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General tickets for the 2012 edition of the ever-popular Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival, to be held from Saturday 29 December to Tuesday 1 January across eight stages in Glenworth Valley, go on sale Monday 20 August. And what a line-up they’ve put together for the ninth Peats Ridge! You’ve got John Butler Trio, New Yorkers Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, NZ’s The Black Seeds and the UK’s Blood Red Shoes just for starters. Gossling, Mat McHugh & The Seperatista Sound System, The Herd, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, we could go on and on. Anyway, right here, right now, we have one double pass to the whole shebang to give away, so get onto our Facebook page and get entering.
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Well, not exactly academic – Bluejuice are taking their Winter Of Our Discotheque tour into our tertiary establishments to give our future leaders, writers, scientists and anarchists the chance to take a break and boogie down. Oh yeah, and to show off the fourth single, The Recession (Winter Of Our Discotheque Remix), from their latest album, Company. Accompanied by Deep Sea Arcade and The Preatures, Bluejuice play the Bar On The Hill at Newcastle Uni this Wednesday, UTS on Friday night, the Wollongong Uni Bar on Saturday and the ANU Bar in Canberra on Tuesday 14 August. We have two double passes to the UTS show to give away.
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NICKI MINAJ POSTPONES AUSTRALIAN TOUR The recently announced Nicki Minaj tour has been postponed by promoters Live Nation, who are blaming international scheduling conflicts. The promoters say that the arena tour, originally slated for September-October, will now take place November-December, with specific dates to be finalised soon. A statement read, “We are working to bring Nicki Minaj back to Australia, and to NZ for the first time, and will advise more news as soon as possible.”
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MAGGIE COLLINS Name: Maggie Collins Business/Position: triple j presenter How did you first become involved in the music business? Bugging people full-time until they gave me opportunities. Volunteered at community radio 4ZzZ, became music director for just over a year before transitioning to triple j. I also bugged bands until they let me manage them. What do you perceive to be your area of expertise, and how did you gain experience in this field? Radio broadcasting and artist management. Like in anything, if you keep at it, work hard, ask questions, offer yourself for nothing in return (for a while), etc. you’ll defs get somewhere. What will you be primarily discussing during your appearance at the BIGSOUND conference? What we do every year... the “future” of music. Little do we know, the thing we’ve actually been discussing this entire time is the “presence” of music. The future is now people! What are you hoping people will be able to learn from your panel/interview? Nothing is impossible. What are you expecting to take away yourself from your visit to BIGSOUND? A good time.
POLICE ‘DISAPPOINTED’ IN SPLENDOUR BEHAVIOUR, ALLEGE FESTIVAL EMPLOYEE FOUND WITH DRUGS Police have said they are disappointed in the behaviour of punters at the recent Splendour In The Grass festival in Byron Bay. According to police figures, 421 people from the 20,000-strong crowd were found in possession of illegal drugs, which included amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD. Of that figure 192 will appear in court over possession or supply charges. Superintendent Stuart Wilkins, the Tweed/Byron Local Area Commander, said that police were kept
MUSHROOM JOIN COMMERCIAL RADIO TO REINVENT BAND COMP
The commercial radio industry has teamed up with the Mushroom Group to launch a band competition for unsigned artists. The First Break competition will replace the New Artists 2 Radio [NA2R] program that the commercial industry has been pushing for the past ten years. The competition is open to unsigned acts who have not reached the top 100 Australian national airplay chart and the winner will receive airplay on commercial networks as well as support from Mushroom for the release of two singles, touring and marketing. Mushroom Chairman Michael Gudinski said, “I’m delighted that commercial radio is undertaking this initiative in conjunction with the Mushroom Group. This is a real opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with commercial radio to help develop and support Australian talent.”
JOHANN PONNIAH Name: Johann Ponniah Business/Position: I OH YOU – heaps nice guy How did you first become involved in the music business? I emailed and pestered (within reason) people who I looked up to in the music industry and made their coffees (badly), faxed their letters, collated their files etc. What do you perceive to be your area of expertise, and how did you gain experience in this field? I don’t consider myself an “expert” at anything yet. I gained experience and am still continuing to by asking questions and making mistakes and then learning from those two things. What will you be primarily discussing during your appearance at the BIGSOUND conference? I think it’s entrepreneurship. What are you hoping people will be able to learn from your panel/interview? I guess ideally they would learn some entrepreneurial skills but really I’m just looking forward to being able to share my experiences with people and even more so, hearing about other people’s experiences. What are you expecting to take away yourself from your visit to BIGSOUND? A hangover.
Previous winners under the NA2R banner include Sarah Blasko, Emma Louise and Faker while last year’s winners were Nine Sons Of Dan. The level of real support of commercial radio for these artists has been disputed however. Commenting on a story on theMusic.com.au, artist manager Bill Cullen wrote, “If NA2R was so successful, and Sarah Blasko is a ‘winner’, how come she has never had a song added to a playlist at commercial radio in Australia?”
QUEENSLAND CHRISTIANS SUE YOUNG RAPPERS
Wilkins said that people went to “extreme measures to get drugs and alcohol into the festival including one [festival] employee who was allegedly detected trying to bring liquor and drugs into the event. We also had a 29-year-old woman attempt to smuggle spirits into the festival by hiding containers underneath her top.” Splendour In The Grass declined to comment on the allegations.
“wrongfully derived by Defendants through its/their unlawful acts,” as well as punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. The band took particular offence to the lyrics in the New Boyz song Backseat, which features the line, “You want a New Boy in you.” Now based in the US with no remaining original members, Newsboys were originally known as The News in Australia but changed their name in the late ‘80s to avoid confusion with Huey Lewis & The News.
VIOLENT SOHO SIGN TO I OH YOU
Brisbane garage-grunge favourites Violent Soho have signed to I OH YOU, an imprint of Mushroom and will release a 7” single, Tinderbox/ Neighbour Neighbour, due before the BIGSOUND showcase and conference. I OH YOU founder Johann Ponniah told theMusic.com.au that his close relationship with the band’s manager Nick Yates, of UNFD, had formed the basis for the deal, having met the band late last year. The band will look towards a full-length record next year.
Sixty-two people around the world have been notified that they will represent their country in the 2012 instalment of the Red Bull Music Academy, being held over two weeks in New York City this October. The two Australian artists who are a part of that group have been announced. The first artist, who will be a part of the Academy’s first term from Sunday 30 September through to Saturday 13 October, is Andy Donnelly – aka Kloke – and the second artist, who takes the Friday 19 October to Friday 2 November slot, is Melbourne’s Julien Love.
KILLING JOKE FRONTMAN “MISSING” Killing Joke have reported their frontman Jaz Coleman missing in a statement on their Facebook page. The veteran post-punk outfit apologised for a post on the band’s Facebook apparently made by Coleman, which attacked The Cult and The Mission, who the band are booked to perform with, and claimed they were pulling out of the shows. The band’s statement reads, “He is now AWOL and has not contacted any of his band mates. We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved.” They added, “We are all concerned about our missing singer’s welfare.” At time of deadline there was no further news on Coleman’s whereabouts.
Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt’s trademark lightning bolt pose can probably be experienced in 3D if you go see Step Up 4: Miami Heat, but we particularly love the fact that a Dutch judo medallist tweeted about punching out a douchebag who threw a beer bottle onto the track moments before the 100-metre final.
The sinking feeling when you uncover five emerald green Splendour In The Grass drink coupons that seem to wink at you from the inside of your wallet upon arrival home from the final day of festival frivolities. NOOOOOOOooooo! That extra Jägerbomb could have succeeded in making The Shins sound exciting.
MAGIC WANDS Magic Mike. What a beautifully shot piece of cinema! Since his breakout role in Dazed And Confused, this so-much-more-than-a-male-stripper flick is also Matthew McConaughey’s finest hour (and 50 minutes).
FEED ME! Late night telly viewing led to the discovery of an organisation called Foodbank Australia, which collects unsaleable, surplus and donated food and grocery products from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and the public to distribute to those in need. Does living a long way from the shops and having a severe case of the munchies qualify as a need?
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AUSSIE MUSIC ACADEMY REPS NAMED
FRONTLASH HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
Australian-bred Christian rock band Newsboys have filed a lawsuit against Californian hip hop duo New Boyz claiming the young act’s name is too similar to that of the Christian superstars and that fans are confusing the two acts. “The New Boyz music is sexually charged and the lyrics are sexually explicit in content,” the lawsuit complains, going on to say that there have been “several instances of actual confusion” between the groups. Newsboys, who originate from Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, boast an enormous following among Christian audiences the world over. In the suit, the band and their “owner” Wesley Campbell, request a full jury trial be brought against New Boyz, alleging state trademark infringement, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices and fraudulent misrepresentation. They ask for compensation to the tune of $5 million, which they claim to be the amount of money
busy during the festival with alcohol and drugrelated incidents. “Over 400 people were found in possession of prohibited drugs and that is simply unacceptable,” he said. “This culture of drug-taking at music events needs to stop.” Police conducted 730 person searches and 30 vehicle searches and also issued 154 cannabis caution notices.
In the statement Live Nation, which is being run by Michael Coppel in Australia, said fans should be “reassured” that Minaj will tour this year. Last month Live Nation had another set back when the planned Madonna tour, which was all but a certainty with ticketing agencies compiling waiting lists, was shelved.
HEAD CASE Reversing camera technology for car parking. ‘Cause turning your head just takes way too much effort.
EVERYONE’S A LOSER, BABY Can the journalists covering the Olympics please stop asking silver medallists whether they’re disappointed in their performance and missing out on the gold? We’d be pretty proud to come in second best in the world at anything.
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NEWS FROM THE FRONT
TOUR NEWS THE BEARDS
STUBBLE ON THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS
MORE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS
After writing, recording and performing for a decade, The Beautiful Girls recently announced they would be doing their last lap of the nation. Thousands of punters Australia-wide have snapped up tickets to join the band one last time, to sing and dance to all those favourite tunes born of an outstanding career. With the incredible success of ticket sales, TBG have decided to extend the party, throwing in eight more shows to the already epic roadtrip. In NSW, they’ve added an all-ages show at the Metro on Friday 5 October, an all-ages show at Anita’s in Wollongong on Saturday 6 and two shows at the Mona Vale Hotel on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October.
Joining Toronto, Canada’s Burning Love when they hit the Sandringham Friday 17 August are Epics and Lo!, with Futtura Della Morte and Hostile Objects doing the honours at Black Wire Records Sunday 19. SNOW PATROL
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Sydney three-piece hip hop collective Thundamentals have announced dates and venues for their Get Busy tour, their first and only headline shows for 2012, the band taking a break from writing their new album to reconnect with fans before hitting the studio. Thundamentals are pulling out the big guns - there will be a free MP3 of an exclusive new track with every ticket purchased for the Sydney shows and joining them on the road will be a full horn section, live visuals and special guests vocalists to give the shows an all inclusive, festival in your loungeroom feel. See Thundamentals at the Oxford Art Factory on Friday 9 November.
Hanson have invited fellow American, singersongwriter Matt Wertz to join them as their special guest when they come to Australia on their Shout It Out tour, playing the sold-out Hi-Fi Saturday 15 September and the Enmore Theatre Sunday 16. The farewell tour recently announced by The Beautiful Girls has proven so popular the guys have agreed to add a few more shows to the already extensive run, so there will now be a second show at the Metro on Friday 5 October as well as a Saturday 6 show at Anita’s in Thirroul plus two shows at the Mona Vale Hotel, Friday 12 and Saturday 13. Sydney five-piece The Preatures will be opening for Bluejuice and Deep Sea Arcade when they play the Bar On The Hill in Newcastle this Wednesday 8 August, the University of Sydney Friday 10, Wollongong Uni Bar Saturday 11 and the ANU Bar in Canberra Tuesday 14. When Illy heads into both Zierholz at Canberra Uni Friday 24 August and the Hi-Fi Saturday 25 he’ll be joined by special guests Jackie Onassis, Elemont and Flagrant. Supporting Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds when they come to The Square to officially launch their album, Commercial Music, Saturday 8 September are Half High, Mob, Boynoisez and DJ Angie.
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No longer are Seekae Australia’s best-kept secret. Since the release of their second full-length album, +Dome, they’ve garnered praise and fans from around the world. Due to overwhelming demand, Seekae have added a third Basement show to their upcoming run of dates. They now play said venue on Thursday 6, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September. Tickets on sale now via Moshtix.
Since the announcement of Wednesday 13’s sold-out Annandale show the band and promoter have been inundated with hundreds of emails from disappointed fans. To cope with the demand, the Friday 26 October show will now move to the Manning Bar. All tickets remain valid and extra tickets are available now. With an unruly live show of fun and debauchery, Wednesday 13 manage to always turn any live event into a macabre party. You still have a chance to see Wednesday 13’s gore-filled, ghoulfest, sleazy live show, so hurry up and book your spot to see the undisputed leader of horrorpunk.
LOWS AND HIGHS
Sola Rosa are set to release their new album, Low And Behold, High And Beyond, before embarking on their first tour of Australia in over two years. Founderproducer Andrew Spraggon has produced an album that’s more beat-driven, but as always, tinged with his trademark soul and funk. With six albums under his belt, a raft of awards and well over a decade of producing genre-splitting music, Spraggon’s work as Sola Rosa has cemented him as one of the world’s most exciting and versatile producers melding hip hop, reggae, jazz, Latin, soul and funk. Catch Sola Rosa in action at the Standard on Thursday 13 September.
PONY UP SHARON JONES & DAP KINGS
GIVE PEATS A CHANCE
Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival is pleased to announce an incredible music lineup for 2012, with dream headliner John Butler Trio set to bring in the New Year in the surrounds of the stunning Glenworth Valley. Also announced to perform are New York City’s finest Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, NZ’s The Black Seeds, Friendly Fires DJ set, Krafty Kuts vs A Skillz, The Herd, Kaki King, Blood Red Shoes, King Tide, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Electric Wire Hustle, Mat McHugh & The Seperatista Sound System, 65daysofstatic, Deep Sea Arcade, Gold Fields, Gossling, Will & The People, Chapelier Fou, The Medics, Northeast Party House, Hat Fitz & Cara, Tuka, The Cairos, The Preatures, Battleships, Lime Cordiale, Daily Meds, Jones Jnr, Tigertown, Microwave Jenny, Brow Horn Orchestra and DJ Morgs. General tickets go on sale at 10am Monday 20 August. There will of course also be a plethora of workshops and environmental awareness activities.
SEEKAE SELLING FAST
HOUSE PARTY COMES TO YOU
Triple j’s House Party, is hitting the road on a massive five-city club tour. Bringing your fave triple j tunes and mixing them with new club and party jams is your hostess and House Party presenter Nina Las Vegas, along with guests Beni, Flume, What So Not and triple j’s Deacon Rose. Get your ticket from Moshtix and head into the Hi-Fi on Friday 24 August.
FLAGRANT Snow Patrol are playing an exclusive, acoustic and intimate Take 40 Live Lounge show Thursday 27 September presented by Debit MasterCard ahead of their 2012 Australian tour. Only 300 tickets will be made available to this special performance, which will include a special audience Q&A, at The Standard in Sydney, which will be filmed for broadcast at a later date. Tickets can only be purchased by Debit MasterCard holders and go on sale Tuesday 14 August.
Everyone has probably heard about the various ancient prophecies predicting some sort of apocalypse at the end of this year, but there’s one prophecy that’s still relatively obscure, and it predicts that on 21 December 2012 the world will end for people without beards. This foretelling has prompted The Beards to embark upon their biggest Australian tour to date in an attempt to convince as many cleanchins as possible to repent before it’s too late. The tour will coincide with the launch of their new film clip for the song, Got Me A Beard, from the album, Having A Beard Is The New Not Having a Beard. It stops off at the Bar On The Hill in Newcastle Wednesday 24 October, Wollongong UniBar Thursday 25, Baroque Bar in Katoomba Friday 26, Beachcomber Hotel Saturday 27 and the Metro Friday 2 November.
Pony Face are thrilled to announce the release of their long-awaited album, Hypnotised, a sonic kaleidoscope encompassing sweeping guitars, roomy drums, bass lines moulded from rock bottom and textural layers that have become synonymous with the expansive Pony Face sound. Straddling the divide between blissful and brooding, Pony Face take listeners on an aural journey down a surreal highway that links the crystalline intimacy of Sparklehorse, the cosmic post rock of Mogwai and the uniquely Australian sound of Dirty Three. Check them out at the Junkyard in Maitland Thursday 11 October, the Greenroom Friday 12 and Yours And Owls in Wollongong Saturday 13 October.
BUILDING UPON FOUNDATIONS
The Medics have just released their new single and video, Slowburn, a fast-paced, intense track about living life on the edge of madness and sanity. Off the back of their killer live set at Splendour In The Grass, The Medics have announced extra shows and support acts for their monstrous Foundations tour. The Medics are also celebrating their Album of the Year nominations in the NIMAs and Deadly awards. Catch the show at the Station in Jindabyne on Wednesday 29 August with The Beautiful Girls; Wednesday 12 September at the Spectrum with The Darcys and I, A Man; Friday 28 at the Patch in Wollongong and Saturday 29 at Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle with I, A Man and Sincerely, Grizzly.
HIGGINS TO HOBART
To the uninitiated, Burning Love are a group from Toronto, Canada with chips on their shoulders and electric blood in their veins. Their output is desperate, venomous and informed rock’n’roll fury that sways and swaggers somewhere between hardcore punk and the darker side of blues gone wrong. After the sudden demise of the now legendary Cursed, enigmatic frontman Chris Colohan picked right back up where the band left us. The band is making its maiden trip to Australian shores where they’ll play Friday 17 August at the Sandringham Hotel, Saturday 18 at Bar 32 in Canberra and Sunday 19 at Black Wire Records in Annandale for an all-ages show.
After three long torturous years, Buffalo, New York State’s death metal’s titanic kings, Cannibal Corpse, return to Australia for a sarcophagial frenzy of sordid and demented proportions! Initial sales have been huge for this tour, so make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible. And to heat things up even further, they’ve announced Psycroptic as their special guests for the forthcoming torture when they play Saturday 6 at The Metro. Cannibal Corpse are travelling on their latest album, Torture, their twelfth and first in eight years to feature a really graphically morbid cover!
The fifth and eagerly awaited instalment of Tasmania’s own Soundscape Festival has been announced to take place over Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November at their new home PW1. And what a lineup it’s set to be. Watch this space for full details coming very soon but the first announcement is that, straight off the back of her killer performance at Splendour In The Grass, Soundscape 2012 will be the only Tasmanian show Missy Higgins will play on her just-announced national Razzle Dazzle Summer Australian album launch tour. Keep you eyes on thesoundscapefestival.com for further details.
ILLY SUPPORTS OUT
Twenty-four dates have now been announced for ILLY’s Bring It Back album tour, which winds it’s way around the country over the next few months. As the beginning of the tour approaches, Illy has handpicked local supports to join Chasm Soundsystem and Skyptcha on the road. These vary from gig to gig, but the quality is solid throughout. Check illyal.com for the extensive tour details, local supports and ticketing info.
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FALLS LINE-UP REINFORCED
The Falls Music & Arts Festival 2012 features over 80 artists and the list so far includes The Flaming Lips, Beach House, Best Coast, Boy & Bear, SBTRKT et al. They’ve just announced a new batch of 12 artists to the already crammed bill. These are Angus Stone, Ash Grunwald, Ball Park Music, Cosmo Jarvis, Django Django, Jinja Safari, Lisa Mitchell, Matt Corby, Sharon Van Etten, The Hives, Two Door Cinema Club and Willis Earl Beal. As always, the coastal locations are beautiful and all camping is free. This year’s events take place from 28 December to 1 January in Lorne and from 29 December to 1 January in Marion Bay, Tasmania. Ballot sales commence at 9am this Wednesday with any remaining tickets to be sold through general sales on Thursday 16 August via fallsfestival.com.
HANDS UP FOR HANSON
Ahead of their now nearly completely sold out Australian tour, Hanson have announced they’ll be joined by US singer songwriter Matt Wertz as special guest. Wertz, a Missouri native renowned for his elegantly crafted songs and heart on sleeve honesty is sure to win over a legion Australian fans as he presents material from his latest album, Weights & Wings. After a seven-year absence, Hanson themselves are back with their brand new album, Shout It Out. Their show at the Hi-Fi on Saturday 15 September is now sold out, but there are possibly a few tickets left for the Sunday 16 show at the Enmore Theatre.
A GOOD SWIG OF GIN
Gin Wigmore returns to our shores, kicking off her full band tour this month in support of her latest album, Gravel & Wine. Already a top ten album on iTunes, Gravel & Wine was inspired and informed by Wigmore’s love of spaghetti Westerns, her respect of the blues and the passion and pulse of rock‘n’roll. Her debut album, Holy Smoke, has won numerous
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awards including Best Pop Album and Album of the Year at the NZ Music Awards. No stranger to Australia, Wigmore performs at the Standard on Friday 24 August, the Great Northern in Newcastle on Saturday 25 and the Heritage Hotel in Bulli on Wednesday 29.
GREEN AND KEEN The first taste of their debut album to be released next year, in support of their new single, Mr Number 1, hard-hitting Brisbane rockers Greenthief will be bringing their unique blend of psychedelic audio mayhem to all corners of the country with their first national headline tour. Previous EP, Retribution, earned the band a finalist spot in the Queensland Music Awards and an inclusion in Rage’s top 50 video clips of the year. So far this year the band, recently completed a 23-date national tour in support of Australian rock legends The Butterfly Effect. See Greenthief at Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle on Wednesday 5 September, Yours & Owls in Wollongong on Thursday 6, Lansdowne Hotel on Sunday 7 and Bald Faced Stag on Monday 8.
Nicki Minaj’s Australian tour, previously announced for September/October this year and due to go on general sale this week, will now take place during November/ December. The promoters are currently working with Minaj to finalise the routing for her rescheduled dates and expect to be announcing details of the tour itinerary and the on-sale dates shortly. Members of My Live Nation will receive email notification and updates will be posted on Facebook. Live Nation and Nicki Minaj apologise for the delay, but assure the public that she will be touring here very soon.
Live, Nat Col & The Kings have been unfurling their wings to a huge response. Over the past 18 months the band have toured nationally playing Byron Bay Blues Festival, The V8 Supercars, Apollo Bay, Caxton Street Festival and more. Nat Col & The Kings have just announced the release of Coming Home, the lead single from their forthcoming EP. To celebrate, they’ll play Friday 7 September at The Vanguard, Saturday 8 at the Fitzroy Hotel in Windsor, Friday 14 at the Grand Junction Hotel in Maitland and Saturday 15 at The Heritage in Bulli.
BARRY SETS YOU FREE
Thirty-four years on from the first album Barry Adamson played on, Magazine’s post-punk classic, Real Life, comes an something that touches on the sonic stepping stones he’s used year by year to pave his way to this, his new album, I Will Set You Free. He has taken his work across the world with Magazine, The Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop and The Gun Club, written for David Lynch and Danny Boyle, been nominated for the Mercury Prize, scored an Olivier award-winning ballet, scooped the Best Short Story gong at Italy’s Piedmonte Noir festival for his debut work of fiction, and written, directed and edited a movie while simultaneously heading back to grace the stage with a reformed Magazine during their triumphant 2009 tour, all of which has informed his latest work. See Adamson perform at the Factory Theatre on Wednesday 12 September.
OutsideIn Festival may be your newest friend in Sydney’s burgeoning musical landscape. Taking place at The Factory Theatre on Saturday 10 November, it’s the embodiment of a world-class event, bringing together a brilliant lineup, hopefully beautiful weather, tasty food, refreshing drinks, great company and of course, unbeatable music. The first announcement of acts are a diverse display of left-field, electronic superstars from the hazy Harlem hip hop of Smoke DZA to the warped R&B of Jesse Boykins III and Collarbones, plus a rare live performance from Oliver Tank. Add the DIY attitude of HTRK, lush beat work from Shigeto, Flume, Melo-X, Thrupence and Polographia and top it all off with the late-night bass of Africa Hitech and Dro Carey. So, best head to The Factory Theatre’s webby for details.
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IF YOU WANNA ROCK’N’ROLL
In October, proving you can’t keep a good thing down, 17 legends of Australian rock will reunite for the A Long Way To The Top 10th Anniversary Concert, hitting arenas along the east coast. A three-DVD/CD set compilation of live performances from the 2002 shows will be released on Friday to coincide with tickets going on sale. This year’s concerts will feature Axiom, Brian Cadd, Dragon, Marcia Hines, Col Joye, Jim Keays, Dinah Lee, Mi-Sex, Russell Morris, Ian Moss, Noiseworks, Doug Parkinson, Little Pattie, Glenn Shorrock, Spectrum, Lucky Starr, Matt Taylor, Phil Manning and John Paul Young. The show hits the Entertainment Centre on Saturday 6 October and the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 9 October. Tickets are on sale this Friday.
November will see Angus Stone blazing a trail across the country for his Broken Brights National tour with special guests to be announced. He’ll play Thursday 1 November at the Enmore Theatre, Friday 2 at Newcastle Leagues and Saturday 3 at Waves in Wollongong. Tickets on sale from 9am Tuesday 7 August via angusstone.com.
Joe Bonamassa’s as busy as he’s ever been, and his new album, Driving Towards The Daylight, has been breaking all of his previous chart positions and records around the world. Meanwhile, since June this year, Bonamassa has been in the studio with Black Country Communion recording their third collection of songs, he’s filmed his own all-acoustic set at the Vienna Opera House for a new DVD (to be tentatively released in March 2013), made his debut appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and been honoured by the Vienna Walk of Stars. Bonamassa is here in October, bringing his band to play Friday 5 October at The State Theatre and Sunday 7 at The Civic Theatre in Newcastle.
Hot on the heels of his third studio album, Write It On Your Skin, Newton Faulkner will be making his anticipated return to Australia for a string of intimate club shows this September. The tour hits town on Monday 17 at Oxford Art Factory.
Having previously toured Australia in theatres on the main stages at major music festivals, these shows are a rare opportunity to experience this incredible artist in intimate venues. Tickets on sale via Moshtix this Friday at 9am.
JUMP IN THE LAKE Loon Lake’s highly anticipated second EP, Thirty Three, is available now via iTunes. From the unmistakable swagger of Bad To Me to Loon Lake’s current single, Cherry Lips, which is enjoying high rotation on triple j as well as receiving a whole lot of love on community radio nationally, Thirty Three has officially galvanised Loon Lake’s reputation as a band to watch. To top it all off, this indie band who could, did. Cherry Lips burst onto the ARIA top 20 Australian singles chart and reached #5 on the AIR charts. Loon Lake will be hitting the road this month on their Thirty Three tour and play Thursday 23 August at The Patch in Wollongong, Friday 24 at GoodGod Small Club and Saturday 25 at The Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle.
IN BRIEF The new album, The 2nd Law, from Muse, their sixth, is due for release Friday 21 September, Muse main man Matt Bellamy telling NME: “We’ve basically tried to do what Rage Against The Machine did with hip hop in the 1990s and take a bit of the electronic worlds and dubstep and play it with real instruments. There’s only one track like that; the rest of it is very, very diverse.” Newest signing with Rice Is Nice, Sydney three-piece Good Heavens, featuring former theredsunband singer and guitarist Sarah Kelly, release their debut album, Strange Dreams, Friday 17 August. Fresh out of the Wongan Hills, 182 kilometres north east of Perth, Chelsea Basham releases her debut album, I Make My Own Sunshine, Friday 24 August. Animal Collective release their new album, Centipede Hz, Friday 31 August, on which day the debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, from US trio Divine Fits, featuring Britt Daniel from Spoon, is also released. Brooklyn-based experimental pop producer and singer Tom Krell releases his second album, Total Loss, under his alternative moniker, How To Dress Well, Friday 14 September, on which day British singer Conor Maynard releases his debut album, Contrast. Friday 21 September, UK urban popster Conor Maynard releases his debut album, Contrast, US alt.country star Dwight Yoakam releases his first album in seven years, 3 Pears, Lupe Fiasco releases Food & Liquor II: The Great American, Swedish doom metal merchants Witchcraft release their Legend album, TZU release their fourth album, Millions Of Moments, Zoophyte release their second album, Somewhere Elsewhere, and Danish trio Efterklang release their fourth album, Piramida.
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LONG FLIGHTS & WEIRD NIGHTS TV GUIDE
In the grand scheme of things, the controversy surrounding Miller-Heidke’s Q&A appearance and followup actions are miniscule when compared to other memorable TV moments. Here are some classics:
DAVID LETTERMAN Back in 2009 David Letterman began telling a story on his show that, although it seemed like a joke at first, was actually an admission of guilt. He admitted having an affair with a staff member and had recently begun getting blackmail threats from someone because of it. For the first half of his story, people chuckled every now and then, waiting for a punch line that never came. While it seemed a little odd at first, it was probably the best thing that he could have done. Had the news leaked elsewhere, it would have made him look much worse.
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Living this year on airplane food and recycled air, Kate Miller-Heidke has had little time to reflect on the game changing events 2012 has thrown her way - a chart-smashing new album and a memorable appearance on ABC’s Q&A. Ahead of her album tour, Daniel Cribb catches up to analyze the chaos. Cover and story photos by Cybele Malinowski.
f one more person coughs on me I’m going to punch them in the face,” songstress Kate MillerHeidke sings on her latest album, Nightflight. It’s a fair enough statement too. It’s rare that such a powerful vocalist comes along, and it’s understandable considering someone projecting airborne diseases her way could have less than desired repercussions - especially as she’s finding herself spending an increasing amount of time on tour. Waking up in one state and flying to the next, doing the same thing every day for weeks on end is draining for anyone let alone someone using their voice to its extreme most nights. The morning of Miller-Heidke’s most recent performance in Perth, she awoke in Melbourne feeling the need to nurture her vocal cords, which often leaves airport security believing she is a deaf mute. Some confusion at the airport and a day filled with whispers paid off though, as she was in fine form whilst entertaining a packed crowd. The following day a colourful Miller-Heidke tightly grasped a mug of coffee in her hotel room, suggesting the bottle of wine she had on stage was finished post-show. “My voice is still tired, it’s fine though. It hasn’t really happened before like this, but I think it was because I was so jetlagged and then we had to do five shows in a row. I had to do closing night at the Opera in London then fly out the next day and straight away do five shows. And then I got sick,” a reserved Miller-Heidke quietly explains.
