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FOREWORD LINE IN BRIEF While Alicia Keys & Jay-Z’s efforts are pretty damn good, Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind) is proving to be quite the entertaining YouTube view. A Welsh parody of (New York) Empire State Of Mind, the video has already received over 1.6 million hits in just over a week since posting. Could it take over the original version’s 50 million plus views?
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While their showing at Global Gathering in 2008 as Gorillaz Sound System was less than desirable, the world’s biggest cartoon band Gorillaz including Perth in their massive world tour to promote their third album Plastic Beach is damn fine news indeed. After all, we don’t want any scaled down forms – we want the real (with toons) deal! With their performances so far including the likes of Bashy, De La Soul, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash, Kano, Little Dragon, Mos Def, Shaun Ryder and Bobby Womack, it seems anyone could be joining the group led by Damon Albarn at Burswood Dome on Monday 6 December. This landmark arena tour will feature dynamic production featuring multi-media video animation, artwork and film. Fanclub tickets available now from Gorillaz.com, otherwise hit up Ticketek from 9am on Friday 6 August.
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The third batch of speakers has been revealed for the One Movement For Music Festival’s business conference. Adding their voices will be Troy Carter (Coalition Media Group, worldwide manager for Lady Gaga!), Dave Curtin (DeepMix, USA), James Foley (Record Of The Day, UK), Tak Furuichi (JVC Victor Entertainment Inc, Japan) and Taichi Inoue (Surfrock, Japan) and Australian industry big wigs Lars Brandle (Billboard), Brett Cottle (APRA), Shaun James (XYZ Networks), Dylan Liddy (Blue Max Music), Mark Pope (ARIA Awards Producer), Mark Poston (EMI), Phil Stevens (Jarrah Music), Kathy McCabe (The Daily Telegraph), Carney Nir (Secret Service Digital), Leigh Treweek (Street Press Australia) and Adam Zammit (Peer Group Media). One Movement runs from Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 October at the Perth Esplanade and surrounding buildings.
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After recently being announced to tour with Washington across the country in solo mode, Dan Kelly has plotted his return with his Dream Band to launch his newly released third album Dan Kelly’s Dream. With his band featuring members of Augie March and Ground Components, and his stage show featuring inflatable sea creatures and a light show on par with Perth’s Christmas Pageant, Kelly plays the Rosemount on Friday 24 September; the Wave Rock Weekender on Saturday 25; and Mojo’s on Sunday 26. Tickets to the Drum Media presented metro shows from Heatseeker, Star, Planet and Mills, while Wave Rock tickets are available from Oztix and www. soulhighway.com.au.
The 12-strong shortlist for 2010’s Mercury Prize was announced last week. Modfather Paul Weller has made the cut for the first time with Wake Up The Nation. As widely predicted, the prize’s jury also nominated The XX’s selftitled debut. Other debut LPs to make the cut were Becoming A Jackal by Dublin’s Villagers and Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons, who began their life performing as fellow ’10 Mercury nominee Laura Marling’s backing band. Other nominations included albums by Foals, Wild Beasts, Biffy Clyro, Kit Downes Trio, I Am Kloot and Corinne Bailey Rae. Mercury Prize veteran Dizzee Rascal rounds out the 2010 contender list for Tongue N’ Cheek. The winner will be announced on September 7. US alt-rockers Kings Of Leon vacated the stage after three songs last Friday night at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St Louis bassist Jared Followill copped some pigeon poo to the face. Brother and Kings drummer Nathan tweeted, “So sorry St Louis. We had to bail, pigeons shitting in Jared’s mouth and it was too unsanitary to continue.” “Some punk bitch rookie cop named Fisher #10026 made the arrest of his bullshit career today, arresting the Notorious Ice-T for no seat belt.” So tweeted the rapper last week. The performer known for 1992’s Cop Killer, now plays an NYPD detective on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, was taking his pet bulldog to the vet when he was pulled over. Our thoughts go out to friends and famiy of the 19 victims who died at Love Parade in Duisburg, Germany on the weekend, including Sydneysider Clancie Ridley. The hysteric trampling left over 340 people injured and saw the largest ever loss of life at a music festival. An overcrowded tunnel entrance to the techno event was blamed, making Perth’s seemingly excessive queues at festivals make more sense.
His last appearance in Perth will always be remembered for one of the most off the hook and controversial nights we’ve ever seen, and now Kool Keith is coming back. Known for his signature stream of consciousness lyrical flow that’s earned legendary nods from the hip hop community, Keith cut his teeth as an original member of the Ultramagnetic MCs before embarking on a solo career under many guises, such as Dr Octagon, Dr Dooom and Black Elvis. He drops by Shape for a crazed night of original flows and stunts with support from Selekt, Kit Pop and Ad Roc on Wednesday 11 August. Tickets $25 from www.shapebar.com.au.
With dates already announced on Friday 13 August at the Rosemount and Saturday 14 at Settlers Tavern, College Fall have added additional dates to their homecoming tour of WA. You can now also catch Glenn Musto and Jodie Bartlett at Margaret River’s Colonial Brewery at 1pm on Saturday 21; 4pm on Sunday 22 at Victoria Park’s Broken Hill Hotel on Sunday 22; and from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 August at Kununurra’s Gullivers Tavern.
BLASK FROM THE PAST
Touring Australia at the end of the year, Sarah Blasko has just released the tour edition of her platinum selling album As Day Follows Night. This special package has an extra disc featuring 15 songs recorded live at The Forum in Melbourne in October last year. The standalone live album is also available from iTunes. That should tide you over until Blasko, along with support from Seja, takes in the Astor Theatre on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 November, proudly presented by Drum Media. Tickets from Heatseeker.
Riding high on the success of Yolanda Be Cool vs. DCUP’s We No Speak Americano, Ajax’s Sweat It Out label are set to launch their latest offering, mix CD Billion Dollar House Party. The disc will be launch in Perth at new club night Blink at Bar Open next Friday 6 August with two big acts coming to town. With his latest collaboration The Mexican all over Triple J, the UK’s Deekline is the king of dancefloors all over and he’ll joined by Australia’s reigning urban royalty, the Killaqueenz and their DJ K-Note. Door sales from 9pm.
For a Black Friday you won’t soon forget, head to Ambar for filthy house duo Cold Blank’s chilling show. With a truly unique sound that has seen them pick up support from David Guetta, Fischerspooner, Miles Dyson and more, the duo is comprised of Los Angelinos Chris Gasper Isla and Manuel Luquin. With remixes of Major Lazer, Calvertron, Surkin and MSTRKRFT among their repertoire, they drop by Perth on Friday 13 August with support from locals Signal Drivers, Grantley Hyde, Tha Nightcrawlaz and Alex Tong. Tickets $20 on the door from 10pm.
Best known for his work as pianist in The Necks, Chris Abrahams also has a career stretching back 25 years including solo albums, several collaborations with Melanie Oxley and soundtracks. Now he’s released his latest solo outing in Play Scar, which rolls from minimalism to musique concrete with sweeping aural landscapes and hypnotic rhythms. He launches the album in Perth at The Ellington on Wednesday 1 September. Support from local legend Craig McElhinney, who’s just completed work on his new album Be Water My Friend. $25/20 presales from www. ellingtonjazz.com.au.
The annual Indian Independence Day jam sees Masala Mix returning to Metro City on Friday 13 August. Heading up this momentous event is none other than India’s #1 celebrity DJ DJ Aqeel, bringing with his name over five million albums sold. He’ll be joined in the main room by Mixtabishi, Big Ice, Tej, Denny plus live MCs and Dholis playing Boolywood, Bhangra and more. In the Enigma-Desi Members Only room is Raji-D, Kesh, NFX, Shyam and Reggie playing R&B, hip hop and house. Tickets $25 plus BF from Moshtix.
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WHO CAN IT BE NOW?
We’re down to the last couple of weeks of the 2010 Next Big Thing competition, so be sure you get down to the semi finals to see the up-and-coming stars of the Perth scene. Semi Final One takes in Amplifier on Friday 30 July and sees Trent Williams, The Kirbens, The Brown Study Band, One Thousand Years, Crash Compass, Good Little Fox and Minute 36 battle it out. Semi Final Two hits the Civic Hotel on Saturday 31 with The Brow Horn Orchestra, Goodnight Tiger, James Teague, The Love Junkies, Resort, Homebrewe and Sonpsilo Circus. The Regional Semi Final hits the Civic Hotel on Friday 6 August with Joel Jackson, Tim Dawes, Johnny Taylor, Available At The Counter, Walter,Shots Fired and John Bennett. Two bands from each heat plus a wild card will then battle it out the grand final on Saturday 7 August at the Rosemount.
See them at the Eastern Hotel on Friday 20 August; the Royal Flying Doctor Service fundraiser in Karratha on Saturday 21; the Icon Restaurant in Karratha on Sunday 22; and the Perth Blues Club at the Charles Hotel on Tuesday 24 August.
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The 10-year anniversary celebrations of An Evening On The Green continues with the announcement of the Aussie icon himself, John Farnham heading up the concert series. The once retired crooner heads to Kings Park & Botanic Garden on Saturday 27 November following on from his massive 37 date Live By Demand tour last year. He’s got a couple of icons opening for him as well with Ross Wilson and Richard Clapton also along for the ride. Tickets start at $109 and go sale from Ticketmaster tomorrow.
Recently in town to support Karnivool, those genre defying heavy hitters MM9 are hitting the road to support their latest single Let It Take Over. The latest single lifted from their debut album The Air Between, which hit the top 10 of the Air charts. After a month on the road, they wind up their tour with one date in WA at Amplifier on Saturday 2 October. Tickets from Oztix, Moshtix and Heatseeker.
One of the hardest touring bands in the country is coming back to WA on a regional tour to prove this fact. They are British India, and it seems they got a taste of the country air on the recent Groovin’ The Moo festival. Still reeling from the praise following the release of third album Avalanche, catch Brindia at Settlers Tavern on Friday 27 August; Royal Palms Resort in Busselton on Saturday 28; Ravenswood Hotel on Sunday 29 August; Prince Of Wales on Thursday 2 September; and Geraldton’s Wintersun Hotel on Saturday 4. Tickets from Heatseeker and venues.
COOMBS HAND LEE
Needing little introduction, Lee Coombs has played a part in changing the course of electronic music over the past decade. Alongside fellow Lot49 crew in Meat Katie, Dylan Rhymes and Elite Force, Coombs has forged ahead with the sound that is tech funk, a fusion of techno, breaks, house and electro, remixing the likes of Moby, New Order and Planet Funk along the way. Coombs performs one show only at Ambar on Friday 27 August with support from Tee El, Prizzy, Ben Mac and Kill Dyl. Tickets $25 plus BF from Moshtix, Boomtick and the usuals.
WHAT’S THAT FLOATING IN THE WATER?
It’s been a while between drinks, but lovable larrikins the Bondi Cigars are rolling up their suitcases and heading back to WA. With their 2009 release Universal Stew continuing their penchant to blend blues, soul, funk and R&B into an instantly identifiable sound, the band has been a fixture in Australian music for two decades.
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Five hot Perth bands are teaming up to play at Murdoch University’s upcoming Open Day. In an event organised by Sunset Events (Southbound, West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots Festival), The Novocaines, Felicity Groom & The Black Black Smoke, Boys Boys Boys!, The Joe Kings and Goodnight Tiger will play at the university from noon-4pm on Sunday 22 August. Best of all, it’s free!
He’s one of our premier imports when it comes to beats, breaks and bass, and he’s coming back to Perth to head up the next edition of Destination? at Villa. He is Miles Dyson and he’s not only a whiz behind the wheels of steel, but also a studio dynamo to boot. Having played the Breakfest Boxing Day extravaganza amongst other memorable shows, he’s become a fave amongst Perth clubbers so be sure to mark down Saturday 11 September. Tickets $25 from Moshtix now.
RUB A DUB DUB
DJing since the age of 14, David Kennedy is now building his reputation as a dubstep master by the name Ramadanman. With a string of critically acclaimed releases on such labels as Soul Jazz, Tempa, Critical Music and Hessle Audio (the label he runs with Ben UFO), he has also remixed the likes of Ragga Twins, Scuba, Beat Pharmacy and heaps more. Taking in the Big Dub Rinse on Friday 6 August at Shape, he’ll be joined by an exclusive ShockOne dubstep set, plus Rekab and Ylem for some last minute madness. $15 presales from Shape or $20 on the door.
THE KING AIN’T DEAD
August marks the 33rd anniversary of The King’s death, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see Elvis To The Max in the very-much-alive flesh. Having successfully toured Australia for over two decades, Max Pellicano is the king of all The King’s impersonators. Check out his ever evolving tribute act at the Regal Theatre on Friday 6 August or Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 7. Book at the venues.
LET THE BATTLE BEGIN
With the top prize including a slot at the Joondalup Festival, two days of recording at Bergerk! Studio, a $250 voucher at Joondalup Music Centre and 20 band t-shirts and 500 stickers from Westar, the City Of Joondalup’s Battle Of The Bands competition is for you. To enter, simply head to www.joondalup.wa.gov.au and download the entry form. The finals take place during the October school holidays, so get crackin’ because entries close on Tuesday 17 August.
Last week we were so excited to tell you about hip hop provocateur Sage Francis’ upcoming tour, and how it’s proudly presented by Drum Media, that we forgot to tell you the date. Well here it is: With special guest B. Dolan and locals Mathas, Thorts & Kaydelle, Delerious and DJ Silence, Francis takes in Rosemount Hotel on… Wednesday 20 October. Tickets from Heatseeker from Wednesday 4 August.
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A pair of French songstresses are teaming for the So Frenchy So Chic Australia tour. Known for their effervescent, engaging and sometimes offbeat performances, Emilie Simon and Melanie Pain team up for shows around the country in late September. Simon will be showcasing her third album The Big Machine, which was written and recorded after she moved to New York and features guest spots from members of the Arcade Fire and Beirut. Pain is best known for her work in Nouvelle Vague and her solo work draws on Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. It takes in the Rosemount on Sunday 3 October with ticets $55 plus BF from Heatseeker, cartellmusic.com.au, Mills, 78 Records and Planet.
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Hosted by Australia’s most awarded women’s barbershop chorus Perth Harmony, Too Darn Hot at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 11 September will see them joined by The Idea Of North and The Australian Army Band Perth, who will provide the music to these vocal ensembles. Tickets start at $49 from Bocs.
There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we ain’t just talking about the fact that WA football has returned to normal with two losing teams facing off in the Western Derby this weekend either… A community fete is the idea behind the launch of Simone & Girlfunkle’s debut EP launch with cotton frocks and tea cups planned to accompany their kitschy sounds. Taking in Manhattan’s on Friday 13 August, they’ll be joined by Felicity Groom with Andrew Ryan and Mat Marsh, 6s & 7s and DJ Adam Trainer. The cool cats of Perthquake present the next edition of Maybe Dancing Will Help at the Norfolk Basement next Friday 6 August with DJ sets from Pils, Black Swan, Hippo Camp and Bouncy Castles set to get your party started via generous helpings of disco, nu-disco and French house from 8pm. After more than a year on the Perth scene, solo singer/ songwriter Amanda Merdzan will launch her debut album Into The Gallery at Mojo’s on Friday 20 August with support from The Veescars, Dux & Downtown and Goodnight Tiger. The album was recorded with James Newhouse at Reel2Reel Studios and features her hearton-sleeve lyrical style. Jamaican Independence Day will be celebrated at Kulcha on Friday 6 August with the Roots Of Reggae. Featuring Jamaican DJ Aswon as well as Busha D, Rasdrummers, Munchie Man, Daddy George and the Tropical Addiction drummers, it kicks off at 8pm. The band that may very well be the scariest band of all time, Mayhem, have selected locals Naetu and Wardaemonic to support them at Capitol on Sunday 26 September. Let’s hope they survive and/or don’t impale themselves on stakes usually reserved for pigs’ heads. It’s been 49 editions in the making and now Fisherman Style #50 is taking over Mojo’s on Friday 6 August. With Ras Movement, Sabata Sound, Dub Heap and Deruki all lined up, it kicks off at 8pm. Tell us all about your upcoming launch, tour or party by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LOVE HIM OR LOATHE HIM, THERE IS NO ESCAPING THE FACT THAT ROBBIE WILLIAMS IS A POP-ROCK JUGGERNAUT. TRENT BOWATER FROM PURE ROBBIE EXPLAINS TO RUEBEN HALE THE ART OF REPLICATING VS. CREATING. n a career spanning over 20 years, Robbie Williams has released eight studio albums and sold over 55 million records as a solo artist, not to mention a further 25 million albums with boy band Take That. Trent Bowater has been mimicking his style, looks and moves as an impersonator for many years now, and he says selling yourself as Robbie takes a high degree of confidence. “It’s that mask that you have to put on that makes what you are on stage and that’s not necessarily what you are off-stage,” says Bowater. “Robbie Williams can be very self-deprecating and I think that is the key to him over the others. The guy doesn’t take himself too seriously. I mean he can flash his arse, joke around or get dressed up as a lady – as he did for Little Britain for example.”
Bowater will be appearing as Robbie Williams for a new show called True Robbie next month in Perth and says what makes the Robbie phenomena so interesting are looking at what makes up his mask. “He has so many facets to his personality,” says Bowater. “He has the bad boy image, but people can also see a little man-child in there crying for help. Most women like to think they can help someone like that. I am sure they think that they can help him and change him. But it’s also the outward confidence, charisma and just that super personality.” Many may have seen Bowater a few years back when he performed some tribute shows in Perth, but this time he is promising something different. “Under new management I have been given more creative control. Now it’s a totally new look show, with a new style and new band. It’s the same sort of set-up, however, instead of me pretending to be Robbie Williams, with an accent and all of that – it’s me just singing Robbie Williams songs,” says Bowater “It’s the same style and energy of Williams – still with all the crazy jokes.”
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And this is something Bowater is more comfortable with saying that it was a bit cheesy for an obvious Australian to try and mimic the accent while talking between songs and telling jokes. “I treated the last shows as an acting role, but with the accent it just seemed really fake to me. My style of performing is the same as his anyway; that high-energy, that pantomime slash vaudeville – rock-pop. That’s as close to my style as it comes. We’ve got a few different shows and sets for different venues this time. We’re also playing a lot of his new stuff. The essence of the show is still the same, however I also think this is a much better show than the last one to be honest,” says Bowater.
that appreciation. When you are on-stage you can hide behind some sort of character and get that appreciation. You just want to be liked and loved by people and that is why we are all performers.”
Apart from the physical and stylistic similarities, years working as a stage actor on shows like Les Misérables and The Lion King have meant he knows what it is like to have to get up night after night and perform. “I can relate to Williams,” says Bowater. “As a performer and an actor you are always unsure of yourself. That is why you always want people to love you – you want
One is hoping that counseling for Bowater’s not so pleasurable ordeal is suffice to keep him going for his upcoming shows, because the Williams juggernaut is about to hit hyper-drive with recent confirmed speculation that Take That are reforming amongst the release of Williams’s new album. Obviously Bowater and his promoters are very pleased with the renewed interest in Robbie at the moment, but he assured me the timing was pure coincidence. “When we were putting the show together we thought there’s not a lot of point just trying to recreate one concert because he has so many great songs in his catalogue. So we just tried to pick what we thought were the best for the show.”
Behind his carefully constructed mask, it is fair to say Robbie has been able to maintain the edge of massappeal, more so than other hugely successful ex-boy band performers. Uber-charisma will get you so far, but there seems to be another side to Williams’s personality that’s kept him in the limelight for such a long-time. “He just comes across as one of the lads – one of the boys. And I think that is why a lot of guys kinda dig him as well; because he comes across that way. He just like one of the boys who likes his girls, likes his sport and used to also like a drink,” says Bowater. In fact, not only does Williams’s blokiness make him popular with a lot of men, but it would be a fair guess that his seemingly endless hedonistic lifestyle filled with sex and debauchery would be equally as popular. Bowater himself confesses to really enjoying the attention he gets from the ladies as an impersonator; sometimes things aren’t always as-rosy-as-they-seem. “I was doing a show at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and this little old lady had been singing and dancing at the front. I thought ‘she’s great – she’s brilliant.’ I leant down to give her a kiss and she just stuck the tongue in. It felt like I’d got with my own grandma! She was probably 60 odd and I recall thinking ‘Not cool man – not cool!’” laughs Bowater.
True Robbie celebrates Robbie Williams’ 20 years in music on Friday 6 August at Fly By Night in Fremantle and Saturday 7 at Charles Hotel in North Perth
Those keen rock ornithologists among the Drum readership would already know that the third album from Birds Of Tokyo was released last week. For those who haven’t been paying much attention, the album is selftitled and their first release on a major label. It will no doubt see the alt rockers climb the festival bill pecking order and pick up a few more WAMingtons along the way. The new songs will be showcased on Saturday 2 October at Fremantle Arts Centre. To pick up one of FIVE copies of the new self-titled album from Birds Of Tokyo, send an email to email@example.com with “BIRD WATCHING” in the subjectline. It took some time but Pennsylvanian rockers CKY finally came through with their fourth album Carver City. After a four-year saga of recording, changing line-ups and the odd show here and there, the band released the LP this year and have spent the last few months taking in European and US dates. The band plays The Civic on Wednesday 11 August for their first Australian show since 2006. To pick up one of TWO double passes to the show, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “TRICKY” in the subjectline and tell us what CKY stands for. Now that he’s secured Australian residency, there’s no stopping Jeff Martin. Having apparently left The Tea Party for a good ol’ back yard barbie, Martin is recording his new solo album between the two coasts of Australia. He takes in The Rocket Room on Friday 6 August to show off his rock chops, and then his spiritual home at Fly By Night on Saturday 7 for an entirely different type of gig, showcasing his musicianship with a variety of eastern instruments. To win one of TWO double passes to the Fly By Night, email email@example.com. au with “MY FAVOURITE MARTIN” in the subjectline.
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OUTBACK RUNNERS STRANGELY BORN FRUITS Bliss N Eso vanished into a remote corner of the Victorian bush, and six months later, returned with Running On Air written. Hereâ€™s a few more examples of albums created under unusual circumstances... Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Rush To Relax (2010): This oneâ€™s for everyone who did well despite not preparing for an exam. The ECRS boys wandered into a rehearsal studio with their eight-track, hoping to nut out some inspiration. Instead, after just six hours, powered by a surprising tightness in their playing, theyâ€™d written and recorded all the songs that would make up Rush To Relax. Accidental brilliance. Radiohead, OK Computer (1996): Rather than record in a â€œhorribleâ€? studio, Radiohead accepted actress Jane Seymourâ€™s invitation to use her pad, the 15thcentury mansion known as St Catherineâ€™s Court. Local folklore claims that three ghosts reside there, and the recording process saw tapes rewind by themselves and equipment mysteriously turning on and off. Dukes Of Windsor, Minus, 2008: After a drawn-out 18-month songwriting process, the Dukes wanted to make sure they recorded their second album with minimal distractions. The answer? Heading over to Sweden to record in the middle of winter. The minus15 degree weather and minimal sunlight forced them to keep their noses to the grindstone. Minus was completed in under two months.
AUSTRALIAN HIP HOP GIANTS BLISS N ESO DISAPPEARED INTO THE BUSH AND CAME BACK WITH THEIR FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM, RUNNING ON AIR. MC BLISS CAUGHT UP WITH ALEKSIA BARRON TO TALK ABOUT THE JOYS OF SUCCESS.
Cs Bliss and Esoterik, the voices of Bliss N Eso, are very popular guys. Theyâ€™re both in the office, doing interview after interview in anticipation of their fourth studio album, Running On Air. The first single Down By The River has achieved ever-elusive commercial airplay, and tickets for their upcoming Australian tour have been selling like hiphotcakes. It couldnâ€™t be further from how they started.
of special. Weâ€™re really proud of our sound because itâ€™s unique. I think people are really drawn to it.â€?
American-born Jonathan Notley (Bliss) met Max MacKinnon (Esoterik) and Tarik Ejjamai (DJ Izm) when they were students at the same Sydney high school. The reason for their bond? They were the only students who were into hip hop. Now their music is all over Triple J and Nova FM, and they play to crowds of thousands on a regular basis. Times have changed, and Notley could not be happier about it. â€œI think Australian hip hop has just been growing, making strides in leaps and bounds. To be a part of that â€“ at the forefront with a handful of other groups â€“ is awesome.â€? It hasnâ€™t been the easiest road for the trio, who had to rise to the challenge of carving out a niche for themselves within what can be a very judgemental industry. Even Notleyâ€™s American accent, which refuses to budge despite his years in Australia, got under the skin of a few listeners. â€œFor a long time, there was a bit of a divide, and a lot of people just couldnâ€™t get over [my accent],â€? he recalls. He doesnâ€™t hold onto any bitterness though, but rather takes pride in helping pave the way for a more diverse notion of an â€˜Australianâ€™ voice, particularly in the minds of his young fans. â€œItâ€™s all about making the kids think, â€˜Iâ€™m Australian, and itâ€™s cool to rap from here! Look at all these people doing it!â€™â€? Notley has finally come to see his accent as a positive attribute of the group, especially in helping to promote a multicultural Australia. After all, as he rightly points out, â€œThereâ€™s definitely a lot of different backgrounds within the Oz hip hop community, and I think itâ€™s a really good thing to embrace. At the end of the day, thatâ€™s the makeup of the country.â€? Of course, his voice means that Bliss N Esoâ€™s tracks are immediately distinguishable from the rest of the genre. â€œIt gives us something else that is kind
Thereâ€™s certainly a lot of evidence to back him up on that one. Bliss N Esoâ€™s last album, Flying Colours, has been certified gold and managed to climb to #10 on the ARIA album charts. Theyâ€™ve racked up an ARIA Award (Best Urban Release), two Musicoz Awards, and two APRA award nominations. Understandably, expectations have been running high for their fourth studio album, so the group were determined to come up with something fresh. The solution, they decided, was to vanish into an undisclosed location in the Victorian bush for six months, during which they wrote the songs which make up their new release, Running On Air. â€œWhen we wrote Flying Colours, one of the key factors that we found really helped was getting away from our lives in Sydney and the hustle and bustle that surrounds us there, so we took it down to Melbourne.â€? When it came to Running On Air, Notley explains, they decided to take it a step further. â€œThis time we thought, â€˜Why donâ€™t we get out of Sydney again, and get out of cities altogether?â€™ And thatâ€™s why we chose the bush. It ended up being a fantastic setting for writing an album because itâ€™s so tranquil. It really gave us a chance to just get back to our thoughts, and just concentrate on our craft.â€? The first taste of Running On Air is the infectious single Down By The River, which exploded onto radio stations all over Australia in May. With lyrics about jet-skiing, fishing off the dock and getting drunk in dinghies, itâ€™s quite a shift from the urban-centric lyrics that characterise much of Australian hip hop. Notley agrees that the track is a bit of a departure from the inner-city imagery that has populated so many of Bliss N Esoâ€™s previous hits. â€œDown By The River is very different for us. The bush setting definitely had a bit of an influence there. We were in this really beautiful location, surrounded by nature, and that definitely impacted on our mind space and some of the ideas we were bringing forward. Hip hop is kind of clichĂŠd â€“ itâ€™s always set in the city, itâ€™s very urban, and to kind of break outside of that is a bit of fun.â€?
While Down By The River is an excellent example of the upbeat party tracks that have driven Bliss N Esoâ€™s success, Notley is quick to point out that, like the groupâ€™s previous albums, Running On Air is not a onenote record. â€œOne of the things we really enjoy doing when we make albums is to have a good depth of variety on an album â€“ not just making the same track over and over. We want to really take the listener on a bit of a ride and a journey.â€? Accordingly, previews of the album point to a more personal, thought-provoking approach to the groupâ€™s songwriting. When asked about the introspective nature of some of the lyrics, Notley responds that itâ€™s tied in with the growth in his own maturity. â€œAs we grow older and get a bit more mature, different things become more important to us. Obviously thereâ€™s certain things around the world that are more relevant to our lives now, so we start thinking about that and bringing it into the music. Itâ€™s given it a bit of a different edge to this album than previous ones.â€? Notley is excited about writing tracks that break away from any subject that Bliss N Eso have covered before. â€œTake the track Family Affair, where we bring in a lot of family history. Weâ€™ve never really talked about that on an album before, and that was something that was really fresh for us. It felt like it was the right time to do that.â€? There are only a handful of tickets left for their Australian tour dates. â€œWeâ€™ve always said, â€˜Weâ€™ll get Australia right, then everywhere else.â€™â€? Is he talking about touring overseas? â€œDefinitely. Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Canada â€“ we really canâ€™t wait to get over there.â€? International success for Australian hip hop artists is starting to look less like a pipe dream and more like reality. After all, Hilltop Hoods just played the 2010 T In The Park, and the likes of Horrorshow and Urthboy have played to ecstatic crowds in Germany and London. Bliss N Eso have enjoyed a taste of international success as well, as evidences Notley. â€œWe went on tour in the States last year, and it was amazing. Weâ€™ve never put out an album there, officially, so we expected to have to really work hard from the ground up like we did in Australia,
throwing out mixtapes to the crowd and doing the hard yards. We didnâ€™t expect anyone to know who we are.â€? However, the reality was a little different. â€œTo our surprise, we actually had fans coming to every single show. In some cases they would drive for miles, or fly in from other cities, just to see us.â€? Naturally they were curious to know why fans on the other side of the globe had sought out their sounds. â€œWeâ€™d always go into the crowd and mingle, talking to people on a one on one level, and one of the things we kept on hearing, every single place that we went, was that the topics in the songs and the ideas that we were bringing were very fresh in the context of what was happening in America.â€? He pauses for a moment. â€œIâ€™m not trying to say that the American hip hop artists donâ€™t bring the same things that we do, but itâ€™s so commercialised, very bling-bling and gangster. It was a breath of fresh air for the punters there to hear tracks like we were playing.â€? There are already plans in place for another US tour and Notley is just excited about the chance to share their new material on the stage. â€œItâ€™s funny, with the whole cycle of things. You tour an album, and by the end of 18 months of touring, you canâ€™t wait to get back into the booth and make some fresh material. And when youâ€™re making the album, by the end of the process you canâ€™t wait to get back on the stage, because youâ€™ve made all these songs and you want to try them out.â€? For all his professionalism, the awe in Notleyâ€™s voice is clear when asked about being able to sell thousands of tickets in just minutes. â€œWeâ€™re kind of blown away with it, actually.â€? For three guys who became mates because nobody else liked their favourite music, theyâ€™ve managed to come a long, long way. WHO: Bliss N Eso WHAT: Running On Air (Illusive) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 7 August, Metro City, Northbridge
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ONE MAN PARTY THREE AND SOLO BLOC PARTY’S KELE OKEREKE HAS RECENTLY RELEASED HIS DEBUT SOLO FULL-LENGTH EFFORT THE BOXER, SELECTIONS FROM WHICH AUSSIE AUDIENCES WILL BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE AT THIS YEAR’S PARKLIFE FESTIVAL. MITCH KNOX CAUGHT UP WITH THE SOFTLY SPOKEN FRONTMAN.
hen Bloc Party announced their hiatus late last year and vocalist Kele Okereke announced his intention to release a solo album, there were many hushed whispers around the various online water coolers regarding whether he’d lost his mind. When lead single Tenderoni was revealed to be a dancefloor-friendly adventure in electronica that is unequivocally pro-partying down, the whispers became split murmurs touting alternate positions of brilliance and total selfindulgence. But here’s the thing – Okereke doesn’t care, and he certainly didn’t care what people would think when he was creating the songs for said solo effort The Boxer.
I WASN’T, LIKE, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME STANDARD, IT WAS JUST A BIT OF SELF DEFENCE.”
“There was never any pressure when I was making the record,” he maintains. “It was just about – I don’t know, I recorded it entirely by myself, so everything that’s come out of this has been a complete bonus and a blessing, you know? I’m playing with a bunch of cool people and working with a cool crew, and I can’t wait to play the record properly when the album’s out.”
In terms of how he approached the actual instrumentation and construction of the songs, he really only followed one major guideline: no guitars. It seems like a simple rule, but Okereke felt that if he avoided six-strings, he would avoid inevitable comparisons to his “other” pursuit. “Well, I didn’t really want to use guitars. That was the only rule,” he says. “I didn’t want to use guitars to write the songs because then I thought that I might end up just repeating what I’d done with Bloc Party, and I didn’t want to do that, so it was a case of just trying mixing, trying new synthesisers, and trying to write the record on the computer.” Electronica is a genre filled with sonic complexities and nuances, from glitches and skips to all sorts of far more involved technical features. But far from having some kind of blueprint with every idiosyncrasy mapped out in advance, Okereke says the songs were developed over time in an organic manner belied by their electronic nature. Tics and spasms were deliberately picked and placed over time. “It has to move me, really. That was the only rule; that I had to get a sense that it could go somewhere,” he clarifies. “I had to be excited by it, and that was how it kind of started. But there was a lot of editing on the tracks and the ideas over the course of the year, so by the time we finished in New York, a lot of the ideas had taken on a whole new life together. So I didn’t think too much about… how it would be finished at the start of the process. I just wanted to get the ideas out and we chipped away at it over the course of the year.” Contrary to the instrumentation’s deliberate nature, the idea that the lyrics of The Boxer’s songs would be linked thematically somehow was something that Okereke didn’t even realise had come to fruition until well after the album was completed. Nonetheless, what he discovered is incredibly apt in a way not often found on albums with a common theme – and especially an album that didn’t even know it had a common theme. “Well, there wasn’t [a theme] when I was writing them [the songs],” he says. “I was just singing about the first thing that came into my mind; I wasn’t really thinking too much about what the things meant. But then, I guess, only in doing press really have I realised
THE STROKES: No doubt the spearheads of the rock ‘revival’, Julian Casablancas’ 2009 solo album has already become a cult hit after three highly successful Strokes albums including their timeless debut Is This It. Plus he’s already had some top notch guest spots with the likes of The Lonely Island, Queens Of The Stone Age and on the brilliant Dark Night Of The Soul album. THE LIBERTINES/ BABYSHAMBLES: Those crazy cats of British heroes have certainly made headlines in the past decade. Pete Doherty’s high level of infamy and love of all things illicit has afforded him a rather successful solo career, but he went about things a different way – two albums with two bands each before going solo on last year’s Grace/Wastelands. What a waster!
It’s true – it must be hard to concern yourself too greatly with how people are going to react to what you’re doing when you’re not only engrossed in your work, but relishing the change from your usual working environment. “I loved it,” Okereke affirms. “It was a very powerful feeling being able to know you could take what you were doing in any direction that you wanted, and that ultimately you were the sole opinion.” That said, he does admit that throughout the album’s creative process there was considerable input from producer XXXChange, and that while Okereke was the major driving influence, the record is still the end result of degrees of collaboration. “I guess I started the songs but the producer [XXXChange] was really helpful in having someone to bounce ideas off, so it was essentially a collaborative process as well,” he affirms.
