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While in town for the Southbound Festival next year (January 7-8), indie-rock faves Arctic Monkeys will play a sneaky sideshow the night before, Friday 6 January, in the beautiful surrounds of the Belvoir Amphitheatre. Always energetic, entertaining and downright dance-able live, this is your chance to see the Arctic Monkeys in concert as they tear through their plethora of hits for your listening and viewing pleasure. Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster from Tuesday 9 August, with exclusive presales from frontiertouring.com for 24 hours from 2pm today.

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freo fire brigade will support as an all-man dance troupe $10 from 6pm.

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BOUND UP

Joining the already impressive likes of Arctic Monkeys, Fleet Foxes, Crystal Castles and DJ Yoda at Southbound 2012 will be Melbourne buzz act Alpine, indie-pop maestro Beirut, Grizzly Bear alumni Chris Taylor a.k.a CANT, local hip hopper Drapht, Patience Hodgson’s The Grates, Aus’ legends Regurgitator (performing Unit in full) and indie-tronic solo kid Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. The announcements keep coming for the January 7-8 festival going down at Sir Stewart Bovell Park in Busselton, with news that ticket prices, while of course lower due to the new two-day format, are a steal at $200 plus BF for Happy Campers, or $160 plus BF for a weekend pass. Head to southboundfestival.com.au/tickets to purchase or investigate the VIP options.

JEZABELS OF THE BALL The pathways leading to the GW Mclennan Stage were shut down last weekend when The Jezabels executed their set at Splendour In The Grass due to too much traffic. Of course must of us weren’t there, but we’ll get to experience what all the fuss was about Friday 4 November when they play the Astor Theatre, supported by indie-orchestral-pop rockers Hey Rosetta! from Canada, plus local alt-folk duo Wolves At The Door. Tickets for the show, which celebrates their debut LP Prisoner and is presented by Street Press Australia, go on sale from next Friday through BOCs and Oztix.

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Fat Shan Records have launched their ‘Graveyard Shift’ late night recording sessions down in the Barrack St shop. Find ‘em on Facebook for rates. Head to gbob.com to find out where your nearest Global Battle Of The Bands heat is going down. The winner gets a trip overseas to compete for the $100,000 prize.

Nirvana‘s Nevermind turns 20 this year, with a limited edition release featuring four CDs & one DVD to commemorate the event, featuring dozens of unreleased recordings, obscure B-sides, studio rarities and more.

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Local live d’n’b act Throwing Shapes have had their tracks Desire Lines and Strange Chemistry used to help UK men’s mag Maxim launch in Aus’ through online promo videos featuring Jen Hawkins. The latter track also appears on the Sounds Like Café comp CD, setting the music for over 1,200 cafes across Australia.

Cold Chisel classic Khe Sanh has made the national Top 40 for the first time ever (it was banned on commercial radio when first released) following the digital release of the group’s catalogue. Others such as Flame Trees are also back in the charts, along with nine albums in the ARIA Top 100 Album Chart.

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Kings Of Leon have cancelled their current US tour amidst reports of infighting amongst the brothers/cousins. They’re set to resume in Sept their already re-scheduled Aus’ tour still set to go ahead as normal.

Splendour In The Grass last week saw The Middle East announcing their immediate disbanding, plus Does It Offend To You, Yeah? suggesting they don’t know if they’d “even be a band in six months.”

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BLUES

From the team behind Soundwave, 3Wise Records is a brand new boutique label, distributed by Sony Australia. The first two acts signed are Fireworks and Zebrahead.

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RIVER RUNS DEEP

It seems we can’t get enough of Texas group Okkervil River, as the band make their fifth journey to our shores, playing Capitol Wednesday 12 October. The fivepiece come armed with new songs from their sixth album, I Am Very Far, which is a startling break from anything the band has ever created before. Terrifying and joyous, violent and serene, grotesque and romantic, it’s a celebration of forces beyond their control. Tickets through Heatseeker, Moshtix, 78’s, Mills, Planet and Star Surf, proudly presented by Street Press Australia.

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The Flaming Lips and Weezer are literally sharing stages in New Jersey and New York this week, setting up their gear alongside each other and playing song-forsong at the dual-headline shows.

GLOVECATS

STEP INVADERS

Compilation series Dubstep Invasion returns to continue the dubstep domination over two mixed CDs featuring the biggest and the best in the business including Rusko, Magnetic Man, Katy B, Pendulum and more. The CD is mixed by our own ShockOne, plus Sydney kids Glovecats, and both tour the CD next week, playing Shape Friday 12 August, with support from Jus Haus?, Killafoe and Pacemaker. $15 from 10pm.

FUN GOES FERAL

With the cancellation of the iconic Spring In The Valley for 2011, Feral Brewing Company will host a weekend event Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October known as Oztoberfest – set to be an annual event highlighting Australian beer, food and culture at their Swan Valley haunt. Tickets $15 through Moshtix, with live music from Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, fine tunes from Perth’s best DJs, an ‘Aussie Icon’ best-dressed competition and much more. Email functions@feralbrewing.com.au to book a serviced table for the day.

NUMBER 10

This year is the 10th anniversary of Ministry Of Sound’s The Annual, and to celebrate they’re bringing two of Australia’s biggest DJs in Mark Dynamix and John Course to Villa, Saturday 10 September. The duo will be supported by local legends Micah, Chiari, Mitchell Smith, Jackness and Wasteland with tickets $25 plus BF through Moshtix and the usual outlets, with limited VIPs also available for $35 plus BF. After ten years in the game, Ministry really know how to throw a damn big party.

ANTIVIRAL

Bar Open’s regular dubstep Wednesday night, Crunch is bringing over the first of many international acts set to grace the decks with San Francisco’s Antiserum. Antiserum launched his first tour in 2009 through NZ and Aus’, and in 2011 he joined Excision and Downlink on the largest dubstep production to hit the states – the US Subsonic Tour. The madness continues Wednesday 31 August, with support from Killafoe, JS and Zev. $15 before 11pm, $20 after.

SALTER OF THE EARTH

Best known as a founding member of numerous wellknown Australian ensembles including The Gin Club and Giants Of Science, Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Ben Salter has also been a solo performer in his own right for over ten years, and The Cat is his first solo album. To celebrate he’s playing a couple of intimate shows our way, presented by Street Press Australia and including Thursday 1 September at The Bird, door sales $10; and Friday 2 at Norfolk Basement, door sales $15.

EXTRA GOLD

His debut Timeless maybe have been released 16 years ago, but UK DJ/producer Goldie has returned with a new mix for Fabric, Fabriclive 58. Friday 16 September he plays Shape, as we’ve previously announced, but MC Lowqui, Chris.Su and Heist will now also be joining him for what just became one of the biggest d’n’b shows of the year. Tickets $35 plus BF from Planet, Mills and Moshtix.

TEX PERKINS & THE DARK HORSES

HORSES FOR COURSES

Frontman for the evocative soundscapes of The Cruel Sea and the hard edged pub rock of The Beasts Of Bourbon, Tex Perkins is back once again with the lilting, dark country of Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses, returning with a new self-titled album. He’s bringing his trademark growl and band of merry men to the Rosemount Hotel Friday 23 September. The release shows yet another direction for the enigmatic singer/ songwriter, while still filled with Perkins’ gravel-tainted vocals and poetic reveries. Tickets through darkhorses. com.au from tomorrow.


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There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we don’t just mean finding a warm dancefloor to get out of this lovely weather… Wait, yes we do. Helping you forget the expensive dance festivals this summer, Inception lands Saturday 8 October at The Civic. Over two arenas from 1pm til 1am, catch live electro acts and DJs incl. Hykus, Audiocell, Blackmatter, David, Boris Abesit, Micah, KILL DYL Greg Packer, Mario Tavelli, Kill Dyl, Travis Eddy, Fusion Six, Stranger Thandigital, CK Ruckus, Forgone, Baden M, Cram and Kings, plus MC Whiskey and Lita MC. Tickets $30 from gmhsrecordings.com, $40 door. The newly-formed 2011-12 Young UN Women Australia Perth Committee is holding its first fundraising event of the year at The Ellington, Thursday 11 August, featuring talented local jazz singer Nicola Milan and her band.

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18-year-old Perth singer/songwriter Vee returns to Perth to perform her Party Girls Party show. Her headlining show at The Republic Thursday 4 August has sold out, so tickets have gone on sale for a second, Thursday 11 August. To promote their debut release PoP CoC, The Midnight Mules throw a single launch party at The Bird Friday 12 August. $5 on the door, CDs $5. Tired Lion and Room At The Reservoir support. Sonpsilo Circus’ EP launch will be performed and released over two nights – Saturday 13 August at Mojo’s, then Saturday 20 at The Bird. The shows will feature tantalizing support from Lady Velvet Cabaret, plus Love Junkies, Tusk and more. ICSSC host a new free mid-week party at Double Lucky starting Wednesday 17 August called Snakes, featuring twisted pop, alien r’n’b, wonky club and hip hop music from DJs Prodje, Modo, DYP, Oni Ca$h, Clunk, Allstate and Sleepyhead. The Bransontramps take to the Rosemount Hotel stage Friday 19 August to launch their debut EP Thermo Sonic, featuring thunderous support from The Volcanics, The Old Croak and The Strobes. Recently returned from a collaboration with a Grammy-winning producer in the UK, Shameem Taheri-Lee plays with her original band at The Ellington Jazz Club Sunday 21 August from 6 til 9pm. If dancin’ is your cuppa tea than head down to Let’s Dance Saturday at Ya Ya’s on Saturday 27 August, featuring local live synth-pop kids Bastian’s Happy Flight, The Dark Rooms and The Kings Of Cheese DJs til 2am. East Meets West is a night of cultural fusion organised by the Bengali Association Of WA Inc (BAWA), to be held at the John Curtin Theatre, Fremantle on Saturday 27 August. The night will feature traditional Bengali, Indian and Japanese music and dance forms, before the launch of the fusion dance-drama production The Mantra. After string of great metro shows, Big Old Bears play two massive shows down south. Friday 11 August they play the Albany Entertainment Centre with Skipjacks, and Saturday 12 the Denmark Civic Centre with Cathy Fotios, James Gentle and Mark Tupman.

– a new breed of super producer who has so far received mad love from the likes of Tiesto, Armand Van Helden and David Guetta for his uplifting style of dubstep-infused electro. He smashes Ambar Friday 12 August for his debut Perth performance, supported by Sydney’s Slappin’ Plastic, Beatsmack, Josh Grapes, Marko Paul and Mr Ed. Tickets through Moshtix.

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*BLEEP* THE REAPER

Returning to the stage this October for their Fuck The Reaper Tour will be Queensland post-hardcore rockers The Amity Affliction, joined by the UK’s Asking Alexandria and the Gold Coast’s Skyway, celebrating the deluxe edition release of the groups 2010 release Youngbloods, due out September 30. Local acts keen to support them when they play Capitol Saturday 15 October can send a brief email to chris@destroyalllines.com. Tickets through Moshtix or Heatseeker from tomorrow.

BUBBLE BOYLE

Brisbane musician Alan Boyle continues to receive recognition for his songs with a Queensland Music Awards (QMA) nomination for his latest single Highway Of Dreams. He’s bringing the single to the west side, playing Indi Bar Wednesday 10 August (with Simon Kelly); X-Wray Café Friday 12 (with Simon Kelly and Dilip Parekh); and Redcliffe On The Murray Sunday 14 (2.30pm with Jonny Taylor). The Highway Of Dreams Tour includes Irish-born Boyle’s first WA appearances in musical mode.

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Which hot young producer hit the #1 spot on the coveted Beatport Electro Charts before he had even stepped foot in a nightclub? North Carolina’s Porter Robinson, that’s who

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Dance-pop diva, multi-platinum recording artist and world-class performer Taylor Dane will be playing Mundaring Weir Hotel Saturday 22 October. The New York-born Dane’s three albums, Tell It To My Heart, Can’t Fight Fate, and Soul Dancing have produced twelve top 20 singles, including top ten hits like Tell It To My Heart, With Every Beat Of My Heart and Prove Your Love. She’ll also be joined by Andrew Lawson of X Factor success.

Quality beats crew Bassnotion have another special treat in store when Tom Edwards, Matt Benyayer and Carlo Anderson, who together form London based DJ/ production unit Darksky, make their way to The Bakery, Saturday 10 September. With a packed gigging schedule and further releases due on Ninja Tune, Blunted Robots, Black Acre and Strictly Rhythm, 2012 is set to be massive for the trio. Support from Oni-Cash, Pickles, Tifa and Clunk, plus visuals from JVT. $15 on the door.

GENERALLY DUBBED

Fronted by General Justice, Jah Wisdom Sound has been representing reggae and dancehall in Australia for over 30 years. The General been running a radio show on Perth’s Community Radio since 1979, and now he’s invited Mr Meerkat from Sheffield, UK group Dubcentral for a night of Reggae Unity. They’ll combine forces at The Railway Hotel Friday 19 August, with support from Tutu-Math and Kriti-Cal.

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Eclectic New Zealand-born, Australian-based songstress Kimbra has her debut album Vows due out September 2, and she’ll be launching it with a live show at the Astor Theatre, Saturday 17 September, ahead of her appearance at Parklife, Sunday 24 September. In addition, Melbourne new-comers Husky have been announced as the support, following on from their support slots with Jinja Safari Saturday 13 August at Amplifier. That band’s self-produced, forthcoming debut album Forever So will be released later this year as well.

BADWI GIRL

If you’ve stepped foot on a dance floor over the last few years then you are sure to be well acquainted with the name Zoë Badwi by now. After the success of her chart topping hits Freefallin, Release Me and Carry Me Home, the Melbourne pop diva is hitting the road for a massive tour to promote the release of her highly anticipated debut album, Zoë (out tomorrow). Catch her for free Sunday 28 August when she free-falls into the Mullaloo Beach Hotel from 3pm.

O’KAYE DOKIE

This August troubadour Nathan Kaye will be pulling out some new tunes, old and new tricks and his underground brand of sunbaked blues driven psychedelic roots live across WA. Get didge’d Wednesday 17 August at Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Friday 19 Cape Wine Bar, Dunsborough; Saturday 20 Quinninup Tavern; Wednesday 24 Indi Bar; Thursday 25 Kalbarri Motor Inn; Friday 26 Gascoyne Hotel, Carnarvon; Saturday 27 Kalbarri Motor Inn; and Sunday 28 at L’Attitude 28 Bar, Geraldton.

ROLLERIN’ & SCRATCHIN’

Perth Roller Derby (PRD) presents The Good, The Bad & The Derby – an action-packed roller derby hoedown Saturday 27 August at Arena Joondalup for some interstate, interleague chaos. The first bout of the evening will be a display of raw derby talent between Bunbury Roller Derby (BRD) and the PRD Rumble Bees. The main event will star special guests Adelaide Roller Derby against Victoria Roller Derby League. Tickets through trybooking.com/slv, 78’s, Talk To Me Derby and Lord Of The Skins Tattoo. Speaking of roller gals, Fremantle Town Hall will play host to WA Roller Derby’s Cabaret Quiz Night, from 6.30pm Saturday 13 August. $10 for a night featuring live performances, roller waitresses and trivia, all going towards raising funds for future WARD events.

