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In Australia as a guest of Mumford & Sons, American singer/songwriter Willy Mason, who recently released his third album, Carry On, is putting in a Sydney sideshow Monday 22 October at The Vanguard in Newtown. We have one double pass to the show to give away.

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BLASKO ALBUM INSTALLATION

I Awake, the forthcoming release from Sarah Blasko, is not an album just to be heard, it is one that asks to be experienced. On Oxford Street you will be able to do just that, at an intimate album installation dedicated to Blasko’s new work. Open Thursday 18 through to Friday 26 October, everyone and anyone is welcome to drop in to the album installation and listen to I Awake prior to its release. It happens on the Corner of Palmer and Oxford Streets in Darlinghurst.

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YOUSEF YOURSELF

Yousef is a man firmly in control of his imminent destiny. New sounds, new developments and new frontiers; they all remain an integral part of his thrust forward as one the leading underground house music tastemakers. He impressed audiences on last year’s Stereosonic tour, and now he’s headed back our way to play Saturday 10 November at Goldfish.

Boy & Bear with now departed member Jake Tarasenko (left)

BOY & BEAR MEMBER QUITS BAND Boy & Bear bassist Jake Tarasenko has left the band to “pursue other interests”. A statement from the band read, “We will miss Jake and wish him all the best for the future. We are currently writing our next album and can’t wait to get back out there in 2013 to play you all some new tunes.” After emerging from the Sydney indie scene, the band introduced themselves to the mainstream in a big way by winning five ARIA Awards last year, including Best Group and Album Of The Year.

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Next year’s Future Music Festival will feature two of the biggest British acts of the past 30 years: The Stone Roses and The Prodigy. The latter will curate their own stage, the Warriors Dance Arena, which will feature acts including Boys Noize and Feed Me (live). Other acts playing the festival, taking place at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday 9 March, include Bloc Party, Dizzee Rascal, Azealia Banks, Rita Ora, The Temper Trap, Fun, Steve Aoki, Madeon, Gypsy & The Cat, Rudimental, A-Trak (live), Zeds Dead, DJ Fresh and Zane Lowe.

INTERRUPTING SUMMER

To coincide with the release of the band’s new EP, Mystery Girl, Melbourne alt.rockers Rudely Interrupted have announced their Mystery Girl Eastern States Tour, warming up at Arts Activated in Chatswood Concourse Wednesday 31 October, before heading off, returning to play Australia Council for the Arts Surry Hills lunchtime Thursday 22 November and the Queanbeyan Festival of Ability Friday 30.

AMP NAMES FIRST ALBUMS INVITED TO $30,000 PRIZE The Coopers AMP (Australian Music Prize) has announced the first 26 Australian albums released in the last year which have been invited as Official Entrants for the $30,000 prize. Now in its eighth year, The AMP has changed its nomination format. Dropping the entry price, they asked industry and fans to submit albums for consideration. With 230 identified, the judges – made up of industry, media and musicians – have listened to 130. From those sessions, 26 have been invited to enter. The albums are Alpine A Is For Alpine, Bearhug Bill, Dance, Shiner, Bushwalking First Time, Catcall The Warmest Place, Charge Group Charge Group, Children Collide Monument, Deep Sea Arcade Outlands, Dirty Three Toward The Sun, DZ Deathrays Bloodstreams, Emma Russack Sounds Of Our City, Forty Thousand Sisters Goodbye Broken Sled, Grand Salvo Slay Me In My Sleep, Hermitude HyperParadise, Hilltop Hoods Drinking From The Sun, House Vs Hurricane Crooked Teeth, Jess Ribeiro & The Bone Collectors My Little River, Liz Stringer Warm In The Darkness, Made In Japan Sights & Sounds, Missy Higgins The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, Ollo Ape Delay, Pond Beard, Wives, Denim, The Bamboos Medicine Man, The Hello Morning The Hello Morning, The Maple Trail Cable Mount Warning, Tim Hart Milling The Wind and Xavier Rudd Spirit Bird.

AJ MADDAH, KIMBRA JOIN FACE THE MUSIC Soundwave boss AJ Maddah and popster Kimbra have been added to the list of speakers for upcoming Melbourne music industry conference Face The Music. Maddah has become one of the country’s biggest promoters in the last three years, while using social media to open unprecedented levels of communication with fans while Kimbra will look at her career as the one of the nation’s top female artists now making her mark in America. A number of artists and industry professionals have also been added to the event, which will take place across various venues Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November.

INDENT ANNOUNCE ‘DIY’ BOOK The MusicNSW youth project Indent have announced the official launch of their new book, {X} Festival: Do It Yourself Gigs. The book is Indent’s comprehensive guide to staging music, arts and performance-based events on both a small and large scale. {X} Festival: Do It Yourself Gigs is written and endorsed by leading industry figures and is now available to purchase for $15 from Indent’s website.

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RAISING ARIZONA

Fuelled by hits including Hey Jealousy, Found Out About You and Til I Hear It From You, Arizona quintet Gin Blossoms completed the classic crossover from college-circuit heroes to multi-platinum album sellers in the 1990s. Now the pop rockers are heading out for their first ever Australian tour. They play Saturday 9 February at The Hi-Fi.

Glen Hansard

HANSARD & THE FRAMES

Glen Hansard, the captivating Oscar-winning Frames frontman and more recently one half of The Swell Season, is returning to Australia for a national tour in March. Hansard is performing here to celebrate his debut solo release, the acclaimed Rhythm & Repose. Long-time fans will also be thrilled to know Hansard’s main band, The Frames, will be the backing group for this tour. They’ll play Monday 25 March at Sydney Opera House with special guest Lisa Hannigan.

NEVER ENOUGH P!NK

Due to the overwhelming response to the ticket presale, Live Nation has already announced a bunch of extra shows on P!nk’s upcoming Truth About Love Tour. Sydney gets three extra shows that fall on Saturday 3, Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August at Sydney Entertainment Centre. Tickets are on sale now.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Winter People

PEATS RIDGE SECOND ANNOUNCE

Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival have announced their second line-up for this year’s event. Additions include Luke Slater, Theo Parrish, Young Magic, Winter People (pictured), Hey Geronimo, New World Artists, All The Colours, The Griswolds, Tijuana Cartel, Wild Marmalade, Electric Empire, Clairy Brown & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Current Swell, Half Moon Run, Tin Sparrow, Brian Campeau, Sam Buckingham, Little Bastard, Kingfisha and too many more to list. There are now 200 acts across ten stages over three days this New Year and it’s all happening only one hour north of Sydney.

BLACKIE’S BACK

Hard-ons’ last Australian tour was abruptly halted back in May when Blackie was assaulted. He’s since recovered well, in no small part due to the support of The Hard-ons’ fans and the underground music community here and abroad. Now, having already undertaken tours to Japan and Europe, the legendary trio bring their shows back to their motherland for the first time since his recovery, playing Friday 30 November at The Sando and Saturday 1 December at the Cambridge Hotel (Newcastle).

MATCHBOX EXTRA SUPPORT

After launching his second album, Electric Love, to a brace of packed Sydney and Melbourne dancefloors, Donny Benét is hitting the road for a wider tour across the country. Spring is here, love is in the air and Benét will bringing his unique heat to party all over Australia. He plays Saturday 10 November at the Beach Road Hotel.

Matchbox Twenty and very special guests INXS have announced Evermore to join the tour for all shows but Wollongong. They play AIS Arena in Canberra on Thursday 25 October, Sydney Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31, Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley Saturday 3 November and WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong on Tuesday 6 November.

EBBS AND FLOWS

Conceived by Black Ocean as an annual event and making its debut in 2012, the very first Perpetual Tides Festival is taking place at The Patch in Wollongong on Saturday 3 November. The event will showcase the very best in Australian progressive metal including Voyager (WA), Troldhaugen, Katabasis, Rise Of Avernus, The Veil, Hemina, Mish and Saralisse. Head to the Black Ocean Facebook page for all tickets and info.

SURFIN’ NSW

Love Parade think they sound like Teenage Fanclub, although they sound closer to Tinted Windows. They have more songs than they will ever release and they’ve just dropped one of them, Surfin’ NSW. They’ll launch it on Saturday 10 November at FBi Social and also play Thursday 20 December at The Union.

Blink 182

BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT

It’s been eight years but pop punk titans Blink 182 have finally announced their return to Australia. With a catalogue of hits that make most bands run for cover, Blink 182 will be delivering a Soundwave sideshow encompassing their entire storied career to date that will also include songs from the new album, Neighborhoods. On Wednesday 20 February you can catch them play Allphones Arena. Tickets on sale Thursday.

Swanky Tunes represent the best of Russian House music. They’re visiting Australia and are getting ready to party at Marquee on Friday 26 October. Head to their Facebook or Soundcloud pages for a taste of what to expect.

PSY-COTIC

NANTES DRONES

South Korean singer, rapper, dancer and YouTube sensation, Psy, will bring his unique style to Marquee at the Star this Thursday. It will be his only nightclub performance in a TV-generated whirlwind Australian visit. Psy’s infamous dance performance is sure to whip up the crowds, alongside resident disc spinner Tenzin for this exclusive performance.

The brain behind Dirty Beaches belongs to Alex Zhang Hungtai, a solo performer, soundsmith and trans-Pacific nomad. Hungtai has released a slew of recordings, but only released his official debut album, Badlands, early last year. Half the songs are about leaving, being chased on the road and driving a burning car into oblivion. The other half are ballads and dirges laced with murder and lament. Spend a summer evening with Dirty Beaches on Monday 11 February at FBi Social.

CROOKED SORROWS

Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows are jumping back on the tour bus for a string of dates this November with their new release, Crooked Little Thoughts. This year has also seen the release of feature-length documentary, Joe Camilleri: Australia’s Maltese Falcon. Witness the heart and soul first hand on Wednesday 21 November at The Basement, Thursday 22 at Lizotte’s Dee Why, Friday 23 at Lizotte’s Kincumber, Saturday 24 at Lizotte’s Newcastle and Sunday 25 at The Abbey in Canberra.

RUSSIA IN THE HOUSE

BEACH BOY

It’s been a massive year for Sydney duo Nantes. After smashing out two EPs the band are currently setting their sights on their debut album, due for release early 2013. The first single, Drones, will be released in coming weeks, but for now they’re happy to announce one final live stint for the year. They’ll play Saturday 3 November at Upstairs Beresford.

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Against Me!

WHAT YOU’RE UP AGAINST

Punk rockers Against Me! have announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne on top of their appearances at Big Day Out 2013. Dubbed by Spin magazine one of the 25 greatest live bands, you can’t miss their explosive live set as they play classics and tracks off their sixth studio album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues. They play Thursday 17 January at The Manning Bar.


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YESYOU EP LAUNCH

Brisbane-based production duo YesYou have announced their first-ever headline tour this December, together with details of their self-titled debut EP. Their first single from the EP, Frivolous Life (ft Marcus Azon), is out now. The tour kicks off in Sydney at the Oxford Art Factory on Tuesday 27 November, along with The Rubens and Asta as part of triple j’s ARIA Week event. Tickets are on sale this Friday from 9am.

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TIËSTO, DIPLO TO SPEAK AT ELECTRONIC CONFERENCE

Electronic music leaders Tiësto, Diplo and Tommy Trash have been announced as the first speakers for the inaugural Electronic Music Conference (EMC), which will take place in Sydney as part of ARIA Week. ARIA CEO Dan Rosen said the conference, “reflects the growing profile of dance music in the Australian market.” Claiming to be the Asia-Pacific’s first music industry conference dedicated to electronic music, 30 sessions will be held over two days at Jones Bar Wharf, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 November.

2SER KICK OFF SUPPORTER DRIVE

Independent Sydney radio station 2SER is offering some major prizes for subscribers who share the love and support the station between Thursday 15 and Saturday 27 October. 2SER is not-for-profit nor receives government funding and is seeking subscribers to keep the station local and independent. By supporting the station during the drive, subscribers can go into the major prize draw to win a year’s worth of entertainment with Belvoir theatre tickets, CDs from Inertia, gigs at The Basement, Hopscotch DVDs, Palace cinema tickets and an Oxx digital radio. Also up for grabs are new 2SER T-shirts, Sony headphones and Peats Ridge Festival tickets. There is also a daily prize draw to win a Chez Dee Fresh Food Hamper. Broadcasting on 107.3FM, subscriptions to 2SER start from an easy $35 a year and help cover the costs of equipment and transmitter repairs, maintenance, phones, computers and APRA fees to keep the station on the air.

GOSSLING SIGNS TO DEW PROCESS

Dew Process has announced the signing of Melbourne songstress Gossling, aka Helen Croome. Dew Process’ Managing Director Paul Piticco said that Croome “is one of those rare artists where her personality and warmth make her wonderful music make all the more sense. We have been admiring her work from afar for some time and now we are very proud to welcome her as the newest part of the Dew Process cooperative.” Croome’s third EP, Intentional Living, is out now. She’ll be playing the Peats Ridge, Pyramid Rock, Mullum Music, Gorgeous and Brigalow Beatz festivals.

TAYLOR SWIFT ADDED TO ARIAS

Country pop superstar Taylor Swift has been added to the line-up of entertainment for this year’s ARIA Awards, which had until now comprised solely of local artists. Swift, who will release her next album, Red, later this month, will join locals 360, The Jezabels, Hilltop Hoods, Jessica Mauboy and The Temper Trap, with more to be added. The awards take place Thursday 29 November at Sydney Entertainment Centre.

FBI RADIO’S ICELAND COMP WINNERS

Moon Holiday and Lanterns have been announced as the winners of FBi Radio’s Northern Lights Competition. The bands will travel to Iceland to play shows in Reykjavik, collaborate with local Icelandic musicians Samaris and Lay Low at the renowned Greenhouse Studios, and experience the iconic Iceland Airwaves festival. The Northern Lights competition continues FBi’s dedication to developing emerging Australian artists and giving them opportunities to develop their sound.

THE AVALANCHES TO FEATURE IN KING KONG MUSICAL

Some of the world’s leading contemporary artists – including Australia’s own The Avalanches – will lend the their songwriting talents to the new stage musical, King Kong. Currently in development with plans to premiere in Melbourne next year, the Global Creatures production will feature musical direction from renowned composer and arranger Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet), working with music from The Avalanches as well as Sarah McLachlan, Justice, Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack and Guy Garvey from Elbow.

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TOUR IMPALA

BLUESFEST SECOND ANNOUNCE

After the first announcement concentrated on the superstars Ben Harper, Santana, Iggy Pop and lots more, the second Bluesfest announcement leans more towards the blues and roots side of the festival. The line-up now includes Jimmy Cliff, Joan Armatrading, Rodriguez, Robert Cray, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (pictured), The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Wanda Jackson, Fred Wesley & The New JBs and a pile more. The festival takes place at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over Easter weekend (28 March – 1 April). Tickets and info at bluesfest.com.au.

TICKLED PINK

European jazz band The Dixie Ticklers have fast earned a reputation for their energetic performances. Combining old-style New Orleans music and contemporary improvisation with modern jazz styling, for the first time The Dixie Ticklers are heading to Australia for a string of tour dates. They play Wednesday 24 October at The Basement, and Saturday 27 at Jazz In The Vines in the Hunter Valley.

Mayday Parade

TRIPLE THREAT Summer 2012 gets kicked in the face with a massive national tour featuring the legendary Suicidal Tendencies, Unwritten Law and Finnish pranksters The Dudesons. Taking the punk-rock party right across Australia, the tour will be the perfect way to see off the remains of this year in a blazing onslaught of riffs, anthems, thrills and spills. They hit UNSW Roundhouse on Friday 14 December.

GRUNWALD GRINDS ON The Ash Grunwald juggernaut will be rolling on right through Spring. It’s not enough that he has already amassed a staggering 38 shows on his most successful tour to date, promoting Trouble’s Door, Grunwald will be performing a further couple of gigs along the East Coast, the Sydney date being Saturday 3 November at Coogee Diggers while he also plays Sunday 4 at Bitter & Twisted at Maitland Gaol.

VIOLENCE, RATS AND BLOODS Brisbane’s favourite sons, Violent Soho, have announced supports for their upcoming headline tour. Jumping in the van with the guys will be fellow Brisbanites Dune Rats and a bunch of local supports. Also joining them on Thursday 15 November at GoodGod are Bloods.

KEEPIN’ COOL This November, Aluka will launch the first single, Keep My Cool, off their debut album, to be released in March. Each song on the forthcoming album was recorded and produced by Nick Huggins (Kid Sam and Oscar & Martin) in an unconventional space in Melbourne, among them a public swimming pool, a barn and a World War II bunker to name a few. They’ll launch the resulting effort on Friday 9 November at The Newsagency.

Two hip hop party groups from the West Coast and East Coast, The Alkaholiks (Tash, J-Ro and DJ E-Swift) and The Beatnuts (Ju Ju and Psycho Les) have combined to form Liknuts. The supergroup is heading to the Metro Theatre on Wednesday 31 October and will be joined by Onyx (Fredro and Stingy Fingaz).

HOT STUFF

HELLISH TOUR Pigeon

FLY THE COOP

Hot off the back of their tour for first single, Oh Hebe, Pigeon have announced the impending release of the EP that spawned it, Fortunes, which hits shelves next week. Straight after the release, they’ll hit the road again on their Fortunes Tour and will play Friday 23 November at Brighton Up Bar and Saturday 24 at Barcode in Wollongong.

The Demon Parade have firmly cemented their place at the forefront of Australia’s psychedelic rock explosion. Based around the songwriting of frontman Michael Badger, the four-piece have racked up the accolades since the release of their debut 7” in 2009. They are set to release their Chameleon EP in November and they’ll play it and more Friday 26 October at Mum at World Bar.

FLOWER POWER

Elizabeth Rose is delighted to present her debut EP, Crystallise, which encapsulates the diversity of her talent, from killer debut, Ready, to current single, Again (ft Sinden). Touring in support of the EP, she plays Friday 2 November at GoodGod Small Club.

DIVINATION SUPPORTS

In Hearts Wake have announced the local supports to join their impressive line-up on The Divination Tour as good friends Sienna Skies, Shinto Katana and Hallower. They play Thursday 25 October at Hot Damn, Friday 26 at Blacktown Masonic Hall (all-ages), Saturday 27 at Hot Damn Road Trip in Wollongong, and Sunday 28 at The Bald Faced Stag (all-ages).

YANNI THE MANNI Legendary composer and performer Yanni is set to continue his current World Tour into early 2013 with dates in Australia. Yanni’s contemporary symphonic music has inspired millions of fans around the world. In concert, his passionate, soaring melodies and lush orchestration create a spirited and uplifting musical experience like no other. Catch Yanni on Thursday 17 January at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Tickets on sale from Monday.

JOINING FORCES

Melbourne’s Texture Like Sun have been recording their self-titled debut EP for over 12 months, and it’s now time to launch it with three special shows down the East Coast. Young indie-folk purveyor Patrick James (and band) will join Texture Like Sun on tour, celebrating their new single, Brighter Lights. The tour comes to FBi Social on Friday 9 November.

RED ALERT Mayday Parade have been busy perfecting their unique brand of pop-inflected punk and this is nowhere more evident than on their self-titled latest album. We Are The In Crowd are gaining attention worldwide at an incredible rate armed with an irresistible combo of male and female vocals, while 2012 has undoubtedly been Heroes For Hire’s biggest year to date. The three acts are joining forces and will play a licenced/ all-ages show on Friday 7 December at The Hi-Fi.

There’s no way you could have missed the very recent gift bestowed upon the world by Tame Impala – their globally acclaimed second album, Lonerism. To celebrate, the lads will be playing their new material, and some oldies too, around the country this December. Supported by fellow Perth-ites and good buddies The Growl, Tame Impala will hit Homebake on Saturday 8 December and The Enmore on Friday 14.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

GUITARGASMIC

Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela return to Sydney with their virtuosic mix of speed-metal heroics, flamencan instrumentals and, for the first time, they’ll also be in collaboration with prodigal Latin jazz pianist Alex Wilson. Hailed by critics as one of the acts you have to see to believe, Rodrigo y Gabriela promise an evening of jaw-dropping musical mastery and mindboggling genre bending veering between pin-drop intimacy and rhythmic ecstasy. They play Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Wednesday 2 January.

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Evil Eddie

EVIL COUNTRY

Evil Eddie, a name synonymous with classic beats with a pop edge, has been holed up in his own studio for the past year or so, tinkering away like a mad professor and putting the final touches to his debut opus, Welcome To Flavour Country. He’s now heading out on the road to spread Evil love all over this wide brown land and plays Thursday 22 November at The Patch in Wollongong, Friday 23 at Entrance Leagues Club, Saturday 24 at The Great Northern in Newcastle, Sunday 25 at Transit Bar in Canberra, Wednesday 28 at The Brass Monkey in Cronulla and Thursday 29 at The Annandale.

GUNS BLAZING

Brisbane surf-rock duo Gung Ho are rounding out an exhaustive 12 months of touring around the country by supporting Hungry Kids Of Hungary on their Sharp Shooter Tour. The tour arrives Thursday 1 November at The Standard and Friday 2 November at UniBar in Wollongong.

MOUTHING OFF

Smash Mouth are reluctantly cancelling their Australia and New Zealand 2012 Tour but will reschedule to come back in March 2013. Tickets purchased for shows will remain valid for the rescheduled dates or refunds are available from points of purchase.


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VIRGIN CHANGES CARRY ON RULES FOR INSTRUMENTS

Virgin Australia have relaxed another rule regarding luggage in their quest to make travelling on their craft more appealing for touring musicians. With the new rules, carry-on items must remain no heavier than seven kilos – but now musical instruments, so long as they are no larger than 85cm x 34cm x 23cm (total linear dimensions 142cm) will be allowed on the aircraft. Each instrument will be counted as a carry-on item. The new rules mean that small musical instruments such as trumpets, flutes and violins, which can be quite valuable, can remain in the care of the passenger rather than being stored in the aircraft cargo bay.

GALLIN’S BID FOR ALLANS + BILLY HYDES

Melbourne-based instrument industry entrepreneur Con Gallin’s bid for the debt-ridden Australian Music Group has been knocked back, prompting him to lash out at its management, which owns wholesale arms Musiclink and Intermusic, as well as the Allans + Billy Hydes retail chain. “The people that run AMG, the management, which is Tim Mason and John Helme, they are not from our industry,” Gallin told theMusic.com.au. “They bought Allans thinking, nice business venture, knew nothing about the industry, were never musicians, didn’t really understand the culture.” Gallin originally tried to save the business by merging with AMG and more recently offered to buy the entire group. Yet he claims has been knocked back several times due to unreasonable barriers the liquidators have put in his way.

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Last Dinosaurs

BAKING ON

Homebake has added the finishing touches to the 2012 line-up. The latest additions are Tame Impala, Last Dinosaurs (pictured), Parachute Youth, Hermitude, Seth Sentry, Hey Geronimo, Sticky Fingers, Underlights, The Griswolds and Lime Cordiale. This solidifies an already bulging bill that includes a multitude of other musical acts, comedians, films and market stalls. The event takes place on Saturday 8 December at The Domain in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

BROKEN WINGS

Lost Angels, the supergroup featuring singer John Corabi (Mötley Crüe), guitarist Eric Dover (Slash’s Snakepit), drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion) and bassist Eric Brittingham (Cinderella), are visiting Australia in December 2012 to play special intimate shows in selected cities. They play Saturday 22 December at The Metro Theatre, so the Lost Angels Australian Tour will rock your Christmas.

BEN & THE BEACH

Collaborating with renowned surfing cinematographer Simon Treweek, Ben Wells & The Middle Names have produced a stunning and captivating film clip that whets the appetite for summer months spent out of the office and at the beach. Their upcoming Bear In A Birdcage Tour, celebrating the single of the same name, will see the Tasmanians perform Friday 7 December at The Front in Canberra and Saturday 8 at Kittens at Spectrum.

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For Hand Of Mercy it’s been something of a long road to success, at least by the standards of today’s online hype-driven music industry. Starting out in 2007, the band have been touring relentlessly, releasing their own records and perfecting their art. The band will

finish up 2012 with a run of dates across the country, sure to be some of the most intense of their career. They play Sunday 28 October at The Bald Faced Stag in Leichhardt, Thursday 1 November at Hot Damn, Friday 2 at Yoyos Youth Centre in Frenchs Forest and Saturday 3 November at Bridge Street Sports Centre, just down the highway from Campbelltown in Picton.

Sydney’s much loved free community festival, Newtown Festival pays homage to the suburb’s 150th year with a spectacular group of artists who all call Newtown home. This year’s line-up features King Tide, Thundamentals, Crooked Fiddle Band, Kira Puru & The Bruise, The Preatures, Regular John, Bearhug, Collarbones, Battleships, Tokyo Denmark Sweden and many more. It happens on Sunday 11 November at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park from 9.30am to 6pm. Check out the full announcement and all the finer details at newtowncentre.org.

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Cosmo Jarvis has released his third album, Think Bigger, to rave reviews with the lead single, Love This, gaining lots of radio airplay. Jarvis and band have now announced an Australian tour that includes the Falls and Southbound Festivals. Don’t miss Jarvis at his best, live on stage on Thursday 27 December at The Cambridge Hotel in Newcastle, Friday 28 at The Patch in Wollongong, and Wednesday 2 January at The Annandale Hotel.

BEAUTY & THE BLOOD ARIA-nominated artist Jen Cloher returns with brand new single, Mount Beauty. Taken from her forthcoming studio album, In Blood Memory, to be released in early 2013, the single was recorded live-to-tape with acclaimed producer Nick Huggins at Headgap Studios. To celebrate the release, she’ll perform with her full band on Thursday 1 November at Front Gallery in Canberra and Friday 2 at The Vanguard in Newtown.

MURPHY’S LAW Peter Murphy’s current live show sees him reclaiming his legacy, performing both solo material as well as Bauhaus classics such as She’s In Parties, Stigmata Martyr, Dark Entries and In The Flat Field. His upcoming tour will be the first time Murphy has ever performed in Australia, either solo or as part of Bauhaus. He’ll play Saturday 12 January at The Factory Theatre.

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Ball Park Music frontman Sam Cromack may be too embarrassed to reveal the identity of a bright yellow blouse-wearing celebrity former crush who appeared to him in a dream, and provided lyrical inspiration, but he does confess to Bryget Chrisfield that he enjoys “yelling at farm animals”.

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n Ball Park Music’s Facebook page, they list a very intriguing “band interest”: “yelling at farm animals.” Would Sam Cromack, the bespectacled singer/ guitarist who fronts this Brisbane indie-pop band, care to elaborate? “It’s a bit of a hobby when you’re on the road and travelling between regional areas through the countryside,” he explains. “You just have to yell at the farm animals and try to get their attention. You yell from the car and go like, ‘HEY!’ and see if they’ll all look at you. It’s quite amusing… But I don’t think horses like it very much. They get a bit scared. They kind of shake their big head around and go for a bit of a run.” Cromack’s band has certainly had a dream run: Ball Park Music formed in 2008 while its members were all studying music at university and recently performed to an overflowing Supertop tent during their Sunday afternoon slot at Splendour In The Grass. On whether that would’ve been the biggest crowd they’ve played in front of to date, Cromack considers, “I have a feeling that it probably was. It’s unreal! We got some photos from up on stage – I think our guitarist Dean [Hanson] took some photos on his phone. I’m sure many musicians can confirm that, when you’re up there, it all goes past so quickly. It’s such a blur, performing, and it doesn’t really always sink in – at least not for me, when I’m thinking of so many things. But when you come off

stage and you see those photos, you kind of just look at them and think, ‘Oh my god, did that really happen to me?’.” That’s one impressive career trajectory, but Sam Cromack still “very much can” remember the first time he heard one of Ball Park Music’s songs on the radio. “I think maybe we had some play on local radio, and that’s exciting, but, you know, in Australia most musicians are, like, hanging out to hear their song on triple j: It’s a pretty exciting milestone for any Australian musician. I was taking a shower one night in – oh, it must’ve been 2009 or ’10. I had my phone in the bathroom, conveniently, and I don’t normally have it in the bathroom with me. So it kept ringing while I was in the shower and I just ignored it, because that’s what I usually do, and it just kept ringing and ringing and all these texts were coming through. And I was like, you know, ‘Oh, something must be happening.’ So I checked it and my friends were all trying to tell me that they were playing one of our songs on triple j. I remember, like, running out of the shower in my towel and getting my housemate to try and help me to get some sort of radio device on and, yeah! I caught the end of the original recording of All I Want Is You on the radio, and it was so exciting. It was a really nice moment. We were just kind of staring at each other with a big grin. “[Airplay]’s a weird thing. Like, you’ve already heard that recording a whole bunch of times: it’s the same old thing, but, I dunno, there’s some sort of magic about hearing it on this radio station that you know is broadcasting to hundreds of thousands of people around the nation. And then all of a sudden someone back-announces. Yeah, it’s special.” The quintet certainly doesn’t suffer from writer’s block. Ball Park Music’s second album Museum dropped just over a year after their debut set, Happiness And Surrounding Suburbs. They’ve also been touring their heads off, so must have nailed songwriting while on tour. “Um, yeah,” Cromack hesitates. “I mean, I don’t like sitting around going, ‘I’m really good at this,’ but, I dunno, it’s just always come really naturally to me. So it’s funny, because lots of people ask this and say, you know, ‘Why do you write so much?’ or, ‘How do you find the time to write so much?’ But, it’s weird, I kinda feel it’s like asking a doctor, like, ‘Oh, why do you help people get better all the time?’ I feel like it’s kind of my job and it’s always just come [naturally] to me. I don’t even really have to force songs. I’m a fidgety person who’s always got lots of ideas on the go. Before our set,

and even after our set, last night I was sitting at the piano in our dressing room and kind of working on new stuff, and I really don’t need to be doing that at the moment ‘cause we’ve got a new record out. So I shouldn’t even have to worry about writing, but I always have. I just – I like it or something. “There are times when you do feel like you’re – not necessarily that you’re forcing songs, but you’re forcing yourself to work. The industry does involve a lot of hard work and sometimes you’ll be working on this one song for ages and you need to get it prepared in time to record it or tour it and that’s when you kinda feel like you’re really pushing yourself to work. That sometimes is not that enjoyable, so I feel like if songs are coming really naturally to you at one point in time, like, just run with it, you know? If an idea comes, you sort of oughtta be grateful and just grab an instrument and start nutting it out.” This process sounds similar to how the band’s latest single Surrender came about. “The verses and the choruses were both part of two separate songs that I had kicking around

for a really long time,” the singer/guitarist shares. “And then when we were touring with Boy & Bear in, I think, November last year, I was mucking around on my guitar before a show in Perth and I, just on a whim, connected the two parts together, put them in the same key and was just mucking around, you know – kind of piecing it all together as I went along. And the twins [Dean and his drummer brother Daniel Hanson] were listening and they said, ‘Holy shit is that your song? Please say it’s your song.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, well, it’s my song. I just kind of made it up then.’ And, yeah! Then we sort of learnt to put it together and it came out well.” For said song, Cromack found the following lyrical inspiration while sleeping: “But lately I’m feeling down and in my nice dream I could see your blouse/It was bright yellow and it made my day.” Tell us more. “Oh, I actually had a dream about a certain celebrity. She came to me and she was wearing a yellow blouse, and I was in love with her in my dream. I woke up and um, yeah! That went in the song.” He chuckles uncomfortably. Too embarrassed to reveal the celebrity’s identity? “I think so.” Oh, come on. “No, no, I can’t do it. I don’t even have a crush on her anymore.” What happened? Did she have an ugly haircut? “She’s kind of always had an ugly haircut but – ugh, yeah, I’ve just lost interest [laughs].” She’s dead to him. “Yeah, a little bit. I haven’t really revealed who it is in any other interviews.” Well can’t he make us feel special? “No, sorry. I’ve criticised her now. She might put the pieces together and hate me.” Time to share a dream this scribe had about Jason Donovan in an attempt to coax a confession from Cromack. “I’m not sure if I know who that is. Who’s Jason Donovan?” WHO: Ball Park Music WHAT: Museum (Stop Start/EMI) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 24 October, UniBar, Wollongong; Thursday 25, Metro Theatre; Friday 26, Bar On The Hill, Newcastle University; Saturday 24 November, Foreshore Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra; Saturday 8 December, Homebake, The Domain

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PLAYING THE FIELD The sporting affiliations of Ball Park Music as band moniker got Bryget Chrisfield wondering how many others are out there, further afield.

The Sports: This Stephen Cummings-led outfit formed in 1976 and cracked the Billboard Top 50 Pop Singles chart in 1979 when they poised the question Who Listens To The Radio? It’s a cracking track with a message that’s become more pertinent over time. Gym Class Heroes: So the story goes that Travie McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley during their high school gym class. Billionaire (feat Bruno Mars) was their biggest hit here, but McCoy is probably more famous for having dated Katy Perry pre-Russell Brand. Her Circle The Drain song is supposedly about the weirdlooking singer/rapper’s drug dependency issue. The Strokes: Oh, come on! It’s swimming related: breaststroke, sidestroke, backstroke et al. Dick Diver: This Melbourne foursome comprises guitarists Alastair McKay and Rupert Edwards, bassist Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control) and drummer/former Home And Hosed presenter Steph Hughes (Boomgates). This moniker may sound dirty, but readers with extensive libraries will be able to tell you that Dr Richard “Dick” Diver is a character from F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night. Baseball: Another Melbourne quartet to incorporate the name of a sport into their band name is Baseball. A violin-wielding frontman is always gonna make you stand out, but if you threw a baseball at Ben Butcher while he was fiddling away, we’re not sure how handy he’d be batting it away. Five For Fighting: American singer-songwriter John Ondrasik’s stage name. Yeah, you do. Remember Superman (It’s Not Easy) ? It goes, “I’m more than a bird/I’m more than a plane… And it’s not easy/To be/Me.” Very piano-based material that’s thought provoking and melancholy. Tenniscoats: A Japanese duo. One half of Tenniscoats, Saya, collaborated with Deerhoof’s Satomi for the one-off project called OneOne. There ya go. Bowling For Soup: We didn’t know who these guys were either until the idea cropped up for this sidebar, but they’re 12 albums in and (sadly) show no signs of slowing down! Bowling For Soup are a pretty hideous US pop-punk band who believe that singing with the heaviest American accent possible sounds cool. You might remember their cover of that 1985 song by SR-71, which uses a retro reference in virtually every line and is basically a vehicle for the band members to dress up like tools imitating ‘80s bands in the video. At least they’re having fun. The Crickets: Buddy Holly’s band.


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THE SHERPA OF HEARTBREAK His impending visit may ostensibly be to celebrate the music of fellow folk icon Woody Guthrie, but as Billy Bragg tells Steve Bell, he can be just as frustrated and inspired by the personal as the political.