After three successful albums that saw them become one of the biggest new bands in the world, Bloc Party has decided to take some time off and the frontman has made a solo album. This has happened a few times in recent times with the bands who are also responsible for making standard-tuned guitars and tight jeans cool again.
what the songs were about. I didn’t know at the time, but they all seem to be about starting again, which is interesting because that’s what I’m doing.” Interestingly, the one place where you would expect to find a connection, there isn’t. Okereke took up kickboxing early this year as a pastime, which coincided with work ending on The Boxer. However, he maintains that the two are not remotely related. It should be noted that on the album cover and all through the booklet, there are photos of Okereke decked out in kickboxing gear. Surely the only way the two could be more related would be if the album was called The Kick-Boxer. Alas, it is simply not the case. “No, that’s not it at all,” he asserts. “I’ve only really been kickboxing since the start of this year, which is, like, after we finished the record. The two aren’t really related. “I wasn’t, like, Jean-Claude Van Damme standard, it was just a bit of self defence. It was nice to do something physical that was a discipline. I haven’t done it recently much because I’ve been promoting this record… I’ll keep going, but it was only like a pastime. I wasn’t doing it to compete or anything, I was just doing it because it was nice to learn.” The other misconception that needs to be cleared up is that this record spells the end for Bloc Party. This isn’t necessarily the case, Okereke says; people shouldn’t take this album as an indication the Party is over. “I think people should just take it as a record of 10 songs, really, and that’s what people should really take it as,” he says. Until he hits our shores in October for Parklife, Okereke has one goal, and one goal alone – reproduced below in its glorious entirety: “Play, play, play. Play, play, playplayplayplayplay, play. Playplayplay, play, play.” So, it’s probably safe to say that extensive touring is on the cards for Okereke and his tunes, sure to be unleashed upon as many appreciative ears as possible. At least, that’s his hope. “I’m going to hopefully go everywhere with it,” he says. “I’m really proud of these songs and I want to play them to a lot of people. So yeah, it’s going to go everywhere, and it’s going to be a laugh.”
WHO: Kele WHAT: The Boxer (Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Parklife – Sunday 26 September, Wellington Square, Perth
THE KILLERS: After three albums and countless (scheduled) shows at Claremont Showgrounds, The Killers are now on a break with Brandon Flowers’ solo album Flamingo seeing him head for an even more commercial sound if lead single Crossfire is anything to go by. Will it succeed? As long as soullessly entertaining music has a place on radio. WHO’S NEXT? Surely Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand could strike out on his own now that they’ve released three albums. Perhaps Nic Cester could become inspired by Bernard Fanning of future touring buddies Powderfinger and go solo following Jet’s third album Shake Rock and a move to Italy?
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TOUCHING THE VOID XIU XIU HAVE SPENT THE PAST EIGHT YEARS CRAFTING THEIR STIMULATING ART-POP IN BLISSFUL ISOLATION. MATT O’NEILL CHATS WITH MAINMAN JAMIE STEWART ABOUT THE WORLD’S GRADUAL INTRUSION ON HIS IDIOSYNCRATIC UNIVERSE.
iu Xiu inhabit a position within popular culture that few bands are ever likely to experience or understand. A strange and ever-evolving combination of a classicist’s approach to popular songwriting and an almost perverse flair for wild experimentation and avant-garde composition, Xiu Xiu are the kind of act that could theoretically be enjoyed by anybody despite being perpetually at risk of alienating everybody. The easiest way to understand the ensemble’s unique reputation is perhaps to consider two crucial perspectives on the band and its work; NME’s most recent comments about the band’s chief creative architect Jamie Stewart and Jamie Stewart’s reaction to those comments. The release of Xiu Xiu’s most recent album Dear God, I Hate Myself saw the British alternative bible dub Stewart the world’s greatest pop star in waiting. In response to this praise, Stewart bursts into a fit of laughter that lasts for nearly 15 seconds – and not derisive, mocking laughter but genuine giggles of amusement. That Stewart could be considered any form of pop star is not so much strange or ironic to the singer-songwriter as it is completely absurd. “Well, I’ve been waiting a long time if that’s at all true, given I’ve been doing this for eight years,” Stewart chuckles. “I suspect that’s the product of someone needing something to say while under a particularly harsh deadline. I don’t have a problem with it; pop music is certainly a big influence on what we do and something we’re very interested in, though I think we definitely have other influences, but I do think it’s a very strange thing to say.” The disparity between the two entities’ perceptions of each other perfectly illustrates the strange and paradoxical area of popular engagement Xiu Xiu’s work has come to typify over the past decade. Jamie Stewart has spent the past eight years crafting idiosyncratic pop music in isolation with a revolving cast of collaborators and creative musicians – from Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier to current collaborative partner Angela Cheo – but now the world has started to pay attention. “I don’t think we ever thought about this in a careerist or populist kind of way,” Stewart reflects. “I think, when we first started out, we just wanted to make music that was an honest representation of ourselves. The only career-ish ambition was to make a living from it and, luckily, I’ve been able to do that for the past few years. There was never any thought processes beyond that one particular ambition, though, speaking from a career perspective.”
Stewart’s work has certainly never made any overt concessions to accessibility. While the vocalist’s finessed songwriting has always been a mainstay within Xiu Xiu’s oeuvre, early albums such as 2002’s Knife Play and 2003’s A Promise revelled in complicating popular convention with destabilising brass textures and cacophonous rhythms while every subsequent release has challenged fans and newcomers alike with contrasting musical ideas. “I always presumed that it would evolve over time,” Stewart considers. “When I started the band I had a very clear idea as to the influences we would draw from and I knew they would evolve. I never really considered what those evolutions would be or how they would occur but I always knew they would play an important part of the project. It would kind of go against my interest in music to try and make the same sort of record over and over again.” Each album, furthermore, has consistently fostered a sense of an intimate connection with its audiences. Whereas popularly-minded artists write in with the broad brush strokes of universal metaphors and situations, Stewart has always grounded his work in his own life. Xiu Xiu’s work is not so much about communicating with an audience as discussing experiences and ideas. It’s far too genuine and fragile to function in a disposable listening environment. “There was actually one rule when we started Xiu Xiu, that rule being to always write about things that are actually happening in the lives of the people of the band or our families or in politics,” the songwriter reveals. “If I ever get tired of that approach to musicmaking, I know it will be time to start another band. I think any band that has ever been important to me has been a band that has at least partially adopted that approach to their music.” The issue is that, as the band have become more celebrated throughout popular culture, Stewart’s strange world of intimacy and experimentation has begun to change somewhat. Whereas previously Stewart had the luxury of performing and communicating solely to those who knew and loved his music, Xiu Xiu have approached the point where casual listeners will stumble upon the band’s blog or music and change the nature of the game somewhat. “This year has actually been a lot harder for me to deal with that than most others, for some reason,” Stewart agrees. “Either I wasn’t paying attention to it before or people have become a little nastier over the past year. There have been a lot of very, very nice things said about the music, but people have been saying some particularly vicious things about me personally.
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“I would love to say I was completely above it and that it didn’t bother me at all but, for some reason, it’s really been affecting me,” the songwriter continues. “I mean, just recently I wrote a couple of brief paragraphs about something on my blog only to discover a couple of weeks later that some very big publications had responded by literally calling me an asshole. It gets under my skin so I’ve been trying to downplay that level of contact with the world of late.” Given Stewart’s commitment to drawing upon his own life and the expanded public profile ushered in by the well-received release of Dear God, I Hate Myself, one cannot help but wonder what direction the band will explore with the material they’re developing for their next album. “Actually, that’s been a little bit of a problem,” Stewart laughs. “We’re just in the early stages of just getting it together and I have absolutely no idea at all where this next one is going to go.”
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WHAT: Dear God, I Hate Myself (Kill Rock Stars) WHEN & WHERE: Monday 6 September, Amplifier, Perth
REBELS, CAUSE AND EFFECT IT HAS NOT BEEN AN EASY YEAR FOR THE BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB. BUT THEN, AS MITCH KNOX FINDS OUT FROM ROBERT LEVON BEEN, THINGS HAVEN’T BEEN EASY FOR THE LOS ANGELES-BASED GARAGE BLUES-ROCKERS FOR A WHILE NOW.
t was almost not a happy New Year for the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It had every reason to be – work was finishing up on their recently released sixth full-length album Beat The Devil’s Tattoo and new drummer Leah Shapiro had well and truly settled into her role since joining them in 2008, having reinvigorated the band with a life and energy not seen since well before their previous skinsman’s departure. But for those close to them, things weren’t going so well. Although the situation has since turned around, seeing their loved ones hit lousy times had an effect on the band, says vocalist/bassist Robert Levon Been. “It was a bit of an ass-kicker when the clock turned over,” he says. “Something spooky was going on in the cosmos. Everybody was losing their minds. Not even our band or our record – just friends and things. It’s been a weird year, but for us it’s starting to go well.
SOMETHING SPOOKY WAS GOING ON IN THE COSMOS. EVERYBODY WAS LOSING THEIR MINDS.”
“I dodged it. I dodged it pretty good. I can’t say all my mates did. Yeah, 2010 – I don’t know. The jury’s still out for most of our friends. It’s turning out to be a rougher year than people expected.” Been has had his fair share of rough years, most notably in 2008 when drummer and founding member Nick Jago left the band. The inner conflict had been stewing for years, since at least 2003, and Jago had previously quit the band once before, in 2004, following an altercation with guitarist Peter Hayes. Although Jago returned to the band following a stint in rehab, the turmoil never really subsided, and things finally came to an apex two years ago. “We had a falling out with our old drummer Nick, who was with us from the beginning,” he recounts. ”A couple of years ago we were finishing out our last album while we were on the road and it just wasn’t, you know… he’d been in and out for a bit – it’s a bit sketchy – but we finally parted ways. We went for a while; we had some tour dates still to go for the last record, and we weren’t really sure what we were going to do, like if we were going to call it quits or change the band name or do something. “[Leah] was a friend of ours that came at the right time and place, and we finished out about another five months of touring on that record. She learned all our old songs. It was kind of amazing. So we just invited her to record on the record.” Shapiro’s arrival turned out to be kick-start the ailing band needed, allowing Been and Hayes to take a step back and appreciate the ease with which the new blood was flowing. “It’s spooky good,” Been says. “She kind of brought us back to life when we least expected someone to, and it’s kind of the reason we’re still standing and still making music, so I couldn’t be more grateful. We don’t want to kill each other all the time anymore [laughs]. It helps. We’re more focused on music, all of us. She brings that to the table and we follow her more than trying to convince someone that this is worth the time and energy, which it felt like we were doing more often than not.” The addition of a new percussionist has allowed the band members to explore different musical channels than they previously would have thought to or been comfortable with for fear of putting noses out of joint. Been is hesitant to say they’ve “evolved”, but there is something more natural about the way B.R.M.C are writing their songs these days. “I don’t know. Me and Peter had to become very loose and roll with whatever this new band sound was going to be,” he explains. “We’re playing with a new person, and we involved her in the writing just because we wrote so much as a band just jamming things out and letting things be. So whatever it was going to sound like was what it was going to sound like. I feel like we stayed out of the way as much as you can, and the more we did, the better the results we got. I guess that’s an evolution in its own way, is just getting out of the way of your own music sometimes. It’s probably the best thing you can do to go forward.” There is a sense of relief, too, in having been able to make this album: following the fall-out with Jago, Been wasn’t sure there would ever be another B.R.M.C record, much less one of which he is so proud. “I’m very paranoid of using the word ‘satisfied’, but I’m proud of the record, and I still can’t believe we made it,” he says. “It was a bit touch and go for a while, but I couldn’t be more thankful to be on the road. I didn’t really expect that this day would come. It’s so wild. It’s been a year of making it and a year of picking our songs out, so it feels good.” The payoff for the band is even sweeter as, remarkably, Beat The Devil’s Tattoo stayed out of the prying hands of internet seeders until roughly a week before its release, which Been attributes to basic respect paid to the album by those who received it early. “We thought it would be out months ago,” he laughs. “Somehow, we dodged a bullet there. The people that we gave it to early on gave it some good respect and held onto it tight. So it didn’t leak until maybe a week before it came out, which kind of blew our minds.” Having toured the album in the United States, Canada and Europe, Been is flattered by the band’s warm welcomes regardless of where they’re frequenting. “It used to be like, we were bigger in the UK, but now we’ve done the legwork around the world so everything’s starting to feel like we’re able to tour almost wherever we want, and really feel welcome, and we feel we’re playing similar sized rooms everywhere, so it’s a really great feeling,” he says. “So just to get to go over there and have it translate the same is kind of wonderful.” WHO: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club WHAT: Beat The Devil’s Tattoo (Abstract Dragon/Vagrant) WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 3 August, Metropolis Fremantle
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THE GOOD SOURCE happily admits he’s more an instinctual musician than a ’musicologist’ like the Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, who he’s previously toured with, there’s no doubt Hanlon has a love for the written word. A crossword fanatic, over the years Hanlon’s managed to find inspiration from the phonebook, messages on plaster casts and even playing squash. It’s those types of themes that’s seen Hanlon become better known for his quirky lyrics rather than his more serious songs. But this time around, at the core of I Will Love You At All, are two extended ballads Scenes From A Separation and House that show what an underrated storyteller Hanlon is as well. But having travelled the world couch surfing from here to there, the source material for these songs is as varied as the places he’s been too.
HE’S TRAVELLED THE WORLD MANY TIMES OVER, AND DARREN HANLON REVEALS TO PAUL BARBIERI SOME SPECIAL PLACES THAT INFLUENCED HIS LATEST ALBUM IN A BIG WAY
ou have to mind your ‘ps and qs’ around Darren Hanlon for you just never know what he’s picking up on. Not that Hanlon’s a bad bloke by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the veteran singer-songwriter is one of those rare people you wouldn’t mind taking to the pub for a pint and parma and a long chat by the fire. But Hanlon’s also someone with a talent for turning the ordinary into something deeper – taking random lines from shopfront windows or maybe a conversation, and filing them away for future use. It’s an ability that’s served him well over his career and a talent that’s on display just from his album titles alone.
Having opted for a solo career in 1999 after playing with The Simpletons, Hanlon’s second album, 2004’s Little Chills, was named after the ice-cream store he found himself in while recording in the United States. Six years
down the track and Hanlon may be a little softer around the edges – and a bit more business savvy after the demise of previous label, the fondly remembered Candle Records – but he’s returned with a fourth album, the curiously titled I Will Love You At All ahead of a national tour in August. It’s no surprise though to discover his most recent title was found in an odd place. “Some people say it’s a typo or think it’s a typo,” admitted Hanlon. “But it was written on something I came across in Chinatown and it was in broken English I think. I’m not sure what the writer meant but I remember reading it and thinking that’s very profound. I think you can get a lot of meaning out of it.” Along with his album titles, Hanlon’s made a career out of finding choice lines for his songs. Although he
“I think the atmosphere and the environment you’re in, all those things can inform [the songs] in some weird way. It’s a bit of a mystery but maybe it’s the light, it’s the architecture, I’m not sure. Scenes From A Separation started in the Chelsea Hotel [in New York] of all places. Being in just such a historical place, the creativity just came and I actually wrote heaps in the few small hours I was in the actual room. It just made me want to play. It’s always about what you’re reading, what conversations you’re having. House was written in Paris in an amazing apartment and I was just so happy to be in one place for a month and as the time drew to a close, I was having nightmares about moving because I was feeling quite attached to the space.” But of course when Hanlon was lost for words while finishing off Scenes in Adelaide, he just had to rely on one trusty source. “I got stuck on a line and I’ll be in a pub and someone will say something and, ‘Oh my God, that’s perfect’. So that was the line that’s missing, but then you wonder if you’d had the conversation with someone else, whether the song would have gone off on a different tangent.” Although Hanlon’s lyrics have sometimes overwhelmed the music a little, his most recent material sees him addressing this imbalance, particularly on Scenes and House, which also contain some of his strongest melodies. Critics have also questioned why a songwriter with Hanlon’s obvious talent doesn’t deviate from his usual acoustic folk style. Hanlon, though, seems quite
content to let his music do the talking, although he admits the past few years have seen him significantly alter his songwriting style as he’s away moved from fashioning music to the words already written. “The way I’m writing now, I’m sitting down with the guitar and I’m using the guitar more than the notebook these days. So it’s a process of osmosis where a song will just form over time, like chipping away at a sculpture or something and at the end you stand back and look at the whole thing and go, ‘yeah that’s what it’s about’. [Before] I was more interested in making sure the lines were clever. I was a bit of a smart alec really. But now I really want a bit more honesty in it and I like that the songs have been formed organically. So it’s more painful and time consuming but I think in the end the songs are from a deeper place.” While the music certainly appears ’deeper’, containing some quality arrangements that sees string sections, keys and even brass instruments float in and out of the various songs, the overall themes in the album are more serious too. Indeed those carefree days of singing about squash have been overtaken by a more nostalgic look at the past and what it means for Hanlon’s future. “Those themes just kind of came through,” said Hanlon. “Nothing was really planned. I think you do get to this age and, you know, I don’t really know what else to do. I don’t have any other skills as such and I’m still doing what I was doing when I left school, when I left college. My lifestyle hasn’t changed but the people around me have changed and got families and professional jobs. I think it [writing this album] was for me re-evaluating why I do what I do and how long I do it for. I think it was a bit of a life stocktake.” But having gone through the process, don’t expect Hanlon to mothball his guitar anytime soon. “None of it’s sort of been planned. This album wasn’t planned, it just happened and if it just keeps happening, then I have no choice.” WHO: Darren Hanlon WHAT: I Will Love You At All (Flippin’ Yeah Industries/ MGM) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 21 August, Fly By Night, Fremantle
SHEER TERROR III, not to mention the band’s burning desire, all of a sudden, to go back to how it all began. “With the last two records and with people leaving, there hasn’t really been a solid foundation for a while,” Shaffer says on why this return to the old school is happening for Korn almost two decades down the track. “Now, Ray [Luzier, drummer] is a permanent member, then we were gonna do this record so, like I said, it seemed like there was this urgency to go back and kinda remind ourselves of why we do what we do and kinda re-teach ourselves… take all our knowledge of recording, using that, but bringing it all back to the fundamentals.” Fundamentals is where Korn do need to head – postFollow The Leader in 1998 the band wandered off into the musical wilderness, perhaps blinded by the nu-metal beast they helped create, riding their collective back like the freeloading, jibbering hog that it was. As such, the only way to reign them back in was to literally throw them all in a room together with, as frontman Jonathan Davis has been quoted as saying, “the intention of writing an old school Korn record”. “Yeah, we really needed that aggression, that pissed off ‘kids from Bakersfield’ sound and we were missing that,” Shaffer says candidly. “It still sounds like Korn on those other records, but we were missing that true essence – four guys playing the soundtrack to the movie that we call ‘Violence’.
IF THERE WAS A MOVIE CALLED VIOLENCE, WHAT WOULD ITS SOUNDTRACK BE? WELL, KORN, AS GUITARIST JAMES “MUNKY” SHAFFER ARGUES WITH SAM FELL.
find it relevant because it sees them trying to recapture the aggression and the power they exhibited when they burst out of seemingly nowhere with their half-cocked, hair-brained, wild-eyed eponymous debut in 1994.
However, not everyone is a cynic, least of all the band members themselves. Shaffer seems relaxed for the most part and is more than happy to discuss the band’s ninth and newest record in Korn III – Remember Who You Are. To Shaffer and the rest of the band, this is perhaps the group’s most relevant release of all, save their first couple (and to an extent, their third). The reason why is because Korn III… sees the band going back to their roots. They
For Shaffer, this is the band beginning again, incorporating everything they’ve learnt over the past (almost) 20 years. “There was an urgency that we felt that we needed to strip this back,” Shaffer says. “We wanted to get back to the core of what the band is about and Ross [Robinson, producer] helped us immensely in being able to do that. He helped us develop and mould until this album took shape.” Robertson produced the band’s first two records, which are easily their best, so this is his third effort with them, hence the name Korn
ames Shaffer, otherwise known as Munky, has been playing guitar for Korn since they formed in Bakersfield, California, some 17 years ago. Back then, Korn were a band that redefined a genre gone stale. Today, they’re the antithesis of such and, indeed, their relevance is questionable.
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“That’s what’s going through our heads – terror, violence, that’s what we’re thinking,” he adds. “And if Ross is in the room and he’s not feeling sheer terror or violence, then he’ll stop us and say, ‘You’re wasting my fucking time, why are you here?’” An interesting question, but of course Ross Robinson isn’t one of the cynics. What he is, as Shaffer goes on to say, is basically the lynchpin of this record. It seems Korn III… almost wouldn’t have existed without him – he is, of course, a fine producer, with his work with the likes of Slipknot and At The DriveIn being testament to that, but it also seems he’s the life-preserver Korn needed to get something – anything – onto disc that would resurrect their career. “No one else could have done it. If we’d used another producer, it would have been just another Korn record,” Shaffer confirms. “He really brought something in and made us feel like we had some solid ground to rebuild and we’re able to go for another 17 years.” With Robinson’s help then, Korn III… is as close as you’ll get to the Korn of old – in about the same fashion as Death
Magnetic was for Metallica last year. It’s not the same, but it’s close enough… just. However, you can’t write Korn off, just because they lost the plot back in the late ‘90s. They’ve remained one of the most successful hard acts on the planet, having sold around 34 million records worldwide, due mainly to the support from fans, of which there are plenty. “We’re just being reminded of what a great gift it is, to be able to do what we love for so long,” Shaffer says on where they’re at as a band.
THAT’S WHAT’S GOING THROUGH OUR HEADS – TERROR, VIOLENCE, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE THINKING.”
“And to have so many fans who stand behind us and have supported us for this long, it really is a gift.” The band’s gift back to their fans then, is Korn III… and it’d be interesting to see what the reaction is to a record which is so very obviously looking to be compared to the band’s earlier work, ostensibly ignoring everything that’s come between 1999 and 2010. Still, it’s been 17 years – there must be some sort of secret to Korn’s success. “I wake up everyday and can’t believe it,” Shaffer smiles – and this is all he’ll offer on the subject. With their debut in 1994, Korn threw every disaffected metal fan a lifeline. With the follow-up, Life Is Peachy (’96), they proved this wasn’t a fluke and with their third album, 1998’s Follow The Leader, they showed they were leading the pack. However, with records like Issues (’99), Untouchables (’02) and 2003’s Take A Look In The Mirror (not to mention whatever else happened after that), Korn took the turn best left alone. So does Korn III – Remember Who You Are see them remembering who they are, or were? For a band that has become essentially meaningless, this is an important record – violence and terror included. WHO: Korn WHAT: Korn III – Remember Who You Are (Roadrunner)
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STILL WAY OUT Lemon Of Pink in 2003, an album sitting on the ‘universal acclaim’ rating of 86 out of 100 on Metacritic. Then in 2005 they released Lost And Safe, again universally acclaimed at 84.
IT’S BEEN A DAMN LONG TIME BETWEEN READS BUT FANS OF THE BOOKS CAN REJOICE; THE NEXT CHAPTER HAS ARRIVED. PAUL DE JONG AND NICK ZAMMUTO EXPLAIN TO AAROM WILSON THEIR STROKES OF GENIUS, AND THE STRANGE SHORT STORIES THAT DISTRACTED THEM IN-BETWEEN.
lthough there’s been a myriad of smaller side projects to whet the appetites of their rather obsessive fanbase, the wait for the New York and Vermont-based experimental outfit’s forthcoming album has been a long one indeed. Sure, five plus years is no AC/DC-like wait between albums, but when you’re the kind of act that creates music so dissimilar to anything else out there, time drags on more than a publically attributable Hank Moody second novel. “There are two things,” begins Paul de Jong’s excuse for the wait between LPs. “It’s after a period of making two albums and touring. Then there’s a period of burn out, I think. And now we’re focusing on where we can go next and what makes sense. We both started families, which changed our personal life – it’s a huge commitment. It makes you look at what you’re doing and how you think about your time, and how you spend your time.”
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The Books’ brand of writing isn’t simple; it’s time consuming. Usually comprised of infinitely detailed layers, samples and organic noodlings, their music might be best described as folktronica. It also embodies a degree of artfulness that both perplexes and delights. “I think that we play around with absurdity at all times,” describes Nick Zammuto of their writing process. “It starts down a path making some sort of sense and at some point it breaks down. And that’s purposeful to a degree and also exalts what we do. We’re interested in creating a constellation and really having the listener’s mind fill it in with whatever they have to really meet people half way. So we want to give people as much room for their own interpretation as possible.” With their unique sounding 2002 debut album entitled Thought For Food, it should come as no surprise The Books place great importance on creating music to make people think. They followed this up with The
Although continuing to remain an act unbeknownst to many, The Books are considered the darlings of thoughtful music by many an indie obsessive. Since 2005, such Books worms have had more than a few good reads to keep their eyes from popping out of their heads. These include Scott Herren’s Prefuse 73 Reads The Books EP reinterpretation of material from The Books’ back catalogue and a collaboration with José González to cover Nick Drake’s Cello Song, released on the impressive Dark Was The Night fundraising compilation early last year. Then there was the mini CD release Music For A French Elevator And Other Short Format Oddities By The Books. “We seem to attract unusual things like this,” laughs Zammuto while explaining how the Elevator project came about. “It’s part of a project called the One Percent Initiative where one percent of the cost of building, or renovating the building in this case, goes into art for the building. So the [French] Ministry Of Culture invited us to submit music for their elevator. They wanted three or four one minute tracks so that’s what we came up with.” Interestingly, the music produced for the project rates as some of The Books’ most abstract, and must certainly come as a surprise to those being elevated. Have they personally taken the upwards trip to laugh at the responses? “No, we haven’t. We’re going to have to try that thought. We got a chance to play their radio shack there a while ago. That was fun, but no, I haven’t been to the Ministry Of Culture before. It’s probably the kind of thing where I’d need a passkey to get into anyway,” smiles Zammuto, appreciating the irony. The last five year’s productive oddities don’t end there either. “We ended up working on a documentary film, scoring that as well. I think that’s going to be released this year at some point. It’s about the Biosphere Project, which is this crazy kind of utopian plan to live on Mars someday,” laughs Zammuto. Image has played an increasing part in The Books’ music to the point it’s almost difficult to distinguish which one’s leading which. Zammuto addresses this thought, “At first we were interested in videos for the
music. Now that we’re building visual and audio libraries simultaneously, we’re able to find those relationships from early on and really build them from that. It’s kind of the chicken and egg thing; when you watch it you have no idea what came first so they become totally integrated.” Another reason their new album, The Way Out, has taken so long to be completed is because they’ve been working on building their libraries of not only sound samples, but also visual cues. With “probably a couple of thousand GBs” at their disposal, one of the new album’s main influences has been their recent obsession with self-help tapes and videos. “We had a lot of meditation LPs and things like that, but for the most part it was stuff from the ‘80s that we were finding. Their tone of voice is very unique to this style of production where you’re trying to systematically relax your body and they’re taking you through this journey with your body but it’s very calm and relaxing – wonderfully innocent kinds of voices that are so mellow – and that feeling kind of carries through with whatever you’re doing with that work. But the great thing is that they speak so slowly and clearly that you can cut and rearrange what they’re saying… You come up with crazy stuff.” As to how much you’ll have to use your brain to enjoy the experience, The Way Out is again a wonderfully complex and perplexing creation that is both enjoyable and thought provoking. While songs like The Story Of Hip Hop seem more or less just cute and catchy manipulations of sounds, others like Beautiful People show them to be lyrically at their playful heights while I Am Who I Am’s almost twisted techno beats are indicative of The Books’ lack of wanting to play by the rules to create conventional music. De Jong says of their creations, “It’s not something to make an intellectual statement, in the sense that it’s got to do more than one thing, I think. There’s an intellectual side to it, a musical side to it; it’s an organic way of working with what’s out there.” Food for thought, and just the way The Books should be. WHO: The Books WHAT: The Way Out (Temporary Residence Limited/ Popfrenzy)
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CARLIN BEATTIE’S CHAT WITH SCOTTISH ELECTRONIC IMPORT GRAEME SHEPHERD REVEALS HIS INSIGHTS ON THE INSPIRATIONS FOR HIS ALBUM DEBUT AND PSEUDONYM, GRUM. he past two years have been kind to Graeme Shepherd. The UK musician better known as Grum has enjoyed a lengthy period sharing his name at the top of the blogosphere on the back his remixes and a few single flourishes. Come 2010 and the release of Shepherd’s debut album Heartbeats, the artist is now the sound du jour for the international press machine’s perpetual chase in search of the next big act. Asking Shepherd, however, the biggest sounds arrived long ago and stick with us to the present.
SHEEP AREN’T THE ONLY THING TO PUT NEW ZEALAND ON THE MAP THESE DAYS. MULTI GENRE PRODUCER AND DJ AGENT ALVIN IS YET ANOTHER TO MAKE HIS MARK ON THE ELECTRONIC SCENE INTERNATIONALLY, AS ANGELA KING REVEALS.
“Daft Punk,” he answers, the musician’s top rated albums including the French duo’s Discovery. “My personal influences come from a mixture of places. A lot from that French ‘90s house sound and a lot of the ‘80s Italo disco and silly, fluffy soft rock stuff. I like upbeat.” Defining his own act more succinctly than perhaps anyone else to date, ‘upbeat’ is an undeniably constant thread within Grum’s basket of goodies. “Heartbeats was the first thing that really kicked me off. I wanted to keep that feeling running through the album,” Shepherd says on his record’s title tune. “The Don Johnson sample was me getting more and more into that silly ‘80s stuff – messing around with things, chopping and cutting… everything just came together and ended up working well. All my tracks come to me from different places. Power developed from my love of proper club and electroclash sounds. The desire there was to make things that really bang on the dancefloor. “When I was writing Want U, my imagination was getting into a lot of disco stuff; that cool, slower, low disco. The creation process is totally organic. When everything comes together on its own like that, you develop your own sound – something that’s in you and something that’s in all your music. It defines you.” Well aware of his audience’s expectation for disco and nostalgia-infused electro house hits, Shepherd requests only the most basic of dancefloor replies from
P a crowd. “I don’t really look for a specific response from people – just something that I’m happy with. I like a healthy, vibrant club atmosphere… moving and dancing. Depending on who you’re playing to, you do get a few gigs where you find things not going your way. I just throw in a pop hit or big song to bring it back and by the end I find I’ve got people back where I want them. I’m not a massive party person myself. I’m not a big mover on the dancefloor. I’m quite happy to be at home in my time off, not necessarily doing music, just relaxing.” The Scot even has a plan should he grow weary of his disco hustle focus, hinting at a possible blood bond with the likes of fellow countrymen Boards Of Canada and Mogwai. “Maybe I’ll move into ambient, something darker,” he prods. “I don’t know. Maybe you can draw some connection there somewhere. Maybe it’s something about the rain. It’s probably to do with being stuck inside… confined in the studio, not wanting to drag yourself outside. That’s where my name comes from – in the UK. It started out as a bit of a nickname… for Graeme. Now I guess it’s stuck with me.” Shepherd’s fervour begins to evaporate, almost unfinished – with a suggestion there’s much more to come. WHO: Grum WHAT: Heartbeats (Etcetc/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Parklife – Sunday 26 September, Wellington Square, Perth
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fiddling for Emmy The Great. Flynn formed a band, The Sussex Wit, roping in sister Lillie.
The multi-instrumentalist and actor has lately delivered the compelling Been Listening but, beyond consistently supportive blogs, it’s received minimal mainstream coverage. Flynn, touring here as Marling’s guest, confesses to not feeling wholly at ease discussing his music – he cherishes mystique. “It depends in what context that I’m talking about it,” Flynn illuminates from his London base, unusually alert for a musician at 9am, although endearingly bashful. “I suppose I’m not really that interested in talking about my music – I know it sounds bad,” he laughs, “because I’d rather people just listen to it. I don’t really think there’s that much to say. Anything that could be said about it sometimes takes away from what it actually is. It’s built to speak for itself.” Mislabelled a ‘nu-folk poster boy’, or reincarnated Nick Drake, Flynn has fallen victim to the UK media’s peculiar cynicism. He’s perceived as privileged but, in fact, his life story is rustic, bohemian and modest. He was born in Johannesburg to the British music theatre actor Eric Flynn (himself raised in China, under Japanese occupation) and his second wife, South African Caroline Forbes, before moving to England. Flynn’s considerably older half-brother Daniel portrayed Superintendent John Heaton in The Bill, while another, Jerome, moonlighted in a ‘90s pop combo with fellow thespian Robson Green.
Flynn similarly eschews materialism and, as with Marling, crafts authentic, ‘worn-in’ music in an era of AutoTuned, self-consciously ironic or manufactured pop. His ethos is DIY – he’s illustrated his releases. It’s no wonder, then, that the ‘nu-folk’ hype is disconcerting to him. Flynn widens his unorthodox perspective on Been Listening – an album bolder, bluesier and worldlier than A Larum. Flynn’s music has long been literary – and poetic – but The Water, a beautiful existentialist duet with Marling, may be his most expressive yet, the sea-lover casting aside storytelling to convey pure emotion.
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Picked to mix the second disc of Hospital Recordings latest compilation Drum + Bass Club Anthems, Field recounts how he was pleasantly taken by surprise when asked to get onboard. “It was a bit weird,” he explains, in a bemused tone. “I was just sitting there one day and Tony [Colman a.k.a London Elektricity] pops up, and he just basically said ‘Would you be into doing it?’ and I was like ‘Oh hell yeah!’”
Breaks seem now to be relatively extinct, and with so many burgeoning genres you don’t hear many complaints. Field isn’t phased. “I don’t know what has happened to breaks now; it has kind of disappeared really,” he ponders, revealing his next move: “At the moment I’m looking at doing a couple of house tunes to mix it up a little bit.”
Field’s influence was central in shaping his half of the two-disc mix album. “They [Hospital Recordings] basically said I could take my pick from the back catalogue,” he comments. “I said maybe we should include some tracks from Australian and New Zealand artists, so I think I got five tunes that I could choose and obviously with licensing some didn’t make it but we managed to squeeze four or five in there from down under.” Playing at the Rosemount Hotel this Saturday could not suit Agent Alvin more, as he explains he prefers smaller intimate gigs. “I’ve done a few big ones [gigs] and sometimes it’s quite difficult to gauge the crowd because you can’t really see their faces apart from every now and then. With the smaller gigs it’s easier to gauge what they’re up to and you can keep going in one direction, or decide that they’re not into it and change direction a little bit, so I actually prefer smaller ones.”
But will he ever turn himself over to the slower side and delve into dubstep? “Ah, the old dubstep question,” he muses. “To be honest with you, I’m not really feeling it as a whole genre. There are some tunes out there that I really like, but for me in the studio it just doesn’t inspire me that much,” Field frankly justifies his position. “I just don’t want to jump on the bandwagon and do it just because it’s cool; I think the music deserves respect that way. You’ve got to respect music to be able to make it, so I can’t lie to myself or anybody else.” WHO: Agent Alvin WHAT: Drum + Bass Club Anthems – Mixed by London Elektricity & Agent Alvin (Hospital/Central Station) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 31 July, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
MODEL, TELEVISION PRESENTER, ACTRESS, AND NOW SINGER? ERIKA HEYNATZ HAS RELEASED HER DEBUT ALBUM, AND SAT DOWN WITH ALEKSIA BARRON FOR AN AFTERNOON DRINK AND THINK.
