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Festival Highlights Mars This beautifully realised rotoscope animated feature follows a trio of NASA astronauts as they travel to Mars on the ďŹ rst manned mission to the Red Planet. Meanwhile, the European Space Agency is sending up their second robot, because nothing has been heard from the ďŹ rst. A gentle comedy that explores the possibilities of space travel, the nature of love and the chaotic effects of the everyday, Mars is a perfectly realised science ďŹ ction comedy. Starring award winning actor and mumblecore fave Mark Duplass (Humpday, The Puffy Chair) and emergent talent Zoe Simpson, watch out for an appearance by legendary cult icon Kinky Friedman and an appearance and soundtrack by Howe Gelb. Directed and written by Geoff Marslett of Monkey Versus Robot fame! Wednesday 20th July 6.45 pm Saturday 23rd July 6:30 pm

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Introductions aren’t really necessary for the Foo Fighters, so all you need to know is they are returning to Perth Monday 28 November, rocking Nib Stadium with none other than good buddies Tenacious D, equally less-requiring of intros. Want more? Well, the Foo’s have recently released their seventh album Wasting Light – a resoundingly wellreceived album with plenty of high chart positions, plus there’s the Foo Fighters: Back & Forth doco coming out on DVD just now. And Tenacious D… well, Jack Black and Kyle Gass know how to bring the craze’n’roll. More acts TBA, tickets from Ticketmaster from Monday 18 July.

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After the already stellar Drum Media-presented Southbound announcement last week – including headliners Arctic Monkeys and Fleet Foxes – the goodness keeps trickling out with five more world-class acts added. Noise-electro twosome Crystal Castles will be down, plus Aussie champs Josh Pyke and Papa Vs. Pretty, Portland-based youngsters Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the audio/visual extravaganza that is the Wonderful World Of DJ Yoda. Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January at Sir Stuart Bovell Park. Head to sunsetevents.com.au for exclusive presale offers.

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The first weekend of spring (September 3 & 4) sees the return of the Drum Mediapresented Rottofest for its third annual serving of comedy, film and music on WA’s favourite island playground, Rottnest. Saturday 3 sees a day of tunes at Hotel Rottnest, featuring The Brow Horn Orchestra, Felicity Groom, Sam Perry, Diger Rokwell, Ruby Boots, Carl Fox, Kathryn Rollins, Cut & Paste Soundsystem and JumpClimb DJs. Plus there’s ‘Launch The Comedian’, hosted by Dave Thornton and featuring a raft of national comics vying for a cash prize. On top of all this, there’ll be stand-up comedy throughout the island, street performers and film screenings, with Sunday also hosting The Community collective for a lazy afternoon of Sunday beats with Vishnu, Mathas, Empty Cup, Sibalance and Boost Hero Man. There’s a variety of weekend/day passes on offer, with earlybird tickets available from rottofest.com.au til July 27.

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Coheed & Cambria have abandoned their recently arrested bassist, finishing their current tour without him, not even turning up to his court appearance for armed robbery. WAM are hosting a Networking & Pitching seminar Monday 8 August at Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge, with Millie Millgate from Sounds Australia giving you tips. RSVP daphne@ wam.asn.au by August 5.

Faithless took their final bow before a sold out crowd in London last April, and you can relive that moment with a special cinema screening at Hoyts Carousel cinemas from 18-21 August. Head to hoyts. com.au for more info. Powderfinger’s Odyssey Number Five has been voted the number one Australian album of all time by triple j listeners. Ahead of their national tour, The Living End perform a special live set on Tuesday 19 July that will be streamed live on YouTube. It airs from 8pm at youtube.com/sessions. Noel Gallagher has two albums set for release in the near future; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds due October and a collaborative album with the Amorphous Androgynous, out 2012.

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Raggamuffin is on again, Saturday 21 January, celebrating five years of ‘muffin making in Aus’.

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The 2011 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition has announced their 12 Finalists for the prestigious award, with the winner announced tomorrow. Good luck to local champs Katy Steele (for New Born and Brother) and Kevin Mitchell (She’s Like A Comet), amongst others such as Gotye and Alex Burnett (Sparkadia.

TALL ORDER

Swedish songwriter The Tallest Man On Earth finally heads to Perth, while being joined by troubadour Old Man River for a Street Press Australia-presented tour. Charismatic and captivating, The Tallest Man’s passion for performance bleeds through every time he takes to the stage. They’re playing the Rosemount Hotel, Thursday 27 October, with Sean Pollard (Split Seconds) supporting. Tickets through Heatseeker, Oztix, Planet, Mills, 78’s and Star Surf. They’re also the first acts to be announced for the Wave Rock Weekender, Saturday 29 in Hyden – more info from soulhighway.com.au.

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Despite being released three years ago, Winterpark’s Never Alone (Level Two Music) shot to the stop of the independent singles charts thanks to a recent syncing with Channel Ten’s show Offspring. Ghostface Killah is being sued by TV composer Jack Urbont for sampling his The Iron Man Theme on classic 2000 album Supreme Clientele.

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Formed in late 1994 by Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead has taken many formats over the years and, though band members have come and gone, the core sound has been developed and maintained by Keely and Reece. They’re known for their extremely physical live show, featuring snarling refrains, fervent stage diving, epic anthem jams, instrument changes and stage destruction. Sunday 11 September at Rosemount Hotel, tickets through Moshtix, BOCs and 78’s.

BRIGHTEN UP

It seems like just last week we were at once wincing at not being able to go to Splendour In The Grass, and then rejoicing at On The Bright Side’s selection of choice acts to splendour us on Saturday 23 July under a big top on the Perth Esplanade. It’s almost upon us, and now we can give you the line-up times to start planning what looks to be a long day: Tim & Jean 11.45am-12.15pm; Warpaint 12.30-1pm; James Blake 1.15-1.55; Foster The People 2.10-2.50; The Grates 3.05-3.50; The Kills 4.10-4.55pm; Tame Impala 5.15-6; Modest Mouse 6.25-7.15; The Hives 7.45-8.45; and lastly Pulp 9.1510.30pm. Tickets $99 from the usuals.

TOMMY MERC

Following their latest album’s first two hits Mousetrap Heart and All My Life, Thirsty Merc return with Tommy & Krista, arguably their strongest single to date, and they’re taking it around the country, extending their ‘Rock Ya Socks Off’ tour. Catch them at the High Road Hotel, Riverton Wednesday 14 September; Grand Boulevard Tavern, Joondalup Thursday 15; Charles Hotel, Friday 16; Latitude 28, Geraldton, Saturday 17; and The Ravenswood, Murray River, Sunday 18. $35 through Ticketmaster.

MANNING UP

The thinking woman’s folk-ruffian, The Bedroom Philosopher is cranking the electric blanket up to eleven with his National ‘Head Sex & Bed Socks’ tour, hitting Mojo’s Sunday 18 September. The tour will see the BP in solo mode, aiming to connect intimately with his fans whilst previewing tracks from forthcoming album Man – a series of manthems for the modern day retrosexual. Supported by Melbourne singer/songwriter Catboy, $15 presale through mojosbar.com.au.

OPINION TIME

For the very first time on Australian soil, Amon Vision is proud to present a legend of the trance music scene, Norway’s Orjan Nilsen, celebrating new album In My Opinion. He’s a man whose melodies, remixes, productions and sound are constantly aired across the planet at some of the world’s biggest parties. He’s supported by local trance bad men GeRmAn, Illuminor, Travis Eddy, JT Yo! and Piet El, downstairs at Shape Friday 5 August. Oh yeah, no phat pants!

ANBERLIN ALIVE

Sydney pop-punkers Tonight Alive have been announced as the national support for Anberlin’s upcoming tour, hitting Perth Friday 26 August at Capitol. Tickets through Moshtix, Heatseeker, 78’s and Mills. Tonight Alive’s single Starlight is currently doing the rounds ahead of the group’s debut album release.

STONEFIELD

HYPER ACTIVITY

After announcing stellar national acts Architecture In Helsinki, Children Collide and Illy, plus sterling local acts, Midland’s Hyperfest has added a few more strong arrows to their already banging bow. You can now catch indie-rockers Papa Vs. Pretty and the recent Glastonbury stars Stonefield, plus Split Seconds and Sam Perry join the cracking local line-up. Saturday 28 August it goes down at Midland Railway Workshops. Head to hyperfest.com.au for more info and tickets, proudly presented by Drum Media.


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LOCAL LOVIN’

There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we don’t just mean having journalistic ethics in the way all Drum’s stories are conducted… The Panda Band are back with their new album Charisma Weapon, and they’re taking it around the country before finally winding back up in this Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town, Friday 26 August at the Rosemount Hotel and Friday 2 September at Players Bar, Mandurah.

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A recent Australian visit from an overworked and under-trained Indonesian school principal has inspired Kathryn Rollins, Ryan Luke, Owen Hopwood and Jeff Smith to get their acoustic skills together for a fundraiser Thursday 21 July at the Velvet Lounge. $10 entry goes towards education in remote and rural Indonesia. The Big Sound Fundraising team host an all day Mojo’s Markets event Sunday 24 July, featuring Tusk, The Seals, The Witness, Big Old Bears, Deep River Collective, Joe Graham, Tim Gordon, Fat Jackal, Mala Gold, Cautious Horsemen and more, plus stalls and a BBQ. $5 before 5pm, $10 after to help music business students get to Brisbane’s Big Sound festival in September. Wednesday 27 July the Indi Bar hosts a night of guitar and boobs in a breast cancer fundraiser featuring Jane Azzopardi, Waiting For Bliss, Elk Bell, Minky G, Patient Little Sister and Beck Dawson. $5 from 8pm. Country-rockers Ruby Boots launch their single Devil Friday 29 July at Indi Bar with Sneaky Weasal Gang, Boston & Chevy and Natasha Shanks supporting, and Saturday 30 at Norfolk Basement with Davey Craddock & The Spectacles, Miche Suite and Tim Bott. Diger Rokwell’s launch party for Sri Lankan odyssey Sri Diger will now also be a listening party for Maxy Bills’ new EP Dust Moats. Friday 29 July at The Bird, Ylem, Boost Hero Man, Ben M and Claude Mono support. $15 entry. On Saturday 6 August Apricot Rail will be officially launching their new single Surry Hills at the Bakery, with support from The Long Lost Brothers, Andrew Sinclair & The Ritual Band and Runner. Punctual attendees will receive a free CD-R featuring the single and more. Predrag Delibasic a.k.a Pex is launching his solo EP Dance To My Gentle Music, Monster! and celebrating 10 years in Perth music. He’ll play solo, some records and with friends at The Bird, Sunday 11 September. Friday 29 July Sugarpuss launch their self-titled EP at Mojo’s, supported by Solar Barge, Ten Mountains, the Chemist DJs and Circus Burlesque. $10 or $15 with an EP, first 50 people get a free EP from 8pm. The Love Junkies launch their debut single Crying Rhymes at Mojo’ Saturday 30 July. Supports are Fall Electric, Dux N Downtown and Race To Your Face. $12 from 8pm. Danni Ammon is set to release her debut EP Everyword, produced from her new musical project, Danni & The Lapels. Sunday 31 July at Mojo’s, supported by Ali Towers, Spoonful Of Sugar and DJ Cassio. Newbies The Arsonist already display a super polished penchant for effortless electro-pop, and they want to show you at Amplifier Saturday 23 July, with Therapist, Loose Unit and Tired Lion in support.

Thursday 11 August at Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Astor Theatre, Saturday 13; and Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Friday 19. Tickets through Heatseeker, Oztix and the venues.

With a growing reputation as Australia’s most relevant independent screen event, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival has assembled a host of outstanding writers, directors, producers, acquisitions, distributors and more to set celluloid fire to this city from today. They include critics David Stratton & Margaret Pomeranz, John Alan Simon, Katherine Berger and many more, plus live music on opening night from a band comprised of members from Bridezilla and Decoder Ring. And we shouldn’t need to remind you of the breadth of quality films ready for you to discover. The festival runs from tonight til Sunday 24 July at Astor Theatre. Revelationfilmfest.org for more details.

GRAND DESIGN

With her album Design Desire out now, last week’s Drum cover star and Album Of The Week-earner Abbe May is chuffed to announce her national album launch tour. With her name still on everyone’s lips from the cracking Design Desire single (and smouldering video!), the new single Taurus Chorus is already setting radiowaves alight. Before she heads over east, catch her

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One of the hardest working, most sought after bands in the thriving Melbourne blues scene, Andrea Marr and her band have been a headline act at blues festivals around Australia with their brand of high energy, sassy, soulful, original blues. In 2010 Andrea was signed to Chicago-based blues label Blue Skunk Music, and her album was released in the US to rave reviews. Fremantle Blues Club at Mojo’s, Wednesday 3 August.

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Get a massive double dose of Oz hip hop mid-August when South Australian Vents launches his debut album Marked For Death alongside local duo Hunter & Mortar, launching an album of their own in Fear & Loathing. Support from the Syllabolix crew in Dazastah (Downsyde), Layla, DJs Armee and LStreet. Get some big beats Friday 12 August at Rosemount Hotel; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury Saturday 13; and The Railway Hotel Sunday 14. Presales from Oztix for $20, $25 door.

N’ORLEANS MAGIC

Often referred to as the single most unique city in America, New Orleans is a legend unto itself, its role in the history of jazz and blues undisputed. The inaugural Legends Of New Orleans tour sees some of New Orleans’ most influential and revered musical figures of all time, all on one stage, in Australia, for the first time EVER. Featuring a massive 17 musician-strong touring party including Allen Toussaint & Friends, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Jon Cleary & The Philphy Phew, Monday 7 October at the Fremantle Arts Centre promises to be a special night. Tickets through Heatseeker.

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COTTONEYE JOE

After a sold-out run of acoustic shows in May, Eskimo Joe hit the road again for a Street Press Australiapresented tour launching upcoming album Ghosts Of The Past. Fans can order their tour ticket, a combo of tour ticket and pre-order album copy, or a special VIP ticket including priority entry, an album copy on release and an intimate acoustic performance/meet’n’greet. WA fans get their chance Friday 14 October at the Astor Theatre. Head to eskimojoe.net for full details.

DREAM CATCHER

With the upcoming release of their debut album Heartbound only a month away, Melbourne six piece Dream On Dreamer have announced they’re heading to WA. They play Amplifier Friday 29 July with Break Even, Sienna Skies, The Bride, For All Eternity and Still Water Claims; and the following day at the Sounds Of A Silhouette festival. Tickets through Oztix.

HOOK LINE & SINKER

Mullaloo Beach Hotel is preparing itself for a massive Sunday session Sunday 24 July when Sydney electrohouse DJ Hook N Sling drops in for a free set from 3pm. Direct from touring all over Europe, US and Aus’, plus following appearances at Ministry Of Sound, Space Ibiza and plenty of festivals last summer, he’ll be supported by Kenny L, Jus Haus?, John Paul and Slick.

MEET JOE BLACK

Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows are bringing their new sounds to Elliot Bar, Bunbury, Tuesday 2 August; Friends Restaurant, Wednesday 3; Waterside Restaurant, Mandurah, Thursday 4; The Charles Hotel, Friday 5; Grand Boulevard Tavern, Saturday 6; and Cardiff Hall, Collie, Sunday 7.

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BassNotion are throwing a last minute show for all the loyal bass-heads out there at Ya Ya’s, Wednesday 20 July, featuring A Bunch Of Cuts and Soul:R Bossman Marcus Intalex. They’ll be bringing extra sound measures, JamesVisualTreats, and Muller, Boyprince and Kamashe, with host MC Xsessiv. $15 from 8pm.

TALENT TIME

Shoulder pad, rubix cube and big hair fans get ready for the Absolutely ‘80s High School Reunion, Friday 2 September at Metropolis Fremantle and featuring the Absolutely ‘80s Band, with Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera), Sean Kelly (The Models), Brian Mannix (Uncanny Xmen), Scott Carne (Kids In The Kitchen) and Paul Gray (Wa Wa Nee). Plus DJs smash the ‘80s tunes all night. Tickets through Heatseeker or Mills.

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X-Factor judge and Delta Goodrem’s ex Brian McFadden will be joining the legendary Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart for their show at Nib Stadium, Saturday 26 November, which coincides with his new album release. Tickets through Ticketmaster.

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Fremantle Arts Centre will play host the world premiere of Australian video art duo Soda Jerk. On Thursday 21 July, the main gallery at FAC will be taken over by the Angeloro sisters presenting the next instalment of Dark Matter Cycle in a live performance lecture, similar in the style popularized in the ‘70s, with a myriad of popular culture, film history and horror. Free, 6.30pm.

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IN AUSTRALIA QUITE OBVIOUSLY TO TEST THE WATERS FOR AN AUSTRALIAN LAUNCH, GLENN LEHRMAN, DIRECTOR OF TICKET ONSELLING WEBSITE STUBHUB, TELLS SCOTT FITZSIMONS THAT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT TO DO.

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he ticket on-selling market has always been a controversial one in Australia, the word ‘scalpers’ usually dirty. But in the United States a secondary market for tickets has become widely accepted, with a number of legitimate services available for those who want to sell concert or event tickets they no longer want or need by listing it on the website at a price of their choosing in a trading post-type model. One of the most prominent names in that market is StubHub, which was acquired by pioneering Internet auction site eBay for $US310 million at the end of the first quarter in 2007. In Australia to meet with the parent company and presumably drum-up awareness of successful ticket on-selling, senior director Glenn Lehrman told Drum Media that they’re actively looking into the possibility of launching here. In fact, the interview was pitched on the fact. Traditionally StubHub purchases have been limited to those who live in America. You needed an American address and credit card, but management found that people were finding ways around this. So in March this year they opened up their service – which deals primarily in sporting and concert tickets – to cross-border purchases. Figures since then, Lehrman says, have indicated that Australia is their biggest market outside of the US, with near 30 per cent more purchases than the next country. He put it down to both the strong Australian dollar and his perception that “Australians go to events

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as part of their itinerary,” when traveling. Lehrman says they “launched the crossborder trade to track the ticket patterns of other countries” and as a result, they hope to have a presence here in the next two or three years. “Australia is very attractive because like the States it is sport heavy and has a good concert base... and it has less regulation than other countries.” They’re sure to be met with resistance; the existing primary market ticket sellers in Australia aren’t exactly welcoming the secondary market. A website called Ticketman launched earlier this year, with the company’s CEO Ron Hodge telling this column at the time, “[Our] only real competition is eBay, which we believe has 100 per cent of the market in second-hand tickets.” Ticketman hasn’t exactly taken off as well as he probably hoped, with only 13 listings (for Elton John, Enrique Iglesias, the Bathurst 100 and an Australian Rules game) on the site at Drum Media’s deadline. In response to their March launch, Moshtix CEO Adam McArthur claimed that such a website breaches existing

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terms and conditions of tickets sold. “Officially it’s not illegal, but in a lot of cases it contravenes the terms of sale.” That is, tickets are not allowed to be resold. Often when tickets have been sold on, Moshtix cancel them. “What we’re trying to stop is ticket buyers getting illegitimate tickets… what these sites can do is sell tickets that aren’t valid.” Moshtix have their own internal system for re-issuing tickets, which is currently being used for Splendour In The Grass. It may be a race against time for existing ticket systems to get such services running before secondary ticket selling websites do it for them. StubHub have had their fair share of problems in the United States, particularly with Ticketmaster who their long and bitter feud with continues. “We’ve had our share of problems with Ticketmaster in the States,” says Lehrman, “but I think they understand now that the secondary market will be there and have even purchased secondary sites themselves… it was a long process to get there.” In March they slung press statements and Twitter posts at each other over StubHub’s support for paperless ticket legislation, that is, tickets that are scanned from a smart phone. That’s already being implemented locally, with a paperless ticket-only concert used to promote the system and events like the Sydney Film Festival encouraging the method. “Primary sellers have the right to sell tickets at whatever price… and we think you have the right to sell it at whatever price too,” says Lehrman. “We know that it takes time for consumer mindset to change.” Lehrman also claims that it’s a 50-50 split for tickets being sold above and below face value on the website. At the moment most tickets being sold in online auctions in Australia are well above value, tickets to The Cure’s world exclusive shows went for thousands in some cases. “Prices here were high initially because of the low inventory,” he says, “[but] when more people got interested there was more inventory and it means that tickets dropped.” There’s now also a selection of seating and cost on StubHub. “It’s what we call choice and access, at least you have that option.”

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK FOSTER THE PEOPLEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakout hit Pumped Up Kicks showcases Mark Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whistling prowess. Annoying habit or virtuoso vocal instrument? PETER, BJORN & JOHN: Young Folks, 2006: Featuring whistling at its jubilant best, Peter, Bjorn & John nail it here. Even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognise the band name or song title, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll already know the whistling phrase off by heart. The descending-scale melody is wistful and beautifully complemented by this trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jaunty bass. Enter bongos throughout the chorus and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to stand still. Torture for those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t whistle. GUNS Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ROSES: Patience, 1989 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the whistling overture into this classic power ballad kind of evokes the melody of Poisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Every Rose Has Its Thorn (1988) for a couple of bars. Back in the days when Axl favoured the backwards cap over bandanna look over cornrows, this song channels melancholy via its whistling inclusions.

GETTING AMONGST OUR NATIVE WILDLIFE WHEN FOSTER THE PEOPLE LAST GRACED OUR SHORES, FRONTMAN MARK FOSTER TELLS BRYGET CHRISFIELD HIS ENCOUNTER WITH â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE REAL EYE OF THE TIGERâ&#x20AC;? WAS THE BEST PART OF HIS TRIP. COVER AND STORY PHOTO BY KANE HIBBERD.