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At this stage her husband/guitarist Keir Nuttall and backing vocalist/guitarist Madeline Page were in the air halfway to Queensland for the next show. Jumping around from state to state all week there had been some eventful moments that included a meeting with Michael Cera a few days earlier backstage at her show at the Sydney Opera House. “He was doing a play in the theatre there, but then we kept seeing him. He was staying at the same hotel. It started to become ridiculous,” she laughs, admitting that stalking comes naturally. The music video for single, I’ll Change Your Mind, narratives such a trait quite well as she plays a stalker who sets up camp outside the house of a young man and tries, on numerous occasions, to get his attention. The video seems fairly tame for the most part, until the end, when Miller-Heidke breaks into the 28 • THE DRUM MEDIA
house, thrusts a knife into her chest, removes a very realistic looking heart and gives it to her stalkee. So what contributed to the album’s change of direction and her desire to be seen in a different light? Touring around the world, including a run of shows opening for Ben Folds in North America, Europe and the UK, as an acoustic three-piece over the past couple of years gave her the opportunity to step back from certain elements of her previous work and redirect her musical path, as is apparent throughout Nightflight, a direction well received as it entered the ARIA charts at #2. “To be honest, Ben Fold was a big influence. I sat backstage and watched him play night after night at eighty shows. But this record was mainly a reaction to the last one. Not directly influenced by anything in particular, but just wanting to make something different and surprise myself.” During long international flights, Miller-Heidke began to feel as if she was in purgatory, thus naming the album after the song Nightflight was an easy choice. “The title was applicable to every song on the album and not just the one. It’s more about the word really. Although it’s one of my favourite songs on the record, I like them all. It’s still pretty fresh though, so I’m still in the honeymoon period. I’m sure I’ll hate them all in six months,” she laughs. After Curiosity hit success, Miller-Heidke found herself living out of suitcases and on a diet consisting mainly of airplane food. To get away from it all and clear her head, she and her husband retreated to Toowoomba in Queensland for a few months to workshop material for the next album. Once the bits and pieces of a third studio album were in place and tracked, she escaped the ridiculous heat of the Australian summer and flew to Europe to mix the record in Suffolk with Cenzo Townshend (U2, Kaiser Chiefs, New Order). When the idea for last minute backing vocals arose, Miller-Heidke had an urge to record the part outside, in the snow. “It was a beautiful day and, with all the snow, it just seemed like the right thing to do; to go outside. It was hard to set up, but it was worth it for the photo,” she jokes. The photo in question can be located on her Facebook page. Besides a scenic photo, the studio’s location provided an opportunity to try for a position in the English National Opera. Passing the audition for John Adam’s The Death Of Klinghoffer with flying colours, she landed the role of ‘British Dancing Girl’ and became the only Australian cast member. “It was the English National Opera, one of the best companies in the
world. To get to play on that stage in Covent Garden felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity - and it was. “They were all lovely people and amazing opera singers. It’s such a weird discipline, but so inspiring in a way. The whole experience of being in the theatre, it’s quite intoxicating… We had seven weeks of rehearsals and two weeks of shows. The first two weeks of rehearsal we were sitting around in a circle, learning about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and doing research and presenting assignments and stuff. It was absolutely incredible. It was like being at Oxford.” Back in Australia, the cycle to promote her new album began. When asked to perform on ABC’s Q&A, whilst nervous due to the nature of subject matter usually discussed on the show and the feeling that she’d need to prepare, she was convinced into thinking it would be a good opportunity to play a song off the new album. The agenda for the evening was to be focused on the upcoming budget, but they promised to throw her a couple of music questions. “As anyone who saw it knows, we didn’t move on and the entire show was about Labor and unions and budgets and interest rates, and I felt about as useful as a waterproof teabag,” she responded online a couple of days after the appearance. During the show Anthony Callea Tweeted “There is one person on the panel tonight that is a total waste of space....embarrassing rep for Gen Y! #qanda”, to which Miller-Heidke responded: “Pot Kettle Fuckwit.” Never claiming to be an expert on politics, she can, however, claim expertise when it comes to songwriting. So how does this album stand up to her previous works? “It’s more organic. It’s more lush and cinematic and just more real. I’ve loved playing in the duo the last couple of years, doing those kinds of [acoustic] shows that we did last night. I just wanted to harness the power of that; the power of dynamics and simplicity and silence, rather than just adding layers and layers of shit to everything - which was our approach in Curiosity and it worked for that, but it just wasn’t where I was at musically anymore. I think it encompasses a lot of the themes – the darkness, the light, the contrast, the themes of mortality and life.” WHO: Kate Miller-Heidke WHAT: Nightflight (Sony) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 23 August, Metro Theatre
The TV show received due backlash after its second reunion special, when one of the acts on the Red Faces skit, the Jackson Jive performers, came out to parody Michael Jackson with their faces painted black. “If I knew that was going to be part of the show I definitely wouldn’t have done it,” guest Harry Connick Jr said on the show, highlighting the fact that Summers and co were still operating in the same shallow pool of political incorrectness the ‘90s drowned in.
SUNRISE The Chaser’s Chris Taylor made the most out of an appearance he made on Seven’s Sunrise. During his guest spot he directed the conversation towards his partner, in what seemed to be heading towards an on-air proposal. “My partner, Jo, never misses the show, she absolutely loves it. She’ll be watching today, so can I just put message out there?” Getting the green light from the hosts he proceeds, “We’ve been together for seven years and I just want this opportunity now, live on TV, to say: Jo, get the fuck out of my life!”
TOM CRUISE You watch Mission Impossible and see Tom Cruise jumping and swimming through a field of bullets and dodging explosions every five seconds. Then, you turn on your TV and you see him jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s couch, yelling about his love for Katie Holmes. His ’05 couch endeavour is slightly painful and has been the subject for much parody over the years, though his haters have finally received some form of redemption in the fact he’s been dumped by Katie.
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TALENT QUEST Billy Talent got to where they are through hard work, total committment to the cause and by never giving it up for girls. Stuart Evans plays musical chairs with singer and self-confessed “weird little man” Ben Kowalewicz.
hen Billy Talent singer Ben Kowalewicz calls, he says he’s on the line from Amsterdam and that he’s feeling relieved after receiving some good news. “Our drummer [Aaron Solowoniuk] is recovering from open heart surgery and thankfully he’s doing well. Something like that gives you perspective. As you get older, you appreciate different things like how someone’s well-being is the most important thing. When you’re young you tend to think of yourself as this little invincible creature but when you start to question mortality things change,” he says. Thankfully, Solowoniuk’s on the mend as Kowalewicz’s conversation turns to music. “One thing I love about this band is there’s a lot of hopefulness and optimism. I think we’re a good rock’n’roll band and we try to be good people and do the right thing,” he tells. From Ontario, Canada, Billy Talent have been together since 1993 (formerly known as Pezz, they changed their name in 2001 after running into legal trouble with a North American band of the same name). Billy Talent existed for around a decade before tasting any form of commercial/mainstream joy. The name Billy Talent was taken from a Canadian book and movie called Hard Core Logo about a fictional punk band who reunite for one last tour. The guitar player’s name in the movie was Billy Talent. Clearly, the name change worked as since then they’ve produced two multi-platinum records in their native Canada. But the name wasn’t the only thing that changed as almost seamlessly, the band’s sound altered. Billy Talent’s output was more aggressive and much more tilted towards traditional punk. Kowalewicz grants that the name change and success are not linked and more the work of coincidence. Around 2001 Kowalewicz worked at a Canadian radio station. He bumped into someone with connections to Warner Music – that connection paid dividends
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as the radio contact got Kowalewicz and co a demo deal with the label. By the end of 2003, they’d released their self-titled debut album with successful singles Try Honesty, Nothing To Lose and The Ex. Okay, so Billy Talent may not mean as much in Australia, predominantly because their unassuming celebrity status remains quiet. If tales of debauchery exist, they haven’t made their way down under. “We don’t go out looking for attention,” Kowalewicz laughs. “That’s not us. We’re four like-minded individuals who share the same passion.” Attention, it seems, comes to them. Rolling Stone tagged them as being a band that makes blood pump faster than normal. Kowalewicz is flattered by the positive prose but remembers the darker days when he and fellow band members spent time trying to get noticed. He’s candid as he remembers the struggle. “It was fucking hard man. We can get a bottle of whiskey and we can talk about it all night long,” he laughs before the conversation turns. “I know it sounds hokey, but I knew in my heart of hearts it would happen and we’d get success. I just knew we had to keep going. We all had this innate thing in us to keep going. It wasn’t like we wanted money or fame – it was about trying to get music in front of as many people as possible and that remains our aim.” Although Billy Talent are highly regarded in their native Canada and throughout Europe, the sacrifices to get to this point aren’t forgotten. Kowalewicz explains, “Any good story has a struggle. Anything worth fighting for is hard and being able to look back and reflect on everything can be confronting. When we were teenagers a few other friends of ours were in bands but gave it up for girls or whatever else came along. We didn’t and have been in a longstanding relationship ever since.” Trust is a reoccurring sentiment for Kowalewicz. He speaks highly of all band members and only has praise for all. The core and foundations of the
band are built on doing the best for the band and not the individual. “We trust each other and if you’re in a relationship it doesn’t matter about your ego. No one outside the band will remember the fights and bickering – we learnt that at a very young age. It’s about what’s best for the band and the song.” Kowalewicz got married last summer. Luckily, he warned his wife about what she was getting into. “She knows she really married three of us,” he jests. But bands, and particularly lead singers, can be complex beasts comprising sometimes strange yet workable dynamics. Kowalewicz’s no exception. He’s also in no hurry to deny it. “I’m a weird little man. Since we’ve been talking, I’ve switched chairs three times. I actually think it’s not just me as everyone’s fucking weird and everyone has a bit of obsessive compulsive in them,” he laughs. Regardless if Billy Talent’s success is down to luck, coincidence, damn hard work or a combination of all, the band have released four booming albums to date: Watoosh (as Pezz), 2003’s Billy Talent, 2006’s Billy Talent II and 2009’s Billy Talent III. They’ve also got
new material on the way. Their latest sound, Viking Death March, has been released for digital download via their website and a new album is coming. Kowalewicz reveals that a new producer was involved in making the yet unnamed album. “Ian [D’Sa], our guitar player, produced it,” he remarks. “I’m really proud of him and the album. Although Ian co-produced previous albums, this time it was just us and two engineers in the studio. The energy in the room was great and it was really nice to feel that sense of calm and trust. Ian’s been working diligently to make it sound as good as it can.” The choice of D’Sa to produce the album was unequivocal. “We all said to him that you need to produce this fucking record. The excellent thing is to have seen Ian’s transition from guitar player to producer as there is no fucking way that I could produce,” Kowalewicz laughs. WHO: Billy Talent WHEN & WHERE: Friday 10 August, UNSW Roundhouse
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A BACKWARD GLANCE FORWARD Melbourne’s Illy is at the forefront of Australia’s next wave of Australian hip hop. Ahead of his latest tour, Matt O’Neill speaks to Al Murray about taking his alias back to his roots.
lly isn’t a typical Australian hip hop artist. In a genre often criticised for dated trends, Al Murray has always sounded thoroughly contemporary. His longstanding friendship with producer extraordinaire M-Phazes ensured his work was blessed with cutting-edge polish from the outset. His commitment to songwriting, meanwhile – writing all of his own hooks – has kept his voice consistently distinct. “I honestly never had a clear vision of what I was going to do when I started my solo career,” the MC muses. “I knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t have the first idea how to go about doing it, though. I’ve been very lucky, really. You know, M-Phazes is one of my best mates
and has been heavily involved in my stuff – and he just happens to be, far and away, one of the best producers this country’s ever seen. I’ve been very fortunate.” Originally cutting his teeth as a member of Melbourne crew Crooked Eye, Murray’s career proper began strongly with 2009 debut album, Long Story Short, and has proceeded to evolve at an astonishing rate over the subsequent years. Follow-up effort, The Chase, hit #25 on the ARIA charts, delivering multiple hit singles and eventual entries in triple j’s coveted Hottest 100. Throughout, Murray has continued to shape his own sound. Significantly removed from Australian hip hop’s ongoing fascination with chopped-up soul samples and rock-inspired production, Illy’s work has been defined by dextrous rhythms, cinematic arrangements and pop-friendly hooks, the MC often collaborating with live vocalists like Melbourne’s Owl Eyes or Hue Blanes. “I actually agree with a lot of those comments [about Australian hip hop],” Murray admits. “I don’t think they’ve ever really applied to what I do. I actually think a lot of them are in response to criticisms from the other direction, though. You know, I can definitely see why some people would think Australian hip hop is stuck in the ‘90s – but I think a lot of those comments are really in response to older guys constantly claiming new stuff is shit. “I mean, of course they’d say that. They were there for all of the original stuff. They experienced it. We didn’t – so we have to do our own thing. Build our own sounds. It’s really a stupid, horrible, fucking circular argument. Personally, I think there’s room for everything. Just do what you want to do. If people don’t like it, they won’t get behind it. If they do get behind it, you can laugh and say ‘Nyah nyah.’” As a result, Murray’s success has often been marred by backlash. Similar to 360, Murray’s larger than life personality, mainstream success and contemporary sounds have conspired to make him something of a target for both Australian hip hop purists and sceptical mainstream audiences. It’s a position that only becomes more pronounced as he grows more successful. “Well, I think a lot of the stuff towards me, if you dig below the initial comment at all, there’s fuck all there to justify it,” Murray says bluntly. “I say that because, I may have a couple of songs that have been on the radio, but anyone who has seen a live show knows that they’re hardly the crux of the set. I mean, this album I’m working on has some of Australia’s best MCs and best producers on it. “You know, MCs and producers – that people giving me shit are probably massive fans of – are happy to work with me. I think, whatever backlash I encounter, it’s usually based on people only knowing a few big songs and having no fucking clue beyond that. Any time you hear something like, ‘Oh, Illy’s a fucking faggot,’ ‘Why?’ ‘Oh, because he’s got that fucking song.’ I have forty others that sound nothing like it.” Keeping all of that in mind, Illy’s career is about to get really interesting. The Melbourne MC’s forthcoming third album, Bring It Back, sees a reinvention – Murray eschewing his sculpted, pop-friendly sound in favour of exploring his hip hop origins. The album began as something of an experimental project for Murray but, as time progressed, gradually morphed into Illy’s third solo album, due for release later this year. “I’ve wanted to do an album like this for quite a while. I’ve wanted to work with a lot of the people I worked with on Bring It Back for ages. Particularly [Funkoars producer/MC] Trials. I’ve wanted to work with that guy for, like, a solid three or four years. It’s still an Illy record. It’s not like I’m sounding like Bjork all of a sudden. It’s just something a little different from my earlier stuff. “It’s a lot more hip hop. It’s a lot more boom-bap. There are no vocalists besides myself and other MCs. There are no sung hooks. There are a lot more DJ scratches and cuts. It’s just a lot more of a rap album. I love what I do and I’m proud of my albums – but I wanted to do something different. At the start, it was a passion project. It was kind of stepping out of my comfort zone and stepping back into my comfort zone at the same time.” It’s an interesting period for Murray. In addition to shifting back to a more classic rap identity with Bring It Back, Illy is also currently preparing a sequel to The Chase. Having recently graduated from his law degree (“Yeah, man – that’s what I mean when I say that people don’t know shit about me,” he laughs), Murray’s career is kicking into overdrive. Even he seems somewhat unsure of what’s about to happen. Talking about that sequel to The Chase the MC says, “That was initially my main priority and Bring It Back was just an idea I was kind of exploring in my spare time – but, as people started to get in touch and songs started to come together, Bring It Back went from being this random project to actually being able to stand on its own two feet as a record. “All these plans started falling into place and we kind of realised that Bring It Back was actually happening and it was going to sound fucking dope. As a result, everything to do with The Chase sequel got put on the backburner while we gave Bring It Back the attention it deserved. It’s weird, man. Since finishing uni, I’ve just decided to throw myself completely into music and see what happens.” WHO: Illy WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 15 August, The Plantation, Coffs Harbour; Thursday 16, The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; Friday 24, Zierholz @ UC, Canberra; Saturday 25, The Hi-Fi
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A SILENT SEDUCTION The critics are fawning all over his debut solo album, but ex-Snowman dude Joe McKee still can’t afford to eat anything fancier than baked beans. Chris Hayden buys him a sandwich.
t’s fair to say that there were a few eyebrows raised back in 2010 when artrockers Snowman announced that they’d be going their separate ways. The Londonby-way-of-Perth act had given birth to three increasingly acclaimed records, culminating in Absence, a gloriously impressionistic wash of an album that was released in conjunction with the revelation that the band were calling it a day. Joe McKee was the brains trust behind Snowman and what he got up to next, which direction he decided to slide in, was always going to be of great public and critical intrigue. This curiosity was put to rest this year with the release of McKee’s debut solo record Burning Boy, a distinct 180 turn for the now-Melbourne-based artist. Gone is the clattering percussion and searing falsetto, replaced by a soothing baritone, winding string sections and crystal clear
lyrical imagery. Burning Boy is undoubtably one of the year’s finest albums and a truly individualist effort, although to get a real sense of McKee’s present and future, you have to first acknowledge the past. “I haven’t got an overwhelming sense of whether people are happy or unhappy about it,” McKee explains when asked about the break-up of his former band. “People are always curious as to why it ended when it did and what the reason was. For me it’s a really positive thing, it was a difficult period at the time and I’m glad we left this minor legacy intact and didn’t flog a dead horse and that’s something to really be proud of.” Always a bit of a critical darling (Snowman were famously adored by the likes of Pitchfork and about a billion other trendsetting blogs and magazines), Burning Boy has been garnering some of the best reviews of McKee’s career. It’s interesting to find that he isn’t too fussed with the critical opinion of him. “After a while you read enough good reviews and bad reviews that you just stop reacting to them,” he says. “The odd review that’s well written – that’s good, that makes me feel something and it is great and it’s really cool. I don’t know what I expected [with Burning Boy] but you can’t really pay attention to it or buy into it. I know it sounds like an age-old cliché but it really just doesn’t fucking matter. It doesn’t affect sales or whether I can fucking eat more than baked beans for dinner, and it certainly doesn’t affect my songwriting approach. Of course I want people to like the music and you have to admit that you don’t purely do it for yourself. You kind of do want your ego to be stroked and weirdly enough that’s a small part of why you’re a musician in the first place. But you can’t pay too much attention to reviews.”
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Part of the reason the critics are falling in love with Burning Boy (whether McKee likes it or not), is due to the density of the sound and production. Working in Perth with long-time collaborator Dave Parkin, McKee spent two weeks putting together his very own collage of sound. Playing just about every instrument (barr the strings themselves), the two friends worked feverishly in Parkin’s Blackbird Studios to extrapolate the sounds and ideas trapped inside the singer-songwriter’s head. At the end of the process, the need arose again to put together a live show as strong as the record. Only problem was, McKee is only one man. “It’s been a challenge, being up there on my own. I think it’s been really good for me,” he admits. “It’s made me learn how to sing and rather than relying on a band wall of sound to get people’s attention it’s now also about seducing people with silence rather than with a barrage of noise. Learning how to lure people in different ways and making the show engaging in different ways has been really good. Because these songs are so lyrical and melodic, a lot of it’s about singing the melodies well and on pitch whereas Snowman was more about the wall of energy. I can’t even drink before I play anymore because it’ll affect my performance and it’s all about clarity. It’s been challenging but it’s been really good for me. I’ve purposely tried to do this in a really coherent state and make sure I’m really present when it’s happening.” After touring the country with The Gin Club’s Ben Salter and then heading out again recently with Charge Group, it seems that McKee has managed to find that elusive coherent state, and is now ready to fold some other musicians into his rambling vision. Working independently as a solo artist isn’t cheap though, and flights can be expensive. However, McKee is a creative chap and has managed to find a loophole. “The band itself is different in every state. I can’t really afford to take people around with me so I’ve got people learning the parts in each city and it’ll be different for every show,” McKee details. “It’s kind of nice, it keeps things a bit interesting and keeps things on edge as well and it lends a nice improvised feel to the songs. It allows the songs to breathe a little bit more. I don’t want to recreate what’s on the record, mostly because it would take a lot of instrumentation and potentially a full string section and all that. But also because I see the record and the live show as different things. So far it’s worked really well – I had a Moog player named Shags come up and play the Father John Misty show and I had a violin player that night as well and that was one of the favourite shows I’ve ever played. I felt like I had a band up there again.” So, we’re back in a (loose) band format after all. Things are very different for McKee this time around though. Whereas the different members of Snowman were so close they were almost family (and in fact became family – bassist Olga Hermanniusson and drummer Ross DiBlasio are married with kids and living in Iceland), McKee is very much the lone wolf these days. It was a heady time for those four people. They became kind of their home town and were on the precipice of dominating their country when they took a risk and moved to London. Creatively, it paid off in spades, producing their finest album and proving that they were indeed a band worthy of the world stage. Personally though, you get the feeling that they went through some heavy stuff together and, scattered across the globe now, are taking peace in the solitude. When talking about the new members of his touring bands McKee reveals that, although his strength is now within himself, sometimes it is nice to feel a bit of safety in numbers. “To have a bit more depth in the sound and a bit more colour and variety in the sound is the thing that I’ve missed more than anything else. Psychologically I suppose I feel stronger up there when there’s more than one person.”
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WHO: Joe McKee WHAT: Burning Boy (Dot Dash/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 16 August, Paddington Uniting Church
NEW SLANG Scott Hoffman – aka Babydaddy – teaches Tyler McLoughlan some New York slang on a private tour of Scissor Sisters’ latest kiki, Magic Hour.
ince the release of their eponymous 2004 debut, New York’s Scissor Sisters have owned a sound few could mistake despite their stylistic promiscuity across club banging anthems, pop chart climbers, subdued ballads and camp-as-hell hits. Though the quintet may be hard to categorise, the title of their new record is a timely reminder of the outfit’s inimitable ability to drag audiences into their weird and wonderful musical world, and pull a cast of high-profile guest writers and producers too. “The record came together really organically I think,” says Scissor Sisters’ founding multi-instrumentalist Scott Hoffman of their fourth long-player Magic Hour. “We got off the road with [2010 album] Night Work, and [frontman] Jake [Shears] and I as usual just wanted to pop into the studio. Jake and I just happened to get back in and started making some music. So we contacted some of our friends like Alex [Ridha] from Boys Noize who we wanted to work with, and just started kind of collaborating and making tracks and starting stuff. We kind of just collected a whole great group of people to try things out with – probably more collaborations than we’ve ever been used to but it was something that we wanted to try…” he says, adding that the album’s long list of collaborators ranging from Azealia Banks to John Legend were collected along the way as the songs saw fit.
House in September, Hoffman can’t wait to share Magic Hour with audiences. “We had rehearsals a couple of hours ago and its been going great. It’s gonna be really, really fun – we’re loving doing these new songs… And I just love going to Australia, it’s such a pleasure for us. I’ve been going there since I was 20-years-old when I went and visited my brother and did a roadtrip down the east coast. I love it there – we have great shows there, they’re such welcoming people when we come, we have just a great time…” WHO: Scissor Sisters WHAT: Magic Hour (Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 27 September, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
“I think one thing kind of led to the next; we kind of decided, you know Alex is a friend of ours so lets try working with him a little bit. And it just kind of led us to one day in the studio with Alex, Diplo was in town and he said, ‘Oh can my buddy Diplo come down?’ and we said, ‘Yeah sure, we love what he does’ – so Diplo had a beginning of a song that he brought in and we took it and finished it. It just went from there. We had some great people around us kind of helping us get to the people we wanted to work with as well, so we went on a little journey with it.”
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The Scissor Sisters’ lead single journey saw them picking up the unmistakable production skills of Calvin Harris along the way, the result a neon synth-filled northern hemisphere summer hit Only The Horses. ”I think Jake first met Calvin working with Kylie [Minogue] actually… it was on Aphrodite – he co-produced a track. Jake co-wrote one of the songs and it worked together. He knew Calvin and Only The Horses was a song we had around for a little while but we just couldn’t quite nail the production. We really wanted it to sound big and epic and like a fun dance track and he was a name that we had in the rolodex, and we said, ‘Listen, Calvin can fix this’, and he did – we love what he did with it.” Though Scissor Sisters have been dubbed the best pop group in the world by no less than U2’s Bono, Hoffman is no stranger to a fanboy moment himself when it comes to Pharrell Williams who, at the suggestion of an assistant, wrote and produced Inevitable alongside the New Yorkers. “…There’s so many classic songs to me that he was behind. And everything from the production to the N.E.R.D stuff, to being aware of his involvement in the art world and culture – he’s such a cool, across-the-board, interesting, smart guy. And that was one of the things where we just said we’re absolutely not gonna turn down the chance to work with Pharrell – it was a great experience,” he says excitedly, though points to his inner circle for providing the best experiences across Magic Hour. “We worked with some great people but my favourite moments are kind of when Jake and I and maybe another member of the band come up with something on our own… I’m most proud of just the album as a whole – I think it works all together as a whole…” Hoffman states, before outlining how each Scissor Sister album, though individually eclectic, comes to be a cohesive collection. “We don’t work like a lot of pop bands out there work; we don’t ship our songs off to someone and say, ‘Can you just make this?’ and then it’s just done. At the very worst we’ll have to work with someone over the internet and you have to send ideas back and forth; well we’ll send them our ideas but the usual case is that we’re actually sitting in a room with them, we’re on a computer that I know how to work, and co-producing and writing together. Our hands are all over this album...” With a sly chuckle, Hoffman shares the inside story behind some of the characters that shape Magic Hour. “Yeah, our buddy Pickles,” he says, referencing the owner of the voicemail device used on Let’s Have A Kiki and Ms Matronic’s Magic Message. “It’s actually our nickname for Sammy Jo who’s our tour DJ and a really, really good friend. We always like giving shout outs to our friends and making them feel like everyone’s kinda joining the party – we want everyone to learn the cast of characters around us… A lot of the characters aren’t necessarily named but there’ll be like a trashy pregnant teenager or like housewives that wanna hit the town or something like that. Jake especially is always filling these things with these strange characters…” Hoffman laughs. But back to the matter of this kiki business. “What is a kiki?” he says, drawing out the vowels. “A kiki is a party! A kiki is a party when you get together with your friends and you gossip and you have a fun little time and you know, it’s probably more of an impromptu kind of party with just a few friends. It’s probably where you end up at the end of a night once most of the people have left and you’re stuck with your best friends,” he says, pretty much summing up Magic Hour as a whole. “It’s definitely not a common term for parties in America but it’s maybe a bit of a New York thing, or drag queen speak or something like that – it’s a bit underground.”
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RULES OF ENGAGEMENT New Warâ€™s Melissa Lock and Chris Pugmire are as enthusiastic about current Australian music as you could get. They give Samson McDougall the down low on what makes this part of the world an innovatorâ€™s dream.
t was late in 2010 that New War turned up as a pulsing glob of bright light on the local music radar. On a Tote Hotel bill that featured a couple of other brand new outfits that would go on to relatively big things (notably Lower Plenty and Harmony, both of whom have albums out and more on the way), New War exploded onto the stage and seized the status of â€˜a band to watch in 2011â€™. We watched them build a support base in a relatively short period of time and we waited for an album (or at least rumours thereof) to surface. They teased us in September with a sexy-as-shit release of their single Ghostwalking on 12â€? vinyl and we held out through summer in the hope that the album (of which rumours were now circulating) would hit us before the winter crept
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in. It wasnâ€™t like it was a bad time, great music was sprouting up all around us â€“ Dick Diver, Lost Animal, Royal Headache, Harmony, Lower Plenty et al managed to release exceptional albums in the interim â€“ but still we waited, knowing full well it was going to be special, for New War to follow up what had now become incredible live performances with album number one. It turns out the record was ready to go a while back. The selftitled debut struck a few minor hurdles but is finally ready to drop via US label Fast Weapons and Local imprint Sensory Projects. â€œThere were big delays with Ghostwalking and it ended up [that], by the time it came out, there was too little of a window to put out a record,â€? says a remarkably softly spoken New War frontman Chris Pugmire (remarkable given his stage presence and howl). â€œWe didnâ€™t want to just smash â€˜em together â€˜cause we didnâ€™t want Ghostwalking to just get lost. So we decided to delay it a bit.â€? Bassist Melissa Lock adds, â€œThen our keyboardist was having a baby, so we couldnâ€™t put it out then â€˜cause we wanted to promote it.â€? Though Pugmire reckons it mayâ€™ve been a blessing in disguise given the quality and quantity of Australian releases in 2011. New War emerged out of the musical partnership of Pugmire and Lock, which developed in the USA a few years back when they were playing in a band called Shoplifting. Lock describes a nostalgia for the way the â€œold Melbourneâ€? music world was as integral to her pursuing something different in the States. â€œWhen I left [Australia] it was very rock dominated, like Legends Of Motorsport, and I wanted to do something a little bit different,â€? she continues. â€œI missed the old Melbourne and what was going on and I was really looking for a different thing. When I came back, I was like â€˜Oh my god! Thereâ€™s such amazing music!â€™ I was so glad to be back in Melbourne, it was an exciting time to start playing different kinds of music and we purposefully left out the guitar â€“ I was like â€˜I donâ€™t want to play with guitar, letâ€™s think of something differentâ€™â€Ś As much as I love the guitar and guitar music, I just felt like I wanted to do something different and letâ€™s just see what it would sound like taking the guitar out and what could we do with it? If we put the guitar in, I thought weâ€™d be just another rock band.â€? On arrival back in Australia, the pair had the basis of some songs penned. The sonic direction of the thing (whatever the â€˜thingâ€™ was destined to become) lay in a basis of dub and a fiendish love of bass. Pugmireâ€™s abstract lyrics would become the centre of whatever it was they would do; the rest fell on the selection of the players theyâ€™d combine with and those decisions were made on more of a personality level than necessarily a musical one. â€œMe and Chris had written songs together,â€? continues Lock, â€œso we already had a bit of an idea of what we were wanting before the others came along. Now weâ€™re a full band where we all have total control and everyoneâ€™s kind of brings in ideas, which is exciting for the next batch of stuff.â€? Another shift for Pugmire was to tone down the level of politicallyfocused lyrical content. Where his work with Shoplifting had been dripping in â€œgender politics and was involved in the Kill Rock Stars kind of Pacific Northwest super-political sceneâ€?, New War takes a more lateral approach. Though the content still bubbles with concepts of the inner-workings of power, the often bleak vocal lines pulse with a more personal longing. â€œItâ€™s kind of like lots of intertwining short stories,â€? says Pugmire of the narrative thrust of the album. â€œItâ€™s lots of weird kind of historical and current events that Iâ€™m obsessed with for one reason or other. â€œCalling From The Inside is actually about where Iâ€™m from. Thereâ€™s this inlet thatâ€™s called the Puget Sound, that comes out from the ocean and Seattle comes right up to the water there. There were some rivers that ran off of it and theyâ€™ve all been covered over. Itâ€™s kind of this ghost story of colonisation and almost a homesick song as wellâ€Ś Seattle has totally disappeared due to gentrification. It doesnâ€™t even really exist; the Seattle I grew up in, it isnâ€™t there anymore.â€? Through the dense, often despairing, lyrics (â€œOxidised by a dead sea scene/Iâ€™m killing in a solar daydream/Silted in a sea dredged dry/Carboned out in a junked up skyâ€? â€“ Slim Dandy) the coursing rhythms and vivid keys actually evoke ecstasy more willingly than sorrow. Itâ€™s a complex listen, rewarding, and as close to the live New War sound as the band could capture.
