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SERIOUSLY GOOD VIBRATIONS
Returning with its best line-up in years, Good Vibrations have attracted some very tasty musical makers indeed. Taking place at Claremont Showgrounds on Sunday 20 February, the festival will be headlined by French pop geniuses Phoenix, legendary UK dance outfit Faithless and DJ/producer extraordinaire Sasha. Filling in the hip hop and soul quota and then some is Nas & Damian Marley, Cee Lo Green, Kelis, Ludacris and Erykah Badu. Add that to Friendly Fires, Miike Snow, Fake Blood, Rusko, Sidney Samson, Janelle Monae, Mike Posner, Yolanda Be Cool, Koolism, Kill The Noise, Fenech-Soler and Perth party upstarts Tim & Jean and you’ve got yourself something to seriously look forward to! Tickets $144 plus BF from www.gvf.com.au, Live and 78 Records.
In a surprise announcement, Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins are coming to Perth in under a month! With the first part of their career yielding such classic alternateen albums as Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness, Corgan reformed the band in recent years and is now working on an in-progress 44-song work known as Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, with songs being issued one by one online. Kicking off their Australian tour with an ALL-AGES show at the Perth Convention Centre’s Riverside Theatre on Tuesday 12 October with support from Adelaide’s City Riots, tickets are from Ticketek from noon today.
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There’s never anything better on Boxing Day than to head to Belvoir Amphitheatre and party it up at Breakfest, and this year marks the award-winning festival’s tenth anniversary. Pulling out the presents for you on Sunday 26 December, Boomtick have asked The Cuban Brothers to host the party goodness. Of course they’ve agreed, as have provocative rappers 2 Live Crew, breakbeat legends Plump DJs and irrepressible fun-masters Freestylers. Think that’s big? Hold your horses because you can also add Freq Nasty, Kid Kenobi and MC Shureshock, Rico Tubbs, Atomic Hooligan, Far Too Loud, Soul Of Man and beatboxer Beardyman. Locals Dan The Man, Fdel, Micah, Philly Blunt, Oli, Blend, Ben Mac, Mono Lisa, Marty McFly, Tee El, Prizzy and Wish complete the line-up. Presented by Drum Media, $78 plus BF earlybirds go on sale October 4 from Live, Planet, Mills, 78 Records, Moshtix and the Boomtick Shop. 10 • THE DRUM MEDIA 16 SEPTEMBER 2010
Raising money to support families living with childhood heart disease through Heartkids WA, the 2010 Central Park Corporate Battle Of The Bands offers corporate rockers (actual or wannabes!) the chance to compete in a band competition while giving something back to the community. It’s set to take place in the gardens of Central Park on Friday 12 November. For more info or to register your band, email rblow@ jacmac.com.au. Aged 14-20 and interested in making music? The Ymusic workshops are for you. Held at Zone Out in Morley from Tuesday 5 ‘til Friday 8 October and run by Perth based groups Grab The Mic, Tetrafide and Rock Scholars, Ymusic aims to establish a community music space for jamming, workshops and performance. ymusicperth.org for more information and to sign up. Enrolment’s essential, and close Wednesday 29 September. With One Movement comes a swag of showcases and your band could be a part of the RTRFM One Local Movement Showcase at Belgian Beer Café on Thursday 7 October. With The Growl, Cal Peck & The Tramps, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Emperors, 6’s & 7’s and The Spitfires all lined up, there’s room for one more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading “RTRFM One Local Movement Showcase” and your band name, contact details and website/MySpace by 5pm this Friday. The sixth prestigious Australian Music Prize is now open. The award has a $30,000 cash prize for the winner and has been won previously by Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Mess Hall, The Drones, Augie March and Lisa Mitchell. The AMP was embroiled in controversy last year when Pedestrian questioned the prize’s voting processes. australianmusicprize.com to enter. Sydney’s Yolanda Be Cool & D-Cup have topped Billboard’s European Hot 100 with crossover club hit We No Speak Americano. It’s now also been in the ARIA Singles Chart for 20 weeks, earning platinum accreditation oddly without having reached #1. A reworking of 1956 Italian pop hit Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano, the song was previously covered by Lou Bega, and is performed by Jude Law and Matt Damon in The Talented Mr Ripley. FYI.
With their hotly anticipated fourth album A Thousand Suns unleashed last week, nu metal heavy hitters Linkin Park have revealed that Australia will one of the first cabs off the rank for their world tour. With over 50 million albums sold, Chester Bennington and friends take in the Burswood Dome on Tuesday 7 December. With an awesome mix of past hits and newbies set to be performed in a multi-media setting, presales go on sale this Tuesday 21 with general sales through Ticketek on Friday 24 September.
A GOOD CRISIS
Responsible for bringing The Teenagers, ELF, Grafton Primary and James Lavelle to Perth in recent years, local posse D.A.N.C.E. has lined up Scotland’s own Hostage to our shores next for the debut of the Louder Than Bombs night at The Bakery on Friday 29 October. An exponent of heavy bass and indie rave, Hostage’s sound is a mix of the goodness of electro, house, techno, old skool hardcore, fidget and bassline. With support from DJ Andrei Maz and Time Travel Agent, the bass kidnaps the venue on Friday 29 October. $20 presales from nowbaking.com.au.
The unique Sonic Sessions series sees well-known songwriters talk about their songs before singing them with ABC presenter and musical maestro Lucky Oceans at Fremantle Arts Centre’s courtyard. The fourth series sees Gareth Liddiard of The Drones kick the season off as part of his solo album tour on Friday 12 November; Dave Faulkner of Hoodoo Gurus and early Perth punks The Victims on Sunday 14; rising songsmith Mama Kin on Wednesday 17 November; and Aussie pop starlet Sally Seltmann closes the series on Wednesday 1 December. $25 plus BF from Heatseeker, Mills, Planet and the venue.
After 18 months out of action, The Bakery is almost back with a larger main performance space, a newly covered outdoor courtyard and a range of performance, exhibition and event spaces. The Now Baking relaunch party takes in the venue on Saturday 25 September with Sydney drone popsters Songs, local psych bandits Pond, Mental Powers, smRts, the Melted Desert Trio, Diger Rokwell and DJ Rex Monsoon, and a special improvised performance from drum ensemble The Epic Of Gilgamesh. Head to nowbaking.com.au to grab tickets this rather spesh welcome back party.
DOWN TO THE DWELL
Taking place from Friday 8 ‘til Sunday 10 October, the Nanga Music Festival is WA’s most laid back and intimate folk festival. Limited to 300 tickets, punters stay in rustic log cabins on the banks of the Murray River near Dwellingup while watching such acts as headliner Judy Small along with Ten Cent Shooters, Lemon Wise, Craig Sinclair, The Flying Carpathians, Carl Pannuzzo & Penny Larkins, Victorian political satirist Bruce Watson and Eddie Cole. $130 tickets from nangamusic.org.au.
BUILT TO LAST
At Southbound in 2008, indie rock superstars Built To Spill finally made their WA debut some 15 years after forming, and in the early days of 2011 they’re set to play their first ever Perth headline show. Tuesday 4 January at the Rosemount will see Doug Martsch and his fellow noodlers play a captivating set featuring songs from such classic albums as Perfect From Now On and Keep It Like A Secret, plus their most recent album There Is No Enemy. With Umpire and 6s & 7s in support, $48 plus BF tickets go on sale Monday from Heatseeker, 78s, Mills and Planet.
SWAMP: featuring The Growl with Guns and special guests. Doors 8pm.
LIVE: the return of Red Jezebel with special guests Emperors & Split Seconds. Doors 8pm.
FOLK CLUB: featuring sensationally short, sharp solo songwriters. Doors 8pm.
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ALSO SHOWING IN OCTOBER: Sound Spectrum: TOMORROW THE WORLD Free 3-day festival of new and experimental music, noise and laptronica at the Velvet Lounge 5, 6, 7 Oct, 4pm til late Stalin’s Orchard - brand new cutting edge theatre 8 - 14 October, 7.30pm - Enright Studio, WAAPA A Little Touch of Chaos - World premiere of an exciting new musical from creators of ‘Love Bites’ 9 - 16 October at the Subiaco Arts Centre
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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 going to win the 2011 flag…right? Picking up Drum Media Single Of The Week honours in this here edition, you’ll be stoked to know noise/dub four-piece Injured Ninja launch Golden Top Mountain Journey, the first single from their upcoming album, with two intimate parties. See them at The Bird on Friday 1 October with Naik live, Mathas and The Good Boys; and on Saturday 2 at Manhattans with The Wednesday Society, These Ship Wrecks and Frozen Ocean. Drum’n’bass local star ShockOne has been busy of late with his new Polygon EP dropping on September 20 with three remixes of the massive Polygon single and Chronic VIP. He’s also had some radioplay on BBC1. ShockOne is heading out on tour with Tijuana Cartel and plays massive shows at Metropolis Fremantle next Thursday 23 September and the Wave Rock Weekender on Sunday 26 before heading east on tour in October. If Parklife ain’t your thang, then perhaps Darklife is! Taking place at The Den on Sunday 26 September, Perth’s finest hard hitters are coming together with Reapers Riddle, Ill Vision, Threshold, Arkarion and Caprycon for a mere $10 from 5pm. Fluoro bans apply. After launching their debut EP at the Rosemount as part of May’s WAMi Festival, Perth ex-pats The Chemist come back to launch their next EP entitled Lullabies. The hotly touted band will launch the disc at Amplifier on Friday 19 November, and at Settlers Tavern on Saturday 20. Tickets from Moshtix and Heatseeker. It’s been three months since the last installment, but fear not because Fresh Produce returns to Ambar on Friday 1 October. Playing is disco jammer Nago, drum’n’bass pusher DYP, Audilectio DJ’s new guise Loko Freq, breaks and electro lover Meet Mark and breakbeatster Mr B. Freo indie rock band Silent Republic will be launching their EP We Seek The Light at the Norfolk Basement on Saturday 2 October, with support from Sugarpuss and Hand Stands For Ants. Entirely self-recorded and selfproduced, the EP had its finishing touches added at Abbey Road Studios in London. Blending psychedelic rock and country ditties, The Coalminers Sect are set to launch their debut album Lead Us To The Ocean on Saturday 2 October at the Rocket Room with special guests Capital City, The Trevallys and Ruby Boots in solo mode. Smooth soul and R&B outfit Atira are set to drop their anticipated debut album Butterfly Rocket at the Fly By Night on Thursday 14 October. Recorded at Electric Avenue Studios in Sydney, the album was engineered by ARIA winner Paul McKercher (Eskimo Joe, Sarah Blasko) and features guest spots from Phil Stack (Thirsty Merc), Rex Goh (Air Supply, Savage Garden) and heaps more. Tell us all about your upcoming launch, tour or party by emailing email@example.com.
Man, it’s going to be difficult to work out which acts to see next Sunday, and now it’s going to be even harder. That’s right, those global party starters 2manyDJs have been added to the Parklife bill, ready to show why many consider them the highlight of 2008’s Parklife and 2010’s Summadayze. The good people of Parklife have also invested in a bunch of new stage designs to ensure aural pleasure with the Sahara Stage seeing Missy Elliott, the Groove Armada Black Live show and more; plus the Kakadu Stage, Atoll Stage and the underground dance haven The Cave. Parklife hits Wellington Square on Sunday 26 September. Tickets from parklife.com.au.
Set to become one of Perth’s premier hip hop nights, Swollen Monkey will be launched at Villa on Saturday 2 October with a line-up worth putting yo’ finest kicks on for. Headlining the event are those rapidly rising Sydney Killaqueenz and their oft partner in dancefloor crime K-Note, both fresh off mixing and rapping a CD’s worth of tunes on the Billion Dollar House Party mix. Brisbane’s DJ Owe and MC Fortafy join the shenanigans, with locals Hunter, Mortar, Wolverine and Angry Buda completing the swollen bill. $20 earlybirds from Moshtix, generals $25.
FRANCO UNAMERICAN VOOL MOVEMENTS
Only a few weekends away, the One Movement Music Festival have a couple of new announcements to sweeten the deal. On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October, the Weekend Festival takes place with Karnivool joining to headline the Saturday night. Sydneysiders The Jezabels have also been added to the proceedings and they join the likes of Xavier Rudd, Ben Kweller and a massive bunch more. Moshtix for tickets.
It’s been a while between drinks for Perth ex-pats Institut Polaire, but now the Melbournites finally unleash their debut album Make Your Own Mayflower on October 9 through Popfrenzy/Inertia. Melding countrytinged tones with psychedelic panoramas and pop petunias, they head back to Perth to launch the album at the Rosemount Hotel on Saturday 30 October.
WEAK AT THE KNEES
Having taken Australia by storm with appearances at Groovin The Moo, Ballarat bad boys Yacht Club DJs are back on tour with a promise to play more songs in their first two minutes than any other DJ does in their whole set! With Gold Coast lo-fi punk act Bleeding Knees Club along for the ride, they take in Amplifier on Friday 29 October. Tickets from Moshtix, Bocs and 78 Records.
Ahead of their much anticipated second announcement due next month, a few recent visitors to Perth may have leaked on the internet but we can tell you The Amity Affliction are one of those bands that will definitely be joining Iron Maiden, Slayer, Primus and about 50 other bands at Soundwave on Monday 7 March at Steel Blue Oval.
OKA OKA BURNING LOVE
For eight years Sunny Coast freestylers Oka have been making their way west to spread their smooth sounds and next month they return. Recently performing at Festival D’ete in Quebec and the Winnepeg Folk Festival and jamming with Arrested Development, see them at a One Movement Showcase in the Amplifier laneway on
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Saturday 9 October; Caves House Yallingup on Sunday 10; Indi Bar on Wednesday 13; Manhattans on Thursday 14; Prince Of Wales on Friday 15; Settlers Tavern on Saturday 16; and Mojo’s on Sunday 17 October.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELENA
Limelite throws open its doors to the queen of clubs Helena next Friday 24 September. The Bristolian beauty has been showing the boys how it is done at every major club and festival for quite some time now and now she returns to Metropolis Fremantle.
IF IT AIN’T BROKE
If Bhangra’s your beat then the massive Springbreak festival is unmissable. Across two stages at The Shed on public holiday Monday 27 September, the world’s number one Bhangra producer Dr Zeus will be there with vocalist Jora Randhawa, local royalty Mixtabishi, J-Sky, SS JOhal, Electrosim, Big Ice, Denny and Tani Ammo & Jai, plus Mofolactic, Tej, Reajit, Kesh, NFX, Shyam and Young Sachiv. Tickets from Moshtix.
BLUEJAY & SILENT BOB
Psychedelic funk rock trio and Perth ex-pats The Bluejays head back to Perth next week to launch their debut album Colours In The Window. Having supported Sharon Jones and The Black Keys, they play The Bird on Thursday 23 September and Mojo’s on Saturday 25.
It’s not just Sonic Sessions that makes Fremantle Arts Centre so darn appealing in the warmer months, it’s also Courtyard Music. A free summer series that’s been going for 20 years, this year’s season sees Perth ex-pats play on Sunday 3 October; Dave Hyams & The Miles To Go Band on Sunday 10; Stoney Joe and Davey Craddock on Sunday 17; The Brow Horn Orchestra on Sunday 24; Xave Brown and friends and Iris on Sunday 31; the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra on Sunday 7 November; Mo Wilson & The Drivers on Sunday 14; Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys on Sunday 21; Mister & Sunbird and Eva McGowan on Sunday 28; Miche Suite on Sunday 12 December; and Collard Greens & Gravy on Sunday 19.
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Hailing from France and consisting of the fragile voice of a fallen angel, wild lyrics and a Franco-British pop art sound that can’t be beat, SvenSson head to WA to show off their sound in baroque folk quartet mode. See frontman Steve Axel B. solo at the Norfolk Basement on Thursday 7 October; the full band with support from Selk & The Bone Singers at Kulcha on Friday 8; and the full band with Schvendes in support at Rocket Room on Saturday 9.
PARK SIDE OF THE MOON
After the main event, the best place to kick on is the Official Parklife After Party. The Parklife heads have lined up master party starters Jack Beats for a post-Parklife set taking place at Villa later in the eve on Sunday 26 September. In support mode is Kit Pop, Mickey Juice and M!spr!nt. Tickets from Boomtick, Moshtix, Planet, Mills and 78 Records.
HOLY BOHEMIA, MAN!
If it’s an unofficial Parklife afterparty that you’re after, then perhaps Bohemia at Shape on Sunday 26 September is more your cup of tea. Featuring a Holy Ghost DJ set, Shape’s two rooms will be filled with disco, indie and electro pop. Locals P.C.J., Bastian’s Happy Flight, Lightsteed, Petrosex, Rex Monsoon and Audageous will also spin tunes, with more guests to be announced. $20 presales from shapebar.com.au or more on the door.
IS IT ANY WONDER?
It’s been a big year for Byron Bay folk popsters The Lucky Wonders, what with the release of their debut album Thirteen O’Clock and airplay on Triple J, ABC Radio National and community radio. See them back in WA: Applebasket Café in Donnybrook on Thursday 23 September; Robyn’s Place in Denmark on Friday 24; and Saturday 25 at Clancy’s Freo.
Heading over to Australia to take part in One Movement, Montreal-based psy-folksters Final Flash have added a Freo date to their Aussie jaunt. They play the Code One Maple Syrup Showcase at Fly By Night on Saturday 9 October with Jeff Martin, Dead Letter Chorus, The Trews, Matthew Barber and Colin Moore.
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WITH THE ONE MOVEMENT FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL, SHOWCASES AND CONFERENCES ONLY A FEW WEEKS AWAY, DRUM MEDIA CATCHES UP WITH SOME OF THE TALKERS AND TALENT. GRINSPOON – PAT DAVERN Favourite song of all time? Can’t Find My Way Home by Blind Faith. I always liked the atmosphere created by the instruments on this track. And all the incredible musicians that played in Blind Faith. Favourite song of 2010 so far? Back To The Fuck Yeah by Pulled Apart By Horses. Great rock’n’roll track from a new British band. Awesome energy and vocals. You’re a musician. Why? What compels you? Can’t do anything else. Maybe food service, but it wouldn’t give me the satisfaction that creating and playing music does. Please recommend our readers an amazing band from your hometown. Tre Hombres – these guys are a cross between Frank Sinatra and Metallica, with hot sauce and a couple of hardshell tacos thrown in with a cheap Mexican hooker. DYLAN LIDDY – DIRECTOR – BLUE MAX MUSIC (MNGR HILLTOP HOODS) What’s been the highlight of your career so far? Being part of the last Hilltop Hoods album release (State Of The Art) and working with such a driven and gifted talent. Favourite song of 2010 so far? Anything from Boy & Bear’s EP. Such an amazing
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from your hometown? The Koxx, they are helping us build the Korean rock scene.
Predictions of artists you think will “breakthrough” later this year? The acts I really like currently are Art Vs Science, Washington and the Birds Of Tokyo. Watch out for King Cannons.
MARK POSTON – EMI AUSTRALASIA – CHAIRMAN & SNR VP MARKETING
What’s your fave song by an Australian artist? For me, bands like Mark Of Cain, Alchemist and of course AC/DC have always been producing quality heavy songs for years, and great to see a new hard rock/metal category in the ARIAs.
Fave song by an Australian artist? The Way Of The World by Max Q. I think its really great lyrically and I love the questioning/blurring-the-edges spirit of this collaboration between INXS’s Michael Hutchence and Melbourne Underground musician Olly Olsen.
BIURET What’s more important to you: living comfortably from your art (financially), or artistic integrity? Is it possible to have both? I have yet to have a comfortable life through art, so I can not really say, but I will tell you once I experience that. What do you know about Perth, Australia? We participated One Movement last year and, unlike Korea, it seems like most of the people enjoyed rock music. I was very impressed by the rock festival being held at the heart of the city. I loved it! An amazing band/artist
Highlight of your career so far? Contributing to music and to artist’s careers. Meeting and collaborating with talented people and artists. Having music as my career. Favourite song of 2010 so far? I have two; I Believe You Liar by Washington and Stylo by Gorillaz.
RICHARD IN YOUR MIND Favourite musical moment of 2010 so far? Seeing Pavement at the Enmore Theatre was pretty amazing. And Malkmus was throwing shapes like a legend. Do you buy into Facebook, Twitter and the ‘share everything, all the time!’ mentality? I think it’s good if you have something to say. To me it’s like a big knife, if you need to cut up the food for your dinner it’s a really useful thing, but if you’re bored and just throwing it around you might accidentally stab your eye out. MARK POPE – MARK POPE MUSIC – ARIA AWARDS PRODUCER Highlight of your career so far? If money is the measure, I have scratched and clawed my way to the middle. If life experiences is the measure then I reckon I’m a billionaire. Every day has been a highlight for me. What’s the hardest part of your job? The hardest part is packing up the tent after the circus has left town. Ten months of work goes into what is for most one night. IPredictions of artists you think will “breakthrough” later this year? Microwave Jenny. Fave song by an Australian artist? Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy – great song, great middle eight, great guitars and eight simple words that capture a life. One Movement lands in Perth from Wednesday 6 ‘til Sunday 10 October. Head to www. onemovementmusic.com for more details.
The prestigious Verve label, with acts like Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, The Velvet Underground and Diana Krall, has also one Australian signed: Mark Sholtez. Now Sholtez is heading around the country with his freshly unwrapped second album, The Distance Between Two Truths, recorded with the man behind many Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock records, the legendary Larry Klein. Catch the full story later in the mag. Sholtez takes in Manhattans for two nights, Friday 24 September and Saturday 25. To pick up one of THREE prize packs including a copy of the CD and a double pass to your choice of show, send an email to giveaways@ drumperth.com.au with “HIDDEN SHOLTEZ” in the subjectline. Be sure to mention which show you want to get along to.
Thanks to our friends at Universal, we offer you another two free hot downloads from universatlmusic.net.au/ freedownloads/streetpressaustralia Example – Kickstarts [Wideboys Remix] After being the main support on Lily Allen’s European tour, rhyme-master Example scored three hit singles in the UK and a sell-out UK headline tour. Example’s debut Won’t Go Quietly will be released in Australia on October 8, juxtaposing heartfelt lyrics with the musical elements necessary for a huge party anthem. Matt Walters FT. Washington – I Would Die For You Hanging in the air like delicate morning frost, Die For You envelopes the space between isolation and intimate contemplation whilst Megan Washington provides the perfect harmony line. Matt Walters has recently performed as special guest for Ben Folds and Paul Kelly on their national tours, whilst putting the final touches on his debut LP available in early 2011.
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INTO THE WHITE LIGHT LOOK ME IN THE EYE
PARKLIFE MAY SIGNAL THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR THAT UK DANCE LEGENDS GROOVE ARMADA HAVE BROUGHT THEIR LIVE SHOW TO PERTH, BUT THIS ONE’S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. SO DIFFERENT IN FACT THAT IT COULD BE THEIR LAST…EVER. AAROM WILSON CROSSES HIS FINGERS ANDY CATO IS JUST PLAYIN’.
orthern Star, Vertigo, Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub), Lovebox, Soundboy Rock, Black Light; chances are, if you’re an electronic music lover, at least one of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay’s albums created under the Groove Armada moniker (or one of their many mixed CDs) hold a treasured part in your music collection. An act that’s covered so many genres, styles and successful partnerships, each album has made impressive impacts on seas of electronic lovers, not to mention rock ones. Earlier this year they again surprised fans by carving another genre bend in their career by releasing the much darker ‘80s inspired Black Light, an album still providing fresh radio and dancefloor fruits – perfect to pick and consume at this year’s Parklife. Not only will we now know the words to sing along to Black Light’s hits, this tour may be your last chance to sing along to them live, if Andy Cato’s rapidfire succession of words ring true. “I think, certainly for the foreseeable future, this is going to be the last time that you’re going to be able to see Groove Armada live, for [pauses awkwardly] I don’t know how long – certainly a very long time,” says Cato with a sense of finality that would have fans wondering why an act riding so high would be thinking this way. “Well, I think it’s a combination of lots of things; the most important thing is that with Black Light, it’s the best album we’ve made, the live show is the best it’s ever been, but getting those two things to that point is just constant, constant work; thousands and thousands of hours of writing and rehearsing and always trying to get it better. So it’s a real feeling now that we’ve got that to its peak, and we want to hit this Australian tour and a UK tour which follows it, and just absolutely nail it,” Cato enthusiastically exclaims. Indeed, if critics are to be believed, Black Light has been somewhat of an unexpected high for the act that’s been making important imprints on dance culture ever since their lounge-driven Northern Star affair on Tummy Touch 12 years ago. On that album was At The River, arguably one of the most loved ‘chillout’ tracks ever. The track reappeared on second album Vertigo, combining with more upbeat and house-influenced tracks such as I See You Baby and If Everybody Looked The Same to create an album that quickly thrust them into the global spotlight. From there they’ve navigated an impressively
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diverse discography ranging from funk, house and soul to electro rock and bombastic pop. As popular as they became though, they’ve still always done it with class, rarely seeming to sellout and always reinventing their own wheels. Black Light is certainly no exception to this record.