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was just thinking about that the other day,â&#x20AC;? Mark Foster, Foster The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bandleader, says when I ask him how he found this cover shoot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was fun hanging off the ropes,â&#x20AC;? he continues with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it showed me that there would be no possible way that I could ever do Cirque du Soleil, even if I wanted to.â&#x20AC;? If Foster The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning debut album Torches is anything to go by, Foster certainly wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to run away to the circus. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressive versatility on display while cohesion is also somehow achieved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you for saying that, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of what we were going for, you know? I wanted the record to be very versatile, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I write anyways: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really like to write with boundaries, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to be contained and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wanna chase a sound or be pigeonholed. I like to shake things up and so I think the mixture of being versatile but also cohesive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that was a challenge, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nice to hear you say that.â&#x20AC;? Foster even manages to mix it up using assorted vocal approaches. If you listen to the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first three tracks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Helena Beat, Pumped Up Kicks and Call It What You Want â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it could be three different singers taking the mic. Foster admits he likes to sing from the perspective of the various characters he embodies. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled by the summery vibe of the music in Pumped Up Kicks, the single that broke Foster The People â&#x20AC;&#x201C; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at odds with troubling lyrical content: â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/You better run, better run, outrun my gun.â&#x20AC;? The story goes that Foster penned this contagious ditty in three hours while bored at work! The singer/multi-instrumentalist remembers the first time he heard this track played on the radio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool, we were actually together!â&#x20AC;? he enthuses, placing drummer Mark Pontius and bassist Cubbie Fink at the scene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were in rehearsal getting ready for a tour. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really big radio station in LA called K-Rock and

they played it and then the DJ talked about the song. afterwards. He was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is my absolute favourite song right now in the world. I love itâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; you know? Blahblah-blah, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You listen to the music and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so breezy, but then the lyrics are dark and crazy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I love it,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I was just like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The K-Rock DJ could not have described the songwriterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intent more succinctly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to wrap your head around,â&#x20AC;? Foster shares of the impact this experience had on him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know in your head that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hundreds of thousands of people

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listening to your song â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and you just heard it, too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but at the same time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get perspective on it. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cause itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I dunno, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a weird thingâ&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Surrealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; has kind of been the word of the year, honestly. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cause weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working really hard and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing music all the time and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really fun and, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super! Just very engaging and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of information coming in all the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of our biggest surreal moments for us was finishing our last US tour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you know, playing in front of 200 and 300 people in clubs and then walking onstage at Coachella and seeing a crowd of 10,000 people waiting for us to play! That was a really good moment for usâ&#x20AC;Ś Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d only put out three songs, so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know what to expect. There were a lot of good bands playing and we played at a really good timeslot too, so The National were playing at the same time and Duran Duran.â&#x20AC;? Foster pauses as if letting it all sink in before marvelling, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, but [the audience] stayed.â&#x20AC;?

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It seems pretty unfair of Howard to try to squeeze money from Foster, whose band is only one album down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, exactly,â&#x20AC;? Foster chuckles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a millionaire and you wanna play a friendly game of pool and put 20 bucks on it to shake things up?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, yeah, 20 bucks is like a penny for you!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? When asked who has the enviable whistling ability in Foster The People, Foster confesses, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, that would be me.â&#x20AC;? Does that ever get annoying for friends or family? â&#x20AC;&#x153;How can whistling ever get annoying?â&#x20AC;? He sounds mortified. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like the happiest thing on earth, you know? Someone can walk down the street whistling and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but smile.â&#x20AC;? Bitter people tend to get annoyed though, because it just emphasises how unhappy they are. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haha, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true,â&#x20AC;? he concedes.

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Foster The People last toured our shores in February after their second single, Helena Beat, dropped. Foster says the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success in our region â&#x20AC;&#x153;was really a nice surprise. On our YouTube page or whatever we saw Australia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can kind of look at a global map of the world [to see] where clicks are coming from and there was a tonne of activity coming from Australia. We were just like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We better get out there and play!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last time we were in Australia, we had a good five days off after we toured there and we surfed and camped and got to spend some time,â&#x20AC;? Foster recalls of his bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maiden voyage to our shores. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went down to [Great] Otway [National Park, Victoria] and zip lined through the rain forest and saw koalas and it was epic. We went to a pub at â&#x20AC;&#x201C; oh God, what was it called? Port â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re heading from Melbourne to Otway, it was 20 minutes further.â&#x20AC;? Port Campbell? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes! We were there in a pub and hanging out with the locals, it was amazing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so fun. Eye Of The Tiger came on, and we were all rocking out listening to Eye Of The Tiger, and this 60-year-old or 70-year-old woman came over to our table and she pulled out her breast! And she said [attempts the accent of a horny, female Aussie pensioner], â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Do you wanna see the real Eye Of The Tiger? This is the real eye of the tiger.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It made my night!â&#x20AC;? Did Foster tell her, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Easy tiger!?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He breaks into uncontrollable laughter: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish I would have. I hooked up with her [pauses]. Just kidding! That was the best part of my trip.â&#x20AC;? WHO: Foster The People WHEN & WHERE: On The Bright Side - Saturday 23 July, Perth Esplanade

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On whether heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s met any of his idols backstage at the numerous festivals Foster The People have appeared at, Foster ponders, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Um, backstage at festivals, have I met any of my idols â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I met The Flaming Lips a few Coachellas back and hung out with them backstage. And I hung out back backstage, too. That was really cool. Living in LA that kind of happens a lot, you know? I went over to this small party with the drummer from Muse â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at his house, Dominic [Howard]â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and played him in pool. And I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, you wanna play some pool?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He had a pool table in his house, and he was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yeah, do you wanna put 20 bucks on it?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Uh-oh, this is serious now,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alrightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. And so I played him and he beat me in the first game. And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ya wanna go double or nothing?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alright, sure.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So we went double or nothing and I beat him. And then the last game we both put down 80 bucks and I won. And that was a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, I can give him a hard time about that the next time I see him.â&#x20AC;?

ROXY MUSIC: Jealous Guy, 1981: Roxy Music released their version of this John Lennon classic three months after The Beatleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. More heartwrenching lyrics youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be hard pressed to find and, although thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whistling in the middle of the Lennon version, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something particularly affecting about Brian Ferryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll conjure up an image of His Royal Suaveness leaning against a lamppost under your bedroom window. The whistling outro in the Roxy Music version is an improvement on Lennonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, to this pair of ears, because the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mood is retained until the final sustained note.

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DRUNK ON DROPPING BOMBS OFF THE HOOK LOCAL LADS DONE GOOD BOMBS AWAY ARE ONLY JUST GETTING WARMED UP. TROY MUTTON CHATS TO MATT ‘SKETCH’ COLEMAN AND INVESTIGATES THEIR SECRETS TO THEIR METEORIC RISE UP THE DANCEFLOOR CHARTS.

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hen Drum Media catches up with Matt ‘Sketch’ Coleman, who together with Thomas Hart form electro/dubstep duo Bombs Away, he’s just wrapped up some much-needed studio time back here at home in Perth. Not surprisingly, home time – let alone studio time – is becoming a rare commodity for the DJ/production double (“In the last ten months we have only been home for about five days”), who seem to be absolutely everywhere since forming only about a year ago. They’ve already done a heap of remixes for the likes of Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green and Stanton Warriors, plus their latest hit Swagger has been dominating any dance chart worth its salt throughout the country, Internet and overseas.

Music Conference we ended up meeting up with the owners of [Moodswing] 360, which is LMFAO’s agency. Since we’ve been back we’ve actually signed officially with Moodswing360, who is going to be doing our next US tour, which is pretty cool.” Yeah it is, and so are some of the cats they bumped into after DJ Oh Snap! took them from “like, a douche bag party, full of wankers... We ended up getting kicked out of there… He was like, ‘Fuck this, let’s go and actually party,’ and he took us around the corner into like, a dingy fucking... I don’t know what you’d call it. It was a really small club... but as soon as we walked in he introduced us to, like, Armand Van Helden, Bart B More, B Rich, Dave Nada, Skrillex... Yeah, and shit was fucking crazy

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Sounds pretty crazy? “Yeah, I mean, we’ve been in the industry for quite a while doing different things, but Bombs Away... it was May last year we officially formed. We stole our name off the back of a tow truck and then we went from there, so it’s pretty crazy,” admits Coleman. “Within sort of four months of performing, we were booked out most Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through to the end of the year.” Don’t call them an overnight sensation though. “It’s been literally, I mean, I hate being a, saying the overnight thing; we worked hard most our lives to get to this point. “Once we hit that critical point of people knowing who we were, it’s just got insane. I still think, when booking agents call us up for festivals and stuff, afterwards I have to confirm they have the right number - I keep thinking they meant to call someone else. I’m like, ‘why do you want us there man?’” Oh yeah, did we mention they manage themselves? Definitely seems to be working out for them. “Here in Australia there are some really good manager companies out there, but there’s not too many people doing our style of electro/dubstep/ party breaks. So I find that a generic agency has a little bit of trouble slotting us into shows, so most of the people that want to book us come directly to us anyway. It is just a little bit easier to cut the middle man out and do it ourselves.” And therein lies a massive part of the duo’s success. While they are social network savvy (their Facebook has already topped 30,000 fans), it’s their brand of flat-out party tunes that has hit a sweet spot in the Australian club market. And while dubstep has slowly trickled into many a festival and electro house DJ’s set over the past 12-18 months – more as a novelty 10 minute break – Bombs Away combine the two for extended party jams that are proving simply too irresistible for club kids. “The thing is, I can’t think of very many people who have done it before us, you know? Someone mentioned in an interview last week in the States that in America we’ve actually pioneered the electro and dubstep sound in the same track,” Coleman ponders. “And as dubstep’s gotten bigger, internationally, and America is picking up on the electro sound, like with Pitbull and everyone doing electro tracks now, our sound has just fallen right into that category.” The fortunate timing is something not lost on Coleman, and it’s pretty much played right into their hands. “It has just been really lucky timing thing for us. I mean, we just had our sound and we stuck to it when a lot of people sort of didn’t, and didn’t put their faith in it. And we just did because it was fun more than anything else,” he laughs. “I think that’s what comes through with our sets. You know, we just get drunk and party and we want people to party with us.” You get the feeling this propensity for not taking themselves too seriously is another key to their success. People like to have a good time, Bombs Away like to bring a good time and have fun while doing it. “We’ve met some really good people, and learned a lot from guys like Oh Snap! and Dave Nada...we’re all in it for the same reason. At the end of the day we are all musicians because we love music. So as soon as it stops being fun, I think you really have to take a step back and reassess things. But for us, parties pretty much [rule], and we get paid for it now and we get to go to cool places.” They can already check off one cool place “within only six months of forming Bombs Away,” - the mighty U S of A. And they made a few cool new friends while there. “It was initially meant to be four or five shows but we ended up doing nearly 20 cities over there. So we basically developed our live show over there. At Winter 18 • THE DRUM MEDIA 14 JULY 2011

man. That was how we got into the American scene. After them we met everyone and we got along really well. But that night was very blurry, I spent most of the night trying not to be one of those guys chasing people for photos and autographs and stuff. They were just our heroes, and they weren’t even playing, they were partying, which was pretty amazing.” As Coleman mentioned, in their short time as Bombs Away they didn’t even have any kind of live show before the tour, but they’ve since developed it to include a couple of microphones to sing their own tracks. It’s not stopping there though, and the live show is in constant expansion mode, to the point where Bombs Away could be a very different entity come next festival season.

“We’re working on a fully live show, like I’ve got guitar, Thomas plays keyboard, we’ve got a drummer who’s also a producer called Right Click and we’re doing the live electro-dubstep stuff,” he proclaims rather excitedly. And it’s not just because live gear is becoming more necessary in our dance festival environment - Coleman just wants to unleash his background in instrumentation. “We wanna keep progressing our sounds towards being a fully live electro-dubstep act probably by next festival season. We wanna have a fully live show. In my background I played guitar for most of my life, I guess that’s why our sound is so eclectic because we just wanna make music,” Coleman says, before getting to the crux of it all. “When we’re writing a song, you know, the last thing on our mind is whether people are gonna buy it or if it’s gonna go well in clubs or anything. We just make it because we love it, so every song we’ve got that goes well, we’ve got a hundred that nobody else likes except for us.” No doubt they’ll be putting some of those ideas to use when (if) they get a chance to sit down and start working on an album. “We’ve just signed with Universal Music and Central Station to do an album with them. That’ll be coming out 2012 some time.” As we finish up Coleman politely asks if Drum can “try and make us sound cool.” As you can see, they’re doing a pretty fine job of that themselves.

WHO: Bombs Away WHAT: Wild Nights 2011 (Central Station/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Let Me See Your Swagger – Saturday 16 July, Gilkisons, Perth

During the course of the interview Coleman referred to an upcoming release the duo are working on, and Drum Media can exclusively reveal Bombs Away’s plans for a new dance brand in Australia, which may just encourage a few more people to get stuck into the sound that has served them so well thus far. “We’ve been working with [record label] Central Station and we just finished the Wild Nights CD [which features them and Punk Ninja on mixing duties] and tour, and that’s gone amazing. Wild Nights has been, I think it’s number two in iTunes and stuff, its been an ARIA top ten for 15 weeks so far, which is pretty good. But what we’ve done is we’ve gone to Central with an idea, it’s basically putting our style of music, our style of single tracks with our electro then our dubstep and our party breaks, but we want to create a whole new brand based around that sound. “So, they’ve given us the green light through Central Station and Universal Music to, blank slate, create a whole new brand and a whole new vibe for a compilation series in Australia. It’s called Off The Rails, and it’s basically electro/dub step/party breaks, whatever we want and whatever is going to sound cool, we can put on a CD. “We are trying to avoid any commercial limitations, we’re breaking some new artists, we are putting in big tracks like Skrillex, Nero and that sorta stuff, but we are keeping that real fun underground vibe as well. We’re mixing CD One and Oh Snap!’s mixing CD Two, so it’s an international as well, and it’s going to be fucking cool man.” We’re gonna have to start thinking of a name for this sound. “Our influences are a little bit more hip hop, and then a little bit more dubstep, so it’s just fucking... I actually don’t know what it’s called, we just get drunk and see what happens. I’ll wait til someone makes up a good name for it then we’ll roll with it!”


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THINKING FORWARD FROM AN EARLY CAMEO APPEARANCE ON THE MIGHTY BOOSH TO INTERNATIONAL POP STARDOM, THE HORRORS HAVE COPPED THEIR FAIR SHARE OF ACCLAIM AND CRITICISM. ANTHONY CAREW SPEAKS WITH A FUTUREDWELLING TOM COWAN.

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hen The Horrors made a cameo appearance in the dressup-centric cult comedy classic The Mighty Boosh in 2007, it was a weirdly telling moment for the young band. They appeared as a fictional Boosh-world combo called The Black Tubes. The spoof was clearly on themselves, and the band were in on the joke. The rite of passage for joining The Black Tubes is fitting into a pair of ridiculously-tight trousers, a joke spun from The Horrors own reputation as dandies with a penchant for stovepipe pants and Gothic Victoriana. That they could laugh at themselves suggested The Horrors – then a buzz-band with one hyped LP, 2007’s Strange House, to their name – were more than they’d been made out to be. “I’d like to think that that isn’t too much of a significant event in our lives, really, and would hope that what is important to people is the records that we make,” Horrors organist/bassist Tom Cowan initially deflects, when asked about the Boosh. “But we did it because we love that show, and we thought it’d be a laugh. When Noel [Fielding] told us his idea for what we wanted to do, it was really funny: it was playing up this caricature of what people thought we were like. I think being able to laugh at yourself is important. If you take yourself too seriously is wrong; it’s very dishonest.” Arriving in a flurry of back-combed hair riffs nicked from the Birthday Party and The Cramps, The Horrors did debut with a slight wiff of rock’n’roll dress-ups, something the eternally-ridiculous English music press latched onto with gusto. “I think there were a lot of things written about us in haste, early on, based on first impressions,” says Cowan. “There was a lot – a lot – written about the way we looked, based on the assumption that we really cared about the way we looked. But it wasn’t a contrived thing, at all. “One of the reasons we became friends was because we saw each other at clubs, and thought ‘hey, that guy, he looks a bit like me’. For us it was less an attempt to have this crazy, weird look, and more just a natural expression of our own aesthetics, and the music we were into at the time. There was way too much written about that, I guess in the absence of any history. “We only had two rehearsals before we started playing shows, and almost straight away people were writing about us. We seemed to induce quite a strong reaction from people, mostly it was positive, but a vocal minority was very negative. People seem to just be remembering the negative, now, though, when they write about our early days, like we were this hated band.” That definite strain of hatred was totally abated with the release of the second Horrors LP, Primary Colours, in 2009. The album marked an unexpected evolution, taking influence from krautrock, spacerock, and psychedelia. As if to make a statement, the eight-minute Sea Within A Sea was released as a single. “It would be very unnatural for us to sound the same on two records,” Cowan shrugs, when asked about the radical evolution from first to second album. “We don’t set out to make records that are completely different, that’s just the way that it occurs. It’s not as contrived or conceived that we are going to be different, or how are we going to be different, that’s just the way it is. The next record that we make will sound different whether we want it to or not.” That difference has again flourished on the freshly-pressed Skying. It’s not quite as crazy a change-up as Primary Colours, but it still forges on; with a host of stadium-sized songs built on the notion of escalating propulsion, coming out the other side with influences ranging from Kraftwerk (Moving Further Away) to, er, Simple Minds (Still Life). “The most important thing was just to carry on with the feeling we started to feel with some of the songs on Primary Colours; things that just make us feel good to play, jump up and down and pump our fist about in the studio,” says Cowan. “Someone said that the new Horrors album sounds like ‘this’: and it was a picture of a space shuttle shooting through the atmosphere. I thought that was so great, that someone heard our music and felt that, because that’s just the kind of thing that we want to capture in our music: that feeling of elevation and propulsion.” Cowan had dabbled in space-rocket journeys once before, with Spider & The Flies, the side-project he helms with fellow Horrors bassist/keyboardist Rhys Webb, which has thus far resulted in one ‘mini-album’, 2009’s Something Clockwork This Way Comes. “The first track was the space launch, then the second was heading out into space, and then each song thereafter was about the different planets that we encountered,” he explains. “There was the jungle planet, for example, and we’d imagine this visual aspect to it and did the music like, ‘this sound is the lion, this is the monkey, this is the tribe’. It was an album of our outer-space adventures.” That record was Cowan’s confessional for being a BBC Radiophonic Workshop nerd; something he first outed in a fanzine that The Horrors released back in the day. They used to give out recommendations to turn fans on to obscure music, and also to portray themselves aside from the reductionism of UK press hype. Having been through that ringer, Cowan’s been able to counsel his younger brother, Freddie, on surviving storms of comic exaggeration; his sibling a member of the embarrassingly-acclaimed punk-pop band The Vaccines. “The best way to deal with it is just to get on and do what you’re doing,” he says, sagely. “You have to just persist with what you’re doing, to the point where you’ve actually done more than had things written about you.” That desire to forge ahead is something Cowan puts into practice. The Horrors have issued three albums in four years, but he’s already starting to think of what they’ll do next. “We just move on all the time,” Cowan eulogises, of his very own rock band. “The past is an exciting place to visit sometimes, but it’s not somewhere that you’d ever want to stay. The future is a much more interesting place to look towards.” WHO: The Horrors WHAT: Skying (XL Recordings)

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GOLDEN GRIT CALIFORNIAN MC DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN MAKES NO BONES ABOUT BUSTIN’ OUT THE OLD SHIT, EVEN WITH A NEW RECORD. HE TELLS DOUG WALLEN HOW HIP HOP’S A NECESSARY OUTLET.

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he last time Del The Funky Homosapien toured Australia it was behind 1991’s I Wish My Brother George Was Here and its surprise crossover single Mistadobalina. More than two decades later, Del is a hip hop iconoclast as well as being known for his solo work as for Deltron 3030 and his role in early Gorillaz singles. Still equally charismatic and childish as a rapper, he relies on the same singsong-y flow, schoolyard taunts, and nagging refrains for his latest work. That would be Golden Era, a triple-album set released through Sydney label Other Tongues. It unites the titular disc with Funkman and Automatik Statik, two albums first released as downloads in 2009. But at a time when CDs have never been a tougher sell, why release three at once? “To show the continuity and what I’m trying to do as an artist,” asserts Del by phone in that thick lilt of his. “It’s all there. You can see what I’m up to, what page I’m on. But also just to make a fatter package.”

THIS IS A SAFE WAY FOR ME TO RELEASE ALL THIS FUNK, THIS ANGER I GOT.”

It’s the perfect re-introduction to Del, whose solo albums have been rock-solid yet intermittent. The lifelong Californian born Teren Jones – whose cousin and one-time collaborator is none other than Ice Cube – followed up the good-natured debut George with 1993’s harder No Need For Alarm, made with his Hieroglyphics crew. Aside from the online-only Future Development, he didn’t release another album until the gritty Both Sides Of The Brain in 2000. Then it was another eight years until Eleventh Hour, released on the underground US label Definitive Jux. That makes the sudden physical release of three new albums a bit of a miracle. But once the shock fades, the package shows off Del’s prolific output these days. He self-produced all three albums on his computer, playing virtual instruments for Funkman and leaning more on homemade loops for the other two. With no guests to distract us, we’re left with 34 tracks of pure Del. That spans the lurching Monkey Wrench, the cartoon-citing Pearly Gates, and the robotic soul of Fit Like A Glove. Being a one-man operation, is it tough for Del to edit his own work? “It is,” he admits, “but one of the things I work on in life is trying to be as non-judgemental as I can be. I imagine for other people it would be really hard to look at it from another perspective, but that’s something I developed from years and years of doing that.” And yet when Del returns to our shores, he won’t be alone. He’s coming with DJ Zac Hendrix and fellow Bay Area phenom Bukue One. Asked about the state of hip hop in Australia back in the days of Mistadobalina, Del makes an interesting point. “The song was so popular,” he recalls, “it was just people who enjoy music in general showing up. I don’t think it was just a hip hop crowd. It’s rarely that anyway when I do shows. But what I will say about hip hop out there: it’s big. That was one of my first introductions. They take it seriously. Even back then I was impressed.” Like our recent visitor Biz Markie, who also had a crossover hit around the start of the ’90s, Del is still expected to perform his biggest song live. Luckily, he’s fine with that. “I try to do the main ones from every record,” he says. “So wherever you started out at, you’ll be able to see something from that. But also you get to see the whole thing. The older shit is not a drag for me to perform. All of it’s got the same energy.” For all of Del’s solo triumphs – Boo Boo Heads, Jaw Gymnastics, and the hygiene-fixated If You Must – some people only know his guest spots. His effortless swagger on Clint Eastwood helped propel Gorillaz into a household name around the world, and he similarly tore into the other single Rock The House. Back then Gorillaz included Bay Area producer Dan the Automator, with whom Del guested on Dan’s two albums with producer Prince Paul as Handsome Boy Modelling School. But it was Dan and Del’s team-up as Deltron 3030 that yielded a dystopian classic and forecast Gorillaz’s reality-bending, guestladen concept albums. Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn showed up on Deltron’s self-titled 2000 debut, as did people like Sean Lennon, DJ Kid Koala, and Money Mark. The album stars Del as a rebel hero in a twisted future where a few corporations rule all and sunder. Sound familiar? The narrative arguably predicted the global financial crisis a decade early. It also fused Dan the Automator’s usual crate-digging warmth with a post-genre boldness. No wonder, then, that fans have been hanging out for a second Deltron album ever since. For years now, Del has been reporting that the album is halfway finished. The primary hold-up seems to be recording his vocals, but he points out that even once that’s done, there’s still the matter of releasing it. “I don’t know how we’re planning to put it out,” he admits, “because the climate of the industry is a bit sketchy.” Then again, Del has done pretty well for himself in our postdownloads world. He shares rhymes on Twitter and debuted Funkman and Automatik Statik as name-your-price downloads while streaming older albums for free. But he’s quick to explain that harnessing new technology for his career was simply a necessity. “That’s how I came up with the shit: I needed to. When you gotta do something, you gonna figure something out. As an artist, you always have to do things yourself.”

