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Contents Issue No. 1029 Tuesday 5 October 2010 All entries must be sent to giveaways@drummedia.com.au and include your full name, address and a contact number. Please note – prizes that are to be collected from the office must be done within four weeks of notification of winning.

DRUM MEDIA Giveaways – Look to your left for free stuff, silly! 26 The Front Line hits hard with industry fact and conjecture, plus we look at how ARIA’s Hall Of Fame and RocKwiz is a match made in heaven. 28 Mailbag – your say on what floats your boat or makes the red mist descend, plus Backlash and Frontlash. 30 The News – just like it says, with tours, releases and more.

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Wanna make a YouTube sensation like Die Antwoord had with their video clip? Step one is getting drunk apparently. 38 Smudge outline why you shouldn’t trust corporate rock.

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Dan Kelly smarts up stupid concepts with a few flashy little phrases. 40 The Holy Sea attempt to paint a fairly nuanced portrait of what it means to be here and now.

BURIED IN VERONA

BURIED IN SFX Due to popular demand, SFX at the St James Hotel is proud to present one more time our very own Buried in Verona in concert this Saturday night, where they will be joined by special guests Vanstorm and My City Screams who are both launching their latest EPs on the night. We have five double passes to the Saturday night alternative party, which is spread over three levels and four huge rooms to give away, so email us with Buried In Verona SFX passes giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

RETURN OF THE BACKSLIDERS With members busy on side projects – guitarist, singer and songwriter Dom Turner with Supro and drummer Rob Hirst with The Break – as well as working on material for the next album, it’s been a while between gigs, but The Backsliders reunite for an evening of their signature raw Mississippibased surf-tinged blues this Friday at The Vanguard, where they’ll be joined by Brod Smith, fresh from his recent tour with The Dingoes, on harmonica. We have two double passes to the show to give away, so email us with The Backsliders giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

CATCALL GOES SWIMMING Swimming Pool is the latest slice of dazzling pop from Sydney’s Catherine Kelleher aka Catcall, her first release since 2008’s Anniversary EP. With a sound that recalls the early Kate Bush on one hand and contemporaries like Santigold and The Knife on the other, Catcall has supported the likes of The Gossip, Phoenix and La Roux. Catcall launches her new single Saturday night at the Civic Underground and we have two Catcall packs, each including a double pass to the show and a copy of the 12” Swimming Pool single, to give away, so email us with Catcall giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

INDIGO PART OF THE SPECTRUM Inspired by the alternative rock of the ‘80s and ‘90s and particularly the tougher, rock end of grunge, from Peppers to Pearl Jam, Sydney fourpiece Indigo Rising have been carving a reputation for themselves on the live circuit. Friday night they’re headlining Spectrum on a bill that includes Underlights, Super Florence Jam and SKO along with special guest appearances from members of Bridezilla, Step-panther, Ink and more. We have three double passes to the show that each include a copy of the newest four-track demo to give away, so email us with Indigo Rising giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

IN COMPLETE CONTROL After almost 20 years at the rock’n’roll coalface, You Am I are not only as cogent a musical force as ever, but they’re positively bursting at the creative seams and the only logical way to really express that was to finally step away from major label world and set up their own kingdom. So they’re about to release their first ever indie album, self-titled as it happens, with emerging indie label Other Tongues. We have five copies of the new album to give away, so email us with You Am I CD giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 12 October.

GRINDING OUT THE CAVE What began as a side project four years ago for four Bad Seeds has not only turned out to be an extraordinarily powerful rock beast live on stage, but also an increasingly focused and ferocious entity in the recording studio. Yup, we’re talking about Grinderman and they recently delivered their second album, Grinderman 2, hot on the heels of which release they’ve announced their participation in the 2011 Big Day Out. Just to get you in the mood, we have five copies of the Grinderman 2 CD to give away, so email us with Grinderman 2 CD giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 12 October.

ROBIN WILLIAMS: LIVE AT THE MET With a fourth and final Sydney show Tuesday 16 November at the Sydney Entertainment Centre having gone on sale last week, it’s obvious that we love Robin Williams. Williams has been delighting us on both the big and little screens and, more importantly, live on stage, since his hyperkinetic comedic impressions and impersonations captured the collective imagination in the late ‘70s. He’s here to present his latest show, Weapons Of Self Destruction, but just to get you in the mood, we have a reminder of one of his finest turns back in 1986 – Robin Williams: Live At The Met – eight copies in fact, on DVD, to give away. Email us with Robin Williams DVD giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Tuesday 12 October. • 26 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

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Weddings Parties Anything remember a classic album and the time surrounding it where they actually had a positive experience with a major record label. 42 Dallas Green’s mum could be the unofficial archivist of Alexisonfire. 44 Die! Die! Die! proclaim they still have teeth.

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It’s not Weezer that’s changed,it’s you. 46 Gay Paris don’t want to half fuck you. 48 The Script find themselves as an answer to a Trivial Pursuit question. 50 Scott Spark had fun writing a whole bunch of sad-sack songs. 50 Boredoms outline how to make a noise like Godzilla walking.

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Jonneine Zapata on what she didn’t want when making her album. 52 On The Record reviews new release albums and singles from Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Julia Stone, You Am I and more. 54 Chris Maric gets local with hard rock and metal in The Heavy Shit.

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

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Adam Curley on the plight (or blight) of hipsters in The Breakdown. 60 Viktor Krum asks you to Get It Together with the latest in hip hop.

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

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James McGalliard looks at the loss of a famous pub in London Fields. 60 Dan Condon features the blues and roots world with Roots Down. 61 Michael Smith delivers some Blow with jazz and world music news.

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Go south as you enter Pedro Manoy’s 61 Swamp Shack.

FRONT ROW This Week In Arts plans your week ahead; we get down to business with the News of the week; Cultural Cringe looks at arts rumours and titbits. 62 Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes turns an ambitious script into Buried; we review Mustaine: A Life In Metal, the new autobiography of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. 63 With Fame coming to town, Timomatic suggests what makes the story so popular; DVD reviews feature rundowns of Good Hair, The Killing Volume Two, and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and review the 64 theatre production Jersey Boys. Snapshot takes a sneak peak at the new flick Blue Valentine.

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The last you’ll hear from us on the 2010 Sydney Fringe Festival, we swear: our wrap-up and final reviews; Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell take a trip to the dark side and explore the bizarre world of Norwegian black metal. 66

LIVE All here: gig reviews, tour guide, what’s on this week, charts, gig guide, random shit and then some. 69 Backstage and BTL – your guide to studios, recording, courses and more. 82 The Classies – need any other service/ product you can think of? It’s all here and also online at iflog.com.au. 85


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INDEPENDENT’S NIGHT Cloud Control and Dan Sultan were the major winners at the 2010 Independent Music Awards, held at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre last week. The band won Best Album for Bliss Release and Breakthrough Artist, while Sultan achieved the honour of Best Artist and Best Blues And Roots Album. Elsewhere Little Red’s Rock It was regarded as the Best Single or EP, Parkway Drive’s Deep Blue the Best Hard Rock or Punk Album – something they’ll aim to replicate at the ARIAs. Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill & The Little Hillbillies won Best Country Album for Lost Music Blues, Urthboy’s Spitshine judged the Best Hip Hop/Urban record. Stu Hunter’s The Gathering won Best Jazz Album and Midnight Juggernauts stormed it in for the Best Dance/ Electronica. Voted by Nova radio listeners, the inaugural most popular category went to the John Butler Trio.

MUSICAL CHAIRS Tony Harlow has been appointed Managing Director of Warner Music Australia, effective from October, in the wake of Ed St John’s departure. Fostered in the ranks of EMI UK, he will report to Warner Music Asia Pacific CEO, Lachie Rutherford.

LIVE NATION’S CHAIRMAN OUSTED Largely criticised for bringing the ‘Hollywood’ mentality of big spending and fast moves to the music industry, Live Nation Entertainment Chairman Barry Diller resigned his position from the board in a move which, as The Wall Street Journal claims, highlights growing divisions within the giant concert promoter. The resignation will take place at the board’s next meeting – date yet undecided – and may cap off a miserable period for the company. Live Nation shred 20 percent of its share price after a July investor conference shook confidence in the company due to their “short-sighted” business models. The Hollywood Reporter alleges that the move was the culmination of tension between Diller and other members of the board – particularly John Malone and now Liberty CEO Greg Maffei. It has been reported that major shareholder Louis Shapiro, president of Shapiro Capital Management, called the resignation “good news for shareholders.” It is unclear how this will impact the recently launched Australian arm on the industry giant.

LAST DAYS OF AGAINST ME!? Often criticised by formative fans for their move away from DIY punk roots and signing to a major label, Against Me! cancelled their entire Australian tour last week. Contrary to belief that it was caused by poor ticket sales The Front Line can reveal that the “unforeseen circumstances” were closer to home, as the shows themselves were selling very well. They then cancelled all their international touring commitments (they were due in Europe too). Drummer Warren Oakes left the band last year and bassist Andrew Seward was taking time off in August for the birth of his child, complications which could explain the decision to pull the plug on 2010’s schedule. However, the negative response and shift in fanbase since this year’s White Crosses is no secret.

ERNEST ILLNESS Roland ‘Ernest’ Ellis has been forced to cancel a co-headline tour with Parades. Advised by doctors to not expose himself to loud noises for at least two months, he pulled out of his Sydney support for Glenn Richards but will appear at Perth’s One Movement festival. • 28• THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

2010 ARIA AWARD NOMINEES

ARIA LOOKS TO CREDIBILITY

After last year’s commercial and critical backlash, the 2010 ARIA Awards have undergone a cosmetic and content makeover. The announcement of the nominations highlights the event’s shift, giving the nod to indie triple j-centric bands over the more typical mainstream pop. Out of the five artists that received six nominations each, Angus & Julia Stone, Sia, Birds Of Tokyo, Guy Sebastian and Washington, only one (Sebastian) is a product of the reality TV processes. Tame Impala, The Temper Trap and John Butler Trio even beat out the retiring Powderfinger with five nominations each to the ‘Finger’s four. Speaking to The Front Line following the announcement, Birds Of Tokyo’s Adam Spark said, “With all due respect to your iconic Australian artists of recent times – like your Powderfingers and Silverchairs and John Butlers – it’s really cool. It feels like everyone this year is newer and far less established. You look around at the company and you go, ‘Where’s the really big acts?’ Having Angus & Julia and Washington and Sia up there, it feels like a new shift and it feels really good to be part of that.” Sia, in New York currently and rating her chances of coming away with an award at “nil to none”, is a little more oblivious to the shift and the mainstream/‘indie’ divide. “The bottom line is that everybody is working incredibly hard to make their ‘art’, whether it’s pop, crustpunk, gabba or fartmusic. The focus should be on how hard people work and how much joy they bring, not how they are distributed or marketed.” The nominations, held at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music on Tuesday 28 September, featured a large contingent of the acts nominated in an attempt to return the limelight onto the artists, rather than the award itself. Four artists are up for the Album and Single of the Year categories; Angus & Julia Stone’s Down The Way (album)/Big Jet Plane (single), Birds Of Tokyo’s Birds Of Tokyo/Plans, Sia’s We Are Born/Clap Your Hands and Washington’s I Believe You Liar/How To Tame Lions, while Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker is up for album and The Temper Trap’s Love Lost for single. Angus & Julia Stone, Birds Of Tokyo, Powderfinger, Tame Impala and The Temper Trap are up for Best Group – which may end up being the token ‘thanks for the memories’ gong for Powderfinger – whilst the timing of Clare Bowditch’s political commentaries and album release make her a favourite for Best Female in a group that also features the welcomingly quiet Kylie Minogue, Lisa Mitchell, Sia and Washington and Dan Kelly, Dan Sultan, Guy Sebastian, John Butler and Paul Dempsey are a well rounded Best Male group. The long overdue first ever Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album award should go to Parkway Drive for their efforts over the last few years, but they may be pipped by merging Dead Letter Circus in a group that also has Airbourne, The Amity Affliction and Violent Soho. Most of The Wilson Pickers are overseas but Sime Nugent was at the ARIA Nominations Event to see the band’s Best Blues & Roots Album nomination for their second album, Shake It Down, the critic’s favourite up against Ash Grunwald’s Hot Mama Vibes, Dan Sultan’s Get Out While You Can, Jeff Lang’s Chimeradour and John Butler Trio’s April Uprising. “Oh we’ll be at the ARIAs – it’s always a party – we have way too much fun,” Nugent laughed. Like everyone else nominated this year, The Wilson Pickers automatically go into the new publicly voted category of Most Popular Australian Artist. “I think everyone gets to. They’ve added this other aspect to it. I don’t think anyone quite understands what it all means at this point. It seems to have taken on a touch of the Logies or something! But I guess it’s good because there’s always been that divide between the ‘real’ top end of town music and then all the others, whatever they call them – specialty categories – so it’s kind of calling a spade a spade really, because there’s an event for those people and an event for the ‘worker bees’!” The main event moves to the Sydney Opera House this year, on Sunday 7 November.

ARIA’S ARTISAN WINNERS As part of the 2010 Aria Award nominations, the four artisan awards were announced. Kris Moyes, he the brother of The Preset’s Kim Moyes, won Best Video for his work on Sia’s Clap Your Hands and Wayne Connolly won Engineer Of The Year for his contributions to Paul Dempsey’s Fast Friends track. Elsewhere Angus & Julia Stone cleaned up with Producer Of The Year and Best Cover Art for their selfproduced and self-illustrated album Down The Way. You’d expect them to pick up a few more at the main event as well.

THE PLAN’S BACK ON After The Front Line reported previously that posthardcore outfit The Getaway Plan were in discussions regarding a possible reformation, the band have launched a website that appears to confirm the fact. With a new photo of the four-piece rehearsing new tracks, there are eight countdown timers which will hit zero weekly to 11am on Monday, appearing to indicate that the band will release a new track once a week for two months. The photo features guitarist Clint Splattering, who joined now ARIA nominated The Amity Affliction during The Getaway Plan’s hiatus and though management are remaining tight-lipped about whether the band will tour again, he would almost certainly have to leave TAA if they were to. TAA have a huge tour schedule ahead of them leading into the new year in both Europe and America as they try attempt to gain a foothold in those markets. It seems that Getaway Plan frontman Matthew Wright’s side project with Kitty Hart, Young Heretics, will be short lived.

LABELS HOLDING OUT ON ARTISTS APRA (Australian Performing Right Association) are currently looking at ways to improve the flow of unclaimed funds from the four major labels to artists and writers who they cannot locate. Labels are not always the most eager in working to distribute these ‘Black Box’ incomes and, despite keeping their own records in respective Clearance Facilities, The Front Line believes that they are not actively transferring the ownership of royalties even when contact details are available. APRA will be holding discussions with labels and publishers to make sure the procedure is being carried out correctly.

PHILLY JAYS CHANGE DRUMMER AGAIN Despite heading to London assured that Calvin Welch would be their permanent drummer, upon Philadelphia Grand Jury’s return the band have parted ways due to “personal commitments and a heavy touring schedule” (Welch has a family in Australia and the band have international ambitions). The next through the band’s regularly revolving door behind the kit is Brisbane-bred, Berlin-based Susanna Patten of I Heart Hiroshima, who’s committed to the band’s UK, US and Australian tours.

SPUNK LEAKS OWN TOURS In their latest newsletter, Spunk Records closed the email with a list of “tour rumours”. Potentially a ploy to drum up attention for new album releases, it seems like we can expect at least a couple of Wild Nothing, Yeasayer, Gold Panda, Olof Arnalds, Mountain

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FRESH FACES Melbourne’s Face The Music conference has announced his second round of speakers, including Mark Wilson ( Jet), Angie Hart, Adalita (Magic Dirt), Michael Haydon (The Middle East), Jason Mayall (Fuji Rock Festival), Lindsay McDougall (triple j), Nick O’Byrne (AIR), Kirsty Rivers (APRA), Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria), Rebecca Laubi (Arts Law Centre of Australia) and more. It happens Friday 19 and Saturday 20 November.

RADIO FODDER The 22nd Australian Commercial Radio Awards will take place at Melbourne’s Crown Saturday 16 October and Amy Meredith, Michael Paynter and The Potbelleez are announced as performers. Roy & HG will host the night, with radio personalities presenting a number of awards. Twitter co-creator Don Sagallo, the keynote speaker at the national radio conference the day before will present an award, while it’s yet to be announced which winner of the New Artists 2 Radio initiative (Radio Ink, The Smart) will also perform.

FRESHLY INKED Promising Sydney garage rock outfit Straight Arrows have signed to boutique label Rice Is Nice for the release of their forthcoming debut album. Multi instrumentalist Yann Tiersen, famed for his soundtrack to indie film Amelie, has signed to AntiRecords (Epitaph) and will release his new album Dustlane 15 October. New Jersey pop rock trio For The Foxes have joined Hopeless Records.


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“ROCKWIZ ELEMENTS ARE THE MORTAR AND THE ARIA HALL OF FAME MOMENTS ARE THE BRICKS.” PRODUCER OF THE ARIA AWARDS MARK POPE TELLS BRYGET CHRISFIELD WHY THE CEREMONY’S BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HIT SBS PROGRAM IS “A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN”.

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further five diverse luminaries from Australia’s proud musical heritage have been announced as this year’s inductees into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, namely John Williamson, Models, Johnny Young, The Loved Ones and The Church. “The one common thing about all of them is that they followed their muse and they followed their destiny and that’s the story,” Mark Pope, producer of the ARIA Awards, explains.

that is, there’s a great affection and great love for the worth and value of not only current Australian artists but artists that have preceded them… RocKwiz is freeto-air and can generally pull 300,000 people and the paradox of the ARIA Hall Of Fame over the last five years was it has been so resonant, but it’s also been a best kept secret – it hadn’t been on the greater public’s radar – so people are not aware of it, they haven’t seen it.”

“When I was a kid, one of the first records I bought was Johnny Young’s Step Back. I’m showing my age,” he admits with a laugh. “I was very into The Loved Ones as a kid, watching all those black and white videos way back when in the ‘60s. And The Models, loved the Models and I was sort of – not involved with them, but I knew them ‘cause I was on the road with Cold Chisel and The Angels and they were on the road all the time and they did Australian Made.” The Australian Made tour was masterminded by Pope, Chris Murphy and Michael Gudinski to showcase the outstanding talent our country had on offer at the time. The jaw-dropping lineup of Mental As Anything, I’m Talking, The Triffids, The Saints, Divinyls, Models, Jimmy Barnes and INXS toured the nation’s six capital cities from late 1986 early ‘87 and, once Models have been welcomed into the Hall Of Fame next month, I’m Talking will be the last remaining name on that list yet to receive the honour. “John Williamson I’ve obviously known through the country scene,” Pope continues, “‘cause I was doing A&R at Warner and I was involved with country artists and what he’s achieved in his life is absolutely amazing. And then, of course, The Church, who were managed by Chuggy at one stage – who I work with from time to time – and their music is as current and vital and relevant [now] as it was back then. And they’re still a working band. With all these ARIA Hall Of Fame things, at the end of the road it’s just a marker on the highway.” The Church are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year via a series of acoustic shows throughout November and December and Models have also regrouped to play the occasional gig, in various lineup combinations, in recent years. “People are really enjoying it,” Pope enthuses, “because authentic music goes beyond fashion – it lives!”

LINE Julia Zemiro, who has hosted the last three ceremonies, will once again host the event and some of the RocKwiz segments will be interspersed throughout the formalities. “To me it’s a marriage made in heaven,” Pope explains. “The ARIA Hall Of Fame still maintains its DNA, RocKwiz still maintains its DNA and the way that happens is respect for each other and to weave the elements of both, you know, bricks and mortar: RocKwiz elements are the mortar and the ARIA Hall Of Fame moments are the bricks.”

MARK POPE So how does it work when a band such as Models (who could use one of those fancy charts to document personnel changes) is inducted? “I guess we drill down to, for want of a better word, the classic format – the moment – and in the case of Models that spans from I Hear Motion and prior, to Out Of Mind Out Of Sight/ Barbados Models. So what you do is you actually make sure you’re giving awards – the individual trophies – to a core group of people… I mean, with Rose Tattoo they’ve had many, many band members but the focus is on that classic Rock’n’roll Outlaw version of Rose Tattoo. But it sort of extends to the shoulders – the little bit before, little bit after. It’s a lot easier when it’s a solo artist.” Although the songs they’re singing at the

ceremony are yet to be determined, Pope divulges the members of Models who will receive a statuette. “It’s pretty much decided. It’s Mark Ferry, Andrew Duffield, Sean Kelly, Roger Mason, James Freud, Barton Price and [now ABC Sydney local radio personality] James Valentine.” News of a broadcast partnership between the organisers of the ARIA Hall of Fame and Australia’s favourite music trivia program, RocKwiz, was announced together with the inductees last week. “I think it’s fair to say that the people that put RocKwiz together are the sort of people, like us that put the ARIA Hall Of Fame together, which I call, affectionately, ‘passionate fools’. What I mean by

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The ARIA Hall Of Fame ceremony will also be staged in Sydney this year, moving back after five years in Melbourne, which may seem odd considering Melbourne is the home of RocKwiz. “The intent was altruistic; to make sure that it wasn’t just Sydney-centric, but you grapple with the economic realities of budgets and the barriers for people attending the event. I mean, if ninety percent of the people are flying from Sydney to attend it in Melbourne, there’s not only the industry ticket costs but then there’s the accommodation and the flight costs and there isn’t a lot of money around these days. But, again, this is one of those events where it ain’t about the price or the cost, it’s about the value, which is a much more worthy and resonant thing… Billy Thorpe said, ‘What this night is about, it’s not about the business, it’s about people.” WHAT ARIA Hall Of Fame WHEN & WHERE Wednesday 27 October, Hordern Pavilion

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What’s with all the whinging? Week after week I hear endless rants about Sydney’s live music scene. Pubs not being ‘like they used to’, places closing down (see The Hopetoun et al) and a general attitude that live music venues around town are sub-par, inadequate and endlessly overrun with hordes of begrudging punters. Give it a rest! Other than the population crisis that seems to be overrunning our fair city, the number of bands spawning throughout our ever-growing metropolitan sprawl seems to be keeping venues in check. Yes, a couple of venues have closed down, many with iconic and decorated pasts, but there are still a heap of locations around town supporting live local music, many of them free and many of them fostering the new generation of Sydney’s artistic talent. Newer venues like Spectrum, Oxford Art Factory and World Bar, plus older places like The Lansdowne, the Annandale and Sandringham Hotel are still hosting live bands most nights of the week – with a diverse range of genres on show. Yeah, sure, there might only be ten people watching a cover band play Khe Sanh for the hundredth time this week at your local watering hole, but for the most part touring bands, half decent local acts and DJs are drawing good crowds on the weekends around said venues. Of course, some venue closures have the punters to blame, some strict OH&S laws and some the rising cost of security and general operations, but at the end of the day most bands that are releasing quality music are still playing shows. And let’s not pretend, there are many exceptions – but it’s not a new trend. The music industry was – and always will be – a hard road to walk, lined with the bodies of many fallen bands, artists, promoters and venues. I guess I just don’t think it’s time to start whinging over the state of the local scene. People are still going to shows, venues are still hosting bands and local bands are still getting bookings. What more do you want?

I must say I would have to agree with Garry’s recent letter to Drum (mailbag #1028). After digesting his words, I perused Short/Fast to ascertain Stu’s recommendations for the coming weekend, starting with Friday 1 October. As I, and many others, are extremely excited that the seminal Cosmic Psychos are going to be in town, I was somewhat surprised that they don’t even warrant a mention. Nor does their Manly Fisho’s gig on Saturday get a mention, but then that is possibly way outside Stu’s gig zone.

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I didn’t get the memo to hate on Stu. Okay… your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberry. And I could loan you my transporter to get to the two gigs on the one night, but that would then acknowledge the existence of transporters, which of course are only a fantasy, right? Hahahaha. Ahem. – Ed

What more do we want? Well a little foot massage and maybe a cocktail with an umbrella in it would be nice. From a strapping young lad named Sven. Or maybe Juan. No, Sven. – Ed

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It’s fortuitous that I don’t rely on Stu to plan my weekend. After the Psycho’s Bald Faced Stag gig, I’m backing up for a manic Saturday night in Manly and staying over, thus making it an idyllic weekend by the sea. There’s nothing like a rock’n’roll weekend away. I can highly recommend them. Garry’s right. True punk fans know their bands and know the pubs you’re likely to find them in – I’m talking bands who have been playing their hearts out for years, most of the time for very little reward, because they love what they do. I for one am eternally grateful that they do. They enrich my life every weekend with their music. Of course, you’re unlikely to hear their music on radio, except for Big Daddy K on 2RRR. Of course, the USA’s Murder Junkies get a mention for their Saturday at the Sando and as they have some excellent local support and are here because of an excellent promoter of punk, this seems fair. Unfortunately, the Psychos were my priority and my transporter is on the blink so can’t be in two places at once! Well, that’s my rant for this week. Watch out for Young Docteurs, France’s Dimi Dero Inc., X, Dragstrippers, Lime Spiders and Vanilla Chainsaws – Stu may forget to mention some of these. Still enjoying your witty repartee as always Ed. Robyn

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NEWS@DRUMMEDIA.COM.AU Due to unforeseen circumstances Against Me! have had to cancel their upcoming Australasian tour dates. Refunds are available at point of purchase and both band and promoters apologise for any inconvenience this has caused fans. A serious medical condition that could result in permanent damage to his hearing has forced Ernest Ellis to cancel his forthcoming coheadlining tour of the country with Parades, who have decided not to continue the tour without him. Both acts apologise for this unexpected turn of events and refunds are available from point of purchase. This Friday sees Australian-born Chicago-based singer songwriter Tania Bowers in her guise as Via Tania in full band mode performing songs from her latest album, Moon Sweet Moon, and more at Raval. Special guests on the bill when Japan’s Boredoms play The Metro Theatre Monday are the just announced Holy Balm. Legendary Birmingham UK punks GBH are finally coming down to this side of the planet to deliver some of their fiery brand of old-school punk like it was meant circa 1977, and they’ve personally invited Wollongong’s forgotten punk warriors Mutated Noddys to open for them at The Gaelic Tuesday 14 October, an offer the trio, who haven’t played in more than a decade could hardly refuse. New Zealand’s reggae-soul heavyweights The Black Seeds return to Selina’s at the Coogee Bay Hotel Saturday 16 October in full eight-piece mode to launch the digital release of their remix album, Specials.

PEATS TAKES AN INJECTION

There’s so much in the final Peats Ridge festival announcement that we’ll jump straight in – Itch-E and Scratch-E, Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Ernest Ellis (pictured), Bomba, Ganga Giri, Jason Collett (Can), Evil Eddie, OKA, Jinja Safari, Deep Sea Arcade, Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, Zeus (Can), Ngaiire, Waiting For Guinness, Papa vs Pretty, The Liberators featuring Afro Moses, Kim Sanders & Friends, Guineafowl, Laneous & the Family Yah, Folk Uke (USA), Gossling, The Medics, Stiff Gins, Dead Letter Chorus, Hello Satellites, idea idea, Barrel House, Monkfly, Flatwound, The Delta Riggs, Daniel Lee Kendall, Ryan Meeking, Lanie Lane, Matt Corby, Evan & The Brave, Lolo Lovina, Jack Carty, Georgia Fair, Cass Eager & the Company, Claude Hay, Tin Sparrow, The Cairos, Red Ink, Chaingang, The Retreat, Amy Vee and heaps more have joined the line-up along with a huge art program. Angus & Julia Stone, Built To Spill, Trentmøller and more have already been announced for the festival at the Glenworth Valley, Wednesday 29 December – Saturday 1 January.

The Modfather, Paul Weller has announced a third and final Sydney concert at the Metro Theatre Sunday 24 October, tickets on sale this Thursday.

German rockabilly three-piece The Baseballs are heading our way Saturday 13 November for a quick promotional tour for their new album, Strike, out Friday 5, before they kick off a UK tour opening for Jeff Beck Crowded House have added another date to their forthcoming tour, playing Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley Saturday 20 November. Catcall and Megastick Fanfare have been invited to join Barcelona three-piece El Guincho when they play the Gaelic Friday 10 December.

SLEIGH BELLS

JUNIP

RINGING IN YOUR EARS Just when you thought ‘buzz’ bands were a dying breed, along came Sleigh Bells, who had pretty much every tastemaker tripping over their keyboard to get to a blog. Out of Brooklyn (naturally) the duo owe a lot to the likes of No Age with their harsh and limited take on pop sensibilities and it’s their live show that seems to be garnering them most of the kind words. We’ll get the chance to judge for ourselves when they tour their debut album Treats, play Field Day, then complete a sideshow Friday 7 January at The Forum with support from Chris Baio (DJ set, Vampire Weekend), Seekae and Purple Sneakers DJs. Tickets on sale Tuesday 12 October.

Kyü have sold out their forthcoming self-titled debut album launch Friday 22 October at Paddington Uniting Church and announce a second launch night Thursday 28 at the Good God Small Club, where they’ll be joined by Pikelet and more. Amy Meredith deliver their debut album, Restless, at the Factory Theatre Saturday and then head off to The Maram in Canberra Wednesday 13, Wollongong Uni Thursday 14 and then all points south before returning to the Cambridge in Newcastle Thursday 4 November and a return bout at the Factory Theatre Friday 19. Launching her eponymous debut album, Georgia Fields joins The Bon Scotts at Raval Friday 15 October, her album officially released Friday. French rock’n’roll provocateurs Dimi Dero Inc are returning to Australia to show off their latest album, Cremation Day In The Court Of Miracles, and they’ve invited The Celibate Rifles to open for them Friday 22 October at Manly Fisho’s. If you were wondering why they weren’t there when you fronted at the Hamilton Station Hotel Newcastle last Saturday, it’s because Wollongong four-piece The Sacred Truth were obliged through circumstances beyond their control to move the show forward. They’ll now be there Wednesday 13, and will also play The Gaelic Friday 28 and Liverpool PCYC Saturday 29. Sunday 24 October sees Thirsty Merc taking their Spring tour into Caves Beach Resort in Newcastle South, before heading over to WA, up to Queensland, down to Tassie and finally back through the ANU Bar Canberra Wednesday 17 November, across to the Grand Hotel Wollongong Thursday 18 and into the Metro Theatre Friday 19. • 32 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

THE KELLY GANG You don’t get much more Australian than iconic singer/ songwriter, Paul Kelly, so who better to headline the 2011 edition of the Sydney Festival? Kelly’s career spans decades, with his tales of everyday places, underdogs and anti-heroes becoming a quintessential part of the Australian musical landscape for thousands of everyday Aussies. In a special setting, Kelly will be performing January Thursday 20 – Sunday 23 at City Recital Hall, playing a special A-Z showcase of 100 of his songs in alphabetical order across the four nights. Tickets go on sale Friday 8 October, so be quick as this even is sure to sell-out. The shows accompany his new book, How To Make Gravy.

PAUL WELLER

German electronic pioneers Mouse On Mars will be joined by Seekae and Qua when they hit the Oxford Art Factory Saturday 30 October.

PAUL KELLY

DIFFERENT FIELDS Junip are not a new band. They’re actually one returning from a five-year hiatus after a good five years (or so) before that. But on their return vocalist/guitarist Jose González seems to have gone and found himself an international following. It means that their debut record, suddenly five years in the development, Fields got an Australian release recently and that they’re arriving in Australia as part of the Falls/Sunset Sounds/Southbound series of festivals. Folky and pastoral, the Swedish trio, rounded out by Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ) will complete a sideshow at The Metro Theatre Saturday 8 January. Tickets on sale Thursday.

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THE NOVOCAINES

REMEMBER THEIR MANNERS Perth kids The Novocaines are back on the campaign trail to show off their latest EP Courtesy Eventually. So far they’ve had a cracker of a year having played the Perth Big Day Out, supporting Them Crooked Vultures and heading up and down the east coast with Playground Weekender and got this new EP produced by Tokyo based Canadian Alan Brey and mixed by Nick Terry (Franz Ferdinand, Klaxons, Libertines). Along for the ride are Port Macquarie’s Foreign Objects and Melbourne’s Fang. Catch a bit of old fashioned courtesy on this Thursday at the Harp Hotel, Friday at the Cambridge or Saturday at Slush at Newtown’s RSL.

THE DRIVER’S SEAT All aboard The Big Ol’ Bus Band as it gains speed along Australian highways this September. Stopping briefly to perform Thursday 14 October at Notes, the brainchild of Hughie Murray was spawned in Nashville where he spent a few years songwriting for artists such as Keith Urban and INXS. Today Hughie has packed his old 57 seater to the rafters with doubles basses, backup singers, horns, cowbells and glockenspiels, and is ready to take you on a journey through New York to Nashville with a traditional big band show.

It doesn’t seem like long since The Script were last here – in fact, aren’t they still here now? – but the Dublin lads are already announcing shows for next year. Playing their biggest venues to date, they have the Hordern Pavilion in their sights Friday 8 April, throwing the doors open to all ages. Their current Sydney and Melbourne shows sold out in weeks on the back of their second album Science & Faith, which debuted in number three on the ARIA charts. Australia loves The Script’s pop/rock, and we daresay that given the help we’ve given to their bank accounts, they’re pretty enamoured with us as well.

LONG TERM WASTE Building up momentum towards their second album, Skipping Girl Vinegar have been busy bodies with festivals – Splendour In The Grass particularly – and various media appearances. The first taste of the new record we got was a track called Wasted, which chronicles a good night out on Melbourne town and the band have announced an extra set of shows that will continue that tour moving towards the end of the year. With festival slots also on the way, they’re at Ryan’s Hotel Thirroul Thursday 11 November, the Beaches Hotel Thirroul Saturday 13, Newtown Festival Sunday 14, the Studio at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Thursday 9 December and The Factory Theatre Friday 10.

SURFIN’ AUSTRALI-A There’s only one Beach Boys and there’s only one Brian Wilson, and that one Mr. Wilson will be arriving at the Enmore Theatre Friday 5 November to play some of those songs that have implanted him into the eternal psyche of pop music. Touring internationally on a semi-regular basis, it’s a rare opportunity that we’ve got to catch him at the Enmore. Plus – and this is rare – if you grab your tickets before 21 October you’ll go into a competition to meet the living legend in person at the show. That’s one to tell the grandkids about.

INXS

STILL SENSATIONS For the first time in four years, seminal Aussie rockers INXS (albeit version two or three) will be returning home to play a select number of special shows for the A Day On The Green festivals. Along with new frontman JD Fortune, also performing will be US chat-toppers Train, newly re-formed The Baby Animals and recent ARIA Hall of famers Models. A quality line-up for a regional festival, 2011 will mark the ten year anniversary for A Day On The Green. The dates are Tuesday 25 January at Robert Oatley Vineyards, Mudgee, Wednesday 26 at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral and Saturday 29 at Bimbadgen Estate, Hunter Valley.

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[MELODY] You wouldn’t have put them together in your head, but the overly-theatrical [ME] will be hitting the road with electro hip hoppers The Melodics this November. They’re both launching releases – the Melodics’ Paint Me Gold hitting out 15 October and [ME]’s new single Naked due 29 October – and will sharing more than just a tour van for the jaunt. With a van full of drums and percussion, expect collaborations on stage at Melt Bar Thursday 11 November, the Ivanhoe Hotel Friday 12 and the Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle, Saturday 13.


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Quirky pop-kings The Lemonheads have just announced an Australian tour this December, with the trio performing their iconic 1992 album, It’s A Shame About Ray in its entirety. The album, which still heralds acclaim as one of the finest pop-releases of the ‘90s is largely regarded as their finest record, including their hit songs Confetti, My Drug Buddy and the title track It’s A Shame About Ray. Performing with original frontman and brains of the record Evan Dando, the eccentric rockers will be playing Wednesday 1 December at the Metro Theatre. Rare show indeed.

Progressive hip hop names Phatchance and Coptic Soldier have just announced a co-headline tour throughout October and November. Spanning a large chunk of the east coast, including some regional and free dates, the I Forgot, Sorry! Tour will see two of Australia’s “new guard” of hip hop, bringing together their influences that have them standing out from the crowd. Both acts will be performing live Thursday 21 at the Fitzroy Hotel, Thursday 28 October at Hostage X, Wollongong, Friday 29 at ANU Bar Canberra and Saturday 27 November at The Wall.

GOOD GUYS Electric Sydney duo Smitty & B. Goode (Roland K Smith and Scott Bradbury) are on the eve of releasing their second album, Hello Rock’n’Roll, which has seen them work with acclaimed local producer Lachlan Mitchell (whose previous credits include Frenzal Rhomb, The Jezabels and The Hard-Ons). The pair’s first album, The Banned was an underground favourite, recorded only two months after their inception and including a barrage of classic rock‘n’roll, punk rock and a lot of energy. To celebrate their new release, the lads will be playing The Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills, Thursday 14 October, supported by Bitchslap and Boxing With Ghosts.

KINGS FROM THE WEST URIAH HEEP

Walking in the footsteps of Tame Impala, Birds Of Tokyo and Little Birdy by winning the prestigious Western Australian Music Award for favourite newcomer. The Joe Kings are having a good year. They also supporting Ash Grunwald and gained a ton of exposure along the way. It is now time for the quartet to spread their wings, and they are doing just that – embarking on an east coast tour. Catch them Thursday 28 October at the ANU Bar, Friday 29 at the Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills and Saturday 30 at Wickham Park Hotel Newcastle.

BAND FOR THE AGES It’s been 25 years since British heavy rock band Uriah Heep has toured our country, but 2011 is set to mark the return of the kings of heavy Brit-rock, here to prove they still rock harder than most. In an illustrious 40-year career, the Brit foursome have toured constantly, performing in over 48 countries to millions of fans, including that 1987 gig in the Soviet Union to more than 185,000 punters. Uriah Heep will be playing Friday 1 April at the Enmore Theatre.

RAMP TO JAPAN Aleks & The Ramps are releasing a new single, titled Bummer, before heading to Japan to show off their stuff. The band, which features Aleks Bryant and four of the strangest instrumentalists on record (they proclaim to specialise in a variety of wares including ‘snoring duck’, ‘Swiss cheese’, ‘cloudy eyed babies’ and ‘kitty whiskers’), will no doubt represent us well. Catch them on Wednesday 13 October at Spectrum to say farewell, as supports Shady Land and Fishing will be doing.

TUKA

TUKA’S UP

JAPANESE NATIONALIST

You’ll know him as a member of favourite Australian hip hop group Thundamentals, and MC Tuka is stepping out on his own accord with his debut solo album Will Rap For Tuka. The result of years in the game, it’s set for release in early November and the MC will be performing an album launch show Friday 5 November at Ravál. Probably not too many huge smash-singles on the record, but the jazz and dub influences will shine through the whole.

A pioneer in the art of the relatively unknown instrumental hip hop genre, Japan’s DJ Krush is heading our way in late November. He’s the respect of his homeland, through 20 years of service to the music scene, developing it beyond the American influences and giving it a distinctly Japanese tone (kind of like what we’re going through at the moment?). It started with his debut about in 1994 and it’s come to this point – the man himself will unveil the turntables at The Basement, Circular Quay, Friday 26 November.

CATH ‘N’ CHRIS Teaming up for a national tour, Catherine Britt and Chris Pickering will be sharing the top-bill on their Fact Or Fiction tour. Recently nominated for an ARIA Award, Britt’s undoubtedly one of the young stars on Australia’s country scene and Pickering, although still unknown in some parts, recently spent time in Nashville recording his new album Work Of Fiction – which came out last week. You can catch the two sharing the duties at the Beachcomber Hotel Saturday 6 November, the Fitzroy Hotel Sunday 7 (Pickering only), The Brass Monkey Tuesday 9, The Vanguard Wednesday 10 and The Front Gallery Saturday 13 November (Pickering only).

BORN RUFFIANS

HANGING RUFF Canadian natives, Born Ruffians, are making a return to Australia off the back of their most recent effort Say It. Already announced as part of the Peats Ridge Festival, they’re bringing their energetic show to the Oxford Art Factory on Monday 3 January. • 34 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

METAL MACHINES One of Australia’s longest running metal bands, Dreadnaught are combining with South Australian heavyweights SE BON KI RA to blast their way through Australia this October and December. Often a yardstick for younger metal bands since their 1992 formation Dreadnaught have toured pretty relentlessly in line with their hard-work ethos, while SE BON KI RA have had an amazing year including a performance at the 2010 Big Day Out festival. Catch them Friday 29 October at the Gaelic Theatre for the Yarr-Fest and Saturday 30 at the Gearin Hotel.

DON’T STOP MOVING World travelled beat maker DJ Vadim is returning to Australia, with three intimate shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. The Russian entrepreneur can thank the longevity of his career that he travels pretty relentlessly, performing on average around 170 shows a year. Throughout this globetrotting career, Vadim has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music world, including Stevie Wonder, The Roots and Public Enemy. With you on the dance floor Saturday 6 November at Tone, you can collaborate with the man yourself.

SOUNDS OF THE WILD WEST Perth hardcore upstarts (and why wouldn’t you given the wealth of talent that’s coming out of that area at the moment) Vanity are set to embark on their first ever national tour, after releasing their debut EP Hitting Home earlier this year. Having shared the stage with the like of Converge, Ruiner, Parkway Drive and The Amity Affliction (yep, already) the hard-hitting lads from the west will be joined by Wollongong’s Never Content. Be ready for the noise Wednesday 3 November at Spectrum and Thursday 4 at The Wall.

TAKE ME TO BLACK HILL Taking a different approach to the formulaic live show environment, Black Hill Highway introduces a new way for your hard earned dollar to go just a little bit further. Friday 29 October at the Sandringham Hotel and Saturday 30 at Hamilton Hotel Station, your $15 entry fee not only allows you to see some great live music including Mo Trowell & The Delivery, Chuck’s Wagon, Roland K. Smith & The Sinners and The Dennis Boys Band, but it also gets you a Black Hill Highway CD with two tracks from each of the artists on the bill. It’s the night that keeps on giving.

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FIRES INSIDE

CUTE IS WHAT WE AIM FOR

Featuring experienced international-travelling musicians Sean Hall and John Stuart as the core, the two have returned to their Blue Mountains home and enlisted friends Nathan Tuggin, Mikey Nemith and Tom Niall to create the new group, Red Fire Red. With rock in their hearts and riffs on their minds, they’re introducing themselves to the Australian scene by way of their first single Pug Funk and their Rockshow tour. Saturday they’re at the Fitzroy hotel, then they launch the single at The Wall Thursday 14 October, the Hornsby Inn Saturday 23, manly Fisho’s Friday 29, the Factory Theatre Wednesday 3 November and Cock N’ Bull Friday 12.