Flynn’s introduction to New York’s anti-folk movement – and particularly Jeffrey Lewis – profoundly impressed the punk fan. “I wanted to make music using maybe softer, subtler sounds, but I wanted to do it in quite a subversive way. I wasn’t really very happy with, [and] still I’m not really that happy with, the way music is put out on a commercial level, in the way it gets marketed. I went to New York and saw this scene – and it was very small at the time – but it was basically just a bunch of friends who were all playing at open-mics and only selling tapes of their music at their shows and stuff like that. It was just a feeling that they were only doing it for themselves and that that was the most important thing. The important thing was doing it, not getting loads of money or a million people to listen to it on the radio or something like that.”
Having studied drama himself, Johnny Flynn joined the Propeller theatre company – an all-male Shakespearean troupe – and travelled with them to 2007’s Perth International Arts Festival. Flynn starred in the Euro fantasy flick Crusade In Jeans and has popped up in British television programs like the Stephen Fry vehicle Kingdom. Yet he was always involved in music, once
When it comes to production Field hasn’t restricted himself to one particular sound, with a short dip into breaks a while back. “It was just basically a change; too much of a good thing just gets a bit much after a while, it’s always fun to experiment with new tempos,” he explains. “I got into a stage a couple of years ago where I got into writer’s block in drum’n’bass. I was listening to some breaks and at the time and a mate who came to stay with me who was really big on his breaks, so we just jumped into the studio and wrote a couple [of tracks].”
THE SWEETEST THING
THE SPUNK FROM LISA MITCHELL’S COIN LAUNDRY CLIP IS ACTUALLY THE UK’S NEXT FOLK HERO. CYCLONE MEETS JOHNNY FLYNN. ohnny Flynn is an enigma. The Brit performs pastoral soul with a grungy spirit and urban humour. Invariably, he’s bracketed with Noah & The Whale, Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling – all associates, even friends, in what is less a ‘scene’ than a community. However, Flynn remains an outsider – undefined and inscrutable.
roducing music in the quaint surfing town of Raglan on the west coast of North Island, New Zealand, Warren Field a.k.a Agent Alvin believes his semi-isolated location has a positive effect on his music. “Your music is a product of your environment, so no matter what you say it’s going to reflect it somehow,” says Field. “There is the Internet so I can keep up with what’s going on, but I think it’s good because it’s pretty full on in the city and she’s pretty slow out here alright.”
WHO: Johnny Flynn WHAT: Been Listening (Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Supporting Laura Marling – Sunday 8 August, Capitol, Perth
here’s a little mantra that the ‘regular folk’ repeat to themselves as they watch the ‘beautiful people’ on television: ‘They don’t really look like that’. However, if you happen to find yourself in the same room as singer Erika Heynatz, you will realise just how wrong you are. All flawless skin and shiny hair, Heynatz is in Perth to talk about her debut album, Sweeter Side. The album has been three years in the making, and Heynatz credits her label, EMI, for allowing her the time to develop as a songwriter, rather than simply seeking to capitalise on her name-recognition from shows like Top Model and It Takes Two. “From the start, they said that they wanted my career to have longevity, and that to do that, I needed to work on my songs from the ground up.” The groundwork was laid for Heynatz to go through an intensive creative period, with EMI flying her around Australia and the world to work with some of the industry’s best producers, such as Steve Booker (Duffy, Natalie Imbruglia). The result was enough material for several albums, written over the course of three separate trips in eight months. Eight months seems like very little time for a novice songwriter to develop that much material, but Heynatz found her inspiration in travelling alone. “I was on trains and planes, just writing and writing. I think it’s good to extract yourself from home and be in a foreign country because it means that instead of going back to your normal life, you go back to your hotel and you keep working on those songs. You keep pushing.” The result? A diverse, intriguing recording that shifts from sugared elation to rock-chick snarling in a matter of heartbeats. Despite almost inevitably attracting the “pop princess” tag, Heynatz sought to find both the light and the shade in her songwriting. “[The album] didn’t have to be all uplifting, lofty pop. I wanted it to have a bit more muscle.”
She was determined not to create a record that consisted only of the same song, over and over. “With the albums that I buy, I often just tune out after a while. I wanted there to be a notable difference between some of the sounds, so that it wasn’t all same-same.” However, even Heynatz questioned the album’s direction at one point. Working with different songwriters and producers, all of whom had their own unique styles, she worried that the result would lack unity. “I went back [to EMI]… and they said, ‘You are the common thread. Your singing, and your stories.’” It reminded her of what she had always sought to create – “Very simple, direct and honest tracks where the melody was really strong.” Having the album completed is a huge relief, but Heynatz isn’t one to rest on her laurels. “In anything I do, I’ve always felt that I have to earn my bones.” As a result, she’s not waiting for the fans to come to her – she’s on relentless promotion tours and performing at every opportunity. She is realistic about building a reputation in this notoriously tough industry, expressing a goal to land a support slot on a national tour. Of course, there’s just one question that everyone is asking now – can Heynatz sing? Well, any whispered doubts are quashed at a small showcase performance the next day. When it’s discovered that the necessary sound equipment hasn’t been booked, Heynatz happily performs anyway, accompanied only by an acoustic guitarist. There’s no sound technician, or even a microphone to hide behind. Her powerful voice rings out through the room, surprising everyone – except Heynatz. WHO: Erika Heynatz WHAT: Sweeter Side (EMI)
POP GOES THE GEEZER
WORKIN’ OLD SCHOOL
THE COCKNEY THUG CHRIS MERCER HIMSELF TAKES SOME TIME OUT TO DISCUSS THE DEBUT RUSKO ALBUM WITH BRAD SWOB, WHILE ALSO ADMITTING THE MOST UNLIKELY OF COLLABS.
TALENTED LOCAL SINGER/SONGWRITER JASON AYRES TELLS RUEBEN HALE ABOUT STEPPING THINGS UP A NOTCH ON HIS NEW EP, WITH SOME HELP FROM SOME OLD CATS.
hen dubstep first emanated from the shadowy corners of London’s clubbing scene, the notion of it becoming a worldwide chart sensation seemed almost laughable. Yet one producer has taken the sound to unthinkable (and some would argue unforgivable) heights – slots at Glastonbury, tracks on mainstream American radio, collaborations with the likes of Rihanna and Britney Spears, and a hair-do to match. Whether you’re partial to his wobble-laden dancefloor assault or not, there is no denying that Chris Mercer (a.k.a Rusko) has led the dubstep charge into the musical mainstream. Mercer no longer calls the UK home, having moved to Los Angeles almost a year ago. It was there that he put together his debut album OMG, which has just seen a local release, and he seems happy with the response so far. “I wasn’t really sending a message, you know. It was kind of straight forward – a bunch of tracks to put on and, you know, it’s quite jolly and party. It’s not like super deep music, you know. I’m super glad that a bunch of people are getting it.” The album was released on Diplo and Switch’s label Mad Decent and, as Mercer explains, the partnership with that crew is proving very fruitful with all three of them recently lending production to M.I.A.’s new album. “Switch I’ve known for years and years. We used to live really close to each other in London and we actually live a couple of streets from each other now in LA, which is kind of strange. He’s like my big brother in dance music. I go to him for advice and stuff. So it’s kind of a natural progression, you know? Also it means I get to tour with those two all the time. I get to play shows with Major Lazer. So I figure if I’m gonna be on the road for half my life, it might as well be with my two best buddies. That’s the bonus of doing that record on that label.” Having completed work on the M.I.A. record, Mercer’s focus has now turned to other projects, but one in particular has sent the dubstep world into a spin;
contributing beats for the next Britney Spears album. “I actually had a session with her last night,” he replies. “I’ve done two tracks so far. I’ve been working on a bunch of stuff but that one has been a real challenge – something totally, totally different. Everything has to go through a million people. It has to go through like a publicist, then A&R people have to check it, then there are lyric writers, and then there is, like… oh my god. There are so many people in the way. It’s crazy. I’ll make a track and then two months later it will finally get to the person it needs to get to.” While these new sounds are making a splash in the American pop market, certain quarters of the dubstep underground are inevitably going to recoil in horror. The big question had to be asked – how does it feel to be branded a total sell-out? “I turn it off,” Mercer replies. “After the album when I was about to set off touring the record, I made eight to 10 new dubstep tracks in that month. I was making loads of hard, simple dancefloor dubstep tracks. And then I came back from touring and started working on the pop projects and I haven’t made a Rusko dubstep tune for nearly two months now. I see it like I have two jobs. It doesn’t really interfere. You know, I’m credited as Chris Mercer on the inside. It’s not like ‘Rusko featuring Britney Spears’ you know, its Britney’s album and on the inside sleeve it says Christopher Mercer. I go out on the road and party and make crazy dubstep tracks while I’m in that mindset. Then I come back home to the studio and I turn Rusko off.” WHO: Rusko WHAT: OMG (Mad Decent/Inertia)
FROM BOTH SIDES
“But of course within that there are incredibly cataclysmic things that go on that don’t necessarily make any headlines at all but are affecting. I think what we wanted to do was write a record that emotionally connected for us and with our audiences. We’ve done that in a really simple way and tried to say these things as simply as possible both in English and in the musical language that we’ve used as well. We as songwriters wanted to present these songs in a very simple setting and let the songs do the work, as opposed to the instrumentation or the arrangements. So to keep it just really simple and unadorned was the best way to let the song shine through.” Conway, who rose to national prominence in the late ‘80s in the band Do Re Mi, met Zygier when he became part of the band touring her 1991 debut solo album String Of Pearls and they’ve been together ever since – a collaboration that’s resulted so far in eight albums and three children, as well as the critically acclaimed series of all-female singer/songwriter national showcase concerts called Broad. In the case of the song Take Pity On The Beast on Half Man Half Woman, to suggest that things get very cataclysmic for some of the characters is something of an understatement. “The verse about the Holocaust
Talking with Ayres you get a sense of calm determination from the up-and-coming musician and it was interesting finding the spark that inspired him to take up music. “I got here fresh off the boat and only knew a couple of people. I figured that because I didn’t have any friends; I would buy this old and beaten up acoustic Fender. In hindsight it sounded awful, but it was black and filthy and with it I discovered I could write songs. I learnt a few chords and the next thing I knew I was churning out countless songs,” he says. That was only the first stage and it was not until sometime after that that he made the solid decision he was going to be a full-time musician. “It was a few years before I decided I wanted to go down that road,” says Ayres. “Before that it was journey of selfdiscovery; ‘Hey I’ve got a voice, even if it’s pretty bad and hey I can write a song, even if it’s not refined’. A while after that I ended up getting some tuition from
ex-Rose Tattoo guitarist John Meyer. He’s an awesome blues guitarist. He showed me guitar for a few years combined with on and off WAAPT training for the voice.” Now after having success as a solo artist, with his first EP having sold out of the first issue, Ayres says he is excited about playing with a band, even if he is not used to it. “I have always been a spotlight monger,” he admits. “So with the band it will be the first time for me sharing the limelight with anybody else. If I knock the bass player or guitarist off-stage with my action everyone will know why. I mean I’ve worked with a band in the studio doing EPs, but stepping out onto a stage with them in front of an audience is definitely a first. I’ve been playing all of these solo shows with the bigger picture – with all these other instruments in my head. It’s about time to show that to everybody else.” The new EP will be officially launched at a free show at Subiaco Arts Centre and then Ayres says he will look at taking his show on the road. “I’ll be touring later this year,” he says. Whether I will be able to fit the band in my bag and take them with me is another story.” WHO: Jason Ayres WHAT: Chasing Ghosts (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 1 August, Subiaco Arts Centre
ANOTHER UPWARDS DOWNHILL
TAKING THE ORCHID AS PERHAPS NATURE’S MOST PERFECT INSTANCE OF BEING HALF MALE YET ALSO HALF FEMALE AS THE BEST VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO SAY ON THEIR NEW ALBUM, DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER EXPAND ON IT ALL FOR MICHAEL SMITH. hat’s become clearer and clearer to me,” Conway explains, as she ponders the ideas that came together in Half Man Half Woman, the couple’s ninth album together, “as I’ve been speaking to people about it, is that this is a record about small things; about ordinary life, about unexceptionalism and about the bookends of life too – about being young and getting older and being old – and then shuffling off. And we all do it and that’s why it’s unexceptional.
ince emigrating from South Africa 10 years ago Jason Ayres has established himself as a local acoustic identity around Perth. Now he is about to launch second EP Chasing Ghosts and this time around he wants to lift things from just acoustic and sought out some fine old muso’s to help out. “I met them in the studio,” recalls Ayres. “The guys had been slowly putting together a blues album. They’re all older cats. Rick [Eastman] was involved in the recording, but unfortunately won’t be playing live with us. He’s a great player and working with guys like that on the album was fantastic. How do you compete with that sort of stuff? And John Ryder, well he’s just an awesome bass-player, doing a lot of work with Vdelli, who are just seasoned band professionals. So even just to be working with those guys was a real blessing. Before I can even get the ideas out onto a piece of paper, they are putting forward even better ideas. It’s great to be working with seasoned musicians as a young muso myself.”
NICK ANNAND’S CAREER AS DJ DEEKLINE HAS ENDURED AN EARLY “NOVELTY” HIT, AND HE’S NOW DETERMINED TO HELP THE NEXT GENERATION OF PRODUCERS GET A LEG UP ALONGSIDE HIS OWN CONTINUED CAREER AS A DJ AND PRODUCER, SAYS STUART EVANS. is about my father,” Zygier explains. “So it was very ordinary for me [laughing] and my family, growing up with that and seeing him get old and go through Alzheimer’s at the end. Being a man who was obsessed with those experiences that completely formed the rest of his life, not remembering them anymore was an amazing thing to go through for him.” Of course, the other side of forgetting is that people living with Alzheimer’s in a sense find themselves in some sense in a state of grace, back in a childhood place of innocence. “Absolutely and it’s true.” To some extent, that simple phrase is the message of the record as a whole’ as catastrophic as things may appear, we all get through. Conway continues, “in Cul De Sac – and the coming of age kind of song, Into The Blue – that feeling of being on the edge of something incredible, which of course we all are; in every generation we get to that point where we flee from what we know and have complete confidence, to another place where we know nothing. You raise your children to be independent and when they are, you’re kind of horrified, but of course you’re so thrilled as well. So it’s all of those things and I hope people get a very layered experience from the record and they take it as they want to; that they’re not looking for a single prescriptive meaning from it.” WHO: Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier WHAT: Half Man Half Woman (Intercorps/MGM) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 5 August, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Friday 6, Friends Restaurant, East Perth; Saturday 7, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle; Sunday 8 August, Ravenswood Hotel
s DJ Deekline, Nick Annand has taken the booty bass sound and given it fresh momentum. The booty bass genre, complete with traditional hip hop and scratching virtues, has been heard once again booming out from club speakers. Since his UK garage and breakbeat days, Annand’s been one of the fanatical champions of the genre. “It’s party music that people can actually enjoy and dance to. I love all the elements that are incorporated and the image that sits behind the genre,” he says.
London based producer Annand has enjoyed success before. His biggest commercial hit was the 1999 garagebreaks combination I Don’t Smoke (Da Reefer), which featured brash comedian Jim Davidson repeating the titular phrase in a faux Rasta intonation. Annand was around 21-years-old when the record hit the big time. It was the first record he produced and recorded. He told Mojo magazine that a friend showed him how to operate the equipment and how he put the record out into the public domain by the off chance. He expected nothing and certainly not the UK Top 20 placing it achieved. Longevity was assured as the track, which was recently released in remix form, worked wonders. “When I Don’t Smoke came out I felt I wasn’t really capable of making a pop record and put it out for a laugh,” he recalls. “The record label wanted me to make another record but I wasn’t interested.”
predominately known for his collaboration work with accomplice Wizard (Greg Fleming). The duo became popular thanks to a large number of reinterpretations on old classics including The Prodigy’s Out Of Space, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Got Your Money. Annand and Fleming’s 2004 album (under the Deekline & Wizard guise), Breaks, Beats And Blondes, was another feather in his nest. Nowadays he’s working alongside Giant Pussy Records’ partner, Tim Healey. Their motto is the brazen “sleaze, trash and bass”. “Tim is technically very good,” Annand says. “He’s also very good at making a sound very dynamic. I’m good at finding samples, so our combined knowledge works very well. That’s certainly the approach we took for [2010 single] The Mexican.” Behind the bravado of Giant Pussy Records or his selftitled track Dr Deekline, or even Breaks, Beats And Blondes, is a guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously. “You know, it’s all tongue in cheek and it’s up to people how they take it. For me it’s just entertainment.” The Londoner also oversees another five record labels, namely Hot Cakes, Sludge, Jungle Cakes, Booty Breaks and cult label Rat Records. “It’s time consuming but I like helping others and trying to progress their careers. It’s also to ensure that whatever the artists make is done properly. I want to make sure that whenever a record is released from one of my labels, people know exactly what they’re going to get and that quality is guaranteed.”
He was labelled a one-hit wonder. “I make underground music and don’t make records specifically for chart success. When you make a load of records, one record will probably strike with the commercial audience.”
WHO: DJ Deekline
He’s also worked with a variety of artists, including Fast Eddie, Freq Nasty and DJ Assault. Aside from his own tracks, he’s known for his remix work. But Annand is
WHEN & WHERE: Blink – Friday 6 August, Bar Open, Northbridge
WHAT: Billion Dollar House Party (Central Station) out August 13
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ON THE RECORD
SINGLE OF THE WEEK THE BIBLE BASHERS The Bible Bashers Independent This dreadfully fun self-titled offering from swamp punk act The Bible Bashers is simply impossible to dislike. Laith Tierney’s swaggering growl holds the power and charisma of a young Tex Perkins, with enough venom to kill a rattlesnake. Wine Haemorrage and Cookin show off Tierney’s leather vocal cords, while rambling rockabilly number Peep Show sees the band in full flight, guts, glory and all. It’s a little puzzling that the band has chosen to put out a seventrack EP when a 10-track album would no doubt earn the band a lot more attention in an industry that’s currently only interested in full-length records. Let’s hope they’ve got another 10 or more tracks up their sleeve, as this tongue-in-cheek gem leaves the bourbon-swilling inner child thirsty for more.
Black Narcissus Peabrain/MGM Peabody have taken a little dose of inspiration from the literary world, with a song inspired by Rumer Godden’s novel Black Narcissus. While the song certainly reflects elements of the novel’s exotic eastern setting, it is likely to enjoy neither same longevity nor mass appeal of Godden’s novel. Lacking in hooks or dynamics, listening to this track could be compared to my experience of watching the film adaptation of Black Narcissus as a child. Too young to appreciate the lusty, nun-filled affair, I was bored out of my mind.
AM/FM Warp/Inertia !!! have long stood on the fringes of the indie dance scene, never quite fitting in anywhere. They don’t produce the kind of radio-friendly pop or big beatdriven dance music as their contemporaries. Their preference for mixing varied textures and percussive elements with dreamy vocals, synths and guitars makes them a bit of an acquired taste for regular fans of the genre. AM/FM demonstrates some of !!!’s best disco moves, with a rich soundscape of congas and tight bass guitar, recalling some of Cerrone’s finest Latin thrusts. AM/FM is a smooth cut of disco worthy of a place in any new disco set.
In 2008 when 3OH!3’s Don’t Trust Me was released on the airwaves, it was something a lot of us hadn’t heard before. It was electronic, it was hip hop and it had lyrics many mothers would be calling earmuffs to their children in the backseat of the car. But its for these reasons that Colorado boys Nat and Sean of 3OH!3 have continued producing more of what they do best in their album Streets Of Gold.
With one eye on the market and the other on a rollicking good time, Basement Birds is a coming together of some fine local talent – Josh Pyke, Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe), Steve Parkin and Kevin Mitchell (Bob Evans/ Jebediah) – to write and record an album of alt.country, folk-fused selections. Mind you, that wasn’t always the intention; the initial demos were recorded at Temperley’s base in Perth with a guitar in one hand and a constant beer in the other. About 18 months after the foursome first discussed the project, the pace quickened and the professionalism kicked in. The result is a pleasing if not especially challenging take on the folk/pop genre, but by no means poor. It’s just a decidedly mid-tempo series of laid-back tunes, free of pretence and free of tension.
Beach Fossils are on board the lo-fi, summer soundtrack train. It’s sun-drenched, lethargic and you might recognise some of the other passengers, like Wavves, Crocodiles and Woods. Your destination? A sunny afternoon behind your biggest pair of sunglasses, a cool drink and sand between your toes.
Streets Of Gold
Thicker beats with more of a pop appeal, their new album is a treat for fans that enjoyed the hits from their last one. Setting the tone, a straight electronic opener is followed by rap track I Can Do Anything, which FYI is probably the track part responsible for the moderate impact course language warning. In a similar fashion to Starstrukk featuring Katy Perry, 3OH!3 have teamed up with wild child Kesha for the track My First Kiss, which is currently proving popular amongst commercial station listeners. Veering away from a dominant electronic feel at times, this album has a few tunes that are slower paced and easy on the ear, but still undoubtedly have 3OH!3 written all over them. I’m Not The One and Streets Of Gold, are a little different to what you’d expect from the boys as they move into a style that’s the same old but with a bit of a twist. Bursting with energy, full of fun and a new variety, 3OH!3 have really found their calling with this one. Ending on a well-known note, the album includes their previous hits Don’t Trust Me and Starstrukk for true fans that want a big dose of 3OH!3 all packed onto the one CD.
First single, Waiting For You, kicks off proceedings delightfully. It’s a harmony-laden, collective effort, with an effortless rising and falling verse-chorus-verse pattern. Things then take a decidedly quirky turn with the banjodriven country stomp, Bus Stop. It features Julia Stone doing little girl cutesy-pie backing vox. The less said the better. Second single Not The One picks up the tempo (gorgeous harmonies and neat lead guitar break) and the catchy Skin Of The Sky features the best song structure on the album – complete with whistling. There is some lovely playing throughout, including pedal steel contributions from Lucky Oceans, and at times the singing is absolutely beguiling (check the album closer Waterlines, a blissful take on 1970s stoner rock territory). One can’t help feeling, however, that ultimately caution ruled and each member of this ‘supergroup’ saved better tunes for their own careers.
This Brooklyn (of course…) outfit’s self-titled debut may follow the recent indie tides but don’t let that put you off, embrace the shoegaze meets ‘50s surf vibe! While the sound isn’t new, these tunes are worth a listen even purely for the fact it is bloomin’ cold outside and you’ll feel all summery for putting this on the stereo. As for what you can expect sonically, the clue is in the literal titles of the tracks on the album; Youth, Vacation, Lazy Day, Daydream and Golden Age. Sticking to formulaic, clap your hands and bop-dance, pop song structure, each song is three minutes or so of jangly guitars, tambourines and harmonies. Sometimes opens the album with crisp guitar riffs that instantly conjure up images of the seaside that don’t let up until the album closes with Gathering, which could be the most perfect holiday song ever, taking the whole summer vibe one step further with ambient beach samples! Retro surf sounds not dissimilar to The Drums play a huge part in the overall summer feel but it’s the lo-fi quality that adds a different texture and point of difference. If The Jesus and Mary Chain were from somewhere warmer than Glasgow, maybe they would have sounded like this? Beach Fossils certainly aren’t in a hurry. Press play and let them lull you into a sundrenched state.
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD
After bucket loads of hype and plenty of positive testimonials, London’s Fanfarlo have released their debut long player Reservoirs to the ears of the southern hemisphere. With a selection of previously released singles on the album and plenty of play on television shows and movies that your girlfriend loves, the chamber-pop six-piece seems set for fanfare globally.
The cover could have been knocked off on a home printer and their band name won’t see many talent scouts frothing at the mouth, but Jeff The Brotherhood have still crafted one of the year’s great surprises (or at least here, where it’s been released some time after its international birth) with Heavy Days. The first release from Tennessee brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall to get a global release (finally), this is the type of rock album for which the oft-mistreated line, ‘All killer, no filler’ was designed for. The brothers wear their heroes on their sleeve, often referencing bands like Sabbath, Weezer, Sonic Youth and even Queens Of The Stone Age when they get their groove going. But instead of being overwhelmed by these influences, the Brotherhood have crafted them into songs that sound fresh and original, ones that still get you head-banging after many, many repeat listens.
MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS Lifeblood Flow Siberia/Inertia Midnight Juggernauts are sounding better than ever with their new analogue-inspired production. Lifeblood Flow sounds like a late ‘70s dream, with tasteful, reverb-drenched mono synths sitting over layer after layer of choral vocals. In a time when bands are either shaking themselves free of the defunct electro scene or lashing themselves defiantly to the sinking ship, it’s nice to see a band aiming for a sound of their own.
We’re All Gonna Die Independent This gem from local country/blues trio Miche Suite is a tantalising slice of one of the hardest working local acts. Leah Miche’s haunting vocals sit in the middle of the simple arrangements on We’re All Gonna Die and Fade Away, carrying the listener through journeys that swoop through your brain via the auditory canal, burying themselves in your subconscious like spooky little diamonds. Miche Suite can hold their heads high that, in a town that isn’t short of boring acoustic/blues acts, they’ve got the talent and chops to woo a short attention span like mine.
AEONS Beyond The Satellites Independent Sydney electronic duo Aeons have got a pretty slick little EP on their hands but should have put their efforts into inventing time travel, for two reasons. One: nobody’s successfully done time travel before. Two: they could go back to 2006 and sell their backing tracks to The Presets. 28 • THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty Def Jam In the opening line to the opening track to this hip-hop opus, Big Boi asserts “This Is I, the Big the Boi” although it isn’t, apparently. With this utterly strange, but highly entertaining piece of musical extravagance Big Boi raps under a pseudonym, Sir Lucious Left Foot, a man who keeps his “eyebrows brushed” and loves getting facials, pumpkin peels and algae masks (hrmm…). But no matter what moniker he raps under Big Boi is the master of funky, peculiar hip hop with that instantly recognisable style. And in this his SLFT, he brings his A-game. As one half of the extremely successful musical partnership that is OutKast, Big Boi predominately brought the pastry to the OutKast pie – where as Andre 3000 was the strange guava and pomegranate filling. Not saying that Big Boi didn’t have a penchant for the stranger elements of music – SLFT is testament to that – but he has always been considered the anchor. But, in SLFT, the pie explodes. SLFT has been in the making since 2007 and the discombobulated recording style – in numerous sessions over the period – is evident with the different hip hop styles throughout. But rather than take away from the record, that’s a positive. For example, in the middle of the record there are three brilliant tracks that master their individual styles You Ain’t No Dj, dirty southern hip hop, Hustle Blood’s R. Kelly-styled dancefloor filler featuring Jamie Foxx and Be Still, an R&B ballad. Rather than being a blockbuster masterpiece, Sir Lucious is full of 15 individual novellas, little tracks with their own stories – stories that Big Boi is the world best at telling. NICK SAS
Best likened to the uplifting indie folk of Arcade Fire but without the dark undertones or dynamics of the Canadians, Fanfarlo are still capable of producing moments of pure, unrestraint beauty such as The Walls Are Coming Down and If It Is Growing, whilst Fire Escape and Harold T. Wilkins resemble a breezy Josh Pyke at his finest. The addition of some upbeat drums and inconspicuous strings prove to be the perfect accompanying music to a lazy spring day in the sun.
Whilst the album does hit the mark, it does fail to be truly moving and is only doing what has been done many times before. A pleasantly easy listen, the album is not entirely worthy of the hyperbolised hype disseminated throughout its accompanying press release. Yet this group is still a must-see for any lovers of sweet indie-swoon.
The key to this is never letting the distortion drown the catchy riffs and quality melodies. Driven by Jamin’s propulsive drumming, the title track opens with a groovy, blues-based riff that tears along nicely before U Got The Look shows off their pop sensibilities. The boys slow things down on the The Tropics, a track that could have comfortably appeared on Weezer’s ‘Blue Album’, while instrumental Heavy Krishna uses solos to great effect before finishing in style. Bone Jam is a poppy rocker that takes some neat sidesteps while Mind Ride is like a great ‘70s driving song as it simply pounds along. It’s also well worth finding a hard copy as the CD includes a brilliant bonus track, Pleasure Centre, that classily closes proceedings with an eastern-oriented rocker that could be the standout track on the little album that could.
The liberal layering of instruments utilised includes all the usual suspects plus lashings of brass, mandolin, flutes, horns, keyboards, strings and more. The diverse array of sounds presented, steered by the driving bass of tracks like Luna and Drowning Men as well as various orchestral flourishes make for an enduringly enjoyable listen.
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DAN KELLY THE JUSTIN WALSHE FOLK MACHINE Walking To China Independent While those United States Of Americans have always drawn on their colourful history for song fodder, it’s more difficult to draw on Australia’s past in the same way. There’s a certain romanticising of the American landscape that makes writing about the Mississippi mean more than writing about the Murray-Darling, or that singing about Billy The Kid or Jesse James carries more weight than Ned Kelly or Captain Moonlight. Writing songs drawing from our nation’s past always carries with it a risk of falling into second-rate bush balladery and few pull it off. The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard and Glenn Richards of Augie March pull it off. And Justin Walshe can count himself among them. What Walshe does here is not just tell the tales of shipwrecks and deserting camp but create the details and the characters within the tales honestly. The album doesn’t just call up tales of yesteryear and capture it with some banjos and a folk aesthetic. Instead Walshe inhabits that sound enough to write contemporary songs in that style, like The Homecoming Shamboozle and Miss Whisky. Since he relocated to the port city and kick started the Machine a few years ago Walshe has amassed a reputation for a roaring live show – even if he’s only MCing an evening. With the band in full flight he’s a foot stomping, brawling inducing folk rocker, not some fireside balladeer. Walking To China manages to capture that raucousness under his own production, making for one triumphant album. JASON KENNY
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With much of the press surrounding the release of Get Lucky using adjectives such as “unique” and “global dance music phenomenon” the anticipation of a full album from Mobin Master was to the point of hyperbole. However from the opening track, his cover of ‘90s track Show Me Love, it quickly became clear that much of the album could barely withstand this linguistic barrage of plaudits.
As the latest chapter in the story of dubstep has witnessed producers crawl out from the back alleys of increasingly far flung destinations, from New York to Japan to Finland, so too has the genre spread its feelers into increasingly diverse productions. In ‘09, British duo Mount Kimbie were amongst those leading the way with two their ear-openingly unorthodox, but instantly gratifying, EPs Maybes and Sketch On Glass.
Crooks & Lovers
There is little in the way of a binding sonic structure to the album, rather being a collection of Master’s best tracks dating back to 2003. Master is best know for his reprise of said opening track yet this and the other “reworkings” on the album do little to show off his potential talent for writing house music. Rather his own tracks, such as Feel The Rush show that he does understand what fills mainstream dancefloors and this track is one of the best on the album. The vocals also sit better in the mix with clever editing and blending with the synths. When he steps into a lounge style for Get Away With It some of his talent is again on display yet there is no real distinctive style that would separate this as a Mobin Master track from other cuts in this genre. The R&B track Nympho also doesn’t sit comfortably at all and its addition to the release is confusing if not down right annoying.
Rather than bust down the boundaries of the art, Mount Kimbie play around the edges of it, infusing dubstep’s skeletal remains – the offbeat rhythms, low wobble and drawn out reverb – with a stash of new sounds, such as of overlays of hiss, processed breathing and ping pong percussion. This music blurs the parameters of where dubstep ends and something entirely new emerges. Crooks And Lovers is brief, warm and playful. Mount Kimbie’s vision is more colourful than the grimy, urban template of yore, less aggressive and a little less bottom end obsessed, although the electro-static pops on Blind Night Errand are supplemented with delightfully liquid sub-bass. Vocal snippets sporadically flow by, but are clipped down to single syllables so that trying to identify any kind of a message is a non-starter. The overall effect is bewitching, sometimes dangerously hypnotic.
Get Lucky will be one for commercial house DJs who need some “hands in the air” moments and while there is certainly some well-produced tracks for the most part this is a very disappointing release not worthy of the hype.
If hard-edged acts like Skream best represent the clubbier side of dubstep, much of Mount Kimbie’s output feels like groggily waking up on the sofa. Hangover dubstep? Sounds like just the tonic to me.
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Dan Kelly’s Dream Shock A chopper’s propeller introduces us to Dan Kelly’s opening track, The Decommissioner. Our protagonist is all dressed up in khaki, strapped with explosives, and moving like a ninja on an eco-mission. He’s inspired by The Weather Makers and Gandhi and dancin’ like a Hare Krishna. Yep, Dan Kelly has a new record. A bloody beauty, too. Arguably one of the finest and strangest lyricists in the country, Kelly has a propensity for writing fantastically ingenious pop parables. Dan Kelly’s Dream walks to a different beat than your traditional pop rocker. It’s a multi-layered, genredefying Lernaean Hydra of a record. Augie March drummer Dave Williams is an inspired move as he adds a brash and bold backbeat to proceedings. There’s a real oceanic groove in there that adds fuel to that Dan Kelly apocalyptic, tropical fuzz feel, with keys, harmonies and studio atmospherics building up to a weird and wacky groundswell of emotion. The title track even features Kelly’s cousins, Madeleine and Memphis, tearing though a freestyle rap with big cuz. Whether he’s DJing at Dandenong Station playing Stravinsky to crack addicts or penning a love story that involves a nun and handyman on the run on The Catholic Leader, you know the musical gods broke the mould when they made this Kelly. But when the record’s optimum mantra, Poisoned Estuary Jam – a slow burn, meditative number that cues in A Ghost Is Born-esque Wilco-styled electric guitars – kindly cracks open over nine-and-a-half minutes, the genius is realised. Again. NICK ARGYRIOU
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ON THE RECORD
SUPER WILD HORSES
Starting an album with a song as inspiring as Save Your Love For Me can do one of two things: It can either lift the bar so high that the rest of the record falls short, or push a record into a new realm, enticing the rest of the tracks to follow suit. And with Suckers’ debut Wild Smile, thankfully, the latter wins out. The four-piece, from the musical Garden of Eden that is Brooklyn these days, have produced something pretty special here.
Before even putting this album on, I have a feeling I’m onto a winner just from knowing these girls are signed to Mikey Young’s (Eddy Current Suppression Ring) label Aarght! Records. Not to mention, they were one of only 12 bands from across the country selected for the Spunk Singles Club release early last year. So, do they live up to my high hopes? You betchya!
They’re good friends with Yeasayer and MGMT and so no prizes for guessing what sort of music Wild Smile concentrates on. But where Yeasayer drift towards the electronic and MGMT follow the pop-psychedelica route, Suckers sit comfortably in the middle. Their musical mantra involves bouncy rhythms, joyous four-part harmonies and experimental song structures Modest Mouse made their own. Lead-singer Pan has a twinkling of Tunde from TV On The Radio in his voice, giving their music great immediacy. But the x-factor that sets this record apart from its contemporaries is its inherent weirdness. The rhythms and seemingly baseless structures follow a Flaming Lips-type oddness that could be annoying, but is brilliantly endearing.