WHO: Del The Funky Homosapien WHAT: Golden Era (The Council) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 23 July, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

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PIECE OF CAKE ALT-ACOUSTIC FOURPIECE SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR’S MUSICMAKING EXPERIENCE IS ALL ABOUT RECYCLED INSTRUMENTS, BAKED GOODS AND HANDWRITTEN LETTERS. FRONTMAN MARK LANG TAKES GISELLE NGUYEN INTO THEIR MAGICAL WORLD.

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he World War II phrase “keep calm and carry on” has become pretty trendy lately, finding its way onto tea towels and notepads. Bet the 1930s British government never expected that, or for a Melbourne indie band to appropriate it for its second album’s title – now with added monkey! “We were trying to find these things that kind of leave you in a no man’s land and can make you feel a bit unsure,” explains Lang. “So this idea of ‘keep calm, carry on’ was sort of put in the mix. And then I guess everyone wants a noun in a title and when we were in America we were talking about nouns and titles and so I started saying, ‘keep calm, carry the monkey’ as a joke and it stuck. Everyone loves monkeys.” Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey follows 2008’s Sift The Noise, and the main difference between albums is the newly added emphasis on creative elements. “We found this old marching drum in a dumpster and it’s sort of become a bit of a theme that we’d start using recycled or discarded instruments and there’s just all this kind of life and character in this old kick drum. It rattled and it was sort of imperfect and all those kind of things that I love about old things. “And then we’d do things like get a huge group of our friends together and smash garbage cans… Bash on benches and things like that and construct kits and rhythmical patterns around those kinds of things. We took that idea and feeling to everything. I’ve got this old banjo I found at a junk shop in Hobart and that’s on the road with us. And we’ve got these bottles of rocks that we’ve made up for shakers… We’re all addicted to junk!” Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith, whose wife Colleen Hixenbaugh is touring with SGV, guests on album closer Heart Does Ache, written about Lang’s late grandparents. The words of the refrain, “Thank you for loving me”, are the last his grandmother spoke to her husband before passing – a beautiful sentiment behind a song with completely serendipitous circumstances. “I didn’t think it was going to make the record because it wasn’t really working. When we got to America, my mum had been hassling me, and not that I usually listen to my mum musically, but she just kept harping on to me about that particular track… “Normally you start with the singles and stuff like that, but we said, ‘Let’s just give this one a bit of a go’ and we put some piano on it and it wasn’t working and before we had lunch, I said, ‘Can we throw the mic up?’ and I quickly sang it and found the heart of the song and the harmonies didn’t work because they were from the last vocal performance. And we went to lunch and we just happened to be reading that Ron Sexsmith was going to be in town. “We’d met him at a festival in Australia and he really liked our first record, so there’d been some connection already. That night I was sitting on the couch thinking about who I’d get to sing on it. I got this random email from his manager saying, ‘I heard you guys are in town, we should catch up,’ blah blah blah… Just a really random, out of the blue email. So we attached an mp3 and sent it through and the next morning Ron said yeah, he’d love to do it and he just happened to be in town for two days. We just happened to have started that song… And then when he sang it, it was perfect. His harmonies are so haunting and it’s so in his register… It’s just one of those things – I feel like my grandparents kind of handed it to me.” The album’s songs, infused with Melbourne references, range from upbeat to slightly darker. “To understand the light you’ve gotta understand the dark and I think there’s always that interplay between those two things always existing to me. I wanted to integrate that kind of sonic landscape-y thing to connect the songs together as an actual piece of work… People don’t often do it, but I was trying to encourage people to sit down and actually listen to the album from start to finish as a whole… That’s partly the idea of the artwork too, you sit down and you try and let it wash over you.” That artwork is incredibly intricate – when you fold the CD out, you’re faced with a cardboard cut-out of a girl and three files nestled behind her, all with their own small details, all relevant to each other. “My partner actually described it to me when she saw it as ‘artwork that whispers to you.’ That sort of comes close to the mystery of it… For me it’s a whole listening thing, the visual aspect of something is really important to me. I obviously spend more time on the music than the visual thing [but] I want to kind of give the visual component as important a weight… Everyone buys things digitally and they don’t care about the physical thing anymore, but I love holding things in my hands.” It seems like a lot of effort, but Skipping Girl Vinegar loves personal nuances, handwriting letters and sending op shop gifts to fans and, thanks to keyboardist Amanthi Lynch’s baking fixation, handing out sweet treats at shows. “It’s this idea of sort of slowing down and actually having real connections to people rather than just Facebook and Twitter. All those things are part of life and they’re important but they de-personalise things… The idea of the post revolution started as a random idea, that the art of letter writing has disappeared and we don’t hold onto our tweets or our Facebook posts, but if you have a letter from someone, it’s kind of a precious thing. “Amanthi just loves baking things, she’s really into coming up with different slices and that’s how that started. It’s all very natural and as part of the post revolution she would send recipes around to people of what she was going to make and if they came they could try her version…. triple j mag or something gave her a ten out of ten for her baked slice and that gave her a real boost, so we try and get the audience to give us a bit of a rate of the next round to double check she’s not slipping!” WHO: Skipping Girl Vinegar WHAT: Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey (MGM) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 22 July, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Saturday 23, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle

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STILL SMOKIN’ THE STATE OF MUSIC JOURNALISM ACCORDING TO TINY SENSATIONS KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS’ LEWIS DURHAM, WITH DOMINIQUE WALL.

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iven the attention and acclaim British trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis garnered with their first (and self-titled) album released in 2008, you could be forgiven for expecting them to release their next album hot on the heels of that success and milk it for all it was worth.Siblings Kitty, Daisy and Lewis Durham do not make up the average band and in fact have only just released their second album, Smoking In Heaven. There are two main differences between the two records, one being that all the songs on the new one were self-penned; the other being that a majority of the songs weren’t road-tested beforehand. “Before recording started, we didn’t really have the songs,” explains Lewis Durham. “As we started recording, we were writing the songs to go with it, so we didn’t really have a chance to play them live. We’d never really written songs before. I mean, we were always just making music before, but when it came to songs, we’d never written them like that, so we were quite hesitant.”

WE HAVE LITERALLY PULLED EQUIPMENT OUT OF SKIPS FROM ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS.”

Like their debut, Smoking In Heaven was recorded in the Durham’s home studio. There is a noticeable difference in sound between the two albums, which Durham explains; “I built the studio before the recording of the first album and, throughout the recording of that, we constantly changed things,” he says. “By the time it came to the second album, I had made a lot more changes and become a lot more technically advanced at what we were doing. We just changed a lot of stuff through trial and error, really. The first album was a kind of trial to see how the studio sounded.” Of the three siblings, it seems that Lewis is the one who has inherited a love of technical goings on from his mastering engineer father, Graeme. “When I was a kid I was always interested in engineering and more the physical aspect and began to learn more and more. I’m sure that by the time of the third album it will sound different again. We are using equipment which is 50 years old and for me, that is the most pure-sounding, so I’m just working on that.” Asked if hunting down the bits and pieces for the studio is part of the fun of building your own studio, Durham elaborates. “After a while, you get to know people in the same circle who have collections of equipment. A lot of it is homemade and custom built by us as well. It’s not necessarily expensive – it’s just trying to find the stuff and that comes from people who have saved equipment from studios which have shut down and saved it from the skip, really. On some occasions, we have literally pulled equipment out of skips from Abbey Road Studios, who chucked away stuff.” Both albums list the studio specifications in detail, yet there is no information about the instruments they use. “You know, it’s interesting, but I’ve never thought about putting that information on the record,” Durham says. “The instruments are basically those we’ve got over the years and stuff we’ve picked up and gone ‘yeah, that’s good’. For example, the drum kit was bought by my dad in the early ‘60s at a school fair and that had just been sitting in the attic ever since. About 10 years ago, he brought it down and that’s what we’ve always used and everything else we’ve tried doesn’t seem to work as well with us. The double bass came from the dump yard and the amplifiers are all just ones we’ve played through and seen what they’re like. What you use does make a big difference. In fact, on this tour, my guitar got broken at the airport and I’ve been struggling using another one. We heard a big crash on the conveyor belt and when it came around, the neck had been dislodged.” Legendary Jamaican trumpeter Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton’s involvement with the band came about thanks to Graeme. “A friend of ours who was playing bass at a party needed a lift so we went to this private party at someone’s house and he was there and my dad and him recognised each other – my dad used to work for Island Records and Tan Tan was a regular in the studio there – so we said ‘yeah, come back to our house and jam,’ and he did and has been on the road with us ever since.” While it’s easy to catch Lewis’s interest with music, videos are a different beast altogether. “None of us are really video people or into that kind of stuff – we’re not really into photo shoots or film stuff,” he continues. “Obviously, because of the modern age we’re in, you have to have a music video because that’s one of the ways people hear the music because most people are on YouTube and MySpace and all that stuff these days... So, people say ‘we’ve got this idea,’ and we’ll hear them out. If we like the people and the idea, we’ll go forward with it and see what happens. We don’t just sort of turn up.” When it comes to articles about Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, it seem that the fact that they are siblings (whose parents are heavily involved with the band), are young and love vintage things are the only thing worth mentioning. I ask Lewis if he wishes that, at this point in their career, people could get past these things. “It’s frustrating because when we do interviews, the focus isn’t on the music. It’s always ‘how old were you when you did this?’ and ‘what happened at school?’ and those are the sorts of questions you could ask anyone, whether they’re a musician or not. We do wish people would see us as musicians who play music – it’s our passion and what we’ve done since we were small children – and not just see [us] as a novelty where we’re going on stage because we’re a family, blah, blah, blah. You’ll always get people talking about the family because that’s a story and that’s what journalists want. Music journalism itself has gone downhill quite fast; I read a lot of old magazines and the interviews with artists are really in-depth. Now it’s all about the latest drug this band took or what they smashed up. It’s dreadful.” WHO: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis WHAT: Smoking In Heaven (Sunday Best/Shock)

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VOCALIST DAN MARSALA FROM STORY OF THE YEAR TELLS KATE STEPHENS HEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EXCITED TO POP HIS SOUNDWAVE CHERRY AS THEY HIT THE DECADE MARK IN THEIR CAREER.

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fter ten years, any kind of relationship can wither and burn. People change, times change and relationships just break down. But for Missourian five-piece Story Of The Year, 10 years has seen no lineup changes, little disputes, and solid punk-rock music pouring out of their amps. In the rare downtime between tours and recording, vocalist Dan Marsala explains their strong bond comes down to one thing: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bros beforeâ&#x20AC;Ś uh, shows? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were all friends before the band started. We used to skateboard together and we were definitely friends before we were this band and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the reason weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve stayed a band for all these years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed members and things have been pretty consistent, in terms of the line-up. Living with the same group of five guys for the last nine, ten years, the relationship has gotten a lot stronger. For one, we know every single thing about each other. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little different now, we know each other a lot more than we did ten years ago, but I think if anything weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just better friends now, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky we found the right group of people and we all get along well.â&#x20AC;? Not only has the SOTY lineup stayed the same, but fans have been loyal too. In February this year, back in their hometown, the five-some performed their debut and breakthrough record Page Avenue in entirety, to say thanks for all the fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; years of support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was one of the best shows Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever playedâ&#x20AC;Śit was really cool,â&#x20AC;? says Marsala. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played in front of a lot of friends and family and all our hometown fans. It was a really special night. And we hope sometime in the future we can actually take that on the road and do a whole Page Avenue tour, something like that, do all the records in their entirety at some point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very nostalgic, and personally a little bit reflective...itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a weird thing to play something you wrote like 10 years ago and have it still be kind of cool.â&#x20AC;?

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this October will see the band back on our shores with their first slot on the Soundwave Tour. Marsala says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking forward to the trip â&#x20AC;&#x201C; once he gets the whole 20-hour-flying-thing over and done with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The flight is not fun, but once we get there itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely be worth it. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only heard great stuff about Soundwave and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad they added the new Soundwave Revolution so we can be a part of it this year; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always on other tours so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be awesome. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely excited about it, such a great line up and a lot of great bands, some huge amazing bands, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be fun.â&#x20AC;? For the moment the band are taking a break from SOTY business, but calling it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;downtimeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is very misleading. The band members rarely get much of a break, as they take the focus of one band and put it on others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all kind of just working on other stuff, working with other people, having fun,â&#x20AC;? explains Marsala. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like being able to cheat on your significant other without really cheating on them, because we like each other and we just play other music. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just working on that for now, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get back to working on Story Of The Year, later this year.â&#x20AC;? When though? Well, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good question. With side projects and tours, Marsala isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite positive when SOTY will be back in the studio, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to check everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule first. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably going to be a little tricky this time because we have a lot going on right now, but Story of the Year has always remained our main focus, so when it comes time, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll all definitely get into the same room and not let anything else affect us.â&#x20AC;? WHO: Story Of The Year WHEN & WHERE: Soundwave Revolution â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Monday 3 October, Arena Joondalup

We might not get the album in its entirety just yet, but

couple of years ago in the heyday of electronic music blogs, you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escape the name Grum, The Hype Machine in particular always featuring a (Grum Remix) somewhere in their most popular lists. His signature synths and banging four/four beats were much loved before breakout original Heartbeats, with its blipping, beeping intro, set hearts afire and dancefloors into frenzies whenever dropped. The young Scot, now based in the UK and known to his ma and pa as Graeme Shepherd, hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looked back since, and his 2010 album of the same name was one of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most fun electronic dance releases. Needless to say, it got pretty hectic in the months that ensued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been] a lot of touring after the album last year. There was loads of everything last year I guess â&#x20AC;&#x201C; remixes, touring, gigsâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? he tells, rather lackadaisically down the line from home, ahead of some massive festival dates and a return down under.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really sure whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s replaced it. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for a lot of people â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good springboard to becoming established and making that jump towards becoming more mainstream. But yeah, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely not really the same as it was.â&#x20AC;? It has led to an increased necessity in social network savvy, something Shepherd isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t particularly fond of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nowadays you have to have a MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, last.fm,â&#x20AC;? he laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a full time job to do all that stuff. You have to use all those things a lot, you find people who do the best can tie them all together and have a well-planned campaignâ&#x20AC;Ś But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather make some music. I much prefer to produce than update my Facebook.â&#x20AC;?

Shepherd has started considering his sophomore effort too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another album coming, but right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really writing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not concentratedly writing an album. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like, if inspiration comes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just do it. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a few new tunes for when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m over.â&#x20AC;? In fact, Grum the DJ/producer has basically been non-stop since he finished up a Music Technology course at uni, one that â&#x20AC;&#x153;funnily enough hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been much of a help at all really. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more programming and things like that, and a tiny bit of production stuff. I learnt more in my spare time than I did at uni. Real life always trumps education I guess.â&#x20AC;?

Which leads us back to his productions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going, and his refusal to buy in to any trends that are, wellâ&#x20AC;Ś trending. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just now as well, the smoother disco stuff has taken over hereâ&#x20AC;Ś Like, The Magician is pretty big in the London scene, and Aeroplane and things like that,â&#x20AC;? he explains, before countering with his own direction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know what though, I kinda went along with that for a little bit and was part of that for a while, but right now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sort of, I dunnoâ&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a bit bored of it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to do something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit more exciting. Lessâ&#x20AC;Ś whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the word? Pretentious,â&#x20AC;? he chuckles.

A major player in his success â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the beginning at least â&#x20AC;&#x201C; were the aforementioned music blogs, all the rage when brands like Ed Banger, KitsunĂŠ and Modular were taking over the world in 2007. Their impact seems to have diminished in recent years, or at least theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve changed their approach and signature sounds. The pretenders have fallen away, leaving a smaller selection of higher quality, a fact not lost on Shepherd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure why but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find myself checking the blogs anymore, I think the music industry itself has moved on from that,â&#x20AC;? he ponders, unable to quite pinpoint whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changed.

Whatever it is heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working for Lady Gaga, as his remix of Born This Way is part of that trackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single pack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, that one drove me a bit crazy actually, I spent a lot of time on that. If you get offered a Lady Gaga remix you just do it I guess. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever played it in a set but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one of those things that you do.â&#x20AC;? WHO: Grum WHEN & WHERE: Friday 22 July, Ambar, Perth

TALK LIKE THAT TWO YEARS AGO, STRANGE TALKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STEPHEN DOCKER HAD NEVER EVEN SUNG IN A BAND. MATT Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;NEILL SPEAKS TO THE FORMER VIOLINIST ABOUT TRANSITIONING FROM ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES TO SUPPORTING ART VS. SCIENCE.

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trange Talkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meteoric rise has been somewhat surreal. With the gradual decline of MySpace and the perpetually troubled nature of the music industry, one presumes the only remaining instances of genuinely unexpected ubiquity have largely been relegated to the occasional Twitter or YouTube profile. Yet, in less than two years, Melbourne electro-indie outfit Strange Talk have rapidly segued from a vague

project between two friends into a potentially worldbeating musical outfit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m totally shocked,â&#x20AC;? vocalist Stephen Docker admits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only been together for a bit over a year and a half now. We started off writing a handful of songs, put them up on MySpace, got some label attention and got a lot of interest for everything we were doing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both live and in the studio. Things are moving really quickly for us and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all just been amazing.â&#x20AC;? The group initially began as a collaboration between Stephen Docker (then operating strictly as a violinist) and Gerard Sidhu (then an electro-house DJ and producer). Since then, the pairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project has morphed into a fully functional band. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve performed at Parklife and Good Vibrations and had their work added to national rotation on triple j. The coming months will see them support both Art Vs Science and Kele. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never been in a band or anything before this one. The only thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d really done before this was play in symphonies

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and things like that,â&#x20AC;? Docker laughs. Most intriguingly, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work has been endorsed by mainstream and underground institutions alike. In addition to appearances on Nova and Channel V, Strange Talk have managed to secure releases for tastemaking labels like Franceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary Kitsune Maison imprint and New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally storied Neon Gold Recordings. Yet, for all of their infamy, Strange Talk have yet to release much more than this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-titled EP on the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the studio. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re writing,â&#x20AC;? Docker reassures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of exciting things happening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were originally going to do a follow-up EP but the direction weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken means weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually looking at doing a couple of singles. After those singles are out, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back in the studio working on getting a really strong record together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think, in our eyes, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve set the Strange Talk bar quite high already so we feel we have quite a bit of a work ahead of us,â&#x20AC;? Docker laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

definitely a lot of pressure. We had no idea the EP would do so well. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m kind of hoping that just keeps happening, really.â&#x20AC;? WHO: Strange Talk WHEN & WHERE: Speakeasy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday 15 July, Villa, East Perth; Supporting Kele â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday 6 August, Villa, East Perth

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IN TOMMIE WE TRUST

CHANGING THEIR NAME FROM THE NEXT TO SYNDICATE WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING FOR THE SYDNEY FIVE-PIECE. MICHAEL SMITH DISCOVERS IT WAS RECORDING IN L.A. THAT LET THEM BECOME WHO THEY ARE.

THERE ARE TREND-SETTERS AND TRENDFOLLOWERS, BUT TREND-TRANSCENDER FEELS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR TOMMIE SUNSHINE. TROY MUTTON GETS PHILOSOPHICAL WITH THE MIGHTY BEARDED ONE.

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f beards could talk, you get the feeling DJ/producer Tommie Sunshine’s flowing mane would have plenty of tall tales to tell of dancefloor debauchery. He is the DJ’s DJ, having been on the electronic dance music scene for over two decades. The fact he looks almost god-like with flowing locks and equally lengthy facial hair is no accident; Sunshine transcends genres and generations. So what drives this club creature to do what he does? “I feel like my destiny in this God-forsaken world is to be a guide through music. A journey-man who keeps people’s spirits up with sound,” he says, sounding ever so otherworldly. And the key to his longevity? “Honesty! Very few artists in this world are compelled to make art from an honest centre. I not only write and produce from this centre of gravity, but I DJ music from the gang of producers I feel are on the same page as me.” While he comes from a rock’n’roll background, it didn’t take him long to fall in with the dance culture, seeing it as an opportunity to change lives, promote freedom, free love, and some damn good times. And while his rock influences are ever-present in his productions, remixes and DJ sets, does he ever miss the good ol’ rock’n’roll? “Never. The first time I heard acid house and the sound of the 303 I knew that what I heard was revolution music and specifically the revolution of this generation. I have never had second thoughts about being involved in this music,” he states matter of factly.