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early 20 years have now passed since UK singer-songwriter Billy Bragg was approached by Woody Guthrie’s daughter Nora about writing some music for the vast collection of completed Guthrie lyrics that she had in her possession following his passing in 1967. History shows that Bragg tackled this task with passion and vigour, dragging in US alt.country outfit Wilco to help him craft what would eventually amount to three volumes of the Mermaid Avenue project (the initial album was released in 1998, Vol II in 2000 and Vol III in 2012 as part of Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, released this year to mark the centenary of the folk legend’s birth). Obviously this milestone has found Bragg spending a lot of time this year helping to fan the flickering Guthrie flames and as he prepares to head down to Australia to continue the celebration, he admits to have been enjoying the experience, even if he’s planning on peddling his own wares as well while he’s here. “It’s been really, really good,” he enthuses of the experience. “People loved that Mermaid Avenue album anyway – particularly in Australia, it’s the one place where I got a gold record for it – so this year with the re-release of The Complete Sessions I wanted to do gigs celebrating Woody, because this year’s also the centenary of his birth, but it seemed a shame to come all of the way down to Australia and not play any Billy Bragg songs. So I’ve developed a set where the first hour is Mermaid Avenue stuff and I’m talking about Woody and the second hour is Billy Bragg stuff and I’m talking about me. I did it in North America and at some of festivals here in the UK; it’s more of a theatre show than a standup, crash and bang kind of show, but it works really well I think.

about my relationships, about myself, about my own behaviour, it’s not really that different a place where they come from, although obviously they all turn out differently. I think that’s the point that I was trying to make: rather than be labelled a political songwriter I should be labelled an ‘angry songwriter’. Although maybe ‘angry’ is the wrong word because it makes it sound like I’m raging. I’m trying to deal with difficult situations and difficult emotions and difficult events – they’re the things I want to address.” WHO: Billy Bragg WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 23 October, Canberra Theatre; Saturday 27 and Sunday 28, Enmore Theatre

“The first half pitches the second half really. The first half allows me to relax a bit more; with the Woody stuff I’m sitting down and playing with an acoustic guitar, I’m talking about Woody and trying to put him and his music into a bit of context, because not everybody knows who he is. By the second half I’m well into my stride and in some ways the two [halves] work together really well. I think if anything it allows the shows to be a little more personal, a bit more intimate than the usual just going out, plugging in and blasting out. I’m enjoying it anyway and the audiences seem to be too – in the States the audiences seemed really into it and it was something that they hadn’t seen before and I’m hoping that the Australian audiences will get that same connection.” Bragg’s last studio album proper was 2008’s Mr Love And Justice, although since then he’s written songs for the politically-charged play Pressure Drop and also released Fight Songs (2011), a collection of contemporary protest songs. While renowned for his fiery political polemic, true Bragg fans realise that it’s in the realm of the love song where he truly shines, which makes his admission really special that this is where his writing has been taking him recently. “I’m going to make a new Billy Bragg album for next year and I think I might load it with love songs – that’s my feeling,” he reveals. “I think I need to remind people that I write love songs. Not that there won’t be any songs about issues on there, but I think these last couple of years have been political with Fight Songs and before that Pressure Drop, so I think I might need to remind people that I also write good love songs.

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“I think there’s plenty of people out there now trying to write songs that engage with what’s going on in the world. It’s not all politics. Somebody tweeted last year – and I just happened to see it because my name was in the tweet – and they were talking about getting over a break-up and they were listening to Billy Bragg, ‘the Sherpa of heartbreak’; I was helping them carry the load of heartbreak! I liked that and I thought that I need to remind people that I am the Sherpa of heartbreak. That’s as important as changing the world I think, helping them get over their heartbreak – in my book anyway.” Bragg recently admitted of his songwriting in an interview that he wrote about “things make you angry – whether it be the government or a girl”, which put his hitherto divided realms of political and personal writing in a new light. “I think that’s really what a lot of what I write about comes down to – I think a lot of my love songs are about my own frustrations,” he muses. “When you think about something like [1986 single] Greetings To The New Brunette, the guy is trying his hardest to keep up to speed there; he tries to commit himself to something that he hasn’t done before that he thinks he can do. It’s partly dwelling on my own personal failings and I’m hoping that when I do that people connect with that, because it’s not all Smokey Robinson when we fall in love, it’s sometimes much more thorny than that. And I suppose really what I’m trying to do is deal with my own problems by getting them out there – getting them down on paper and singing them. “When I go out and sing them in front of an audience and everybody applauds, it’s kind of affirmative. I don’t feel so bad, you know? I think to myself, ‘Maybe I’m not the only person who feels like this’. And I think that’s what music can do: it can’t change the world, but it can make you realise that you’re not the only person who cares about this particular thing and that in its own way inspires you perhaps to go and make a difference doing what you’re doing.

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GROW FORTH AND PROSPER The Beards have some bad news for us cleanchins: we’re all gonna die. Nathaniel Beard explains all the gory details to a distinctly beardless Warwick Goodman.

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hat is it that makes a man great? It is a question that every man asks himself from time to time. “It is the ability to solve mathematical equations,” says the engineer. “It is contemplating everything while listening to the river,” says the buddha. “It is Jane and swinging through the jungle,” says Tarzan. According to Nathaniel Beard, they’ve got it all wrong. He thinks it is much more simple. For him, what makes a man great is his beard. The bushy-faced bassist from Adelaide band The Beards is sitting at a table in a bar, wringing his hands thoughtfully over a glass of water. He is wearing a blue-andbeige bomber jacket and a newsboy cap. “I consider myself to be the intellectual of the band,” he says, “in that I have an arts degree. So I’ve taken on the role of interpreter of these parchments.” What in the world is going on here, you might ask? Well, the end of it all for the beardless, of course.

According to Beard and his parchments, anyone without a beard will soon be doomed. “Facey McStubblington, our guitarist, was rifling through his neighbour’s garbage and he found a wooden chest, an old wooden chest, and the parchment was within that. The gist is that we’re currently living in the Fourth Age, or the Beardless Era. The prophecies say that on December 21st of this year, which conveniently ties up with the end of our tour, the Great Bearded Spirit will be roused and he will cleanse the world of he who shaves.” Terrifying, to say the least. We’ll let that simmer for a moment. Presently we seek to better understand why this band of bearded propagandists started in the first place. One does not simply create a band whose existence is entirely concerned with beards. Well, actually, one does. But why? “We just formed to play one show,” explains Beard, “because we were fed up with the way society treated bearded people like second-class citizens. We started out because there was no one providing a voice for the bearded man. Employers were asking bearded men to shave and wives were asking husbands to shave. Even just people attending a wedding were expected to shave. And that still happens, you know. These are real, serious issues affecting bearded men everywhere, and we sort of formed to combat that.” Everything is truly about beards in The Beards. You might think that when a band’s entire ethos is essentially the hair that grows from a man’s face, they may suffer from a kind of creative burnout; a lack of depth in the songwriting well. But these men are extremely passionate about what they do. “We didn’t realise how many songs about beards we had in us. But once we started writing about beards we thought, ‘why would we ever write about anything else?’ Because, as an artist, you’ve got to write about what you believe in. And the only thing any of us believe in is beards, and having beards. So, yeah, it brought a lot more honesty to our music.” Quite conveniently, all four members of the band have names relating to beards. “There’s four of us,” says Beard, “I’m Nathaniel Beard, Johann Beardraven is our frontman and saxophonist and keytarist, Facey McStubblington is our guitarist, and John Beardman Jr is our drummer.” Beard’s long, reddish-orange beard bobs up and down as he speaks about a rather sour revelation in the band’s history. “John Beardman Jr is our second drummer. His father, John Beardman, came before him. We had to kick him out of the band after we became aware of the fact that he had been wearing a fake beard the entire time. He sure fooled us. It was a very high-end fake beard, obviously, but yeah, they don’t speak anymore, they’re estranged.”

There’s more to this story on the iPad Ironically, Beard says that Beardman Jr actually has the best beard in the band. He is quick to comment, however, that it is not the size or thickness of a man’s beard that is important, it is just that he has one. “I’m trying to grow my beard so it’s longer and better than his, but I mean, I probably shouldn’t be doing that. We have a saying in the band, like if we’re ever having an argument or something we’ll say, ‘come on guys, calm down, we’ve all got beards here’. Because the war is out there, you know. When you have bearded people fighting amongst themselves, that’s not what you want.” Beard says that he would sooner be dead, pulled limb from limb, than cut off his beard. He once had a nightmare where he shaved off his beard. “Sometimes when you’re just slightly trimming your beard – you know, because one side might grow more than the other and a little bit of trimming is therefore required – you can go too far. I had a nightmare where I ended up cutting the whole thing off, and that was just horrible. But I don’t think I’d ever make that mistake in reality. Bearded men are quite intelligent, so I don’t think that any of them would be that stupid.” Wisdom and smarts are not the only qualities that, according to Beard, a bearded man inherently holds. Beard states his philosophy of the all-embracing superiority of bearded men over their clean-shaven counterparts: “I think that people with beards are superior in all ways to people without beards. They’re smarter, faster, stronger, better looking, better at writing songs about beards – all of these things.” You have to respect a man with principles. Beard talks about his experiences touring around Australia. He believes that because of The Beards, and perhaps Brad Pitt too, the popularity of the beard is on the rise. “Since we formed, we’ve noticed an extreme increase in the amount of beards in every Australian city. Brisbane, for example, when we first went there we were horrified at how beardless a place it was. It was just awful, it was a depressing place to be. But now, the streets of Brisbane are filled with bearded people. Oh, it’s becoming a really bearded city.” He tells a tale about the time The Beards went to Alaska. “We were invited to play at The World Beard and Mustache Championships,” he says proudly. And it really was everything they could ever dream of. “On that weekend, in that city, in Anchorage of Alaska, the best beards in the world were there. It was as if for one weekend we were living in the utopian society that we hope to one day create. Where bearded men can walk down the street and get the respect that they deserve. It was just great.”

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But alas, the time has come to return to that awkward elephant in the room: the prophecy of impending doom for all beardless men. The Beards are going on a tour around the country to celebrate. As for the rest of us, believe what you will. Beard may or may not be the next Nostradamus (who, incidentally, had quite a large beard), but to all the clean shaven men out there, you’ve at least been warned. “Good luck with growing a beard and saving your life. And I’m sorry it’s come down to that, I’m sorry to everyone. We don’t want to kill people for not having beards, but you know, we didn’t write these prophecies. Don’t shoot the messenger, just grow beards.” WHO: The Beards WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 24 October, Bar On The Hill, Newcastle; Thursday 25, Wollongong UniBar; Friday 26, Baroque Bar, Katoomba; Saturday 27, Beachcomber Hotel, Central Coast; Thursday 1 November, ANU, Canberra; Friday 2, The Metro


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A MESSY BIRTH “It’s kind of like childbirth,” an expecting Lisa Mitchell tells Dave Drayton about album number two, Bless This Mess.

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ot that I’ve given birth to a child,” Mitchell is quick to point out, “but that real incubation period, where it’s growing and you’re putting all this love. Then I kind of feel like we’re nearing the birth now, all this last minute, ‘Come on! Get out! I just want you to be gone and out and into the world!’ I think there’s a lot of similarities between actual birth and any kind of creative project, so it’s definitely getting to that stage where it just feels like crunch time.” There are plenty of songwriters who undergo a reawakening, a creative epiphany of sorts – perhaps a rebirth, as it were – that reignites the flame, or offers a new direction for their sound, or just reassures them that business of making music is the business they want to keep busy with. Oftentimes, though not

always, there is a religious or spiritual discovery driving these revelations. The Beatles had their stint in India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, our own Missy Higgins took some time there while re-evaluating her career as musician and attending Ben Lee’s wedding (Lee too has noted the impact, spiritually and musically, that his meditative time abroad has had). So, who’s been inspiring Lisa Mitchell? She too was at the top of the game. This is, it should be noted, not to compare her achievements to that of The Beatles, but to her credit, the former Australian Idol contestant had a slew of hit singles under her belt, multiple ARIA nominations and an Australian Music Prize win for her debut album, Wonder, before taking a little time off, and, by her own admission, pondering what all this music stuff meant to her. “I just wanted to kind of regroup my life together, just after touring a lot and not feeling that real feeling of putting down a root since I started touring when I was 18, 19,” she explains. “So I just basically spent a lot of time in Melbourne making a nest.” The answer: Eckhart Tolle, a German-born Canadian-based spiritual writer known for the best-selling books The Power Of Now and A New Earth; his teachings, inspired by his own spiritual awakening, shed light on finding happiness. You can hear the influence of his philosophy on Mitchell’s new album, Bless This Mess, both in its instrumentation – grand and jubilant, a wonderful counter to that almostfragile voice of hers (and yes, there is sitar to boot) – and the lyrics; most prevalent of all in The Present. “The Present, that’s one of my favourite songs on the album. It was inspired by Eckhart Tolle, basically – I don’t want to ramble, because I ramble ramble ramble,” Mitchell forewarns, and true to her word, she does, here, and elsewhere in the interview, bubbling and excitable, as eager to discuss Tolle’s influence as she is the time spent recording the album at Stables Recording Studio, or her penchant for drawing: her doodles have graced the CD artwork of her earlier releases, and have again seen the spotlight with the handmade zines Mitchell began peddling around the release of the Spiritus EP, the precursor to this album. “But,” she takes a breath, “he basically is a spiritual teacher and one of his main philosophies – well, he’d be a philosopher, really, as well – is that the present moment is the most powerful place to be, and that’s where you’re not thinking, you’re not planning about the future, and you’re not worrying or agonizing over the past. The song, The Present, is literally, ‘We just want to be happy, happy in the present’, and it’s a mantra and a chant that is very influenced as well by an Indian style of singing, where they just repeat a mantra and I guess the power of repeating something, even like a thought, a positive thought, it starts to restructure your thought pattern, and it’s so powerful. That was one of the influences of The Present, therefore it really felt like it had an Indian, kind of ancient Indian influence, so that’s why we tried the sitar, so it’s this little pocket of Indian philosophy,” Mitchell reveals.

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“A lot of the songs have that kind philosophy behind it,” says Mitchell, stopping for breath, and in a moment of reflection. “The chaos of life and how there’s so much darkness and there’s so much light and it’s a constant war between the two. So I love talking about it, I feel like it’s opened up this thing in myself where I can just talk to people for ages, and I love that, I find it really inspiring. It’s that real truth, of acknowledging that we are not perfect beings, and that that is powerful as well, and there’s great magic in that as well. It’s really fun.”

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“One of the reasons why I chose that title… and I had that title for a long time!” Mitchell adds dramatically before teasing with another ramble, “I literally knew what the album was going to be called – this always happens to me, I already know the title of my new album, which I don’t want to tell you because it’s a secret – but, I remember it being like, ‘Ah, Bless This Mess’, there’s a whole world of possibilities in that. And of course I later wrote the song Bless This Mess and that was quite fateful that that happened. ‘Bless this mess’ is obviously a really old, generic, household kind of term and the fact that so many people know it so well, I love that and I love playing with really generic phrases like that because there’s so much extra meaning and so much… I think there’s so much truth in that. I guess society, and what we’re brought up with, we’re meant to be so clean and ordered and that’s the way to live your life. But really, nature is not like that, you know? There is a natural order of class, but we aren’t wired to be really perfect. I always get so much joy, and so much understanding and patience with myself when I really embrace how messy I am and how not like society’s beliefs I am – so I think there’s a lot of freedom and a lot of power in embracing that.

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LONG TIME COMING Sugar Army lead singer Pat McLaughlin has had to learn the art of patience. He tells Danielle O’Donohue that it’s a struggle.

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his time last year, Perth rockers Sugar Army had a finished album in their hands and were ready to show the world. Now, over 12 months later, the album has only just been released and the band are ready to get back up onstage. Lead singer Pat McLaughlin admits taking a year to release their second album, Summertime Heavy, definitely wasn’t a part of the band’s grand plan. “It’s been a bit of a trial sitting on a record. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.” While record company schedules played a part in pushing back the release schedule, the band have also used the time to better present all the visual aspects of the album, making videos and preparing artwork. “It’s hard because you want to move on. I guess every creative person would want to move onto the next thing. It’s what drives you really. And having that there and still finishing off aspects of it means you’re still in that zone. We’ve started writing and we’ve talked a lot about a new record, but it’s been really hard because it’s taken so long to develop [Summertime Heavy’s] themes and concepts. To start something new you really have to wipe the slate clean. So that’s been a lot longer than it ever has before, but saying that, it has helped us explore a lot more. With the last record we didn’t spend as long on the visual stuff. It’s been really enjoyable doing that. It’s still been a creative outlet for us, just a different one.” When McLaughlin first started playing in bands, he thought his job was to plug an instrument into an amp and play, or step up to the microphone. “It helps you get an idea of what you’re doing musically when you’ve got to express it visually and uncompromised. It’s certainly very satisfying when you get it right. It means you have to think differently and you really have to think about what it is you want, and I think that’s important.” The band’s brooding, hypnotic rock lends itself to a dramatic visual image, and now with the addition of two extra members replacing Ian Berney – who filled the hole in Birds Of Tokyo in a game of Perth musical chairs – the band has filled their live sound out even more.

The additional members, Chris Simmons (bass) and Benjamin Pooley (keys/guitar) round out a line-up already consisting of long-time friends McLaughlin (vocals), Todd Honey (guitar) and Jamie Sher (drums).Though the three original bandmates recorded the new album before adding Simmons and Pooley to the line-up, McLaughlin says the five-piece Sugar Army has definitely settled in. “They’re starting to get what we’re on about. I think when they came in it was like Todd, Jamie and I talk a certain language, and for them it was a bit like, ‘Okay, what’s going on here?’ But they’ve slowly picked it up. It means that when we’re learning older songs it comes a lot quicker now and they know exactly what angle to take. It’s more they know what feel we’re going for, what overall vibe. They’ve learnt that very quickly, which is good. You can rehearse as much as you like, but it’s not the same as playing at a venue in front of people. But we do rehearse a lot and talk a lot about things, where we want to push things and how we want it to be expressed. I think that helps a lot too, so they can get into the headspace.”

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When the band toured Sydney in June on the back of Summertime Heavy’s first single, the infectious Hooks For Hands, the songs off first album The Parallels Amongst Ourselves had taken on a whole new edge, and McLaughlin thinks part of that is a result of the band’s fresh, new line-up. “It’s a different band to what it was before. Those guys are adding their own flavour to things, I guess is the best word. When we start learning a new song, we try and learn the fundamentals of it but then we generally will see what we else can do with it, what we can add or take out. So the songs do take on a new life. They do feel fresh when we learn the older songs. “There’s a couple of songs we didn’t play much in the old line-up, really, that we’re trying to play live now,” McLaughlin continues, “and it’s a totally different beast:

having the extra members really helps. Sometimes they weren’t working as a four. They didn’t feel full enough. As a five it’s another dimension, really. There’s a lot of different layers and sounds that we just couldn’t do live. Whereas, having Pooley there, he’s a bit of a whiz on the keys. He’s a total nerd, which is great. We’re trying to do something and if we don’t even remember how it’s done, we just give it to him and he comes back with it and it’s usually pretty close.” While discovering new musical relationships is surely a lot of fun, there are legitimate logistical considerations for the singer of a band when they go from being a four to a five-piece. Has McLaughlin copped a bass to the head yet, not used to the dynamic of having another person onstage? “I did in the last line-up, but not in the current format,” he says with a chuckle. “Maybe we haven’t played enough yet. I’ve still copped the odd drumstick to the back. Jamie breaks them or something. He doesn’t really listen

to me, we’ve discovered. He’ll only know when I’m coming in or not singing. He uses me as, ‘Aah, this is when this part starts.’ He uses me… but he doesn’t know what I’m saying or doing, no idea at all.” And so now album number two is out, it’s inevitable that the band are eager to start work on album number three. “We’re going to approach recording very differently this time,” McLauglin says. “We’re going to write in batches and record as we go. It means when the idea is first conceived you can bring it to fruition a lot quicker where you’re still excited about the idea. Whatever inspires that idea will be fresh, instead of sitting on it and chipping away.” WHO: Sugar Army WHAT: Summertime Heavy (Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 18 October, GoodGod

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CALL IT A DAY AAlthough their output may be consistent, the last thing you can call Gomez is predictable. Benny Doyle chats with Tom Gray about their last 15 years and beyond.

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t’s said that distance makes the heart grow fonder, and for the members of Gomez – well, at least some of them – this sentiment is perhaps what’s kept the band going, as an original unit, for 15 years. Although three of the group’s members – Gray (guitar), Ben Ottewell (guitar) and Paul Blackburn (bass) – all reside in Brighton, co-frontman Ian Ball has lived in Los Angeles since 2003 and Olly Peacock (drums) has called New York home for six years. Yet the band have maintained their output, recording and releasing with consistency, their older worldly take on indie pop continuing to charm audiences in all corners of the globe. But even though Gomez’s productivity has remained constant, the creation process behind the scenes certainly hasn’t. The British quintet have never been ones to do

things in a repetitious manner, a fact that is reflected by the unique setting that has helped craft each one of their seven studio albums. “Generally the process changes all the time anyway – there’s no one way of writing a [Gomez] song. Apart from that first record where you’re just writing in a room, stoned, where you haven’t got anywhere else to be when you’re eighteen years old,” he chuckles. “That’s one way of doing it, which worked. But our second album we wrote while we were out on the road touring. Our third album we made in a mansion, our fourth we made in a warehouse and half the band weren’t even there, Ian [Ball – vocals, guitars] had moved to America and we didn’t even know if he was coming back at that point. Our fifth album we actually did in a recording studio which was like, ‘What?’ Each time we’ve recorded we’ve done something different, and purposefully so in order to try and create a forced environment that produces a different kind or record. And love them or hate them, each time we’ve made a record we’ve made a different sort of record. And that’s really been the point of Gomez, if there’s been one.” Gray admits that he can hear the individual recording environments of each release, saying that when he listens to the music he can immediately tell how quickly it was put together and the constraints that were placed on it. Last year’s Whatever’s On Your Mind was recorded in two weeks, so everything was tightly structured and poppy; the process produced the aesthetic. But as for their next album... “Firstly, we want to take a good ol’ breather – I think Gomez has to go away for a minute,” Gray admits. “We’ve just finished a record contract and those last three albums kind of work as a piece together, and we can put that to one side now. And with a little bit of time and risk-bearing on our part, hopefully we can be a lot more weird and wonderful. It’s a bit risky to think this way, but I think we have to afford ourselves that. I got a little bit tired of making records for labels who have got one eye on like, ‘Okay, we’ve got this kind of a record and want this kind of a hit,’ which I don’t think this band needs to do anymore.” In between concluding this latest global touring cycle, the band have also been conducting their own projects, keeping themselves busy with solo records and other musical endeavours. Gray candidly explains that the music industry is, for lack of a better word, fucked, so for the members of Gomez, it’s now nice to be independent from contractual shackles and making music in any form they choose. For Gray personally, this has come in the way of scoring a new television show based around the children’s books of Polly Dunbar, a role he has been revelling in. “Everything that I have done in my life has just been for a laugh really,” he says. “Polly’s just a good mate of mine and we started around six years ago putting on children’s shows in Brighton every Christmas with completely original scores, and we just tried to put together something really beautiful and great. It just really struck a chord with people and became very, very popular; the books did very well and obviously the BBC are interested in everything and I’ve been swept along with all that. If you know anything from Gomez, you probably have the realisation that I’m an obvious melody guy, that’s what I do. And children’s music is all about melody, which is incredibly freeing for me because I am just bursting at the sides with that shit. So it’s really natural for me to do it; it’s like, great, I can get out of bed and write a song like Neil Diamond, which is amazing, and I don’t have to worry about being credible.” Regular visitors to our shores for a decade now, Gomez are changing things up on this upcoming tour to mark 15 years making music together. The British five-piece are putting the ball in the court of their fans, leaving each night’s set list in the hands of their most avid followers. The band have already conducted tours in this form throughout other parts of the globe, and the results have changed in conjunction with their geographical location. Bring It On (1998) was the big album for the Brits with Tijuana Lady the track of choice, Gray says, a result not surprising considering the record took out the Mercury Prize of the same year. Stateside, meanwhile, Gomez fans connected with their 2006 release, How We Operate. In Australia, Gray predicts Liquid Skin songs to be heading up the votes. However, he won’t know until game day when the votes are finally counted. “We don’t do it until the day of the gig,” he says. “We don’t close [the voting] until the night before so it can all change all the time. We just go by the seat of our trousers, really. We’ve been doing these gigs since March – we’ve done two full American tours, we did a UK tour and now we’re bringing it over to you guys. At the moment we’re cycling about 72 songs, but obviously that will increase once we arrive in Australia.” For rabid Gomez fans Down Under, it’s a unique and empowering experience – a chance to dictate their own entertainment with one of their favourite bands. And it’s an evening they should grab hold of with both hands if Gray’s final words are anything to go by. “Gomez gigs [already] have a certain fondness,” he finishes, “but there is definitely a different atmosphere and less knowingness about it and probably more surprises for them, and you can feel that. It’s a thrill still, but I have to say that it’s probably going to be people’s last chance to see us for a while, so it all fits nicely together and they get to pick the songs – [it’s a] win win.” WHO: Gomez WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 18 October, Panthers Newcastle; Friday 19, The Hi-Fi

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SLOW BURNS & EXPLOSIONS Seth Sentry released his breakthrough single The Waitress Song back in 2009. Matt O’Neill corners the Melbourne MC to find out why it’s taken three years to deliver debut album This Was Tomorrow.

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ven today, Seth Sentry’s The Waitress Song stands up to scrutiny. Conceived as something of a throwaway novelty when recorded for Sentry’s debut EP The Waiter Minute, it swiftly gained momentum upon release and has since gone on to become the most downloaded track on triple j Unearthed. Three years later, it’s still a remarkably clever and crafted piece of music. “I was definitely surprised when that took off the way it did,” Sentry says candidly. “You know, we weren’t even going to include that song on that EP in the first place. [Producer] Matik didn’t even like it when I first showed it to him and it’s just a weird song. It’s all a bit silly – and, really, a bit stalker-ish, when you think about it. Still, people seemed to really connect with it. A lot of stalkers out there, apparently.”

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A warm, gentle, slightly silly song chronicling Sentry’s idle crush on the waitress of a particularly unimpressive local diner, The Waitress Song is an almost stunning showcase of the Melbourne MC’s innate lyricism and personality. Atop a lush and bleary instrumental backdrop, Sentry’s almost-sung flow dances cleverly around the narrative – a knack for detail helping to paint a comprehensive portrait of the MC’s chosen subject matter. “Everything I do is quite conceptual. It’s one of the reasons it takes me so long to write songs,” Sentry says of his approach. “When I hear a beat and stuff, I see a little movie in my head and I just try and fit words to that movie – but, because I’ve got such a specific picture and sound in my head, it can take me quite a while to capture it. I’m trying to get to a specific kind of point. “You know, I’m not very loose or freeform with my flow. When I listen to my songs, I don’t hear flow, really. I hear something that I tried very hard to get to... You know, I like hearing dudes just rap and take listeners on a journey and you don’t know where they’re going to end up,” the MC muses. “But that’s not really how I play. I usually have a

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very specific idea and I’m trying to sum everything up in a song – beginning, middle and end, you know?” This could explain why Sentry’s taken three years to actually capitalise on the success of his breakthrough single. The MC has hardly been idle in the years since Waitress‘ release – collaborating with Horrorshow and 360, touring the country and dropping the occasional follow-up single – but it’s nevertheless taken him three years to significantly expand his body of work beyond that initial EP with debut album This Was Tomorrow. “Well, when we did the EP, that was going to be the album, at first. When things took off for The Waitress Song, we decided to just put out an EP instead – so, really, it’s taken closer to four years. And, really, laziness was a massive part of that. Don’t get me wrong – when I say it took me four years to write the album, it wasn’t because I was labouring in my room for four years making it. “That would be awesome if that’s what actually happened – but that’s definitely not the way things ran,” the MC laughs, a little embarrassed. “It was also simply a case of the EP doing so well. We could tour off the back of that EP, which was a bit stupid, but we just kept getting gigs out of it and that was too awesome to ignore. Really, though, laziness was a big part of it. It feels good to be motivated and working again.” Sentry’s style is something else. He’s representative of a newer breed of Australian hip hop. Stepping away from the harsher and more direct approach Australian hip hop has been known for over the past decade, Sentry’s style is more in line with the hyper-melodic eclecticism of acts like 360, Illy and other rising stars. His flow is almost as sung as it is spoken – his beats unstintingly gorgeous. “Well, I never actually set out to do anything different,” the MC counters. “I mean, I like traditional hip hop. I’m coming at this as a massive rap fan. Have been forever. I’m just not trying to emulate my favourite rapper – because that’s not me. I always find it weird when I hear dudes who clearly sound like their favourite rappers. I mean, the reason you like most rappers is because they don’t sound like anyone else.

“I’ve never really thought about it, to be honest. I just hear a beat and the flow and the tone of my voice is just the first thing that comes to me,” he says casually. “We’re definitely in a place in Australian hip hop, though, where sub-genres are kind of starting to form. It’s just evolution, though. It’s all rad music. I don’t see any reason to get particularly caught up in it.” What separates Sentry from his contemporaries is his categorical lack of ambition. Where peers like 360 or Illy chase their crowds and respond to their detractors with equally vitriolic commitment, Sentry seems perpetually easy-going. One actually suspects that This Was Tomorrow took so long to eventuate largely because Sentry didn’t feel any overwhelming need to deliver it. “At first, I felt a little bit of pressure from The Waitress Song. I had to make a conscious decision to just let that go, though. You’ll just do your head in thinking about stuff like that; ‘Oh, I’ve got to write the next hit, I’ve got to deliver the next EP‘,” Sentry muses. “You’re just going to get nothing done. You know, it’s a curse you see a lot of bands deal with – just trying to live up to something for their entire career.

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“You know, man, I just want to hold that album. That’s all I want,” the MC says bluntly. “I just enjoy rapping, man. Anything that happens beyond me simply being allowed to do what I love doing is a bonus for me. I have got no plans for world domination. I’m not really too interested in blowing up or getting famous or any shit like that. If that does happen, it’ll be solely as a by-product of me doing what I love. It’s not a priority. “Really, everything is shocking to me. The fact that people rock up to my gigs and sing my lyrics is just shocking to me,” he laughs. “Really, I just want a copy of the album to give to my mum and I want a copy of the album to sit in my bedroom. Anything beyond that will be just a bonus, really.” WHO: Seth Sentry WHAT: This Was Tomorrow (High Scope/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 19 October, The Factory Theatre; Saturday 20, Transit Bar, Canberra; Saturday 8 December, Homebake, The Domain


GOOD VIBRATIONS Seattle duo Theesatisfaction might sport Afro-futurist sensibilities and a Black Power wardrobe, but the vibe they’re spreading is all-inclusive. “Our music is more of a vibration than a cultural thing, or a genderbased thing, or a sexuality-based thing… I think it’s bigger than that,” Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White tell Anthony Carew.

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heesatisfaction are routinely called some iteration of ‘futuristic soul’. The pair are from Seattle and are usually delineated as ‘rapper’ Stasia Irons and ‘singer’ Catherine Harris-White, though it’s far more complicated than that, given both collaborate on the music and aren’t stuck in the stock roles of spitting verses/singing hooks, and are often neither exactly singing or spitting. They draw from that Black Power Mixtape era, cribbing from ’70s soul and, in the case of Harris-White, wearing an Afro so wide it’d make Angela Davis smile. But they’re also children of the Digital Age, and draw just as much from ’80s pop, early-’90s New Jack Swing, late-’90s neo-soul and all manner of genre-shredding new-millennial sounds, putting them amongst a specific class of casually-experimental Afro-futurist sistas – Ursula Rucker, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow – both alive to the past and open to the future. “Sometimes people say that it reminds them of back in the day, but I think that’s more about them – about people in general – than our music,” says Irons. “A lot of people say it sounds like the ’70s, but just as many people say it sounds futuristic.”

dressed in hypnotic robo-funk grooves. It’s one of the most straightforward jams on the album, which can be as complex as the cultural survey Earthseeds – a portrait of political tumult and changing social values told in abstract poetry – and as wacky as Crash, an incidental piano lament whose lyrics are binary-code, a seeming ode sung by a hung computer. “I feel like all of our projects have different stories to them,” says Harris-White. “All of our songs are different stories.” WHO: Theesatisfaction WHEN & WHERE: Friday 19 October, Goodgod Small Club

The duo’s love of soul music dates back to their childhoods, growing up in the Seattle area in households filled with records. “Our parents grew up on soul music, and they were playing it in their households, and then when we were kids they played it for us. It connects us to our ancestors, our family members.” Harris-White was a born performer, acting on stage from a young age, singing in choirs from her adolescence, writing songs, eventually going to the University Of Washington to study music. Irons went to study theatre and first encountered Harris-White from the crowd, watching her sing at open-mic performances. A huge crush grew, and eventually the pair met. They started playing in a “hang-out” band, a huge sixpiece crew of little ambition, and fell in love. Theesatisfaction grew out of their relationship, a budding union birthing a budding project, which grew out of their newfound domestic relationship. “When we first started, it was just music for us to jam out to at home,” Irons recalls. “Then, we started playing it for our family and our friends and they enjoyed it. But that just made it more fun – that other people liked it! – and it still is fun. It’s always been fun. It’s us in our element.”

There’s more to this story on the iPad When Harris-White was asked to present a musical performance for a school recital, Theesatisfaction made their live debut. “It was pretty soon, after we’d made like our first four songs, that we had to perform a fifteen-minute set at this recital,” she recalls. “I remember it being so nerve-wracking, having to just be like, ‘Alright, let’s try this out.’ It felt so different being up there, just two of us. We went from this bigger band, with so many people on stage, so many vocalists, to just being me and Stasia. It was a totally different dynamic.” Though being on stage as a duo took some getting used to – “it was really intense,” Irons laughs, “like, ‘Oh, you’re just looking at us!’” – at home, recording themselves, things flowed naturally and they were soon turning out an array of ‘mixtapes’ via Bandcamp, introducing a project equal parts profound and playful, tuneful yet happily experimental, and one forged in their own image, not hewn to the stereotypes of genre. “I don’t think we ever said, ‘We want to be outside of what everyone else is doing.’ We were just inside our own world,” Harris-White offers. “It was just fun, writing these songs together. Then we played that show, and then we got asked to do more shows, and it just went from there. We liked the feeling of performing music as much as creating music, so, I think it’s just something that’s fun for us.” They called their project Theesatisfaction (stylised, by them, as THEESatisfaction, thereby annoying sub-editors everywhere), because they saw the project as a way of finding greater satisfaction in their lives, with their joy in making music the first step. The second step? Ditching their shitty McJobs. “We decided to quit our jobs two years ago,” Irons explains. “We were working at Costco. We were cart-pushers and cashiers. It was one of those things that didn’t mean anything to us; if we needed it, we had it. A lot of people would’ve kept that around, just in case, but we realised that we didn’t have to do it, that we didn’t have to do anything that we didn’t want to do. Sure, maybe we’d be broke for a while, but we could do other things with our life and feel better about ourselves. So, we just decided to quit.” The pair slowly grew a fervent local following around Seattle, but had their breakout beyond that only last year, when they appeared on Shabazz Palaces’ wildly-acclaimed Black Up LP. From there Theesatisfaction were signed by Sub Pop and headed into the studio – “a real studio, like, the nicest studio we’ve ever seen” – to record their debut album. Though well aware that “this thing was going to be out on another level” – especially given their label, the grunge-era kingpins turned ultimate brand of indie quality – but didn’t want to let any sense of expectation crowd their loose, sometimes silly creativity. “The way we make music is just trying to have fun, to just do things that feel good to us, that has the right vibe,” says Irons. “When you add worries from other people, that alters the way your music sounds. We wanted to be as free as possible, and give ourselves to our music completely without worrying about other people’s worries.” The resulting LP, AwE NaturalE, was released early this year, and its first single, Queens, served as introduction – and entree – into Theesatisfaction’s soundworld. “Leave your face at the door/turn off your swag/and check your bag,” Irons says, its opening lines, and the song is a simple, heartfelt shrine to the liberation of the dancefloor,

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SONS OF THE SYSTEM

TEN YEARS GONE

Fresh off releasing their genrebending new album, Mnemesis, Danish metal titans Mnemic are about to embark on their first ever Australian tour. Mark Hebblewhite sat down with guitarist Mircea Eftemie to get the goss.