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â€œI think Lindsay [Gravina, producer] was keen on getting as much of the energy of the live show, obviously you can never exactly capture that in any kind of recording. All the instrumentation was done live. We werenâ€™t into the idea of separating the instruments and recording them separately,â€? says Pugmire of the process. â€œWe tried to create similar moods, and get ourselves into similar headspaces and similar aggression â€“ we tried to keep it as how we feel when we play. We tried really hard to keep that and Lindsay did an amazing job,â€? Lock chimes in. Though enthused about the release, Pugmire and Lock are more so buzzing on the community they find themselves a part of. Thereâ€™s no doubt in their minds that we are experiencing something special in Australia. â€œWeâ€™re so lucky,â€? says Lock of the support theyâ€™ve received from community radio (PBS and RRR both airing live performances from the band even before the sniff of an album). â€œItâ€™s so much harder to get on radio [in the US]. College radio is something I never really understoodâ€Ś It made me very proud that weâ€™ve got such great support for local artists.â€? And theyâ€™re surrounding themselves with these artists at their local and interstate launches â€“ veritable showcases of whatâ€™s hot. â€œBeing here now reminds me of growing up and going to shows in Olympia and Seattle,â€? says Pugmire. â€œItâ€™s not as wild or punk or whatever, but thereâ€™s just as much of an exciting array of music going around.â€? WHO: New War WHAT: New War (Fast Weapons/Sensory Projects) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 18 August, The Square
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“If you want to know more about Home Brew, just ask New Zealand Prime Minister John Key,” says on of the group’s official taglines. Nic Toupee finds out from MC Haz Beats why they’re such a hometown news item.
e are crazy people,” laughs Haz Beats with mischievous delight. “We all like laughing, really: we’re friends that are clowns all the time.” Beats, who also goes by the name Goonie Hodges — which may be about as legit as Haz Beats — is explaining, but certainly not justifying, the kind of controversial stunts and onstage behaviour which has certainly not hurt in making Home Brew famous. In fact, they got to number one on the New Zealand Top 40 charts, which their self titled indie-release album achieved in May. The band’s jolly japery and hyperactive hi-jinks include drink-driving in their clips (Police Stop Seven), getting on the wrong side of Auckland University with some over-enthusiastic postering (as you can see in their clip for Carpe Diem) and general blatant honesty about drugs and drinking — plenty of drugs and drinking. Unfazed by the repercussions, Beats sees it as just merry prankery. “We’re the kind of the same people, we like to laugh - everything is fun to us.” That’s not to say they don’t court a bit of sensational coverage. Beats is not ashamed to announce proudly “shock promo is the best kind of promo.” It’s more beerbongs on stage than biting the heads off bats, but Home Brew have managed to make a name for themselves and their off-stage, or at least non-musical, performances. Beats steps in to defend the band’s reputation: he explains that the band are equally focussed on getting drunk and getting the audience on side. “When we’re up on stage, with everyone screaming your name, grabbing you, it’s a whole different scene; the crowd expect us to be drunk, and we are drunk... or most of the time we’re drunk. We try capture the audience right from the first. That way people get involved with the show. Say if we bring a beer-bong on stage or something like that, they’re amping. We get them involved from the get-go.” As anyone who has watched a magic show knows, it can’t all be about one trick. You’ve got to have the rabbitout-of-hat AND the woman-sawn-in-half, and preferably the
Winners of the inaugural Jazzgroove Recording Artist Award earlier this year, The Alcohotlicks have released a very different second album, Danaïdes, as Michael Smith discovers.
sword cupboard as well. Drag their hyper-comedic curtain aside, and Beats believes you’ see the real secret of their success — their down-to-earth, unpretentious lyrics and crafty beats.“What we deliver on stage is raw, honest hip hop,” he says, suddenly more earnest. “And every show is different - we usually just freestyle the whole thing.” While you will no doubt hear tracks from all of their five releases thus far, it’s also odds-on that you’ll hear something that Beats cooked up in the tour van before the show. “We play some new and old stuff, and maybe some unreleased stuff. I brought my gear with me on tour, and we’re writing all the time. We know people want to hear the old stuff but we’re going to cut it up with some stuff off the new album and some brand new stuff as well.” Watching the band, it’s obvious Home Brew are a group of total extroverts — happy to play up to a crowd, to be filmed in highly dodgy activities, and to be watched generally just fucking around in a bored-suburban-lowattention-span Cartman kind of way. Beats says it’s a mixture of a natural affinity for performing, and learning from some humiliating mistakes along the way. “Right from the start, we were doing gigs all the time - we thrashed Auckland,” he remembers. “We got sick of it, so we stopped and instead we got online and asked our fans what they wanted us to do. Then we started getting couches or beer bongs or whatever up on stage. I never knew i was going to be doing this five or 10 years ago, but it came naturally for us. But every show is different, and we’re always learning how to be a better band. We’re real tight now because we’ve made our fuckups in the past.” WHO: Home Brew WHAT: Home Brew (Independant/Grindin) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 11th August, The Factory
n classical Greek mythology, the Danaïdes were the 50 daughters of a king called Danaus, all but one of whom killed their husbands on their wedding night, as you do, and were condemned to spend eternity carrying water in things full of holes, coming to represent the futility of a repetitive task that can never be completed. Danaïdes is also the title Sydney threepiece The Alcohotlicks have given their second album and, as drummer and composer Evan Mannell explains, it sort of fits, even if they’ve realised they spend a lot of time explaining the pronunciation of the word. “We’ve been getting interested in making a bit more music ourselves at home, and so obviously that puts you in the realm of using computers and the like to demo up your music and you get involved with soft synths and fake instruments inside the computer and you try and make them work sound-wise,” he says. “So I suppose that was one influence on it, but also just the music we were listening to and in particular a [New York City experimental rock] band called Battles, and the idea of music for dancing. “Rather than listening [to music], we’re trying to take more of a body-movement approach with this record.” Which is where the connection with repetition comes in, with repetitive musical motifs and rhythms, “trying to build up this mesmeric feeling over long periods of repetitive action, repetitive beat and things like that.” It’s certainly an unexpected progression from their first album, 2008’s You, You, which saw Mannell and fellow jazz guitarists Aaron Flower and Ben Hauptmann, the latter now based in Melbourne, flirting with elements of grunge, country and surf. With Danaïdes, there’s an obvious move into electronica. “I don’t know that we’re dealing with jazz very much anymore,” Mannell admits. “Talking about the departure from jazz, we’ve all been involved in wider-reaching projects of late, doing anything from pop stuff to rock’n’roll and indie singer/ songwriter and all sorts of stuff, and usually you find
that the approach, when you’re making records in those kinds of areas, is a lot more considered. So there’s still improvising in the music – it’s not like we’ve stopped all that altogether – but the forms are very concrete now; they’re sort of like songs almost, with a verse and a chorus and a double chorus, you know? Traditional pop song form, but there’s still plenty of room to play around within those structures. “It’s a funny thing because there are some things that have to happen live, like if we’re triggering samples and that sort of stuff, recreating certain sections of the album in a live setting. Outside of that, there’s plenty of room that every we time we play it’s a fresh version of it, but it still holds true to its classic form as it was recorded.” While Hauptmann was the principal composer on the first album, with the trio coming up with a few things collectively in the rehearsal room, the fact that he lives in the nation’s southern capital while Mannell and Flower live in Sydney, as well as the extracurricular activities of the three members, has meant the opportunity get together has shrunk and the evolution of individual members composing on computer and exchanging parts via email has made for a much more democratic compositional breakdown across Danaïdes. That process has also meant they’ve been much more, as they put it, considered about their compositions, more prepared to edit parts that don’t add anything where the more traditional jazz approach would have meant going with the spirit of improvisation, good, bad or indifferent. “We threw a lot of stuff out, this time ‘round,” Mannell admits, “which I was happy to do.” WHO: The Alcohotlicks WHAT: Danaïdes (Jazzgroove) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 11 August, 505; Tuesday 14, The Underground, Newcastle
FALLING IN AND OUT OF LOVE HURRICANE SEASON Sydney duo The Falls managed to put a positive spin on a broken relationship, and as Chris Hayden finds out it wasn’t easy.
Californian two piece Little Hurricane found each other on the internet and stripped back the layers from there. Guitarist Anthony Catalano talks to Chris Hayden.
good back story is sometimes a tough thing to lose. Many artists over the years have found trouble shaking off the tag attached to them at their first foray into the public eye. The Strokes were the snotty rich kids of New York socialites. Lana Del Rey is reportedly trailer trash tarted up by an overambitious A&R rep. Even Coldplay took two albums to shake the “wimpy Englishmen” moniker (some say they’re still raging against that particular machine). Most of the time though, guided by talent and ambition, the artists themselves move on and prosper. Sydney’s The Falls are one such band. This is how the story goes: Simon Rudston-Brown meets Melinda Kirwin. They fall in love and start to make music together. They argue. They make up. They break up. They form a band. It all went down in that exact order and if you think this would make for some interesting songs, you’d be right. Down the line from sunny Surry Hills, Kirwin explains that it’s not always easy to pour your heart out every night over the distracting clatter of a pub or venue. “Before we released the EP, we didn’t really talk about it at all. I don’t think many people knew the story behind the songs, or even asked. A lot of people didn’t know we were together or ever had been. Now, it’s all out there and it can be really confronting at times. Particularly at gigs when you have to lay yourself bare on stage and sing those songs. Sometimes the lyrics get to us and that’s what makes it most difficult.”
First single, Home, is one of the results of this emotional process. A bittersweet lament to better times, it’s taken from The Falls’ debut EP, Hollywood, named for the Hotel Hollywood in Surry Hills where the duo have spent the last few years cutting their teeth. As opposed to just jumping on to other bills as most bands would, RudstonBrown and Kirwin decided to take matters into their own hands, building their own folk night from the ground up. “We just went into the Hollywood one day and asked the bar manager if we could play,” Kirwin explains. “He wasn’t really convinced so we just asked him to let us have one night. If he hated it we’d never come 38 • THE DRUM MEDIA
L back. So we played that week, came back the next week and eventually we’d been there for a year.” These nights at their local eventually led The Falls to an idea called Folk Club. Inspired by Communion, a similar event in the UK run by Mumford & Son’s Ben Lovett, Folk Club is a chance for the purveyors of the more delicate genres to be heard. “We’re hoping that Folk Club will become a place for different artists to have the opportunity to do what we did,” she continues. “We found for us it was such a great chance to play to new people. It’s a free night and a lot of people come down just to check out who’s playing, which is nice.” So, at this point we have The Falls down as lovers, creators and curators. Considering the fact that they’ve only been around for approximately a year, they’ve managed to stack their resume fairly impressively. Their recent tour with Of Monsters & Men and an upcoming jaunt with regular UK visitor Passenger won’t hurt either. The only real question left is: what’s next for these whiz-kids? “We’d really love to do an album,” Kirwin says excitedly. “With the EP, it was really difficult for us to decide which songs to record and it was mostly a decision made on budget than anything else, to just record five tracks. I think it will really feel like the whole picture for us, having the whole collection of songs in one place. That would be awesome.” WHO: The Falls WHAT: Hollywood EP WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 11 August, Hellen RoseSchauersberger Laboratorium; Friday 17, Hi- Fi
egend has it that infamous LA hell-raisers Motley Crue found their guitarist Mick Mars after replying to an overly aggressive ad he’d placed in their local classifieds section. Kim Deal became the Pixies bassist after responding to a classified ad asking for a female musician who liked both Peter, Paul, and Mary and Husker Du. Joining this illustrious trivia night fold are Californian two piece Little Hurricane, who formed after finding each other on Craigslist, realising they lived two blocks from each other and deciding to kick around some blues riffs together. “I was looking for a drummer, mostly because it’s the only thing I don’t play, and all the drummers I wanted were already in bands,” lead singer, guitarist and brains trust Anthony ‘Tone’ Catalano explains down the line from San Diego where Little Hurricane are touring with fellow garage rockers Heartless Bastards. “So I turned to Craigslist and was surprised when I found a female drummer on there. She had an ad posted saying that she was looking for musical projects. I emailed her and we jammed on some music and luckily it clicked.” The drummer that Catalano speaks of here is Celeste “CC” Spina, the mandolin-wielding other half of the Little Hurricane equation. Spina had never played in a band before this project and, as a seasoned musical veteran of many bands himself, Catalano is enjoying the relative austerity of playing in a two piece. “There have been many similarities between myself and CC with musical styles that made this a really easy project to do,” he explains. “It kind of worked well with just the two of us at first so we haven’t added anyone else. I would write songs with my previous band and there would always be different ideas floating around, which can be good for certain situations but mostly just ate up more time and ate into the vision I had for the songs. Now the songs are more simplistic because there’s a lot less people that I have to convince.” As Catalano is implying here, the mechanics of a two-piece band lend themselves to simplicity
and Little Hurricane are a perfect example of this. One look at their YouTube channel will reveal a couple of musicians with great versatility and skill, switching instruments mid song and, whilst they don’t always pitch the note to perfection, the energy of the performance is never compromised. It’s interesting to find that Catalano had very good reason for craving this sense of organised chaos. “When my previous band fizzled apart, I worked for MTV and VHI recording the bands for their awards shows,” he reveals sheepishly. “That filled the time pretty well but I found that most of the time I was making other bands sound better than they were, you know with auto-tune and things like that. It was frustrating to be working on other people’s music and not my own. I can see what’s missing with a lot of acts as far as the honesty and soul of the music goes – as opposed to that perfectly ironed out pop chorus.” Not ones to do things by halves, Little Hurricane have also adopted this old world aesthetic for their live shows, adorning the stage with vintage furniture (complete with built-in speakers), microphones, instruments and lamps. Catalano explains that the idea behind this technique is to create a world for the audience to get lost in. “We like to have the stage set up kind of like a dishevelled living room, which kind of goes along with the sound that we’ve got. We bring a lamp that flickers along with the vibrations of the guitar cabinet, which is the nightstand. I feel like it brings people in and helps to relax the atmosphere of the show, so people can just enjoy themselves.” WHO: Little Hurricane WHAT: Homewrecker (Shock)
KICKING AND SCREAMING The lovechild of Ricky Gervais and Toto would sound something like The Incredible Kicks. Frontman Travis Hair tells Stuart Evans about their “awkward humour”.
ho said you need prescribed or recognised musical training to do well in the music biz? It must be bullshit, right? “No one in this band has had any formal training,” Travis Hair reveals. The Aussie love affair with good ol’ fashioned rock music does not look like abating anytime soon. Of course, it helps to have a charismatic lead vocalist and a decent playlist. And being different from the norm can help, too. Brisbane rockers The Incredible Kicks have it all. With lead vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Travis Hair and a sound akin to a modern day blend of Queen and, err, well – take your pick from a number of Aussie rockers - Cold Chisel, Silverchair, the Oils - the band is more varied than a box of liquorice allsorts. “We get asked to explain what our sound is a lot. I normally say that it’s like pop music but on steroids. Our music is certainly a bit different to what else is out there.” He’s not kidding. The Incredible Kicks are unquestionably rock-oriented but also damn quirky with vocal harmonies, nudges to comedic influences and a bit of alternative pop thrown into the mix. Aside from Hair, the band is a three-man venture that includes Luis Bran (bass, vocals) and Josh Griffin (drums, vocals). So what is driving the current attention focused on the trio? There’s little doubt the boys can play, change tempo, switch from hard to soft rock and back again, and then surprise the audience by slipping into a virtuoso Queen homage. Hair also has a formidable stage presence - he’s charismatic, candid and droll: “We have a lot of fun when making music. We spend a lot of time having fun with rhythms, hammering and making our sound natural and then building many layers into the music.”
Their Fairytales EP, released in August last year, received positive comments, and they’ve responded in typically unconventional style with another, Ineffective Lullabies. Hair is typically witty on the success of Fairytales EP. “I’m just glad it wasn’t rejected,” he laughs. “I can understand how some people would find it difficult to get into our music as there aren’t many others doing what we do. We duck in and out of styles but we
hope to use that to our advantage. It would be good to hear more bands play the kind of music we play.” Their latest effort, Ineffective Lullabies, is an extention in substance, topic and style: it continues with the band’s quirky sound bytes and self-deprecating slant on having a laugh and poking fun at themselves. And as Hair says, it’s very much pop music on steroids (or some kind of enhancement, though since we’re still in Olympic mode steroids might be appropriate). “Yeah, Ineffective Lullabies is really us continuing with much the same sound and style to Fairytales. We derive a lot of pleasure with filling space with sounds.” The band’s quirkiness comes from an equally diverse range of sources: Ricky Gervais and the “awkward humour” of Larry David; add the ‘90s soft-rock Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who has toured as Rihanna’s guitarist, and… Toto. “I like to think we do for music what those Gervais and [Larry] David do for comedy. A lot of what inspires people does not always happen to be in the field that they work.” The future for The Invisible Kicks then looks promising. “We’ve only started to get radio play so it’s difficult for us to measure success. Our last tour was a success and we hope to continue to play at cool festivals to build a circuit and a crowd.” For budding melody makers out there, he has one simple bit of advice: “Writing music and rehearsing is important but making contacts and spending time with family and friends is just as important as actually making music.” WHO: The Incredible Kicks WHAT: Ineffective Lullabies(Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 10 August, Great Northern Hotel; Saturday 11, Roxbury Hotel, Glebe; Friday 17, Yours & Owls, Wollongong; Saturday 18, Hotel Gearin, Katoomba
HOLY HOUSEMATES Sydney three-piece dance/ art/weirdness band Holy Balm have just released their debut album, and Cam Findlay finds out from Emma Ramsay how living in each other’s pockets may lead to good things.
oly Balm are not your usual band. Maybe you could tell that from the name? Hailing from Sydney, the three-piece ride a weird, left-field line between avant-garde sounds and catchy, dancy pop music. Their stage set-up is simple; two keyboards, a few cymbals and drums, the necessary wiring and a penchant for getting zoned into a beat. They’ve been silently building their name in the underground Sydney art and dance scenes, and are now ready to present the country with their debut album It’s You, which bottles up all of that weirdness and pumps it out of your speakers. “Hi, how are you?” comes the affable and friendly voice of Emma Ramsay from her Sydney home. “Thanks for the interview!” Pleasantries aside, Ramsay goes into the process of how they’ve been getting ready for their tour. “We’ve just been working on the songs and kind of organising, I guess,” she explains. “We’ve been getting the songs off the album down pat, and working on a bit of new material as well. It’s all been taking shape over the last few months. All of the material we had for the album, we’ve had for a while, so the set will end up being all the album plus that new material that we’re trying to test out in front of crowds. We started doing demos for the album in about August last year, so those songs we’ve had fully constructed for about a year. Now that the album’s out, we’re just really into developing some new stuff to play every night.” Ramsay is clear that the process of writing and developing material is pretty relaxed, something that could be attributed to the style of music they play, but maybe more to the connection between Ramsay, Anna John and Jonathan Hockman. “We were all living in a sharehouse at one stage,” Ramsay continues. “We were, more or less, just hanging out in our house, playing records and messing around with instruments. That was probably from John; when he moved in, he brought quite a lot of instruments with him. So yeah, we really just went from there. That was quite a while ago now. We started off playing a lot more experimental and thrashy stuff, but we always had this underlying sense of melody that has
become really important in our music now. I guess over the years, the jams just became songs.” Everyone knows spending to much time with your musical co-workers can spell disaster; it seems pretty unusual to see a band that have managed to keep friendship and professionalism central to their work. “I guess it meant that we could create something that was really unique,” Ramsay ponders. “We all came into it with different tastes and interests, but I think we were able to really bring it all together, just from that time we spent hanging out and talking about music. It was about exposing each other to different kinds and eras of music, which was exciting for us, and still is in a lot of ways.” The result is – and forgive this scribe for the overuse of the word – weird. But weird in a good way. Whilst they could easily have their critics, the fact that Holy Balm are creating something wholly unique may be the most exciting part of the group. That does of course mean, though, that putting a pin on what exactly Holy Balm’s music actually is becomes a little difficult. “It’s a tricky one, I guess; if I hear a band that has a whole bunch of references thrown together, it isn’t usually that good,” Ramsay laughs. “For some reason, I think there’s a lot of absorbing and reworking that happens through the band. We all come from visual arts backgrounds, so bringing that aesthetic process into the music just really works for us.” WHO: Holy Balm WHAT: It’s You (Not Not Fun) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 31 August, Goodgod Small Club
THE DRUM MEDIA • 39
SINGLES/EPS WITH ROSS CLELLAND
ON THE RECORD
There’s a pachyderm in the room. And it’s not Tame Impala’s usual obvious debt to Cream and all things psychedelic. Elephant (Modular) is first preview of their October-due album. There seems to be a slightly lighter touch, even if the fuzzy fog is still present. It’s also more rhythmic, if still appearing to have a birthdate around 1971. But they are certainly not Mungo Jerry. For this we are thankful.
Making music that could most probably only come from Melbourne – somewhere north of the river, not far along Sydney Road – Suzie Stapleton plays wiry guitar and intones stories and alley-views that can overwhelm you. There may be pain, or animal longing in her Bring Back The Night (Independent), but that doesn’t stop her from having some humour, as in the other side of this double-a admitting My Cons Are Making A Cripple Out Of Me, even if she is more likely in a pair of patent leather go-go boots. Fraser A. Gorman is another of those Melbourne anomalies. The hipster shirt and carefully dishevelled hair of the cover of his self-titled EP (Milk!) belying a music of purist country, invoking the first Hank Williams, hallowed be thine name. This doesn’t quite show how much of a tribute show this is, but there’s a bit of darkness in a couple of these tunes which might be entirely his own. Compare and contrast with Red Ink, who make indie noise that knows where to leave spaces, has some swing, then a stuttering (again perhaps reggae-influenced) guitar solo, before it wanders out on Euphoria (GaGa Digi). There is something good about finding a band just as honest as Sticky Fingers high on the triple j rotation list. Another with that loose reggae feeling underpinning Caress Your Soul (Independent), which works as pop music, but not the disposable kind. Normally, you’d avoid using terms like ‘resurrection’ when talking about a band with a name like Dead Can Dance. But 17 years is certainly a long time between biers (no, Spellcheck – I did mean ‘bier’, look it up). Amnesia (Liberator) has the downbeat detachment from bands of a certain generation of glacial angst. That said, this is rather good. What apparently passes for new guitar rock in the UK is apparently represented by All The Young. Trouble is, while they’re singing of suburban concerns about trying to talk to that girl while living in a tower block, they just seem all too po-faced about it. I blame Muse, and their ilk, for syphoning the joy from the music while trying to write stadium anthems. Welcome Home (Footstomp) may well be making personal socio-politico statements, but a few more hooks may have aided the cause. See, give me the locals like Day Of The Meerkat, where they happily hold a mirror – and a middle finger – into current musical fashion on Tokyo Black Wolf. They won’t get on the radio like many of the band containing one of those descriptors in the name, but you’d prefer a few beers at the Townie with them rather than someone in correctly skinny jeans. There are those who pronounce Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti as quite the thing. This passionate minority are largely overwhelmed by the wave of indifference from most everyone else. But they will not be denied. A new album in a couple of weeks is cause for some excitement among some I know. It is perhaps unsurprising they find a fairly cheesy soul cover from 1979, Baby (4AD/Remote Control), and make it both smooth and a little disconcerting all at once. And that’s what pop music should be all about, surely? 40 • THE DRUM MEDIA
Brooklyn’s psychedelic pop outfit, Yeasayer, are back with their third (and highly anticipated) album Fragrant World, the follow-up to 2010’s Odd Blood, which first brought them to the attention of the mainstream. Their latest effort is sure to propel them further into music stardom with an addictive collection of catchy riffs and melodies set alongside captivating vocals, all produced by the band themselves and mixed by Dan Carey.
The debut LP from Brisbane’s Kingfisha has been a long time coming for fans of the six-piece reggae/dub band. Three longtime friends and bandmates laid down some demos all the way back in 2004 but it wasn’t until 2008 that the full live band was realised with additional members and an EP recorded live in the studio. Kingfisha have spent the last four years honing their sound and touring up and down the East Coast and on the roots festival circuit, which has only fuelled the anticipatory fire further. After some difficulties with self-production, the appointment of Paulie B (The Beautiful Girls) as producer has seen Kingfisha’s self-titled debut come to fruition.
Opener and best track on the album by far, Fingers Never Bleed, is what Yeasayer do best – synths, marching effects and a melancholic, emotive verse that springs to life when singer Chris Keating’s vocals raise into a pop chorus that lifts the soul. Things move into a more ‘90s R&B vibe for Longevity and the first single released from the album, Henrietta, offers a funked up love song that sinks into a haunting breakdown with beautifully harmonised vocals as Keating sings: “Oh Henrietta/We can live on forever.” Demon Road is another outright winner, taking inspiration from the likes of Erasure with a simple beat, quirky sounds and uplifting chorus that gives you shivers and gets stuck in your head. Folk Hero Shtick is taking things to the other end of the scale with folk guitar riffs and strings that sound like they’re straight out of a Simon & Garfunkel number. In contrast, there are some punchier tracks on the album that have a dark, electronic edge including Devil And The Deed, which uses some really interesting synths and computer game-sounding effects and Reagan’s Skeleton. Closer Glass Of The Microscope takes a lead from the ethereal intros of The xx and is the perfect way to finish up. Another big triumph and affirmation that Yeasayer continue to deliver track after perfectly crafted track. Helen Lear
On The Water
Harnessing a little of the synth muscle that fellow Baltimore residents Beach House have tapped into, FutureLIVE Islands’ third record eschews that band’s soaring power for something more restrained. Now a three-piece, there’s little in the way of intricacies or anything that suggests an eye for detail; rather, these songs for the most part grow gently and ride on long, drawn-out synth lines and Samuel T. Herring’s idiosyncratic vocals. Fluctuating between spoken word and a guttural croak, it’s a feature that may polarise listeners but its strength is impossible to ignore. VD
The extended time in the studio and introduction of an outside producer has certainly paid dividends for Kingfisha’s sound. The pristine feel of the record makes each instrument stand clear from the others. This is particularly evident for bassist Shannon Green, whose heavy lines run through this record as the driving force. The overall polish matches perfectly with the sweet soul of vocalist Anthony Forrest. First single and album opener Looking Glass is a highlight with its contemplative theme worked into an easy hook. The soft guitar skank works well under the dub while some minimalist electronics from Michael Howes add depth. The same basic formula is repeated for almost every track on Kingfisha but is never as effective as it is on the first cut. The album is consistent and other tracks do provide good moments, such as the melodica interlude on Let You Know or the weighty chorus vocals on Your Welcome, yet it feels that more could be done with their sound. The slowed tempo and atmospherics of Wise Up provides a glimpse into what can be produced when Kingfisha move beyond their established formula. All the elements are there. If Kingfisha are willing to extend their musical limits they will be a very successful band.
A blueprint for the remainder of On The Water, the self-titled opener rises slowly with a pulsing bass and a drum machine kicking out the most basic of beats. Then Herring weighs in, spitting out syllables on life and loving nothing, to life and loving something, and it’s intensely compelling. First single Before The Bridge is a throwback of sorts to the dancefloor of the ‘80s, while follower The Great Fire sees a splendid contribution from Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner. The serve and return that the two engage in, like a call across a canyon, perfectly encapsulates the album’s pervading theme of love and the myriad questions it throws up. After several plaintive, emotionally-charged tracks, the energy of Before The Bridge returns with Close To None and second single Balance, but the thread of Herring’s arresting vocals holds it all together. On The Water requires complete submission from listeners; if you don’t buy into the theatre of Herring’s vocals and the emotiveness of the music, you’ll miss the point entirely. But for those who give it their all, a truly great record awaits.
And certainly more dancey than the usual local model, Knife Party make music for an international audience. Bonfire (Neon) is all ragga skanking and toasting, which fizzes against a wall of treated noise, and what could be a sample of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. It’s not a distinctive music, but it is well-constructed, and may well be a successful one. Reggae flavours seem a little more natural when emitted from New Zealand, rather than the ganja-smoked streets of Melbourne. Katchafire started life as a Marley tribute band – the churlish may argue ‘isn’t that every reggae band?’ – but they lope through Irie (Lion House) in the manner that shows respect and ability. There might even be some reggae-ish rhythms beneath the psych echoes of Animal Collective’s Today’s Supernatural (Domino). There is still that odd semi-conscious urgency to it, which is both insistent and a little unnerving.
Returning after an even longer hiatus – unless you were a regular reader of the New Weekly social pages – The Veronicas’ Lolita (Warner) is more programmed beeps than the guitars trying hard not to be polite we’re used to. But the title alone - rightly or wrongly – pushes it to a prurient territory too often inhabited by girls who can’t quite work out that there’s a difference between ‘femme fatale’ and ‘mole’. Haven’t seen the obligatory video yet, but it still seems a bit corporate, and designed by the males in the boardroom.
English songstress Liz Green has delivered a melting pot of warm, rich styles and influences in her eagerly-anticipated debut, O, Devotion!, producing a simply delightful listening experience that takes you on a voyage through time and genres.
The first half of The Offspring’s Days Go By is as good as any recent release from their ‘90s punk alumni: Pennywise, NOFX, Green Day, Bad Religion et al. It’s a throwback to Ignition (1992) and Smash (1994) without surrendering to nostalgia. Contemporising their sound, along the way they add crunching melodic guitars and a previously ignored social conscience, delivered with a newfound sense of urgency.
Local self-proclaimed grunge pop duo Tiny Spiders have grown from strength to strength after what feels like a very short period. Not surprising seeing the pedigree of guitarist Innez Tulloch (Feathers, Pastel Blaze) and Cameron Smith (Ghost Notes, Mt Augustus, Tape/Off) and the energetic live shows they have spewed forth over the past year. Now after a couple of single releases comes their eponymous debut, and it’s just as energetic, frenetic and schizophrenic as could be possibly dreamt for.
Days Go By
From the get-go it’s clear that O, Devotion! is a well-considered and soundly constructed album. The background collaboration on opener, Hey Joe, between the slow fingerpicking of a guitar, the low, smooth tone of a trumpet and the ever lower, throbbing pulse of a tuba, is a perfect backdrop for Green’s measured and dominant vocals. Infusing elements of jazz, soul, folk and blues throughout the album, Green successfully manages to avoid pigeonholing herself as a run-of-the-mill female folk singer, the fate of many female singers over the past few years. Most songs on Green’s debut are stripped bare, highlighting her extraordinarily rich vocals. The melody within each song is created through Green’s voice rather than the music scores, which play on loop as cute, constant backdrops. Whilst it’s a move that truly does place the stress on Green’s talent, on tracks like Luis, the repetitious nature of the guitar fingerpicking can become a little distracting. Bad Medicine, a track debuted by Green in 2007, fits well within the other 11 tracks on O, Devotion!, suggesting that the rest of the album was constructed around the sound and style of the single that won Green the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. As the saying goes, ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and it was a solid move by Green to focus on the strength of this sole track to provide inspiration for the album. A delightful and enchanting debut. Cate Summers
Six tracks in, however, it takes a turn for the worse. Crusin’ California references 2Pac’s California Love and Katy Perry’s California Girls in more than just title. Exploiting Auto-Tuned vocals and callow lyricism, it’s satirically kitsch. Forty-six year old vocalist Dexter Holland off-puttingly sings about “g-strings” and “bumpin’ trunks” and like Pretty Fly For A White Guy 14 years prior, it slides into novelty rank and rarely overcomes it. OC Guns is shamelessly ‘90s and similarly polarising. Borrowing the offbeat guitar rhythms of the third wave ska craze with nu-metal-like turntable scratching, Holland sings a verse in Spanish, matched by a suitably Mariachi horn section. The song, indicative of much of the band’s later career, is out of place and whimsically deviates from the serious to the dismissive in a number of minutes. The track Days Go By suspiciously sounds like Foo Fighters’ Times Like These. Borrowing the opening riff and lyrical themes, it’s an audacious inclusion. So too Dirty Magic, a re-recording of a track penned 20 years ago. Days Go By, recorded around touring commitments, sounds as staggered and sporadic as the time taken to record it. For a ninth full-length release, it’s unconvincing, with a closing 20 minutes disconnecting any prior momentum. What could have been a career defining statement instead succumbs to style over substance. Brendan Hitchens
Opening with a squall of obnoxious noise, the album erupts into Shadows, a rocking number that could be classified as indie pop if it wasn’t so loud. This is Tiny Spiders’ calling card, and is the inherent constant across the rest of the album. This mood is maintained on Roger Roger, Tulloch’s guitar bursting out of the speakers. Hooks are rife on Shoot The Rainbow Rays Out and fun closer Big News, whilst elsewhere are instrumentals in the form of the batshit Fresh Pots and meltdowninducing Blurst, and slower moments on Young Swans and Midnight Movie. In fact, although the raucous numbers aim for scoring your next bulb-and-bathroom demolition soiree, it’s these tempered numbers that truly impress and create a vacuum necessary to allow the duo’s scuzzy aesthetics to explode with all the more fury. Tiny Spiders is a deceptive album in that it succeeds through its simplistic mission statement, yet the interplay between Tulloch and Smith combined with succinct songwriting and adoration of the volume knob ensures that this is no happy accident. A better pop record that requires earplugs is yet to be made in 2012. Brendan Telford
THE MODERN CONGRESS
Weightless are a young band who are still finding their feet and that shows in their debut, Self-Adjustment. However, rather than trying to cover up their weaknesses through production tricks and techniques, the Adelaide band have stripped back to the basics and created an insightful and brutally honest album. All eight tracks reflect a clear, childish innocence through the band’s lyrics and melodies. The intrinsic guitar lines that nurse each track on Self-Adjustment are so delicate that they appear to only just be holding each song together. From opening track, Anxious In A Crowd, it is clear that there is no whitewashing over the little bumps and rivets within the album. It is the intention of the band for us to hear every slight guitar line, to clearly experience raw and at times strained vocals and to be guided through each song by clean, understated drumbeats. SelfAdjustment is an interesting and refreshing debut because the band was bold enough to highlight their vulnerability and inexperience through their untreated, clean songs. Weightless have great potential. The short but sweet Life Abroad is a stunningly simple composition of uplifting harmonies and graceful guitar work. Similarly, Holding On, though unadorned, is a well-considered track with perfectly executed control. Summer Of John is another example of a musical composition that has been developed with a maturity beyond that expected from such a young band. The rawness of the vocals throughout Self-Adjustment does get a little trying at times, and it is clear that the stronger talent within the band lies in the expert musical talents of the guitarists and drummer. However this does not affect the endearing quality to what is an impressive debut. Cate Summers
Ben Salter moved to Melbourne from Brisbane with the intention of searching out his craft and letting it grow organically. Yet the workhorse found himself playing up to seven shows weekly in no time, and the fruits of such labour are evident on Live At Bar Nancy.
The omniscient Tim Rollinson is the figurehead behind The Modern Congress, a musical collective made up of Australia’s finest session musicians. The Protagonist is the 11th studio album that the DIG (Directions In Groove) founding guitarist has played a big part in writing and producing, not to mention the additional 20-odd recordings he has featured on. However, while many have revered the virtuoso for his jazz collaborations, this album delves into a musical realm so expansive that to confine it to a single genre would be an injustice to the whole production. Instead, what’s prominent throughout is an inherent maturity, a suave, urban thread that weaves throughout the entire collection.
Alpine know how to stick to a theme when it’s working. From their first EP Zurich (and early band name Swiss) they’ve referenced wintery European ideas and sounds, creating a coolly-detached image that blogs and radio have eaten up, and A Is For Alpine is no radical departure.