Tommie Sunshine’s musical tastes are all encompassing, and when Drum quizzes him on the state of electronic music and its increasing infiltration into pop and hip hop today, he speaks of it fondly, like it’s quite possibly his doing. “Having the music of freedom become popular music is a great thing. I have been plugging for the whole world to let go of their macho rock’n’roll leanings for the celebration and release of dance music for two decades now.” And to be honest, it kind of is his doing. He has remixed such commercially accessible punk-rock acts as Good

Charlotte, Fall Out Boy and Panic At The Disco!, while well established and respected producers such as Felix Da Housecat, Marc Romboy and Miss Kittin have collaborated with him in the past. “I have enjoyed every collaboration with everyone. There is so much to learn from other people and you should talk to and work with as many people as possible. This is the only way you really learn about life,” he says. Sunshine’s remix work has been a feature of the artist’s output over the course of decades, and you can add people as diverse as Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, Britney Spears, Yoko Ono, MSTRKRFT, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Crystal Method to a remix list that surprisingly may just be longer than that beard. However, Sunshine may just be moving in to a new phase of his career. “I used to create mostly remixes but this is now changing. Fans want to know more about an artist’s original creativity. I have made more original music in the last six months than I have in my whole career. This has been a freeing experience and I intend to make much more. “That being said, a good remix is music heard and seen through another artist’s eyes and ears. When the results are glorious it’s a testament to how creative this music really is, and when they are average it shows just how lazy an artist can be,” he warns. And lazy is the last thing you’ll get with the Tommie Sunshine DJ experience. “[Expect] lots of new music, lots of challenging sounds and a feeling of relief that the world is a wonderful place as long as you keep dancing.” Amen. WHO: Tommie Sunshine WHEN & WHERE: Limelite – Friday 22 July, Metropolis Fremantle

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he list of names who came on board to sprinkle a little of their own musical magic on Syndicate’s new LP is impressive enough. There’s Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson, Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Gil Sharone and Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver/The Cult drummer Matt Sorum for starters. But then to have the biggest hitmaker in the US, Dianne Warren, give a little band from the other side of the Pacific two songs speaks volumes about the faith Syndicate has engendered within the wider music industry. It’s all there on the band’s eponymous debut album, recorded on two continents over some three months – as “rock” an album as the band’s singer, Greg Agar, could possibly have hoped to make. “Keyboards and piano have been a big part of my life,” Agar explains. “It was actually my first instrument before singing – so when we were The Next, we had this whole concept of ‘We need to be a rock band, we can’t play keys because keys aren’t rock enough,’ and so we didn’t actually include them. So it wasn’t until this album that our producers told us, ‘Guys, you’re being dickheads! If you’ve got it, use it.’ That was eye opening for us. “I mean, I’m not going to play piano ‘cause I love the whole idea of being able to stand in front of a crowd and entertain without hiding behind something. But we put keys on a lot of the album, we put strings on a lot of it, there are some cool little synthy bits that are kind of tucked in there, but we still wanted it to come across as ‘We’re a rock band.’ Hence the wall of guitars [laughs].” Let’s go back to the beginning. As The Next, the band released a debut EP, Light Of Day, recorded at Harry Vanda’s Surry Hills studio, Flashpoint, back in January 2009. It got them some attention but they felt they needed to get to a whole other level, so, after changing their name, they took the advice of the management and headed for Los Angeles. “The songwriting for the album started a couple of years ago. We made a couple of trips to LA and

that was the first time we really started concentrating on lyric and melody. We used to loving getting in the studio and jamming on a riff, that kind of stuff, but this was the first time we concentrated on kind of crafting a song.” Among the people they ended up co-writing with was engineer/producer Jeff Blue, whose credits include Linkin Park, Korn and Limp Bizkit. “Our manager put us onto producer Brandon Friesen [Comeback Kid, Sum 41], who oversaw the whole recording, so a lot of the key players we worked with on the album were all his contacts. He put us onto Jeff Blue, who was initially going to produce a couple of tracks and we got along so well, he co-wrote a bunch of songs, so he became a lot more involved than was initially planned. So all of the pre-production was done at his house in the Hollywood Hills, which was pretty surreal.” From there they worked with Bryan Carlstrom (The Offspring, Alice In Chains), Matt Sorum and Tommy Lee – yes, that Tommy Lee. Apart from the aforementioned huge guitar sounds on the album, there are also a hell of a lot of vocal harmonies. “As I was saying before [about playing piano], it was the first time in the studio I’d really been given, not just permission, but insistence on recording a whole stack of vocals – you know, harmonies, everything, big wall of sound – making sure sonically it was pretty well taken up. So as a result it’s a pretty polished, produced sound, but, you know, we’re totally cool with that. The song, How I Got By – it’s not on the album but it is on our stream – has about thirty-six vocal tracks!” WHO: Syndicate WHAT: Syndicate (Sony) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 16 July, Fly By Night, Fremantle

MAKEOVER TIME INDIE-PSYCH-POP DUO FATTY GETS A STYLIST IS THE NEW PROJECT FROM KATE MILLER-HEIDKE AND KEIR NUTTALL. THE QUIRKY SONGSTRESS AND HER BEAU TELL LIZ GALINOVIC ABOUT ITS CREATION.

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he change occurred in the shower. Kate MillerHeidke had spent months creating tunes with her songwriting partner and husband, Keir Nuttall. He’d devised several “electro-pop beds on the laptop” and they’d written a few songs, with Miller-Heidke’s new album as the goal. But as she recalls, something wasn’t quite working the way they wanted until the morning she had that fateful shower. “I was singing one of the songs, Liberty Bells, which is one of the first songs we had for the album. I was singing it in the

shower and suddenly this different voice came out from somewhere within the depths of my subconscious. And suddenly, all the elements just clicked into place and this voice became its own character and the character had something real to add to the music.” Anyone who knows Miller-Heidke’s music knows her as the sweet sounding nightingale of alternative-pop. Until now, her vocals have continued to float effortlessly in the higher register. It seems right then that Nuttall and Miller-Heidke utilised the new material and the new voice to create something entirely different to the Kate Miller-Heidke band. The result is the debut self-titled Fatty Gets A Stylist, a collection of electro-pop tunes written and recorded on a laptop with a vocalist who didn’t even know she could sing like “that”. According to Nuttall, it happened naturally. “With laptop technology, it’s really easy to write quite a complex bit of work when you’re in hotel rooms or on aeroplanes and stuff. And that’s where a lot of this record was written.”

During the making of this album they’d been listening to a lot of Night, Kraftwerk and “lots of different funky stuff like the B-52s.” They’re influences that can be heard on the Fatty album without Fatty sounding exactly like any one of these groups. “It’s kind of that programmy, dancey stuff,” Nuttall explains, “with a bit of a fun element running through, even when the songs are more serious in their topics.” “There’s a lot of Buddhist imagery, you know,” MillerHeidke adds. “The Tiger Inside Will Eat The Child – it’s about imagination and the creative force. Those kinds of themes come through quite strongly.” At times so does an Eastern sound, something Nuttall agrees with: “Yeah, like on the track Let Me Fade, Kate’s singing on that is a very Middle Eastern sound – it sounds almost like the call to prayer.” Just like their marriage, when it comes to writing music no one is in charge. As Nuttall says, “It depends on the song, and we both write lyrics.”

“His lyrical style is more free association and lots of imagery,” Miller-Heidke adds, “whereas I tend to write more direct lyrics. I guess it kind of works well together, to have both of those elements.”

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SINGLE OF THE WEEK MATT & KIM

Block After Block Liberator Music Taken from the dance-pop duo’s latest offering Sidewalks, which saw them venture to our shores for the Big Day Out festival at the beginning of the year, this ultra-happy, sunny pop song is the sort of track that will have you doing that stupid jumping up and down dance as you try to shake out the overdose of glee. The usual Matt & Kim concoction of basic but energetic drumming, handclaps and Casio synth sounds makes for one hell of a danceable song.

ALLBROOK/AVERY Empty

Independent Allbrook and Avery, two blokes associated with an array of Perth’s darlings such as Tame Impala, The Growl, Pond etc have teamed up and brought us Empty from their upcoming album Big ‘Art, and despite my best efforts to approach it with an ‘I’m not gonna rave about it’ mentality, I’m ‘almost’ sorry to say, it’s pretty swell. It’s just really charming and warm. Another score for those little snots then. Too bad about the video.

THE IVYS

In The Company Of Wolves Independent Sydney-siders The Ivys have been likened to Placebo, a big call, but the right one in places. It’s something about Luke Hannaford’s voice and the way it mixes with the lead guitar on a couple of tracks (see Smoke & Lights), especially seeing as in later tracks the vocals remind of The Butterfly Effect’s Clint Boge. That’s not the full extent of their sound though, which varies quite widely throughout the course of this, their second EP. Final track Last Divide is the clear stand out, and a brilliant closer.

CATHERINE TRAICOS & THE STARRY NIGHT Gloriosa AOA/Fuse Catherine Traicos introduces her new band, The Starry Night – Darren Nuttall, Kasper Kiely and Tim Day – on her second record, Gloriosa. Named after a visit to floodstricken Brisbane, where Traicos saw the blossoming of the Gloriosa Superba (Flame Lily) amongst the dirt and destruction it embodies the essence of this record – from destruction and chaos, beauty can always be born. Under the talented and guiding hand of five-time ARIA award winner Paul McKercher, this record is a beautifully understated addition to Australian music. Many of the songs on the record play with the idea of sad lyrics with an uplifting melody. Walk Into The Stars melds two songs of opposing feelings – one optimistic, one pessimistic, this track has kept the best of both worlds. Jason Walker’s pedal steel guitar gives it a cheerful country twang, but the darkness can be felt on the edge. On Baby Don’t Cry, Walker’s pedal steel guitar allows this track to expand with The Starry Night’s pop basics to a strong country/folk ballad. The emotion in Traicos’ delicate vocals creates a spine-tingling sensation of truth, love and desperation. A Stranger is one of the strongest tracks on the record – the only song that Traicos wrote about the passing of her grandmother that made it to the album. The restrained guitar of McKercher and the rising and falling cello line of Gareth Skinner musically embody the emotional tension of the lyrics.

EMMYLOU HARRIS

HAYLEY BETH

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Nashville songstress, Americana incarnate and folkcountry royalty Emmylou Harris is of a certain vintage. At 63 years of age, Harris has had a long and colourful career, including her shift from primarily interpreting the music of others to becoming an established songwriter in her own right in later years, a discography of 25 albums, and countless tours and collaborations (Willy Nelson, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young to name a few).

Enhancing Hayley Beth’s whisky strewn voice with grungier garage-punk, soul and blues elements; her new band is the perfect progression with Brendan Jay (The Wednesday Society, Rats) on bass; BT Walker (The Love Affliction) on drums and Mouthy (Sex Panther) on guitar. The final product sees the birth of her latest album Spirits, layering well-fitted accompaniment for a denser and dirtier sound that you can really drown your senses in.

Hard Bargain

The wisdom and restraint that accompanies greying hair has resulted in a boiled down simplicity to Harris’ milestone 25th release, the LP Hard Bargain. There is nothing challenging about this album musically speaking, in fact the comfortable mix of classic ballads and up-tempo numbers is downright easy listening and would make a great road trip soundtrack. The devil, though, is in the detail. Sitting behind the languid patina are themes spanning racial violence (My Name Is Emmett Till tells the story of a black boy who was killed by white men in 1955), natural disasters (New Orleans), the loss of dear friends (Darlin’ Kate and The Road) and quaint pet observations (Big Black Dog). The Road in particular is a beautiful lament, harking back to Harris’ short but lifechanging time with Gram Parsons before he died from an overdose. Half a lifetime later and her grief is still palpable. Harris’ voice both as a singer and as a writer is sincere, as always.

Spirits

Brimming with character, Spirits could masquerade itself as being produced during later times and pass undetected on account of Beth’s full bodied voice, which sounds deceivingly aged despite being only 21. Beth convincingly appeals to our indolent sentiments in the track Honesty; “I would never leave the house if I had a choice,” Beth will have you slurring out the anthem along with her. Mouthy will take you on a stylistic rollercoaster from angry riffs in Seagulls, shifting to a cleaner sound in Scarlett Fever before another turbulent and impressive solo in Don’t Come Home. Anchoring the two female powerhouses in the band, Brendan Jay and BT Walker hold it all together, completing the musical equilibrium with raw swag. Beth isn’t a new face in Perth’s local music scene and after spending four years with four different bands, it seems she’s finally found the perfect niche with her current lot. Those among us who say they don’t make ‘em like the old greats anymore should replace their words for a copy of Spirits.

Gloriosa is a great follow up to Traicos’ debut, The Amazing. The Starry Night adds a greater pop influence to her country/folk trends, but does not take over.

There is depth and weight to this collection of songs, and the absence of fussiness in their presentation makes this album simply elegant. Fans are bound to like it, and newbies will be hard-pressed to find anything to not like about it.

CHRISTINE CARUANA

REBEKAH BARNETT

ELLA LIASCOS

JAZZSTEPPA

JULIANNA BARWICK

MY FRIEND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE

Studio Rockers

Milstletone/Inertia

Fiasco

Having been slowly building a fan base for the last few years, the dubstep collective/duo known as Jazzsteppa have released their first full-length debut. Inside its vibrating, shaking walls is an album of depth and poise that firmly trashes then re-tweaks of the genre with its use of old school samples and live instrumentation.

There’s a famous quote attributed to Martin Mull, that talking about music is like dancing about architecture. It’s a stupid thing to try; the means just can’t penetrate the subject deep enough, and trying to wrap words around the elusive, inner qualities of an album like The Magic Place is perfect example of why.

Shock

Hyper Nomads is crisp, sharp and to the point. While heavily veiled in the religious shroud of dubstep, these ubiquitous rhythmic structures are re-defined with clever changes and intelligent use of jazz samples that stand head and shoulders above the norm. Opener Baby Jesus is a true to form fight-or-flight piece of wobbly bass mastery and, at a touch over three minutes, sets up the listener for an album which is defined by a deliberate yet original approach to the material.

One way might start with her earliest influences; her childhood spent in choirs, gleaning an understanding of vocal harmonies and an appreciation of space. It might be helpful to talk about her methods; recording simple a capellas - capturing only the most ghostly traces of her voice - then looping and layering them into ambient soundscapes. When instruments are introduced, it is by a gradual fading in, with the impression that great care has been taken in finding exactly the right timbre, such as the bass pulse on Prizewinning or the reverberating piano on Vow. It’d probably be a good idea to tell how the Magic Place was also a real place; an oversized tree on Barwick’s parent’s farm that grew “up, down and around” and featured different compartments for a child to disappear into; a simple example of how without invoking crass or nauseating hippy sentiments, Barwick has found a way to channel her moods and reflections inspired by nature directly into her ethereal tone-poems.

THE SCOTCH OF SAINT JAMES Trendy

Independent A bit of a side-step from the lead up to upcoming album Rubber Lover Lure, The scotch-swilling ‘saints’ have released an EP of alternate material, after a break from the host of high profile shows performed in 2010. Trendy brings some more of that tight ol’ rock’n’roll we’re all used to by now, ranging from the strong Beach Boys-stylings of opener Soul Pusher through radio single Three From The Exit to the really quite sweet and infectious flamenco sounds of 3xThree (pronounced 9 apparently…), and then there’s the meandering – and kind of directionless – funk of Gotta Dirt Bomb, which is one of two home-demos made as part of the Rubber Lover Lure process.

WE ARE GRACE Yes, I Blame You Flashpoint The title track is a pretty solid, rocky, kick-in-the-face kind of affair, with some high falsetto harmonies, a driving 4/4 rhythm section, and, as the name suggests, some venom filled lyricism. Second track It’s Just A Phase shows off some pop hook tendencies, some more wicked harmonies and a chorus that begs you to learn the lyrics and sing along. It all finishes on a live track – I Won’t Go Home – which really shows off the bands self-proclaimed Pink Floyd influences… not bad.

SOUNDS OF SIRUS Singularity Independent Comparisons are immediately and easily drawn between Sounds Of Sirus and Australia’s cream of the metal crop; Cog, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus… in fact they’ve played alongside Cog, The Getaway Plan and House Vs. Hurricane amongst others. With delayed guitar licks, occasional Cog-esque, lo-fi vocal effects, and the well-executed drumming you come to expect from bands of that persuasion, they have the whole package. Which leaves the question: have we heard this package enough already? Probably, but it still kicks ass.

Hyper Nomads

Old school trumpets glisten with complimentary chainsaw synth and industrial strength bottoms that are backed up by crisp, reality-driven backing drums. They show a deft knack in the studio on Rusty Trombone and Sweet Tooth, with both tracks working the slower aesthetic around seemingly disparate jazz sampling. Both tracks are perfect examples of why producers find the space of dubstep so alluring as a multitude of time signature changes are complimented by the slow, broken beats. Hyper Nomads combines melody with mayhem, and broken bottle synth lines with a fluidity and grace rarely seen on a debut. It’s mixture of jump-in-the-air beats, clever production, and an overall sense of the down and dirty place this as one of the finer examples of the genre. CHRIS ARCHIBALD

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The Magic Place

But even after all the research and reverse engineering, there are still undefinable, almost spiritual qualities to Barwick’s music, which attempting to formulate with words is like trying to snatch ghosts; they slip through your fingers every time. CHRISTOPHER H JAMES

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Fiasco is MFTCC’s sixth album in 21 years, pointing to a career more rooted in longevity than proliferation. Though they’ve never really been particularly big (probably another contributing factor to their vintage), it seems like they’ve always been present – hovering around the mid-point of folk festival line-ups, gig posters in cafés, and buried in the ‘Locals’ section of CD shops. Though the band’s mandolin, violin, cello, acoustic guitar, piano and percussion combination might suggest more of a folk ensemble, their sound is decidedly Aussie-pop. David Bridie’s lyrics feature heavily in most of the songs on Fiasco (save a few instrumental tracks) and, for the most part, the rest of the instrumentation hovers pretty solidly around the bright and catchy. And it’s this bright catchiness, coupled with Bridie’s breathy vocals and often-cheesy lyrics, that makes the album pretty hard to take seriously. The opening few tracks sound like Playschool for adults – tinkling keyboard, fairly mundane songwriting, self-conscious pauses for effect. Attempts at heavier subject matter, of which there are several, are badly handled and the result is, more often than not, a clumsy descent into melodrama. There is a semblance of redemption in the second half. Here, the cheesiness is still around but it starts to fade in the presence of some soaring, even beautiful, instrumental arrangements. A hint at the variety and depth of music played by people with many years of experience is allowed to step forward, it’s just whether getting there is worth the effort. ZOE BARRON


CD OF THE WEEK

THE PANICS RAPHAEL SAADIQ Stone Rollin’

TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING

Columbia/Sony

Deaden The Fields

A long-time champion of soul and R’n’B and holder of a voice that is dexterous, smooth and rich, Raphael Saadiq has ratcheted it up a notch for this, his fourth studio record, and the results are a joy. Where previous album The Way I See It was knee-deep in soulful grooves, Stone Rollin’ is a looser, freer and altogether more rock’n’roll-based release. Its roots remain in the ‘60s however, and influence of the guitar work of Chuck Berry hovers ever close to the surface throughout much of this well-rounded album.

Independent/Firestarter

The thump and drive of Heart Attack jumps out with zeal as Saadiq’s voice explodes in bursts over guitars that contain the merest hints of distortion. It’s different, certainly, but not alien, and occasional bluesy expulsions allude to Saadiq’s previous efforts, as do the grooveladen bass lines at track’s end. Radio is more energetic still, and crowds at his live shows will doubtlessly clamour to the dancefloor to spin and turn on its every note. The restrained, slowed down Good Man is probably the closest you’d get to anything off The Way I See It, and its solemn disposition offers some welcome contrast to the highs of those tracks that precede it.

WASHED OUT

Within And Without Pod/Inertia/Sub Pop

A friend once commented to me, upon seeing Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving for the first time, that he could not fathom how the lads were possibly able to rehearse and write their material. Not because they were bad, but because the tracks seem impossibly complex and convoluted. Continuously morphing time signatures, cacophonies of sound which seem to just reverberate through your core, intricate little piano melodies and soaring thematic riffs, which could be the score to a film if they didn’t keep leaving you tapping your foot out of time like an idiot. And all of this without any kind of lyrical cue to signal to band mates the move to a new part of a song.

More than just a collection of great tracks, Stone Rollin’ is Saadiq’s most complete album yet – there’s a hardly a bad turn on it, and it speaks volumes for his position as an irrefutable talent. Though Saadiq endured unspeakable tragedy as a young man, his records have never been a medium for dealing with grief; this, like his others, is a celebration.

Debut album Deaden The Fields translates this to CD, with six tracks sprawling out over a whopping 62 minutes. Recorded and mixed by the bands’ own Ron Pollard in their self-built studio, the record oozes attention to detail and the dedication and talent of the quartet. Now the emphatic fan-boying is over with, it’s gotta be said that Deaden The Fields is not always an easy listen, but anyone who has heard the band would attest that TToL have never pretended otherwise. This is not an album you can just let play in the background, it grabs you by the ears and commands you to listen. Opening track Landmarks rests at a ‘measly’ 17 minutes and quickly builds to an ear-melting rumble. What follows is a musically-induced high. Enjoy responsibly.

RICK BRYANT

ANDY SNELLING

Before even removing the disc, it’s safe to say that Washed Out are already in the running for best cover-art of 2011. In many ways the photograph seems an oddly intimate gesture for a band initially caught up in the retro summer craze of a few years back, but Within And Without corresponds perfectly with its cover; it’s sexy, tender, and ultimately beautiful. It’s interesting to see how bedroom projects such as this have reacted to being placed in major studios for their sophomore albums. Predictably there’s a temptation to clean up the sound as evidenced by recent albums from Memory Tapes and Toro Y Moi, however Washed Out’s Ernest Greene doesn’t entirely take the bait. There’s still layer upon layer of synths and distant vocals, yet the surprisingly solid backbone to all of these tracks reveals that Greene isn’t simply mucking around with empty atmospherics. Eyes Be Closed opens with the signature ‘80s synth sprawl before the smoothest of beats lend it some structure. Before toes the same line between dancing and dreaming, with a solid beat and vocal samples underpinning Greene’s dissolved electro-pop. That said the album begs to be assessed as a whole, as opposed to on the basis of individual tracks. Unlike much of the Life Of Leisure EP, the hooks aren’t so easy to grasp, the songs instead flowing together into one big, romantic, dream-like mix. The two bonus tracks, including the previously released gem Olivia, are also welcome additions. It’s evocative, but worth the chase.

