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Contents Issue No. 1033 Tuesday 2 November 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 Eagles Of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes discusses his soft boomerang of love in his role as an ambassador for Movember. 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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Drum takes its annual look at the ARIA Awards field and predicts who will win. If we get it wrong… well, that’s a typo. We swear we meant the other guy. 38 The New Pornographers let it fly.

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Shihad find new ways around their instruments.

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Peabody capture the sound of pure brain spew.

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Lior misses by that much a chance to play his idol Nick Drake’s guitar. 44

THE AUDREYS

SOMETIMES THE AUDREYS There have been a few changes in The Audreys’ world, the core songwriting team of Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall having found themselves without a band for the first time since they recorded their ARIA Award-winning debut album, Between Last Night And Us. That allowed them to explore the musical possibilities of their third album, Sometimes The Stars, in a new way. Friday night The Audreys, complete with a new band, launch that new album at The Basement, Cirular Quay, and we have three Audreys packs, each including a double pass to the show and a copy of the album, to give away, so email us with The Audreys giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

SURF’N’WESTERN MIKELANGELO The inimitable Mikelangelo has a new posse – The Tin Star – and he’s crossed the Atlantic to discover the delights of a whole new musical palette – surf’n’western. There are still sordid tales of love, death and despair but they’re mixed in with plenty of twanging instrumental tunes. Saturday night, Mikelangelo & The Tin Star, with special guest Saint Clare, are joined at Notes in Enmore by Waiting For Guinness and Mojo Juju in solo mode and we have two double passes to the night to give away, so email us with Surf’n’Western Mikelangelo giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

OOOH, SPOOKY Delivering bent and mangled narratives of love, hate and delusion, Marcus Gordon is not a novelist but a 19-year-old songwriter who goes by the moniker Spookyland and it’s as this he’s recorded a debut EP, Killin’ One Bird With Two Stones, which he’s launching Saturday night at the Sandringham. We have two Spookyland packs, each containing a double pass to the show and a copy of the EP to give away, so email us with Spookyland giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

PEABODY DELIVERS Taking themselves off to a little shack in Ball’s Head on Sydney’s northern Harbour foreshore, Peabody recorded their fourth album, Loose Manifesto, about which you can read in depth further into this week’s issue. The local heroes launch the new album at the Annandale Friday night, supported by special guests Cabins, NZ’s Dictaphone Blues and No Art and we have five double passes to the night to give away, so email us with Peabody giveaway in the subject line by 5pm Thursday.

BACKBREAKING WORK Local singer/songwriter John Vella has just released his debut album, Backbreaker, very much a band album rather than merely a solo effort, just the way he wanted it to be – and just the way he will be launching the album Thursday night at the Annandale. We have three double passes to the gig to give away, with the winners collecting a copy of the album on arrival, so email us with John Vella giveaway in the subject line by midday Thursday.

THE NEW KINGS Guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaleri and former Screaming Jets drummer Col Hatchman have got together as Nat Col & The Kings and recently released an eponymous debut EP that melds Cavaleri’s blues roots with the harder rock edge of Hatchman. Thursday night, they’re showcasing that EP and more at The Gaelic, coheadlining with their good friends Indigo Rising. As it happens, we’ve got three double passes to the show to give away, so email us with Nat Col & The Kings giveaway in the subject line by midday Thursday.

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Good Charlotte’s upbringing finds them with a proclivity to drink in Sydney bars.

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The Basics are looking to invest in their audience – the cost to you? Not a sausage.

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You need to look beyond face value when it comes to N*E*R*D.

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We feature another exclusive extract from The 100 Best Australian Albums. Spoiler alert – Collette still not featured.

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Claude Hay is influenced by the American way of life and culture.

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It’s make or break time for Anberlin. 54 Institut Polaire want to detach from things. 55 Everything starts in the bedroom for The Naked & Famous.

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A picture is worth a thousand words Chris Pickering finds.

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It’s only the good stuff with no messing about for Jamiroquai.

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On The Record reviews new release albums and singles from The Jim Jones Review, My Disco, Ice Cube and more. 58 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 muses on his monthly wrap up of new music in The Breakdown.

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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 gives us tales from the mother country in London Fields. 64 Dan Condon features the world of blues and roots with Roots Down.

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

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Go south as you enter Pedro Manoy’s Swamp Shack. 65

FRONT ROW This Week In Arts plots the week ahead, which includes a date with Tracey Emin and the Fantastic Planet Film Festival; News looks at Late Nights and the Peats Ridge arts programme. 66 Jackass member Bam Margera faces his fears in their latest feature film, Jackass 3D; Made You Look remembers the fallen; Hobart artist Nathan Taylor brings his sold-out exhibition to Sydney. 67 Jacob Rajan of New Zealand theatre company Indian Ink discusses chai; Cultural Cringe looks at arts news and gossip; productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Sweat get reviewed; Wharf Revue member Phillip Scott talks about this year’s show, Not Quite Out Of The Woods. 68 Xavier Samuel and Robin McLeavy don their prom gear for a date both will never forget in The Loved Ones.

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Snapshot features one of Nathan Taylor’s works, Change Of Heart.

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It’s all here: gig reviews, tour guide, what’s happening this week, charts, gig guide, random shit and England has a lot to do with John Vella’s record. 73

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Backstage and BTL – your guide to studios, recording, courses and more. 92 The Classies – need a singer/bassist/ drummer/any other service/product you can think of? Your answer is here. And on iflog.com.au. 95


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COUNCIL’S NEW POWERS TO CLOSE VENUES Sydney council is attempting to increase its powers in regards to licensed venues, giving themselves the right to review a venue’s license as many times and whenever they like. The alarming move is being pushed through in amendments to the Last Night Trading Premises Development Control Plan. The changes read that consents for venues that close after midnight, host over 120 people and have a bar “can be reviewed at any time… or multiple times” in response to “such things as changes in the late night character of a neighbourhood or changes in management”. This essentially gives the council the right to shut down a venue at their will and to contest the decision the venue will have to undertake court proceedings – making them guilty until proven innocent. A prominent Sydney music event promoter who didn’t want their name published for fear of repercussion against themselves or their affiliates – a request repeated frequently by the venue managers/owners who The Front Line spoke to – said, “These powers can be abused for people’s self interests and the powers extend beyond the council’s mandate to its local community and impact on social liberties, business and tourism and employment and the music and entertainment culture. For example a lobby group of local residents may want to increase their property values by closing down local venues,” the promoter said, “and they may approach a councillor leading to an election. Guess what happens? Councillor wants to keep their job, resident wants to turn Darlo [Darlinghurst] or Kings Cross into another Double Bay or Rose Bay, licensed premises may have their hours cut back and then people are locked out of their places of recreation and leisure.” The follow-on effect of such moves are huge. Not only does it affect the venue’s bottom line but employment opportunities are hindered, music promoters and musicians have decreased opportunities, local business, taxi drivers, hotels, restaurants, production companies and other complimentary services will all lose revenue. As has been shown before as well, an increase in lock-out and curfew attitudes gives rise to, among other negatives, illegal and unsupervised warehouse parties. When The Front Line contacted the council they were reluctant to comment, only offering a prepared statement that read, “Extended trading hours are approved based on an ongoing commitment to good management and safety – but are not an absolute right… The negative campaign being run in the media misrepresents the truth. And the truth is that the minor and technical amendments to the DCP that were proposed recently do not include any new time restrictions.” There was no mention, however, of the council’s proposed new powers, which The Front Line had indicated it was most concerned about and despite numerous requests, Lord Mayor Clover Moore would not comment on the matter. It’s a far cry from the recent situation in Victoria, where the state government actively worked with music industry stakeholders to protect the rights of venues and musicians, recently declaring that live music was not related to violence in any way. The public backlash occurred when it was brought to light following the closure of The Tote, the matter previously kept quiet because of venue owners’ fears. It is believed that Brisbane venues are also suffering from council regulations but are not willing to speak publicly about. The Victorian changes had the added force of occurring in the lead up to an election and the NSW State Government Election is due in March, which will work in the music industry’s favour if they can prove they’ve a big enough lobby.

WHERE’S CLOVER? Despite attempts to talk to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore regarding her stance on live music and the proposed amendments to the Late Night Trading Plan, Ms Moore would not comment to The Front Line. It is not the first time that the Lord Mayor has been silent on such an issue, she was not available for comment the last time The Drum Media ran a cover story on the state of Sydney’s live music scene which addressed lockouts, licensing regulations, all-age opportunities and illegal ‘warehouse’ events. At a hearing regarding prominent music venue the Oxford Art Factory’s trading rights recently, it was only when Greens city councillor Irene Doutney questioned why the matter was even being discussed that Moore threw her support behind the local music scene.

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THE CHURCH

FIRST ARIA WINNERS ANNOUNCED With the ARIA Awards’ new format this year, the first genre awards have been announced. Taking out the inaugural ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album was Parkway Drive for their Deep Blue longplayer. Best World Music Album was awarded to Djan Djan for their self-titled effort, while Best Music DVD went to Sound Relief, the live DVD documenting the concerts in Sydney And Melbourne set up to raise money for the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal and The Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund Appeal in Qld. The rest of the ARIA genre Awards will be rolled out this week. Meanwhile in other ARIA news, Dan Sultan and Guy Sebastian have been announced as further performers for Sunday’s main ARIA Awards. Organisers have also announced additional award presenters Phil Jamieson, Operator Please, Ricki Lee, Stan Walker, Clare Bowditch, Tim Rogers, politician Bob Katter, The Chaser’s Andrew Taylor and Julian Morrow and more.

PETER NOBLE AND ANNIKA OMAN GENERAL MANAGER

BLUESFEST CROWNED THE BEST The Australian Event Awards have crowned Bluesfest as the Australian Event Of The year for the 2009/2010 period. The music and arts festival beat out various sporting, tourism, charity and corporate events for the title and also won the Best Cultural Or Arts Event over the Biennale of Sydney and WOMADelaide. “You think you’re going to get judged on a sales basis,” says Festival Director Peter Noble on the competition of events like the Australian Tennis Open, “therefore how do we compete? For people to go ‘your event has contributed this much to the music industry and to arts and culture in Australia and we’re giving it to you,’ I’m like pinch me, this is not fucking real.” With the festival’s first announcement due this week, Noble believes it’s the best first announcement they’ve ever had and equal to anything else offered in the country, “They may not be the biggest drawing artists in the world, but it’s how it brands your event.”

WE LOVE SOUNDS’ DEBTS Dance festival promoters We Love Sounds went into liquidation last week, the decision made following losses on their most recent tour, which was headlined by Underworld and Tiga. A causality of a crowded festival market, the administration and liquidation processes are being handled by BRI Ferrier and the creditors list which The Front Line obtained has $434,554.80 worth of projected claims. It includes almost $85,000 to the Taxation Office and sums of over $50,000 to members of the administration, magazines 3D World (published by Street Press Australia, publisher of The Drum Media), Fairfax (publishers of The Sydney Morning Herald), The Brag and Vice are owned thousands each. Founder Ben Korbel did not want to comment on the matter.

KINGS RULE CHART Kings Of Leon have retained their spot on the top of the ARIA charts for the second week running after debuting at the top spot with 26,462 sales – a substantial increase from the mere 3,600 copies that English screamo-metal outfit Bring Me The Horizon controversially scored top spot with the week before. The two highest debuts were Triple j’s Like A

After moving from Melbourne to Sydney and the Hordern Pavilion, the ARIA Hall Of Fame inductions were described as a “success” by event producer Mark Pope to The Front Line. Disguised as an intimate hall from its woolshed origins, the venue proved suitable to the event, which was attended by major industry people, as well as a small number of public payers. Highlights included John Williamson’s induction and performance, Tina Arena’s speech and performance to honour “adopted father” John Paul Young and Steve Kilbey’s enigmatic speech and The Church’s orchestra-aided rendition of Under The Milky Way was the night’s finest moment. Short Stack looked out of place in their homage to Johnny Young and Washington’s version of The Church’s Unguarded Moment was uninspired, the young starlet inexplicably walking out of the room during their Under The Milky Way performance whilst the rest of the room were transfixed.

Version 6 compilation of covers in second and Rod Stewart’s fifth Great American Songbook release. Billy Thorpe returns to the charts posthumously with Tangier debuting at 14, which was finished off by local musicians and friends.

TAKEN OFF THE WIRE A New York City judge ordered that file-sharing website Limewire be shut down after issuing a permanent injunction. Limewire, which had as many as 50 million users, was found to be intentionally involved in a “massive scale of infringement”. The lawsuit was originally brought to the website and founder Mark Gorton by the Recording Industry Association of America, who heralded the decision. Both parties will return to court in January to determine damages, which could be unprecedented given that, allegedly, three billion tracks were being downloaded per month. It seems unlikely that Limewire will re-open despite chief executive issuing a statement saying that “our company remains open for business”. The website’s front page currently has a notice explaining that they’ve been forced to “stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing service. Downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorisation is illegal”. Previous websites that have come under attack from the music industry include Napster and Kazaa, which currently operate as legal music distribution sites, plus The Pirate Bay, which remains open despite its founders serving jail time. Despite this decision in favour of the recording industry, it’s unlikely to scratch the surface of illegal downloading given the diverse and often anonymous services for file sharing currently online.

SPACE’S NEW FACE After The Front Line previously reported that MySpace had made changes to their band profile layouts, the social networking website has officially announced their relaunch. The new pages have less user customisation, including the removal of CSS coding, but hopes to create a more visitor-friendly interface by doing so. MySpace are hoping to remain a complimentary website with a focus on videos and music. The website currently claims to have between 125 and 130 million unique visitors a month (Facebook boasts 500 million) but owners News Corp haven’t released financial information, fuelling speculation that the website is draining its financial reserves and that News Corp are looking to sell. According to web analytics firm comScore, the number of unique worldwide visitors has dropped each month since March. In The Front Line’s experience, the new layout has been quicker to load initially but certain sections – such as pictures – are cluttered and slow.

NO VIBE FOR CLUB SHOWS Indie/dance festival Good Vibrations have announced that there will be no sideshows for their upcoming event, which boasts a line-up including Faithless, Phoenix, Nas, Cee Lo Green, Miike Snow and more. Festival Director Jane English told The Front Line, “It’s Jam Music’s preference not to stage sideshows. We prefer to keep the international artists exclusive to Good Vibrations Festival. We are not typical promoters, we are part of the Merivale hospitality group, so in Good Vibrations Festival we create a magic place to see these artists perform… Rarely, an artist insists on a sideshow during the Good Vibrations Festival tour period – if they do it’s generally to generate some extra income or to be a headliner. This hasn’t happened this year.” English alluded to the fact that there may be impromptu performances during the festival’s touring period, but they will be at the will of the artists.

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NEW NIGHT FOR TEENS Destroy All Lines, tour promoters and the company behind the successful Friday night punk/indie party Hot Damn!, will launch their new night Teen Wolves at the UTS Glasshouse this Saturday. “Our Thursday night’s the biggest it’s ever been and it’s probably the biggest Thursday night now in the country,” said promoter Michael Dawson. “It wasn’t that we were finding that Thursday was suffering, but that there was people that wanted to go out on a Saturday as well.” The Sydney market has had a revamp recently with rival alternative nightclub promoters Tarantula moving venues and launching a second Saturday night event. Dawson is confident however that their existing ties within the industry – hardcore favourites Carpathian will headline the launch night – will make the night a success. “I think we’ve got the reputation that’s really going to help us.”

PHIFE AND ALI SCAMMED The planned November Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad tour of Australia has been cancelled due to a scam run by notorious agency Abstrakt Visions Entertainment. It is claimed by Peace Music that the group, who are notorious for their legal battle with rapper Lil Kim over London shows she pulled out of, defrauded them and in a statement managing director Sam Speaight said, “Despite meeting with artist management for Phife and Ali in Australia, discussing the tour and undertaking a photo shoot in connection with promotion and marketing for the tour, the fact that the tour dates were nothing more than an elaborate scam did not come to light until a few weeks ago, when it became apparent that the ‘agent’ for the tour had embezzled over $20,000 in tour deposits and defrauded Peace Music.” Legal proceedings are underway overseas and Abstrakt Visions could not be contacted for comment.

WELLER WOES? Reports emerged from Paul Weller’s concert at Melbourne’s Forum last week that the performer’s gig was cut short when the house lights came on as stage technicians were setting up for another encore. Fansouvenired setlists from the night reveal that further songs were planned. A review published in The Age asked the question, ‘Where was Town Called Malice?” (referring to singer’s 1982 hit with the band The Jam). ...Malice was listed to be played as was the title track of Weller’s current album, which the tour was named after, Wake Up The Nation. A spokesperson for Michael Coppel Presents said that Weller had been changing setlists each night and they had no knowledge of any reasons for the gig to have been ended prematurely.

SCOPE OUT THE YOUNG Gyroscope have been added to the line-up for the next JD Set event. With an emerging band to be added to the line-up yet, The Living End have already been announced as the headliners for WA event.

SKY’S THE LIMIT As part of their final tour, Powderfinger played an exclusive one-off show on board a passenger aircraft in conjunction with the tour’s sponsor JetStar. Tickets to the Sydney – Gold Coast flight were auctioned off online, and along with the band’s only mid-air performance punters were treated to a VIP party with the band and signed copy of their album Golden Rule. The event raised over $150,000 for the Yalari and World Vision charities.


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“IT’S A SOFT BOOMERANG OF LOVE AND NO LITTLE PORCUPINE BRUSH CAN COMPETE WITH A SOFT BOOMERANG OF LOVE, BABY.” JESSE HUGHES, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL’S FRONTMAN AND INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADOR FOR MOVEMBER, TELLS BRYGET CHRISFIELD THAT HIS ULTIMATE MAN ACCESSORY IS INCOMPARABLE.

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was 16 when I was first able to grow a full moustache,” the indisputable King Of The ‘Tache, Eagles Of Death Metal leader and international ambassador for Movember, Jesse Hughes, declares, “but I didn’t really do it yet, because, you have to understand, my whole life in rock’n’roll has been like a werewolf. I’ve been a werewolf my whole life, I just didn’t see my first full moon ‘til I was 30 and so I woke up one day – when I was about 31 years old – and I had a moustache, a pair of leather boots, a pair of leather gloves and a cape – and I don’t know where they came from. And then, bingo! I was the business.” Instant rockstar, just add water. “That’s right, or speed.” Or Jack Daniel’s? “You know what? I have never been a drinker, because I feel like there’s a lot of work for a shitty high and the next morning you wake up and you’ve got substances in your moustache that are foreign and unknown.” Hughes has been Movember’s international ambassador “for almost a year now. It’s kinda like I was an ambassador in the making for my whole life. A moustache is an attitude. It’s like my grandmother used to tell me: the best way to hit on girls is to remember this, ‘You catch more girls with a net than you do with a line.’ A net is an attitude and a line is something you say to the whole damn room. What a moustache should be saying, if it’s cultivated right, is, ‘I’m probably regularly getting my hands dirty doing something tough, I’ve shot a firearm before, I’ve been in a fight and I’ve never ridden a bicycle with a helmet’… I mean, I think when someone sees a freaky moustache and tattoos like mine, they could think, ‘This guy is going to attempt to be a rapist,’ or, ‘This guy’s gonna shiver my timbers in the best possible way.’” Although there is no doubt Hughes has been literally groomed to rep Movember, his motivations for getting involved run way deeper. “My father died of cancer, my grandmother - one of the most important mentors in my life, Natasha Shneider - and now our bass player [Brian O’Connor] has been stricken with the disease.” As soon as O’Connor was diagnosed, the bassist’s extended band family sprang into action and organised a couple of fundraising events to help raise money for his medical care fund – Them Crooked Vultures played at London’s Brixton O2 Academy Monday 5 July and a vicious doubleheader of Queens Of The Stone Age plus Eagles Of Death Metal, with Dean Fertita (QOTSA/The Dead Weather) filling in on bass, took place at Club Nokia Thursday 15 July. “We’re in a constant state of fundraising,” Hughes admits. “Brian’s got friends who care about him.” Once Hughes is on a roll, his passion for everything that Movember stands for is palpable. “What’s so beautiful about Movember – what’s so truly sincere and legitimate and valid about Movember – is that the organisation is genuine and not just like some bullshit charity cause for, say, celebrities or entertainers to associate themselves with and look cool. Things like Movember, they don’t just drum up awareness for a particular problem, they drum it up within a context of concern, caring and it really sort of – I hate to sound corny, but it demonstrates the notion that really it all boils down to an attitude, it’s ‘let’s look out for each other.’ “There’s no problem about checking out your health. I mean, what’s the worst thing that can happen? You could get better? If I see something weird that scares me,

the only way that I can feel like I’m not gonna be scared is if I get it fixed, ‘cause it can kill you. I never turn my back to an enemy and run. I’m not gonna give ‘em an easy target, do you know what I mean? And sometimes, you know, the fight is worth more than the outcome. My grandpa used to tell me, ‘I’m stupid. I’m willing to lose even if I know I’m gonna lose. I’m willing to take up a fight because sometimes the fight is the best example for everyone else to follow.’” And, of course, grandpa Hughes rocked an exemplary nose neighbour. “My grandfather had a classic, 1850s-style, hillbilly, Southern gentleman handlebar. It was beautiful, girl! My grandfather was black Irish and he didn’t have a fucking stitch of grey hair until the day he died; it was always jet-black. I have really good-looking family members, that’s why it’s so difficult for me because I had to rely so much on voodoo magic to get any action. And then I realised something: for the generation of women that I’m dealing with, it’s to my advantage if I look like every one of them’s dad when they were just about three-years-old. It’s called the paging Doctor Freud.” So how does Hughes feel about the sheer volume of males wandering the streets with upper lip adornments during the month of Movember? Does he worry about standing out less? “Oh, no, no, no, no, no, darling,” he stresses. “Arnold Schwarzenegger was never happier than when everyone was lifting weights, because now everyone can really see how amazing a Mister Universe he was. If everyone grows a moustache, then they’ll have to try and compare it to mine. And honey, come on, please! As if there is any sort of comparison that can happen. It’s a soft boomerang of love and no little porcupine brush can compete with a soft boomerang of love, baby.” Hughes has a point, but surely he can admire the attempts of others. “Have you seen Colin Hanks with a moustache? He looks a-mazing in a moustache. Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell in Tombstone… but I have a picture of Doc Holliday – an actual picture of Doc Holliday – and that is one of the best moustaches in the world.” Surprisingly, Hughes is yet to immortalise his soup strainer in song. “I somehow put a couple of hairs from my moustache in every song if you think about it, because, what I’m saying is a moustache is an attitude. In my thinking, it’s almost symbolic of something. The word ‘metro’ has nothing to do with me.” Does he shed moustache hairs wherever he goes? “No, these are a precious commodity, baby,” he laughs. “The genetic threads alone from a single hair of my moustache would be unthinkable.” After pausing to ponder what sort of price these precious items would fetch on eBay, Hughes concludes, “I think it would have to go straight to Christie’s.” As international ambassador for Movember, is Hughes required to shave off his mo’ to start afresh on 1 November? “Hell no, girl,” he insists, “that just means I grow a second one on someone else’s face.” And, finally, what’s the going rate for a moustache ride? “Well that is an interesting thing, isn’t it?” Hughes muses. “Just through this last week, somebody’s family cow and then I took a bag of beans for another moustache ride. But it’s normally their first-born child, like Rumpelstiltskin.”

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OUT OF THE BOX Dear Drum, Contrary to Sam’s letter (mailbag #1032), box sets are not the amazing things they’re made out to be. I can’t really see the merit in forking out a rather large amount of money for what essentially comes down to something that has like one different lyric, or demo versions that sound exactly the same as the finished version we all know and love. There’s a reason that a particular version of a song gets released and not earlier, rougher versions or version with different time signatures/lyrics/whatever. The artists nail it on the finished version and we should all be happy with it. Do we really need seven versions of the same song? At least when they plundered the Beatles archives amongst all that kind of stuff, they came up with a “new” track like Free As A Bird. I would happily buy a box set if it contained material such as that. But if all it is, is just alternate versions of songs, I could just easily put the one version of a particular song on repeat if I wanted to hear it eight times in a row. There comes a time when you should close the door on the vaults. I’m afraid, for example, that we’re going to get annual Michael Jackson releases from now until the sun burns out. Cameron Bulli Alright, that’s enough now. Back in your box – Ed

I DON’T LIKE CRICKET Dear Drum, There it was on the front page of one of the Sunday papers: “Crowds fall… Governing body goes into deficit… Teens and women give up on…”, and then a couple of pages later, “Wake up call”. But no folks, it wasn’t about the Australian music industry, though it would be just as easy to put headlines like that into that context, but it was, of course, about cricket! It seems cricket is losing punters to AFL and NRL, both out there in the stadiums as the games are being played and back on the couch when the matches are on the telly. It’s all down to the research the powers that be have done into the problem of falling crowds and gone to the people to try and fix it in the face of the huge amounts of money the AFL and NRL are able to pump into promoting their particular games. Now, I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t worry that cricket seems to be copping a bit of a “ratings” beating,

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KIDS THESE DAYS Dear Drum, I’d like to back up the sentiments that Anita from Newtown raised in last week’s Drum (mailbag #1032), in that the all ages scene is dwindling terribly these days and there doesn’t seem to be that many options open for kids. It’s not the fault of promoters or venues, it costs them a fortune to get all the security right or they loose a fortune from a closed bar – changes have to come from the top, maybe in this overhaul of the Sydney music scene’s assurances that we’ve been waiting for. It’s a shame because I can recall when I was under the drinking age, I used to get along to a gig hopefully every fortnight but realistically once a month of all different shapes and sizes – international touring acts and locally run Scout Hall events. Not only where they a good chance to hang out – and check out the ladies in casual dress band T-shirts – but they required an organisational level that I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise and by getting involved with promoting and running certain aspects it was invaluable experience. Indeed, it shaped my future career choices and I think I’m all the better for it. Michael Chugg has a similar sentiment in his new book, and look where it got him. I’d hate for kids these days to be deprived of such natural opportunities (planned ‘workshops’ just aren’t going to do the job) to learn skills as a generation of us did. Tony Waterloo Did you used to walk five km through the snow to school as well? – Ed

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The Elton John and Leon Russell collaborative album The Union hit spot three on the American Billboard charts last week, the first time that either of them have been that high since the ‘70s (no, I’m Still Standing was not enough). Back where they belong, long live King Elton!

Washington, what were you thinking walking out during The Church’s Hall Of Fame performance? Best one of the night, and, you know, the band who’s song you just covered.

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HALL OF FAME

AUSSIE CRICKET Yeah, it’s only 20/20 (who cares?) but the Aussies best get their act together before the Ashes.

D’OH The Australian branch of Krispy Kreme has entered into voluntary administration, perhaps depriving Australians of an overly-fatty taste of America. Now we can get back to good old fashioned Aussie Big Mac…

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NEWS@DRUMMEDIA.COM.AU Still battering eardrums around the nation with their trademark intensity and back in Sydney Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 and Saturday 13 at the Acer Arena, the latter date also sees Metallica release Six Feet Under – Part II, eight pummelling tracks recorded live on this current Australasian tour.

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The 2010 Festival Of The Sun up at Port Macquarie with Xavier Rudd, Regurgitator, New York’s finest Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, British India and more running over Friday 10 and Saturday 11 December has completely sold out. Akon and Ciara have been invited to join Flo Rida, Jay Sean, Soulja Boy, Travie McCoy, Stan Walker and DJ Nino Brown for Summerbeatz 2010, which hits the Acer Arena Saturday 20 November.

Bag Raiders – Way Back Home (Harvard Bass Remix) A collection of thoughts, ideas and memories, Bag Raiders like to push the typical dance and pop boundaries, showcasing the creativity of a band well schooled in the art of modern production. Bag Raiders’ debut self-titled album is available now and the first taste of the record is Way Back Home. It’s a dancefloor call to arms (or call to put them in the air at least) and features Soloman from Sydney band Wim.

Meanwhile, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have had to cancel their proposed November tour of Australia as a consequence of fraud on the part of the overseas booking agency involved in setting up the tour. On the plus side however, all those holding tickets to the original show get two-for-one entry to Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grey and Boogie Blind, who will appear Friday 26 November at the Metro, or a full refund on request. The Initiation have picked up the support slot opening for America’s Valencia Sunday at Spectrum. Due to overwhelming demand, a second and we’re assured definitely final Neil Finn solo show for this visit has been announced for Wednesday 17 November, once again in the York Theatre, Seymour Centre. The Foreshore Festival, happening Saturday 27 November at East and West Lawns in Canberra, has completely sold out. Orange County California hardcore combo Stick To Your Guns will be joined by San Francisco’s First Blood and Queenslanders Wish For Wings on their 13-date Australian tour, which swings into Blacktown Masonic Hall the afternoon of Saturday 27 November followed that night by a Teen Wolves session, then Sunday 28 it’s out to Wyong’s Oasis Youth Centre while Tuesday 30 you’ll catch it all at Axis Youth Centre Canberra.

Tim & Jean – Everywhere

TWIN BEASTS

Even though Laneway was the last of the big-reputation summer festivals, they’re beating everyone to the punch when it comes to sideshows. With a slew announced this week – and surprisingly there aren’t too many date clashes depending on your preferences – the co-headlining affair of Bear In Heaven (pictured) and The Antlers is bound to have the Internet-savvy music hunters happy. Both on their first visit to Australia, the textured BIH have their second album, Beast Rest Fourth Mouth, and the Antlers Hospice providing them with plenty of buzz to propel them. Kill two birds with one stone Thursday 10 February at the Annandale Hotel.

LINKIN PARK Linkin Park have added another show to their forthcoming Australian tour, this time Newcastle Entertainment Centre Saturday 4 December. With their debut album, Gilgamesh, coming out Friday 12 November, Gypsy & The Cat have just found themselves not only invited back to the UK to play a couple of festivals but also added to next year’s Big Day Out bill, which of course sees them joining Tool, Rammstein, Iggy & The Stooges and too many more to mention at Sydney Showground Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 January. The organisers of the 2011 Good Vibrations festivals have announced that they will not be staging any artist sideshows, so the only place you’ll get to see Faithless, Phoenix, Nas & Damien Marley and much more will be, for Sydneysiders, Saturday 12 February in Centennial Park.

URTHBOY

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RELOADED Most commonly pronounced as “chk chk chk”, California’s !!!, the psychedelic dance-rock outfit are returning to Australian shores for the Laneway festival, after more than a few – it must be said – had written them off in recent times. After losing John Pugh and Justin Vandervolgen before writing their latest record, Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, then Tyler Pope during the recording and also dealing with the sudden and accidental death of former drummer Jerry Fuschs, the album at the end of it all is a bucking of their unfortunate trend. Announcing sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne, they’ll be at The Metro Theatre Wednesday 9 February, with national supports World’s End Press and Super Melody.

GEMMA RAY

ENJOY HER SHAME

Having been invited to tour Australia with them, ‘70s popsters Supernaut are reuniting to support Uriah Heep when they play the Enmore Theatre Friday 1 April.

Kasey Chambers gets back in the saddle to tour her latest album, Little Bird, with special guest Sara Storer, taking to the State Theatre Saturday 20 November and the Canberra Theatre Sunday 21. Melbourne-based gypsy folk band Rapskallion join Lolo Lovina and Doc Jones’ Lechery Orchestra at the Basement Saturday 11 December. The Grigoryan Brothers join Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel in the Independent Theatre North Sydney Saturday 4 December. Joining Grinspoon as they once more hit the road for a summer tour to showcase their sixth album, Six To Midnight, are special guests Howl and Chicks Who Love Guns, the triumvirate hitting The Entrance Leagues Club Thursday 30 December, Shellharbour Workers Friday 31, Selina’s Friday 7 January and Mounties in Mt Pritchard Saturday 8. • 32• THE DRUM MEDIA 2 NOVEMBER 2010

TIM & JEAN

The Annandale Hotel is renowned nationally – and in some cases internationally – for a number of things, one of the newer aspects being their Christmas celebrations. If last year’s are anything to go by the weather will be great, the drinks flowing and the free entry most welcome indeed. Wednesday 8 December will mark Urthboy’s last show for the year as he headlines the Jagermeister Christmas Show. Also bringing the festive spirit will be Sticky Fingers, Daily Meds, Massema and assorted DJs and while entry’s free, you have to RSVP to krisite@annandalehotel.com – they can’t have the whole of Sydney turning up now can they?

The Afro Celt Sound System, Nitin Sawney, punkinspired Mongolian folk band Hanggai, the ten-voice Creole Choir of Cuba, Irish accordionist Alan Kelly and his quartet and Angus & Julia Stone are among the 400-plus artists from some 25 countries who will be playing WOMADelaide 2011, to be held once again over four days Friday 11 to Monday 14 March in Adelaide’s Botanic Park.

Melbourne’s theatrical rockers The Melodics and electro hip hopsters [ME] are hitting the road together to launch their respective releases Paint Me Gold and Naked, pulling into Melt Bar Thursday 11 November.

From Perth and discovered for the rest of the nation by triple j’s Unearthed competition, the band have received extensive airplay on said frequency with their demo, Come Around and their latest single, Veronica. Sitting somewhere between the much-loved productions of Passion Pit and the ‘first’ MGMT album, Tim & Jean weave their magic on a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere. Tim & Jean’s debut album is set for release in February 2011.

STRAIGHT ARROWS

NOW THIS IS A VIBE

THE HOLIDAYS

In this day and age of an abundance of massive festivals – check Street Press Australia’s Summer Festival Guide to see just how big things are this year – there’s a growing demand for boutique and dare we say relaxed events (see: Changing Lanes, Artless Armchair). The next chance to scratch that itch is the aptly-named Summer Vibes, which will take place at Newcastle’s Croatian Club, Sunday 16 January. In a primarily Australian lineup, America’s Thee Oh Sees will headline the event with Straight Arrows, Kitchen’s Floors, Kirin J. Callinan, Total Control, Bare Grillz, Horse Macgyver, Alps, Stitched Vision, Assassins 88, In The Dollhouse, Spew Ya Guts Up, The Nugs, Paul Heslin, Polyfox & The Union Of The Most Ghosts and a whole lot of unannounced acts rounding things out. Keeping with their attitude, first round of tickets are just $15 plus the obligatory booking fee.

TWO NEW DAYS Another boutique festival announcement this week is New Beginnings, a dual-day camping event that’ll spice up Newcastle’s January (specifically the banks of Lake Macquarie). With over 80 acts to appear on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 January, the lineup includes Bluejuice, Hook N Sling, The Holidays, Timmy Trumpet, Canyons, The Seabellies, The Snowdroppers, Mojo Juju & The Snake Oil Merchants, Kato, Sticky Fingers, The Protectors, Foreign Objects, Mojada, Sydney Girls Choir, Kira Puru & The Bruise, Book Of Ships, The Owls, Nova & The Experience, Blades, Hebzy, Amy Vee, The Evening Son, The Havelocks, Light Noise, I Am Agent, The Shivering Indies amongst many more.

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After announcing earlier in the year that she’ll be visiting Australia this November, we can now give you the exact dates and locations that Gemma Ray will be doing so. The closely-watched left-of-pop’s-centre emerging UK singer is making the trip in support of her most recent record, a collection of cover titled It’s A Shame About Gemma Ray. More of a mark as to where she’s at now, her next “proper” album is currently being recorded in Sydney, but there’s still plenty to love about her renditions of tracks from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Gun Club, Mudhoney and more. Saturday 20 November she’ll be at the Shine Dome in Canberra, Tuesday 23 Ravál, Wednesday 24 at The Brass Monkey and then it’s off to the Mullum Music Festival.

BACK ON TRACK You’d almost forgotten about them, but Grammy Award winners Train made sure they were stuck in everyone’s head once again with their latest album, Save Me San Francisco, thanks, primarily, to its lead single, Hey, Soul Sister. It’s this album that will bring the band back to Australian soil next year as they play in support of INXS and then enjoy their own sideshow dates. Their best album in a long time will get a big run live as will tracks from their much-loved offering Drops Of Jupiter. Their sideshow will take place at the State Theatre Friday 28 January and it’s an all ages affair.


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FLOATING EVER HIGHER

It’s been a big year for Cloud Control and hopefully at some point this week they’ll pick up at least one ARIA Award from their various nominations to complete the facelift of the Awards if nothing else. They’ve spent time overseas recently (in fact right now) and on the back of their latest sold-out national tour the band have announced a run of farewell shows to give fans one last taste before the relocate to the UK next year (big opportunities for them, sucks for us but they’ll be back). They are making the shows special though, including curating their own mini festival called Was I There In Your Future at the Factory Theatre that will include bands, DJs, arts and video over multiple stages, happening Saturday 18 December. Other shows around the centrepiece include the Beach Road Hotel Wednesday 8 December and Transit Bar Thursday 16. They also play the Meredith and Laneway festivals this summer, with their new single being Meditation Song #2.

SAILING THROUGH SOUND

WRITE IT OUT

The producer that calls himself d.a.calf and was formerly of a project titled The Hauntingly Beautiful Mousemoon is hardly a household name. That said there are some waves being felt from the drop of his new project The Book Of Ships, a layered, at times ambient, at times grandiose and most usually dynamic purveyor of sound. Led by its first single, Broken Glass In My Mouth (Words Are Lines That Turn To), the debut album, Dark Continent, Cold Century – mixed at Big Jesus Burger with Scott Horscroft – is out now and the second single, ...Aagh, is the cause for a handful of east coast shows, Sydney’s happening Friday 12 November at World Bar’s Mum and Newcastle’s at The Lass O’Gowrie Saturday 13 November.

Getting behind and providing a platform and outlet for a scene that often suffers from unjust negative connotations, Graffiti At The Wall 2010 will be taking place, quite suitably, at The Wall Saturday 27 November. A night of hip hop and street art there’ll be performances from Phatchance, Coptic Soldier, Daily Meds, Electric Elements Crew, Billy B, Johnny Utah, Dseeva and DJ Skae. Along with various exhibitions and installations from locally-based street artists, there’ll be the opportunity for punters to get involved in freestyle battles on the night – which we all know are far too sparse or underground (or both) these days.

THE DARK ARTS

Graduating from the New Zealand music industry’s ranks in flying colours – a chart-topping and gold album, The Experiment, alongside four prominent singles – Dane Rumble has Australian audiences next on his list of things to do. So far so good for the response as well, with his first single here Always Be Here – a statement of intention perhaps? – becoming the sixth most added track to radio that week, the video fourth most added. With his second single, Don’t Know What To Do, just around the corner, he’s announced live dates at the Beach Road Hotel Wednesday 17 November with Domeyko/Gonzalez and Djanimals and Thursday 18 The Gaelic with DJ Tickles and DJ Moto.

The Boat People love the tracks of their latest album, Dear Darkly, so much that they’ve decided to stick with them for the next release. However they’ll be giving them a bit of a facelift to make them perfectly suited to both radio and house party dancing fun times. The double A-side release features Antidote and Dance To My Pain as well as remixes of the tracks from No Device and Ming The Merciless. They couldn’t just release it and stand still though, so the band are hitting the road in celebration bringing Jewel & The Falcon with them to the Sandringham Hotel Friday 19 November (also with The Retreat) and Newcastle’s Beaches Hotel Saturday 20.

RUMBLE FROM BELOW

They’ve had a bit of extra exposure recently thanks to a little thing called the ARIA Hall Of Fame, but instead of sitting back on a chair made of respect and industry kudos, Models have wasted no time in announcing their next tour. And it’s a special one as well, because rather than wheeling out the standard nostalgia-fest of a greatest hits record the band will be recreating their second, usually highest regarded, album Local &/Or General. An important era between obscurity and the top of the charts, relive the tracks the way they were intended Saturday 26 February at The Metro Theatre, as performed by this year’s Models - the man whose been through every single lineup singer/guitarist Sean Kelly, keyboards player Andrew Duffield, RocKwiz band bass player Mark Ferrie and drummer Barton Price.

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EXCITING YOUNG MEN Speaking of highly anticipated artists that will be visiting this great brown land courtesy of the Laneway festival’s pulling power, Menomena (for scene-cred pronounce it with an emphasis on the ‘nom’ instead of the tempting ‘men’) have announced their sideshow dates. There are a lot of people who haven’t got enough words to explain their attraction to the Portland trio, in particular their latest and increasingly melody-focused album, Mines. A band who wouldn’t have existed in the pre-computer age, it’s highly recommended that you check out the sprawl of their synthetic rock before their Monday 7 February date at The Factory Theatre sells out.

THE SPIRITS

FOR THE GOOD OF ONE’S MO The one chance of the year that Australia’s men can grow horrendously under-developed moustaches without fear of society’s scorn, the now world-famous Movember is not only a great chance to celebrate manliness, but a hugely vital fundraiser for the often ignored aspects of male health and mental wellbeing. Wednesday 10 November will see Higher Ground raise money and awareness for the foundation (if the sudden increase in furry lips wasn’t enough for you) via a showcase of Sydney bands at Tone. The Spirits, The Retreat, Baba O’Riley and Johnny Took will be performing amongst the “interactive moustache related activities” and prizes. There’ll be a free beverage and light food upon entry.

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Our Big Day Art competition is back. All you have to do is send us your impression of an artist on the current Big Day Out schedule (maybe try your hand/cursor at metal nutters Rammstein, coolerthan-cool Lupe Fiasco, Nick Cave’s noir-rock Grinderman or our favourite hippy John Butler) and upload your entry at summerfestivalguide.com.au (go to the Big Day Art section). The competition is now open and entries close Friday 7 January. The prize? Not only will your entry appear on the front cover of The Drum Media, but the lucky winner will also win a pass to the Big Day Out and CDs by Big Day Out artists.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ART One of the most apt descriptions of the art-school rock band, Les Savy Fav were indeed birthed from the Rhode Island School Of Design back in 2006. Since then they’ve earned themselves a dedicated fanbase as enamoured with their sporadic and frenetic live shows (which they can thank frontman Tim Harrington for first and foremost) as they are the studio offerings. It’s been four years since they were last in Australia for the Laneway Festival (and Popfrenzy’s Two-Timing festival) and it’s that partnership that brings them back again. Thursday 10 February they play the Manning Bar as one of only two sideshows during next year’s visit.

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MIAMI HORROR

IT’S HOLIDAY TIME If you were going to film a video clip for a track called Holidays you may as well make good the name and do a bit of travelling for the occasion. In fact, take a leaf out of Miami Horror’s book who, once completing South and North America tours, stopped off in LA to film the clip. The track comes from their album, Illumination, and the Melbourne based indie-electro outfit are due to head off on the festival and international circuit. Before they do though – a bit of a treat. Wanting to capture the vibe that only intimate venues can, they’ll be embarking on a brief tour of modestly-sized venues before their international exploits, which includes a date at the Beach Road Hotel, Thursday 11 November.

SIERRA FIN

START OF THE TALE We already know how much effort and thought has gone into Sierra Fin’s 2011-due debut album, Cautionary Tale Of A Beautiful Blackout – described as an 11-track “song-cycle” with added symphony orchestra, produced by renowned Aussie producer Paul McKercher – and now we’ll get to hear a track off it, which comes in the form of Lost Man’s Lie. None of their enthusiasm of application is lost in the live setting either, which you’ll also be able to experience soon as they tour in support of that first single. Saturday 4 December they’ll be at Ravál to show it, and other tracks from the album, off.


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MAKING IT SHINE

On the back of their latest album, Penny Sparkle – a stark change in direction from 2007’s highly regarded 23 – Blonde Redhead are Australia bound for next year’s Laneway Festival. Dropping the heavy guitar theatrics for electronic indulgence this time around, they still sound undeniably like themselves (having outgrown those Sonic Youth references) and no one sounds like them. They’ll be good in the festival arena no doubt, but the chance to see them play the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall is going to be a hard opportunity to pass up. That’s exactly what’s happening Friday 29 January, and it’s their only Sydney side show before heading out on the festival.

JAZZ TALLKS Melbourne jazz favourite Albare has assembled a new band, ( Joe Chindamo on piano accordion, saxophonist Rob Burke, Evripides Evripidou on bass, Tony Floyd on drums and Albare on guitar) dubbed Travel Diary, and together they’ve created an album sensibly titled Albare Travel Diary. Making good the ‘travel’ aspect of their name the lot of them will be up in Sydney to launch the disc at The Basement, Circular Quay, Wednesday 17 November. Albare’s probably best known for his hand in developing Australia’s acid jazz infatuations, but more recently he’s been leaning towards the lyrical aspects of jazz, all the while keeping that chilled-out holiday vibe about the whole experience.

MEET BETTY Formed after friends Darren Cross, Christian Campano and Michael Zagoridis decided to take action on their love for ‘50s rock’n’roll, Betty Airs have since announced their first single, Reverse Now, recorded on a reel-to-reel tape machine that Cross says was left to him by his ex-BBC sound engineer grandfather. Now available (exclusively) on seven-inch record with the B-side Jennifer’s Enemy, it marks the first release on Melbourne and New York City label Brave Men Run. Touring to get the word out, the band will be at the Roxbury Hotel Saturday 18 December.

CREATURES OF ENGLISH CREATION Honouring the British Invasion on the ‘60s, the resurgent Dragon are hitting the road for a special three-part concert presented by none other than BBC 2011. Playing 20 songs, the first part has the band playing acoustic guitars, keyboards, mandolin and melodica as they reproduce acoustic and a capella versions of tracks like Cat Steven’s Matthew And Son, then they’ll return after intermission with guitars plugged in for numbers like Paperback Writer and others that first inspired the band themselves to pick up instruments. To wrap it all up, they’ll play six of their own in the encore. Obviously a rare event, the tour’s due at Penrith RSL Friday 4 March, The Cube Campbelltown Saturday 5, the Southern Cross Club Friday 11, Dapto Leagues Saturday 12, Mounties Mt Pritchard Friday 18, Doyalson RSL Saturday 19, Blacktown Workers Saturday 26 and The Brass Monkey Friday 1 and Saturday 2 April.