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hat Mnemic have been able to produce what is clearly the album of their career thus far in the tongue-twistingly monikered Mnemesis is a small miracle in itself. If 2012 is the year in which the band will triumph, 2011 was the year they lost a cascade of members, including long-time guitarist and creative force Rune Stigart. But according to Eftemie, this changing of the guard was crucial for the band’s survival. “Even though it’s been a while since all that turmoil happened, it still feels strange because now I’m the last original member in the band,” he says. “What happened is that over the period of about six months we lost member after member. There wasn’t any one event that caused this; it’s just how things turned out. First it was the bass player, who wasn’t happy about a lot of aspects of the band, so he left. Then the drummer left because he’d really lost interest in the band – he wanted to record the new album with a drum machine, and of course that wasn’t going to work. And finally with Rune, he just wanted to go in a different direction stylistically, so he left as well. “But I think all these things happened for a reason. With the new members we have, Mnemic is in a strong position. We’re all on the same page with what we want to achieve, and the record we’ve just made together is our strongest and just shows the rejuvenation of the band that’s occurred because of all the new blood. We couldn’t have made Mnemesis with the old lineup.” Eftemie’s confidence is well founded. Mnemesis is a sleek beast that takes from a wide range of genres and churns out a seamless metallic assault. “I hate trying to describe my own music,” he laughs. “But I guess the easiest way to go about it is that with Mnemesis, fans will definitely recognise it as a Mnemic album, but it’s like we’ve got a new engine. It’s definitely more energetic but at the same time it’s more modern, more melodic and edgier than anything the band’s ever done. It’s not as technical as the older stuff, where I think we overanalysed things too much. This time ‘round we focused on writing simpler

Xiu Xiu celebrate their tenth anniversary this year. As he prepares to bring his band to Australia once again, mastermind Jamie Stewart speaks to Matt O’Neill about the band’s questionable future. songs, and the new band dynamic really helped us. With the old lineup there were too many opinions, too much deliberate thinking about standing out from everyone else and taking things to the next level. Sometimes when things are so crowded like that you don’t get the results you are looking for. So it was a great relief that the songs this time came so naturally during the songwriting process. Also I can sing these songs in the shower – so that’s a good sign,” he chuckles. “I also have to pay tribute to our producer Tue Masden for how this record turned out. He’s like the sixth member of the band because he has the exactly same mindset as we do. He knew straight away that we wanted to simplify things this time ‘round and he made it so easy for us to do that.” While Mnemic’s past habit of genre bending has proved lucrative in that the band has attracted metal fans of all stripes, it did serve to turn some people away. But according to Eftemie, that’s a risk the band has always been willing to take. “We’ve never gone out of our way to create some new hybrid form of metal,” he explains. “We just wrote songs that were informed by our influences – and that’s why there are elements of everything from melodic death metal and metalcore right through to industrial in our sound.” “There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ Mnemic fan, and we’re very proud of that. Our fans are open-minded people who appreciate good metal – just like every member of our band.” WHO: Mnemic WHAT: Mnemesis WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 20 October, Sandringham Hotel, Newtown; Thursday 25, Youth Arts Warehouse, Gosford; Friday 26, Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle; Saturday 27, The Basement, Belconnen

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“It’s an extension of the whole work ethic that the band’s been working off for the last few years,” McCulloch explains. “It’s a lot of sacrifice, but if you’re going to do something then you might as well adopt the world’s best practice. That’s been our mantra, from the music and songwriting to the production. Then, when we sat down to try and work out how we were going to present the physical incarnation of the record, we let our imaginations run wild. It fits in with the period vibe of the album and it works within A History Of Houses’ theme. It’s a lot more work, but totally worth it.” This focus on “world’s best practice” led them to Perth-bred, Melbourne-based producer Forrester Savell. With The Siren Tower’s three main players’ (McCulloch, guitarist Mark McEwen and drummer Brody Simpson) heavy music backgrounds, this partnership made complete sense. The fact that McCulloch and Savell also studied together in WA only solidified their decision further. “His gift is being able to present [complex music] in a complete yet contained way; it’s almost like structured chaos,” McCulloch says of the friend he affectionately dubs ‘Foz’. “We had this romanticised 44 • THE DRUM MEDIA

Speaking with Jamie Stewart, one becomes increasingly aware of that reality. His band Xiu Xiu are, in multiple aspects, a portrait of intensity. Their aesthetic is one of sexual perversion, kink and violence. Their music combines the innate ideological fury of ongoing experimentation, spanning from synth-pop and electronica through to avant-garde composition and rock, with the visceral intensity of extreme volume and texture. Perhaps most notably, their lyrical sentiments are a storm – an ongoing excavation and evisceration of Stewart’s depressive, paranoid, anxious neuroses carved from the darkest recesses of both his imagination and shame. Tallied and totalled, Xiu Xiu’s music is some of the most exhausting and challenging work in contemporary popular music. So how on earth has the band managed a tenth anniversary?

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“It went by incredibly quickly. It doesn’t feel like it’s been ten years at all,” Stewart admits. “I suppose, if it felt like ten years, I’d be more surprised we made it so far. As it is, I’m only really surprised by the fact that it just seemed to appear out of nowhere. I think, for some reason – and it’s completely preposterous – I thought it would feel different or I would feel different. It doesn’t, though. I mean, all of that is completely removed from the fact that I am surprised every single year I have made a living, however tenuous, out of this band,” the frontman laughs. “I think I will never be more surprised by this band than I was the year I first made a living out of it – because I never thought that would happen.

While I certainly don’t take it for granted, I suppose I’m becoming used to it, for better or worse. Probably worse.” It begs the question – how long can the band continue? It’s been asked by fans and detractors alike in recent years. Particularly in light of the band’s most recent album, this year’s Always. Xiu Xiu have always been celebrated as innovators and iconoclasts – changing their sound from album to album – yet, even favourable reviews of Always highlighted its similarity to the band’s previous works. “You know, I rarely ever read any reviews for exactly this sort of reason. I did read that about the record and it was weird. We always said we will always write about real events and people and so that’s never going to change, but I don’t think we’ve been making the same record for ten years. I really think one reviewer wrote that and everyone else just copied it: ie. FUCK PITCHFORK. Please write that in capitals. I think experimentation is still a priority for an aspect of what we’re doing. In terms of experimenting with timbre and experimenting with arrangement, I’d say it’s definitely a priority. I don’t think we’re ever going to completely reinvent everything we’ve done before but we like to take a different approach.” When directly prompted about the future of the band, Stewart is circumspect. “Lately, I’ve been thinking about the future,” Stewart begins. He pauses and laughs to himself. “Well, here’s revealing too much, but here goes – I’ve been really on the ropes with myself about whether I can continue to do this to myself. But, that feels like a symptom of depression as much as anything else – a false emotion only felt by a part of my brain. So, I’m of two minds, really.” WHO: Xiu Xiu WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 17 October, GoodGod Small Club

PROPHETIC ISOLATION

Although he’s kept the beard, former metal head Grant McCulloch has embarked on a musical reinvention with The Siren Tower, and the results are glorious. He chats with Benny Doyle. he music of The Siren Tower is designed to open your ears and touch your heart. It’s undeniably Australian, with dirt on its hands and feet. Yet, it comes from a place far louder than its alt-folk strumming would suggest. The resume for the Perth trio-come-live five-piece credits established acts Heavy Weight Champ, Antistatic and Nix. However, their debut record A History Of Houses owes nothing to those bands. The 12 tunes across the record are warm, rich and given further meaning and impact by the gorgeous and completely suitable packaging – a hardcover photo scrapbook – the disc arrives in. McCulloch, the frontman and chief songwriter for the group, opens up about their commitment to doing things the right way, as opposed to the expected way.

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here are limits. In all things, there are limits. With music, they’re often malleable - more malleable than many generally presume. There have been bands who have survived for decades on the basis of a single sound. Conversely, innovators have burst through and burned out over a mere handful of albums. Regardless, there are always limits.

Portland instrumental giants Grails have created an idiosyncratic suite of sounds that could fit the back catalogue of several bands. Emil Amos describes to Brendan Telford how living on the periphery allows for absolute creative freedom. idea of what we wanted to be – The Shins, The White Stripes – we wanted to be rough and organic, and let everything hang out. But to be honest, we weren’t ready to make a record like that, and if we had we’d have probably been horrified by the end result. There’s so much going on in these canvases that if we went in and recorded like that we would have ended up with a dog’s breakfast. Everything that we wanted to articulate, Forrester was able to present that to the listener, and I think that’s one of his greatest strengths.” A History Of Houses is buoyed further by McCulloch’s rich, story-driven narratives. There is meaning in every lyric and passion is rife throughout his wellenunciated tales. As a lyrist and writer, the frontman couldn’t have imagined delivering anything less. “I can’t really fathom the state of lyrics in modern music,” he bemoans. “So many people across all genres will kill themselves writing and producing music, but there are just so many lyrics out there that are only in songs because they rhyme. I don’t know if there’s any excuse for that. Like, you’ve been so creative in every other realm of your art, why are you stumbling at that final hurdle? Words carry so much weight and it’s such an opportunity to say something. If you fuck that up, you’ve really fucked it up.” The Siren Tower have stepped away from their abrasive past, refining their sound without losing any intensity, a brave victory that’s even surprised McCulloch somewhat. “It’s a bit strange that a bunch of metal heads have ended up in a group like this,” he chuckles, “but that’s the way it’s happened.” WHO: The Siren Tower WHAT: A History Of Houses (Firestarter) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 20 October, Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor; Sunday 21, The Brass Monkey, Cronulla

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he anomaly of Portland’s Grails doesn’t stand i8n the fact that there is no singer; it’s that they can communicate a miasma of ideas and emotions without lyrical signposting. Rather than focus on tried and tested formulae inherent within instrumental rock, the quartet of Alex John Hall, Will Slater, Zak Riles and Emil Amos incorporate all of their influences, ranging across European soundtracks, Eastern folk and an almost spiritual existence within the fluidity of rhythm, to create something sinuous and indefinable; thus the tangential shifts in various releases. Amos admits that his other musical experiences – he also drums for hugely influential doom-metal band Om – don’t really prepare him for the Grails aesthetic; it’s very much its own entity. “The exchange of art is perpetually off balance in a sense because the concert is free of any bondage [for the audience] – it’s the end of their day, they’ve finished work, they have a beer in their hand and they are probably trying to meet a girl,” he explains. “They’re at the show and they’re looking up at the stage, so all the pressure is on us. The audience is free to let the world melt away so this idea, this picture of the art that they love, is their focus.

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“We aren’t really allowed to do that; we’re at work. So as we’re playing we can’t enjoy the chorus of a song the way they can, because I’m thinking that I don’t wanna drop my stick, one of my cymbals has fallen down, and I have to keep this whole ship steady. So it’s the audience that’s experiencing the pleasure areas of their brain, but mine isn’t. It’s odd to think of the amount of effort that goes into creating this stuff, but I’m not experiencing pleasure as I’m creating it. I’m doing the hard work, all of the time.”

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Last year’s album release, Deep Politics, saw their musical focus shift to encompass ‘70s Italian Giallo compositions alongside the sweeping suggestiveness of their French contemporaries, in the process creating a brooding classic that nonetheless had critics and fans alike reaching for new genre staples, spaghetti post-rock being one of the most touted. Amos is wary of the double-edged sword that is taking umbrage over labels that don’t necessarily fit. “Looking back at [Deep Politics] it was more of a record collector’s fantasy album, the truest crystallisation of all the music that we were all listening to at that very point. But then again I think that is what we do, which makes Grails very different from any band I’ve ever personally known too. It’s a template where you are able to recycle anything you’ve heard, anywhere, from any part of the world, almost immediately. With vocal-based music you couldn’t do that anywhere near as fast, to hybridise as much. But then again that’s our job. I don’t mean that in a compulsory slavery kind of way either. If you are a DJ your job is to go dig for records, so you’re crawling out in different directions at all times, through all eras and cultural plains for something that changes your perspective that gives you something unique to your set, and Grails operates in the same way. Our occupation is to inadvertently understand the last century of recorded music, so the songs come fifty per cent from direct inspiration from what people have accomplished, and fifty per cent is just raw melodies that come out of us. Where those two things meet is what dictates our sound.” WHO: Grails WHEN & WHERE: Friday 19 October, Oxford Arts Factory


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SEA CHANGE

Pondering the best way to go – single, EP or album release – Sydneysiders Marlow have opted for the single, just to keep things moving along, they assure Michael Smith.

Accomplished musician Andrew Morris has bundled all of the recent turmoil in his life into strippedback new album The Situationist. He tells Steve Bell about quick changes of tack and living in the now.

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t’s funny,” Marlow drummer Kiel Van Daal says, “We’ve got probably got about eight songs in the bag that are, you know, actually done and finished, complete. So if we were in a position to have to release an album, we could quite easily do it, and obviously in between that we’re still writing. It’s just whether we do it now basically, because the last thing we want is to release an album and have no one listen to it and have it collect dust. So our momentum at the moment is to just push as much music out there as possible as frequently as possible.” That said, the Sydney four-piece haven’t been pumping out songs that frequently. It’s nearly a year since they released their last single, I Can’t Breathe, which hooked airplay through the Austereo radio network: 41 stations across the country, for starters; 350 spins all up over the year in Perth; and it’s still getting played. No mean feat in a commercial radio landscape that isn’t exactly geared to supporting local independent acts. There was a debut EP before that, back in 2007, but the Marlow that produced that – Van Daal, guitarist Travis Wall, bass player Matt Grosbernd and singer Blake Galera-Holliss – went through a major re-evaluation of their musical priorities, retaining the epic rock format but embracing the fine art of editing out the fat from what were often seven- to eight-minute tracks to a more manageable four or five max, at least when it came to recording, without compromising their musical vision. A year on from I Can’t Breathe, they’ve finally released the follow-up single, Always There, and it’s this song that the band see as the beginning of a more concerted effort to sustain a more consistent presence. “It was a conscious decision, to release another single,” Van Daal tells. “Especially in today’s market, where everybody wants things now, the quicker the better. So our plan for next year is to release an EP or an album, but it’s interesting – we work with Shock [though still essentially independent; the band are signed to Difrnt Music] for distribution and

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we’re quite close to Scott Crawford, who’s the GM, and I was having a beer with him the other night and we were talking about the complexities of the music industry now and whether going forward to release an album or to release ten tracks individually. So it’s kind of a ‘watch this space’ situation.” Recorded once again with Sydney producer Stevie Knight and mixed and mastered in Melbourne by Forrester Savell – whose credits include records for Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus and The Butterfly Effect – Always There is, as Van Daal paraphrases Galera-Holliss, about “the influence of the female on everyone. And his angle is quite spiritual – goddesses like Gaia and all that type of stuff. But whatever your interpretation is, whether it’s religious or emotional or mental or whatever it would be, it’s about that connection with the female and talking about that interaction on a daily basis. And that’s something we’ve all experienced.” Don’t expect it all to be as you hear on the radio when you check Marlow out live. “People often feel confronted when they come to shows,” Van Daal admits, “and they see the other songs in our repertoire, sort of how… not different, but how they can vary quite substantially to the stuff that’s released. For us, it’s about a really strong song, but at the same time we’ve also got some stuff that’s a bit more challenging. It’s quite, I guess, experimental, some of the sounds that we put forward.” WHO: Marlow WHAT: Always There (Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 17 October, Lizotte’s, Kincumber; Saturday 20, Annandale Hotel

here’s been a lot of change in the world of singersongwriter Andrew Morris of late – nearly all of it resoundingly positive. He decamped from Brisbane to the relaxed climes of the Northern Rivers of NSW, bought an abandoned old church to renovate into a home, had his first child (a son, Banjo) and resurrected his old record label Soul Arch Recordings to release his sixth solo album, The Situationist. It’s an accomplished, albeit stripped-back, collection of songs – and it’s not even the album that he’s been slaving over for the last couple of years. “No, I’ve been working on one which I wrote the bulk of when I was in Berlin – so May and June last year,” the laidback Morris explains. “I got back in August and started recording that, because I’d written most of the songs over there or before I’d went and I’m really happy with it and everything. It’s going to come out, but with all of this stuff happening in my life it feels like now’s not the time. I want to do it properly and I haven’t quite finished it either, so I just wanted to do something fresher too because I’ve been working on it for so long: engineering it, recording it, producing it, playing on it – it was pretty taxing. “And I want to do something rootsy because [Morris’ bluegrass outfit] The Wilson Pickers have been on a bit of a hiatus, so I decide to do something fun and acoustic and a bit rootsy. Also because I moved down here I’ve been playing lots of smaller cafe gigs or busking gigs at the markets and stuff and I often get asked – because I had five albums – ‘Which one of your CDs sounds most like what you’re playing now?’ and it’s, like, ‘Umm, none of them really!’ I thought I’d just make something that reflected that, so it’s just a record to suit where I’m at really. It’s songs that I’ve had floating around and covers that I’ve been playing in my live set that I’ve never recorded.” Due to the relatively impromptu nature of The Situationist, Morris roped in some mates from

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Brisbane folk collective The Gin Club and the whole thing was laid down in a matter of days. “We recorded it nice and quick – we did it in about a week, not mucking around and just getting it out there. It was turned around super-quick after I conceived the idea. I did have a brief idea about doing it a while back, but then I scrapped it and kept working on the Berlininspired record. And to be honest I had some songs saved up for the Pickers that are on this record – they were fucking around too long, so I went, ‘Bugger it, time to look after me!’” he laughs heartily. “So I grabbed a few of those and the covers and that made up the ten tracks. It all happened pretty quick. I wrote a few songs when I was in Vietnam on holiday and then I emailed [The Gin Club’s] Scotty [Regan], Dan [Mansfield] and Conor [Macdonald] and they were down pretty much the next week and we did the beds of the band tracks in two days, while the rest I just sat around with a mic. It was easy because I play these songs so much anyway, so I just set up a vocal mic and a guitar mic and that was pretty much it. We were all on the same page due to shared experience so it was pretty straightforward.” WHO: Andrew Morris WHAT: The Situationist (Soul Arch Recordings) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 24 October, Oxford Art Factory


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Belles Will Ring’s vinyl launch this weekend is their last show for the forseeable future, but they’re (probably) not breaking up for good, frontman Liam Judson tells Michael Smith.

With debut album Seventeen Past Midnight, The Aston Shuffle successfully transitioned from DJs to hitmakers. Matt O’Neill spoke to Mikah Freeman about the Canberra duo’s next move.

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onically, I really like them because they never seem to be as prone to excessive mastering as CDs do,” Belles Will Ring’s Liam Judson says in explaining the decision to release a crowd-funded limited edition run of their third album, Crystal Theatre, on 130 gram vinyl. “Songs really bloom and loud bits jump out. You’ve got more dynamics than most modern CDs where loudness seems to be such an important thing for people – they want it to be as loud as possible – and you sacrifice a lot of the dynamics in that case. “For me, I don’t know, it sounds better. And of course the artwork, you know, that’s the other thing. It’s a beautiful gatefold and it brings justice to… I mean, we really like what Sonny [Day] and Biddy [Maroney at webuyyourkids] did with the artwork. It looked great on CD, but on vinyl it’s a totally new level of awesome,” Judson laughs. As it was conceived and recorded, Crystal Theatre is a sprawling, epic sonic experience of a record in both scope and length. That inevitably meant that, with a running time of almost an hour, transferring it to vinyl – with its own run-time limits – was no easy matter. “We didn’t really want to cut any songs from it because it would actually disrupt the flow quite considerably, just ‘cause of the kind of record we make, and we felt it was probably a better idea to slightly abridge it,” Judson chuckles again. “So compared to the CD version, it’s slightly abridged – there are moments that have been kind of, I wouldn’t say trimming the fat because I like the fat, but it’s nice because it plays a little bit shorter and it’s a bit of a snappier version of the record. But all the crucial elements are still there. So it’s a slightly different experience to the CD, which I think is a good thing.” As it happens, there’s also a natural break that allows for the album to organically fall into two sides. “In my head, even on CD, there’s ‘A’ and ‘B’. The last tune on side A is Do You Know What I See?, because there’s

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T that sneaky little vocal right at the end of that song, which says, I think, ‘You can’t stop when we’re halfway there’, totally covered in reverb,” Judson explains. “And then it goes into side B, which is Come North With Me Baby, Wow, which has a slightly different vibe, and that’s the way it was always intended.” In launching the album, the band will for the first and only time perform Crystal Theatre in its entirety. “There are probably four songs off the record that have never seen the stage before, like Voice In The Wind and things like that, that we were not game enough to try,” Judson admits with a laugh. “That’s maybe because we had just created a set that we liked out of the majority of the songs and we just kind of stuck with it ‘cause we enjoyed it.” The launch will also be your last chance to see Belles Will Ring for the foreseeable future. “[Fellow songwriter, guitarist and founding member] Aiden [Roberts] is really going to be out of the picture for quite a while, due to other projects he’s got going, which are really great opportunities for him. That gives us all an opportunity to see what else we might want to do for a while. Obviously I’ll continue recording other groups, but I’ll be creating music as well. But we’re not announcing a break-up or anything like that – I really do think there’ll be future Belles Will Ring releases.” WHO: Belles Will Ring WHAT: Crystal Theatre (Dot Dash/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 20 October, The Vanguard

he Aston Shuffle’s career has moved quite quickly over the past handful of years. Given that many DJs build their careers through decades of marination and refinement, The Aston Shuffle’s rapid transformation from promising selectors and remix artists to bona fide mainstream-bothering producers and musicians over the past five years is, speaking frankly, somewhat unbelievable. “I think, when we started The Aston Shuffle, we always intended to be more than the standard remix/ DJ/single act,” Mikah Freeman - who rounds out the pairing with fellow producer and DJ Vance Musgrove - says of the duo’s trajectory. “We always wanted to find a way to reinterpret our music through live shows; we always wanted to write our own material. I think that ambition was always there.” “I mean, we never ever intended to do this as a career. That just sort of happened, really,” the producer laughs. “We were just individually writing records, we just started hanging out, writing records together, came up with The Aston Shuffle name, all of a sudden a few record labels were asking us for remixes - and it all just kind of snowballed from there, really. Eventually, we made a conscious decision to try and make this a career.” Particularly impressive has been their most recent transformation from dancefloor kingpins into mainstream-friendly producers and songwriters. In truth, The Aston Shuffle have always had a foot in both camps (and, even after developing a live show, continue to DJ regularly). The release of their debut album Seventeen Past Midnight last year, however, saw them fully transformed into a successful pop act in their own right. The album peaked at #45 on the ARIA charts upon release and was ranked by Rolling Stone Australia as one of the top five albums of 2011. Lead single Your Love hit #67 on the ARIA charts. Couple these successes with their position as triple j DJs, their #1 spot on inthemix.com.au’s annual DJ poll

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in 2010 and their previous chart hits (2007’s For Everyone topped the ARIA charts) and you have the makings of a pop-dance juggernaut. “I don’t think that stuff necessarily has much impact on us, actually. You know, when stuff like the Rolling Stone thing or inthemix thing happens, you’re really stoked - and there will be private moments between the two of us where we kind of marvel at it - but, more than anything, that sort of stuff just makes you want to keep working,” Freeman reflects. “You know - heads down, bums up, onto the next.” The pair is currently working on their next move. They’ve just released new single Can’t Stop Now and will be touring the country throughout October. Next year will see the release of their sophomore artist album. One can’t help but wonder if they’ll be able to maintain the remarkable momentum they’ve enjoyed over the course of their career - whether they can keep progressing at such a rate? “Internally, I think there’s definitely pressure. You’re always putting pressure on yourself to do better, to do more each time and always take it further,” Freeman says. “But I think that’s something we’ve always done to ourselves and will always do to ourselves. You know, we’re proud of the music. With our last album, we were kind of fumbling around for a long time and trying to figure out what we were doing. This album’s different. “In a way, I think it’s more of a statement - of the kind of music we want to make, of who we are as artists. We’re really stoked with it.” WHO: The Aston Shuffle WHAT: Can’t Stop Now (EMI) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 20 October, The Standard; Monday 31 December, Harbour Party, Luna Park


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ON THE RECORD

Bleeding Knees Club

Equally apparently, the days of double denim, with outbreaks of leather and ridiculous facial hair, are not entirely in the past either. The Darkness have surprised many, first by merely lasting this long, but more that they were still able to crank it out live as well as they did here a couple of months back. Such durability backs up the boast of Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us (PIAS/Liberator), which bellows as you’d imagine, with a hand down its own trousers. And occasional loss of the letter ‘g’. Call your band Bart & Friends and certain pop culture references to a ubiquitous cartoon series would appear to present themselves. But wait, this Bart’s surname is presented as Cummings and horseracing asides are a little harder to work into a review. Keeping it factual, some of The Cat’s Miaow chap’s friends involved hail from bands such as the Earthmen and The Lucksmiths are other purveyors of raggedy pop. It’s Not The Words You Say (Shelflife) is an EP in the indie style, with himself even heading towards a croon at various points. That’s a little different. Even when a local indie artiste, Andy Clockwise had the vision thing going. He made music with an often-orchestral sweep, even if it was just coming out of his bedroom. Now LA-based, and even found at the Viper Room on occasion – playing, not doing a River Phoenix in the gutter out front – Steam Dream (ABC Music) shows his ambition hasn’t lessened, although an upcoming album suggests he may be learning to pace himself a bit better. Keep under observation. Even though their very relevance is in question, there are still some record labels whose names perhaps offer a loose guarantee of quality. Smother (4AD) by London trio Daughter carries one that once offered that kind of weight to induce curiosity if nowt else. Quiet guitars wash up against Elena Tonra’s haunting and haunted voice, which will provoke lesser men than me to mention them in the same breath as Mazzy Starr or PJ. Played right, they can be compelling. Played wrong, and they’re back music for a dinner party that fancies itself as hip. Similar label credibility on Palma Violets debut, Best Of Friends (Rough Trade). If from here rather than the UK, the dinner party would be more likely to include longnecks of Coopers and those big bottles of Magners Cider, and be held in a garage. Reference points include BRMC, though you can understand most of the words. Not far down the street, Bleeding Knees Club only have the budget for VB and some goon to go with some party pies, but Let It Go (I Oh You) gets better the louder you play it. Me – and what a fine egocentric name for a Melbourne band to have – did the old-style decamp to London for some months, and from title on Rock And Roll Dandy (Lizard King Records) suggests they have absorbed a shotload of Britpop influences while there, and a healthy Kinks addiction along with it. They do it very well, but one Kasabian may well be enough. Conversely, Brisbane’s Young Men Dead make the noise identifiably of these parts lately, as the tropic island tribal drums bob against the helium vocals on Courageous (Mucho Bravado). Good, bordering on distinctive if they put their minds to it. And how can you not like a band with the simple and friendly name of Dave? They’re from Perth, they dream of occasional flights on the Red Eye (Independent) to further their rock and roll dreams here on the east coast. They make wiry pop, possibly of an English model of around 1982, just as they started hearing and/ or buying REM records. Note: there is nobody actually named Dave in the band. This is only right. 50 • THE DRUM MEDIA

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Melbourne outfit Gypsy & The Cat are going from strength to strength. Following their well-received debut album, Gilgamesh, their upcoming release The Late Blue picks up where the former left off with some really interesting and chilled-out tracks. Opener, Early In December, proves right off the bat that this duo haven’t lost their experimental edge. There’s a lot going on instrumentally, yet it sounds effortless and flows beautifully into second track, Bloom, which is exciting to listen to. It’s got a fantastic beat, and should undoubtedly score a spot on everyone’s summer playlists. Title track, The Late Blue, has a bit of a Beach Boys thing going on. Reminiscent of the ‘70s, it’s unpretentious and really easy to appreciate with its soothing melody and peaking chorus. Sorry was the first track released from this album, and it’s not hard to hear why they chose this particular song. Complete with a sweetsounding chorus that’s damn near impossible not to sing along to, it’s the perfect teaser for what these guys have to offer second time around. Zombie World is another standout; right from the get-go feet are tapping and heads are nodding – this one could definitely become a bit of a dancefloor favourite.

Florida rockers Anberlin have returned to friend Aaron Sprinkle to produce their new album, Vital, and have unfortunately lost some of the spark that was turning them into a great crossover band. Though their beginnings were in spiky emo-rock, the band over the course of their last two albums – the Neal Avron-produced New Surrender and the Brendan O’Brien-produced Dark Is The Way, Light Is The Place – had turned into a slick, tight and melodic rock outfit that seemed destined for stadiums.

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There are some really exceptional tracks on this album, but more importantly, not a bad one in the bunch. That’s probably the best thing about The Late Blue; each song has a place and a purpose on this album, no two of the ten tracks sound the same, and they fit together so harmoniously. Expect to hear The Late Blue on high rotation on sunny summer afternoons.

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The first couple of songs on this album, Self-Starter and Little Tyrants, have that same spark of energy that really do make Anberlin sound fresh and vital, like it says on this album’s packaging. Unfortunately the same can’t be said of the rest of the album. Anberlin haven’t turned in a bad album per se – the five-piece is far too professional an outfit to do that – but the introduction of an electronic element, at times ambient, at others a bit too frenetic, and a return to the sound of their earlier albums, such as on Someone Anyone, undoes some of the great work of the last two albums.

Roots music of the kind that encompasses blues, folk and country is often perceived as still living in the past. LIVE Most artists choose to work within the boundaries of their chosen genre, maybe mixing in some soul, jazz or funk but still operating in a safe zone. When a musician decides to push at the edges and challenge the notion of what defines a genre – in this case the blues – the stage is set for some interesting music.

Producer Sprinkle was behind the desk for the band’s first three albums, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the band’s taken a step back rather than forward. But it would be a shame if we had to wait through another two albums before we get another cracker like New Surrender. But wherever things go, make no mistake – this glitch in the band’s matrix is hardly going to stop them being one of the most thrilling live acts of all the Soundwave-ready emo-rockers.

Gary Clark Jr. isn’t new on the scene; he has been

slinging his guitar for a few years now, but Blak And VDBlu feels like his true introduction and a step up from

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the success of the single, Bright Lights. That song (and a couple of others) also appeared on his 2010 album, and it is his most accessible track with its blues, rock and indie (in a Black Keys sense) fusion. The good news is that there are other tracks as good as and often better than Bright Lights. Early on he unleashes his full searing, soloing arsenal on When My Train Pulls In, which tears and spirals out of the speakers for nearly eight minutes. Elsewhere he showcases his diversity with the rock’n’roll fun of Travis County, the disappointing hip hop Franti-isms of The Life, the Prince-like Please Come Home and the metallic lumber of Numb. Clark Jr. though sounds most at home when he is letting rip over psych-drenched blues rock and thumping out back-porch acoustic blues.

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Bands namechecking Birds are also still extant. Black Bird Hum are in the new folk-ish ballpark, Sleep (Independent) a song leading an EP of the same name, which wends its way into your head on sweet harmonies and soft insistence. They lost me a bit when The Vibe stumbled off into ‘wo-yo-yo-yo’ reggae-ish surrounds, although horns more on a ska wavelength redeemed it a bit.

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Apparently, the days of bands with some variation on the Wolf theme are not entirely in the past. Hailing from the Gold Coast, our Alone With Wolves aren’t actually alone. Annoyingly, there’s a middling Midlands English band running with the same name. But they make a prog-metalesque noise while our boys mix some electronics in with music with a melodic edge from a more approachable end of rock on their debut EP (Independent). I wouldn’t put Band Of Horses AND Radiohead AND currently fashionable reference My Bloody Valentine together on a list of influences, but you admire their pluck if they can manage it.

So yes, there is much to admire in his wide creative palette, but it feels like he has overplayed the diversity card when the real rewards come from the fresh air he breathes into the existing framework of the blues.

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PAUL KELLY

STONE SOUR

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Although it seems like he’s somehow always around one way or another, between books, documentaries and other vagaries of life it’s actually five years since the last ‘proper’ Paul Kelly album. For Spring And Fall, he takes his music down to almost its purest form. Accompanied only by nephew Dan’s complementary guitar and voice, and occasional quirky colours – dobro, rattly piano, jaw harp – from producer J. Walker (aka Machine Translations), it’s an album of quiet conversations and confessions.

When a new Slipknot record arrives depends on who you ask. No such identity crisis for offshoot hard rockers Stone Sour; Corey Taylor and Jim Root have placed so much stock in their immediate future they’ve crafted a two-part concept album, the second chapter due next year.

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The subject matter makes it the most basic form of ‘concept album’, as a relationship waxes and wanes from the somewhat rose-coloured dreams of When A Woman Loves A Man, through fucking it up – literally and figuratively – with the temptation of the skin of Someone New, before the tide naturally ebbs out, as it so often does. As usual, the narrator – and most of us who’ve been on either side of such an event – are left with the mixed feelings of Little Aches And Pains, this closing song rightly subtitled with the bracketed question of (Where Are You Roaming?). It’s Kelly’s familiar emotional honesty delivered softly. Although there’s a range of moods from an almost irritating optimism early on, via the weaknesses and even the grumpy kiss-off of None Of Your Business Now, which includes the handy suggestion of, “go write a stupid song about it”. Walker’s back shed production keeps it warm and personal, with little asides such as Sometimes My Baby’s busted barn-dance waltz. Spring And Fall is an album for grown-ups, with the sometimes bittersweet experiences and memories that most of us probably have – although we’d likely never be this articulate, revealing, or musical about them. Ross Clelland

2010’s ultra-slick Audio Secrecy was loaded with memorable hooks, but some ballads tipped the scales too far in the radio rock direction, sounding like the kind of band Slipknot initially set out to destroy. It’s quickly rectified here; overall the songwriting balance, while largely conventional structurally, is more organically executed. Opener, Gone Sovereign, showcases considerable melody, but bristles with greater intensity and speed. Absolute Zero fuses pounding groove with the first of many arena-reaching choruses. Hooks are there; just less saccharine, darker and tempered with a guitar-driven crunch more satisfying for punters who embraced their first two records. RU486 and Last Of The Real’s grinding riffage hit a familiar, yet similarly harderedged note, while A Rumor Of Skin locates their modus operandi between hookiness and heaviness. There are introspective moments capable of landing on US radio; just less overtly so. The Travellers, Part 1 injects acoustic and orchestral flourishes; effects-laden Part 2 also adopts a wide scope within just a few minutes. Influence Of A Drowsy God revels in bombast before segueing into Taylor’s incensed screams. Layered ballad, Taciturn, cuts deeper than many of their previous serene exercises. The record investigates a young man at a crossroads between staying in adolescence or facing adulthood’s challenges. Stone Sour has grown up, but not forgotten what endeared them to people in the first place. Brendan Crabb

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Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart Silver Stamp/Fuse Each of Charles Jenkins’ splendid solo albums have come with a slightly different flavour, although all retain the former Ice Cream Hands leader’s unquestionable pop sense. Various shades of guitar music – to The Blue Atlas’s string-driven works, before turning it back up a bit for Walk This Ocean – he keeps delivering quality work. Now another turn: Love Your Crooked etc etc could be his ‘roots and folk’ album – in parts. There are occasional wheezes of brass and rattles of piano stumbling up the stairs from The Band’s basement. Other moments you’re being told probably not all-together true yarns by that guy who bummed a ride as far as Goulburn but is somehow still in the passenger seat as you hit Albury. Or maybe just a grinning singalong in your loungeroom. That last one well-illustrated by the swing of Pray My Darling Daughter, where she’s gently chided against involvement with most creative types. We’ll discuss our respective views of journalists and folk singers at some later stage, Chuck. At other points it’s more reflective. Rich Rich Country adds some Billy Bragg humanist politics as the boats bob in the swell. The Dictator With No Moustache even more philosophical, heading towards being something of a secular hymn, with the inevitable kicker of ‘We’re all gonna die’ towards the end. Or the faux gospel but real feeling of Went To The Chapel. There’s most always an Australian accent – Gun Trouble listing the narrator’s small crimes across those Victorian country towns with bent roadsign names like Ouyen and Merbein. Listen and let Sir Charles converse with you, for he does it very well. Ross Clelland


VARIOUS/FUNK D’VOID

STARS

KID KOALA

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On Balance 022, Funk D’Void dispenses with the formalities and drops you straight into the disco with his remix of Hawkinson’s Introduction, its cutting bassline stabs and dreamy synth washes setting the scene for much of what follows. The Barcelona-based Scotsman has always blurred the lines between the more melodic realms of deep house and techno, and continues to do so here – particularly on a second disc that frequently (and effortlessly) shifts tempo and mood. The first disc is significantly darker, the man born Lars Sandberg taking the scissors to some of his most trusted records while weaving a handful of new exclusives through. It feels like a set he’s thrown down rather than planned, with all the attendant slight imperfections – the momentum-sapping Lucky Punch from Peter Dildo in particular bogging things down just five tracks in. It’s almost as if Sandberg can visualise his dancefloor’s attention drifting, responding to Dildo’s plod with the cyberfunk bass of Arkist’s Effingham PL and building through a hypnotic technodisco hybrid that peaks with the Psycatron remix of his own timeless megabomb, Diabla. Disc two, meanwhile, is a masterclass of programming recalling the seamless genre-straddling of SOS on Balance 013. It’s almost like Sandberg has soundtracked the daylight hours in just 80 minutes, the sun rising with the Balearic bliss of Kolombo’s Waiting For, racing across the time-lapsed sky to Joris Voorn’s breakbeat-driven Re-2001, then setting in the west as the terrace house sounds of Soundstream, Phil Kieran and Sandberg’s Francois Dubois alias close proceedings. The finale, Dennis Desantis’ You Say, sounds like a new beginning, the listener wondering what might’ve gone down on the dancefloor once darkness fell.