Live At Bar Nancy
Recorded over three sets on a hot February evening at the titular Northcote haunt, the 26 tracks on offer cover the breadth of Salter’s prolific songwriting as well as expertly tracking his influences. Every song from solo record The Cat is present, the plaintive recordings adding resonance to excellent tracks West End Girls, So Tired Tonight and Opportunities in particular. A few Gin Club compositions float to the fore, from obvious additions Drug Flowers and Wylde Bitch to a fun Gas Guzzler. There are a plethora of covers present also – Salter’s affinity with DIY masters Guided By Voices is evident from Teenage FBI, whilst rustic renditions of songs by the likes of Sam Cooke, Neil Young, John Prine and The Velvet Underground elevate themselves above the standard corner pub offerings into something of great love, care and affection. The power of this recording is that it strips away peripheral elements and shines a harsh light on Salter’s lyrics – with incredibly affirming results. Evocative, rousing, acerbic and hypnotic, Salter not only has a way with words, but happily and effectively inhabits others’. It’s also proof of how strong Salter has become without an engine room behind him to provide the requisite heft and bluster. His voice soars, especially on Wylde Bitch and staple Smokey Robinson ode Tracks Of My Tears, which has never sounded stronger or more impassioned. Brendan Telford
It’s important to point out that while this record is peppered with contemporary licks and experimental drum patterns, it is one of sophisticated finesse that requires attuning to a mature ear. The melodies are mellow and undemanding yet dignified in the obvious artistry of the collaborators. It’s for this reason that Mesquite is a fitting opener and an exemplar of the overall sound. The worldly beats both haunt and sooth in the same way Gotye channelled new wave experimentalism. Justified invites vocalist Linda Janssen, who sings with wounded, emotive precision, while Tina Harrod enchants with an impossibly high vocal register in Little Man, Big Man against a backdrop of delicate keys and addictive groove. The hazy beats and earthy rhythms drift in and out without fuss, making the record a compelling listen. This is best found in the instrumental tunes, such as Mesquire, Peaceniks, and the title track. The album is likely to strike a chord with the esoteric jazz crowd; however it’s also filled with universal tones that will invite listeners from far and wide.
A Is For Alpine
The first two tracks, Lovers and Lovers 2, lead the listener down a rabbit hole of icily pretty, strippedback pop music. Next up is the weightier Hands, which builds and drops with layered vocals and synth melding effortlessly with empty space. The middle of the album however suffers from a lack of ideas as well as hooks. It feels like every guitar line and drumbeat is on its tiptoes, trying to match singers Lou James and Phoebe Baker’s ethereal, indistinct vocals, which robs the tracks like Softsides and Seeing Red of most of their bite. Singles Gasoline and Too Safe manage to rise out of the haze of chilled out atmospherics and breathy vocals: the former with an insistent beat and vocal that’s immediate and catchy, and the latter with sharp, repetitive guitar. Into The Wild gives hints at something a little different, using more forceful rhythms to inject some welcome fun into their sound. This lighter, more energetic tone continues on The Vigour, completely with frantic handclaps, before Multiplication carries the album out on some more gentle, frost covered electro-pop. A Is For Alpine is an assured and polished debut, but it feels like the band is a little too comfortable in this sound, and that a little more experimentation might lift the whole album to the level of their killer singles. Madeleine Laing
L2 Kings Cross Hotel
Wednesday August 8
Friday August 10
Saturday August 11
THE FOLK INFORMAL: BONEZ + POCKET OF STONES + DAN CRESTANI + THE BELLE HAVENS
MUM & FBi Social present
THE BELLIGERENTS + CONICS + WOLFWOLF + TOM LARK
GO HERE GO THERE
+ ELI WOLFE
HEY GERONIMO + BEARHUG + CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS + JEREMY NEALE (VELOCIRAPTOR) + THE WALKING WHO + LIME CORDIALE + PRIVATE LIFE + THNKR + CORPUS + THE RUMINATERS + BLACK ZEROS + ACTOR SLASH MODEL + THE CHITTICKS + POLOGRAPHIA DJ SET + MUM DJs
8pm // $10 at the door
9pm // $15 for FBi Social & World Bar
6pm // $10 at the door
Thursday August 9 LEROY LEE (EP LAUNCH) + SUI ZHEN
8pm // $10 + bf from Oztix // $10 at the door
HANDS UP! “THROW DOWN TIL YOU THROW UP” DJ’S STAGGMAN & CLOCKWERK 11:30pm to the Death // FREE THE DRUM MEDIA • 41
THE HEAVY SHIT KOBRA & THE LOTUS
Ah it’s nearly Soundwave announcement time again and SW mainman AJ Maddah has been teasing everyone via his tweeting account like only he can, promising that the next eight-nine months will be the best for a long time for metal fans everywhere. I do know that in the first SW announce fans of stoner, death, hardcore and doom will be pretty happy! That’s all I’m saying till it’s official.
I love Drum Clinics, being a relatively competent but out of action drummer myself I always like to watch the pro’s show off in front of their fan boys. Most of the time they are great and drummers are always the comedian of the band (anyone remember Listen With Nicko?). The next major one featuring a metal powerhouse is happening in September and is with Daray of Dimmu Borgir. Queue lots of blasting and kick work but remember kids, it’s not always about who’s the fastest, groove and feel is ultimately what makes a player. Daray will be making four stops around the State beginning with The Basement in Canberra on Wednesday 19 September, and Thursday 20 at Allan’s Billy Hyde in Newcastle. Both events are 10 bucks in or $15 if you want the meet’n’greet. Gosford will get a turn on Friday 21 (venue TBC) before the grand finale Masterclass at Venom on Saturday 22. Both of these shows are $15 in or $20 for the shake and fake.
KOBRA & THE LOTUS
Canadian metal torchbearers Kobra & The Lotus have signed to Simmons Records (yes, Gene’s) and will release their debut album on Friday via Spinefarm/Universal. It’s a momentous occasion for stunning vocalist Kobra Paige, marking a significant step in her quest to front a powerful world-renown Priest-like metal band.
This is a final shout to go and vote for Michele Madden to be crowned Miss Inked 2013 – do a search for it on Facebook and you’ll find it easily enough. If you made it to the Sando the other week for her final residency and Blackie’s album launch, you probably enjoyed it as much as I did! Michele also has some long awaited news on the Meldrum front. In the wake of Michelle Meldrum’s passing a few years ago, Ms Madden teamed up with Laura, Christine, Fried and the atomic clock, my old mate Gene Hoglan to record a tribute album to her. This will be released shortly via Reversed Records. Michele now heads into the studio to get stuck into the Saint Cecilia record. The workaholic known as Johnathan Devoy released Agree To Disagree from his debut solo album Mourning Sunshine last week via iTunes and it reached #1 after two days which is a killer result and likely down to you lot reading my bullshit (yeah sure) and helping the brother out! Mourning Sunshine was released Friday 3 August via RTD Records.
kicking off the night are the awesomely named, death metal mad men of Lower Back Problems.
LORD you get a very kick ass local line up that begins with To The Grave, Abacination, Born Of Chaos and Not Another Sequel, Just Another Prequel before imports Widow The Sea (Qld) and Electrik Dynamite (Vic) have a go. The final four are no strangers to town with Katabasis, As Silence Breaks and Darker Half all setting the mood for LT and the guys. Tickets are available now and are $21.50. 18 and over, sorry kids. As usual, there’s a huge amount of fun to be had around town this week:
PUNKS GET PUTINED
Last year, comedian Wil Anderson started including a hilarious segment into The Gruen Transfer looking at the ways the advertising world sells us stuff based on his perception of how the then Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, would react to whatever was the theme of that week’s show. Billed as “What Would Putin Do?”, Russia’s equivalent to our own would-be leader, Tony “Iron Man” Abbott would parade around shirtless and flexing his buff bod. Of course the reality is that life in Russia under Putin isn’t much more democratic than it was under his former chiefs in the KGB and, as it happens, that reality could see three young women facing lengthy jail terms. Why? And what’s that got to do with Wake The Dead’s punk ethos? The three women are members of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot. Their crime? Late in February, they went into Moscow’s Christ The Saviour Cathedral accompanied by some journalists and broke into an area reserved for the priests. They then pulled brightly coloured balaclavas over their heads and danced around wildly for about a minute. Their performance was filmed and spliced into a video they made for a song they’d recorded urging people not to vote for Putin in the upcoming Presidential election. Putin of course won that election and everybody who disagreed with, or in this case embarrassed, Putin have felt the full ire of the country’s law courts. The Pussy Riot trio, currently awaiting trial and sentencing, are facing a possible seven years in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hate”. As grumpy as some of our favourite punks might get, at least they have the freedom to make their grievances public without fear or favour. Wonder if there’s an online Pussy Riot support site? 42 • THE DRUM MEDIA
Venom have lined up a ridiculously good night out featuring The Eradicated, Sanctum, Truth Corroded and the unchallenged (in my mind) Ouroboros. The live line-up alone is enough to pack the place out but they’ve also got album launches for those Finnish Vodka lovers Korpiklaani and A Hero A Fake. Plus they’re having a bit of a pre tour party for Slash with a tonne of Gunners action and a double pass to his upcoming show to be won. The Valve backs up for another night with ErkStock which is doubling as a birthday party for Erk. It’s 10 bucks on the door and rocks from 4pm till midnight with Belle & Her Ghetto Rockers opening the stage followed by Smokin’ Mirrors, Vanity Riots, Hard As Nails, Gutter Tactic, Empirical and Foundry Road all following suit.
After a three month delay The Coffins Slave are back on deck with a shitload of new vinyl with everything from Burzum and Aura Noir to stuff like Hirax and Bolt Thrower. If you spend over $120 with them via their dot com site, you’ll get free shipping too!
THURSDAY Keeping the pub scene alive one gig at a time, Urban Guerillas, The Browny Show and Steph Miller’s Winterstation play the front bar at Newtown’s Union Hotel between 8-11pm. For free!
Canberra will be crushed under the weight of all the drone, dissonance and psychedelia pouring out of The Pot Belly Bar this evening. Opening the gates of hell will be local bands The Reverend Jesse Custer and newcomers, Canon. Then it’s the tech/ prog/grind of Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt and the hypersexualised, sludge grind of Battle Pope before once again everyone’s guts churn to Space Bong’s every drawn out note. $10 from 7pm.
I’ve been keeping an eye on those Lord guys all week and watching enviously as they post pix of their beers with German and Czech buildings in the background…Pricks, Ha Ha. They will be back home by the time they read this and will be busy prepping for their 20 date Aus’/NZ tour in support of their upcoming Digital Lies release. The dates you need to know about include Friday 14 September at The Patch, Saturday 15 at The Stag, Saturday 29 September at The Basement in Canberra, Saturday 24 November at Night Train in Broken Hill and Saturday 8 December at Wagga’s Home Tavern.
The Stag date on Saturday 15 September I just mentioned is more than a Lord gig, although they will be headlining it. It’s Spring Loaded 2012 and is more or less a warm up to the Whiplash Festival coming in October. Kicking off at 4pm
Psychedelic droners, Adrift For Days are holding a free showcase of their newie, the 71 minute mammoth effort, Come Midnight, (which is streaming now via the Art As Catharsis site) tonight at the Lansdowne Hotel. Go see them destroy the place with subsonic frequency along with We Lost The Sea, Summonus and SA’s unrelenting Space Bong. Should death be more your vibe, then head to the Valve Bar where the blokes at Grindhead Records have arranged a line up like only they can. Canberra’s brutal Cannibal Corpse inspired goresters, Tortured headline while perverted nutters Granny Fist launch their DVD and Burial Chamber debut a new axe wielder. Meel, who feature two Mother Eel members introduce some grind to the picture and
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METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC
First up this week, the punk rock world lost a legend when it was announced last week that the enigmatic frontman of No Use For A Name, Tony Sly, had passed away at the age of 41. At the time of writing, there was no information as to how exactly Sly had died, however our condolences go out to his family, band and friends. Sly’s label Fat Wreck posted a message last Thursday stating, “It is with great sorrow that we must say goodbye to Tony Sly of No Use For A Name. We received a call earlier today of his passing, and are devastated. We have lost an incredible talent, friend and father – one of the true greats.” Fat Mike of NOFX added, “One of my dearest friends and favourite songwriters has gone way too soon. Tony, you will be greatly missed.” Hopefully some more information as to what happened will make its way to us soon, but in the meantime play some NUFAN records, have a sing along and reconnect with those songs that so many of us grew up with. You’ve probably read me say time and time again how amazing The Broderick’s recently released debut album, Free To Rot, Free Of Sin, is. So far, it’s my Australian release of 2012 and is definitely up there in my top five of the year so far. Now Sydneysiders get the chance to see this new material performed live with the band heading here in a couple of weeks with fellow Melbourne hardcore act Colossus. If you get down to Hermann’s Bar on Saturday 18 August, there will be an 18+ show with Thorns and Outsiders Code. Then on Sunday 19 August, there will be a show at the Patch in Wollongong also with Thorns, Outsiders Code and Graves. If you haven’t already checked out the album, there are still a number of copies of the record available through the Dead Souls online store. I’m not sure how much bigger Frank Turner can get, but one thing I am sure of is that not so long after playing a sold-out show at Wembley Arena (probably the biggest show of his career to date), Turner backed it up and outdid that performance in the massive stakes by playing the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games. Playing with an expanded version of his band The Sleeping Souls, Turner was selected by artistic director of the ceremony, Danny Boyle (director of such films as Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and Sunshine) to play three songs as a part of the event to an estimated audience of almost 200,000 people in the stadium, over two nights of rehearsals and the opening night itself. Frank said of the event, “Being
It’s Sydney Rock N Roll & Alternative Market time again! Come to the Manning House at Sydney Uni and peruse the stalls for all kinds of garb and lifestyle products. Yes, I am once again flogging off a bunch of cheap metal and rock CDs too so come and finance my daughter’s next term at school. Live music on the day by Spurs For Jesus, The Drey Rollan Band, Jordan C. Thomas Trio plus the Shake Rattle & Roll DJs Brian & Rod Almighty, The Crimplenes and more… After that, head down the road to The Stag where Melody Black will be launching their wicked cover of Ballroom Blitz. Joining them are Melbourne’s Mercy Kills who are also launching their new EP, the gothtastic True Love Chaos and heavy hitters The Tenth Circle. Doors at 8pm.
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FRANK TURNER asked to play the Opening Ceremony was something I never imagined was going to happen in my wildest most feverish dreams; but the fact that Danny Boyle asked me personally, as a fan, convinced me to do it. It’s a pretty terrifying prospect, but I’m secretly pretty happy to be part of it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
Australia, and the news is that they will be heading back to our shores for a run of shows this October. The tour is in support of the band’s most recent album, What Happens In Hell, Stays In Hell, out now through Hellcat Records. Tickets are on sale now for an 18+ show at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on Friday 5 October.
Thanks to UNFD, punk rock supergroup OFF! are giving their self-titled debut album a local release on both vinyl and CD. An Australian limited edition white pressing of their now sold-out LP is available to order through the UNFD online store due to ship at the end of August, while the CD is available now. Don’t forget that OFF! will be playing all dates on the 2013 Big Day Out, along with Every Time I Die and others.
Stay tuned next week, as the Soundwave 2013 lineup is set to hit the interwebs as early as this Wednesday if all goes to plan. That’s when festival head honcho, AJ Maddah, announced on Twitter that he hopes to release the bulk of the lineup details, with tickets to be released Wednesday 15 August. This is the tenth year of the festival and it’s set to have even higher calibre international acts than ever before, with a second announcement of Australian bands and local openers to follow in the coming months. Already announced, of interest to this column, have been Cancer Bats and Of Mice & Men.
If you haven’t already bought your tickets to the September shows where The Amity Affliction will be launching their new album, Chasing Ghosts, I strongly suggest you get in quick smart as tickets to the first show on Saturday 29 September are all gone. Luckily a second and final Sydney show has been announced for Sunday 30. It too will be at the Big Top and tickets are on sale now. Amity are of course joined by The Ghost Inside, Architects and Buried In Verona, and this is the last show that will be announced for any of the cities. Once the tickets are gone, they are all gone! This is a bit of old news that just missed last week’s column, but I’m pretty excited about it so thought I might mention it anyway. It has been a while since Danish-American psychobilly act Nekromantix last hit
Last up this week, Rolling Stone magazine has premiered a new, animated video from Social Distortion that is blowing my mind right now. The track, Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown, features some amazing tattoostyle graphics that perfectly suit the band, its influences and aesthetic. The track is taken from their brilliant 2011 album, Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes. If you head on over to the Rolling Stone website, you can check out the video and read some awesome background information about how the video came together in the first place.
BEBOP & ROCKSTEADY Rap’s comeback in 2012 is undoubtedly the success story of the year, with a number of really creative and interesting MCs all coming to the fore to discuss a bit of everything and a whole lot of nothing. Later this year, the exciting duo of Blu & Exile will make a comeback of sorts with Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them, which is actually a polished version of the record Blu leaked late last year. Some will miss the raw, unfinished vibes but for those discovering it for the first time, this may be the antidote to those Below The Heavens withdrawals they’ve been feeling for some six or more years. Look out for a nice box set version. A guest on that record is none other than Homeboy Sandman, who, as intelligent as he is, also feels like rap sometimes doesn’t have to be about anything at all. He put out a song about buying his second EP for Stones Throw, Chimera, when it came out and references Mario Brothers and birth control in his new single, What You Want From Me. It’s anyone’s guess how his album, First Of A Living Breed, will sound, with the precursors being at times pretty weird but lyrically, a very enjoyable listen. He has the ability to sound very monotonous but his use of other wordplay patterns than just rhyming is really what sets him apart. His labelmates Strong Arm Steady have a newie out too called Stereotype. Helmed by producer Statik Selektah, the LP was introduced with a free five-track download that really highlighted the album’s funkier bits. On the whole it’s a dirty affair but the beats knock so hard, the MCing sometimes just serves as the icing on the cake without having to listen too closely to what’s being said. A ‘proper’ rap record, Stereotype is a great collection of gritty urban stories with a bunch of characters that treads the line between classic throwback samplebased hip hop and more contemporary obtuse styles. Speaking of which, Nas has done a mostly okay job with his new record. I’m particularly feeling the Mary J Blige and Amy Winehouse collaborative songs and the Massive Attack remix of The Don is absolutely superb. And if none of the above suit you then you’ll probably love ASAP Rocky’s new one, Pussy Money Weed. Out of all of this rap renaissance it’s also great to see the producers getting some shine and I would expect some really big stuff from Hudson Mohawke in the months to come. His TNGHT project with Lunice is really quite stunning and signals a changing of the guard for how these UK and European
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BLU & EXILE producers can really cross over to the US. If you haven’t got it yet, you really should get it now. Pursuit Grooves has a brand new project called 91 Fellows, which debuts on Deepblack Recordings this month. Though the label is more known for its house leanings, the 91 Fellows project is very moody and soundscapey with some great remixes coming from Afrikan Sciences and Aybee (taking care of the more 4/4 stuff). Vanese Smith is always making interesting sounds and while this one is a little deeper, it fits very well into the whole catalogue. Elsewhere on the house tip, Matt Flores’ new EP for Room With A View is, as one would expect from the label, a sublime outing of great deep, paddy house. Matt Flores has been making great music for as long as I can remember, going back to 2003 with his wonderful Metaworld album and single, Let’s Save Butter. Falty DL is another artist who has stayed active for a long time but it’s his newest stuff for Ninja Tune that could well be his best. When he does ‘proper’ house music, he really nails it and the current single, Hardcourage, represents those incredible early-‘90s warehouse vibes down to a tee!
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It’s always easier to be nice about someone when they’re dead. Especially if they died young. This means that some eulogies are best taken with a grain of salt. Not so for Hunter, a legend of Australian hip hop who died in 2011. After his passing the tributes flowed in. We had never met him but, as outside observers, it seems that his loss was a profound to friends and loved ones. It was certainly a loss we should acknowledge as a culture as particularly tragic. Vale.
I’m a big fan of providing shows for music fans of all ages, as you may have noticed, and it’s with that in mind that I organised an all ages show this week at Blackwire Records. I won’t bang on about it too much, but I will tell you this much: Crouching 80s Hidden Acronym are playing and they rule ridiculous amounts, Nick Van Breda is playing a banjo like a champ, it’s all ages and only $5 – bargain!
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hunter’s death, an assortment of Hunter’s friends – all kings of the scene in their own right – are putting on a weekend of rap music and AFL footy. On 20 October it’s the rap show as Hunter’s clique, SBX, are out in full force: Drapht, Dazastah, Layla and Optamus. Funkoars are playing a set. Brad Strut is playing a set. Koolism. Dedlee. Boney & Stoney. Mass MC. Trem is DJing. All of those sentences could have finished with five exclamation points and it wouldn’t have added enough emphasis. This show is, literally, one of the greatest line-ups of Australian rappers ever assembled. If you want in, book your flights. The show’s at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, 57 Swan Street in Richmond. If you are heading down, remember to hang around for the footy the next day. Two teams are playing, all made up of rappers and rap fans. The Eastside Kings are taking on the Westside Warriors. It’s at Glenferrie Oval, 34 Linda Crescent in Hawthorn. Entry’s free, but bring a donation. All proceeds are going to the Make A Wish Foundation. It’s classy, exciting stuff, but it’s no classier or more exciting than Hunter’s memory deserves.
I’m really excited this week, because I’ve got an awesome gig to share with our southern, Canberran compatriots! On Saturday evening Woden Youth Centre are holding a massive gig that’s picked up the crème of the young hardcore crop from all over NSW. It only costs 10 bones, kicks off at 6pm and features When Giants Sleep, Snakepit, The Sweet Apes, Perspectives and Cold Youth.
We’ve said it before and you’ve thought it before: making good music does not make you a good person. Often the opposite is true. Observe: name three rappers whose music you love who you would legitimately like to sit down and spend time with. Nice guys in local rap crews whose hands you’ve shaken after shows don’t count (because, of course, they weaken our argument). But you take our point: being a good musician is not the same thing as being good. It is often very, very different. Jay Z is a case in point. As a person, he somehow manages to combine being boring and irritating. He wrote Black Republican in 2006 and followed up by explaining he was “part of the reason our president is black” a couple years later. That second reference was of course to Obama, a Democrat. Anyway, we are set
HUNTER to have a further window in Hova’s dark, boring soul as he takes on the role of executive producer (ha) of a video game (haha). It’s a basketball game called NBA 2K13. And guess who put together the boring playlist? Our host. Phoenix anyone? Viva La Vida? Post-1991 U2? How about Hov’s worst single Run This Town? Jeez, he even has bad taste in his own music. Back in the booth with you, Jay! No more of this silliness! Major Lazer’s Free the Universe will be with us on 6 November. This is, of course, just in time for Antipodean Summer. Expect to hear all tracks a million times before 1 March 2013. Expect to love most of them. One track that will make the album has already been released. It’s called Get Free and it features Amber Coffman from Dirty Projectors. It is a very good song, with an incredible clip. There’s less daggering than you might expect from the Lazers, but still well worth your time. Lil B is out to prove that rap is the easiest genre of all. How productive – how prodigious – can one man be? Another mixtape is upon us. It’s called Obama Basedgod and it’s filled with spruiking for a second term for the current president. Lol B?
BREAKDOWN The MTV Video Music Awards has announced nominees for this year’s US edition to be held in September. As usual, the list of names has been met with knowing nods and shrugs; Rihanna, Katy Perry, Drake, and so go the charts. The category of Best New Artist, however, has had a few calling a shift in the culture of pop music, including, according to The New York Times’ Arts Beat column last week, some of the program directors of the awards. Exactly which names are causing this (quite possibly publicity-chasing) observation doesn’t exactly read as a ticking bomb in the centre of commercial arts practice. On the list are Carly Rae Jepsen, fun., Frank Ocean, One Direction and The Wanted. Separately, each act can have its place in the category justified in terms of sales, radio play and worldwide reach. Separately, too, the song each act is nominated for can be easily traced to ongoing trends in pop music, which is to say that none have exactly struck out on their own and found success with wildly different sounds to those already in the pop consciousness. Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe, with its string-aping synthesisers, followed a line of pop songs utilising synth-string sections, including Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream album, which itself was largely informed by Swedish producers trading on an indie zeitgeist of washy production and orchestral chorus sweeps. One Direction, more than being a boy-band comeback, have followed the same path from Swedish production house to American charts by incorporating elements of ‘90s pop-punk (now old enough to be a new teen discovery) and even chillwave. Fun.’s We Are Young is from the post-MGMT school, while Frank Ocean’s Swim Good furthered Kanye West’s interest in gothic electronica, at the time of the song’s appearance (early 2011) gaining popularity via witchhouse. The Wanted – well, they’ve benefited from both the talk of a boy-band revival and from the ubiquitous amalgamation of rave and vocal-heavy pop on the radio. When you take the origins of these acts as a whole, it’s a pretty good picture of how pop music works. Sounds and aesthetics get introduced to radio playlists slowly; one act has some success with a song that fits the radio format but has been tweaked with a sound not yet heard on the radio (influenced often by something else happening outside radio’s awareness) and they will be followed by another act furthering 44 • THE DRUM MEDIA
POP CULTURE THERAPY WITH ADAM CURLEY
For those of you further north (I haven’t forgotten about you), the spritely young whippets in Snakadaktal – that band that bossa nova’d the triple j Unearthed High competition a year or so ago – are playing an all ages show at the Metro on Saturday night, where they’ll be joined by Sures and Fishing. Remember the chat last week about the upcoming Indent Music Workshop tour? Well you guys are really in for a treat now, and spoiled for choice… You see, the Indent tour is visiting regional centres through out early August (remember to check indent.net.au for dates and locations near you) and after it wraps up the Australian Youth Music Council are holding their own workshop in Armidale on August 25. Like their recent workshop in Wollongong, it will focus on the possibilities for a career in music. It runs from 12-5pm at the Old Teachers College in Armidale, and is free, but get online at aymc.org.au to register and find out more. UK band Heights have been getting to know our fine country from the seat of a van as they travelled these last few weeks on tour. With a few shows left on the tour (including a killer all ages gig in Frenches Forest with The Sweet Apes, Perspectives, Stand For The Fallen and Elegist supporting), we lined up vocalist Alex Monty, for a bit of a chat.
Along with Canadian alt-soulster The Weeknd, Ocean has pioneered a genre OG is dubbing illwave – a sublime, sometimes even sinister, urban variant on chillwave. Illwave taps into Sade’s quiet storm, Timbaland’s experimental R&B, and James Blake’s nightbus.
PURITY RING that sound. Soon enough, that sound is a ‘pop sound’. But that isn’t to say there’s a formula. As much as all the acts on MTV’s Best New Artist list have been backed by teams of industry professionals and by large sums of money, each has fought their own battle to occupy a unique space on the pop landscape. Jepsen is comparatively old for a female pop singer at 26, having gone at it for years following a place in the finals of Canadian Idol in 2007. Fun.’s hit was the success of their label, Fueled By Ramen, who nurtured them and pushed them into radio programmers’ hands as they did Fall Out Boy and Paramore, also unlikely hit-makers. There was never any guarantee of American attention for a British act like One Direction, nor of mainstream attention for Frank Ocean, an R&B singer seemingly uninterested in writing songs with the bpm rate of a radio hit. The Wanted – well, their battle was perhaps against being so generic that they could have fallen into a pit of apathy were publicity dollars not hurled at media fast and hard enough. They are, in this scenario, the odd one out, the group at the latter end of a pop-music trend’s life. The current scale could be set with The Veronicas’ latest single, Lolita, at the almost-dead end and Purity Ring’s album, Shrines (4AD/Remote Control), near the beginning of a new fascination with garage and trip-hop beats. But it is right to say that the MTV’s Best New Artist list signifies a shift in pop music culture – because pop music is always shifting by increments, fuelled by commerce, yes, but if you look closely enough, also by ideas.
HEIGHTS For the uninitiated, what can you tell us about Heights? We’re a rock band from Welwyn Garden City in the UK. All you’ll ever need to know about Heights can be summed up in a show, so come and watch us live and find out what we’re about for yourself. There’s quite a few all ages shows on this run of dates you guys, was that intentional? Absolutely. 18+ shows are fine, but playing all ages shows is much more fun. You get much more of a reaction and it’s good to be able to play to anyone who wants to watch you, regardless of age. You’ve already played a few now – on the Central Coast, in Croydon, etc. – how does the all ages scene in Australia compare to that at home? You guys have a much higher turn out! Our first show was an 18+ in Brisbane and it just seemed like a normal turn out for a show at home. The next day was an AA in the same city and the room was rammed. The floor is yours, sell us Friday’s show at Yoyo’s? We, quite literally, put blood, sweat and tears into our live performances. Don’t miss it. Any words of advice for young musos? Never stop. If you believe in what you’re doing enough, never stop doing it. email@example.com
OG FLAVAS Those colour forecasters Pantone declared that 2012 would be all about Tangerine Tango, a “reddish orange” denoting energy. “Sophisticated but, at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” announced Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman. That’s an apt description, too, of Frank Ocean’s wonderful (official) debut, channel ORANGE – though, befitting the zeitgeist, there are also darker shadings, like a sunset.
Ocean, who legally changed his name from Christopher Breaux as a nod to Frank Sinatra (and the rat pack flick Ocean’s 11), was born in Los Angeles but raised in New Orleans. Following Hurricane Katrina, the aspiring muso returned to Cali. He found himself writing for Justin Bieber, among others. Ocean signed to Def Jam – which sidelined him. Meanwhile, he connected with Tyler, The Creator’s eccentric hip hop posse Odd Future, who surely influenced his increasingly avant-garde approach. Last year Ocean aired the cult mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA. On the atmospheric, spare and downbeat channel ORANGE, the hipster hero writes about his own interior life (Bad Religion) and his environs (Crack Rock), the singer’s lyrics surreal, dreamlike and occasionally mystical. In contrast to nostalgia..., Ocean avoids samples, his instrument of choice the electronic keyboard. There are arty lo-fi machine noise interludes. The most surprising guest? It isn’t the mysterious Earl Sweatshirt (the dramality Super Rich Kids) but John Mayer as guitarist (the Tyler-co-produced instrumental White). Prior to the album release Ocean leaked his sleeve notes on Tumblr, revealing that his first love was a guy (it was unrequited) – and he sings of a ‘he’. Ocean hasn’t explicitly stated that he’s gay or bisexual, but “a free man.” This is, after all, the dude who in January ambiguously told NME that channel ORANGE “sounds like there’s a cloud moving underneath it”. Still, it was astonishing news, Ocean being a member of the notoriously ‘homophobic’ Odd Future (as is the lesbian Syd The Kyd). The urban scene is grossly homophobic – something that stems from, not only
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FRANK TURNER American religiosity, but also latent anxieties about black masculinity arising from slavery and colonialism. It goes beyond any casual use of the ‘F’ word. Hatas spread gay rumours to discredit successful hip hoppers. Kanye West has bravely questioned such prejudice. And Ocean’s openness has been praised by everyone from Elton John (a fave in the black community!) to ‘80s soulster Boy George to, importantly, Russell Simmons… and Tyler. Yet channel ORANGE – its colour-synesthetic title inspired by Ocean’s memories of that summer he fell in love – challenges stereotypes of how a gay male soulster might project himself. Indeed, the straight Cee-Lo Green is camper. Channel ORANGE thematises love over sex, especially on the gorgeous organ- and string-laden Bad Religion – on which, when not using his falsetto, Ocean sounds very like Daniel Merriweather. Since R Kelly, R&B has been fixated on the bump‘n’grind. Sam Sparro recently lamented that contemporary pop, per se, has sacrificed raunch for romance – and lost its emotional innocence. (“Everybody’s so insecure,” he told OG. “It lacks depth.”) Ironically, Sparro foreshadowed Ocean’s illwave with his existentialist electro-soul Black & Gold. Ocean opens channel ORANGE with his most accessible song, the velvety Thinkin Bout You. Fertilizer is warm, evoking Stevie Wonder’s ‘70s electro-funk, but brief. Pharrell Williams co-produced the minimal ballad Sierra Leone – imagine Jamie Woon fronting N*E*R*D. The jazzy Sweet Life echoes Randy Crawford’s Street Life, while Lost is a bit psychedelic Prince, a bit New York indie-dance. But excepting the glitchy (and Blake-ish) Pilot Jones, the most out-there tune has gotta be the 10-minute Pyramids. Ocean travels through time – and ‘prog’ music genres, from EDM to rock – to tell the story of, not Cleopatra the Queen or Cleopatra the strippercum-hooker, but ultimately the oscillation between high and low culture, myth and media, and past and present. Orange really is the new black. Tango on!