Another band doing the Falls/Sunset Sounds/Southbound trio that we’re yet to get a look in at are Hot Hot Heat, the Canadian alternative rock outfit returning to Australia on the back of their Future Breeds album. Deciding not to strip back things and let them grow extra limbs of varying necessity, it showcased the youthful exuberance that makes HHH so loved for what they do. They’ve just announced a sideshow and will be playing at The Factory Theatre Thursday 6 January. Tickets on sale from Wednesday 13 October.

TARGET LOCKED Teenage pop/punk reference point Cute Is What We Aim For have just announced they will be embarking on an east coast Australian tour, the first time the Buffalo natives have graced our shores. After a turbulent couple of years, filled with line-up changes and a subsequent breakup of the band, original frontman Shaant Hacikyan has picked up the pieces and is formulating a new album for release later this year. Performing material off the forthcoming album and their previous two popsensible records, the quartet will be playing Friday 26 November at the Factory Theatre.

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Armed with a new single and an imminent second album release, In Loving Memory, The Paper Scissors have just announced a hefty Australian tour to launch their most recent single Lung Sum. Drawing influences from everything from soul to pop, punk and indie, the trio manage to manage to create an atmosphere within their track that isn’t depleted when performed live. Lung Sum offers a darker, ethereal edge intruding into their sound and you can catch them performing it and other songs of their new album Friday 29 October at Hermann’s Bar – the end of a tour that’s kicking off at the One Movement festival this week.

THE SOLO CURE Now that his original day job, Epicure, are no more, Juan Alban’s found time to finish his debut solo EP and release the first single from it, Like I Never Was At All. The five new tracks were recorded be reputable Melbourne local Cameron McKenzie at Sing Sing studios with the disc expected to be released early 2011. The first single will be launched at Ravál Thursday 14 October with guests Nick van Breda and James Grehan. Y’all get a free copy of the single just for rocking up.


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FLORAL APPROACH Just like a flower, Kate Vigo spent the winter hiding away in the warmer confines of rooms where she could work on a new album, but now that Spring is here and the world’s starting to bloom, so is she. Returning to the stage – with her band The Underground Orchestra – to no doubt preview some of her newer tracks, she’ll be taking to Ravál’s Saturday 30 October, joined by Brianna Carpenter. It would appear that the pieces are starting to fall into place for Vigo, with MusicOz awards, positive reviews, new material, airplay and TV soundtrack appearances.

AN IMPERIAL RETURN

BARRICADES DOWN

Returning to form and indie hearts around the world with their self-titled fourth record, Interpol have been announced as the headlining act for the Falls, Sunset Sounds and Southbound festivals this summer. As we’d all hoped – and probably would have rioted if there hadn’t been – they’ve announced sideshows, just the two, one each in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. Looking all new since the departure of bassist Carol Dengler (they’ve recruited David Pajo on bass and Brandon Curtis on keys), they’ll be at the Enmore Theatre Tuesday 4 January, with tickets on sale from Thursday.

Rebecca Barnard, she of the divine Rebecca’s Empire, has returned with a new album, Everlasting. Although Barnard’s been around with guest spots live and on the telly, this is the first Barnard album in a while and a welcome return after her first solo effort in 2006. The newbie was recorded in Tony Bennett’s studio in New York and is a mixture of Barnard’s “soulful pop combined with references the jazz greats she grew up with”. That would be the likes of Pinetop Smith, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller and Gladys Moncrieff. Hear and see the Melbourne songstress on Thursday 14 October at The Heritage, Friday 15 at Notes and Saturday 16 October at the Clarendon Guesthouse.

Antony & the Johnsons release their new album, Swanlights, which includes a duet with Bjork, Friday, but if you’re into art books, Abrams Image are releasing a special edition of the CD inside a 144-page book of Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. Belle and Sebastian have a new album with a delightfully self-explanatory title - Belle And Sebastian Write About Love, out Friday. Having saved the world and fed the starving masses of Ethiopia, or at least had a damned good shot at it, reformed post-punk singer songwriter Bob Geldof got back to cutting records and his next album, lumbered with unpromising title, How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell, is out Friday. Sheffield was once the byword in the manufacture of British steel, so it’s appropriate modern metal kids Bring Me The Horizon – who release their third album, There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret, Friday – should come from there. She’s been off the radar for a couple of years but expat New Zealander now Sydneysider Brooke Frazer is back with a selfproduced new album, Flags, written in Los Angeles, out Friday. Keeping up the mix of mythology and science fiction he tends to use in naming his powerhouse instrumental workouts, guitarist Joe Satriani releases his new album, Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards, through Sony Music Friday. At the other end of the spectrum is Sufjan Stevens, who releases his much more laidback hippie-soaked prognostications in an album called The Age Of Adz, Friday. Stealing O’Neal finally release their debut album, Don’t Sleep, Friday; to celebrate the Melbourne five-piece have created their own online reality TV series, Don’t Sleep TV. This might be a bit scary for younger readers but gonzoid former Canberrans now Melburnians Bum Creek have a debut album, AL, coming out Saturday. Don’t forget that Kings Of Leon release their new album, Come Around Sundown, Friday 15 October. The singer/songwriting genius of Icecream Hands Charles Jenkins releases his new album, Walk This Ocean, with a new band, The Zhivagos, Friday 15 October. Hawaiian-born Bruno Mars releases his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, recorded in collaboration with songwriting/production team The Smeezingtons, Friday 15 October. Melbourne three-piece My Disco drop their new deeply pop album, Little Joy, Friday 15 October. Friday 15 October also sees the release of The Beatles’ original 1973 compilations, 1962-1966 (‘Red’) and 1967-1970 (‘Blue’), each digitally remastered with expanded booklets with original liner notes, newly written essays by Bill Flanagan, and rare photos. Brisbane electro-doom outfit Axxonn aka sound artist Tom Hall, releases debut album, Let’s Get It Straight, Friday 15 October. Godfather of San Francisco’s under/over-ground, Kelley Stoltz releases his new album, To Dreamers, Friday 15 October. You’ve seen him in hit TV series Glee; now comes the debut solo album, Pipe Dreams, from American heartthrob Mark Salling, out Friday 15 October. Sydney three-piece I Dream In Transit release their self-titled debut album Monday 18 October and launch it at Melt Thursday 21. Tune into The X Factor Sunday 31 October for some Enrique Iglesias action. The millionaire swooner crooner is here for that week on a promo push for latest album, Euphoria. • 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

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WORLD crew

CREATING A HUGE BUZZ ON THE INTERWEB, DIE ANTWOORD FINALLY GET A RELEASE IN AUSTRALIA AND WILL FOLLOW IT UP WITH A VISIT TO OUR SHORES. NINA BERTOK SPEAKS TO FRONTMAN NINJA ABOUT VIRAL PHENOMENA, ALTER EGOS AND TAKING SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC TO THE WORLD. THANKFULLY, THERE’S NO MENTION OF VUVUZELAS…

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heir image may make them appear like another ‘interweb’ fad thanks to their eye-grabbing antics and outrageous personalities, but underneath the surface South Africa’s Die Antwoord is continuing to rise above the YouTube hype thanks to its foreign, exotic brand of hip hop and rave. Not that any of it is really new to its outspoken lead vocalist Ninja [Watkin Tudor Jones]. “All the things I’ve done until now, it’s just fucking boring background stuff,” says Jones. “I’ve tried a lot of things. It’s like when you get bored of someone and then you move onto the next one – and that’s what I did. It’s all made-up. We’re all just exaggerating different versions of ourselves and making them into characters. Die Antwoord is what I’m doing now – this is my bitch! I’m not thinking about all the other stuff I’ve done. We’re just making it up as we go; there’s no vision for it or anything. We want to make rap music and we want to make another album. I have never planned anything in all the time that I’ve been doing this.” Also consisting of Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek, it’s Jones that’s had the longest association with the South African hip hop scene over the last decade, during which time he has taken on many different bizarre monikers, not unlike Sacha Baron-Cohen. For rap veteran Jones, it seems he has finally found the collective he’s been looking for. With the release of debut album, $O$, the video for the single, Enter The Ninja, became so popular online thanks to millions of hits that Die Antwoord had to move to an American-based Internet host provider to handle the traffic. “Yeah, we’ve got an album called $O$. But then we’ll have another album we’re working on called Ten$ion and then there’ll be another one called The Voice. We just finished another music video yesterday; we’re in South Africa at the moment. We made it with the same team that made Enter The Ninja because we could do whatever we wanted. We want our band to be an introduction of South Africa to the world, because it’s not known for the music yet. I think it should be. That’s what we want. So we’ll have to make it more so that the rest of the world can understand what we’re trying to bring. Mostly it will be in English but with a little bit of Afrikaans.” • 38 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

The ‘zef’ style in particular, actually. A local slang term for ‘redneck’ or ‘hick’, Jones says that Die Antwoord is the representation of the deep, dark, depths of Africa. Not to mention the most exciting project Jones has been a part of since the mid-’90s. “It’s good that people are talking about it,” he says of the music video for Enter The Ninja, which has got the likes of Katy Perry and Fred Durst singing their praises as the coolest ‘new thing’ on Twitter. “I love that song. I can’t stop looking at the video too. I think it’s probably the coolest thing I’ve done in my life. I don’t know what everyone else thinks, but it’s good news on the ‘interweb’. I think the thing is, when we recorded the song we were so drunk, we just didn’t care about anything at all. Otherwise, if I don’t drink I get really nervous and if I’ve had nothing to drink I will just stare at the cameras and won’t know

We’re all just exaggerating different versions of ourselves and making them into characters. Die Antwoord is what I’m doing now – this is my bitch!”

what to do. So what you see in the video and in the song is all so freestyle. I think people probably liked it so much because people are sick of fake shit. I think they probably appreciate the rawness and no faking it. It’s not like a music video that you see on your television; it’s totally freestyle and no director or anything like that. I think most people are just too contrived. Freestyle and immediacy is very important and that is a lot of which we’re about.” When it comes to the rest of the crew, including DJ Hi-Tek and “my homegirl” Yo-Landi, Jones refers to them as the closest thing to family – but a bit more gangster, a little more street. “We are like family from the hip hop family in South Africa. DJ Hi-Tek was already making

some beats before Yo-Landi came along and we just started putting songs together. Hi-Tek had this computer that he made awesome phat rap/rave beats on and I knew we had to do something when he showed it to me on his PC. Yo-Landi brings in the funk flavour. It’s like a world crew because in South Africa you have so many different peoples living all in one place; it’s like all the countries in one. You get English, Afrikaans, Zulu, all kinds of whites and coloured – all of that comes out in the music.” While no one as yet has quite been able to work out whether the image of Die Antwoord is for real or for show, the music itself is undeniable next-level stuff. Describing it as “rap/rave” Jones says, “In South Africa, rave music is everywhere. It’s in the restaurants and it’s in the bathrooms and the cabs. And in South Africa they play it really loud. You can just close your eyes and you see in your mind all the smoke machines and lasers and homeboys.” And just maybe that’s exactly what we’ll get in real life when Die Antwoord get on board next year’s Big Day Out national juggernaut, having already toured Europe and the US this year. Chances are, as Jones confirms, nobody will really understand a damn thing when the trio hits the stage, but one thing’s for sure – they’ll “want to get drunk”. “We like it that people yell at us and try to know the lyrics,” mocks Jones. “When we do our shows it’s always great to watch into the crowd because there is always someone getting punched in the face and there is usually a lot of vomit all around. That’s what happens in South Africa; we hope it happens in Australia. We’re bringing the ‘zef’ flavour, lots of synth beats and some next level rave shit. You can look on YouTube if you want to see what we’ll do at the Big Day Out, so you can take it and imagine it better live and much better sound quality.” WHO Die Antwoord WHAT $0$ (Interscope/Universal) out Friday 15 October WHEN & WHERE Wednesday 26 January, Big Day Out

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WHAT THE ‘F’ IS ‘ZEF’? Yep, if you’re ever wondered what Ninja and Yo-Landi were on about, “zef” is actually a real word… as far the underground Afrikaan rap scene is concerned, anyway. Although its meaning can range from ‘masturbate’ to ‘vagina’, according to Die Antwoord, it’s more akin to a hick dressing up in gold chains. As Jones further explains, the essence of ‘zef’ seems to be not too far removed from what you get in Jersey Shore and even our own Kath & Kim, at that… “It’s like letting the inner kitsch free. Ninja is not me, it’s my ‘zef’, like a larger version of a small part of me. In South Africa you can be really classy but really trash. Like you can have the money to buy lots of gold, but then when you wear lots of it you don’t look classy. Or maybe you don’t have money but you got jewellery, you’re ‘zef’ too.” Musically, on the other hand, ‘zef’ sounds a lot cooler than it looks. As Jones, explains, it’s one half rap and one half rave, with a whole lot of lyrical confusion thrown in for good measure. All in all, it’s South Africa’s answer to the UK working-class rap variant. “Maybe like Euro-trash too. It’s kind of like C+C Music Factory in some ways too, but with the attitude of a street gangster. You take the elements that sound good but don’t really traditionally go together and you create something totally new. It comes from the hip hop family but we take it to the next rap/rave level. It’s fucking savage; it’s cool. No, it’s beyond even cool. It’s inspired by taxi cabs and by parties where you look around and all your friends are there. It’s music but it’s a style, it’s our flavour. It means no one can even touch you – it’s the ultimate style.”


SMUDGE ADO ABOUT NOTHING

SYDNEY INDIE LEGENDS SMUDGE NEVER SPLIT UP; THEY JUST DECIDED TO LAY LOW FOR A DECADE. DRUMMER AND SINGER-SONGWRITER ALISON GALLOWAY TELLS STEVE BELL WHY THEY’RE HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

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ocal trio Smudge were a driving force in the verdant Australian indie scene of the ‘90s, releasing three acclaimed studio albums as well as a veritable slew of top-notch EPs and singles that were bursting with displays of their catchy and melodic take on the then burgeoning indie oeuvre. They always seemed content doing things their way, releasing versions of songs from TV shows that they favoured (Charles In Charge’s ubiquitous theme tune and Laverne & Shirley’s opening gambit, Make All Our Dreams Come True, stand out in this regard) and random covers and snippets of songs alongside their own pop-infused gems, while their upbeat gigs never failed to leave a smile on even the most surly of faces.

At the end of last millennium however, things seemed to grind to a halt. Barely a year after the release of their 1998 third album, Real McCoy, Wrong Sinatra, they played their “last show for quite some time” at Newtown RSL and then went into some rock’n’roll form of stasis, whereby they’d play the odd show every now and then to show they were still a concern but seemed to have no inclination whatsoever to get back into the full-time swing of things. Lives, families and careers have a habit of getting in the way in this manner sometimes. Now, thankfully, things have taken another turn. Their long-time label Half A Cow – run by their ever-faithful cohort Nic Dalton – recently released a career retrospective, This Smudge Is True, to show a new generation of music lovers just how good this low-key band really was in their prime and the once slumbering beast is slowly wakening. The longest-serving lineup of Smudge – frontman Tom Morgan, bassist Adam Yee and drummer Alison Galloway – recently toured the UK and Spain and now they’re on the verge of their first national headlining tour in recent memory, as well as being on the verge of recording their first new material in over a decade. “Yeah, we’ve been back up and running for a long time. Well, it depends what you call running – wandering or ambling might be a better term,” the congenial Galloway laughs of Smudge’s slow but steady return. “But we’re very excited to be doing a run of national shows. It’s mainly due to the release of This Smudge Is True, which has been in the pipeline for a long time now but which is finally out. I guess we’ve got a little bit of renewed energy; we just went to Europe and did a few shows there which was really good. We’re hoping to record some new stuff next year, which will be great. We’ve got about three or four new songs which we’ve been playing for a little while now, so if we knuckle down and get a few more out we’ll hopefully record next year. That’s the plan.”

We had to do all of these liner notes in the style of some Bee Gees album... it actually ended up being a lot of fun in the end ��� like having an essay due for school.”

While This Smudge Is True is obviously a great listen it’s also abetted by lengthy and frequently hilarious liner notes, which Galloway explains added substantially to the compilation’s already lengthy gestation period, as well as some major label dramas courtesy Half A Cow’s brief flirtation with the commercial world in the mid-90s. “You know what, it was kind of stressful in a way. I mean we shot the cover about three years ago – that’s my daughter on the cover [of This Smudge Is True] as a baby and she’s nearly four now. Back then she couldn’t even hold that ukulele. It should have come out about three years ago, but we did have a few hiccups along the way. We had a hiccup with Universal – we were supposed to have more tracks than that on the compilation, but at the last minute they changed their mind and upped the price we had to pay them to re-release a lot of the songs, so we could only afford half of the songs that we wanted from the stuff that they controlled. It’s a shame, but there you go – that’s why you shouldn’t trust corporate rock. But a deal’s a deal – Half A Cow made the deal with Universal and we got lots of money to record way back when, so I guess we can’t really complain. Eventually we’ll own them again. So that was a bit of a hold up. It’s just the Smudge way in general for things to take time. And then, right at the last minute, Nic decided that we had to do all of these liner notes in the style of some Bee Gees album. We were, like, ‘What?’ With my tragic memory, I can’t even remember recording half of them – what am I going to say? So I just grabbed the ones straight away that I can actually remember. But it actually ended up being a lot of fun in the end – it was kind of like having an essay due for school or something. But when it was actually done I loved reading the other guys’ recollections, it was hilarious. I’m glad Nick made us do it. He was a bit of a taskmaster but it all paid off.” Obviously no recounting of the Smudge tale would be complete without a reference to The Lemonheads, whose driving force Evan Dando became besotted with the band during an early-‘90s tour here, eventually covering numerous Smudge songs and forming a writing partnership with Morgan that was responsible for much of The Lemonheads’ best mid-era output. The tune Alison’s Starting To Happen from their 1992 opus It’s A Shame About Ray is about Galloway. Eventually though, this symbiotic relationship became overwhelming, with many pundits – especially those overseas – unable to look past this connection when referencing the obviously less-commercially successful Smudge. “Definitely a double-edged sword is the best way to describe it. I mainly look on it as a positive thing – I never personally had a problem with it, but I think Tom looks at it pretty positively as well. It’s hard to say, you know? It definitely opened a lot of doors for us. I mean we toured the States with them and Evan pretty much put up all of the money for us to do that, which was fantastic.” WHO Smudge WHAT This Smudge Is True (Half A Cow) WHEN & WHERE Friday, Sandringham Hotel; Saturday 23, Grand Junction Hotel

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DREAMING IN TECHNICOLOR MELBOURNE SONGWRITER DAN KELLY CONFESSES TO DANIELLE O’DONOHUE HE HASN’T SPENT THE LAST FOUR YEARS DANCING WITH POLAR BEARS.

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an Kelly isn’t exactly a confessional songwriter. He’s never blown up a power plant, danced in an alien nightclub or derailed coal trains like the many and varied characters of his latest album, Dan Kelly’s Dream. But even in the midst of all the adventure and mischief his characters get up to, there’s a little of the songwriter to be found if you look hard enough. “Not much of those songs have actually happened to me. I wish more did,” Kelly admits wistfully. “My life would be a lot more geographical and romantic, you know. There’d certainly be a lot less Facebook Scrabble. I think the essential adventure dude who goes off and discovers that there’s no escaping himself and the dude who’s kind of struggling with being cynical about love and involved in this whole kind of ecological endgame and the dude kind of struggling with self-hatred but is also standing in front of people saying look at me. That guy may be a little bit like me. They’re like little keys to me. I do try and work my way through what I think about life through these dudes or dudesses or the back story, which is often a lot to do with modern life.” It’s been four years since Dan Kelly last released an album, 2006’s Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth, with his band Dan Kelly & The Alpha Males. This time around he has a whole new band – Dave Williams and Kiernan Box from Augie March and Indra Adams from Ground Components – and a vision that has certainly lost none of its glory. The songs are intricate little snippets of an absurdist modern life. And Kelly says it can take him a while to get to the built-up, highly developed stories he commits to albums. “I do the classic thing that I think most people that make up songs do – just hack around at a guitar and make little noises and little key phrases that might not be about anything, but they stick to the song and by the process of bursting them together, the bits stick. A bit of rhythm, a bit of melody and then it could take me a year to figure out what the fuck it’s about. “But the song [Thinkin’ About] Alien City Blues was actually… I think it was called Ipswich Tollway Deathsun Blues and it was about cruising down the Ipswich tollway with your girlfriend and her stepson trying to impress the kid. It was a bit like Be Good Johnny by Men At Work, but it didn’t sound like that. But I recorded it and it just sounded really boring.” Determined not to be outdone though, Kelly went back to the drawing board, eager to make something of the song. “I really like the groove so then I just sort of combined everything I’d been doing at the time, which was watching The Wire, listening to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and reading about aliens in Iain M. Banks novels. And I just thought I’ll combine the plot of The Wire with aliens and an Atlantic City kind of crime theme and it worked out pretty good. And then do it in falsetto just to sort of… just so people are distracted from the Springsteen. So sometimes it just works like that. You just go, ‘Bang.’ I always go, ‘That is just too fuckin’ stupid to stand in front of people and sing.’ And then you just try and add some stuff that makes you sound smarter to the stupid concept. It’s like stupid concept smarted up with a few flashy little phrases,” Kelly says laughing. “I wish it was actually as easy as it sounded.” Though Kelly has a tendency to write about characters in unusual or extreme situations, he still wants his songs to resonate with his audience. “I hope I’m still dealing with some sort of universal things. I think if you write more vague things you have to be really good at making those classic wise couplets, where you can say something and it resonates on that big poetic level. I think Paul Kelly’s good at that because I think he’s really good at the specifics. His specifics in relationships are what kills you. You just go, ‘Oh my God.’ It could just be the way that someone turns her head when you’re in bed together late at night. I think I’ve got a ways to go before I hit that kind of stuff. “I always knew it would be a slow process with me. I’m finding my own way; trying to figure out how to do it. I think I’ve got good enough taste in music and I’m self-aware enough – I don’t have that musician’s delusion where I just thought I was awesome. But it also means that you’re constantly attacking yourself, because you can’t listen to something that blows your fucking mind. You’re just like, ‘There’s no way I’m ever going to be that good.’ But you have to persevere in this more methodical… It’s a fucking little journey into what you can come up with.” Considering the nature of Kelly’s bent, twisted pop, it’s obviously important that the Brisbane-raised, now Melbourne-based songwriter find just the right people to join him on his musical journey. Kelly often used to joke about the revolving door policy at the Alpha Males – it seemed early on just when someone would settle in, their own band would take off, forcing Kelly to find another band member. Already there have been a few incarnations of the Dream Band, but Kelly’s pretty happy at the moment. “It’s not like my songs are math rock, but they’re subtly complicated. And they’re very much my style. Even though you can pick a million styles you just can’t go to people, ‘They’re in the key of E and there’s three verses.’ It’s actually hard. “With this band, I tried to learn my lessons with the Alpha Males. A lot of it came from me but I think we were cluttered up with way too much mid-range guitar action and just trying to be everything all the time. I’m really keen for the stories and the singing to have its place on this record so I can go and play to people who have never seen me before and they get it the first time, instead of having to know the record and see me five times. So even though it’s a very dense record, we’re searching for the space in that and still trying to get it technicolour and big.” WHO Dan Kelly’s Dream Band WHAT Dan Kelly’s Dream (Shock) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, The Maram; Friday, Northern Star; Saturday, Annandale Hotel

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PERSONAL HISTORY

THE MAN WHO WRITES THE SONGS THAT HAVE TAKEN THE HOLY SEA FROM THE BARS OF PERTH TO THE NATIONAL STAGE, HENRY F. SKERRITT, TAKES HIS CREATIVE CUES FROM A FAR WIDER PALATTE THAN MOST. HE TALKS TO MICHAEL SMITH.

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he Holy Sea’s third album, Ghosts Of The Horizon has a really strong sense of place, a fascination with it and passion for what makes this wide brown land of ours tick and how it affects the people within it. “I think it probably started on the last album, [2008’s] A Beginner’s Guide To The Sea,” singer, acoustic guitarist and songwriter Henry F. Skerritt admits. “I think it was, more than anything else, a response to trying to find a way of making music that we felt was sort of honest to who we are. The reason I had such a big gap between our first record [2000’s Blessed Unrest] and our second record was that I was kind of having a lot of trouble working out what it was that I did – how you write songs that are reflective of your time and place without them being kind of jingoistic? “So for me that was a whole progression of learning that kind of culminated with this album, which is a very specifically historical record. There are informational influences on there as well, so I guess the point is we’re trying to paint a fairly nuanced portrait of what it means to be here and now.”

This country seems so ‘godless’ but at the same time is so totally full of ghosts. But then they’re ghosts you bring yourself… There’s an inter esting idea there somewhere.”

Skerritt had originally put The Holy Sea together in Perth back in 1999 and that first album garnered the band a lot of critical acclaim. But on Skerritt’s relocating to Melbourne in 2003, the band essentially broke up as he put his energies into developing his other career as a curator and art historian. The music however soon resurfaced and he started doing solo gigs. In 2007 he hooked up with keyboard player Dan Hoey, and another line-up of The Holy Sea quickly evolved around them. The second album was recorded and they were invited by Nick Cave to participate in Australia’s inaugural All Tomorrows Parties series of concerts. The gap between the second and third albums is more reflective of The Holy Sea moving from what had been essentially a solo project back to being a band again. “To be honest, this album was a bit experimental really. A Beginner’s Guide To The Sea was a totally autobiographical record and it was about moving from Perth to Melbourne, breaking up with my partner, my grandfather dying – it was about this kind of short period of time where all these things happened – and when I came out of that the last thing I wanted to do was make another autobiographical record; one reason being you want a new challenge, but also those [autobiographical] records are pretty draining to produce. “So I wanted to do something that took the conceptual underpinnings of that record but moved it on and also took onboard the collaborative nature of the group. So these kind of history songs were the sort of things where we could be discussing then and talking about inspirations, and it coincided with us travelling for the first time. We did our first really major tour in 2008 and did another big one last year, so when you’re on the road you actually see these places and hear these stories and when you start doing some of those historical songs it’s amazing the number of people who come out of the woodwork with, ‘You should write a song about…’ We didn’t decide, ‘Hey, let’s write an album of songs that are history-based’ – one or two came and then a few more, then it just started making sense to us.” Along with the sense of place and its contingent history, there’s also a strong sense of the sea on the album, most obviously in opening track There Be Dragons Here as well as The Seafarer. “I think, to me, that idea of the sea is really one of travelling. A Beginner’s Guide To The Sea was so much about movement and one of the songs on that record, Ghost Town, begins with the line, ‘Heading west for Christmas…’ That record is very much about these trips to and from Perth and what’s really nice about it is you get this idea of transience. But what I kind of wanted with this album – and there was a third song, St. Thomas Sound, which ended up as a B-side to [single] Bad Luck – the whole idea of was that notion of being thrown into these new places and these new ideas and trying to make sense of identity when it is a totally shifting thing, and place is a totally shifting thing as well. The sea is quite an alluring image. “The whole idea of St. Thomas Sound is derived from a Ibsen quote which [Australian historian] Manning Clark uses as an epigram for the third volume of his history of Australia and he talks about the land being full of the ghosts of our fathers. I kind of like that idea of these people getting on these boats and travelling for six months and then finding this country that, as Clark puts it, totally challenges any idea that there could be a divine creator [also a theme in There Be Dragons Here]. This country seems so ‘godless’ but at the same time is so totally full of ghosts; but then they’re ghosts you bring yourself… There’s an interesting idea there somewhere.” There are more contemporary stories too – King Of Palm Island looks at the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee, while The Ten Rules recounts the story of the man who codified Australian Rules Football, Tom Wills. The album finishes with a couple of more personal songs, like Not Here Tonight. “We debated about whether or not we would include that song and what we felt was that so much of the other historical stuff is really about personalising history – all of the songs are sung in first person and very much about saying we’re all involved in the historical process, so it sort of made sense to have a couple of more personal songs and gives it a neat narrative arc that brings the humanness of the historical back in the end.” WHO The Holy Sea WHAT Ghosts Of The Horizon (An Ocean Awaits/Fuse) WHEN & WHERE Thursday 14 October, The Phoenix Canberra; Saturday 16, The Wall; Sunday 17, Heritage Hotel

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REWIND REVISIT

WHILE WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING OSTENSIBLY BROKE UP IN 1998 TO ALLOW THE BAND’S FOUNDER MICK THOMAS TO CONCENTRATE ON HIS SOLO CAREER, THE POPULAR MELBOURNE INSTITUTION HAS BEEN REUNITING ON A FAIRLY REGULAR BASIS SINCE 2005. THIS TIME AROUND, IT’S TO PERFORM THEIR 1985 DEBUT ALBUM. MICHAEL SMITH INVESTIGATES.

late 1970s, though they initially recorded Scorn Of The Women independently, Thomas feels that signing with a major was probably the best thing that happened to Weddings Parties Anything. “Paradoxically, that was the one steadying influence, when the major label got involved, I felt. You could probably talk to Dave Steel about it and get a different reading on this, but I felt by virtue of kind of how wobbly I became in amongst the turmoil of what the album should or shouldn’t be – and certainly at a managerial level the tension was palpable [laughs] – basically because we recorded half of it ourselves, so when the record company came on board, if anything it sort of steadied the ship. When they came on board they encouraged us to get it finished, said it was heading where they thought it should.”

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e’ve been pretty careful with the reunion stuff,” Thomas explains, “and we’d become pretty aware that – you know, I do a lot of that stuff on my own, which doesn’t seem that far a cry from the Weddings – but I’m very aware that as soon as I put the words Weddings Parties Anything in front of anything I do that it gets a whole lot more interest. But having said that, Weddings Parties Anything means a certain group of people and a certain group of twenty to thirty songs, so I guess it’s one extra step from that to being asked to recreate an album from ’85.” The album in question is their debut, Scorn Of The Women, which actually started life as an independent recording before being picked up by Warner and released in 1987. Thomas, who grew up in Geelong, Victoria, put the first version of Weddings Parties Anything together in late 1984 as a reaction, to some extent, to his experience over the previous couple of years of working in Melbourne’s pub rock scene. The intention was to marry the urban punk aesthetic that had excited him in the city, with the storytelling folk tradition he’d grown up with. By the time the band, which quickly built a solid fanbase for its rowdy live performances, got around to recording Scorn Of The Women, the line-up included accordionist Mark “Wally” Wallace, bass player Janine Hall, drummer Marcus Schintler. It also featured fellow songwriter and guitarist Dave Steel, who contributed

three of the 12 songs included on the album, including an adaptation by Thomas of a poem by Berthold Brecht, The Infanticide Of Marie Farrar. “Looking back at it now, I can hear my voice is different; I can hear that I had an axe to grind, you know, in terms of the way I was singing, it was the way I thought people should sing. I had this kind of idea that I could come up with a ‘new voice’, so I can hear that for sure. I can sort of hear a lot of the tension in the studio that was there for sure – it wasn’t an easy record to make for us because I think the weight of the expectations was really big and there were a lot of people around the band, on all levels, who were involved, who had different agendas, I guess. “So it’s kind of weird to be coming back with Dave Steel [who left the band in 1989 after a North American tour] to do this thing because this period was pretty defining for all three of us,” Thomas admits. The line-up has since filled out by drummer Michael Barclay, violinist Jen Anderson, guitarist Paul Thomas and bass player Stephen O’Prey, all of them later members at various times of Weddings Parties Anything. In a very real

sense, the original album was as much about defining exactly what they wanted to be as a band and what they were hoping to achieve, as much as it was a defiantly nationalist stand for the common people, as it were, a new punk-infused folk tradition. “I think by virtue of the management that we had, we sort of burst out of the blocks pretty hard, you know? It was funny but we never felt like a young band, ‘cause we always had older members in the band – Dave I think was five years older and Janine was five years older – so even though in ’85, I was 25-years-old and Wally was 23, I never felt like the new kinds on the block. I felt like we were people who’d been spinning the wheels a bit and here we were finally getting a go, so we sort of grabbed it in a way. I’d see other bands being a bit blasé about what was on offer and I was constantly amazed. So when a few things started for us, we were just so gung-ho about taking our chances.” At a time when much of the local scene was still intoxicated by the resurgence of small independent labels precipitated by the DIY punk movement of the

The fact that Weddings Parties Anything was an openly left-leaning, politically aware outfit meant they found themselves being courted by, and then signing with, a major label added another paradoxical element to the mix (although overseas labels had been leaning that way themselves, signing acts like Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Men They Couldn’t Hang). There are certainly a lot of songs about women on the album – Ladies Lounge, She Works, Woman Of Ireland, The Infanticide Of Marie Farrar and of course the title track – mostly in some sort of struggle, whether with the land, with the society in which they live or with their stereotyping. “I’d never really given it that much thought, but I think it was always the thing with the Weddings, the dialectic between the kind of rambunctious bunch of boys that were going on stage and yell their arses off and drink heavily and do all that and then there was that strong feminine side to the band, which was seemingly at odds with that other thing but it was nevertheless there. There was another one, a Henry Lawson song called Bush Girl and they were all songs about the trials of females, so I guess at the time we did feel we were running a pretty strong line in songs that would affect people.” WHO Weddings Parties Anything WHAT Scorn Of The Women (Warner) WHEN & WHERE Saturday, Enmore Theatre

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FLAMES OF MIDDLE AGE

AS THEIR TENTH ANNIVERSARY DRAWS EVER CLOSER, ALEXISONFIRE ARE NOW WELL AND TRULY MEN AND THEIR LATEST RECORD, OLD CROWS/ YOUNG CARDINALS, IS EVIDENCE OF THAT. BUT TO START COLLATING A HISTORY OF THE BAND SCOTT FITZSIMONS WOULD BE BETTER ADVISED TO SEARCH THE ARCHIVES OF DALLAS GREEN’S MOTHER THAN THE MAN HIMSELF.

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ustralia is of course a long way away from the rest of the world, especially America and Europe, so while it’s expected that bands make the voyage, the decision to do so is also greeted with an element of gratitude. Formed in 2001 in Ontario, post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire have enjoyed steady success and applause for their four albums worldwide, three of them cracking the top six in their homeland’s chart – including 2006’s Crisis, which nabbed top spot. The fact, then, that their imminent visit will be the sixth time they’ve toured Australia and their second visit this year alone, seems to be cause for congratulations and thanks. Dallas Green would disagree. “We’ve been everywhere else in the world a lot more times than six times,” says the co-lead vocalist and guitarist, who has manoeuvred into the spotlight somewhat with the success of his solo acoustic project City & Colour. “So for us it’s not that big of a deal and we wish we’d been to Australia many more times than six – but it is what it is.” They toured as part of the Soundwave festival in February, but it wasn’t quite as satisfying as their own headline tour will hopefully be. “Festivals are always fun to do, but for me they’re not as fun as showing up and playing a headline show,” Green admits. After pumping out three albums in relatively quick succession, the band took three years to follow up Crisis with last year’s Old Crows/ Young Cardinals, which even by the title appeared to be their most mature record to date. The album’s content backed up that assertion, as both the record’s accomplished songwriting and lyrical content seemed to track both the band’s transition to middle age. A large portion of their fanbase can empathise with that. “We’re all getting to that age. By the time we come to Australia next I’ll be thirty-years-old [his birthday was Wednesday 29 September], so it’s kind of hard not to address those middle-age topics because I am on my way to middle-age. I think we’ll just keep writing the way we write and if we decide to write a song that deals with a heavier topic then that’s what we’ll do.” Crisis really was their breakout record outside of Canada, so naturally the international touring schedule was the most comprehensive it had ever been. It took its toll on the members, who hadn’t taken an extended break for quite some time and it was those demands, the experiences of touring and an ever developing maturity that flavoured the songwriting period for Old Crows/Young Cardinals. There’s the angst of aging of Old Crows, political leanings in Sons Of Privilege and homage to their musical roots in The Northern (“A lot of people think it’s a Christian song or a song that has to do with our belief in Catholicism or something, but really it’s not. The lyrics are taken from an old blues song, or an old hymn, called Roll Jordan Roll, and it’s been said that that was almost the first blues song ever. And we owe a lot to the blues.”) “I wouldn’t call it writer’s block, I’d sort of call it exhaustion,” Green says of the break they eventually took. “We’d just toured so long for those last two records and we only took a month to write, a month to record in between [2004 album] Watch Out! and Crisis and we went back out on tour. So, we just needed some time away from music in general, not just the band. So we took our own leisurely pace to make Old Crows… and I think it worked out for the best.”

It’s kind of hard not to address those middle-age topics because I am on my way to middle-age.

Approaching the end of this record’s touring cycle, there’s always the danger that they could suffer the same fatigue this time as well. The band is off to Europe after this tour and then they’ll finally complete a Canadian headline tour, which they’ve surprisingly yet to do for this record. “Here and there you feel it,” Green admits. “You can’t help but feel it; it’s an exhausting type of lifestyle. As you get older it gets a little harder here and there, but it’s still the best job I’ve ever had.” Clearly it’s one he still enjoys and has no intention of applying the brakes to as their tenth year anniversary comes up. Though it’s a good time for reflection and a rare opportunity to revisit some of the older material without the risk of fan backlash, there are no set plans to mark the occasion. It’s more likely that once they’ve got a chance to put their feet up away from the road, it’ll be back to working on new material for a fifth album that will suddenly be due. “I don’t really know. It would be nice to go back and remix and remaster the first record [2002’s Alexisonfire] and maybe even redo the artwork, go through all the pictures and stuff we have and put together some sort of thing. But we’re not really good archivists as a band as it turns out [laughs]. I know I’m not; I don’t even have any of our records. I have one: I have the Japanese release of Watch Out! – that’s it. I guess it’s like a fear of living in the past that I have. I never want to look at what I’ve done; I always want to be living in the present. So, um, we’d have to find people who have old photos and video clips and stuff like that of us ‘cause I haven’t done a good job of keeping that stuff. “I think when I’m older and older I’ll probably wish I did, but I don’t know. Like I said, I am who I am and I’ve always been this way. I’ve been doing it for long enough now that I feel like if I was going to want to start collecting I probably would have hit that point in my life. And my mum keeps a pretty serious scrapbook of things that I’ve accomplished, so I always have that as a reference.” WHO Alexisonfire WHEN & WHERE Friday, UNSW Roundhouse • 44 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

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WITH TEETH

MICHAEL PRAIN FROM DIE! DIE! DIE! TALKS TO DOUG WALLEN ABOUT TAKING THEIR TIME, FINDING A GOOD HOME AND MORE GUITAR.

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ie! Die! Die! have always been a step ahead of most young bands, picking a head-turning name and then recording a debut album with none other than Steve Albini. Just when we were getting used to their brazen, hyper-kinetic noise punk, the New Zealand trio has changed things dramatically on its third album, Form. Gauzy with effects and positively riddled with guitar hooks, it’s newly melodic and pop-directed, although still with bratty singing and a close-knit rhythm section. Some songs are almost shoegaze, some recall early Cure and others nod to the proud Kiwi lineage of their newfound label, a resurgent Flying Nun. All in all then, it’s everything you want in a third album. “We’ve still got the same spirit and we’ve still got teeth,” says drummer Michael Prain, almost defensively, when the word ‘pop’ is mentioned. “We definitely never wanted to go for this polished pop sound. But the melodies are such you can grasp a little bit more.” That’s due to a renewed focus on guitar, after stripping things down to the bare minimum on the first two albums. “It’s just basically more guitar. We didn’t actually realise at the time what that does. We thought it was the most insanely intense thing ever, having more guitar. But when you put it down, it gives it an immediate, identifiable connection. It actually makes it sound more melodic.”

We’ve still got the same spirit and we’ve still got teeth.”

Alongside bassist Lachlan Anderson and vocalist/guitarist Andrew Wilson, Prain keeps the band’s songs tight and fierce even when brimming with melodies. He acknowledges the use of different amps and layering multiple tracks to achieve the dreamier, fuller sound of Form. The album was produced in Auckland by Nick Roughan from the one-time Flying Nun band The Skeptics, both of the previous albums having been cut in the States. While it would seem like recording closer to the band’s home base of Dundedin would keep the players inside their comfort zone, this experience proved just the opposite. “We tried out lots of different ideas and really thought about changing the sound up a bit, which we hadn’t done previously because we like to keep it really stripped back. We started this one really stripped back, like we always did, but it just gradually grew into a different sound after a while.” And although the band managed a kind of accidental coup landing Albini for its self-titled 2005 debut – “We went out on a limb and the label said okay,” admits Prain. “We were like, ‘Fuck, didn’t think that was gonna happen.’” – that record was done up against the wall in terms of time. Same with the second album, 2007’s Promises, Promises, recorded in upstate New York with Straitjacket Fits legend Shayne Carter. And so Form was totally relaxed by comparison. “The other ones were insanely rushed. We really didn’t want to have the situation again where we’d recorded and tracked a bunch of stuff and suddenly just leave it. We decided it would make a lot more sense to do it here in New Zealand, so we just had a little bit more time to get stuff together.” While the album is by no means mellow, it exudes a confidence that seems more about having a firm grasp on the material than flying by the seat of one’s pants. So it’s as sturdy as it is bracing. It’s also a hell of a record to kick off the partnership between Flying Nun – iconic home to The Clean, The Bats, Tall Dwarfs and so many other Kiwi legends – and the Melbourne label Remote Control, which will bring all forthcoming Flying Nun releases and reissues to Australia. It’s fitting that the first record after sealing that deal should be one so ripe with crossover potential. Die! Die! Die! is the rare band today that could win over both the rock underground and the triple j set without having to tweak its sound in the least. Asked the source of the drive behind the trio’s tireless rhythm section, Prain simply demurs, “I always like things that are just really simple. We start with a simple idea and build out from there. We never push it into something that gets away from that core of how we wanted it in the first place.” As for The Cure influence heard in certain guitar parts and effects on the new album, he explains, “I really like The Cure. I used to listen to Seventeen Seconds. I wouldn’t call them a big influence on us, but I love all those older British bands, like The Smiths and Joy Division. They’ve always been my favourite bands and all of our collective favourite bands. So there’s definitely those influences.” And finally, for a band from Dunedin, it must be a huge vote of support to get signed to Flying Nun, which long ago stamped the “Dunedin sound” onto impressionable brains all around the world. “It’s cool. The people who originally started the label are running it again and I think they have the right idea of what music should be. It’s basically just having fun and working together and enjoying what you’re doing and putting out stuff that’s interesting. It just makes sense, really, for us to be on the label. It feels like a good home.” The band has certainly come a long way since Prain first met frontman Andrew Wilson as teenagers and they started a punky little trio together. And they’ve still got a ways to go. With a great new record and a name that’s still unfamiliar to many listeners overseas, what does Die! Die! Die! have planned following its eight-date Aussie tour? “We’re gonna go play CMJ [in New York] and do a tour of the States and then onto the UK and Europe,” Prain announces. “So it’s gonna be a really busy rest of the year. We just finished up our New Zealand tour and that went great. It was really wild. So hopefully that will translate everywhere else.”