For those of you who won’t be down at Brisbane’s Riverside stage to farewell Powderfinger in person Saturday 13 November, or caught the final Sydney shows and wish you had a permanent record, the good news is they’re releasing the Sunsets Farewell Tour DVD Friday 3 December. 11.25pm Monday 8 November, tune into triple j to hear The Temper Trap, recorded live at the Hordern Pavilion in July this year. Heading our way in February for the national Good Vibrations festivals, Faithless have just released a two CD remix version of their most recent album, The Dance, titled The Dance Never Ends. Among the sponsors presenting last week’s ARIA Hall of Fame induction was the posthumous album, Tangier, by Billy Thorpe, out now. When Adam Weston isn’t touring the world with Birds Of Tokyo, he plays drums with another Perth combo, a five-piece named Sons Of Rico, who released their debut album, Reactions, last weekend. Alexisonfire will release a CD EP, Dog’s Blood, Friday, but have also released a limited edition 7” vinyl version of the EP available from their website and there’s also an iTunes Originals session on the interweb. Coals To Newcastle is the title of the definitive seven-disc (six CDs and a DVD) box set anthology of the work of ‘80s UK band Orange Juice, led by Edwyn Collins, out Friday. Brian Eno releases his first solo in five years, Small Craft On A Milk Sea, Friday, a paean to one of his passions, film soundtracks. Filmed over two nights in November last year, Tour Of The Universe – Live In Barcelona sees Depeche Mode in full flight, out as double-CD or DVD Friday. James Blunt releases his third album, Some Kind Of Trouble, Friday, and is popping over our way for a promotional tour that’ll see him in Sydney Saturday 20 November. LA-based six-piece funk combo, Fitz & The Tantrums, release their debut album, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, Friday. Perth-born Kimberley-raised singer songwriter Tash Parker releases her J. Walker-produced latest album, Waking Up, Friday. Uber-producer Daniel Lanois, whose credits include U2, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Neil Young and Emmylou Harris among many, straps his guitar back on and calls in the late Chris Whitley’s daughter Trixie to sing out front of his latest band project Black Dub, the self-titled debut album out Friday 12 November. Byron Bay’s Red Bantoo release their new album, Strip Club Etiquette, Friday. Friday 12 November sees the release of the sequel to She Will Have His Way, a tribute to the songs of Tim and Neil Finn this time by male vocalists, He Will Have His Way, featuring Oh Mercy, Chris Cheney, Boy & Bear, Glenn Richards, Paul Dempsey and more. Melbourne’s Gun Street Girls release their second album, Adult Loose, Friday 12 November. That well-known Australian in Nashville, singer, songwriter and hotshot guitarist Keith Urban releases his sixth studio album, Get Closer, Friday 12 November. • 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA 2 NOVEMBER 2010

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PICKING A

WINNER

SINCE THIS EDITION OF THE DRUM MEDIA SHOULD BE PILING UP OUTSIDE YOUR FAVOURITE COLLECTION POINT POIN ON THE DAY A CERTAIN RACE WIPES PRACTICALLY EVERY THOUGHT OTHER THAN WHO’S PICKED THE FAVOURITE IN THE OFFICE SWEEPSTAKES, WE’ WE’RE DOING OUR BIT TO RUN WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE OCCASION TO PRESENT OUR ANNUAL ATTEMPT TO PICK THE YEAR’S ARIA AWARD WINNERS. ONCE ON AGAIN THE DRUM’S BRAINS TRUST (AND WE USE THAT TERM LOOSELY) ATTEMPT TO READ THE FORM AND PONDER THE ODDS. SO, WE’RE UNDER SSTARTERS ORDERS, THE MARSHALL IS ENSURING THE FIELD IS ORDERLY, THE BOOKIES… WELL, THEY’RE TAKING NO NOTICE BUT ARE, AS ALWAYS, HA HAPPILY POCKETING YOUR MONEY – A REALLY COVER AND FEATURE PICS BY KANE HIBBERD. HIBBERD BIT LIKE RECORD COMPANIES REALLY…

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ith the so-called ARIA Artisan Award categories of Best Video, Engineer Of The Year, Producer Of The Year and Best Cover Art already run and the awards presented, plus the Best Music DVD and Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album categories run the night we went to press, we’ll jump straight into the remaining races on this year’s ARIA Awards Nominations card. Smith took notes.

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST Contesting this category are: Amy Meredith riding their debut album, Restless, Cloud Control on Bliss Release, Philadelphia Grand Jury on Hope Is For Hopers, Tame Impala on Innerspeaker and Washington on I Believe You, Liar. Who will win: While each of the contenders have been showing excellent form throughout the year, her almost omnipresent impact on pretty much every available medium known to woman should see the former Brisbanite, “It Girl” and six-times nominated Washington romp home comfortably. Who should win: Cloud Control have shown the kind of staying power that could see them take not just next year’s Cox Plate but pick up a few international honours, so we’ll have to watch that the Emirates don’t make a bid before we’ve had a chance to get that all important second album. At least one of the marshals felt that, strong as their entry might have been, Philadelphia Grand Jury had had their run.

BEST URBAN ALBUM With one of the Marshalls (it had to be Smith!) calling for a tea break, the contenders for this category nonetheless line up as follows: Bliss N Eso riding Running On Air, Lowrider on Round The World, M-Phazes on Good Gracious, Space Invadas on Soul-Fi and Urthboy on Spitshine. Who will win: The odds-on favourite would have to be the long-distance front runner Bliss N Eso by at least a length. Who should win: The general feeling was that in terms of breaking new ground, the pointy trophy should more appropriately handed to Space Invadas, while Urthboy also deserved a look-in as another outside favourite.

BEST ROCK ALBUM Running in this category are Birds Of Tokyo on Birds Of Tokyo, Cloud Control on Bliss Release, Eddy Current Suppression on Rush To Relax, Tame Impala on Innerspeaker and, in their last official race in this or any category, Powderfinger on Golden Rule. • 38 • THE DRUM MEDIA 2 NOVEMBER 2010

Who will win: A lot of contention here among the trust but the general feeling was that this one is the six-times nominated Birds Of Tokyo by a head. Who should win: Cloud Control should certainly get a jockey’s shirt for even making it into this category, but the marshals felt that, unless the sympathy vote for the once and now retiring kings Powderfinger tips the odds, Eddy Current Suppression Ring are the horse that, since it burns the rock candle so brightly, should have got in by a nose. Eddy Current also nominated for the reaction it’s bound to engender within both band and audience should they win.

BEST POP RELEASE Riding in this featherweight bout (to blithely mix our metaphors for a moment) this year are Bluejuice riding their single Head Of The Hawk, Guy Sebastian on Like It Like That, Kylie on Aphrodite, Sia on We Are Born and last year’s big winners Empire Of The Sun pulling in on what is probably the 14th single off their heavily milked eponymous debut, with Half Mast. Who will win: We might all love our Kyles but the six-times nominated Sia has to be this year’s favourite, ticking all the boxes that Kylie might have done a decade ago without a hint of the faux sexuality. Then again, like Washington, the also six-times nominated Guy Sebastian has been everywhere of late and being the judge to go down on, he’s in with a chance on the popular vote stakes. Who should win: Again, Sia should really win, or should have if Guy pips her at the post, courtesy the great unwashed and their voting potential. Then again, Sia has that other factor, a connection to overseas frontrunner Christina Aguilera. Empire really have had their run on this album and this nomination smacks a little too much of industry rather than reality.

BEST DANCE RELEASE Lining up for this popular race are Art Vs Science riding Magic Fountain, Miami Horror on Sometimes, Midnight Juggernauts on The Crystal Axis, Pendulum on Immersion and Yolanda Be Cool and Dcup on We Speak No Americano. Smith wandered off to find a biscuit to dunk in his tea. Who will win: Yolanda was the unanimous decision by the remaining marshals on the field. Who should win: Similarly they felt that Yolanda was the “should have been” contender unless, say, Midnight Juggernauts managed to knobble the racing stewards with enough sugar lumps.

BEST COUNTRY ALBUM Here’s a category that regularly gets an infusion of

inspiration from some of the top breeders in this genre’s heartland, Nashville, so it’s at once popular yet just that bit contentious. Nosing the starting gate are Adam Harvey on Both Sides Now, Catherine Britt on Catherine Britt, Jason Walker on Ceiling Sun Letters, Lee Kernaghan on Planet Country and The McClymonts on Wrapped Up. Who will win: With Kasey Chambers getting her Little Bird entry in too late for this year’s race, the field has been left wide open for the right filly or fillies to make the break, and while Catherine Britt has made a very brave entry with her eponymous effort, the firepower behind the triple-treat McClymonts delivers all the right bells and whistles for an easy romp home. This year of course Kasey and family are giving The Wiggles a run for their money in the Best Children’s Album stakes. Who should win: If that other evergreen favourite Lee Kernaghan does manage to edge out the fillies, then it’s still the McClymonts that should have picked up the pointy country garland, though points a-plenty to the decidedly dark horse outsider rider Jason Walker for making it into the top five.

BEST JAZZ ALBUM Ah, that old chestnut – is it jazz if you can figure out what’s going on in all that very clever noodling? This year’s frontrunners feature the father/daughter team Dick & Christa Hughes on Twenty First Century Blues, Joe Chindamo on Another Place Some Other Time, James Morrison & The Idea Of North on Feels Like Spring, Joseph Tawadros on The Hour Of Separation and The Necks on Silverwater. Who will win: In terms of significant demographic spread, father/daughter Dick & Christa Hughes have it sorted, with dad covering the Baby Boomers and up while the always delightfully outrageous still a couple of popular points at least ahead courtesy her outrageous years with Machine Gun Fellatio. Throw in plenty of local gigs, a tele doco on Auntie ABC and the fact that it’s all the accessible rather than demanding end of jazz and the race should be a done deal. Who should win: The Necks of course, who cater for the cool and the cerebral in equal measure and continue to impress internationally as groundbreakers in a genre they’re creating to some extent as they go along.

BEST BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM This would have to be the tightest field of the day, with five truly outstanding runners in Ash Grunwald on Hot Mama Vibes, Dan Sultan on Get Out While You Can, Jeff Lang on Chimeradour, John Butler Trio on April Uprising and The Wilson Pickers on Shake It Down. Who will win: The five-times nominated John Butler

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Trio has pretty much had the stranglehold on this race for several years now and their poll position as favourites is hardly likely to be dented by the fact that they’ve spent rather a lot of time in overseas paddocks. Who should win: Well, pretty much any of the other four, with Dan Sultan certainly a firm favourite, while both Jeff Lang and The Wilson Pickers have shown such strong form it seems a pity to see them get pipped at the post yet again.

BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM Pretending to know what being grownup actually means, this year’s choices include old favourites wellknown and less so, with Angie Hart on Eat My Shadow, cross-Tasman blow-ins Crowded House on Intriguer, Jimmy Barnes on The Rhythm And The Blues, Lisa Miller on Car Tape 2 and Perry Keyes on Johnny Ray’s Downtown. Who will win: Anyone who’s followed the Melbourne Cup will know that anytime a New Zealander is entered, chances are it’ll blow the rest of the field away – Phar Lap anyone? So, while Intriguer certainly doesn’t show them at the top of their form, against such an eclectic field, Crowded House are unlikely not to take this particular race. Who should win: Much as we love Angie, Lisa Miller really has come through with a release to match its ARIA Award-winning predecessor. Then again, the inner-city vibe in another rank outsider in Perry Keyes certainly deserves a nod for getting this far.

BEST ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM As against the Baby Boomer version of this category, the frontrunners in this race are the feisty brother/sister tag team Angus & Julia Stone on Down The Way, Basement Birds on Basement Birds, Clare Bowditch on Modern Day Addiction, The Cat Empire on Cinema, Washington on I Believe You, Liar and Whitley on Go Forth, Find Mammoth. Yes, six runners – go figure. Who will win: Touting the biggest-selling local album of the year, the six-times nominated winner of two gongs so far, for Producers of the Year and Best Cover Art, Angus & Julia Stone are pretty much the pick of the office sweep this year, though, again, the highly-touted Washington and the high-profile Clare Bowditch will give the siblings a run for their money. Who should win: Angus & Julia Stone for a strong second (in this defiantly sophomore-free journal) album.


be reckoned with of late, but then so has Sia and she has that always impressive international success edge.

BEST GROUP Lining up for this one is quite an eclectic mix of “innocence” and experience, to borrow a phrase from that old bookie William Blake, with Angus & Julia Stone on Down The Way, Birds Of Tokyo on Birds Of Tokyo, Powderfinger on Golden Rule, Tame Impala on Innerspeaker and the Temper Trap on the last single from their cracker of a debut album, Love Lost. Who will win: The first sign of a possible real upset here among the marshals suggested that the thing might be too close to call but the final tally put Angus & Julia Stone ahead of Birds Of Tokyo by the shortest of noses. Though there is, on the other hand, always the possibility that it will be this category that sees the four-times nominated previous campaign big winners Powderfinger sneak through for that last “golden” moment.

Who will win: Again, a category John Butler’s threesome has dominated in recent years, while the field is far stronger than has perhaps come up against this trooper the past couple of years, it seems likely the JBT will once again romp home. Who should win: Dan Sultan has been quite a force to

SINGLE OF THE YEAR Another incredibly strong field with Angus & Julia Stone on Big Jet Plane, Birds Of Tokyo on Plans, Sia on Clap Your Hands, The Temper Trap on Love Lost and Washington on How To Tame Lions.

Who should win: No question – the Stone siblings led the field.

BEST MALE ARTIST

Who should win: Pretty much either Sia or Birds Of Tokyo. While it’s a great song, the Stones are really an “album” band, to use an archaic term.

Who will win: While Paul Dempsey might be a sentimental favourite in some quarters, the consensus is that Dan Sultan is the frontrunner in this category, though John Butler is always a contender.

And they really are independent artists folks, not coming from any major stable. The contenders are Art vs Science riding Magic Fountain, Dan Sultan on Get Out While You Can, Eddy Current Suppression Ring on Rush To Relax, John Butler Trio on April Uprising and Sia on We Are Born.

Who should win: Bowditch again, despite formidable efforts by both Sia and Lisa Mitchell, who is proving she has the potential to really make a break in forthcoming races.

Who will win: Trying to get any kind of consensus on the potential winner was particularly difficult but ultimately the marshals plumped for Sia or Birds as the most likely, with The Temper Trap a possibility because they unfairly missed out last year.

A couple of Dans up front here with Dan Kelly on Dan Kelly’s Dream, Dan Sultan on Get Out While You Can, Guy Sebastian on Like It Like This, John Butler on April Uprising and Paul Dempsey on Fast Friends.

BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE

Clare Bowditch, who should win on the strength of interviewing Prime Minister Julia Gillard if nothing else! That said of course, Washington could just get that Trojan horse out of the starting gates fast enough to press Bowditch up against the rail for a photo finish.

Who should win: Once again, Dan Sultan has been a consistent and tireless performer this year and his success in the other career-defining event earlier in the month, The Deadlys, might just prove prescient regards his chances.

BEST FEMALE ARTIST Contesting this particular race is Australia’s most consistent international stayer Kylie Minogue on Aphrodite, Clare Bowditch on Modern Day Addiction, Lisa Mitchell on Oh! Hark!, Sia on We Are Born and Washington on I Believe You, Liar. Who will win: If anyone has played the media in all its manifestations harder than Washington it’s

ALBUM OF THE YEAR The biggie in the industry stakes and the one that’ll reflect most strongly in next week’s sales charts, the field is dominated by Angus & Julia Stone on Down The Way, Birds Of Tokyo on Birds Of Tokyo, Sia on We Are Born, Tame Impala on Innerspeaker and Washington on I Believe You, Liar. Who will win: This industry loves a winner and this year, the Stones have certainly proven themselves not only stayers in this race but very profitably so too, which suggests to the marshals that here we’re looking at another pointy prize for young Angus and Julia. Who should win: The Stones really do deserve this one, despite the brilliance of all other contenders in this category.

WHAT ARIA Awards WHEN & WHERE Sunday, Sydney Opera House

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AGAINST ALL ODDS

THE EVER-ACTIVE CARL NEWMAN JUMPS ON THE PHONE TO BEN PREECE TO DISCUSS THE CREATION OF THE FIFTH RECORD BY THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS AND JUST WHAT IT’S LIKE HAVING THE OLD CREW BACK TOGETHER.

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t feels like something of an event within the musical world when the seven faces that make up The New Pornographers – Carl Newman, John Collins, Kurt Dahle, Blaine Thurier, Todd Fancey, Neko Case and Kathryn Calder – synchronise their Google calendars and their individual hectic schedules to come together and make music. Together is the Canadian collective’s fifth album in their 13-year career and as Newman explains, getting these heads together is something of a logistical nightmare. “It always has been. To a certain degree it is, but we normally plan it quite a few months ahead – that’s the trick. Like, I’ll call up Neko on the phone and say, ‘Hey we’re recording an album, when have you got some free time?’ And she’ll say, ‘I’ve got these two weeks,’ and I said, ‘Okay, we’re booking you for those two weeks.’ Somehow it just works.” As each of the individuals of The New Pornographers are actually artists in their own right, it must be strange assembling once every few years to continue the legacy of a specific project. You’d imagine that as an individual grows, the band dynamic would shift considerably, but Newman explains that this isn’t necessarily so. “It’s funny, people think that even though we’ve been together a long time that we’re growing apart, but it’s not really the case. It felt like, making this record that we were really comfortable with each other and that’s probably why I ended up calling the record Together. Just the shock that after all this time, we still held it together against all odds. “There’s definitely a lot of mutual respect there – it’s very helpful. It pushes you to be better. Like, I’ve always thought that of George Harrison because he was in a band with Lennon and McCartney. He couldn’t afford to write a shitty song – if he was going to get a song on the record, it had to be an amazing song. I don’t want to compare us to The Beatles, but I think that happens in bands or in anything – if you’re playing a sport even.” On top of having a remarkable solo career under the moniker AC Newman (his latest release being last year’s Get Guilty), Newman assumes the lead role within The New Pornographers – not to the extent of fronting every song or dominating writing duties, but more getting everyone into the studio and extracting their strongest traits and using them to the band’s overall advantage. “I’m not the mastermind but I guess I am the main guy,” he clarifies. “I knew I had a few songs like Moves and Your Hands (Together) that were a little more riff-oriented, but I also thought, on this record, that I wouldn’t fight what we sounded like. I think, through the years, I’ve always fought what we sounded like; like you’re always trying to push the band in different directions. On this record, I thought, ‘Why don’t we just let it fly? Why don’t we make a record that sounds like, you know, whatever we feel like doing?’ I think that might’ve been the mission on this record, in as much as there ever is a mission. Mainly we go into the studio with some songs and go, ‘Alright, let’s do this, let’s figure out how to make a record.’” Playing to all their strengths combined, Together connects the indie power pop prowess of their acclaimed debut, Mass Romantic, with the more personal, emotive nature of their more recent material. Their dream of finding the middle ground between Led Zeppelin and The 5th Dimension is more present than ever and, as a result, it’s an album that will dazzle new listeners as much as it will please even the most obsessive of New Pornographers fans. “I have no perspective of how good it is now in the scheme of things,” Newman laughs. “Sometimes I have to wait a couple of years after an album before I can listen to it and go, [pauses] ‘That was great!’ But I don’t quite have that perspective on Together yet, although when we were rehearsing for the Together Tour and I was listening back to our old records to re-learn them and get ready for the tour, I was listening to Challengers and it actually pissed me off how people backlashed against that record. It was our first record where we got some backlash and I listened to it and thought, ‘Those people are on fucking crack,’ it’s that great.” As for Newman’s rather impressive solo career, well he says it doesn’t get in the way of The New Pornographers or vice versa; however proceedings in the studio can obviously be very different between projects. “It’s interesting to make something where, even though it’s your project and overseeing it, I’m not really the focus of it. I’m a member of the band but it’s not like I’m the guy that sings all of the songs, there are other people there. That really changes it you know and at some point I listened to Together and I thought, ‘I don’t even sing that much on this record’. I realised that you’re making a record, sometimes you forget you’re the lead singer and I think that’s how it’s different from say AC Newman where I am just sitting there trying to figure out how to make a great record and I am not really concerned with who’s singing and trying to think, ‘Who sounds best here?’ “But it’s definitely an adventure and it’s definitely very collaborative,” he adds contemplatively. “It really hasn’t lost that much of what it had in the beginning, like we spent a week recording at this studio called Old Soul in Catskill, New York. It was a studio that was just filled with old vintage keyboards and it was like this keyboard Disneyland. I think there was myself and Kathryn and John and we were in there and playing with everything that was around and I thought that that was us at our best – when we’re just in a studio screwing around and trying things and trying to be creative and plugging in the mellotron or the clavinet. I think that’s what we’ve always been about – just going into the studio and trying things and trust your instincts and good things usually come out.” WHO The New Pornographers WHEN & WHERE Wednesday 10 November, Manning Bar

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SOUNDTRACK FROM HELL

SHIHAD FRONTMAN JON TOOGOOD’S ENTHUSIASM IN CONVERSATION IS SO PALPABLE IT NEARLY JUMPS THROUGH THE PHONE LINE AT YOU. HE TALKS TO BRENDAN CRABB ABOUT NEW RECORD, IGNITE, “GROWING UP” AND THRASH METAL.

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pologising profusely for his lateness, Jon Toogood chats excitedly about his recent trip back home to New Zealand, where he jammed with Liam Finn and Ladyhawke. “It was fucking great – I even got to play drums and I’ve got blisters on my fingers, man,” he chuckles, speaking from the Melbourne headquarters of new label Roadrunner Records. While audibly excited about everything happening in the Shihad camp lately, nothing has him more pumped than new platter Ignite. “What we were going for is music to make us go, ‘I actually want to be in this band.’ That’s it,” he laughs. “It’s as simple as that – does this music excite me? Do I want to spend my time in the room with these three guys making music? If so, how do we make it interesting and different from everything we’ve done before? We do that big wall of guitar thing quite well, so luckily that came quite easily this time. We all enjoyed ourselves. Not to say we didn’t work hard. We’d all just had enough time away from each other after touring to actually like being in the same room with each other,” he adds with another laugh, “and want to find out what the next Shihad record would sound like. So we just fucking got into it and it was exciting. We found new ways around the instruments and ways to make our brains go, ‘Fuck, haven’t done that before.’”

It’s time to grow the fuck up and start actually telling the truth about things and not being afraid to piss people off.”

Considering the size of their blistering, stadium-levelling riffing, it may be a fair assumption to make that for the Kiwi-cum-Aussie rockers, when it comes to songwriting it’s all about the riff. Not so. “It’s music, all music first,” he emphasises immediately. “But then also, what’s going on in your life. I’m going through a whole bunch of changes in my life and going, ‘Right, I’ve spent too much time being a little baby and not dealing with hard things and telling people what I really think.’ It’s time to grow the fuck up and start actually telling the truth about things and not being afraid to piss people off. Because in the long run it’s better to piss people off up-front and at least be honest with them and then have them go, ‘At least you’re not a slimy fuck and told me something else,’” he laughs. “I needed to talk about that sort of change [and] I needed a big wall of guitar. That was the music the band wanted to play. So once I started writing words and getting right down to it, I had this soundtrack from hell to write that sort of shit about. What’s important to me? I’m a 39-year-old man. I still don’t fucking believe in God, I still think music is fucking awesome when it’s fucking awesome, I think that the truth is actually really fucking important. It always has been, but even more so now, because time flies past.” The quartet also recently celebrated 1995’s Killjoy and 1999’s The General Electric by playing both albums live in their entirety in a series of shows. At the Sydney Killjoy gig, the band also performed the track It, from 1990 debut EP, Devolve. Drum inquires about that era, when the band wore the influence of thrash metal titans such as Metallica and Dark Angel on their collective sleeves, as well as seeking revelations about their sonic leap from thrash/speed metal to non-thrash, yet still heavy 1993 debut, Churn. “It was the first riff I ever wrote. I wrote that when I was 16-, 17-years-old and the words are basically stolen from Stephen King’s It, ‘cause I didn’t have anything running through my head at that point, apart from riffs,” he laughs. “I’d like people to hear it, just from a historic point of view. We were kids man, literally 17-, 18-years-old, just out of school. We saved up our money from the gigs we were playing around town, because we’d started getting a bit of a following. We went into the most expensive studio in Wellington – which wasn’t really that expensive – and took it really seriously. It did okay; it got to Number 27 on the New Zealand singles chart, which was unheard of for a metal band then, because metal didn’t really fly over there at all. Then it started fucking taking off. I remember that just as I was tracking vocals, we were starting to, even at that point, listen to things like Faith No More and Jane’s Addiction. So it was like, even as I was doing the vocals I was starting to go, ‘Alright, we need to do something else.’ But we were really proud of that EP; for a bunch of kids I thought it was pretty tight.” While discussing the band’s thrash origins, Toogood is also pleasantly surprised to learn of Americans Death Angel’s reformation in the early noughties. “I was working in music retail after school and I thought Death Angel were a really interesting metal band. I think Exodus is going to tour? I remember Pleasures Of The Flesh coming out; that was a huge record for me when I was a kid. Slayer haven’t stopped touring; I reckon Slayer are probably my favourite thrash band. After Reign In Blood, I don’t know if there’s anything better, really. I think as far as a speed metal record goes it’s perfect. I still think it sounds fresh and it fucking kicks arse from woe to go.” Given their newly-inked deal with predominantly heavy metaloriented Roadrunner and upcoming shows supporting labelmates Korn, Drum asks Toogood about whether metal still gets much rotation on his stereo or iPod. “When we’re in the studio together and we want to reminisce, I will stick on something. But it will usually be funny, like Dokken; just something for a laugh. Actually, I tell a lie. When we were doing Massive Sabbath (the working title for Ignite’s opening track, The Final Year Of The Universe), I actually had to listen to Cavalera Conspiracy quite a bit. Just because it was one CD that was stuck in the car and I actually ended up really fucking liking it; I really like the riffs. It made us listen to [Sepultura’s] Arise again and Roots. So we did start listening to those again – and not ironically either.”

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A SENSE OF PLACE

NOT YOUR EVERYDAY ROCK BAND, PEABODY DRAW INSPIRATION FROM LITERATURE, MOVIES AND, WELL, EARLY 20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHICAL MOVEMENTS. MICHAEL SMITH PONDERS THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DADA WITH BEN CHAMIE.

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ell, we’re up to our fourth album now,” Peabody singer, bass player and songwriter Ben Chamie says on the line, talking about the genesis of the latest album by the indie Sydney four-piece, Loose Manifesto. “So we’ve well and truly covered our personal viewpoints and I guess we’ve tried to approach things lyrically in particular from another direction. Part of that is drawing inspiration from other things, other people and to try and look at things in another way.”

For those few readers who haven’t done Dada in Philosophy 101, to quote the trusty 1977 edition of the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary, it was an art and literature movement that evolved out of the horrors of WWI “that protested against civilisation and violently satirised all previous art”. Not that Peabody are necessarily taking their Dadaism to quite that sort of extreme. “The whole kind of approach to the album was, as the name suggests, a looser approach. We went into the studio with the mindset of keeping rougher takes, keeping mistakes in and just trying to capture the natural kind of time and place and performance; part of that was having a less serious lyrical approach as well. We wanted to have things a bit more throwaway and just a bit more stream-of-consciousness I suppose and the title track is just pure brain spew [laughs]. “Our first record [2002’s Professional Againster] was all about being young guys and I guess you’ve got some things you’ve got to work through at that age and your inspiration is much more personal. As you get a bit older that stuff isn’t as interesting or perhaps is a bit more depressing [laughs] than when you’re in your early twenties, so I’ve found as I’ve got older you draw inspiration from other places; but I mean things you can still relate to and hopefully the listener relates to in some way.

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Obviously for all those extra-musical inspirations, the musical touchstones that have always informed the band’s musical direction, like Sonic Youth and Neil Young, remain at the core of every album. Peabody’s reassessment of their sound and approach had already begun in some ways on their previous album, 2008’s Prospero, with the title itself another literary reference, after their original drummer decided to leave. That album had followed five years after their previous album, so the creative pace has obviously picked up again. “We’d actually recorded Prospero a year before it came out, so we had written a few songs in between the end of that writing period and even when we were starting to tour that record we had a couple of these songs, like Already Won and Take It From Me. But once we’d decided to do a new record and started pulling these songs together over six to eight months and we wanted to get a basic recording set-up – which was the eight-track – and that meant it was just purely live, no overdubs really. Only vocals a bit of percussion, the spontaneity you get from doing it in a couple of takes. “There’s just so much stuff floating around out there and if we just find something that captured our attention, we kind of latched onto it and wrote it into a song. Like No New Riffs – I don’t know where I saw that – it was just a little idea that popped into my head and I kind of ran with it suppose. We’ve always been eclectic and I guess it’s come out this record more than ever, maybe because we produced it ourselves.” So they spirited themselves away to a little shack in Ball’s Head on Sydney Harbour, overlooking the Navy’s ships and an old coalloading dock, for four intensive days’ recording. This time, as Chamie explains, it was without regular producer Jamie Hutchings and they were working with an eight-track tape machine that had belonged to Midnight Oil/The Break guitarist Jim Moginie. It just happens to have been the one on which Nirvana recorded their debut album, Bleach. “Thinking about where we were going to record the album, we obviously had an indie rock budget and Tim Kevin, who was the engineer, had set up a little studio out there. Originally he’d set up in a building that was adjacent where Youth Group had recorded their album, though they had a bit more gear and a bit more space. So Tim had just moved into a nearby building and had his own stuff there rather than hiring gear and he was really keen to get some more projects under way and it was just good timing for both of us. And I think Jim had given Tim that tape machine as payment for playing in his band or something. How Jim got his hands on it I don’t know. “Even though it’s an old waterside industrial area it’s quite a nice place to be – you’re out over Balmain and the western harbour – but the tiny little space added to the edginess. And I love records like, if you listen to things like The Triffids’ [1986 album] In The Pines, they’ve got a real sense, like a document, of the place and time and people and I think a bit of that went into our record.”

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“I’ve Been Waiting in particular has that In The Pines kind of vibe. On that record they’ve got some singalong kind of drunken choir type situation and I think we got the man choir thing happening there [laughs]. But it’s got that kind of sparseness. I think also This Empty Road has that Triffids-y desert music thing. They were definitely an influence on this record, just the kind of images we were trying to convey, the isolation and that outback kind of Australian thing; that picture we have in our heads. It’s not a place we actually physically go to very often but I think it’s a kind of cultural space that we all inhabit.” WHO Peabody WHAT Loose Manifesto (MGM) WHEN & WHERE Friday, Annandale Hotel; Saturday, Phoenix Bar Canberra; Friday 12 November, Lass O’ Gowrie; Saturday 13, Hotel Gearin


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FINALITY AND RENEWAL

AFTER A RUSH OF ACTIVITY PROMPTED BY THE SUCCESS OF HIS FIRST TWO ALBUMS, LIOR FELT IT WAS TIME TO TAKE STOCK. NOW COMES ALBUM NUMBER THREE, WHICH IN SOME WAYS SEES HIM RETURN TO HIS FORMATIVE BAND YEARS. BY MICHAEL SMITH.

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s quietly optimistic and ambitious as singer/songwriter Lior might have been about his 2005 debut album Autumn Flow, he never expected it to become one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history, scoring three ARIA nominations and selling platinum, more than 70,000 copies. That album catapulted him into a round of near relentless touring, which included quite a few shows around the UK courtesy of a deal with the now defunct Sony Red. It guaranteed his second album Corner Of An Endless Road the kind of interest that saw it top the independent charts and even more touring, including further, shorter stints in the UK, Paris and the US. “I think this was actually the first time I’d taken a big chunk of time off to write,” Lior explains the genesis of his third album, Tumbling Into The Dawn. “The first two albums were in such a manic few years, so I took six to eight months off and all I did was write, so it was the first time since pre-Autumn Flow that I didn’t feel the pressure that whatever I was writing had to make it onto the album because it was all I had. So I ended up writing 17 or 18 songs and could try anything I wanted – tried a couple of songs on piano, which I’d never done before, struggling along on piano – so yeah, really diverse. The one thing I knew I wanted was for it to be a bit more immediate and eclectic. The second album was very moody and mainly based around string and orchestral arrangements, so it’s just a little bit back to the band thing and opening to their creative input.” Recorded for the most part in a farm house outside Daylesford in Victoria and produced once again by Francois Tetaz, whose credits include working with Architecture In Helsinki and Gotye, Tumbling Into The Dawn is, as Lior admits, a much more diverse affair than his last album. “The great thing about Francois – and we learned a lot of things together in making the first and second albums together – is that he’s a very conceptual producer, not a stylistic one; he doesn’t get distracted by style. He’s constantly keeping in mind what the song is about, discussing the lyrics. He really delves deep into the song. When I said to him I wanted to explore the way strings and the acoustic guitar can work together on the second album, we looked at my early influences Led Zeppelin and Nick Drake and why I liked those artists and we tried to bring in those influences. I wanted to be ambitious and work with an orchestra, to explore the power and the beauty of orchestras and that led me amazing places and doing shows with orchestras. “As proud as I am of the second album, a lot of it felt heavy because there were all those factors, just the classic ‘second record’ syndrome. With this album suddenly I felt a whole sense of lightness and relief and freshness that this is what I do now, I’m over all that stuff and it felt like I actually did this album for myself again and there was a purity and the enjoyment of the process as well. So in that way it was quite a liberating process. And naturally having a band again meant I could be more dynamic and freer in my voice.” Perhaps the biggest change on the new album has been Lior’s growing interest in telling stories other than his own. “Probably more so with this album than the first two, as it was also less introspective and a bit more of a storytelling nature. I became more interested in taking on the characters and being more of a storyteller. At the end of the writing I looked to see what was the thread of the lyric and I think a lot of them had to do with struggle and the strength of the human spirit rising through that struggle. That’s kind of why I also went with Tumbling Into The Dawn, because that song was about this myth when I was growing up about someone who had jumped from The Gap [a break in the cliffs north of Bondi] and survived – on a windy night having been blown out to sea, just the whole profound nature of someone who had decided to end life and then was fighting for his life a few second later. “So that whole microcosm of finality and renewal that that story touched on and then I looked through the other songs and saw that that renewal element was actually a common thread in a lot of the lyrics, so I kind of went with the title. I guess there was some parallel with my life – I felt like I was perhaps going through a bit of renaissance in my own life, in many ways in my own life there were new beginnings, but I think all of us are constantly looking for renewal. The opening track, Shadow Man, kind of very much talks about the duality of existence, the person within us that just kind of keeps going with the momentum and then the shadow that’s striving for a more meaningful kind of existence and a renewal.” Incidentally, while touring the UK on the back of the Autumn Flow album, Lior actually found himself connecting with his musical hero Nick Drake in a most unexpected way. “There was a show in London – the last show of the tour – and I decided that I’d do a Nick Drake song and did a version of Day Is Done. I actually forgot the words halfway through, which very rarely happens to me, but I had to stop and apologise to the audience, asking if anyone could help me out with the next line. Someone shouted it out and afterwards this girl came up to me wanting to introduce her dad, who’d helped me out with the lyric and he came up and he said I’d done really well apart from stuffing up the Nick Drake song and I’m looking at him thinking, ‘I know this face’. He turned out to be Nick Drake’s best friend and I’d seen him in this documentary on Nick Drake. He told me when Nick passed away, his parents left him his guitar and did I want to come round tomorrow and play it and he’d play me some unreleased recordings – and I had to fly out six a.m. the following morning! At least I’ve got his card.” WHO Lior WHAT Tumbling Into The Dawn (Inertia) WHEN & WHERE Friday, Lizotte’s Newcastle; Saturday, The Metro Theatre

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THE GOOD SON

FORGET WHAT YOU READ IN THE TABLOIDS, GOOD CHARLOTTE’S JOEL MADDEN TELLS DANIELLE O’DONOHUE HE’D MUCH RATHER PROP UP A BAR THAN WALK A RED CARPET.

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hen Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden was in Sydney recently doing promo for his band’s new album Cardiology, he found himself at a local bar. Faced with the unappealing prospect of a 4.30am hotel wake-up call to catch his flight back to LA, Madden chose instead to spend his last night in Sydney in the bar, meeting the locals and getting his chat on. “We love making friends and we like to have a good time,” Madden explains. “It’s always funny to me when people are like, ‘How are you hanging out in this bar right now?’ and I’m like, ‘Because I wanted to have a drink.’ I think we over-compensate sometimes because growing up we were these little, awkward, friendly guys who didn’t really feel like they belonged or fit in, whether that was all in our head or not. It’s just such a good feeling to meet strangers. I went to a bar and I ended up just hanging out with all these guys that had gotten off work and they had come to the bar and I felt like I was back in Maryland at a bar in my hometown with a bunch of my friends and I’d just gotten off of work and it was a really nice feeling.”

Where we’re from people have to work very hard just to get by and we just feel like we’re the luckiest guys on the planet.”

These days work for Madden involves constant world travel, expensive studios with the biggest producers in the business and a constant level of buzz surrounding his private life; his partner Nicole Richie and their two children, daughter Harlow and son Sparrow. But life for Madden and his twin brother and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji wasn’t always so luxurious. The pair have made no secret of their working-class background and Madden says even now, he feels like it’s important to put in eight-hour days at his day job.

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“At the end of the day, we kind of do approach this as a job. Obviously it’s a really fun job, but it’s a job we do try to take seriously. We feel like if we didn’t work as hard as we can, then we’d be unappreciative of the opportunity that we’ve been given. Where we’re from people have to work very hard just to get by and we just feel like we’re the luckiest guys on the planet. I mean literally, we always talk about it, we feel like it’s like minimal talent, but what we lack in talent or natural ability we make up for in working really hard.” With such a strong work ethic, Madden confesses the band’s decision to scrap early recordings of Cardiology and start again with a new producer (Don Gilmore was called in to replace Howard Benson) was a difficult one, not in a musical sense, but in a money sense. “It was the common sense factor that we had spent money making it and we felt really frustrated in that. We don’t believe in wasting money and I can’t believe that we just spent all this money. “We had only gotten about halfway done. But at the end of the day that producer is not going to go, ‘Oh, we only made half a record so you only have to pay me half.’ He wants all his money. And to me that’s just one of those things around the music industry; the dude was never in the studio. He’s a bigtime producer, I get it, he’s talented, he’s had a lot of success, but we kind of got talked into it. And I think the mistake that we made was second-guessing ourselves. “About halfway through we listened to the finished songs that we had done. And it just really wasn’t us. We just had to make the call. It wasn’t a hard call because at the end of the day, even though it was frustrating with all the time and the money that we put into it, we were just like, look, we can’t put this stuff out. Someone could listen to a Good Charlotte record and not think it’s that complicated or anything and I get that, but for us, our records have to have a vibe that our records have.” While that vibe includes songs about partying, dancefloor anthems and being pratty punk kids, a thread that runs through the Good Charlotte catalogue is also Joel and Benji’s relationship with their father. On second album, The Young And The Hopeless, Madden sang The Story Of My Old Man, an angst-filled teenage response to growing up with an absent father. On Cardiology, Madden, now a father himself, has fleshed out his father’s story in 1979, a much happier snapshot of family life. “There’s a father/son relationship that you totally can’t replace. It’s something that’s just naturally there. So as a son you don’t know how to express yourself but you really want to know your father. You want your dad to pat you on the back and say, ‘Good job, I’m proud of you,’ or, you know, ‘You’re becoming a man.’ There’s so many things that I didn’t get to experience with my dad and so [when writing The Story Of My Old Man] I was kind of angry. Then after I had my first child, my daughter Harlow, my brother found my dad after like twelve years or something. It was a long time and we got reconnected and it’s really good because I’m a man now and my dad’s a good dude. He’s an easy relationship in my life. He just made some bad decisions and as a man now with children, I would want my children to give me a second chance if I made some bad decisions. In 1979 we just wanted to tell the beginning of that story, you know what I mean, that before all that there was this guy that loved his wife and kids and he worked really hard and somewhere along the line he lost his way. But at the beginning of it I remember how good it was. There were a lot of things he gave us. It’s good.” Not least of all were the beginnings of a work ethic that would take Joel and Benji Madden from their working-class background in Maryland all the way around the world. WHO Good Charlotte

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he latest release from The Basics, /ðə’bæzɪtʃ/, has been offered by the Melbourne-based indie three-piece as a free download, though as of Wednesday 10 November, they will be releasing it on both CD and limited edition vinyl. “I guess the idea behind radio for instance,” bass player Kris Schroeder explains, “is allowing people to listen to your music for nothing, with the hope that they like it enough to come along to your gigs or buy your material. I suppose we’re kind of hoping we’re treating this record a little bit the same, sort of delving into the new media side of things and engaging the free downloaders as more of an opportunity to fill the void that radio would otherwise and give people an opportunity to hear the band, particularly in a live circumstance and drive them towards the gigs hopefully. “So that’s the aim. In the first two weeks [of August] we had about 2,500 downloads and that was all via word-of-mouth and blogs. Again, the intention is to drive people towards the gigs and hopefully the other releases that we’ve had out. We’ve put out three albums and four EPs, there are t-shirts… We sort of look at it as a bit of an investment in an audience in the hope that both goodwill and the music itself will encourage them to give back to us.” Of course, thanks to some serious lobbying by fellow musicians and songwriters over the years, bands releasing music that’s played on radio or television as well as live can at least garner something of an income stream through representative organisations like APRA/AMCOS and PPCA, at whatever level they might be, unsigned, indie or major. It’s something that’s helped the 99 percent of musicians and bands who have never had a hit. For a band like The Basics, like so many others, the primary income source is from performing live, which was part of the reason why it made sense to record a show and release that as their fourth album. So they recorded a Northcote Social Club gig this past February. “The previous studio albums might not have given the best impression of what we are like live, so it was sort of like we wanted to set the record straight as well. Giving it away for free is kind of the best way of doing that in the circumstance we were in. We could have taken it one of three ways. We could have sold it at full price and people night have gone, ‘Aw, it’s a live album – don’t know if I wanna pay full price.’ We could have sold it at a discounted price, but then that kind of cheapens it at the same time; makes it seem like an add-on sort of thing and we really wanted to do it justice, so I think the best option was to offer this as a free download, asking the question why are we giving it away when it’s as good as it is while also doing the deluxe [CD/vinyl] product for our more committed fans. “We actually ended up playing about thirty songs on the night so we sat in [drummer] Wally [De Backer]’s car a couple of times, Wally Tim [Heath, guitar] and

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I and took notes on what we thought about whether these versions added something to the song. One: is it a new song – like You Are The One and Feels Like Love – that we haven’t put on record before? Two: is it a new interpretation of the song, like What Have You Done? or Looking Over My Shoulder? They’re very different to the studio versions. Three: is it a key track of ours, like Just Hold On along with Rattle My Chain? And then four: does it convey that kind of energy that people always tell us that we’ve got, keep telling us that we never get on record? So with those four things in mind – and we really were quite ruthless in cutting out stuff – we selected the fourteen songs.” The other possibility that The Basics considered when they decided to record a gig to release as /ðə’bæzɪtʃ/, which is the phonetic spelling of The Basics, was filming it for a DVD release. “In order to do it justice,” Schroeder admits, “it would have cost us a lot more and at the start of this year, things were really dire for us – we’ve definitely turned things around in the last twelve months quite significantly, but where we were when we planned this, we were lucky to be recording it let alone anything else. It’s only through some pretty shrewd management from ourselves that we’ve managed to make this happen at all. “It was that bad. Not just because we weren’t touring and we weren’t making any money, but because you have to deal with musical accounting periods. So in the last six months we’ve had quite a lot of money come through from stuff that was sold a year before that, so you kind of have to live in a bit of a deficit that whole time. But then we did have a situation where we’d invested a lot in the last album [2009’s Keep Your Friends Close], mixing it at Abbey Road in London – we’d put a lot into it and still love the album – and triple j supported the first two singles and as soon as we released it, away went the support and that was it. We kind of did okay out of a tour but the album was just a moderate success. “That was a real disappointment because we’d started to turn some heads overseas and we just had to give up on that dream – and in fact it’s kind of put us in a position now where we’ve managed to regain our ground but it’s a year on, Wally’s about to release his new Gotye album and all power to him, but this is it for The Basics, at least for a couple of years. So we lost a lot of opportunities because in Australia, the Gatekeepers are few and we didn’t manage to push through, but we’re the Aussie battlers – we just keep on keeping on.” WHO The Basics WHAT /ðə’bæzɪtʃ/ (Independent) WHEN & WHERE Saturday, Oxford Art Factory


Tuesday 2nd November............ ANDY MCKEE (USA) Andy McKee - an instrumentalist with a dazzling technique on the acoustic guitar draws inspiration from various others: Earth Wind and Fire, The Yellowjackets, Bjork, Imogen Heap, Pantera, Eric Johnson, Peter Gabriel, Dream Theatre, Bruce Hornsby and ‘…has gone from underground player to YouTube sensation. Meet your new favourite acoustic guitarist’. - Guitarist Magazine.

Wednesday 3rd November........ ROGER VS. THE MAN + Karma Fire + Carolyn Crysdale + TAOS *8.30PM* Roger Lock's fusion project combines his original compositions with talented Jazz musicians and Taikoz drumming. Plus, soulful duo Karma Fire, singer songwriter Carolyn Crysdale and AltFolkster TAOS, all brought to you under the banner of APRA-sponsored SongsAlive.

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Friday 5th & Saturday 6th...... THE AUDREYS It's been a hell of a ride since The Audreys first took their trademark RootsAltCountry sound out of the studio and onto stages just four years ago. Now, with their third album, Sometimes The Stars, they’ve enlisted the input of Tim Rogers, Paul Grabowsky and Michael Barker (John Butler Trio), all under the guidance and deft hand of producer, engineer and friend Shane O’Mara. Plus piano-based indie Pop songwriter Nicolas Roy.

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Monday 8th November............. GROUNDATION (USA) Capturing the essence of true Roots Reggae, internationally renowned Groundation aims to take the genre to a new height by blending elements of both Jazz and Dub in their sound. Considered one of the best groups in the current Reggae scene, these Californian virtuosos produce performances of rare musical intensity

Tuesday 9th November............. FLAMENCO FUSION - SHOW AND TAPAS Flamenco Diva, Marina Tamayo, brings to Sydney, the musical stylings celebrated in Madrid's famous tapas bars with her acclaimed company, Flamenco Del Mar. Fusing traditional Flamenco and its heavy Gypsy influence with modern Hispanic, this night will be a passionate journey in innovative music and dance – and tapas, included in the price of admission.

Wednesday 10th November...... MELINDA SCHNEIDER - Melinda Does Doris, A Tribute to Doris Day *9PM* Six-time Golden Guitar winner Melinda Schneider strikes out in a new creative direction in a tribute to legendary actress, singer and activist Doris Day. Paying homage to one of the world’s greatest female entertainers, whose career spanned over five decades and delivered some of popular music’s most enduring and successful recording careers, Melinda Schneider remains true to the spirit of the great Doris Day.

Thursday 11th November.......... BAECASTUFF & TIM ROLLINSON TRIO Two of Sydney’s most innovative groups combine for a night of highly inventive music drawing on elements of Funk, drum’n’bass, Rock and Electronica. Both groups are led by members of one of Australia’s best-known JazzFunk outfits, DIG. Saxophonist Rick Robertson is the driving force behind Baecastuff and guitarist, Tim Rollinson leads his own dynamic trio.

Friday 12th November...................

EXILE ON MAINSTREET The Album - A Tribute to THE ROLLING STONES & The BEST Of the Golden Years of the Stones Exile On Main Street is one of the most important albums in rock history and has been celebrated recently on the 40th Anniversary. Presented by Damien Lovelock (The Celibate Rifles), this is a one off show especially put together and rehearsed to capture the mood of Damians favourite Stones album.

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BELLA KALOLO, RANDA and the SOUL KINGDOM & NADEENA DIXON Find out why Bella was one of this years finalists for the best Female Vocalist at the Pacific Music Awards. Described as one of New Zealands most exciting artists she has worked with New Zealands finest including Fat Freddies Drop, Hollie Smith, Nathan Haines, The Pink Floyd Experience, the NZSO, Carl Doy, Dancing with the Stars, Renee Geyer, Don Mc Glashan and Dave Dobbyn

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND SHAY HALEY OF N*E*R*D GET ALL PHILOSOPHICAL WITH TOM HAWKING.

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harrell Williams stretches back in his chair and smiles at The Drum Media. “Not to be philosophical,” he says quietly, “but everything starts from nothing.”

