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FOREWORD LINE IN BRIEF British band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool have decided to go ahead with the planned release of their debut album after the alleged suicide of vocalist Charles Haddon. The band, who were due to play at Parklife, will release the album in October under the new name The Golden Year (really?). It was originally titled Christ Died For Our Synths.
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Happening for the first time ever on a Saturday, Summadayze returns in 2011 with a line-up you’ll need at least a day to get over. With two of the world’s biggest DJs on board in David Guetta and Armin van Buuren, plus N*E*R*D, Chromeo and more, the second line-up has been dropped. Returning after a massive set at Future Music Festival earlier this year, Boys Noize brings the goods, as do Australia’s perfect party band Art Vs Science, UK hip hop grimer Tinie Tempah, the legendary Claude VonStroke, our own homegrown Warp Records heroes PVT, Ed Banger’s greatest Breakbot, Melbourne’s Nervo and future reality TV stars The Stafford Brothers. Earlybird tickets now on sale from Ticketmaster, 78s, Blue 62, DJ Factory, Live, Mills, Planet and Rokeby Records. Summadayze takes place at Supreme Court Gardens and the Esplanade on Saturday 8 January, proudly presented by Drum Media.
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For those who think there’s a little too much soft rock heading to Perth this summer, fear not, Guns N’ Roses are coming back to Perth to tickle you pink. Just to make it a touch louder, the band will also have nu metal overlords Korn joining them. Now, what venue would be the appropriate and large enough for such a mentally rocking show? Perth Motorplex in Kwinana of course, on Saturday 11 December. The Axl Rose-led band will have his all-star band, including Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Chris Pitman (Tool) and more. Expect a night of head-banging like no other. Tickets $139 plus BF on Tuesday 7 September from Ticketmaster and Mills.
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They’re returning to Australia having headlined the Big Day Out tour earlier this year and now Muse have added a top ranked support. Coming all the way from Scotland and possessing a mind boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars and soulful choruses, Biffy Clyro head to Australia fresh from appearance at Reading and Leeds. Tickets still available for the show at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday 19 December from Ticketek.
Continuing 2010’s run of festival tragedies, dozens of people were reportedly seriously injured and a 14-year-old killed when a ‘skinhead army’ of bare-chested neo-Nazis attacked a 3,000 strong crowd with clubs at the Tornado rock concert in Miass, central Russia. Anticipation for Australian uber-promoter Michael Chugg’s upcoming book Hey You In The Black T-shirt is growing with reports that former colleague and now rival Michael Gudinksi has made a legal move for an advanced copy. The book is due for release in October, just before Chugg arrives in Perth to be a speaker at the One Movement conferences. Let the questions begin… The tweenie with the ‘adorable smile’, Justin Bieber has been shedding his cutie image with increasingly naughty comments of late. His latest? “I’d love to be the meat in that sandwich.” That ‘sandwich’ happens to be a threesome with Katy Perry and Cheryl Cole. Let’s hope Brand doesn’t kill the brat. If you’re a teenager in a band and think Justin Bieber is giving your age group a bad name, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam is for you. This online music competition gives teen bands the chance to stream a live performance from their bedroom to the world, play a backyard jam with a massive Australian band and record at Red Bull Studios in LA. More info at redbullbedroomjam. com.au. Control, a new five-stage program designed to equip mid-career music managers from around Australia with crucial business skills presented by the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), have announced two new workshops. The first will be held in Terrigal near Sydney from 14-17 November 2010, the second at the end of the program in August 2011. There will be no cost of participation in the program, however travel will be at each participant’s expense. Apply at amin.org.au before September 24.
PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY
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They’ve had an absolutely massive year of globetrotting off the back of their debut album release Hope Is For Hopers, and now Philadelphia Grand Jury are returning from their relocation to the UK to embark on their biggest Australian tour yet. Set to reissue their album with newly recorded single Save Our Town and a cover of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, the band has also recruited punk upstarts Howl to join them in WA. See them at High Road Hotel in Riverton on Wednesday 1 December; Prince Of Wales on Thursday 2; Capitol on Friday 3; Settlers Tavern on Saturday 4 and The Newport on Sunday 5 December. Tickets from Heatseeker and Moshtix.
BIG BAND ON CAMPUS
With previous winners including Eskimo Joe, Jebediah and Will Stoker & The Embers, the National Campus Band Competition is a big deal and things are heating up in the WA leg of the competition. All semi finals take place at the Swan Basement with The Spin Chorus, Sam Carmody, Meadow Leopard, Dear Johnny, The Kirbens and Auto Suggestion on Wednesday 8 September; The Centrefolds, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Still Water Giants, Raging Lincolns, Dave, The Midnight Mules and Lionel on Friday 10; and Sounds Like Bears, Farthing Wood, Wing-It, The Twelfth Suburban, Village Kid, The Caballeros and Priority One on Saturday 11 September. The state final takes place at the Rosemount on Friday 17 September with the winner taking home $500 cash, a voucher from Kosmic, studio time at Sumo Sound, backline from Lounge and a spot in the national final, which also takes in the Rosemount on Friday 1 October.
A classic example of the American Dream and the personification of the Cleveland Sound, Bone Thugs N Harmony remain one of the most popular groups in hip hop and continue to have a cult following to this very day. With such classic albums as E 1999 Eternal, The Art Of War and their comeback album BTNHResurrection, they play Metro City on Friday 19 November. Tickets from Moshtix.
ACROSS THE BORDER
Eclectic collective Tijuana Cartel head back to WA for a rather extensive jaunt to launch latest EP White Dove, which shows off their skills at blending flamenco, percussion, trumpet, beats, breaks and positivity. With ShockOne in support, they take in Broome’s Divers Tavern on Friday 17 September; Dampier Mermaid Tavern on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19; Geraldton’s Wintersun Hotel on Wednesday 22; Metropolis Fremantle on Thursday 23; Prince Of Wales on Friday 24; Dunsborough Tavern on Saturday 25; and Indi Bar on Monday 27 September. Tickets from Heatseeker.
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Following a huge demand for his first An Evening On The Green show, John Farnham has added a second date to his return to Perth. With Richard Clapton and Ross Wilson along for the ride, Farnham now plays Kings Park on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November. Tickets from Ticketmaster.
SOUTH RAKKAS CREW
BRING THE RAKKAS
Following a string of successful Australian festival appearance in 2009, Canadian dancehall futurists South Rakkas Crew are heading back for a series of headlining shows. With a new live show featuring UK MC Serocee, the Crew will drop everything from rugged dancehall and shameless pop to hipster electro bangers and rude dubstep. With their latest album Stimulus Package out now on Diplo’s Mad Decent label, South Rakkas Crew take in The Manor on Friday 24 September with Sabata Sound, Kit Pop and more. $30 plus BF from Planet, Mills and 78 Records.
SWAMP: featuring The Growl with Wolves at the Door and special guests. Doors 8pm.
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Taking in Shape on Friday 17 September, The Hypnosis Recordings Awakening will celebrate the label that releases alternative electronic music from artists around the world. Victoria’s Droid Sector is making his way over for the event with a diverse set of dubstep tunes in tow, and he’ll be joined by Sydney dubstep overlords The Abyss, made up of Boot and Sook. Rounded out by locals J.Nitrous, Killswitch and Cella, entry is $15 with limited numbers of mix CDs and stickers available on entry. IAN JAMES
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Taking place from Wednesday 6 ‘til Sunday 10 October, the One Movement Festival has just added more speakers to its MUSEXPO Asia Pacific Conference. Covering all angles of the music industry, the following international names have been added to the program: Simon Renshaw (SAS Management, USA), Henning Ahrens (Four Artists, Germany), Wu Jun (RG2, China), Jakomi Matthews (Music Void Excite, UK), Jimmy Steal (Emmis Radio Properties, USA), Scott Schorr (Lazy Bones Records, USA), Benji Rogers (Pledge Music, UK), Crispin Parry (British Underground, UK), Rob Graham (EON Music Media/The Hi Fi Group, Vietnam/ Thailand), Mark Smutz Smith (C-Management & Music Career Master.com, UK), Seven Webster (A7 Music, UK), Neill Dixon (Canadian Music Week, Canada), Rob Zifarelli (The Agency Group, Canada), Monte Malone (A&R Worldwide, USA), and Ande MacPherson (George FM & Kiwi FM, NZ). Plus you can add to the line-up Australians Molly Meldrum (Channel 7/MTV/Foxtel Australia), Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment), Peter Hebbes (AMPAL), Ian James (Mushroom Music Publishing), Harvey Lister (AEG Ogden Operating Companies), Paul Piticco (Dew Process and Secret Service), Michael Harrison (Frontier), Damien Slevinson (Liberation), Dan Medland (IE Music), Nick O’Byrne (AIR), Jaddan Commerford (The Staple Group), Keith Welsh (Music Industry Consultant), Russell Thomas (KAOS Entertainment) and Shayne Locke (Cowbell Digital Music). Add that to the newly announced One Movement Creative Industries Dialogue taking place on Wednesday 6 at the Parmelia Hilton with Troy Carter (Coalition Media Group, the worldwide manager for Lady Gaga), Eloise Nolan (Copyright Agency Ltd), Fergus Linehan (Edinburgh Festival & Sydney Opera House), Adrianne Pecotic (AFACT – Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft), Brett Cottle (APRA), Amy Broadfoot (Future Shorts/ Amičko Films), Jacqui Allen (Deputy Director Department Culture and the Arts WA), Ian Booth (Chief Exec, ScreenWest), Marcus Canning (Director, CEO – ARTRAGE Inc) and copyright lawyers Sonia Sharma and Brendan Coady (Maddocks Lawyers), plus more discussing new technologies in relation to the music industry. Head to www.onemovementmusic.com for tickets and more info.
Every now and then there are parties that for a brief moment in time flip the entire scene. Circo Loco is one of those nights. Having outgrown its old airport hanger in Ibiza, the club brand takes in Villa on Friday 22 October. Spain’s Hideout Music boss Davide Squillace is heading to Australia to ignite the dancefloor with techno goodness, while the UK’s Jamie Jones brings the ruckus fresh from a spot at Burning Man in Nevada. Locals Aarin F, Kid Deep, Luke P and Nina Van Dyke also spin, while you dress up for the circus! $39 plus BF from Moshtix.
throughout September. On Sunday 5 September the Gumnut Stompers, Ochre and Chameleon Brass Band play Musicians On The Move; on Sunday 12 The Healys, Dave Gillam & On The Level and Mo’ Candy play Botanic Blues And Roots; on Sunday 19 Xave Brown, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Felicity Groom & The Black Black Smoke and the Sneaky Weasel Gang play Contemporary Sounds; live classical music takes place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25; while the Everlasting Jazz Picnic sees Graham Wood Quartet and Mace Francis Orchestra play on public holiday Monday 27 September. Entry is a mere gold coin donation to the park.
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Having worked his way to become one of Australia’s most well-known hard dance DJs and producers, Hardforze has already remixed and worked with some of the world’s biggest dance artists including September, Baby D, Manian, Marcel Woods, 2 Unlimited and more. He mixed the just-released Electro Clubland (Wild Energy, mixed also by The 808’s and Bass Vandal), and now he plays Rise on Friday 10 September. $15/10/5 from 9.30pm.
Joining forces for a dual album launch are hip hoppers Surreal and Torcha for a huge show at the Civic Hotel on Saturday 18 September. Melbourne based MC Surreal is launching his 2010 Sampler while Sydney’s Torcha is dropping his debut EP. Kicking off at 3pm, they’re joined by Squirt, Aftershock, Chekid N Cortext, Intelekt, DJ Red, Wolverine, Freethought, Defyre, Delirious, Bitter Belief, Broken English, Ranga Ft Wolf, Freekstyles, Hunter & Dazastah, Creed, Layla, DSC and Sever.
Combining hip hop, jazz and R&B, Chap One has developed a style all his own, and has also built a prolific body of original work with hundreds of compositions to his name. Raised in New York City, he’s spent the last several years in Melbourne. Catch him this Friday 3 and Saturday 4 September at The Ellington from 11.30pm.
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There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we ain’t just talking about the fact the Fremantle Dockers are surely shoe-ins to take home the AFL flag…right? Good news for Perth ex-pats The Chemist; they’ve picked up national tour support with Birds Of Tokyo and Silversun Pickups (everywhere except Perth) and they’re releasing their new EP Lullabies on Friday 17 September. You can see frontman Ben Witt play solo in Perth this week at The Bird on Friday 3 September and Mojo’s on Sunday 5. The full band also plays One Movement and Southbound. Post-punk, post-hardcore activist rockers Blac Blocs are almost post-existing. The WAMi Award winner for best video have four shows left: Saturday 18 September at The Den; Wednesday 22 at The Paddo; Thursday 30 at Mojo’s, and their final show (which ironically will also give birth to their new release) at The Civic on Saturday 9 October. After spending May in Adelaide recording their debut album Birthmark Blues with Mike Deslandes and James Balderston, Grim Fandango are launching their debut album with Melbourne band Following Sea in tow at the Prince Of Wales on Friday 10 September with Funrazor and Ten Points For Glenroy; Saturday 11 at Rosemount Hotel with So Night Owl, Chilling Winston and Helter Skelter; and Sunday 12 at Mojo’s with The Tigers, Covelski and Craig McElhinney. On September 9, 1850, California became the 31st state. On Thursday 9 September this year, California Dreamin at Manhattans provides an excuse to come together to celebrate endless summer, flowers in your hair and all that biz. Sonny Roofs, Bermuda, Gilbert Fawn, Rabbit Island and more provide the aural flower power from 8pm!
ONE DAY AT A TIME
WAAPA’s rather talented Contemporary Music course students take the stage of Subiaco Arts Centre for Radio Active, a high-energy celebration of chart-toppers that have shaped our modern musical tastes. On Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 September at 7.30pm you can expect no less than 40 of WA’s finest bring to life the hits of the likes of Peter Gabriel, Toto, Michael Jackson, Elton John and heaps more. Tickets $25/20 through BOCS.
Aussie thrash metallers 4Arm are setting out on their Crush The Empire tour across this big brown land. Known for their energetic live performances, the band will be performing tracks from their recent album The Empires Of Death. See them at Rocket Room on Saturday 30 October with support from The Human Extinction Project, Opia and Mudguts.
The eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti has kept his father’s sound very much alive. He created his own Afrobeat band Positive Force in the late ‘80s and went on to collaborate with the likes of Common and Mos Def. The socially and politically active Kuti is heading to Australia for a series of shows with his 14-piece band. See the double Grammy nominated band in action at The Bakery on Friday 19 November, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes. Tickets from Heatseeker.
Having completed their debut EP Chateau De La Spaceman, rockers One Thousand Years are launching it by hosting a Rock & Circus at the Norfolk Basement on Saturday 25 September. Performing alongside them is Stillfire, The Smiling Assassins and sword swallower Matty Blade. Local hard rockers State Of Order are finalising their video for Drifted & Wasted with director Raz Islam and are set to launch it at Rocket Room on Friday 5 November with support from Battlecat, Serial Killer Smile and Hyte, and at the Dunsborough Tavern on Saturday 6 with Xtortya. Tell us all about your upcoming launch, tour or party by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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for instant childhood memories. Most punters headed back to their chalet to enjoy a BBQ and a few cheeky beverages. When we arrived at the opening party, it seemed a few people may have got a little bit too comfortable in their homes and did not venture out after dark. Those who did make it saw the Funk Club House Band do what they do best; bring the funk. The scout-hallesque venue proved to be quite warm and full of energy although before the crowd loosened up, one got the feeling a school disco “snowball” was about to break out. Saturday 28 August
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AT THE CLOSE OF ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ROTTOFEST THAT SAW THREE DAYS OF LAUGHS, TUNES, FILMS AND ISLAND ADVENTURES, BARON GUTTER AND ALEKSIA BARRON LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UNIQUE FESTIVAL ON WA’S ISLAND GETAWAY. Friday 27 August For those of us whose lives are ruled by second jobs and hectic social calendars, even a 20-minute ferry ride can feel like an overseas holiday. A collective smile shone as punters poured off the Friday evening boat and took in their surrounds. Brighter stars beaming on otherwise unlit winding roads and small rat-like marsupials made
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Local purveyors of all-things-cool, The Community DJs provided afternoon entertainment both Saturday and Sunday with their ‘Beat Bunker’. There was a delicious mix of welltimed sunshine and dubstep to keep up the vibe before the night’s activities. An array of day time short films were also served up to anybody wanting a bit of time out from the sun and beer. Comedians from around Australia provided the entertainment for the Saturday night ‘Launch The Comedian’ comp.
Perth ex-pat Jimmy James Eaton was on proverbial fire with his high energy, no bullshit comedy. He was however lucky to be there (and not in a shallow grave) after chatting back to the mean looking bikie heckling him at an impromptu show at the Lodge earlier in the day. Nick Cody was also very amusing but Jacques Barrett from Sydney stole the show with his observational and relaxed style of comedy that seemed to fit the island vibe and festival atmosphere. Merrick Watts, the host for the evening, seemed determined to prove how good the talent of the competition was by performing ‘tits-and-arse’ comedy that was well under par. When the rest of the comedians were as good as they were though, it only meant we got some much needed cheek recovery time. Sunday 29 August A fairly small crowd of revellers turned up for the Closing Party – no doubt many festival-goers choosing to return to the mainland early to recover from some rather splendid times spent so far. However, those who stuck around were rewarded with discounted drinks and tight sets from three of Perth’s most exciting rock bands. Emperors opened the party with a set of tight, catchy rock songs, with plenty of punch. They got heads nodding and toes tapping, and radio hit Favourite Colours even saw a dancefloor form. They were followed by those almost indecently talented lads, The Scotch Of Saint James, whose frenetic and complex rock’n’roll is one of the most exciting sounds to come out of Perth. Bassist Timothy Hamzah was particularly enthralling, blasting out his fidgety riffs with ease and providing a highlight of the set with a blistering turn as lead vocalist for the track Hey Man. To close out a great Rottofest, Sugar Army played the final set for the evening, and it was a real treat thanks to the premiere performances of some new tracks that will feature on their upcoming album (recording commences next week). The new material promises a darker, somewhat more evocative direction for this talented young four-piece. However, they closed the festival with crowd-pleasing oldies, including Tongues In Cheeks and Acute, finishing a smashing weekend on a high note. The perfect balance of laughs, music and relaxing, all set to a streak of perfect weather, and we left the island already looking forward to next year.
Featuring the like of Deekline, Ajax, K-Note and KillerQueenz, Billion Dollar House Party is the two-disc set guaranteed to get the party more than started. If you got along to the House Party at Bar Open last month with Deekline, K-Note and KillerQueenz then you would have had a fair taste of the kind of mixes and unreleased tracks on this set covering house, hip hop, bass and breaks. If you didn’t then this is a fine place to start making it up to yourself. To pick one of FIVE copies of Billion Dollar House Party, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “PARTY STARTER” in the subjectline.
Thanks to our friends at Universal, we offer you another two free hot downloads from universalmusic.net.au/ freedownloads/streetpressaustralia ANDY BULL – Phantom Pains Less than a year after releasing his debut critically acclaimed album We’re Too Young, Andy Bull returns with Phantom Pains EP (out September 3). The EP is Andy’s most personal and exciting work and his musical contemporaries seem to agree, judging by the impressive list of friends featured including Lisa Mitchell, Little Red, and Hungry Kids Of Hungary. FREELANCE WHALES – Generator ^2nd Floor Freelance Whales are multi-instrumentalists who create atmospheric indie pop gems. Banjo, harmonium, glockenspiel, bass drum, tambourine and acoustic guitar feature on this sing-along single. Freelance Whales create stories, new worlds and tall tales about ghosts, love and life. Generator ^2nd Floor is taken from Freelance Whales debut album Weathervanes out now.
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RIDING OFF INTO THE SUNSETS THE LAST TIME? In this day and age, John Farnham has become a by-word for the boy who cried wolf, when his The Last Time tour was actually not the last time he would be sighted on stage. So is it really the last time for Powderfinger? â€œThat is certainly what the intention is; thatâ€™s what my take on the whole thing is,â€? Fanning clarifies. â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™re going to kid anybody â€“ I am sure that down the track thereâ€™s going to be people that are going to come at us with ideas about getting back together.â€?
