beach Road Hotel, Oct 14 Transit Bar, Oct 15 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Oct 16 The Gaelic ANGIE HART: Sep 29 Brass Monkey, Sep 30 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Oct 1 Notes, Oct 2 The Clarendon GYPSY & THE CAT: Sep 29 Oxford Art Factory, Sep 30 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Oct 1 CBD Newcastle THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS*: Sep 30 Goodgod Small Club, Oct 1 Ivanhoe Hotel RE:ENACTMENT: Sep

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THURSDAY, FITZROY HOTEL; FRIDAY, WOLLONGONG CITY DIGGERS; SATURDAY, THE MARAM The brainchild of The Butterfly Effect’s vocalist Clint Boge and guitarist extraordinaire Tristan Bouillaut, Thousand Needles In Red have been harking back to the metal-centric sound that so flavoured the early Butterfly Effect albums. This side project is quite an unleashing; you can tell by the live vigour that these guys have been wanting to play thrash like this again for some time. Tour’s for their new single, Brand New Day, and they’ll be previewing a bunch of new tracks as well.

30 Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills, Oct 1 World Bar COLD CHISEL: Sep 30 Shellharbour Workers Club DIESEL: Sep 30 South Newcastle Leagues, Oct 15 & 16 The Vanguard, Oct 28 The Annandale Hotel, Nov 11 Vikings, Nov 12 Revesby Workers, Nov 13 Penrith Panthers, Nov 18 & 19 Brass Monkey SYDONIA*: Oct 1 Annandale Hotel, Nov 20 ANU Bar REZZALP: Oct 1 Raval, Oct 3 Lass O’Gowrie MARK SHOLTEZ: Oct 2 The Vanguard TOBIAS CUMMINGS: Oct 3 Raval DAN KELLY & HIS DREAM BAND: Oct 7 The Maram, Oct 8 Northern Star, Oct 9 Annandale Hotel SCOTT SPARK: Oct 7 The Vanguard CHEMICAL TRANSPORT*: Oct 7 Bull & Bush, Oct 30 SFX, Nov 12 Sirens, Nov 20 Church On Chalmers, Nov 26 Crest Hotel KOOLISM*: Oct 8 Transit Bar Canberra SMUDGE: Oct 8 Sandringham Hotel THE LUCKY WONDERS: Oct 8 Petersham Bowling Club, Nov 25 Lizotte’s Kincumber TAME IMPALA: Oct 9 ANU, Oct 14 Enmore Theatre WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING: Oct 9 Enmore Theatre AMY MEREDITH: Oct 9 The Factory, Oct 13 The Maram, Oct 14 Wollongong Uni, Oct 16 Cambridge Hotel PAUL DEMPSEY: Oct 10 Annandale Hotel ROLLER ONE*: Oct 12 & 19 Raval POWDERFINGER: Oct 12 University Of Canberra, Nov 6 Acer Arena MCARTNEY: Oct 13 The View Factory, Oct 14 Brass Monkey, Oct 15 Old Manly Boatshed, Oct 16 Raval, Oct 21 Front Gallery LANEOUS & THE FAMILY YAH: Oct 13 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Oct 14 Old Manly Boatshed, Oct 15 The Gaelic, Oct 16 Baroque, Oct 17 Queens Wharf Brewery

MATT CORBY: Oct 14 Melt STEPHEN CUMMINGS: Oct 14 Deus Ex Machina YOU AM I: Oct 14 Waves, Oct 15 Newcastle Leagues, Oct 16 The Metro, Oct 17 Beachcomber Hotel, Nov 25 Castle Hill RSL THE HOLY SEA: Oct 14 The Phoenix Canberra, Oct 16 The Wall, Oct 17 Heritage Hotel CLOUD CONTROL: Oct 14 Bar On The Hill, Oct 15 The Metro, Oct 16 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Oct 29 Hotel Gearin FLYING SCRIBBLE: Oct 14 Red Rattler EAGLE & THE WORM*: Oct 14 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Oct 15 Coogee Diggers, Oct 16 Spectrum GEORGIA FIELDS: Oct 15 Raval THE SHAKE UP: Oct 15 Oxford Art Factory, Oct 20 Cambridge Hotel, Oct 21 Hostage X, Oct 28 Blush Nightclub, Nov 6 Transit Bar 4ARM: Oct 15 The Factory GRAFTON PRIMARY: Oct 16 Oxford Art Factory, Oct 22 The Maram, Oct 29 Grand Hotel, Oct 30 Caringbah Bizzo’s BABY ANIMALS*: Oct 20 Oxford Art Factory ILLY, 360, SKRYPTCHA: Oct 20 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Oct 21 Bar On The Hill, Oct 22 Annandale Hotel, Nov 27 Transit Bar CLARE BOWDITCH: Oct 21 Wollongong Uni, Oct 22 Newcastle Leagues, Oct 23 The Metro THE ANGELS: Oct 21 Souths Juniors, Oct 22 Rooty Hill RSL HOLLY THROSBY: Oct 21 The View Factory, Oct 30 Clarendon Guesthouse, Oct 31 Brass Monkey, Nov 5 The Factory, Nov 11 Heritage Hotel DELAMERE: Oct 21 The Wall, Oct 22 Mars Hill Café, Oct 23 Trash, Oct 24 Annandale Hotel ERNEST ELLIS,

PARADES: Oct 21 Harp Hotel, Oct 22 ANU Bar, Oct 23 The Gaelic THE FUMES*: Oct 21 Great Northern, Oct 22 Brass Monkey, Oct 23 Notes, Oct 24 Heritage Hotel AIRBOURNE: Oct 22 The Metro HOWL*: Oct 22 Spectrum KYU: Oct 22 Paddington Uniting Church CONFESSION: Oct 22 The Fitz, Oct 23 Centenary Hall Albion Park, Oct 24 Oasis Youth Centre BAG RAIDERS: Oct 22 The Academy, Nov 6 Grand Hotel, Nov 21 King St Hotel Newcastle, Dec 4 The Forum HEROES FOR HIRE: Oct 23 Annandale Hotel THIRSTY MERC: Oct 24 Caves Beach Resort, Nov 17 ANU Bar, Nov 18 Grand Hotel, Nov 19 The Metro BOY & BEAR: Oct 27 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Oct 28 Cambridge Hotel, Oct 29 & 31 Oxford Art Factory B!G: Oct 27 Notes MAMA KIN*: Oct 28 The Vanguard, Oct 29 Brass Monkey ANDREW MORRIS: Oct 28 Excelsior Hotel SARAH BLASKO: Oct 28 Civic Theatre, Oct 29 Enmore Theatre, Oct 30 The Playhouse PEABODY: Oct 28 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Nov 5 Annandale Hotel, Nov 6 Phoenix Bar Canberra, Nov 12 Lass O’ Gowrie, Nov 13 Hotel Gearin LORD: Oct 29 The Gaelic, Oct 30 Club Led STEALING O’NEAL: Oct 30 Spectrum KATIE NOONAN: Oct 31 Opera Theatre Sydney Opera House

INTERNATIONAL ENTER SHIKARI: Sep 23 UNSW Roundhouse CHICO MANN: Sep 23 Melt Bar MAYHEM: Sep 24 The Metro CYPRESS HILL: Sep 24 Enmore Theatre BLACKHEART: Sep 24 Merry Muse, Sep 26 City Diggers, Sep 28 The Basement EVA AYLLÓN: Sep 25 Opera House Concert Hall

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The Wall 17/09/10 OVERKILL: Sep 25 The Metro PETER HOOK: Sep 25 Enmore Theatre ZENI GEVA: Sep 25 The Wall YOU ME AT SIX: Sep 26 The Metro THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: Sep 26 The Wall THE GHOST INSIDE: Sep 28 Sandringham Hotel VOCAL SAMPLING: Sep 29 The Basement Circular Quay, Sep 30 Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Oct 1 Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre EMILIE SIMON, MELANIE PAIN: Sep 30 The Metro CHARLIE PARR: Sep 30 Notes, Oct 1 Brass Monkey, Oct 2 Northern Star, Oct 3 The Junkyard PINK MARTINI: Oct 1 State Theatre CELL: Oct 1 Valve Bar RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS, CEDRIC BURNSIDE & LIGHTNING MALCOLM: Oct 1 The Basement Circular Quay EXODUS: Oct 2 Manning Bar LOUIS BERTIGNAC: Oct 2 The Gaelic MURDER JUNKIES: Oct 2 Sandringham Hotel TODD RUNDGREN’S JOHNSON: Oct 2 The Basement Circular Quay SIMPLY RED: Oct 2 Bimbadgen Estate, Oct 12 & 13 Sydney Opera House Forecourt GODSKITCHEN feat. ANDY MOORE, JOHN O’CALLAGHAN, MARCEL WOODS and more: Oct 3 Hordern Pavilion BEN KWELLER, DELTA SPIRIT: Oct 3 The Factory CECILIA NOEL: Oct 3 The Basement Circular Quay GROUPER: Oct 3 Street Theatre, Oct 9 Sandringham Hotel SARAH MCLACHLAN: Oct 4 Enmore Theatre LIL’ BAND O’ GOLD: Oct 4 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Oct 6 The Basement Circular Quay, Oct 7 The Factory THE SCRIPT: Oct 6 Big Top Luna Park SUN ARAW: Oct 7 Goodgod DIE! DIE! DIE!: Oct 7 Grand Hotel, Oct 8 Oxford Art Factory VIA TANIA: Oct 8 Raval ALEXISONFIRE: Oct 8 UNSW Roundhouse JONNEINE ZAPATA: Oct 8 Annandale Hotel AGAINST ME!: Oct 9 The Metro, Oct 10 Cambridge Hotel BOREDOMS: Oct 11 The Metro VILLAGE PEOPLE: Oct 12 West Leagues Newcastle, Oct 16 Enmore Theatre GBH: Oct 14 The Gaelic RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: Oct 14 Concert Hall Sydney Opera House, Oct 21 State Theatre MULATU ASTATKE: Oct 15 & 16 The Basement

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THOUSAND NEEDLES IN RED: Sep 23 Fitzroy Hotel, Sep 24 City Diggers, Sep 25 The Maram THE PARADISE MOTEL: Sep 24 Clarendon, Sep 25 Sandringham Hotel RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, PIKELET: Sep 24 ANU Bar, Sep 25 The Gaelic, Sep 26 Hotel Gearin COASTER: Sep 25 Gosford Showgrounds THE HOLIDAYS: Sep 29 Beach Road Hotel, Oct 14 Transit Bar, Oct 15 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Oct 16 The Gaelic BIRDS OF TOKYO: Sep 30 Hordern Pavilion BELLINGEN GLOBAL CARNIVAL: Oct 1 – 3 Bellingen BEN KWELLER, DELTA SPIRIT: Oct 3 The Factory DAN KELLY & HIS DREAM BAND: Oct 7 The Maram, Oct 8 Northern Star, Oct 9 Annandale Hotel SMUDGE: Oct 8 Sandringham Hotel GAY PARIS: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 Supper Club THE HOLY SEA: Oct 14 The Phoenix Canberra, Oct 16 The Wall, Oct 17 Heritage Hotel DEAD MEADOW: Oct 16 (two shows) The Lair SAGE FRANCIS: Oct 17 Oxford Art Factory CLARE BOWDITCH: Oct 21 Wollongong Uni, Oct 22 Newcastle Leagues, Oct 23 The Metro HOWL: Oct 22 Spectrum SARAH BLASKO: Oct 28 Civic Theatre, Oct 29 Enmore Theatre, Oct 30 The Playhouse HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH: Oct 30 The Metro SHIHAD: Nov 4 ANU Bar, Nov 5 The Gaelic THE AUDREYS: Nov 4 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov 5 & 6 The Basement Circular Quay, Nov 7 Brass Monkey THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: Nov 10 Manning Bar OPEN ARMS: Nov 20 Coffs Harbour Showground FOZZY: Dec 3 The Factory KORN: Dec 4 Hordern Pavilion GIRLS: Dec 8 Manning Bar FESTIVAL OF THE SUN: Dec 10 & 11 Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park PEATS RIDGE: Dec 29 – Jan 1 Glenworth Valley

Circular Quay PARAMORE: Oct 15 Sydney Entertainment Centre DENGUE FEVER: Oct 15 The Factory EVIDENCE: Oct 15, Tone YACHT CLUB DJS: Oct 15 Oxford Art Factory DOCTOR P: Oct 16 (early) Arthouse Hotel, Oct 16 (late) Clarendon Hotel Newcastle, Oct 21 Oxford Art Factory THE SMASHING PUMPKINS: Oct 16 Big Top Luna Park BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH: Oct 16 Annandale Hotel DEAD MEADOW: Oct 16 (two shows) The Lair THE BLACK SEEDS: Oct 16 Coogee Bay Hotel FINAL FLASH*: Oct 17 Brass Monkey, Oct 20 Great Northern, Oct 28 Coogee Diggers, Oct 29 Notes SAGE FRANCIS: Oct 17 Oxford Art Factory ADAM LAMBERT: Oct 20 Enmore Theatre GUTTERMOUTH: Oct 20 Wollongong Uni, Oct 21 Entrance Leagues Club, Oct 22 The Gaelic, Oct 23 Cambridge Hotel MIRAH: Oct 21 Red Rattler CONCRETE BLONDE: Oct 21 Enmore Theatre SOILWORK: Oct 22 Manning Bar ICE CUBE: Oct 22 Big Top Luna Park PAT BENATAR, THE BANGLES: Oct 22 Sydney Entertainment Centre

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DIMI DERO INC*: Oct 22 Manly Fisho’s, Oct 23 Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills PAUL WELLER: Oct 22, 23 Enmore Theatre LOW: Oct 22 The Factory KATHERINE JENKINS: Oct 23 & 24 State Theatre AMERICA, CHICAGO, PETER FRAMPTON: Oct 27 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Oct 29 WIN Entertainment Centre, Nov 6 Hope Estate, Nov 7 AIS Arena MOUSE ON MARS: Oct 30 Oxford Art Factory ED KOWALCZYK: Oct 31 Enmore Theatre

FESTIVALS COASTER: Sep 25 Gosford Showgrounds GREAT SOUTHERN BLUES: Oct 1 – 3 Mackay Park Batemans Bay BELLINGEN GLOBAL CARNIVAL: Oct 1 – 3 Bellingen FIESTA: Oct 1 – 4 Darling Harbour DOOMSDAY FESTIVAL: Oct 2 @ Newtown RSL PARKLIFE: Oct 3 Kippax Lake FAT AS BUTTER: Oct 23 Camp Shortland SYDNEY BLUES FESTIVAL: Oct 29 – 31 Windsor STONEFEST: Oct 30 University of Canberra

BLACKCHORDS

Thrash outfit Hellbringer kicked-off Friday night’s metal triad with a solid set of progressive and sadistically-flavoured songs. Surprisingly a large number of earlybird metalheads made it out for the Canberra trio’s set. It seems the young band is building a modest reputation with a somewhat technical and fairly tight performance. While communication with the audience was for the most part restricted to an impish repeat of the band’s name, most of the crowd sustained interest in an entire set that was just lacking a little in engagement.

THE HOLIDAYS

NEWTOWN FESTIVAL: Nov 14 Camperdown Memorial Rest Park OPEN ARMS: Nov 20 Coffs Harbour Showground HARBOURLIFE*: Nov 20 Mrs Macquarie’s Point NEWTON’S NATION: Nov 26 & 27 Mount Panorama STEREOSONIC: Nov 27 Sydney Showgrounds FESTIVAL OF THE SUN: Dec 10 & 11 Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park NO SLEEP TIL: Dec 18 Entertainment Quarter PEATS RIDGE: Dec 29 – Jan 1 Glenworth Valley HARBOUR PARTY*: Dec 31 Luna Park FIELD DAY: Jan 1 The Domain ILLAWARRA FOLK FESTIVAL: Jan 13 – 16, Sticky Flat Bulli Showground ST JEROMES LANEWAY FESTIVAL: Feb 6 Sydney College Of The Arts GOOD VIBRATIONS: Feb 12 Centennial Park SOUNDWAVE: Feb 27 Eastern Creek Raceway CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER*: Mar 5 & 6 Hope Estate BLUESFEST: Apr 21 – 25 Tyagarah

The outright enthusiasm of Darker Half’s local following is intimidating for any band, while the energy of the quartet’s live performance is irresistible, no matter what your chief musical preference might be. On stage there is no ego or bullshit, just an exhilarating combination of underpinning metal genres like power, speed and thrash and with rousing dual guitarists Vo Simpson and Brad Dickson, taking it soft and sitting on your hands is never an option. Invasion gave the audience a more temperate build-up into bass-heavy verses, while a racing crowd favourite was delivered with Simpson’s signature shrill on Heads Are Gonna Roll. With devout moshers and headbanging fans in full swing, the four-piece detoured with Iron Maiden cover Hallowed Be Thy Name and percussionist Dom Simpson didn’t miss a beat with some phenomenal drumming. It was bitterly disappointing to find that nearly half the audience had left by the time Melbourne headliners Black Majesty took to the stage. To Black Majesty’s credit they carried on unperturbed by the circumstances and seemed to be having a lot of fun among themselves and those brave enough to make the pilgrimage to the front row. Dragon Reborn with its continuous shredding guitar solo and stampeding Silent Company were a defiant display of how damned good the four-piece actually are. Frontman John Cavaliere must have a voice box made of titanium to sustain soaring melodic high notes like those in the speed metal blitz of Forever Damned. Softer ballad-like songs Break These Chains and Wish You Well were delivered later in the set, however vocals were a bit washed-out with sound levels evidently too high.