The North is a fun, sleek and crisp album that is far more expansive and stimulating than Stars’ previous effort, The Five Ghosts. Opener, The Theory Of Relativity, with its pulsating drumbeats and ‘80s-inspired synth rhythms, is a catchy, enjoyable track and a good indication of what’s to come. The simple, stripped-back title track showcases singer Torquil Campbell’s vocals effortlessly, and the harmonies between Campbell and Amy Millan on the chorus have them both sounding better than ever.

Kid Koala has never really done things by the book. A scratch DJ of incredible skill, Eric San has enjoyed exploring the far reaches of those skills, whether that includes making sludgy rock with the boys from Wolfmother, starting gigs that combine headphones, arts and crafts and cups of tea instead of alcohol, or making story books to go with his music. His latest musical project, 12 Bit Blues, recontextualises the blues in an age of musical technology that the form’s early practitioners could never have dreamed of.

There are two ways to listen to US heavy rockers Coheed & Cambria. The simple way is to enjoy the music, revelling in the epic riffage and chuckling at the absurdity of singing along to lines like, “man your battle stations”. The other option involves countless hours spent studying lyrics, reading frontman Claudio Sanchez’s The Amory Wars comic books and conjuring up in your head a world more complex than a Game Of Thrones family tree.

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The infectious track, Hold On When You Get Love…, is the band at their indie pop best, and possibly the standout track from The North. The new wave-inspired, catchy guitar riffs, the loud, lively drums and the interesting dissection of Campbell on verse and Millan on chorus makes for an incredibly memorable and enjoyable track. However, where there are highs there are also lows, and The North does contain a few songs that are somewhat disappointing. Do You Want To Die Together?, which plays off the emotional duets from 1950s love songs, just comes across as a loud jumble of guitars and drums over a less than inspiring chorus of “Do you want to die together/Yes I do, yes I do”. Similarly the following track, Lights Changing Colour, which features Millan as the sole vocalist, is a bit of a washed-out affair that doesn’t do justice to her voice and fails to really go anywhere. Despite this, The North is a very enjoyable and well-produced album. The highlights of this record clearly showcase why Stars are such a great band, and it is good to see that they have worked on the problems from their past album to create something far stronger and more enjoyable.

But, because this is Kid Koala, there is an enormous amount of respect dedicated to his task. This isn’t throwing a couple of Muddy Waters songs over a bangin’ house track. Instead, segments of old blues tracks, with vinyl crackles still audible, are clipped, folded in on themselves or given space to roam. Songs such as the beautifully still and quiet 9 Bit Blues give listeners a new way of hearing the heartbreak and weariness that marked this genre from its earliest days. Lyrical lines are used sparingly and when they are, they’re stretched, scratched or cut up into something else entirely, but the real beauty of this album is the way Kid Koala has managed to embody the spirit of the blues without needing a lot of the overused motifs that now make up the genre’s lyrics. Instead the ever-present harmonica, 12-bar blues pacing of many of the songs and smoky, late-night air around the whole thing makes these songs sound timeless. Danielle O’Donohue

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The Afterman: Ascension

The band’s latest album, The Afterman: Ascension, is the first of two concept albums (but when is a Coheed album not?) about a character from The Amory Wars, Sirius Amory. But thankfully this album doesn’t require a degree in Sanchez’s elaborate story to be enjoyed. Clocking in at just under 40 minutes, the band’s shortest studio album by almost half an hour makes this the freshest Coheed album in a while. Key Entity Extraction III Vic The Butcher is about as vital as this band gets, with the guitars wailing away underneath Sanchez’s distinctive voice. There are quieter moments here that hit the mark like The Afterman, with its quiet strings slowly weaving a beguiling melody under Josh Eppard’s shuddering drum beat and Subtraction, a definite change of pace for the band, but no less effective. Though there’s nothing as immediate as Welcome Home or In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 on this album, the 2012 version of Coheed & Cambria is taut and efficient, stripping away some of the over the top excess for a lean, intriguing listen. Danielle O’Donohue

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TUESDAY 16 Dredd 3D – a film adaptation of the brutal world of the 2000 AD comics and the bleak metropolis of Mega-City One. Popcorn Taxi will host a screening of the film and a Q&A with star Karl Urban. The Randwick Ritz, 7pm.

WEDNESDAY 17 The Beast – a one-man performance by Stuart Bowden about a flickering silhouette that everyone calls ‘The Beast’, an uplifting tale of loneliness, isolation and hope. Belvoir Downstairs, 7.30pm.

THURSDAY 18 Sculpture by the Sea – a 2km-long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world, and notably Alex Ritchie, who will show his first piece for Sculpture by the Sea. As the Creative Director of e2 Ritchie promotes experiential design that brings brands and spaces to life. Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk till Sunday 4 November.

Drew Carey will host this All-Star Comedy Gala, which will include acts from Bill Burr, Judith Lucy and Charlie Pickering. Part of Just for Laughs Sydney Opera House, 7pm and 9.30pm.

MONDAY 22 The Lieutenant Of Inishmore – a play written by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, The Pillowman and A Behanding in Spokane), this Tony Award-nominated black comedy, a blood spattered farce, is directed by Paige Rattray, a NIDA graduate who was 2011’s Resident Director at Griffin Theatre Company. Featuring NIDA final year acting, costume, design and production and properties students it plays NIDA Parade Playhouse till Saturday 27 October, 7.45pm.

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Harvest Arts – this year’s Harvest Arts/Music festival will feature 400 artists working on 80 acts and installations. It’s the biggest arts program yet and includes Australian circus-vaudeville show, Briefs, also electropop Londoners Bourgeois & Maurice. The Secret Garden is back, with the campfire stage which will feature spoken word, theatre, dance and discussions. For those who want to laugh this Harvest, comedians Felicity Ward, David Quirk, Rhys Nicholson, Shane Matheson and show, Lessons with Luis, will feature. Harvest is happening at Parramatta Park on Saturday 17 November.

Medea – Anne-Louise Sarks’ refocusing of Medea, in which two children on a stage play games while off-stage and unheard their parents are having a very famous showdown. At some inevitable moment in the next hour the children will be drawn away from their games and into their parents’ bitter argument. From there they will enter mythology as the most tragic siblings of all time. Belvoir Downstairs, 7pm till Sunday 25 November. The All-Star Comedy Gala – making his Australian debut,

Sarah Silverman Is Coming – funny lady Sarah Silverman is coming to Australia for her first ever stand-up shows down under. Silverman is known for her versatility, ranging from her stand-up shows to film, television and as an author with the New York Times bestselling book, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee. Who could also forget her video collaboration with Matt Damon that became a YouTube sensation. The Emmy Award-winning comedian will take the stage at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 30 November.

FRIDAY 19 Dr Brown: Befrdfght – if you haven’t seen Dr Brown, you need to. Straight from taking home the Barry Award (Best Show) at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Foster’s Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Award, prepare yourself for a hug (‘cause you’ll get one). Old Fitzroy Hotel till Saturday 20, 9.45pm.

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Anthony Carew chats to director Colin Trevorrow about how his new film, Safety Not Guranteed, a quirky time travel-themed indie flick, which has surprisingly endeared the average American. When Safety Not Guaranteed screened at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, audiences cheered at the quirky indie timetravel movie’s climactic finale. It’s a reaction director Colin Trevorrow’s seen before. “When we went to

Sundance, I had no idea if we were going to get laughed out of the room, we didn’t know what the reaction was going to be,” the 36-year-old filmmaker remembers the film’s premiere. “That was the first place we heard the cheer.”

Though he admits he’ll cheer anything (“I cheer a good taco”) Trevorrow has particularly fond memories of cheering Back To The Future’s own time-travel leap, back in his childhood, and he’s glad to get cheered, even at screenings where the film’s oddball sense of humour may not be so well received. “Screening the film in other countries, people look quizzically at us and don’t understand our humour. We unintentionally made a uniquely American movie, because our main character has really, really high confidence levels without the facts or reality to back that up.” That uniquely American quality translated perfectly to uniquely American locales. “We played very well in rural areas. For independent films, that’s rarely the case. There’s something in this film that really connects with people in the middle of the country. I think it comes down to this: it’s a film about these very cynical people from the city leaving their comfort zone and entering a rural area, finding this person that those in cities make fun of, and then they discover that this guy really has them all fooled.” These city slickers include TV’s Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson, and the main character is played by 2012 indie-movie everywhereman Mark Duplass, who plays a backwoods mystic undertaking a top secret time-travel mission. Writer Derek Conolly took cues from “all these crazy characters” he knew in his Floridian childhood, as well as initial inspiration from a 1997 classified in Backwoods Home Magazine (“sort of a libertarian, build-your-

The classified was a joke ad, written by John Silveira to fill an empty space on the page on a print deadline, but thousands of people wrote letters to the address. “A lot of people who were lonely,” Trevorrow suggests, “and just filled with a lot of regrets.” Trevorrow and Connolly treated it essentially as a novel to be adapted, and had to convince the author to sell them the rights. It was a lengthy process that Trevorrow saw as completely mirroring the film Winnebago Man, in which filmmaker Ben Steinbauer befriends the star of a YouTube meme in hopes of making a film about him. “John felt like he had been reduced to a meme and that, to a certain extent, the world was making fun of him. And, just like in Winnebago Man, it all comes full circle when we go to a film festival. John Silveira came to the Sundance Festival and he got to watch the film. After they cheered the film, I called him out in front of all two thousand people, and they cheered him.” WHAT: Safety Not Guaranteed WHEN & WHERE: Opens nationally Thursday 18 October

is 22, the eldest in their 50’s; three of the writers have won AWGIES this year. Then there’s AFI Awardwinner Nick Parsons alongside university student-cum-poet Emrys Quin. “What’s great about it as well there is a hundred million people on this project. That’s great because for me it is about that diversity, and that range of voices and that range of people and that critical mass I guess,” says Supple. “It’s a celebration of Australian theatre in that way.”

MOVING VIEWS Augusta Supple talks to Dave Drayton about theatre born from transport.

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own-cabin-in-the-woods, have-alot-of-shotguns kind of magazine”) soliciting collaborateurs to go back in time. “Derek saw it, and thought, ‘maybe the guy thinks this is real, maybe he really believes he can do this,’” Trevorrow says. “The world is mocking him, but maybe this guy has deep regrets, and he’s driven by them.”

“I originally came from a small country town, and when I first moved to Sydney I was blown away by the fact that I’d be on a train with more people than is in my country town,” says Augusta Supple, the director of A View From Moving Windows, a new True West production that harnesses the talents of nine playwrights and a cast of 14 actors on stage at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre. Clearly, turning the mundane into the marvellous is merely a matter of perspective, and Supple’s done it before, too. “I did a project that was called Stories From The

428,” Supple recalls, “which was basically catching the 428 bus from Circular Quay to outside Sidetrack Theatre. The impetus of that show was about sustainable transport, but also to bring people to that theatre because it was dark for a bit of time there, and I wanted people to get to know it again. “I’m actually more of a train traveller than I am a bus traveller,” Supple elaborates as the pieces of A View… fall into place. “I’ve only been getting to know the West properly in the last year or so. The Riverside Theatre I think is one of the best venues for theatre

in Sydney and I really wanted to do some work there. The staff are great, the resources are great, it’s a beautiful theatre, it’s got a great community atmosphere, and people go there, so I wanted to make a work that was relevant for that community, that celebrated that community, but also encouraged people to think about commuter culture in a different way. It’s like taking the experience of being the natural audience for someone on the train, and putting it on stage.” There’s a huge cast, 18 actors – not to mention the nine playwrights involved. The youngest playwright

Each of the works contributed to the project were inspired by two train trips from Central to Parramatta, undertaken as a group with a mission to produce any piece of writing; a song or monologue, a scene or poem – the final production even boasts a Bollywood number. “But whatever you write,” Supple repeats the instructions, “I will stage. So whatever you write, make sure you like it. “My main interest is that Parramatta is the sort of geographical centre of Sydney, there’s this mentality that says it’s all the way out there and it’s far away, but it’s actually not, it’s right in the centre.” The writers did it, the actors did it, Supple’s been doing it. Catch a train to Riverside Theatre, you may very well get your own show on the way to or from the production. WHAT: A View From Moving Windows WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 18 until Saturday 27 October, Riverside: Raffertys Theatre

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BETWEEN TWO WAVES THEATRE Daniel is a climate scientist occupying space on a busy and dying world. This busyness plays out on a minimally-set white stage designed by David Fleischer, we are fluidly bussed around between scenes that gradually intensify: a stressed and underappreciated work life buoyed by Chum Ehelepola’s laconic portrayal of a colleague; an anxious exchange with a female (Ash Ricardo) in the abrasive red light and muddy hum of dance music outside a club; the girlfriend she becomes; an all-too professional insurance inventory worker (Rachel Gordan) whose life grows as complex as Daniel’s own…The most impressive result wrought from the ebbs and flows of these carefully

HANNAH GADSBY COMEDY Same-sex marriage might not be the most unexpected ground for Hannah Gadsby to cover in her new show, but with an approach that involved a slideshow and recurring references to a classic 15th-century painting, there was still plenty of room for the unexpected. Hannah Wants A Wife was at first a little slow to get off the ground, but once Gadsby found her footing, she soon won over the crowd. A quick glance at the number of same-sex couples in the room showed she was maybe preaching to the choir here, but Gadsby’s strength is that, as well as being funny, she’s also just really likeable. Although her sights were set on gay marriage, Gadsby took the

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While it’s always a bit dubious writing about the actual content of a comedian’s gig (telling someone else’s jokes here would be like reprinting the sheet music for a song, right?) I can say there’s a dick on an x-ray joke. I can say that. And Anderson’s normally just on the TV, which means it’s a dick that prime-time ABC audiences wouldn’t let you discuss, and a dick that us taxpayers can claim a part in having helped develop (sorta). You’ll have to see the show to know what I mean. You could ask why one of the country’s biggest names would play such a relatively small room, but

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scenic route to get there, with anecdotes about rough crowds, men trying to pick her up, and gay stereotypes, with a particularly funny story about getting her motorbike licence and hemming a new pair of curtains in the same day. Although she was clearly wary about getting bogged down in politics, she couldn’t resist a few well-placed jibes. She pointed out Julia Gillard’s dismissal of samesex marriage as “untraditional” was a bit rich, given she’s a female Prime Minister in a de facto relationship with a heterosexual hairdresser, for example. It was less a side-splitting laugh-a-thon than just a fun night out, like spending an evening at the pub with your funny mate, except they’re on stage… and they’re less drunk… and they’re actually funny.

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“It was good to be back in Western Australia, good to have some of my family and friends come see my show, and we had really big houses in Western Australia – a couple of shows with 500 people there – so it was really good to get a packed show at that point. The audiences were really reacting to it,” actor Meyne Wyatt says. He has just completed the Perth leg of Bell Shakespeare’s The School For Wives, a 17th Century French comedic romantic romp penned by Molière, brought into the 1920s under the direction of Lee Lewis and following Justin Fleming’s translation. “It’s a comedy,” Wyatt adds, audibly elated, as an afterthought, or perhaps a clarification.

orchestrated storylines and moments in time – handled deftly as they are under Sam Strong’s direction – is the cumulative effect of all; the way they raise the stakes and the weight of the world, and put Daniel’s anxieties uncomfortably within reach. When it becomes too bare and the cracks break and begin to leak all on stage, Ian Meadows’ Daniel is at wits’ end (his performance across the 100 minutes of the play, which he penned himself, is stunning), and Ricardo and Gordon are both confused and concerned in their own ways – then it reaches a stunning denouement. Meadows’ and Strong’s secret apocalypse is beautifully affecting, offering both the adrenaline of a thriller and the quivering tingle of a truly heart-warming, personal story.

Away from home, Wyatt has made an impressive name for himself on the east coast, often with roles that have a darker, more volatile side to them than the charm and comedy he plies as Horace in The School For Wives. As a troubled teen he terrified audiences at Griffin in last year’s lauded production of Lachlan Philpott’s Silent Disco, also directed by Lewis, and was similarly formidable in the dark and enchanting Brothers Size, at the same venue earlier in the year. After their working together on Silent Disco, Wyatt credits Lewis with getting him involved in this latest project, “We had a good rapport with each other, she knew what I was about and we work well together. We talked about doing the comedy stuff, the huge tour, and

I’ve always wanted to work with Bell Shakespeare, so she really opened the door for me there.” As Horace, Wyatt catches the affection of a young girl, Agnès, who has been raised in a convent under the request of a bullish man, Arnolph, attempting to retain her innocence and manufacture the loyalty of love. It should be easy enough – while still entirely bigoted – were it not for Horace stealing her heart, while under Arnolph’s nose, and further complicating by telling as much unwittingly. Wyatt is clearly relishing the role. “In any production I’ve ever done I’ve always tried to put a hint or a flair of comedy in it – just to entertainment myself, really,” he laughingly concedes – it was present certainly in the cocksuredness and bravado he brought to his roles that broke the sombre tones in the likes of Brothers Size and Silent Disco. “But now this an avenue where I can actually

as Anderson said himself tonight, it’s for the sheer freaken’ love of his craft. (lucky Wilarians saw genesis shows in Sydney over the summer, then full versions at the Comedy Festival in Melbourne in March/ April). He clearly still goes to 11 with it, with material that covers the personal and political in the perfect measure. If you’ve caught any of the incarnations of the show (or his previous stand-up work), it’s also a damn pleasure to see him so happily evolve and revaluate his ideas. You don’t just get a dick on an x-ray; you get a clever dick, too. Liz Giuffre Running at the Comedy Store until Sunday 28 October

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Mourning

WITH ANTHONY CAREW Considering all the tiny ethnic and esoteric film festivals dotting the calender it seems strange that an Iranian Film Festival never existed until last year. This is, after all, the country that has given the world Kiarostami, Panahi, Farhadi, the Makhmalbaf Film House, etc; a land whose national cinema has been amongst the most vital in the world for three decades and counting. The danger in the IFF arriving this late in the game is that Iranian cinema has long become a staple of the festival circuit, and this amounts to casting a line in overfished waters; far-and-away the best Iranian film I’ve seen since last year’s opening night picture, A Separation, is Mani Haghighi’s Modest Reception, which screened at the Sydney and Melbourne festivals and is, thus, absent here. But if you’re searching for an IFF highlight – and, perhaps, something similar to the classic symbolic parable that best embodies Iranian cinema – then there’s Mourning. Morteza Farshbaf’s first feature was developed in the Kiarostami workshop and, in keeping with the master’s cinematic view, features endless scenes in cars. It features a hearing-impaired couple driving their nephew cross-country following the death of his parents; it’s an interpretive parable with dark comic tones and even-darker shadows of tragedy. The Last Step finds writer/director/ star Ali Mossafa casting his wife, Leila Hatami, in the role of his wife; the filmmaker plays the freshlydeceased husband who hangs around after his death, conversing with his wife and narrating the tale from beyond the grave. Hatami’s mourning is stifled by the fact that she’s an actress making a film about her husband’s death, and the film within the film is the film and so forth; the whole thing a very meta, tragicomic discussion about

cinema, the theatricality of society, and playing the pantomimed roles society prescribes. Dariush Mehrjui’s latest film, The Orange Suit, is an amiable crowdpleaser in which a single dad reads a book on feng shui and heads down a whimsical, inspirational path of cleaning up the world around him, literally donning the titular garment and heading out to take to the Tehrani streets with a broom; to the puzzlement of his fervently independent ex-wife (Hatami, again) and the joy of his son’s way-hot tutor (Mitra Hajjar). Mehrjui, a vital historical figure in ’70s Iranian cinema can, of course, see the depth of these themes; this about social responsibility, where the rubbish littering streets and beaches and gutters symbolises a society turning rotten, and where individuals must take responsibility for enacting change. Among the rest of the (pretty small) fest, there’s sadly less to recommend. Here Without Me transplants Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie to modern-day Tehran; and it doesn’t back down from the more hysterical, theatrical qualities of the melodrama; this a tale of wounded family-members lashing out at each other – and the world around them – in over-thetop tirades. And Facing Mirrors carries a vibrant spirit of social rebellion, an original-odd-couple tale in which a covertly-feminist conservative mother and a blithely out genderqueer butch rail against the strident patriarchy around them. It’s a worthy film, but it reminds me of your standard Queer Film Festival fare and/or some American indie movie from the ’90s: its social crusade far exceeding its cinematic merit. WHAT: Iranian Film Festival WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 18 October to Sunday 21, Dendy Newtown

explore that side of my acting. A lot of the other roles that I’ve done in the past have had a lot of serious notes attached to them, this is great though, when you’re on stage it’s a more relaxed feel and you get more of that rapport with the audience,” says Wyatt – at the recent Perth run he cherished being able to play to their responses, feed off an eager crowd. “It’s more technical,” Wyatt reflects, “You’ve got to hit the line, everything has to be more precise with comedy, it’s a totally different avenue. Playing to the audience is the best thing about it, you see the potential on the page, but then on stage, flirting with the audience, you can see the laughs come, see where the comedy actually is.” WHAT: The School For Wives WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 23 October to Saturday 24 November, Sydney Opera House.

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or so. But I’m just coming off three months of paternity leave. I have two sons now, one nearly two years old and one threeand-a-half months. Normally if I was coming to Australia I’d bring my wife and it’d be an extended working holiday, but taking two kids on a plane at that age is just mad, so I’m going on my own.”

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WITH JAMELLE WELLS Almost three years since the murders of Sydney art curator Nick Waterlow and his daughter Chloe, author Pamela Barton has written a book about the tragedy. The Waterlow Killings delves beneath the public face of a successful and affluent family, into a world of musical, literary and visual artists which defies conventionality. But behind the family’s apparently glamorous life, the writer also looks at the way they had to deal with Nick’s son Anthony’s mental illness and the failings of the health system in times of need. Having this year performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York; in Mongolia; across six Australian cities; and in remote towns; indigenous dancer Ella Havelka is leaving Bangarra to join The Australian Ballet. The invitation is a homecoming of sorts for the dancer who trained with the Australian Ballet School and graduated in 2007. She’s the only indigenous dancer in the Australian Ballet’s history. Fantasy writer Angela Slatter has become the first Australian to win the prestigious British Fantasy Award. Her story The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter was picked from a shortlist of 72 entries to win the short fiction category. Past winners include Stephen King and Christopher Fowler. The Performance Space is staging a new festival of contemporary art, performance, dance and debate on

gender from 25 October 25. Sexes promises to explore and celebrate perspectives of sexuality. It includes a visual arts exhibition with 17 contemporary artists including Christian Thompson and Tracey Moffatt. The organisers are also promising keynote lectures, dirty movies and a danceathon, as well as the premiere of major full-length dance work Whelping Box by Clare Britton, Matt Prest and Branch Nebula. Sydney Theatre Company is after entries for the 2012 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellowship. The Playwrights’ Award offers a cash prize of $7,500 for a fulllength unproduced play of any genre by an Australian playwright over 18. Go to sydneytheatre.com/ patrickwhite for more details. The world’s largest annual free-to-thepublic outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture By The Sea, opens at Bondi this week. There’ll be more than 100 new works from Australian and international artists including Peter Lundberg from the US and Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. Art lovers can enjoy works from two of the most renowned artists in the world, Sui Jianguo (China) and Sir Anthony Caro OM (England), as well as leading Australian sculptors Ken Unsworth and Ron Robertson-Swann. A prize of $70,000 from the Balnaves Foundation will go to this year’s winning sculpture, and the artwork will be gifted to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Funnyman Ed Byrne has had a long and respected career but, as he explains to Guy Davis, popularity can often get in the way of a good whinge. Here’s how one can tell Ed Byrne is pretty good at this comedy thing: at any point in the conversation, he can steer it in a direction that results in him recounting a story, an anecdote or even a clever one-liner and you chuckling like mad. What’s more, he does it so subtly and cleverly you don’t even realise you’re being amused

until the laughs simply won’t stop. And Australian audiences will get the chance to experience this for themselves soon when the Irish stand-up comedian comes to Sydney and Melbourne on what he calls “a tantalisingly brief trip”. “I’m in and I’m out,” he admits. “I haven’t been there in six years

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GRAHAM HANCOCK What lessons can we learn from Ancient civilisations that might have been forgotten by modern humans? That life is magical, that the universe is enchanted, that the earth is a precious garden of experience, and that it is an incredible opportunity for the soul to be born in a human body. Your earlier work helped to bring the knowledge of the Mayan calendar to the western world. What do believe will happen in December 2012? I don’t believe anything will happen on 21 December 2012. The Mayan calendar is cyclical and what it predicts for that date is not the end of the world, as some foolishly suppose, but the end of a great cycle of the human story and the beginning of the next. What I find interesting is that the start date of the current cycle of the calendar is in 3114 BC with the end date in 2012 (ie, a period of 5,126 years) and this period does span the time of emergence, dominance and decline of big, centralised, hierarchical states; big, centralised hierarchical religions; and big, centralised, hierarchical corporations. The existing world order based on

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these controlling hierarchies is undoubtedly in a terminal decay and something new – hopefully something better that honours individual sovereignty, that nurtures love rather than hatred, fear and suspicion, and that has reverence for the cosmos – is in the process of being birthed. Do you believe that tours like the Origins Of Consciousness are a good forum for discussing these ideas? Yes, an excellent forum. The new consciousness that is being born in the world is based around communities of ideas in which like-minded people can get together to reimagine reality. I hope the tour will act as a catalyst for new and better ways of thinking about the past and the future. WHAT: Origins Of Consciousness WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 21 October, University of NSW

For more than a decade, Sculptures By The Sea has been a national mainstay of arts, and specifically sculpture, in Australia. Jake Millar catches up with one of this year’s entrants, Elyssa Sykes-Smith, before the big show. With over 100 artworks spread along more than two kilometres of coastline and upwards of half a million people expected to visit, this year’s 16th annual Sculpture By The Sea exhibition will be seriously big, by pretty much any measure. It’s not something you need to tell emerging artist Elyssa Sykes-

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Smith, who has been selected to participate in the event, despite still being in the final year of her fine art degree at the National Art School. “It’s very exciting to be involved,” she says. “It’s a public event and gets a lot of coverage each year, so it’s a really good way of getting exposure.” And with such

Byrne also admits that he’s a little concerned that he may have slipped the minds of Australian audiences. “It’s a really grand thing sometimes, meeting people who already know who you are and find you funny,” he says. “They laugh at you just being there, which is quite nice, really. You can just coast. They’re laughing at the memory of how funny you are, which is pretty sweet. But you do find that if people know who you are, it makes complaining about things a lot harder. You can’t really do it. Things have to go very badly or you have to be very poorly treated by a, say, a hotel before you can bring yourself to complain. I was at the end of my tether recently dealing with the gas company, yelling that I’d had to contact them four times about the problems I was having, and when they asked my name and I told them I heard ‘Oh, Ed Byrne the comedian? You’re very funny’. And I couldn’t be angry anymore!” Still, it’s likely that regular appearances on talk shows like The Graham Norton Show will probably help jog the memories of a few folks. After all, the last time

a massive turnout anticipated, it’s a rare opportunity for sculptors – not typically the most high-profile members of the arts world – to enjoy a bit of time in the spotlight. The event stretches from Bondi to Tamarama and, being outdoors, the setting was naturally a major consideration for Sykes-Smith’s contribution. “My sculpture is a life-size figurative artwork that I’ve constructed from off-cuts of timber that I drilled together, and it will be hanging along a cliff wall,” she says. “I’ve been focusing a lot on wooden construction recently, which I really discovered at the end of last year. I’m really enjoying exploring it as a material because the geometric nature of timber lends itself to describing the human form – not in a literal way, but in one that incorporates cubist elements.” As for what else she’ll be exhibiting alongside, Sykes-Smith isn’t sure what to expect. “I’ve talked to a few other artists about what they’re doing, but I haven’t actually seen any of the other artworks, so I’m very much looking forward to doing the walk and seeing them all for myself.” With a line-up of national and international artistic talent, being chosen for the event is no small honour, but Skyes-Smith was also one of three participating artists to receive a Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorship; an award that not only recognises she’s certainly a talent to watch, but which is also worth $10,000.

he appeared on that program he memorably accused Johnny Depp of copying his personal style. “I did have a poke at him for stealing my look,” he recalls with a smile. “The guests that night were me, Ricky Gervais, Carey Mulligan and Johnny Depp, and after the show Ricky and I were out the back, talking with Johnny Depp, who was smoking a cigarette. I used to smoke but don’t anymore and Ricky doesn’t smoke, and I always think it’s a very telling indicator of where you are in the social pecking order if you’re outside because someone else is smoking. You are lower on the pecking order. If you’re at a bar and you find yourself outside with the people who smoke, especially if the weather’s bad, then you are not the alpha male in that group. If you were higher up, the smokers would stay inside with you! Me and Ricky Gervais, we were out the back.” Byrne is hardly a beta male these days, though. Indeed, he’s something of a grown-up, as his Australian shows will demonstrate – in addition to material from previous shows Different Class and Crowd Pleaser (in which he “came out as a nerd”), he’s also showing off a bit of his new show, which has the working title of Roaring Forties. And why that title, Ed? “Because I’m in my forties now.” Naturally. WHAT: Ed Byrne WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 21 October, Just For Laughs, Sydney Opera House

Over the past year, Skyes-Smith has been involved in a handful of other exhibitions, including last year’s Arts In The Valley Festival, held in Kangaroo Valley, where she walked away with the People’s Choice Award. “That was really encouraging and although it was a very different exhibition from Sculpture by the Sea, having that positive recognition was really nice.” Although clearly a talented sculptor, Skyes-Smith has also dabbled in other artistic pursuits. “Doing the Bachelor of Fine Art, you have to choose a major and it’s always difficult – I really love painting and drawing as well – but I do see myself being a sculptor and I’m definitely really enjoying it at the moment.” As for what’s on the cards once the event wraps up, Sykes-Smith says she’s keen to stay on at the Art School. “I’d like to continue studying and do Honours, because I feel like I’m in a productive phase and I’d like to keep that momentum going.” This year’s exhibition is not simply a great opportunity to see the work of some of the most talented national and international sculptors, but with the weather warming up, it’s also a very good reason to find yourself in Bondi over the next few weeks – as if you needed another one. WHAT: Bondi Sculpture By The Sea WHERE & WHEN: Bondi to Tamarama until Sunday 4 November


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FEATURE TOUR

THE BLACK KEYS

The Black Keys are about to kick off a national tour, their biggest to hit Australia yet. The Akron, Ohio two-piece soulful rockers have exploded on the back of their latest and seventh studio record, El Camino, which was led by the infectious single Lonely Boy. The tour will apparently feature 20 projectors and giant mirror balls. Sydney’s Royal Headache will be joining them around the country. They’ll be playing on Sunday 21 October at Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

FRONTLASH FESTIVAL OVERLOAD

Whoa. When too many festival announcements are barely enough. Lots of big announcements happened this week, with even more cool acts playing the big stages over the warmer months.

TAME IMPALA Cracked the UK charts by debuting at a very credible #14. Well done lads.

PAY TV Showing commercial television how it should be done by airing new seasons of programs not long after they have been shown in the US.

BACKLASH FESTIVAL OVERLOAD

With so much going on, we’re going to be very tired come April.

RUSSELL CROWE AND DANIELLE SPENCER Not that we’re against them breaking up, it’s just we can already see the gossip mags and more feeding off this story for weeks. We hope neither feed the beast and grant an “exclusive” interview with one of them. Though I bet “a source close to the couple” will get paraded out all the time.

COMMERCIAL TV Hat Fitz & Cara @ Lizotte’s Newcastle Pic by Mat Lee displayed the vocal range of the Irish singer, with her soaring vibrato and tin whistle perfection, all building with a stunningly energetic beat of a kick drum; a great piece co-written by the two about Robinson’s experience with a wild lady from Belfast. Hat Fitz & Cara @ Lizotte’s Newcastle Pic by Mat Lee

HAT FITZ & CARA LIZOTTE’S NEWCASTLE: 14/10/12

Armed with insults and anecdotes, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson kept the audience entertained at their relaxed and jovial gig, fluidly interjecting their playful tunes with entertaining Aussie and

Irish stage banter. The married couple took the piss out of each other throughout their two-hour set, giving the crowd hilarious scenarios before ripping into their trademark blues and roots sound, influencing tapping toes and cheers all round.

Fitz displayed his talent on the Bo Carter cover, Twist It Babe, belting out the fun ditty with his roomstopping baritone groove, backed by resonator guitar and his wife working the homemade washboard, equipped with cowbell among other trinkets, to give constant atmospheric percussion. Hat Fitz said the audience were “a nice quiet crowd to play to,” before cracking out some innuendo and sex recounts that went down perfectly in the intimate, friendly space.