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SUPERWOMAN

Connections Nightclub’s Famous Fridays get hotter with the arrival of Sarah McLeod, Friday 12 August for one special night only. After starting off her stellar career as the front lady for Superjesus, Sarah has taken the world by storm with her highly successful solo career and made the transition into dance music, collaborating with the likes of Steve Aoki, Hook N Sling and TV Rock. Hosted by Feminem, wearing hot rock chick gear gets you in free before midnight.

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DRUM’S RESIDENT SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS TRAVELLER CRAIG HOLLYWOOD ONCE AGAIN MAKES THE PILGRIMMAGE TO WOODFORDIA IN QUEENSLAND TO REPORT ON ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST LOVED FESTIVALS. Friday 29 July Upon entry to this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival it was pacifying to note that there would be no repeat of the previous tear-inducing traffic jams that marred this particular reviewer’s initial experiences of the previous years’ festivities – so kudos to the organisers for the redemption. Opening up the gargantuan Amphitheatre Stage of the Friday festivities, UK six-piece British Sea Power were refreshingly nonchalant about the fact they were playing to a smaller crowd than usual. Do You Like Rock Music? stalwarts No Lucifer and Waving Flags were main features. Over at the Mix Up Tent electronic it-boy James Blake tipped his hat towards a slightly more esoteric side of performance arrangement compared to his previous showing at On The Bright Side. The majestic I Only Know (What I Know Now) was a saluted addition to a pitch-perfect set that also included Unluck and I Never Learnt To Share. After discovering Glasvegas had experienced a technical meltdown 10 minutes prior to walking onto stage, you could excuse the Scots’ outfit for a set that meandered from breathtaking to uncertain. Moon River - originally mouthed by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s - was a surprise inclusion. Equally unexpected was their option not to play hit track Flowers & Football Tops, which had brought Perth’s Rosemount to its knees only a week previous. There was no better time for Australian indie folk five-piece Boy & Bear to unleash one of the sets of the festival over at the GW McLennan tent. About to release their debut

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Moonfire record, the Sydneysiders displayed a level of harmonic brilliance that had fans from all ends of the musical spectrum singing praise. Feeding Line and their brilliant cover of Crowded House’s Fall At Your Feet had the packed area in awe. Delivering the scratchiest set of the festival, Kanye West battled to match the hype of his latest My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy release. His stage show, including around 50 gyrating female dancers and a mechanically elevated stage entrance, was overshadowed by deplorable sound levels. Perhaps Glaswegian postrockers Mogwai could have given KW some pointers on producing loudness on a clarified scale, working faves such as Cody and Helicon 1 with aplomb. Saturday 30 July The Drones’ frontman Gareth Liddiard was a worthwhile reason to get up and shake off the previous night’s exertions over at the GW space early(ish) on Saturday. Showcasing debut Strange Tourist material such as the title track and also Blondin Makes An Omelette, the inspiration was left to go away and write a novel,

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or simply just a kick-arse song. The Jezabels provided one of the day’s peaks with a jaw-dropping 45 minutes of their self-tagged ‘intensindie’ virtuosity. Lead vocalist Hayley Mary hand-fed the heaving surroundings through tracks such as Mace Spray and Easy To Love, resulting in mass sing-alongs and group hugs alike. The Mars Volta, Regina Spektor and crowd festival favourites Gomez also provided some of Saturday’s more notable moments of captivation. Having made a late cancellation before their ‘09 SITG performance, Jane’s Addiction were a welcome site for hardcore fans come headliner time. Perry Farrell’s on-stage antics provided just enough quirk to not be immediately thrown into the cheese bin, whilst guitarist Dave Navarro provided the effortless cool that has him up there with some of the best in the business. Sunday 1 August The final day of this year’s Splendour was arguably all about the Brits, with no less than eight UK bands performing throughout Sunday’s duration. The Vaccines kicked off with a set that leaned heavily towards a blatant Libertines/Interpol rip-off, which paved the way for Elbow to deliver some class to the proceedings. Never has a band sounded as studio-like whilst traversing the stage as these fellows. Led by Guy Garvey, the band went through The Birds, Build A Rocket Boys and Grounds For Divorce with commendable ease. By the time Jarvis Cocker of Pulp had slinked his flared trousers into view, the evening had reached fever pitch. Do You Remember The First Time? and Disco 2000 proved the perfect tonics before the entrance of the band that many had come to see. Moving on to the theme tune of Back To The Future, Coldplay launched directly into lesser-known tracks MX and Hurts Like Heaven. Amongst the folly of fireworks and wild splashes of confetti, crowd favourite Yellow whipped up hysteria, as did God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, In My Place and Viva La Vida. Stopping to sing happy birthday to drummer Will Champion, the band moved into Life Is For Living before scurrying out of view. Clocks provided the perfect encore opener before Chris Martin paid homage to the recently deceased Amy Winehouse with a rendition of Rehab. Tears flowed during X&Y favourite Fix You, leading into the finale of Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. And before you knew it, Splendour had once again passed for another unbelievable year of existence.

If you enjoyed the funny-yet serious nature of whistle-blowing doco Super Size Me (or maybe even it’s POM WONDERFUL more contentious bastard cousin, Super High Me), get ready to think and laugh at the same time again as Morgan Spurlock explores the power of selling out in Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Being released by Madman next Thursday 11 August, Spurlock’s latest outing will be screened by Luna Cinemas. Get yourself on to facebook.com/drumperth if you would like one of FIVE double passes to a screening, plus ONE prize pack of great Madman movies in Exit Through The Gift Shop, Bigger Stronger Faster, McLibel and Teenage Paparazzo. Whether or not the current gamut of bedroom songwriters piques your interests, the debut Washed Out album Within And Without is one top release. The moniker of Georgia, US native Ernest Green, the tasty, catchy low-fi synthpop of Washed Out has been described as “someone smearing Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then staying up all night trying to recreate what they heard.” If that description has gotten your curiosity flowing, you can win one of FOUR copies of Within And Without simply by getting yourself on to the giveaways tab on Drum Perth’s Facebook page. Well, it’s been out a few weeks, and Eagle & The Worm’s debut long-player Goodtimes has received rave reviews from pretty much every avenue of music journalism. After the success of singles Futureman, All I Know and Too Young last year, EATW creatively splurged to craft a massively jaunty and beguiling album in Goodtimes. And now they’re bringing it to our side of the island on the Goodtimes Tour, hitting The Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, Wednesday 24 August; The Bakery, Thursday 25; and Mojo’s on Friday 26 August. Score yourself one of FIVE double passes to the Street Press Australiapresented gig at The Bakery on our Facebook page. PLEASE NOTE: All entries for giveaways are now via our Facebook, so head to facebook.com/drumperth for details.

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THREE QUOKKAS WALK INTO A BAR‌ NAME GAME If a weekend of some of WA’s finest musical acts, short film finalists and more comedy than you can shake a Quokka at (disclaimer: a Quokka shouldn’t actually be shaken at anything) wasn’t enough, there’s also street performances from Ross Vegas, Jon Madd and Hardy Ha Ha, just to name a few, to keep things rolling between venues. Rottofest organiser Leigh Chalmers runs through some of the other highlights he’s looking forward to at this year’s festival: “I think this year the one event I am hanging out for is Corey White Vs. Corey White,â€? Chalmers says. “Two comedians with the same name, one from Perth the other from Brisbane. And on Saturday these two Coreys will go head to head for the ultimate in naming rights. The victor will be crowned Corey White Australia whilst the loser will be re-named on Facebook by the winner for two weeks. “Apart from that we will be screening some amazing skits from our Funniest Filmmakers competition. I love the skit format, it’s short, sharp and to the point. Some of the entries from last year still make me laugh no matter how many times I watch them.

FOR THE THIRD YEAR RUNNING THE ROTTNEST SHORT FILM & COMEDY FESTIVAL HAS MADE THE ISLAND A DRAWCARD IN THE EARLY SPRING. JASON KENNY GETS THE SKINNY ON THIS YEAR’S PROGRAM, INCLUDING SPEAKING TO THE MC OF THE LAUNCH THE COMEDIAN COMP, DAVE THORNTON.

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he travel guides might say that Rottnest hits its stride in summer as the snorkelling and swimming locations open up, but there’s a more to Rottnest than beaches, bays, a lighthouse and a unique marsupial. The Rottnest Short Film & Comedy Festival has continued to develop, tweaking changes with each edition, and 2011 is no different. “In the first two years, Rottofest was held over three nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,� explains festival organiser Leigh Chalmers. “This year people rock up Saturday morning and leave Sunday afternoon. All the entertainment is now programmed into one jam-packed weekend on Rotto.�

And jam-packed it is, with well over a ferry full of entertainment, and more acts this year than the previous two. The music side of things sees The Brow Horn Orchestra, Sam Perry, Diger Rokwell with Felicity Groom, Ruby Boots, Kathryn Rollins and Carl Fox, along with the Cut & Paste Sound System and the Jump Climb DJs. That alone might be a good enough reason to head out to the island for a fine weekend of tunes but, as the name suggests, it’s not the music that draws the crowds. Along with the stand-up highlights you’ve come to expect, the best judged entries from Search For Australia’s Funniest Filmmakers and the Keep Australia Beautiful Trash My Ad competition will be narrowed down to winners on the Sunday. The festival continues to develop its own identity, capitalising on the appeal of Rottnest and a fine selection of comedic attractions including stand-up and films. Keeping that strong festival identity in mind, the organisers made some changes this year to refine the beast they’ve been growing. “Changing the fest from three nights to one night was a big decision, however we found it was easier for people to come over to Rotto for the weekend compared to racing for a Friday night ferry and calling in sick on Monday morning,� Chalmers describes. “We have also persisted with creating a unique festival

“Oh, and just chilling with your mates at the beachside pub listening to some killer tunes is not a bad way to spend a few hours.�

experience. We didn’t want to take the Melbourne International Comedy Festival or Edinburgh Fringe format and shrink it down and put it on an Island. We want people to experience something they never have before and I think a weekend of comedy, film and music on an Island isn’t a bad place to start!�

broke onto the scene through a series of events like Launch The Comedian, including the ever popular RAW Comedy stage. “It’s more a confidence boost,� Thornton says. “I think competitions are great for getting new comic’s names out there, however it’s being consistent at all of your gigs that will create a good name for any comedian.�

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The next step was quitting his day job – as a graphic designer, a job he draws upon in some of his shows – to take to comedy full time. For any performer, that’s a big step. “I did it at about the fourth year of performing stand-up comedy. Going from graphic designer to standup comedian I think I’m getting further and further away from job security. I’m afraid to see what the next step is – possibly Dodo bird trainer,� he jokes, possibly, before sharing some advice. “As boring as it sounds, plan ahead. How are you going to make enough money to not work at anything else? Where can you earn money through comedy that is going to pay for you to live? Answer that, or win the lottery; either way works.�

ALL THE ENTERTAINMENT IS NOW PROGRAMMED INTO ONE JAM-PACKED WEEKEND ON ROTTO.�

There’s plenty of film and comedy to keep the island in hysterics for the weekend, capped off with ‘Launch The Comedian’ featuring Matt Okine (NSW), Damien Power (QLD), Emma Zammit (WA), Ronny Chieng (VIC), Jon Brooks (SA) and Danny McGinlay (VIC). “Just to clarify, the comedians competing in Launch The Comedian are all professional/semi professional comedians, they just haven’t cracked the big time... yet,� Chalmers says. “And that is what this comp is all about, helping these comics crack the big time! Last year’s winner Jacques Barrett is currently kicking ass in the UK. “We have handpicked six of the funniest and most unique comedians from all over Australia. They will each perform a 15-minute set of their funniest material. The comedian judged funniest on the night will walk away with $3,000 cash! With so much talent and so much money on the line the, vibe is electric and it makes for one hell of a comedy show.� On hand to emcee the event is comedian Dave Thornton, whose profile only continues to rise on the Australian comedy scene. Before Thornton was a regular on radio, television and stand-up stages around the country, he

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Beyond his spots on Nova radio and various TV panel shows, Thornton has taken to the screen in a variety of small acting roles in a move away from the stand-up boards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In some ways theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re similar but in other ways itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s totally different. I mean stand-up is figuring out who you are whilst acting is figuring out what someone else is. As for acting roles on the horizon Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping to become the new Brand Power girl.â&#x20AC;? Thorntonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stand-up shows have seen him become a staple at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival over the last half-decade as well as taking to stages overseas. Shows like Euro:Mission and Eye Candy drew glowing reviews from critics, audiences and fellow comics alike. But it was 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Different Type Of Normal that showed another side of Thornton and cemented him as one to watch on the Australian comedy circuit. The show diverted from the standard topics of stand-up comedy as Thornton discussed his late father and the effect that loss had on him. It included its share of laughs for sure, but also showed sides of the comedian that were as intimate, vulnerable and personal as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely to see on a comedy stage. Performing a show like that is sure to take its toll as a much more demanding piece than a less intimate routine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cathartic because now I am much more open about the whole experience,â&#x20AC;? Thornton says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The flip side is I was very vulnerable there on stage talking about such personal stuff. If someone heckled me during that show I was much more sensitive to it. At times it felt like facing a fast bowler in cricket and you werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wearing any paddingâ&#x20AC;Ś or pants.â&#x20AC;? WHAT: Rottofest WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 September, Rottnest Island

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CHANGING THE PACE QUIET REFLECTION UNDER EACH OF HIS SUCCESSIVE GUISES, JIM WARD’S MUSIC SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN GETTING GRADUALLY QUIETER, BUT NOW HE’S HEADING BACK IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. HE TELLS STEVE BELL WHY CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A HOLIDAY.