We’ve just asked him just how exactly an artist who has sold untold million records goes about “scrapping everything and starting with nothing”, which is apparently the concept behind N*E*R*D’s new album. The album, appropriately enough, is titled Nothing. Drum informs Williams that we are very much in favour of philosophising and invites him to do so to his heart’s content. “Well,” he begins, “Okay, think about it. The planet, before the Big Bang, what was there? Nothing. And then there were these species, these organisms turning from single cells into actual species and then God, AKA the Universe, saw fit for there to be man. And when he brought us here, obviously, we needed a woman. So obviously, what are we without women? Whether you like them or you don’t, what are we without women? Nothing.”

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N*E*R*D, it should be said at this point, love women. Yes indeedy. Actually, later in this interview, at the conclusion to an interesting tangent regarding a website called Kidult – a news and views website that Williams founded to provide teenagers with a news source focused on their demographic – he will sum up his views on how politics and current affairs play a part in his band’s lyrics as follows: “This album touches on those issues. It was like, ‘Well, guys, this is what we see is going on.’ And we chose to discuss these [via] women. That’s, like, our thing. That’s a big part of our fanbase. Everything from the iPad to the oil spills... We don’t talk about those things, but we are giving people a snapshot, an audio snapshot, so they can say, ‘I remember when that was going on.’” The idea of capturing the zeitgeist, but doing so without any overt politicisation or proselytising, seems to be an important one for Nothing. From what we’ve heard of the album, Nothing is a pretty party-friendly and slap-happy kinda record. Quietly-spoken vocalist Shay Haley, to whom Williams refers all lyric-related questions, says it’s something of a band motto that “issues” are never addressed in a direct lyrical manner.

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“No.” There’s a long pause. “I mean, you know, N*E*R*D has always, like Pharrell said, somehow talked about issues up to date. When we did Lapdance, I mean, it was a metaphor. When you first listened, you thought it was a strip club record. But when people started listening, people know that there is an underlying meaning behind the record. That’s when listeners started to look at it beyond face value. It’s the same as this record. We have songs like Life As A Fish, which we recorded months ago, way before the oil leak. But ironically it’s like a song that has something to do with what’s going on.” This concept is echoed by Williams: “ You know, you can listen to the first N*E*R*D album and say where you were [when you heard it], because it marks a moment – if you listened to it, if you were a fan. But this album we feel is time capsule-worthy. You listen to it and you get a perspective on what was going on versus having to ask an individual, ‘Where were you when this came out?’ This album documents [its context].”

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It’s an interesting idea, trying to capture the ambience of an era rather than trying to recreate it with direct lyrical references to contemporary events. But then, Williams’ a thinker, alright. And he’s a charmer: a courteous, eloquent and charming interviewee and one who’s very good at controlling – very discreetly – the direction of the discussion. For instance, a propos of our discussion about politics, we ask how effective he thinks music can be in effecting social change. This is what he has to say on the matter: “Oh, music can always bring about change. Music has been here since the beginning of time. Your body naturally has rhythms. There’s something called a pulse – you count it. There’s your heartbeat. Rhythm is in everything, because numbers are in everything. You have two eyeballs, two nostrils, two ears... Life as we know it is dictated and measured in numerology. So music in itself is the recognition of rhythms – whether intended, or if you just go outside and listen to the sound pollution of the taxis and the pigeons and the people walking by. It’s all music. So since the beginning of time, it’s always been with us. Sometimes it’s just been for reflection, or to teach ritual; other times it’s like rain dances, praying for things.” He speaks with an easy, measured rhythm. It’s almost like he’s giving a speech. He would, Drum thinks to itself, make a hell of a good politician. This, we should clarify, is a compliment, not a snide comment: Williams is clearly as sharp as a tack and comes across as a genuinely pleasant person. And he’s no one’s fool. Not for a minute. Meanwhile, he’s continuing: “I don’t think that’s changed today – people make songs about reflection; people make songs about what they want in the future, like John Lennon’s Imagine; right down to songs that just describe a moment, like when a girl is in the club and she’s having a good time, you know, she wants to be hot, she wants to be fun. We have songs like that as well. So yes, music can effectuate culture in many different ways.” It’s gotta be said, though, that it’s difficult to reconcile all this deep thinking with what we’ve heard of Nothing so far. At the conclusion to first single, Hot N Fun, for instance, Williams suggests that, “People don’t want to think/ They just want to feel”. Does he really believe that’s the case? “Yes sir,” he says, leaning forward and looking intently at Drum. “Don’t you? Aren’t you tired of thinking about all the BS that’s happening right now? “Right?” Williams smiles and chuckles. “Right.” The brightest man in hip hop has made his point.

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BEST AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS: 60 TO 31

HERE FOLLOWS PART TWO OF OUR THREE WEEKS OF EXCLUSIVE EXTRACTS FROM THE NEW BOOK, THE 100 BEST AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS, BY JOHN O’DONNELL, TOBY CRESWELL AND CRAIG MATHIESON. THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT ANOTHER HALF DOZEN ALBUMS, WITH THESE ONES CLOCKING IN BETWEEN NUMBERS 60 AND 31 IN THE BOOK.

THE REELS

Quasimodo’s Dream Polygram

(Released: May 1981) Funny how things turn out. The Reels are now best known for the title track of this, their second album, a deeply melancholic ballad with an oblique, opaque lyric. This wasn’t what Polygram signed up for when they inked a deal with The Reels, who had been a shiny, cheeky, quirky pop band on their eponymous debut LP in 1980. The record company really would have preferred they stay that way. But as pub rock took over the music scene, The Reels – singer Dave Mason, guitarist Craig Hooper, drummer John Bliss, bassist Paul Abrahams and keyboard player Colin ‘Polly’ Newman – embraced synthesisers. And the more they played, the less ‘rock’ they got. They added Karen Ansell, another keyboard player, in 1980. Quasimodo’s Dream was recorded over a period of nine months at Albert Studios. The band was often fighting. They were also fighting with their record label, who wanted According To My Heart on the LP while the group didn’t. The resulting album is almost bi-polar. There are the pop songs like After The News, For All We Know, Shout And Deliver and According To My Heart (they lost that battle). And then much of the rest of the album is keyboard-based instrumental interludes. Through it all, Mason’s heavily-produced vocals have a sweetness and an ethereal quality much like late-period Brian Wilson. The album’s title track Quasimodo’s Dream is Mason’s masterpiece (although Mason disagrees). The sense and the soul of the song lie in the melancholic tune that’s enlivened by ripples of synth and percussion and the image of Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, one of literature’s most unloved characters, a man for whom fame did no favours. This is a man who wants to be somebody, anybody.

SUNNYBOYS Sunnyboys

delivers them with a visceral power pop attack, with melodies and harmonies to die for. It’s an album that looks as striking as With The Beatles and sounds as simple, daring and thrilling as Beatles For Sale.

“It was really unfortunate for anyone who worked with Nick after us,â€? Freud laughs. “INXS did The Swing straight after The Pleasure of Your Company‌ and Michael [Hutchence] was saying it was just horrible, all the time Nick was talking about working with us.â€? Whether it’s the strident, heavy techno pop of I Hear Motion, the frenzied 79 A.D., the rousing communal chants on No Shoulders, No Head or the keyboard heavy psychodrama of A Rainy Day, the band and Launay managed to create a coherent album with a vibrant, unique production veneer. While its sounds and feels were state-of-the-moment, they stand up well almost 30 years later.

The band’s signature song, Alone With You, captures the excitement and trepidation of a first date, but the naive charm of this moment is undercut by the darkness of lyrics like “We can lock away the bad memories together/ Close the doors to the past, foreverâ€? and later “All I have is alcohol to let me goâ€?. The result is a great pop song that is equal parts tension (in the verse lyrics) and release (the catchy chorus, the great harmony vocals and blistering outro guitar solo). Sunnyboys is as infectious as Ebola. Every song is a potential single, from the moody Liar and Let You Go to the frenetic, hip-shaking It’s Not Me and Tunnel Of Love to the album’s closing track and pièce de rĂŠsistance, I’m Shakin. The album was an immediate hit and their live shows left packed houses in a sweat-soaked wasted mess.

MODELS

The Pleasure of Your Company... Mushroom

(Released: October 1983) Melbourne electronic outfit Models followed a distinctly perverse and disjointed course from the outset. From the brash electropop of their debut album AlphaBravoCharlieDeltaEchoFoxtrotGolf (1980) through the half great mini-album Cut Lunch (1981) and the dark dementia of Local And/Or General (1981), the band had taken all manner of stylistic twists and turns. And with the exception of singer/guitarist Sean Kelly and keyboard whizz Andrew Duffield, Models seemed to find and lose members every other week. Their genius seemed like quicksilver – there one moment, on one track, gone the next. The Pleasure Of Your Company‌, however, changed all that. With a lineup that had solidified to include Kelly, Duffield, drummer Barton Price and bass player, singer and repentant pop star James Freud, Models were playing with a genuine dynamic and raw power. If the band had found its groove, the other crucial element in the creation of The Pleasure Of Your Company‌ was the album’s producer, Nick Launay. In Launay, Models found a musical soulmate and together they created a truly inventive and idiosyncratic electronic rock album.

AC/DC

Highway To Hell Albert

(Released: August 1979) It was a pivotal, make-or-break time for AC/DC and in the lead-up to the recording of Highway To Hell everyone was feeling the pressure. The band was massive in Australia, a big band in the UK and Europe but the USA was the holy grail and everyone in the circle knew that their next album was AC/DC’s chance to grab it. As always, Highway To Hell was delivered with undeniable gusto and with just enough of a cheeky grin to render criticism of sexism or stupidity or repetition null and void. And anyway, AC/DC never paid their critics any mind. Some years later, Angus addressed the band’s naysayers head-on: “I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.� Sadly, Highway To Hell was to be the swansong album for Bon Scott, who would die only six months after the album was released, choking on his own vomit after a huge night on the booze. Scott would see the album hit the Top 20 on the US Billboard Chart and head towards a million sales in the US, but he was gone before he could see AC/DC become one of the biggest acts of all time. Listening back now, it’s hard not to hear Highway To Hell’s brilliant title song as prophetic, as Scott growls: No stop sign, speed limit Nobody’s gonna slow me down ... Hey Satan, payin’ my dues Playing in a rockin’ band... I’m on the highway to hell,... Don’t stop me.

UNDERGROUND LOVERS Leaves Me Blind Polydor

(Released: December 1992) In 1992, when they’d barely got out of Melbourne and had just a little known debut album to their name, Underground Lovers were awarded the support slot of the year – one that could potentially make or break their

career – when The Cure asked for them as opening act on their long-anticipated Australian tour. The venues were arenas, far from the Underground Lovers’ spiritual home, the tiny Punters Club in inner-city Fitzroy. But instead of being intimidated, the five-piece faced down the crowd and industry expectations: their contractually obligated 45 minutes contained just four songs by the final date, culminating in an epic 15-minute version of a propulsive new track, Your Eyes. When the band’s second album, Leaves Me Blind, came out later that year, Your Eyes, now down to a mere eight minutes, was just one of many highlights. Underground Lovers – vocalist Vince Giarrusso, guitarist Glenn Bennie, keyboardist/vocalist Philippa Nihill, bassist Maurice Argiro and drummer Richard Andrew – were an unassuminglooking outfit, almost deliberately so, but their music was striking. Giarrusso and Bennie, the creative fulcrum, instinctively knew what they wanted, mixing panoramic grooves anchored by Argiro’s precise funk bass with great waves of guitar noise and ethereal keyboards.

YOU AM I

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(Released: July 1996) Around 1995–96, You Am I were at their most magnetic and inspired, running on success and adrenaline, booze and chemicals, camaraderie and passion. They knew they were on a roll and they didn’t want to lose it or compromise it. Less than 12 months after the release of their classic second album, Hi Fi Way, they were hunkered down in the studio with 16 songs, creating another great album: Hourly, Daily. In interviews at the time, singer/guitarist/ songwriter Tim Rogers talks about how he reacted to the increased focus and positive critiques of his songs on Hi Fi Way by becoming more ambitious and ‘a little egotistical’. Meanwhile, Rogers and bandmates Andy Kent (bass) and Russell Hopkinson (drums) were heavily under the spell of late ’60s English music, including the likes of The Who, The Kinks, The Small Faces’ Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake and in particular the Pretty Things’ S.F. Sorrow. The latter is one of rock’s first concept albums, a precursor to The Who’s Tommy, and follows the journey of the character Sebastian F. Sorrow from birth through love, war, tragedy, madness and old age. “Hourly, Daily was my garbled attempt at a song cycle,� says Rogers. It moves through the hours of a day in the life of suburban Australia, following different stories like diary entries from a diverse cast of characters. “We were away from home and touring so much that I was thinking quite romantically about Australia, about where I live and the workings of everyday life.�

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(Released: September 1981) Sunnyboys is a stunning work of guitar pop/rock minimalism. Complemented by the brilliant onedimensional artwork, the album hotwires the youthful exuberance and anxiety of Jeremy Oxley’s songs and

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NOT ONLY IS CLAUDE HAY A ONE-MAN BAND IN THE FULLEST SENSE OF THE WORD, BUT HE’S ALSO BUILT NOT ONLY SOME OF THE INSTRUMENTS HE PLAYS AND THE STUDIO IN WHICH HE’S RECORDED HIS NEW ALBUM, BUT ALSO THE HOUSE THAT SURROUNDS IT. MICHAEL SMITH CHECKS IN ON HIS GRAND DESIGN.

“I spent a lot more time on this one,” Hay explains. “I really researched different mic’ing techniques and borrowed a lot of friends’ microphones and just captured the sound of what I do more acoustically. The last album [2007’s Kiss The Sky] wasn’t a real kick drum and it wasn’t a real acoustic guitar, whereas for this one I borrowed friends’ Matons and put a massive amount of microphones and captured just more of a better sound.” Lyrically the inspiration for the album was a trip to America a couple of years ago and his response to the almost mindboggling level of conspicuous consumption he experienced as he travelled, picking up gigs along the way. That began with an American promoter picking up on his music through his MySpace page. “He books a festival in New Jersey and a bunch of clubs in Pennsylvania and that sort of area and said he could book half of my tour if I was interested in coming over. So I sent the request off to my management in Sydney and they nutted out some other venues, built it up to a certain amount to make it worthwhile and after a couple of months we were there and it was great. We were only there for five weeks and obviously it didn’t even scratch the surface, from New York down to Nashville, with Pennsylvania, New Jersey and a couple of shows in LA. It’s just such a lovely place but I was a bit nervous going over there actually, going back to where it was all

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HAVING BEEN A CONSISTENT TOURING MACHINE SINCE 2002, ALTERNATIVE ROCK ACT ANBERLIN RECENTLY RE-ESTABLISHED THEIR SOUND WITH THEIR FIFTH FULL-LENGTH RECORD. DRUMMER NATHAN YOUNG EXPLAINS TO LOCHLAN WATT WHY THE RELEASE STOOD TO MAKE OR BREAK THE BAND.

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t definitely is a weird time when it comes to the music industry. We’ve been talking about it a lot today, because it has been a week since our album has been out – a big deal, the first week and all that stuff,” comments the 23 year-old skin hitter of Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place, the Florida-based band’s second album for major label Universal Republic.

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onestly, if there was a local contender for the kind of house Kevin McCloud loves to explore in his series Grand Designs, Chez Claude Hay tucked away in a picturesque wooded pocket of the Blue Mountains would have to be it. It’s futile to attempt to describe it, but in sharing the abode with his film score composer partner Me-Lee Phang, they have the luxury of each having a recording space specific to their particular needs, with the upstairs facility being where Hay recorded his second album, Deep Fried Satisfied.

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invented and trying to give them an Australian version of what they invented. “I was very excited and was just writing and writing, so the record is definitely hugely influenced by the American way of life and culture. A lot of people have looked at the album and asked, ‘Do you love junk food?’ It’s not really about junk food; it’s about my amazement at how hard it is to eat healthy in America. You drive on the freeway from one place to the other and it’s just constant the whole way – there’s never any space where there’s no fast food place, just constant, one after the other, names I’ve never heard of before; just amazing.” That first visit also scored Hay a deal with North Carolina-based independent label, Ingot Rock, who have released Deep Fried Satisfied in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. He’ll be touring the US March next year. “I’ve never had a deal in my life but they’re very fast moving. In a matter of three weeks they’ve done $5000 in publicity and I’ve had to cancel a couple of dates at the end of this tour in Australia because they’re flying me over there for a radio interview! Just for one hour playing live they’re flying me over to LA and back.” WHO Claude Hay WHAT Deep Fried Satisfied (Only Blues) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, The Sandringham; Wednesday 29 December, Peats Ridge Festival

“This is our fifth album, we’ve been doing this for years and with this record it feels like we’re at the point where it’s now like go big or go home. We’ve always had a slow and steady build, but at this point it’s like we either…” he trails off momentarily, “something big happens and we keep touring and touring – and I know that’s everyone’s goal as a band, to be the biggest band ever – but we’ve always said that if it’s an obvious downfall in the sense that less people start coming to our shows or whatever, we’d call it quits, because when people look back at Anberlin we want them to have a good memory of us.” Luckily for Anberlin, it seems their desire to maintain their steady growth has not been halted by their latest release. After heading into a more pop-oriented direction with 2007’s Cities and 2008’s New Surrender, legendary producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Rage Against The Machine) put his hand up for the next instalment. With the band’s desire to rein their sound back into a darker realm, with Young explaining that “none of us really enjoyed playing the poppy stuff”, the five-piece group was able to collaborate with a producer like never before. Unusually so, given that such big name producers are the ones being sought after as opposed to doing the seeking, Young reveals how O’Brien actually came to get in touch with them. “It was kind of the ninth hour and we started having to think about getting our songs done and we had no idea who we were going to do the record with. Our manager got a hold of us and was like,

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‘What do you guys think about Brendan O’Brien?’ and we were like, ‘Yeah, cool, whatever,’ thinking that it was impossible. But he told us how it came to be – that he approached us – and that we were going to do a new record and his daughter had gotten into our band and kind of shown him some stuff. So yeah, he contacted us and two days later, he met with us in Atlanta and we talked about the record. The next day we figured out times and made it happen.” It wasn’t just O’Brien’s resume that impressed the band, as Young describes the studio experience with a truly reverential tone in his voice, commenting, “when we sat down he just said everything we wanted from a producer. He said it’s all about the feeling, it’s not about trying to fit a certain mould and if we’re not feeling it we’re not doing it. “He really is a genius, like mad scientist style. He’ll listen back to the songs and he’s just sitting there and you can tell he’s thinking up all this crazy stuff and then like run into the next room and start playing this piano part and be like, ‘What do you think about that?’ and stuff. It was cool that he didn’t just completely take over; he didn’t say, ‘Oh I did this’ or ‘This is how we’re going to do this’ and he would just come up with great parts – and I think that is what makes a great producer.” WHO Anberlin WHAT Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place (Universal) WHEN & WHERE Sunday 27 February, Soundwave


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MUSICAL ESCAPE

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS SINGER ALISA XAYALITH CHATS WITH NICK ARGYRIOU ABOUT GETTING BUSTED BY THE NOISE COPS AND WHAT TOOL TAUGHT THEM.

WITH THEIR ESCAPIST-INSPIRED DEBUT ALBUM, INSTITUT POLAIRE FRONTMAN ERIK HECHT TELLS JASON KENNY HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MAYFLOWER.

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uckland-based electro rockers The Naked And Famous are yet another Kiwi band to be making an immense impact so early on in the their career with a brand of angst-driven, rattling pop and disco anthems that radio stations just love to flog. A collective utilising a mishmash of genres with the allure of a New Zealand-born vocalist of Laotian heritage in Alisa Xayalith, who sweeps her delivery between reverb, studio trickery and harmony, they work in schizo-pop drum beats and synth and fuzz soundscapes. Many critics have lumped their songs into an MGMT (Punching In A Dream, Young Blood), Arcade Fire (Girls Like You) and even Radiohead (The Sun) basket of influence and sonic flow. Of course there’s more variation found within the walls and nuances, such as ‘80s-inspired, overlapped call-andresponse vocal interplay between Xayalith and partner/ producer Thom Powers, atmospherics and a fondness for musical narratives that lends itself to a sly British tangent – think Pet Shop Boys meets New Order as a loose and strange yet rather apt association. Their Passive Me, Aggressive You debut is lyrically raw and openly bursting with a youthful exuberance, as it should. It’s importantly never trying to be too precocious, instead focusing on coming-of-age and the issues faced by dizzy kids as they spew out of their teen years and into young adulthood. “We’re only young and naive still/ We require certain skills/ The mood it changes like the wind/ Hard to control when it begins,” declare The Naked And Famous on the aforementioned Young Blood. Speaking about the band’s intention for the record, Xayalith explains, “Well, everything starts in the bedroom… like we write and record demos anyways and then we take it to the live setting and expand, but we really wanted to pay tribute to the dying album format so we really, really had that in mind, of creating a record that you listen to throughout.” Returning to Australia after a visit earlier this year for Brisbane’s BigSound conference – a mini-tour that saw the band’s set cut short by the ‘noise police’ at the event. “Organisers were having a bit of trouble with noise control and so they came into the show and were

or years the development and evolution of Institut Polaire had been a part of the Perth musical landscape. Then, like many others, they headed east. Last year Institut Polaire headed into the studio with producer Craig Pilkington, the man behind some of The Lucksmiths records and the storied Blackeyed Susans Shangri-La album.

recording how loud everything was and after about our third song in, the PA went all the way down and it was just a disaster. It wasn’t the best but we had a great crowd and they were really understanding.” Xayalith informs me that she believes that a lot of people have been a little shocked by the variation held within Passive Me, Aggressive You. Moving away from the core structures of the band’s euphoric Young Blood anthem, the album incessantly shifts gears throughout the 51-odd fervent minutes to fully realise the group’s potential and intent for mixing and mashing studio sounds. Lulls in tempo (No Way, Jilted Lover), transcendent interludes (The Source, The Ends) and guttural crunch rock and pop (A Wolf In Geek’s Clothing) all work their way into the picture. “We’re quite a dynamic band and don’t just stick to one thing,” she explains. “We love to experiment with a whole bunch of different sounds [the guys added layers at The Lab in Auckland] and different song structures and things like that, so yeah. And we like bands like Radiohead and Tool [for that reason] so there’s something to appreciate from every single genre of music.” WHO The Naked And Famous WHAT Passive Me, Aggressive You (Somewhat Damaged/Universal) WHEN & WHERE Friday, Oxford Art Factory; Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 January, Big Day Out

“Most of the band who were in the band in Perth did make the decision to move to Melbourne,” says frontman Erik Hecht, “and we didn’t do that thinking, ‘Let’s move to Melbourne and become big,’ or anything like that. It was just more that everybody decided they wanted a change of scene, but in that it definitely proved that everyone was committed to the band.” In the Perth chapter of their development, Institut Polaire went from being a trio to a seven-piece to a nine-piece, to seemingly whoever wanted to play that gig. Now the lineup is set as the seven-piece and with the members cemented, it was time to lay down their debut album. The record itself is very much an album of songs, connected through themes and interludes. The songs come together as one statement in the way that classic albums do. “That’s something I’ve always sort of admired in other songwriters. It’s hard to not be a bit clichéd, but Brian Wilson and The Beatles and musicians like that, I’ve always been a fan of records that sort of move from one element to the next. I’m not such a fan of the album that’s one song, a clear break, another song, then a clear break. To me, that makes it sound like a collection of individual songs rather than a statement as a whole. Because the album, from a lyrical standpoint at least, was strung together and very much about the same sentiment, it just made sense to try to tie it together with these interludes. It makes it one creative statement as opposed to a bunch of songs thrown together for a record.” Many bands take the biggest songs from their EPs to include on their debut longplayer. In order to make the album one concise statement however, Institut Polaire severed the ties to their earlier releases. “I think we really wanted to do that sort of thing, even to the point where we definitely decided we didn’t want to put

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anything from the EP [The Flora And The Fauna] or anything that had been released as a download single on the album,” Hecht explains. “We wanted a completely fresh new statement for us and I think that’s why it did take a bit longer.” There’s a definite old worldly vibe on the album with titles and lyrics referencing the Mayflower, the ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers to the United States. The arrangements add to this in the same way Augie March albums seem outside their time and latest trends. “The concept is loosely similar to the EP, from a songwriting point of view. I’m still the one who writes the lyrics and it’s definitely a record about being frustrated with the modern world and the way it is sometimes. It’s a musical escape I guess you could say – wishing you could detach from things and be somewhere else or wishing the world operated in a slightly different way, which is where the Mayflower reference comes in. It wasn’t from a puritanical standpoint like the pilgrims were, but finding your own way to escape from things you don’t like in the world and definitely not being afraid to make a statement and say that you’re not pleased with the way things are going, whether it’s the way your country of birth is running wars or whether it’s the way the world is becoming much more homogenised and commercialised. I had a lot of things to say about that kind of stuff and I wanted to make a statement, which is where we ended up.” WHO Institut Polaire WHAT Make Your Own Mayflower (Popfrenzy/ Inertia) WHEN & WHERE Friday, Spectrum

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POP COUNTRY SOULMAN SEE THE LIGHT

TWO YEARS AGO, BRISBANE-BASED SINGER/SONGWRITER CHRIS PICKERING TOOK HIMSELF TO THE US TO SEE HOW HE COULD DEVELOP HIS CAREER. HE CAME BACK WITH AN ALBUM RECORDED IN THE LEGENDARY STAX RECORDS’ STUDIO AND A FRESH SOUND. HE TALKS TO MICHAEL SMITH.

JAMIROQUAI FRONTMAN JAY KAY TALKS TO SASHA PERERA ABOUT BREAKING OUT OF THE BOX AND BEING A PARENT TO HAIRY GERMAN KIDS.

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ighteen years since the dancing cat-in-the-hat first emerged – and five years since their last studio album – Jay Kay is re-emerging from the backwaters with his trusty band of merry men, a.k.a. Jamiroquai, with a new lease on life. The spotlight on Jay Kay the personality is no longer on the frontline, instead the band is the focus and their new album, Rock Dust Light Star, is musical evidence of this new way forward.

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aving decided to record an album in America, I had to decide whether I would do it in Nashville or in Memphis,” Pickering explains, who admits that the idea was prompted by his management. “So I talked to a few producers in Nashville and saw a few studios and felt I didn’t know if this Nashville vibe was for me, which might seem odd since that’s where I was living. But I’d been to Memphis a bunch of times playing gigs and have quite a few friends there as well. I just thought the vibe of that place and the records that had come out of it was probably more what I was after than making a nice pop-country record in Nashville. I wanted to make something that had a little bit of grit to it, a little edgy. “I still wanted to keep my Australianness about and not be one of those people who go to over there and make an American record. So then I had to consider who I would to produce it for me and Don Nix’s name kept coming up, someone who’s worked on some great records that I love by artists I respect enormously, so my manager just fired off an email and he got back to us almost straight away saying he’d love to do it. He mustn’t have been busy at the time!” So Pickering duly found himself recording in one of the most famous recording studios in America, Ardent in Memphis, Tennessee, where the likes of Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Big Star, Booker T. & The MGs and the man who would produce his album, Don Nix, made those seminal albums that gave the world the “Memphis Soul Stax Sound”. Initially Pickering had gone over to the US early in 2008 to play South By Southwest and after returning to Brisbane decided he needed a change of scenery and returned, eventually going to Nashville to do some co-writing with some local songwriters, as well as performing and doing showcases at Folk Alliance (Memphis) and Musexpo LA. “I just thought it would be

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nice to live somewhere else for a bit and America seemed like the place to go so I did. It’s always tough making a commitment to go somewhere but I made the decision to stay for six months and work at it and at the end of that six months totally loved it. I had a new network of friends and so couldn’t wait to get back and that’s when the sessions for the record came up, so I had to get back to record. And I’ve been going back intermittently ever since. I’m generally spending three months on/three months off there now.

Jamiroquai’s new album is much less aggressive than recent album releases, instead returning to the loose, funky and soulful spirit of the group’s early days. “Yeah, I think that’s about right,” he agrees. “I think it’s a lot more live than it was over the last few albums – not that it wasn’t live before, it was just chopped up into many, many pieces. For me the influences this time around were more Rod Stewart, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones in the ‘70s, in their more rock/disco phase. I thought that was where I wanted to be at forty years of age.”

“There’s a lot of life stuff in there on the record,” Pickering says of the album, Work Of Fiction. “Because I’ve gone through a lot both personally and musically over the past eighteen months or so. Being upended and moving to Nashville, spending a lot of time in a strange place where I don’t have many friends. So [opening song] Hasta Luego for instance is a metaphorical kind of song, but in loose terms it also tells a story about this couple that run away essentially and get in trouble. It’s vague; storytelling by painting a picture. I always try to do the picture painting and let the picture speak for itself.”

Time off and turning 40 seems to have tamed the wildchild thrillseeker - these days, it’s his passion for helicopters that has superseded his love of fast cars who is now ready to move on with the next stage of the band’s career. “The thing is, you have to make music that suits all of us at this stage of our lives, at forty years old. Trying to do something really poppy and groovy and pretending that you’re twenty-one years old is just not the right way to do it. And also we had to get out of that box of being the disco jazz-funkers. That wasn’t the box we wanted to be in, so we had to break out. I think we did that quite well with this record.”

WHO Chris Pickering WHAT Work Of Fiction (Longtime Listener/Other Tongues) WHEN & WHERE Sunday, Fitzroy Hotel; Tuesday 9 November, Brass Monkey; Wednesday 10, The Vanguard; Friday 12, Cabbage Tree Hotel; Saturday 13, Front Gallery

Since Jamiroquai’s last studio album, Dynamite, in 2005 and the following year’s High Times – Greatest Hits campaign and touring commitments, Kay has tried his best to take time out to reconnect with normal life and love. The latter of which he found… albeit of the furry kind. “Ya know, the original plan was: stop touring, go around the world, find woman, have baby – the kind of dumb idea that comes up in your mind, but of course which you have no control over. Was it a mid-life crisis? Yes, I guess it fucking was, in a way.

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“I just needed to be normal, so I was just kinda going around doing that kind of thing, flying helicopters, doing bits and bobs in the house… oh and also I got a new puppy, so he required me to be around for seven/ eight months. I guess I am a parent in that sense – I have hairy German kids.” Rock Dust Light Star, the band’s seventh studio album, certainly revives the warm association that audiences have had with Jamiroquai in the past. There are no electrobeat diversions or other trendy explorations; this is pure Jamiroquai, the band of funk-soul brothers. Where the album is most notable in its creation is the impressively instant – and classic – ‘70s-type rock melodies that line the album on tracks like the sexy funk groove Hurtin’, which Kay says simultaneously borrows from Led Zeppelin and Donny Hathaway influences, and Lifeline, which brings to mind the classic ‘70s vamp of Elton John. “It’s funny you should say that really because that sense of songwriting from like, Elton’s Yellow Brick Road, has a real sense of warmth from it still to this day – and that’s the kind of songs I wanted to create. This new album has blues on it, funk on it, some rock and there’s a bit of disco on board too. We’re focused on the fuckin’ good stuff – no messing about.” WHO Jamiroquai WHAT Rock Dust Light Star (Universal)


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OH MERCY Keith St EMI Despite being writ and made in Melbourne, then sent to New York to be polished, this tale of slow inner-suburban relationship crumbling comes back with what sounds like some American west coast cruise and Australian west coast heat haze to it. Sounds like it shouldn’t work but it is does, maybe because Alexander Gow’s lyrical – and the band’s musical – subtlety has somehow remained intact. Hope remains that they will attain commercial success while holding onto that. Pop of intellect is a good thing.

GOTYE Eyes Wide Open Eleven Seems like balance has been achieved and Gotye and The Basics have worked out coexistence, without encroaching on each other too much. This is the precursor to Wally De Backer’s new solo item, with all elements there: the clattering human and programmed drums, the wistful but desperate vocals and some sort of environmental apocalypse suggested. But somehow – despite the time having been spent on it – still sounds just a tad underdone. Good, yes, but you hope the album might have some more depth and new(er) ideas.

THE PAPER SCISSORS Lung Sum Sandcastle/MGM Even the clip – all moody shadows, water features and angsty stares into the middle distance – came on like early ‘80s post-punk. Let alone the music, with its crosscurrenting yells and music from before the term ‘angular’ became a reviewing default cliché. Thing is, thinking about the whole mood and modes of it, you end up not quite sure if they’re being ironic or really are The Cold War Kids. Whatever, those yells stick in your head and they’re hugely preferable than many things higher on the charts.

ALL THAT REMAINS

DIMI DERO INC

GOLD PANDA

Razor & Tie/Shock

Merenoise/MGM

Spunk/EMI

For We Are Many

Cremation In The Court Of Miracles

Some metal bands, no matter their hard-working attitude and suitably workmanlike (and occasionally excellent) music, never quite reach that consistent level of quality to make them major stars. During the explosion of Massachusetts metalcore circa 2003-04, All That Remains were at the head of the B team and although their efforts are starting to pay off commercially (For We Are Many debuted in the top ten in the US), their new disc features more capable yet less than stellar fare. This album contains similar strands of Gothenburg and American hardcore DNA as previous releases, capped off by Adam Dutkiewicz’s production gloss. All That Remains have carved a somewhat distinctive musical personality – as familiar as is the songwriting – primarily due to Phil Labonte’s impassioned, layered clean croon and guitarist Oli Herbert’s thoughtful, deft lead work (check out Won’t Go Quietly). Still, the record takes no risks and may struggle to maintain the attention of impressionable young heavy music fans already seeking out more extreme forms of ‘core. The aggressive title track predictably fuses thrash with Swedeath melodies, The Last Time and Some Of The People… boast infectious choruses and The Waiting One closes the album in ‘metalcore power ballad’ mode. Much of the material in between is competent, if less inspired; even first single, Hold On, isn’t as memorable as it’s clearly intended to be. If they’d released this four years ago instead of The Fall Of Ideals, many likely wouldn’t have batted an eyelid, so interchangeable is this with sizeable chunks of that record. At least All That Remains are now being rewarded sales-wise for perseverance, but they’d benefit from an injection of fresh elements.

You’re forgiven for not knowing Dimi Dero Inc. These French lads have landed on our shores on several occasions with support slots for The Drones and Beasts Of Bourbon just to name two. However with the release of their third album, Cremation In The Court Of Miracles, they’ve been touring with punk stalwarts The Celibate Rifles and The New Christs. This album is a moody lo-fi walk through some interesting rock’n’roll genres, and to top it off half the time you can’t tell if it’s being sung in French or English. Broken English aside, opening track Unfair Enough shows some initial promise setting an uneasy tone for the album with heavily rhythmic guitar and some discordant lead work. Sadly, this same tone is sonically reproduced lazily throughout the whole record and eventually tracks begin to meld together; with most tracks being in the same tempo there isn’t a lot to distinguish each track from the next. Bored can be determined by the overly dramatic “Yeah/fuck yeah” lyrics that litter the chorus. Little Big Baby explores a more laid-back yet heavily intense tone, with frontman Dimi Dero’s forced, husky vocal becoming almost comedic in his delivery. Dimi Dero Inc waver between ‘70s-era punk and modern-day indie rock and on this release the band have limited their full potential by releasing a set of songs with the lo-fi production standards that leaves the tracks sounding lifeless and grey. It’s hard to connect with the band’s songs when the harsh sound is mixed with lyrics that can be barely understood.

Lucky Shiner

Gold Panda is in that newfound realm of electronic music that’s hard to define. Taking cues from Caribou and Four Tet but blending with elements of world and acoustic music, Lucky Shiner is catapulted into the company of the aforementioned with its meticulously crafted songs. The song titles suggest a transformative journey beginning with looping nasal beats in You. The emotional discovery, the charting of new territory, physically or emotionally, is dealt with in the nuances of each track. Parents is instantly different with its conversational opener leading into acoustic fare with screeching fingers on fretboards. Addressing the absence of percussion is the xylophonic march of Same Dream China, hopefully pattering along before being joined by snare. Snow & Taxis introduces snippets of sampled strings, short but integral to the record’s transformative tale, preparing for the Nintendo-esque bleats of Before We Talked. The real highlight comes in I’m With You But I’m Lonely, a revelatory moment for the protagonist of this synthesised story. Softly ascending from faint keyboard notes as a cacophony of persistent beats begin to bare down. It’s a hidden gem that gathers pace and takes instrumentation in tow. A warped sitar lends a musical breather on India Lately, changing the record’s tone from strictly electronic and tying into earlier songs. The sequence comes to an end with You II, with a clear female voice elongating notes in a borderline Moby circa Play fashion. Whether this ‘You’ is a new entity or rediscovery of the old is to the listener’s discretion. Thus lies the beauty of Lucky Shiner.

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ICE CUBE

KVELERTAK

MY DISCO

Lench Mob/Inertia

Indie/Riot!

Shock

RYAN MEEKING We’re Still Saying Nothing Warner Well, maybe not nothing. But not much new or particularly interesting. In the new world order, what are the once all-consuming ‘major’ labels now trying to achieve? Meeking is a perfectly workmanlike singer/songwriter, with a band that does all they need to do. He is placed with the big international producer – Nick DiDia: Pearl Jam, Springsteen and, er, Powderfinger on his CV – who may add the sheen needed to give him an international shot. ‘Safe’ is a horrible thing to call it, but probably exactly what they wanted.

MARDI PANNAN Mardi Pannan Independent Conversely, Mardi probably hasn’t got around to thinking about her European sales figures. She makes understated, honest, human music sitting next to you on the couch, having a quiet conversation with someone you know. Her voice has a lilt and a catch to it that sometimes can make you think of Kasey Chambers without the Appalachian twang. Songs that seem to have some intimacy to them, but with the craft that they could grow into a sympathetic arrangement. Unself-conscious music she probably just needed to make.

KOSHOWKO The Truth In Me Clan Analogue Apparently “exploring the transitoriness of existence by melding the in-the-moment philosophy of dance music with the timeless musical values”. It actually goes on longer than that. But that’s enough to give you some idea of the seriousness of intent. Or level of wankery if you prefer. More simply, it’s largely synthesised dancey rhythms, but presented in the form of proper songs, complete with off-frequency radio voices and found sounds to make it sound like art. Which it may well be. Or not.

There’s no need to hide it (indeed, there’s no way to hide it) - Ice Cube is not a great rapper. He’s a fairly smart guy, he’s come up with some creative concepts over the years, but he’s not pushing any boundaries or starting any movements. Anymore. It’s a nice surprise then that he’s managed to give us such a jolly romp with I Am The West.

Put simply, this album is epic; from the devilish and bare-breasted nymphs that adorn the sleeve to the lyrical content to the fact that all the lyrics are sung in native Norwegian, with themes of Ragnarok, the final destiny of the Nordic gods, Ydrassil, a giant tree central to Norse cosmology, and all manner of tales of Kvelertak cavorting with the Gods in mythical lands.

Soul On Ice kicks things off beautifully. It’s the album’s best track. Quincy Jones once praised Billie Jean for having so many hooks for new listeners to grab onto that fans couldn’t help but love it. Soul On Ice is a nod to that tradition. Which part is your favourite? Cube’s “you’re about to smell my cologne” refrain? The “pistols and preachers” bit? The chorus itself? All are excellent. It’s a top-shelf song. She Couldn’t Make It On Her Own and I Rep That West (pronounced – hilariously – “wiss”) are similarly ambitious but don’t reach the same heights.

Kvelertak has all the right names on it too. It was produced and mixed by Kurt Ballou, mastered by Alan Douches and features artwork by Baroness guitarist John Dyer Baizley. The band don’t rest on the laurels of these names though; this is a strong and diverse album of metal-tinged party anthems.

There are moments though when Cube’s inability to come to grips with a subject restrains him. In one Hood Robbin verse, he tells the story of a young man pushed to the brink by the Global Financial Crisis. This man, says Cube, can see no alternative but to pull a gun on the source of all of his troubles, that source being… his local bank manager? That the GFC was a greedy blunder made by the faceless mega-rich who can never be held accountable is a truth that eludes Cube. Then again: emotive street self-righteousness is why we love him I guess. He’s Too West Coast to care about the fat cats in Wall Street.

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Kvelertak

I Am The West

Despite their strong metallic leanings, the band aren’t afraid to change things up. Acoustic guitars, tambourine and cowbells feature in tracks like Mjød, Blodtørst and Utrydd Dei Svake give a real ‘70s rock feel that is continued through the album and for all their heaviness they really know how to hold a groove. They dancey beats are blended with Nordic metal influences, classic rock and some spaced-out jams before delivering it all with a snarl and punk attitude. Just when the album feels as if it is starting to slow down there is a chanting Viking choir midway through Liktorn – basically the sound of numerous bearded and hornedhelmet-clad men apparently singing about half-gods, blind siblings and murder. Most certainly epic. It is at times frantic and precise, as in opener Ulvetid, at times upbeat, as in Offernatt, but for the most part Kvelertak is just straight-up bad-arse. Dave Drayton

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Little Joys

After one of the finest recent Australian examples of splitting your fanbase’s opinions on the jarring and distilled ‘essence-of-rock’ Paradise, My Disco’s next step was always going to be a fascinating one. The one they’ve taken on Little Joys isn’t as far as people might have expected but it’s definitely a more approachable one. It only takes the first five seconds of opening track Closer to identify that their repetitive nature hasn’t subsided, but it’s a fuller sound, far less dissonant and much more fluid. The key change in the songwriting is that these are jammed out and improvisation-heavy. A minute of the same note seems an invitation waiting for a member of the Melbourne trio to accept the space with an idea, whereas previously it was an exercise in seeing how far they could push it until their listener left the room. And those ideas are abounding; tribal drums get a run, proginspired movements carry tracks over six minutes and there are more vocals than ever before – thankfully used as an instrument equal to the others rather than a focus point (notable exception is the fantastically ominous With Age, which carries the fears and trepidations that the name alludes to). But there were many things about the self-absorbed nature of Paradise that made it brilliant and a fair few of them are lost here. A good record, no doubt, but, ironically, the warmer sound is likely to cause as much fanbase offence as the belligerent one. And due to its nature, out of all their recorded material this needs the live setting most.

Scott Fitzsimons


enlisted as evidence, great balls of fire, they’re going to rock pretty dammed hard. Danielle O’Donohue

FACT FILE Length: 11 songs, 33 minutes Moods: Reckless, drunken and unrelenting.

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SMALL BLACK New Chain

Jagjaguwar/Inertia Is chillwave an actual musical movement or just the latest hyped-up tag given to any band with synths, a laptop, a penchant for loops and a singer whose vocal flits between sounding otherworldly and a bit bored? Either way, it is showing no signs of abating. Next in a long line of chillwave artists to come out of the USA is New York quartet Small Black who, following an acclaimed EP earlier this year, pop up with their first full-length album.

Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band PIAS/Liberator

New Chain is more polished than Small Black’s previous work and there are plenty of interesting moments within. There is nothing instantly memorable though, which means the album slots nicely into the everexpanding genre rather than especially standing out.

If you’ve read of Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band, it may have been in scathing reviews of a Sydney Festival event in January, many lamenting the underrehearsed nature of the event. This disc is an unrelated project, but there is a similarity in that Robbins is unlikely to get any glowing reviews for this derivative nine-track slab of lukewarm folksy, bluesy, countryish Americana. Superstar actors (notable examples include Russell Crowe and Jared Leto) tend to make unspectacular music and reviewers enjoy pointing this out and recommending that day jobs be kept. Robbins, the co-producer of the acclaimed Dead Man Walking soundtrack and the son of a serious folk musician, has some claim to musical legitimacy, and if his presser is to be believed, this album is a life-long effort, but you can say that of any debut album. Robbins and co. coast through this collection, which is hugely influenced by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, with vocals sharing the former’s seriously limited range. Lyrically, these songs are what you’d expect from Robbins, whose general likeability, championing of underdog causes and political views are well known. Traumatised Iraq veterans, homophobia and Nelson Mandela all feature in yarns here. The leftfield number is Queen Of Dreams, sounding like a Pogues tribute and featuring Robbins trying to do something different to the half-baked mumbling drawl on other songs, namely a half-baked Shane McGowan impersonation. No songs are keepers, but none are too horrid. He invented a hula hoop in The Hudsucker Proxy, but hasn’t re-invented the wheel here.

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Brent Balinski

Mixing the warm with the frosty and the spacious with the fuzzy, New Chain has a typically distant vibe to it. Josh Kolenik’s understated vocals are backed by ‘80s drumbeats and synths so icy that they practically send a shiver up your spine. The album is often really hypnotic, the dizzying Hydra being a good example sounding, as it does, like someone has looped part of any one of about a dozen Stone Roses songs and fused it with a science fiction soundtrack from the mid-‘80s. At its best, New Chain manages to be ambitious while remaining restrained. The strongest song on the album, the atmospheric Photojournalist, is almost anthemic but for the fact that it is being desperately reined in. Even though there is a lot going on, the song never actually bursts fully into life. Instead the result is trancelike and woozy.

• That The Jim Jones Review will be playing all the shows (including New Zealand) for the upcoming Big Day Out tour supporting this, their second, record.

TIM ROBBINS & THE ROGUES GALLERY BAND

THE JIM JONES REVUE Burning Your House Down Liberator/Universal

There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on in the world of Jim Jones and his burly Revue. Playing the kind of music that ‘50s parents thought would send their kids straight to hell, The Jim Jones Revue pound at the piano, slap that bass and scorch the earth with oldschool rock’n’roll riffs that sound like they’re trying to wrest rock music back from all the earnest, chugging, dull bands who have forgotten that this kind of music should reek of lovin’, boozin’ and fightin’.

• Jim Sclavunos produced the record, who’s currently known for his job in Grinderman but has spent time in acts such as Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Teenage Jesus And The Jerks and The Gynecologists. • The cover photo – a grainy shot of a house exploding rather than burning ‘down’ – was originally taken by the band’s bassist Gavin Jay, the special effect presumably added by DLT.