Rain On The Humming Wire Dew Process/Universal The fourth album from the Kalamunda boys rumbles into view with a big timpani sound which immediately whisks us from the Perth hills New York by evoking Neil Diamond’s pounding America in opener Majesty. It’s a move that is as bold as it is welcome, and those expecting more of the gorgeous indiepop of Cruel Guards will be struck by a sense of diversionary excitement. This is no direct sequel of the former album’s glories. In fact, were it not for the distinctiveness of Jae Laffer’s vocals, one might be forgiven for thinking it’s an entirely different band. Whilst the last album was amply populated by lush brass arrangements, Rain On the Humming Wire is more immediate, more urban than suburban. Endless Road revels in northern soul-ness, advancing their indie-pop sensibilities with a much richer production. The Americana continues to sneak in with country twangs and – dare I say it – Laffer’s increasing yankiedrawl in songs like Shot Down and One Way Street. It’s moves like these that have led to backlashes against Aussie bands in the past, but considering The Panics have always sounded like they’re sending us postcards from bars in faraway places, they totally get away with it. What might catch up with them is the legacy left by Don’t Fight It, the undisputed highlight of Cruel Guards. As good as the songs on this collection are, there simply isn’t an anthem as proud or tender to match it. No matter though, for here The Panics have created a beautiful selection and it makes you feel good. It’s a sound that you’ll love. MAC MCNAUGHTON

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SPEAKEASY @ VILLA If there were any doubts as to whether or not the Drum Media-presented Speakeasy was the hottest indie ticket in town, they were quickly dispelled after round one sold out with a massive show featuring local champs Split Seconds and Tim & Jean. They’re back again Friday 15 July, and while their usual host Nina Las Vegas takes a month off, they’ve asked some equally adept party smashup princes to take over in the Purple Sneakers DJs. Even better though, is the quality of live acts on offer, which is what Speakeasy is all about, and opening the night are THE CHEMIST local lads doing big things The Chemist, who’s radio hit Lullaby #1 is dreamy as can be. Taking headline duties for the evening are another act who bring indie and dance together in one electro-pop fantasy, Strange Talk, dominating triple j-waves with two big first singles, Eskimo Boy and Climbing Walls. They recently supported Art Vs. Science and are bringing their live electronica back to the west side for party times so fresh you’ll forget how cold it is outside. $30 from Father, Billie & Rose and Moshtix.

FRONTLASH

BACKLASH

DRY DREAMTEAM

NEWS OF THE WORLD

A Month For Huntz is currently ranked as the eighth highest fundraising team in the Dry July national leaderboard, with almost $7,000 raised so far. Great to see the local hip hop community getting behind Hunter, who’s been courageously fighting his own battle with cancer the last few years.

While the death of one of the world’s most ironically titled ‘news’papers may have appeared a win for journalistic ethics, we’re betting none of the Murdochs will spend any time in jail, the ex-Ed will be even happier in her new office and The Sun will only expand their operations and profits as a result.

INSANE CHARLIE POSSE

CARBON TAX TUSSLES

Awesome news that Charlie Sheen is going to join forces with the one and only Insane Clown Posse for the next Gathering Of The Juggalos. What a meeting of minds! He’s really running out of people who might potentially take him seriously…

You’d think Australians were being asked to give up one of their vital organs the way much of the country’s been reacting. Little do they realise their lungs will be pointless in the future if we don’t make these changes now.

TREASURE TROVE

TAXING SPEECH

If last Thursday’s launch of Hidden Treasures was anything to go by, this might be the finest winter music series of events to hit the port city since Bon Scott began busking.

Admittedly though, Julia Gillard’s public address didn’t give people much incentive to not be annoyed. FYI Julia, we’re not all eight-year-olds, particularly not the ones that vote.

MIAMI HORROR BY DREW METTAM

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TANGLED THOUGHTS OF LEAVING CD LAUNCH: JUL 15 The Bakery

BONJAH: AUG 17 Indi Bar; AUG 18 Mojo’s; AUG 19 Rock Inne Tav; AUG 20 Settlers Tavern; AUG 21 Redcliffe On The Murray

SEEKER LOVER KEEPER (FEAT. SARAH BLASKO, SALLY SELTMANN, HOLLY THROSBY), TINY RUINS: JUL 28 Astor Theatre DARKWAVE: HEYTESBURG, FEAR OF COMEDY, MICHAEL STRONG & THE GHOST ANYWAY, ZEKS, LIKE JUNK, THE FRIGHTENERS, THE SILENT WORLD, SHOCK OCTOPUS, BORN ON THE BAYOU: JUL 29 The Bakery RTRFM SECRET WEAPONS: JUL 29 Geisha FUNERAL PARTY, BOY IN A BOX: AUG 2 Capitol MAT MCHUGH (THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS): AUG 5 The Bakery KELE, STRANGE TALK: AUG 6 Villa VENTS (SUPPORTING WU-TANG CLAN): AUG 7 Metro City CATHERINE TRAICOS & THE STARRY NIGHT: AUG 10 Malt Market Bar; AUG 12 Settlers Tavern; AUG 13 The Bakery; AUG 14 The Bird

EAGLE & THE WORM, THE FROWNING CLOUDS: AUG 24 Prince Of Wales; AUG 25 The Bakery; AUG 26 Mojo’s + HYPERFEST: ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, ILLY, CHILDREN COLLIDE, STONEFIELD, PAPA VS. PRETTY, SAM PERRY, SPLIT SECONDS, SAN CISCO, THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, THE STOOPS, I, SAID THE SPARROW, ALL EYES ON SATURN, SURRENDER, ANTONIO PAUL, FORCE DJS and more: AUG 28 Midland City Workshops AMPFEST: AUG/SEPT Various ROTTOFEST: THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, SAM PERRY, DIGER ROKWELL, FELICITY GROOM, RUBY BOOTS, CARL FOX, KATHRYN ROLLINS, CUT & PASTE SOUNDSYSTEM and more SEP 3 & 4 Rottnest Island CALLING ALL CARS, BOY IN A BOX, REDCOATS: SEP 8 Prince

Of Wales; SEP 9 Studio 146; SEP 10 Amplifier; SEP 11 Indi Bar THE HERD, SIETTA: SEP 9 Metropolis Fremantle; SEP 10 Settlers Tavern THE VINES, PAPA VS. PRETTY, BLEEDING KNEES CLUB: SEP 10 Capitol SEBADOH: SEP 16 Rosemount Hotel BASTARDFEST: PSYCROPTIC, BLOOD DUSTER, EXTORTION, CLAIM THE THRONE, SUFFER, NEXUS, NEVERBORN, DEVOUR THE MARTYR, SENSORY AMUSIA, CHAOS DIVINE, MALIGNANT MONSTER, ENTRAILS ERADICATED AND PSYCHONAUT: SEP 24 Civic Hotel PARKLIFE: ADRIAN LUX, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979, DIGITALISM (LIVE), DIPLO, DUCK SAUCE, EXAMPLE, FEED ME, FLUX PAVILION, GOLD FIELDS, GOSSIP, HARVARD BASS, JOKER & MC NOMAD, KATY B, KIMBRA, LITTLE DRAGON, LYKKE LI, MAGNETIC MAN, MSTRKRFT, MYLO (DJ SET), NERO, SANTIGOLD, SEBASTIAN, SEBASTIEN TELLIER, SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO (LIVE), TENSNAKE, THE ASTON SHUFFLE (LIVE), THE NAKED &

FAMOUS, THE STREETS, WOLFGANG GARTNER, YACHT CLUB DJS and locals: SEP 25 Wellington Square GODSKITCHEN 3D: MARCO V, RICHARD DURAND, JOHN ASKEW, BEN GOLD, BINARY FINARY (LIVE): SEP 30 Metro City + ESKIMO JOE: OCT 14 Astor Theatre + THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH, OLD MAN RIVER: OCT 27 Rosemount Hotel; OCT 29 Wave Rock KILLPOP RECORDS FEAT. ELI SMITH, LUCKY DATE: OCT 28 The Bakery HEIRS, ALCEST: OCT 29 The Bakery + SOUTHBOUND: ARCTIC MONKEYS, ARJ BARKER, FLEET FOXES, THE JEZABELS, TIM FINN, CRYSTAL CASTLES, JOSH PYKE, PAPA VS. PRETTY, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, DJ YODA and more TBA: JAN 7 & 8 Sir Stewart Bovell Park ONGOING: JAMMIN’: Band competition each Thursday at Ya Ya’s GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 5-9pm each Sunday at Swan Basement

MIAMI HORROR Villa, East Perth 07/07/11

The third stop of Miami Horror’s final Australian tour before heading overseas to promote their debut album Illumination saw them celebrating their latest single Summer Sun to a packed Thursday night crowd at Villa. The mysterious withdrawal of Gold Fields as support saw Carl Fox get the nod for one of their biggest support shows, and they lapped up the attention of a very young and eager crowd ready to party. And party they did; Fox’s most recent single The Key went down a treat, but it was the Teenage Crime/ Music Sounds Better With You mash-up that really fired up the kids in anticipation for what was to come. It was a perfect support slot that no doubt garnered them some extra indie-electro fans ahead of their slot at Parklife, even with Carl Fox’s vocals being slightly too low in the mix. After a short indie-dance filled interval from the King Tito’s DJs – think j-faves and indie bangers – Miami Horror hit the stage with a quartet of songs including Soft Light and Ultra Violet, before finally saying a quick hello. It was then straight into the rest of the set, which covered most of Illumination. Miami Horror mastermind Ben Plant kept to his vast array of keyboards, under the

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watchful eye of some close female attention for the entire night from side of stage. Their strong singles catalogue was highlighted with the fact that their last four tracks were all massive triple j high rotation singles, in particular Sometimes and the tour single we were celebrating, Summer Sun, all culminating in set closer and massive punter-pleaser Holidays. You could be forgiven in thinking that there was nothing left from these guys for an encore, however after chants for them to return to stage, they marched out and straight into Imagination (I Want You To Know). Following that they launched into a massive electro-synth orgy which would eventually become Talking Head’s Once In A Lifetime with those old enough to know who Talking Heads were singing along with the chorus “…as the days go by”. The fact that Miami Horror can fill up Villa – proving again an excellent venue for live music – on a freezing Thursday night is a sign that they will be well and truly missed over the summer festival period whilst they take their live dance stylings to foreign lands. TROPICAL PARADISE THE DRUM MEDIA 14 JULY2011 • 31


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Swan Basement, North Fremantle 10/07/11 Just a handful of people dared brave the cold and drizzling rain to head down for the evening. First up was Ashlea Reale, whose soothing pop-folk-rock made for the perfect soundtrack to the weather. The strength of her vocals stood out amongst her simple, yet enjoyable acoustic guitar riffs backed by her competent bassist. The cohesiveness of the songs in her set should be commended, however a little variety and/or a change of pace would have really kicked things up a notch. Next up were the offbeat funk-blues and light-rock stylings of Little Black Book. The bassist’s vocals may have been exceedingly hard to hear but when it came to his instrument, he absolutely nailed it. Though the synergy between the bass and the guitar was phenomenal and produced some super catchy tunes, it would have been nice to feel the same synergy

between the band members. Switching between vocalists, and subsequently styles, between each song left a feeling of disconnection that was only highlighted when each kept referring to themselves and not the band as a whole. It was a debut performance for indie duo Badger & The Fox who captured the interest of the audience with soothing guitar riffs, beautiful keys and delightful mixed-gender vocals. The male vocals, though interesting and with definite potential, left a little to be desired while the female vocals gained strength throughout the set. The audience interaction was a little awkward but is something sure to improve as they gain more live experience. Use of the harmonica is always a plus! Funk-reggae four-piece Choking Stanley were reminiscent of the Cat Empire and wrapped things up on a more playful note. Strong, vocals and upbeat, catchy instrumentals made for a great and entertaining finale. The vibrating bass was stand out and hilarious lyrics were a cherry on top. Keep an eye on these guys. KRISTY SYMONDS

Perth’s bootscootin’ funk-rockers Palatial Digs launch their self-titled EP at Mojo’s Friday 15 July with Hand Stands For Ants, The Weapon Is Sound and The Yokohomos; and the Indi Bar Saturday 16 with Sam Carmody and The Warning Birds. Since finishing up in the studio, the gang have been filming a clip for the first single Tumour, and will have the debut screening at the Mojo’s show.

THE TRIBE Avoid the mainstream drone of bad taste and disillusionment with the party continuing this Saturday 16 July at Ya Ya’s. This week they welcome Moontribe, described as a collective force of individuals influenced by space, time, science, psychology and the many faces of music including funk, psychedelic, blues and rock. The Kings Of Cheese keep the party rocking til 2am, $5 from 8pm.

SAME OLD SAME OLD Born in 1997 out of the Wollongong punk scene, Topnovil are only now about to release their debut LP Same Old Story. To celebrate they’re teaming up with local heroes Blazin’ Entrails to play Friday 15 July at Rocket Room with The Decline, New Husseins and Bob Gordons; Saturday 16 the Prince Of Wales, Bunbury with Ten Points For Glenroy; and Sunday 17 at the Moon Café for a special acoustic set.

Friday 15 July the doors of The Bird creak open for one unique night of haunted drones and surreal beats with Melbourne-based Horse MacGyver (formerly something indiscernible) headlining, bringing his clattering drums, warped VHS tones, and disturbed vocal presence. His music has been endorsed by the likes of Pitchfork & The Fader, and he also had a track featured on The Big Pink’s Tapes CD for !K7 late last year. Also coming in from interstate is Adelaide’s Rites Wild, who create a spectral kind of ambience, with blurred rhythms and lyrics wrapped in reverb. Erasers and Ourobonic Plague support, $10 from 8pm

KISSTERICAL

WHITTLE AWAY Soak up the sounds of the vibrant and engaging funk and soul songstress Melody Whittle while you enjoy the chilled surrounds of enex1000 in the city. With old soul and blues as Melody’s first musical loves, she’s backed international artists including Syl Johnson and Betty Harris. If you’re a fan of Aretha Franklin and Chaka Kahn, you’ll love Melody.

SHOUT OUT LOUD Sydney rockers Syndicate are storming the charts with the release of their explosive self-titled studio album, including hit first single Shout, their highest charting hit which reached number #1 in its first week. The album will be brought to the stage in Syndicate’s live show, which always leaves their fans wanting more. They play Fly By Night in Fremantle Saturday 16 July. Head to flybynight.org for tickets.

LOST ON THE SILK ROAD

DARKNESS FALLS The fourth Under The Cover Of Darkness will see more Perth musicians play their favourite covers, featuring Dolphin Has A Dick, I’m A Mom Too, Soul Boner, Foetus Jam, The Caballeros and The 6’s & 7’s this Friday at the Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley from 8pm. This promises to be a night where the unexpected should be very much expected. 32 • THE DRUM MEDIA 14 JULY2011

Next gigs: Oh Snap – Thursday 21 July, Black Bettys, Northbridge; Saturday 22, Railway Hotel, North Fremantle; Sunday 23, Civic Hotel, Inglewood. Your sound: Hardcore-punk-metal. Band’s name comes from? The name was originally thought up to go hand in hand with the album title Death Of Ignorance, referring to a flag at half-mast. Symbolising the losing of innocence once certain realisations are made about the state of the world we live in and that the fairytales that we’ve been fed by media and certain powers are all lies and deceit. Band’s greatest strength? Tight live shows and we are always pushing each other to better ourselves.

Doo-wop, pop and soul musicians Boom! Bap! Pow! headline The Bird Saturday 16 July with their infectious and all-consuming beats... be prepared to have your socks blown clean off. Support comes in the form of rhythm-and-blues tinged garage-rock performers Cal Peck & The Tramps. Entry is $10 and the show kicks off at 8pm for womp bop-a-looping good time with the cracking vocals of Novac Bull.

6’S & 7’S

FROM: Melbourne.

Around since: 2009.

DOOM & BOOM

Australia’s number one tribute to the undisputed kings of glam rock, Kissteria is headed our way for the first time ever with three big shows: Friday 15 July they play The Charles Hotel, North Perth; Saturday 16 The Boulevard Tavern, Joondalup; and Sunday 17 the Ravenswood Hotel. They’ve got all the tools of the trade including costumes and make up, fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars and other special effects. Local lads UltraSound support, tickets through the venues and BOCs.

HALFMAST

Leading you to temptation, and delivering you from apathy, mediocrity, and hipster rubbish, The Bible Bashers are smashing into Drum’s Jammin’ band competition at Ya Ya’s, Thursday 14 July. With their amps to eleven, and coming off a killer support of the punk-rock juggernaut that is Fireballs, they’re ready to slay any and all that stand before them. Free from 8pm, other fans of other bands be wary.

Quickly emerging as one of WA’s greatest young talents, Allira Wilson’s musical approach has been described as “brave and raw as it is supple and intricate.” Allira graduated from WAAPA in 2010 and has performances under her own name and also with the jazz ensemble Blowfish, led by Jamie Oehlers. She’s playing for Perth Jazz Society Monday 18 July at the Charles Hotel, along with the Penny King Quartet.

BUCK WILD

HALF MAST

BASHIN’ JAM

VERY ALLIRING

HORSE MACGYVER

HAVE YOU HE ARD

Two young Indian musicians, Balvinder Singh and Gurpreet Singh come together to create a resonant avant-garde landscape of Indian classical music that explores its relevance to modern sound culture. The night will begin as a sonic exploration of traditional Indian meditations on drones and purist acoustic raga music, travelling to a third space inviting jazz and electronic music, akin to chaitea-meets-Red Bull. $15 at Kulcha, Fremantle, Saturday 16 July.

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Band’s worst gig ever and why? Drove all the way to Adelaide and one of the bands fucked off with our money. Melbourne to Adelaide is a lot of petrol you fuckers! Band’s best gig ever and why? I don’t think the best gig ever will ever happen, we will always think that it could be bigger and better. Best achievement? Finishing off the Death Of Ignorance album. Put so much effort into it and the finished result is flawless. Any gig in history; which would it be and why? Pantera 2001, because we’ll never get to a chance to see that band ever again. Fucking legends they are. Fave hangover cure? Some of us would say more booze, more drugs and more greasy food while listening to death metal and some of us would never be hungover. Fave Perth bands? Pillar of Hope, Battletruk and Blkout. Fave bands from your state? Mindsnare, 50 Lions and Her Nightmare. Our ultimate groupie would be… that one that was on that episode of the Simpsons when Bart and Milhouse go to see Spinal Tap and there is that fat chick on that really skinny dude’s shoulders… Yeah, her. Fame for your band would mean… we were big enough to appear at Wrestlemania. Any members play in other bands? Yeah some of us play in other bands now but we’ve all been playing in various other things over the years as well. Any releases out? The Weight Lifted EP, 2009 and Death Of Ignorance LP, 2011. More info: myspace.com/metalhalfmast. There is a link to our Facebook on that as well.

RICHARD BRANSON Following their recent win of Best Band at The Market City Tavern Battle Of The Bands competition and with an EP nearing completion, local band The Branson Tramps are gearing up for a heap of shows throughout the state. You can catch the group at Civic Den, alongside other acts The Old Croak, The Clock Strikes and Delusions Of Grandeur on Friday 15 July. Doors open 8pm, entry $10.

AFTER-TREMORS Tonight at Oh Snap, the lads from Tremors will be joined by Devastator, Anchored and It All Ends Here for a night of hard-rocking shenanigans. These four bands are all doing great things in the local scene, and in addition there’ll be giveaways galore, plus resident DJs Saylaw and Blizzard spin all the punk and party gear you need. 9pm at Black Bettys, Northbridge.


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TRAMP IT UP Dealing out a winning hand of garage rock, rhythm’n’blues and dancefloor fillers this Saturday 16 July, Cal Peck & The Tramps team up with Boom! Bap! Pow! for an awesome line-up. The Tramps are suiting up for a ton of great shows over the next few months as they continue to write a stack of new material for their upcoming album, and will have copies of their latest release Break Out/Bump’d Bump for sale.

Saturday 16 July sees Hang On St Christopher launching their new EP at Mojos’ Bar. After getting loads of crew to Amplifier, they’ve been all over RTRFM radio and have that real sense of profile elevation since the EP’s release. Support from James Teague & Band, Rabbit Island and Boston Chevy, $10 from 8pm. The City Lights ended up being this very magazine’s EP Of The Week a little while ago, so this is Fremantle’s chance to experience the live versions of this high quality release.

TAKIN’ IT RURAL It’s been a long time since Jebediah rocked with their regional fans, so they’re extending their upcoming Kosciusko Album Tour to include some of their favourite towns. They’ll be playing Friday 15 July at Bar 120, Hillarys; Saturday 16 at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; and Sunday 17 at Pow, Bunbury. Tickets through Heatseeker or Oztix from tomorrow along with the album.

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TANGLED WEBS After a six-year build up, loads of shows and three EPs, Perth progressive rock quartet Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving launch their debut album Deaden The Fields at The Bakery Friday 15 July. Support for this Drum-presented event from Eleventh He Reaches London, Noctis and Opia. The album alone is a sonic journey for the mind, and their incredible live shows demand attention after they spent the first three months of the year recording their impressive debut, an album that was pipped by the slimmest of margins as CD Of The Week in this issue.

COMPIL ATION FOCUS SHAUN WILLIAM RYDER 30 Years Of Bellyaching Warner One can’t help but wonder if this compilation has been put together to help the former Happy Mondays singer remember what he’s actually achieved in his career as much as celebrate a Manchurian legend. The CD title alluding to a Diamond anniversary of activity is misleading, considering the earliest work here is 1987 Monday’s single 24 Hour Party People and the latest, 2007’s Angels & Whores from their shonky Uncle Dysfunktional album.

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The romanticised Shaun Ryder depicted in the movie 24 Hour Party People is a decent entry point to the uninitiated. Ryder was a baudy larrikin whose lyrical gymnastics and intoxicating stage presence blinded everyone to the fact that he was an ugly drug addict with a crap voice. But he made you want to party your bollocks off. With singles like WFL, Step On and Hallelujah

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(all represented here), the Happy Mondays invented ‘Madchester’, happily embracing e-culture and mixing indie-guitars with dance music. Often seeming like the drugs were an instrument, as essential as Paul Ryder’s guitars or Bez’s ‘vibes’, these early works still stand as true classics. As time went on, the chemical influences punched larger and larger holes in Ryder’s genius. Five singles from post-Monday’s outfit Black Grape are included, but only Kelly’s Heroes stands as tall. The subsequent sequence serves only to depress with an attempt at a soccer anthem (England’s Irie) squandering the talents of Joe Strummer and a woeful cover of Freddie Mercury’s operatic Barcelona with Russell Watson, apparently a result of a drunken bet. The compilation ends with the brilliant Gorillaz single Dare which tellingly, was meant to be called ‘There’ had it not been for Ryder’s inability to pronounce the word properly. Like Ryder himself, this 17-track retrospective is imperfect but undeniably fun. MAC MCNAUGHTON

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2011 WAM BOARD ELECTION WAM is pleased to announce new appointments, re-appointments and some changed roles on our Board. Buster Stiggs, one time member of The Swingers, has been newly appointed, with Callum Moncrieff, General Manager Of The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, and Joel Quartermaine, member of award winning act Eskimo Joe, also re-appointed after being co-opted late last year. WAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s President Dan Minchin has retained that role for a further year, with Andrew Zell appointed as Vice-President, Louise Ardagh as Secretary and Colin Briggs continuing as Treasurer. Other continuing board members are David Hyams, Noah Shilkin, Simon Reed, Daniel Romeo and Susan Clarke. The annual report is available for download from wam.asn.au/agm.

