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SUFJAN STEVENS

ONE FOR THE AGES

While his sell-out Aus tour in 2008 didn’t make it to Perth, Sufjan Stevens returns to Australia this summer with his full live band, and has kindly placed Perth on his map. The self-taught Michigan musician is proficient in a large array of instruments including the oboe, recorder, banjo, guitar, piano, bass and more. Throughout the years Stevens has mastered electronic, spiritual, low-fi, pop, Christmas and folk-inspired genres, spanning from the ‘Fifty US States Project,’ (where the Michigan and Illinois albums were born) to such crazy visions as The BQE project. The Age Of Adz is Sufjan’s first full-length collection of originals since Illinois, and probably his most unusual; lacking the usual conceptual underpinnings and instead is more preoccupied with Stevens himself. Tickets go on sale Friday 12 November through ticketek.com.au to catch the spectacle on Thursday 3 February at Regal Theatre.

KE$HA

ANIMAL HOUSE

One of many huge names hitting our shores for Future Music Festival on Sunday 6 March at Arena Joondalup is Ke$ha. For those having a cry she’ll only be Sleazying it up for the 18+ crowd, the pop starlet will now also be sending Challenge Stadium into a frenzy on Monday 7 March (Labour Day Public Holiday) with a special ALL-AGES show, presented by Drum Media. After getting her big break in 2009 providing vocals on Flo Rida’s Right Round, she has experienced a rapid rise to superstardom thanks to her commercially successful debut LP Animal. See what all the fuss is about by grabbing your ticket through ticketmaster.com.au from 9am Thursday 18 November.

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION

EXPLOSION IN THE SKY

Anybody who witnessed The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion on their first visit to Australia in the early ‘90s as support to US hipster Beck would have seen a band seemingly possessed with the spirit of everything great rock’n’roll has to offer. A flat-out garage attack of diamond riffs, snarled vocals, blues hollering, funky drummer beats and tunes you can actually dance to. They haven’t been back here since 2005, but the legendary group is now confirmed to rock Rosemount Hotel on Thursday 13 January, presented by Drum Media. You know this band starts the amps at 11 and stay there. Tickets go on sale 9am next Tuesday, $49 plus BF from Moshtix, BOCS, 78’s or 1300 GET TIX. 10 • THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010

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Time is running out to cast your votes in the 2010 Perth Dance Music Awards, so jump on perthdancemusicawards. org before Thursday 18 November to vote in over 30 different categories! The awards ceremony on Sunday 12 December will again be held at Rosemount Hotel and, if previous soirées are anything to go by, it’ll be another kick-ass afternoon and eve for everyone. Providing the tunes between acceptance speeches will be Angry Buda, Kill Dyl, Sean Morrison, Philly Blunt, Devo, Deflo and Progress Inn. Entry is free. With Telethon on this weekend, there’s more than a few chances outside of the television box to catch some of your pop idols in action. This Saturday, take your underwear to be signed by Mark Vincent at 11am and Jess Mauboy at midday at Westfield Carousel’s Centre Stage, or by Stan Walker at 12.30pm or Amy Meredith at 1.30pm at Westfield Whitford City’s Outdoor Piazza – all acts singing and signing. Or you can catch Short Stack celebrating their new album with an appearance at Westfield Whitford City this Sunday 14 November at 3pm. Go on, stalk a popstar or ask Jess what a debutt is. In a rather interesting move, Future Entertainment and Mellen Events deliver the ‘Book Now, Pay Later’ initiative in time for the Future Music Festival, a first in WA. They’ve teamed up with Ticketmaster to give you the chance to reserve tickets to Future by paying an initial deposit and then have the remaining balance charged to your credit card on a fortnightly cycle. Look for the payment plan icon located on all FMF purchase pages on ticketmaster.com.au. A fancy way to celebrate all the ARIA winners performing at next year’s Southbound on January 1-3, Sunset are running a particularly sweet Aussie Bonza Bonanza Competition. On top of winning two Pampered Camper Deluxe tickets to Southbound, you’ll also be able to enjoy playing ping pong with Birds Of Tokyo, Cloud Control acoustic in your tent, beers backstage with Bliss N Eso, admiring Angus & Julia Stone from side of stage, signed wares from Washington and signed merchandise from all participating artists. And all you have to do is write an acrostic poem! Details on southboundfestival.com.au. Comp closes November 26.

WIRE

DOWN TO THE WIRE

For the first time, the incredibly influential and artful English post-punk gods Wire will be coming to Perth for one mind-blowing show at The Bakery. Wire’s 1977 debut album Pink Flag cemented them in the burgeoning UK post-punk scene, their obscure lyrical themes, unorthodox structure and minimal sound influencing musicians across the globe. The group’s diversity and talent is exemplified throughout their first three albums. Lush melodies ripped apart with vicious pop hooks, psychedelic undertones with trademark guitar assaults and post punk sensibilities, Wire’s brand of sound is as relevant today as when first released. The tour also coincides with their forthcoming album Red Barked Tree. $44 plus BF from lifeisnoise.com, Now Baking, ‘78s, Planet and Mills.

GANGS OF UK

The Gang Of Four finally break ground in Australia, and not just once in Perth either, and not only with old material. From 1979’s Entertainment!, ‘81’s Solid Gold, ‘82’s Songs Of The Free and on... one of the UK’s most influential late ‘70s seminal rock bands now return with new album Content. A trail of influence left scattered across the great march, a defiant rupture of radiant wreckage that one can’t avert attention from – the Gang Of Four are a band not to be missed. After they play Soundwave Monday 7 March, you can now also lock them in for a show at The Bakery on Tuesday 8 March, with special guests TB. Tickets from BOCS, ‘78s, Mills, Planet and oztix.com.au.

TANGLED HEARTS

One of the most anticipated releases of 2010, The John Steel Singers’ Tangalooma, is set to hit stores and online this Friday. It’s already received critical acclaim and was named triple j feature album of the week to kick off Ausmusic Month. To celebrate, the Brisbane sextet hit the road for their biggest headline tour yet. Produced by elder statesman of pop The Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster, Tangalooma is a gem of experimental indie. Get a taste of it live Friday 10 December at Amplifier or Saturday 11 December at Mojo’s. $15 plus BF or $18 on the door, and supported by up‘n’comers Wolves At The Door and Split Seconds.

DIE SLOW

Following their stunning performance at Beck’s Music Box earlier this year, the Californian experimental noise-punk kings Health return to Perth with a classified clusterfuck of epic proportions at The Bakery. Combining elements of noise, post-punk and electronic instrumentalism, Health’s skewed structure teeters on the borderline of insanity, while still appearing considered and consequently neatly executed. The tour is hot on the heels of their second remix album DISCO2. Support from Injured Ninja and The Wednesday Society, plus DJs Gemma Pike and Kate Chip. $39 plus BF from lifeisnoise.com, Now Baking, Planet, ‘78s and Mills.

BRITISH ISLES

Melbourne indie darlings British India’s star continues to rise in Australia with the band achieving their second top 10 album in 16 months. After bursting onto the scene in 2007 with their award winning debut Guillotine they followed quickly in 2008 with their ARIA-nominated Thieves and latest album Avalanche hit the ARIA Top 10 in May 2010. With a huge national touring base, British India are one of Australia’s hottest and exciting young live bands and you can catch them tearing apart Players Bar in Mandurah on Friday 19 November, and the Narrogin Rev Heads Festival on Saturday 20.

BUTT OUT

Quiet, unassuming and mysterious, Martin Buttrich used to be the quintessential silent studio partner. In collaboration, he’s produced pop (The Sugarbabes), Italo house (Sounds of Life) and progressive (over one hundred collaborations with Timo Maas). He’s even been nominated for a Grammy, remixing Tori Amos. It wasn’t until 2006 that Buttrich came to prominence under his own name, releasing 12”s on Four:Twenty, Poker Flat and Carl Craig‘s Planet-E. Buttrich still collaborates, chiefly working behind the studio desk for Loco Dice, and Friday 19 November the Hierarchy crew bring him to Geisha with support from Aarin F, Kid Deep and Cam Duff. $25 from Moshtix.


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LOCAL LOVIN’

There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we ain’t just talking about the fact the ARIA telecast suffered instant karma from not giving WA enough of the pointy ones. The annual FTI Quiz Night hits up the Mt Hawthorn Hall this Saturday 13 November with an impressive list of prizes including film passes, books, make up, bicycles and more. So for a fundraiser this weekend that doesn’t involve Geoff Newman, book your spot or table by calling 9431 6700. Luxe Bar have just announced their New Years line-up to kick start 2011 with I’11umminate featuring Resort live, plus DJs Jonno Choy, Marc Allen and Feminem plus VJzoo. The Luxe Bar New Years have sold-out since 2001, so best book early through bamboobamboobamboo.com. The 20th birthday of the Sambanistas drum group is being marked not only with loud drums through Northbridge on Saturday 20 November, but a trail of zombies, dancers, stilt walkers and more, making it the largest tribal zombie event ever in Perth. They are also holding a drum workshop this Saturday 13 November on the Fremantle Esplanade. Tell us all about your upcoming launch, tour or news by emailing music@drumperth.com.au.

CAN-DO

Former vocalist for improvisational Krautrock band Can, Damo Suzuki (Canada) performs at The Bakery this Friday 12 November, playing with The Tigers and Craig McElhinney. Suzuki was Can’s on their classic albums Tago Mago, Future Days and Ege Bamyasi, and he now travels the world performing live improvisations with what he terms “sound carriers”; usually a stellar ensemble of local and/or international musicians who globally comprise Damo Suzuki’s Network. Tickets from nowbaking.com.au.

CRACK THE WHIP

Everyone knows Perth’s a haven for awesome music talent and to celebrate RTRFM unleashes Whippersnappers, a night of fine up-and-coming local acts, competition winners and rising stars. Topping the fun(d)raising bill is the much-lauded Split Seconds, plus this year’s National Campus Bands Competition winners The Caballeros, recent RTRfm favourites Seams, Mojo Rising winners Sonpsilo Circus, WAM Song Of The Year winner Georgi Kay and My Big Gig winners Fat Jackal. Tickets $15/10 through rtrfm.com.au and nowbaking.com.au.

NEEDS MORE SOUL

As if playing their first ever full live band shows in Australia wasn’t enough, the Gorillaz have now added two stellar support acts in Long Island hip hop impresarios De La Soul and Swedish electro pop outfit Little Dragon. De La Soul need no introduction, and have a strong link with the Gorillaz after they collaborated on hit single Feel Good Inc. Little Dragon meld a whirlwind of off-beat indie hooks with crisp electronic beats. Like you needed extra excuses to see Gorillaz in the flesh... Tickets on sale through ticketek.com.au for their show at Burswood Dome, Monday 6 December.

BABY DONE BAD

Platinum-selling artist, award-winning singer (including two Grammy noms), acclaimed actor, TV star, charismatic showman and all-round great guy, Chris Isaak returns to Kings Park & Botanic Gardens on Wednesday 16 March. There are few performers like Chris Isaak; from crooner to retro-cool-rocker to one of the most sensitive songwriters of the past 20 years, Isaak is a man of many successful personas. His band Silvertone, featuring Kenney Dale Johnson on drums, will be accompanying him. A variety of different ticket options (eg general admission, VIP) go on sale 9am Wednesday 17 November.

QUESTION TIME

Melbourne based trio An Easier Question are known for melting faces with incredible live shows. Sporting a new stripped-back line-up the boys are tighter than ever. The band consists of three brothers with a penchant for off-kilter time signatures, chunky riffs and turn-on-adime shifts in tempo. Catch them at Rocket Room Friday 12 November with Mercurial, Opia and Sparring For Shotgun ($10 entry); Saturday 13 at Rosemount Hotel with The Meaning Of, The Siren Tower and Serial Killer Smile ($15 entry); and Sunday 14 with Injured Ninja, Fall Electric, Chris Cobilis and Craig McElhinney.

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Some heavy-hitting extra talent has been added to the final line-up for the 2011 Good Vibrations Festival this coming February, so prepare yourselves: Kiwi cousins Fat Freddy’s Drop and shooting Australian stars Bag Raiders, Agent 86, Spenda C, Samrai and Nick Findlay have just joined the impressive list of tourists to Perth, while Perth’s own heroes Charlie Bucket, Shazam, Blud, Aarin F, Ben Mac, The Transients, Boys Boys Boys!, Death Disco DJs, Flex, Jus Haus?, Knowledge Bones, Marty Mcfly, Micah, Mind Electric and Philly Blunt round out the list. They join the likes of Faithless, Phoenix, Friendly Fires, Rusko and Fake Blood for what is sure to be another cracking Good Vibes at the Claremont Showgrounds, Sunday 20 February. Please note the promoters have confirmed that no sideshows will be happening. Tickets through gvf.com. au, moshtix.com.au, Live and ‘78s.

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After lightening our souls on their Australia debut earlier this year, Mayer Hawthorne & The County return in February, bringing with them some fresh material from their upcoming album. Mayer has been immersed in music for as long as he can remember. Mayer dropped his debut LP last year and took out 2009’s award for Drum Media’s best beats release in our annual poll! Expect another round of awe-inspiring live performances from this Drum-presented event on Wednesday 16 February at The Bakery. Tickets from nowbaking.com.au.

With their energetic live shows and mix of modern punk, post hardcore and alternative, Sydney four-piece Caulfield hit the road to launch their debut album, Clarity In A Sea Of Confusion. In a short lifespan they’ve already supported Buried In Verona, Vanstorm, Pledge This!, Vegas In Ruins and Hands Like Houses, and signed a deal with New Justice Records. Caulfield bring their show to Oh Snap! (Black Bettys), Thursday 9 December; YMCA HQ (Leederville) Friday 9; and Elliot St Bar in Bunbury, Sunday 11 December.

NOT SO DEMURE

After a series of blistering shows across Europe, the US and Japan late this year, New York’s notorious metallers Emmure finally make the long-anticipated return down under for their first ever headline shows. With the impending release of their fourth album, the band is keen to demonstrate why they have already earned the support of an army of fans, with the help of Sydney heavyweights Shinto Katana. They’re playing two shows on Sunday 16 January; an all-ages gig at Cockburn Youth Centre and then later that night at Amplifier. Tickets on sale Tuesday 23 November from Oztix.

PROOF IN THE PUDDING

Sunday 14 November is a very important date for one of Perth’s coolest live music joints, Manhattans Bar. The Damn The Man: Soundproofing Fundraiser has been arranged with the contribution of many people in the WA music scene. Bands playing in the arvo, evening and night will be Cal Peck & The Tramps, Horny Pony, Hootenanny, Scotch Of St James, Fear Of Comedy, Like Junk, The Painkillers and more, plus DJs, an Art Auction and vintage sale from 10am. If you haven’t been to Manhattans before, your visit now will be pivotal to the venue as every dollar will count in reducing the sound levels that have caused venue-threatening complaints. Entry is $10 for a great cause.

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The UK’s Adsorb has made quite a name for his signature style of breakbeat and electro house, and is notorious for delivering against-the-grain dancefloorigniting breakbeat re-edits (including Dizzee Rascal’s Bonkers, Montezuma by Wolfgang Gartner and a twisted breaks version of MGMT’s Kids). He’s also worked with Krafty Kuts and managed the award-winning Kenwood Studios in Sheffield. Saturday 27 November with support from Dead Easy, Marty McFly, Micah and Bulk China. Limited $15 presales from the Boomtick website.

Victorian purveyor of stark, gloomy, melancholic folk floating above melodic guitar compositions, A. Wallace conjures narratives of failure, heartbreak and desolation, illuminated by an incredible vocal range. Rolling on from the recently sold-out split cassette with Tom Hall on Melbourne’s Sunshine & Grease and most recently a split 7” with Drumheller, he plays Friday 3 December at RTRfm (11am live on-air); Saturday 4 at Kulcha with Craig McElhinney, Gilbert Fawn and Silver Bulletin (8pm, $12/15); Sunday 5 at The Third Gallery (above Zekka on King St) with Desperate House, Sun Council and Callum G’Froerer (12pm, $5); Monday 6 at The Bird with Splendid Friends, Carbuncle and Chris Cobilis (8pm, free).

SURE-FIRE YULETIDE

Returning for their annual Christmas tour are Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing for a short run of shows in the midst of December. This will be their tenth Sure Thing Xmas Tour and will no doubt be some memorable live shows. With special guests Van Walker from Melbourne and local lads The Jayco Brothers in tow, it’s a yuletide pub experience to the max. Friday 10 December sees them at Norfolk Basement (8pm, tickets from heatseeker.com.au or on the door), Saturday 11 they’re at Ravenswood (Van Walker only, heatseeker.com.au and door) and Sunday 12 at The Oxford Hotel (4pm, tickets on door).

NEVER PHRASE

After a twelve-month hiatus, Phrase is back to deliver a taste of his new album due for release in March 2011. Never Fade was written and produced by Phrase and marks his return to the radio waves to give listeners an insight into what promises to be the boldest album yet. Joining him on these dates will be very special guest M-Phazes: Thursday 25 November at Rocket Room, Friday 26 at Players Bar (Mandurah), Saturday 27 Royal Palms Resort (Busselton, Movember fundraiser), and Sunday 28 at the Newport. Moshtix.com.au and heatseeker.com.au for tickets.

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LOCAL NEW WAVE PIONEER JAMES FREUD PASSED AWAY LAST WEEK. ANDREW MAST REFLECTS ON THE ARTIST’S LIFE AND HIS CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIAN MUSIC.

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confess that as a kid I wanted to be James Freud. The minute I first saw him on Countdown, that was it. I stole one of my dad’s old suit jackets, “borrowed” eyeliner from my sister and fashioned a handkerchief into a bandana. Looking into the mirror, I was seeing Freud. Until Freud appeared in my life my pop idols had all been imported. Unlike Blondie and XTC – and other radio and Countdown-influenced obsessions – Freud was making these sounds here. Freud was my gateway drug to the local live music scene. However, when Freud rolled into my neck of the woods, I was not allowed to attend his gig – he was playing the local pub instead of the family-friendly environs of the local cinema where the likes of Cilla Black performed when they toured. At the time I thought Freud had landed like a bolt from the big smoke. Like many teens switching onto Freud at that time, I was unaware of his history in the local burgeoning punk scene (all news of punk was filtered from UK press and ABC magazine shows ‘reporting from London’). Born Colin McGlinchey in 1959, Freud had been turned onto punk via Sex Pistols and the like. Already making music as a teen, Freud and his bandmate of the time, Sean Kelly, mutated their line-up into punkier outfit The Spred. In late 1977, they became Teenage Radio Stars and experimented with an amalgamation of glam and punk (just as UK bands Japan and Simple Minds, inspired by New York Dolls, were also attempting at the time). Teenage Radio Stars were one of the first local punk bands to start getting

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regular gigs in Melbourne and so were featured on 1978 Australian punk compilation Lethal Weapons (alongside The Boys Next Door and Jab). One of their tracks, Wanna Be Your Baby, was lifted as a single in April 1978 and straight off the bat, Freud was bucking the trend as the track steered away from the no rules, loose-andbrash style of others in the punk scene. Freud was already creating carefully-structured songs with smart lyrics and memorable hooks. Kelly left to form Models, leaving Teenage Radio Stars to evolve into James Freud & The Radio Stars and sign to Mushroom. Modern Girl was released in May 1980 and our first new wave star was born. Freud exuded a rock star swagger that made him a pin-up idol. But he also sported dyed hair and eye make-up, meaning Freud was also a hero of a disaffected youth movement ready to lap up his new wave posturings – a gateway sound to the underground, if they dared. That’s when Freud entered many of our lives, one of those crazy pop blips that, in hindsight, you realise would never happen now. Trips to

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the UK followed a debut album and sessions recorded with UK electro star Gary Numan were aborted and the band quickly dissolved. Freud re-entered the public arena when he re-teamed with Kelly as Models’ new bass player. This partnership proved a major artistic and commercial success for both artists. Their 1983 Models album The Pleasure Of Your Company was a monumental achievement (and recently listed in a new book as one of the ‘100 Best Australian Albums’ of all time – it ranks #46), it sparks with electronic experimentation while straddling an accessible pop sensibility. Freud began to share vocal duties with Kelly and fronted the wonky electronica-based cut Facing The North Pole In August on this first album with Models. In 1985 Models scored their two biggest hits Barbados and Out Of Mind Out Of Sight – both written and sung by Freud. The Out Of Mind Out Of Sight album was an epic sounding blue-eyed funk workout and produced five singles. But one album later and it was all over, as the band split in ’88. Freud followed his Model-ling career with a variety of projects, including a stint in post-new wave supergroup Beatfish, also featuring Mental As Anything’s Martin Plaza. After that Freud continued to pursue a solo career and occasionally participated in reunion shows with Models, triumphantly performing with Kelly as a part of 2006’s Countdown Spectacular arena tour of Australia. Most startlingly though, Freud achieved success with two biographies, I Am The Voice Left From Drinking (in 2002) and I Am The Voice Left From Rehab (in 2007). The books shed light on Freud’s battle with alcoholism and his attempts at recovery. Most recently Freud had been concentrating his efforts on managing the band his two sons, Harrison and Jackson, had formed called Attack Of The Mannequins. As with Freud’s own early musical career, the Mannequins are glam-influenced, albeit in a more hard rock manner and had spent time based Stateside where there has been growing interest for them in LA. Freud’s legacy lives on. In light of Freud’s passing, Models cancelled their 2011 tour where they were due to play their Local &/Or General album in its entirety, which included a date at the Beck’s Music Box for Perth Festival. Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 or MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 if you are in need of immediate assistance or talk to someone you trust.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT With only about 50 odd days left in 2010, New Years celebrations are getting close. Here at the office we can already taste the celebratory drinks as we discuss where to spend the last few hours of the year. One event that’s presenting a particularly rad way to spend the eve at is Countdown To New Years Eve, with eight-piece legends of good times Arrested Development headlining, and support coming from Gentlemen Of Leisure and everybody’s favourite horn-chestra, The Brow Horn Orchestra. It’s the third year that The Funk Club and Salt On The Beach have put together a New Years show on the North Fremantle beach, and is sure to go off again. To pick up one of FIVE DOUBLE PASSES to the New Years Beach party, email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “BEACH DEVELOPMENT” in the subjectline and tell us the second word that is missing to each of these hit songs of theirs: “Mr.…” and “People…” Music and fashion don’t only come together to create tight black jeans, sometimes they come together in a way as sexy as Wasted Days & Wasted Nights. Presented by fashionistas Wasteland and Subway DC, Wolfe Lane car park will be turned into a celebration of art, fashion and music on Saturday 20 November as the boutiques show off their new season to DJs, live music and a collision of art forms. To pick up one of FIVE double passes, and hence your chance to attend one of the hippest parties of the year, email giveaways@drumperth. com.au with “WASTED & READY” in the subjectline.

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NEVER-ENDING SONIC STORY MORE FROM SLICK RIC’ A man who has been around as long as Ricardo Villalobos obviously has plenty to say, and here’s a few extra select quotes from the man. On running his own label, Sei Es Drum: “I run my label but it’s really rare, like one or two records per year. And it’s only when something really needs to come out that I will just do it. If it’s something that concerns a lot of people but still only on vinyl, of consequence, then I’ll bring it out.” On playing back-to-back with other DJs: “To share the possibility of playing in a nice situation with some friends is great. Also sometimes it can help them to get more attention and also because with some DJs it’s like brotherhood, like soul brothers playing together and you are one. This is all with Richie [Hawtin] in the earlier days as well. It’s really like, sometimes something bad will happen, but I really like to share these situations with my friends and there’s something really good about sharing that experience.”

IT’S BEEN EIGHT LONG YEARS SINCE MINIMAL AND TECH LEGEND RICARDO VILLALOBOS PLAYED IN AUSTRALIA. HE GIVES TROY MUTTON THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT HE’S BEEN UP TO SINCE THEN; MAINLY A LONG AND POSSIBLY NEVER-ENDING JOURNEY INTO SOUND.

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hen Drum Media catches up with Ricardo Villalobos in his studio he sounds tired, but it’s not the usual DJ’s excuse of a big night the previous evening, rocking some club in exotic lands. Rather it’s something a little more mundane. “I’m good, it’s morning but I’m good. I had to take my children to kindegarten so I am awake now,” he laughs, a little begrudgingly. Having been in the business of producing/ DJing since the late ‘80s, it’s hardly a surprise there’s very adult aspects to his life now, but it certainly hasn’t affected his desire to keep doing what he’s doing. “For me the most valuable thing is to be together with my family, but I have to do my job. From time to time I have to separate. It’s not easy sometimes. And as long as my health is permitting it – my ears and my health in general are making it possible for me to go on – I want to give more time to producing music in the studio too.” And when your job is making music you enjoy and then playing it out for people, why shouldn’t you keep going? Having been on the scene for the better part of 20 years, Villalobos has seen the electronic music world, and in particular DJing, evolve over time and over different mediums, throughout which he has remained very much a traditionalist at heart. “For me it hasn’t changed so much. I’ve been playing the same style of music for the best part of 20 years. I’m still playing a mix of house, percussion and rhythm music, and I’m still playing with records.” That’s not to say he doesn’t see the advantage of new mediums, but only to a certain degree. “Of course what changed is playing with CDs. When you play with CDs you have to think more about what you’re doing. What’s even worse is playing with computers. I couldn’t imagine playing with laptops and things like Traktor; it’s hard to identify between songs and what comes next you know. I prefer to play with records forever.” CDs do come with benefits though; the fresh and/or rare tracks that make up Villalobos’s musical arsenal at his gigs. “It means I’m playing my own productions and friend’s previously unreleased productions, which are the secret weapons you have with CDs.”