IT’S OUR FULL KIND OF LINE UP AND SAINTSAVIOUR... SHE’S LIKE A KIND OF FEMALE DAVID BOWIE ON SPEED.”
Heavily employing the use of synths and going for a much more ‘80s sound than ever before, Black Light could have easily been a clichéd sound released two years too late. Instead it somehow used these old, overused ingredients to create a uniquely sexy, emotional and yet danceable album. Of course the vocalists Groove Armada used for Black Light were vital to its success. Most notably, Nick Littlemore added his distinctive p(nau)ipes to four tracks, while SaintSaviour was plucked from relative obscurity by the pair and used on three tracks – including singles I Won’t Kneel and Paper Romance – making a mark for herself as a real vocal dynamo worth getting extremely excited about. With Jess Larrabee also introduced to the greater world on Black Light, and the Armada having a history of picking lesser known acts to collaborate with, it comes as no surprise this kind of talent nurturing is something they enjoy, as well as a practical pursuit. “With this record we set about to do something totally new song wise, and also in terms of who we’re working with. It was really important for us to work with someone who could come on the road with us. We’ve had an amazing run of legends over the years but legends don’t tour, with the exception, to be fair, of Richie Havens who came on the tour bus with us for a while. But we really wanted to get the band vibe going on this one, so that’s why we worked with SaintSaviour, and it was always the plan that it would be great for us and a springboard for her.”
Just about to release her own solo album, SaintSaviour will again join the Groove Armada as it sails through seas of booty shakin’ Parklife crowds. “It’s our full kind of line-up; bass, drums, guitars, rock‘n’roll, with MC M.A.D, the long standing voice of Superstylin’ and Groove Armada tunes in the past,” explains Cato of the line-up heading this way. “And SaintSaviour…who’s become the kind of frontwoman for the band now – she’s like a kind of female David Bowie on speed.” While SaintSaviour’s performance at the Big Day Out most certainly fitted Cato’s description, one might be a tad worried Groove Armada’s Parklife performance will have little more to offer than they already have this year. However, that would be grossly underestimating the attention spans of Cato and Findlay; dance fiends committed to constantly evolving performances. Well known for transforming their songs into much more entertaining live tracks, Cato was caught for this interview last Wednesday at his home studio in France still frantically trying to put the finishing mixing touches to White Light, a take on their last album that will reflect their obsessions to continually up the ante. “We’ve always re-written everything for our live gigs, and for the Black Light tours it’s no exception. But it’s just thrown up a really interesting take on the album. So it’s just worth getting them out there, as much as the people can have, ‘cause they’re rocking.” With the ‘self-remixed’ album scarily needing to be finished by the end of this week, and everything all needing to be packed and ready for the Australian tour next week, Cato’s still confident. “The tunes I’ve done so far are sounding brilliant, so it’s definitely going to be worth the trouble.” Don’t just expect a set of Black Light tunes Light-ified either, Cato promising to be Light-ening up a whole range of GA faves to be even more festival friendly than you’ve ever heard before. Oh, and there’ll be a stage show, including…frickin’ laser beams… “We’ve redesigned the lighting rig and we’ve got this totally unique laser system, which I’m not really going to bore you with the details because I don’t really understand it myself. All I know is that from the stage it looks amazing, and from the outside it looks even better.”
With the United Nations Climate Change Conference happening in Tianjin, China in a few weeks time, it’s interesting to note Andy Cato released a paper late last year called Dad, What Did You Do When The Ice Was Melting? to coincide with the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen. It’s an impassioned and impressively argued essay, and well worth following the links found on Groove Armada’s official website. “I did those blogs on the Copenhagen thing to try and expose the kind of madness of it all; when you kind of reduce such fundamental life saving decisions to all of that nonsense,” he explains. “But I get more flights than almost any one else in the world… so who am I to talk? And of course when I wrote the thing in the newspaper, that was the first thing that the very well funded anti-climate change people were getting me at from all angles... I do various things in the UK and make sure our Lovebox festival is the lowest emitting festival in the UK. It’s the little stuff; on tour we squeeze onto one bus instead of two, It’s details but, given these days you can only make a living from music by being on the road – given that no one really pays for music anymore – it’s an endless conundrum.”
Okay, so we’re going to get a good show, but what the heckowski are fans going to do once they put Groove Armada to bed? “We’re going to make a documentary, make lots of live recordings, put all that together as a special DVD and, you know, maybe say that was that. Now let’s do something completely different and get back on the turntables – not that we ever left them really – but use that as our focus for a while instead.” Prodding for more precise details proves difficult, so it’s hard to tell how serious Cato is about this being the end. All answers are worrying though, especially when asked whether they’re just planning to take a break to find inspiration for another album. “Ah, no,” reflects Cato deadly serious. “To be honest, I’m not even sure if there is going to be a next one. There’s definitely an end of an era thing going on now where, as I said, this is going to be the last time playing live in Australia, you know, maybe ever – or certainly a long time. I think we’re going to go more guerrilla for the foreseeable future; just go back to putting out underground 12” dancefloor stuff; go back to that kind of small label culture where it all started for us.” If Cato’s sincere tone is anything to go by, these releases won’t even be found under the Groove Armada section of your record store. “There will be a new name, yeah. But we’ll make sure that everyone knows that it’s us just to make sure we get some bookings,” laughs Cato. He still intends to produce and have a “DJ-led 2011” with Findlay, but rather it’s all about hitting live heights that Cato just doesn’t want to fall down from. “It’s just so good at the minute and so brilliant that it’s much better to say, ‘Right, let’s kick some arse and nail it at Parklife and the UK tour’ and then take a break, having gone out with everything just buzzing, and being the best it’s ever been. And, you know, if we do want to come back one day, then that’s the best possible way to leave it.” WHO: Groove Armada WHAT: White Light out soon WHEN & WHERE: Parklife – Sunday 26 September, Wellington Square, East Perth
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LAND OF THE RISING RED PROVIDING MORE GOOD TIME PARTY POP TUNES WITH THEIR SECOND ALBUM MIDNIGHT REMEMBER, MELBOURNE’S LITTLE RED ARE BACK. THEIR ALWAYS SMILING AND HEAD-BOPPING DRUMMER TAKA HONDA CATCHES UP WITH MATTHEW HOGAN.
n 2008, Little Red appeared on the national musical radar after winning the Garage To V competition and earning the opening spot at the national V Festival tour. With an irresistible sound heavily inspired by The Beach Boys and the Motown sound, their star was well and truly on the rise in the lead up to their debut album Listen To Little Red, which debuted at #29 on the ARIA Album charts and spawned a hit single in Coca Cola that appeared on the Underbelly soundtrack and in the Triple J Hottest 100. Last year, just as the band was preparing to commence work on their sophomore effort, the mother country came calling and, as drummer Taka Honda recalls, it was just like starting over. “We got signed to an English label called Lucky Number and then they put out our record,” he begins. “The UK radio stations, they started playing our songs. We went there to just give it a little bit more push on our record. We had to push our record so that’s why we toured the UK. So basically, they released our first record, which was a little bit weird because we released that record like two years ago and it was already old for us. And then we went to the UK to talk about that record as if it was just done a couple of months ago.” Listen To Little Red was given a new lease on life overseas with a new cover harking back to their chosen ‘60s sound and a new song. “We recorded one new song called Waiting for that album,” says Honda. “They didn’t like our tracklisting so they made a new tracklisting and then they got rid of a couple of songs to make the album shorter and tighter for the apparently sophisticated European ear…” Returning home late last year, the five-piece then had the time to work on what would be the newly released Midnight Remember. Enlisting the help of producer Scott Horscroft, who’s recorded albums by The Sleepy Jackson, The Panics and heaps more, Honda says they were drawn to his vibe. “He wasn’t taking this project because he had to pay rent or something like that, it seems like he really liked our music and he seems like he understands what we wanted to do and he was very passionate about it, and that’s very important,” says the drummer.
“We could have done this record with some hot overseas producers, you know, but he wouldn’t be as passionate as Scott Horscroft.”
look after you,” Honda says. “They’re really good at pushing our record and pushing our songs and organising this interview. Being independent is a bit difficult, we couldn’t even make a record because we didn’t have money and then we signed record deal. Also going overseas and stuff like that, the record company really helps us. I’m really happy because it’s a great record label – they’re not about the quick cash grab; they’re really passionate about our music.”
Honda adds that the location of the New South Wales Central Coast only added to the good vibrations. “It was an isolated studio in the middle of nowhere – I don’t even know what the town was called,” admits Honda. “We stayed in this house and the studio was attached to this house. The studio is called The Grove Studio and we just stayed there and had fun. Scott said before we made this record, he told us to have fun making this record and that’s exactly what we did. It was pretty chilled out every day to work a bit and drink and chill. It was great, the isolation really worked for us. We focussed on this record and didn’t care what was happening outside. “I suppose it harder to make than the first one,” he ponders. “We thought about it a lot more. The first record was very spontaneous – we were inexperienced. But the second record, we thought about the details, paid more attention to the details. I think this record was a bit harder to make.” As shown on the lead single Rock It, the band has taken a slightly different direction on Midnight Remember, embracing ‘70s disco beats. Honda attributes this to growing up. “The first record was more spontaneous and it was all about fun because we were young back then,” he says reflecting on his twentysomething years. “Mortality didn’t mean anything. Now as we grew older, mortality means something different. It becomes a bit more imminent. So this record, what was I talking about? This record is about getting older, you don’t grow old – you just realise you have so many great moments in your life. None of those moments last and that sort of melancholic romanticism, or something like that, that sort of changed our sound. We’re growing old and it’s a natural progression; people change and when we change, our music changes as well.” While Listen To Little Red was released through the band’s own label Hooch Hound and distributed by Shock, Little Red this time have embraced the label life. “It’s hard not to have a label these days because it is hard to be independent and label people do
Did we mention the label is Liberation Music, best known for releasing the work of more established Australian artists like Mark Seymour, James Reyne, Kasey Chambers and more? “Oh yeah, definitely,” Honda says of his labelmates. “Barnesy is on the record label, so that’s good enough for me!”
YOU CAN PRINT THAT BECAUSE I DON’T THINK TONY ABBOTT’S GOING TO READ THIS ARTICLE!”
With a sound that definitely translates well between generations, Little Red even picked up the much coveted support slot on the national An Evening On The Green tour headed up by pop/rock icons Blondie and The Pretenders. But first you can listen to Little Red on their upcoming national album tour, which sees them play more cities and bigger venues than ever and follows on from recent Rock It single tour. “It’s good to be back playing those venues and doing our own shows,” says Honda. “People still keep coming to our shows. It was great. This upcoming tour, we wanted to go to as many places as we can. If you look at our dates, we’re going pretty much everywhere. So that’s own main focus and we try to play those shows really well and then do festivals all summer. On our next tour we’re going to do mainly songs off our old record, but we’re going to play some old classics as well. It’s going to be a lot of fun!” WHO: Litt Little Red WHAT: M Midnight Remember (Liberation Music) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 30 September, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Friday 1 October, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Saturday 2, Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley; An Evening On The Green with Blondie and The Pretenders – Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 November, King Park & Botanic Gardens
LITTLE RED HONDA Little Red’s drummer Taka Honda originally came to Australia to become a scientist. He is now a fully-fledged rock’n’roller complete with fashionable Melbourne haircut. He offers advice on how to remain in Australia on a rock visa. Did you meet the other Little Red guys at uni? I didn’t meet them at uni, Quang went to the same uni as me – Monash University, but I met Quang [Dinh – bass] at a house party and after six months, he just called me and asked me if I wanted to play in a band and I said yes. So it was really weird; on the day they had a gig and then their drummer couldn’t do it, so Quang just called me and asked me to go, and I said, ‘yeah, why not?’ Then the first time I met them was at rehearsal and we went through all the songs twice, and then we had a gig and then I stayed in the band. Were you playing drums for a while by then? Not really. I played a bit in Japan, but I wouldn’t have called myself a drummer back then. When I first met Quang, I must have talked myself up and that’s why he must have called me. I must have made myself sound like a great drummer, but I wasn’t. I didn’t know much about drumming, so I just winged it! Is it true that you were threatened with deportation after your student visa expired? That’s true. It’s all got sorted. I just went home and made a fake visa with Photoshop and it worked. Bam! You can print that because I don’t think Tony Abbott’s going to read this article! What do your parents think about your change of career? I think they were a bit disappointed. Having Asian parents – all they want is that stability, you know. They want their kids to have stability, but I feel right doing what I’m doing.
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JUMPING THE BARRICADE RETURNING WITH THEIR SELF-TITLED FOURTH ALBUM, NEW YORK INDIE ROCKERS INTERPOL SEEM TO HAVE FINALLY GOT IT FIGURED OUT. BUT, AS NINA BERTOK DISCOVERS, PERHAPS A CAREER IN MUSIC ISN’T FOR EVERYBODY.
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ew York City’s princes of indie cool, Interpol, need no introduction… In fact, they no longer need an album title either, according to Daniel Kessler. Some 10 years into the band’s incredibly successful career, the guitarist and founding member claims the music simply speaks for itself. Nope, no frills here – just four dudes with instruments on a mission to knock the world on its ass for the fourth time. “And it’s because it’s our fourth record that we didn’t want to give it a title,” adds Kessler. “To me, having an album that is self-titled makes sense because the music itself says enough. We don’t really need some snappy title or something to bring it all together. We’ve been making records for quite some time now and they each stand up on their own. Over the years you get better and more confident and your music evolves. Well, I hope you get better at what you do… I’d like to think that I’ve sharpened my skills and that I much better understand the process involved in making a record.” Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York in 2009, Kessler says the new album was completely self-produced by the band members themselves. However, it was the setting up of Interpol’s very own, newly-formed label Soft Limit that truly marked a milestone for the band, according to the guitarist. “The fact that we went from a major label to creating our own label had nothing to do with Capitol as a company, can I just say…” states Kessler. “We’ve always been an indie-run band even when we were on a major label, our ideals and direction were never compromised. People have always known that when it comes to our records – when you’re working with us, we have a certain way of how we go about things. That’s actually been the very reason that people like Capitol have wanted to work with us – because we know what we’re doing and we won’t compromise. Setting up Soft Limit was more of an opportunity that presented itself to us and we liked the concept of it and wanted to run with it. Right now, it’s more of an imprint than anything, but it’s definitely a big deal for us, for sure. Everything counts.” Because not too long ago, according to Kessler, all of this was merely a pipedream… Sure it was over a decade ago now, but when you’ve been a struggling muso for years just trying to make it in the Big Apple, you tend to remember the trials and tribulations. “I remember when we were given the opportunity to make our first record [Turn On The Bright Lights], don’t think I don’t remember,” Kessler laughs. “And you never forget something like that because up until then you’ve been playing shows around New York City and getting absolutely no interest from anyone and getting rejected by everyone! Not that we were absolutely cut up over it or anything, but it was definitely frustrating more than anything. Our first two demos both got rejected until we finally got a ‘yes’ on the third one. New York from 1997 to 2002 was a much different time period, though. The difference the Internet has caused has been enormous since then. Whereas it took us a while to gain some kind of interest, the Internet is now a vehicle for bands to get discovered in two seconds! Sometimes I think some of the bands that are around right now maybe might not have been around back then. In the late ‘90s if you weren’t getting a break after a while, if you weren’t pulling people to your shows, your band would probably break up not long after.” Luckily for Interpol, persistence was one of the band members’ key strengths – an undeniable chemistry between all four proved to be another, explains Kessler. “New York City is full of talented musicians, I mean it’s the Mecca of music. The only problem is finding the right people that you can connect with on a musical and personal level. Chemistry is almost impossible to find. It took me a long time to find what I was looking for. Going back to the technology thing I was saying before, this isn’t really a problem anymore, it’s a lot easier to find ways to figure this out and find the right kind of people. I knew what kind of band I wanted and I didn’t want to compromise on that. I wanted to put together a band that was serious about music; that wanted to do it for the right reasons. The history of Interpol started when I finally found that.”
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For that reason, it wasn’t easy for Kessler or Interpol to see the departure of long-time member and bassist/keyboardist Carlos Dengler in mid-2009. Following the current album’s completion, Kessler says Dengler announced his decision to retire from music altogether and pursue a new career outside the industry. “I think it just came down to the fact that he basically wanted to have a change in his life,” sighs Kessler. “He said he wanted to see what it was like to have a life outside of music. He wanted to find out what it’s like to pursue goals that have nothing to do with being in a rock band anymore. I think he just wanted to do things on his own. I mean, we did have a very long dialogue about it, I’ll admit. We very much understood that this was something that he needed to do with his life. It’s never easy to go through something like that, especially if the person has been in the band from day one pretty much.” For the time being, Kessler announces Interpol will operate as a three-piece, with various live members filling in on bass and keyboard duties during the band’s world tour, which will see them back in Australia at year’s end. “Last time we were there was early 2008, sure I have memories,” laughs Kessler. “I remember visiting this Nick Cave exhibit in Melbourne which really stood out for me. The great thing was that we got a lot of downtime, which doesn’t always happen on tour. Sometimes you have no idea where you even are and all you get to see is inside the venue you’re playing. With Australia, though, because it’s such a long way to get to, you really try to make sure you make the most of it because you only get to come back every so often. Though, you always do wish it was otherwise.” WHO: Interpol WHAT: Interpol (Soft Limit/Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Southbound – Saturday 1 ‘til Monday 3 January, Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton
FINE AND DANDY AFTER 17 YEARS, SEVEN ALBUMS AND COUNTLESS TOURS, THE DANDY WARHOLS DRUMMER BRENT DEBOER TALKS GREATEST HITS WITH SEVANA OHANDJANIAN.
he Dandy Warhols are a busy bunch. Since their last tour of Australia there have been babies, solo records and the retrospective The Dandy Warhols Capitol Years: 1995-2007, the latter of which sees them returning to our shores. As one of the headliners on the Parklife tour alongside the eclectic line-up that includes Missy Elliot, Groove Armada, Soulwax and Kele, drummer Brent DeBoer and his band are no strangers to the national tour circuit, having previously played Southbound and the Big Day Out. When Drum gets hold of DeBoer, he’s in Australia with family and has nothing but kind words for the local crowds. “Absolutely, Australia is one of our favourite places to come. It always has been since the very first time. The people of Australia have really embraced us in a special way; the audiences are always so cool and so musically knowledgeable. It’s much different to playing in a lot of other places, it’s just a very communal spirit; everyone is in it together. We have an absolute blast, we love it.”
ONCE THE TRIP STARTS EACH SONG IS SUCH AN ODYSSEY IN AND OF ITSELF, AT THE BEGINNING OF IT YOU JUST GET YOURSELF PSYCHED UP.”
Admittedly, DeBoer’s vantage point from the drum kit puts him in a different element when it comes to the live experience, so to him the contrasts between a festival crowd and sideshows can only be read between the lines, or notes, if you will. “The fact is at most festivals we only play for about an hour, but when we do our club shows… we’ve played whole tours where we’ve played three, three and a half hour shows. You get that time to just chat to people from the stage and you see some familiar faces you know. It definitely feels a little bit different I’d say between songs and just the fact that we get to play for much longer, play some trippier, tripped out sections that we don’t really get do when you’re playing a one hour set, you just have to bang out your hits.” It’s those hits that make up The Dandy Warhols’ recently released retrospective record, tracing their days with Capitol Records from the fuzzy psychedelia of …The Dandy Warhols Come Down to the completely wacky Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars. The fact that the band has been in motion since 1993, making this their 17th year together, is commendable in itself, let alone being able to present a collection of their finest works. “It’s a major milestone and it’s kind of a dream for a band to do that, because it sort of means you’ve been around for a while. Doing a retrospective like that is a pretty big deal and it’s a big achievement, so we’re all really proud of it.” Having always maintained an unusual balance between TV advertisement friendly pop songs and extended shoegaze jams on their records, two distinct versions of The Dandy Warhols now exist and DeBoer is completely aware of it when asked if the band were involved in choosing the tracklist. “Yeah, basically, but it was surely obvious – it’s just all the songs that went to the radio and had videos made for them, the three and a half minute pop songs of ours. Because we kind of have an identity crisis in the Dandys where on the one hand we play these long drawn out, tripped out songs, like all Massive Attack or Spiritualized or something, then we have these Beatles-esque pop songs, so it’s kind of a collection of that side – and if there’s a fan that’s bored by our long, psychedelic trip out jams but likes the pop and rock cuts, then this would be the disc for them.”
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Plenty else has been going on in the Dandy Warhols camp besides this record. Lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor became a new dad at the age of 42, affording the band a break that led to both Dandys keyboard player Zia McCabe and DeBoer working on their respective solo projects in the Dandys’ personal studio space, the Odditorium. “Brian Coates [Welcome To The Monkey House engineer] used to live in the rock dorm below me in the same building where Courtney lived and everyone in the world-famous rock dorm in Portland, Oregon… and he used to come up and hang out with me in my apartment and I’d play some four track songs that I’d made up the previous night and he remembered those years later. He was in the Odditorium recording a record that he’s still working on with Zia and he said, ‘She leaves at 10 o’clock every night, why don’t you come in late at night, let’s record some of those old songs,’ cause he’d really liked them. We ended up recording them from 10pm ‘til six in the morning for about a week and then he would just sleep there and Zia would show up again at noon and he would keep going.” DeBoer released his first solo album, The Farmer, in April this year, but did so with a twist. The album was made available exclusively in America via the Multiple Sclerosis website and part proceeds went to the cause. “When Courtney had his baby we took half a year off, so there was kind of the opportunity for all of us to do something with that stuff. My dad has Multiple Sclerosis and I was trying to think of a different way to put the album out where it doesn’t just come out in a normal way. I put it out so that it could go onto the Multiple Sclerosis website in America and give some of the proceeds to MS.” As for his day job, plans are set for the Dandy Warhols train to keep rolling with no end in sight for the 17-year juggernaut. “We’ll be touring on this retrospective for a little while here and then we’ll get back in the studio. There’s already a few songs that we’ve started recording so we’ll finish those up and start some more. I’m not sure exactly when it will be done or when that will come out, but when we’re not on the road we’re in the studio and vice versa, so there’s definitely another Dandys record coming in the future.”
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WHO: The Dandy Warhols WHEN & WHERE: Parklife – Sunday 26 September, Wellington Square, East Perth
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A TRUE STAR “Essentially, it’s down to the pressure of the listeners and fans that I’m doing these concerts,” he explains. “RundgrenRadio is a radio station that a fan set up a few years ago and he plays my music, he interviews all the artists I‘ve ever worked with, and stuff like that. He got it into his head to poll the listeners of the radio station to find out which record they’d most like to see live and definitively the answer was A Wizard A True Star. Coinciding with this he decided he would get into the event production world and he lined up promoters and hired venues. We did that and it was fun, and the next two records they wanted to hear live are Todd and Healing; well that’s a big chunk to bite off. We did a short run of six shows at bigger venues and with equally big production values. This show is equally theatrical in its way, but I’m not going through a dozen costume changes again,” he says of the acclaimed enactment of A Wizard A True Star.
FROM PRODUCING MEAT LOAF’S BAT OUT OF HELL TO FRONTING THE CARS, REDEFINING PROG ROCK AND RELEASING THE WORLD’S FIRST INTERACTIVE CD, TODD RUNDGREN HAS FINALLY FOUND TIME TO TOUR AUSTRALIA. ANDY HAZEL MANAGES TO KEEP IT TOGETHER.
f someone, a reporter from BBC no less, stated that one man was ‘a visionary without whom there would be no Prince, MTV or access to internet music…a master of every style from classic soul to bizarre electronica’, and Mojo called him ‘a one-man Beatles’, you would think this man would be a household name. “The funny thing is,” says the recipient of this acclaim, tentatively, “when I’m involved in one of those things that gets praise, it often happens at a time when that opinion is yet to meet a critical mass. If I do something good, it always seems to get discovered afterwards or in another place, but at the time it’s seen as something unadvisable or inappropriate. My attitude is ‘what have you done for me lately?’ I could have used the help five years ago – why don’t you praise this thing I’m working on now?” he laughs.