ROOTS DOWN Mumford & Sons confirmed on their Facebook page earlier in the week that they will indeed be putting on a Gentlemen Of The Road stopover while they are in Australia this October, as was speculated from the moment they announced the tour. Now I’ve made it pretty clear that I don’t really get what fans of this band are on about, but they sure know how to pick a lineup, with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Simone Felice, St Vincent (who is Guy Clark’s niece! Whoa!), Dawes, Michael Kiwanuka and heaps more joining them on these mini-festivals the band have curated in the UK and US so far this year. Details of the Australian show are going to be announced as you read this apparently, and it’s going to be in either one of these towns; Dalby, Coober Pedy, Lightning Ridge, Katherine, Karumba, Dungog, Longreach, Charleville, Yamba, Candelo, Newman, Mullewa, Denmark, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay, Apollo Bay, Strahan, Beechworth, Harrietville or Mallacoota. I’m backing Dungog. Anyway, I have no word on whether there are any other acts from overseas getting in on this show (the band will already have Willy Mason and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes on the road with them) and I kinda think they won’t, but there will almost certainly be some good Aussie acts added. Stay tuned for the full announcement! Fred Smith released his Dust Of Uruzgan, a hugely acclaimed record that features Smith performing what are essentially 12 vignettes from the war, last year. Smith was the first Australian diplomat to be
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a stunning series of photos from Afghanistan, so it promises to be quite an eye-opening evening.
MUMFORD & SONS posted to Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan, where he spent his time fostering relationships with local tribal leaders and trying to build a trust and understanding between the vastly different cultures; those of the coalition who were coming into the country and the locals. After 18 months in the area he collected a great amount of material that he has decided to put together on record, which among other things looks at the difference in perspective between someone coming from his background and those who are born and bred Afghani and on a number of songs he pays touching tribute to fallen Australian soldiers Private Ben Renaudo, Darren Smith, Jacob Morely, Grant Kirby and Tomas Dale. He is presenting songs from this record in a special show at Notes this Friday 10 August, doors are at 7pm and tickets are $28.05 through the venue’s website and OzTix. Apparently the show also features
You’ve probably already seen it by now, but just in case Roots Down is the only reading material you can handle in a week (I wouldn’t blame you), let me tell you about the lineup for this year’s Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival. The lineup is another massive one and, as per usual, it’s jam-packed up with a bunch of roots-inclined fare that’s going to keep plenty of people happy. The festival have finally secured the John Butler Trio as headliners for the event after nine years of trying to get them onboard, a serious coup for them. Acts like American Daptone Records soul powerhouse Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (my personal highlight), Kiwi reggae masters The Black Seeds, American guitarist Kaki King, King Tide, Mat McHugh & The Seperatista Sound System, Gossling, Hat Fitz & Cara, Microwave Jenny and The Brow Horn Orchestra are among the bands who’ve also signed up for the festival who are appropriate for inclusion here, though there are a whole heap of other big names from a variety of genres to check out as well. The festival hits its Glenworth Valley location from Saturday 29 December through to Tuesday 1 January, 2013. General public tickets are available from OzTix as of 10am Monday 20 August. So if you feel like a bit of journey this New Year’s, keep it in mind.
BLOW Melbourne singer and composer Gian Slater brings her 14-member vocal ensemble, Invenio, to Colbourne Ave in Glebe Thursday night, performing material from their 2010 album, Gone, Without Saying, and Slater’s second large work, Us And Others, among other things. Friday night, composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Cutlan and bassist Brett Hirst, as Cutloose, meet string quartet The NOISE (think Kronos Quartet meets Radiohead) in Sydney Conservatorium Of Music’s Recital Hall West for a program “that combines the dynamic power of improvisation and the beauty and structure possible with crafted composition.” Both Eastside Radio Thursday night at 505 and Live At The Village Saturday night in the Presbyterian Hall in Springwood will be hosting the launch of the new album, Merle Takes A Holiday, from The Field. Slide guitarist Bruce Reid leads this band with brothers guitarist John and drummer Hamish Stuart and bassist Lloyd Swanton, who play a blend of Celtic, blues and jazz, together with special guest vocalist Tina Harrod. Also featured on the night is a screening of the now classic contemporary Australian feature film, One Night The Moon. The four finalists contesting this year’s Freedman Awards - alto saxophonist Zac Hurren, bassist Christopher Hale, alto saxophonist Jeremy Rose and drummer Evan Mannell - will each be performing, Hurran with wife Katie Noonan, in Sydney Opera House’s Studio this Friday, so be there to learn who will be the ultimate winner. Capital Jazz Project 2012 continues in The Street Theatre in Canberra this week, with The Andy Butler
JAZZ/WORLD WITH MICHAEL SMITH
Quartet – Dome Bar Surry Hills Alister Spence Trio, Lines Of Flight – Room 401 Hibernian House David De Vito – Lizotte’s Kincumber
Large Ensemble and Bernie McGann Quartet playing Theatre 1 tonight, Tuesday 7 August. Wednesday in 1, it’s Gian Slater’s Invenio, while in Theatre 2 it’s the Lawrence Ku Trio. Thursday, it’s Bennie Maupin & Joe Chindamo with ANU Student Ensembles in 1, with the Charmaine Ford Trio in 2. Friday, Chindamo reinterprets the soundtracks of films by the Coen Brothers with a quintet in 1, while 2 hosts the Allan Browne Trio and Carl Dewhurst Trio. Saturday, Maupin returns to 1 with the ANU Jazz Faculty, while 2 hosts Dick & Christa Hughes and Tim Willis & The End, and Sunday sees the catholics in 1 finishing things off from 6pm.
Phil Stack Trio – Spice Cellar Martin Place
The Alcohotlicks, Master Of Ribongia, Hello Vera – 505
The Pillars + Slide Albatross – 505 James Valentine Quartet, Sam Rollings – Golden Sheaf Gadjo Guitars – Camelot Lounge
Bluegrass is a style of country music that remains timeless and is as uplifting today as it was back in the seminal days of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in the ‘40s and ‘50s. While the genre remains enormously popular in the US with numerous festivals and club nights we’re somewhat starved of the style in this country – at least when it comes to the Sydney metro area. That’s why it’s always most welcome when Dougie De Kroo’s Kentucky Moon play one of their all too infrequent shows at the Town & Country Hotel in St Peters, which they do this Friday. The five-piece features De Kroo on double bass, Gene Maynard on guitar and harmonica, Ian Knight on
Bernie McGann Quartet – Sound Lounge Sirens Big Band – 505 Michael Griffin Quintet – Norton’s On Norton Nic Jeffries Band, Carrie Lakin – Blue Beat
The Coffin Brothers – Sound Lounge
Nadya & 101 Candles Orkestra – Camelot Lounge John & Yuki – Well Connected Café Leichhardt Luke Gallen Quartet – Lizotte’s Kincumber
Paul Sun Duo – Jazushi
Craig Scott Quintet – 505
Andrew Dickeson/John Harkins/James Muller/Greg Royal – Midday, Dome Bar
Anthony Howe & His All Star
THE SWAMP SHACK It’s hard to believe that the The Foreday Riders have been part of the Sydney Blues scene since 1967, during which time they’ve established what is often referred to as the ‘University Of The Blues’, an acknowledgement of the numerous musicians who’ve been nurtured by the band and their inspiration to the local blues scene in general. Founding members Ron and Jeff King have remained the stalwarts of a remarkable band that has now chalked up 45 years shows as well as a legacy of classic recordings. Many will remember their ground-breaking gigs back in the 1970s at venues such as French’s Wine Bar in Oxford Street when the sound of post war Chicago style blues was just being discovered by excited local music fans. This coming Saturday sees a special 45th Anniversary Show at Notes and a lineup that includes Ray Beadle, Les Karski, John Power, Andrew Reid, Phil B. Colson, Bridie King and Dave Wray and lots of surprise guests.
Geoff Bull & The Finer Cuts – Corridor, King St City
ROCKABILLY/PSYCOBILLY/ALT.COUNTRY WITH PEDRO MANOY
RSL and renowned singer/songwriter/diplomat Fred Smith is joined by A Few Good Spooky Men at Notes.
SATURDAY COLLARD GREENS & GRAVY mandolin, Barb Fitzpatrick on five string banjo and Jann Barry on rhythm guitar. If you dig the sounds of bluegrass mixed with a little cajun and rockabilly, this is definitely the gig for you. The venue is of course the very same made famous by Slim Dusty but this time around it’s time to have a beer with ‘Dougie ‘.
Adam Pringle and buddies jam the blues at the Sandringham Hotel while the Balmain Blues Jam hosted by Dan Sexton & Kalamazoo takes over the Gladstone Park Bowling Club from 6.30pm.
Catch Mama’s Blooze House at the National Press Club in the ACT from 7.30pm. Closer to home is the regular Muso’s Jam Night at the Carousel.
Blue Venom rock the Lakeview Hotel at Oak Flats from 7pm while the Christina Crofts Band featuring Harry Brus on bass headline the Taverners Hill Hotel. Collard Greens & Gravy travel to the historic Milton Theatre and Lloyd Spiegel moves to the Heritage Hotel. The Muma Jane’s Blues Band play the New Orana Hotel at Lake Macquarie while Sally King & Sametribe launch their new CD with special guests Sam Cartwright and Phil Gissing at the Bundeena RSL.
Collard Greens & Gravy from Victoria join Dom Turner & Supro for a big night at the Vanguard while another Victorian, Lloyd Spiegel plays the funky Camelot Lounge. The Bellhops swing like crazy at the Blacktown
The Sydney Rock‘n’Roll & Alternative Market moves into Manning House at Sydney Uni from 10.30am with a massive lineup of stalls and bands including the Toot Toot Toots, Spurs For Jesus, the Drey Rollan Band and the Jordan C. Thomas Trio. Also on the market trail you’ll find the Jewel-Tones Trio paying homage to Chicago’s Maxwell Street at the Kirribilli Markets from 11.30am. Afternoon Blues features Continental Blues Party and Bridie King at the Rock Lily in the Star Casino from 2pm. The legendary Les Karski is over from WA to play the Foreday Riders reunion but on Sunday stars in his own right at the Towradgi Beach Hotel from 3.30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diesel is back out on the road again – well we’re not entirely convinced that he’s ever not on the road, but that’s a different matter – and he’ll be in Sydney in just a couple of week’s time for a couple of intimate shows. He’s certainly one of the better blues guitarists the country has produced and anyone who has seen him over the past few years will realise he’s far more inclined to deliver burning blues sets than the more straightahead rock fare that the masses know him for. He’s playing a bit of both on this tour though, with his own hits and blues from Muddy Waters and a number of his favourite other bluesmen for his two shows at The Basement. Catch him Friday 24 August and Saturday 25.
NOWHERE TO HIDE We all know Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges loves Australia - his constant visits just about every year prove that. He’s back with a kinda different show this time around (though he’s done it once before), playing the songs of Sam Cooke with a few guest appearances at The Basement Saturday 1 September.
EAST IS EAST If it’s been a while since you last saw Mal Eastick then your chance to catch this great guitarist, one of our best kept secrets that shouldn’t be, is here again, playing Lizotte’s Dee Why Saturday 15 September. Though the past 30-odd years have seen Eastick concentrate on the blues, he originally came out of Adelaide with the wonderful but now mostly forgotten Stars.
Currently touring his most recent album, Guitar-Uoso, which inclued some unexpected covers of artists as diverse as Sting, Led Zeppelin and Muse, we directed a couple of questions to guitarist Bruce Mathiske before he plays The Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba Friday, the Basement in Circular Quay Wednesday 15 August and the Street Theatre Canberra Saturday 8 September. How have your audiences been responding to, what’s for you, is quite a different kind of album in Guitar-Uoso? The recognition of those known songs has been fantastic and they like the mixture with my original tunes. Mostly the comments have been about how they like that I have included my stylings in them instead of the songs just being a straight cover. Obviously using the band, Rhythm Express, has added another dimension to your performances. Are you finding that having a band is changing the way you approach your own playing? Very much. Band is more single-note plectrum playing whereas solo is more fingerstyle where I have to do the bass, rhythm and melody at once. Playing with a band frees me up a bit do some lead guitar. I love now that I have a great balance of solo shows and concerts with guest musicians. Can we expect a Guitar-Uoso 2, with some more surprising reinterpretations of your favourite rock songs, somewhere along the line? The current album I am working on musically represents some really important milestones in my life and a couple of those will be some unlikely interpretations of some well-known tunes. I’m really excited about this album; it’s as if all of my previous albums leading up to this are for the purpose of making this one album.
SHOTGUN WILLIE RIDES AGAIN
Who would you expect to cut an album where you get covers of Coldplay’s The Scientist, Pearl Jam’s Just Breath and Tom Waits’ Come On Up To The House alongside a Fats Waller tune from 1937? If you answered Willie Nelson, you’d be right. As well as taking tunes whose provenance ranges across some 70 years for his latest outing, Heroes (Sony Legacy), the once-outlaw Texan also invited good buddy Kris Kristofferson, new buddy Snoop Dogg – sorry, Snoop Lion – and his sons Lukas and Micah among others to join in the fun, and of course, regardless of where the song came from, it’s come out totally Willy Nelson. On a sadder note, bass player Chris Ethridge, who played in Nelson’s band for several years but was, more importantly, co-founder, with the enigmatic Gram Parsons, of The Flying Burrito Brothers way back in 1969, passed away recently at the age of 65. As well as the Burritos, which he left after they recorded their seminal debut, The Gilded Palace Of Sin, preferring the security of session work, Ethridge featured on Ry Cooder’s eponymous debut album and Parsons’ solo album, GP.
GELB DOUBLES THE SAND
Fans of the sprawling oeuvre of the ridiculously prolific Howe Gelb, in his guise of musical collective Giant Sand, might assume there’s been a misprint above the title of their 26th album, Tucson (Fire). As it turns out, it’s actually meat to read Giant Giant Sand! It’s all down to his decision to expand the lineup even further, making it 11 members, half from Tucson, half from Denmark. THE DRUM MEDIA • 45
THIS WEEK IN
ARTS THE PERFORMING AVENGERS
Jackpot – based on novel by Jo Nesbø, directed by Magnus Martens an action-comedy that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Terrified and bloody, Oscar Svendsen awakes clinched to a shotgun in a strip club, around eight dead men, and police aiming at him. To Svendsen it’s clear that he is innocent. Cinema Chauvel, 9pm.
A Hoax – written by Rick Viede who won the Griffin Award with his first play Whore. Staring Shari Sebbens who is currently in film The Sapphires screening nationally. A Hoax is inspired by the recent spate of fabricated “misery memoirs”, a vicious satire on the politics of identity, modern celebrity and the peddling of abuse culture. Directed by Lee Lewis. Griffin Theatre, 7pm until 1 September.
THURSDAY 9 What the Birds Knew – new large sculptural works by Australian artists Ken + Julia Yonetani. The works arose out of the artists’ concerns over the recent nuclear tragedy in Fukushima. The title of the exhibition refers to the alternative title for Akira Kurosawa’s 1955 post-war film I Live in Fear, in which the central character declares that the birds would flee if they knew of the impending environmental threats. Opening night, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 6pm exhibiting until 17 August. Fool’s Island – written by actor Darren Gilshenan and Chris Harris (UK), with dramaturgy by John Bell, Toby Schmitz and Jo Turner. Fools Island combines Shakespeare’s words with hilarious physical clowning. Performed by the Shakespeare clown, Darren Gilshenan who plays both twin brothers (one good, one not so good), as well as a dog, a cat and a mother. Sydney Theatre Company Wharf 2, 7pm until 17 August.
FRIDAY 10 Terrain – described as a hymn to country, this dance piece transports us to Lake Eyre the place of Australia’s inland sea; one of the few untouched natural waterways in the world. Exploring the relationship of Indigenous people to country choreographed by Frances Rings and composed by David Page. From Bangarra Dance Theatre. Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre until 18 August. Markus de Port – a one man show from actor/playwright Peter Condon he plays six protagonists. Tap Gallery, 10pm.
SUNDAY 12 In Finite Blue Planet – an exhibition that’s part of the 18th Biennale and so falls under the umbrella ‘All Our Relations.’ Beginning with aerial views from afar, it gradually zooms in to a close-up of the everyday, with its cycle of life and death. This collection of artworks by 20 international artists announces a new consciousness of the finite, rather than infinite, the nature of our blue planet and its resources. Art Gallery of NSW , until 16 September.
MONDAY 13 Starbuck – the opening night film of the Possible Worlds Film Festival, directed by Ken Scott about Québécois slacker David Wozniak who can’t seem to get his act together. It comes as a surprise when David learns that, thanks to a prolific bout of sperm donation under the alias ‘Starbuck’ twenty years earlier, he’s fathered 533 children. An Australian Premiere, 5.30pm, Dendy Cinemas Possible Worlds runs until 19 August.
TUESDAY 14 No Lights, No Lycra – dancing is good for the soul, go and sweat out your worries and have a good old fashioned ‘cool time’. An international sensations. No Lights No Lycra is a dance collective that spreads from Brooklyn to Berlin. Heffron Hall, 8pm.
This year’s Gangsters Ball is hosted by hirsute Irish comedian Dave Callan, who tells Baz McAlister how he’ll be expected to be funny. Funny how? Like a clown funny?
Comedian Dave Callan is no stranger to the Gangsters Ball, the annual crazy whirl of 1920sthemed cabaret, vaudeville, magic, burlesque dames and Big Band swing. It’s been going for five years this year, but last year was the Melbourne-based triple j DJ’s first Gangsters Ball as a punter. He pinned back his trademark locks – “Because hair didn’t happen on men back in the 1920s,” he says – and jitterbugged the night away. “I was impressed by how everyone dressed up,” Callan continues. “The place looked amazing with everyone decked out ‘20s-style. What I like about it is some themes work better for women than men and vice versa – but with Gangsters everyone gets to look amazing and the decor transports you to another time – except alcohol is not illegal!” A self-confessed fan of the gangster genre of flicks, he cites classics such as The Godfather Part II, Casino and Goodfellas among his favourites. As well as re-watching those films, boning up on choice Joe Pesci quotes to casually drop into his conversation, Callan is frantically learning the Charleston and collecting bits and pieces for his ‘20s outfit ahead of his hosting duties when the show hits Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane next month. Touring his comedy show in the UK has given him some more options. “I found some nice cravats in London yesterday which are of the era. Unfortunately the MasterChef guy has sort of ruined cravats for everyone so I might go bow tie instead.” The other thing Callan says draws him to the Gangsters Ball is that it represents true variety in its acts. There really is something for every taste: dark hypnotist Shane Hill, plate-spinning juggler Mr Gorski, fire-stick foot-juggler Zoe Robbins, sleight-of-hand gangster magician Al Cappuccino, burlesque bombshells Red Devotchkin and Briana Bluebell and much more. “I usually perform with other comedians and these guys usually perform with other acts from their discipline, so to come together like this is kind of amazing, like a performing Avengers,” Callan admits. “I am equally excited about all of them.”
That’s not all the entertainment on offer – poker, blackjack and roulette fiends can head to the gambling den for a flutter, where you might spot Callan in between sets, looking pretty and blowing on men’s dice. “Then he’ll turn to me, give me a chip and say in a thick Brooklyn accent ‘Eeh, go buy y’self somethin’ nice.’ Then I will put the chip in my cleavage and pickpocket him for being sexist.” And of course, there’s the music. The Velvet Set, Michael McQuaid’s Red Hot Rhythmakers and the WellSwung Daddies will be lighting up the night with ‘20s-appropriate jazz, swing and Big Band sounds. Callan says he has a deep love of this style of music and used to slip it into his triple j playlists under the radar. “I used to blend my taste for Big Band and my love of triple j music by playing Richard Cheese. He plays Big Band versions of stuff like Creep by Radiohead, Snoop Dogg, Slipknot and so on. It kept everyone happy… Okay, mainly me.” WHAT: The Gangsters Ball WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 1 September, Metro Theatre
BAT EYES AND SCRUPLES AUSSIE SHORT FILMS IN VENICE
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Two Australian short films have made it to the top ten in the international Your Film Festival competition. Bat Eyes which began as a monologue about teenage bullying by playwright Jessica Bellamy is directed by Damien Power and Scruples which is written and directed by Adrian Powers. Australia is the only country other than US that has two finalists amongst the top ten from the initial 15,000 films. They will be judged at the Venice Film Festival by a jury headed by Sir Ridley Scott and Prometheus’s Michael Fassbender. The overall winner wins a US$500,000 production deal with Scott Free Films the production vehicle of directing brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. The competition takes place Sunday 2 September.
C U LT U R A L
WITH JAMELLE WELLS Tributes have continued for artist Adam Cullen, who died in his Wentworth Fall home in the Blue Mountains last week. The 47-yearold Archibald Prize winner apparently had a serious illness for some time. In 2011 he was given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to have counselling after facing drink-drive and weapons charges. Weapons were found in his car after he was pulled over by police near Goulburn. Another entertainment industry loss last week was former pop singerturned television host Darryl Cotton, who died from liver cancer. The 62-year-old was one of the original members of the group Zoot. He hosted a weekend television variety show, appeared in Young Doctors, and played the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. A new independent initiative, Make Noise on Film has been launched at the TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst. Organised by Miya Yamanouchi, Steve McLaren, Lesley Dimmick and Mark Roper, it aims to build on longer running events such as Kino Sydney and Tropfest to provide a new platform for emerging filmmakers to screen their work. China Southern Airlines has committed to continue its relationship with Sydney Festival for the next three years. The ongoing relationship has been celebrated in Guangzhou, with New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell witnessing a signing between officials from the airline and the festival. Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines has operated into Australia for more than 12 years. The program for Sydney Festival 2013 will be announced in October.
Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett have secured the National Theatre of Great Britain’s comedy One Man, Two Guvnors as part of a national tour in 2013. The show, which has been a hit on Broadway and the West End, will be a highlight of their last season in the job. Richard Bean’s play is based on Goldoni’s 18th-century classic The Servant of Two Masters. The show will premiere in Australia at the Adelaide Festival before coming to Sydney in March 2013, then touring to Melbourne. Director Kate Gaul tells us she’s working with Siren Theatre Company in partnership with Darlinghurst Theatre on a comedy about six struggling artists working in a call centre. The Lunch Hour opens at Darlinghurst Theatre in September. It’s written by Chris Aronsten, who got rave reviews for Malice Towards None at the Old Fitzroy Theatre. Darlinghurst Theatre has a reputation for collaborating with independent artists and providing an intimate performance space where people can discover the power of live theatre. In its latest round of funding, Screen Australia has announced $20 million investment in a range of feature films, adult television drama projects and children’s television series. The investment in 12 projects will trigger $100 million in production. Features approved include The Rover, a futuristic Western from the producer and writer/director of Animal Kingdom, Liz Watts and David Michôd. Funding has also been approved for Felony, a contemporary drama from producer Rosemary Blight (The Sapphires).
BEFORE THE TERRORIST
WITH BETHANY SMALL
The man responsible for bringing Achmed The Terrorist to the collective conscious, Jeff Dunham chats to Paul Andrew about how it all began. Long before YouTube sensation Achmed The Terrorist, ventriloquism had a history of representing the dead. Ventriloquism – the art of throwing one’s voice – is as ancient as theatre. Originally a religious practice named Gastromancy by the Greeks, these strange voices from the stomach were believed to be the voices of the un-living. Modern Ventriloquism was popularised in the US during the days of Vaudeville in the late 19th Century when performers like The Great Lester made a character – a puppet dummy crafted from wood – utterly believable. It was Edgar Bergen, who comedian Jeff Dunham – as a student of The Great Lester – recounts transformed one of Vaudeville’s one-trick ponies into a radio sensation, his infamous character Charlie McCarthy, the girl crazy smartarse whose shows were aired from 1937 to 1958. Dunham was aged eight when he and his mum went browsing in a toy store in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. “What do you want for Christmas?” asked his mum, and the loner schoolkid snatched a Mortimer Snerd doll from the shelves, “I want this,” he shrieked. As Dunham recounts of that formative childhood experience his mother was less than impressed. “Why would a boy want a Mortimer Snerd dummy for Christmas?” Dunham explains
Melbourne Art Fair was just on, right, and it inspired me with dull neurotic dread for a few reasons. First up because I am not going, which I should have been but I didn’t organise. I got the passes for everything, didn’t work out who to charge accommodation and flights to, got sick, left it late, then found out my parents (with whom I glamorously live) are going off to an island over that set of days and so I have to be on hand to feed animals so I can’t even just throw myself on the mercy of the city. I am bummed to be missing it because art fairs are fascinating in that they have become such a big thing of late and such a fashionable thing to comment and hate on.
that Mortimer Snerd was another Bergen dummy and cites Bergen as “the” artist who “revolutionised ventriloquism into the modern comic medium we know today.” And just as Bergen changed a vaudeville sideshow into a modern form of comedy, Dunham is widely accepted as having propelled the craft to its outer limits. His irreverent cache of comic characters; the gothic Achmed “I keel you” the Terrorist, his gay wayward son AJ, Bubba J the Southern yokel, Walter the dry pensioner and the Mickey Mouse/ Kermit/Bugs Bunny-inspired Peanut have almost become household names. “I wanted to do something different with each of these guys, and the Monster Show was born, in time for Halloween.
“What type of monster would Walter be,” Dunham asks me. I tend to see Walter’s character as fairly monstrous as is. “Something Edgar Allan Poe?” I guess. “Frankenstein,” he reveals. “Walter is Frankenstein but without the two bolts on his neck or the green shading. Universal has copyright to the two bolts and green shading. Dunham reveals he never sets out to make a particular character. “Walter was a character I imagined having a small role, maybe for three shows. I didn’t think anyone would be able to put up with his dark dry humour. I was wrong. AJ was the same. There was a show when Achmed mentioned a son, and I thought I could make a son character, once again for a few shows; he’s been around for a while now too. We
were lucky with timing; four appearances with Carson on The Tonight Show between 1990 and 1991 gave us a sort of legitimacy. There was a time in the 1960s and 1970s when one appearance with Carson sealed your fate, your career was made.” It was in ‘05 and ‘06 when Dunham’s 20-year career of performing in comedy clubs took centre stage at Comedy Central. “These appearances coincided with the rise and rise of DVD sales and YouTube. YouTube has become the perfect medium for us.” WHO: Jeff Dunham WHAT: Controlled Chaos WHEN & WHERE: Friday 17 August, Sydney Entertainment Centre
I am also bummed because there will be lots of parties and chances to hang out with moneyed art types, who are really my types career-wise. I am especially bummed because a lot of people seem to be assuming that I will be going and it is embarrassing to admit that I am not, and because I won’t get to talk about how people comported themselves and galleries represented themselves over the fair’s duration from the perspective of a person who has seen it in person. And, at base level, because I am not going to get to see it: not that it will necessarily be work I haven’t seen before, but
the spectacle and the setup and seeing the commerce in action is something I’d really like to be able to do. And it’d be nice to see how The New Fair (a new concurrent boutique sideline event) goes in its first year, too. But, my woes of not being able to tweet and Instagram a diary of a weekend of staring at art and flirting with people in a different city to the city where I usually do that and the emptiness of art people of that usual city aside for a moment. Coverage of the Melbourne Art Fair this year has kept coming back to this notion that art fairs are a big important phenomenon in the art world, like they always do, but they are doing it in a very specific way this time around: speculating on the viability of the commercial gallery in its current, shop-fronted incarnation. There is an intimation that a lot of places think it’d be a great idea to not keep visitable premises the way they now do, but instead keep just office and storage space and dump a bunch of staffing/rental overheads and costs of openings by not being a place so much as an entity that travels around from fair to fair. Which makes a lot of one sort of a sense – concentrate on the occasions where people are congregating to buy – but has some scary consequences about the possibilities of the kind and extent of access people can have to art.
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OH CANADA SURVIVING PROGRESS
Ian Barr previews the upcoming Canadian film festival, Possible Worlds. “Sydney’s Canadian Film Festival” – yes, it sounds incredibly niche on paper, but perhaps less so when you consider the breadth of Canada’s cinematic output, which Possible Worlds annually documents for lucky Sydneysiders for a week in August. Thus, if there’s one film on this year’s lineup that functions as the avatar for the festival as a whole,
it’s Indie Game: The Movie. Following a group of independent video game designers and their respective work routines, personal struggles and insecurities, failures and triumphs… It all seems very tailored to the interests of a select few, but it’s actually a textbook case of finding universal resonance in the activities of a very specific subset. First-timers James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot get extraordinarily intimate with their subjects, never condescending, and the result is an unlikely emotional rollercoaster with much aesthetic mileage gained from the juxtaposition of nature and cityscape photography with the lo-fi gaming graphics.
Surprising along similar lines is the annoyingly titled i am a good person/i am a bad person (yes, small caps deliberate). An autobiographical, intensely personal film from Canadian DIY filmmaker Ingrid Veninger, this follows a filmmaker and her teenage daughter (played respectively by Veninger and her real-life daughter, Haillie Switzer) as they travel the festival circuit, the former presenting her work to often hilariously unreceptive crowds – “Why did you make this film?” asks one disgruntled audience member, in a scene that should strike a chord with anyone who’s sat through an uncomfortable post-screening Q&A at a film festival. Meanwhile, her annoyed and bored daughter
splits early on for her own separate European journey, and the film cuts back and forth between each party, making keen observations on cultural displacement, family dysfunction and the ties that bind people who nonetheless remain oblivious to them. “Can anyone who loves animals that much really be crazy?” It’s the setup question for one of The Simpsons’ greatest punchlines, and it’s also what Francine indirectly asks, to haunting effect. I have to admit, I wasn’t immediately won over by the film. In its early scenes, it scans as an example of the self-consciously dour underclassploitation that’s been clogging
ROLLER TOWN up Sundance’s arteries for ages, with nothing new to bring to the table. Then it stops being a familiar ‘ex-con readjusts’ narrative and turns into a film about animal love as a balm for loneliness and alienation, and becomes profoundly sad for the reminder of its fleet 75 minutes. Melissa Leo, fresh off her Oscar win for The Fighter, deserves all the laurels coming her way for her stunning, nearly wordless performance in the title role. Those are just a few titles that might pass by unnoticed – this year’s Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, Monsieur Lazhar, is an undisputed crowd-pleaser that gives middlebrow cinema a good
name while avoiding all the clichés of the ‘inspirational substitute teacher’ genre. Doco, Surviving Progress, based on the book of the same name, mixes talking heads with artful, Koyannisqatsi-esque imagery to interrogate the nature of humankind’s progress itself – perhaps too broad-ranging a subject for a 90-minute movie but a good primer and discussion-instigator nonetheless. And if that sounds too all-encompassing for your tastes, there’s Roller Town, a parody of 1970s Roller Disco films. OK, that one is incredibly niche… WHAT: Possible Worlds WHEN & WHERE: Friday 7-Sunday 19 August, Dendy Opera Quays THE DRUM MEDIA • 47
Anthony Carew gets to the heart of director Wayne Blair’s debut feature The Sapphires that began as a stage play and will open MIFF this week.
in his mid-30s, and he’d never really heard the whole story,” Blair recounts. “But one night, his mum sat him down and told him the whole thing, all the details. And he thought ‘Shit, I better write about this.’”
Wayne Blair has big dreams for his debut feature film, The Sapphires. Not of box office glory or awardsshow trophies, but, he hopes, for social change. “I want to help change perceptions of Aboriginal people,” says the 41-year-old director, who makes the transition from television to film with the feature. “I want as many people to see it as possible so we can give the world a different angle on who we are. I want people in this country to see that Aboriginal people did participate in 1968.”
At first, the story of The Sapphires was turned into a stage play —and produced, in Melbourne, by the MTC— before being adapted to screen. The film is endlessly, relentlessly feel-good, with even its moments of drama and tragedy being in service of future emotional payoffs; which, I guess, makes it perfect Opening Night Film fodder. Thus, this week, it launches the Melbourne International Film Festival at a gala screening, followed by an after-party revue featuring the pic’s star, Jessica Mauboy, performing.