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Villalobos was born in the Chile before he moved to Germany with his parents to escape a military coup, but it’s a combination of harnessing South American sounds and combining them with his German heritage, along with some classical and jazz thrown in there, which has

THIS SOUTH AMERICAN MUSIC AND THIS FEELING OF LIFE AND ENJOYING MUSIC IS ABSOLUTELY INSIDE MY CONCEPT OF PLAYING RECORDS AND ENJOYING PARTYING.”

seen him become one of the world’s biggest DJs. He regularly rocks arguably the world’s most famous club, Fabric, and in 2008 was named dance music website Resident Advisor’s number one DJ in their Top 100 DJs poll. It all seems a far cry from his youth, a time he looks back on fondly and one that played a big role in shaping his interest in how music affects people today. “I grew up in Germany but at home I was always in Chile, being in South America, listening to South American music and chilling and having kitchen parties with the friends of my parents. All the people coming from South America were always together, partying together and dancing together in any situation – being very happy people, you know.” It was the Chilean’s constant bright outlook on life that has understandably inspired Villalobos to enjoy the good things in life. “Though they were separated from their homes and forced to live in an exile situation, it was always a very positive and fun time of my life. So of course this South

American music and this feeling of life and enjoying music is absolutely inside my concept of playing records and enjoying partying.” It was these good times and his passion for South American music that has lead to many of his productions having that distinctive South American feel, particularly in the percussion. But it spans lots of different genres, some not as obvious as others, all the while his own background in music playing just as big a role. “It’s like the extension of rhythm and partying and the journey situation you have on the dancefloor. Yeah, it’s the extension. It’s like I’ve been listening to jazz music all my life but I’m also a musician; I play percussion and drums and am really in contact with a lot with rhythm. But also a lot of folk music from South America. But it’s all melted together, you know like Brazillian music or Cuban music as well.” It’s then the conversation turns to the true driving force behind his production and DJing; he just wants to explore sound and what effect it has on you, the punter, when he plays it in a club or under the festival sky. “[Producing and DJing are] like jamming; entering the world of frequencies, the wide range of frequencies and what they do to our psychology and why we are dancing to it. And the journey factor, all these things. I’m in constant research with sound.” When it’s suggested that this is what drives him to keep making new music, he get’s deeper into his interest in how people react during a Ricardo Villalobos DJ set. “It’s like [trying] to find out the truth about the dancefloor; making people move and what they feel, and I’m constantly thinking about that. It’s not really a concious thinking though. It’s like a subconscious process and program in your mind which is also like loving the party,” he says before admitting it’s not all about us. “Having fun with my friends, that is of course the other driving force.” Like so many producers and artists before him, Villalobos’ journey into sound clearly borders on

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The difference (or lack-of) playing to festival and club crowds: I risk a lot in front of all crowds so there’s not much difference really. There’s always experimenting some new sounds and melodies. I’m always doing it, in front of 20,000 people or 500 people. Of course the smaller crowd is more specialised and you can see the people and look into their eyes and get a different connection but I love to play big festivals too.”

obsession, something he triumphantly admits. “Definitely! I’m sitting here in my studio just trying to find new things. Sometimes it’s a lot of crap but it’s interesting. Like last year I didn’t do so many records, but more research. I record a lot of stuff but it’s not really useful for anything except as a developing period for myself.” Not surprisingly, while he does refer to all of this as his ‘job’, he knows how good a job it is. “It’s still not work for me. It’s just really organised and professional fun that I’m doing.” Speaking of ‘work’, it’s been a couple of years since 2008’s Vasco, so you know he’s already looking ahead to 2011 and beyond for future releases. “I’m having a new album coming out and also an electronic jazz project coming out on a very well-known jazz label who I can’t mention yet,” seduces Villalobos, before that obsessive side creeps back in and he reveals it’s not all business. “I’ll also be looking for new sounds for dancing as well as relaxing. And for me it’s like researching, and I’m so into it; exploring, trying to collect some experiences.” As previously mentioned, it has been a while between drinks for Australian fans of the maestro of minimal, and Villalobos is as excited as anyone not only to return to our shores, but see what experiences he can get out of Aussie crowds, particularly in reaction to his ‘rhythm formula’. “I’m really very curious to see how it (Australia) has developed with people and electronic music. But I have a rhythm formula, and it works anywhere. It’s like a universal language which is connected with all kinds of culture. I’m sure it’ll be lots of fun,” he says with what you can tell is a big grin on his face. “Its like a new experience, it’s been a long time, but the rhythm formula is working for sure, always!” WHO: Ricardo Villalobos WHEN & WHERE: Stereosonic – Sunday 28 November, Claremont Showgrounds


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PRISONERS OF ROCK JUST BEFORE THEY GET READY TO LOCK THEMSELVES INTO THE STUDIO TO START RECORDING THEIR NEW ALBUM, THE LIVING END HEAD WEST TO PLAY THE JD SET GIG ON ROTTNEST ISLAND. CHRIS CHENEY SPEAKS TO MARCIA CZERNIAK ABOUT GETTING BACK ON STAGE AND GETTING A TAN.

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fter a year of almost silence, The Living End are back with another album in the works and a gig on one of WA’s most iconic tourist spots, Rottnest Island, as part of The JD Set. Lead singer Chris Cheney he says he’s excited about getting back on stage. “We haven’t been doing many shows at all, so, yeah, we jumped at it. We have kind of been just stuck in our writing and rehearsal phase and it is very, very important to our career because the effort we put into that now will be a reward later on, but for us it is about playing live and getting on stage,” he says with an eagerness that hints he can’t wait to get back out there. “It will almost be a year since we played a proper show. In the old days we wrote and recorded and toured but now we do these blocks. We toured the last record for a year and a half and then we just stopped playing. It is very strange so we’re very excited about getting back into it. “One of the perks of being in a rock and roll band, if there weren’t enough already with the travelling and all the other stuff that goes along with it, is being able to go to beautiful places and play. It is a real privilege to still be doing music as a job and I suspect that the gig over there is going to be rockin’ in Rottnest. Plus, any chance to get a tan,” laughs Cheney. Just as The JD Set gives emerging bands the chance to play alongside an established act, The Living End also got their first big break thanks to Green Day. “I find it really inspiring to not lose touch with younger bands and see what they are up to… and maybe try and nick some of their ideas,” he saying jokingly before recounting their humble beginnings and how they got their own first big break. “We were all still living at home at that point. We used to be a covers band and we played originals on the weekends and as this covers band we did functions playing ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll but we never wanted to be that, we wanted to be a real band writing our own songs. So we did a demo and we heard that Green Day were coming out and we sent them a copy. “We didn’t know anything about how the industry worked or the right channels to go through but we ended up getting a call from the local agent here saying our tape had gotten to them and Billy had heard it

and we were chosen. We had only ever played a gig in Sydney at that point and it was just such an eyeopening experience. They ended up taking us back to America a couple of times and we signed to Reprieve [Warner Bros.] over there which is the label they were on so we were kind of forever in their debt from then on. “The music industry here was like, who the fuck are The Living End? I think the punk rock community was up in arms, like hang on a second, who are these guys? Shouldn’t it have gone to Bodyjar or One Inch Punch or someone more established? But it was great, we were so naïve we didn’t know how anything worked and that is how it should be.” Over a decade has passed since that first tour and as they get set to record their sixth studio album, Cheney says the new material is sounding good. “We’re about 30 songs in as far as writing and demo-ing goes and there is about one month to go before we record so I am hoping to get a few more. The thing with me is I don’t like to stop writing until the CD is in the packet on the shelf. I kind of have to be dragged away from the studio at the last minute ‘cause you never know when that last idea is going to come. All I seem to do at the moment is write, sleep and eat occasionally; it’s all consuming really. “Like with any band we could make two or three different records and I wouldn’t say that is a good thing. We sort of pride ourselves of being fans of different kinds of music styles and adaptable but I think the problem with that is you can confuse people. When I lived in New York at the start of the year I wrote a few songs on GarageBand. So using GarageBand loops and some strings I created songs that are really different from anything that The Living End have ever done. I brought it home and showed the guys thinking that they wouldn’t like them and they would just be shelved and I would maybe do something with them later on, but they really loved them. “So there is that and then there are these shows we have been playing down here, like these secret shows playing like eight or nine new songs and they are all the really foot-stomping rock’n’roll type songs and then there are a couple of acoustic tracks too. The feedback

we got from people was really positive and they made the comment that it sounds really fresh, it sounds like you guys but it sounds like the next logical step for you, which is really good to hear. “So it is really going to come down to what type of record we want to make and we want to make a good one but we don’t want to confuse people with the direction. We haven’t been critiquing ourselves or censoring it, I just like to get it all out and hopefully that will dictate the way we go. I would say the overriding element is that it is groove based and the riffs are kind of heavy but the drumming is really groovy. I don’t want people to get the wrong idea of groovy though. Not like 311 groovy, I mean more like late ‘70s, early ‘80s postpunk XTC, really tough sounding with really cool beats underneath instead of just the typical kind of punk rock or swing beats we have done in the past. “So that is really exciting for us because the thing that stood out on the last record which kind of gave us this creative burst was the riff in How Do We Know, you know the octave kind of thing. It was more of a funky, heavy, Rage Against The Machine kind of thing, but we have sped all that up on this record and those songs are really standing out. It is just a matter of finding the right balance and it is good because we don’t feel like we are repeating ourselves what so ever.” While some Australian bands may be calling it quits and slowing down, there is no farewell tour on the horizon for this trio. “I hope not, we are not over the hill just yet and we feel hungry as ever and song writing wise I just feel I am getting better at that. I really believe it is a craft and you have to work at it and like any creative output it is a matter of working at it and trying to improve. I think as players we are better musicians than ever before. It isn’t supposed to work that way in rock and roll, but I don’t subscribe to that and I think this is definitely going to be our best record yet. I am so excited about the songs. They are just more formed and better than anything on White Noise already so it is good. I mean we have had to work at it but as I said before you get out what you put in.”

MUSIC THE INDUSTRY HERE WAS LIKE, WHO THE FUCK ARE THE LIVING END? I THINK THE PUNK ROCK COMMUNITY WAS UP IN ARMS, LIKE HANG ON A SECOND, WHO ARE THESE GUYS? SHOULDN’T IT HAVE GONE TO BODYJAR OR ONE INCH PUNCH OR SOMEONE MORE ESTABLISHED? BUT IT WAS GREAT, WE WERE SO NAÏVE WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW ANYTHING WORKED AND THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE.”

WHO: The Living End WHAT: The JD Set WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 28 November, Hotel Rottnest, Rottnest Island

PRESENTING… THE OWLS Joining The Living End and Gyroscope on stage at Hotel Rottnest is Newcastle band, The Owls. Formed in 2008 and featuring Josh Bailey on vocals, Lewis Gillespie on bass, Dan Fleming on guitar and Matthew McDonough on drums, this four-piece beat out five other bands (which for the first time in JD history included two local bands; The Scotch Of St James and Good Little Fox) in a public voting system to score support act. Fusing blues, rock and maybe a little country, their foray west for this gig is bound to be interesting. With a recently released selftitled EP demonstrating their promise, keep an ear out for their first single Go, Let It Go – it’s bound to shake up Rotto and get it ready for a great afternoon of music.


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BACK IN TRAINING RETURNING WITH A NEW EP AFTER TWO WILDERNESS YEARS THAT SAW HIM MAKE HEADLINES FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, TIME APPEARS TO HAVE REINVIGORATED AND MELLOWED THE CONTROVERSIAL CHARACTER KNOWN AS MUSCLES SPEAKS TO TRISTAN BURKE.

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econd album syndrome is a well-documented affliction, but when it comes to Australian dance labels, few have suffered the malady’s effect quite like Modular. After a decade spent waiting for The Avalanches to follow-up Since I Left You, rumours swirling of titanic member fall-outs and entire albums scrapped, the collective is still reportedly ‘clearing samples’. And while a comparatively acceptable three years have elapsed since Guns Babes Lemonade had neon-swathed festival kids chanting its catchy refrains, creator Muscles has courted far greater controversy. Late 2008 saw the Melbournian likening his stable to “a blind threelegged conjoined-twin kitten”, as he accused it of bumping him from the bill of artist showcase Nevereverland, before reportedly threatening to sue. And despite announcing the following January that his second album was “90 per cent done”, a year later people were no closer to hearing evidence of Manhood’s existence. This month sees Muscles finally return with new material, and though it’s a five-track EP rather than the expected long-player, Younger & Immature is nevertheless a rollicking party piece that plays to its producer’s strengths, and finds him measurably less aggrieved in conversation than the contentious persona that came before. “After Guns Babes Lemonade’s unexpected success, I got the point where I was supporting artists like Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers, and I really wasn’t prepared for all the stuff that was happening, and was sort of learning as I went along,” a relaxed and humble Muscles openly admits. “I really thought I needed to lift my game, so as soon as I finished touring I wanted to get straight back into songwriting, but I made the mistake of just sitting in the studio six hours a day and trying to force myself to write songs, until I realised it wasn’t really working. “Now I know that in order to make songs, in order to be inspired, you need to just push yourself out of your comfort zone, do things that you normally wouldn’t do; go out and see new bands or DJs, meet new people, go to new places. From a lyrical point of view, it’s important to have experiences like that – something new generally inspires creation.” Younger & Immature, to the surprise of many, sees Muscles retain his Modular home. His assertion that the high-profile fracas was essentially “a storm in the teacup” born from misconstrued Twitter comments is admittedly a rather awkward accountability shift to swallow, yet he accepts that mistakes were made and learned from, while full of praise for the label’s ethos. “At the end of the day, like any business with record companies, you have disputes over things, you resolve them, and you keep going. When you’re part of a label like Modular that are really great, independent and let their artists create what they like, it really is a family environment; you can have a fight, but then you make up and move on.”

I GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I WAS SUPPORTING ARTISTS LIKE DAFT PUNK AND THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS AND I REALLY WASN’T PREPARED FOR ALL THE STUFF THAT WAS HAPPENING.”

Muscles, or Chris Copulos behind the shredded alter ego, is targeting July or August 2011 to finally drop his second album. Whether he releases another EP before then is an issue he and Modular are undecided on. “We talked about following Younger & Immature with another EP Older & Wiser, then the album Manhood,” he reveals. Whichever comes next, chances are it’ll still incorporate some of the material he’s been dabbling with over the past two years; he’s just enjoyed requisite distance now to be able to see the wood for the trees. “Writing’s a career – you’ll find hundreds of unfinished songs on your computer, hundreds of beats, hundreds of melodies, and you can always go back to them,” he explains. “The more you accumulate, the more ideas you’ve got to play with to create songs. I think I wrote Forever even before Ice Cream, but couldn’t think of a second verse, so I eventually went back to it and it ended up becoming the first track off the new EP. “A lot of people don’t have time to listen to a 12-track album these days; there’s been a real resurgence in the last six months or so of bands putting out EPs before their albums as a sort of teaser of what’s to come, and I think this new EP is a great bridge between the past and the future. It’s great for the live show, too, as now I’ve got more songs to play, and I’ve remixed some of my classic tracks to fit in with the new ones, so it’s a new live experience as well as a nostalgic one.” With Muscles about to return to the tour trail, he’s in the process of conceiving upgrades for the said live show, and if he carries through on present plans to incorporate female body builders into the on-stage mix, fans will no doubt be relieved that when it comes to performance time has done little to dent his flair for the dramatic. “I needed a break, but now I’m back I feel a lot more carefree than I used to feel, a lot more open, just ready to have fun and party,” Copulos proclaims. It’s further proof that, while Muscles 2.0 may be lighter in outlook than last we saw, attitude’s an attribute he’s still plenty ready to flex. WHO: Muscles WHAT: Younger & Immature (Modular/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 20 November, The Bakery, Perth 20 • THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010

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COMING OF AGE 22 YEARS ON AND EIGHT ALBUMS LATER, SHIHAD ARE STILL MARKING THEIR TERRITORY. KATE STEPHENS SPOKE TO VOCALIST JONNY TOOGOOD ABOUT NEW ALBUM IGNITE, AND GOT A LOT MORE THAN JUST A SIMPLE ANSWER.

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a weird one because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m like constantly surprised, but I mean, yeah fuck, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really spend much time looking back. Like I do know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 22 years but, yeah, I find that surprising,â&#x20AC;? says Jonny Toogood. The Shihad guitarist/vocalist has been speaking for almost two minutes by the time he clocks in his seventh swear word and tenth â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yeahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Toogoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thick New Zealand accent falls down the line as he happily chats away about everything and anything that happens to come into his head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just got in from New Zealand last night really late. I was over there jamming with Neil Finn and Ladyhawke,â&#x20AC;? says Toogood without any prompting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sounds like Lodger era Bowie,â&#x20AC;? admits the singer. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put Toogoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slightly chaotic responses down to a lack of sleep or jetlag. Toogood is just so damn excited about everything, making every answer become a longwinded journey, eventually making a point and never needing a moment to breathe. Even a simple question about whether his love for writing music still exists over two decades later turns into a breathless, bewildering but blatantly truthful elucidation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moments, especially as a lyricist, that I find really hard work, really frustrating at times, when you know what you want to say but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find the words to say it. Then other times I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anything to say, and I feel like an empty vessel, like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh my god, is the inspiration ever going to come back?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And you start freakinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; out and losing sleep and you start thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Have I fallen out of love with music?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Music is my whole life so if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fallen out of love with that then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fallen out of love with life, and it can be really hard and confusing and frustrating and I definitely have had hard days,â&#x20AC;? replies Toogood in one breath.

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Ignite, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly released eighth album, is the purpose of the conversation, yet something else seems to be weighing on Toogoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind. Even the album itself, which uses a much more forceful and ambitious approach than the typical Shihad rock of the past, is a chance for Toogood to vent is feelings and anguish about growing up, at the ripe age of 39. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dealing with things like death and love and loss and life and all that shit that you think about as a human being,â&#x20AC;? admits Toogood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually going through heaps of change in my personal life and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m actually facing up to things that I should have faced up to ages ago. I think I spent a lot of my time just shying away from really hard situations or tough decisions, or letting someone else take control of that kind of shit, and you end up looking like a fucking wuss; end up not respecting yourself. So this record was a lot about dealing with change and my own personal change and growing the fuck up, even though people I think have that epiphany way younger than what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had.â&#x20AC;?

 













Verging on 40 may not be the only catalyst for Toogood to re-examine his past. Despite trying to stay focused on the release of Ignite, 2010 has forced Shihad and especially Toogood, to revaluate their former selves. Earlier this year Shihad â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rounded out by bassist Karl Kippenberger, guitarist Phil Knight and drummer Tom Larkin â&#x20AC;&#x201C; played their 1995 Killjoy and 1999 General Electric albums in full. The shows forced Toogood to return to the lyrics he penned so many years ago, and the causes behind them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really interesting doing it, because it conjured up thoughts that I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been thinking for a long time, but it also brought up things that I still think about now, but I have a different perspective on.â&#x20AC;? Revisiting previous albums wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only time this year Toogood and co. changed their focus from the present to the past. Shihad was recently inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. As â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;stokedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as Toogood is about the induction, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right time to reflect on his career, considering he still knee deep in it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotta say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got mixed feelings about it. On one hand, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really honoured and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of New Zealand music that is the soundtrack to my life and to be put amongst some of these artist is a real honour. But we got told when we were mixing our Ignite recordâ&#x20AC;Ś I was totally lost in this new record and then to be told â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hey congratulations on your careerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like oh my god all of a sudden Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking forward now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be looking back. I find it quite a jarring experience to tell you the truth. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right time to be looking back, like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m loving now too much.â&#x20AC;? Toogood may swear too much, use â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yeahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;likeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in every sentence, barely breathe and never take a moment to compose his thoughts, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the result of spending his life speaking his mind in a well-intentioned manner. Yet as much as complete honesty is a breath of fresh air in the music industry, it can also lead to feelings getting crushed. Toogood though believes the honesty thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sown into the threads of Shihad over the last 20 years is exactly whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kept the four of them together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fought like brothers but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the gist of it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we are like brothers. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent more time with each other than we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in our entire lives, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to that point, like no matter what happens after this point, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always going to be integral people in my life; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just family. But like any family there are moments when you go, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fuck man, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re behaving like a dick dudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the great thing - because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re family we can actually say that to each other if anyone starts acting like a dick. And trust me, I can act like a dick â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called lead singer syndrome!â&#x20AC;? WHO: Shihad WHAT: Ignite (Roadrunner/Warner) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 25 November, Prince of Wales, Bunbury; Friday 26, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth; Saturday 27, Indi Bar, Scarborough; Sunday 28, Mojoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, North Fremantle; Saturday 11 December, Perth Motorplex, Kwinana

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WORLD CREW CREATING A HUGE BUZZ ON THE INTERWEB, DIE ANTWOORD FINALLY GET A RELEASE IN AUSTRALIA AND ARE FOLLOWING IT UP WITH A VISIT TO OUR SHORES. NINA BERTOK SPEAKS TO FRONTMAN NINJA ABOUT VIRAL PHENOMENA, ALTER EGOS AND TAKING SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC TO THE WORLD. THANKFULLY, THERE’S NO MENTION OF VUVUZELAS…

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heir image may make them appear like another ‘interweb’ fad thanks to their eye-grabbing antics and outrageous personalities, but underneath the surface South Africa’s Die Antwoord is continuing to rise above the YouTube hype thanks to its foreign, exotic brand of hip hop and rave. Not that any of it is really new to its outspoken lead vocalist Ninja [Watkin Tudor Jones]. “All the things I’ve done until now, it’s just fucking boring background stuff,” says Jones. “I’ve tried a lot of things. It’s like when you get bored of someone and then you move onto the next one – and that’s what I did. It’s all made-up. We’re all just exaggerating different versions of ourselves and making them into characters. Die Antwoord is what I’m doing now – this is my bitch! I’m not thinking about all the other stuff I’ve done. We’re just making it up as we go, there���s no vision for it or anything. We want to make rap music and we want to make another album. I have never planned anything in all the time that I’ve been doing this.” Also consisting of Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek, it’s Jones that’s had the longest association with the South African hip hop scene over the last decade, during which time he has taken on many different bizarre monikers, not unlike Sacha Baron-Cohen. For Jones, it seems the rap veteran has finally found the collective he’s been looking for. With the release of debut album $O$, the video for the single Enter The Ninja became so popular online thanks to millions of hits that Die Antwoord had to move to an American-based internet host provider to handle the traffic. “Yeah, we’ve got an album called $O$,” he states. “But then we’ll have another album we’re working on called Ten$ion and then there’ll be another one called The Voice. We just finished another music video yesterday; we’re in South Africa at the moment. We made it with the same team that made Enter The Ninja because we could do whatever we wanted. We want our band to be an introduction of South Africa to the world, because it’s not known for the music yet. I think it should be. That’s what we want. So we’ll have to make it more so that the rest of the world can understand what we’re trying to bring. Mostly it will be in English but with a little bit of Afrikaans.” The ‘zef’ style in particular, actually. A local slang term for ‘redneck’ or ‘hick’, Jones says that Die Antwoord is the representation of the deep, dark, depths of Africa. Not to mention the most exciting project Jones has been a part of since the mid ’90s. “It’s good that people are talking about it,” he says of the music video for Enter The Ninja, which has got the likes of Katy Perry and Fred Durst singing their praises as the coolest ‘new thing’ on Twitter. “I love that song. I can’t stop looking at the video too. I think it’s probably the coolest thing I’ve done in my life. I don’t know what everyone else thinks, but it’s good news on the ‘interweb’. I think the thing is when we recorded the song we were so drunk, we just didn’t care about anything at all. Otherwise, if I don’t drink I get really nervous and if I’ve had nothing to drink I will just stare at the cameras and won’t know what to do. So what you see in the video and in the song is all so freestyle. I think people probably liked it so much because people are sick of fake shit. I think they probably appreciate the rawness and no faking it. It’s not like a music video that you see on your television; it’s totally freestyle and no director or anything like that. I think most people are just too contrived. Freestyle and immediacy is very important and that is a lot of which we’re about.” When it comes to the rest of the crew, including DJ Hi-Tek and “my homegirl” Yo-Landi, Jones refers to them as the closest thing to family – but a bit more gangster, a little more street. “We are like family from the hip hop family in South Africa,” explains Jones. “DJ Hi-Tek was already making some beats before Yo-Landi came along and we just started putting songs together. Hi-Tek had this computer that he made awesome phat rap/rave beats on and I knew we had to do something when he showed it to me on his PC. Yo-Landi brings in the funk flavour. It’s like a world crew because in South Africa you have so many different peoples living all in one place; it’s like all the countries in one. You get English, Afrikaans, Zulu, all kinds of whites and coloured – all of that comes out in the music.” While no one as yet has quite been able to work out whether the image of Die Antwoord is for real or for show, the music itself is undeniable next-level stuff. Describing it as “rap/rave” Jones says, “In South Africa, rave music is everywhere. It’s in the restaurants and it’s in the bathrooms and the cabs. And in South Africa they play it really loud. You can just close your eyes and you see in your mind all the smoke machines and lasers and homeboys.” And just maybe that’s exactly what we’ll get in real life when Die Antwoord get on board next year’s Big Day Out national juggernaut, having already toured Europe and the US this year. Chances are, as Jones confirms, nobody will really understand a damn thing when the trio hits the stage, but one thing’s for sure – they’ll “want to get drunk”. “We like it that people yell at us and try to know the lyrics,” mocks Jones. “When we do our shows it’s always great to watch into the crowd because there is always someone getting punched in the face and there is usually a lot of vomit all around. That’s what happens in South Africa; we hope it happens in Australia. We’re bringing the ‘zef’ flavour, lots of synth beats and some next level rave shit. You can look on YouTube if you want to see what we’ll do at the Big Day Out, so you can take it and imagine it better live and much better sound quality.” WHO: Die Antwoord WHAT: $0$ (Interscope/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 6 February, Big Day Out, Claremont Showgrounds

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THE GOOD SON FORGET WHAT YOU READ IN THE TABLOIDS. GOOD CHARLOTTE’S JOEL MADDEN TELLS DANIELLE O’DONOHUE HE’D MUCH RATHER PROP UP A BAR THAN WALK A RED CARPET.