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rom a distance, Jim Ward seems to be a confused musical soul. The former At The Drive-In guitarist and Sparta frontman has been edging towards quieter territory for some time now. The 2008 debut album West Texas from his alt-country outfit Sleepercar first fully alerted us to the serious nature of this sonic evolution, while in the few years since then he’s taken the natural next step, self-recording and releasing a string of beautiful solo acoustic EPs. Now, however, he’s combined these three solo releases – 2007’s Quiet, 2009’s In The Valley, On The Shores and this year’s The End Begins – and released them as one album, naturally titled Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins. But – and here’s where the confusion sets in – he’s also packaged these up with a further EP titled The Electric Six, which finds him playing fuller, fleshed-out versions of half-a-dozen of his acoustic songs. So is he getting quieter or louder, or both at the same time? There is, fortunately, speaking to the affable musician, method to his perceived madness. “The idea [to combine the EPs] was kind of that some people have one of the three, some people have two of the three and I think that very few people had three of the three, so I just wanted to make sure that everybody had just like a shot at hearing them all,” Ward offers from the sanctuary of his Portland, Oregon hotel, where’s he’s trying to enjoy the beginning of a vacation, a quest made more difficult by the airline losing all of his baggage. “I knew from the moment that I started the second one that it was going to be a trilogy – once I got past Quiet and started making In The Valley... then I knew that it would be a trilogy and that I would name it appropriately, so that when it came out it would make one title. So when I finished the third one a couple of months ago we decided to release it just to people on my mailing list – the people that keep up with the blog and stuff. We put that out just digitally, and then started working on the idea of releasing them all with the full packaging for the three records, and from there it just kind of snowballed. I knew I wanted to tour with the band, so Gabe [González – producer/engineer] and I just sat down and tried to pick five songs – we ended up with six – to make the electric component, and then we just went in and made the six electric songs. It was really organic and natural. It feels really good, I feel really excited about it and the reaction’s been great.” It’s testament to the songwriting that despite the relatively ad hoc nature of the full release it still manages to flow cohesively, even whilst retaining the original sequencing of the EPs. “I think it’s just dumb luck to be honest with you,” Ward continues with a laugh. “I mean I didn’t listen to one before I made the next one – that’s the honest truth. I never really listen to records after I make them unless I need to relearn a song. For the third EP that was probably the second – maybe even the third – set of songs that I wrote before I started recording. I tend to write a lot and then trash it. Like I’ve started the next Sleepercar record twice already, and I’ll get a couple of songs into it and go, ‘Agh, this isn’t right – I’m not feeling it’ or whatever. I tend to do that a lot, and then I’ll take a piece of the songs that I’ve trashed and it will become a whole new song. I guess by this point in my career I just know when I’ve got to move on. I guess it works... somewhat.” Thematically there also seems to be a consistency between the topics covered on the acoustic material, with a lot of songs seeming to reference Ward’s home in El Paso, West Texas. “I think that’s probably there,” he muses. “I started making Quiet as a gut reaction to being on tour in Sparta and sort of being in this rehearsed loud rock band with lights and crew – you know, all of that stuff that goes along with it... It was about going home and making this really quiet record in my home studio – my home studio’s now grown into a fully-fledged studio. So the whole process took place in El Paso, and I think a lot of it has to do with home, and kinda growing up.”

“The last few years I got really into Gram Parsons and he’s been one of the bigger influences of late – somebody who took rock’n’roll and country and made his own sort of bastard genre out of it – I feel like I’m on that sort of path with the bands I’ve been in, and where I’m going is a bit of a mash-up as well.”

The solo material – as well as the Sleepercar album – highlight a songwriter much more at ease with his hometown than in the early days of his career: the first At The Drive-In EP, from back in 1994, was even called Hell Paso in a thinly-veiled reference to his surroundings. “Yeah, I made that record when I was 17, and at that age you want to get away from your parents and you want to get out from the control of your school,” Ward chuckles. “I made Hell Paso probably five months after I finished high school, then you kind of go around the world and you come home and suddenly you appreciate what you’ve got. I love travelling and I love being on tour, but I love my home too.” It’s not only his attitude towards his hometown that has changed – Ward has really enjoyed delving into the quieter end of the spectrum of his music tastes in recent years. “Oh yeah, for sure,” he admits. “It’s something that we’ve said in interviews since we were very young – through all of my bands – is that I don’t see any reason why you’d limit the music that you listen to or make. In At The Drive-In when we made the [1999] Vaya EP, people said, ‘Well this doesn’t sound like [1998 album] In/ Casino/Out!’, and we said, ‘Well we don’t listen to one record all of the time – we don’t listen to one style of music, I don’t see why we have to be limited to one thing’. And I think this is the same – as you get older the styles get more drastic as you learn more and more. You just get into different stuff I guess.” And what about Sparta – will we be seeing them again now that Ward’s solo career seems to be going along so nicely? “I always say it’s just taking a nap, and that at some point it’s going to wake up,” Ward tells. “It started off as just taking a year off, and then the year turned into two and then that turned into three. But it was never meant to be a permanent stop. I wouldn’t be surprised if we were back at some stage – you play enough quiet shows and eventually you just want to turn it up. You want to have your cake and eat it too, right? I want to be able to do everything. The way the industry is now it’s not really big money or fancy or anything, but you’re able to have more control over what you do and it seems like all of my friends are happier. I know I prefer this way – you get to be in control, that’s the key.”

WHO: Jim Ward WHAT: Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins (Stop Start/EMI)

Jim Ward’s beautiful music of late is a mile removed from the frenetic punk-rock stylings of At The Drive-In where he honed his sound, and as you’d imagine has been influenced by a whole different set of protagonists. “I don’t think there’s one person necessarily – I think there’s a lot of influences,” he ponders. “As a kid I loved Billy Joel, so much as a storyteller. People always think that’s strange – assumedly because of the bands I’ve been in – but if you listen to She’s Always A Woman or Piano Man or any of those songs there’s a narrative that I’ve always admired. So as a songwriter he’s one of my favourites. But in this style of music specifically I could sit and listen to the great Neil Young concert at Massey Hall when he’s just sitting there and playing songs that aren’t even finished yet – just him and his guitar. I find that to be a real source of, I guess, inspiration. I don’t even know how young he was – he was only a kid, basically – and to see him go, ‘Okay this is a song that I’m working on’ and then to blast away with something that we know now as being legendary, but at the time he was just showing people what he wanted to do and I thought that was so cool.

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SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS DAYVE HAWK – A.K.A ONE-MAN-BAND MEMORY TAPES – TELLS CHRIS YATES HE DIDN’T EVEN REALLY UNDERSTAND A BLOG CULTURE EXISTED, UNTIL HE STARTED GETTING CONFUSING EMAILS ABOUT A GORILLA FIGHTING A BEAR.

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t’s more than just nonchalance or a disinterest in the proliferation of music blogs and the rise of Pitchfork. A self-confessed dummy on computers, Chris Yates a.k.a Memory Tapes’ initial introduction with the blogosphere came from digital crate digging. “There was a blog I was reading and he posted a lot of stuff by an artist that I liked, and I can’t honestly remember what it was,” he says, clearly straining to put a finger on it. “So he was the first guy from a blog that I ever wrote to and through that he heard my stuff and was the first one to post it. Then through that I think it got picked up by 20jazzfunkgreats and then from there it got picked up by Gorilla Vs. Bear, and from there it got picked up by Pitchfork. “At the time, I really didn’t know much about blogs. I read this one because I just stumbled across it trying to find these tracks, but I didn’t realise what a cultural thing it was. When it all started happening I was a little bit taken aback, because I started getting a ton of emails and I just didn’t realise how significant blogs were until after that all happened.” And like countless of our other contemporary indie ‘hit’ makers, Pitchfork introduced the first Memory Tapes LP Seek Magic to what can be referred to now as the masses. It’s unlikely that even without the help of the Pitchfork Machine the album would have failed to find an audience – a masterpiece of bedroom recording, it’s arguably one of the most accomplished and realised debuts of the last decade. Enter the second album Player Piano, perhaps named after the novel by the late great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr? “No, but my UK label were very thrilled when I said the record was called Player Piano because they said they loved the book, but I wasn’t actually referring to that,” he explains. “There was two things. I mean the initial idea was more because a lot of the songs are about, like a sense of dislocation or not being there emotionally, but then I also thought it worked as kind of a sarcastic thing because I actually do play everything and don’t sequence anything on my records. I feel like everybody thinks of everything as being not human, or not real or something like that. So the asshole in me thought it worked in that sarcastic way as well.” While first impressions of the new album sound happier and brighter than its predecessor, Hawk insists that’s yet another contradiction. “I think it sounds happier than Seek Magic, but it’s actually a lot darker, and that was kind of the point,” he tells. “It was supposed to be sort of a contrast. I wanted it to sound very funny, poppy, but I wanted to be singing miserable things in a happy voice.” Dayve has mentioned previously the difficulties of turning the songs on Seek Magic into something that could be performed as a live band. With performance the only real viable income for artists these days, was there a consideration made this time round during the writing process to make this easier to translate into that setting? “Well no, I actually recorded the majority of this record before Seek Magic was even released, so when I did the recordings I still hadn’t played live and I still had no intention of ever playing live!” he laughs. “This is literally just the next thing I happened to do. I’m always working, so I finished Seek Magic and then probably, honestly a couple of days later I started working on this record. I had goals that I wanted to make a different kind of record, so I changed certain aspects of what I did. But in a way it worked out because the decision I made was to try to make a more simple sort of old school poppy record which actually has been easier to translate live than Seek Magic was. It’s still difficult because you know the instrumentation is pretty weird and the arrangements are pretty dense, but it’s not as electronically focused as Seek Magic was, so it’s a little bit easier. “We actually have our first show this Friday, maybe it will work, we’ll find out then! It’s probably a lot more faithful than when I played the Seek Magic stuff live, I basically did it like a DJ set, all the songs ran together and it was all worked into a similar key and similar tempo, but these songs were so much easier to translate to other musicians, so it’s more like a normal show.” Player Piano does indeed have a very organic feel: Hawk says it wasn’t really intended that way, it’s just how it turned out due to the practicalities and the set-up of the recording. “I’m just awful with computers,” he groans. “I definitely come more from a musician background. A lot of the bands I meet on the road now, they’re kids who were graphic designers (laughs) because Photoshop and Garage Band are not dissimilar. I’m definitely more like ‘I played guitar when I was a kid’, so just playing is easier for me than programming. “I think I’d probably overcome my inability with sequencers if I thought it was a better way to do it, but the end result is different. I think programming has its place – I love certain electronic music, but I just don’t think I could do that. I’ll never be Aphex Twin, I couldn’t sit in front of a computer feeling that kind of stuff out. I’d rather just play it.” As well as still creating all his music from the comfort of his home, he also has another full-time job looking after his young daughter. Is being a bedroom musician the best job possible for a stay-at-home dad? “Yeah for sure,” Hawke chuckles. “I always tell people that as much as it is probably a little bit of a weird life for my daughter, it’s amazing because I get to spend so much time with her. She always says, ‘Daddy, you’re not like other daddies because your hair is long and you’re here all day.’ Other guys are out at the office with their short hair and I’m like some long-haired derelict lurking around the house, and that’s her father. She’ll appreciate it when she’s older hopefully!” WHO: Memory Tapes WHAT: Player Piano (Pod/Inertia)

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BEAUTIFUL THINGS FORMER PERTH LADY CATHERINE TRAICOS’ LATEST ALBUM GLORIOSA IS SETTING THE BAR FOR EXCELLENCE WITHIN AUSTRALIAN MUSIC, WRITES TONY MCMAHON.

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s singer/songwriter Catherine Traicos the best new talent this country has to offer at the moment? There was her delightful debut, Gone, as assured a first album as any in recent memory. Then there was her stunning follow up, The Amazing, which pushed the limits of the possibilities of the singer/songwriter’s art, garnering an album of the month gong in The Age and album of the year in this very publication. And now we have Gloriosa, somewhat more of a band album than Traicos’ previous work, utilising the prodigious talents of semi-supergroup The Starry Night. Drum opens with the question of whether or not Traicos felt any performance anxiety making Gloriosa. But it seems, oddly enough given what a superstar she is, that the anxiety was all about other things. “It always really comes down to my own opinion. I think that sometimes we feel anxiety because we know we can be good. I’m also convinced that we need a bit of anxiety to get us motivated. I was kind of thinking that I needed to move away from what I’d done before, particularly in the sense of getting a band together. That’s something I’ve always had stage fright with. Dealing with instruments is much easier than dealing with people. But people have been encouraging me to get others to play with me, and the band kind of formed from that.”

…AND IT HAS A SMELL. IT’S SO MUCH MORE ALIVE.”

Gloriosa was produced by Paul McKercher, who has worked with Augie March, You Am I and The Cruel Sea, just to name a few. Interestingly, though, Traicos says that it wasn’t his status as a bigtime producer that attracted her so much as some telling personal interaction. “I was studying audio production and he came and lectured us. He’s so inspiring as a lecturer. I just thought, ‘I think I might ask him to produce my next album’. I asked him how much he charged and he was way out of my price range. Then a few months later I sent him a copy of The Amazing and a few songs I was working on. He emailed me and said ‘the songs are growing on me. I’d like to work with you’. So, that’s how that happened. He was so inspiring to work with. He even came along to rehearsals: that’s just above and beyond for a producer, really.” Despite the fact the man is obviously a wealth of knowledge, Traicos reassures that he is still willing to learn. “When he was giving his lecture, he said something about how musicians should always try and avoid scraping the strings on their instruments and how much he hated that kind of thing. I kind of stood up and took issue with that and said that I thought sometimes string scrapes could add to the charm of a song, like with Elliot Smith, for example. He immediately took back what he’d just said and conceded that sometimes they can really work for a song. He’s just someone who’s constantly brushing up on his knowledge. It’s so great.” But it’s not only McKercher’s skills at the desk that were responsible for the magnificent warmth of this record. The instrumentation on Gloriosa is as well thought out as any in this writer’s recent memory, making adroit use of the delicious balance between electric and acoustic guitar, cello, pedal steel and Wurlitzer, among others. Traicos explains that there was also another decidedly old school aspect to the process. “We recorded it to tape, which was quite difficult at times. The tape machine kept overheating. But it was unbelievable how much better it sounded, how much more of a wonderful warmth it gave it. It’s going to be released on vinyl; we just got the pressings last week. So that’s exciting. Vinyl is a much more engaging experience, and it has a smell. It’s so much more alive.” This, of course, begs the question of how Traicos and her band will go about reproducing this warmth on stage. It seems that the singer/ songwriter has supreme faith in the outfit she has assembled, and that she thinks the wildly different animals of live and studio music will present no barrier. “That’s always a tough one, isn’t it? I think that recreating the studio sound comes down to that ability to have pretty sharp ears, to be able to hear stuff and to follow suggestions and to give each other helpful advice. Then, it’s like we just have to work together to create it. We did have a keyboard player who filled in a lot of the sounds that we created in the studio, but unfortunately she’s moved back to Tamworth, which is pretty sad because she was fantastic. So, we kind of mix it up a bit. I play a bit of keyboard and we have an amazing guitarist who can switch pedals really quickly.” Gloriosa is being released through Traicos’ and her manager Gawain Davies’ own independent label An Ocean Awaits Records. Traicos makes the important point that, rather than the digital age being a bad time for music, opportunities for worthwhile musicians abound verily. “Gawain and I are braving the high seas in a trusty row boat. Our first release was The Holy Sea’s Ghosts Of The Horizon and we’ve just signed The Marlon Winterbourne Movement. It’s an exciting time for everyone in the music industry at the moment and I think it’s important for independents to both realise and utilise their power. “You don’t need a big label to (eventually) have a sustainable career as a musician. If you want fame and glitz, I guess that’s a different game, but if you want to get your music out there, you can. We’re placing an emphasis on releasing albums as opposed to more commercially viable singles and EPs, largely because we personally prefer the experience of an album and believe that there are many out there who do as well.” WHO: Catherine Traicos & The Starry Night WHAT: Gloriosa (An Ocean Awaits/Fuse) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 10 August, Malt Market Bar, Dunsborough; Friday 12, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Saturday 13 The Bakery, Northbridge; Sunday 14, The Bird, Northbridge

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EXTRA FIRE THEY’RE AIMING LESS VENOM AT GOVERNMENTS ON THEIR LATEST OUTING, BUT UNEARTH STILL DELIVER MUCH VITRIOL – JUST NOT WHEN DOWNING SHOTS AND MIMICKING EDDIE VAN HALEN. BRENDAN CRABB WASHES AWAY THIS LYING WORLD WITH THE METALLERS’ FRONTMAN TREVOR PHIPPS.