Ahhh, yes, 1968. That most depicted of years; the counter-
cultural revolution, the civil rights struggle, and the war in Vietnam. Such staples of cinema that it’s strange to imagine there’d be any kind of untold story to tell about such a year. But The Sapphires recounts a lost chapter —a veritable narrative curio— of Australian history that found an allAboriginal girl group performing for GIs in Vietnam. It was a story that remained even untold for those who were there; actor Tony Briggs based the screenplay on the experiences of his mother who, through his youth, he was barely aware of. “He was
“There’s going to be a lot more aboriginal people in the audience; it’ll be good to see it in a cinema with a few more blackfellas,” Blair says of the opening night — and that’s very much the tenor of the conversation. He’s not interested in swapping travel stories of filming on location in Vietnam (“in some ways I didn’t even get to notice I was in Saigon; I was just too busy working”) nor hyping the impressive dramatic performance of Irish comedian Chris O’Dowd. Instead, talking to the media is a chance to redress the media itself. “There’s not that many opportunities that people get to depict Aboriginals in a way that’s different to how we’re portrayed by the Australian mass media, so it’s important to give out a positive stereotype, rather than what you get in The Age or The Herald-Sun,” Blair says. “[When I was] growing
up in this country, there were no Aboriginal people portrayed positively in the media at all. So, you always followed Michael Jackson or Prince or the West Indian cricket team; black people who were achieving in life.” The Sapphires has already found criticism for allying Aboriginal struggles with the American civil rights movement; its use of stock footage of Martin Luther-King, for example, feeling like a way of making a picture marketable in America. But Blair retorts that this was how history played out. “The black civil rights movement in America was hugely influential for people in Melbourne and Sydney,” he says. “Because there was no
Aboriginals in the Australian media, it meant so much; seeing that civil rights struggle was the spark that started the black pride movement in Australia, in Redfern in the 1970s.” Of course, Blair doesn’t see this as ancient history, either, the eternally-troubled racial climate in this country persisting. “A lot hasn’t changed in Australia since 1968,” Blair says. “Social progression has been slow. It’s still hard for Aboriginal people in Australia, and you could argue that their socioeconomic status hasn’t changed one bit in 40 years.” WHAT: The Sapphires WHEN & WHERE: Opening nationally Thursday 9 August
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TRYING NEW TRICKS director Simon Stone [whose adaptations (drastic, radical, essential – it depends who you ask) of Thyestes and The Wild Duck have proved hits with critic and audiences alike in recent times] for the first time, the two are adapting Ingmar Bergman’s film Face To Face, an ironic tragedy that documents the psychological undoing of psychiatrist Dr Jenny Isaksson, for stage.
As Andrew Upton takes on Bergman’s Face To Face, Dave Drayton asks whether you can teach an old dog new tricks. So that we don’t get off on the wrong foot let’s get one thing clear before we proceed: ‘old dog’ is a term used here endearingly, as a reflection of Andrew Upton’s consistent and ongoing achievements. The co-Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company has delivered lauded adaptations and translations of works from the like of Ibsen and Chekov during his career. So, to return to our introductory question – it seems the answer is a ‘yes’, and one delivered with a puppy-like enthusiasm to boot. “It’s nice, it’s nice,” he’ll say through out our conversation, “It’s good,” the process has him apparently excitable. Working alongside 48 • THE DRUM MEDIA
Upton, for his part, seems revitalised by this taking of a new approach to the creation of a work, pushed into a new realm by this first-time collaboration. “One of the attractions for me, why I put my hand up, was we knew from Baal, and you know, we’d heard anecdotally around that Simon had this free approach, and that’s the exciting thing for me as a writer.” Upton explains his attraction to Stone’s method, where rehearsals often commence long before a final script is at hand. “The last three weeks of rehearsals have been this process of – not so much with the first half, because that’s a fairly stable piece of drama, some of the scenes have moved but the content hasn’t changed – the second half, that kind of ‘unconscious world’ we’ve been trying this approach and that approach and it’s fabulous! Discombobulating at times, to be sure, but a good rehearsal process should be discombobulating – and that has been the last three weeks, and we’re kind of, literally today, putting to bed the final shape of the script. Which is great, halfway through rehearsals, it’s great! “It’s fascinating; you don’t lose the time with the actors anyway, because those moments with the actors are still connected to the
drama and connected to the play. So it’s fabulously liberating.” This learning of new tricks seems to befit Upton so well because, as he puts it, it’s in line with what he sees as the very essence of theatre; its creation. Not the source texts that inspire it, or the performances that portray it, but the act of making theatre. “I’m involved with theatre because essentially I’m interested in making theatre,” Upton admits. “Not because I think of myself as a writer who’s got this great theatrical ‘thing’ – so I love to be part of the theatre-making process and my skill is the writing bit, or, you know, seems to be,” he adds somewhat awkwardly, before the excitement of the ongoing task at hand reasserts itself once more with a chirpy, “So I volunteered
THEATRE A HOAX SBW Stables Theatre A fake misery memoir, a PR dream, a struggling writer, a once-golden literary agent, a lie (or two, three…), and some very bloody vulgar language: welcome to A Hoax. The characters, for all the politically incorrect and confronting humour they bring, often feel as fraudulent as the writing at the centre of the whole debacle. Like Currah’s memoirs, they push the boundaries, go to extremes, and achieve the same kind of ‘shock appeal’, but by the same token their larger-than-lifeness renders them as stereotypes – they’re self sufficient in their archetypal defining characteristics (bitchy and driven, power-drunk) and don’t ask or want
myself to that process and I have loved it. It’s what I love about theatre; it’s making it, trying it out, constantly making – you need a director with a vision, but,” he cautions, “that vision doesn’t have to be prescriptive or explicit. It can just be an understanding of where things need to get to.” In the case of Face To Face, things need to get to the space that delicately exists in an unstable mind. “The idea at its core is quite still, and it’s finding that kind of theatrical fulcrum – between life and death, really, or pre-suicide/ post-suicide.” WHAT: Face To Face WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 7 August-Saturday 8 September, Sydney Theatre
REVIEW for an audience. The character of Anthony, a struggling writer in the guise of a social worker, is deeper than the rest and Glenn Hazeldine plumbs those depths and remains the most agonizingly human. Similarly, Charles Allen’s portrayal of Tyrelle, a camp, black, lit-assistantturned-writer, takes the character beyond the comic device he seems to largely exist as in act one and provides some real terror. Rick Viede’s A Hoax offers an incredibly contemporary look at what it means to sell oneself, to sell a lie, or a story. Though after such witty critique, it allows itself to become victim to the same petty peddling – resorting to the same tricks. Perhaps that’s the point? Dave Drayton Running until Saturday 1 September
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ANNA DOWSLEY HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN TRAINING IN OPERA? I have been studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for seven years, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance). I have only been specialising in opera for the past two and a half years while studying an Advanced Diploma of Opera. WHO INSPIRES YOU? Many people inspire me both musically and personally; my close friends studying opera or other forms of music inspire me through their talent, musicality and ambition. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet and sing for Susan Graham. She is one of the most internationally famous and wellrespected Mezzo Sopranos. It was such an inspiration to learn from her and watch her perform in recital at the Opera House. My teachers at the Conservatorium were also an amazing source of inspiration. WHAT’S YOUR DREAM ROLE TO PLAY IN AN OPERA? At the moment, my dream roles would be Octavian from Strauss Der Rosenkavalier and Cenerentola (Cinderella) from Rossini La Cenerentola. WHAT’S YOUR BACKSTAGE RITUAL? Arrive with plenty of time and snack constantly before - I don’t like singing when I am hungry!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT NEW YORK? Living in one of the most culturally rich and thriving opera and art scenes. Seeing and hearing operas at the Met. I am also very excited about working with internationally-acclaimed coaches and teachers, many of whom have been responsible for starting some of the most exciting operatic careers. WHAT IS IT YOU LOVE ABOUT THE OPERATIC ART FORM? Opera combines all the great arts in one and on a large scale. Performance in opera involves music, acting, costume, design, dance and history. The high level of drama and emotion becomes almost addictive to perform. DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE ARIA OF OPERA TO SING? At the moment it’s “Parto, parto”, sung by the character Sesto (a young MAN) from one of Mozart’s last operas, La clemenza di Tito. It is a dramatically charged aria with a range of emotions expressed throughout. It is exhausting to sing because of the strong and varying sentiments the character feels across the seven-minute aria. (Mezzo Sopranos often have to perform “pants roles”/ man roles) Anna Dowsley is the winner of the 2012 Lady Fairfax New York $43,000 Scholarship from Opera Foundation Australia
HILLTOP HOODS @ HORDERN PAVILLION PIC BY JOSH GROOM
TOUR GUIDE FEATURE TOUR
Remember Howl? They’re now called Hunting Grounds and apart from being last week’s sexy (and wet) Drum coverstars, they also took out triple j’s Unearthed High competition in 2009 and have just released a stunning debut, In Hindsight. The album sounds like heaven on a stick and this ace sextet are a live act that needs to be experienced to be believed. Expect to lose a shoe in the mosh when you catch Hunting Grounds at one of the following shows: Wednesday 8 August, Plantation, Coffs Harbour; Thursday 9, Yours & Owls; Friday 10, Goodgod Small Club; Saturday 11, Transit Bar, Canberra.
DRUM PRESENTS PASSENGER: Aug 17 The Hi-Fi THE JUNGLE GIANTS: Aug 22 Beach Road Hotel, Aug 23 Transit Bar, Aug 24 Cambridge Hotel, Aug 25 Goodgod PENNYWISE: Aug 25 UNSW Roundhouse THE LAURELS: Sep 1 Annandale Hotel XAVIER RUDD: Sep 6 Newcastle Civic Theatre, Sep 7 Waves Hotel, Sep 8 Enmore Theatre JULIA STONE: Sep 12 The Abbey, Sep 13 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Sep 15 The Metro THE MEDICS: Sep 12 Spectrum, Sep 27 Transit Bar, Sep 28 The Patch, Sep 29 Cambridge Hotel FAT AS BUTTER: Sep 22 Camp Shortland CLARE BOWDITCH: Sep 27 Lizotte’s Dee Why, Sep 28 The Factory TIM & ERIC: Oct 2 The Metro, Oct 3 Enmore Theatre MUMFORD & SONS: Oct 18 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Oct 26 Canberra Royal Theatre SYDNEY BLUES & ROOTS: Oct 25 – 28 Windsor BASTARDFEST: Nov 9 & 10 The Basement Canberra, Nov 17 Sandringham Hotel
NATIONAL BRUCE MATHISKE: Aug 10 Clarendon Guesthouse, Aug 15 The Basement Sydney, Sep 9 Canberra Street Theatre SHANNON NOLL: Aug 10 Mingara Recreation Club, Aug 11 Penrith Panthers, Aug 18 Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, Aug 21 Taren Point Hotel ALBARE iTD: Aug 30 The Basement THE RESCUE SHIPS: Aug 11 Clarendon Guesthouse
HILLTOP HOODS HORRORSHOW, BRIGGS
MONKS OF MELLONWAH: Aug 18 Sandringham Hotel, Aug 24 The Basement Canberra, Aug 26 Manly Boatshed, Aug 31 The Patch HILLTOP HOODS: Aug 16 UC Refectory
HORDERN PAVILION: 04/08/12
The Braggadocio-saurus known as Briggs is the first emcee to take the stage at the Hordern Pavilion. With a larger than life persona and adaptable flow, the rapper from Shepparton is not only charismatic but also armed with an array of crowd-pleasing hip hop tunes. He finishes up his entertaining set with latest single, Rather Be Dead. A special mention must be made of DJ Jaytee, who not only provides beats for Briggs but also turns the normally tedious waiting between sets into a mix of hip hop anthems that keeps the energy levels up until Horrowshow step up to the mic. Headliners in their own right, Horrowshow start out with a snippet of Lana Del Rey’s Blue Jeans before diving into their brand of smooth, storytelling hip hop. Forcing the crowd to face a guilty pleasure, DJ Adit weaves in the beat from Limp Bizkit’s N 2 Gether Now as Solo raps 2009 track, Truth Be Told, before being joined by Joyride and Spit Syndicate in a One Day Crew reunion. All hands are in the air for closing tune, The Rain, proving that Horrowshow’s less abrasive, thought-provoking style of hip hop plays well in your headphones and live on stage.
TOMMY EMMANUEL: Aug 8 Enmore Theatre If it wasn’t the case before, with the release of Drinking From The Sun, Hilltop Hoods are now an elite act that can put together a setlist comprised entirely of hit songs. After locking the crowd in with a brief but intimate portion of The Thirst, the show literally explodes with fireworks as Good For Nothing has the crowd jumping from the get-go. Joined by One Above on keys, Plutonic on drums and of course DJ Debris, the live instrumentation adds mightily to fan favourites such as The Hard Road, The Nosebleed Section and Chase That Feeling. The band’s collective talents are showcased when they square off against pre-recorded projects of themselves during a cool instrumental interlude.
BLUEJUICE: Aug 8 Newcastle University, Aug 10 University Of Technology, Aug 11 University Of Wollongong, Aug 14 ANU Bar, Aug 21 Entrance Leagues Club
Suffa MC and Pressure deliver their lyrics flawlessly and express obvious joy from the crowd’s elation. Bringing the evening to an end with an encore hotter than the fireballs that burst from the stage and ‘rapping’ up on Rattling The Keys To The Kingdom, Hilltop show that despite being veterans of Oz hip hop they still improve with each record and prove with each gig that they don’t get older, they just get better.
TWERPS: Aug 11 GoodGod
HUNTING GROUNDS: Aug 9 Yours & Owls, Aug 10 GoodGod, Aug 11 Transit Bar TIM ROGERS: Aug 9, Aug 12 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Aug 10 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Aug 11 Lizotte’s Dee Why, Aug 31 The Factory, Sep 1 The Abbey POLO CLUB: Aug 11 Great Northern, Aug 24 FBI Social, Aug 25 Oxford Arts, Sep 21 World Bar SNAKADAKTAL: Aug 11 The Metro BABY ET LULU: Aug 11 Brass Monkey, Aug 17 Heritage Hotel, Aug 18 Clarendon Guesthouse, Sep 8 Camelot Lounge THE FALLS: Aug 11 Helen Rose Schauersberger Laboratorium, Aug 17 The Hi-Fi JINJA SAFARI: Aug 15 ANU Bar, Aug 16 Bar On The Hill, Aug 17 The Metro
THE DELTA RIGGS: Aug 15 Beach Road Hotel Bondi, Aug 17 Side Bar, Aug 18 Annandale Hotel, Aug 19 Transit Bar ILLY: Aug 16 Cambridge Hotel, Aug 18 The Roxy, Aug 24 Zierholz, Aug 25 The Standard IOWA: Aug 16 FBi Social AINSLIE WILLS: Aug 16 GoodGod, Aug 17 Terrace Bar Newcastle ASH GRUNWALD: Aug 16 The Abbey, Aug 17 Katoomba RSL, Aug 17 Mona Vale Hotel CHET FAKER: Aug 16 Oxford Art Factory, Aug 17 Trinity Bar DAN ENGLAND: Aug 16 Northern Star Hotel Newcastle, Aug 17 Club Blink, Aug 18 Fitzroy Hotel JOE MCKEE: Aug 16 Paddington Uniting Church NAT COL & THE KINGS: Sep 7 The Vanguard, Sep 8 Fitzroy Hotel, Sep 14 Grand Junction Hotel, Sep 15 Heritage Hotel PIGEON: Aug 16 Transit Bar, Aug 17 Great Northern Newcastle, Aug 18 GoodGod CHILDREN COLLIDE: Aug 17 & 18 The Standard, Aug 30 Entrance Leagues, Aug 31 Fitzroy Hotel, Sep 1 Wollongong Uni Bar, Sep 2 University Of Canberra PASSENGER: Aug 17 The Hi-Fi PAUL GREENE: Aug 17 Clarendon Guesthouse, Aug 24 Notes, Aug 25 Cambridge Hotel, Aug 30 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Aug 31 Heritage Hotel, Sep 2 Front Gallery & Café THE SIDE-TRACKED FIASCO: Aug 17 Dicey Riley’s, Aug 18 PJ O’Reilly’s Canberra, Aug 24 The Townie, Aug 28 Old Manly Boatshed DALLAS FRASCA: Aug 18 Transit Bar DEERREPUBLIC: Aug 18 FBi Social, Sep 21 Oxford Art Factory, Aug 26 Yours & Owls THE JUNGLE GIANTS: Aug 22 Beach Road Hotel, Aug 23 Transit Bar, Aug 24 Cambridge Hotel, Aug 25 GoodGod BOY IN A BOX, KINGSWOOD: Aug 23 GoodGod KATE MILLER-HEIDKE: Aug 21, Zierholz @ UC, Aug 23 & 24 The Metro LOON LAKE*: Aug 23 The Patch, Aug 24 GoodGod, Aug 25 Cambridge Hotel BITCH PREFECT: Aug 25 Red Rattler 1927: Aug 25 Waves Nightclub, Aug 31 Enmore Theatre BODYJAR: Aug 25 The Metro, Aug 26 Bar On The Hill SARAH MARY CHADWICK: Aug 25 Red Rattler ALPINE: Aug 29 The Patch, Aug 31 Oxford Art Factory, Sep 1 Cambridge Hotel, Sep 2 Transit Bar THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS*: Aug 30 The Hellenic Club, Aug 31 The Metro, Sep 1 Entrance Leagues Club, Sep 13 Bar On The Hill, Sep 27 & 29 Great Northern, 5 Oct Metro, Oct 6 Anita’s (Wollongong), Oct 12 & 13 Mona Vale Hotel DON WALKER: Aug 30 Brass Monkey, Aug 31 The Vault, Sep 1 Notes JOE CREIGHTON: Aug 30 Lizotte’s Dee Why, Aug 31 Panthers Penrith, Sep 1 Blue Beat Bar & Grill Double Bay, Sep 2 Lizotte’s Newcastle SLEEPMAKESWAVES: Aug 30 The Patch, Sep 7 The Standard, Sep 8 Cambridge Hotel URTHBOY: Aug 30 Hotel Gearin, Sep 21 Oxford Art Factory THE DRUM MEDIA • 49
TOUR GUIDE FAIRCHILD REPUBLIC: Aug 31 The Northern Star Hotel, Sep 1 Spectrum, Sep 16 Sunday Safari BLACKCHORDS: Sep 1 FBi Social DREAM ON DREAMER: Sep 1 The Hi-Fi, Sep 2 Oasis Youth Centre, Sep 4 The Basement Canberra THE MCCLYMONTS: Sep 1 Enmore Theatre, Sep 22 Vikings, Sep 29 Evan Theatre, Oct 5 Newcastle Civic Theatre THE LAURELS: Sep 1 Annandale Hotel KING CANNONS: Sep 5 The Patch, Sep 6 Transit Bar, Sep 7 Annandale Hotel, Sep 8 Great Northern Newcastle GREENTHIEF: Sep 5 Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, Sep 6 Yours & OwlsWollongong), Sep 7 Lansdowne Hotel, Sep 8 Bald Faced Stag TIM HART: Sep 5 Front Bar & Gallery, Sep 19 Lizotte’s Kincumber, Sep 20 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Sep 21 The Vanguard, Sep 22 Yours & Owls, Sep 23 Clarendon Guesthouse LITTLE SCOUT: Sep 7 FBI Social STARLING: Sep 7 The Sando NIKKO: Sep 6 The Phoenix, Sep 7 Lass O’Gowrie, Sep 8 Kings Cross Hotel XAVIER RUDD: Sep 6 Newcastle Civic Theatre, Sep 7 Waves Hotel, Sep 8 Enmore Theatre LANIE LANE: Sep 6 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Sep 7 Clarendon Guesthouse, Sep 8 Heritage Hotel, Sep 9 Brass Monkey, Sep 14 Milton Theatre, Sep 15 Canberra Street Theatre SEEKAE: Sep 6 & 7 The Basement Sydney THE SMITH STREET BAND: Sep 7 Great Northern Newcastle, Sep 8 Annandale Hotel, Sep 9 Phoenix Lounge JULIA STONE: Sep 12 The Abbey, Sep 13 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Sep 15 The Metro THE BEARDS: Oct 24 Bar On The Hill Newcastle, Oct 25 Wollongong UniBar, Oct 26 Baroque Bar Katoomba, Oct 27 Beachcomber Hotel, Nov 2 Metro THE MEDICS: Aug 29 Station (Jindabyne), Sep 12 Spectrum, Sep 27 Transit Bar, Sep 28 The Patch, Sep 29 Cambridge Hotel, Oct 5 Great Northern BIG TOUR feat. TUKA, DAILY MEDS and more: Sep 14 Oxford Art Factory, Oct 5 Cambridge Hotel, Oct 6 Hotel Gearin EMPERORS: Sep 14 GoodGod MIA DYSON: Sep 14 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Sep 15 Notes, Sep 16 The Abbey, Oct 6 Lizotte’s Kincumber POND: Sep 20 The Metro
THUNDAMENTALS: Nov 9 Oxford Art Factory THE LIVING END: Nov 21 – 27 The Hi-Fi GOTYE: Dec 14 Sydney Entertainment Centre KEITH URBAN: Jan 30 & 31 Allphones Arena
INTERNATIONAL ROSETTA: Aug 8 Great Northern Newcastle PUNCH BROTHERS: Aug 8 The Basement Circular Quay TONI CHILDS: Aug 9 Evan Theatre, Aug 10 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Aug 12 Canberra Theatre BILLY TALENT: Aug 10 UNSW Roundhouse Z-TRIP: Aug 10 The Metro HOME BREW: Aug 11 The Factory BELL BIV DEVOE: Aug 15 Enmore Theatre ANTAGONIST AD: Aug 15 Tuggeranong Youth Centre, Aug 16 Hot Damn, Aug 17 Masonic Hall KENNY ROGERS: Aug 15 & 16 State Theatre, Aug 24 Newcastle Entertainment Centre OPOSSOM, WHITE ARROWS: Aug 15 ANU Bar, Aug 16 Bar On The Hill, Aug 17 The Metro BURNING LOVE*: Aug 17 Sandringham Hotel, Aug 18 Bar 32, Aug 19 Blackwire NASUM: Aug 18 The Hi-Fi HAYES CARLL: Aug 22 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Aug 26 The Factory TRANSIT: Aug 22 Bar 32, Aug 23 Spectrum, Aug 24 Yoyo’s CORB LUND: Aug 22 Notes DIE!DIE!DIE!: Aug 22 Great Northern, Aug 23 The Standard, Aug 24 Yours & Owls THE ZOOBOMBS: Aug 22 Great Northern Newcastle, Aug 24 The Patch, Aug 25 Sandringham Hotel OBITS: Aug 23 Annandale Hotel THE PHARCYDE: Aug 23 Upstairs Beresford GIN WIGMORE*: Aug 24 Standard, Aug 25 Great Northern Newscastle, Aug 29 Heritage Hotel Wollongong PENNYWISE: Aug 25 UNSW Roundhouse THE REMBRANDTS: Aug 25 Waves Nightclub, Aug 31 Enmore Theatre
OH MERCY: Sep 26 Heritage Hotel, Sep 27 Cambridge Hotel, Sep 28 ANU Bar, Sep 29 The Standard, Sep 30 Clarendon Guesthouse
SLASH: Aug 25 Sydney Entertainment Centre
CLARE BOWDITCH: Sep 27 Lizotte’s Dee Why, Sep 28 The Factory
MARIA MINERVA: Aug 30 GoodGod
THE AMITY AFFLICTION: Sep 28 Newcastle Panthers, Sep 29 Big Top Luna Park, Oct 2 University Of Canberra
THE ENGLISH BEAT: Aug 25 & 26 The Factory THE BEACH BOYS: Aug 30 Allphones Arena APOCALYPTICA: Aug 31 The Hi-Fi JOHN 00 FLEMING: Aug 31 The Academy, Sep 1 Chinese Laundry
REGURGITATOR: Sep 29 The Hi-Fi, Sep 30 Cambridge Hotel, Oct 4 Zierholz, Oct 5 Wollongong UniBar
JOSE FELICIANO: Sep 1 Capitol Theatre
KARISE EDEN: Oct 3 & 4 St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Oct 6 Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle
NITIN SAWHNEY: Sep 4 Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
PITBULL: Sep 1 Allphones Arena
DAMIEN LEITH: Oct 6 State Theatre JERICCO: Oct 6 Annandale PONY FACE*: Oct 11 Junkyard (Maitland), Oct 12 Greenroom, Oct 13 Yours And Owls ICEHOUSE: Oct 10 Waves, Oct 11 Wyong Leagues Club, Oct 16 & 17 Dee Why RSL, Oct 30 Southern Cross Club, Oct 31 Rooty Hill RSL, Nov 2 Revesby Workers Club, Nov 3 Enmore Theatre
FAT AS BUTTER: Sep 22 Camp Shortland PARKLIFE: Sep 30 Centennial Park WHIPLASH: Oct 20 Sandringham Hotel, Oct 26 Cambridge Hotel, Oct 27 ANU Bar
KATIE NOONAN & KARIN SCHAUPP: Oct 11 Lizotte’s Newcastle, Oct 12 Laycock Street Theatre, Oct 13 & 14 Street Theatre Canberra, Oct 26 Illawarra P.A.C., Oct 27 City Recital Hall
SYDNEY BLUES & ROOTS: Oct 25 – 28 Windsor
SETH SENTRY: Oct 19 The Factory, Oct 20 Transit Bar LAST DINOSAURS: Oct 20 The Metro
BASTARDFEST: Nov 9 & 10 The Basement Canberra, Nov 17 Sandringham Hotel
DIAFRIX*: Oct 26 Great Northern Newcastle, Oct 27 Goodgod
NEWTOWN FESTIVAL: Nov 11 Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON: Oct 30 Civic Theatre, Nov 1 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nov 2 Seymour Centre
HARVEST: Nov 17 Parramatta Park
ANGUS STONE: Nov 1 Enmore Theatre, Nov 2 Newcastle Leagues Club, Nov 3 Waves, Nov 7 Great Northern 50 • THE DRUM MEDIA
SURRY HILLS FESTIVAL: Oct 27 Prince Alfred Park STEEL ASSASSINS: Nov 2 – 3 Sandringham Hotel
STEREOSONIC: Nov 24 Sydney Showgrounds PEATS RIDGE: Dec 29 – Jan 1 Glenworth Valley BIG DAY OUT: Jan 18 Sydney Showgrounds * indicates new or amended listing this week
of the music they were a much more interesting band and by set end they no doubt left mental notes in some punters heads to investigate them further. Underground Lovers reformed a few years ago but activity since then has been sporadic. Their absence from the stage hasn’t dulled their chops though as they set about playing a cross section of songs from their ‘90s career plus a new one that was one of the best of the night. It featured a watertight krautrock groove and a contrasting untethered chorus. Your Eyes betrayed some Madchester influences while the epic Eastside Stories was a churning psych trip that sounded like a Sonic Youth/The Clean soundclash and featured some great guitar playing from Glen Bennie.
DJANGO DJANGO @ OXFORD ART FACTORY PIC BY ANGELA PADOVAN
DJANGO DJANGO, THE CAST OF CHEERS
OXFORD ART FACTORY: 01/08/12 Fresh from a weekend of Splendour, both of tonight’s bands were in town to play sideshows and build on the justified hype surrounding their debut albums. The Cast of Cheers were in support, yet they showed no signs of their being there just to warm up the sold-out audience. From the get-go they played fast, enthusiastically and with an endearing sense of humour. The Irish quartet showed an impressive synchronicity that maintained a wire-taut edge to their sound that owes a debt to Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand and, in their rock moments, Them Crooked Vultures. Loop pedals on Pose Mit and other songs allowed them to break free from the constraints of only playing what their hands allowed, and some judicious use of synths added an electronic touch to many of their tracks. Human Elevator was a fantastic dark-glam workout while Family drew the biggest cheer from a crowd that seemed completely won over by The Cast of Cheers. Django Django appeared on stage in coordinated T-shirts and set about building on the vibe created by their supports. Theirs is a less ‘in your face‘ sound, but it delivered a fascinating mix of styles from the Egyptian rhythms of Skies Over Cairo to the playful electronic krautrock repetition of Zumm Zumm and the slashing surf guitar chords of WOR. What seemed to bind all these disparate sounds together was their way with beats and percussion. Even when the music was spiralling off into rockabilly territory, it was still irresistibly danceable, and indeed most of the venue was bouncing, nodding and dancing along. Their biggest track was undoubtedly Default, with its seductive robotic swagger. Live, the band are a versatile bunch, switching instruments, ganging up on drums and oversized tambourines all the while with grins across their faces. The crowd matched their enthusiasm with rapturous applause and even a spot of crowd-surfing. We were repeatedly told how blown away Django Django were to have sold out their first of two nights at the Oxford, and for once it felt like genuine surprise and appreciation from the musicians on stage.
ELCTRIC GUEST @ OXFORD ART FACTORY PIC BY ANGELA PADOVAN working on these songs for a long time, under the guidance of the brilliant producer Danger Mouse with whom he has been friends for many years. The songs are so thoroughly over-crafted and rehearsed that once again it feels like watching a professional cover band or worse. The production flourishes that give the album a sense of timelessness are nowhere to be seen when the band is stripped back into live mode. It must be acknowledged that Taconne has not had a lot of time to hone his stage presence, but he starts out awkwardly and unfortunately as he gets more comfortable he starts to take on the personality of a TV Idol performer, to the point where the penny drops and it seems like he should be on Glee. Harsh? For sure, but while there is no doubting his prowess as a songwriter, with some killer pop tunes such as This Head I Hold, Under The Gun and most of the Mondo album sporting some great stuff flecked with remnants of pop music’s lush history, the live experience of watching Electric Guest is a horrifying let down.
Mark Gardener’s tour was touted as a celebration of twenty years since the release of Ride’s seminal album Going Blank Again but as some hoped he didn’t play the album in its entirety. Instead we got a selection of tracks from it and its predecessor Nowhere plus some of Gardener’s solo work. Sky Parade admirably filled the role of backing band but there was no way they could conjure up that euphoric sonic rush that Ride mastered so well. Too often they felt like restrained onlookers, only given the chance to really shine on tracks like Chrome Waves, Vapour Trail and the sway and shimmer of In A Different Place. For Gardener’s newer material, that included his recently released collaboration with Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins, there was polite applause but everyone was there to hear the Ride songs and none of his recent material touched that band’s brilliance. He left us with the epic Leave Them All Behind that came the closest to connecting 1992 nostalgia and the present moment with its rolling bass and woozy effect-laden guitars pushing the song into the aether. Sure it was great to hear Ride songs played again but the spectre of a covers band permeated the performance making it hard to really lose oneself in the music. Chris Familton
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, WOLFMOTHER SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE: 31/07/12
When one of the greatest bands of our generation is being supported by one of the biggest Aussie bands of the last decade, you know it’s going to be a great show, and that was exactly the case when Wolfmother warmed up for The Smashing
Pumpkins at the Sydney Entertainment Centre last night. Despite the venue being only half full when they took to the stage, Wolfmother rocked it like any serious rock band should with big hair, bigger guitars and music that raised the roof. From first track, California Queen, heavy guitar riffs and noodling filled the venue. Hits New Moon Rising and Woman packed a punch as singer Andrew Stockdale writhed against his guitar and multi-instrumentalist and former Delta Riggs singer, Elliott Hammond, danced like a crazy man behind his bongos. Stripping back to a leather waistcoat and skinny jeans, Stockdale turned his attention to triple j, who were apparently recording the performance, to frankly voice his opinion on their choice of music and lack of support for the band, before getting back to it, finishing with new track, Keep Moving, and epic single, Joker & The Thief. In contrast, after a short interval Billy Corgan tentatively walked onto the dimly lit stage, taking a stand behind the keyboard to play a simple melody before synths and volume gradually built into a smashing instrumental as a huge illuminated globe was revealed above their heads. The Smashing Pumpkins had arrived. In a somewhat unusual choice, the band chose to play their new album, Oceania, in its entirety for the first hour of the set, notably first single off the album, The Celestials; One Diamond, One Heart and The Chimera. The crowd seemed less than impressed with the set choice and the lack of real presence from the band was disappointing. Then there was a switch, as definitive as if a new band had taken to the stage. A rocked-out version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity began and the crowd went wild, small pockets of mosh pits forming amongst the standing crowd and murmurs of “Thank God… here are The Smashing Pumpkins!” echoing around the centre. Corgan, visibly excited to be playing some of their biggest and best tracks, really emerged from his cocoon as they played hits Disarm; Tonight, Tonight and the powerful Bullet With Butterfly Wings, which sent everyone into a frenzy of head-banging and crowd-surfing. This was what everyone had come here for. Today finished the set before the band came back on stage for a spine-tingling encore of Cherub Rock, Ava Adore and Zero. Corgan seemed so happy with the performance that he was reluctant to leave the stage, instead walking up and down and thanking everyone in the crowd for coming out. Great finish. Helen Lear
So, two bands leading the charge for new polymorphic guitar music in the 21st Century, and damn fine performances they were too. There is life left in this rock’n’roll dog yet. Chris Familton
ELECTRIC GUEST, YES YOU
OXFORD ART FACTORY: 31/07/12 It’s obvious from a fleeting glance that the crowd in attendance at the OAF are, for the most part, the core demographic of triple j listeners. So much so that the audience is almost as receptive and just as large for the opening act, Brisbane’s Yes You, who have received a flogging on the station in the last 12 months or so. Their set is ridiculously slick and despite the fact that they’re obviously doing it very live it’s so close to the recordings that you could be convinced you’re listening to singers with a backing track. The band seem like Con-trained musicians with the two core band members and the drummer jumping between instruments without any inkling it’s not their full-time slot. The crowd gets a bit excited for the single, Half Of It, but the real surprise comes when the female keyboard player fronts a song with electronic drums while the others goof around. It’s an amazing track, and the loose nature of the playing and the vocals elevate it far, far above anything else on offer tonight. Even though it’s very early into the career of Electric Guest as a band, vocalist Asa Taccone has been
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MARK GARDENER, UNDERGROUND LOVERS, SKY PARADE FACTORY THEATRE: 04.08.12
Touring as backing band for Mark Gardener has its benefits when you can also open the show with your own set as did Los Angeles’ Sky Parade. Their set didn’t start well with a bad mix and a sparse early crowd but as the sound improved and the room filled they found their way with some dark psychedelic guitar rock in the vein of Spiritualized and Brian Jonestown Massacre. When they upped the intensity
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TAKING STOCK There are seven killer bands playing at ERKSTOCK, Eric Scaresbrook (aka Erk from Erk FM)’s birthday party, so no crying allowed. Drum caught up with representatives from three separate bands to find out what the birthday boy means to them and just how loose they intend to get in his honour.