BUCK 65

PLUTO JONZE VALERY GORE The Factory Theatre 17/09/09 Straight outta Canada, opener Valery Gore didn’t make a heck of a lot of sense as an opener

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Amidst front row high fives and relaxed stage mischief, Black Majesty gave true fans an accomplished, fun set of some of their finest material.

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IF WE HAD A BOAT BLACK PAINTINGS OWL EYES

Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills 16/09/10 The night began with Melbourne singer/songwriter Owl Eyes (aka Brooke Addamo) and to have her voice opening for three bands was quite amazing in itself. Addamo has the kind of compelling voice you could compare to current artists like Feist or Sia and best of all she has some inventive songwriting skills to match. Standouts included the beautifully haunting siren call of Faces and a stylish cover of Phoenix’s Long Distance Call. Black Paintings took to the stage and in no time had the audience just where they wanted them – awestruck. Frontman Lyall Maloney led the wild proceedings like a mad preacher, putting such energy into his delivery you might have thought it was his last. It was far from it though as the experimental group infused blues, jazz, a little reggae, rock’n’roll and the impassioned theatrics of Tom Waits. The result was a fluid set where each song could lead into an acid-fused improv-jam. If We Had A Boat pushed things in a more indie popular rock direction. Vocalist Nick Vodicka has an effective voice, managing some fantastic highs on songs like the danceable He Said She Said with its killer drums. But on more new wave-inspired songs such as a very The National-sounding Amy, the singer opted for a deeper sound, at times sounding a little forced. As a whole the young band were watertight in their delivery and with some competent dual-guitar achieved a powerful and atmospheric rock sound. The darker alternative sound Melbourne headliners Blackchords brought to the stage is a freak of nature. Brooding and melancholy-rich vocals sliced through the heart with beautiful hooks and some incredible guitar. The cascading and emotionally-driven sound of Broken Bones had the diminutive space sounding continued pg.72

for said country’s most underrated MC. But in saying that, it set up a night of surprises perfectly for those expecting to see a show with heavy hip hop leanings. Instead of braggadocio and swagger, the first thing on offer tonight was soulleaning pop/rock, fragile and a little underwhelming for those who came to raise the roof. For Pluto Jonze, the roof of The Factory stayed firmly in place, but the audience was a little more enticed to surrender to strangeness as the ultimate in ‘indie wankerdom’ (hey, it’s what the guy next to this reviewer said; it kind of fits) was pulled off to perfection, with all of the cool shoegazing crooning, one man and electronics that you could possibly stand over half an hour or so without being adrift in a sea of gin and sedatives. Still cool though. Every time Buck 65 comes back to Australia, he has a different thing going on – from a live backing band to a smokin’ hot backing singer. Last time, he surprised everyone by playing it very close to his hip hop roots. Tonight, the master MC/turntablist was in mash-up mode, laying out a few of his classics in remix form – Roses And Bluejays was performed over the title track from Twin Peaks and he dabbled in The Stooges ‘hit’ The Passenger (also hitting up Fugazi’s Waiting Room). Buck has called himself ‘un-hip hop’ and tonight defined this notion; sure, he’s breaking the rules, but he knows what rules he is breaking. When a guy can so effortlessly entertain a crowd with improvised material, it’s hard to wish that he would play more stuff you know. Each track left you wondering what weird tangent was going to be explored next. As the set progressed, it became harder and harder to tell what actual tracks were being played (or maybe it was a lot of stuff off his new and upcoming digital releases) due to heavy remixing, but one thing is for sure – this not-MC has real rappers beat at their own game. Luke Monks


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METALLICA

FEAR FACTORY THE SWORD

Acer Arena 18/09/10

When Metallica toured Australia back in ‘93, they brought with them a then little known stoner rock band called Kyuss. Similarly, on this first leg of their Aussie tour, they kindly introduced many to Texan stoner metallers The Sword. The latter’s time on stage may have been short, but their obvious excitement was infectious as they delivered one hell of a rockin’ set. Only last week we saw Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell and bassist Byron Stroud in town with their other band, City Of Fire. Back in Sydney with their main outfit, the four-piece blasted through a concise and potent set that touched on everything from Martyr, off their 1992 debut, to Powershifter, from their current release, Mechanize. The triple-hit of their three final songs – Demanufacture, Self Bias Resistor and Replica – made the greatest impact and generated the most intense response from the crowd. The only disappointment was hearing (or more accurately, not hearing) Gene Hoglan’s killer drum work get somewhat lost in the mix. “Metallica are gonna come out and kick your ass!

Are you prepared for that?” bellowed Bell before Fear Factory launched into their final song. Not only were we prepared, that’s what we were all here hoping for. And kick our collective arses they did. With such an extensive back catalogue to draw on, constructing a setlist must present one of the greatest challenges for Metallica in 2010. But they did just fine in that department, with a broad mix of 18 songs that seemed to keep everyone happy, from fans long-serving to new. From the drilling speed metal of Fight Fire With Fire, to the sombre lighters-in-the-air tone of Nothing Else Matters, to the balls-out rock of Fuel and Enter Sandman, it was a well-paced set that rarely lagged. Most surprising (in a good way) was the inclusion of no less than three songs from their Kill ‘Em All debut – The Four Horsemen, Hit The Lights and the closing song of their encore, Seek And Destroy. The production was incredible – ear-bleeding volume coupled with clarity, a series of incredible-looking, moving coffin-shaped lighting rigs, flames-a-plenty and the you-can-see-from-all-angles beauty of their in-the-round circular stage. Post-show, at the pub, a friend quipped, “So, did they roll out in wheelchairs?” Far from it – Metallica may have been doing this for close to 30 years now, but they are still as vital a live band as ever. ‘Tallica! Rod Hunt

POWDERFINGER

JET BIG HEAVY STUFF

from some long drink queues and uninspired visual elements (which weren’t needed), the night was, suitably, a resounding triumph. Scott Fitzsimons

Sydney Entertainment Centre 18/09/10 Sydney was saying farewell to the headliners, but we weren’t sure what to say to Big Heavy Stuff, coming out of on-and-off retirement to relive the days of mass touring with the ‘Finger with this opening slot. The sound was a bit murky and even though it was a near-empty room, their sizeable set time made this feel like a bit of a missed opportunity – they weren’t picking up any new fans tonight and it wasn’t the best setting for reintroduction. However a sterling version of Hibernate closed the set, leaving everyone with an excellent taste. Far better received by the generation-spanning crowd – and better sounding – if Jet had the type of polished and perfected stadium rock show they showcased tonight a few years ago when people gave them the time of day, they’d still be inescapable. Largely drawing from their latest, Shaka Rock, in a live setting the songs appeared more mature and really well-written. It’s a pity the record was pretty much dismissed before it had a chance to grow. The crowd certainly hadn’t forgotten the words to ballad Look What You’ve Done and Are You Gonna Be My Girl is not a bad party-stater to whip out mid-set. This was all good and well, but Powderfinger made them look second-class from the moment they emerged on stage. But they would have outshone anyone because they brought their A-game and more to this show. Jumping between eras – except those albums, Dream Days In The Hotel Existence (except for Lost And Running) and Parables For Wooden Ears – not everything was going to make it into the set (usual live staple Waiting For The Sun never came), but pretty much most of the songs one had hoped for made an appearance. The epic – and probably in the top three songs they’ve ever written – Thrilloilogy was given the five-star treatment, with the interplay between guitars sublime, whilst the singalong to My Happiness will be remembered as a crowning moment of the period (both of which added to the continual reminders of just how good the Internationalist and Odyssey Number Five albums are).

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from pg. 720 like an amphitheatre, while a pleasantly unnerving performance of indie rock single At World’s End seemed to capture an inconceivable blend of Radiohead and The Smiths. On stage the four members took control of their instruments and seemed to carry themselves with a modest and effortless brilliance. Frontman Nick Milwright had some fun banter along the way with a fairly lethargic audience, while his improvised bootscooting during the garage-sounds of Pretty Little Thing should get him an award. There will be great things to come from this band. Tom Phillips

CHILDREN COLLIDE

HOWL TEEN ARCHER

Wollongong Unibar 18/09/10 Teen Archer wear their influences on their sleeve – quite literally. The boys were sporting new Hüsker Dü tattoos and the echoes of their under-appreciated forebears were loud and clear. Melodic, fast-paced punk reads the bumper sticker, but there was more than that. With shared vocals, bass chords and rollicking drums invoking The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows garage era, the lads opened the night with a thrash rock fever that slowly spread over the crowd. Support slot sluts Howl showed why they have been favoured entrees for so many bands touring in recent months. After opening with Blackout the rest of the set rolled along, with current single Cabin Fever a highlight and a Gorillaz cover a nice break from the relentlessly wailing set. The action was equal parts random and frenetic as the instruments chopped and changed on stage. At one stage half the band were smashing the drumkit from various angles. Returning from the bar, the lineup suddenly had a Spinal Tap Big Bottoms feel with dual basses, while after a quick smoko this reviewer came back to a drummer stripped down to his undies. No wonder they get all the girls. You can always tell when a band is nearing the end of a tour – it’s much easier to pick off some merch to wear • 72 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

rather than stop to get the washing done. While bassist Heath Crawley sported the nautical striped number from their own collection, vocalist/guitarist Johnny Mackay showed some love for Howl with his T-shirt selection. But let’s be clear – this was no fashion poser wannabe show. Children Collide brought the rock from the first crash chord of Chosen Armies, complete with Mackay gnashing at the strings of his gaffa-wrapped axe. All of the singles were covered, both old and new, with Across The Earth, Social Currency, My Eagle and Jellylegs all getting the crowd moving and surfing. Farewell Rocketship got the biggest singalong, Asleep On My Feet brought a bit of Foo Fighters to mind, while new favourite, Fashion Fits was made all the better for the extra fuzz and chunk you get from a live version. There are maybe one or two Australian bands that are truly solid outfits. Any night, any price, any age, any venue – Children Collide is a guaranteed great gig. Kristy Wandmaker

It wasn’t a sad occasion and considering they’re ending on Golden Rule rather than the sleep-inducing effort before it, it was rather celebratory. Apart

Jim Woff got the one rehearsal to add wobbly bass depths to her stamps of the foot.

Melbourne’s Mission Control brought some energy to the stage with a set that was high on warped pop melodies and Raph Brous’ edgy no-wave guitar and shoegaze synths. It was a nice balance of styles that threatened to really take the growing audience somewhere, but it just managed to fall short of a full embrace. They do have some leftfield electronic anthems in them, like Chariots Of Fire, that deserve attention.

Ravine had the long-term enthusiasts nodding knowingly, in that manner we used to often back last century. Peter Fenton crooned and keened. Peter Archer delivered his songs with a blokey strength. There is still some of that combative energy in them, the aforementioned Walker returning – his pedal steel underpinning many of the new songs – at one point picking up his usually most sedentary of instruments to go into a guitar pushing and bumping duel.

Megastick Fanfare arrived like hometown heroes and let loose an intoxicating barrage of rock solid rhythms, Battles-esque vocals and plenty of squelches and sparkling guitar. Their approach is to build songs from the ground up with the drums and bass laying a bed for the rest of the band to restlessly sleep in. Some drum hardware issues hijacked the middle of their set, but they recovered well to have the crowd moving hypnotically.

The ever-reaching guitar spirals of Railhead were obligatory and the several post-gig cleansers at the Townie another fine tradition worth upholding – like the band itself.

Notes 17/09/10

Ross Clelland

It’s been interesting watching the redevelopment of the Crow brand. From the novelty of ‘the reunion gig’ to the utterly rampant warehouse rock show to farewell the Cad Factory, an album with all the ragged emotion we remembered, to here – Crow as a legitimate working band of quality. With enough occasional fraying at the seams to keep them just enough of a puzzle.

MEGASTICK FANFARE MISSION CONTROL BON CHAT BON RAT

Jason Walker was on double duty this night, first as provider of his country-flecked songs of confession and excess. Indeed, confessions to excess in places. Emma Swift added vocals that softened the edges, but didn’t blunt the honesty in them. Princess 1.5 might have seemed the odd card to some, but that is former Crow drummer Richard Andrew punctuating Sarah-Jane Wentzki’s occasionally gentle, sometimes stridently wanting tunes. There’s an odd punky-pop-folkie bent to it – even to the polka-dot dress and Mary-Jane shoes – with a song like You maybe even a little Billy Bragg with her sticker-bedecked guitar being battered insistently. Continuing the guest theme, Crow’s

street but you don’t live there anymore’.

So to Crow, throwing themselves into it, as ever. One of the notable developments through simply playing is the songs of the ‘comeback’ Arcane now integrated alongside the ‘classics’ of various Crows past. Thus, mid’90s Paper Eyes led straight to the ever-growing churn of the new album’s Ghost At The Crossroads, which comes at you in waves.

CROW

PRINCESS 1.5 JASON WALKER

POWDERFINGER @ SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE PIC: LINDA HELLER-SALVADOR

DANIMALS

Oxford Art Factory 16/09/10

Danimals have had a fascinating journey with their involvement in the Tooheys/Mark Ronson project, a summer of festival appearances and their recent signing to Stones Throw. As a result they now seem like seasoned pros with a much tighter, confident and almost swaggering set of songs. Frontman Jonti Danilewitz still seems as naively bewildered when he addresses the crowd but supremely at ease when he is playing. The addition of saxophone added groove and some freedom of funk that enhances their curious blend of electronica, hip hop and shambling indie pop. Once they got rolling and were locked into a song, Moses MacRae’s drumming seemed perfect and effortless with the rest of the band providing their own unique musical signatures. This is a band coming of age.

This was set to be an evening highlighting the prevailing winds of local explorations of post-Animal Collective/ Radiohead indie-tronica where the best elements of electronica have been slowed and absorbed into song structures with organic elements provided by live instrumentation.

Chris Familton

Bon Chat Bon Rat were on board first with their warm ‘80s electronic pop bringing to mind Junior Boys or a stark Depeche Mode. Some great projected textures made the trio look like they were lost in a forest and their crisp programming and playing sounded impressive through the PA. Their songs though were a little too earnest at times with portentous lyrics about ‘walking down your

Tonight, we were gathered together for what was being dubbed a Led Zeppelin Encomium, or “formal expression of praise”, which proved just as diverse and surprising as many of those songs were when they first appeared on the nine studio albums the band released in the 12 years they were together. continued pg.74

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WHOLE LOTTA LOVE

Enmore Theatre 16/09/10


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THE JD BIRTHDAY SET

Oxford Art Factory 15/09/10

There was a moment at the end of The JD Set’s birthday celebrations when the incomparable Venetta Fields was ushered to the front of the stage to take pride of place leading the rousing singalong at the end of Shine A Light. From Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers getting on their knees in front of her, to the awe written all over the faces of Adalita from Magic Dirt and Jae Laeffer from The Panics, it was easy to see the respect the other musicians onstage had for Fields. While her body of work is impressive, the adulation she enjoyed on this night was primarily due to her credit on The Rolling Stones classic, Exile On Main St, the album being celebrated at this special gig.

from pg. 72 had some slow spots, this was one of those gigs where the artists onstage looked to be enjoying themselves as much, if not more, than the very happy audience. Danielle O’Donohue

The band charged with the task of waltzing the audience through this seminal rock album consisted of members of You Am I, The Mess Hall, ever-in-demand rock keyboardist Steve Hesketh and a trio of horn players, while the vocalists included Rogers, Perkins, an on-song Nick Barker, Washington, Adalita, Laeffer and an under-used Nic Cester from Jet.

Among the other singers who strutted the stage tonight, it was interesting to see how the younger ones – Young and Meli – delivered their particular contributions with a certain ardent respect, while the more mature group – Gleeson, Balbi and the under-utilised John Swan, were more casual, playing with the expected stereotype of the male hard rocker. Gleeson ran around with his usual cheeky energy, while Swan looked on when he wasn’t singing, like the genial father figure proud of his musical progeny. Balbi was gloriously iconoclastic, teasing out the clichés and then subverting them, letting the band take over for some extended soloing in Kashmir.

Considering the “another song, another singer” schedule to the night, it took a little while for the performers to really hit their stride. The first song that even hinted at that special kind of energy that a show like this promises was Happy, sung by a particularly enthusiastic Tex Perkins. As always he brought a commanding presence out onstage every time he arrived at the mic and the only other guest vocalist to seem as confident tackling such aweinspiring material was Barker.

The band was truly impressive, even if it took two guitarists to deliver what Jimmy Page used to, at least live, deliver alone. Joseph Calderazzo was the guitarist most obviously in tune with Page, reproducing both acoustic and electric solos with astonishing accuracy, while Peter Northcote allowed more of his own dazzling personality to filter into his interpretations.

Charged with performing Loving Cup, All Down The Line, Stop Breaking Down and Soul Survivor, Barker turned out to be the night’s surprise packet and even dropped the quote of the night, mentioning he’d seen the Stones In Exile documentary featuring modern musicians talking about this seminal album, commenting, “This one goes out to the fuckwit from the Black Eyed Peas. What the fuck would he know about rock’n’roll?” Though the rest of the album was played in order, the second last song Shine A Light was saved until last so all the performers could return to the stage for one final singalong. While the night may have

Another surprise proved to be one of the most impressive interpreters, Zkye Compson-Harris channelling the voice of Robert Plant with an elegant ease that blew everyone away, particularly on her first performance, the slow blues Since I’ve Been Loving You. That’s not to say the male singers that came before – Danny Marx Young, Ooh La La’s Simon Meli, Dave Gleeson and Steve Balbi – didn’t deliver their songs with an equal passion and flair; it was just Compson-Harris came closest to Plant’s tone, at least in the first half of the program. She was followed by an equally surprising performer, the pint-sized powerhouse Ngaiire who, together with Compson-Harris and keyboards player Charmaine Ford, proved that while this extraordinary repertoire might have created by four white Anglos-Saxon males, music of calibre, delivered with power and passion, recognises no gender.