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ccording to Unearth vocalist Trevor Phipps, the band’s impending return to Australia will be the Massachusetts crew’s seventh visit to our shores, but mention the upcoming Soundwave Revolution tour of which they’re a part and his enthusiasm immediately lifts. “It’s always a great place to play, but on this tour getting to see Van Halen every day will be great,” he gushes. “That’s a band we party to every single day on tour. We have what we call ‘Power Hour’ prior to going on stage, and Iron Maiden and Van Halen get us psyched up for the show, with a few shots of whiskey. They’re a huge influence, but I’ve never seen them before, so I’m pretty stoked.” Already touring veterans in this section of the world, he’s also pumped about another opportunity to preach to the unconverted. “Most bands will tell you that their first love is to play in small clubs to fans, but in a festival setting, if you can get new people to rage and get into your band, that’s what it’s all about.” Although fond of a party and some cheesy on-stage antics, Unearth has carved a reputation as a meat-and-potatoes, steadfastly reliable and uncompromising metalcore act always steering clear of trends. Fans have responded to this integrity. Phipps’ lyrics often venture into political territory, but on latest disc Darkness In The Light, he felt it was time to change things up slightly – not a practice many associate with Unearth’s career development. “Lyrically, I went to a few different places,” he explains. “There were more songs talking about personal hardship, that’s where a bunch of the lyrics came from. Others touch on politics and current events, and there are some that are more positive. It’s more personal, which is hard to put myself out there. I was able to get loads of things off my chest. I’ve grown a little tired of politics, so I went a little more personal.” When Drum enquires why he’s lost some interest in political themes, Phipps is to the point. “They’re [politicians] full of shit,” he booms. “I think most people would see eye-to-eye if people weren’t trying to pull them towards someone else’s agenda, whether left or right. I think people are more in the middle than a lot of people think. Some people may lean more towards the left or the right, but they don’t always think that way. But if one extremist tells them one thing often enough, they’ll listen. Their agenda is to get people to go to their side and keep them apart, rather than pull them together. That’s what the first track on the album, Watch It Burn, is about.” On the musical front, he’s also mighty enthused about their latest batch of songs. “I think it’s a combination of all the elements that are different on each record. It has the energy of our first album, the heaviness and melody of The Oncoming Storm, the speed of parts of III… and some of the structure of the last one. The feedback has been amazing so far; time will tell if it’s our best record. Until this point I thought The Oncoming Storm was our best record... I like each one as they all add something different. This is my personally most extreme record. I grew up as more of a hardcore vocalist, but this has more highs and lows. We just want to get better at our crafts and put out the best record we can.” The new album process also included retaining the services of famed producer, Killswitch Engage guitarist and all-round nutter Adam Dutkiewicz, who also briefly filled in on drums for Unearth in 2003. Phipps says it’s as simple as no one else understanding their sound better. “He knows us inside and out, he’s almost like another member of the band. But he’s still outside of the band, so he’s not as attached to it. Plus he’s a player – he plays a lot of instruments, has many tools and he just knows music. He has a great ear for a melody and a riff, and he’s great with guitars. Ken [Susi] and Buz [McGrath, guitarists] have great harmonies, but he’ll say, ‘Try this note instead’ and it’ll be a better harmony.” Has Dutkiewicz mellowed at all, or does his wacky side still frequently make its presence known? “He knows how to balance it,” Phipps laughs. “He’ll break out ‘Crazy Adam’ at the right time to lift the spirits, but he balances it with being pretty serious when he needs to be.” As indicated earlier, while admired for not making anything resembling a dud release in their five-album career and also for their high-intensity live shows, Unearth has been given the “reliable” tag by many critics and fans. There’s a vibe about them which suggests that while consistent performers who have attained considerable success, they almost seem content with their place in the metal world and as a result, they take few risks. Not the case, the frontman emphasises. “We have been given some critiques for not changing things up enough,” he says. “I think we have changed some things, but have kept a core sound. Pulling a 180 can really bum out your fan base. As fans of music, we know that. We know why the band got noticed, and we’ll try new things… But we know that bands like Slayer and AC/DC sound like those bands, you can tell it’s them in like the first three seconds of the song.” As for any inclination of the band not having serious aspirations to one day ascend to the top of the metal pile, perish the thought. “We’re in our tenth year as a full-time touring band. On this [album] I think we had a little extra fire. We’ve seen bands and trends come and go, and we wanted to take us to the next level and solidify our place in metal. We want to take it to the Pantera level – on the band’s own terms. Our real idols are bands like Slayer and Cannibal Corpse, who have maintained a very successful career for more than 20 years; Slayer has never been as big as Pantera, but they have had a great, lengthy career. If the band had that level of success, it’d be awesome – the band doesn’t plan on going anywhere.” WHO: Unearth WHAT: Darkness In The Light (Metal Blade/Riot!) WHEN & WHERE: Soundwave Revolution – Monday 3 October, Arena Joondalup

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LETTING GO HEARTBREAK HAS BEEN THE CATALYST FOR MANY AN ARTISTIC ENTERPRISE, AND SO IT WAS WITH THE CAT EMPIRE’S SINGER AND PERCUSSIONIST FELIX RIEBL. HE TALKS TO MICHAEL SMITH ABOUT HIS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM.

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ou hear a band and the guy out front and you assume that the music he’s making is the music he wants to make. That’s true, but then again, it isn’t. Take Felix Riebl, for instance. In The Cat Empire it’s all upbeat groove, plenty of jazz/funk/Latin crossover energy, and yet, in a way, Riebl has suggested that it is in making his debut solo album, Into The Rain, that he’s “found his voice” as a songwriter. “I think that the voice is a very personal thing,” Riebl, on the line from Athens, suggests, “and it’s something about owning it for yourself at a certain point, so it was probably quite a personal statement rather than a public one, I suppose. “It’s true that my voice has been quite distinctive with the guys, but I think with this it was the simplicity of songwriting and, I’m not sure, but it’s something about that kind of essential personal quality that I found in making this album.” Into The Rain certainly allowed Riebl to explore musical territory that he hasn’t previously explored in his band. “The Cat Empire is a very dynamic and theatrical band. I grew up with stories and music. My grandfather was an Ancient Greek and Latin teacher and used to spend a lot of time telling stories, old stories in his case. Then on my father’s side, there were classical musicians and I used to listen to a lot of classical music when I was growing up, but then there was the whole discovery of ‘70s and ‘80s rock that I just adored when I was growing up. “But I think the sense of storytelling was always really present for me in music and it’s the thing that’s always interested me and made me want to be a songwriter. I think in that sense, The Cat Empire often has a sense of place as a very, very particular style. But in this case now, writing these songs… the kinds of albums I want to make, I want all of them to have that sense of voyage from beginning to end, like an album is supposed to be, I think. At least that’s the sort of album I’m interested in and so, in terms of voice, really it’s been coming to grips with the idea that that’s the sort of music I want to write – I want to write music that tells a story – and in this case I suppose a much more personal one.”

THIS ALBUM CERTAINLY ISN’T THE RECORD I EXPECTED TO MAKE.”

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The ruling metaphor of Into The Rain is water, opening with Wide Open Rivers and finishing with My Shore, though it wasn’t something Riebl had thought about consciously, only realising it after the fact. “This album certainly isn’t the record I expected to make. It’s not an obvious high-impact kind of statement; it’s an album that really surprised me but it felt like a very genuine project when I was making it so in that sense it came out right. I mean, it wasn’t trying to define itself before it was written and in that sense, yes, it kind of revealed itself to me, moving from one place to the next.

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“Funnily enough, it was the last song written for this album, My Shore – it’s a real rock song with an outro that’s as long as the song itself – and I wrote it the night before the album was finished. As we were writing the album I knew we had something which was very definite, everything was working; it wasn’t a laboured album whatsoever. “But it was missing a last song somehow, it wasn’t quite there. On the night before the last of the band being available, I wrote that song and put together the six chords that make the turnaround at the end and expected it to just go for a few laps and then fade out, and it didn’t; it kind of took off and I was playing piano through the outro and really having a lot of fun. It was so refreshing and kind of free-flowing, and I think at that point the album had written itself and I knew I had a finished piece of work in my hands.” The voyage that became Into The Rain began just as unintentionally, while Riebl was living in Brooklyn, New York, working on an entirely different solo project, which was set aside as these very different songs started coming out – a response to a particularly traumatic break-up. “I’ve always struggled with how different the music I write is and it’s often been difficult trying to imagine songs together before you do it, but in this case I think it was a matter of not worrying about that and songs like I Won’t Know You Anymore wrote themselves early on. I actually never thought I’d use them. But then it happened that they fit this project really well and they give it a sense of dynamic range, I suppose. “Though the songs came easily, there’s a lot of pain associated with this album, I’ve got to say. It came from some pretty black times, and in that sense it’s very much an album about a very real experience, so it didn’t come easily to me at all. I mean, the writing process eventually did, but the time associated with the songs wasn’t easy at all. So the songs really related to a time and place.” And yet overall, the album doesn’t come across as a particularly dark collection of songs. In fact, there’s a certain sense of optimism at play. “I think so,” Riebl admits. “That’s one of the things that was the most fantastic thing about recording it, was this sense of almost like swimming under… I spend so much time in the city that once a year I spend three weeks at the ocean, and the first time you jump into the water, underneath the waves, it’s one of the most magic, refreshing feelings in the world. “In some ways, writing this music for me, it was that kind of experience. It’s almost like when I hit the chord for the first song for this album was almost like jumping in the water, and in the music at least, it did have that optimistic feeling of sort of letting go.” WHO: Felix Riebl

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WHAT: Into The Rain (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 27 August, Fly By Night, Fremantle

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HAPPY DAYS BLOWING MINDS WHILE ON INTERNATIONAL TOURS MIGHT BE SECOND NATURE TO THE HAPPY ENDINGS, BUT CAM FINDLAY LEARNS FROM FRONTMAN JOSH JOHNSTONE THAT IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THAT.

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he moniker ‘The Happy Endings’ might not immediately produce the image of a serious, hard-working act, but the last few years for the band have proved that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Along with the other band members (minus drummer Jason), Josh Johnstone made the move over to Melbourne to take advantage of the greater resources available in the eastern states. From there, his newly formed band exploded onto the international scene through big tours throughout Europe and the US on the back of their self-titled debut. Now The Happy Endings are back with their sophomore effort, The Greatest View From Alcatraz, full of another set of pop-rocking tracks, and are ready to make themselves known properly in Australia. The band has the pedigree to take The Happy Endings to the next level – forming as a side-project between friends from other bands, after all. “We were all mates before this side-project,” frontman Josh Johnstone explains. “We met at a barbeque as friends and sort of hung out a bit and had a jam that day. We put the band together because we got on so well. It wasn’t because we were in the same place at the same time, and we all wanted to make some money out of a band or anything. It’s good playing with your friends, that’s sort of what keeps you going.” Johnstone himself played lead guitar in Perth’s own Bordello, muchloved for their party-esque funk stylings back in the day. He had to step up to the lead singer job with The Happy Endings, a role that he was not entirely comfortable with from the start. “I guess it’s something you don’t know whether you’re going to enjoy or not until you give it a go. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really like it at first because I didn’t really rate myself as a very good singer,” Jonhstone admits. “But then I went and got some really good singing lessons from a guy here in Melbourne who’s taught everyone from Jet to The Living End, you name them. He sort of gave me the confidence with my voice to really start enjoying singing. “I think, before it was a bit like I didn’t know what was gonna happen when I went out on stage,” Johnstone says. “I would go out on stage and my voice would crap-out or I’d have an awesome gig, I just didn’t know when which one was gonna take place,” Johnstone laughs. “Once you get the confidence up, because you’ve got someone who’s telling you what you’re doing wrong, you really start thriving on it and you just can’t wait to sing.” It’s definitely a role that Johnstone has gradually settled into, with the tracks on Greatest View From Alcatraz thriving on the professional musicianship and communal tightness the band has formed since their debut. It was a long process of touring, writing and recording that allowed the members to find their place. “With the first album, it was the band that we were, which is the same line-up but it was just a writing project that we had made,” Johnstone explains. “We probably played, like, three gigs or something, and then we went into a studio and cut an album. Our musicianship was good enough that we didn’t really need to gig a heap.”

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Despite the professionalism of the band, it was the live international touring that lead to The Happy Endings finding their place in the musical landscape. “The songs developed a lot from playing live, that’s what we’ve learned from this new record,” Johnstone details. “After touring overseas and things like that, and seeing how people react to our heavier songs and the more up-tempo songs, we definitely included a lot more of that sort of stuff. And we also discovered that it’s really important to play songs live a lot before you go and record them, because once you record them they’re recorded forever. You can’t go back after four years and change a vocal melody,” Johnstone chuckles. “So we just wanted to make sure that we were exactly where we wanted to be, and that took us a few years since it’s been released, it was a good three years.” So where are The Happy Endings now, exactly? Well, after so much exhaustive touring and recording, it would be clear to see that the band now has the chance to make it big in their home country. But, as Johnstone explains, that’s not really a dealbreaker. “I’m just really happy to be getting to do what I do and release albums,” he says. “It’s just a great life and a great job. If we don’t get picked up in Australia – I would love to because it means a lot to me – but there’s a whole world out there and I just love travelling and I love making music. I’m not going to be bitter about it, I just love doing it.” It’s a stimulating point of view to have, especially when there are so many bands out there trying to break into the mainstream. It’s clear that when listening to Johnstone talk about his career, the joy and excitement override any obstacles that may surface. “I just don’t really know what else I would do,” Johnstone says, with a certain sense of modesty. “I know that everyone in the band really thrives on winning an audience over. If you’re playing to a crowd in Eastern Europe or somewhere like that, and they find out your from overseas and they want to check you out and they don’t know what they’re going to get, you want to make sure that you’re going to blow them away. I guess the excitement of that keeps you going. We’re certainly not in it for the money, but we’re in it for the fun.”