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WHO Die! Die! Die! WHAT Form (Flying Nun/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, Grand Hotel Wollongong; Friday, Oxford Art Factory

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ONTO THE NEXT ONE

WEEZER’S FRONTMAN RIVERS CUOMO EXPLAINS TO CLEM BASTOW HOW IT REALLY MIGHT BE A CASE OF IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU.

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f all the formerly (or at least arguably) lo-fi bands to come hurtling headfirst into the 21st century’s mire of “social networking” and “new media”, Weezer – with their post-satire Snuggie commercials and meme-bloated videos (look! It’s guitarist Brian Bell singing with Chocolate Rain’s Tay Zonday!) – are surely at the head of the pack.

“My intention was really different from the meaning that song’s taken on, which is fine. I’m totally used to that; it happens every record,” he says, his meditative patience betraying a hint of Rivers 1.0. “[But] I have never been involved in picking the singles, since our very first album; I’ve always been most concerned with the album. Usually the song ‘they’ pick for the single is the last one I would’ve picked.”

For the band’s linchpin Rivers Cuomo – the man who once lived in a blacked-out garage with a lizard for company, now a cheerful, married father of one – this increased level of engagement with fans is a doubleedged sword. And when you consider that Weezer were a “fans band” even in the ‘90s, that equation becomes slightly dizzying. “There is definitely an adjustment period for bands of our generation, ‘cause when we started out there was none of that,” he says, calling from backstage via mobile phone. “No one used cell-phones. I called my manager from a pay-phone at the truck stop and we communicated via fax at the hotel. Then in the early part of the 2000s, we’d put out a record – or we’d do anything in the spotlight – and there’s thousands of people commenting on it. And they don’t censor their thoughts, they’re not polite and we’re suddenly deluged with all kinds of feedback, positive and negative.” Where other bands might resent the input, Cuomo has embraced the Weezer online massif wholeheartedly. When he says our fans, it almost sounds like he’s talking about a record label, Our Fans™ (the band is now effectively independent and released latest effort Hurley via Epitaph). “I think we’ve learned how to deal with it and use it to help us improve,” he explains. “We’re very connected to our core audience. It feels like we never leave the arena, with 12,000 fans; it’s like they’re always there with us and we make our decisions with them in mind.” That includes releasing albums with such relative frequency that they’ve had six out within ten years

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it as a paean to Weezer’s early years and a return to the Pinkerton sound. It has become so praised by the faithful it borders on self-parodic. Again, they’ve misread their (former) hero. “Usually the song ‘they’ pick for the single is the last one I would’ve picked. The song Memories is actually written about a nostalgic feeling for the early part of the 2000s,” he laughs.

Still, the single, plus the album as a whole, does show more than a glimmer of the ‘90s energy the fans may or may not have misinterpreted. Cuomo agrees, somewhat resigned: “We are a ‘90s-era alternative rock band, this is what we do: raw emotion, crunchy guitars, catchy melodies and ‘weird’ lyrics.”

(which will become seven if you count the forthcoming rarities reboot Death To False Metal). “Back in the day it used to be you’d put out a record, then you’d tour for two-and-a-half years, then you’d take a year off and start it all over again. Now, we put out a record, the fans gobble it all up and they’re like, ‘Where’s the next one?’” With a prolific output, some would say, comes diminished artistic value. Critics and listeners are quick to denounce Weezer’s more recent material. Certainly the band’s releases post-2000 became increasingly filled with songs that leave you scratching your head if not diving for the eject button: The Weight? What were they thinking? How can the man who wrote Only In Dreams then subject us to Where’s My Sex? He sees it differently, though he is keenly aware of people’s longing. “It’s definitely difficult. It’s difficult to be an artist. It’s difficult to be alive,” he laughs. But

to use the internet parlance so lovingly memorialised by Pork And Beans’ viral-tastic video, at first he LOLd, but then he seriose’d. “We feel like we’re getting better at it. Some people, they change and they wonder why music doesn’t affect them the same way it did when they were fifteen. It may not be because of the band, it may be because they’ve gotten older and their taste has changed. People have all kinds of different motivations for making the comments they do; some are just really concerned about raising their status in their online community.” In many ways, he’s right. Cuomo might still play Dungeons & Dragons in his downtime, but he no longer occupies the sensibility of a troubled youth; have some fans found accepting adulthood a little harder than he has? There’s a clue in the response to Hurley’s first single, Memories; the bulk of online conjecture sees

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What’s perhaps more promising is the upcoming Death To False Metal, whose former title, Odds And Ends, gives a hint as to its contents. “I’m really happy with it. I’m a little concerned that with everything else that’s going on, this is the record that people may not even notice. I hope that word gets out there. It’s really cool; it’s a collection of songs that have gathered over the years that are either ‘too metal’, or ‘too punk’, or ‘too pop’, or ‘too weird’ – really intense songs. Put it all together and it’s just so fun to listen to.” As the dreaded hovering PR lackey interrupts our generous nine-minute allocation, Cuomo is asked what he’s been enjoying listening to. His response is, well, classic Rivers. “Yes, it’s gonna sound weird, but I’ve been listening to [Alfred] Brendel playing late Beethoven piano sonatas, non-stop. I just love it.” There is not a hint of ‘irony’ in his voice and at that moment you realise he’s right: Rivers Cuomo hasn’t changed at all; we did. WHO Weezer WHAT Hurley (Epitaph/Shock)


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SLEEPLESS IN PARIS

THEY JUST WANT TO PLAY ROCK’N’ROLL – OR FUNK – SO THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE GONNA DO. IN BETWEEN BEING CHALLENGED TO RAP BATTLES, SCOTT FITZSIMONS TALKS TO WH MONKS AND OL’ BLACK TOOTH MARKS – THEY OF GAY PARIS – ABOUT THE “BEST ALBUM EVER RECORDED”.

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would say the difference is hardcore and metal and stuff is definitely Satan’s music, whereas rock’n’roll is the Devil’s music and that’s a little bit sexier,” says Ol’ Black Tooth Marks, leaving his offsider, WH Monks looking a little taken aback. “I don’t know what I don’t like when you talk,” he says. Between them they make up one half of the four-headed, blues-tinged, rock’n’roll beast Gay Paris, with Lachlan ‘Ol’ Black Tooth’ Marks on guitar and Luke ‘WH’ Monks on vocals. They’re sitting in a pub in Surry Hills and they’re telling Drum how the band – about to launch their album The Skeleton’s Problematic Granddaughter – has reached this point. All four members (Dean ‘Slim Pickins’ Podmore on bass and Daniel ‘Smokin’ D’ Wain on drums) were part of a ThreeOneG Records-loving punk band called Furcurve before doing nothing for a year and re-emerging in their current guise. “I wouldn’t say that whatever band we were in before has become this band,” says Monks, “it’s just coincidently we’ve got the same group of people in a band because it’s a completely different mode of operations and reasons to do things now.” “But I’d say we just want to play rock’n’roll,” says Marks. “I want to play funk.” “Well you can’t. I don’t know how to play funk. I can take elements.” “Parliament said, ‘A funk band can’t play rock’n’roll’. And I’m saying…” “Dean’s onto swamp funk now, isn’t he?” “Probably shack funk.” “Shack funk? I can do that.” “You can rock a shack. With the funk.” “You can call it whatever you like. I’ll just show up for dinner.” The record will be launched with a month-long residency at the Supper Club, giving them the opportunity to create at atmosphere in the room and book different acts – which they probably owe different favours to – each week. It’s the first time they’ve really hosted a solid event as, apart from a rough demo, the band have jumped straight into a full record. “EPs are shit,” states Monks. “He hates EPs. I hate EPs too. We’ll do one next time,” Marks elaborates. “And that will be us selling out… It’s probably completely different from what the rest of the guys think.” “No, I agree.” “Because we can all say that this is about me,” the frontman pauses for reaction. “I’ve written this story and it needs to be digested as a whole and it doesn’t matter that it takes a long time ‘cause if you want it you’ll come to the show, then you’ll get it. There’s no reason to pump out EPs because consumers need something.” “It was definitely discussed a lot,” elaborates Marks, “people wanted us to do EPs or singles or just do a song every month or every two month. But we just do it how we want to do it I reckon, whatever the fuck we want to do. I like records.” “Also, it’s a pretty short record,” Monks laughs. “You don’t want to half fuck someone.” “[Shocked] You’re good today.” “Yeah, I’m good. I don’t want to half fuck someone, I want a whole record. Yeah it’s a short record; I don’t have a big attention span.”

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The lyrical story is a key part of the album – it’s a story record, not a concept one – part social commentary, part mythological fantasy. Monks, who wrote all the lyrics and named everything (“I promise on the next record I will limit everything to four syllables per name,” he says at one point. “Okay, we’ll shake on it.” “[Shakes] Yeah, I’ll lie to you, I don’t mind”), takes his inspiration between human interaction and conversations. “It’s certainly real, but these aren’t people. These aren’t based on characters,” he says. “All the songs are about me,” claims Marks. “Dean always wanted everything to be about him.” “Dean’s convinced that all the songs are about him.” [Part removed to save ruining a potential surprise/ practical joke on the bassist] “How we consume art is pretty derelict at the moment,” the vocalist continues, “and I hate to break character and have a point.” “But go on.” “But I will. It’s something I want to say about how and why we consume art. People eat art and shit it out. We were talking about how easy it is to make a song on Garage Band on a Macbook, what about actually being a musician or taking time to develop?” Develop is certainly a term they hold close to their collective heart, as they used the recording period to figure out the band’s identity and what it was going to be about. Monks laughs when Drum asks how long the record actually took, letting his guitarist field the question. “I wrote Deadrie Fell’s Dogpark Blues in a hotel room four years ago in Melbourne,” says Marks. “And I put it aside for a future band that I wanted to do, so it’s a long time. It took a long time because as we were recording it we were becoming the band. I changed all my gear throughout the whole recording and by the end of it I now take that gear and play with that live, but that’s not what I walked in with.” “Who plays with three boxes on stage and one guitar?” the vocalist questions. “Yeah. Well, me. I do it damn well.” “[Laughs] Yeah, but you don’t lift anything!” “[Ignoring the jibe] So all of us walked into that studio with completely different ideas of what it was going to be and walked out the other end with all different equipment, all different ideas. It took a year, but that’s pretty good. One year to build a whole fuckin’ experience or whatever.” “Hey evolution, science, what’s up? We successfully eliminated the idea of being comfortable with okay.” “We’re not humble at all. We’re awesome. Best album ever recorded. As far I know everyone that’s heard it has gone home and burnt their record collection.” “‘Oh what’s wrong with that? It’s too awesome?’ That’s actually a quote.” There’s a pause as the focus returns to half finished beer, before the guitarist sums up. “Olay, I think I’m done. I can stop being arrogant.” WHO Gay Paris WHAT The Skeleton’s Problematic Granddaughter (Get Poison) WHEN & WHERE Friday, Friday 15, Friday 22, Friday 29 October, The Supper Club


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KEEP THE FAITH

LETTING GO

IT’S BEEN A TOUGH SLOG, BUT IRISH TRIO THE SCRIPT ARE NOW BEING PERSONALLY INVITED TO PLAY WITH THEIR HEROES, DRUMMER GLEN POWER TELLS SAMUEL J FELL.

WHEN IT CAME TO RECORDING HIS DEBUT ALBUM, BRISBANE-BASED SINGER, SONGWRITER AND PIANIST SCOTT SPARK FOUND THAT THE BEST COURSE WAS TO ALLOW EVERYONE ELSE THEIR VOICE IN THE PROCESS, AS HE TELLS MICHAEL SMITH.

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t’s been a slow build for Irish trio The Script – from humble beginnings as MyTown, a group that achieved moderate success around the UK in the mid’90s, to playing arenas and supporting the likes of U2 and Paul McCartney today as The Script. It’s been a fairytale, although certainly not a quick one – these lads have been battling it out for a long time but, as they say, good things come to those who wait. “Oh my friend, to get the chance to step out in front of U2 in Dublin in front of 82,000 people, I can still remember what it was like to walk out onto that stage,” laughs drummer Glen Power, recounting the band’s support of their mentors, U2, last year. It was a milestone in their finally burgeoning career. “That was one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far.” More amazing than opening for Paul McCartney, at his request, the same year? “Yeah, that was another great honour,” Power laughs again. “When we got that call, we were in the States and we were all jetlagged and morale was quite low, but it’s amazing what a call from Paul McCartney will do… so we went to Shea Stadium where The Beatles played the first time they were in New York and so we opened for Paul McCartney at the new Shea Stadium. And we actually became part of Trivial Pursuit with that show – the question goes, ‘Which band opened up the new Shea Stadium?’ and it wasn’t Paul McCartney, it was us.” You spend ten years slugging it out in the musical trenches and then all the stars align and you become part of Trivial Pursuit – it makes it all worthwhile. Anyway, the reason The Script have been playing such high-profile supports, the reason why U2 are a fan of their band, the reason why they’ve sold almost two million copies of their eponymous debut (2008) and the reason why they’re finally making it big? It’s because of this music, this pop rock’n’roll, very much along the same lines as their idols in Bono and co. The Script’s debut was a success and so the trio arrived back home from the States on a high, only to come crashing back down to earth, faced with the reality of the global financial crisis, with Ireland being one of the hardest hit countries in Europe.

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These were, by all accounts, hard times, but it’s from these hard times that the band’s new record, their second, Science & Faith, has bloomed. “Very much so,” concurs Power. “We got back to Ireland and went our separate ways, but when we regrouped, we found we were telling the same stories – families with two cars who now only had one, no more overtime, hours cut down, everyone was really stuck for money and we all thought, ‘This is very, very real’, it was happening to our family members or friends. So we thought we could write a song about this, but not a song about the GFC, but more about, even though you lose all these things, the most important things come into view, which is each other, you know?” The song that came from this situation was For The First Time and the rest of the record fell into place around it. Ireland is on the way to financial recovery and The Script are on the way to worldwide success, even more so than they have been to date. “We’re very excited and very nervous,” confesses Power of where things could go from here. “We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead.” WHO The Script WHAT Science And Faith (Sony Music) WHEN & WHERE Wednesday, Big Top Luna Park; Friday 8 April, Hordern Pavilion

cott Spark is fascinated by the way we stumble through life and, in particular – at least when he was writing many of the songs on his debut album, Fail Like You Mean It – that awkward period where adolescence is forced to face the fact of adulthood. “Really it was just that awkward, clumsy period that we all tend… fuck I’d love to meet somebody for whom it’s not awkward and makes some kind of Young Liberal prefect or something. But I think most of us, between those teenage and the twentysomething years, you feel like a bit of an imposter. You’re doing your best but often that’s near enough is good enough, just trying to keep shit together and learning how to be something of a quasi-adult. Even reluctantly. It’s a time of life when I think there are a lot of polarised experiences and I can’t think of a better time to write a record about. It’s a time when you almost have to embrace failure a little bit, which is where the title comes from.” Over the course of the couple of years Spark was writing and recording, he himself had to face one of those really confronting issues that instantly undermined every adolescent’s youthful invulnerability – the loss of his father to cancer. “When something like that happens you just want to take stock I guess and see where things are at – and I had a lot of time to write new songs as well. Surprisingly, it’s kind of fun writing a whole bunch of sad-sack songs. I can’t think of anything better than putting on a Gillian Welch record and just wallowing. I think there’s some kind of perverse comfort in that experience of allowing yourself to be sad and I thought that’s where the record may go, but in the end it was completely opposite. It just had a much more keen sense of energy and I guess clarity of wanting to seize the moment.” Spark was also lucky to have a lot of support from Brisbane’s local music community who obviously believed enough in the songs he was writing and recording to chip in here and there and add their little bit of magic. Among them were Megan Washington,

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Seja Vogel and former Go-Betweens bass player Adele Pickvance. “When we started recording the record, it was a fairly loose concept; all I had really was a bunch of songs and a bunch of friends that I knew would be perfect for the songs, but apart from that we didn’t really have much of a plan. At the time I felt that it would be a very piano-based record, but a lot of that ended up not even making it on the record. I really wanted to make sure that when we were recording the record, that I wasn’t just calling the shots. I don’t really see the point of bringing people who are good at what they do and who you admire and then not listening to what they have to say. “Once we exhausted our creative energies, we sent everything off to a guy who I really admire and whose work I really love over in the United States, Tucker Martine, to mix everything. He is the partner of Laura Veirs, whose songs I really adore, plus he’s worked with The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens and Death Cab For Cutie and I thought it was kind of a nice way to end everything. After being so attentive to every detail, you then relinquish control at the final crucial stage to somebody that you trust. That was very much a gut decision.” WHO Scott Spark WHAT Fail Like You Mean It (Other Tongues) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, The Vanguard


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KEEPING IT SIMPLE

INTENSE PHENOMENON

THOUGH SHE’S BEEN SINGING AND WRITING SINCE SHE WAS KID, IT TOOK A WHILE FOR SINGER/SONGWRITER JONNEINE ZAPATA TO GET AROUND TO WRITING AND RECORDING HER DEBUT ALBUM. SHE TALKS TO MICHAEL SMITH ABOUT FINDING THE RIGHT COLLABORATORS.

YOSHIMI P-WE TALKS ABOUT CREATING BOREDOMS’ EARTHRUMBLING SOUNDS, WHICH ARE NOT RITUALISTIC SHE TELLS BOB BAKER FISH, DESPITE THEIR TRIBAL NATURE.

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hough she’s already moved on since recording her debut album, Cast The Demons Out, it was meeting multi-instrumentalist and producer Jeff Mendel that coaxed Los Angeles-based singer/ songwriter Jonneine Zapata into recording the album. It was a relationship though that took time. “Yeah, it did actually,” she admits, “because I was very, very specific about what I wanted to hear from at least the guitar. I had written all my music by myself – or ninety-five percent of my songs at least – and what I wanted was a very simple approach on guitar and I wanted a lot of heavier bass notes. I didn’t want any high-pitched or ringy sounds and I didn’t want any picking – I knew a lot about what I didn’t want. That’s what Jeff was very accommodating in. He allowed me to very much go after what I wanted to hear, which in many cases just doesn’t happen. I got lucky.” The result is a raw, dark, guttural guitar sound – very Nick Cave and ominous – in which Zapata’s dusky intense voice weaves its icily mystical magic. There’s also plenty of space in there, as palpable a part of the sonic palette as the notes that are played and sung. “I’d often say, ‘If you don’t need to play it, don’t. If you’re not inspired by the Divine or something higher than you to play there, don’t. If you have to think of what to play there, don’t. Leave it empty; we’ll fill it later. Leave it empty and I’ll do something with it. Leave it empty and there will be silence – and that will be fine.’” Zapata, who has lived in California’s Orange County, Hawaii, Texas and Kansas, tends to keep her own personal life to herself, other than to say that she grew up listening to her mother’s record collection and that the family moved around a lot. She eventually settled into a five-piece band where she met Mendel and along the way she’s toured with Jack White’s The Raconteurs and Soulsavers with Mark Lanegan. It’s all helped her

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understand what she wanted out of her own music when she got around to recording her own album. “I had so much material I was backed up immensely with stuff and my executive producer, Johnny Badway, who is my main guitarist now, we did a lot of work on the record outside the sessions and he actually chose the songs. I couldn’t – I looked at the body of work and said, ‘This is overwhelming’. I just didn’t want to choose and I’m glad I didn’t have to. It wasn’t really meant to be a record. I was making some demos actually with producer Jack Douglas and unfortunately he got busier and busier and we weren’t able to make this first release together. We did an EP actually and then I thought, ‘I could make a record by myself – I don’t have to make it with anybody.’” Of course, in the event, Zapata did end up making Cast The Demons Out with Mendel, but it’ll be Badway that’ll be the main collaborator and producer on the next album, for which the pair have already begun writing together. “It feels more powerful, musically,” she suggests, after a moment trying to find the right phrase to express their collaboration. “I’ve always wanted a really charged guitar sound – still simplistic and thoughtful – but it’s definitely put me in a whole other frame of mind and opened up things, areas of music I didn’t think I’d go into. I’ve been dying to do this for many years but really just didn’t have a partner to do that with.” WHO Jonneine Zapata WHAT Cast The Demons Out (Laughing Outlaw) WHEN & WHERE Friday, The Annandale Hotel

t’s difficult to believe Japan’s Boredoms have been in existence for 20-odd years. And ‘odd’ is definitely the word as from the very beginning they were doing things very differently to everyone else. Initially their sound was a crazed, frenetic wrong rock, a hyperactive mixture of punk, No Wave and experimental noise that produced an intense, somewhat manic and totally ludicrous sound, filled with frontman Eye’s banshee wails and music that obeyed its own demented internal logic. However, somewhere in the early ‘90s things began to change as gradually they left behind the noisy stupidity of their youth and began to embrace a more spiritual approach to their sounds, influenced by DJ culture and trance music. Around 1999 their Vision Creation Newsun album cemented this new direction, featuring epic space jams and a less abrasive, more psychedelic and highly percussive approach. The following year they also handed over their entire catalogue to, among others, techno producer Ken Ishii, DJ Krush and Unkle for remix albums, put out an album with Ween titled Z-Rock Hawaii, lost half their members and splintered off into countless side projects. The band lay dormant for inordinate amounts of time, changed their name to V∞redoms, recorded an album in the water at St Kilda beach with Ollie Olsen, released a live album with a choir (Super Roots #9) and generally confused everyone. Then they popped up again with one of the wackiest large scale sonic experiments you could imagine. On the 07/07/07 they assembled 77 guest drummers at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and created a huge sonic experience with Eye in the centre conducting the ensemble like a manic wizard. “It was earth-rumbling,” offers Yoshimi P-We, one of the drummers and the one constant (aside from Eye) in the Boredoms lineup. “Sound was like a Godzilla walking, so the impact was more than what we expected.” While you can see the results on YouTube, the performance – which featured members of everyone from Gang Gang Dance to Holy Fuck – is one of the

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largest scale outdoor sonic experiments the city had seen. “I was so impressed for this intense phenomenon. In the outside, 77 drummers playing on the ground near the water and with lots of air, it was 77 drums come together more than a big sound.” It’s a concept they’ve continued to embrace over successive years. “7/7 2007 we played music in 77 drummers, 8/8 2008 we played music in 88 drummers. 9/9 2009 we played music in nine drummers then 10/10 2010 we are going to play music in ten drummers. At the moment Boredoms have got seven drummers, so we are thinking we are going to Australia, we should feature three local Australian drummers to play music with us.” Boredoms are now a band that thrives on collaboration, incorporating new musicians, recognising that this will push their sounds into new and interesting directions. “They bring so many different atmospheres of drumming for us. But we can’t control everything... We are making a song possibly to what we can all play.” Their live shows have become renowned for their relentless tribal percussive energy, with Eye, encircled by drummers alternately working with CD DJs, strange glowing orbs or his incredible seven-neck guitar that he bashes with a staff. It’s a show that conjures up ritualistic notions, but this is something Yoshimi is quick to counter. “I think the sun, universe and nature are really great, but we are not trusting in something specific. We are not joined in rituals; also we are not influenced by something from spirituality.” She does, however, believe in the power of percussion. “I think percussion is a form of human expression to connect nature made by God. Hit percussion then it makes a sound so anyone can do it, but rhythms are affected by what kind of blood you have.” WHO Boredoms WHEN & WHERE Monday, The Metro Theatre


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GLENN RICHARDS Torpor & Spleen Sony The much expected, much demanded album from the erstwhile Augie March man is previewed with this. It is – and sometimes isn’t – exactly what you’d expect. An almost folkie piano gallop with himself offering a vocal with hints of both descriptors of the title. Elsewhere, it flails with an odd energy somewhere between the band we identify him with, a touch of Spilt Enz and maybe even the prog vaudeville of an earlier time – Floyd? Genesis? But if this can be considered a ‘pop’ record, there is some hope.

THE JEZABELS Dark Storm EP Waterfront/MGM Even the thoughtful design of their releases suggests the care they are taking to construct a body of work. The music has an almost elemental power to it at points – the tumbling seas of the title track giving way to the oddly threatening ebb tide of Mace Spray. And we haven’t even got to Hayley’s increasingly individual half-swallowed, half-beseeching voice. They are now producing music of a richness and intelligence. To place it alongside the work of the abovementioned Mr Richards is convenient and correct.

CANYONS My Rescue Modular/Universal Having made their name as remixers and remodellers – Ladyhawke, Tame Impala – it’s not a stretch for Canyons’ chance to define themselves, rather than others. The not entirely unexpected result is commercially savvy pop – if perhaps a little too much contrived by committee. You can a find a touch of the psychedelic via the MGMT model of tribal electronics. This is referred to as ‘their sonic vision’, apparently. If you can deal with terms like ‘sonic vision’, you may well like this, down to its rainbow laced Converses.

BOMBAZINE BLACK

DEERHUNTER

JULIA STONE

Letters & Tapes

4AD/Remote Control

EMI

Motion Picture

Halycon Digest

A gorgeously slow-building album, Motion Picture follows on from Bombazine Black’s quietly delicate 2008 debut, Here Their Dreams. The brainchild of Melbourne musician Matt Davis and his partner Jayne Tuttle, Bombazine again reunites Davis with some of his former Gersey bandmates as they craft moody instrumentals. And again Bombazine emulates one of Gersey’s great strengths in letting the music simmer and bubble away, slowly changing as each song takes shape around the lyrics. Here Davis and co. give their full attention to the emotional power of the music. A lightly-played snare in Montmartre, the almost pop-esque vibraphones in The Bel Esprit, or the way the horn just sits patiently waiting for its moment, this is an album where the devil really is in the details. It’s the little things that drag you into this album and Davis and his band know it. They’re never afraid to repeat a musical phrase until they are confident that you are hooked. Despite the length to some of these songs, the album sails by in a flash thanks to its tight 35-minute run-time, meaning you have plenty of motivation once it’s over to give it another run through. And if you give yourself time to really listen and absorb these songs, then there’s every likelihood you’ll been keen for that second bite. It’s a self-assured and beautifully played collection. It would be nice if the globetrotters could spare a moment to bring this album to Sydney to play it live so we can see it really breath.

The eccentric sounds of Atlanta’s Deerhunter are often described as modern psychedelia or left-field guitar pop, but nothing you have heard in their past will prepare you for this. Their fourth and most compelling release to date, Halycon Digest combines the eerie sounds of winding minimalism with touches of electronic and fuzzy guitar pop, culminating in a tumultuous journey through 11 tracks of some of the most captivating music released this year. Throughout the album it is apparent that the quartet has expanded on the foundations laid by their previous releases and built an album that seems to reflect a born-again love for music, expressing it in a way that makes their jangly sound irresistible. Earthquake is a pulsating electronic number that winds through a mesmerising plucked guitar and singer Bradford Cox’s distinctly subtle vocals while the guitar-focused Memory Boy is a welcome and catchy number laced with inviting fuzzy sounds and a solid drum beat. Basement Scene continues the sleepy sounds as a simple tune, sounding like it was recorded in a bathroom, but as we’ve come to expect, Deerhunter make it work. The remarkable synthlaced Helicopter shines with a memorable and moody chorus, while Fountain Stairs is a straightforward indie ballad that winds in at just over two and a half minutes, all of it compelling. Halycon Digest really is a remarkable album, brimming with captivating and eccentric pop music and delivered by a band that remains at the forefront of DIY indie music.

The Memory Machine Sydney’s favourite siblings are certainly a prolific pair. Despite being insanely busy touring the world in support of best-selling ARIA-winning records, they still somehow find time to pen solo albums. Following her brother’s long-player last year, Julia Stone now offers The Memory Machine. Unsurprisingly, considering Angus and Julia have always composed their songs largely independently of one another, this isn’t a massive departure from the acoustic, atmospheric output of her day job. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that when it’s done to such a high standard as this. Stone has always been excellent at finding chinks of light within darkness and melancholy and The Memory Machine sees her at her most emotionally weighty. Drenched in strings, My Baby shows her vocal to be rich and yearning all at once, while Winter On The Weekend is sinister and dark, “Someone’s gonna hurt me/And there’s nothing I can do.” The odd jaunty romp, like the horns and perky melody of Catastrophe, offer occasional levity, but the tone is mostly heavy and brooding, even in the album’s many impossibly delicate moments. Lyrically, we find Stone in a typically downbeat place, “What’s wrong with me?” she questions, “I lost my heart and I lost my faith.” Her heart seems so full and yet so fragile that it could either burst or shatter at any moment. Anyone who assumes The Memory Machine to be a collection of songs that were thrown away when they were cutting the last Angus & Julia Stone record is a million miles from the truth. Rather, this lovinglycrafted, poetic and absolutely beautiful record represents Julia Stone’s best work to date.

Danielle O’Donohue

Benjamin McInerney

Rob Townsend

LIOR

OLD MAN RIVER

ROBYN

Stop Start/EMI

Modular/Universal

SUFJAN STEVENS Too Much Spunk/EMI You know, you can hear the squeal of delight when some read that name. For Mr Stevens seems to have achieved godhead status within some quarters. You should know he’s eschewed his state-by-state odysseys, at least for his next album. It will deal with a schizophrenic signwriter’s view of an upcoming sci-fi apocalypse. Yes, really. The music has a little more rough electronics to it than previously, but is still identifiable his. For me, it’s The Flaming Lips on an uninspired day. For many others, it’ll be bliss.

SOPHIE SERAFINO Is It Love? Independent Biggest-selling musical acts in Australia over the last couple of years? A grinning Dutchman who tours with his own gingerbread palace. A dumpy Scotswoman singing standard Lloyd-Webber standards to your gran. So, we may as well export some of this ‘classical’ middle-of–the-road to the world. Ms Serafino flings her violin and flame hair around to stylish effect. Add a touch of Middle East skirl to a fairly generic song of love, and voila! – or should that be ‘viola’? – the world could be yours. Best of luck to her.

LANIE LANE What Do I Do Independent If pop is to have a retro – even historic – element, wouldn’t it be better to be like this? Musically, a shuffling bluesy stomp, which wouldn’t annoy Tom Waits, but centred on Lanie’s extraordinary 1930sthrough-2010s style and vocal purity. The absolutelyright chain-gang choir includes one Tim Rogers, repaying Ms Lane for being the necessary female counterpoint on the new You Am I album, along with the omnipresent Ms Washington. This woman is a performer, an event, and you should become aware of her.

Tumbling Into The Dawn

Trust

Here’s an impressive album that would have done a better job following Lior’s successful debut, Autumn Flow, than the slightly ineffectual Corner Of An Endless Road did as the Sydney singer songwrtier fills the gap between love-struck poet and earnest young fellow with folk-rock credentials. He does it well and comparisons to Cat Stevens can be easily drawn, not just with the occasional Middle Eastern inflections but with the ability to write a memorable tune. Tumbling Into the Dawn is incredibly strong and intoxicating from start to finish.

If music had a smell, Trust would waft through your nasal cavities like the burning incense and sweet aromatherapy oil of your wild-haired yoga teacher. It fills your senses to the brim with nostalgia of times never had in exotic far away lands. Ultimately, it is a dream travel memoir. Each song off Old Man River’s delayed second album is a celebration of cultural diversity and travelling’s emotional journeys. Now entirely the solo project of Sydney-based musician Ohad Rein, he went so far as to record the album in diverse locations such as Mumbai, Israel and Bondi Beach.

Independent/Inertia

The singles are obvious and kick the album off. As strong as they are, however, it’s the album tracks Chewing Gum and Driftwood that really see Lior reach his emotional depths. The lyrics on I Thought I Could Sing On My Own are a little trite, but the production takes care of it and If I Lost Your Love is probably the best example of the way he uses his guitar and vocal techniques to capture the Eastern edge he loves to employ. The record’s an uplifting affair full of clever studio moments that hold a listener’s interest. A well-balanced release, there’s enough for the fans of his acoustic love letters, and enough verve and energy for those who aren’t. He’s managed to break through the crowd of acoustic artists and be heard again above the six-string hum, all the while proving that contrary to what some of us were thinking, Autumn Flow was no fluke.

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You can feel the sounds of these countries echoing in each track, with album opener, In This World, casting a meditative spell through rhythmic Indian chimes. In seems like Rein’s using love as a muse more heavily than ever before. Songs like You And Me and Our Love Will Win indicate he’s fallen, hard. As his delicate and effortless vocals reminisce about moments frozen in time with somebody special, it’s easy to be smitten by his emotions. Tracks like India, Religion and Shanti Aaye showcase a penchant for the unique pop that he achieves through a large variety of instruments - 15 to be exact. They have the vibe of The Beatles and Bob Dylan but unmistakably carry Rein’s personal idiosyncrasy. Raw and reflective of its surroundings, it’s a direct result of Rein’s experiences and carries in it the excitement of becoming a new parent, the sadness of loosing band members and the intoxicating bliss of exploring foreign lands. Radiates singalong rock happiness and isn’t bound to culture or nationality. Caroline Savransky

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Body Talk Pt. 2 The second dance floor gem that Swedish pop star Robyn has dropped this year, Body Talk Pt.2 is much more consistent than Pt.1, June’s first instalment of the triptych she has planned for this year – the flurry making up for the five years Robyn has spent plugging Robyn, an album that took several years to break in America. Mostly written by Robyn and her regular collaborator Klas Ahlund, Pt.2 has been made for the clubs. The beats are crisp and hypnotic and have clearly been designed for sound systems that pump music out at decibel levels far exceeding what’s healthy. Love Kills, in particular, is just one track begging for a hardcore remix makeover. Indestructible is the one exception to this dance pop collection – a gloriously melancholic attempt at finding true love. The strings are just heartbreaking enough to suggest that being indestructible won’t be enough to keep this love alive. And considering Hang With Me’s upgrade from acoustic on Pt.1 to full dancefloor killer on Pt.2, here’s hoping the same is done for this track for Body Talk Pt.3. With its upgrade, Hang With Me has become the kind of song that should take pride of place on the summer hit list. Almost perfect pop, the tension that builds up over the verses bursts into a sparkling melody in the chorus and contrasts sharply with Robyn’s plea not to “fall recklessly, headlessly in love with me”. She may never generate the kind of buzz enjoyed by her American counterparts, but this album more than matches her contemporaries for sheer pop joy. Danielle O’Donohue


from beginning to end, Escapades proves an exciting and enthralling debut from another of Australia’s finest newcomers. Benjamin McInerney

FACT FILE: Length: 12 tracks, 44 minutes Moods: Joyous, rousing and reckless.

SERJ TANKIAN

THE RED SHORE

Warner

Roadrunner/Warner

Imperfect Harmonies

DID YOU KNOW

The Avarice Of Man

Tankian shines in the softer moments, when the music is minimalistic and lines like “When you touch me/I feel it” are given a chance to hang in the air and mould into the listener’s mind. Tankian has incorporated more of his heritage into this record than previously, implementing traditional instruments and singing in Armenian on Yes, It’s Genocide. (For those who don’t understand the language, the lyrics are an abstract commentary on the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which barely makes sense in Armenian.) He still hollers with convincing vibrato on Reconstructive Demonstrations, the outrage and passion evident, the piano-driven Gate 21 a sad goodbye to a lover, which is gorgeously complimented with strings that neither overpower nor underwhelm. A fitting representation of the album, there’s still a way to go before his solo efforts eclipse those of his past and this record brings him no closer.

The Red Shore’s burgeoning creative and commercial fortunes in the wake of tragedy and several lineup changes has been intriguing. Despite being an almost entirely different band with regard to membership – guitarist Jason Leombruni is the only founding player remaining – regardless of mourning or tension, the transition, as well as the musical and lyrical progression they’ve made, has been seamless. Long gone is the breakdown-ridden metalcore of their debut EP; the Geelong quintet a vicious juggernaut ready to mow down nearly everyone in their path. Drawing from the Decapitated, Misery Index and occasionally Cryptopsy schools of technically-minded death metal, The Avarice Of Man is a gigantic leap forward – heavier, nastier, nuanced and perhaps most importantly, possessing greater focus. Sure, there aren’t many elements the seasoned extreme metal listener hasn’t encountered previously, but the album bristles with more expansive arrangements (the title track, Human, All Too Human), tempering them with razor-sharp musicianship and a degree of intensity and atmosphere few would have theorised they were capable of a few years ago. New vocalist Chase Butler’s incensed, guttural growls on The Seed Of Annihilation and Awakening are the ideal foil for the increased musical dexterity. The concept piece flows coherently, but those merely seeking a battering will well and truly receive it. Perhaps 13 tracks of such unrelenting fare is too much to digest in one listen, but quite simply, The Avarice of Man is a blistering assault. They face a difficult task attempting to win battles with some of death metal gatekeepers, but hopefully both they – and the ‘core fans also populating their fan base – give this record a chance. Ignore it at your peril.

Sevana Ohandjanian

Brendan Crabb

Serj Tankian is broadening his horizons with his second solo record, and die-hard System Of A Down fans had best look away, because Tankian is no longer all political ramblings and screeching dissent; he’s singing about love and intimacy too. Imperfect Harmonies signals a change not only thematically for Tankian, but a step further away from his hardcore roots to electronic-cumorchestral soundscapes. His voice is strong as ever in the borderline Euro-techno of Deserving?, which saves itself from parody with a foot-stamping beat that rises climactically in the chorus. Frankly Tankian’s voice throughout the record, with its Armenian-tinged accent, is the sole unique element. Whether bellowing the political messages of Borders Are… or straining with falsettos on Beatus.

HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY Escapades

Stop Start/EMI Sometimes music just works. Guitars and melodies gel together, binding like rope with the swift kick of a bass drum, a few simple ohs and ahs and some ridiculously catchy keyboards. In the case of Hungry Kids Of Hungary, that formula may just be coming true. Swinging through hits on their debut long player, Escapades, the Brisbane quartet sound like a ragged mix of the old and the new – think equal doses of Beatles and Vampire Weekend influences. In fact, these 12 tracks could easily transcend a bunch of genres and none at the same time, but in the end it’s just pop music, and it’s done strikingly well.

• In April 2009 the band embarked on a tour dubbed International Relations, with two other bands that had been Unearthed by triple j, Philadelphia Grand Jury and Washington. The release of this album means that all three of the then-promising acts have now released full-length albums. • Primary songwriters Kane Mazlin and Dean McGrath were brought together by Ryan Strathie, as Mazlin sent demos from England, where he was living at the time and Strathie showed them to McGrath. On his return, they jammed with Ben Dalton and the band was formed. • The album launch tour that takes place this month is set to be the band’s most extensive to date.

Opener, Coming Home has the kind of Big-Band feel of years gone by. It’s almost a struggle to sit through its entirety without a little obligatory toe-tapping and one’s finest take on the infectious falsetto chorus. Wristwatch sounds more like the new, with a real indie vibe driven by pounding drums and some sharplystrummed guitar chords. Sure to please the already converted are older favourites Set It Right, Let You Down and Scattered Diamonds, which are among some of the strongest numbers on the record. Although the album ebbs and flows in pace, it really is hard to pick a low-point, with the foursome providing songwriting skills well beyond their years and eventually proving that their maturity in crafting meticulous melodies far exceeds their age. Filled with memorable singalongs

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NEW SINGLES/EPS ROUND UP WITH ROSS CLELLAND

It’s also a good idea to surround yourself with reliable things and/or people. Bianca Meier has the voice that adds maybe some bluegrass to the folk, and the kombi van that does a seemingly endless tour. Her debut, Oh Bright Night (Rising Tide), also has a couple of Whitlams – the band, not Gough and Margaret – and Lara from FourPlay helping out. Cass Eager has a new band, The Velvet Rope for her new EP, Down On My Knees (Little Bliss) and that has Jon Howell from Leonardo’s Bride/Chase The Sun on drums, guest organing from Lachlan Doley of The Hands and other things. Not sure forgiveness should be given to Sia for her not-quite-right cover of Under The Milky Way for a US car ad, though it was probably profitable. Her next, Bring Night (Monkey Puzzle/Inertia), is actually a couple of years old, but has the correct dancey skip to it. Emma Davis has an album coming produced by Brian Campeau, and her Machines (Independent) has sweetness to her voice which is somehow not fey and cloying as some of her ilk. There’s some thought in the words. As there is in the next offering from the current queen of cross-self-promotion, Washington – you are bound to hear The Hardest Part (Universal) somewhere. Which is no bad thing. The spellcheck-annoying Wons Phreely also has pop songs of wit and wisdom. Tonight (Ivy League) puts the last couple of them together before the appearance of a debut album that may well see him everywhere as well. Keeping their name in front of the punters, as they gear up for a round of festival appearances, Operator Please’s new single is the skip and clap of Volcanic (EMI). Very them. Dear Perth, I remain in deep musical affection of much from your western climes. Some of the bands of there, or even merely from there, are the most magnificent of things. I herewith add Institut Polaire to the list with their previewing single, Make Your Own Mayflower (Popfrenzy), to an upcoming album of the same name. A collective, with a touch of the quieter moments of Arcade Fire about them, they have made the move across to Melbourne, which will make them closer to the success they should have. Red Jezebel have stayed on the left side of the nation, and built a decade-long career, with some fine music among it. Closer To You (Sunday Ride) is craftsman-built melodic rock, again. At the start of a cycle that may well take them that far from their beginnings at the WA Academy Of Performing Arts, The Transients’ Hey You! (MGM) previews a debut album to appear early next year. Bit electronic, bit pop, bit punk. Think Regurgitator of a few years back. Good Little Fox are also from over there – though there’s a member been moonlighting in Switzerland of all places. If the EP’s title, We Make Party (MGM), wasn’t enough, lead song, Let’s Fuck Like Crazy People, should remove all doubts as to what they’re about. The Joe Kings have won WAMIs, their Calls In The Night EP (Session) is good timey and rootsy and eminently suitable for those festivals.

CLASSIC

2. Kicking The Balustrade

What’s in a name? Well, it’s a handy part of your marketing plan. The ‘You can judge a book by its cover’ theory. Thus, you are called The Chainsaw Hookers, and your EP is called First Blood (Blood Rock). Yeah, facial hair, guitars, and let’s yell like Motorhead. Naturally. Similarly, The Mandelas would be politically aware, and do the ska, reggae and various roots things on Audio Riot (Hijk Music). Skipping Girl Vinegar? Have to be Melbourne, over the hill to the MCG, jigging all the way before getting Wasted (Popboomerang/MGM), probably at one of those nice rustic pubs in Fitzroy, listening to Weddoes on the jukebox. But then The Bon Scotts go and mess with the concept – forget the Accadacca idea you’ve probably got – think Bonnie as in Highlands, and We Like War (Popboomerang/MGM) with a leftist folkie irony.