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Everyone had fun and the punters left happy, having got their Zep fix for another year. In the end of course, it was just a cover band with some guest vocalists, but it was all delivered with such obvious reverence for the band and its musical legacy, with a professionalism to match anything in this vein being presented anywhere in the world, that to diminish the event would be churlish. A job well done. Michael Smith

THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL

THEY’VE ALL TAKEN TURNS ON THE WINNER’S PODIUM AT PREVIOUS JÄGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS CEREMONIES AND NOW BRYGET CHRISFIELD ASKS BERTIE BLACKMAN, BRENDAN HUNTLEY (EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING) AND DECLAN MELIA (BRITISH INDIA) HOW IT FEELS TO OWN A STATUETTE.

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he Australian music industry first added the Jägermeister Independent Music Awards (nee AIR Awards) to their calendars in 2006. Now in their fifth year, these Awards continue to recognise excellence in Australian music released through indie labels and distributors across all genres. “It’s such a great award ceremony,” British India’s frontman, Declan Melia (whose band won the Best New Independent Artist category in 2007), praises. “I mean, with the major labels kind of crashing and burning all around us, I think things like the AIR Awards are very important and it’s extremely important that we have them. And so the fact that they’re getting so much bigger every year is awesome.” The Jägermeister Independent Music Awards are to be held at the Forum in Melbourne, which has a 2,000-plus capacity, for the second consecutive year this year. Previous award ceremonies were held in much smaller venues.

BERTIE BLACKMAN

EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING

Huntley says diplomatically when asked to assess his competition. “But if we win, then [I’ll be] rapt.” On the impact Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s win had on the band, Huntley ponders, “It’s hard to say, really. I mean, you never know what exactly is working for you. I’m sure a few more people decided to have a listen [to our album] after hearing that we won, but I never really know how it all works. I try not to think about it.”

“I think that the Awards are a positive thing and I think it’s a good thing for people who are doing it on their own,” says Brendan Huntley, frontman of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, whose band took out the Best Independent Hard Rock/Punk category in 2008 (Primary Colours). Eddy Current Suppression Ring have also been shortlisted for two gongs this year: Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Album (Rush To Relax). “I’m not too fussed on who wins,”

“Even now, I’m just in awe how much of a stranglehold the major labels have on the industry,” Melia laments. “If you win an ARIA or some shit, you’re set. It’s interesting how little you get rewarded for things in the independent sector – it’s a disgrace, actually. For us, Guillotine was the record we put out that won the award. It was such a surprise success. Literally no one could have given a shit when we were writing it [laughs], so when it came out and sold so well and then

we won awards like that everyone was just like, ‘Holy shit!’ We felt like we’d gatecrashed the party and we didn’t belong there, you know? Even at the AIR Awards, we still didn’t feel completely at home. It wasn’t that we thought our record wasn’t as good as [the other nominated parties] or anything, we just weren’t used to being a success or winning or being accepted by the industry. To be honest, I can’t even remember who we were nominated up against but it was a good night because Gotye had won the award the year before and, I mean, we’re all such big fans of that record [Like Drawing Blood] and then to win the year after him was really good.”

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British India are up for Best Independent Artist this year and the award they collected in 2007, now renamed slightly to Breakthrough Independent Artist, was won by Bertie Blackman last year. “I was performing, so I

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TASTE TEST

WITH STEVE PARKIN OF BASEMENT BIRDS The best record I stole from my folks’ collection was… The Beatles – Revolver The first record I bought with my own money was… Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star 7”. I was five. The record I put on when I’m really miserable is… Beck – Sea Change. The record I put on when I bring someone home is… Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On. The most surprising record in my collection is… Muppet Show – The Album. The last thing I bought/downloaded was… Arcade Fire – Suburbs.

did have an inkling that maybe I would get something,” Blackman admits. “I was nominated for four things [Breakthrough Independent Artist, Independent Artist Of The Year, Best Independent Album Of The Year (Secrets And Lies) and Best Independent Single Or EP (Heart)], so I was hoping [to win one]. The AIR Award was my first ever music trophy… You feel really chuffed with yourself and give yourself a little pat on the back, because it’s all about you – it’s like a birthday party, a little bit. You’re kind of the centre of attention and then the next day everybody’s back to what they’re doing.” Blackman says that she was pleased with her performance on the night (“I rarely am, but I was happy with that one.”) and chose to ad lib her acceptance speech. “I couldn’t actually reach the microphone so I stood on tippy toes,” she remembers. Eddy Current Suppression Ring closed the 2008 AIRs with a blistering performance. “I did get out in the crowd,” Huntley confesses. As for whether his band felt added pressure performing in front of an audience containing their peers and music industry peeps, the frontman admits, “I dunno, we just play our show and we do what we do as four of us together and whoever’s watching is watching. It doesn’t really matter who it is.” Melia’s band is scheduled to perform at the upcoming 2010 ceremony. “I think we’re closing the show, which is great. We’re thinking about doing something surprising… Maybe we could cover one of the other [nominated] artists. It’d be cool to do something like that or at least something unexpected. Out of the other performers, we’re the only punk band on so I think we’ll do something pretty heavy.” Win or lose, particularly when there are so many influential heads in the room, it’s important to deliver live. Melia chuckles, “Do you know something I don’t?” WHAT The Jägermeister Independent Music Awards WHEN & WHERE Friday 1 October, The Forum Melbourne


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OLD CAUSE NEW TOUR With a tour title sounding every bit as epic as the band’s music, Nikko are about to embark on A Tour For Thee, Old Cause, the band’s second tour in support of debut album, The Warm Side. You can catch them performing live-to-air on FBi 94.5FM Thursday at 5.15pm followed by a set at the Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills. They also play Friday at Lass O’Gowrie and Saturday at new all age venue Black Wire Records at 4pm.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

ENOLA FALL

More than the result of a white-trash shotgun wedding, Honeymoon In Vegas is also the single from pop/rock band, The Paris Crash. The guys will bring their tour to a close this Saturday with an all ages arvo show at The Annandale. The show runs from midday with support from The Violet Flames, Melody Black and Ricky Bloomfield.

WITH RYAN STRATHIE OF HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY The best record I stole from my folks’ collection was… The Cars – The Cars. The first record I bought with my own money was… Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy. The record I put on when I’m really miserable is… John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band. The record I put on when I bring someone home is… Beck – Sea Change. The most surprising record in my collection is… Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The last thing I bought/downloaded was…

Funky Sydney organ combo Johnny G and the E Types will be performing the soul hits of Booker T & The MGs with special guests Simon ‘Memphis’ Meli and Stevie G singing the soul classic of Otis Redding, and more this Friday night at The Macquarie Hotel, it starts at 8.30pm and it’s free.

Your music is…?

THE BAND Set to release their fifth studio album, Lost, this month The Lovetones are launching it in style. Knowing that all good bands start with “The” they have enlisted the help of The Laurels and The Prayer Circle to help them launch Lost on Thursday at Oxford Art Factory.

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THE RETREAT REGATHER

Your music is…? Alternative/indie rock.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? We’re inspired by Muse, The Who, Snow Patrol, Coldplay and The Killers to name a few, because of the richness and diversity of their songwriting.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? Playing Edinburgh, hands down.

Why should we come and see you? Anyone who’s already been to one of our gigs will tell you this is the most exciting period for Edens March. History only remembers those who made the discovery firsthand.

How do you find the local live scene? As long as artists continue to make good music for their audience, our local live scene will continue to do well.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Playing our final song at The Cambridge Hotel a couple of girls run up to the stage during the chorus and suggestively begin to ‘sign language’ the lyrics. It was unreal, our frontman almost botched the song at that point… Well that’s rock‘n’roll right?

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

AMAYA LAUCIRICA

If you release an album that makes a bunch of musical tastemakers salivate, and churn out two killer singles in as many months, there is only one thing left to do: tour. Having recently dropped their debut, By Limbo Lake, Seabellies are doing just that, launching the album that has caused all the fuss at Oxford Art Factory on Friday with Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, Bear Hug and Step Panther.

EDENS MARCH

Indie-pop/cabaret.

FREE FUNK

Dr. Dog – Shame Shame. Hungry Kids Of Hungary play Melt Bar Friday and Coaster Festival Saturday.

Your music is…?

A couple of months ago Sydney band The Retreat launched their debut, self-titled EP to a cramped and eager crowd in the Sando’s main room. Fast forward to Friday and you can imagine that most of that crowd will be back for round two, just as eager, at Oxford Art Factory, where the band will play with Senses From A Train.

A KISS WITH BALLS Ask Lachlan, the bass player from Northern Beachesbased rock wunderkinds Bridgemary Kiss what his band sounds like and you’ll probably get the following response: “It’s catchy music, but everyone agrees that it has to have some ball-sack.” If that’s not enough to get you to their show on Saturday at Oxford Art Factory, then maybe their new EP will be.

NOISE MONGERS As part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, The Annandale plays host to the double-barrel music video launch for House Of Ill Repute, by Cherry2000, and White Knuckle Fever’s new clip, White Knuckle Ride, on Thursday night. The bands will be joined by a noisy supporting cast including The Luke Hoskings Inexperience, Sydney’s legendary performance artists Toydeath and electro punk flesh queens Bosom.

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Thursday 14 October – The Factory Theatre

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Local Tasmanian bands. There are some incredible acts down here doing incredible things but they’re just off the radar.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music

Pop/rock.

Glastonbury and Coachella would be amazing, or that festival they have on Brighton beach.

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

Why should we come and see you?

PJ Harvey for her emotion and rawness. Jason Pierce (Spiritualized) for his acute attention to detail and mind-boggling soundscapes.

We believe we’re doing something very exciting and doing it in a loud, uncompromising and uniquely Tasmanian way. Plus we’re all quite pretty (we think).

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? Not so wild, but to be able to make a living from what I love. To be able to travel far and wide, playing shows.

How do you find the local live scene?

Why should we come and see you?

It’s really getting up on its feet in Tasmania. So long as people stay excited, venues stay supportive and passionate, and the bands believe in themselves.

Because we are really good.

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

How do you find the local live scene?

Having 200 people shouting out the choruses to our songs on a summer night in Hobart under the fairylights. Either that or fainting from e-coli poisoning on stage in Canberra during the first song.

There is so much good music in Melbourne right now, it’s not hard to find inspiration.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Singing on stage with Magic Dirt, Big Day Out, Melbourne, 2006.

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Wednesday – The Harp, Wollongong

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Thursday – Candy’s Apartments

Friday – Ravál

Friday – Ivanhoe Hotel, Manly

THE CONTENDER AS WE COUNT DOWN THE WEEKS UNTIL THE 2010 JÄGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, BRYGET CHRISFIELD ENCOURAGES DAN KELLY TO PONDER HIS ODDS. Nominations: Best Independent Artist; Best Independent Album – Dan Kelly’s Dream (Independent/Shock) Where were you when you found out you were nominated for the awards and who was the first person you told about it? “I have a bad feeling it might have been Facebook.” How did you finance your nominated album and how long did it take to record? “Shock gave me some money, I spent all that, then I borrowed some, then I spent that too, then turned to my long-suffering credit card. Then finally some favours, and a spot of blackmail. I wish I was in Eddy Current and not in Dan Kelly!” How was the songwriting process for your single/album? “Torturous, protracted and confused, with brief moments of happiness and childlike wonder (two, I think).” Have you familiarised yourself with your competition? “Yes, I know the Rowland S. Howard, ECSR and Dan Sultan records well. Indra [Adams, Kelly’s bassist] played me some Sia on his phone and it was sweet. And by all reports the Cloud Control record is really good. Very pleased to be nominated in such great company.” Have you ever won anything in the past? “I won a cricket bat signed by the Queensland Sheffield Shield team at the Beenleigh Indoor Cricket Centre in 1987.”

DAN KELLY Where will you put the trophy if you win? “I have to move out of my house soon. So I’ll give it to Mum to look after. She lives on the Gold Coast.” What’s on the agenda for the rest of the year? “Scuba diving the Ganges, then a throat-singing conference in Tuva. Then I’m going to marry Poh from Poh’s Kitchen and just eat and read and go for walks and stuff.” The Jägermeister Independent Music Awards take place Friday 1 October at the Forum, Melbourne. THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010 •75 •


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THE HEAT OF BATTLE

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ur very own metalcore/hardcore world beaters Parkway Drive are, well, taking the world by storm – winning the Warped Tour’s inter-band soccer comp and all. They sold out their Friday Hordern Pavilion show and also play Saturday at the Royal Theatre Canberra and Monday Newcastle Panthers. Drum got the man at the helm – Winston McCall – to write us a wrap up of their recent travels.

CITY RIOTS Ricky Kradolfer, vocals/guitar

What do you think is your band’s greatest strength? Our ambition and desire to get our music out to the world, no matter what the cost.

If you could time travel back to any gig in history which would it be and why? The Rolling Stones’ Hyde Park show in 1969, dedicated to Brian Jones and the first time they performed what would become some of their biggest hits.

What movie do you think your music would best accompany and why? Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It has it all – girls, love and superheroes.

What are your plans for the immediate future? And the rest of the year? Hitting the US again to play Filter magazine’s Culture Collide Festival in LA, then CMJ festival in NYC and a run of our own shows.

What is your favourite song lyric and why? “I’m alone and I’m dancin’ with you now, in your old room, but there’s nobody there” Ryan Adams – Now That You’re Gone. For more info see: myspace.com/cityriots cityriots.com When and where are your next gigs? Friday – Spectrum Saturday – Coaster Festival Saturday November 20 – Open Arms Festival

epFOCUS THE HAVELOCKS What’s the title of your new EP and where did it come from? Words – it’s a song on the EP. We were all trying to come up with titles, but in the end one of us just suggested words. It was good because as well as being the name of one our songs, it seemed to hint at something more subtle; i.e. all the songs have words, don’t they?

How many releases do you have now? This is in fact our debut release.

How long did it take to write/record? I wrote most of the songs in the last few years. The writing comes easy, getting the songs sounding how you imagined them is more difficult. The recording process, however, was fairly quick.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Just spending a week with the boys chilling out in the studio, without the outside pressures of work and social life, just playing music.

What’s your favourite song on it? The Darkness – we love to play this song live and it has a great structure.

Will you do anything differently next time? Man, who knows? I imagine everything will be different, otherwise, we’d have the same record.

Will you be launching it? The Northern Star Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday.

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“For anyone who doesn’t know what makes Warped so special, it comes down to several factors. The amount of bands (there are generally 70-plus); the playing times (bands play on a rotating daily roster, meaning can be playing as early as 11am or as late as 10pm); the distance (the tour spans the entire USA as well as some of Canada); and the heat (it’s summer time, so an average of 40 degrees is not uncommon). Starting in LA we trekked our way up the West Coast trying to find some kind of rhythm between the randomised set times and the incessant jet lag we can’t seem to shake. The turnouts for our sets were mindblowing, as were the amounts of times our gear broke, or we generally screwed up. Not the best way to start

a tour but a start none the less. As we cut back inland we managed to shake off the jet lag only to be smacked back down by the heat. Our bus aircon broke down, cutting our sleeping hours to near zero and leaving us in a sauna-like situation for the daylight hours. New York and New Jersey had a decent rivalry going for most insane shows of the tour, blowing our minds back to back. We were doing almost anything to stay sane, which for most members of the band meant feeding a steadily growing appetite for blackjack, which in turn led to some hefty debt being accumulated quicker than you could count. Somewhere in the middle of America, Kevin Lyman (owner of Warped Tour) decided to be a nice guy and hire out a water park for bands to relax in after the day’s show. Seventy bands in a water park quickly went from relaxation to complete take over. Eventually the cops had to be called to get the situation under control and remove everyone from the park. No harm done, just a damn good night. Thanks Kevin.

BEER CRAZY

WORLDWIDE BLUES

If you like your pub rock soaked in beer, with soaring solos and the occasional incident of indecent exposure, then you are going to enjoy Raise The Crazy. The guys have just spent six months in the studio and have got friends and fellow rockers Devine Electric, Buzzkillers and The Prehistorics to help the raise the crazy at The Annandale on Friday.

Having won the NSW blues performers of the year award, The Midnight Ramblers are on their way to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge. To help raise funds for the trip they are playing a bluesy benefit gig at Notes on Friday that will also feature Mal Eastick, Dom Turner, and Bridie and Sally King.

ANNANDALE ZOO After years of building their steady fanbase local underground act country/punk act, Billygoat & The Mongrels have their first headline show at the home of rock, The Annandale, on Saturday. They are getting support from good friends, Day of the Meerkat, The Green Mohair Suits and Skullsquaron.

SUNDAY DRIVE The Annandale’s Sunday Drive sessions continue this weekend. Taking place on the last Sunday of every month and raising funds for FBi radio, this Sunday sees Vacations, The Tin Can Clan, Our Monk and Morgan take to the stage for just $10.

STEALING COHEN Ali & The Thieves are all about soul. On Thursday night the band will seek to illuminate the essence of one of the most well-loved, revered and contradictory cultural figures, Leonard Cohen, as they perform his work at Notes.

A FOWL NIGHT We Are The Birdcage launch their new, self-titled fourtrack EP Sunday evening at Notes. Doors open at 6.30pm and Jeremy Fowler and Aaron Walsh will support.

