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One of the fine things that makes our city such a marvellous place to be in summer, Live At The Quarry has announced their line-up for the 2011/11 season, proudly presented by Drum Media. Kicking off the season in this idyllic venue, wondrous songstress Lisa Mitchell plays in the open air on Wednesday 10 November; quintessential Australian John Williamson takes to the stage on Tuesday 30 November; Wednesday 8 December sees the woman who was seen on MySpace earlier this week interviewing fellow lady of power PM Julia Gillard – Clare Bowditch & The New Slang; and classic singer/songwriters Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors) and James Reyne (Australian Crawl) pair up on Wednesday 27 January. Tickets to all shows go on sale next Thursday 26 from Ticketmaster. Considering how hot these tickets usually are, speed is thoroughly advised!
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Back again with a kaleidoscopic showcase of dance music futurists, the Red Bull Music Academy team up with Perth’s own Move crew to present a night of bass weight and synth-fused sonic weaponry with Martyn, Samiyam, TokiMonsta and Illumshpere all taking in Villa on Friday 17 September. Proudly presented by Drum Media, four of the world’s leading electronic producers from two of the world’s most acclaimed and exciting new labels in Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder and Martyn’s own 3024 label will turn the venue into the most forward-thinking and cutting edge beat space this town’s seen for some time. With Ta-ku and Vishnu lined up to support, grab tickets from the usual outlets.
Empire Of The Sun’s capacity to sell-out major venues in big Stateside cities has confounded music pundits over there. Despite their Walking On The Sun album selling less than 30,000 copies since its release in March last year, the Australian act has sold out two nights in New York (3,000-seater Terminal 5) and book a string of LA gigs at the 1,300-seater Music Box). Blog buzz (2009’s #21 artist in Hype Machine’s top 50), unofficial remixes, NME coverage and high profile sync deals (eg. a character in Entourage asked who the track was by when played in an episode of the hit series) have been ‘blamed’. Just when you thought the Paradise In Bali drum’n’bass fiesta couldn’t possibly get any better, the organisers add more acts. Dutch trio Black Sun Empire never fail to rock a club to its foundations with their combo of d’n’b and dubstep, and at a Lotus Pond in Bali is going to be even sweeter. Stamina MC and Kiwi heroes The Upbeats also join previously announced acts including Netsky, Matrix & Futurebound and DJ Die. paradisefestival.com. au and Moshtix for tickets and more info. PiB takes in GWK on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 November. As the announcement last week proved, the line-up for Southbound 2011 is an absolute corker. Now one Australian band can join Interpol, Klaxons, Joan Jett, The National, The Rapture and many more in playing the iconic festival by heading to Sonicbids and completing the online application by Friday 29 October. As for regular ways to get there, register for presale tickets at southboundfestival.com.au by Thursday 26 August. Speaking of ace fests, Dirty Three, Custard, Sharon Jones & The DapKings, Pantha Du Prince, DJ Harvey & DJ Garth, The Field, Broadcast, Jeff The Brotherhood, Hoss, The Fall and many more have been announced for Meredith Music Festival in Victoria in early December. Hot damn! mmf.com.au for more info. Sideshows anyone?
SLOW & LOW
Known for their mesmerising, brilliant and critically-acclaimed brand of indie rock, slowcore heroes Low are returning to Perth this year. With Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant a fan and admitting that he doesn’t think he could write anything half as good as Monkey, the band from Duluth, Minnesota will perform material from across their whole catalogue. With support from Schvendes and Erasers, Low play at The Bakery on Saturday 23 October. Tickets $44 plus BF from 78 Records, Mills, Planet and www. nowbaking.com.au. 10 • THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010
Recently playing a sold-out show at Metro City, you can watch Kasabian all over again this Saturday 21 August at 10am when their Melbourne show is played on Channel [V]. The British rockers were even joined by Gyroscope’s Rob Nassif and members of British India, Kisschasy, Miami Horror and Dash & Will on Shoot The Runner.
After a brief east cost tour in 2008, British rock heroes The Charlatans have revealed they’re coming back to Australia for a full tour with a new album to boot. Their 11th studio album Who We Touch is released on September 17 and sees the band sounding darker and moodier than ever. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, The Charlatans step into Metropolis Fremantle on Monday 15 November. Tickets from www.custommade. com.au, Heatseeker, Mills, Planet and Star Surf.
With Missy Elliott, Groove Armada, The Dandy Warhols, Kele, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and oh so many more all lined up, Parklife is looking like the ultimate start to a long summer of festival frivolity. It’s just gotten better with the addition of the La Buccaneer stage that will see a pirate ship party zone jam-packed with nothing but the finest local DJs. Swabbing the decks in this swashbuckling addition will be Micah, Ben Mac, Jus Haus?, Time Travel Agent, Philly Blunt, Mono Lisa, King Tito’s DJs, Death Disco, Signal Drivers, Grantley Hyde, Darren J and Jason Creek. Tickets available from www.parklife.com.au and the usuals.
After revealing east coast shows, no doubt many a Perthon kicked themselves upon hearing Peter Hook’s Unknown Pleasures wasn’t heading west. Now you can rest easy as original member Hook and friends will play the classic Joy Division album in its entirety at The Astor on Thursday 30 September. Featuring the classic tracks She’s Lost Control, New Dawn Fades and Disorder, audiences will also be treated to other Joy Division tracks including Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart. Whip out your black t-shirt with the white lines and head to Bocs now for your tickets.
Following on from the release of their single Bad Luck/ King Of Palm Island, Perth-born now Melbournebased rising stars The Holy Sea release their latest album Ghosts Of The Horizon in the last week of September before heading on tour. Kicking off their album celebrations, the band heads to WA for two Drum Media-presented shows. See them at The Bird on Saturday 2 October with Selk Hastings & The Bone Singers and at Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday 3 for a free entry show. Presales to The Bird are $10 from Moshtix or $12 on the door.
Montreal’s master of brutality Despised Icon have marked Australia as the next target on their final world tour before ending the band. The deathcore six-piece have been teaching the world a lesson in musical violence since 2002 and released six albums that have destroyed eardrums the world over. With Melbourne’s The Red Shore and Sydney’s Thy Art Is Murder in support, say a friendly goodbye to the band at Amplifier on Tuesday 9 November. Tickets go on sale August 20 from Moshtix, Heatseeker, 78’s and Mills.
RED RIDING HOODS
Following on from the undeniably catchy lead single Rock It, Melbourne popsters Little Red are set to unleash the their sophomore effort Midnight Remember. Produced by Scott Horscroft (The Panics, The Presets), the band has reached the modern age on album number two with nods to Phoenix, The Pogues and MGMT. With support from a band seen at last year’s Rock It, Sparkadia, the boys take in Settlers Tavern on Thursday 30 September; Prince Of Wales on Friday 1 October and The Astor on Saturday 2. Regional tickets from Heatseeker and Moshtix. Astor tickets from Bocs and Moshtix from Monday.
As with many turntablist-styled techno and house DJs, Deetron took his cues from hip hop before discovering the sounds coming from Detroit and Chicago. The Swiss born DJ has continued his love of house, techno, electro and more with releases through Music Man culminating with his timeless album of 2006 Twisted. He heads to Geisha for Democracy on Sunday 3 October with Kid Deep in support. $20 plus BF from Moshtix, Planet, Mills and Moshtix.
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Hip Hop legend Optamus launches his new CD “Forever and a Day” with special guests. Doors 8pm.
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After stomping Belvoir Amphitheatre deeper into the ground last year, the broken beat festival Mayhem returns in 2010 for its second year in a new location. With something for people who loves hip hop, d’n’b, dubstep and breaks, the festival sees Evidence from Dilated Peoples bringing the rhymes, while heavyweights Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Chris.Su and B-Complex bring the drum’n’bass sounds. For the dub heads, one of the biggest names in dubstep Bar9 will appear, as will Babylon System and SPL plus breakbeat lover Skool Of Thought rounds out the line-up. Subject to council approval, the event takes place at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre on Saturday 30 October. Earlybirds on sale now for $79 plus BF from Planet, 78’s, Mills, Live, Moshtix and DJ Factory.
Amplifier later that night on Sunday 5 September to play their own headlining show. Playing tracks off their new album Mayors, Scraps & Bones, grab your chance to see them from Moshtix.
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The ultimate weekend warm-up is set to take place on Thursdays at Subiaco’s Llama Bar for Llama Live. Every week will see a new handpicked selection of bands taking the stage while you enjoy drinks and tapas. Kicking off on Thursday 2 September, the launch night line-up includes Good Little Fox and Resort. September will also see Sneaky Weasel Gang, Boom! Bap! Pow!, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Brash & Sassy and The Domnicks hit the venue. Entry is $10 or $20 for table seating with a drink, or free entry before 7.30pm. Be sure to dress happening.
After being announced to support Dead Meadow at Amplifier on Wednesday 13 October, it’s been revealed that Canadian ambient doom metal duo Nadja will be headlining their own show the following night, Thursday 14, at Mojo’s. With Isis, Om, Earth and Kayo Dot counted as influences, Nadja will be supported by Craig McEhlinney, Injured Ninja, Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving plus frontman Aidan Baker will play a solo set to boot. $20 plus BF from Heatseeker.
A 10th anniversary is worthy of a very special bash and that’s exactly what’s lined up for the latest A Day On The Green to be announced taking place at Kings Park & Botanic Gardens on Sunday 21 November. A sensational six-act line-up headed by Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes, the show doubles as the Perth leg of his Rage & Ruin album tour. Joining him is Vanessa Amorosi, Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses, Diesel, Dan Sultan and Vika & Linda in an unforgettable day of Aussie music. Tickets start at $100, available from Ticketmaster this Monday.
With their fourth album The Gentle War recently released, Brisbane contemporary jazz trio Misinterprotato are heading to The Ellington to launch the album on Sunday 29 August. The dense rhythmic interactions and gentle melodies of their new album follow on from the band’s UK tour, and they’ll be heading to South America and China following this show.
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Hailing from Sydney’s Inner West, ARIA nominated duo Spit Syndicate are well on the way to becoming rap superstars and living large with five cars and all the rest. For this reason and more, they’ve picked up the coveted support slot for Cypress Hill’s upcoming show at Metro City on Wednesday 29 September.
An excellent double bass, piano and guitar player in his own right, Rob Sparx has been writing and DJing dance music since the late-‘90s. Ever since Rob The Builder – Can You Fix It was a drum’n’bass hit in 2004, he’s gone from strength to strength with releases on Formation Records, Propaganda, Vibez and Z-Audio, and he’s set to start his third label Sub Horizon next year. See him on Wednesday 1 September at Bar Open with Killafoe & J.Nitrous, Proximity Effect and Ylem in support. $15 from 9pm.
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Friday 10 September is the fourth birthday of local drum’n’bass crew Inhibit and to celebrate they’re throwing a massive party at Shape. Headed up by New Zealander Ollie a.k.a Cern, who’s best known for his releases on Renegade Hardware, Critical and more, he’ll be joined by the Inhibit Crew consisting of Killswitch, Dub-Z, Sempy, Stiltz, MC/DJ Bear and Rtilary. $15 entry.
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After a year of capacity shows at the home of Song Lounge, The Ellington, the series is now being launched at Mojo’s, running on the fourth Tuesday of every month until November. The Mojo’s season kicks off with a VIP Launch Party this Tuesday 24 August with Nat Ripepi, Bianca Jade and Rose Parker. Doors open 7pm. Future editions see Helen Shanahan, Adrian Wilson and Jules Lutero on Tuesday 28 September; Georgia Mooney, Leah Miche and Andrew Winton on Tuesday 26 October; and Michael Swann, Prita and Lee Jones on Tuesday 23 November. The VIP part of the name is not wrong as we are giving away the opportunity for one lucky reader to pick up this massive prize: a double pass to the show this coming Tuesday, free entry to all remaining Song Lounges at both Mojo’s and The Ellington this year; a Cool Perth Nights Mojo’s pass to get a double pass to every show at Mojo’s in September; a return trip to Tuesday’s show in a Hughes Limousines; Dinner and a bottle of wine for two from Flipside Burgers and Mrs. Brown Bar next to Mojo’s before the show; a bottle of bubbles from Old Bridge Cellar for the way home; and a Muzz Buzz gift pack! Simply email email@example.com. au with SONGLOUNGE in the subjectline and tell us the best Tuesday night you’ve ever had but why this sounds better.
There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we ain’t just talking about the fact that we get to see Ben Cousins remind us of Perth’s golden era on Such Is Life next week either… After selling out her last two album launches at the Fly By Night, Toby returns to the iconic venue to launch Sleeptalk on Friday 10 September. Recorded in San Francisco with session players, the launch will be followed by a 14-date tour of WA.
He’s a true legend of the UK scene thanks to his work in The Style Council and The Jam and he’s heading to Perth for one very special shows at Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday 15 October. Wait, scratch that! Paul Weller will now also be playing a show at Metropolis Fremantle on Thursday 14 October. Tickets from Ticketmaster on Friday 27 August.
It’s local dubstep versus drum’n’bass night next week at The Cube with Proximity Effect battling Ylem, Killswitch, Sardi, Qbik & MC Xsessiv, Dub Z b2b Stiltz and MCs Bear, Tenacity and Rtilary all on hand to find out the winner at Shape next Friday 27 August. The night will also see the opening of Shape’s new downstairs bar The Liquid Bar open with DJs spinning tunes before every Cube night.
With Full Scale Revolution’s Ezekiel Ox counted as a fan, A Beggars Second release their debut album Needs And Wants at Mojo’s on Saturday 4 September. The album features guest spots from Matt Gresham and members of Apricot Rail, The Autumn Isles and more.
Fresh from a set a Splendour In The Grass, Sydney’s DJ Graz is heading west for a slot at the Friday 27 August edition of King Tito’s Dirty Disco. The Modular fave lives between Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney and he’s even been named “Best Dressed Man 2008” by Harpers Bazaar. See him with Harlequin League, Bastions Happy Flight (Fkn Midas & Jack Doepel), Mr Sparkles, Lightsteed, Friend, Joe Macc, Grubby Gorilla, Cooker, Buda, Azwon and Perthquake DJs.
A GEMSTAR IS BORN
With appearances at Summafieldayze and the Playboy Mansion to her credit, Gold Coast DJ Gemstar is a leader in the new breed of female DJs tearing the roof off Australia’s premier party spots. With her model looks often the subject of her appearances in Ralph, she appears at Niche Bar on Saturday 28 August.
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HAVEN’T HEARD MUCH ABOUT ARTRAGE IN 2010? THAT’S ABOUT TO CHANGE IN A BIG, BIG WAY. JASON KENNY GETS A TASTE OF WHAT’S BEEN BAKING.
here are arts funding organisations in Perth who all do good work in their own fields, and then there is Artrage who seem to float around everywhere. “Since its birth in the early ‘80s, Artrage has always been the rebel teen of the cultural sector classroom,” explains Artrage Director and CEO Marcus Canning. “It’s why it’s also one of the strongest, longest surviving and resilient arts organisations in WA. This cultural attitude means it never stays still or stagnates, always skates on the forward line, and every so often sheds its skin and rebirths with a fresh outlook – it’s in our nature. 2010 has been one of those cocooning hibernation periods for Artrage during our venue redevelopment. When it re-opens at the end of September, it will kick start the next chapter in the Artrage odyssey.” The omniscient nature of Artrage stems from the organisation’s structure. As Canning describes it, Artrage is three businesses in one. “We make big festivals. We run our own independent venue. We also develop and deliver other events, environments and experiences through our creative services division,” Canning says. “In the year before we disappeared off the radar for a bit we presented over 3,000 artists, musicians and performers to over 100,000 audience members through these three streams of operation.” One of the most visible parts of Artrage was the independent venue – The Bakery in Northbridge. It was a gig venue, theatre and gallery amongst other things and
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in the typical Artrage way was designed to support the arts industry it showcased. “The Bakery is the only venue of its kind in Australia, a popular multi-arts venue that’s run by a not-for-profit,” Canning explains. “All the dollars that roll over the bar and the ticket counter go straight back into making Perth a more happening cultural city rather than someone’s fourth sportscar or holiday house. As an independent venue it’s non-institutional and always tries to present a diverse program where the popular meets the edgy and the new.” Those days of watching bands or smaller theatre productions in The Bakery are returning with a revamped venue. It also presents further opportunities for artists. “Since The Bakery closed there’s been a big hole in the Perth scene and we’re looking forward to plugging it. Through our backbone sponsorship with Western Power, we accessed this derelict building in 2002 and did all the renovation and setup ourselves without any funding. When we were offered some venue development support through the state Arts Capital Fund in 2009, it
was a great opportunity to close the venue and take it to the next level. We have heard peeps airing concerns that we were going to make it a little too fancy. No worries there, it’s certainly not The Brisbane. It’s the funny, grungy oddball Bakery you all love and miss, just with some bigger niceness thrown in the mix. “With a gallery, a performance studio and a newly fitted out main-performance space with connecting outdoor courtyard, we offer artists working across all types of practice a place to get their thing in front of an audience, and we offer audiences an ever-changing feast of the fresh in an environment that is very down-to-earth as well as highly creative.” The re-baked Bakery is not the only thing that Artrage have been cooking up. Canning says the whispers around town of a Perth Fringe Festival will be unwrapped in the coming weeks but Artrage’s own ticketing system and website will bring some changes to events in Perth. “In planning for Artrage starting a Perth Fringe, we’ve been working with the Adelaide Fringe team. They are very lovely people, and they gave us their online registration and ticketing system to tweak. We’ve used it as the template for the new Now Baking website. It’s nothing too whiz-bang and flashy in terms of looks, but its very practical. Artists, bands and promoters will be able to do all their own uploading and track their ticket sales and other data. Audience purchase tickets through the site and print them out at home with a unique barcode. Our door staff scan their barcode with iPhones. Easy. Fast. Cool. And cheap for the punter. It allows us to avoid silly ticketing fees and encourage our subscribers to get in fast and buy tickets early rather than presume they will be available on the door.” On the precise plans for the Fringe Festival, Canning remains tightlipped. “All I can say is, it’s on. The first full fringe will be in 2012. We’ve got a special thing happening in 2011 and it’s very, very exciting. In the meantime, see you at The Bakery sometime after its reopening, make sure you join one of our new lists through the Now Baking website to get the latest news and early bird tickets releases. Bake it up!” For more details on Artrage and The Bakery, head to www.artrage.com.au and sign up for their Relaunch event or check out their just-launched www.nowbaking. com.au.
What has 12 legs, a pair of wings and instills fear across the land? No, not Tony Abbott’s true identity – Iron Maiden, of course. Having just released their 15th studio album, they’re not about to slow down. Or are they…? Check out the story a few pages in. Before they bring their jet plane over to terrorise our land early next year, you have to familiarise yourself with their new album The Final Frontier, and there’s no better way than with this Iron Maiden prize pack. There’s one Special Mission Edition CD with the full album and a bunch of extra material like interviews and games, a mug, a t-shirt and first single El Dorado with limited edition artwork. To pick up the Iron Maiden prize pack, email email@example.com with “IRON FRONTIER” in the subjectline and tell us why you are the most worthy winner.
Thanks to our friends at Universal, we off you another two free hot downloads from universalmusic.net.au/ freedownloads/streetpressaustralia: Grace Woodroofe – Quicksand Born in Perth, Australia, Grace Woodroofe is tipped to take the music scene by storm. The indie-blues chanteuse’s demo was placed in the capable hands of Ben Harper by none other than the late great Heath Ledger, and it was love at first listen. Ben Harper quickly led her into the studio, and the debut album Handled (out October 2010) was born. She also has a live show described by LA Weekly as “powerful, dynamic and striking” to boot. Washington – Swallows Megan Washington weighs half as much as her keyboard but she could punch out your dad. I Believe You, Liar is her debut album with band Washington and it debuted at #3 on the ARIA album chart. This one isn’t on the album though, so you’ll be extra special with it in your collection.
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NEW FRONTIERS THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Drum was privileged to not only exclusively interview Bruce Dickinson, but to also catch their show at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, California. Assuming the same show makes it to Australia, what can we expect?
BRUCE DICKINSON FROM IRON MAIDEN TALKS EXCLUSIVELY TO MARK NEILSEN IN LOS ANGELES ABOUT CURVEBALLS, THE MERITS OF AUTOCUES, UNCERTAINTY IN THE WORLD AND WHETHER OR NOT THIS COULD BE THE BAND’S LAST ALBUM.
ou’ve just walked into an Iron Maiden tribal encounter group,” laughs Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, referring to the opening of their new album The Final Frontier. Well, we’ve actually walked into a Santa Monica hotel, but for those of you worried the band may have embraced nature and brought some sort of new age element to their latest longplayer, fear not. It’s just that when you press play on the album, you’re guaranteed to be thrown by the intro Satellite 15, seeing as it is based around some sort of crazy tribal beat. It does however segue into the big riffs of the first track proper of the album, which also happens to be the title track. “It was nothing more dramatic than a bit of music that Adrian [Smith, guitar] had just assembled, just mucking about with a drum machine as a demo, and Steve [Harris, bass] heard it and went, ‘That’d be cool, we could screw around with it a bit.’ So we chopped it about and we added some drums and we added some guitars and I quite like it,” Dickinson says of the unexpected intro. “The only thing I say, which I think is going to piss a few people off, is that they can’t access the last four minutes directly. They’ve got to put up with all of the intro first before they go into Final Frontier. I like the way you can see it almost unsettling people.” Drum is sure there will be some confused looks from fans on the initial listen. “Yeah, I love it,” Dickinson says mischievously. “Because the record is so strong I think by the time you get to the end of it – rewind. So I don’t have any problem with that at all. In any case I think throwing people a curveball from time to time is a good thing.” Aside from the opening though, that’s about it for curveballs for the rest of the album. The Final Frontier is Iron Maiden’s 15th studio album, and once again bears all the hallmarks of their classic sound honed over 30 years. First taste El Dorado has the trademark Maiden galloping riff. “Well, Talisman as well,” Dickinson points out, mentioning the nine-minute opus. “Oh god, the rape of the ears. It just rocks that song.” But it’s not just galloping riffs – you have the two and three-
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pronged lead guitar lines, the odd slower tempo number thrown in (which invariably builds to a crescendo), an average song length of around seven and a half minutes (including many an epic, especially the 11-minute closer When The Wild Wind Blows) and lyrics that read longer than most literary works.
USING AN AUTOCUE TURNS IT INTO FUCKING KARAOKE. IF ACTORS CAN REMEMBER THEIR BLOODY LINES THEN ROCK’N’ROLL SINGERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO REMEMBER ‘TUTTI FRUTTI ALL ROOTY.’”
“The album goes on for days. There’s a lot of bloody words,” Dickinson states. Drum wonders if ever he sometimes just looks at lyrics sheets and wonders what the hell is going on. His answer wasn’t quite what we expected, but better. “I saw fucking Guns N’ Roses and they had autocues for the backing singer,” Dickinson pauses in incredulous silence. “I’m like, ‘Take me down to the Paradise City/ Won’t you please take me home’. What the fuck? I don’t know, I just think there’s something about the site of some icon... I mean, does Mick use an autocue? I can’t believe Mick Jagger uses an autocue: [points out each word] ‘Please allow me to introduce myself/ I’m a man of wealth and...’ Oh it’s wrong, it’s fucking wrong. Using an autocue turns it into fucking karaoke. It’s just wrong. If actors can remember their bloody lines, then
rock’n’roll singers should be able to remember ‘Tutti Fruitti all rooty’.” If you’ve seen the album’s artwork, or maybe caught the video for the album’s title track, you’ll notice the space theme that surrounds it. After listening to the album too, the album sounds like it’s a tale, as the title suggests, of a journey to space and beyond; of being lost and journeying to many frontiers. It can be taken on this literal level, but there is also a metaphorical aspect to the album that, as it turns out, can be related back to the band. “Not exclusively, but a lot of songs work on a couple of levels,” Dickinson begins. “So your spaceman who’s… well, we’re not the first guys to do it. Bowie did it, people like that, so the idea of a spaceman being isolated – not just lost in space but lost within himself as well – is not a new concept. It just hasn’t been done by a metal band really. You know, final frontier; he’s wishing his life… he’s watching his life disappear before his very eyes but also saying, ‘Well, fuck it, it was great, and if I had the chance I’d do it all again I wouldn’t change a thing.’ So in that respect there’s a metaphor there for Maiden and what we’ve been up to. I don’t think any of us would change anything. “We did the record and we’re very pleased with the album,” Dickinson adds. “It’s a different kind of record, which is good, really, seeing as it may or may not be the last one we do. I mean, never say never, but at this point, I think two or three years down the road is a long time to start predicting things.” If you look or listen into the lyrics of the album, you can see exactly what Dickinson is talking about, as a lot of the words seem to be of someone reflecting on their journey – and some with a sense of finality. The Final Frontier has “I’ve lived my life to the full/ I have no regrets”; Coming Home features “On bittersweet reflection as you kiss the earth goodbye”; Starblind mentions “I’m weary of these earthly bones and skin” while Mother Of Mercy has “Accept the consequence, repent for what I’ve done”. “Interesting, all those words were pretty much split
The setlist was made primarily from material from their past three albums (2000’s Brave New World, 2003’s Dance Of Death and 2006’s A Matter Of Life And Death). While this may have had some fans grumbling online beforehand, rest assured the 25,000 or so that were there loved every minute. Speaking to those in the inner ring of the Maiden camp afterwards, they placed this specific show as one of their best ever. The band displayed an agility of men 30 years their junior and the crowd was in full voice for every song. The stage set was futuristic and every song had a specific backdrop. Blood Brothers was dedicated to Ronnie James Dio and in one of those weird, magic moments, a white bird (Swan? Seagull? Dove? – well, it was quite high in the air and ornithology was never Drum’s strong point) flew dead centre over the stage during Hallowed Be Thy Name; it was so perfect that those who saw it were questioning initially whether it was a stage prop. The set was frontloaded with recent songs, with the classics at the end. Even Iron Maiden mascot Eddie made an appearance in all his three or four metre glory.
down the middle,” Dickinson says when the above lyrics are highlighted to him. “Steve wrote them and I wrote them. Like Coming Home was my words, Starblind was my words, Final Frontier was Steve’s words and we weren’t colluding with each other, saying, ‘What’s on your mind?’ I think it’s just generally, not just where the band is at, but where we’re all at as people. We’re all over 50, we’ve all got kids, we’re looking back at them looking forward at what future they have; looking at probably the greatest period of uncertainty that I can think of for a while, globally. “When I was a kid, the only thing you had to worry about was nuclear war – that was it. The rest of the shit was like local stuff. But now everything is global, so not only is the world heading or not heading for eco disaster this week, next week, next century or maybe not. ‘Oh we made a mistake. Oh sorry we revised the figures, oh it’s not melting as much.’ Shit yes, it is. But there’s another disaster around the corner. That first disaster we said was gonna happen, it’s not gonna happen but there’s an even worse one and we could get wiped out by an asteroid, so… chill.’ There’s so many uncertainties and that all gets reflected in the stuff we write.” How does it feel being at that point in the band? Have you not been that uncertain as a band previously? “No, but it just seems to be the process of uncertainty in the world seems to be accelerating on a day to day basis and part of it is maybe real uncertainties, part of it is the media wishing to unearth further disasters or future disasters. ‘Disaster narrowly averted’ – what the fuck is that? Something that didn’t happen is news. Just to scare the shit out of people. The war on terror – there’s a whole crisis in itself that was created for no good reason. The war on terror; it’s just bullshit.” WHO: Iron Maiden WHAT: The Final Frontier (EMI) WHEN & WHERE: Soundwave – Monday 7 March, Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean
WATTS HAPPENING MERRICK WATTS IS HEADING OUT WEST FOR ROTTOFEST 2010, POSSIBLY MAKING HIM THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON TO SET FOOT ON THE ISLAND SINCE ELLE MCPHERSON. HE CAUGHT UP WITH ALEKSIA BARRON FOR A CHAT ABOUT EVERYTHING FROM COMEDY TO COLLINGWOOD.
ormally the journalist conducting the interview traditionally asks the questions. However, when the person being interviewed is Merrick Watts, tradition tends to fly out the window. Introductions have barely been managed before Watts begins asking insistently, “Do you know the old guy from Batman?” Michael Keaton? “No, the old guy – the waiter?” The butler, perhaps? That would be Michael Caine. “Michael Caine! Yeah! That’s it!” He’s pleased to have the answer, although he can’t resist a good-natured dig at his manager, turning away from the phone for a moment. “Why are there strangers ringing the office who know the answer, and you don’t?” He’s a little sheepish when he returns to the phone. “I think she’s mad at me now,” he says, with the roguish cheekiness that has made him such a beloved part of the Australian entertainment landscape. Best known as one half of the infamous Merrick & Rosso (Tim Ross), whose 13-year career saw them conquer radio (they pioneered the now common move from Triple J to Nova), television and the national stand-up circuit. Even though Merrick & Rosso no longer perform as an entity, Watts has remained firmly at the forefront of the Australian media. He can still be heard on Nova Sydney’s breakfast show as part of the Merrick, Dools and Ricki-Lee (featuring Scott Dooley, another ex-Triple J radio comic) and has been branching out into acting, in both comedy (ABC’s The Hollowmen) and drama (Nine’s Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities). On this particular occasion, however, he’s most excited about his upcoming trip to WA, where he’ll be appearing as the MC of the Launch The Comedian competition at the upcoming Rottofest. “I love Perth. Perth’s dynamite – a really good place,” says the Melbourne-born boy from his current location in Sydney. So what could a town-mouse from the big smoke want with poor old Dullsville? “They’ve got the hottest women in Australia.” Furthermore, Watts is prepared to back this outlandish statement up with scientific theory. “Sarah Murdoch told me that the reason why there’s so many good looking women in Perth is because all the mining magnates have these amazing trophy wives, and then they’ve had kids, so there’s just this generation of incredibly beautiful women.” No wonder the mining tax is so unpopular – if the resources industry CEOs leave, we’re set to get a lot uglier as a city. Of course, it’s not like Watts is any stranger to WA, even if he hasn’t been out here for a couple of years. He’s even visited Rottnest before, and naturally, can’t resist a joke about quokkas. “I was one of those people who didn’t have a hat made out of a quokka, so I had to go to Rottnest and hunt my own quokka to make a hat.” He gets very serious, though, when the subject of quokka soccer comes up. “I can’t believe anyone would actually hurt them – I was only making a shit joke. You can’t go around hurting quokkas. Quokkas rock.” Strangely however, one thing Watts can’t seem to manage is coming to Rottnest during the warmer months. His last trip to the island also took place during the winter months – not that it stopped him venturing into the water for a swim. “We realised that we were really the only people who were swimming, and ‘cause it was cold, we didn’t have any togs or anything like that. So we just went for a swim in our undies and tried to pretend that we were just, like, European.” It’s been quite a coup for the Rottofest directors to secure Watts, one of the most famous names in Australian comedy, as the MC for the hotly anticipated Launch The Comedian competition, which will see eight young comics from across Australia compete for the crown. Watts, for his part, is excited at the prospect of seeing some new comic talent rise to the surface, given the success of Australia’s Generation X comedians. “If you look at my peers, I started doing stand-up at the same time as Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar, Rove, Rosso... there’s a lot of very, very good quality comics around. And as a result, there’s not as many young stand-ups going around as there was when I was starting out. I’ll be really, really keen to see people, to see what’s coming through. Some comedians find it threatening, but I find it very exciting.”