Since wowing audiences at SXSW, jangly pop quartet Twerps have spent the past few months tucked away in the recording studio. Now they’re coming out to reveal all the tunes they’ve crafted lately. They’ll be stopping in at GoodGod Small Club this Saturday night.
KILLING IT This Saturday night, Sydney band Kill City Creeps will be hitting up the Vanguard. Support comes from Melbourne’s energetic percussion-heavy four-piece Peep Tempel and indie rockers The Harlots, the guys behind the energetic little single, Lady Maria.
ROGER THAT Having been signed to the ABC’s new record label Four|Four, Tim Rogers is celebrating with an extensive five-state tour for the next few months promoting his latest album, Roger Sings Rogerstein. He’ll be stopping in at Lizotte’s Kincumber Friday, Lizotte’s Dee Why Saturday and Lizotte’s Newcastle Sunday, and joining him each night as his guest aupporting artists is fellow ABC signing, Catherine Britt, who will showcase her new album, Always Never Enough.
ADDICTED TO BASS North coast indie-rock trio Stereo Addicts are preparing for the release of their debut EP and will host a launch party at The Metro Theatre on Thursday night, the first stop on their Goin’ Away tour. They’ll be supported by indie-rock starlet Sunday and Sydney DJ Starjumps.
JOIN THE CLUB The Musos’ Club jam is on again this week, hitting up the Bald Faced Stag Hotel in Leichhardt this Wednesday, then the Carousel Hotel in Rooty Hill
on Thursday night. Dust off your old guitar and get involved, or sit back and enjoy the show.
INFORMAL FOLK It’s folk night again at FBi Social, featuring storytelling blues man Bonez, quaint indie four-piece Pocket Of Stones, melodic folk group Belle Heavens and Dan Crestani. With cheap meals downstairs and the heating on upstairs, FBi’s Folk Informal seems the best place to spend a chilly Wednesday night.
GO-TO LEROY Leroy Lee is apparently the go-to banjo session player in Sydney. He’s also played with the likes of Folk Uke in the US and organised wildly successful tribute nights right here in Sydney. Now, his debut solo effort – an EP titled Arcadia – has just been released, and the man will be performing a special show at FBi Social this Thursday night. He’ll be supported by Sui Zhen and Eli Wolf.
BAD BOYS New Zealand hip hop act Home Brew are bad boys. In NZ, they threw their record launch party in an old brothel, had their notorious pop-up store closed down and are alleged advocates of drug dependency. They’ll be showcasing bad-arse music from their self-titled debut to their latest release, a critically acclaimed double album this Saturday night at The Factory. Australia’s Sky’High is on support duties.
SMOKIN’ MIRRORS How do you know Eric Scaresbrook (aka Erk from Erk FM) and how important do you think dudes like him are in keeping Sydney’s live music scene vibrant? IsyV (Hard As Nails, singer/songwriter): We officially met Erk at a Women of Metal/Rock event held at The Lucky Oz last year and he has since been a familiar face rocking out at a lot of our gigs. Erk has featured Hard As Nails in a number of his podcasts since that time including a lengthy chat with me where he let me rave on for almost an hour! He is an absolute legend and has been a big supporter of our music and the development of our sound. People like Erk are so vital in keeping the scene vibrant as they support us little guys, and girls! Especially Erk, he is a BIG supporter of female-fronted bands. Just look at the lineup of Erkstock! Brad Thomas (Foundry Road, drums): Foundry Road and Eric started working together in 2010 after a mutual friend of ours purchased a copy of our 2009 release and debut album, The Flood Of Isolation, for him. Eric passed our music along to podcasters from around the world and with his help our music has reached as far as the UK and United States. Eric is known to be tireless, interviewing and reviewing bands and ensuring that the little bands are represented, but also making sure the larger, more established bands get a run as well. His efforts of podcasting/reviewing and going to gigs inspire others to do the same, which is what the Sydney live music scene needs right now! Emmy Mack (Smokin’ Mirrors, lead singer): We met Erk at a gig we played at Lewisham Livehouse and he approached us for airplay on his podcast. It’s so rare these days to find people with the dedication to live music that Erk has. He’s the kind of dude who’ll go to a gig just to support the bands – even if he’s never heard of them before. The live music scene could definitely do with more Erks!
Sydney party-starters Bluejuice have set off on a university campus tour to ease the midwinter plight of suffering students in NSW. Deep Sea Arcade, with their gorgeous keys and Beatles-esque rhythms will be supporting, as will the newly renamed The Preatures. They’ll be stopping in at UTS on Friday night and University of Wollongong on Saturday night. 52 • THE DRUM MEDIA
If you were to suggest a replacement for the traditional Happy Birthday song, what would it be and why? IsyV: Um, I’m going to have to say our track, Icecream, especially for Erkstock. It’s one of Erk’s favourites; he has jumped on the mic with me before to sing along and who doesn’t want Icecream for their birthday. Plus it’s got a killer riff! BT: DETHKLOK – Happy Dethday \m/ (mostly because it’s brutal).
HARD AS NAILS EM: Happy Erkday? Erking Class Man? Let’s dispense with the terrible puns and go with Crazy Train by Ozzy Osborne, because Erk drives trains! What’s the most memorable birthday party you’ve ever been to? IsyV: It would have to be Mirko’s (Hard As Nails bassist) combined birthday party with his missus, Kelly, that we had a couple of months back. Being his first year in the band, it meant a heap for all of us to get together with his mates and his family and simply just hang out. There were so many shenanigans that night, including fire, funny faces, lots of man love and even a lil’ midnight visit from the boys in blue. But what do you expect from a bunch of rockers? BT: Back in our younger years, there was a birthday party at my house – of course, a former lineup of the band was present on the night and the band’s friends – one of our friends Tim was found with his head inside the kick drum of the drumkit in the morning. Of course you can guess how Tim was awoken when he was seen there! EM: Probably our mate’s birthday a week after we first met our guitarist Alex. We were drinking a bit too enthusiastically and ended up naked, doing backflips into the next-door neighbours’ pool. Unfortunately the neighbours didn’t think it was as funny as we did. Which other band are you most looking forward to catching on the night and why? IsyV: Just one? That’s hard. I love all these bands for different reasons but I have a soft spot for Smokin’ Mirrors. These guys really rock out and for me represent everything a hard rock band should be: raucous, raw and most of all fun! And okay, I’ll be honest – I love a bassist that takes his shirt off, I’m only human. BT: Such a hard call! It’s a fantastic lineup and with each of the bands offering something different... EM: All the bands are going to kick arse, but we’re particularly keen on catching Hard As Nails – they’re great mates of ours and we always have a blast at their shows. WHO: Erkstock WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 11 August, Valve Bar & Venue
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TWO FOR ONE
This Friday night, FBi Social and Mum at the World Bar join forces to bring you Go Here, Go There, a night when admission to one venue buys you admission to the other. With a lineup the size of a diminutive festival, 15 dollars could get you in to watch Hey Geronimo, Chicks Who Love Guns, Jeremy Neale (of Velociraptor), The Walking Who, Polographia (DJ set) and loads more.
THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID
Brisbane indie band The Belligerents are fresh off touring with Van She and are all set to release their new EP, She Calls The Shots. They’ll be playing FBi Social this Saturday night. Support will come from Sydney dance/punk act Conics.
WRITING ON THE WALL
This Wednesday night, The World Bar will be serving up a healthy mix of awesome DJs with Hydraulix, Peeps, Sure Cut Kids and Brown Bea, and many more, all part of The Wall, the city’s favourite mid-week party night, serving up a heavy cocktail of dubstep, electro and R&B.
NOT JUST PROPAGANDA
The World Bar is home to the Sydney leg of worldwide indie-rock club night Propaganda. This week, DJs Shag, Gillex and many more will be spinning guitar classics and rock anthems until the early hours of the morning. That’ll all be happening this Thursday night at The World Bar.
HAVE YOUR CAKE
The World Bar’s Saturday night party, Cakes, is on again with, this week, some big name DJs including Midnight Sleaze, Blaze Tripp, Kato and Pablo Calamari fuelling the party fire all night.
This Friday night, Sydney music team SoSueMe have set up a lineup to die for at The Standard with Collarbones, Oceanics, Embassy and Alison Wonderland, just to name a few, uniting some of Sydney’s most talked-up underground bands and DJs. Alison Wonderland is, of course, fresh from a Splendour set to remember.
HOOKED ON CLASSICS
This Saturday night, The Standard is hosting a very interesting gig indeed. Classical music organisation Musica Viva is presenting two of its favourite ensembles, Enigma Quartet and Streeton Trio, from 5pm. Take a chance on expanding your musical parameters.
Indie roots artists Dan Hopkins will be helping renowned banjo player Leroy Lee launch his EP,
Arcadia, this weekend. The show is set to take place at Mars Hill Café in Parramatta this Saturday night.
PARTY FOR FREE Sydney electro band Svelt are preparing to release their new EP, Free Party, this week. Mixing up frenetic UK jungle beats with bassheavy rhythms, layering guitar punk sounds over the top, the band will release their EP this Friday at the Red Rattler theatre.
YOUNG JAZZ VETERAN Jazz musician Nic Jeffries has spent 12 years on the Sydney music scene. This Saturday night, he takes over Blue Beat in Double Bay to present two sets, each performed by entirely different bands. Dynamic vocalist Carrie Lakin and various special musical guests will take to the stage throughout the night.
BACK BAR BLITZ This Friday night, The Annandale will launch their brand-new, made-over Back Bar, restored with interior and exterior paintwork. The event will be presided over by indie-rock notables Faker, Mavens and Castlecomer, with tunes in the back bar courtesy DJ Jay Katz.
THE BELLIGERENTS What’s the title of your new EP? She Calls The Shots (aka please stay away from my apartment and stop calling me).
How many releases do you have now? We’ve got two EPs and a few singles thrown in the mix. After 2.5 years together we’re not really focused on when and how much music to release; it’s more about how our sound has matured and what we want to be putting out there.
This Sunday afternoon, Sydney hip hop act Half-Way Homebuoys will be supporting Blake Saban in an intimate Sydney set at The Valve in Tempe from 4pm.
FEELING RESTLESS Sydney band Restless Leg, who must have played every little dive bar and concert hall in this town, continuing on their campaign to capture the city’s attention with a gig at The Excelsior in Glebe on Friday afternoon.
STEREO ADDICTS PLAY METRO THEATRE ON THURSDAY 9 AUGUST.
Your music is…? Alternative rock.
Australian-fronted Spanish band Johnny Casino y Los Secretos are planning on kicking off their Australian tour with a series of Sydney shows this weekend, playing this Thursday at The Patch in Wollongong, this Friday at The Square in Sydney, this Saturday at Manly Fishos, and this Sunday at the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown.
Which acts inspired you to produce your own music and why? Our major influences have been other great Australian alt.rock bands like Birds Of Tokyo, Calling All Cars and Children Collide – we love the power of their music and they’ve definitely inspired us.
HEARING ECHOES Pseudo Echo, electro-pop pioneers, topped the Australian charts in the 1980s, with goldselling albums and a #1 single in a cover of the irrepressible Funky Town. They’ve just released their first new single in over 20 years, Suddenly Silently, independently, and to promote it, Pseudo Echo play the Oxford Art Factory this Friday night.
What’s your wildest ambition for your music? Only for more people to hear and enjoy it. Why should we come and see you? There’s a lot of energy in our new music and on stage at our shows. The crowds have really been getting into it. You’ll have to come along and see. How do you find the local live scene? There’s more happening lately and we’re enjoying it. There are a lot of new venues and gigs coming up and everyone has been really supportive to us, which we are really grateful for. What’s your greatest rock’n’roll moment? Playing a headline gig to a full room at the Espy in Melbourne and seeing some sweaty punters singing the words in the front row – that’s rock. For more info see: stereoaddicts.com
This Friday night at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar, a series of crazy, eclectic and non-linear-sounding bands will be taking to the stage. Sydney’s own experimental electronica three-piece kučka are up, along with one-man show Grey And Practice, and the whole lineup comes to you for free!
THE HUNTERS CROSSING THE LINE
Melbourne electro artist Owl Eyes and rock duet Stonefield are headed for the regional areas of NSW this week. The bands will be performing in a concert to help raise awareness for the Australian government’s The Line campaign, which aims to educate young people about everything from sexting and cyber bullying to inappropriate physical behaviour. This week will see the acts hit up the Station Resort in Jindabyne on Wednesday night, Zierholz in Canberra on Thursday night, Southern Cross University in Lismore on Saturday night and the Hotel Great Northern in Byron Bay on Sunday night. 54 • THE DRUM MEDIA
Ballarat sextet Hunting Grounds continue their national tour promoting their debut album, In Hindsight, and they’ll be stopping in at Yours & Owls in Wollongong this Thursday night accompanied by support act Gung Ho, then it’s GoodGod Small Club Friday, and the Transit Bar in Canberra Saturday night
WALL OF NOISE
This Friday night at the Lansdowne, prepare for a psychedelic journey with psych-drone outfit Adrift For Days, who’ll be launching
How long did it take to write/record? Half a year in pre-production and five days in the studio. Lewis, Andy and myself spent ages on the pre-production and the writing and then everybody came together in the studio and Yanto Browning (Art Of Sleeping, The Medics, The Jungle Giants) brought all our ideas onto tape (aka Pro Tools). Some of the tracks, such as Wait, were written about 18 months ago. It moved from being a bedroom techno jam about double the speed and is now a slow-creeping, dancefloor, fist-pumper. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? A crazy stalker girlfriend. Three songs on the EP are about this girl that one of us used to date. She was crazy from the start, but shit started to get out of hand after the break-up. One song is about her being crazy, another is about the break-up and yet another is about the stalking afterwards. What’s your favourite song on it? She Calls The Shots and Wait. Both are heaps of fun to play live and we haven’t gotten over them yet. She Calls The Shots has a massive breakdown and Wait has this huge drop right at the end – there are about ten, sub-layered sub hits and Stag pretty much shakes the room anytime he triggers them. People on drugs love it. Will you do anything differently next time? We’ll get more vintage synths, double the pedals, and we’ll triple the intensity and record it on a boat. Will you be launching it? On Saturday 11 August at FBi Social with Conics!! their droning epic, Come Midnight, at this free showcase joined by doom band Space Bong, with the night opened by post-metal cacophony We Lost The Sea and Summonus.
FORBES APPROVED BLACK LAKES Dark moodsters Black Lakes are joined b Melburnian dionysian-flavoured post-rockers Sans Gras and dub-progsters Ocean Alley this Friday night at the Forbes Hotel right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, tickets just $10.
IS NEW IS GOOD This Thursday night at Rock Lily within the Star City Casino, rock quartet New Empire will be taking to the stage. The band are fresh from a US tour where they supported the likes of Good Charlotte, Simple Plan and Owl City. They’re profiled of course elsewhere in these very pages.
TUE 07 ADAM PRINGLE + FRIENDS: Sandringham Hotel, street level - Newtown ANDREW DENNISTON, BRIAN MANNING, EVA-MARIA HESS, PETER WILLIAMS: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks BLACK DIAMOND, + GUESTS: George IV Hotel - Picton BOUNCE: Scruffy Murphys - Sydney DANNY ELLIOTT, DEE DONOVAN, GROOVEWORKS, SHARNA LE-GRAND: The Cube Campbelltown HARRY GODFREYWERLEMANN: Mori Gallery - Sydney HUE WILLIAMS: Teagardens Hotel Bondi Junction RUSSELL NEAL, MAXINE KAUTER, EMAD YOUNAN, UNDER THE PURPLE TREE, 2 PICKS, NO STICKS + MORE: Taverners Hill Hotel - Leichhardt SHANE FLEW: Dee Why RSL - Dee Why THE PILLARS, SLIDE ALBATROSS: 505 - Surry Hills
WED 08 BLACK DIAMOND, RICHARD MURPHY, NATHAN COLE: Cookies Lounge and Bar - North Strathfield BLUE JUICE, DEEP SEA ARCADE, THE PREACHERS: Bar on the Hill, Newcastle Uni - Newcastle BONEZ, PACKET OF STONES, DAN CRESTANI, THE BELLE HAVENS: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross BRENDAN MURPHY: Beauford Hotel - Mayfield BUTTERFLY BOUCHER, VAN HOORN, KATIE HERZIG: Brass Monkey - Cronulla CHRIS FRANKLIN, JUSTINE ROGERS, PETER MEISEL: Roxbury Hotel - Glebe
EXPATRIATE, I AM APOLLO: Beach Road Hotel, Rex Room - Bondi
BIG BEN: Coogee Bay Hotel, Beach Bar - Coogee
MICHAEL MCGLYNN: Greengate Hotel - Greengate
FOX CONTROL, PHOEBE STAR, KATE BROWN: Valve Bar & Venue - Tempe
BIG RICH: Haymarket Hotel - Sydney
NEW EMPIRE, IN MEASURES, THE SHORT LIST: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont
FRAT HOUSE DJs: Lansdowne Hotel - Chippendale GREG SITA, TWO SCREWS LOOSE, MATT MCGOWEN: Cat & Fiddle Hotel - Balmain HELMUT UHLMANN, + GUESTS: UTS Loft Bar, UTS - Broadway HUNTING GROUNDS, GUNG HO: Plantation Hotel - Coffs Harbour MICHAEL CHAMBERLIN, SMART CASUAL, SHANE MATHESO: The Standard - Darlinghurst MISS PIA & HER LONESOME PLAYBOYS, TWILIGHT RHYTHM BOYS, DJ BRIAN: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont OLD MAN CROW, LOW DOWN DIRTY SHAME: Sandringham Hotel, street level - Newtown PAUL SUN, ALEX COMPTON: Jazushi - Surry Hills PETER HEAD: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks PUNCH BROTHERS: The Basement Circular Quay ROLAND K SMITH & THE SINNERS, BILLYGOAT & THE MONGRELS, THE RAMALAMAS: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs - Newtown ROSETTA, CITY OF SHIPS, SAFE HANDS, INHALE THE SEA, NUCLEAR SUMMER: Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle RUSSELL NEAL, GAVIN FITZGERALD, PAUL MCGOWAN, KEN MCLEAN, PETE SCULLY: Coach & Horses Hotel - Randwick SOHEYLA, THIEVES, ANIKIKO: The Vanguard - Newtown SONS OF SUMMER, AARON LYON: King Street Brewhouse - City SPENCER RAY DUO: Oriental Hotel - Springwood
COLD MAN BROWNE: Annandale Hotel - Annandale
STONEFIELD, OWL EYES: Station Resort - Jindabyne
COSMIC KING, OUT OF CONTEXT, FACING ZERO, TERMINAL ILLNESS, CRANKING OLD BASTARDS: Forest Inn - Bexley
THE HI TOPS BRASS BAND: The Mac - Surry Hills
CRAIG SCOTT QUINTET: 505 - Surry Hills DAN SPILLANE: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill DAVID DE VITO: Lizottes Central Coast - Kincumber DENNIS AUBREY: Mori Gallery - Sydney DJ PAULY: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown
TOMMY EMMANUEL: Enmore Theatre - Enmore
THU 09 2 WAY SPLIT: Orient Hotel - The Rocks ANDREW DENNISTON, HIDDEN ACE, STEVIE POUNDER: Ettalong Beach Club - Ettalong Beach
BLUE JUICE, DEEP SEA ARCADE, THE PREACHERS: Univeristy of New England - Armidale BOMBS AWAY, DJ BIG WILL, TROY T, ANTHONY K: Australian Hotel & Brewery - Annangrove BURN ANTARES, DOC HOLLIDAY TAKES THE SHOTGUN, HUCKLEBERRY HASTINGS: The Basement Circular Quay BUTTERFLY BOUCHER, KATIE HERZIG, VAN HOORN: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville CHASE THE SUN: Peachtree Hotel - Penrith DAVE WHITE DUO: Maloneys Hotel - City DAVID HELFGOTT: City Recital Hall - Sydney EASTSIDE LIVE: 505 - Surry Hills HAYLEY SALES DUO: UNSW Roundhouse, Beer Garden - Kensington HEY BABY, CHAKRA, MIDNIGHT BUTTERFLY: Valve Bar & Venue - Tempe HOT DAMN! Feat., HEIGHTS, PLEDGE THIS!, ASURA, LIFE BEYOND: Vegas Lounge - Darlinghurst HUNTING GROUNDS, GUNG HO: Yours and Owls - Wollongong I’M WITH STUPID: O’Malleys Hotel - Kings Cross JAY PARRINO: Northies, Sports Bar - Cronulla JIM KEYES, RUSSELL MORRIS: Bridge Hotel - Rozelle JOANNA MELES: Campbelltown Catholic Club - Campbelltown JOHN HILL: Monkey Bar - Balmain JOHN VELLA: Fringe Bar - Paddington JOHNNY CASINO Y LOS SECRETOS: The Patch - Fairy Meadow KIRK BURGESS: Sackville Hotel - Rozelle LEROY LEE, SUI ZHEN, ELI WOLFE: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross LITTLE BASTARD, PAPA PILKO AND THE BIN RATS, JACK DAWSON: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery Bar - Darlinghurst LUKE ROBINSON BAND: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills MANDI JARRY: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord MARGARET BRADFORD: Mori Gallery - Sydney MATT JONES TRIO: 3 Wise Monkeys - Sydney
2012 FREEDMAN JAZZ FELLOWSHIP: The Studio, Sydney Opera House - Circular Quay
DOUGIE DE KROO’S KENTUCKY MOON: Town & Country Hotel - St Peters
80’S FLASHBACK: Ettamogah Hotel - Rouse Hill
DR ZOOM DUO: Charlestown Bowling Club - Charlestown
OLLIE BROWN: King Street Brewhouse - City
ALPHA MAMA: The Mac - Surry Hills (Late)
OUTSPOKEN with, HERB, DEADBEAT & HAZY, TELOPEA feat. EARELEVANT, BISCOTTI + MORE: Annandale Hotel - Annandale
ALTITUDE: Scruffy Murphys - Sydney
DYSNEY, KUCKA, MENISCUS: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery Bar - Darlinghurst
PATRICK BRADY: Pritchards Hotel Mount Pritchard PETER ‘BLACKIE’ BLACK: Port Macquarie Hotel - Port Macquarie PETER HEAD: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks PROPAGANDA DJs: World Bar - Kings Cross REPLIKA: Scruffy Murphys - Sydney RUSSELL NEAL, NICK DOMENICOS, SPENCER MCCALLUM: Kogarah Hotel - Kogarah SOUL & SOUND SESSIONS: Mars Hill Café - Parramatta STEREO ADDICTS, SUNDAY, DJ STARJUMPS: The Lair, Metro Theatre - Sydney STEVE CLISBY: The Mac - Surry Hills STEVE TONGE: Observer Hotel - The Rocks STONEFIELD, OWL EYES: Zierholz @ UC - Canberra ACT SWITCHED ON: Illawarra Yacht Club - Warrawong THE BOOK OF VILAH, MIKE WILDE: Captain Cook Hotel - Paddington THE DAMNED HUMANS, KARMIC DIRT, PARENTHIA: The Wall, The Bald Faced Stag - Leichhardt THE GLEESONS: Ski Rider Hotel Wilsons Valley THE ONLY, NICE & EGO, MOVEMENT, NUFF JOCKEY DJs, BEAT THE SYSTEM DJs: Manning Bar, Sydney Uni - Camperdown THE POD BROTHERS: Gymea Bay Hotel - Gymea TIM ROGERS, CATHERINE BRITT: Lizottes Newcastle - New Lambton TONI CHILDS: Penrith Panthers, Evan Theatre - Penrith UP CLOSE & PERSONAL, MARTY from RECKLESS: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown URBAN GUERILLAS, BARBECUE BROWN, STEPH MILLER & THE WINTER STATION: Union Hotel - Newtown WILDCATZ: Paragon Hotel - Circular Quay ZOLTAN: Dee Why Hotel - Dee Why
ANGUS & MALCOLM: Crown Hotel - Sydney ARMCHAIR TRAVELLERS DUO: PJ’s Irish Pub - Parramatta BACKLASH: Penrith Gaels - Kingswood BEN FINN: Castle Hill RSL - Castle Hill BIG WAY OUT: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown BILLY TALENT: Roundhouse, UNSW - Kensington BLAKE SABAN 3: King Street Brewhouse - City BLUE JUICE, DEEP SEA ARCADE, THE PREACHERS, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, GEORGIA FAIR +MORE: Glasshouse Bar, UTS - Broadway BLUE SUEDE ROCKERS: Belmont 16’s - Belmont BRAD JOHNS: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord BRIEN MCVERNON: Absolute Thai Restaurant Charlestown BRUCE MATHISKE: Clarendon Guest House - Katoomba
ELISA KATE: Bar Petite - Newcastle FAKER, MAVENS, CASTLECOMER: Annandale Hotel - Annandale FLUX: Miranda Hotel - Miranda FRAMES: The Spice Cellar - Sydney FRED SMITH & A FEW GOOD SPOOKY MEN: Notes Live - Enmore GANG OF BROTHERS: The Mac - Surry Hills GEOFF RANA: Northies, Sports Bar - Cronulla
JOHNNY CASINO Y LOS SECRETOS, HELL CRAB CITY, THE DUNHILL BLUES: The Square - Haymarket
ROB MACKENZIE: Oasis on Beamish Hotel - Campsie
JONNY ROCK: Brewery Bar, Novotel - Homebush
SHANE FLEW: Royal Oak Hotel - Parramatta
KEEP THE FAITH - BON JOVI SHOW: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills KING TIDE, BENJALU: Brass Monkey - Cronulla KOTADAMA: Warners Bay Hotel - Warners Bay KURT WILLIAMS: Chatswood RSL - Chatswood LA HUVA, RESTLESS LEG, MAN & WOMAN: Excelsior Hotel - Glebe LALA MODE: Parramatta Leagues - Parramatta LITTLE & SANDERS: Vineyard Hotel - Vineyard LLOYD SPIEGEL: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville
GET THE PARTY STARTED-THE PINK SHOW: Towradgi Beach Hotel - Towradgi
MACSON: The Kyle Bay - Kyle Bay
GRANNY FIST, TORTURED, BURIAL CHAMBER, MEEL, LOWER BACK PROBLEMS: Valve Bar & Venue - Tempe
MAR HAZE, LP & THE ARCHITECTS, HUNTLEY MITCHELL: Lansdowne Hotel - Chippendale
GREG BRYCE & THE BAD BAD THINGS: Duke of Wellington Hotel - New Lambton GREG LINES: Bankstown Hotel - Bankstown HAPPY HIPPIES: Blue Cattledog Hotel - St Clair
MANDI JARRY: PJ Gallaghers - Drummoyne
MARK DA COSTA & THE BLACK LIST, ROB HENRY: Dee Why Hotel - Dee Why MARTYS PLACE: Courthouse Hotel - Darlinghurst MATT PRICE DUO: Crows Nest Hotel (early) - Crows Nest
CASINO RUMBLERS, SIN & TONICS, + GUESTS: The Wall, The Bald Faced Stag - Leichhardt
HARBOUR MASTERS: Fringe Bar - Paddington HAYLEY SALES: Panthers - North Richmond
MELISSA TKAUTZ, BLACK DIAMOND HEARTS, DJ SMITHERS: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont
CATH & HIM: Revesby Workers, Skylight Lounge - Revesby
HEATH BURDELL: Parramatta RSL - Parramatta
NEILL BOURKE: O’Malleys Hotel - Kings Cross
CIVILIANS, COLOUR CODING, HARTS, DJ DEVOLA: Upstairs Beresford - Surry Hills
HEY GERONIMO, BEARHUG, CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS, JEREMY NEALE, THE WALKING WHO + MORE: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross
NIC JEFFRIES: Blue Beat - Double Bay
CJ WILSON: Figtree Hotel - Wollongong COLLARD GREENS AND GRAVY, SUPRO: The Vanguard - Newtown
HEY PONCHO: Hotel Jesmond - Jesmond
CONCORD DAWN, VERTIGO, EMBI, HYDRAULIX, DETEKTIVES, DISKORIOT: Chinese Laundry - Sydney
HUE WILLIAMS: Ettalong Bowling Club - Ettalong
COOKIN WITH AL: Kincumber Hotel - Kincumber
IAN MOSS, OLLIE BROWN: Lizottes Newcastle - New Lambton
CRAIG THOMMO: Warragamba Workers Club - Warragamba DAN SPILLANE: Red Cow Hotel - Penrith DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE: Crows Nest Hotel (late) - Crows Nest DJ - EXPRESS: Wentworthville Leagues (Late) - Wentworthville DJ RAIN JULZ: Luna Lounge, Jacksons On George - Sydney DJ TASK, G-WIZARD: Mean Fiddler Hotel, Woolshed - Rouse Hill
HUNTING GROUNDS, GUNG HO: GoodGod Small Club - Sydney
INTIMATE LOUNGE MUSIC: Supper Club, Fairfield RSL Club - Fairfield JASON HICKS: Tall Timbers Hotel - Ourimbah JENNY WATSON: Mori Gallery - Sydney JESS DUNBAR: Terrazza Restaurant - Chatswood JJ DUO: Dapto Leagues Club - Dapto JOHN LEIGH CALDER QUARTET: White Horse Hotel -Surry Hills
NICKY KURTA: Croydon Park Hotel - Croydon Park NINEMILE, 11/8: The Stag & Hunter Hotel - Mayfield ORIGINAL SIN - INXS SHOW, SWINGSHIFT - COLD CHISEL SHOW: City Diggers - Wollongong PAPA PILKO AND THE BIN RATS, DNA: Eastern Lounge - Chatswood PARTY VIBE: Coogee Bay Hotel, Beach Bar - Coogee PETE: Abbotts Hotel - Waterloo PETER NORTHCOTE: The Basement Circular Quay PROPAGANDA DJs: King Street Hotel - Newcastle RAPTURE: Club Rivers - Riverwood RED BULL THRE3STYLE feat, Z-TRIP: Metro Theatre - Sydney RESONATE STRING QUARTET: Mars Hill Café - Parramatta
RUBICON: Exchange Hotel - Newcastle
SHANNON NOLL: Mingara Recreation Club, Auditorium - Mingara SIRENS BIG BAND: 505 - Surry Hills SKYSCRAPER: Customs House Bar - Circular Quay SONS OF MERCURY: Moorebank Sports Club - Moorebank SOSUEME: The Standard - Darlinghurst STEVE CROCKER: Collingwood Hotel - Liverpool STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Karuah Hotel - Karuah SUN HILL DRIVE: Belmore Hotel - Newcastle THE BELLHOPS: Blacktown RSL, Celebrity Room - Blacktown THE CASTAWAYS DUO: Kingswood Sports Club Kingswood THE HEADLINERS: Dundas Sports Club - Dundas THE LEVYMEN: Nelson Bay Diggers - Nelson Bay THE POD BROTHERS: Heathcote Hotel - Heathcote THE SIDETRACKED FIASCO: Pacific Hotel - Yamba THE UNEXPECTED: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club Bondi Junction TIM ROGERS, CATHERINE BRITT: Lizottes Central Coast - Kincumber TONI CHILDS: Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre TWO GOOD REASONS: Cessnock Supporters - Cessnock TY: The Mark Hotel - Newcastle UPSIDE DOWN MISS JANE, SCARLETS REVENGE, COVERTUDON NOODLE TRAFFICKERS: Town Hall Hotel - Newtown VIAGRA FALLS: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths WELLSY: Windsor Castle Hotel Newcastle WHITE BROS: Quakers Inn - Quakers Hill WILDCATZ: Narrabeen Sands - Narrabeen ZOLTAN: Cronulla RSL - Cronulla
031 ROCK SHOW: Engadine Tavern - Engadine
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BABY ET LULU feat, ABBY DOBSON, LARA GOODRIDGE: Brass Monkey - Cronulla BEN FINN DUO: PJ’s Irish Pub - Parramatta BERNIE MCGANN QUARTET: Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre - Chippendale BIG BANG QUARTETE: The Stag & Hunter Hotel - Mayfield BLACK DIAMOND HEARTS: Crows Nest Hotel (late) - Crows Nest BLACKBREAKS, SCATTERFLY, ANGELS OF THE TATTOOED GENERATION: The Square - Haymarket BLONDE 182: Stacks Taverna Darling Harbour
ERKSTOCK feat, HARD AS NAILS, SMOKIN MIRRORS, DOMINO, GUTTER TACTICS, EMPERICAL + MORE: Valve Bar & Venue Tempe (Afternoon)
GEN-R-8: Nelson Bay Diggers - Nelson Bay
BRIAN’S FAMOUS JAZZ & CHILI CRAB NIGHT feat, LUKE GALLEN QUARTET: Lizottes Central Coast - Kincumber
HAYLEY SALES: Pennant Hills Hotel - Pennant Hills
DANE & AARON: Cookies Lounge and Bar - North Strathfield DANIEL ARVIDSON: Duke of Wellington Hotel - New Lambton DAVID AGIUS: Castle Hill RSL - The Terrace DES GIBSON: Lansvale Hotel - Lansvale DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: Everglades Country Club - Woy Woy DIVA FEVER, DI BIRD RED HOT & BLUE: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge - Penrith DJ MATT: Gymea Bay Hotel - Gymea DR ZOOM DUO: The Mark Hotel - Newcastle ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY: Orient Hotel - The Rocks ENIGMA QUARTET, STREETON TRIO: The Standard - Darlinghurst
BLACK SABAN 3, JACK DAVIDSON, OLIVER GOSS, CALLING MAYDAY: Valve Bar & Venue - Tempe BONES ATLAS: Brass Monkey - Cronulla
FOREDAY RIDERS 45TH ANNIVERSARY with, RAY BEADLE, LEX KARSKI, JOHN POWER + SPECIAL GUESTS: Notes Live - Enmore
BOB ALLAN: Toukley RSL - Toukley
DAN LAWRENCE: Observer Hotel (early) - The Rocks
BENN GUNN: Bayview Tavern - Gladesville
FLUX, DJ SHAG: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont
GARY JOHNS DUO: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill
CRAIG THOMMO: Helensburgh Workers Club - Helensburgh
BACKBEAT DUO: Belmont 16’s - Belmont
FIONA LEIGH-JONES DUO: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord
BLUE MOON QUARTET: Supper Club, Fairfield RSL Club - Fairfield
CHRISTINA CROFTS, HARRY BRUS, DAVE FESTER: Taverners Hill Hotel - Leichhardt
60s CHARTOPPERS: Penrith RSL, Castle Lounge - Penrith
FENDER BENDERS: Crown Hotel - Sydney
FRANKY VALENTYN TRIO: Club Five Dock - Five Dock
CHRIS PATON: Northies, Sports Bar - Cronulla
EVIE DEAN: Northies, Beach Bar (afternoon) - Cronulla
BLUE JUICE, DEEP SEA ARCADE, THE PREACHERS: UniBar, University of Wollongong Wollongong
BRIEN MCVERNON: Beauford Hotel - Mayfield
CAMBO: Observer Hotel - The Rocks CENTRAL WEST JAZZ QUARTET: Oxford Hotel - Bathurst DAVE BERNOTH: Campbelltown Catholic Club, Club Lounge - Campbelltown
FUSHIA, TEAL, KITTEN DJs: Spectrum - Darlinghurst
HEATH BURDELL: PJ Gallaghers - Drummoyne
TWICE THE TWERPS
Just why this Melbourne four-piece has suddenly gone gangbusters is obviously something of which Sydneysiders are well aware, because the demand for tickets for their GoodGod Small Club show this Saturday night has been doing very good business. If you’re a lucky ticketholder, you’ll discover the reason why The Twerps are worshipped far and wide.