CREEPY CRAWLY TOUR The Arachnids are a self-described eclectic-wank band from Brisbane. What they lack in limbs when compared to their spidery counterparts is more than made up for by their work ethic. Hitting the road for the third time this year, the band play Spectrum on Wednesday, The Lansdowne on Thursday and The Beach Hotel, Newcastle, on Friday.

SHOOTING CELIBACY Showing absolutely no signs of slowing down despite nearly 30 years in the game, Sydney punk stalwarts The Celibate Rifles have lined up a double-header this weekend. The band play Friday night at the Sando with Grand Fatal and Molten Universe and Saturday at Hotel Gearin in Katoomba with Grand Fatal and One Bollock Peep Show.

There are way too many stories to remember and to be honest I don’t think I could document them all if I tried, but that’s Parkway’s summer on Warped Tour 2010 in a nutshell, and if I never get awoken at 11am to play a show again I can die happy.”

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LOST DOGS With a brand new album, Found Things, and yet another single, I Am Dog, in their hot little hands, genre-bending hip-hop punkers Laneous And The Family Yah are more than happy to be on tour with Regurgitator throughout September. With Rat Vs Possum also along for the ride the bands will play the Hotel Gearin on Wednesday, ANU Bar on Thursday, Wollongong Uni Bar on Friday and Manning Bar on Saturday.

BOHEMIAN FACTORY Now in its third year, The Bohemian Masquerade Ball is the flamboyant vanguard for a whole sub-culture of junkyard heroes, gentleman punks, flaneurs and neo-vaudeville performers. Taking place on Saturday at Factory Theatre you can see The Barons of Tang, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Lolo Lovina, Mr Fibby, The Caravan of Dooom, The Birdmann, La Viola Vixen, The Great Gordo Gamsby and more.

ONE BAND FOR ONE MOVEMENT

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t’s week two of Street Press Australia’s national search for a band to close the international One Movement festival and conference in Perth during October. The national SPA network of streetpapers (The Drum Media in Sydney and Perth, Time Off in Brisbane, Inpress in Melbourne) has again been invited to host a shindig for the closing night. Philadelphia Grand Jury were literally carried off the stage after playing past curfew o’clock (check the footage on YouTube) last year, so this year’s gig has been upgraded to a bigger venue with British India headlining and Redcoats also locked onto the bill. And, as with last year, there is one slot left open as the Editors’ Choice. Last year, each state’s SPA publication put forward two bands from their locale for the guest slot and it was won by Queensland’s I Heart Hiroshima. Each SPA office has again been invited to nominate two acts from their state and then that list of national bands will be whittled down to one. After NSW nominated Deep Sea Arcade and The Snowdroppers and Perth offered Felicity Groom & The Black Black Smoke and Wolves At Your Door, this week Qld and Vic face-off:

QUEENSLAND Texas Tea Take the authentic country sounds of the southern American states, filter through distinctly Australian sensibilities, then give a contemporary slant and no matter how good the results you’ll still come up well short of the beautiful sounds concocted by Brisbane duo Texas Tea. Showcasing the beautifully emotive voice of Kate Jacobson, this independent band is making inroads into mainland Europe as quickly as they are in Australia,

DZ which is no surprise given the calibre of their worldclass songwriting and delivery. DZ DZ are a veritable eight-limbed party-starting machine, the duo of Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley having graduated from the lounge rooms and warehouses of Brisbane to the city’s biggest stages and festivals on the back of their frenetic punk stylings. They’re brash, they’re loud, they’re visceral and they’re guaranteed to bring out the hedonistic side in even the most straight-laced music listener. Probably should come with some sort of warning label, but as long as it’s loud and happening they’ll be loud and happy.

VICTORIA Useless Children Melbourne trio Useless Children play blistering, noisedrenched punk rock, propelled by drummer Cinta

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KIMBRA Masters’ primal scream. The band’s debut album of last year, The Sky Is Falling (complete with old-school 3D artwork), perfectly captured their live fury and landed them a support slot on Dinosaur Jr’s recent Aussie tour. Just back from a 28-date run in the States, Useless Children are on the verge of very big things. Pick up a copy of their new feedback-fuelled three-track EP Skin to see what the fuss is about. Kimbra You can’t help but feel that 2011 will belong to Kimbra in much the same way Washington has owned 2010. The New Zealand-raised, Melbourne-based singer played one of the most talked-about showcases at the recent BIGSOUND music conference in Brisbane. Currently on the road with Little Red, her live show is a winning combination of left-of-centre pop smarts and tight musicianship. She’s even won the praise of celebrity blogging douchebag Perez Hilton, but we won’t hold that against her.


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RICHARD IN YOUR MIND AND PIKELET HAVE TAKEN OVER!!

YES, IN THE LEAD UP TO THEIR JOINT TOUR THIS WEEK, SYDNEY’S OFF-KILTER POPSMITHS RICHARD IN YOUR MIND AND MELBOURNE’S AMBIENT POP DARLING PIKELET HAVE STOLEN A PAGE OF THIS WEEK’S LIVE SECTION. THEY’VE SPOKEN TO BANDS THEY LOVE, TOLD US INTERESTING FACTS AND YOU CAN CATCH THE GUEST EDITORS THEMSELVES STRUTTING THEIR STUFF AT THE ANU BAR FRIDAY, THE GAELIC SATURDAY AND THE HOTEL GEARIN KATOOMBA SUNDAY. AND NOW, OVER TO THEM…

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ABSOLUTE BOYS

Absolute Boys are three lovely dudes who reside in Melbourne, but previously lived in Sydney (I don’t know if they lived anywhere else before that…), who play music that’s totally dreamy, sweet and also a little bit aggressive. In other words, they tick all my boxes. Members: Kino ‘The Kangaroo’ (drums). Will ‘Ferrari’ (bass) and Dennis Santiago (wails and flails).

How long have you been playing music together? Six months, maybe longer.

If you could time travel back to any gig in history which would it be and why? ESG supporting Public Image LTD. Imagine that!

If you could purchase any record/piece of equipment that has ever existed, what would that be and why? Gear nerd answer! Well, Tycobrahe Sound in the ‘70s made an Octavia guitar pedal and they’re quiet rare. Made popular by Hendrix, they go for about two grand on eBay! Apparently Tony Iommi will contact you if you’re selling one.

BORDER THIEVES

What time for you is the best time for songwriting and why? Precisely eight Stiegl’s each into rehearsal. Creative discharges deploy throughout the ninth, but beyond that we’ve usually made a collective decision to kick originality and become The Sonic Youth Experience. What instrument would you never have play in your band and why not?

A 2001 Fred Durst can kill you.

of Live Through This.

Your favourite song lyric of any song ever and why?

If you could pick the setting for the afterlife where would you chose to hang out for infinity?

It’s gotta be Lil’ Wayne – “A milli a milli a milli a milli a mi a mi A milli a milli a milli a milli a mi a mi A milli a milli a milli a milli a mi a mi A milli a milli a milli a milli a mi a mi.” Speaks volumes about creative struggle within the entertainment field in the aftermath of the recent recession.

A Spitfire parked up on top of 2Day FM’s entire personnel, converted into a ‘40s club in which Hitler and Stalin are knocking out the wartime bangers on a back-to-back four-gramophone rinse out. For more info see: myspace.com/borderthieves

Favourite book and why? Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad. A genuinely inspiring rad read. Kinda a not-shit version

When and where are your next gigs? Thursday 7 October – Melt

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PIKELET’S CHOICE:

What are your plans for the immediate future? And the rest of the year?

GEOFFREY O’CONNOR

Release another couple of 12 inch singles and write an album. And have more audacity with women..

Geoff O’Connor is frontman for indie heart-throbband The Crayon Fields. I’ve known Geoff since we were both in our late teens and I’ve admired his songwriting all these years. Recently he’s opted to start playing solo under his own full name – like a real grown-up. (I’m so proud of him.) Since he’s done that, his songs have become even more delightful, with some sexy lyrics creeping into the mix slyly and slowly. Hot.

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When and where are your next gigs?

BUM CREEK

Thursday 7 October – GoodGod Club

PIKELET RECOMMENDS BUM CREEK I am a fan of improvised music. I enjoy the fact that it seems like a micro-version of living. There is this desire to be heard or to express. There is uncertainty about what is happening/has happened/will happen during the time that is passing immediately before you. There is (now and then) a moment of elation when feeling as though you are achieving some level of communication or understanding, and then frustration when things just aren’t happening in a way they should or could or would if only…

RICHARD IN YOUR MIND’S CHOICE:

WE SAY BAMBOULEE Members:

Doug Wright – Synth. Peter Fitzgibbon – Synth. Russell Fitzgibbon – Drums. And we all sing.

What time for you is the best time for songwriting and why? When we’re all in the same room and can feast off each other’s excitement. Nothing works better than hot jams at Pete and Russ’ house.

What instrument would you never have play in your band and why not? We love all different noises, so we’d prefer to answer this: Q – What is your dream instrument to add to your current lineup? A – Peter Gabriel.

What is your favourite song lyric of any song ever and why? Pretty much the entire catalogue of Bill Callahan. Even the simplest of his phrases seem to brim with depth and emotion.

Favourite book and why? We’re all big fans of Haruki Murakami; if we had to agree on one book we’d probably say, The Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World.

Bum Creek are a band that grapples with all of this honestly. Musical or theatrical, conceptually or literally, they are reliably entertaining and illuminating. Trev, Tarquin and Sam are friends who met each other in Canberra and then moved to Melbourne. They often argue. They stand in opposition to one another sometimes seemingly for no reason at all other than just the opportunity to oppose or to be contrary. It’s possible that this unrelenting backand-forth of criticism acts as a filter – the end result being the best possible outcome this combination of people could possibly achieve. Their dedication to what I consider to be a fairly unique artistic process is admirable indeed. I was planning on making an attempt at describing their live performances. It occurred to me though that every time I see Bum Creek they turn any previous idea I had of them on its head and I’m once again confused about who exactly these guys think they are. I heard someone refer to them as lo-fi or giggle-core… but I don’t think that the funny side to Bum Creek is what I find most appealing. They have certainly made me laugh hysterically on many occasions but always whilst still being thoughtprovoking. I feel they’ve helped to loosen Melbourne up a little bit and continually help me to challenge what I think about music and performance. In my opinion – they’re a very important band.

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What do you think about when you’re playing a show? I always look at faces in the crowd and wonder who is on a date with whom, and whether I’m in any way facilitating a good night. I also try to weigh up the odds of a long lost family member being in the crowd.

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If you could purchase any record/piece of equipment that has ever existed, what would that be and why? Probably Walt Disney’s pan pipes. I’m sure he’s taken them with him into the ice chest though.

What movie do you think your music would best accompany and why? Weekend At Bernie’s 3 (D).

When and where are your next gigs? Soon in Sydney (maybe December?).

BOREDOMS

RICHARD IN YOUR MIND RECOMMEND BOREDOMS Boredoms at The Metro is on Monday 11 October and promises to be a fantastic evening. Boredoms are Japanese space aliens from the future who have come here to show us what music can and will be like in the year 3000. EYE screams, chants and plays glowing sound orbs and a seven-neck guitar that he hits with drum sticks. Yoshimi is a mega babe, like the ones that Wayne Coyne likes to sing about. Her skills on the drums and the mic are second to none. The other drummers are amazing also. They are somehow simultaneously the tightest and craziest band in the world.

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COMING IN BLOOM Come down to Newtown RSL this Saturday for Spring Sprung, and usher in Spring with a buzzing night of fresh indie talent. The event will be free entry, and features the escalating talents of Found at Sea, Valar, I Am the Agent and The Cerulean Set. What’s more, cheap drinks all night!

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PETE MCDONALD Your music is…? Funky blues/jazz.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music & why? DIG, Oscar Peterson. Why? See below.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? Reeling in the royalties.

Why should we come and see you? So I can reel in the royalties.

How do you find the local live scene? Picking up.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Ummm… It’s funky blues? For more info see: petemcdonald.com.au Next available at: Tuesday – The Basement Wednesday – Richmond Club

Your music is…? Folk/rock.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? So many. For me, Richard Thompson, Steve Earle, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, The Pogues, Bruce Cockburn, Loudon Wainwright III, Planxty, Bob Dylan etc… tip of the iceberg. The other lads have just as diverse tastes. I love good songwriting and atmospheric music. Love melody. Love passion, honesty and integrity in music. Love light and shade, good arrangements, edginess.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? To eventually make a living so I don’t have to lug furniture all day! To be able to keep doing it ‘til I drop. To make someone’s life a little better.

Why should we come and see you? Good live band. A night out.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? First ever gig with Roaring Jack, playing the accordion (an instrument I’d never played before) supporting Billy Bragg on his first Oz tour! Magnificent.

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Your music is…? Alternative rock/metal.

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

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end. But not without one last hurrah! The band play Wednesday night with The Fields. Entry is free.

Armed with a new EP, Hyperspace Clearance, recorded by Matt Voigt (Powderfinger, The Living End), Dan Webb is more ready than he has ever been to hit the stage. You can catch his live show on Friday at the Queen’s Wharf Brewery.

System Of A Down, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Refused. Basically acts that can be brutal as hell but still know how to write an infectious hook.

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What’s your wildest ambition for your music?

MARLY BAND BATTLE The Marlborough Hotel will host the third and final heat of the Marly Battle of the Bands on Thursday night. Featuring 18 local and interstate bands the comp will also raise much-needed funds for the Prostate Cancer Institute. Competing in heat three are Monii Music, Stately Manor, Brighter At Night, Toni Bird, Smoke the Band and Beatronica Beatronica.

JUNK OUT ON STAGE Following riotous shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Melbourne Cabaret stage, Mic Conway’s National Junk Band are back in town and raring to go. As part of the Sydney Fringe Festival they will be performing a cracker show at The Vanguard on Thursday night with The Birdmann and Azo Bell.

HOOTERS The Owls have been honing their craft over the last two years, working towards capturing the perfect rock’n’roll sound. The result is their new self-titled EP, which they will be launching on Wednesday at The Beach Road Hotel with The Jezebels. The band also play the Gaelic on Thursday, and the Lass O’Gowrie on Saturday.

THEY R DECKCHAIRS In support of the release of their new EP, UR, Brisbane prog/folk four-piece The Deckchairs are embarking on their Hello Friends east coast tour. They will be saying hello at The View Hotel on Friday, The Lansdowne Hotel on Saturday and All Bar Nun on Sunday.

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COASTAL ROOTS If you are playing in a blues band, you would be pretty happy when Australian Guitarist Magazine named you as a “guitarist to watch”. Chase The Sun were understandably chuffed when guitarist, Jay Rynsaardt, was awarded that very honour. The band play their iconic roots and blues-infused rock at the Davistown RSL from 2pm on Sunday.

LONG TIME COMING The McMenamins are a brother and sister duo playing alt. country, contemporary folk, pop and roots music, overlaid with their sibling harmonies. Having already released two independent albums, supported some big name artists and played major festival dates, the band are launching their third album, Long Time Gone, on Wednesday at The Vanguard.

JUKES OF HAZARD With their gritty, driving sound, Collard Greens and Gravy play a blend of foot-stomping country blues that would sound right at home in America’s Deep South. They launch their new album, Juke Joint Boogie, on Friday at The Vanguard.

CURIOUS BLUES The Blues Preachers perform a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk. After playing blues festivals around the country the band will launch their new album, Dead Catz Can Bounce, on Saturday at The Vanguard with support from Lanie Lane and Leroy Lee.

CELEBRITY HEADS After a month of partying at the Hollywood Hotel, the Magnetic Heads residency is sadly coming to an

Triple ARIA Award-winning band Monsieur Camembert will present their Famous Blue Cheese show tonight at Sydney’s newest venue, The Avenue. Based on the music and poetry of iconic Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen, Famous Blue Cheese will be performed for the first time in three years.

PSYCHO-CHARM

One word – Dethklok.

Why should we come and see you? Too many heavy bands today sound exactly the same. If you want to see something different, innovative and get your blood pumping in the mosh pit, nothing will put you in a better mood for a riot than our live show.

How do you find the local live scene?

The Johnnys and The Psychotic Turnbuckles combined to form the supreme garage swamp-punk quartet, The Cool Charmers. The hard-hitting good times will be on offer to all when the boys make one of their rare live appearances at The Excelsior Hotel, Surry Hills, this Friday. Supporting on the night will be Carrie Philis & The Downtown Three, The Escapes and The Eagar 13.

It’s like a new pair of underwear. At first it’s constricting but after a while it becomes a part of you. Yes we did steal that from Wayne’s World.

YOU SAY HELLO…

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Be a part of history this Saturday at SFX (St James Hotel), with some splendid hellos and some goodbyes. Firstly hellos, with the intriguing mind of Ezekiel Ox on display through his new project alongside Cory Blight, Over-Reactor launching their debut CD and playing an exciting live set. Special guests on the night will be Del Santo and Me Vs You in what will be their last ever show!

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Packing out the Annandale for our album launch.

For more info see: Debut album Idiotproof out now.

Next available at: Friday – The Gaelic

METAL CITY Friday night at The Lewisham Hotel, rising Sydney metal five-piece, Tensions Arise will launch their new EP, Welcome to Sin City. Doors open 6.30pm, with special guests Pulseffect, Vendetta of the Fallen, Syko Sapian and Never Trust a Bunny. Entry is only $10 at the door.

SPIN IT This Saturday night at The Ravál, local alternative rock collaboration Lazy Susan will taking the stage to showcase tracks from recent, and much acclaimed album, Places That Made Us. Special guests include Adele & Glenn and 49 Goodbyes.