Graduating from ‘60s garage rockers Nazz via the double album heavy prog rock years with Utopia to latterday projects such as fronting a reformed Cars, Todd Rundgren has moved with ease between genres, private obsessions and social fashions all the while working on melding technology with a strong base in musical adventurousness. Despite this impressive canon, he’s best known for his production work with Meat Loaf, Cheap Trick, XTC, New York Dolls and countless other acts. What brings him to Australia next month though is his recent revisiting of some of his 20 plus solo albums in what seems to be a ubiquitous trend of playing an album live track by track, though the Australian shows he says “will be two-plus hours of all sorts of stuff.
HITTING THE MARK
“I didn’t even know the [first] album was released there,” he shrugs, bemused, “but I’m huge in Poland.” For album number two, the Brisbane based songwriter headed back to the US. The first album was recorded in New York, and this one took in LA. The motivation was for the producer, Sholtez says. “You have to go where they’re at because that’s where all the players and studio spaces that they like to use are.” Sholtez had his eye on Larry Klein this time around, the man behind so many Joni Mitchell albums along with Tracy Chapman and Madeleine Peyroux. “The main thing that caught my ear about him is he makes records that will beautifully reference yesteryear in a way, either classic jazz records or classic singer/songwriter records and they have all that space and all those things that make records sound timeless. But they still sound contemporary. And that’s kind of what I wanted.” After spending three weeks in pre-production going over the songs, Sholtez headed into the studio with Klein, working though the demos and rewriting with the famed producer as they went. “I’d written maybe 80 songs for the new record, just because it’s been a long time between records. I thought I had 30 or 40 songs that would be likely to make up this record. We went through those and we walked through the possibilities of reworking things and rewriting things and how to 22 • THE DRUM MEDIA 16 SEPTEMBER 2010
Audiences were certainly surprised to see the next project Rundgren announced he was doing; a cover album of songs by blues grandfather Robert Johnson. “Yeah, I guess it does seem strange,” he happily intones. “I was never that drawn to Robert Johnson in high school. I was very much into blues artists though, like The Yardbirds and Paul Butterfield. The first gig I had was as a blues guitar player, before I’d ever written a song or fronted a band. When I signed with [current record label] Arena, part of the deal was that they wanted me to do a cover album of Robert Johnson songs, because they owned the back catalogue but they didn’t own the masters of his recordings. They were looking for an artist to cover the material so they’d have masters to licence for movies and TV and stuff. I
One thing Rundgren can never be accused of is laziness, and his breadth of material is a perfect example of how an identity can be spread across decades, genres and in and out of projects without losing any integrity – spandex bodysuits or not. “I don’t think other musicians are lazy by comparison,” he says breezily, “a songwriter like Elvis Costello is amazingly prolific. Nowadays it’s much harder for me to write songs as it seems to me the more you’ve written the more your stuff starts to sound like something else you’ve already written, and the subject matter and style become similar.” Maybe that’s why projects such as playing albums live and covering Robert Johnson have come along? “Perhaps. “What constantly comes to mind to me is the anecdote about Something/Anything. By the time I’d got to the end of making that record – and it was only meant to be a single album but I just kept writing and writing – songwriting had become a formula. Every song was about the same high school relationship that went bad and I finally sat back, and listened, when the record was doing well and the label were waiting for the next album. I was reading press and someone had said ‘he’s the male Carole King’ and that’s the one thing I don’t want to be; someone who writes formulaic music that it’s really easy to categorise. At that point I realised I had to do something to distinguish myself and that was going to involve being weird.” A maxim he’s, thankfully, never stopped following. As cyclical productivity has been replaced by one-off projects and a fresh embrace of touring, finally bringing him here, it’s reassuring to know that this age that Rundgren has had such an uncelebrated hand in developing, still finds a place for him.
WHO: Todd Rundgren WHEN & WHERE: One Movement Music Festival By Twilight – Friday 8 October, Perth Esplanade
MANN ABOUT TOWN
RISING JAZZ/POP STAR, AND THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN TO HAVE AN ALBUM SIGNED TO VERVE RECORDINGS, MARK SHOLTEZ CHATS TO JASON KENNY ABOUT THE ART OF COLLABORATION. ark Sholtez is having breakfast in a Fremantle café after finishing a brief run of intimate shows earlier in the year. There’s a day of press ahead for his new album, his second, and the first one on Warner. During the gig a small but devoted crowd heard songs from both albums and were even able to make requests on Facebook. “I’m probably an artist who lives and dies on stage,” Sholtez says, adding that the social networking-shaped set lists just help him connect more to his audience. It was when checking the stats for his YouTube account that he realised there were a strange amount of activity in Poland.
“By the time we got it down, there was a magical element about it, it was like a play where the actor plays six different parts and it all happens with split second timing; he walks off stage as a guy and comes back as a woman on the opposite side of the stage,” Rundgren says chuckling. “Some costumes were a bear to get into and out of like the fat suit, some nights we might have issues like it just not inflating, oh man it was hard work! Todd/Healing is a whole different kind of thing, it will involve the band a little bit more but I’m not going into any more detail; we kept it completely secret last time, and I like having an element of surprise for the audience.”
procrastinated for a year, because I soon realised Eric Clapton had made a career of doing exactly this. This is Eric Clapton circa-1965 though, and I decided that this record is more a tribute to the bands in the mid-60s who were influenced by Robert Johnson and other blues artists, because basically every song is a frame for a guitar solo,” he says with refreshing candor.
EVEN THOUGH THE RESOLUTELY UNDERGROUND LABELS HE’S SIGNED TO HAVE TRIED TO INFLUENCE THE CHICO MANN SOUND, MARCOS GARCIA TELLS HUWSTON THAT COMMERCIAL VIABILITY ISN’T PARAMOUNT WHEN HE CRAFTS HIS AFRO-FREESTYLE GEMS.
manipulate those into making a record.” When Klein brought in musicians to fill out the sound, Sholtez hung on. “It’s amazing and terrifying at the same time,” he says. “Just hanging around with those guys makes you a better player. At times you feel like you’re hanging on for dear life, but it’s great because they can so quickly lock into what you’re doing and they have an encyclopaedia of references they can take from.” Other than Klein, the album includes co-writes with other top songwriters including Alex Lloyd and Shane Nicholson. “I love Shane’s songwriting, I think he’s one of the best songwriters in the country, and I just wanted to get together and hang out and write a tune with him with no agenda. Alex Lloyd was a complete accident, just bumping into him outside a studio in London and saying we should write a song together.” Sholtez himself is in demand as a songwriter, with his work popping up on other artists’ albums from Italian boy bands to Troy Casser-Daly. “I’m particularly not interested in going to write songs with ‘hitmakers’, so when I go to do some co-writing it’s because I like an album or a particular element of what they do. I just love their voice or I love their guitar playing and I know that will inspire something interesting in a collaboration. “It’s an interesting process for that, trying to get into someone else’s head. You’re trying to write something honest for them but it’s coming from your head. For me, if I’m collaborating with someone I spend half the day talking and waiting for them to reveal some sort of story we can tell and saying, let’s write that.”
WHO: Mark Sholtez WHAT: The Distance Between Two Truths (Warner) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 24 & Saturday 25 September, Manhattans Bar, Victoria Park
hico Mann is Marcos Garcia, whose blend of proper electro, freestyle and Latin rhythms is finally on its way to Australia after he took a quick trip here as part of Antibalas in April. A hired gun for artists as diverse as The Roots, TV On The Radio, Thievery Corporation, Philip Glass, Patti Smith and Tony Allen, Garcia finds a way to fit all of these peoples influence into his own music. Distinctively New York, Garcia’s sound harks back to the tradition of immigrant culture fusing with Black American music to create altogether something different and fresh. Citing artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Lisa Lisa and Fela Kuti as influences, it’s this hypnotic blend that gives Chico Mann and New York its backbone. Whilst 1980s R&B and the Afrobeat rhythms of Tony Allen may seem an odd combination, Garcia has a simple way of breaking it down. “The music I write is Afro-freestyle. There’s a musical conversation that’s been going on between Africa, Cuba and New York and it continues to this day,” he says. “I see what I do in a historical context and I think people will be able to connect those dots when you see us live or hear the record.” Put like that and with the context of the hip hop movement and labels like Fania compressed in to the boroughs of New York, things become a little clearer. On record the Chico Mann sound is an exciting hotpot of horns, synths, percussion and drum machines, but often a long trip to the other side of the world with a condensed band line-up brings the concern that elements of the record won’t translate. “Thanks to modern technology, there’s really nothing we can’t do live that we do on record,” Garcia assures, offering hope to all that worry we won’t get the full experience down under. Garcia is quite excited by the current state of the music
industry after just signing his next album to publisher Wax Poetics’ emerging label. The album, due out late October, sits well in a catalogue littered with a number of different genres of the soulful ilk; a catalogue that’s backed by extensive coverage in the pages of the record collectors’ bible. As far as writing music and selling records goes, Garcia has always stuck to his guns. “I’ve always been doing me but I will say that even in the advent of the new landscape of the music industry, previous experiences have taught me that labels still want to have a say in what an artist does because of what they consider to be commercially viable. I don’t try to cater to anyone’s sense of what’s commercial or what’s viable. I do what I do and I think tastes will eventually come around if what I’m doing doesn’t seem commercially viable right now… that’s how I feel about it.” Under a banner that seems like it is remixed itself, the Chico Mann sound has been tweaked along the years by people like Quantic and Comtron, but is it redundant for such a fusion of elements to be rearranged? “Depends on who is doing the remix!” he jokes. “I feel like some people try to fuse dufferent styles of music whereas my approach is to create something new… that might be the remix quality that you hear to the music I make. It is made of all different pieces, put together in a different context.” WHO: Chico Mann WHEN & WHERE: Friday 24 September, The Bakery, Northbridge; Saturday 25, Maltmarket, Dunsborough
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RESTLESS, NOT RISKLESS AFTER ENJOYING EARLY SUCCESS IN THEIR CAREER WITH A RECORDING DEAL, ONLY TO HIT ROCK BOTTOM A SHORT-TIME AFTER WHEN THEY WERE DROPPED, AMY MEREDITH LEAD SINGER CHRISTIAN LO RUSSO EXPLAINS TO RUEBEN HALE HOW ALMOST LOSING IT ALL WAS A GOOD THING.
n 2006 Amy Meredith were the darlings of the Australian music industry, as well as already generating significant interest overseas from some UK and US recording companies. Their appeal seemed in part due to the international nature of their music with influences ranging from bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode and later Britpop like Blur and Oasis. They found themselves being courted by a range of mostly Australian major and independent record labels, all eager to sign the band and Le Russo says they just got caughtup in the momentum. “This whirlwind of excitement came really suddenly and kind of fell away once we ended up signing with a progressive independent label. I guess what that did was create such a humbling experience for all of us. You definitely have your low point, and that was a period where we thought we had something and something definitely shifted. The label we were with said that they were not going to do the album and that was a really low point, but you have to kind of get up from where you are and just continue writing good songs. So we spent the next year and a half writing and focusing on making a great album.” In fact, for a short time after the bad news the guys had to return to their day jobs to pay the bills and waited patiently for their next opportunity to nail another recording deal. “We went back to shitty little jobs as a butcher, delivery driver, laboring and me working in a cafél,” says Lo Russo. A year and a half later and with a fresh recording contract in hand, Amy Meredith finally dropped their first release Restless which has reached #8 on Australian music charts and spawned a top 10 single with the second release from the album Lying. “In a sense if you look at a band like the Temper Trap, what happened to us is exactly what happened to them as well,” says Lo
BARELY PAST THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT ON A SUMMER NIGHT IN ST ALBANS, ROU REYNOLDS, FRONTMAN FOR INCESSANT BRITISH GENRE-BUSTING PUNKERS ENTER SHIKARI, SQUEEZES IN SOME CHAT TIME WITH BENNY DOYLE.
Russo. “We’re friends with those guys and I remember watching them in 2006, when they played at the Spectrum and they were playing their EP. Songs like My Son and Sirens and all these others had a bit of buzz. Then they kind of fell off the radar and everyone kind of forgot about them. Then they went away and crafted an album for a year and a half and when they came back with this brilliant album it was kind of with an absolute bang. I think that is the natural progression and that is what should be important for band.” Now with their star shining bright, Amy Meredith have just returned from overseas, before embarking for the next few months on a national tour. “We just got back from New York yesterday, I think it was. We flew over there and did our thing, which was a major highlight for us. We just played for our management doing a kind of showcase over there for them. We were feeding the network and just kind of growing and raising awareness about our band in the US,” says Lo Rosso. It’s interesting to find out that even after coming close to sabotaging their own career Lo Russo remains philosophical about what happened to them. “If you play it safe you won’t grow. You’ll be sitting still the whole time and I guess what it does do is it builds the awareness that when you need to understand the risk your taking before you take it; it’s kind of like controlled awareness, rather than naivety.” WHO: Amy Meredith WHAT: Restless (Sony) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 22 September, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Thursday 23, Mojo’s, North Fremantle; Friday 24, Players Bar, Mandurah; Saturday 25, Amplifier, Perth
Although a life in Washington DC is something he fell into – his wife is American – it seems it’s also one which he wouldn’t trade, the peripheral status something he prefers. “I mean I didn’t move to DC just for music – or the absence of music – but I did like the environment just because I quite like to be on my own, doing my thing. It’s really nice to go visit London or Berlin, but I’m always really happy to leave again,” he says, between sips of his morning coffee. “It’s nice to kind of suck up what type of atmosphere there is, or who’s doing what, or what sort of music is going on there, but at the end of the day I just go home and be here in suburban America where no one has a clue what electronic music is, or what it’s all about, and I can just kind of blend in with the rest of suburbia.” Since he was ushered within dubstep’s elastic borders a few years ago, the Eindhoven native has proven one of its most genuinely progressive lights – steadily releasing tunes which have run the gamut of house, techno, UK garage and dubstep. Despite the oft-drawn relationship between his genre defying blend of modern bass music and his geographic isolation, most of his releases have exhibited a familiarity and appreciation for the long lineage of electronic producers that have come before him – from Derrick May to El-B – and it’s something he’s always tried to fit into his DJ sets. “I’ve always been collecting old house music and old techno music and that’s generally quite slow. So that 130bpm mark is just really nice, because you can play new and old at the same time without either one sounding a bit weird, 24 • THE DRUM MEDIA 16 SEPTEMBER 2010
n the verge of one of the biggest festivals on the European summer circuit, Rou Reynolds could be excused for letting his mind wander, but he promises that, although still in England, their Australian tour isn’t very far from the bands thoughts. “It’s always nice to think of Australia,” Reynolds says. “To think of all the good weather, good people, and good times ahead.” However as for their time at Leeds, or more importantly Reading; it obviously holds a special place in their hearts. “The Reading festival is the festival we went to as kids so it’s always awesome to play it, but our day is pretty shocking to be honest!” he laughs. “There’s loads of good stuff on the Sunday. There’s Rusko, Magnetic Man, Sub Focus, Roots Manuva… Blink-182’s going to be good; can’t wait to see them!” Growing up as a ‘90s kid, you may not have taken Blink seriously but it’s hard to deny the impact their dick-joke fuelled skate punk had on a generation of youngsters. Reynolds agrees. “Definitely, the nostalgia is going to be incredible. They were one of the first punk bands that we got into as kids.” Evolving in 2003 from an earlier band Hybryd, the band has maintained a grass roots approach to all aspects of their trade. From designing and printing their own t-shirts in the early days to setting up their own label (Ambush Reality) in 2006 to release their music independently, the band have been acutely aware of the power that results from creative control. They’ve also toured relentlessly from the outset, seven years taking them from tiny lounge rooms to some of the biggest stages in the world, including a recent support slot for The Prodigy at the 75,000 capacity National Bowl at Milton Keynes, England. “Milton Keynes is a crazy thing to look out from the stage,” the frontman explains. “It’s literally just a sea of heads, it’s mad. We did a European tour with The Prodigy, so to play with
them literally every night for a month was incredible; they’re one of our main influences. Keith [Flint] would walk into our dressing room and just have chat with us all the time. It was very surreal but it was awesome to see that they’re still normal guys and still a big influence on us for that reason.” So where does the ferocious live nature of bands like Enter Shikari stem from? “I guess it’s something we’ve always done,” Reynolds offers. “The band was always a hobby, a bit of a release. It’s cliché, but we were always interested in punk being very much as live and visceral as possible. I guess just onstage, it’s what we do; it’s what we always have done. No point in changing now.” With two massive Australian festival slots under their belts – on Big Day Out ’08 and more recently Soundwave ’10 – their chaotic fusion of straight-up hardcore with huge elements of British electronica has struck a cord with punters and gained them a huge following Down Under. Now on the verge of their first headline tour to promote the release of rarities album Tribalism, Reynolds whets appetites further with talk of more fresh material. “We’ve got a new track that we wrote and recorded literally in this last month. We’ve played it about three times so far and we’ll be debuting that in Australia when we come.” he reveals. “So I guess that’s the newest sort of sound. To be honest, it’s taken a turn even more aggressive. It’s very much in the same vain as Zzzonked and Return To Energiser and our sort of heavier songs so it’s really fun to play live.” WHO: Enter Shikari WHAT: Tribalism (Ambush Reality/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 18 September, Capitol, Perth
BRING THE RAKKAS
HEADING TO PERTH TO SHOW OFF HIS FORWARD THINKING TAKE ON ELECTRONIC MUSIC AT THE RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY SHOWCASES, MARTYN TALKS TO HARRY PEARL. onsidering the company he’s often found in, Martyn cuts an odd figure in the world of modern electronic music. A self-described ‘loner’ leading a double life on the weekend, the Dutchman is in the peculiar position of being one of the most sought-after electronic producers in the world, yet remains content to be away from all its main centres – happily ensconced within suburban America.
HEADING BACK TO AUSTRALIA TO GET THEIR DANCEHALL PARTY CRANKING, SOUTH RAKKAS CREW LET RUSS MUCUMBER TRACE THEIR HISTORY.
you know?” While local audiences will no doubt have their pulse set at around 130bpm when he embarks on his Australian tour in late September, it seems the tempo he’s been DJing at lately has rubbed off on his forthcoming album too, with Martyn admitting it has more of a house and techno vibe than his earlier releases. He also adds that he’s looking to create something that’s a little more stylistically uniform than his debut, Great Lengths. “I guess the only thing I can say about it is, where I think the first album – I was really happy with that, and I really like the sort of mix of styles that’s in the first album – but I think the second one will be a little bit more homogeneous. More one style than a dubstep track, or a techno track, or a house track, or something like that.” Despite plenty of eclectic offerings on his first album, and a recent Fabric mix that swerved from the 8-bit funk of Hudson Mowhawke’s Joy Fantastic to Roska’s tough, minimal, UK funky track Without It, Martyn’s always had a distinct sound to his own productions, something which is often most obvious in his consistently superb remix work. “I remember way, way back in the early ‘90s when I was buying a lot of IDM sort of music, like early Warp stuff, there was this interview with Autechre and they were touching on this remix thing as well, and they said our goal for remixes is that we take one tiny little element from the original and we build a completely new Autechre song around it. For some reason that stuck in my mind as well, and I try not to do a version of a track, but try and make a real new song with an original element.” WHO: Martyn WHEN & WHERE: CDR Session – Thursday 16 September, The Bird, Northbridge; Red Bull Music Academy Showcase – Friday 17, Villa, Perth
guys are still yet to play a show there.
“It just got kind of boring to me, and I wanted to do something that was just a little more grounded,” Shaw shares down the line from a rare stint at home in LA. “I wanted to start something that I liked, that I wanted to get into myself. I was born in Jamaica and I’ve wanted to get back into some stuff like dancehall fused with other things that I other things that I like.”
With the recognition came requests for them to tour. There was a catch though. “People used to call us all the time from these different countries and they were like ‘Can you play a set here? Can you play a set there?’ and I was like ‘We’re producers, we’re not DJs!’ The requests got so plentiful that, you know it took about four years but it made me reconsider.”
Shaw hit up Greggs to see if he was down, which he was. They’d both tired of writing sugary pop numbers, and their attempts to stretch the major labels beyond their regulation urban genre boundaries were constantly rebuffed. After four years of producing pop tunes with their creativity stifled, something had to give. Thus the South Rakkas Crew were born.
Shaw DJed in his bedroom growing up in Toronto, so decided to re-teach himself the art. It was a purely pragmatic decision though, the idea of showboating clearly not in his genetic make-up. “At first I was like ‘There’s no way I’m getting on a stage’ but then it was like, ‘You know what? It’s good promotion’. It’ll help us get out there and see what’s going on and keep current, and overall it would help raise the profile of South Rakkas.”
ewind a few years before Major Lazer and the South Rakkas Crew brought dancehall and electro on a collision course in clubland worldwide. It’s 2002 and the Canadian production buddies Dennis Shaw and Alex Greggs are living at the centre of the pop music world at the time – Orlando. Their gig is writing pop tunes for the most powerful manager in pop music at that time, Johnny Wright, and his stable of artists. The roll call includes the likes of N’Sync and Britney Spears. Sounds pretty pimp huh, but a world away from the grimey club bangers that are the signature of the South Rakkas Crew.
The production duo’s catchy name was a throwback to their pre-pop days. “Back in the day we used to call dancehall music ‘rakkas’ music”, Shaw reminisced. “Back in Toronto we used to put on the flyers, you know we play hip hop, R&B and rakkas. That’s what we called dancehall. So because we were in Florida, South Rakkas.” Success wasn’t instant though and when it came, it hit from afar. Florida at the time had nothing like the South Rakkas, there was no dancehall scene, so local support was non-existent. “That’s what they always say you know – people don’t really appreciate an act that is local,” Shaw philosophically shares. Tellingly, despite naming their act in honour of the southern state, the
It was the UK that bit onto their dancehall-fusion style early on. “With reggae music, with dancehall music, I mean like the first things we put out as South Rakkas were like rhythms on Greensleeves Records which is a UK based record company. From the beginning we got more promo over there and I think bigger dancehall markets are in Europe and other places outside of the US. It was just a natural thing for us to get more recognition for us over there.”
These days the show consists of Shaw DJing, accompanied by an MC or other artist. The UK MC Serocee featured heavily on their recent Stimulus Package album (which is available free online – Google it), so he will be sharing the spotlight with Shaw for their upcoming Australian tour. WHO: South Rakkas Crew WHEN & WHERE: Friday 24 September, The Manor, Leederville
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SPAWNED FROM HIS DESIRE TO PUT OUT JUST ONE REMIX, WRONGTOM NOW HAS AN ENTIRE RECORD WITH ENIGMATIC EMCEE ROOTS MANUVA. TED SCHLECHTE GETS HIS DUB ON WITH THE INSPIRED PRODUCER.