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The fun is set to continue when Johnstone returns for a few shows in his home state with the band. Asked what he’s got lined up for WA, Johnstone slightly surprises by laying out his plans to play at a few regional mines up north. “It’s an amazing experience and the people really appreciate your music as well,” Johnstone says of playing in regional communities. “They’re a bit isolated so anything’s a bonus. A big bunch of blokes who have just had a hard day down the mines, you get a few beers into them and they open up. It’s pretty cool.”

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WHO: The Happy Endings WHAT: Greatest View From Alcatraz (Independent)

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WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 11 August, Crescent Gold, Laverton; Friday 12, Civic Hotel, Inglewood; Saturday 13, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River


– STARRING IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER –

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

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AUDAGEOUS / BLACK & BLUNT / CARL FOX / DEADVENTS / DORCIA DJS / SAM PERRY / SUN CITY TEE EL & BLEND / THE PEARLY WHITES / THE SUBSTANCE / TOM DRUMMOND VS JMC

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QUALITY CONTROL

UNDER SIEGE?

IT FEELS LIKE QUITE SOMETIME BETWEEN DRINKS FOR NEW ZEALAND’S CUT OFF YOUR HANDS BUT, WITH A NEW RECORD ON THE SHELF, THEY’RE AGAIN PUTTING UP THEIR HANDS TO BE NOTICED. BY BEN PREECE.

ADELAIDE HIP HOPPER JOSEPH “VENTS” LARNDER IS STEPPING OUT OF THE SHADOW OF HIS BRETHREN WITH SECOND ALBUM MARKED FOR DEATH. HE DISCUSSES ALIGNING THE NAMES OF HIS ALBUMS WITH STEVEN SEAGAL FLICKS WITH RIP NICHOLSON.

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was coming to the end of the first album and we didn’t have a title for it,” Joseph Larnder – better known as Vents – recalls. “I remember having Foxtel on and I was watching a Seagal film and I thought, ‘cool name’. I thought I’ll call it Marked For Death after his next one. So the next one could be Out For Justice.” The second album from the Adelaide-based MC has been on the cards for several years. His first exposure on Funkoars’ 2003 LP eventually led to Obese Records releasing his debut LP Hard To Kill in 2007, placing Larnder in high regards for his lyrical waxing of social politics over the certified beats of Funkoars’ Trials. Four years later and Marked For Death has rolled out, but Larnder believes his relevance across the scene has lapsed. “Well I’m starting to realise that I’m starting again with a blank slate. You’re only as good as your last album. I really should have had it out in ‘09 but due to whatever reasons it didn’t happen,” Larnder admits. “I just stay doing what I’m good at doing. How do you stay relevant? Marketing departments I guess, I just make tunes man.”

Since the drop of Hard To Kill, Larnder had said that he didn’t even know if he’d still be a recording artist in five years time. “At the time I probably wasn’t gonna make another album. It just wasn’t a priority at all, for years, so I wasn’t lying. But I’ve come to realise, when you look around there are a lot of dudes that have been given the shot and are making a living, or at least not working and doing what I do but – forgive my arrogance – don’t have the talent that I do. I’ve got a really good deal on the table, and all I can think is, ‘What are you doing dude, what are you fucking around for? Just do it, you’re probably going to regret it one day if you don’t do it’.” Under the mentorship of Trials and both of the biggest alpha acts to come out of Australian hip hop, Vents made the jump from Obese to Golden Era, simply by keeping in step with his benefactors from hometown Adelaide.

The Hilltop Hoods’ new record label keeps business local and hands-on from the raw ingredients to the finished product. “We’ve got an office which is just around the corner form the recording studio and Debris lives two minutes away from me, I did my washing at his house last night. It’s more than just a change of letterheads. With the Obese [signing] I really went there because the Hoods and Funkoars were there. “When I met these guys there was no opportunity to have a real crack at this, so I’m really happy that they took me under their wing and now I’ve got my opportunity again through Golden Era. I’m happy that we’ve finally got a base in Adelaide. It just feels like a family you know. We’ve known each other for ten years so it’s only natural that we make music and we’re friends,” Larnder confides. But without the dynamo of Trials suiting up the sounds of a Vents record, he admits that his tenure as an MC would come to a stop. “I credit [Trials] with getting me into writing. I don’t think I’d be doing it if I hadn’t met him. So it was more of a hang-out-have-fun and a laugh. Trials is hilarious to be around and his beats are so prolific – he doesn’t make a wack beat. I think if he bailed out tomorrow from this whole thing I think I’d probably do the same. I don’t really know how to make music with anyone else.” WHO: Vents WHAT: Marked For Death (Golden Age/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Supporting Wu-Tang Clan - Sunday 7 August, Metro City, Northbridge; With Hunter & Mortar – Friday 12, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth; Saturday 13, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Sunday 14 August, The Railway Hotel, North Fremantle

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The duo, consisting of London-born Joe Attard and Swedish drifter David Andersson, have never actually revealed if it is him, but it goes some way to revealing the playful side of Punks Jump Up, who have just released a new EP Sound Chimes Pt. 1, which will eventually be proceeded by their debut LP. “The album has been a long process but it’s a labour of love that will soon emerge,” the duo correspond via email on the eve of their upcoming Australian tour. In an age where dance albums are becoming a tougher sell given the preference to download a couple of big singles and remixes rather than fork out for the full release, Punks Jump Up are confident their unique take on electro, indie and pop will take care of that. “Dance album is a tricky subject! We just don’t want to put a lot of bangers on there and call it an album. Punks Jump Up is about so much more than that. We love songs, pop songs too, club tracks, and everything in-between. We will make a good versatile album with all moods and feelings in there.” And when you listen to the variety in their tracks, which at times also have a very livesounding feel, there confidence is warranted. Another perceived by-gone of electro music these days has been the rise and fall of blog culture, something they 24 • THE DRUM MEDIA 4 AUGUST 2011

“There was a couple of times there when we were meant to have it out. It’s awesome getting back out there though, we’ve played a handful of shows [recently] and it’s been great to play a whole bunch of new stuff, they’ve been feeling great and going down really well. “We’ve been touring non-stop since the band started from about 2006 to 2009. In that time when the last album came out, we were dropped by our UK record label and then we had half the band leave and change over. Without even taking any time out, we literally flew in friends of ours who were replacing the old guys and were back on the road in a few days time. “We just got really tired. At the end of 2009, when we attempted to make the record, it would’ve been all different songs except for maybe one. But that didn’t work out for whatever reason and we felt we weren’t doing it for any other reason aside from going through the motions, so we just had a break. It wasn’t a clichéd hiatus at the time when we said we were breaking, we were just keen to not do it at all. There’s enough crap music out there, I didn’t want to contribute.” Hollow was recorded and self-produced at the Auckland home of drummer Brent Harris’ parents. They had previously recorded their 2006 debut EP here and had decided to attempt to recreate some of that magic once again. “At the end of the day, I didn’t know if there was going to be a whole bunch of people knocking down the door wanting this record to come out,” Johnston reveals. “We’ve been very surprised in the last couple of

week with the attendance at these shows, perhaps we underestimated the amount of work we put in when we were touring. We expected no one to give a shit. “It’s good to have a point of focus so that everyone can be aware of what we’re trying to do,” he continues. “It might not be a band or a genre even, it could be a specific mood or whatever we’re trying to create for each song. I’ve found that certain records – regardless of who the artist is, what their genre is or their look or whatever it is that is associated – just tend to be more influential and helpful.” And moving forward on the live front – recently witnessed by many acolytes old and new at Splendour In The Grass – you can expect something a bit different from Cut Off Your Hands. “It is a bit different,” Johnston explains. “I’m playing guitar a bit more and Mikey’s come back to play with us again so it’s the same old band we toured back then from the start. I think the energy has changed a lot – there’s still an excitement to playing, we’re definitely not twee or relaxed or anything. But it’s just different – before I was climbing on things and everything felt more violent and aggressive, but now there’s just a real groove to it and that’s a huge part of the new songs as well.”

WHO: Cut Off Your Hands WHAT: Hollow (Inertia)

TOMAS VS. FORD

ELECTRO DUO PUNKS JUMP UP HAVE A NEW EP AND PLENTY OF PARTY VIBES IN STORE FOR US WHEN THEY ROCK AMBAR THIS WEEKEND. TROY MUTTON FINDS OUT MORE. f you check English/Swedish electro duo Punks Jump Up’s MySpace page for a genre description you’ll find they consider themselves to be Dutch-pop/ Korean-pop/Spanish-pop… While it may seem strange – or stereotypically hipster – it also kinda works; the duo’s good-time party electro has always had a running indie-pop theme over bouncing 4/4 beats ever since debut EP Be You (Beep Beep) took the underground by storm. Their follow-up Dance To Our Disco even featured vocals from one mysterious Chalk Jaxon, who sounds remarkably similar to Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, better known as the enigmatic frontman from The Hives, who coincidentally showed many what it’s all about at On The Bright Side a couple of weeks back.

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ollowing something of a dream “round one” with their 2008 debut You & I, New Zealand’s Cut Off Your Hands have experienced somewhat of a slow start following up. Back in the day, they had media from around the world scrambling to lavish praise on them, and none of it has died down for their second record Hollow. “It’s great to finally have it out,” frontman Nick Johnston enthuses of the new album.

THROUGH THE MIRACLE OF TIME TRAVEL, WE SET UP DRUM WRITER TOMAS FORD WITH ELECTRO-DISCO SHOWMAN TOMAS FORD, THINKING THAT HE’D GET ALONG FAMOUSLY WITH HIMSELF. WE WERE WRONG. were heavily a part of around ’06-’07, and while they’ve noticed their recent decline as well, there’s still plenty of gems to be found. “People still check blogs and it’s a great forum, but we don’t think people still interact to it in the same way people used to do. We love the blogs though (seriously!), and we constantly check them for new inspirations and new great music. It’s still the best way.” Their main presence in blog land had been the aforementioned Dance To Our Disco, but also their prolific remix output, more often than not consisting of re-works of popular indie-pop acts such as Miike Snow and Lykki Li. “We are total suckers for a good melody so that definitely defines what songs we decide to remix. If we think we can do a good job, we’ll take it on. “For Punks Jump Up, we have to refine our sound a bit so it works within a certain dance formula, but we’re constantly looking for new sounds that rock our world.” They’re also into fashion. After people started making homemade Punks Jump Up t-shirts and wearing them to the duo’s shows, they thought, why not get cracking on their own brand? Stiff Couture was the result. “Fashion, art and music have always gone hand in hand and will always continue to do so. We are planning to reset Stiff Couture for 2012. Watch this space.” First make sure you check the merch desk at their shows for some new shirts celebrating the single Blockhead. Maybe bring some earplugs too: “[Expect] the same as we would want when we go out ourselves; party vibes, great and weird music and loudness!”

WHO: Punks Jump Up WHAT: Sound Chimes Pt. 1 (Kitsuné/Cooperative) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 5 August, Ambar, Perth

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efore we start, I think you need to apologise,” demands the voice on the other end of the line. To replicate the multi-Tomás explosion of the I Feel Dirty video, Drum has arranged for me to travel back in time fifteen minutes to interview myself. It’s taken years of R&D and millions of dollars in advertising revenue that could have probably been better spent on other things. The result is my being able to interview myself for the first time, which everybody expects will be hilarious and awesome... but it’s getting off to a very shaky start. “If you don’t apologise, I’ll just do it myself when I get to Perth.” The other Tomás is talking about when two versions of ourselves were last in the same place for the I Feel Dirty video clip shoot and I hit him in the back of the head with a chair. It was for the sake of a visual gag and I have no intention of apologising to myself. I try to change the subject. I ask about the experience of mixing a new album in Margaret River. Surely after six years of working on these recordings at home, it was a relief to be able to finish them in such a tranquil environment? I already know the answer I’m going to get. “Don’t change the subject. Apologise.” How has the live show developed? “Apologise.” Has adding video projection to the show intensified the performance or do you feel it distracts the audience? “Say it. Say sorry.” Did mixing with someone else fundamentally change the songs? “I can’t answer that until you apologise.” I Feel Dirty was written on a train home from a messy gig at The Castle. What memories do you have of that undervalued punk institution? “Say. Sorry.” This is not going well, but I know myself - both of us. The way around this apparent roadblock is to make a statement I know will get me riled. I mention how our single launch is going to feature an epic karaoke party, and how well that fits in with the gimmicky nature of our act. “No. I’m doing a karaoke party because I want to do something different and that will be a proper celebration,

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V because this has taken so long, it’s not just another gig. It’s not gimmicky. It’s going to be fun but fun doesn’t have to mean shallow. You know that. We put a lot of work into this act, there’s a lot of experience and creative rationale… why are you trying to present the show like this? Why, when I’m being interviewed by myself, do I feel like I’m talking to another journalist who thinks they are interviewing Machine Gun Fellatio?” I’m not. I’m trying to get my other self to talk, even if all I can get out of the other version of myself is selfinvolved, defensive. This is starting to worry me beyond whether I can get what I need for my article. Am I usually this much of a hostile interview? I tell the other me that I’m going to hang up. “Don’t hang up,” the other Tomás quickly interjects. “I need the press.” “OK. Let’s do I’m releasing a single, I Feel Dirty. It’s a punk rock nightmare that I’ve made into an electro track. I’m giving it away for free from my site at tomasford. com – I want to share it with people and I want them to share it with other people. For the launch, we’ve got guest karaoke singers from all kinds of Perth bands, I’m going to play a life-alteringly awesome set and after midnight it’s going to be open slather drunken karaoke. It’s going to be fun. You should come. “I’m sorry about how this has gone. It hasn’t been pleasant for either of us and I think I’m about to have to go through it from your perspective. Now, is there something you’d like to say? An apology, perhaps?” WHO: Tomas Ford WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 6 August, Ya Ya’s, Northbridge


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SINGLES/EPS

WITH CAM FINDLAY

ON THE RECORD

cd reviews

CD OF THE WEEK

SINGLE OF THE WEEK RUSSIAN WINTERS Pacific

Firestarter Pacific is a poetically forceful track, flowing through 4/4 timing with a very big, rocking sound that demonstrates how Russian Winters are easily capable of working to fire up a prime position on Perth’s alternative indie-rock mantel. While the lyrical content, revolving around moving to the beach, might seem to fit more to a Beach Boys surf-rock tune, Russian Winters have somehow made a possible summer anthem out of tough, gritty rock, rolling rhythm, pitching synth and grandly soaring guitar work (not to mention one of the more powerful uses of a horn section of late) combining with beautiful vocal harmonies. If you haven’t heard it on the WAMi compilation by now, feast your ears and get ready for much bigger things from these guys.