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In fact, staying focussed on the bright side of the comedy world is what keeps Watts enthusiastic about the industry. It’s reflected in his own personal idea of what makes a good comic: “I like comedians who can take the piss out of themselves as much as they can take the piss out of other people.” He draws the line at excessive negativity, though. “I don’t like nasty comics, where all they do it put down other people. I do like selfdeprecating comics, but not to the point where they’re self-loathing.” Even hecklers – the bane of many a comic’s on-stage life – don’t get to him. “My opinion is hecklers are best dealt with swiftly, but also mercifully. You want to let them know that you’re the one with the microphone. But you don’t want to get to the point where they’re so humiliated that you’ve ruined their night.” Still, he says, heckling doesn’t add anything to the atmosphere of a good show. “I’ve never seen a heckler make a show better for any comedian.” As for the age-old complaint of comedians – that they’re expected to be funny all the time – Watts is unfazed. “There’s an expectation [that I will be funny], but I understand it. After all, it’s what I do.” He searches for an appropriate analogy. “It’s like, if you’ve got a friend around at a barbeque, and he’s a builder, and you ask him to hammer a nail into a piece of wood, you’d reckon he’d know what he was doing.” He realises the inanity of that statement as soon as it’s out of his mouth. “That’s the worst comparison I’ve ever made. That was such a shit analogy. I apologise,” he says, laughing good-naturedly. The worst feeling for a comedian, in Watts’ opinion, is when the audience is laughing at you and not with you, as he discovered when, during a show in Sydney, he invited a fairly big, burly man to be his volunteer on stage, when the audience suddenly went very quiet. “I was talking to this guy, and I had no idea that he was a first grade rugby league player, and was like, really famous – one of the best-known players in the code.” Ah, the curse of being raised outside NSW. “So when I asked him, on stage, ‘What do you do for a living?’ and he said, ‘Not much’, the audience started laughing. I
didn’t know that he was a footballer, so I said, ‘Not much? Just hanging out and doing ‘roids and shit?’” It wasn’t exactly how he’d planned the joke to go down. “Everyone was laughing, but they were laughing because they realised that I had no idea who I was talking to.” He seems unlikely to make any such faux pas at Rottofest, given that he does know his AFL pretty well. Unfortunately, though, he’s one of the most insufferable fan groups – the Collingwood supporter. “Even while we’ve been speaking, I’ve got a bit of a blood nose. It’s from altitude sickness from being so high up the ladder.” Upon discovering that he’s being interviewed by a Fremantle fan, things only get worse. “Ah, you were pegged as the big favourites, and then the wheels just fell off! Nah, keep Chris Tarrant. That was a good move. Well done.” Into the ensuing silence, he says quietly, “I’m going to get myself bashed up if I’m not careful.” For the record, he’s predicting a Pies-Bulldogs grand final, with Collingwood winning by six goals. With his laconic sense of humour and passion for the entertainment industry, Watts is an ideal fit for the funky, relaxed experience on offer at 2010. He trots out the self-deprecating humour, though, when it’s suggested that his MCing role will be a festival highlight. “Shit, that puts a bit of pressure on me, then. I thought I was just going to rock up, have a couple of laughs, and then piss off. The pressure’s on to make it good now.” WHO: Merrick Watts WHAT: Launch The Comedian WHEN & WHERE: Rottofest – Friday 27-Sunday 29 August, Rottnest Island
TREASURE ISLAND With so much to catch over the weekend, and everything from day to weekend passes available from Day Tripper to Weekend Festival passes, there’s much to plan on how to tackle the many delights on offer at Rottofest. Here’s a breakdown of highlights to help the planning: The Funk Club Opening Spectacular (Friday, Aug 27, 8pm – late). Check in to your unit, have a cheeky pre-drink and then head into town for the Rottofest opening party! All the way from exotic Leederville, the Funk Club House Band will get your booty shakin’, as will Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics. And to make sure the tunes never stop, DJs Nandez 500 and Chopper Crucial will be on the decks. Street Performers (Daily). The main settlement area will be populated by the likes of card manipulator Jon Madd and comic clown Mister Hardyhaha on Saturday and Sunday, keeping you entertained while you scoff your Rotto Bakery produce. Search For Australia’s Funniest Filmmakers (Saturday, Aug 28 and Sunday, Aug 29, screenings every two hours from 11am to 5pm). The best comedy short films and skits will be screened in the cool, dark Rottnest Island Picture Hall. With titles like Cashed Up Bogans and Paranormal Penis Activity, expect laughter. Daily Stand-Up (Saturday, Aug 28 and Sunday, Aug 29, 2–4pm). Have a welldeserved afternoon pint at the Governor’s Bar, Rottnest Lodge, and catch some of the best up-andcoming stand-up talent! Community Beat Bunker (Saturday, Aug 28 and Sunday, Aug 29, 12pm – 4pm). As if Hotel Rottnest wasn’t already the perfect place for a lazy lunch, with their good nosh and great views, the Community DJs will be spinning great beats to chill on. Launch The Comedian with Merrick (Saturday, Aug 28, 8pm – late). The best of the best young comedy talent from across Australia will compete for the crown, and their sole goal is to make you laugh. Jimmy James Eaton, Jeff Hewitt, Giggly McChuckles (all WA), Jacques Barrett (NSW), Shayne Hunter (QLD), Nick Cody (VIC), Kee Hau Lee Jackson and Adam Keily (both from SA) will compete, with Merrick keeping the laughs flowing as the MC for the evening. Closing Party (Sunday, Aug 29, 7pm – 11pm). Get ready to rock with three of WA’s hottest bands! The Sugar Army juggernaut is rolling into Rotto, supported by the too-cool lads from The Scotch Of Saint James and the unstoppable Emperors. Bang!
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HIPSTER SONGS FOR THE HIPS ONCE KNOWN FOR BEING THE MOST POST-MODERN MAN IN AUSTRALIA, THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER IS NOW THE HIPPEST MAN IN THE LAND, OR SO HE ARGUES FOR AND AGAINST WITH MATTHEW HOGAN.
n 1965 at the Norfolk Folk Festival, Bob Dylan shocked his fans by plugging in an electric guitar and playing with a blues backing band in a moment that was met with boos from the folk faithful. And now Melbourne’s own folk muso comedian The Bedroom Philosopher has done the same. After releasing Brown & Orange last year, the man otherwise known as Justin Heazlewood has gone wild, eclectic and electric on his latest effort Songs From The 86 Tram. “I guess if you subtract about 180,000 fans you’d be more where I’m at. My 14 dedicated followers were marginally shocked to find I had an electric guitar on the album, but I think they were okay with it. Brown & Orange was where I was trying to do some grandiose Magical Mystery Tour on a low budget, I think this 86 is more of a Revolver – sort of more confident sounding,” Hazlewood begins, seemingly not knowing the chronology of The Beatles’ releases. Inspired by his time catching public transport in Melbourne for the last five years, Heazlewood says the 86 tram is the “rock star tram” of the city, not unlike any fixed gear bike in Perth. “The 86 is the one that, when you mention it, everyone kind of rolls their eyes,” he says, ”and it has this very board cross-section of society catching it. I guess I didn’t want to write songs that weren’t just about me anymore; I had this idea for a character performance, kind of like [Summer Heights High creator] Chris Lilley meets Ween. So every song is a different genre and every song is a different character and the music matched to that character. Public transport is the great equaliser and I guess if you spend too long in any bohemian creative ivory tower, you’re kind of in danger of crawling up your own arse. So I had an idea to create an album that was quite inclusive and included every character from your hipster to a Sudanese refugee to a middle aged mum; it got me back in touch with general society.” He says the album is also like listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon while watching The Wizard Of Oz. “Chuck the album on at the start of the 86 line and it should match up,” Heazlewood suggests. “On a good day you can have every single character sitting opposite you, for reals.” On the album’s big single Northcote (So Hungover), Heazlewood satires the hipster voice that currently plagues inner city hang outs the country over. He seems unsure of whether or not he is indeed a hipster. “Totally, with people on YouTube there’s a hipster witch hunt with everyone pointing fingers saying ‘I can’t tell if The Bedroom Philosopher is making fun of hipsters or being one himself,’” the Philosopher reflects. “There’s nothing more hipster than making fun of yourself. I suppose playing that character for a bit too long, I find the accent starts to take over and I wake up in the middle of the night wearing jeans and I can’t remember putting them on. I’m sort of like a host now for this virus.” He goes on to define the hipster voice and says it’s only been around for the last five years or so. “It’s a real city thing for people between like 17 and 25,” Heazlewood states. “I wonder if it’s just the side effect of growing up with 20 years of American culture being blasted at us from Sesame Street through to Gossip Girl. It’s just the California Valley Girl accent creeping into the Australian accent. You say ‘like’ every five words and there’s an upward inflection on everything. It’s fairly worrying. “I love people coming up saying, ‘(in hipster voice) Oh yeah, I know a guy just like that.’ But they’re always doing the voice themselves.” Currently on tour with his band The Awkwardstra, this is The Bedroom Philosopher’s first proper rock’n’roll tour after years of travelling mainly as a solo acoustic comedy act. “We’re kind of like the Rock Eisteddfod for home schooled children, essentially,” he mutters. “I’m sort of making it way more about the band, there will probably be a 25 minute totally self-indulgent version of Northcote because every good band set needs that 20 minute bit where the band are working out some sort of solo, which is way more fun for them to play then it is to hear. So I’m determined to keep it indie.” Heazlewood also became a star of the plasma screen last year by appearing on John Safran’s Race Relations as the title character in flashback scenes. “I met John at a Melbourne Comedy Festival event and he saw my show a couple of years ago,” BP recalls. “He said I was the most awkward comedian in the Melbourne Comedy Festival, which is kind of a compliment coming from him. We seemed to get along; we agreed on things like the new Simpsons have gone really shit but everyone’s too scared to say anything. I guess I got rung up to audition for his show. In the script I had to say a Jewish prayer that I only recognised from a Beck song because there’s a Beck B-side called Little Drum Machine Boy where a robot voice does this Jewish prayer. In the interview I said that and John said he watched tape and said that was the most bohemian Melbourne hipster thing to possibly say – that kind of got me over the line.” Heazlewood also keeps himself busy by writing for magazines, such as his reviews of tinned soups in Frankie. “I did professional writing at uni so I’ve always been trying to get my writing out there at the same time,” he says. “I’ve been writing 650 word columns for them and it’s pretty much the writing equivalent of a pop song for me – you just get in pick a topic and make a few jokes and piss off again in a short period of time. Every issue I review different products – I think I did muesli about a year ago; it was like a dream job just trying to review the fruits to a spoonful and consistency and aftertaste and stuff.”
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HAPPY VALENTINES people talking shit about your band. You’ve just got to ignore it. In the early days, it was something that we were very conscious of; going on message boards and reading what people were saying. But since Scream..., personally I don’t listen to critics or message boards or anything, I just kind of roll with what I do and it makes my life a lot more content.” As a result of this inner band contentment, they freely adopted a less pressured songwriting mindset on Fever. “We just literally wanted to make music like we did before we got signed, just four friends in a room, rocking out, having a good time and creating some music. We wanted to please ourselves regardless of how it sounded, [we] just didn’t think about anything apart from writing a good album which we were happy with and if it was successful or not, it didn’t matter. We took influence from The Poison and tried to not emulate it, but just look at what we did. How we were writing songs, the formula and structure that we were using and trying to reinvent that and really capture something fresh.”
TRYING TO ACTIVELY ADHERE TO WHAT THE CRITICS AND FANS WANT FROM YOU CAN BE A DANGEROUS GAME. SO MUCH SO THAT BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE VOCALIST/GUITARIST MATT TUCK DECIDED TO STOP PLAYING, AS HE EXPLAINS TO BRENDAN CRABB.
ontinuing a global commercial hot streak for the Welsh melodic metalcore crew, their third album Fever charted in the top 10 in numerous countries upon its release in April, including the US, UK, Japan and Australia. The album’s refinement of the popular elements of their approach have clearly paid dividends from a sales perspective and Tuck says this was largely a result of no longer taking on board what each metal/ hard rock fan and his dog – not to mention every scribe – thinks of them. “We’ve always had kind of a… not a unique sound but we do have an identity and we just wanted to capture what we did on [2005 debut album] The Poison,” Tuck explains to Drum, shortly before hitting the stage during their sold out American tour. “Just something fresh, exciting and just try and do what made us who we where in the first place. Like on [2008’s] Scream Aim Fire we departed [from] the formula a little, because we started to take on board what critics
were saying and listening to people who were saying, ‘oh, they’re not a real metal band’ and all this stuff. So we wanted to prove to people that, ‘okay, if we want to be we can be’. It was not a dumb thing to do, but we weren’t being 100 per cent true of what we do. So this time around we wanted to make sure that we did.” He continues, stating how it is foolish to chase the critics. “We didn’t like fall for it, we still made a great album [on Scream Aim Fire], I think. It was very successful and it made us tour the world for a couple of years. But looking back on it, it was kind of a silly thing to do. A band should always kind of be creative in how they work and not try to impress critics and media and stuff. It’s a little bit silly, but it is hard not to fall into it. When people are saying things, you just want to prove people wrong in every way. But the best thing to do is not to listen to it and just continue [with] what you want to do. It’s hard… you don’t like to listen to
Enlisting new producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Lacuna Coil and ahem…Avril Lavigne and Good Charlotte) on Fever required an adjustment period, but one which was ultimately worthwhile. “It was refreshing to work with a big record producer like Don and every aspect of the project was a step up,” Tuck says. “It was good, [but] it was different [because] we’ve never worked with anyone else; we’ve always worked with the same producer since day one. So working with someone else was initially challenging and hard to put your trust in someone. ‘Cause writing music is a very personal thing, for someone to take control of that and try to change it and suggest things was quite difficult to accept in the beginning. But then we just kind of rolled with it, started to work as a team which it should have been and everything kind of worked itself out.” Since the release of The Poison, the band has been media darlings in the UK, yet as illustrated with the aforementioned chart positions have been one of the few British bands in the past decade whose popularity has also significantly crossed over to the often impenetrable American market. What does Tuck attribute this to? Why, hard work of course. “[Just] putting in the hours, the months and literally years now of touring,” he says. “Keep coming back, keep poundin’ it and getting a loyal fan base over the years and just living by our rules.
We have kind of a reputation for being quite brash and up-front in the media now; if we have something on our minds we’ll say it. A lot of people don’t like that – that’s fine. But we don’t really care, we do what we do and we’re not afraid or ashamed to admit that, and it’s made us who we are.” One ponders why they have succeeded in cracking it in the States, and even the likes of Australia, while numerous other Brit hopefuls have failed. “Honestly, I
IT’S JUST A FORMULA WE’VE STUCK WITH SINCE DAY ONE AND IT SEEMS TO BE SNOWBALLING PRETTY MUCH OUT OF CONTROL GLOBALLY.”
don’t know. I wish I knew the answer and I could sell it to all these British bands,” he laughs. “I just think it’s something that we do when we write our songs, people seem to get it, understand it and like it. It’s just a formula we’ve stuck with since day one and it seems to be snowballing pretty much out of control globally.” Interestingly, their upcoming Australian tour will also feature another UK band who have noticeably split the views of heavy music fans worldwide, achieving a significant worldwide following as well as a vocal army of detractors – Bring Me The Horizon. Surprisingly, the two bands haven’t shared the same stage previously. “We’ve known the guys for a few years, [have] seen them come up the ranks in the UK and started to branch out across the globe now, which is great,” Tuck enthuses. “But we’ve never actually toured together, so it’s going to be a good time.” WHO: Bullet For My Valentine WHAT: Fever (Jive) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 5 September, Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont
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THE GREEN MACHINE Tell us more about the Greens policies in regards to arts and culture? The arts should be seen as a genuine profession which lifts any society into both creativity and happiness and also to celebrate what a nation is, not just its beauty and its bounty but also its tragedy. We are sitting on the real agenda in Australia, and it should be. We want to see artists getting a return on all resales of artwork. We want to see the parliament leading in the public purchase of artworks particularly from innovative young artists in Australia. [We want to see] more support to the great collection in this country for collecting the artwork of young Australians because it’s an assurance that where there’s retail, artists get a solid percentage of that retail on their work.
WITH PRIME MINISTER JULIA GILLARD AND OPPOSITION LEADER TONY ABBOTT IGNORING REQESTS TO SPEAK TO DRUM MEDIA, GREENS LEADER BOB BROWN CATCHES UP WITH MATTHEW HOGAN AND OFFERS HIS THOUGHTS ON WHERE THE MAJOR PARTIES HAVE GONE WRONG AND WHAT THE GREENS WILL DO IF THEY HAD MORE POWER.
ob Brown is a true Australian first. A member of Australia’s first ‘greens’ group United Tasmania Group in 1972, he was later appointed the director of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society in ’78. As the only leader of the Australian Greens since they formed in 1992, he also became the first openly gay member of Parliament after he was elected as a senator in 1996. Since then the Greens have continued to grow, and in the 2010 Federal Election they look likely to add to their five members in the senate. Brown gladly caught up with Drum Media ahead of polling day. What are your thoughts of the ‘slagfest’ campaigns currently being run by the Liberal and Labour parties? Well they’re still in the last century. If you
look at their policies on climate change, or education, or discrimination against same sex marriages; they’re struggling somewhere in the 20th century, and it’s time they came into the 21st. How come the major parties are yet to include the Greens in public debates? They’re frightened to debate because we’ve got a better deal for Australia, and they don’t. That includes a national dental health care system, it extends to recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution, and it includes a plan for the Murray Darling Basin, and a high-speed rail network for Australia; and a creative arts policy as well which encourages investment in the arts – while the government said they were going to reduce their arts spending.
HOW TO VOTE
Broadband: Forget the top end, Australians need fast reliable broadband according to both parties. The Coalition promises 97 per cent of premises will be able to download 100 Mbps by 2016. That’s an impressive set of figures, but Labor have promised $43 billion to reach the same 100 Mbps to 93 per cent of homes from 2018. If you want higher speed pornography, the Coalition is a surefire winner here. Border Protection: The boat people are under severe scrutiny in this election. Since Labor came back into power in November 2007, one illegal boat has arrived on the mainland of Australia. Yet, the people need to be sure that their jobs collecting trolleys at the local shops remain safe, and that’s why the Coalition is stopping the boats by reintroducing offshore processing for illegal boats in some other country; reintroducing temporary protection visas to ensure those seeking asylum can 22 • THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010
What’s the Greens policy on refugees and asylum seekers – should we “Stop The Boats” like Tony Abbott says we should? It’s our policy to have genuine refugees treated humanely. We’ve been under attack from Cardinal Pell for not being Christian, but we’re the compassionate party who believe that people fleeing persecution and war not least in Iraq and Afghanistan, where we’re being engaged under serial governments, should be treated humanely here. [They should be] sent home if they’re illegal, but kept here and helped become
The Greens preferential votes are going to Labor, so who should we vote for this Saturday? I tell people to vote and put their preferences where they want to.
TASTE TEST We put Bob Brown’s taste in music to the test. What the first record you ever bought? It’ll be a 78, I can tell you that much… It could very well be Elvis Presley’s Wooden Heart. What’s the last great concert you’ve been to? Well the last concert was Warren H. Williams, an Indigenous singer from Great Southland, at the launch of the Greens campaign in Hobart. The last big concert was Crowded House in Hobart. I’ve taken most recently Cat Empire to the forests in Tasmania, before that Olivia Newton-John. And coming up next is my friend KD Lang. When she comes to Australia I’ve got a long-standing invitation to take her out there as well. The other interesting thing is that Powderfinger is going to do that concert for The Greens in Hobart after the election. So that’ll be good. What other music is good for The Greens? I think all music is because it comes from nature, and The Greens are about looking after both, and making sure nature is there for the future. So whatever sort of music people enjoy, it’s ultimate inspiration that comes out of that cloud of nature. It’s a fantastic asset, which we should have more of… And we should be protecting Australian artists by the way, and we’ve done quite a bit of work in the Parliament on that – trying to defend the industry against dumping from overseas and so on.
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THIS WEEKEND, THE LABOR AND LIBERAL PARTIES BRING THEIR LONG RIVALRY INTO A NEW DECADE AS THEY FACE OFF IN A BATTLE OF SUPREMACY. MATTHEW HOGAN CASTS HIS VOTE. fter several requests to their media advisors, the major party leaders have decided they were too scared to partake in Drum Media’s election coverage. Here’s what Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s camp had to say about donating 10 minutes of her time with us after her 15 minute appearance on Hobart Community FM’s Good Time Smile Time Drive Time Programme: “Due to the large number of interview requests and media engagements the PM has at this time [said] this will not be possible on this occasion.” Thank you, PM. But at least she didn’t completely ignore us like opposition leader Tony Abbott did. If television is to be believed, everyone would be leaving their voting papers blank this weekend, as former Labor ‘great’ Mark Latham suggested we do during his stint as ‘journalist’ on 60 Minutes. Luckily the rest of Australia isn’t so bitter and resentful towards the processes of democracy, and by looking at the ‘difference’ in policies between the big two, you can make a preference by looking at their big ticket policies. Or, if that doesn’t float your boat, vote for a minor party.
What youth issues are The Greens currently campaigning for? Ending discrimination on the basis of sexuality, not least in marriage, is one of those. The extension of youth allowance which we helped save important components of the youth allowance program during the last Senate, that we want to see all young people who are pursuing their education have access to proper youth allowance. And fast efficient public transport systems for young people, including light rail in cities; it’s really an important issue in an age where cities are congested and don’t adequately provide public transport… And the carbon tax on the polluters, rather the fact that these parties want to take money off the tax payers and give it to the polluters, we want a carbon tax on the polluters; the threat to the current young generation is that 6-20 per cent of their total income will be diverted to dealing with climate change in the second half of this century; it’s massive. Ending the destruction of the Great Forests of Australia where so many young people I know have been working so hard to stop the destruction; keeping the Great Barrier reef in tact for people’s lifetime.
happy, creative Australian citizens if they are genuine refugee. And it turns out that it’s more than 90 per cent of the boat people are [legal], and it’s pretty disgraceful that both big parties want to keep the troops in the war in Afghanistan, but say that Afghan refugees should be treated as if they’re not. And on that matter, we’re the one party that wants our troops brought safely home but believe there should at least be a parliamentary debate on Afghanistan – there’s never been one.
do it elsewhere; “presuming asylum seekers are not refugees” – after all, they probably just want a holiday... The Labor Government reiterates the fact that only one boat has landed undetected on the shore since they came into power and over 200 people smugglers have been arrested and prosecuted. Getting greener: If the Labor Party wins you’ll be able to trade in your pre-1995 vehicle to get $2,000; much like the deal going on at your local caryard, but unlike the deal going on at your local caryard, the Labor Party wants you to use the money to buy a fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly car. The Liberals have said time and time again that Gillard will impose a “great big tax on everything” if she brings this in. Taste test: Both leaders decided to talk to some ageing website (MySpace) about their musical tastes, so here’s what we can gather from that. Gillard only likes Australian music, with the exception of The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. Apart from that, she’s a big fan of ‘90s pop and rock, with Crowded House, Things Of Stone And Wood and, urgh, Natalie Imbruglia popping up. She also says she likes Flame Trees by Jimmy Barnes as opposed to the Cold Chisel version, which features the guys who actually write the song (Don Walker and Steve Prestwich). Abbott is partial to the work of country pop singer Glen Campbell, who’s hit Rhinestone Cowboy reminds this writer of that horrible movie High School High. Luckily the opposition leader is saved by selections by The Beach Boys, The Pogues, Johnny Cash and the Elvis classic Suspicious Minds. It can be said that our two candidates are not that different when it comes to policies, and it’s clear they’ve spent more time slagging each other from afar than actually debating. But it could be a lot worse – Mark Latham could have been elected Prime Minister in 2004.