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hen Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden was in Sydney recently doing promo for his band’s new album Cardiology, he found himself at a local bar. Faced with the unappealing prospect of a 4.30am hotel wake up call to catch his flight back to LA, Madden instead chose to spend his last night in Sydney in the bar, meeting the locals and getting his chat on. “We love making friends and we like to have a good time,” Madden explains. “It’s always funny to me when people are like, ‘Why are you hanging out in this bar right now?’ and I’m like, ‘Because I wanted to have a drink.’ “I think we over compensate sometimes because growing up we were these little, awkward, friendly guys who didn’t really feel like they belonged or fit in, whether that was all in our head or not… It’s just such a good feeling to meet strangers. I went to a bar and I ended up just hanging out with all these guys that had gotten off work and they had come to the bar and I felt like I was back in Maryland at a bar in my hometown with a bunch of my friends and I’d just gotten off of work and it was a really nice feeling.”

WE FEEL LIKE IF WE DIDN’T WORK AS HARD THEN WE’D BE UNAPPRECIATIVE OF THE OPPORTUNITY.”

These days work for Madden involves constant world travel, expensive studios with the biggest producers in the business and a constant level of buzz surrounding his private life; his partner Nicole Richie and their two children, daughter Harlow and son Sparrow. But life for Madden and his twin brother and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji wasn’t always so luxurious. The pair have made no secret of their working class background and Madden says even now, he feels like it’s important to put in eight hour days at his day job. “At the end of the day we kind of do approach this as a job, obviously it’s a really fun job, but it’s a job we do try to take seriously. We feel like if we didn’t work as hard as we can then we’d be unappreciative of the opportunity that we’ve been given. Where we’re from people have to work very hard just to get by and we just feel like we’re the luckiest guys on the planet. “I mean literally, we always talk about it, we feel like it’s like minimal talent but what we lack in talent or natural ability we make up for in working really hard.” With such a strong work ethic Madden confesses the band’s decision to scrap early recordings of Cardiology and start again with a new producer (Don Gilmore was called in to replace Howard Benson) was a difficult one, not in a musical sense, but in a money sense. “It was the common sense factor that we had spent money making it and we felt really frustrated in that. We don’t believe in wasting money and I can’t believe that we just spent all this money. “We had only gotten about half way done. But at the end of the day that producer is not going to go, ‘Oh, we only made half a record so you only have to pay me half’. He wants all his money. And to me that’s just one of those things around the music industry; the dude was never in the studio. He’s a big time producer, I get it, he’s talented, he’s had a lot of success, but we kind of got talked into it. And I think the mistake that we made was second guessing ourselves. “About half way through we listened to the finished songs that we had done. And it just really wasn’t us. We just had to make the call. It wasn’t a hard call because at the end of the day, even though it was frustrating with all the time and the money that we put into it, we were just like, look we can’t put this stuff out. Someone could listen to a Good Charlotte record and not think it’s that complicated or anything and I get that but for us, our records have to have a vibe that our records have.” While that vibe includes songs about partying, dance floor anthems and being pratty punk kids, a thread that runs through the Good Charlotte catalogue is also Joel and Benji’s relationship with their father. On second album The Young And The Hopeless Madden sang The Story Of My Old Man, a angst filled teenage response to growing up with an absent father. On Cardiology, Madden, now a father himself, has fleshed out his father’s story in 1979, a much happier snapshot of family life. “There’s a father son relationship that you totally can’t replace. It’s something that’s just naturally there. So as a son you don’t know how to express yourself but you really want to know your father. You want your dad to pat you on the back and say, ‘Good job, I’m proud of you’ or you know, ‘You’re becoming a man’. There’s so many things that I didn’t get to experience with my dad and so [when writing The Story Of My Old Man] I was kind of angry. “Then after I had my first child, my daughter, Harlow my brother found my dad after like 12 years or something. It was a long time and we got reconnected and it’s really good because I’m a man now and my dad’s a good dude. He’s an easy relationship in my life. He just made some bad decisions and as a man now with children I would want my children to give me a second chance if I made some bad decisions. “In 1979 we just wanted to tell the beginning of that story you know what I mean, that before all that there was this guy that loved his wife and kids and he worked really hard and somewhere along the line he lost his way. But at the beginning of it I remember how good it was. There were a lot of things he gave us. It’s good.” Not least of all, were the beginnings of a work ethic that would take Joel and Benji Madden from their working class background in Maryland all the way around the world. WHO: Good Charlotte WHAT: Cardiology (EMI) and The Greatest Hits (Sony)

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GREAT BALLS OF FIRE

STARTING TO BOIL

THEIR DEVILISH TAKE ON PSYCHOBILLY HAS BEEN MISSING FROM THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC LANDSCAPE BUT FIREBALLS HAVE REVVED UP WITH A NEW ALBUM, NEW LINE-UP AND NEW VIGOUR. TRISTAN BROOMHALL DISCOVERS MORE.

WITH A JUST RELEASED FULLLENGTH, JAPANESE POPSTERS THE SUZAN ARE PULLING SUBSTANTIAL INTERNATIONAL INTEREST WHILE GAINING LITTLE TRACTION AT HOME. AS RICK BRYANT DISCOVERS, IT’S PRECISELY WHAT THEY WANTED.

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here are few bands and DJs that have successfully scaled the geographical, linguistic and cultural divide that drives a deep musical chasm between Japan and its international neighbours. Mono, DJ Krush, Melt Banana and Merzbow have all, to varying degrees, seen their stars rise fairly high outside their home country, and they owe some of that success to their complete polarity to J-pop. The Suzan, formed in Japan by sisters Rie and Saori in 2004, is another outfit that looks set to capitalise on their antithesis to J-pop. In fact, their sharp distaste for the commercial bunk that pervades every inch of their homeland is the inspiration behind their creation, and it seems their unique aim is to appeal less to those who reside in their country than those who don’t. “Japanese pop is limited to only Japanese, so it would be difficult for people who don’t know Japan to listen to. We guess that basically J-pop is music which Japanese people would love, but we are making music which people who don’t know J-pop can listen to,” says the band, combining answer efforts over email to get as best a form of English as possible. “So, most of the people who love J-pop don’t even try to listen to our music.” It’s a strategy that has worked well so far, and they can happily count Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John and A-Trak amongst their many fans. Their record Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat was just released on A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold label, and saw Yttling’s touch as producer on the album bring some unusual results. “He has innovative ideas for instruments,” they explain. “For example, when we were recording this album with him, he suggested Nico use a trash can instead of drums on the song called Ramble, and he also stripped some bars and sounds on several songs. We think it worked well.” Indeed it did, and there is plenty to like about the album, the band’s second full-length release. They take strong

pop melodies and spin them with tightly-knit harmonies one moment, while the next they strip it back to robust bass lines and sprightly organ runs. The stylistic discord is all woven together by the vocals of Rie and Saori, who have taken their J-pop aversion even further by singing completely in English. “We sing songs in English because we want people in the world to listen to our music,” they say, showing that their language choice was no mere afterthought. “And for us, singing in English is smoother than singing in Japanese with the melody and beat that we create.”

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It’s here that their direction shifts perceptibly from other Japanese bands that have made headway in the international scene, and positions them well for future triumph in countries like Australia. The Suzan also puts great importance on a dynamic live show rather than the technical proficiency that characterises a lot of Japanese bands, and it’s an approach that saw them collect smashing reviews at the recent SXSW festival. “For us, technical skills are not so important right now. The most important things for us are talent and how poppy the songs are,” they reason. “We think that the more you play gigs in front of an audience, the more you will acquire technical skills since you feel more responsible to the fans.”

Stand-up drummer, vocalist and stand-up bloke Eddie Fury has lead the band through the darkness with Joe Phantom still slapping the hell out of the bass. Original guitarist Matt Black has taken leave, but there’s two new six-stringers to take his place and a brand new album – their first in 13 years. “Last time we were in Perth we were doing the follow-up shows to the Motley Crue and Motorhead thing [2005]. That was the old sort of line up for us. It’s changed a little bit these days. We added a new guitarist, getting a bit heavier, getting a bit harder, albeit getting a bit older, but we’ve still got the fire, still got the energy, and that’s what it’s all about really.”

Such an impressive stage performance has seen them support bands like The Go-Team, themselves no strangers to colourful bursts of energy, and Radio Birdman in France and the USA, as well as Japan. With a recent headlining show in Los Angeles and string of performances in New York, it appears their international assault, which it is hoped will include Australia at some point next year, is gathering golden momentum. WHO: The Suzan WHAT: Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat (Fool’s Gold/Inertia)

Willingly force-fed the unescapable soundtrack of his natural environment, he would spend hours memorising the lyrics of his favourite albums by Ice Cube, NWA and A Tribe Called Quest. A born musician, Dadzie worked his way through numerous instruments, moving from the bass to the guitar, then piano, then drums, playing in bands and expanding his musical horizons to encompass ska, punk rock and reggae, Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe. Somewhere along the line Dadzie progressed from the organic, to the electronic and started to experiment with the samplers and sequencers that would evolve into the tools he uses today as 12th Planet. Dadzie is a major driver of dubstep in the US, a country that seems to have embraced the still fledgling genre with mucho gusto. As well as wholeheartedly embracing the scene’s UK originators, the US can now rightly claim to have its own squad of talent consistently delivering some highly regarded production output. In Dadzie’s opinion, LA has always had a strong affiliation with dance music, regardless of what genre was being played in the clubs. “The scene is pretty much the same,” he says of his home city. “The clothes are a bit different and the sounds have progressed, but the overall culture is a lot more popular these days. It’s basically the same players and same game, just pushing 24 • THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010

“I talked to a lot of the guys that we looked up to in the English scenes, the German and Japanese scenes, and spoken to them about it and they said, ‘You know, we’d love to come Australia.’ That’s fine, but once you get to somewhere like Margaret River and you’re playing poppy rockabilly hits, they’re just not gonna like it,” says Eddie, explaining the popularity of Fireballs heavier take on the genre. “They’re gonna like the more metal edge, that’s why we lean more towards metal than psychobilly. I think Australians have always been about fusing styles.” WHO: Fireballs WHAT: Hellrider (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 13 November, Amplifier, Perth

HOME AT THEIR OWN LABEL AND TAKING THINGS DAY-TO-DAY, ANTHONY ‘KRAYZIE BONE’ HENDERSON OPINES FRANKLY WITH RIP NICHOLSON ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM FROM, AND CHEMISTRY WITHIN, BONE THUGS-NHARMONY.

JOHN DADZIE’S BELIEF SYSTEM LEAD HIM TO TAKE ON THE 12TH PLANET MONIKER, BUT RICHIE MELDRUM LEARNS HIS PATH TO DUBSTEP MIGHT HAVE STOPPED AT HIP HOP IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE INFLUENCE OF A SLIGHTLY LESS CEREBRAL MUSICAL MOVEMENT.

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The additional guitarists have rejuvenated the older material, so even those fans that have retained vivid memories of the older line-up will be blown away all over again. “Dylan [Villain] and Pete Speed are the two new additions. Live wise, especially our older material, it’s getting a bit more truer to what we actually recorded. A lot of the stuff we recorded on those old albums was double-tracked guitar, but Matt had to do a lot of that stuff on guitar live,” he explains. “I think it’s working really well and I think it’s actually enhanced what we’ve done. A friend of mine said, ‘I’ve heard all the older stuff and I think you’ve put about 25 percent on it.’ Well, if the 25 percent is the extra guitar then I think you’re pretty much on it.”

Towards the end of the eight-year hiatus Eddie and Joe teamed up in Sinshifters, along with future Fireballs guitarist Dylan. That project pushed even further into musical territory better defined in metal terms. “We’re sort of heading, leaning more towards that sort of thing. I love metal; it’s got so much good stuff going for it. The artwork’s unreal, the productions are unreal, the songs are written well, everything’s great,” says Eddie. The Fireballs’ sound was always that little bit harder than the norm and that’s something he’s proud of. “There’s no reason you can’t have a little bit of rootsy rock ‘n’ roll in it with your blastbeats and all, I love it.” And you’ve somehow devised a way to do play those drums standing up? “I don’t know how I do it, I just go and do it. I don’t use double-kicks and all that sort of thing, I’ve just fucked them all up, just got rid of the stool and went from there!

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oughly halfway between the infamous Los Angeles, California neighbourhoods of Inglewood and Compton lies Athens Park, an inner city suburb where John Dadzie grew up. Born in 1982, Dadzie was nine years old when Ice T released the seminal album OG Original Ganster and just 10 when Dr. Dre’s The Chronic brought gangsta rap to the masses. Surrounded by the pioneers of this controversial new genre – Death Row Records boss Marion ‘Suge’ Knight is from the same area – Dadzie’s youth was engulfed by hip hop.

hroughout the ‘90s there was one band in Australia that managed to bring psychobilly to an evergrowing audience, even going as far as supporting Kiss, Motley Crue and Motorhead back in the day. Melbourne’s Fireballs called it quits back in 1997 after releasing three albums and playing literally thousands of gigs. No other Australian independent band played as many shows as the Fireballs and if you lived through the ‘90s you’d have been to one, even if we never heard them on the radio.

boundaries with newer musical ideas.” Pushing boundaries is something that Dadzie looks to have attempted at numerous points throughout his career. Even though hip hop was his first love, it wasn’t long before he began to explore other genres, embracing the vibrant underground dance/rave scene, which was spawned from LA’s restrictive U21 licensing legislations. “My first introduction to dance music came when I was in middle school,” says the softly spoken west coaster. “Although I had been exposed to loads of dance music subconsciously through video games and advertisements, my first memories were from the DJ Enry and Richard Humpty Vission mixes on [iconic US radio station] Power 106, back in the mid ‘90s. When I was old enough to go out to shows, I think one of the first styles of the culture I was exposed to was hardcore gabber and Dutch hard house.” Inspired by the energy of this new and exciting world of dance music, Dadzie turned his attention to writing music. “I kinda just emulate what I think sounds fresh from years of listening to dance music. I usually look for shock value in tunes, things that can make a crowd get excited and I’m also looking for sounds that are original to a certain extent. When I say original, I think I mean new gimmicks that haven’t been tried before.” Visiting Australia for the first time, Dadzie is keen to expose new audiences to his biting, electro-fused form of dubstep and, he’s typically reflective when it comes to what he might play. “Music is universal,” he says. “My crate is pretty good right now and I’m looking forward to making a big impression on the Oz crew.” WHO: 12th Planet WHEN & WHERE: Friday 19 November, Shape Bar, East Perth

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t’s been ten years at least since the five original members of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have assembled on one album, and accompanying Uni5: The World’s Enemy is an Australia tour for Krayzie, Layzie, Wish, Bizzy and Flesh-N-Bone. With the braids cut off and weed off the menu in 2010, the Cleveland mainstays of harmonised hip-hop are back together for now. “We’ve got a few issues but hopefully everything will work out and we can get on this tour,” Henderson says somewhat reassuringly of the continuation of the Bone Thugs saga. “Everything is cool man, we taking it one day at a time. We tryin’ to get everything together, it’s a very positive vibe going on at the moment.” Last time Bone Thugs appeared in Australia they were saddled amidst a cavalcade of West Coast juggernauts in Ice Cube, WC, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, but only three members of the group were involved. Both Bizzy Bone and Flesh-N-Bone have been through tumultuous times of late with Flesh having been incarcerated for a lengthy term and Bizzy almost preferring to stay disconnected, insisting that he remain a guest to the skeletal core of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The group’s dynamic is still on tender hooks, but at this stage the fab five should unite before us on various stages across the nation this month. One of the first to break out of the US Midwest, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are pioneers of a unique style of rapid-fire raps delivered through harmonised vocals, known as the “Cleveland Sound”. They formed in 1991 and saw their first underground album Faces Of Death released two years later along with a recording contract with Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records. By ‘94 their debut studio EP Creepin’ On Ah Come Up was followed sharply by their highest-selling studio LP, 1995’s E 1999 Eternal containing their smash hit Grammy-awarded single, Crossroads. Label-mate and sixth member of the crew

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DJ U-Neek produced the entire project and would go on to work on their ‘97 album The Art Of War, 2000’s BTNHResurrection and has become the catalyst to the Bone Thugs formula made famous at Ruthless Records in the aftermath of NWA. After the 2007 album Strength & Loyalty (under Swizz Beats’ direction) the Thugs moved out of an uncomfortable situation within Interscope Records and headed up their own imprint, Bone Thugs-NHarmony Worldwide. After several delays to the album’s release, in May their ninth LP Uni5: The World’s Enemy dropped and against all odds was awarded four out of five stars by XXL Magazine. It brings Bone Thugs-N-Harmony back into cohesion and down under for what will be a landmark occasion; five friends who have always seen themselves standing alone against the world on one stage together. “We always thought we were going against the grain in our careers,” Henderson answers in reference to the meaning behind the The World’s Enemy title. “We’re always the outcasts and the outlaws of the industry. We always felt that we had to show that we can still do it after all these years.” And with 30 million records sold, they are building a legacy of over 17 years now and according to Krayzie Bone, it still feels special. “Oh yeah, it’s still a wonderful thing. We still and will always love making music. We’re true lovers of music, you know being able to get back in the studio and do what we do together, it’s a wonderful thing. We can still make a statement and we feel our presence is still felt in the game today.” WHO: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony WHAT: Uni5: The World’s Enemy (Warner) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 19 November, Metro City, Northbridge


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cd reviews

CD OF THE WEEK

EP OF THE WEEK WOLVES AT THE DOOR Wolves At The Door EP Independent An EP full of gathering and building sounds creates the perfect backdrop for the haunting vocals of Ash Ash Hendriks and James Gates to weave around each other and your head. It’s a close-your-eyes-whileyou-listen recording and the hypnotic tunes leave you with an uneasy feeling like going to bed alone after watching a horror movie. The inescapable hype surrounding this group is not undeserved and this self-titled effort should prove it. To quote the Wolves themselves – “Just keep doing what you do.”

M.I.A

It Takes A Muscle Remote Central/ XL Recording How does she do it? It’s an impressive ability to pick a sentence that doesn’t quite make sense, repeat it over and over again and then have anyone who listened to it be repeating it for years to come. M.I.A is the queen of earworms and this is no different. A little more chilled than usual but with all the goodness we’ve come to expect. A good message, danceable and a whole bunch of quirky little sounds and effects to keep it interesting without venturing into annoying territory.

TRAVIE MCCOY We’ll Be Alright Atlantic/Warner Dear Travie McCoy, How you doing? Listen I know you’ve had a rough trot with Katy Perry dumping you for that homeless guy, but you killed it with Billionaire so what’s the problem? What’s the deal with taking Supergrass’ Alright and butchering it? That’s not cool man. Did Katy take your balls with her? Sounds like it with the rapping and singing a few octaves higher. Where’s the attitude? Where’s the swagger? It sounds like bad karaoke. Sort it out.

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

VARIOUS/DAMIAN LAZARUS

Fever Tour Edition

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Jive Records

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Welsh metal outfit Bullet For My Valentine released their third album Fever early this year. It was received warmly by most critics, debuting at number #3 on The Billboard 200 making it their most successful release so far. Now they’ve released this tour edition exclusively in Australia in the lead up to their Australian tour. Fever Tour Edition gives fans 11 bonus tracks – the entire Hand Of Blood EP and five previously unreleased acoustic tracks.

Fabric’s unremitting commitment to the modern mix compilation knows no bounds. Having now arrived at the ripe old number of 54, there was no finer figure to take the reigns other than Los Angeles-based musical chameleon Damian Lazarus.

As far as the original album goes it’s 100% per cent jam packed with classic Bullet – melodic vocals over hard guitar riffs with the occasional breakdown thrown in. Vocalist Matt Tuck sounds especially good, dominating every song. The first single The Last Fight is a favourite. Other standouts are Your Betrayal, Alone and A Place Where You Belong with the overall favourite being Dignity; a song that manages to find equilibrium between fast and slow and melody and thrash. The bonus tracks are just as good. The tracks from Hand Of Blood were originally released in August 2005 and are a great taste of some of Bullet For My Valentine’s older gear, and the acoustic tracks are amazing. They show a softer more intimate side of the band that you rarely see in any of their music. The acoustic version of Hearts Burst Into Fire demonstrates the bands versatility and is arguably the best track on the whole record, closely followed by Tears Don’t Fall and Forever And Always. Although by the end of the record one song can start to sound much the same as the other, Fever Tour Edition shows Bullet’s diversity as a band and is a must have for any fan. Bring on Soundwave.

As electronic artists go, Lazarus is up there with the highest of the order. Currently holding his position as Crosstown Rebel’s head honcho, Lazarus takes this opportunity to guide us through a rhythmical odyssey of dance from the latter half of 2010, touching on elements such as dubstep, UK funk and even afro house. Highlights of the arrangement arrive in the form of Crosstown Rebel signees in Art Department’s Vampire Nightclub feat. Seth Troxler, with its sticky bass line and trademark Troxler vox holding a groove that would have the likes of Stevie Wonder shimmying around in his chair. Other standouts include Claude VonStroke’s speaker shattering remix of Kenny Larkin’s Glob and The Mole’s Nervous Disid, driving things along nicely with skull-etching hooks. The recently re-released Cajmere classic Freaks And Stars is also worth a mention, as is the fact Damian Lazarus is a genuine master of creating the type of atmosphere that has seen him become one of the planet’s most famous ‘warm-up’ DJs, including an almost annual residency at some of the world’s most prominent electronic festivals. Luckily on this occasion we don’t have to travel any further than our living rooms to experience the beauty of an artist truly in his prime.

SONS OF RICO Reactions Firestarter It’s been a long time coming but the wait’s been worth it for Sons of Rico’s cracking debut Reactions. Local lads, guitarist/singer Alex MacRae and Birds Of Tokyo drummer Adam Weston originally intended this for a late 2009 release. But not happy to simply send out a so-so debut, the pair have spent the extra time playing around the traps, honing and crafting their songs so that there really isn’t a dud track here. The added time can be heard in some quality song construction as they combine their ‘60s guitar rock with a whole stack of other influences without it feeling forced. And really, how many first-up bands can pull off flowing from a violin line to a guitar solo without sounding like wankers, as these guys do on lead single This Madness. With quality support from producers Dave Parkin (Jebediah) and Steve Fallone (Sonic Youth), the boys show they can rock with the best of them on tracks like Miss Adventure and Sucker. But it’s the cracking It’s Alright that really shows they’re determined to stand out as they effortlessly combine some Eastern influences with a chunky guitar riff. The song construction works really well on stand-out track The Keeper; a big power ballad where one feels you’ve actually gone on a journey. But the quieter tracks also shine like the spaghetti western-influenced Just A Bit and the languid In The Morning, that’s best described as Bowie mixed with Built To Spill. It’s hard not to sound like a press release in a review like this, but when you come across something so well constructed and assured from a young band it really is worth celebrating. PAUL BARBIERI

OWEN WEST

CRAIG HOLLYWOOD

HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY

THE SHAKE UP

THE VASELINES

MGM

Sub Pop

From the minute of the first cymbal crash, this album is out of the blocks and charging at you with an energy and vitality that is hard to ignore. These three shaggy haired Sydney-siders obviously clocked a lot of teenage hours listening to Brit heroes such as The Clash, Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, The Stranglers and the like. But any album produced by Detroits’ finest Jim Diamond (bassist of The Dirtbombs and producer of the first White Stripes album) is bound to embrace all things garage as well.