ESKIMO JOE

When We Were Kids Diamond Dirt/Warner The first single from Eskimo Joe’s upcoming fifth album Ghosts Of The Past, When We Were Kids is a welcome return to form for one of Freo’s finest. Built on top of a chunky, bounding bassline and some simple, clean drums, it doesn’t throw out too much to challenge the listener, but still manages to catch you with some pretty cool piano-driven hooks. Though why it’s also being released on a single-side 7” is beyond me, as the Joe should be above what seems like a stunt. Still, the kids’ll no doubt love it.

BATRIDER

Piles Of Lies Remote Control Some pretty loud and simple stuff from a band that knows it. That very Batrider-esque “brutal-meetsbeautiful” theme runs through this, the first single off of their upcoming album of the same name. Roughedup reverbed guitar plays over some chaotic snare/ cymbal blasts, with Sarah Chadwick’s distinctive twangy voice echoing through. The levels are a bit off, but it doesn’t seem like they mind too much. Nor should you as there’s some catchy noise right here.

ATMOSPHERE

BONJAH

Rhymesayers/Warner

(Lemon Tree/Shock)

Independent/Dada Records

Human relationships are analysed and dissected on Atmosphere’s latest release, with Slug taking the scalpel to the good, indifferent and evil in us all. With Erick Anderson and Nate Collis introduced on keys and guitar, their sound has also shifted almost completely toward the live instrument production model which began on When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.

Without having heard Bonjah, most music enthusiasts would be able to identify them as one of those hardworking roots bands that are constantly connecting with people the old-fashioned way, building their fan base one person at a time. Whilst this continues to be true of the APRA and AIR award-nominated Melbourne quintet, they are covering some exciting and unexpected new ground on their sophomore effort Go Go Chaos.

After forty years and much respect from locals, The Dada Tapes celebrates the 40th anniversary of Dada Records with a collection of songs from some of our town’s most lauded individuals and groups. All of the tracks have been recorded live in the Dada garage during their recent series of free, all-ages shows, and the uninhibited live-ness of the recordings shines through. It’s by no means a perfect mix, but that would completely lose the point of such a compilation.

The Family Sign

Go Go Chaos

The bulbous My Key introduces the new players with Slug stepping back to allow the instrumentation to ebb and flow through the veins of the listener. On Last To Say, he then steps into the spotlight to deal with the inherited nature of domestic violence. It is a serious beginning to a release that gathers its essence through thought provoking content. On Became, he weaves a simple story of two friends camping in the snow as the background to a thematic gamut that runs from lycanthropy all the way to addiction. The depth and darkness of the opening tracks is counteracted with Just For Show and She’s Enough, which let in just the right amount of light. Both tracks highlight the skill of the group in creating instantly recognisable hooks while providing enough lyrical weight to keep the album from drifting off course. The overt sarcasm of Bad Bad Daddy and Millennium Dodo then drifts away for what becomes a self reflective and moody album with Ain’t Nobody providing the only juxtaposition. The Family Sign is well rounded, cleverly produced and unafraid of itself in lyrical content – impressive from an act now into their third decade in a musical genre that has seen few success stories that continue to pull out great albums after their first few hits.

Leaving behind some of the stereotypical rootsy funk elements of old, Bonjah are now busy exploring how mainstream sounds and structures suit their well-honed genre skills. The change is noted from album opener Lady Listen, though as subtle tribal elements bolster the tight cymbal heavy percussion and underlying bass groove, Bonjah ascertain they’re not walking away from their roots completely – they’re just finding a more unique way of expressing their own version of it. The White Line is a rollicking foot-stomper that smashes a dirty blues guitar together with the dynamics of solid country percussion. It’s fun as hell and obviously written with a dancing, sweaty audience in mind. Something We Should Know at first channels some indie-folk leanings, though the niceties give way to thickly distorted rock guitars and the ever-creative percussion skills. The album’s title track, a spacey and morose piece which very nearly heads into electro territory, is the highlight perhaps for being the most uncharacteristically Bonjah. Take Go Go Chaos on a road trip and explore Bonjah as they themselves go on a journey of self-discovery; it’s a fabulously rewarding trip, for both the band and the listener alike.

VARIOUS

The Dada Tapes

Some of Perth’s most influential and memorable contemporary bands can be found: Seams, Mental Powers, Sonpsilo Circus, Frozen Ocean plus many more all lend something out of their back catalogue to the cause. The resulting sound is incredibly unique; you can hear the prickly guitar tones and throbbing drum fills reverberating off of the walls to the point that you actually start believing that you’re there. Some of the standout tracks include These Shipwrecks’ Diendo, which sounds totally ethereal when the bridge breaks and the various instruments start swirling around one another, and Frozen Ocean’s Drivin, where the heaving low-end and distortion brings back memories of some of The Drones’ early demo tracks. Jane Harris’ untitled piece is clearly a stopping moment, with what sounds like rain beating down on the roof, barely letting her sultry vocals break through. It has its rough moments, but that seems deliberate; Big Daddy Dada and Co. have obviously let nothing obstruct the lively authenticity of these songs. A great compilation celebrating a great institution. CAM FINDLAY

CHRIS ARCHIBALD

TYLER MCLOUGHLAN

HANDSOME FURS

THE PANDA BAND

WU TANG CLAN

Sub Pop/Inertia

Bam*Boo/MGM

Shock

Okay, I’m going to get this out of the way right from the start. What’s with the naked woman on the cover of this album? I don’t know whether it’s to make Sound Kapital appear a little more controversial than it really is, but it seems something of a gimmick. I may be being somewhat 19th century, especially as the picture is meant to be a rebellion against social prudishness in the same way the music celebrates artists that rebel against totalitarian regimes, but Dan Broeckner and wife Alexei Perry have often courted controversy with racy pics. Often this approach takes attention away from their music, which is a shame for this is a damn fine album that doesn’t need any gimmicks.

Expectation can be healthy, in small parts, but eventually it reaches a point where the question is posed – how much longer must we wait? In the case of Perth four-piece The Panda Band, it was in excess of five years, but it was worth the wait. Self described as art-tech-indie-pop, The Panda Band have been forced to overcome a number of hurdles in releasing a new album, including a Hugh Hefner-esque rotating door policy on drummers, a failed attempt to garner major label support, and building their own studio. However, the final product, Charisma Weapon, is testament to the band’s belief, and justifies the wait.

The frustration with any Wu Tang Clan album is that it’s nearly impossible to divorce it from its context. The questions we ask of these records often revolve around the dense history we and Wu share. Does your favourite member get a verse? Two verses? Three? Is the recent proliferation of ODB t-shirts relative to how much we really miss him? Who has the time to watch old kung fu movies just to get a few clumsily placed samples? When did Trife Deisel and the M.O.P. guys join Wu Tang anyway? The list of questions goes on, and that’s before we’ve even pushed play.

From the layered quirky opener We’re Almost Not Even Here to the playfully image-laden 51 Swimsuits, through to the eclectic samples and synths on A Fragment Of The Head Of A Pharaoh’s Bride and the get-out-of-your-seatand-dance, pure unadulterated pop of Where The River Rises, Charisma Weapon is the variety of a pick’n’mix bag in musical form. Whilst linked together by the constant, confident and captivating vocals of Damian Crosbie, the 11 tracks on the album are all unique. It’s this strength of diversity that shapes the album’s enduring appeal, ensuring that Charisma Weapon requires repeat listening to fully appreciate the subtleties and layers within.

Let’s break it down then. Rae and RZA are first up on the watered down, would-be block politics of Start The Show. Ghostface’s appearance on the next track Laced Cheeba is Legendary Weapons’ first punch-theair moment. That guy really is as good as your hipster cousins think he is. Okay, there’s limited space for Wu fans to hear verses from their faves and Sean Price is one of the first four rappers? Then Trife Diesel? Then we get Trife again on Diesel Fluid? And M.O.P. shows up? In a way it’s a neat trick, turning our expectations on their head and refusing to be pinned down to what we say a Wu Tang album should sound like. On the other hand it’s a bit frustrating. If I wanted to listen to Trife Diesel then I would, but for now I’m here for Wu. Hmmm.

WILCO I Might

dBpm/Rough Trade It’s a tiny bit shocking to remember that Wilco are up to their eighth album, following from Wilco (The Album), but I Might once again puts into perspective the great musical legacy the Chicago-ans have, and continue to create. It’s a jaunty, jangly track, full of marching beats, faint cymbal fills, sharp guitar breaks and a very noticeable Moog tone riding over the top of it. Whether or not you are one of those people that think Wilco have been stuck in pretty mediocre territory since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, I Might has that fun, poppy feel that should line Wilco up for another go in the international spotlight.

THE SEALS The Seals Independent If you need proof that the Perth music scene is at least attempting to grow out of perceived genre specialties, just take a look at The Seals. The unapologetic northern-suburbs bluegrass band have been carving out a hefty chunk of fanbase as of late. Their debut EP almost guarantees that you will get up and start waving your legs around with/like a crazy person. High opens up with a frenzied, orchestral hoedown with some pretty tongue-in-cheek lyrics (not for the kiddies). Watch Over You is a simple ballad of distant love made really interesting by its fast pace and tight vocal harmonies. Country Man carries a more traditional country tune, while Woman finds a line between country pub-rock and ska, once again breaking out the rapid-fire timing. Dukes Of Hazzard this ‘aint.

Sound Kapital

Inspired by the couple’s travels in Burma and Europe’s former Communist nations, former Wolf Parade man Broeckner and Perry have thrown away the guitars to craft a primarily synth-based album that sounds like an Eastern European rave in a 1950s concrete bunker meshed with old-fashioned rock anthems. Opener When I Get Back is perhaps the deepest trip into synth-pop as the couple introduce the new sound while contemplating their travels. But before we think the entire album sounds like this, second cut Damage takes off with some serious sneering rock, and its all go from there. Brilliant first single Repatriated and the snarling Cheap Music keep firing along on all cylinders with synths that sound suspiciously like guitars. But it’s the longer anthems Serve The People and What About Us that give this dark, rebellious and very listenable album a bit more grunt and way more political depth. PAUL BARBIERI

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Charisma Weapon

Labeling Charisma Weapon a pop record may be a misnomer, as it traverses the genres within songs, and across the album as a whole. It is indicative of the growth of the band over the last five years, yet also of the band’s unwavering belief in themselves. To use the band’s own words, “You must be good for something/Or else why was ya born?” TOM BRAGG

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Legendary Weapons

Too many guests. Too many yawn-worthy beats. No stand-out moments. Not enough from some of the Clan. Too much from others. It’s a mish-mash. But who are we kidding? They had us at “hello”. JAMES D’APICE


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GOMEZ @ THE ASTOR

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Those five lads who have toured this fine country joyously and successfully for over 10 years are back to play The Astor Theatre Sunday 7 August. Yes, Gomez are returning to present their new album Whatever’s On Your Mind, set for release 17 June. In another stellar Splendour sideshow, Mr’s Ball, Ottewell, Gray, Peacock and Blackburn are ready to get re-acquainted with their loyal fan contingent. The band’s seventh studio full-length release is the culmination of international file swapping between the band members who are scattered all over the Northern hemisphere these days. Back and forward beats, rhythms, lyrics and tempos spread all over the fibre optics, coming together as one of their most defined and “Gomez-sounding” records for a few releases. They’ll be supported by local lads The Ghost Hotel, fresh from a couple of big time shows of their own in the past weeks including supporting Elbow and Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanogen. Tickets from lovepolice.com.au/tours.

FRONTLASH

BACKLASH

SOUTHBOUND

MOSS MANIA

Oh my, it’s really starting to take shape now. And, oh my, we likey.

Breaking news: Kate Moss went shopping! Kate Moss was seen somewhere! Kate Moss wasn’t somewhere! Oh yeah, and her husband plays in a band, or something… Poor ol’ Jamie Hince, the human handbag.

REVEALED TREASURES As said of the Hidden Treasures festival by Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill’s Brett Crabtree, “It was so cool to see what could be if it weren’t for the street level/ suburban bureaucracy. There were fires in the street, bands jamming on the back of trucks and sold-out shows in three different bars in the one night.” What a spectacular first edition of this month long fest can’t wait til next year!

DEBT COMPARISON Unquestionably a misguided thought process, but every time we hear about the U.S. struggling with their $trillion debt we feel a just a tad better about our own personal deficits.

ABC AXING If the rumours of staff and program cuts are correct, get ready to say goodbye to Aunty Arty and hello to Uncle Average.

LAST BIG THING One Movement and now the Next Big Thing – both such immensely important structures in supporting our growing music industry, and both now dead due to pulled funding. Get along to the final NBT CD launch this Friday and buy the organisers a drink for all their hard work over the years.

DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : MAT MCHUGH (THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS): AUG 5 The Bakery

VEGAS: AUG 26 Villa

KELE, STRANGE TALK: AUG 6 Villa

LEADER CHEETAH, BELLES WILL RING: AUG 26 Amplifier; AUG 27 Mojo’s

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 UK GARAGE REUNION: TRENT C, DUANE A, RHYS D, GREG PACKER, RU-KASU, MC J RIPPA: AUG 12 Shape Bar MEZZANINE EP LAUNCH: AUG 13 The Bird BONJAH: AUG 17 Indi Bar; AUG 18 Mojo’s; AUG 19 Rock Inne Tav; AUG 20 Settlers Tavern; AUG 21 Redcliffe On The Murray RTRFM RADIOTHON OPENING PARTY: AUG 20 The Bakery EAGLE & THE WORM, THE FROWNING CLOUDS: AUG 24 Prince Of Wales; AUG 25 The Bakery; AUG 26 Mojo’s SPEAKEASY: STONEFIELD, NINA LAS

HYDE-PARKLIFE: AUG 26 Hyde Park Hotel

THE PANDA BAND: AUG 26 Rosemount Hotel; SEP 2 Players Bar RTRFM RADIOTHON CLOSING PARTY: AUG 27 The Bakery HYPERFEST: ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, ILLY, CHILDREN COLLIDE, STONEFIELD, PAPA VS. PRETTY and more: AUG 28 Midland City Workshops AMPFEST: AUG/SEPT Various + BEN SALTER: SEP 1 The Bird; SEP 2 Norfolk Basement ROTTOFEST: 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 JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS, GHOUL: SEP 23 Prince Of Wales; SEP 24 Rosemount Hotel BASTARDFEST: PSYCROPTIC, BLOOD DUSTER and more: 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) and more: SEP 25 Wellington Square GODSKITCHEN 3D: MARCO V, RICHARD DURAND, JOHN ASKEW, BEN GOLD, BINARY FINARY (LIVE): SEP 30 Metro City + OKKERVIL RIVER: OCT 12 Capitol

WAM SONG OF THE YEAR: OCT 12 Venue TBA 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 + THE JEZABELS, HEY ROSETTA!, WOLVES AT THE DOOR: NOV 4 Astor Theatre + ARCTIC MONKEYS: JAN 6 Belvoir Amphitheatre SOUTHBOUND: ARCTIC MONKEYS, ARJ BARKER, FLEET FOXES, THE JEZABELS, CRYSTAL CASTLES 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