THE ECONOMY, ASYLUM SEEKERS, “MOVING FORWARD” AND THE “REAL” LEADERS HAVE DOMINATED THE 2010 ELECTION RACE. SUBSEQUENTLY, THERE’S BEEN PLENTY OF ISSUES LEFT WANTING, ONE OF THEM THE ARTS. TALKING TO INCUMBENT MINISTER AND MIDNIGHT OIL FRONTMAN PETER GARRETT AND MUSICNSW’S EXECUTIVE OFFICE ELIZA SARLOS, WE LOOK AT WHAT THE INDUSTRY NEEDS. BY SCOTT FITZSIMONS.
xpectations were – perhaps unfairly or unjustifiably – high when Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett was elected into parliament. Even Daniel Johns of Silverchair spray painted “PG 4 PM” on the wall during a 2006 ARIA Awards performance. Garrett’s actual impact since taking office and being handed the Environment, Heritage And The Arts portfolio by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has been quiet, if a little bit mixed. “We’ve had three years of really tense activity and when we went into the last election we had a range of really important commitments that we wanted to deliver in the first term and we’ve actually signed off on just about every single one of those substantially,” Garrett tells Drum Media. “Things like the resale royalty for visual artists, so painters, sculptors have got a copyright the same way that songwriters and authors do, that was long overdue,” he says, also citing his efforts to increase arts access for Aboriginal communities. With Labor planning to introduce a national curriculum for their education overhaul, Garrett claims to be pushing into that territory. “I’ve always felt that it was very important for kids, in any school, to get access to an arts-rich education which of course includes music. So I persuaded the state education ministers to include arts for consideration in the national curriculum,” he says, confident it will feature. MusicNSW, the state’s industry support association for contemporary music, started campaigning for the industry’s needs as soon as the election was called (its equivalents around the country have now joined in the lobbying). Eliza Sarlos, MusicNSW’s executive officer,
PETER GARRETT agrees that there’s been a lack of focus this election. “By the time you go to print, hopefully this will have changed, but at the moment the only party with an arts policy out there at the moment are the Greens… I think it’s the same with most political scenarios in that it takes things to get really, really, really, bad for anything to become a massive issue.” The irony about the arts industry at the moment is that there is a bit of money floating around and everyone’s fairly unanimous in the idea that there needs to be support. It’s how that support is delivered that needs addressing. “We are talking about a broad issue,” says Sarlos, “but music displays it more clearly than any other art form because there is such a divide between more classical music organisations and popular music organisations... A lot of [Government funding] is going towards those massive institutions that support what’s being called the ‘heritage’ arts, so orchestras and operas. And there’s a really interesting statistic that I was alerted to earlier this week, of the $90 million funding that the Australia Council For The Arts gives out to music, 98 per cent of it goes towards those more traditional music practitioners.” By Drum’s deadlines, neither of the two major parties have outlined policies for the arts – let alone live music. (Opposition spokesman for the Arts Steven Ciobo was reluctant to talk with Drum before their policy announcement. The Greens have mentioned it briefly and the Australian Sex Party’s support of live music is also to be announced in the last week.) It makes choosing where to place your vote – based on the music scene – a difficult choice. The last week of electioneering will see the final policies, in which arts are likely to feature, roll out. Garrett is looking forward to it: “To give people the opportunity not to vote for Tony Abbott is definitely exciting.”
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TALENT ON SHOW of a touring life, the road to the album release was a lengthy one, and despite having almost two years to mull over an album title, it was a task left to the last minute. “It was crunch time and we had to give it a name,” Cunningham chuckles. “I wrote out a bunch of things – that’s what you do when you’ve got to name songs and albums and bands: you just make lists of potential names and then you glance round the table and see if everyone’s into it or not into it. And it was just one of those situations where I had this list and I read it out, and everyone said, ‘Yeah, Foreign Tapes sounds good’. All the songs are quite different and we feel like our sound isn’t necessarily Australian. It’s a little more, not international, but worldly I guess. Plus we got it mastered overseas in Sweden – there was a foreign theme.”
CATCHING A MOMENT WITH PARADES FRONTMAN DANIEL CUNNINGHAM AS HE’S ROUNDING UP THE TROOPS TO HEAD WEST ON TOUR, TYLER MCLOUGHLAN TALKS ABOUT THE RECENT RELEASE OF THE SYDNEY EXPLODERS’ DEBUT ALBUM FOREIGN TAPES.
he core Parades group of four, namely Daniel Cunningham, Michael Scarpin, Tim Jenkins and Jonathan Boulet – who has recently had his own success in the solo realm – met as young school friends and have been playing together ever since, and it’s audibly and visually apparent on record and in a live setting that Parades are far greater than their number of four suggests. “We had bands in high school that didn’t really do anything. Then after we left, we had to do music – it was the only option,” guitarist/vocalist Daniel Cunningham adamantly claims. “So we wrote a bunch of songs and we thought it would be cool to get other people to do the things that we can’t do very well. Like sing like girls – we can’t really do that very well! When we go down south this weekend we’ve got Alyx from kyü, a Sydney band, coming down with us. And Tim Watkins who plays all the trumpets on the album – he’s coming down with us too. Those guys can even tour
with us when they’re available. It’s a good system we have – a good little understanding between friends.” Elsewhere on their debut album you can hear the hauntingly sweet vocals of Bec Shave, most notably on Hunters, a favourite of Cunningham’s. “It’s so incredible – it gives me chills every time I hear it,” he admits. “Bec went to uni with Johno. She did most of the female vocals on the album and she toured with us all last year. And then she figured it wasn’t really something she wanted to do anymore, but that’s understandable, so now we’re pushing ahead.” And then there is the other half of kyü too, Freya Berkhout. “She has uni stuff as well, that’s the other obstacle that we overcome,” Cunningham continues. “She plays when she’s available and if she feels like it and when she does it’s always so cool, having both the girls doing what they do best. We all cram on stage and it’s awesome.” Though they are now all thoroughly enjoying the spoils
Initially giving mastering a shot in Boulet’s home studio, their label suggested they look at some other options, which led to an unexpectedly exciting outcome for the quartet. “Obviously Jono is limited to his resources – he’s got a lot of really good gear, but it’s not professional studio quality,” Cunningham concedes. “So I think they just wanted that mark, that kind of seal on the album. They asked, ‘What would be your dream situation? Who would you want to master it if they could?’ So we threw out a bunch of names, one of which was Pelle Henricsson from Tonteknik Recording studios in Sweden, who mastered some of our favourite hardcore and punk albums. We’re like, ‘This guy is from another country, he’s never heard of us – all he can do is say no.’ So we sent him an email. There was a deadline and it had to be mastered the next week or we’d just have to go to some regular Joe. Of all the bigger names we emailed, he was the only one who got back to us first of all, and secondly the only one who could do it the following week, for quite a reasonable price – definitely within our budget. It was like, ‘Oh my god, this is like a dream, getting this guy to master the album’. We’re stoked and it sounds amazing.” It came down to the wire for Parades on the mastering front, though Cunningham holds a steadfast belief that everything will always work out in the end. “If we’re having problems with anything, I always figure that something will save us, something will work out,” he announces. “And every time it has. So I’m not going to question the universe!”
It’s a similar train of thought when it comes to the songwriting process, too. “Tim and I are the guitarists so a lot of material comes from myself and Tim. We have initial ideas and bring them to band practice and everybody gets all in. It’s really democratic. There’s no rules – we just go for it. The songs on the album, they came out the way they did because that’s what happened. We didn’t have a direction or a plan, we just made music and that’s who we are.” After toiling away for 18 months, Parades finally put the finishing touches on Foreign Tapes late last year, then had another tedious wait for the album’s April 2010 release. “You can imagine how much time we’ve had to sit on it,” Cunningham sighs. “It was old to us – we’d heard it a thousand times. I know there was maybe some apprehension or hesitation of actually putting it out because we thought maybe we could do better, because obviously we’re a more mature band now than when we wrote the album and finished it. That’s not downplaying the album at all – I’m really proud of what we did with it. But we’d completely missed out on the fact that we are the only people who have had it, and now we’re all excited about it again.” As Parades are amidst the most exciting time in their musical career, Cunningham notes Brisbane’s Big Sound (a similar showcase and industry conference to our own One Movement) conference as a key tipping point for the band who were flying largely under the radar until that point. “It was sweet,” Cunningham says of the showcase opportunity in 2009. “We played for a bunch of people up there, who at the time could have been potentially putting out the album or other people involved in that whole process. We met a lot of people. Our manager was a keynote speaker and he introduced us to all his friends and to a lot of industry. It was sick, we had a blast. We played one gig but it was an excellent gig and we got a lot of really great feedback. I think it’s where the ball started rolling for us.”
WHO: Parades WHAT: Foreign Tapes (Dot Dash/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 26 August, The Newport, Fremantle; Friday 27, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Saturday 28, Amplifier, Perth
READY, AIM, FIRE that predicament, CAC, rounded out by brother James Ing on drums and Adam Montgomery on bass, always tries to keep things fresh. They’ll change the song list around and go to new locations, which are not just for the fans, but to keep their excitement flowing too. “We’ll make sure we don’t go to the same place too much,” says Ing. “Like the last tour we did with The Butterfly Effect, we actually didn’t go to any of the city centers, we just did regional areas. So we never really over or under expose ourselves; every night is different. We do sometimes get a little bored of playing the same songs, so we just mix it up and change it for shows and something is always different. I always enjoy playing the songs.”
CALLING ALL CARS GUITARIST HAYDN ING EXPLAINS TO KATE STEPHENS WHY ONLY NOW, AFTER MANY MONTHS SINCE RELEASING, THEY’RE FINALLY READY TO BEGIN THEIR HOLD, HOLD, FIRE ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR.
alling All Cars are not your typical band. A typical band records an album, releases said album and follows the release by having an album launch tour. A typical band doesn’t release singles from an album nine months before the album’s due, or has a six-month gap between an album launch and an album launch tour. But then a typical band doesn’t find themselves on the opening slot for Australia’s number one export, AC/DC, either. The opportunity may have thrown a spanner in the works for the Melbourne threesome, but it happened to be one of those adjustable spanners, one that would come in handy opening any type of door. “We released the album in March, and we had another tour planed for releasing it, but at the time we got AC/DC,” says frontman Haydn Ing from their demo studio. “We felt like we couldn’t knock that back so we kind of just put our tour on hold until September, October.” 24 • THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010
‘Getting’ the opening slot for Australia’s biggest rock band is one feat, doing it before you’ve even released your debut album is another. Hold, Hold Fire, was set to be released on March 12, just days after the band’s slot on the famous tour concluded, but instead of preparing for the big day, they were busy readying themselves for what they expected to be a harsh crowd of AC/DC fans. “We’d heard stories about people opening for AC/DC and they’d just get booed off,” confesses Ing. “So we were like we’ll just do our best and see what happens. But everyone gave us a really warm response, so it was really good.” Once the support for AC/DC was done, the boys moved onto Grinspoon and a 24-date tour with The Butterfly Effect. Though the problem always playing second best is when you finally land the lead role, will anyone even care about the show anymore? In an attempt to avoid
Continuing on their untraditional approach, and true to Ing’s testament that the band ‘don’t ever usually get breaks’; their time off before their album launch tour is currently being spent demo-ing tracks for their next album. Ing also promises to unleash two of the new tracks during their tour, meaning Hold, Hold, Fire’s album launch will have to share some of its spotlight with its already-in-the-works successor. But apart from being an unusual album launch tour, there’s a few other reasons to witness the event. Following them around the country is Brisbane’s Numbers Radio and our very own up-and-comers Young Revelry. Both were personally chosen by the guys for their similar sounds and stage performances. “We got told about those guys [Young Revelry] and then just went onto their MySpace and listen to it and we really liked what we heard…We just wanted to put together a line-up of bands we like and will get along with and will suit the vibe of the show. I think we’ve chosen well. Oh yeah and at the Rosemount [gig] we’ve also got Sons of Rico supporting us as well,” adds Ing with the helpful reminder of someone in the background. But for CAC, 15 dates across five states isn’t enough. While in the west they’ll be hitting up Hyperfest 2010. Scheduled for September 5, the all-ages, one day event gives the threesome a chance to play for their younger WA fans, and with a line-up that includes acts like Art Vs Science, British India, Pez and the Voltaire Twins, coupled with the excitement the younger crowd brings; no sugar will be needed to hype up either the stage or the front row. “It’s awesome playing to all-ages because you get all the kids up,” reveals Ing. “We’re a high
energy rock band so it should be fun.” Aware of the lack of venues and licensing restrictions in place, Ing admits CAC don’t get to play as many all-ages as they would like, leaving events like Hyperfest the last places to really interact with a large all-ages crowd. Of course not everyone’s aware of the difficulties in staging an all-ages event, and unhappy tweens should direct their anger at the government and not the band when a tour contains no all-ages stops. There is one way around it though. If you’re a tween and you’re sick of never being able to see your favourite band, then just organise your own gig and ask the band to come along. So, as one young fan asks on their MySpace page, and Drum repeats to Ing: ‘How much would it cost to have Calling All Cars perform at a 16th birthday party?’ “Oh yeah,” laughs Ing. “Oh I dunno about that, yeah that’s definitely an interesting one, with the public liability insurance you’d have to be careful.” Insurance aside, having the time to stop off at a 16th birthday party seems highly unlikely with the current CAC schedule. Though, Ing confesses, their unconventional approach to all things albums may be at an end when the three try something a little different when they try something, well, normal. “We’re gonna do something different this time. We’re actually gonna take some time off touring to record the album in one go. So we’ll have it all done before we start releasing songs and stuff… I think last time was a lot harder because we were recording in-between touring and stuff.” To stick to some normality they’re hoping to team up with Tom Larkin from Shihad who produced their first album. The musical direction of their next LP is still up in the air, but one thing is for sure; Ing and Co. know they’re looking to improve. “We just want to make everything bigger and a bit more grand. It’s like a neverending thing of trying to do better than the last thing you’ve done. So we’ll just see what we come up with.” WHO: Calling All Cars WHAT: Hold, Hold, Fire (Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 3 September, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Saturday 4, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth; Hyperfest – Sunday 5, Midland Railway Workshops
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RECENTLY ANNOUNCED FOR SOUTHBOUND, THE MORNING BENDERS’ MAIN MAN TELLS ANTHONY CAREW HOW ORDERING THE BEATLES THROUGH AMAZON CHANGED HIS LIFE AND INFLUENCED CALIFORNIA’S NEW POP PROGENIES.
f course I’ve noticed that we’ve gotten almost nothing but positive feedback,” admits Christopher Chu. The 24-year-old frontman of indie pop outfit The Morning Benders is wary of buying into the Next Big Thing hype, but even he can’t deny the fact that his band has been one of the year’s big crossover acts. After issuing a barely-noticed debut, Talking Through Tin Cans, in 2008, their second record, Big Echo, has found an enthusiastic critical response and ever-growing audience. A grand, thrilling orchestral pop LP, its glorious production – and critical reception – undoubtedly buoyed by the presence of Grizzly Bear keyboardist Christopher Taylor behind the mixing desk. “We’d been emailing each other for a number of years,” explains Chu of his relationship with the guy that makes those Grizzly Bear records sound so sparkly. “I wrote him an email saying how much I liked his band’s album Yellow House when that first came out [in 2006]. A couple of times when we were on tour in New York, he’d come see us play. That was the first time I’d ever met him in person. We always just had good interactions, a good energy between us. And, when he heard some of the early demos of these Big Echo songs, he was really supportive. We’d talked, vaguely, about working together at some point and eventually we worked out he could mix this record. It started from there and I was lucky enough to be able to work on it with him.” Up until that point, The Morning Benders had been wholly Chu’s baby. Growing up in California, Chu felt an attraction to music from an early age; his predilection for classic-pop song hooks and swelling orchestral arrangements due to his parents’ record collection. “That was the music that I loved, all the stuff my parents played around the house: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon,” he recounts. “My parents had all The Beatles’ greatest hits albums,
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THE PROLIFIC TEX PERKINS CHATS TO MATTHEW HOGAN ABOUT HIS RETURN TO PERTH AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE; TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE OF PLAYING JOHNNY CASH.
but they didn’t have any of the albums proper, and I remember ordering eight Beatles on CD from Amazon. It was the first time I’d ever mail-ordered a package and it was just like Christmas morning when it showed up.” It wasn’t until he was at college, at Cal-Berkeley in the Bay Area, that Chu started writing his own music. “I remember finishing my first song and feeling for the first time that I could maybe be good at that,” he recounts. “Because, up until that point, I’d dabbled in music, but never to the point that I could actually finish anything. That was a big turning point. From there, I started writing songs all the time. The next step was playing them. That wasn’t my main goal – I didn’t write songs so I could be a rock star, partying every night – but I did have a desire to play them for people.” Not wanting “to keep making songs in one particular way forever”, Chu hoped to make a grand orchestral record; Big Echo’s ambition reflected by its title, it sound sparked by its songsmith’s “interest in production”. As a way of advancing the band’s sound, he invited Taylor on board, though he was reticent about relinquishing some control. “I felt scared about giving up creative control, about collaborating with someone on my music, and my songs,” Chu admits. “But, to have [Taylor] be the person I took the plunge with was so great. It only happened because I was able to communicate well with him; I felt confident that he could understand what I wanted, what we were going for. He was someone that I trusted. With that out of the way, it ended up being a pretty smooth collaboration.” WHO: The Morning Benders WHAT: Big Echo (Rough Trade/Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: Southbound – Saturday 1 ‘til Monday 3 January, Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton
fter a year on the road in the starring role of The Man In Black: The Johnny Cash Story, Tex Perkins is now heading this way to bring the show to Perth. A fan of Cash since he was a boy named Gregory, the role is a dream come true for the Aussie pub rocker. “I think I first heard him when I was about six, on the radio,” he recalls. “A Boy Named Sue was a hit back then. I think also his storytelling songs communicate to young children too – that’s why it grabbed my attention. But it’s also, it’s just that voice, and the tone of that voice – it’s always memorable to me. But also when I started getting in bands, and one of my very earliest bands when I was 17, was [Tex Deadly &] The Dum Dums and we used to do a lot of Johnny Cash songs. So I know this territory well.” Having toured all over the east coast, the show finally comes to WA next week and Perkins has a stellar support cast. “When we started, it was basically the RocKwiz guys,” says Perkins. “It was Steve Hadley and [Even’s] Ash Naylor. And they were great, but they’ve moved – they’ve got other gigs… actually, so does the band that is currently playing with us. But from the original line-up is Steve Hadley who is our musical director. On drums, we have the wonderful Dave Folley; he stands about 6’9’’, and is one of the features of our show. On guitar we have Shane Reilly who is a hotshot guitar player from Melbourne. On the other side we have another hotshot guitar player named Shannon Bourne. And of course Rachael Tidd, who is my fellow narrator. We share the narration duties, and of course she is June Carter. Great players, and a great bunch of people to hang around with, I’ll just add.” And as for what we can expect from the show, which takes in the Regal Theatre from next week, Perkins promises the show will cover all of the Man In Black’s career from his start in Memphis with The Tennessee Two through to his American Recordings of his later years. “All his life, his entire life,” Perkins enthuses.
“From birth to death. It’s a big show, it’s a long show, it’s a simple show, and it’s a music driven show. The songs help to tell a story by themselves, but it’s all linked with narration. We tell the story of his life, and I’ll think you’ll find it’s informative, interesting, humorous, and moving. So expect to feel a range, a kaleidoscope of emotions during our show.” In other Tex news, he’s been holed up in the studio for the past few weeks recording a new album with The Dark Horses, who recently added Gus Agers to the lineup, who was previously in Tex Perkins & His Ladyboyz. “I have to finish the vocals and mix it, but I wouldn’t hold my breath, [it’ll be released] early next year probably,” he says, and as far as his other bands are concerned: “I think The Cruel Sea will continue to do one or two shows a year sort of thing. The Dark Horses is kind of what I’ve been writing for, for the most of this year.” But surely the prolific Perkins has got more going on. What about this project that he’s “reluctant to talk about?” “Kram, Tim Rogers and I made a pilot for a television show,” he reveals. “It’s a TV show, it’s a music sort of show. It’s discussion based; we wanted to be like The Footy Show except it’s about music.” With the sound of that getting this reporter salivating at the very thought, I ask whether he’ll be talking to punters on the street a la Sam Newman on The Footy Show’s Street Talk segment. “That’s exactly it,” he says. “That’s precisely what I’m going to do. That’s all the show is!” WHO: Tex Perkins WHAT: The Man In Black WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday 24 August – Sunday 5 September, Regal Theatre, Subiaco; A Day On The Green – Sunday 21 November, Kings Park & Botanic Gardens, West Perth
AFTER EXPLODING OUT OF ANONYMITY TWO YEARS AGO, SYDNEY DEATHCORE GROUP THY ART IS MURDER HAVE JUST UNLEASHED THEIR DEBUT ALBUM. GUITARIST SEAN DELANDER SCREAMS TO LOCHLAN WATT.
PERTH’S DARLING DUO OF DISCO BRASH & SASSY ARE RELEASING THEIR DEBUT EP, NOW. ‘GENNAIA FEBBRAIO’ TALKS TO TROY MUTTON ABOUT THE UNOFFICIAL GENESIS OF THE GROUP AND THE MAKING OF THEIR FIRST RELEASE.
hen people discuss the Perth music scene, it’s often recognised as a quality little rock‘n’roll hub that has produced some class acts who have gone on to bigger and brighter things. Lately though, there’s been a change in the air. There’s a strong group of artists on the scene who are bringing electronic music to the masses with acts like the Voltaire Twins, The Transients, Tabularaza and Tomás Ford championing dancefloors around the city.
Another group is of course Brash & Sassy, and when Drum Media catches up with ‘Gennaia Febbraio’ (suspected to be Rebecca Brennan from B&S) midrehearsal there is plenty of laughing and shouting to be heard in the background. To be fair, the band has every right to be excitable with the release of their debut EP Now on the horizon. “They’re just afraid of their own impending success, they’re trying to sabotage it,” Febbraio jokes. Before the end of the interview we will be interrupted again, with Febbraio being informed to pass on a message. “The band has just popped their head in the door, and you can write this down, they’ve said, ‘Tell him we’re really awesome!’” Fortunately now that they have released their EP, or if you’ve seen any of their glammed-up live shows, you won’t need this humble writer to tell you that. The EP is a collection of five tracks that is just pure, unadulterated electro-pop fun, with splashes of late ‘70s disco, a touch of Goldfrapp and vocal harmonies that will leave you swooning. Febbraio is of course very excited about getting it out there, having approached the EP in a variety of different ways over the last couple of years. “Finally we’re very happy with the result in the end and we just don’t want to work on it anymore. We love it. Matt Giovannangelo and Jaymes from the Voltaire Twins both masterminded the production over the top of it. We co-produced it with them but they helped to steer it in a certain direction,” she says. “We wrote all the songs and
they were there helping us along to create a certain sound.” She, for one, is clearly wrapped with that sound. “What they did basically was play everything by hand on Roland Junos instead of us using plug-ins from our computer. So they ended up playing everything organically which gave it a much more meatier, warm sound which is why the EP sounds so nice and warm instead of clinical, computery sounds.” It is Febbraio and her partner in crime, ‘Ava Loverock’, who produces the bulk of the tunes for the group. “Ava and I met at my cousin Antonio’s wedding, back in 1976. I was singing by the piano, and she started harmonising with me and basically we haven’t looked back ever since. We’ve been writing music and we just thought if we can be creative and write some harmonies we’ll become world famous.” While it’s probably best to take this story with a tiny grain of salt, it all adds to the mystique of Brash & Sassy, further heightened when Febbraio admits they’re just trying to tackle the Perth market, having already grabbed the rest of the world’s hearts. “We’ve got millions of fans all over Europe, Asia, America is our strongest market, and Britain of course.” It sounds like Perth needs to catch up, and tomorrow night at Manhattan’s will be an excellent chance to start. Febbraio promises a night of pure disco bliss. “Expect a lot of dancing, and lots of bloody good music. I love to dance, and I just think we’ve chosen great DJs who are heavily influenced by late ‘70s early ‘80s stuff.” Dancing queens indeed. WHO: Brash & Sassy WHAT: Now (Independent) WHEN: Friday 20 August, Manhattan’s, Victoria Park
orming in 2005 and releasing the This Hole Isn’t Deep Enough demo later that year, Sydney’s Thy Art Is Murder may now be one of the country’s most talked-about up-and-coming metal acts – though it didn’t all happen overnight. After refining their sound down to a super aggressive and unbelievably tight combination of death metal riffage, fleet-fingered blast beats, hideously chunky new-age breakdowns and inhuman screams, the band was picked up by Brisbane label Skull & Bones Records for the release of their Infinite Death EP in August of 2008. With completely gore-riddled lyrics gracing songs with such titles as Whore To A Chainsaw and I’ll Show You God, the five tracks quickly garnered the group underground attention on a worldwide scale. Several large and highly successful Australian tours later, the most recent being on the Mistake Clothing Tour alongside Confession and Wish For Wings, Thy Art Is Murder has finally delivered the next chapter in their discography. Entitled The Adversary, the lean juggernaut of an album contains 11 tracks of completely frantic and head-crushing sounds that show the band taking huge leaps in ability and style. The album also marks the first release on which current vocalist CJ McMahon, who replaced original singer Brendan Van Ryn in early 2009, appears. “We knew he was capable of doing real well,” says guitarist Sean Delander of McMahon’s induction into the band. “It’s a big change up from his old band, he had to step it up a lot, but we got him into gear and we’re very happy with how he’s going, and for the direction we want to go in for the new material he definitely suits it a lot better. He’s a great singer and a great frontman.” With Delander and his fellow original members Lee Stanton (drums) and Gary Markowski (guitars) taking things into their own hands, a good portion of the album tracking was completed without the need for external direction. “We did all the tracking at our new
bass player’s house,” he says of the process, referring to current string-hitter Mick Low, who replaced former bassist Josh King in November last year “because it wasn’t really working.” “There was just a Pro Tools set up there, we just tracked all guitars there and did the drums there. Then once that was all done we took it to into the big studio,” the big studio being Sydney’s prestigious Electric Sun, the same place they recorded Infinite Death, “and re-amped all the guitars, mixed it all there, and touched it up a bit and got it mastered. The whole process took about seven months.” Although earlier talks for The Adversary hinted that the album would embody a concept or storyline involving a fantastical religious war, Thy Art instead decided to tackle things from an angle that should surely find more listeners able to relate to the lyrics than ever before – that is if they open the booklet, given CJ’s indecipherable heaviness. Previously surrounded by controversy regarding some of their extreme and offensive lyrics, Delander confirms that while this element is certainly still a part of the band, they have indeed become a bit more mature in their approach. “All the songs are kind of based around the title The Adversary which pretty much just means the opposition or whatever,” says Delander of the lyrics penned mostly by Markowski and himself. “It’s not all on the one topic – religion or whatever – it’s basically just about crushing the opposition. There’s not any story, but there’s definitely a theme.” WHO: Thy Art Is Murder WHAT: The Adversary (Skull & Bones/Stomp) WHEN & WHERE: Oh Snap! – Thursday 26 August, Black Betty’s, Northbridge; Friday 27 & Saturday 28, YMCA HQ, Leederville; Supporting Despised Icon – Tuesday 9 November, Amplifier, Perth
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SINGLE OF THE WEEK STORNOWAY Zorbing
4AD/Remote Control Forgetting the moniker for just a moment, this Oxford four-piece may just about the sweetest thing you’ll hear this year. Named after the outdoor pursuit of rolling down hills in giant perspex hamster balls (naturally), Zorbing is a charming slice of naturalist folk that combines baritone harmonies and jaunty brass punctuations with austere drumming and simple guitar progressions. Taken from their debut LP Beachcomber’s Windowsill, it’s the sign of a band that, as it moves to a promising future, will steal countless hearts on the way.