Again there’s space in the sound, even when the guitars spiral to underline as the singer gets desperate, “betrayed by love”, probably not for the first time. But again, the hope you’ll “be conveyed by love” will ensure it’ll probably happen again.

3. Lie And Face The Sun The feel good hit of the summer, if you choose to ignore the wordplay where “And” becomes “To”. Ms Washington and Mr Rogers gaze longingly into each other’s eyes, perhaps occasionally looking to see if there’s any better offer in the room.

4. The Good Ones “The nice guys might finish last/ They need no other prize.” A suppressed memory returns of slurring similar sentiments to this very singer a while back. Yes, the cunce are winning and, annoyingly, probably will for a while longer yet. Your loss, ladies.

YOU AM I

5. Shuck

You Am I

Other Tongues It’s a matter of record – though, being this band, let’s spell that ‘rekkid’ – that few bands mean more to many Australians than You Am I. In all their swagger, fragility, pomp, stupidity, glory, heartbreak, naivety, camaraderie, fight, excess, pride, fall, sheer damn humanity – they are what a rock‘n’roll band should be. Now, here’s a trick. Nigh-on 20 years and a dozen albums in, You Am I here offer some songs, sounds and thoughts unlike anything they’ve ever done before. There were some hints on the previous Dilettantes – and even that polarised in its way. As previously advised, Tim Rogers is not going write Berlin Chair again – even as much as some want him to. There’s a density to this record. Even writing this, there are second and third thoughts about phrases, noises, even whole songs. Listening to it repeatedly – full immersion under-the-headphones studies, background music to the washing up, cranked loud with the windows open on freeway drives – and still you can’t quite get a grasp on all of it. There are bits in this anything-but-definitive review that will be wrong. In a couple of months philosophies and asides will have changed. Even the construction was different. The band seem freed – just enjoying the music they are making. And Tim Rogers – well, he’s as Tim Rogers as ever. Confessing and testifying; even singing with a new confidence. His yowl and yelp still has the necessary ragged edges, but elsewhere – perhaps due to his stage work, or maybe just knowing his voice – he’s expressing, caressing the songs: softer, drawing you in and making you listen. There are other voices beside ‘the third best singer in my band’ as he self-deprecates. You Am I work well with a female counterpoint. Thus, the currently omnipresent Megan Washington and the vintage, sultry/sweet, tones of Lanie Lane are variously present, as consciences or sirens. Some signposts, though the GPS may still need some fine-tuning…

1. We Hardly Knew You Strummed and shimmering, you might “hold the truths to be evident”, but you have to go looking for them as you push on. The guitars then kick in and climb with you, which at least keeps you looking for the answers and the love you need.

A little in the Dilettantes style – with half-spoken intro, the pause for breath, into a swaggering march of social self-defence strategies, still loving the magic and the challenge. You follow, dancing all over the problems, hopefully.

6. Crime A cloud of low guitars, which sometimes peel off to reveal another layer, underpin Rogers in sleepy, distracted conversation with himself. Perhaps secondguessing himself. One of those where you’ll find something new in each listen.

7. The Ocean Just in case you forgot they are a rock band, the guitars gather themselves and crash in tidally, then buzz around nearly overflowing. Surf music? Yeah, maybe. But just dirty enough to be from the days when there was the outfall over at Maroubra.

8. Pinpricks And up another gear, Davey Lane’s guitar speeding. Just over two minutes of a sweet throwaway rush of attraction across the dancefloor makes you “Want to feel once again”. If this was the soundtrack, more of us might not be going home alone.

9. Waiting To Be Found Out One of the little sonic adventures, as various sounds slip in and away as you get roused to late morning, sometimes before you work out exactly what was happening. There’s some grown-up doubts and fears, but you carry on, as you have to.

10. Trigger Finger Somebody said ‘smoulder’ and there’s no better word. She has got that “same old walk” like in the Paul Kelly song and still looks the business even after the lights come on at the Townie. Includes the aching keen that makes me want to marry Lanie Lane.

11. Let’s Not Get Famous A final piano-led reflection. “We’re here for a sweet time, not a long”. Rogers is the voice of experience, telling you things you should know, if you didn’t already. But you really need say nothing more than God Bless Every Fucking One Of Us. Again. Ross Clelland

WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING Scorn Of The Women Warner

We spend a lot of time as Australians singing other people’s songs, reading other people’s words and watching other people’s stories. Sometimes these other stories reflect our own; there are common experiences or universal truths we can recognise, but we have so many stories that are uniquely Australia. The work of bands such as Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly and more recently The Drones barely even begin to scratch the surface. Back in 1987, a young Melbourne collective, Weddings, Parties, Anything, dropped their debut album and right from the start, were doing their best to tell Australian stories; updating traditional forms, like convict ballads, war songs and singing tales of small town life, in a musical era that had punk and sinewy hard rock still ringing in its ears. Scorn Of The Women dedicated equal space to songs featuring such modern day concerns as meeting intriguing women at parties, mourning departed love ones or despairing over life in a deadend town with songs about Depression-era men descending on country towns looking for work, an orphaned maid killing her newborn baby because she couldn’t afford to stop working and the album’s stunning centre point and title track. If the Weddings, Parties, Anything legacy contained little else but the song Scorn Of The Women, they would still be a terribly important Australian band. The song begins with a gentle melody played on a squeezebox, echoed by the bass and guitar, before lead singer Mick Thomas starts the first verse. Narrated by a man who is turned away from enlisting in the army because his eyesight is too poor, the song takes its name from the harassment campaigns carried out by women at the time on men they thought were acting cowardly by not fighting in the war. The symbol of this perceived cowardice was the delivery of a white feather. It’s a heartbreaking reminder of how selective history can be. We spend all our time honouring our Diggers, but little time remembering anyone else. The song’s simple melody and sparse instrumentation keeps all of the attention on Thomas’ beautifully poetic lyrics, “Don’t sing those songs about Waltzing Matilda/don’t tell me I tried, don’t tell me I failed/‘cause all I recall is the scorn of the women and a white feather that I received in the mail”. As with most debut albums, not every song is a home run. There is a disarming gulf between the songs Thomas is at the mic for as opposed to the Dave Steelled tracks. There’s a dense weight to Steel’s Lost Boys in particular that interrupts the flow of the early part of the album, but overall the musicianship is assured. The squeezebox, played by long-time band member Mark Wallace, gives the album its very rich folk vein. It wouldn’t be until later that the band would introduce violin, and cello, or any of the other older-worldly instruments that they ended up having in their arsenal.

Coming back from seeing the world, Airbourne knock on your door loudly and announce their national tour with Bottom Of The Well (EMI). Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti have a polarising contender for alternative pop album of the year with Before Today – but Bright Lights Blue Skies (4AD/ Remote Control) might help you make up your mind about them. Pat Grossi was once a choirboy, and there is cathedral-ceilinged echo to some of the synth-drenched songs he makes as Active Child. Eerie, poppy, and hymnal – sometimes at once – the Curtis Lane EP (Spunk) has a haunting quality to it.

The band’s sole ‘hit’, Father’s Day, didn’t come until 1992’s Difficult Loves album but from the very outset, Weddings, Parties, Anything set themselves as a rock band apart from many of their contemporaries, doing for Australian folk songs and stories what bands such as The Pogues were doing overseas. They were inspiring a new generation to appreciate a rich history and shining a light on the plight of Australians that were often overlooked by people taking notes for the official version of how things were.

The production credits of Burke Reid of Gerling lengthen. The Mess Hall and Gareth Liddiard among others there, but taking an interesting leftish turn with Brisbane’s Re:Enactment, all electro and howling on their Talent For Retail (Lofly). A more breezy pop mood from up there comes from Blame Ringo, In A Hurricane (MGM) having a happy swing to it. Fun Machine are from Canberra, automatically making their name ironic, but the music doesn’t take itself too seriously. More Is More (Nashcap Music) tweaks your ear and then runs away giggling.

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LB: THINKING OF THE MOSH Notorious American rap rockers Limp Bizkit had to cancel more shows in Europe last week when drummer John Otto was hospitalised with pneumonia. The band was scheduled to play a show in Oslo, Norway, last Monday but had to cancel due to the 33-year-old drummer’s deteriorating medical condition. Disappointed fans were told that their tickets would be refunded; no word was given on whether the show would be re-scheduled. The band’s frontman Fred Durst gave an update of the situation on Twitter the next day. “Otto update – John is feeling much better today and is on his way to recovery. Thank you so much for all of your support. We love you @OttoJ”. Limp Bizkit had previously planned a comeback tour of the US over summer, yet pulled the headline dates back in May due to apparent booking issues. Durst gave a statement via his Twitter on that matter as well. “Our reason for moving the U.S. tour dates is simple: We insist on bringing you the best concert experience we have to offer. An amphitheatre environment won’t allow us to do that with so many seats directly in front of the stage. Moving away from amphitheatres and into venues with appropriate floor space will allow more room for jumping, dancing and moshing directly in front of the stage, instead of on a grassy knoll a hundred yards away. Ultimately, this is what we prefer.” Limp Bizkit report they have finished work on their new studio album, Gold Cobra, with the band’s original guitarist Wes Borland. However they are yet to announce a release date.

HUMBLE DREAMER Last week British publication, Music Radar, announced Dream Theater’s much-hallowed bass player John Myung as the winner of 25 Greatest Bassists of all Time poll. In response to the acknowledgement, Myung told the magazine, “It’s definitely an honour. I view it as a social endorsement that reflects on a lot of different things, from the band I’m in to the records we’ve put out to the basses I play. But it’s quite an honour, absolutely, one which tells me I’m on the right path. My gratitude goes out to everyone who voted. But I, in no way, feel that it’s true in the sense of the title of the award, because there’s so many great players all over the world who contribute amazing music. So, even though I’m deeply flattered and appreciative, let’s say that it’s taken with a bit of objectivity.”

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METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC There’s a bit of metal interest on the Big Day Out lineup for 2011. In case you missed it, the bands you want to know about are Tool - how ‘bout a new album before the tour, eh? - Rammstein, who will be bringing the phallus and the pyro, Iggy And The Stooges, who will bring some kids’ grandparents out for the day, and Andrew W.K who will probably bring the beer. The Deftones and Primal Scream round out the harderedged international bill and although it will probably remind you of a BDO you’ve already been to, it is none too shabby really. It’s good to see Airbourne get a run on a local festival after destroying basically every stage they’ve played in Europe over the last two years and Mike Patton’s favourite band, Wolfmother, are on too.

Thursday 14 October, head down to the Bull N Bush to catch Remains The Day play the very same stage I once did many years ago. Joining them will be Azlock and Gutterstomp. And as it seems to be many a person’s favourite four-letter word these days, the gig is free! Having been brought out of a long hibernation in 2008 to support WASP and once more feeling that power of being on stage for the first time in over a decade, The Poor released a new record, Round 1, in 2009. In true Poor fashion, the record laid you on your arse from the first song. So with Round 1 in the bag, it’s time for another dose of no bullshit, straight-up rock’n’fucking’roll and, trust me, Round 2 (due 15 October) delivers just that. The guys will also be making the journey south from their Gold Coast base to play The Sandringham Hotel Friday 10 December followed up by a trip to Canberra to play The Maram on Saturday 11.

No Life ‘Til Leather is back! And it looks so good it’ll bring a tear to your eye! Focusing on ‘80s glam rock, hard rock and heavy metal, the resident DJs will be providing the soundtrack you’re after for the return date Friday 22 October at Hermann’s Bar. On the night they’ll be celebrating the 20th anniversary or Warrant’s Cherry Pie, with DJs The Sultan of Sin and Colonel Knowledge filling the rest in with tracks from the likes of Mötley Crüe, Vain, Ratt, Dokken and Iron Maiden. On top of all this, Utopia Records will be giving out gift vouchers to those in the best ‘80s hair metal wigs, with film clips showing all night to enhance the mood. After a few big weeks of acts it’s about time for Club Blink to take a little breather, so this week they have a couple of album launches, for The Autumn Offering and Bring Me The Horizon. Even on a low-key week they have some good stuff going on. This Saturday is going to be quite a heavy affair down at The Wall, where Metal Heads United present a stack of killer bands from 7pm through to the wee hours, all intent on ripping your head off. The evening opens with Black Horizon, who are followed by Havoc (check their main shredder out), Alice Through The Windshield Glass, Anno Domini (fresh off their Mayhem support and promoting their new album Atrocities) and hoping you have some energy left ‘cause after all that will be Daemon Foetal Harvest, who will be closing out the evening in fine style. It’s $15 at the door. Another of the bands from Metal Evilution, without doubt the biggest supporters of local metal since the days of Warhead Records, is the mighty Darker Half, who, along with Adelaide metal heavyweights Skintilla,

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I end this week’s column now with a goblet in hand and a half-empty (or half-full) bottle of Merlot at my side, so if you will indulge my nutso sense of clichéd humour once more, more wine waiter, please.

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WEDNESDAY ANNO DOMINI are heading all over the state in October. The shows are Saturday 23 October at the Sandringham Hotel along with Vendetta Of The Fallen and Tortured, Sunday 24 at Lucky Australian Tavern – this one is at 1pm, so make a note of that – they will be sharing the stage with Rampage, Dark Order and Of Consequence. Saturday 30 October they’re at Club LED, Newcastle District Tennis Club, for an all-day festival beginning at high noon and featuring Voyager, Lord, Grim Demise and a heap more for just 20 bucks! And finally the metal-starved people of Leeton, which I have learned, is a town that has gone 14 years without a live metal gig, will get their fix on Saturday 20 November at the MIA Club and joining them will be The Fall Of Vaklyrie, I Am Atlas, Netherealm and Nemesphyxia. Darker Half will be playing material from their current slab, Duality, plus a host of new songs from their new one, which is due out early next year.

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Acid King, Baby Machine, The Handlebars – The Harp Hotel

THURSDAY Acid King – The Basement, Belconnen Mourning Tide, Wish For Wings – Hot Damn, Spectrum Pledge This, Chemical Transport, Vanstorm – Bull N Bush Hotel

FRIDAY Pulseffect, Ilcontent, Simulacra, Viral Millenium – Club LED, Hotel Parramatta

SATURDAY Anno Domini, Daemon Foetal Harvest, Alice Through The Windshield Glass, Black Horizon, Havoc – The Wall Buried In Verona, Vanstorm – SFX, St James Hotel heavy@drummedia.com.au


PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY Apparently in Byron Bay the Parkway Drive sign continually gets stolen. Our boys are in good company, because in New York City they have a similar problem with the street sign marking Joey Ramone Place. According to the New York Post, of the 250,900 street signs in New York, the sign erected in tribute to the Ramones is the most stolen sign in the state. So often is the sign removed by Ramones fans that the city has now raised the sign to 20 feet off the ground, a full eight feet higher than regular street markers. Ramones drummer Marky suggested to the newspaper, “But maybe they should find a better way to attach it. Now you have to be an NBA player to see it.” If you’re planning on taking your spanners to NYC, mark down the corner of Bowery and East Second Street. There was a rumour doing the rounds that Big Day Out was going to have Blink 182 on the bill. Of course that wasn’t true. Other than Iggy & The Stooges, there is nothing for punk or hardcore fans. No doubt it will still sell out and shirtless dudes with Southern Cross tattoos will be stoked. Rise Records has announced the signing of Columbus, Ohio’s My Ticket Home. The five-piece recorded its debut EP, The Opportunity To Be, with Caleb Shomo, vocalist of Attack Attack!, who also appears on the track, Dead Weight. Rise will release the EP in early November. Rival Schools released one of the classic post-hardcore albums, United By Fate, back in 2001. A second album was recorded, abandoned and never actually released. After many years in the wilderness they reformed in 2008 and started playing shows again (and even made it to Australia for the second time ever on Soundwave 2009) and now it seems in 2011 we may finally get a new Rival Schools album. News is that a new track, Shot After Shot, will be released in November and rumour is an album will follow. Against Me! have cancelled their planned Australian tour, due to arrive at The Metro Theatre on Saturday. It’s a shame because like their new album or not (seems everyone has an opinion, which I guess is good?), the band always kill live. The band haven’t made plans to reschedule their dates and refunds are available from the points of purchase. Misery Signals were just here recently touring with The Amity Affliction on their Youngbloods tour and it seems all wasn’t well in the Misery Signals camp because it has been announced that guitarist Stu Ross has left

category, despite the obvious popularity of the music in this country. Finally that has changed with the addition of the “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album” category. Congratulations to the nominees Parkway Drive, The Amity Affliction, Airborne, Dead Letter Circus and Violent Soho. 2. Bring Me The Horizon. There Is A Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let’s Keep It A Secret. Sure it’s a shit title, but it’s a cracking album. It hits stores this Friday. Make sure you check it out. Also this Wednesday on Short Fast Loud I’ll be talking to frontman Oli Sykes about the album.

RIVAL SCHOOLS the band. He told the Lambgoat website, “Frankly, I just got tired of being in a metal band.” A brief statement from the band confirms, “You may have heard – Stu has officially left MS. He’s our boy forever and we wish him the best with new endeavours. It’s been an honour.” Ross will apparently focus on his other project, pop punk act Living With Lions, which he joined recently. Get ready to skank like it’s 2001 because Reel Big Fish and The Aquabats are touring together in December. Reel Big Fish will be hitting town to promote their new kinda best of CD, The Best Of Us... For The Rest Of Us, which sees all the band’s hits re-recorded. And if that wasn’t enough for ya, a bonus disc of ‘skacoustic’ versions of the classics like Sell Out, Beer and In The Pit. To strengthen the bill even more, perhaps one of the most fun live bands you are likely to see – The Aquabats! Tickets go on sale this Thursday for Friday 3 December at the UNSW Roundhouse. All ages.

3. Germs Of Perfection: A Tribute To Bad Religion. Spin magazine have put together a tribute album to celebrate the old blokes’ 30 years as a band. The compilation comes free with the magazine’s November issue but if you’re not a subscriber head to Spin.com mid-October to download. Acts are slowly being revealed; so far we have had previews of cover by Tegan & Sara and Polar Bear Club which both sound amazing. 4. Gang Of Four. Content is the title for their first new album in 16 years. They’ll be here for the first time on Soundwave 2011 and you can preview a new song, Don’t Pay For The Farm, now online. 5. The Black Pacific. Former Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg is back with a new band that, um, sound like Pennywise. So if you’re a Pennywise fan, you’ll dig The Black Pacific.

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THURSDAY

Lungs, Between The Devil And The Deep, The Conspiracy Plan, Let Me Down Jungleman, Gently – Grand Hotel, Wollongong

FRIDAY

This Wednesday night Stu’s back from holidays and on the radio. Make sure you tune into Short Fast Loud at 10pm Wednesday for interviews with Bring Me The Horizon and Guttermouth and new music from The Black Pacific, Architects, Senses Fail and more!

Alexisonfire, Break Even – UNSW Roundhouse

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Gay Paris, The Beards, Brothers Grim, Contraban – The Supper Club

1. ARIA Awards recognising heavy music. For years now the ARIA have had categories for urban, jazz, blues, comedy, world music etc., but no heavy music

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Chris Duke & The Royals, Nudist Colonies Of The World, Running Bear With Eagle Eye, Batfoot!, Sparrows – The Lansdowne Hotel

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LION’S DEN SHUT We saw them in acoustic duo mode at Soundwave before it moved to Eastern Creek, and now in a post on their MySpace blog Long Island quartet As Tall As Lions have put an end to the band. “After eight years of music, friendship, laughter, adventure, bliss, blood, sweat, tears and everything else that goes along with it, As Tall As Lions are retiring for the foreseeable future. There is no sadness on our side, and we hope there is none on yours,” the post read. They are playing three shows across America to farewell fans, and also posted, “Our sincerest apologies to those who can’t join us at these celebrations, but know you will be there in spirit. Much love to you all, and thanks again for everything.”

BASS LINES Los Angeles pop punk outfit Say Anything have announced that they’re bassist Alexander Kent has left the band. In a post on their Facebook the band said, “We are still in love with Alex as a man and a bass player and wish nothing but the best to him in all endeavours, and this was as amicable as a split could possibly be.” Kent also posted, “I’ve learned and grown so much while being in this band and these words will not come close enough to expressing the gratitude to everyone in the band, everyone who worked for and helped the band, and all of the amazing fans who took time to come see and talk to us. Thank you. All of the guys and I are still best friends and hopefully always will be. There are no hard feelings and there was no altercation. I have just decided to start the next chapter of my life.” Remarkably, the band have managed to rope in Kenny Vasoli of The Starting Line fame and major early-emo street cred to play bass for their upcoming American tour. Vasoli will be in Australia with The Starting Line for the Soundwave festival.

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HIP HOP WITH VIKTOR KRUM It’s the Grand Final of the Wollongong Wail band competition this Thursday, and there’s eight bands on the bill. Some we’re familiar with and some real newcomers, it should be interesting to see what mix the even has thrown up for us. Delinquent, Bonney Read, Zero Point Aura, Tzar Bomber, Sub Box Derby, Kramer, The Maze and Lost In Verona have made it through and will play at Wollongong City Diggers. Prizes include recording time, and a four-song live DVD. Second prize will have a professional press kit made up for them.

I’ve been alive long enough now to realise that there are some things I will never understand. You may think differently. Perhaps you are young and, with the world at your feet, you know nothing of limitations and have no reason not to Dream Big. Perhaps you are old and you’ve conquered every obstacle placed in front of you with ease. You’ve never faced an issue you haven’t been able to come to grips with, so how could anything new challenge your mastery of all that is and all that has been? I fall into neither of those camps. There are things that will never make sense to me. Right up the very, very top of the list for me is: The Videogame Launch Party. At an album launch, you socialize and listen to the album. At a film premiere, you socialize and watch the movie. At a videogame launch you… listen to Big Boi rap? That’s right: Electronic Arts – “EA” for short – are releasing a new videogame called Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. It’s apparently the latest in the hugely successful Need For Speed series. Could be a cool game if you’re into videogame series with rhyming titles. What I do not understand is this: how will Big Boi help me like a videogame? Maybe this is why I’m a pretend music journalist and not a pretend videogame journalist. If you’d like you can catch Big Boi launch the game on 18 November alongside some of Australia’s most impressive high performance cars? There’s a car show in the afternoon and then music in the evening? Big Boi is pumped according to a statement: “this (event) brings a few of my favourite things together – music, video games and hot cars. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit has all of those things combined so I can’t wait to make it funky in Australia.” I’m more confused than ever, but basically the deal is thus: you have to pre-order a copy of the game to go and see the show. I suggest you do that? If you’d like? If that’s the sort of thing you like to do? You love those Big Village big villains as much as I do. They’re young, cute, cuddly and talented. They’re having a free label night Friday at the Beach Road Hotel. Three acts (some way short of the whole BV roster) will be in attendance. Daily Meds will be keeping all the pill-popper hip-hoppers bouncing around. Loose Change will be impressing everyone and showing how a crew so inexperienced can be born fully grown. True Vibenation will bring the brassy boom bap. Max Gosford will be DJing. It all makes for some pretty

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BIG BOI – FEELS THE SPEED exciting times. Oh, and remember, Big Village have a new release due out in November; a release that is none other than Thundamental maestro Tuka’s debut album. Those rappers love their good causes. Right from Wyclef trying to run Haiti (how is this going, by the way? Does anyone know? Has Wyclef burned Haiti down? Plus: isn’t there a bone-chilling irony in some rich guy from a crew named for its ersatz refugee status attempting to mismanage a country rocked by an awful natural disaster? P.S. We love you, Haiti) to Urthboy releasing a new track called Your Thing in partnership with ReachOut.com. It’s a track with a didactic story, and a cool hook. What more do you need? Well, you need a clip. And that’s where you come in. You see ReachOut. com are asking for footage of you doing your thing that they can edit together and turn into a cracking video. Your final date for making a submission is 25 October. If your thing is making videos and putting them on YouTube, this could be the meta-narrative extravaganza you’ve been waiting for. If your thing is attending videogame launch parties, make sure your footage explains what the hell is going on. getittogether@drummedia.com.au

Canadian post-hardcore favourites Alexisonfire are in Australia for the sixth time this week, and they’ll be dropping into the UNSW Roundhouse this Friday. They’re still touring on their Old Crows/Young Cardinals album – a Y&R favourite – but don’t expect them to wheel out an organ for when their play The Northern. Speaking to Y&R, co-lead vocalist and guitarist Dallas Green said, “We brought the organ on our American tour that we did and it was really cool, but recently because we’ve been flying around a lot we’ve been playing it without the organ. And it’s been going pretty good too. It costs a lot to fly to Australia and it costs even more with extra luggage. And to hire an organ for one song, you kind of have to start thinking about your budget with stuff like that. But we’ve been getting away without it.” Green turned 30 last week, but he’s still loving what he’s doing. “I’m just looking forward to playing honestly. It’s my favourite part about being in a band. I’m not really looking forward to much more than playing because as much as travelling is fun and getting to see different parts of the world is fun, I still mostly look forward to playing my guitar every night to people.” Excitingly, they’ve go one of Australia’s best hardcore bands, Break Even to support. They’ve just picked up an ARIA Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist, and Amy Meredith will be arguing their case for the nod at the Factory Theatre Friday. They’ve been all over the place this year and they’re touring on the back of their debut album Restless. Split between Australia and France, rock’n’roll outfit Harmonic Generator are playing the Basement, Belconnen, this Saturday. They’ll be joined by locals Absence Of State, Jacobson’s Organ and The Naddiks.

POP CULTURE THERAPY WITH ADAM CURLEY Lately I’ve found myself involved in discussions on the term ‘hipsters’ and, more often, the topic of ‘hipster hate’. It may seem untimely to be having such conversations when publications like Adbusters and Time Out New York were running hyper-reactionary cover stories on the definitions of and ‘cultural threat’ of hipsters in 2008 (the first titled “The dead end of Western civilisation”, the second “The hipster must die”), but it could be argued that Australia is only now reaching the saturation point of hipster as visual cultural entity. Or that it’s the backlash that is now being widely disseminated, or that the hipster as an ‘identity’ has reached the point of cultural detachment via media stereotyping and so is more able to be analysed from an objective position. Maybe it’s just that ‘Being A Dickhead’s Cool’ YouTube video. Who or what a hipster is and why they cause such strong reactions is a huge and complex discussion, but I thought I’d pose one possible angle from which to view it, if only to show how unthreatening the whole thing is. I would argue the term ‘hipster’ as ascribed in articles such as in Time Out New York is tied to, or has over time taken on traits that tie it to, the notion of ‘subculture’ despite its ties also to more general fashion culture. These would include, but are not limited to, an identifiable demographic (age, class, location, etc) and behaviours that differentiate the ‘group’ from the ‘norm’. As with any talk of a group as a subculture, identifying traits vary by large degrees, ‘members’ can’t ever be separated from their ongoing relationship to the broader society and members may not count themselves as members (which has often been seen to be the case since the idea of ‘belonging to a subculture’ itself has become part of common education and dismissed as naïve, or really since subcultures were ascribed their titles by media who wanted to sell their shared ideas as sensationalised stories). I.e. Nothing exists in a vacuum. The reason for relating hipsters to subculture theory is it’s in that discussion that it becomes clearer that, as ‘emos’ didn’t, hipsters don’t exist in reality as they exist in media (such as the Hipster Runoff blog’s caricatures of hipsters, which also took the idea of ‘authenticity’ from subculture theory). Also, the broader cultural response to the term can be more easily analysed – the • 60 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

‘us vs them’ response. It only really matters what the ‘them’ stands for in any subculture situation because it determines the severity of the response. When ‘outsider’ fashion is involved, males usually cop the brunt of criticism because it denotes a threat to masculinity. In the case of hipsters – the demographic of which is often seen as educated, middle-class 20-somethings who value knowledge of obscure cultural products for the sake of being more ‘in the know’ and, hence, ‘culturally elite’ – there is also the threat of exclusivity, even if it’s viewed as false exclusivity. No one likes being made to feel they know less than someone else, even if they believe that person to be unqualified in taking that position. Add to that the view that almost anything can be appropriated into hipster culture if it’s seen as being ‘little known’ and is then ditched when it gains wider attention and a ‘lack of meaning or values’ also gets attributed. Nothing is held as irreplaceable, therefore nothing is meaningful, therefore hipsters stand for cultural vacuousness. This, I’d argue, is false. As with anyone who involves themselves with culture outside ‘mainstream’ norms, this search is a search for meaning and, yes, naff as it is, it’s about belonging. In fact, it’s almost exclusively about these things; when the value of creativity in broader society is virtually nil; when history is there to be picked over and tried on in the hope that it will provide some hint of purpose when there are no definitions or guidelines that haven’t been questioned, broken or made redundant through circumstance. Or maybe I just like my dickhead lifestyle. breakdown@drummedia.com.au

They’ve dropped the vocal harmony-reliant sound to expand into pretty much everywhere they want to be with their new record Midnight Remember, and Little Red are in fine form live. Currently on an album tour, they’re due at The Metro Theatre Friday with the recently quiet Sparkadia slotting in as the support, Kimbra warming up the crowd first. Parramatta’s Church St will make way for East Street Sunday this week, as chefs cook up a storm in instructional classes and various stalls. On top of all the tasting and kids activities, the free event will feature live music from Ngaiire, The Foreday Riders, The Ray Beadle Trio and Grant Walmsley & The Agents of Peace. It’s part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival.

THE WEEK AHEAD It’s hard to go past the irrepressible Paramore for next week’s shows, Hayley Williams and company playing the huge Sydney Entertainment Centre Friday. They’ve brought out Reliant K from the States and newcomers The Jury & The Saints from New Zealand. You will have to decided between that and Cloud Control though, because those folk revivalists play The Metro Theatre on the same night – Seekae and Deep Sea Arcade the supports there. It was a quick announce and The Smashing Pumpkins will be at Luna Park’s Bog Top this Saturday. Not sure how well that’s going to be attended, to be honest. allages@drummedia.com.au

TALES FROM THE MOTHERLAND WITH JAMES MCGALLIARD One of the most famous pubs in London, if not the whole of the UK, was gutted by fire the other week. Thankfully no one was killed, but as this East End local is a household name, the story attracted substantial media coverage. Actually The Queen Vic is not a real pub at all but the social hub of long-running BBC soap EastEnders. For writers, pubs are an easy reason to get very diverse groups of people together, and when alcohol is imbibed, tongues are loosened and emotions can run high. The Queen Vic fire was a convenient storyline to allow the BBC to replace the old sets with ones suitable for high definition filming (as well as a way to write out some characters).

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Yet EastEnders is far removed from life; the fictional properties these impoverished souls inhabit would be worth near enough to a million quid in the real world, so most likely they’d have sold up and moved to larger digs in Chingford or Essex, pocketing a nice bit of change in the process. While in EastEnders the pub will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and re-open in refurbished HD glory (whilst allowing new characters to run it), in the real world it would most likely be converted into a set of expensive flats, as has happened to many pubs near the real-life inspiration of the show’s Albert Square. A Clapton local which was run by two brothers (who I’m sure were the inspiration for the show’s Mitchell Brothers) has been standing empty for some years, for while we’re being assailed by horror stories of ‘Booze Britain’ and the terrible cost to health alcohol causes, the truth is that this vital part of British culture seems itself to be dying a slow death. Once I would give directions to people based on the pubs they’d pass on the way (left at the Dog & Duck and down the lane beside The Crooked Billet), but so many have vanished that this is becoming increasingly impossible. Many London bus routes have stops named after the pubs found there, but these are disappearing as well. The 76 still terminates at the same place, but the bus destination no longer reads Tottenham Swan as this infamous late-night institution is currently being converted into units. The 55 may end its journey at Bakers Arms (Leyton), but the pub itself recently became a betting shop. And while (The) Nag’s Head (Holloway) is still there, it has been painted black inside and renamed The Gaff – and become the London home of the stoner rock movement.

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These thoughts were precipitated when a friend contacted me to say a November visit was on the cards and that I must take her to a good old English pub. This could be a problem; most pubs in the centre are atrocious and one of my favourites (and the only real ‘pub’ left in Shoreditch), Owl & Pussycat, has recently been gutted. The Stag’s Head (another favourite nearby) has been forced to close as their rent became too high to be viable. After some thought, the best one I could think of was in Reading, a commuter belt town in Berkshire some 40 miles west of London and not really handy for a shifty half. It’s not just my local favourites that are calling final time – The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has reported that up to five pubs close permanently each day, which is up to a third more than last year’s already disturbingly high figure. Outside London, it may be even worse; the definition of a village is pub, post office and church, and the BBPA reported 893 village pubs have closed in the past year. Meanwhile, the remaining pubs have seen the sharpest year-on-year decline in alcohol consumption since 1948, a significant 13 percent less than in 2004. Obviously there are numerous factors that have led to the current state of things. The smoking ban had an impact (although for many it made pubs accessible again), while the recession has made cheap supermarket booze an appealing alternative to an expensive night out, and changes to London’s cultural make-up mean there are now more communities in which alcohol plays no part at all. Small independent pubs must find it hard to compete with larger chains in a market where low prices are ever more important. Now there’s talk of the new government making changes to the 2003 Licensing Act. Although it failed in its aims of bringing European café society to the UK, it did bring sensible drinking laws to the UK, meaning you could finally get a beer after 11pm without being a member of a secret society. With further austerity measures still to come, the future of this great institution is not looking good. So the next time someone asks “What ya havin’?” I’ll be hoping it’s a pub to drink it in.


THE EMULATORS BLUES AND ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON Details have surfaced online this week that reveal the stunning Joe Bonamassa will be returning to Australia in the first half of next year. A date has already been set for a Newcastle show, happening at the city’s Civic Theatre Wednesday 18 May, 2011. Bonamassa was in Australia for this year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest where he proceeded to tear the house down, but it looks at this stage as if next year’s tour will be a bit late to see him return to Tyagerah for the second year running. The 33-year-old guitarist is already a bit of a veteran, having been mentored by Danny Gatton at age 11 and opened for BB King at age 12. He’s one of the most highly regarded blues rock players around today and well worth getting excited about. Tickets for the Newcastle show are available from Ticketek now. Local purveyor of hard-hitting, foot-stompin’, pre-War II, hill-country blues Hat Fitz, has been joined onstage by Cara Robinson for quite some time now, so if you’ve caught one of his shows over the past couple of years you no doubt know exactly what their blend of blues and Celtic folk is all about by now. They remain a couple of the hardest-touring musicians kicking around and this is evident in their forthcoming Homecoming tour, which follows on from their five-month stint in Europe and the UK. The tour will see them hit just about everywhere on the east coast of the country (with a quick dash to Western Australia thrown in for good measure); plenty of shows all around these parts so take a deep breath… They play the Sydney Blues Festival,

This year’s Big Day Out bill has dropped and certain blues and roots fans will undoubtedly be keen to catch John Butler Trio, Angus & Julia Stone and The Black Keys. If you are planning on heading along, we suggest seeing Iggy & The Stooges (duh), who were actually fantastic when they were last out (albeit with late, great guitarist Ron Asheton), Grinderman, whose dirty, whiskey-drenched new record is well worth picking up, and early rock’n’roll revivalists the Jim Jones Revue, who we are tipping to be the hidden gem of the festival.

HAT FITZ Windsor, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October, Trading Post, Laguna Sunday 31, Old Fitzroy Hotel Wednesday 3 November, Brass Monkey Thursday 4, Lizotte’s, Kincumber Friday 5, Beaches in Thirroul, Sunday 7, Lizotte’s Dee Why Thursday 18, Patonga Blues Across the Bay Festival Saturday 20, Lizotte’s Newcastle Sunday 21, The Goulburn Club Wednesday 24 and the Hotel Gearin Thursday 25. Swamp pop supergroup Lil’ Band O’ Gold are in town this week, hitting The Basement Circular Quay on Wednesday and The Factory Theatre on Thursday and local alt.country sensations Mo Trowell & The Delivery have just been selected as the support act for both shows. You can see them in acoustic mode on Wednesday and full band mode on Thursday. Lil’ Band O’ Gold have sold out shows elsewhere in the country, so we’d suggest prepurchasing your tickets to ensure you don’t miss out!

ARIA nominations are in for this year and the blues and roots category is going to be a hotly contested one yet again this year. The lucky nominees for Best Blues And Roots album are Ash Grunwald’s Hot Mama Vibes, Dan Sultan’s Get Out While You Can, Jeff Lang’s Chimeradour, John Butler Trio’s April Uprising and The Wilson Pickers’ Shake It Down. Undoubtedly a strong field and while the punters’ money will rest firmly on Butler to take the gong, you wouldn’t want to count out Dan Sultan, who has had a cracking year which culminated in a great showing at the 2010 Deadlys. Roots Down is throwing full support behind The Wilson Pickers due to the quality of their record – and it’s a rare day that we go against Jeff Lang, so take heed! A quick note to say we fucked up a couple of weeks back when talking about Good Vibrations. It actually takes place on Saturday 12 February. Apologies. rootsdown@drummedia.com.au

Celebrating the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan and retha Franklin, guitarist Mal Eastick, singer Shauna Jensen, Matt Roberts and the Bodz will be taking to The Basement, Circular Quay, Thursday, Lizotte’s Dee Why Friday and Lizotte’s Kincumber Saturday. Drum caught up with Shauna Jensen to get her thoughts. “I’ve always been the biggest ever fan of Aretha Franklin. I can put on any Aretha CD any time of the day or night and be moved by her. Her power, her soul and her special delivery of songs gives me shivers. I hope that I can do the songs justice. The hardest thing about doing a show like this is which songs to choose as her back catalogue is absolutely huge. Going back to when she was a young woman and first signed to Columbia Records, she has had so many albums out. Stevie Ray Vaughn has always been a huge favourite as well. During his tour of Australia, I was fortunate enough to meet him and he truly was an amazing man. His energy coursed through his veins palpably; you could feel it when you shook his hand. I love the raw power and passion he exuded in his music. Mal Eastick and I met when we were both touring with Jimmy Barnes, right after he had left Cold Chisel. We are both huge fans of the blues; in fact Mal has gone on to make blues his specialty. We formed a band right after one of Jimmy’s tours finished, which became the founding Mal Eastick Band. Mal is also one of those amazingly energetic players and does nothing by halves; he is totally dedicated to the guitar, and is really exciting to work with. We’re both huge SRV fans, so to get to do these songs again together is going to be awesome fun. I can’t wait to hit the stage with Mal Eastick

WEST LOSES GREAT JAZZ/WORLD WITH MICHAEL SMITH TUESDAY

A trio featuring Rai Thistlethwayte on double keyboard and bass synth, guitarist Matt Smith and drummer Al Hicks, Vital Greens play 505.

Another quartet night at 505 in Surry Hills as Jazzgroove presents The Remco Keijzer Quartet and the foursaxophone assault of SNAP.

SUNDAY A brand new, purpose-built music venue, VJ’s, has been created within the refurbished North Shore Temple Emanuel in Chatswood, and tonight, saxophonist Mark Ginsburg and his quartet, with special guest vocalist Judy Campbell, get to officially launch it.

Drummer John Morrison and singer Jacki Cooper pop down to the Golden Sheaf to sit in with the James Valentine Quartet.

WEDNESDAY Tonight sees 505 hosting four new ensembles composed of UNSW graduating students making their performance debuts. The John Redmond Trio plays the Manhattan Lounge. Tonight, singer Paul Sun takes to the Jazushi stage in duo mode, while Saturday morning he’s in trio mode for the morning session at Riverside Girls High’s markets.

THURSDAY Australian-born singer Mandie Vieira brings her trio and her passion for her Portuguese musical heritage to the Sound Lounge. Live At The Village celebrates its first anniversary with a concert featuring the Tina Harrod Quartet and singer, songwriter and pianist Robyne Dunn, from 7pm at the Presbyterian Hall in Springwood.

FRIDAY They’re calling her ‘The Mistress Of Scat’, and you can experience some of that in the flesh tonight when Jane

MIKE NOCK Irving takes her quartet into the Sound Lounge. Singer, songwriter and electric bassist Gervais Koffi brings his African Diaspora take on West African, French Caribbean and Latin grooves to Eastside Arts. A Sydneysider now for five years, Brazilian-born Fernando Aragones performs at 505.

Featuring Yiddish songstress Faye Sussman, The Klezmer Connexion deliver some serious gypsy fun to the Riverside Theatre Parramatta from 3.30pm. It’s a 4pm kick-off for The Unity Hall Jazz Band at – where else? The Unity Hall Hotel Balmain. Rai Thistlethwayte will once again join The Subterraneans as guest keyboards player at the Town Hall Hotel Newtown from 6pm.

SATURDAY 1940 was obviously a vintage year because it gave us actor Jack Thompson, drummer and composer John Pochee and pianist and composer Mike Nock who, tonight, celebrates his 70th birthday with a trio gig at the Sound Lounge, with additional guests tenor saxophonist Karl Laskowski and guitarist James Muller. Darren Percival, in his Mr Percival guise as a man, a mic and an effects pedal that creates some extraordinary sounds, launches his third album, Microphones, tonight and tomorrow night at the Vanguard.

Jazz quartet The Antripodean Collective are on tour promoting their second album, NTRPDN, and kick off tonight at Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, then play 505 in Surry Hills tomorrow night.

TUESDAY 12 Classical pianist Simon Tedeschi and jazz pianist Kevin Hunt launch their unique collaboration, Woodlands (ABC Jazz), at The Basement Circular Quay. blow@drummedia.com.au

ROCKABILLY/PSYCHOBILLY/ALT.COUNTRY WITH PEDRO MANOY WEDNESDAY

Longtime presenter 2MBS Austin Harrison will be on hand to meet and greet. The Steve Edmonds Band play the Hornsby Inn from 9pm and the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Aretha Franklin Music Celebration moves to Lizotte’s in Kincumber. The very downhome Chickenstones host The Gunslingers Moonlight Hoedown to celebrate the Manly Fisho’s apparent stay of execution, along with The Flaming Cadillacs and The Beaut Utes.

Lil’ Band O’ Gold are an all-star Louisiana swamp revue featuring C.C. Adcock, Steve Riley and Warren Storm to name a few. They play the first of two Sydney shows tonight at the Basement, Circular Quay, in what should be one of the gigs of the year so far. Englishman in New Orleans Jon Cleary is always a most welcome visitor to this country and takes his funky trio to Lizotte’s in Newcastle from 8pm. The Muso’s Club Jam Night is the gathering place for all hardcore blues fans at the Bald Faced Stag.