Produced by Grinderman’s Jim Sclavunos on equipment you can bet on being as old as the hills, there’s a live energy about the whole album that few bands these days seem able to capture. The album is full of violence, treachery and more than a slight nod to Jerry Lee Lewis. Over the last decade plenty of bands have taken a walk on the wild side of ‘50s rock’n’roll but few recently have placed the piano quite so front and centre and it really does make The Jim Jones Revue a thrilling listening experience. You can easily imagine this band playing the clubs of Hamburg with a young Beatles back when they were playing songs like Long Tall Sally. But the relentlessness is its drawback. It would be nice to be given a chance to pause and draw breath, even if any slower songs were then exorcised for the live show, but as it is The Jim Jones Revue are heading our way for Big Day Out, and if Burning Your House Down is

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SINGLES WRAP-UP WITH ROSS CLELLAND The latest round of hopefuls singing their hearts out for the potential career highlight of having well-known judge of talent Kyle Sandilands tell them they’ve got no hope is currently flickering on the telly. Some will get their 15 minutes of fame and no more. Some contenders from past series will probably be providing Melbourne Cup day entertainment for ladies chugging down bad spumante at a suburban RSL as you read this. And may be doing so for years to come. Guy Sebastians are few. Lisa Mitchells fewer. Matt Corby was always a mystery – he never seemed to fit on the talent quest, despite the right haircut and the frighteningly youthful good looks. Now all of 19, his tangent might be the right one. Signed to the Mumford-related label after touring with them, his Transition To Colour EP (Communion/UMA) is built around layers and a Buckley-like warble. The antithesis of the instant gratification X/Idol approach are those ‘battlers’ whose names are often in the smaller print of many of those venue ads in this publication. Peregrine, band guise of Brett Winterford, has been supplying crafted singer-songwriter stuff for some time. That the EP is called Overdue (Independent) shows he’s still punching. Includes the burst of Sunshine, with current musical crush, the singular Lanie Lane, in ‘50s-flecked duet. Finding the overlap in various of those Venn diagrams, Matt Walters has some experience, signed to the ‘proper’ record company, and gets a terrific counterpoint vocalist on his Talking In My Sleep EP (Mercury/ Universal), the other voice being that of Megan Washington – who apparently doesn’t sleep at all. Ditto Mark Moldre, the former Hitchcock’s Regret singer still capable of surprise, as with the foggy waltz of This Romantic Day (Yellow Moon/MGM). Doing it on the left-hand side of the nation for quite some time, the well-respected – over there, at least – The Novocaines again prove themselves an utterly solid rock band on Courtesy Eventually (Ampersonic/ MGM). Also well-liked across there, Ruby Boots’ self-titled debut EP (MGM) mixes some bluegrass instrumentation – banjo, washboard – under her/ their rich emotive vocalising. And so to the upcoming season of Yule, where the major labels will celebrate the back catalogue of their long-term artists by offering up the ‘Greatest Hits’ or ‘Best of” (for those who never quite achieved more than a couple of ‘hits’) compilations. Among those you’ll see this year, The Pet Shop Boys, who’ll at least give you an extra song or two as a thank you. Together (Parlophone/EMI) is identifiably them, and anthemic enough to be heard through next Mardi Gras. There are also the new releases from big names – Good Charlotte’s Sex On The Radio (EMI) almost the perfect title to get the attention. From another place – well, Melbourne – A Dead Forest Index offer their engrossing sibling voices awash in reverb and treatments on their EP, Antique (Independent). Further along the electronic way, and certainly nodding towards a last-century dancefloor, Lunar Module’s EP (Clan Analogue) doodles and bubbles along a secondary road alongside Kraftwerk’s autobahn. Similarly, Cosmonaut’s self-titled EP (Young Minds/Other Tongues) pings with the insistence of a interstellar sonar, and some darkness among the pop tones. It’s been around three years for Katalyst to re-emerge after ARIA and J Award nominations but offer Day Into Night (Invada/Remote Control), which – complete with Stephanie McKay’s assured vocals – falls easily into a soul-reggae groove. Also with dat riddum, The Beautiful Girls’ My Mind Is Echo Chamber (Waterfront) is another single from their Spooks album, which their fans will consume happily. For Kings Queens And Fairytales to call their debut Once Upon A Time (Rock Fellaz) seems utterly apt. That time being somewhere around 1973, such are the big scream vocals and winding guitars. Tempo De Naughty also have the high vocal alongside high guitar thing happening on their Messin’ Up (Independent), but with Mick Hart and The Cruel Sea’s Ken Gormley aboard, it runs on rails. Galleon are bravely taking steps out of their Adelaide comfort zone, their In Stereo (Green/MGM) fitting nicely into a commercially-aware pop pigeonhole that probably deserves more than being big in Adelaide. Meantime, in Brisbane Milestones think Growing Up Is Getting Old (Stay Home) and make urgent pop-punk of the international style. Gossling has a vocal that owes some to the quieter end of Regina Spektor’s muse, perhaps with some country twang to it as well. It’s a distinctiveness that will captivate or annoy you within a couple verses of her Until Then EP (MGM). Caitlin Rose is from Nashville and her country influences are unashamed, produced by Oldham/Palace associate Mark Nevers, her Own Side (Spunk/EMI) coming at you across the waving cornfields. Then drifting off into the night. Glasser adds waves of electronics to her take on an other-worldly voice on Apply (True Panther/Remote Control), making Bjork namechecking the obvious link for her whoops and hollers. • 60 • THE DRUM MEDIA 2 NOVEMBER 2010

INXS

MEGADETH

Eagle Vision/Shock

Universal

Mystify

Rust In Peace Live

If you never got the chance to see INXS live in their heyday, this DVD will not even hint at what you missed out on. If they were intrinsic to the soundtrack of your ‘80s and early ‘90s and you had the privilege of seeing them, then this DVD will only bring back bittersweet memories and head shaking ‘If only’s, and ‘Who needs that?’ The blurb says that this 1997 concert, filmed at the Loreley Festival in Germany, captures INXS at the “very height of their career”. Not even close. We won’t ever really know if this was the last gasp of a once shimmering entity or not. Frontman Michael Hutchence’s death a scant five months after this was filmed effectively ended it long before the record sales took a titanic nosedive. Even so, it’s safe to say that their best years were behind them and this footage does nothing to dispel that. A setlist jam packed with hits is fine, but when it’s delivered in such a lacklustre way it’s hard to be captivated even when you have one of the world’s greatest frontmen gyrating for your viewing pleasure. The band’s tight though – no one could ever accuse them of being anything else. The songs are great, but not given any respect by a band who look like they’ve played them just one time too many and that’s including the new songs. The stage is too big, the crowd is too small and everyone looks cold. And before you think the bonus DVD of a 1984 German appearance will redeem them, think again.

With Megadeth firing on all cylinders and celebrating a pretty momentous anniversary for a very momentous LP, this should have been an easy thumbs up. But somehow the whole thing feels flat. There are a number of problems here. The first is that you know exactly what’s coming and when. The idea of the band belting out Rust In Peace live is a good one and probably works when the unique thrill of being in the arena is added to the equation. Sitting in your lounge room and watching it however is an exercise in predictability. This is exacerbated by the fact that the rest of the set, including classics like Symphony Of Destruction and Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying, is only included in the extras section, meaning you can’t watch the entire set straight through from woe to go. You can add to this the lack of any decent extras. Where are the exclusive interviews? Where is the Megadeth retrospective? Instead we get to watch Dave Mustaine thanking the sound crew. Fantastic. Also disappointing is the audience reaction. On the incredible Live In Buenos Aires DVD Megadeth are faced with a mammoth crowd of insane South Americans. On this release there’s a relatively polite crowd of middle-class kids. You do the maths. Musically, the band are a tightly-wound machine, but that’s simply not enough to turn this DVD into a must have. When all is said and done there are much better live DVD options out there for Megadeth fans than Rust In Peace Live.

OPETH

In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall Roadrunner/Warner

For a band whose career began two decades ago in their native Sweden, utilising a meshing of obscure, ambient ‘70s rock and classic death metal a la Morbid Angel as their sonic foundation, Opeth’s continued rise has been surprising, surreal even. Not for lack of musical quality – more so how the band’s expansive arrangements have managed to win such an extensive following, to the point where they can draw fans from numerous musical spheres and comfortably fill large theatres worldwide. While this isn’t Opeth’s first DVD release, for their devoted fan base it may be the most anticipated, if only for the first live set included that covers 2001’s Blackwater Park in its entirety. One of their most universally beloved releases, the show was filmed at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of a series of gigs celebrating the quintet’s 20th anniversary. While the first set is taut to the point of exhaustion, the second set feels more relaxed, cherry-picking one track from each of their other eight full-length albums. Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt is visibly more relaxed during the second “observation”, his dry wit displayed (“We’re bringing death metal to fine culture” he deadpans). The production and light show are appropriately slick, yet not intrusive. Bonus features include a tour documentary (underlining their perfectionism to the point where Akerfeldt confesses to Opeth only having played five “perfect” shows throughout their entire career) and an insightful interview answering fan-submitted questions. Three versions are available, including one with a limited edition vinyl box set, only completists as for most the basic package should suffice.

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Mark Hebblewhite

Brendan Crabb

R.E.M.

BAD COMPANY

SLAYER

New West/Shock

Image/Shock

Columbia/Sony

Bad Co – Bad Company Hard Rock Live

Live From Austin, TX Getting only sporadic runs on pay TV here, Austin City Limits is apparently the longest-running music series in the US. Being on the Public Broadcasting Network over there means it avoids commercial imperatives and thus artists queue for a turn without risk to credibility. Put all that together and R.E.M. are just about the perfect fit for a performance. This show actually dates from mid-2008, with the band finding their spark again. They were beginning to get comfortable with Accelerate – probably their best album this century. Thankfully, ACL doesn’t force the ‘unplugged’ philosophy on those appearing, the small-studio-but-amplified approach being akin to having them appear at your local. It’s a chance to watch the R.E.M. dynamic more closely than in their more natural arena habitat and certainly different than the lush textures they put on most of their records – even with extra guitarist and keyboards to fill out the sound. And while Michael Stipe looks suitably distracted in his ill-fitted suit and sings those often totally obtuse words with conviction, Mike Mills’ harmonies echoing and his bass remaining a beautiful fluid thing, Accelerate songs like Man-Sized Wreath allow Peter Buck’s plucked Rickenbacker guitar reminds you why this band was so special in the first place. He really centres the band through most of these 17 songs.

While Bad Company released some great singles and featured one of the seminal rock voices in Paul Rodgers, they were never a patch on his original band Free. When he hooked up with ex-Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, bringing along Free drummer Simon Kirke and recruiting ex-King Crimson bass player Boz Burrell (who died in 2006), while there were the occasional “Free” moments, in songs like Feel Like Makin’ Love and Ready For Love, Bad Company seemed to opt for the more accessible hard rock/pop elements at their command. They just never had that raw Free edge. Nearly 35 years after releasing their eponymous debut album, six of the eight songs from which feature in this concert’s 17-song setlist, it’s obvious the Yanks still love them, singing along and generally being generous and ebullient, as only American audiences seem capable of being. Happily simple souls, they’re easily pleased.

For the casually interested, there are some of the more-widely familiar of their tunes – Man On The Moon quizzical, a nicely raw So. Central Rain, and the obligatory Losing My Religion done with some grace and style.

Filmed at the Hard Rock in Florida in August 2008, with Lynn Sorensen replacing Burrell and Howard Leese on second rhythm/lead guitar, Rodgers remains the consummate rock vocalist, ridiculously hale and heart and belying the fact he was a year shy of 60 on the night and so obviously more comfortable here than when sharing the stage with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor. Kirke is as solid as ever and Ralphs remains a tasteful though essentially merely adequate guitar hero. The set, relying heavily on their first and third albums, struts out all the American hits in a no-frills, no-flash just the band show short on between-song patter – just as well as Rodgers might be a great singer but he’s Mr. Cliches in that department (lyrically too). No frills in the DVD department either – just the gig.

Ross Clelland

Michael Smith

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Live Intrusion This is a very welcome release that will appeal to Slayer completists and casual fans (if there is such a thing) alike. Recorded back in 1995 in Mesa, Arizona, Live Intrusion was only available on VHS and eventually went out of print. Thus the decision to finally whack the thing on DVD is long overdue. What makes Live Intrusion so valuable is that it documents a sadly under-appreciated time in the band’s history. Thanks to the departure of David Lombardo, and the sudden death of thrash metal, Slayer’s 1994 LP Divine Intervention never made the splash it should have. Live Intrusion offers fans a chance to reassess this period by showcasing five tracks off the album, including the demonic Sex,Murder,Art and Dittohead – perhaps the fastest thing the band ever recorded. Add to this a rare Venom cover (Witching Hour) and At Dawn They Sleep and this is one of the more diverse Slayer sets to be captured on tape. As to the performance itself, it’s Slayer, so of course it writhes with ferocity and passion, but it also proves that the Bostaph incarnation of the act never missed a step. The actual DVD package itself is nothing special. Apart from the show, we get random snippets of ‘behind the scenes’ footage, and we can live without seeing various band members lighting their own farts or bothering air hostesses. That said the infamous footage of the dedicated fan that sliced Slayer into his own arm is an eye-opener. Overall, Live Intrusion is a worthy hit from the vault and highly relevant for anyone with even a passing interest in the mighty Slayer.

Mark Hebblewhite


GOOD CHARLOTTE

INSTITUT POLAIRE

ROCKETSMITHS

THE CREEPSHOW

EMI

Popfrenzy/Inertia

Independent

Hellcat/Shock

Cardiology

On their last album, Good Morning Revival, Good Charlotte turned from bratty pop-punk kids to chart-pop kings with songs like Dance Floor Anthem and Keep Your Hands Off My Girl encouraging kids to shimmy, shake and throw their hands in the air. Cardiology sits somewhere between the various phases of Good Charlotte. The high gloss production is still present as are the big anthemic singles that seem to explode out of your speakers; Let The Music Play, Silver Screen Romance and Last Night. There’s even the delightfully Bon Jovi-esque, Standing Ovation. Surely producer Don Gilmore’s only advice to frontman Joel Madden as he was walking up to the mic was, “Imagine you’re standing in front of 50,000 fans and every one of them has a lighter held high above their head”.

The Bones

Make Your Own Mayflower Six years ago in Perth, Institut Polaire were a three-piece roots act and now in Melbourne, with an EP under their belt, they have flourished into a nine-piece act of folk/indie pop musical merriment. Any band that has that many members playing instruments ranging from vintage Wurlitzer pianos to banjos to violins to trumpets is bound to summon intrigue from listeners and thus a lot’s expected from their debut full-length, Make Your Own Mayflower.

Clearly the Madden twins, Joel and Benji wear their musical hearts on their sleeves so there was also going to be more earnest songs like Harlow’s Song (named after Joel’s daughter) and 1979 (written after the Madden’s repaired their relationship with their long-absent father) but these opportunities for the fans to feel an emotional connection to their favourite rock stars does little to dampen the enthusiasm of this album’s bouncier pop moments. And there have certainly been far worse heartfelt, sincere songs written not only by the Maddens but by most songwriters at some point in their career. While the unabashed pop quality to the album is sure to rile anyone who stands on the Good Charlotte fence, it’s a bit too late to be whining about pop punk’s poppier aspects now. Best to just ignore GC completely or turn it up loud and bounce along with the rest of us.

The album is indeed a charming affair of melodious indie pop, with a hint of country and just a dash of psychedelic ambience. They are definitely pushing the typical constraints of the genre and the level at which they do this means this record has the potential to put them up as Australia’s answer to The New Pornographers or Vampire Weekend. But while the album is a terrific debut, it suffers when listening through from beginning to end. It becomes increasingly apparent that despite their innovation Institut Polaire have stuck to a safe songwriting method that leaves very little diversity between tracks. Standout tracks such as the title track, Globe Fodder, We Can’t Wait No More and To New Holland are catchy and offer interesting musical choices, especially in Globe Fodder, where mandolins guide the song. However, the interlude, America, bestows little reprieve upon the listener, offering nothing new to the album’s sound. Listening to the album in its entirety may prove testing, but it’s worth persevering because in the good moments Institut Polaire’s unique personality is definitely worth experiencing.

Danielle O’Donohue

Christine Caruana

The discordant guitar, plonking piano and lush harmonies of Monster Part 1 make way for the hyperactive synths, rolling drums and jagged, stop-start vocal work of A Shot At The Seat – and any expectations you were harbouring about the debut full-length effort from Brisbane quintet Rocketsmiths, The Bones, can be safely thrown out the window. As the irreverent, spasmodic Doctor continues to baffle in the best way possible, throwing out wild guitar solos next to shouted chorus lines over a healthy dose of bass distortion, and the dirty 3/4 waltz of Dennis kicks in, the picture becomes wholly clear: you are, rather officially, attending some kind of aural Carnival Of The Damned. The clowns all look like Pennywise; the bearded ladies are more beard than lady. Yet instead of feeling the overwhelming sense of terror that anything carnival-related inspires in most functional adults you can’t help but tap your foot, nod your head and succumb to the infectious underlying groove present throughout. Let’s face it – vaudevillian/carnival-infused indie rock can be a nebulous mistress. But tempered with a subtle pop sensibility and some level-headed influences, Rocketsmiths have managed quite well to deliver an entertaining record that never ceases to surprise, a rare achievement for a burgeoning band on their debut release.

They All Fall Down

Three full-lengths in and this Canadian psychobilly outfit still have all of the face-bruising neo-doo-wop swagger that makes them so damned lovable in the first place. Opening of course with a ‘sermon’ by keys player, The Revered McGinty, The ‘Show waste no time getting into hooks, hooks and more hooks. And, of course, you get a few lyrical jabs from the always soulful and sultry frontlady, Sarah ‘Sin’ Blackwood, who eschews much of the horror shtick that made up the main content of the group’s previous releases. What you get instead is music that blurs the punk and rockabilly aspects that are expected with elements of barbershop and ska to create an interesting mashup of musical history. On the downside, like many bands that quiff up before getting down, musically this is very similar to The Creepshow’s past works. Yes, it has a definite identity even within the very ‘genre’-sounding music that is psychobilly, but at points the four-piece sound like they are plagiarising themselves.

However, the songs (notably Henry Winkler, Underground and Demons) do all scream of an early Modest Mouse injection, particularly in terms of vocal style, and if there was one sticking point where you could cry ‘derivative!’ it would be here. Otherwise, you can’t fault the band’s imagination and energy.

While this may be the band’s most mature outing to date, they haven’t lost their sense of humour (though it is still macabre) and overall, this is the act’s most upbeat and soulful release. Any band that can sound this ready to bop while whirling through tales of murder, revenge and isolation is doing something right. And from the devastating left thrown by the frontwoman captured on the album cover, you wouldn’t want to be the one telling this act that they were doing anything wrong.

Mitch Knox

Luke Monks

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METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC

LACRYMAE

MELODY OVER BRUTALITY In town for their first NSW shows – playing the Lewisham Hotel Friday and Hamilton Station Saturday – Lacrymae’s bassist Josh Terlick tells us how things on the west coast are sitting.

How are you finding the Perth scene? “The Perth metal scene has always had great support from local metal heads. I guess it stems from the fact that we never used to get many international bands touring here so if you wanted to see metal you had to come to a local show. Luckily we’ve always had world-class bands in Perth, beginning with Allegiance in the ‘90s, Pathogen in ‘00s and now bands like Voyager and Chaos Divine.”

How important was it for you to keep melody as a major part of your sound on The Hallowed Design? “Melody has always been the most important aspect of Lacrymae’s music. We would never consider sacrificing melody and harmony for the sake of being ‘brutal’. It’s never been about that. Whilst we do have our death and black metal influences and they are quite evident in songs like Handel’s Apocalypse and the title track, they are influences we would draw on to add texture to the song, not to keep the thrash metal fans happy.”

Has the response to the EP been one you had expected? “We worked incredibly hard on The Hallowed Design. We recorded it all ourselves at Frankie’s home studio. If he had any hair he would have pulled it all out by the end of it. It literally consumed us for all of 2009 to the point that after our CD launch in December we didn’t want to see each other for a solid month. But it makes it all worth it when you hear how much people have enjoyed it. It’s a real buzz for all of us to receive national airplay from the first release that any of us have worked on.”

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So is your $26 pumpkin from Woolie’s now sitting in the backyard rotting away after a cracking Halloween? If so, you can still milk it for all it’s worth and create a band called Rotting Pumpkin – there’s your album cover – or not. Let’s get on with it shall we?

Again, cheap as chips to get in (ten bucks) and things start to get noisy at 7pm. But gig of the night must go to Five Star Prison Cell who are dragging Delorean Tide, Kahn Of K and Bustacap along to SFX for a night of screaming and drop tuning.

OK – Thursday to Sunday have consistently been packed with stuff to add to your To Do list for a while now, so as the plethora of live options remains I will format the column chronologically so you can plan your week (my wife sells Lunar Diaries, so I’m a little bit preoccupied with putting things in date order lately!).

SUNDAY Sunday arvo, more precisely between noon and 5-ish if you have the energy left after destroying yourself for three nights in a row, drag yourself down to the Annandale to catch nine bands rocking out at High Live 6. It’s $20 to get in and $5 for kids under 12. There is a raffle too with all proceeds from it going to Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.

THURSDAY I mentioned this one a few weeks back but here’s a gentle reminder. Indigo Rising are co-headlining The Gaelic with Nat Col & The Kings, the newest project from Nathan Cavaleri and Col Hatchmen (Screaming Jets drummer). The two bands will be joined on the night by Contraban and Black Label (Sydney’s not Zakk Wylde’s) along with Melbourne boys Scarlet Blue. Very rawk and roll.

FRIDAY Lycanthia will be playing what could possibly be their last show of the year at The Lewisham Hotel with very special guests Lacrymae (see sidebar), who are whizzing over to Sydney from Perth for this one show only. These progressive titans also feature Simone from Voyager on guitar and their dark complex arrangements are definitely something to experience live. Joining in on the night are Temtris, who are female-fronted power metal (it’s a necessary evil to put the words ‘female-fronted’ next to bands. I hate it since if it’s good, it’s good no matter who is singing, but the distinction remains it seems). Thundersteel are playing a late set, so stick around for some ‘80s-inspired true metal and also newcomers, Terrorential get to show off their chops. First band at 7pm and it’s 12 bucks at the door. Meanwhile down the road at the Lansdowne, Synperium have been added to the all-out shred-fest that will continue until 2am. Opening the evening is Infektion from Victoria, who come on at 9pm, and in the interests of fairness, every band is playing a 45-minute set. Infernal Reign are next followed by Tortured, who are up from Canberra. Then it’s Synperium’s turn and they are promoting their newlyreleased Elemental Disharmony album. Finally, Havoc

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FIVE STAR PRISON CELL take the stage at 1am and since they are headlining, they’ll play for another hour. Another upside is the whole thing’s free. And if you’re still undecided about which direction to head when you leave the house, option three is the everreliable Club Blink down at the St. James Hotel. They have a quad band treat in the guise of Vegas In Ruins, Caulfield, Pledge This and I Escape, and because they have the space to do it, they are holding album launches in another part of the hotel for new albums by Ill Nino and The Autumn Offering as well as their Tool Tribute I mentioned a while ago.

SATURDAY Wake up late, put on your clothes and take your credit card to the liquor store. Or you can check out more metal on offer. Lacrymae are heading north to Newcastle to play the Hamilton Station Hotel as part of a blistering night of prog metal with good friends Hemina and local proggers Typhos, who are also launching their album on the night. It kicks off a bit late at 10pm but only costs eight dollars so maybe hit the Brewery for a bit first and then head over to finish off the night getting your head twisted by as many time signatures as you’ve had beers. Havoc are also backing up from the night before and headlining the Violating The Valve night at (obviously) The Valve Bar. Joining them will be Headhammer, Foundry Road, Lie Dormant and A Shadow Complex.

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NEWS Megadeth’s Mr Dave Mustaine has been kicking a stack of goals lately. Endgame is a killer return to form; he kissed and made up with Junior (David Ellefson), did the Big 4 tour, pumped out a fascinating tell-all (well, tell-most) autobiography and is heading here soon to headline the No Sleep Festival. He’s even managed to turn out a new track called Sudden Death, which has been written and recorded for the latest Guitar Hero game Warriors Of Rock. It’s actually the first track Ellefson has recorded since coming back. Check out the Roadrunner website which is streaming the track – Vic Rattlehead would be proud. Melbourne’s Hatchet Dawn have an all-new website and myspazz layout that has pretty pictures and other stuff that showcase behind the scenes goings on while they worked on their new release. Said record is in the can, has an imminent release and the guys are hoping to head our way soon. I’ll let you know when they do!

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SATURDAY

Daysend, Infektion, Killrazer, Tortured, Unholy Vendetta – Maram Cauldron Black Ram, Erebus Enthroned, Hellbringer, Innsmouth – The Wall The Sacred Truth, Geminine, Memorial Drive – Fitzroy Hotel heavy@drummedia.com.au


PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to hear what it would sound like if New York hardcore vets H2O covered De La Soul or A Tribe Called Quest. Finally my prayers will be answered because frontman Toby Morse has revealed the band will be releasing a covers album. Titled Don’t Forget Your Roots, the album will see the band not only tackle ‘90s hip hop but also bands more close to home like The Clash, Ramones, Descendents, Dag Nasty, Verbal Assault, Madball, Gorilla Biscuits, Suicidal Tendencies, Minor Threat, Rancid, Social Distortion, Circle Jerks, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Warzone and even shite like U2 will get the H2O treatment. The album is coming out in 2011 on Bridge 9 Records and don’t forget the band will return next year as part of Soundwave. You might remember earlier this year we were talking about a new kinda supergroup called The Damned Things. Featuring Anthrax members Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley and Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, the band will release their debut album, Ironiclast, 10 December. Poison The Well (who recently announced a “hiatus”) drummer Chris Hornbrook has begun work on a new musical project and while there aren’t many details about the yet-to-be-named band, online comments state the group is looking for a singer. Currently there are five instrumental tracks posted online, which are available to those who wish to audition for vocal duties. If you think you’ve got the chops and I assume want to move Stateside, check out the songs at thatbandwithnoname. bandcamp.com. Darkest Hour will be returning to Australia in January and they’re bringing Carniflex with them. Wednesday 5 January they’ll arrive at the Factory Theatre. Totally Unicorn are set to release their debut EP, Horse Hugger, and to celebrate the release, they are giving away the single, Cool Dads With Cool Sons. All you need to do is join their mailing list by emailing mail@beardofbeesrecords.com with “Fuck Yeah” in the subject title and you will receive the song instantly. Totally Unicorn will be touring nationally in December with Heavy Heavy Low Low for their last ever tour. You can catch them Wednesday 8 December at Bar 32 with Vera and FH, Thursday 9 at Stay Frosty at Wollongong’s Grand Hotel with Handsome and Fixtures, Wednesday 15 at the Cambridge Hotel with Coma Lies and Sunday 19 at

Los Capitanes performing Sublime’s self-titled and Backyskank performing as Complete Madness. For all the details myspace.com/chopdogpromo. 2. Milestones. Fantastic Brisbane pop punk band Milestones have just released their debut seven-track EP on new label Stay Home Records. Make sure you check out the CD, Growing Up Is Getting Old and support the band and label by checking them out at stayhomerecords.com.

TOTALLY UNICORN The Sandringham Hotel with Between The Devil And The Deep and Nice Guys. Buddy Neilson, Senses Fail’s singer, is never short of an opinion and that’s why we love him. Recently Buddy was asked his thoughts on the new wave of radiofriendly pop punk bands such as All Time Low, The Maine and Boys Like Girls in an interview with US blog PropertyOfZack. “A band like All Time Low should have no business being associated with a band like Senses Fail, but they are. There’s no similarity whatsoever in everything that we do. It’s weird. The Maine might as well be Matchbox 20. All Time Low might as well be Mickey Mouse Club. I like All Time Low, by the way. I do actually like them. I just like making fun of them. They did it to themselves. They could have been a fucking real band, but they decided to play the game, which is good, but the game never works.” After reading this interview Boys Like Girls drummer John Keefe tweeted: “I just read this interview that Senses Fail did... talking shit on bands like The Maine, and ATL... because SF had any impact on music... shutup” [sic]. Buddy has since responded via twitter saying: “I’ll shut up when you guys start writing your own songs.” Zing! I’m scoring that as Buddy 1, Pop Punk Boy Bands 0. Speaking of Senses Fail, their new album, The Fire, hit stores last Friday.

SHORT FAST REPORT TOP 5 1. Ska Weekender! Kicking off at the Annandale Hotel Saturday with a massive lineup headlined by Aussie ska kings Area 7, Dan Potthast (USA), The Real Deal (Canada), The My Ty’s, Steel City Allstars, Loonee Tunes, Chris Duke & The Royals, Hightime and The Alpacaccinos. Then on Sunday the fun hits the water, with a Sydney Harbour Cruise with Area 7 performing their own classic Bitter And Twisted from start to finish,

3. The Decline. Perth punks The Decline are heading east in December to play a bunch of shows to support their great album, I’m Not Gonna Lie To You. Catch them Saturday 11 at Valve Bar with Chris Duke & The Royals, Sunday 12 at the Town Hall Hotel, Newtown, with Chris Duke & The Royals and Monday 13 at The Sandringham Hotel with Peg & A Keg. 4. Anchors’ Bad Juju. Melbourne melodic punks Anchors are about to release their debut album, Bad Juju, and it’s a cracker. The album was recorded in August/September with Joel Taylor (The Abandonment, The Broderick, In Trenches) at Three Phase Studios in Melbourne and mastered by Alan Douches (Brand New, Lifetime, Every Time I Die). Look out for it in good stores from Friday. 5. Toe To Toe. It’s been a big year for Sydney hardcore veterans Toe To Toe; they re-released all their classic back catalogue and also put out their first new album in a number of years. The boys will play their final Sydney show of the year at Hermann’s Bar Saturday 11 December.

LOCAL GIG GUIDE

WEDNESDAY

Vanity, Never Content, Flatline Drama, The Ocean, The Sky – Spectrum

THURSDAY Vanity, Never Content, Reality, Elegy – The Wall

SATURDAY Carpathian, Shinto Katana – Teen Wolves, UTS Glasshouse Catch Stu presenting Short.Fast.Loud. every Wednesday night from 10pm on triple j.

THE CREEPSHOW

KNOCK-OUT LISTEN With their new album, They All Fall Down, out now, we caught up with Canada horror-billy punks The Creepshow’s vocalist Sarah ‘Sin’ Blackwood.

How’s Canada this time of year? “It’s getting cold. The snow is coming, we can all feel it! That’s why when we go on tour we make sure we are heading south/west when the cold weather comes around!”

How was your experience of Australia earlier this year? “The people were so nice. The festival we played [Soundwave] was one of the best I have ever experienced on or off stage! It was just such a mindblowing experience. The places we went were beautiful, the weather was amazing and all the bands we played with were so nice. It was really crazy for us to do something like that! It was great! We are hoping to be back in Australia in early 2011.”

What inspired the back and front cover art – do you purposely write songs with a fighting spirit? “Sean our bass player came up with the whole artwork idea/concept actually! When he pitched it to me I loved it right away. It was better than any other ideas we had thrown around so we went with it.”

If you could set the scene, what would be the best way to listen to this new album? “Um, I think it is a bad-ass driving record. That way you can really listen to it and turn it up loud! It sounds good when it’s really loud! That would be my suggestion.”

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OUT AND ABOUT

Remember when you were listening to the Drake album for the first time? You were either thinking, “This is pop music for teenage girls and I hate Drake” or “This man is a genius. Every line is a quotable. Let’s hurry this gay marriage bill through parliament already.” I was much closer to the latter than the former. There were so many neat ideas hinted at and left hanging. We learned that one of Drake’s parents is a florist and now Drake’s garden is enormous. It was ironic and neat and perfect and we couldn’t say why. Magical mini-ideas like that helped me fall in love with my new life partner, Drake Krum. Anyway, one time Drake said, “I’m looking forward to the memories of right now”. It was a classic Drake-ism. But he didn’t take the idea to its logical conclusion. Well, the two reasons your little sister isn’t allowed out without a chaperone – Jimmy Nice and Nick Lupi of Spit Syndicate – have picked up Drake’s baton. It probably smelled beautiful: manly, inoffensive, but enough like a jerk to make us all want to club him over the head and take him home (right, ladies!). The Double S, with some help from their regular collaborator, Drake look-a-like Joyride, have put out a new, free track called Memories Of Now for free download. It’s a cool song. Go get it. The fact that Memories Of Now is the first we’ve heard from Jim and Nick since their album Exile is intriguing. There’s a rumour circulating among fans of The Australian Hip Hop Industry (big industry, that one) that Spit Syndicate signed a deal with Obese Records to make two albums and, with those albums completed, they are free to release their music however they choose. Are we witnessing the end of Spit Syndicate’s professional relationship with Obese Records? Will they put out music with the Hilltop Hoods’ label Golden Era Records in future? Who knows… but speculating is super fun. Drake loves speculating, I’ll bet. What a man. It’s fun to have fun, no doubt. Sometimes it’s tough to remember that though. Going out to a night, you need to have a knowing smile for every track dropped and an answer to the question, “Who was on the beat for this again?” Get the answer wrong and – somehow – you’ve failed at being a music fan. To admit ignorance is to invite derision. It really can be a jungle out there. That’s why it’s nice when there’s a friendly night put on; the type of event that invites you to relax and just enjoy being in a room with other people who like the same

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Apparently proud of their support for Australian music, triple j are throwing an Ausmusic Month party this Friday to coincide with their radio theme of the same name. As you’d expect, the night’s made up of acts just on the brink of exploding nationally – and internationally as well if they have their way – so you can expect Bag Raiders, Horrorshow and The Holidays on stage, plus plenty of radio-heads making guest appearances. However if you’re keen to check out a band that have already made it and perhaps are feeling a little drum’n’bass inclined, Perth’s Pendulum are playing Friday also. They’re at the Hordern Pavilion.

DRAKE: WHAT A MAN kind of music. The Main Ingredients are putting on just such a night. Friday 19 November head to Tone and catch a selection of Sydney’s finest DJs taking you on a tour of their favourite labels. Each DJ will cover one patch and the next on the decks will choose another. Lo D will be basing a set on Stones Throw. Mike Who? has got Jive. Frenzie will be bringing the heat from Cold Chillin’. Ology will be all about Def Jam. Naiki will, ambitiously, tell the story of a rivalry: Bad Boy versus Death Row. So, there you are – lace up your sneakers and look forward to a night when you can have fun; nice, clean fun. Breakdancing: I’ve never done it, never been tempted to. It’s a pursuit for the athletic and committed, not the lazy and pedestrian. All the stretching, flexing, spinning, holding; it’s tiring to just watch. The fact I (we?) can’t do it does tend to make it more impressive though: “He is spinning around. On. His. Head!” etc. If you want to see a showcase of spinniest, stretchiest breakdancers going around head to The Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Leichhardt Saturday 4 December. Sit in the good seats and you may even get hit with a bead of sweat! It’s time to Step Up 3D, you guys. This will be great. getittogether@drummedia.com.au

For the Sydney launch of their second EP Afterglow, Melbourne pop/rock lads For Our Hero will be taking to The Annnandale Hotel’s stage this Saturday. Hotly tipped, they’ve enjoyed some pretty high profile support slots – 3OH!3, Short Stack – and look to be emulating the paths of bands like Short Stack. Also popping up on the radar recently are their own supports Autumn Heartache. The Brisbane outfit recently supported The Wonder Years at their Brisbane leg. Being an all ages do it’s kicking off at midday. As they head around the country to launch their new disc Clarity In A Sea Of Confusion – it’s seven tracks, so up to you wether you want to call it an album or EP – Western Sydney’s Caulfield will be dropping into the Lucky Australian Tavern this Sunday. From 1pm they’ll be headlining the night with Save The Sympathy, Stand For The Fallen, Your Way With Words, Tofu Panda and City Of Ghosts also part of the evening’s attractions. The headliners are part of the New Justice label roster on the punk side of things. The final of the Liverpool Idol competition is happening Tuesday 9 November with a selection of bands looking to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winners Depths Of Despair. Taking place at its Collingwood Hotel home, The Monks Of Mellonwah, Seven On Seven, Paradox Park, Six Fears Seven, Scream Infamy and Mung have been confirmed to date, with this year’s prize including an EP recorded and mixed at Silver Sound as well as mastered at Sony.

POP CULTURE THERAPY WITH ADAM CURLEY In a month in that seemed to largely serve the purpose of pushing music further to either side of the current divide – ie. The Black Eyed Peas finally cracking the code on what the most annoying sound in the world is with their new single (though they had been getting pretty close previously) and every day welcoming a new album variation on that Justin Bieber song slowed down 800 times with one of those kids’ butterfly mirror paintings for artwork – there has been some stuff that’s defied it all and fell into awesome. As always, I won’t go into detail on all of it because heaps of people have already beaten me in declaring the new Deerhunter album excellent (it is) or getting on the whole Zola Jesus bandwagon (because she’s kind of cool) or telling me about how good Kimbra is live (seriously, if one more person tells me, I’m going to find her, kidnap her and drag her around with me just so I can whip her out and say, “I know, I’ve got her right here”). I will, however, begin by repeating the praise for My Disco’s new album, Little Joy (Shock), because it’s just so damn fine; as brutal as it is strangely beautiful, cementing the crevice between rhythm and melody until you can’t tell where one begins and the other ends and throwing up some excellent new sounds and ideas into their thing. It is kind of funny because absolutely every sentence written about the band, including that last sentence, is like a journalist deciding they should write some poetry when they get home from work and smoke a joint: they think it’s the best thing ever written when in fact it’s the worst and means nothing. This is what My Disco inspire. They make us want to be better people. Sydney’s Straight Arrows have released the superb first track from their debut album (out on 19 November through also great Rice Is Nice Records). Bad Temper is a condensed piece of ‘60s garage pop that flies by way too quickly. It’s also probably the most ‘professionally recorded’ of all the recent slap-dash recordings by Sydney bands doing this kind of thing at the moment (and I’m by no means mocking because the RIP/Juvenile ‘gang’ are doing it better than anyone else in the world). Will it flag the mushrooming of this sound into ‘Australian radio’ proper? Do we even hope so? Who knows any more. Back to Melbourne: Cailan Burns isn’t news to anyone who’s adored his artwork (and there are many, unless it’s just all the scags I hang out with) but, for the most part, as his musical project Mystery Twin, he’s been, • 64 • THE DRUM MEDIA 2 NOVEMBER 2010

MY DISCO MAKE BETTER PEOPLE well, do we have to go there? Now that can change. Mystery Twin’s truly gorgeous self-titled album is out through Sensory Projects and sounds a bit like Scarlett Johansson walking through a Japanese garden but with a whole lot more interesting shit going on. Apparently he’s spent time in Japan and used some synths and bells he purchased there in the recordings. Yeah, someone going to Japan and actually buying something useful. Just quickly because I need to get it out: Warpaint’s debut album, The Fool (Remote Control), is amazing. I know we’re really not supposed to talk about this movie but it’s like someone grew up listening to the Empire Records soundtrack and decided to turn all those washy, semi-Goth ‘90s indie torch songs into new diary-entry-like deadpan pop. Oh the days when Renee Zellweger had body fat. Sticking with film, someone told me about France’s Zombie Zombie releasing an EP of film director John Carpenter’s theme interpretations (I saw it on the Dazed Digital playlist) and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it (get it through iTunes). The Halloween theme is a cheap-sounding-in-a-goodway, squelchy-dark synth coast while Escape From LA beat-plods before opening into dire harmonies. Pretty great. Lastly, probably not news, but an introduction to that Teenage Crime by Swedish producer Adrian Lux opened up the world of his film clips, all made by director Tobias Hansson, and they’re all excellent. They’re all pretty much the same but still excellent, from the men-sitting-and-staring in the Can’t Sleep clip to the fruit-smooshing of Strawberry. Go waste a bit of time with them. Just avoid the Ministry Of Sound remixes. breakdown@drummedia.com.au

FOR OUR HERO

LOOKING AHEAD With guiding advice from Matchbook Romance’s Ryan Kienle, pop/punk outfit Girl vs Ghost are about to emerge with their first – at least official – EP, Eye For An Eye. Things haven’t come particularly easy for the Melbourne outfit as they’ve had to struggle through guitarist Tristan Waight’s battle with cancer and it’s those challenges that have flavoured this release. Solid in their line-up and their intentions now, they’ll be hitting the road to support the release, dropping into Newcastle’s The Loft Youth Venue Friday 12 November. It’s the festival that you can really get involved in. Graffiti At The Wall 2010 has been announced and will take place Saturday 27 November at, fittingly, The Wall. A celebration of hip hop and street art, naturally there’ll be performances and exhibitions from the professionals, but you’ll also have the chance to show off your talents in freestyle battles throughout the night – a good opportunity because unfortunately there aren’t many of these happening these days. But even if you’re playing the observer’s role there’s going to be plenty to entertain yourself thanks to Phatchance and Coptic Soldier, Daily Meds, Electric Elements Crew, Billy B, Johnny Utah, Dseeva and DJ Skae. allages@drummedia.com.au

TALES FROM THE MOTHERLAND WITH JAMES MCGALLIARD It could be argued that in most music, there is no silence (excepting pop songs with false endings). But like the holes of a Henry Moore sculpture, the absence of something can be as important as its presence and it is the sale of that absence that has made news in the latest bizarre story relating to the British pop charts. UK Christmas number one singles often fall into simple categories – it used to be the novelty song or the seasonal song, but in the last few years a new category of the reality TV show winner has been added. This modern paradigm was subverted last year when, through the actions of a Facebook group, Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine became an unusual Yuletide chart topper, keeping The X-Factor winner from the top slot and annoying Simon Cowell no end in the process. In an attempt to make such acts of defiance against The Man a new tradition, this year there are moves to keep talent show hopefuls at bay by promoting the idea of getting John Cage’s 1952 composition 4’33” to the number one slot in 2010, once again through an orchestrated Facebook campaign. Although sometimes derided as pretentious, Cage’s composition (which had an early working title of Silent Prayer) isn’t really 4’33” of silence, but rather 277 seconds of deliberately not making noise. It was a deliberate response to the rise of Muzak at the time of its composition and was written in three movements (purportedly of 30”, 2’23” and 1’40” duration). In live performance, the inclusion of ambient sounds, be they shuffling audience members or your own breathing or the sound of blood circulating around the body are key to the experience. Cage Against The Machine (as it’s come to be known) currently has 45,000 followers on Facebook and things were looking very promising – until a rival silent record was announced. The Royal British Legion hopes to raise funds for veterans of conflicts by releasing Two Minute Silence via iTunes next Sunday. In the UK, the Armistice silence is still marked at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, but the major ceremonies take place at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday which is commemorated on the second Sunday each November. Here the beginning of the silent observance is marked by a cannon fired in Horse Guards Parade and its end by the playing of the Last Post, followed by the laying

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of wreathes by The Queen and leaders of the main UK political parties. The video to accompany Two Minute Silence mirrors this, showing a parade of known faces, from David Tennant to David Cameron, via Thom Yorke staring solemnly (or perhaps balefully) into the camera. They hope it will help them to meet the £36m target they’ve set for this year’s appeal and reach #1 on Remembrance Sunday. The Royal British Legion is undoubtedly a good cause but will the mp3-buying public play this game twice in two months, even if it is for charity? In a strange homage to The X Factor, the ‘winning’ charity for proceeds from Cage Against The Machine will be selected by a public vote. As far as videos go, I preferred The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre’s tribute to the 4’33” campaign (which you can find on YouTube). If CATM does succeed, will it get any airplay? Radio stations have an automatic emergency cut-in if more than a prescribed amount of ‘dead air’ occurs. A live broadcast of a performance of the composition by the BBC Symphony Orchestra on BBC Radio 3 a few years back required special measures to be taken to prevent the stand-by system cutting in. But as far as Christmas goes, it now seems there’s a new contender in the ring. Another Facebook group set up to challenge The X-Factor’s chart dominance is snowballing. This one is attempting to get Surfin’ Bird, a 1963 single by The Trashmen (as featured in an episode of Family Guy) to be the coveted Christmas #1. The group has already amassed around 11,000 members at the time of writing and the support of BBC Radio 1 afternoon DJ Scott Mills. But, as with all such movements, the question as to whether any group members will actually buy the song is question it is another matter altogether. I can think of some records that would be better if silent – anything by the Kings Of Leon would be a good start. But personally, I hope both silent records manage to top the charts. Silence to remember the dead is profound – as Hamlet’s last words chillingly declare “The rest is silence”. But as far Christmas goes, what could be more appropriate than a piece of music that is truly Silent Night?


BLUES AND ROOTS WITH DAN CONDON Well we can tell you one thing for sure, hard working American bluesman Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges just loves it down here. He has toured Australia countless times over the past few years and anyone who has keenly followed his performances when he’s been here will happily attest to the fact that he really does keep getting better and better each time he’s out here. He quietly popped back down to Australia last week and has one show left around these parts before he heads over to Western Australia for a while. You can catch him doing what he does best at Lizotte’s in Dee Why on Friday night. Speaking of the latest in the Lizotte’s group of venues, they’ve announced a killer New Year’s Eve party this year that will feature the Ray Beadle Band kicking out the jams. It’s always a treat to see Beadle and his team tear up the stage and we imagine it will be even better on the biggest night of the year. You’d want to book yourself a spot quickly though; get in touch with the venue to secure your spot. The Woodford Folk Festival is almost upon us once again, which is a pretty scary thought, and the team behind the festival have been hard at work assembling what would have to be close to if not the finest bill they’ve ever had on offer. They’ve really pulled out all the stops for their 25th Anniversary, offering up another diverse selection of blues, roots, folk and beyond. A few of the international guests include The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Katzenjammer, Baskery, Daara J Family, Tom Fun Orchestra, Jill

announcement of the first series of bands this year. He has taken to the festival’s online forum to discuss the basic mechanics of festival programming including admitting to ‘overbooking’ the line up in anticipation of cancellations and states that he already has a handful of major confirmations for artists playing Bluesfest 2012. It’s a refreshing, personable approach and a good read. The most exciting news to come out of the Bluesfest camp right now though is word that the first announcement will drop on Wednesday. Rest assured you’ll read plenty about it in these here pages next week. For now, you can read an extract of his to the side of this column.

REVEREND HORTON HEAT Barber, Dan Mangan, Matthew Barber. Passenger, Mani Neumeier with Etsuko Watanabe and That 1 Guy while Aussie acts like The Cat Empire, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan & The Captains, Blue King Brown, Archie Roach, Mama Kin, Jeff Lang, Lior, Dubmarine, Marshall & The Fro, Cumbia Cosmonauts, The Barons Of Tang, Basement Birds, The Break and You Am I are also on board. As per usual it hits Woodfordia from Monday 27 December through to Saturday 1 January. Peter Noble, director of the Byron Bay Bluesfest, has decided to keep a fair amount of transparency to the loyal fans of the festival with regards to the

We announced a couple of weeks ago that Reverend Horton Heat would be making their way out to Australia for the first time in far too long at the end of the year and here’s an extra little bonus for fans of the band. To coincide with the tour, the Reverend is releasing two limited edition Australian tour wines! The Rockin’ Red Shiraz and Rene Pogel Chardonnay are available from the Rev’s Australian tour website now as a twin pack and the wines also come with a free tour poster. It’ll cost you $45.95 plus $12 in postage which, if the wines are any good, is fairly decent value! Supports for the show that hits The Metro Theatre on Saturday 11 December have now been announced, The Snowdroppers, La Mancha Negra, Holly J’aDoll and Black Cherry DJs picking up those much coveted slots. rootsdown@drummedia.com.au

BLUESFEST BUILD-UP Posting on the Bluesfest forum – as mentioned in this week’s RootsDown – here’s an extract of what Festival Director Peter Noble had to say on the lead up to the announcement. “We always say the best Bluesfest is the one you never get to see – as we approach more artists than we expect to present in order to avoid not having all the major artists slots filled – a little like airlines over booking seats expecting no shows I guess. I can say that this year – so far – none of our headliners who we have made offers to have cancelled to date – and we are on countdown. Of course, should it occur that all the headliners confirm who we have approached – you will be the beneficiary – and we will need to look at our budgets and ticket prices really closely in order to get the $$ numbers we need, so we stay in business. So hint, hint – if you see the ticket prices go up a little more than expected after the Earlybirds go off sale – you know we have the bill from hell to present – and, we gotta pay ALL the artists who want to come and play their fees and present them at their production values. So if ticket prices go up even more, this may occur after the first announcement, or even the second announcement, as I previously said there’s no master plan. However as an analogy, if Jesus Christ, Mohammed and Buddha all want to pray in our church or temple at the same time – we are gonna find a way to fit them in.”

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featuring Toni Allayialis on vocals present the evening’s entertainment.

Topeka, Kansas born and bred, acoustic instrumental guitarist Andy McKee plays The Basement Circular Quay.