Listening to the warm, sweet voice of Robinson – contrasting the beautifully deep rasp of Fitz – was a perfect way to spend a Sunday night. Rusty River

Jokes aside, the two are so open about their lifestyle and experiences that the audience were sucked into their life for the night, wanting to hear more of their

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Continuing to thumb their noses at viewers by running series that have already aired ages ago in the US. entertaining but, at times, sad stories. Fitz presented the beautifully real Hold My Hand, telling of the loss of a past marriage and, subsequently, his kids, as he rethinks his life on a mate’s couch. It’s subject matter that really brings out the desperation in Fitz’s distinct sound. Similarly, Robinson’s take on Nobody’s Fault But Mine had the room hanging on every word as the music momentarily took a backseat to her commanding, Celtic-flavoured voice that had hairs standing on end. Wiley Ways is the title track of their new record which this tour is celebrating and it showcased all of their skills into one jam-packed blockbuster – washboard percussion, tin whistle, drums, banjo and both their voices in beautiful harmony, making it the all-round highlight of the night. However, the entire experience was enjoyable, with great tunes, beautiful honesty and perfectly placed crapping on making it a suitable end to any week. Mat Lee THE DRUM MEDIA • 57


Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp @ Lizotte’s Newcastle. Pic by Mat Lee

vocalist being sconed by a plastic beer cup and instantly quipping that it was no way to treat an ARIA Award-nominated band. Alternatively, there was guitarist Lindsay McDougall, decked out in a stylish onesie, serenading everyone with Huey Lewis & The News, Dragon and Spin Doctors hits.

Regular John have done the opposite, expanding the possibilities of their music by incorporating a new guitarist, keyboards and producing a sound that is a fascinating mix of ‘80s goth and post-punk (scratchy Gang Of Four guitar), psychedelic dub and ‘90s rock in the vein of Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction.

Comedy aside, said nominated album (in this year’s Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album category), Smoko At The Pet Food Factory, was a popular facet of the quartet’s hour set, particularly the hilarious Bird Attack and Mummy Doesn’t Know You’re A Nazi. The earnest, moshing and stage-diving throng kept security busy during a rapid-fire multitude of fan favourites though, Genius, Russell Crowe’s Band, Ship Of Beers, Bucket Bong, Punch In The Face and Racist among them. Not the most fluent live act, but tighter than perhaps many acknowledge, Frenzal still deliver a punk rock show that’s as fast as it is genuinely funny. Long may it continue.

Of the new songs, Sky Burial was a widescreen revelation, Letters In Braille was immersive and trippy psych rock, while Green showed the band haven’t shed their heavy rock roots. It is always highly rewarding to see a band doing justice to a great album live and Regular John delivered on all fronts.

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For the launch of their new album, A Year At Sea, Winter People utilised the intimate setting of the Factory Theatre to seduce the hordes on a night that was suspiciously winter-like for a Spring evening; a fitting addition to an eclectic night.

COLLARBONES, NAYSAYER & GILSUN, LAMTECH, GNOME KATIE NOONAN & KARIN SCHAUPP LIZOTTE’S NEWCASTLE: 11/10/12

Strolling with ease through Lizotte’s, Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp took their places on stage, decked out with peacefully minimal fairy lights and leafy vines that came to reflect the mood of the entire set. Kicking off with the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classic, Into My Arms, the two soon displayed how beautifully they compliment each other as a duo, with Schaupp’s skilful classical guitar holding its own with the angelic voice of Noonan. Their tour, rightly named the Songs Of The Southern Skies Tour, comprised of a range of Aussie and Kiwi pop/rock classics and, before long, the sounds of Crowded House rang through the dim-lit theatre as they performed Into Temptation. By this point, the audience were so gobsmacked by Noonan’s vocal technique that they hardly heard a patron’s ringtone, a call quickly rejected. Schaupp’s solo Southern Cross Dreaming demanded the full attention of the room. Words cannot do justice to seeing the Brisbane-based musician pluck chords with her right thumb while playing beautiful loops with every other finger. The duo presented fascinating variations on Gotye’s Hearts A Mess and Cold Chisel’s Saturday Night, the former seeing Noonan take up a drum to peacefully bring beat to Schaupp’s tremolo. Both songs made it clear that Noonan takes everyone on a vocal and lyrical journey. She feels every lyric and doesn’t hide her preparation in belting out these almost superhuman notes that have the crowd shaking their head in disbelief. The warm Bless This House completed the night, leaving the audience with thoughts of Noonan’s mother singing the tune to her daughter as a child. Truth be told, Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp don’t need to bullshit; their talent speaks for itself. As soon as they began the room was dead silent and the mood seldom altered throughout the course of the night. Australia would struggle to find musicians who could compete with the precision of this duo. Mat Lee

CONVERSATIONS WITH GHOSTS CAPITOL THEATRE: 10/10/12

In tonight’s specially commissioned performance titled Conversations With Ghosts, folk, pop, orchestra and poetry joined forces to summon up some spirits. The collaboration was driven by Paul Kelly and conductor James Ledger, tourists in each other’s musical territory from time to time. As Kelly described it, “I’ve had time to explore some dissonance and new sounds and ideas and James has become reacquainted with the basic chords C, F and G.” The idea was to create a song cycle (a hoity toity version of a concept album) that took classic poems and gave them new flight via Kelly and a mini orchestra’s delivery courtesy of a few Australian National Academy Of Music musicians. He called the orchestra “the flora and fauna in the new ecosystem” the group had created for these ghostly creatures and nominated Genevieve Lacey’s recorder in particular as a key, non-lyrical ‘voice’ for those from beyond. Most striking over the short but intense set was the importance of the rhythm of a lyric as well, as Kelly masterfully gave just enough presence (and space) in his delivery to let key phrases, words and syllables ring out among the harp, synth, strings and other un-pop sonic delights. The long and detailed verses were given room to be so (like Kenneth Slessor’s Five Bells), while the more economical and simple, like Judith Wright’s Woman To Man were left to breathe 58 • THE DRUM MEDIA

THE STANDARD: 12/10/12 and ring out. Where grandness was needed, however, Kelly was also able to stand to the challenge (his delivery of WB Yeats’ Sailing To Byzantium finally lifted it out of the HSC shackles it’s lived in for this writer for years and brought it home to a more magnificent place). The ending, a Kelly original, I’m Not Afraid Of The Dark Anymore, showed how simple pop and ornate poetry can gracefully live side by side. Liz Giuffre

SOMETHING FOR KATE, BEN SALTER METRO THEATRE: 12/10/12

The Metro was a busy place on Friday night. While young rock bands were making as much noise as possible in The Lair, in the main room, first Ben Salter and then Something For Kate showed off their considerable songwriting skills and an appreciation for the music of others. It’s probably too early to call it a trend, but both acts on this bill performed a couple of covers. Salter chose Teenage FBI by Guided By Voices and Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen while Something For Kate threw Sam Brown’s Stop and World Party’s Ship Of Fools into their set. Ben Salter’s strong, rich voice was the centrepiece of his set. Having refined his lyrical style, Salter just needed to provide a little more variety, though the covers did help to add a little less melancholy to the set. According to Something For Kate’s frontman Paul Dempsey, Sydney provided a “warm and wonderful welcome” for the band’s first headline tour in over four years. Yet the band certainly paid the audience back in kind. This was a tour to support the band’s new release and there was certainly a lot of said album, Leave Your Soul To Science, on show. But the band also went back to the beginning, closing the set with a thrilling Pinstripe, off their first album, and providing a new/old balance with favourites such as Deja Vu and Cigarettes And Suitcases. Additional live players Pip Branson on guitar and John Hedigan mostly on keys added depth to the sound and worked well when they added harmonies. Despite the time away, Something For Kate were incredibly tight and buzzed with an energy that showed they were definitely ready for the reunion. Danielle O’Donohue

FRENZAL RHOMB, EPICS, COLLAPSO

WOLLONGONG UNIBAR: 12/10/12 A sparse crowd greeted Collapso, the majority opting for the bar instead. A few extra drifters wandered in though and enjoyed a solid display. Featuring members of The Optionals and Grand Fatal, harmony-drenched, punk-tinged rock was the order of the day. Two members pulled double-duty with fellow Sydneysiders Epics, also drafting in Between The Devil & The Deep vocalist Jay Gleeson on bass. Frontman Nick O’Grady’s Black Flag shirt summed their approach up – short, sloppy but sharp bursts also akin to Minor Threat and The Bronx. A decidedly larger crowd was more appreciative; something of a one-trick pony, but crowd-pleasing. Having racked up 20 years together, frontman Jay Whalley’s double-whammy of impending nuptials and recently turning 40, as well as newly announced industry accolades, Frenzal Rhomb had plenty to celebrate. They did so in their typically droll and amusing manner, naturally. Case in point: the

Celebrating the launch of their new album, Die Young, Collarbones brought a refreshing mix of electronic musical acts together for the occasion. Gnome opened the evening, decorating chilled beats with gorgeous harmonies. They fused their voices together perfectly in that beautiful way that only siblings can and, although they were fairly uninteresting to watch – standing timidly side by side, poking synths and pattering drum pads – their tightly-bound voices soared around the largely empty room. DJs kept the energy seamless between acts as the crowd began to trickle in, but hip hop act Lamtech really dropped the ball. Sloppy and unrehearsed, they interrupted every song with directions to the DJ, to freestyle or explain the lyrics. Their set was chaotic, awkward and had zilch momentum, which was unfortunate, as once their beats actually got going, they were energetic, catchy and promising. Regardless, they seemed to be enjoying themselves and the crowd was too polite not to clap. Collarbones were super-slick in comparison. Disjointed samples contrasted deliciously with Marcus Whale’s smooth and soulful pop vocals and, when the beat dropped, it was impossible not to groove. The black room, bleachers and swirling lights were the perfect setting for their dreamy accounts of naïve adolescence and teen love, while Whale’s voice, whether straight or drenched with effects, was like velvet on the ears. Second headliner Naysayer & Gilsun provided an extraordinary audio-visual experience. A large screen dominated the stage as they mashed snippets of classic film and television, with images of nature at its most savage and beautiful. A soundtrack of deep house and electro accompanied the hypnotic visuals and it was hard to believe that they were mixing and editing live, as everything was so impeccably timed and in-sync. It was impressive, creative and extremely entertaining. Alex Hardy

REGULAR JOHN, SONGS, GLITTER CANYON

ANNANDALE HOTEL: 13/10/12 Glitter Canyon were out to make their mark sonically and physically on the arriving punters and they definitely achieved that goal with a set that included confetti, crepe streamers and a hand axe. Frontman Chris Penney was all eye-bulging, Iggy Pop-aping and preposterous posing, but such is his self-belief he pulled it off, even planting a surprise kiss on the cheek of Songs’ Ela Stiles much to her shock/ disgust. The band matched Penney’s energy levels and though their sound is a fairly standard take on glam boogie punk and blues and their antics threatened to overshadow the music, they still kicked proverbial arse. The choice of Songs as support presented a nice sense of balance to the opening acts. Songs took a very different tack with their detached guitar pop and diversions into Germanic-inspired space rock. Unfortunately though, they’ve played many better shows and some early frustrations with the vocal monitors seemed to faze them, particularly Stiles. It was by no means a bad set though and the rhythmic explorations of their newer material were a tantalising glimpse of their upcoming album. In celebrating the release of their impressive new album, Strange Flowers, Regular John made sure the environment was just right with a superb and trouser-shakingly loud sound mix and wonderfully complementary lighting. Many bands start off with a range of influences and refine their songs into a certain sound. The album and their live performance shows

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WINTER PEOPLE, FOUNDS, JORDAN LESER FACTORY THEATRE: 13/10/12

Setting the mood was the beautiful Byron Bay-ian Jordan Leser. Taking the stage solo with nothing but a keyboard, stool and microphone, Leser (“with an ‘er,’” she insisted) won over the hearts of the few who managed to venture out early with her nostalgic ballads littered with innocent lyrics and sweet vocals. The songs were deep, masterfully crafted and conjured thoughts of family vacation memories and grandmother visits, with one song even written for her grandma. Up next was the hypnotic Brisbane sextet Founds with their upbeat, intense tunes with a sound that was very hard to classify. They have a soul feel, but pop/classical and lyrics that reflect 1800s cross-country trips where horses are pulling carts and women churning butter, you know? The ebb and flow of the whole set drew the crowd into an electric, hypnotised state where Founds could have their way with you, musically. Their strong harmonies and intricate lyrical phrasing stole the show. As the fresh-faced and obviously pumped-up members of Winter People took the stage, the crowd grew exponentially until the whole theatre filled. This was their night to finally show off their new album, A Year At Sea. Their heartfelt swells of olden day folk and modern rock sent the audience into a daze of recollection and nostalgia with many holding their significant other in a reminiscing grasp. Winter People played an hour and a half set with favourites such as Gallons and Valley Hymn, but their new material took the cake with the enigmatic Top Of The World and Wishingbone. The night created a perfect ramp for the album; the only question is – where will they land? Nick Leighton

TIGERTOWN, TOURISM

HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI: 13/10/12 Tigertown’s Chris and Charlie Collins entertained the crowd with a couple of Ryan Adams covers as it became apparent that scheduled support Van Hoorn were not going to make the show. Shows you what lovely folk Tigertown are. Their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams showed that Charlie has actually ripped out Stevie Nicks’ voice box and put it in her own, while Chris’ voice echoes that of Bernard Fanning’s strength and texture. It was a wonderful gentle start to the evening that was rudely interrupted by Tourism. Rude like good, fit, smashing. Somewhere between The Fratellis and Little Red, Tourism have a lightheartedness that is lacking in indie circles. Even within their lyrics, rhyming accidentally with gent-tle-ly, or the wonderfully coy “Tied to a bed/ Was it something I said/ She left me for dead”. Singer Joe Wisniewski combines the Northern croon of Arctic Monkeys and a rock scratch that would make John Lennon smile. Tigertown fully embrace their Fleetwood Mac sound, with crescendos backed by booming drum rolls and blissed-out synths. For a modern comparison think fun. crossed with Bat For Lashes. Go Now comes across a little like the slower Basics tunes, while pulling out the trumpet to pair with Charlie’s modern folk voice on All We Stand On you can’t help but think Angus & Julia Stone. Forget all the comparisons though, Tigertown could easily play alongside any of those bands and sound entirely like themselves. Their chilled-out disco track, Back In Time, shows a nice future direction. They enthralled the crowd with their first real encore as they once again slipped away like oil through water, a kaleidoscope of colour and hope as the music swirled and whirled; surrounded, yet in their own world. Thanks for letting us visit your magic place. Kristy Wandmaker


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METAL AND HARD ROCK WITH CHRIS MARIC leading the technically brilliant Firewind with his guitar virtuosity. He will be showing off his remarkable chops with said band at The Bald Faced Stag Saturday 27 April. Tix on sale ‘til Thursday 15 November.

Eyehategod Tony Joe White I start this week’s column by paying my respects to the great Wiley Reed, Brisbane blues mainstay, who passed away on Sunday 7 October with his funeral held yesterday. I enjoyed watching him play, but never met the man, so don’t feel at all qualified to speak at length about him as a person. I know he was well loved by just about everyone in the Brisbane blues scene and he will be sorely missed. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Bluesfest announcement that has such quality from top to bottom as I have the one that was dropped last Wednesday night. Obviously you can’t please everyone, and the usual old comments of “we’ve seen it all before” have been coming from a few naysayers; but I am dumbfounded to think that people genuinely see a downside to being able to witness legends such as these – many of them who are in their twilight years – more than once in their lifetime. Just because you’ve seen a band before, doesn’t mean they won’t move you a second, third or fourth time. I love the guitar, I love great guitarists, but I’ve never had any interest in the kind of virtuosic players who approach mastering the instrument in a clinical fashion. You know the type; people who would rather play a hundred notes per second that put any soul into what they are doing. That’s why, every time Tony Joe White is announced on a Bluesfest line-up, I am genuinely overjoyed. A masterful guitarist who plays with a certain degree of finesse but an inordinate amount of soul, he is one of the finest guitarists on the planet in my opinion. That’s not to mention the brilliance of his songwriting; hell, if his tunes are good enough for Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Etta James and heaps more, who am I to argue?

It’s one of those weeks where it just rains tour announcements. Dutch symphonic metallers Epica, are set to bring their bombastic metal masterpieces to our land for the first time next April. Their latest album Requiem For The Indifferent even cracked the Billboard Top 200 in the US. If you haven’t heard their version of The Imperial Death March from Star Wars, look it up. Proof that you can put double bass over anything and make it work! The Metro will turn into a symphonic wonderland on Friday, 19 April. Tix on sale from Friday, and it’s all-ages too. I’m still waiting on official info for the Kiss/Crue tour but until that happens, set your sights on Lost Angels. A project featuring the great John Corabi, Eric Dover (who has been in Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper) and Jellyfish – drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion, Gilby Clarke) and Cinderella bass player Eric Brittingham. This epic gig happens at The Metro Saturday 22 December. This one will have the huge sludge and doom scene we have around here all salivating: one of the great pioneers of the whole thing are of course Eyehategod, who have been dishing out the dirge since 1988 and have spawned a legion of imitators. With various projects getting in the way, the band has been on “down” time since 2000, but have returned with their first album in 12 years and are coming our way for the first time. They play the Manning Bar Thursday, 22 November and the ANU Bar Friday 23. Supports are I Exist and Law Of The Tongue. Gus G is a busy man. Not only is he Ozzy’s new show piece, but for the longest time he has been

It’s very pleasing that Bluesfest has again delivered a little bit of high quality funk for those of us who can’t get enough. Fred Wesley & The New JBs is led by Wesley, one of the most important horn players in the history of funk; his work backing up James Brown and as a part of the whole Parliament-Funkadelic collective remains some of the most cherished (and sampled) funk of all time. I don’t know what his band is like, but I’d put my house on them being hot as hell. I wish I had more space to dedicate to the other amazing artists onboard, but too many great artists to pay tribute to is a good problem to have. The full second announcement is as follows: Jimmy Cliff, Joan Armatrading, Rodriguez, Robert Cray, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Wanda Jackson, Fred Wesley & The New JBs, Michael Kiwanuka, Bettye LaVette, Luka Bloom, Ruthie Foster, Tony Joe White, Sweet Honey In The Rock, The Duke Robillard Band, Shawn Colvin and Seth Lakeman. The festival happens at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over Easter, hit bluesfest.com.au for tickets and such. 60 • THE DRUM MEDIA

Stargazing Under Southern Skies is a new compilation that features a great collection of postambient and shoegaze bands that have come to the fore in the last year or so. Led by the Aria-nominated Sleepmakeswaves, it also features Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving, Dumbsaint, Pirate, We Lost The Sea, Nuclear Summer and more. It’s also available completely free via the Art As Catharsis bandcamp page. Melbourne’s awesome Death Audio have put up an album sampler on the ‘Tube for their selftitled album, which will hit in November. As Molly used to say, do yourself a favour and go check it out, you’ll be glad you did. Steel Assassins is fast approaching. The two-day event held over Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November at The Sando boasts a ridiculously good line-up of local metal warriors. Headlined by Voyager, with a host of bands like Soulforge, Overdrive, Metal, Rampage, Dark Order, Avarin and Italy’s Megahera, it’s damn impressive. More kick ass names to be added shortly Those blokes at Riot Entertainment have finally sorted their shit out and are back to releasing top-notch albums to the record buying public. Yes, said public still exists (and in large numbers, too). This Friday sees the release of a bunch of albums from Wednesday 13, Dio (a follow-up to 2009’s The Very Beast Of… compilation), Between The Buried And Me, The 69 Eyes, Enslaved, Witchcraft, Korpiklaani, Syslosis, A Hero A Fake and more. Oh, and Stone Sour’s House Of Gold & Bones Pt 1 is out on Friday too.

The Square over near Central Station has a nice little lineup of angst and darkness this evening with Mother Eel, Dark Horse, At Dark and Queensland’s Idylls. Doors at 8pm for ten bucks.

FRIDAY Canberra gets a dose of good-time rawk’n’roll with Sunset Riot bringing their well honed-show. They give you a full night’s entertainment with help from Tonk, Final Lies and Knights Of The Spatchcock. Dumbsaint bring their instrumental wonders to the Oxford Art Factory, along with Grails and Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving.

SATURDAY It’s quite the celebration over at Notes in Newtown with Contraban playing their final ever show while also releasing their new EP. Their mates from Generation Swine will be holding their album launch, too. Megahera are playing at The Lucky Australian ahead of their Steel Assassins appearance. Fenrir, Avarin, Atomesquad and newcomers Lectoblyx lay the foundations. Under 18’s can come with a responsible adult too. Head to the Forbes Hotel on York St where Devine Electric, Dirty Dezire and Roadkill will be blasting it loud and proud. Finally the great Whiplash Festival descends on The Sando. It’s headed up by Denmark’s future/ modern metal heroes Mnemic and Brazil’s underground blackened deathsters Unearthly. The local contingent comes from all over the country and is just as impressive with Dawn Heist, Lynchmada, Katabasis, Devour The Martyr, Scar The Surface, Kunvuk and Prescient. heavy@drummedia.com.au

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Jimmy Cliff is an absolute legend; it really is as simple as that. There are no reggae artists in the world today who can even come close to putting on the kind of show that he does and, with his latest record Rebirth (which was produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong), he has proved that he is still more than relevant in 2012. If you’ve seen him before then you just know that you don’t want to miss him. Allen Toussaint has never played Bluesfest before, but I’m not surprised that he has finally made it onto the bill. This guy has had such an enormous impact on the world of contemporary music; writing songs famously covered by The Rolling Stones, Glen Campbell, Lee Dorsey, Devo, The Yardbirds, Warren Zevon and countless others. His arrangements and his piano playing have been on so many hit recordings from throughout the ages, it hurts my head just thinking about it. All that needs to be said is that this is a genuine musical legend who deserves huge respect and will undoubtedly deliver us something very special.

Bane Of Isildur are only doing one run this year: Bastardfest. They are taking this opportunity to introduce three new warriors to the horde. Ryan Bresler is now the man on the throne, Matt Bell of Troldhaugen and Rise Of Avernus is perfectly suited to the bands guitar style, and the rumbling from hell comes courtesy of the one and only Rob Rampage.

THURSDAY

PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH SARAH PETCHELL

Against Me! As we slowly but surely head into festival season, sideshows for all the various festivals are starting to be announced. One of the sideshows that I’m really looking forward to – as much out of curiosity as for my love of their music – is the Against Me! Big Day Out sideshows that are happening courtesy of Resist Records. This will be the first time that the Floridian band has returned to Australia since the announcement that saw Laura Jane Grace come out as transgender. Against Me! have announced that they will be playing the Manning Bar, Sydney Uni, on Thursday 17 January 2013, with tickets on sale now. Another sideshow that has just been announced is one of the most anticipated Sidewaves of the entire Soundwave lineup. Soundwave have announced that after eight long years, Blink 182 will finally return to Australia for a run of shows across most capital cities that will see Tom, Mark and Travis bringing their monstrous live show to Sydney for those that missed out on Soundwave tickets. Apparently, the shows will be encompassing their career to date, and will include tracks from their new album, Neighborhoods. The show is happening on Wednesday 20 February at AllPhones Arena in Sydney. Tickets go on sale this Thursday 18 October. You really don’t want to sit on this; these tickets are going to sell lightning fast! Bridge 9 Records have announced that they are set to reissue the seminal H2O record, Thicker Than Water.

The most exciting thing about this release is that the album has been out of print for a really long time (it was originally released back in 1997 through Epitaph Records) and was the album that spawned fan favourites Everready and Wake Up. Said Bridge 9 of the release: “Since their formation in 1995, H2O has released five full-length albums (and one tribute album) and toured every nook and cranny on planet Earth. Their second album, Thicker Than Water, was highly acclaimed, resonating with classic elements of East Coast hardcore and West Coast melody. A collection of sincere, in-your-face songs about personal responsibility, positivity and loyalty… Bridge 9 Records is excited to re-press this essential album that has been out of print for years. Thicker Than Water is a must-have collector’s item for hardcore fans on either coast and everywhere in between.” The album is set to get the LP and CD release treatment on 20 November, and I believe is available for pre-order through the B9 webstore now. Nominations for the 2012 ARIA Awards have been announced and this year’s nominations in the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album are a little bit expected (though one conspicuous omission from the list was definitely The Amity Affliction, which is likely because it is a relatively new release). The list sees two UNFD acts nominated, with Buried In Verona for Notorious and House Vs Hurricane for Crooked Teeth. Personally, I would like to see Smoko At The Pet Food Factory by Frenzal Rhomb pick up the gong. I think the acceptance speech would be rather interesting indeed... One thing is for sure, though; yet again these nominations represent a positive move for the Australian music industry in the recognition of punk and hardcore as a legitimate genre of music. Previously I had spoken about Adelaide’s Paper Arms getting set to release their new album through Poison City Records this November. Unfortunately, the release date has been pushed back until some stage early next year, but never fear, fans, the band will be hitting the road this month and next for a bunch of shows. This will be the perfect time for you all to get a taste of what you can expect from Paper Arms on album number two, as entry to the show will earn you access to a free download card to get a sample of the new record. Anyway, you can catch Paper Arms on Saturday 27 October at

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Hermann’s Bar in Sydney for an 18-plus show with Let Me Down Jungleman, Hazards and Merryweather. It has been ten years since influential hardcore act Strife released their last album of new material. In 2012, the band are getting set to release that next album, and Sydney’s Dogfight Records have gained the licensing rights to distribute the album in Australia on behalf of 6131 Records. The album is called Witness A Rebirth and saw the band and producer Nick Jett travel to Brazil to record it with Iggor Cavalera on drums. Soon after, they returned to California to put the rest of the pieces in place including guest vocals by Billy Graziadei (Biohazard) and Scott Vogel (Terror), as well as a guest guitar solo by Marc Rizzo (Soulfly). This album really is a testament to the 21 years of history the band have together, and you can pick it up when it drops in Australian on 9 November through the aforementioned Dogfight Records. Two of Australia’s best-loved local labels – Pee Records and Arrest Records – have teamed up to announce the co-release of a split 7” between two of the most exciting up-and-coming bands in Australian heavy music. Newcastle’s Safe Hands and Perth’s Vanity have teamed up in this eastmeets-west collaboration that will act as a way for fans to get a taste of the forthcoming albums these bands are delivering. With two tracks from each band, and available on either black or white with grey splatter vinyl, pre-orders are available now through the webstores of both labels. Definitely pick it up, because it’s bound to be a solid release. Last up for this week, we’ve got a new issue of No Heroes Magazine online now at www.noheroesmag. com … It will come as no surprise that the band on the cover are Converge, but also inside is our wrapup of the fantastic weekend that was Poison City Weekender, as well as interviews with Title Fight, Defeater, Jonah Matranga, The Swellers and SXWZD. It has only just gone live, so jump online and check it out. wakethedead@drummedia.com.au


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OG FLAVAS

YOUNG & RESTLESS

HIP HOP WITH VIKTOR KRUM

URBAN AND R&B NEWS BY CYCLONE

ALL AGES WITH DAVE DRAYTON

with the lead single Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) – a shoulda-been smash with a behemoth of a drum’n’bass breakdown. Jerkins is clearly studying contemporaries, absorbing their ideas, and adding his own twist. Nelly Furtado

RZA We aren’t successful rappers. Duh. We aren’t rappers at all. But we are fans of successful rappers, and we do think a lot about what it might take to become a successful rapper; how an unsuccessful rapper can drop the “un”; how a somewhat successful rapper can burn a little brighter. Of course, if we had the answers we wouldn’t be distributing them to you for free. We don’t have the answers. But we think enough about successful rappers to think that we might have a few ideas you and your bedroom banger-producing mate might find useful. (Of course, because we are not successful rappers ourselves, all this “advice” might just be encouraging you to take a serious number of steps in the wrong direction. Risky!) First: work hard and work consistently. This is the toughest one. Remember how you rapped at a party one time two years ago and now some of your friends think you’re an OK rapper? Remember how you promised yourself that you would write some songs after you’ve finished exams, or when work isn’t so hectic? Remember how you criticised rappers who have enjoyed some success despite them being worse than you? You’re probably “yes” to all those and more. It means you’re lazy. Get to work. Finish writing those raps. Actually practise your freestyling. Reply to that email from the guy who wants to collaborate with you. Make another song, another mixtape. Remember: you can’t be a better rapper than someone else if you’re not actually rapping. Last year’s achievements are this year’s ancient history. Friends’ and potential fans’ memories fade; often quickly. Second: the Internet exists, but so does real life. No bullshit! I know you spent ages reading that blog post about The Illuminati that you really want to share with your 81 Twitter followers, but you would be better served if you were following our first suggestion – working hard – or you were at a rap show with other people. Promoters will not, and cannot, consider you for a line-up without meeting you. Fans will not, and cannot, flock to you if they don’t know you exist. And if you want to fit in with The Legends Of The Local Rap Scene one day then, offering to buy them a beer, shaking their hand, and then leaving them alone to enjoy their night is a brilliant first step. So, well done on purchasing that domain name, but for now go and meet some important people. Handy hint: there will be at least one important person at every rap show in this city, no matter how small. (Potential fans count as important people, very important.) Third, and perhaps most controversial: your music is worthless, but you still have to sell it. Give it away as often as you can. And, no, that doesn’t mean that you should spit sixteen bars in the face of anyone who asks if you rap. It means that you should travel with CDs of your music neatly (though perhaps creatively) labelled, ready to hand them over to all and sundry. Alternatively, come up with a cute angle: maybe give out business cards with a link to your music. Maybe you can ask the bar staff at a show to give away stubby holders with your name printed on. Who knows? Just get your music, and your name, to as many people as you can in the least irritating way possible. We fall well short of being experts, but we suspect most successful rappers got where they are by starting out with some consistent hard work, a few fans and a well-placed friend or two, plus a little bit of marketing. Do all that and maybe one day you can be like RZA. Perhaps you can be such a successful rapper (there are many different ways to define success) that Eli Roth will write a movie with you and Quentin Tarantino will produce it? The Man With The Iron Fists will be out shortly. getittogether@drummedia.com.au

Nelly Furtado’s Loose, taking in the controversially feminist – and Salt-N-Pepa-inspired – Promiscuous, was the urban pop album of 2006. The Canadian teamed with Timbaland and his protégé Danja for an innovative record that foreshadowed Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. Inexplicably, Furtado’s career lost momentum soon after. Now Furtado is on the comeback with The Spirit Indestructible, a “personal growth” album. Unfortunately, it’s flopped almost everywhere, even Canada. The reviews have been harsh. But, actually, TSI is more than decent. When Furtado debuted with 2000’s Whoa, Nelly!, she fit into the folk-pop bracket. The singer, her parents Portuguese migrants, has always referenced world music. Yet, from the get-go, she also collaborated with hip hoppers. The R&B Loose, then, didn’t seem opportunistic. TSI is a progression, completely synthesising Furtado’s disparate and multicultural influences, from folk to alternative to urban, while introducing EDM elements. Furtado has hired another ‘90s R&B hitman, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, along with Salaam Remi, a Mi Plan producer. Remi is, of course, famed for his association with Amy Winehouse. And there’s an electro-soul track, Circles, co-produced by Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos. TSI’s blurb stresses Furtado’s youthful love of R&B – and Jerkins’ songs, which include Brandy & Monica’s The Boy Is Mine, Whitney Houston’s It’s Not Right But It’s Okay, and Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name. The American lost his mojo in the 2000s, but lately he’s contributed handsomely to high-profile projects. Jerkins engineered Justin Bieber’s (admittedly contentious) foray into dubstep, As Long As You Love Me. TSI showcases his best output in aeons, starting

TSI falls between Madonna, circa Bedtime Stories and Ray Of Light, and Rihanna. Furtado has cited Florence Welch as a new favourite, the Brit’s sensibility apparent on Jerkins’ Spirit Indestructible, with its twitchy programming, big beats and indie guitar, but she might also be mimicking Björk’s vocals. Parking Lot is like a Diplo post-dancehall banger. Prestige guest Nas steals the show on Remi’s Something, a dusty, twangy hip hop groove. Furtado goes back to her roots on the upbeat acoustic-pop Bucket List and Remi’s spacey The Most Beautiful Thing. Furtado performed at a private function for Colonel Gaddafi’s family a few years ago (she eventually donated her fee to charity) and so, as Q mag rightly noted, it’s a bit dodgy that she includes Bob Rock’s Believers (Arab Spring) here. It’s the album’s one crap number, being tired alt-rock – or poor man’s P!nk. Hip hop, not rock, soundtracked the popular Middle East movement, anyway. It’s possibly a pity that Furtado hasn’t recorded with Toronto’s hottest urban talent, like Drake’s cohort Noah “40” Shebib, but TSI should do for Jerkins what Loose did for Timbaland: restore his rep. Also back on the scene is Rita Ora’s Californian idol Gwen Stefani – again, a ‘white girl’ who releases convincing urban-pop – albeit with her band No Doubt. Push And Shove is their first album since 2001’s Rock Steady. Last time around the ska-punk combo, ventured out of their comfort zone, working with The Neptunes as well as Prince – and they fully embraced dancehall. Stefani subsequently dropped the R&Boriented solo album Love.Angel.Music.Baby., with Dr Dre’s Eve-guesting Rich Girl. On Push..., No Doubt stick with UK studio veteran Mark “Spike” Stent, though Major Lazer bring club cred to the title-track, featuring Busy Signal – imagine a dubstep Santigold. Still, that ain’t nothing on the epic dancehall of the single Settle Down. It’s a fluke. The rest of Push... is mostly synth power rock, solid but dull. There’s good ‘90s nostalgia, and then there’s boring. Another solo LP, Gwen?

THE BREAKDOWN POP CULTURE THERAPY WITH ADAM CURLEY

AC Newman The idea of communicating something that goes against the mainstream in the context of an internationally distributed album is a tricky one to grasp. It gets even trickier when that message seems to be: no grand statements, no certain emotions. But that’s the idea of not one but two albums released by Matador Records this month. Moreover, both artists are frontmen of bands formed in the late 1990s that went on to spark explosions of the sounds and aesthetics with which they each worked. The New Pornographers’ Carl Newman, again under his solo moniker AC Newman, has put out his third record, Shut Down The Streets (out locally through Remote Control). And this Friday, Interpol’s Paul Banks will release his first album under his own name following his 2009 solo record as Julian Plenti and an EP, Julian Plenti Lives, earlier this year. The mainstream these albums have in their sights is one that loves wide-scale happenings and big talk. If a prevailing way of thinking in 2012 can be identified, there’s no doubt it would be the kind of thinking that champions global and social media and borderless politics. The kind of thinking that has at its base the understanding that speed and conviction are necessary, if not ideal. If you don’t say it now and say it strong, you’re lost to the dogs. Newman starts his record off with a song titled I’m Not Talking. It sets the musical tone: we’re somewhere amidst the future echoes of ‘70s radio-pop, the hangout of choice for many current musicians concerning themselves with the way music is approached by listeners, including Cass McCombs and Ariel Pink. In promotion for the album, Newman has described the song as about being “in a strange in-between space where the things I had

always strived for – perfect happiness, success, being the best at what I do – were suddenly not nearly as important as just holding on to what I had”. Of course Newman has never been a literal lyricist. He writes around things, in fragments of images. Throughout Shut Down The Streets, these images are even more fleeting than usual. They’re passing images of loves jetting off, of moving around, of being wonderfully lost in the woods, of time slipping away. But Newman, a new father, can’t help but wish for something more stable for his son than a desire to retreat. Mid-album, he ponders what advice he’ll have for a kid looking for a way forward. The song is called There’s Money In New Wave. Enter: Paul Banks. The decision to switch to his own name and the bold, minimal album artwork of his new album, Banks (also through Remote Control), suggests an attempt at launching a substantial solo career, not just an Interpol side project. But there’s another angle too: by stripping away the facades, Banks is able to play around with stark honesty, which in this case comes in the shape of a man in transition. Heavy and poppy four-to-the-floor numbers – the Interpol speciality – meet with delicate and effects-laden meandering that hit on folk and post-rock. Lyrically, Banks juxtaposes emotions and leaves things to interpretation. While Interpol’s last record gave us the track Always Malaise (The Man I Am), Banks portrays himself as more rounded, or perhaps more unsure, here. The crunchy I’ll Sue You jumps from the threatening title line to the sadder, “What can I say/ You have everything that I want… I don’t want to let you go”. On layered chill-out track Young Again, he perfectly hints at both sincerity and sarcasm when he pipes, “I’m young again/Thanks a lot”. We’re left in doubt that even Banks knows how he feels. Could it be that refusing to be held to one feeling or opinion or genre is the most countercultural thing a musician – or otherwise – can do right now? And if so, what does it mean when that message is pushed out across the world, as these albums from these celebrated music titans have been? There are answers, perhaps, which resist being pinned down.