It’s been a quiet comeback for The Vaselines, who have suddenly reappeared after a twenty-one year absence following the release of 1989’s highly influential Dum Dum. Then again, Sex With An X was never likely to receive extraordinary levels of fanfare, given the fact that few people know of The Vaselines despite their enormous influence on indie rock throughout the ‘90s. Their trademark summery garage pop mixed with a childish sense of whimsy and cheeky sexuality creates a sound that influenced everyone from Nirvana to Belle & Sebastian.

Love, Those of us who aren’t afraid to admit to enjoying Cupid’s Chokehold.

HOSTILE LITTLE FACE Blueprint

Independent Say it with me kids – “I’m from Straya.” Then why the inability to use your own damn accent? Why must that American tinge find it’s way into so many of our singers? Missy Higgins can do it, The Veronicas can do it, Ben Lee can do it, so can you! Celebrate your drawl, embrace the twang and elongate your vowels! Then, and maybe then, we can listen to what is actually a decent EP without being distracted by the yank factor. In a musical climate full of electro, indie and hip hop Hostile Little Face are representing the somewhat neglected genre of alt rock and bringing it back with some decent song writing and thoughtful lyrics.

THE PAPER SCISSORS Lung Sum Sandcastle With a morsel of sound from every genre rolled into what must essentially be a rock song it’s hard to describe Lung Sum. Think Modest Mouse and Cold War Kids but busier; more sound, more melody, more vocals and more variation of all of the above. The other track included on the recording By A Hair incorporates three versions of the vocals layered together over a slowed down beatbox. It’s possibly better than the actually single but its slowed down tempo is probably the only thing that prevented it.

360

Just Got Started (Feat. Pez) EMI With a nod to Whitest Boy Alive’s 1517 this track manages to mix what everyone’s loving these days: a bit of Aussie Hip Hop with a nice indie electro style ripe for some dancing. Smooth words from Pez show a little maturity since The Festival Song and they roll nicely into the catchy chorus. It’s the first single from 360’s sophomore album Falling & Flying due for release early 2011 and by all indicators it’ll be one to look out for. 26 • THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010

…If You Have No Shame

Escapades Stop Start/EMI

Escapades is an easy album to pin down, and it’s fairly safe to say that if you’re a fan of Vampire Weekend, Phoenix and similar acts, you’ll dig it without having to put in too much effort. It’s a catchy, playful, indie pop by the numbers kind of affair, and although this has obvious advantages, it also works to its detriment. The album opens with a selection of super catchy, relatively short and sharp tunes that don’t require too many plays before you’re tapping your foot or humming along with the chorus. Tracks such as Let You Down and Coming Around are easy to like with their skeletal, lightweight riffs and optimistic vocals, but unfortunately there’s really not much beneath the radio-friendly surface. Fortunately there are a few slower tracks that balance things out in the latter half, such as the comparatively maudlin No Returns, and dreamy closer The Window Shopper; but the impact of these more introspective moments is effectively tempered by the overly bouncy, somewhat grating inclusion of songs such as The Vacationer. It can’t be stressed enough that such tracks are certainly well written, but when close to the full fortyfive minute album is taken up by such playful numbers it becomes a bit like a friend who won’t shut up. Ultimately, Escapades is a fun album that certainly deserves a listen if you’re a fan of the commercially viable exponents of indie rock and pop, but it just needs a bit more variation and depth in order to become something more than temporary playlist fodder. It’s going to take something more memorable to establish them as a band of enduring relevance. JACKSON BEST

Typical of the work of Diamond, there’s a rawness to this collection of songs that adds to the exuberance. The drums careen along with a devilish sense of mayhem and are the most prominent feature besides lead singer Miles Selwyn’s razor-sharp vocals. Songs such as Home Ec, Makes Me Sick and Every Friday Night are flash bombs of incandescent sound. Makes Me Sick, in particular, makes for a great single. It’s very Von Bondies-ish in its delivery with dirty “na-na-na-na-na” backing vocals, and mountains of swagger. The album is short just like it should be, most songs are done before they hit three and a half minutes and the whole album clocks in at just a smidge under 38 minutes. Music like this needs to hits its mark and be gone before you’ve had time to recover, and mostly this album does. Next time around though, it will be interesting to hear if The Shake Up can take their ecstatic rattle and roll even further. DANIELLE O’DONOHUE

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Sex With An X

Unfortunately, it’s questionable whether The Vaselines have managed to maintain their relevance with this album so many years later. It’s still quite recognisable, but it could just as easily be lumped in with the hordes of so-so indie rock releases that flood today’s market. The punky, youthful edge has naturally disappeared after all these years and, try as they might, the band can’t effectively recapture the same temperament two decades later. Ruined almost succeeds, but it still sounds somewhat calculated and polished in comparison to the raw, spontaneous nature of earlier recordings. I Hate The ‘80s is perhaps the best song that doesn’t come off as a poor imitation of the original, showcasing a calmer side to the band whilst still retaining its playful sound. Some might argue that it’s narrow minded to judge a comeback album against its famous predecessor, but Sex With An X is somewhat forgettable on its own merits. The band name is really all that holds this album up so, if you’re interested, you may as well get your hands on an early discography compilation instead. JACKSON BEST


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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

SWEET DREAMS FOLLOWING ON FROM A YEAR THAT’S SEEN THEM RELEASE TWO EPS, MOVE STATE, FREQUENT SOUP KITCHENS AND GET FIRED FROM GLASSY JOBS, THE CHEMIST REVEAL ALL TO MARCIA CZERNIAK.

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f life was black and white you would have bad bands and good bands. But it isn’t, and thank god because good doesn’t even really describe The Chemist at the moment. 2010 has been a big year for the fourpiece who have released two EPs, moved states and toured some fine support slots (Birds Of Tokyo, Boy & Bear, City Riots) as well as appearances at the recent One Movement Festival. For these local Perth boys, now Melbourne-based, the year of change has made for some interesting tour/life balance learning curves resulting in getting fired from glassy jobs because of touring schedules, living off vegemite sandwiches and, quite funnily, even being mistaken for living on the street. “I got mistaken for a homeless person the other day. Hamish was like, ‘Come and get some food with me at the soup kitchen’. That was a low point in my life,” says keyboardist James Ireland. Frontman Ben Witt describes the move, which was at the suggestion of manager Cath Haridy, as beneficial and the right choice for the band’s future. “Cath suggested the move to the east coast and we talked about it and it was a unanimous decision that it would be good for us to be over there,” Witt explains, but is also quick to dismiss the idea that it is ‘better’ than Perth. “I don’t think it is better…. well the coffee is better,” Witt says quite matter-of-factly. “The weather is not though,” adds bassist Hamish Rahn. “It is also a lot easier for us to now tour the east coast because we can just jump in a car,” says drummer Elliot Smith. “We also turn things over a lot quicker now we are living together. When we were all apart I would come up with something and it would take three or four days ‘til we would meet up to jam, and now it is like I’m working on it and can just be like, ‘hey come listen…. and bring me some tea while you’re at it’,” winks Witt.

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The band has recently released Lullabies, the follow-up to debut EP The Wolves’ Howls Shatter The Old Glass Moon, and recorded it this time around with Andy Lawson and Joel Quartermain at Studio Couch. The resulting concept EP is a mix of dreamy melodies that are so beautiful they could easily lull you into sleep, with the exception of Sweet Dreams, which quite simply could give you nightmares. When asked about it Witt replies, “Yeah, I just thought it was funny.” “Especially with it leading into the next song,” says Ireland. “I got this message from someone the other day at like 2am in the morning our time and they had fallen asleep with their iPod on shuffle and woken up to Sweet Dreams and gone, oh my god what is this, and couldn’t go back to sleep for ages because they got so freaked out by it,” Rahn says quite proudly. “I just like that we share the same song title as a Beyonce song,” Ireland says, which leads the boys to all agree that Beyonce did a good job on her film clip for the track. While Lullabies was released mid-September, the band has taken to the road this November doing headline shows in support of its release. “It is kind of for the EP, but also gives us a chance to test the waters to see if we can pull crowds. We have been playing a lot of supports, so many. So yeah, it is a bit nerve racking to kind of put ourselves out there like this, but we will see what happens,” says Witt. No matter what happens one thing is clear when it comes to this band; they are bound to jump in headfirst but land quite steadily on their feet. WHO: The Chemist WHAT: Lullabies (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 19 November, Amplifier, Perth; Saturday 20, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Southbound – Saturday 1 ‘til Monday 3 January, Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton

ROCKERS THE SHAKE UP MIGHT BE BASED IN SYDNEY, BUT THE SOUNDS THEY WERE HEARING AS THEY PREPARED FOR THEIR DEBUT ALBUM NEEDED AN INTERNATIONAL TOUCH. MILES SELWYN AND TIM BROWNING TELL MICHAEL SMITH WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.

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e’ve worked with a few producers in Australia,” The Shake Up’s drummer Tim Browning explains, relating how noted US producer Jim Diamond became involved with the band, “but I guess the recordings we’d done in the past were very clean and lacked a bit of vibe. So we were looking through a bunch of producers and one of my favourite records is De Stijl by The White Stripes, which he engineered. And the first Electric Six record, he engineered a bunch of that, plus Dirtbombs and all that kind of stuff. So for our sound I felt that he’d be able to add another layer of grit. So we sent our demos off to him and he was like right into it from the get-go and kept following up on how we were going over a period of a year. “He’d done a few things in Australia before – he’d produced Rocket Science’s third record [Eternal Holiday] and a Melbourne band called The Cants. He’s definitely into that kind of intimate independent band ethos; definitely one of the more affordable producers and works within the budget you have, so he didn’t cost us any more than if you were working with one of the higher end producers in Australia.” The result is the fiery little debut collection titled … If You Have No Shame. “I wrote all the songs for this album,” vocalist/guitarist Miles Selwyn explains, “but for future albums it’ll be different now, but it was a period in my life, as reflected in the title of the album. Basically, you’re in your mid-20s and you’ve got your first job in the city, you start living by yourself, go out on the town and get into some scraps [laughs] and whatever. I guess you lose a lot of your shyness and sort of start to get to know a lot more about yourself and start to push the edges of what you know about yourself. You start surprising yourself in the way you behave and act

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– more confidence – and through that you have a lot of experiences, some good some bad, but you learn from them and I guess all the songs are about that.” The three-piece set up – guitar, bass, drums – has been a remarkably flexible and resilient format, setting up the template for rock’n’roll 50 years ago and still going strong, so what was it was about the three-piece that made it the ideal vehicle for The Shake Up? “Every now and then in the studio,” Selwyn continues, “you have the potential to add more instruments but very rarely do you need them. I guess the way I write the songs, the guitar is doing two things at the same time, playing a melody as well as the rhythm and it pushes each instrument a lot further I think – you get the most out of each player.” “The bands that have influenced this record stylistically too,” adds Browning, “have been trios too – The Jam in particular and the Stooges I guess as well; bands that really fill out their sound as well with just their personality. They’re great benchmarks to aim for.” The Shake Up have teamed up with indie club DJ El Mariachi to launch their album on the Three Men And A Deejay tour. “As we got to know James [a.k.a DJ El Mariachi] – he DJs nights like Teenage Kicks at World Bar, Brit Pop at the Gladstone and a lot of other indieflavoured nights [in Sydney] – we found similarities between the way we wanted to portray our album and what we were seeing going on in these particular nights, so it made sense to get James involved.” WHO: The Shake Up WHAT: …If You Have No Shame (MGM) WHEN & WHERE : Saturday 13 November, Rocket Room, Northbridge


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There’s no doubt about it, the Sonic Sessions series of shows are one of the finest inventions in Perth’s gigging history. Now in their fourth season, SS gives fans a unique chance to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s best acts as musical maestro Lucky Oceans guides the feature artists through their highs and lows, their most cherished stories and lends a hand as they perform your fave songs. This year features Australian rock icon Dave Faulkner from Hoodoo Gurus play this Sunday 14 November, followed by rising star of bluesy beats Mama Kin on Wednesday 17 November, and sultry pop goddess Sally Seltmann on 1 December. Gig Of The Week honours this week go to one of Australia’s finest songwriters in The Drones’ frontman and now solo star Gareth Liddiard, hitting the Sonic Sessions spotlight on Friday 12 November to launch the season. He then also performs at Mojo’s on Saturday 13 (tickets from Heatseeker and atlasagency. com), both to highlight songs from his new solo album Strange Tourist as well as bring some Drones material to life.

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You have to love the Internet’s increasing invasion of our privacy when it pings someone like League player Joel Monaghan.

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Congrats to the Perth chef who has taken the mantle for the first person to beat the Australian Iron Chefs. Hang on though, does anyone care? Um, do we even need to answer that?

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Leonard Cohen may be 76-years-old, but age is certainly not wearying him. The sprightly performer stunned adoring Brisbane fans last weekend with nearly a three-hour set, compounding his reputation as one of the most compelling live acts on the planet. Can’t wait!

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DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : LISA MITCHELL: NOV 11 The Quarry THE BARONS OF TANG: NOV 12 Manhattans, NOV 13 Fremantle Music Festival Club, NOV 14 Fremantle Music Festival NORFOLK LANES YOUTH FESTIVAL: BLUD, CARL FOX, WOLVES AT THE DOOR, KING GEORGE and more: NOV 13 Norfolk Lane, X-Wray Cafe & Essex Street PARADISE IN BALI: NETSKY, MAKOTO, KRUST, DIE, MATRIX & FUTUREBOUND and more: NOV 14 & 15 Double Six, Seminyak, Bali LIOR: NOV 17 & 18 The Quarry YOU AM I, YOUNG REVELRY: NOV 18 Fly By Night, NOV 19 Rosemount THE THREE UP TOUR: ILLY, 360, SKRYPTCHA: NOV 18 Prince Of Wales, NOV 19 Norfolk Basement, NOV 20 Amplifier AN EVENING ON THE GREEN: BLONDIE, THE PRETENDERS, LITTLE

RED, ADALITA: NOV 24 (sold out) & 25 Kings Park Pioneer Women’s Memorial SHIHAD, EMPERORS: NOV 25 Prince Of Wales, NOV 26 Rosemount, NOV 27 Indi Bar, NOV 28 Mojo’s BEAUFORT STREET FESTIVAL: THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, SPLIT SECONDS, THE TIGERS, UMPIRE, NAIK, BOYS BOYS BOYS, 6S & 7s and more: NOV 27 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley/Highgate JD SET: LIVING END, GYROSCOPE: FEB 28 JOHN WILLIAMSON: NOV 30, DEC 1 & DEC 2 The Quarry THE LEMONHEADS: DEC 5 Rosemount CLARE BOWDITCH & THE NEW SLANG, GLENN RICHARDS: DEC 8 & 9 The Quarry CUT & PASTE MICROFESTIVAL: 6S & 7S, FELICITY GROOM, THE PANDA BAND and more TBA: DEC 11 The Bakery MY DISCO: DEC 11 Amplifier, DEC 12 Mojo’s

+ PERTH DANCE MUSIC AWARDS 2010: ANGRY BUDA, KILL DYL and more: DEC 12 Rosemount BREAKFEST: THE CUBAN BROTHERS, 2 LIVE CREW, PLUMP DJS, FREESTYLERS and more: DEC 26 Belvoir Amphitheatre SOUTHBOUND: INTERPOL, KLAXONS, THE NATIONAL, THE RAPTURE, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, PUBLIC ENEMY and more: JAN 1-3 Sir Stewart Bovell Park Busselton THEE OH SEES: JAN 8 Amplifier + THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION: JAN 13 Rosemount SUMMADAYZE: DAVID GUETTA, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, N*E*R*D, BOB SINCLAR, CHROMEO and more: JAN 8 Supreme Court Gardens & Esplanade OWEN PALLETT: JAN 22 Fly By Night MARK SEYMOUR & JAMES REYNE: JAN 27

(sold-out), 28 (sold out), 29 & 30 The Quarry PERTH FESTIVAL BECK’S MUSIC BOX including MARTHA WAINRIGHT, CARIBOU AND FOURTET, ROY AYERS, OS MUTANTES, JACK DEJOHNETTE, OMAR SOULEYMAN, BEST COAST, SWERVEDRIVER, THE TUUNG. THE MODELS, THE BOOKS, WILDBIRDS AND PEACEDRUMS, AMIINA, JOANNA NEWSOM and more: FEB 12 to MAR 6 The Esplanade + MAYER HAWTHORNE & THE COUNTY: FEB 16 The Bakery FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL: CHEMICAL BROTHERS, PENDULUM, DIZZEE RASCAL, MGMT, MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL, THE SUBS and more: MAR 6 Arena Joondalup + KE$HA: MAR 7 Challenge Stadium ONGOING: GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 5-9pm each Sunday at Swan Basement

SARAH BLASKO BY ELLE BORGWARD It’s been a while since The Astor re-opened as a mainly live-music venue, but for some reason this reviewer hadn’t been back there until just a few weeks ago. So it was with a newly remembered fondness for a great old theatre that we headed off to see Sarah Blasko perform. With popcorn in hand and a seat taken on the balcony we settled in and warmed up to the sounds of Seja, who used to play in synth-pop band Sekiden and now makes tolerably sweet synth-pop of her own. On with the show. Colour-changing globes hung above the stage and the dramatic ethereal light set the mood for Sarah Blasko, and she emerged soon enough, resplendent in a light flowing dress and a bohemian headscarf. The Blasko band consists of twin violins, a grand piano, keys, electric guitar, electric double bass and percussion. All aren’t played together though as, despite the drama, Blasko’s songs are not orchestral pieces but more like stripped back – almost but not quite epic – indie-pop songs. Opening with a mix of soft tracks, All Coming Back To Me included, the set began in a relaxed, seasonal and tempered mood, and with a diverse audience appreciating the warm ambience. Blasko’s voice is closer to Bjork’s than ever –

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which is a good thing – and a respectful step away from the childlike vocals that are very ‘in’ at the moment. Someone drew a lovely portrait for the songstress and it was appreciatively placed on the piano for the entirety of the show, and Blasko and fans bantered plenty with good humour throughout the evening. Showcasing songs from across her career the set took to full flight soon enough with the lovely We Won’t Run, the Blasko hallmark Always Worth It and, apparently for the last time, her cover of Flame Trees. Mixing things up with B-side Interlight and bringing the audience to attention, Blasko has a voice made for classic theatre acoustics – and she kept mentioning the “beautiful theatre.” The powerful All I Want showcased all this I’ve mentioned about grand theatres and mood. At times Blasko’s soaring voice resembled a Theremin with high-pitched echoes and trembling volume. For an encore the stage was showered in bubbles that put the finishing touches to an evening of mood setting. Ms Blasko says she’s off to make a new record, and this reviewer is definitely looking forward to hearing what it turns out like. DANIEL PARKINSON THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010 • 31


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WAM UPDATE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH JUSTINE THORNLEY

WAM WELCOME AT BRIDGETOWN This year WAM, in conjunction with the Blues at Bridgetown Festival, are proud to present a free street party with the RAMMPAAGE Drug Aware Street Stage Saturday 13 November, from 9.30am ‘til 5.00pm. WAM’s Regional and All-Ages (RAMMPAAGE) programs have teamed up with the Blues At Bridgetown Festival to deliver a youthfocused stage, featuring The Brow Horn Orchestra, Sneaky Weasel Gang, The Sun Orchestra, Cal Peck & The Tramps and Ruby Boots, plus bands from the local schools. Blues at Bridgetown runs Friday 12 to Sunday14 November, so visit bluesatbridgetown. com for more info, or contact the Blues At Bridgetown office on 9761 2921 or email blues@ bluesatbridgetown.com.

WAM JAMS ONE40WILLIAM One40william has announced its latest cultural partnership, teaming up with WAM to bring to the CBD a range of exciting and varied free pop-up concerts. The performances are held on the first level promenade of one40william and run 5.30-7.30pm on Fridays each fortnight. Last Friday saw Masonik, and coming up are Mister & Sunbird (Nov 19), Bartlett Brothers (Dec 3), Snowbros. (Dec 17), plus a special boxing day show also to be announced! To stream the CBD cultural experience out into homes in the ‘burbs, local film extraordinaires Cut & Paste will be filming performances and posting clips on You Tube via one40william.com.au.

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WOLVES AT THE DOOR Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day to now: We meet through a very good friend that we shared and ended up back at her house after a night out, hit it off, wrote a song together got all excited about it and the rest is history. Thankfully we’ve both forgotten how to play that song and finally figured out how to write better ones, leave the past where it lies and if anyone finds out about it, deny it was even us. Tell us about your release: It’s a five-track EP that’s self-titled because by the time we’d finished recording that was about all the creative flair we had left in us. Great experience though and we are both very happy with the way it has turned out... onwards and upwards from here. How did you go about recording it? At Black Bird Studios with Sam Ford... he’s a rad dude with a stude. Tell us about your launch party: The launch partez will be at one of our favourite venues the Norfolk Basement in our hometown of Fremantle. We have been lucky enough to get the wonderful Fall Electric on board who happen to be one of our favourite bands in Perth and also our housemate Walshy who will be playing as Quick Brown Fox... pretty much going to be fun for all and all for fun. What’s next for your band? To get one... expand on what we have at the moment... write more songs, each new one hopefully being something that we are even more happy with than the last and hopefully get to play some great shows with bands that we love and admire. To keep playing and never stop. WHAT: Wolves At The Door (Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 12 November, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle 32 • THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010

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A superb way to kick off what is another particularly exciting Live At The Quarry season is sultry songstress Lisa Mitchell. After no doubt an amazing show last night, she takes control of the Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach with her sweet acoustic sounds this eve, Thursday 11 November. Grab your tickets from ticketmaster.com.au el pronto to see the creator of such magic songs as Coin Laundry, Neapolitan Dreams, Oh! Hark! and Clean White Love.

TIGER-TIGHT Fremantle roots four-piece One Tiger Down have an exciting summer coming up beginning with a couple of excellent support slots this week. First up you can catch them helping out Matt Corby at Fly By Night on Thursday 11 November and then Thursday 18 November supporting none other than Lior for his Live At The Quarry shows.

GLOBAL VOICE Prepare your hearts and minds for the Global Voice performance on Saturday 13 November at the Fremantle Town Hall. Hosted by Djiva’s Della Rae Morrison, Global Voice is a multi-choir cross-cultural community event. Choirs of culturally diverse backgrounds will share time, language and culture with each other and you, including Tongan Uniting Church Choir, Korean Uniting Church Choir, Burundi Peace Choir (Kirundi), South African Gospel Community Choir (English/Afrikaans/Zulu), Joys Of The Women Choir (Italian, 20th anniversary) and Madjitil Moorna (Nyoongar).

SNEAKY MONKEY As part of the Fremantle Festival and in conjunction with the Norfolk Hotel, Born Under A Bad Sign presents a stellar night Saturday 13 November filled with raw blues, boogie, rock n roll and psychedelic soul. Headlining the show will be The Sneaky Weasal Gang, with support from Sonpsilo Circus and Daturra, plus a blues-inspired dance performance from a mysterious rock goddess. Doors open at 8pm and entry is $15. You can also catch the Gang earlier in the day at the Blues At Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, or the day before at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River.

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THE DEEP RIVER COLLECTIVE (PREVIOUSLY LACED AFFAIR) Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day to now: We began as Laced Affair in 2007 writing music which reflected the aspects of life that we value in this existence. We are now The Deep River Collective, an eclectic mix of taste and preference. Tell us about your release: The EP is entitled Lost Control (Long Ago) and it’s the precursor to our album that will be recorded next year. How did you go about recording it? Six months of sleepless nights with Brian Mitra of Fremantle Records. Tell us about your launch party: To celebrate the release of Lost Control (Long Ago) we are playing with Datura, Sugapuss and The Black Board Minds at Amplifier Bar, Friday 12 November. What’s next for your band? Touring, tinsel town and a new van. WHO: The Deep River Collective WHAT: Lost Control (Long Ago) (Stratocumulus Records) WHEN & WHERE: EP Lanch – Friday 12 November, Amplifier, Perth; Movember Benefit – Thursday 18 November, The Bird, Northbridge

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JAZZWA is proud to announce the launch of their latest double CD Jazzaziz Volume 5, on Saturday 13 November at the Art Gallery Of WA. Sporting 20 original tracks by WA jazz artists spanning a wide variety of contemporary jazz, you can expect the live launch performers Mace Francis Orchestra, Tal Cohen Quartet with Jamie Oehlers, Russell Holmes Trio, Shameem Taheri-Lee and Rick Webster Trio to also have tracks on the CD. Presales from heatseeker.com.au.