The stage will be a bit squeezy down at Eastside Arts with the 27-piece Sydney Balalaika Orchestra presenting an evening of Russian folkloric music and more.

Tonight’s Jazzgroove program at 505 features Melbourne’s double bass-led Leigh Barker & The New Sheiks and the tenor sax-plus-led Mike Rivett Quintet.

SATURDAY

WEDNESDAY Guitarist Carl Morgan and his quartet showcase material from his forthcoming debut album at 505. Mixing blues, jazz and girl-group nostalgia, Ava Torch & The Boybirds take the Vanguard stage tonight with guests Martyn Badoui and Johnny Balance. The John Redmond Trio plays the Manhattan Lounge.

THURSDAY Guitarist Roger Lock’s fusion project Roger Vs The Man sees him performing his material with some of Sydney’s finest jazz musicians alongside Taikoz drummers at The Basement, Circular Quay. Bass player Steve Foxe makes his Colbourne Ave in Glebe debut tonight with his quartet. Fresh from their latest European tour, My Sauce Good bring their mix of French swing and Latin folk song to the Sound Lounge. Led by multi-instrumentalist Oscar Marin, Sonido de los Andes are tonight’s Latin contribution to 505.

Travellers heading up the coast, there’s jazz to be had today and tomorrow as the Nelson Bay foreshore hosts the annual Tastes At The Bay Festival in Port Stephen.

DALE BARLOW FRIDAY The guitar-led Chris Alexander Trio plays Rydges Hotel in Campbelltown from 5.30pm. The Rocks Markets By Moonlight sees the gypsy sounds of Lola Lovina share the evening with Idea Idea in the Square, free from 6pm. The Jeff Duff Band takes to the Park Hyatt stage. Powerhouse saxophonist and composer Dale Barlow returns to the Sound Lounge with his quartet. Guitarist Aaron Flower takes his quintet, BAZ, down to 505.

Led by trumpeter and composer Miroslav Bukovsky takes the ARIA Award-winning world-jazz combo Wanderlust into the Sound Lounge.

SUNDAY Singer/keyboards player Yuki Kumagai and double bassist John Mackie play the Oatley Hotel from 2pm. Casula Powerhouse hosts an afternoon of traditional Kurdish, Persian, Azerbaijani and Arabic music with The Avesta Kurdish Band, from 2pm. The venerable pianist and composer Mike Nock takes his trio, featuring Phil Stack on double bass, into Berkelouw Wine Bar for the afternoon.

By popular demand Baby Et Lulu a.k.a. Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge return to The Vanguard to present another evening of chansons d’amour.

West Head Project V, featuring Jim Denley on wind instruments, accordionist Monika Brooks, double bassist Sam Pettigrew and members of Ensemble Offspring, takes over Middle Head’s National Park from 4pm.

Down at Berkelouw Wine Bar in Leichhardt, Amada,

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KURT ELLING

CHANNEL COLTRANE Chicago born and based singer Kurt Elling comes to Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall Tuesday evening to present his re-envisioning of one of the great jazz albums, John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman, accompanied as always by his longtime collaborator, pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood and his trio, as presented on his latest and live Concord Jazz album, Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman. Tonight, Bob Sheppard will be on sax and flute taking up the challenge of filling the late legendary Coltrane’s shoes. “I’m always happy to come down to Australia,” Elling admitted to Blow. “I feel that we have a lot of friends there and I feel like Australians, the ones that we’ve encountered, really understand what we’re going for and that jazz is a living and breathing thing and it’s there to provide excitement and emotional rapture, contentment and challenge. Of all the places we go in the world, I think Australia really has some of the most naturally appropriate responses to what jazz really is. “We’ve recorded a new studio record titled The Gate and it’ll be available at least in the States in February and we’ll be performing a number of things from that recording in addition to things from Dedicated To You when we play the Opera House.”

SEIZE THE DAY ROCKABILLY/PSYCHOBILLY/ALT.COUNTRY WITH PEDRO MANOY TUESDAY

SATURDAY

Celebrate Cup day with the Flamin’ Beauties from 4pm at the Royal Hotel in Springwood.

The Melodies play their regular monthly show at the iconic Town & Country Hotel with a 3pm start followed by Dave Tice & Mark Evans at the Sandringham from 4pm. There’s a rare reunion of the legendary Captain Matchbox Whoopie Band at the Cat & Fiddle with an all star band built around Matchbox originals Mic and Jim Conway playing all the Whoopie band favourites. The Ray Beadle Band have a great night scheduled for the Brass Monkey. The Lansdowne Hotel is home to Los Skeletone Blues, the Alter Ego Blues Band and Fiasco Burning whilst Terry Batu hits Pritchards Hotel. The Flamin’ Beauties have a 9pm start at the Royal Hotel in Springwood.

WEDNESDAY Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson play the historic Old Fitzroy Hotel whilst fellow Queenslander 8-Ball Aitken is joined by Mark Easton at the Brass Monkey. The Musos Club Jam Night is the place to be for all hardcore blues fans at The Wall.

THURSDAY 8-Ball Aitken and Mark Easton move to Notes and Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson travel to the Brass Monkey. The Steve Edmonds Band play the Empire Hotel from 7pm and Ross Ward does his regular solo show at GJ’s Coffee Lounge. The Musos Club Jam Night moves to the Carousel Inn and Claude Hay flies solo at the Sandringham Hotel. At Carlita’s Café Restaurant you’ll find Isaiah B Brunt and at the National Press Club it’s Melbourne’s Lloyd Spiegel.

FRIDAY The big man of blues and soul from Texas, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges plays the Sydney home of Lizotte’s in Dee Why whilst Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson move to Lizotte’s on the Central Coast. The Flamin’ Beauties play the Crown Hotel and the John Leigh Calder Trio are regulars at the Hotel Clarendon. Lloyd Spiegel continues his NSW tour at Club Sapphire in Merimbula. Ross Ward is solo at the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel as

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HAT FITZ & CARA ROBINSON is Terry Batu at Oasis in Campsie. The Last Waltz Revival Show has been a great success with shows all over the Sydney environs and comes to town with a big night at Notes featuring Darren Jack and an all star cast. The Sandringham Hotel is home to the Maximum Ska One Nighter featuring Chris Murray from the USA, The Ska Masters from the UK plus Australia’s own Backy Skank, Loonee Tunes and Hightimes.

The Alter Ego Blues Band play the Akuna Bay Marina from midday whilst BluesAngels are at Randall’s On The Beach at Killcare from 12.30pm. Jeannie Lushes & The Blues Boys swing the Towradgi Beach Hotel from 2pm and Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson rock the Beaches Hotel. Lloyd Spiegel is at the Seaview Tavern in Woolgoolga from 4pm. Finn get bluesy at the Sandringham Hotel from 4pm and the Little Blues Festival featuring the Rollercoaster Blues Band takes over the Toukley Golf Club from 5pm. 8-Ball Aitken wraps up his southern sojourn at Lizotte’s Newcastle and Pugsley Buzzard weaves his keyboard magic at the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel. swampshack@drummedia.com.au

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With the perhaps not-so-surprise success of her new, Doris Day-tribute, album Melinda Does Doris, we caught up with Melinda Schneider before her show at The Basement Circular Quay Wednesday 10 November.

When you were making Melinda Does Doris how did you think the album would be received? “I hoped it would be well received. You really can never tell when you release an album, but I had a funny feeling people were ready for an album of great songs by Doris day. I’ve had this idea for several years and the timing just felt right.” For your upcoming tour, how many tracks will be from this new album and how many from the back catalogue? “My show at The Basement in Sydney will be a music preview of the album plus a few more of my favourite Doris songs. We’ll also throw in a few of my songs as well. The other shows I’m doing in South Australia and Victoria are more of a mix of the two.” Do you channel Doris on stage, or is it very much Melinda’s reinterpretations? “I’ve been told I do channel Doris on stage, but it’s more through my personality. I sing these songs in my own way, it’s certainly not an impersonation. There’s only one Doris!” Is there anyone else you’d like to take on in the future? “My next album will be an original record, but there are a few singers I really love, Nancy Wilson (the jazz singer, not the one from Heart, although she’s good too) I don’t know… it’s a long career, who knows what I’ll do in the future!” THE DRUM MEDIA 2 NOVEMBER 2010 • 65 •


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name for ourselves as a land with a few fucked-up tales to tell. The latest, The Loved Ones, has been doing very well for itself at festivals across the globe and is finally getting a national theatre release from 4 November. Starring thespian Robin McLeavy and Twilight Saga: Eclipse star Xavier Samual, the film takes as many visual and thematic points from Pretty In Pink as it does Carrie. (Let’s just say dude shouldn’t have rejected girl’s prom invite.) Thanks to Madman Entertainment we’ve got ten in-season double passes to giveaway. For your chance to win one email giveaways@drummedia.com.au with ‘THE LOVED ONES’ in the subject line.

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TUESDAY 2 Fantastic Planet Shorts Programme #1: Space, Time, And Beyond – selection of short films featuring intergalactic space battles, alien robot invasions and a future where replicants are under threat of extermination. Dendy Netown, 7pm. True West – written by Sam Shepard, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and starring Wayne Blair and Brendan Cowell, this is theatre dripping with sweat and testosterone, involving two brothers that have just reconnected and come head-to-head with a clash of ideas. Opening Night, 8pm. Wharf 1, Sydney Theatre until 18 December.

WEDNESDAY 3 Alluvia – exhibition of illustrations from Sydney artist Matt Huynh, who’s also responsible for the Chinatown Comics series. Opening night, 8pm. The Papermill, Angel Place until Saturday 13. Art and Australia diploma lecture series: European preludes and parallels – lecture exploring Australia before it was discovered, through the building of the nation and its culture. This week’s talk, ‘Triumph and dissipation: Australians at war’, will be given by Barry Pearce. Domain Theatre, AGNSW, 6pm. (Repeats Thursday 4, 1pm.) Fantastic Filmmaking Forum – hosted by Fantastic Planet Film Festival in conjunction with Metro Screen this forum is for those interested in getting a sci-fi, fantasy, horror or action film off the ground in Australia. Speakers include Mortal Fools’ Phil Moore and Anthony Egan, The Tunnel’s Carlo Ledesma and Enzo Tedeschi and Braille’s Matthew Chuang and Luke Graham. The

night will be chaired by Revelation Perth International Film Festival programming director Jack Sargeant. Metro Screen, Paddington, 6:30pm. Fantastic Planet Shorts Programme #2: Realities Strange, Dark and New – selection of short films spanning the darkest corners of space and time, including an adaptation of a William S. Burroughs story. Dendy Newtown, 7pm. Fantastic Planet Shorts Programme #3: Australian Short Film Showcase – collection of Australianmade genre short films. Metro Screen, Paddington, 9pm. Les Misérables – Raymon Bernard directs early stars of French cinema Harry Baur and Charles Vanel in this 1933 adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, which preceded the West End/ Broadway hit by some 50 years. Part of David to Cézanne film series: romance and revolution. Domain Theatre, AGNSW, 1pm. (Repeats Sunday 7, 1pm.)

THURSDAY 4 Fantastic Planet Shorts Programme #4: Amazing Animations – showcase of animated short films, involving 15th Century explorers, exploited elves, Martian cats and robotic teddy bears. Dendy Newtown, 7pm. Radio Free Albemuth – the international premiere of John Alan Simon’s adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story, which involves the author’s own experiences with alien intelligence and, set in an alternate future, tells the tale of an America that has fallen to Fascism. Also, it must be noted, this film stars Alanis Morissette in a lead role. Part of Fantastic Planet Film Festival. Dendy Newtown, 9pm.

FRIDAY 5 Machete – Australian premiere of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, a film that started life as a trailer during the director’s Grindhouse double-bill with Quentin Tarantino. Starring Danny Trejo in the titular role as a man hellbent on revenge after being fucked over by a former boss, this action-fest also stars Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal and Michelle Rodriguez. Closing Night of Fantastic Planet Film Festival. Dendy Newtown, 7pm.

If there’s a genre that Australia does well it’s horror. From the glory days of such ‘Ozploitation’ scarefests as Nightmares (1980) and Next Of Kin (1982) through to the massive success of Wolf Creek (which, as well as renewing interest in classic Australian horror, helped relaunch the genre in this country and spawned countless imitations) we’ve made a

Saw 3D a self-help guru who claims to have survived a Jigsaw trap gets more than he bargained for when he publishes his story. Saw 3D is screening in cinemas now. Thanks to Hoyts we’ve got five in-season double passes to giveaway. For your chance to win one email giveaways@ drummedia.com.au with ‘SAW 3D’ in the subject line.

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SATURDAY 6 Blade Runner – Ridley Scott’s masterpiece returns to the big screen for a limited late-night run. Deckard, a blade runner – played by Harrison Ford – has to track down and terminate four replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker. Chauvel Cinema, 9:30pm. Dobell Prize For Drawing 2010 – exhibition showcasing the finalists, and winner, for the 2010 Dobell Prize, Australia’s more respected award for drawing. Opening day. AGNSW until 30 January 2011. Tracey Emin in conversation – British contemporary artist most famous for her My Bed and Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995, will be discussing her work with Edmund Capon, director of the Art Gallery of NSW. Entrance court, AGNSW, 3pm.

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MONDAY 8 Bremen Freedom – explorative film from Rainer Werner Fassbinder looking at the reasoning behind Geesche Gootfried’s poisoning of 15 people, including her entire family, in the early 19th Century. Chauvel Cinema, 6:30pm.

CHINESE DISABLED ARTS TROUPE RETURNS The culmination of more than two decades’ worth of work, the China Disabled People’s Performing Arts Troupe are bringing their show, My Dream, to Australia this month, having already taken it to 60 other territories. An artistic company made up entirely of members who have hearing and/or visual impairments, as well as others that carry physical disabilities, the show explores truth, honesty and virtue in human beings, and features sign language poetry, dance, musical performances, duets, opera, chorus and performance. CDPPAT will be in Sydney to play the State Theatre Sunday 7 November and Monday 8. Head to mydream. asia for more details.

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It’s Halloween and that means, you know, parties, pumpkins, and a new Saw film. But this year’s instalment of the Saw franchise is special for two reasons: one) it’s the first to be shot in 3D, and two) it’s the last film they’re making. Ever. (Well, that doesn’t mean much in horror franchises, does it? But it does mean there won’t be one for a while.) In

The Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival has finalised its arts programme for the 2010 event, which they’re hailing as “the largest and most provocative to date”. Regular Peats Ridge patrons will be welcomed by the return of Trash Temple, with Clown Club and Pork joining forces to create a “crazed homage to exploitation, waste and all kinds of filth.” For those of you

into both art and creatures, there will be Amanda Hills’ Cane Toads and Jasper Knight and Isabelle Toland’s Redbacks, while Tiger Translate’s Art Battle will feature Sydney street artists battling it out. Alli Sebastian Wolf of The Deep Sea Astronauts will be hosting Festival Self Portrait, where punters will be invited to create miniatures to add to an ongoing diorama. There will also be an open mic comp, A Little Bit Of Bush Magic, the visual/ aural pleasure dome that is Land Of Hopeless Utopians, and Vic’s Disco. Peats Ridge runs 29 December to 1 January. Head to peatsridgefestival. com.au for more information and to book tickets.

LAST LATE NIGHTS REVEALED Sydney Opera House’s November and December Late Night Lounge lineups have been announced, bringing together quality assortments of music, theatre, cabaret and laughs. Saturday 13 November will feature music from Elana Stone and Passenger, Chris Wainhouse, Mrs Bang and a burlesque performance by Imogen Kelly. Then on Saturday 18 December the party starts again with song and dance routines by Old Man

River, Mr Pervial, Hannah Gadsby and David Bates & Madam Pat. The evening also features Barry Morgan and his organ (a good rhyme if there ever was one) - a Spicks & Specks fave fresh from an acclaimed season at the Melbourne Fringe - and Mark Winmill, one of the world’s finest aerialists. The sessions look sure to be a memorable night out. No pets. Head to sydneyoperahouse.com for more details and to get your tickets.

SOLITARY SEYMOUR The Seymour Centre will be hosting the provocative one-woman production A Solitary Choice from Wednesday 10 November to Saturday 27. A hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show stars acclaimed performer Tamara Lee, who will present compelling theatre and emotionally poignant storytelling. You see, it’s the story about Ruth, your everyday suburban wife who thinks everything is boring. In an unexpected bout of passion she gets to grinding an American, and once an American’s involved everything goes predictably tits up. It’s a heartwrenching and personal piece of theatre, something that will strike a chord with the contemporary feminist in all of us. Head to sydney.edu.au/ seymour for more info/tickets.


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AN ASS WITH THE THIRD JACKASS FEATURE FILM, JACKASS 3D, OUT THIS WEEK MATTHEW HOGAN HAS A BEER WITH ITS STAR BAM MARGERA WHILE HE’S IN THE COUNTRY TOURING WITH CKY.

BAM MARGERA AT THE PARIS PREMIERE OF JACKASS 3D Originally airing on MTV for three seasons in the early 2000s, Jackass was a highly controversial show featuring a gang of American stuntmen performing dangerous and ridiculous stunts. With feature-length films continuing to shock in 2002 and 2006, Jackass 3D is set to feature Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, and the rest of the guys in their most dangerous stunts yet. With 3D films coming out almost every week and each with a bigger budget than the last, Margera says it was about time a 3D movie came

out that didn’t feature blue aliens or cuddly CGI creatures voiced by celebrities. “I think that’s the reason of why we wanted to do that is because everything is like CGI and kids’ films or something like that; now we’re gonna have a 3D movie with, like, shit, piss, and barf,” he promises. “It’s just stuff that you wouldn’t normally see in 3D, and when you see this movie you’ll never look at 3D the same ever again!” But 3D filming isn’t the only new technology the lads used in this film, as Margera reveals.

“We used this phantom camera that just films everything in, like, such ridiculous slow motion that, like, you can see every little detail. Even if you splash water in somebody’s face, like, you could see every little, like, piece of water,” he says, laughing. As is to be expected, Margera broke a significant number of bones this time around. “I broke my clavicle and then I broke three ribs and then I busted my kneecap really bad, and then I broke my foot,” he says matter of factly. “We’d film for 10 days straight and then they’d send us home to rest

THE DEBUT SYDNEY SOLO EXHIBITION FROM HOBART-BASED PAINTER NATHAN TAYLOR IS YET TO OPEN AND YET EVERY PIECE THAT WILL GO ON DISPLAY HAS ALREADY BEEN SOLD. BETHANY SMALL QUICKLY UNDERSTANDS WHY.

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My list of questions for Nathan Taylor consists entirely of abstract nouns with question marks after them. “Photography? Detritus/garbage/ waste? Implied narrative? Time/ intensiveness?” These are not questions you can, as a person who aims to make sense, ask another person. My only other question, “how

big?” is something a lady probably shouldn’t ask either, but sometimes you have to reconsider your personal standards while you’re canvas(s)ing. I’m pretty sure Nathan Taylor does, anyhow, because someone who can sell out a whole show at what we (or, would like to think ‘we’) in the business regard as a Proper Gallery

is playing in the gutter out of interest rather than necessity. Taylor is a meticulous artist. “Photography is my drawing,” he says, and he paints photorealist. At 50x100cm each, the current works are neither pretending to be prints nor imagining that they’re billboards, and this evidences his

for a week so we could go back for more. Every time I’d go home I’d get more hurt than filming Jackass, like some 50-year-old crackhead lady hit me in the head with a fucking baseball bat and put me in the hospital for two days.” Refering to an incident that happened outside the pub he owns in West Chester, Margera’s bad run extended to New Zealand, where he was touring with his brother’s band CKY. He was drugged at their gig and refused entry on a plane to Australia. Still, while he hasn’t gotten over roofies and crackies, he is dealing with his deathly fear of snakes. “That’s another thing in this movie which is dumb on my part because you never tell Jackass members what you’re afraid of because then they’ll bring it on,” he offers. “In the second movie they locked an 18-wheeler truck with me in there with a cobra. This time they basically sabotaged me [with] 100 of all different kinds of snakes. There was, like, seriously, pythons, cobras, anacondas – any snake you can think of it was in there. By the time I actually made it to the top of this 12-foot cage when, I ran out of arm strength to pull myself out so I was just hanging there, looking back, seeing all these snakes and I am like ‘I am not going to fall on all these snakes’, meanwhile they’re still throwing snakes on my back as I’m trying to climb out, and I’m like crying at this point begging for dear help!” WHAT: Jackass 3D WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 4 November

distance from the Pop Art tradition that his work invokes. He’s not a Renaissance revivalist either, despite the emphasis on objective actuality. “It takes me 12 months to make eight paintings,” he says, and that’s “at least” and as a fulltime job. He paints from photos and photographs what he sees in the street. His focus is “more on the detritus, now,” where “it used to be more on the object.” There is, as such, a quite determined if rather diffuse social conscience to the pieces of work he’s made lately. The environment is mentioned, and diet, and attention span, but Taylor’s main thing in terms of self-description is what he calls “post-consumerism”. ‘Post-’ anything has a dangerous breadth, but what he’s talking about is the extent to which we take objects for granted; how and what we routinely use. His paintings are beautiful, but in a way that draws attention to their unlikely status as objects of aesthetic virtue. “The more disgusting the object,” he reports a friend as saying, “the more beautiful it gets.” This is true through what his pretty much perfect representational technique makes the viewer realise qua subject-objects, and because of individuation his artistry effects. There is “a lot of irony” and “a lot of trust” in making works like this, and a double attenuation that makes for sell-out shows from a guy who lives in Tasmania somewhere and schedules stuff around when his daughter will have gone to bed. (Sell-out, not sellout. It’s different, we swear.) People want to buy Nathan Taylor’s pictures, which are pictures that look as close as they can look to the photos he’s taken of things he’s found lying around. He’s sold out his show at Michael Reid before it’s even opened, but he’s not someone who’s on postcards and your mum talks to you about from

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WITH BETHANY SMALL It’s too late for anyone to steal them as awesome costume ideas, but you’re all still hungover from sugar and... [I’m not suggesting what the kids get up to these days]. Perfect timing for a scary Halloween list of artists who have joined the ranks of possible ghosts this year. Some are horrifying for things they’ve done, some for the pretentious haunting practices they’ll undertake, and some for how the world would be without them. In this last category we have Corinne Day, who was a photographer and died of a brain tumour in August. A model-turnedphotographer, she discovered Kate Moss (I guess that counts in the ‘crimes during life’ column for some people, but shut up) and pioneered grungy aesthetics in high fashion shoots. She also kept an important Diary series based on her London milieu where inspiration for the waify thing came from and did a lot for candour and imperfection as part of the representation of beauty. To be her, carry a camera and, I dunno, be thin? Yes, there was also that whole ‘heroin chic’ thing. Also chic, and very heroin, there’s poor Sebastian Horsley. He OD’ed in June after a lifetime of being a messed-up rich boy artist with alcoholic parents. He idolised Marc Bolan and underwent a voluntary crucifixion in the Philippines in order to better understand what it was like for a series of paintings. Only the once, though, so you could go with a sparkly coat rather than stigmata. You could also walk around pointing

the weekend papers. So why? There is an inherent totemic power in the everyday object, something that can be simultaneously unifying and intensely personal. Taylor sees the objects in his work as both generic and nostalgic, and focuses the perceptive capacity of his audience on the nature of these pieces of their own reality. It’s a metonymic vision (but much less pretentious than that sounds) but also, in

out that you are friends with Will Self and Stephen Fry. Another artist whose spectral presence would up your impressiveness in Six Degrees Of Separation is Ruth Kligman, who painted abstracts and was Willem de Kooning’s lover and was in the car with Jackson Pollock when he died. She was photographed by Irving Penn and Robert Mapplethorpe, makes appearances in Andy Warhol’s diaries, and was great friends with Jasper Johns. Her undead presence can be noted by everyone suddenly feeling way less cool than they did shortly before, and as to dress-ups, well, if I knew how to be more like her I’d be in Manhattan doing it. Heh. ‘Doing it.’ I am ten years old. Louise Bourgeois, however, lived to the age of 98 and was famous for sculptures. She also, awesomely, reminded people that older ladies know about sex, in a photograph Mapplethorpe took of her with one of her works in 1982. She passed away on 31 May, three days after I made an offhand remark that she was going to die soon. Thus, she haunts me specifically with reminders of my being a bad person and various facets of our libidinal consciousness generally. Costume stores should totally start stocking a Sexy Louise Bourgeois outfit. Or maybe Sexy Damien Hirst Shark Preserved In Formaldehyde is more your look. However, given that we’re just looking at things that are dead, I’m dressing as the Sexy Current State Of The Market For Damien Hirst Works.

the most literal possible sense, a representation: a re-presentation, a showing again what we only kind of see. Now go stare at your cereal box, okay? WHAT: Dead To The World WHERE & WHEN: Michael Reid Wednesday 3 November to Friday 3 December THE DRUM MEDIA 2 NOVEMBER 2010 • 67 •


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INDIA NEW ZEALAND THEATRE COMPANY INDIAN INK WILL FILL THE POWERHOUSE WITH THE SCENT OF CARDAMOM AS PERFORMER JACOB RAJAN BRINGS THE GURU OF CHAI ACROSS THE TASMAN. HE TELLS BAZ MCALISTER ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR HIS NEW SHOW. Jacob Rajan has long been fascinated by his distant homeland. A New Zealander of Indian descent, Rajan has found India to be the inspiration for his acclaimed one-man shows. The Guru Of Chai is indeed set in modern-day India, but Rajan says the inspiration for the spiritual leader character at the heart of his new show actually came from a man he met in Bali, Nyoman. “He was just a lovely, flawed human being,” Rajan recalls. “He was this contradiction of a Balinese mask

THEATRE JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1970s musical Jesus Christ Superstar is an ambitious project for any company, and the Riverside Lyric Ensemble does it justice. From its West End and Broadway beginnings to the movie and productions in almost every country in the world, the musical has made stars of many of those who have performed in it. The innovative rock opera based on St John’s Gospel account of the last week of Jesus’s life is no longer controversial, but still has a message about our obsession with celebrities. It highlights political and personal struggles between Judas and Jesus, with 20th Century sensibilities pervading the lyrics. Featuring songs like I Don’t Know How To Love Him and Superstar, the show was the first full-length musical collaboration between Webber and Rice and many still consider it their best. This is a low budget production, but the leads - Nelson Padilla as Jesus, Chris Fung as Judas, and Emily Potts as Mary - are vocally strong and work well with the small onstage band under the musical direction of Manu Prasad. It would be easy to go over the top in the intimate Lennox Theatre, but they are credible in their roles. Christopher Bennie as Pilate, David Izzard as Herod, Frederick Hama as Caiphas, and Andrew Lindsay as Annas are accompanied by a huge enemble. At times there are so many people on stage it’s hard to know what to focus on, but it all sounds so good it doesn’t matter. Season finished JAMELLE WELLS • 68 • THE DRUM MEDIA 2 NOVEMBER 2010

dancer who was just steeped in all that tradition of astonishing and fluid movement, but at the same time he was quietly worried about how fat he was getting, and dying to have a Facebook page, and all his aspirations to be a fantastic dancer are at odds with his beer-drinking, cock-fighting, and need to go fishing at every opportunity. If he saw the show he probably wouldn’t recognise himself – I’ve changed his ethnicity and given him a hideous pair of teeth.”

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SWEAT Performance Space at CarriageWorks Right there in the title, this looks like hard work. And it is, in a few ways. It’s an incredibly physical show, with performers using parkour, b-boying, football, noise, and dance to perform a series of ritualised chores in an unidentified gigantic service organisation. Dressed in overalls and safety vests and waiters’ uniforms, the cast demonstrate the skill and effort inherent in the undertaking of menial work, the complexity of arrangements for our comfort we take for granted at the expense of those who enable them, and the persistence of individuality within structures that valorise consistency to the point of interchangeability and unobtrusiveness to the point of invisibility. It’s a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how certain things get done, like cleaning and laundering and preparing food on a mass scale, and it’s fascinating and quite guilt-inducing. The audience aren’t seated, but move around with the performers throughout the entirety of one of the giant bays at CarriageWorks. The lighting also follows the performance, so the audience spends a lot of time in shadow and then accidentally spotlit and in the way. It feels clumsy to not know where you should be, especially when incredibly graceful things are happening in front of you, and you feel useless when things look difficult or painful and you’re just standing there. Actually, just standing there isn’t fair: there’s a lot of interaction, and a lot of play with workers as performers and performance as work and how an audience does both these things. Season finished BETHANY SMALL

Rajan is known for the amazing masks he uses in his shows. For The Guru Of Chai his real face is on display, but he has indeed crafted a set of teeth for the character that do the same job. “Just like a red nose for a clown is a mask, these teeth are a mask for me,” he says. “They completely transform me, my voice and my body. If I take them out I can’t do the character any more. I think our company’s niche is taking ancient and powerful forms like mask work and re-invigorating them

for a modern audience not bound by traditional codes. And we basically do what we want with them, because we’re in New Zealand and no-one can tell us any different!” The spine of The Guru Of Chai is based on a dark Indian folk tale, but it is set in modern India – a country which has been very much at the forefront of the media lately with the safety and hygiene concerns at the Commonwealth Games. “India is a country of contradictions,” Rajan says. “At one point the action of the story goes to Delhi and you can’t help but feel the furore of everything that was going on over there, but in some way now you know what it’s like. For me, India is functioning chaos, but it’s also the most amazing place... hard work, but it will blow your mind. You might hate it, but you can’t help but be affected by it. This show has a very Slumdog Millionaire feel, with the wealth and the poverty rubbing up against each other.” Rajan calls his new show an “intimate epic” – it’s just one man onstage narrating a story, but he does take the audience across vast distances of space and time. Not to worry, though – he brings audiences back down to Earth at the end with a cuppa. “Andrew Ross, who runs the Powerhouse, he’s a bit of an Indiaphile and he insisted on having a real chai-wallah out in the foyer afterwards,” Rajan says. “I do make chai on stage in the show, but thank God no one gets to taste it – because I do, and it’s awful,” he laughs. WHAT: The Guru Of Chai WHERE & WHEN: Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse until Sunday 24 October

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WITH JAMELLE WELLS Two Belvoir shows will tour overseas next year. Diary Of A Madman, directed by Neil Armfield and starring Geoffrey Rush, will have a four-week season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in February, while The Sapphires, a musical about Aboriginal sisters who performed Motown songs to the troops in the Vietnam War, will be staged at the Barbican in London in March. The original production directed by Wesley Enoch was a big hit of the 2005 Sydney Festival. Diary Of A Madman is a revival of the 1989 production that started an artistic partnership between Rush and Armfield. The main cast of the musical Doctor Zhivago has been announced by producer John Frost. Anthony Warlow will play Doctor Yurii Zhivago, Lucy Maunder is Lara, and Taneel Van Zyl his wife Tonia. Martin Crews has been cast as political radical Pasha Antipov, Bartholemew John the corrupt attorney Viktor Komarovsky, and in the roles of Alexander and Anna are Peter Carroll and Trisha Noble. It opens in February at Star City’s Lyric Theatre. A crowd of several hundred gathered at Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel last week for the launch of former prime minister John Howard’s book. Most were talking about his appearance on the ABC the night before when an anti-war protester from the Hunter Valley threw his shoes at him. Singer Kamahl, former federal MP Wilson Tuckey, and former Liberal leader Alexander Downer were among the guests.

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LIZ GIUFFRE SPEAKS TO PHILIP SCOTT ABOUT THE 2010 WHARF REVUE, NOT QUITE OUT OF THE WOODS, ON NOW AT SYDNEY THEATRE.

It’s rumoured up to 20 jobs will be cut at the Sydney Opera House as part of a restructure. The jobs are reported to be going through redundancies and natural attrition over the next few weeks. Jonathan Bielski has been promoted to the new job of executive producer of ‘Sydney Opera House Presents’. A head of performing arts job (held by Rachael Healy for four years) has been axed and the role of commercial and operations director (previously held by Maria Sykes) has also gone. The job cuts at the Opera House are ahead of US talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s visit in December to film two episodes of her show there. One of the ‘secret destinations’ on her Australian tour is apparently to a collection of Aboriginal rock art seen by only a few non-Indigenous people in a remote part of the Northern Territory. Thirteen episodes of The Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood’s TV comedy series Wilfred will be shown on the FX cable network. Based on the Australian comedy of the same name, it stars Wood as Ryan, an introvert who meets Wilfred (Jason Gann). The rest of the world sees Wilfred as a dog, but Ryan sees him as a man dressed in a dog suit. The show will be written and produced by Family Guy’s David Zuckerman. Channel Nine’s Sea Patrol is due to wind up next year after its fifth season. The series has been sold to NBC Universal owned channels in Australia, the UK, Russia, Greece, Poland, and RAI in Italy.

particular, and while a mere mortal may be scared to do so, these brave comedic souls go in with no fear. “I think everyone’s fair game in politics, and I think they do, too,” he says. “The only people who’ve ever really complained have been the shock jocks and people like that, the politicians just tend to take it on the chin.” So the people that give it out the most can’t take it? “Oh yeah, they can dish it, and there has been talk about people calling their lawyers and all that sort of stuff, but it hasn’t happened for a long time.” The good and the bad thing about writing topical, political humour is that it’s current and recent, but this year’s drama over who was running the country was just plain inconvenient. Sure, the country was without a leader for a while, but the real victims of such delays were satirists.

Philip Scott is the musical director and a cornerstone performer for Sydney Theatre Company’s annual The Wharf Revue. A political satire, musical excursion, and excuse to clean out the costume cupboard, this year’s revue sees him don a white wig as Kevin Rudd and some very sexy frilly knickers and a frock as an Octoberfest-style outcast in a Eurovision sketch. The show demands a variety of musical performances, theatrical styles (from farce to high drama to David Williamson-style ocker

and back to farce), all with no frills staging and minimal external help. The outfit trnsformations alone are impressive, and Scott, modestly, says he’s not quite sure how many changes there are (although perhaps he’s just too scared to do the maths). “There’re a few times I have to get into and out of the same costume, and it’s frantic backstage. We don’t have dressers or anything like that, we do it all ourselves,” he says. “My toughest one is changing out of a towel into a suit and tie, wig, and glasses, to play Rudd, and I’ve got about a minute to do it.”

As for the first time he had to put on the frock and panties for the Eurovison sketch, “‘Oh shit’ is what I think I first said,” he recalls, deadpan. “When I saw how short the skirt was I worked out that if I put my hands up you could see everything, so now I time it particularly.” What a professional. Along with Jonathan Biggins, Amanda Bishop, and Drew Forsythe, Scott’s part in The Wharf Revue has become the stuff of local theatre legend. As a yearly institution the Revue happily takes on pollies in

“We were in rehearsal during the election and still putting things together, and we thought ,‘Good, we’ve got two weeks after the election to finish writing the parts that depended on who won’, but of course we didn’t know who won until about two days before we opened our first run [at Parramatta],” Scott says calmly (although no doubt still traumatised by the experience). However, he’s had to deal with similar inconveniences before. “Well, I was stunned when Rudd was rolled, because I’ve played him a few times before and I thought I had a good five years left doing that! I play him in this revue, but I don’t know how current he’ll be from now on.” WHAT: The Wharf Revue 2010: Not Quite Out Of The Woods WHERE & WHEN: Wharf 2, Sydney Theatre until Sunday 19 December


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NIGHT THERE’S A NEW AUSTRALIAN HORROR FILM IN TOWN WINNING ACCLAIM FROM BOTH AUDIENCES AND CRITICS: THE LOVED ONES. GUY DAVIS SPEAKS TO STARS ROBIN MCLEAVY AND XAVIER SAMUEL.

An actor may not get many opportunities to portray a love-struck teenager with some deep-seated psychological issues and a penchant for performing lobotomies on the hunky boys she likes, so it’s perhaps understandable that Robin McLeavy jumped at the chance to play the shy, sweet and completely fucking bonkers Lola in Australian writer-director Sean

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Byrne’s bloody and blackly funny horror movie, The Loved Ones. “It was so appealing and so repulsive at the same time,” laughs the softspoken McLeavy, whose off-screen personality is in marked contrast to the full-throttle madness she gradually reveals in the movie. “But I fell in love with Lola when I read the script.”

Indeed, Lola does initially seem lovable, especially when she musters up the courage to ask fellow highschooler Brent (Xavier Samuel) to the end-of-year dance. Already attached, Brent gently turns down her invitation...which was probably a bad move in hindsight. Because when Lola gets a crush on a boy, she and her all-too-attentive daddy (John

Brumpton) use all manner of methods to bring him around to their way of thinking. In fact, it can probably be summed up in one nifty line of Loved Ones dialogue: “Get the drill, Daddy.” If it sounds like torture porn, well, it is a little. But The Loved Ones distinguishes itself from the pack thanks to its gallows humour, Byrne’s sharp visual sense, a soundtrack with some choice cuts (Kasey Chambers’ Not Pretty Enough is perfectly used here) and the cast’s committed performances. While theatre veteran McLeavy has the eye-catching role, and makes the most of it, she’s well-complemented by Samuel, whose profile has been on the rise thanks to work in films like September, Newcastle and, of course, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, in which he played Riley. Samuel’s Brent is put through the wringer both physically and psychologically in The Loved Ones – even before he runs afoul of Lola he’s consumed by guilt over his culpability in the car crash that killed his dad a year earlier. Upon reading Byrne’s script for the first time, he was daunted by the myriad challenges the role of Brent would present, whether it was conveying the character’s emotional pain or undergoing a wide variety of tortures at the hands of Lola. “I knew Robin was involved, and having seen her onstage I was really looking forward to working with someone who would challenge me to be better,” he explains. “And something Sean and I talked about a lot was the stages that the story goes through – he wanted to make sure I didn’t expend my energy all at once.” But Samuel was also intrigued by The Loved Ones’ sense of humour,

and the way Byrne was interested in playing with the conventions of the horror genre. “I got the feeling Sean wanted to create a kind of pop horror movie, one that takes something a lot of people can relate to – the whole school dance thing – and then throws this intense horror into it. As if a school dance wasn’t torturous enough already!” While the scenes between Samuel, McLeavy and Brumpton get pretty intense, the actors are quick to dispel any notion that Method-style mind games were employed to get the set in an appropriately bloodthirsty mood. “It’s kind of absurd the amount of pain Xavier’s character endures, so we certainly weren’t playing any mind games!” says McLeavy with a laugh. “Although if I had my time again...” The confrontational scenes were rehearsed prior to shooting, says Samuel, “so it was a case of me rocking up and going ‘Who are these crazy people?’ But Robin and John had such fun as this weirdo tag-team that’s getting such a kick out of the violence they’re inflicting on me. The whole trust issue was something we worked out fairly early on, though, and the instruments of torture were generally made of rubber so everything turned out okay.” For someone who displays such gusto as a psycho, McLeavy admits that she’s no horror fan. So she initially found the research material (DVDs of Carrie, Misery and Natural Born Killers, true-crime books about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer) provided by Byrne a little hard to stomach. “I was actually going on a holiday before we started filming and I was going to take all this reference material with

me but I found it really disturbing so I decided not to,” she recalls. “But while I was away I found myself thinking about Lola’s psychology and how I could tap into that without turning into a psychopath myself. I was recommended a book by neurologist Oliver Sacks, and he describes his patients’ symptoms in this very colourful and poetic way – I found that to be a great key to getting inside Lola in a way that made sense to me. It was even kind of fun.” According to McLeavy, Lola’s issues stem from being rejected by boys due to being “awkward and inept and self-conscious, so she has this weird vibe about her. And her dad has led her to believe that if someone rejects you, you punish them. So that’s where her really violent, vengeful retaliation comes in. Plus I get the feeling she’s been trained in the fine art of torture from a young age!” It’s hard not to be won over by McLeavy when she laughs how “it’s so much fun” to play this rather unbalanced individual. But she has no desire to get herself pigeonholed as the next scream queen, despite the overwhelmingly positive reaction to her performance from audiences here and overseas. “People are kind of scared to meet me, which I think is very funny because I’m pretty normal, even meek and mild,” she says. “I’ve received a few horror scripts but I think I’m gonna have to go in the opposite direction for a little while, find a nice rom-com or period piece.” WHAT: The Loved Ones WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 4 November


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Metro Theatre 30/10/10

Taking place on the night before Halloween, the Monster Mash, which sold out last year at the ‘Dale, was back and it was the Metro Theatre that was transformed from city music centre to bat cave bananarama. Apart from a lineup of great Sydney bands, there were a bunch of fire dancers, a burlesque performance and all manner of fake blood, cobwebs and Simon & Garfunkel impersonators. The vibe was spooky and altogether kooky. Starting out early were the sublime electrical sounds of Fishing, followed soon after by the Lemonheads-esque tunes of The Magnetic Heads, another local act who have turned a number of heads in recent months. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Guineafowl in full kit with Splinter on lead guitar and April O’Neil (or Uma Thurman, depending on what decade you were born) epitomised the word fun and their pop grooves cascaded between demolishing foot soldiers and eating pizza. Unison jumping Turtle power! What The Laurels lacked in costume ideas they made up for in performance with another stellar showing from one of Sydney’s best bands. Completely suited to the Metro stage, comparisons to all manner of psychedelic/shoegaze/other bands are all warranted. A couple of tracks from their debut EP, including Turn On Your Mind, were highlights. Last year’s unearthed boys, Last Dinosaurs sported the best Dracula and Brides combo, although being an all-male band, perhaps their choice of get-up was in protest of a country that still refuses to recognise same-sex marriage. Their songs lack a bit of backbone, but they still have a great general appeal while they search for their sound in between trips to Sydney from their Brisbane base. For those of you feeling the withdrawals since Limp Bizkit’s only Sydney performance back in 1999, thank continued pg.74

8 BALL AITKEN: Nov 3 Brass Monkey, Nov 4 Notes, Nov 5 Heritage Hotel, Nov 6 Hotel Gearin, Nov 7 Lizotte’s Newcastle CLAUDE HAY: Nov 4 Sandringham Hotel THE AUDREYS: Nov 4 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov 5 & 6 The Basement Circular Quay, Nov 7 Brass Monkey MM9: Nov 4 Harp Hotel, Nov 5 Manly Fisho’s, Nov 12 Fitzroy Hotel AMY MEREDITH: Nov 4 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 19 The Factory DAVE GRANEY & THE LURID YELLOW MIST: Nov 5 Coogee Diggers, Nov 7 Sandringham Hotel DRAWN FROM BEES: Nov 5 Melt LIOR: Nov 5 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov 6 The Metro PENDULUM: Nov 5 Hordern Pavilion PEABODY: Nov 5 Annandale Hotel, Nov 6 Phoenix Bar Canberra, Nov 12 Lass O’ Gowrie, Nov 13 Hotel Gearin INSTITUT POLAIRE: Nov 5 Spectrum SHIHAD: Nov 4 ANU Bar, Nov 5 The Gaelic THE TONGUE, SPIT SYNDICATE: Nov 5 ANU Bar, Nov 6 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 27 The Gaelic HOLLY THROSBY: Nov 5 The Factory, Nov 11 Heritage Hotel CHRIS PICKERING, CATHERINE BRITT: Nov 6 Beachcomber Hotel, Nov 7 Fitzroy Hotel, Nov 9 Brass Monkey, Nov 10 The Vanguard POWDERFINGER: Nov 6 Acer Arena BAG RAIDERS: Nov 6 Grand Hotel, Nov 21 King St Hotel Newcastle, Dec 4 The Forum THE SHAKE UP: Nov 6 Transit Bar THE SACRED TRUTH: 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 MELINDA SCHNEIDER: Nov 10 The Basement Circular Quay HUNGRY 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 MIAMI HORROR*: Nov 11 Beach Road Hotel ED KUEPPER: Nov 11 The Vanguard, Nov 12 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Nov

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THURSDAY ANU BAR, FRIDAY THE GAELIC Jon Toogood and his band of merry New Zealanders – long since based in Melbourne – just don’t look like stopping any time soon. They’ve had many chance and opportunities to call it a day, their fateful name change one such moment, but they’ve continued and released three albums in the last five years – the latest, Ignite, their first for new home Roadrunner. It’s not an album that’s going to finally break it into the States for them, or upgrade them to 60,000-seater arenas, but it’s their best for a while, classic Shihad rock that’s hard to beat in the pub atmosphere.

13 Lizotte’s Kincumber THE MELODICS, [ME]: Nov 11 Melt, Nov 12 Ivanhoe Hotel, Nov 13 Great Northern Hotel Newcastle PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY: Nov 11 Hotel Gearin, 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 DIESEL: Nov 11 Vikings, Nov 12 Revesby Workers, Nov 13 Penrith Panthers, Nov 18 & 19 Brass Monkey SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR: Nov 11 Ryan’s Hotel, Nov 12 Grand Junction Hotel, Nov 13 Beaches, Dec 10 The Factory, Dec 11 Street Theatre JINJA SAFARI: Nov 11 Oxford Art Factory, Nov 12 Northern Star BLAME RINGO: Nov 12 World Bar GLENN RICHARDS: Nov 12 The Metro THE BOOK OF SHIPS*: Nov 12 World Bar, Nov 13 Lass O’Gowrie CHEMICAL TRANSPORT: Nov 12 Sirens, Nov 20 Church On Chalmers, Nov 26 Crest Hotel DANIMALS: Nov 12 Grand Hotel, Nov 17 Beach Road Hotel, Nov 18 Oxford Art Factory 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 Hotel Gearin, 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 THIRSTY MERC: Nov 17 ANU Bar, Nov 18 Grand Hotel, Nov 19 The Metro AXXONN: Nov 19 The Wall, Nov 20 Dirty Shirlows WORLD’S END PRESS: Nov 18 Good God, Nov 19 Coogee Diggers ANDY BULL: Nov 18 The Clarendon, Nov 19 Spectrum THE JEZABELS: Nov 18 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Nov 19 The Gaelic, Nov 20 Clarendon THE MONITORS: Nov 18 Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills, Nov 19 Great Northern Newcastle, Dec 9 Valve Bar OWL EYES: Nov 19 Melt KOOLISM*: Nov 19 Hotel Gearin, Dec 9 Melt Bar BOAT PEOPLE*: Nov 19 Sandringham Hotel, Nov 20 Beaches Hotel Newcastle NUMBERS RADIO: Nov 19 World Bar, Nov 20 Northern Star JERICCO: Nov 19 Fitzroy Hotel, Nov 20 The Maram, Nov 25 Harp Hotel Wollongong, Nov 26 Hamilton Station Hotel THE VASCO ERA: Nov 19 The Maram, Nov 20 Annandale Hotel THE RED SHORE: Nov 20 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 21 Centenary Hall SYDONIA: Nov 20 ANU Bar EMMA DEAN: Nov 20 Raval MY DISCO: Nov 24 ANU Bar, Nov 25 Cambridge Hotel, Nov 26 Manning Bar JEZ MEAD: Nov 24 View Factory, Nov 25 Front Gallery, Nov 26 Heritage Hotel, Nov 27 Raval CHILDREN COLLIDE: Nov 25 Blush Nightclub, Nov 26 Manly Fisho’s, Nov 28 The Maram THE LUCKY WONDERS: Nov 25 Lizotte’s Kincumber YOU AM I: Nov 25 Castle Hill RSL BELLES WILL RING:

Nov 25 Grand Hotel, Nov 26 The Gaelic, Nov 27 Cambridge Hotel, Dec 10 Hotel Gearin THE CAIROS, YOUNG HERETICS: Nov 26 World Bar PENNY IKINGER: Nov 26 Cabbage Tree Hotel, Nov 28 Sandringham Hotel THE CHEMIST: Nov 26 Melt, Nov 27 Hamilton Station Hotel WENDY MATTHEWS: Nov 26 State Theatre BETTY AIRS*: Nov 26 Grand Hotel, Dec 18 Roxbury Hotel ILLY, 360, SKRYPTCHA: Nov 27 Transit Bar PHATCHANCE, COPTIC SOLDIER: Nov 27 The Wall TASH PARKER: Nov 28 The Vanguard THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS: Nov 28 Baroque, Nov 30 Brass Monkey, Dec 1 Beach Road Hotel, Dec 2 Grand Hotel, Dec 3 ANU Bar, Dec 4 Oxford Art Factory ADAM COUSENS: Nov 29 Phoenix Canberra, Dec 2 Lansdowne Hotel, ADAM BRAND: Dec 1 Rooty Hill RSL, Dec 4 Katoomba RSL, Dec 19 Wests Leagues Newcastle PARIS WELLS: Dec 2 The Vanguard DEAD LETTER CHORUS, DAN PARSONS, SEAGULL: Dec 3 Oxford Art Factory, Dec 5 Brass Monkey MARCIA HINES: Dec 4 State Theatre SIERRA FIN*: Dec 4 Raval DRAPHT: Dec 4 The Gaelic THE CHURCH: Dec 4 Tilley’s, Dec 5 Notes, Dec 8 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Dec 9 & 10 Lizotte’s Newcastle MATT CORBY: Dec 7 Brass Monkey, Dec 8 OTIS Bar, Dec 9 Independent Theatre, Dec 10 View Factory LAURA JEAN: Dec 10 Red Rattler THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS: Dec 10 Mona Vale Hotel, Jan 6 Waves, Jan 7 Entrance Leagues MR PERCIVAL: Dec 13 & 14 Brass Monkey HUMAN NATURE: Dec 17 & 18 State Theatre

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live@drummedia.com.au SPOD for taking us back to the Matthews bridge in full L.I.M.P. band mode complete with Wes Borland, John Otto and the limp lady dancers. Daaaamn. Opening with the Bizkit hit Rollin’ to much cringing and gnashing of teeth, it shifted back to normal mode with a superb offering of Cats! plus a dozen or so hip hop, rock and pop disco and electronic mash-ups. Covering himself and anyone that was within a two metre radius with rainbow confetti added to the melodrama.