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THE NOVOCAINES

WAITING FOR YOU After returning from SxSW and industry shows in LA, The Novocaines settled into recording their debut album and Summer Waiting is the first taste. After launching it down south last week to rawkus responses, the boys head back up to Perth for a metro show Saturday 16 July at Amplifier with The Love Junkies, The Tumblers and Hideous Sundays. Tickets $15 plus BF through Moshtix and Heatseeker. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve rejected plenty of label interest to do it independently, how they want to.

RYAN WEBB & THE METHOD

METHOD MEN Sunday 17 July sees Ryan Webb & The Method playing their last full band show for a couple of months, as they are about to take a short break for writing and recording for their forthcoming second LP. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also working towards the release of the first single from it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sing Me To Sleep â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which will be released in November. Catch them with Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill at The Newport this Sunday.

While Jordan Shieldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Life Of Rileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; won the 2011 Kiss My Camera grand prize, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a chance to have your say on the public voted award! Check out all the 2011 Kiss My Camera finalists at the Old Gaol in the WA Museum, where the images will be on display until 7 August. Public Voting for Kiss My Camera 2011 is through facebook.com/ musicwa - closing 5pm Monday 8 August. For more information, visit wam.asn.au/kissmycamera.

WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best teacher is experience and not through someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distorted point of view.â&#x20AC;? - Jack Kerouac. Helping the world experience West Australian music is WAM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your not for profit music association, existing to develop the WA contemporary music industry. A membership based organisation, your memberships stay right here to help you and the local industry grow through events, competitions, workshops and industry advocacy. Membership starts from just $40, including the annual 4-disc Kiss My WAMi CD/DVD compilation, plus discounts from retailers and industry service providers. Visit wam.asn.au or call 9227 7962 (WA Regional Tollfree 1800 007 962) and join today!

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CINEMA CLUB Back on the scene after returning from shows on the east coast, Cavefire Cinema will be headlining the Rosemount Hotel this Saturday 16 July with local grungers Ozmonaut, stalwarts Still Frame Mind and In the Now (Ex Kin). The guys are putting together a label to promote the burgeoning Perth grunge scene, so look out for more from, er, Eat A Bag Of Dicks Records in the coming months. Entry for this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show is $8 from 8pm.

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A collection of some of Perthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite faces, The Sea Of Tunes pay tribute to the genius of The Beach Boys, usually coming out to play each summer. Comprised of members of The Bank Holidays, The Ghost Hotel, Russian Winters, 6s & 7s, The Autumn Isles, Community Chest and more, the band plays Devilles Pad for a rare winter show Friday 15 July. Doors 5pm, and entry is free until 8pm or $10 after.

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Heavy hitting rockers Sparring For Shotgun are releasing their debut single Transmission Friday 15 July at Amplifier. Joining them on this momentous occasion are good friends from Melbourne Sydonia and hardrocking ball-breakers Brutus, with opening duties in the strongly capable hands of Sleeping Giant. The single and other merch will be available on the night.

BLAZINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; GLORY This Friday 15 July showcases a night of punk-rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll with Blazinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Entrails offering up their new EP Los Barstos with a wild night of rawkus fun at the Rocket Room. In tow will be east coast punks Topnovil, who after many smaller releases will also be launching their debut album Same Old Story, Support from The Decline, New Husseins and The Bob Gordons.


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ARIA TOP 50 ALBUM CHART 1. 21 ADELE 2. Sorry For Party Rocking LMFAO 3. God Is Able HILLSONG LIVE 4. 4 BEYONCE 5. Born This Way LADY GAGA 6. 19 ADELE 7. Doo-Wops & Hooligans BRUNO MARS 8. Hell: The Sequel BAD MEETS EVIL 9. Bon Iver BON IVER 10. Seeker Lover Keeper SEEKER LOVER KEEPER ARKAYAN

THAT VELVET ECHO

ECHO CHAMBER Fremantle-based duo That Velvet Echo will be launching their debut EP Silence Thursday 7 July at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Saturday 9 at X-Wray Café; Friday 15 at Kulcha; and finally Wednesday 20 at Mojo’s. After meeting and falling in love as buskers, the duo have spent the past 18 months traveling the country gathering stories to tell. Quick Brown Fox and A Beggars Second join them to help convey the sounds of Silencer.

NU-JAZZ Having recently received his first Grammy Nomination medal for his performance on Sammy Figueroa’s latest record, The Magician (Best Latin Jazz Album), Troy Roberts continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe. He’s just released his new record, Nu-Jive, and you can catch him with his quartet Thursday 14 July at The Ellington Jazz Club from 8pm.

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Following the recent success of getting to number 14 on the charts of American radio site Intensely-Modern.com, Arkayan support Melbourne band Sydonia on the last stop of their WA tour at Mojo’s Bar Sunday 17 July. Doors open 6pm and entry is $8, unless you come dressed in a sombrero and a tux, then it’s free. Additional support will be from Ashoka and Copious. Arkayan’s debut CD will be selling for $10 at the show.

3. Give Me Everything PITBULL FT. NE-YO, AFROJACK & NAYER

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4. Party Rock Anthem LMFAO FT. LAUREN BENNETT & GOONROCK

Lawn Bowlz 3 is set to take off at North Fremantle Bowls Club, Friday 15 July with rockingly relaxed evenings of beverages, bbqs and bowls. Sian Brown, Julio Cadreguez, Money & Stu Orchard, New Cosmic System and Ed Schaefer provide the soundtrack. The loose ending to the night has led to some spontaneous magic in the past. Can it happen again?

COWBOYS & INDIANS Before launching their fifth album, Urban Cowboy Band launch their single One God at The Railway Hotel, North Fremantle. They’ll be supported by Underfire on Saturday 16 July. One God was written by the lead vocalist’s last sojourn across the deep south of the USA, composed and arranged by lead guitarist Tom Sterle, and is the southern rock band’s fifth release.

2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) KATY PERRY

5. Jar Of Hearts CHRISTINA PERRI 6. Into The Fog THE WOMBATS 7. Dirty Dancer ENRIQUE IGLESIAS FT. USHER & LIL WAYNE 8. Nobody’s Perfect JESSIE J 9. Starlight TONIGHT ALIVE 10. Don’t Wanna Go Home JASON DERULO

TIME WARP

BUZZCOCKS Jul 14, 1967 – The Who begin their first full-scale US tour as the opening act for Herman’s Hermits. Jul 15, 1973 – Ray Davies announces that he is leaving The Kinks. He returns to the group within the week. Jul 16, 1996 – Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries accepts an undisclosed settlement after a London newspaper reported that she appeared on stage without panties. Jul 17, 1968 – The Beatles’ feature-length cartoon, Yellow Submarine, premieres at the London Pavilion. Jul 18, 1992 – Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown are married. Things go exceptionally well… Jul 19, 1991 – Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler files a lawsuit against the band, claiming that the other members had forced him to use heroin, then made him quit the band when he entered rehab. Jul 20, 1976 – Buzzcocks make their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester. In the audience are, Morrissey, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) among others. Tickets were £1. 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA 14 JULY 2011

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KALKABUNGA, MAN! An artistic musical collaboration that features Australia’s leading didgeridoo master William Barton and the extraordinary voices of The Song Company, Kalkadunga Man is the story of William Barton’s home country and people from the Mt Isa region in Queensland. An absorbing sonic and visual experience, they’re headed on a massive tour of WA right up to Darwin, with the only metro show coming at the Perth Concert Hall, Sunday 17 July, tickets through BOCs. Head to tura.com.au/kalkadunga-man/itinerary for the rest of the 11-date tour locations. TUSK

BLUES TRIBUTES Following the unfortunate cancellation late last June, the Perth Blues Club at Charles Hotel are re-hosting their Ray Charles Tribute with a nine-piece line-up journeying through his musical genius and supported by The Band Of Angels gospel choir. The band features many figures familiar to the Jazz scene, including Bill Bilssett and Paul Millard on Sax. Tuesday 19 July, $20 through Ticketmaster.

HERE & NOW Officially launching themselves this Saturday 16 July are In The Now for a rocking show with Cavefire Cinema, Ozmonaut and Still Frame Mind. In The Now play their own brand of heavy Aus’ rock and feature the founding members of K.I.N and Rezinence. Come down and hear their brand new songs and sound at The Rosemount Hotel from 8pm.

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SWEATER IT OUT Sweater Sunday is going down this week at The Bird, so grab your favourite sweater and get ready to rock to post-post band Tusk, plus the psych-drone, audiovisual realisation Solar Barge with Andrew Sinclair and Craig McElhinney on the decks. Show starts at 6pm and entry is $7 or $5 if you’re wearing a sweater. Sunday 16 July. Gather in The Bird, say no to frostbite and yes to cosy party dreams, chill vibes and warm welcomes.


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FUSION SIX YOUR STYLE? Dance floororientated electro, house, breaks and dubstep. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKY TODAY? Mega breaky combo from Subway – winning! WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? For both production and live sets I use a notebook running Ableton Live as a DAW, an Akai APC 40 as a midi control surface, an Axiom 49 as a midi keyboard, a NI Audio 8 DJ as a sound interface and a Denon DN-X1500 DJ mixer basically acting as a sound desk. YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DJ SET? Early 2010 at the Pineapple Lounge launch, went really well – forced me to start finishing tracks and get me used to the idea of other people listening to them (still a scary prospect!). BEST DJ IN PERTH: D.Y.P – he kills every set I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him play and he’s also the

nicest guy you’ll ever meet. WHAT DO YOU DO IN REAL LIFE? Um…Accountant…Yeah… *cough*…*tumbleweed* WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU GO TO AND WHO’S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON TO COME OUT IT? Turramurra High (Sydney) no one really famous… but I think I saw someone photo bombing Kochie from Sunrise once. THE BEST TRACK THAT NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR? The Boomzers – Rowentah (Far Too Loud Remix). MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? Far Too Loud, Lazy Rich, Porter Robinson, Nero, Flux Pavilion, Chrizz Luvley, Wolfgang Gartner, Darth & Vader – they just smash it! WHAT DO YOUR FOLKS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: My old boy has been a champ about everything from day one and he still comes to my shows. My mum is based in the

PHOTO BY ELLE BORGWARD US so I’ll forgive her from not getting along to gigs, but she still gets behind it – top form. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED? Sundaes (Sydney) in January 2011 – rooftop bar with a wicked crowd/ vibe for a sunset set = epic. ANY RELEASES OUT, OR IN THE PIPELINE? First EP came out on Deeplife Records (CA) in March 2011 and a brand new one with the same crew due out late July. BEST PLACE IN PERTH TO: A) ROCK OUT: Villa. B) CHILL OUT: Five Bar. C) PASS OUT: Not my neighbor’s lawn – their sprinklers come on early Sunday morning. D) PICK UP AND GET OUT: Tiger Lil’s (yeah… we’ve all done it). GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? Pineapple Lounge – Saturday 16 July, Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley; Fresh Produce – Friday 19 August, Ambar, Perth

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06/07/11 Sporting a new hairstyle and a worked-out bod, Connie Mitchell looked and sounded great from the first note after Sneaky Sound System’s long-awaited return to the stage last Wednesday night. Looking distinguished and sombre as ever, Angus McDonald a.k.a. Black Angus adorned the decks wearing his tux while Mitchell got the crowed going early with I Love It from their breakthrough first self-titled album. Next, the pair kept the tempo high with the crowd-pleaser Kansas City, before making the interesting move of playing their latest single We Love as a dub version. Nevertheless, the crowd responded well and it seemed Sneaky’s reputation as a guaranteed feel-good party-band would live on, despite the absence of long time member Daimon Downey in the new line-up. Playing songs from all three albums in no particular order, Mitchell and Angus ploughed through old and new with equal enthusiasm, with highlights coming from I Just Don’t Want To Be Loved, Pictures, It’s Not My Problem and an awesome a capella version of Your Hot from the first album. However, for this reviewer it was the cover of the Eurythmics’ classic Sweet Dreams, performed in Mitchell’s unique style, that ticked all the boxes. The finale of the show began with Remember from the new album From Here To Anywhere, and the original version of We Love had the punters back where they left off. Tiesto’s I Will Be Here kicked things up a notch to lead into a fantastic encore with When We Were Young and, of course, finishing off with

UFO. Sneaky seemed to have lost none of their stage presence and looked as though they were having as much fun as ever on stage. Their

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upbeat music and infectious energy are sure to keep the punters wanting more for many years to come. RUEBEN HALE


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CHEW ON THIS ELECTRO-ACID-RAVE DJ/ PRODUCER CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES REMAINS AS CRYPTIC AS HIS NAME AND MASKED FACE WOULD SUGGEST. You’re a hard man to find any info about, wanna give us a bit of history on Chewy Chocolate Cookies? DJ, producer, remixer and food lover. I love techno and I don’t take myself too seriously, you can guess it from the name… Clearly you enjoy creating mystery about yourself, any particular reason for it? I don’t think there’s much mystery about CCC, there’s nothing planned or done on purpose, I just prefer people to focus on the music rather than the DJ. With a lot DJs that go for your aura of mystery, it’s generally a known DJ’s side project… are we getting warmer? Getting warmer and warmer, any clues?! In my spare time I’m a robot! A lot of sets in the electro/acid/ rave realm can sometimes just feel like noise pumping out, what’s CCC got in the sets that keeps it fresh? I play minimal and chillout, you can’t keep it any fresher than that! When it comes to remixes, what’s the selection process for you in terms of which track to go with? No rules, just listen a couple of times, if I can add some CCC sweetness I’ll go for it. And with originals, do you think there’s still a place for producers in the electro realm to release full albums, or are singles/EPs the way to go in this download/digital age? I’m actually thinking about it

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right now, CCC’s album is ready and this dilemma is killing me – one album or ten singles? Please feel free to advise, I need help! Are you doing live edits during your sets, or is it straight up DJ action? 99% of CCC’s DJ set is made of re-edits, live or made in studio – I love the look on people’s faces when they hear something completely unexpected. Are there any other projects your currently working on you’d like to share some info on? Chewy Chocolate Cookies 2.0 coming soon…

Recipe for the perfect chocolate cookie? The secret is to not overbake, the perfect chocolate cookie must be chewy! What can Australians expect for your upcoming tour here? It’s CCC’s first time down under and as they say, you never forget your first time, so get ready for some real action! WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 20 July, Newport Hotel, Fremantle

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2011 THURSDAY 14/7 FUTURE SHORTS @ VELVET LOUNGE Future Shorts is going down again at the Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley, with a live performance from Mathas and an international program.

DISTRICT @ AMBAR Every Thursday Ambar is rotating through ‘Uptown’ (breaks) and ‘Downtown’ (bass). This edition it’s all about Uptown with breaks, electro, fidget and house featuring Josh Grapes, Tonic, Marko Paulo, DeadVents, Jus Haus? and ST1. $10 from 9pm, girls free before 10.

DETOUR @ GILKISONS Perth’s newest Backpacker and Student night, with bus pick up from the local Backpackers/Hostels and Lodges, five of Perth’s best DJs, discounted drinks, backpackerpriced drinks, free hotdogs, free pool and loads more, all for free entry.

HIP HOP KARA”YO!”KE @ BIRD Perth’s seminal monthly hip hop karaoke night returns, this time celebrating their first birthday. As such, expect it to get full early! Free entry before 8pm, $5 after.

MIXTAPE @ NEWPORT The next instalment of Mixtape is for all the hip hop ladies, featuring mamaTeesh, Kasha J, Lady Loca, Kristelle Kicket, Black Poet, Alonzo, Chaka Paul, N-Deva and MC battles. Free entry.

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Destination? Reunion Party will be jetting in Mortal Realistiks, plus Signal Drivers, Mono Lisa, The Beatslappaz and Taxman, along with Rhythm Sticks and Redskin on percussion, 109 on bass, Easy on guitar and Brad on digeribone for $15.

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Metro City has announced another White Party, featuring none other than the man in white Roger Shah. Jason Creek, Matty S, Kenny L and Marcel Grandt in support. Shah’s live crowd-interacting performances have brought an entirely new experience for club and festivalgoers worldwide. Tickets $20 plus BF through Moshtix.

SPEAKEASY @ VILLA After a sell-out debut, Speakeasy returns to Villa Friday 15 July with a batch of freshness to keep you warm in these chilly winter times. Strange Talk headline with local lads The Chemist supporting. Plus mega party-starters Purple Sneakers DJs keep the indie and electro nice and tight, long into the night. $30 from Father, Billie & Rose and Moshtix and presented by Drum Media. MORTAL REALISTIKS

Hosted by one of Connections’ resident queens Feminem, with drag divas and Perth’s best DJ talent taking to the Connies. Free until 10pm, $10 before 1am, $15 after, students half price.

CRUNCH @ BAR OPEN

OOH LA LA @ DEVILLES

BINGAY @ QUEENS HOTEL

Bastille Day Celebrations – all things French with DJs Pompier and Mille Blaze spinning musique Francais all night long, plus live entertainment, movies, dancing and a whole lotta fun. Doors 6pm, $10 after 8.

JAPAN 4 @ AMBAR

Mizhap Productions are celebrating their second birthday the only way they know how – heaving bass music – and who better to join them than the UK’s FuntCase. Tickets $25 plus BF from Planet, Mills and Moshtix. Geisha is throwing down a freaky Forkin’ Friday with an eclectic mix of ghetto, electro, bootlegs and breaks from Sneakee, Lost Boy, Mo’Fly, Mr Ed, Marko Paulo and JS. 11pm til late, $10 til 12.30am, $15 after.

RAGGA RAGGA @ RAILWAY HOTEL Get some proper ragga reggae in you at Ragga Ragga Bashment Party: Strictly Reggae with DJ Rontings, DJ Rasta, Dubplate Kings and MC Legalize keeping it real from 8pm.

Every year we ponder if breakbeat is dying as a dance genre, and every year Major Break sorts it out, with MB8 featuring The Nextmen joined by UK-bred, Aus-based Skool Of Thought – the man behind Against The Grain. Support from Black & Blunt, Tom Drummond and Beatsmack. Tickets through Planet, Mills, 78s, Fat Shans and Moshtix, with earlybirds from the latter. SUN CITY

DJ KRONIC @ LIQUIDS DJ Kronic doesn’t mind jumping around the console, seeing him transform from Adelaide man-abouttown to national club champion after three years of constant touring – his mix of chart-topping club and hip hop sounds are second-to-none.

JASON HERD @ METRO FREO Jason Herd’s brand of upfront tech and uplifting house looks like it’s here to stay, and his productions are revered amongst such bigwigs as Fatboy Slim, Afrojack, Steve Angello and Paul Van Dyk. $15 from 9.30pm, support from Zelimir and Mel B.

FULL CIRCLE @ DOUBLE LUCKY This edition of FC features a special evening with Cee and Tony Lopez giving your more of that good time

SUN CITY @ MANHATTAN’S An event of live electro goodness with Sun City and Sam Perry bringing the beats, plus JumpClimb DJs filling the gaps in with whoknows-what. $10 from 8pm. Q-BIK

Bingay arrives free upstairs at the Queens Hotel in Mt Lawley every Wednesday night. There’s plenty of prizes, plus hosts including Val Nourished, Barbie Q Coals and Sandy Beaches, with DJ Samuel Spencer spinning tunes.

LMW @ CONNECTIONS

MAIKO @ GEISHA

CHEEK @ RED SEA

A night of house music at the home of house, with Richard Lee, Rob Sharp, Marko La Kucha, Luke P and Carl Drake. $10 before 12.30am, $15 after.

SATURDAY @ DOUBLE LUCKY Good times and good tunes with DJ Milly and Ben Dallin on the sax.

DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL Indie-dance and disco bangers from Death Disco DJs, DJ Mugsy plus DJ Ryan spinning ‘80s indie classics upstairs. $10 entry fee.

NORTHERN SOUL ALLDAYER @ YA YA’S

MAJOR BREAK 8 @ VILLA

As dubstep continues to grow, so do the nights looking after your bass needs, for example Crunch. This edition sees Bolsty, Killafoe, SK Mode and Audio Thief bringing the bass from 9pm. $5 after 10pm.

Oli, Blend, Wish, Ben Mac and Micah bring the perfect night to the home of the underground, $12/$8 loyalty from 10pm.

SUNDAY 17/7 FUNTCASE @ SHAPE

character from the UK who has been a heavy force in the electro/ rave scene for quite some time, playing a mix of electro, house, drum’n’bass and dubstep. Grab a bite Wednesday 20 July when he plays the Newport Hotel for free.

The Pineapple crew are returning to their roots; dirty beats, courtesy of Sumo, Harvey Fresh, Oxygen, Fusion Six, Turbine 37 vs. DXU and Feeding Ear abound with SK Mode, Bolsty, Obscotch, Psyche, DJ Silence and Yarhkob. Free from 7.30pm.

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FORK @ GEISHA ROGER SHAH @ METRO CITY

FAMOUS @ CONNECTIONS

SATURDAY 16/7

US house beats from 8pm each Thursday, hosted by Frankie Button.

FRIDAY 15/7

house music. Hit the DJs up for guest list spots.

FUNTCASE

CISCO CITY @ HARRY’S BAR

Extended close til 2am for a night d’n’b/dubstep madness with Q-Bik & MC Exsessiv, Loki, Mooch8Manefry, Obsession, Area 91 and more.

PINEAPPLE LOUNGE @ VELVET

You’d be forgiven for thinking local lads Bombs Away weren’t from Perth, the duo having barely stepped foot on home soil over the past six months, too busy gallivanting around the country and over to the US with their massive electro/dubstep/party breaks sound. They’re taking a little time off the touring lifestyle, only to get more crazy this Saturday 16 July for Let Me See Your DIXIE Swagger at Gilkisons Dance Studio. Bombs will be celebrating their single Swagger, which recently debuted a snappy new video featuring the lads bouncing around town. Not doing things by halves, they’ll also be joined by Melbourne mash-up master Dixie, plus a list of killer locals including Mind Electric, dMo, Nathan Francis, Paul Scott and Ace Basik. It doesn’t end there, with three bars, a VIP mezzanine area, live dancers and a live visual theatre display and lasers galore all keeping the new Mad Mo Productions house of dance ravetastic. Tickets $15 from Moshtix.