PAPA VS PRETTY Heavy Harm
EMI/Peace and Riot This second EP from youthful trio Papa Vs Pretty is, on the whole, a release of some substance. With a confidence and versatility that belies their tender years, they move breezily from classic, harmony-laden pop (Piper) to frenzied rock that’s saturated in fastpaced guitar licks and measured lacings of distortion (Sgt. Suffer). In closing with the acoustic swell of I Still Believe In Us, Heavy Harm raises intriguing questions as to just what, exactly, the band will see fit to carry on to their full-length debut. Armed with such an array of strengths, the three members of Papa Vs Pretty find themselves in rather pleasant circumstances, really.
PARAMORE Careful Atlantic Causing many a tear, backing numerous marriage scenes in television shows and, undoubtedly, lining a few pockets quite healthily, Paramore hit paydirt with the tender lilt of The Only Exception. If that was your thing, you’ll likely find the high-energy rock of Careful quite jarring. Truth be told, it’s more in keeping with the rest of their output, which centres on the distress of Hayley Williams’ vocals delivered in varying tones over stadium-friendly power chords. For lovers of Avril Lavigne and root canals only.
Arriving some six years after their acclaimed debut, a period in which Autolux started counting seminal contemporary artists such as Thom Yorke and Trent Reznor as fans, this Los Angeles-based trio’s follow-up comes heavy with expectation. It has the potential to be a fairly unnerving state of affairs, really, as those who await with a fervent appetite will only have it appeased by either a grand statement, borne of a radical shift in sound or burgeoning power, or by a meticulous attention to the record’s production; regrettably, in the case of Transit Transit, it’s neither.
Melbourne trio Contrive have been around on the scene for over a decade now and aren’t known as prolific releasers of material, The Internal Dialogue being only their second LP release after 2005’s The Meaning Unseen.
Moby, best known for his chilled ambient blend of electronica has given a glimpse into his other life as a DJ of considerable talent with a release of remixes off the back off his successful 2009 album Wait For Me.
The Internal Dialogue
Kicking off with Sonic Youth-inspired guitar riffs, Census is certainly a decent enough track, but it lacks the profound distorted elements that would ensure it left something of a lasting impression. In fact, this absence of any conviction hampers the majority of songs on the album, whether it’s the electro-inspired groove of Highchair or the refined feel of Spots, a neat piano-driven track that’s reasonably pretty but, as it peters out with little impact, there’s precious little left to hang on to.
Is This The Way? provides a powerful opening salvo and is unexpectedly bisected by a pulsating and atmospheric bridge that’s broken by Paul Haug’s intense multi-layered vocals. Both Sides All Lies follows a similar path to the prior track and it’s one of the tracks that proves picking Devin Townsend to mix and master this beauty has paid off, but there’s more to a great record than a great mix and Contrive bring the goods to the desk with unparalleled attention to detail. The rhythm work Tim Stahlmann on bass and Andrew Haug on drums is inseparably tight throughout this release and at no point more so than on the opening tracks.
Wait For Me. Remixes!
A double CD release, the first disc reads as a who’s who with high quality remixes from the likes of Yuksek, Carl Cox and Tiesto. The disc breaks straight into the deeper end of house with Mixhell’s remix of Isolate. The blend of strings works well within the sonic structure, setting the album up as a clever and carefully chosen collection. With Gui Boratto’s remix of Pale Horses, the album moves into big room territory with some of the highlights being Carl Cox’s bang up remix of Walk With Me, Yuksek’s remix of Mistake, Laidback Luke’s Walk With Me and Laurent Wolf’s One Time We Lived. Tiesto rounds out the disc with a typical yet enjoyable trance retake of Shot In The Back Of The Head.
Far from being a bad record, Transit Transit is, put simply, quite lifeless. Perhaps the inordinate amount of time between records has left its creators lacking inspiration (it’s worth noting that some of these songs appeared in various spaces over two years ago) because it certainly feels, at times, like these tracks may have been released against the band’s better judgement. One can only hope that their next record comes much sooner, because next time around their may not be anyone left of whom to ask forgiveness.
The latter half of the album sees the band traverse more progressive territory and they do so with utmost expertise on the lengthy but enthralling Hope and the album’s title track, The Internal Dialogue. Paul’s vocals get a chance to soar on Spirits Alive and this track is where the band really experiment with their production and songwriting. The production on this track is compelling listening as the band’s built up a wall of resonating guitar tones that hang in the mix and create a dreamlike drone that fades as the focus is brought onto well placed instrumental passage. More than worth the five year wait and a huge evolutionary leap for Contrive.
While the remixes are all good the real bonus is Moby’s turn behind the decks for disc two in which he mixes with spontaneity and verve. The way he blends this disparate collection together works almost seamlessly, with splatters of Tiesto’s remix coming in and out of the mix, which he rests on top of a deep, penetrating groove.
PIERCE THE VEIL
PULLED APART BY HORSES
Being a producer of some of the most important electronica of the past two decades has obviously given him a significant knowledge behind the decks. The nights he mixes in New York for Degenerate must be a tantalising treat well worth the pilgrimage for.
FLYING LOTUS MmmHmm Warp Seminal experimental artist Flying Lotus has continued his rich vein of form with the psychedelic MmmHmm, which features the hypnotic bass groove of Thundercat. Lifted from the cracking release Cosmogramma, it’s an accessible track that tends to drift forward with electronic blips and layered vocals that eventually fade into the abyss.
MILLY ‘N’ SLAAM Indigo
Independent For local duo Milly ‘N’ Slamm, comprised of vocalist Milly James and electronic instrumentalist Ben Chase, this maiden offering of two tracks makes for an intriguing ‘debut’. First track Indigo leans heavily on the strength of James’ sweet voice, and is redolent of some of the better work of Sade. Beginning with a smooth bass line that’s livened up by reverby guitar chord exclamations, it builds neatly to a heartfelt conclusion. God’s Chorister treads much the same path but puts more of the spotlight on Chase’s deft musical touch. A solid start, and it will be interesting to see if future tracks experiment more with contrasting moods and tempos.
DETROIT GRAND PUBAHS Numb, Deaf and Dumb Stomp/Detelefunk Numb, Deaf and Dumb is a rolling dance number that maintains a fairly macabre feel as it slaps the deep voice of Paris The Black on top of bass drums and synthesised melodies. It’s an unconventional breakup track that’s laced with humorous offerings but, ultimately, will have people cutting the rug in no time. The full-length record is due for release at the end of September and, if this is an accurate indication of the quality, it will be something to keep an eye out for. 30 • THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010
Equal Vision Records/Cortex
Pulled Apart By Horses
After three years between drinks and various side projects along the way, Pierce The Veil are back, recognising those things inside that we cannot ignore and choosing to reveal them with a level of ambition and grandeur that many bands ignore. Selfish Machines grabs elements from the heavier genres of music, applying a more melodic spin, in this case utilising an experimental aesthetic to inject depth and distinction.
A smorgasbord of sounds with more layers than an onion, the assortment of unorthodox instruments utilised including synths, piano, organs, xylophone and percussion, adds to a very unique sounding album indeed. Acknowledging their Hispanic heritage, the flamenco opener to The New National Anthem and the implicit percussive swing and funk of several tracks grabs the listener from the first exposure. However the primary strength of Selfish Machines lies in its depth and longevity, thanks mainly to the quirks and idiosyncrasies of Victor Fuentes’ vocal delivery. Ranging from angstfueled screams, to a delicately feminine drawl, the instantly recognisable voice of Fuentes’ is a constant amongst the surrounding frenzy. Arguably a voice that works better in collaboration, the assortment of vocal layers and effects best displayed on Fast Times At Clairemont High and Million Dollar Houses (The Painter).
I just want to be this band’s friend. From all accounts they are just crazy. Lost teeth, infected limbs and excessive sock purchasing on tour add up to four guys with a hellish sense of humour and a cracking live show. It sounds like these guys were expected to be spectacular failures when it came to translating their demented live show into a recording. It appears they felt the same, smashing out live shows for two whole years before even going near the studio. Wasted time really because the guitar and vocal heavy recording really works and none of the atmosphere or grunt is lost under the careful guise of producer James Kenosha (Grammatics, Dinosaur Pile-Up). It’s an intense sound from start to finish, but it’s also filled with quirks to keep it entertaining and fun. The song titles alone have you chuckling before you even put it on; I Punched A Lion In The Throat, Meat Balloon and Back To The Fuck Yeah set your expectations and there’s not really any disappointment. Meat Balloon keeps up their take-the-piss attitude screaming ‘Awesome! Radical! Awesome! Totally pretentious’ for three and a half minutes. The Crapsons and High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive are bound to be two tracks that drag in audiences and keep them there until the end.
Accepting the selfish machine within themselves, the San Diego quartet have meticulously manufactured an album of dense layerings of instrumentation and thought out, contrasting arrangements, creating an original and sonically imposing release.
I normally find it hard to listen to an entire album of screaming but lead snarler Tom Hudson works it and varies in and out of it so nicely that makes him like an easy listening version of screamo. Wait, is that an insult? Deal with it.
ATP Recordings After playing the All Tomorrows Parties festival and having their debut album released last year on the ATP label, Sleepy Sun have released their second effort just under a year after their first. Fever is a diverse collection of songs that trades on the various strengths of the group. Where the song starts does not necessarily indicate where it will end up as the tracks change atmospheres, tempos, moods and vocalists. There’s fuzzed out blues merging into acoustic driven Californian rock and back again. The dual vocals of Bret Constantino and Rachel Fannan lend the songs a different vibe that similar blues-based rock bands try to deliver. It’s those two vocals that keep the songs grounded while guitars are screaming out and eventually bring the band close enough back into orbit enough to land. Then they follow it up with some minimalist atmospheric rock track. Oh, the tenacity! With six musicians in the band, and with as many ideas as they seem to have, it could quite possibly fall into a heap of entangled melodies and ideas. Instead there’s restraint and purpose to the playing. It all ties together and works brilliantly when the mood and vibe they established over two verses breaks into something entirely different then spins full circle again to come up somewhere else. It’s at times almost Fleet Foxes, at others nearly Dead Weather or The Drones. It sounds diverse, but with Fever, Sleepy Sun have delivered an album that ties its eclecticism together at the core. JASON KENNY
CD OF THE WEEK
MATTHEW DEAR THE GOOD SHIP
You know the tune On The Good Ship Lollipop? Well imagine that when they were singing that song, the lollipop they were singing about was more like 50 Cent’s Candy Shop lollipop… this is the best way to describe The Good Ship. What a bunch of seedy mothers.
If you’re familiar with The Subs remix work, or bigger tracks like Mitsubitchi and Fuck That Shit, then you’ll know they like their beats as crunchy as possible, synths screeching and vocals loud. Staying true to that formula but with a slightly darker and at times melancholic twist, The Subs’ debut album Subculture has finally arrived on our shores after about two years floating around the rest of the globe. With a couple of extra tracks added to the mix (Mitsubitchi is one), it’s (mostly) worth the wait for those who like their electro abrasive and banging.
Avast! Wretched Sea
Like their name suggests, this is a band into sea shanties, ‘ahoys’ and general pirate perversity. Upon first listen, before you really pay attention to the lyrics, it’s the fiddle, accordion and mandola that get my attention, mostly because these instruments don’t appear in the music I typically listen to. I’m not usually a very big fan of these instruments, but the occasional bit of gypsy music, like Gogol Bordello for example, can be lots of fun. Then there are some tracks that have a swampier bent, like No Shortage Of Company or Last Song Of The Night and others, such as I Can Maker Her Laugh, straddle folk and country.
Triple J: Live At The Wireless – From The Vaults Vol. 3
It starts off a little slowly, opener Music Is The New Religion has a very similar orchestral Italo-intro to a couple of The Bloody Beetroots tracks, but from there it’s a 40-minute house party of banging, dark beats and squelchy synths. Kiss My Trance is an awesome mash of punk/trance which simultaneously gives it to the titular genre while using it to craft a belter. Papillon immediately follows with an almost identical-sounding key-riff to the previous track, just more blippy.
ABC Music/Universal It’s not as good as being there in person, but I’ve always found a quality live music CD can out rock a studio album almost every time. This third edition from Triple J’s Live At The Wireless is no exception, with its highlights transporting listeners to that festival in the country you couldn’t get tickets to. Much of the credit goes to the station’s live music team, who have mixed this collection to perfection, while the producer’s wise decision not to include breaks between songs allows crowd noise to flow from one track to another, making you feel like you’re there.
Though this album may not end up on high rotation, it’s safe to say it will be whisked out occasionally if only to snigger at the lyrics or accompany a bottle of Captain Morgan’s.
Unfortunately, it does drag a little during the middle, but all is forgiven with an excellent re-work of The Prodigy’s Breathe – a slow, dark grinder which with warpy synths and drawn-out vocals that mess with your head. From there the album finishes on a high, with the aforementioned Fuck That Shit and Mitsubitchi split by the euphoric raver From Dusk Till Dawn, all rounding out a solid debut from the Belgian electro punks.
Although this is from the ‘Vaults’, many of the tracks correspond to Triple J’s ‘new music’ ethos and there’s only two performances here from 2005 and beyond. This is somewhat disappointing considering the riches in the station’s archives but having said that, the songs chosen are pretty damn good. Karnivool playing Set Fire To The Hive live for the first time at the Rosemount last year is amazing. Jamie T really rocks on Sticks And Stones, Air’s Sexy Boy is a belter and Doves pump out Black And White Town. The accompanying DVD has some real highlights too. Ween’s Voodoo Lady from the Enmore has to be seen to be believed, while Lily Allen pours everything into an intimate, acoustic version of The Fear and The Herd are at the top of their game in the euphoric The King Is Dead. The diverse song list won’t please everyone but give it a chance and some artists here will really surprise with their smashing live performances.
Speaking of I Can Make Her Laugh, this is one of many tracks on Avast! Wretched Sea that will sully your ears. Like 6000 Cocks, a ditty Darryl Gray was inspired to write after hearing tales about a colleague’s former profession – prostitution. This colleague now calls 6000 Cocks her song, because that’s how many she’s seen. And let’s not forget Don’t Kiss Me With Your Lips: “use your penis”…
Ghostly International/Inertia According to Brooklyn’s Matthew Dear the inspiration behind the release of his fifth studio album Black City relates to a ‘composite and imaginary metropolis that is peopled by the desperate class, lovelorn souls and amoral motives’. So it isn’t startling to be engulfed in a blackened haze shortly after first track Honey has played through its dusty drum kicks and smoked out atmospheres, which are more suited to a dingy sex parlour as opposed to an uptown cocktail bar. Second track I Can’t Feel takes us through a seedy story relating to being sucked into a vortex which forces the growing apart from friends and loved ones, even if living in such close geographical confines. By the time that the 4/4 structures of title track Little People (Black City) can be heard signalling, Matthew Dear as an artist can truly be heard moving into a more conventional dance based realm. The eerie synth patterns and stabbing screeches will cement inclusion on tech-based playlists the world over. However, unlike MD’s previous records such as say Asa Breed or Leave Luck To Heaven, Black City stands alone as being an altogether more husky and serious release. Gone are the bubbly dance floor quirks and in their place we now find a whole new blackened and ultimately more sinister desolation. Stand out track of the piece arrives in the form of More Surgery, which builds ominously to the point where Dear’s pitch black vocals pierce through the dim surges to create something that will no doubt place this record at the heights of many a ‘Best Of’ list for the year of 2010. CRAIG HOLLYWOOD
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TECH-FUNK PIONEER LEE COOMBS HAS HELEPED SPEARHEAD A GLOBAL MOVEMENT, BUT TELLS LIZ GALINOVIC HIS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IS THAT HE’S STILL GOING.
TRANCE UP-AND-COMER MARLO TELLS NINA BERTOK HOW HE’S JUGGLED HOME BASES IN AUSTRALIA AND THE NETHERLANDS AS HE HITS THE ROAD TO TOUR HIS FIRST DJ MIX FOR MINISTRY OF SOUND.
decade ago, Dutch-born and now Australia-based trance maestro Marlo just wanted to make quirky sound effects for his computer animations – now in 2010 he’s taking on mixing duties on Ministry Of Sound’s Trance Nation Volume 2, side-by-side with Brisbane’s young superstar tyDi. Real name Marlo Hoogstraten, Australia’s #19 DJ according to the annual ITM50 DJ Poll claims the genre is now experiencing a resurgence. “I think trance is coming back in a big, big way,” Hoogstraten offers, “especially since the last two or three years. It died down a lot in 2004 there was a strong association between trance and drug abuse, which was a shame, because I think some people got confused. I’m not sure why, maybe because it was very much a rave thing for a while, where hardcore and trance got bunched in together even though they were quite different. At the moment, on a worldwide scale, there are a lot of trance DJs in the new DJ Mag Top 100 poll, especially in the Top 20. The majority of number one DJs in Australia are also trance DJs – we’ve had tyDi for the last few years. He’s been one of the people who have helped the public realise trance is not a dirty word… Either way, it’s great to see the interest coming back and trance getting a better reputation.” Ministry Of Sound have obviously paid close attention to the genre’s re-emergence as a musical force, with the first Trance Nation compilation in 2009 seeing tyDi and Above & Beyond step up to the plate. Marlo has replaced the UK progressive stalwarts this time round. “tyDi and I have very different styles but I think the two discs complement each other,” says Hoogstraten. “I was really lucky because I got all the tracks that I wanted for my mix. I didn’t want to start off too intense or full-on and I knew I wanted to include one of my own tracks, so it starts off with Is It Real. It’s a bit of a vocal track just to ease you into the rest of the mix, then towards
the end it’s more bangin’. It’s totally what you get at my sets and what I’ll be doing for this tour.” For Hoogstraten, releasing his debut compilation on Ministry Of Sound has served as priceless exposure. It’s also a reflection of Marlo’s massive success since performing at Holland’s Trance Energy tour in 2008. “I was born in Holland but I left when I was 14 to move to Sydney with my parents. After I did high school in Australia, I started going back and forth ever since, so I’d spend a year in Holland, and a year in Australia and so on. I actually started off just doing computer animation and I wanted to do sound effects and background music. That led me on the path to production which sparked the fuel. When I started to get asked to do shows I realised I could produce but I couldn’t DJ so I became a live act with keys and drum machines which made touring really difficult, having to carry all that gear around. I realised I had to learn to DJ because it was much easy to have a bag of records.” Hoogstraten confesses playing Holland’s Trance Energy tour was always the number one goal – something that has now been achieved, and then some. “Sensation was probably up there next to Trance Energy as well,” he adds. “Both are really huge, huge parties. It’s amazing that I’ve done that now, it’s also pretty amazing that I did Sensation too. Trance Energy in Holland is a massive festival of up to 20,000 people, the exposure is indescribable. That was a really big deal for me because all of a sudden, out of nowhere I debuted on InTheMix at #19 overall for the trance genre.” WHO: Marlo WHAT: Trance Nation Volume 2 (Ministry Of Sound/ Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 27 August, Rise, Northbridge
“We were basically just going through tracks,” is how Kon (real name Christian Taylor) begins to describe the double CD, an amalgamation of funk, African boogie and spaced-out disco. Kon’s instalment is made up of 11 tracks from artists such as Taxie and Twilight, with him also including one of his own remixes and edits. “I really took to music at a young age. At about four or five, I started to play my father’s drums, and then stopped by about 10. I was always playing records from ELO to [The] Moody Blues, Stevie Wonder, The Stones, Chic and Led Zeppelin. I would study them in a way where I could isolate all of the instruments in my head, learning my favourite songs inside out and wondering why the snare sounds the way it does – or doesn’t – on another song. Then came rap music and I wondered where they were getting the music from, so I started finding samples and hearing the blueprint versus the song that sampled it. I could then understand the methods and production techniques. Marley Marl is a big influence – he’s like the James Brown of hip hop.” Kon admits that his collection of 8,000 is not nearly as numerous as others and cannot pick a favourite, yet is quick to share his opinion on sampling in hip hop. “I think it’s the furthest we’ve come in terms of pushing the envelope in what you can do with music,” he states. “Pre-computer age, I’m sure musicians and producers 32 • THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010
The way Coombs, his talent and his career are described conjures up images of angiogenesis – the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones – as he falls upon musical styles, taking them apart and mutating them with others. Articles about him constantly use the word “attack”. In the late ‘80s he attacked the decks and he attacked the acid house scene; by the ‘90s he was attacking breaks. The following decade his angiogenic nature had taken over as Coombs was taking influences from many established musical styles and creating a new style – tech funk. “Tech funk is the name we gave to our music – we being, me, Meat Katie, Elite Force, and I suppose Dylan Rymes was involved as well,” he recalls. “We thought that we weren’t just doing breakbeats and we weren’t doing just techno so we decided to give our music a new name and we do have a funk element to our stuff and we have a very techy element. It’s not a funk mix, it’s tech house really; I suppose that’s how you should describe it. With the funk comes breakbeat and old school electro, and with the tech is the techno influence so that’s basically what we do. And all the tracks have all those elements.” He may grow new music out of pre-existing music but he’s not the type to become inspired by obscure sounds like the clattering of plates in the cafe where he gets his morning coffee. He’s not really into “ambient stuff”, preferring the power of rhythm. Nor does he find his inspiration limited to dance music. “It can be anything, I can be out somewhere and I can hear a DJ play some stuff and then that will spark me to go off and write some new music. Or I can be sitting in a car and someone can put a CD on... I can listen to
something and just hear something in there and think ‘wow, that’s going to work really well with a beat’ and then pull it out and use it. That’s what I mean by anything, anything musical.” Hey may claim to rule out drawing inspiration from obscure, non musical sounds, but there have been some possibilities filed away for other projects. What about a beat that could go really well with a rhythm or a melody? A special beat, from a special place? “What I was going to do was sample [my daughter’s] heartbeat from inside my wife’s belly. It was the doctor, our specialist doctor, he said ‘you should sample that’. He was actually into my music. When I met him he was a DJ, our doctor was a DJ and he was into Lee Coombs, can you believe that? And he said ‘you’ve got to sample the heartbeat’ but I never actually got around to taking recording stuff in there. But that’s something that isn’t really music that I probably could have done.” What Coombs has been doing lately is making more music that continues to push at boundaries culminating in the 2009 album Light And Dark, something he considers to be one of his most ambitious projects yet. “Light And Dark is an album that I didn’t want to make as a strictly total club album, I’ve done that before. I wanted to write an album that could do the test of time a little bit more, make it more of a story, and have a flow to it. The tracks [on Light And Dark] vary a lot. There’s some slow ones, some dance ones and what have you, but the remix album is really just straight up club mixes for DJs. We’re hitting all the bases basically.”
WHO: Lee Coombs WHAT: Light And Dark Remixed (Lot49 Records) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 27 August, Ambar, Perth
COOL PARTY SWEAT
ENCOMPASSING THE TRUE LIFEBLOOD OF NOT ONLY HIP HOP, BUT MUSIC IN GENERAL, KON KNOWS HIS RECORDS MORE THAN MOST DO THE BACK OF THEIR HAND. TED SCHLECHTE CATCHES UP WITH THE DJ-MEETS-PRODUCER. on & Amir are two of the most extraordinary but underrated beat diggers in the game,” Bronx hip hop legend Lord Finesse once said of the Brooklyn-based vinyl aficionados. Their mixes speak for this, being much more than your run-of-the-mill rare groove. Instead, they are what many would consider history lessons. After releasing a Bronx compilation and following it up with a Queens one, it is finally their hood’s time to shine, all in the form of Off Track Volume III: Brooklyn.
ee Coombs thrives off challenge and change. He’s been in the game for 20 years but he just keeps changing the rules and not necessarily to compliment the waxing and waning of scenes and fads. For Coombs, it appears to be a personal lust for continual reinvention of music.
YOLANDA BE COOL HAVE THEIR OWN MUSICAL GENUS, AN UPCOMING RELEASE AND A HIT THAT IS AS UNESCAPABLE IN CLUBLAND AS IT IS CATCHY. TED SCHLECHTE FINDS OUT MORE. like James Brown or George Clinton never thought that one day somebody would come along with a computer that would take a record they made and be able to restructure it with other samples of records to make a completely new record. If done well, you have five or six totally different sources that all gel together in key, creating the unthinkable.” As for copyright lawsuits, the pragmatic musician also holds down a firm point of view. “With the Internet not much is paid for, yet at the same time it is shared globally. Regardless, I think the [original] artist deserves credit and compensation,” Kon asserts. “And the ultimate is for the artist to control their own publishing and masters. More and more it’s not the music that’s sold, it’s the image associated along with the songs. The public buys into that, which is why you have tons of songs all sounding so similar. It’s like one big song over and over, with different people behind them. It hasn’t been about pushing good music for a while now.” Kon believes that the classic hip hop sound will always be sample-based, claims the best bargain he has ever found was $5 for an LP worth $3,000, compares not pressing new vinyl to burning books and divulges that, other than his homeland, Berlin and Amsterdam still warrant a record diggin’ trip to. Thankfully, he is also eagerly anticipating his shows throughout Australia. “Expect a bit of everything, really – good vibes, party rockin’ stuff. There’s so much music to be played from so many genres. There’ll be some obscure things thrown in with well-known stuff, and since I’ve never been to Australia, I don’t know what to expect myself.” WHO: Kon WHAT: Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn (BBE) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 27 August, The Manor, Leederville
9,712,029. This is the number of views that only one of Yolanda Be Cool (made up of Sylvester Martinez and Johnson Peterson) and DCUP’s (real name Duncan MacLennan) We No Speak Americano YouTube videos had garnered when I last checked. Appropriating the sample from Renato Carosone’s 1956 hit, Tu vuò fà l’americano, it has become a massive success, charting everywhere from Denmark and Sweden to Ireland, even Romania. “Yeah, the track has gone crazy,” Peterson from the duo exclaims. “It’s definitely massive in Europe and now looks like it’s going to #1 in Brazil, so it is certainly helping with the touring. We just did a 23-date tour of Europe and are going back, then back to Australia for Parklife. Then we will be doing a South American tour, so lots is planned. We’ve also got America in our sights for early next year.” And how did these three Sydneysiders ultimately hook up for the dancefloor filler? “Basically, we are both on Sweat It Out [Ajax’s label] and we live five minutes from each other. We also have the same booking agent, so a collab was always going to happen. All of the Sweat artists are actually working on stuff together; like DCUP has just done a bomb with Pablo Calamari and we have just done a track with Playmode. I also guess that we don’t want to be one-hit wonders, so we’re working very hard on some follow-ups.” Full of nothing but accolades for their label-owner, Peterson shares what it is like to work with Ajax. “He is at the top of his game and has been for nearly a decade. The reason for this is that he is a perfectionist and doesn’t settle for anything less. It’s great to work with someone that not only is amazingly talented, but also very knowledgeable and driven. He’s also good at partying,” he grins. Mark Twain once said, “Humour is mankind’s greatest
blessing,” ringing very true when Peterson is asked about how the two misfits met. “Well, as the story goes, we met at the Peach Pit,” he hilariously begins. “Sylvester’s father was a sardine delivery driver and we used to hang in the back of his truck and talk beats. Sylvester was all techno and I was all old school hip hop.” Getting their initial break via their very first release, Afro Nuts, which was released on Buraka Som Sistema’s Fabric 49 mix, their brand of “party tech” has clearly grown in leaps and bounds. “We are definitely trying to push the genre because dance [music] needs another one,” Peterson laughs. “Basically, I guess it’s techno, but also fun. Techno for girls could be another way of describing it, but we also like quirk house, batty house and midget – the list goes on. Or, as Teki Latex [a Paris-based electronica, dance and hip hop artist] said, ‘We like hard music when it’s groovy and creative, and minimal music when it’s not boring.’ Or serious.” With the gargantuan touring experience that Martinez and Johnson have gathered, they have ample tales to share, the following being only one such example. “At one Good Vibes [Vibrations], a guy climbed to the top of a massive tent and started doing backflips, but also rolling down the tent when he was doing them. If he had fallen off, he would’ve broken his neck.” Surely full of countless other things to say, time begins to run down, leaving them with the task of revealing what can be anticipated when they hit Perth. “We are not afraid of a little drink, so who knows. Come along and find out.” WHO: Yolanda Be Cool WHEN & WHERE: Friday 20 August, Ambar, Perth
ON THE FLOOR WITH
MARTYN ILLUM SPHERE TOKIMONSTA SAMIYAM (HOLLAND / 3024 RECORDS)
(UK / FAT CITY / 3024 ALL CITY)
(US / RAMP BRAINFEEDER)
(US / BRAINFEEDER HYPERDUB)
FRI. 17TH SEPT: VILLA
TAKU VS FLIP & VISHNU / TIME: 10PM / redbull.com.au/rbma
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GIG OF THE WEEK :
MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS BY ANTHONY TRAN
RTRFM RADIOTHON OPENING PARTY @ ASTOR THEATRE
It’s that time of year again when RTRFM calls on its listeners to take out subscriptions so they can keep doing the fine work they do. Of course, it’s also the time when you can be assured some of Perth’s finest local talents will be assembled to help share the subscription joy…or get you in the mood to do so. On Saturday 21 August, the RTRFM Radiothon Opening Party takes in three rooms at The Astor. On the main stage, catch Boys Boys Boys!, Voltaire Twins, Next Big Thing winners The Brow Horn Orchestra and Milly James and MC Tomás Ford. The candy bar upstairs will see RTRFM’s own Diger Rokwell, Mama Cass, Charlie Bucket and Sardi and Ben Elliott spinning tunes, while Craig McElhinney, Mystic Eyes, Rabbit Island and Gilbert Fawn take in the upstairs cinema with live visuals onscreen from Kynan Tan and friends. Heck, it’s also election night, so prepare thyself for a good ol’ fashioned election party – or at least one to forget the election’s results to, anyway. Presales $15 for RTRFM subscribers or $20 for generals from www.rtrfm.com.au. More on the door. Gold subscribers free.