GRINSPOON: Dec 30 Entrance Leagues, Dec 31 Shellharbour Workers, Jan 7 Selina’s, Jan 8 Mounties

INTERNATIONAL ROBIN GIBB: Nov 2 Sydney Entertainment Centre KURT ELLING: Nov 2 Sydney Opera House ANDY MCKEE: Nov 2 The Basement Circular Quay BRIAN WILSON: Nov 5 Enmore Theatre GARY PUCKETT: 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 AMERICA, CHICAGO, PETER FRAMPTON: Nov 6 Hope Estate, Nov 7 AIS Arena DJ VADIM: Nov 6 Tone GROUNDATION: Nov 8 The Basement Circular Quay LEONARD COHEN: Nov 8 & 9 Acer Arena JASON DERULO: Nov 9 & 10 Hordern Pavilion THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: Nov 10 Manning Bar INGRID MICHAELSON: Nov 10 Clarendon Guesthouse, Nov 11 The Factory BONE THUGS N HARMONY: Nov 10 CBD Hotel Newcastle, Nov 11 The Gaelic, Nov 12 Southern Cross Events Centre, Nov 14 Grand Hotel, Nov 21 The Gaelic METALLICA: Nov 10, 11, 13 Acer Arena THE CHARLATANS: Nov 11 The Metro BARONESS: Nov 12 Annandale Hotel DESPISED ICON: Nov 12 Holy Grail, Nov 13 The Factory MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Nov 15 The Metro ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE: Nov 17 Tone JOE PUG: Nov 17 Red Rattler, Nov 18 Raval THAT 1 GUY: Nov 18 Transit Bar, Dec 5 Cambridge Hotel, Dec 8 Gearin, Dec 10 The Factory NEIL FINN*: Nov 17 & 18 Seymour Centre KAKI KING: Nov 19 Oxford Art Factory FEMI KUTI: Nov 20 The Metro SUMMERBEATZ feat. FLO RIDA, JAY SEAN, SOULJA BOY, TRAVIE MCCOY: Nov 20 Acer Arena PIETA BROWN: Nov 22 The Basement Circular Quay GEMMA RAY*: Nov 23 Raval, Nov 24 Brass Monkey METRONOMY: Nov 23 Oxford Art Factory RICHARD BONA: Nov 24 The Basement Circular Quay FAT FREDDY’S DROP: Nov 25 Enmore Theatre PHAROAHE MONCH, JEAN GRAE: Nov 25 Transit Bar, Nov 26 The Metro

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DRUM PRESENTS

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 JINJA SAFARI: Nov 11 Oxford Art Factory, Nov 12 Northern Star 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 MARINA & THE DIAMONDS: Dec 30 The Factory SHOUT OUT LOUDS: Jan 2 Annandale Hotel MYSTERY JETS: Jan 3 The Metro INTERPOL: Jan 4 Enmore Theatre FUTURE OF THE LEFT: Jan 5 Annandale Hotel COLD WAR KIDS: Jan 6 Enmore Theatre JUNIP: Jan 8 The Metro THE NATIONAL: Jan 7 & 8 Enmore Theatre RAGGAMUFFIN: Jan 28 Parramatta Park YEASAYER: Feb 7 The Metro TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB: Feb 7 Enmore Theatre STORNOWAY: Feb 8 Annandale Hotel FOALS: Feb 9 Enmore Theatre BEAR IN HEAVEN, THE ANTLERS: Feb 10 Annandale Hotel

CUTE IS WHAT WE AIM FOR: Nov 26 The Factory DJ KRUSH: Nov 26 The Basement Circular Quay DNBBQ feat. MAKOTO, LYNX & KEMO: Nov 27 Manning Bar STICK TO YOUR GUNS: Nov 27 (arvo) Blacktown Masonic Hall, Nov 27 Teen Wolves, Nov 28 Oasis Youth Centre, Nov 30 Axis Youth Centre SMOKIE: Nov 28 Enmore Theatre ELIZA DOOLITTLE: Nov 30 Oxford Art Factory THE EAGLES: Nov 30, Dec 2 & 3 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Dec 6 & 7 Acer Arena THE LEMONHEADS: Dec 1 The Metro SHAWN MULLINS: Dec 1 The Basement REEL BIG FISH, THE AQUABATS: Dec 3 UNSW Roundhouse SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: Dec 3 Enmore Theatre FOZZY: Dec 3 The Factory SOLA ROSA: Dec 3 The Gaelic KORN: Dec 4 Hordern Pavilion GUNS N’ ROSES: Dec 4 ANZ Stadium ARCHITECTS: Dec 4 The Metro MARY GAUTHIER: Dec 4 Notes GOTAN PROJECT: Dec 5 Sydney Opera House THE FALL: Dec 7 The Metro BLONDIE, THE PRETENDERS: Dec 7, 8, 9 Enmore Theatre, Dec 11 Bimbadgen Estate, Dec 14 Royal Theatre GIRLS: Dec 8 Manning Bar BROADCAST: Dec 8 The

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Forum WASHED OUT: Dec 9 Oxford Art Factory MUSE: Dec 9 & 10 Acer Arena THE BOUNCING SOULS, HOT WATER MUSIC: Dec 10 The Metro EL GUINCHO: Dec 10 The Gaelic JENNY HVAL: Dec 10 Red Rattler JOEY CAPE: Dec 11 Sandringham Hotel JACK JOHNSON: Dec 11 The Domain THE FIELD: Dec 11 The Gaelic LINKIN PARK*: Dec 4 Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Dec 11 & 15 Acer Arena REVEREND HORTON HEAT: Dec 11 The Metro CLIPSE: Dec 12 The Metro U2, JAY-Z: Dec 13 & 14 ANZ Stadium THOSE DARLINS, JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD: Dec 15 Beach Road Hotel, Dec 16 Annandale Hotel GORILLAZ: Dec 16 Sydney Entertainment Centre ROBY LAKATOS: Dec 17 Sydney Opera House Concert Hall BON JOVI: Dec 17, 18 & 19 Sydney Football Stadium

FESTIVALS 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 SUBSONIC: Dec 3 – 5 Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort 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 A NEW BEGINNING*: Jan 15 & 16 Lake Macquarie SUMMER VIBES*: Jan 16 Newcastle Croatian Club BIG DAY OUT: Jan 26 & 27 Sydney Showground RAGGAMUFFIN: Jan 28 Parramatta Park ST JEROMES LANEWAY FESTIVAL: Feb 6 Sydney College Of The Arts GOOD VIBRATIONS: Feb 12 Centennial Park PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER: Feb 17 – 20 Del Rio Riverside Resort SOUNDWAVE: Feb 27 Eastern Creek Raceway CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER: Mar 5 & 6 Hope Estate FUTURE MUSIC: Mar 12 Randwick Racecourse BLUESFEST: Apr 21 – 25 Tyagarah * indicates new or amended listing this week Check with agencies for booking fees.

Dappled Cities, not phased by the turnout, knocked through numbers as diverse as their Jamaican Bobsled Team costumes. Keeping an eye above the band’s waist was important as a steady number of hits such as Fire Fire Fire, Granddance and Holy Chord featured in a crowdpleaser of a set. A number of new tracks off an as yet untitled fourth album sounded like the band are going to embrace early ‘90s-ness, but it was a satisfying way to end a night of a night of great indie rockin’.

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78 SAAB

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Annandale Hotel 29/10/10

It felt like somewhat of a flashback heading to the Annandale to see 78 Saab, such was the ritual a decade ago when they were fresh faces on the local scene alongside the likes of Bluebottle Kiss, Further and Peabody – seemingly playing every weekend around town.

78 Saab’s songs are with their soaring choruses and Jake Andrews’ perfectly timed lead guitar work. He manages to assemble equal amounts of shoegaze, classic rock, psychedelic and jangle pop influences with effortless ease. Early single Sunshine was a highlight, still sounding gorgeous with those achingly bent notes and Swervedriver dynamics and they finished things off on a high with the surging Primal Scream-ish space rock of The City Is Humming. To bleed a metaphor dry – 78 Saab showed they too are still humming and in 2010 they’ve found a glorious extra gear. Chris Familton

The newer guard of Sydney music opened the night with Yae!Tiger filling the room with their brand of bold and bouncy guitar pop. They threw off guitar and keyboard riffs with abandon and topped it off with some breezy boy/girl vocals. No one song stood out, but they showed they are awash with catchy hooks. The Jewel & The Falcon featured Patrick Matthews from Youth Group and Sarah Kelly of The Redsunband, a promising collaboration. Their recorded efforts are laidback dreamy pop nuggets with just the right amount of guitar grit, but taking it to the stage they failed to match that gentle rock. Their songs seemed to chug along innocuously with subtleties buried somewhere in the mix and it wasn’t until the more urgent final song that they seemed to come to life. It wasn’t the fault of the songs or their execution, just one of those sets that didn’t click. On the back of their latest album, Good Fortune, 78 Saab filled the Annandale with a mix of long term fans and newer recruits to their cause. Two thousand and ten finds them in rude health, still firing on all cylinders and live the new songs fitted in beautifully with their earlier classics. Of these new songs, Warm Jets highlighted the solid and intricate drumming of Nicholai Danko while Whatever Rules You Break and All At Sea were perfect examples of how uplifting

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DREADNAUGHT VOYAGER HEMINA SE BON KI RA

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With many punters already sporting their pirate best in honour of Yarr-Fest (what this gig was dubbed), Adelaide’s Se Bon Ki Ra opened proceedings with energised but nondescript thrashy metalcore. The quintet did the hard yards, but less pilfering from the likes of Lamb Of God would be welcome. Launching their new EP, As We Know It, Sydney prog-metallers Hemina were tight and professional, with the highly melodic, keyboard-laden fare containing more than a few obligatory nods to Symphony X and Dream Theater. Still a band relatively in their infancy, their deft sense of dynamics promised something substantial down the line. It may have taken a song or two to click with selected audience members, but Perth’s Voyager did just that. Another band trading in melodic prog-power metal, their energy and vast melodic sensibilities were a step up from the previous acts. The wildly infectious Lost, majestic Sober and The Devil In Me were made to look effortless, Daniel Estrin’s sublime vocals a standout aspect. Not to be humourless, the quintet also incorporated a shamelessly fun covers medley. Through well in excess of a decade of touring, Dreadnaught has developed into a reliably relentless live act. Running through material spanning their career, including the latest, excellent self-titled disc, the Melburnians again exhibited their blend of brutality and melody and the crowd embraced it.

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Metal bands adopting a pirate theme is not a new concept – Germany’s Running Wild built a career on it. However, prior to the recent buzz surrounding the likes of Alestorm and Swashbuckle and their looting ways, LORD’s former incarnation Dungeon recorded the pirate-themed Tarranno Del Mar, still a LORD live set favourite. Six years on a “sequel” was due and the track in question – the ten-minute Return Of The Tyrant – opened the quartet’s hour-long set. Cinematic in scope and incorporating layer upon layer, despite making its Sydney live debut, the track had clearly already stamped itself as a beloved successor. The remainder of the performance covered the usual bases (Redemption, Footsteps In The Sand, 100 Reasons, On A Night Like This), relayed via the band’s bridging of pure energy and crowd interaction, but also complemented by additional fire and aggression (perhaps it was the mead consumed prior to hitting the stage?). Closing with Dungeon’s I Am Death and fittingly Tarranno Del Mar, even Blackbeard would have approved of their latest plundering of these ‘ere parts. Brendan Crabb

SOPHIE HUTCHINGS

SEAWORTHY TIRED HANDS

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Tired Hands had the task of easing the punters back into their comfy high-backed armchairs at the intimate Raval. Tired Hands is a man, his guitar and a quavering, rich voice. Though the tempo of his songs barely rose above a heartbeat, he had the room silently attentive while spinning his tales that were firmly grounded in the minimal melancholy of people like Jason Molina.


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SEJA

Enmore Theatre 29/10/10 After building her live skills playing with Brisbane bands Sekiden and Regurgitator over the years, Seja’s synth-driven pop has come into a life of its own. Joined by two additional musicians on synths and samplers, one of which provided a well-needed backing vocal in this sized room, each song unravelled a complex mix of vocal melodies and often engrossing lyrics. The textured I’ll Get To You was met with a solid response.

sense of accessibility consistent in all three of her albums. Performing her cover of Cold Chisel’s Flame Trees kept things colourful, while Bird On A Wire picked things up with a jazz feel. What songs were performed though was not particularly relevant, as it was the uniquely delicate voice that still resonated long after the room emptied.

CREAM BIKINI The psychedelic, rockabilly, sweet-teethed men of Whipped Cream Chargers are at the top of a killer bill for the Oxford Art Factory showcase on Thursday night. Also playing are The Preachers, Reckless Vagina and The Go Roll Your Bones.

LIKE YOU WANT IT

Hold On My Heart and Down On Love continued to fill out the diverse set, with verses such as “All of these nights are long, I know my heart, you’re strong/ Got a feeling that you’ll survive, these lost and these lonesome times,” from the former sinking in thanks to a sincere delivery. It was the magic of the dreamy Sleeper Awake though which sunk in more than any song of the night. As her voice weaved in and out of keyboards and strings, the gently crafted pop gem silenced the room, sealing Blasko’s status as not only a performer, but a songwriter of international standard.

Sophie Hutchings has been around the Sydney music scene for a while now, primarily as part of brother Jamie Hutchings’ bands (Bluebottle Kiss and solo). Now finally she has gone out on her own and with some critical acclaim for her debut, Becalmed, preceding her she celebrated the release of that album in fine style. Hutchings wisely chose to use a number of guests to flesh out her solo piano pieces – in particular brothers Jamie and Scott accompanied on drums and cellist Peter Hollo added some great classical texture. Though their contributions added colour and shape to the music, it was Hutchings herself who quite deservedly proved to be the star of the show. Her piano playing style is a curious mix of percussive rhythms and delicate phrasings, allowing her to let single notes hang in the air and then build flurries of notes into rushes of melody. Chris Abrahams of The Necks came to mind, but his playing is more improvised and free spirited. Hutchings has carefully created and nurtured her compositions, yet thankfully they don’t feel tethered or rigid in their construction or execution. All up the night was a dynamic collection of artists that covered both traditional song and experimental composition with all involved possessing strong emotional resonance. Chris Familton

UNDER THE BLUE MOON FESTIVAL

Factory Theatre 30/10/10

After a day frolicking through the market stalls and crypts of Newtown, those who followed the darkness turned their attention to the festivities scheduled for the evening. Master of Ceremonies or if you prefer, masculine charisma, Johnny Castrati The Greatest Lover The World Has Ever known marshalled the mayhem. Lunar Module got things off to a frothy, tinkly start. Their sound is rife with the electro stylings of the early ‘80s. The cover of Men Without Hats’ The Safety Dance got a few groovers out on the dancefloor and the tunes following certainly picked up the pace. It was

THE KNIFE WALTZ What’s the title of your new EP and where did it come from? Vintage Romance – a love story inspired by an old break-up.

How many releases do you have now?

We Won’t Run was an early charmer with an eagerly tight three-piece band and two violinists providing the dynamics needed. Clad in a white dress and with multi-coloured beads hanging from both her hair and microphone stand, a vibrant and affable Blasko moved slowly around the stage, dancing in her own buoyant way and keeping the mostly seated crowd engrossed song after song.

Incorporating field recordings from the NSW South Coast and mixing them with live, looped and effectsdriven guitars, duo Seaworthy created some magical transportive soundscapes. This was music best experienced with eyes closed to avoid distractions from around the room and those whose attention drifted away from what was happening onstage missed out on some mesmerising sonic ebb and flow.

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A CALL FOR A NEW PRIME MINISTER As part of Midnight Oil’s induction into the Hall of Fame in 2006 Silverchair covered Don’t Want To Be The One. At the track’s conclusion Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns grabbed a can of white spray paint and wrote “PG 4 PM” on the wall, meaning Peter Garrett for Prime Minister. In the country at the time touring their album, Vertigo, U2’s frontman Bono said, “I wouldn’t rule it out. You feel a moral core at the heart of that man which is attractive in a time of crisis.” Moral core or not, four years down the track we don’t think anyone is chanting for Peter Garrett to be our next Prime Minister…

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With her best album yet behind her and plenty of recent overseas experience, Sarah Blasko is really hitting a stride. Each song’s simple structure and often literal lyrics give her passionately fragile voice the perfect vehicle and tonight’s performance simply proved this.

A set comprising mostly of material from her latest release, As Day Follows Night, there was a playful feel to the entire performance, with Blasko often sharing stories and laughs and maintaining the

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The Internet is a lovely thing. For example, it’s helping folk rockers Ranger Spacey to release one song a month until the end of 2011. They’re launching October’s song, Like You Want Me To, Thursday at Oxford Art Gallery Bar with blues two-piece The Beating Hearts.

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The Desert Moon Dancers brought a feminine vitality with their accomplished routines. Theirs was a study in marrying interesting music choices with a reworked, re-imagining of traditional dance forms. The Sydney Rocky Horror Group excerpted perennial favourites Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite with great aplomb, reminding us all just how much debauchery delights. Horrorwood Mannequins do a nice line in outrageous song titles, manic energy and shredtastic riffage. Highlight number Lose Yourself/Devil’s Heaven stood out in a set that toed a line of short, sharp, fast, loud without descending into self-indulgent, extended numbers. The shedding of shirts inspired impure thoughts, almost heady enough to distract from the grating aspect the continual shilling for noise and applause created. A hint of vaudeville enlivened the proceedings with an impressive display from the Strong Man who in quick succession tore a phone book in half, curled a frying pan, snapped a baseball bat and chewed a glass. Shiv-R were a study in black, PVC and minimalism. With a backdrop of vintage Bettie Page, Nosferatu and Frankenstein clips, the three-piece plied their wares to an audience that didn’t take long to get into it. They too mine a vein of ‘80s electro that strays more into industrial territory. It was an interesting mix – a little patchy in places but more than made up for with a well structured set. Fancy Piece were a true high concept burlesque that toyed with convention, preconceived notions and a strap-on that brought new meaning to the phrase fulltrousered – and all to the dulcet strains of a Celine Dion cover. It’s been a while since Mz Ann Thropik last graced a Sydney stage and there they were in all their skeletonised glory, shredding tunes, stage and audience complacency in no particular order. The show boasted a fiery dynamism and crowd favourites Rule Of Three, Witch Hunt and Damsel In Distress. It was a big night for the band, celebrating both its ninth birthday and welcoming new bassist Megan to the fold, albeit confined to a wheelchair. Long-time bassist Brad played his last show with the band before departing to seek new fortune in fields, marked with an emotional farewell.

How long did it take to write/record? The best part of a year. We let ourselves take our time and not rush into it.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Working with John Hudson of Mayfair, London fame was pretty cool, he’s been in the business such a long time and worked with the likes of David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bjork, Florence + The Machine, Siouxsie & The Banshees, we learned a lot.

What’s your favourite song on it? Hateful Eyes is a lot of fun to play. We get to jam it out at the end and make a lot of noise!

NAKED YOUNG BLOOD

Will you do anything differently next time?

New Zealand’s The Naked And Famous exploded onto the airwaves with Young Blood, and now they’re cementing their position with a limited 7” of the song on the super cool Neon Gold label. They launch the 7” on Friday at Oxford Art Factory with Alpine.

Will you be launching it?

BASICALLY FREE an anodyne enough mix, but the grunt and heft of a stronger drum track would add an extra dimension to the material and perhaps generate more enthusiasm in the punters.

This is our first! So it’s all very exciting and new.

The Basics have a new album out and they’re keeping it simple. Not only is it phonetically self-titled, it also doesn’t cost a cent; the band has put it up for free download from their website. They launch it Saturday at Oxford Art Factory, and it’ll be your last chance to catch them for a while before drummer Wally returns to Gotye duties.

STEAL THE SHOW

Maybe we’ll record and mix it over a week to see what results we get. Saturday – Oxford Art Factory

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Get down to The Annandale on Wednesday night to catch up-and-comers Thieves, The What, The Glimmer and Sam Jones doing battle as part of the prestigious Jager Uprising competition.

BREAK BACKS, NOT HEARTS John Vella’s debut album, Backbreaker, is finally ready to see the light of day and to celebrate he’s launching it Thursday at The Annandale Hotel. Special guests and good friends Benjamin Sea and Fake Wars are supporting.

13TH TIME LUCKY Thirteen is apparently unlucky, but not enough to deter Peabody, who 13 years after first appearing at The Annandale Hotel will launch their new album, Loose Manifesto, there on Friday with Step-Panther and No Art. The following night they launch it in Canberra’s Phoenix Bar. New Zealand’s Dictaphone Blues support both nights.

SKAN’T GET ENOUGH

SPOOYKLAND What’s the title of your new EP and where did it come from? Killin’ One Bird With Two Stones. I think it’s a statement about trying twice as hard for half as much or something.

How many releases do you have now? Officially this is my first release.

How long did it take to write/record?

After the success of June’s Ska Weekender the boys from Chopdog Promotions couldn’t wait to do Round Two. Skank down to The Annandale on Saturday for day one of the festivities with Area 7, The Real Deal, The My Ty’s, Dan Potthast and more.

The recording process was about a week. As far as writing goes, I’ve had most of these songs for about year now – I didn’t just sit down and write for a period with the foresight of creating a record – generally I try not to spend more than one day on a song.

TORCH BEARER

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making?

Take a glittering career in film and theatre, inject with a passion for blues, rock and vintage pop and you have Ava Torch & The Boybirds. Ava will set The Vanguard stage alight on Wednesday night with Martyn Badoui and Johnny Balance in support.

It was an amalgam of falling in love with someone after a long period of being alone, studying philosophy and listening to a lot of great songwriters.

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What’s your favourite song on it? An Eroding Song. It was always one of my favourite songs I’d written, but just seeing it live no one really got what the song was all about. The recorded version however I think presents the song and its message more clearly.

Will you be launching it? Saturday – The Sandringham Hotel

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SIMO SOO What is it about the venue that makes you want to do a run of shows there? The shows are always free and the Lansdowne is a comfy little venue full of all kinds of interesting different people. I played some of my first shows with my last band there and we always had fun and they never gave us any hassle about climbing all over everything and generally causing a ruckus. Totally chilled peeps!

Same set every week or mixing it up? Each week will be a different show. First week I’m collaborating with Origami Girls for a Lil Wayne freedom party, second week is a covers set, third a noise set and last with super secret backing band.

Any special guests going to make an appearance during your tenure? Origami Girls back up dancing like amazing, members of Michael Crafter, Snout Cassette, super secret backing band and Willow Smith.

Favourite position at the venue when you’re not on stage? The video game table thing!! Or probs out the front actin’ coool.

When are you in residence? Every Thursday (4, 11, 18 and 25) night in November at the Lansdowne Hotel, free, from 8pm.

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NICK CAVE DOES SOME INDUCTING OF HIS OWN

MIAMI HORROR

On taking to the stage to accept his Hall of Fame honour, Nick Cave said “I can’t really accept this until we get a few things straight. What I can’t figure out is why I’m up here and why the Bad Seeds aren’t. I’ve been told it’s because the Bad Seeds aren’t an Australian act, that there’s a few foreigners in the band. But to me the Bad Seeds have always been an Australian band act and we’ve been out overseas making authentic Australian music. So, I would like to do a little bit of inducting myself.” He then went on to ‘induct’ Mick Harvey, Warren Ellis, Conway Savage and Martyn Casey with, “I hereby induct you into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. Now that’s been sorted out there’s one other matter – before the Bad Seeds I was in a band called The Birthday Party. Now the Birthday Party’s had untold influence over music in Australia and internationally, largely due to the guitar work of Rowland S Howland and the late, great Tracey Pew. And I would like to, with the power invested in me, induct these people also into the ARIA Hall of Fame.”

HOLIDAYS Bring on summer and its accompanying vibes we say and – although filmed in Los Angeles – Miami Horror’s appropriately-titled track is preparing us for the long months ahead of sitting on the beach, spending time with the ones we love (or lust), road trips to nowhere in particular and the chance to wear shorts 24/7. Although, we haven’t quite figured out what’s up with that guy’s face yet… Directed by Krozm vimeo.com/16272313

with all that experience from the road. Doors open 8pm, with guest performances from The Shiny Brights and Made In Japan.

REBEL WITH A CAUSE

CAM DO ATTITUDE Brandishing his debut solo album, The Little Black Book Of Light, award-winning singer/songwriter Cam Tapp will play the Vanguard this Thursday. Cam is working with Ecopass for a carbon-friendly tour and is joined by Sam Buckingham.

FROM PARIS WITH STRINGS Abby Dobson, former singer of multi-platinum selling band Leonardo’s Bride, and Lara Goodridge of FourPlay fame join forces as Baby et Lulu. Joined by members of Monsieur Camembert they will perform a night of French music at The Vanguard on Friday.

CALL IT HOME Acoustic trio Jigzag are launching their new, funky album, Heart-Shaped House, on Wednesday night at Notes. The beautiful Jodi Martin and the infinitely smooth PJ Wolf will help launch it in style.

KILLING IT BEES This Friday night Brisbane art-rock outfit Drawn From Bees will be performing at Melt bar. Like a good ol’ swarm of African killer bees, they’ve been playing conquering shows across the sea with relentless pace. Now is your chance to see the quartet

From banana-picking to guitar-picking 8 Ball Aitken is leading the pack of country, blues and roots musicians. Touring his new album, Rebel With A Cause, he plays Wednesday at the Brass Monkey, Thursday at Notes, Friday at the Heritage Hotel, Saturday at Hotel Gearin and Sunday at Lizotte’s Newcastle.

THE LAST WALTZ A group of top-notch Sydney musicians are joining forces to recreate a moment in music history. The 11-piece band take over Notes on Friday to perform their version of The Last Waltz, The Band’s final live performance that was iconically captured on film by Martin Scorcese.

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RIDE THE WAVE After years of successful musical globetrotting singer Mikelangelo has returned home and formed another band, The Tin Star. With a unique blend of surf’n’western, they play the Brass Monkey on Friday, Viva La Gong and Notes on Saturday, and The Clarendon Sunday.

CHICKS WHO LOVE HALAL Fresh off the back of their support of Die! Die! Die! Chicks Who Love Guns are strutting into the Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar on Thursday to show off their grimey post-punk. Energetic power pop band Halal, How Are You? join them.

MUSIC TO THE STREET A favourite of the world music scene, Chris Gudu’s a talented multi-instrumentalist Zimbabwe native. You can catch Chris and special guest Dan Conway, on Saturday at The Street Theatre in Canberra, before he embarks on his New Zealand tour.

NERD-FREE LAN PARTY Part classical, part pop, part fun and all energy Lan Party are set to release their new album, Personal Low, this month. They launch it on Sunday at The Excelsior, Surry Hills, with Le Kingste, Godswounds, Shanghai and Rockethead, who are all there as part of the Bird’s Robe Collective’s Menagerie.

ACROSS 3 Which blog/label released The Naked And Famous’Young Blood 7”?

LAN PARTY

5 Institut Polaire have won how many WAMIs?

Your music is…?

6 N*E*R*D evolved from production duo The what?

A stylistic mutt.

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

7 The drummer from The Basics uses which solo moniker?

Hamlet Act.V Scene 2; Laertes is stabbed with the poison sword.

8 Shihad changed their name to what during 2002-04?

What’s your wildest ambition for your music?

10 Which ARIA Award-winning producer worked on Chris Pickering’s EP, Ghost City?

I’d love to say, but the Third Law of Power is ‘Conceal your intentions’.

Why should we come and see you?

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Eventually it won’t be a question of why. Eventually an anomaly in the solar system will have you gravitating towards us.

How do you find the local live scene?

1 Good Charlotte drummer Dean Butterworth previously played for which NME-favoured UK solo artist?

Too vibrant, I’m hoping some more venues close down.

2 Peabody released their first album Professional Againster on which label?

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

4 How many live albums have The New Pornographers released?

3 February, 1959, Buddy Holly dies in the plane crash.

9 In which nation was Lior born?

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live@drummedia.com.au ON THE DRUM STEREO Sleep Forever CROCODILES Passive Me, Aggressive You THE NAKED AND FAMOUS Pioneer Saboteurs MICAH P. HINSON The History of Chicago House VARIOUS Gangs Of New Holland THE RUMJACKS Olympia BRYAN FERRY Plastic Ono Band JOHN LENNON Penelope PENNY IKINGER Faithful WORLD’S END PRESS Mood Patterns BELLES WILL RING

ARIA TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. Come Around Sundown 2. Triple j’s Like A Version 6 3. Jack

KINGS OF LEON VARIOUS JOHN FARNHAM

4. Fly Me To The Moon. The Great American Songbook: V ROD STEWART

5. For Your Entertainment ADAM LAMBERT 6. Down The Way ANGUS & JULIA STONE KATY PERRY 7. Teenage Dream 8. Doo-Wops & Hooligans BRUNO MARS 9. Recovery EMINEM THE SCRIPT 10. Science & Faith

FBI’S FAVOURITE NEW AUSSIE SONGS FOR THIS WEEK La La Melode KITE CLUB Pro TUKA Simple Things HAMMOCKS AND HONEY What Do I Do (MOR remix) LANIE LANE Boots On The Bed THE PEEP TEMPLE Ice Shelves FLYING FOXES Progress (feat. Mantra) ISHU Day Into Night (feat. Stephanie McKay) KATALYST Cannibal Freeway (PVT remix) MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS Showdown THE VERSIONARIES

ARIA TOP 10 SINGLES 1 Only Girl (In The World) RIHANNA 2. Just The Way You Are BRUNA MARS 3. Just A Dream NELLY 4. Raise Your Glass P!NK MIKE POSNER 5. Cooler Than Me FAR EAST MOVEMENT 6. Like A G6 7. Dynamite TAIO CRUZ 8. FU CEE-LO GREEN DUCK SAUCE 9. Barbra Streisand 10. Freefallin’ ZOE BADWI

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Showcasing some absolutely mind-boggling fret work, Brisbane punks To The North are heading south this week. Catch them on Thursday at the Grand Hotel, Friday at The Basement Belconnen, Saturday at The Excelsior Surry Hills with Hira Hira, Dead China Doll, Mere Women and Let Me Down Jungleman, Gently, and Sunday at Blackwire Records.

GETTING ACROSS TEN’S MESSAGE Following the broadcast in 2007, ABC’s media watchdog program Media Watch revealed the subliminal advertising that Channel 10 had been slipping in. In amongst the graphics that proceeded the read-out of those nominated, the sponsors logo would flash up on the screen for a split second – virtually unnoticeable until someone points it out to you or you watch it back frame-by-frame. Channel 10 defended their innocence, Media Watch called them liars but no one really complained to the authorities, because they didn’t know it was happening.

HOLY GOD Holy Balm are taking their psychedelic dance jams to GoodGod Small Club on Friday night. Joining them is a stellar lineup including Naked On The Vague, recently back from Europe, Melbourne’s Bum Creek and Superstar.

SAY CHEESE

I AM TIM ARIA Award-winning, You Am I frontman Tim Rogers is a born performer. With decades of experience his live shows are always entertaining, and this Friday he plays an intimate solo show at The Clarendon in Katoomba.

CUBS IN CLUBS Tigers Beam are set to join the ranks of great live two-pieces with their blend of garage and indie rock. See them before everyone else does on Friday night at Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar.

HARNETT HARNESSED POP Local singer/songwriter Caitlin Harnett has just released the highly-anticipated follow-up to Tiny Spark, a pop-laced new EP titled All In The Golden Afternoon. She launches it Tuesday 9 in the intimate Ravál.

SUPERB SIBLINGS Perth has always been something of a breeding ground for great Aussie music, so get excited for Voltaire Twins, an electro/indie brother-sister band from WA, who are playing Oxford Art Gallery Bar on Saturday with Bon Chat, Bon Rat.

MUSIC BY MOONLIGHT

To perform my music.

ARMED WITH COUNTRY Strumming blues chords and striking a balance between country and pop Danielle Blakely has just returned from a writing session in America and is playing a free gig, from 1pm at the Armory Wharf Saturday.

Bringing together the greats and the up-and-coming fresh crop, Maximum Ska One Nighter takes place on Friday at The Sandringham Hotel. Melbourne’s Loonee Tunes, Chris Murray (US), Ska Masters (UK), Backy Skank and SA’s Hightimes make up the bill.

How long are you here for? 27 October through 10 November.

What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less? Kangaroos, koalas, beaches, sunshine, outback, commonwealth, surfing.

Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in? I’d love to see some of the outback and Aboriginal environment.

What will you be taking home as a souvenir? Memories for sure. Beyond that, time will tell…

SUPER ROCKIFIED

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Old-school rockers Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist are hitting the road in support of new album, Supermodified. In true rock style they play Maitland’s Bitter and Twisted Beer Festival Saturday, as well as Coogee Digger’s that night and The Sandringham Sunday.

THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS!

Yes.

Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer? Friday – The Sandringham Hotel. Maximum Ska featuring The Ska Masters, Backy Skank, Loonee Tunes and Hightimes. everydayformula.com.au myspace.com/chrismurray

CRIMINAL PERFORMANCE Melbourne metal band Five Star Prison Cell are making the trip north for a slot at Club SFX this Saturday. Joining them are Kahn Of K, Delorean Tide, and appearing as part of the Tarantula band comp, Bustacap.

FOLK-HOP CLAN The Tin Tan Clan calmly go where few have gone before – folk-hop. You can see their unique blend of acoustic ambience and hip hop Wednesday at the Sandringham with supports Kid Of Harith and Dave Coleman.

BASEMENT BOOTLEG Acoustic alt-folk artist TAOS returns from his quick Queensland tour for a special show at The Basement Circular Quay Wednesday. Joined on the night by Karma Fire, Carolyn Crysdale and Roger Locke, the night’s performance will be recorded live.

PERMISSION TO LAND Holly Throsby’s Here Is My Co-pilot tour farewells our fine state this week with a performance at the Factory Theatre on Friday night. Kieran Ryan joins her for a night of folk and garage tunes.

TO THE NORTH Cam Gillard, vocals

What do you think is your band’s greatest strength? Our unique style of music and our friendship! It’s like having three extra siblings; we fight, we hug it out and generally enjoy each other’s company!

If you could time travel back to any gig in history which would it be and why? Michigan Fest 2002. So many bands that I love on the one bill. Planes Mistaken for Stars, Coalesce, Owls, etc.

What movie do you think your music would best accompany and why?

1. Jack JOHN FARNHAM 2. Down The Way ANGUS & JULIA STONE 3. Billy Thorpe’s Tangier BILLY THORPE 4. Little Bird KASEY CHAMBERS

Waking Life. It’s a deeper look at the human condition and existentialism, complex, colourful and thought-provoking.

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

5. The Very Very Best Of Crowded House CROWDED HOUSE

BIRDS OF TOKYO BLISS N ESO JIMMY BARNES MARCIA HINES LITTLE RED

To release our first full-length album, Luster. Get prepared for our next run of shows/tour. Shoot our video clip. Work on new material. Take up scrapbooking.

Favourite “pick me up for a big night” drink? Agua bomb or a vodka lime and soda.

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Why are you coming to visit our fair country?

The Markets by Moonlight at The Rocks just got a whole lot better with the announcement of live musical acts every Friday night this month. This week features the high-energy gypsy tunes of Lolo Lovina and electro pop of Idea Idea.

ARIA TOP 10 AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS

1. Parade Of The Dead HILLTOP HOODS ANDRE RIEU 2. A Midsummer Nights Dream CELTIC WOMAN 3. Songs From The Heart 4. [Sic]nesses SLIPKNOT 5. My American Dream ANDRE RIEU 6. Black & White Night ROY ORBISON 7. #1s MICHAEL JACKSON 8. U2 360 At The Rose Bowl U2 9. Celtic Thunder The Show CELTIC THUNDER 10. The Videos 1989-2004 METALLICA

CHRIS MURRAY Is this your first visit?

Cameras play brooding, moody pop and after what feels like too long are launching their debut EP on Friday at Spectrum. With their performances earning slots on heaps of festivals in the last year, this is a moment you do not want to miss.

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6. Birds Of Tokyo 7. Running On Air 8. Rage And Ruin 9. Marcia Sings Tapestry 10. Midnight Remember

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Favourite hangover cure? Gatorade and as much water as I can stomach before I pass out. Greasy breakfast and green barley powder drink.

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ARIA ROLL-OUT

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When and where are your next gigs? Thursday – Stay Frosty, Grand Hotel, Wollongong

The genre awards for this year’s ARIA events are being spread out over a series of concerts happening at the Botanic Gardens throughout the week. Tuesday has Washington and Boy & Bear in line, Wednesday Guy Sebastian with Amy Meredith, Thursday Sia and Sally Seltmann and to wrap it all up Friday has Angus & Julia Stone with Old Man River.

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UPCOMING SHOWS Sat 6th Nov @ The Tramshed 1395a Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen

WITH BRIAN CAMPEAU & ANN & PAUL 7:30pm to 11:00pm $15

Sunday 7th Nov @ The Vanguard 42 King St, Newtown

EP LAUNCH WITH THE DRIFTING PLUS FRANK SULTANA AND THE YES MEN Doors open 6.30pm $15 at the door or prebook via http://www.thevanguard.com.au/

First 20 presold receive the EP “Golden Girl” Sat 13th Nov @ El Roccos 154 Brougham St, Kings Cross $12

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DON’T LOOK BACK IT MIGHT HAVE HIS NAME ON IT BUT FOR SINGER SONGWRITER JOHN VELLA, CUTTING HIS DEBUT ALBUM WAS VERY MUCH ABOUT THE BAND – ALONG WITH LOST LOVE AND LONDON – AS HE TELLS MICHAEL SMITH.

“I

What’s your wildest ambition for your music?

did the first draft of this album in 2008,” Sydneysider John Vella explains the evolution of his debut album, Backbreaker, “thought I’d finished it and went to the UK for a while, met a lot of great players and that changed my perspective. I realised I wanted to put out something a bit better, so I came back, kept about four songs, re-recorded the rest, the band evolved, found a great rhythm section and it’s something I’m really proud of releasing, which is something I probably wouldn’t have been two years ago. I’m glad I waited. I wanted it to be upbeat enough yet real enough too, something that’s fairly simple but very real that people can connect to. That’s why the songs are here I think.”

A song in an Oscar-winning film.

Influenced by Ryan Adams and John Mayer, there’s also

NICHOLAS ROY Your music is…? Indie.

Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? So many, from Radiohead to Bowie or Elton John. This album, because it was recorded at home and with limited resources, was really inspired by people like Beck, who has his own quirky ways of recording his stuff.

a deeper layer of influences like Bob Dylan, Booker T & The MGs and the Stax soul/groove thing courtesy his piano-playing English dad’s record collection. Though he’s been writing songs since he was 18 – Vella is now 26 – he didn’t start off as a singer and had a band to begin with before dropping out to study, making the usual home recordings and releasing a couple of low-key indie EPs before finally stepping out front as the singer songwriter. “My first gig was under a pasty shop in Guildford in 2005 – that’s when I realised I could do it, came back and did about a year of playing on my own, finished my degree and then I got a band together. Then I went to the UK for Christmas 2008 and stayed for a few months, so I guess the England thing has a lot to do with this record. That’s where the title track came from. I’d just come out of a relationship but it’s more about me finding myself as a person – I’m quite a walking alone doing my own thing kind of guy but with big goals and they’re not easy. And it’s hard doing it on your own I think. Lyrically it’s ‘you can’t go back without breaking’, but I liked the way Backbreaker sits as a title.”

WHO John Vella WHAT Backbreaker (Green/MGM) WHEN & WHERE Thursday, The Annandale Hotel

Why should we come and see you? How do you find the local live scene?

HAY NOW, ITS OVER

I’ve always found the Melbourne live music scene fantastic. Getting a chance to tour around Australia this year has shown me live music is still alive and well all over the place.

Claude Hay, the multi-tasking, multi-instrumentalist roots blues music mastermind plays the final show of his national Deep Fried Satisfied album tour Thursday night at the Sandringham.

We have a ball on stage and I guess it’s infectious.

What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Played to over a thousand people at The Metro in Sydney recently. Bloody awesome.

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MM9 FAREWELL THE YEAR The members of electro-rock outfit MM9 have had a busy year with the release of their album, The Air Between, and earned some well-deserved time off, but not before they farewell the fans. Catch some of their last 2010 shows at The Harp on Thursday and Manly Fisho’s on Friday.

YOUNG AND RESTLESS Their new single, Young At Heart, is making waves, and after a series of big name supports it is no wonder ARIA nomunees Amy Meredith are sky-rocketing in popularity. The band play Cambridge Hotel Thursday as part of their Restless tour.

IMMERSE YOURSELF Pendulum’s Immersion tour will see them playing close to 40 dates, worldwide, over three months. They bring their massive live show to Hordern Pavilion on Friday.

WILDSIDE REPRESENT ALBA VARDEN Calm Your Head What’s the song about? The song deals with the idea of letting go of your inhibitions and ultimately surrendering to you dark side. It also touches on just how far one goes in order to obtain everything he or she has ever wanted.

How many releases do you have now? Just the one; our debut EP, Down The Rabbit Hole, which was released through MGM/Green.

Is this track from a forthcoming release? No this track was taken from our debut EP, which was released last July.

How long did it take to write/record? Was written over around two months and recorded over a couple of days.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Besides the inspiration beer and cheap wine can give rise to, it was probably the fact that we were interstate, working with a hero of ours and doing exactly what we wanted to be doing.

What’s your favourite part of the song? Definitely the bridge. Love it how the music just washes all over you and the intensity of the track really comes out.

Elefant Traks have been responsible for some great Aussie hip hop in recent years, and next they’re bringing The Tongue and Spit Syndicate to ANU Bar on Friday, and the Cambridge on Saturday as part of their massive Wildside tour.

GAOLED HEART Previously New Buffalo, Sally Seltmann has had no trouble laying everything bare in her beautifully crafted solo work. With Heart That’s Pounding, her latest release, she’s hitting the road. See Sally at The Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba Saturday.

FOLLOWING BREADCRUMBS Bag Raiders’ Way Back Home tour sees the boys plugging their new single and getting close to home when they play Wollongong’s Grand Hotel on Friday night. Their fresh live show will feature tracks from the debut, self-titled album.

CROWDED PAVILION Like anything good from New Zealand, Crowded House were pinched by Australia and claimed as our own. The fact that they were originally two-thirds Australian is neither here nor there! Make them feel at home Friday night when they play at Hordern Pavilion by filling it out.

FACT OR FICTION Chris Pickering and Catherine Britt are touring together. Catch these two talented singer/songwriters on the Fact Or Fiction tour on Friday at The Beachcomber and Saturday at Windsor’s Fitzroy Hotel.

ROCKS RISING STARS After selling out their EP launch at Spectrum just a few weeks ago Indigo Rising have lined up a huge night of rock’n’roll at The Gaelic on Thursday. Sharing the headline duties are Nat Col & The Kings with Black Label and Contraban supporting.

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CRAFTY CREATURES

LOOMING DATES

Do not be fooled into going astray by any crafty animals this Thursday night. Get yourself straight to the den of The Sly Fox for an evening of scintillating atmospheric prog rock from locals The Duchesses. Joining the headliners will be residents Phader, plus other special guests.

With the occasion being the celebration of their new album, Ceiling, Loomer will be in town this week. Thursday they’re at Iguana Bar alongside the likes of Silver Moon and East River, then Friday it’s off to Blackwire Records for an all ages show with Palmists and None Music.

FLAMING UP In a night of pure flamenco, Flamenco Del Mar brings together musicians from Spain and Australia Tuesday 9 to the Basement, Circular Quay. It’s anything but standard though, as the troupe tends to provide invigorating sets heavy of colour and movement and taking cues from all reaches of the flamenco sphere.

SHAKE’N’HOWL MUM at World Bar returns this Friday with a typically packed lineup. This week it’s the turn of Alba Varden, The Medics, Radio National, The Money Smokers, World Champion, Bright Quito Spring and Hopes. Obviously, there are more indie DJs than you’ll be able to shake a teapot at.

Do you play it differently live? Probably just louder.

Will you be launching it? Friday – MUM, World Bar

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WESTERN CHARGERS It’s something of a special occasion at the Lewisham Hotel this Friday, with Lycanthia playing their last show for the year and Lacrymae making the trek over from Perth – this being their only Sydney show. Temtris, Thundasteel and Terrorential will also have a go at certain parts of the night. Following that our Perth visitors move on to Newcastle’s’ Hamilton Station Hotel where Hemina and Typhos will join them.

THE QUEEN’S STEED Panzer Queen and Desire The Horse will share the supporting roles at the Sandringham Hotel this Saturday when Spooklyland launches his new EP, Killin’ One Bird With Two Stones.

THEIR EFFECTS Five Star Prison Cell, Delorean Tide and Kahn Of K will have the punters’ attention this Saturday at SFX – now at the St James Hotel.

IT’S ALL GOOD A Sydney-based guitarist who has no trouble in charting the sounds of jazz, blues and rock, Chris Alexander brings his trio to Rydges Hotel Campbelltown on Friday and Parramatta RSL Saturday.