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Mat Mytka Let’s kick things off nice and simple here; no time travel, just shows for you to attend and enjoy! First up, Friday night, Blackwire Records. Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts (it’s a mouthful, I know!) are playing an all ages show there. It kicks off at 7pm and they’re joined by Parramatta noise purveyors (and the best grumpy three-piece since Nirvana) Yes I’m Leaving, as well as King Tears Mortuary and Teen Ax. The Metro has two very big nights for this week. On Friday Lisa Mitchell plays an all ages show there (her new album is awesome, and any of you who went to the all ages show she did in St Stephen’s Church a few months back will know this is not to be missed!). Then, on the Saturday, Brisbane indie rock fret fiends Last Dinosaurs take to the stage. Sunday, old faithful, AKA the Lucky Oz Tavern, has another afternoon of all ages madness where they’ll be revisiting the awesome Rock Vs Metal concept gig, with the ingeniouslytitled Rock Vs Metal II. The loud head-to-head will feature Chrome Pigs, Amalgam, The Fall Of Heroes, Caraway Seed, Facing Zero and more, and kicks off at 1pm. Entry is ten bones. Here at Young & Restless we’re always on the look out for great venues – i.e. venues that do their bit and their best to accommodate an all ages audience – to tell you about. One that’s caught attention is Spaceport One, a warehouse venue in Marrickville whose gigs have so far run the gamut from hip hop to hardcore. We lined up Mat Mytka for a few questions to find out more about the venue. Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how/why you came to be involved with Spaceport One. I’ve been through various careers and life changes, and at 33 I truly feel I am following my dream. After being a bricklayer, bartender, barista, full-time bogan labourer, maniacal marketeer and many others, running Spaceport is dope. I started out a creative space and gallery in Alexandria, in January, and after that fell through for various reasons we came across this space in Marrickville. Despite the chaotic mess of the space when we first saw it, it had loads of good energy and potential looking through the right lens. So with the support of my good mate-slash-“business partner” and brother Stef we decided to take it on. Both of us had the perspective that the commercialisation of music and artistic culture has stifled innovation and creative potential. Hence the DIY nature of Spaceport One. What was your vision for the space? Ultimately the vision is based on a principle that I have that we don’t need authorities managing our creativity or commercial interests capitalising on people’s creative energy and passion. The vision is having a space that is a canvas for any creative and artistic pursuit, providing a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere for the best up-and-coming musical and performance artists of any age. What are some of the highlights since you opened? Crap, soo many! Ahhh… jelly wrestling for sure, Ebolagoldfish played an awesome gig, Spectacles UV madness, waking up in the morning and setting up a skate ramp and a rope swing from the roof, and open mic night mayhem is always fun and musical fusion with rock, funk and punk musicians mixing it up with hip hop artists. What do you think of the all ages music scene in Sydney? There needs to be more spaces. Our so-called leaders need to realise supporting youth creativity in community spaces is one of the best investments of resources for the future. Keeping young people inspired, driven towards creativity, communication and community is something there needs to be more of. But there are a few places like BlackWire Records and other spaces that are steppin’ it up. What have you got coming up this week? Our weekly open mic night on Wednesdays is always laid back and fun. Friday we have a few rad international and local DJs mixin’ it up with funk/hip hop/soul, and Saturday is a secret. allages@drummedia.com.au THE DRUM MEDIA • 61


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ROCKABILLY/PSYCHOBILLY/COUNTRY WITH PEDRO MANOY

HOUSE, PROGRESSIVE AND TECHNO VIBES WITH ROBBIE LOWE

and even a Doggy Dress-up competition, it all sounds like a good reason to make the trip.

C.O.F.F.I.N In the US it’s known as “Americana”, the broad description applied to traditionally-based music styles like country, folk and blues. “Australiana” on the other hand has less of a musical ring and more of an association with meat pies, Holdens and kangaroos. Hence the suggestion from local combo Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters we coin the phrase “Aussiecana” to describe that wide spectrum of roots music that combines American styles with a homegrown sensibility. If you’re slightly confused, you need to get along to the Petersham Bowling Club this Sunday from 5pm when Mark and his band are joined by Rocking Chair and Shotgun for an evening of country, folk, pop and rock’n’roll that takes you on a unique road trip through the Australian landscape. “Aussiecana” could also describe an unusual event coming up Sunday 28 October at Kurrajong, the picturesque farming community on the outskirts of Sydney. It’s the 16th Annual Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival, bringing together scarecrows made by local families around the Kurrajong district with a stellar lineup of country music talent. The scarecrows are judged on Saturday, then rounded up and brought en masse Sunday to Memorial Park for what is billed as the “Spectacle Of The Scarecrows”. Needless to say, such an unusual event deserves an appropriate soundtrack, and that comes courtesy Bowen & Clare, Brothers3, Simply Bushed, Gateway 23, Green Tree Serenade, Miss Money Penny and Remo St. With dancing displays, market stalls

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It’s great to see The New Worlds from the USA launching their Australian tour at the Cat & Fiddle this Thursday. The group features some of Nashville’s hottest young players, including Dave Goldenberg on mandolin, Christian Sedelmyer on fiddle and vocals, Shelby Means on bass and vocals and Rachel Baiman on banjo, fiddle and vocals. With backgrounds in both bluegrass and old timey, the band also draw on influences from Scottish, classic country and folk rock. Joining them will be three-time Australian bluegrass fiddle champ George Jackson along with another local star in red-hot guitar picker Daniel Watkins. It’s not officially Halloween until Wednesday 31, but the Black Cherry crew are jumping the gun with their 6th Birthday Halloween Event Saturday 27 October at the Factory, a fully themed Halloween/ Mexican Day Of The Dead Party. It goes without saying these events are among the most elaborate staged in Sydney with, this time, Mikelangelo & The Tin Star from Melbourne, Los Capitanes with Peter Porker, Captain Reckless & The Lost Souls, Neon Heart, Graveyard Rockstars and the aptly-named C.O.F.F.I.N. Add Jungle Rump Rock’n’Roll Karaoke, a stunning lineup of local and international burlesque performers including American aerial and fire-eating sensation Tank along with Brisbane’s amazing Mark Winmill, a Green Fairy Absinthe cocktail bar and a cantina Mexican food truck, and you’ve a Halloween party designed to rouse even the most moribund! If you don’t think this year has gone quickly, then consider that early bird tickets have just gone on sale for the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Fest. Already some 40 shows have been listed with another 60 to come. Hot ticket items announced include John Williamson’s “Big Red Concert”, Troy Cassar-Daley & Friends and Jetty Road “Live In Concert”. swampshack@drummedia.com.au

Roland TR-909 If your ears are tuned in you may have noticed a distinct ‘90s sound on some of the house and deep-house floating around at the moment. Naturally there’s been small pulses over the decade but 2012 seems to be the year that ‘90s house music has really made a comeback. Yep… those feel good vocals, piano stabs, warm pads and 909 drum machine samples have made a welcome return to dancefloors. I don’t think too many people are complaining. Not me either; ‘90s dance music was generally made to put a smile on your face and dance hard! It’s little wonder we keep going back there for inspiration sometimes. My journey through dance music started in the early ‘90s so I have always had a real soft spot for it for anything that remotely comes close to the sound. I also collected a lot of great records through the decade that I still play from time to time. Most inhibit a timeless feel. Have a listen to Chez Damier’s Can You Feel It for a good example. A total classic! And it just got a mega reworking from Steve Bug. So moving onto some of the artists that I know that seem to be taking some inspiration from this golden era in dance music. There’s plenty that come to mind, and here are some; Bicep, Fabio Monesi, Kastil, Tuccillo, House Nerds, John Spring, JMX, Brawther and Head High. There’s also a lot of good vinyl labels with the same vibe like Like My Love Is Underground for example. Maybe these artist are unaware that they re-making music with these old skool vibes. At the end of the day it really is just good music! Here is a few records from that list that I’ve been giving a good rinsing; Bicep & Omar Odyssey’s Don’t, JMX’s

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Doubting Tom and Fabio Monesi & Kastil’s Spilt Grooves EP Part 1. Don’t and Split Grooves are all just straight up mood setters and been great for warm-ups whereas Doubting Tom gets its best bang for buck late night/ early morning like the Spice dancefloor. The haunting vocal works so well and the bass is quite mesmerising in this tune. Check all of these out. And any of the artists mention if you’re like me and love the modern day house sound with an occasional ‘90s twist. Now going back to the future and here’s something to wraps your ears around… John Tejada has an awesome new album and oh my this is next level stuff! The Predicting Machine has been released on the excellent German label Kompakt. This also happens to be partly owned by the legendry Michael Mayer. This 11-track album throws at you a diverse array of sounds varying from breaks to tech-house to melodic techno. All with polished faultless production value from start to finish. Wouldn’t expect anything less from John Tejada though as he is genius! A couple of my favourites from the album are Pacing Rhythm and The Function And The Form. Get onto it! Also I’ll mention that another of my favourite guys Art Bleek also has a new album release full of deep and progressive house goodness. Art Bleek gets much support from DJs like Danny Howells and Hernan Cattaneo. The album is called The Time out on Eevonext. Have a listen, it’s awesome. Some others to look out for this month: the latest EP from Airtight Records – Funkalicious James has turned in some tasty disco, deep house tracks featuring a remix from John Spring. This sound is going off at the moment! Check out Faulty DL’s Hardcourage for some smooth techno sounds. Also Dzeta N’ Basile DTension (Sam Russo Remix) is good. There is a timeless hypnotic tech-house groove going on in this track. David Mayer follows up from his massive tech-house hit Jewels with Celsius. This is proving to be just as big! Finally check out Art Bleek’s Backwash for some of the best progressivehouse vibes around at the moment. See you next time. lowerider@drummedia.com.au


THE POWER OF THREE In the lead-up to the Triple Treat tour – featuring up-and-comers Argentina, Tokyo Denmark Sweden and Them Swoops – we grabbed each act to talk all things treats, triples and more. Here’s the result courtesy Alex Ritchie (Argentina), Amy Pes (Tokyo Denmark Sweden) and Dave McGann (Them Swoops).

McGann: We’ll be bringing along a handful of hand-drawn promo discs featuring a track from an upcoming EP and a few bedroom demos. This is quite the treat, as we haven’t released a single thing yet! Free to good homes they’ll be. Favourite treat to have after a gig? Ritchie: A clean shirt. I’m what’s known in the biz as a ‘Gig Sweater’. Pes: Porky’s. McGann: Duck 3-ways. There’s an emergency on tour and you have to dial triple zero – what’s happened? McGann: Tosh, our guitar/synth player couldn’t get a strawberry milkshake and he’s threatening to burn down a hospital. Ritchie: Piranhas. Definitely piranhas. A passive and amiable fish in the right circumstances, but sadly they just aren’t built for the road. Pes: Tom’s busted a move. Make mine a triple. Can you handle it? Pes: Only if Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce can.

McGann: III’’’llllll hhhaaavvveee wwwhhhaaattt hhheee’sss hhhaaavvviiinnnggg. Ritchie: Yes, but it’s yours. That would be stealing. Which I would totally do, so look out. Is the third time really a charm? McGann: Yes, unless you are Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. Ritchie: Well actually, by my count, this will be the third time we have shared a stage with our mates Tokyo Denmark Sweden, and they are quite charming, so I would have to agree.

Tokyo Denmark Sweden You’ll be headlining in your respective hometowns – how will you show your tour mates a good time there? Amy Pes: We plan on taking the guys out for a nice meal at Porky’s, just down the road from our headline show at FBi Social. Pretty sure it’s kinda like a Hog’s Breath Cafe do. Our shout.

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off in Kardinia Park to have a kick-to-kick with someone that used to know the legendary Bobby Davis. If we can’t fit all that in, we might just go down to Yah-Yah’s after the show for drinks.

Pes: Well, there are three of us, and we’re pretty charming. Sometimes.

Alex Ritchie: We have a game that we invented called ‘Who Dat Lipz?’ which involves CDs, lipstick and guessing, so I think we will have to play a few rounds of that.

The tour’s title suggests you’ll be bringing something special – how do you plan on treating the audience? Ritchie: Sort of like a Mothers Day type pampering. Flowers, chocolates and maybe even those foot spas from the ‘90s that everyone gave their mum at least once.

Dave McGann: Firstly we’ve arranged a tour of the town’s historic fish and chip shops. Then we’ll head down to Geelong to take in the sights of the Ford production plant before stopping

Pes: With some big TLC (and maybe a little light spanking). No, but honestly, we’re hoping to show off some new material, maybe throw in a sneaky cover, and if they’re lucky, we may even let Tom out of his cage.

Describe in three words what we can expect when we see you on this tour. McGann: Boys being boys. Pes: Shit. Go. Down. Ritchie: Who. Dat. Lipz. ™ WHO: Argentina, Tokyo Denmark Sweden and Them Swoops WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 20 October, Kings Cross Hotel

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ROCKABILLY COMBO

SHUFFLE

Touted as one of the most energetic, entertaining acts in the rockabilly scene, this Friday night, The Pat Capocci Combo, will be taking to the stage at The Newtown Town Hall.

Canberra house music duo The Aston Shuffle has spent the last few months bunkered down in their studio, recording their much-awaited second release, Can’t Stop Now. Combining heart-on-your-sleeve lyrics with hands-in-the-air beats, the album will be released early next year. In the meantime, you can catch The Aston Shuffle at The Standard this Saturday night, giving a sneak-peak of their new tracks.

THE SIMON, IAN AND BOB SHOW

Wednesday night, Blue Beat in Double Bay hosts a unique, one-night-only event - the bringing together of three of this country’s finest musicians - pianist and composer Simon Tedeschi, violinist Ian Cooper and horn player Bob Barnard.

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Why is community radio important to Sydney? It gives a space for people to be innovative and take chances in terms of making radio. I like to think that I play a lot of music people won’t hear on radio anywhere else. That includes both new music and overlooked music from the past – both are equally important to me. And one could write even more on why community radio is important in terms of current affairs and giving air time to sections of Sydney that don’t have a media voice. If people don’t support community radio, what horrors await us? Radio dictated by common denominators. They might not all be the lowest ones, but they can all be pretty bad if they stifle fresh ideas. Community radio is also about sharing. None of us do this for money – we do it because we want you to hear music that we love. What discoveries have you made through community radio? That people love to be challenged musically. Putting together radio shows has given me more reasons to explore music and I’ve discovered artists I probably never would’ve found otherwise. Name one good thing that will come of people supporting the Radiothon. Free brain food. Every day.

This Tuesday, shake off any midweek dust, turn off the television and step into The World Bar’s Jam, a committed midweek party night with a mixture of rooms hosting a collection of DJs, spinning a cocktail of different genres and styles. This week will feature Cristof & Ali, Jono and Andy & Mike.

JOIN THE CLUB

This Wednesday, as part of The Oxford Art Factory’s Folk Club, Sydney folk quartet Achoo! Bless You will be launching their latest single and video clip, supported by indie-folk outfit The Falls.

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Ex-contestants on reality television program The Voice, Cameron Smith and Diana Rouvas bonded over their shared passionate approach to music, both loving no-holds-barred soul and r’n’b. They’ll be presenting an intimate acoustic set at Camelot Lounge in Marrickville this Sunday night.

GETTING DARK

Raucous Sydney rock band The Darkened Seas will be heading into The Lansdowne this Friday night for one of their signature wild, intense, energetic sets. supported by OXBLVD and Moonlight Cowboys.

DUBART

Wednesday nights at The World Bar are dedicated to an unlikely couple: dubstep and visual art. With all kinds of artists exhibiting their work, commission-free, on the walls of The World Bar, and with the likes of Swiss Dub v. Smith Collins, Hydraulix, Get Rad, Brothers Grimm and Taylor Wolf, this will be one wild Wednesday night.

HEART OF A LION

BELIEVE THE PROPAGANDA

Thursday night is The World Bar’s sweet, sweaty indie night, featuring Propaganda DJs, Spice Cube DJs, as well as a room dedicated to pop music, the evening free for students.

DON’T TELL YOUR MUM

Friday night is Mum at the World Bar, a night to discover the city’s best underground, unsigned bands. This week will be a charity event, raising funds for A Common Thought, a project designed to encourage people to help out those living below the poverty line. This week will feature Bec & Ben, Sea Legs, Captain of the Push, The Peep Temple and King Colour, as well as the Mum DJs.

SPOOKY

This Saturday at the Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba, Fred Smith & A Few Good Spooky Men as well as double-bassist, singer and songwriter Liz Frencham will share the stage for a cozy, intimate evening. Fred Smith’s witty yet poignant narratives of war and peace, blunders and triumph have earned him much critical praise, Frencham’s talent has already earned her an invitation to perform as part of visiting crooner Gregory Page’s band when he takes to the O2 stage in London in December to open for Jason Mraz.

Metal quartet Fenrir will be taking to the stage this Saturday night at The Lucky Australian Tavern in St Marys, where they’ll be joined by prog/power outfit Avarin, thrash metal veterans Atomesquad and Wollongong newcomers Lectyoblyx.

FESTIVALS AND BATTLES

This Sunday, Marrickville Council’s annual Marrickville Festival, dedicated to exhibiting all that the city has to offer in terms of arts and culture, will host three stages as well as stalls featuring food and fashion. Marrickville is home to some of our city’s most exciting and diverse bands, solo acts and artists – this year will feature the work of electro pop artist Illuka, rapper Skryptcha and tabla player Bobby Singh, as well as many more, and will also give emerging local bands a space to show off their skills in a Battle of the Bands competition. The competition will be held on the Break Stage and will feature some of Marrickville’s up and coming acts, including Belle & The Bone People, Secret Walls, Shanghai Taxi and Caution Forces, along with indie pop songstress Iluka and electronic outfit Svelt.

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Fresh from a much-coveted slot at Parklife Festival, and with slots at Peats Ridge and Homebake this December in the books, this Friday night at The Standard, indie pop wunderkinds The Griswolds will be putting on a show to promote their recently released EP, Heart of A Lion, alongside fellow indie bands The Belligerents and Eden’s March as well as Sosueme DJs.

EVILUTION

BAND OF PONIES

Perth progressive instrumentalists Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving are currently in the midst of an East Coast tour supporting US post-rock band Grails, who have been garnering a reputation as elite songwriters and instrumentalists for over 13 years now. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving are themselves developing quite a profile in the progressive rock community, with experience supporting sleepmakeswaves, Russian Circles and The Ocean. This Friday night, the tour will stop in at The Oxford Art Factory, with Dumbsaint and Secret Birds for support.

Western Australian boys Antonio Paul will be coming across to NSW this week, promoting their latest singles, Into The Night and Ariel, hitting up Kittens at Spectrum this Saturday night.

THE VOICES

Saturday night at The World Bar is club night slick beats, party vibes and cheap drinks. This week, the Cakes team have rounded up a group of acts from all over - from Frenchman Douster and his lazer-bass-cumbia-reggaeton to Sydneysider and World Bar regular Astrixx Little, along with Go Freek, Nukewood, Kid Koma, D*Funk and Tokoloshe as well as many, many more.

Renowned songwriter and instrumentalist Josh Pyke continues his tour for the single, Only Sparrows. He will be supported by up-and-coming acoustic act Jack Carty. The pair will stop in at Lizotte’s in Newcastle this Friday night.

LEAVING THE GRAIL

TAKING THE NIGHT

HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT, TOO

ONLY SPARROWS

Founding member of Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo, has been working on a solo project, backed up by a band made up of ex-band mates and friends, including Steve Shelley and Alan Licht among others. This Saturday night, the band will be hitting the Oxford Art Factory, with support from Melbourne three-piece Pony Face, a band that trade on intense, layered tapestries of sound.

The highly anticipated tour of wild, manic hardcore band Totally Unicorn and the straight-up hardcore band Coerce continues this week, stopping in at The Sandringham Hotel in Newtown. They’ll be supported by Nice Guys and Snakes Get Bad Press.

JAMMED IN

What show do you present and when is it on? I’m a turntable hog and hence present two shows: The Hands Of Tyme (Thurs 3-4pm) and The Space In Between (Tues 9-10.30pm). What areas/genres do you cover? The Hands is music from what I call ‘the psychedelic era’ – roughly ’65 to ’75. Psych, garage, folk, prog, sunshine pop, cosmic country, heavy rock, hairy jazz, fuzzy funk. The Space I like to sum up as “low impact beats and funky introspection”. I’ll play everything from current leftfield beats and mellow electronica through to the more cosmic end of jazz, funk and soundtracks, plus the odd sploosh of dub. You know the long, indulgent track at the end of an album? I play a lot of those. Not music for the dancefloor, really. At least, not one outside of your head.

COERCING UNICORNS

IN TRIBUTE

Counterfeit is a series of concerts featuring some of Sydney’s best-known musicians paying tribute to some of the world’s greatest artists with a cover of their favourite song by that artist. This Saturday night, the Town Hall Hotel in Newtown, Counterfeit will throw its 26th tribute event, featuring Rex Havoc Band, Psycho Oddity, Bella Voltaire, Michael Fringe and many more, this time paying tribute to Davids Bowie and Byrne in a special Bowie versus Byrne concert.

SIMPLY DEVIN

After a long hiatus, The Forbes Hotel is all reinvigorated and back in the live music game, and Saturday night it presents an evening of riff-heavy rock and roll energy with Devine Electric, Dirty Dezire and Roadkill.

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KIRA PURU & THE BRUISE Song title: Step Into the Light What’s the song about? Loneliness, drinking, drugs and quickies. Is this track from a forthcoming/existing release? Yep. We’re not sure if it’ll be an EP or an LP, but it’ll be out early next year. How long did it take to write/record? We recorded a handful of tracks over a week. Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? We’ve been pumping the Arctic Monkeys, Battles and Alt-J lately cruising for drum sounds. We had an awesome crew in the studio with us and Eric Dubowsky producing who chose Linear, where every inch of spare studio space is occupied by excellent vintage gear. Steve Smyth dropped in to the studio to say hi, fresh off the plane from London and we had the amazing Stevie Blacke write and play some tidy strings for us. It was a big week. What’s your favourite part of the song? The guitars’ tones ended up sounding pretty killer. Do you play it differently live? Only when we can’t afford to pay the string ensemble. Will you be launching it? Thursday 18 October at the Manly Steyne; Saturday 19 at the Vanguard and Sunday 20 at The Patch, Wollongong For more info see: www.facebook. com/kirapuruandthebruise


SPIRITED

BRIGHTONING THINGS UP

Renowned songstress Lisa Mitchell released her latest album, Spiritus, to critical acclaim earlier this year. Now, she is on a national tour, stopping this week at Wollongong’s Uni Bar where she will be supported by Melbourne six-piece Alpine and ex-producer, current solo artist Danco.

The still relatively new Darlinghurst venue Brighton Up Bar will play host to three of Sydney’s up-and-coming bands, as well as a secret and distinguished headliner this Wednesday night in the talents of The Money Go Round, Psychlops Eyepatch and Huckleberry Hastings. Entry will be free and alcohol will be cheap.

WINDING IT UP

JOIN THE CLUB

After four years, several successful tours, sold-out shows and one popular EP, groove band Contraban have decided to disbanding. Their last-ever show will be held at Notes Live in Enmore, alongside some of the band’s favourite Sydney musicians, including Tiger & The Rogues. The band would like to thank everyone who attended their shows, bought their merchandise, or listened to their music.

This Wednesday and Thursday night, the Musos’ Club Jam Night is on again, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the roots and blues experience, or dust off your old guitar and join the fray. The Musos’ Club will hit up The Bald Faced Stag Hotel in Leichhardt this Wednesday night, and then the Carousel Hotel in Rooty Hill on Thursday night.

SOME GIRLS

HOLY DAVE

PROPPED UP

Progressive hard rock band Neotokyo are preparing to launch their debut EP, Pillars, documenting their “hard and aggressive” sound, staying loyal to their four-piece rock format while also including softer, more ethereal and ambient tracks, this Saturday night at The Annandale, with Marlow.

HAVE YOU HEARD

This Friday night, the sultrily seductive, familiar and comforting, totally unique indie rock/twin guitar/ groove experimentalists Dave Graney & The MistLY will be hitting up The Red Rattler in Marrickville, showcasing their latest album, You’ve Been In My Mind, and the best of the rest, supported by Western Sydney rock outfit The Holy Soul.

This Thursday night, The Vanguard will host a Rolling Stones tribute night, with a twist - every classic Stones track will be performed by some of Sydney’s greatest female artists. The show, named ‘Some Girls’ after the Rolling Stones hit of the same name, will feature the genre-bending Iluka, grungy all-girl rock band Bonney Read, the honky-tonk blues of Laura Zarb and Eirwen Skye’s gospel folk sound.

DEAD SET

HOMECOMING Singer, songwriter and guitarist TJ Eckleberg is back in his hometown Sydney from Berlin, where he has been living the past few years experimenting with sounds and recording techniques. He will play at the Colbourne Avenue Space in Glebe this Thursday night, promoting the online release of his new album, West & Lime.

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters will be taking to the stage at Petersham Bowling Club this Sunday night at 5pm, supported by laid-back, country rock trio Rocking Chair & Shotgun.

CASPER & CLETUS

What’s the title of your new EP? Autonomy How many releases do you have now? This is our debut How long did it take to write/record? Some of the songs were written over two years ago and others were more recent. We have been working on this EP for about a year and half on and off. It started out as an album and then we picked the songs we liked the best. In this time we were developing the direction of the sound of the band as well, which initially always takes a bit of time to figure out.

IN A LAKE

This Wednesday night at The Beach Road Hotel, Dappled Cities will celebrate the end of their latest national tour with a set at The Beach Road Hotel. After so long on the road promoting the release of their latest album, Lake Air, Dappled Cities will no doubt be eager to blow off some steam. Irish electro act Jape has supported Dappled Cities throughout their tour and will be on the bill once again tonight. Earlier in the day, at 5pm Dappled Cities will be hitting up the 2SER studios for a Live At The Loft episode. The band will be playing their set at The Loft behind 2SER on Broadway.

NOT QUITE SABOTAGED Sabotage, The Forbes Hotel’s Friday night music and arts extravaganza, is on again this week. Level 3 will be filled with the street-art-style pieces of KT and Bunkwaa, as well as Sabotage DJs’ mix of the best indie dance tunes available. Level One will feature bands, with The Khanz, Antonio Paul and Brisco taking to the stage.

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What areas/genres do you cover? Everything Australian! From unsigned to signed bands, old bands, new bands, your brother’s band, your neighbour’s band, your girlfriend’s band – pretty much every Australian band that you either have or haven’t heard of.

What discoveries have you made through community radio? I have realised how many damn talented bands our nation has to offer. It sometimes goes unnoticed, but Australia has a ridiculous number of quality acts out there – and it’s something that everybody should be aware of. Name one good thing that will come of people supporting the Radiothon. The music gods will know. And you will be rewarded.

Bringing together some of Nashville’s most in-demand session musicians, including Dave Goldberg on the mandolin and the vocals of Shelby Means, progressive Nashville old-time string band, The New Worlds, are heading down under and will launch their Australian tour at the Cat & Fiddle in Balmain this Thursday night. The band will be supported by three-time Australian Bluegrass Fiddle Champion, George Jackson, and bluegrass guitar guru and local boy Daniel Watkins.

What’s your favourite song on it? I personally love Bird On The Line and Mother. I know that’s two but I can’t decide. All the songs are so different in their aesthetic and lyrical sentiment so it’s hard for me to compare them.

Will you be launching it? We’re really looking forward to these shows! We hope to see you all there! Friday 19 October, Upstairs Beresford

What show do you present and when is it on? The Band Next Door, every Wednesday from 3-4pm.

IN WITH THE NEW

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Some of the older songs were written while I was backpacking through Europe. Travel is a great way to get you out of your comfort zone and look at where you are from objectively. This EP was also made while finishing uni, so I suppose it was a good outlet to do something creative beyond tasks that you are given.

Will you do anything differently next time? Yes, well half of the album is already written and we’ll be playing some new songs at the next shows, but for the album hopefully we’ll be less distracted with finishing uni and other things. We plan to finish the album in the first half of next year so I’m really looking forward to seeing where it all goes.

Name: Celline Narinli

If people don’t support community radio, what horrors await us? Nikki Webster’s Strawberry Kisses on repeat, for the rest of your life.

ALL DIRECTIONS New Zealand’s intense, trance-inducing psychedelic roots act Left Or Right are making the trip to Australia and will be hitting up NSW this week, playing at The Valve Bar on Thursday, The Great Northern in Newcastle on Friday, and Wollongong’s Yours & Owls on Saturday.

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Why is community radio important to Sydney? Well, not only does it give local bands a chance to get their music across to the masses, it also brings together a bunch of dedicated people, who take the time to share their musical findings with the greater community. The station is run by volunteers, so the love here is 100 per cent genuine.

This Saturday night, indie rock trio Cletus Kassidy will hit up the Roxbury Hotel and as well as songs new and old, they have also promised to wear any and every item of clothing that is thrown onto the stage, be it women or men’s, underwear or overalls. They’ll be supported by pop rock act Courage For Casper.

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Sydney roots/blues outfit The Flamin’ Beauties will be hitting up the Mortdale Hotel this Friday night with their gritty, rootsy sound.

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German-Australian electronica artist Hinterlandt will take to the stage at the Vanguard this Sunday night, launching his newest album, Cartography. With a live show featuring xylophone, trumpet, guitar, loops and effects, this is one act you simply shouldn’t miss. He will be supported by Jamie Hutchings, who has just returned home after an extensive tour of France and China.

Veterans on the blues and roots scene, Finn have particularly made something of an impression on the Western Sydney music scene. They’ll be hitting up the Teagardens Motel in Teagardens this Saturday night, and entry will be completely free.

LATINO FM

Latin music isn’t just salsa or bossa, but why take our word for it? Friday night Blue Beat in Double Bay hosts an evening dedicated to the sounds of three decades of Latin music, from pop to Cumbia and beyond, with Colombian band Chirimeros providing the live beat while DJ Angel Motoya will spin the platters.

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ALL SAINTS

This Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Crooked Saint will be making stops in NSW on his extensive east coast tour. Since releasing his first singles a little over 18 months ago, Crooked Saint has travelled to LA and completed residencies at the famed House of Blues as well as The Whiskey A-Go-Go. He will be touring this week with the youthful Ashleigh Mannix, whose soaring vocals and skilful arrangements belie her age. The pair will be playing at Lizotte’s in Kincumber on Wednesday night, Canberra’s Front Gallery & Café on Thursday night, Katoomba’s Clarendon Guesthouse on Friday night, the Heritage Hotel in Bulli on Saturday night, and Lizotte’s in Newcastle on Sunday night.

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DANKESCHÖN

NEDERLAND

After heading back down the misty Swiss mountains we head back through Germany for the last time and enter the Nederland: land of really tall people and bicycles.

Husky were recently on the road in Europe so we asked the band to keep a tour diary for us. literally, the whole band, as each member jotted down their thoughts on their travels. They find sprawling lakes, gentle and polite people, beautiful cities and the back of the van.

The summer seems to be coming to an end it seems, in the wet old streets of Groningen. The canals are lined with houseboats and the streets are quiet.

HANNOVER

SWITZERLAND

Driving through the French Alps in the dying summer days. You can feel the anticipation of winter in the air. It’s a damp, sunny day, very healthy and green and Switzerland welcomes my pale, tourweathered face as I squint into the furious wind from our van, my head out the window as if my owner had me tied by the neck to keep me in. “But my uncle’s family are from here!” First show: Yvers-don. It’s a big venue. Before the gig I went walking and found a huge sprawling lake sitting patiently between heavy mountain slopes. In a few months I imagine the ducks and swans will have headed south. Next show: Zurich. Nice looking town with a lot of history, but given our schedule we see only the streets in and out. Although for Zurich, this included a heavy red-light district and an overpopulated clubbing culture. The show turned out to be amazing. A small venue. The enthusiastic crowd sweated with us, sang with us! Dankeschön. Evan Tweedie (bass)

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We swung off the autobahn and into another handsome German town. The road lined with autumnal trees, the city framed by a perfect, azure sky. We took a moment to drink some coffee and eat a sandwich and then it was the usual task of load in, set up, soundcheck, shower, choose a shirt and eat some dinner before the show. It was our last show in Germany, probably for the year, and having played around thirty shows there this year, I was feeling like I was gonna miss the place. The people with their gentle politeness, their German sense of humour, their punctuality and disarming directness. So we played the show and it was one of our best crowds so far, the venue full of people in the smoky dark, just right for the songs that we were sending bouncing from the walls. You hope each night to do the job right, so that everyone in the room, including yourself, can connect with the music, the words, the stories of the songs and get what they came for. To escape for a while, to be moved, to feel alive. I know I got what I came for in Hannover. I hope everyone else did too. Husky Gawenda (vocals/guitar)

After Groningen is Ütrecht, possibly the most beautiful city we’ve visited on tour. It’s quite different to Groningen, people zooming around on bikes and the buzz of the nightlife surrounds us. Shopfronts and restaurants light up the canal that runs right along the venue we are to perform in. We really fell in love with this place.

I’d know, other than the vast stretches of green pastures we’ve driven along to get here. But such is touring life, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. It’s hard to believe that nine weeks have gone by and we’ll yet again be sitting on a QANTAS long-haul flight back to Oz, absorbed in some crappy movie, wishing for the hours to pass by quickly. I tend to watch trashy stuff on the plane, and typically get way more emotional than usual; I think I cried somewhere towards the end of American Pie 3 on a recent flight.