THURSDAY Lil’ Band O’ Gold play their second Sydney show tonight, moving to The Factory Theatre. Ross Ward has his regular spot at GJ’s Coffee Lounge in Cronulla, now from 7.30pm. The Muso’s Club Jam Night moves to the Carousel Inn and Jon Cleary’s Trio switch to Lizotte’s in Kincumber. There’s a big night at the Basement Circular Quay celebrating the music of Aretha Franklin and Stevie Ray Vaughan featuring guitarist Mal Eastick, singer Shauna Jensen, Matt Roberts and The Bodz.

FRIDAY The Backsliders have a big night planned for the Vanguard with the legendary Broderick Smith on harp and special guest Mick Hart. The soulful Jenny Marie Lang Trio headline the rebranded back again Empire Hotel, Annandale, from 8.30pm. The Jon Cleary Trio are at The Basement, Circular Quay, and the John Leigh Calder Trio hold down their long-running residency at

SUNDAY LIL’ BAND O GOLD the Hotel Clarendon Surry Hills. The Stevie Ray Vaughan and Aretha Franklin music celebration moves to the Dee Why Hotel with Mal Eastick, Shauna Jensen, Matt Roberts and The Bodz. Phil Edgeley is solo at the Tea Club Café in Nowra as is Terry Batu at the Horsley Park Tavern. The Steve Edmonds Band travel to the Terrey Hills Tavern from 8pm and The Loungephonics swing the Berowra Village Tavern from 9pm. At the Crown Hotel in the CBD you’ll find the hard working Flamin’ Beauties.

SATURDAY Dave Tice & Mark Evans kick off the evening at the Sandringham from 4pm while Phil Edgeley is solo at the CWA Hall in Moruya from 7pm. The Stormy Monday program on 2MBS-FM has another great night scheduled at the iconic Marrickville Bowling Club with the Ray Beadle Band plus rare movies of Muddy Waters.

The Jive Bombers get the jump on everybody with a noon start at the Cronulla RSL Memorial Club. There’s a great fundraiser at McMahons Point from 12.30pm to 8pm in support of Beyond Blue. Billed as the Blues Point Blues Festival the event will feature Nathan Cavaleri with his new band Nat Col & The Kings, guitarist Ray Beadle solo, the Mal Eastick Band, Ngariki and his band, the Continental Blues Party and Clayton Doley’s Organ Donors, as well as DJs Georgina Reed and Stacey Lymbery. It’s a fantastic lineup to support a great cause at a splendid outdoor setting. The Blues Pirates play the Macquarie Arms Hotel and the Western Sydney Blues Club Jam, hosted by the Shelley Turner Band, takes over the Hawkesbury Hotel, both gigs from 1pm in the Windsor region. The Steve Edmonds Band unleash the blues at the Towradgi Beach Hotel from 2pm and Mama Janes Blues Band have a great afternoon in store at Jack’s Bar & Grill in Erina from 3.30pm. Finally, Chris Turner & The Cave Men go ape at the Bald Rock Hotel from 6pm. swampshack@drummedia.com.au

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Influential West Coast musician, Grammy-nominated Buddy Collette has died aged 89. Daughter Cheryl Collette-White told the New York Times he passed away at a Los Angeles hospital 19 September from a respiratory problem, ending a career that saw him perform with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and more. A saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and bandleader, he remained a West Coast player for the majority of his life. His record, Live From The Nation’s Capitol, was nominated for a Grammy in 2001.

STILL TRAIL BLAZING Onetime Miles Davis sideman, the late jazz guitar pioneer Sonny Sharrock, has had a street in his hometown of Ossining, New York, named after him. South Malcolm Street was renamed Sonny Sharrock Way, with The Sons Of Sharrock, a band led by Sharrock’s cousin Kendall Buchanan performing at the event last Saturday. Renowned for his use of dissonance, feedback and distortion, a 2002 issue of JazzTimes named him one of the top ten most underrated guitarists in the history of jazz. Ron Wynn wrote then, “Sonny Sharrock was an experimental, rampaging guitarist who loved free music. He approached the instrument more as a saxophone and percussive weapon than a lyrical accompaniment tool. A onetime singer who performed in doo-wop groups for seven years, Sharrock easily delivered explosive splintered riffs, whiplash phrases and crackling accompaniment.” Sharrock, whose experimental style didn’t provide him with too many recording experiences as a bandleader, signed a deal with RCA in 1994, not long before he had a heart attack, aged 53, exercising in his New York home.

BLAZIN’ SADDLES This year’s Golden Saddle Awards will be announced this Saturday at Rooty Hill RSL. Every year The Golden Saddle Awards recognise excellence in independent Australian country music and in addition to the top award, there are also awards for the People’s Choice and Best Music Video. The final five announced for 2010 are Queensland band The Bostocks, Sydney’s Johanna Hemara, past Golden Guitar winner Steve Passfield, 20-year-old Tori Darke and Southern Stars nominee Tracy Killeen. Hosted by ventriloquist Darren Carr, Saturday’s award event will feature performances from all of the finalists as well a special set from 2009 Saddles winner Lianna Rose.

COUNTRY ARIAS In the flurry of ARIA Hall Of Fame and Awards nominations last week, the country honours have been announced. For the Country Album Of The Year, Catherine Britt has been given the nod for her selftitled album, Adam Harvey for Both Sides Now, Lee Kernaghan for Planet Country, The McClymonts for Wrapped Up Good and Jason Walker for Ceiling Sun Letters. Also present are Little Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill & The Little Hillbillies in the Best Children’s Album for that self-titled effort while Jeff McCormack was nominated for the artisan award of Engineer Of The Year for his work with Adam Harvey (Wayne Connolly won that one). It should also be noted that country legend John Williamson is one of the five acts that will be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, alongside post-punk and pop alumni. The Hall Of Fame event happens Wednesday 27 October at the Hordern Pavilion and will be covered by SBS’s RocKwiz. THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010 • 61 •


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WITH JAMELLE WELLS We find it hard to believe that the recent on-air stuff-up by Australia’s Next Top Model host Sarah Murdoch wasn’t a publicity stunt. At a live final of the reality TV show, filmed in Luna Park, Murdoch announced the wrong winner’s name. She said 19-yearold Kelsey Martinovich was the winner, but minutes later corrected herself saying it was 18-year-old Amanda Ware. Murdoch reckons it was because she was verbally given the wrong information before being handed the winner’s name on a card. Good news is the ‘mistake’ was not all bad news for Martinovich, with Foxtel confirming it will give her a $25,000 cash prize and a trip to New York as compensation. Former Doug Anthony All Stars comedian Tim Ferguson has resorted to hosting a new show on community television. The weekly half-hour show on Channel 31 promises to cover world events, cultural trends and the upcoming Victorian election. It goes to air live from 8pm on Wednesdays. Ferguson stood as an independent

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Marie Antoinette – with the impending release of her new film, Somewhere, it’s a good time to refresh yourself with the world of Sofia Coppola, such as this retelling of the life of the young French queen. Stars Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman. Part of the David to Cézanne film series. Domain Theatre, AGNSW, 7:15pm. (Repeats Sunday 10, 2pm.) The Pigeons – award-winning neurotic puzzle and fierce black comedy from one of Germany’s best young playwrights, David Gieselman, about a man who wishes to disappear without a trace. Preview, 7pm. SBW Stables Theatre until 30 October. The Wharf Revue: Not Quite Out Of The Woods – annual wrap-up of the year that was, from politics to pop culture. This year features Mar’gi, Red Riding Hood and Bob Brown, Japanese scientists hunting for John West rejects, Moby Dick, Iron Chef, Sarah Palin and Mark Latham hosting Hey Hey It’s Yesterday. Not to be missed. Preview, 8:15pm. Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre until 12 December.

Imagine Festival – opening night of this burlesque from Audrey L’Espionne, live music from Vote For Mary and DJs. Cleveland St Theatre. Lord Of The Flies & Macbeth – doublebill screening of two classic films; the first, Lord Of The Flies, about a group of boys stuck on an island who find themselves having to act as adults, conflict inevitably ensuing, the second, Macbeth, an often overlooked version of the Shakespeare classic by film maestro Orson Welles. Chauvel Cinema, 8:30pm.

THURSDAY 7 The Importance Of Being Ernest – new production of the Oscar Wilde classic. Preview, 8pm. Darlinghurst Theatre until 7 November. Panic – latest production from British troupe Improbable Theatre, following 2002’s Sticky and 2006’s The Hanging Man, featuring puppetry, dance, music, jokes, monologues and other juicy bits and pieces. Opening night, 7:30pm. Playhouse, Sydney Opera House until 16 October.

FILMING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE The Sydney Architecture Festival will be taking over various venues of our city, such as Customs House, Museum Of Sydney, and Powerhouse Museum, Wednesday 20 October to Sunday 7 November, featuring various exhibitions, tours, talks, classes, and an Architecture Film Day, being held at State Library of NSW Wednesday 20 October (repeated Wednesday 3 November). The films screening come from the Library’s archives, and include Taringa 4068 (10am), which tells the story of the Queensland suburb through the multiple generations of one family; Skyer=Clouds: Jørn Utzon (10:40am), filmed in 1994, featuring the architect’s first TV interview in 20 years in which his side of the story in regards to his dismissal from the Sydney Opera House project; Gaudi: To A Dancing • 62 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

SATURDAY 9 Imagine Festival – second day of the festival. Events today include short plays, play-readings, Best Of Playtime from Actors Anonymous, performance art, drama, music, cabaret and The Pomegranate Cycle. Cleveland St Theatre.

SUNDAY 10 Imagine Festival – third and final day of the festival. Events today include burlesque workshop, poets’ breakfast, dance, experimental short films, songs, poetry and jazz. Cleveland St Theatre.

MONDAY 11 Cléo from 5 to 7 – masterpiece of filmmaking from one of the finest directors to ever put pictures to celluloid, Agnès Varda, a portrait of existentialism that contains cameos from such French heavyweights as Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina. 16mm print. Chauvel Cinema, 6:30pm.

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originally conceived as a student at NIDA. That play had a budget of $50. Produced for less than $5 million, the film spent weeks in the number one spot in the UK and Australia and earned more than $80 million at the box office. Singer-songwriter Paul Kelly is presenting his A To Z Shows at next year’s Sydney Festival as part of a nationwide tour. He’ll perform 100 of his songs alphabetically across four consecutive nights in each city. The acoustic performances will be in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Darwin, Melbourne, Alice Springs and Adelaide. Kelly says he first came up with the idea of performing his 30-year body of work using the letters of the alphabet in 2004. The 55-year-old has since played The A To Z Shows in all of Australia’s major cities but has never before taken the show on a nationwide tour. A highlight of the Australian Ballet’s 2011 season is a new full-length Romeo And Juliet, choreographed by Graeme Murphy. The season also includes Christopher Wheeldon’s After

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6. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

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Room, or the vibrator play; Terminus from Irish theatre troupe Abbey Theatre; Loot, which hasn’t been staged in Sydney since 1988 and comes via director Richard Cottrell (Travesties); and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land (directed by Michael Gow). Finally, the Wharf’s Main Stage season includes ZEBRA!, starring Brown and Friels; Brecht’s first play Baal; Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats Of Loneliness (described as “a freak show of deformed minds”); Our Town director Iain Sinclair’s adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding; and a work created especially for STC by choreographer Stephen Page with Wayne Blair and Kathy Marika in collaboration with Top End communities, Bloodland, a play delivered in the Yolgnu language and Pidgin English. Their 2011 season kicks off 7 February with In The Next Room – for season tickets or further information, head to sydneytheatre. com.au.

Sydney Theatre Company have announced their 2011 season, the third under artistic directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton. It will feature 12 shows, boast such cast members as Bryan Brown, Miranda Otto, Leah Purcell, Colin Friels, and Blanchett, feature designs from fashion house Romance Was Born, and at least one play involves a vibrator. The full programme is as follows: Main Stage at Sydney Theatre productions include Mikhail Bulgakov’s The White Guard (directed by Upton); Weill/Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera (starring Paul Capsis and Eddie Perfect); and Gross und Klein (Big And Small), under guidance of Swiss director Martin Crimp, specially commissioned for STC. Meanwhile the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre will host Broadway smash hit In The Next

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PAUL KELLY candidate for the seat of Kooyong against then Opposition leader Andrew Peacock in the 1990 Federal election, winning 3.7 percent of the vote. Production companies Global Creatures and Bazmark (owned by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin) will produce a stage musical XXXXXX adaptation of Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom. He’ll start workshopping it in Sydney in December, but hasn’t confirmed season dates. Luhrmann co-wrote and directed the hit movie, which was based on a stage play he

The Rain and a revival of Bodytorque, the company’s programme of experimental choreography. A new work by composer Peter Sculthorpe will premiere at an epic concert by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at the Opera House this month. Titled To Music, Sculthorpe’s piece was composed for the company’s 90th anniversary and will be heard alongside Hector Berlioz’s Te Deum. Sydney Philharmonia Choirs last performed part of Te Deum at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympics.

ANDREW UPTON AND CATE BLANCHETT God (1:30pm), a portrait of the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi; and Frank Lloyd Wright (2:10pm), a two-part profile taking advantage of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation archives. For more information on the Sydney Architecture Festival, its events, and the films, visit sydneyarchitecturefestival.org.

CINEMA ALLEY CALL-OUT The 4A Centre For Contemporary Asian Art is seeking budding and established filmmakers to submit for their Cinema Alley 2011 film event, a showcase of the best Asian animation. Films need to be a maximum of five minutes in length and its content need to be suitable for public display (and they need to be animated, obviously). Entries must be received by Saturday 16 October, with the event being held in February next year. For details head to 4a.com.au.


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UNDER IMAGINE WAKING UP TO FIND YOURSELF INSIDE A COFFIN, BURIED UNDERGROUND. THIS IS THE PREMISE OF THE NEW FILM, BURIED. SCOTT HENDERSON TALKS TO ITS DIRECTOR RODRIGO CORTÉS. DIRECTOR RODRIGO CORTÉS AND RYAN REYNOLDS ON SET. Chris Sparling’s script for Buried had been doing the rounds in Hollywood for a year. Most agreed it was a remarkable piece of writing, but few thought it was possible to translate into a feature film. The script tells the story of Paul Conroy, an American civilian contractor in Iraq who wakes up inside a coffin buried with only a Zippo, a mobile phone and a short supply of oxygen

for company. It takes an especially brave and creative filmmaker to take on such a challenge, something in similarly short supply in Tinsletown. Up steps Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés, a man apparently confident and brash enough to not only take a crack at shooting what could turn out to be the most boring film since Andy Warhol’s Empire (with the exception of Gerry), but to make a

film every bit as remarkable as the script. “It totally attracted me from the very beginning because I saw the opportunity to create something unique,” says Cortés, “something literally never done.” As the passionate talker goes on to explain, great stories cannot be measured in cubic metres, but by ambition and imagination.

“It is often the case that limitations are, in fact, blessings. If you have something so confined in physical terms, you must be ambitious to find what really lies beneath. What I saw was a technical challenge and immediately thought of Hitchcock’s films such as Lifeboat [set on a tiny boat in middle of the ocean], Rope [shot in a single take] and Rear Window [from a single point jokes, monologues, true stories, multimedia projections, aerial feats and uh, other things. In the performance, Improbable co-founder Phelim McDermott portrays a semi-autobiographical version of himself which just so happens to be the Greek god Pan. Panic runs at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House Thursday 7 October to Sunday 16. Tickets through the venue.

of view]. Everything in Buried has been done against common sense because logic tells you these movies shouldn’t be done.” The final product, amazingly, is far from recent high-concept, low budget flicks such as Open Water and much closer to Indiana Jones in a box. To be able to achieve such an effective action movie with this material is a credit not only to Cortés because a significant amount of credit has to be given to Ryan Reynolds. The Canadian actor is certainly not the first name that nominally springs to mind when you wonder who could carry a 90-minute thriller about a man trapped in a box as Reynolds is an actor the indie crowd has written off as a lightweight mainstream himbo. Not so much anymore. So how much time did Reynolds spend inside the box? “All of it,” Cortés admits. “Basically, what we did is to get him inside a real, regular-sized coffin and then take out one of the walls depending on the angle you needed. In some cases you could take the top off, but many times you don’t take out the whole top, you just take out a part of it, or a couple of lengths. Sometimes you’d take out a third of a sidewall. So he really felt it, it was very, very hard for him in physical terms. We sent him back to LA with his back bleeding, with his fingers fried because of using the lighter, with his skin totally destroyed by the friction of the sand. “People say it’s an interesting decision to cast him, that they didn’t expect him to give such an amazing performance. But I didn’t invent that. In every film I have seen from him – even the ones that weren’t so good – he’s so committed with things he’s doing. He has amazing timing, he knows how to hold the line for an extra second and deliver it to create

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a new effect. This story was so dark, I also needed some dark humour to came out from inside the character. I mean that it came out in an organic way from his emotions. He never acts, he always is; you can never catch him lying.” Beyond the film’s characterisation and technical success, there lies a bleak, cynical film with plenty to say of the politics and socio-economic culture of America post-Iraq invasion. Rather than from the director, however, it’s clearly woven into the fabric of Sparling’s script and on a purely metaphoric basis Buried represents the powerless and disenfranchisement many Americans have come to feel. As Conroy attempts to make sense of his situation, the working class truck driver makes repeated distress calls to the police back in the US, the FBI and even his own company, the results of which are best left unrevealed, though we’ve all had our experiences with bureaucracy in all its glorious ineptitude, so you can take a guess. One truth that we have come to hold as overwhelmingly true is that Government is no longer by and of the people and it is most certainly not for them either. “This is not necessarily ideological or political, this is our world,” argues Cortés. High-concept can often come across as a dirty word where cinema is concerned. Buried is a film that gets it all right, finding balance through great writing and innovative filmmaking. For many the idea of being stuck inside a box for 90 minutes is the ultimate nightmare. It’s great testament to Rodrigo Cortés that the director was able to turn it into a cinephile’s wet dream. WHAT: Buried WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 7 October

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FAIR GAME FOR CANBERRA FILM FEST The 14th Canberra International Film Festival has announced its programme, a quality selection of films from around the world and across many forms. Opening Wednesday 27 October with the Australian premiere of Fair Game and signing off Sunday 7 November with the invasion film, Monsters, in the middle you’ll be able to sample the likes of The American (starring

George Clooney and directed by Anton Corbijn), Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats, Halloween screenings of 1959 classics The Mummy and House On Haunted Hill, Blue Valentine, Gaspar Noé’s Enter The Void, the Australian premiere of The Duel, an adaptation of the Chekhov novella, and Certified Copy, starring Juliette Binoche in a Cannes Best Actress-winning role, directed by Abbas Kiarostami. The full programme and venue details can be found at canberrafilmfestival.com.au.

PANIC! AT THE PLAYHOUSE British ensemble Improbable Theatre have had much success at the Sydney Opera House over the past few years with their 2002 production, Sticky, and 2006’s The Hanging Man. Now, having just completed a run of Philip Glass’s opera, Satyagraha ,in London to much acclaim, they’re back in our city with new show, Panic, featuring puppetry, pratfalls, dance, music,

The Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival 2010 have announced their lineup onto the world. If you’re interested in seeing which musical parties are involved we suggest you head to the front pages of this very magazine. As for the arts? Read on... The organisers have gone all out this year, with five stages of spectacle that wind along the riverbank. You can expect installations, performance art, theatre, dance, cabaret, roving performers, comedy, acrobatics and even stuff we haven’t mentioned (imagine that!). Highlights include Wonderland, a world inspired by the likes of Lewis Caroll and Tim Burton featuring flea circuses and puppet shows, open mic or interpretive dance sessions, and even an actual wedding; Boudoir de la Fox, which by night will be a traditional theatre space and by night a theatrical nightclub, and The Land Of Hopeless Utopians, a geodesic dome featuring 360 degrees of projections from Punk Monk Propaganda in association with Rejenr8 Dome People and the Head On portrait prize. There’s a lot more to explore so we suggest you head to peatsridgefestival.com.au for the details. Peats Ridge is held 29 December to 1 January.

MUSTAINE: A LIFE IN METAL Dave Mustaine with Joe Layden HarperCollins Dave Mustaine is a complex character. No great revelation you say? It isn’t. However, the Megadeth guitarist/vocalist/mastermind’s autobiography reveals as much, while adding further layers. Many will primarily be seeking juicy tales from his brief, yet influential tenure during Metallica’s formative years - and likely won’t be disappointed. The insights into the key personalities of the gestating, oftincestuous (in more ways than one) ’80s thrash metal scene are pageturners. Additional details regarding his influences and progression as a guitarist, as well as the sonic development of thrash would have been welcome though. What is ultimately most fascinating in this book is that for all his demons (drugs, alcohol, women - all of which are documented in detail,

albeit less vividly than Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt) is how Mustaine’s intense determination has driven him to sell more than 20 million albums. This was largely motivated by a desire to top Metallica’s commercial success. You almost feel sympathy as he relates his inability to achieve said goal, but ultimately are inclined to side with the, ‘but look what you have achieved on your own’ mindset. Particularly noteworthy is learning the basis for Megadeth’s late ’90s flirtations with pop producers and hit singles and the subsequent alienation of many fans. The only other significant downfall is inadequate detail about the recording of classic albums like 1990’s Rust In Peace. The injury which nearly cost him the ability to play guitar - and subsequent conversion to Christianity - are covered, but not pushed too hard. Mustaine: A Life In Metal will likely polarise folks as much as the man himself does, but he hasn’t shirked from revealing the ebbing and flowing nature of life - and there are a few laughs littered throughout too. BRENDAN CRABB THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010 • 63 •


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NAME… THE STAGE VERSION OF ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR MUSICALS, FAME, IS ABOUT TO OPEN IN SYDNEY. LIZ GIUFFRE SPOKE TO PERFORMER TIMOMATIC.

They call them ‘backstage musicals’, productions that are actually about putting on a production. The Producers, Moulin Rouge, 42nd Street and Fame, which is really just one big audition, are examples. What’s good about this format is that it gives us a live DVD extra, a behindthe-scenes look into the world of performers without their armour.

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Of course with Fame we do actually see performers, but in going through the motions of the pretend audition we get a sense of how nerve-racking the process is and what drives someone to want to go through it in the first place. “If you think about it then really everything’s an audition, because all the work you do represents the

level that you’re at [at the time],” Tim Omaji, also known as Timomatic, explains. Timomatic’s got a good handle on the idea of the constant audition, particularly as his rise to professional performing came through the public audition process (and continued work) in So You Think You Can Dance. Following a climb to the top eight last year, he’s continued

to work solidly, including successful trips to Melbourne and Brisbane with Fame already. “I haven’t had to go through too many audition processes, in the traditional sense. But obviously there have been shows that I’ve had to work really hard to get right, and then if that works then they employ you again.”

India and visits to Hindu temples is an intriguing diversion as he unravels the origins of weave hair. An absolute must-see. ANITA CONNORS

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WHAT: Fame WHERE & WHEN: Capitol Theatre Saturday 9 October to Sunday 14 November

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Madman Chris Rock was impelled to make the documentary-comedy-exposé Good Hair when his five-year-old daughter asked him, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” A study into the relationship between AfricanAmerican women and their hair and a $9 billion styling industry, Good Hair is an alarming eye-opener on a topic I profess that I knew nothing about. Interviewing everyone from Ice-T to Maya Angelou, Salt-n-Pepa to Reverend Al Sharpton, and visiting beauty salons, scientific laboratories and hairstyle conventions, Rock explores the way hairstyles have an effect on the day-to-day, the selfesteem and capital of the AfricanAmerican community. What follows will surprise you. With razor-sharp quips and questions, Rock is a joy to watch and hear, so when he comes to the science behind chemical relaxers that straighten hair, it is unexpectedly chilling. Your hair will stand up on the back of your neck and then maybe fall out, particularly when you hear women will use such treatments for decades and see young girls having these treatments done. Rock’s trip to

Timomatic plays Tyrone in the musical, one of a group of aspiring performers who has to ‘pitch’ not just his performing ability, but also his ability to deal with life in order to impress his superiors. “Tyrone has grown up on the streets and everything he’s got he’s gotten on his own. And unlike the rest of his mates he really has a gift and

a talent, a really amazing natural ability to dance. And he believes it can take him out of where he’s at, and obviously he gets met with big obstacles along the way that he has to learn to manage. “One thing is that he’s too confident, he’s too cocky, so he has trouble allowing people to give him pointers, and the second one is that he can’t read, so yeah, it’s an interesting part.” Given he’s previously made his mark developing himself as a character in a performance drama (shows like So You Think are about drama as much as they are about performing), Timomatic’s particularly well suited to getting inside the head of an emerging artist, and showing the struggle between the confidence and humility needed to really get good at what you want to do. “I think that is the difference between someone who will do it for a period of time, and someone who will do it forever. When you acknowledge the fact that you don’t know everything, then there’s always room to grow, and you always will grow. But when you believe that you know everything, then you always put a cap on your level, you definitely will never learn anything. “But you do need confidence in what you do because no one can believe in what you can do more than you; you have to be sold that you are what the director or chorographer or whoever needs to do the job done, you have to believe it in order to convince them.”

VOLUME TWO SBS/ Madman Scandinavian crime is enjoying a renaissance. Alongside The Eagle, Unit One, and of course Stieg Larsson’s ridiculously popular Millennium trilogy, we have 2007’s The Killing. The first volume (episodes 1-10) was a taught thriller of the highest quality, not just intelligent but gripping and terrifyingly addictive, filled with numerous twists and turns, red herrings and cliffhangers. From the discovery of the body of a girl in a river, it followed the ensuing police investigation, the effects on the girl’s family and on the upper echelons of the political system. Everyone seemed to be implicated in some way, no one could be trusted; Copenhagen was a city brimming with secrets and power struggles. Worst of all however was that there was no resolution, meaning

that it’s not until the release of this, the second volume, some three months later, that we’re afforded some closure. Playing out a crime investigation over 20 episodes is not just bold but fascinating; it puts you on the roller coaster with the family and the investigating officers. The pulse of the story comes from the police investigator Sarah Lund, a women totally consumed by the case, her relentless tunnel vision destroying both her home and professional career. Then there’s Troels Hartman, an idealistic politician who seems somehow implicated in the investigation. Meanwhile the victim’s family are totally shattered by their grief and cracks begin to form in their relationship. There is nothing else like this on TV. It’s dense and multilayered with a huge cast of potential suspects all with something to gain and the writers delight in the twists and turns. Hitchcock would be proud. Once you get on this ride you won’t be able to get off without finding out what happens. Who knew TV could be this good? PS: the Yanks are remaking it and moving it to Seattle. BOB BAKER FISH

THE NO.1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Roadshow The BBC and HBO joint comedy-drama production The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency is great television. Based on the best-selling novels of the same name by Alexander McCall Smith, this seven-episode series is unassuming, hilarious and filled with a winning

collection of characters. Longtime fan of the novels the late Anthony Minghella (winner of the Academy Award for Best Director for The English Patient) directs, while Richard Curtis (Love Actually and TV veteran of Blackadder and The Vicar Of Dibley) is co-executive producer and co-pens the series. Other executive producers include Hollywood heavyweights Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and the late Sydney Pollack. American actress and three-time Grammy Award-winner Jill Scott is Mma Precious Ramotswe, who, following the death of her father and break-up of her marriage, decides to set up Botswana’s first female-owned detective agency. Along with secretary Mma Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose), mechanic Mr JLB Matekoni (Lucian Msamati) and friend and hairdresser BK (Desmond Dube), Precious finds herself, amongst other things, investigating ivory smuggling, looking for missing children and hunting down cheating husbands. Despite a great-looking DVD package, there are no DVD extras, which is a serious shame considering the talent involved in the project. ANITA CONNORS

A FrenchAustralian co-production, The Tree tells the story of a young girl who, in the wake of her father’s death, starts to believe he speaks to her through her favourite tree. Having closed Cannes to rapturous applause and starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, there’s much to enjoy in this adaptation of Judy Pascoe’s book, Our Father Who Art In The Tree. Thanks to Transmission Films we’ve three prize packs to giveaway, each including an in-season double pass to see the film, the original book, a limited edition screenplay and a tote bag. For your chance to win a pack

THEATRE JERSEY BOYS Theatre Royal There’s nothing to dislike about the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: four American teenagers with police records who moulded themselves into one of the best-selling music acts of all time is a classic ‘rags to riches’ yarn. In the hands of this cast and creative team the story makes for a great night of theatre. The production has a brilliant cast and a band overseen by Luke Hunter that churns out 1960s pop music to perfection. Even the set makes good use of the awkward space at the Theatre Royal. It includes projections of real 1960s television audiences on either side of the stage for scenes set in television studios and pop art cartoons projected behind some of the action. There’s plenty of clever dialogue in Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s book and, unlike some musicals, the

email giveaways@drummedia.com.au with ‘THE TREE’ in the subject line. Prominent promoter Michael Chugg has brought to Australia some of the biggest names in music, such as Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Pearl Jam, so you’d think he’d have a story or two to tell, right? Correct. And tell them he does in the autobiography, Hey, You In The Black T-shirt, written by Chugg with The Australian’s Iain Sheddon – a behind the scenes look into the world of Chugg and the acts he’s brought to Australia. If you read Drum then this book is for you. Thanks to Pan MacMillan we’ve got five copies to give away. For your chance to win one email giveaways@drummedia.com.au with ‘CHUGG’ in the subject line.

REVIEW characters have many sides to them. The four leads - Frankie Valli (Bobby Fox), Tommy DeVito (Scott Johnson), Bob Gaudio (Stephen Mahy) and Nick Massi (Glaston Toft) - are backed by a supporting cast of wives, girlfriends and music industry types. The performances are outstanding - most of the cast are graduates of the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts - and they’ve been guided by the same team that worked on the original broadway production director Des McAnuff, choreographer Sergio Trujillo and set designer Klara Zieglerova. Fallen Angel, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) and My Eyes Adored You are just a few of the Four Seasons hits served up with style. It’s infectious fun capable of converting the most hardened cynic of music theatre. Until 14 November JAMELLE WELLS


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THE DRUM MEDIA GUIDE TO THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL WRAP NOW THAT THE FIRST, NEW, SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL IS WELL AND TRULY OVER, AND THE INNER WEST BEGINS TO RESEMBLE SOME SENSE OF NORMALITY (OR IS THAT ABNORMALITY?), DRUM MEDIA REVIEWERS TAKE A LOOK AT THE BEST AND WORST OF THE FEST. FOR:

Does Sydney actually need a fringe festival? Well, given how freakin’ hard it is to get into anything at the festival in January, abso-freaken’lutely. The underground, notquite-polished, not-quite-finished, not-even-nearly-well-enoughfunded, arts stuff that a festival promotes goes on all the time, but call it a ‘festival’ and all of a sudden you make one more inclined to get into the spirit, get off the lounge and out for something they know nothing about. In fact, especially for things one knows nothing about. And that’s the point of a festival, ain’t it? The glory of ‘the festival find’, that show or performance or even individual artist or venue that you didn’t know a thing about, so therefore you didn’t know to look them up. (Of course, there is also the festival Sophie’s choice - what to miss out on when time or limited funds or transport won’t allow.) This rush of excitement mixed with blind faith seems to work from the top down too, as artists who perhaps had been kicking around for a while suddenly have a finish line with a festival, and therefore they finally finish that one-woman show or mini showcase so that someone other than their flatmates and drinking buddies gets to see their talent. This year’s fest had problems, sure, with the biggest one just finding out what was on where and where (in our guide

of course!), but being a bit rough around the edges is also, I guess, very Fringe. First thing to plan for next year is an A-to-Z listing, and maybe circulate the venue guide much earlier (I was way scared of the Petersham Town Hall ’til I found out how pretty it was), but also, too, let’s perhaps reward some of the locals who put their student-cumsemi-professional arses on the line. The Fringe was fun. Long live the Fringe.

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One thing in particular stands out – being an arts lover with not all that much cash I can only be thankful for free entry as a reviewer because otherwise it’s highly unlikely I would have been able to see much at all. If the point of this kind of festival is to give artists a chance to experiment and to use venues that they themselves may not otherwise be able to afford, the pricing of tickets to see these shows should be reflective of that. The quality and skill level varied greatly between shows and yet tickets to each show were being sold at main stage prices – not cool, especially for the artists who missed out on decent audiences because of this and the GP who were disappointed at losing their cash to a crap show. What did you think of the Sydney Fringe Festival? Email letters@ drummedia.com.au with your experiences.

HELLO YOU: A KAMIKAZE CABARET

Notes, 23/09/10 You can’t say that you expected anything different from what was written in the blurb for Hello You: A Kamikaze Cabaret - you can just wish that it had been. For once, there exists a show that is entirely what it said it would be: playful, weird, home-made and vaguely violating. But are those such great things to be in in this instance? This is very much a one-woman show in a scriptwriting sense, where storylines are mostly split into Male (linear), where a single plot moves forward bit by bit until the conclusion, or Female (mosaic), where there’s just a whole bunch of things smooshed in together in no particular order and the audience is left to make some sort of sense out of it. Again there is nothing bad about the ‘mosaic’ approach – but this one was somewhat more like a sand painting than a picture pieced together from substantial tiles. Emily Taylor has devised a one-hour mind-warp which is very much driven by audience participation and childlike qualities that slowly crumble to darker intentions and experimentation. I get the whole let’s-mess-withfolks’-heads-and-not-really-domuch-but-be-a-bit-odd ideology. I just don’t find it entertaining; in fact in this case it was just boring. Some sequences were pulled directly from past productions as well, which didn’t add to the appreciation factor. LAUREN DILLON

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Downstairs, Seymour Centre So a guy writes a perfectly good oneact musical comedy complete with well-composed songs, a great cast of players and hilarious content, then has a bolt of lightning to the brain that makes him tack on a second act. Why? The first act of In A Pink Tutu is a riotous bloodbath where a class of darling ten-year-old ballerinas... let’s just say murder their highly-strung teacher. Amazing! No, really, as mentioned earlier the fantastic cast (mostly graduates of musical theatre training superinstitution WAAPA) shone brightly in the spotlights and kept up with some hectic choreography by Cameron Mitchell. They all had terrific comic timing and talk about vocal cords. The opening and title song, In A Pink Tutu, was fabulous, and special mention must go to The Waltz Of I Don’t Care. Sadly the second act couldn’t quite make up its mind about what it really wanted to be. The genre see-sawed between tragic realism and farce and didn’t really knit well. The love triangle between characters Florentina, Will and Lawrence was far too distracting and lengthy and overall it just seemed like everyone was trying too hard. The actual story and music of the second act was still wonderful and possibly some of the best dramatic musical lyrics I’ve heard in a while, but it should not have been added to this particular show. Season finished LAUREN DILLON

A HARROWING CHARTING OF NORWAY’S BLACK METAL ORIGINS, UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US DOES MORE THAN SYMPATHISE WITH MURDERERS AND CHURCH BURNERS, WRITES SCOTT FITZSIMONS.

LEAP DEPRIVA- THE VIAGRA TION: TALES MONOLOGUES FROM THE 29TH New Theatre Petersham Town Hall This Fringe outing was, in itself, a festival of undergraduate humour, and I say that with the upmost respect and as a compliment of the highest order. Python, Working Dog, Kath and Kim, Chasers, Chris Lilley, Stephen Fry - all of these comedy greats started this way, so all hail the pun, the fart gag, the slightly awkward flirting skit, the sleazy euphemism and the longer-than-necessary simulated masturbation scene. Written, directed and produced by David Adlam and Sarah Attfield, the Tales are a few only vaguely related skits that overlap for the keen observer, but as this writer was too busy laughing at the strangeness of it all, she has to admit that it took a while for the penny to drop. Slight confusion aside, like any short, sharp piece of theatre, knowing what’s going on is far from the point and when I stopped trying to work it out and just went with the awesome bits and pieces (the live film flashback was close to the best, although the recurring Internet dating bit was also worth the price of admission alone), well, let’s just say the leap was full. Perhaps because undergraduate humour isn’t that popular at the moment it seemed like the audience took a while to get onboard (or rather, were smiling rather than wanting to be the one to start laughing out loud), but once the cackling from the back started, we were all off. More leaps next year, please. Season finished LIZ GIUFFRE

What do a barman, a father and son, a stripper and her driver have to do with each other? I’m not sure, and after seeing The Viagra Monologues, I’m not convinced writer and director James Balian had any idea either. With a cliché-ridden and wordy script, not only was The Viagra Monologues boring, it also made little reference to sex or the blue tablets which feature in all the play’s advertising. Despite any assumptions you may have made from the play’s title, the title itself is the only bold or cheeky thing about the production. Though I tried desperately to like The Viagra Monologues, throughout its 80-minute duration I had to fight urges to groan, fidget or check my watch. Sadly not even the acting was enough to save the play from failure. As the play’s based around five characters talking about their lives in a series of extended monologues, none of the small cast suited their roles. While Ruby (Helen Atkinson) is talented, she was not believable as a stripper, and along with other young cast member Will (Rory Pie) both seemed uncomfortable on stage. Middle-aged divorcee Bruce (Rob Flanagan) was embarrassing as he jumbled Irish, American and Australian accents, and Henry (Pete Walters) looked more weight-lifter than geek. Worst of all was the bodyguard Freddy (Jim Gosden), whose monologue was so tiresome and unbearably dull that many in the audience left. Alas, I could not join them. Season finished MONICA CONNORS

Associated with inter-band murders, church burnings and apparent nihilism, to an outsider it’s easy to understand why Norwegian black metal has a negative image in the wider community. The larger than life characters – particluarly Burzum’s Varg Vikernes AKA Count Grishnackh – make the whole movement seem like a farce at times, something that crazy Nordics do when they’re bored with melting snow. But for those involved it was very real, and for the first time a documentary, Until The Light Takes Us, from the Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell co-director/producer team, tells the story from the point of view of Vikernes and the other major player, Darkthrone’s Gylve ‘Fenriz” Nagell. However Aites and Ewell had their own agenda through the process, using the case as a vehicle to express their own thoughts on post-modern concepts. “You can really clearly see in the story of black metal a textbook case of simulation and simulacra,” Ewell says, “which is the process of the original being processed so many times that it’s a photocopy that’s agreed each time, but the more copies you make the more degraded the later copies. “We show you the origins of the scene and we show that being misinterpreted by media. And then we show the second waves of bands who took the misinterpretations at face value and created that reality. We also show in the film how that has continued to evolve and the truth of it has changed, we show these various artists working with ideas of black metal and now you have black metal as high art. And then of course there’s us, the American documentary team.”

“Which we show in the first scene,” Aites adds, acknowledging their part in the process. “You see me behind the camera and Audrey micing up.” It’s still a film about black metal, but it’s necessary to highlight the director’s intentions to avoid drawing the conclusions that they’re dictated by the characters, who paint an inside picture of the movement. It’s a great story, superbly soundtracked, often unnerving. When Vikernes details how he murdered once-friend Euronymous of Mayhem (he’s interviewed in jail, where he’s had the time to develop his strain of neo-Nazism), it’s fascinating. “Initially he wasn’t interested,” Aites admits. “It took eight months of writing back and forth to even get to meet with him, with him saying constantly that he wouldn’t do the film under any circumstances.” The whole process was a long one, two years of filming provided 350 hours of media, but the film’s depth is better for it. “He kept writing and we kept writing back and eventually he agreed to meet us, and once we did meet and I answered questions about what the film was going to be like, and he got that detailed explanation that it was not going to have narration and it was going to be from the inside out so to speak he was really eager. He was very forthcoming and once he agreed to do it he threw himself into it.” Only to be interrupted by the prison guards you hear in the film. “They came in every ten minutes like clockwork, and they weren’t quiet.” WHAT: Until The Light Takes Us out 13 October (Shock)


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It’s a big step to go from selling out the Enmore Theatre to leading a chorus of 4000 voices at the Hordern Pavilion, but Perth alternative rockers Birds Of Tokyo barely broke stride when they arrived at Sydney’s iconic music venue last week. First support The Chemist will be hoping their future is as rosy as the headliners and they certainly showed plenty of potential with their opening set. Dark, brooding undertones were carried throughout their expressive songs. The four-piece really made great use of keyboardist James Ireland while singer Ben Witt’s closing demonstration of loops and mic effects showed the band wasn’t afraid to mix things up a bit. An international support act for an Australian headliner isn’t an everyday occurrence and would’ve helped Birds sell a few tickets in the step up to a much bigger venue. California’s Silversun Pickups played atmospheric guitar rock that was at times cold and clinical with washes of icy guitars bathing the venue as they built and built their songs, but then other songs would have the crowd bouncing up and down like giddy teenagers. Throughout it all drummer Christopher Guanlao was at the back throwing his arms in the air like he just didn’t care – a stark silhouette to draw in the eye. Starting with The Unspeakable Scene, Birds Of Tokyo took a little while to settle into the vast cavern of the Hordern. While they’ve always looked like they belong on a big stage, it wasn’t until after everyone had already joined them on the choruses for Black Sheets and White Witch that it felt like the band took things up a notch. Circles leading into Wayside seemed to be the moment when the band really morphed the stadium act that they’ve always been threatening they could be. The stripped back arrangement to Wayside really gave the crowd a chance to own the song themselves, a move the band repeated in rousing set closer Broken Bones. In the second half of the set the band took total control of the room, the ever-changing light show behind them only pushing home the point that they are now in the big leagues of Australian rock. Current single Plans proved a great singalong while Murmurs and The Gap were two new songs that now really have the chance to expand and evolve in this set. Naturally Silhouettic built to a dizzying crescendo and the aforementioned Broken Bones was the perfect way to end things – joyous and uplifting. It was a natural progression for Birds Of Tokyo to move into the Hordern and now they can genuinely say they’ve owned this iconic rock space. Danielle O’Donohue

THE VERSES: Oct 5 The Vanguard 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 BEARDS: Oct 8 Supper Club, Oct 9 Transit Bar, Oct 10 Grand Junction Hotel THE LUCKY WONDERS: Oct 8 Petersham Bowling Club, Nov 25 Lizotte’s Kincumber SEABELLIES: Oct 9 Cambridge Hotel, Oct 15 Ivanhoe Hotel MR PERCIVAL: Oct 9 & 10 The Vanguard, Dec 13 & 14 Brass Monkey CATCALL: Oct 9 The Civic Sydney 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, Nov 4 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 19 The Factory 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 ALEKS & THE RAMPS*: Oct 13 Spectrum REBECCA BARNARD*: Oct 14 Heritage Hotel, Oct 15 Notes, Oct 16 The Clarendon THE HOLIDAYS: Oct 14 Transit Bar, Oct 15 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Oct 16 The Gaelic 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 CASS EAGER & THE VELVET ROPE: Oct 14 The Vanguard, Oct 15 Hotel Gearin, Oct 16 Beaches Hotel, Oct 17 Peachtree Hotel THE HOLY SEA: Oct 14 The Phoenix Canberra, Oct 16 The Wall, Oct 17

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TUESDAY, THE MARAM; WEDNESDAY, NORTHERN STAR HOTEL; THURSDAY, ANNANDALE HOTEL After three years of minimal exposure, Dan Kelly’s return into public awareness has been exciting. With singles like Bindi Irwin Apocalypse Jam and Hold On, I’m Coming On, getting attention for obvious reasons, the album Dan Kelly’s Dream lived up to the wondrous potentials of those singles. With a stage set-up that we’re told is anything but boring, dreams will come to life this week.