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King Tubby and Augustus Pablo have been major influences on Wrongtom, who has just – in partnership with none other than Roots Manuva – put out an impressive long-player called Duppy Writer. The artwork, done by Tony McDermott (acclaimed for his work with Greensleeves artists such as Mad Professor and Scientist), is part of the brilliance. And although the only completely new song on the dubbed-out affair is the lead single Jah Warriors, Tom has put his own original backdrops behind a wide range of Manuva’s previously released vocals. But how did the whole project come to fruition? “It’s all a bit of a convoluted story, but I’ll give you the shortened edition,” a very amenable Tom begins. “I actually asked the guys at Big Dada a couple of years back if I could do a remix of Buff Nuff, which was from his last album, Slime & Reason. After getting the go-ahead, I wound up doing a dub mini-album. “Not long after that, they got me back into the office and expressed their interest in a whole album,” he continues. “Originally it was going to be a full-length dub version of Run Come Save Me, for the 10th anniversary of it. We missed the date and so we decided to look through his back catalogue and pick out all of the a capellas we could find. I ultimately chose the tracks that I thought could do with some dub rendering.” Due to the fact that Wrongtom used nothing of the original beats, he is a bit hesitant to admit that yes, they can be considered remixes. “You can call them
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rongtom, a British musician originally hailing from Wimbledon, doesn’t like football, or soccer as we call it over here. He does love Sam Rockwell though, except for his role in Ironman 2, and admits to getting down to Fergie’s hit Clumsy. Like fellow dub producer Mr Scruff, he appreciates a nice cuppa, with English breakfast, Assam and Darjeeling being his favourites. He also prefers to merely be called Sam, very rarely revealing his mysterious family name.
that, but I’ve really poured my heart into these. When I’d done some remixes in the past, I was told to turn the track around within a few days, perhaps still using at least some of the original beat. With these, it was the complete opposite,” Tom states. Wrongtom, who at least for now remains the most famous for his work with indie rock group Hard-Fi, admits that he did not work hand-in-hand with his recondite counterpart throughout the entire recording process. “For a long time, we didn’t coordinate closely together at all. I’d work on tracks and email them over – we didn’t even talk for ages. Finally, as we started to realise that the project was coming to the end, I got an email from Rodney [Roots Manuva], suggesting that we hook up to do Jah Warriors. It turned out that he actually lived round the corner from me, which I hadn’t realised,” Tom laughs. “I think we finished Jah Warriors the day before we finally completed the mastering of the whole album. I was given the trust from him and the guys at the label to go ahead and work on the rest at my own pace. It was all quite flattering, really.” As busy as ever, lots of other goodness is in the pipeline for the self-confessed workaholic. “I’m all over the place at the moment – I’ve got so much to do,” Tom exclaims. “I took a holiday before working on Duppy Writer and panicked when I got back and looked at my diary. I’m finishing off a project with a band called Phantom, which is a kind of rockabilly dub group, and am going to press on with putting something out entirely under my own name. The album’s working title is called Wireless and the first single is called Pete Tong. Take from that what you will.” WHO: Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom WHAT: Duppy Writer (Big Dada)
SEPARATED AT BIRTH FEW CAN SAY THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE GAME FOR TWO DECADES, BUT THE RAGGA TWINS CERTAINLY CAN. ANGELA KING SPEAKS ON THE SUBJECT OF SUCH A FEAT WITH FLINTY BADMAN.
revor Destouche, better known as Flinty Badman, together with his brother David “Denman Rockers” formed the MC duo The Ragga Twins back in London circa 1990. Early on, the Twins hooked up with production team Shut Up And Dance who, apart from getting into a fair bit of trouble cheekily using noncleared samples, also recorded and released several singles and 1995’s debut album Reggae Owes Me Money. “You never think that you are going to be in it for so long, you just work hard and hopefully stay in the game long enough,” Flinty speaks with genuine sincerity, “We always knew that our talent was good enough to take us to a certain level and we’ve done quite well in the music, when we started we didn’t know The Ragga Twins would last 20 years and we’re glad to have done that,” he says, “It’s a real good achievement, I think.” Surprisingly, 2010 marks the first time The Ragga Twins will make it to this side of the world, performing at Paradise In Bali in November. Flinty explains how they came to be involved with the festival. “Utah Jazz was out there [Australia] last year, he said to me that a guy was asking about The Ragga Twins,” he details. “I contacted Alex [Jungle Box] and he was down for it – he was down for what we wanted to do,” he says, adding that their trip to the southern hemisphere had been a long time coming. “We’ve been waiting for years to get out there, man,” Flinty exclaims. “I wish we were going for a month, but we will make the most of it while we are there.” The Ragga Twins have a sweet show in store too. “Expect a lot of energy, a good show – a good party, you know,” says Flinty, who will be accompanied by DJ Krucial and several other vocalists, debuting new material from their forthcoming releases, True To The Game Mixtape and their second album. “There is going to be a bit extra [at Paradise],” he reveals, “Because this is the first time we have been there, we are going to have to put on the performance of our lives.”
Paradise won’t be the first time The Ragga Twins have hit a main stage before. Though as Flinty explains, a past experience back in 2006 didn’t quite go to plan. “We did Glastonbury for the first time this year, which was amazing. Last time we were meant to do Glastonbury it was raining a lot and when we got there was no way we could have got to our stage,” he says glumly, “We didn’t have our wellies, we would have got soaked! We got to Glastonbury and everything, parked up but just couldn’t make our way to the stage.” With 20 years in the scene, and Flinty is unfazed with prospect of performing to a new generation. “I would think a lot of them know about us, maybe even from their parents,” he says. “We go a few places and we meet a lot of people and they say things like ‘Yeah I said to my mum I’m going out tonight’ and my mum said to me, ‘Where you going?’ And I said ‘Mum,m I’m going to a club to see The Ragga Twins’ and their mum would be like ‘Oh, I used to go and see them, you’re going to have a wicked time!’ it makes me sound old,” he laughs. “Hopefully the word has been passed down from their mums and dads and they are looking forward to seeing us.” WHO: The Ragga Twins WHEN & WHERE: 14 & 15 November, Paradise In Bali Festival, Lotus Pond, Bali
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ON THE RECORD
SINGLE OF THE WEEK INJURED NINJA
Golden Top Mountain Journey Heartless Robot As they prepare for their debut album release, it seems that local genre trotters Injured Ninja have finally settled on a sound. Golden Top Mountain Journey is a prime example of what they do best; dark, dark, dark dub. Using a slew of effects on every instrument, the title track isn’t as quite in-your-face as prevous single IDDQD, leaving room for guitars to meander through a track that truly lives up to the adventurous title. With a sound no one else dares to tread and an ever-improving live show, Injured Ninja have a big 2011 in front of them if their debut carries on Golden Top Mountain Journey’s form.
Make Your Own Mayflower Pop Frenzy It was three or four years ago when more-piece indie pop band Institut Polaire ruled this here city, what with their densely layered pop and WAM Song Of The Year grand prizes. But now it’s 2010 and we’re still waiting for their long promised debut album. Make Your Own Mayflower is the first taste of said album, but for all its cutesy horns and Disarming opening bells, it must be said this doesn’t build up much anticipation for what’s ahead, this song is too soft to even qualify for dad rock. It’s music to catch Zs to.
REGURGITATOR Distractions Valve It’s been a while between drinks for the ‘Gurge, and even though they couldn’t match the quality of their ‘90s output in the ‘00s, it must be said that their bizarro electro rock of Tu Plang and Unit was years ahead of its time in the Triple J landscape. This four track EP comes from a new Regurgitator, based in Melbourne and featuring Cameron “Thick Passage” Potts from Baseball on drums, features rawer songs such as the title track which has nods to Iggy Pop and Radio Birdman; and the Eastern Casio electro of Midday Sun morphs into minimal territory before too long. Welcome back, future ARIA Hall Of Famers!
CHRIS SHIFLETT & THE DEAD PEASANTS
A Foo Fighter’s fan would be mistaken for thinking that guitarist Chris Shiflett would take a similar direction in sound to that of bandmates Grohl, Hawkins (and the Coattail Riders) and Nate (Sunny Day Real Estate) on his solo record Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants. What we get is surprising as Shiflett heads in a direction towards some of his older influences, with an alt-country record expressing who he really is.
Maurice Frawley may not have earned the elusive big break with Melbourne fixtures like the Working Class Ringos, but he sure had a few good mates. Having passed away before his time last year, two close friends in Paul Kelly and former Ringos bandmate Charlie Owen have produced a stunning tribute. Coming in a beautiful three-disc set, the first two CDs comprise 21 covers from big names, including Kelly himself, Tim Rogers and Chrissy Amphlett, while a third disc of Frawley originals rounds off the package nicely.
Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants
We know this man can solo (Grohl vs. Shiflett guitar solos from Hyde Park anyone?) but that’s not what this album is about at all. It’s a collection of sweeter, twangier songs that have no problem wearing country and rockabilly influences on their sleeve. The obvious lo-fi feel is the aim of this record with acoustic guitar never letting up. Instead it is up to the slide guitar to provide the majority of riffs for songs, no more apparent on the beginning of Bandaged and the one cover track Burning Lights. The songs are personal, ones of heartbreak, travel and love again but that doesn’t translate into attention grabbing. Helsinki and Get Along are not poorly written songs but fail to stay in your head and are only minimally enjoyable. While Shiflett could be criticised for a thin voice, on repeat listens it no longer stays in the back of your mind but other faults are heard with poor hooks and transitions. Not an album doing anything new or exciting but it is refreshing to see a rock’n’roll guitarist doing something a little different for a change.
Long Gone Whistle: The Songs of Maurice Frawley
Although Frawley has a blokey charm to his singing, his songs translate really well to the female vocals. Magic Dirt’s Adalita is simply stunning on the hard-bitten Lonesome, while Megan Washington perfectly delivers power ballad Given Anything. Claire Bowditch shows off her country twang teaming up with Henry Wagons on Farmer’s Song while the blokes get in on the act as Dan Brodie and Tom Carlyon provide a soaring, piano-driven Roll Me. WA is also nicely represented by The Kill Devil Hills as they ominously chug through Bad Wine And Women while The Panics perfectly suit No More Tears. Although the covers are good, the originals seem like undiscovered gems as Frawley’s songs are superbly supported by Owens and Spencer P. Jones’ guitar work. There’s admittedly an old school quality to Frawley’s songwriting and sometimes his lyrics seem fairly bleak. But his words do gradually reveal a sense of hope, like on Goodnight Matron, Hello Jesus, and the sheer quality of Frawley’s songs really shine on repeat listens as his friends send him off on a seriously high note. PAUL BARBIERI
POCKET 808 Proximo
Hussle/UMA Electro seems to be headed in a lot of different directions these days and Sydney duo Pocket 808 seem to be trying to tackle as many of these directions as possible with their debut LP Proximo. Somewhat surprisingly, it really works. Proximo is as diverse as they come with tracks spanning from club bangers to dub, with some minimal and two-step thrown in for a satisfying mix of tracks that avoids the trap so many electronic albums fall into by sounding like one long song from start to finish. And surprisingly helping rather than hindering this is their eclectic mix of guest vocalists, with artists like Phil Jamieson and Sydney MC Ali Omar, greatly benefit Proximo’s over-all strength. Fortunately they get their weakest effort, Ghostship (featuring Nathan Hudson from Faker), out of the way first. It’s an incredibly bland electro/house track which combined with Hudson’s vocals just sounds like The Bravery. But once you get past it Monster (Babe) featuring the afforementioned Jamieson slaps you in the face with its dance-punk aesthetic that is probably the Grinspoon frontman’s best work in a long time. Surfaces is a slow, dark grinder with Omar’s vocals adding to the atmosphere while Jamie Lloyd lends his crooning vocals to the almost club-lounge Nothing More and Better Man, a tune that begins very down-beat but ends up with lots of distorted guitar and creepy effects. Claude VonStroke even pops up to provide a remix of Warpaint; a typically deep and dark journey into the minimal. If you’re done with electronic albums getting lost in their own sound with too much filler, you could do a lot worse than Pocket 808’s refreshingly diverse debut. TROY MUTTON
CD OF THE WEEK
BIG SCARY Spring
Independent Keeping the Simon & Garfunkel acoustic guitar duo alive and well, Melbourne’s Big Scary produce lighthearted tunes that you could imagine Michael Cera singing in his next coming of age film where he plays an inward awkward geek that girls can’t help but love. The third in the band’s four part seasonal EPs, the songs are sparse, and Hamilton seems to draw from Jeff Buckley or the more contemporary Arcade Fire brand of forever longing, and by the time Summer comes, this band should have what it takes to have a swag of fans the country over.
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART Say No To Love Lost & Lonesome Without trying to turn this column into an twee fest, the band with one of the worst names on the planet sound exactly like they were born of and not born in the ‘80s. Sounding like a cross between The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Church, each of the band’s songs tell of teenage heartbreak in a more melancholic, but in much the same immature/toolie fashion as Blink 182.
June 2010 Rehearsal Free Download Let’s end this with a bang, shall we? After spending much of the ‘00s busy with side projects, books, videogame composing and making feature films, Les Claypool has reformed the original line-up of Primus and the weirdo bass-heavy rockers have unleashed a four track rehearsal take EP just to make us even more excited about the impending moshfest that is Soundwave. Extended versions of American Life and Duchess & The Proverbial Mind Spread show that once you’ve got it, really, where is it going to go? 28 • THE DRUM MEDIA 16 SEPTEMBER 2010
THE PRETTY RECKLESS
When I first put on the debut CD from Melbourne-based producer James Cecil’s (Architecture In Helsinki) new project Super Melody I originally thought I accidentally threw Hot Chip in instead. A quirky little electro beat kicks in with synth-bass and cowbells and even soft Hot Chip-esque vocals which had me slightly worried. Fortunately, while over the course of the album it doesn’t stray too far from its indie electro/pop routes, there’s enough fun and good times particularly for lovers of the two groups mentioned so far.
Well I’ll be. Taylor Momsen has talent. No, not the ‘I’m-Jenny-Humphrey-from-Gossip-Girl-and-can-starevacantly-at-other-pretty-actresses-for-90-minuteswithout-blinking’ kind of talent, but musical talent. The girl can actually sing, at times she sounds like a 50-yearold hag who might have smoked too many ciggies in her time, but for the most part it’s a gravelly, raw and mature sound that sits well between with the heaviness of her band’s sound.
Light Me Up
It’s all pretty light and fluffy, although there are some inspired moments of bombast that keep you on your toes and ready to boogie with the synth-funk of tracks like Worker Bee (Chromeo eat your heart out!) and Tell Me – a throwback with soaring vocals that give the listener something akin to Marvin Gaye mixed with Simply Red. Ocotopus harkens back to Cecil’s Helsinki days, with odd-ball lyrics and a funky beat which depending on your taste will either shit you to tears or have you singing along; “Octopus/Octopus/Octopus/ You’re an octopus”. Midway track A Moment In The Sunshine is a down-beat gem complete with vocoder vocals that will have you swooning along to the chilled beats and sunny synths. Destination Unknown does lose a bit of steam towards the end, with the chief offender actually being the title track; a seven minute opus that has a fun duet which just gets way too bogged down in repeating its chorus for way too long. Overall though, Destination Unknown is a bunch of fun for anyone who likes their pop with a hint of cheese and a ton of quirky. TROY MUTTON
The debut album from The Pretty Reckless tackles some pretty big themes considering they are fronted by a 16-year-old who regularly graces the cover of Dolly. Sex, drugs, religion and suicide are all issues I doubt the NYC raised princess has had to deal with but to enjoy the album you’ll have to look past that. All songs were co-written between band members so despite the obvious focus on their frontwoman; it’s not all about her.
Hole In The Sky It may have been two months since Pond played their album launch shows but Frond is finally here, and worth the wait. The third album from the local psychedelic rockers, it is only the first to be recorded outside their bedroom and in the studios of Blackbird. Without letting it change their sound, the band’s cheeky playfulness is all over Frond, especially on songs like the gospel inspired opener Betty Davis and Cloud City. But it is variation which makes this album, as in good measure Pond place piano delicately over the scaling Torn Asunder. Away from the lighter psych tracks is Duck And Clover bringing a heavier riff together with Nick “Paisley Adams” Allbrook’s soaring voice pleasantly driving the track forward and Mussels Tonight? hovering about in distortion as vocal effects kick in.
There’s a million comparisons from Courtney Love to Blondie to Joan Jett, but in all honesty The Pretty Reckless can hold their own.
If this release shows anything, it’s that Pond have a lot of depth to their songwriting they want to take seriously. Real compliments go to closer Frond, an epic piano based song almost reaching nine minutes long, flowing from good to grippingly fantastic when the strings come in. You may have been thinking this band relies heavily on the success of Tame Impala, and although they may never shake the little brother tag, Frond is truly more than just good at getting you bobbing and singing along from start to finish. None of the songs may contain traces of mango, but they do contain traces of epic Bowie-ish vocals, guitar rock outs and light hearted fun all wrapped tightly together in one hell of an album.
First single Make Me Wanna Die is a good example of the album but not the best, it’s just the most radio friendly and won over fans when it featured on the soundtrack for Kick Ass. Opening track My Medicine is a great guitar heavy track that proves Momsen was telling the truth when she credits Jack White for igniting her love for rock. It’s hard not to mention the just for shock factor track Goin’ Down where Momsen sings of seducing a priest – “I’m just 16 if you know what I mean/Do you mind if I take off my dress?”
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SOULFLY CAPITOL, PERTH 14/09/10
POWDERFINGER @ SUPREME COURT GARDENS
They’ve kicked off their farewell tour over east with hit-packed two-hour sets, and now Powderfinger are almost in Perth for their Sunsets tour. With reviews saying the shows pack more “celebration than sorrow”, these shows are essential for anyone who has ever proudly declared themselves a Powderfinger fan. Joining them at the Supreme Court Gardens next Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September are fellow Aussie hitmakers Jet and solo star Andrew Morris. As of press time, limited tickets were still available to the Wednesday and Thursday shows from Heatseeker and Ticketek. If you want a little something extra to remember the ‘Finger’s final ever shows by, head to www.powderfinger.com to pre-order your deluxe double CD or digital download of any Powderfinger farewell show of your choice.
GAGA’S VMA OUTFIT
Sure PETA might have some decent reasons to start some beef with the Lady, but we’re sure all her ‘little monsters’ gorged on Gaga afterwards so no meat was wasted. Plus if it gets more people checking out hatsofmeat.com, it can only be a good thing.
What a storm in a teacup following that odd lawyer rolling faux-joints in the Bible and the Koran – who hasn’t done that before? He might be an idiot and an atheist but the farcical reactions from all and sundry proved his point beyond a shadow of a doubt.
While you’re on the net, check out awkwardfamilyphotos.com and go straight to the Hall Of Fame, then laugh you’re way through them while crossing your fingers you’re not featured.
SUMMER OF LOVE
With Karnivool being added to One Movement, 2manyDJs to Parklife, Luke Slater to Summadayze and Amity Affliction to Soundwave, it’s been an impressive week in festival fun expansions. Add to this monster Good Vibrations and Breakfest line-ups and suddenly the summer vibes have kicked in so hard we keep accidentally wearing bikinis to work.
Go Eagles. At least they’re consistent…
So Australian taxpayers are footing an estimated $3 million bill to bring Oprah and 300 American audience members here? Unless it’s to see her put in a boxing ring to fight Ellen DeGeneres to the death, we’d be better off spending the money on advertising about the dangers of TV.
DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : 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 (sold out) THE HOLY SEA: OCT 2 The Bird, OCT 3 Fremantle Art Centre 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 ONE MOVEMENT FOR MUSIC FESTIVAL: XAVIER RUDD, GRINSPOON, CHILDREN
COLLIDE, BRITISH INDIA, OPERATOR PLEASE, DRAPHT, CLOUD CONTROL, SALLY SELTMANN, GYPSY & THE CAT, AN HORSE, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, PARADES, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, BOY & BEAR, THE MELODICS, TIM & JEAN, THE HOLIDAYS, THE ONLY, THE PAPER SCISSORS, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS, THE CHEMIST, STONEFIELD, BEN KWELLER, SHAPESHIFTER, DENGUE FEVER, ZE!, DELTA SPIRIT, VIA TANIA, RAGHU DIXIT, JONNEINE ZAPATA, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, KORA, THE TELEPHONES, MELODRAMAS, LIZ GREEN, GET DEXTER, THE GREAT SPY EXPERIMENT, MIAMI HORROR, BIURET, DAN SULTAN, DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, PASSENGER, DZHAM, COLIN MOORE, RUBYLUX, THE RESPECTABLES, FINAL FLASH, LOST SOULS CLUB, THE TREWS, THE CIRCUS, TWO HOURS TRAFFIC, DRAWN
FROM BEES, OKA, THE JEZABELS, CAMERAS, METALS, BLOODPOETS, MM9, BIG SCARY, THE AUDREYS, PIKELET, BLACKCHORDS, SKYBOMBERS, DANIEL RATTA, PAPA VS PRETTY, PEZ, ERNEST ELLIS and more TBA: OCT 6, 7, 8 & 9: Perth Esplanade, Parmelia Hilton Hotel and surrounds DIE! DIE! DIE!: OCT 12 Mojo’s, OCT 13 Manhattans WAM SONG OF THE YEAR: OCT 13 Fly By Night 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 SAGE FRANCIS, B. DOLAN: OCT 20 Rosemount SARAH BLASKO, SEJA: NOV 5, 6 (sold out) & 7 Astor Theatre LISA MITCHELL: NOV 10 & 11 The Quarry PARADISE IN BALI: NETSKY, MAKOTO, KRUST, DIE, MATRIX & FUTUREBOUND, BLACK SUN EMPIRE, STAMINA MC, THE UPBEATS, SQUIRE, BUNGLE, UTAH JAZZ, SHOCKONE, Q-BIK, KIM DELA HAYE, DJ LOW, JAVABASS CREW, DJ AKI, RAGGA TWINS, MC WREC: NOV 14 & 15 Lotus Pond, GWK, Bali THE THREE UP TOUR: ILLY, 360, SKRYPTCHA: NOV 18 Prince Of Wales, NOV 19 Norfolk Basement, NOV 20 Amplifier
SOULFLY BY ANTHONY TRAN
He’s 24 years into a massive career and there doesn’t appear much stopping Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera as his band rounded off their Australian tour with a bone-jarring Tuesday night gig at Capitol. You don’t often see a crowd packed in for the support act, especially when it’s this band’s first tour overseas. But when you’re City Of Fire and you feature two ex-members of Fear Factory in lead man Burton C. Bell and bassist Byron Stroud, it’s a different matter altogether. The Vancouver five-piece certainly don’t disappoint either. Although they’re nowhere near as hard hitting as Fear Factory used to be, Bell’s superb vocal range really suits City Of Fire’s more melodic approach. Based on a tight rhythm section that builds tension ominously before the guitar storm cuts in, this band have some killer tunes, particularly the stand-out power ballad Gravity, and it was no surprise they had run out of CDs to sell while touring. Entering to a barrage of tribal percussion, Soulfly don’t quite hit the ground running with opener Blood Fire War Hate from 2008’s Conquer. The guitar sound was a little too murky and Max’s vocals seemed somewhat subdued. It’s hard to tell whether this was a problem with the mix, or whether Max just didn’t quite nail it, but at any rate he was back to his best when the band ripped into old favourite Back To The Primitive. Although Soulfly conjure mixed reactions from
metal fans, who haven’t quite forgiven them for some nu-metal leanings in the past, their newly released album Omen is one of their best, and its songs translate really well to the live arena. Guitarist Marc Rizzo has an absolute ball shredding his way through Kingdom before the moshpit goes ape for Sepultura classic Refuse/ Resist and another Omen track, the thrashy Bloodbath & Beyond. It’s hard to tell the band lost long-time bassist Bobby Burns just two months ago as his replacement, Cavalera Conspiracy’s Johny Chow, combines superbly with drummer Joe Nunez to produce the band’s trademark sludgy rhythm section as Max belts out Frontlines and finishes the main set with Omen’s Rise Of The Fallen. There was still time for some trademark tribal drumming as all four members take up percussion duties on a strip-backed Bumba during the set. But it was the encore that really thrilled as they launched into Seps’ signature tune Roots Bloody Roots, with Max proving his voice still has some serious power to it. The band complete an entertaining night with Eye For An Eye from their 1998 self-titled debut as crowd-surfing bodies fly high above the moshpit, presumably leaving a slightly older crowd with some sore necks and fond memories for a while to come. PAUL BARBIERI THE DRUM MEDIA 16 SEPTEMBER 2010 • 31
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FIVE OF THE GRE ATEST
FEEDBACK VESPERS DESCENT The Den, Inglewood 10/09/10 A motley horde gathered at The Den on Friday night to catch a glimpse of four of the most underrated acts in the Perth metal scene, assembled by the mighty Nina to celebrate the beginning of her gradual decay. Undercard legends Desolate kicked off proceedings with a set of hate-filled death. Thundering grooves and razor sharp lead licks alternate in a style bordering on tech. Frontman/beast Matt Goyder could be hosting game shows in between songs with his casual banter, but he cranks like a horde of stamping rhinos when the going got ridiculous. Thy cup spillith much when Empires Laid Waste took over celebratory responsibilities with an amazing rendition of Happy Birthday. Cheers from the crowd rang out as they launched into a set that varied in sound from ‘90s era melo-death to their older North American counterparts. If anything, Empires’ mill-friendly originals were a warm-up for veteran vertebrae grinders Nails Of Imposition. Nails smashed out a set hard as, combining old school influences with modern brutality and technicality. Brendan Nock tore apart his drum kit to set a ferocious pace followed by some incredible guitar work to shake the dental work out of the poor souls caught up the front. Vespers Descent are that band that never fail to blindside you with their excellence, this outing was no different. Skins lord Ben Mazzarol blasted into overdrive, proving why he is one of the most interesting drummers around. Complex time signatures woven seamlessly provided the bones for the band’s driving force Grant Burns to graft the soundscapes that he carries around in that mighty skull. Taking over from shred-machine Shannon Over was always gonna be a tough ask and the poor son of a bitch with that job was Drew Shepherd. With six weeks to master a full set, Shepherd was nothing short of astonishing. With a complete line-up and a new album on the way, Vespers are looking nowhere but up. SIMON HOLLAND
GIGNITION Swan Basement, North Fremantle 12/09/10 The basement was abuzz with the energy of an unusually large early evening crowd as Jake & The Cowboys took to the stage, one member missing in action, to deliver a brilliantly improvised and unique set. The remaining two thirds of the band brought great soft rock/roots rhythm with just a hint of country through a variety of interesting and simple instrumentals. Jarred Wall’s deep, raw vocals flourished during the set as he hit and held some surprising notes. It was disappointing to miss experiencing the band in full-force. Loud and proud hard rock blues five-piece Waiting 4 Andy oozed confidence and passion throughout their cohesive yet diverse performance. The hard-hitting drum work and tantalising guitar licks made for consistently catchy numbers. While both vocalists clearly demonstrated talent and strength, it was the sheer force of Amber Nicholls’ powerful voice that stole the set. Though musically hard to fault, the band shouldn’t hold back on getting the audience more involved to take things to the next level.