Globe-trotting rock ‘n’ rollers Rocket To Memphis return to their hellfire home Saturday 13 November for a night of stompin’ jungle rhythms and hip-shakin’ rock ‘n’ roll. The band has just recorded their third CD in New York and left Tokyo in a heated and dishevelled state after a wild performance at Erotica Voodoo GoGo Rock n Roll. Get down to Devilles Pad for a taste of one of Perth’s most original and exciting bands.

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PORT CITY PARTEH Taking over The Railway Hotel Sunday 14 November will be the Port City Party; showcasing some of Perth’s finest electro-pop and indie rock including Voltaire Twins, Minute 36, Rocket Surgery, Village On The Moon and Fat Jackal. $15 at the door from 5pm, or $10 from heatseeker.com.au.

PASS THE MIC A spontaneous vocal and looping wiz, Mr. Percival takes his third album Microphones on the road. Using his sense of natural pitch to create an awesome ensemble of sounds, see him at Kulcha on Friday 12 November; Denmark Arts Centre on Saturday 13; Fremantle Festival on Sunday 14; and The Ellington on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17. He then returns to support That One Guy at Fly By Night on November 24.

On Sunday 14 November the Swan Basement gets Unhinged! The established and always exciting Empires Laid Waste headline with new-wave groove thrash band Kimura, old-school thrash band Shrapnel, and progressive metallers Prescient. Kimura are fresh on the scene and after busting their stage fruit at the Civic a few weeks back are ready to squeeze some more juicy goodness out of the revellers and rebellious alike. Doors open 5pm, entry $5.

HOLY GHOST! Following their recent win in the WAM Song Of The Year comp for their new track Juliette, The Ghost Hotel support the legendary Crowded House this Sunday 14 November at Sandalford Estate, along with Melbourne’s Oh Mercy. This one’s gonna be massive. Tickets still available through ticketek.com.au and gates open 4pm.

The Get Up Kids return in late January 2011 with a new studio album, There Are Rules – the band’s fifth full-length, and the first on their own Quality Hill Records imprint. Six years after what looked to be their final album Guilt Show, with the group disbanding a year later in 2005 after 10 years of constant touring, The Get Up Kids returned to the studio in 2009, sparked by a spur-of-the-moment decision to start writing songs together again made while they were rehearsing to tour the tenth anniversary edition of their breakout album Something To Write Home About. At the same time, There Are Rules marks a new chapter for the band, as they return to their independent roots, forming their own label – Quality Hill Records – and reigniting the DIY spirit that originally launched the band onto the worldwide stage. “We had a really great relationship with Vagrant but we felt that with the proverbial rebirth of the band we wanted to start our own label. Do everything ourselves like we did in the beginning,” is word from the band. And as for naming the imprint? “Quality Hill is a historic neighborhood in Kansas City. It’s not far from where we first formed the band. It seems like an appropriate name for the label.” Once they finish the current Keeping It Bogan tour (which included some pretty amazing Perth shows last weekend), Confession are planning to lock themselves away and commence pre-production on their second album. The band will head to Byron Bay to start writing. How the mainstream music industry has ignored the heavy music genre for so long by not including it in its annual ARIA Awards is an absolute travesty. Finally this year they added a new category of Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album and congratulations to Parkway Drive for winning with their album Deep Blue. It’s kind of embarrassing when you think about it… the ARIA awards started in 1987, so it’s taken 23 years for the country that produced AC/DC to include heavy music in its annual awards. As we all know Descendents will be on the east coast this December playing at the No Sleep Til festivals. Recently Karl Alvarez discussed the future of the band with dyingscene.com. “In your 20s it’s okay to climb in a van and go on tour for extended periods but in your 30s and 40s it gets increasingly hard because people have families. The hiatus was due to Stephen, Bill and Milo raising children. If you’re a parent you don’t want to be away eight months in a year. I think we’re back, we’ll probably make a record and probably be doing more shows but I don’t think we’re going to be doing the kind of tour that we would do in the old days which was very intensive, grueling tours. On the Everything Sucks tour, we were home 17 days in that year. It can be a strain, at a certain point. When you’re a kid it’s great, it’s all adventure but when you get older you’ve got a life at home.”

SHORT FAST REPORT TOP 5 Underoath: The new album Ø (DISAMBIGUATION) is out now. It’s their first album without founding member Aaron Gillespie and what they have delivered is one of their best yet. Such Gold: The group is talking up the fact they’ll be touring Australia in January! No details yet but judging by the band’s twitter account the tour is locked in!

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SUPER FRISBEE WAAPA Composition/Music Tech student Cameron George invites you to participate in his final performance for the year – an interactive game of frisbee where Cameron will audibly illustrate the tilt, altitude, speed and velocity of frisbees, using an accelerometer and gyroscope attached to the device. This is transmitted wirelessly to a computer in real-time which converts the data to childlike melodies. Tuesday 16 November from 4-5.30pm at Beatty Park, North Perth.

PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH STU HARVEY

Parkway Drive’s ARIA win: Looks like it’s time to build a trophy shelf in Byron.

BARREL OF FUN Returning to WA for a couple of festival dates and some headline shows in between, Port Macquarie blues and roots trio Barrelhouse have toured constantly for the last two years, including supporting Ani DiFranco, Blue King Brown and Jeff Lang. With their debut album Species Vagabond set to drop next year, you can hear first single No Hope when they play Blues At Bridgetown on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 November; Margaret River Brewery on Sunday 14; Mojo’s on Wednesday 17; Settlers on Friday 19; a festival date TBA on Saturday 20; and the Charles Hotel on Tuesday 23 November.

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SOVIET BLOCK PARTY After kicking off their month of Bröwvember last week in typical party fashion, The Brow Horn Orchestra take in Blues At Bridgetown then dance their way back up the coast to their November residency at Indi Bar with Soviet cocktails and Hawaiian grass skirts. They take in the Indi Bar every Sunday this month from 7pm. This week sees Special Brew supporting, all for the socialist price of $10.

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Band pull out of Soundwave and the line up improves: With Alesana pulling out of Soundwave, Polar Bear Club have been announced as their replacement. Another change to the festival line up sees Blessthefall returning to Australia to join the massive line up, they’re taking the place of A Skylit Drive who have decided to take the opportunity to open for Underoath on their US tour instead of playing Soundwave, the promoters aired their thoughts via twitter, calling it a “… a piss-weak excuse.” New Found Glory: Tune into Short Fast Loud this Wednesday night because I’ll be chatting to Chad from New Found Glory.


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FEEDBACK GOMBO EP LAUNCH Civic Hotel, Inglewood 05/11/10

Every now and then a local live show rolls along that inspires have what alcoholics refer to as a ‘moment of clarity.’ History is made and the show will be talked about for years to come. The Gombo EP launch was one such show. The Brown Study Trio Band rocked and rolled through seamless lines of melody with mournful lyrics. Brooding and reflective feelings were invoked, and gradually evolved into rock build-ups that resulted in an outpouring of pent-up emotion. Rage Against the Machine’s Bulls On Parade also received the cover treatment with BSTB really making it their own. Veteran scenesters Eyespy started something that began with a kick-arse instrumental number blowing away any doubts that may have been invoked when Chris Callan rocked up wearing a shirt with a picture of himself drawn onto it. Unlike Chris, the shirt failed to grow a beard by the completion of the set. Eyespy can be loosely described as experimental in nature, but after years of nailing shows all over the state, they have really developed a deep and personal sound. Professionalism oozed from all facets. Disreputable miscreants Hostile Little Face kicked up the temperature a notch with a hearty squeeze of the ole’ spice weasel and powered into some Aussie-inspired post pop punk. HLF fills the void left by bands such as Bodyjar while developing the sound for a different audience. Catchy riffs and speedy licks abounded as cheap Ryan Reynolds knockoff Mitchell Freind controlled an entertaining show of banter between anthems. The secret is finally out for Gombo as the trio pulled off a set for the ages. Dramatic monologues and giant face stunts only compliment the rip-roaring performance of what must be one of Perth’s shining lights of potential. Fresh from riding in the Melbourne Cup, talent-packed hobbit Ryan Dillon belted his lyrics with a tone that is unique, bordering on genius. As for the music, picture Tool collaborating with the divine intervention of Lano & Woodley. Crowd favourites The Money Tree and Leadfoot were present, though to pick a standout track is impossible, all were brilliant. It’s the certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that Gombo have that surely make them a band to watch. SIMON HOLLAND

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enough to enjoy the rocker lifestyle. It is bands like this that have the potential to carry the flag from the Western Front deep into enemy territory. SIMON HOLLAND

SEAWORTHY & MATT RÖSNER Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle 07/11/10

The small gathering at the Fremantle Arts Centre was a million miles from the Sydney Opera House and the mindless masses herded under its sails – for the ‘industry arse-lickin’ that is the ARIAs – on Sunday night. But, then, when it comes to live music, the size of the crowd is often inversely proportional with the artistic creativity and credibility on offer, as was the case tonight. Local experimentalist Adam Trainer covered plenty of creative territory during his impressive support set, starting with the warm reverb of melancholic guitar notes and ending his journey with the long, slow breaths of a small accordion. In between those two points, he added drones to looping guitar lines, processed the sounds of a snare drum and glockenspiel to create a foggy, strangely nautical audio-stew, and even coaxed a pulsating chorus of (what sounded like) LSD-laced frogs from his laptop. That latter feat found an ideal counterpoint in the aforementioned accordion, which subtle processing tweaked into the improvisation’s beautifully resonant final act. With two guitars and a laptop of field recordings, Cameron Webb (a.k.a Seaworthy) and Matt Rösner offered similar resonance and beauty as they launched their Two Lakes album locally. With photographic images of the coastal lake regions that inspired the work looming large on the wall behind them, Rösner ushered the sounds of those environments into the room, while Webb warmed his fingers with the sort of subtle, emotive guitar-phrases that Seaworthy is renowned for. Indeed, his improvised, country-tinged, Mick Turner-esque playing style evokes a sense of loneliness, longing and/or reflective melancholy with rare economy and grace. Admittedly, the album’s field recordings may have been a little under-utilised, or obscured, later in the set, but it hardly mattered as the pair contributed to a rich, textural, e-bowed, dual-guitar drone. It was resonant, it was beautiful, and it was a million miles from ARIA-land. Exactly where the crowd wanted to be. ANTHONY WILLIAMS

Swan Basement, North Fremantle 7/11/10 Drum Media’s weekly Gignition series has deflowered many a young band over the past year or so; the success evident with alumni tearing up shows all around the city. The progression to a snug Sunday live gig in a basement isn’t far from the circumstances in which most bands are born. A trio named Jellybred wobbled into place before blasting some good old-fashioned rock‘n’roll. The main course of ballsy vocals was topped off with some crunchy blues licks from Ben Pearson who was evidently singing from the heart. Tough Luck stood out, inspired by the crashing of two beloved cars in one week. Speaking of smouldering wreckage, emotionally funked up hipsters The Dark Room emerged from the shadows, resplendent in hues of floral print and vertical stripes for their first live show. Pulling a good crowd that were not afraid to carve up the dance floor the genre-bending quartet fused ideas together so crazy that it has not been tried since sweet met sour. None too sure, the general consensus around the room was that first song was about jellybeans. Probably. Either way it was colourful. Wisecracking, jive-talking beanpole Peter Cheng was outstanding with his synthesised melodic lines and OTT antics. The Dark Room moved from sensible to sensational with future hit single She Likes Dick, which true to their style, was played incongruously in A minor. The Dark Room put on a brave performance that was showered with applause and congratulations from the throng that had specifically made a point of wearing garments made from old curtains. Neo-greasers never looked so good when leather clad threesome The Crossbars marched onto stage. Thanks to bedtime stories revolving around an AC/DC show at the Leo, the teenage rock revival continues to shine. The Crossbars have met almost instant success with an easily assessable brand of rock. Axe-wielding vocalist James Griffiths does a great job of producing a deep rumble from such a young set of pipes. His smooth vocal tone is replicated in his excellent guitar lines, sticking to a formula that has worked for so many predecessors, but doing it well. Chunky bass from Zach Brown was also pleasantly strong in the mix and was largely responsible for the depth and thickness of the band’s sound. Their tracks were well-paced and clearly radio friendly, and The Crossbars appear to be in the right place at the right time; blessed with the good fortune at being young

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TUMBLING INTO THE QUARRY As if the man himself wasn’t enough, the support acts have been announced for the Lior shows for Live At The Quarry. The Benedict Moleta Band will back things up on Wednesday 17 November then One Tiger Down and Will Udall will be helping him out on Thursday 18 November. In what’s shaping up to be a killer season down at City Beach Lior will be presenting his new album Tumbling Into The Dawn.

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Taking their tunes down south to the Blues At Bridgetown Festival taking place in Bridgetown, November 12-14 will be Empire Blues. Churning out three shows over the weekend you can catch them at Geegelup in the morning of Saturday 13 then later on that night at the Bridgetown Hotel as well as the next night.

MOUNTAIN FRESH In aid of the Fresh Start Programme, The Atlas Mountains play The Civic Hotel with support from Therapist, The Love Junkies and Louis & The Honky Tonk on Friday 12 November. The program is a not-for-profit charity organisation helping families and individuals trapped in addiction. Earlier this year The Atlas Mountains good friend, and brother of bass player David Tucker, had passed away. Throughout 2009, Geoff Tucker was fortunate to have the support of FS and achieved a number of goals that might have otherwise passed him by. Entry is $12 at 8pm and all profits go to the program.

WELL TAYLORED After spending over a year in punk rockers The Changing Times, northern suburbs folk/rocker Brendan Taylor switched lives for the acoustic guitar, a harmonica and anything that resembled the sounds of a kick drum. His self-titled debut album is being released on Thursday 11 November at The Overflow Café/Lounge in Northbridge with a stellar line-up including Daine Spowart and Sam Wylde.

NEXT OF KIN Wednesday 17 November sees Freo favourite Mama Kin bringing her unique blend of blues, roots and beats to Sonic Sessions at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Joining her will be Fremantle stalwart Lucky Oceans. Tickets $25 plus BF from the Fremantle Arts Centre or heatseeker.com.au, or $30 on the door if available and doors open 7pm. THE MEANING OF

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THE BIG QUESTION Local tribal groove favourites The Meaning Of return to the stage after a long hiatus on Saturday 13 November for a night of high-energy frivolity. With some new members and some new grooves, the usual good time will be on showcase at the Rosemount Hotel. Joining them is the monster line up of The Siren Tower fresh from recording their debut album, An Easier Question visiting for the first time from Victoria and Serial Killer Smile also having just finished recording their debut EP.

NO HESITATION Perth’s own four-man heavy metal mercenary squad Combined Deathtoll will bring their unique form of destruction disguised as a stage show to the Civic Hotel on Saturday 13 November. Celebrating the launch of their new CD appropriately named Hesitation Kills, this is a band with all the subtlety of a brick to the face, uncompromising, unapologetic, unrelenting annihilation. Local supports are ILL Vision, Mhorgl and Malignant Monster. Entry is $10 and $15 for a copy of the album, or CD and entry deal for $20.

GASPING FOR AIR A new night begins Wednesday 17 November with Come Up For Air happening at Manhattans. Playing live from 8pm sharp will be indie rockers Cat Black, One Tiger Down and Angie Jones. Killer Bee will be manning the decks from 10pm ‘til late. Entry is $5, show your current student card and you’ll get in for free.

As if one festival based in laneways being announced in a week wasn’t enough, the Drum Media-presented Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival returns to Freo on Saturday 13 November. Taking in Norfolk Lane, the X-Wray Café and now a section of Essex Street, the line-up features a swag of Perth’s best bands playing Norfolk Lane and X-Wray, plus DJs Cam Scott, Joe Macc and FKN Midas on Essex along with a pop up art gallery, graffiti, skating, face painting and the Slow Bike Race. It runs from noon until 7pm and is free! NORFOLK LANE STAGE Hurricane Fighter Plane 12.10 – 12.35pm The Joe Kings 12.50 – 1.15 Goodnight Tiger 1.30 – 1.55 Sugarpuss 2.10 – 2.35 Kim Churchill 2.50 – 3.15 The Growl 3.30 – 3.55 King George 4.10 – 4.35 Wolves At The Door 4.50 – 5.15 Carl Fox 5.30 – 6 Blud 6.20 – 7pm X-WRAY STAGE Morgan Bain 12.00 – 12.30 Blue Lucy 12.40 – 1.10 Shontay Snow 1.20 – 1.50 James Teague 2.00 – 2.30 Hayley Beth 2.40 – 3.10 Big Old Bears 3.20 – 4pm

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Striking while the iron is hot Perth Rockers The Reserves launch their second release of 2010, Reflections Of A Sound EP at the Velvet Lounge on Friday 12 November. The EP consists of a unique mix of previously released Reserves songs recorded in a new light. A limited pressing of only 100 hard copies will be available ever with the first 50 payers on the night to receive a free copy on entry. Doors open at 8pm, entry is $15 and support comes from James Teague, Boston and Chevy Arts Martial (unplugged).

WORLD MUSIC Thursday 11 November, the holidays are here and Manhattans wants to take you overseas! Chilled music from B.O.S.S.A (Brazil), Mark Hewitt (United Kingdom) and Echoes of Django (France) will take you to a trip around the world while sweet local singer Helen Shanahan will bring you back home. Don’t forget your passport and enjoy the flight. Entry is $5 from 7pm.

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Blues, bluegrass and country crooners Jane Germain and Ian Simpson will be bringing their tunes to JB O’Reilly’s in Leederville on Friday 5 November with special guest Adam Mare joining the duo on mandolin and violin. Starting at 8pm, you can also purchase a copy of Ian’s new album, The Banjo – Misunderstood, Maligned, Magic!

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THE WORDS

MUM’S THE WORD After a jam-packed 2010 that included being unearthed by triple j, the release of the band’s second EP We Don’t Dance Very Well and sold-out shows in Perth and surrounds, The Words look forward to spreading their wings again this summer. After giving tracks Skin Of Your Teeth and Under The Knife away for free, the official launch takes place at Manhattans on Saturday 13 November. Otherwise catch them at Prince Of Wales in Bunbury on Saturday November 27 with Abbe May or Sunday 5 December at the Go Local Festival at the Perth Cultural Centre.

7EVEN ELEVEN Six-piece folk/country/rock outfit Tank 7even features four adults, two kids, eight instruments, four plectrums and a pile of simple, passionate songs about life. If you want to see what all this adds up to then visit the Nannup Hotel for their CD Launch on Sunday 14 November. For a gold coin donation you also get Sueclare, Tiger Shack, Peter Mermaid and The Magik Trolls. Otherwise check them out at Railway Hotel on Sunday 21 November with The Traffic Stoppers and Mike De Velta for $5.

As part of the arts@MPBCC 2010 Showcase several students of music will be performing including Sam Wylde. The show is launching several new artists on the Perth music scene and also sees the release of all the student’s albums (free with entry fee). It’s all going down at Overflow Café in Northbridge, Thursday 11 November. Doors open 6pm, tickets $10 each or $30 for families.

BOOZE BREATH Bringing their own brand of punk rock to the masses are The Lungs, launching their debut CD Boozehounds at The Railway Hotel Saturday 13 November. Starting out the evening will be The Reptilians blasting out their hardcore/punk then Argh Bats! rock out their stylish tunes and finally the fun-loving apes and long time friends of The Lungs – Lucille. Doors open 8pm $10 entry, CDs are $10 on the door.

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EVOLVING EMOTIONS

THE BARONS OF TANG 1. We just released a new CD called Knots & Tangles which we are currently on the launch tour for. It’s 30 minutes of gypsy punk chaos straight out of the dumpsters of Melbourne. 2. For the last three years we’ve spent about six months per year on the road touring – oh, the glamour. 3. I’m still playing the first double bass I’ve ever owned and it’s a piece of crap – sponsorship anyone? 4. The ‘Tang’ in the Barons Of Tang literally refers to the powdered fruit drink. 5. Over the life of the band we have fluctuated between six and eight members, but we’ve found that seven is our lucky number! 6. The secret ingredient to making great, cheap sangria is dry ginger ale. 7. We’ll be performing at Woodford Folk Fest over New Years, which will be our second time at that festival; it’s one of our favourites. 8. In 2011 the Barons of Tang are going to tour New Zealand and USA for the first time. 9. I used to be able to ignite fires with the power of my mind until the age of 10, but when I hit puberty I lost the ability. Scientists called it “a mild miracle.” 10. Our drummer Sean Wyers does all our design artwork, posters, CDs everything. He’s gained wide acclaim for his work. WHAT: Knots & Tangles (Planet Company) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 12 November, Manhattans, Victoria Park; Fremantle Music Festival, Saturday 13 November, Kulcha, Fremantle

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R AISING FUN

It’s been a massive past few months for the Opia trio with the release of their CD Emotion Evolution and the lads don’t plan on slowing down. Opia play this Friday 12 November night at the Rocket Room along side Melbourne act An Easier Question, Mercurial and Sparring For Shotgun. Then they join MM9 on their next Perth run at The Mustang Bar on Thursday 18 November; The Prince of Wales in Bunbury on Friday 19 and Sunday 21 at The Newport in Fremantle. The EP will be on sale at all the shows alongside all other Opia merch.

VILLAGE ROADSHOW October has been another busy month for the Village Kid boys, filled with gigs, song writing, pre-production, and fine-tuning the band’s style and direction. The guys are now working on the soon-to-be-recorded EP, containing five brand-new tracks that continue their unique mixture of funk, rock and classical, in a more commercial context. In what is likely to be their final show of 2010 before hitting the studio, they play Velvet Lounge Thursday 11 November.

DOG GONE MAD It’s all things shiny and new tonight, MDC (Mad Dog Central) burst out with their first gig at ‘Kick Out The Jams’, a new night at the newly opened Ya Ya’s in Northbridge, Thursday 11 November. The MDC is a new project featuring members of Jack Action and other past and current Perth bands. Describing themselves as “A bastard child with an attitude like a violent teenager and a sound like The Rolling Stones seeded with Nirvana, pop sensibilities, no bullshit and a little bit of that ‘70s vibe without the pretension.”

LOST IN TRANSITION Much-loved, singer/songwriter Matt Corby returns to Australia in November to kick off his national Transition To Colour EP Launch; be sure to catch a truly unique live performer in a national Australian tour. Matt spent the UK summer of 2010 recording the EP and it’s a haunting and ethereal collection of songs that display a remarkable maturity for a young man of 19 years. See him Thursday 11 November at Fly By Night ($15) or Friday 12 November at the Ellington Jazz House ($10 CD with ticket purchase).

KIM CHURCHILL FROM: Merimbula, NSW Next gigs: Thursday 11 November, Llama Bar, Subiaco; Friday 12, Clancy’s, Fremantle; Saturday 13 (early), Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival, Fremantle; Saturday 13 (eve), Sunday 14, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Your sound: Somewhere between psychadelic blues and one-man rock show. What instruments do you play? Guitar, stompbox, kickdrum, keyboard, harmonica and vocals. Sometimes all at once. Acts that have inspired your sound the most? Right now, anything Jack White and Led Zeppelin. Always Bob Dylan. Your worst gig ever and why? I had seven people in an art gallery once. Somehow managed to sell eight CDs though; those people must’ve liked it. Your best gig ever and why? Tower Records in Japan, launching my album over there. It was the first time I saw a life-size cardboard cutout of me in a record store – strange, but cool. Best achievement? Tough question. I suppose getting 98.5 in my UAI, then turning down the obvious uni path to play music. May have upset the teachers that thought I may be destined for academic brilliance, but they’d have to be satisfied with the smile on my face. I’m very happy doing what I’m doing. Your day job? Music all the way! It’s all I’ve ever thought I’d do well at, so thank goodness. Any releases out? My debut album, With Sword And Shield (MGM). Any releases on their way? New single Turns To Stone out November. I’ve been recording in a beach shack out here on the east coast, so a new release is on the boil. More info: kimchurchill.com and I’m also on Facebook.