HOME BREW, SKY HIGH, DJ SUBSTANCE: Factory Theatre - Marrickville
KINGTIME, LIME CORDIALE, WIDOW BIRDS, CALLITHUMP: Annandale Hotel - Annandale
HUNTING GROUNDS, GUNG HO: Transit Bar - Canberra ACT
KIRK BURGESS: Bexley RSL - Bexley
HYBRID CLASSICS, STEVIE MINK, EMOH INSTEAD, SPENDA C, MATT O BRIEN: Chinese Laundry - Sydney IAN MOSS, OLLIE BROWN: Lizottes Newcastle - New Lambton ILLY, CHASM SOUNDSYSTEM, SCRYPTCHA: Great Northern Hotel - Byron Bay IROCK: Engadine Tavern - Engadine JCONNEXION: Carousel Inn - Rooty Hill JENNI NIXON & FRIENDS: Mori Gallery - Sydney JESS DUNBAR: Menu 33, Novotel - Rooty Hill JJ DUO: Coogee Bay Hotel, Beach Bar - Coogee JOHN FIELD TRIO: Ettamogah Hotel - Rouse Hill JOHNNY CASINO Y LOS SECRETOS: Manly Fishos - Manly JOSH MCIVOR: The Belvedere Hotel - Sydney KILL CITY CREEPS, THE PEEP TEMPEL, THE HARLOTS: The Vanguard - Newtown
LEROY LEE, DAN HOPKINS: Mars Hill Café - Parramatta LO FIVE: The Mac - Surry Hills LUKE AUSTEN DUO: Windsor Castle Hotel - Newcastle MACSON: Kellys on King - Newtown MAMA JANE’S BLUES BAND: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths MATT JONES DUO: Brewery Bar, Novotel - Homebush MATT PRICE DUO: Panthers, Terrace Bar - Penrith MATT SEABERG: Huskission Hotel - Huskission MATT TOMS: Oatley Hotel (afternoon) - Oatley MAX POWER: Picton Hotel - Picton MAY JAY: Bar Petite - Newcastle MELODY BLACK, THE MERCY KILLS, TRUE LOVE CHAOS, THE TENTH CIRCLE: The Wall, The Bald Faced Stag - Leichhardt MIC CONWAY, ROBBIE LONG: Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge - Fairlight MIKE WITCOMBE: The Spice Cellar - Sydney NADYA’S 101 CANDLES ORKESTRA: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville
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ZOLTAN: Revesby Workers - Revesby
GIG OF THE WEEK
NICK RASCHKE DUO: Northern Star - Hamilton NICKY KURTA: Town Hall Hotel - Balmain ONE HIT WONDERS: Bayview Tavern - Gladesville OUTERPHASE: Cessnock Supporters - Cessnock PAUL SUN, MATT LAMB, GRAHAME CONLON: Organic Food Markets - Leichhardt PEPPERMINT JAM: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown
SNAKADAKTAL, SURES, FISHING: Metro Theatre - Sydney
THE LONELY BOYS: Mercantile Hotel - The Rocks
SONS OF MERCURY: Ingleburn Hotel - Ingleburn
THE POD BROTHERS: Paragon Hotel Circular Quay
SOUNDPROOFED: Macarthur Tavern - Campbelltown
THE RESCUE SHIPS, NGAIIRE: Clarendon Guest House - Katoomba
STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Hornsby Inn - Hornsby
THE RUMINATORS: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery Bar Darlinghurst
STEVE TONGE: Hillside Hotel - Castle Hill STORMCELLAR: Royal Hotel - Bondi
PETER HEAD: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks
SUITE AZ: Castle Hill RSL - Cocktail Lounge
PETULANT FRENZY PLAYS ZAPPA: Blue Beat - Double Bay
TALK OF THE TOWN: Belmont 16’s - Belmont
PSEUDO ECHO: Mounties - Mt Pritchard RATTLE & HUM-U2 SHOW: Oatley Hotel - Oatley REASONS 2B CHEERFUL: Eastern Suburbs Legion Club - Bondi Junction RED HOT NUMBERS: Courthouse Hotel - Darlinghurst REPLIKA ROCK DUO: Brewhouse - Marayong ROB HENRY: Observer Hotel (afternoon) - The Rocks RUBBER BULLET: Warners Bay Hotel - Warners Bay SARAH PATON: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel - Botany SFX feat. SEASONS, THE CITY SHAKEUP, SWING FROM A STREETLIGHT: St James Hotel - Sydney
THE ACCIDENTS, BATTLESHIPS, PRIVATE LIFE, DJs BERT & ERNIE: Upstairs Beresford - Surry Hills THE ALCO HOTLICKS, MASTER OF RIBONGIA, HELLO VERA: 505 - Surry Hills THE BELLIGERENTS, CONICS: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross THE BUSINESS: Empire Bay Tavern - Empire Bay THE CAPULETS: Exchange Hotel - Newcastle THE CASTAWAYS DUO: Penrith Gaels - Kingswood THE COLDPLAY SHOW: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills THE DREAMCATCHERS: Absolute Thai Restaurant Charlestown THE HARVEYS: Fringe Bar - Paddington
SHANNON NOLL: Penrith Panthers, Evan Theatre - Penrith
THE STRIDES: The Basement Circular Quay TIM PRINGLE: Ettalong Beach Club - Ettalong Beach TIM ROGERS, CATHERINE BRITT: Lizottes Sydney - Dee Why TONI CHILDS: Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre - Revesby TWERPS, SONGS, JONNY TELAFONE: GoodGod Small Club - Sydney TWO GOOD REASONS: Royal Federal Hotel - Branxton VANITY: Scruffy Murphys - Sydney V-DUBS: Belmore Hotel - Newcastle VIP: Wentworthville Leagues (Late) Wentworthville WARDS XPRESS: Bald Rock Hotel - Rozelle WILDCATZ: Cronulla Bowling & Rec Club - Cronulla YUKI KUMAGAI, JOHN MACKIE: Wellco Café & Wine Bar - Leichhardt
DAVE TICE BAND: Sandringham Hotel, street level - Newtown (afternoon) DAVE WHITE DUO: Northies, Northies Bar - Cronulla DAVID AGIUS: Mill Hill Hotel - Bondi Junction FAITH LEE, THE WILD COMFORTS, THE CAMPERVAN DANCERS: The Vanguard - Newtown GARY JOHNS: Brewery Bar, Novotel - Homebush GAV DARBY: Tall Timbers Hotel - Ourimbah GEORGIE & FRIENDS: Commodore Hotel McMahons Point JOHNNY CASINO Y LOS SECRETOS: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs - Newtown JOHNNY G & THE E TYPES: Botany View Hotel - Newtown KELLIE CAIN: Kincumber Hotel - Kincumber KRISHNA JONES: Parramatta Leagues - Parramatta KUCKA, RAINBOW CHAN, EMILY GRANTHAM: Annandale Hotel - Annandale LOVE THAT HAT: Nelson Bay Diggers - Nelson Bay MARTY from RECKLESS: Northies,Sports Bar - Cronulla MARTY STEWART: Oscars Hotel - Pyrmont MATT JONES DUO: Paragon Hotel Circular Quay NO BREAKS: Marrickville Bowling Club - Marrickville PALM COURT ORCHESTRA: The Cube - Campbelltown
PETER HEAD TRIO: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks PETER NORTHCOTE, VIRGINIA LILLYE: Bridge Hotel - Rozelle RECKLESS: Gymea Bay Hotel - Gymea RIZ HALLOWES: Fringe Bar Paddington ROB HENRY, NEILL BOURKE: Observer Hotel (afternoon) - The Rocks ROCK N ROLL/ ALTERNATIVE MARKET feat, THE TOOT TOOT TOOTS, SPURS FOR JESUS + MORE: Manning Bar, Sydney Uni - Camperdown RUSSELL NEAL, + GUESTS: Salisbury Hotel - Stanmore SARAH PATON: O’Malleys Hotel - Kings Cross SPENCERAY: Coogee Bay Hotel, Beach Bar - Coogee STEPHANIE JANSEN: Campbelltown Catholic Club Campbelltown STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Premier Hotel - Broadmeadow STONEAGE ROMEO’S: Bar Petite - Newcastle STONEFIELD, OWL EYES: Great Northern Hotel - Byron Bay SUITE AZ, THE PINKS, WOLF MAIL SOHO STRAYS: Rock Lily - The Star Casino - Pyrmont THE GENERATORS: Riverstone Sports Hotel - Riverstone THE POD BROTHERS: Narrabeen Sands - Narrabeen THE WHITE BROTHERS: Ettamogah Hotel - Rouse Hill TIM ROGERS, CATHERINE BRITT: Lizottes Newcastle - New Lambton TRIPPIN UP THE STAIRS: Mean Fiddler Hotel - Rouse Hill WHISKY ANGELS: Woollahra Hotel - Woollahra ZOLTAN: Harbord Beach Hotel - Harbord
MON 13 DAN LAWRENCE: Observer Hotel - The Rocks RUSSELL NEAL, CHRIS BROOKES, MASSISMO: Kellys on King - Newtown
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AIM CONFERENCE & OPEN DAY
The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) will be presenting its second annual AIM Together Now industry conference and forum 10am through 5.30pm Saturday 11 August with showcase panels and workshops featuring some of the most powerful people in the music business, from recording through publishing to A&R and performers. Among the 26 industry professionals who will be answering the questions and discussing the issues are Rolling Stone Editor In Chief Matt Coyte, singer-songwriter Megan Washington, One Louder Entertainment MD and PPCA Director Bill Cullen, Sun Herald journalist Sarah Whyte and Head of Parker & Mr French at Peer Group Media, Todd Wagstaff. Tickets for the forum are $35, which also gives you free entry to the Afterdark after-party at the Oxford Art Factory, or it’s $25 for the forum only.
The following Saturday 18, AIM is also holding its next big open day 10am through 3pm with not only workshops, course information, tours of the extensive Foveaux Street, Surry Hills campus, live music performances, an industry panel discussion and the chance to meet and talk things over with staff and current students, but also a masterclass being presented by one of the final four grand finalists in The Voice, Darren Percival. It’s all free and the perfect opportunity to find out what AIM can offer to help you develop your musical future. For full details on both events, just check into the AIM website.
EGNATER AMP ONLINE OWNERS CLUB
Whether you’re in a working band or just love to jam in your garage, if your amp of choice is the Egnater, you’re invited to join the Egnater Amplification’s Owners Club and share your ideas and experiences to your heart’s content. It’s free to join – all you need do is complete the website submission form at www.egnateramps.com, attach a picture of yourself, your band or your Egnater equipment, send it in and it’ll all be posted up on the site where it’ll sit alongside the likes of the guitarists from Hellyeah, former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, Keb Mo, Michael Franti and a whole galaxy of amazing players.
Still as busily creative as ever, Paul McCartney was in New York earlier this year recording some tracks with Amy Winehouse/Rufus Wainwright producer Mark Ronson. Martha Wainwright recorded her forthcoming album, Come Home To Mama, for the most part at Sean Lennon’s home studio in New York City with producer Yuka C Honda of NYC-based Japanese girl duo Cibo Matto, who produced Lennon’s 1998 album, Into The Sun. LA institution Bad Religion are recording their as yet untitled next album at JHOC studio in Los Angeles, band members Brett Gurewitz and Greg Graffin coproducing with its owner, Joe Barresi (Kyuss, The Melvins, Queens Of The Stone Age, Parkway Drive). Germany’s answer to Steel Panther, Kamikaze Kings, recorded their debut album, The Law, at Audio Ego Studio in Berlin with producer Dirk Faehling (Motörhead, Skew Siskin, Jingo De Lunch). Melbourne three-piece Blacklevel Embassy recorded their third album, New Veteran, with ARIA Awardwinning producer JonBoyRock at Megaphon Studios in St Peters, then Jon Gardner, audio engineer at the Sydney Opera House, mixed it at his facility with the unlikely name, The Chinese Brothel Mix Studio, the record then mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. Building on, as he puts it, recordings done on “Pro Tools under the house”, Richard Clapton independently produced his first new album, Harlequin Nights, in eight years, calling on Reyne House to record stuff like drums and so on at Albert Studios in Neutral Bay, before getting David Nicholas to mix it and Don Bartley at Benchmark to master it. Adelaide four-piece The Sundance Kids sent their forthcoming second album to Air Studios in London to be mixed by Austin and Adam Noble (Coldplay) and mastered by Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones). Halfway Homebuoy have completed recording their album at Damien Gerard Sound Studios in Balmain with producer/engineer Russell Pilling, who recorded the debut EP for Bity Booker, utilising the studio’s MCI JH24 2” tape machine to keep things nice and warm. The debut album, Winter Of The Electric Sun, from The Oyster Murders was tracked for the most part by Lachlan “Magoo” Goold (Regurgitator, Spiderbait, Gerling, Renee Geyer) at his Applewood studio in their hometown Brisbane. 58 • THE DRUM MEDIA
Former Ataris bass player Mike Davenport talks to Michael Smith about recording the new album, Drink. Sing. Live. Love., from his current band, Versus THE WORLD.
riginally from Anderson in Indiana, American pop punks The Ataris were always more than a band. Committed to the whole DIY ethos, they set up their own label, Kung Fu Records, and even set up their own record store, dubbed Down On Haley, in Santa Barbara in California. It was in the back of that store long-time Ataris bass player Mike Davenport first got together with some of the store’s employees and, in 2005, released the debut album named after the band he formed, Versus The World. A lot of touring followed and eight years and several lineup changes later, the band now also sporting guitarist Chris Flippin from Lagwagon, Versus The World have just released their second album, Drink. Sing. Live. Love. “We actually went in there to just do an EP,” Davenport, on the line from his office in Santa Barbara, explains, “there” being Playback Recording and Orange Whip studios in his hometown, “and as we started layin’ down tracks, we were stoked with what we were doin’ so much that we were, like, ‘We should really work hard on this instead of just rush somethin’ out like we’ve done year after year [in the dozen years up to 2005, Davenport had recorded six albums with The Ataris as well as the eponymous Versus The World debut]. Let’s take our time and see what happens.’ And I really think it shows.” After releasing that Versus The World debut, Davenport had opted to take a couple of years off from that dozen pretty relentless years of recording and touring, and when he finally dusted off the bass, he hooked up, at his invitation, with Flippin in a party band called Cave Mummy that included another former Atari bass player, Marko DeSantis, and that got Davenport back into playing music again. “I didn’t want to tour,” Davenport admits, “I didn’t want to record, I didn’t want there to be a bunch of pressure, and Chris is the one. It was his whole scheme the whole time to get me to play in Cave Mummy, and while we’re in Cave Mummy he’s asking whatever happened to that singer [Donald Spence] in Versus The World? ‘I loved that – let’s do that band!’ So we called up Donald, who was playing with Bryan [Charlson, drummer in Crooks & Liars], who’d played live with Versus The World and worked at Down On Haley. So we called them up and said, ‘Hey, let’s just merge – Flip has this idea about all of us doin’ Versus,’ and he was right, man.”
ideas on their 2003 album, So Long, Astoria, which was produced by Lou Giordano, and Flowers produced the first Versus The World album. “He’s always been there for me – he’s my bullshit detector,” Davenport confesses. “He’s the one where I’ll say, ‘I think this’ll work,’ and he’ll say, ‘No, it doesn’t work; it sounds like a bad ‘70s riff,’ or something – you know what I mean? Thom is our fifth member and it wasn’t for him, none of it would sound like this. We all work out the music together, but someone will bring in a riff, and then we’ll bring it to Thom and Thom will tear it to pieces, and once he tears it to pieces, we go back, we go back and we work it out, and by the time we’ve done all that, Donald will be pretty close with the vocals – Donald will come up with all the lyrics and melodies. This band works exceptionally well as a team.” The album was then mixed by Ian MacGregor, whose CV is certainly diverse, having done the honours on records by All American Rejects on one hand and Katy Perry on the other. “Ian’s awesome. He’s another guy that came up here to Santa Barbara, did a bunch of interning at Orange Web during The Ataris days, where we recorded The Ataris records, and lo and behold he became a big-time producer, which is awesome because then he’s still a fan of mine and he produced our record for not what he charges a Katy Perry or All American Rejects,” Davenport laughs. “He did it as a fan, and that is just an incredible compliment. “He brought depth [to the mix], and maybe even more. It sounded a little sterile. I think Thom is great at capturing the songs and helping us with the songwriting, but the awesome audio and the mix of the songs, that’s
The choice of producer was also an obvious one for Davenport. Thom Flowers had worked as an engineer on the first three Ataris albums, before beginning to become involved with production
all Ian. Thom could have done a great job himself but we really wanted to push it to the next level, and it was Thom that brought it to Ian, so I think they worked together on it. They work together on other projects.” The album was then mastered by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Davenport again drawing on his Ataris experience, that band having mastered two of their albums there. “We just wanted this record to have the best of the best, and I mean, we called in every favour we ever had and we used the deal that we hadn’t done a record in seven years and we wanted to come back strong and everybody really pitched in. That’s why you see so many great names associated with this record. I think once they heard the songs they wanted to be part of it, and that’s the vibe we got all the way.” While Davenport admits that they’re at their best live, where they find recording in the studio hard, Drink. Sing. Live. Love. was a record done very much in the now traditional studio sense. “In the studio is very much us separate. We didn’t record this as we did some Ataris records where we would try and track everything together and make it more of a live sound, we did this very studio-like and it came out sounding more live than if we’d recorded live and tried to make it sound that way. So it almost worked out better for us this way and I think it was the team – to be honest with you, the team captured what we were going for.” Drink. Sing. Live. Love. is out now on 3Wise Records.
TIMBERIDGE TR MINI 4-SERIES MINI-ACOUSTIC
Owned and presided over in Melbourne, Timberidge guitars have been distributing quality instruments since 1994. The design and spec decisions are made in Australia and production is carried out overseas. I had the opportunity to road test one of their new products, the Timberidge 4-Series Mini-Acoustic, and found it impressive. There was something adorable about this Timberidge 4-Series model when I first pulled it out of its padded bag. Adorned in lovely flamed woods, this guitar looks like it should be hanging on the wall of an old English cottage. While the concept of a traveller’s guitar is not a new one, the idea has certainly become more popular in recent years with a greater range available than ever before. This was the first Timberidge guitar I have ever played, so I was intrigued to find out what they had delivered, both visually and sonically. Off the bat, the TR Mini was a lot of fun to play, and I wasn’t at all put off by the fact I had to battle a reasonably high action and some heavy strings. In fact, this really helped project the notes that seemingly sustained for days. The tone of the instrument is a little ‘boxier’ than a normal-sized steel string, and accompanied by a touch of banjo or resonator, it’s perfect for country, roots and old blues musings.
Some quality woods have been incorporated, like the solid cedar top, solid mahogany back and sides and a rosewood bridge and fingerboard. In addition, while on the subject of the bridge, this is what really helps define the sound of this instrument. An interesting design has been utilised that raises the saddle and lowers the bridge pins (in a similar way to a tune-omatic bridge on an electric) to create more tension when anchoring the string into the top. The result is much the same as on a Les Paul – big sustain – which is especially enjoyable with the small body, as interesting harmonics tend to jump out more. Plugged in, the sound goes from boxy to big when you EQ the tone with the B-Band A3T preamp. The preamp has a four-band EQ consisting of bass, middle, treble and presence and there’s an onboard tuner and volume
control. The amplified tone of this instrument was a lot brighter than its acoustic voice (which is often the case with Piezo pickups) and the combination of Lo-Z XLR and Hi-Z jack connections makes it more versatile for live shows, so it can connect directly into a PA without a DI, directly into an acoustic amp, or both. The Timberidge TR 4-Mini is a great little guitar at a great price that would suit players that are either fans of traveller guitars… or actually genuine travellers, or even people with small hands. Timberidge have quite a range of instruments now, from regular-shaped guitars to parlour and ukuleles. A visit to their website will tell you more. timberidgeguitars.com.au orjadeaustralia.com.au. Reza Nasseri Originally published in Australian Musician.
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ADVANCED ROCK GUITAR TUITION
I will help you build and perfect your technique, and equip you with an arsenal of melodic ideas to not only play great lead guitar, but to use them to personalise a style unique to you. My lessons may save you months or years of running around in circles in some areas that may have frustrated you for quite some time. Lessons with Chris Brooks provide real solutions with practical applications. Info: www. chrisbrooks.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Quakers Hill / Blacktown.
P.A hire using top quality outboard gear; Lexicon, Allen & Heath, Sure 4.800, DBX drive-racks, 160SL compression, 4-way front-of-house, 3-way active fold-back. 30years+ experience in the music industry. 0414355763.
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GUITAR TUITION BY MAL EASTICK
iFlogID: 19276 RECORDING STUDIO $30ph
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SCHOLLUM CITY RECORDS
ADVANCED SLIDE GUITAR
Advanced slide guitar, lead & rhythm & lap steel. All styles. Beginners welcome. Ph Jeff. 0412518070
BENNETTS GUITAR TUITION
Experienced and professional teacher based in Croydon, Sydney. -Tuition of Electric, Acoustic, Bass and Theory -Individual or Group Lessons -All ages and skill levels very welcome -Step by step method covering most styles -Accurate and clear scores and transcriptions provided aimed to suit the students musical goals
Schollum City is a Recording Studio in Leichhardt Sydney. Glen Schollum is an experienced Producer, Engineer, Programmer and Multi-Instrumentalist. Being part of the Love Hz facility, gives Glen access to a wide range of recording equipment and instruments, and has a very creative vibe. Check out www.schollumcity.com or call Glen on 0450 544 694
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You’ll never regret recording your songs... but we garuntee you’ll ALWAYS regret not doing it!
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I look forward to hearing from you.
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Contact Rose 0403086266
Location: inner western Sydney
SINGING LESSONS THAT >>ROCK<<
Wanted left handed electric guitar teacher Parramatta area, Contact John at... firstname.lastname@example.org
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MITCH FARMER DRUM TUITION
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MUSICIANS AVAILABLE BASS PLAYER
This is a rare opportunity to have individual lessons with Kristy Robinson one of Sydney’s Top Session/Live SIngers with over 20 years Industry Experience.
All styles and topics covered,check website for details.
First Lesson Free!
Beginners to Advanced levels welcome.
Inner West area.
Please call Mitchfor rates and times available.m.0418267827
Call between 1pm-8pm.
Bass player available, very experienced (playing 20+ years), professional, good gear and transport, any style. Looking for covers gigs in and around Sydney. Fast learner, friendly, reliable, love to perform.
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Limited places available.
Experienced Bass Player with professional rig seeking working Sydney cover band. Comfortable playing most styles of music. Please contact Jay 0419 663 997
0410 680 100
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Ph 0400 404 919
Lessons include the entire scope of singing...voice production, musicianship, interpretation, performance skills etc.
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For a free e-copy of my book ‘On Becoming a Singer..A Guide To How’ email me on email@example.com.
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Music Lessons at Beat Industry Tuggerah. Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass. Certificate courses and AMEB available. Free introductory lesson. www.beatindustry.com Ph: (02)4353 4749 From Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton.
For availability call on 0408461868.
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Steve Ostrow, New York voice teacher and vocal coach who discovered and nurtured the careers of Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Peter Allen, Stevie Wonder and countless others now Sydney City based and welcoming students on all levels; beginners, advanced and performers; Rock, Pop, Classical etc.
Sing and perform with confidence. All contemporary styles rock, pop, jazz... First lesson Free. You decide if I can help you. Beginners are welcome. I have been performing for over twenty years have a BA in performance studies and a Diploma in vocal techniques.
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Professional all round live/studio drummer with 28 yrs experience.
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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 taught. Beginners Welcome!. Call Lee 0403307796.
Want to get your lead playing to it’s maximum potential? I can help. I’ve been helping people reach new heights in their guitar playing for 20 years.
Call Dave 0410 963 972
Learn how to play acoustic guitar including music theory if required from a patient and experienced teacher and contemporary musician.
Seven Hills, Sydney.
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0402 630 243
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PA / AUDIO / ENGINEERING
Experienced, energetic and proactive live audio engineer for $300/event + equipment hire (passed on directly from Lots of Watts). Free preproduction - call Helmut on 0433946982 to discuss your event.
Most importantly, learn at your own pace, no pressure!
Call Timo 9484 4374
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Or learn to compose &/or improvise on guitar.
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ZILDJIAN 16” DARK THIN K CRASH BRAND NEW $250. ZILDJIAN AVEDIS 18” FAST CRASH BRAND NEW,$250 16” FAST CRASH BRAND NEW,$230. ALL NEW IN PLASTIC BAGS, PH 0419760940
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GUITAR REPAIRS AND SETUPS
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Hampton Rd, Fremantle, WA
Does operating a PA system make you break out in hives? Your troubles are over: sweet sounding, idiot proof vocal PA perfect for small bands, duos, DJ’s etc. 4 x powered Yamaha MSR 400’s (two out front, two for FB), Mackie PROFX8 mixer and SM58 mics. $200 pick up, $250 set up. Contact Paul on 0424841156 or jeffersonproductions@ hotmail.com
ph 02 9654 8143, mob 0400 323 982,
VOCAL PA SYSTEM FOR HIRE
Complete Album & Demo Recording, Production, Instrumentation,CD Mastering. I’m committed to achieving for you the highest quality in a creative, friendly environment.
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MANAGER/BOOKER SYDNEY BAND
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LEGAL / ACCOUNTING
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CREATIVE DRUMMER Sydney Drummer After Established Bands.
EXPERIENCED BASSPLAYER, DRUMMER & GUITARIST WANTED FOR ORIGINAL INNER WEST GARAGE/PUNK/ROCK BAND. Must have backing vocals, females encouraged to apply. Influenced by 50’s with a punk attitude, Detroit Cobras, Otis Redding, Eddie Current Suppression Ring, Abbe May, Ramones and Easybeats to join female vocalist and male guitarist. Call or message 0410296627 or email@example.com
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iFlogID: 19015 Experienced Soul Reggae R’N’B Blues Funk drummer (36yo) available for work preferably in Northern Beaches.
Experienced singer/songwriter/guitarist has created a new original project and has many Sydney gigs booked. Currently looking for other original acoustic duo’s/bands with a following to do shows together. RemmosK@gmail.com
Call Michael 0402 549423 email siczex@ yahoo.com.au
Guitarist + Guitarist/Singer looking for a BASSIST + DRUMMER to form Power Pop/Punk band in Sydney. Think THE RAMONES meets CHEAP TRICK. No time wasters and committed musicians only.
See me playing drums:
Contact 0403 995 832
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Guitarist, Singer & temporary Drummer (19yrs) need to start band! We play anything Tool, Amy Winehouse, Evanescence, Michelle Shocked (rock/blues/altmetal/funk/reggae/ soul) Would like versatile bassist & keyboardist! 18-25yrs preferred! Northern Beaches. Ziggy: 0432872290!
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HARD ROCK GUITARIST looking to form a rock band in the steeze of GNR,Sabbath,Metallica have demo on soundcloud.com under sneaky attack need bassist n drummer for jammin n drinkn hahaha i live in northern beaches if interested call or text Mitch 0423478128
Professional mature-age Drummer/Vocals/ reads/back acts/shows - all styles including jazz - available for casual work.
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phone:(02) 9807-3137 Mob:0413-931-897 eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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