Young rockers Paper Like House carried a grunge vibe and a certain confident energy well beyond their years. With an arguably talented drummer thrashing his kit like a madman and the loud and rather skilled guitar work, the lead vocals were, at times, a little lost. However, the addition of backup vocals significantly improved the overall sound. Though there were a few false starts and stuff-ups, it was good to see this didn’t shake the band. Providing a spectacular finale was the commanding alternative rock three-piece Junkhead. This fresh and overall brilliant set showcased some serious instrumental talent on all accounts, though sometimes compromising vocal strength volume-wise. The deep and often intricate rhythm of the bass guitar was a definite highlight. Though their confidence bordered on cocky, these guys definitely had the goods to back it up. KRISTY SYMONDS
SMRTS Rosemount Hotel, North Perth 10/09/10 While not to everyone’s tastes, the experimental jazz trio Rolling Pin was an enticing proposition that personified the progressive shape this evening would take. Their at times sparse, exploratory output was full of class – these musicians are clearly well-trained – but those tracks which you could really engage in were sullied by saxophone exclamations that were unwelcome distractions. Rolling Pin is at its best when the guitarist’s smooth runs are embellished, and complemented, by more harmonious saxophone pieces. A spike in crowd numbers coincided with the appearance of Erasers, and for the most part it was clear why their arrival was met with such enthusiasm. Theirs is a rather dark sound that relies heavily on looped guitar and synthesiser lines, and the unintelligible vocals of Rebecca Orchard are rendered an instrument themselves owing to the absence of any clear lyrics. But it’s in this drone that the beauty is often found; the melodies that come from the melodica and guitar are never particularly complicated but always memorable, relying heavily on the keen ear these players possess. For a band of such relative youth, there will always be drawbacks – tonight’s performance stumbled occasionally over technical and structural issues – but the foundations of something quite special are certainly there. And so, from youth to experience, the band to whom the night belonged set off and showcased tracks from their release Sun Sets On A New Tomorrow. smRts’ three-pronged guitar attack had its work cut out in slow opener Lenin’s Funeral March but, despite sporadic lapses in tightness, it was impressively robust. Predrag Delibasich’s on stage persona, while not overly theatrical, offered an important aesthetic presence that was lacking in the previous acts, and Chris Cobilis’ animated drumming was similarly appealing. Two new tracks were showcased and continued smRts’ alreadyimpressive work, following a similar line of captivating guitar progressions that are steadily reinforced by dualdrumming and occasional distorted explosions. Curious Bird was a clear favourite and the band’s gratitude at being appreciated so fervently was patently obvious, which, as their live entity tightens further, is something they’ll have to get used to. RICK BRYANT
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After spending a month in the Big Apple to create a film clip for upcoming single Mammalian Locomotion with globetrotting ex-Perth girl and acclaimed filmmaker, Zena Loxton, Abbe May is ready to unleash her awesome new band on her hometown once more this Saturday 18 September at Manhattans. Support from indie pop darlings Goodnight Tiger and James Teague, May will perform an entirely new set. $15 from 7pm.
It’s a question that has dogged mankind since the dawn of the ear: What are the greatest albums of all-time. Mark Cruickshank, Bass Guitarist for RED JEZEBEL attempts to answer the question ahead of the band’s return shows this weekend.
Sounds that melt your brain, brilliant songs and thumping/droning bass.
Having been hard at work at Poons Head Studios, Ultra Detectives are getting their debut EP ready to go. There’s still a bit of work to do but for now they have the first single Take My Hand ready to go as a very limited release that will be available free with entry on Friday 17 September at The Den. Support comes from Desertship, The Witches Promise, and Limpin’ Dave Foley & The Straight Legged Freaks. $10 from 8pm.
LOOSE ENDS TIED Back to promote their debut album House Of Piper Laurie with a new single and film clip release for the track Greater Numbers, Loose Unit enlisted Perth based director Steve Brown to shoot a short story shot in various locations thoughout Perth. Loose Unit launch the video this Saturday 17 September at Amplifier Bar with mates Devil Rides Out, Black Water Station and Sanur Dogs. $12 from 8pm.
THE GOOD SHIP Having started when former Ease (Littlebigman Records) singer/songwriter Ben Hall went into Big Dog Recorders mid-2009 to commence work on an ambitious full-length debut album, The Revelationship is set to embark on its ‘live life’. See them tonight Thursday 16 September at the Rosemount; Saturday 18 at The Bird; and Sunday 19 at the Newport.
Get ready to bang your head all night long this Friday 17 September at Rocket Room! Local veterans Pyromesh headline with an assault of heavy guitars. Continuing the brutality through the night will be The Ascent, hard Hitting Ill Vision and Cabalistic. Rocket Room remains Hard N Fast after midnight with Side Fx and DJ Jessica Kill.
ROCKING IN ROCKINGHAM Playing a unique sound of original metal and groovy, funky, grunge, Aniva head to the Rockingham Hotel this Saturday 18 September for a big show alongside the able talents of 7 Days, Coronal Sky, Control Control and Desert Ship. It kicks off at 6pm and will set you back $8.
NOAH’S ARK Playing the Civic Hotel Backroom this Friday 17 September with Opia, State Of Order and The Book Of Lilith is Arkayan Entry is $8 and doors open at 8pm. This is the first show of three leading up to an overstate tour and CD launch in November.
You may know him for his appearances on the second season of Australian Idol and/or his appearances around Perth clubs and pubs, but the fact of the matter is Courtney Murphy is set to launch his new album Big by playing it in its entirety at Subiaco Arts Centre this Friday 17 September. Tickets from courtneymurphy.com.au.
WELL WORTH IT This Sunday 19 September, Claire Hollingsworth former proud West Aussie now residing in Melbourne, returns to launch her album Craft Savvy Criminal at Mojo’s. Special guests include Arons Crusade, Rabbit Island and Lil Lionie Lionheart. Entry is $12 from 6pm.
2. Hi Fi Way YOU AM I Energetic raucous pop-rock and bloody good live. 3. The Black Swan THE TRIFFIDS Martin P Casey: bass playing at its finest. 4. Highway 61 Revisited BOB DYLAN Hmmm, tough choice but Bob’s gotta be somewhere, and this album is damn fine. 5. Xtrmntr PRIMAL SCREAM Beautiful mix of fuzzed-out guitars, rocking bass lines and aggressive dancey-beats. WHO: Red Jezebel WHAT: Closer To You (Sunday Ride Records) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 17 September, Norfolk Basement; Saturday 18, Amplifier, Perth
Showing no signs of slowing down with another busy week ahead of them. The Brow Horn Orchestra play at the Llama Bar in Subiaco tonight Thursday 16 September for what should be a delicious night of live music with fellow ‘big band’ Boom! Bap! Pow! Then on Saturday 18, they will be heading to Mojo’s to support The Witness at their single launch.
BIGGER IS BETTER
PORNO FOR PYROS
1. Mezcal Head SWERVEDRIVER
THE BROW HORNET
Nearing the end of its August-September tour, That Velvet Echo has a couple of crowning gigs to come. Tonight Thursday 16 September, the pair hit the Rosemount Hotel and Friday 17, they play Kulcha. As the final gig for the metro-area shows, featuring an awesome line-up over two stages in one of Fremantle’s finest venues, Kulcha is destined to be a truly great night with Mitch Becker, Craig Sinclair, Freya Hanly and Simon Kelly all on board.
You can do your own rendition of this song and more at Devilles Pad each Thursday at Jon Madd’s Rock’N’Roll Karaoke.
CAUGHT BY THE FUZZ
JUK EBOX GEMS A classic song of regret, Always On My Mind has been recorded by a swag of artists since it was written in 1972. Written by professional songwriters Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson, it was originally recorded by Brenda Lee, who’s famous for her 1960 hit I’m Sorry. Shortly thereafter Elvis recorded the song as a b-side to Separate Ways and it fast became a bigger hit than the a-side. The songwriters had to wait a while to take home a Grammy for the song as it wasn’t til Willie Nelson’s version in 1982 won three Grammys including Song Of The Year. Since then a synthpop version was produced by Pet Shop Boys, while Shakira and Michael Bublé have more recently done their best to butcher any passion out of the track.
This Wednesday 22 September, We All Deserve To Be Loved the mid week indie night of the century present Sure Fire Midnights, Piano Donkey plus expect ace rock tunes from The Novocaines DJs. If you’re looking for love look no further than Manhattans Bar. T$10/5 from 8pm.
MICHAEL SWANN & THE FOX FANTASY Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day to now: Michael Swann has an accomplished musical history, playing in groups that has seen him tour with Neil Finn, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and share the stage with various bands including Birds Of Tokyo and Regurgitator. Fox Fantasy was originally born to expand the possibilities of Michael’s solo material. However, it took only a few jams to realise that there was some serious chemistry going down and since, the band has evolved into its own animal. Although still a young band, Fox Fantasy has been wowing audiences with their great sound and a tight, energetic show. Tell us about your release: Little Red Riding is a four track EP that showcases the band’s solid song writing and range of sounds. How did you go about recording it? The EP was recorded through December ’09 and January ’10 at Soundbaker Studio. It was all done live and without a click. Tell us about your launch party: The launch will be at the Velvet Lounge this Friday with special guests Good Little Fox, Art In Algebra and Sidewalk Diamonds. Doors open 8pm. $10 entry and EPs are a special launch price of $5. What’s next for your band? We have been hard at work with pre-production for our debut album The Ghost Of Thomas Betson. Mid 2011 will see us zooming around Europe to tour Little Red Riding and stopping in Germany to record the album at Planet-Ton Studio. WHAT: Little Red Riding (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 17 September – Velvet Lounge, Mount Lawley
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MANAGERS... TAKE CONTROL CONTROL, the dynamic new five-stage program designed to equip mid-career music managers from around Australia with crucial business skills. The program is presented by the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), and supported by the Association of Artist Managers. There will be two residential 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. Guidelines and application forms are available from www.amin. org.au – applications close Friday 24 September.
SCHOOLS ALIVE! The WAM Smarter than Smoking Schools Alive Program is back in action. Recent and upcoming metro & regional shows include Goodnight Tiger at Holy Rosary School, Dave Mann at Exmouth District High, Deltaforse at Wanneroo Senior High, College Fall and Minute 36 at Margaret River Senior High and Sneaky Weasel Gang at Karratha Senior High. Each ‘incursion’ gives students a chance to experience live original music from local artists, plus learn about the WA music industry. This highly popular program fills up fast, so book now! For more information, please contact WAM Education Officer, Kris Dimitroff on 9227 7962 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU? “He who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.” – Robert Browning. Helping folks get together to create and enjoy local music is the local music industry is the West Australian Music Industry Association - a not for profit, membership based association, existing to develop the WA contemporary music industry. Membership starts from just $30. Visit www.wam.asn.au or call (08) 9227 7962 (WA Regional Toll-free 1800 007 962) and join today!
HAND STANDS FOR ANTS
LEND A HAND Working with FTI on a competition where budding filmmakers can win the opportunity to produce their debut music video, Hand Stands For Ants are back in action this weekend. They play The Bird this Friday 17 September with Sugarpuss, The Moltens and The Faim Project. For more info on the film clip competition go to www.fti.asn.au.
UTOPIA With their latest release Emotion Evolution scoring rave reviews around the country, Opia kick of a huge run of shows starting this Friday 17 September at the Civic Hotel. Joining Opia will be Arkayan, State Of Order and The Book Of Lillith. The band’s EP is available from iTunes.
STAR GUITAR Purveyors of washed-out indie rock Starcleaner recently recorded a two-track demo, which has been garnering airplay across RTRFM. They have also embarked upon an initial run of gigs culminating in the Gignition showcase at the Swan Basement on Sunday 19 September. After this time they plan to take a brief hiatus to work on some new material. $5 from 5pm.
CROSSING OVER A three-piece rock band consisting of James Griffiths, Liam Randell and Zach Brown, The Crossbars have just finished recording their second EP Patient 37 at Underground Studios with producer Matt Giovannangelo. The EP has four tracks and tells the story of the life of patient 37 behind bars and the crazy things which occur in his daily life. See the band this Sunday 19 at Gignition at the Swan Basement.
THE WITNESS Releasing their latest single Bonfire this weekend, THE WITNESS give us the story behind the single. On a sunny afternoon at our jam space in Fremantle, guitarist Callum Adcock and bassist Jesse Hutchinson were jamming some ambient melodies. Meanwhile, drummer Josh Cutler was outside preparing a bonfire for a party that night. The music filled the air and as soon as the fire was lit he raced up to his bandmates to add some thundering tribal beats into the mix. The seeds of our first single were planted. The jam slowly evolved and singer James Walsh experimented with the vocals until something really clicked. At the end of the autumn of 2010, we first entered the studio with Fremantle Records producer, Brian Mitra. Being the freshest of the seven songs we planned to record, we almost overlooked Bonfire for our EP. However, after playing it at a few gigs we decided it was worthy of some studio time. This drummed up excitement and we were all very eager to get it down. Sure enough it was the first song that we completed and so it was decided; Bonfire would be The Witness’ debut single. B-side, The Drop, is a fun sax filled groove and one of our longest lasting tunes. We feel that these songs side by side reflect the diversity of our band. After launching Bonfire this Saturday, the next step for The Witness will be to head back into the studio to complete our debut EP. This is set for release in early 2011 with help from Fremantle Records. WHO: The Witness WHAT: Bonfire (Fremantle Records) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 18 September, Mojo’s, North Fremantle
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Hailing from the outskirts of Fremantle, The Glasgow Tan are a grunge pop ball of fun packaged into psychedelic live sets that have seen them washed up in the gutters of despair following over-edged attacks on the stages of their fabled port city. With the ability to polarise the most open-minded audiences, Glasgow join Sounds Like Bears, The Espeys and Shellfish at The Den tonight Thursday 16 September.
AS WE COUNT DOWN THE WEEKS UNTIL THE 2010 JÄGERMEISTER INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, BRYGET CHRISFIELD ENCOURAGES THE CONTENDERS TO PONDER THEIR ODDS.
DAN KELLY Nominations: Best Independent Artist; Best Independent Album – Dan Kelly’s Dream (Independent/Shock) Where were you when you found out you were nominated for the awards? I have a bad feeling it might have been Facebook. How did you finance your nominated album and how long did it take to record? Shock gave me some money, I spent all that, then I borrowed some, then I spent that too, then turned to my long suffering credit card. Then finally some favours, and a spot of blackmail. I wish I was in Eddy Current and not in Dan Kelly! Have you familiarised yourself with your competition? Yes, I know the Rowland Howard, ECSR and Dan Sultan records well. Indra [Adams, Kelly’s bassist] played me some Sia on his phone and it was sweet. And by all reports the Cloud Control record is really good. Very pleased to be nominated in such great company. Have you ever won anything in the past? I won a cricket bat signed by the Queensland Sheffield Shield team at the Beenleigh Indoor Cricket Centre in 1987. Where will you put the trophy if you win? I have to move out of my house soon. So I’ll give it to Mum to look after. She lives on the Gold Coast. What’s on the agenda for the rest of the year? Scuba diving the Ganges then a throat singing conference in Tuva. Then I’m going to marry Poh from Poh’s Kitchen and just eat and read and go for walks and stuff.
PYRAMID ROCK Full spectrum rock’n’rollers Cim Ciaru have had a busy year so far, launching their debut EP Freep in March and starting pre-production on their debut album with studio dates been booked with local legend Laurie Sinagra. See them tonight Thursday 16 September at the Rosemount and on Sunday 19 at The Paddo.
EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL Forming in Perth’s back blocks in 2002 with a purpose of playing stripped down rock‘n’roll with no hype attached, The Volcanics are inspired by the great local bands that came before them such as The Victims and The Scientists as well as the classic rock sounds of The Stooges, MC5 and AC/DC. They’re now back in business and taking in the Rocket Room this Saturday 18 September with support from Stillfire and One Thousand Years.
KINGS OF PERTH Returning to duo mode supporting Ash Grunwald on most of his WA dates this week is The Joe Kings. See them at Freemasons in Geraldton tonight Thursday 16 September; Indi Bar on Sunday 17; Prince Of Wales next Thursday 23; Settlers Tavern on Friday 24; and Albany’s Premier Hotel on Saturday 25 September.
BIRDS OF SEWERAGE Featuring members of The Scotch Of Saint James, Cat Black, Mongrel Country and The Slaughterhouse Five, Shitbird make their debut next Thursday 16 September at Manhattans. They are like a drugged up wild cat scratching around in your brain. Think the Jesus Lizard at an orgy with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The scary scumbag punk band will be supported by Bonehouse, Frozen Ocean and Donny James Rat.
Nominations: Best Independent Artist; Best Independent Album – Get Out While You Can (Independent/MGM); Best Independent Blues’n’roots Album – Get Out While You Can (Independent/MGM) Where were you when you found out you were nominated? I was on a tram heading into the city and a friend of mine texted me. I rang my mum – she was pleased. How did you finance your nominated single/ album and how long did it take to record? Get Out While You Can was mainly self-financed with some funding from Vic Rocks [Arts Victoria Program] and we recorded it over four months. Have you familiarised yourself with your competition? I know some of the acts. There is some stiff competition for me! Have you ever won anything in the past? We won a Deadly Award for Song Of The Year (Your Love Is Like A Song) a few years ago. What’s on the agenda for the rest of the year? Me and Scott are going to do a duo tour and there are some festivals coming up for the whole band. The Jägermeister Independent Music Awards take place on Friday 1 October at the Forum.
OLD MAN MARKLEY
PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY Crime In Stereo has revealed more details in regards to their rather mysterious split that was announced a few weeks ago. “Many of you are requesting that we reveal the reasons behind the break up. Like any divorce, there’s no one reason. It’s the cumulative effect of many problems left unchecked/unresolved over the course of years. Many of these reasons are personal and we ask that you respect our decision to move on. We appreciate the support that’s been given to us over the years, and we feel truly blessed to have done this for so long. I think the longevity of Crime In Stereo was more a testament to you than it was to us. However, to quell any speculation, we should make it clear that Kristian’s surgery had absolutely nothing to do with the announced hiatus. It was purely coincidence, as Kristian and I had decided to make this move before he got sick. His face/jaw/ voice/throat is totally fine. He’s singing as great as ever and there are no lasting residual effects.” Stadium punks Rise Against are releasing a new DVD, Another Station: Another Mile, in early October. The DVD features performances of 14 songs recorded in locations throughout the world. These performances are interspersed with interviews with each band member of the Chicago based band revealing the creative process that goes into making a Rise Against song and the history of each individual band member. The band’s introduction explains the title: “Since we put together our last DVD, the snowball that is Rise Against is still gathering size and speed. What you hold in your hands is the continuing story of our band, what it means to us, and what it means to people like you. At our request, all the live footage you see in the DVD is completely unedited; meaning we didn’t go back and fix or re-do anything. We felt it should stand or fall on its own merit, and be embraced for what is, which is live music. Who knows, maybe we’ll feel differently next year. But for now, the moments are captured raw as we make our way to another station: another mile.” Old Man Markley are a band to keep on your radar. The sound is described as ‘newgrass’ and the nine-member band have just been signed to Fat Wreck Chords. The press release explains the thought process behind the long running San Francisco label’s decision to sign them: “a penchant for old timey porch type shit and red white and blue acoustic guitars? Violins? Girls in the band? A fucking homemade washtub bass? That’s right folks, we heard their album and had to have them.” They have a 7” coming out in late October and they release their debut album in early 2011. The album was recorded recently with Bronx guitarist Joby J Ford producing.
SHORT FAST REPORT TOP 5 OFF! Punk rock icon Keith Morris’ new band has finally unveiled some music. Head to tinyurl.com/ FREEOFF to download Upside Down for free. Samiam: Their rarities collection Orphan Works is out now. Available as a double CD or LP, it contains studio outtakes, in-studio radio shows and live recordings from the busiest six years of Samiam that were the You Are Freaking Me Out and Clumsy eras. Angela’s Dish: Central Coast boys Angela’s Dish will drop their new album Walk Into The Sky on October 1. You can head to their MySpace now to preview a brand new track The Rapture. Soundwave: You can add new additions Bullet For My Valentine, Bring Me The Horizon, We The Kings, Millencolin and The Amity Affliction to the reasons why you need to buy a ticket VERY fast! No Sleep Til: Speaking of massive festivals don’t forget No Sleep Til went on sale late last week and from all reports the tickets are flying out the door.
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WANTED: STREET FIGHTING BANDS
WITH THE STATE FINALS OF THE NATIONAL CAMPUS BANDS COMPETITION TAKING PLACE THIS WEEKEND, DRUM MEDIA CATCHES UP WITH NCBC NATIONAL AND WA EXECUTIVE OFFICER SARAH KAHLE
ONE BAND FOR ONE MOVEMENT The national SPA network of streetpapers (The Drum Media in Sydney and Perth, Time Off in Brisbane, Inpress in Melbourne) has again been invited to host a shindig for the closing night of the international One Movement event in Perth during October.
WOLVES AT THE DOOR
Following the success of last year’s rollicking SPA showcase that saw Philadelphia Grand Jury literally carried off the stage after playing past curfew o’clock (check the footage on YouTube), this year’s gig has been upgraded to a bigger venue with British India headlining and Redcoats also locked onto the bill. And, as with last year, there is one slot left open as the Editors’ Choice. Last year, each state’s SPA publication put forward two bands from their locale for the guest slot. Won by Queensland’s I Heart Hiroshima, the band used the exposure gained at the conference as the springboard to a year of building an international profile (their album The Rip is now out in Europe and they followed up One Movement with gigs through Asia).
This week NSW and WA face-off:
Each SPA office has again been invited to nominate two acts from their state and then that list of national bands will be whittled down to one. The lucky act won’t even have to make an acceptance speech, they just get to gig in front of music delegates from around the globe as well as local Perth punters. As in 2009, the winning band is selected from a roundtable vote by the various streetpaper editors. The editors, of course, will be following strict guidelines to just go with their guts...
Although young and unsigned, it’s not surprising this is a band rumoured to be making many label scouts tongues wag. Though they perhaps don’t bite ears off instantly, these Wolves’ charm is in the spell-binding way they weave their magic; their lush, dreamy version of alt-folk caressing new listeners to become sauced up fans by each set’s end. Intensely captivating, this is a band going places. And you’ll want to run off with them.
start the night with a piece using household items, before Nathan Kelly performs as Quick, Alex and Chris Last’s project Salamander, and Craig McElhinney. The second set sees Royal Vomit, Lumbar and Enargeia, featuring Perth veteran sound artists Malcolm Riddoch and Jeremy Hicks.
This Tuesday 21 September at the Charles Hotel, Perth Blues Club celebrates the music of Jimi Hendrix. To mark the 40th anniversary of the untimely death of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, they will be presenting a special event, Hendrix: Plugged and Unplugged. Featuring Les Trois Amies, The Gypsy Eyes Celtic Band, Rick Steele & Wayne Freer, Gary Cox and The Hendrix All-Stars Band, it kicks off at 8pm.
FEVER FOR THE FLAVA An indie, post-pop outfit formed in early 2010, Kabin Fever writes original pieces based on the influences of Angus & Julia Stone, Playschool and The Cranberries. Kabin Fever will play the Arts@MPBCC 2010 Showcase on Monday 20 September alongside Luke & Chelsea (pop duo), Daine Spowart, Brendan Taylor and Sam Wylde. Come down and checkout the full line-up for $10 from 7pm at Arts@MPBCC HQ, 497 Marmion Street, Booragoon.