GILLARD & ABBOTT
Deliver Me To Hell may be a cleverly disguised ad, but it’s spectacularly rad. Zombies, pizza, over-enthused b-grade saucing and NZ-accented humour, all wrapped up in a bloody YouTube package that allows a choose-your-own-adventure styled interactive experience. Ah, this is what technology was made for. We’re not going to try explaining the weirdness on show in the clip for Grinderman’s soon-to-be-released new single Heathen Child, other than say it’s one of the most perplexingly, ridiculous and unexplainable music vids ever invented. This kind of dementedness can only be described as genius.
Ben Cousins is retiring? So you mean he’s going to have heaps more time on his hands, and won’t be getting drug tested anymore either? Oh happy days, let the backlash-able antics begin!
So having a laugh with Fitzy on Before The Game, awkwardly hugging a few kids, debating about not debating, public exercise sessions and speaking to all senior radio stations across Oz are more important pursuits than addressing the more youthful voters of this nation in this very publication. We certainly know who we won’t be marking “1” come this Saturday. Good to see some bad boy antics from Justin Bieber, tweeting his ‘enemy’s’ phone number to 4.5 million followers. Hang on, did we just frontlash Bieber? WTF? Um…what we meant was, shame on you Bieber - so unethical…
INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE
Never thought we’d say this but we feel sorry for Tila Tequila. Even she doesn’t deserve the wrath of 1000s of brain-dead Insane Clown Posse-following Juggalos pelting poo. Then again, what else did she expect a mob of shit-for-brains to throw? Kisses?
DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : SHOWS:
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 VOLTAIRE TWINS EP LAUNCH: AUG 27 Rosemount 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
THE HOLY SEA 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: BRITISH INDIA, CALLING ALL CARS ART VS SCIENCE, PEZ, TIM & JEAN, VOLTAIRE TWINS, ART IN ALGEBRA, MANDALAY VICTORY, FOOLS RUSH IN, COLOUR THE SKY, THE DECLINE, COWTOWN, WE ARE THE EMERGENCY and THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA: SEP 5 Midland Railway Workshops DEMOCRACY THIRD B’DAY: MARCEL DETTMANN: SEP 17 Ambar
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY: SAMIYAM, TOKIMONSTA, MARTYN, ILLUMSPHERE: SEP 17 Villa DAN KELLY: SEP 24 Rosemount, SEP 25 Wave Rock Weekender, SEP 26 Mojo’s BIRDS OF TOKYO, SILVERSUN PICKUPS: OCT 2 Fremantle Arts Centre THE HOLY SEA: OCT 2 The Bird, OCT 3 Fremantle Art Centre ONE MOVEMENT FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL: XAVIER RUDD, GRINSPOON, CHILDREN COLLIDE, BRITISH INDIA, OPERATOR PLEASE, DRAPHT, CLOUD CONTROL, SALLY SELTMANN, GYPSY & THE CAT, AN HORSE, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY,
PARADES, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, BOY & BEAR, THE MELODICS, TIM & JEAN, THE HOLIDAYS, THE ONLY, THE PAPER SCISSORS, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS, THE CHEMIST, STONEFIELD, BEN KWELLER, SHAPESHIFTER, DENGUE FEVER, ZE!, DELTA SPIRIT, VIA TANIA, RAGHU DIXIT, JONNEINE ZAPATA, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, KORA, THE TELEPHONES, MELODRAMAS, LIZ GREEN, GET DEXTER, THE GREAT SPY EXPERIMENT, MIAMI HORROR, BIURET, DAN SULTAN, DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, PASSENGER, DZHAM, COLIN MOORE, RUBYLUX, THE RESPECTABLES, FINAL FLASH, LOST SOULS CLUB, THE TREWS, THE CIRCUS, TWO HOURS TRAFFIC, DRAWN FROM BEES, OKA, THE JEZABELS, CAMERAS, METALS, BLOODPOETS, MM9, BIG SCARY, THE AUDREYS, PIKELET, BLACKCHORDS, SKYBOMBERS, DANIEL RATTA, PAPA VS PRETTY, PEZ, ERNEST ELLIS and more TBA OCT 6, 7, 8 & 9: Perth Esplanade and surrounds
MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS CAPITOL, PERTH 14/08/10 The last time Midnight Juggernauts played Capitol it was to tour their new single at the time, and it was an interesting set filled with plenty of songs that the crowd didn’t really react to, rather hanging out for the popular tunes from 2007’s Dystopia. With The Crystal Axis now well and truly out in the ether it would be interesting to see if fans were more in-line with the new tunes. First up however, with the thankless task of playing at the way-too-early time of 7:45 (seriously, no one goes to gigs before 8pm these days!) were local favourites Voltaire Twins. The brother and sister duo are a group on the rise and, even though they (understandably) had a little trouble mustering enthusiasm for the small crowd, they still stomped out a fun half-hour of synth-drenched indie/dance. There’s a fastgrowing live electronic set around these waters and the Voltaires no doubt be leading from the front over the next couple of years. Taking the main support slot for the Juggers for this tour were good friends Dappled Cities, rather frequent visitors to our shores of late. It was a point not lost on guitarist Tim Derricourt, who after encouraging the fast-growing crowd to the dancefloor informed them we’d be hearing a bunch of new material. A lot of those songs
definitely had dancing in mind, and fit right alongside older favourites like The Night Is Young At Heart and The Price. Finally the room had filled up by the time the lights were dimmed to black and Midnight Juggernauts opened up with Winds Of Fortune from the new album; the band now with a floating fourth member helping out on percussion and keys. The now healthy crowd were a little slow on the up-take, but once Shadows kicked in they remained (mostly) entranced for an entertaining set which was probably 60-40 in terms of new to old material. As expected old favourites like Tombstone and Road To Recovery had the place rocking and/or dancing, but it was pleasing to see tracks like the excellent Vital Signs, This New Technology and even Cannibal Freeway getting a warmer response than they may have pre-Crystal Axis. A two-song encore featuring Lifeblood Flow and lastly Into The Galaxy was a perfect example of where they’ve come between albums, let’s just hope fans can get on board with these new juggernauts come summer. And that 11pm curtain closing times aren’t a way of the future. TROY MUTTON THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010 • 35
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R AISING FUN
THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN One of the hottest newcomers in Perth right now is Sonpsilo Circus, fresh from taking out second spot in the Next Big Thing the weekend before and winning the Mojo Rising grand final. See the ‘60s-inspired psych kids tonight Thursday 19 August at Manhattan’s with The Tumblers, The Wilderness and Fantz Copz from 8pm.
THIS MEANS WAR TOBY – STAY IN BED DAY – PYJAMA PARTY What cause are you raising funds for: Stay In Bed Day for the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. As we say on the fundraising website: Mitochondrial disease affects around 100,000 Australians, many of whom are undiagnosed. While many sufferers experience muscle weakness and exhaustion, other symptoms may include hearing or vision problems, diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, developmental delays, migraines or seizures, making the disease difficult to diagnose and treat. How did this show come about? My sister has suffered from the disorder for 12 years. It has massively affected my family and without research there will never be a chance of a cure. Who’s playing and why did you select those acts? My own band Toby plus Simon Kelly, Prita, Blue Shaddy – all great people, generous and awesome musicians willing to give their time for free. How do people get tickets? Tickets are $20 presale or $25 at door. Available at Kul Kul (435 Hay Street, Subi 9388 7900). Is there anything people can do post-gig to support the cause? Check www.everydayhero. com.au/toby_beard. WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 22 August, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle
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Perth black metal band Wardaemonic appear at the Civic Hotel this Friday 20 August. With the recent release of their second album Echoes Of Ageless Flames, Wardaemonic prepare for battle to sacrifice the ears of the willing. They are joined by symphonic black metal band Advent Sorrow, zombie-rock band Matty Trash & The Horrorbles and death/thrash metal band All This Filth. $10 from 8pm.
BAND OF BENEDICT Still fresh off an east coast tour, Benedict Moleta Band plays The Velvet Lounge this Friday 20 August. Joining Moleta and the lads are none other than the solo stylings of Craig McElhinney, Andrew Ewing and Chris Cobilis. Benedict will keep it acoustic for much of his set and the night is a mere $5 from 8pm.
LAUNCH PAD NICKY BOMBA
BOMBAS AWAY Before he heads back out on the road behind the drum kit for the John Butler Trio, Nicky Bomba will round out an all-star line-up of local musicians and play a night of reggae, roots and tunes from his album Planet Juice. It all happens from 9.30pm on Wednesday 25 August at Mojo’s Bar with Dilip N The Davs and Jay Tee.
MORNING FRESH Following the release of their Decide What You Want EP, The Morning Night have been pegged a band to watch. With lead singer Adrian Hoffman having cut his teeth singing overseas with the remaining members of The Triffids, The Morning Night are ready to get rougher, rawer and more adult with their second single Ride With Violence, which along with previous single Someday is rocking community radio. See them at Clancy’s Freo this Saturday 21 August and at the Rosemount on Thursday 26.
SITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR
ULTIMATE WARRIORS The Wednesday 25 August, POW returns to The Paddo with an all-star pop line-up. Ultra Sound, Hundred Acre Wood, Auto Suggestion and the Chris Gibbs acoustic trio play the night and Ultra Sound have just finished recording and mastering their debut album and are looking forward to showcasing the new set of tunes live. Entry is free and the fun kicks off from 9pm.
This Friday 20 August at Kulcha, sitar maestro Samuel J. Dass returns to Australia for another spellbinding evening of ragas. One of the most exciting players on the international sitar circuit and a multi-award winning musician and composer who has studied with some of India’s great musicians, he will be playing a night of improvised music and is also joined on this occasion by Indian tabla wizard, Gurpreet Singh. Doors open 8pm.
Currently recording a five-track EP and working on a new MySpace layout, Cold Fate are bringing their thrash metal sound to Gignition at the Swan Basement this Sunday 22 August. With Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer and Metallica all counted as influences, you might have an idea what they’ll sound like but that doesn’t mean they won’t rock you socks off. $5 from 5pm.
Next Wednesday 25 August, the indie club night We All Deserve To Be Loved returns to Manhattans. Featuring live performances from The Big Old Bears and Hayley Beth, DJs on the night are the eight-limbed Woody Allen-watching Paranoid Tarantula DJs. Entry is $10 or $5 if you send you and your friends’ names to firstname.lastname@example.org. Show kicks off at 8pm.
AMANDA MERDZAN Give a brief rundown of your musical history: After my first band, Shake Angel, separated in 2008, I started playing solo shows across Perth, supporting local and interstate bands. After a few years of gigging, I started planning for the album so I could share my music through more than live shows. I got together with some friends from other Perth bands who wanted to play on the album, and went through the recording process. We’re preparing for our first show together. Tell us about your release: Into The Gallery is an 11-track album with acoustic and band songs. How did you go about recording it? The tracking was complete in under two weeks. It was almost like turning up to my day job, only the hours were longer, and it was much more thrilling! Tell us about your launch party: The album launch is happening at Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle this Friday. Tickets $10 at the door from 8pm. Supports are the Goodnight Tiger duo, Dux & Downtown and The Veescars. What’s next for your band? At the end of October I’m moving to New York City three months to play solo shows across Manhattan and Brooklyn. I’ll be supporting some New York bands/ artists, and playing a couple of my own shows. WHO: Amanda Merdzan WHAT: Into The Gallery (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 20 August, Mojo’s, North Fremantle
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HAVE YOU HE ARD..?
TWO TRIPLE KING BURGERS
The hot August night action continues with not just one but two delicious servings of The Burger Kings at the Mustang Bar. This Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August the Elvis-sonic boogaloo combo shake it up in style playing some new tunes and delivering three big sets of rockabilly, rock’n’roll and Presley hunka hunka funk.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH JUSTINE THORNLEY
SONG OF THE YEAR – NO FEAR!
A SPACE ODYSSEY BLACK DEVIL YARD BOSS FROM: Melbourne, Victoria. Next gig: Supporting Dead Letter Circus – Saturday 21 August @ Capitol, Perth. Your sound: Blues + rock + swamp = hellrock. Band’s greatest strength? Our bass player’s afro! Plus I think that our drummer Zane has the loudest snare drum in history. Band’s worst gig ever? Our second show in Melbourne; the PA couldn’t handle the raw power and kept distorting/cutting out. We have decided only to play stadium shows from now on. Band’s best gig ever? Our first show was the best… this is because so far we have only played two shows and the PA actually worked! Any gig in history which would it be and why? Monterey International Pop Music Festival to see Jimi Hendrix burn and smash his guitar, plus hearing all the great tunes and seeing The Who, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding etc. Fave Perth band? Karnivool. Fave bands from your state? The Living End, Electric Mary, Ash Grunwald. Any members play in other bands? Zane and I were members of the band Mammal and Michael ‘Big D’ Davids used to play with me in Pete Murray’s band The Stonemasons. Any releases out? Our debut self-titled EP was released on Friday 13 August. More info: www.blackdevilyardboss.com
After their first east coast tour, We Can Breathe In Space are back home and playing Amplifier this Friday 20 August to celebrate their first year together. Helping out are their friends Still Water Claims, who are about to embark on their first east coast tour along with Soundwave openers Vanity and Afraid Of Heights.
ONE REPUBLIC If you’re looking to celebrate or commiserate after the West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne game this Sunday 22 August, head to JB O’Reilly’s where Silent Republic are going to rock the night away, with Steve Ryan and Lightning Jack. Silent Republic will preview tracks off the forthcoming EP We Seek The Light.
ONE TIGER DOWN
TIGER STYLES On the back of their North-West tour, One Tiger Down are back in Perth for their return show at Manhattans this Sunday 22 August. So what better way to do it, than with a celebration of pussy... big cats that is. With fellow kitties Goodnight Tiger on board, as well as a mysterious DJ nicknamed Lionheart spinning songs that celebrate paws, whiskers and of course, Fleetwood Mac. The night dubbed Onya Tiger Hidden Flagon kicks off at 7pm.
Wrapping up their WA tour with an acoustic show at Victoria Park’s Broken Hill Hotel this Sunday 22 August is College Fall. Entry is free. They’ll be onstage at 6pm.
Off the back of some solid performances around town, alt-rockers Iafighter are hitting up Gignition this Sunday 22 August at the Swan Basement. The four-piece bring a raw and cutting sound that’s surprising punters and winning fans with their infectious stage presence. $5 from 5pm.
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Singer/guitarist from Minky G & The Effects, Minky G, is playing a couple of special solo shows this week, with a Sunday 22 August spot at Barchetta in Cottesloe. On Monday 23, G’s making her Song Lounge debut at The Ellington, playing with Accumulated Gestures frontman Donovan de Souza. Also on at Song Lounge is Kirsty Keogh, Michael Swann and Matt Allen.
Keeping busy this week are none other than The Fags. The sexy rockers join Datura this Thursday 19 August at the Norfolk Basement and on Saturday 21, they help celebrate The Yokohomos EP launch at The Den alongside Cat Black and Hootenanny. The Fags start recording their much anticipated debut in September.
GRAB & RUN
With Kill For You currently the local feature on RTRFM, Cal Peck & The Tramps headline Mojo’s Bar this Saturday 21 August. After releasing the EP at a packed Devilles Pad a few weeks back, they’ve recruited the Electromen, The Big Old Bears and Hunting Huxley to support them on the night. Doors open at 8pm, entry is $10!
Thursday 19 August at The Ellington, Paul Grabowsky & Jamie Oehlers launch their new CD On A Clear Day from 8pm. Celebrate the release with their amazing quartet. The duo also play the venue at 8pm on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 in the Paul Grabowsky Sextet.
WAM Song Of The Year entries are now closed, and we’d like to thank everyone who’s taken part. The judging process is now underway, with all nominees publicly announced mid-September. Don’t worry you can still be involved! Keep your eyes peeled to the WAM website for the nominee announcement, which heralds the public voting for the Most Popular Song category during September and October on PerthNow.com.au. Category and grand prize winners will be announced at the WAM Song Of The Year presentation ceremony at the Fly By Night Musicians Club on October 13.
ELECTIONERING With the Federal Election happening this Saturday 21 August, there’s little doubt that, yet again, one of this country’s most significant industries will slip under the election radar – Australian music. This is why WAM, under the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), is determined to ensure this election does not become another wasted opportunity for leadership on this issue. If you love music, and you vote – check out the Facebook group. Ask your local candidates what they are doing to support Australia’s cultural industries.
WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU?
“I’ve always felt that blues, rock’n’roll and country are just about a beat apart.” – Waylon Jennings. The West Australian Music Industry Association is a not for profit, membership based association, existing to develop the WA contemporary music industry. 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 and join today!
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LOUD AND PROUD ON THE EVE OF RTRFM 92.1â€™S RADIOTHON, THE STATIONâ€™S MANAGER GRAEME WATSON TUNES THE DIALS WITH JASON KENNY.
The place that RTRFM inhabits in Perthâ€™s music community is a unique one. At the recent WAM awards, each nominee for the Golden WAMi was a present or past presenter on the station. This year the breakfast launch sees Peter Barr and his crew head to the art gallery to engage with people on their way to work, with a few special guests popping in for musical treats. â€œI guess thereâ€™s been a change in the last few years. If you go back a few years, people kind of dreaded it coming because it was painful as we beg for money for 10 days. In the last few years itâ€™s become a celebration and a fun experience.â€?
In an oddly beautiful beginning to Gignition, a girl and her guitar opened to an intimate little audience I could count on just one hand. Obviously nervous and perhaps a little awkward, Danni Ammon filled the basement with a very likeable, melodious acoustic/folk/pop sound. Switching between harsh strums and raw guitar work and fluttery, uplifting plucks, the riffs were catchy but similar. Though her stunning natural vocals had slight room for improvement, she was bursting with potential. Facing the temporary death of his piano with good spirits and unwavering confidence, Ben Andrews continued the acoustic solo theme with more of a rock edge. His smooth vocal appeal was accompanied by harmonious and gifted guitar â€“ the perfect pub music. There were a few instrumental and vocal hiccups with chords missed or messed and notes dropped but the warm energy and humour with which he engaged the crowd made up for it. The psychedelic indie rock four-piece Meadow Leopard treated a now sizeable crowd to tantalising and talented instrumentals, somewhat sci-fi sounding ambience and an amazing vocal strength. The unique jam band vibe was a definite highlight of the evening, though the addition of cowbells and percussion occasionally bordered on noisy rather than musical. Still Water Giants had the now jam-packed basement rocking out, infusing the crowd with an uncontrollable energy. The consistently funky and solid guitar work, super sexy bass and decent drumming was enhanced by incredible lead vocals. Their set ended with a bra thrown on stage to top off another great evening.
Swan Basement, North Fremantle 15/08/10
RTRFM have other fundraisers through the year, including Winter Music Festival and In The Pines, but Radiothon is something different. â€œI guess Radiothon, itâ€™s a subscription drive so people feel a bit of an ownership over the station by becoming a subscriber... Itâ€™s the biggest income source for the station.â€? As part of the incentive for listeners to subscribe â€“ other than the lure of helping to keep RTRFM on the airways for another year â€“ are some damn fine prizes. â€œWe have a trip for two people to Bali from Strategic Airways and Asia Escape Holidays,â€? says Watson. â€œWeâ€™ve got a great DJ set up to pimp out your own lounge room and the other big prizes are 250 feature albums that have been on the station over the last year.â€? The large attention grabbing prizes are not the only ones. By its nature, RTRFM can offer much more entertaining prizes for the lucky subscribers. â€œOne of my favourites is where you win a party from the Full Frequency party where you invite all your friends around and the Full Frequency DJs will come and play at your place. Last yearâ€™s party for that was quite legendary.â€? Advances in technology have also changed the broadcasting landscape. â€œWeâ€™re going to start broadcasting digitally at the end of the year,â€? Watson says, â€œand itâ€™s a whole new territory. Nobody quite knows what to do with digital radio yet, business-wise or creatively. The commercial broadcasters havenâ€™t figured out what to do with it yet so itâ€™s quite exciting to be going into that space at the end of the year. Weâ€™ve got some plans to do some quite exciting things down the track in the digital space. Some of the prizes weâ€™ve got during Radiothon are some digital radios so weâ€™ll at least have some listeners,â€? Watson laughs. Amidst all the celebratory laughs that go on in the next ten days though, be sure to do something serious: Subscribe to RTRFM 92.1 to let the good times roll - both for the analogue present and the digital future. Radiothon kicks off at Caffissimo at the Art Gallery on Friday 20 August from 6am, with the Radiothon Opening Party on Saturday 21 at The Astor and the closing party on Saturday 28 at Rosemount Hotel. Head to www.rtrfm.com. au to subscribe or call the station direct on 9260 9210 from this Friday.
performing their old favourite How Much Would It Hurt to the delight of their loyal audience. ALEKSIA BARRON
CKY Civic Hotel, Inglewood 11/08/10 There was barely a sober body in the Civic backroom as Psychonaut took the stage, and the â€˜Naut lit the place up with a volley of hard riffs and the sonic tongue-in-cheek tomfoolery that makes them one of best heavy acts about town. Local rock renegades Chainsaw Hookers employed an arsenal of guitar licks and thunderous rhythms to own every inch of the stage, hammering out an incendiary set full of heavy as hell tracks. We were treated to a trailer from the latest Jackass film and the highlight of the next hour or so â€“ the sight of an occupied port-a-potty being catapulted by a crane, and it was all downhill from there. Bam Margera shuffled onstage, looking seriously dishevelled and incoherently mumbling about airlines (can someone remind me why this guyâ€™s famous?), before introducing CKY who rode onto the stage on a wave of MTV fuelled x-appeal cred thatâ€™s well past its used by date. Apart from guitarist Chad I Ginsburgâ€™s duck-like facial expressions and rambling solo work, there was a serious lack of life on stage, something that didnâ€™t seem to bother the crowd whatsoever. Chants of C-K-Y popped up between every song, either on their own or fired up by a sample triggered by the keyboardist (seriously). All credit needs to go to these alt-metal miscreants for pulling it over the crowd. They took a few requests, were joined again by that weird Bam fellow, and belted out G.G. Allinâ€™s Bite It, all of which the crowd lapped up with joy, much to the confusion of some.
THE DARK WOODS
DEEPER & DARKER Local rock, funk band The Dark Woods will be performing live this Thursday 19 August at The Den in the Civic Hotel. This is one of many shows to be performed by the band in the next few months in the lead up to the release of their debut EP. Also playing on the night is Karma Fx, Dyonysis and Calectasia. $5 from 8pm.
GERMAIN STREET Featuring former members of the Sensitive New Age Cowpersons, Jane Germain & The Yahoos will be playing at Hilton Park Bowling Club in Beaconsfield this Sunday 22 August from 5pm. Playing a mix of songs from their latest album Lonesome Road, the show will be packed with lots of blues, bluegrass, country blues and much more from 5pm.
WITH MY LITTLE EYE What a better way to spend tonight Thursday 19 August and $6 than to head to the Rosemount Hotel and catch Eye Spy as they twist and turn their way through quirky pop rock, with help from The Brown Study Band, The Old Croak, The Shallows and Starcleaner. Doors open at 8pm.
Rosemount Hotel 13/08/10
THE VIOLET FLAMES
Walking into the Rosemount last Friday was a lot like walking back into 2002. The first band of the night was American Novelist, featuring Meike Scantlebury (formerly of Fighting For Alaska) back in the frontwomanâ€™s role. They exuded long-fringed late-â€˜90s indie cool, playing breezy pop songs punctuated by some crafty bass lines. Next up, The Chris Gibbs Band played a tight, confident set. Fourth Of July was a highlight, with a great drum line and plenty of guts in Gibbsâ€™ vocal. The stage was well and truly warm by the time The Ghost Hotel started playing, executing an accomplished and confident set of cool blues-influenced rock. Their complex, sexy riffs were complemented by their undeniable musical talent and strong songwriting skills. However, ultimately the night belonged to College Fall. Celebrating the release of their new album The Curse Of Us, the set was naturally peppered with new material. There were powerful performances from Glenn Musto on rock-tinged songs like My Confession, while Jodie Lee Bartlettâ€™s voice shone during ballads like This Change. However, the two best performances of the night were songs from different ends of the bandâ€™s career. A haunting rendition of new duet Door Prize had that rare kind of emotive gravitas that quiets even the noisiest room. However, even with their impressive new material on show, College Fall were happy to delve into the back catalogue, inviting drummer Chris Havercroft onstage to recreate (all to briefly) their previous band Showbag,
JUK EBOX GEMS THE BEATLES With A Little Help From My Friends Originally released on The Beatlesâ€™ classic 1967 album Sgt. Pepperâ€™s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Lennon and McCartney offered Ringo Starr to sing this song as the character Billy Shears; it was also released as a single on August 14 1978 with Sgt. Pepperâ€™s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the same side and A Day In The Life on the other. The song became further immortalised a year later when wildman Joe Cocker belted out a rousing blues version at a slower speed, which later appeared as the theme song to The Wonder Years. Cockerâ€™s version then became a Saturday Night Live moment to remember when John Belushi tumbled his way through it in the mid-â€˜70s. The song has also been covered by The Beach Boys, Barbra Steisand, Electric Light Orchestra, Ike & Tina Turner, Toto, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick and heaps more. You can do your own rendition of this song and more at Devilles Pad each Thursday at Jon Maddâ€™s Rockâ€™Nâ€™Roll Karaoke.