WITH POWDERFINGER ABOUT TO CALL IT A DAY, BERNARD FANNING TALKS TO MARK NEILSEN ABOUT DETERMINING YOUR OWN FUTURE, EXHAUSTING YOUR LIMITS OF CO-OPERATION AND AN INFAMOUS SUPPORT TO A REDNECK AMERICAN METAL BAND.
ne wonders if Powderfinger realise the privileged position theyâ€™ve been in. As the curtain comes down on the career of arguably Australiaâ€™s biggest rock band currently doing the rounds, you can look at their success in terms of facts and figures with accolades like their 16 ARIA Awards and having sold over 2.5 million albums. But then thereâ€™s the human impact theyâ€™ve had too. They have been the musical soundtrack to a lot of peopleâ€™s lives, plus having been going for over two decades, a lot of people would have grown up on the band. Joy and sorrow have been lived through their songs â€“ My Happiness for example is commonly heard at weddings, despite its lyrical inappropriateness (itâ€™s about being apart, not together). After announcing back in April that they were disbanding, calling it a day as a recording and touring entity, has the band realised what a large impact theyâ€™ve had on people? â€œI think so â€“ and it is a privileged position,â€? states Powderfinger vocalist Bernard Fanning. â€œThat My Happiness thing, it would probably be more appropriate to play Cheap Wine [laughs]. Talk about the buckâ€™s party before the wedding. It got a little bit crystallised by the way people responded to it, that idea. Thatâ€™s what a friend of mine, sheâ€™s a musician, said to me. The reason that she applauded [the decision to disband] was she said 95 per cent of the music industry are trying to claw their way to the top and then just hang on as tight as they can to the position theyâ€™re in and not lose ground. She said for you guys to just walk out on it is really gutsy and thatâ€™s part of the privilege of being in that position of having been successful over quite a while; itâ€™s that we have got the space to choose to do it. â€œThe thing about music is that, I feel the same way as most people do, I invest myself in other peopleâ€™s songs and they become part of my life. But for the songs that we write or that I write, I have a different feeling about them, because obviously theyâ€™re personal; I donâ€™t need to put any more investment in them, but I do understand that feeling that people have about their attachment to particular songs and if thereâ€™s more than three of them
from one band, then that band becomes pretty special to you.â€? So why call it quits now? After the release of their Best Of Fingerprints in 2005, Powderfinger went on hiatus, but it didnâ€™t stop the members making music, as Fanning
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released a solo album, guitarist Darren Middleton re-activated his band Drag and bassist John Collins and guitarist Ian Haug formed The Predators. Yet they returned to Powderfinger after that. But this time the break will be permanent. â€œOne of the main reasons was to kind of have a bit of certainty about the future so you can determine your own future rather than relying on the other four or five of us, including our manager Paul [Piticco] â€“ so that was one of the main motivations,â€? Fanning explains of the finality of the decision. â€œAnd I think also we kinda felt weâ€™d made a really good record [last album, 2009â€™s Golden Rule] and weâ€™d improved on the one before and that weâ€™d probably come to a point where we werenâ€™t really sure where we would go and we were probably looking to do other things as opposed to getting in the band room and slog it out again for six months. I think also itâ€™s just a matter of being able to pick your moment. Some people probably wished weâ€™d retired in 1996. Not retired, sorry, that weâ€™d disbanded as our management likes to say. We just feel like itâ€™s the
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So it was more a case of an Adam Gilchrist than an Ian Healy? â€œWell, letâ€™s hope so. I mean, fuck, he couldnâ€™t have timed it better, could he? But anyway, we will digress into cricket very quickly if weâ€™re not careful.â€? Drum points out later that the last Powderfinger show is on 13 November, while the first cricket test starts in Brisbane on 25 November. â€œOh does it really?â€? Fanning exclaims, sounding surprised. â€œIsnâ€™t that nice? What a lovely little coincidence. Well, no mate, to be honest the tour was supposed to finish on the fuckinâ€™ 20th of October or something like that, but it just went nuts. I canâ€™t believeâ€Ś weâ€™re playing five Riverstage shows in Brisbane. 50,000 people are going. Itâ€™s bizarre.â€? One of the reasons Powderfinger stated for disbanding was that theyâ€™d said all they wanted to say as a musical group. It sounds like then all that they now want to do musically can only be done as individuals or outside the realm of Powderfinger. â€œI think so,â€? Fanning affirms. â€œThereâ€™s a few songs that have never been released that weâ€™ve never properly recorded that weâ€™re kind of in the process of recording anyway at the moment, because weâ€™ve always wanted to; we just thought that it would happen down the track somewhere and we thought we should probably put them down before we finish. I think thatâ€™s kind of what it is, itâ€™s a matter ofâ€Ś I think you can exhaust your limits of co-operation. And over 20 years, itâ€™s a pretty exhaustive process.â€? The thing is in Powderfinger, itâ€™s always been a democracy, so any decision would need a majority rule to get through. No one could rely on the support of independents to get them over the line. â€œWe all share similar musical tastes and ideas, but thereâ€™s a lot of diversity with in that as well. And a lot of differences â€“ and I suppose when youâ€™re 20 and youâ€™re compromising and allowing things to be manipulated in ways that arenâ€™t necessarily to your taste is different to when youâ€™re 40 [laughs]. Youâ€™re probably a little more
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But the Sunsets tour wonâ€™t be the last you hear of Powderfinger, as there will still be recorded material down the track, with a best of planned and Drum would also put good money on there being a CD and/or DVD of their last run of shows. â€œLike we said at our press conference, thereâ€™s still stuff to come out on our contract. So thereâ€™s a best of, which will have, I suppose, a couple of unreleased tracks on it as well, which is kind of the way the record industry does things these days with best ofs as an incentive for people to buy it and all that sort of shit. So we never pretended that thatâ€™s the last thing youâ€™re going to hear from us, because there will be more stuff. Thereâ€™s more stuff on our contract that we have to fulfil. But like we just said, weâ€™re not making any new records, weâ€™re not doing any more tours.â€?
open to it when youâ€™re younger, I would say,â€? Fanning explains. â€œAnd because weâ€™ve done that over such a long time, like I said your limits of co-operation with any group of people are tested. And we wanted to preempt that situation where you get to it being a nasty situation of unco-operation. I suppose a few of us could sense that coming.â€? That said though, Powderfinger have done well to get this far, as itâ€™s featured pretty much the same members for the bandâ€™s entire existence, with the current line-up having been constant since 1992. What does Fanning attribute that to? â€œToo lazy to quit,â€? he laughs. â€œI donâ€™t know, man. I suppose we all realised that we were a pretty good unit and that individually none of us were really super exceptional musicians, but as a team we were pretty good. We could make a pretty good racket together.â€? In the end though, Fanning says he doesnâ€™t really have any regrets about anything regarding Powderfinger. â€œI think it would be pretty arrogant to say that this or that thing wasnâ€™t particularly good enough or that we should have more success overseas or something. To be anything but grateful for how things have gone would be quite ridiculous, I think,â€? he says. â€œI mean given the fact that Iâ€™ve got a lot of friends who are musicians who donâ€™t make money out of music but they are â€“ and always have been â€“ as dedicated as I am to what I do, but I just got a lot luckier than they did. It would be pretty insulting to the people that just keep at it regardless of what their financial rewards are or whatever.â€? The highlight would have to be the Pantera support in 1994 wouldnâ€™t it? â€œThatâ€™s definitely up thereâ€Ś as one of the worst moments of my life probably. Fuckinâ€™ hellâ€Śâ€? WHO: Powderfinger WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September, Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
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THEORY OF ILLUMINATION MIAMI HORROR USED TO BE ONE YOUNG PRODUCER IN A MELBOURNE BEDROOM PUMPING OUT DANCE FLOOR-DESTINED REMIXES AND THE ODD ORIGINAL. TROY MUTTON CHATS TO THAT PRODUCER, BEN PLANT, ABOUT RELEASING HIS DEBUT LP, THE BENEFITS OF NOW BEING A FULL LIVE BAND AND HIS BACK-UP PLAN IN CASE AUSTRALIA DOESN’T FALL IN LOVE WITH THE GROUP.
rum Media finally catches up with Ben Plant after a couple of misfires, no doubt at least in part due to the fact he’s deep in the throes of the business side to running a popular Australian dance act. “I’m just in Sydney in a hotel room, counting down,” he laughs, somewhat tiredly. “I’ve done a few interviews and we’re just up here for meetings for the night.” It’s a far cry from when Plant first started out as Miami Horror back in 2006, producing some cracking remixes for popular indie/dance acts like Bloc Party, Midnight Juggernauts and The Presets. It shows a little as well, with Plant coming across as quite reserved, giving the impression he might prefer to be sitting back in his bedroom surrounded by synths and dreams of electronic beats. Alas it is not the case, and Plant perks up markedly when talk turns to the release of Illumination, his first fulllength record under the new Miami Horror; a full live band incarnation.
For his thoughts on the record he chirpily responds, “[I’m] very happy. Obviously it’s taken a long time, and during the process you’re never sure about every small decision; if you’re doing the right thing or the wrong thing. And now, listening back to the final product and the masters coming back and being 100 per cent happy with it, it’s a really good feeling.” After these comments a little bit of that nervous young producer seeps back into his psyche: “I’m just excited to see everyone else’s reaction.” A quick scan of the interwebs, plus this writer’s own opinion, reveals a positive one, by and large. Illumination is full of dancey summer vibes, which is to be expected if you’re already familiar with hits like Sometimes and current single I Look To You. But scratch a little deeper and there’s some more psychedelic pop elements thrown in to a very cosmic affair that draws you in for plenty of good times. It’s those more unexpected aspects of Illumination that Plant is most excited about, and largely attributes to having a full band’s input during writing the latter half of the album. “Well, I did the EP all myself, except for the vocals where Josh
Moriarty helped me. He’s now in the band as the live guitarist and singer. So now we incorporate everyone into it. I kind of write the basis of the song and either Josh or Aaron [Shanahan, drummer] adds to it.” Having outside input from people with different ideas has definitely taken the album into new places, and Plant goes on to explain how. “Josh’s influence with all the guitar stuff really started the ball rolling in that direction and I was getting more into old stuff like Pink Floyd. Sometimes we’d come up with certain sounds that would then actually encourage us to go back and listen to something else that it reminded us of and we’d further the idea and make it more... psychedelic, for example.” He acknowledges that it’s obviously not a psychdelic album though. “It just kind of touches on so many little things it’s almost impossible to pigeonhole. I’m still waiting to see what people will ‘genre-fy’ it as, which is cool.” When Plant began producing his own tracks and remixes, which only hinted at his disco follies to come, he had a fairly banging aesthetic to tunes that fell in line with the Australian electro explosion of 2006-07. Drum Media asks Plant if there was a conscious shift away from that harder sound, and what part the band had to play in it. “I guess club stuff is going into several directions. One of them is significantly harder, which of course didn’t interest me or any of my friends. We definitely didn’t want to head in that direction, so then there’s kind of more minimal disco, housier, deep house and techno sounds, and again that was too minimal. We wanted more melody and more fun and uplifting or moving emotion in a song.” This sound, combined with having a full live band has definitely opened up new and exciting doors for Miami Horror to push through, getting some fantastic support slots with the likes of Friendly Fires and Phoenix. It’s something Plant clearly enjoys. “[The band] allows us to play festivals properly and more original material. Just you know having people come to your show to watch you play your own songs is so much more rewarding
than a DJ set really.” It’s also meant Miami Horror as a remix outfit has understandably taken a back seat to working on the live set, but not just for the obvious reasons. “Well, the idea was when you do remixes you almost give away any good material to someone else. So yeah, I’m just focusing on Miami Horror at the moment. I would say I’ll probably get back into it a little bit, but even then it’s hard because if you come up with anything good you don’t really want to use it on a remix.” He adds in a tone that suggests it has happened too many times before, “So it ends up going around in a cycle where you spend all this time making a remix, then going, ‘Sorry, I don’t want to do it anymore, I’ve just come up with something better.’” Plant also cautiously admits there are a few other ideas in the pipeline. “Me and Aaron have decided to start another project, under wraps I guess, which is pretty interesting. So we’re more interested in that than doing remixes.” He remains as guarded as possible, but it’s clear he’s pretty excited about it. “It doesn’t have a name yet but we’ve just kind of got the sound based on what we’ve been doing and what we’re into at the moment and taking it a lot further, a lot more live and probably no disco at all.” He then goes on to describe the sound as best he can, without being totally convinced it sounds right. “Something like Moon Safari by Air but with a much more western influence and very psychedelic, as opposed to so French sounding.” Interesting side projects notwithstanding, it’s that same French sound Plant refers to at the end which he feels puts himself and the band in good stead to take their sound out of Australia. “We are going to the US and South America for a month and hopefully we’ll play the album there and push it. Just for fun really, to see how it goes. Obviously we’re playing Australia quite a bit, mostly the east coast, so we’re gonna hold off from that for a little bit.” While he’s grateful for the success Miami Horror has found in Australia, he’s confident they can build up quite the fanbase overseas. “The music we made was purposely more European and American-influenced than Australian. That’s just because it’s what we’re more interested in really, so it was a case of not overcompensating for an Australian audience like a lot of bands do. And we were kind of thinking even if it doesn’t blow up big here at least we’ll be able to tour Europe and the US as well, unlike other bands who are quite limited to Australian audiences.”
R.I.P.PER TRACKS While putting this piece together the lead singer from Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Charles Haddon, tragically committed suicide immediately following the band’s set at this year’s Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. Besides having their debut album to release, it was also revealed the band had completed a remix for Miami Horror just the day before Haddon’s death, possibly the last material made by the group. Drum Media looks at a few other premature deaths in the music industry and their posthumous releases. Bon Scott While Scott didn’t provide the vocals for the AC/DC album that followed his death (Back In Black), he had been helping write songs for it with the band in the months just before he died. Sid Vicious The controversial Sex Pistols bass player recorded a cover of Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capeheart’s C’mon Everybody, released some four months after his death. A solo album was released 10 months following his death entitled Sid Sings, on which he played bass and provided vocals, with the help of several musicians including members of the Sex Pistols. Michael Jackson Wacko Jacko’s first release post-death was This Is It. While his vocals were taken from an old demo tape, the backing vocals were done by the surviving brothers, the first time they’d reunited in a studio since 1989. Ian Curtis One of the last tracks written by Joy Division, Ceremony, had its lyrics written by Curtis and was only performed once live by the band in 1980; just 16 days before Curtis committed suicide. Ceremony then became New Order’s first official release following their name-change from Joy Division, with guitarist Bernard Summer taking over vocal duties. John Lennon Lennon recorded his only posthumous release, Milk And Honey, with Yoko Ono while recording Double Fantasy. It wasn’t until 1984 that it was released when Ono finally felt ready to finish it.
THE MUSIC WE MADE WAS PURPOSELY MORE EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN-INFLUENCED THAN AUSTRALIAN.” WHO: Miami Horror
WHAT: Illumination (EMI) WHEN & WHERE: One Movement For Music Festival – Friday 8 ‘til Sunday 10 October, The Esplanade, Perth; Summadayze – Saturday 8 January, The Esplanade & Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
DJ AM Just to bring these sombre proceedings back to the dance side, DJ AM completed a mash-up of Belle Biv Devoe’s Poison and Beastie Boys’s Intergalactic for the DJ video game DJ Hero just before his drug overdose in 2009.
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A SELF-DESCRIBED ETERNAL TEENAGER, SLASH FLIRTED WITH EVERY CONCEIVABLE DEFINITION OF EXCESS AND ULTIMATELY SURVIVED A DRUG OVERDOSE. BRYGET CHRISFIELD DISCOVERS THE 45-YEAR-OLD GUITARIST, WHO IS NOW CLEAN, FINDS A LOT TO LAUGH ABOUT AND KNOWS HOW TO EFFORTLESSLY DROP A FOUR-SYLLABLE WORD INTO A SENTENCE. FEATURE AND INSET PHOTOS BY CYBELE MALINOWSKI.
lash’s self-titled autobiography details a situation that occurred when Guns N’ Roses were supporting The Cult in Canada – the guitarist woke up on a couch in the lobby of The Cult’s hotel at around 5am having wet himself in his sleep. Slash had no room key and no idea what the name of the hotel was where Gunners were being put up. He may have lost bladder control at various stages of his career, but that is not why Saul Hudson came to be known as Slash. The nickname was given to him while he was in high school by his friend Matt Cassel’s dad, the actor Seymour Cassel, because Slash was constantly on the move. The product of an English painter/graphic designer father who later went on to design record covers and an African American fashion designer mother – who created ensembles for artists such as Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Ringo Starr – Slash was surrounded by creative types from a very early age. Did this early celebrity exposure help him know how to behave once he’d made a name for himself? “I think that whatever it was that I was picking up was very subconscious,” he considers. “Musicians tend to be cantankerous sometimes; they can be very arrogant. Artists in general can be very other-worldly – not completely present – and they can throw some tantrums and they can feel… ah, there’s a word that I’m looking for, hold on, what’s that word for when you just… entitled! They can feel very entitled. And then also they can be really, really charming and really, really gracious and really interesting and all this other stuff. I saw all that going on when I was a kid and I think a lot of the people that I met, or some of the people that I met, rubbed me the wrong way from the way that I’m wired. I’m pretty reserved. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but in some ways I’ve got a very British reserve [laughs] and I think I was raised to be polite and whatever… I think subconsciously I was like, ‘I don’t wanna be that guy, there’s no reason to act like that,’ and I guess that affected me later on in life and I just chose naturally not to do certain things that I thought were outta hand. Granted, I’ve done a lot of crazy shit.” Slash collapses into a fit of hysterics before stressing that said “crazy shit” was “never at the expense of other people if [he] could help it”. “There’s a difference,” he elucidates. “You can totally be fuckin’ abusive or you can be disrespectful or inconsiderate or whatever and I think that’s not cool. Or you can be as crazy as you want and never really sort of affect everybody around you in a negative way.” Slash’s partying/self-medicating fixation meant the guitarist was assigned one of the Guns N’ Roses security guards, Ronnie, to keep him in check. “I only had one personal security guard during the Guns N’ Roses days, so I put him through the ringer,” Slash admits with a chuckle. “I used to go in a club and then fuckin’ jump in a car with someone and wave as the car took off. And the look on his face, you know? He used to have to try and lock me in my room a lot and sit outside my door so I couldn’t get out, but sometimes I would get out and I would take off down the hallway. And he’d come running after me and I’d hide behind another wall or something and he’d run by and he’d be looking for me all night. I’d be partying in some other hotel room and he’d be doing this really extensive search trying to find me. We had a blast.” Did Slash enlist any accomplices to distract Ronnie from his charge? “No, I’m a loner,” he counters. “It was nobody else’s business what I put my security guards through [laughs].” Slash’s self-titled autobiography describes an incident when the guitarist’s devoted security guard climbed out of a hotel window and across a ledge to steal a television from the adjoining room, replacing it with a TV Slash had destroyed earlier by throwing a bottle of Jack Daniels into it. The cover of Slash’s book features a portrait of the guitarist, cascading curls beneath the trademark top hat that conceals his eyes. A lit cigarette is smouldering between his lips. “I have to say, I don’t miss the cigarettes,” he shares, as the gaspers are a thing of the past. “I like to keep my energy level up and I don’t know if I could have done it so much with a cigarette in my mouth the whole time. It’s been a year now so I seem to be holding up pretty well, but I am still addicted to the fucking nicotine so I’ve got all these cigarette substitutes. They have these little things called snus, which are these tiny little pouches that you put in your gum and those are fucking unbelievable. I was thinking about it this morning and I was going, ‘You know, it’s not necessarily the cigarettes – it’s the nicotine.’ And the idea of actually having a cigarette doesn’t sound that great right this second because of all the smoke. But I think the reason for cigarettes is obviously the whole nicotine delivery thing and it’s never really dawned on me [before]. So as long as I’m getting my nicotine, I’m fine.” The guitarist’s first ever gig still sticks out in his memory as one where he immediately locked into a groove with the other players. “My dad had a friend who had a band – obviously an older band – and I had been playing guitar for inside of a year, I guess. But [I was] very, very avid – really absorbed in the whole thing – and my dad’s a cool guy. He put me in the situation where [laughs] his friends were playing in a band in a really famous bar in LA called Al’s Bar and they had a gig. And somehow my dad talked them into letting me play and then put me on the spot by saying, ‘You’ve got a gig’. That was my first real live professional [gig] – if you call free beer professional. But I was only 15, right? I managed to hold it pretty well during some 12-bar blues standards.” The only rehearsing Slash did with his dad’s friends to prepare for this show was during soundcheck. “I dunno if it stems from that gig or maybe it’s just an inherent personality crisis, but that’s how I like to do it,” the guitarist illuminates. “I sort of like to just throw it together and go by the seat of my pants.” WHO: Slash WHAT: Slash – Deluxe Edition (Sony) WHEN & WHERE: Soundwave – Monday 7 March, Steel Blue Oval, Bassendean
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THE TABLOID BLUES WITH A NEW BAND (THE NEW SLANG) AND A NEW SOUND (POLITICAL DISCO), CLARE BOWDITCH PONDERS OUR OBSESSION WITH CELEBS AND THE SEARCH FOR A QUICK FIX FOR LIFEâ€™S PROBLEMS ON THE EXCELLENT MODERN DAY ADDICTION. BY SHANE Oâ€™DONOHUE.
n the past six months, Clare Bowditch has popped up as a talking head on ABC panel show Q&A, interviewed Prime Minister Julia Gillard for MySpace, written for an ABC website and been a highprofile spokesperson for SLAM (Save Live Australiaâ€™s Music) in the groupâ€™s fight to protect the nationâ€™s live music venues. Last week, though, the Australian singer/songwriter returned to her day job with the release of her first album in three years, Modern Day Addiction. Recorded with new band The New Slang, the record sees Bowditch moving away from the wry folk of previous albums with The Feeding Set (2004â€™s Autumn Bone, 2005â€™s What Was Left and 2007â€™s The Moon Looked On) in favour of an up-tempo pop sound the singer dubs â€œpolitical discoâ€?. Lyrically, the record sees Bowditch tackling topics such as addiction, consumerism and personal insecurity. â€œThe theme always presents itself in whatever it happens to be that Iâ€™m either most struggling or most obsessed with or most in love with at that time in my life,â€? she says. â€œI always write a lot of crap before I get the songs. There were about 100 sketches of little songs there, and then what started revealing itself was this curiosity I had about the relationship between anxiety and addiction, and also about how humorous it was that we really are still falling for the same old ads and the same old bullshit line that thereâ€™s a single fix for our life problems. Weâ€™re still looking for heroes in celebrities. I wanted to have some fun with that.â€? While one song on the album, Your Own Kind Of Girl, had been â€œhanging around for yearsâ€?, and another, The Start Of War, came after Bowditch headed out on a solo tour with a new loop pedal and a Casiotone keyboard, the bulk of the record was written in Berlin. â€œWe called it a random creative adventure,â€? Bowditch says of the three-month move to Germany she made with hubby/manager/ drummer Marty Brown and their three children. â€œWhich meant that we basically went over with not nearly enough money or planning or a focus on what we were going to do there â€“ we just had a feeling we needed to have an adventure.â€? It was an inspired decision. Bowditch and Brown had loved the city when theyâ€™d toured there with Art Of Fighting in 2006. Via Craigslist, the clan rented an apartment in Kreuzberg that was owned, as luck would have it, by Feist/Jamie Lidell producer Mocky. (â€œI saw a triple platinum album on his wall and went â€˜mmm, Feist, huh?â€™â€?). The digs, which included a piano, provided Bowditch with â€œfor the first time, a dedicated period of time and space â€“ and instrument â€“ to write onâ€?.
AS PAUL KELLY SAID ONCE, HE ALMOST GAVE UP ON WRITING LYRICS BECAUSE NOBODY GAVE A FUCKINâ€™ SHIT ANYWAY.â€?
Bowditch played lots of shows in â€œlittle dark placesâ€? and caught plenty of live music. Meanwhile, writing on a piano and her â€œcomedy itemâ€? Casio rather than guitar saw her new songs moving in a sprightly new direction. â€œThere was a little game Marty would play where heâ€™d reinterpret the Casio beats on his kit and that became this new immediate sound which actually reflected the kind of themes that started showing themselves up.â€? While Bowditch describes her command of German as â€œscheissenâ€?, she still understood enough to convince her that those themes addressed on Modern Day Addiction are universal. â€œI think this obsession with the quick fix and the notion of compulsive behaviour and distraction, I think itâ€™s human, I think itâ€™s everywhere,â€? she says. â€œI think the German people have a different set of ideals in their psyche but we I think as humans have this desire to survive, and a pleasure-seeking brain. I obviously canâ€™t read their tabloids but in a way that simplified things â€˜cause it meant I was watching ads and listening to tones on television or seeing pictures. â€œThe tabloid industry is massive; itâ€™s how a whole lot of people are making money and itâ€™s how a whole lot of the rest of us are distracting ourselves from our own lives and seeking entertainment from ultimately vacuous gossip. But for some reason weâ€™re still attracted to it, and Iâ€™m as guilty as the next person. So I ask the question: â€˜why?â€™
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â€œI want [the album] to be a companion for people who are also asking this question, and at the same time I wanted to make sure it wasâ€Ś itâ€™s not a lofty, idealistic classical album. I wanted it to be that you didnâ€™t have to engage in the themes to enjoy it. â€˜Cause most people wonâ€™t give a fucking ratâ€™s arse what the lyrics are. As Paul Kelly said once, he almost gave up on writing lyrics because nobody gave a fuckinâ€™ shit anyway.â€? As well as recording and performing with a new big band â€“ Brown, bassist Warren Bloomer, guitarist Tim Harvey, singers Annabelle Tunley, Rachael Head and Sally Mortensen from trio Aluka and Matty Vehl on keys â€“ Modern Day Addiction marks the first time Bowditch and Brown have worked with outside producers and mixers. Along with Mocky, the pair recorded with former Bad Seed Mick Harvey and composer/producer Cornel Wilczek, a.k.a Qua. â€œIt was like an exciting dynamic, ongoing, never-ending kind of recording experience,â€? Bowditch says. â€œI wondered when it would end. â€œIt meant you really had a lot of reflection early and you had debating of ideas and you had big jams with people and youâ€™re kind of pushed to articulate yourself in a different way, and thatâ€™s important I think because Marty and I actually do drive each other really hard in the studio. Weâ€™re not polite; we debate. So to have someone else in there as well kind of helped us just to crystalise what it was we were trying to say and how.â€? WHO: Clare Bowditch & The New Slang WHAT: Modern Day Addiction (Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Live At The Quarry â€“ Wednesday 8 December, Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach
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WITH PUNK ROCK ROAD DOGS CANCER BATS ABOUT TO UNLEASH THEIR FEROCIOUS SOUND ON OUR SHORES, MARK HEBBLEWHITE SAT DOWN WITH LIAM CORMIER AND FOUND OUT WE COULD HAVE ALL BEEN LISTENING TO A BAND CALLED PNEUMONIA HAWK.