DESTINATION? @ AMBAR

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE @ PLAYERS

Ya Ya’s will host some of Perth’s finest northern, rhythm, boogaloo, oldies, rare, tamla, R&B and perhaps a dash of modern DJs swinging it all on vinyl. $5 from 2 til 10pm, or bring a soul gift and it’s free.

THE LOFT @ GEISHA A tribute to pop culture with your favourite indie, alt and goth tunes from the Loft DJs. Think The Breakfast Club and Rocky Horror. $5 before 9pm, $10 after.

Lesbian Mud Wrestling with tunes from Connections DJs all night. Free entry from 10pm. It’s holidays, and although you didn’t need an excuse before, there’s no excuse to not get down to Red Sea for shenanigans and house party vibes with the Cheek DJs.

SWAGG @ REPUBLIC Wednesday party madness upstairs at the Republic with resident DJs MUV, Exploder and Philly Blunt, plus live art showcases, snacks and good times. $10 from 9pm.

UPCOMING TOURS & EVENTS LOADSTAR @ SHAPE At the age Gavin Harris a.k.a Xample and Nick Hill a.k.a Lomax got into music, the electronic scene was already thriving. Together they now form Loadstar, and you can catch them Thursday 21 July at Shape Bar in East Perth. $30 plus BF through shapebar.com.au, Planet, Mills and The DJ Factory, supported by Dvise, Frantik, Komplexity and MCs Bear and Seeka.

DIGER ROKWELL @ THE BIRD

TUESDAY 19/7

The Community Records and Diger Rokwell present ‘Sri Diger: Remixes & Beats From Lanka’, a night of sounds from the enchanted isle. Friday 29 July catch him at The Bird with Ylem, Ben M, Boost Hero Man and Claude Mono in support, plus visuals from his trip to the country courtesy of Turbo Mountain. $15 with CD with a third of the monies raised going to a Land Mine Victim Rehab Centre in Colombo.

RAP-A-TRACK @ THE BIRD

MAKE THE FACE @ VILLA

FliTunes at The Bird featuring Delirious & Ol Wright, The Empty Cup, Marksman and Wisdom2th, providing fresh hip hop and electronic music for you. Show kicks-off at 8pm, $5.

You know that face you pull when the mix is right and the bass kicks in? Villa expects plenty of that Saturday 30 July. Three-time Inthemix Top 50 DJ Kid Kenobi drops in, along with a couple of young guns in Surecut Kids. The latter’s shows are becoming renowned for their insanity, with four decks, two mixers and a musical production centre. Bezwun, Philly Blunt and Marko Paul support. $20 plus BF from Moshtix and Boomtick, $15 presales also through Boomtick Shop.

DUB N SKA @ MANHATTAN’S The return of a reggae music institution - the Dub N Ska Party! Super Sweet Mystery Ska Band, Weapon Is Sound and DJ Bendog bring the goods. $10/5 for students, rtrfm subscribers and regulars of the Dub n Ska Party of yesteryear.

WEDNESDAY 20/7 CCC @ NEWPORT HOTEL Quite the man of mystery, Chewy Chocolate Cookies is a dexterous

UPCOMINGS JULY SPEAKEASY: STRANGE TALK, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS & MORE: JUL 15 Villa JASON HERD: JUL 15 Metropolis Fremantle DJ KRONIC: JUL 15 Liquids Nightclub HORSE MACGYVER, RITES WILD: JUL 15 The Bird FUNTCASE: JUL 15 Shape ROGER SHAH: JUL 15 Metro City MAJOR BREAK 8: THE NEXTMEN, SKOOL OF THOUGHT: JUL 16 Villa + MARCUS INTALEX: JUL 20 Ya Ya’s CHEWY CHOCOLATE COOKIES: JUL 20 Newport Hotel LOADSTAR: JUL 21 Shape Bar TOMMIE SUNSHINE: JUL 22 Metropolis Fremantle GRUM: JUL 22 Ambar DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN: JUL 23 Rosemount Hotel + HOOK N SLING: JUL 24 Mullaloo Beach Hotel THE POTBELLEEZ: JUL 28 Breakers Bar; JUL 29 Metropolis Fremantle; JUL 30 Exit Nightclub (Two Shows); AUG 3 Bar 120 DEM SLACKERS: JUL 29 Library DANNY T: JUL 29 Ambar THE BAROQUE HOUSE DJS: JUL 30 Gilkisons KID KENOBI, SURECUT KIDS: JUL 30 Villa TOKIMONSTA: JUL 30 & 31 The Bird

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GIG GUIDE THU 14 Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Oh Snap! Tremors, Devastator, Anchored, It All Ends Here Black Bettys Groove Night Avenue Burswood Casino The Other Guys Como Htl Rock n Roll Karaoke Devilles Pad Troy Roberts Quartet Ellington Jazz Club Nathan Gaunt FUSE Bar Chris Gibbs Trio Gate Bex’s Open Mic Night Indi Bar Sam Carmody and the Warning Birds, Polly Medlen, Ryan Webb Manhattan’s Mat Gresham, The Milk Men Mojos Nth Fremantle The Panda Band, Sun Orchestra, Patient Little sister Mustang Bar Dr Bogus Paddy Hannans Burswood Dam Few, Head Full Of Steam, Starcleaner & The Darlings Rosemount Htl Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Bill Chidgzey Rosie O’Gradys NB Noah Shilkin Settlers Tavern Margs David Fyffe Sovereign Arms Josh, Sirens Of Sound, Deputation, Young Jailbreakers Swan Lounge Fools of April, Ragdoll, The Smiling Assassins The Shed Jack Doepel Jazz Quartet X-Wray Cafe Jammin! Coconut Boombox, Engine of Reason, The Bible Bashers, Crooks Ya Ya’s

FRI 15 Sparring For Shotgun, Sydonia, Brutus Amplifier Bar Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Eleventh He Reaches London, Noctis, Opia Bakery Northbridge J Babies Black Bettys DJ Jayden Brooklands Bluebottles Captain Stirling Kontraband Castle Shrapnel, Enforce, Human Extinction Project, Lie Cycle. Civic Htl Libby Hammer Trio, Nick

Sheppard Claremont Hotel Tip Top Sound Como Htl Good Karma Craigie Tavern The Sea of Tunes, Riptide A GoGo, Les Sataniques Devilles Pad Russell Holmes Trio, Tiaryn Griggs, Stratosfunk Ellington Jazz Club Melody Whittle Enex100 Podium Level Tom Burlinson Fly By Night Fremantle Smoking Section Gate Hotplate Heaven Greenwood Hotel Reigan Derry Hale Rd Tavern Damon Carren and the Psychedelic Freak Flag Indi Bar Andrew Winton Kalamunda Htl Dr Bogus Kingsway Bar & Bistro That Velvet Echo, A Beggars Second Kulcha Marc Anthony Last Drop Tavern Neil Colliss Leisure Inn Grant Hart Lesmurdie Club Lady Velvet Cabaret Manhattan’s Crown Jewels Merriwa Tavern Palatial Digs, Hand Stands For Ants, The Weapon Is Sound, The Yokohomos Mojos Nth Fremantle Up Front Moon & Sixpence Acoustafunk Mt Henry Dizzy Miss Lizzy Murphys Mandurah Milhouse Newport Htl The Seals, The Big Old Bears, Lucy Peach, Patient Little sister Norfolk Basement Hi NRG Paddy Hannans Burswood 43 Cambridge Paddy Maguires Flyte Paramount Nightclub Ragga Ragga Bashment Party Railway Htl Topnovil, Blazin’ Entrails, The Decline, New Husseins, The Bob Gordons, DJ Brett Rowe Rocket Paperthin, Fieldtrip, The China Blue Experiment, Shouting At Camels, Escape Artist, Calectasia Rosemount Htl Switchback Sail & Anchor Zarm Settlers Tavern Margs

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Greg Carter Springs Tavern Lakeside, Upon the Shores, Meridian, Cockfight Swan Basement Debasing Silence, We Move Walls, Raging Lincolns Swan Lounge Mod Squad The Boat Gerard Maunick & Band The Boheme Bar James Wilson The Deen The Branson Tramps, The Old Croak, The Clock Strikes, Delusions of Grandeur The Den Side FX The Shed Retriofit, Nightmoves Universal Bar Tim and James, Foetus Jam, Soul Boner, Dolphin Has A Dick Velvet Lounge Ivan Ribic Victoria Park Htl Slim Jim & the Phatts Woodvale Tavern The Whistling Dogs, Dilip Parekh X-Wray Cafe The Reductors, Honest Joe & The Good Hearts, Joe Amphlett Ya Ya’s

SAT 16 Novocaines Amplifier Bar The Recliners Balmoral Flyte Bar 120 Smoking Section Bar Orient Fremantle Chris Murphy Belgian Beer Cafe Redstar Black Bettys Empires Laid Waste, Psychonaut, Cold Fate, Ill Vision, Silent Knight Civic Htl Backroom Zydecats, James Rees Claremont Hotel Tip Top Sound Como Htl Pompier, Mille Blaze Devilles Pad Timeout Elephant & Wheelbarrow Natalie Gillespie, Detour Ellington Jazz Club Syndicate Fly By Night Fremantle Switchback Gate Palatial Digs, Sam Carmody & The Warning Birds Indi Bar Reigan Derry Kalamunda Htl Balvinder Singh, Gurpreet Singh Kulcha Rhythm 22 M On The Point Hi NRG, Lady Penelope Metropolis Fremantle Hang On St. Christopher, James Teague, Rabbit Island, Boston & Chevy Mojos Nth Fremantle Blaze Moon & Sixpence Christian Thompson Mt Henry The Harts Murphys Mandurah Milhouse Mustang Bar Gravity Newport Htl The Volcanics, The Fags, The Old Croak, Benny Seven Norfolk Basement Dakota PEEL Alehouse Kontraband Quairading Hotel Urban Cowboy Band, Underfire Railway Htl Kickstart Rocket Room Cavefire Cinema, Brown Study Band, In The Now, Still Frame Mind Rosemount Htl

Blue Gene Rosie O’Gradys NB Leighton Keepa Rottnest Hotel Better Days Sail & Anchor Jebediah, Trigger Jackets, San Cisco Settlers Tavern Margs Nat Ripepi Springs Tavern Off the Record Subiaco Htl Bob Brisbane Quartet Subiaco Htl Restaurant Hipocalypse: Wineknot, Anomalies, Archey Moses, Freethought, Skwirt, Sniper Shot, Sever Swan Lounge Dexter Swinging Pig Courtney Murphy & Murphy’s Lore The Craftsman Fallfromglory, 10 Past 6, Temporal, Adrift The Den Huge The Shed Renegade The Whale & Ale Soul Corporation Universal Bar Ash Hendriks, Michael Swann & the Fox Fantasy, Sugarchild X-Wray Cafe Moontribe, The Kings Of Cheese Ya Ya’s

SUN 17 Reckless Kelly 7th Avenue Bar Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Cranky Balmoral Steve Hepple Belmont Htl John Sandosham Burswood Lobby Lounge Adrian Wilson Captain Stirling Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scout Carine Glades Tavern The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl Sunday Driver Claremont Hotel Jonathan Dempsey Como Htl Jordan Murray Ellington Jazz Club Mike Nayar Gate Ben Pettit Gosnells Hotel Chris Gibbs Duo Greenwood Hotel Electrophobia High Road Tavern The Sunshine Brothers Indi Bar Retriofit Indian Ocean Brewing Company Adam James Kalamunda Htl Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern Ivan Ribic Leisure Inn The Super Sweet Mystery Ska Band, The Weapon Is Sound, The Latchkey Kids Manhattan’s Sydonia, Arkayan, Ashoka, Copious Mojos Nth Fremantle Everlong Acoustic Moon & Sixpence Leighton Keepa Mt Henry Southern Cross Murphys Mandurah Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Ryan Webb & The Method Newport Htl Damien Cripps Ocean View Tavern Kalkadunga Man Perth Concert Hall The Crux Queens Tavern, Highgate Rosie’s On the Couch open mic Rosemount Htl 459 Bar Shawne & Luc Sail & Anchor Howie Morgan Project Saint

Syndicate, My So Called Life Saint Lightning Jack Settlers Tavern Margas Blackheart & Strangelove South st Ale House Ivan Ribic Sovereign Arms Steve Hepple Springs Tavern Kevin Conway Stamford Arms TCB Swan Lounge Christian Thompson Swinging Pig Chris Murphy The Boat Neil Colliss The Corner Stone Alehouse Reigan Derry The Craftsman Retriofit Universal Bar Nat Ripepi Victoria Park Htl Damien Cripps Wanneroo Good Karma Woodvale Tavern Northern Soul Alldayer Ya Ya’s

MON 18 Courtney Murphy Burswood Lobby Lounge Song Lounge Unearthed Ellington Jazz Club Wide Open Mic Mojos Nth Fremantle Plastic Max and the Token Gesture The Deen Fat Shan’s Open Mic Ya Ya’s

TUE 19 PS11-Advocating Architecture Talks Bakery Northbridge John Sandosham Burswood Lobby Lounge Perth Blues Club, Tribute to Ray Charles Charles Htl Organic Vibes: Garry Lee Trio, Denise Dale Ellington Jazz Club Simon Marks, Gina Knight, Kim MacDonald, Dilip Parketh Mojos Nth Fremantle Open Irish Music Session The Woodbridge Hotel Open Piano Night X-Wray Cafe

WED 20 Andrew Winton Balmoral Everlong Black Bettys Tom O’Halloran Trio Ellington Jazz Club Damien Cripps Harbour Terrace Edie Green, Reid Maul Indi Bar Howie Morgan Lucky Shag Who-What: Calum Fox, Priority One, The Prevues, New Erotic Manhattan’s Fremantle Blues & Roots Club, That Velvet Echo, A Beggars Second, Quick Brown Fox Mojos Nth Fremantle Going Solo, Fall Electric, Sarah Tout, Eduardo Cossio Moon Cafe Jordie Lane, Mike Noga Norfolk Basement Bluebottles Paddo Black Heart Sun, Goose, Smash and Swan, Coco Rosemount Htl David Fyffe Rosie O’Gradys NB Elk Bell, Julz, Sirens Of Sound, Kat, Jade Swan Lounge Ivan Ribic The Craftsman Acoustic Showcase: Tessa Davies, Leon Ewing, Etienne X-Wray Cafe

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ROBERT FORSTER ROBERT FORSTER: JUL 14 Artbar

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SYNDICATE: JUL 16 Fly By Night

THOUGHT, MONSTERS IN LIVING FLESH, MOURNING TIDE, THE OCEAN THE SKY, FEED HER TO THE SHARKS, SOUND OF SEASONS, DREAM ON DREAMER, INGRIDE, FOR ALL ETERNITY, HANDS LIKE HOUSES, STATE OF EAST LONDON, TRAINWRECK, THE AILMENT, SHINTO KATANA, AWAKEN I AM, ATLANTIS AWAITS, IN THE WALLS, THE BRIDE, SIENNA SKIES, CLOSURE IN MOSCOW, ENDLESS HEIGHTS, NORTHLANE and more: JUL 30 Bunbury Recreation Grounds

KALKADUNGA MAN: JUL 17 Perth Concert Hall

FORBIDDEN: JUL 31 Rosemount Hotel

HALFMAST: JUL 21 Black Betty’s; JUL 22 Railway Hotel; JUL 23 Civic Den

FUNERAL PARTY, BOY IN A BOX: AUG 2 Capitol

JEBEDIAH: JUL 15 Bar 120, Hilarys; JUL 16 Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; JUL 17 Pow, Bunbury TOPNOVIL: JUL 15 Rocket Room; JUL 16 Prince Of Wales; JUL 17 Moon Café (acoustic) KISSTERIA: JUL 15 Charles Hotel; JUL 16 Boulevard Tavern, Joondalup; JUL 17 Ravenswood Hotel

THE PANICS: JUL 22 The Bakery GLASVEGAS: JUL 22 Rosemount Hotel DAN SULTAN, ALEXANDER GOW (OH MERCY): JUL 22 & 23 Ellington Jazz Club SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR, KEIRAN RYAN: JUL 22 Settlers Tavern; JUL 23 Norfolk Basement THE AMENTA: JUL 22 Amplifier; JUL 23 Club Unknown; JUL 24 Newport Hotel ON THE BRIGHTSIDE: THE HIVES, PULP, MODEST MOUSE, TAME IMPALA, THE KILLS, THE GRATES, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, JAMES BLAKE, WARPAINT, TIM & JEAN: JUL 23 Perth Esplanade RISE AGAINST, SICK OF IT ALL, BREAK EVEN: JUL 23 Challenge Stadium ELBOW: JUL 25 Metro City GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND: JUL 26 Perth Concert Hall; JUL 27 Mandurah Boardwalk Theatre DOOMRIDERS, I, EXIST: JUL 27 Rosemount Hotel CARUS THOMPSON: JUL 28 Clancy’s Fremantle SEEKER LOVER KEEPER, TINY RUINS: JUL 28 Astor Theatre DAMIEN LEITH: JUL 28 Regal Theatre + DREAM ON DREAMER: JUL 29 Amplifier, Sounds Of A Silhouette: JUL 30 Bunbury Recreation Ground TINY RUINS: JUL 29 Velvet Lounge SOUNDS OF A SILHOUETTE: THE ROSE LINE, DIVIDE, BURIED IN VERONA, I EXPLODE LIKE, RESIST THE

+ THE BLACK SORROWS: AUG 2 Elliot Bar; AUG 3 Friends Restaurant; AUG 4 Waterside Restaurant; AUG 5 Charles Hotel; AUG 6 Grand Boulevard Tavern; AUG 7 Cardiff Hall + ANDREA MARR: AUG 3 Mojo’s MARK LANEGAN & ISOBEL CAMPBELL: AUG 3 Fly By Night DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH?, PURPLE SNEAKERS DJS: AUG 3 Capitol FLOATINGME: AUG 4 Prince Of Wales; AUG 5 Players Bar; AUG 6 Rosemount Hotel; AUG 7 Indi Bar MAT MCHUGH: AUG 5 The Bakery NO USE FOR A NAME: AUG 5 Prince Of Wales; AUG 6 Amplifier KELE, STRANGE TALK: AUG 6 Villa AVENGED SEVENFOLD, SEVENDUST: AUG 6 Challenge Stadium GOMEZ: AUG 7 Astor Theatre BEATLES BACK2BACK: MARK SEYMOUR, IRWIN THOMAS, JON TOOGOOD, RAI THISTLETHWAYTE, DEAN MCGRATH, TIM MORRISON: AUG 7 Perth Convention Centre CATHERINE TRAICOS & THE STARRY NIGHT: AUG 10 Malt Market Bar; AUG 12 Settlers Tavern; AUG 13 The Bakery; AUG 14 The Bird +ABBE MAY: AUG 11 Prince Of Wales; AUG 13 Astor Theatre; AUG 19 Settlers Tavern FANTINE: AUG 11 Mojo’s Bar JINJA SAFARI, HUSKY: AUG 13 Amplifier Bar PINBACK: AUG 17 The Bakery BONJAH: AUG 17 Indi Bar; AUG 18 Mojo’s; AUG 19 Rock Inne Tav; AUG 20

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ARTS Naked (8:45pm). All screenings at Astor Theatre.

THURSDAY 14 MADhattan’s — a night of experimental comedy. Manhattan’s Bar, Victoria Park, 8pm. Revelation Perth International Film Festival — Perth’s annual film festival kicks off with a little cricket action by way of Fire In Babylon, which looks at the West Indian cricket team of WICKED the 1970s and ‘80s. Astor Theatre, 7:30pm. Rev then kicks on until 24 July, showcasing some of the finest cinema from around the globe.

FRIDAY 15 Revelation Perth International Film Festival — screenings today include Matchmaking Mayor (6:30pm); Revel-8 (7:30pm); Radio Free Albemuth (8:15pm); Dragonslayer (9:30pm); Kill List (11pm); and Vampires (11pm). All screenings at Astor Theatre.

SATURDAY 16 Revelation Perth International Film Festival — screenings today include Small Town Murder Songs (12:45pm); London Short Film Festival (1:15pm); Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2:30pm); William S Burroughs: A Man Within (3pm); Tyrannosaur (4:15pm); Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods (4:45pm); Fire In Babylon (6pm); Sound It Out (6:30pm); Meek’s Cutoff (7:30pm); Ballad Of Genesis And Lady Jaye (8:15pm); Eye Of The Sandman (9:45pm); Drive In Nightmares! (10pm). Events include In Conversation With David Stratton, Margaret Pomeranz, and Richard Kuipers (10:30am), and Making A Feature Film For $10,000 (10:45am). All screenings and events at Astor Theatre. Scent Tales — an eccentric judge presides over a case in which a young woman stands accused of stealing the smells wafting from another woman’s bakery. Enter a hyper-reality where the playful and surreal will stimulate your senses in magical ways. Presented by Little y Theatre Company. Final night. Blue Room Theatre.

SUNDAY 17 Revelation Perth International Film Festival — screenings today include Komaneko: The Curious Cat (11:30am); HN Hermann Nitsch (12:30pm); The Redemption of General Butt Naked (12:45pm); Outrage (AutoReiji) (1:30pm); Of Dolls And (2:15pm); Scrappers CMurder U LT URA L (3:30pm); Radio Free Albermuth (3:45pm); Last Days Here (5:30pm); Bear Nation (7:15pm); Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then (7:15pm); Troll Hunter (8:45pm); and Dragonslayer (9pm). Events include Screenwriting And Adaptation For Cinema (10am). All screenings and events at Astor Theatre.

MONDAY 18 Revelation Perth International Film Festival — screenings today include Troll Hunter (6:45pm); Tyrannosaur (7pm); Charlie Casanova (8:30pm); and The Redemption Of General Butt

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TUESDAY 19 PS11.03 Advocating Architecture — forum presented by the Office of the Government Architect featuring speakers Carly Barrett, Jennie Officer, Beth George, Andrew Murray, and Clare Wohlnick. Barrett is a designer at Hassell, and has been a design coordinator at the Faculty of Architecture. She was awarded the 2011 Dulux Study Tour. Carly will present highlights of her tour. The Bakery, 5:30pm. Revelation Perth International Film Festival — screenings today include an Animation Showcase (7pm); Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (7:15pm); Heaven And Earth And Joe Davis (8:30pm); and Secrets Of The Tribe (9pm). All screenings at Astor Theatre.