VIOLET CRUMBLE Currently on the Rock The Schools tour, which sees them play over 50 high schools throughout WA, Queensland and New South Wales, former Perth lads The Violet Flames have also recently signed a US publishing deal with the legendary David Kershembaum. While theyâ€™re back in town, they play the Rocket Room this Friday 20 August with The Tumblers, The Spitfires and Dam Few. $10 from 8pm. Or jump on www.rocktheschools.com.au to see which school you need to crash to get flamed.
DILIP SYNC Itâ€™s funk time at the Indi Bar this Saturday 21 August when one of the largest and busiest local bands do their monthly Saturday residency. Dilip N The Davs have powered through winter with gigs all over the metro area. See them for $5 from 8pm. They also support Nicky Bomba at Mojoâ€™s on Wednesday 25.
THE GHOSTANG BAR Hitting the Mustang Bar for the next two Thursdays for a couple of free entry shows is The Ghost Hotel. Catch them tonight Thursday 19 August with special guests Adem Kâ€™s Community Chest and Davey Craddock, and then next Thursday 26 with help from The Jayco Brothers and Andrew Ewing. They then head off on an east coast tour, including supporting Powderfinger.
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THE NOVOCAINES Rocket Room, Northbridge 14/08/10 It was all local music for one of Perth’s best young rock bands The Novocaines as they set about releasing their second single within the year, Lovers Teeth. Jam band Hunting Huxley pulled off a set of purely instrumental classic and psychedelic rock as it showed the songs were tighter than first thought. Therapist continued the night and, while the professionalism of this band is strong, the crowd wasn’t biting (with almost nil applause after each song) and it was unfortunate that on this night they failed to make an impact. When The Novocaines arrived on stage it was surprising more fans weren’t there to see them. A venue like the Rocket Room is made for just as many Northbridge regulars than Novocaine fans, but it didn’t stop them performing at their usual best to a venue half full. Opening with Something To Someone followed by the equally energetic Cup Of Coffee, frontman Corey Marriott must have racked up kilometres moving non-stop within the stage, his stray fingers pointing off the mic and locking on to the crowd with such energy. Lovers Teeth made an early appearance as the loyal fans could be seen enjoying it as much as the band. The Novocaines have no problems putting on decent shows, for these guys it’s just so easy, but a lack of a better crowd brought this show down, despite earning a new appreciation to listeners among the Rocket Room audience who were once unfamiliar. SEBASTIAN D’ALONZO
SIMONE & GIRLFUNKLE Manhattan’s, Victoria Park 13/08/10 Entering Manhattan’s on Friday night, punters were greeted by cakes and other hand made goods to keep with Simone & Girlfunkle’s fete themed EP launch. From the stall at the back of the venue to the confessions and secrets box at the front of stage where DJ Adam Trainer kept tunes spinning between sets, the vibe was set. In trio form, Felicity Groom and her merry men got the night rolling with John Edmund O’Shea and moved through some newer tunes along with set staples Paper Strings and Treasures. The trio format suits these songs so well as Ms Groom moves between guitar and autoharp that it’s almost easy to forget their usual full five-piece treatment. The 6s & 7s wove their melodies next with the cool talent that is Josh Fontaine. The infectious melodies filled many heads and had even those at the back of the venue, looking through the cake displays, grooving along. The 6s & 7s trade on that kind of breezy pop that Perth did so well a few years ago, full of harmonies, melodies and different sounds that talented multi-instrumentalists bring to the fold. A humble Bridget Turner and Gabby Lammers took to the stage to a packed Manhattan’s, along with the rest of the live band that now make up Simone & Girlfunkle. Passive relied primarily on just the duo at the core of the group and the roar of appreciation showed it was a receptive crowd. Chilly Cold upped the energy levels again. Between reading anonymous notes from the confessions box – and not so anonymous fashion tips from Turner’s father – the sextet played most songs from the EP and a few others. With the addition of other musicians, Simone & Girlfunkle have moved on from the EP they’ve spent the last year recording. The live band and the EP are essentially two different things, taking advantage of their respective strengths. The live band trades on energy and more kitchy sounds, taking advantage of tongue in cheek choreography and more multi-instrumentalists, while the EP is more about harmonies and the two girls’ vocals. The band is used sparingly around the songs, taking full advantage of the atmospherics that cello, clarinet and harmonies can create. As the set ended humbly without an encore, it wasn’t just the cakes that satisfied the audience’s sweet tooth. JASON KENNY
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MORE & MORE KARMA Tonight Thursday 19 August, Karma Fx join forces with The Dark Woods, Dyonysis and Calectasia to bring you a great night of original rock at The Den from 8pm. Karma Fx also headline the Swan Basement on Saturday 21.
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RAISE THE ROOFE DIGER ROCKWELL BY ANTHONY TRAN RTRFM are throwing two incredibly large parties to celebrate RADIOTHON. Drum Media caught up with some of the local artists playing the OPENING PARTY this weekend. THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA (NICK OWEN/ NDORSE) What’s been happening in your hood of late? We’re closing in on our well overdue debut EP with a release date aiming towards mid December if all goes to plan. What has RTRFM done for you and the local music scene? On an individual level, RTRFM has opened my ears, heart and soul to a world of local, national and international sounds that you’d normally have to dig deep and far to discover. Favourite RTRFM moment of the past year? It has to be without a doubt Seriously Sound System, which has been one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to from punter and performers perspective. It all becomes a very real experience when a radio show is transformed into a literal live setting; and with so many funny backstage/ onstage moments it certainly sticks to mind in our personal history books. Most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Opening/Closing Party? Everyone at the Opening Party, way to put on the perfect event! I might need to relive the night in all three different rooms.
Next Wednesday 25 August is Going Solo at The Moon. Heading the night is the local lass who recently got announced on the Southbound line-up Grace Woodroofe. She’ll be joined by Davey Craddock and Dan Crooke. This week the artists will go on at 8pm.
BROWMANTIC THRILLER If you still don’t know why mad party jams by The Brow Horn Orchestra are simply the best, it’s time you had yourself a sweaty Browmance! Fellow Next Big Thing finalist James Teague teams up with The Brow this Friday 20 August for a night of free music at Clancy’s in Freo with The Brow’s frontman Ndorse on the decks from 8.45pm. They also play 8.30am that morning to help launch RTR’s Radiothon at WA Art Gallery.
ECHO UNDERGROUND That Velvet Echo turn heads. With comparisons to Damien Rice and David Gray, these two have made a real impact on the local scene since their arrival only months ago, and now they play X-Wray Café this Saturday 21 August and Redcliffe On The Murray on Sunday 22.
FAERY PRINCESS Eco Faeries are putting on a dance party event this Saturday 21 August at City Farm called Eco Faeries Unleashed. This event is to bring conscious, creative and unleashed play back. Starring Ladies Dada, Wasamba, DJ Matnis and more, the night will see burlesque, body paint and visuals galore. $15 from 7pm.
over a number of years in giving my music airplay and introducing it to a wider audience.
What’s been happening in your hood of late? Gigs around town at The Manor, The Bird and Velvet Lounge, co hosting Co-Lab Night at The Moon with Mathas and working on new beats.
Favourite RTRFM moment of the past year? A very poignant moment and quite a sad one; Dan The Man’s last show. It was achingly touching to see the on-air outpour of love and respect for the RTR legend.
What has RTRFM done for you and the local music scene? RTRFM has helped others and myself emerge from the bedroom studio to a larger audience. Without RTRFM, Perth would implode into a vacuum of mundane talk back and refried cheese. RTRFM provides Perth with a radio soul.
Favourite shows/presenters on RTRFM? I love waking up to Peter Barr on Breakfast, a great kickstart to my day! Rok Riley and Dan The Man on Friday Full Frequency will eternally be favourites as they’re fantastically cool and have introduced me to some amazing music. Then there’s the ever informative Meri Fatin and Travis Collins on Morning Magazine. So many favourites!
Favourite presenter on RTRFM? Claude Mono, as he makes his show sound like a sound-scape kaleidoscope that’s reminiscent of an audio journey. Tell us about your RTRFM deflowering: I was 11 or so and my older siblings were heavily into the club and rave scene around in the early ‘90s. My brother would have Full Frequency on in his bedroom, and my afternoons have never been the same. Why should the general public subscribe to the radio station? Perth is emerging into a place that is the envy of many cities around the world. So talented, small and undiscovered: RTRFM is the heart of this awakening. What can we look forward to from you in the near future? A new album called We Are All Related due for late November; an ambient evolutionary self-help beat collection. MILLY JAMES What’s been happening in your hood of late? I’ve been working on my new project Milly ‘N’ Slaam with composer Ben Chase, combining our talents to create dreamy vocal electronica with delicately layered synths and beats. We’ve just released a double-sided single Indigo/Gods Chorister, which is already receiving RTR airplay. What has RTRFM done for you and the local music scene? RTR has been unfailingly supportive
What are you going to bring to the party? Cartwheel from one end of that enormous Astor stage to the other! Most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Opening/Closing Party? Boys Boys Boys! Bring on that prawn song! VOLTAIRE TWINS What’s been happening in your hood of late? We’ve just done an eeast coast tour and head back over in a couple of weeks. We’ve just released a new EP, which we’ll be launching at the Rosemount on the Friday 27 August and we’ve just had a remix of our song, D.I.L. picked up by Kitsuné in France. What has RTRFM done for you and the local music scene? We’ve had a great run with RTR, we’ve played some awesome shows for RTR parties and have had some fun interviews, including drinking champagne with Peter early on Valentines Day morning one year. Favourite RTRFM moment of the past year? Possibly the Arthur Russell special on Pocket Disco. Anything Pocket Disco related. Tell us about your RTRFM deflowering: Probably started listening in our mid to late teens. When you’re a kid you get into Triple J because it’s alternative and
PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY This week Pennywise tried to join that Hall Of Fame of excuses list with: “We thought it was someone else’s bus,” after an incident that occurred between Pennywise and Alesana on the Denver leg of the Warped Tour. On Tuesday Alesana frontman Shawn Milke issues a statement “Just to clear the air of any rumours, last night upon returning to our bus after a night out with friends, both our band and our tour manager were attacked blindly by two very drunk members of Pennywise.” Once Wednesday rolled around and the Pennywise boys had had enough time to sober up they told their side of the story and explained that they were actually in the wrong bus. “We walked in and nobody was there, so we sat down thinking somebody’s gonna pop up or something. That’s around when [Alesana’s] tour manager came onboard and said, ‘What are you guys doing here? Who are you? You need to get out of our vehicle.’ He was totally in the right. It was a situation where we thought we were in one place, and the tour manager for Alesana didn’t recognise us. He went outside to get some of his team members to get us off the RV. All of a sudden, there’s me and Randy and six other guys in this kitchen area, and I think someone grabbed Randy’s arm saying, ‘Let me escort you off the bus’. It wasn’t violent. But everybody had been drinking and push came to shove.” Soon after Denver Police showed up and got their taser guns out in an effort to subdue the situation. Their tasers had little effect on 44-year-old punk veteran: “They blasted me with the taser about five times, but I used to be an electrician, so I’m used to it.” You can see both bands together in 2011 at Soundwave.
SHORT FAST REPORT TOP THREE Cancer Bats: Returning to Australia next month to supporting Bullet For My Valentine, Canada’s Cancer Bats have announced their own run of headline shows. Tickets on sale from Moshtix today for their show at Amplifier on Sunday 5 September. Heroes For Hire/The Wonder Years Split: Yep, our favorite goofy Sydney pop punkers Heroes For Hire are hooking up with one of the fastest rising US pop punk acts The Wonder Years to release a split 7” just in time for their tour together in September. Head to boomtown.bigcartel.com for all the pre order action. Oh Sleeper: Heading to Australia for the first time, with Adelaide lads Nazarite Vow in September. Two shows on Sunday 12 September. YMCA HQ in the afternoon for an ALL-AGES show; then at Amplifier. stuff, then you sort of graduate to RTRFM when you get a bit more discerning and your ears mature a bit. Why subscribe? We all need to support RTR because it’s the only place to hear good, local music. The diversity of programs is impressive and the presenters really know their stuff. Most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Opening/Closing Party? Craig McElhinney and Rabbit Island are cool. Actually, the stuff that’s happening in the upstairs cinema is all really cool, so hopefully we’ll get a chance to see some of it. WHAT: RTRFM Radiothon WHEN & WHERE: Opening Party – Saturday 21 August, Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley
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GOT KNOW HOW AFTER A YEAR OF PROVIDING FINE OPTIONS FOR THE PARTY WISE, KNOWLEDGE MUSIC CELEBRATES THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY IN STYLE THIS WEEKEND. DRUM SPEAKS WITH THE MAN BEHIND THE BEATS MACHINE, SARAN BAJAJ.
FKN MIDAS YOUR STYLE? Disco/house/boogiefunk. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKY TODAY? Muesli. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? Production wise, I use Logic and have just bought a Prophet 08 analogue synthesiser. DJ wise, it’s easier just carrying one laptop for now. YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DJ SET? My first official gig was at the Norfolk in Freo. It was a DJ night set up by Daniel Dalton (Hickey) called Jukebox back in May/June last year. BEST DJ IN PERTH: Can’t go past Boy Crazy Stacy and Petrosex, but for technical skills I would say Mickey Juice and for song selection Lightsteed. WHAT DO YOU DO IN REAL LIFE? Sound design at WAAPA. WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU GO TO AND WHO’S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON TO COME OUT IT? I went to John Curtin in Fremantle and being a performing arts school we had a few. The guys from Eskimo Joe and that dude from Strictly
Ballroom went there. We have also had a big argument with Melville SHS that Bon Scott went to JC. IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE IN THE WORLD TO BE YOUR BESTIE, WHO’D IT BE? James Murphy, I don’t know how somebody so cool can be so earnest as well (and an absolute genius not mention). NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR? The Commodores’ Lady (You Bring Me Up). MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? People like Giorgio Moroder or Tatsuro Yamashita. The dudes write, arrange, plays half the instruments and made music 30 years ago that still sounds so fresh. WHAT DO YOUR FOLKS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? My Dad got me into playing music so he really has himself to blame, he actually really wants to come to a gig but I think we’d both be in competition trying to embarrass each other. Mum wants me to party less and isn’t sure if being busy DJing is helping or hindering that. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED?
PHOTO BY BRAD SERLS My favorite night was one of the smallest. Back when I put on Glitter Womb (before I took it to Republic) I did it at the X-Wray in Freo, and it went pretty nuts. When I decided to throw a giant party light rope out into the crowd and everybody started wrapping it around each other making a giant glowing net. It was quite a sight to see. ANY RELEASES IN THE PIPELINE? Am getting the live project of Bastian’s Happy Flight together (a disco boogie funk band) and should be gigging around come September. BEST PLACE IN PERTH TO: A) ROCK OUT: The Bakery B) CHILL OUT: Creatures Loft C) PASS OUT: Work D) PICK UP AND GET OUT: Coles? GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? Brash & Sassy EP Launch – Friday 20 August, Manhattans, Victoria Park; King Tito’s – Friday 27 August, The East End, Fremantle; Cheek – Wednesday 1 September, The Red Sea, Subiaco; and Unstoppable Glue every Saturday at Manhattan’s
Give us a bit of background info about Knowledge Music. Knowledge Music was founded off the back of my previous company, which was primarily aimed at drum‘n’bass. We essentially set up Knowledge Music and Knowledge Touring to broaden the horizons of the company’s music direction and gain more market presence. It was never supposed to get as big as it did. Christoph Krogel and I founded the company but sought another member to join the team to help bring a new flavour to the brand and develop new ways of reaching the market. Stephen Vetten (co-founder of Blender and Someone Say Dubstep?) was a great candidate for the job as he had achieved great things with Ian Kanik in the dubstep scene and generally breaking sounds in Perth… He came on board as our marketing consultant and even brought in a few tours of his own. I guess our ethos has always been that we push what we feel is going to be the next big thing. We were behind Chase & Status, now they’re writing for Rihanna and just closed a stage at Good Vibrations. We were behind Skream and Benga and now Magnetic Man is one of the hottest acts on the festival circuit in 2010. We had our faith in dubstep and drum’n’bass having a presence in mainstream markets – we just had to work hard to grow with them. How does Knowledge differ from other promotions companies in Perth? Well, Knowledge Music sits in a weird place as far as the music landscape is concerned. We are not ultra niche, yet not really mainstream either. We are just kind of floating in the middle. We do parties. from 110-person capacity up to 10,000 capacity, so it gives us a great ability to do things the way we feel they should be done and still be able to grow with our acts. Most promoters seem to break acts into the market then lose them to festivals by not giving their artists the platform to grow. We grew Origin because we knew our acts were too big for Perth clubs. So we had to find a way to give them a bigger stage before they found one elsewhere. We would never have a Skream and Benga show at Shape in such intimate settings if we didn’t have them on a main stage playing before Method Man and Redman. We’re just doing what we
have to do to preserve some sort of underground scene so we don’t have to brave a sea of gurners to see the acts we want. Name some of the highlights of the past year and some of the most interesting characters you’ve met? Low:Fi was a great highlight. It was the kind of line-up we always wanted to see and we were glad to see 5,000 people who shared our sentiments. Touring Nas was a big deal to me as I’m a massive Nas fan. I always feared I’d never get the chance to see him live, so doing that was a massive achievement for me personally. But honestly, now that I think about it, there has been too many moments I could argue as the highlight of our year. As for interesting characters, well I think up the top would be Skream and Benga, as they are just bloody wild men, followed closely by people like Method Man. Everyone we bring out here is cool and we’ve made a lot of great
friends along the way but, let’s face it, all musicians are crazy in their own way. What are some of the strangest requests a touring artist has asked you to meet? To be honest we don’t get too many. I usually take the red biro to them at contracting, but they usually still try their luck at getting shit added in at the last minute. I mean one act asked us once for an ice cream sundae bar at every gig, whilst another has just asked for KFC and porn. The Bag Raiders rider is still the best though. I think they wanted cardboard cut outs so they could drink booze and control them with bits of string. Kinda kicking myself for not delivering on that one. You’re also behind Shape nightclub. What do you think is most important to keep a club successful? Man, keeping a club hot in Perth is tough work. As soon as it’s hot the people who made it hot get “over it” or start feeling they can do a better job and embark on their own endeavours. We just book what people want. Don’t try and educate them because it hurts your wallet and no one thanks you for it. What was the reason behind getting DJ Marky to play for this event and what can punters expect from your one-year anniversary show at Villa? Who better for a party vibe than DJ Marky? I think people can expect just a taste of what got us into the industry in the first place; great music, banging sound, and a slick venue. Oh, and maybe some birthday cake. WHAT: Knowledge Music 1st Birthday with DJ Marky WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 21 August, Villa, Perth
FORWARD>>>>>>> FORWARD THINKING DRUM’N’BASS & DUBSTEP WITH ANGELA KING One of drum’n’bass’ darkest producers Audio is about release a follow up to 2007’s debut To The Edge Of Reason. Ed Rush & Optical’s Virus Recordings will host LP Genesis Device, an 11 track LP which delves into, as the Star Wars theme title suggests, sci-fi inspired drum’n’bass tracks and even features the odd 140bpm number, and is on sale in October. November is looming and for those amping up for Paradise In Bali have a reason to get even more excited. Several more artists have been announced including Netherlands outfit Black Sun Empire, who are promoting the release of their album Lights And Wire, playing a dubstep and drum and bass set with Stamina MC. New Zealand duo The Upbeats are also now in tow, playing a DJ set. Check www.paradisefestival.com.au for the full line up, tickets, flights and accommodation packages. In more full-length release news Magnetic Man, the trio of wellknown music makers Benga, Skream and Artwork have announced their debut album. The latest we have heard from the threesome is their epic 50-track mix on Pete Tong’s Essential Mix so hype is high for their self-titled 14-track effort, which will also be released in October. The LP features a host of guest vocalists including Ms Dynamite and John Legend and is available for pre-order on Amazon now. Hospital Recordings have signed their first live drum’n’bass act. Five-piece New Zealand outfit
KOOL KEITH @ SHAPE
Shapeshifter are the latest edition to the Hospital family, and to celebrate they will be re-releasing their platinum-selling album The System Is A Vampire with remixes from Logistics, Netsky and Camo & Krooked. The LP with extra bits will be available next month. Artrage venue The Bakery is finally reopening. Post-renovations, the club now has a 700 strong capacity and will host a new monthly night Don’t Sleep. In collaboration between Paper Chain, [Move], ICSSC, Dead Weight! and Artrage, Don’t Sleep will present a variety of beats including house, juke, dubstep and garage. The first night, Saturday 16 October, will feature London’s Deadboy and locals Clunk, Rekab, DYP, Kit Pop & Zeke live and the DeadWeight! DJs. Limited presale tickets can be found at www.nowbaking.com.au for $10, with door tickets if available on the night for $20. WattHZ and Inhibit are bringing the 140bpm goods this September. UK based producer Rob Sparx is in the house for midweek madness on Wednesday 1 September at Bar Open. Doors open at 9pm, and on local support is Ylem, Killafoe & J.Nitrous and Proximity Effect. Two weeks down the track Hypnosis Recordings are celebrating their label launch at Shape on Friday 17 September. Eastern states maestros
Droid Sector and The Abyss (Sook & Boot) will be in the mix alongside locals J.Nitrous, Killswitch and unknown DJ Cella. Both gigs are cheap at $15 each, so if dubstep if your thing, you know where to go. Mizhap Productions is back with yet another round of Mayhem. The Broken Beat Festival is set to take place on Saturday 30 October at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre, thankfully a far more accessible location than last year. The line-up looks rather epic with a meld of breaks, drum’n’bass and dubstep artists. Mizhap have announced the first list of artists as follows: Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Bar9, B-Complex, Skool Of Thought, Babylon System, Chris. SU and SPL, with many more to be announced. Tickets are available now, to purchase and sign up to the mailing list visit www. mizhapproductions.com.au. This Saturday 21 August, Knowledge Music is celebrating their first birthday in true to form style. Flamboyant Brazilian DJ Marky will be serving the birthday beats alongside locals ShockOne, QBix, Access and Muller and if you haven’t got a ticket already, it’s likely you’ll need to line-up at the door on the night but all reports from his eastern states sets suggest it will be worth the effort.
It was pretty obvious upon arrival, the rain and day of the week kept people away early, Selekt did well to keep the early birds entertained though, dropping classics, such as Jay-Z’s A Million And One Questions. The set moved from melodic hip hop to funk orientated beats with break dancers dominating the dance floor. Ending with remixes of Wu-Tang’s C.R.E.A.M., plus Biggie and Snoop mash-ups the transition into Kit Pop’s set saw new Gonjasufi slowing the pace. A far cry from Kit Pop’s electro shows, Drop from The Pharcyde and Outkast’s Atliens were welcome additions. Overplayed tracks like Gin ‘N’ Juice and Mo Money Mo Problems put a slight dampener on the set, but overall it was grand to be hearing some good hip hop. Since Kool Keith’s last visit back in ’05, the man with many names has been busy in the studio. Wandering
through the crowd wearing a gold sequined headscarf, KK was introduced to the stage by Denis Deft (Deft collaborated with KK on 2009’s Bikinis N Thongs release), he also acknowledged Selekt who had repositioned himself behind the decks. The show kicked off with Deft MCing while Keith lingered in the shadows. With KK’s career spanning over two decades there was a whole lot of music to cover. The crowd was treated to material from KK’s first group, the Ultramagnetic MCs, soon after Keith delved into the freestyle realm, rhyming over melodic Automatoresque instrumentals which got heads nodding. “That’s just Keith being Keith,” explained Deft after the “Man with the master plan” had ceased rapping. Blue Flowers from one of KK’s alias Dr Octagon was a crowd favourite. After a few too many “songs for the ladies” including Freaks off his Lost Masters release, KK attempted to cover a lot of material in the second part of the show by performing a medley. In trying to do a lot it ended up being
an overload. Unfortunately after an extended number of 30 second song tasters, it got a little fatiguing, the flow was also disrupted by the gaps between tracks (seemed someone messed up the CD burn). The set ended with Deft exclaiming, “It’s the second night of the tour, we made it y’all.” JO LETTENMAIER
ARIA CLUB CHART 1. Phazing DIRTY SOUTH 2. Gotta Make A Move HOOK N SLING FEAT. SNOB SCRILLA 3. One (Your Name) SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA FEAT. PHARRELL 4. Freefallin’ ZOE BADWI 5. The Bum Song TOMMY TRASH & TOM PIPER 6. Elevated TV ROCK & TARA MCDONALD 7. Teenage Crime ADRIAN LUX 8. Electric Boogaloo (Find A Way) WILEY FEAT. J2K & JODIE CONNOR 9. California Gurls KATY PERRY FEAT. SNOOP DOGG
KOOL KEITH AND CO BY BRAD SERLS
92.9 SUNDAY SESSION – STAN WALKER @ THE RIVERVALE
DESTINATION? – COLD BLANK @ AMBAR
DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL
SATURDAY @ METRO CITY
10. ADD SUV UFFIE FEAT. PHARRELLWILLIAMS
LIMELITE – RICHARD VISSION @ METROPOLIS FREMANTLE
TWEET OF THE WEEK JUST GOT IN2 SYDNEY. THANKU JESUS 4 A SAFE FLIGHT. GONA B A LONG DAY. GOOD 2 B BACK IN OZ. HAD A LIL SLEEP. NEEDA GO TOILET REAL BAD NOW LOL”
Stan Walker continues his ‘every tweet must praise the lord’ ethos. And no, he ain’t taking the piss – he just tells people when he needs to take one.
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DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK
SUBSTANDARD @ MOJO’S The Community presents a night of dubstep in North Freo with Vishnu, Ylem, Saxon & Tifa, Hykus live and Sibalance rinsing ‘til your heart’s content. $7 from 8pm on Thursday 19 August.
THE PRESTIGE @ EAST END BAR Enjoy house, funk and electro with The Prestige every Thursday from 9pm with Frankie Button and guests.
PLEASUREDOME @ ROSEMOUNT The local crown prince of electro showmanship Tomas Ford spins everything except for The Cat Empire every week in the Rosie beer garden, with crazy antics in tow. Free from 8pm.
CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT This week Ren’ee The DJ and Extended Play DJs step up to bring the party. Free from 8pm.
R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES
We here at Drum’s dance HQ are complete suckers for cool new nights, multi-room/multi-genre shows, and when different dance crews join forces, and this new night has it all. Launching this Friday, Sneaky will take in The Library every second Friday and present three clubbing experiences in one venue with some of Perth’s biggest DJs as residents. The Sneakypop room with see DJs Angry Buda, Moe Steez and Master Dash play pop and party hits; Sneakhouse will see electro and from Maxwell, Kastel and Paul Scott; and Sneakyfunk discos to Karl Blue, Selekt and Dazz K. Win+win+win = winning.
SHUT UP & DANCE @ TOUCAN
BRASH & SASSY@MANHATTAN’S
DJ Matty J and Darren Nixx bring the party to Mandurah so strong you won’t be able to do anything but dance for $5 from 10pm.
After years of inspiration from the finest disco, Brash & Sassy have their latest EP. Produced by Matteo Giovannangelo and Jaymes Voltaire of the VT, the EP will be launched with support from Rex Monsoon, Voltaire Twins DJ set, Fkn Midas with live sax, and MC Tomas Ford.
BEST OF BRITISH@DEFECTORS
Join DJs Moogy, Anton Maz and Nick Shepherd as they present the best tunes from the Motherland all night long.