MUM’S HOUSE This Friday MUM proudly presents Blonde On Blonde, Mrs Bishop, Rockets, The Gameboys, Mother & Son, Me, Whipped Cream Chargers, Spookyland, Arc Archer, Strange Talk, The Upskirts, Brittle and The Black Paintings. There will also be a stack of indie DJs, doors open 8pm and entry is only $15 at the door.

SOUL SOLO Trent Marden, best known as the frontman for Sydney alternative rock band The Holy Soul, is performing a solo set at The Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar this Thursday from 8pm. Supporting Trent on the night will be Juan Cortez, entry is free of charge.

DJ CONTROL Indie darling and soon-to-be ex-pats (sad, but true), Cloud Control are jumping behind the decks for one last mix DJ set before they head off on their national farewell tour, at Purple Sneakers Friday night, where they will also be joined by DJs Ben Lucid, Toki Doki and others. Entry is $12 and doors open 7pm.

ROSIE BURGESS TRIO Your music is…? Folk/roots, acoustic/blues.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? I’ve always felt messy and raw and organic and very independent, so I could never imagine myself being produced and made all neat and perfect by someone else. There are so many brilliant independent and self-producing artists around and it seems to me to be a great freedom.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? To stay creative and open-hearted and to be able to pay my mobile phone bill each month.

Why should we come and see you? We like to have fun and we tell good stories, and we’ve practiced a lot so the music is good too.

How do you find the local live scene? I like it. It’s real and it’s intimate. I’ve started to really feel a connection and sense of community with other local artists as well as our grassroots audience.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Someone upgraded our tickets to first class on a 6am American flight once. We had all just rolled out of bed and into the airport, looking mighty scrappy, waltzing through the first class priority lines with the people in suits.

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89 Ebley at the Cock N’ Bull Hotel is at it again Friday night, bringing you the best in original live music in a genre-free environment. Performing on the night will be Satellite, Fluid Exchange and Danger!Bus. Doors open 7pm and entry is free.

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ARIA TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. A Thousand Suns 2. Teenage Dream 3. Science & Faith 4. Recovery 5. Midnight Remember 6. Asylum 7. Interpol 8. Flamingo 9. Grinderman 2 10. Down The Way

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ARIA TOP 10 AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS 1. Midnight Remember 2. Rage And Ruin 3. Grinderman 2 4. Running On Air 5. Down The Way 6. Birds Of Tokyo 7. I Believe You Liar 8. From The Inside Out 9. April Uprising 10. Golden Rule

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Why are you coming to visit our fair country?

GIG OF THE WEEK

Why not? It looks like a lovely place, and we like lovely places.

LIKE A ROLLER…

Is this your first visit?

Coaster baby! Proving that there’s no such thing as the ‘festival season’ the Gosford event has an eclectic – and world class – lineup this year. Americans Cypress Hill are at the top with Birds Of Tokyo, Art Vs Science, Bluejuice, Basement Birds, Silversun Pickups, Cloud Control, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Boy & Bear, The Holidays, Illy, The Aston Shuffle, Spit Syndicate and heaps more.

INTERGELACTIC

HAUNTED ROOMS

Sunday afternoon will see the Sandringham Hotel transformed into a weird and wonderful arena of rock, country and spaceships as former Machine Gun Fellatio band members let loose with their new incarnation of beats, guitars and country hip hop, dubbed The Outer Space Cowboys from 4pm.

The Hotel Charlie are returning to Spectrum Saturday night to raise the roof alongside fellow performers Ghosts of York, God Rest The Good Doctor and Wollongong lads Young Braves. Doors open 8pm with entry setting you back $12.

PUNK NOIR

SUSAN KNOWS

Sydney’s darked-edged punk trio The Black Shadows have a new EP to drop, Invisible, and will be doing so at Club 77’s Batcave this Thursday. Come down for the show and also see supports The Veil.

The Lewisham Hotel will host an intimate performance by Susan Hurley Saturday night, playing her own blend of indie and roots. Strumming away in the support role are locals Cryin Skies with doors open from 2pm and entry $10.

FOR THE FREE WORLD

HERE COMES THE DISH

Brisbane’s newest reggae chargers, Kindread are heading to Sydney to showcase their debut record, The Free World. Describing their sound as incorporating everything from big pop anthems to funky underground dub and reggae, the Brisbane six-piece will be playing Thursday night at the Bull And Bush, Friday at Engadine Recreaton Club and Saturday at the Fitzroy Hotel.

Friday night at The Wall, Central Coast rockers Angelas Dish will be showcasing new material off their forthcoming album, while also keeping punters happy with some old favourites from their hyped debut. Supporting are Newcastle lads Here Come The Birds, In This Defence and The Sculptures. Doors open 8pm with entry $15.

ENTER THE PARTY Weekly party, Hot Damn will be celebrating its fourth birthday. Thursday night at Spectrum/34B/Qbar with a stellar lineup including live performances from Set In Trenches, Elegy, The Turning Tide and Infinite Thought Process. Also performing a special DJ set will be English heroes Enter Shikari, with doors open from 8pm and entry $12.

RIOTS IN JAPAN After a massive year, City Riots will be headlining a tasty bill at Spectrum Friday night, including support from indie rockers Made In Japan, pop-rockers One Flew East and math-rockers New Navy. Make sure you make the mission nice and early for what is set to be a memorable gig.

American metalcore champions, The Devil Wears Prada have arrived on our shores for some special stadium shows alongside Parkway Drive. This Sunday, however, you can catch an intimate gig at The Wall for the measly fee of $35, also joined by locals The Bride and Buried In Verona. The show is an all ages event and will be kicking off in the afternoon at 1.30pm.

THE DEAD RETURN Once the hardcore hardcore kings of the Newcastle, The Dead Walk are returning for a comeback show at The Wall Sunday evening (following on from The Devil Wears Prada’s afternoon performance). Joined by hard-hitting locals doors are from 5.30 and tickets will cost you $16.

JUST PLASTICINE Taking the best of their three-set repertoire to create a dazzling two sets of original psych-tinged urban pop, Plasticine Machine return to the Excelsior in Glebe Saturday night and invite you along from 8pm, free.

STEPH’S EVIL ROOMERS Joining Steph Miller when he and the boys in The Winter Station take the Marrickville Bowling Club stage Saturday night are The Kunstlers featuring guitarist Geof Holmes, whose power chords have swollen the lineups of the legendary Sydney punks X and predecessors Evil Roomers, among many others, kicking the night off 8pm.

A NIGHT WITH PARIS Paris Wells’ first album saw her appearing at Big Day Out, Falls Festival and Good Vibrations. For her follow-up, Various Small Fires, which comes out in October, Paris is taking a more intimate approach. She will debut tracks from the album during a solo performance at Ravál on Thursday.

How long are you here for? A little under a week, I believe. Not long enough, but hopefully long enough to win over enough people and see some sights. If you invite us back we’ll stay for longer, I promise.

What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? Big. Hot. Dry. Awesome.

What will you be taking home as a souvenir? I like to collect souvenir plates from every country, so I’ll be sure to try and find one.

Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? Sunday – The Metro Theatre

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How many times have you visited Australia? We have been over a few times now. Our first was with New Found Glory a couple of years back, then a year later with Story Of The Year and then we got the amazing opportunity to play Soundwave Festival.

What’s you’re favourite thing about coheadliners You Me At Six? We have known the YMA6 boys for some time now. They are some of our best friends and I am also a fan of their music.

How long are you here for? This will be our shortest trip in Aus – we are playing four shows in three cities. This time around we’re not getting to hit Adelaide and Perth which really bums me out, but on the other hand I just can’t be mad because I love every opportunity we get to come play in your country.

What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? You have the best food, scenery and women.

What will you be taking home as a souvenir? A sunburn and a hangover!

Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? Sunday – The Metro Theatre.

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SEA SLUGS Wednesday night at Spectrum will see locals Only The Sea Slugs begin their month-long residency, performing on this occasion with locals Tales In Space, The Arachnids and Sierra Montana. Doors are from 8pm and entry is $10.

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THE CELIBATE RIFLES: FRIDAY 24, SANDRINGHAM HOTEL

THE JEZABELS: WEDNESDAY 22, BEACH RD HOTEL

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ALT/FOLK ROCK SHOW, THE TREE BELIEVERS, OLD MAN CROWE: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe BEAU SMITH DUO: Stamford Grand Nth Ryde BETH KING & THE HEMMINGWAY COLLECTIVE, KARL & ULTAN: Beach Rd Htl Bondi CONCRETE BLONDE, GRAVEYARD TRAIN: Enmore Theatre DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar JAMES ANNESLEY QUARTET: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills KLONDIKE’S NORTH 40, CHRIS MASUAK & KLONDIE’S NORTH FORTY: Sandringham Htl MATT JONES: Observer Htl MONSIEUR CAMEMBERT, A LEONARD COHEN BIRTHDAY BASH: The Avenue, Tempe NICKY KURTA: Novotel - Brewery Bar, Olympic Park PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PHIL SPILLER: Artichoke Café Manly POP PANIC TUESDAY: World Bar Kings X SONGSALIVE, RANI’S FIRE, SIMON MARRABLE, JOHN TENNYSON, RUSSELL NEAL: Raby Tavern, Raby SOUP GROOVE SESSION: Excelsior Surry Hills STEVE TONGE: O’Malleys Kings X THEY CALL ME BRUCE: Maloney’s Hotel

WED 22

ANDY MAMMERS: Maloney’s Hotel At The Hop Duo: Exchange Htl Newcastle AZADOOTA: Ruby’s Place, Roscoe St Bondi Beach BEAUTIFUL TEMPER, AMANDA.K: Mars Hill Café DAN SPILLANE, MARK DA COSTA: Dee Why Hotel DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE: 3 Wise Monkeys ENOLA FALL: Harp Htl Wollongong FUR BURKA: Sandringham Htl GEMMA: Observer Htl HIT AND MISS: Jack’s Bar IN PIECES:

Orient Htl JP DUO: O’Malleys Kings X KIRA PURA & THE BRUISE: Bar on the Hill Newcastle Uni MANDI JARRY: Marlborough Htl MARK HOPPER: Artichoke Café Manly MARTY STEWART: Rocksia Hotel, Arncliffe MEREWETHER FATS, JENNIFER YOUNG: The View Factory, Newcastle MUSOS CLUB JAM NIGHT: Bald Faced Stag ONLY THE SEA SLUGS, Tales In Space, THE ARACHINDS: Spectrum OPEN MIC NIGHT: Fitzroy Htl Windsor PARTY VIBE: Scruffy Murphys PAUL SUN, JOHN BLENKHORN: Jazsushi Surry Hills PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl RECKLESS: Ettamogah Htl REGURGITATOR, RAT VS POSSUM: Hotel Gearin, Katoomba SHANE-ANN O’LEARY: Belmont 16’s SONGSALIVE, GAVIN FITZGERALD, EVE GOONAN, PAVE LECLAIR, KEN MCLEAN, DANIEL COATES, TAOS: Coach & Horses Hotel, Randwick TANGO SALOON: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills THE FALLS, MAGNETIC HEADS, DAVE COLEMAN: Hotel Hollywood THE JEZABELS, THE OWLS: Beach Rd Htl Bondi THE WALL WEDNESDAY: World Bar Kings X THEY CALL ME BRUCE: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar TONY WILLIAMS: Stamford Grand Nth Ryde TRIVIA: Vineyard Htl UNDERGROUND TABLES FEAT, BENJI, MC CREW’S: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe UNTITLED KRAUTROCK JAM FEAT MEMBERS OF, Whipped Cream Chargers, DOMEYKO GONZALES, NHOMEA, ARKESTRA, DAMINALS, WARHORSE, PING: Excelsior Surry Hills YOURSPACE, THE MECHANICS OF CREATION, SICARIA, THE CLEANSKINS, DEEPEND, CONFESSION & DENIAL, DANEJER, SIMON LI, JO NELLA: Town Hall Htl, Newtown

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ARMANDITO Y SU TROVASON: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills BIG BEN: Railz On Regent, Redfern CAMBO: Observer Htl CHICO MANN: Melt Bar Kings X COMEDY TRIVIA: Exchange Htl Newcastle DAVID AGIUS: Penrith Panthers DENNIS AUBREY’S SONGWRITERS NIGHT: Newtown RSL EDENS MARCH: The Gaelic ENOLA FALL: Candys Apartment ENTER SHIKARI, HAND OF MERCY: Roundhouse Kensington FINN: National Press Club ACT FUNKTION: 3 Wise Monkeys GRACE KNIGHT: 18 Footers, Double Bay HARD ROCKIN AMIGOS: Gymea Bay Hotel HOT DAMN!: Spectrum HUSSY HICKS, ROSIE BURGESS TRIO, CASS EAGER: Excelsior Glebe JAZZ FACTORY: The View Factory, Newcastle JELLY FISH: Artichoke Café Manly JIM CONWAYS BIG WHEEL: Lizottes, Kincumber JOHN WILLIAMS: CLUB BELMORE JP: Northies Cronulla HtlSport Bar JUAN CORTEZ: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery KIM SANDERS, BOBBY SINGH: Efendy Turkish Restaurant, Balmain KINDRED: Bull & Bush MANDI JARRY: Club Five Dock MATT PRICE: Hillside Htl Castle Hill METALLICA SHOW: Coogee Bay Htl MIC CONWAY’S NATIONAL JUNK BAND, BIRDMANN: The Vanguard MUSOS CLUB JAM NIGHT: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill NICKY KURTA: Greengate Htl PARIS WELLS: Raval PARKWAY DRIVE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE GHOST INSIDE, 50 LIONS: Byron Bay High School PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PUNK ROCK SHOW,

UGLY BITCH, EBOLAGOLDFISH, NO SUCH LUCK, JACK NASH: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe REGURGITATOR, RAT VS POSSUM: The Maram, Canberra ROCK OUT WITH YOUR WORK OUT FEAT., DaNIEL HOPKINS, FRANK SULTANA: Narrabeen Sands ROSS WARD: gj’s Coffee Lounge SALSA ON THE ROCKS, DWIGHT ‘CHOCOLATE’ ESCOBAR: Cruise Bar, The Rocks SAM & JAMIE BAND: Maloney’s Hotel SARAH PATON: O’Malleys Kings X SCOTT DONALDSON: Campbelltown Catholic Club - Caf‚ Samba SHANNON NOLL: Lizottes, Newcastle SONGSALIVE, KEN STEWART, UNDER THE PURPLE TREE: Henry Lawson Club SONGSALIVE, PAULY VELLA, CAROLYN WOODORTH, RUSSELL NEAL: Pennant Hills Inn SONGSALIVE, RENAE KEARNEY, STANMORE PHOENIX, GERAD CAFÉ, CAROLYN CRYSDALE: Penshurst RSL SONGSALIVE, KARMA FIRE, Laurie McKern, ANDREW DENNISTON: Pittwater RSL SOUNDS LIKE TWO: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Empire of Annandale Hotel TALK OF THE TOWN: Wallsend Sporties TEENAGE KICKS, EL MARIACHI, JOHNNY SEGMENT, URBY, MUCKY FINGERS: World Bar Kings X TERRY BATU: Coachmen Hotel THE ARACHINDS, CHERRYLANE, THE MONKS OF MELLONWAH, SWING FROM A STREETLIGHT: Lansdowne Htl THE CAMERA CLUB: Beach Rd Htl Bondi THE FORENZICS: Sandringham Htl THE INITIATION: Port Macquarie Hotel THE LOVETONES, THE LAURELS, THE PRAYER CIRCLE: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space TONY WILLIAMS: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta WHITE BROS TRIO: Orient Htl ZEAHORSE, NIKKO, THE NICE FOLK, Strangers: Excelsior Surry Hills

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ABBALANCHE: Moorebank Sports Club ALL STAR TRIO: Club Five Dock Alter Ego Duo: Ivanhoe Manly Alter Ego Duo: Massey Park Golf Club, Concord AM 2 PM: Australian Hotel & Brewery, Annangrove ANDY MAMMERS DUO: Jewells Tavern, Jewells, Central Coast ANGELAS DISH: Bald Faced Stag BASEMENT BIRDS: Apple Store, George St Sydney BEN FINN: Macquarie Htl, Liverpool BIG BEN DUO: Rocksia Hotel, Arncliffe BILL SARENA: Oasis on Beamish BLACK DIAMOND HEART CLUB, DANIEL LISSING DUO: Crows Nest Htl BLONDE ON BLONDE, MRS BISHOP, ROCKETS, THE GAMEBOYS, MOTHER AND SON, ME, Whipped Cream Chargers, SPOOKYLAND, ARC ARCHER: Mum @ The World Bar BLOW: Mosman RSL BOHEMIAN MASQUERADE BALL FEAT., THE BARONS OF TANG, KIRA PURA & THE BRUISE, JEPHTHAH FRANCIS & THE FORBIDDEN ZONE: Gallipoli Legions Newcastle CASS EAGER & THE VELVET ROPE: Old Manly Boatshed CHRIS ALEXANDER TRIO: Rydges Htl Campbeltown CHRIS ARNOTT: Artichoke Café Manly CHRIS JAMES: Wentworthville Leagues CHRIS TURNER SOLO: Katoomba Golf Club CITY RIOTS, MADE IN JAPAN: Spectrum CLAUDE HAY: The Bridge Tavern, Wagga Wagga COASTAL CRAZE: Gosford RSL CYPRESS HILL, SPIT SYNDICATE: Enmore Theatre DAN LAWRENCE: Novotel - Brewery Bar, Olympic Park DAVE WHITE DUO: Ettamogah Htl DAVID AGIUS: Harbord Beach Htl DOUBLE TROUBLE: Western Suburbs Leagues Club DV8: Caves Beachside Hotel EBONY & IVORY: Crown Htl Sydney ENOLA FALL:

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Bizzos - Caringbah FALCONA FRIDAYS: Kit & kaboodle, Kings Cross FATT LIP: Vineyard Htl FINN: Old Canberra Inn ACT FUNKY MONKEY: Exchange Htl Newcastle GIBBO & CO: Penrith Gaels GLENN WHITEHALL: Kro Bar, East Leagues Club, Bondi Junction GRAND THEFT AUDIO: Club Lemon Tree HAPPY HIPPIES: Maroubra RSL HEATH BURDELL: PJ Gallaghers Drummoyne HELLO CLEVELAND: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta HIT MACHINE: East Leagues HIT MACHINE: Eastern Suburbs Leagues IDOL KARAOKE: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill IGUANA: The Mark- Newcastle INTIMATE LOUNGE MUSIC: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club JEFF DUFF TRIO: Kirribilli Htl JIM CONWAYS BIG WHEEL: Lizottes, Newcastle JOHNNY G & THE E TYPES: Macquarie Htl Surry Hills Johnny Vinyl, STRIKE: Cruise Bar, The Rocks JONNY ROCK: Cheers Bar City KINDRED: Engadine Recreation Club KIRK BURGESS: Miranda Htl KISSTERIA: Bull & Bush LEADFINGER, BRENT WILLIAMS: Cabbage Tree Hotel Liquid Sky: Candys Apartment LOLO LOVINA & THE GYPSY CARAVAN STAGE: Newtown Square, King Street Newtown LUKE DIXON: Brewhouse Pub St Marys LYN BOWTELL, KATE BALLANTYNE: Cessnock Supporters Club MANDI JARRY DUO: Penrith Panthers, Fluid Bar MANTRA, GABI & LOU LOU, BENTLEY: Beach Rd Htl Bondi MARTYS PLACE: Hornsby RSL MATT BOURNE: Chatswood RSL MATT JONES: Hillside Htl Castle Hill MATT PRICE: Parramatta RSL MR BREEZE: Hawkesbury Htl NEW MILLENNIUM KARAOKE: Auburn Htl NEXT BEST THING: Burwood RSL NICK WOODFORD: Vault 146, Windsor

NIKKO, LONG ISLAND SOUND: Lass O’Gowrie Newcastle NITE SHIFT: Marlborough Htl OMG!: Belmore Htl Newcastle ON THE PROWL: Wallsend Sporties ONE WORLD: Matraville Htl OZ ROLLING STONES SHOW: The Point Bowling Club PARKWAY DRIVE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE GHOST INSIDE, 50 LIONS: Hordern Pavilion PETE: Waverton Nth Sydney Club PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PIANOMAN: Cruise Restaurant PURPLE SNEAKERS: Gladstone Htl RAISE THE CRAZIES, DEVINE ELECTRIC, BUZZKILLER, THE PREHISTORICS: Annandale Htl RAMPANT, RICH UNCLE SKELETON, DESTEND, YOLANDA & THE STOLEN BOYS: Gaelic Club REASONS 2B CHEERFUL: Towradgi Beach Htl REGURGITATOR, RAT VS POSSUM: UniBar, Wollongong REMEDY: Warners at the Bay RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, PIKELET: ANU Bar ACT RICHARD MAEGRAITH BAND: The Sound Lounge Seymour Centre RUBICON GOTH NIGHT, NEUROPA, LUNA MODULE, NACHT, CATO, ATHRASIA: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe SAM & JAMIE BAND: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl Satellite, FLUID EXCHANGE, DANGER!BUS: 89 Ebley SEABELLIES, FIRE, SANTA ROSA, FIRE!, BEARHUG, STEP PANTHER: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space SHADE OF RED: Engadine RSL SHANE FLEW: Gallery Café, Seaforth SKYSCRAPER: Mean Fiddler Htl SONGSALIVE, DAVID SHEPARD, ANDREW DENNISTON: Casa Di Musica SONGSALIVE, ETHAN BLENCOWE, BRETT GEDGE, PAVE LECLAIR, VITALEY OVCHINNIKOV, CAROLYN CRYSDALE, RUSSELL NEAL: Ryans Htl Thirroul

SOSUEME, JOYRIDE, ALISON WONDERLAND, THE BABY MAKERS: Q Bar Darlinghurst STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Mona Vale Htl STEVE HUNTER BAND: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills SUSAN GAI DOWLING: Lane Cove Country Club SUSZANNE SIMMONS: Club Umina SUVI: Quakers Inn TERRY BATU: Orange Hotel THE ARACHINDS, THE SHIVERING INDIES: Beach Htl Merewether THE BEATELS: Yass Soldiers Club THE CELIBATE RIFLES, GRAND FATAL, MOLTEN UNIVERSE: Sandringham Htl THE COOL CHARMERS, CARRIE PHILLIS & THE DOWNTOWN THREE, THE ESCAPES, Eager 13: Excelsior Surry Hills THE DECKCHAIRS, COREY PRICE, GILBERT WHYTE: The View Factory, Newcastle THE DOORS EXPERIENCE: Gladesville RSL THE ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY: Campbelltown Catholic Club THE LEVYMEN: Windsor Castle Htl Newcastle THE PARADISE MOTEL, SIANNA LEE: Clarendon Guest House THE RETREAT, SCENES FROM A TRAIN: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery THE SHUFFLE BOYS: Belmont 16’s TOAST: Albion Hotel Newcastle TOBIAS BECKER: CIVIC UNDERGROUND TONGUE AND GROOVE: 3 Wise Monkeys TREVOR WESTON: Hills District Bowling Club UNDERCOVER: Sharkies we love oatley hotel friday’s: Oatley Htl WHAT YOU NEED - INXS SHOW: Engadine Family Tavern YUKI KUMAGAI, JOHN MACKIE: Well Connected Cafe Glebe ZOLTAN: Revesby Workers, Skyline Lounge

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21 - 27 SEPTEMBER 2010 AFTER PARTY BAND: Marlborough Htl ALEX CANNINGS: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel ANDY MAMMERS: Penrith Panthers, Fluid Bar ARMCHAIR TRAVELLERS DUO: Club Central, Hurstville BAD SNEAKERS: Bull & Bush BEN FINN: Brewhouse Pub Marayong BILLYGOAT & THE MONGRELS, DAY OF THE MEERKAT, GREEN MOHAIR SUITS, SKULL SQUADRON: Annandale Htl BOHEMIAN MASQUERADE BALL FEAT., THE BARONS OF TANG, THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND, LOLO LOVINA, MR FIBBY: Factory Theatre BRIDGEMARY KISS: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery BUDDY BROWNSTONE: Artichoke Café Manly CALIFORNICATIONRED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS: Cock & Bull CASH AVENUE: Peachtree Htl Penrith CASS EAGER & THE VELVET ROPE: Wickham Park Htl Islington CATHERINE BRITT, DAVE GLEESON, HORNET: Belmont 16’s CHRIS ALEXANDER TRIO: Panania Diggers COASTER FESTIVAL feat…, CLOUD CONTROL, ILLY, 360, SKRYPTCHA, THE HOLIDAYS, CYPRESS HILL, CITY RIOTS, DANIEL LEE KENDALL: Gosford Showgrounds CROC: Caves Beachside Hotel DANNI PRESTI, SIMON NEAL: Cruise Bar, The Rocks DARREN JOHNSTON: Hills District Bowling Club DAVE MCMASTER: Penrith Panthers DAVE STEVENS, SARAH PATON: Observer Htl DAVID AGIUS TRIO: Maloney’s Hotel DES GIBSON: Lansvale Htl DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: Warragamba Workers DNA: Warners at the Bay

DOC HALLIDAY: Waterworks Htl, Botany DORA D DUO: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta ED STAR: The Mark- Newcastle EVA AYLLON: Sydney Opera House FLAMIN’ BEAUTIES: Home Tavern Htl, Wagga Wagga Found At Sea, VALAR, I Am The Agent, THE CERULEAN SET: @ Newtown FRESH MIX: East Leagues GLEN & THE PEANUT BUTTER MEN, R.U.S.T, BLADDER SPASMS, HELL CRAB CITY, HEADBUTT, THUG, GUTTERSTOMP: Excelsior Surry Hills GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT, HYTEST, CANONS MOUTH: Headlands Hotel Austinmer GODS OF THE NEW WORLD: The Red Rattler GRAND THEFT AUDIO: Bay Hotel HAPPY DAZE: Shellharbour Workers HAPPY HIPPIES: Ettamogah Htl HEATH BURDELL: Northies Cronulla HtlSport Bar HIGH MAINTENANCE: Ingleburn Htl HIP NOT HOP: Australian Hotel & Brewery, Annangrove IGNITION: Mean Fiddler Htl, Woolshed ISAAC GRAHAM, JACK CARTY: The View Factory, Newcastle JANET SEIDEL: Mayfield Vineyard, Orange JIVE BOMBERS: Club Liverpool JJ DUO: Manly Warringah Leagues Club KAFE KOOL: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club KEEP THE FAITH - BON JOVI SHOW: Wentworth Htl, Newcastle KINDRED: Fitzroy Htl Windsor LATIN DANCE AUSTRALIA BALL: Sydney Town Hall LATIN POWER: Grand Htl Rockdale LEAH COMBES: Grand Htl Newcastle MANDI JARRY: Terrey Hills Tavern MARK DA COSTA: 3 Wise Monkeys MARK WILKINSON: PJ O’Reilly’s, Canberra MATT JONES: CLUB CRONULLA MATT PRICE: Woolwich Peir Hotel

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THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: SUNDAY 26, THE WALL, BALD FACED STAG MEMORY LOSS: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill MILLENNIUM BUG: Campbelltown Catholic Club MO RANDY TRIO: Mean Fiddler Htl MONICA TRAPAGA: The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba NICKY KURTA TRIO: Kirribilli Htl NITE SHIFT: Rocksia Hotel, Arncliffe ONE HIT WONDERS: Mounties Club Mt Pritchard OVER-REACTOR, DEL SANTO, ME VS YOU: SFX, St James Hotel PARKWAY DRIVE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE GHOST INSIDE, 50 LIONS: Royal Theatre ACT PAUL SUN, MONIQUE LYSIAK, MATT LAMB: Leichhardt Food Markets PEPPERMINT JAM: Panthers TC’s PETE: Lone Pine Tavern Rooty Hill PIANOMAN: Cruise Restaurant PLASTICINE MACHINE: Excelsior Glebe POP FICTION: Castle Hill RSL PUGSLEY BUZZARD: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills PUNK/HARDCORE SHOW, BLOOD ON THE WATTLE, NO SUCH LUCK, END OF DAYS, EVEREST, DENY & DEFY: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe QUEEN - WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Goulburn Workers RAPTURE: Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club REBECCA JOHNSON BAND: Narrabeen Sands

RED HOT NUMBERS: Courthouse Htl REGGAE SHOW, KINDRED, UPRIGHT SOUNDS, FREIDA’S BOSS: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe (Afternoon) REGURGITATOR, RAT VS POSSUM: Manning Bar Syd Uni RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, PIKELET: Gaelic Club RIP IT UP, RHYTHM & BLUES: Bald Rock Htl Rozelle RITUAL: Candys Apartment ROCK STEADY: St George Motor Boat Club ROSS WARD, CLETIS CARR: Vault 146, Windsor RPM: Exchange Htl Newcastle RUNCH & THE VILLES: Belmore Htl Newcastle RYAN DALEY: Windsor Castle Htl Newcastle SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, SWINGING 60’S: Oatley Htl SCOTT: Crown Hotel Motel, Camden SHANE FLEW: Belrose Hotel SHOOTING THE BREEZE: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge SINGLED OUT: Orient Htl SKARRATT & WATTS: Macquarie Arms Htl SKYZ THE LIMIT: Penrith Gaels SOLID GOLD PARTY NIGHT: Cessnock Supporters Club SONGSALIVE, MATT HEATH, JULY MORNING, CHRIS NETO, TOM PRICE, BRIAN RIDGE, DAVID SHEPARD, ZOE VAUGHN, RUSSELL NEAL: Grumpy’s, Hurlstone Park SOUNDS LIKE TWO:

Taren Point Htl STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Dicey Rileys SUNSET RIOT, BOSTON SHAKER: Lansdowne Htl SURPRISE PARTY: St George Leagues SUSAN GAI DOWLING DUO: Jazushi Restaurant Surry Hills TED NASH: Picton Htl TERRY BATU: Albion Hotel, Grenfell THE ARACHINDS, THE VILLAIN, RICH LATIMER: Buddha Bar, Byron Bay THE BLUE PREACHERS, LANIE LANE: The Vanguard THE CAMERA CLUB: Beach Rd Htl Bondi THE CELIBATE RIFLES, GRAND FATAL, ONE BOLLOCK PEEP SHOW: Hotel Gearin, Katoomba THE HOTEL CHARLIE: Spectrum THE KING IN CONCERT, DAVID CAZALET: Club Lemon Tree THE PARADISE MOTEL, SIANNA LEE: Sandringham Htl THE PARIS CRASH, THE VIOLENT FLAMES, MELODY BLACK & RICKY BLOOMFIELD: Annandale Htl (afternoon) THE POD BROTHERS: Stoned Crow, Crows Nest THE PROJECT: Cat & Fiddle THE RADIATORS: Blacktown RSL THE WAVES: Harbord Beach Htl THE WONDERBRASS: Epping Htl

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THINK BIG DUO: Kareela Golf Club TIM SHAW: Revesby Workers, Skyline Lounge TONY WILLIAMS: PJ Gallaghers Drummoyne TWO MINDS TRIO: Mercantile Htl UJ NEIL: Bank Htl Newcastle UNDERWATER LOVE: 34B Burlesque Darlinghurst UNKNOWN PLEASURES: Enmore Theatre WE’RE BACK: Riverwood Inn WHAM!: World Bar Kings X WILD ON WOODSTOCK: Chester Hill RSL WILDCATZ: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar WIZZCATZ: Gosford RSL YUKI KUMAGAI, JOHN MACKIE, TONY BURKYS: Willoughby Art Centre

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4TE: East Leagues ACE KARAOKE: Brighton RSL Acoustic Set, ANTHONY HUGHES: Oatley Htl, afternoon ALEX: Miranda Htl ALISA FEDELE COLLECTIVE: The Belvedere Htl A-LIVE: Waverley Bowling Club ANDY MAMMERS DUO: Cronulla RSL BACK TO THE 80’S: Sydney Opera House BEN SUNDAE: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar BIG WAY OUT: 3 Wise Monkeys BLUES SUNDAYS: Artichoke Café Manly CALLING ALL CARS: Great Northern Byron Bay CARL FIDLER:

O’Malleys Kings X CASH ONLY: Marrickville Bowling Club CHRIS TURNER & THE CAVEMEN, FINN: Macquarie Arms Htl DANIELLE SPENCER: Brass Monkey DAVE WHITE DUO: Northies Cronulla Htl DAVID AGIUS DUO: Northies Cronulla HtlSport Bar DON HOPKINS: BELLACHARA EVELYN DUPRAI & JOSEPH CALDERAZZO: Dee Why Hotel FINN: Home Tavern Htl, Wagga Wagga FORTUNE: World Bar Kings X Francis Edwards Sings the 1960’s: The Point Hotel Pyrmont GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT, ARROWHEAD, ADRIFT FOR DAYS, FACE COMMAND: Blackwire Records, Annandale (Afternoon) GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT, UNGAS UNGAS UNGAS, FAGPANIC, THE CHATS: Hermanns Bar Darlington HUE WILLIAMS: Ocean Beach Htl Umina JUNGLE KINGS: The Mark- Newcastle KARL BROADIE: Vault 146, Windsor MAL BARNES: Campbelltown Catholic Club - Caf‚ Samba MANDI JARRY: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl MARK WELLS: Caves Beachside Hotel MATT JONES: Harbord Beach Htl MIKE BENNETT, ROB HENRY, SARAH PATON: Observer Htl MIKEY PYE: Parramatta RSL MOJADA: Beach Rd Htl Bondi OLD MAN RIVER, CHARLIE MAYFAIR, ETHELRED: Clarendon Guest House OUTER SPACE COWBOYS: Sandringham Htl PIXIE JENKINS: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge PUGSLEY BUZZARD: Nepean Rowing Club RICH & FAMOUS: Belmont 16’s RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, PIKELET:

Gearins Htl Katoomba ROCK’N’ROLL/SURF ROCK SHOW, SHORT PANTS ROMANCE, THE PROJECT, LENOX, BABY X, GIRAFFE SEASON: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe SCREAMING SUNDAY: Annandale Htl (afternoon) SHANE FLEW: Kamma Wine Bar, Neutral Bay SONGSALIVE, SHANE COOMBE, RUSSELL NEAL: Cat & Fiddle SONGWRITER NIGHT: The View Factory, Newcastle SOULFOX BLUES REVIEW, RENO NEVADA, The Thing O’s: Excelsior Surry Hills STEVE BALBI: Mean Fiddler Htl STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Kent Htl Hamilton SUNDAY DRIVE, CASTLECOMER, MORGAN, THE TIN CAN CLAN, OUR MONK, Vacations: Annandale Htl SUNDAY SESSIONS: Oatley Htl SUN-SETS: Cruise Bar, The Rocks SUVI: Macarthur Tavern Campbelltown SYDNEY BLUES SOCIETY: Botany View Htl TAKE A HIT: Hurstville RSL Club THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE BRIDE, BURIED IN VENOM: The Wall (The Bald Faced Stag) THE WHITE BROS: Ettamogah Htl WHITE BROS: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta YOU ME AT SIX: Metro

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ANDY MAMMERS: Coogee Bay Htl BERNIE: Observer Htl MINISTERPROTATO: The Basement NICKY KURTA: Opera Bar PARKWAY DRIVE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE GHOST INSIDE, 50 LIONS: Panthers Newcastle SONGSALIVE, RUSSELL NEAL: Kellys on King Newtown SONGWRITER SESSIONS: Excelsior Surry Hills THE GRAND SEZUAN, ADAM PAGE SOLO: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills


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WANNA PLAY THE FALLS FESTIVALS? When The Falls Festivals hit Lorne and Marion Bay at the end of the year, both events will once again host The APRA People’s Stage, which means that, if you’re already going anyway, here’s your chance to participate as an artist. The call is out for musicians, comedians, poets and street performers to send a demo and bio to Con Kalamaras c/o APRA/AMCOS, 3 & 5 Sanders Place, Richmond, Victoria 3121 by Monday 21 December. Places are inevitably limited and, as mentioned, this is a ticketholders only invitation, but an invitation worth considering nonetheless, no matter where in Australia you live.