WEDNESDAY 20 Fashion Talks at FAC — your opportunity to get the grit behind the gloss of Australia’s dynamic fashion industry. Hosted by broadcaster Meri Fatin, Fashion Talks brings four contemporary and innovative designers together to talk about fashion, business, career highlights and challenges. This week: NOM*D. Described as dark and amusingly serious, Margarita Robertson, the New Zealand born designer is the creative force behind the NOM*D identity. Fremantle Arts Centre, 7pm. Revelation Perth International Film Festival — screenings today include Mars (6:45pm); Charlie Casanova (7pm); The Advocate For Fagdom (9pm); and Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods (9:15pm). All screenings at Astor Theatre.

ONGOING AC/DC Family Jewels — a celebratory exhibition packed with over 400 items, including photographs, instruments, over 35 years of gig posters from shows staged around the world, programmes and show tickets, letters and lyrics, personal memorabilia, and costumes about or from AC/DC. WA Museum until 7 August. Drag — the untold story of a drag queen — of all drag queens — told with high emotion, high energy and hit songs. Producer Ryan Schulz and his cast of many will bring our all-time favourite divas to life, offering up every human emotion you could possibly experience in one short hour. Blue Room Theatre until 23 July. Wicked — Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Burswood Theatre until August.

ON THIS PLANET NAZEEM HUSSAIN, HALF OF COMEDY DUO FEAR OF A BROWN PLANET, TELLS TROY MUTTON WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.

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hen Front Row calls Nazeem Hussain, who with partner in crime Aamer Rahman forms stand-up comedy duo Fear Of A Brown Planet, he quietly and politely asks if we can call back in five minutes. It turns out he was mid-meeting at his ‘day job’ — Director Of The Islamic Council Of Victoria. Sounds pretty serious for a guy who’s other job draws on race relations, immigration, and religion for a laugh? “Yeah, well comedy for us has always been an extension of community work,” Hussain begins when we are reconnected. “You know, I’m the spokesperson and the treasurer, and a lot about what we do is just giving a voice to listen. Because we hear so much about Muslims, we never really get to hear from Muslims. I think comedy is a way more effective medium because if you’re laughing about something then you know you’ve kinda got their attention. You’ve understood the point ’cause you laughed, whether or not you’ve accepted it, you’ve at least got it across. Laughter is very effective because you know straight away if someone is listening. And that’s what community work is all about, just speaking to people.” And talk to people they do, with a

wildly successful show that has taken them around the country (this will be their first time in Perth), and will soon see them jetting over to Edinburgh “for almost 30 shows, different audiences in the UK. That’s gonna be the most intensely intimidating experience for us but it should be good,” Hussain says, slightly nervously. And is he concerned at all with how their brand of Australian humour will translate to a global audience? “Overseas it’ll be a bit of the world from our perspective I guess. So kind of a brown person’s world perspective. Growing up… I guess it’s very similar to what it is here but more for society in general, and there’s a lot of friction and tension between the dominate white community and fringe, migrant communities and the different beliefs and practices.” While there can be a danger for racerelated comedy to get a bit stale, or easy perhaps, Hussain and Rahman have it pretty worked out, and it’s clear the duo are very intelligent men who know how to get down to what is really funny. “Yeah, [the racism] kinda weaves in and out, it’s all about our personal experiences, so a lot of it will be political and heavy; we talk about growing up in Australia and our families and school so perhaps the common theme is certainly race, race relations, the war on terror, politics,” he considers. “But you know we talk about funny shit that happens to us all over the place. So really if it’s not funny it’s not in.” And while the duo have dabbled in TV and radio in the past, doing stand-up on the stage is truly where their heart lies, and the way Hussain explains it makes

it hard to formulate much of a case against. “TV and radio are interesting, and if it’s the right fit we’ll do it. But you know, with stand-up, immediately we’re comfortable doing it. You get up, you can say what you want, you are in a room full of people who are interested in being there already, you don’t need to… it’s just raw. You’re getting a reaction from the audience straight

away, and I don’t think you can beat that medium. I can’t wait, the closer you are to the audience... I enjoy that more.”

in this time, we could be in either hemisphere at any time or place.

I’m not too influenced by what goes on outside of my environment, we don’t live in a pretentious or competitive world. It’s very down to earth. It’s not quite chilled, I guess it does contribute to the collection, and the brand holds its own in Paris or Tokyo.

WHAT: Fear Of A Brown Planet WHERE & WHEN: DownStairs at the Maj Thursday 14 July to Saturday 16

GETTING NOM’D FAC ARE OFFERING YOU THE CHANCE TO GET A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT SOME GREAT FASHION LABELS WITH THEIR FASHION TALKS SERIES. MEGHAN HOSIE CHATS TO MARGARITA ROBERTSON FROM FIRST GUESTS, NOM’D.

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riginating in 1986 from the southern New Zealand town of Dunedin, a town well known for its remoteness and alternative music scene, the surroundings encouraged the label’s uniqueness. It was crowned one of ‘The New Zealand Four’ in 1999 at London Fashion Week. Where did the premise for the label

come from? We had been in retail since 1975, and when it dawned on me that we could be creative in design as any of our suppliers we decided to specialize in knitwear. Our store was called Plume, so the term ‘Nom de plum’ was became NOM’D. What do you love about the fashion industry? I love the amazing relationships we have built up over the years, collaborators such as stylists, creative producers, sales people and PR, locally and internationally, it’s incredible how many individuals there are out there that see things like me. And what do you dislike about it? Having to come up with new ideas every six months, the pressure is huge, sometimes it can be difficult, it’s not just a light switch unfortunately. What is the hardest part of starting a label? Credibility in the retail world. Are you somewhat protected from the ‘unreal’ element of the fashion industry in NZ? We actually live in Dunedin, which gives us more isolation than most in the fashion industry. However communication is so instant

NOM’D believes in wearability over trends right? We are not into a completely new aesthetic each season, each of our collections bears reference to seasons before, always presented with a fresh and modern feel, but there are always the NOM’D elements. Is your location a big contributor to the type of clothes you design?

WHAT: Fashion Talks WHERE & WHEN: Fremantle Arts Centre Wednesday 20 July

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (Ed note: This review is spoiler-free.) And so, it ends. It’s hard not to wax elegiac recalling the triumphs of the Potter series, and 44 • THE DRUM MEDIA 14 JULY 2011

the inescapable fact that they’ve now come to a very definite finish. Watching the final film, you’ll want to savour every shot; gorge on every last morsel, every fleck of wonderment, every glimpse again of Dumbledor, and do everything you can to soak up the last of the warmth from the relationship of its three leads. The series has been pure ecstasy for the imaginations of young and old; a feat impressively built upon a truly

dense and riveting story. In part two of its final chapter, each of the dramatic character turns are handled with grace, and to great pathos. Alan Rickman’s ‘Snape’, and Maggie Smith’s ‘McGonagall’ both blossom in the film beautifully; there’s always been hints at the people they become in the previous films, and it’s pure cinematic catharsis to see them both finally, and plausibly taken to those places.

What’s perhaps most important for this, the conclusion is that, poetically, everything feels in its right place. As someone who hasn’t read the books, to feel the presence of these small, very literary ideals — the Malfoys fleeing, for example — is a joy. And not only do things feel poetically resolved, but the sheer scale of the story too, the weight of everything leading to this one point is properly devastatingly in its finality.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 It’s a fitting send-off, rich with emotional beats that cut right to the meaty payoff of seven films’-worth build-up.

WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now SAM HOBSON


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THIS AIN’T NO BLOCKBUSTER IAN BARR TALKS TO FREQUENT KELLY REICHARDT COLLABORATOR JONATHAN RAYMOND ABOUT THEIR NEW FILM, MEEK’S CUTOFF, SET ON THE OREGON TRAIL, SCREENING AT REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

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ue to a scheduling fudge-up, the call comes through from American novelist and screenwriter Jonathan Raymond — behind period western Meek’s Cutoff — during the undesirable timeslot of a busy period during my day job in a suburban video store. It proves a predictably hectic environment to conduct a phone interview, but somehow apt, considering Raymond’s pre-occupation with the quotidian; including the unglamorous realities of monetary situations. When I ask him what literary tradition he sees himself working in, the question seems excessively grandiose considering the modesty of his fiction. “I can say at least I work in a fairly regionalist mode, I’m interested in stories that are close to my home and geography. For better or worse, I made that choice to write about my backyard,” he says. In that sense, he has much in common with famed American miniaturist Raymond Carver (whose writing was adapted for the screen in Robert Altman’s Short Cuts and Ray Lawrence’s Jindabyne). At one point the interview is halted, to attend to a customer, and, for shits and giggles, I recommend Wendy & Lucy to him, with Raymond listening in and laughing on the line. That film was the second collaboration between Raymond and director Kelly Reichardt, working from the former’s short story Train Choir. The customer looks understandably nonplussed after my hopeless synopsis of the film (‘a

young woman’s car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and she loses her dog, some other stuff happens too, but it’s not really about big plot details…’), and he returns to browsing the shelves. No surprise, since Raymond himself admits that even he was surprised when Reichardt approached him for what would be their first film collaboration. “We met through our mutual friend Todd Haynes,” he says, referring to the celebrated American auteur behind I’m Not There and Far From Heaven and Reichardt’s producer. “She was looking for material to adapt for a feature. I had a story called Old Joy, which she saw potential for a film in… I can’t see anyone else who would.” Indeed, however unlikely the source material was for compelling cinema, this first collaboration between Reichardt and Raymond became one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2006. Made for a mere $30,000, it stars Daniel London and singersongwriter Will Oldham (in — another grandiosity alert — one of the greatest performances even given by a musician), and concerns nothing more than two old middle-aged dudes attempting to rekindle their old friendship during a weekend camping trip. The devil is in the details; the volumes-speaking spaces between their scant words, Reichardt’s rapt attention to the natural environment, and it’s a gorgeous, melancholy mood piece for those on its wavelength.

“What is sorrow, but worn-out joy?” reads a line from Raymond’s source story, and the film is 70-ish regretdrenched minutes in the key of that gutting phrase. Wendy & Lucy was their 2008 follow-up collab, with a bigger star (Michelle Williams) but a similar scope. It premiered in Cannes, played at nearly every major festival after, and was named the best film of its year in the year-end critics poll conducted by the US’s Film Comment magazine. Reuniting Reichardt and Williams, Meek’s Cutoff is something new to Reichardt — a genre film (western) in a period setting (1845). But despite these advancements in scale, the film retains both its writer and director’s minimalist style, only this time applied to life-or-death stakes, as braggadocious scumbag Meek (Bruce

Greenwood) leads a band of settlers across the Oregon trail. Each of the settlers become increasingly uncertain of both their leader’s knowledge of the route and his true motivations, and when a Native American is taken captive with them, Williams and co. begin to reconsider who they’ll rely on to survive. Like Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar, it offers a distinctly feminist twist on this most masculine of genres, with the male members of the families often filmed as distant, unknowable figures, and the faces of the bonneted women shot in loving close-up. Raymond and Reichardt play the story out as a morality play on scorched earth, and many critics have made a case for the film as an allegory for the Bush administration’s failure — an audience member commented on Meek’s resemblance to Dick Cheney

during a post-screening Q&A with Reichardt at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. Raymond doesn’t deny the parallel. “It was definitely there in the ruminating moments, just the idea of a failed leader,” he says, albeit with a slight sigh. “I think it’s a malleable allegory. I think it’d be a shame for it to be tethered to that Bush thing.”

if he’ll turn to Hollywood projects, he laughs, “If someone wanted to pay me copious amounts of money for it, then sure.” He acknowledges that there aren’t many in that domain tailored to his interests. “I was really into comic books as a kid, but I’m not sure about what Hollywood’s doing with them now. I saw Thor recently, that was awful.

It isn’t the first time that Raymond’s worked within a period setting. “I did a novel called The Half Life which had a section set during the trapping days, about 20-30 years prior to the Meek stuff.” That was his first published novel, after a series of nine short stories that were later collected for the acclaimed Liveability compilation — Old Joy and Train Choir among them.

“I don’t know if I would call myself a film buff or a cinephile, but I’ve always loved movies and they’ve played a role in the fiction I’ve written. [Screenwriting] feels like a wonderful moonlighting thing when it happens.”

Regarding his transition to writing for the screen, Raymond doesn’t see it as a permanent move. When asked

WHAT: Meek’s Cutoff WHERE & WHEN: Astor Theatre for Revelation Perth International Film Festival Saturday 16 July, 7:30pm and Friday 22, 6:45pm

BELIEVING IN MAGIC Mixed in with our Disney favourites will be tracks from artists like Alanis Morissette and The Beatles as well as a collection of musical theatre songs. Having toured for two years with Miss Saigon as the understudy for the role of Gigi, this song and the show as a whole is important to Lopez for many reasons.

AS PART OF THE 2011 CABARET AND COMEDY CARNIVALE, MARCIA CZERNIAK SPEAKS WITH PERFORMER RHODA LOPEZ ABOUT HER SHOW HAKUNA MATATA: NO WORRIES! AND HER AIM TO BRING A LITTLE BIT OF MAGIC INTO OUR ADULT LIVES.

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s part of this year’s Cabaret And Comedy Carnivale at His Majesty’s Theatre and DownStairs at the Maj, Perth performer Rhoda Lopez is set to treat audiences to a night of whimsical wonder that is sure to bring out your inner child and memories of yonder. “I’d like to bring a smile to people’s faces and remind them to still believe in magic. I want them to have a bit of

“I am a little bit nervous because I have had some vocal damage before. It was during the time when I was doing Miss Saigon in 2007/2008. I had nodules and a cyst on my voice [box] and had to deal with all that stuff as well as the voice disappearing, so I worked on that with voice therapy and alternative healing.

fun and see life like a child through rose-coloured glasses as well. Bring them a bit of brightness during winter really,” says Lopez. The show will feature quite a range of songs with Disney classics, tracks from established musicals, songs from pop icons as well as some Spanish, Italian, French, and Filipino songs, which will go alongside an original track from Lopez.

“There’s a bit of a range. It has been interesting trying to cut and paste and decide where they will go. It is quite jam-packed. Disney was my starting point actually because for me when I was little that was what first inspired me to sing and believe in magic. “There will be a lot of fun, lightness and a little bit of inspiration I would hope. Hopefully they will be reminded of something fun in their childhood.”

“Going through the voice therapy I was just really determined, it made me decide that this is what I wanted to do and because of that, I focused on healing as best I could and the cyst is gone without having to have an operation. But it took two or three years to get back to this state but I know I want to sing and I want to tell stories and act and perform. So I am feeling a little but nervous but I am feeling more and more reassured as I rehearse more.” With Lopez’s magical journey occurring both onstage and off it seems, the show is also her first solo show. With

her background spanning across performing, singing, teaching and directing, Hakuna Matata is seeing Lopez face some new learning curves. “It is really interesting because the thing I am learning for this show is how to write and put things together. I have done a few drafts already, which is pretty normal I guess. I record my lines so I can listen to it in the car while I am driving, as that is the best way I learn and as I listen, I think to myself, ‘that sounds crap!’ I have to rewrite that and change that and make it more personal or less talky. It is very interesting having that power to really work out what I want to say and being able to say it succinctly and efficiently and clearly, but also with a sense of fun. I know I can tend to be quite serious at times and it is funny listening back to it, it’s like, ‘Rhoda, you sound so serious, get rid of it.’ Definitely a different mindset and challenging in a different way because there are a lot of different versions of what I have written in my head, and trying to remember the most recent one, the better one, is more of a challenge than learning a script that is already written and decided on.” While performer Craig Williams is no longer to be a part of the show due

to touring commitments, Lopez will be joined on stage by Tim Cunniffe on piano and as a special guest, her brother Ronald Lopez will feature on piano for one song. “My brother will be coming out to play the piano. I wanted to give him the opportunity because he is self taught and I think he will really benefit from performing because he enjoys it, he just doesn’t really pursue it. I just wanted to give him the chance to do that and get paid!” says Lopez. In what could be likened to her own version of a fairy godmother, Lopez acknowledges that her dreams can only become a reality through the support within the local community that allows this magic to happen. “I’m grateful there’s a venue like DownStairs at the Maj and a programme like The Brainbox Project who are dedicated to putting on cabarets and supporting local artists that way. It’s a gift to be able to do this through them.” WHAT: Hakuna Matata: No Worries! WHERE & WHEN: DownStairs at the Maj Wednesday 20 July to Saturday 23 THE DRUM MEDIA 14 JULY 2011 • 45


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INK IMPRESSIONS

SODA_JERK WORLD PREMIERE AT FAC

THREE LOCAL TATTOO ARTISTS HAVE PUT DOWN THE NEEDLES AND INK AND TAKEN THEIR DRAWINGS TO CANVAS FOR THE EXHIBITION THREE. ARTIST LAUREN FENLON SPEAKS TO MARCIA CZERNIAK ABOUT GOING PUBLIC WITH HER ART.

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ost people see tattoo artists as purely that; the people that recreate an image off a wall or a book. But do you ever stop and think that behind their skills in maneuvering their needle in such an agile way, they also have an in-built ability to create some beautiful art? Three local tattooists, Lauren Fenlon (Holdfast Tattoos), Jasmin Austin (WA INK), and Ryan Smith (Foothills Tattoo) have joined forces to demonstrate they are more than just the hand that drives the needle. Fenlon says the idea of the exhibition came from Austin who had recently relocated to Perth from over east. “Jasmin is actually from over east and she is a pretty big name in tattooing especially on the east coast. She moved out here a couple of months ago and she asked if we would be interested in getting involved in an exhibition,” explains Fenlon. “I used work with Ryan and actually started tattooing with him and he recently moved to another studio. We both had an interest outside of tattooing in creating paintings and we’d always talked about putting on an exhibition. Jasmin is an amazing artist and this is a great opportunity for us so, we are putting on a show of our work outside of tattooing and they are quite different from what we do day-to-day.”

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tattooing as something that happened by pure chance and excellent timing, she has always had a strong interest in fine art and hopes to be able to continue doing more shows. “I definitely plan on doing a solo show and this is almost a test run to see what the response is and how it goes. I am picking up more and more commissions all the time with my painting and just having fun with it. It is nice to be able to have my own art and to be doing it alongside my work. It keeps me busy, that’s for sure.” Fenlon says these exhibitions will also be a method of advocating the talents of tattoo artists and the work they do.

Fenlon describes the exhibit as an opportunity to show her diversity as an artist.

able to do that and to have people still interested in it with it being all your own ideas.

“I can only really talk for myself but when you look at my oil paintings as opposed to my tattooing, it is totally different. I am doing exactly what I want to do, but also, trying to represent this kind of art on a person would be near impossible with the restrictions and it would end up looking like a pile of moosh in a couple of years with the tattoo aging. So it is great to be

“I have always drawn pretty realistically. I find human figures is what I like to do as far as painting goes and I like to show my subject in a particular movement. There is an artist, Esther Erlich, and she was probably the biggest influence on me, especially her use of colour and just the way she painted her figures really loose.” While Fenlon describes her entry into

“There are some amazing tattooists in Perth and they aren’t just tattooists, they are artists. I think slowly they will start to get recognised more and it just takes outsiders looking in, in the form of exhibitions, to see that the talent is there. It isn’t just picking something off the wall anymore. I am not out there to change the world but it would be nice to see people have a different opinion of tattooists.” WHAT: Three WHERE & WHEN: Kurb Gallery, Saturday 23 July to Friday 29

Thursday 21 July, 6:30pm, Fremantle Arts Centre presents Sydney/Berlin video duo Soda_Jerk in the world premiere of The Carousel, an exuberant experience of images, performance, and music. The Carousel is an allencompassing adventure that combines video mash-up with performance lecture and a ’70s carousel-projector slide show. Soda_Jerk take samples from popular film culture and investigate the peculiar temporality of cinema and its relationship to death. For more information head to fac.org.au.

MCA’S PRIMAVERA EXHIBITION COMES TO PERTH Primavera is Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art’s popular annual exhibition of young contemporary artists, under 35 years of age, from across Australia. Primavera presents a national vision of contemporary arts and has become well known for identifying the best of the young generation. Fremantle Arts Centre, with MCA, is proud to be presenting Primavera in WA for the first time. Primavera 2010 brings together seven young artists working across a multitude of media; Akira Akira, Julie Fragar, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alistair McLuckie, James Newitt, Jackson Slattery, and Emma White. It opens Friday 29 July and features a performance by Wrong Solo. Primavera then remains open until 18 September. For more information head to fac.org.au.

EX-OF CABBAGES AND KINGS DESIGNER ART EXHIBITION Perth artist Tané Andrews presents a solo exhibition of drawings on paper, laser cuts, and kinetic sculptures at Venn Gallery, {Reformation} Adapting Impermanence, opening Friday 22 July and running until 19 August. Formerly a designer at Of Cabbages and Kings, Andrews is now solely focussing on his career as a visual artist. “I now approach my art practice the way I would a collection. Both are produced using deliberate limitations: I use a restricted amount of materials, shade, tone, texture and proportion to develop a concept or idea,” says Andrews. Head to venn.net for more information.

JOHN WATERS BRINGS HIS FILTHY WORLD TO PERTH Legendary filmmaker, writer, pop culture icon, and shock auteur supreme John Waters makes his Perth debut with his deviously funny one-man show This Filthy World. Director of cult film classics such as Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Cry Baby, and Polyester, Waters is famous and infamous as The Pope of Trash. In this rapid-fire comic monologue celebrating his joyously bad taste, Waters will regale with stories about his career from the underground to Hollywood. Drawing on his childhood and early influences, Waters will divulge his innermost fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy and the extremes of the contemporary art world. Waters will grace the stage at Perth Concert Hall Wednesday 19 October. Tickets through BOCS.


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Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the work of Mint Chicks’ Ruban Nielson, a New Zealander transplanted to Portland, USA. With local Portland producer Jake Portrait on bass and teen prodigy Julien Ehrich on drums they first appeared, sans hype, via the Ffunny Ffriends cut on Bandcamp last year. The album is as you might expect a Portland/NZ hybrid to be - a merging of underground pop that is as much Captain Beefheart as it is Sly Stone and RZA jamming on some dark variation of a kids TV show theme.

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Drum Media Perth Issue #246  

The Drum Media entered the Perth landscape with a view to bring the ethos of its iconic East Coast brothers to the vibrant music scene that...