KINGS OF PERTH @ ROSEMOUNT Over 20 local acts will represent Australian hip hop culture across two stages with Optamus (threepiece mode), Porsah Laine, Dazastah, MC Hunter, Mortar from Clandestein, Xzakt, Bitter Belief, Knowledge Bones, Delta Force, Mathas and Wolverine. Plus DJs Fdel, Armee, Carlsani (Drapht’s DJ), Charlie Bucket, Selekt, Lstreet and Adroc battle it out.
LIMELITE @ METRO FREO It’s Classic Cuts night at Limelite when they host a In The Mix 50 party as DJs Zelimir, Darren Brais and Mel B host a night of retro remixes for your partying pleasure from 9.30pm.
FAMOUS @ CONNECTIONS Teaming up with RTRFM for a Radiothon special, Famous Fridays sees Feminem, Glitter Giselle, JohnniP, Massiv Trav and Jade Nobbs, Brian Edwards, Mandy, Cinnamon and Joby hitting the decks, while the team from All Things Queer will be collecting donations for Radiothon. Free 10-11pm, $10 before 1am or $20 thereafter.
YOLANDA BE COOL & DCUP @ AMBAR After a massive 2009 which saw them sign to Ajax’s Sweat It Out label, Yolanda Be Cool have received huge support from some of the scene’s biggest players with their brand of party tech. They’re heading west with Dcup in tow, these two parties collaborating on the big hit of 2010, We Speak No Americano. 44 • THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010
Every Friday sees The Hideout bring you the best in hip hop DJs, producers, live MCs and vocalists whipping out the good times for y’all! This week it’s Arms In Motion with special guests. Free from 8pm.
LOKAL @ BAR 138 Weekly night combining Perth’s finest assassins, this week sees Mono Lisa, Rox, Dead Easy, Bob Noceros and Philly Blunt behind the ones and twos. Free entry from 6pm.
SOUL TRAIN @ DOUBLE LUCKY James “Big Games” A and resident ranga Adam Kelly steer the Soul Train with DJ M, Cee plus special guest Kid Deep for a night of soul, funk, disco, hip hop, house and more from 7pm.
SATURDAY KISS & TELL @ SAPPHIRE Get your dance on with electro house bangers in Subiaco with John Morley, Maxwell, Paul Scott, Damian John and Artista this Saturday.
OZI BATLA @ ROCKET ROOM Best known for fronting The Herd, Ozi Batla is venturing out on his first solo tour in support of his debut record Wild Colonial. One of Australia’s most lauded and loved MCs, Ozi will be joined by his producer Sandro. Expect a set of golden era hip hop with support from Rythm Infinit and DJ Simmo T at the Rocket Room on Saturday.
NICK THAYER @ AMBAR
DJ extraordinaires Ben Taaffe, Meatghost and Sibalance step into the The Bird for some party times.
LADIES NIGHT @ TOUCAN
PINEAPPLE LOUNGE @ VELVET
DJ Misschief teams heads up the saucy action, dishing out sexy beats to make the ladies go down and the guys get up. $10 from 10pm.
The Pineapple Lounge collective return to the Velvet Lounge with Dirty Symbiot playing a live set of hip hop, drum’n’bass and grime, plus Fusion Six, Dark Matter, D.Y.P and VJ Shoes & Socks.
AFRODISIA @ LEEDERVILLE (UP) Afrodisia returns to the Funk Club for another awesome night of deep African goodness. Featuring the incredible 13-piece Askari Afrobeat Orchestra with members of the Funk Club House Band, Grace Barbe, The Sunshine Brothers and more, WAMi Award winning DJ Charlie Bucket also plays. $15 from 8pm.
THE HIDEOUT @ LEEDERVILLE (DOWN)
For South African house, Kwaito and dancehall, come see DJs Ashboi, Tutomath, The Empressions and more do what they do best from 8pm.
SATURDAY @ TOUCAN DJ Samuel Spencer reminds us how to party from 10pm with nothing but good times. $10 from 10pm.
Drum’n’bass courtesy of Pegasus with live sax and vocals from 9pm.
Having blown up our clubs many times before, the eastern states maestro has finally released his debut LP Just Let It Go, a veritable blitzkrieg of sonic sound clashes rooted in hop hop and club genres. Support from Fdel, Marty McFly, Philly and Tee El, Thayer hits Japan 4 for $15 from 10pm.
FRIDAY @ THE BIRD
DANCEHALL PARTY @ BAR 138
RETRO MASH @ CAPITOL
Mr Darcy Travers will entertain you musically with a cool mix of funk, soul and hip hop.
DJs Gene Bourne, Ryan and Munch take in Gold Bar’s big Friday night, taking class to a new level.
Featuring an eclectic mix of good time music from indie to boogie funk and R&B from disco to hip hop, this hidden treasure for guilty pleasure sees Grubby, Tom Fom and Fkn Midas laying down the sticky black vinyl. Free from 7pm.
Indie banging from the Death Disco DJs plus DJ Ryan spinning ‘80s indie classics upstairs. $10 entry fee.
Trance comes back to its spiritual Perth home of Rise with Freefall headed up by Sophie Sugar, the person Armin Van Buuren dubbed “the first lady of trance”. With a hugely popular Symphony radio show attracting fans all over, she’ll be joined by former Perth lad Dr Willis, one of the country’s most prolific producers in recent times along with locals Steven Tranzor, Joe Benger, Avesta and Stephan Milanov. $20/10/5 from 9.30pm.
FRIDAYS @ GOLD BAR
UNSTOPPABLE GLUE @ MANHATTAN’S
Garage rockers The Neptunes play live, plus Little Franco Berry spins the hot wax, plus go-go with Les Sataniques. $10 after 8pm.
FRIDAY @ X-WRAY CAFÉ
Best known for fronting The Herd, Ozi Batla is venturing out in support of his debut record Wild Colonial with support from Rythm Infinit.
Perthonality Rex Monsoon turns The Bird into a tropical paradise.
DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL
FREEFALL @ RISE
OZI BATLA @ PRINCE OF WALES
REX MONSOON @ THE BIRD
MONDO INFERNO @ DEVILLES
Lady Penelope live plus ‘80s and ‘90s pop with DJ Matty J. Free entry 9-11pm.
FRIDAY PORSAH LANE
Perth hip hop legend Optamus launches his new CD Forever And A Day with special guests from 8pm.
SNEAKY @ THE LIBRARY
Jon Madd’s Rock’n’roll Karaoke with DJs. From 5pm, $10 from 8pm.
Selekt, Diger Rokwell and Slackjaw bring their fly tunes to The Bird. $5 from 8pm.
The search for Perth’s best new DJ reaches its climax as JT Yo!, Pacemaker, Koppi, Breakdown, Cameron TF, DJ Vu and Fyrah do battle in the final From Bedroom To Bigroom at Rise. Supporting is 2009 winner Travis Eddy plus some of the other contestants Rinski, Mikey B, Espaice, Skeptikz, Drewz, Middy. $15/10/5 from 9.30pm.
OPTAMUS @ NORFOLK BASEMENT
With support from Blend, Apres-Ski, Oli and Micah, tickets $25 plus BF from Boomtick and Moshtix.
FLITUNES @ THE BIRD
FROM BEDROOM TO BIGROOM @ RISE
DJ MARKY @ VILLA After bringing us the best in underground hip hop, drum’n’bass and dubstep for the past year, the good people of Knowledge Music are ringing in their first birthday with a set from the one and only DJ Marky. Support from ShockOne, Qbik and Muller.
LIQUID LOUNGE @ THE LOFT
SUNDAY OZI BATLA @ MOJO’S Venturing out on his first solo tour in support of his debut record Wild Colonial, Ozi Batla is one of Australia’s most lauded and loved MCs. Ozi will be joined by his producer Sandro on stage with support from Rythm Infinit and DJ Simmo T at Mojo’s on Sunday.
MARTINI CLUB @ DEVILLES The Rusty Pinto Combo, Sugar Blue Burlesque and Lulu Peekaboo host the Martini Club. Tickets from Heatseeker.
DÉJÀ VU @ EVE Urban acts of the freshest order hit the Burswood club, with Jaelan, KiB, Nantale, Kutis Wonder and Adolfo Chavez all doing it live and direct, plus Skooby, Don Migi and Alex P working the ones and twos. $10 from 9pm ‘til 2am.
OPEN HOUSE @ MINT Brighten up your Wednesday night at Open House Party with Chris and Matt spinning house tunes all night long. $10/5 from 9pm.
BEAT MASH @ BAR OPEN The D’n’b madness continues with a fresh line-up to make you wish the weekends could be as fun as this. Free from 8pm ‘til 10pm, $5 thereafter.
STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT DJ Shannon Fox brings you postpunk, indie-pop, rock and electro goodies in the courtyard. Free entry.
UPCOMING TOURS & EVENTS DEEP HEAT @ MANHATTAN’S Warm up your muscles to some deep bass with Perth’s finiest dub producers and DJs in Ylem, Hykus, Saxon & Tifa and South Africa’s own Kamashe. Thursday 26 August from 8pm.
LIMELITE @ METRO FREO Grant Smillie hosts Australia’s biggest radio show Overdrive on the Nova network, has two ARIA Awards from his work in TV Rock and co-owns the Neon Records label. Now he’s coming to Limelite. $20 on the door. Friday 27 August.
MARCEL DETTMANN @ AMBAR Always treading the line between forward thinking dance music and good ol’ fashioned rave-ups, Democracy have found a perfect fit for their third birthday celebrations. A resident at German nightclub Berghain, Marcel Dettmann’s techno productions break the rules without resorting to gimmicks. Support from Aarin F, Massiv Trav and Craig Hollywood. $20 plus BF from Moshtix from August 9. Friday 17 September.
PENDULUM @ CHALLENGE STADIUM
COTT SESSIONS @ THE COTT
From Perth to London to the world, the now certifiable supergroup’s new album Immersion recently debuted in the ARIA album chart’s top ten, proving Pendulum are eternally a force to be reckoned with. Of course, it’s in stadiums they’re now most happy in and, after spending a weekend playing to 100,000 people at Glastonbury, the lads have revealed their rather large homecoming album tour. Catch the drum’n’bass vs. rock live masters at Challenge Stadium on Saturday 6 November for an ALL-AGES show. Tickets from Ticketmaster. Saturday 6 November.
Perth’s famous Sunday session party from 5pm with Angry Buda.
SUMMADAYZE @ SUPREME COURT GARDENS & ESPLANADE
THE LOFT @ GEISHA This week the Loft gets punked out with the Sex Pistols, New York Dolls and The Clash and ‘80s players like Billy Idol and Blondie plus ‘90s grunge with Hole, Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins from 8pm.
BACK TO MONO @ DEFECTORS Lo-fidelity tunes from Anton Maz, Fang and DJ Larryspinning tunes designed to soothe those hangover blues. Free entry.
WEDNESDAY W.A.D.T.B.LOVED @ MANHATTAN’S Indie club night We All Deserve To Be Loved sees Paranoid Tarantula DJs and special guests The Big Old Bears and Hayley Beth partying. Entry is $10 or $5 if you send you and your friends’ names to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm on the night.
BIG WEDNESDAYS @ NEWPORT DJ Tony Allen spins tunes from 8pm ‘til midnight.
JUST ACE @ MUSTANG Student and backpacker night with DJ Giles from 6pm.
The first announcement is in and Future Music Festival’s star David Guetta is back to headline this event. He’s joined by trance legend and world dominator Armin Van Buuren, hip hop new schoolers N*E*R*D who will bring a new album in tow, French touché Bob Sinclar, live funksters Chromeo, plus Erol Alkan, Wolfgang Gartner, Rivastarr, Miami Horror (live), Yuksek, Aeroplane and Zombie Disco Squad – and that’s just the start of the all new looking and feeling Summa’ festival mayhem. Limited early bird tickets go on sale next Thursday 19 August at a special discounted rate from Ticketmaster, 78 Records, Blue 62, DJ Factory, Live, Mills, Planet and Rockeby Records. MASSIVE = Saturday 8 January.
UPCOMINGS AUGUST YOLANDA BE COOL, DCUP – Aug 20 @ Ambar SOPHIE SUGAR & DR WILLIS – Aug 20 @ Rise 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 GRANT SMILLIE – Aug 27 @ Metropolis Fremantle + GRAZ – Aug 27 @ The East End + DJ GEMSTA – Aug 28 @ Niche
SEPTEMBER + ROB SPARX – Sep 1 @ Bar Open PEZ – Sep 1 @ Breakers Bar Geraldton, Sep 2 @ The Bird, Sep 3 @ Settlers Tavern, Sep 4 @ Prince Of Wales MARK SHERRY – Sep 3 @ Toucan Club + RICHARD DURAND & JONAS STENBERG – Sep 3 @ Rise HYPERFEST: PEZ, ART VS SCIENCE and more TBA – Sep 5 @Midland Railway Workshops MUMDANCE, DEATHFACE – Sep 10 @ Ambar + CERN – Sep 10 @ Shape + JACK MCCORD, STEVE DEVINE, CHIARI – Sep 10 @ All Seasons Karratha, Sep 11 Walkabout Port Hedland MILES DYSON – Sep 11 @ Villa MARCEL DETTMANN – Sep 17 @ Ambar + DROID SECTOR, THE ABYSS – Sep 17 @ Shape + SAMIYAM, TOKIMONSTA, MARTYN, ILLUMSPHERE – Sep 17 @ 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, THE GLITCH MOB, NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB, OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL, MIX MASTER MIKE, BRODINSKI, THE SWISS, WOLF GANG, SINDEN, DJ MEHDI, JESSE ROSE, WASHINGTON, BAG RAIDERS, AC SLATER, GRUM PLUS MORE TBA – Sep 26 @ Wellington Square * CYPRESS HILL, SPIT SYNDICATE – Sep 29 @ Metro City
OCTOBER + DEETRON – Oct 3 @ Geisha GODSKITCHEN: ANDY MOOR, JOHN O’CALLAGHAN, MARCEL WOODS, WIPPENBERG – Oct 8 @ Metro City MULATU – Oct 8 @ The Bakery + DEADBOY – Oct 16 @ The Bakery SAGE FRANCIS, B. DOLAN – Oct 20 @ Rosemount ICE CUBE, SCORCHER – Oct 29 @ Metro City
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GIG GUIDE THU 19 Senses Fail, Sleep Walker, Only Hope Amplifier Bar Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Howie Morgan Bennys Karin Page Duo Botanica Celebrations Karaoke Brooklands Retro Mash Capitol - Late Christian Parkinson Como Htl Jon Madd’s Rock’n Roll Karaoke Devilles Pad The Siren Tower Divers Tavern, Broome Gun Shy Romeos Elephant & Wheelbarrow Paul Grabowsky, Jamie Oehlers Ellington Aaron Spiers Trio Fuse Bar Chris Murphy Kingsley Tavern Bill Chidgzey Legends Bar James Wilson Lucky Shag Sonpsillo Circus, The Tumblers, The Wilderness, Fantz Copz Manhattan’s Good Karma Merriwa Tavern Ghost Hotel Mustang Bar Datura, The Fags Norfolk Basement Dr Bogus Paddy Hannans Burswood Eye Spy, The Brown Study Band, The Shallows, The Old Croak, Starcleaner Rosemount Htl Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Damien Cripps Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Freya Hanley Settlers Tavern Margaret River David Fyffe Sovereign Arms Samuel Bester, Helen Shanahan, Harry Moore, Kate Gilbertson Swan Lounge Fli Tunes, Selekt, Diger Rokwell, Slackjaw The Bird Karma FX, The Dark Woods, Dyonysis, Calectasia The Den Off The Record Universal Bar
FRI 20 Midnight Rambler 7th Avenue Bar We Can Breathe In Space, Still Water Claims, Vanity, Afraid of Heights Amplifier Bar Billy & the Broken Lines Bally’s Bar The Blue Bottles Balmoral Ryan Webb & The Method, Ruby Boots, The Cannonels, Brendan Gaspari Bar Orient Fremantle Good Karma Belmont Htl Faces Bennys Better Days Bentley Hotel Audacity Breakers Bar (Geraldton) Jamie Powers Broken Hill Slim Jim & The Phatts Burswood Prize Draw Stage Rhyme & Reason Captain Stirling Toy Box Carlisle Htl Inferno Castle Wardaemonic, Advent Sorrow, Matty Trash & The Horribles, All This Filth Civic Htl Backroom Neptunes
Devilles Pad The Siren Tower Divers Tavern, Broome Redstar Dusk Lounge Bar Supanova East End Bar Bondi Cigars Eastern Midland Htl Paul Grabowsky Sextet, Graham Wood Trio Ellington Cult Ficton Fly By Night Fremantle Benjamin Glynn Duo Gate Riddum Shack Greenwood Hotel Glen Davies Hale Rd Tavern Samuel Dass Kulcha James Wilson Leopold Htl Bicton Brash & Sassy Manhattan’s J Babies Merriwa Tavern Amanda Merden, The Veescars, Dux & Downtown, Goodnight Tiger Mojos Nth Fremantle Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys, Cheeky Monkeys Mustang Bar Felix Newport Htl Oh You Pretty Things, Georgia Juliette, Tree Norfolk Basement Gun Shy Romeos Paddo Blue Gene Paddy Hannans Burswood 43 Cambridge Paddy Maguires Flyte Paramount Milhouse Player’s Bar Courtney Murphy Band Premier Hotel, Albany Sean Brown & The Red Lights, The Witches Promise, Writhe, The Selfish Railway Htl Sophie Jane Rivervale Htl Side FX Rocket Room Switchback Sail & Anchor Jailhouse, Dave Seeger Settlers Tavern Margaret River Robbie King Karaoke South St Ale House Free Radicals Springs Tavern Catholic Block, Paltiva, Seer Cya, Spitfires Indian Swan Basement Barcode Swinging Pig Mod Squad The Boat Clayton Bolger The Deen Silverback, Saviour, A Shocker On Shock St, Turning Tides, Surrender The Den Chris Murphy The Principle Micro Brewery Funksta Universal Bar Benedict Moleta, Craig McElhinney, Andrew Ewing, Chris Cobilis Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic Victoria Park Htl Grand Theft Audio Woodvale Tavern Samsara, Arturo Chaos, Born Into Suffering, Lost For Words, Sensory Amusia YMCA HQ
SAT 21 Mindsnare, Samsara, Suffer, Break Amplifier Bar Bondi Cigars Anderson Rd, Karratha Glen Davies Bally’s Bar The Recliners Balmoral Flyte Bar 120 Chris Murphy
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Belgian Beer Cafe James Wilson Bentley Hotel Redstar Black Bettys Audacity Breakers Bar (Geraldton) Retrofit Broken Hill Three And A Half Men Brooklands Proof Burswood Prize Draw Stage Dead Letter Circus, Black Devil Yard Boss Capitol The Dingoes Charles Htl Psychonaut, Hyte, Evolution Machine, Crankenstein Civic Htl Backroom The Morning Night, Ryan Webb & The Method, Isabel Quigley Clancys Fremantle College Fall Colonial Brewery Maragret River James Wilson Como Htl Peek-A-Boo Review Devilles Pad The Siren Tower Divers Tavern, Broome Switchback Eastern Midland Htl Timeout Elephant & Wheelbarrow Paul Grabowsky Sextet Ellington Darren Hanlon Fly By Night Fremantle Ben Pettit Gate Hotplate Heaven Greenwood Hotel The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Company Flamenco Puro Kulcha Greg Carter Leopold Htl Bicton Dr Bogus Metropolis Fremantle Indigo Alley Mighty Quinn Tavern Cal Peck & The Tramps, Electromen, The Big Old Bears, Hunting Huxley Mojos Nth Fremantle Blaze Moon & Sixpence Marco & The Rhythm Kings, Blazing Entrails, The Damien Cripps Band Mustang Bar Gravity Newport Htl Optamus Norfolk Basement Dwyane Norma Jeans Felix Paramount Lips McConague PEEL Alehouse Courtney Murphy Band Pier Htl Esperance Airbag Player’s Bar Ultra Detectives, Shock Octopus, Calectasia, Stone Street Railway Htl The Kill Devil Hills, Schvendes, The Floors Rosemount Htl Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Adrian Wilson Rottnest Hotel Bluebottles Sail & Anchor Easy Company Scarborough Sportsmens Club Gerard Maunick Settlers Tavern Margaret River Huge Shed Clayton Bolger Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean Off The Record Subiaco Htl Aniva, Kharma FX Swan Baement Ross Taylor Swan Lounge Easy To A Fjord, Rex Monsoon The Bird The Yokohomos, The Fags, Cat Black, Hootenanny
The Den Free Radicals The Principle Micro Brewery Samuel Spencer Toucan Club Soul Corporation Universal Bar Tod Woodward Wanneroo Slim Jim & the Phatts Whale & Ale The Shinkickers Woodbridge Htl Mod Squad Woodvale Tavern The Velvet Echo X-Wray Cafe
SUN 22 Adrian Wilson 150 East Riverside Bar Good Karma 7th Avenue Bar Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Cranky Balmoral Minky G Barchetta, Nth Cottesloe Damien Cripps Belmont Htl Ryan Dillon Bentley Hotel College Fall Broken Hill Dom Zurzollo Brooklands Benjamin Glynn Captain Stirling The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl Nat Ripepi Como Htl The Martini Club Devilles Pad Marnie Kent, Jovino Santas Neto Ellington The Dingoes Fly By Night Fremantle Helix Jazz Trio FUSE Bar The Other Guys Gate James Wilson High Road Htl Riverton Bondi Cigars Icon Restaurant, Karratha Retrofit Indian Ocean Brewing Company Courtney Murphy Band Jerdacuttup Chris Gibbs Kalamunda Htl Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern Maera Paki L’atitude 28 Bar One Tiger Down, Goodnight Tiger Manhattan’s Acoustic Inc Moon & Sixpence The Burger Kings Mustang Bar Self Made Guru, Veronica’s Assassin, Oak Tree Suite Newport Htl Toby, Blue Shaddy, Simon Kelly, Prita Norfolk Basement Chilling Winston, From Deep Within, Liz Wreck, At Fault Railway Htl The Velvet Echo Redcliffe On Murray Rosie’s On The Couch Open Mic, Jam Session Hosted By Turin Robinson Rosemount Htl The Recliners Sail & Anchor Howie Morgan Project Saint Samuel Bester Settlers Tavern Margaret River Anthony Nieves South st Ale House Ivan Ribic Sovereign Arms Steve Hepple Springs Tavern Kevin Conway Stamford Arms Iafighter, Cold Fate, Echostone Swan Basement The P-Whack Express, Burn the Evidence, Chris Body Coat Swan Lounge 2 Tenors
Swinging Pig Dan Crook The Bird Christian Thompson The Corner Stone Alehouse The Sunshine Brothers The Den
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THE KRANSKY SISTERS: AUG 19-22 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
Cherry Acoustic Woodvale Tavern
PAUL GRABOWSKI: AUG 19, 20 & 21 The Ellington
Billy & The Broken Lines The Principle Micro Brewery Retrofit Universal Bar Clayton Bolger Victoria Park Htl
MON 23 James Wilson Bar Orient Fremantle Minky G Ellington Wide Open Mic Mojos Nth Fremantle Marco & The Rhythm Kings Mustang Bar Plastic Max & the Token Gestures The Deen
TUE 24 Freddie Grigson Bluezone Ellington Open Mic Night Impact Bar Song Lounge, Nat Ripepi, Bianca Jade, Rose Parker Mojos Nth Fremantle Bondi Cigars Perth Blues Club Adrian Wilson Open Mic Sail & Anchor Open Irish Music Session Woodbridge Htl
WED 25 Steve Hepple Bally’s Bar Side FX Black Bettys Fiona Lawe Davies Ellington
SENSES FAIL: AUG 19 Amplifier RUSSELL MORRIS & BRIAN CADD: AUG 20 Charles Hotel HOODOO GURUS: AUG 20 Mangrove Hotel Broome
CHAP ONE: SEP 3 & 4 The Ellington
BONDI CIGARS: AUG 20 Eastern Hotel, AUG 21 Royal Flying Doctors Karratha, AUG 22 Icon Restaurant Karratha, AUG 24 Charles Hotel 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 COLLEGE FALL: AUG 21 Colonial Brewery, AUG 22 Broken Hill Hotel, AUG 27, 28 & 29 Gulliver’s Tavern Kununurra
THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER & HIS AWKWARDSTRA: AUG 25 Indi Bar, AUG 26 Prince Of Wales, AUG 27 Rocket Room
David Fyffe Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Songs In The Green, Adrian Wilson Sail & Anchor Acoustic Open Mic Settlers Tavern Margaret River Chris Murphy Springs Tavern Seth Wooley, Jackson, Jades Swan Lounge
THE CAT EMPIRE, CLAIRY BABY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES: SEP 2 Astor Theatre
DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, BLACK DEVIL YARD BOSS: AUG 20 Wintersun Hotel, AUG 21 Capitol
The Big Old Bears, Hayley Beth Manhattan’s
Gasoline Inc, Stone Circle, 7 Years Rosemount Htl
CHRIS ABRAHAMS (THE NECKS): SEP 1 The Ellington
ROSS WILSON: SEP 3 Fly By Night
NICKY BOMBA: AUG 25 Mojos
Hundred Acre Wood, Ultra Sound, Auto Suggestion, Chris Gibbs Trio Paddo
NAPALM DEATH, DYING FETUS, DEATH VOMIT: SEP 1 Amplifier
SAMSARA: AUG 20 YMCA HQ
Howie Morgan Lucky Shag
Milhouse Mustang Bar
MISINTERPRATATO: AUG 29 The Ellington
DANIEL O’DONNELL: SEP 2 Perth Convention Centre
Fenton Wilde Hale Rd Tavern
Grace Woodroofe, Davey Craddock, Dan Crook Moon Cafe
Settlers Tavern, AUG 28 Royals Palm Resort, AUG 29 Ravenswood Hotel, SEP 2 Prince Of Wales, SEP 4 Wintersun Hotel Geraldton
THE VIOLET FLAMES: AUG 20 Rocket Room
JOVINO SANTOS NETO: AUG 22 The Ellington, AUG 23 Charles Hotel
Nicky Bomba, Dilip N The Davs, Jay Tee Mojos Nth Fremantle
PETER HOOK - SEP 30
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 BRITISH INDIA: AUG 27
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 CANCER BATS: SEP 5 Amplifier IAN MOSS: SEP 5 Friends Restaurant HYPERFEST: BRITISH INDIA, CALLING ALL CARS, ART VS SCIENCE, PEZ and more TBA: SEP 5 Midland Railway Workshops XUI XUI, HIGH PLACES: SEP 6 Amplifier DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR: SEP 10 Amplifier, SEP 11 YMCA HQ THE JACKNIVES: SEP 10 Rocket Room, SEP 11 Mojo’s THE IDEA OF NORTH: SEP 11 Perth Concert Hall THE SUNNY SIDE UP: SEP 11 Cockburn Youth Centre (early), Rocket Room (late) OH SLEEPER, NAZARITE, SIENNA SKIES: SEP 12 YMCA HQ (early), Amplifier (late) SOULFLY, CITY OF FIRE, INCITE: SEP 14 Capitol THE WONDER YEARS, HEROES FOR HIRE, TONIGHT ALIVE!: SEP 15 Amplifier LEATHERFACE: SEP 15 Rosemount THE VAMPIRES: SEP 15 The Ellington
ASH GRUNWALD: SEP 16 Freemasons Hotel Geraldton, SEP 17 Fly By Night, SEP 18 Roebuck Bay Hotel Broome, SEP 19 Indi Bar, SEP 22 The Icon Karratha, SEP 23 Prince Of Wales, SEP 24 Settlers Tavern, SEP 25 Premier Hotel Albany, SEP 26 Redcliffe On The Murray THE WHITLAMS: SEP 17 Astor Theatre ANGUS & JULIA STONE: SEP 18 & 19 Fremantle Arts Centre ENTER SHIKARI, HOUSE VS. HURRICANE: SEP 18 Capitol POWDERFINGER, JET: SEP 22, 23 & 24 Supreme Court Gardens AMY MEREDITH: SEP 22 Settlers Tavern, SEP 23 Mojo’s, SEP 24 Players Bar, SEP 25 Amplifier BOB LOG III: SEP 22 Judds Kalgoorlie, SEP 23 Devilles Pad, SEP 24 Amplifier, SEP 26 Dunsborough Tavern, SEP 27 Mojo’s SHANNON BARNETT QUARTET: SEP 23 The Ellington MARK SHOLTEZ: SEP 25 & 26 Manhattan’s ASLAN: SEP 24-26 Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge DAVE MCCORMACK: SEP 24 Rosemount, SEP 27 Mojo’s DAN KELLY: SEP 24 Rosemount, SEP 26 Mojo’s WAVE ROCK WEEKENDER: DAN KELLY & HIS DREAM BAND, BOB LOG III, CHARLIE PARR, CHICO MANN, TIJUANA CARTEL, DAVE MCCORMACK, THE JEZEBELS, GRAVEYARD TRAIN, PAUL GREENE and more SEP 25-26 Wave Rock Caravan Park MAYHEM: SEP 26 Capitol PARKLIFE: GROOVE ARMADA, MISSY ELLIOTT, SOULWAX, HOLY GHOST!, THE DANDY WARHOLS, KELE, MEMORY TAPES, CUT COPY, MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS, THE WOMBATS, DAN BLACK, NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB, OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL, THE SWISS, WASHINGTON, BAG RAIDERS and more TBA: SEP 26 Wellington Square REGURGITATOR: SEP 26 Walkington Theatre Karratha, SEP 27 Amplifier CHARLIE PARR: SEP 27 Mojo’s, SEP 28 Charles Hotel PETER HOOK’S UNKNOWN PLEASURES: SEP 30 Astor Theatre
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Father Of My Children is, whilst not a black and white biographical countdown to his death, it is inspired by the late, great French film producer Humbert Balsan who, over the course of 15 years until 1990 produced 63 films. Winner of the Special Jury Prize and last year’s Cannes Film Festival, it finally opens in cinemas in Australia Thursday 26 August. Thanks to Palace Films we’ve got five in-season double passes to giveaway. For your chance to win one email firstname.lastname@example.org. au with “FATHER OF MY CHILDREN” in the subject line. Bringing back Moose from Step Up 2 The Streets and Camille Cage from Step Up, Step Up 3D is the third in the successful Step dance-film franchise, the first of which to also be filmed in 3D, and recorded with 7.1 surround sound. Thanks to Universal Pictures we’ve got five in-season double passes to giveaways@ drumperth.com.au with “STEP UP 3D” in the subject line.