WHEN ASKED ABOUT DEATHFACE – THE SINFUL ALIAS OF JOHNNY LOVE – LOCAL SCENESTER KIT POP EXCLAIMS, “HE’S ONE CRAZY MUTHAFUCKA.” THANKFULLY TED SCHLECHTE IS COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO GET HIS GORE ON.
yping in “death face” garnered 237 million results on Google, whilst “Deathface” generated 720,000. Either way, the Deathface we are interested in is Johnny Love, ex-member of electro house and fidget outfit Guns ‘N’ Bombs. With his partner-in-crime, Filip Nikolic, the duo had a fairly grand run of success, but eventually had to call things a day. The Canberra Times quoted the outspoken Love as saying, “I think what we were doing was kind of flash in the pan – not really very memorable. It just doesn’t excite me anymore, really.” Yet for this here publication, Love showed a bit more angst, stating, “Guns ‘N’ Bombs disbanded because in the music industry you can’t trust anybody.” Love reveals that his newfangled, and awfully grotesque moniker, came to him “in a hallucinogen-induced dream,” before explaining why he has gone a lot darker – and dubbier – under the Deathface umbrella. “It’s a natural revolt against the neon hyper colour nu rave nonsense, which just didn’t feel sincere anymore,” he begins. “When you’re surrounded by people doing what you were doing two years beforehand, it gets tiring.” Love is also keeping busy on the production tip, creating some serious bedlam courtesy of his sinister take on dubstep. Furthermore, this man of few words divulges that “fathering illegitimate children and turning Deathface into a band” is keeping him occupied as well. But whatever he is doing to remain inspired, his tunes have been championed by a whole slew of tastemakers, with Laidback Luke even dropping three Deathface tracks on a recent radio show. Seminal electronic sounds – something that G’N’B also took a fair bit of pride in – can be found throughout Deathface’s tunes, a direct result of his formative years. “I started listening to house music as a kid in Chicago. I was introduced to it via all my Mexican gang banger cousins on the South Side,” he recollects, sounding remarkably authentic.
While he has had releases on labels stretching from I Dischi Della Valigetta and Fabric to the ever-fashionable Kitsuné, Love is now on the notorious Trouble & Bass imprint, home to other misfits such as AC Slater and Drop The Lime. “We’re actually pretty wholesome, in fact,” he laughs. “We even have mentorship programs for troubled youths in Brooklyn. We tutor them in math and science.” Looking at YouTube comments does not typically inspire interview questions, although after reading the remarks for the ‘video’ – which is more just a fixed image of the most horrendous skull imaginable – for Deathface’s 10 Percent VIP, one stuck out like a sore thumb. A stripper claims that Love picked her up from the club. However, he ultimately headed back up to Illinois with her stuff still in his car. “I stopped in Louisville on the way to Chicago after playing a show in Charlotte. I was gonna stay the night in Louisville, but decided not to, and instead drove back to Chicago. I didn’t realise she had forgotten her accoutrements,” he chuckles. “I just saw her last week and she wasn’t pissed about it though, so all is well.” Dubbed the American Gothic tour, the same name as his run throughout the States in May and June, Love exclaims that you can expect some “heavy, heavy, heavy bass.” And if his brooding, often electro-inspired dubstep is something you are not familiar with, download his free The Blood Has Gone Black mix (or buy his five-track EP, The Horror). Featuring nothing but originals and remixes from the choleric DJ/producer, they are both equally worthy of repeat plays. WHO: Deathface WHAT: The Horror EP (Trouble & Bass) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 10 September, Ambar, Perth
Earley got on board at the suggestion of an occasional member of the band. “We were jamming with a guy called Ben Witt from The Chemist and he comes along and plays with us whenever he can – when he’s not too busy with The Chemist – and we were looking for a bass player and Ben actually suggested old mate Marc, so we met him over beer and obviously he’s a wanker like the rest of us, so we got on well,” jokes Sibbes. Working in their own studio Bang Bang, Jones says it was a long process to finish their debut EP. “We pretty much recorded the entire thing at our own home studio, but we had Andy Lawson come in and produce it for us and engineer,” explains Jones. “[Eskimo Joe’s] Joel Quartermain also came in, he produced the second track Sinking Ship and also lent a bit of a hand on the third track Record Player. The first and the last track of the EP were recorded as demos. When I first wrote those two 22 • THE DRUM MEDIA 2 SEPTEMBER 2010
In the best tradition of Black Flag and more recently their compatriots Cursed, the Toronto hardcore machine infuse their sound with a sludgy vibe. “Yeah, our influences are really diverse and I guess that has contributed to our sound,” says Cormier. “We take from metal bands like Entombed, sludge bands like Iron Monkey, and of course punk rock and hardcore bands like Black Flag, Pennywise and Youth Of Today. It all goes in together to create the Cancer Bats sound. I’m glad we don’t fall into one boring defined category.” On their latest record, the intriguingly titled Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones the Bats build on their early work with a wickedly bottom heavy set of tunes. According to Cormier achieving this sound wasn’t hard, they just hired a bass player. “Previously we wrote our records as a three piece and our guitar player Scott would come up with the bass parts there in the studio and then record them. This time around it was crazy to have a full band and someone who was thinking about the bass parts and nothing else. I think it adds a really urgency and depth to the record.” Touring the world as a lowly hardcore band can be hard enough, but the Cancer Bats have the added misfortune of hailing from a country, which like Australia, is perpetually in the shadow of the USA. Does Cormier see anyway around this stigma? “Look I actually don’t
think it’s that big a deal,” he answers. “I will admit that bands from Canada do have to work harder to get noticed – so in that sense our scene is a more difficult one to survive in. And also the distance thing is difficult. Take Propagandhi from Winnipeg as an example – those guys have to travel huge distances just to play shows. Bands from Australia face the same problem. But that’s no excuse. You just have to be prepared to do the work – leave your comfort zone and get out and play wherever will have you – both at home and around the world. “As for the ‘American shadow’ I think it comes down to a simple fact – if you’re a hardcore fan in America you have 50 awesome bands that live around the corner from your house. And another 50 in the next door state – you don’t need to look anywhere else to get your fix.” There’s no doubt that the Cancer Bats aren’t afraid of ‘getting in the van’. Is this a practice that younger punk rock bands, who live and die by their digital outreach and on-line merch sales, are beginning to ignore? “Look, it’s true that kids can now get their name out really quickly without leaving their bedroom,” argues Cormier. “And that’s a positive thing. But we grew up with that punk rock ethos that the only way to succeed was to grind it out on the road. And you know what? With the way the industry is now that’s the only guaranteed way you’ll survive. It’s not by selling records, or t-shirts, or getting a great website, it’s going out and blowing people’s minds on stage.” WHO: Cancer Bats WHAT: Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones (fff) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 5 September, Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont (Bullet For My Valentine support – early); Amplifier, Perth (headline show – late)
LAUNCHING THEIR LONG-AWAITED DEBUT EP THIS WEEKEND, THE SUN ORCHESTRA TALK TO MATTHEW HOGAN ABOUT THE COUNTLESS BANDS AND ENDLESS TOURING THAT LED THEM TO WHERE THEY ARE NOW. ade up of a bunch of familiar faces of the Perth music scene, indie pop group The Sun Orchestra are putting their demand as session musos on hold while they push the fruits of their own labours. Made up of Lee Jones (touring member of Eskimo Joe, Basement Birds and The Sleepy Jackson), Shaun Sibbes (touring member of Sneaky Sound System and Eskimo Joe) and Marc Earley (who tours with Grace Woodroofe), the band has a very long history together. “Mine and Jonsey’s started years ago back in the days of Spencer Tracy,” recalls Sibbes. “We were writing all that kinda stuff together and riding that wave. Spencer Tracy were together for about seven years and then we parted ways. We did our various things. Jonestown went and did Astronaut and I was in a band called The Avenues for a while, and we did our stints as session players and we were focussing on getting The Sun Orchestra happening as well. We’re all a hundred per cent into putting all our efforts into this right now; it all gravitated back to being in a band with Jonestown again.”
he name Cancer Bats was actually around before the band had even started. I was at work doodling and knew that I was going to form a band so I decided to come up with a kick ass name,” confides Cormier. “So what I did was play a game where I’d put animal and disease names together. I had two I really liked: Cancer Bats and Pneumonia Hawk. I went with Cancer Bats because I figured no-one would be able to spell Pneumonia.”
tunes, I recorded them straight away at home on just a small system and the feel of those tracks happened to be captured perfectly. When we listen back to them, we thought there was no point in redoing them, so we took those into our proper studio and ran them through some preamps and cranked them up a bit and did a few overdubs.” Originally pencilled into open the recent Good Evening & Good Night Basement Birds tour solo, Jones ended up recruiting his two bandmates for the nationwide jaunt. “Shaun did mandolin and percussion and Marc played the lap steel and I played acoustic and we all sang,” Jones says. “It was unreal, just getting a chance to actually tour together after working together recording and actually being able to go around the country and play together was unreal.” After launching the EP in Collie and Bunbury last weekend, as well as playing a slot at an alumina refinery in Worsley, the lads launch it in Perth and Freo this week, but they’re already itching to get back into the studio. “Basically, we’ve just had a ridiculous purple patch of writing and we’ve just got so much new material,” says Sibbes. “We’ve been playing some of these songs for a couple of years, we just haven’t had the chance to really focus on the band, so some of the songs have been hanging around for a while and now that we’ve solidified the three of us, there’s been a real forward motion and inspiration and we’ve just been writing songs. The next thing for us is just to get in the studio and get them all down and put out our next release basically.” WHO: The Sun Orchestra WHAT: The Sun Orchestra (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 3 September, The Bird, Northbridge; Saturday 4, Fremantle Arts Centre; Sunday 5, Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
AFTER SELLING OUT THEIR FIRST HEADLINING SHOW, ALT/ROCKERS CHASING THE NINTH ARE FINALLY ON THE EVE OF RELEASING THEIR DEBUT EP. KATE STEPHENS SAT DOWN WITH TWO FIFTHS OF THE BAND TO TAKE NOTES ON HOW TO MAKE LASTING FIRST IMPRESSIONS.
ood news can travel fast too. Proof is Chasing The Ninth, a local five piece whom sold out their first headlining gig with no album or EP. It’s times like these when everyone starts asking questions like – who the hell are these guys, and why the hell don’t I know about them? To answer the first question, turn back the clock nine months, when similar musical visions drew the high school friends together, well almost. “We got Mike [Carrivick] halfway through”, says drummer Paul Maguire of their vocalist who joined the band during the recording of their debut EP Subway To Sleeping Cities. Sitting across the table from Maguire, guitarist Damien Greenwood takes over, explaining how even as a new band the five gelled easily in the studio. “It was a learning process as well,” adds Maguire. “Mike hadn’t been in the band too long, so when you get in there, the studio environment is pretty intense. We all held up well, you have to give your honest opinion on things. Sometimes it’s a bit of a clash of heads or stuff like that, but nah it all worked out pretty well.” ‘Pretty well’, is an understatement. Subway has been catching attention all over town, mostly due to its electronic twist to the everyday alt-rock, something that Maguire describes as ‘full sonic coming at you’. What also blasts through Subways is its crisp, pounding sound. Forrester Savell has mastered for bands like Karnivool and The Butterfly Effect, and gave Subway that same unavoidable, exploding audio. “We took the songs to Forrester and he knew exactly what to do with them to give them the best sound,” explains Maguire. “We want to try to transcend that live.” “We do a few tricks here and there to try to make it sound a bit bigger than just plugging [amps] in and going,” adds Greenwood. “So that’s why we’ve got effects and everything built in with our shows now.
I can’t really give away all the secrets but we’ve got some others things going on that makes that sound a bit bigger than usual.” After their successful sell out single launch, CTN are wading in a sea of hype. The upcoming Subway launch, Greenwood says, will see CTN trying to surpass the buildup, and the copious amounts of good reviews. “On that night [single launch], it was a big surprise having that many people. We were quite nervous going on so late and having so many people; we didn’t know if we could live up to it. But yeah it came off great. So now we’re pretty much going overboard for this launch.” The success of the launch, they believe, came down to one thing; being aware that great bands can fall through the cracks if they refuse to approach the industry strategically. “It’s just picking your shows,” explains Greenwood. “I mean you can go to a place that has two people in the audience every single week, but that doesn’t really make you a better band. You’ve got to go put yourself out there and promote through the Internet, through friends, through networking and other bands.” It’s not the hype itself that could make CTN a highly successful band, but the pressures they put on themselves to never let their fans down. “Usually you bring your a-game when you’re under bit of pressure which is what you sort of need,” says Maguire. “We just jam harder and practice more and then when we get out there we just smash it as hard as we can.” WHO: Chasing The Ninth WHAT: Subway To Sleeping Cities (Firestarter) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 3 September, Amplifier, Perth; Saturday 4, YMCA HQ, Leederville
N S. IO S ND K IT N I A AC EDSIO TED TR XE ER MI US LU V LI ON DE D TLY 4 B C 2 C S RI RE ST TU A
9th studio album from EELS, the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Mark ‘E’ Everett.
THE NEW INTERPOL ALBUM OUT 10.09.10 www.interpolnyc.com www.shock.com.au
Includes the Singles LIGHTS & BARRICADE
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IT’S NOT OFTEN A SEARCH FOR A HARD ROCK SINGER ENDS UP IN A ROOTS COLLABORATION, BUT THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED FOR A BEGGARS SECOND, AS JASON KENNY DISCOVERS.
e met through MySpace,” drummer Dega explains, “and initially we were getting Ben for vocals for our heavier project [Serial Killer Smile] and I really liked Seventeen, which was up on his MySpace, and we turned that into a heavier track with the other band. He had all this other stuff on the side there too. He had a foundation to an album then and we just developed them. The lyrics were never set.” “They’re still not,” singer and guitarist Ben Bowden adds before Dega chips in, “We shouldn’t have put them in the booklet because now everyone else knows the lyrics except him.” “With most of the songs I feel pretty comfortable about making up words on the spot,” explains Bowden. “Whether they make sense or not [is another thing].” The flexibility to the lyrics reflects in their sets too where the songs only ever follow a general guide. “It’s pretty loose,” Bowden agrees. “We know where each other are and we can look at each other and we know to wind it up or extend it out. There’s loose structures in place but as to when we change from one section to the next, it’s different every time. And what I sing is different.” “If people are not interested at all, then we wrap it up,” adds Dega. “If they’re dancing we keep it going.” “It’s good when you get a song tight too,” says Bowden. “I guess it’s part of the writing process too. We’ve had some gigs where we’ve been like, I wish we could have recorded that because I had no idea what I was playing. We just got a real good groove going on.” After entering Poonshead studio, the duo decided to push the arrangements of the songs just a little further than the way they’ve been playing things in the last few years. There was some hesitation when they started adding things they couldn’t play live, but eventually they decided to just go with it. “We did all of them there [at Poonshead] except for Breathing,” Bowden says. “I’d
ON HIS DEBUT ALBUM DROP AS SKRYPTCHA, SYDNEY MC ANGUS MEAD TELLS RIP NICHOLSON HIS PLAN WAS SIMPLE – “TAKE SHIT TO THE NEXT LEVEL.”
actually been in Brazil about four years before that and I spent some time in a studio there and did the guitar and vocals there. I never released that and so I thought we could put it on the album.” For a band like A Beggars Second that is based around just two members, the interaction with the crowd makes a live show. The studio experience can be far from that audience interaction that the band rely on. “Some of the songs on the album have got additional musicians and when we play live we don’t have that,” Dega says. “But the live element of our show is creating interaction and creating jams and getting random strangers up on stage, getting them up there and having good fun. They don’t necessarily have to be able to play.” Bowden interjects, “If they can’t play then we just turn them down…” Dega continues: “It’s a whole lot of fun. I was a bit worried when we started adding clarinet and bass and things we can’t do live, and I was thinking ‘what’s going to happen?’, but a lot of it will work.” For the launch, the duo are recreating the album complete with cello, clarinet, bass, banjo, slide guitar, synthesiser, piano and extra percussion. With a band as expansive as Dilip N The Davs as support, finding extra musicians shouldn’t be a problem. The next few months see A Beggars Second head south for gigs, then over east. “We applied for this little festival over there,” Bowden says, referring to Live To Shine in Brisbane. “So now we’re going over. We weren’t sure what was going to happen, so we just thought we’d apply.” Dega adds, “We’re confident people will enjoy it and it’s a wonderful experience.” WHO: A Beggars Second WHAT: Needs & Wants (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 4 September, Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
JACK OF ALL DANCES
definitely the latter. “He did change the arrangement of a couple of songs”, she says. “And that actually turned out really good. [In the old arrangements] sometimes Krystal would do a solo, and then Maisen would do a solo straight after. And he was like, ‘One of those solos has got to go!’ And it was really good, ‘cause we all compromised and there wasn’t anything he said that we didn’t agree on. And that was a relief ‘cause I thought, ‘Gee, there’s gonna be a punch up with someone dropping a solo!’, ‘cause you know... Guitarists and their solos!”
The band’s national touring plans were temporarily put on hold last year while guitar player Krystal battled with cancer. However she has since thankfully made a full recovery and The Jacknives are about to head back this way in support of their second album, Backhanded Sting. A tasty slice of greaser rock bump’n’grind and punk attitude, it’s the first time the band has worked with a producer, in the form of Matt Maddock. “We’ve never done that before,” says Coufos. “We didn’t really know what to expect. Jack On Fire got the same guy when they recorded their album and everyone was saying it sounded really great. So we met him first to make sure we liked him and that he had a good understanding of what we were like and what were were into, and he came to a couple of shows, ‘cause he has to want to do it too. He’d worked with some pretty well known bands – Mach Pelican and Something For Kate – and he liked punk rock.”
So is Coufos looking forward to the tour? “I’m extroverted... band practise I find very boring,” she says. “We were playing so much... it’s so good to be going on tour because we’ve exhausted Melbourne. Like we played four or five weeks in a row and we were jamming, so you can imagine we were all starting to hate each other. We’ve now had two weeks off and no gigs and only one band practice, so now I’m like, ‘Let’s get out of here!’ You know... ‘Let’s go crazy!’ Let’s have fun and put on some good shows for people that haven’t seen us.”
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Skryptcha played Grasshopper to Chasm through his initial recordings and put his words in the hands of Chasm’s beats entirely for last year’s EP. Wanting to pull away from under Chasm’s shadow, Mead took more of a hands-on approach to The Numbers, juggling through beats from heavyweights Jase, Mules, Ante Escobar, Chasm and M-Phazes. Although he says it proved to be harder work than expected, Meads insists it’s all been worth it. “With the EP, I was relatively inexperienced and had producer Chasm hold my hand through the whole process,” Mead admits “I just really wanted to spread my wings and get involved in different beats and sounds and try to go out myself and prove that I can do things myself. It was a lot harder than I imagined but I’m stoked I did it. It was a great experience and I definitely think it will help me find my feet and where I wanna go in the future.” Adding muscle to the LP, Skryptcha called on Gully Platoon’s Dialectrix to flex in an old fashioned throw
down on Locked Down, both MCs spitting bars with some real lyrical definition. “With that track I really wanted to bring out a whole New York flavour to it and there’s no purer rapper in the country than Dialectrix, and I knew getting him on board we could just smash it back and forth. I was really stoked with that record too,” boasts the proud MC. “There’s always gotta be that sort of track, taking it back to the essence – just real hip hop for the purists man.” And hints as to where he wants to go in the future lie in the lyrics. Mead became well versed in other cultures through time spent in Canada, Mexico and Europe, and on The Numbers’ One Way he admits to catching the itch to leave again for Europe. Whatever the case, he’ll perform where the world takes him. “I’d love to hook up a few contacts and do a few shows over there, even if it’s just in front of a handful of people. It would be a great experience, just sharing it with a whole different culture, man, it would be dope.” WHO: Skryptcha WHAT: The Numbers (Obese) WHEN & WHERE: The Three Up Tour – Thursday 18 November, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Friday 19, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle; Saturday 20, Amplifier, Perth
SINCE MOVING TO PERTH FROM NEW ZEALAND, Q-BIK HAS NEVER LOOKED BACK. ANGELA KING TALKS TOURS, TRACKS AND TRIPLE J WITH THE EVER JOVIAL MAN NOT A WEEK AFTER THE RELEASE OF HIS FIRST EP.
he Jacknives are one of the many bands who have left these shores to head to Melbourne in search of greater fame/notoriety, making the pilgrimage a few years back. Singer Kylie Coufos explains that they had more than a few good friends to make the transition easy. “It was really cool when we moved here,” she says, “because our friends’ bands Institut Polaire and Jack On Fire moved over at the same time as us, and all their partners as well. So it was like a mass exodus, about 30 of us moved. It was almost like we robbed the scene, by all of us moving!”
These days ‘producer’ can mean lot of different things, ranging from simply someone who operates the recording equipment all the way up to someone who gets involved in the arrangements of the songs as well as the recording process – perhaps the most traditional definition. And as Coufos explains, Maddock was
“I don’t ever really let praise or anything get into my head,” Mead explains. “I like to do my thing and I always feel like I can do better than what I’ve done so I was really motivated to take shit to the next level – let loose and show people that [Left To Write] wasn’t just a one-off and [that I] got lucky backed up by a great producer in Chasm. I pretty much went out on this album on my own so that was pretty much the biggest pressure. Wanting to do better each time becomes my motivation, 100 per cent.”
AFTER PARTAKING IN A MASS RELOCATION FROM THE WEST, NEWFOUND MELBOURNE ROCKERS THE JACKNIVES ARE TURNING THEIR ATTENTION TO THE NORTH. VOCALIST KYLIE COUFOS TELLS BEN SALTER IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS WHAT THEY’RE EXPECTING FROM THE VISIT.
kryptcha’s debut Left To Write EP of 2009 was so well-received that Sydney MC Angus Mead found himself having to shake off pressure to expand on the success of the EP on the return serve with his subsequent album The Numbers. He would rather prove he’s not a one-hitter, nor is he hiding behind Chasm’s super beats.