NIK OF TIME Dada Records is putting on another one of its legendary monthly garage gigs this Saturday 18 September from 5pm. Masonik will present their unique sonic and visual experience with multi-projection VJing and deconstructed ambient jazz and they’ll be joined by Wigwam and Intenso. Join the Facebook group Dada Records to be kept in the loop for future gig news.
SCIENCE CLASS Scitech plays host to Analogue To Digital 3 on Saturday 18 September with some of Perth’s rising sound artists stepping up to the plate. Furchick will
NEW SOUTH WALES:
DEEP SEA ARCADE
FELICITY GROOM & THE BLACK BLACK SMOKE
Often compared to the British sound that Oasis ride so well, quite obviously raised by Beatles-loving parents the string of singles that Sydney’s Deep Sea Arcade have emerged with over the last couple of years has been quite astonishing. Tracks like Lonely In Your Arms and Don’t Be Sorry have garnered plenty of local radio play and with a live show that’s starting to look as focused as it should be it’s a matter of when, rather than if.
What happens when you have one of Perth’s most beguiling, entrancing and soaring female vocalists backed up by members from such bands as Fall Electric, Kill Devil Hills and Jebediah? What else can happen but pure auditory gold! With both a solo album and a Smoke one almost ready to drop on the world, Flick Groom is one talented lass whose darkness is ready to shine. WOLVES AT THE DOOR
THE SNOWDROPPERS Somewhat of a surprise success, The Snowdroppers really marked a shift in Sydney art-punk circles towards gritty gutter blues. Named after Depression-era cocaine dealers, their album Too Late To Pray was accompanied by launch events that went above and beyond to create the atmosphere their stomp deserves. Nothing’s as holy as gang vocals, blues stomps and a bottle of whiskey when these guys are involved. Obviously album’s good, live show’s great.
LET’S GET IT STARTED A brand new band has just burst onto the local entertainment scene with the aim of opening up more venues to vibrant live local original music. At their first gig last weekend at the Orient Hotel in Fremantle, the pub owners were astonished that they had one of the most lucrative nights in two years of operations. You can catch The Party Starters at the Orient Hotel in Fremantle this Friday 17 September from 9pm and entrance is free.
GANG WARFARE Manhattans gets slapped up on Friday 17 September by the solid, ponderous and heavy sounds of badass blues funksters, Sneaky Weasel Gang and boogie and blues kings, Datura. Kick starting the night off in his usual fine form will be solo coffee pop rocker Trent Williams.$5 from 8pm. Sneaky also play Kings Park this Sunday 19.
How has the competition been going this year? Some great talent has come through this year from a range a genres, which has kept the judges on their toes. Good participation of punters should see a packed house at the state final. Give us a brief run down of each of the bands competing: Lionel from UWA was the wild card winner and they’ll be joined by university mates Village Kid, The Kirbens and Dave; Curtin attendees Sam Carmody and Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill and ECU’s own The Caballeros. This year the National Final is being held in Perth, how did that come about? Last year was the first time we successfully trialled out the NCBC as an add-on to the Australian University Games entertainment program in Queensland. It worked so successfully that we’re repeating it this year at the Games, which is in Perth at the end of September. It’s a week full of national tertiary extravaganza – on the track, on the field, and now on the stage.
DAT’S OKAY Tonight Thursday 16 September, Datura – the new band for Dom Mariani ex-Stems songwriting man – hit Mojo’s Bar for some fine times. Supports for this show are Tom Fisher & The Layabouts and Demi Monde in duo mode. Entry to this one is $8 from 8pm.
Give us a little history of the NCBC: In its 21st year, NCBC is run by university and TAFE activities and entertainment officers around the country, who are part of a group called AACA (Australian Association of Campus Activities). We’re funded primarily by guilds around the country who supply the manpower, then we pick up sponsors such as APRA and Kosmic Sound for prizes and support. Previous WA winners of the whole shebang are Will Stoker & The Embers in 2007; The Preytells in 2005; Eskimo Joe in 1997; Jebediah in 1995; and Storytime in 1991. Previous entrants nationwide have also included The Vines, George, Grinspoon, Waikiki and Frenzal Rhomb!
If The Stooges and The Kinks had a bastard music protégé, he would probably sound a lot better than Energy Commission, but you can bet your boots he would be front row and centre rocking out to their gigs. The Commission’s bluesy punk riffs are so infectious, you might wanted to get yourself tested. See them at the Swan Basement for Gignition on Sunday 19 September to give you up a personal taste of their upcoming EP.
SPICKS & PECKS Returning to Mustang Bar tonight Thursday 16 September is Cal Peck & The Tramps with support from The Big Old Bears. The Tramps will be playing all the songs off their Kill For You and Cinnamon EPs as part of their set full of booty shaking, foot stomping, garage rhythm’n’blues. Entry to the Mustang is free, but you must be 18 years or over to enter. Doors open at 8pm. Tramps on at 10.30pm
WHEN & WHERE: WA State Final – Friday 17 September, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth; National Final – Friday 1 October, Rosemount Hotel
PITCHFORK – BEST SONGS OF THE 1990S 1. Gold Soundz PAVEMENT 2. Common People PULP 3. Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang DR DRE FEAT. SNOOP DOGGY DOGG 4. Paranoid Android RADIOHEAD 5. Protect Ya Neck WU-TANG CLAN 6. Only Shallow MY BLOODY VALENTINE 7. Holland, 1945 NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL 8. Are You That Somebody AALIYAH 9. Loser BECK 10. Say It Ain’t So WEEZER
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IN THE STUDIO WITH... times that I’ve tried to fine tune the best way to do my set without any major errors. There were moments where I’ve kicked my power cables and all my gear shut off during the middle of my set, my laptop has fallen off of tables because of the bass, I’ve gotten so drunk I ruined my set, I’ve forgotten about BPM and ending up playing a slow tune at two-times the speed. When I think I’ve learned my lesson, I discover a new way my live set can get messed up, but these things happen and I’ve accepted this inevitability. I’ve definitely minimised the chances of these errors though.
How long did it take you to finish the Midnight Menu LP and what’s the overall concept? It’s insane to think how the album has been received worldwide, especially since it’s mostly a Japanese release. Outside of Japan, it’s mostly through word of mouth, or the word of social networking, that it’s been reaching the ears of so many people. The album didn’t take too long to create because of the manner it was put together. It’s basically a ‘menu’ of songs, so there is a lot of range of styles in the tunes. It isn’t conceptually focused, but I thought this would be a nice introduction to my sound and people will find a least one song that draws them. What usually kickstarts an idea for you and where do you usually start with a fresh track/project? My ideas for tracks are dependent on my inspiration. I’ve learned over the years that I’m never happy with a tune I’ve forced myself to make. Also, I’m usually only happy with the songs I’ve made at night – midnight and after. Depending on my mood, I can start tracks differently. Sometimes with the percussion and drums, then I’ll build melodies and things around that framework. Other times I start with chords, and let the rest fall in place. It’s really odd how I make music because the state of
mind I’m in at night changes my sound a lot. Your live setup is as distinctive as your music – did it take much trial and error to arrive at the right approach to presenting your music? I’ve messed up so many
The Red Bull Music Academy hook-up has obviously been pretty productive for you so far, what has the experience been like to date? I have a great affinity towards the RBMA and everyone associated. It’s such a large network, but it’s almost like an extended family. I’ve grown so much from my experience with them and witnessing what the RBMA does with music is fantastic. If I had the resources, I’d want to do exactly the same thing, but I wouldn’t even need to because they’re so great at spreading music and culture. WHEN & WHERE: RBMA Showcase – Friday 17 September, Villa, Perth
ELECTRO CLUBLAND @ RISE
LIMELITE – STAFFORD BROTHERS @ METRO FREO
AMNESIA YOUR STYLE? I have a fairly eclectic taste in music. My passion lies in the early house scene, yet I also appreciate and enjoy playing alternative dance styles. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKY TODAY? Eggs on toast with fried tomato and HP Sauce. Mmm. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? I use an old scuffed-up pair of Technique 1200s and an old second hand three channel mixer I brought off a mate some years ago, still going strong after all these years! YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DJ SET? I would have to say playing at the Shape launch party on November 30 back in 2007. It was a fantastic night, from what I remember. BEST DJ IN PERTH: I’d have to say Greg Packer, Kenny L and Hutcho. They’ve been in the scene for so long and are always keeping it fresh. WHAT DO YOU DO IN REAL LIFE? I’m a barista at a café, to support my music obsession. IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE IN
THE WORLD TO BE YOUR BESTIE, WHO’D IT BE? Marty McFly and the Doc from Back To The Future, they look like they’d know how to party. THE BEST TRACK THAT NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR? Inner City – Good Love (Joey Negro Z Mix). It’s a favourite of mine that’s always managed to excite the crowd. MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? There have been a lot of artists who have inspired me with their music over the years. Depeche Mode, Ellis Dee, Carl Cox, Joey Beltram, Derrik May, Moby, Orbital, The Prodigy, Inner City, Dandy Warhols, Ladytron, Sneaker Pimps, The Human League; the list could go on. These are all artists who have influenced me in some way throughout my life. WHAT DO YOUR FOLKS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: My family has always been very supportive of me following my passion, especially my mother, who used to party at clubs like DCs and The Infirmary in the early ‘90s. It was her who actually exposed me to house
PHOTO BY BRAD SERLS music, and to this day I still have a passion for it. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED? My most memorable set would have to be Yuksek at Ambar back in 2007. I was on at around 11pm and the dancefloor was already packed and full of good vibes. Feeding off the crowd, I played an energetic set, which kept the crowd amped and ready for more. WHAT NIGHTS DO YOU PUT ON? Halcyon and Jack In The Box are the monthly nights I’m currently involved in at the moment. ANY RELEASES OUT, OR IN THE PIPELINE? Not at the moment, I am currently focused on playing and running events with other local DJs. I am really interested in the live interaction between the crowd and the DJ. BEST PLACE IN PERTH TO: A) ROCK OUT: Devilles or local events B) CHILL OUT: The Moon or down the beach C) PASS OUT: My couch. GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? Jack In The Box – Friday 17 September, Bar Open, Northbridge
FLOORED DEATHFACE @ AMBAR 10/09/10 Taking a break from its usual breaks/ electro output, Ambar played host to some big, bassy dubstep courtesy of former Guns N’ Bombs dude Johnny Love a.k.a. Deathface. First up Dr. Space warmed the slowly-but-surely filling club with a set of rolling-dub tunes that lifted in intensity towards the end, closing with some big tunes that felt maybe a little too early. Kit Pop & Zeke then shifted proceedings to more 4/4 beats but still going up around the 140bpm mark, which made continued dancing an effort but lots of fun. With Zeke adding various effects and scratching to compliment Kit Pop’s more acid/ rave tunes, it was an energetic
hour from a duo that showed why they’re in such high demand around these parts. In hindsight it was also refreshing to enjoy a set that didn’t get bogged down in big wobbly tune after tune for its entirety. The term hindsight has been applied because unfortunately Deathface did fall into that trap just playing big tune after big tune for almost an hour and a half. This reviewer loves bass in his face as much as the next guy, however Love’s set was just an unstructured onslaught of what amounted to fairly safe tunes in the vein of Excision and Datsik’s Swagga. When he did throw in some variety it was like a big gush of fresh air, with some rocking metal-infused dubstep that he is known for featuring rushing double-kicks, as well as the more ravey-electro tunes he used to
make with Guns N’ Bombs. Sadly this variety only popped up very briefly just before the end, and was quickly ruined with cheese like Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. The relatively sparse dancefloor was also a pretty good indicator of the situation. That same dancefloor then filled back up rather quickly for the arrival of Perth’s favourite DJ in several genres, ShockOne, joined in the booth by partner in crime Phetsta for some more chainsawsynth sounds, followed by Clomas to help close out a fairly safe night of wobble wobble. TROY MUTTON
TECHNO, HOUSE & DISCO FOR A NEW DECADE WITH TRAVIS COLLINS
How would your mum describe you? Multi-talented! What’s one genre you would remove off the face of the earth and why? I’m afraid it would be death metal… bit too dark and demonic-like I think. Heavy rock I can handle, but death metal is on a whole new level! Eek! Who inspires you musically? Rap artists Tupac Shakur, DMX and Roy-al are my favourite inspirations. Then followed by Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot and Ciara. Name three tracks currently detonating your dancefloor. I’m So Fly – Lloyd Banks; SF Anthem – Traxamillion; Cinderella Man – Eminem. Tell us about a classic dancefloor moment. Ah yes. A classic: when you’re trying to do your thang and dance, some sweaty guy comes up to you thinking he’s the hottest guy on the dancefloor. His dance moves are terrible, he stinks and the situation is just plain embarrassing! So you reject him. Is it really that mean? I think not! What’s the musical achievement you’re most proud of? Organising my own tour around Australia, performing at the main attractions. I did all the planning and arrangements myself – very proud! Also releasing my debut singles Symphony Of Magnetism and Fashionista. Spike Milligan quipped he’d like his tombstone to read ‘I told you I was ill’ – what would be on yours? “A time to be born, and a time to die” – Ecclesiastes 3:2.
What’s something that really annoys you? When you go to get something out the cupboard and the box is empty! Seriously who leaves empty things in the cupboard?! Very annoying! Imagine you’re on death row. What’s your last meal request? I must say Mexican! My favourite food of all time! A burrito would hit the spot well, I think. Name one person living or dead you would love to party with and why. Missy Elliot. I think she’s fantastic; she’s got a great sense of humour and I love the way she’s so easy going. Hopefully soon!
What can we expect to hear from you in the near future? You can expect plenty of songs that you will love, performances you will not want to miss and you will hear much hype around the name Jazlyn because of what I can offer this music industry; an everlasting energy. WHEN & WHERE: Friday 17 September, The Ellington, Northbridge; Strictly Hip Hop – Saturday 18, Perth Exhibition Centre; Traffic Party – Saturday 25 September, Metro City, Northbridge
DJ technology has come a long way since the days of two Technics 1210’s and a shitty two-channel mixer. Although I’ve been slow to take up advances in technology from CDJs to Traktor DJ, the latest innovation the Emulator offers food for thought on where DJing is going. This system utilises existing Traktor operating systems but, rather than hiding behind a laptop, it allows the DJ to mix and select music on a large illuminated and transparent multi-touch sensor screen so the crowd can see what the DJ is doing in a virtual display. While new technology can never replace the age old era of dexterity and DMC battle skills, the Emulator gives modern DJs the opportunity to get away from their computers and interact on another level by allowing the crowd to see ‘behind the screens’ of the world’s most innovative and tech savvy selectors. It also has the added benefit for trainspotters to see what’s being played. Check the Emulator’s latest developments at www. smithsonmartin.com. Another mixed bag for this month’s MASSIV TOP FIVE with a slice of disco, a little sun drenched house, a dose of slamming techno and a touch of rave. Massiv fave Douglas Greed delivers this month’s essential Buschhof EP (Acker). The opening track 78 Straight is a classic Two Lone Swordsman inspired sleazy tech anthem backed with Twin Peaks guitars and moody jazz noodling. The equally impressive Western Hives on the flip explores
MILES DYSON @ VILLA
WEEKEND @ MINT
WEEKEND @ HIP-E CLUB
WEEKEND @ SAPPHIRE BAR
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. The act has been building themselves such a reputation for the best parties out over their years of playing festivals and the like here that this time around they’re putting on some massive shows like we’ve never seen before. Expect these to be ridiculously fun celebrations that see the Tijuana festive atmosphere being taken to whole new planes. With ShockOne in support plus a few special guests along the way, 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. To win one of two double passes to the show of your choice, simply email giveaways@ drumperth.com.au with “BORDER CROSSING” in the subjectline and tell us which show you’d like to go to.
more melodic tones and could easily be mistaken for one of Pawel or Lawrence’s Dial Records selections. Dubstep guru Zomby pays homage to early Warp icons Sweet Exorcist and LFO with his latest A Forest lifted from the forthcoming Ninja Tune XX box set. A Forest relives classic ‘90s bleep and bass with a modern electro/dubstep/Kwaito groove with Zomby’s unique reverb heavy ‘box’ snares. Easily the best retro rave anthem of 2010! Technasia are back and in fine form with their latest remixes of Benoit & Sergio’s Midnight People (Spectral Sound). Technacia’s first remix scraps Benoit & Sergio’s electro infused pop in favour of a peak time techno anthem with all the trademark Technasia filters and arpeggios. On their second remix, Technasia keeps it deep and sexy with a finely structured tech house track that combines dubby synths with intricate and layered drum programming. Bibio’s summer-oflove anthem Lovers Carvings has just been given a club house re-rub by German production duo Catz N Dogz. This unauthorised remix has been causing a stir in summer festivals across Europe and is now expected to get an official release on Warp Records. Not sure when it’s due out but they better get onto it before the bootleggers start cashing in. Bubble Club mastermind Dan Keeling combines Chicago acid house with retro ‘80s disco vibes on the instant club classic Lonely Acid (Bubble Club). Influences ranging from Lil Louis, Arthur Russell, Metro Area and Sting (well, vocally anyway) come together on this timeless club track that relives the glory of bygone Music Box and Paradise Garage anthems.
It’s an easy guess for who takes out Massiv’s gig of the month as Berghain club’s resident DJ Marcel Dettmann heads to Ambar this Friday 17 September for Democracy’s highly anticipated third birthday party. In my opinion, techno has really hit a low point in the past 18 months but the Berghain associated label Ostgut Ton and likeminded Berlin collective Sandwell District have set the benchmark for techno music and where it’s headed. Don’t miss Dettmann’s four-hour set with support from Aarin F, Craig Hollywood and myself. Another gig to keep an ear out for is Detroit house legend Stacey Pullen who is locked in for a set at Geisha in October. Check Drum in coming weeks for more details and lock it in because Pullen is arguably one of the sexiest, entertaining and most talented DJs in the world.
TWEET OF THE WEEK TONY BLAIR IS CUNT OF THE WEEK. FOR WHAT HE’S DONE, BEING PELTED WITH SHOES AND EGGS IS THE VERY LEAST THE CUNT DESERVES.”
OH CUNT OF THE WEEK – IF IT WEREN’T FOR 50 CENT YOU REALLY WOULD BE THE GREATEST TWEETER OF ALL TIME.
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2010 THURSDAY MARTYN @ THE BIRD Already heading over west for the Drum Media-presented Red Bull Music Academy Showcase, Martyn has added an extra stop to his Perth journey. It’s a CDR session and RBMA Workshop where Martyn will be sharing his techniques in creating drum’n’bass, techno, dubstep and house music. Bring down your own CDR from 6-9.30pm and be prepared to hear it alongside the best tracks in the world! Free entry from 6pm.
PLEASUREDOME @ ROSEMOUNT The local crown prince of electro showmanship Tomas Ford is joined by guests from Injured Ninja and is looking for your worst requests plus crap trivia. Free from 8pm.
CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT This week Culture Clash sees Micah and the Mills Records DJs hit the decks. Free from 8pm.
DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK SAMIYAM
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.
HORRORSHOW @ ROSEMOUNT Horrorshow head out on their Walk You Home Tour with Melbournite Seth Sentry, who turned heads with The Waitress Song. Tickets from Oztix, Heatseeker, Star Perth, Mills and Planet.
RESONATE @ RISE
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 playing the show. Presented by Drum Media, Ta-ku and Vishnu support what is arguably the biggest forwardthinking beats show that has EVER landed in Perth. Tickets from usual outlets. Friday 17 September. Plus catch a sneak CDR RBMA show the night before at The Bird. Solid!
Bringing tightly coiled dubstep with the fast breakbeats of d’n’b are DJs Phetsta, Xsessiv, Rekab, J.Nitrous, Killafoe, Sempy and Signal. $15/10/5 from 9.30pm.
TOO DAMN GLAM @ SAPPHIRE Sapphire’s new Saturday night brings you the sexiest commercial and funky house around. Back for its second week of party madness, DJs Jonny Zimber, White Label and Frankie Button bring the fun.
R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES
B-BEATS @ SAIL & ANCHOR
Jon Madd’s Rock’n’roll Karaoke with DJs and you, singing. From 5pm, $10 from 8pm.
DJ Jim-P lays down funk, disco and rare groove sounds.
Trav and Craig Hollywood support. $20 plus BF from Moshtix.
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
A*S*Y*S&SCOT PROJECT@RISE Teaming up for a double header, A*S*Y*S and Scot Project promise to tear the dancefloor apart! A*S*Y*S is part rock star, part production genius and acclaimed hardstyle DJ. Project is one of those rare dance artists recognisable for his signature hard trance and techtrance sounds for over a decade. $25/15/10 from 9.30pm, Rousa, Steven Tranzor and Jason V support.
HORRORSHOW @ MOJO’S Following their successful Inside Story Tour, ego-free hip hoppers Horrorshow head out on their Walk You Home Tour to complete their amazing run since Inside Story was released last year. Joining them is Melbournite Seth Sentry. Tickets from Oztix, Heatseeker, Star Perth, Mills and Planet.
JACK IN THE BOX @ BAR OPEN After launching at a different venue recently, new beats night Jack In The Box moves to new home at Bar Open with guests Hutcho and Asciimov serving up some tasty beats alongside residents NVS and Amnesia. $5 from 10-11pm or $15 thereafter. AARIN F
DROID SECTOR @ SHAPE The Hypnosis Recordings Awakening will celebrate the label that releases alt beats from artists around the world. Victoria’s Droid Sector is making his way over, joined by Sydney dubstep overlords The Abyss, made up of Boot and Sook. Rounded out by locals J.Nitrous, Killswitch (KillaFoe and J Switch) and Cella, entry is $15 with limited numbers of mix CDs and stickers available on entry.
LIMELITE @ METRO FREO The Pearly Whites submitted their mixtape for the Into The Limelite DJ Competition with five minutes left! Since taking the crown they’ve gone from strength to strength even smashing it out at Creamfields. Expect a party set full of A1 tunes and bangers with a touch of dirty electro and dubstep. Darren Briais and Mel B support from 9.30pm.
AFRODISIA @ LEEDY Afrodisia returns for their last show for the year at the Funk Club. Expect to hear the amazing 13-piece Askari Afrobeat Orchestra playing some new material and old favourites such as Fela Kuti, Mulatu, Gnonnas Pedro and more. Charlie Bucket also spins an assortment of Afrobeat, Afro funk and disco. $15 from 8pm.
MASS APPEAL @ THE MANOR The third edition of Mass Appeal sees Charlie Bucket, Benny Chill, Nathan J, Selekt, DJ Cutnice and S-Man hit the decks for a tribute to ‘90s east coast hip hop. $15 entry or $10 if you get the potshot.
Between forward thinking dance music and good ol’ fashioned raveups, Democracy have a perfect fit for their third birthday. A resident at Germany’s Berghain, Marcel Dettmann has remixed Fever Ray, Junior Boys and Scuba, and his techno productions break the rules without gimmicks. Aarin F, Massiv 38 • THE DRUM MEDIA 16 SEPTEMBER 2010
DJ Misschief teams heads up the saucy action, dishing out the beats to make the ladies go down and the guys get up. $10 from 10pm. Weekly night combining Perth’s finest assassins, this week sees another round of Perth’s finest laying down the best in underground sounds. Free entry from 6pm.
FUSE FRIDAYS @ RED SEA Party LA style with a fusion of the best electro house and party mashups from some of WA’s best DJs including residents Jack Masel and DJ Ryan. From 9pm until dawn!
B-BEATS @ SAIL & ANCHOR DJ Doc Spin kicks off the new Friday night action upstairs at the Sail. Expect funky beats and breaks.
CLUB RETRO @ MINT Chris McPhee unleashes ‘80s/‘90s party hits and retro classics each Friday at Club Retro. Free before 10pm or $5/10 thereafter.
FRIDAYS @ AMPLIFIER New and retro tunes with DJ Jamie Mac and DJ Shannon Fox $8 entry fee after 12.
MONDO INFERNO @ DEVILLES Rocket To Memphis and Barbara Blaze & The Blazers play live plus the Mondo Inferno disc jocks and Les Sataniques. $10 after 8pm.
RETRO MASH @ CAPITOL
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. Six years of classics are dusted off as DJs Flex, Darren J, Ben Mac, Richard Lee, Terry Waites, Cam Duff, Sirius B, Kill Dyl and Sir Clancelot welcome Habitat at its new home.