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 SpectrumDIESEL: 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 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 THE BON SCOTTS: Oct 15 Raval, Oct 16 Great Northern, Oct 17 The Clarendon GRAFTON PRIMARY: Oct 16 Oxford Art Factory, Oct 22 The Maram, Oct 29 Grand Hotel, Oct 30 Caringbah Bizzo’s MELINDA SCHNEIDER: Oct 16 Bankstown Sports Club, Nov 10 The Basement Circular Quay BABY ANIMALS: Oct 20 Oxford Art Factory RYAN MEEKING: Oct 20 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Oct 21 Sandringham Hotel, Oct 22 Gearin Hotel, Oct 23 Brass Monkey, Oct 24 Heritage Hotel 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 THE FUMES: Oct 21 Great Northern, Oct 22 Brass Monkey, Oct 23

Notes, Oct 24 Heritage Hotel PHATCHANCE, COPTIC SOLDIER*: Oct 21 Fitzroy Hotel, Oct 28 Hostage X, Oct 29 ANU Bar, Nov 27 The Wall AIRBOURNE: Oct 22 The Metro HOWL: Oct 22 Spectrum KYU*: Oct 22 Paddington Uniting Church, Oct 28 Good God Small Club 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 DARKER HALF: Oct 23 Sandringham Hotel, Oct 24 Lucky Australia Tavern 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 Gearin Hotel THE JOE KINGS*: Oct 28 ANU Bar, Oct 29 Excelsior Surry Hills, Oct 30 Wickham Park Hotel DREADNAUGHT*: Oct 29 The Gaelic, Oct 30 The Gearin THE PAPER SCISSORS*: Oct 29 Hermann’s KATE VIGO & THE UNDERGROUND

ORCHESTRA*: Oct 30 Raval STEALING O’NEAL: Oct 30 Spectrum KATIE NOONAN: Oct 31 Opera Theatre Sydney Opera House CLAUDE HAY: Nov 4 Sandringham Hotel THE AUDREYS: Nov 4 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov 5 & 6 The Basement Circular Quay, Nov 7 Brass Monkey LIOR: Nov 5 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov 6 The Metro PENDULUM: Nov 5 Hordern Pavilion INSTITUT POLAIRE: Nov 5 Spectrum THE TONGUE, SPIT SYNDICATE: Nov 5 ANU Bar, Nov 6 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 27 The Gaelic THE SACRED TRUTH*: Oct 13 Hamilton Station Hotel, Oct 28 The Gaelic, Oct 29 Liverpool PCYC, Nov 6 Fitzroy Hotel CROWDED HOUSE*: Nov 6 Hordern Pavilion, Nov 20 Hope Estate SALLY SELTMANN: Nov 6 Clarendon Guesthouse, Nov 19 Grand Hotel, Nov 20 The Factory, Nov 21 Brass Monkey HUNGARY KIDS OF HUNGARY: Nov 10 Beach Road Hotel, Nov 11 Grand Hotel, Nov 12 The Factory, Nov 13 The Maram, Nov 14 Cambridge Hotel THE MISSION IN MOTION: Nov 10 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 11 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Nov 12 Oxford Art Factory MUSCLES: Nov 11 Mona Vale Hotel, Nov 12 The Gaelic DAN SULTAN: Nov 11 Notes, Nov 12 Heritage Hotel ED KUEPPER: Nov 11 The Vanguard, Nov 12 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov 13 Lizotte’s Central Coast THE MELODICS, [ME]*: Nov 11 Melt, Nov 12 Ivanhoe Hotel, Nov 13 Great Northern Hotel Newcastle PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY: Nov 11 Gearin Hotel, Nov 12 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 13 The Metro, Nov 25 Beachcomber Hotel, Nov 26 ANU Bar, Nov 28 Fitzroy Hotel, Dec 16 Caringbah Bizzo’s, Dec 17 Mona Vale Hotel, Dec 18 Grand Hotel

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THE AUDITION KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES

SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR*: Nov 11 Ryan’s Hotel, Nov 12 Grand Junction Hotel, Nov 13 Beaches Hotel, Dec 10 The Factory, Dec 11 Street Theatre GLENN RICHARDS: Nov 12 The Metro BONJAH: Nov 12 Brass Monkey, Nov 13 Beach Rd Hotel, Nov 18 The Brewery JIMMY BARNES: Nov 13 Bimbadgen Estate, Nov 26 Royal Theatre, Nov 27 Enmore Theatre KASEY CHAMBERS: Nov 14 Civic Theatre Newcastle, Nov 19 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nov 20 State Theatre, Nov 21 Canberra Theatre JEFF MARTIN & TEREPAI RICHMOND: Nov 17 Brass Monkey, Nov 18 & 19 The Basement Circular Quay, Nov 23 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov 24 Vault 146, Dec 4 Heritage Hotel, Dec 5 Gearin Hotel, Dec 7 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Dec 8 Lizotte’s Dee Why GARETH LIDDIARD: Nov 17 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov 18 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Nov 20 Oxford Art Factory, Nov 21 Clarendon Guesthouse ANDY BULL: Nov 18 The Clarendon, Nov 19 Spectrum OWL EYES*: Nov 19 Melt JERICCO: Nov 19 Fitzroy Hotel, Nov 20 The Maram, Nov 25 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Nov 26 Hamilton Station Hotel SYDONIA: Nov 20 ANU Bar MY DISCO: Nov 24 ANU Bar, Nov 25 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 26 Manning Bar CHILDREN COLLIDE: Nov 25 Blush Nightclub, Nov 28 The Maram THE CHEMIST: Nov 26 Melt, Nov 27 Hamilton Station Hotel WENDY MATTHEWS: Nov 26 State Theatre

INTERNATIONAL LIL’ BAND O’ GOLD: Oct 6 The Basement Circular Quay, Oct 7 The Factory THE SCRIPT*: Oct 6 Big Top Luna Park, Apr 8 Hordern Pavilion 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 GROUPER: Oct 9 Sandringham Hotel PETULA CLARK: Oct 9 State Theatre, Oct 23 Southern Cross Auditorium, Oct 24 Wests Leagues Newcastle BOREDOMS: Oct 11 The Metro VILLAGE PEOPLE: Oct 12 West Leagues Newcastle, Oct 16 Enmore Theatre

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On a Sunday night in Sydney it was not surprising to find a line that inched its way down the alley that runs alongside The Metro, running perilously close to emerging onto Pitt St. But with You Me At Six garnering favourable attention with their latest record Hold Me Down and with their appearances early this year at Soundwave, tonight was always going to be intense.

DEAD MEADOW

DRUM PRESENTS

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 THE HOLIDAYS: Oct 14 Transit Bar, Oct 15 Grand Hotel Wollongong, Oct 16 The Gaelic 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 MY DISCO: Nov 24 ANU Bar, Nov 25 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 26 Manning Bar THE LEMONHEADS: Dec 1 The Metro FOZZY: Dec 3 The Factory KORN: Dec 4 Hordern Pavilion THE FALL: Dec 7 The Metro GIRLS: Dec 8 Manning Bar FESTIVAL OF THE SUN: Dec 10 & 11 Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park BUILT TO SPILL: Dec 29 The Metro PEATS RIDGE: Dec 29 – Jan 1 Glenworth Valley INTERPOL: Jan 4 Enmore Theatre JUNIP: Jan 8 The Metro SIMPLY RED: Oct 12 & 13 Sydney Opera House Forecourt 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 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

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Manning Bar ICE CUBE: Oct 22 Big Top Luna Park PAT BENATAR, THE BANGLES: Oct 22 Sydney Entertainment Centre DIMI DERO INC: Oct 22 Manly Fisho’s, Oct 23 Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills PAUL WELLER*: Oct 22, 23 Enmore Theatre, Oct 24 The Metro 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 GARY PUCKETT: Oct 29 Souths Juniors, Oct 30 Rooty Hill RSL, Nov 5 North Sydney Leagues, Nov 6 Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL, Nov 7 Dural Country Club, Nov 10 Wests Leagues Newcastle, Nov 13 The Cube, Nov 20 Ettalong Bowling Club MOUSE ON MARS: Oct 30 Oxford Art Factory ED KOWALCZYK: Oct 30 Newcastle Leagues, Oct 31 Enmore Theatre

FESTIVALS FAT AS BUTTER: Oct 23 Camp Shortland SYDNEY BLUES FESTIVAL: Oct 29 – 31 Windsor STONEFEST: Oct 30

University of Canberra 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 * indicates new or amended listing this week Check with agencies for booking fees.

was certain to bring out their best. The band is one hell of a tight unit with songs having just as much impact live as they do on record. Tonight’s set was mostly off the new album, kicking off with The Consequence before ripping into Save It For The Bedroom, Finders Keepers and Trophy Eyes. You Me At Six are a solid band with powerful songs and an adoring fanbase and while they keep on pouring everything into their live performances, this is a band to keep your eye on. James Dawson

Kids In Glass Houses are new on the radar and on first impressions they are purveyors of predictable power pop/rock. Kudos to them as they handled the crowd expertly, even taking time out to let the crowd know what the words were in the chorus before launching into the song. The band was greeted with enthusiasm and it would not be surprising to see them out our way again soon. The Audition were ostensibly touring on the back of their latest release Great Danger, but surprisingly only one song came off that album, with the remaining 40 minute set being lifted off their first three albums. This didn’t affect the crowd’s reaction, as it seemed to be exactly what they needed, however the band were slow and laboured as they nonchalantly started off with You’ve Made Us Conscious. It was the night that You Me At Six got their chance to shine and after their amazing support for Paramore earlier this year, this headline tour

THE GHOST INSIDE

RELENTLESS HAND OF MERCY

Sandringham Hotel 28/09/10

Though barely 7.30pm on a Tuesday night, it was a struggle to get through the door into the main room at the Sando. A large crowd had gathered early for openers Hand Of Mercy, sticking to the edge of the room. The band played an energetic set of mosh-friendly hardcore, with plenty of breakdowns, but the crowd seemed unresponsive, leaving the large pit in front of the stage bare. Despite this the set was tight and entertaining and at one point the energetic bass player even made use of a wireless rig to fill the space left by the crowd down front. The set featured a couple of tracks off their upcoming debut album The Fallout and there was a clear appreciation of new tracks like First Class Jerk. Much of the crowd opted to skip the obligatory smoke and beer break between sets, instead seizing the opportunity to push closer to the stage as the room neared capacity. Relentless came out strong, playing a tight set of aggressive, tough guy hardcore. From the opening chords the crowd was singing, with stage dives following soon after. An increasingly suggestive crowd obliged as frontman Trent Baldock urged them to start a pit and get sweaty. New track I’ll Roam was well received and there was a balanced set of old and new tracks. The title track from their Opposition To Control EP garnered a favourable response and after closing big with old favourite, Leech, the frenzied crowd waited for the night’s main event. Tonight’s show really belonged to The Ghost Inside. Taking time off from their stadium tour with Parkway Drive, the LA based melodic/metallic hardcore band walked on stage to an eager crowd. Their relentless touring schedule has paid off and it was clear how they had garnered such a following from their previous two visits down under. In a live environment, their tracks were anthemic, thanks in part to singer Jonathan Vigil’s performance and the power drumming of KC Stockbridge. Those who had seen the band open for Parkway days earlier (of which there were many) were rewarded with a fresh setlist. Tracks like Chrono and Between The Lines show the band’s innovative use of guitar and prove them capable of writing memorable hooks. The band saved the best until last, playing recent single Unspoken as an encore as the crowd bombarded the stage. Dave Drayton

GYPSY & THE CAT

PAPA VS PRETTY MATT WALTERS

Oxford Art Factory 29/09/10

Matt Walters plus keyboardist serenaded the earlybirds with his gentle songwriter tunes that were sweet,

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inoffensive and tainted with gentle angst. He possesses a great voice, perfectly suited for the style of his songs but somewhat lacking unique personality. In the world inhabited by Josh Rouse he would hold his own, though he’d be wise to steer closer to Augie March than some of the James Blunt balladeering that crept in at times. Papa vs Pretty turned up the volume and histrionics with an impressive set of songs that show them developing into an exceptionally tight and proficient trio. Heavily influenced by the likes of Muse, Franz Ferdinand and Jeff Buckley, they already know their way around complex and perfectly placed melodies and have a supremely confident and talented in frontman Thomas Rawle, with Matt Bellamy soaring vocals and fearless and frenetic guitar playing. Gypsy & The Cat have been getting some heavy hype of late. Pegged with ‘next big thing’ can either be a millstone or a leg up from a discerning A&R rep and in this case their record company have obviously seen a straight to market commercial appeal with the duo. Tonight they were joined by a drummer and bassist that added a session muso professionalism to the sound. Time To Wander is without doubt a summer pop anthem and deservedly received a roar of approval from the audience. Their music places them at the junction of Phoenix, Empire Of The Sun, the yacht rock of Toto and pure ‘80s synth pop. It worked occasionally, but too often the lyrics failed in a wash of banal cliché as the music breezed along in soft focus. Frontman Xavier Bacash seemed friendly and humble, but the stunt announcing Jessica Mauboy was a special guest in the audience came across as a gratuitous namedrop. There is little doubt that Gypsy & The Cat will find success as the new face of nostalgic commercial pop, perfectly suited for fans of Jack Johnson who want to dance and know no better. Unless they distance themselves from the easy listening clichés and inject some more interesting angles into their sound, they may just end up as the new Savage Garden. Chris Familton

ONLY THE SEA SLUGS

THE MONEY SMOKERS WELCOME FAMILY

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For their very first show, Welcome Family were fun, professional and confident. It was obvious they had a lot of friends in the audience, but their music deserved the encouragement and support. They had a generally good sound, although they fit neatly into the generic pop/rock genre that seems so prevalent among local bands these days. Their catchy songs included A Song Of A Dream and I’m Yours, which were melodious, upbeat and energetic. Although the lead vocalist’s dancing added to the celebratory atmosphere, his vocals were patchy and there was definitely room for improvement in that area. The Money Smokers had a more ‘60s rock’n’roll feel, with the lead vocalist performing with the mannerisms continued pg.71


from pg.70 of a ‘60s diva and backed by a line-up of shaggy-haired boys. Their music was funky, bluesy and upbeat, with country influences. They had catchy bass lines and scratchy blues guitar, plus did well incorporating harmonica in one song, which also included a great guitar solo. Sadly they didn’t get the dancing audience they wanted, and despite bidding the punters to get busy on the dancefloor, their music was met with a reserved crowd. They carried on with a good set nonetheless. Playing their last show before heading out for a fourweek tour, five-piece Only The Sea Slugs brought a standout set for the rock fans. Beginning with some fastpaced songs, what stood out was the excellent, energetic drumming. The lead vocals were not the focus of their music, but rather the strong beat with a driving bass and catchy drums. Their sound was made complete with fuzzy, psychedelic electric guitar. One criticism is the superfluous keys that started off the set: OTSS’ choice of dreamy-sounding keys didn’t complement their music very well. The keyboardist moved onto piano for the rest of the set though and the more natural sound meshed a little better with the music. Overall, they had interesting melodies and their chord progressions were neither cliché nor predictable. With a trend towards a minor-key, mellow sound, their composition gave an aura of mystery, which always mixes well with rock. Later in the set they progressed to some more chilled tunes, which had thoughtful lyrics and shimmery electric guitar. They managed to create a party atmosphere, with their mellow music surprisingly encouraging dancing in the crowd, finishing the solid set to calls for more. Sheshtyn de Souza

MILES AWAY

HOPELESS

The Wall 29/09/10

One of the purely awesome things about these two Australian hardcore bands was the clarity of their

Australian accent through the hardcore belt-out (even though your US hardcore influences might be amazing, you probably shouldn’t share their accent). And with The Wall packed out on a rainy Wednesday night, it seems the Perth headliners have been creating quite a stir at home and abroad with recent releases. Hopeless graced the stage with a set that was integrating melodic punk guitars in, at times, that freestyling form you only expect at a good hardcore show. While these guys usually have an awesome vocal interplay going on between frontman Brett Sutton and guitarist Tim Carter, there seemed to be a lack of volume in the back-up mic, so Sutton was basically carrying on solo. Not that the vocalist had any difficulty with this, giving songs a certain passionate edge with this exceptionally heavy vocal performance. While some songs seem to stretch longer in comparison to the average hardcore tune, audience involvement was not lacking. Amidst moderate breakdowns throughout the set and the all-encompassing chants of Sleepwalkers, the energy of the pit was concentrated at the foot of the stage. A gritty and emotion charged The Factory was another standout with its racing pace and that distinct technical drum pattern. The performance of Miles Away has become one that you do not forget. Dynamic, progressive hardcore with meaty old school influence and behind the roar of frontman Nick Horsnell are sharp lyrics that give the songs more substance than you would expect. The young quintet got right on top of their audience with a sudden and fierce delivery, short, fast and bracing songs like Outrage and classic hardcore of Skeleton Key, were thrown at the audience with no time to breathe – which was just how they wanted to be treated. Punchy and fast, the timing progressions of the performance were chaotic; the melodic metal influence in Anywhere came to an abrupt yet firmly executed end for a downtempo bridge, or the continually shifting tempo in the band’s ardent new track Ghostwriter. Miles Away rarely kept to a singular and recurring beat, making for a motivating hardcore set that was fortunately off the leash. The audience got right into some time-honoured stage diving as things closed with their frantic punk classic Brainwashed.

ZENI GEVA

NUNCHUKKA SUPERFLY SUMMONUS DEAD FARMERS The Wall 26/09/10 As part of The Sydney Fringe Festival, The Wall hosted a visit from Japan’s Zeni Geva, the first in 14 years for the progressive metal trio. The supporting bill was pretty diverse within the context of noise and volume and early on Dead Farmers brought their rough and ready garage punk to the stage to rattle the rafters. One moment they were harnessing the punk of The Clash before heading to the garage with The Sonics. Their set was over in no time, but it was a refreshing blast of concise and carefree rock’n’roll. Summonus were the most metal of the bands on the line-up. They dropped heavy riffs and pounding rhythms in the slow vein of Sleep. Black Sabbath was an obvious influence and as such they included an impressive cover of Electric Funeral to state the obvious. The cookie monster vocals were a tad predictable at times, but they showed they are slowly heading towards their own defined sound.

Nunchukka Superfly have been around long enough but they sound strangely new and more vital than ever with today’s prevailing garage punk winds. Tonight they showed how to marry the Stooges riffage with Big Black and Jesus Lizard’s mechanical grind and The Minutemen’s post-punk explorations. A sense of humour and sense of abandon seem essential elements of their live show and with Blackie’s blistering guitar they played a brilliant set. Once Zeni Geva sorted out their sound via a live soundcheck they proceeded to lay waste to all that came before them. Precision, power and detail are all keys to their impressive metal machine. With twin guitars and drums (including digital effects) they were military-like in the way they constructed and detonated their songs. The guitars were industrial and futuristic in texture, while Tatsuya Yoshida’s drumming at times defied description. He looked like he was playing laidback intricate jazz lines with effortless ease, while the sound coming out of the speakers was relentlessly pounding. Songs like Blastsphere shapeshifted from monstrous riffing to cyberjazz detail in a split second and through the impressive PA Zeni Geva’s barrage was gloriously overwhelming. It was a breathtaking display. Chris Familton

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FOUL SHOW The second instalment of the Oxford Art Factory showcase gigs will take place on Thursday. Headlined by indie-tronic sextet Guineafowl, it will also feature laptop musicians Pluto Jonze, the grungey tunes of Betty Airs and indie darlings Brown Bear Black Bear, all for the low price of $5.

KISS IT OAF Hailing from the Northern Beaches, Bridgemary Kiss have had something of a dream run. They played the 2010 Big Day Out without even having a release and since then have been scoring big supports all over the country. Catch them headlining this Friday at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar. Entry is free.

DEAD IN FORM NZ’s Die! Die! Die! recently released their new album, Form, a more considered and melodic effort than their first two releases. They are launching it on Friday at Oxford Art Factory with what is sure to be a chaotic show. Myth and Tropics and Chicks Who Love Guns will support. You can also catch then Thursday at Wollongong’s Grand Hotel.

SMASHING RESIDENCY Book your Saturday nights out for the rest of October - The Vaudeville Smash have scored a month-long residency at Oxford Art Factory. They’ll be bringing their unique blend of funk, percussive horns, sitcom themes, rich harmonies, improvised solos, on-stage antics, cheeky humour and spontaneous dance solos to the stage Saturdays from 8pm, this week with with Brendan McLean.

PLENTY OF PERRY Perry Keyes has been around the traps and so, as a veteran of the live scene since the late ‘80s, he has an extensive back catalogue of favourites. This weekend, across three nights at Notes, he will be playing his way through his three albums to date. Thursday night he will play Meter in its entirety, followed by The Last Ghost Train Home on Friday. Saturday he will play his most recent release, Johnny Ray’s Downtown, again in full.

JESSE MORRIS AND THE THREE BEANS

INDIGO RISING

RISING STARS

Your music is…?

New-age rockers Indigo Rising are set to leave the stage at Spectrum in tatters this Friday night. Showcasing new tracks from their upcoming debut EP, the band will be joined by guests Underlights, Super Florence Jam and Slave Kills Owner.

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

FOLK KILLED HEIDI The Verses, the folk-pop reincarnation of Ella and Jesse Hooper of Killing Heidi, have released their debut album, Seasons. Four years in the making, this album shows a more mature sound for the duo. They are launching the record tonight (Tuesday) at The Vanguard.

FAILURE TO LAUNCH To celebrate the release of his debut album, Fail Like You Mean It, a pop-friendly, intelligent conversation in song, Scott Spark is doing an intimate launch at The Vanguard on Thursday. Fergus Brown and The Rescue Ships will support.

THE THROWBACKSLIDERS Taking time out from the studio local blues men The Backsliders return to the Vanguard for a Friday night singalong. They will playing tracks from their most recent album, Throwback, and debuting tracks from their upcoming release.

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LOOPY TUNES The man of a thousand voices, Mr Percival has lined up two shows at The Vanguard as part of his tour for third album, Microphones. Creating a unique take on pop, funk and everything in between through the use of multiple mics and loop peddles, Mr Percival has to be seen live to be fully appreciated. He plays Saturday with Shane McGrath, and Sunday with Joe West.

PHAT PHUNK ROCK

Australian roots and reggae.

Way too many! We are a six-piece band with influences that span the ages – here is the consensus; Robert Johnson, Lee Scratch Perry, Les Claypool, Lou Rhodes, Sia, Kelly Jo Phelps, Kora, Black Seeds, Toyes, Anton De Leca, Shapeshifter, Nick Drake, Bill Withers.

What’s your wildest ambition for your music? Simply to play our music in every continent across the globe until I am old, withered and finally good at it.

How do you find the local live scene? There are great new live venues popping up all over Sydney but we still need more! It’s the small local venues that make a scene flourish and feed quality acts into the larger joints.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? A seven-day bender tour across south NZ with local supports the Julian Temple Band. Fuelled by whiskey and herbal wonders we tried to outdo each other for the entire trip. I lost my phone, wallet, all the band’s money and my shoes! We were in the snow. We are crazy but those guys are mental.

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Tranzphat are launching their new EP of funk rock tracks, Dirty Bird, on Thursday night at The Annandale. Accompanying the band will be Walking With Mirrors, Citizen Dog and Atomik Circus.

ZAPPING DEMONS

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Jonneine Zapata is finally bringing her incredible live performance to Australia. Touring with a full band on her Cast The Demons Out Tour, she plays The Annandale on Friday with The Holy Soul and Loene Carmen.

HEARTACHE HEROES

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Melbourne pop-rockers For Our Hero are launching their second EP, Afterglow, on Sunday arvo at The Annandale. The show is all ages, and they have brought Brisbane pop-punk up and comers Autumn Heartache to support. The show kicks off at midday.

THE DREAMTIME

DANIEL LEE KENDALL

Having momentarily dropped his Alpha Males, Dan Kelly has released a solo album called Dan Kelly’s Dream. He is launching the record on Sunday at The Annandale with support from Big Scary and Love Connection. His other dates include Thursday at Maram and Friday at The Northern Star.

What’s the title of your new EP and where did it come from?

AIN’T NO PICNIC

This is my first official release. I had one before which I put out myself independently and sold at shows.

Promising “The drunkest moments of your lives,” Trashed Milf is a new night Friday night at The Gaelic. The lineup includes The Art, Slow Down Honey, The Salvagers and Swamp Lizards, as well as DJ sets from Jake Grigg (Something With Numbers), Shawn Harris (The Matches), Vinyl Ritichie, DJ Jes-us and more.

How long did it take to write/record?

SUNDAY SUNSET

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making?

SunSets at Fringebar are the perfect way to wind down a weekend. Featuring an all-girl lineup, this Sunday sees Rosie, Fantine and Roxie Ray performing solo sets from 7pm. Entry is $8.

The songs are inspired from all different times, places and experiences over approximately the last three years.

BUCKING DEMONS

Different ones at different times of the day. Also depends on my mood. That sounds like a cop-out, so to answer the question properly I’d probably say The Point In This?.

Buck & Deane are launching their new album, Demons Passed, a collection of 11 crafted blues, folk and country tunes, on Friday at the Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba. Singer/songwriter Gilbert Whyte will open for the band.

PROUST! Wollongong Uni is turning German for its Oktoberfest celebrations on Thursday night. They will be selling commemorative steins and have enlisted the help of The Alpine Wanderers and Oom Pah Pah Band to get everyone in the mood. DJ Spook will also be spinning some tracks. • 72 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

Lost In The Moment. The title came from the opening track on the EP.

How many releases do you have now?

This EP is a collection of songs that I have written/ recorded at various times over the past three years, though the songs themselves didn’t take that long to write/record.

What’s your favourite song on it?

Will you do anything differently next time? No, I don’t think so. When the time comes to do another release I’ll gather up all I can find and turn them into a record.

Will you be launching it? You betchya! Wednesday at Ravál.

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BATFOOT! Your music is…?

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

Screeching Weasel, The Queers, Chixdiggit!, Ramones, Teenage Bottlerocket. All of them play basic, fun, punk rock music, which we were listening to during school.

SUPPER CLUB LOVE

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Sheba Williams, a world-renowned NZ jazz singer, is finally making her Sydney debut. Every Thursday throughout October Sheba will perform Love Is The Drug, her Grace Jones tribute show, at the Supper Club.

Wormwood is a monthly night of absinthe and psychedelia at The Loft, UTS. Featuring music, art, poetry and plain weird shit to stimulate the senses, this Thursday features sets from improv-noise masters Crabsmasher, The Walk On By and Jusgo Mosh, DJ sets from Simo Soo and Lucas George, readings from The Mersey Sound Collective and so much more.

MORE MOONSHINE

What’s your wildest ambition for your music?

The Gunslingers Moonlight Hoedown is taking place this Saturday at Manly Fisho’s. Sure to be the biggest hootenanny of the weekend, you can catch Chickenstones, The Flaming Cadillacs and The Beaut Utes and dance like they’re shooting at your feet.

To keep making the music and playing as many shows as we have been while keeping it fun for everyone.

I’M A SCAT (WO)MAN

Why should we come and see you?

We’re a fun band to watch live, playing around 20-22 songs in a 30-minute set. We’re strong believers of quantity over quality. How do you find the local live scene?

The Sydney and Newcastle scenes are great as there are promoters and venues who love doing what they do. What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment?

Ben Weasel (Screeching Weasel, Riverdales), who sequenced both of our CDs was photographed wearing a Batfoot! shirt during the recording of the new Riverdales album. For more info see:

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Friday – The Lansdowne (recording live for CD).

The Jane Irving Quartet are playing the Sound Lounge on Friday night in support of Irving’s latest album, Beams. Irving, who has been described as the mistress of scat, is making her debut as part of the Sydney Improvised Music Association, an organisation committed to facilitating jazz music in Sydney.

DON’T NOCK JAZZ Sure to be a huge event in the Sydney jazz community, Mike Nock, revered jazz pianist, is celebrating his 70th birthday this Sunday. Mike will perform at the Sound Lounge with his band, The Mike Nock Trio, as they launch their new album, An Accumulation Of Subtleties.

SMALL CLUB, BIG SOUND Fresh off the back of the release of his double LP, On Patrol, psychedelic Los Angeles musician Sun Araw is making his way down under. Joined by Nick Malkin on stage, Sun Araw play GoodGod Small Club Thursday with Holy Balm, Absolute Boys and Donny Benet.

HUNGRY FOR A GIG Parramatta’s Church Street will be transformed this Sunday as part Crave Sydney International Food Festival. Eat Street Sunday, which starts at midday, will not only feature innumerable culinary delights, but also a smorgasbord of music. Ngaiire, The Foreday Riders, The Ray Beadle Trio and Grant Walmsley (Screaming Jets) and his band The Agents Of Peace all perform.

KILLER CLIP With a brand new video clip for their single, Killer, about to hit screens across the country, The Bungalows are gearing up for the onslaught that will surely ensue. Catch them before it gets too out of control on Saturday at Spectrum with New Navy, Sydney Girls Choir and Little Napier.

AUSTRALIAN MUSCLE It’s a hearty welcome back to Australia’s legendary punk underground this Sunday at the Excelsior, Surry Hills. The Young Docteurs formed back in ’78, and have played with the likes of The Birthday Party, The Gun Club and even the power-punk supergroup New Race. This Sunday they hone their distorted psychedelic punk alongside Molten Universe (featuring members of Lime Spiders and Celibate Rifles), New Vintage and The Pastics, who kick off at 5pm.

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TRANZPHAT Matt Anderson, vocals

What’s the title of your new EP and where did it come from? The title of Dirty Bird was a bit of an in-joke with the band. So often *insert fast food chicken chain* is referred to as dirty bird among most Australians, it seemed like the perfect consensus.

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

How long did it take to write/record? We spent around six-eight months rehearsing before even playing a show. As for recording, two days at Megaphon Studios for the drums and five days in Blackfoot Sound, tracking bass, guitars and vocals. We packaged each CD ourselves so every copy is brimming with love.

What’s your favourite song on it? Traversing The Spectrum, as I had a great time recording it exploring vocal diversity.

Will you do anything differently next time? We’d be very open to the prospect of someone else with a big wad of cash picking up the bill – this EP was totally self-funded.

Will you be launching it? Thursday at the Annandale Hotel! We’re filming the night so if you’re interested in being in it, come on down!

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singleFOCUS BORDER THIEVES The Currency Of Ideas What’s the song about? Drinkin’ and fightin’.

How many releases do you have now? None. But Oscar’s girlfriend recently gave him a sweet knife. He might need a release soon but not the musical kind.

Is this track from a forthcoming release? Yes. It has two songs and a picture our friend Damon drew on the front. It’ll cost $5 but you’re really just paying for the picture… the songs are on the ‘net for free. The picture is well worth it though.

How long did it take to write/record? Several hours staring into space followed by a walk over to Oscar’s house with Joel, a few Stiegels then a high five.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Frankie magazine.

What’s your favourite part of the song? When Kramer (music guy, not funny guy) said after mixing it “to be honest, I fucking HATE you guys”.

Do you play it differently live? I do, but the samples don’t. Samples are great like that. I’d say the samples are the best musician in the band.

Will you be launching it? That’s why I’m doing this right? Otherwise I’d be answering questions like, “Will you be going to bed now?” Thursday at Melt

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CATCALL Swimming Pool What’s the song about? Yearning.

How many releases do you have now? Two: the Anniversary EP released in 2008, and now the Swimming Pool 12”.

Is this track from a forthcoming release? Yes, it’s the first new track taken from my debut album due in 2011.

How long did it take to write/record? Wrote the song about a year ago with GLOVES from Melbourne, recorded it and refined it a couple of months ago, pressed it to vinyl.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Sex.

What’s your favourite part of the song? Probably the bridge after the first chorus.

20 YEARS AND MILLIONS OF WORDS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE NOTICED, BUT RECENTLY THE DRUM TURNED 20 YEARS OLD, HAVING FIRST BEEN PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 1990. ONE MAN HAS BEEN THERE THE WHOLE WAY – ASSOCIATE EDITOR MICHAEL SMITH – AND HERE HE GIVES A PERSONAL REFLECTION ON TWO DECADES’ WRITING.

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could start – well I am really aren’t I? – with a variation on the opening line from the classic Four Yorkshiremen sketch from the precursor to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, At Last The 1948 Show: “’Ood ‘ave thought, twenty year ago a’d be still bangin’ copy at The Drum Media.” I don’t imagine any of us who walked out of the On The Street office that day 20 years ago were thinking that far ahead. We just couldn’t stand any more of the way things were going and downed tools and marched off down to the Excelsior at the end of the street there in Surry Hills and had a good old collective whinge for a couple of hours, before we had to face the fact that we either came up with something or go our separate ways – break up the band as it were. Lucky for me, Margaret and Jenny Cott had the wherewithal to see a way of keeping the band together and the fact that within a couple of hours of our walking, the people who we’d been working with – bands, agents, managers and most importantly advertisers – decided that we were the people to stick with and within a fortnight, there was a new free weekly music, arts and entertainment weekly hitting the streets – The Drum Media. And that’s really why we all walked – loyalty – loyalty to the people our former “boss” had decided to start summarily firing and loyalty to the two sisters who had put their faith in our abilities and given us our respective jobs – Marg and Jenny. I certainly didn’t need to suddenly find myself potentially unemployed – I had a six-month-old baby and eightyear-old stepdaughter to support and I was pretty much the only person that the “boss” had treated like a lesser sub-species on two counts – I was a bloke and I had a couple of degrees (Well, three, but who’s counting?). Foolishly, he thought I was probably quite smart! Then again, I’d never really meant to be a rock journalist in the first place. That was another happy accident. Ten years before I started at On The Street I was happily touring the country in a Countdown sort of glam rock band from Adelaide, signed to Mushroom Records and doing what I was planning on doing for as long as I was able to stand up – play bass, make records, tour and, when the muse struck, writing short stories (I’d realised I was crap at poetry, though that was the initial impulse, as it tended to be with all weedy introverted studious types like me in the late ‘60s early ‘70s. Oddly enough, I did somehow manage to eventually publish a poem, in literary quarterly, Overland). Anyway, one night we’re playing the long gone and sorely missed Bondi Lifesaver and a bloke comes up after the show telling me how much he loved the band, loved my bass playing and he was the Associate Editor of an occasional indie technical sort of magazine, Australian Musician (nothing to do with the contemporary title) and did I fancy writing a column on bass playing. Of course I said yes and then sweated over the next month or so of touring about what to write. I’ve never had a lesson, play by ear and feel and essentially haven’t a clue what exactly it is that allows me to play in tune and in time – but I did the column and another five after that and, when the band broke up and I landed in Sydney, I became “full-time” staff. Problem was, it was a two-man backroom publication and no way was it going to sustain me until I got

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Do you play it differently live? We try and keep true to the song as much as possible live but the vibe is slightly different; it’s always a bit rawer, punk.

Will you be launching it? Saturday at Civic Underground with Alpine, World’s End Press, Bad Ezzy and Future Classic DJs.

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Y’ALL LAUGH N’ Y’ALL CRY Mindy Sotiri writes and performs songs that are real. She and her band will really be playing at The Sandringham Hotel this Tuesday from 8pm, and the frontwoman has solemnly promised to “not get drunk and talk about her breasts on stage anymore unless the demand is overwhelming”. Supporting on the night will be fellow locals Luke Russel and Frankie!. Entry is only $10 at the door.

MICHAEL AMITH another touring gig with a band. So I started freelancing, ringing up the magazines that had interviewed my band and saying I could do that. Having got to know a few other bands, it was easy to get interviews with them lined up and it went from there. On The Street wasn’t on the radar because they didn’t pay, but I did the odd story for musician friends as a favour. Then one night, uber-publicist Gaynor Crawford invited me along to the Kardomah Café, now Candy’s Apartment, to check out a new band her friend Moira Bennett, who had set up a little indie label, Mighty Boy Records, had signed – The Sparklers. On our table with Moira and Gaynor was Margaret Cott, who, sometime during the night mentioned there was a cheque for me at the magazine she edited – On The Street. I immediately became a freelancer for them and two years later, when their assistant editor decided to head off to London to try her luck with NME, Margaret very generously invited me to take up her place. So the fact that I ended up 20 years at The Drum Media is really down to a guy who liked my bass playing - Jon O’Rourke – and Margaret’s faith in my at times surprising ability to meet deadlines with half decent copy. It’s funny how you’re perceived in this business. Within a few years, I was being seem as “Smith of The Drum” rather than a bass player and then surprising the hell out of the occasional person I would interview – as well as the record company people, agents, managers, publicists and fellow journalists – who might accidentally catch me playing in one of my succession of attempts to rekindle my original dream of playing, recording and writing short stories instead of being the rock journalist. Speaking of loyalty, a lot of my colleagues at Drum have very generously attended the occasional gig – probably much against their better judgement – even a couple of my jaunts into spokenword – for which I am eternally grateful. I’m still playing of course, but never enough and I’m still a rock journalist apparently. Well, I assume I must be because I’m pumping out between 6000 and 8000-odd words a week here!

friends with a lot of people along the way. When I’ve been really lucky on occasion, I’ve even ended up joining their band! I’ve occasionally been the first journalist, at least at a street press level, to interview an artist that would go on to get quite big – some kids from Brisbane name of Powderfinger for instance; another bloke named John Butler too. There was Sarah Blasko, Kasey Chambers, george/Katie Noonan, Justin Townes Earle, Christine Anu, Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter. And a young hopeful from Queensland name of Keith Urban – not that he ever calls. There are probably a lot more but I leave that to the archivists. Being The Drum Media’s occasional “face-about-town” got me invitations to do other things too that have been immensely enjoyable, like talk to up and coming musicians, agents and students about stuff like “music and the media”, as a guest lecturer for Ausmusic, The Bondi Wave, Blacktown TAFE, the University of Western Sydney, AIM and The JMC Academy. I’ve been a band competition judge (entered a couple too with one particular band, but that’s another story…), from the Global Battle of the Bands, to Youthrock before it became part of the bigger annual Youth Week celebrations. So I was there at the Orion Centre in Campsie the night the A&R people from Sony Music and Mushroom came out to the boondocks to check out a high school band named Innocent Criminals (i.e. Silverchair). I’ve become an MC, doing the business introducing artists at the Blue Mountains Music Festival (thanks Chrissie!) and Jeff Buckley tribute nights. And to think when I started playing bass, it was the only way I was able to really communicate with people – I was far too shy to actually talk. I did one lecture at Western Sydney Uni with two bits of paper and a bass guitar, spun it out to an hour and a half of extemporising! I think I got away with it!

And I’ve had the privilege of not only interviewing but also eventually getting to know well enough to become

As for the rock journalism, I still think of myself as a writer first, journalist second. I’ve just never really bought into either the “hip young things” end of it or the discipline. It’s also why I haven’t ever done a “Michael’s Top Ten Releases For [whatever year it happens to be]”. Apart from never feeling secure in having heard enough to really justify a list, I can’t imagine anyone really being that interested, so right from the beginning of Drum, my end of year contribution has always been a socio-political overview of the year’s non-music events. You never know – somebody might have accidentally read one! It also satisfied my literary/academic pretentions and ensured that certain issues that weren’t being presented in our pages – the environment, unemployment, homelessness and so on, things that I know affect all of us whether we choose to look at them or not – got a look in, issues that affect our readers, young and old. In the meantime, that’s enough of all that – there’s the next deadline, the next phoner, the next interview, the next rehearsal, the next gig, the next issue to get out – enjoy.

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You can catch the band as they perform a free set on Thursday night at Jack’s Bar and Grill.

You’ve really got to give it to MUM, always solid every week. Head down to the World Bar at 8pm this Friday and your night can be spent jiggling to the fanciful sounds of Worlds End Press, Saloons, Convaire, Carnation, God Rest The Good Doctor, The Summervilles, Fake Wars and a whole cat basket of ferocious DJs.

FOR THOSE WHO ROCK

I certainly can’t complain. There were times when The Drum Media literally kept me sane – and kept a roof over my head, when life went as pear-shaped as it could, and again, I have to particularly thank Margaret and Jenny on that score. They have no idea how many nights I was sleeping in my car while still doing the job of meeting the deadlines. It’s lucky I did so much university in a former life – it might seem glamorous on the outside, but being a full-time staff writer is like sitting an exam paper every two hours, sometimes without having had the chance to actually do the study! “Phoner coming through in half an hour and the other guy can’t do it – Michael…” Keeps you on your toes I can tell you.

COOL SQUAD This Friday night the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills hosts you a massive four-band lineup, headlined by local alternative shoegaze trio Skullsquadron, who will also be giving away free sampler CDs! Supporting acts on the night include Small Town Incident, The Tombstone Ramblers and Uncanny Valley. Get there by 8pm.

CASUALLY ACOUSTIC Central Coast newcomers Act Casual have been busy honing their live set of acoustic alternative pop songs.

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Sunset Riot are a Sydney hard rock five-piece who have been building up a solid reputation over the past year. If you love Australian-bred rock and you haven’t seen them, you’re missing a vital piece of the current picture. Don’t fret though; you have the opportunity this Saturday when the boys play Newtown’s Town Hall Hotel (The Townie!) with Devine Electric.

GOOD LORD! Fresh from supports with Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem, Sydney’s melodic death metal outfit Anno Domini will be headlining a huge night of underground metal this Saturday at The Wall. Special guests on the night include Daemon Foetal Harvest, Alice Through the Windshield Glass, Havoc and Black Horizon. Doors are at 7pm and entry is only $15.


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THE MALARKEYS This Wednesday Mr Malarkey will be playing the Manly Boatshed from 10.30pm with a set comprising of their funky originals, as well as some fun covers at the tail end. On Saturday two members from Mr Malarky will also be performing their debut as a duo called The Larks from 7.30pm at The Ettalong Beach Hotel.