So what can we expect from The Jacknives? Apparently now dancing is something you should expect to do at a Jacks show: “That is always the aim of the show for me; for me, I love people to dance, ‘cause that’s what rock’n’roll is all about – that dancing. It should be sex, drugs, rock’n’roll and dancing!” WHO: The Jacknives WHAT: Backhanded Sting (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 10 September, Rocket Room, Northbridge; Saturday 11, Mojo’s Bar, North Fremantle
hile living in New Zealand, Q-BiK, known to his mates as PJ, was easily persuaded to make the move to Perth. “A very good friend of mine, J Rippa, happened to be living in New Zealand and long story short, he said – and I’ll never forget these words, ‘Do yourself a favour and get to Perth,’” he firmly states. “There was a couple of different people saying it was a really nice place, not only weather and money and people but also a great strong scene. For me, I had already played all over NZ, it was definitely the next logical progression and its really been a stepping stone to help me get over to places like USA, UK and Europe.” The results are evident as he has just put together his first EP. “The EP has come together over the last year,” he comments. “It wasn’t a direct thing like ‘Hey PJ, can you make an EP for us?’ It was more about two or three tunes that were sitting there that were kind of all along the same lines. I was hoping for the right offer to come along,” Q-BiK reveals his initial intentions. “Then somebody asked if I would be willing to do an EP.” Proximity Recordings signed the release, which has been out since Monday. Q-BiK describes the EP as “the more deeper, more musical side of drum’n’bass,” and although he does create beats designed to get your feet moving, for him, the EP ended up being more about showcasing his diversity as a producer. “They were four tunes that I thought worked well together, and I tried to show something different for myself.” He wasn’t alone in the studio however, employing the skills of close friend and MC, Seeka. “He’s like my partner in crime,” Q-BiK affirms. “We’ve done a couple of tracks together that have been released now. The first one we did, Let The Music, did really well, then the one we did not too long after – that was probably the first tune that contributed towards the EP – called Moving On, which was just after I broke up with my last girlfriend,” he laughs, in good spirits.
To back up the release of his EP, PJ is currently coordinating an epic six-week tour, with around 17 dates throughout North and South America. Preparation, as he explains, is meticulous yet fairly relaxed affair. “I start putting together mixes so I can get an idea about what I am going to play, but I’ve ever really been somebody that has a set set,” he explains. “Generally I try to create something different to take away with me. I guess for me preparation is spending time in the studio, and spending time going through music that I want to expose along the way. Also relaxing because it’s going to be crazy going into American airports.” Ever diligent, not only is he preparing for a tour, Q-BiK has also been approached to do a live mix on Triple J. “VJ who runs the Friday 2pm DJ sets emailed me about a month ago after I sent them one of my latest tunes. He asked if I would be up for a live show because they heard I’m playing over East and then heading over to America. How they found that out I have no idea,” he exclaims, oozing enthusiasm toward the September 17 set, “I was very shocked and very surprised to hear from them. I hope they still know I play drum’n’bass!” WHO: Q-BiK WHAT: Summer Soul EP (Proximity Recordings) WHEN & WHERE: Paradise In Bali – Sunday 14 & Monday 15 November, Lotus Pond, GWK, Indonesia
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EP OF THE WEEK VOLTAIRE TWINS Cabin Fever Independent Finally, here’s the EP from Perth’s favourite brother/ sister indie electro duo (well, if we had more of them, these guys would probably still claim top spot). It’s a triumph – the bouncy, dancefloor-jostling tunes that have made these guys so popular on the live gig circuit have been handled well in the transition to recording. Each of the five tracks is impeccably crafted, although the dueling duet London with its strobelit gothic synth line and pitch-perfect harmonies is probably the standout. Make sure you listen to this one – it’s guaranteed that you’ll want to take a ride on their disco schtick.
ASH GRUNWALD Lady Luck Shock Records The dreadlocked king of cool is back with a cruisy, blues-soul number just made for lonesome late-night listening with a drink in hand. Grunwald has stepped away from the effects pedal this time, delivering a purer vocal sound than some of his recent hours, and it’s a refreshing change to hear his voice shine on this understated but catchy track. Once again, he’s enlisted help from the hip hop scene to beef up the production, with Chasm (Astronomy Class) crafting a brilliant sound built around a short but sweet keyboard line.
METRIC Eclipse (All Yours)
A BEGGARS SECOND Needs And Wants
VARIOUS/SIED VAN RIEL & TRENT MCDERMOTT
After countless hours of mindlessly being swept away by this album, tapping away on my laptop in time to its feel good tunes, I managed to forget all about that assignment that was due tomorrow. Once able to get over the initial puppy love of this CD and objectively look at what it has to offer, it’s actually unusually hard to sum it up into a few succinct sentences.
Easy listening, upbeat tunes, percussion, raw natural vocals and genuine storytelling are the best ways to describe the debut album Needs And Wants from Perth’s own A Beggars Second. They’re folk, they’re acoustic, and they’re unquestionably talented. The two-man band has created a real treat for the ears with this 11-track dark horse of a musical feast. Mr. Consumer, the first track on the album, starts off with a real folk feel warming up to track two Indonesian Summer, one that’s perfect for a sunny day car ride with the windows down. Hitting a more somber note towards the middle of the album, the vibe slows down a touch before picking up speed again in track seven As We Move, a personal favourite that has a catchy intro that you just can’t help but tap along to. Although they may not be everyone’s cup of tea and some tracks make for easier listening than others, it’s an instant mood lifter. After all, Needs And Wants helped keep my sanity through a week’s worth of absolutely dismal assignments. Of course it all depends on your own needs and wants, but you couldn’t ask for much more than what this already provides.
Atlantic Records Group
After a quality performance alongside Simon Patterson and a host of local talent recently, fellow headliner Sied Van Riel and Victorian boy Trent McDermott have released the accompanying compilation Airport. If you enjoyed the show you will enjoy this album, making for a memorable keepsake for one very enjoyable night of trance at the high quality end of the spectrum. The double album features Van Riel on disc one and McDermott on the other, contrasting a more European sentimentality with the harder, vocal driven style of the latter.
Surfing The Void Modular Okay, first things first, on the cover of Surfing The Void there is a cat in a spacesuit. Not since Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon has there been a cover more apt for the contents on the disc inside. In the Klaxons’ stratospheric second album NASA have the ready-made soundtrack when they decide to put a cat on the moon.
The second CD has McDermott lifting the tempo and introducing some Euro-house with a sample of the Killer Shadow’s Don’t You Want Me Babe on track three, before the very banging Spamarrest by Marco V & MoHawk. A big hit on the night and again replicated on the album provides the final highlight with the very familiar Love Comes Again (Bart Claessen remix), by Tiësto.
It was always going to be tough for the four boys from London to regain the manic energy of their 2007 debut, but when the first jangly chords of slow-burner Echoes snap the listener from their almost four-year slumber void of any new Klaxons material, you eventually begin to realise what we’ve been missing. On first listen Echoes, the opening single, seems like an odd choice. Its disjointed chords and visceral undertones leave the listener a little uneasy. But on multiple listens, you can begin to unwrap the sweet pudding inside, and realise the brilliance that it is. The first-listen blues invade the following two tracks, The Same Space and title track Surfing The Void, as they follow this same nauseous tone – although it’s a little harder to shake off than Echoes. It isn’t until the eerie Valley Of The Calm Trees and the mystery of Venusia that Klaxons come into their own. But album highlight Flashover – a heavier, harder rock-opera – is where Klaxons forget their second album inhibitions and really shine. If only the whole album could follow Flashover’s lead.
This could easily be one of those institutional trance albums akin to Anjunabeats, which seem to be played time and again for their diversity and signpost tracks that burn into your psyche. A fine destination to fly to indeed.
If you had to sum up Surfing The Void in a phrase it would be “self-conscious”. After being sent back into studio by their record company Klaxons have produced half an album, although it’s a half that should leave most fans, and new listeners alike, justifiably satisfied.
The picks of the sets start with the anthem-like Karma by Trac3d & White on the first CD, followed by the aptly named Follower with a bizarre, fuzzy sounding, synth intro by Robert Gitelman & Eddie Sender. The first half finishes off in style with the industrial sounding W&W remix of My Mind Is With You and the shimmering a vocals on the final track Punchbag by Paul Webster.
If there’s one aspect of the deplorable Twilight craze that is truly befuddling, it surely is the willingness with which respected, talented musicians are throwing their music onto the soundtracks of these truly awful films. Canadian electro darlings Metric have joined this questionable club, going so far as to record a song named after the third installment in the series. Sadly, it’s far from their best effort – a toothless, airy pop song that fades faster than respect for Robert Pattinson. Even Emily Haines’ vocal lacks spark, sounding more Taylor Swift than temptress. Sadly, Twilight has brought Metric down to their level.
African-born Perth artist KiB wears his old-school hip hop influences on his sleeve with this intriguing new track. It’s no surprise that he cites Tupac as an influence – the beat on If All U Got Is Music is pure ‘90s West Coast. However, KiB clearly has no gangster delusions. This song is an ode to the joy of music, and he distances himself from the hype of the scene with his thoughtful, open-hearted rhymes. It’s a cool, groove-worthy track and a brilliant example of the diversity lurking under the surface of local hip hop.
It was only a couple of years ago that Miami Horror was a solo producer pumping out very dancefloor-friendly remixes for the likes of Bloc Party, Pnau, Faker and The Presets. However as times do change, so too has Miami Horror. Where it used to just be Ben Plant and some keyboards and ideas, there is now a full live band and it’s had a big impact on Miami Horror’s sound on their debut LP Illumination. While the album remains mostly very dance-able 4/4 beats, the genres it spans range from shoegaze to disco, psychedelia to electro and a few other interesting twists and turns along the way. At times it can feel a bit too light and breezy, but for the most part this works in the album’s favour – Illumination isn’t here to challenge you; it’s here to make you smile, dance and have a good time, whether it be at the beach, your backyard or under the festival sun.
After bringing dubstep out from the darkness of South London with the success of his 2005 single Midnight Request Line, Skream has again attempted to move the genre into the public eye. The quality outcome of this attempt is slightly dubious.
Just like a Louis Vuitton bag from Bali, Taio Cruz is the UK’s imitation of Usher. He is not quite a rock star as his brand suggests, but Taio is certainly getting his name out there with his second album.
If All U Got Is Music
SONS OF RICO This Madness Independent Sons Of Rico (also known as Adam Weston’s other band) play it safe, too safe, with their lead single from the forthcoming debut album Reactions. With a title like This Madness, it’s surprising that the end result comes across as so devoid of passion. It’s a blithe, mid-tempo alt-rock song with, sadly, little to recommend it besides the big names behind it. Singer Alex MacRae puts in a good performance, the band are undoubtedly talented musicians, and one suspects that they play with a fire onstage that simply hasn’t managed to translate in the recording studio. Unfortunately, This Madness sounds like every standard late-‘90s soft rock hit, and lacks the ‘oomph’ one would have expected from musicians of this calibre. 26 • THE DRUM MEDIA 2 SEPTEMBER 2010
Outside The Box
Intro track Infinite Canyons is a perfect, cosmic opener which hints at the underlying themes of an album completely rooted in the stars, or perhaps looking up at them from wild western landscapes. I Look To You features vocalist Kimbra and, in a similar vein to Flight Facilities’ Crave You, begs for a boogie/sing-along. The other main singles Sometimes and Moon Theory are strong tracks on the album but it’s the new gear like the astral Grand Illusion and the driving-but-dreamy Soft Light (featuring Alan Paloma of Neon Indian) which definitely show where Miami Horror are now at sonically. And if you’re down with this sound then Illumination is definitely another album to file under “soundtrack to summer.” TROY MUTTON
The highly acclaimed remix of pop princess La Roux’s In For The Kill last year is just one example of Skream’s pursuit to meld the once underground world of dubstep with the mainstream. The over saturation of bass-heavy ‘clubstep’ (as many coined it) was always going to lead to a shift in the genre to create more variation. With singles, remixes and EPs dominating Skream’s releases, there are only two full-length albums to his discography. The unbalanced nature of track arrangements on Outside The Box doesn’t bode well for first impressions. The first half of the album is dominated by vocals, which generally bring down Skream’s production skills. Early on, Murs’ rhymes on 8 Bit Baby leave an uneasy feeling about what’s to come, five minutes of cheese-ball lyrics lead into the slow and moody CPU, which showcases a crisp pulsating bassline with a heavily digitalised voice repeating, what sounds like “I am your computer”. Field Of Emotions demonstrates Skream’s skill at building feeling through sound. From his own admission, Skream has tried to revert back to the rave days of the early to mid ‘90s, which is especially obvious on I Love The Way featuring the haunting vocals of Jocelyn Brown. Featuring La Roux, Finally tries to create the same mood as the aforementioned track but ends up lacklustre. All in all, this album may please new heads but confuse others. JO LETTENMAIER
The album itself is a bit samey. A four-track EP would’ve been more entertaining than the 11 he has produced for this album, but it’s a step up from his first record Departure (if you’re surprised he even had a first album, you’re not alone). More dancey upbeat hits like Dynamite and Break Your Heart – which have both already been slaughtered on commercial radio – would’ve taken this album to another level. Take Me Back has the guts to be as successful as his first three singles but disappointingly he then reverts to channelling Usher in relationship ballads that make the rest of the album no more than a clichéd emo R&B record. And what would artists do without technology these days? Keeping up with the Beyonce and Lady Gaga technology trend, Dirty Picture is about sexting (how original) – and just to enhance this image, Kesha’s whiney, slurred vocals add that extra bit of electro pop trash. In all fairness it’s a catchy song and a dance club’s dream, but he gets an F for content creativity. If the frequency of a song on the radio says anything about an artist’s popularity then the first three songs on the album are winners for Taio. However don’t expect too much more after the fourth track. If you’re an R&B fan, chances are the rest of Taio’s album is already in your collection. So save money and tune into any commercial radio station to hear the best of Taio Cruz. DANICA CACCAMO
CD OF THE WEEK
MILES AWAY THE CHECKS
Pie Club Records
The Checks have quickly become New Zealand’s premier exponents of garage rock, earning coveted support slots for rock and roll superstars in Oasis, Muse, and The Hives, and being handpicked by Michael Stipe to open for R.E.M. Their debut album Hunting Whales was a raucous collection of sludgy blues riffs and hummable melodies but failed to have any solid impact in Australia. With the release of their self-produced sophomore album the young quintet return, gig-hardened and hoping to rectify their popularity overseas.
When the first words of an album are “Hot shit” it immediately raises the inevitable question: is it? Given that the release of the Sydney MC’s second album has been surrounded by controversy, there are doubtless plenty who would like to see The Tongue fall short of the mark he has set himself. The plain facts are, however, that he doesn’t. Alternative Energy is, true to its word, hot shit.
Whilst creative autonomy has won international acclaim, financial success and festival headlining status for Underworld, their sixth studio album employs a radical new tactic: hiring an assortment of guest producers. A sign of ideas running out? Apparently not, as despite the bevy of new names, the final product still sounds almost exclusively like Underworld.
There’s a toughness to The Tongue’s lyrics – he’s not afraid to explore ugliness in his writing. Sometimes it’s on the big scale, with lyrics like “Mass massacre/ Same shit they pulled down in Africa/ That’s real gangster shit/ ‘Cos someone got away with it” (Australian Gangster), or he hits closer to home, with his heart-stopping look at homelessness, What A Day. However, he’s never onenote in his writing, with tracks like the laconic Sunday and the more hopeful title track providing some relief from his intense and hard-hitting criticisms.
Bird 1 opens with a familiar bass pulse and Karl Hyde’s patented pseudo-babble as the outrageously positive chords that have made Underworld so prominent in the dance arena take shape. Whilst some additions are discernible, such as the drum‘n’bass breaks of High Contrast on Scribble, other contributions seem so integrative they’re practically impossible to identify.
Alice By The Moon
Alice By The Moon picks up where their debut left off, opening with the blues rock of Bagheera and continuing on through a comfortable mix of balladry, blues and retro rock’n’roll. The ragged vocals of lead singer Ed Knowles are again a stand-out, with the frontman even introducing a confident falsetto into his repertoire. His bandmates impress with their willingness to step outside the boundaries of their blues rock template, but the five piece still sound at their best on unhinged rockers such as album highlight Isabella.
As well played and impressively produced as it all is, it’s hard to find anything that will convert new fans. There aren’t any clear singles and the strong musicianship isn’t always matched by a memorable melody, making for a few too many unremarkable moments on an album. Alice By The Moon might not be the album to take them to the next level outside of New Zealand, but The Checks have a promising career ahead of them.
Elgusto contributes the majority of the production, although a couple of other major names crop up, including Dizzl (responsible for an undisputed highlight, Innervision) and M-Phazes, who provides the beat for Right Words, featuring a guest verse from Urthboy. Joyride also makes several appearances, particularly effective on Crazy, which is poised to become a surefire live hit. Overall, Alternative Energy has a slightly stripped-back, gritty feel, but it’s not to be confused with sloppiness; rather, it allows The Tongue’s rhymes to rightfully play the starring role.
KITT DI CAMILLO
Endless Roads Resist Records
Three years on from their sophomore release, Rewind Repeat, local hardcore outfit Miles Away are back with Endless Roads. Describing the album as just ‘hardcore’ does not do the album justice. Endless jumps from short, fast punk to heavier tracks with a simple ease. Within each song are moments that stand by themselves. Short silences, humming guitars, plus gang, shouted and sung vocals, all create these epic sequences that merge into the lyrical message to convey a deeper understanding. Each song blends into each other like chapters in a book. Just like any good book, it needs a good ending, supplied in the form of Hearts And Minds. The rest of the album builds to the moment, before leaving you still hearing the vocals echoed through your mind.
It’s an intriguing move from Underworld and, given the low profile of most of these studio technicians, obviously not a marketing ploy. Perhaps it’s their young blood and excitable, young adrenal glands which have been of best use, as on recent albums the high NRG floor bangers have generally been less compelling. Bird 1, Scribble and Always Loved A Film bucks this trend. Less successful are Between Stars, with its rehashed cheesy trance elements, and the bouncy pop oddity Diamond Jigsaw. The one revolutionary shocker is the finale Louisiana, not a collaborative effort but a sensitive twilight ballad where, for the first time in 30 years, Hyde’s lovelorn voice trembles with vulnerability.
Anticipation is created through tracks like the 38 second Skeleton Key, which thrashes out an assault on your ears, never letting up. It’s difficult to pull out individual tracks from the album, but songs like Anywhere and Ghostwriter are a small cut above the rest. The latter is a cleverly written track, allowing the vocals to become a fitting addition to the already brilliant musical composition. Anywhere on paper is a love song that could translate into a 20th century poem, written from a sailor at sea to his sweetheart back on solid ground. Though the topic is sensitive, the shouted vocals are not an obstacle. Instead they are like the album as a whole, conveyed so passionately with such sentiment, that the message is almost unable to stay within the constraints of an LP.
Not a classic, but a worthy chapter in an epic ride.
CHRISTOPHER H JAMES
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GIG OF THE WEEK :
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: THE TIGERS, ADEM K, WOLVES AT THE DOOR @ RTR RADIOTHON CLOSING PARTY. PIC: BRAD SERLS
HYPERFEST @ MIDLAND RAILWAYS WORKSHOP
The mighty tasty ALL-AGES (13+) HyperFest returns to its spiritual home of the Midland Railways Workshop this Sunday 5 September with plenty of treats in store at a ridiculously low price. Heading up the bill are grunge rock tour junkies and previous Drum front cover stars British India, festival anthem electro popsters and last week’s cover stars Art Vs Science, AC/DC touring buddies Calling All Cars and skip hop hero Pez. On the local front, only the finest acts have been selected with Tim & Jean, Optamus, Voltaire Twins, Art In Algebra, Mandalay Victory, Fools Rush In, Colour The Sky, We Are The Emergency, The Decline and Next Big Thing winners The Brow Horn Orchestra completing the line-up. Add that to skate comps, MC and dance comps, roving circus performers, open mic, artist signing, carnival rides and you’ve got yourself a party. Tickets are $16 from Heatseeker, Mills and 78 Records, while Midland locals can head to Wendy’s, Frozen Moments, City Of Swan libraries and Liquid Surf for tickets, or it’s $20 on the day from 11am.
ROTTOFEST A RIOT
The fact the Drum office almost got kicked off the island for getting a little over-excited was true testament to the amount of fun to be had at Rottofest on the weekend. Can’t wait til next year, if we’re allowed back…
This election is taking so long we’re almost thinking totalitarianism is an ace government model. Who’s up for a revote?
As if receiving some of the most widespread critical acclaim for any album this year wasn’t enough, Arcade Fire has produced the coolest video clip too. Jump on thewildernessdowntown.com to be amazed at the interactive interpretation of their track We Used To Wait. Hats off to the artist, Chris Milk.
With Sandilands’ douche-baggery and split from Jaber, Imbruglia’s tanties, Newton’s explosions and subsequent dumping and now Ronan Keating’s divorce (brought on by his horizontal dancing), the show’s got it all wrong; rather than showing the rise of half-talented people it should be a reality show about the fall of the hosts. Hasn’t shit TV learnt anything?
FREE LUNCH TACTICS
Want to gross out your workmates? Send them a link to the trailer for The Human Centipede. Worst movie ever? Yes! Best way to prevent your workmate from stomaching food (meaning you score a free lunch)? Yes!
Let’s hope Gunners’ Perth performance is nothing like their one at Reading Festival. Axl, please note: turning up late in the late 80’s/early 90’s might have been naughtily cool, but punctuality took over in the naughties. And when you do rock up, you need to rock up.
DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : ART VS. SCIENCE, TIM & JEAN: SEP 4 Capitol
The Bird, OCT 3 Fremantle Art Centre
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, OPTAMUS, WE ARE THE EMERGENCY and THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA: SEP 5 Midland Railway Workshops
ONE MOVEMENT TWILIGHT FESTIVAL: SARAH MCLACHLAN, COURT YARD HOUNDS, KATE MILLERHEIDKE, PAUL KELLY, TODD RUNDGREN’S JOHNSON, PINK MARTINI, LIL’ BAND O’ GOLD, KADANGYAN and more: OCT 8 Perth Esplanade
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
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,
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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, Parmelia Hilton Hotel and surrounds MILES AWAY ALBUM LAUNCH: OCT 15 Amplifier, OCT 16 Prince Of Wales, OCT 17 YMCA HQ BASTARDFEST: RUINS,
DYSCORD, BEYOND TERROR BEYOND GRACE, CLAIM THE THRONE, GROTESQUE, MALIGNANT MONSTER, NAILS OF IMPOSITION, ENFORCE, BORN INTO SUFFERING, DEVASTATOR, GALLOWS FOR GRACE, PSYCHONAUT, THE MIGHTY SCRAPE, MHORGL, NOCTIS, ENTRAILS ERADICATED, IDES OF MARCH, HUMAN EXTINCTION PROJECT, EMPIRES LAID WASTE and ARCHAIC: OCT 16 Civic Hotel
RTRFM RADIOTHON CLOSING PARTY ROSEMOUNT HOTEL, NORTH PERTH 28/08/10 RTRFM’s Radiothon closing party was one of epic proportions with bands rocking one stage, solo performers going easy at another and DJs entertaining the gap between in the beer garden. But it was a line-up that offered more than just for those with delicate taste, as a host of local talent ascended to give their love to the community station. Wolves At The Door began the proceedings at eight o’clock, too early for most punters, but it worked to the band’s favour providing a more intimate setting. Not getting carried away, they have enough restraint in their songwriting to know they don’t need to just strum away, instead letting pauses and feeling control the song, treating the listener to reverberated bliss. Meanwhile in Bar 459 there were a growing group of fans, and listeners alike, who couldn’t help but applaud James Teague and his humble folk songs. The solo man’s voice was just as strong as it was intriguing, not to mention the more than welcome banjo player he had help out for a few tracks. Things got heated up as the Rosemount increased in capacity with Will Stoker & The Embers. Dramatic, loud and visually exciting, Stoker and band where on top of their game with riffs and solos a plenty for one of the best performances of the night. Following in similar style, Young Revelry turned it up with dark and heavy songs boasting a wall of sound garage feel. Not exactly a band you love at first
SAGE FRANCIS, B. DOLAN: OCT 20 Rosemount SARAH BLASKO, SEJA: NOV 5 & 6 Astor Theatre LISA MITCHELL: NOV 10 The Quarry PARADISE IN BALI: NETSKY, MAKOTO, KRUST, DIE, MATRIX & FUTUREBOUND, BLACK SUN EMPIRE, STAMINA MC, THE UPBEATS, SQUIRE, BUNGLE, UTAH JAZZ, DJ LOW, RAGGA TWINS and more: NOV 14 & 15 Lotus Pond, GWK, Bali
listen but if you hang in there you’ll know how great they can be as they rocked harder and did it better than a lot of other bands out there. Many were set to catch The Tigers, local old faves around town (despite this young reviewer naively unaware of them) whose alternative rock had RTR written all over it. Despite being older lads they masterfully held the crowd’s attention with few lyrics, piano, trumpet plus a good measure of heavier riffs stuck in every now and then. On the other side of the venue it was Ghostdrums on stage with a drum kit covered in a sheet, a keyboard and a few other surprises as the one man band used his control of loops to brilliant effect. Changes in rhythm were smooth and there where plenty of listeners paying attention to the more ambient sounds. Harlequin League were the final act, as the crowd had peaked and now was left to a trickle. There wasn’t so much as a cough in reception after each song from an audience steadily leaving as the guys lost energy and went to a going through the motions performance. But that’s not to say the night ended on a down note, as overall it was great to see every performer thanking RTRFM and supporting the radio station that supports them as they continue the work they do keeping the public interested in the music of Perth. SEBASTIAN D’ALONZO
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JOHN BUTLER TRIO BY ELLE BORGWARD
JOHN BUTLER TRIO Fremantle Arts Centre 27/08/10 The evening’s chilled vibe was momentarily shaken by bright lights and blaring sirens announcing the Melbourne-based support band Blue King Brown’s arrival. Their urban roots style, accompanied by powerful messages, thrived live through the sheer energy of lead vocalist Natalie Pa’apa’a and the utterly relentless instrumental talent of the band. The set featured a bunch of new material from their latest album Worldwize and was a delectable mix of sensational, hard-hitting drums, percussion and vocals, offset by smooth bass and distinctive keys. Nifty bits like breaking into the tune of Billie Jean mid-song put crowd-conscious BKB in command. When the John Butler Trio finally sauntered on stage, the crowd quickly erupted into applause and wild screams, and almost immediately Butler burst into his insane trademark guitar plucking. The set switched between notable numbers from April Uprising such as C’mon Now, Don’t Wanna See Your Face No More, One Way Road and Revolution and previous hits including Used To Get High and Better Than. Vintage tracks Zebra and Peaches & Cream were definite crowd favourites, provoking loud off-key singalongs. It’s paramount to emphasise that JBT are unquestionably superior as a live act. Butler’s vocals are softer and more beautiful, losing some of the twang and gaining clarity. But it’s the incredible jam band vibe instrumentals stretching on for a blissful eternity between songs, and finally cumulating in a spectacular finale featuring percussion collaborations and crazy solos for each of the trio, that steals the show. Butler’s intricate command of several amplified acoustic instruments and episodic solos, the visual and auditory pleasure of Luiters’ on double bass and Bomba’s diverse drumming created a passioninfused performance enhanced only by Butler’s genuine love for his hometown crowd. KRISTY SYMONDS
OUTER RE ACHES
By the time the lady of the hour made her way onstage, the venue was packed to the brim with eager punters, and Australia’s freshly anointed indie princess was determined not to disappoint. Washington took her place behind her trademark red keyboard, backed by her all-male band, wearing her funky glasses and a pair of killer heels, before launching into 1997. Tracks from her debut album I Believe You, Liar provided much of the setlist, with Hardest Part and the beloved Clementine making early appearances. However, some of the best moments of her set came from lesser known tracks, such as her heartbreaking performance of Someone Else In Mind, which, despite her dismissal of it as “…a song about wanting to fuck my boyfriend’s best friend,” drew a beautifully measured, furious performance out of the pint-sized songstress. A sexually supercharged performance of Sunday Best, followed by Rich Kids saw her leave the stage, before the howling of the crowd coaxed her back for a solo rendition of her album’s haunting title track, before finishing, naturally, with her breakthrough hit Cement. ALEKSIA BARRON
THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER Rocket Room, Northbridge 28/08/10
An eclectic (or rather a little bit ‘thrown together’) line-up greeted early comers to the Northbridge leg of The Bedroom Philosopher’s grand world tour of Australia. Simone & Girlfunkle offered up an early pun to the evening’s promise of comedic entertainment. Gilroy brought with them more of a standard rock sound. Where does the guy from Stereoflower get his accent from? Maybe he’s from Melbourne, they talk funny there. Anyways, they opened up with The Cocaine Bebop – a cool song. Tight and quickly turning pro, the rocking melodic Stereoflower sound is coming along nicely; evidenced with the new tune Easy St and an increasingly confident band swagger. The headline artiste The Bedroom Philosopher (and his ‘Awkwardstra’) do an epitome of the Melbourne indie-parody. The BP is an interesting guy, hilarious and awkward, he tells us he grew up an only child in Tasmania and now lives in Melbourne. So the bespectacled observer of all things pretentious, touring the new album Songs From The 86 Tram, began with a homage to all musical genres horribly Australian. AC/DC and bogan-rock copped an early serve, as did Aussie hip hop. Like a good comedian, location specific jokes are easy, especially when you’ve just visited Bunbury – “like Summer Bay meets Guantanamo Bay”. There appeared to be a strange annoyance in the air, perhaps because of the relatively rare comedy at a rock music venue dynamic, but if that upset people then it’s their own stupid fault. Admittedly though it was hard to hear across the dominating bar. Sensing the mood, the Awkwardstra shifted back away from the social commentary with a, “Fuck words! Who wants to hear songs with drums?” Then while a large proportion of drunks weren’t paying attention the solid outfit on stage churned out funny stuff about drifting off on public transport, new-media and Melbourne. Finishing off the set with the piss-funny single Northcote (So Hungover), suitably cool complaints to the sound guy, and an indulgent number of tambourines, The Bedroom Philosopher and his talented Awkwardstra bode us a bemused goodbye. DANIEL PARKINSON
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Fly By Night, Fremantle 27/08/10 With every ticket sold out, a decent number of punters were already inside the Fly when opener Scott Spark played his set. With a series of tunes consisting of his inoffensive vocal coupled with every retro keyboard setting he could find, he helped set the indie, kitschy vibe for the night, thanks partly to his magnificent jumper which boasted a hand-knitted Vegemite logo. Unfortunately, his clothing choice was the most memorable thing about a set that failed to deliver any real bite. His songs lacked staying power, and his on-stage persona made him seem like a poor man’s Dan Kelly – which was particularly redundant, given that Dan Kelly was next up on the stage, sans his Dream Band but with a drum machine. Sporting his trademark gravity-defying ‘do, he delivered a fabulously off-kilter set peppered with his madcap lyrics which kept the crowd thoroughly entertained. If there’s a criticism to be made of Mr Kelly, it’s that his banter is so charming and funny, it actually outstrips the impact of his songs.
GROWLING LOUD With their inclusion on the 2011 Southbound line-up and the recording of their debut EP agonisingly close to being finished, The Growl decided it’s time to kick out the jams with a Norfolk Basement residency on Thursday’s in September. Tonight Thursday 2 they’re joined by Wolves At The Door and guests and next Thursday 9, Hootenanny joins them.
HOORAY, HOORAH! With their name derived from the Incan language Quechua, meaning ‘The Wind’, Huaira are a five-piece group have been together since 1984 and play a wide variety of South American instruments. Come down to Kulcha on Saturday 3 September and listen to the breathtaking sounds of the panpipes created by the hauntingly beautiful Andean music of Huaira. Presale tickets are $10 or $12 on the door.
NO REST FOR THE WICKED Prepare to be woken up tonight Thursday 2 September as Oh Snap dose you up with your weekly party fix. The almighty Hyperfest is almost here, so help us welcome this great festival with an exciting pre-party at Black Bettys with some very special guests. Rising stars We Are The Emergency will be taking the headlining along with hardcore hustlers Mandalay Victory and The Decline.
DOUBLE MYINT This Saturday 4 September, X-Wray Café plays host to Perth’s most intricate, delicate and heartfelt songwriters. Khin Myint has been gigging around Freo for years now, and on a recent self-imposed exile to the mountains in India to produce his latest album he has honed his songwriting abilities even further. Prita Grealy joins him from 9pm.
SECTIONED OFF This Sunday 5 September at the Newport, The Coalminers Sect return to the stage in what will be their last show before their album launch in October. Get down early for a beer from 6pm and enjoy some good old rock’n’roll and catch them with Nervada Pilot, 44th Sunset and The Love Junkies. The Coalminers launch their album at the Rocket Room on Saturday 2 October.
BACK TO PEAKS After a three-month hiatus to work on new material for their highly anticipated second album, The Atlas Mountains return to the live performing circuit with a show at Manhattans this Friday 3 September. The crowd will also be treated to Wolves At The Door and The Old Croak.
TRAMP STAMP Cal Peck & The Tramps return to Devilles Pad this Friday 3 September as part of their ongoing monthly residency. Doors open at 5pm with free entry before 8pm and $10 after. As always, there will be heaps of swinging tunes and all kinds of crazy action to keep you entertained before Cal Peck & The Tramps take the stage around 11pm.
How did you go about recording? It was recorded and mastered by Dr Alien Smith at Bergerk Studios, we took our time to record the album and it took us about three weeks all up but we staggered it over six months, doing that gave us time to perfect everything. Tell us about your launch party: Rosemount Hotel this Friday 3 September with Schvendes, Hayley Beth and Davey Craddock. The Rosemount is one of our favourite venues in Perth we have a lot of fond memories from there. We are really excited about the line-up we are
EXPERIMENTAL, AND THE MUSIC LEFT-OFCENTRE WITH OLIVER LAING Historically, experimental music has had a somewhat confused relationship with more popular forms of musical expression. One example of certain musicians’ predilection for exclusivity comes from the po-faced new music composers of the ‘60s. They envisaged that their challenging serialist compositions would only be able to be appreciated and understood by a tiny cabal of those in the know– mostly other composers! Around the same time period, musicians driven by a more dynamic and less rigorously theoretical muse were mixing experimental techniques and sounds with more popular forms to create new and startling hybrids. The results were often derided by the cognoscenti of the day as being ‘bubblegum’ music, but also placed in the too hard basket by most pop listeners. Such musical mavericks laid the foundations for much of the genre cross-pollination that is typical of today’s musical universe. An early example of mixing such disparate elements together was New York’s Silver Apples. Lead by mop-topped instrument maker Simeon, their 1968 self-titled debut was a collision of pulsing minimalistic synthesisers played with a certain rock’n’roll swagger. A contemporary critic wrote; “What’s so amazing is that they make absolutely mind shattering music with all this junky equipment.” Hinting at the popular potential of such an approach, the single Oscillations, which today still sounds fresh and compelling, made it into the top 10 of the charts in numerous American cities. Active from the early ‘70s until his untimely death in 1992, avant-garde disco-folk-electronic auteur Arthur Russell embodied genre collisions with every unpredictable step he took. His earliest works were rooted within a compositional framework, but also borrowed simple, gentle melodies and popular progressions from a variety of sources. Russell is probably best known for his quirky, lopsided take on disco with tracks such as Go Bang and Is It All Over My Face. Since 2004, there has been resurgence of interest in this most compelling musician, with releases from a massive tape archive promising to continue for many years. Royal Trux was one of my favourite outfits from the late ‘80s to mid ‘90s. Rooted in the bluesy guitar playing of Neil Hagerty and the Marlboro coated vocal chords of Jennifer Herema, their take on US indie, ’70s boogie rock and The Rolling Stones remains vital and compelling. Their early singles and albums balanced the white-hot hermetic intensity of too much time spent indoors with pharmaceuticals and a freewheeling experimentation that encompassed everything from The Velvet Underground to Ornette Coleman. Fast forwarding to this century, honourable mention must be made of Panda Bear. Whilst on sabbatical from Animal Collective, Noah Lomax’s 2007 album Person Pitch was a seamless melding of Beach Boys vocal styles, Basic Channel style abstract techno, found sounds and an inscrutable pop sensibility. Coming full circle, I recall music critic and blogger Simon Reynolds mentioning hearing album opener Comfy In Nautica booming from an open jeep in NY. Now that’s a serious crossover right there…
LAUNCH PAD Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day one to now: Minute 36 started as a solo project by Kris Nelson, he made the first EP on his own and played around WA for two years. In 2009 Mark Neal and Nathan Grose joined the band and they began writing for the next CD. Since Minute 36 became a trio they have won a 2009 WAM Song Of The Year award, placed highly in band comps, played festivals, toured and built a loyal following in WA.
playing with some of our favourite WA acts. What’s next for your band? After the WA album launch tour, Minute 36 will be releasing a single with a video clip and touring to promote it. Minute 36 are also heading over to tour the east coast early 2011. And in the coming months we have planned a couple of double headline tours around regional WA. Kris has also begun writing for the next album. WHO: Minute 36 WHAT: An Argument Between The Taste And The Feeling (Firestarter) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 3 September Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
Excitingly, there’s an abundance of touring acts heading this way in the near future. Bringing together many of the musical urges mentioned above, Sun Araw play at The Bakery on Saturday 9 October, followed the next night Sunday 10 by the reverb-blunted folk musings of Grouper at the same venue. Ambient doom descends on Mojo’s on Thursday 14 October in the form of Aidan Baker and Nadja. There’s also a rumour that Pimmon may be heading this way with his distinct brand of cerebral electronica. Club Zho presents Robbie Avenaim and the Granular Synthesis composers collective on Monday 12 October at The Bakery. Running until mid September in the Pilbara region and Broome, search out Melbourne sound artist Phillip Samartzis’ surround sound installations presented by Tura New Music. THE DRUM MEDIA 2 SEPTEMBER 2010 • 29
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THE MAN IN BLACK
Regal Theatre, Subiaco 26/08/10 A theatre full of grey hairs was on hand as the traveling Johnny Cash tribute show starring Tex Perkins as the lead role finally rolled into Perth. Backing band The Tennessee Four took the stage first and there were familiar faces with Peter Luscombe (of the RocKwiz band) behind the drum kit. After they started their introduction, out walked tonight’s man in black who immediately said, “Hello, I’m… Tex Perkins!” As soon as he stepped up to his old timey microphone and belted out the opening words of I Walk The Line in a baritone voice that was uncannily similar to Cash’s, the crowd looked at each other in disbelief as it was immediately apparent the man best known for his work fronting The Cruel Sea and the Beasts Of Bourbon was going to give us the next best thing to actually seeing Cash perform. Attention to small detail was apparent as Perkins strummed his unplugged acoustic guitar to get the strumming sounds heard throughout much of Cash’s catalogue. As the band continued through such classics as Get Rhythm, Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down and more, Rachael Tidd entered the stage as June Carter Cash and the two performed a stirring rendition of Bob Dylan’s It Ain’t Me Babe going into the break. The second half started with a re-enactment of the Live At Folsom Prison performance with such prison themed tracks as Folsom Prison Blues, A Boy Named Sue and 25 Minutes To Go getting the crowd hooting and hollering like inmates. Lead guitarist Shane Reilly almost stole the show with his mastery of the Telecaster, replicating Carl Perkins’ signature sound flawlessly. Traversing the Man In Black’s life in chronological order, the show ended aptly with Hurt from his American Recordings era and the last song he ever performed in public, which was at his wife’s funeral, Ring Of Fire. Returning for a barnstorming encore made up of a medley of tracks from the show, The Man In Black was a top shelf production from all involved with the perfect combination of music, storytelling and humour. MATTHEW HOGAN
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CULTURE CLASH RELAUNCH Newport Hotel, Fremantle 26/08/10
With all in attendance to help launch Culture Clash, the latest rejuvenated addition to Perth’s regular live music scene, Thursday nights at The Newport appear in good hands. Going the extra mile each week with a free sausage sizzle, mix-CD swap, free entry, resident DJs and various visual displays (in this case the nightmare inducing Return To Oz) a prosperous future looks imminent for mid-week original live music
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in Freo. First to grace the Culture Clash stage were Wolves At The Door and the trio used their minimal guitars to full effect extracting some strong dynamics through pertinent dual-gender vocal delivery and some purposeful, powerful drumming bringing life to each song. Split Seconds followed with their harmony drenched, effortless nu-folk and even managed to pull a trio of lasses, who were under the impression they were at Metro’s, onto the dancefloor to shake some booty. To draw a single negative from the set, musicians constantly changing instruments is entirely unnecessary and in this scribe’s opinion generally comes across as pretentious, however if that’s what it takes for this band to perform with the fun and freshness that they brought to each new song then so be it, as the strength of Split Seconds is the sheer enjoyment they appear to be receiving just through performing their own music. Sydneysiders Parades closed the night and managed to perfectly capture emotion and angst with their complex atmospherics and challenging harmonies. Anyone who has caught one of drummer Jonathan Boulet’s stimulating sets over the last six months knows the quality of product to expect from this, his regular band. And quality it was, maintaining audience interest through up to four vocalists, a wide range of samples, a possessed bass player and various interludes, the art rock act proved that the sum of all parts is much greater than one high profile member. LUKE BUTCHER
Swan Basement, North Fremantle 29/08/10 If the heat of last Sunday afternoon didn’t give you enough of a reason to head down to the Swan Basement for a beer or three, the line-up of this week’s Gignition was certainly reason enough for most. With a mix of heavy metal, punk, alternative and indie rock this afternoon’s talent had a little somethin’ for everyone. Starting off their set with plenty of support As We Fall got straight into business with some heavy tunes and insane vocals. Sounding similar to the likes of Parkway Drive, these five boys rocked out to a crowd that enjoyed every second of what they had to offer. Second up and with a professionalism that can be admired, The Frighteners slowed down the mood as they gave Gignition a dose of indie alternative rock. From mellow melodic and catchy tunes to thick upbeat toe tappers these gentlemen made their 30-minute set fly by as their range of rhythms and sounds gave them a maturity beyond their years. Next up and seemingly anything but silent, The Silence In-Between was bursting with punk-rock energy, yet at times able to calm it down with some softer sounding intros. As the set progressed, their heavier sections became a bit too much of the same. Including even more of that softer sound they did so well in their intros could really compliment their vocalist’s style and shake things up a bit. The foursome by the name Delusions Of Grandeur were warmly welcomed onto the stage with a big cheer from a crowd ready to get right into it. Their intriguing intros drew you into their set that was not only tight but polished near perfection. Rough and raw vocals accompanied by some strong rock melodies, you know the kind that make you want to dance in your seat, made for a solid performance by this band. And on that note, an all round solid performance tonight, showing off the diverse range of homegrown talent we have here in P-town. AIMEE SOMERVILLE
ROCKIN’ OUT Get ready for a night of alternative rock at the Rocket Room. Hot off the release of their single Picnic University, Thursdays Page are headlining the show with their unique brand of grungey hard rock. State Of Order, The Bob Gordons and grunge new comers Karma Fx are supporting. Catch the show this Saturday 4 September from 8pm.
HAVE A BOWL If a night of lawn balls, sausage sizzles, cheap drinks and relaxing acoustic tunes sounds like your type of night, then head down to the North Freo Bowls Club this Friday 3 September. Entry is only $5 with free lawn bowls games until midnight with half hour sets from Brendan Gaspari, Danni Ammon, Adrian Hoffmann, Jordon Azor Trio and The Quixotics. Feel free to bring the kids.
IT’S PLAYTIME BOYS Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys will be playing a free show at Subiaco Arts Centre this Sunday 5 September. Having toured with legendary rhythm & blues saxophonist Jay McNeely, and have recently performed shows with legends Syl Johnson and Betty Harris, free tickets will be available on the day from 1.15pm, with the concert starting at 2pm.
IN FULL EFFECT It’s a busy weekend coming up for Minky G & The Effects with an appearance this Friday 3 September at Soulaverse Unplugged at The Leederville Hotel, and Sunday 5 at Manhattans. Friday night at The Funk Club will feature Rae, Tree, and members of the Brow Horn Orchestra and The Accumulated Gestures. Minky G will play a solo set early in the night before the band later.
HE COMES IN PEACE He’s a true legend of Australian music thanks to his work as frontman of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock, and now Ross Wilson has released his latest solo album I Come In Peace. See Wilson and his band The Peaceniks at Secret Harbour Golf Club tonight Thursday 2 September; Fly By Night on Friday 3; and Charles Hotel on Saturday 4.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & RICO Joining Calling All Cars as they kick start their Hold, Hold, Fire album tour in WA is Sons Of Rico along with Numbers Radio and Young Revelry at the Rosemount Hotel this Saturday 4 September. Be sure to get down early so you don’t miss a minute of the action.
MONDA JAZZ This Monday 6 September at the Charles Hotel for Perth Jazz Society, three of Perth’s most talented jazz saxophonists – Jim Cook, Roger Garrood and Ben Collins will pay homage to the straight ahead, swinging, bluesy, sultry sax players in jazz. These musicians will explore the styles and trends of the jazz saxophone throughout its illustrious history from Ben Webster and Stanley Turrentine, to Stan Getz and Joshua Redman. $15 from 8pm.
PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY For the first time since he left the band back 2001, it’s looking like Further Seems Forever will be reuniting with original singer Chris Carrabba. Speculation grew after the band posted a video on furtherseemsforever.com of them rehearsing The Moon Is Down from their debut album of the same name. In the video Carrabba is on vocals, and once the clip ends, the word “spring” appears. Founding member of Of Mice & Men, Kiwi born Jaxin Hall has decided to leave the band. “Of Mice & Men has been both the biggest adventure I’ve ever undertaken and also the most rewarding project I’ve ever been able to be a part of... But, I have decided that I can no longer be a part of Of Mice & Men.” He is said to be hanging up his bass for a while to focus on the clothing company he runs, LoveBeforeGlory. Famously Twitter limits tweeters to 140 characters to get their message across, yet this week Say Anything’s Max Bemis used twitlonger.com to give followers a 13,000+ character update on the band. You can read the opus by visiting www.twitlonger. com/show/3a1dcn. But here are the two main points Bemis shared: “Say Anything has made the unanimous decision to not break up.” He also used the extended Tweet to announce that the band had parted ways with their label RCA/Sony “Whether it will be an indie or major label will depend on who is most in line with our vision of the kind of band we are and want to become. We certainly are in no mood to let ourselves get kicked around by people who don’t get us.”
SHORT FAST REPORT TOP 4 No Sleep Til Perth: Mark Saturday 12 December down in your calendars and buy yourself an early Christmas present. The Perth line-up includes Megadeth, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Parkway Drive, Gwar, Alkaline Trio, Frenzal Rhomb, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red, Katatonia and more. It’s all happening at Arena Joondalup and tickets go on sale September 9. Bring Me The Horizon: They’ve unveiled It Never Ends, the first single from the album with a title long enough to make Fiona Apple jealous, There Is A Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is A Heaven Let’s Keep It A Secret and it’s a cracker! The album hits stores October 8 and the band are here next week to support Bullet For My Valentine. Soundwave: As I type this the promoter just tweeted that the Melbourne event is close to 80 per cent sold! So if you wanna get along to the shows in Feb/March I’d suggest sorting a ticket ASAP. Jonny Craig has rejoined Dance Gavin Dance: Yep after he was kicked out in 2007, Jonny is back. “I sat down and talked with Emarosa, and I told them that we can make this work. It’s going to be real easy”
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WHAT DO YOU DESIRE?