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TEARING TO SHREDS Western Sydney-based Vegas In Ruins have been making a resurgent charge into the local hardcore/metal psyche of late and they’ll keep to that form by headlining Club Blink this Friday. With Caulfield, Pledge This and I Escape also playing live, it’s all going down at the St James Hotel.

SHADOW PLAY This Friday QBar will become the “cyberpunk future” when Shadowrun comes to town. You’ll be welcomed onto the island of Maya where technology is battling nature and as you party you’ll be roleplaying the whole situation out. Get off that Internet forum and live the ‘play.

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ollongong City Council’s Viva La Gong festival is happening this Saturday in McCabe Park. Along with yoga, art and dance exhibitions and food stalls and craft workshops, there’ll be live music from Deep Sea Arcade (replacing The Medics), Chanel Cole, Watussi, Stiff Gins, Errol Renauld, Omar Musa, JJ Son and Michelangelo & The Tin Star. We caught up with Mikelangelo to talk the festival and the city. If you had to describe Wollongong to an international tourist, what would you say? “I’d tell them that Wollongong has some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, and would then explain that the sand is softened in the blast furnaces at Port Kembla and then reconstituted into clean, family-friendly beaches.” Viva La Gong kicks off this year with some yoga. Have you got any specialty yoga positions?

“I like the warrior pose – the only person it can hurt is myself. If military leaders employed this pose more often, there would be far less bloodshed on the battlefield.” What kind of revolution will you be leading at Wollongong? “The surf’n’western revolution! For too long cowboys and surfers have been opposing forces, Mikelangelo & The Tin Star will bring them together with the unifying power of reverb-drenched tremolo guitar and thundering drums.” Red Symons is watching: how do you delay him from banging the gong? “I bump into Red every few days at my local supermarket and we have made an arrangement – I pay him a small monthly fee and he promises never to give me the gong. Some would call this bribery, but I think of it as insurance.”

MIKELANGELO

TWO-TIMERS Blues/country couple Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson continue their touring ways this week and hitting the Old Fitzroy Hotel this Wednesday, The Brass Monkey Thursday, Lizotte’s Kincumber Saturday and Beaches in Thirroul Sunday.

LOCAL HABITS Recently re-branded local The Initiation will be doing the supporting honours for American tourists Valencia this Sunday at Spectrum. Also on the lineup are Worst Case Scenario and Soapbox Summer.

SOLAR POWER The Solar Sounds-programmed Wednesday nights at the Excelsior Hotel Surry Hills will this week witness Lions & Kings, Jugu, Rivet Soul Jump Ups and Tara Lawrence.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS To help with the first night of his residency at the Lansdowne Hotel, Michael Crafter, Little A and Strangers will whip things into a frenzy this Thursday night before Simo Soo (with the Origami Girls) takes to the stage.

NOTHING NICE Metal outfit Norse lead the lineup at the Lansdowne Hotel this Friday, with supports Hell Itself, Tortured, Infernal Reign and Kildiah also set to be leaving everything on the stage.

MUSICAL LANDSCAPE Newcastle and Maitland-based indie rock outfit The Great Dividing Range headline the Lansdowne Hotel this Saturday in a night where the live music kicks off at 9pm. Errol JM & The Trade Secrets, Wil Maisey Band and Stephanie Says will be there in supporting roles.

WEEK’S END Addison Road have the top spot of the Sunday night bill at the Lansdowne Hotel while White House, Frieda’s Boss and H.Q.S round out the rest of it.

GETTING DYNAMIC Flatline Drama are at 34B this Wednesday – whilst Spectrum has some renovations going on – with Never Content, Vanity and The Ocean The Sky.

FINAL CALL Bermuda are assuring fans that they’ll be playing their last show ever this Thursday at Hot Damn – the live stage has moved to Phoenix as Spectrum undergoes a facelift – and to bid them farewell will be Buried In Verona, The Bride and For All Eternity.

GOING MY WAY? Appearing every Saturday night throughout the last two months of the year, jazz and funk maestro Sean Coffin can be caught at The Freeway Hotel this week. He kicks off at 7pm.

GREAT MOMENTS IN ARIA AWARDS HISTORY – #06 DON’T LISTEN TO ELTON A recently resurgent Elton John hosted the very first event in 1987, which featured 20 awards, 500 guests, no live performances and was not broadcast on TV. John – who was by this time well past his golden years, perhaps the reason why he was free to host the awards in their start-up year – told the crowd that they’d be best advised to keep the awards off TV “if you want these awards to stay fun.” In 1991 however, the ARIAs were broadcast live and have been ever since.

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ITUNES AUSTRALIA TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. The Annual 2011 VARIOUS 2. Speak Now (extended) TAYLOR SWIFT 3. Speak Now TAYLOR SWIFT 4. Glee: The Music – Rocky Horror GLEE CAST 5. Birds Of Tokyo BIRDS OF TOKYO 6. Science & Faith THE SCRIPT 7. Flags BROOKE FRASER 8. Doo-Wops & Hooligans BRUNO MARS EMINEM 9. Recovery 10. Jack JOHN FARNHAM

THE GOOD SHIP These Are A Few Of My Favourite Flings

BILLBOARD TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. The Incredible Machine SUGARLAND KINGS OF LEON 2. Come Around Sundown 3. The Union ELTON JOHN/LEON RUSSELL 4. Fly Me To The Moon. The Great American Songbook: V ROD STEWART

5. I Am Not A Human Being LIL WAYNE 6. Glee: The Music – Rocky Horro GLEE CAST SHAKIRA 7. Sale El Sol 8. Recovery EMINEM third DAY 9. Move DARIUS RUCKER 10. Charleston, SC 1966

UK OFFICIAL CHARTS TOP 10 ALBUMS 1. Come Around Sundown 2. Crazy Love 3. Wide Awake 4. Wanted

KINGS OF LEON MICHAEL BUBLE JOE MCELDERRY THE WANTED

5. In And Out Of Consciousness – Greatest ROBBIE WILLIAMS

6. Speak Now 7. Disc-Overy 8. The Ultimate Collection 9. Teenage Dream 10. Letters Home

TAYLOR SWIFT TINIE TEMPAH BARBRA STREISAND KATY PERRY SOLDIERS

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THE MALADIES

HIDDEN BEST Highly regarded but generally underrated, The Maladies continue to keep their name present in the music scene this week by headlining 34B this Saturday. It’s a solid lineup they’ve assembled as well, with The Exiles and Border Thieves also performing.

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WAKE UP DUSTY

featuring members of the Dunhill Blues and the Solid Gold Bastards featuring ex-members of Nunbait. Music kicks off at 6pm.

Daz Gray – vocals, guitar

What’s the song about? It’s almost like a checklist of my real and/or imagined sexual relations. How much of it is true is open to conjecture. I’d put my money on just one verse.

How long did it take to write/record? I had the basic song kicking around for quite a few years before The Good Ship came into being but didn’t want my old band to wreck it. It wasn’t until my co-captain John Meyer and I got together with the intention of playing all our porno/country/folk songs did it get an airing.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We were recording the songs in a home studio during the middle of one of the hottest Brisbane summers ever and had to stop after each take because we thought we’d pass out.

Perhaps Sydney’s most solid and reliable hip hop night Dust Tones has announced that it will moving venues in the near future, bidding farewell to its current home at the Beach Road Hotel after this month. Kicking off November’s farewell, this Friday The Versionaries, Budspells, DJ Ability and Ryan Lungu will have the spotlight.

Castor & Pollux and Jackmare make up the bill this Thursday at the Lewisham Hotel. The mid-week rock injection kicks off at 7pm and will cost you $15 to get in.

Kat and Benny have been working out some co-ordinated dance moves. Hopefully they aren’t acting out what occurs in each verse.

ROCK NUGGETS

FAIR SAILING

Will you be launching it?

Punters heading to The Valve Bar this Sunday will be entertained by three rock outfits – Cape Tribulation featuring ex-members of Tumbleweed and current ones of Life Adjustment Disorder, The Tombstone Ramblers

When The Good Ship take to the Excelsior Hotel this Friday in support of their newest single, A Few Of My Favourite Flings, they’ll be supported by Jo Meares & The Honeyriders and The Stillsons.

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GREAT MOMENTS IN ARIA AWARDS HISTORY – #103

Wrecking Ball PEABODY She Wants To Move N*E*R*D Get Me Some CLAUDE HAY Wait For You THE BASICS Adelaide ANBERLIN Comfort Me SHIHAD Virtual Insanity JAMIROQUAI The Anthem GOOD CHARLOTTE The Spirit Of Giving THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS

GIVE THAT MAN HIS OWN SHOW Last week during the ARIA Hall of Fame induction event, the church stole the night with their speech and subsequent performance as the last band to be honoured of the night. An animated Steve Kilbey entertained the crowd with anecdotes from their career, championing the Australian scene and conversing with various members of the audience, such as Michael Chugg and Richard Wilkins (“look at his hair!”). After Kilbey’s ten minutes at the mic, the other members got a go, Marty Wilson-Piper saying, “I wonder if anyone thinks that Steve has managed to demystify us. We’ve worked so hard to be aloof and enigmatic – aloof no more. All ruined in 15 minutes after 30 years.”

I Want You So Hard (The Boy’s Bad News) EAGLES OF DEATH METAL

ITUNES AUSTRALIA TOP 10 MUSIC VIDEOS 1. Love The Way You Lie RIHANNA & EMINEM 2. Only Girl (In The World) RIHANNA 3. No Love LIL WAYNE & EMINEM 4. And Then We Dance JUSTICE CREW 5. DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love (feat. Pitbull) USHER 6. Fuck You CEE LO GREEN 7. Dynamite TAIO CRUZ 8. Just A Dream NELLY 9. Take It Off KE$HA 10. Mine TAYLOR SWIFT

ARIA AWARD NOMINEES WARM-UP CHART Down The Way ANGUS & JULIA STONE InnerSpeaker TAME IMPALA Basement Birds BASEMENT BIRDS Ceiling Sun Letters JASON WALKER Get Out While You Can DAN SULTAN Youngbloods THE AMITY AFFLICTION Modern Day Addiction CLARE BOWDITCH Golden Rule POWDERFINGER Rush To Relax EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING Bliss Release CLOUD CONTROL

TOP 10 JOHN LENNON RE-ISSUE TRACKS God (Just Like) Starting Over How Do You Sleep? Meat City Peggy Sue Sunday Bloody Sunday Going Down on Love Ya Ya I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mamma I Don’t Wanna Die Working Class Hero

THE AUDREYS

SOMETIMES COUNTRY STARS Alt.country band The Audreys have been on the road plugging new album, Sometimes The Stars. It seem the stars have aligned, as the band play Lizotte’s Newcastle on Thursday, The Basement Circular Quay on Friday and Saturday and The Brass Monkey on Sunday.

SPACE FOR ALL

IN HONOUR OF US

With intermissions of open mic spots and jam sessions, YouSpace at the Town Hall Hotel in Newtown will this Wednesday feature Double Crosses, Ben Briedis, Dan Martin, The Mechanics Of Creation, Bored Of Directors and Dolphin Dance on the bill.

In celebration of the various ABC radio frequencies’ AusMusic Month, Bag Raiders, Horrorshow, The Holidays and a range of triple j hosts are throwing a party at The Metro Theatre this Friday. The show’s all ages as well, for those of you battling through various end-of-year exams at the moment.

NOW THAT’S GENEROUS

Potential-ridden Melbourne outfit Oh Mercy have scored the highly sought after support slot for Crowded House and will be present and accounted for this Saturday when it all goes down at the Hordern Pavilion.

INTERNATIONAL ASPIRATIONS The second round of semi-finals for the Australian leg of the Emergenza international band competition takes over the Factory Theatre this week. Wednesday it’s Jasper, Remains The Day, Red Fire Red and Res Assured among others, Thursday The Monks Of Mellonwah, Grey Tempest, The Sterling Vines, Uncle Jed and more, Saturday Stand For The Fallen, Paxkoan, Eve Of Eden, The Written Crusade and more and Sunday Play The Part, Iron Jack, Mending Melissa, The Presence and more.

Dan Hopkins & The Generous Few, the folk-loving, foot-stomping lads responsible for the MusicOz Awards top 10 blues track, Golden Girl, are launching their new EP on Sunday at The Vanguard. Simon Paparo and Frank Sultana will warm the stage up.

CHILD CARE Newfound acoustic singer/songwriters duo Missing Children are making their introduction to the Sydney music scene this Wednesday at the Tokio Hotel (they also play the next two Wednesdays at the venue), while they’ll also be at Moose Bar on Sunday.

AUSSIE JAMES Australian Crawl’s James Reyne is on the road this week, playing solo at the Southern Cross Club Friday and the Milton Theatre Saturday.

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OH YE DENVER BIRDS

WINGS SPROUTING Excitable Brisbane folkies Oh Ye Denver Birds are in town to launch their latest single, Your Sacrifice, and just tell us what all the fuss is about in general. On Wednesday they’re at the Cambridge Hotel and Friday they’re at Melt Bar – Ghoul and Domeyko/Gonzalez supporting on the latter.

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THE DEAD LOVE She Ate Me Alive

hen Micah P. Hinson’s new album, Saboteur Pioneers, fell into our laps we couldn’t help but admire the artwork (and not long after we were admiring his brand of rehab-fuelled experimental Americana as well). It’s moments like that, where the anticipation for the tracks are heightened so quickly upon first impression, that makes physical products that little bit special. So, while the ARIA judging panel awarded Angus & Julia Stone’s Down The Way their favourite at the artisan awards (announced during the main event’s nominations) we decided to make note of a few notable album covers from the past 12 months, in no particular order.

technicolour outer pages of the booklet. The off white and intended water marks (you’ll wonder what you left beside it the first time you see it) are brilliant touches to the worn feel – it’s an album that’ll increase in character as the corners are scuffed and the face marked.

THE HOLIDAYS – POST PARADISE We hate to be negative, but for such a cultured and exotic album – a breath of fresh air into the indie scene – it seems a shame to devalue it with a cover that looks initially like a cut and paste job on MS Paint. There’s texture on close examination, but it’s hard to pick-up on a small scale.

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What’s the song about? It’s a bit of a chase the girl story; I recommend you check out the music video to get the full rundown.

How many releases do you have now?

Klaxons, who trumped their popular recognition with their astronaut effort.

TAME IMPALA – INNERSPEAKER

She Ate Me Alive will be the debut for The Dead Love.

There’s probably no better visual technique to represent the Perth psych-rock outfit than a kaleidoscope and the effect was nailed with their debut full-length. The bigger your copy the better it looks.

Is this track from a forthcoming release? Undecided if this track will be part of an EP or album, however I can tell you we have the next two singles ready for release early 2011.

How long did it take to write/record? Writing was quick, maybe a jam or two. Final touches and flavours were added in one overnight recording/drinking session. Or perhaps it should be the other way around, but that’s another story.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We draw to both classic rock sounds and modern influence. We just love playing good rock that inspires both us and listeners to party and have a good time.

MICAH P HINSON – PIONEER SABOTEURS With the barrel of the gun pointing straight at your throat, you almost miss the duct-tape nippled beauty wielding it. A striking and grainy image, once you’ve opened up to the gatefold and heard the record you’ll return to – and learn each aspect of – the cover shot.

KVELERTAK – KVELERTAK

What’s your favourite part of the song?

The record company’s sticker on the front proudly says that this record was produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou and those with an interest in the punk rock/metal scene will also notice that the artwork comes courtesy of Baroness’ John Baizley. Intricate and engrossing yet still subdued, it’s another from the immediately identifiable and striking talented punk artiste.

Have to say the bridge with its cheeky little Hammond additions.

Will you be launching it? Thursday – The Harp Hotel Friday – Manly Fisho’s Friday 12 November – Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor Saturday 13 – Cambridge Hotel

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What’s your wildest ambition for your music?

Being able to do what we love and continue paying the mortgage, feeding the kids (one day) and going on a regular holiday. A Grammy thrown in wouldn’t go astray!

THE BESNARD LAKES – THE BESNARD LAKES ARE THE ROARING NIGHT As the deep reds and orange bring to life whatever’s burning on the other side of the river, even though it’s both haunting and distant it seems inevitable that the observer will be drawn to it. The sweeping majesty of the album is a good place to be, too.

Harrison Stafford – vocals, guitar

Why are you coming to visit our fair country? Perform the musical works of Groundation, share positive energy and to learn from the people. Yes this will be our first visit.

How long are you here for? A little over a week, not long enough.

GIL SCOTT-HERON – I’M NEW HERE

What do you know about Australia, in ten words or less?

Whoever thought it was a good idea to colour the text on I’m New Here’s cover green and pink should be reprimanded, but the close-up, eyes closed shot of ScottHeron’s drag on a Malboro will be an iconic one of his already esteemed career. It portrays the wisdom, damage and sincerity that are evident throughout one of the year’s highlights.

I kind of walk through life with the shirt on my back, but Mingo will get a magnet, maybe a lighter. The important thing is to keep the mind open.

Because we rock! Nah, kidding, we do but we don’t think we particularly sound like anyone else. You need to come and experience it for yourselves! Also, we know how to get a good singalong going. How do you find the local live scene?

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

Playing in front of 80,000 people during the World Youth Day in 2008 with three homeless men and Frank Bennett! For more info see:

KLAXONS – SURFING THE VOID When memes of the Internet transverse into real life, this is what you get. Best Coast did it first this year with their cat-adorned cover for Crazy For You, but they were always going to be outdone by indie-rock darlings

What will you be taking home as a souvenir?

Why should we come and see you?

Pretty cool. I (Dan) don’t get out as much as I’d like because of heavy commitments but when I do I’m pretty inspired. There’s a healthy songwriting scene in Sydney again and mainly due to a few tireless hardworking folk who create these opportunities.

Is this your first visit?

We’re all very unique individuals but we might swim in the ocean, take a hike, cruise the cities and look for museums, sit and talk with the people… Who knows?

Folk rock/roots.

Ben Harper because of his raw honesty, talent and soul. Jeff Lang for his amazing playing and songwriting. Anyone and everyone really who projects from the inside out.

LUNGS – THE TWO CHIEF WORLD SYSTEMS

GROUNDATION

Any extra-curricular activities you hope to participate in?

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

Sydney’s very own Lungs have always been quite lyrical in their math-punk and their concept album about society’s polarities is the finest example yet. The twoheaded beast on the cover represents the divide and while not particularly packed with detail, the intertwined snakes in the background allude to the complexity of the record.

Australia is the peacekeeper of the South Pacific.

DAN HOPKINS & THE GENEROUS FEW

myspace.com/danhopkinsmusic Next available at:

Saturday – Narrabeen Tramshed Sunday – The Vanguard Saturday 13 November – El Rocco’s

Where can we come say hi, and buy you an Aussie beer?

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Friday – Beach Hotel

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Monday – November – The Basement

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HOLY FUCK – LATIN

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BACKY SKANK: FRIDAY 5, SANDRINGHAM HOTEL

THE GLIMMER: WEDNESDAY 3, ANNANDALE HOTEL

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AAMAZING ENTERTAINMENT KARAOKE: Penrith Htl ABBALANCHE: Castle Hill RSL ADAM PRINGLE BAND: Sandringham Htl downstairs AM 2 PM: Revesby Workers ANDY MCKEE: The Basement BACK TO FRONT: The Point Bowling Club BEATNIX: North Sydney Leagues, Cammeray BIG BEN: Wentworthville Leagues BNO ROCK SHOW: Scruffy Murphys CHRIS JAMES: St George Masonic Club COPE STREET PARADE BAND, DAN DRUFF, LEO, MOODY COWS AND ROOS KANGAROOS, PALM COURT ORCHESTRA: The Cube, Campbelltown CROSSING RED LINE, CAMAZOTZ SWORD, ANTHONY OUSBACK: Beach Rd Htl Bondi DES GIBSON: Lansvale Htl DI SOLOMON: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge DJ DISCOROSSO, GRANDWIZARD MYME 01, LOKOL, GEE WIZZ: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe FLAMIN’ BEAUTIES: Royal Htl Springwood FRANKIE VALENTYNE: Matraville Htl HAPPY HIPPIES: Ettamogah Pub HEART & SOUL: Drummoyne Sailing Club HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING: Lithgow Workers ITUNES LIVE ARIA AWARDS CONCERT, WASHINGTON, BOY AND BEAR: Royal Botanic Gardens JELLYBEAN JAM: Panthers Evan Theatre JJ DUO: Club Central, Hurstville JOHN FIELD BAND: Penrith RSL, Showroom KARAOKE, NEON HEARTS, COSMIC EXPLORER, GREEN BALLS: World Bar Kings X KURT ELLING: Concert Hall, Syd Opera House

LOONATIC FRINGE: Lizottes, Newcastle MANDI JARRY: Marlborough Htl MARK TRAVERS: O’Donoghues Emu Plains MARTY STEWART: Glenbrook Panthers Bowling Club MIKE RIVETT QUINTET, LEIGH BARKER & THE NEW SHEIKS: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills MISSION JONES: CLUB RIVERS MUDDY FEET: Richmond Club NEW LIFE DUO: Belmore RSL PAUL SUN, ALEX CROMPTON, MONIQUE LYSIAK: Jazsushi Surry Hills PETE: Rocksia Hotel PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PHIL SPILLER: Artichoke Café Manly PINOY DUO: CLUB BELMORE PSEUDO ECHO, DRAGON, INDUSTRIAL TAP, ROCKABILLY FRENZY, STRELITZIA: Bankstown District Sports Club ROB RHODES: Taren Point Htl ROBIN GIBB, BONNIE TYLER, AUSTRALIAN METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA: Sydney Entertainment Centre ROSS FAHEY: Taree Leagues Sports Club RUSSELL NELSON, UPTOWN SEROTONIN: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar SHANE FLEW: Dee Why RSL SODA BAR DJS: Golden Sheaf SOUL TATTOO, UNMARKED: Hills District Bowling Club SOUP GROOVE SESSION: Excelsior Surry Hills STARS - A SIMPLY RED & TINA TURNER SHOW: Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre THE NOUGHTIES: Club Marconi THE SHIVON COELHO ENSEMBLE: Miranda Htl THE ZIPS: St Marys Leagues THINK BIG DUO: Smithfield RSL TOM TRELAWNY: Parramatta Leagues TWO MINDS: Customs House Sydney WILDCATZ: Kirribilli Htl

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Scruffy Murphys 8 BALL AITKEN, MARK EASTON: Brass Monkey ASTON: Raval AVA TORCH, THE BOYBIRDS, AMIE MCKENNA, MARTIN BADOUI: The Vanguard BENTON & STORM: Orient Htl CARL MORGAN QUARTET: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills DOLPHIN DANCE, BORED OF DIRECTORS, THE MECHANICS OF CREATION, DAN MARTIN, BEN BRIEDIS, DOUBLE CROSSES: Town Hall Htl, Newtown GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe GOONS OF DOOM, SLOW DOWN HONEY, KIDS AT RISK: Beach Rd Htl Bondi HAT FITZ, CARA ROBINSON: Old Fitzroy Theatre Woolloomooloo HOBO BORDEAUX, DR NEIL HALL, JADE LUMBEWE, ROSIE HENSHAW: World Bar Kings X ITUNES LIVE ARIA AWARDS CONCERT SERIES, GUY SEBASTIAN, AMY MEREDITH: Royal Botanic Gardens JAGER UPRISING PRESENTS…, THE GLIMMER, THIEVES, THE WHATS, Sam Jones: Annandale Htl JELLY FISH: Artichoke Café Manly JIGZAG, JODI MARTIN, PJ Wolf: Notes, Newtown LIONS & KINGS, JUGU, RIVET SOUL JUMP UPS, TARA LAWRENCE: Excelsior Surry Hills MARTY STEWART: Rocksia Hotel MEREWETHER FATS: Great Northern Byron Bay MITCH ANDERSON AND FRIENDS: Sandringham Htl downstairs MUSOS CLUB JAM NIGHT: Bald Faced Stag RACZ AND WATERS, CLAY BLYTH: The View Factory, Newcastle THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY BAND: Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre

THE TIN CAN CLAN, KID OF HARITH, DAVE COLEMAN: Sandringham Htl THE UNEXPECTED: 3 Wise Monkeys

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8 BALL AITKEN, MARK EASTON: Notes, Newtown AAMAZING ENTERTAINMENT KARAOKE: Penrith Htl AMY MEREDITH: Cambridge Htl Newcastle ANDREW BURKE: Artichoke Café Manly ANDY MAMMERS: Harbord Beach Htl BEN FINN TRIO: Bull & Bush CAM TAPP, SAM BUCKINGHAM, BIG SMOKY, BECKY SHEPARD: The Vanguard CAMBO: Observer Htl CHRIS PICKERING, CATHERINE BRITT: Armidale Club DANIELLE SPENCER, MORGAN JOANEL: Raval DANNY JOHN TRIO, THE DUALIES, Kickstone: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe DAVID MCMASTER: CLUB BELMORE DI SOLOMON: Club Five Dock DJ ALEX: Beach Rd Htl Bondi HAT FITZ, CARA ROBINSON: Brass Monkey HEATH BURDELL: Northies Cronulla HtlSport Bar HOT DAMN! feat…, GHOSTS ON BROADWAY, FALLING FOR BELOVED, HOT DAMN! DJ’S: Spectrum ITUNES LIVE ARIA AWARDS CONCERT SERIES, SIA, Sally Seltmann: Royal Botanic Gardens JAZZ FACTORY: The View Factory, Newcastle JOHN VELLA, FAKE WARS, BENJAMIN SEA: Annandale Htl LATIN STYLE: Scruffy Murphys LOUIS M: Martin Place LUKE KOTERAS: Campbelltown Catholic Club MANDI JARRY: Marlborough Htl MEREWETHER FATS: Shenanigans, Maitland MICHAEL MCGLYNN: Greengate Htl MIKELANGELO & THE TIN STAR, THE FUELERS: Merry Muse Folk Club, ACT

MM9, THE DEAD LOVE, THE SACRED TRUTH: Harp Htl Wollongong MUSOS CLUB JAM NIGHT: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill NAT COLE AND THE KINGS: Gaelic Club NAT COLE AND THE KINGS, INDIGO RISING: The Gaelic NICHOLAS ROY: Lizottes, Dee Why NITE SHIFT: 3 Wise Monkeys OH YE DENVER BIRDS: Melt Bar Kings X PETE: Railz On Regent, Redfern PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PHADER, THE CASHMERE REVOLUTION, THE DUCHESSES, NEW STRANGE HORIZON: Sly Fox Htl Enmore RANGER SPACEY, THE BEATING HEARTS: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery RECKLESS: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar REYES DE LA ONDA: Macquarie Htl Surry Hills ROBERT CARL BLANK, HUSSY HICKS: Grand Junction Htl Maitland ROSS WARD: gj’s Coffee Lounge SAMANTHA BRAVE, KATE GOGARTY: Newport Arms Hotel SONIDO: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills STEVE TONGE: Hillside Htl Castle Hill THE AUDREYS: Lizottes, Newcastle THE GLIMMER, HOOK ELATION, SAR: The Wall (The Bald Faced Stag) THE HOLY SOUL, PENELOPE INC, THE NICE FOLK: Excelsior Surry Hills THE JOE KINGS: Port Macquarie Hotel THE MAD PRIDE: Narrabeen Sands THE WIREFLYS: Queens Wharf Brewery Newcastle TOM & DAVE SHOW: Maloney’s Hotel TOM TRELAWNY: Gymea Bay Hotel TONY WILLIAMS: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta UNCLE JED, THE STERLING VINES, THE MONKS OF MEL-

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LONWAH, JACK NASH, TREDLEY, THE BLACK HEIST, GREY TEMPEST: Factory Theatre URBY, MONKEY GENIUS, JOHNNY SEGMENT, MUCKY FINGERS: World Bar Kings X UTE VAN CAMPER, CLAUDE HAY: Sandringham Htl Whipped Cream Chargers, PREACHERS, GO ROLL YOUR BONES, RECKLESS VAGINA: Oxford Art Factory Whipped Cream Chargers, THE PREACHERS, THE GO ROLL YOUR BONES, RECKLESS VAGINA: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space YACHT CLUB DJS, BLEEDING KNEES CLUB: Great Northern Byron Bay

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8 BALL AITKEN: Heritage Htl AAMAZING ENTERTAINMENT KARAOKE: Parramatta Leagues ABBY DOBSON, LARA GOODRIDGE, MATT OTTIGNON, MARCELLO MAIO, JULIAN CURWIN, MARK HARRIS: The Vanguard ACHTUNG BABY-U2 SHOW: Jewells Tavern, Jewells, Central Coast ALBA VARDEN, THE MEDICS, RADIO NATIONAL, THE MONEY SMOKERS, WORLD CHAMPION, BRIGHT QUITO SPRING, HOPES, + DJ’s: World Bar Kings X AM 2 PM: Brighton RSL Andy Mammers Trio: Cronulla RSL BACK TO FRONT: The Point Bowling Club BAZ: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills BEAU SMITH: Greengate Htl BIG SHOTS DEULLING PIANO SHOW: Club Five Dock BLISS BOMB: Ingleburn RSL BRIAN WILSON: Enmore Theatre BUDDY BROWNSTONE: Artichoke Café Manly CARTEL, BACKYARD MORTUARY, THE ERADICATED, SENSE OF BETRAYAL: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe CHRIS ALEXANDER TRIO: Rydges Htl Campbeltown CHRIS MURRAY, THE SKA MASTERS, BACKY

SKANK, LOONEE TUNES, HIGHTIMES: Sandringham Htl DAN MACK: The New Albury Hotel DANIEL LISSING DUO, DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE: Crows Nest Htl DARREN JOHNSTONE: Hills District Bowling Club DARREN JOHNSTONE: PJ Gallaghers Drummoyne DAVE GRANEY & THE LURID YELLOW MIST, CONWAY SAVAGE: Coogee Diggers DAVID ANGIUS DUO: Kirribilli Htl DEE BLUNDELL: Mudgee Soldiers Club DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: Richmond Inn DJANIMALS, BEN LUCID, M.I.T, NICK FINDLAY, KILL THE LANDLORD, Josh Kelly: Gladstone Htl DRAGON: Revesby Workers Drawn From Bees, THE SHINY BRIGHTS, MADE IN JAPAN: Melt Bar Kings X EBONY & IVORY: Matraville Htl ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY: Bull & Bush FALCONA DJ’S: Kit & kaboodle, Kings Cross FLAMIN’ BEAUTIES: Crown Htl City GARY PUCKETT: North Sydney Leagues, Cammeray GLEN WHITEHALL: Chatswood RSL GOODNIGHT DYNAMITE: Brewhouse Pub St Marys GREG TEE, SLIP N SLIDE, TONY SHOCK: Oatley Hotel GTS: Richmond Club GUNS N ROSES SHOW: Penrith Htl HAPPY HIPPIES: Sharkies HEATHER HONEY: Kareela Golf Club HELLO CLEVELAND: Blacktown RSL HIP NOT HOP: Hillside Htl Castle Hill HOLLY THROSBY, KIERAN RYAN, SLEEPYHEADS: Factory Theatre HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, Big Scary, BALL PARK MUSIC: Great Northern Byron Bay

IDOL KARAOKE: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill INSTANT REPLAY: Rocksia Hotel INSTITUT POLAIRE: Spectrum ITUNES LIVE ARIA AWARDS CONCERT SERIES, ANGUS & JULIA STONE, OLD MAN RIVER: Royal Botanic Gardens JJ DUO: Maroubra Junction Htl JO MEARES AND THE HONEYRIDERS, THE GOOD SHIP, THE STILLSONS, EIRWEN SKYE: Excelsior Surry Hills JOHN LARDER: Caves Beachside Hotel KEEP THE FAITH - BON JOVI SHOW: Scruffy Murphys KIRK BURGESS: Kro Bar, East Leagues Club, Bondi Junction KRISTY LEE: Penrith Gaels LAST WALTZ REVIVAL SHOW: Notes, Newtown LEGEND KILLERS: 3 Wise Monkeys LIOR, GOSSLING, FARRYL PURKISS: Lizottes, Newcastle LIQUID SKY feat., LOUIS LA ROCHE, VAMP DJ CREW: Candys Apartment LJ: O’Malleys Kings X LORD: Theatre Royal LUKE DIXON: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta LYCANTHIA, LACRYMAE, TEMTRIS, THUNDA STEEL, TERRORENTIAL: Lewisham Htl MAD SEASO ‘MATCHBOX 20 SHOW’: Heathcote Hotel MANDI JARRY TRIO: Penrith Panthers, Fluid Bar MARTY STEWART: Panania Htl MATT JONES: Parramatta RSL MATT PRICE: Macquarie Htl, Liverpool MIKE BENNETT: Novotel - Brewery Bar, Olympic Park MIKELANGELO & THE TIN STAR, MOJO JUJU, JACK COLWELL: Brass Monkey MISSION JONES: Hornsby RSL MM9, THE DEAD LOVE, STONE PARADE: Manly Fishos NEXT BEST THING: Seven Hills RSL NICKY KURTA: Ettamogah Htl NITE SHIFT: Marlborough Htl NOVA TONE: Customs House Sydney


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2 - 8 NOVEMBER 2010 OCTIVE: Jannali Inn PARTY VIBE: Mounties Club Mt Pritchard PATRICK ALMANCI: Wagga RSL Club PEABODY, CABINS, DICTAPHONE BLUES, NO ART: Anna Bay Tavern PEABODY, STEP PANTHER, DICTAPHONE BLUES, NO ART: Annandale Htl PETE: Club Central, Hurstville PETER HEAD: Harbourview Htl PETER MCWHIRTER: Campbelltown Catholic Club POWER OF TWO: Windang Bowling Club PSYCHO MAGNET: Port Macquarie Hotel RAPTURE: CLUB RIVERS RATTLE & HUM-U2 SHOW: Gwandala Bowling Club ROB HENRY DUO: Australian Hotel & Brewery, Annangrove ROBERT CARL BLANK: The Aztec, Forster ROCK STEADY: Kurnell Rec Club ROSS WARD: Pyrmont Bridge Hotel ROY ORBISON SHOW: Western Suburbs Leagues Club SARAH PATON, MATT JONES: Observer Htl SEVEN YEAR ITCH: East Leagues SHANE FLEW: Belrose Hotel SINGLED OUT: Collaroy Services STEVE DAVIS: Laurieton United Services Club STEVE TONGE DUO: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl SUPERSTITIOUS: Rooty Hill RSL SUSAN GAI DOWLING DUO: Jazushi Restaurant Surry Hills SUVI DUO: East Hills Htl, East Hills TED NASH DUO: Vineyard Htl TERRY BATU: Oasis on Beamish THE AUDREYS, NICHOLAS ROY: The Basement

THE DEEP DUO: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar THE ELTON JACK SHOW: Kirribilli Club THE JOE KINGS: Sawtell Hotel THE MAD ONES: The View Factory, Newcastle THE NAKED & FAMOUS, ALPINE: Oxford Art Factory THE NAKED & FAMOUS, ALPINE: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space THE OGRETONES: Cowra Services Club THE RADIATORS: Fitzroy Htl Windsor THE SHAKIN HOWLS, TIGER BEAMS, ROYAL CHANT: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery THE VERSIONARIES, BUDSPELLS, DJ ABILITY, RYAN LUNGI: Beach Rd Htl Bondi THINK BIG: Matraville RSL THIRD TIME LUCKY: Engadine RSL TOM & DAVE SHOW: Mean Fiddler Htl TWO OF HEARTS: Mosman RSL UNMARKED DJ: Crown Hotel Motel, Camden WHITE BROS: Quakers Inn WILDCATZ: Wentworthville Leagues

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8 BALL AITKEN: Hotel Gearin, Katoomba AAMAZING ENTERTAINMENT KARAOKE: Parramatta Leagues ACHTUNG BABY-U2 SHOW: Iron Horse Htl Cardiff AM 2 PM: Revesby Workers AMY MEREDITH: Penrith Panthers AREA 7, DAN POTTHAST, THE REAL DEAL, THE MY TYS, STEEL CITY ALLSTARS, LOONEE TUNES, CHRIS DUKE & THE ROYALS, HIGHTIME, THE ALPACACCINOS: Annandale Htl BACK TO THE 80’S: Bayview Tavern BEN FINN TRIO: Maloney’s Hotel BIG BEN TRIO: Mercantile Htl BIG WAY OUT: Marlborough Htl

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Club TONE RANGERS: Peachtree Htl Penrith TRILOGY: Overlander Htl UNMARKED DJ: Crown Hotel Motel, Camden VENUS: Australian Hotel & Brewery, Annangrove VIP: Rocksia Hotel WILDCATZ: Bull & Bush

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ABBY DOBSON: FRIDAY 5, THE VANGUARD BLISS BOMB: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar BNO ROCK SHOW: Crows Nest Htl CAPTAIN MATCHBOX WHOOPIE BAND: Cat & Fiddle CARL FIDLER: Greengate Htl CHARTBUSTERS: East Leagues CHRIS ALEXANDER: Parramatta RSL COVERGIRL: 3 Wise Monkeys DAN LAWRENCE: Harbord Beach Htl DAVID ANGUS TRIO: Penrith Panthers, Fluid Bar DES GIBSON: Lansvale Htl DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: Budgewoi Soccer Club DIVAMANIA: Cronulla RSL DJ HAVANA BROWN: Shelbourne Htl DJ MICHA: Beach Rd Htl Bondi DOC HALLIDAY: Waterworks Htl, Botany EMMA HAMILTON: Stamford Grand Nth Ryde ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY: Nelson Bay Bowling Club FATT LIP: Carousel Inn Rooty Hill FLAMIN’ BEAUTIES: Royal Htl Springwood FROGS ON TOAST: Kareela Golf Club FUNKTION: Teagardens Htl GARY JOHNS: Northies Cronulla HtlSport Bar GOODNIGHT DYNAMITE: Brewhouse Pub

Marayong GTS DUO: Miranda RSL HALF NELSON: The View Factory, Newcastle HAPPY HIPPIES: Taren Point Htl HAVOC, FOUNDRY ROAD, HEAD HAMMER, LIE DOORMAN, A SHADOW COMPLEX: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe HIRA HIRA, DEAD CHINA DOLL, MERE WOMEN, LET ME DOWN JUNGLEMAN GENTLY: Excelsior Surry Hills HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING: Richmond Club IGNITION: Scruffy Murphys INSTANT REPLAY: Panania RSL JAMES REYNE: Milton Theatre JARAKA COLLECTIVE: Artichoke Café Manly JJ DUO: Sharkies John Hill: Panthers Dominiques LACRYMAE, HEMINA, TYPHOS: Hamilton Station Htl, Newcastle LENNI JOSEPH: Hills District Bowling Club LUKE DIXON: Newport Arms Hotel MAD COW: Mounties Club Mt Pritchard MANDI JARRY: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl MARK DA COSTA AND THE BLACK LIST: Mean Fiddler Htl, Woolshed MARK TRAVERS: PJ Gallaghers Parramatta MARTYS PLACE: Courthouse Htl

MASTERPIECE: Epping Htl MATT BOURNE, LJ: Riverwood Inn MATT JONES: Novotel - Brewery Bar, Olympic Park MATT PRICE: Woolwich Peir Hotel MEMORY LOSS: Ingleburn Htl MM9, TONIGHT LIVE: Bradbury Oval MUDDY FEET: The Belvedere Htl NICKY KURTA: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel NITE SHIFT: Wentworthville Leagues OCTIVE: Malabar RSL PANORAMA: Colyton Htl PARTY CENTRAL: Campbelltown Catholic Club PAUL SUN, STAN VALACOS, DIDI MUDIGDO: Organic Food Markets, Kings Cross PEABODY, SUPER BEST FRIENDS, DICTAPHONE BLUES: Phoenix Bar ACT PEPPERMINT JAM: St Marys Leagues PERIGRINE CD LAUNCH: 505, 280 Cleveland St Surry Hills RAPTURE: Terrey Hills Tavern RATTLE & HUM-U2 SHOW: Penrith RSL RAY BEADLE BAND: Brass Monkey REBECCA JOHNSON BAND: Riverstone RSL RENAE KEARNEY, DAVID SATTOUT, PETER JONES, STEWART NESTEL, THE

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SNAKEMAN: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe (Afternoon) ROBERT CARL BLANK, HUSSY HICKS: Folk In Broke Festival, Hunter Valley ROCK MY SOUL: Matraville RSL SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, 3 STRIPE AVE: Oatley Hotel SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE feat., ZOMG!, KITTENZ, KYRO & BOMBER: Candys Apartment SHINDIG: Penrith Gaels SHOW STOPPERS: The Cube, Campbelltown SINGLED OUT: Orient Htl SOUNDS LIKE TWO: Engadine Tavern SPENDA C, TRENT RACKUS, PABLO CALAMARI, TELEFUNKEN, HUSKY, BRENDEN FING, MATT WEIR, + HEAPS MORE!: World Bar Kings X SPOOKYLAND, PANZER QUEEN, DESIRE THE HORSE: Sandringham Htl STEVE TONGE, DAVE STEVENS: Observer Htl SURPRISE PARTY: Castle Hill RSL THE BASICS: Oxford Art Factory THE BASICS, GEORGIA FAIR, RAPIDS: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space THE RADIATORS: Blacktown RSL THE SONGSMITHS: Kirribilli Htl THE ZIPS: Auburn Soccer Club TOM TRELAWNY DUO: Ryde Eastwood Leagues

8 BALL AITKEN: Lizottes, Newcastle ALLAN CASWELL COUNTRY: Penrith RSL ANDY MAMMERS DUO: Cronulla RSL BIG BEN: Heathcote Hotel CAPE TRIBULATION, THE SOLID GOLD BASTARDS, THE TOMBSTONE RAMBLERS: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe CAULFIELD, SAVE THE SYMPATHY, STAND FOR FALLEN, YOUR WAY WITH WORDS, TOFU PANDA, CITY OF GHOSTS: Lucky Oz Tavern, St Marys CLIVE HAY: Campbelltown Catholic Club DAN SPILLANE: Mean Fiddler Htl DAVID ANGIUS DUO, DAVE WHITE DUO: Northies Cronulla Htl DISCO PUNX: World Bar Kings X FINN: Sandringham Htl FINN: Sandringham Htl downstairs FRANCESCA SIDOTI, REUBIX, POORHEAD: Valve Bar and Venue, Tempe (Afternoon) HEATH BURDELL: Woolloomooloo Bay Htl JJ: Coogee Bay Htl, Beach Bar JOHN AND YUKI, DJ TONE: Oatley Htl JOHN LEIGH CALDER TRIO: Clarendon Hotel, Surry Hills MANDI JARRY TRIO:

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JMC MASTERCLASSES Over the next few weeks, the various JMC Academy campuses will be hosting a series of masterclasses covering three particular areas, the first being presented by entertainment industry business coach Debra Russell under the banner Multiple Streams For Music Income. A Certified Small Business Results Coach, Russell specialises in the arts and entertainment industry, running a company called Artist’s Edge since 2002. The workshop, running 10am to 5.30pm Sunday 14 November at JMC’s Surry Hills campus, will see Russell present her eight steps to developing a multiple stream music business, providing students the specific tools and techniques to get started right away. For further information, check into the JMC Academy website or register at the CMC Productions website.

SEAL: CAPTURING THE VOICE When UK singer Seal went into the producer David Foster’s high-end studio in his California home to record his latest album, Commitment, over four weeks, he used a Neumann KMS 105 live vocal mic and his personal vintage Neumann U67, the latter primarily for recording scratch vocal ideas so that if he felt these were the best takes they could still be used in the final mix. In addition, in the control room, co-producer/ engineer Jochem van der Saag and engineer David Russell gave Seal a Neumann KMS 105 live vocal condenser with a Neve 1073 DPD preamp monitored through a George Massenburg Labs 8200 parametric EQ and a Manley SLAM! compressor. When he performs, Seal uses a Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless handheld vocal mic with a Neumann KK 105-S capsule, the same capsule used to record the rough tracks on Commitment. His current front-of-house engineer is one John Robbins, whose CV includes three tours with Steely Dan, while his monitor engineer, Chris Lantz, was among the first engineers to use wireless personal monitors in the early 1990s with the Eagles. The latter has explained in a press release that “We just switched over to the new ew 300 IEM G3 system, which, together with Sennheiser’s Wireless Systems Manager (WSM) software, makes my job much less stressful. The frequency scan feature is easy and robust and the ability to sync each unit automatically has reduced what used to be an hour-long set-up job to less than ten minutes. The band loves the sound, too; they’ve compared it to listening to a CD.”

INTRODUCING FIRSTCUT STUDIO Based in Leichhardt, FirstCut Studio is a new music composition and sound-post company created by composer and sound designer Basil Hogios, whose most widely known work was the score for feature film, Romulus My Father, for which he was nominated for an AFI and FCCA Award. FirstCut aims to offer clients a one-stop solution between the limited services of solo freelancers and what can be the expensive and impersonal approaches of large companies. To achieve this, Hogios has brought together a team of composers, producers, recording engineers, sound designers and musicians – Rosie Chase, Biddy Connor, Jonathan Dower, Maia Horniak, Benjamin Speed, Chris Vellajo, Danielle Wiessner, Caitlin Yeo, Sasha Zastavnikovic and studio manager Christine Kirkwood. For details and bookings, call (O2) 8005 7427.

SOUND BYTES Kanye West was back in Sydney’s Studios 301 in Alexandria recently with his team to put the finishing touches on both his short film, Runaway, and forthcoming album. Brisbane singer songwriter Chris Pickering took himself off to Nashville for much of last year and spent November recording the bulk of his third album, Work Of Fiction, with Stax Records producer and artist Don Nix in Ardent Recording Studios in Memphis with a stack of Memphis and Muscle Shoals session musicians and Adam Hill engineering. He then brought the recordings back home for producer/engineer Ben Tolliday (Operator Please, Jackie Marshall) to mix at The Ark in Brisbane, where two further tracks were also recorded and mixed, and then sent it back to Larry Nix Mastering in Memphis.

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choirs, drumming groups, live bands all in the large main room to capture that live feel, ambience and energy of the group. We’re an impoverished indie band – do you offer any deals for acts in our situation? Yes we have EP deals and competitive day rates. Check out the website or call the studio to get a quote.