THURSDAY 19 Altar Boyz – all-dancing, all-singing boy-band religious satire. Closing night. Perth College Theatre. Tomfoolery: The Words and Music Of Tom Lehrer – a silly and satirical cabaret. Her Majesty’s Theatre until 21 August.
FRIDAY 20 Cult Fiction – Twisted Vaudeville Circus present an evening of exploitative cinema, creepy sideshow, and burlesque. Fly By Night, 7:30pm. Free Lunchtime Concert – WAAPA students perform at the State Library, 1pm. Surprise! – Talkin’ Bout Your Generation and Celebrity MasterChef alum Josh Thomas in a comedy show about his first serious relationship. Octagon Theatre, UWA until 22 August.
SATURDAY 21 Blitz – a collection of original works from WAAPA third year students. Closing night. Dolphin Theatre, UWA. Picnic At Hanging Rock – free screening of the classic, hypnotic Australian film. Northbridge Piazza, 6:30pm.
SUNDAY 22 National Science Week – last day of the exhibition, where reconstructions and drawings done at workshops earlier in the week will be shown. Art
Gallery of Western Australia. Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee – the 2010 HotBed Ensemble present a tale of teenagers caught up in love, murder, and the unexpected. Closing night. PICA.
TUESDAY 24 The Dolls Of Japan: Shapes Of Prayer, Embodiments Of Love – the Japan Foundation presents a travelling exhibition of dolls representing ancient and contemporary Japanese customs, practices and traditions in performance and art. Closing night. Council House Foyer. The Man In Black – Tex Perkins and band The Tennessee Four intersperse Johnny Cash’s songs with stories from his life and relationships. Regal Theatre until 5 September.
WEDNESDAY 25 The Bedroom Philosopher And The Awkwardstra – “devil may care comedy poets” meets “something resembling intelligent and catchy eclecticism”. Indi Bar, 8pm.
ONGOING Love Songs For Future Girl – Zack Adams gets all endearing and hapless and indie about romance in a concert crossed with group therapy. Opening night. Blue Room Theatre until 28 August. Robert Dickerson – solo exhibition of his angular peopled landscapes. Stafford Studios until 5 September.
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Midvale Speed Dome, 14/08/10 While the rest of us have been watching films like Whip It and Hell On Wheels thinking, ‘Yeah, I could do that’, a bunch of feisty Perth girls were out there actually doing it. Saturday night was their chance to finally show off the skills, bruises, and bums they’ve been working on. In the heart of the Midvale Speed Dome families, friends, and pervy guys gathered to watch Sonic Doom take on Electric Scream in a grand battle on wheels. An initial confusion hung over the crowd about how the game works until the slow motion demonstration cleared a few things up. Once everyone, including the players, settled in, things heated up and sped up. Sonic Doom pulled ahead early and held on to take out the title with 100 points to Electric Scream’s 68. Star performer Karmen Adairya was a crowd favourite and teammates Serenity Pow and Ophelia Terror inspired intense consideration of what your derby name would be if you had the guts. Roller derby has a reputation for cute girls in skimpy clothing competing in a rolling version of foxy boxing but the weekend’s bout made it clear that it’s a serious sport that requires skill and determination. The crowd wanted blood (purely for entertainment!) but had to settle for some epic faceplants and high-speed skids instead. Honourable injury mentions go to the referee who managed to dislocate his shoulder two rounds in, much to the delight of the first aid crew.The MCs worked hard, but a heavy soundtrack and some mood lighting could have taken it up that very crucial notch to pure awesomeness. For a relatively small subculture, the turnout was impressive. Judging by the undeniable passion these girls have for their sport, it can only get better. BETH PARKER
BOY New Zealanders flocked to see this indie charmer, and with good reason. Taika Waititi, whose previous effort Eagle vs Shark got him noticed, has once again written, directed and starred in Boy, about a youngster whose world is turned upside-down by the unexpected reappearance of his long-absent father. Newcomer James Rolleston is brilliant in the title role, playing his neglected, fantasy-prone character with the perfect mix of comedy and vulnerability. Given that the film is set in 1984, Boy’s obsession with Michael Jackson is spot on, particularly when he projects that ideal onto his father, seeing him as singing, dancing, and conquering all in his path. Of course, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Waititi plays Alamein, Boy’s father, who has only come home to retrieve a buried bag of money – not his sons. He is a flawed character, just as prone to fantasy as his desperate young son. He fancies himself a gang leader, despite having only two pathetic followers, and flirts with the idea of being a father, doling out gifts and advice – yet turning his back at the earliest inconvenience. However, rather than just demonising Alamein, Waititi plays him with depth and sensitivity. Directors and actors are always cautioned against working with children as they tend to steal
THE EXPENDABLES the show, but good as all the young performers are in Boy, it’s Waititi who lights up the screen. This will undoubtedly be a feel-good hit of the winter, and deservedly so. Boy is charming and well-executed. It perhaps doesn’t plumb the social depths managed by the likes of Whale Rider or Once Were Warriors, but it has a light-heartedness that will no doubt put smiles on the audience’s faces. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now ALEKSIA BARRON
THE EXPENDABLES There are a few points about the Sylvester Stallone-directed action bonanza The Expendables that should be noted straight away. Firstly, there is virtually no character development. Secondly, the plot is so unimaginative, it makes Avatar’s storyline seem fresh and exciting. Thirdly, every member of the cast is simply playing themselves. And yet, none of that matters, because The Expendables manages to deliver big, dumb fun in spades, succeeding where the likes of The A-Team and Prince Of Persia have failed so dismally this year. It’s a simple enough story, with Stallone playing the head of a ragtag group of mercenaries who are hired to take down a rogue CIA agent and
his puppet dictator. However, despite the ho-hum premise, there’s enough knocks, schlock, and smokin’ barrels to keep the audience entertained. The film is a never-ending series of in-jokes and excellent action sequences – yes, Stallone really knows how to direct a good gunfight. Stallone has amassed a hefty slew of action greats, spanning a couple of generations, with the likes of Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, and a criminally underused Mickey Rouke along for the ride. However, what really keeps The Expendables ticking along is its tongue-in-cheek humour. Stallone knows that you can’t just wow the audience with loud noises and screen-filling explosions – you’ve got to either make them care, or make them laugh. Having chosen to go down the comedic route, there’s enough bawdy masculine humour here to generate the giggles. It’s a little disappointing that the humour goes missing during the last 20 minutes of the film – The Expendables comes so close to being an action classic but just doesn’t quite nail the big finish. Still, at least it’s entertaining, which is more than can be said for most of the action films we’ve seen so far this year. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now ALEKSIA BARRON
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER MIA HANSEN-LØVE TALKS TO SCOTT HENDERSON ABOUT THE TRAGIC STORY OF A REMARKABLE FRENCH FILM LEGEND.
rust the French to make a film about films where the producer is the star, of sorts. In Hollywood films such as The Bad And The Beautiful (1952), The Player (1992), and Swimming With Sharks (1994) directors have reveled in portrayals of producers as the bastards of the industry. Father Of My Children, 29-year-old writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve’s second feature, is closer to a love letter not only to a knight in producer’s clothing, but by extension, and abstractly, independent film companies. Humbert Balsan produced 70 films in his career. If you discount those made pre-1990 when his time was taken up in acting, Balsan as the head of an independent film company bestowed on the world 63 films in a period of 15 years; a genuinely astonishing feat. It all came to an end in 2005 when the charismatic figure of the industry took his life. Father Of My Children may not exactly be a biographical record of his last days, but its central character Grégoire Canvel (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) is entirely inspired by Balsan’s spirit and legacy.
“Humbert was someone who was taking enormous risks,” recalls Hansen-Løve who met the producer in 2004. “I don’t know any other French producer who is doing that in the same way; never making any compromises and only producing independent films. “Most of the independent film producers in France, even the more courageous ones, still need from time-to-time to produce a more conventional, commercial film. He would never do that but he was producing so many films at the same time and everyone admired him for that and also making fun of him. It was almost a joke, his name, because he was always producing five films at the same time but with no money.” In the film, which scored the Special Jury Prize in last year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Grégoire is a force of nature; a whirlwind of cigarettes, mobile phones, and production problems. At home he manages to divert some energy to his loving family without ever being 100 per cent present, testing his wife’s patience. Regardless of the frustration he causes both at home and at work,
Grégoire is roundly adored. “It is a portrait of him and his wife but my idea of the film was also as the last days of a film company,” explains the director. “The central question of the film was about the survival of the soul. How will his soul survive? Is it more through his family or through his films. “The title also has that ambiguity. Of course films are not children but this idea of the father is also true, I feel Humbert Balsan was some kind of spiritual father to me. This duality really interests me, this question of life, cinema and the relation between the two. Truffaut said ‘cinema is life’,
and this is one of the questions of the film. Is cinema life? What is the relation between fiction and reality.” Few other than the French embody such a strong spiritual and cultural relationship with cinema. There exists an introspection Mia HansenLøve has identifies with and has tapped into. With Father Of My Children it is clear that Balsan’s legacy will long be remembered. “He was one of the most important encounters I ever made.” WHAT: Father Of My Children WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas 26 August
THE FEAST YOUR EYES EXHIBITION RETURNS TO FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE ON THE FIRST SATURDAY OF SEPTEMBER WITH A WHOLE NEW BUNCH OF ARTY TYPES. BETHANY SMALL TALKS TO THREE OF THEM.
sk pretty much any creative (meaning artists, musicians, actors, good dressers, etc., not “people who work for ad agencies just not in suits”) in Perth about the best part of working here and the answer you’re likely to get – that it’s a close-knit community, that it’s supportive, that it’s genuinely local – is, in a roundabout way, also what they’ll say is the least best thing: that it’s a small place, and that it can feel a little bit marooned. The multi-talented, multi-tasking designer Yolanda Stapleton of One Trick Pony encapsulates this pretty succinctly when she says “the isolation is the best and worst thing, there’s some really unique work that I think comes from having less immediate external influences but at the same time it can get a bit frustrating at times.” So what do you do? Well, if you’re Sarah Blangiardo and Sophie Dunham, you put together an event with a bunch of your favourite people who make and do stuff, call it Feast Your Eyes, have it be really successful…and then do it again. And in honour of the doing over of the event in a new place and with a new line-up, you call it Feast Your Eyes 2: The Streets and start looking for a soap star to cast in the next iteration, Feast Your Eyes 3D. Okay, no you don’t. You actually theme it around recycling, and make it good for the community in yet another way. “I think events such as Feast Your Eyes are amazing for Perth,” says illustrator Brendan Ninness, who is contributing to FYE2 in collaboration with his partner, stylist/designer/ photographer/busy person Otilee. “There’s increasingly more and more of these art community/group events and shows happening, such as Yolanda’s Clothespeg Project (also part of FYE 2), bringing together a really diverse group of artists. And because Perth is so small it makes sense to have these diverse shows rather than niche events, getting to meet and discover artists.” The chance to work with other artists and be part of a big local event was a major draw for painter and paste-up guy Dave Misled.
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“I was contacted by Sarah and Sophie, who had seen some of my art around the place, and asked if I would like to take part in this great event concept they had called Feast Your Eyes,” he says. “Of course I was really keen to work with the girls and also the amazing bunch of artists who were involved. This will be the second Feast Your Eyes event, so naturally after the success of the first one I was stoked to jump on board again. I took part in a large collaborative piece with the other artists. I also have some new paintings on wood, cardboard and mounted skateboards fitting with the event theme ‘Revamp, Reuse, Recycle.’” It’s a practical theme, with artists addressing it more in how they’re making their pieces than in what those pieces mean. That’s not to say that Feast Your Eyes 2 doesn’t have something to say about sustainability and the environment, but that the whole message is more than the sum of its parts. “The theme of recycling can be pushed in different ways,” Yolanda explains, “so I’m using old film negatives and repurposing them to create new works,” while Brendan and Otilee will be “hacking up op shop clothes to make a bit of a wearable art fashion monstrosity.” These are examples of how a salvage and reappropriation model works applied in the practice of particular artists, not straight out statements on what that model might or should be. It’s all about “the diversity, ideas and talent of local artist” that Dave praises in the Perth scene, and getting so many artists to show together and in fact work together, with collaborative pieces arranged by the curators being auctioned to benefit the Australian Conservation Foundation. Brendan’s optimistic that while “events like these having such diverse line-ups help break [cliques] down.” Outside the specifically creative community, too, Yolanda notes, “having such an interesting mix makes this event really interesting and accessible to a large audience which is great.” The words ‘diversity’ and ‘community’
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EYES pop up a lot talking about Feast Your Eyes as values incorporated into how it’s been developed and as qualities that characterise what you’re likely to see there in the event as well as the work. Important as these ideas are, this emphasis and the upstanding social conscience of the theme might border on the preachy-sounding were it not so clear that all these things actually are important the group that’s being brought together in the show, and manifest in how they’re working as personal choices as well as ethical and political ones. On what they’re looking forward to at Feast Your Eyes 2, Yolanda’s first response is “seeing all the work the other artists produced,” while Brendan says he’s “really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has done and how they’ve interpreted the theme, as well as simply meeting everyone as I’ve only ever met one or two of the other artists before!” And I think Dave sums it up pretty much perfectly in the words, “I am looking forward to whole event - it should be rad.” WHAT: Feast Your Eyes 2 WHERE & WHEN: Saturday 4 September, Fremantle Arts Centre
WITH ALEKSIA BARRON This Saturday 21 August the showdown between the Red Queen and the Smuggled Budgie will come to a head. All over the country, people will head down to their local schools, line up for hours, run the gauntlet of how-to-vote cards, and dutifully fill out and cast their ballot papers (except for Mark Latham, whose urge to hand in a blank ballot proves that his twattishness is only surpassed by his laziness). Then, come the close of polls, people will gather around their television sets to watch as Australia’s leadership for the next three years is slowly, painfully, revealed, like a festering sore beneath a particularly sticky band-aid. There seems little doubt that this one will go down to the wire, unlike 2007 where it was all over, red rover, by 8pm, and we were free to go about our business, safe in the knowledge that Howard was dead, buried, and cremated. However, since Saturday will undoubtedly see us settling in for the long haul, here is Cultural Cringe’s Guide To Election-Watching Protocol.
Spend the day with some appropriate viewing material. Even with ABC News 24 in play, there won’t be any good election analysis until the polls start closing. You’re better off taking in some classic politicallythemed viewing. I would personally recommend multiple episodes of The West Wing (particularly seasons three and four for some election-year drama) and the Keating! The Musical DVD, which, if nothing else, is a fantastic reminder of how nothing could ever be worse than that brief period in which Alexander Downer was at risk of becoming Prime Minister. Eat something. There are many good reasons for this, such as the next point. Plus, fear for the future of the country can make you nauseous, so it’s best to try and make sure your stomach is settled. Drink. For the love of god, drink. There is no such thing as “cocktail hour” on election day. As soon as your ballot is cast, you can consider yourself completely available for excessive alcohol consumption. However, try to keep it fun, at least at the start – there’s plenty of time for hiding in
SLICE OF LIFE SPLICE IS THE NEW FILM FROM CUBE DIRECTOR VINCENZO NATALI. GUY DAVIS SPEAKS TO STAR DELPHINE CHANÉAC.
O the corner, swigging frantically from a red wine bottle while crying into your own sleeve (and that’s spoken from experience). Maybe try coming up with your own politician-themed shots? (Try the Bob Brown: equal parts Midori and crème de menthe, making it both green and camp as fuck? Or the Mark Latham: Emu Bitter with a dash of bitters?) And of course, you’ll need a kick-ass drinking game – try assigning everyone in the room an ABC commentator, and making each person take a shot whenever their commentator lets loose with a Freudian slip. If you don’t like the result, do something about it. I’m not writing this column to tell people how to vote, but I will just say that if Saturday’s result displeases you, whatever it may be, then perhaps your time over the next three years would be better spent working productively to change the next result, instead of just whinging aimlessly about it. There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to work on the causes that matter to them – whatever they may be. Until then, bottoms up.
kay, so you’re making a movie about a pair of ambitious young biologists who get a little nutty in the lab one night and end up splicing together human and animal DNA to create a whole new species. And this species matures at an incredibly rapid rate, eventually growing into a bizarrely beautiful creature that has elements of a woman but also elements that...well, aren’t. Here’s the big question: how do you cast a role like that? Simple. You go to France. In Canadian writer-director Vincenzo Natali’s new film Splice, Oscar winner Adrien Brody and acclaimed actress/ filmmaker Sarah Polley play Clive and Elsa, the rockstar scientists behind this unprecedented and kinda misguided biology experiment. And cast as the human-animal hybrid Dren is French actress Delphine Chanéac, making a terrific impression in her first major role with a performance that is intelligent, instinctive, beguiling, and strangely seductive. “At the beginning she is a little bit more animal and more and more she becomes more woman and more human,” says Chanéac. “Not more intelligent, but the intelligence becomes closer to human intelligence rather than animal. And her body is not like a human body – it is changed
a little bit, which you’ll be able to see for yourself in the film.” While augmented by make-up and digital effects, Chanéac’s performance relies heavily on the actress’ own expressiveness and physicality. (As well, the bird-like chirping and cooing that is Dren’s voice was all Chanéac’s own doing, not synthesised as I had imagined.) Her eight years of experience in martial arts, particularly karate, helped a great deal in nailing the physical aspects of the character. “They didn’t know that when I was cast,” she says with a laugh. “But it helped me because it helps you to control your body more when you practice something like karate. I think you have more control on your feet, on your arms and maybe on your mind. It helps you to focus on just one thing. For the stances [in Splice], I have to jump on a lot of people and I can do that because I can put my legs the way I need and I can control what I’m doing. I think karate is very good, whether for women or men or children or adults, because you are more focused, you can separate your
mind – one part is for acting and one part is for how you move your body.” As Splice’s story progresses, the relationship between Clive and Elsa and Dren becomes less like a science project and more like a family dynamic, with the two biologists taking on a parental role. Given that 30-year-old Chanéac is a little older than her screen ‘mother’ Polley, one has to wonder how that onscreen bond was developed. “I think of her like my mother and a friend,” says Chanéac. “When you are playing the role you are your character and if my character’s 11-years-old then I’m 11-years-old and if that’s my mother then that’s my mother. I can imagine that and I can integrate that in my mind. It’s okay. I’m very proud to play with Adrien and with Sarah because it’s just cool. “And Sarah’s very pretty so that’s good if she’s my mother!” WHAT: Splice WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010 • 53
THEATRE GASP The Blue Room It’s fitting that Gasp, the premiere play of the Blue Room’s second 2010 season, is a truly local affair. The script is an entirely new work from local playwright Suzanne Rofe, and Michelle Sowden is back in the director’s chair. The result is a thought-provoking exploration of how the life of Grace (Natalie Holmwood) changes when she is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. As Grace attempts to “solve” the problem of her illness (symbolised by a gloriously avant-garde collar), she is forced to question her doctors, her relationships, and her view of herself. Holmwood’s performance is nothing short of exceptional. As the troubled
central character, she explores the difficult subject of mental illness with finesse and sensitivity. Grace could so easily be played as a straight victim or a sham, but in Gasp, direction, script and actor come together to create a truly believable portrayal of a young woman struggling with a medically murky anxiety disorder. Where the play runs into a bit of trouble is in the execution of the surreal second storyline, which is set at the turn of the century and explores the idea of a young woman who is given an experimental lobotomy, a procedure which causes dissonance amongst her doctors. With the steampunk aesthetic in full swing, the scenes are striving for a Lynchian sense of unreality, using exaggerated costuming and movement.
Unfortunately, the confines of the stage dampen the surrealism, with the intense physicality of the actors jarring a little with the intimate studio. Other scenes from this storyline are told through some incredible animations, which work infinitely better, communicating the horrors of this alternate world with skill and imagination.
One of our favourite TV shows of all time, Black Books, starring Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey, inspired many nights of drinking copious amounts of wine and reciting Nabokov, and now we have new reason to do it thanks to Shock’s special edition box set. Housed inside a mock leather-bound book is a smaller box containing all three seasons on DVD, and an even smaller box containing a waiter’s friend and bottle stopper. Thanks to Shock DVD we’ve got five box sets to giveaway. For your chance to win one email firstname.lastname@example.org with “BLACK BOOKS” in the subject line.
Between its questioning of medical authority and its focus on mental illness, Gasp feels a little like The Madness Of King George for the modern age. It’s contemporary, innovative and undeniably brave, showing true bravery and ingenuity from all involved. Until 21 August ALEKSIA BARRON
VICE GUIDE TO FILM ON ABC’S IVIEW Vice founder Shane Smith and filmmaker Eddie Moretti’s round-the world tour via crazy, amazing film industries, also known as The Vice Guide To Film, will be showing exclusively in Australia on iView, the ABC’s online TV service at abc.net. au/tv/iview, from Monday 30 August. Being Vice, there’s a bunch of stuff that’ll make you feel totally soft by comparison: Mexico’s tactfully named, drug lord founded, Narco Cinemas, a look at Palestinian cinema, the Russian parallel cinema movement, Iranian cinema and more.
Australia actor Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) in Cloverfield director Matt Reeves’ Let Me In, the English-language remake of the brilliant Swedish horror-drama Let The Right One In, which was Front Row’s Best Film Of 2009. Let Me In hits cinemas 14 October.
DO THE TWIST TWISTED VAUDEVILLE CIRCUS’ NEW SHOW CULT FICTION IS INSPIRED BY THE WORLD OF GRINDHOUSE AND B-GRADE CINEMA. DIRECTOR KELLY COOK TELLS ALEKSIA BARRON JUST HOW THEY WILL TEASE AND TANTALISE THEIR AUDIENCE THIS TIME AROUND.
erth has been well and truly on board the burlesque revival train for a while now, and local performer Kelly Cook was enjoying riding the wave. “I loved going to cabaret shows and burlesque shows, and I had also performed in a variety of shows,” she explains, “...but I couldn’t really find somewhere that I could get regular paid work – or any paid work.” It’s not an uncommon complaint amongst Perth artistes – opportunities to make money from one’s craft are rare, and performers tend to jet out of our little town in favour of brighter lights and bigger cities. Cook, however, loves Perth, and rather than making plans to leave, decided to create a reason to stay. “I thought, ‘I’ll create a variety show with everyone I love in it – and pay them.’” She ruminated on the idea for a year, and came up with the Twisted Vaudeville Circus concept – a monthly themed variety show encompassing burlesque, acrobatics, circus arts, fire, and more. The plan, according to Cook, is to make sure that there’s something for everyone in each event. “We get the burlesque crowd coming in who never realised how much they loved circus, and vice versa.” Considering that Cook only put her core team of performers together in March, there’s no doubt she’s off 54 • THE DRUM MEDIA 19 AUGUST 2010
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to a flying start. Twisted Vaudeville Circus had their first outing when they performed at the bamBOO Closing Party in May, and made such a good impression that they have been awarded the venue’s 2010 support grant for a run of upcoming Alice In Wonderland-themed shows. They’ve also ventured into the world of corporate events: “We recently did a corporate event at Burswood. Once you’re at Burswood, you’ve made it,” Cook says cheekily. However, it was Twisted Vaudeville Circus’s first public show, Dark Cabaret at the Fly By Night, that really put them on the map. Not only did the event command a strong turnout, but Cook was genuinely moved by the audience reactions, particularly the fact that nobody seemed to want to leave after the finale. “They just kept sitting there, waiting for more stuff to happen!” she says. Luckily, they got the point eventually. “When they finally realised it was over, they came over to us and hugged us – total strangers were buying us drinks and telling us how much they enjoyed it.” While any director of a new event always hopes for the best, Cook has been genuinely surprised – and thrilled – with how well-received the Twisted Vaudeville Circus events have been. She attributes it largely to the fact that her variety shows contain just that – variety. “We don’t so much
fit into any particular subculture. We’ve had so many different people coming to our shows.” With her upcoming show, Cult Fiction, Cook wanted to move away from the Dark Cabaret ethos to something a bit different. Making each show fit the theme is vital, in her opinion. Cult Fiction will pay homage to the classic imagery from grindhouse and B-grade cinema – while she’s reluctant to spoil any surprises, she can promise cheesy sci-fi classics, a Cirque du Soleil-esque pole-dance routine and some scary zombies, as well as her own “twisted yet sexy” Clockwork Orange act. What sets Twisted Vaudeville Circus apart, in Cook’s opinion, is the interactivity of the events. “We want the show to be happening all around you, not just in front of you. We like to sneak up on people and give them treats.” And of course, it’s all about achieving her goal of sustainable, regular events that will fill a void in Perth’s entertainment calendar. “Truly, all I want is to have a once-a-month show with a different theme where people come along, have a great time, know who we are, and have a lot of fun. That’s the goal.” WHAT: Cult Fiction WHERE & WHEN: Fly By Night Friday 20 August
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Published on Aug 19, 2010
Published on Aug 19, 2010
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