Perth based electronic duo, consisting of Paulina Caine and Henry Kubik, Basic Desire have put together some beautifully crafted electronic music with silky smooth vocals for their five track EP. Caine will be appearing at the Conscious Living Expo at Claremont Showgrounds tonight Thursday 2 through to Saturday 4 September.
STRANGE BREW From the heat of 1960s Jamaica through the London Two Tone scene of the ‘80s to modern day worldwide ska/pop/rock/punk, Special Brew produce a sound that is an energetic combination of them all. In the last 12 months, they’ve played at Parklife, One Movement, and now they play Kulcha this Saturday 4 September.
TINPAN ORANGE Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day one to now: Jesse is my brother. I’ve known him all my life. We started strumming guitars and singing when we were teenagers. We met Alex at a music festival. He was camping next to us and woke us up one night with his violin. Then I got my heart broken and had to start writing songs (...that old story). And the rest is history.
GENE WILDER Tonight Thursday 2 September, The Wilderness play Manhattans. These guys have a very robust and slick rock sound definitely worth drinking to. The Witness, Higgs Boson and Manic State in their debut appearance are all supporting. Entry to this one is $5 from 8pm.
Tell us about your release: We are releasing our new single Like Snow. It is the first song we have recorded from an album that doesn’t exist yet. We will be writing and recording the rest over summer. Like Snow sounds like old French movies.
album well on the way to it’s release, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels play Amplifier Bar this Saturday 4 September in just their second headline show this year. Recently supporting Birds Of Tokyo, Katie Noonan & The Captains and Lior, the band find solid support from Boom! Bap! Pow!, Split Seconds and Amanda Merdzan.
MOLTEN LAVA This Sunday 5 September, The Moltens having nearly won the Mojo Rising band comp some weeks ago are back in full flight ready to play Manhattans. Also playing are Namoowolf Downs and Minky G & The Effects. Those mad Moltens will be doing a DJ set before the show to raise the temperature. Entry is $5 from 6pm.
BAND OF BENEDICT This Sunday 5 September at The Bird, Benedict Moleta Band will be joined by Rosie Halsmith on glockenspiel, playing songs from recent album Timesheet, along with some older tracks. Simone & Girlfunkle follow their recent EP launch with a full band show, with a solo set from Miranda Pollard. $5 from 7pm.
CAUDLE IN THE WIND
NELSON MUNTZ Finally out of the studio with their long awaited debut
How did you go about recording it? We produced it with Tinpan and Harry Angus (The Cat Empire) at home. It was cosy. Tell us about your launch party: We’re going to be launching it at the Fly By Night on Saturday 4 September. Grace Barbe (acoustic) is supporting. It’s going to be a very full and merry and evening.
Not long back from another stint in the US, Perth singersongwriter Travis Caudle is returning to The Paddo for a Father’s Day show this Sunday 5 September. While taking time out in New York in between touring across North America, the musician fine-tuned some new tracks. Free from 7pm. Also see him at The Windsor on Wednesday 8.
WAM UPDATE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH JUSTINE THORNLEY
THE BIG SOUND BIG DEAL! WAM members can take advantage of special member pricing to attend Bigsound, 8-10 September, Fortitude Valley Brisbane. Bigsound is one of the most respected and fastest growing music business events in the Asia Pacific region. Produced by Q Music (Queensland’s own “WAM”), Bigsound features three days of panels, workshops and artist showcases for local, national and international music industry representatives. For more information, head to www.qmusic.com.au/ bigsound/2010.
WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU? “When you strum a guitar you have everything – rhythm, bass, lead and melody” – David Gilmore, Pink Floyd. Giving leads and connecting the local music industry is the West Australian Music Industry Association. Membership starts from just $30, Visit www.wam.asn.au and join today!
What’s next for your band? We are heading over to Europe to support The Cat Empire in October. We’ll be visiting 20 cities in 30 days! We are all quite excited. Then it’s back home for a summer full of festivals and touring. TPO is busy... and happy.
This Thursday 2 September, Josh Ramsay launches his album Primordial at Mojo’s. This man isn’t reinventing the wheel on this new album but he does know a thing or two about tales of survival. Special guests support and entry is $10 from 8pm.
SICK SICK SICK Death metal fans, fear not. In addition to supporting Napalm Death and Dying Fetus last night at Amps, Indonesia’s scariest metallers Death Vomit are sticking around for a headline show. With a new album due out next year on Xenophobic Records, the first Indonesian band to release a live DVD take in The Den on Saturday 4 September with support from Grotesque, Nails Of Imposition, Khariot and Devour The Martyr.
WHO: Tinpan Orange WHAT: Like Snow (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 4 September, Fly By Night, Fremantle
IN THE NICK OF TIME
This Sunday 5 September, come down to Markets At Mojo’s and find yourself some treasures at Mojo’s first Sunday Session Market. On sale on this magical bargain day will be clothing, records, jewellery and art. As well as the markets enjoy sounds from Sonspilo Circus, James Teague, Hunting Huxley, Big Old Bears, Sean Thomas and Coco & Co plus DJs. 10am-3.30pm.
Fresh from a lightning quick visit to Melbourne and Sydney last weekend, The DomNicks are about to embark on a mini-tour of Perth this month. The kings of rock and soul slayed shows at the Spanish Club in Melbourne, and a packed out show at The Annandale in Sydney. Tonight Thursday 2 September the band will play the first of two shows at the Mustang Bar.
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FLOORED VOLTAIRE TWINS Rosemount Hotel, North Perth 27/08/10 It seemed getting out of the city on a night where Perth’s transit system had gone in to perpetual meltdown was going to be more of a mission impossible than first expected. As such, unfortunately Seams were missed on this occasion. From enquiry, their blend of acoustic backed melodies and crisp guitar licks made a fine start to the night’s proceedings. Keeping things cool in-between live sets was DJ Craig Hollywood, making the wait for Carl Fox and others that much more enjoyable. Mr Fox’s debut studio album Chunky Rainbow has been creating positive waves since its release earlier this year. Presenting a primarily electronic mixture of catchy candy pop indie, Carl Fox’s live show is a brave attempt to convey all the power of the studio in a live arrangement. Complete with live drummer, guitarist and bassist, keyboardist and virtual drummer, they went about creating a mix of distorted guitars, well mixed electro and live drum tracks, synth bass burps, arpeggiated glistening chimes and lustrous vocals. The audience reaction was one of uncertainty yet conveyed
enjoyment. It seems that Carl Fox’s music journey is on the right path, but to where is not exactly clear. The final support Emperors, a band who have earned immense respect and several accolades this year already, hit the stage running. Their set not only contrasted the electronic vibe of the previous bands, but provided an alternative rock vibe to back up the night’s electronic indie bias. There was not a long wait for the main act and stars of the show to come on stage. Voltaire Twins are an act set in a realm of their very own and they have come along way in the local music scene, with tonight’s EP launch being a testament to their hard electronic pop efforts paying off. Tonight front members Tegan and Jaymes, fashioned matching feathered head dress, not too far away from the vivid outfits worn by Empire Of The Sun’s frontman Luke Steele, adding to the overall visual impact of this lively act. Now familiar live drummer Matt provided the necessary slapping drum track that ensured the dance elements are well catered for, while the sound reinforcement of the Rosemount’s PA was for the first time on the night being put to the test and providing good results. The contrast between the lyrical content of the EP title track Cabin Fever and the song’s uplifting and nostalgic feeling melodies are example of how Voltaire Twins are able to mix the deeper feelings of tragic life events, with an eruption of pleasing yet dominating harmonious
IN THE MIX – TOP ALBUMS OF THE LAST 10 YEARS 1. Since I Left You THE AVALANCHES 2. Discovery DAFT PUNK 3. Untrue BURIAL 4. Kid A RADIOHEAD 5. Silent Shout THE KNIFE 6. Demon Days GORILLAZ 7. Involver SASHA 8. Original Pirate Material THE STREETS 9. Movements BOOKA SHADE 10. Destroy Rock & Roll MYLO passage. The night’s dancing frenzy and climatic end left all those party to this exhibition with a feeling of longing for more. MIGUEL CUEVAS
DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL
LEE COOMBS @ AMBAR
GRANTLEY HYDE YOUR STYLE? Jackin’ electro house. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKY TODAY? Two toasted ham and cheese sandwiches, Cheesecake Shop mudcake. Mmmmmm. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? Pioneer CDJ1000/2000’s, DJM 800 for DJing. Macbook Pro, APC 40, MPK 61 for production. YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DJ SET? The Fuzz launch party mid 2007 (I think) at The Como Hotel. Went great, I remember being so nervous before and then it was over too soon. BEST DJ IN PERTH: There are so many great DJs in Perth at the moment but I would have to say ShockOne.. A true Perth artist that keeps growing from strength to strength. Also there’s nothing like a ShockOne boat party set. WHAT DO YOU DO IN REAL LIFE? Too much. Study Geographical Information Science, work full time at RPM, Event manager for
Destination? and dirt biking. WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU GO TO AND WHO’S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON TO COME OUT IT? Aquinas College, would have to say Daniel Kerr.. Shame his team isn’t! IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE IN THE WORLD TO BE YOUR BESTIE, WHO’D IT BE? Snoop Dogg fo shizle THE BEST TRACK THAT NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR? Zinc – 128 Trek.. Killer! MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? Anyone with a big original sound. Lee Mortimer, Foamo, Miles Dyson, DJ Zinc, Santiago & Bushido, MC Flipside, Stereo:Type and so many more. Though I have to say it was really the local DJs at Ambar that got me in to it in the first place. WHAT DO YOUR FOLKS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: They like it. Would probably prefer me to focus on buying a house, finishing my degree and other ‘normal’ things but they understand. I think. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED? Destination? fifth birthday party
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playing b2b with Lyndon after Foamo & Miles Dyson, don’t think I’ve ever seen Ambar that crazy. Not to mention my hangover the next day! WHAT CREWS DO YOU BELONG TO? Destination?, Extended Play, Glitz, Culture Clash, Soundtrack For Summer. ANY RELEASES OUT, OR IN THE PIPELINE? James Francis and I just did a remix for Mikey Dalton, which is coming out on the Destination? Label, called Trash Talker. Also working on a few other tracks and remixes. BEST PLACE IN PERTH TO: A) ROCK OUT: Ambar of course! B) CHILL OUT: Little Creatures C) PASS OUT: Couch, any couch D) PICK UP AND GET OUT: Fore upstairs at The Scotto. GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? Miles Dyson – Saturday 11 September @ Villa; Parklife – Sunday 26 September @ Wellington Square, East Perth; Destination? – Friday 29 October @ Ambar, Perth
PERSONALITY TEST TODD TERJE
How would your mum describe you? A very kind, humble and smart kid, who never should’ve given up painting. And of course that I’m a hell of a dishwasher, which I am. What’s one genre you would remove off the face of the earth and why? Tough question. Of course I hate 90 per cent of all music, but have to accept that bad music actually makes me shine. That way I win by default. Who inspires you musically? Right now, Simon Jeffes of Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Steve Reich (his marimba pieces!). Can’t think of anyone else right now, as my brain is in vacation mode. Name three tracks currently
detonating your dancefloor. Kink – Existence; this is almost too cheesy, but it does what it’s supposed to. Lots and lots of pianos. Kwanzaa Posse - Musika (Murk remixes); reminds of why I got into house in the first place. Who did they steal those beats from? Kitty Winter – New Morning (Prins Thomas edit); old favourite of mine, and a minor hit on the Norwegian jazz dance scene (what?). Tell us about a classic dancefloor moment. Me playing Ultra Nate’s Free on Lowlife (London) many years ago, everybody leaving the dancefloor, haha. I guess we have a more relaxed attitude towards radio hits in Oslo. What’s the musical achievement you’re most proud of? My A in classical piano at the university (a
true virtuoso)! What’s one record you’re embarrassed to admit you own? Outhere Brothers - Fuk U In Ur Ass. I do actually play it out, but usually have to hide somewhere until the third chorus when they finally get into it. Spike Milligan quipped he’d like his tombstone to read ‘I told you I was ill’ – what would be on yours? Hahaha. Maybe just quote the whole monologue from the scary guy in the end of Thriller? What’s something that really annoys you? Right now I’m really annoyed that the wasps won’t let me eat my breakfast in peace. I cut one of them in two with my knife (I feel like Mr Miyagi), but the others won’t take the hint.
TRACK BY TRACK KATY PERRY
Teenage Dream EMI Is that a cloud Katy Perry is wrapped in on the cover of Teenage Dream, or is it fairy floss/cotton candy? Take a deep breath of the package in your hands and it’s clearly the latter, which also makes it clear that Perry is inviting listeners to think beyond what they see on the surface; to not judge a book by its cover; to unlearn what they have learned. Perry has subverted the pop paradigm since her 2008 breakout hit I Kissed A Girl rendered the career of ‘90s one hit wonder Jill Sobule obsolete, breathing life into the words of song doctors Max Martin and Cathy Dennis (not to mention Desmond Child on Waking Up In Vegas) in ways that contemporaries Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Pink have never quite managed in the past. On Teenage Dream, Perry takes this skill to breathtaking new heights, bravely inviting even more song doctors to the operating theatre but sounding more like herself than ever before. Across 12 tracks she signals her arrival as an ‘album artist’ – but one who’ll be dropping singles off her latest full-length well into 2011. 1. TEENAGE DREAM A gentle guitar motif fades into focus, Perry cooing about (presumably) a man who is able to see her for who she is, even without make-up. Producers Martin, Dr Luke and Benny Blanco deliver a masterclass in restraint, holding back the bells and whistles where lesser talents would show off all the tricks up their sleeves. 2. LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (TGIF)
Perry gives voice to the suburban malaise, of letting your hair down without a care in the world and waking up the next morning to put the pieces together – and then doing it all again next weekend. Saturday Night Live saxophonist Lenny Pickett captures her pain and heartache wonderfully in his solo turn. 3. CALIFORNIA GURLS (FEAT SNOOP DOGG) Snoop Dogg welcomes all and sundry to “take a journey”, appropriately over subtly building rave stabs. Perry’s California is more Technicolor than The Beach Boys could have possibly imagined, and even Snoop himself struggles to capture the zeitgeist in his middle 16. Though he does rhyme
“bikinis” with “zucchinis” in typically effortless fashion. 4. FIREWORK “Do you ever feel/Like a plastic bag/ Drifting through the wind/Wanting to start again,” Perry asks, giving voice to the insecurities of millions the world over before Stargate’s euphoric orchestral stabs explode into a chorus which lets you know everything is indeed going to be alright. Why? “‘Cause baby, you’re a firework.” 5. PEACOCK Perry turns the tables on decades of misogynistic gangsta rappers, demanding to see the contents of a prospective lover’s pouch. Or maybe it’s about a bird and its plumage. Either way, its handclaps,
trance synths and middle eight are irresistible. Make no mistake – this deceptively simple multi-level club rocker is a serious track of the year contender. 6. CIRCLE THE DRAIN An audibly emotional Perry pleas with the addict in her life to pull it together so she doesn’t have to watch him/her “circle the drain”, capturing the perils of drug addiction on disc with more power than even Alice In Chains’ 1992 heroin tribute Dirt. 7. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY Perry once again bares her soul about a boy lost, a heart broken, dreams shattered. If you used to make out in a Mustang listening to Radiohead before turning 18, how can anything else compare? 8. ET What to say to a prospective lover who you don’t understand? “Infect me with your loving/Fill me with your poison.” Here Perry is not just a singer, but a role model. 9. WHO AM I LIVING FOR? Where others would have delivered a power ballad much sooner, Perry holds off until the home stretch, producer Tricky Stewart laying down a widescreen yet minimal production bed for her to question the vagaries of life and trying to win the war within. If Umbrella was Stewart’s Star Wars, this is his The Empire Strikes Back, right down to a coda which will weigh on the heart for days to come. 10. PEARL If Firework was Perry’s Before Sunrise, this is her Before Sunset – a similar tale, 10 years older, and not necessarily wiser.
LIMELITE – GRANT SMILLIE @ METROPOLIS FREMANTLE
THE CUBE @ SHAPE
RTR RADIOTHON PARTY @ ROSEMOUNT HOTEL
THE LOFT @ GEISHA
putting a ring on it isn’t always the answer. It’s a stark reminder from Perry as the end credits roll that dreams, teenage or otherwise, don’t always come true – but if you dare to dream, anything is possible. Even scented CDs. GLORIA LEWIS
11. HUMMINGBIRD HEARTBEAT On this tale of the bird and the bees, Perry plays the role of the bird, promising to “make you bloom like a flower” and assuring you that “the taste of your honey is so sweet”, successfully positioning herself as the David Attenborough of pop in the process. 12. NOT LIKE THE MOVIES Almost a response to Beyonce’s Single Ladies, Teenage Dream’s sad conclusion has Perry admitting that
JUKEBOX GEMS Imagine you’re on death row. What’s your last meal request? If my death row is in Sydney, I’ll order a pile of sushi from the fish market. Name one person living or dead you would love to party with and why. I’d love to party with the 15 year old Terje. I’d tell him “Don’t be so shy and boring, all the other kids are doing fine. See that girl over there? Go over and kiss her. See that bottle of vodka? Go ahead, have a sip, you won’t die.” What can we expect to hear from you in the near future? Music from my forthcoming label (still with no name) and cameo appearances on a couple of other lovely labels.
Miss You “As if the Rolling Stones are ever going to go disco,” was no doubt a popular sentiment among Stones fans in the latter half of the ‘70s. But in 1978 Mick, Keef and the boys released their 14th album Some Girls and this disco gem was the opening track. It’s said that Mick Jagger wrote the song while jamming with ‘The Fifth Beatle’ Billy Preston, while drummer Bill Wyman says his four-to-the-floor/Philadelphia style beat was brought on by the time he’d been spending down at the local discothèque. This rock-going-disco track predates Kiss’ I Was Made For Loving You Baby, Blondie’s Heart Of Glass, Pink Floyd’s Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) and even Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy. Long live The Stones. You can do your own rendition of this song and more at Devilles Pad each Thursday at Jon Madd’s Rock’N’Roll Karaoke.
WHEN & WHERE: Friday 10 September, The Manor, Leederville
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PEZ @ THE BIRD
Known for skip hop classics The Festival Song and Ain’t Got Time, Melbourne’s Pez is back in the studio working on the follow-up album to his debut album A Mind Of My Own. But before he does that, he’s heading to WA for a series of dates with Optamus’ three-piece group and Mathas.
CULTURE CLASH RELAUNCH @ NEWPORT This week Culture Clash sees ShockOne, Snub and Tmac. Free from 8pm.
R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES Jon Madd’s Rock’n’roll Karaoke with DJs and you, singing. From 5pm, $10 from 8pm.
SHUT UP & DANCE @ TOUCAN 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.
RITMO @ DEFECTORS DJ Moogy presents a night of mambo and salsa. Free from 8pm.
RETRO THURSDAYS @ EVE Retro priced drinks and retro tunes with DJ Tony Allen.
THURSDAY @ CLANCY’S DJ Righteous spins hip hop, soul and reggae in Applecross.
FRIDAY MARTEN HORGER
Indie banging from the Death Disco DJs plus DJ Ryan spinning ‘80s indie classics upstairs. $10 entry fee.
JAPAN 4 @ AMBAR
IN SEARCH OF SUNRISE @ RISE Back in February Black Hole Recordings announced that In Search Of Sunrise – the holy grail of trance music brands – would return in 2010. With Tiësto departed, who, you asked, would be taking over the ISOS reins? The answer is Richard Durand and now here’s in Perth for a 2.5 hour set with Sweden’s Jonas Stenberg plus Trent McDermott, Simon Barwood and Stephen Tranzor along for the ride. $25/15/10 from 9.30pm. You might even recall that last week was also a trance show. But when they’re of this quality, why wouldn’t you throw your hands in the air high two weeks in a row? Friday 3 September. from his European tour the original Geeza DJ Sorted, Fisherman Style keeps it homegrown tonight. From 8pm, free until 9pm.
PEZ @ SETTLERS TAVERN He doesn’t just play festivals! His name is Pez and he’s a hip hopper from Melbourne. See him with Optamus’ three-piece group and Mathas if you’re down Margaret River way on Friday.
MAYBE DANCING WILL HELP @ NORFOLK BASEMENT
SNEAKY @ THE LIBRARY 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 in this big new night in Northbridge.
MARK SHERRY @ TOUCAN
ART VS SCIENCE @ CAPITOL With new single Magic Fountain set to have you screaming the lyrics over summer, Art Vs Science have released the single in an EP with remixes and a cheeky cover of Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Boom! Shake The Room. Brought to you by Drum Media, the band is joined by hometown heroes Tim & Jean. $22 plus BF from Moshtix, Heatseeker, Posse and the usuals. Both acts also play Hyperfest on Saturday 5 at Midland Railways Workshop.
TWISTED @ 361 NEWCASTLE
New and retro tunes with DJ Jamie Mac and DJ Shannon Fox $8 entry fee after 12.
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Having cut his teeth as the former frontman for US post-hardcore band From First To Last, Sonny Moore is now Skrillex and he’s brought his multi-talented, multi-project one man music machine into the world of hard electro music. Crossing genres including dubstep, drum’n’bass and electro house he takes in Father at The Republic this where he’ll be joined by Time Travel Agent, Saylor, Dead Money and Robotskream. From midnight to sunlight.
Soulaverse is going to be transformed into the ultimate Indian flavored lounge room house party for y’all with wordsmith Rae, The Typhoon’s soul diva Natalie, the ever lovely Tree, Minky G & The Effects, Don and Casey from The Accumulated Gestures and Heathcote Blue. $10/5 from 8pm.
CLUB RETRO @ MINT
FISHERMAN STYLE @ MOJO’S
FATHER @ THE REPUBLIC
SOULAVERSE @ LEEDY (UP)
Every Friday sees The Hideout taking over to bring you the best in hip hop DJs, producers, live MCs and vocalists whipping out the good times for y’all! This Arms In Motion is joined by special guests. Free from 8pm. Chris McPhee unleashes ‘80s/‘90s party hits and retro classics each Friday at Club Retro. Free before 10pm or $5/10 thereafter.
FRIDAYS @ AMPLIFIER
MONDO INFERNO @ DEVILLES Cal Peck & The Tramps play live plus Little Franco Berry, Matty Blade, plus go-go with Les Sataniques. $10 after 8pm.
SUPERFLY @ SAPPHIRE Soul and funk with Angry Buda, Choc T and Al Styles. Doors open at 9pm.
JOIE @ GEISHA Funk abounds as the lady who disco’s Lara H, ladies man Paul Malone and lady killer Sirius B give their heart and soul to bring to the funkiest house in Perth.
LIQUID LOUNGE @ THE LOFT Drum’n’bass courtesy of Pegasus with live sax and vocals from 9pm.