SWAGGERIFIC @ IMPACT BAR Get on down to the Swaggerific dancehall party at Impact from 9pm.
YOU SPIN ME ROUND@459 BAR SAE presents a night of DJs with DJ Impression, Nin-Jah, CK Ruckus
SATURDAY @ TOUCAN DJ Samuel Spencer reminds us how to party with nothing but good times laid down. $10 from 10pm.
DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL Indie dance and disco banging from the best in such a biz – Death Disco DJs, plus DJ Ryan spinning ‘80s indie classics upstairs. $10 entry fee.
JAPAN 4 @ AMBAR With Blend warming things up, Philly Blunt starting the fire, Wish applying the pressure, Prizzy turning it out and Mono Lisa and Marty McFly bringing it in a back to back throw down. $12/8 from 10pm.
JOIE @ GEISHA The apprentices are back for another installment of the most deep, jackin’, funky and soulful house east of London: Luke P, Carl Drake, Rob Sharp, Nathan Francis, DJ Dash, Paul Scott and Jack The Sax.
FORE @ DEFECTORS Fore welcomes back crowd favourites Harry Webb, Katesy, Vinae and Aarin F, who will be rolling out the beats. From 9pm.
LOVE SATURDAYS@BAR OPEN Richie G, Kenny L, Cut & Kill, Acebasik vs. Paul Scott; Thee Hat vs. Gorjy; and Dangerfield vs. Bezwun lead the big wobble beat boutique at Bar Open this Saturday. $10 from 10pm.
MONDO INFERNO @ DEVILLES
‘80s and ‘90s pop with DJ Matty J. Free entry 9-11pm.
Accumulated Gestures play live plus Little Franco Berry and Big Ear Chad spinnin’ classic tunes until late. Doors open 6pm, $10 after 8pm.
POP LIFE @ MINT
SNEAKY @ THE LIBRARY
HABITAT @ GEISHA DEMOCRACY B’DAY @ AMBAR
LADIES NIGHT @ TOUCAN
LOKAL @ BAR 138
DJ Moogy presents a night of Afro Cuban and Brazilian styles. Free from 8pm.
and Mysterious DJ from 8pm in the Rosemount’s 459 Bar. $5 entry.
BASS KLEPH @ VILLA With an edgy take on jackin’ house, electro and house, and with a foot planted firmly in the underground, BK also has a pop sensibility that anyone can connect with. Support from JMC, Mind Electric and Cam Duff. Presales from $15 from the Boomtick Shop with VIPs for $20.
SURREAL & TORCHA @ CIVIC Joining forces for a dual album launch are hip hoppers Surreal and Torcha for a massive show at the Civic Hotel. Melbourne based MC Surreal is launching his 2010 Sampler CD while Sydney’s Torcha is dropping his debut solo EP. Kicking off at 3pm with Squirt, Aftershock,
House, dance, retro, R&B and Top 40 from DJ Darren Briais. Free before midnight for Pop Life, $5 before 2am, $10 thereafter.
ROTATION @ RUBIX The Rotation Sunday Session is back with extended hours of 12am and fresh tunes from DJs Krule, Dazz K, Undertone, Allstate and Dubs.
WEDNESDAY TIJUANA CARTEL @ WINTERSUN HOTEL With ShockOne in support eclectic collective Tijuana Cartel are back to WA for a rather extensive jaunt showing off their skills at blending flamenco, percussion, trumpet, beats, breaks and positivity.
CELEBRITY @ GOLD BAR The night lives up to its name with DJ Spin Easy playing the launch party. One of New York’s finest, he opened and hosted the Australian Konvict Music Tour with Akon and T-Pain. With support from DJ Ryan, it’s $10 from 9pm.
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 along with live acts The Sure Fire Midnights and Piano Donkey. Entry is $10 or $5.
BIG WEDNESDAYS @ NEWPORT DJ Tony Allen spins tunes from 8pm ‘til midnight.
STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT DJ Shannon Fox brings you postpunk, indie-pop, rock and electro goodies in the courtyard. Free entry.
UPCOMING TOURS & EVENTS LEE BURRIDGE @ AMBAR Responsible for developing the underground dance parties in Hong Kong and bringing dance music to the legendary Full Moon Parties in Thailand, Lee Burridge has a very healthy looking resume. See his brand of wobbly, wonky bassline dance music at Ambar. Support from James Francis, Oli, Darren J and Bacich. Friday 24 September.
FORK @ GEISHA Kick on after Parklife at Geisha where they’ll have grass dancefloors and the dirtiest, sluttiest nastiest electro, techno and house beats on offer from Missprint, Ogden V Bacich, Darren J and Oli. From 9.30pm until late. Lockout from 12.30am. Sunday 26 September.
BULLETPROOF @ SHAPE For over a decade, Bulletproof has defined forward-thinking, futuristic drum’n’bass. The creator of the Neurofunk style, Bulletproof is one of Australasia’s first serious d’n’b exports. See him launch his new dubstep album Soundtrack To Forever with support from Rregula, High Roller, Dub Z and Access on Friday 24 September.
PARKLIFE @ WELLINGTON SQUARE
THE LOFT @ GEISHA
Get ready for Bloc Party frontman Kele, US indie heroes The Dandy Warhols and six time Grammy winner Missy Elliott, complete with her 27-strong all-dancing entourage. Plus 2manydjs, Groove Armada, Soulwax, Holy Ghost!, Busy P, Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts, Uffie, Classixx, The Wombats, Jack Beats, New Young Pony Club, Mix Master Mike, Brodinski, The Swiss, Sinden, DJ Mehdi, Jesse Rose, Washington, Bag Raiders, AC Slater and Grum. Oh, and Delorean, Darwin Deez, Dan Black, Chiddy Bang, Memory Tapes, Wolf Gang and The Glitch Mob will all make their Australian debuts at ‘life? That’s some Park’! Plus locals galore. Sunday 26 September.
This week sees The Loft honour the timeless indie, J-classics, gothic and retro tunes from the ‘80s and ‘90s with B-Unit, Cyndi Jett, Owen Heir and Atroboy from 8pm.
LAZE @ THE BIRD Another Sunday of lazy ass beats and sounds yet again featuring the cream of the crop of Perth’s beat making and DJ community with Arms In Motion, DJ Silence, Nebula & Modo, Mr. Starks, AlphaBeats & Knoe FM and Zeke, free from 3pm.
THE COMMUNITY@MANHATTANS The Community are heading down Vic Park way with beats and rhymes from Diger Rokwell, The Colab Jam Band featuring Mathas, Empty Cup, Delirious, Maxy Bills and Boost Hero Man. $5 from 6pm.
UPCOMINGS SEPTEMBER MARTYN – Sep 16 @ The Bird 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 TIJUANA CARTEL – Sep 17 @ Divers Tavern Broome, Sep 18 & 19 @ Dampier Mermaid Hotel, Sep 22 @ Wintersun Hotel Geraldton, Sep 23 @ Metropolis Fremantle, Sep 24 @ Prince Of Wales, Sep 25 @ Dunsborough Tavern, Sep 27 @ Indi Bar BASS KLEPH – Sep 18 @ Villa JUSTICE CREW, JAZLYN – Sep 18 @ Perth Convention Centre + DJ SPIN EASY – Sep 22 @ Gold Bar LEE BURRIDGE – Sep 24 @ Ambar BULLETPROOF – Sep 24 @ Shape SOUTH RAKKAS CREW – Sep 24 @ The Manor NICK SKITZ – Sep 24 @ Rise HELENA – Sep 24 @ Metropolis Fremantle KID KENOBI – Sep 25 @ Ambar JAZLYN – Sep 25 @ Metro City + PARKLIFE: GROOVE ARMADA, MISSY ELLIOTT, SOULWAX, HOLY GHOST!, THE DANDY WARHOLS, KELE, 2MANYDJS, 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 + OFFICIAL PARKLIFE AFTER PARTY: JACK BEATS – Sep 26 @ Villa + HOLY GHOST! (DJ SET): Sep 26 @ Shape + SPRING BREAK: DR ZEUS, JORA, RANDHAWA and more: Sep 27 @ The Shed CYPRESS HILL, SPIT SYNDICATE – Sep 29 @ Metro City
OCTOBER + KILLAQUEENZ, K-NOTE, DJ OWE, MC FORTAFY – Oct 2 @ Villa DEETRON – Oct 3 @ Geisha GODSKITCHEN: ANDY MOOR, JOHN O’CALLAGHAN, MARCEL WOODS, WIPPENBERG – Oct 8 @ Metro City MULATU – Oct 8 @ The Bakery + SKISM – Oct 9 @ Bar Open SATOSHI TOMIIE – Oct 10 @ Geisha 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 BINGO PLAYERS, GRAMOPHONEDZIE – Oct 29 @ Metropolis Fremantle
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GIG GUIDE THU 16 Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Adrian Wilson Bennys Karin Page Duo Botanica Celebrations Karaoke Brooklands Christian Parkinson Como Htl Jon Madd’s Rock’n Roll Karaoke Devilles Pad Nicko & The Mong Variety Night Double Lucky, Leederville WAYJO Plays Mel Lewis Ellington Ash Grunwald Freemasons Htl Geraldton Aaron Spiers Trio FUSE Bar Chris Murphy Kingsley Tavern Damien Cripps Legends Bar The Brow Horn Orchestra, Boom! Bap! Pow! Llama Bar James Wilson Lucky Shag Shitbird, Bonehouse, Frozen Ocean, Donny Rat Manhattan’s Demi Monde, Datura, Tom Fisher & The Layabouts Mojos Nth Fremantle Cal Peck & The Tramps Mustang Bar Adrian Keys Ningaloo Resort The Growl, Guns Norfolk Basement Hi NRG Paddy Hannans Burswood The Velvet Echo, The Long Strides, Revelationship, Cim Ciaru Rosemount Htl Tomas Ford’s Beer Garden Pleasuredome Rosemount Htl (outside) Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Fenton Wilde Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Noah Shilkin Settlers Tavern Margaret River David Fyffe Sovereign Arms Bun Habit, Tessie, Crazy Mexican Swan Lounge Glasgow Tan, Sounds Like Bears, Shellfish, The Espeys The Den The Soul Purpose-Sound System Wolfe Lane Bar
FRI 17 Midnight Rambler 7th Avenue Bar Loose Unit Amplifier Bar The Whitlams Astor Theatre Free Radicals Bally’s Bar Bluebottles Balmoral Spritzer Bar Orient Fremantle Good Karma Belmont Htl Faces Bennys Better Days Bentley Hotel Milhouse Breakers Bar (Geraldton) Adrian Wilson Broken Hill Rhyme & Reason Captain Stirling Toy Box Carlisle Htl Slack Alice Castle
Opia, Arkayan, State Of Order, The Book Of Lilith Civic Htl Backroom Rocket To Memphis, Barbara Blaze & The Blazers Devilles Pad Adrian Keys Dongara Htl Redstar Dusk Lounge Bar Supanova East End Bar Don Gomez Trio, Victoria Newton, Jamie Oehlers, The Ill Ones Ellington Ash Grunwald Fly By Night Fremantle Mike Nayar Gate Baby Piranhas Greenwood Hotel Switchback Kalgoorie Hotel That Velvet Echo, Simon Kelly, Craig Sinclair, Freya Hanly, Mitch Becker Kulcha Neil Collis Leisure Inn Ben Pettit Leopold Htl Bicton Sneaky Weasel Gang, Datura, Trent Williams Manhattan’s Bullzeye Merriwa Tavern Oz Big Band, Cheeky Monkeys Mustang Bar Felix Newport Split Seconds, Red Jezebel, Emperors Norfolk Basement Blue Gene Paddy Hannans Burswood 43 Cambridge Paddy Maguires J Babies Player’s Bar Audacity Priory Hotel Ol’ Bougainvillea, Gombo, Lanatan & Melma Railway Htl Stella Donnelly Rivervale Htl Side FX Rocket Room Lionel, Village Kid, The Kirbens, Sam Carmody, The Caballeros, Dave, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill Rosemount Htl Kev Lymn Sandy Cove Tavern The S.K.A.M Settlers Tavern Margaret River The Damien Cripps Band Springs Tavern Courtney Murphy Subiaco Arts Centre Karma FX, Aztech Suns, The Dark Woods, Starcleaner Swan Basement Jake & The Cowboys, Hayden Ward Swan Lounge Barcode Swinging Pig Hand Stands For Ants, Sugarpuss, The Moltens, F.A.I.M. Project The Bird Courtney Murphy The Deen Desertship, Ultra Detectives, The Witches Promise, Limping Dave Foley & The Straight Legged Freaks The Den Greg Carter The Principle Micro Brewery Michael Swann & The Fox Fantasy, Good Little Fox, Art in Algebra, Sidewalk Diamonds Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic Victoria Park Htl
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Grand Theft Audio Woodvale Tavern House Vs Hurricane, Mandalay Victory, We Can Breathe In Space, Surrender, Still Water Claims YMCA HQ
SAT 18 Split Seconds, Red Jezebel, Emperors Amplifier Bar The Recliners Balmoral Chris Murphy Belgian Beer Cafe Bluebottles Bentley Hotel Red Star Black Bettys Milhouse Breakers Bar (Geraldton) Howie Morgan Project Broken Hill Spritzer Brooklands Courtney Murphy & Murphy’s Lore Burswood Prize Draw Stage Adrian Keys Camel Bar That Velvet Echo Cape Wine Bar Dunsborough Enter Shikari, House Vs Hurricane, Mandalay Victory Capitol James Wilson Como Htl Accumulated Gestures Devilles Pad Timeout Elephant & Wheelbarrow Annie Neil, Accumulated Gestures Ellington Angus & Julia Stone Fremantle Arts Centre Soul Sacrifice - The Santana Experience Leisure Inn Greg Carter Leopold Htl Bicton Abbe May, Goodnight Tiger, James Teague Manhattan’s The Witness, Laced Affair, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Naik Mojos Nth Fremantle Blaze Moon & Sixpence The Continentals, The Rusty Pinto Combo Mustang Bar Kev Lymn Nannup Hotel Gravity Newport Htl Folk Club Norfolk Basement Ramona Bird, Benedict Moleta, The Wednesday Society, Bermuda North Perth Bowls Club Airbag Players Bar Mandurah AstroPig, The Tumblers, Aaagh Bats, Lummix Railway Htl The Volcanics, Stillfire, One Thousand Years, Gasoline Inc, Kickstart Rocket Room Aniva, 7 Days, Coronal Sky, Control Control, Desert Ship Rockingham Htl Ash Grunwald Roebuck Bay Hotel Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Stella Donnelly Rottnest Hotel The Domnicks Settlers Tavern Margaret River Huge Shed Blunt Force Trauma, From Isolation, Cellardoor, Left To Die Swan Basement Helen Shanahan, Beth Brown, Kate Gilbertson,
Jessica Morhall, Billie Rodgers Swan Lounge The Blue Finish, The Revelationship, My Mad Flow, Cygnet Committee The Bird Blac Blocs, Stereoflower, Like Junk, Michael Strong The Den Prita Grealy The Principle Micro Brewery Jamie Powers Wanneroo Slim Jim & The Phatts Whale & Ale The Shinkickers Woodbridge Htl Mod Squad Woodvale Tavern
SUN 19 Stella Donnelly 150 East Riverside Bar Good Karma 7th Avenue Bar Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Cranky Balmoral Damien Cripps Belmont Htl Adrian Wilson Bentley Hotel Chris Murphy Boat (afternoon) Nathan Gaunt Broken Hill Dom Zurzollo Brooklands Benjamin Glynn Captain Stirling The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl The Select Few, Nat Ripepi Como Htl Aus Big Band, Shameem Taheri-Lee Ellington Angus & Julia Stone Fremantle Arts Centre Helix Jazz Trio FUSE Bar Ben Pettit High Road Htl Riverton Ash Grunwald Indi Bar Retrofit Indian Ocean Brewing Company The Celt Kalamunda Htl Ryan Dillon Lakers Tavern The Dean Cox Trio Lakeside Shopping Centre Claire Hollingsworth, Arons Crusade, Rabbit Island, Lil Leonie Lionheart Mojos Nth Fremantle Peter Busher & The Lone Rangers Mustang Bar The Revelationship, The Stuart Orchard Band, Lucy Peach Newport Htl Mat Cal, Miche Suite Nukara Farm That Velvet Echo Old Coast Road Brewery Howie Morgan Project Saint Adrian Keys Salt On The Beach, Fremantle Kev Lymn Settlers Tavern Margaret River Anthony Nieves South St Ale House Ivan Ribic Sovereign Arms Steve Hepple Springs Tavern Kevin Conway Stamford Arms Old Boy, The Crossbars, Starcleaner, Energy Commission Swan Basement Geoffrey Power-King, Little Ships, Caroline J Dale, Nice Swan Lounge
Gang Of Three, Ivan Ribic Swinging Pig Laze The Bird Gianni Unplugged The Cabin Small Bar Christian Thompson The Corner Stone Alehouse The Rough Housers The Principle Micro Brewery Retrofit Universal Bar Clayton Bolger Victoria Park Htl Damien Cripps Wanneroo Bluebottles Whistling Kite Reckless Kelly Woodvale Tavern
MON 20 Kabin Fever, Luke & Chelsea, Daine Spowart, Brendan Taylor, Sam Wylde Arts@MPBCC HQ Mike Nayar Bar Orient Fremantle Song Lounge Ellington Open Mic Night Impact Bar Wide Open Mic Mojos Nth Fremantle The Continentals Mustang Bar Plastic Max & The Token Gestures The Deen
TUE 21 Mount Lawley High School Jazz Ellington All Eyes On Saturn, HiHelo, Frozen Ocean, The Velveteens Mojos Nth Fremantle Danza Loca Salsa night Mustang Bar Open Irish Music Session Woodvale Tavern
WED 22 Steve Hepple Bally’s Bar Crave Black Bettys Danni Stefanetti Ellington Fenton Wilde Hale Rd Tavern Ash Grunwald Icon Restaurant, Karratha Sure Fire Midnight, Piano Donkey Manhattan’s Dave Gillam & The Motif, Damon Carron & the Psychedelic Freak Flag, Zoe & Mr Salt Mojos Nth Fremantle Justin Walshe, Mike Swann, James Teague Moon Cafe Flyte Mustang Bar The Kirbens, The Wilderness, Control Control, Minky G & The Effects Rosemount Htl David Fyffe Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Amy Meredith Settlers Tavern Margaret River Chris Murphy Springs Tavern Dead Comforts, World A Fuzzy, Hi-Helo, Pete Swan Lounge Mental Powers, Arm One, Wigwam The Bird Tijuana Cartel Wintersun Hotel, Geraldton
SALLY SELTMANN @ ONE MOVEMENT, SONIC SESSIONS & SOUTHBOUND 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 JAZLYN: SEP 17 The Ellington HOUSE VS HURRICANE: SEP 17 YMCA HQ TIJUANA CARTEL: SEP 17 Divers Tavern Broome, SEP 18 & 19 Dampier Mermaid Hotel, SEP 22 Wintersun Hotel Geraldton, SEP 23 Metropolis Fremantle, SEP 24 Prince Of Wales SEP 25 Dunsborough Tavern, SEP 27 Indi Bar ANGUS & JULIA STONE: SEP 18 & 19 Fremantle Arts Centre ENTER SHIKARI, HOUSE VS. HURRICANE: SEP 18 Capitol POWDERFINGER, JET: SEP 22, 23 & 24 Supreme Court Gardens AMY MEREDITH: SEP 22 Settlers Tavern, SEP 23 Mojo’s, SEP 24 Players Bar, SEP 25 Amplifier BOB LOG III: SEP 22 Judds Kalgoorlie, SEP 23 Devilles Pad, SEP 24 Amplifier, SEP 26 Dunsborough Tavern, SEP 27 Mojo’s SHANNON BARNETT QUARTET: SEP 23 The Ellington OH MERCY: SEP 23 Manhattans, SEP 24 The East End AT WAR WITH GODS: SEP 23 Black Betty’s, SEP 25 YMCA HQ * THE BLUEJAYS: SEP 23 The Bird, SEP 25 Mojo’s * THE LUCKY WONDERS: SEP 23 Apple Basket Café Donnybrook, SEP 24 Robyn’s Place Donnybrook, SEP 25 Clancy’s Freo THE JEZEBELS: SEP 24 Mojo’s 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 ARMADA, MISSY ELLIOTT, SOULWAX, 2MANYDJS, 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 REGURGITATOR: SEP 26 Walkington Theatre Karratha, SEP 27 Amplifier JOHN BUTLER TRIO: SEP 27 Mangrove Resort Broome * TEN PART INVENTION: SEP 27 Charles Hotel CHARLIE PARR: SEP 27 Mojo’s, SEP 28 Charles Hotel CYPRESS HILL: SEP 29 Metro City 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 MM9: OCT 2 Amplifier PETULA CLARK: OCT 2 Burswood Theatre THE HOLY SEA: OCT 2 The Bird, OCT 3 Fremantle Art Centre 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 * SVENSSON: OCT 7 Norfolk Basement (Steve Axel B solo), OCT 8 Kulcha, OCT 9 Rocket Room 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 * ONE MOVEMENT FOR MUSIC: XAVIER RUDD, GRINSPOON, KARNIVOOL, CHILDREN COLLIDE, BRITISH INDIA, OPERATOR PLEASE, DRAPHT, CLOUD CONTROL, SALLY SELTMANN, GYPSY & THE CAT, AN HORSE, HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY, PARADES, RICHARD IN YOUR MIND, BOY & BEAR, THE MELODICS, TIM & JEAN, THE HOLIDAYS, THE ONLY, THE PAPER SCISSORS, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS, THE CHEMIST, STONEFIELD, BEN KWELLER, SHAPESHIFTER, DENGUE FEVER, ZE!, DELTA SPIRIT, VIA TANIA, RAGHU DIXIT, JONNEINE ZAPATA, BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH, KORA, THE TELEPHONES, MELODRAMAS, LIZ GREEN, GET DEXTER, THE GREAT SPY EXPERIMENT, MIAMI HORROR, BIURET, DAN SULTAN, DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, PASSENGER, DZHAM, COLIN MOORE, RUBYLUX, THE RESPECTABLES, FINAL FLASH, LOST SOULS CLUB, THE TREWS, THE CIRCUS, TWO HOURS TRAFFIC, DRAWN FROM BEES, OKA, THE JEZABELS, CAMERAS, METALS, BLOODPOETS, MM9, BIG SCARY, THE AUDREYS, PIKELET, BLACKCHORDS, SKYBOMBERS, DANIEL RATTA, PAPA VS PRETTY, PEZ, ERNEST ELLIS and more TBA OCT 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10: Perth Esplanade, Parmelia Hilton Hotel and surrounds MALATU: OCT 8 The Bakery SUN ARAW: OCT 9 The Bakery BASEMENT BIRDS: OCT 9 & 10 Chesters Winery PARAMORE: OCT 10 Challenge Stadium
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to Kings Park, taking in the floral artworks along the way. Various locations until 19 September. More info at perth.wa.gov.au.
THURSDAY 16 Fashion Talks: Romance Was Born – the Sydney fashion label speak candidly about their inspirations and experiences. Fremantle Arts Centre, 7pm.
SUNDAY 19 Fashioning Now – with its tagline ‘Changing the way we make clothes’, this extensive fashion exhibition explores the various methods that are rooted in low-impact production, featuring garments, textiles objects, photography, illustration, and video. Closing day. Fremantle Arts Centre.
Peninsula – sound performance by Philip Samartzis, which has evolved out of a residency by the artists working within the communities of Djarindjin/Lombadina. Gecko Gallery, Broome, 6pm.
Black Light – exhibition of artworks by Alexander Boynes that merges street art and traditional printmaking techniques. In the artist’s words, “this suspended state – of falling, frailty, struggle, and dancing – reflects my thoughts on the changes and instabilities that are around me.” Opening night. LK Galleries, Subiaco until 30 September.
Colours Of Our Country – exhibition of Aboriginal art from the Pilbara region of WA, now in its fifth year. 57 artists will showcase 232 paintings, artefacts, and textiles – all of which is for sale, with proceeds going to artists and art groups in Pilbara. Opening day. Rio Tinto Central Park Foyer, St. Georges Terrace until 2 October.