Without a single track even scratching the three-minute mark, it’s impossible to get bored. Every morsel of a song on Fifteen is charming; a mix of lo-fi punk and ‘50 rock’n’roll. You could find Super Wild Horses rocking leather jackets and tuning the jukebox in some grungy dive or just as easily getting their Buddy Holly on in a kitschy diner! Sharing vocal duties, Hayley McKee and Amy Franz are sometimes sweet and sometimes shouty, depending on who is taking the lead. For shouty, listen to Mess Around or for sweet, click your fingers to Adrian. Both vocal styles compliment their ‘’50s punk’ sound especially when harmonising.
Single Black Sheep sticks in your brain, A Mind I Knew and Martha are both cute little pop songs, carried along by stomping percussion. But far and away the other highlight of the record in the goosebump-worthy crescendo of It Gets Your Body Movin’. Overall, it’s a fantastic debut.
A lot has been made out of the fact that the band is made up of two chicks but the only thing that could even be considered remotely girly about their music (and the girls have admitted it themselves) is that, rather than write the kind of angsty songs that punk is infamous for, these are mostly love songs. So, happy, loved-up punks, tune in! And even if you’re not a happy, loved-up punk, have a listen anyway because this album is tops.
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Jungle Music - Mixed With Love: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976 - 1986 Strut New York dance music pioneer Walter Gibbons definitely hasn’t received the posthumous props he deserves, and this two disc set compiling his most sort-after remixes should go some way to readdressing this. As a DJ at mid ‘70s NY nightclubs and Kool Herc’s block parties, Gibbons’ would deftly mix together two copies of the same record in an effort to prolong the ecstatic moments contained within short pop tracks, turning them into sprawling, tribal anthems. Taking this into the studio, he produced his own edits using a reel-to-reel tape player, adding extra layers, percussion and studio trickery to bring about some of the most original and moving edits of the disco era. Tweaking tunes to cater for the dancefloor led to the influential Salsoul label bringing in Gibbons to remix Double Exposure’s classic Ten Percent, and numerous other cuts that roll out in an impeccably funky and rhythmic manner on the first disc. Gibbons’ 1977 reworking of Salsoul Orchestra’s Magic Bird Of Fire spacious Latino/soundtrack/classical funk gives a hint of where house music would head in the ‘80s.
WOLF PARADE Expo 86 Sub Pop As kids, it was coincidental that members of the now Wolf Parade would all attend the 1986 Vancouver World’s Fair, unaware they would all make music together years later; in this, the band’s third LP, Expo 86 references the event and continues the band’s string of favourable releases. Opting not to go with the DIY approach taken on previous album At Mount Zoomer, this time a producer is at the helm and a fast work ethic has paid off without any indication of rushed songs. A large sense of raw energy and sound goes with the right mix of rhythm, synths and guitars to help achieve a comfortable listen where each element isn’t competing for attention. At times it may feel like there is an emphasis on the lyrics, as the music finds its way in and around it, but fat guitar riffs come in on What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way) and synth riffs follow suit in a similar fashion on In The Direction Of The Moon.
The second disc concentrates on this decade, with two mixes reworking avant-disco auteur Arthur Russell. The previously unreleased mix of See Through is a study in restraint and precision. Strafe’s stone-cold classic Set it Off, rolls on with languid electro intensity.
Plenty of great tracks, noticeably Ghost Pressure and Pobody’s Nerfect, show why Wolf Parade are masters of songs that fall off centre, but not too far away to lose the audience. The rhythm keeps the songs linear, while the vocals stand poetic but at times profoundly blunt in their message, as it shows despite both Boeckner and Krug sharing the songwriting equally, both are consciously on the same page when it comes to the band’s style and writing a standout rocking album with plenty of successful material.
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AUGUSTHOLICS ANONYMOUS NO ONE ENJOYS A NICELY MIXED COCKTAIL MORE THAN THE STAFFERS AT DRUM MEDIA, BUT HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THOSE DELICIOUS CONCOCTIONS? MATTHEW HOGAN RESEARCHES AS BEST HE CAN.
ith the token effort known as Dry July ending this weekend, people all over Perth can go back doing what they do best in Alcohol August. This week, Drum Media has explored its interest in its legal drug of choice, by tracking down some of the finest cocktails in town. Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those feature stories where the writer doesn’t do their research – I was out on the frontline last weekend. Firstly, I was at a particular establishment on Friday where I sampled the special cocktail of the night, The Tramps Cocktail (one created in honour of Cal Peck & The Tramps who were releasing launching their CD that night), like it was the last chance I ever had of sampling such a product. And it may have been – after all, when will the opportunity to enjoy what was essentially a whiskey sour with a dash of passionfruit ever come about again? The next day at the On The Bright Side festival, there was a significant lack of cocktails available at the bar, but by blending Guinness, Three Oaks Cider, Heineken and Jim Beam & Cola in my stomach, I felt that I had at least given the idea of creating an On The Bright Side Cocktail as good a chance as any. But I digress; let’s look at the history of the mixed drink.
THE DAWN OF THE COCKTAIL Where did the idea of mixing drinks to create one super drink originally come from? Some say it was at 4510 Lindell Boulevard in Saint Louis, Missouri where a woman named Mrs. Julius S. Walsh invited 50 guests to her home in May 1917 to mix drinks and perhaps swap keys. That may have been the first cocktail party, but American magazine The Balance stated in their May 1806 issue that a cocktail is a “stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters”. But that definition could describe anything from a gin and tonic to a bourbon and Coke. A common misconception is to confuse a cocktail with a highball. The following drinks are classed as ‘highballs’ since they have more mixer in them then spirit: Long Island Ice Tea, Mojito and the Moscow Mule. With the Internet known for never giving false information, it would be safe to assume that a cocktail has the alcohol as a main ingredient, instead of the highball’s relatively pointless mixer.
AUSTRALIA’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH ALCOHOL While it seems, according to some of our answers from local merchants, that many Aussies nowadays only get as fancy as VB and tomato juice, Australia and alcohol have been together since European “settlement”. Let’s face it, this country started from the ruins of Anglo-Celtic Europe, and back then some people thought gin was a legitimate alternative to water. You know what happened to those people? They couldn’t afford to eat in the old country, so they stole some bread to feed their starving families, got deported and came to Australia on a boat. So it would be safe to assume that Australia’s first cocktails consisted of scurvy and gin. As these criminals started building this country into the beautiful pile of sticks it is today, they were paid with rum, and jail was simply a rest area for those who “couldn’t handle their piss” at the dawning of our country new era of European rule. Now Australia is at a loss when it comes to a national cocktail, so it’s probably easier to grab some Schweppes mixer and try to create one yourself and send the successful result with samples into the Drum office (we understand you can’t literally send a made drink via mail, so bringing it in personally will suffice). If it’s a good one, we’ll start a (Drum) media campaign for you. Just a warning though; we might need a fair few samples.
COCKTAIL ROLE MODELS There are seemingly only two role models when it comes to cocktails, and luckily there’s one for either sex (apologies hermaphrodites, I’ll research Jamie Lee Curtis’ cocktail of choice at a later date, or you can pick a favourite from the following). For men, James Bond and his trusty martini have been leaving him sloshed enough to not feel pain for years. In Bond’s debut outing in the 1953 book Casino Royale, he asked the bartender for a dry martini in a deep champagne goblet, with specific mixing instructions: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” We do, though it must be pointed out that Kina Lillet was used instead of vermouth, which is usually used in a martini. For women, the Cosmopolitan as seen in Sex & The City is the drink of choice for foot-faced Carrie Bradshaw and her compadres. While it’s no doubt offensive that a columnist for a minuscule New York newspaper can earn enough to afford an apartment in Manhattan, expensive clothes and constant fancy drinks, it must be said that Carrie Bradshaw’s love of the citrus vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry concoction has become so popular that even she turned her back on it in the film adaptation (not that I would know).
OTHER FAMOUS COCKTAILS The Singapore Sling is a must have for anyone who goes to Singapore. With gin, cherry liquor, Cointreau, Benedictine, Grenadine, pineapple juice, lemon juice and Angostura bitters all involved, the only place in the world where they make it right is the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Well, at least they did. These days it’s pre-mixed rubbish that you’d actually be better off paying too much at the Raffles in Applecross. Another drink well worth trying is the combination of brandy, peppermint schnapps, sloe gin, blackberry liqueur, strawberry juice and cough syrup, combined and set alight. Better known as either a Flaming Homer or a Flaming Moe, depending who you ask, this drink was a hit among celebrities such as Kent Brockman and Krusty The Clown and travelling musicians such as Aerosmith back in 1991. So there you have it, a concise and thorough history of cocktails throughout time. Remember that, as delicious as cocktails are, they shouldn’t be consumed in excess. After all, that’s why the UK had all those problems that resulted in convicts being sent over here in the first place. THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010 • 33
SAPPHIRE BAR What makes your venue unique? Friendly bar staff, great atmosphere. We’re a great place to party in the heart of Subiaco on weekends until the early hours of the morning. With reasonable priced drinks to boot! What is your specialty cocktail? We make ‘em up as we go, but we specialise in Caprioskas and Mojitos with fresh mint and lime. The Absolut Sapphire might just blow your socks off – 45 Absolut vodka, 15ml Chambord (raspberry liqueur) and two squeezes of fresh lime, poured over ice in a highball with Red Bull (pictured). Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? Pauly would the Tom Cruise of the bar, he’s muscley – he’s the college jock of the bar and gets all the girls.
NICHE BAR What makes your venue unique? Inviting sofas, sexy tunes, fashionable patronage, friendly staff and, to top it up, divine and creative cocktails. What is your specialty cocktail? Niche By Night: a ladies’ favourite. Ingredients: Vanilla flavoured vodka, black raspberry liqueur, strawberry puree, cranberry juice dash of Gomme syrup and the secret ingredients: Love! Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? Benjamin Yule. He has been working in and around cocktail bars since 18 starting as a glassie through to manager. He has attended numerous mixology workshops in Sydney and Melbourne, including signature cocktails, classics and popular cocktails. With his skills and his looks – ladies what’s your next drink? Favourite cocktail experiment? Crème-brûlée martini: It is the expression of my French background and the incredible fun of a blow torch. Licor 43, spiced flavoured vodka (ginger and cinnamon), brown sugar syrup and egg yolk shaken to create the custard, served in martini glass. Sprinkle of a mix of brown sugar and orange zest on top then torched to obtain the nice caramel top layer... Voila! Biggest cocktail car crash? Not a taste crash but more of a pride crash. Try shaking four cocktail shakers at once that haven’t been sealed properly and you’ll end up with the drink not in the glasses but on your shirt! Add that this was in front of your misses and you’ll understand that a car crash doesn’t seem painful next to this! Favourite cocktail ingredient? Gomme (other name for sugar syrup) in French gomme means “Eraser” and as an eraser gomme will allow you to make some little mistake disappear. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? For the sake of the cocktail, please stop asking for a Long Island Iced Tea when you want a cocktail! What music do you shake to? Funky house. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Try serving me a shaken martini and you’ll have your answer – dirty. Only when I’m at the bottom of the bottle! Address: 6-7/663 Newcastle Street, Leederville Phone Number: 9227 1007 Web address? firstname.lastname@example.org; www. nichebar.com.au; Facebook: Niche Cocktail Bar- For Every Occasion. What days and times are you open? Wed: 7pm2am; Fri & Sat: 7pm-3am Do you serve food? We offer 25 or 50 piece Niche hot platters and antipasto platters on the menu! Is there a smoking section? Unlicensed smoking area located near entrance. Is there live music? DJs. Are there DJs? Finest DJs from WA and over east as well. We’re hosting Stafford Brothers for Melb Cup.
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What makes your venue unique? We are the only ‘60s Las Vegas styled Club in WA, probably in Australia. What is your specialty cocktail? Our very own version of the El Diablo (first mentioned in 1947 by Trader Vics): Fresh lime juice, ounce cremé de cassis, Jose Cuervo Silver and chilled ginger beer (to taste). Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? We are no actors! Our barmen are hired because they love spirits and cocktails. Our idols are Charles Schuhmann, Don The Beachcomber, Ted Haigh and many more. Ben and Chris are probably the most experienced bartenders. Ben worked a couple of years in London and he loves classic cocktails like Sazerac, Bobby Burns, etc. Chris ran his own Tiki-Bar in Germany before he came to Perth. His favourite drinks are ‘50s and ‘60s Tiki drinks like the Mai Tai and Zombie. Favourite cocktail experiment? Vintage cocktails, with ingredients which are hard to get. Biggest cocktail car crash? Sauerkraut Martini. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Falernum (rum based fruit and herb syrup, essential for an authentic Mai Tais) – Ben is making the best in the Southern Hemisphere. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? “Can I have the strongest and cheapest cocktail, please!” If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Ernest Hemingway and convince him that a Mai Tai is good as a Mojito. What music do you shake to? At Devilles Pad we shake to ‘50s to early
‘80s music, R&B, ska, rockabilly, jazz, funk, punk, soul, surf, garage. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Depends on the Martini. Vodka Martinis always shaken and vodka can’t be cold enough. Gin always stirred, and the rest up to the customer. Address: 3 Aberdeen Street, East Perth Phone Number: 9225 6669 Web address? bookings@ devillespad.com www.devillespad.com What days and times are you open? Thursday to Saturday Do you serve food? Yes, awesome American styled food, best pork rolls in town! Is there a smoking section? Yes, in the beer garden. Is there live music? Yes, usually Fridays and Saturdays. Are there DJs? Yes, every night
Biggest cocktail car crash? How can you possibly make a bad cocktail? Favourite cocktail ingredient? Any of the flavoured Absolut range – we make a lot of Absolut flavoured drinks and you can mix and match them. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Chartreuse, Bacardi 151 and absinthe with lime and lemonade. Normally it’s a shot but they ordered it in a cocktail glass. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Angelina Jolie. It would be frozen margarita because I make the best margaritas with salt around rim. What music do you shake to? R&B and house. Anything goes. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Shaken, just to shake it up a bit! Address: 298 Hay Street, Subiaco Phone Number: 9382 1099 Web address? www.thesapphirebar.com.au, info@ thesapphirebar.com.au What days and times are you open? Fri & Sat: 9pm4.30am Do you serve food? No Is there a smoking section? Yes Is there live music? No Are there DJs? Yes
METRO CITY CONCERT CLUB
Martini, it is the classic drink with a twist. Made to the recipe with a secret I can not reveal.
What makes your venue unique? We have been considered one of the benchmark venues in Australia and one of a few venues that are way ahead of its time.
What music do you shake to? Anything that is playing at Metro City gets me in the mood for shaking.
What is your specialty cocktail? Liquid Panty Remover: A fiery blend of vodka, Bacardi, gin, Cointreau with splashes of exotic juices including cranberry, orange, pineapple charged with lemonade and grenadine. Sells for $20. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? Reuban Tan is definitely the Tom Cruise of the venue with striking similarities to him he is very smooth with the ladies. Reuben has been bar tending for five years and in that time has been at three different venues. Reuban is an intermediate flairer and you can often see him working his magic on Saturday nights in the bar. His favourite cocktail to make is a Midori Splice. Favourite cocktail experiment? Experimenting with new products that come out and mixing them to make great cocktails. Making my first Mojito was great fun and ended up being as refreshing as they look. Biggest cocktail car crash? Trying to make my first caprioska was disaster, first of all accidentally putting salt into the drink instead of sugar all those years ago and then secondly when throwing a few bottles around accidentally smashing into the fruit garnish tray and having to re cut all the fruit. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Chambord, just provides that hidden fruity taste without being over powering. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Baileys, lime and coke. Now that was one curdled drink. Still makes me sick thinking about it now. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Jessica Alba. I would make her a French
Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Stirred, it provides the full flavours of a martini without diluting the drink. It leaves a clean crisp look and presentation is the key. Address: 146 Roe Street, Northbridge Phone Number: 9228 0500 Web address? www. metroconcertclub.com Do you serve food? No Is there a smoking section? Yes, we have the rooftop, which has an amazing view of the city! Is there live music? We host a variety of large international and local acts and live music throughout the year. Are there DJs? Our club nights consist of Perth’s finest club rocking DJs. We also host a lot of respected special guest DJs.
THE GREENWOOD HOTEL What makes your venue unique? The colourful characters within these four walls, both patrons and staff. What is your specialty cocktail? Barbados Blue with Mount Gay Rum, Suntory Blue Curacao and pineapple juice for $14. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? Warren W Parker (Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton and Greenwood Hotel). Favourite cocktail experiment? Playing with Tequila or Cointreau, so many options. Biggest cocktail car crash? My first Pina Colada, off cream and off portions resulted in a disaster, or car crash! Favourite cocktail ingredient? Cointreau, very versatile, great on its own with ice and lime or a great compliment to other spirits and liqueurs.
GEISHA BAR What makes your venue unique? We’re a late night bar/club that opens until 6am. What is your specialty cocktail? Wilson: 45ml coconut infused Smirnoff Vodka, 15ml Cointreau, 30ml apricot nectar, 15ml crushed pineapple juice. Shake, strain and add a dash of raspberry for colour for $15. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? I guess I (Craig Shorthill) am the Tom Cruise (early in the film) but more of a John Cusack in High Fidelity. Favourite cocktail experiment? Dadaist mixing by assigning numbers to all your bottles and randomly mixing. Some taste like an LA freeway and some lead you in new directions you hadn’t thought of going. A great way to enjoy an RDO. Biggest cocktail car crash? A creamy coconut, fresh banana and rum concoction. It sounded good at the time.
CANTON LOUNGE What makes your venue unique? Being a small bar we are nice and intimate we like to think we offer friendly service and comfortable atmosphere where it definitely livens up over the weekend. Although we hold a small bar licence and can accommodate up to 120 guests there is still plenty of room to move around. Our Asian inspired tapas and meals are great quality at affordable prices with our tapas menu from $7-$11 and our meals starting from $9-$21. We change our food menu and cocktail menu with the season. We also offer specials for the month! Our team like to get creative and have fun with cocktails on offer.
Favourite cocktail ingredient? Rum because of its distinctive and versatile flavours. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? A screwdriver; I am Australian. What music do you shake to? Funky house that makes it impossible not
to dance. Or a bit of the Rat Pack at home when making martinis on a Sunday. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Stirred obviously... I don’t have a license to kill drinks! Address: 135a James Street, Northbridge Phone Number: 9328 9808 Web address? www.geishabar. com.au
What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? “Caipiroska, but I don’t want the lime or sugar”... So a vodka on ice? If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Salma Hayek… ‘Ruficolada’ ha ha! Just kidding, Caipirinha’s at sunset on the Mexican beach. Dream. What music do you shake to? Micheal Buble. The girls love him. Great tag team, he warms them up and we finish them off. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Stirred, Delicacy is always the best option. Address: 349 Warwick Road, Greenwood
What days and times are you open? Fri & Sat: 11pm-6am; Sun 8pm-midnight
Phone Number: 9246 9711
Do you serve food? No
What days and times are you open? Mon-Thu: 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat: 11am-midnight; Sun: 11am10pm
Is there a smoking section? Yes, its called the street! (really – no) Is there live music? Occasionally. Are there DJs? Always – funky house on Fri/Sat and retro indie on Sun.
Web address? www.greenwoodhotel.com.au
Do you serve food? Yes, enjoy lunch or dinner in The Greenwood Brasserie or other options available over the bar. Eg Hot chips & Wedges. Is there a smoking section? Yes, located in the beer garden on the sports bar side of the hotel. Is there live music? Yes, live cover bands every Friday and Saturday night Are there DJs? No.
What is your specialty cocktail? For winter a great one would be Johnnie On Flames, which a mix of Johnnie Walker Black Label Whiskey, Dom Benedictine and Vanilla Galliano with a flaming zest of orange for $17. We have a promotion coming up with Bombay Sapphire where you can try five great new cocktails. Favourite cocktail experiment? We have a special offer for our guests who book a function with us where they can get their own special cocktail on the night. It is always great fun to try and get creative with a cocktail when the requirements are a particular colour or needs to suit a theme! What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? A Mojito where they used old mint leaves and not fresh lime! What music do you shake to? Well, we start the night with some funk soul tunes and as the night wears on, a bit of house. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty We do it James Bond style. Address: Upstairs, East End Hay Street – 532 Hay Street, Perth Phone Number: 9325 9500 Web address: www.cantonloungebar.com; Facebook: find us under Canton Lounge Bar What days and times are you open? Mon-Thur: 11am-late; Friday: 11am-midnight; Saturday: 6pmmidnight Do you serve food? Definitely! Is there a smoking section? We have a whole smoking balcony at the back – with a great graffiti art wall!
John Worsfold. It would be called Bittersweet Freo and served on a wooden spoon.
What makes your venue unique? The decor and ambience of the venue is a main part of why Tiger Lil’s is so unique. Also the amazing food, wide selection of quality drinks, vibrant staff and great music gives that special touch to Tiger Lil’s being so unique in Perth.
What music do you shake to? Anything with a big beat.
What is your specialty cocktail? The Drunken Monkey – Ron Zaccapa 23 year old, cocoa gomme, orange bitters and balanced with citrus for $17. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? Rob Hazell is definitely our English version of Tom Cruise. Certainly one of the ladies choices behind the bar. You will find him mixing up amazing concoctions most night of the week at Tiger Lil’s. Originally from England, this great bartender has been leading the cocktail team at Tiger Lil’s for a while now and has given the team a real creative flair and dedication to mixology. Favourite cocktail experiment? All Blazed Up – a blend of Johnny Walker Gold Label with apricot brandy warmed with a mixture of honey, cinnamon quill, vanilla pod, orange and cloves. Served as a winter favourite. Biggest cocktail car crash? The Sweet Gosnell – I helped make it with my head chef Mark to give his home town a signature cocktail. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Vanilla. It can be used in many forms and has such an amazing scent that everyone recognises and enjoys.
Is there live music? We will be having live music on Thursday nights soon.
What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Shot of vodka, half beer, half tomato juice – The Red Eye.
Are there DJs? We have DJs playing on Friday and Saturday night.
If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? At this moment I would make one for
Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Stirred for balance & harmony. Address: 437 Murray Street, Perth Phone Number: 9322 7377 Web address? www.tigerlils. com.au What days and times are you open? Tues, Wed & Thurs: middaymidnight; Fri & Sat: midday-2am Do you serve food? Yes. Full a la carte menu and bar menu also. Serve bar food until 2am on Fri and Sat Is there a smoking section? Yes Is there live music? Alex Koresis on the bongos every Fri and Sat night Are there DJs? Yes. Fri: Paul Malone & Joby; Sat: Charlie Bucket & Adam Kelly THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010 • 35
PURE BAR What makes your venue unique? Pure Bar is unlike any other. White walls and a pure visualisation makes it an individual in the Perth small bar scene. Not only are we a bar but we also provide great meals any time of the day and were finalists in the RCIA awards 2010 for small bar restaurant. Our crew are top class and will make your visit to Pure Bar special. What is your specialty cocktail? Let’s just say cocktails are our specialty. Our new list is coming out very soon with 16 of them Pure Bar originals and can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Stay tuned for the launch date.
CARNEGIE’S What makes your venue unique? Wednesday nights at Carnegie’s means Cocktail Night! Fire up with one of the most extensive cocktail lists this city has to offer. It has the longest cocktail menu in Perth. Recommended drinks by staff include the L’amour and Long Island Ice Tea. Carnegie’s is also known for cheaper drinks on Wednesdays and specials every night of the week, such as Sex On The Beach on Tuesdays. What is your specialty cocktail? Long Island Ice Tea: vodka, rum, gin, tequila, Triple Sec, sweet and sour Mix topped with Coke for $11 on Wednesday nights. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? Gavin started in Carnegie’s over eight years ago as a bartender, where now he continues to teach his knowledge to the present bartenders, teaching them how to make and present the most attractive and tasty cocktails you will find in the city. Favourite cocktail experiment? Has to be the Jager train down the full length of the bar, this included lining the full length of the bar with glasses part filled with Red Bull and balancing shooter glass filled with Jagermeister between each, then knocking them in like a domino effect. Biggest cocktail car crash? All my Cocktails are good! Favourite cocktail ingredient? Personally Amaretto is mine due to its very sweet with a strong taste of almonds flavour. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? It was called a Cordell eyes closer it was, “Scotch and milk with a dash.” What music do you shake to? Mixture of all from rock to the latest pop. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Stirred you get a clearer and fresher drink flavour, shaking is believed to ‘bruise’ the gin, causing it to taste
slightly bitter. Shaken martinis also have a cloudier appearance, caused by small ice fragments created when the cocktail is shaken. Address: 356 Murray Street, Perth Phone Number: 9481 3222 Web address? gavin@carnegies. net; www.carnegies.net; find us on Facebook by searching for ‘Carnegie’s’. What days and times are you open? Mon-Thu: 11am-1am; Fri & Sat: 12pm-3am; Sun: 12pm-12am Do you serve food? We sure do, our restaurant is open every day from open ‘til 10pm; we have an extensive menu serving tasty Pizza, International, and Pub Style food Throughout the day we also offer amazing grazing plates Daily $10 Lunch Specials Is there music? We have a Juke Box Are there DJs? We have a DJ every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. Carnegie’s also offers a different cocktail of the week at a special price
ON THE TERRACE What makes your venue unique? Versatility to enjoy any occasion or function, whether it be dining, wining, cocktails and dancing. What is your specialty cocktail? Vanilla Raspberry Caprioska: Fresh lime, brown sugar, fresh raspberries all muddled. 15ml Chambord liqueur, 30ml Absolut Vodka, 15ml Galliano Vanilla. Shaken with a dash of Chartreuse Liqueur and serve in a hurricane glass. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? Pierre Leroy... Keen cocktail barman of years from France. Coming from the busy city of Paris. Favourite cocktail experiment? Creating home made flavoured vodka such as mashmallow, caramel, redskin... yum! Fermented fresh vanilla bean, cinnamon rum. Biggest cocktail car crash? Worst? I don’t do that! Favourite cocktail ingredient? Parfait Amour Liqueur for its unique aroma and flavour. Can use little or lots in many of my cocktail creations. Okay, and the accent. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Fluffy Duck. Sounds and tastes so bad. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Julia Gillard, whisky sour with lots of lemon. What music do you shake to? On The Terrace Thursday Night DJs. They rock! One great track: The Temper Trap’s Love Lost. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Dirty, cause that’s how I like it. Address: 37 Bayview Terrace, Claremont Phone Number: 9284 5400 Web address? www.ontheterrace.com.au What days and times are you open? Mon-Sat: 8amlate; Thu: 8pm–2am; Sun: 8am-4pm Do you serve food? Yes, great breakfast, lunch and dinner, and tapas available all day. Is there a smoking section? Only outside Is there live music? Live Jazz every Friday and Saturday; Perth’s best DJs every Thursday ‘til 2am. (Our speciality cocktail night) Are there DJs? Every Thursday ‘til 2am. 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010
Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? We can break this down into 3 categories. You have your flair bar tenders, which unless you can do it well, don’t do it at all. Your bar pony, who loves to talk the ladies or the men and your mixologist, who can not only make and create one hell of a drink but can pump those cocktails out so fast you don’t have to wait 10 mins just to get your whistle wet. At Pure we don’t have any flair tenders, Andy, who loves a conversation and has had a shake all over the world, is our pony and Sheldon is the mixologist, who creates many of the cocktails on the Pure Bar list and trains the awesome crew. Favourite cocktail experiment? Experimenting with bananas was great fun. Trying to get something to taste not sickly and too out of control without using a banana liqueur was pretty tough. However a drink was created from an experiment that lasted two weeks and now we have a drink called the Perky Nana. Biggest cocktail car crash? When I was a lot younger I created a two-part blended ice cocktail which was red and blue, looked great until you mixed it into a purple fruit tingle style of cocktail. It was called a Shark Attack. So wrong in many ways. Favourite cocktail ingredient? The 42Below vodka range, so easy to work with and the flavours are ones that are unique and very mixable. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Toblerone. If any one has this on their list, update it with something better! It is so outdated and boring. Come in and grab a Nikita, you will fall in love. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? I personally would love to serve Gordon Ramsay. Just so he could swear at us, spit it out and run off to the bathroom. Actually I would prefer the alternative. You will love our cocktails chef Ramsay! What music do you shake to? We like the funky breaks, it gets the shake going and keeps it coming. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Always stirred and sometimes dirty, depends on the way I feel at the time! Address: 331 Hay Street, Subiaco Phone Number: 9382 3330 Web address? www.purebar.com.au, search for ‘Pure Bar’ to find us on Facebook. What days and times are you open? Mon-Sat: 8am-late Do you serve food? We serve food all day everyday. We were finalists in the RCIA awards 2010!
Martini for Miranda Kerr, Cointreau, Malibu, Peach Schnapps and Pariso.
CONTACIO What makes your venue unique? I guess it’s the mixture of style we have going, whilst one side we have our “younger” group who prefer to stand, dance and drinks vodka/lime/soda and large beers whilst the slightly “older” group on the other side is content in relaxing lounges whilst enjoying a cocktail. What is your specialty cocktail? I guess at the moment crowd favourite is the Espresso Martini: XO Café Patron, 42 Below Vodka, fresh espresso and a dash of sugar syrup. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? I reckon Ben would be the Tom Cruise whilst I would have to the wiser Bryan Brown. Favourite cocktail experiment? Re-creating a cocktail I tried at the Sail & Anchor, the Sneaky Sanchez. A great mixture of subtle spice, sweetness and is finished with a touch of cracked pepper. I haven’t quite got it yet, but I’m close. Biggest cocktail car crash? One of my first, a Mojito, barman I was working with told me two shots of rum, lime, mint and sugar. I used Bundy to start with, then shook all on ice and strained into a martini glass! Not a fond memory. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Infused Vodka. Such a versatile ingredient and when you have infused your own vodka its gives a little more ownership of the cocktail. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Don’t know if it counts as a cocktail but it was three quarters a pint of VB and topped up with tomato juice and he came back for at least three more! If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? For someone real it would be a Diamond
What music do you shake to? Good ol’ rock’n’roll, but can listen to most styles. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Stirred, it’s the right way. Address: 10 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough Phone Number: 9245 3905 Web address: Type in “Contacio” on Facebook. What days and times are you open? Thu-Sun 11am-midnight, with a 10pm lockout on Sundays only. Do you serve food? Kitchen is open from the minute the doors open ‘til the bar stops serving. Is there a smoking section? We have a balcony area to cater for the smokers among us. Is there live music? Solo acoustic on Thursday nights from 7pm. Are there DJs? Fri & Sun nights.
Is there a smoking section? No. Is there live music & DJs? Check our website for DJs and bands.
THE TOUCAN CLUB What makes your venue unique? We are forever evolving and changing the look of the venue and the music. We strive to offer the public as much variety as possible and make each night of the week different to the next. What is your specialty cocktail? Our most popular is the Go Mango for $10: Mango liquor, Triple Sec, Cherry Advocaat, orange juice, fresh cream and a mango cheek. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? Ryan. He has been experimenting and creating new and exciting cocktails for three years in Scotland and the UK. He has entered various cocktail and flaring competitions and worked all over the world. With a charming sense of humour and a great understanding of flavours, he is sure to wonder you with a unique creation.
UNIVERSAL BAR & CAFÉ What makes your venue unique? We’re a live music venue that has been around for over 17 years. That’s a fairly long time in this industry. We have also recently reopened during the day as a bar/café. So we’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What is your specialty cocktail? Naked Barman: Absolut Pears, Passoa Passionfruit Liqueur, fresh orange, fresh pineapple juice, vanilla syrup, egg white and a lathering of passionfruit pulp to garnish. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? Our venue manager Brett is the Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown of our Bar. He has worked at Universal for 11 years, but still has the spark and flair that woos the ladies and wows the blokes every night. Brett managed to win the title of AHA Bar Services Employee Of The Year three years in a row and they inducted him into the Hall Of Fame last year. He also owns a 5 per cent share in a racehorse! No, seriously – a real genuine racehorse. Favourite cocktail experiment? Scotch add three cubes of ice. Pure genius. Biggest cocktail car crash? Can’t recall one. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Someone ordered a Pina Colada while singing, “If you like Pina Colodas, and getting caught in the rain”. I have to admit I high-fived the guy. It was pretty rad.
What music do you shake to? Everything. Our music is as diverse as our cocktail list. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Dry gin martini. Stirred. Address: 221 William Street, Northbridge Phone Number: 9227 6771 Web address? www.universalbar. com.au What days and times are you open? Seven days a week from 7am for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do you serve food? Yes. Daily food specials. This month specials 250gm Scotch Fillet with garlic prawns, chips and salad for $25. Is there a smoking section? Yes Is there live music? Yes. Wednesday through Sunday. Are there DJs? Yes.
Favourite cocktail experiment? An experiment with Green Chartruse mixed with lime, sugar, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and a few other secret ingredients. It was amazing! Then for presentation, the addition of grenadine down the side changes the colour as you drink it to a lovely purple. Biggest cocktail car crash? A Little Piece Of Heaven: A nice fruity cocktail with Malibu, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice; however when first given the recipe milk was written down instead of pineapple juice… Let’s just say we are glad we were just experimenting for our new menu. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Lime. You can use it with almost everything, even if it is just a garish. It adds great freshness to any cocktail and is a necessity in our bar. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Jacks, orange juice and lime. It was their own recipe, but not something that I would recommend to others. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Australia’s hottie Miranda Kerr. I’d put in a little passionfruit rum, some cranberry juice and orange juice, and some ginger with a little piece of red chilli to make a sweet and spicy cocktail. What music do you shake to? Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – We No Speak Americano.
THE BOTANICA BAR & BISTRO
Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? For a good gin martini, stirred as it’s a lot smoother and you can enjoy the flavour of the gin more.
What makes your venue unique? It has a vibrant and stylish atmosphere, and it’s away from the city.
Phone Number: 9582 8333
Address: Smart Street Mall, Mandurah Web address? www.toucanclub.com.au or on Facebook by searching ‘Toucan Mandurah’.
What is your specialty cocktail? The Botanica: Absolut Kurant, Marie Brizard watermelon liqueur and strawberry liqueur, fresh lime, strawberries, lychee & cranberry juice. Shaken on ice and served in a martini glass for $17.
What days and times are you open? Thu-Sat: 10pm6am. Do you serve food? No
Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? Either Paul or Spencer. Both like to practice flairing. Spence has worked at Foxy Brown’s on the Gold Coast.
Is there a smoking section? Yes Is there live music? No Are there DJs? Yes
Favourite cocktail experiment? Apples & Nuts. It has honey vodka, Frangelico, Amaretto, cinnamon and apple juice. Biggest cocktail car crash? Bronz Cocktail – vermouth, gin and OJ. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Vermouth ‘cause it pimps out drinks. What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Hennessy, OJ and bitters. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Snoop Dogg – something with gin in it (Ed’s note: might we suggest juice?). What music do you shake to? We have DJs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and chilled rock during the day with top 40 hits. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Stirred – keep it classic. Address: 401 Scarborough Beach Road, Innaloo Phone Number: 9445 3111 Web address? www.thebotanica.com.au What days and times are you open? Seven days a week from 10am-midnight. Do you serve food? Yes, we have a courtyard menu and also a full bistro menu available until 9pm. Is there a smoking section? Yes, in the courtyard. Is there live music? Live bands on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons. Are there DJs? Fri, Sat & Sun.