What’s the studio set up you have there equipment-wise? Desk: We have a Raindirk Symphony ILN 40 channel analogue inline console. Monitors: custom made Red Pills near field monitors, Yamaha NS10s and the big wall-mounted Tannoys. Tape: Otari MTR-90 24 track analogue 2” tape machine. Pro Tools: HD2 192 I/O x 2 w/ Sync HD, running ProTools HD 7.4. We also have oodles of outboard gear and ProTools plugins. All info can be found on our website. Any tips for artists entering a studio first time? Come prepared – rehearse beforehand so you know the songs, basic arrangements and lyrics. Enter the studio with an open mind and bring all your ideas and creative energy on the day to make the most out of your session. Which notable artists have worked at the studio? Marcia Hines, Red Riders, The Jezabels, Midnight Oil, Grinspoon, Bluejuice, The Fumes, Ian Moss. Who do you have on staff and what’s their background in the industry? Shane Fahey is the owner of the studio. He has worked here since the beginning and has been engineering albums in this studio for over 25 years. He also has a fairly impressive collection of analogue synths. Cat Colman is another engineer at Megaphon. She has been recording and mixing bands, choirs, singer/ songwriters

Can bands bring in their own engineer or do they have to solely use a house engineer? Bands are welcome to use their own engineers. Many bands bring their own engineer or producer and hire an assistant for the first day or so of their session – at least until everyone in the entourage is comfortable to take the project into their own hands. Is the studio capable of holding a full band at once for recording? Yes, definitely. We have several rooms within Megaphon studios, so full bands can track at the same time, whilst maintaining complete isolation by having their amps in separate rooms. We can also track acoustic ensembles,

Working in the studio can be arduous and we’ll need a break – what are the amenities in the local area? Marrickville Metro shopping centre is just around the corner – you can stock up on groceries or buy food from the food court. There are a range of pubs within walking distance – they all serve food and beer of course. For the over-enthusiastic who want something a little different, you could walk across the road and check out the indoor rock climbing centre. They offer day passes, so you can burn off the beers climb a few walls in between songs/takes/overdub sessions. The studio also has a large outdoor rooftop balcony that is pretty popular for rooftop cricket matches and BBQs in summer. What are your contact details? Ph: (02) 9550 6576; E: studio@megaphon.com.au; W: www.megaphon.com.au

RECENTLY PLAYING THE PARKLIFE FESTIVAL, MICHAEL SMITH CAUGHT UP WITH THE WOMBATS, WHO HAD JUST GOT OUT OF THE STUDIO MAKING THEIR NEW ALBUM. HERE’S WHAT HE FOUND OUT.

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door knob on for the master volume and he’s got little robotic microphones so he can sit in the other room – he does have an assistant engineer, but he doesn’t most of the time – and he just presses a button and they’re on rails, these little microphones. Anyway, he’s a little mad scientist! But he’s very musical – he loves bands, Eric. He’d say get comfortable and play and I’ll make you sound good.” Those sessions took place at Crystal Industries, one of the three studios Stevie Wonder used to record Songs In The Key Of Life.

rummer Dan Haggis, singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboards player Matthew Murphy and bass player Tord Øverland-Knudsen are sitting around a table in the courtyard behind one of the more salubrious hotels towering in a cluster at The Rocks end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We’re here to get behind the scenes of their new album, recorded earlier this year over three sessions with three separate producers, all in Los Angeles – first Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, REM), then Eric Valentine (Queens Of The Stone Age, Lostprophets) and lastly Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol). “They weren’t actually available for longer the period of time we had,” Haggis explains, “so we had to go in and do as much as we possibly could with each of the producers, but somehow it’s worked out really well. It’ll make for a nice varied album.” “There’s a fourth producer on it as well,” Murphy adds. “Butch Walker [ex-Marvelous 3 singer and guitarist] – we did a song with him as well.” “And a fifth – The Wombats in Liverpool,” Haggis reminds Murphy.

Grinspoon singer Phil Jamieson took over the producer’s chair for the second EP, 321, by The Foreign Objects, recorded up in Byron Bay. Sydneysiders Celebrity Morgue recorded their EP, Flesh And Bone, at Electric Sun Studios in Arndell Park.

That was in NRG Recording Studios in north Hollywood owned and operated by producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner. There are three studios in the NRG

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Analogue vs digital – discuss. We have capabilities for both analogue and digital here. It’s really a matter of preference. You can record to both tape and ProTools if you want and then choose the best.

What’s the access to the studio like with regards to parking, flat load, etc? There is plenty of parking at the studio – all day and free! There are a few stairs that you’ll have to battle to load in, but it will be worth it when you reach the top. For the impoverished musos with no gear, Sydenham Station is just a five minute walk from the studio.

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Garret “Jacknife” Lee is actually an Irishman who started out playing guitar with a punk band called Compulsion in the first half of the ‘90s and has recorded solo albums as Jacknife Lee as well as working as a producer and remixer. “He’s quite an enigmatic character,” Murphy explains. “While we recorded three songs with him, only one has kind of made the final grade – we’ve had to re-record the other two – but it was a great experience. We’d never worked with a producer of that stature before, so it was kind of nerve-racking. I don’t think we’d ever been properly produced before – we’ve only just been made to sound ‘better’ on CD I think. His session was very, very Pro Tools, like chopped up, very isolated and sterile, which seemed to take a little bit of the humanity and personality of the band away.”

Icehouse mainman Iva Davies got behind the controls to produce the debut single, Bonne Nuit, Je Suis, for Sydney four-piece Lime Cordiale at Trackdown Studios, with the CD to be released on the studio’s new label Highway 125.

and vocal groups here at Megaphon over the last three years. Cat is also the studio assistant engineer and heads up the administration and bookings. Chris Hancock aka Monk Fly is the newest member of the team. Chris heads up the label administration (Endgame Records) here and also does a bit of engineering. He has a strong background in hip hop and electronic music and has the experience and the musical ears to pretty much record, mix or remix anything that gets thrown at him.

Do you have any in-house instruments at the studio acts can use, or is it totally BYO? We have a Yamaha Custom Oak five-piece drum kit, a Fender Twin reverb guitar amp, a Vox AC30 reissue head, a Fender Bassman head and an interesting range of analogue synths including a Korg MS-20, a mini Moog and an EMS VSCIII.

complex, Studio A with the aforementioned Neve 8068, Studio B with a custom vintage Neve 8078 and Studio C with an SSL9000j console. The Wombats remained in the digital realm throughout the recording, running Pro Tools through the Neve. American producer Eric Valentine began his career as a drummer in heavy metal band T-Ride, again in the early ‘90s. As well as the aforementioned acts he has produced records for Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth and Good Charlotte among others. “It was the label’s idea to go and work with [Valentine],” Haggis explains, “and we weren’t really enamoured with the idea, but because we had to re-record this song and it meant going back out to LA where we’d been working and, stupidly, looking at the bands that he’d worked with, it was very ‘big American rock’ kind of punky things that we didn’t really hear ourselves sounding like. But as soon as we got there we realised that he’s an absolute legend – he’s just a sound geek and loves crafting amazing sounds out of every possible nook and cranny he can. “He’s like built his own desks and he was actually building desks in the studio – there’s like a room where he’s just constantly soldering things. He’s minimalised this desk that he’s designed that’s down to just the essential things he always uses, so it’s much more compact and all the EQs are stronger… He can get more of what he likes out of things. The desk’s got a

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As well as producing records for Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas, Doves and The Mars Volta, the fact that Rich Costey did a remix of New Order’s Waiting For The Siren’s Call made him an choice of producer for The Wombats. Costey had mixed their debut album and this time essentially did the bulk of the album. “Rich’s was a kind of a medium between [Lee and Valentine] in his approach,” Øverland-Knudsen chips in. “He’s still a sound geek and wants the sound like very perfect in a way, but he also had that musical approach as well. He’s really enthusiastic about it all.” “And then Butch Walker was like, ‘Alright guys, rock on up to my studio and just plug in,’” Haggis adds. Walker’s studio is on Santa Monica Boulevard right beside the beach. “There was a little drum kit in there – we didn’t even use any of the stuff we’d hired from SIR [Studio Instrument Rentals] – it was just, ‘plug into that one, it sounds great – it’s gonna be awesome.’ There was like one cymbal on the kit and I was saying I need a few more, but then we played for a bit and I said, ‘Sounds fine to me’. We were all knackered after a month in the studio and he was literally the best session cure ever, he was just so relaxed. He doesn’t like spending too long on anything. When he/everyone is excited and in the mood, he gets as many takes as he can but don’t overdo it, don’t over-think it. Sometimes we’d look at each other and say, ‘Is that it?’ The next as-yet untitled Wombats album will be released February 2011 through Warner.


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HOW TO GET AIRPLAY? We’ve got the answer with over 30 FM & 30 internet radio stations as well as iphone/nokia apps we can make you shine just call Australian Broadcasting Media (ABM) on 0405900486 and ask for Andy

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DRUMS

GET YOU AND YOUR MUSIC ONTO AUSTRALIAN RADIO STATIONS+SMART PHONES AND INTERNET RADIO STATIONS WE’LL PLAY YOUR SONG 300 TIMES IN 1 MONTH FOR LESS THAN $2 A TIME.THATS A LOT OF COVERAGE FOR LITTLE MONEY EMAIL andy@zfmcountrywide.com

PROFESSIONAL DRUM TRACKS supplied for your music for Rehearsals and Live Performance. I also do Professional Band and Drum charts. For all the details:- www.steeledawson. com

THE PREHISTORICS, all original alternative rock ‘n roll Sydney band, are seeking a BAND MANAGER/AGENCY.

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Blackoutmag.com is a music community driven Independent Rock web-zine that brings you the very best of everything that ROCKS!! We are after contributors for the site. If you’re up for it jump onto Blackoutmag.com and check it out...

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DJ EQUIPMENT

AUDIO, LIGHTING & VISION TECHS

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around town your project will sound great and professional whilst working within a budget!! OUR PASSION IS TO CREATE RECORDS THAT GIVE THE LISTENER A HARD HITTING, FRESH SOUND THAT PUSHES BOUNDARIES, WHICH STANDS UP AMONGST THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET. WE SPECIALIZE IN HIP HOP/R&B BUT LOVE AND DO ALL GENRES. For a full list of our credits see myspace.com/mixinthelab. Contact us on 0424 462 945 or Email at thelab1@hotmail.com

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MIXERS FS: Digidesign C|24 - BRAND NEW, still in the box. ONLY $8000!!! INCLUDES: $2500 worth of DB25 to RTS break out cables at no extra cost. Will also deliver within sydney and help to install! Call Brent 0406 501 192 iFlogID: 8947

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BURLESQUE & DRAG EYELASHES Petticoats & Gallantry has launched a new range of exclusive, boutique handmade & decorated false eyelashes perfect for going out. With a mix of over-the-top dramatic lashes suitable for Performances, Burlesque,

Tim Steward returns to Melbourne with WE ALL WANT TO, playing The Birmingham on 30th Oct. www. zenarcade.com.au is selling THE SANDINISTAS!(Tim-gtr,vcls) ltd ed 7” single of 2 great CLASH songs Straight to Hell b/w Complete Control! iFlogID: 8707

RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT

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: 8631

EP RELEASE SPECIAL OFFER!!!!

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Would you like your EP mastered for $450 (ex GST)? Or how about your album mastered for $900 (ex GST)? Matthew Gray Mastering - world class mastering from where you are right now. Check out the blog for details matthewgraymastering.com/ blog.

Special Packages available for artists and bands!! Whether being recording/ mixing. With networks to many studios

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PHOTOGRAPHY SETLIST PHOTOGRAPHY

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OTHER Australian Broadcasting Media(ABM) is on the lookout for female dj’s to assist in creating a new radio station! call Andy 0405900486 iFlogID: 8810

Can’t get the right hook, lick or riff for your track? Got writers block or just stuck for ideas? Call me on 0439 457 791 (10AM - 6PM), I might be able to help out! Jeff.

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As Engineers/Producers our passion is to create tracks that give the listener a hard hitting, fresh sound that sonically sounds PHAT and pushes the boundaries of what music currently sounds like in Australia, which stands up amongst the international market. WE SPECIALIZE IN HIP HOP/R&B BUT LOVE ALL GENRES. We’re located at Level 7 studios and the studio is decorated in some of the most appreciated vintage and modern gear which provides our clients an incomparable advantage in the sense of both the analogue and digital domains. Artists we’ve worked with include: Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D., Kanye West, INXS, Black Wallstreet and a myriad of local artists such as Hyjak, Potbelleez, Vice Verser, Thundamentals, Fame, Tycotic, Rai Thistlewaite (Thirsty Merc), Wendy Mathews, Gin Wigmore, Tim Freedman (The Whitlams), Carl Riseley, Hoodoo Gurus, Wes Carr, You Am I, and many more. Contact us on 0424 462 945 and check out myspace.com/mixinthelab

DJ available for weddings,functions& parties. State of art equipment. Competitive rates. Library includes urban,RnB,hip hop retro soul funk, 60’s,70’s,80’s,90’s,Recent hits,Latin Dance,World music,Jazz& dinner music. Mob-0404553270, email; chanopozo@gmail.com

Sydney’s Live Music Photography specialist with over 5 years experience in the industry. Artists include Moby, Groove Armada and festivals such as Soundwave, Good Vibrations plus many more. Cheap and affordable for local artists. Go to setlistphotography.com or email info@ setlistphotography.com for a quote.

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TEX CRICK PHOTOGRAPHY, a young WOLLONGONG based photographer looking for immediate work, will shoot PROMO or LIVE photographs for any local bands at cheap and affordable rates. View my photos here... www. flickr.com/photos/texcrick Contact Tex at: tex.crick@gmail.com

**VOCAL RECORDING** $50 AN HOUR! PRO STUDIO IN SURRY HILLS INCLUDES ENGINEER! If you need good quality vocals for demos/ albums/auditions, simply bring along backing track/s or pre-recorded track/s to sing over! Call Danielle: 0425-213-721 blaco.recording@ gmail.com 5mins walk from Central Station

know when and how to break them! We have been engineering and mixing for over 15 years and have worked in Sydney’s top studios. We also have our own Mixing/Production studio called The LAB, located at the famous Level 7 studios which is decorated in some of the most appreciated vintage and modern gear in combination of a myriad of assorted software and plug-ins that provides our clients an incomparable advantage in the sense of both the analogue and digital domains. THIS IN COMBINATION WITH MANY STUDIO CONTACTS AROUND TOWN, YOUR PROJECT WILL SOUND GREAT AND PROFESSIONAL WHILST WORKING WITHIN A BUDGET!! For a full list of our credits see myspace. com/mixinthelab. Contact us on 0424 462 945 or Email at thelab1@ hotmail.com

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City Recording Studio. Award winning songwriters and engineers. Ideal service for singers and songwriters wanting a quality recording of ideas.Logic Pro and ProTools,12 guitars,heaps of midi modules and outboard.5min from Central station. Call 8212-4522.

Would you like your EP mastered for $450 (ex GST)? Or how about your album mastered for $900 (ex GST)? Matthew Gray Mastering - world class mastering from where you are right now. Check out the blog for details matthewgraymastering.com/ blog.

Do You Want That Million Dollar Sound On A Small Budget! CityOfNineGates is a studio near Bondi Beach that specialises in Contemporary and Urban music. To hear samples of recent projects and see testimonials – www.cityofninegates.com For Pricelist- cityofninegates@gmail.com

REPAIRS

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RECORDING STUDIOS

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ROCKIN’ REPAIRS - GUITAR TECH

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SEAN CAREY - PRODUCER

APPLE CERTIFIED LOGIC TRAINER

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

TRANSPORT Travel services for bands/musicians. All travel requirements sorted, big or small tours. Experienced with high profile Australian and International artists, as well as those just starting out. Major cities and regional areas as well as hard to find locations.

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Learn Logic Pro from an Apple Certified Trainer with 17 years experience.Are you a DJ,singer-songwriter or musician requiring a real world working knowledge of Logic Pro? My courses are tailor made for individuals, class sizes are small,so you learn quicker and better. Before you spend a small fortune on “industry boutique courses” Call me Now! Song Surgery,making music technology simple Ph:8212 4522 www.songsurgery.com iFlogID: 8949

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Bass Tuition with professional bass player Andrew Challoner. Fun creative and relevant. Any style, age or ability. 1st lesson free! Northern Beaches/ North Shore. For more info see www. andrewchalloner.com. Ph Andrew on 0410-625-981 for your free trial lesson iFlogID: 8753

Blues/Rock Guitar Tuition with acreddited working professional guitarist. Blues, Rock, slide, open tunings, acoustic styles. Learn the playing styles of Clapton, SRV, Santana, Johnny Winter, Hendrix, Gary Moore, Albert King, Albert Collins, Freddie King. Phone no 0407906389. www. myspace.com/samuelvernonbuckley iFlogID: 8951

CONTEMPORARY SINGING & PERFORMANCE $30 half hour lessons in small recording studio (Leura). Singing, Performance, songwriting, beginner keys/guitar. JMC Academy graduate, (02)47842354 sing_with_ amelia@hotmail.com iFlogID: 8873

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CREATIVE GUITAR TUITION

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Session Bass Player Andrew Challoner is available for any recording. Special offer - 1 track free for any new clients! Hear the difference a real bass player can make on your songs. www.andrewchalloner.com 0410-625-981 iFlogID: 8755

SONGRIMES STUDIO-INDIE SUMMER SPECIAL 5 SONG EP PACKAGE-$5500 INC GST INCLUDES: PRE-PRODUCTION MEETING/REHEARSAL 8 DAYS RECORDING PRODUCTION MIXING/ MASTERING 10 SONG ALBUM PACKAGE-$8800 INC GST INCLUDES: PREPRODUCTION MEETING/REHEARSAL 15 DAYS RECORDING PRODUCTION MIXING/MASTERING CALL: 0419 509 461 FOR MORE INFO songrimes@ songrimes.com

************ITALIAN VIOLIN TEACHER************Years of experience, also AMEB. All levels welcome. West Ryde $30/half hour. 0415783160 or 1300 28 38 58

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ABSOLUTE BEST GUITAR LESSONS Do what you’ve always wanted - get that guitar singing!From beginers to professional - studio & recording environment.Lifetime pro Chris Turner can get you there. Ph 9552 6663 Lilyfield. www.big-rock.com. au/artists iFlogID: 7445

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS 4 GUITAR & KEYS

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THE LAB STUDIOS

A four week course that gets you playing fast. Individual tuition. Chords, Rhythm, Songs, Theory. 25 years specializing in teaching beginners! Gift vouchers available. Call David on 96603877 Annandale/ Inner West area. We are experienced risk takers that not only know the rules, but also

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DRUM TUITION. Drum Tuition in Stanmore with a Billy Hyde trained teacher. Dip Ed, Dip Drums. All levels and all styles. Beginners Welcome! Call Lee: 0403307796 iFlogID: 8791

Guitar & Bass Tuition. Electric & Acoustic, Private one on one lessons, all age groups catered, beginners to intermediate. Theory, Rock, Blues, Slide, Finger Picking and Improvisation techniques. Phone Terry 0402 993 268. Sutherland Shire. iFlogID: 8698

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

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SINGING LESSONS Certified Speech Level Singing (SLS) Instructor. Learn the Technique of over 120 Grammy award winners. Extend your Range. No more Breaks/Flips. Develop Strength. All Styles. Eastern Suburbs. www.myspace.com/mazvocalstudio Contact Maz: maz@mazmazak.com iFlogID: 9090

SINGING LESSONS THAT ROCK<<<<< Your voice has the ability to sing at the Audioslave/ Muse/ Aretha/ P.J.Harvey level because of Design. Pick any singer you like and you can sing as good if not better using a relaxed technique. Starting off with extending your vocal range learn to sing the right technique the first lesson, how to start a band or just fun. Microphone technique - recording techniques – songwriting –. Beginners to advanced Newtown 0405-044-513 iFlogID: 6663

SINGING LESSONS

GUITAR LESSONS

Guitar tuition customised to the individual-all levels. Blues, rock, theory, equipment & tone my specialties. 37yrs professional experience in Tuition, gigging, recording, production, songwriting, arrangements, the enjoyment of music & improving your best. Central suburban Sydney location. Limited vacancies. Phone: 0407 461 093 - Email: mal@maleastick. com

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 iFlogID: 8239

SINGING LESSONS

GUITAR TUITION. STEVE MCKENNA

Guitar lessons available from a Conservatorium trained musician. Most styles taught. Jazz/Blues/Rock/Pop/ Metal. Musicianship, Composition and Theory lessons also available. All ages welcome. Contact Sean on 0429 508 101 iFlogID: 6552

HAVE YOU SEEN MIKE HUNT

18 Year old northern beaches guitarist specialising in metal, hardcore, death metal, deathcore and technical death metal available to join band or for session work. Have previous stage and studio experience and gear. 0403 483 960 iFlogID: 9082

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 iFlogID: 6007

Kontrol Productions is a highly professional production company that specializes in the production of music video’s. We employ a range of industry professionals to insure that our products are of the highest industry standards. For more info visit www. kontrolproductions.com iFlogID: 8768

MUSIC VIDEOS - B.Y.O. concept or let us serve you up something fresh! Let’s grab a cuppa and flesh it out ;) www.sketchbook.tv

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Music Videos / Video Clips offer a great way to gain exposure, increase your fan base and re-enforce your image. www.immersionimagery.com We’ve made clips for El Duende, Line Drawings and Grace Before Meals. Get your band on Rage and Youtube, or make a video for your myspace page. Fantastic concepts and slick production that wont break your budget. www.dynamicscreencontent. com.au, facebook.com/dynamic. screen.content 0413555857

BASS PLAYER Bass Guitarist + Double bass player available. Mature age, excellent gear + heaps of experience in most kinds of music. Specialise in country, country rock and swing etc. Working bands would be preferred. 02 97590970 iFlogID: 8709

BASS PLAYER ~ available for working band. Pop/rock/country/folk, anything melodic. Long experience, strong harmonies, some lead vox [+originals] if wanted. Not young but suit experienced, enthusiastic, young attitude band. [Have some daytime Sydney based work] razza50k@ gmail.com [Epping]

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Tired of paying exorbitant amounts of money for studios? Get professional quality guitar tracks done for your demo/album online. Contact for more info. iFlogID: 8953

OTHER PRO TROMBONIST AVAILABLE

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Brisbane alternative band ‘Pink Bullet’ are looking for a tight and energetic bassist with varied musical tastes and ability to play different styles. Songs written, new EP ready to be launch soon,long term applications only please. iFlogID: 8665

CALLING ALL BASS PLAYERS Sydney Fusion Band , The Three Wise Monkeys has just launched a Free iPhone app for a limited time. Search on your iPhone APP store for “Three Wise Monkeys” or go to www.threewizemonkeys.com iFlogID: 9065

GREEN DAY SHOW require a pro bassist with great BV’s. 18-35 with the “look” preferred. Sydney metro gigs paying $200. no beginners please. gigs waiting. call Rick 0419 437 794 iFlogID: 8914

Monster Gale Searching for Bass Player must have good gear,transport and be a wizard on the bass!! rehearse once a week at wetheril park check out our myspace for tracks or call ado 0405269880 iFlogID: 8846

Pro Drummer and Guitarist looking for Bass Player for Commercial Rock Originals. Looking to jam with view to record and play live. Must have good gear Vocals would be nice as well. Rehearse at Sound Check Studios Belmore iFlogID: 8994

DRUMMER Professional Trombone player available for gigs, session and tours. Jazz, Funk, Latin, Pop, Rock and Classical. Can sight read, improvise and write parts. Contact Brendan 0409833827. iFlogID: 4099

SAXOPHONIST AVAILABLE. Experienced saxophonist based in Sydney is looking for bands and studio sessions. Jazz, funky, afro, reggae, latin, rock, folk. If interested contact me at 0410041979. Cheers. Lorenzo iFlogID: 8733

SINGER

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

JASON AYRES

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VOICE LESSONS

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DRUMMER Professional Drummer Available for Gigs, Recording Sessions and Lessons. Professional Drum tracks and Band Charts supplied for use at Rehearsals and Live Performance. www.steeledawson.com

Sing with the TONE, POWER, CONTROL and RANGE you’ve always wanted! Achieve natural breath support & dispel vocal mysteries. The Deva Method, developed by Hollywood Celebrity Voice Coach Jeannie Deva, will unlock your voice and develop your unique sound. SPECIAL OFFER: Get your initial 30min consultation valued at $30 FREE when you purchase 4 or more voice lessons. Contact - Certified Voice Instructor of The Deva Method® - Maureen Longo ph:0402007453 devavoicesydney@ optusnet.com.au. www.jeanniedeva. com

Sydney drummer(27) seeking established/gigging alt rock band. Influences: QOTSA, NIN, AIC, Alexisonfire, Deftones, Filter, Karnivool, APerfectCircle, STP, PorcupineTree, Tomahawk ect 10years live+recording experience. Good gear+transport ect. Please have myspace link or demos available. Andrew scoobysnacks@ live.com.au iFlogID: 8806

TOP PRO DRUMMER AVAILABLE

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

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‘Alexi’ are looking for a reliable Drummer. We are an original Rock/ Blues Band based in Wetherill Park. Must have own Transport and equipment. For more info about the band visit www.myspace.com/alexitheband. For an audition please call or sms 0415970079. An experienced drummer needed for blues/roots band Tortured Willow. Soon to release E.P, planning to gig at venues/festivals in Sydney and beyond. Influences: Dallas Frasca, Ash Grunwald, John Butler. Rehearse Monday nights, city. 20-40ish, good gear and transport. Jordan 0411451976 iFlogID: 9074

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

3 mid week inner Sydney original venues looking for original solo/duo acoustic acts and commercial rock acts. Acts touring interstate welcome. For more information contact: NowMuzik nowmuzik@gmail.com

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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

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MUSIC LESSONS available on all instruments. All ages and levels catered for. One on one lessons with friendly teachers in new, air conditioned rooms. Empire Music Tuition, Balgowlah. Ph 99482072 www. empiremusictuition.com.au

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20 Year old Guitarist influenced by most types of metal, hardcore and metalcore wanting to form or join a band. Have own transport and 100% committed. Western suburbs but willing to travel.

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

GUITAR, BANJO AND VOICE

TUITION WITH BROTHER JOHN (The Blues Preachers). Fingerstyle guitar, open tunings, slide, flat picking, improvisation, country, blues, folk, celtic styles, music theory, ear training, singing and vocal harmonies. Banjo: up-picking and three finger picking. Mandolin, songwriting and arranging. All styles from Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt to Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton. www.acousticfingerpicking.com, www.rosestudios.com.au, mob:0431953178

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. Must be open minded. No Screamers/hardcore. Call Ben 0448221479

BASS PLAYER WANTED!!! Looking for My Dave Larue. Rock/ blues/progressive artist located in Northern Beaches. Must be flexible & comitted. Require own transport & pro gear. Back up vocal capabilites & some song writing experience a bonus. If your chasing $$$ dont expect any till we start gigging & selling albums. Contact Ryan for more info 0402 915 399 gasentertainment@hotmail.com

MUSICIANS AVAILABLE

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Taught at AIM, GIT USA and London, Munich University, Sydney Conservatorium. Played with Joe Pass, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, John Scofield. All styles taught beginners to professionals. Many ex-students have been accepted into Sydney Conservatorium. Competitive rates. Lewisham. 0416 738 397. www.jazz-planet. com/smckenna. steviegtrplaye1@ optusnet.com.au

GUITARIST

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GUITAR TUITION BY MAL EASTICK

VIDEO / PRODUCTION

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SAX TUITION IN BONDI Easy way to learn saxophone for students of different ages and different levels (from beginners to advanced). $35/hour Located in Bondi Phone: 0410041979

all levels, all styles. fully qualified and professional tutoring. bachelor of music perf w/ hon. Mascot Eastern Suburbs area. check out www.musicteacher.com.au/peter-bursky/guitarlessons/ or email guitarpete26@ hotmail.com

GUITAR TUITION

Petersham/ Leichhardt/ Sydney. Real guitar for committed students. Attentive, one on one guitar lessons with Craig Corcoran. Fully equipped music studio in centrally located in Sydney’s Inner West. Learn Jazz, Rock, Blues, Contemporary , Funk, Latin , Gypsy, Folk and other popular styles. Learn at a pace and in a direction you want to go. Beginners to advanced, all aspects of guitar are supported. Incorporate a practical approach, using rhythm, harmony, melody and improvisation. Learn theory and all about scales and modes and how to apply them effectively. Learn songs and practice techniques. Ear training, song writing, composition and sight reading. Learn all about chords, arpeggios, substitutions, synonyms and inversions. Alternate tunings, slide guitar, finger style, chord melody and world music. Study your favourite players and learn how to develop your own sound. Comfortable, air-conditioned studio with huge resource library and comprehensive digital recording available to those wanting to demo. Days and evenings, Monday to Thursday and Friday, Saturday day. All guitar lessons are private. Ask about special introductory offer and gift vouchers. Contact Craig Corcoran: 0430344334 (02)95726702 creative-guitar@hotmail.com www. creativeguitar.com.au

Newcastle drum lessons from musician/teacher with 10+ years of international playing and teaching experience. Specializing in Rock, Jazz and Funk. From beginner to expert all ages. Email reidwoodmusic@ gmail.com for details and ask about our relocation special.

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1-on-1 ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC guitar tuition available for beginners and intermediate guitarists (ages 8-18). Tuition available for anyone on the North Shore (between Hornsby & Chatswood). Can also assist HSC students. Limited spots available! Ph. 0405 400 844 or avsguitar@hotmail. com

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Drum Lessons Location: Gladesville Billy Hyde Drumming Academy Trained. 15 years experience, all ages, levels and experience. Home Studio. Michael Mob: 0402 663 469 Drum teacher in Wollongong, 10 yrs experience, Bachelor of music/ performance. $25 p/half hour. Rock, Funk, Technique, Recording. Phone: 0434 246 064 Email: studio@silversound.com.au

TUITION

Sean Carey (ex Thirsty Merc) is now the In-House Producer/Engineer at the original TRACKDOWN Studios in Camperdown. Multi-platinum artist with over 10 years of production experience. Vintage guitars, mics, gear. Get the most out of your songs! www.myspace.com/seancareyproducer. Ph: 0424923888.

DRUM LESSONS INNER WEST Learn to play Drums with Professional Drummer/Teacher, in Petersham NSW. Or I can teach you in your home in the Inner West. All styles covered in a relaxed & fun atmosphere. For all the details:- www.steeledawson.com

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BASS FOR BEGINNERS

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Recording Studio in Wollongong! Professional equipment (Pro tools, Rode, Audix, TLAudio). Record your EP/Album for $40 p/hour or $280 p/ day. Email: studio@silversound.com. au Phone: 0434246064

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Equipped with 13 years of bass guitar and musical experience, Rachael offers an introductory level of tuition for beginning musicians focussing on areas of technique, music theory, rhythm and performance. Open to all ages. Bass ownership not essential, studio location Eastern Suburbs. Contact 0415273252 or rachael.rees@ hotmail.com.

RECORDING SERVICES

Complete Album & Demo Recording, Production, Instrumentation,CD Mastering. Pop, RnB, Country, Gospel etc. I’m comitted to acheiving for you the highest quality in a creative, friendly environment. 30 years of experience. Email info@johnertler.com or visit www.johnertler.com for more info and to hear examples of my work. ph 02 9654 8143 mob 0400 323 982

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

Acoustic Pop-Rock Specialist -www. jasonayres.com-

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Singer and acoustic guitar player available (Hank, Cash, Cline, etc some originals). Looking for band, drummer or hand percussionist. I have some contacts for supports. Will try any genre. 0408 300 152

Band with completed album looking for drummer, permanent member or sessionist. For more info visit: www. myspace.com/mojoblitz iFlogID: 8978

CALLING ALL DRUMMERS Sydney Fusion Band , The Three Wise Monkeys has launched a Free iPhone app. Search on your iPhone APP store for “Three Wise Monkeys” or go to www. threewizemonkeys.com iFlogID: 9063

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MUSICIANS WANTED BASS PLAYER 3 mid week inner Sydney original venues looking for original solo/duo acoustic acts and commercial rock acts. Acts touring interstate welcome. For more information contact: NowMuzik nowmuzik@gmail.com iFlogID: 9051

90’s covers band seeking bass player. covers include soundgarden,tool,greenday,rage against the machine. if you have the skills and good gear and transport. no time wasters rehearse once a week at wetheril park call grant on 0421005983

DRUMMER NEEDED Drummer needed for electro-pop band. Debut album recently released. East coast tour this summer, overseas tour next year. Must be over 25 with at least 10 yrs experience. Call Peter 0419 753727. iFlogID: 8650

Drummer required for rock cover band for high end pubs and corporate work. Experienced, mature, professionals only. Starting committment is two nights per week, every week. Serious, talented drummers call Peter 0418603619 iFlogID: 8904

drummer wanted for band. we sound like this www.hiyolb.com. if interested email: heroinyourownlunchbox@gmail.com

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‘Alexi’ are looking for a reliable Bassist. We are an original Rock/Blues Band based in Wetherill Park. Must have own Transport and equipment. For more info about the band visit www.myspace.com/alexitheband. For an audition please call or sms 0415970079. iFlogID: 8812

DRUMMER WANTED FOR METAL BAND. WOLLONGONG AREA, ORIGINALS, HOME RECORDING. influences: Amon Amarth, Bloodbath, Tool, COG, Strapping Young Lad, Pantera... Contact us for more details. Mark Email: krammusil@hotmail.com Phone: 0402621247 Troy Email: mrc.1984@ yahoo.com.au Phone: 0431165853

Bass player required for rock cover band for high end pubs and corporate work. Experienced, mature, professionals only. Starting committment is two nights per week, every week. Serious, talented players call Peter 0418603619

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

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DRUMMER WANTED-PRO METAL BAND!

tial. Please contact me at tmusicj@ gmail.com if interested.

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.

Wanted, Main lead/rhythm guitarist wanted for an up and coming classic rock coverband. Backing vocals a bonus. We have Gigs Booked, no time wasters or band hoppers. We rehearse every second sat or sunday phone Brad 0423964164

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HATEMAIL Sydney based heavy rock band, Hatemail looking for a kick to the arse rockgod slammin’ drummer. Call Steve 0407 239 494 iFlogID: 8980

looking for a drummer to join a metal band in kiama region, influenced by slayer , megadeth, sabbath, guns and roses, ozzy, maiden , priest etc,good gear is a must. and a serious attitude. interested? contact at jamiesonhill@ hotmail or 0435510600 iFlogID: 8674

Play with passion! Versitile drummer is needed for our Sydney based originals band. Complete freedom to enhance our song writing with your ideas and drumming skills. You must be reliable with own transport and gear. www.myspace.com/insideoutoz (0408) 232110 Veneita vendel@bigpond.net.au iFlogID: 8757

SOLID EXPERIENCED DRUMMER wanted for jamming, writing & recording in North Western Sydney. Our lineup of keys, bass and guitar produces a heady cocktail of funky rock and acid soul. Mature easy going attitude with quality kit and performance are mandatory. iFlogID: 8703

Synth-Pop act seeking Electric Drummer with own gear. 2-3 rehearsals a week. Gigs being booked now! Must be experienced, love the genre and be a great performer. Check us out at www.myspace.com/divineknightsmusic and email divineknightsmusic@ myspace.com iFlogID: 8877

GUITARIST

We’re a Sydney based originals rock/ pop band looking for an experienced, committed guitarist who is also confident singing bv’s and harmonies. Own gear and transport essential. Prefer between 23-33 years old. www. myspace.com/the.scarletts Contact Jess 0417 666 161

Sydney Mexican Mariachi band URGENTLY requires trumpeters who have experience in playing Jazz and/ or Latin music. Call Marc on 0415 073 306. For more info see our website: mariachiaustralia.com.au and MySpace: myspace.com/marcsantillana. iFlogID: 8777

SYNTH-POP ACT SEEKING PROGRAMER/MD/KEYBOARD PLAYER. rehearsals 2-3 times a week in Newtown. Sydney gigs being booked now. Must have own gear, be experienced, love the genre and be a great performer. Exp in Logic. Visit myspace. com/divineknightsmusic and email divineknightsmusic@myspace.com iFlogID: 8881

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KEYBOARD Indie pop band The Blue Belladonnas are looking for a talented and committed keyboard player. We rehearse weekly in the Lower Blue Mountains. www.myspace.com/thebluebelladonnas contact Claire on 0413416210 or Amelia on milly_moo_7@hotmail.com

SINGER BON JOVI SHOW SINGER REQUIRED Male singer/frontman required for the Bon Jovi – Blaze Of Glory show, gigs waiting.To audition call Dennis 0414 433 735 iFlogID: 8930

hey, looking for a singer, near or around kiama for a metal band, influences include, megadeth, slayer, pantera, guns and roses, ozzy, sabbath, maiden, priest etc etc. if interested contact at jamiesonhill@hotmail.com or call 0435510600 iFlogID: 8671

Im after a singer or singer/guitarist, male or female to form a duo. professionals only please. i have full equipment and will be ready to work as soon as your ready located in Sydneys west Rick 8807-0166 iFlogID: 9078

INDI POP SINGER Singer wanted to work up a few tracks in my studio on the northern beaches. Im a signed writer to Universal publishing and working with other signed artists. No commitments lets just see how it turns out. Wanting someone with good pop melody sense and original sounding voice, Inf. Kisschasy, Faker, Motor Ace, Gyroscope etc. Please email a Myspace link or a mp3 of a track you have done to mbmusic100@yahoo.com iFlogID: 8854

able to rehearse at least once a week on weekends. Stage presence a must. Call Joe 0402210839 iFlogID: 8725

Seeking singer for hard rock band in Alexandria. Currently 2 gtrs, bass & drums. Infls inc. Tomahawk, Deftones, Them Crooked Vultures. Newly formed and looking to write. A driven, talented & confident singer needed. Call Pete 0404200893 iFlogID: 9044

SINGER/GUITARIST FOR ROCK DUO An experienced Singer/Guitarist is required to join a drummer for Sydney based Rock Duo. Classic rock anthems and retro favourites. Management and PA gear supplied. Min $250 per gig. Rehearsals in Rydalmere. BIO & DEMO to rockduo@smoketheband.com.au iFlogID: 9011

Sydney West. Male Vocalist Required For 50s/60s Style Rock n Roll Band. Must be experienced with a reperitore of 40/50 songs.Weekly Rehearsals with a view to gig once established. Contact Michael at 0413594572 or email at surfersound@gmail.com iFlogID: 8565

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range and power, also has vocally rough sounds ie. Cooper, high range vocals ie. Hetfield and “Screaming” on pitch ie. Blackie Lawless If interested in working together, please email dmin147@gmail.com with subject header SONG WRITER

GET SIGNED TO A 360 DEAL! You MUST be a great male singersongwriter! Drummer is forming a fast paced original alternative rock band to get signed to a 360 deal. Must be ambitious, self-motivated, committed, reliable and have a lot of drive. Musical direction: Muse and The Killers etc. 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. iFlogID: 8735

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Keyboard player required for rock cover band for high end pubs and corporate work. Experienced, mature, professionals only. Playing rythm guitar is a huge advantage. Starting committment is two nights per week, every week. Serious, talented players call Peter 0418603619

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CALLING ALL GUITARISTS Sydney Fusion Band “The Three Wise Monkeys” has jst released an iPhone APP. Get it free for a limited time. Search for “Three wise Monkeys” on your iPhones App Store or go to www. threewizemonkeys.com iFlogID: 9055

GUITARIST WANTED TO TEACH

Visit our website for an extensive price list and other services! iFlogID: 6348

MUSICIAN & BAND WEBSITES 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 iFlogID: 6665

MYSPACE BAND PROFILE FROM 200$

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Like to have the opportunity to join a band and play guitar? We are looking for someone who loves the 50’s & 60’s R&R. Any age but able to practice weekly email guitartime6@gmail.com with your details.

EARPLUGS FOR MUSICIANS

JACK NASTY FACE are looking for a piano/keyboard player.We are seeking someone that can do the following, Nick Cave, Kaiser Chiefs, Dandy Warhols, Devo and Nina Simone. Girl or Guy 18-35, inner west rehearsal.

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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SYNTH-POP ACT SEEKING SYNTH KEYBOARD PLAYER. Rehearsals 2-3 times a week in Newtown. Gigs being booked now. Must have own gear, be experienced, love the genre and be a great performer. Visit www.myspace. com/divineknightsmusic and email divineknightsmusic@myspace.com

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LIVE MUSIC photographer with industry experience. Rates open for negotiation. Sydney based photographer who is a big supporter of the underground music scene. Visit - www. alicepractice.net to view pictures or - alicepractice_x@hotmail.com to contact.

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Funky guitar,bass,keyboard & horn players wanted for groove oriented covers band.Backing vocals an advantage.Females encouraged to apply,commitment & a sense of fun required.Please call Allen on 0403347822.

SCRATCHED DISC REPAIR SERVICE

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GIGS FM muso’s...good enough for fm radio? wanna prove it? chance in a lifetime to get yourself out there and it won’t cost a cent!(and you wont charge me).Sorry Sydney only at present. Interested? contact andy@ gigsfm.com

Using our professional grade automated disc repair service ensures your discs have the very best chance of working again. Suitable for all disc formats incl. CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and especially all game formats such as Xbox360 & PS3. Ph 1300 728 094 for booking. Visit www.discstation.com. au to book online.

Guitarist wanted .Looking for a good guitarist to form rock band in the west. infl, S O A D.The IRONS, ,AC/ DC,Metallica,DP,etc...if interested please ph or txt Dave. on ;0420 463 161 iFlogID: 8678

Progressive Metal band ‘Wintergaunt’ looking for rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist. Must have transport, good equipment. Must be committed and driven. Gig’s lined up, re-recording demo soon. Contact Tristan: 0424430055 or Shane: 0427009059 or email wintergaunt@hotmail.com Check us out at myspace.com/wintergaunt iFlogID: 8595

Singer Songwriter seeking guitarist/ singer for acoustic gig work and writing. Female preferred but not essen-

SENIOR FIRST AID TRAINING $90 Senior First Aid training fully registered and approved. Just $90 Blacktown area. Group discounts avail. www.valiant.net.au Call 1300 600 343

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!

NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL BANJO PLAYER WANTED for funky little folk band. If you can sing it’s even better! Please email James at thecottonwoodband@gmail.com iFlogID: 8561

PLAY JAZZ. Musicians wanted: especially WIND PLAYERS Style: JAZZ STANDARDS Locale: WEST RYDE Director: DAVID MILLMAN Contact by phone: 9807 8866 iFlogID: 8567

Sydney Mexican Mariachi band requires violinists. Please call Marc on 0415 073 306. For more info see our website: mariachiaustralia.com.au and MySpace: myspace.com/marcsantillana. iFlogID: 8779

Your voice has the ability to sing at the Audioslave/ Muse/ Aretha/ P.J.Harvey level because of Design. Pick any singer you like and you can sing as good if not better using a relaxed technique. Starting off with extending your vocal range learn to sing the right technique the first lesson, how to start a band or just fun. Microphone technique - recording techniques – songwriting –. Beginners to advanced Newtown 0405-044-513 iFlogID: 8451

VIOLIN ITALIAN TEACHER - want to really learn all the tricks fast? AMEB exams or come just for fun. Years of experience. $30/half hour Ryde. 0415783160 iFlogID: 8682

VIOLIN TEACHER FROM ITALY - years of experience in Sydney AMEB or just for fun. Ryde Area. $30/half hour. Interested also in employment opportunities in other areas. 0415783160 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 iFlogID: 6516

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SOLICITORS Wright Lawyers and Associates specialisng in: * Criminal and Traffic Law * Wills and Estates * Business Law ph 1300174247 mob 0404205881 Dean@wrightlawyersandassociates. com iFlogID: 6145

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My names Gary I’m a drummer from Campbelltown with 10 years experience in garage/small bands wanting to expand. I’m looking for musicians to start a heavy prog metal band in style of Judas Priest/Queensryche/Savatage conatact me on 0432043771 (after 4pm)

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Rock Band Workshops. Are you between 12 and 17, and want to get some experience playing in a band, under the direction of a seasoned pro? North Shore area. Every Wednesday and Thursday evening 7:30-9:00 http://rockworkshop.webnode.com/ 0418674363, mrboomwhacker@ gmail.com

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ITALIAN VIOLIN TEACHER. Years of experience, friendly, AMEB also. 30$/ half hour - Ryde Area 0415783160

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MUSICIANS WANTED

guitarists wishing to improve their playing wanted for regular music workshops covering rock, blues, jazz and funk- mature dedicated players only please.enquiries 0402112557 or 0414421252

Guitar and Bass Tuition. Gordon, Pymble, St Ives area. Very qualified and experienced. Great with kids. www.simoncosta.com.au 0418 674 363, 9499 4708 mrboomwhacker@ gmail.com

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!

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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.

CLASSICAL GUITAR LESSONS in the convenience of your own home. Fully qualified professional tutor. Learn the best way to achieve good results. Phone Oles 0407413143 or email oa@olesart.com iFlogID: 8644

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3 mid week inner Sydney original venues looking for original solo/duo acoustic acts and commercial rock acts. For more information contact: NowMuzik nowmuzik@gmail.com

FULL COLOUR POSTERS

AVAILABLE Large Single bedroom Furnished Unit A minimum & maximum stay of 3- 4 months in Brighton near beach. Furnished with storage & accessories.Excellent for Summer! Call Ron 0401658007 iFlogID: 8620

TUITION Do you love the 50’ & 60’s music and can sing? Join us to play Holly, Elvis, Berry, Beatles etc Weekly practice, own mic and transport, can definitely sing. Mature age welcome (relive your past) email your details to guitartime6@gmail.com iFlogID: 9072

Female and Male Singer wanted to feature on Commercial Quality Recording Project, taking place after mid November. Must be available for gigs after recordings are mastered. All lyrics and singing structure provided. Send demo and contact details to jhaldupaul@hotmail.com iFlogID: 8891

Female singer wanted for Sydney covers band playing rock/pop hits. Must be confident with real vocal talent. We’re 40-50yo musicians looking to gig ASAP but this is about music more than making money. Rehearsing lower north shore. Email rhythmiq@ hotmail.com iFlogID: 8603

Looking for experienced singers to join ‘Sincopa Band’, a cover band performing for weddings and corporate events. Located in the Eastern Suburbs area. Contact: 0433938278 iFlogID: 8960

Male Singer Wanted! Sounds like Rob Zombie / Wednesday13 / Alice Cooper. Call 0423 764 009. iFlogID: 8922

NOT AVAILABLE FOR FREE ADS. CL ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHOIR Two Sydney choirs, Wednesdays in Glebe and Thursdays in Waterloo. Come along and check it out. Lots of styles including Gospel, pop, jazz and world music. Several performances each year. 0414 869 352. iFlogID: 8589

ROCK SINGER WANTED Rock singer wanted to join guitarist in forming band. Looking to form radio friendly blues based hard rock. Think Slash, KOL, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters. Between 23-30. Must be

VOCALIST / MC WANTED 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

SONG WRITER CREATIVE SONG WRITER WANTED versatile singer/lyricist looking for equally versatile musician/songwriter to collaborate with to start a new project. Old school metal/hard rock as a primary sound base but also wish to be able to cover other musical styles in a “unique” way. Primary sound influences: Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, Rob Zombie, Type O Negative. Vocal style description: classically trained, good

Gloss Posters = $80. More options to choose from Posters • Flyers • Handouts • Business Cards. We print your job within hours. • bsd@zip.com.au iFlogID: 8928

GRAPHIC DESIGN AWESOME DESIGNS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES www.melissahowarddesign. com for a full list of services including logos, posters web and much more. 0402796254 iFlogID: 8943

Do you need a new website? Want a great price without sacrificing quality? Make an impact online with a website that sells your business. 1-4 Page Website from $500. 5-7 Page Website from $800. 8-20 Page Website from $1200. iFlogID: 8789

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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 ProWrestling 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

AMPS Hi I am looking for people that are interested in supplying original music or video clips/art work and a web designer to post on a new website The site will provide space to sell/showcase projects ph(02)95243439 iFlogID: 8749

Rnb artist seeks volunteer web designers and online promoters/ managers to help create a buzz and distribute music online ultimately an building international a fan base checkout www.myspace.com/parafnaliasynced and email me exel1@ live.com iFlogID: 8831

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

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