PLAYGROUND @ BAR OPEN (DOWN)
TRANCEPORT @ BAR OPEN (UP)
KISS & TELL @ SAPPHIRE
THE HIDEOUT @ LEEDY (DOWN)
Japan 4 is celebrating the 2010 InTheMix50 Club Tour Series with a big party starring Micah, voted WA’s #1 DJ in 2007, 2008, 2009 and Darren J, voted WA’s #5 DJ in 2009 playing alongside Japan 4 superstar residents Tee El, Marty McFly, Philly and Mono Lisa. $12/8 from 10pm.
Get yourself into a house frenzy at with Perth finest in 4-Leaf, Gorjy, ATG, Mr Ed, Meet Mark and Ez-Pz bringing the tunes.
It’s all killer no filler at Fiesta with Luke P, Richard Lee, DMo, Deejay Whitelabel, Daniel Strzina and Paul Scott thinking animals, medicine doctors, Zulu warriors and tribal beats from 10pm.
The next edition of Maybe Dancing Will Help takes in the Nork and the crew have lined up Bastian’s Happy Flight (Fkn Midas with live sax from Boom! Bap! Pow!’s Jack Doepel), Sleepyhead, Friend and Bouncy Castles. $7 from 10pm. The best upcoming local talents and veterans join forces with J Nitrous, Xander, Jazza, Vu, Pacemaker, Vitriol, Phirt, Echo & Sodetrack and more pushing drum’n’bass and dubstep for all y’all. Presales $10 from DJ Factory or $20 on the door from 9pm.
This week Limelite gets extra zesty with locals Maxwell, Zelimir, Kastel and Chiari stepping up to the decks to bring you a night of electro house goodness to make you turn your Saturday into a Bedday.
FIESTA @ GEISHA
Recognised for his banging tech, electro and broken beats, Germany’s Marten Horger heads this way for the first time since his triumphant set at last year’s Major Break. Joining him is Brisbane’s premier breakbeat DJ/production duo Sangers & Ra, residents of Queensland’s number one broken beat night Break & Enter. Ian G, Mr Ed, Philly Blunt and Mono Lisa round out the line-up. $20 on the door.
LIMELITE @ METRO FREO
DJ Mark Sherry teams heads up the saucy action, dishing out the beats to make the ladies go down and the guys get up. $10 from 10pm.
FORCE MAJUERE @ AMBAR
This week’s Community sees The Boost Hero Man, Tripl Mum, AIM, DJ Silence, Maujean The Fuzz and MaxyBills getting your Saturday night started from 9pm.
DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL
PLEASUREDOME @ ROSEMOUNT The local crown prince of electro showmanship Tomas Ford is joined by guests from Injured Ninja and is looking for you worst requests plus crap trivia for crap prizes. Free from 8pm.
THE COMMUNITY @ VELVET LOUNGE
Get your dance on with electro house bangers in Subiaco with Modular’s Shazam, Audageous, Maxwell, Paul Scott and Damian John this Saturday.
PEZ @ PRINCE OF WALES With skip hop classics The Festival Song and Ain’t Got Time to his name, Melbourne’s Pez is in WA with Optamus’ three-piece group and Mathas following his lead. See them in Bunbury on Saturday.
OURSTYLE @ RISE Created to showcase hardstyle and hardcore in Western Australia, Ourstyle sees From Bedroom To Bigroom 2010 champion Koppi, Rousa, Hutcho, Daze, Jason V, Tekneeqzz, Animalist, Auscore, Ravix, Steak, ST, Reaktor, Techen and MC Whiskey rock the house for $15/10/5 from 9.30pm.
SATURDAY @ TOUCAN DJ Samuel Spencer reminds us how to party from 10pm with nothing but good times laid down. $10 from 10pm.
Bar Open tranceports itself into trance central this weekend with Ball-Z, JT YO, Kenny L, Jackson & Perry, Avesta and Milanov taking over the decks. $10 from 10pm.
RHYTHM&DANCE@METRO CITY DJs Slick, Matty S and Angry Buda spin the tunes plus the R&B Lounge hits the Solace Bar with Ruthless, Brett Costell and Kyte. $15 from 9pm.
SATANIC SOUL @ DEVILLES The Johnny Nandez Hammond Explosion play live plus Barbara Blaze and Mondo Inferno disc jocks spinnin’ classic tunes until late and go-go with the Les Sataniques. Doors open 6pm, $10 after 8pm.
POP LIFE @ MINT House, dance, retro, R&B and Top 40 from DJ Darren Briais. Free before midnight for Pop Life, $5 before 2am, $10 thereafter.
SUNDAY THE LOFT @ GEISHA This week sees the Loft honour the timelessindie, J-classics, gothic and retro tunes from the ‘80s and ‘90s from 8pm.
BACK TO MONO @ DEFECTORS Lo-fidelity tunes from Anton Maz, Fang and DJ Larry spinning tunes designed to soothe those hangover blues. Free entry.
TUESDAY ROLLING PIN @ THE BIRD Captn K’s rarities featuring Morgan and Jesse. Free entry.
WEDNESDAY W.A.D.T.B.LOVED @ MANHATTANS Indie club night We All Deserve To Be Loved sees Paranoid Tarantula DJs bring the partying to you. Entry is $10 or $5 if you send you and your friends’ names to email@example.com by 4pm on the night.
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.
BIG WEDNESDAYS @ NEWPORT DJ Tony Allen spins tunes from 8pm ‘til midnight.
DÉJÀ VU @ EVE Urban, dancehall and reggaeton tunes from DJs Don Migi, Skooby and more. $10 from 9pm.
STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT DJ Shannon Fox brings you postpunk, indie-pop, rock and electro goodies in the courtyard. Free entry.
UPCOMING TOURS & EVENTS INHIBIT B’DAY @ SHAPE 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, Cyanide and Samurai, he’ll be joined by the Inhibit Crew consisting of Killswitch, Dub-Z, Sempy, Stiltz, MC/DJ Bear and Rtilary. Entry is $15 on the door. Friday 10 September
LIMELITE @ METRO FREO After a volcano in Iceland almost stopped them from appearing at Limelite in May, the mighty Stafford Brothers are returning to Metropolis Fremantle on Friday 10 September, and they won’t let any natural disaster get in their way. It’s been a huge year for the Gold Coast boys with tracks out through Defected, an iPhone app, new website and reality show on Foxtel currently being filmed about the bros. Tickets on the door from 9.30pm. Friday 10 September
MILES DYSON @ VILLA He’s one of our premier imports when it comes to beats, breaks and bass, and he’s coming back to Perth to head up the next edition of Destination? at Villa. He is Miles Dyson and he’s not only a whiz behind the wheels of steel, but also a studio dynamo to boot. Having played the Breakfest Boxing Day extravaganza amongst other memorable shows, he’s become a fave amongst Perth clubbers so be sure to mark down Saturday 11 September. Tickets $25 from Moshtix now. Saturday 11 September.
RMBA SHOWCASE @ VILLA 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. Presented by Drum Media, four of the world’s leading electronic producers from 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 supporting, tickets from usual outlets. Friday 17 September.
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 has remixed the likes of Fever Ray, Junior Boys and Scuba, and his 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.
UPCOMINGS SEPTEMBER PEZ –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 + SKRILLEX – Sep 4 @ The Republic HYPERFEST: PEZ, ART VS SCIENCE and more – Sep 5 @ Midland Railway Workshops MUMDANCE, DEATHFACE – Sep 10 @ Ambar CERN – Sep 10 @ Shape HARDFORZE – Sep 10 @ Rise THE STAFFORD BROTHERS – Sep 10 @ Metropolis Fremantle TODD TERJE – Sep 10 @ The Manor + ASHLEY ROBERTS (PUSSYCAT DOLLS DJ SET) – Sep 10 @ Fashion Bar JACK MCCORD, STEVE DEVINE, CHIARI – Sep 10 @ All Seasons Karratha, Sep 11 Walkabout Port Hedland MILES DYSON – Sep 11 @ Villa ALIX PEREZ – Sep 15 @ Shape MARCEL DETTMANN – Sep 17 @ Ambar DROID SECTOR, THE ABYSS – Sep 17 @ Shape RBMA SHOWCASE: MARTYN, SAMIYAM, TOKIMONSTA, ILLUMSPHERE – Sep 17 @ Villa + SCOT PROJECT & A*S*Y*S – Sep 17 @ Rise HORRORSHOW, SETH SENTRY – Sep 17 @ Mojo’s, Sep 18 @ Rosemount BASS KLEPH – Sep 18 @ Villa JUSTICE CREW, JAZLYN – Sep 18 @ Perth Convention Centre LEE BURRIDGE – Sep 24 @ Ambar BULLETPROOF – Sep 24 @ Shape + SOUTH RAKKAS CREW – Sep 24 @ The Manor KID KENOBI – Sep 25 @ Ambar JAZLYN – Sep 25 @ Metro City 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, MIX MASTER MIKE, BRODINSKI, THE SWISS, WOLF GANG, SINDEN, DJ MEHDI, JESSE ROSE, WASHINGTON, BAG RAIDERS, AC SLATER, GRUM PLUS MORE – 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 TIMO MASS – Oct 15 @ Ambar DEADBOY – Oct 16 @ The Bakery SAGE FRANCIS, B. DOLAN – Oct 20 @ Rosemount + DAVIDE SQUILLACE, JAMIE JONES – Oct 22 @ Villa ICE CUBE, SCORCHER – Oct 29 @ Metro City KID KENOBI – Oct 29 @ Toucan Club
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GIG GUIDE THU 02 The Cat Empire Astor Theatre Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Howie Morgan Bennys Karin Page Duo Botanica Celebrations Karaoke Brooklands Christian Parkinson Como Htl Retrosonics Ellington Aaron Spiers Trio FUSE Bar Chris Murphy Kingsley Tavern Good Little Fox, Resort Llama Bar James Wilson Lucky Shag Good Karma Merriwa Tavern Shock One Newport Htl The Growl, Wolves At The Door Norfolk Basement Dr Bogus Paddy Hannans Burswood British India, Tracksuit Prince of Wales Bunbury Daniel O’Donnell Riverside Theatre, PCEC The Big Old Bears, Aron’s Crusade, The Blue Finish, Those Wretched Horses Rosemount Htl Tomas Ford Rosemount Htl (outside) Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Damien Cripps Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Heddy Fraze Settlers Tavern Margaret River David Fyffe Sovereign Arms Pez, Optamus, Mathas The Bird Courtney Murphy Band The Club Hotel Darren Nixx Toucan Club Off the Record Universal Bar Jack Dopel Quartet X-Wray Cafe
FRI 03 Midnight Rambler 7th Avenue Bar Chasing the Ninth, Sleep Walker, I, Said The Sparrow, Further Earth Amplifier Bar The Cat Empire Astor Theatre Free Radicals Bally’s Bar The Blue Bottles Balmoral The Fix, Andrei Maz, WOMBAT Bar 120 Good Karma Belmont Htl Faces Bennys Better Days Bentley Hotel Adrian Wilson Broken Hill Retro Mash Capitol Rhyme & Reason Captain Stirling Toy Box Carlisle Htl Frisky Business Carlisle Htl (York) Ian Moss Charles Htl Order Of The Black Werewolf, From Deep
Within, Fun Razor, Ten Points for Glenroy, The Proletariate, Silver Lizard, Castle Bravo, Celebrator, Run & Kill Civic Htl Backroom Cal Peck & The Tramps, Little Franco Berry, Les Sataniques Devilles Pad Redstar Dusk Lounge Bar Supanova East End Bar Tom O’Halloran Trio, Chris McNulty, Paul Bollenback Ellington Ross Wilson Fly By Night Fremantle Mike Nayar Gate In the Groove Greenwood Hotel Glen Davies Hale Rd Tavern Huaria Kulcha Minky G & The Effects Leederville Htl James Wilson Leopold Htl Bicton The Atlas Mountains, Wolves At The Door, Old Croak Manhattan’s Proud Mary Newman Club Felix Newport Htl Sleepyhead, Friend, Bouncy Castles Norfolk Basement Phil Norma Jeans The Quixotics, Jordan Azor Trio, Adrian Hoffmann/Brendan Gaspari, Danni Ammon, Brendan Gaspari Nth Fremantle Bowling Club Blue Jean Paddy Hannans Burswood 43 Cambridge Paddy Maguires Flyte Paramount Nightclub Slim Jim & The Phatts Players Bar Mandurah Calling All Cars Prince of Wales Bunbury Blackjack, Blunt Force Trauma, Mudguts, Applebite Railway Htl Sophie Jane Rivervale Htl In League, Surrender, Only Hope, Cupid Falls Rocket Room Minute36, Schvendes, Hayley Beth, Davey Craddock Rosemount Htl Switchback Sail & Anchor Pez, Optimus, MC Mathas Settlers Tavern Margaret River Robbie King Karaoke South St Ale House Billy & The Broken Lines Springs Tavern Blazing Entrails, Rusty & The Dragstrip Trio, Johnny Law & The Pistol Packin’ Daddies, Lucy Peach Band, Nu Boudoir Burlesque Swan Lounge Barcode Swinging Pig The Sun Orchestra, Ben Witt, Damian Crosbie, Boston & Chevy The Bird Mod Squad The Boat Chris Murphy The Deen
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Disquiet, The Shallows, Liz Wreck, Chilling Winston, Matthew Crow The Den Chris Murphy The Principle Micro Brewery Mark Sherry Toucan Club Funksta Universal Bar Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Andrew Winton Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic Victoria Park Htl Proof Woodvale Tavern
SAT 04 Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Split Seconds, Amanda Merdzan Amplifier Bar Glen Davies Bally’s Bar The Recliners Balmoral Flyte Bar 120 Jamie Darlington Belgian Beer Cafe James Wilson Bennys Redstar Black Bettys Howie Morgan Project Broken Hill Spritzer Brooklands Proof Burswood Prize Draw Stage Art Vs Science, Tim & Jean Capitol James Wilson Como Htl Johnny Nandez Hammond Explosion, Barbara Blaze, Mondo Inferno, Les Sataniques Devilles Pad Ian Moss Eastern Hotel Timeout Elephant & Wheelbarrow Chris McNulty, Paul Bollenback Ellington Tinpan Orange Fly By Night Fremantle Ben Pettit Gate The Mustangs Glengarry Tav The Fit Swimmers Gosnells Hotel Hotplate Heaven Greenwood Hotel The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Company Special Brew Kulcha Proud Mary Last Chance Tavern Greg Carter Leopold Htl Bicton Milhouse Moon & Sixpence Just Ace Newport Htl Liz Stringer, Van Walker Norfolk Basement Dwayne Norma Jeans Felix Paramount Nightclub J Babies Players Bar Mandurah Silent Republic, Lantana, Grand Suns, Oishii Railway Htl Thursday’s Page, State Of Order, The Bob Gordons, Kharma FX Rocket Room Calling All Cars, Numbers Radio, Young Reverly, Sons Of Rico
Rosemount Htl Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Stella Donnelly Rottnest Hotel The Blue Bottles Sail & Anchor Black Board Minds Settlers Tavern Margaret River Huge Shed Off The Record Subiaco Htl The Generators, Desertship, Self Made Guru, Ultra Detectives Swan Basement Mudguts, Applebite Beggars On Acid, Aniva, Prisoners of Faith Swan Lounge South Street, Helen Shanahan, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Farthing Woods The Bird Death Vomit 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 British India, Tracksuit Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton The Shinkickers Woodbridge Htl Daren Reid & The Soul City Groove Woodvale Tavern Prita Grealy, Khin Myint X-Wray Cafe
SUN 05 Karin Page 150 East Riverside Bar Good Karma 7th Avenue Bar Cancer Bats, Proletarite, Surrender Amplifier Bar Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Andrew Winton Balmoral Red Beret Belgian Beer Cafe Damien Cripps Belmont Htl Adrian Wilson Bentley Hotel Nathan Gaunt Broken Hill Dom Zurzollo Brooklands Benjamin Glynn Captain Stirling The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl The Blue Bottles Civic Htl Nat Ripepi Como Htl Jodie Tes Ellington Ian Moss Friends Restaurant Helix Jazz Trio FUSE Bar Better Days Gate Ben Pettit High Road Htl Riverton Retriofit Indian Ocean Brewing Company Sophie Jane Kalamunda Htl Carmen Cilliers Kulcha Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern The Dean Cox Trio
Lakeside Shopping Centre Minky G & The Effects Manhattan’s Acoustic Inc Moon & Sixpence The Love Junkies, 44th Sunset, The Coal Miners Sect., Nervada Newport Htl Tinpan Orange Redcliffe On Murray Howie Morgan Project Saint Liz Stringer, Van Walker Settlers Tavern Margaret River The Celt South St Ale House Ivan Ribic Sovereign Arms Steve Hepple Springs Tavern Kevin Conway Stamford Arms Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys Subiaco Arts Centre Stunning In Red, Tomatosaurus, Yesco Swan Lounge Gang of Three, Ivan Ribic Swinging Pig Benedict Moleta, Simone & Girlfunkel, Miranda Pollard The Bird Christian Thompson The Corner Stone Alehouse The Recliners The Principle Micro Brewery Retriofit Universal Bar Clayton Bolger Victoria Park Htl Damien Cripps Wanneroo Mia & Good Company, Reckless Kelly Woodvale Tavern Bored Games X-Wray Cafe
MON 06 Xiu Xiu, High Places Amplifier Bar James Wilson Bar Orient Fremantle Hale School Jazz Ellington
TUE 07 Jade Crompton Ellington Captn K’s Rarities, Morgan, Jesse The Bird
WED 08 Crave Black Bettys Ben Vanderwal Trio, Tom O’Halloran, Lucky Oceans Ellington Howie Morgan Lucky Shag Hostile Little Face, Gombo, One Tiger Down, Trav&Jay Paddingtion Ale House In League, All Eyes On Saturn, I, Said The Sparrow, Village On The Moon Rosemount Htl Acoustic Open Mic Settlers Tavern Margaret River The Spin Chorus, Sam Carmody, Meadow Leopard, Dear Johnny, The Kirbens, Auto Suggestion Swan Basement
BRING ME THE HORIZON @ CHALLENGE STADIUM DANIEL O’DONNELL: SEP 2 Perth Convention Centre ROSS WILSON & THE PEACENIKS: SEP 2 Secret Harbour Golf Club, SEP 3 Fly By Night, SEP 4 Charles Hotel THE CAT EMPIRE, CLAIRY BABY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES: SEP 2, 3 & 4 Astor Theatre BRITISH INDIA: SEP 2 Prince Of Wales, SEP 4 Wintersun Hotel Geraldton * LIZ STRINGER, VAN WALKER: SEP 2 Quindanning Hotel, SEP 3 Velvet Lounge, SEP 4 Norfolk Basement, SEP 5 Settlers Tavern CHAP ONE: SEP 3 & 4 The Ellington 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 DEATH VOMIT: SEP 4 The Den 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 SNEZ: SEP 5 Old Pumphouse Kununurra, SEP 10 Timber Creek Hotel XUI XUI, HIGH PLACES: SEP 6 Amplifier * DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, DROPSAW: SEP 10 Amplifier, SEP 11 YMCA HQ THE JACKNIVES: SEP 10 Rocket Room, SEP 11 Mojo’s * FOLLOWING SEA: SEP 10 Prince Of Wales, SEP 11 Rosemount, SEP 12 Mojo’s THE IDEA OF NORTH: SEP 11 Perth Concert Hall THE DIRTY SECRETS: SEP 11 Amplifier 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)
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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
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, MIX MASTER MIKE, BRODINSKI, THE SWISS, WOLF GANG, SINDEN, DJ MEHDI, JESSE ROSE, WASHINGTON, BAG RAIDERS, AC SLATER, GRUM and more TBA: SEP 26 Wellington Square
JAZLYN: SEP 17 The Ellington
REGURGITATOR: SEP 26 Walkington Theatre Karratha, SEP 27 Amplifier
* HOUSE VS HURRICANE: SEP 17 YMCA HQ
JOHN BUTLER TRIO: SEP 27 Mangrove Resort Broome
ANGUS & JULIA STONE: SEP 18 & 19 Fremantle Arts Centre
CHARLIE PARR: SEP 27 Mojo’s, SEP 28 Charles Hotel
ENTER SHIKARI, HOUSE VS. HURRICANE: SEP 18 Capitol
CYPRESS HILL: SEP 29 Metro City
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
PETER HOOK’S UNKNOWN PLEASURES: SEP 30 Astor Theatre LITTLE RED, SPARKADIA: SEP 30 Settlers Tavern, OCT 1 Prince Of Wales, OCT 2 Astor Theatre CROSSBONES, THE F1-ELEVENS, IRONBIRD: OCT 1 Rocket Room, OCT 2 Railway Hotel BIRDS OF TOKYO, SILVERSUN PICKUPS: OCT 2 Fremantle Arts Centre
* AT WAR WITH GODS: SEP 23 Black Betty’s, SEP 25 YMCA HQ
MM9: OCT 2 Amplifier
THE JEZEBELS: SEP 24 Mojo’s
THE HOLY SEA: OCT 2 The Bird, OCT 3 Fremantle Art Centre
CHICO MANN: SEP 24 The Bakery, SEP 25 Maltmarket Dunsborough ASLAN: SEP 24-26 Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge DAN KELLY: SEP 24 Rosemount, SEP 26 Mojo’s DAVE MCCORMACK: SEP 24 Rosemount, SEP 27 Mojo’s MARK SHOLTEZ: SEP 25 & 26 Manhattan’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, EMILY ULMAN and more TBA SEP 25-26 Wave Rock Caravan Park MAYHEM: SEP 26 Capitol PARKLIFE: GROOVE
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PARKWAY DRIVE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE GHOST INSIDE, 50 LIONS: OCT 3 Challenge Stadium EMILIE SIMON, MELANIE PAIN: OCT 3 Rosemount EXODUS: OCT 5 Amplifier JONATHON “SUGARFOOT” MOFFETT: OCT 5 Lady Wardle Performing Arts Centre Karrinyup AGAINST ME!: OCT 6 Capitol FLYING SCRIBBLE: OCT 6 The Bird, OCT 9 Manhattans ONE MOVEMENT TWILIGHT FESTIVAL: SARAH MCLACHLAN, COURT YARD HOUNDS, PAUL KELLY, TODD RUNDGREN’S JOHNSON and more: OCT 8 Perth Esplanade
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FRAUDULENT DIMENSIONS PAUL RANSOM SPEAKS TO ROSIE DENNIS AND FLEUR ELISE NOBLE, WHOSE PLAYS FRAUDULENT BEHAVIOUR AND 2 DIMENSIONAL LIFE OF HER HIT PERTH TONIGHT.
n order for us to be able to sustain ourselves in relationships, in the community and the working environment, we do need to let the truth slide,” states Rosie Dennis, the writer/performer behind the one woman show Fraudulent Behaviour. It’s a fascinating and apt assertion, as Dennis is sharing the bill on a sixweek national tour with Fleur Elise Noble, whose own one-woman show 2 Dimensional Life Of Her also lurks around the shadowy intersection of artifice and reality. Although the two women have not met their shows drill down into similar bedrock. “I look at embellishing the truth, or omitting a fact, or re-remembering past events,” Dennis asserts. “It’s about lying in terms of etiquette.” Meanwhile, for visual artist turned
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multimedia thespian Fleur Elise Noble, the shadiness lies somewhere in the weird heart of art. “The original intention behind the show was to allow people to enter and be inside the act of creation,” she begins. “People can often see life in artworks. They feel that there’s something real beneath the paint… I often find that when you put an original artwork on a wall people read all these things into it that have nothing to do with making the artwork.” Whereas the ‘truth’ often blurs in human hands, so too does the line between art and actuality. In 2 Dimensional Life Of Her Noble extrudes the life from formerly flat surfaces, figuratively bringing art to life. To do so, she had to break out from behind her easel. After years of scholarships here in Australia and overseas, Noble was starting to feel isolated, and “by that stage I had
THURSDAY 2 Le Grand Review – cabaret, rock’n’roll, ’50s nostalgia, and more with Brendan Hanson, Julia Jenkins, Sharon Wisniewski, and Shai Yammanee, and musical director Tim Cunniffe. His Majesty’s Theatre until 4 September. PICA Feast - four plays across three days, including Fraudulent Behaviour, 2 Dimensional Life Of Her, The Tent, and The Bougainville Photoplay Project. PICA until 5 September.