Finally we hit Nijmegen for what was one of the best shows of the tour. Two thousand years old, Nijmegen is slightly inland from Amsterdam but has a relaxed atmosphere, unlike the ‘Dam. A funny little carnival has hit town across the road from our show which lights up the streets with Eurotechno beats blasting out of the rides and stalls. The following day the rain has set in as we hit the road again leaving Nederland and trek south, to Belgium. Luke Collins (drums)

BELGIUM

And so here we are back again in Belgium for the very final show of tour. Good old Belgium, the country we’ve now visited four times this year and managed to see nothing more than venues, hotel rooms and our tour van. Apparently it’s a beautiful country, not that

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Our European tour has truly been a memorable one. What a wonderful part of the world to play music. I will miss our tour manager Graham, I’ll miss European hospitality and European audiences. I will miss the beer, the food, the venues, the bars, the cobble-stoned streets, the buildings, the sunny summer days turning to cool autumn evenings. Goodbye for now! Gideon Preiss (keys) WHO: Husky WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 20 October, Gentlemen Of The Road, Dungog; Sunday 21, Oxford Art Factory; Saturday 24 November, Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby; Saturday 8 December, Homebake, The Domain; Saturday 15, Festival Of The Sun, Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park


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TOUR GUIDE

PRESENTS

GAY PARIS: Nov 3 Transit Bar; 7 The Cambridge; 8 The Steyne; 9 The Sando; 10 The Patch

NATIONAL

ICEHOUSE: Oct 16 & 17 Dee Why RSL; 30 Southern Cross Club; 31 Rooty Hill RSL; Nov 2 Revesby Workers Club; 3 Enmore Theatre MARK WILKINSON: Oct 17 Lizotte’s Newcastle; 18 The Basement; 19 Heritage Hotel; 20 & 21 The Front; Nov 8 Brass Monkey; 9 Mars Hill Cafe; 15 Lizotte’s Kincumber; 16 Clarendon Guesthouse CROOKED SAINT: Oct 17 Lizotte’s Central Coast; 18 Front Gallery; 19 Clarendon Guesthouse; 20 Heritage Hotel; 24 Lizotte’s Newcastle; 25 Old Manly Boatshed; 26 Beresford Hotel LISA MITCHELL: Oct 18 Bar On The Hill; 19 The Metro, 20 Wollongong UniBar THE PRETTY LITTLES: Oct 18 The Phoenix SUGAR ARMY: Oct 18 Goodgod ANTONIO PAUL: Oct 19 Forbes Hotel; 20 Exchange Hotel AXOLOTL: Oct 19 Beresford SETH SENTRY: Oct 19 The Factory; 20 Transit Bar THE ASTON SHUFFLE: Oct 19 Academy; 20 Standard CAULFIELD: Oct 19 Lanyon Youth Centre; 20 The Lair (early) & SFX (late) COERCE, TOTALLY UNICORN: Oct 19 Sandringham Hotel TRIPLE TREAT feat. ARGENTINA, TOKYO DENMARK SWEDEN, THEM SWOOPS: Oct 20 FBi Social ASH GRUNWALD: Oct 20 Star Court Theatre; Nov 3 Coogee Diggers; 4 Maitland Gaol LAST DINOSAURS: Oct 20 & Nov 9 The Metro; 10 Zierholz NEOTOKYO: Oct 20 Annandale Hotel THE RUBENS: Oct 20 Mona Vale Hotel; 25 Entrance Leagues Club; 27 Cambridge Hotel DOCTOR WEREWOLF: Oct 20 The Clubhouse THE SIREN TOWER: Oct 20 Fitzroy Hotel; 21 Brass Monkey HUSKY: Oct 21 Oxford Art Factory ANDREW MORRIS: Oct 24 Oxford Art Factory WE ALL WANT TO: Oct 24 Great Northern Hotel Newcastle; 25 Yours & Owls; 26 Clarendon Guesthouse; 27 Brighton Up Bar RAY BEADLE: Oct 24 Clarendon Guesthouse; 25 Brass Monkey; 26 Heritage Hotel; 31 The Basement Circular Quay; Nov 1 The Abbey BALL PARK MUSIC: Oct 24 Wollongong UniBar; 26 Newcastle University; 27 The Metro THE BEARDS: Oct 24 Bar On The Hill; 25 Wollongong UniBar; 26 Baroque Bar; 27 Beachcomber Hotel; Nov 2 The Metro THE PREATURES: Oct 25 The Phoenix; 26 Goodgod; Nov 1 Hotel Steyne; 2 Yours & Owls; 3 Cambridge Hotel HATZ FITZ & CARA ROBINSON: Oct 25 Harmonie German Club; 27 Illawarra Builders Club; 28 Lizotte’s Kincumber STEVE BALBI: Oct 25 Vanguard; 26 Brass Monkey CATHERINE TRAICOS: Oct 25 Green Room CABINS: Oct 25 Annandale Hotel BENJALU: Oct 25 Lizotte’s Kincumber; 28 Moonshine Bar; Nov 21 34 Degrees South; 22 The Vanguard; 23 Heritage Hotel; 24 Cambridge Hotel BLACK MUSTANG: Oct 25 Brighton Up; Oct 26 Cambridge Hotel; Oct 27 The Phoenix IN HEARTS WAKE: Oct 25 Hot Damn; 26 Blacktown Masonic Hall; 27 Hot Damn Road Trip; 28 Bald Faced Stag DALLAS FRASCA: Oct 26 Bald Face Stag; 27 Cambridge Hotel KATIE NOONAN & KARIN SCHAUPP: Oct 26 Illawarra PAC; 27 City Recital Hall STEP-PANTHER: Oct 26 Brighton Up Bar; 27 Yours & Owls BRITISH INDIA: Oct 26 The Patch; 27 Fitzroy Hotel; Nov 2 Manly Fisho’s; 3 Standard DIAFRIX: Oct 26 Great Northern Newcastle; 27 Goodgod TIN SPARROW: Oct 26 Standard 68 • THE DRUM MEDIA

TARA SIMMONS, PLUTO JONZE: Oct 26 FBi Social BLKOUT: Oct 26 The Gladstone Feeling THE DEMON PARADE: Oct 26 World Bar JOE ROBINSON: Oct 27 The Vanguard; Dec 13 Street Theatre DOMNICKS: Oct 27 Sandringham Hotel; 28 The Patch THUNDAMENTALS: Oct 27 Hotel Gearin; Nov 9 Oxford Art Factory HAND OF MERCY: Oct 28; Nov 1 Hot Damn; 2 Yoyos Youth Centre; 3 Bridge Street Sports Centre CLAUDE HAY: Oct 28 Grand Junction; Nov 15 Heritage Hotel; 16 The Front; 22 Peachtree Hotel; 23 Oxford Art Factory Gallery; 24 Katoomba RSL; Dec 21 The Vanguard MAMA KIN: Oct 30 Camelot; 31 Clarendon Guesthouse DELTA GOODREM: Oct 31 & Nov 2 State Theatre KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON: Oct 30 Civic Theatre; Nov 1 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre; 2 Seymour Centre JEN CLOHER: Nov 1 Front Gallery; 2 Vanguard ANGUS STONE: Nov 1 Enmore Theatre; 2 Newcastle Leagues Club; 3 Waves HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY: Nov 1 Standard; 2 Wollongong UniBar OCEANICS: Nov 1 Transit Bar; 2 FBi Social; 3 Great Northern Newcastle ELECTRIC EMPIRE: Nov 1 Heritage Hotel; 2 Oxford Art Factory; 3 Gearin Hotel VOYAGER: Nov 1 Hamilton Station; 2 Sandringham Hotel; 3 The Patch; 10 The Basement Canberra THE SALVADORS: Nov 2 FBi Social; 3 Great Northern Newcastle ELIZABETH ROSE: Nov 2 Goodgod LITTLE SHADOW: Nov 2 Spaceport One; 3 Roxbury Hotel CHARLIE HORSE: Nov 3 Factory Floor GOOD HEAVENS: Nov 3 Brighton Up Bar PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS: Nov 3 FBi Social TEXAS TEA: Nov 3 The Newsagency NANTES: Nov 3 Beresford GAY PARIS: Nov 3 Transit Bar; 7 Cambridge Hotel; 8 The Steyne; 9 Sandringham Hotel; 10 The Patch BUTTERFLY BOUCHER: Nov 6 Brass Monkey; 7 The Vanguard; 8 Heritage Hotel; 9 Cambridge Hotel MOJO JUJU: Nov 7 The Phoenix; 9 Red Rattler; 10 Lass O’Gowrie; 11 Heritage Hotel CITY CALM DOWN: Nov 8 Goodgod GYPSY & THE CAT: Nov 8 Metro PRINNIE STEVENS & MAHALIA BARNES: Nov 8 Wests; 9 Waves; 10 The Hi-Fi; 11 The Abbey BAND OF FREQUENCIES: Nov 8 Notes; 9 The Heritage; 10 The Mac HENRY WAGONS: Nov 8 Transit Bar; 9 Clarendon Guesthouse; 10 Annandale Hotel SUZANNAH ESPIE: Nov 8 Camelot Lounge; 9 Clarendon Guesthouse; 10 Royal Exchange; 11 Junkyard ROCK FOR RECOGNITION feat. DAN SULTAN: Nov 9 The Factory SARAH HUMPHREYS: Nov 9 Glass Onion Society; 16 Lass O’ Gowrie CHANCE WATERS: Nov 9 Goodgod; 10 Great Northern Newcastle ROBERT FORSTER: Nov 9 & 10 The Vanguard JORDIE LANE: Nov 22 Smith’s Bookstore; Dec 14 Great Northern Newcastle; 15 Notes; 16 Clarendon Guesthouse CITY RIOTS: Nov 22 The Terrace; 23 The Patch; 24 FBi Social; 29 Rock Lily PIGEON: Nov 23 Brighton Up Bar; 24 Barcode REDCOATS: Nov 29 Great Northern Newcastle; 30 Annandale Hotel; Dec 1 Transit Bar

INTERNATIONAL

THE SWELLERS: Oct 16 The Basement; 17 The Patch; 18 Hot Damn; 19 Cambridge Hotel XIU XIU: Oct 17 Goodgod

MARLOW: Oct 17 Lizotte’s Central Coast, 20 Annandale Hotel MUMFORD & SONS: Oct 18 Sydney Entertainment Centre; 26 Canberra Royal Theatre TRIPLE TREAT feat. ARGENTINA, TOKYO DENMARK SWEDEN, THEM SWOOPS: Oct 20 FBi Social BILLY BRAGG: Oct 23 Canberra Theatre; 27 & 28 Enmore Theatre THE BEARDS: Oct 24 Bar On The Hill; 25 Wollongong UniBar; 26 Baroque Bar; 27 Beachcomber Hotel; Nov 2 The Metro BALL PARK MUSIC: Oct 24 Wollongong UniBar; 26 Newcastle University; 27 The Metro SYDNEY BLUES & ROOTS: Oct 25 – 28 Windsor THURSTON MOORE: Oct 26 The Hi-Fi GAY PARIS: Nov 3 Transit Bar; 7 The Cambridge; 8 The Steyne; 9 The Sando; 10 The Patch GYPSY & THE CAT: Nov 8 Metro BASTARDFEST: Nov 9 & 10 The Basement Canberra; 17 Sandringham Hotel BEIRUT: Nov 14 Enmore Theatre JEFF MARTIN: Nov 14 Clarendon Guesthouse; 15 The Abbey; 16 The Fitzroy; 17 Coogee Bay Diggers; 18 The Basement; Dec 10 Lizotte’s Newcastle; 11 Lizotte’s Kincumber; 12 Lizotte’s Dee Why; 14 The Factory; 15 The Heritage; 16 The Vanguard; 18 & 19 Brass Monkey JORDIE LANE: Nov 22 Smith’s Bookstore; Dec 14 Great Northern Newcastle; 15 Notes; 16 Clarendon Guesthouse CITY RIOTS: Nov 22 The Terrace; 23 The Patch, 24 FBi Social; 29 Rock Lily PIGEON: Nov 23 Brighton Up Bar; 24 Barcode REDCOATS: Nov 29 Great Northern Newcastle; 30 Annandale Hotel; 1 December Transit Bar DI’ANNO VS BLAZE: Nov 29 Cambridge Hotel; 30 Manning Bar; Dec 1 Waves PRIMAL SCREAM: Dec 5 Enmore Theatre HOMEBAKE: Dec 8 The Domain EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD: Dec 20 The Metro PEATS RIDGE: Dec 29 – Jan 1 Glenworth Valley BEACH HOUSE: Jan 3 Enmore Theatre BLOOD RED SHOES: Jan 4 The Hi-Fi THE HIVES: Jan 7 The Metro GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR: Feb 14 Enmore Theatre EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN: Feb 22 Enmore Theatre THE CIVIL WARS: Mar 6 St Stephen’s Church FUTURE MUSIC: Mar 9 Randwick Racecourse BLUESFEST: Mar 28 – Apr 1 Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm

TUE 16 ANDREW DENNISTON, RICHARD HAMILTON, + GUESTS: Taverners Hill Hotel - Leichhardt ANDY & MIKE, JONNO: World Bar - Kings Cross CAROLYN WOODORTH, + GUESTS: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks ICEHOUSE: Dee Why RSL - Dee Why MANDI JARRY DUO: Maloneys Hotel - Sydney NICK VAN BREDA, FLINTER STOKES: Botany View Hotel - Newtown PAUL SUN, GRAHAM CONLON, ALEX COMPTON: Jazushi - Surry Hills THE SWELLERS, DRAWING NORTH, YOKO OH NO, REVELLERS: The Basement - Canberra, ACT

WED 17 ACHOO! BLESS YOU, THE FALLS: Oxford Art Factory, Gallery Bar - Darlinghurst

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ADRIAN O’SHEA, GAVIN FITZGERALD, JOHN CHESHER: Coach & Horses Hotel - Randwick ARCHER WITH MAX SAVAGE: Lizottes, Sydney - Dee Why BRETT WINTERFOLD, TIM IRELAND, DAMIEN LANE: The Newsagency - Marrickville CAPTAIN KLEEN’S JOY MACHINE, OLIVIA JANE HUCKER, KAY PROUDLOVE, MAURICE JONES: Valve Bar & Venue - Tempe DAPPLED CITIES, JAPE: Beach Road Hotel, Rex Room - Bondi DEREB THE AMBASSADOR: The Mac - Surry Hills FBI SOCIAL feat, ALBATROSS: Kings Cross Hotel (afternoon) - Kings Cross GANG OF BROTHERS: Rock Lily, The Star - Pyrmont HAYLEY SALES: Coogee Bay Hotel, Beach Bar - Coogee

LANTERNS, RASCALS & RUNAWAYS, DAVE JENKINS JR, BILLY SHEARS, + MORE: Café Lounge - Surry Hills MARK WILKINSON: Lizottes, Newcastle - New Lambton MIKE MCCARTHY, PJ WOLF, ERIN MARSHALL: The Vanguard - Newtown RUSSELL NEAL, + GUESTS: Cookies Lounge & Bar - North Strathfield SIMON TEDESCHI, BOB BARNARD, IAN COOPER: Blue Beat Bar - Double Bay SOUND OF SEASONS: Cambridge Hotel - Newcastle SWISS DUB vs FILTH COLLINS, HYDRAULIX, GET RAD, + MORE: World Bar - Kings Cross THE FEAR OF DAWN: Marquee, The Star - Pyrmont THE MONEY GO ROUND, PSYCHLOPS EYEPATCH, HUCKLEBERRY HASTINGS: Brighton Up Bar - Darlinghurst THE SWELLERS, STEEL CITY ALLSTARS, HARBOURER, COLD YOUTH: The Patch - Fairy Meadow TRICIA EVY: 505 - Surry Hills

THU 18 10PAST6, KANG, NERDLINGER, 51 PERCENT: Yours and Owls - Wollongong ALT-J: Oxford Art Factory - Darlinghurst ANDREW DENNISTON, + GUESTS: Forest Lodge Hotel - Glebe BERNIE HAYES: Sandringham Hotel, downstairs - Newtown BONNEY READ, ILUKA, LAURA ZARB, EIRWEN SKYE: The Vanguard - Newtown

IDYLLS, AT DARK, DARK HORSE, MOTHER EEL: The Square - Haymarket KINGFISHA, LEISURE BANDITS: Rock Lily, The Star - Pyrmont LEFT OR RIGHT, BLOODY LOVELY AUDREY’S, BONES BONES BONES: Valve Bar & Venue - Tempe MARK WILKINSON: The Basement Circular Quay MIKE MATHIESON DUO, CHRIS ALEXANDER: Bankstown District Sports Club - Bankstown MUMFORD & SONS, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, WILLY MASON: Sydney Entertainment Centre - Sydney PROPAGANDA DJs, SPICE CUBE DJs: World Bar - Kings Cross RUSSELL NEAL, SPENCER MCCULLUM, NICK DOMENICOS, JOE HALA: Kogarah Hotel - Kogarah SARAH PATON: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel - Botany SATIVA SUN, THE PEEP TEMPEL: Brighton Up Bar - Darlinghurst THE IMAGINARIUM, TRIANGLE, REMMOSK: Factory Theatre - Marrickville THE NEW WORLDS BLUEGRASS BAND, GEORGE JACKSON, DANIEL WATKINS: Cat & Fiddle Hotel - Balmain THE PHONIES, BIG VILLAGE GUESTS: The Mac - Surry Hills THE RUBENS, SURES, BLACK LAKES: Metro Theatre - Sydney THE TONGUE, ELLESQUIRE, JACKIE ONASSIS: Annandale Hotel - Annandale

ALT-J: Thursday 18 October, Oxford Art Factory

BONNIE J JENSEN: Blue Beat Bar - Double Bay CARMEN SMITH, DIANA ROUVAS: Lizottes, Central Coast - Kincumber CROOKED SAINT, ASHLEIGH MANNIX: Front Gallery & Café - Lyneham, ACT DAVE WHITE EXPERIENCE: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown DYLAN & CO, ZAC MCCALL, PETE SOT: Brass Monkey - Cronulla GEPPETTO, ANNALIESE SZOTA: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville GOMEZ: Panthers - Newcastle HAMMERHEAD: 505 - Surry Hills HOT DAMN! feat, THE SWELLERS, MILHOUSE, ASHES: Vegas Lounge - Darlinghurst

TJ ECKLEBERG: Colbourne Avenue - Glebe

FRI 19

MADE IN JAPAN, FLAGFALL, DRIFFS: Annandale Hotel - Annandale 10PAST6, DUNCAN FRANKEN BURGER, THE CURSE OF MARY SUE: Roots Nightclub - Darlinghurst AXOLOTOL, TALES IN SPACE, JORDAN SLY, DJ KRISTY LEE: Upstairs Beresford - Surry Hills BEC AND BEN, SEA LEGS, CAPTAIN OF THE PUSH, PEEP TEMPLE, MUM DJs: World Bar - Kings Cross BLACK DIAMOND HEARTS, CONRAD GREENLEAF: Rock Lily, The Star - Pyrmont


BRUER’S BREW feat. MITCH ANDERSON: Marrickville Golf Club - Marrickville CANYONS, SOFTWAR: Beach Road Hotel, Valley - Bondi CROOKED SAINT, ASHLEIGH MANNIX: Clarendon Guest House - Katoomba DAVE GRANEY & THE MISTLY: Red Rattler - Marrickville DEADBEAT & HAZY, BROKEN THOUGHT THEORY, BUSTA CAP, PROLIFIK (DJ SET): Oxford Art Factory - Darlinghurst DEBORAH CONWAY, WYLLY ZYGIER: Lizottes, Newcastle - New Lambton DOWNLINK, AUTOCLAWS, SAM SCRATCH, EMPRESS YOY, + MORE: Chinese Laundry - Sydney ELI WOLFE, DAN CRESTANI, KAT NETO: Mars Hill Café - Parramatta GIMME FIVE, CANDIDATE, DJ ANDERS HITCHCOCK: Cohibar - Darling Harbour GOMEZ: The Hi Fi, Entertainment Quarter - Moore Park GRAILS, TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING, DUMBSAINT, SECRET BIRDS: Oxford Art Factory - Darlinghurst GUTHRIE, FRANK SULTANA & THE SINISTER KIDS, MATT STILLERT, THE COLD MEAN REDS, + MORE: Gladstone Hotel - Chippendale IGNITION: Marlborough Hotel - Newtown JACOB PEARSON: Lizottes, Central Coast - Kincumber JAHDEN BLAKKAMOORE: Kings Cross Hotel (late) - Kings Cross JOSH PYKE, JACK CARTY: Lizottes, Sydney - Dee Why KING TIDE: Brass Monkey - Cronulla KIRA PURA & THE BRUISE, MERE WOMEN, THE PEEP TEMPEL: The Vanguard - Newtown KRIOLA COLLECTIVE: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville LA VIEJOTECA, DJ ANGEL MONTOYA, CHIRIMEROS: Blue Beat Bar - Double Bay

LISA MITCHELL, ALPINE CIRCUIT, DANCO: Metro Theatre - Sydney MARLO, CLINTON SPARKS: Marquee, The Star - Pyrmont NEED YOU TONIGHT CELEBRATING INXS: The Basement - Circular Quay NO SECRETS - ANGELS SHOW: Pioneer Tavern - Penrith NOEL FIELDING: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House - Circular Quay ONE HIT WONDERS: Unity Hall Hotel - Balmain PAT CAPOCCI COMBO: Town Hall Hotel - Newtown PINEAPPLE PUNCH, SWAMP FPHAT JANGLE, SHADOWS AT PLAY: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross POWDERFINGER SHOW: Penrith RSL, Showroom - Penrith SAM BUCKINGHAM: The Newsagency - Marrickville SETH SENTRY: Factory Theatre - Marrickville SHINOBI: The Patch - Fairy Meadow STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Lakes Hotel - The Entrance THE GRISWOLDS, THE BELLIGERENTS, EDENS MARCH, SOSUEME DJ’S: The Standard - Darlinghurst THE KHANZ, ANTONIA PAUL, CALLITHUMP, SABOTAGE DJs: The Forbes Hotel - Sydney THE LADY GAGA TRIBUTE SHOW: Edgeworth Bowling Club - Edgeworth THE PINKS: 505 - Surry Hills THE RATTLE: Duke of Wellington Hotel - New Lambton THE SHARK ALARMS, BLUES CONVICTS: Cat & Fiddle Hotel - Balmain THE SHUFFLE: Towradgi Beach Hotel, Sports Bar - Towradgi THE SWELLERS, DISTANCE, TIRED MINDS: Cambridge Hotel - Newcastle THEESATISFACTION: GoodGod Small Club - Sydney THUNDERSTRUCK-AC/ DC SHOW, SHADOW BOXER - THE ANGELS SHOW, TATTOO FOR YOU: Bull & Bush Baulkham Hills

UGLY BITCH, LIBERATION FRONT, KAHN OF K, GRAVITY TAKES OVER: Valve Bar & Venue - Tempe VIAGRA FALLS: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths WILL & JESSE: Bar Petite - Newcastle

SAT 20 AKMAL SALEH: Revesby Workers, Whitlam Theatre - Revesby ALTITUDE: Scruffy Murphys - Sydney ARGENTINA, TOKYO DENMARK SWEDEN, THEM SWOOPS: Kings Cross Hotel - Kings Cross BACK TO THE 80’S: Bayview Tavern - Gladesville BELLES WILL RING: The Vanguard - Newtown BENN GUNN: Rose Bay Hotel - Rose Bay BLACK LABEL: Ingleburn Bowling Club - Ingleburn BLUE MOON QUARTET: Fairfield RSL, Supper Club - Fairfield BNO ROCK SHOW: RG McGees - Richmond

CRAIG THOMMO: The Belvedere Hotel - Sydney CROOKED SAINT, ASHLEIGH MANNIX: Heritage Hotel - Bulli DAN LAWRENCE: Sir Joseph Banks Hotel - Botany DAVID CAMPBELL: Southern Cross Club - Canberra, ACT DEAN KYRWOOD: Bar Petite - Newcastle DEVINE ELECTRIC, DIRTY DEZIRE, ROADKILL: The Forbes Hotel - Sydney DIRTY DEEDS - AC/ DC SHOW: North Ryde RSL - North Ryde DOUSTER, GO FREEK, ASTRIX LITLE, NUKEWOOD, + MORE: World Bar - Kings Cross ENERATE, ANTONIO PAUL: Spectrum - Darlinghurst ENTROPIC: The Mac - Surry Hills FACE COMMAND, RICA TETAS, BILLY GOAT & THE MONGRELS, GUTHRIE, THE PEEP TEMPLE, ALLEY CAT DJs: Lansdowne Hotel - Chippendale

LEFT OR RIGHT: Thursday 18 October, Valve Bar; Friday 19, Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle; Sunday 21, Yours & Owls, Wollongong

BOWIE VS BYRNE feat, REX HAVOC BAND, PSYCHO ODDITY, MICHAEL FRIDGE, WAND ERECTION, + MORE: Town Hall Hotel - Newtown BROTHERS IN ARMS - A TRIBUTE TO DIRE STRAITS: Brass Monkey - Cronulla CATH & HIM: Crown Hotel - Sydney CAULFIELD, CAST TO STONE, SIERRA: Metro Theatre (early) - Sydney CHRIS TURNER & THE CAVEMEN: Bald Rock Hotel - Rozelle CONTRABAN: Notes Live - Enmore

FENRIR, AVARIN, ATOMESQUAD, LECTOBLYX: Lucky Australian Tavern - St Marys FOREDAY RIDERS, ANDREW REID, SALLY KING: Cat & Fiddle Hotel - Balmain FUNK D’VOID, PQM, JEFF DRAKE, VENGEANCE, + MORE: Chinese Laundry - Sydney FURNACE & THE FUNDAMENTALS, HOBOPHOBICS, FALCONA DJ’S: Beach Road Hotel, Rex Room - Bondi

TOUR GUIDE GOMEZ: Oct 18 Newcastle Panthers; 19 The Hi-Fi ALT-J: Oct 18 Oxford Art Factory LEFT OR RIGHT: Oct 18 Valve Bar; 19 Great Northern Newcastle; 21 Yours & Owls MUMFORD & SONS: Oct 18 Sydney Entertainment Centre; 26 Canberra Royal Theatre JAY SEAN: Oct 18 The Cube; 26 Enmore Theatre PSY: Oct 18 Marquee THEESATISFACTION: Oct 19 Goodgod GRAILS: Oct 19 Oxford Art Factory LEE RANALDO: Oct 20 Oxford Art Factory FUNK D’VOID: Oct 20 Chinese Laundry THE BLACK KEYS: Oct 21 Newcastle Entertainment Centre; 22 & 23 Sydney Entertainment Centre HOT CHELLE RAE: Oct 22 Enmore Theatre; 28 Canberra Royal Theatre BILLY BRAGG: Oct 23 Canberra Theatre; 27 & 28 Enmore Theatre THE DIXIE TICKLERS: Oct 24 The Basement; 27 Jazz In The Vines JILL BARBER: Oct 24 Clarendon Guesthouse; 25 Brass Monkey; 26 Heritage Hotel; 31 The Basement; Nov 1 The Abbey ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Oct 25 Cockatoo Island MATCHBOX TWENTY: Oct 25 AIS Arena; 30, 31 Sydney Entertainment Centre; Nov 3 Hope Estate; 6 WIN Entertainment Centre EASY STAR ALL STARS: Oct 25 Rock Lily PURO INSTINCT: Oct 25 The Square HOME BREW: Oct 25 Civic Underground MADLIB: Oct 26 The Metro ELAINE PAIGE: Oct 26 State Theatre; 28 Canberra Theatre SWANKY TUNES: Oct 26 Marquee THURSTON MOORE: Oct 26 Hi-Fi WEDNESDAY 13: Oct 26 Manning Bar SHELLAC: Oct 28 The Metro KELLY JOE PHELPS: Oct 30 Blue Beat; 31 Camelot Lounge; Nov 1 Lizotte’s Kincumber; 2 Lizotte’s Newcastle LIGHTHOUSE TRIO: Oct 31 Venue 505 LIKNUTS: Oct 31 Metro Theatre CHERRY POPPIN’ DADDIES: Nov 1 The Factory ELECTRIC EMPIRE: Nov 1 The Heritage Hotel; 2 Oxford Art Factory; 3 Hotel Gearin AT THE GATES: Nov 1 The Metro GREGORY PAGE: Nov 1 The Vanguard; 2 The Garden; 3 McCrossin’s Mill; 9 Merry Muse; 11 The Front JON CLEARY: Nov 1 The Basement SAMPOLOGY: Nov 2 Trinity Bar; 4 King Street Hotel TOUCHE AMORE: Nov 2 & 3 Annandale Hotel; 4 Tuggeranong Youth Centre JOHN WAITE: Nov 2 Waves; 4 Enmore Theatre; 7 Newcastle Panthers; 11 Canberra Southern Cross Club DELANO SMITH: Nov 3 Goodgod USELESS EATERS: Nov 7 The Terrace Bar (Newcastle); 9 The Square CHELSEA WOLFE: Nov 8 Oxford Art Factory BEIRUT: Nov 14 Enmore Theatre JEFF MARTIN: Nov 14 Clarendon Guesthouse; 15 The Abbey; 16 The Fitzroy; 17 Coogee Bay Diggers; 18 The Basement; Dec 10 Lizotte’s Newcastle; 11 Lizotte’s Kincumber; 12 Lizotte’s Dee Why; 14 The Factory; 15 The Heritage; 16 The Vanguard; 18 & 19 Brass Monkey

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THURSTON MOORE: Oct 26 The Hi-Fi

DI’ANNO VS BLAZE: Nov 29 Cambridge Hotel; 30 Manning Bar; Dec 1 Waves PRIMAL SCREAM: Dec 5 Enmore Theatre EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD: Dec 20 The Metro BEACH HOUSE: Jan 3 Enmore Theatre BLOOD RED SHOES: Jan 4 The Hi-Fi THE HIVES: Jan 7 The Metro AGAINST ME!: Jan 17 Manning Bar GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR: Feb 14 Enmore Theatre EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN: Feb 22 Enmore Theatre THE CIVIL WARS: Mar 6 St Stephen’s Church

FESTIVALS

GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD: Oct 20 Dungog Showgrounds WHIPLASH: Oct 20 Sandringham Hotel; 26 Cambridge Hotel; 27 ANU Bar SYDNEY BLUES & ROOTS: Oct 25 – 28 Windsor STONE DAY: Oct 26 University of Canberra SURRY HILLS FESTIVAL: Oct 27 Prince Alfred Park PROGFEST: Oct 27 Annandale Hotel STEEL ASSASSINS: Nov 2 – 3 Sandringham Hotel PERPETUAL TIDES FESTIVAL: Nov 3 The Patch BASTARDFEST: Nov 9 & 10 The Basement Canberra; 17 Sandringham Hotel A DAY ON THE GREEN: Nov 10 Bimbadgen Winery RAZOR BLADE FESTIVAL: Nov 10 The Square GRAPHIC FESTIVAL: Nov 10 & 11 Sydney Opera House OUTSIDEIN: Nov 10 Factory Theatre NEWTOWN FESTIVAL: Nov 11 Camperdown Memorial Rest Park HARVEST: Nov 17 Parramatta Park MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL: Nov 22 – 25 Mullumbimby FORESHORE FESTIVAL: Nov 24 Commonwealth Park Canberra STEREOSONIC: Nov 24 Sydney Showgrounds HARBOURLIFE: Dec 1 Fleet Steps HOMEBAKE: Dec 8 The Domain FESTIVAL OF THE SUN: Dec 14 & 15 Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park PEATS RIDGE: Dec 29 – Jan 1 Glenworth Valley BIG DAY OUT: Jan 18 Sydney Showgrounds SOUNDWAVE: Feb 24 Sydney Olympic Park FUTURE MUSIC: Mar 9 Randwick Racecourse CMC ROCKS THE HUNTER: Mar 15 – 17 Hope Estate BLUESFEST: Mar 28 – Apr 1 Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm

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GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD feat, MUMFORD & SONS, EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS, SARAH BLASKO, MATT CORBY, HUSKY + MORE: Dungog Showgrounds - Dungog HANDS UP!: Kings Cross Hotel (late) - Kings Cross JAN STARKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SOULSVILLE, THE MAYDAY DREAMERS, THE POP GUNS, BAD VIBRATIONS, THE AUSKAS, + MORE: Valve Bar & Venue (afternoon) - Tempe JOSH PYKE: Lizottes, Newcastle - New Lambton KINGSWELL, VIVIENNE KINGSWOOD: Rock Lily, The Star - Pyrmont KITTY FLANAGAN: Enmore Theatre - Enmore LAST DINOSAURS, THE JUNGLE GIANTS, DIE HAPPY: Metro Theatre - Sydney LEE RANALDO BAND, PONY FACE: Oxford Art Factory - Darlinghurst LISA MITCHELL, ALPINE, DANCO: Uni Bar, Wollongong University - Wollongong MANINS/MULLER/ NOCK/DEWHURST QUARTET: 505 - Surry Hills MARK WILKINSON: Front Gallery & CafĂŠ - Lyneham, ACT

MARLOW, NEOTOKYO, APE BC, GODS OF RAPTURE: Annandale Hotel - Annandale NADIA ALI: Marquee, The Star - Pyrmont NIC JEFFRIES, KILLARNEY HEIGHTS JS BIG BAND: Lizottes, Sydney - Dee Why NUMBER STATION, I AM APOLLO, BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, DJs BERT & ERNIE: Upstairs Beresford - Surry Hills OLLIE BROWN: Northern Star Hotel - Hamilton PETER HEAD: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks REBECCA JOHNSON BAND: Carousel Inn - Rooty Hill REFLECTIONS OF MICHAEL JACKSON: Padstow RSL - Padstow REGGAE GOT SOUL: Great Northern Hotel, Tiki Bar - Newcastle RICHARD CLAPTON: Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL - Hurlstone Park RICHIE BRANCO DUO: Narrabeen Sands - Narrabeen ROCK SOLID DUO: Coogee Bay Hotel, Beach Bar - Coogee ROLLING STONED - AUST. ROLLING STONES SHOW: Bull & Bush - Baulkham Hills SIRENS BIG BAND, + GUESTS: The Basement - Circular Quay STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Hornsby Inn - Hornsby

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MUMFORD & SONS

Mumford & Sons are back in Australia to give us the massive national tour we have always wanted from them! The band havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been back to Australia since they sent everyone into a frenzy at the Splendour In The Grass festival a couple of years back. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not coming alone either, their friends Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are coming along for the ride for most of the shows and solo folk master Willy Mason will be there for all of them. Mumford & Sons will be playing at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Thursday 18 October as well as the Gentlemen Of The Road (A Camping Stopover) in Dungog on Saturday 20. STORMCELLAR: Bald Faced Stag - Leichhardt TERRY BATU: Petersham RSL - Petersham THE ASTON SHUFFLE, CLUBFEET, LANCELOT, MOVEMENT, JORDAN F: The Standard - Darlinghurst THE GOOD STUFF: Beach Palace Hotel, Cider Room - Coogee THE JUNGLE KINGS: Belmont 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Belmont THE RADIATORS: Blacktown RSL. Celebrity Room - Blacktown THE RUBENS, + SPECIAL GUESTS: Mona Vale Hotel - Mona Vale THE SIREN TOWER: Fitzroy Hotel - Windsor

THE WRONG KEYS: Town & Country Hotel - St Peters TINA HARROD QUARTET: Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre - Chippendale TONY CINIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BLUES EXPLOSIONS, PJ Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;BRIEN BLUES BAND, GENEVIEVE CHADWICK: Orana Hotel - Blacksmiths WHIPLASH FESTIVAL: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs - Newtown WITCH FIGHT, SPACETICKET, PLIGHT OF THE MYSTICAL DUGONGS, UNKNOWN TO GOD: The Square - Haymarket

SUN 21 AFTER THIRTEEN, ANNIE MCKINNON, GUNS & GIRLS: Valve Bar & Venue (afternoon) - Tempe ANDREW DENNISTON, + GUESTS: Salisbury Hotel - Stanmore CARMEN SMITH, DIANA ROUVAS: Camelot Lounge - Marrickville CHUCKS WAGON: Botany View Hotel - Newtown DEBORAH CONWAY, WILLY ZYGIER: Lizottes, Central Coast - Kincumber

ED BYRNE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House - Circular Quay ELEVATION - U2 ACOUSTIC: Orient Hotel - The Rocks GRACE KNIGHT: Lizottes, Sydney - Dee Why HINTERLANDT, JAMIE HUTCHINGS: The Vanguard - Newtown HUSKY: Oxford Art Factory, Live Art Space - Darlinghurst JOSH PYKE: Lizottes, Newcastle - New Lambton KRISHNA JONES: Narrabeen Sands - Narrabeen LAWRENCE BAKER DUO: Coogee Bay Hotel, Beach Bar - Coogee