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RAISING FUN: CHARITY ROCK FEST What cause are you raising funds for: The Centre of Cerebral Palsy, in the wheelie big challenge. How did this idea/show come about? I was born with Cerebral Palsy and in 2007 won a scholarship through The Centre of Cerebral Palsy. This allowed me to buy a laptop and pay for my event management course. After I finished studying and travelling, I was beginning to think “Now what, what’s the next journey for me?” With always having a passion and love for music I thought up ‘Charity Rock Fest’. What a better way than raising funds and awareness of The Centre of Cerebral Palsy, a place that has helped me grow and learn and listen to kick-ass Perth bands. So in 2009 over two days, two venues and seven bands we all rocked out for charity. But me being me, I always want to go bigger and better. This year with help from DC Productions and the Newport Hotel, we have one venue on one day, with ten bands and two stages. Who’s playing and why did you select those acts? Diamond Eye, Stone Circle, The Other Woman, Pyramid of The Coyote, Global, Coronal Sky, All In All, The Tumblers, Desertship and The Jade Diary. They all bring something different and exciting to the event. It was very hard to pick the top ten. I had emails and I’m still getting emails from bands wanting to play and help out in anyway possible. How do people get tickets? Through heatseeker. com.au, the bands or on the door and they are $15. Is there anything people can do post-gig to support the cause? More info can be found at these websites: everydayhero.com.au/jess_l and tccp.com.au WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 14 November, Newport Hotel, Fremantle

LADY AND THE TRAMPS Hitting the road this weekend for the Blues At Bridgetown Festival are Cal Peck & The Tramps, joining a host of local acts and some of Perth’s finest blues and roots artists. They’re playing at noon on the local stage Saturday 13 November. The following day Sunday 14 they are playing the Manhattans Fundraiser with a host of other bands including Scotch Of St James, Fear Of Comedy, Like Junk and Horny Pony and it all kicks off at 12.

MODERN MARVELS Leaving the studio this month for two special performances will be Usuper Of Modern Medicine, following their track Dental Plan being on high rotation on RTRfm. Catch them at The Bakery on Saturday 13 November with the French Rockets and Naik and again at Manhattans Sunday 28 November for Axxonn’s album launch with These Ship Wrecks and Craig McElhenny. Tickets available for both gigs $15/10 on the door.


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A new market being held in conjunction with WA’s largest Craft, Antique & Collectors Fair - Treasured Craft Creations, is the Polka Dot Vintage Fair. Running from Friday 19 November ‘til Sunday 21 November at the Claremont Showgrounds, there are over 300 stalls selling quality vintage, retro clothing, accessories, collectables, retro homewares and antiques.

MADE IN MANHATTAN

As part of the movement to Save Manhattans Bar and raise money to soundproof the venue, the bar will be putting on a fundraiser on Sunday 14 November. The day will feature live music and vintage, brick-a-brack and clothing markets. Doors open 10am, and anyone can bring stuff down and participate.

LEFT OF CENTRE

The Made On The Left designer markets are on this weekend upstairs at The Saint in Innaloo between 10am and 4pm Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November. With different designers each day and all goods handmade in Western Australia, come down and see what the local designers are up to.

Steph Larkin

ALL THE KINGS WINDOWS King Street will become testament to the art of visual merchandising this November as Curtin University students take over the windows of ZOMP, Head Studio and Periscope. After weeks of designing and constructing, the windows will include elements such as hair embellished Christmas decorations for Head Studio, a retro seaside scene for ZOMP, and a feminine and festive display for Periscope. It’s definitely worth a walk down King Street to see how clever and creative the art of selling can be.

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HIT THE ROOF

After years of slaving away behind sewing machines, unpicking after unpicking, blood, sweat and a lot of tears, it’s graduate collection time again. The first school to show their work is Central Tafe’s fashion and textile students. With their course being highly design-emphasised, we can expect a catwalk that promotes individualism and a highly creative approach to design. The show is on Tuesday 23 November at The Bakery, get your tickets from nowbaking.com.au and come pay homage to what had taken over the last three years of 18 students’ lives.

Dress and Photography by Celine Bridge

COLLECTIVE THREADS

Fashion shows that feature an exhibition as well as a runway show are great as they allow a close up view of the craftsmanship designers have worked so hard at perfecting, while the runway show showcases the spectacle of fashion and wear-ability of the garments. Curtin University’s Fashion And Textile graduates have adopted this formula for their graduate collection showcase on Wednesday 1 December. The show runs from 7pm to 9.30pm at Curtin Stadium in Bentley, tickets are $30 and available from Love in Tokyo, Fremantle, More!, Garden City Zekka, Perth City or through graduating F&TD students. Tickets are limited for your chance to admire the creativity that is coming out of Perth, and in doing so hopefully encourage an industry that needs suppor. 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010

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JAIME LEE CURTIS

After her success at Perth Fashion Festival this year, and a ridiculous amount of people wanting to get their hands on her stock, Jaime Lee is holding a pop-up store at Zara Bryson from now ‘til Sunday 14 November. Open every from day from 10am she will be selling original digital prints, sequins, capes, jewellery and pink aliens, with all proceeds going towards raising money for Jaime’s next collection and to send her to Sydney fashion week.

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BUILDING A GARMENT

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ARCHITECTURE MEETS FASHION? THE VERY HAPPENING DAVID &/OR BILLY HAPPENS.

FASHION ENGINEERING Photographer: Inge Flint

NEW DESIGNER ROXANNA ZAMINI IS ALL ABOUT REMINDING US THAT FASHION IS NOT JUST ABOUT AN INDUSTRY THAT PROMOTES SPECTACLE AND CONSUMERISM, BUT RATHER AN INDUSTRY THAT ENCOURAGES ART, USING THE HUMAN BODY AS A CANVAS. Born and raised in Invercargill, New Zealand, Roxanna Zamani studied a degree in art specialising in textiles before completing her fashion degree at New Zealand Otago Polytechnic, where she started seeing fashion and art as a unified form. After years of study, hundreds of metres of silk, an incomprehensible amount of hours of work and attention to detail, she had Incongruous; her debut collection, inspired by her interest in the comparison of opposites and the various things that don’t belong together. The collection was shown at Perth Fashion Festival this year and with her elaborate pleating and highly structured forms, her collection was a tribute haute couture. After being nominated for the ID Dunedin Emerging Artist Awards Drum Media caught up with her to talk about her love for design. Do you think studying an art degree before your fashion degree gives you an advantage? I’m not too sure if advantage is the right word to use, but I feel that it has given me a different perspective. I felt a little overwhelmed for quite a while at fashion school until I found where I wanted to place myself. I had this idea that my art practice was distinctively different from what I liked visually in clothing. It wasn’t until I really started to listen to myself that I found that these two things worked best as one. This is why my current collection is more artisanal and not so ready to wear - breaking from this mentality of fashion as fashion and not fashion as an expression or a way to have a voice and be an individual. Your collection ‘Incongruous’ is about opposites attracting, how do you believe this idea transcends into

garment? Opposites reconciled - because of this internal conflict that I had regarding my own position, it allowed me to break everything down and re-evaluate where I stood. This is transformed into bringing all these different ‘loves’ together. The garments play with hard and soft elements; elements that are structurally hard but are transparent. Then you have geometrical forms that are soft, shapes breaking down over the body in a feminine and free way but where they started in a hard static form. The fabrics themselves play a huge role in conveying this idea - fabrics that are quite obviously opposite to each other (silk and leather). This has allowed me to blend them in new and quirky ways. Making big and small statements with their use. Your garments are works of art in their own right, can you give is some idea of the amount of fabric, time and techniques that go into the garments? In one of the full length dresses there is 110 metres of silk. Others have 46 metres all the way down to seven metres. Each repeated shape is hand cut as to keep the edge clean and sharp. After each piece is cut they have been hand sealed as to stop them fraying. Part of the good thing about student designers is their willingness to push boundaries. Will this continue in your work now you are not studying? I absolutely think so. I believe that as a designer you have to be looking for new ways to view things, take risks and leaps of faith. In doing so you come across accidents and mistakes that show you that there is a new way of looking at things. Pushing boundaries is something that I hope to continue to do, in doing so I hope that I am able to offer the public a new perspective on fashion. Your work has been received with a lot of excitement, what are the next steps for you? I feel really privileged and grateful that people have really liked my work. I’m so amazingly lucky to be able to do something that I love and for people to love it also. I hope that this will continue in the coming years and that Roxanna Zamani becomes a well regarded and established label - I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what happens.

Architecture and fashion are both based around creating structures that incorporate volume, function, proportion and material. While the convergence between fashion and architecture is not entirely new, an affordable label that accomplishes the two is. When architect David Weir and emerging designer Jeromy Lim decided to combine their separate studies to create a fashion label, it was like the birth of a love-child bringing two worlds together. Within the space of a year David &/Or Billy was out of the womb and walking on its own two feet. After producing a run of printed tees for the unwrapped markets, the label was quickly picked up by Billie & Rose, with their first collection in store now. Drum Media sat down with the guys behind the label to see to what David &/Or Billy is all about. How would you describe your aesthetic? The label has a very relaxed aesthetic, and it’s something that was quite important to us when we designed this collection. It’s almost like there is an ‘as you like it’ attitude with the pieces; every time someone wears them they show us a new way of folding, wrapping, dressing themselves. Which is great because it embodies the spirit of our work together.

keep a beautiful simplicity of clean, understated lines. We sometimes reach that moment where one of us will throw his arms in the air and concede, and more often than not we love the other’s input and learn a bit more from each other. What does the future look like for the label, and where do you hope to take it? Weir: The future is this huge swirling hurricane of opportunity for us and the label at the moment; Jeromy was just awarded a place in the Carton Studio as a winner of this year’s Perth Fashion Festival’s Student Runway, and is presenting his work in Canada later in the year. I have my own architecture firm in Mosman Park, but the nature of the thing is we jump on everything that comes our way and see what we can make with it. Part of Jeromy’s PFF prize is the chance to show a collection at next year’s festival, so there is definitely a plan is to get David &/or Billy centre stage at PFF 2011. Of course, the immediate future is having our collection in store and cross our fingers that everyone else likes it as much as we do. David &/or Billy is available now in Billie and Rose and for more information check out the guys at facebook.com/davidandorbilly or twitter.com/ davidandorbilly.

What kind of people do you believe would be interested in your garments? Lim: We approached this question from two pretty polar opposite directions; I had a very set view of ‘who’ wears the label, that is, clothes for a pre-meditated group of people who would be seeking out something a bit more interesting and individual to add to their wardrobe, whereas David had more of a thought that if they can wear it and get away with it, then that is who we are designing for. The interesting result is that we are both really happy with what we have produced and think that it satisfies both philosophies. So you will find it if you’re looking for it, but you might also stumble across it by chance and get into it. You have separate disciplines in architecture and fashion, how do you combine the two and what is the result? Lim: It’s definitely a balancing act, the result of which is David &/or Billy. Getting there has been a lot of arguments, critical disagreements and some strong design tension, but it takes us out of our comfort zone and that’s an important part of any collaboration. I am always trying to add that extra detail and flourish, whereas David being an architect is always trying to strip it back and

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FLOORED PENDULUM Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont

PENDULUM BY SHANE BUTLER

06/11/10 Where to start this review is the real question? Well, other than a straight out er, wow, it was a sure thing that Pendulum and ShockOne would absolutely go off, but this reviewer was in no way prepared for the amount of hype that was happening at Challenge Stadium tonight. Right from the get go, the line to the door extended out to the car park and although it was a bit chilly, you could just feel the intense excitement in the air as drum ‘n’ bass fans of all ages waited to enter the stadium. Kicking off the much anticipated evening was Perth’s other own, ShockOne, who managed to mix the likes of Florence & The Machine and some Bloody Beetroots into his heavy d‘n’b set that had the atmosphere gradually heighten and the crowd begin to pack out the mosh. In the fifteen-minute break between ShockOne and Pendulum your squished reviewer began to wonder just how many more people could possibly fit into the mosh pit and apparently it was many more… By the time six-piece Pendulum appeared on stage there was just a sea of heads as P-town gave

the guys a warm welcome home. Playing quite the variety from their three releases In Silico, Hold Your Colour and their latest, Immersion, fans old and new had the opportunity to sing along. With the seating section all standing, an array of glow sticks flying around, some crowd surfing and the odd fan on another’s shoulders, it’s safe to say there was no way this show was anything short of amazing. Pendulum really did have us wrapped around their finely tuned fingers with some Mexican wave action and hardcore moshing taking place. Amongst crowd favourites were Tarantula, Fasten Your Seatbelts and, of

course, the track no Pendulum gig could be complete without, their remix of Prodigy’s Voodoo People. Some tracks from their newest release, including Watercolour and The Island, truly raised the roof as the night came to a close with fan-favourite Blood Sugar. This was one-hour-and-a-half that just didn’t go for long enough. It may be cliché, but the original description of ‘wow’ still stands. That three-letter word may be small but it describes something incredibly big; and oh boy, did they come home and bring the noise on this occasion. AIMEE SOMERVILLE

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OGDEN YOUR STYLE? Gritty bass-driven electro for peak time sounds, I try to blend that with some cool broken beat and techno where possible, as well as keeping a few cheeky rogue/ shock value tracks up my sleeve to get people on their feet. Early night sounds seem to be underestimated these days too; I love playing wicked house music as much as anything, funky/deep/tech/bootleg etc. It’s all good. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? Korg 402 mixer, 2 CDJ 800s, 2 Technic 1200s plus 2 Tapco PAs. Only problem is I don’t have a big enough station to put my CDJs and turntables together. YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DJ SET? First set was at Bar Open for Playground B2B with Bishop. Nervous as shit, but it was a packed house for the opening night and we put together a pretty cool set considering I barely knew what I was even doing at that point. BEST DJ IN PERTH: There’s so many in Perth at the moment: Tee El, Micah, Philly, Oli, Wish, Darren J, Misprint, Jus Haus? and Kill Dyl. Micah at Breakfest was mental plus countless memories of early morning madness from the likes of Oli, Philly, Wish etc. Kill Dyl at Oktoberfest this year – set of the

PHOTO BY BRAD SERLS day easily, had the entire room rockin’ from start to finish! WHAT DO YOU DO IN REAL LIFE? Party full-time, work full-time, uni full-time. Sometimes I eat and occasionally I sleep. IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE IN THE WORLD TO BE YOUR BESTIE? Charlie Sheen. Anyone who earns a million bucks for one TV episode can obviously afford to get naked and trash a hotel room, sounds like someone you could have a pretty loose weekend with. BEST TRACK THAT NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR Depends on my mood; There’s so many out there but Sub Focus’ Could This Be Real – bit of an oldie but never fails to get the dancefloor shaking. Rogue Element’s Violence is another favorite that springs to mind. MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? Miles Dyson and Elite Force have been my two biggest and longest standing influences – their versatility of quality house, electro, techno and break beat productions amaze me, plus both their live sets are forkin’ sick balls. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED? Fork at Geisha on a long weekend (the weekend We Love Sounds was canned); the place was rammed,

shit was loose and start to finish the room was packed. It was a peak time set when we hit the decks and shit got wild; people voted McDonald’s cheeseburgers to be thrown into the crowd – it was mayhem. WHAT NIGHTS DO YOU BELONG TO? Fork – I’ve found my mark! Big electro sounds, massive nights and events, shit gets loose (who could ask for more?). I did a lot with other nights like Playground and Open House and events through Genesis that included a show at the Leederville that sold over 1,200 tickets and headlined Hook N Sling. BEST PLACE IN PERTH TO: A) ROCK OUT: Ambar/Geisha/Villa. B) CHILL OUT: Greens n Co/Anywhere in Freo. C) PASS OUT: My Bed. D) PICK UP AND GET OUT: Your mum’s house? Haha nah wouldn’t know… GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? Fork 1st Birthday – Friday 12 November, Geisha, Northbridge; Sunday Session – Sunday 21 November, Contacio, Scarborough Beach; Friday 10 December, Geisha, Northbridge; Stereosonic – Sunday 28 November, Claremont Showgrounds

FLOORED JASON DERULO @ CHALLENGE STADIUM, MT CLAREMONT 02/11/10 Challenge Stadium transformed into juvie central tonight with the general admin area looking like lunchtime at school. Kids sat in circles on the floor waiting for some entertainment that was supposed to begin at 7:30pm. It wasn’t until 8pm that there were signs of entertainment, however it was from an enthusiastic crowd member who began busting out some serious dance moves. The audience formed a cheer squad around this teeny popper who was more than happy to soak up his 15 minutes of fame. The actual support act, local girl Morgan Joanel finally began, and proceeded to blow this reviewer away instantly with

her live loops and acoustics. The audience seemed intrigued but not enough to make them appreciate the layering of her guitar, vocals and percussion in her original songs. Her Katy Perry and Rihanna acoustic covers were better received as she wound the audience up ready for Jason Derulo. There wasn’t a long wait for the man; a smart move considering two girls had already fainted ten minutes into the night. The audience filled the stadium with the sound of stomping feet and highpitched screams as he emerged from the dark with laser gloves but no sign of his signature auto-tuned name drop. His first few pop songs had the audience in a jumping frenzy, which he then fuelled by ripping off his sweat-drenched shirt and throwing it into the crowd. Playing the keyboard and drums for five seconds whilst barely singing his J.T and M.J covers didn’t seem to impress and repeating two of his songs created confusion as to whether he actually had enough songs on his debut album to fill an

hour show. Serenading a teenage girl on stage with What If? also seemed a bit cringe-worthy, as a few uncertain ‘oh my gods’ were over-heard from surrounding teeny boppers. With the encore being a second rendition of In My Head that he had played earlier in the night, the show seemed to have left people feeling content knowing that they had seen all Jason Derulo has to offer so early in his career. DANICA CACCAMO JASON DERULO BY BEAU DAVIS


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parts and warranty. In addition to this turntable series that has been available since 1972, Panasonic will also wind down the production of SH-EX1200 analog audio mixer and RP-DH1200 and RP-DJ1200 stereo headphones. Things have kind of quieted down on the releases front, but out this week (in the U.S. at least – which means you should be able to get it digitally) is Cee-lo’s Lady Killer and more excitingly, Gary Wilson’s Electric Endicott. Just in case you’re not familiar with him, he’s a complete fruitloop. The Californian makes outsider music that is a blend of delicate punk, warped jazz, freaky synths and other experimental bits and pieces thrown together. He actually released his debut album back in 1977, and gained fans including ?uestlove, Beck and Peanut Butter Wolf (who subsequently released some of Wilson’s work on Stones Throw). The title track of Wilson’s new album is a glorious mix of incongruous chords, half-mumbled lyrics and ‘80s cabaret-style guitar ramblings. And as for the album as a whole, it’s pretty much genius that

DIZZIE RASCAL (PLAYING FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL)

it’s so good, because in theory it shouldn’t work at all. Sound Dimes probably doesn’t even need to mention the epicness that is BAKED New Years Eve/Day at The Bakery (Flying Lotus/Gaslamp Killer/Dam-Funk/Hudson Mohawke/ Harmonic 313). The former is sold out but here are the ticket details for the NYD affair – $90 plus BF available from the nowbaking.com.au, Planet, 78s and Mills. You’d kinda be a bit nuts/lame/other to miss this line-up. The ever-grinding {Move} collective have some really great artists coming up in the new year, so make sure you lurk on their Facebook page with bated breath for announcements. And while we’re casting our sights that far ahead, best check out Stones Throw’s Mayer Hawthorne and his suited-up band The County. The Detroit native makes that kind of blue-eyed soul that requires some kind of boating attire, so put on your best rubber-soled shoes for Wednesday 16 February at the Bakery (once again, killing it). Apparently Hawthorne will be playing new material from his upcoming album.

THE FIRST DEGREE

THE SECOND DEGREE

DIZZEE RASCAL

THE KLF

Dirty Cash (Dirty Stank Recordings) 2009 Who’d ever have thought that when UKG star Dizzee Rascal covered this early Brit house smash, originally by The Adventures Of Stevie V, that it would end up catapulting alt.electro act Florence & The Machine into the mainstream. But that’s what happened when Flo’s take on You’ve Got The Love (also a house anthem way back when…) was mashed-up with Rascal’s cover for a one-off live performance at the Brits. A hit was unleashed.

FRIDAYS ARE BACK @ AMPLIFIER

WEEKEND @ CONNECTIONS

WEEKEND @ AMBAR

WEEKEND @ METRO CITY

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3am Eternal (KLF Communications) 1989 Speaking of house anthems and bizarre Brit collabos… this UK rave cut was performed on the UK awards show in 1992 by the enigmatic duo alongside grindcore punk outfit Extreme Noise Terror. It didn’t lead to a hit mash-up though. Rather, The KLF chose the moment to announce their retirement. Perth’s Mind Electric latest release is a cover of this club classic, back in 2006 he issued an electro house cover of Dirty Cash on the Vicious label.

THE THIRD DEGREE THE TRIFFIDS

Wide Open Road (Hot Records) 1986 Not only did The Triffids’ slide guitarist Evil Graham Lee play on The KLF’s White Room album but most of the band performed on KLF-member Bill Drummond’s prestadium-house-stardom solo album The Man. Yes, only a few years after encapsulating the prototype indie Aus sound, The Triffids (who like Mind Electric, hailed from this little city) were helping shape the future of dance. Late singer David McComb also dabbled with electronica on an ’89 solo outing I Don’t Need You.

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DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK

HIP HOP KARA’YO!’KE @ THE BIRD Get down to The Bird and jam out your favourite hip hop tunes.

COOL AS F*CK ‘80S @ DEFECTORS We’re back back to the coolest decade ever… the 1980s. So basically ‘80s cocktails, ‘80s music and ‘80s dress. As always free entry, with Death Disco DJs, Travis Betts and T King, from 7.30pm.

R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES Jon Madd’s Rock’n’roll Karaoke with DJs and you, singing for free – one hell of a night for your vocal cords.

SOUL PURPOSE @ WOLFE LANE The Soul Purpose Sound System continues its residency and this week will see resident DJ JimmyMac drive the Disco Funk Express.

CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT This week Culture Clash sees the Extended Play DJs hit the decks from 9pm ‘til 12am.

PLEASUREDOME @ ROSEMOUNT The local crown prince of electro showmanship Tomas Ford spins tunes and general craziness in the garden. Free from 8pm. Indoors is the Stagebound comp featuring Goodnight Tiger, Valiant, Sleepwalker and The Shadows, also free from 8pm.

FRIDAY

THE POTBELLEEZ @ METRO CITY CLASS A

THE WILDSIDE TOUR Get ready for a hip hop hoedown of the highest order when The Wildside Tour hits the westside. Two of Australia’s most electrifying hip hop acts combine, with The Tongue and Spit Syndicate joining forces for a national tour of epic proportions. The Tongue heads this way on the high of his new album Alternative Energy stirring up quite the buzz, while the Syndicate are running hot on the wave of excitement following their Exile album release. To make things even sweeter they’ll be joined by Melbourne MC Class A, also launching her album Me, Me, Me And Him: The Secret Life Of A Receptionist. It’s an Elefant Traks spectacular and the threesome drop in to give you pleasure at Rocket Room on Thursday 11 November, Mojo’s on Friday 12 and Albany’s Studio 146 on Saturday 13. Tickets from New World Artists, Oztix, Heatseeker and Moshtix.

AYOBANESS @ FREO TOWN HALL As part of the Freo Festival, DJs Chio, Ashboi, PDJ and the Dancers Tatso take over Fremantle Town Hall hosted by the Empressions with the sound of South African House. $10 from 8pm. BIOWEAPON

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BIOWEAPON @ RISE FORK @ GEISHA It’s been one year since they started throwing some of Perth craziest and coolest dance parties, so it’s time to celebrate Fork’s 1st Birthday at their usual home of Geisha on Friday 12 November. Kill Dyl, Ogden, Marko Paulo, Mr Ed and Misprint help shape the excessive looseness, consisting of grimy funk house, dirty underground, mashed-up bootlegs, ghetto electro and tech. Say “fork this” at the door for cheap entry.

RED INK @ KING TITO’S DIRTY DISCO Joining King Tito for his monthly dirty disco is Melbourne group Red Ink. They embark on their first tour of Perth with a show at King Tito’s Dirty Disco at The East End on Friday 12 November with support from Bastian’s Happy Flight (live) plus DJs Grubby Gorilla, Cooker, Malone, Sparklehaus, Buda, Azwon, Perthquake DJs and more from 9pm ‘til 3am. $15 tickets through Moshtix, Heatseeker or on the door.

TRASHBAGS @ VILLA Formed in 2006, Cyberpunkers are two Italian DJs who have combined punk rock music with electro. Touring all over the world, Cyberpunkers have set a benchmark in electro music, even getting labelled as The Bloody Beetroots fused with Justice, thanks to the huge success of their track I Needed To Go. They play Trashbags at Villa on Friday 12 November with support from local villains Jus Haus?, Pearly Whites, Robot Skream and more.