Jukebox – never a quiet moment!
What is your best hangover cure? Start the slushy machine up again!
What does your business do? Passiontails are Perth’s most trusted and number one frozen cocktail and jukebox business. We simply offer Perth’s best prices for hiring frozen cocktails, slushie machines and jukeboxes. Tell us about your cocktails? Our frozen cocktails are made with the best ingredients and have been formulated using the finest flavours from around the world and mixed with the best tropical Queensland fruit juice. What’s your favourite cocktail for the ladies? Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri and Cosmopolitan Fruit Tingle. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Soft serve ice cream.
What is your personal favourite cocktail? Everybody, including myself, loves the Caribbean Crush! How much is your standard slushy machine? Normally $199 but for Drum Readers, $179 with all the mixer trimmings, just call up and quote ‘Drum’. Phone Number: 9437 4642 or 0411 133 104 Web address? Book online at www.passiontails.com
What music do you shake to? ‘PartyTouch’ Digital Video Karaoke
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MINQ What makes your venue unique? The decor, the entrance (via lift), the variety of cocktails and the mood makes it a unique venue. What is your specialty cocktail? Summer punch for $19, consists of two different kinds of dark rum, vanilla syrup and passionfruit pulp, pineapple and orange juice and top up with a drop of cherry juice. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown of your bar? David is the Tom Cruise of the bar with is knowledge of cocktails and flaring, he has a real passion for bartending. Favourite cocktail experiment? The summer punch was one of my creations, and I had so much fun trying to get the right flavours together. Biggest cocktail car crash? Probably my first dry martini, it was for a VIP who only drinks martinis and it was my first week in a bar. I had put too much vermouth in and instead of tipping it out, I left everything in which made it disgusting. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Chambord (berries liqueur) because it has a great flavour and it is really easy to create sweet cocktails with it.
METROPOLIS FREMANTLE What makes your venue unique? Metropolis Fremantle is unique because fun is the objective. So many venues have forgotten that people want to go out to have fun, forget about being too cool. Having fun is most important as you get older because you don’t remember the “coolest place,” you only remember good times and that’s how we want to be remembered. What is your specialty cocktail? A Black Spider – Muddled lime and lychees, 50–50 Chambord and premium vodka, with the smallest dash of Red Bull. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? I nominate Oliver for this one, ask him why, ha ha! Favourite cocktail experiment? So hard to pick – it changes all the time, when someone asks for a surprise, and you just start mixing, crushing, stirring flavours together it comes out as something amazing. Favourite cocktail ingredient? Fresh fruit and ice. Nothing enhances alcoholic flavours like fresh fruit. Not only that, they are a great way to make any cocktail look awesome. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? I would make a poison cocktail for Lady
Gaga because she is annoying! What music do you shake to? All types depends what mood I’m in. All music is good to have a cocktail to. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Dirty, for the simple fact I like all things dirty! Address: 58 South Terrace Fremantle Phone Number: 9336 1880 Web address? www. metropolisfremantle.com.au; www. facebook.com/metropolisfremantle; www.twitter.com/metropolisfreo What days and times are you open? Fri & Sat nights and special events. Do you serve food? No Is there a smoking section? Yes Is there live music? Yes Are there DJs? Yes
What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? On a busy night in Paris someone walked up to the bar and ordered 30 Mojitos, it is a bit of a long process to make and when you have to do it 30 times it is a real pain. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Al Pacino, I would make him a espresso martini. I would put in a double shot of his favourite coffee just the way he likes it in the TV ad, vanilla vodka and a bit of Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) with some chocolate liqueur. What music do you shake to? I love a lot of different kind of music but what I love the most would be funk and old school hip hop. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Stirred to have a really nice and clear colour with orange zest to give a little extra flavour in it. Address: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood Phone Number: 9362 7777 Web address? www.minq.com.au
What days and times are you open? Fri & Sat: 7pmlate; Sun: 8pm-1am
What makes your venue unique? Great drinks selection, eclectic atmosphere, opulent surroundings.
Do you serve food? Only for private functions in our karaoke rooms catered by all Burswood restaurants.
What is your specialty cocktail? Tommy’s Margarita: El Jimador Tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, Agave nectar, half salt rim for $16.
Is there a smoking section? No.
Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? James Connolly (bar manager/head bartender/glassy) recently nominated for Australian Bartender Magazine’s Bartender Of The Year, joint first in the state final of the Woodford Reserve cocktail derby, ex-bar manager of Must Wine Bar and Bouchard Bistro.
Are there DJs? On Sunday (our $10 cocktail night) we have DJ Migi, DJ Skooby , DJ Danny Boi playing some funk and old school R&B.
Is there live music? No.
Biggest cocktail car crash? Hopefully not too many, mainly weird combos customers ask for and you think “that’s not gonna work.” Favourite cocktail ingredient? Tequila… it makes you happy! What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Jug of fruit tingle and 4 glasses. If you could make a cocktail for anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you put in it? Margaritas for everyone! What music do you shake to? Usually whatever the DJs are spinning, my personal choice is House Of Bamboo by Andy Williams. Martini – shaken, stirred or dirty? Gin, stirred, with a lemon twist, its so much easier to control dilution. Address: 639 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley (above The Flying Scotsman) Phone Number: 9328 6200 Web address? The_flyingscotsman@me.com, find us on Facebook What days and times are you open? Wed-Sat: 5pmlate; Sun: 4pm-midnight Do you serve food? Tapas and gourmet pizza, new menu out soon. Is there a smoking section? Yes, with views over the city. Is there live music? In general, no. Are there DJs? Every night is different, soul, Latin, breaks, house and funk.
AMBAR NITECLUB What makes your venue unique? 10 quality years old! What is your specialty cocktail? Absolut Vanilla Apple Mojito: one part Absolut Vanilla Vodka, one part apple sourz, squeeze fresh lime, 3-4 mint leaves, ¼ apple (muddled), dash sugar syrup/teaspoon raw sugar, garnish: mint sprig and apple slice. Who’s the Tom Cruise or Bryan Brown (ala the film Cocktail) of your bar? The Tom Cruise of Ambar would have to be a tie. Sam and Spike are constantly throwing glassware at and to each other, spinning bottles and catching fruit in the strangest way possible. They have both worked together in cocktail bars on busy weekends, where the orders are constant and demanding. Favourite cocktail experiment? Sam’s favourite cocktail experiment would have to be adding different fruits, sugars and herbs into Irish Whiskey drinks to offset the sharpness and smooth the overall taste. Biggest cocktail car crash? Us? Cocktail car crash? Okay the worst cocktail Sam tested once would have been one called an Elderflame. It required extensive mixing and building for a small resulting drink with an average taste.
What music do you shake to? Upfront and underground music! It gives a good fast tempo to move around the bar, and a good pace for mixing and shaking the drinks. Address: 104 Murray Street, Perth Phone Number: 9325 6677 Web address? www.boomtick. com.au; www.facebook.com/ AmbarNiteclub; info@boomtick. com.au; twitter.com/Boomtick_ Events What days and times are you open? Fri & Sat: 10pm-6am
Favourite cocktail ingredient? Orange. It is a subtle taste that works well with many spirits from a bourbon to vodka and is easily incorporated into cocktails.
Do you serve food? No
What’s the worst cocktail request you’ve ever gotten? Lychee martini. Sam despises Lychees and their taste, putting them into a classic drink and changing its original taste to that is demeaning…
Is there live music? The place is always lively
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be and what would you put in it? Sam would make a “Stairway To Heaven” and he would make it for Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin lead singer), just to prove that their greatness extends beyond their music!
Is there a smoking section? Outside
Are there DJs? (Arguably) the best in Perth!
FRIDAY 20th AUGUST PRINCE of WALES 41 Stephen Street, BUNBURY
SATURDAY 21st AUGUST ROCKET ROOM 174 James Street, NORTHBRIDGE
SUNDAY 22nd AUGUST MOJOS 237 Queen Victoria Street, NORTH FREMANTLE
OZI BATLA Wild Colonial
RYTHM INFINIT, DJ SIMMO T Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au 1300 GET TIX and www.heatseeker.com.au www.elefanttraks.com www.ozibatla.com www.inertia-music.com
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The Morning Benders Big Echo
Featuring Party With Children & Mahalo
Produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear Featuring ‘Promises’ & ‘Excuses’
“(Mike Stroud) is electronic music’s ﬁrst guitar hero” Big Shot “Stunning” ++++ - Rave “Music that gets higher with each and every uniquely reverbed and electriﬁed strum of Mike Stroud’s guitar” Time Off “Keep this collection close: Someone’s deﬁnitely going to try to steal your copy” Paste Magazine
Featuring Stay Close
“A remarkably assured, carefully composed piece” Fader “Big Echo takes a page from Pet Sounds” All Music Guide “Sometimes lush, sometimes turbulent, the arrangements make Mr. Chu’s melodies luminous” The New York Times
“As airy and suave as Air France or Phoenix, but their unremitting beats are also plenty huge enough to convert fans of Cut Copy or Mgmt” Pitchfork “Euphoric trance-pop meerkats. This is like mainlining glitter” NME
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafﬁti Before Today
Mystery Jets Serotonin
Featuring Round & Round
Featuring ‘Flash A Hungry Smile’ and ‘Dreaming Of Another World’
“Has been ahead of the game too long … it’s hard to deny that Pink’s public access-style demo jams sounded like a lot of what now gets called chillwave as far back as 2002. It makes sense, then, that he’d be among the ﬁrst to take that sound to its logical conclusion” Pitchfork
TOURING ON PARKLIFE
“This one’s aiming for the skies” NME “Get excited, Mystery Jets fans! ... Expect Serotonin to give the band the breakthrough it needs to become an indie household name” Filter
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GIG OF THE WEEK :
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB @ CAPITOL It’s just about the biggest week of gigs in Perth history with something for everybody going on all over town. With British rockers Kasabian playing a sold out show at Metro City tomorrow night, Richard Ashcroft and psych folksters Midlake making their WA debuts at separate shows next Wednesday, Melbourne post-rock champions Fabulous Diamonds taking in The Bird, reggae tours from Mista Savona Sound System and Raz Bin Sam, hip hop and R&B at Winterbeats, plus much more, it’s been tough to pick a winner this week. Yet after dazzling Metro Freo with a two hour set following Southbound 2008, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return to the venue with a heap of new reasons to see them, including a new line-up and a new album in Beat The Devil’s Tattoo, a phrase that’s inspired the band’s fans to tag their cities in joyful exuberance. See them, along with Sydney’s The Art, at Metropolis Fremantle on Tuesday 3 August. Tickets from Ticketek.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
Okay, so it wasn’t a heap of acts, but finally we don’t have to think about Splendour this weekend with quite as intense pangs of jealousy. And, with the success of this year, we might just have a new annual fest that’s going to just get bigger and better.
Have we really got to the point of politics that something called ‘the worm’ is seen as a deciding factor for elections? All it really showed was that our leaders have forgotten how to actually debate.
Of course they have been busy though. Yes, Abbott’s been making all important campaign plays on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, while Gillard’s been posing for the front cover of Women’s Weekly. No wonder the kids aren’t even reciprocating their high fives.
Hats off to ABC for bringing in 24-hours news channel to free-to-air. As soon as they stop showing those promos about how up-to-the-minute they are and start showing actual news all the time, it certainly will be a treat.
WHISKEY BUSINESS The creative think tank behind Hungry Jack’s Bourbon Whopper have obviously been watching too much Masterchef of late. Combining sweet and savoury is one thing, but Jacks with Jack’s? They must be Jacking…
SOAP BOX POLITICS THE STROKES @ ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. PIC BRAD SERLS
WEIRD SEX PARTIES As for the Australian Sex Party (who advocate legal prostitution, gay marriage and abortion) being proposed to by the super-conservative Family First party (against all of those things) for a preference deal, that’s about as awkward as creating a Family Sex Party with the slogan “Where every child’s position counts.”
DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : SHOWS: YOUNG HERETICS: JUL 29 Prince Of Wales, JUL 30 Norfolk Basement, JUL 31 Amplifier, AUG 1 Indi Bar KASABIAN: JUL 30 Metro City NEXT BIG THING SEMI FINAL ONE (TRENT WILLIAMS, THE KIRBENS, THE BROWN STUDY BAND, ONE THOUSAND YEARS, CRASH COMPASS, GOOD LITTLE FOX and MINUTE 36): JUL 30 Amplifier NEXT BIG THING SEMI FINAL TWO (THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, GOODNIGHT TIGER, JAMES TEAGUE, THE LOVE JUNKIES, RESORT, HOMEBREWE and SONPSILO CIRCUS): JUL 31 Civic Hotel FABULOUS DIAMONDS: JUL 31 The Bird MIDLAKE: AUG 4 Capitol NEXT BIG THING REGIONAL SEMI FINAL TWO (JOEL JACKSON, TIM DAWES, JOHNNY TAYLOR, AVAILABLE AT
THE COUNTER, WALTER, SHOTS FIRED and JOHN BENNETT): AUG 6 Civic Hotel NEXT BIG THING GRAND FINAL: AUG 7 Rosemount Hotel LAURA MARLING, BOY & BEAR, JOHNNY FLYNN: AUG 8 Capitol CKY: AUG 11 Civic Hotel MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS, DAPPLED CITIES, CANYONS: AUG 14 Capitol LIBERATE: JOHN 00 FLEMING, M.I.K.E., TRITONAL: AUG 14 Villa SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS, MOD SUN: SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS: AUG 17 YMCA HQ, AUG 18 Rosemount Hotel RTRFM RADIOTHON OPENING PARTY: BOYS BOYS BOYS!, VOLTAIRE TWINS, THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, MILLY JAMES, DIGER ROKWELL, MAMA CASS, CHARLIE BUCKET, SARDI, BEN ELLIOTT, CRAIG MCELHINNEY, MYSTIC EYES, RABBIT ISLAND, GILBERT FAWN, KYNAN TAN:
AUG 21 Astor Theatre PARADES: AUG 26 Newport Hotel, AUG 27 Prince Of Wales, AUG 28 Amplifier ROTTOFEST: SUGAR ARMY, SCOTCH OF SAINT JAMES, EMPERORS, FUNK CLUB HOUSE BAND, ODETTE MERCY & HER SOUL ATOMICS, NANDEZ 500, CHOPPER CRUCIAL, MERRICK: AUG 27-29 Rottnest Island RTRFM RADIOTHON CLOSING PARTY: HARLEQUIN LEAGUE, THE TIGERS, WILL STOKER & THE EMBERS, YOUNG REVELRY, WOLVES AT THE DOOR, FALL ELECTRIC, ADEM K, HAYLEY BETH, GHOSTDRUMS, JAMES TEAGUE, SARAH TOUT, GEMMA PIKE, SARAH DELFANTE, JACK MIDALIA: AUG 28 Rosemount ART VS. SCIENCE, TIM & JEAN: SEP 4 Capitol HYPERFEST: CALLING ALL CARS ART VS SCIENCE, PEZ, TIM & JEAN, VOLTAIRE TWINS, ART IN ALGEBRA,
MANDALAY VICTORY, FOOLS RUSH IN, COLOUR THE SKY, THE DECLINE and more TBA: SEP 5 Midland Railway Workshops DAN KELLY: SEP 24 Rosemount, SEP 25 Wave Rock Weekender, SEP 26 Mojo’s BIRDS OF TOKYO, SILVERSUN PICKUPS: OCT 2 Fremantle Arts Centre ONE MOVEMENT FOR MUSIC: OCT 6, 7, 8 & 9: Perth Esplanade, Parmelia Hilton Hotel and surrounds MILES AWAY ALBUM LAUNCH: OCT 15 Amplifier, OCT 16 Prince Of Wales, OCT 17 YMCA HQ BASTARDFEST: RUINS, DYSCORD, BEYOND TERROR BEYOND GRACE, CLAIM THE THRONE, GROTESQUE, MALIGNANT MONSTER, NAILS OF IMPOSITION, ENFORCE, BORN INTO SUFFERING, DEVASTATOR, GALLOWS FOR GRACE, PSYCHONAUT, THE MIGHTY SCRAPE, MHORGL, NOCTIS,
ANGUS & JULIA STONE @ ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. PIC BRAD SERLS
HOT CHIP @ ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. PIC BRAD SERLS
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE Esplanade Park, Perth 24/07/10 For years the people of Perth have had a big decision to make; they either front up with the cash to fly over east to catch the always brilliant line-up of Splendour In The Grass or they find complacency in moaning and groaning about missing out on seeing the festival, and spending their time instead bitching about how Splendour bands never do sideshows in Perth. Well the bitching may just be over with this year’s inception of On The Bright Side – Perth’s own mini-Splendour. While the ticket collection system may need some re-jigging next year to avoid the mass lines, the festival was off to a good start with The Middle East and Bluejuice at the helm. Always ones to put on a high energy set, Bluejuice didn’t disappoint. With only one stage, the big top tent was split right down the middle separating those of age and those not of age. With most used to a drinking area at the back or to the side of stage, it was nice to be given the chance to be a little closer to where the action was happening – and if you weren’t, the three screens under the big top helped. Hot Chip were next off the rank and cranked out the hits with One Life Stand getting everyone dancing. One of the most anticipated sets on the
line-up, the UK five-piece did not disappoint in what songs they played. Mind you, with a set that got cut short to around 25 minutes, they also helped to annoy much of the Hot-loving audience. Art Vs. Science’s replacement of the Ting Tings was a godsend really, and the crowd lapped up the set. Considering their limited releases, each track was a crowd pleaser and the new single Magic Fountain proved to be both good live despite being one of the most annoying songs out at the moment. Not at all annoying was Band Of Horses whose set proved a shift in the afternoon taking the day to a new level of musical bliss, big props for the promoters for their inclusion on the bill. As the sun started to disappear jackets and cardigans were out for Angus & Julia Stone. The siblings’ stage chemistry was evident from the start and the whole band was perfectly in sync despite a revolving door of instrument swapping. With the crowd singing along to And The Boys, Big Jet Plane and Just A Boy, it was Julia’s trumpet playing and dancing during Private Lawns that rounded off a great set. As Mumford & Sons took to the stage there was a mass rush to get closer to the stage. Those that have seen the UK band live can testify they put continued pg.42 THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010 • 41
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FOR ART’S SAKE On Wednesday 4 August, the best of Perth’s alternative music scene will take to the stage at The Paddo! Back on the gigging circuit, the quirky lads from Art In Algebra will headline this show, playing their unique brand of pop-rock. They’ll be joined by local maestros Farthing Woods, Ivory Wolf and Sean Spitfire, the frontman from The Spitfires, who will be playing a very special solo acoustic set! Free from 8pm.
AIDEN ABET Local guitar driven acoustic roots artist Aiden Varro heads north for a couple of shows before heading into the studio for the rest of winter for a new album. You can catch him at Ningaloo Reef Resort tonight Thursday 29 July; Shark Bay Hotel on Friday 30; and L’Atitude 28 in Geraldton on Saturday 31 July.
BAND OF HORSES @ ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. PIC BRAD SERLS
BERTIE BEADLE The genuine article, Ray Beadle’s music comes from the heart and soul with a deep history of the blues. Rich from 20 years of experience from performing internationally and from his deep understanding of his instrument and how to make it stir something within the listener, you can see him at the Perth Blues Club this Tuesday 3 August at the Charles Hotel. Support comes from Deja Blues and Love Bites $15/10 from 8pm.
DAY OF THE DEAD
THE LIVING DEAD
MUMFORD & SONS @ ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. PIC BRAD SERLS from pg.41 on a damn good live show – and tonight was no different. Opener Sigh No More set the tone and from then on in it was a like a campfire sing-along of mass proportions. Middle East joined in on the fun onstage for Roll Away Your Stone, Winter Winds was a treat to listen to and the crowd went absolutely mad for Little Lion Man and The Cave. The boys threw in a few new tracks that still had that distinct Mumford & Sons sound and closer Dust Bowl Dance, one of the bands heavier tracks, finished off their set in a fury of guitars – and if that had been the end of the night people would have walked away happy. But their happiness was to turn to utter elation with The Strokes. Having been off the radar for the last couple of years, their performance tonight was definitely a reminder of how brilliant they really are. Real guitar-based rock bands seem to be a rare breed these days and it was great to see such fine instrumentation up on stage from all the band members led by one of the most loved frontmen of our time, Julian Casablancas. Opening with New York City Cops the set had all the favourites with Soma, Hard To Explain, Reptilia, Is This It and ultimate Strokes song – Heart In A Cage. These guys do what they do so well and as they closed with Take It Or Leave It the crowd did just that and as we walked away we took a little bit of The Strokes with us in a set that most will remember for a long time to come. MARCIA CZERNIAK
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The much-loved three-piece instrumental spy guitar outfit that is Day Of The Dead combine old school surf guitar wizardry with a dirty punk rock tinge to create tunes that could quite easily sit on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack. Before heading over east to record an album with Tom from Shihad and support those wild boys in Fireballs next album launch, see them at the Rosemount this Friday 30 July with Sugar Blue Burlesque, Boom! Bap! Pow! and Hayley Beth.
A bunch of ageing, pot bellied punkers, The Creepers are still snot nosed brats at heart… only with less stamina. The beer guts say they’re ‘old enough to know better’, but the leather jackets and bad tattoos say they’re ‘too stupid to care!’ This newly streamlined three-piece are here to dust off your leather jackets at The Den this Saturday 31 July with Scalphunter, Lucille, Raw Nerve, SSA and The Lungs. $10 from 7.30pm.
Delightful acoustic pop songstress Helen Shanahan brings her songs and stories to North Cottesloe’s Barchetta this Sunday 1 August. She’ll be joined by the soulful bliss pop of Tree and Sian Brown’s folk rock take on jazz pop. Don’t miss out on three of Perth’s finest singer/songwriters this weekend.
Kasabian, whilst in Australia touring nationally, have announced that they love scotch. Their favourite scotch? The Scotch Of Saint James, of course! Those local heroes will be joining Kasabian as the Perth tour support at their sold out show this Friday 30 July at Metro City and they’ll be playing some new songs in Soulpusher and Three Past The Exit. Also see The Scotch support The Art this Saturday 31 at the Rocket Room, and Sunday 1 August at The Newport in a free show.
INJURED LIST Heartless Robot Productions presents a night of juicy experimental lashings of sonic tastiness at a stupidly affordable price. Headlining the night will be hedonistic noise-blenders Injured Ninja fresh from the studio after laying down the tracks for their debut LP, this will be their first headline show in a long time and first since scoring a WAMi Award. They’re joined by Pex, Steve Matzkov, Super Games and Ducks On A String. It all happens at The Den this Friday 30 July for $5 from 8pm.
ALIEN ANT FARM The lads from Hand Stands For Ants will be following up on their well-received debut EP earlier this year with at least two singles in the next six months following their time in the studio soon. Working with producer Brian Mitra from Fremantle Records, they team up with the Felatio Horns. See the band this Saturday 31 July as they headline the Fremantle Records first year anniversary party this Saturday night at Mojo’s.
OUT OF THE GARDEN A trio of school friends who started out jamming and gradually developed a catalogue of original numbers, Metrognome are influenced by Muse, The Black Keys, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and the Foo Fighters. With their blend of blues, rock and grunge grooves, they take in Gignition this Sunday 1 August at the Swan Basement with Happier Blue, Tiaryn Griggs and Lizzy Lambie.
STAR GUITAR Playing this Sunday 1 August with The Changing Times, Karma FX and My Daytime Drama at The Railway is Starcleaner. The purveyors of washed-out indie rock have just recorded a two-track demo, which has been garnering significant airplay across RTRFM, with their signature combination of post-punk, post-rock and shoegaze sounds dazzling all.
GOOD GOULASH Local band Hot Paprika have been keeping the traditional village music of Hungary and Transylvania alive in WA. Having learnt from Hungarian folk masters TakA, Hot Paprika intends to further refine their craft with a research trip to Hungary in December. They raise funds from the trip this Saturday 31 July at Kulcha from 8pm.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH JUSTINE THORNLEY
SUNDAY BANDS IN THE CITY The City Of Perth and WAM proudly present Sunday Bands In The City, a series of free ALL-AGES events featuring live WA acts in the heart of the city; on the waterfall stage at Forrest Place. Each month, these concerts feature three top quality local acts. Performing from 1-3pm, there’s a healthy serving of two tasty soloists, with a band to follow: Sunday 1 August brings you multi-instrumentalist Julius Lutero, Australian Idol finalist Jason Bartlett and acoustic/ folk/pop songstress Freya Hanly & That Brutal Moon.
SONICBIDS SONG OF THE YEAR ENTRIES Unpublished songwriters can enter their compositions in 10 genre categories, two special categories and two school age categories, all with prizes of $500 plus one day of recording time in a professional recording studio. Music teachers wishing to enter their students for the school aged categories, the deadline for class group entries (max 20 songs) is now Friday 6 August. Online sonicbids entries are still open until midday 10 August through www. sonicbids.com/wamsoty only. Get to www.wam.asn. au for more info!
WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU? “Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” – Henry Van Dyke. Helping WA talent find it’s voice is the West Australian Music Industry Association – a not for profit, membership based association, existing to develop the WA contemporary music industry. If you’re involved in the music industry in any way shape or form, your tax-deductible membership helps us help you and the local industry grow through events, competitions, workshops and industry advocacy. Membership starts from just $30, including the four-disc Kiss My WAMi CD/DVD compilation, plus discounts from retailers and industry service providers. Visit www.wam.asn.au or call 9227 7962 (WA Regional Toll-free 1800 007 962) and join today!
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ON MOST PLAYED TRACKS TRIPLE J LAST WEEK 1. Young Blood THE NAKED & FAMOUS
OH SNAP! LAUNCH W/ THE AMITY AFFLICTION
2. Echoes KLAXONS
Black Betty’s, Northbridge 22/07/10
SHOCKTOPUSSY Rearing its slippery head at the Swan Hotel this Saturday 31 July is Octopussy II featuring eight top local bands across two stages. On the Swan Lounge stage is Indiana, Writhe, Grand Suns and Aztech Suns, while the Swan Basement sees psych rockers Shock Octopus, Hunting Huxley, Oishii and headliners Lantana bring their wares. All this for only $10 from 7.30pm.
TAFE IDOL The diploma of music students at Central TAFE Leederville are presenting an exciting showcase of five awesome, never seen before bands at the Rosemount this Wednesday 4 August. The bands gracing the line-up will be: Pigeon, a rockin’ all-chick three-piece; hard rock band Bearwolf Tiger; Pink Million, an eclectic mix of folky pop and ballads; and also C.A.S.E., a jazzy duo who will also be giving their first public appearance. $7 from 8pm.
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Weaving stories that are honest, vulnerable and forthright with the gentle sounds of acoustic folk, local singer-songwriter Debra Jaye is sure to delight and enchant you. Join Debra and a host of talented musicians as she launches her album These Wings Inside with support from The Whistling Dogs at Kulcha this Friday 30 July from 8pm. Expect a night of delicious music, poetry and live dance.
If the line winding down Aberdeen St is an indicator, Perth has long been awaiting a punk/emo/hardcore club night to call its own. The fine people of Snowman and Destroy All Lines have obliged, launching weekly Thursday nighter Oh Snap! to the people of Perth in style. The first band to grace Betty’s stage for a midweek night of looseness, loudness and lunacy was In League. With a few shows under the belt and a booming PA behind them, the lads delivered a vicious set that had the jam packed room a swingin’. Fresh off the release of their debut album, Mandalay Victory provided main support, and the veterans brought the party with their breakdown-infused metalcore that had a huge local following swelling. Filling every piece of scarcely available space with limbs flying and beers spilling, the crowd ate up every second – the perfect foreplay for what was to come. As the excellent house music drew to a close with the introductory track receding, the capacity crowd (and no doubt the few hundred people lining up outside), were sent into overdrive as The Amity Affliction took to the stage. Rattling off all the tracks the crowd craved, including I Hate Hartley, Anchors, Snitches Get Stitches and the keyboard-heavy Young Bloods, the party picked up with No Sleep ‘Till Brisbane and set-closer So You Melted. Going from strength to strength after releasing their sophomore release Young Bloods, the boys from regional QLD have developed an intense but professional live show (as well as a reputation to party) that has accumulated them many fans around the globe, and tonight reflected this. The ridiculously cheap pints were a bit much for some, with hopefully a few RDO’s arranged for the following day, but The Amity Affliction proved Perth now has a fine place to party on a Thursday night. LUKE BUTCHER
6. Peter Pan JINJA SAFARI 7. Sunday Best WASHINGTON 8. Rill Rill SLEIGH BELLS 9. Rock It LITTLE RED 10. King Of The Beach WAVVES
ARIA ALBUM CHART 1. Recovery EMINEM 2. Aphrodite KYLIE MINOGUE 3. The Twilight Sage: Eclipse VARIOUS 4. Glee: The Music Volume 3 GLEE CAST 5. My Worlds JUSTIN BIEBER 6. Euphoria ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 7. Down The Way ANGUS & JULIE STONE 8. Lungs FLORENCE + THE MACHINE 9. Save Me, San Francisco TRAIN
THE AMITY AFFLICTION BY BRAD SERLS
10. Glee: The Music Journey
Playing together and arguing together for a good five years now, Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds create overtly hypnotising music, full of lulling, sensual repetition with an undercurrent of friction. With their new album Fabulous Diamonds II hitting shops on June 19, the band’s announced a stop in Perth as part of their album tour. Catch the band that’s been praised by The Wire (the UK mag), Pitchfork and Fader, not to forget Perth’s own Drum Media, on Saturday 31 July at The Bird.
SCENESTER Formerly from Sydney and now living in Perth for over six years, jazz musician, composer and writer, Pax Andrews was a finalist in the prestigious National Jazz Writing Awards in 2009 and came third in this competition with his book The Scene based on his personal and professional journey through jazz and his heroin addiction while living in Sydney and overseas. See him at the Charles Hotel this Monday 2 August for the Perth Jazz Society.
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS This weekend is the Drum Media presented tour of Young Heretics. Touring in support of their new album We Are The Lost Loves, the Melbourne duo have recruited Arms Like Branches to support them at all shows. See them tonight Thursday 29 July at the Prince Of Wales; Friday 30 at the Norfolk Basement with Place Of Indigo; Saturday 31 at Amplifier with Place Of Indigo and The Japanese Tongue Sisters; and Sunday 1 August with Place Of Indigo. Tickets from Moshtix and Heatseeker.
Serving up two nights of sonic goodness this weekend is Blackmilk, playing support for Sydney’s The Art and The Scotch Of Saint James this weekend. The Rocket Room on Saturday 31 July, and the Newport on Sunday 1 August. Blackmilk also support The Kill Devil Hills at Manhattan’s on Wednesday 4. Check them out.
5. Lifeblood Flow MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS
The high energy, in-your-face antics of My Daytime Drama return to the stage this weekend. The punk band’s blend of catchy riffs, steady rhythm section and light-hearted lyrics always leaves a lasting impression. Catch the boys at the Railway Hotel this Sunday 1 August, sharing the stage with Starcleaner, Changing Times and Karma Fx. Doors open at 6pm.
SOME MILK TODAY
4. Where I’m Going CUT COPY
To Regionals GLEE CAST
July’s running dryer than ever so you’ve only got two more chances to develop a Browmance this month. Tonight Thursday 29 July, The Brow Horn Orchestra take on main support at the Fly By as Melbourne meets Kingston with Mista Savona Sound System. Keen on a quickie? See The Brow at the Next Big Thing semi finals at the Civic Backroom this Saturday 31. They kick off the night at 7.30pm so get in early.
3. Barricade INTERPOL
GUTS & GLORY
DIZZY LAMB PARK A new artist to the Perth scene, Lizzy Lambie’s style is sultry blues/funk/rock. Although she has been performing around Perth for a couple of years, this is her first original band, and her first chance to perform the songs she has written over the years. Lizzy is backed by Matt and Jamie Harskamp (Verona, The Yeah Nahs, Jayco Brothers), who bring their own style of rock and dynamic pop to the equation. See them at Gignition this Sunday 1 August at Swan Basement for $5 from 5pm.
This Saturday 31 July, Kelmscott Football Club turns into rock’n’roll central with the mighty Mudguts stepping up to the stage to headline a night of heavy rock. Joining them is none other than Pyramid Of The Coyote and Applebite The Beggars On Acid. This ALL-AGES show will only set you back $15 from 7pm with under 10s allowed in for free!
I’M ON FIRE Be sure to dress good or dress evil if you’re heading
to Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, a.k.a. Cavefire Cinema’s launch of their single and video for Where The Sun Is this week. It’s this Saturday 31 July at Manhattan’s Bar and Ol Boganvillia and Crankenstein support. All this for a mere $10 from 8pm.
DEMI-MORE Next Thursday 5 August at Mojo’s, Demi-Monde bring their stylised sounds to the stage with Hand Stands For Ants, Buffalo Everything, Stu Orchard and The Crucial Colours doing the rest. This talented foursome have recorded the three-track single Core Of Me, which was engineered and produced by Shaun O’Callaghan at Studio Couch (Eskimo Joe, Gyroscope), and big things are expected in 2010!
SO MUCH KARMA About to embark on their most ambitious month of gigging yet, Karma Fx head to the Railway Hotel in North Fremantle with My Daytime Drama, The Changing Times and Starcleaner to bring a night of audio heaven to your ears this Sunday 1 August. They also go acoustic this Tuesday 3 at Impact Bar in Northbridge before playing a tonne of shows throughout August.
BLUE SUNDAY Playing an intelligent and rhythmic style of original folk music, and influenced by the likes of Chris Smither, Gillian Welch, Mark Knopfler and Nick Drake, Happier Blue formed in early 2010 and consists of Caroline J. Dale (vocals) and Mark W. Harris (guitar and vocals). After being shut away in the rehearsal room these past few months, they play Gignition this Sunday 1 August at the Swan Basement. $5 from 5pm.