LEFT OR RIGHT: Yours and Owls - Wollongong MARK LUCAS & THE DEAD SETTERS, ROCKING CHAIR, SHOTGUN: Petersham Bowling Club - Petersham MARRICKVILLE FESTIVAL: Marrickville Town Hall - Marrickville MEN OF LETTERS: The Basement - Circular Quay NAOMI CRAIN: Cookies Lounge & Bar - North Strathfield PAUL FISHER: Hurstville RSL Club - Hurstville PETER HEAD TRIO, + FRIENDS: Harbour View Hotel - The Rocks PETER NORTHCOTE, BERNIE SEGEDIN: Bridge Hotel - Rozelle PHEONIX AND THE TWINS: Oatley Hotel (afternoon) - Oatley SOUPY DJs, SPACE JUNK, HAPPY HOBO, ETHAN WINZER, + MORE: World Bar - Kings Cross SQUEEZEBOX BOOGALOO: Blue Plate Bar & Grill - Neutral Bay STEVE EDMONDS BAND: Wickham Park Hotel - Newcastle SUITE AZ, DJ KITSCH78: Rock Lily, The Star - Pyrmont THE CARDINAL GROOVE, THE SWEET LITTLE ARMY, MICHAEL BEVAN, DOGGIN IT, SPIKE FLYNN: Cat & Fiddle Hotel - Balmain

THE CONTINENTAL BLUES PARTY: Rock Lily, The Star (afternoon) - Pyrmont THE JUNGLE KINGS: The Mark Hotel - Newcastle THE RIGHTEOUS PRANNIES: Sandringham Hotel, upstairs - Newtown THE SIREN TOWER: Brass Monkey - Cronulla TIM FREEDMAN: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre - Penrith TURNER & SIMMONS: Gladstone Hotel - Chippendale UPPERCUT DELUXE, DJ OMAR VARTS, GARAGE ROCKABILLY DJs: Beach Road Hotel, Valley - Bondi

MON 22 BRIAN CAMPEAU TRIO: 505 - Surry Hills GABRIEL IGLESIAS: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House Circular Quay HOT CHELLE RAE, CHER LLOYD: Enmore Theatre - Enmore RUSSELL NEAL, MASSIMO PRESTI, CHRIS BROOKES: Kellys on King - Newtown SMALL TALK: The Roxbury Hotel - Glebe WILLY MASON: The Vanguard - Newtown

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iFlogID: 18014

OTHER 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!

iFlogID: 19240 RemmosK returns to “The Wall” in full throttle electric mode with special guests Blow @ The Wall, The Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Leichhardt, Sat 03-11-12

iFlogID: 19914

SINGER Quirky singer, keyboard player, musician available. Lots of experience. Paid situations only please. Call Stephanie ph: 0403 250 560.

iFlogID: 19884

MUSICIANS WANTED BANDS Bass player wanted. We’re into Punk/ Hardcore/D-beat/UK 82. Discharge, Exploited, GBH, Wolfpack, Casualties. Have a full set of songs ready to go. Fast, loud and heavy. Ph: 0403468501.

iFlogID: 19982 BASSPLAYER, DRUMMER & GUITARIST WANTED FOR ORIGINAL INNER WEST GARAGE/ PUNK/ROCK BAND. Influenced by 50’s rock n roll with a punk attitude, Detroit Cobras, Otis Redding, Eddie Current Suppression Ring, Dead Kennedys, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Ramones, Easybeats. Experienced muso’s, backing vocals, females encouraged to apply. Check out www.myspace.com/therollindice for song demos. Call or message 0410296627 or therollindice@gmail.com

Sydney Hard Rock band Pleasure Overload seek dedicated and versatile drummer to fill current position. Please visit www.pleasureoverload.com to find out more about the band. Contact the band at band@pleasureoverload.com or call/ text 0416101529. Please “like” us on Facebook too.

iFlogID: 20002

ROOTS BAND NEEDS MUSCIANS! Roots bands needs mainly melodic muscians to create a bigger sound. Looking for muscians who are fairly experienced, who are committed enough to practice once a week, who are good at composing and improvising and have an interest in a multi-genre approach to music. We will be preforming and composing mainly originals, genres will be persuing include not just roots but Latin, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Reggae, Folk and World music styles. I’m looking for mostly melodic musicians such as horn brass players, woodwind, strings (violins, cello’s) mandolin or a lead guitarist versed in these genres would be nice, also anyone who plays a cultural signifcant instrument (sitar, buzuki, Ude) would be cool, and a percussionist is also wanted. I already have a drummer and a bassit. We are based around the east, south and inner city. I want to create music, do gigs, record, as well as love and live the music. If your up to the task call Jackson on 0423649365 or email me on funkymonk07@hotmail.com

iFlogID: 19626 Seeking experienced lead & backing singers, bass, keyboard, sax & trumpet players for REGGAE band in Northern Beaches. Call Michael 0402 549 423 or email siczex@yahoo. com.au

iFlogID: 18612

SINGER /VOCALIST WANTED

iFlogID: 19822

iFlogID: 19906

ENTHUSIASTIC PLAYERS NEEDED Musician/producer who’s recording an album. Need a French horn, baritone/tenor sax and a trombone player who loves to jam/improvise, friendly & collaborative, loves playin’ ska, rock, funk, classical. If this sounds creative and inspiring to you then contact me. 0421 876 205 nmur029@gmail.com

iFlogID: 19852 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

iFlogID: 19290 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!

iFlogID: 19248 guitarist/singer needs a guitarist, bass player & drummer to start a piss poor sydney rock band. louddirtyrocknrollbased musak with a touch of twang. 0403508102

iFlogID: 19654

band playing originals seeks drummer. rehearsing twice weekly minimum in the inner west. demo, some airplay. influences: the cure, the church, fauves, JD, hoodoo gurus, the ‘Mats. ph.0423420029

iFlogID: 19792 Indie rock duo from Campbelltown looking for a dedicated drummer. Between 18 - 25, own gear and transport is required.

www.entermagnus.com info@entermagnus.com

iFlogID: 19778 bassist required to complete 3 piece line up for alt/pop /rock band. influences, beatles, powder finger, arcade fire. ph. mass on 0405450022. have over 20 melodic songs ready to gig.

iFlogID: 19996 BASSPLAYER WANTED FOR ORIGINAL INNER WEST GARAGE/PUNK/ROCK BAND. Refer to ad under MUSICIANS WANTED & www.myspace.com/ therollindice for song demos. Call or message 0410 296 627 or therollindice@gmail.com

iFlogID: 19490

iFlogID: 19776

GUITARIST 19 year old guitar player looking to form Rock N’ Roll band. Influences: Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, The Sex Pistols. I live in Sydney-Cronulla Call tom on 0401722767. Acoustic Guitarist interested in friendly jam on Friday evenings. Lower Blue Mountains Location Music Creedence, Beatles, Dylan, James Taylor etc, Contact David 0411 618 536.

iFlogID: 19759 Australia’s Premier Guns and Roses Tribute Show are seeking a new Slash and Duff(Bass) Ability,Commitment and desire to embrace the role are essential.Firm gig base in Sydney and Central coast areas with management and agency backing.Transport and good attitude a must. Website for details www.australiangnrshow.com Ben 0438625750 Roger 0404044808

iFlogID: 19904

DEATH-METAL BASS PLAYER WANTED- WE REHEARSE NEAR ST MARYS- BAND IS CALLED LOWER BACK PROBLEMS LOOK IT UP ONLINEHEAVY AS SHIT VOCALS A PLUS! CALL JOSH- 0403-679-099 FAAA!

iFlogID: 19621

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!

iFlogID: 19242

Dead In Motion needs another guitarist! Metal, with influences such as Disturbed, Evanescence, In This Moment, etc, and Japanese visual kei. Contact Dead_In_Motion@hotmail. com for more details.

iFlogID: 19820 iFlogID: 18719

Dead In Motion needs a drummer who can double kick! Metal, with influences such as Disturbed, Evanescence, In This Moment, etc, and Japanese visual kei. Contact Dead_In_ Motion@hotmail.com for more details.

iFlogID: 19818 Drummer & guitarist wanted to form new original band. Alt/grunge/groove band with dark edge. No beginners must be over 25.

iFlogID: 19935 Drummer 18-25 needed to complete lineup. We like: My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, Joy Division/New Order, The Verve, Spiritualized, Blur, Pulp, Sonic Youth, Nick Cave/Grinderman, The Smiths, Ride, Fugazi. contact moonfieldmusic@gmail.com

iFlogID: 19959

DRUMMER NEEDED

GUITARIST REQUIRED Lead guitarist required for 3 established tribute shows - Original Sin (INXS Show), Swingshift (COLD CHISEL Show), Pleasure & Pain (DIVINYLS Show). Experienced professionals only. Must be across all 3 shows. Lot’s of work if you’re keen & available. email Glenn info@sevenyearitch.com.au

iFlogID: 19967 GUITARIST WANTED FOR ORIGINAL INNER WEST GARAGE/PUNK/ROCK BAND.Refer to ad under MUSICIANS WANTED & www.myspace.com/ therollindice for song demos. Call or message 0410 296 627 or therollindice@gmail.com

iFlogID: 19494

GUITARIST WANTED Guitarist wanted who can sound like my bloody valentine, built to spill, blonde redhead pedals and noise. Contact theaerotropeguild@ gmail.com for more info.

iFlogID: 19920 Looking for an experienced reggae guitar player for a Northern Beaches based band. Call Michael on 0402 549 423 or email siczex@ yahoo.com.au

SAXOPHONE Looking for an experienced sax player to form a horn section for a Northern Beaches based REGGAE band. Call Michael 0402 549 423 or email siczex@yahoo.com.au.

iFlogID: 19219

SINGER

DRAG QUEEN SINGERS WANTED

The Frocks have been one of the most established and most sought after iconic all girl bands in the scene today!

Musician/producer seeks guitarist to play on cover of Eagles track New Kid In Town for rec studio website, contact Jules on 02 99745821 or julianweir976@yahoo.com

iFlogID: 19952

Super Match Game are looking for an experienced drummer. Indie Rock. Currently gigging and recording first album. http://www.facebook.com/SuperMatchGame

iFlogID: 19937

HORN Looking for an experienced sax & trumpet players for a horn section for a Northern Beaches based REGGAE band. Call Michael 0402 549 423 or email siczex@yahoo.com.au.

iFlogID: 19401

DRUMMER WANTED FOR ORIGINAL INNER WEST GARAGE/PUNK/ROCK BAND. Refer to ad under MUSICIANS WANTED & www.myspace.com/ therollindice for song demos. Call or message 0410 296 627 or therollindice@gmail.com

iFlogID: 19492

ELECTRO DRUMMER WANTED Awesome drummer wanted for hot new electro-indie pop band. Our influences include Bjork, Florence and machine, Daft Punk and the Jezebels. Must be able to play with a click!!! We use tracks live, so experience with Ableton or triggering would be very useful. Most of all, we want someone who is dedicated and wants to be part of somethign really special.

KEYBOARD Dead In Motion is looking to add a keyboard player! Metal, with influences such as Disturbed, Evanescence, In This Moment, etc, and Japanese visual kei. Contact Dead_In_Motion@ hotmail.com for more details.

iFlogID: 19824

FUNK, SOUL, REGGAE KEYBOARDIST Keyboardist wanted for Sydney based “Herding Cats” 7 piece Soul, Funk, Ska, Reggae outfit. 3 sets ready - lots of unique groove originals & covers. Website has audio currently just from rehearsals, recordings coming soon.

Experienced drummer with a commitment to practice and regular rehearsals required for Melbourne-based alternative rock band.

Weekly rehearsals at Marrickville. Ready to gig.

Influences QOTSA, Foo Fighters, Nirvana…

David 0421 167 337

www.myspace.com/mollydredd

www.herdingcatsband.com

iFlogID: 19886

0411 372 469

iFlogID: 16936 Guitarist & Singer (19yrs) need to start band! We play anything Tool, Amy Winehouse, Evanescence, Michelle Shocked (rock/blues/ altmetal/funk/reggae/soul) Would also like versatile bassist & keyboardist! 18-25yrs preferred! Northern Beaches. Ziggy: 0432872290!

iFlogID: 19244

NIGHT FLIGHT - LED ZEP TRIBUTE Drummer wanted. You must have great timing, feel, pro kit & own transport. We are not a looka-like band. Rehearsing weekly at Northshore Music Studios Hornsby. Gigs waiting. Age 30 - 50 m/f. Contact scottm@y7mail.com

iFlogID: 19702 Thrash/Punk drummer..wtd for Sydney band.. EP released...songs waiting & ready..dont contact if you have never played thrash...we need POWER and SPEED like none other! Think Municipal Waste... Suicidal...Slayer..Poison Idea...D.R.I...http://dsmb.bandcamp.com/ 0417041950 - Thrash!

iFlogID: 19846

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!

iFlogID: 19246

KEYS PLAYER WANTED

Frocks entertainment are now looking for Drag Queen vocalists to form a new act. Dynamic Vocal ability and exceptional stage presence is a must. Dance skills an advantage but not essential. Please send some recent photo’s, and experience details. It would also be great if you could send a video (or a link to a video), SHOWCASING YOUR FANTASTIC VOCALS. Quality of video not important. If this is not possible, we will be holding vocal auditions where you will then have the opportunity to display your talents. Please send your interest and details to contact@thefrocks.com.au If you’d like to check out our web site log onto www.thefrocks.com.au Location: Sydney, Australia The audition is open to 22-35 year olds WE WANT: Confident, Crazy, Fun, Hot, Sweet, Talented Performers!!!!!!! Rock, Jazz, Funk, Groove, Pop, Soul, Hip Hop, R’n’B, Alternate, Acoustic, Heavy, Musical, and moreeeeee +++ Only serious enquiries

iFlogID: 19872

iFlogID: 19795

FEMALE SINGER WANTED

The Frocks have been one of the most established and most sought after iconic all girl bands in the scene today! The Frocks go beyond your average cover band and after 10 years working the entertainment circuit they are stronger than ever and continue to travel down more and more avenues. Only this year The Frocks were nominated for a MO AWARD for Best Dance Band in Australia. The lead singer and manager of the all girl band The Frocks is now forming a NEW “sister” band and we are looking for a FEMALE vocalist to be part of this new powerful female fronted band. You’ll do shows and events singing RnB, Funk, Pop, Dance, Motown, Rock, all the fun stuff etc as well as sharing Backing Vocals with other members. Ability to sing intricate and strong harmonies is a must. - weekly commitment to rehearsals is required - ideally, availability for 1-2 gigs per week - the ability to work in a team. -must have own transport Dynamic Vocal ability and exceptional stage presence is a must.

Must be able to handle bass parts as well as harmony and some lead playing. Backing vocals necessary.

WE WANT:

Weekly rehearsals in Sutherland Shire area, with aspirations for weekly performances.

Apply now at contact@thefrocks.com. au with your contact details.

Only professional or aspiring profession musicians to apply.

Check out our web page at www.thefrocks.com.au

Perfomance experience necessary.

We will contact you with further information regarding auditions.

iFlogID: 19950

Looking for other original acoustic duo’s/bands with a following to share the bill and do live gigs together. Contact RemmosK@gmail.com

iFlogID: 19528 Musician/producer seeks male singer to sing on cover of Eagles track New Kid In Town for rec studio website, contact Jules on 02 99745821 or julianweir976@yahoo.com

iFlogID: 19954

ROCK COVERS BAND SEEKS SINGER

GRAPHIC DESIGN FULL COLOUR BAND GIG POSTERS @ AMAZING PRICES 100 A4 full colour on Gloss = $40 100 A3 full colour on Plain = $50 100 A3 full colour on Gloss = $80 100 SRA3(32 x 45cm) full colour on Gloss = $80 WWW.BLACKSTAR.COM.AU

Confident, Crazy,Fun,Hot, Sweet, Talented Performers!

iFlogID: 19868

LIVE SOUND COURSE, 2 DAYS

iFlogID: 16754 Get your Band or Business Online Cost effectively and PROFESSIONALLY from $299 including Hosting and email addresses! Contact info@bizwebsites.com.au or see www. bizwebsites.com.au

iFlogID: 15450 Get your Band or Business Online Cost effectively and PROFESSIONALLY- from $299 including UNLIMITED pages, Logos, Hosting and 5xemail addresses and much more! Contact info@bizwebsites.com. au or see www.bizwebsites.com.au

iFlogID: 13864 Limited Edition mens tees and hoodies with a sense of humour. All hand-screened and numbered. monstrositystore.com

iFlogID: 13611

A comprehensive 2 day course that covers basic audio principles, the progression of technology, common audio components, terninology, signal flow, soldering 101, microphone and speaker placement, EQing and more. Handty reference booklet supplied. Optional third days training at a live music venue available. www.zenstudios.com.au 02-9950-3977

iFlogID: 19367

OTHER

Classic and Modern Rock Covers Band “Riff” are looking for a lead singer with great vocal range and stage presence. Bands covered include Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Bon Jovi, ACDC and many more...call Louie 0433159408

iFlogID: 20009

ROCK VOCALIST WANTED!

BUS HIRE SERVICE (with driver); 19-seater coaster-bus with wheelchair access available for airport-transit, festivals, functions and party-hire. Drive home safely with an experienced driver at the wheel. Please call Ray for a quote on 0414 355 763.

iFlogID: 19848

DREADLOCKS @NATURAL KNOTS

PIANO LESSONS Piano and keyboard teacher. Creative and patient. All styles of music, plus theory and songwriting. Exams or pleasure. 20 years experience. Close to Broadway and Central. Paul 0417171993

iFlogID: 19056

SCHOOL OF ROCK - ZEN STUDIOS

Are you a rock oriented singer (male or female) looking to join an experienced band playing rock covers from classic to current with focus on quality, melody and harmonies? Give Steve a call on 0403 994 558 and lets talk.

iFlogID: 19870 Seeking an experienced lead & backing reggae singers for Northern Beaches based band. Call Michael 0402 549 423 or email siczex@yahoo.com.au

iFlogID: 19195

Experienced Progressive Heavy Groove Band seeks, Strong Heavy/Melodic Vocalist. READY TO PLAY!!! Call Sven - 0421540972

iFlogID: 19361

SINGER WANTED

No Chemicals No Wax No Interlocking 100% Natural Knots Fully Qualified with a Licence to Dread! For Availibility Call 0411349385 www.NaturalKnots.com.au Facebook.com/NaturalKnotsOz Facebook.com/NaturalKnotsDreadlocks

iFlogID: 20000

Working band “Touchwood” need front man. Oz rock to Fooies. Call Gaz on 0425326200

iFlogID: 19998 Why risk your vocal performance with substandard gear? Hire the industry standard Shure ULX wireless system + Beta58A microphone, lapel or headset. $60, 2 for $100. Call Lamba 9758-8888 www.lamba.com.au

iFlogID: 19805

WOLLONGONG BAND NEEDS SINGER

Wollongong based band searching for Singer. We have enough original music ready to record an album and perform live and we and are looking for a singer (age 20-30) to add lyrics and melodies to complete the songs and front our band (the next Chris Cornell, Myles Kennedy, Steven Tyler, Steve Lee etc)

Get your Band or Business Online Cost effectively from $299 including Hosting, Shopping Cart and 5 email addresses! Contact info@bizwebsites.com.au or see www. bizwebsites.com.au.

iFlogID: 15454 If you want to use DRUGS, that’s your business If you want to STOP, we can help. Narcotics Anonymous 9519 6200 www.na.org.au

School of Rock teaches students from primary school to high school, from anywhere in Sydney with any level of musical talent. School of Rock helps students form a suitable band based on each of their musical likes and level of experience. Classes run every day of the week (Weekdays: 4.30pm – 6.00pm, Saturday/Sunday: 8.30am – 10.00am) at $320/per term (including all teacher fees, room and instrument rental). Each term includes a free recording session @ Zen Studios and a live show at The Valve Hotel in Tempe. Contact Ash 0450406-201. www.schoolofrockinnerwest. com.au

iFlogID: 19523

STAND-UP COMEDY WORKSHOP Have fun learning invaluable communication, presentation and humour skills from ARIA nominated Robert Grayson. 15 years experience. “Amazing! Fantastic! Liberating!” Jess Capolupo, Hot-Tomato FM. www.youstandup.com / Robert@youstandup.com / 0401 834 361.

iFlogID: 19948

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iFlogID: 18957 What happens when you start paying attention? When you become an active member and start participating in this elusive thing we call life. WWW.WHATISTHEHAPS.COM

Contact: jonathanrkennedy82@gmail. com or 0419978835

iFlogID: 17980

iFlogID: 19844

TUITION

Serious singers need only apply.

The audition is open to 22-35 year olds.

Email - cjwilsonmusic@gmail.com

iFlogID: 19556

SINGER NEEDED Female Singer wanted to join male guitarist (36yrs) for rock covers duo. Playing songs from 70s/80s to current day, paid gigs, based in Hawkesbury area. duovocal@tpg.com.au 0411342989

Guitarist/Singer and Drummer looking for keys player to form Guitar Greats Show.

Age 21-35

Looking for female backing singers for a Northern Beaches based REGGAE band. Call Michael on 0402 549 423 or email siczex@ yahoo.com.au

The Frocks go beyond your average cover band and after 10 years working the entertainment circuit they are stronger than ever and continue to travel down more and more avenues. Only this year The Frocks were nominated for a MO AWARD for Best Dance Band in Australia.

iFlogID: 19558

iFlogID: 19943

DEATH METAL BASSEY WANTED

iFlogID: 19197

info@entermagnus.com

Contact Anton: 0426822750

BASS PLAYER

Are your bass balls so low and groovy they become an instant obsession?

Original progressive rock band ‘TIME ARROW ‘ requires a Drummer and Bassplayer to add there creativeness and integrity to our collective call Dallas 0409830216 or Wendy 0431737927

DRUMMER

iFlogID: 19902

iFlogID: 19856

ENGINE ROOM AND PULSE WANTED

iFlogID: 19674

we are looking for a singer to front our rock covers band /you will need to be experienced and dedicated to rehearsal ,ideally a fast learner for upcomming gigs ,transport required and versatile we cover a vast variety ,proffessional mics are supplied

Dead In Motion needs a bassist. 5-string preferred. Metal, with influences such as Disturbed, Evanescence, In This Moment, etc, and Japanese visual kei. Contact Dead_In_Motion@ hotmail.com for more details.

email siczex@yahoo.com.au

www.entermagnus.com

CAN YOU HIT STUFF GOOD?!

Dead In Motion is looking for band members. Metal, with influences such as Disturbed, Evanescence, In This Moment, etc, and Japanese visual kei. Contact Dead_In_Motion@hotmail. com for more details.

iFlogID: 19629

please come bang our pots and pans.

Looking for an experienced reggae keyboard player for a Northern Beaches based band. Call Michael 0402 549 423 or

iFlogID: 13407

DJ

Great backing vocals, harmonica player and percussionist.

we need you. we tried to ignore it but can’t any longer.

TUITION BASS, GUITAR, DRUMS

DRUMMER AND DRUM LESSONS

TRUMPET Looking for an experienced trumpet player to form a horn section for a Northern Beaches based REGGAE band. Call Michael 0402 549 423 or email siczex@yahoo.com.au.

iFlogID: 19221

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Avaliable in Gladesville Teach all Levels, ages and experience.16 years experience. I studied at The Billy Hydes Drumcraft Academy and Obtained a Diploma in Drummig. $60/HR Mob: 0402663469 Michael

BEAUTY SERVICES FREE HAIRCUTS AT COOL SALON! Free haircuts and blowdries Thurs mornings at cool salon in Surry Hills. Colours are charged at cost of product used. Please call Wednesday on 0420371161 to organise an appointment.

iFlogID: 19109 Fully Qualified & 8yrs Experience, Thai Massage $49/hr or Sensual Balinese Aroma $69/hr. In/Out calls, Male/Female Welcome. www.takecaremassage.com.au - By Anson 0433646338

iFlogID: 17428

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The School of Rock offers tuition in singing, bass guitar, electric guitar, drums and song writing techniques. Our instructors have years of experience showing young musicians how to play and take that talent onto the stage. For more information visit our website at www.schoolofrockinnerwest.com. au or www.zenstudios.com.au. Ph: 9550 3977 iFlogID: 19181

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WITH MICHAEL SMITH

APRA SONG SPLITS SESSION Now here’s a question surely pondered every time you decide you’d like to record an arrangement of an out-of-copyright song – who do you need to contact to clear your use of the song? Then there’s that other thorny issue – who owns a song when the band splits up? Should co-writers split songs evenly? Tuesday 30 October for two hours from 6pm at their Sydney office in Ultimo, APRA|AMCOS will be presenting an evening with intellectual property lawyer and musician Troy Gurnett and local APRA staff to discuss the do’s and don’ts, common mistakes and frequently asked questions around song registrations and songwriting credits. 6pm. Spots are inevitably limited so best RSVP at the APRA website to secure your place. Please note too that his session includes a general discussion of song splits. If you have a specific situation that you would like to discuss outside if this event, however, please contact APRA separately.

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ONLINE If you’ve ever aspired to play like Yngwie Malmsteen or just wondered how he does what he does on guitar, you can now go to his online guitar “school”, Relentless Shred. There are lessons on everything from simple bending to six-string arpeggios, tablatures, a guide to his tuition DVDs and a whole swag of other cool stuff exclusive to the site at relentlesshred.com.

PLAY LIKE BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME In association with the release of their new album, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, North Carolina’s Between The Buried And Me have released a collection of instructional videos for the track, Telos, on Loudwire, so you can check out how guitarists Dustie Waring and Paul Waggoner play their parts, while Modern Drummer is hosting a clip of drummer Blake Richardson doing the business. For how bass player Dan Briggs approaches his part, you have to check into the band’s official YouTube page.

SOUND BYTES

Former Ozzy Osbourne/Badlands guitarist Jake E Lee is working on a new album with producer Kevin Churko, who’s also worked with Osbourne as well as Five Finger Death Punch among others. Will & The People recorded their second album, Friends, in their 17th century barn in Berkshire, UK, using hired outboard studio equipment to record the dozen tracks over a week, recording two tracks live to ½” tape, before taking the results to Fishmarket Studios in London to mix. Swedish death metallers Aeon recorded their latest album, Aeons Black, at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed and mastered by Ronnie Björnström of Garageland Studios. Finnish melancholic dark metal six-piece Amorphis have been recording their as yet untitled third album at Petrax Studio in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki with producer and mixing engineer Peter Tägtgren (Children Of Bodom, Immortal, Dimmu Borgir). Indianapolis metal six-piece Youngblood recorded their debut album, No Retreat, with producer Jeff Diehl (Gene Simmons, Eddie Kramer). Melbourne four-piece Strange Talk called on Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Presets, Temper Trap) to mix their debut album, Cast Away, due for release January next year. Sydney jazz/soul/pop singer-songwriter Jo Fabro recorded her second album, Pale Blue Moon, at MVM Studios on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Ivory Lane Studios on the NSW Central Coast with producer Ryan Hazel. Melbourne singer-songwriter Charles Baby recorded his debut album, The End Of The Terror Lights, in abandoned school halls in various parts of south Gippsland with producer J Walker (Machine Translations). Brisbane’s Art Of Sleeping recorded their forthcoming EP, Like A Thief, at Airlock Studios with producer Yanto Browning. WA three-piece Davey Craddock & The Spectacles recorded their new EP, Going Home, live to tape at Studio Couch in North Fremantle. Brisbane’s Bec Laughton recorded her debut EP, By The Fire, at Way of the Eagle Studios in Melbourne with co-producer Jan Skubiszewski, before sending to Sterling Sound in New York to get it mastered by Tom Coyne. btl@streetpress.com.au 74 • THE DRUM MEDIA

SPRING IN HIS STEP The idea was to make an intimate, “singer-songwritery” record, but things didn’t quite work out that way. Shane O’Donohue interrupts the mixing of Spring And Fall to get the lowdown on Paul Kelly’s first studio album in five years.

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t’s a cold, miserable August day in Woolamai but the mood is jovial inside the Mill, the spacious studio in which Paul Kelly is putting the finishing touches on his 19th studio album, Spring And Fall. Kelly is in his sixth day of mixing with the studio’s owner, Andy Stewart, and Machine Translations’ Greg J Walker when this writer makes the 120 kilometre trek southeast of Melbourne for a progress report. On our arrival we find a chirpy Kelly sweeping up shards of broken glass after an unconventional (and over-enthusiastic) attempt to add percussion to a track using drinking glasses has gone awry. South Gippsland looms large over Spring And Fall’s creation: the bulk of the album was recorded in a country hall near Leongatha and a few days were spent doing overdubs at Walker’s “shed studio” in Jumbunna, before Kelly and co headed to Stewart’s studio to mix it (some overdubs were also done in Melbourne at Head Gap Studio, Preston).

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“[The hall] was Greg’s suggestion,” Kelly explains during a break. “He’s done a couple of things down there. Greg lives in Jumbunna, near Korumburra, which is not far from Leongatha, east of Poowong and Lang Lang. It’s been fun. I haven’t been down this way that much, but I always found the geography quite confusing. It’s a big area – coast beaches to coal mines and farmland.” Spring And Fall comes five years after Kelly’s last record, Stolen Apples. In that time – his longest break between albums – Kelly wrote a memoir, the acclaimed How To Make Gravy. To promote the book, he revived his A-Z tour concept, in which the singer, joined by his nephew Dan, played an alphabetically ordered setlist. (Kelly originally hit on the A-Z idea as a way to avoid playing ‘greatest hits’ gigs every night.) “Dan and I started from the premise that [Spring And Fall] was going to be an intimate, sparse record,” Kelly explains. “We’ve sort of developed this sound; [Dan’s] great at blending the intimate and the spacious I guess, he can go sort of ambient and kind of orchestral and lots of echoes and delays and stuff, or he can just sit up nice and close and play George Harrison-style. I thought it’d be good to do a record starting from this sound, with this aesthetic.”

Walker’s name was thrown into the mix as a possible producer; he was keen and available, and suggested the hall “twenty minutes up in the hills from Leongatha” as a potential recording location. Despite Kelly’s initial reluctance – he thought the building may be too big to effectively capture the “intimate, singer-songwritery” vibe he was after – Walker talked him round. Wearing thermals and beanies (“there were mittens sometimes,” Kelly admits), and with a “huge kero sort of rocket heater” blasting the room each day before recording commenced, the trio would usually work from around 10am to 9pm. “The great thing about Greg,” Kelly says, is “he can engineer and produce, arrange, and he plays – he’s a beautiful musician as well; he plays guitar, dobro, double bass, piano, strings, he can play violin – so we ended up becoming… I was saying all along, it’s not gonna be a band record, but you end up becoming this little band, a little trio. We cut a lot of the songs on double bass… Most of it was just often a couple of acoustic guitars, but maybe they would be different in some way, one would be a nylon or a 12-string or a dobro, and acoustic and a double bass. That was sort of our basic sound and we built from there.” The Kellys would use the hour-and-a-half drive down to Gippsland to get in the musical zone: Nico’s Chelsea Girl, John Cale’s Paris 1919 and Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece were all on high rotation. “I think [Veedon Fleece is] a record that’s been a bit overlooked because of [Morrison’s more acclaimed album] Astral Weeks. It has similarities to Astral Weeks in that it’s lots of double bass… it’s a fantastic record. And of course our record doesn’t sound anything like that because I don’t sound anything like Van, but we’ve got lots of double bass on the record.” Kelly says there is always at least one or two albums he’s channelling whenever he’s in the studio. “It’s good to have a couple of touchstones, I think. Sometimes it’s just a psychological thing – it’s not like you end up making a record that sounds like that record, it just gives you a lift or inspiration or there’s something about it that you try and absorb.”

PRODUCER PROFILE BRIAN CANHAM

What areas of production/engineering do you specialise in? I think I cover a broad range of recording, mixing and most definitely the song construction and arrangement. I’m probably of more use to singer-songwriters who can utilise my multi-instrumental abilities to get something from scratch to finished product. Like a one-stop shop. What is your favourite kind of project to work on? I think definitely film scoring... Are there any pieces of gear you couldn’t do without? Yeah... probably a bunch of my guitars... I love them like family. I do like to have at least a P bass, a Les Paul, a Strat and a Telecaster; that covers the basic spectrum. I actually don’t need to have oodles of gear. I’m definitely not a gear junkie; it’s more about what you can achieve without all the bells and whistles for me. It’s more about the music. What song/album best represents your work? Hmmm, that’s a tricky one, as I work across many different genres. I often have people associate me with “electro pop” because of my success with Pseudo Echo, but there’s so much more. I guess the Pseuds stuff isn’t a bad set of records to make reference to me, maybe the latest few tunes from Pseudo Echo, ie Suddenly Silently and Fighting The Tide. What do you like to see from an artist or band in the studio? Commitment, faith in me. I like to see an

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Spring And Fall is a song cycle, a love story from “start to finish”. Vika and Linda Bull sing harmonies on one track; Peter and Dan Luscombe provide drums and piano, respectively; Atilla and Karoline Kuti add some violin and cello; Laura Jean sings on two songs (“I just loved that last record of hers,” Kelly says. “That song So Happy It Hurts I think is just a ripper”); and Genevieve Lacey contributes recorder. Both Lacey’s involvement on Spring And Fall and the idea for the song cycle were inspired by Kelly’s work with composer James Ledger and the Australian National Academy Of Music (ANAM) on Conversations With Ghosts, an original song cycle based on the poems of Les Murray, WB Yeats, Judith Wright, Lord Alfred Tennyson and more. Kelly says the Conversations With Ghosts project helped him get the songwriting wheels turning after emerging from his bookwriting period “quite rusty”... “I was feeling kind of, ‘I don’t know if I can sit down and write a song, let alone a song cycle’, so I actually started looking at poems and started picking out poems I liked, trying to put them to music and sing them. But I guess that just got me going with words and music, even though they weren’t my words, and also sort of coming at things from a more sideways fashion than I normally do. I normally don’t write the words first, I get music or melodies and sound, generally sort of get mumbled sounds to a tune and then try to get the words to fit those sounds. [To] actually start with finished words – like a Yeats poem, a Les Murray poem, things like that – then just sing them it sort of shifted something a little and once I got started doing that then I started writing some songs of my own as well.” WHO: Paul Kelly WHAT: Spring And Fall (out Friday 19 October through Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 20 October, Stories Of Me documentary screening, State Theatre; Friday 2 November, Stories Of Me, Canberra Theatre

artist be good at what they do. I like to be impressed by great lyrics, melodies and chord progressions and an open mind. Do you have any advice for young or inexperienced artists who are heading into the studio? Have your shit together, no matter how inexperienced you are. Have some reference music, have your ideas ready and organised to be able to play them on some format, eg, CD, USB, iPhone etc. Have your lyrics printed out AND for the vocalist, KNOW your lyrics by heart, so you can “sing” them, not read them! Any words of wisdom for those wanting to become an producer/engineer/mixer? Learn your craft, practice mixing and arranging anything you can get your hands on. Listen to what professional music sounds like, understand what it is that makes pro tracks sound so good. Ask lots of questions, don’t try to be so cool and not ask questions, pretending you know everything. I learned everything I know by asking older more professional guys about things... even some younger guys too! And understanding production “trends”, doesn’t mean you have to follow them but be aware of what people are saying is “in” and “cool”. Current project? Finishing touches on the Charlie Bonnet film score.. (A quirky comedy, locally made with an international feel to it). www.metromixstudio.com



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