VINYL LOVETONES While in Australia, the new album, Lost, from The Lovetones, was primarily recorded in Linear Studios in Sydney’s Leichhardt by Jason Blackwell and Chris Vallejo. Additional recording was done at Figment Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, by Rob Campanella (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and in Liam Judson’s (from Belles Will Ring) studio in Blaxland, where it was also mixed. William Bowden mastered the album at Damien Gerard’s in Balmain. Lost is being released on CD, but for the American release, it will only be available on vinyl or as a download. “Finally, my first longplayer coming out on vinyl,” an obviously extremely pleased and confessed vinyl junkie, Lovetones frontman Matt Tow explains. “There’s a really big vinyl thing happening again over in America, so if someone buys it on vinyl there, they get a download card so they get a free download as well. I’m trying to be current. The funny thing is I got the test pressing back and I put it on but it was pressed at 45rpm instead of 33rpm! So lucky I got a test pressing. “William Bowden mastered it for vinyl and apparently what you need to do is you need to take out certain frequencies. You can’t have a lot of sibilance in the vinyl, so there are certain frequencies you have to be careful of, but apart from that vinyl can take a lot more volume. The other thing was ensuring that the length of each side didn’t necessitate squashing the tracks, where you’d lose bass end, so I actually did the tracklisting so it was less than twenty minutes on each side and there was dynamic room.” The Lovetones’ American label, Planting Seeds, is using Pirate Press in San Francisco to cut and press the vinyl copies of Lost. Pirate Press is one of the few pressing plants in the world that utilises DMM Processing technology, which allows vinyl records to yield a larger overall sound range with far less ambient noise such as crackling and hiss. This is achieved essentially by removing a step from the process whereby, where ordinarily a lacquer cut is ‘metalicised’ in order to create the mould for the stamping plates within which the vinyl is them pressed, the DMM Processor allows you to carve the metallic (copper) plate directly using a diamond bit, making for a far cleaner, more powerful sound.

SOUND BYTES When Snow Patrol decided to take some time out after six years of solid touring, Gary Lightbody decided to write another album anyway, calling in producer Garrett Lee and going into the Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon, to cut The Place We Ran From, releasing it as Tired Pony. New York City three-piece Blonde Redhead spent much of the past year travelling between their hometown and Stockholm in Sweden in order to work with production duo Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid for their new album, Penny Sparkle, with additional production work being undertaken by Drew Brown (Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Radiohead). New Zealand-born singer songwriter Paul Turner recorded his second album, Another World, at Jackpot Studio in Portland, Oregon, with producer Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, The Shins), and at Damien Gerard Sound Studios in Balmain, Sydney, with engineer/producer Russell Pilling. After pre-production at London’s Sarm Studios, the Scottish-born singer songwriter KT Tunstall travelled to Berlin to record her new album, Tiger Suit, over three weeks in January at Hansa Studios with producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Kasabian, Editors), with some finishing touches done back in London at RAK Studios. LA pop rockers Maroon 5 took themselves over to Switzerland to record their third album, Hands All Over, in producer John “Mutt” Lange’s studio. Lange is of course best known for his work with AC/DC (most famously, Back In Black), Def Leppard and being Married to Canadian country singer Shania Twain. • 90 • THE DRUM MEDIA 21 SEPTEMBER 2010

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LAST MONTH, MOSHCAM WAS LAUNCHED ON BRAVIA INTERNET VIDEO, SONY’S IPTV SERVICE. MOSHCAM’S CREATIVE DIRECTOR PAUL HANNIGAN TALKS TO MICHAEL SMITH ABOUT IT ALL.

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and we have a number of fixed cameras as well as live cameramen, so the actual cut of the video is done live upstairs while the show is happening. Of course we can always do any post-production if needs be, but that way we feel it kind of captures the immediacy of the actual live show itself in front of the cameras – they guys are ‘playing’ their cameras, if you will, very much like the guys on stage are playing their instruments. It’s more of an art than a science in some ways and I think the results speak for themselves.

riginally launched mid-2008, Moshcam was Australia’s first and only free online, on demand, live music channel presenting performances recorded live from some of Sydney’s favourite venues. At that time, Moshcam was utilising Internap, streaming content delivery network (CDN) services using Adobe Flash (now using Player 9), for its online streaming. Hannigan, a drummer in a former life gigging around Europe, brought his experience in Los Angeles where he’d been working on a couple of online “start-ups” – Citysearch and GoTo.com – to bear on the enterprise. The original idea was to simply, as he explained to Drum in November that year, “to preserve in some way the great events that were coming through the [Sydney’s] Century venues [The Metro, Enmore and Factory Theatres]. What we’re about is creating the largest catalogue of online live music that will be there forever and that fans can enjoy again and again, as a continual showcase for bands to reach new fans not just in Australia but internationally”. “We’ve continued to grow the catalogue of live gigs that have been happening around Sydney by local, national and international artists obviously,” Hannigan explained, updating the Moshcam story a couple of weeks ago. “To date we’ve filmed over 800 [which translates to more than 8000 individual tracks and around 900 hours’ worth of content], have a new website with greater functionality and very much moving towards the idea that fans and users can share the music with each other rather than our being just a straight delivery device. We’re also making a move into mobile, started working on an Apps so you can enjoy your gigs both on video and audio formats on your mobile phone, particularly the iPhone and iPad. “And we now stream all the gigs on Bravia, the live music channel Sony operate, through Sony’s IPTV enabled TVs and Blu-ray players, which are Internetenabled and will be particularly good for rural music fans who just don’t get the chance to get into the city

PAUL HANNIGAN that much. We have always planned for the convergence of three streams – online obviously, mobiles and IPTV – and we’ve always future-proofed our content by filming at high-definition and broadcast quality. All of our catalogue is broadcast-ready, so to watch these performances on 52-inch Bravia is astonishing. That’s obviously the optimum way to view the footage, but the internet and mobile are still very interesting and dynamic because you can actually take the content and share it and later in a whole lot of social media stuff around it. Another thing we’re looking at doing at the moment is 3D, while in terms of the audio side of things, we’re obviously able to ramp what we have up to 5.1 surround sound when it’s needed.” Back in February, Moshcam shot Jane’s Addiction in action at the Enmore Theatre, bringing in seven cameras to capture the visuals, using at least one crane for one of the cameras, but a standard Moshcam shoot, depending on the venue, will entail at least four cameras and do a live “cut” using their director and mobile unit, unless the shoot is at the Enmore or the Annandale Hotel, where Moshcam has studios. “In the Annandale we have a live edit suite upstairs

“On the audio side, we’re kind of ramping up in many ways. Depending again on the venue and the size of the act, we multi-track most of the international bands and they will often want to do something commercially with the footage. The relationship with the band we have signing up is that they retain all the copyright in the recordings, so they’re free to do what they want with it essentially. Recordings we’ve done with The Specials, Midnight Juggernauts and Angus & Julia Stone, they’ve produced their own DVDs with footage that we’ve shot for them.” Bands are also utilising their Moshcam footage to present themselves to overseas festival promoters and again, that’s at all levels, from emerging acts opening for a bigger name at the Annandale through to the big names currently touring the national circuit. It’s the perfect live performance calling card. In terms of the current audience tuning into Moshcam, a good half of the hits are coming from overseas, initially perhaps tuning in to see their favourite acts from the US or UK in action here, but consequently checking in on the likes of locals Cloud Control or Bridezilla because their gigs are also up there on the site for the world to enjoy. As Hannigan points out, South America for instance “eats up all the metal content”. Moshcam can be accessed via moshcam.com.au and exclusively on Bravia via the XcrossMediaBar interface on Sony’s IPTV-enabled products.

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Squee (Studio Cat, probably translated by producer/head engineer/owner Clayton Segelov) What’s the studio set up you have there equipment-wise? The studio has two control rooms and six recording spaces with varied acoustic properties. Both control rooms have Pro Tools and MCI two-inch tape machines. The main control room houses a heavily modified 40-channel AMEK/NEVE analogue mixing console. A stunning board, the ultimate cross between an SSL 4000 and a NEVE 88R. Dynaudio, BM15a, Yamaha NS-10s, Auratone, Urei 813 and Harmon Kardon PC Speakers take care of the studio’s monitoring needs. We have analogue outboard equipment from Manley, Empirical Labs, Urei, Focusrite RED, Avalon, Lexicon, Joe Meek, Al Smart, Valley People, DBX and TC Electronics, etc.

Michael Taverner (house engineer) also boasts an evergrowing list of studio and live credits including Adrift For Days, We Lost The Sea, Hell Itself, The Downgoing, Lower Back Problems, Exist Within, Super Florence Jam, Dawn of The Ages, The Veil and many more. Margaret Burns (studio manager) has been the studio manager for six years and is well connected in the industry. She’s also a (published) freelance photographer and has snapped everyone who’s anyone, from Dragonforce/Cult Of Luna/One Time Menace/Pig Destroyer all the way to Bridezilla. Studio interns are Matt Papdi and Michael “Ming” Kingsley, while the author of all this is Studio Cat: Squee. Analogue vs digital – discuss.

Any tips for artists entering a studio for the first time? Rehearse! Rehearse! Rehearse! Recording studios do not guarantee a result – you have to make it happen. Being in the studio is a great opportunity be prepared, so don’t waste it. Get your guitars (and basses) set up by a professional; get new skins on the drums, if that’s the sound you’re after – and try not to be late! Which notable artists have worked at the studio?

Both! Can bands bring in their own engineer or do they have to solely use a house engineer? Yes, bands can bring their own engineer if it has been arranged with the studio beforehand. Is the studio capable of holding a full band at once for recording?

Daniel Johns (Silverchair), The Scare, Billy Rymer (Dillinger Escape Plan), The Angels, Bridezilla, Sydonia… Check out the website for a full client list!

Of course! The huge live room, multiple isolation spaces and absolutely killer headphone system (loud enough for the legendary Billy Thorpe! Need I say more?) make full band tracking a pleasure at The Brain.

Who do you have on staff and what’s their background in the industry?

We’re an impoverished indie band – do you offer any deals for acts in our situation?

Clayton Segelov (producer/chief engineer) boasts a huge list of studio, live and television credits that includes Dillinger Escape Plan, Adrift For Days, Sleepmakeswaves, Panzer Queen, Alice Through The Windshield Glass, The Storm Picturesque, Fall Of Troy, The Angels, Sydonia, Town Hall Steps, Guy Sebastian, Tomahawk, Kings Of Leon, Dandy Warhols, The Scare, Bridezilla, Daniel Johns (Silverchair), Foxtel, Fox Sports, Channel [V] and many more.

Sure do, check out the MySpace and website for packages and special offers. Alternately give the studio a call to discuss fitting your needs to your budget. Do you have any in-house instruments at the studio acts can use, or is it totally BYO? We do, however a million dollar guitar that is uncomfortable to play may produce lesser results than

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DANIEL JOHNS AND CLAYTON SEGELOV 2008 that beat-up old bad boy you’ve had for years. So we encourage artists to bring all they’ve got, plus beg, borrow and steal anything you can get your hands on as well as what the studio has to offer. What’s the access to the studio like with regards to parking, flat load, etc? While the studio is located on the eighth floor, so it’s not strictly a ‘flat load’, but it’s flat to the lift and the studio has a private parking spot as well as a loading bay. Working in the studio can be arduous and we’ll need a break – what are the amenities in the local area? Being 100m from Central Station, in the middle of Sydney, there’s a flavour available for every taste: pubs, cafes, venues, movies – the lot are all within earshot. What are your contact details? Mobile: 0431 337 488; The Brain: (02) 9211 8474; info@ thebrainstudios.com; thebrainstudios.com


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~Rock band Black Matches are seeking a good quality bass player to complete their four piece. Originals ready to go and keen to gig! If you are like minded with good gear/transport please contact Simon on 0414859684. Demo’s at www.myspace. com/blackmatchesband iFlogID: 7788

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MUSICIANS AVAILABLE BASS PLAYER 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 iFlogID: 7676

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GUITARIST Guitarist/singer/songwriter looking to jam and explore a Potential Side Project of covers or Jam creations. Bassists, guitarists, Keys, Horns, Vox etc welcome iFlogID: 7722 Lead guitarist looking to form/join a heavy metal band,on the central coast. Influences: Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest, Metallica,Iron maiden,Kalmah,Dethklok Blake 0403138542 iFlogID: 7983 looking for a band

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KEYBOARD METAL KEYBOARD PLAYER AVAILABLE:20 year old female keyboard player of 16 years wanting to join/form metal band. Mainly black/death/melodic death.Some influences:Behemoth,Anaal Nathrakh,Old Man’s Child, Vesania, Daath, Dimmu Borgir. Live around the Inner West.Own good equipment.Committed.Contact Eve: eve_nathan@hotmail.com iFlogID: 8059

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SAXOPHONIST AVAILABLE 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

Bass player wanted for covers band. Male or Female. Tool SoundGarden Pearl Jam.. 90’s grunge and alternative music as well as some random hits.Must have good gear. Only serious muso’s need to apply contact Grant 0421005983 or Ado 0405269880 iFlogID: 7611 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 Bass/guitar player wanted for electro/rock band. Influences: NINE INCH NAILS FAITH NO MORE MUSE Must have own gear, transport and be keen!! Advantage if you can play guitar as well. Demos at http:// www.myspace.com/firebrandmusic contact matt 0431 721 700 Damien 0416238443 iFlogID: 7631 Bass/Synth Bass wanted for experimental metal band. It’s nowhere near as wanky as it sounds. Call or message 0405 911 748 iFlogID: 7760

BASSIST REQUIRED We are a four piece original alternative rock band looking for a bassist with a dirty fat sound. Rehearsals are in Wollongong. Management will be booking gigs. Good gear essential, reliable and at least 5 yrs experience. Songs ready to go and start gigging. Recording EP soon. Check out some songs at www.myspace.com/yoyodiablo Call 0404 267 155 iFlogID: 8072 BASSIST WANTED! Singer and Guitarist (aged 21) looking for Bassist and Drummer to form rock outfit. Based in Central Sydney. Over 100 songs written and ready to gig on a serious level. Contact August 0404166433 or e-mail at kaibywells@yahoo.co.uk iFlogID: 7784 Contact details needed for Andrew Judd previously living in Newtown and former bass player of Sydney band, Tsunami (circa. late 90s). Former muso friend would like to reconnect. Any help much appreciated. Email - remmosk@gmail.com iFlogID: 7756 Established working 5 pce band of mature players seeks experienced electric bassist. Strong harmony vocals and some double bass would be well regarded. Immediate work available. Regular commitment sought from the right player. Call Tim 0418289546. iFlogID: 7814

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SINGER I’m a female melodic rock singer looking to join a band with a similar style to Butterfly Effect, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus. I’m based in Leichhardt. Contact me via www.myspace.com/ashotofscarlet Thanks, Sarah. iFlogID: 7601

JASON AYRES We’re looking for a bassist with enthusiasm to Rock! We are an originals Hard Rock band and we’re in the process of recording our songs - only being held back by the lack of a bassist! We have our own studio and jam regularly. We hope to be gigging as soon as everyone is tight. Did I mention we rock? Message or call 0431 957 583 and let’s ROCK! iFlogID: 7893

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modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtop ic&p=2180151#2180151 iFlogID: 7941 Singer/songwriter/guitarist creating a new original live project is looking for experienced rock bass player. Must have great sound, vibe and groove - bv’s a huge bonus. Check out triple j unearthed “RemmosK” sample of new cd release. Contact via email. iFlogID: 7744 Sydney Hard Rock band Pleasure Overload seeks permanent bass player and keyboardist to complete current lineup. Please contact Mal on 0416101529 or email band@pleasureoverload.com. Visit www. pleasureoverload.com to check out videos, pictures and audio. iFlogID: 7550