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SHORT FAST REPORT
Media writers into trouble with the police, Cal Peck & The Tramps are rocking the hell out. A packed room greeted the gents as they opened with the blazin’ title track from their new EP Kill For You. What followed was essentially a blues-rock smack-in-the-face to purveyors of polished pop. Peck’s distorted bluesman vocals throughout, and especially in newies like Might Fall To Pieces, are a trademark. “Grab your lady-friend and get on the dancefloor” was the bold announcement. The Tramps’ can do upbeat blues (an often neglected kind) and make surprisingly fun sounds from the roots of all that’s good about guitars and harmonicas and such things. Top effort. Great band. DANIEL PARKINSON
BENEDICT MOLETA BAND The Den, Inglewood 23/07/10
PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY Saosin, who were in Australian just a few weeks ago supporting Story Of The Year, are now in the market for their third vocalist after they booted Cove Reber from the band last week. Guitarist Beau Burchell broke the news: “After five years with Cove, we have decided to part ways. So it will be a new experience for us, not knowing what to expect in the vocal dept, who will replace him, or if we will even find a replacement this century.” The band are currently working on a follow up to their 2009 album In Search Of Solid Ground. It’s been a year of changes for Saosin who were dropped from their label Virgin earlier this year also and don’t seem in a rush to find a new home; “We have no label, which means we can do whatever we want. We don’t have to worry about outputting garbage singles that none of us believe in, or selling records. It’s going to be nice, just like the days of Translating The Name.” Hanging out for some new pop mosh? Good news, because by all reports the new A Day To Remember album will be hitting stores this October. As they did on their breakthrough album Homesick, the Florida band are working with New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert in the producer chair. Gilbert posted something of a studio update: “Last time we worked together in the back of their bus every night when they toured with New Found Glory about two years ago. Has it really been that long? This time both the band and I had a couple weeks off from tour and were able to get together and start working on songs for their new album. We work out the arrangements of the songs, then do a rough demo track. We usually have to track it immediately or we will forget what we just did. Since we’ve been working on stuff every day in the same room we tend to get cabin fever and our brains turn to mush.” Miles Away have announced that their third album Endless Roads will be hitting stores on August 20. The album is described as “The culmination of eight years of hard work, heartache and good times, Endless Roads is the sound of a passionate, roadhardened band at the height of their powers.” Adam Crowe guitarist for the Perth hardcore crew described the bands aim for the album; “This time we set out with different intentions for each song. We wanted some short, fast songs, some heavier songs and also some epic, drawn-out songs.” Endless Roads was recorded in early 2010 at Wild Arctic studios in New York by producer Dean Baltulonis (Sick Of It All, American Nightmare). The Perth shows are presented by Drum Media.
SHORT FAST REPORT TOP 5 THROUGHTHEPAIN.ORG: A website and concert series that has been set up to support the as yet untold medical, legal and rehabilitation costs being incurred by Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone. Check out the site and chip in a couple of dollars if you can. MILES AWAY: Endless Roads Tour. To launch their new album (details above), the Perth crew will hit the road in October. See them Friday 15 at Amplifier; Saturday 16 at Prince Of Wales; and Sunday 17 at YMCA HQ.
WHIT’S LOST Five years after he started touring this big brown land, Whitley is gearing up for his final lap. Setting sail for the greener pastures of Europe to explore “new kinds of music”, the young singer/songwriter says he’s no longer stimulated because he’s “memorised 48 per cent of toilet graffiti in every venue.” Playing solo for the first half of his set and in full band mode later, the tour hits Amplifier on Thursday 5 August and Manhattan’s on Friday 6 with support from shoegazers Seagull. Tickets from Moshtix and Heatseeker.
THE ART OF WAR In Perth last weekend to support 30 Seconds To Mars at Challenge Stadium, now The Art are back in town. With debut album Here Comes The War due out later in the year, catch the Sydney band at Rocket Room on Saturday 31 July and Newport Hotel on Sunday 1 August. The Scotch Of Saint James support both shows. The Art also support Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on Tuesday 3 August at Metropolis Fremantle.
DON’T FEEL BLUE This Friday 30 July, Blue Shaddy return to their Mecca, their supreme court, the jewel of North Fremantle – Mojo’s Bar! These travelling surfers who just happen to have a kick arse band are renowned for their charisma. They’re joined by blues rock juggernaut The Joe Kings. Entry to this exclusive show is $20 from 8pm.
FIND YOUR MOJO This Tuesday 3 August at Mojo’s Bar, it’s time for the next round of the Kosmic Sound and Jack Daniels presented Mojo Rising competition. The Spitfires, The Moltens, Sonpsilo Circus and Hang On St Christopher will battle it out in the second semi-final ahead of the grand final on Tuesday 10 August! Get excited! $5 from 8pm.
QUOTABLE MUSICIANS : “The homosexual community wants me to be gay. The heterosexual community wants me to be straight. Every writer thinks, I’m the journalist who’s going to make him talk. I pray for them. I pray that they get a life and stop living mine!” Ricky Martin “People think I’m a miserable sod but it’s only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.” Nick Cave
COMEBACK KID: New album from our Canadian hardcore friends is called Symptoms + Cures and will be in stores August 31 on Victory Records.
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“I need them, need them to give me a kick up the arse. Otherwise I’d just be sat-in getting fat, counting me money. It’s good people living on your doorstep and looking through your bins. Gives you energy.” “Thank you for leaving us alone but giving us enough attention to boost our egos.” Mick Jagger
THE TEMPER TRAP Metro City, Northbridge 22/07/10 As Melbourne group Oh Mercy opened the night it was nice to see they had a familiar face in tow – Simon Okley from Preytells fame. The band was spot on as usual and were a great start to the night. Pity the same couldn’t be said for The Joy Formidable who were not at all joyful to watch. Having just flown in from the UK, the band were an odd choice for support and didn’t suit the bill at all. The Temper Trap were up next though and all were eager with anticipation to see them, which made the sound issues that plagued their whole set such a disappointment. For a band whose music has such an intrinsic basis on getting all the elements of their sound correct, tonight was a disaster in that regard. With that gripe out the way though the band did well. Since last having seen them live, the band has definitely come out of their shell with Dougy Mandagi quite an impressive frontman and bassist Jonathon Ahernis seemed to become one with his bass as he thrust about on stage for the whole set. Opening with Rest it was quickly into Fader and Down River all of which the crowd loved and sang along to. Resurrection went down well and Mandagi’s vocals were simply amazing. As the band delved straight into The Drum Song it was magnetic to watch and as water sprayed from Mandagi’s drum at the end of the track the crowd cheered with approval. Mandagi took to the front of the stage for Science Of Fear before jumping down to the crowd and finishing off the song and the set in the arms of the crowd. The band came back on quickly for their encore where they took the time to speak about a charity they support before playing a new track. Closing the night with the song the whole of Metros seemed to be waiting for, Sweet Disposition was a great way to finish off the night, with the crowd walking away with a smile. Just a pity about those ringing ears.
30 SECONDS TO MARS Challenge Stadium 24/07/10
Ah! Deville’s Pad – with its themed décor and adult ambience – impresses most and confounds a few. The devil’s music’s debaucherous mascots were in good form for a Saturday night of straight-up rock’n’roll. Appearing spectacularly in their current three-piece guise, Painkillers roll on and rock out uncontrollably. The electric guitar of The Floors Luke Dux adds an element to The Painkiller’s Bludge-sludge. Appropriately (and as always) slightly off-key blues tunes laid out like dead drunks, preparing an impressed audience for the main man Peck and cohorts. Tunes like the great Love Sick are bashed out down-strokes leading into an oldfashioned blues mash of sounds. “Come fiddle with my amp,” says frontman Joe Bludge, not sure if that’s a euphemism, but the voluptuous dancers respond in kind with some entrancing dancing either side of the stage. Also impressive were Disco Dancer and the closer Leave Me Alone, a punk beast with a happy chorus for the punters – woo-hoo’s and all.
The events team at Challenge Stadium had clearly gone into panic mode due to a less than stellar turnout for 30 Second To Mars, with entire blocks of seats roped off and a standing room that was far from capacity. However, any concerns about a lack of atmosphere were dispelled when Jared Leto bounded onstage, complete with his ridiculous peroxide-blonde mohawk, eliciting screams from the leather-gloved boys and black-haired girls that made up the audience. At the end of the day, this band is all about their frontman, to the extent that it wasn’t clear which guitarist was actually Tomo Milicevic and which was the additional touring axe-man. Leto, for his part, clearly loves playing the role of the rock star. The strutting, the posing, the “I want to see you JUMP!” banter – it’s all there. He certainly puts on a great show, although he has his limitations. The performance of songs like breakthrough hit The Kill and new album track This Is War were hampered by a few vocal cracks in his big notes, creating doubt over whether his singing technique is developed enough to sustain the emotive style of music that he loves to write. The current ‘big hit’, Kings And Queens, was the obvious choice to close the show (sadly, without any accompanying visuals of 3D animated owls). While it was doubtless a headache for the security guards, it was a little touching to see Leto inviting members of the audience to join him onstage and belt out the final rousing chorus. For the fans, it looked like a winner.
When the main man’s not inadvertently getting Drum
CAL PECK & THE TRAMPS
FUCKED UP: Continuing their ‘year of’ series in mid September you will be able to get Year Of The Ox. The A-side of the album is an expected 11-minute song featuring a string section and vocalist Zola Jesus which Matador Records described as a “majestic orchestral piece”.
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Playing only their second show after a two-and-a-half year hiatus, opening act Ramona Bird set the bar for the evening high – very high. They traversed the indie rock landscape with ease and skill, with tracks like the ‘80s-tinged I Was A Ghost drawing punters away from the bar to check out the stage. Next up, the 6s & 7s could clearly draw a crowd, judging by the surge in numbers in the room. Sadly, their set, which veered wildly from angsty ballads to retro pop, lacked any real cohesion. A problem faced by such ‘supergroups’ is that without a clear vision they can wind up trying to bring every member’s music to the fore, and unfortunately the 6s & 7s appear to have fallen into this exact trap. The Sabre-Tooth Tigers provided a welcome surge in energy, getting both laughs and cheers with their cool, frenetic, loose-wheeled garage sounds. Tracks like An Ode To Friends Forever were marvelously tongue in cheek, and it was a pleasure to watch the three musicians so obviously enjoying themselves on stage. Last, but certainly not least, the Benedict Moleta Band took to the stage to celebrate their homecoming, having toured over east in support of their latest album. Whilst Moleta built a solid reputation for himself as the solo performer of bare-boned acoustic songs, he has shown genuine commitment to performing in a full band environment. There is no doubting the skill of all involved in the project. Guitarist Sam Scherr is a particularly inspired addition to the line-up, picking his way through complicated guitar solos with apparent effortlessness. Unfortunately, Moleta’s dry, subtle vocal tended to get lost in the instrumentation, which obscured his poetic lyrics on songs like closer Sheldon, signaling that while this is a very talented ensemble, they need to find the right balance to really harness the power of their gorgeous songs.
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The Bird, Northbridge 23/07/10 Friday down at The Bird saw local two of Perth’s finest hit the stage to help launch something on the big screen. After launching Lay The Noose earlier in the year, Schvendes have put some visuals to the music and had a party for the good of it. RTR’s Gemma Pike welcomed the Friday crowd with a fantastic selection of rocking hits, soulful beats and up tempo indie classics. The Wednesday Society headed onto the stage first and quickly set about drawing some of the crowd and alienating the other half. There is no doubt that this is one of the finest bands Perth have ever produced, it is safe to say that not everyone enjoys the angular, stop start and aggressive form of rock’n’roll. They are in my mind very, very good.
THE PLAYAIR CAMPAIGN IS PUTTING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN THE HANDS OF DISADVANTAGED KIDS. ALEX LASKA FROM PLAY PATRONS KINGSWOOD TELLS BF PIERCE MORE ABOUT THIS UNIQUE PROJECT. This wide, brown land of ours has an incredibly diverse musical element to its culture. Anyone who pays attention to music in this country knows that – it’s a matter of course and something of which to be very proud. Having said that, it’s to the future we need to look; we need to nurture this culture, we need to get the kids on board, for they’re the ones who’ll be the next Bernard Fanning, Daniel Johns, whoever. Having said that, however, there are children in this country of ours who don’t have access to musical education programs, or even to instruments, something a lot of us have taken for granted – and this is where the Song Room comes in. As you may have seen on the telly, they’re running a campaign called PlayAir, whereby people upload clips of themselves playing air (insert instrument here), in order to win a prize, or they go to JB Hi-Fi and purchase an Air Instrument, raising funds for the campaign, which aims to literally put instruments in the hand of disadvantaged children, as well as instigating musical education programs. This year being the inaugural campaign, the Song Room needed a band (a real one) as a patron – enter Melbourne quartet, Kingswood.
LOUIS AND THE HONKYTONK
HONKYTONK MEN Tonight Thursday 29 July sees The Den hosting a full line-up of rock/indie rock bands including 2009’s NCBC runners-up, Louie & The Honkytonk. Also playing is James Rogers of Harlequin League’s side project The Old Croak, 12-piece onstage phenomena, The Shallows and sci-fi rockers, Higgs Boson. $5 from 8pm.
How did you guys come to be involved? Alex Laska, guitar: “It’s an awesome campaign, and we were actually approached by staff from the Song Room after an Underground Cinema event we performed at in Melbourne. They thought we had the right sound and style to suit the PlayAir campaign and after telling us all about it we became really interested in supporting such a good cause. We might be a band just breaking into the local market, but we also are big believers in giving back to the community, no matter how small. Music is obviously a big part of our lives, and when we heard that air is all that a lot of kids around the country get to play, that really moved us to want to support The Song Room.” How important do you think initiatives like this are – not only for disadvantaged children around the country, but the musical culture of Australia as a whole? “Australia has such a thriving and healthy music scene – but it is an industry that has always struggled to support its artists. The attitude towards arts and music is getting better, but music and the arts are often dropped off the radar when it comes to Australians’ health and welfare priorities. People don’t realise how much disadvantage we actually have in this country, and aside from wanting to make sure everyone has the right to be exposed to music, programs like the Song Room do even more by using music to help improve social outcomes for kids who are missing out or in need around the country.” Kingswood-wise, you guys have just released your eponymous debut. How long in the making has it been? “We have indeed, we recorded late last year. We’ve been together for a few years now and a release has always been something we were planning to do. The reason it was so long in the making was that we wanted to build a catalogue of great tunes, rather than rush off and record the first few songs we’d written.” For kids out there who are voracious air guitarists, what’s your advice for turning that air instrument into a real one and getting out there? “Experiment, find out what instrument you’re attracted to and try and stick with it. Get a teacher once you’re ready and, most importantly, listen to music. Listen to as much as you can, all kinds, and decide for yourself what you like. Listening is the key. Listen and learn. And meanwhile, if you’re great at playing air – enter the PlayAir comp, load up a clip, and win your very own Fender to play for real!” The PlayAir competition runs until Monday 16 August. To enter or to find out more, simply head to www.playair.com.au. 46 • THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010
Schvendes very rarely put a foot wrong when playing live and even though they managed to destroy a snare drum, they still have yet to put a foot wrong. Playing a blend of older and newer songs, Schvendes are a collection of truly accomplished musicians. St Rita’s Home and Mockingbird saw singer Rachael Dease relax with a glass of champagne before their quite stunning film clip for Lay The Noose was played. Directed by Richard Berney and shot entirely at the Fremantle Buffalo Club, the clip matches the song, which matches the band. If both these bands lived in New York City they would play to the masses, in Perth they play to a very happy few. CHRIS WHEELDON
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MIDWEEK KILLS HAND STANDS FOR ANTS
FREO HEAVE HO For one year Fremantle Records has supported the local scene, working with and recording many of our soon to be stars. To celebrate their first birthday, from 5pm on Saturday 31 July Mojo’s will be filled with the live sounds of Hand Stands For Ants, Sugarpuss, Sonpsilo Circus, Piano Donkey, Oh! You Pretty Things, Grace Woodroofe, Seams, The Reductors and Helen Shanahan over the eight hour show, plus art.
WOMAN OF STEELE Last seen playing the ArtBar in May, Katy Steele returns to Australian stages as the national support for Richard Ashcroft & The United Nations Of Sound. Playing Little Birdy classics as well as new songs from her forthcoming solo debut, Steele graces Metro City on Wednesday 4 August. Tickets from Ticketek.
This Wednesday 4 August, We All Deserve to Be Loved returns to Manhattan’s. The midweek indie night of the century presents The Kill Devil Hills supported by Blackmilk with DJs on the night being the Paranoid Tarantula DJs. Be sure to send you and your homies names to firstname.lastname@example.org to get yourself cheaper entry from 8pm.
JEREMY SPOKE This Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July from 11.30pm at The Ellington, it’s time for the Late Night Groove Series. This week features Jeremy Gregory, who is back due to extremely popular demand. He leads the death squad (Cristal Phillips, Hans Fiance and Solomon Pitt) and the funkiest band (Tom O’Halloran – keys, Graham Wood – keys, Simon Jeans – guitar and Ben Falle – drums) through an entirely original R&B extravaganza.
MODERN DAY DISCO She’s created three critically acclaimed albums, picked up an ARIA Award for Best Female Artist and now she’s heading back to WA for one show in trio mode. She is Clare Bowditch and she’s promising to peddle ‘political disco’ on her forthcoming album Modern Day Addictions. You’ve already heard her two new singles Bigger Than The Money and The Start Of War, and you’ll hear these and more in a live setting when she closes the 2010 Artbar season on Thursday 5 August. Tickets to all previous Artbar shows have sold out, so best hit up Bocs early.
I’M A MISTER TOO This Friday 30 July, Mister & Sunbird play Manhattans. These guys play gypsy music with a gusto and precision that you only see from touring acts – but they’re from here! Supporting will be the big groove oriented double bass touting The Groovesmiths. A night of authentic folk with big grooves ! Entry is $5 from 8pm.
Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day to now: It was just a chance email early in 2009 that introduced Perth based blues singer KNiKi with Gold Coast based guitarist/frontman of Men In Blues Mike Beale. Initially just on board to help organise some east coast musicians for KNiKi’s appearance at the Blues On Broadbeach festival, the musical chemistry was instantaneous. Both artists have had success and multiple festival appearances to their credit. It’s exciting, vibrant and refreshingly different. After Broadbeach, a couple of guest appearances with Men In Blues fuelled the musical fire. The first, being Mike playing guitar for KNiKi at the legendary Toyota Music Muster in Gympie. A quick trip to play Perth in October and the next thing it was off the Kathmandu Nepal for the Himalayan Blues Festival. Tell us about your release: Dead On is a 14-track album. What do you get when you combine; a handful of soul, a shake of blues and a pinch of rock mixed with a vibe and chemistry that will linger eternally in your mind? KNiKi & Mike Beale. A rush of enchanting, delectable musical talent is like candy for your ears. How did you go about recording it? The new CD was recorded over five days in February on the Gold Coast at Big Note Productions with acclaimed Australian producer Adrian Stuckey (Split Enz, Neil Finn) and features a balance of original songs and a mixture of covers. The aim was to produce a record that captured the energy of both artists and the live performance. Tell us about your launch party: Dead On is the first album release for KNiKi and Mike working together and will be held at the Civic Hotel this Friday with support from local WA artists Seth Lowe and the Celtic blues band The Shinkickers.
SATURDAY NIGHT RAW Delivering the goods to The Den this Saturday 31 July is Raw Nerve. The line-up is headlined by the selfproclaimed shittest band in Perth The Creepers, who were recently teamed up with Raw Nerve to support UK punk legends The Vibrators, plus Surprise Sex Attack, The Lungs, Lucille and Scalphunter are all also along for the ride.
What’s next? Future looks promising for KNiKi & Mike as they’ve just started working with Black Market Records; Australia’s premier blues label. In the short term they’ll be concentrating on Australian tours to promote the new CD and festival appearances including the Bay Of Island in NZ this August. WHAT: Dead On (Black Market Music) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 30 July, Civic Hotel, Inglewood
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THE BLAST FURNACE Mercyful Fate, and Mille Petrozza of Kreator. The new Volbeat LP drops on September 10.
ALL THINGS HEAVY FROM THE BUBBLING DEPTHS OF THE METAL MELTING POT WITH TRISTAN BROOMHALL The name may be unfamiliar to a lot of us down here, but in Indonesia, Death Vomit have been belting out brutal death metal from the burgeoning Jogyakarta, Indonesia, scene since 1995. They’ve been announced as the Perth support for the massive Napalm Death and Dying Fetus tour that hits Amplifier Bar on Wednesday 1 September. With Ruins (Tas) and Beyond Grace (NSW) joining 18 of Perth’s heaviest acts, Bastardfest is set to be the highlight of the metal calendar. It’s all happening across two stages at the Civic Hotel on Saturday 16 October, and there are prizes on offer if you pick up presales tickets early, so don’t delay! Along with metal markets and merchandise there’ll be Grotesque, Dyscord, Claim The Throne, Mhorgl and Gallows For Grace amongst the line-up, just to give you a bit of an idea why this 10-hour metal fest is not to be missed. Danish heavy rockers Volbeat have been joined in the studio by Mark “Barney” Greenway (Napalm Death), who recorded guest vocals for one of the tracks on their upcoming fourth album Beyond Heaven/Above Hell. There’s studio footage posted on their website and as well as Barney, the metal/rockabilly/punk/thrash crossover group have also enlisted Michael Denner of
Swedish black metal legends Dark Funeral will play their last show with vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula next month after he announced he’s departing the band he’s fronted since 1995, citing that he’ll be getting married soon, denying personal issues within the band, and assuring fans he hasn’t committed suicide. There’s no hard feelings within the band and Lord Ahriman posted along with E.M. Caligula on the band’s official website that, “From now on and until we have found and installed a new killer vocalist we begin to work on a new full-length album. However, you can be rest assured that as soon as we have found a new vocalist, we’ll set full force, and continue to tour the world in usual Dark Funeral manner.” Floridian death metal veterans Monstrosity have begun writing for the follow up album to ‘07s Spiritual Apocalypse. Drummer and founding member Lee Harrison posted this as part of a statement on the MySpace: “We’ve had numerous tours to support Spiritual Apocalypse and our fans know by now we like to take our time and create albums that are unique in their own right and not thrown together like so many of our counterparts.” Monstrosity featured George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher on their first two albums before he left to join Cannibal Corpse in 1995. Newly formed Finnish atmospheric metal group The Man-Eating Tree, which features past and present members of Sentenced, Poisonblack, Reflexion and Embraze, have announced the launch of their debut release through Century Media Records outside of Finland. It’s titled Vine and due for release on September 22, but there’s a video clip up of the single The Longitude Of Sleep on their official website. Are you a local band? Have a release coming up, heading into the studio, recorded a video, line-up change, anything to announce? Send it through to the details below. Artists, labels and promoters can contact me with news and announcements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KARNIVOOL Capitol, Perth 22/07/10
After Perth’s own Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving opened with their impressive set of their progressive metal, Sydney’s MM9 provided the already packedout surroundings with an exclusive blend of dance rock intricacies, most notable during They Murder and SOSOS. The crowd was here for one band only though. Considering Karnivool had recently completed a 55-day European/US tour, it wasn’t surprising to note a distinguished amount of tightness shortly they’d launched into material such as Set Fire To The Hive, Goliath, Simple Boy and Umbra, a collection which forms the core structure of the band’s ’09 sophomore Sound Awake. C.O.T.E was the first airing off the seminal Themata release and proved how far this group has travelled since their inception in ‘97. Not only does this style of ‘older’ material now sound harmonically refreshed, mainly due to the band’s penchant for experimenting with different ways to breathe life into old tracks, it proves just how high the level of musicianship of each member has reached. Notable inclusions which now seem to formulate the backbone of a typical Karnivool set was the appearance of a Pro Tools operating Mac which spat out various snippets and samples, perfectly accompanying numbers such as The Medicine Wears Off, Roquefort and All I Know. Alongside this was a sound and lighting crew that were operating with the kind of jaw dropping precision that makes you realise just how important it is to get it right. Strangely the atmosphere inside Capitol remained subdued for large portions of the proceedings. Whether this was to do with the gig being held on a school night is another story, but this writer believes it was down to something completely different. Karnivool have now officially morphed into an organism far larger than anything that would fit into the category of just being a prog-metal band. The combination of lead singer Ian Kenny’s constantly pitch perfect resonance, along side the wizardry of Goddard, Hosking, Stockman and Judd signals something much more; something that has
KARNIVOOL BY ANGELA KING the ability to create a peaceful calm; something that provides their once metal hungry fans with a platform to draw raw emotion, or something to stand back and admire for the mere fact that is simply just beautiful music. CRAIG HOLLYWOOD
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HEARTBREAKERS RETURNING TO WA FRESH OFF THE SUCCESS OF THEIR WORLD CUP TRACK HEARTS ON FIRE, DISCO MONTEGO’S DENNIS DOWLUT TELLS US HOW THE TRACK CAME ABOUT AND WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT CAN MAKE. Tell us about your song Hearts On Fire – what kind of work went into it and why did you decide to write a World Cup song? The song was inspired by the celebration and excitement around the World Cup. The idea was to create something fun with a dance feel. The track was written and produced over just seven days. The song features a chant and percussion section by some South African artists, singing in Zulu and its English translation is, ‘God Bless Africa’. Tell us about the United Against Malaria cause – what made you get on board the good fight? I was surprised to learn that Malaria is responsible for half the deaths of children under five [in Africa]. The disease kills one million children a year in Africa alone. Since the World Cup was held this year in South Africa we felt that we needed to raise awareness for the Untied Against Malaria Charity. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a child and so when the opportunity came up to do something to help,
we just couldn’t say no. Malaria kills a child in Africa every 30 seconds and nearly one million people each year. It’s a completely preventable disease. Simple tools like mosquito nets, effective medicines and safe indoor spraying can save lives. How can people download the free song – and do you think the fact that Nando’s is on board helped Portugal’s nearest neighbour win the World Cup? People can download the track for free from the Nando’s website www.myheartsonfire.com.au and although I’m sure that Nando’s were on board helped Spain win, it would’ve been great to see South Africa take out the World Cup. What are some other ways to get involved in United Against Malaria for those afraid of Nando’s heat? Don’t be a chicken, they have Lemon & Herb and BBQ sauces on
the menu, there’s something for everyone…. Either way, pop into one of the restaurants and grab a United Against Malaria cause bracelet – for every six bracelets that we sell it pays for one malaria net – potentially saving three lives.
brilliantly suitable for the night, eventually creating a mass feeling of inebriation whether alcohol was imbibed or not. Check out his 7”, Natural’s Is In It, for a better feel for his virtually indescribable sounds. Whenever a Los Angelino plays Perth, the crowd seems to go fairly bonkers. And the same could be said for Ras_G – part of FlyLo’s Brainfeeder collective – after what was to be witnessed on this Thursday evening. Only 30 minutes before his set he was napping on one of the cosy couches inside the venue, seemingly nodding in and out of consciousness. Thankfully though, things sure changed when he took to the stage. Starting off with the hypnotic otherworldly beats we have grown accustomed to from the somewhat enigmatic DJ/producer, the walls were shaking and punters even took to standing on empty kegs to get a better view. While the gain was far too high throughout, this seemed to be the least of anyone’s worries. Juicy
basslines amalgamated with dark harmonics as the Californian went from glitchy hip hop to bombastic dubstep, completely mesmerising everyone with his uncanny skill at juggling live rhythms, ultimately leaving the appreciative crowd with both an unforgettable experience and insanely ringing eardrums. TED SCHLECHTE
What’s in store for your upcoming show at Metro City? Got a great show ready for Metro; myself, Andrew De Silva on vocals and DJ Gerard from Citylife cutting up a short set. What’s in the pipeline for Disco Montego? We’re working on the next Disco Montego album for release at the end of the year, so watch this space. WHO: Disco Montego WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 31 July, Metro City, Northbridge
ASCENSION @ RISE
CHARLIE BUCKET YOUR STYLE? Could write out an endless list of genres but I would rather say that I play records that I think are brilliant, and that’s my style. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKY TODAY? Huevos rancheros; best breakfast known to man! WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? Really depends on the gig. If I’m playing a funk set I’ll just bring a box of ‘45s but usually now I use Serato. Doesn’t ruin your records when you scratch and you’ve got doubles of everything. I have been using Ableton a lot recently to edit tracks that aren’t particularly DJ friendly and been making a few beats too. YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DJ SET? When I was about eight, my aunty got married and they had a jukebox at the reception. I stood in front of it for about four hours selecting songs – most I had no idea about. Stuff like Elvis, Stevie Wonder and INXS. Had an absolute ball. First real DJ set was at the Hydey on a Monday night back then I was playing house music. BEST DJ IN PERTH: Gotta say Ben M is probably my favourite DJ in Perth. The advantage of working in a good record store is that you hear EVERYTHING. You can really hear that in the way he plays – such amazing taste and knowledge of the music. I think Benny Chill is a really underrated DJ as well; he has silky skills and awesome track selection. I always have a boogie and a laugh with Selekt as well behind the piano
at The Manor popping bottles. WHAT DO YOU DO IN REAL LIFE? Collect rare records, cook a lot, study ninjakai taijitsu, make music and hang out with my girlfriend Kat. IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE IN THE WORLD TO BE YOUR BESTIE, WHO’D IT BE? Probably Bill Murray – he makes me laugh like no one else. THE BEST TRACK THAT NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR? Impossible to calculate one so I’ll just pick Check The Rhyme by A Tribe Called Quest. My favourite ever hip hop song. The Average White Band sample is dope and the question and answer thing between Q-Tip and Phife gets the whole club rhyming. Such a great group, I’m going to Sydney to see their first ever Australian show in a couple of weeks. MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? Obvious I know, but James Brown would have to be number one. It would be a hard task to find modern dance music that isn’t some how influenced by the godfather. 2. Fela Kuti stood up for what he believed in and paid heavy costs for it in a turbulent Nigeria in the ‘70s and totally created a unique sound. 3. J-Dilla – always been a big fan but now I’ve started making beats I realise just how incredible he was. Also Norman Jay MBE as he’s always been a huge influence and mentor to me. I’m proud to be able to call him a mate. WHAT DO YOUR FOLKS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: Hugely supportive, I have such an awesome
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family – they’re all doing exactly what they want and are kicking ass. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED? Hard to say – I have played some amazing gigs. Wave Rock 2008 was heaps of fun. Four hour set at the end of the two-day festival everyone was on the biggest high. Supporting Keb Darge, Mayer Hawthorne, DamFunk, J Rocc, Naughty By Nature and of course Norman Jay. But to be honest some of my favourite sets have been just random nights when you’re really feeling it and you have a crowd in the club. WHAT CREWS DO YOU BELONG TO? I have a promotion company with Jimmy The Lips called Think Twice and we put on Friday nights at The Manor, Afrodisia and various touring acts that come our way. I am also in the group Gentlemen Of Leisure with Melbourne DJ Manchild and MC NFA. ANY RELEASES OUT, OR IN THE PIPELINE? Working on some track with NFA at the moment – hopefully will be out some time next year. BEST PLACE IN PERTH TO: A) ROCK OUT: The Manor. B) CHILL OUT: Really like to chill at The Bird. C) PASS OUT: Usually on my couch halfway through a kung fu film D) PICK UP AND GET OUT: Anywhere my girlfriend is. GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? Really excited about Mulatu in October and Phife and Ali (A Tribe Called Quest) in December also playing at Good Vibes and supporting Kool & The Gang in February.
DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL
FLOORED RAS_G @ THE BIRD, NORTHBRIDGE Thursday 22 July Upon entering The Bird, it was straight to the bar for a beer to wash down the protein-rich meal that was inhaled at a particular Mount Lawley burger joint – the same one that tonight’s headliner decided to munch at as well. Ben M also helped the digestion process, playing a sickly sweet blend of everything from Madvillain and Flying Lotus to personal favourite Slum Village’s Fall In Love. His relentless ability to read the crowd was as accomplished as ever. Next in line was Wooshie, better known to mum as Dylan Michel. His dissected beats and vacillating synth sounds were
MELT! FESTIVAL @ FERROPOLIS Friday 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 July After snapping up some of those cheap-as-chips airfares to London, it was all too tempting to explore other spots in Europe to see what Perth’s really missing out on. After narrowly missing Sonar in Barcelona and Glastonbury, weeks of research led me stumble upon Melt! Festival in Germany. With acts such as Massive Attack, Chris Cunningham, Jonsi, Modeselktor,
FORWARD >>>>> FORWARD THINKING MUSIC FOR THE NEW DECADE WITH ANGELA KING. It may be winter, but that hasn’t stopped Perth promoters bringing the heat every weekend and occasionally mid-week. Tomorrow night sees Rregula and Phetsta reunite as Bad Robot once more for a two hour set likely to feature new material from the pair. Support for this one comes in the form of Dair, Stiltz, J Felix b2b L Wood and Double-1-Seven and per usual, The Cube is a door ticket only event, $5 before 11pm; $10 thereafter. We were lucky enough to have Hotflush label boss Scuba in town recently as along with all the sensational beats he spun, he played title track from little known duo Sepalcure’s debut EP. Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (Praveen & Benoit) make up the twosome and their EP titled Love Pressure is a four track effort that have gained some serious attention since its release, some even going great lengths to classify its genre-bending vibes as future garage, post-dubstep, and melodic lovestep – surprisingly however, all terms are strangely fitting. Well worth a listen for fans of James Blake, Joy Orbison and all releases from Hotflush. At the moment, new record labels are spawning like Gremlins in the rain. Another label to begin the business of music promotion is Melbourne based outfit Cue Recordings. The drum’n’bass focused imprint already has several upcoming artists signed including Fred V and are looking at working with Perth lads Ekko & Sidetrack,
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and Dub Z. Cue Recordings are also an official sponsor of Paradise In Bali festival with label owner Tommy Dub playing at the pre-party. Labelmates Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, who make up the partnership Mount Kimbie released their debut album last Monday. 11 track album Crooks & Lovers sounds as though it will be along the same genre bending lines as Sepalcure, and although they don’t consider themselves a dubstep act, it’s hard to deny that inevitable tag as they after all are signed to one of the original dubstep imprints, Hotflush. Its undoubtable the album will appeal to those with dubstep tastes, however, their live performances will feature live guitars and vocals. Night Class, Dead Weight! and Perthquake present a night dedicated to local dubstep talent, appropriately dubbed Evidence. Vishnu, ST-1, Saxon & Tifa, Pickles and D.Y.P are providing the entertainment for the night from 9pm at the Velvet Lounge on Saturday 31 July. Sweet location, sweet talent and best of all entry is 100 per cent free! Get down if you know what’s good for ya. Speaking of Dead Weight!, the date for the second edition has been set.
Kicking off at 8.30pm next Friday 6 August, The Bird once again hosts the night and entry is on the cheap side at $10, which buys you a ticket to see Naik, Tifa, Vishnu, Clunk, Saxon, Kit Pop and Zeke perform. Rumour has it Transistor Records boss Headhunter looks to be returning to Perth in a few months. After his blindingly awesome set at Ambar several years ago, a night punters still rave about as one of the best dubstep gigs to happen in Perth this is very good news. Undoubtedly his upcoming visit will showcase new tracks, Ginneys produced with Gatekeeper and Jellyfish both of which have just been released on Transistor, as well as tracks from his juke/techno alias Addison Groove. Stay tuned for more information. Loaded Dice are bringing New Zealander Agent Alvin to town to promote the release of Hospital Recordings latest release, mix CD Drum’n’Bass Club Anthems. Along with Agent Alvin, who mixed CD2 of the album, a lengthy list of locals are supporting. Around 12 DJs spinning d’n’b and dubstep spread over two stages will be performing at the Rosemount on Saturday. Tickets are $20 plus booking fee and available from www.loadeddice.com.au.