SATURDAY 4 Deathtrap – Tony Award-winning play, which is the longest running play thriller on Broadway. Presented by the Murdoch Theatre Company. Closing day. Nexus Theatre, Murdoch University.
SUNDAY 5 The Man In Black – Tex Perkins and
TUESDAY 7 The Fiction Makers – play about a man reinventing himself, in a journey that takes him from his loungeroom to a Hollywood strip club, set in the stylish 1960s. Opening night. Hayman Theatre Upstairs, Curtin University, 8pm, until 11 September.
ONGOING The Removalists – opening night of Perth Theatre Company’s new production of the David Williamson work, starring Jon English. Playhouse Theatre until 11 September.
of course sometimes it much easier to miss out a couple of facts. You’ve gotta do it, otherwise you’re just hurting people’s feelings all the time.” Whilst Dennis’ show takes the form of three interlocking monologues, Noble’s is a riot of projections, soundscapes and live drawing. “In a sense it functions a bit like a
pop-up book,” she explains. What is certain in all of this is not only an evening of great contemporary theatre making but a rare opportunity for the Dennis and Noble to tour their own country. “It’s really hard to tour in Australia,” Dennis says. “I take work to Europe once if not twice a year and I always
EMERGE PREPARES TO KISS AND FLY Kiss And Fly is the new exhibition opening next Wednesday at emerge ART SPACE, Mt Lawley. Showcasing the renowned Iraqi-born artist and Sculpture By The Sea Cottesloe veteran Ayad Alqaragholli’s signature human form sculptures in silicon bronze as well as his explorations into painting, the exhibition displays a perspective that is not common towards migration. Kiss And Fly also delves into the idea of love, inner peace and the importance of relationships and social interaction.
Robert Dickerson – solo exhibition of his angular peopled landscapes. Closing night. Stafford Studios.
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band The Tennessee Four intersperse Johnny Cash’s songs with stories from his life and relationships. Closing night. Regal Theatre.
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done so much that I felt like I’d really reached the limits of what you could do inside a rectangle and I was fascinated with this idea that you could make people, that you could draw people into the world.” With her performance background, Rosie Dennis is much more used to the whole audience interaction thing. Indeed, as she developed Fraudulent Behaviour over the period of a residency in the UK she interviewed over 100 people on the topic of daily untruths. “I wanted to make sure that this little fascination of mine was something that audiences would recognise.” Thus it proved; and as the show firmed into shape Dennis needed to work out where she stood on lying. “Sometimes it’s just easier, y’know. I mean personally I try and operate in this world with a lot of integrity but
find it interesting that it’s been easier for me to get my work up overseas than it has been back here. So something like this is totally fantastic.” WHAT: Fraudulant Behaviour and 2 Dimensional Life Of Her WHERE & WHEN: PICA Thursday 2 September to Sunday 5
POPSICLE RETURNS TO FASHION FESTIVAL VAMPIRES SUCK
VAMPIRES SUCK From the team who brought you Scary Movie, Meet The Spartans, Date Movie, and numerous other half-baked cinematic efforts comes...a film that is not actually the worst of the year, by any stretch. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s latest effort, Vampires Suck, is a reasonably passable parody of the insufferable Twilight films that, surprisingly, manages a few laughs, despite its directors’ tendencies towards obvious and juvenile humour. Much of what makes this film bearable is the central performance from newcomer Jenn Proske, whose impression of Kristen Stewart’s Bella (known as Becca in Vampires Suck) is dead-on. Proske captures and exaggerates the character beautifully. Pushing the hair behind the ear as a nervous tic, the constantly half-open mouth, the wild-eyed lust – it’s all there. For everyone who’s been forced to sit through a Twilight movie and consequently (in fact, inevitably) found Bella to be the worst thing to happen to cinema since Swept Away, Proske’s Becca is a nicely executed spoof on the character. Of course, this is the inherent problem with Vampires Suck. It’s not that it’s a bad film but there are only so many people who will enjoy it. Twilight fans will be furious at the desecration of their beloved demigods, while the best jokes will go over the heads of any viewers unfamiliar with the source material. Vampires Suck will appeal to that narrow margin of people who hated Twilight but saw enough of it to enjoy a close parody – otherwise, it’s probably not worth bothering. WHERE & WHEN: Screening now ALEKSIA BARRON
It’s time to polish the horn-rimmed glasses, fluff up the tulle and straighten the bow ties, because returning to the Perth Fashion Festival for a third run is Popsicle. The sanctum sanctorum of WA fashion this pop up shop is showcasing the work of the crème de la crème of emerging designers. Fashion, jewellery, art and other goodies can all be found in the temporary retail space that is two sea containers at the Perth Cultural Centre, Thursday 9 September to Wednesday 15. Featured designers include Ping Pong Diplomacy, Lonely 8-bit Heroes, and Kiss Me Quick.
PICA GETS A TENT Time to go camping with The Tent. Hand built by artists out of scrap metal and oil-stained canvas, The Tent is a mind-bender of installation art, puppetry, video and performance. Once inside, the audience of 25 is guided along a strange journey about male friendship and prolonged adolescence. A unique theatrical experience that’s set up camp in PICA’s main gallery, the event is written, designed and produced by Matt Prest, Clare Britton, Danny Egger and Eddie Sharp, with Prest as one of the leads. The Tent runs tonight to Sunday 5 September.
UMBILICAL TIMES AHEAD Sharpen your scissors Perth, The Umbilical Brothers are lock, stock, and too smoking ready. (So they say.) With their biggest live show to date, Heaven By Storm, the global comedy sensation are hitting the Regal Theatre on Friday 17 September and Sunday 18. They’ve been away from home for a little while, but you might remember them from a face off with George Negus, playing charades with Harry Shearer, and even serving a ball into Pat Rafter’s derriere. So welcome Umbilical Brothers, Dave and Shane, home.
ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION Hopscotch Kevin Hamedani’s Zombies Of Mass Destruction comes off as something like a John Carpenter B-grader, dramaturged by Wes Anderson. Everytown, America – referred to here as Port Gamble – is beset by flesh-eating corpses, and it’s up to still in the closet Tom (Doug Fahl), his boyfriend Lance (Cooper Hopkins), and Iranian-American Frida (Janette Armand) to set things right. This proves the catalyst for several clever social commentary setpiece scenes, spiced with gore content up there with any horror film in living dead memory: Tom comes clean about his sexual orientation to his overbearing mother just as she turns into a zombie; Frida takes refuge with a neighboring family, but her Iranian background naturally makes her suspect and she is tied up by the patriarch and ‘interrogated’; Tom and Lance find themselves holed up with a church group and the question becomes, quite rightly, which is more dangerous, zombies or homophobic Christian fundamentalists? Using genre as a vehicle for social commentary is as old as the anticommunist propaganda sci-fi films of the 1950s, but one feels the practice has taken a decidedly new and interesting turn here, and it is with great excitement that this writer, for one, waits to see where it will go next.
Extras include The Making of Zombies Of Mass Destruction. TONY MCMAHON
LIE TO ME
THE FICTION MAKERS LOOKS AT THE CONSEQUENCES OF SUBVERTING THE TRUTH. DIRECTOR JEREMY RICE TELLS ALEKSIA BARRON ABOUT THIS INTRIGUING LOCAL WORK.
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eremy Rice is one of Perth’s most prominent directors of youth-oriented theatre. Having moved to Perth in 2006 to take up the Artistic Director position at Barking Gecko, he’s now branching out to work with Curtin University’s performance students on a new play, The Fiction Makers. It’s a play that looks at the concept of lying, and he was lucky enough to work closely with the playwright, Kate Rice, on developing the concept. Of course, it wasn’t that hard to get her attention – she’s his wife. “We both wanted to do a play about liars. We’ve both been captivated by stories in the news about people like Norma Khouri,” says Rice, referring to the woman who passed off Forbidden Love, a made-up account of living in Jordan and losing a friend to an honour killing, as non-fiction, and was subsequently exposed as a fraud before hurriedly leaving Australia. “We wanted to look at people who lie and get away with it, and even believe the lies that they tell.” Rice took the concept to the classroom, opening the floor and inviting Curtin’s theatre and creative writing students to help develop the storyline for the play. “We just started to throw around some ideas – heaps and heaps of ideas about the story that we wanted to tell.” The story began to take shape, slowly, but it was missing a certain spark. “We were doing an improvised scene with these acting students, and it was pretty boring, when somebody shouted out, ‘Put it in the past.’ And all of a sudden, it just changed and it became interesting.”
As a result, Rice decided to set the play in the early 1960s – the same era as the television phenomenon Mad Men. He’s very candid about the influence that that the beloved series has had on the production. “Mad Men has been a really useful reference for us. People think of Mad Men and they think of the ’50s and ’60s when people were very conscious about being stylish – before denim jeans really took off, I suppose, so people always wanted to look their best.” The plot that ultimately developed was a plot-driven comedy, in which the central character Donald (similar to Mad Men’s Don Draper) tells one big lie, and then has to tell a number of smaller lies to maintain it (similar to Mad Men’s Don Draper). However, Rice was conscious of falling into the trap of overdoing the ’60s shtick. “Even though it’s set in the 1960s, we make almost no references to the time. We don’t talk about John F. Kennedy or Robert Menzies, because people don’t talk about that sort of stuff when they’re just sitting at home. That’s where it can become really obvious and tacky. The worst thing is to set something in the past and do that just for the sake of it.” Ultimately, he explains, the most important aspect of the play is creating believable characters to whom the audience can relate. “In the end, we’re telling a story about our characters. We’re aiming for our characters to be real people; who fall in love, who get angry, who risk their lives, who do stupid things and terrible things – those basic human
emotions that don’t change.” As a result, incorporating the period element of the play became less about fact-checking and more about understanding the era from a human perspective. “We were trying for something more subtle, where the characters would embody the time through the way they move and the way they dress, rather than making glib references to whatever we found out on Wikipedia was happening in 1962.” As a result, Rice made sure his actors immersed themselves in the look and feel of the early ’60s from the start of the creative process. “The moment that the women turn up to rehearsal, they have to put on their high heels and stay in them for the rest of the rehearsal. The guys wear suits all the time, and ties. We had to have lessons in how to tie a tie. It really does affect how people use their body, and how they talk. It makes it a bit more stylish, and a bit more of a theatrical event.” He’s enjoyed the opportunity to take chances with a new script, particularly one which he’s been involved with from the outset. “When it’s a new work, everyone’s fully invested in the success of the show. You can’t sit back and think, ‘Oh, it’s worked before.’” It’s a temptation that can be difficult to resist, says Rice. “Doing a Shakespeare, you think, ‘Well, it’s worked for the last five hundred years.’” There’s no such safety net with original work, but that’s part of the appeal. “You can be very adventurous with new work, because it’s not like anybody has set down the path to be followed.”
Having worked with several of Australia’s most prominent professional actors, it seemed possible that working with a student cast would be difficult for Rice. However, he has nothing but praise for his young cast. “I came straight off rehearsing The African Magician for Barking Gecko, with three professional actors, to doing this show at Curtin. We don’t have the luxury of rehearsing full-time – that’s the biggest challenge. But in terms of the commitment from the cast and their skill level, it’s really good. There’s a few of them in the cast who, if they choose to have careers as actors, they’ll probably be able to – as much as anyone can in this country!” Ultimately, what Rice has enjoyed most about working on The Fiction Makers is the fact that he feels it will appeal to audiences on a number of levels. “It’s a comedy, so they’ll be entertained in the moment,” he says, “...but what I’m hoping is that they’ll see something more in it.” After all, Rice explains, everybody lies – not just to each other, but to themselves. He hopes that The Fiction Makers will get people thinking about how they view the truth. “It’s bad enough lying to other people, but when you’re lying to yourself, that’s when things can really get scary.” WHAT: The Fiction Makers WHERE & WHEN: Hayman Theatre Upstairs, Curtin University Tuesday 7 September to Saturday 11
CRINGE CUTTING EDGE PERFORMANCE
WITH ALEKSIA BARRON It’s become almost inevitable that just as Western Australia takes what looks like a hefty step forward, it promptly takes another two back. In the case of the arts, it’s happened again with the announcement that PICA’s 105-seat performance venue will be closing its doors for at least two years. The theatre, located conveniently in the heart of Northbridge, has been the home of Black Swan’s Hotbed Ensemble for several years, and has hosted numerous independent theatre productions in its time. With its studiostyle space and smaller capacity, it’s been a blessing for producers and directors looking to push the envelope of local performance. Of course, with the brand spanking new State Theatre Centre being built nearby, the argument is that PICA’s performance space is superfluous to Perth’s needs. After all, the Centre will contain not only the flagship Heath Ledger Theatre (575 seats), but the smaller, versatile Studio Underground (which is described as suited for 200+ seats). With the biggest development for local arts just around the corner, literally and figuratively, do we really need PICA’s performance space? The answer is, in my opinion, yes. For starters, PICA has a smaller, more intimate space on offer, with half the capacity of what the Studio Underground will hold. For many productions, two hundred people a night is not a feasible goal, and Perth desperately needs a range of venues of varying capacities, not just a couple of flagship theatres that will feel cavernous and empty when faced with smaller-scale shows. However, for everyone who rants, wails and beats their breast at the unfairness of PICA closing its doors to the theatre, there’s a fairly significant point that needs to be remembered, which is: if the performance space
was actually making money, it would still be open. PICA’s financial situation has grown tenuous – they have been unable to attract a willing cafe operator (a significant money-making venture for the gallery) due to the State Government’s failure to confirm the extension of their lease beyond July 2012. Without the income that would be generated from a cafe operator, PICA can no longer afford to effectively subsidise its performance program. At the time of writing, the online petition to save PICA’s performance space had nearly 1,400 names on it – if you’d like to add yours, please visit thepetitionsite.com/2/ performance-matters. However, more to the point, if you want to see local theatre thrive, then please, go and see some local theatre. The Blue Room, in particular, are knocking themselves out with their second program for 2010. Currently, they’ve got The Pride, which takes a dark comedic look at human behaviour and the animal kingdom, while Jack And Jill is an interesting original work which promises to explore the darker side of family ties. It’s all very well to complain about the death of our smaller theatre venues – first, the Rechibates, and now PICA. Still, the home truth that needs to be acknowledged here is that if these venues were financially viable, they’d still be open. Having listened to a number of people bemoan PICA’s closing, I’ve taken to asking them when they last saw a locally produced play. Nine times out of ten, I get a nervous gulp, a shifty look and a mumbled response about “being so busy lately”. I would urge all readers to sign the petition to save PICA’s performance space, as a diverse range of venues is a blessing our city cannot afford to waste. Even more strongly, though, I urge you to get your bum on a seat at a local production, for surely that is the most pro-active way to encourage our local arts scene.
UNI LECTURER, DRAMATURG AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST; PAUL DWYER DOES IT ALL AND MORE WITH HIS ETHNOGRAPHIC ONE MAN SHOW THE BOUGAINVILLE PHOTOPLAY PROJECT. PAUL RANSOM STUDIOUSLY TAKES NOTES.
magine a night at the theatre that resembled a cross between a tute group, a slide night, and a crash course in Pidgin English. Unlikely though it seems, there is such a show; and when Professor Paul Dwyer revives his surprise one man hit The Bougainville Photoplay Project this month audiences will once again be ushered into an exotic many pronged show’n’tell world of personal, family and geopolitical history. This peculiar thespian odyssey began more than 40 years ago when Paul Dwyer’s father, the late orthopaedic surgeon Dr Allan Dwyer, was doing pro bono work on the Melanesian island of Bougainville. “It all came about by happenstance,” says Dwyer the younger. “I just happened to find this old box of my father’s old slides. I just happened to find an old letter that a missionary had written to him that named the patients he’d operated on. And then when I was in Bougainville myself I just happened to bump into someone who knew some of the people on that list.” What evolved was a performance piece that blends sharp edged politics, ethnography, and detailed surgical procedures. “By day I’m a university lecturer, by night I’m a contemporary performance artist,” Dwyer jokes. “My students are always saying how much role playing and storytelling I get into my lectures. I guess I just have a lot of stories to tell.” Of all the narrative threads
embedded in The Bougainville Photoplay Project Australia’s role in the island’s struggle for self determination looms large. Recalling a chance meeting that happened during the course of an unrelated research project, Dwyer explains, “I met a patient my father had operated on forty years beforehand and he showed me his ankle. Now he was born a cripple and my father fixed his ankle and now he can walk just fine. But then I noticed a scar on his leg and I asked what it was and he said, ‘that’s a bullet wound.’” Bougainvilleans have long campaigned not only against presence of the Papua New Guinea military on their island but the environmental and economic exploitation visited upon their community by the giant Australian owned Panguna copper mine. However, for Dwyer the focus is on our role in the conflict. “Those bullets were Australian,” he bluntly adds. Indeed, Australia’s role as a colonial power in the region forms much of the backdrop to Dwyer’s otherwise personal exploration of his father’s work. “What I’m doing has got nothing to do with any cathartic father/ son psycho drama or anything,” he continues. “For me it’s much more about trying to make sense of the work my father did as a doctor. Y’know, what was the value of that work? He might have fixed a hundred people up but in the meantime Australia’s mining involvement and military support for the PNG defence force indirectly led to the death of
maybe 15,000 Bougainvilleans.” Dwyer insists that the show is not a turgid political lecture. He describes it as a fast paced, often self mocking piece. “I kinda feel like I’m just doing my normal schtick,” he quips, “but somehow the winds of fashion have moved to the point where me doing
my university lecturer patter is cutting edge contemporary performance. It looks like my time has finally come.” WHAT: The Bougainville Photoplay Project WHERE & WHEN: PICA Thursday 2 September to Sunday 5
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GIVEAWAYS! A few years ago New Zealand director Taika Waititi launched himself into the film world with the charming, independent comedy Eagle vs Shark, starring Flight Of The Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. He has now followed this up with Boy, a simple tale of a boy trying to win the attention of his father, which has become the most profitible domestic film ever in New Zealand, as well as picking up audience awards at Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals. Thanks to Transmission Films we’ve got 10 in-season double passes to Boy to giveaway. For your chance to win a prize pack, email giveaways@ drumperth.com.au with “BOY” in the subject line. One of the most popular works of Australian teenage fiction, Tomorrow When The War Began has been the subject of speculation for years in regards to a big screen film adaptation. Well, it’s finally happened, thanks to first-time director Stuart Beattie. A coming of age story set with the backdrop of an unknown invasion, Tomorrow When The War Began opens this Thursday. Thanks to Paramount Pictures we’ve got 10 prize packs to giveaway, featuring an in-season double pass and TWTWB-branded iPod speakers. For your chance to win a prize pack, email giveaways@ drumperth.com.au with “TOMORROW” in the subject line.
UPPING THE ANTE ON DANTE EVER WATCH A FILM AND THINK, “MAN, THE DUDES THAT MADE THIS MUST HAVE HAD A BLAST?” BAZ MCALISTER TALKS TO FAMED ‘SPLAT PACK’ DIRECTOR ALEXANDRE AJA ABOUT THE ORGY OF BOOBS ’N’ BLOOD THAT IS PIRANHA 3D.
n 1978, legendary director Joe Dante dropped Piranha on an unsuspecting world, kicking off a comedy horror trend that still survives today. With a simple but frankly ridiculous plot about a military experiment gone wrong, it was, above all else, fun. That sense of unbridled fun is something that’s almost a lost art in filmmaking these days, says French director Alexandre Aja, the man behind guilty pleasure Piranha 3D, which one critic described it as ‘Jaws gone wild’. “It is exactly that,” says Aja with a ready laugh. “It’s like taking that ultimate masterpiece but putting it through a filter of ’80s movies to give it that Gremlins feel, that subtext about the consumer society of America. And I love, in the ’80s, that ability of changing tone in the same movie that somehow was completely lost in the last two decades of filmmaking. I love a movie that goes from laughs to fear to sexy to gore, and isn’t ashamed of changing tone from one shot to the next.” Piranha 3D certainly is that. It follows
the misfortunes of a disparate group of characters during Spring Break on an Arizona lake, including the sheriff (Elisabeth Shue), a rescue diver (Adam Scott), and a porn filmmaker (Jerry O’Connell). O’Connell so impressed Aja that he’s already thinking spin-offs. “I think I could do a whole prequel to this movie just about the Wild Wild Girls crew,” he laughs. “Like, they could be in some other place on the planet fighting crocodiles with these beautiful girls.” ‘Beautiful girls’ is a definite theme to Piranha 3D. Aja pulls out all the stops and let’s just say uses 3D to its full advantage during a wet T-shirt contest. The movie was as tough a shoot as any director ever masterminded in flip-flops and swim shorts, Aja says, shooting on water, with hundreds of extras and thousands of gallons of blood – but there was a bigger hurdle. “You’re working with hundreds of beautiful creatures – not the piranhas, the girls! It’s another challenge. You spend your day on the camera barge, 12m long by 4m wide,
with 50 guys, and you’re cruising through these hundreds of boats full of hundreds of girls in bikinis and you feel like you have to resist the mermaids, the siren’s call, and tie yourself up to the mast!” Aja says he had to cast each and every one of these bikini-clad sirens very carefully – not for the smutty reasons you think, but to ensure that every one of his background artists could be convincingly terrified when the 25-minute waterborne massacre scene starts. And, he says, he had another rule when assembling his main cast – he wanted them to bring the baggage of all their beloved characters with them. “I don’t like postmodern casting – I wanted to bring every actor with not only their skills and experience but also a piece of pop culture. I had a scene establishing Christopher Lloyd in the beginning of the movie as this mad doctor, this expert on marine
biology – but I realised I didn’t need that because people knew Doc Brown and had a history with him.” And perhaps Aja’s ultimate 3D achievement, something that would certainly make Joe Dante’s eyes pop, is the already-infamous scene where a prehistoric piranha gobbles up a character’s junk, then spits it back out in glorious 3D. So, who was the model for this starring role? Well, we’re not going to reveal which character loses his cock, but Aja says he was well-treated by the 3D boys. “We didn’t do any body cast on the actor – but we decided to go in a very generous way, because he’s such a great guy so he deserved to have a very nice member.” WHAT: Piranha 3D WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now
By Rosie Dennis
By Fleur Elise Noble
Devised by Paul Dwyer, Produced by version 1.0
By Matt Prest and Collaborators
PICA and Mobile State present a feast of Australia’s best contemporary performance. PICA will overflow as the galleries are transformed into theatres for this special four day event.
Tickets through pica.org.au/feast or 9228 6300
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