OH SNAP 1ST B’DAY Black Bettys, Northbridge 28/07/11

In the changing landscape of the Perth music scene, the last year has scene a plethora of new venues emerging with nightly offerings of high quality original live music. Of the most significant of these is Oh Snap, the first of this scale for the punk, hardcore and metal community in Perth. Residing at Black Betty’s on Thursday nights, the casual observer can bear witness to huge lines winding along Aberdeen St week after week, and despite the terrible weather tonight’s one-year anniversary was no different. Opening the festivities were In League with an agreeable performance. Credit must be giving for playing three new tracks, even if they weren’t perhaps as comfortable with them as older material. As a whole, despite not being in their finest form, the Oh Snap veterans incited plenty of energy in the room. Traveling over from Melbourne after recording their debut album in the US, The Rose Line followed with a set in a similar vein to their

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predecessors despite the occasional transition to some progressive flourishes that certainly enriched their set. A particularly animated bassist and impulsive drummer enhanced the already solid performance from a promising metal act. After some dramatic line-up changes, the super talented We Are The Emergency have returned with a matured sound that this scribe had the pleasure of witnessing for the first time in its current form. The depth and energy, crowd “interaction” and more evenly shared vocal duties of the primarily newer material including Ink Well Paper Stain and Between The Places We Belong ensured the set was nothing short of amazing. Amidst crowd surfers and the paper attire the band donned, the six-piece showed off their superior songwriting ability in a much more comfortable, unyielding performance than previous exposures that was all the more heavy thanks to its tight, precise delivery. Proving an impossible act to follow, Tonight Alive closed the evening in a performance that was enjoyed by the fans if not a little too much of a Paramore tribute for the uninitiated. Bring on the next year! LUKE BUTCHER THE DRUM MEDIA 4 AUGUST 2011 • 29


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BELLE OF THE BALL

FEEDBACK GIGNITION Swan Basement, North Fremantle 31/07/11

BEYOND NEVER BY ROSS VAUGHN

BATTLEFEST II

Like Tom Hanks once sagely advised, Gignition is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you’re going to get. The Paul Mandelt Trio confirmed this by taking to the stage as four piece; later becoming five as an interloper snuck on to provide extra tambourine and maracas. The man Mandelt himself appeared extremely comfortable onstage. So natural in fact, he might’ve been playing your mate’s lounge, or even a Bondi beach hut in deepest summer. Waves of breezy organ work suited his easy rockers down to the ground, as did the energy of his compadres with the main man’s affable, everyman charisma; exuding an overall chemistry that suggests they’ll enjoy playing many more gigs together. Opening their set with some stalking, Link Wray-inspired guitar riffs, brooding bass and sporadic pyscho-roars, it came as a bit of surprise when Head Full Of Steam settled down into less overtly murderous material. Their colourless stage attire - excluding the drummer’s white T, it was all black – suggested they wanted nothing to distract from their music. Edgy, acerbic, sneery; they presented stripped-back rock. No extra flab, no frills; no guitar pedals even. Clearly intent on perfecting an intense, nihilist sound; the schizophrenic vocals that piqued Devil Train Blues nonetheless hint that the harder they push the “extreme” button, the greater rewards they’ll reap. It can only be a metal band setting up when the drummer has to employ seven different cymbals; intricately arranged like UFOs in close formation. Law Of Attraction presented a fairly familiar angst-metal that usually finds a good foothold in the youth market, and boy do the band themselves seem ready for it. Technically adept without being too showy, they balanced the violent and delicate passages very smoothly whilst producing an impressively physical performance. The Swan Basement stage seemed much, much too small for them; particularly for the bass player whose savage backing screams typically usurped the singer. With a very able, commanding show; Law Of Attraction may only be one genius idea away from whipping up a storm of serious attention.

DARKWAVE

The Civic Hotel hosted an extravaganza of a gig last Saturday with 11 bands taking the stage during Battlefest II. Taking on the rain and cold weather, patrons still showed in support for the many bands and styles the show held… and to see the Dockers get thrashed. Starting the attack were Chainsaw Abortion, who spared no time getting everyone’s blood flowing with heavy guitars for an immensely tight set. The sway of styles changed as randomly as the weather, with bands like Devastator and Meridian producing some insane tracks and keeping the night’s feel up to expectation. The support that made it down were treated to international act Monsters In Living Flesh at the halfway mark of this 10-hour event. The Singaporean metal junkies blazed the stage and showed the crowd how they shred overseas, an enjoyable performance that upped the standards as we entered the second half of the fest. Cloaked and menacing new and mysterious Perth group Beyond Never produce a new and original vibe. Starting the set with an eerie track called 1000 Years, front man Avarice stared intensely, raising onlookers’ neck hairs. Delivering an array of tracks that each represented a different style and deadly sin, they showed an amazing versatility, without losing their new sound. Ill Vision followed with a fast paced trashy set that displayed brutal vocals and a severely energetic rhythm section. The ominous Red Descending added a slow, growly, and melodic spin to the night, while Enforce entertained with a more racy array of songs. Prisoners Of Faith blew minds with their unique Viking style rock and the release of the Battle For Blood single. The powerful vocals of lead singer Michel got the audience revved up and eager to sing along. Guitarists Voorn and organiser McCurdy absolutely shredded during the melodic and uplifting Convict. Following an impressive performance from well-known Perth black metal band Mhorgl, drummer Louis Rando stayed on stage to smash the kit with headliners Psychonaut. The self-proclaimed 1000% Australian metal drew the night to a close, bringing a tasty set and huge sound. For what could have been a fail of a day due to quickly onset winds and random rain, Double Denim productions put together a great show that provoked the most hardcore metal heads to battle the elements in order to support the local scene. True commitment.

The darker side of Perth music came out in full force tonight for a spectacular showcase of some of the more sonically experimental and powerful sounds out and about at the moment. Born On The Bayou opened the night with a rocking and rolling setlist of some very Dio- and Motley Crue-esque tracks. Metal drone and grunge riffs done right from a bunch of guys who looked like they just wanted to have fun, and who could blame them? Shock Octopus then took to the side-stage, complete with intense and forceful vocal melodies, effective guitar/synth harmonizing and more than a little medieval-style operatic subject matter. Next up, The Silent World unfurled a deep, swampy shoegaze-meets-post-rock sound that got a few of the audience members very excited. Powerful three-way guitar riffs and pounding drum fills, plus the obligatory time change, impressed. The Frighteners garnered a group of excited fans for their set, swinging between some very potent pop-rock anthems and a few slower tracks, utilising a tight rhythm and some pretty good musicianship. Like Junk exuded a lot of charisma through their jarring yet catchy three-piece rock out; the members all bringing their best to a fun, if a little flat, set. Zeks came out with a set of songs that are becoming pretty well-known around Perth, built up on a tough, math-y proto-punk edge, complete with severe vocals and unorthodox entertainment. Michael Strong & The Ghost Anyway proved a definite highlight of the night, with Strong’s heartbreaking voice mingling with a dark, heavy country-folk band that, given the theme of the night, really pushed the dark edge of their music. Fear Of Comedy shook things up with a very entertaining set of goth-infused rock’n’roll. Punchy riffs punctuated the set, with the songs sometimes relying too much on distortion and noise, but the showmanship on stage more than made up for it. Finally, heroes of the night Heytesburg proved what Darkwave was all about; a tumultuous set of drone-heavy, grungy rock songs that shook the foundations of The Bakery. A top night with some top bands, ironically ended off with smiles on the faces of punters, despite the darkness experienced.

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As part of the Winter Arts Season, the City Of Perth and New Edition Bookshop in Northbridge present The Lonely Brothers. With two albums to their name, The Lonely Brothers combine folk sounds with gypsy hobo rhythms, jazz and chamber music. Come and enjoy their performance in an intimate bookstore setting from 4pm, Saturday 6 August.

FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS

ALL AGES AND YOUTH NEWS WITH SCARLETT STEVENS In the lead-up to Hyperfest, the Hyper team have been running a series of workshops at the Midland Gate Shopping centre, with its last installment happening tonight. Hanging out at a shopping centre for Thursday late-night shopping has never looked so promising with an action packed line-up scheduled for the workshop finale. Zombie Infestation: Midland Gate Is An Infected Zone will see Stagecraft makeup artists who have worked with FTI (Fremantle Film & Television Institute) and polytechnic TAFE provide an interactive zombie makeup tutorial. Youngsters will get the chance to contribute to the ’Home Is Where The Heart Is’ photo booth exhibition with help from up-and-coming photographers who’ve teamed up with young people who have survived the experience. The program so far has had great impact in exposing the scale of WA youth homelessness by raising awareness through the camera lens. Under the program My (Stenciled/ Screen-printed/Painted) Bags & Shoes Are Better Than Yours, professional artist Campbell Whyte will conduct an urban art workshop where you can pick up a new pair of shoes and screenprint, stencil or paint them to your liking.

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THE YOUNG ONES

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Saturday 6 August sees the (hopefully) triumphant return of The Belle Ends, and they’re planning one hell of a show at the Norfolk Basement in Fremantle from 8pm. They’ll be joined by some mighty fine folks in the form of The Wishers and Patient Little Sister, with DJ Scott Ink filling any lengthy gaps between/before/after the bands.

The actual Hyperfest line-up has just gotten hotter with the addition of triple j Unearthed High winners, Stonefield. The sister act out of country Victoria have gone onto achieve wonderful things since their Unearthed score in 2010, playing a string of sold-out headliner shows in Melbourne followed by a stand-out performance at the prominent Glastonbury festival in the UK. Their national tour with the Kaiser Chiefs and Papa Vs. Pretty kicks off this month, ending up in Perth where the four-piece will join Architecture In Helsinki, Children Collide, Illy, Split Seconds, In League, The Brow Horn Orchestra, San Cisco, Surrender, Antonio Paul and The Stoops for Hyperfest. The festival will be further firing things up this year with the addition of dance and MC comps, DJs, market stalls and the Silent Disco. Hyperfest goes down Sunday 28 August at the Midland Railway Workshops in Midland. In some sadder news for the under-agers, Southbound 2012 will be 18+ only, after being an ALL-AGES affair the past few years, which is a tad unfortunate given the awesome acts like Arctic Monkeys, Crystal Castles and Fleet Foxes on offer… Cross those fingers there’ll be some all-ages sideshows!

RANDA & THE SOUL KINGDOM

RANDA SOUL SUGAR First Friday of every month at Devilles Pad, Soul Sugar is a night of funk, soul, latin, afro and jazz music. Featuring a live band and select DJs each month, this is one of Perth’s premiere nights out. Friday 5 August sees the return of one of Perth’s great live funk exports: Randa & The Soul Kingdom, fresh off the plane from Melbourne. $10 on the door.

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As always, YMCA HQ in Leederville has a whole bunch of ALL-AGES shows coming up catering to the punk-rockers amongst us – with a bit for the ravers too! From 6pm Friday 5 August catch Cupid Falls, The Main Attraction, The Take Over, Second Chance Lucky and After Party for $5. The following day HQ plays host to Prevelance, for those keen on some happy hardcore/hardstyle dancing, featuring Melbourne’s DJ EM, Splinta, Jason V, Rinski, Grin and Rousa. Tuesday 30 August sees Michigan, USA metalcore kids For The Fallen Dreams, with support from Sydney’s Sienna Skies and Hand Of Mercy, tickets through Oztix. If you have any all ages gigs, events or news you would like published in The Young Ones please email me at scarlett.theyoungones@gmail so I can give them a plug!


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THE BROWN STUDY BAND LIBBY HAMMER

MOUNT CLARE In the depths of winter, the weekends are heating up at the under-new-management Claremont Hotel. Thank God Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friday hits Friday 29 July with live jazz from Libby Hammer from 5pm. The following day sees the return of some legends of the Perth music scene in The Zydecats, playing every Saturday night for a few more weeks.

CRY WOLVES

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Mina is the second single from Wolvesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upcoming album Thieves & Lovers, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll test it out supporting Floatingme Thursday 4 August, Prince Of Wales; Friday 5, Players Bar; Saturday 6, Rosemount Hotel; and Sunday 7 at Indi Bar. 2011 is only getting bigger with a national support for Dead Letter Circus going full steam ahead later in the year.

Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows are finally saying goodbye to the recording studio after a long time laying down tracks for a new CD. Joe and the band will be bringing their new sound to Waterside Restaurant, Mandurah, Thursday 4; The Charles Hotel, Friday 5; Grand Boulevard Tavern, Saturday 6; and Cardiff Hall, Collie, Sunday 7.

STRAIGHT FOR THE JUGULAR

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The Jugular Collective are hosting another Thursday open mic night at Fly By Night tonight, filled with art, comedy and live music to soothe the soul. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an eclectic mix, and definitely something for everyone, with punkers Agitated, acoustic duo The Lucid Piranha, folk musos The Silent Minute, jazz singer Tiaryn Griggs, solostress Olivia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, Melbourne comedian Rand Dandles and electro duo Mulder.

Aussie rock legend and writer of Eagle Rock, Ross Wilson will be in town August for a couple of private shows, but you can catch him at Friends Restaurant Sunday 7 August belting out all his favourites written during his time in such classic Ausâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; acts such as Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock. Bookings essential, contact Friends on 9221 0885 for cuisine and concert price of $135.

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THE LOVE JUNKIES

NEW BIG THING CD WAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s richest original music competition Next Big Thing will sadly not be running in 2011, but it lives on in the form of the 2010 NBT CD compilation, featuring 14 recordings by the 2010 heat winners. The CD is also dedicated to two close friends and contributors to NBT that sadly passed away in the last year, and will be launched with a massive show at Amplifier Friday 5 August. On hand to celebrate the CD will be previous entrants The Brow Horn Orchestra, James Teague (with band), The Love Junkies, The Brown Study Band and Jonny Taylor, $12 from 8pm.

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HARD FOCUS SPOTLIGHTING PERTH’S LOCAL HEAVY SCENE, WITH CLAYTON MITCHELL

HARD NEWS What starts with A and ends with -wesome. That’s right, it’s August. Need I say more? Well I probably should. This month is filled with an array of gigs and some very, very exciting releases. Starting off, The MDC are all set to unload their debut EP Heartbreaker at The Rocket Room Friday 5 August with support from The Spitfires and recent releasers The FAIM! Project. On the flipside, for the heavier chasers, this night will also play host to Reflections Of Ruin releasing their debut EP at the Civic Backroom, with Vanity headlining and plenty of tasty guests, sure to make an insane night. The following weekend we have yet another clash of releases, though two totally different genres. On August 12 Stillwater Giants will be down at The Bakery releasing an EP while Devour The Martyr will be doing the same at the Amplifier Bar. Joining them during this release fiesta is Double Dragon (SA) unleashing their single, and Claim The Throne headlining with their DVD shoot and kick-off for their huge NZ and Australian tour. The Bird is also revved up and raring to go on Friday 13 August when unique rockers Mezzanine release the EP Novella with support from Stereoflower and Kill Teen Angst. Chaos Devine have then locked in a show at Amps August 19 to help celebrate Red Descending’s follow-up album Kingdoms, the bands first release since 2008’s Where Dreams Come To Die. With all the CD fever and original music hitting the scene, Perth reviewers have their work cut out for them… ‘Bring it on’ I say.