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‘HE TRIED TO RAM IT DOWN MY THROAT AND I DON’T LIKE ANYTHING RAMMED DOWN MY THROAT. UNLESS IT’S A RAM DOING THE RAMMING.’” A REP OF THE HILLTOP HOODS, QUOTING AN ACTUAL QUOTE OUT OF BEWITCHED APPARENTLY. WE’LL NEVER LOOK AT SAMANTHA THE SAME WAY AGAIN…
MAJOR BREAK @ VILLA
LIMELITE – MOBIN MASTER @ METROPOLIS FREMANTLE
OH SNAP! LAUNCH @ BLACK BETTY’S
the heat of Australia, the first day hit mid to high 30s, the major difference was after a sweaty afternoon setting up camp the cool waters of the surrounding lake easily entice. Needless to say showers were not an issue for the weekend. After wandering through a sea of tents, people jump on the bus to be taken to the festival grounds about five minutes away. Acts began at 3pm on Friday, with Pantha Du Prince being the first act of note. Every German spoken to highly recommended four-piece rock outfit Tocotronic. After hearing the native German group in an amazing Berlin restaurant, it was no surprise they were playing the Converse Main Stage. The set wasn’t quite as tantalising as their albums, but still worth a watch. Unfortunately UK band Archie Bronson Outfit who played at the same time and sported tie dyed kaftans, had small numbers but jammed super hard. The highlights of Friday night came from acts on the opposite end of the spectrum, Jonsi, lead vocalist
and guitarist from Sigur Ros put on a mesmerising performance, with a mixture of solo and Sigur material including track Gobbledigook. The sound was mixed to perfection, with the crowd in awe of feathered costumes, thundering multi instrument percussion and animated forest creatures. The other crowd favourite was undoubtedly Berlin’s own Modeselektor featuring side prankster project Bonapart. The Desperados CLIVE HENRY Beach Stage, enabled many a party goer to cool off in the lake while listening to acts such as Four Tet earlier in the evening, with a spectacular lighting storm not so far away. The XX, Foals, Booka Shade put on impressive performances from all accounts and by 5.30am Kissy Sell Out was blowing the roof off the Bench Gemini Stage. After paddling in the lake it was back to business for Saturday night. With performances running late and acts swapping times, organisation was dubious. Chris
4. Barking UNDERWORLD 5. Feel The Love (Greg Wilson Version) ROCHA 6. Music For Prophet UNDERWORLD 7. The Fire Below (The Revenge Mix) RUNAWAY 8. Slurp & Giggle OPIUO 9. Fluctuation HEADMAN 10. White Magic CEO
JACK IN THE BOX @ THE REPUBLIC
Kode 9 vs Martyn, Carl Craig, Foals and Goldfrapp at people’s disposal, it was a clear winner. In its 13th year, Melt! is unique for a number of reasons, firstly it’s situated in Ferropolis, two hours by train out of Berlin. Ferropolis translated means ‘city of steel,’ the festival is actually located in an open air museum where old mining machinery from 30 to 120 metres high tower over the stages with laser lights shooting across the sky, just to add some more magic to the surreal surroundings. Ticket sales are restricted to a rumored 30,000 and as Europeans love leisure and late nights stages were still full at 7am when the festival finished up for the night/morning, plus there was also the Sleepless Stage which ran 24 hours. The people were stylish as hell, music enthusiasts and not a hint of aggression may have explained the lack of police presence. A slightly naïve thought that the weather would be a far cry from
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Cunningham put on a visual and aural electrification. Footage of naked bodies engaging in a brutal fistfight combined with solo music comparable to Aphex Twin’s big beat experimental electronica boomed over the mainstage. Jamie Lidell offered a lighter alternative, followed by Hercules & Love Affair, Chromeo and A-Trak. Carl Craig rounded out the morning till 7 am on the Big Wheel Stage, with many people seeing the sunrise. Unfortunately due to a date at the airport, Massive Attack, Crookers and Black Mountain were missed. Despite this and a nasty flu, Melt! was definitely worth the hype. JO LETTENMAIER
FLOORED – WHAT WE MISSED LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney 26/07/10
So when LCD Soundsystem announced this would be their last ever tour of Australia following the release of one of the albums of the year, This Is Happening, many-a-fan cried in dismay at one of the 2000s most loved artists calling it a day. It also meant a pilgrimage to Sydney for this reviewer having missed them on their last tour here. Firstly though, unfortunately due to some incorrect ticket information many arrived about midway through Hot Chip’s earlier than expected set; one which had the lads (minus Joe Goddard) letting their songs blend together into one grooving set which featured a fairly even mix of the old and new. They closed on a high with a stomping rendition of Ready For The Floor that did have everyone in attendance smiling, but clearly already concerning themselves with what was to come. And what came was an indie/disco/punk tour de force that further enhanced James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem’s status as one of our generation’s truly amazing music acts. Opening
with Time To Get Away, a massive disco ball, crazy discotheque lighting, full band and partner in crime Pat Mahoney by his side on the skins, James Murphy unleashed one of those sets you remember for a very long time. Drunk Girls is even more rambunctious in the live setting, while Daft Punk Is Playing At My House was thrown into the set early, highlighting the veritable gold mine of tunes at Murphy’s disposal. Adding to this was his option to play All My Friends shortly after, a song so hard not to completely lose yourself in. The emotional I Can Change was slowed down just a little more, causing everyone to swoon and then ‘cause he could, Movement got everyone rocking. Before we knew it, the encore had the heartbreaking New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down doing exactly that; simultaneously filling a few thousand hearts with joy and sadness at a gig that rates with the best. TROY MUTTON THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010 • 49
29 JULY - 4 AUGUST
2010 THURSDAY MISTA SAVONA
DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK
order of the night at the Brighton in Mandurah.
DORCIA @ LIBRARY Bad Weather returns alongside Time Travel Agent, The Pearly Whites, Scott D, Mickey Juice, Arrigold and Destruct bring you the party beats.
FRIDAYS @ TIGER LILS Paul Malone spins electro beats, plus tech house from DJ Joby.
MISTA SAVONA @ FLY BY NIGHT Mista Savona is back to show off his highly acclaimed reggae sound in Mista Savona Sound System with special guest Vida-Sunshyne, you can catch them with The Brow Horn Orchestra and special guests.
ISOLATION @ VELVET LOUNGE In typical rock star style, Travis & Koe will be heading off on a Melbourne mini-tour, but before they leave they say farewell with a special guest DJ taking over afterwards. Free from 8pm.
RAZ BIN SAM @ MANHATTAN’S On his newly released album Own This Life, Raz Bin Sam recruited Mista Savona, Sabbo & Kuti and Stephen Mosco to help out with production. Teaming up with Selecta Major Krazy to form traditional dancehall sound system Blaze Fire Sound, they play with Sensi Sounds.
BANDS VS RAPPERS @ THE BIRD Catch the long-awaited battles between Injured Ninja and Mathas, Erasers and The Empty Cup, and Royal Vomit and Nick Sweepah.
AGENT ALVIN @ ROSEMOUNT
WINTERBEATZ @ BURSWOOD DOME From the people that brought you Supafest, the biggest (and loudest) urban event ever staged in Perth, comes Winterbeatz 2010. The event will see Ne-Yo performing his hits including Closer, Miss Independent, Because Of You, So Sick and more. He’ll be joined by T-Pain (who knows, maybe even with The Lonely Island), Fatman Scoop and Big Boi, who has just released his long awaited solo album. In fact it’s reviewed in this very edition, and we can safely tell you that he’s going to be da bomb shizzle. Aussies Phinesse and DJ Nino Brown round out the line-up. Tickets are $79 from Ticketek, or industry ones might still be Scoop-able if you’re lucky. Saturday 31 July. Blink is here and set to give you, your mates and your nanna a good ol’ party every Friday night. The newlyrenovated downstairs and partly renovated upstairs venue has been custom fitted for Blink clubbing and Tron, Amnesia, Misprint, Bacich and Ya Mumma have been brought in to kick the night off in style this week with all genres played on both floors from 9pm.
CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT DJs Andy M, Grantley Hyde, Daze and Pacemaker step from 8pm.
R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES Jon Madd’s Rock’N’Roll Karaoke with DJs. From 5pm, $10 from 8pm.
SHUT UP & DANCE @ TOUCAN DJ Matty J brings the party in Mandurah from 10pm.
RITMO @ DEFECTORS DJ Moogy presents a night of mambo and salsa. Free from 8pm.
FRIDAY THE ASTON SHUFFLE
THE CUBE @ SHAPE Set to joining forces for a two-hour reunion set, Phetsta and Rregula will once again become Bad Robot at The Cube on Friday 30 July. Their annual reunion set will see Dair, Stiltz, J Felix b2b L Wood and Double-1-Seven support with MCs Bear, Rtilery and Tenacity all on hand. Friday 30 July.
Disco Montego have created a song in celebration of the biggest event in the world, the World Cup with proceeds to United Against Malaria. See them with Headayke, Slick, Matty S, Angry Buda and more.
CHALLENGER READY @ AMBAR
LIMELITE @ METRO FREO Poster boys for the nu-rave generation, The Aston Shuffle are both the punters’ pied piper and the princesses of progression, and they have arrived. Having supported Digitalism, Justice, Busy P, Jesse Rose and more, not to mention share a spot with The Bloody Beetroots on recent Ministry Of Sound mix Destroy, these boys are everywhere of late. $15 from 9.30pm.
MISTA SAVONA @ PRINCE OF WALES Mista Savona Sound System with special guest Vida-Sunshyne bring the reggae sound to Bunbury this Friday.
RAZ BIN SAM @ SETTLERS TAVERN On his newly released album Own This Life, Raz Bin Sam worked with Mista Savona, Sabbo & Kuti and Stephen Mosco to help out with production. Teaming up with Selecta Major Krazy to form traditional dancehall sound system Blaze Fire Sound, they tour with Sensi Sounds to Margs.
BLINK @ BAR OPEN 50 • THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010
Rolling back into the stadium and bringing together both Perth’s most elite DJs and up-and-comers, Ren vs. Basschild, Oli vs. James A, Marty McFly vs. DNGRFLD, Ben Mac vs. Massive Trav and Wish vs. D One battle it out with breaks, house and tech being the weapons of choice. $12/8 from 10pm.
RHYTHMATISM @ THE BIRD Rhythmatism returns this week with the Obnoxious Owl Birthday. With free entry all night, DJs Ridikulas, Woohsie, Ben M and Ben Taaffe.
BASSMENT @ SWAN BASEMENT Double the bass with Lunacy, Paul Devins and Prince Tem for $5 from 8pm.
FUNK CLUB @ LEEDERVILLE (UP) It’s ladies night with Jade Crompton, Amanda Dee, and Riyaana Harman back to entertain and inspire you along with Shelly Addison and Cle Wooton and backed by The Ladies Night Collective. The action kicks off at 8pm for $15/5 on the door.
THE HIDEOUT @ LEEDERVILLE (DOWN) Every Friday sees The Hideout taking over to bring you the best in hip hop DJs, producers, live MCs
KING TITO’S DIRTY DISCO @ EAST END BAR King Tito returns this time headed up by the live underground nu disco sounds of the western suburbs in Tabularaza. Joining them is DJs Fkn Midas, Tcee, Azwon, Buda, Cooker, Malone, Perthquake, Joe Macc and more. Tickets on the door from 9pm.
LOKAL @ BAR 138 Weekly night combining Perth’s finest assassins from different crews with support from residents Progress Inn, this week sees things going live as well with MCees and producers thrown into the ‘mix’. Free entry from 6pm.
DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL Indie banging from the Death Disco DJs plus DJ Ryan spinning ‘80s indie classics upstairs. $10 entry fee.
FILTHY GORGEOUS @ BAR OPEN (UP)
JAPAN 4 @ AMBAR Dance until the sun comes up to the latest in the bassline beats, mixed by Buda, Marty McFly, Philly, Prizzy and Bulk China, who all know what you like to party. $12/8 from 10pm.
JOIE @ GEISHA Fresh and funky house with James & Simone A and Paul Malone.
OPEN HOUSE @ BAR OPEN (DOWN) Get yourself into a house frenzy with Ogden, Bacich, Misprint and Rikacke bringing the tunes.
AFRO BOOGALOO @ DEVILLES
POP LIFE @ MINT House, dance, retro, R&B and Top 40 from DJ Darren Briais. Free before midnight for Pop Life, $5 before 2am, $10 thereafter.
Johnny Nandez Hammond play live, plus Mondo Inferno disc jock spinning the hot wax, plus Teagan The Teaser and Les Sataniques.
PURE POP @ AMPLIFIER
RETRO MASH @ CAPITOL
SATURDAY @ LIBRARY
Eddie Electric spins indie classics and alternative sounds from 12am.
Lady Penelope live plus ‘80s and ‘90s pop with DJ Matty J.
DJs Jimmy Phatz, Victor and Gareth Richardson offer you beats galore.
B.E.D. @ THE BRIGHTON
SATURDAY @ LIQUID
Breaks, electro and dubstep are the
WE ALL DESERVE TO BE LOVED @ MANHATTAN’S Indie club night with Paranoid Tarantula DJs and bands.
OPEN HOUSE @ MINT Brighten up your Wednesday night with Chris and Matt spinning house tunes all night. $10/5 from 9pm.
BIG WEDNESDAYS @ NEWPORT STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT
FRIDAYS @ AMPLIFIER MONDO INFERNO @ DEVILLES
Heat six of From Bedroom To Bigroom kicks the night off with DJs Signal, DJ Vu, Xander and Hidemec going head to head. Then it’s time for Resonate with Perth’s hottest dubstep and drum’n’bass DJs Greg Packer, Special Lucas, Kurtox, Jazza, J.Nitrous and Killafoe joining forces for your party goodness. $15/10/5 from 9.30pm or free before 10pm.
Chris McPhee unleashes ‘80s/‘90s party hits and retro classics each Friday at Club Retro. Free before 10pm or $5/10 thereafter. New and retro tunes with DJ Jamie and DJ Shannon Fox. $8 after 12.
Exploding Boy, Owen Hair, J.O. Atroboy vs. Simon Gallop go Back To The Future from 8pm with tracks from way back.
DJ Tony Allen spins tunes from 8pm.
A night of Pan-African rhythms with the dancefloor sounds of Shangara Jive plus disc jocks Dr Africa and Jumpin Josh spinnin’ classic African grooves until late, go-go Afro with the Les Sataniques. Doors open 6pm, $10 after 8pm.
CLUB RETRO @ MINT
THE LOFT @ GEISHA
RESONATE @ RISE
Only the sickest house and electro party bangers from Finland’s Crystal Love a.k.a Skirtchaser, who’s used to playing with the likes of Ladyhawke, Miami Horror and more. Plus Sketchism & Jackness, Jay Vincente, Travis Le Brun and Aaron Richards for $10 from 9pm.
ROUGE @ GEISHA After a brief hiatus, the regulars return to Geisha with the bumpiest underground tech, smoothest progressive, grooviest Chicago house with Jean Paul, Jay Vincente, Adam Kytka, Rob Sharp, Aaron Richards, Marko La Kucha, Sirius B, De Mech and Scott Blackman spinning the tunes from 10pm.
MISTA SAVONA @ SETTLERS TAVERN
Tropical tunes each and every Friday night.
Responsible for such killer productions as The Space We Are and Incognition, Ronski Speed has seen his tracks hammered by the likes of van Dyk, Tiesto, Armin and Corsten. Having played in over 50 countries around the world, he plays with Avesta, Joe Benger, Steven Tranzor and Simon Barwood for $20/10/5 from 9.30pm.
Jewish artist Raz Bin Sam teams up with Selecta Major Krazy to form traditional dancehall sound system Blaze Fire Sound, with support from Sensi Sounds and Sabata Sound.
Fine tunes from Anton Maz and guests designed to soothe those hangover blues. Free entry.
DISCO MONTEGO @ METRO CITY
RONSKI SPEED @ RISE
RAZ BIN SAM @ MOJO’S
Jewish artist Raz Bin Sam brings the good vibes to Dunsborough with Sensi Sounds this Saturday.
TROPICOOL @ HULA BULA
THURSDAY @ LIQUID
BACK TO MONO @ DEFECTORS
and vocalists whipping out the good times for y’all! Free from 8pm.
DJs Adam Kelly and Charlie Bucket drop house, funk, soul, breaks and beyond. Free entry.
RAZ BIN SAM @ MALT BAR
Reggae masters Mista Savona Sound System with special guest Vida-Sunshyne spread the good times in Margs this Saturday.
Before he plays Winterbeatz, DJ Nino Brown hits Rockingham with Angry Buda for a night of urban treats.
Kiwi born Agent Alvin is a d’n’b master signed to Hospital and is in town for one show only. $20 plus BF from www.loadeddice.com.au, DJ Factory and Mills or more on door.
SATURDAYS @ TIGER LILS
Party in Rockingham with DJ Klar in the main room and DJ Stevie M.
DJ Shannon Fox brings you postpunk, indie-pop, rock and electro goodies in the courtyard. Free entry.
UPBEAT @ CLANCY’S Big beats in Applecross with DJ Andy M from 7.30pm.
UPCOMING EVENTS LIBERATE @ VILLA Liberate returns in August with a massive show at Villa, proudly presented by Drum Media. Heading up the hands-in-the-air affair is John ‘00’ Fleming for an exclusive four-hour set. Joining him is Belgian trance legend M.I.K.E. and upcoming trance hellraisers Tritonal. Saturday 14 August.
PARADISE IN BALI A highly unique festival holiday experience taking in Australia’s own adopted slice of heaven, Paradise In Bali is set to be held in the idyllic surrounds of Bali in the ridiculously beautiful/seriously epic outdoor arena Lotus Pond in GWK on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 November. International drum’n’bass heavyweights Netsky, Makoto, Krust, Die, Matrix & Futurebound and Utah Jazz are joined by ShockOne, Q-Bik, and Kim Dela Haye, Malaysia’s DJ Low, Indonesian locals Javabass Crew, Japan’s DJ Aki, Ragga Twins and MC Wrec. Check www.paradisefestival.com.au for tickets and details.
STEREOSONIC @ CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS Tiësto will be gracing us with his hands-raising presence on Sunday 28 November for Stereosonic at Claremont Showground (subject to council approval), alongside Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Robyn, Switch and Diplo’s project Major Lazer, Sebastian Ingrosso, Benny Benassi, Wiley, Ricardo Villalobos, Infected Mushroom, Jeff Mills, Afrojack, Luciano, DJ Sneak, Annie Mac, Caspa & MC Rod Azlan, Giuseppe Ottaviani (GO! Live), Reboot, DJ T, Bart B More, Optimo, DJ Dan, Congorock, Sied van Riel, Technasia, Russ Chimes, Redshape, L-VIS 1990, Aly & Fila and more to be announced. Limited first release tickets available for $119 from Thursday 5 August at Moshtix and stereosonic.com.au.
UPCOMINGS JULY MISTA SAVONA SOUND SYSTEM, VIDA SUNSHYNE – Jul 29 @ Fly By Night, Jul 30 @ Prince Of Wales, Jul 31 @ Settlers Tavern RAZ BIN SAM – Jul 29 @ Manhattan’s, Jul 30 @ Settlers Tavern, Jul 31 @ Malt Bar Dunsborough, Aug 1 @ Mojo’s THE ASTON SHUFFLE – Jul 30 @ Metropolis Fremantle RONSKI SPEED – Jul 30 @ Rise DJ NINO BROWN – Jul 30 @ Liquid DJ MINX – Jul 30 @ Karratha Tavern, Jul 31 @ Last Chance WINTERBEATZ: NE-YO, T-PAIN, BIG BOI, FATMAN SCOOP, PHINESSE, DJ NINO BROWN – Jul 31 @ Burswood Dome AGENT ALVIN – Jul 31 @ Rosemount DISCO MONTEGO – Jul 31 @ Metro City + CRYSTAL LOVE – Jul 31 @ Bar Open
AUGUST PVT (FORMERLY PIVOT) – Aug 6 @ Rosemount STEAMWORKS: MIGHTYFOOLS, FLIGHT FACILITIES, SHARKSLAYER – Aug 6 @ Villa ANDY MURPHY – Aug 6 @ Metropolis Fremantle + DEEKLINE, KILLAQUEENZ – Aug 6 @ Bar Open + RAMADANMAN – Aug 6 @ Shape BLISS N ESO – Aug 7 @ Metro City + KOOL KEITH – Aug 11 @ Shape COLD BLANK – Aug 13 @ Ambar RICHARD VISSION – Aug 13 @ Metropolis Fremantle + DJ AQEEL – Aug 13 @ Metro City + NIK FISH – Aug 13 @ Rise MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS – Aug 14 @ Capitol LIBERATE: JOHN 00 FLEMING, M.I.K.E., TRITONAL – Aug 14 @ Villa YOLANDA BE COOL, DCUP – Aug 20 @ Ambar OZI BATLA, SANDRO – Aug 20 @ Prince Of Wales, Aug 21 @ Rocket Room, Aug 22 @ Mojo’s Bar NICK THAYER – Aug 21 @ Ambar DJ MARKY – Aug 21 @ Villa + TYDI, MARLO – Aug 27 @ Rise DJ KON – Aug 27 @ The Manor LEE COOMBS – Aug 27 @ Ambar
SEPTEMBER MUMDANCE, DEATHFACE – Sep 10 @ Ambar MILES DYSON – Sep 11 @ Villa HORRORSHOW, SETH SENTRY – Sep 17 @ Mojo’s, Sep 18 @ Rosemount BASS KLEPH – Sep 18 @ Villa + LEE BURRIDGE – Sep 24 @ Ambar + KID KENOBI – Sep 25 @ Ambar PARKLIFE: GROOVE ARMADA, MISSY ELLIOTT, SOULWAX, HOLY GHOST!, THE DANDY WARHOLS, KELE, BUSY P, MEMORY TAPES, CUT COPY, MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS, UFFIE, CLASSIXX, THE WOMBATS, DAN BLACK, JACK BEATS, DELOREAN, DARWIN DEEZ, CHIDDY BANG, NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB, OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL PLUS MORE TBA – Sep 26 @ Wellington Square
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GIG GUIDE THU 29 Steve & Ben Bally’s Bar Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Howie Morgan Bennys Karin Page Botanica Celebrations Karaoke Brooklands Charlie Landsborough Bunbury Regional Ent Centre Green Faces Charles Htl Christian Parkinson Como Htl Jon Madd’s Rock’n Roll Karaoke Devilles Pad Gun Shy Romeos Elephant & Wheelbarrow Troy Roberts Quartet Ellington Jazz Club Mista Savona, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Leeuwin, Simon Kelly Fly By Night Fremantle WAAPA Jazz Band Inglewood Hotel Chris Murphy Kingsley Tavern Freeform Kulcha Nathan Gaunt Lucky Shag Raz Min Sam, Sensi Sound Manhattan’s Bauxhead Merriwa Tavern Stillfire, Hunting Huxley, Witches Promise, The Yoko Homos Mojos Nth Fremantle Vdelli Mustang Bar Shannon Fox Newport Htl Aiden Varro Ningaloo Resort Valiant, Cam Avery Norfolk Basement Ben Merito Paddingtion Ale House Dr Bogus Paddy Hannan’s, Burswood Young Heretics, Arms Like Branches Prince of Wales Bunbury The Wilderness, Yokohomos, Hand Stands For Ants, Hootenanny Rosemount Htl Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Fenton Wilde Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Paige Trentham Settlers Tavern Margaret River Damien Cripps Sovereign Arms The Babalas Swan Lounge Injured Ninja, Mathas, Erasers, The Empty, Cuproyal Vomit, Nick Sweepah The Bird Louis & The Honky Tonks, The Old Croak, The Shallows, Higgs Boson The Den 3’s A Crowd The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success Gabriellla Coenen, Dale Boaden WA Academy of Performing Arts
FRI 30 Midnight Rambler 7th Avenue Bar Trent Williams, The Kirbens, The Brown Study Band, One Thousand Years, Crash Compass, Good Little Fox, Minute36 Amplifier Bar Free Radicals Bally’s Bar Benjamin Glynn Balmoral Groovetime
Belmont Tavern Faces Bennys Ben Pettit Bentley Hotel Mod Squad Boat Glen Davies Broken Hill Shawne & Luc Captain Stirling Frisky Business Carlisle Htl Slither Castle KNiKi, Mike Beale, The Shinkickers Civic Htl Backroom Jane Germain & The Yahoos Clancy’s Fish Pub The Select Few Craigie Tavern Johnny Nandez Hammond Explosion, Les Sataniques, Teagen Teaser Devilles Pad Redstar Dusk Lounge Bar Graham Wood Trio, Libby Hammer, Trent White, Jeremy Gregory Ellington Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens Fly By Night Fremantle Mike Nayar Gate Baby Piranhas Greenwood Hotel Bill Chidgzey Hale Rd Tavern Debra Jayne Kulcha Mister & Sunbird, Groovesmiths Manhattan’s Blue Shaddy, The Joe Kings Mojos Nth Fremantle Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys, Cheeky Monkeys Mustang Bar Felix Newport Htl Young Heretics Norfolk Basement Gun Shy Romeos Paddo Blue Gene Paddy Hannan’s, Burswood J Babies Paramount Nightclub Milhouse Player’s Bar Mista Savona, Leeuwin Prince of Wales Bunbury The Generators, Self Made Guru, Veronica’s Assassin, Desertship Railway Htl Day Of The Dead, Sugar Blue Burlesque, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Hayley Beth Rosemount Htl Good Karma Royal Fremantle Golf Club Switchback Sail & Anchor Bluebottles Saint Raz Bin Sam Settlers Tavern Margaret River Aiden Varro Shark Bay Htl Lunacy, Paul Devins, Prince Tem Swan Basement The Midnight Mules, The Witches Promise, Day of Kings, Fatwah & Friends Swan Lounge Damien Cripps Swinging Pig Obnoxious Owl Birthday The Bird Chris Murphy The Deen Injured Ninja, Pex, Super Games, Steve Matzkov, Quick, Ducks On A String The Den The Damien Cripps Band The Eastern Midland Chris Murphy Duo The Principle Micro Brewery Stella Donnelly
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The Riverdale Double Trouble Trafalgars Pub Club Bunbury Selk & The Bone Singers, These Shipwrecks, Cat Black, Maurice Flavel Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic, Tip Top Sound, Dj Melvin Victoria Park Htl Dr Bogus Woodvale Tavern
SAT 31 Young Heretics, Arms Like Branches, Place Of Indigo, The Japanese Tongue Sisters Amplifier Bar Glen Davies Bally’s Bar Retrofit Balmoral J Babies Bar 120 Chris Murphy Belgian Beer Cafe Redstar Black Bettys Howie Morgan Project Broken Hill Fit Swimmers Brooklands Courtney Murphy & Murphy’s Lore Burswood Prize Draw Stage Sonpsillo Circus, Home Brew, Resort, The Love Junkies, James Teague, Goodnight Tiger, The Brow Horn Orchestra Civic Htl Backroom Festivus Como Htl African Boogaloo, Shangara Jive, Les Sataniques Devilles Pad Switchback Eastern Midland Htl Bronwynn Sprogowski, Jeremy Gregory Ellington Dark Cabaret Fly By Night Fremantle Ben Pettit Gate Hot Plate Heaven Greenwood Hotel The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Company Hot Paprika Kulcha Aiden Varro L’atitude 28 Bar Acoustic Inc Leopold Htl Bicton Nova’s Red Hot Party Library Cavefire Cinema, Ol’ Bougainvillea, Krankenstein Manhattan’s Hi Nrg Metropolis Fremantle Hand Stands For Ants, Sugarpuss, Sonpsillo Circus, Piano Donkey, Oh! You Pretty Things, Grace Woodroofe, Seams, The Reductors, Helen Shanahan Mojos Nth Fremantle Milhouse Moon & Sixpence Rusty Pinto Combo, Rockabilly DJ, The Damien Cripps Band with DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Gravity Newport Htl Airbag Players Bar Mandurah Shimmergloom, Heath Marshall, The Jephasuns, Lizzie Lambie Railway Htl The Art, Blackmilk, The Scotch Of Saint James Rocket Room Agent Alvin Rosemount Htl Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge
Christian Thompson Rottnest Hotel Bluebottles Sail & Anchor Mista Savona Settlers Tavern Margaret River Huge Shed Jook Joint Band South Beach Hotel Off The Record Subiaco Htl Lantana, Aztech Suns, Oiishi, Grand Suns, Hunting Huxley (AKA Slinky Beaver), Writhe, Shock Octopus, Indiana Swan Basement Fabulous Diamonds The Bird The Creepers, Raw Nerve, The Lungs, SSA, Lucille The Den Free Radicals The Principle Micro Brewery The Shinkickers The Woodbridge Hotel Chris Gibbs Wanneroo Crave Whale & Ale Slim Jim & The Phatts Woodvale Tavern
SUN 01 Mia & Good Company 7th Avenue Bar Steve Hepple Bally’s Bar Cranky Balmoral Helen Shanahan, Tree, Sian Brown Barchetta, Nth Cottesloe Damien Cripps Belmont Htl Adrian Wilson Bentley Hotel Nathan Gaunt Broken Hill Dom Zurzollo Brooklands Benjamin Glynn Captain Stirling The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl Chris Murphy Como Htl Arthur Gracia and his World of Indojazz Ellington Charlie Landsborough Fly By Night Fremantle The Other Guys Gate Ben Pettit High Road Htl Riverton Young Heretics, Arms Like Branches, Place Of Indigo Indi Bar Retrofit Indian Ocean Brewing Company Chris Gibbs Kalamunda Htl Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern The Butchers Manhattan’s Raz Min Sam, Sabata Sound, Sensi Sound Mojos Nth Fremantle Acoustic Inc Moon & Sixpence Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers Mustang Bar The Art, Blackmilk, The Scotch of Saint James Newport Htl Kris Arnott, Trevor Jalla, Karin Page Paddo My Daytime Drama, KarmaFX, The Changing times, Starcleaner Railway Htl The Recliners Sail & Anchor Howie Morgan Project Saint Graeme Dickson Settlers Tavern Margaret River Anthony Nieves South St Ale House Ivan Ribic Sovereign Arms
Kevin Conway Stamford Arms Jason Ayers Subiaco Arts Centre MetroGnome, Lizzie Lambie, Tiaryn Griggs, Happier Blue Swan Basement Nat Ripepi Swinging Pig Christian Thompson The Corner Stone Alehouse Festivus The Principle Micro Brewery Retrofit Universal Bar Clayton Bolger Victoria Park Htl Damien Cripps Wanneroo Ryan Carbray Woodvale Tavern
MON 02 Christian Parkinson Bar Orient Fremantle Christ Church Jazz Ellington Wide Open Mic Mojos Nth Fremantle Marco & The Rhythm Kings Mustang Bar Plastic Max & The Token Gestures The Deen
TUE 03 Chris Murphy Bally’s Bar WAAPA Music Theatre Fundraiser Ellington Chris Gibbs Fenians Pub Fenton Wilde Hale Rd Tavern Open Mic Night Impact Bar Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Art Metropolis Fremantle The Spitfires, The Moltens, Sonpsillo Circus, Hang On St. Christopher Mojos Nth Fremantle Danza Loca Salsa Mustang Bar Ray Beadle, Deja Blues, Lovebites Perth Blues Club David Fyffe Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Adrian Wilson Sail & Anchor Open Irish Music Session The Woodbridge Hotel
WED 04 Nicki Rose Bentley Hotel Side FX Black Bettys Ben Vanderwal Trio Ellington Howie Morgan Lucky Shag Blackmilk, The Kill Devil Hills Manhattan’s Ray Beadle, Lightning Jack, Heath Marshall Mojos Nth Fremantle Grace Woodroofe, Mike Swann, Will Stoker Moon Cafe Milhouse Mustang Bar Art in Algebra, Farthing Woods, Ivory Solf, Sean Spit Fire Paddo Pigeon, Bearwolf Tiger, Pink Million, Case Rosemount Htl Adrian Wilson, Songs In The Green Sail & Anchor Acoustic Open Mic Settlers Tavern Margaret River The Wishers, Tenille Elkins, Donna Iverson Swan Lounge
BRITISH INDIA TROY ROBERTS: JUL 29 The Ellington * JON STEVENS, SALLY SINGLETON: JUL 29 The Eastern Hotel, AUG 1 100 Club Collie CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH: JUL 29 Bunbury Entertainment Centre, JUL 30 Albany Town Hall, AUG 1 Fly By Night YOUNG HERETICS: JUL 29 Prince Of Wales, JUL 30 Norfolk Basement, JUL 31 Amplifier, AUG 1 Indi Bar RAZ BIN SAM: JUL 29 Manhattan’s, JUL 30 Settlers Tavern, JUL 31 Malt Bar Dunsborough, AUG 1 Mojo’s KASABIAN: JUL 30 Metro City THE BLACK SORROWS: JUL 30 Charles Hotel DARYL BRAITHWAITE, JON STEVENS, SALLY SINGLETON: JUL 30 Fly By Night, JUL 31 Charles Hotel FABULOUS DIAMONDS: JUL 31 The Bird NE-YO, T-PAIN, BIG BOI, FATMAN SCOOP, PHINESSE: JUL 31 Burswood Dome THE ART: JUL 31 Rocket Room, AUG 1 Newport BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB, THE ART: AUG 3 Metropolis Fremantle RAY BEADLE: AUG 3 Charles Hotel MIDLAKE, BIG SCARY: AUG 4 Capitol RICHARD ASHCROFT & THE UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND, KATY STEELE: AUG 4 Metro City PAVEL HAAS QUARTET: AUG 4 Perth Concert Hall JUSTINE CLARKE: AUG 4 Boardwalk Theatre Mandurah, AUG 5 Bunbury Entertainment Centre, AUG 6 Fremantle Town Hall, AUG 7 Astor Theatre, AUG 8 Arena Joondalup CLARE BOWDITCH: AUG 5 Artbar WHITLEY, SEAGULL: AUG 5 Amplifier, AUG 6 Manhattan’s DEBORAH CONWAY & WILLY ZYGIER: AUG 5 Prince Of Wales, AUG 6 Friends Restaurant, AUG 7 Norfolk Basement, AUG 8 Ravenswood Hotel PVT (PIVOT): AUG 6 Rosemount INGRID JAMES & TRUDY KERR: AUG 6 & 7 The Ellington JEFF MARTIN: AUG 6 Rocket Room, AUG 7 Fly By Night PURE ROBBIE: AUG 6 Fly By Night, AUG 7 Charles Hotel
ROBYN @ STEREOSONIC ELVIS TO THE MAX: AUG 6 Regal Theatre, AUG 7 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre LAURA MARLING, BOY & BEAR, JOHNNY FLYNN: AUG 8 Capitol FLORENCE & THE MACHINE: AUG 10 Challenge Stadium CKY: AUG 11 Civic Hotel MARK SEYMOUR: AUG 11 Friends Restaurant, AUG 12 The Icon Karratha, AUG 13 Fly By Night, AUG 14 Charles Hotel HORACE PINKER: AUG 12 The Den BASEMENT BIRDS, OLD MAN RIVER: AUG 13 Astor Theatre COLLEGE FALL: AUG 13 Rosemount, AUG 14 Settlers Tavern, AUG 21 Colonial Brewery, AUG 22 Broken Hill Hotel, AUG 27, 28 & 29 Gulliver’s Tavern Kununurra GREEN GREEN GREEN: AUG 13 Swan Basement, AUG 14 The Den THE KRANSKY SISTERS: AUG 13 Goldfields Arts Centre Kalgoorlie, AUG 14 Esperance Civic Centre, AUG 17-22 Playhouse Theatre, AUG 24 Queen’s Park Theatre Geraldton, AUG 26 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, AUG 27 Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, AUG 28 Margaret River Arts Centre DAVID CAMPBELL: AUG 14 Perth Concert Hall MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS, DAPPLED CITIES, CANYONS: AUG 14 Capitol SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS: AUG 17 YMCA HQ, AUG 18 Rosemount Hotel PAUL GRABOWSKI: AUG 19, 20 & 21 The Ellington SENSES FAIL: AUG 19 Amplifier RUSSELL MORRIS & BRIAN CADD: AUG 20 Charles Hotel HOODOO GURUS: AUG 20 Mangrove Hotel Broome SAMSARA: AUG 20 YMCA HQ, AUG 21 Amplifier DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, BLACK DEVIL YARD BOSS: AUG 20 Wintersun Hotel, AUG 21 Capitol DARREN HANLON, SHELLEY SHORT: AUG 21 Fly By Night MINDSNARE, SAMSARA: AUG 21 Amplifier THE DINGOES: AUG 21 Charles Hotel, AUG 22 Fly By Night * BONDI CIGARS: AUG 20 Eastern Hotel, AUG 21 Royal Flying Doctors
Karratha, AUG 22 Icon Restaurant Karratha, AUG 24 Charles Hotel THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER & HIS AWKWARDSTRA: AUG 25 Indi Bar, AUG 26 Prince Of Wales, AUG 27 Rocket Room ALED JONES, GRETA BRADMAN: AUG 26 Burswood Theatre GEORGE GARZONE: AUG 26, 27 & 28: The Ellington THY ART IS MURDER: AUG 26 Black Betty’s, AUG 27 & 28 YMCA HQ PARADES: AUG 26 The Newport, AUG 27 Prince Of Wales, AUG 28 Amplifier SNEZ: AUG 26 Wyndham Town Hotel, AUG 28 Divers Tavern Broome, SEP 5 Old Pumphouse Kununurra, SEP 10 Timber Creek Hotel WASHINGTON: AUG 27 Fly By Night JOHN BUTLER TRIO, BLUE KING BROWN: AUG 27 Fremantle Arts Centre, SEP 27 Mangrove Resort Broome (No Blue King Brown) * BRITISH INDIA: AUG 27 Settlers Tavern, AUG 28 Royals Palm Resort, AUG 29 Ravenswood Hotel, SEP 2 Prince Of Wales, SEP 4 Wintersun Hotel Geraldton IAN MOSS: AUG 30 Friends Restaurant NAPALM DEATH, DYING FETUS, DEATH VOMIT: SEP 1 Amplifier * CHRIS ABRAHAMS (THE NECKS): SEP 1 The Ellington THE CAT EMPIRE, CLAIRY BABY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES: SEP 2 Astor Theatre DANIEL O’DONNELL: SEP 2 Perth Convention Centre CHRIS MCNUITY & PAUL BOLLENBACK: SEP 3 & 4 The Ellington CALLING ALL CARS, NUMBERS RADIO: SEP 3 Prince Of Wales, SEP 4 Rosemount ART VS. SCIENCE: SEP 4 Capitol TINPAN ORANGE: SEP 4 Fly By Night, SEP 5 Redcliffe On The Murray BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BRING ME THE HORIZON, CANCER BATS: SEP 5 Challenge Stadium HYPERFEST: CALLING ALL CARS, ART VS SCIENCE, PEZ and more TBA: SEP 5 Midland Railway Workshops XUI XUI, HIGH PLACES: SEP 6 Amplifier * Indicates new or amended listings
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TIME FOR A MID YEAR EDUCATION?