SYNTHESISERS GENIUS Upcoming talented female singer/songwriter with personal management in need of a synth/keys player who can also sing backing vocals to join established band. Style of music is a unique blend of rock, pop and the occasional dance groove. Must be able to rehearse in Enmore on Tuesdays and Thurdays between 11:30 - 3pm and available for immediate gigs. Own transport preferred. A small amount of money to cover transport to rehearsals will also be given to the new and successful band member. Current backline and instruments include: - Drummer - Bass Player - Lead Guitarist - Rhythm Guitarist - Singer (who is also responsible for writing all the music) Most of the musicians are between 18 early 30’s. We’re after someone who has a positive and easy going attitude, open to musical challenges, creative and open to playing rock, pop and dance music. The person must be open and prepared to tour when required. To view the artist and music please visit - www.reverbnation.com/ monannlisawilde or www.myspace.com/ monannlisawilde iFlogID: 7859 We’re looking for a Bass Player that can absolutely f***ing Rock! We’re a committed originals band with over 10 originals composed. We have our own studio where we can jam whenever we want. Call 0431957583 or message and let’s rock! iFlogID: 7705 Young (19-21) Sydney band called INDIGO CHILD needs a bass player!! recently played at WORLD BAR, rehersals in belmore around 1-2 times a week. Male or FEMALE!! Few years experience would be ideal. Check out: www.myspace.com/indigochildau indigochildau@live.com iFlogID: 7830

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DRUMMER REQUIRED to form originals band with 22yo female singer/songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist and 21yo bassist. Male or female, preferably 20-30yo. Many originals written (listen to some at www.youtube.com/user/tiffsta123). Committed and passionate about making this a career, now need a solid, steady and powerful drummer to complete the line-up! Rock/pop/alternative, with elements of symphonic, punk, metal, classical, electro etc, dont want to sound exactly the same in every song! Have good gear, transport, free rehearsal space at home (the Hills District) but willing to travel when necessary. Influences: The Killers, Evanescence, Paramore, Muse & many more. Contact: 0422074268 or muahaha9@hotmail.com iFlogID: 7981 Drummer wanted for a newly established rock band based in St Clair (Western Sydney). We play mostly covers and rehearse on Saturday afternoons. We play for fun, not for profit! Call Steve 0424 505 361 iFlogID: 7698

DRUMMER WANTED-PRO METAL BAND! Hard-rock / Metalcore band seeks committed, self motivated drummer capable of playing to a Pro standard. Must be available for regular gigs, rehearsal. Must have a great work ethic and be easy to get along with, and share the same passion to pursue music full-time. iFlogID: 6445

FEMALE DRUMMER WANTED - PAID Immediate Start! A fantastic opportunity awaits for a skilled female Drummer 18-28yrs with own gear & transport. Management backed band with booking agent. Regular Paid gigs across Sydney with international opportunities also. Phone Jo: 0410 621 791 iFlogID: 7804 Guitarist and Bassist seeking Drummer. Preferably from the inner west and in their 20’s. Call Michael on 0420 371 624 iFlogID: 7511

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DRUMMER WANTED! Singer and Guitarist (aged 21) looking for Drummer and Bassist to form rock outfit. Based in Central Sydney. Over 100 songs written and ready to gig on a serious level. Contact August 0404166433 or e-mail at kaibywells@yahoo.co.uk iFlogID: 7786

LEAD GUITARIST NEEDED to form originals band with 22yo female singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and 21yo bassist. Male or female, preferably 20-30yo. Many originals written (listen to some at www.youtube.com/user/tiffsta123). Committed and passionate about making this a career, now need a versatile & dynamic guitarist capable of adding face-melting solos to complete the lineup! Rock/pop/alternative, with elements of symphonic, punk, metal, classical, electro etc, dont want to sound exactly the same in every song! Have good gear, transport, free rehearsal space at home (the Hills District) but willing to travel when necessary. Influences: The Killers, Evanescence, Paramore, Muse & many more. Contact: 0422074268 or muahaha9@hotmail.com iFlogID: 7979 LEAD GUITARIST WANTED by 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: 7843 Lead guitarist wanted for Sydney top 40 covers band. 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and current. Work waiting now. $150 p/n local gigs. Must have own transport, exp preferred. Ph 0416226103 iFlogID: 8040

LEAD GUITARIST WANTED Seeking experienced drummer who can play indie/electro rock. EP is finished and set for release early 2011 with management backing, so you must be ready to start rehearsing immediately for promotional shows starting in December. St Peters area. Sample tracks @ theestate.com.au, email: management@theestate.com.au, call Braden on 0438 363 600. iFlogID: 8146 Mature dynamic metal band based in Hills/ Blacktown,Sydney. Infl: Rock, Grunge, Black, Death, Hardcore, Groove, Doom...etc Looking for like-minded drummer, own gear & car. Practice weekly. Gig monthly. https:// myspace.com/cursedwithsanity https:// dl.dropbox.com/u/4684637/Bring%20 The%20Rain.mp3 PLEASE NO TIME WASTERS! cursedwithsanity@hotmail.com iFlogID: 7891 Red Oxygen - Hard working musician committed to project in Quakers Hill - Must be over 18 - Must have your own transport - Decent gear - Willing to work with electronic drums www.soundcloud.com/redoxygen Alex - 0431 194 622 iFlogID: 7943 We need a versitile drummer to join our Sydney based originals band. Complete freedom to enhance our song writing with your ideas and drumming skills. Rehearsal in Bardwell Valley (Rockdale area) no studio rehearsal costs. www.myspace.com/insideoutoz (0408) 232110 Veneita vendel@ bigpond.net.au iFlogID: 7887

GUITARIST 18 year old Guitar player looking for another Guitar player to start a band with. Influences: GN’R, Led Zeppelin, The Stones. Preferably someone in the south. Call Tom on 0401722767 iFlogID: 7769 3pce rock band needs newguitarist, outgoing guitar is over committed elsewhere but still rehearsing with us till we find replacement U mus have good equipment transport. We’re ready to gig www.myspace. com/kamikazeflyingclub. phil 0402069500 iFlogID: 8028

CENTRAL COAST INDI KIDZ 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: 5025 Guitar Looking of a Blues Band iFlogID: 7716 Guitarist needed for SouthWest Sydney Country/Country Rock band. Two commercial album releases, 4 videos, a national music award and various finalist placings including Musicoz. Interested? Call Alan 0408 116 174 or Geoff 0419 112 899 iFlogID: 7553 Guitarist Wanted - We are looking for an 18-28 Y/O with live exp,great gear and team player for professionsal outfit. Rehearse Castle Hill area. Please email Michael at wow.music.productions@live.com or ph 0432621495 and will send tracks. iFlogID: 7532

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Original Rock Band Calling Mendoza looking for a Lead Guitarist. Influences are Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Foofighters, U2 etc. Age 34 years and under. Commitment & Transport is essential. If interested please call Simon on 0421 373 194 iFlogID: 7908

NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL guitarist wanted, inf the cramps, nick cave, white stripes, the strokes. girl or guy inner west rehearsal age 25-35. iFlogID: 7834

NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL Looking for a good guitarist to form a band with call Dave on 0420 463161... iFlogID: 7937 Rhythm guitarist wanted to join covers band. Back up vocals essential. We’re currently lead guitar, bass and drums and play 70’s, 80’s rock. We’re mid-40s, easy going but serious about music. Rehearsing in Gladesville. Call John on 0438 780 567. iFlogID: 7732 Sydney Mexican Mariachi band requires guitarists who have experience in playing Spanish or Latin music. Please contact Marc on 0415 073 306. For more info see our website: mariachiaustralia.com.au and MySpace: myspace.com/marcsantillana iFlogID: 7898 Sydney Oasis Show need a new Noel Gallagher! Established Oasis cover band after someone with a great voice and a Noel look. Tight rhythm guitar skills neccessary, lead ability is not essential. No time wasters please. Email Anthony at anthony320chmiel@hotmail.com iFlogID: 7530 Vox and drummer looking to collaborate with guitarist. Influences, SOAD,tool,deftones,lacuna coil,10years. call 0401056876 iFlogID: 7790

KEYBOARD Bass/Synth Bass wanted for experimental metal band. It’s nowhere near as wanky as it sounds. Call or message 0405 911 748 iFlogID: 7762

COVERBAND REQUIRE KEYS 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

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. Please send your details to brotherbooth@gmail.com iFlogID: 5903 Elephant Gods need keyboard player:fun band with great songs. Sixties influenced originals. Do you like Spencer Davis, Jimmy Smith, Booker T, Billy Preston, Brian Auger? Also King Khan, Bellrays, Rocket Science etc. Ready to record & gigs waiting. www. myspace/theelephantgods iFlogID: 7924

Drummer wanted for original Sydney rock band ‘Friends of Man’. Must be reliable, have good gear, transport, able to learn repertoire quickly, be available for rehearsals, shows, tour. Audio - www.myspace. com/friendsofman Email - info@friendsofman.net iFlogID: 7646 DRUMMER WANTED for starting indie/ alternative band. if interested please email fccdemo@live.com with list of influences, availability, location etc. iFlogID: 7580

agent. Regular Paid gigs across Sydney with international opportunities also. Email: bandproject@hotmail.com iFlogID: 7806

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INDEPENDENT ROCK ARTIST seeks professional SESSION KEYBOARD PLAYER for album launch in October. MUST be dedicated , committed to 3 mid week rehearsals and playing launch. Experience essential- preferably 25+. Music at myspace.com/tiffanygow. Please CALL Tiffany 0433112429 Thank you iFlogID: 7767 KEYBOARD PLAYER ! One of the most exciting cover bands to hit Sydney is taking off “ate his rok” playing the best 80’s pop/rock. If you’re an exceptional keyboard player it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Write to : atehisrok@iprimus.com.au iFlogID: 7738

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KEYBOARD PLAYER NEEDED Keyboard player wanted, backing vocals a plus. Own transport a must. Must have good gear and experience. We are currently a Sydney 3 piece looking at expanding to 5 piece. Think most bands on the creation records and 4AD labels. Contact Sam on 0415292247 and listen to us on www. myspace.com/ourpendingname iFlogID: 6313

KEYBOARD PLAYER NEEDED Keyboard player wanted, backing vocals a plus. Own transport a must. Must have good gear and experience. We are currently a Sydney 3 piece looking at expanding to 5 piece. Think most bands on the Creation Records and 4AD labels. Contact Sam on 0415292247 and listen to us on www. myspace.com/ourpendingname iFlogID: 6315 Keyboard Player One of the most exciting cover bands to hit Sydney is taking off ! “ate his rok” playing the best 80s pop/rock. If you are an exceptional keyboard player its an opportunity not to be missed. write to: atehisrok@iprimus.com.au. iFlogID: 7544 keyboard player wanted for tex mex , blues band to join 3 piece . Easy going going guys with lots of live experience . looking to gig rehearsing at the present. Call Daniel 0411778606 iFlogID: 7568

PLAY JAZZ. Musicians wanted - especially WIND PLAYERS. Style: JAZZ STANDARDS. Locale: WEST RYDE. Director: DAVID MILLMAN Contact by phone: 98078866 iFlogID: 7703 Sydney Mexican Mariachi band requires trumpeters who have experience in playing Jazz and/or Latin music. Call Marc on 0415 073 306. For more info see our website: mariachiaustralia.com.au and MySpace: myspace.com/marcsantillana. iFlogID: 7900

SINGER 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

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also been keen to take the next step and make it a serious commitment. Have a listen at our myspace link upon application. http://www.myspace.com/psyecho Please note the myspace recordings are over 2 years old now and we have progressed in style and skill greatly since then. iFlogID: 5131 Singer wanted for young 4 piece originals hard rock band in Macarthur region. Aged 18-25 would be ideal Ready to gig. Some influences include Foo Fighters, Nirvana & RATM. Check us out at www.myspace. com/heroesonholiday. Call Michael on 0404700869 iFlogID: 7828 SINGER WANTED TO HELP SONGWRITER $40 PH RATE AND STYLE IS POP ,ROCK,BALLADS, PLEASE SUPPLY INFO WITH VOCAL SAMPLE TO KONEMANNMUSIC@HOTMAIL.COM iFlogID: 7954

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

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Original Rock Band Calling Mendoza looking for a Versatile Male/Female singer. Influences are Paramore, Avril Lavigne, Nickleback, U2 etc. Age 34 years and under. Commitement & Songwriting is essential. If interested please call Simon on 0421 373 194 iFlogID: 7906 Singer/lyricist with creative ability to join rock/funk band. Influences include RHCP, INXS, U2, Muse, Stereophonics, Killers... If u have a high energy performance style and want to rock out with your sock out then give us a call on 0413585820 iFlogID: 8093 Sydney Grunge/Rock band seeks singer to write melodies and music to gig originals. Influences include Silverchair, Nirvana,

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NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL piano/keyboard wanted. Inf nick cave, nina simones sinnerman, velvet underground, rehearsal inner west guy or girl ok tom 0411 874 673 iFlogID: 7832 Singer/songwriter/guitarist creating a new original project hoping to find someone using GarageBand to exchange files and collaborate with. Must have great sound, ability to play with vibe - groove. BV’s a bonus. Check out: http://www.myspace. com/remmosk If interested, pls contact “remmosk@gmail.com” iFlogID: 7754 Synth player wanted for Sydney based Synth/Pop/Hardcore band THOUGHTS UNDER FIRE. Must have gear and be reliable. Check out www.myspace.com/ thoughtsunderfire. Influences include Escape The Fate, A Day To Remember, Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon. Text or call Jared: 0414773038 iFlogID: 8030

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Fatal Tragedy is looking for a Guitarist, Bassist, keys and Female Vocals.Prog metal Originals. Must be willing to write and gig Pro Gear and Own Transport around western sydney. fatal.tragedy.music@gmail. com 0406785596 iFlogID: 7857 JAZZ MUSOS WANTED! Inner city drummer of 15+ years (age30) seeks cats who can read, to swing with on regular basis to expand Jazz repertoire. Let’s have fun making good music! iFlogID: 8085 Lead, rythm, drums, bass and keyboards all required on Central Coast to work with frontman and promoter to restart massive OZ ROCK coverband. Professional/mature musos only who want to work bigtime. National corporate when ready. Call Peter on 0418603619. iFlogID: 7736

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NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL chilledout guy, great personality seeking someone with strong mixing/production skills for electronic act or licensing to compilations. using logic8.0 with bedroomstudio in innerwest. Mymusic is mainly house/minimal tech but love all dance. checkout www.soundcloud.com/kidjuicy serious replies only contact me rifraf69@ hotmail.com iFlogID: 8132

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The Cleftomaniacs, the enthusiastic 25-member a cappella choir who brought you the most recent Sydney A Cappella Festival, invite new members (especially those lovely bass blokes). Eclectic repertoire from Elvis Costello to classical polyphony to gospel and we love to gig! Rehearsals school term Thursday evenings in Waterloo. Contact Catherine 9388 7010 / 0414 517 010 / flittie@iinet.net.au iFlogID: 7471

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EXPERIENCED VOCALIST WANTED Experienced cover band vocalist wanted to work with DJs and cover bands in the corp and club scene. We have the work if you have the talent! Look at our site for info on us www.qcent.com.au Send demos to levi@qcent.com.au call Levi 0412763191. iFlogID: 7928

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Female lead singer wanted for Sydney top 40 covers band. 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and current material. Work waiting now. $150 p/n local gigs. Must have own transport, exp preferred. Ph 0416226103 iFlogID: 8038 Looking for beginner to intermediate singer who’s interested in learning/improving and wanting to have some fun with a couple of laid back guys.. Alternate/Indie/Rock Genre. Contact Pete on (0421) 258 859. Hills/Western Sydney. iFlogID: 8070

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Looking for experienced singers to join ‘Sincopa Band’, a cover band performing for weddings and corporate events. Located in the Eastern Suburbs area. Contact: 0433938278 iFlogID: 7613

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Male/Female Singer or Singer Guitarist wanted to become part of the creative process for orginal alternative rock outfit. “ Contact ROB - 0421 851 708 BRENDO 0422 271 293 iFlogID: 8130

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NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL Female singer required to harmonise with gigging originals singer/songwriter. Duo and band gigs booked but need to blend/tighten vox. Songs - mostly ballads with some uptempo pop rock. Think Neil Finn and Sheryl Crow Ph: Andy 0438 648 545 iFlogID: 7724

PUNK BAND WANTS SINGER West Sydney punk band wants vocalist to front 4 piece. Influences : Nofx, Pennywise, The Bronx. No Exp needed . Contact Marc : 0413651150 iFlogID: 6654

SINGER NEEDED 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

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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 Singer wanted, male or female 18-30 to collaborate with guitarist and ultimately form a band. Mostly rock style, for a sample see www.myspace.com/justinacooke. If you’re interested add me on myspace or contact me on 0420312864 CastleHill area iFlogID: 7977 Singer wanted, male or female for covers band. Must have a good vocal range. We’re currently lead guitar, bass and drums playing 70’s, 80’s rock. We’re mid-40s, easy going but serious about music. Gladesville area. Call John 0438 780 567 iFlogID: 7730

QOTSA, Foo Fighters etc Located in the Carlingford/Paramatta area. We are all around 20 so similar age please. Contact Daniel 0403 885 433. iFlogID: 8025 THE FATALS original rock band from northwest sydney are looking for a singer. We are constantly writing new stuff and are looking for someone to write with. influences ACDCPowderfingerJetGrinspoon call or email dane dane_maverick@hotmail.com 0407795671 iFlogID: 7746

VOCALIST - NORTHERN BEACHES Vocalist URGENTLY needed for a new Covers band based on the Northern Beaches. We are experienced musicians and “mature rockers” with quality gear. So if you’re into Rock & Blues, and your influences are from the 60’s 70’s & 80’s (and you can sing and connect with an audience) give us a call on 0414 952002 or e-mail andygeorge@ y7mail.com. We reahearse once a week, usually on a Tuesday , with a view to gigging, making a little cash and having FUN ! iFlogID: 8062

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