LIMELITE @ METRO FREO This edition sees heat 2 of the ‘Into The Limelite’ DJ competition where 30 contestants battle it out for some quality prizes including the coveted prize of a set at this year’s Stereosonic Festival. The second heat features 10 contestants so get down early and support your friends as they reach Into The Limelite. 42 • THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010

together the tightly coiled productions of dubstep with the fast breakbeats of d’n’b in perfect combination on a system with the brutal force that enables you to feel the sub-frequencies reverberating through the very essence of your being. This edition sees Rregular, Greg Packer, Saxon, Boy Prince, Kurtox, DK, Hidemec, DJ Vu and Pacemaker bringing the beats. $15/10/5 from 9.30pm.

Bioweapon are Australia’s latest export in the hardstyle world. Hard dance producers, Sam (Orbit1) and Corey (Inverse) have combined their previous experience and dance floor intuition to create a musical force to be reckoned with. Bioweapon have done the seemingly impossible in a short amount of time, doing what no other Australians have: rising from underground obscurity and signing to Scantraxx Recordz, the world’s leading hardstyle record label. Support from Uproar, Rousa, Pace, Ravix, Steak. $15/10/5 from 9.30pm. SHONKY

SHONKY @ AMBAR Shonky heads west for a night of deepness at Democracy, the sound of the underground. Shonky was first introduced to the Parisian dance scene via Dan Ghenacia’s infamous Sunday ‘Kwality’ Batofar parties. He studied mathematics for five years until he decided to become a full time producer and DJ. Support from Nina Van Dyke, Kid Deep, Darren J (Democracy Debut) and door sales are $20.

Scott; and Sneakyfunk discos to Adroc and Dazz K in this big night out in Northbridge.

SOFT SELL ‘80S @ DEVILLES Soft Sell ‘80s night is back this Friday with special guests Utubes playing the worst of U2, plus Jumpin’ Josh and AJ/DJ spin ‘80s dance floor smashes all night. Plus Lady Velvet ‘80s Cabaret and a GoGo with Les Sataniques. Doors open 5pm, $10 after 8pm.

Ben Taaffe, Leonard Loose, Rok Riley, Nic Elliot, Dr J, Ben M and Nathan J bring a bit of soul back into your life from 8pm.

MAIKO @ GEISHA Maiko, meaning ‘Dance Child’, are apprentice Geisha (Geiko). The Obelix boys are back for this month’s installment of the hugely popular Maiko night with funky and deep house from 11pm, $10/15.

R&B LOUNGE @ METRO CITY Ruthless, Slick, Brett Costello, SoSo and more bringing the urban tunes to Metro City from 9pm.

POP LIFE @ MINT House, electro, dance, retro, R&B and Top 40 from DJ Darren Briais. Free before midnight for Pop Life, $5 before 12am, $10 thereafter.

BAD LOVE @ DEFECTORS

Chris McPhee and guests unleash ‘80s/‘90s party hits and retro classics each Friday at Club Retro. Free before 10pm or $5/10 thereafter.

Come and get your monthly dose of delectable disco in the cosy surrounds of Defectors Bar, Bad Love the perfect place to get the party started. Featuring DJs Lemon Lime & Biddiss, P.C.J, FKN Midas and Lightsteed, entry is free from 8pm. Getting down early is as strongly advised as is dancing.

FRIDAYS @ AMPLIFIER New and retro tunes with DJ Jamie Mac and DJ Shannon Fox. $8 entry fee after 12.

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.

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TOO DAMN GLAM @ SAPPHIRE

ORGANIKSIMNESS @ THE BIRD New Zealand drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep and electronica producer Organiksimness has been crafting his hybrid sound of sonically raw organic music for over a decade now and has seen releases on labels such as Protogen, Optimus Gryme, Empathy, Betamorph and Bassweight recordings. He’s also only one of a handful of DJs worldwide in the d’n’b and dubstep community that plays nothing but his own original material. Support from Vishnu, DYP and Ylem. $5 from 8pm.

THE HIDEOUT @ LEEDERVILLE (DOWN) Every Friday The Hideout takes over to bring you the best in hip hop DJs, producers, live MCs and vocalists free from 8pm.

SATURDAY JAPAN4 @ AMBAR

Indie/grunge/new wave/punk/post punk/space rock/glam/dream pop/ art punk/noise punk/lo and much more with DJs Andrew Sinclair and special guest Haram Cabal. Every second Friday at Ya Ya’s, 8pm – 2am with free entry before 9, $10 thereafter.

Coming at you like a ninja spider monkey out of the darkness, for another red-hot go at the show that makes your week worth living. Nobody delivers better than the Japan 4 crew, and this week we have an extra special closing set from local scenester, Mario Travelli. Featuring Oli, Tee El, Ben Mac and Wish, with door sales $12/8.

The Sneakypop room see DJs Angry Buda, Headayke, Moe Steez and Master Dash play pop and party hits; Sneakhouse will see electro and from Maxwell, Kastel and Paul

SOUL MUSIC @ THE BIRD

CLUB RETRO @ MINT

PANIC @ YA YA’S

SNEAKY @ THE LIBRARY

Australian electro juggernauts The Potbelleez hit our shores fresh from rocking last week’s ARIA awards with hits Don’t Look Back and Hello. Doors open at 9pm and check metroconcertclub.com for more information.

RESONATE @ RISE Resonate is a night devoted to broken beats and bass. Bringing

Too Damn Glam is a fresh and funky night bringing you the sexiest commercial and funky house around with DJs Johnny Zimber, Frankie Button and guests.

SUNDAY PARADISE IN BALI @ DOUBLE SIX Paradise In Bali has just been shifted to its new and improved home of Double Six in Seminyak following environmental difficulties at Lotus Pond. International drum’n’bass heavyweights Bungle, Netsky, Makoto, Ragga Twins, Krust, Die, Matrix & Futurebound, Utah Jazz and many more will be getting the party absolutely thumping, along with some local heroes Head to paradisefestival.com.au for tickets, info and optional flight and accommodation packages still available. Sunday 14 November and Monday 15!

BACK TO MONO @ DEFECTORS General good times spun by Anton Maz, Fang and special guests, designed to turn that hangover frown upside down. Free entry. Funky DJs from 5pm downstairs too with pint and pizza specials.

SUNDAY SESSIONS @ ROSEMOUNT Get Wet returns for more chillaxing Sunday afternoon beats from 5pm. This edition sees Carlsani, Ylem and Jazza manning the decks as you watch the sun go down over a cold beer. Free entry and $10 cocktails when you say ‘squirt’ at the bar.

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THE LOFT @ GEISHA This week sees The Loft get a bit punked out as we take you on a journey from its origins with The Pistols and The Clash through to Nirvana and the Pumpkins. Throw in all those that have inspired and you have a guitar-laden night with a whole lotta licks. Come early as always for half-price entry and drinks before 9pm.

WEDNESDAY BIG WEDNESDAYS @ NEWPORT DJ Tony Allen plus DJ Tom and The Chat spinning tunes from from 8pm ‘til midnight.

CRAVE @ MUSTANG Student and backpacker night with DJ Giles from 6pm.

LMW @ CONNECTIONS Lesbian Mud Wrestling with DJs a selection of sauced-up DJs to boot. Free entry from 10pm ‘til late.

STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT DJ Shannon Fox brings you postpunk, indie-pop, rock and electro goodies in the courtyard. Free entry.

UNI-QUE @ SCOTSMAN Overlords Dave Jackson and Armee select their finest tunes from 8pm.

UPCOMING TOURS & EVENTS THREE UP TOUR @ VARIOUS Showcasing three of the country’s most talented MCs, the nationwide Three Up Tour will bring Illy, 360 and Skryptcha to WA. Illy was recently seen in WA for the Groovin The Moo and is still riding high off his debut album Long Story Short. Presented by Drum Media, the trio play the Prince Of Wales on Thursday 18 November; Norfolk Basement on Friday 19; and Amplifier on Saturday 20. Tickets from Oztix, as well as Heatseeker for the Bunbury show and Moshtix for the Perth and Freo shows.

D’N’B PARADISE @ AMBAR If you can’t make the trip over to Paradise In Bali, then you can at least experience three of the acts at Ambar on Friday 19 November. Set to bring his much anticipated live show out of Brazil is Bungle and he joins Utah Jazz who’s been touring off the back of his latest release Vintage. Topping off the night on their 20th anniversary tour will be Ragga Twins and their veteran jungle sounds. $20/25 presales from Mills, DJ Factory, 78s and Planet.

PHAROAHE MONCH @ VILLA After sending Villa into a frenzy with his appearance late last year, Queens’ most kick-ass MC Pharoahe Monch heads back to the venue. Joining him is Jean Grae. Grae’s recorded tracks with the likes of The Roots and Atmosphere, and these two artists promise a fine night of hip hop. $45 plus BF from Moshtix, Boomtick and the usuals from Monday. Saturday 20 November.

SUMMERBEATZ @ BURSWOOD DOME With Winterbeatz and Supafest already packing massive crowds this year, Paperchase Touring and Jive bring another massive urban/pop bill with Summerbeatz. Headlined by the one and only Akon, add that to Flo Rida, and he’ll be spinning right round with chart topping sensation Jay Sean, Grammy nominated hip hopper Soulja Boy, Gym Class Hero frontman and solo star Travis McCoy, urban pop princess Ciara, Australian Idol Stan Walker and urban DJ extraordinaire Nino Brown. Tickets available from Ticketek or the usuals. Tuesday 23 November.

UPCOMINGS NOVEMBER THE POTBELLEEZ – Nov 11 @ Settlers Tavern THE TONGUE, SPIT SYNDICATE, CLASS A – Nov 11 @ Rocket Room, Nov 12 @ Mojo’s, Nov 13 @ Studio 146 Albany CYBERPUNKERS – Nov 12 @ Villa BIOWEAPON – Nov 12 @ Rise EL MARIACHI – Nov 13 @ Rocket Room (with The Shake-Up) THE THREE UP TOUR: ILLY, 360, SKRYPTCHA – Nov 18 @ Prince Of Wales, Nov 19 @ Norfolk Basement, Nov 20 @ Amplifier BONE THUGS N HARMONY – Nov 19 @ Metro City BUNGLE, UTAH JAZZ, RAGGA TWINS – Nov 19 @ Ambar 12TH PLANET, RESO – Nov 19 @ Shape MARTIN BUTTRICH – Nov 19 @ Geisha Bar MUSCLES – Nov 20 @ The Bakery PHAROAHE MONCH, JEAN GRAE – Nov 20 @ Villa SUMMERBEATZ: AKON, FLO RIDA, JAY SEAN, SOULJA BOY, TRAVIE MCCOY, CIARA, STAN WALKER, DJ NINO BROWN – Nov 23 @ Burswood Dome + PHRASE, M-PHAZES – Nov 25 @ Rocket Room, Nov 26 @ Players Bar, Nov 27 @ Royal Palms Resort, Nov 28 @ Newport FUTUREBOUND – Nov 26 @ Shape DJ KRUSH – Nov 27 @ Villa ADSORB – Nov 27 @ Ambar STEREOSONIC: Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Major Lazer, Sebastian Ingrosso, Benny Benassi, Wiley, Ricardo Villalobos, Infected Mushroom, Jeff Mills, Afrojack, Luciano, DJ Sneak, Annie Mac, Caspa & MC Rod Azlan, Giuseppe Ottaviani (GO! Live), Reboot, DJ T, Bart B More, Optimo, DJ Dan, Congorock, Sied van Riel, Technasia, Russ Chimes, Redshape, L-VIS 1990, Aly & Fila – Nov 28 @ Claremont Showgrounds

DECEMBER SIGMA, THE UPBEATS – Dec 3 @ Rosemount KRAFTY KUTS – Dec 3 @ Villa TURBULENCE – Dec 3 @ Railway Hotel BAG RAIDERS, FLIGHT FACILITIES – Dec 5 @ Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre GORILLAZ – Dec 6 @ Burswood Dome + 112 – Dec 10 @ Metro City CYANTIFIC – Dec 10 @ Shape + RAZAR LAUNCH: AJAX, THE ONLY – Dec 10 @ Metropolis Fremantle DRAPHT – Dec 11 @ Villa PDMA CEREMONY – Dec 12 @ Rosemount Hotel SHARON JONES & THE DAPKINGS, VICTOR VALDES TRIO, DJ MISS GOLDIE – Dec 12 @ Fremantle Arts Centre + BORGORE – Dec 17 @ Shape + MAYER HAWTHORNE – Dec 16 @ The Bakery BREAKFEST: The Cuban Brothers, 2 Live Crew, Plump DJs, Freestylers, Freq Nasty, Kid Kenobi & MC Shureshock, Rico Tubbs, Atomic Hooligan, Far Too Loud, Soul Of Man and Beardyman – Dec 26 @ Belvoir Amplitheatre ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, GENTLEMEN OF LEISURE – Dec 31 @ Salt On The Beach


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GIG GUIDE THU 11 Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Adrian Wilson Bennys Celebrations Karaoke Brooklands Tip Top Sound, DJ Al Club Marakesh Christian Parkinson Como Htl Jon Madd’s Rock’n Roll Karaoke Devilles Pad Isolation Double Lucky, Leederville Carl Mackey Quartet Ellington Jazz Club Matt Corby Fly By Night Fremantle Nathan Gaunt FUSE Bar Trivia Night High Road Htl Riverton Bex’s Open Mic Night Indi Bar Chris Murphy Kingsley Tavern Kim Churchill, Mister & Sunbird Llama Live B.O.S.S.A, Mark Hweitt, Echoes of Django, Helen Shanahan Manhattans Stunning In Red, Silent Republic, Paperfly Mojos Nth Fremantle Boom! Bap! Pow!, DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Culture Clash Newport Htl Dogtown, King George, KT Rumble Norfolk Basement Dr Bogus Paddy Hannan’s, Burswood Valiant, Goodnight Tiger, Sleep Walker, The Shallows Rosemount Htl Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Fenton Wilde Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge The Potbelleez Settlers Tavern Margaret River Greg Carter Sovereign Arms Hip Hop Karaoke The Bird Open Mic Night The Den Off the Record Universal Bar Village Kid, Michael Swann & the Fox Fantasy, Love Sponge, Kathryn Tree Rollins Velvet Lounge Soul Purpose Wolfe Lane Bar

FRI 12 Midnight Rambler 7th Avenue Bar The Deep River Collective, Datura, The Black Board Minds, Sugarpuss Amplifier Bar Damo Suzuki The Bakery Copy Cat Bally’s Bar Kate Gilbertson Balmoral Sugar Blue Burlesque Belgian Beer Cafe Faces Bennys Better Days Bentley Hotel J Babies Black Bettys Rhyme & Reason Captain Stirling Audacity Carlisle Htl The Atlas Mountains, Therapist Civic Htl Backroom Tip Top Sound, DJ Al Como Htl 11:11 Craigie Tavern Utubes, Jumpin Josh, Les Sataniques Devilles Pad

DJ Adam Kelly & Cee Double Lucky, Leederville Redstar Dusk Lounge Bar Matt Corby, Matt Allen, Allira Wilson Ellington Jazz Club The Break Fly By Night Fremantle Gareth Liddiard, Lucky Oceans Fremantle Arts Centre Riddum Shack Greenwood Hotel Airbag High Road Htl Riverton Vdelli Indi Bar Fenton Wilde Legends Bar James Wilson Leopold Htl Bicton Adroc, Master Dash, Angry Buda, Moe Steez, Maxwell, Kastel, Paul Scott, + heaps more Library Barons Of Tang, 6s & 7s, Hayley Beth Manhattans Bullzeye Merriwa Tavern The Tongue, Spit Syndicate, Class A Mojos Nth Fremantle Adam Hall & the Velvet Playboys, Cheeky Monkeys with DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Milhouse Newport Htl Wolves At The Door, Fall Electric, Quick Brown Fox Norfolk Basement Blue Gene Paddy Hannan’s, Burswood Flyte, DJ Morgan, DJ Jordan Paramount The Damien Cripps Band Players Bar Mandurah Aniva, Blank Inc, Fr8Train Railway Htl Nth Fremantle Side FX Rocket Room Sons of Rico, Boys Boys Boys, Luna Parade, Sonspilo Circus Rosemount Htl Andrew Winton Rottnest Hotel Switchback Sail & Anchor Threeplay Saint (afternoon) Sneaky Weasel Gang Settlers Tavern Margaret River Robbie King Karaoke South st Ale House Billy & the Broken Lines Springs Tavern Lady Penelope Subiaco Htl Grand Suns, Stunning In Red, Red Dirt, Daniel Lomas Swan Basement Neil Collis, Barcode Swinging Pig Organikismness, Vishnu, DYP, YLEM The Bird Mod Squad The Boat Chris Murphy The Deen Applebite Beggars On Acid The Den Mike Nayar The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success Karin Page The Riverdale DJ Durra The Vic Hotel Paul Malone, Joby, Alex K - Bongos Tiger Lils Funksta Universal Bar The Reserves, Arts Martial, Boston & Chevy Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic, Tip Top Sound, DJ Roxy Vic Park Htl Dr Bogus Woodvale Tavern

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SAT 13 Day of the Dead, Blazing Entrails Amplifier Bar French Rockets The Bakery Tip Top Sound, DJ Real McCoy Bally’s Bar The Recliners Balmoral Flyte Bar 120 Chris Murphy Belgian Beer Cafe James Wilson Bentley Hotel Redstar Black Bettys The Other Guys Broken Hill Three and a Half Men Brooklands Combined Deathtoll, Malignant Monster, Ill Vision Civic Htl Backroom Tip Top Sound, DJ Jen Como Htl Rocket to Memphis, Little Franco Berry, Razor Jack Devilles Pad DJ Saxon, Sardi Double Lucky, Leederville James Wilson Eastern Hotel Matt Corby, Amrit Sidhu Ellington Jazz Club Latin Extravaganza Fly By Night Fremantle Baby Piranhas Greenwood Hotel Fuse High Road Htl Riverton Matt Gresham Indi Bar Rhyme & Reason Indian Ocean Brewing Company Jane Germain, Ian Simpson, Adam Gare JB O’Reilly’s Steve Hepple Legends Bar Greg Carter Leopold Htl Bicton DJ Jimmy Phatz, DJ Victor, DJ Garath Library The Words, Louis and The Honky Tonks, The Fallen Poets, Ben Macri Manhattans Dr Bogus Metropolis Fremantle Indigo Alley Mighty Quinn Tavern Gareth Liddiard, Maurice Flavel Mojos Nth Fremantle Milhouse Moon & Sixpence The Rusty Pinto Combo with Rockabilly DJ, The Damien Cripps Band with DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Gravity Newport Htl Datura, Sneaky Weasel Gang Norfolk Basement Felix, DJ Meezy, DJ Jordan Paramount J Babies Paramount Nightclub Airbag Players Bar Mandurah Sophie Jane Priory Hotel Lungs, Lucille, Aaagh Bats, The Reptilians Railway Htl Nth Fremantle The Meaning Of, The Siren Tower, An Easier Question, Serial Killer Smile Rosemount Htl Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys Northbridge Cam Dunbar Rottnest Hotel The Blue Bottles Sail & Anchor Wild Marmalade Settlers Tavern Margaret River Tip Top Sound, DJ Red Springs Tavern

Off the Record Subiaco Htl Chekid & Cortex, Aero D & the D.S Fam, Mx Axis, Creed Bitch, + more Swan Basement Ben Taaffe, Leonard Loose, Rok Riley, Nic Elliot, Dr J, Ben M, Nathan J The Bird The Voltaire Twins, Red Ink, Fuckit The Den Smokin’ Section The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success Retriofit The Principle Micro Brewery Huge The Shed DJ Matty J The Vic Hotel Grand Theft Audio The Whale & Ale Adam Kelly, Charlie Bucket Tiger Lils Soul Corporation Universal Bar Tip Top Sound, DJ Al Vic Park Htl Tod Woodward Wanneroo Mod Squad Woodvale Tavern Big Old Bears, Hayley Beth, James Teague, Shontay, Blue Lucy, Morgan Bain, Grace Barbe, Freya Hanly, Sian Brown X-Wray Cafe

SUN 14 Good Karma 7th Avenue Bar Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Andrew Winton Balmoral Damien Cripps Belmont Htl Adrian Wilson Bentley Hotel Nathan Gaunt Broken Hill Dom Zurzollo Brooklands Benjamin Glynn Captain Stirling Chris Murphy, The Select Few Como Htl Mo Wilson & the Drivers Fremantle Arts Centre Chris Gibbs Greenwood Hotel Mike Nayar High Road Htl Riverton The Brow Horn Orchestra Indi Bar DJ Wade, Retriofit Indian Ocean Brewing Company Justin Kutylowski Kalamunda Htl Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern Matt Milford Lakeside Shopping Centre Cal Peck, Horny Pony, Hootenanny, Scotch of St. James, Fear of Comedy, + heaps more Manhattan’s Indiana, The Yoko Homos, The Moltens Mojos Nth Fremantle Acoustic Inc Moon & Sixpence Road Masters, DJ Rockin Rhys Mustang Bar Diamond Eye, Stone Circle, 7 Years, Pyramid Of The Coyote, + heaps more Newport Htl Voltaire Twins, Minute36, Rocket Surgery, village on the moon, The Revolvers, Fat Jackal Railway Htl Nth Fremantle Rosie’s On the Couch open mic Rosemount Htl Sophie Jane Rottnest Hotel Howie Morgan Project Saint

Crowded House, Oh Mercy, The Ghost Hotel Sandalford Wines Kym Churchill Settlers Tavern Margaret River Anthony Nieves South st Ale House Ivan Ribic Sovereign Arms Steve Hepple Springs Tavern Bill Chidgzey Stamford Arms Kimura, Empires Laid Waste, Shrapnel, Precedent Swan Basement Ivan Ribic Swinging Pig Injured Ninja, Fall Electric, Chris Cobilis, Craig McElhinney The Bird Courtney Murphy The Boat Better Days, The Other Guys The Gate Bar and Bistro, Success Retriofit Universal Bar Neil Collis Vic Park Htl Damien Cripps Wanneroo James Wilson Whistling Kite Reckless Kelly Woodvale Tavern

MON 15 Barbara Blue Queen Of blues Indi Bar The Charlatans, + Guests Metropolis Fremantle Open Mic Night Mojos Nth Fremantle Marco & The Rhythm Kings Mustang Bar Sean Oniel, Reid Maul The Bird

TUE 16 Mr Percival (SYD) Ellington Jazz Club Aztech Suns, West End Riot, Lantana Mojos Nth Fremantle The New Pornographers, Josh Fontaine Rosemount Htl Dj Dan Fantastic The Bird Open Piano Night w’ Stu Orchard X-Wray Cafe

WED 17 Mr Percival (SYD) Ellington Jazz Club Mamma Kin Fremantle Arts Centre Xave Brown Indi Bar Howie Morgan Lucky Shag One Tiger Down, Angie Jones, Killer Beez Manhattan’s Barrel House, Lightning Jack Mojos Nth Fremantle The Fix, DJ Giles Mustang Bar DJ Tony Allen, DJ Tom, The Chad Newport Htl Pins & Ladles, Red Delicious, Tim Gordon, + guest Paddo Side FX Rocket Room Mekare-Kare, Suffer, Bamodi, Frozen Ocean, The Gizzards Rosemount Htl Adrian Wilson Sail & Anchor Intenso 66, King John III, Nathan J The Bird Going Solo, Danielle MacDonald, Dan Crook, Danni Ammon The Moon Khin Myint X-Wray Cafe

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UPCOMING TOURS

GANG OF FOUR LISA MITCHELL, GEORGIA FAIR: 11 The Quarry KIM CHURCHILL: NOV 11 Llama Bar, NOV 12 Clancy’s Freo, NOV 13 Norfolk Lanes Festival (early), Prince Of Wales (late), NOV 14 Settlers Tavern RUFIO, MEST: NOV 11 Amplifier MATT CORBY: NOV 11 Fly By Night, NOV 12 Ellington + AN EASIER QUESTION: NOV 12 Rocket Room, NOV 13 Rosemount CHICAGO, AMERICA, PETER FRAMPTON: NOV 12 Kings Park DAMO SUZUKI: NOV 12 The Bakery

HEALTH TUMBLERS, JAMES TEAGUE, BEN WATERS and DJs – NOV 14, Manhattans Bar THE CHARLATANS: NOV 15 Metropolis Fremantle THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: NOV 16 Rosemount LIOR: NOV 17 & 18 Quarry Amphitheatre MAMA KIN: NOV 17 Fremantle Arts Centre YOU AM I: NOV 18 Fly By Night, NOV 19 Rosemount MM9: NOV 18 Mustang Bar, NOV 19 Prince Of Wales, NOV 21 Newport + BRITISH INDIA: NOV 19 Players, NOV 20 Narrogin Rev Heads Festival

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Settlers Tavern SHIHAD: NOV 25 Prince Of Wales, NOV 26 Rosemount, NOV 27 Indi Bar, NOV 28 Mojo’s ROB SNARSKI: NOV 26 Velvet Lounge, NOV 28 Mojo’s + ROGER WOODWARD: NOV 26 Winthrop Hall BRIAN HENRY HOOPER BAND: NOV 27 Llama Bar JOHN FARNHAM, ROSS WILSON, RICHARD CLAPTON: NOV 27 & 28 Kings Park THE JD SET: THE LIVING END, GYROSCOPE: NOV 28 Hotel Rottnest JOHN WILLIAMSON: NOV 30, DEC 1 & 2 The Quarry SALLY SELTMANN: DEC 1 Fremantle Arts Centre PHILADELPHIA GRAND JURY, HOWL: DEC 1 High Road Hotel Riverton, DEC 2 Prince Of Wales, DEC 3 Capitol, DEC 4 Settlers Tavern, DEC 5 Newport Hotel HAND OF MERCY: DEC 2 Black Betty’s, DEC 3 YMCA HQ THE POOR: DEC 3 Pace Road Tavern Medina, DEC 4 Charles Hotel JACK JOHNSON, TEGAN & SARA, ASH GRUNWALD: DEC 4 Nib Stadium + A. WALLACE: DEC 4 Kulcha, DEC 5 Third Gallery, DEC 6 The Bird BROADCAST, SEEKAE, PIKELET: DEC 4 Capitol + WHIPPERSNAPPERS: SPLIT SECONDS, THE CABALLEROS, SEAMS, SONPSILO CIRCUS, GEORGI KAY, FAT JACKAL: DEC 4 The Bakery BAG RAIDERS: DEC 5 Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre THE LEMONHEADS: DEC 5 Rosemount GORILLAZ: DEC 6 Burswood Dome LINKIN PARK: DEC 7 Burswood Dome REEL BIG FISH, THE AQUABATS: DEC 7 Capitol TUJIKO NORIKO: DEC 7 The Bakery THE BOUNCING SOULS, HOT WATER MUSIC, DAVE HAUSE: DEC 8 Rosemount BON JOVI: DEC 8 Patersons Stadium (Subiaco Oval) CLARE BOWDITCH & THE NEW SLANG, GLENN RICHARDS: DEC 8 & 9 The Quarry ARCHITECTS, COMEBACK KID, ROLO TOMASSI, THIS IS HELL: DEC 8 Capitol


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“I’ve heard it said that the American dream is a thing of the past, that the basic tenants of home, job, and family are slipping away. Not in my town; where I come from, that dream is still a reality,” he beamed, like the proudest of patriarchs, the camera sweeping past an outwardly idyllic backwater of swept porches, vintage automobiles, lemonade refreshments on the veranda, and, tellingly, cherub festooned cemeteries. “Of course, you have to know who’s boss. For those who follow my lead, life can be a paradise. For those who don’t, it can be a mighty rough road.” Those willing to travel that perilous highway included Caleb Temple (Lucas Black), the remarkably selfpossessed kid resistant to the idea of

ARTS

THURSDAY 11 Australian Poetry Slam: WA Heats – the best poets from the state come together to win one a places in the final, with the winner nabbing cash and a trip to Sydney in December for the national final. The Bakery, 7pm.