* THIS IS AN ADVERTORIAL
WAAPA While some students might be regretting that another set of holidays are gone as they go back to university for semester two around about now, there’s a whole lot more either A) Stoked to be back continuing the pursuit of knowledge and skills and B) Wondering what the hell they’re going to do with their lives. If you fall into the B) category, yet the A) one seems like a pretty damn fine way to be, then now is the perfect time of the year to do some research and discover what courses might help you fulfil your desires for a better life – both in quenching your thirst for knowledge, but also helping you get into a position where quenching your own thirst as a reward is something that won’t break your bank balance. Yes, we’re talking about jobs. And there are few places better to get you jobs in the creative industries than SAE and WAAPA. So here’s all the info you need to know on two of Australia’s leading educational institutes.
WAAPA STANDS FOR: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. WHERE: Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St. Mt Lawley, WA, 6050.
ADMISSIONS: 9370 6594. MORE INSTANT INFO: waapa.ecu.edu.au Why should students choose WAAPA? The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts is recognised as one of Australia’s most prestigious performing arts training Academies, producing some of Australia’s most outstanding performers including Tim Minchin, Hugh Jackman, Francis O’Connor, William McInnes, Lucy Durack and so many more. WAAPA students pursue artistic excellence both on and off the stage. Every year students, staff and critically acclaimed guest artists collaborate to present over 300 public performances more productions and more diversity than any other arts training institution in Australia. WAAPA offers a range of courses, both VET and higher education, across a range of areas including Aboriginal Theatre, Acting, Arts Management, Broadcasting, Costume, Dance, Design, Lighting, Music, Music Production, Music Theatre, Props & Scenery, Sound and Stage Management. What’s special about your uni/college? WAAPA is a really amazing, vibrant and exciting place where students from across the whole range of training collaborate to produce amazing performances. Opera, classical music concerts, jazz, rock‘n’roll, theatre, musicals, short films, radio and TV packages – the whole works. There is a real camaraderie between students and staff and even though it can get extremely
busy we always work together to produce outstanding results. WAAPA has a range of VET courses in the areas of music, music production, sound, lighting, production and design. These 2 and 3 year advanced diplomas are not only exceptional value for money, but ensure handson training on full scale, professional events that are presented to the public. What area of learning/ departments are you best known for? Acting, Music Theatre, Dance and Jazz. Are there Fee Help approved courses and what scholarships are available? Yes – contact the Admissions Officer. Are you offering any new courses next year? No new full time courses, but we will be launching some new short courses aimed at year 11 and 12 students in the areas of contemporary music, backstage production and acting.
SAE INSTITUTE STANDS FOR: The School of Audio Engineering. WHERE: Level 1, 3-5 Bennett St, East Perth, WA, 6004. ADMISSIONS: 6217 4100. MORE INSTANT INFO: perth.sae.edu What’s special about your uni/college?
Specialist industry college. Low student/teacher ratio. Wide range of industry standard facilities. National headquarters for the SAE/QANTM Alumni. What area of learning is your university well known for? Creative Multimedia. We are renowned for giving our students the best technical skills and ways of searching for inspiration, making our students stand out from the rest when attempting to enter the associated industries. Are there Fee Help approved courses and what scholarships are available? All diplomas and degrees are fee-help approved and scholarships are available across the world. Why should students come to your Open Day? Live demonstrations, regular tours, course seminars, talk with staff and students. You can contact us with questions any time and organise to discuss the courses, but if you’d like to go to our next official Open Day then mark in Friday 5 November from 6-9pm. Are you offering any new courses next year? Pending government approval, SAE Institute Perth will be offering a range of gaming, 3D and Multimedia courses from 2011.
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SHAG RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA An artist we’ve long admired, Los Angeles based Shag (AKA Josh Agle) is returning to Australia for a series of shows featuring his works, which have taken a darker, more surreal direction. Known for his lounge, tiki, ’50s imagery, this change of direction comes with a lot anticipation. So much so that Outré Gallery (who will host his exhibitions) have already setup a waiting list for those admirers keen to purchase a print. Shag’s Inscrutable Mystery Guide will be held at Outré, Northbridge from Saturday 28 August, andthe artist will be signing books on opening day. It runs for three weeks. Head to outregallery.com for more details.
THIS WEEK IN
Burswood Theatre until 1 August.
Artist In Residence project – weekly street art workshops at Rockingham Shopping Centre. See the results live. Cabaret Soiree: Carnivale – Everyone’s Got Something To Hide (Except Me And My Monkey) – classic songs from the Lennon and McCartney songbook given a cabaret spin. His Majesty’s Theatre until Saturday 31 July.
My Fair Lady – the classic piece of musical theatre about the social education of Eliza Doolittle, immortlised by Audrey Hepburn. Roleystone Theatre until 7 August.
Hamlet – the Bard’s most famous work performed by third year WAAPA students. Enright Studio, 7:30pm. Also performing Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm. WAAPA 30x30 – in celebration of WAAPA’s 30th anniversary at midday 30 30-minute plays will be staged in a variety of locations across Perth. Details at waapa.ecu.edu.au.
SATURDAY 31 Dark Cabaret – night of disturbing clowns, burlesque, acrobats, drag, sideshow, and more. Fly By Night, 7:30pm. LINK: Dances For Small Spaces – three new pieces of contemporary dance in an intimate setting. Roundhouse Theatre, 7:30pm.
SUNDAY 1 Mamma Mia! – the smash hit musical, now in its 10th year. For ABBA freaks and novices alike.
Gasp – collaborative work between Suzanne Rofe (The End Of Sophie And All Her Friends) and Michelle Sowden (Alaska), Gasp tells the story of a woman rushed to hospital only to find there’s nothing wrong with her. Opening night. Blue Room Theatre until 21 August.
Patricia Piccinini: Relativity – massive exhibition dedicated to one of Australia’s most talented sculptors, whose work explores the blending of sciences and nature. Art Gallery Of WA until 22 August. Plasticity: Dawn Gamblen and Minaxi May – a different approach to everyday objects with an emphasis on art-making. Using consumable items and everyday materials available at supermarkets and home furnishing stores the artists will create spaces that focus on themes of consumption and collecting. Heathcote Museum & Gallery until 29 August.’ Twelfth Night – classic Shakespeare combining sweetness, sadness, and silliness. The Playhouse until 8 August.
GIVEAWAY! Centurion looks set to be one hell of a film. Starring Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglourious Basterds), Dominic West (Jimmy McNulty in The Wire), and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace), and directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent), Centurion is set in AD 117 when the Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain, and the Romans’ ongoing quest for land has been halted by a savage tribe in Scotland. Thanks to Hopscotch, we’ve got five in-season double passes to the film up for grabs. For your chance to win one email firstname.lastname@example.org with “CENTURION” in the subject line.
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WITH GUY DAVIS You know me. You know that I’m a classy, tasteful gent with a penchant for high-end liquor and the novels of Proust. But sometimes even I want to kick things up a notch, which is why I’ve lately been wading around in the sordid murk that is the direct-to-DVD market. Now, when I say direct-toDVD, I don’t mean movies with lofty aspirations of big-screen success that unfortunately fell short of the mark and ended up on the videostore shelf. No, I’m talking movies too down and dirty to be displayed in a public forum, movies too disreputable to be screened anywhere but the privacy of one’s own home. And you know something? Some of them – not all of them, but certainly some of them – are pretty freakin’ good. I don’t mean ‘good’ as in, “Dude, then that guy’s head exploded! Sweet!” I mean good as in they’ve been put together with skill, style and finesse. And, of course, an exploding head or two. So if you’re of a mind to spend an evening watching people (mainly heavily-muscled fellows with anger-management issues, who are people nevertheless) slugging, stabbing and shooting the absolute fuck out of one another, here’s a trio of movies that may float your boat. Blood And Bone: You may remember Michael Jai White as the hottempered African-American gangster who ran afoul of Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. Clearly upset by getting his bum handed to him by said clown, White goes about reminding all and sundry just who’s the man (here’s a clue: IT’S HIM) in Blood And Bone, in which he plays Isaiah Bone, whose resume consists of two words: ‘Bad Motherfucker’. Fresh out of jail, he enters the underground streetfighting circuit on a mission of revenge and essentially kicks arse until no one else in the film can consider sitting
down for three or four years. Neoblaxploitation for the new millennium, complete with Brit ponce Julian Sands as a hissable power-broker laying down racist rhetoric. The Tournament: A recurring theme in your modern direct-to-DVD actioner is your sinister cabal of rich dudes getting scrappy psychos to compete in bloodsports for fun and profit. That’s the case with The Tournament, in which the world’s best assassins (apparently there’s a ranking system or somethin’) are assembled to kill or be killed. Too bad for alcoholic priest Robert Carlyle that he somehow ends up in the middle of it all, huh? Some nifty stunts, gratuitous bloodletting and an enjoyable scenery-chewing performance by Vampire Diaries pretty boy Ian Somerhalder as a guy who really, really likes killing people. Universal Soldier: Regeneration: See, this is how you do small-screen action with big-movie gusto. Single location (in this case, some old factory in the role of abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant), up-and-coming bruiser (Ultimate Fighting Championship toughie Andrei ‘The Pit Bull’ Arlovski), couple of still-got-it veterans (Van Damme! Dolph Lundgren!) and plenty of ammo. Add cannon-fodder extras and stir vigourously UNTIL THE SCREEN RUNS CRIMSON WITH BLOOD! Ahem. Actually, this unstoppable-supersoldiers-run-amok extravaganza is quite the slick piece of work, cleverly borrowing from a few choice sources (Children Of Men, Blade Runner) while not skimping on the beastly nastiness for which the punters have plunked down their hard-earned. You wanna hear something really weird? Lundgren gives a very good performance in his cameo. I mean, like a legitimately good acting performance. Who saw that coming?
PEATS RIDGE ARTS APPLICATIONS OPEN Hey, you! Yes (provided you do art or make music) you! This is a callout! Thus the exclamation marks! Peat’s Ridge Artist Applications are still open! Be part of the lovely and environmentally responsible festival in Glenworth Valley and spend New Year’s with the likes of… well, they’re not announced yet but they’ll be good. Applications are online at peatsridgefestival.com.au and are accepted until Monday 2 August for musicians, and Wednesday 11 for other performers.
SKIN Based on the true story of a blackskinned child of white Afrikaner parents in apartheid South Africa, Skin occupies compelling historical ground. In the 1950s Sandra Laing (Ella Ramangwane) was raised a happy ‘white’ child by her loving, shopkeeper parents Abraham (Sam Neill) and Sannie (Alice Krige), only to face virulent bigotry when packed off to boarding school at aged ten. In order to secure their daughter’s future in a country with morality laws forbidding mixed-race cohabitation, Abraham shrewdly and tenaciously plays the politics as well as the PR to fight for his daughter’s white race categorisation. But as Sandra comes of age (played by Sophie Okonedo), she faces the divisive decision to embrace or deny the colour of her skin. It is curious that a film so steeped
in political history chooses to stay so resolutely with the Laing’s family story. Skin might open with an adult Sandra lining up to vote, but Anthony Fabian’s compassionate film ultimately eschews the contextual turmoil, choosing instead to raise Sandra’s story to an allegorical tale of race relations. A powerhouse performance from Neill carries the film until Okonedo – who is slightly too old to play a 17-year-old – gives up her hangdog expression and embraces Sandra’s graceful anguish. That is a sight to see, and though the film sometimes strays into midday movie sentimentality (Abraham’s catchphrase ‘never give up’ is a little hackneyed), the film’s commitment to this remarkable, everywoman stays with you long after you return to today’s post-apartheid world. Screening in cinemas now ALICE TYNAN
ROCK OUT WITH YOUR COP OUT BAZ MCALISTER CHATS TO DIRECTOR KEVIN SMITH ABOUT TURNING BONA FIDE FILMMAKER WITH COP OUT, AS OPPOSED TO FOREVER BEING JUST THE DUDE WHO MAKES KEVIN SMITH MOVIES.
evin Smith’s An Evening With shows seem as much fun for the unapologetically geeky indie filmmaker from New Jersey as they are for his fans, often running well over time and packed full of anecdotes from his career. Sydney will be treated to one when Smith comes Down Under for the Graphic Festival in early August, celebration of how filmmakers, comic book creators and pop cultural icons like Smith have shaped storytelling. The scene for Smith’s chinwag with his faithful is none other than the iconic Opera House. Smith is overawed by this career-defining moment. “I can’t wait to hop out on that fucking Opera House stage. It’ll be mind-bending. I mean I’m gonna die one day, probably way sooner than most, but as I go, I’m gonna be thinking ‘I was on the stage of the Sydney Opera House’ and not with somebody being like ‘Would you get off the stage please sir, don’t take pictures here’. “This makes up for every fucker who was ever ‘I hate Cop Out’,” he laughs. “Well, I’m playing Sydney Opera House, motherfuckers!” Cop Out is the one film Smith
directed that he didn’t actually write. An ’80s throwback buddy cop movie with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, the director calls it a palate-cleanser, a chance to do something a bit different from the films like Clerks and its sequel, Dogma, and Mallrats that have defined his career thus far. “Warner Brothers called me up and said ‘Would you like to direct Bruce Willis in a movie?’” he explains. “And I was like ‘I’ll never write anything Bruce Willis would ever do, this is my only chance, let’s give it a shot. I’d suck a dick to direct Bruce Willis.’” Smith says he had only a little trepidation in directing the man who made terrorist-basher John McClane a household name. Smith recounts a story about co-starring with Willis on the set of Die Hard 4.0, where he witnessed Willis arguing with the studio over the script. Willis snarled “Lemme ask you something, who’s your second choice to play John McClane?” Pregnant pause. “Yeah, I thought so,” said Willis, snapping his phone shut. “And all of a sudden on Cop Out, I’m the guy on the other end of that phone,” Smith grins. “It was fun as
hell when I was watching. But yeah, we found a way to make it work.” But more than working with Willis, Smith says that doing Cop Out was a chance to prove to himself that he had the chops to make a ‘real’ film, not just a ‘Kevin Smith film’. “After doing this for 15 years, everyone calls you a filmmaker and you call yourself a filmmaker – all I know is, I look at my films and I look at the films of other filmmakers, real filmmakers, and I think, ‘Ah, mine don’t look like that’. So for
years of calling myself a filmmaker I thought it would be nice to try to be a filmmaker. A filmmaker’s not some dude who writes his own shit, a filmmaker’s someone who tries to execute other people’s material. It’s like OK, we’re done with the View Askewniverse movies for a while, folks. I didn’t want to just come in and be like ‘OK, let’s turn this all into a Kevin Smith movie’...” WHAT: Cop Out (Warner Bros.)
THE SECOND PLAY FOR BLACK SWAN’S 2010 HOTBED ENSEMBLE IS YELLOW MOON, A LOVE STORY – BUT NOT LIKE ANY YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE. ALEKSIA BARRON ASKS DIRECTOR ADAM MITCHELL WHAT MAKES THIS PRODUCTION SO UNUSUAL.
he biggest problem I have with going to the theatre is that I’m bored. I’m bored, and it cost me 50 bucks,” says Adam Mitchell, the resident director for the Hotbed Ensemble. He’s taking a brief lunch break during rehearsals for the Ensemble’s new production, Yellow Moon, a work by Scottish playwright David Grieg. And clearly, he’s a man who knows the concerns of his target audience, which is why he’s so passionate about working with the “youth arm” of the Black Swan State Theatre Company. Let’s begin with a quick history lesson for the uninitiated. The Hotbed Ensemble was established in 2006 as a youth project of the Black Swan State Theatre Company. It’s a group is made up of young actors and production creatives, who are engaged for a period of 12 months. They work together on two separate plays, as well as undergoing a professional development program throughout the year. The common link is Mitchell, who has been the Hotbed’s sole director since 2007. Having programmed the last four seasons for the project, he’s nursed it from its humble beginnings to its current success. He’s sourced work from around the globe, including returning to the classics with a reinterpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 2008. This year, he’s already helmed the 2010 Ensemble’s performance of Neil LaBute’s The Shape Of Things, and now the focus is squarely on the upcoming season of Yellow Moon.
RISING The press kit promises what sounds more or less like a love story between a troublesome teenage criminal, Lee, and Silent Leila, an introverted young Muslim girl. Finding themselves on the run after becoming caught up in a murder, they seek refuge in a hunting lodge in the Scottish highlands, in the heart of a freezing winter. The arrival of the lodge’s guests destroys their sanctuary, and, according to Mitchell, “It’s about these kids fighting their way out.” While the story doesn’t sound too unconventional in itself, the staging of the play is very different to anything that any Hotbed Ensemble have attempted before. “We’re playing with form quite a bit,” says Mitchell, who goes on to detail some intriguing theatrical concepts, such as the actors removing themselves from their characters, “...in a Brechtian kind of way...” to narrate the story. It doesn’t sound like traditional staging, but then, this isn’t a traditional play.
Like the 2009 Hotbed Ensemble work pool (no water) by Mark Ravenhill, Grieg’s script for Yellow Moon is a stream of prose. The text isn’t assigned to any particular characters, leaving it up to the director to determine which character says which lines. Nor are there any notes indicating how costumes or staging should be addressed. “I would love to see another interpretation of Yellow Moon, because every single production would be entirely different,” says Mitchell. “When it was first performed in Scotland, it was just four actors in blacks – no set design, no costumes. It was very stark.” Mitchell’s self-confessed love of theatricality, however, has seen him take the work in a very different direction. He eventually decided to deal with the unusual script by having his actors speaking not to each other, but facing the audience. “It’s like when you’re watching a film, how the actors don’t talk to each other,” he
explains. “We jump-cut between the characters – the audience sees them front-on. Instead of the actors talking to each other, they actually talk to each other through the audience.” Like the Leaders’ Debate? “Yeah! Kind of!” Creating the right set for Yellow Moon was another challenge. “We needed to find a design which would enable giant fires coming down the side of mountains, snowstorms – the middle of the darkest, coldest Scottish winter.” Symbolic constructs such as boxing rings were discussed, before deciding to fuse the image of a forest clearing with motion pictures. Ensemble creative Mia Holton, whose filmic installations were an integral part of The Shape of Things, is again responsible for creating the “expressionistic” moving images. With the actors’ deliveries inspired by filming technique, and with moving image playing a vital role in
the set itself, the inevitable question seems to be whether any particular filmmaker has influenced Mitchell’s production. When he says, “No,” he even seems surprised at the answer himself. After thinking for a moment, he explains, “I’ve never seen a film that looks like this.” In fact, he’s never seen anything that looks like this. “This is why there’s a question mark as to whether or not it will work.” While he may be out on a limb, Mitchell is confident that audiences will embrace Yellow Moon. After all, he points out, the Hotbed Ensemble was created to explore a more contemporary, experimental brand of theatre that isn’t always viable for its parent company, Black Swan. It’s about filling a niche, and Mitchell explains, “There has been a need for the kind of work that we’ve been making.” The Hotbed plays, on the whole, have been shorter (no consigning the audience to three-hour epics in uncomfortable chairs) and less
pricey. The result? “We’ve built a really diverse audience base – a younger market, definitely, than the main stage,” he says, referring to Black Swan’s principal annual programme. It’s the beauty of striking a balance between challenging himself (and the Ensemble) creatively, and drawing an audience that keeps Mitchell enthused about the Hotbed projects. The opportunity to push the envelope is invaluable to him, as he explains, “The most exciting work to be involved in is work that you’re not sure how an audience is going to respond to it.” The reward, of course, is when the risks pay off. “Just drinking in the bar after the show, the number of people who say to me, ‘I’ve never been to the theatre before, and I really enjoyed it’ – that’s fantastic.” WHAT: Yellow Moon WHERE & WHEN: PICA Friday 6 August to Sunday 22
BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THEATRE THE SECOND 2010 SEASON AT THE BLUE ROOM IS ABOUT TO GET UNDERWAY, AND GASP IS THE FIRST CAB OFF THE RANK. DIRECTOR MICHELLE SOWDEN TELLS ALEKSIA BARRON WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS BRAND NEW PRODUCTION.
he story behind the Blue Room’s next show Gasp is a local match made in heaven. Between sips of tea over the buzz of the Leederville coffee crowd, theatre director Michelle Sowden explains how the play grew from a chance encounter. “My last show [Alaska, also at the Blue Room] was in June last year, and it was an English play,” Sowden says. “I really wanted my next show to be a local play.” However, without any of her contacts working on a firm script, the opportunity to direct an original Western Australian work was proving elusive. Sowden’s luck changed, however, when she ran into local playwright Suzanne Rofe at the Luna cinemas. They had a brief conversation, and then, “...three months later, an email popped up in my inbox saying, ‘Hi, it’s Suzanne, I
promise I’m not spam’.” While Rofe has directed her own work in the past, she hoped Sowden would be interested in directing her latest concept Gasp – a guess which proved correct. The play follows Grace, a young woman who believes she is having a heart attack and is rushed to hospital, where she’s informed that she’s actually had an anxiety attack. Sowden was drawn to the premise of the play from the outset. “[Anxiety disorders] affect a lot of people that I know...and it isn’t being explored much in theatre.” Underpinning the contemporary plotline about the protagonist’s mental health crisis is a secondary, more surreal plotline that pushes Gasp into more experimental territory. Sowden’s enthusiasm is clear as
she outlines the concept: “It’s set in the past, about a girl who gets put into a mental institution in the early 1900s by her parents, and is given an experimental lobotomy.” She pauses. “It doesn’t end well.” While Sowden hopes that audiences will interpret the relationship between the two storylines for themselves, she ultimately feels, “...that the past is a manifestation of the central protagonist’s anxieties. She’s worried about being abandoned by those she loves. She’s also worried about whether she’s getting the right mental health treatment. Her anxieties become this past story. It’s very surreal.” At the same time, Sowden is clear that while Gasp is exploring some difficult issues, it has its lighter side. “It’s actually a bit of a comedy. We’re just exploring mental health and anxiety and how they impact on people – not commenting, as much.” Sowden has re-enlisted Monique Wajon, her designer from Alaska, to interpret the script’s unusual world visually. The result, Sowden explains, is something very different to the normal idea of a ‘set’. “We have three giant moveable screens
in the shape of a heart, a lung, and a brain.” The steampunk aesthetic plays a significant role in the look of Gasp, with the screens made to look as if they’ve been fashioned out of industrial materials, and costumes featuring buckles, belts and collars. Throw in some shadow projections and animations, and you’ve got a very intriguing-looking show. Having been involved with Gasp from the outline stage through to the final draft, Sowden is hoping to work on more local fare in the future, both for her own creative satisfaction and to boost Australia’s image in international theatre circles. “It wouldn’t be a great idea to send an Australian cast to something like the Edinburgh Festival and put on an English play with English accents,” she laughs. “I think doing a play that has local issues, that’s brand new, with a local writer – it’s more exciting, for me.” WHAT: Gasp WHERE & WHEN: Blue Room Theatre Tuesday 3 August to Saturday 21 THE DRUM MEDIA 29 JULY 2010 • 61
LET’S GET TWISTED
Dark Cabaret is a new, twisted take on vaudeville with the intention to “tantalise, titillate, and terrify”. First night, this Saturday (31 July) will feature sideshow shenanigans, drag, burlesque, acrobats, contortionists, disturbing clowns, and wrong comedy. Fly By Night, Fremantle. See flybynight.org for more details.
ME AND ORSON WELLES
UN CHIEN ANDALOU LESS IS MORE: SUB-30 MINUTE MOVIE MASTERPIECES By John Eagle 1. The Great Train Robbery (1903, 12 mins) 2. Un Chien Andalou (1928, 16 mins) 3. Land Without Bread (1933, 27 mins) 4. Report (1967, 13 mins) 5. The House Is Black (1963, 20 mins) 6. Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966, 17 mins) 7. The Pier (1961, 28 mins)
MINCHIN MEETS ORCHESTRA Australian comedian Tim Minchin has announced an orchestra tour for early 2011, a concept he’s successfully carried out overseas. Featuring a bunch of new songs written for the tour, as well as Minchin classics, Tim Minchin vs the Orchestra Tour will travel around Australia, collecting new orchestras as it goes (i.e. MSO in Melbourne, Sydney Symphony), with the WASO joining Minchin at the King’s Park Friday 4 March, 2011. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
“A TALE TO RESTORE A SMILE TO YOUR FACE FACE”” DAILY EXPRESS
“This film is too good not to be true”
Margaret Pomeranz, AT THE MOVIES
David Stratton, AT THE MOVIES
“...filled with all the bittersweetness of the finest coming of age stories...”
“Christian McKay is mesmerizing” NEW YORKER
Cara Nash, FILM INK
Inception is perhaps the most exciting film to come out of Hollywood since, well, The Dark Knight (2008). But with a little help from Freud, Dalí, and Frank Lloyd Wright, British-born director Christopher Nolan turns his previous masterpiece on its head with spectacular originality, unforgettable action scenes, and breathtaking special effects. But Inception’s biggest surprise and strength is that despite its flaws, and there are many, it is intellectually spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio is Dom Cobb, a thief in the most atypical way possible. Skilled in the art of extraction, Cobb and his crew, including dapper-dressed Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), steal secrets from the subconscious of sleeping subjects. But when their latest dream heist goes wrong, Cobb is blackmailed by Japanese businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe) with absolution and a job he can’t refuse, ‘Inception’, planting an idea instead of stealing one. So at the businessman’s behest, Cobb enlists Arthur, ‘architect’ Ariadne (Ellen Page), forgerer Eames (Tom Hardy), and chemist Yusuf (Dileep Rao) to attempt this on Robert Fischer Jr (Cillian Murphy), the son of a dying energy tycoon and Saito’s soon-to-be rival. Meanwhile, unbeknown to them, Cobb is being haunted by his own subconscious and Marion Cotillard’s dangerous Mal. What follows is a labyrinthine dreamscape in which Nolan flexes his directorial muscles and budget
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“When I go forwards you go backwards / And somewhere we will meet” – Electioneering, Radiohead The campaigns are well and truly underway – swinging punches, swaying voters, swapping sides. Julia is frantically trying to get people to notice something other than her hair colour (incidentally, I would totally be a hairdresser’s beard if it meant free blow-waves every day). Tony is visibly fighting the urge to tell everyone to cover up, pray more, and “be whiter”. Bob is luxuriating happily on the moral high ground while thanking his lucky stars that he will never have to do any of the tricky stuff, like prepare a Federal Budget. And Steve Fielding is, mercifully, not getting very much press.
meandorsonwellesthemovie.com.au Mild coarse language and sexual references
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NOW SHOWING WINDSOR TWIN & LUNA SX
In any case, Inception is a visual triumph, a film that both puts Hollywood’s recent output to shame as well as one that is sure to have you talking long after you’ve left the cinema. Screening in cinemas now ANITA CONNORS
ME AND ORSON WELLES Richard Linklater’s Me And Orson Welles takes us back to New York City in 1937, when Orson Welles was getting his licks in early and bashing the Nazis before it became all the rage with a modern, anti-fascist reading of Julius Caesar. Seventeen-year-old schoolboy Richard (Zac Efron), with ambitions to be an actor, is hired on the spot outside Broadway’s Mercury Theatre on the whim of owner Welles (Christian McKay) to play the minor role of Lucius. We’re led into the chaotic world of this theatre through the lad’s eyes –
run by Welles, somewhat ironically, as a dictatorship. He’s a bellowing womaniser, but still manages to keep his rag-tag company operating by the seat of their pants. The theatre company is (as one imagines many are) a hotbed of hormones, where money changes hands over who’s sleeping with whom and factotum Sonja (Claire Danes) is the subject of much speculation. In many ways it’s a coming-of-age tale, where the perfectly acceptable Efron plays Richard straight as a naive kid learning his first lesson about love and the “adult” world. McKay’s Welles is a towering performance – it’s only this English actor’s second film but he’s played Welles on stage before and his impersonation is remarkable. In support is a who’s who of British ‘that-guy’ actors like Ben Chaplin, Eddie Marsan, and Kelly Reilly, all doing solid turns. The story, based on a novel by Robert Kaplow, flows well and is beautifully paced, and very nicely bookended by touching scenes between Richard and a hopeful young writer, Gretta (Zoe Kazan). When, in the third act, Richard’s comfortable and charmed life is spun on its head by the realities of the world of the arts – that, sometimes, one must surrender one’s integrity to get ahead – it throws Welles himself into a completely new light. Well worth seeing on the strength of McKay’s performance alone, this is a tight and entertaining morality tale. Screening in cinemas now BAZ MCALISTER
WITH ALEKSIA BARRON
A towering artistic genius, a boy with stars in his eyes & the love that stood between them.
for special effects. And while the visual trickery is astounding, much feels like it’s there just because, for instance playing origami with Parisian streets. Similarly, an idiosyncrasy of the film is that every single course of action taken by Cobb and the team is thoroughly explained and then clarified over and over again. But inexplicably, the technology through which they are able to hook up to a sleeping subject’s subconscious is never expounded; for viewers it’s simply a suitcase with big buttons and long wires.
Of course, the only thing that ever makes these three-yearly showboating extravaganzas worthwhile is not so much the prospect of change, but the prospect of humour. For my part, every morning starts with reviewing the ABC News headlines in one browser window, and checking out the latest from my favourite political pranksters in the other. So, this week, I give you Cultural Cringe’s Best Election Satire.
WHAT’S FUNNY ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE? The Greens got their knickers in a right twist over Bob Brown’s “exclusion” from the Leaders’ Debate. Fortunately, they’ve canned the whinging in favour of a much better solution – staging their own comedy debate between ‘Phoney Abbott’ and ‘Julia Gohard’. Will Phoney urge the audience to start breeding so we don’t need immigrants? Will Julia ask the audience to decide her climate change policy for her? It’s hosted by local comic and journo Dan Hatch, and Greens Senators Bob Brown and Rachel Siewert will be in attendance. It’s at the Subiaco Arts Centre Monday 2 August, 7pm. DIARYLEAKS.COM This little gem of a site is the work of politically-minded comedians Mathew Kenneally and Toby Halligan. They’ve penned a series of fictitious diaries from the points of view of various Canberra politicos, including the anonymous Liberal Frontbencher, responsible for comments like “Barnaby and Tuckey charge into office screaming. Joyce screams at me. Tuckey yells at fern.” DiaryLeaks went quiet for a while following the disposal of Rudd, but have announced
this week that they will be posting new entries daily for the remainder of the campaign. Check it out for some election gold. DAILYLOLZ.LOLPOLZ.COM If you thought LOLcats were getting a little passé, then check this out. A couple of students decided to start reinterpreting the Australian political news in LOLcat form, beginning with a positively inspired explanation of the ute-gate scandal. The ALP are represented by cats, except for Julia (red squirrel) and Wayne Swan (swan). The Libs are represented by dogs (Tony is a floppy-eared beagle, Malcolm is a daschund, Chris Pyne is a very, very puffy poodle). And, frankly, you can learn everything you need to know about Abbott’s education policy from the sentence, “Today Ai launch educashun policy: kidz should all learn TEH BIBLEZ. The end.” YES WE CANBERRA! Hallelujah! Making elections bearable since 2001, the Chaser boys are back with their 2010 election coverage. And hopefully, since they’ve had a bit of a rest, they’ll remember how to be funny again. There’s three more weeks left of their irreverent goodness on ABC1, Wednesday nights at 9:45pm.
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