COUNTRY-BLUES KICKS Local alternative-country quintet Mo Trowell and The Delivery will be playing some shows around the traps supporting visiting Louisiana swamp pop legends Lil’ Band O’ Gold. Catch them this Wednesday at the Basement, Circular Quay, in an acoustic set, then on Thursday at the Factory Theatre in full band mode.

HOOT-ENANNY Rockin’ blues quartet The Owls are launching their EP this Saturday at SoSueMe. The night will be held at The Gaelic and shall be ridiculously good times for all. Special guests on the night include The Cadres, Doc Holiday Takes the Shotgun, The Vignettes and Forests, plus some awesome local indie DJs. Doors are at 8pm, get there early for $10 entry (late entry $15).

TUESDAY TUNES Tuesdays the Beach Road Hotel is all about supporting our rising local talent, with music from 8pm and free entry for all! This Tuesday settle in and enjoy the fine abilities of Bonney Read, Barrel House, Line Drawings and Scotty McClintock.

AND IN OTHER NEWS.... TEN WAYS I COULD HAVE BETTER SPENT MY MONDAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY: 1. Reassociating myself with my father’s extensive Kamahl record collection. 2. Finally applying for Azerbaijani citizenship so that I can take Eurovision 2011 by storm with a little meykhana number.

5. Finding management for my soon-to-be-famous boy band, Fingerbang. What, South Park already did that? 6. Seeking clear definitions of the hundreds of new musical genres that seem to pop up every week in an attempt to quantify art; crabcore, horrorcore, twinklecore and the MySpace favourite, melodramatic popular song. Next public holiday I could have shopped it to upstarting bloggers.

3. Rearranging my record collection from chronological to autobiographical, “I can tell you how I got from Deep Purple to Howling Wolf in just 25 moves… And, if I wanted to find the song Landslide by Fleetwood Mac I have to remember that I bought it for someone in the fall of 1983 but I didn’t give it to them for personal reasons.”

7. Moving to New York, getting naked, covering myself in yoghurt and reenacting my birth with sound effects, recording the process and releasing it on a limited edition, hand numbered, single pressing, transparent pink seven inch vinyl.

4. Listening to Paul McCartney’s 1970 song, Maybe I’m Amazed, backwards, to finally get a hold on that delicious recipe for lentil soup.

9. Working my way through ten cases of varied imported beers to see which bottle works best as a slide for my guitar.

8. Spending my life savings on a flight to England; punching Noel Gallagher in the head.

KAMAHL 10. Obtaining the CRM-114 amplifier that Doc Brown built in Back To The Future. If cannot find, meticulously watch the trilogy to discover how to rebuild.

SUN DRIED Unearthed band Jinja Safari will be bringing their alternative sunsoaked tunes to the Beach Road Hotel this Wednesday for a free show. The duo will be playing alongside local upcoming blues-fusing jam band The Money Smokers. Things will be kicking off at 8pm.

NOWHERE MAN It would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday Saturday, but we all know how that one turned out. There are no shortage of tribute acts to the band that made Lennon bigger than Jesus though, and one of them – The Beatels – are playing Coogee Diggers this Saturday in honour of the would-have-been birthday.

MUPPET SHOW Gelfling bring their big sound to the Lansdowne Hotel this Thursday, the free show seeing them teamed with Medicated Youth, Dora Maar and Buzzkiller on the bill.

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JUAN ALBAN Like I Never Was At All What’s the song about?

Lyrically it speaks of total resignation… But I feel like the song has this feeling of newfound freedom and optimism. Setting all your bridges alight and smiling as they burn. How many releases do you have now?

It’s my debut solo single! (My previous band, Epicure released four albums.) Is this track from a forthcoming release?

It’s from my debut EP, Too Long In Flight, which is out in February. How long did it take to write/record?

I wrote it really quickly in a moment of peaceful defeat… and recorded it in an igloo on Mars. Also quickly. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making?

True Blood. And rock’n’roll. What’s your favourite part of the song?

I like the chorus; it’s a bit fucked up and distressing lyrically but melodically upbeat! Do you play it differently live?

Yeah, I play it acoustically at the moment. Just me and my guitar, but the recording was done as a band with the guys from The Hello Morning. Will you be launching it?

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live@drummedia.com.au ON THE DRUM STEREO Losing Sleep Dark Storm Crush ABE Last Chants Bag Raiders Modern Rituals Invented Body Talk Pt 2 Weight I Am The West

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PARKLIFE COME-DOWN CHART I Believe You Liar WASHINGTON Darwin Deez DARWIN DEEZ The Boxer KELE Dystopia MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS This Is Not A Test! MISSY ELLIOT Fantastic Playroom NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation THE WOMBATS Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans UFFIE Welcome To The Monkey House THE DANDY WARHOLS Any Minute Now SOULWAX

ITUNES AUSTRALIA TOP 10 MUSIC VIDEOS 1. And Then We Dance JUSTICE CREW 2. Love The Way You Lie RIHANNA & EMINEM 3. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) KATY PERRY 4. Dynamite TAIO CRUZ 5. DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (feat. Pitbull) USHER 6. Take It Off KE$HA 7. Teenage Dream KATY PERRY 8. Bats (live) PAUL DEMPSEY 9. Mine TAYLOR SWIFT 10. Not Afraid EMINEM

CANADIAN TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. Thousand Suns 2. Place Called Love 3. Recovery 4. Americana 5. Teenage Dream 6. Now 16 7. Band Of Joy 8. Asylum 9. Flamingo 10. Songs From The Road

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ITUNES AUSTRALIA TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. Bag Raiders BAG RAIDERS 2. Dark Storm [EP] THE JEZABELS 3. Birds Of Tokyo BIRDS OF TOKYO 4. Invented JIMMY EAT WORLD 5. Planets [EP] SHORT STACK 6. Down The Way ANGUS & JULIA STONE 7. Tumbling Into The Dawn LIOR 8. Science & Faith THE SCRIPT 9. The Golden Year OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL 10. Record Collection MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL.

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GIG OF THE WEEK

Local punk outfit Chris Duke & The Royals are leading the genre’s charge into the Lansdowne Hotel this Friday. Nudist Colonies Of The World, Running Bear With Eagle Eye, Batfoot! and Sparrows have got their back. Entry’s free.

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It’s a big late afternoon/evening of metal and rock discourse at the Lansdowne Hotel this Saturday, with Red Remedy – who’ve recently released their latest EP – headlining. There’s also the underrated Del Santo, as well as Mind At Large, Rubcon Rising, Illusion of Despair, Sex In Columbia, Unknown Quanitity, Rick O’Shay and Braden Evans Band.

As you’ll no doubt know from the article elsewhere in this week’s Drum, Gay Paris like to play rock’n’roll. They like to play it loud, messy and recklessly. Launching their album, The Skeleton’s Problematic Granddaughter, over a month-long residency at the Supper Club, they kick off this week with support from The Beards, Brothers Grimm and Contraban.

LOOKIN’ GOOD Punk rock locals with a name you won’t forget soon, Everything Is Coming Up Millhouse play the Lewisham Hotel this Thursday. On side are Sable as well.

COLLECTING INFORMATION The Lewisham Hotel will welcome Agents Of Insight this Friday, with Thacker Beat and Acidtone also due to spend some time on stage.

STRONG FINISH D.N.F may play forever at the Lewsiham Hotel this Saturday if their name is anything to go by. The solid bill also includes The Presence, Monannlisa Wilde, The Frances Wit, Exit Row, The Project and Hook Elation.

BAND BEARINGS Upside Down is happening at Spectrum this Saturday, with The Bungalows, New Navy, Sydney Girls Choir and Little Napier providing your mid-weekend entertainment.

REMEMBER THAT DAY IN OCTOBER The Little Red train’s running at full steam, thanks to the release of their new album, Midnight Remember, and you can jump on the eclectic new effort’s carriage at a range of stops this weekend. Wednesday they’re at the Wollongong Uni Bar, Thursday the ANU Bar, Friday The Metro Theatre, Saturday Level One at Newcastle Leagues and Sunday at Penrith RSL.

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TOO KOOL FOR SCHOOL Hip Hop thugs Koolism will be taking over Canberra Friday night, playing their signature energetic and highly entertaining style of beats and rhymes. You can catch them at the Transit Bar from 8pm as they launch their latest album, The Umu.

LUCKY DUCKS If roots, blues and folk is your thing, look no further than Mona Vale Concert Hall for your Friday night entertainment. Performing will be Byron Bay sweethearts The Lucky Wonders, winding their way through their own blend of indie folk and roots. Supporting will be local talent Melanie Horsnell. Doors open 7.30pm.

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SUNDOWN SYNDROME

This week the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel will be providing the sights and sounds of Mitch Anderson on Friday and Red Beans on Sunday – both events from 9pm. The resident DJ then plugs in every Friday and Saturday from midnight.

Perth’s own tripped-out fuzz kings Tame Impala will be showing off their psychedelic tunes Saturday night at ANU Bar, Canberra.

GOT HAPPY? Tin Sparrow have the focus of the Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar this Thursday, while kicking things off at 8pm will be Vacations. The headliners go by the motto “happy folk for happy folks”, so bring your A-game smiles.

HOME GROWN Saturday night at the Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, local indie-darlings Seabellies will be performing a stellar show in support of their recent debut album, By Limbo Lake. Playing support role will be the exciting Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! Tickets available through Moshtix.

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FEELIN’ RESTLESS? Sydney pop-rockers Amy Meredith are performing a soldout show at the Factory Theatre Saturday night in support of their debut album, Restless. It’s a huge year so far for them, having hit the road for a headline album tour that culminates at this gigantic Sydney show. Joining them are disco kings The Dirty Secrets for the all ges show.

SOMETHING FOR PAUL Performing some very special farewell shows with Aussie legends Powderfinger, Paul Dempsey of Something For Kate fame will be hitting the stage at the iconic Annandale hotel Sunday night for a one-off sideshow. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets doors are open from 6pm, but for the rest of you – it’s sold out.

CHEMICAL TRANSPORT Down, Down

What’s the song about? The band and our weekends as teenagers; backyard parties and BBQs with mates and family.

How many releases do you have now? Down, Down is the first single release off our debut EP.

Is this track from a forthcoming release? Our debut EP, We’re Not Alone, out through New Justice Records.

How long did it take to write/record?

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ATTN: Local bands! If you have a gig or release in the pipeline that you want to promote, send the details, blurb (no longer than 100 words) and pic (no bigger than 1MB, NO SMALLER THAN 200 DPI and in .JPG or .PDF format) to live@drummedia.com.au. Get in quick, it’s fuckin’ FREE!

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? The fact that we were just finishing school and recording for the first time was inspiring in itself.

LOVE N DEVOTION Over the past year singer/ songwriter Ben Fletcher and guitarist Dave Hunt have been playing all around the UK as part of Sarah Blasko’s touring outfit. This week, with their return to Sydney they reunite with their band The Devoted Few for a one-off show at The Sandringham Hotel this Sunday. Supports will come from The Maladies and Shakin’ Howls.

It was written in the back end of 2008. We went into the studio after we finished school in 2009 and recorded the tracks in 11 days at Electric Sun Studios.

What’s your favourite part of the song? Probably the instrumental parts, purely for the fact I won’t hear myself singing.

Do you play it differently live? Nope! We always intend on recording things we can play live.

Will you be launching it? Yes, we will be on tour to support the release. We play Thursday at the Bull N Bush. Saturday 30 October at Club SFX, St James Hotel, Saturday 20 November at Gideon HQ (all ages) and Friday 26 November at Crest Hotel.

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A GOOD WRAP

AS AMY MEREDITH KICKED OFF THEIR NATIONAL TOUR TO SUPPORT THEIR DEBUT ALBUM IN WA, DRUM GOT THEM TO KEEP A TOUR DIARY. BASSIST WADE OSBORN FILLS US IN ON DREAM RIDERS, FATMAN SCOOP AND CELEBRATION PANTS.

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e flew over to Perth a day early to fit in some promo and vibe out in the sun before kicking off the tour at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River. The weather was amazing and days off for us are a rarity so we were pretty stoked we got to check out the west coast beaches for the first time. From now on all Amy Meredith tours will start with a free day, so we can relax and get ready for a run of shows First soundcheck of the tour ran smoothly, apart from a weirdo keyboard stand that I think was from the ‘80s. Onlookers would have seen what looked to be five monkeys standing around a piece of metal, bashing it and scratching their heads. Support band to the rescue and we are ready to play… well, we are all ready except Mrs [Christian] Lo Russo [vocals] of course. If I hear this guy whinge about his in-ear mix one more time he is going to get bitch slapped! Before shows, Cam [Laing, guitar] and I always make sure “Wadeo’s Bar” (named Wadeo’s Bar for obvious reasons) is stocked up enough to get us through the set. It’s the most exclusive bar in town, it only opens for an hour each night and the guest list fills up real fast. Wadeo’s Bar is a MUST. There is nothing worse than being thirsty on stage – and believe me it gets hot up there. We aren’t yet in a position to have our own personal bartender on tour, so a few vodkas and sometimes water for good measure gets us through an hour set. A four-hour drive under our belt and we were back at Cottesloe Beach where we were basing ourselves

meal and three coffees later it was Saturday afternoon and soundcheck time at Amplifier Bar in Perth. You could tell it was nearing the end of a busy week as we all felt and looked tired and worn out. All that aside, we have a job to do and people have paid money to see us play. Our energy levels soon increased when the club stopped letting people in as it was getting too full, we then realised it was going to be another great show. Knowing that we can sell out three out of four shows on the other side of Australia was such a surreal feeling. We’ve only previously been over there as a support band so we weren’t even sure if anyone was going to turn up to any of our shows – then this.

CELEBRATION PANTS

SUNNING IT

for a few nights. Since it was 27 degrees we made the most of the afternoon and hung out in the sun. Late Thursday afternoon we headed to the second show of the tour, which was at Mojo’s in Freemantle, probably my favourite venue of the tour. It was full of vibe and reminded me of a few places we partied at in New York. The people there were so nice to us and even heated up the ovens hours after they were turned off, so we could have fresh pizza for dinner. The backstage room was filled with all our gear, so we ended up eating the pizza and drinking our rider in the small bathroom/ cubicle attached. It was quite romantic. Just before going on stage we got word that the show had sold out. So we were pumped to get up there and do our thing. The beverages were flowing and everyone had a dance. Thanks Mojo’s ! Kosta [Theodosis, drums] aka ”The Lobster” (his sunburnt alter-ego) went straight home and slipped into his celebration pants. I’m certainly not judging the guy, because he’s bigger than me – and those pants do look fucking comfy!

also included assorted wraps. Now it doesn’t seem that exciting but to us that’s a career milestone and every musician out there who has ever laid eyes on assorted wraps in their backstage room knows exactly what I’m talking about. We were finally at a point where we got exactly what we asked for in our rider. As Fergie says, “I think tonight is going to be a fun night” or something.

After a fun show at Mojo’s we couldn’t wait to get to Mandurah Players for our next show. We arrived at the venue and were shocked when we laid eyes on one of the biggest riders in Amy Meredith history, which

When the crowd started dancing and fisting the air to the sound of Kosta doing line check we knew this was going to be a full-on show. The DJ played Fatman Scoop - Be Faithful and MC’d whilst we took to the stage. This made it feel more like a high school disco than a concert. I wasn’t sure if we could top the 2003 smash hit from Fatguy Scoop, but we certainly attempted to. Security were constantly coming on stage through out the set to carry out girls that were nearly passing out in the front row. If that’s not a sign of a good show then I don’t know what is! This show also sold out so it looked pretty squashy out there. The tour was definitely getting better by the show and this crowd definitely knew how to have a good time. Four litres of water, some carpet burn, a drunkenlyshaven beard, three hours’ sleep, a large Hungry Jacks

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Since we didn’t have any AA’s shows booked, we thought we’d team up with City Beach and do a free show for all the U-18’s who thought we’d forgot about them. Playing a short 30-minute set to 500 screaming kids was possibly the best way we could have ended the tour. These kids definitely know how to scream and if it weren’t for my moulded ear plugs, my ears would still be ringing now. Monday morning came around quicker than expected, which meant the first week of shows was finito. My suitcase is also suspiciously lighter which can only mean one thing – I’ve lost about ten pairs of undies and a few shirts, dammit! The hard work all seemed a little too much for Joel [Chapman, guitar], who passed out five minutes after boarding the flight home. Not even the screaming babies could keep him from getting some well-deserved shuteye. Don’t get too comfy mate – we only have one day off, then we leave for Queensland to do it all again... WHO Amy Meredith WHEN & WHERE Saturday, Factory Theatre; Wednesday 13 October, The Maram; Thursday 14, Wollongong University; Thursday 4 November, Cambridge Hotel; Friday 19, Factory Theatre

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BEAU SMITH DUO: Stamford Grand Nth Ryde BONNEY READ, BARREL HOUSE, LINE DRAWINGS, SCOTTY MCCLINTOCK: Beach Rd Htl Bondi Brackets & Jam: Bangalow Hotel CAMBO: O’Malleys Kings X ITALIAN DELIGHT WITH JOEY FIMMANO: The Cube, Campbelltown JAMES VALENTINE’S SUPPER CLUB: Golden Sheaf KATE MILLERHEIDKE: Enmore Theatre MANDARIN BAND: Bankstown Sports Club NEIL ANDERSON: Railway Friendly Bar PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl POP PANIC TUESDAY: World Bar Kings X ROB HENRY: Observer Htl SNAP!, REMCO KEIJZER QUARTET: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills THE NEXT STEP: Castle Hill RSL THEY CALL ME BRUCE: Maloney’s Hotel TUESDAY UNPLUGGED: UniBar, Wollongong UNDERGROUND TABLES FEAT, LOCAL ARTIST: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe

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ACID KING: Harp Htl Wollongong ALAN & ANGELA TOWNSEND PRESENT…, DOWN MEMORY LANE: Belmont 16’s ANDY MAMMERS DUO: The Ranch, Marsfield BEN FINN DUO: Mean Fiddler Htl BIO WEAPON, TIMMY TRUMPET, CHEAP LETTUS, ZANNON, MOZZIE: Panthers Newcastle BOWMAN SISTAS: Ettamogah Htl DANIEL LEE KENDALL: Raval DAVE SMIEDT, AMELIA JANE HUNTER, CECIL: Oatley Htl GENEVIEVE CHADWICK, MATT SOUTHERN, DI DREW: The View Factory, Newcastle

HIT AND MISS: Jack’s Bar IN PIECES: Orient Htl JINJA SAFARI, THE MONEY SMOKERS: Beach Rd Htl Bondi John Redmond Tro: Manhattan Lounge JP DUO: O’Malleys Kings X KIRSTY LARKIN: Shoal Bay Resort and Spa LITTLE RED, SPARKADIA: UniBar, Wollongong MANDY SHAMIN: Charing Cross Htl METAL MELEE: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe MIKE BENNETT: Observer Htl MUSOS CLUB JAM NIGHT: Bald Faced Stag OPEN MIC: Fubah on Copa, Copacabana OPEN MIC NIGHT: Excelsior Glebe OPEN MIC NIGHT: Fitzroy Htl Windsor PAUL SUN, PETER LOCKE: Jazushi Restaurant Surry Hills PAUL WINN DUO: Dee Why Hotel SARAH BLASKO, SEJA: Albury Entertainment Centre, NSW SPECTACLES, DIRTY NICE, SPANGLED MISTRESS, BEN MARSHALL: Excelsior Surry Hills STEP PANTHER, SEALION, BRIGHT QUITO SPRING: Spectrum SUPERFLUX, FILMBASE, LAFOXE, METALKING, THE MUTE CANARY PROJECT: Red Rattler, Marrickville THE NEXT STEP: South Sydney Juniors THE SCRIPT, MICHAEL PAYNTER: Big Top Luna Park THE WALL WEDNESDAY: World Bar Kings X TOM & DAVE SHOW: Maloney’s Hotel TRIVIA: Vineyard Htl Trivia To A Tee with The Doctor: Muree Golf Club Twisted Trivia: Wallsend Sporties UNSW RECTICALS: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills YOURSPACE: Town Hall Htl, Newtown

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505’s Latin Night!Marsala: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills ACT CASUAL: Jack’s Bar ANDY MAMMERS: Orient Htl

LITTLE RED: WEDNESDAY 6, WOLLONGONG UNI BAR, THURSDAY 7, ANU BAR, FRIDAY 8, METRO THEATRE, SATURDAY 9, NEWCASTLE LEAGUES, SUNDAY 10, PENRITH RSL BETH ROBERTSON: Shoal Bay Resort and Spa BOHEMIAN MASQUERADE BALL FEAT.: Coorabell Hall, Coorabell BORDER THIEVES, MADE IN JAPAN, CARNATION, DOMEYKO GONZALES: Melt Bar Kings X CASS EAGER & THE VELVET ROPE, CLAUDE HAY: Railway Friendly Bar COMEDY TRIVIA: Exchange Htl Newcastle COMEDY TRIVIA: The Mark- Newcastle CRUSHED ICE: Camden Valley Golf Resort DAN KELLY: The Maram, Canberra DAN LAWRENCE: Observer Htl DAVID CAMPBELL: Mingara Rec Club DAVID GOYEN: Club Five Dock DIE DIE DIE (NZ), CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS: Grand Hotel, Wollongong DRU HILL: Metro ENGLISH & THE DOC, JAMES ENGLISH, OLIVER SAVY: Brass Monkey GUINEAFOWL, PLUTO JONZ, BETTY AIRS, BROWN BEAR BLACK BEAR: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space HOT DAMN!, MOURNING TIDE, WISH FOR WINGS: Spectrum IAN BLAKENEY: Bankstown Sports Club JAZZ FACTORY: The View Factory, Newcastle JOHNATHAN SUGARFOOT MOFFETT: Allans Music, Alexandria JP: Northies Cronulla Htl-

Sport Bar LITTLE RED, SPARKADIA: ANU Bar ACT LOOP THURSDAY: Tone, Sydney LUKE KOTERAS: Campbelltown Catholic Club - Caf‚ Samba MATT JONES: O’Malleys Kings X MATT PRICE: Hillside Htl Castle Hill MICHAEL MCGLYNN: Greengate Htl MUSOS CLUB JAM NIGHT: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill NICKY KURTA: Greenpark Hotel, Darlinghurst OKTOBERFEST feat., THE ALPINE WANDERS OOM PAH PAH BAND: UniBar, Wollongong PERRY KEYES: Notes, Newtown PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PLEDGE THIS, CHEMICAL TRANSPORT, VANSTROM: Bull & Bush POP HEADS: Erskineville Htl PUNK ROCK SHOW, FROM DEEP WITHIN, EBOLAGOLDFISH, SWEAT & SHAME, BILLY DEMOS: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe REAL DEAL: Albion Hotel Newcastle RON OSBORN: CLUB BELMORE ROSS WARD: gj’s Coffee Lounge SAM & JAMIE TRIO: Maloney’s Hotel SAMANTHA BRAVE, KATE GOGARTY: Newport Arms Hotel SHANNON NOLL: Lizottes, Newcastle SHARRON BOWMAN: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta SIMMO: Windang Bowling Club SIMO SOO, LEROY MACQUEEN AND THE GUSSETS: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery

STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Empire of Annandale Hotel STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN SHOW, ARETHA FRANKLIN MUSIC CELEBRATION: The Basement STRUCTURES FALL, RUNNING GUNS, LOUIS TILLETT, LOUIS LONDON: Excelsior Surry Hills SUN ARAW: Good God Small Club SUPER MASSIVE: DAPTO HOTEL TALK OF THE TOWN: Wallsend Sporties TEENAGE KICKS, JOHNNY SEGMENT, BANSHEE, MONKEY GENIUS, URBY: World Bar Kings X THE CAMERA CLUB: Beach Rd Htl Bondi THE CAPITOLS: White Cockatoo Hotel, Petersham THE DECKCHAIRS: Beach Hotel THE NEXT STEP: Mounties Club Mt Pritchard THE NOVOCAINES, THE FOREGIN OBJECTS, FANGS: Harp Htl Wollongong THE SUSPECTS: Marble Bar Hilton Htl TRANZPHAT, WAKING THE MIRRORS, CITIZEN DOG, ATOMIK CIRCUS: Annandale Htl WOLLONGONG WAIL BAND COMP: City Diggers Wollongong ZOLTAN: Brighton RSL

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ABBALANCHE: Parramatta Leagues AFTER PARTY BAND: Moorebank Sports Club AGENT 69: Cronulla RSL ALEXISONFIRE, BREAK EVEN:

Roundhouse Kensington A-LIVE: Customs House Sydney ALL IN GOOD FUN: Nelson Bay Bowling Club ANDY MAMMERS: Macquarie Htl, Liverpool ANNABELLE KAY, ATLAS B SALBESEN, THE BEATING HEARTS: Melt Bar Kings X ARDIJAH, 1814, RUIA APERAHAMA, MAISEY RIKA, + more: Coogee Bay Htl ARGYLE ORACLE, HEATH BURDELL: Greengate Htl ARMCHAIR TRAVELLERS: Mosman RSL AT THE HOP: Belmont 16’s AUZNER: Heathcote Hotel BACKSLIDERS, MICK HART: The Vanguard BETH ROBERTSON: Beachcomber Htl Toukley BIG RADIO DYNAMITE: Campbelltown Catholic Club BLACK DIAMOND HEART CLUB, THE BAVARIANS: Crows Nest Htl BLACK ROSE: Matraville Htl BOHEMIAN MASQUERADE BALL FEAT., SPOONBILL, EDITORS, THE BARONS OF TANG, KIRA PURA & THE BRUISE, PEAR & THE AWKWARD ORCHESTRA: Bangalow Hall, Bangalow BOWEN & THE LUCKY DUTCHMAN, MATT SOUTHERN, GENEVIEVE CHADWICK: Port Macquarie Hotel BRETT O’MALLEY: Peden’s Tavern Hotel, Cessnock BRIDGE MARY KISS, ARCHERBOLDS: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery BROWN SUGAR: Marble Bar Hilton Htl CASHO: Hunter Valley Brewery,

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Maitland CHRIS DUKE & THE ROYALS, NUDIST COLONIES OF THE WORLD, RUNNING BEAR WITH EAGLE EYE, BATFOOT, SPARROWS: Landsdowne Hotel CLIVE HAY: Hills District Bowling Club Country Keys & Strings: Cowra Services Club CREEDENCE CLEARWATER RECYCLED: Bankstown Sports Club CYBERCRYSTAL: Panthers Cardiff DAN KELLY: Northern Star Htl Newcastle DARYL BYRNE: Mudgee Soldiers Club DAVID AGIUS TRIO: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl DAVID CAMPBELL: The Cube, Campbelltown DAVID GOYEN: Penrith Panthers DIE DIE DIE (NZ), Myth and Tropics, CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space DIRTY LOVE: Belmore Htl Newcastle DOROTHY: Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre DOUBLE WHAMMY: Engadine RSL DREW MCALISTER: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta E-LIXA: Mattara Hotel, Newcastle FALCONA FRIDAYS: Kit & kaboodle, Kings Cross FERNANDO AROGONES: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills FLAMIN’ BEAUTIES: Crown Htl Sydney FULL CIRCLE: MJ Finnegans Newcastle FUNHOUSE: Club Lemon Tree GALLERI, COREY PRICE: The View Factory, Newcastle GARY JOHNS TRIO, SARAH PATON: Ettamogah Htl GAY PARIS, THE BEARS, BROTHERS GRIM, CONTRABAN: The Polo Lounge, Taylor Sq GOODNIGHT DYNAMITE, DAN LAWRENCE: Observer Htl HIP NOT HOP: Hillside Htl Castle Hill HIT SEEKERS: East Leagues HR KING & FRIENDS: Brass Monkey HUE WILLIAMS:

Tall Timbers, Central Coast IDOL KARAOKE: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill INDIGO RISING, UNDERLIGHTS, SUPERFLORENCEJAM, SLAVE KILLS OWNER: Spectrum INTIMATE LOUNGE MUSIC: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club JANE IRVING QUARTET: The Sound Lounge Seymour Centre JAYWALKER: Central Coast Leagues JESSICA CAIN: Docks Htl JOHN WILLIAMS: Kareela Golf Club JONNEINE ZAPATA, THE HOLY SOUL, LEONE CARMEN: Annandale Htl K.P: Quakers Inn KA’CHING: Windsor Castle Htl Newcastle KARTON: Chinese Laundry KEEP THE FAITH - BON JOVI SHOW: Jewells Tavern, Jewells, Central Coast KIRK BURGESS: Kro Bar, East Leagues Club, Bondi Junction LET THE MANGO: Seabreeze Beach Hotel LILLY DIOR, BRENDAN ST LEDGER: Berkelouw Wine Bar, Leichardt Liquid Sky: Candys Apartment LITTLE RED, SPARKADIA: Metro LOOSE CHANGE, TRUE VIBE NATION, Daily Meds: Beach Rd Htl Bondi MARK TRAVERS: Australian Hotel & Brewery, Annangrove MATT PRICE: Parramatta RSL MICHAEL JACKSON’S SLIDE DIDGE EXTRAVAGANZA: Sandringham Htl downstairs MISS BURLESQUE AUSTRALIA 2010: Enmore Theatre NICKY KURTA: Novotel - Brewery Bar, Olympic Park PERRY KEYES: Notes, Newtown PHASE III: Warners at the Bay PHILL SIMMONS: Oasis on Beamish POWER OF TWO: Matraville RSL PURPLE SNEAKERS: Gladstone Htl REAR VIEW MIRROR, PEARL JAM SHOW: Penrith Htl ROB HENRY: Harbord Beach Htl ROCK SHOW, MACHINES OF ME, THE STEVES, THREE WORD NAME, CHRISTINA THIERS: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe

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5 -11 OCTOBER 2010 RPM: Exchange Htl Newcastle RYAN DALEY: Cessnock Supporters Club SERVICE 30: Avoca Beach Htl SHANE FLEW: Briars Inn, Bowral SKULLSQUADRON, SMALL TOWN INCDENT, THE TOMBSTONE RAMBLERS, UNCANNEY VALLEY: Excelsior Surry Hills SKYSCRAPER: Mean Fiddler Htl SOUL POWER: Tone, Sydney STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Terrey Hills Tavern STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN SHOW, ARETHA FRANKLIN MUSIC CELEBRATION: Lizottes, Dee Why SUMMERLAND KINGS: Log Cabin Htl SUPER DRIVER: Vineyard Htl TED NASH: Chatswood RSL TERRY BATU: Horsley Park Tavern THE ANGELS: Towradgi Beach Htl THE BAD AND THE UGLY: Doyalson RSL THE CRUISERS: Wallsend Sporties THE DIRTY SECRETS: Grand Hotel, Wollongong THE JUNGLE KINGS: Kirribilli Htl THE KAMIS: The Point Bowling Club THE LUCKY WONDERS, SPECIAL GUESTS: Petersham Bowling Club THE NEXT STEP: Blacktown Workers THE NOVOCAINES, THE FOREGIN OBJECTS, FANGS: Cambridge Htl Newcastle THE SUE AND MIKEY SHOW: The Mark- Newcastle THE WAVES: Brewhouse Pub St Marys THUNDERSTRUCK-AC/DC SHOW: Bull & Bush TIM SHAW: Revesby Workers, Skyline Lounge TONY WILLIAMS: PJ Gallaghers Drummoyne TWINSANITY: Hotel Jesmond TWO PIANO’S, Duelling piano show: Club Five Dock

VELVET HOTEL: Mascot RSL VIA TANIA, A CASUAL END MILE: Raval WORLD’S END PRESS, SALOONS, CONVAIRE, CARNATION, GOD REST THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE SUMMERVILLES, FAKE WARS: Mum @ The World Bar YOU AM I: Sussex Inlet Bowling Club ZOLTAN: Town Hall Htl Balmain

SUN 10

SAT 09

24 HOURS: Belmore Htl Newcastle ABBALANCHE: South Sydney Juniors AGAINST ME: Metro AM 2 PM: Revesby Workers, Skyline Lounge AMY MEREDITH: Factory Theatre ANDREW WILLIAMS: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl ANDY MAMMERS: Northies Cronulla HtlSport Bar BEATNIX: St Marys Band Club BEN FINN DUO: Bull & Bush BETH ROBERTSON: Windsor Castle Htl Newcastle BLONDE 182: Australian Hotel & Brewery, Annangrove BNO ROCK SHOW: Mean Fiddler Htl, Woolshed BOOTY CALL: East Leagues BRAD JOHNS, MICHAEL VIDALE: Macquarie Arms Htl BRETT O’MALLEY: Crowne Plaza Terrigal BURIED IN VERONA, VANSTORM, MY CITY SCREAMS, THOUGHTS UNDER FIRE: SFX, St James Hotel CATCALL, WORLD’S END PRESS: Civic Htl Pitt St CC DUO: Courthouse Htl CHRIS BYRNE: Bateau Bay Htl CREEDENCE & BEYOND: Moruya RSL Hall DAEMON FOETAL HARVEST, ANNO DOMINI, ALICE THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD GLASS, HAVOC, BLACK HORIZON: The Wall (The Bald Faced Stag) DAN KELLY: Annandale Htl DAN LAWRENCE: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel DAN SPILLANE: Harbord Beach Htl DANIEL ARVIDSON: Hotel Jesmond DAVE MCMASTER, POP FICTION:

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GUINEAFOWL: THURSDAY 7, OXFORD ART FACTORY Penrith Panthers DAVE STEVENS, ROB HENRY: Observer Htl DAVID AGIUS DUO: Penrith Panthers, Fluid Bar DAVID CAMPBELL: Dapto Leagues DES GIBSON: Lansvale Htl DOC HALLIDAY: Waterworks Htl, Botany DOWN UNDER: Oatley Htl ELECTRIC AVENUE: Tone, Sydney ELISA KATE: Grand Htl Newcastle FABBA: Nelson Bay Bowling Club FATT LIP: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill FLAMIN’ BEAUTIES: Orange Hotel FUNHOUSE: Bay Hotel GALAPAGOS DUCK: Penrith RSL GARY JOHNS TRIO: Maloney’s Hotel GEN-R-8: Cessnock Supporters Club GHETTO DISCO feat…, HOODLMZ, OMZ LAY, DECKHEAD, CHRIS LE SEC, PAUL DONE, + more: Q Bar Darlinghurst GLENN WHITEHALL: Picton Htl GOODNIGHT DYNAMITE: Pritchards Hotel GRAND THEFT AUDIO: Exchange Htl Newcastle HEATH BURDELL: Clovelly Htl HYPE: Brewhouse Pub Marayong JASON BRUER TRIO, MATT BAKER: Berkelouw Wine Bar, Leichardt JAZZ NOUVEAU: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club JIM CONWAY’S BIG WHEEL:

Cat & Fiddle JIMMY BAZIL, BEN MURPHY, EMMY VAN DER LINDEN: The View Factory, Newcastle JOEL SARAKULA: Kirribilli Htl KEEP THE FAITH - BON JOVI SHOW: Iron Horse Htl Cardiff KEY STRING: Panthers Cardiff KIM: Shoal Bay Resort and Spa KISSTERIA: Blacktown RSL LE COVER BAND: The Bank Hotel, Newtown LEE ROFLE: Beachcomber Htl Toukley LINZEE DIXON: Stamford Grand Nth Ryde LITTLE RED, SPARKADIA: Newcastle Leagues LOST IN THE WOODS, TEXTILE FACTORY, THIEVES: Roxbury Htl Glebe LOVERS JUMP CREEK, THE DUNHILL BLUES, SENSE OF BETRAYAL, THE CARTEL, THE PROJECT, UNGUS UNGUS UNGU, UNFORSEEN OCCURRENCE: Excelsior Surry Hills MARK TRAVERS: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta MATT JONES: Rydges Parramatta MIKE NOCKS 70TH - A VERY SPECIAL EVENT: The Sound Lounge Seymour Centre MONKEY WRENCH FOO FIGHTERS SHOW: Epping Htl MOONLIGHT GUNSLINGERS HOEDOWN, CHICKENSTONES, THE FLAMING CADILLACS, The Beaut Utes: Manly Fishos MR JAMES BAND: Bankstown Sports Club OMG!: Warners at the Bay ON THE PROWL: Entrance Bowling Club, the Entrance PAUL SUN, ALEX

COMPTON, JOHN BLENKHORN: Riverside Girls High School PERRY KEYES: Notes, Newtown PETE GELZINNIS: Club Lemon Tree PETER MCWHIRTER: Campbelltown Catholic Club RAY BEADLE: Marrickville Bowling Club REBECCA JOHNSON BAND: Belmont 16’s ROB HENDERSON & CRYING SHAME: Excelsior Glebe ROB HENRY: PJ Gallaghers Drummoyne ROCK/SWING/BLUES SHOW, OVERSKY, ANATTA, MACHIATO, CLEAN SKINS: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe RYAN DALEY: The Mark- Newcastle SCOTT: Hills District Bowling Club SEABELLIES, FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!: Cambridge Htl Newcastle SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE feat.: Candys Apartment SHANE FLEW: Key Largo Bar SKYSCRAPER: O’Malleys Kings X SOAP OPERA DUO: Miranda RSL SOSUEME PRESENTS…, THE OWLS, THE CARDES, DOC HOLIDAY, THE VIGNETTES: Gaelic Club SOUNDSTREAM: Brighton RSL STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Hornsby Inn STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN SHOW, ARETHA FRANKLIN MUSIC CELEBRATION: Lizottes, Kincumber

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SUVI: Riverwood Inn TAME IMPALA: ANU Bar ACT TERRY BATU: Lone Pine Tavern Rooty Hill THE ANGELS: Revesby Workers THE BEARDS: Transit Bar ACT THE BEATELS: Coogee Diggers THE BUNGALOWS, NEW NAVY, SYDNEY GIRLS CHOIR, LITTLE NAPIER: Spectrum THE MASTERS: Heathcote Hotel THE MASTERS: Heathcote Hotel, Afternoon THE MORNING AFTER: Goulburn Workers THE NEXT STEP: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre THE REX SATURDAY: Beach Rd Htl Bondi THE WAVES: Ettamogah Htl THOMPSON GUNNERS: Ingleburn Htl UNDERCOVER: Sharkies VAN THE MAN - VAN MORISSON SHOW: Manly Warringah Leagues Club VAUDEVILLE SMASH, BRENDAN MACLEAN: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery VELVET HOTEL, 2 OF HEARTS: Padstow RSL VITAL GREENS: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING: Enmore Theatre WHAM!, RAYE ANTONELLI, TRENT RACKUS, JAMES TAYLOR, BRENDAN FING, ILLYA, ADAM BOZZETTO, MARK WALTON, TELEFUNKEN: World Bar Kings X WILDCATZ: Crows Nest Htl

BILLY GOAT KARAOKE: Palm Court Htl BLUE PIRATES: Macquarie Arms Htl CAVAN TE TRIO: Berkelouw Wine Bar, Leichardt CHRIS TURNER & THE CAVEMEN: Bald Rock Htl Rozelle COOL ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE, JAMES STEWART KIEEN, THE RETURN OF COOL, IGGIE ADAMS, EL DUO FLAMENCO, BRYAN MANNING, THE CASHMERE REVOLUTION, NEW RIVER: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe CRASH AVENUE DUO: Club Five Dock DAN SPILLANE: Mean Fiddler Htl DAVE WHITE DUO: Northies Cronulla Htl DAVID AGIUS DUO: Northies Cronulla HtlSport Bar DON HOPKINS: Dee Why RSL FORTUNE: World Bar Kings X FRANKY & JOHNNY: Belmont 16’s GLEN BAIN: Hurstville RSL Club GLENN WHITEHALL: Oatley Htl HORNET: The Mark- Newcastle HOUSE OF BLUES, MATT BLACK & THE PHAT CATS: Botany View Htl JAZZ NOUVEAU QUARTET: Castle Hill Tavern JOEL SARAKULA: Dee Why Hotel KIERAN GLASGOW: Miranda Htl KIRK BURGESS: Panthers North Richmond LIONEL ROBINSON: Campbelltown Catholic Club - Caf‚ Samba LITTLE RED, SPARKADIA: Penrith RSL LJ: Rosehill Htl MAMA JANE’S BLUES BAND: Jack’s Bar MARK GINSBURG BAND: VJ’s, Chatswood MARKUS MEIER: Rooty Hill RSL MATT PRICE, THE WHITE BROS: Ettamogah Htl MICKEY PIE: O’Malleys Kings X MIKE BENNETT, ROB HENRY, MATT JONES: Observatory Hotel, Millers Point MURRAY HILBILLIES: Marrickville Bowling

Club PAUL DEMPSEY: Annandale Htl ROCKIN REBELS: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge SHAGGIN WAGON: Sandringham Htl downstairs SHANNON NOLL: Lizottes, Kincumber SHARRON BOWMAN: Campbelltown Catholic Club SONGWRITER NIGHT: The View Factory, Newcastle SQUEEZEBOX BOOGALOO: Nelson Htl, Bondi Junction STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Towradgi Beach Htl SUMMERLAND KINGS: Premier Hotel, Broadmeadow SUNDAYS COOL, SWAT: Beach Rd Htl Bondi TALENT COMP FEAT…, ANDY MAMMERS, GRACE IS GONE, Mark My Words: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl TED NASH: Waverley Bowling Club THE BEARDS: Grand Junction Htl Maitland THE DEVOTED FEW: Sandringham Htl THE FIREBYRDS: East Leagues THE MASTERS: Heathcote Hotel, Afternoon THE NEXT STEP: Campbelltown RSL THE PROJECT: Lidcombe Htl TOM & DAVE SHOW: Hillside Htl Castle Hill VICTORIA MCGHEE: Cessnock Supporters Club WHITE BROS: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta YOUNG DOCTEURS, MOLTEN UNIVERSE, NEW VINTAGE, THE PLASTICS: Excelsior Surry Hills

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AMANDA BLANK, DEVLIN & DARKO, KILLAQUEENZ, DJ ANNA LUNOE: Becks Bar Hyde Park Barracks ANDY MAMMERS: Coogee Bay Htl ANTRIPODEAN COLLECTIVE: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills BOREDOMS: Metro DAVID AGIUS: Opera Bar SARAH PATON: Observer Htl SONGWRITER SESSION: Excelsior Surry Hills


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RICKENBACKER PRESENTS THE CHEYENNE It’s interesting that Rickenbacker are making a point of saying that their latest line of bass guitars are made “using only American farm-grown sustainable woods” – good to see. They recently released the latest model in their 4000 series basses, the 4044Cii Cheyenne, sculpted from solid maple and walnut, with an Eastern Maple neck running the full length of the bass. It features two humbucking pickups, Schaller M4 machine heads and weighs in at just 3.6 kg, and being Rickenbacker, it’s always worth checking out at your local stockist.