SATURDAY 13 The Chopping Block temporary group art exhibition – presented by the Butcher Shop as part of the Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival, featuring Aidan White, Amok Island, Deathbot, Michael Katchan, Mitchell Page, Mow Skwoz, Patrick Leonard O’Brien, Daek William, Yokyo, and Vader. Essex St, Freemantle, 12pm to 7pm.

SUNDAY 14 The Now Recent Past – exhibition of works by Mandy Harwood, Katie Martin, and Roderick Sprigg taking an open-minded approach to traditional views of rural Australia. Closing date. Heathcote Museum & Gallery. Northbridge Festival – festival of music, food, theatre, and more, featuring events such as the William St Art Collective, where shopfront windows are turned into canvases, film forums, Tai Chi, KULCHA multicultural arts events, PICA exhibitions, The Big Skate, Kinetic

FRESH MEAT FOR PCP The Perth Centre For Photography is hosting Fresh Meat, an exhibition of photomedia works from Edith Cowan University graduates. Things kick off Friday 19 November at 6pm. Head to pcp.org.au for gallery opening hours.

Theatre, and band comps. Head to northbridgefestival.com.au for more details. Various Northbridge locations until 21 November.

MONDAY 15 Please Give / Chloe – double-bill of films, featuring Please Give (starring Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet), and Chloe (Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, and Amanda Seyfried). Luna Leederville, 7:30pm.

WEDNESDAY 17 Day Of The Thread launch party – there’s a new T-shirt label in town and they won’t you to know about it. Easiest way? Throw a party. So they are. Featuring music from Intenso, and a surprise band, live projection of communal art, T-shirts for sale, and all the usual party-goodness. The Bird, William St. Pollinate: Directors Cut forum and film screening – hosted by Propel Youth Arts WA this forum will introduce emerging filmmakers to industry names from places such as Amiko Films, Film And Television Institute WA, ScreenWest, and filmmakers. In addition a selection of WA short films will be showcased. Northbridge Piazza Community Cultural Room, 5:30pm.

KAT STEWART IN TANGLE

SHOOT YOUR PILOT It’s ONE80PROJECT time again, with Australians interested in forging a name for themselves in the film and/or television fields given the opportunity to get their works seen and voices heard. The full panel of judges for this year are yet to be announced, but Kat Stewart (star of last year’s ONE80PROJECT winner Dungoona, as well as a regular on TVs through Tangle and Offspring) has confirmed she’ll be returning to the judge’s seat. Entrants are being 48 • THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010

asked to upload a 180-second pilot and treatment for a TV show with the eventual winner given the chance to turn their pilot idea into a fully-formed pilot to screen on MTV Australia and across Optus Zoo’s web and mobile portals. Entries close Friday 14 January, 2011, so you’ve got some time to get your ideas together. Head to one80project.com.au for more info.

being groomed to take up his father’s diabolical mantle. Sister Merlyn Temple (Sarah Paulson), who returned as a spirit guide after the good Sheriff had earlier snapped her neck like a twig. Cousin and former Trinity resident Gail Emory (Paige Turco), who took Caleb under her wing, and benevolent doctor Matt Crower (Jake Weber, who was replaced midseason, reportedly on the grounds of being insufficient eye-candy, by an actor who looked more GQ than MD). American Gothic was indeed one of those shows prone to such network meddling, but CBS, which pulled the plug after a single season, committed far greater atrocities than actor displacement. When you’re dealing with a rich cast of complex characters, each with their own demons to face other than the one uniting them in battle, airing episodes in order is generally considered the wisest way to execute a story arch. Instead, four instalments were skipped during the premiere run, resulting in mystifying narrative potholes and audiences left trying to

recall how long their last bathroom break had actually been. Revisiting American Gothic now, time has done little to dull the show’s edge. There’s a reason it’s mentioned in the same breath as Twin Peaks whenever the truly inspired examples of cult American television are cited, and though it may not equal David Lynch’s first magnificent season in Weirdsville, it’s far more consistent than the second, and in its nefarious Sheriff enjoys a character with every ounce of Agent Dale Cooper’s magnetism. Had the show have aired in the nougthies, as actor Gary Cole has since wished, it could well have met a different fate; embraced by a public more accepting of challenging TV hour-longs, and a network which just may have followed Lucas Buck’s lead for a little longer than a year before telling him to go to hell. WHAT: American Gothic: The Complete Collection (Via Vision/ Madman)

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FIRST LOOK: JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER Look at him. N’aww. Biebs makes his foray into 3D (yes!) in March/April 2011 through MTV Films/Paramount Pictures. We know you cannot wait.

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TWO WORLDS COLLIDE THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA HAS TEAMED UP WITH NOTABLE DIRECTORS AND ACTORS TO CREATE AN ORCHESTRA-THEATRE HYBRID REVOLVING AROUND A WORK THAT BEETHOVEN, JANÁCEK, AND TOLSTOY ALL HAVE IN COMMON. MONICA CONNORS SPEAKS WITH ACO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR RICHARD TOGNETTI AND KREUTZER VS KREUTZER DIRECTOR SARAH GILES.

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ollowing on from recent collaborations with photographer Bill Henson and comedian Barry Humphries, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has paired up with British playwright Laura Wade to create Kreutzer vs Kreutzer. Described by director Sarah Giles as a “sequence of influences and retakes”, the production combines a theatrical tale by Tolstoy with musical arrangements by Beethoven and Janácek, to ask the fundamental questions of, ‘What is marriage? What is sex? What is love?’ With three intricate layers to Kreutzer vs Kreutzer, it is needless to say that the production is a little complicated. When German composer Ludwig van Beethoven wrote a violin sonata (Violin Sonata No.9 in A major, Op.47, ‘Kreutzer’) in 1803, it was originally dedicated to the violinist George Bridgetower, but after they fell out over a mutual love interest, the sonata was instead known as the Kreutzer Sonata. Eighty-six years later, the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy used Beethoven’s music as inspiration for his controversial novella, The Kreutzer Sonata. Understood to be a statement in support of sexual abstinence, Tolstoy’s short story is about a man who kills his adulterous wife and her violinist lover after their performance of the Kreutzer Sonata leads him to realise that they were having an affair. In 1923, the Czech composer Leoš Janácek used Tolstoy’s novella as a starting point for his own composition, String Quartet No. 1 but due to pressure of his own extra-marital relationships, Janácek sided with the adulterous wife of Tolstoy’s story rather than the cuckolded husband. As the ACO’s artistic director and leader Richard Tognetti explains, “Tolstoy’s obviously talking about himself and his own

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past and something that he’s quite ashamed about and Janácek on the other hand is very much the modern man of the modern, western world so it’s interesting how from 1890 to 20 years later, even though they lived just a few hundred kilometres from each other, the difference in attitude. “Janácek must have been expressing his own also desires because he was having a relationship and he had been for many years with a girl called Camilla who was much younger than him and I think with Tolstoy, he’s looking at love and wanting square in the eye and trying to get rid of it.” Though this year marks 100 years after Tolstoy’s death, the themes of jealousy, sexual intrigue, anger and love, which combine in the nefarious tale of Kreutzer vs Kreutzer, make it just as relevant to today’s audience. Despite Tolstoy’s dark story, Tognetti says he wanted to get involved in the project precisely because of the production’s three distinct components, the “Beethoven Sonata, which is one of the great works of music, but then Tolstoy using that piece and then Janácek reacting to Tolstoy’s hideous message and the three things all seem to point to an explosive, dramatic symphony.” The production’s director, Sarah Giles feels that Tolstoy’s story is again being readdressed but with a “more sort of contemporary approach with

Laura’s writing. That story of Tolstoy’s has affected writers and musicians and artists for generations.” With British actor Samuel West as well as Australian actor and rising star Robin McLeavy (currently at cinemas in The Loved Ones) as the two performers cast in Kreutzer vs Kreutzer’s central roles, Giles says, “The whole project has the ability to be something really new and really different and really fresh and I think if anything, will help the ACO find a new younger audience.” Now into his 21st year of leading the ACO, Tognetti admits that despite his many achievements, including being made one of Australia’s National Living Treasures in 1999, he would like to see Australians become more musically educated, adding “I don’t mean that we all just listen to a bit more music but that there’s a proper music education system in this country so that kids really understand what music is and how to listen to it because I do think that it helps the brain. “Yes, it is for pleasure and it is for entertainment and it is stimulating but the stimulation part is actually the way in which you connect thoughts together and I think it’s important to connect thoughts together in an intelligent and provocative and energized way and I don’t think we’ve even begun with music education

in this country and so I’d love to see that happen.” Despite being called “the thinking woman’s André Rieu” by Barry Humphries, Tognetti has no patience for more popular versions of classical music such as Susan Boyle and Andre Rieu, adding “André Rieu is a musical rapist. He has great music whether it’s classical or folk and he just plays it really badly and he just lobotomises the audience, but I’m not denigrating the audience at all because there are some wonderful people who enjoy André Rieu. If you want good music there’s amazing music out there. I don’t know why you’d get stuck on André Rieu.” With Tognetti and the rest of the ACO at the helm, there’s no doubt Kreutzer vs Kreutzer is an example of what could easily be branded amazing music though you should go see and decide for yourself whether the combination of Beethoven, Janácek, and Tolstoy can dare you to dream a dream. Kreutzer vs Kreutzer will make its world premiere in Newcastle City Hall on Thursday before hitting Melbourne this weekend and Perth next week. WHAT: Kreutzer vs Kreutzer WHERE & WHEN: Perth Concert Hall Wednesday 17 November


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STEPPING OUT OF YOUR TV SET AND INTO THE ASTOR, PETER HELLIAR TELLS JASON KENNY THAT COMEDY ISN’T ALL ABOUT SPORT.

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t’s been a while since Peter Helliar’s Dreamboat tour set sail in Sydney earlier this year, but after taking it around the country Helliar i is about to dock in Perth. “We started it in January in Sydney and did the Melbourne and Adelaide festivals, then Brisbane, Darwin, and finally we come to Perth,” he says. Of course, between the opening and this final leg of the national tour, there has been a football season drawing much of Helliar’s time. “Sometimes we do have to plan around the footy a bit,” he says. “I’ll be packing the Collingwood Premiership DVD.” The lengthy sailing time means the show has changed since the beginning of the year, to keep it fresh for Helliar as well as keeping it relevant. “It always changes a little bit from city to city,” he says, “but I guess I’ll sit down and re-familiarise myself with the show in the next few days and work out what seems a bit dated now or what can be done different, or maybe put in some new routines. It does change. The first show I did in Sydney was almost two hours and now I try to keep it close to an hour because I think that two hours is just a bit too long for any kind of stand up show to be honest. So I dropped some of the routines and put some new stuff in there.” The audience interaction also brings a more spontaneous touch to each show as well. As the face for years of the sports loving comedian, with plenty of shows to prove it, it might be logical to think that the Dreamboat shows spend a lot of time on sports. An inaccurate assumption, says Helliar. After all, the show doesn’t spend much time on anything maritime or musical either. “There’s probably very little sport in this show. I guess a lot of it’s about my own life. I’m a father of three boys and married and living in the suburbs, you know, living the dream,”

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he laughs. “So a lot of it’s about me, not because I get up and think, ‘Wow, I’m Ray Romano’. I just look around and that’s my life and that’s what I’m dealing with.” Not being a more political comedian might also help the show’s lengthy national tour; otherwise the show might have changed much more after the year of Australian politics we’ve just had. “There’s some topical stuff in there but there’s always the danger that it will be dated by the time the show comes around. I wrote the show almost this time last year and the Tiger Woods thing happened and I thought, ‘fantastic’, and I wrote half an hour of material on it. When I did the show in January I think I did five minutes on it. Now it’s probably a passing reference,” Helliar says. “There’s a theory in comedy that the best comedy you can write is about the Olympics because every four years you can get it out again.” Although he’s known more for his spots on television, the stand up arena presents a forum for Helliar that he engages with in an entirely different way. “That’s what I love about stand-up, there’s stuff I can do, I don’t have to run it by anyone. The stand-up’s like the kids have gone to bed and the adults are still around and we can have a bit of a laugh. You can talk about stuff that you can’t talk about on TV, or in a way you can’t talk about on TV. There is a freedom in stand-up. “There’s been some times recently when someone’s said something in stand-up and it’s been leaked to the media and there’s been uproar. Billy Connolly got himself in trouble. It’s always disappointing because you feel like stand-up is the last bastion of free speech. I’m not saying you should be able to get in there and rant and rave and be a lunatic but with Billy Connolly I knew what he’d said and I knew how it had been reported and it was completely taken out of

context. You can’t do that, you can’t take a line out of somebody’s routine and then turn it into a headline. I like to think that the stand-up comedy room exists for the people who are there on the night.” Over the summer Helliar will be hosting the new sports show on ABC1, The Trophy Room. Apparently it’s not exactly the job Helliar was after at the ABC when he heard Kerry O’Brien was retiring. “I’m sure you agree, I was probably the obvious choice to take over The 7:30 Report. I wanted to turn it into The 7:30 Report Project, to kill a few birds with one stone, but they overlooked me for that gig.” While he’s known for his AFL shows in the past, his passion for sports spreads further than just March to September. Since most of the comedic shows are off over summer, events like The Ashes and the Australian Open are overlooked. It’s what The Trophy Room will tackle. “We’re not reinventing the wheel as far as the format goes, it’s probably a Good News Week/Spicks And Specks type of show. I’ll be hosting it and it will all be about sport and we’ll have comedians and sports stars and two regular team captains, a lot of physical stuff involved. I’m looking forward to it.” Which brings us to the all important official Helliar pick for the Ashes: “We’ve dropped a couple of games against the Sri Lankans but I find it hard to think that England will beat us here,” he says. “I still think we’ll find a way. I think we might win 3-1 and there’ll be a draw in there.” WHAT: Peter Helliar’s Dreamboat tour WHERE & WHEN: The Astor Theatre Thursday 18 November and Friday 19

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HIGHWATER WOLF LANE TAKEOVER BY FASHIONISTAS

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Two fashion boutiques, Wasteland and Subway DC, are teaming up to throw one hell of a party – Wasted Days & Wasted Nights – in Wolf Lane Car Park and Laneway Saturday 20 November, featuring fashion parades, DJs and live music, and the collision of various art forms. Make sure you hit up rsvp@ wastelandone.com.au or call (08) 9481 0520 to RSVP (required – you can’t just turn up to these things, y’know?).

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HOW LOMO WILL YOU GO? We’re currently in the midst of Movember, which hopefully means male readers are currently sporting moustaches of various lengths. Boutique shop Pigeonhole are getting involved, hosting their third annual Lomovember exhibition across the weekend of Friday 19 November to Sunday 21, raising money for Movember whilst showcasing the best works by Perth lomographers. The Lomovember Gallery is located at 104B Murray St, Perth. Opening night will features sets from locals Nine Girls and Tusk. Head to pigeonhole.com.au/news for more info.

MACHETE Character actors chewing the scenery. Mainstream actors in crazy costumes toting huge weapons and delivering cheesy lines like they’re going for an Oscar. Shit blowing up, catching on fire. Fake blood spraying everywhere. A nude woman around every corner. Robert Rodriguez must be one of the luckiest fellows in the film business, because he gets to make films like Machete. Machete (the impossibly craggy Danny Trejo, in the role he was simply born for) is an ex-Federale with a penchant for bladed weapons whose family were brutally murdered by a Mexican drug kingpin (Steven Seagal). Rodriguez and co-director Ethan Maniquis take him on a crackpot journey along with a wealth of classic grindhouse-style archetypes like Jessica Alba’s feisty cop, taco-seller-come-revolutionary Michelle Rodriquez, shotgun-toting

priest Cheech Marin, boob-flashing junkie strumpet Linsday Lohan, and a host of sneering baddies including Jeff Fahey and even Robert De Niro! Machete was born as a bullshit trailer sandwiched in between Grindhouse double-bill Planet Terror and Death Proof, but it’s evolved into a fullyrounded and highly entertaining film. The action is paced at breakneck speed and never lets up, with some amazing comic beats (let’s just say there’s a reason why a cadre of sexy nurses tell us the length of the human intestine). The final showdown is massively adrenaline-pumping stuff, a crazy crucible of ultra-violence while characters all work out their shit. Machete breaks the laws of biology and physics in every scene, but it has a damn fun time doing it. Bring on Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 11 November BAZ McALISTER

MADE IN DAGENHAM With its collection of tenacious working class characters fighting against the odds during a time of economic strife against a soundtrack of some toe-tapping music and laughs, Made In Dagenham fills the mould of the British feel-good movie to a tee. However, this movie is much more than this year’s The Full Monty or Billy Elliot. It’s good old-fashioned merry storytelling with an important message for the young’uns. Made In Dagenham dramatises the real-life 1968 strike by a group of female workers at the Ford Car factory in Dagenham. Almost 200 sewing machinists fed up with not receiving the same pay as the male workers at the plant decide to take matters in their own hands. Leading the fight is the feisty Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins), best friend Connie

(Geraldine James), and factory manager Albert (Bob Hoskins), who, despite the sexist and useless advice of their union boss Monty Taylor (Kenneth Cranham), take their demands all the way to the top. And not before long the group is meeting with Employment Minister Barbara Castle (Miranda Richardson) at her office at Westminster. Given its subject matter, Made In Dagenham must have been considered hard to sell to mainstream audiences who are now used to big blown budgets, special effects, and tree-jumping blue aliens. Charming and well-crafted, Made In Dagenham is a heartwarming yarn. Stay for the credits and you’ll see TV news footage of the real Dagenham strikers, who unsurprisingly were not as young or as attractive as Cole’s cast. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now ANITA CONNORS THE DRUM MEDIA 11 NOVEMBER 2010 • 49


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WITH ALEKSIA BARRON The announcements about the 2011 Perth International Arts Festival have, completely understandably, generated considerable interest in the Perth arts community. The PIAF season often feels like a holiday to some glorious, exotic version of Perth where everything is wonderful and dusted with gold. For an all-toobrief four-week period, we dance the nights away at the impossibly excellent Beck’s Music Box. We drink in more stage culture during the festival season than we can for the entire rest of the year. The sun is shining, the city is vibing, and we walk around with big ridiculous grins on our faces like we’re auditioning for Julia’s part in Eat Pray Love. The 2011 festival has a particularly joyous feel to it as it’s the final event in Artistic Director Shelagh Magadza’s four year term. Having helmed the Festival since 2008, Magadza’s programming skills have seen it go from strength to strength, particularly in attracting a new, younger audience.

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However, Magadza is not the only key festival staff member whose time is drawing to a close. Earlier this year, longtime programmer of the Lotterywest Festival Film season Sherry Hopkins announced that she would be stepping down after more than 40 years’ involvement with PIAF. Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Madeline Bates was announced as the successor, and Hopkins and Bates have collaborated to put together the 2011 festival film programme. The significance of this changeover lies in the profitability of the Lotterywest Festival Film season. Relaxing with a glass of wine and a high-end miniature ice cream at either UWA’s Somerville Auditorium or the Joondalup Pines is a firm summer tradition for many culturally-inclined Perth folk. The popularity of the film festival has seen it labeled PIAF’s ‘cash cow’, with the surplus contributing significantly to the Festival’s expansion and risk-taking (but highly rewarding) programming decisions. With this in mind, it’s not surprising

GIVEAWAYS! that there’s a certain freshness to the 2011 film selections. Most glaringly, the frothy French comedy – long considered a staple of the Lotterywest festival – is absent. There are plenty of contributions from France, but to describe them as comedy would be rather erroneous. A former heroin addict’s quest for inner peace (The Refuge)? A wheelchairbound woman’s search for a miracle cure, in which the lead actress communicates using only her facial expressions (Lourdes)? It’s brave fare, and unexpected. There are numerous other promising inclusions that point towards a bolder, more cutting-edge direction for future Lotterywest Festival Film seasons. A Woman, A Gun, And A Noodle Shop takes the Coen Brothers’ classic Blood Simple and reimagines it in a 19th Century Chinese desert. (Yes please!) Spain’s Cell 211, a prison drama, romped it home at the Goya awards and earns a slot despite its difficult subject matter. Even the host country gets a nod, with the Australian film Summer Coda opening the Somerville season. The change in the programming is subtle but clear, and will hopefully bear fruit. After all, the Lotterywest Festival Films are more than just a key to PIAF’s continued success. They offer an outstanding opportunity to experience the best of world cinema. Hopefully the 2011 season will strike the right balance between retaining the interest of the old guard and inducting a new audience.

“Machete don’t text.” With those three words you know that Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, which started life as one of the mock trailers between the director’s Death Proof/ Planet Terror ‘Grindhouse’ double bill with Quentin Tarantino. Danny Trejo stars as the titular Machete, a man hellbent on revenge. With a supporting cast of Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan and Steven Seagal, this is going to be epic. Thanks to Sony Pictures we’ve got five in-season double passes to giveaway. For your chance to win one email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “MACHETE FOR MOVEMBER” in the subject line.

The third film in the Jackass feature film series promises something the other films have been lacking – an extra dimension. In Jackass 3D, all the stunts you’ve come to expect from Johnny Knoxville and Co. will now be literally coming at you. Thanks to Paramount Pictures we’ve got two prize packs to giveaway, featuring the first two Jackass films, Jackass: The Movie and Jackass Number Two, and an in-season double pass to see Jackass 3D at the cinema. For you chance to win one email giveaways@drumperth.com. au with “I’M A JACKASS” in the subject line. The latest sand-and-sandal film to hit the big screen is the Spanish epic Agora from director Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes, The Others). Starring Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, the film is set during the fall of the Greco-Roman polytheism as Christianity rises in the Roman Empire, with Hypatia trying to save the Classical antiquity. Winner of seven Goya awards, the film also screened out of competition at Cannes in 2009. Thanks to Transmission Films we’ve ten in-season double passes to giveaway. For your chance to win one email giveaways@drumperth.com.au with “AGORA” in the subject line.


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