City In Bloom – public art festival featuring 27 artworks installed in city retailers and around other public artworks, as part of the Art Gallery of WA’s Art In Bloom exhibition. A trail leads from the Art Gallery through
Get Hypnotised: Matthew Hale’s Comedy Hypnosis Show – comedic hypnosis show where the audience are the entertainment. Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough, 7pm.
A HELLIAR OF A SHOW Peter Helliar, that lovable, amiable rapscallion from such TV shows as Rove and Thank God You’re Here, is crossing the country on the good ship Dreamboat, bringing his brand of comedy (along with himself) to the Astor Theatre on the Dreamboat Tour Thursday 18 November and Friday 19. He will also be inviting along some as-yet-unannounced special guests. Tickets through BOCS Ticketing.
FLOWER POWER SPRING IS IN THE AIR, AND AROUND THE CITY, AS CAPTAIN PLAKNIT TELLS JASON KENNY AHEAD OF THE CITY IN BLOOM INSTALLATIONS. hen you mention street art to most people these days the images of Banksy and company spring to mind full of ironic and politically slanted illustrations. But there are a whole lot of differently minded street artists set to make Perth city floral. This weekend 27 installations will bring spring down the hill from Kings Park and into the concrete terrain of the CBD.
and the meaning of street art. The general forms of street art are semi-permanent and hard edged and wanting to juxtapose that with a kind of street art that was fluffy and tactile and pleasant and impermanent.”
One artist is Captain Plaknit – pronounced ‘planet’, it’s a play on words – whose street art veers away from those forms captured in Exit Through The Gift Shop.
“Gracie Daniels came across a yarn tag I did for Anzac Day earlier in the year,” she says. “It was wanting to make a statement about Anzac Day but in a peaceful, furry kind of way, so I made a peace sign out of crochet that had a part of an old GI Joe army guy in the middle.”
“It came about for me,” the Captain explains, “because I love to crochet and knit and I have a real sense of social justice and wanting to get out there and do some street art that was a little bit different, something that had a voice in getting my art out there on the street in a new, different way.” With the City In Bloom installations, Captain Plaknit takes on a whole new dimension, in a scale she’s never attempted before. “Most of the stuff I’ve done so far has been pretty small scale,” she says, “and just finding places that are relevant and meaningful to me that are public places where I can challenge the public’s perception of how public space can be used
Captain Plaknit was asked to contribute to the 27 installations after organiser Gracie Daniels stumbled upon one of her smaller pieces earlier in the year.
Captain Plaknit admits she takes a lot of inspiration from the other worldwide yarn bombers, but she’s yet to tackle anything that big. With this installation she’s collaborated with a co-worker who goes by the name Thimbles & Soup. They started crocheting the vine and flowers that will descend over the Northbridge Piazza about six weeks ago. “We’ve been pondering the logistics of installation for a while and we’ve come up with the idea of one really large flower or bloom but made up of a whole lot of smaller ones. Hopefully it will have a rather large
the living room, Goemon does look a little cramped. However, there is nothing like Goemon, so it’s sure to have a huge influence on the ninja and fantasy genres. ANITA CONNORS
FASCINATING TIMES AHEAD Taking its name from the Cure song of the same name, the inaugural Fascination Street sets to bind the creative ties together of fashionistas, photographers, stencil artists, and musicians in WA with a month-long exhibition of works by photographer Lottie Moore, fashion designer Emma Hicken, and stencil artist Klare Buckingham. Works will be exhibited at X-Wray Café, Fremantle Saturday 25 September to Monday 25 October. The festival will kick off with a bang on the Saturday with a host of local bands taking over the venue.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Burswood Theatre The West Australian Ballet’s performance of The Sleeping Beauty is the kind of ballet that captivates the imagination of six-year-old girls and fills the pockets of dance teachers everywhere. From the moment that the curtain rises to reveal a sugar-coated storybook set, it’s clear that this ballet is heavily invested in the ‘perfect princess’ aesthetic. Director Marcia Haydee takes full advantage of a company of skilled dancers, particularly relishing the opportunity to imbue the role of the dark fairy, Carabosse, with a sense of theatricality. Understudy Alain Honorez, clad in flowing black silk skorts and rocking David Bowie’s makeup, was the undisputed highlight of the evening with his technical prowess and crowd appeal. Unfortunately, so much is made of his swirling, stage-filling presence
and choreography that those dancing opposite him, particularly Jennifer Provins as the Lilac Fairy, often seem prudish and pinched. In terms of narrative structure, The Sleeping Beauty is an oddity. The storytelling flows nicely for the most part, before hitting a wall with the overlong third act – the seemingly never-ending wedding scene. There’s some impressive dancing, but for those other than ballet purists there’s little to help them engage. It makes sense that this act is often performed by ensembles in its own right – it works better as a standalone performance piece than as a narrative coda. The Sleeping Beauty is a beautiful production, and showcases the quality of the West Australian Ballet’s company. However, those who prefer their entertainment a little less saccharine may find Haydee’s candy-floss production not quite to their taste. Until 25 September ALEKSIA BARRON
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Other installations include a Jack and Jill inspired installation trying to make flowers grow with oil, a thousand budgerigars at the iCity kiosk and a flower breathing dragon in London Court. The path will lead up to Kings Park, which has its own floral installation of sorts. “I don’t know who they are and it will be a real surprise on installation day to see what other people have
come up with,” she says. “Hopefully it will pleasantly surprise people and challenge people’s thinking about the use of public space in the city and making public spaces beautiful and sharing art in a really accessible way.” WHAT: City In Bloom WHERE & WHEN: Throughout the CBD, Northbridge, and Forrest Chase Friday 17 September to Sunday 19
EXPRESS YOURSELF KULCHA Multicultural Arts of WA are now seeking expressions of interest from artists for their 2011 exhibition programme. Located in Fremantle, KULCHA are looking for those interested in monthly exhibitions. For full details head to kulcha.com.au.
visual impact with the large amount of colour on the wall.”
Madman The Japanese ninja-action-fantasy Goemon (2009) can be described as none other than epic. Tagged for western audiences as the legend of the Robin Hood of Japan, the film is loosely based on semi-historical figure who, in similar fashion, stole from the rich and gave to the poor. What begins as a seemingly simple tale of a ‘master thief’ outsmarting the local authorities, gives way to a magnificently, intricate narrative about honour, betrayal, revenge, love and power. In stealing a small, wooden box, Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi) unwittingly sets in motion a destructive chain of events. Friend becomes foe, foe becomes friend as he comes across the deadly ninja Saizo Kirigakure (Takao Ôsawa), the princess-in-the-tower Lady Chacha (Ryoko Hirosue) and the powerful Hideyoshi Toyotomi (Eiji Okuda) amongst a great number of others. Brimming over with colourful, graphic novel-type visuals, stunning special effects and fantastic action sequences and with the added a hint of the Hollywood blockbuster, the second film of director Kazuaki Kiriya is a big film meant for the big screen. And in watching it in
acting, sublime. Bruce Greenwood rivals veteran Bat Kevin Conroy in donning the Cowl, Neil Patrick Harris charms as Nightwing/Dick Grayson, and Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles nails the tragic and amoral Todd. But it’s John ‘Bender’ DiMaggio’s Joker who steals the show, creating a chilling and hilarious animated counterpart to Heath Ledger’s liveaction “super-sane” psychopath. And it’s violent (read: awesome). Simply: this film rocks. Extras-wise, there’s a lot here, but little worth checking out other than the sweet Jonah Hex short film and the trailer for the upcoming Superman/ Batman: Apocalypse. MITCH KNOX
BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD (TWO-DISC SPECIAL EDITION) Warner Home Video If you have not yet acquainted yourself with DC Comics’ series of direct-to-video film releases, latest effort Batman: Under The Red Hood is all the reason you need to get on board. Easily the strongest in a line which has had some pretty damn impressive releases anyway, Under The Red Hood draws on 1988’s A Death In The Family and 2005’s Under The Hood story arcs, which focused on the murder – and consequent return from the grave – of Jason Todd, Batman’s second Robin, recruited after original Boy Wonder Dick Grayson hit puberty and Bruce totally lost interest. The anime-style art and animation is sharp and well-executed; the voice
Smith’s folksy, fuddy-duddy charm translates well to television, particularly given the fact that he uses his well-known wealth to his advantage. Flying (himself) hither and thither, Smith is open about the fact it is his fortune that allows him to carve a stage upon the national consciousness and shed light on the ramifications of this ‘Big Australia’ assumption. Whether or not you take objection to his rather rose-coloured view of the good old days with quarter-acre blocks, Smith succeeds in one important area: he distinguishes the debate about immigration from calls of racism. Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle isn’t about ‘stopping the boats’ (on the contrary), rather a very timely call for an investigation into sustainability. His concern may sound exclusive and at times simplistic, but more than anything Smith’s snappy, colourful documentary seeks to pique your interest and get Australians talking about whether bigger is necessarily better. ALICE TYNAN
DICK SMITH’S POPULATION PUZZLE Ovation/DV9 Australian entrepreneur and icon-inthe-making Dick Smith is worried about our nation’s future. The concern centres on the oft-intoned desire for a ‘Big Australia,’ where ‘big’ could see our numbers swelling to 36 million by mid century. Smith’s plan is to jumpstart a national debate on the forecast, and the impact this will have on our climate, lifestyle, food and water supplies.
HARRY BROWN Icon Harry Brown has been touted as the UK’s answer to Gran Torino. Harry Brown is a British pensioner
EMMA played by Michael Caine – if you can imagine his infamous hard man Carter retiring penniless to a shithole of a flat in a dismal housing estate in a forgotten corner of Broken Britain, you’ll have a decent mental picture of Harry’s life. Harry has heaps on his plate. His hospitalised wife is barely able to recognise him. He lives in fear of the gangs of drug-dealing hoodie scum who are a cancer on the estate. When Harry’s mate Leonard falls victim to the gangs, this ex-Royal Marine and Northern Ireland veteran takes matters into his own hands. Backed into a corner, he buys a gun and turns vigilante – but two coppers, DI Frampton (the excellent Samantha Morton) and DS Hickok (Charlie Creed-Miles) start sniffing around. If all this sounds just a little daft – pensioner suffering from emphysema goes around shooting up chavs – well, it is, but Caine is one of the few men on Earth who could sell it. It’s not meant to be a literal story, one expects – it’s a modern urban Western, where the old gimmer comes out of retirement to clean up a mess. Morton is also great as the good cop who’s struggling to do the right thing in a police force run by numbskulls. BAZ McALISTER
SCOTT HENDERSON TALKS TO RISING STAR EMMA STONE ABOUT THE NEW TEEN COMEDY EASY A.
irebrand red hair, husky tones, moxie, and undeniably gorgeous; Emma Stone has the physical goods to set her apart from the next generation of Hollywood stars. They are qualities combined with considerable talent reminiscent of another young actress whose star has fallen recently. However, Stone has the maturity to avoid tabloid infamy. The comparison is all the more pertinent with Stone’s first leading in Easy A cut from the cloth as 2004’s high school hit Mean Girls. Both films feature an outsider teen who rises above the pack thanks to a sharp wit, challenging the accepted order of entrenched values and hierarchy that exists in the school. Losing their way temporarily as their acts take on a life of their own, both characters come of age through the experience. “I instantly related to the character,” says Stone. “Olive uses all these big words and makes silly puns and she’s well aware that what she’s doing is kind of dumb but can’t stop herself from doing it. There was so many things that make me feel kinship with the character, I felt that whether or not it was me, she deserved whoever it was that played her be willing to understand her. It would be easy to go very goofy with her, or read her the wrong way, and I was afraid that if it was the wrong actor they wouldn’t be true to this amazing character.” Losing your virginity can seem like the be all and end of growing up, although for some mere survival of puberty without a psychoanalyst’s dictionary of neurosis will do. When Olive gets caught in a lie about her own, it is her reputation that goes missing in action as a result. Unsure how to react, Olive instead opts to embrace her newfound faux
IN SEARCH OF BEETHOVEN Antidote Films The man behind the first featurelength documentary about Mozart (In Search Of Mozart) has turned his sights on the musician’s successor, Ludwig van Beethoven. Stylistically, Phil Grabsky’s portrait is no great shakes; it’s your stock standard birth-to-death tale as shared by talking heads, intercut with contemporary portraits and modern musical performances, all strung together by the plummy tones of narrator Juliet Stevenson. And yet because of this simplicity – or perhaps in spite of it – Grabsky manages to communicate Beethoven’s extraordinary genius in a way that is both easily accessible and marvellously entertaining. For those with only a passing knowledge of the musician and his works, the documentary expertly locates Beethoven in the context of late 18th to early 19th Century Vienna. Contending with the looming shadows of both Mozart and Haydn, Beethoven comes across as a brash, young upstart, keen to show off his prodigious talents by producing near-impossible piano concertos. Known to have a temper that almost matched his musical virtuosity, the various talking heads in this documentary are to some extent keen apologists, Beethoven’s Third Symphony is described as ‘a monster’; his Seventh, ‘an uppercut to the audience’. Such metaphors are accompanied by utterly compelling orchestral performances, as if the long gone, famously deaf composer was reaching through the ages to assert his rite of reply. ALICE TYNAN
I ROCK ABC/Roadshow Poet, philosopher, and arse clown Nash Taylor (Josh Mapleston) fronts cheesy indie outfit Boy Crazy Stacey, struggling in the none too friendly Sydney music scene and attempting to live the rock’n’roll dream. It takes a while to warm to this ABC series by writer and star Mapleston and director Rob MacDonald, but by about episode four of eight, the depth of the writing becomes apparent. Nash’s love interest Comet (Ashley Fitzgerald), initially somewhat cardboard, comes into her own, and the underlying seriousness of the subject matter rises quite spectacularly. Meanwhile, there are enough in-jokes, cameos, class A drummer jokes, and musical and cultural references to keep the inner rock geek in all of us happy. Like Deadwood’s Al Swearengen, Nash is a character that we loath at first but come to feel a strange affection for as the series builds to its hilarious crescendo when Boy Crazy Stacey somehow fluke a guest spot at the ARIAs. Stick with this better than average show, you’ll be glad you did, and pray for a second season, where the vast talent on display here gets a chance to really shine. TONY MCMAHON
promiscuity, much to the horror of various factions of the school body. “It’s very clear that Emma is an amazing actress,” waxes director Will Gluck, “she’s very modest and humble, so you don’t know how good she is. I went to her first choreography rehearsal and she was stunning, after which she tells me, ‘I took 12 years of dance’. And then she went into a room and recorded the song, and I was amazed. ‘Oh yeah, I took voice for 10 years, too.’” Despite her equally modest years, Stone career as a performer started out in earnest as a pre-teen with youth theatre where she discovered her passion for the stage and in particular improvisational comedy. It was this experience that planted the seeds of her early roles in comedies such as Greg Mottola’s Superbad (2007), The House Bunny (2008) with Anna Faris, and last year cult hit Zombieland. “Comedy is where my heart is so being around comedians is incredible,” says Stone of working with the likes of Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Jonah Hill and Faris. But does she see herself getting back into improv anytime soon? “I really don’t although I’m thinking about trying to get back into that again, to see if I can be involved with some type of group. I love it. I’ve been lucky enough to get to do it on some movies, though not so much in the last year. But before there was some improv in my parts and incorporating it is always fun because on stage you only really get one chance before it falls flat, on screen you get to try it a bunch of ways.” Stone isn’t complaining, nor will you catch her bemoan the fact that in the year since moving to New York she has barely had time to unpack let alone
explore her new backyard. The past six months have been spent commuting between Los Angeles and Mississippi shooting New York Times bestseller The Help in which she stars ahead of a remarkable cast of actresses, including Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, and Viola Davis. “Well, I think for me it just depends on the script. I don’t have an ultimate goal to try show my range or anything. I don’t ever want to play a part I don’t think I can play,” continues Stone. “I don’t want to put myself through that kind of thing, there has to be something I identify with.” That’s not to say the actresses hasn’t been enjoying the chance to stretch herself and find the number of career doors held open for her. The night before our interview Stone was up till 3.30am shooting a small part on Gluck’s next film Friends With Benefits, a part the director wrote for her. “It’s been nice to have the opportunity to be able to make more choices. I definitely would like to go home for a little while, see what sticks, what I’m into and re-evaluate life again… as always. This year has been incredible and it’s a pretty fulfilling job so I’m grateful for it.” You can expect to be seeing much more from Stone in the coming years and it’s highly unlikely to be in tabloid column inches. The actress has met with Paul Thomas Anderson for his next project The Master but is still waiting for news on casting. In the meantime she’ll be happy to spend a little more time just getting to know her neighbourhood.
minor cult status but as it is, it seems tame, diluted to a kind of sub American Pie level of gross-out. The central narrative is pretty forced, but the sub-plot about Drew falling for a strippin’ single mother (Marika Dominczyk) in a relationship based on hurling inventive insults ends up being quite sweet. You get the feeling it wants to be Swingers, but it’s just so much borrowed money. BAZ McALISTER
porno with the moral centre being the arse of our heroine. Brass is, of course, unrepentant about it. “Oh the memory can never forget the beauty of a young rump,” begins a pervy old man in Frivolous Lola, before priests start hornily sniffing the seat of our heroines bicycle. The dub is dodgy Italian into English, in fact in Brass’ quintessential film (aside from Caligula) The Key, they only bother to translate about half of it. The plot is of course a women lusting after the partner of her daughter, her husband discovering her yearnings and actively attempting to cultivate them. Just a typical evening in the suburbs for a loving family. It’s brimming with both boredom and genius, such as when the lovers are alone together he brays like a horse, she walks over to the mirror, bends over and lifts her skirt suggestively revealing her...well, guess. He charges, she jumps aside and he genital butts the mirror. Hilarious. There’s no doubt these films are frivolous and base, ruled by the libido not the intellect, that’s despite the lofty erotic intentions and great production values. But you have to admire Brass; particularly in his later films he refused to let plot get in the way of both nudity and dry humping, which is what his audience increasingly wanted. Yet it was his obsessions that made these films such a joy. The bizarre amoral ways in which the characters act and react, the copious arse obsession, the tedious irrelevant plot developments, it’s all gold. You have to wonder in this age of broadband penetration whether Brass is still relevant, yet it’s these quirks and unrepentant fetishes that raise this earnest erotica beyond sexploitation into, I’m going to say it, art. BOB BAKER FISH
I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL Paramount This is the story of a reprehensible bell-end of a man called Tucker Max (Matt Czuchry), a shit-eating grin on legs whose only mission in life is to get pissed, bang chicks, and wake up with a story to tell. You might be forgiven for doubting that such a sexist, cocksure waste of skin really exists – but he’s based on a real-life Tucker Max whose booze-fuelled exploits are chronicled in the 2006 New York Times bestseller I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. The film is loosely based on the Austin road-trip story from the book, where Tucker, his about-to-bewed mate Dan (Geoff Stults), and misanthropic video game nerd Drew (Jesse Bradford) roll out of town in search of a fabled strip club where touching is allowed. As much as Max is an evil, evil man, his prose stories are pretty entertaining. This screenplay, however, falls well short of the book. While written and produced by Max himself, it’s approximately one tenth as hardcore! Perhaps if he’d gone all out, the film would have attained
BARE BUMS & VOYEURS: THE STEAMY FILMS OF TINTO BRASS Umbrella Tinto Brass is Italy’s Russ Meyer, except where Meyer’s obsession with overly buxom women was embarrassing to the point of concern, Brass is a fan of the arse... to the point of concern. In fact at every conceivable moment Brass goes for the arse zoom. It’s hilarious. When our heroine in Transgression, the gorgeous Yuliya Mayarchuk, is forced to admit her infidelity there is a moment of uncomfortable silence. So to avoid embarrassment Brass zooms in on her arse. So what we’re seeing in this seven-disc box set collection of Brass classics is Meyer with a European sensibility. It’s all about the tease, a kind of softcore
WHAT: Easy A WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 16 September
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WITH ALEKSIA BARRON Sunday, 12 September, saw some of the best commercial television in recent times broadcasted across the nation. I almost can’t believe that I’m saying this, but the beacon of entertaining light that shone into my living room was none other than Junior MasterChef. It’s probably no surprise that I’m rather taken with this show – after all, I’ve followed two seasons of MasterChef with a fervour akin to addiction now. However, there’s something about Junior MasterChef that I realised is utterly unique, beyond the obvious fact of wildly talented ankle-biters whipping up meals of such complexity that it makes me want to procreate simply in the hopes of raising some brilliant, captive miniature chef for my own usage. What fascinated me most about Junior MasterChef is this: it’s the only programme I’ve seen in a long time which takes a group of articulate, intelligent young children and celebrates them. Children on television are usually depicted as either misbehaving terrors or wildly precocious miniature adults. In particular, the world of reality television has tended to focus almost exclusively on the worst-case scenarios of reproductive produce. However, even in the fictional world, children tend to be outright demons or suffering angels. The Simpsons set up the dynamic in its most classic form with the dichotomy of Bart and Lisa. Now, they’ve effectively passed
the torch straight along to the most successful household-oriented sitcom in years, Modern Family. It’s rare, you see, to see children simply being children on television. This is where watching Junior MasterChef was such a pleasant and unusual experience. Sure, these kids were hand-picked by producers, but unlike the adult version of the show, the brief didn’t seem to be to find the contestants who would cry and complain the whole time. These children not only cooked dishes that would put most accomplished home chefs to shame, but they conducted themselves with dignity. In fact, the lack of arrogant trash-talking, the encouragement of their fellow competitors and their gracious acceptance of the judges’ decisions made them look infinitely more mature than their adult counterparts – even after they retreated back to their mums for a sniffle and a hug. For their part, the judges seem to be relishing the chance to offer some genuine encouragement to their young competitors, and it was lovely to see Gary help rescue a little girl’s cake from disaster rather than standing to one side, needling her into a state of total psychological distress. It was an hour of entertaining television without the pathos or pandering that becomes the stock of these competition shows. Junior MasterChef could still disintegrate into a melting pot of tantrums. Until then, it’s got the competition whipped and flambéed.
WITH DIAGRAMS, PATTERS, SERIES, AND SYSTEMS THE FOCUS OF PICA’S CURRENT EXHIBITION LOVE OF DIAGRAMS, MATTHEW HOGAN CATCHES UP WITH CURATOR LEIGH ROBB.
epetitive art is explored in PICA’s current exhibition Love Of Diagrams. PICA curator Leigh Robb is in charge of her first group exhibition since taking over her role a year ago, and it sees a mix of Australian and international artists work using such mediums as drawing, collage, photography, painting, sculpture, and more. “It was a long running interest of mine,” she says, “which is connected to thinking about how artists process work or how they structure their ideas, or how they try and negotiate the gaps between certain ways of thinking and representation, and how they actually try and represent certain ideas they might have.” One of the main works on show is that of well-known Australian artists Joyce Hinterding, who returns to PICA with a significant new interactive work. “This is her major new solo work that we are presenting of hers called Aura, which is an interactive drawing that actually visitors can touch that emits a sound when you touch her graphite drawings, because they are connected to a circuit and a sound
system,” explains Robb. “It’s quite interesting.” Brazilian artist Jose Damasceno hasn’t had his work seen in Australia since it was shown at the Sydney Biennale in 2006, but Robb had the right connections to get his work to Perth so it could hang from PICA’s Westend Gallery ceiling. “Because I’ve worked with him for many years in London, I know his work very well, and there was a particular group of drawings where he’s used letraset and collage and ink on graph paper which are from 2006, and they are really a stunning selection of drawings, so I was able to borrow five of those from a private collector in London to show those. They give quite an insight into his practice, because it illustrates the way he thinks about time and space and philosophy, and those are quite important things to him. So there’s that work, and then there’s another recent work which is a hanging sculptural piece because Jose’s work is both sculptural and also very much drawing based because he started his practice as an architect.” With Peru’s Armando Andrade Tudela, the US/UK’s Bradford Bailey, and
Bosnia/France’s Bojan Sarcevic also exhibiting alongside Australian works from the likes of Maritsa Fraser and Natasha Dusenjko, Robb says it’s important to bring together art from different cultures. “It’s quite important to be situating Australian art practices together with South American and British and French and European practices,” she says. “In many cases the artists have made new work for the show, so a lot of it has been in a long running conversation with artists over the last
year. Bradford Bailey, David Thomson, Marita Fraser, and Natasha Dusenjko, they’ve all made new works specifically for the show. It’s the first time that the work by Armando Andrade Tudela and Bradford Bailey has been shown – they’re very big names overseas, so it’s really great to get to show them together with really great Australian artists as well.” WHAT: Love Of Diagrams WHERE & WHEN: PICA until Sunday 24 October
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