FROM THE VALLEY TO THE STUDIO Founding member of post-hardcore five-piece The Valley, which broke up in 2008, Sonny Truelove, has set up a new studio just out of Gosford on the NSW Central Coast. After the band split, Truelove had initially set up STL Studios in Sydney and began engineering, producing and mixing records for a number of artists from around Australia including the second album by Angelas Dish. The idea behind relocating was the opportunity to set up a studio that includes accommodation for up to six people and to make a world-class recording for an affordable cost. The studio includes a Mac Pro 2.66Ghz, Avalon VT737s, Vintage Series Vacuum Tube, RFQ 32-band graphic equaliser, 24-bit Digital Effects Processor, Presonus Firestudio, Alesis MkII, Samson Reference Monitors, Logic 9 and Pro Tools LE, as well as a great range of microphones. Among the first artists to utilise the new facility are The Creations, who have recorded and mixed their debut album there.

SOUND BYTES The album, Cremation Day In The Court Of Miracles, which French rockers Dimi Dero Inc are showcasing when they hit our shores later in October might have been recorded in France, at Microbe Studio, but the mix was engineered in Sydney’s Damien Gerard Studios by Russell Pilling and produced by Rob Younger of Radio Birdman/The New Christs. The new Chairman of Warner Bros Records in the US is producer Rob Cavallo, whose credits include the Dave Matthews Band, Jawbreaker, The Goo Dolls and among many others, as well as both The Black Parade and new Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys albums by My Chemical Romance. Producer Daniel Lanois was a guitarist to start with and as such he fronts his own band, Black Dub, which features guitar virtuoso Brian Blade and the late Chris Whitley’s daughter Trixie on drums. Their eponymous debut album was recorded in Los Angeles and will be released Friday 12 November. Sydney two-piece kyü called in engineer/producer/ mixer Daniell Johnston to record their debut album at one of Australia’s premier audio post-production houses for film and television, Audioloc Studios. Melburnian singer/songwriter Matt Walters used two producers – Paul McKercher and Francoise Tetaz – in the recording of the four songs that make up his second EP, Talking In My Sleep. NZ’s biggest reggae band Katchafire sent their forthcoming album, On The Road Again, to New York so that they could get chief engineer Andy VanDette at MasterDisk on the case, also calling in some help from Sterling Sound on a couple of tracks. • 82 • THE DRUM MEDIA 5 OCTOBER 2010

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UPON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ARTISAN ARIA AWARDS, MICHAEL SMITH SPOKE TO ANGUS & JULIA STONE AND WAYNE CONNOLLY ABOUT THEIR RESPECTIVE VICTORIES.

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he 2010 ARIA Nominations Event, held at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, also saw the announcement of the winners of this year’s four Artisan awards, including the Producer of the Year and the Engineer of the Year. The awards respectively went to siblings Angus & Julia Stone, who received six nominations in all, for their production work on their second album, Down The Way, and to Wayne Connolly for his engineering on Paul Dempsey’s debut solo album, Everything Is True, though the award itself was specifically for his work on the track Fast Friends. Connolly began his acceptance speech, hilariously appropriately, by checking which of the two mics on the podium was the better, while Julia Stone admitted that it felt “slightly strange to receive an award for producing [their] record, just because it feels like it was such a collaborative effort.” Down The Way was recorded over three years in a variety of places, as the Stones explained after the event. “When it’s my song,” Angus Stone explains, “I’m sort of the dude in the studio that’s there the whole time and Julia can float about and get tea and I’ll ask her for advice.” “We each take control,” Julia expands, “as main producer, for the songs that are mine and the songs that are his. On the first album [A Book Like This] it was so much different; it was just that we had someone in the room that actually was a producer, but we still had kind of the same level of involvement, still made really creative choices about the direction of the record.” The recording was done in a variety of spaces, from a converted sawmill in Cornwall to a friend’s basement in Queens in New York. “They were all very different,” Julia explains, “and I think different because of the times of the year that we were in there as well. For instance, in Sawmills [where they were recorded by Tom Joyce], it was very cold when we were there and I remember being in the cave down in the basement and the guitars, the tuning, we were constantly retuning because of the cold. How you feel being in the cold and how that adds to the

ANGUS & JULIA STONE feeling of making the record and then the beauty of it, being in nature – all those things must contribute. “Then the songs we did in Brooklyn, it was the middle of summer, no air-conditioning, all the instruments were out of tune for the opposite reason and all of us in there just sweating and a little bit toxic, such a different feel, so that must have brought another element to those songs.” Dempsey’s album on the other hand was all recorded in the one place and it wasn’t even a studio really, as Connolly explains: “Paul had done a few records overseas with his other band, so this record, he wanted to do everything completely the opposite way... he didn’t want to be in a studio, so we ended up making it in a pretty small room, almost bedroom-sized room, up on the Central Coast in a house that belonged to Chris Joannou from Silverchair. “That room was so small it literally was only just big enough for the drumkit, so all the room mics were on diagonal – none of them were pointing at walls, they were all just pointing diagonally across – and they were on the figure-8 so the dead spot would be pointing straight towards the drumkit, which was only three feet away. The two sides would be pointing diagonally, so any reflection that was getting to these room mics would

WAYNE CONNOLLY have to travel a little bit of a way to get round to them. By doing that I think we actually were able to create something that sounded a bit unique and ‘roomy’ in a really very small room. “I tend use favourites in mics – I’ve got some Neumann U67s, which are the mics The Beatles in their later years tended to use on everything really and I tend to use those on overheads and then on kicks are D1-12s and 57s, with snares 57s top and bottom. The room mics were probably 414s. And it did sound pretty warm, surprisingly, I think because whenever someone builds a really small room, they have to make to make it really dull because it sounds terrible – it sounds like a bad bathroom if it’s reflective selective. So we also brought in any old doors and bits of wood from outside and angle those against the walls to try and create more angles. I guess one of my favourite things is to have a mic on the floor which, with drums seems to work in any scenario and tends to give you all the warmth and ‘underbelly’ to a drum sound that you need.” Half the battle in any recording that uses a real drumkit is getting a great drum sound on which to build the rest of the instrumentation, so here is the basis for the album for which Connolly has won himself a third Engineer of the Year ARIA Award.

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What’s the studio set up you have there equipment-wise? DG’s has been around since the mid ‘80s so we have amassed quite a collection. These days Pro Tools HD is at the heart of it, but we run an MCI JH24 two inch tape machine, Soundcraft 2400 Mid ‘80s split console, plus a huge amount of outboard such as Urei, Neve, DBX, Drawmer, JLM, API, ATI, Amek, Lexicon, Ensoniq, Yamaha and so on. As for microphones we have a wide range as well; all the classic dynamics, MD421, M88, Shure Sm7, EV Re20, Sm57/58, Betas, D112 etc. Then condenser-wise there’s Neumann km86, TLM103, AKG451s, ATM4050, Rodes, Studio projects tube, Beez Neez Arabella, a pair of Coles 4038 ribbons and lots of other strange, esoteric things like crystal mics, Telefunken stereo mics etc for experimental sounds too. Any tips for artists entering a studio for the first time? Pre production! Write the songs, then play them live to gauge reaction, then re-arrange them to a better level, then demo them at home or in a rehearsal room. Quality doesn’t matter, just use it to work out arrangements and extra parts for overdubs, then play them live again. Then you’re ready for real recording. And if there’s lots of backing vocals, rehearse them together in a room to acoustic guitar or piano. This really sorts out the pitching. “Fix it in the mix” is a myth and will never be as good as getting it right at the source. Which notable artists have worked at the studio? From way back lots of great Aussie acts like INXS, Mental As Anything, the church, Noiseworks with US producer Randy Jackson. Other internationals like Jeff Skunk Baxter, The Lemonheads, The Posies, John Denver even recorded a string section while on tour. More recently Grinspoon, Hoodoo Gurus, Hirst & Green, Maxine Kauter, The Stoics, Hazmat, Rob Younger, Simon Holmes, Hailer, Bianca Meier, Ray Mann Three, Howler and The Licks. Mastering this year has seen work for Paul Kelly, Kate Miller-Heidke, Soundslikecafe and heaps more.

one versus the other as both have their place and when used properly the sum of the two are greater than their individual parts. Is the studio capable of holding a full band at once for recording? Totally. We have a large live room with three separate isolation spaces, four headphone sends which can expand to six if needed. We haven’t had an act that couldn’t fit in yet and tracking live is the only way to record properly for bands.

Who do you have on staff and what’s their background in the industry? Chief Engineer: Russell Pilling, 20 years with us as well as freelancing here and there. Just Google him, there’s some serious credits. Producer/Engineer: Andrew Beck – ex USA, strong background from Bad Animals in Seattle and MCA Studios in Los Angeles. Andrew has been out here ten years and recently engineered for producer Kramer at Gigpiglet. He’s also a dab hand at mastering. Engineer: Pete Holz – Pete was engineer of the year at JMC a while back and now works there as well. Engineer: Dave Learn – very creative guy who produces as well, he’s great with rock and retro styles. Analogue vs digital – discuss. They both have their good and bad. Analogue sounds amazing but is high maintenance, harder to manipulate, expensive to source and buy tape etc. Digital is great for editing and user friendly, great for vocal overdubs and compiling, but can often take longer to get it to sound good. Additionally you are not forced to make decisions early as digital has timing and pitching error correction which can lead to sloppy playing and singing as well. The best option is to use both at their strengths. We track to tape and then transfer to digi for overdubs, then when mixing we run it all back through the big analogue board and outboard gear. It should never be

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Do you have any in-house instruments at the studio acts can use, or is it totally BYO? We have some great guitars, pedals, pod, classic ‘70s amps HH+Acetone, Celestion quad boxes, a bass rig with 4 x 10’s, a good studio bass that doesn’t buzz, some funky old keyboards, upright piano, etc. But we don’t have drums. They require way too much maintenance and we lost some nice shells once in the old days. We can organise great recording kits like Gretsch for good prices if required. What’s the access to the studio like with regards to parking, flat load, etc? There is free parking outside all day, plus a flat load in, then four steps down into live room. Working in the studio can be arduous and we’ll need a break – what are the amenities in the local area? Within walking distance are a couple of great cafes, a Thai take away and the Bald Rock Hotel with Guinness on tap and awesome counter meals. A short five minute drive is Darling Street Rozelle or Balmain, which has just about everything. What are your contact details? Bookings/general enquiries you need to call the office in Darlinghurst – phone (02) 9331 0666; mobile 0416 143 030; email bookings@damiengerard.net; website damiengerard.net. The studio is located at 174 Mullens St, Balmain.


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Pro singer, keyboard and harmonica player is available for all working sit-

BASS PLAYER sought for originals band with female vocals. Points of reference include Led Zeppelin, PJ Harvey, The Stooges, The Bellrays. Suit amatuer looking for a regular creative outlet. We are in our 40’s. Inner west rehearsals. Call 0410865035 or email newtons4@aapt.net.au iFlogID: 8443

BASS PLAYER WANTED Bassist wanted to join melodic metal band with death/black/thrash influence. Must be determined, skilled and have own gear and transport.

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HARD ROCK BASS PLAYER WANTED

BASS PLAYER Bass player available for working situations, Mature age, high standard + the best gear. Specialise in 50’s to 90’s music. Huge repertoire. 0403357019

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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Indie rock band looking for a Jazz or Latin bassist interested in crossing genres & contributing to songwriting,recording & performing. BVs desireable, ages 18-35. Email stickydaterecords@hotmail.com for details.Go on, do it, do it now.

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DJ LOGIC PERFORMER / DJ Live Productions ranging from House, Electronica, DubStep Hard Rock, Metal, Prog Original musical projects, Customized for Events Or Selection of Known tunes to make for a Great Night, whatever the occasion Matt Meli 0425 820 547

Drummer wanted for new original project in the style of Rock, Pop, Alt Country. Prefer age 25+ with live gig and recording experience. Sydney based. Reply to bandinfo1@gmail. com for further details. iFlogID: 8275

DRUMMER WANTED for original Sydney 4 piece Indie/Pop/Electro/ Rock band BABA O’RILEY. Needs to be committed, available for weekly practices, gigs locally & nationally. Must have own gear/transport. Check out latest EP at www.myspace.com/ BabaORileyBand. Contact Chris 0405 423 280 or BabaORileyBand@ hotmail.com

Heavy, progressive, metal band Monster Gale are looking for a new bass player! We are open to all ages and playing styles. Must be reliable with good gear and own transport.Check us out at www.myspace.com/monstergale. Contact Angelo 0410 629 297.

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Drummer wanted for Sydney rock band. Currently gigging and recording. Prefer aged from 19 to 25. www. myspace.com/ramshackleau. For details call Jared on 0437 670 480. iFlogID: 8206

DRUMMER WANTED Looking for three piece band.Have residency at inner city pub.Rock covers & room for originals. Good equipment& transport. Call Mick after 6pm 0415 739 292 iFlogID: 8328

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

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Looking for an opportunity to use your talents to bless others? We are a local church looking bass players wanting to be part of an exciting new worship team. Call us if that’s you! Ph: 9544 1144.

Drummer/ percussionist needed for a cinematic uncategorizable music group. Think secret chief’s, fantomas, the resident’s, naked city etc.. Also a healthy interest in film music is good. Ability to read drum chart’s is probably better. Mark 0416 551 339

LOGIC PERFORMER Live Productions ranging from House, Electronica to DubStep Unique and Original musical projects, Customized for Particular Events Deposit req + Perf. Cost, Call for Quote Mr.Rush 0425 820 547 abn holder

Metal bass player needed to complete line up for death metal band based in west sydney. We have upcoming gigs very soon. Go to myspace.com/terrorential for song demos of on facebook. ph: 0412-901-891

Experienced Drummer with own gear and transport wanted for showcasing upcoming album. Check out http:// www.reverbnation.com/shaunchristensen before committing.

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Rock Monster (originals) need a bass player - with vocals would be good. Melbourne, out east. Check us out at http://www.myspace.com/rockmonstermelbourne. Or on our Melband ad http://www.ausband.com.au/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewto pic&p=2180151#2180151

DRUMMER 27 year old drummer looking to join well established punk/hardcore/ metal band in illawarra/south coast, as stand in or full time, has all pro gear and 16 years experience and heaps of time for it. contact at distract010@live.com

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The Escalators. Jazz-Soul-ReggaeFunk-Disco. 60 gigs a year. 70% weddings. Mostly South Coast between Wollongong & Ulladulla. Some work Sthn Highlands, ACT. Weddings: $300-500 per gig. We have pro attitude & commitment, but place high value on having fun. www.theescalators.com.au for repertoire etc

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Voice science is out there to help improve your singing quickly. One on one lessons in hi tech multi award winning studio with fully qualified singing and performance expert. First assessment FREE. Beginners and professionals. I Look forward to helping you find your voice. www. avic.com.au studio - 9588 2184 mob - 0414 453 066 Stephen Baker

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BASS PLAYER WANTED

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SINGING LESSONS

out http://www.reverbnation.com/ shaunchristensen before committing.

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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

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We’ll rehearse for live shows ASAP! Serious apps only. myspace.com/ SarajevoRoseMusic Bass Player wanted for new original project in the style of Rock, Pop, Alt Country. Prefer age 25+ with live gig and recording experience. Sydney based. Reply to bandinfo1@gmail. com for further details.

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

SAXOPHONIST AVAILABLE

Guitarist looking to join gigging cover band. Very experienced, can do BV’s. Email for more info: adr_mar18@ yahoo.com.au

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

Australian Bands Only.Do you have A You Tube Rock Band Video you want to promote,if so Mike Hunt wants to promote it.Just send your link to admin attention Mike Hunt and we will do our best to list you for free worldwide at www.clearhunt.com Music videos for less. Film student looking for smaller, unsigned bands interested in doing a music video on a tight budget. Suit any budget. Email Mitch with myspace links to m.blunt91@yahoo.com

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Im 33 male drummer from Campbelltown looking to form a metal/ prog rock band in the style of Queensryche/Savatage/Green Carnation. Ive been playing on/off for 10 years mainly in garage bands and am looking to go professional iFlogID: 8438

PRO DRUMMER AVAILABLE

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SINGING LESSONS

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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

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Guitarist with experience looking for drummer & bass player with own gear write music & start band. Open mind to music mainly Metal & Hardcore influences but most types of music. Based at Manly, but willing to travel. Message if interested. Jake 0427064905

The Escalators. Jazz-Soul-ReggaeFunk-Disco. 60 gigs a year. 70% weddings. Mostly South Coast between Wollongong & Ulladulla. Some work Sthn Highlands, ACT. Weddings: $300-500 per gig. We have pro attitude & commitment, but place high value on having fun. www.theescalators.com.au for repertoire etc

Guitarist with experience looking for drummer & bass player with own gear write music & start band. Open mind to music mainly Metal & Hardcore influences but most types of music. Based at Manly, but willing to travel. Message if interested. Jake 0427064905

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Singing lessons in a positive environment with a highly experienced and professional singer/songwriter. Lessons tailored to suit individual needs. Free introductory lesson. www.realvoice.net.au for more details. Inner West, Rosanna 0431 157 622.

7 piece band rehearse in Marrickvile Sydney every Saturday. looking for a drummer and a trumpeter.Contact imafunkybloke@hotmail.com

Pro Drummer seeks working band or paid fill in gigs. Conversant in ALL styles, Good sightreader, Best equipment, Reliable transport. www. steeledawson.com 0409 169 496

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PROFESSIONAL DRUMMER AVAILABLE

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GUITARIST

SYDNEY GUITAR TUITION Specialises in all aspects of contemporary guitar. The teachers are seasoned pros boasting a vast experience of the industry .The practical meets the theoretical as the teachers also hold Music Degrees.All ages and levels. sydneyguitartuition.com 0402710990 iFlogID: 7913

Violin Teacher from Italy 30$/ half hour. Ryde area. High quality, friendly teacher. AMEB exams or just for fun, start playing your violin! 0415783160 iFlogID: 7963

VIDEO / PRODUCTION LIVE GIG FILM CLIPS Need a live clip to promote your band?? SnakeEyeProductions offers multi camera filming of your next gig in Hi Definition, includes Editing and Uploads at great rates.. ph-0416120639 iFlogID: 8204

Pro Drummer conversant in ALL styles seeks Working Band or fill in gigs. Best equipment, reliable transport www.steeledawson.com iFlogID: 6626

Proficient Drummer: Experienced in Hard Rock, Prog, Metal, Rockn’Roll, Funk and Jazz Matt Meli 0425820547 12yrs playing, Have gigged in Sydney + Melbourne And Exp with Recording Equiped and Transportable Call Anytime iFlogID: 8152

Proficient Session Drummer: Experienced in Hard Rock, Prog, Rockn’Roll, Punk + Funk 12yrs Playing, Gigged in Sydney + Melbourne, And Recording Exp Equiped and Transportable Call Matt 0425820547

19yr lead guitarist with 7 years experience playing guitar looking for openminded punk/metal/rock musicians to start youthful innovative band with attitude based around inner-west as of start of next year. No Screamers/ hardcore. (Read more www.iflog. com.au) Call Ben 0448221479 iFlogID: 8290

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

Northern Beaches based metal/harcore/deathcore guitarist available for session work or to join band. I have previous stage experience and gig ready gear. Would like to get gigging asap iFlogID: 8294

Funk, Latin, Pop, Rock and Classical. Can sight read, improvise and write parts. Contact Brendan 0409833827. iFlogID: 4099

ELECTRIC VIOLINIST Electric violinist available for stage & studio work. Friendly top pro with top gear and great sound, has worked with many Australian & international artists. Improvisation, rock, pop, blues, world music, experimental, avant-garde...even slide violin! Creative, spiritual musician, plays with passion. No habits. Paid work only please. Can double on guitar. iFlogID: 6564

Established singer/songwriter with 2 previous albums taken into Music Australia through National Library/ National Film & Sound Archive seeks guitarist partner M/F with own recording capability to share in new project. Prestigeous National Retailer will distribute. Call Francis on 0458 993 268 iFlogID: 7826

uations in 2011. Duo’s, bands, casual, permanent,covers or originals.I have own transport. Contact Steph on 0403250560, email - blondebaggage@hotmail.com iFlogID: 8267

SINGER - mature age, immature singer (Hank, Cash, Cline, etc) with some originals, not stuck on country, will try anything. Performance experience, band experience. 0408 300 152 iFlogID: 8393

Vocalist- Looking for Dance, R&B, Hip-Hop or Rock Groups and Artists: Call 0415252323 iFlogID: 8023

MUSICIANS WANTED BASS PLAYER 1st EP currently getting mastered & 2nd being written. We’re seeking a bassist with talent & great stage presence. Backup vox a bonus. Check out our MySpace & shoot us an email.

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

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

Experienced Bass Player with own gear and transport wanted for showcasing upcoming album. Check

An experienced, skilled drummer required for indi/blues/roots band Tortured Willow. Soon to release E.P, looking to complete line up to gig at venues/festivals around Sydney and beyond. 25-40ish, good gear and stage presence. Monday rehearsals, Sydney. Jordan 0411 451 976. iFlogID: 8138

Death metal drummer wanted for established Melbourne band. Must be over 18 and have a strong technical ability to play Extreme metal. Contact us at: myspace.com/theophidianascension Or call Blake on: 0406689887 iFlogID: 7863

DRUMMER - NORTHERN BEACHES Do you live on Sydney’s North Shore/ Northern Beaches? We are looking for a drummer interested in joining a mature age rock band - formed in 2007, we focus on fast paced rock classics from the 70’s through to the present day - we are looking for a drummer with both the skills and passion to play a variety of rock songs and who can bring some new songs to an established set list. We rehearse once a week and perform approximately once a month. If interested please call Jon on - 0409 994 420 iFlogID: 8428

Heavy, light punk rock bassist seeks drummer & guitarist for 3-piece originals. Late 80s/pre-90s big beat, raw riffs & poppyseed melodies like Kurt, Krist & Dave used to do. If you can play Aneurysm imperfectly, please leave a message and sell yourself: 0403859234. iFlogID: 8385

Mature dynamic metal band based in Hills/Blacktown,Sydney. Infl: Rock, Grunge, Black, Death, Hardcore, Groove, Doom...etc Looking for likeminded drummer, own gear & car. Practice weekly. Gig monthly. https:// myspace.com/cursedwithsanity https://dl.dropbox.com/u/4684637/ Bring%20The%20Rain.mp3 PLEASE NO TIME WASTERS! cursedwithsanity@hotmail.com iFlogID: 7891

NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL Cool drummer with pro attitude wanted to join original band. Influences: Queen, Muse, Silverchair with a french twist! Gigs booked, rehearsals in city area. Check out www. myspace.com/thenapoleonsband and contact Hadrien 0402 708 868 hbourely@yahoo.com iFlogID: 8279

NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL Sydney Drummer wanted for dual orignals and covers projects with agency backing. Both playing in rootsy blues groove style. Timing and Dynamics essential. Age irrelevant, maturity a must. Plus the ususal gear/ transport etc. For more info email Approximatedog@gmail.com

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Pro Drummer Wanted. 1st EP currently getting mastered & 2nd being written. If you’re interested in a music career, check out our MySpace & shoot us an email. We’ll rehearse for live shows ASAP! Serious apps only. No Druggos. www.myspace.com/ SarajevoRoseMusic

LEAD GUITARIST WANTED

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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/red-oxygen Alex 0431 194 622 iFlogID: 7943

Sydney Punk/Rock/Electronica band seeking for a drummer. Ready to start doing gigs. Please check out our songs at http://www.myspace.com/ saturdaynightoutcasts If interested, please contact us at saturdaynightoutcasts@gmail.com iFlogID: 8296

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 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

Australia’s busiest AC/DC tribute DIRTY DEEDS are after a dep Angus Young impersonator for occassional fill in work. Send your details, photo’s, mp3’s etc to info@dirtydeeds.net.au or call 0412 706 061. iFlogID: 8350

Guitarist and or Bassist needed in or near Central Coast to join Electronica/ Triphop/Rock project/band. 1/2 way through completion of a CD release influenced by artists such as Massive Attack, Morcheeba, Thievery Corp., Garbage etc. Great recording studio/ space! iFlogID: 8424

guitarist needed for a cinematic musical group. do you want to be in a band that play’s all style’s? think SC3, fantomas and composer’s like Herrman, jarre, morricone. Ability to read at some level is better. Mark. 0416 551 339 iFlogID: 7607

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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

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GUITARIST WANTED TO TEACH

Looking for a good guitarist to form a band with call Dave on 0420 463161... iFlogID: 7937

NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL The Cramps, The White stripes, The strokes, The hives, Nick cave. Girl or guy 25-35, inner west rehearsal. tom 0411 874 673 iFlogID: 8352

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

KEYBOARD 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

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 wanted for tex mex blues band , 3 easy going guys in 40’s seek keyboard player , ready to gig , we have years of live experience . Serious musicians who want to have a bit of fun call dan 0411778606 Keyboard/Synth player required to join Sydney Metalcore Band. Must be have own gear, transport, and be detictated as we have a busy work schedule. If interested call Matt on 0404715477. Looking to collaborate with Central Coast based electronica artist(s). If you are comfortable with Live/Logic/ Reason etc - creating phat beats and deep grooves?! Hate working in isolation all the time? I know I do Drop me a line! iFlogID: 8426

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Immediate Start! A fantastic opportunity awaits for a skilled female Electric Guitarist 18-28yrs with own gear & transport. Management backed band with booking agent. Regular Paid gigs across Sydney with international opportunities also. Email: bandproject@hotmail.com iFlogID: 7806

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: 8408

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

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MUSICIANS WANTED

Love to play the keys? Want to share them with your community? We are local church seeking enthusiastic keyboard players willing to learn and ready to worship. Please call 9544 1144 if that’s you! iFlogID: 8319

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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Blues players wanted (Bass Drums Lead) to join singer, rythm player. Northern Beaches Sydney. 50 year olds. Aim to play quality blues with occasional gig. Some level of commitment required. Weekly rehearsals. Relaxed professional attitude required. Contact Ian on 0417-424668. iFlogID: 8227

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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

SEEKING FEMALE SINGER TO RECORD A SERIES OF CHILDREN’S SONGS FOR AN ALBUM AND ALSO FOR LONG-TERM PROJECT. IF YOU PLAY PIANO/ KEYBOARDS OR GUITAR THAT IS A BONUS.

SINGER NEEDED

If you want to join a band, form a band, find a new band member, get exposure, or just jam, then www. ozjam.com.au is for you! Whatever instrument or genre of music you play, Ozjam can connect you with other talented, like minded musicians who are looking to jam, gig, and even tour the World! Ozjam is loaded with features, it’s free to join and with over 4000 members its fast becoming the largest online music community in Australia today! iFlogID: 6499

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

NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL jeannie peel (vox, writing, inst) looking for inner city keys/guitar with recording equip to create duo. releases on force tracks, pokerflat, shitkatapult as techno diva; in fact classically trained sax player. 044 98 98 183/ jeanniepeel@email.com iFlogID: 8032

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.

Singer needed for hard rock band. We’re looking for a singer, male or female, for our all original hard rock band. The guitarist and I (bass) have been playing together for over 8 years now and over 3 years with our drummer. We have been writing new songs the last 2 years and continue to work on fresh original material. We have also been playing gigs all over Melbourne for the last year getting some stage experience up but we are really dying to get a frontperson with a voice that works with our music. We’re willing to give anyone a listen, we’re all easy going and in it for the fun above all else, but also been keen to take the next step and make it a serious commitment. Have a listen at our myspace link upon application. http://www.myspace.com/psyecho Please note the myspace recordings are over 2 years old now and we have progressed in style and skill greatly since then. iFlogID: 5131

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, 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

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SINGER Australia’s busiest AC/DC tribute show DIRTY DEEDS requires a Brian Johnson look alike singer to complement our current line up. Send your details to info@dirtydeeds.com.au or call 0412 706 061. Who’s got big balls? iFlogID: 8348

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

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 FEMALE SINGER WANTED FOR WORKING ROCK BAND.MUST BE EXPERIENCED.NO TIME WASTERS WORKING MAINLY IN WOLLONGONG AREA BUT SOMETIMES IN SYDNEY AND SOUTH COAST. PH : 0405334617.

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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

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

Well known Sydney cover band looking for lead male vocalist. 20-40 yoa. Must have good range and stage presence. Agency backed and gigs in the diary. For enquiries contact Tim on 0415 671 207. iFlogID: 7910

WORLD-CLASS GOSPEL SINGERS wanted for international CD project. Whitney Houston style sopranos particularly sought. See www. THE001Music.com for full details. God Bless You! iFlogID: 8344

SONG WRITER GET SIGNED TO A 360 DEAL! Male singer-songwriter wanted (experienced)! Drummer is forming a fast paced professional original industrial rock/metal band to get signed to a 360 deal. Must be ambitious, selfmotivated, committed, reliable and have a lot of drive. Musical direction: Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, and Static-X. Age: 18-30. Rehearsing at Wetherill Park N.S.W. Only contact me if you want to get signed to a 360 deal! Phone Will: 0413 772 911.

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SERVICES BEAUTY SERVICES BEAUTY FOR A CAUSE CAMPAIGN ALEY GREENBLO, A CURRENT FINALIST FOR MISS EARTH AUSTRALIA HAS RECENTLY BEEN CHOSEN TO BE THE FACE OF THE “BEAUTY FOR A CAUSE CAMPAIGN”. ALEY HOPES TO CREATE AWARENESS ABOUT CURRENT ENVIRO PROBLEMS AND HAS SET OUT ON A MISSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! THIS “DOWN TO EARTH” COMMERCE LAW STUDENT IS EXTREMELY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT & IS DEDICATED TO ENSURING THAT OUR BEAUTIFUL PLANET REMAINS CLEAN & LITTER FREE! ALEY HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY ACTIVE IN PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS & HAS TAKEN ON VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL INITATIVES. “IT IS SO EASY AND EVERYONE CAN HELP BY DOING THE SMALLEST THINGS!”

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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

100 Full Colour A4 Gloss Posters = only $40 100 Full Colour A3 Matt Posters = only $50 100 Full Colour A3 Gloss Posters = only $80 and many more options to choose from. Most jobs completed within the hour. bsd@ zip.com.au • www.blackstar.com.au iFlogID: 8169

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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

BLACK STAR DESIGN 100 Full Colour A4 Gloss Posters = only $40 100 Full Colour A3 Matt Posters = only $50 100 Full Colour A3 Gloss Posters = only $80 www.blackstar.com. au CALL 02-9264 4776 EMAIL bsd@ zip.com.au

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Sydney Grunge/Rock band seeks singer to write melodies and music to gig originals. Influences include Silverchair, Nirvana, QOTSA, Foo Fighters etc Located in the Carlingford/ Paramatta area. We are all around 20 so similar age please. Contact Daniel 0403 885 433.

Do you need a new website? Looking for a great price without having to compromise on quality? Make an impact online with a website that sells your business. 1-7 Page Website from $800 8-20 Page Website from $1200

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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 !

Male or female vocalist or MC wanted for sydney based Downtempo, trip hop, dark moody beat project. Influences are from right across the musical spectrum so pretty much anything goes. If you are interested in getting creative and collaborating then please send a demo to itsmaximillion@gmail.com iFlogID: 6346

I’m starting a new business in CSS programming and I’m willing to charge very cheap to gather some folio with customized myspace profiles. This price will certanly increase after some productions, so be quick to not loose the oportunity. To know more about my work visit www. fugadalula.com.br/blog To quote: renato@fugadalula.com.br Thanks! iFlogID: 6481

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New artists have joined and new tracks have been uploaded since you last visited. Check back and check out the new material! Vote now! Upload your sounds to soundornot.com! iFlogID: 8212

PEWTER HEARTAGRAM / PENTAGRAM HIM PENDANT $7.95 www.theinnerlight.com.au This handcrafted necklace is made from Nickel Free Pewter and strung on an adjustable waxed cotton cord. Visit www.theinnerlight. com.au and type HEARTAGRAM in the search bar, or click on PENDANTS. iFlogID: 7331

Aisle6ix Industries is an independent screen print shop specializing in small print runs of both T-shirts and Posters for artist’s and rock bands. Hand Printed No MINIMUM order. Phone 0416 819 405 or email a6industries@gmail.com

SOLICITORS

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COMEDY FOR LUNCH IN THE CBD

Wright Lawyers and Associates specilising in: *Criminal and Traffic Law *Wills and Estates *Business Law ph: 1300174247 mob: 0404205881 e: Dean@wrightlawyersandassociates.com iFlogID: 6149

ZUMBA CLASSES @ Bondi Junction

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Comedy For Lunch dates starting Sept 17th. Here’s your chance to spice up the regular CBD friday lunch with some tasty food and yummy laughs. Lunch starts at 12noon-12:35, show starts 12:35-1:10pm. We’ve lined up some very funny comic chefs to tantalise your tickle taste-buds. Plus if someone from the office is a jokester, he or she can have 3 minutes on stage to keep up the tradition :-).So gather up the gang from the office, family, friends and out of town guest and book into Comedy For Lunch. Lunch price includes choice of 6 mains, a Drink (Beer, Wine, House spirits, Juice, soft drink) and V.I.P seating in the worlds most comfortable comedy theatre, “The Star Bar Theatre” 600 George Street (formerley Planet Hollywood) or if the only serving you want is laughs, regular admission is just $10.00 for the show only! Booking now at 0295472578 or on line at www.comedyintheraw.com.au iFlogID: 6440

Do you want to perform or tour? Need help sourcing funds for? Professional, affordable, down to earth grant writing and event/tour planning assistance. Email: speakeasywordsandmusic@gmail.com iFlogID: 8317

EARPLUGS FOR MUSICIANS Protect your hearing with custom moulded earplugs designed to reduce the level of sound without adversely affecting the frequency response of the music. Choose between 10,15 and 25dB attenuation. Fitted by professional audiologist, by appointment only. Ph 9387 3599

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Audio Courses & Tuition by Australia’s Leading Producers - [Book Now & Save up to 40% OFF Ableton Live 8] CONTACT: bookings@liveschool.net iFlogID: 5258

AWF SCHOOL OF PROWRESTLING * Applications for our next learn to wrestle beginners Spring course starting September 4 are now being accepted. 16years+, Cost: $400 * AWF’s next School Holiday “Dreamcamp” open to all ages will be 4-7 Oct. 4 consecutive Days of wrestling tuition 10am - 3pm culminating in a taped bout. Fun for all ages. Cost: $300 * On 28 August AWF will be holding a Pro-Wrestling Training Seminar hosted by former TNA stand out Sonjay Dutt of the USA, and AWF School of Pro-Wrestling Head Trainer TNT. The Seminar will be open to all ages and will have a particular emphasis on Cruiserweight / X Division Style wrestling. Cost: $100 *AWF School of Pro-Wrestling is located at 7/32 Swettenham Rd, Minto. All correspondence to be made by emailing info@awfwrestling.com.au or calling 0410 691 377. See www. awfwrestling.com.au for full details on upcoming training, shows, merchandise and upcoming TV show! iFlogID: 6578

AVAILABLE SINGLE ROOM IN PANANIA Hi looking for friendly open minded person or student to share my house. Must love pets and smokeing is ok but outside only.Home is close to shops, train, bus stop & Western Syd Uni 10min walk.Someone working or studying who would like to stay for about a year in a friendly home. Call if interested $125.00 pw plus 4weeks bond Eddie 0414 075 744 or 9785 1808 iFlogID: 8163

St Helens Pk 2 ROOMS : $125 EACH / PER WEEK No Extra Costs Unfurnished Rooms Built Ins Shared Duplex with 25 y.o Male Living Space is fully furnished with Air Con 1 Bathroom (Shower + Bath) Kitchen and Laundry iFlogID: 8249

WANTED DRUMS DRUM KITS WANTED or any cymbals and snare drums etc, Ph 0419760940 iFlogID: 5817

BRAND NEW SINGING SUDIO

GUITARS LOOKING FOR ESP Looking for an Esp Horizon black. New or used. Email For more info. wtf_juice@hotmail.com iFlogID: 5875

OTHER

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FUNCTION ROOM Available. Located in Rydalmere. Room suitable for 25 people plus live band or DJ. Features stage lighting, PA,kiosk,out door BBQ area pinball and ample parking.Suitable also for photo/video shoots. ph 02 9684 1152 for information. iFlogID: 8048

ILLUSTRATOR! BOOKS TO ALBUMS

In the heart of Parramatta. Lessons programmed to suit your needs and goals. Learn all aspects of Vocal Anatomy, Technique, Breathing, Range Extension and Bridging, Pitch Control, Ear Training, Resonance Quality. Technique used by World Professional Vocalists...Get the voice you want NOW trained and guided by one of Sydney’s Top Professional Vocalists. Call now spaces are limited. Emma 0415700292 iFlogID: 8309

GUITAR LESSONS FOR ALL AGES

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graphic design, album design, logo design, band posters iFlogID: 8254

Do you need an affordable Illustrator? Freelance illustrator Paul Ikin can create a range of styles for your project. No hidden cost at an affordable price. Album Covers - Film Clips - Book Sleeves - Children Books - Online Images - Fliers - Posters Editorial Artwork. Visit www.paulikin. com - T: 0403 996 129 iFlogID: 5133

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ABLETON CERTIFIED TRAINING

T-shirts, Hoodies, Caps, Polos, Screen Printing, Direct 2 Garment, Transfers Embroidery, Artwork Design,0415 139 056 info@freshtees.com.au

Visit our website for an extensive price list and other services!

Create your presence online and get noticed. Sydney based web designers are here to help you create and design your website with ease. We specialise in building websites that work. When you hire us to design your website we’ll give you a product that looks great and that actually works for your business or service. Packages start from $400 Call Richard or Kelly on 0424 125 169

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Whether you just want to sing for your own pleasure or dream of being a singer on stage, all aspects covered from diction, breathing, microphone technique, pitch, harmony,working with live bands and performing. How to get into the music industry. Utilising the latest vocal techniques from the US, sing without stress or fear. All lessons can be recorded and take place in a relaxed and fully equipped studio in Botany, SYDNEY. All ages welcome - female teacher- children welcome. INTRODUCTORY OFFER: FREE first lesson to assess your needs and direction, then $30 per lesson for the first 3 months. Conditions apply. Contact: alteregoprom@ gmail.com or phone 0403 869 364

TUITION

FRESH TEES - SCREEN PRINTING

FULL COLOUR POSTERS

MUSICIAN & BAND WEBSITES

P&O/DJ BOOTCAMP CRUISE P&O have teamed up with DJ Bootcamp to bring u Australias 2nd, 8 day/3 island professional DJ Course Cruise.Our First cruise was sell-out, so we’re doing it again! Learn professional DJing and enjoy, food,entertainmet,accommidation (1-4 people to a cabin) and 3 islands!Early booking discounts plus $75 bucks on board spending money if booked before Oct 31st, 2010.Go www.djbootcamp.com.au to book 95472578 info. DJ Bootcamp’s P&O Cruise sets sail July 17, 2011 so move it, move it, move it!

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VOCALIST / MC WANTED

MYSPACE BAND PROFILE FROM 200$

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Original acoustic Solo and Duo’s acts wanted for midweek Sydney venues. 30-45 minute set of originals required, singer/songwriter vibe. Interstate artists welcome. Contact: nowmuzik@gmail.com for more info.

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Wind’s, string’s and brass needed for a cinematic musical group. Think groups like secret chief’s, fantomas, frank zappa, etc. and composer’s like jarre, shostakovich, etc.. ability to read good but not essential. Mark. 0416 551 339

iFlogID: 8038

Acoustic Singer/Sonwriters wanted to play gigs in small Perth Backpackers to 40-50 people. No cash payment, but will supply rider consisting of BBQ + Case of beer of your choice. MP3 demo/myspace links to: Mark info@ oziinn.com

Our covers band plays pop/rock from the 60’s till now. Looking for a mature female vocalist. We rehearse in Kings Langley and gig when we can but this is fun not work. Contact Peter on 0412 305 378

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We seek guitar players who are looking to earn money teaching guitar. Training and teaching materials are supplied. Teach from one of our schools or your own location. Limited positions available. Visit www.g4guitar.com.au for details.

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!

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Creative guitarist required for gigging and recording. Backing vocals an advantage. Rehearsals in inner-west. www.lostinthewoodsmusic.com

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

Man with a van.

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NEED BAND SHIRTS? BAND MERCHANDISE? Contact us! CBON SCREEN PRINTERS . With 25 years experience in screen printing . We can supply your tshirts/hoodies/caps etc. Graphic design service available - Ph:(02) 9555 1124 - Visit our website @ www.cbon.com.au iFlogID: 7889

ADVERTISE YOUR BAND/BUSINESS ON WWW.ROCKNPOPS.COM LINKS TO BAND SITES- FREE, ALL OTHER ADVERTS- $10 MONTH. 6 CATEGORIES TO CHOOSE FROM. WWW. ROCKNPOPS.COM iFlogID: 7945

FILM/VIDEO STUDENT NEEDED who is able to edit some music based footage and audio for local recording studio. Initially this is an unpaid position, however paid jobs will be available in the future. Contact 0431337488 iFlogID: 8110

THE PREHISTORICS, an all original alternative rock ‘n roll Sydney band, want a BAND MANAGER/AGENCY. Debut album ‘Petrified’ out now on Turkeyneck Records with second album out 2011. Contact Brendan: 0430 1977 17. Email prehistorics@ optusnet.com.au. See www.theprehistorics.com for songs & video. iFlogID: 8098

Learn guitar with someone who’s actually out there working in the industry performing, writing, recording etc. (north shore area) call/email Josh: 0415248313 kellermanjosh@ gmail.com iFlogID: 5683

GUITAR LESSONS with experienced and qualified tutor. Who has 20 years of studio and live performance. Rock, pop, jazz, theory, etc.etc. Beginners to advanced. In the convenience of your own home. Good results guaranteed. Phone Oles on 0407413143 email oa@olesart.com

Up coming stylists are looking for hair models available daytimes and evenings Paddington salon. All services are under experienced supervision. We do have affordable colour pricelist Cuts and styling is a cost free service. Enquire @ Salon X 9357 6063 iFlogID: 8372

vinyl records wanted. We pay good money for those old Lp’s you have stored in the attic. Looking for albums from the 60’s through to now. Mark: 0416 551 339

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For a limited time. Free online and print classifieds Book now, visit iflog.com.au

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