THE BLAZIN’ ENTRAILS

BAND FOCUS As always we’ve chosen some local talent to put the Hard Focus on and The Blazin’ Entrails is a great example of the off kilter and original talent that Perth holds. When I first saw these guys I was thoroughly impressed with the way a three-piece could create such a huge and full sound, from the look all the way to the feel, this band oozed confidence and didn’t skip a beat in putting out the kind of music they wanted. Speaking with Lee Reader, double bass bandit, I

REFLECTIONS OF RUIN was told of the band’s formation and the success of the prior self-titled EP and the release of the new album now available in many stores and online. The Blazers have been on the scene for some time now and have developed quite a name for themselves. Although not everyone’s cup of tea, they take immense pleasure in knowing that they are doing what they love, and everyone that has seen them live knows the presence and sound of this band to be as unique as the sun is hot. Mid-July saw the psychobilly three-piece launch their second CD Los Barstos to the public at The Rocket Room, selling out the venue and absolutely melting the patrons with their southern rockabilly stylings. Following up, this month will see them travelling to the east coast for a tour, including a few shows with Chainsaw Hookers in support of Mad Sin (GER) and also rocking out at Greazefest. So if you haven’t heard of this band get online, crank some tracks and head down to see a show, it’s time to get your hillbilly on! But don’t jump your sister… Taking it from beatnik to brutal, we present metalcore band Reflections Of Ruin, a relatively new addition to Perth’s steadily growing metal scene. As mentioned above, this melodic, dark unit will be releasing their debut EP at the Civic Hotel Backroom on Friday 5 August, the five band line-up also including Vanity, Resistance, Adrift and The Ascent, and all through the door will also receive a free EP. The tracks have a lot put into them, great stops and feel throughout, and you could easily see and hear the amount of work that was involved in every track. Dystopian, a track from this weekend’s release, jumped out instantly with its deliberately gappy and full-on intro into a hasty paced and driven epic. The layering and breakdowns are greatly performed and keep you wanting more. Serpents has a lot more medium tempo and chunky riffs, while keeping pace with it’s fast undertones and lead. The imagination in these tracks is incredible, and if I could understand the vocals, I’m guessing they would be well written, just as they are performed. If ROR have a live sound anything like their CD, then all who attend may never walk again – I foresee necks snapping like twigs in a hurricane. You can see all featured artists, tracks and more on our Facebook page, and if you would like us to look at your band, know your shows and help support the mass talent of WA then hit us up at hardfocusperth@gmail.com.

CAUTIOUS HORSEMEN

FOUR HORSEMEN Severe weather warnings don’t stop Toasty Thursdays from rocking away the winter blues. On Thursday 4 August, the Norfolk Basement will welcome local lads Cautious Horsemen and their unique style of pop-folk blends supported by the stoner psych-rock sounds of Deep River Collective. $8 from 8pm.

JAZZ JELONEK Friday 5 August the Ellington Jazz Club plays host to a huge double header, with pianist and composter Vaz Jelonek from 6pm, followed by Jomie Oehlers’ Blowfish with Allira Wilson. Jelonek returns to Perth Jazz after almost twenty years in New York City involved in various jazz projects, while Oehlers brings his seven-piece band to the fore with Wilson’s vocal talents backing him up.

MINUTE MEN After a very short hiatus, Minute 36 are back with an improved line-up which now includes a new drummer and keyboard player. The creepy rock trio visit L’attitude 28, Geraldton Friday 5 August; Manhattan’s, Saturday 6; Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra Sunday 7; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury Friday 12; and The White Star Hotel, Albany Saturday 13, plus they play the RTRFM Radiothon Closing Party Saturday 27 August.

SINGLE STORY

APRICOT RAIL

RELEASING THEIR LATEST SINGLE SURRY HILLS THIS WEEKEND, JACK QUIRK FROM APRICOT RAIL GIVES US THE STORY BEHIND THE TUNE.

THE WOODS Pop-rockers Hundred Acre Wood launch their My Heart Bleeds EP Friday 5 August at Rosemount Hotel, supported by Tracksuit, The Windy City (South Africa) and Boston & Chevy. Tickets $13 through Heatseeker, $15 door. The youngblooded retro rockers are reminiscent of such acts as Weezer, Ben Folds, and Crowded House, while maintaining a progressive, danceable style all of their own.

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The song basically grew from a couple of chords I’d been playing around with just after we’d launched the last album. It also coincided with an enjoyable trip to Sydney, a comedian friend of mine and myself went over and slept on the floor in a place with some friends who live there now. I had a basic structure and a few nonsensical lyrics referencing an old nursery rhyme. Not surprisingly they didn’t last long but the song name remained. Mayuka added her flute part and we played it live, just the two of us, before the rest of the band started adding parts. The song was recorded piecemeal after ideas thrown around at jam sessions. As in a lot of our songs we’ve tried to marry some electronic elements to our guitarbased sound. In the near future for the ‘Rail is the recording of our second studio album at the end of 2011/ beginning of 2012, to be released later in that year. WHAT: Surry Hills (Hidden Shoal)

After showcasing some songs from his new album Under The Influence on the recent Joe Cocker/George Thorogood Tour, Diesel is celebrating his 25th Anniversary in music and that album. Catch him Tuesday 9 August at Friends Restaurant, East Perth (solo); Wednesday 10 at The Icon, Karratha (solo); Thursday 11 at the Grand Boulevard Tavern, Joondalup; and Saturday 13 at Charles Hotel, North Perth. Tickets through BOCs.

Saturday 6 August sees a Power Prognosis going down at The Railway Hotel in North Fremantle, tickets $10. It’s a night of prog and metal featuring relatively new group Morphica, prog-metal up-and-comers Bend The Sky and Caprycon, Perth metal torchbearers Prisoners Of Faith and metal powerforce Silent Knight.

ROCKET TO NEWPORT

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HUNDRED ACRE WOOD

POWER UP

WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 6 August, The Bakery, Northbridge

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It’s been a while since Betty Bombshell and her stompin’ Rockets have come out to play in Freo, but on Sunday 7 August Rocket To Memphis will be bringing their unique voodoo rock’n’roll to the Newport Hotel, with tunes from their latest album Jungle Juice, plus some brand new tunes too. In keeping with the Jungle vibe, Coconut Boombox will be kicking this off for free at 7pm.

MAKIN’ JAM Thursday 4 August sees the Drum-presented Jammin! round 7 continuing at Ya Ya’s. First prize of 200 copies of the winner’s very own 7” vinyl record pressed by Beatroute Records is at stake. This Thursday sees Hurricane Fighter Plane, Petrashevsky Circle, The Prevue’s and Burst & Bloom take the stage. Free from 8pm.

AMP IT UP The 2011 Ampfest band competition fires up next Friday 5 August, with Heat One at St Oswald’s Church in Swanbourne for the opportunity to play in the final Saturday 3 September at the Octagon Theatre alongside Tim & Jean, along with over $10,000 worth of prizes. Heat One features Tiana Dawson, Emberville, Hand Stands For Ants, The Shallows and Patient Little Sister. All events are free and ALL-AGES.

CITY OF RUIN Local rockers Reflections Of Ruin are releasing their EP Friday 5 August with a massive show at The Civic Hotel. Entry is $10 and everyone through the door will get a free copy. They’ve also invited good friends Adrift, The Ascent, Resistance and Vanity to help them celebrate this long-awaited release.


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THE MDC

THE MDC Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day one to now: The band was an idea I (Richard Stagg, vocals) had a while back… years and years really when I think about it. I love bands from back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, who had real charisma, stage presence and excellent songwriting ability, and I always wanted to be a frontman for a band like that. The bands I played guitar in were more ‘modern’ sounding bands, and I wanted more from my music. MORE! So eventually, when I had practiced enough and was no longer shit at singing, I assembled what was essentially my ‘all stars’ of blokes I have played with over my years, laid down some tracks and told them how it was gonna go down, and the rest is history. Tell us about your release: Our debut record is called Heartbreaker! – a five track EP that gives a good slice of what we are all about – catchy tunes, energetic rock’n’roll and a little bit of class. Everyone will love it. How did you go about recording it? It was recorded with Tristan Sturmer at DarkHillAudio studios early last year. One or two songs were inspired while I was in Liverpool, but the rest were literally written in my head while driving to the studio. Probably adds to the sense of urgency and the lack of over-writing, less complicated and more straight-to-the-point party time. Tell us about your launch party: It’s gonna rule. Rocket Room had better watch out. The EP will be available on the night. Supports come from legends The Spitfires, as well as The FAIM Project and Delusions Of Grandeur. Also, Voodoo Lounge is upstairs so the party don’t stop any time soon! What’s next for your band? We are in the process of writing a full length that will knock your socks off, and shopping it around before putting something really special on tape. Lock up your mums. WHAT: Heartbreaker! (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 5 August, Rocket Room, Northbridge

RYAN WEBB & THE METHOD

WEBB SLINGIN’ Before heading into hibernation for a period of writing and recording for their forthcoming second album, Ryan Webb & The Method have some shows this week. Firstly, Ryan performs solo Thursday 4 August (Siobny CD Launch at Mojo’s Bar) and Friday 5, with The Polly Medlen Band and Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, at The Quindanning Inne. Then Monday 8 he plays the Grey Man Charity Event at the Civic Hotel, with Downsyde, FDEL, Jack & Jill, DJ INFX and a very special guest.

NELSON MUNTZ As part of Ellington Jazz Club’s continuing series of concerts celebrating the jazz greats, WAYJO salutes Oliver Nelson, the jazz composer who knew how to turn his listeners on, Thursday 4 August. As complex as contemporaries like Quincy Jones and King Curtis, Nelson also created sounds that audiences loved, for names like James Brown, Diana Ross and The Temptations. $7-$15 from ellingtonjazz.com.au.

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WINTER IN RUSSIA After a mad two gigs supporting Split Seconds last week, Russian Winters’ flow of return shows continues. This Thursday 4 August they play The Mustang Bar with Those Wretched Horses and Alex Arpino from Autumn Isles, before more shows next week. The Winters’ new single, Pacific, is a free download out now and their debut album will be launched in October.

MARRVEL COMICS One of the most sought after acts in the Melbourne blues scene, Andrea Marr and her band have headlined festivals around Australia with their brand of high energy, sassy, soulful, original blues. In 2010 Andrea was signed to Chicagobased blues label Blue Skunk Music, and her album was released in the US to rave reviews. She plays the free Sunday@subi concert at Subiaco Arts Centre from 2pm.

OPEN YOUR MIND Sunday 7 August sees Murdoch University’s Open Your Mind Day to help those attending map out their future at Murdoch. Live music from up-and-coming WA acts San Cisco, The Brow Horn Orchestra and Split Seconds lightens things up from 1pm. The free entertainment also includes rides, bouncy castles, simulator and chill out zones, plus all the info for those diving into University.

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FLOATING ON Sydney prog-rockers Floatingme have announced a new tour this July, and they’re headed west for the first time. Thursday 4 August they play Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Friday 5 Players Bar, Mandurah; Saturday 6 Rosemount Hotel, North Perth; and Sunday 7 Indi Bar, Scarborough. They’re joined on all shows by up’n’comers Wolves, who are on the verge of their debut album release as well.

THE FALL OF MAN

FALLING MAN Formed last year as a bit of fun between mutual friends, The Fall Of Man have developed a sound that will make you bang your head and go crazy. With a mix of thrash, progressive and death metal, they deliver killer guitars, blistering drums, and a vocal barrage akin to Lamb Of God and Arch Enemy. Catch them Sunday 7 August at Drum’s Gignition at the Swan Basement, North Fremantle, $5 from 5pm.

BACK 2 BEATLES Six of Australasia’s greatest rock frontmen perform two Beatles’ masterpieces live on stage when The Beatles Back2Back hits the Perth Convention Centre Sunday 7 August, tickets through Ticketek. Pitting Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road against each other is a tall task indeed, but with the backing of a 17-piece band, Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors), Irwin Thomas (Southern Sons/John Farnham), Jon Toogood (Shihad), Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc), Dean McGrath (Hungry Kids Of Hungary) and Tim Morrison (Trial Kennedy) are feeling confident, and will tackle both albums in their entirety. 34 • THE DRUM MEDIA 4 AUGUST 2011

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HOPE & RAY Direct from Melbourne, Hope Addicts and singer/ songwriter Lindsay Phillips team up for a tour of Perth as each release a new single from their respective forthcoming LPs, joined by Sue Ray from Brisbane. They are also joined by Kill Devil Hills’ violinist Alex Archer. Friday 5 August they play X-Wray Café; Saturday 6 Mojo’s with Kill Devil Hills; and Sunday 7 The Bird.

FLOATING GIANTS Yet another big support slot for Sleeping Giant… After having already supported Helmet and Raise The Flag, Sleeping Giant get set for another big one, this time supporting Floating Me at the Rosemount Hotel, Saturday 5 August. They’re on stage early with local kids Wolves, so bring your drinkin’ shoes.

UP & AWAY Fresh from recording their follow up EP to Away From The World, Arkayan play the Civic Hotel Friday 5 August with Ashoka, Born Of The Bayou and Foulplay. Entry is $8 and doors open 8pm. Arkayan have some CDs to give away to those people willing to come up to the merch table thoughout the night and profess their love for penguins. All other people will have to pay $10.

GHOST N STUFF MAT MCHUGH

NO STOPPING Having left The Beautiful Girls behind and taken off on a global adventure alone, Mat McHugh is not so much reinventing himself as he is rediscovering. It began with a theatre tour across the States and into Canada with fellow troubadour John Butler. He’s since recorded his solo EP Go Don’t Stop, and he’s bringing the release Friday 5 August, playing The Bakery, Northbridge. $20 plus BF from nowbaking.com.au.

Fresh from supporting Elbow last week, The Ghost Hotel will be taking on a Sunday afternoon residency at The Bird in Northbridge throughout August to help warm your winters. The band will be joined by special guests The Jayco Brothers this Sunday 7 August. Entry to all the residency shows are free, and run from 2-5pm. This week they’ll run straight from The Bird to the Astor to support Gomez.

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EMPIRE OF THE SUN Well-established, dynamic blues power trio Empire Blues, whose primary influences come from the British Blues invasion of the ‘60s, will be headlining at the Fremantle Blues’n’Roots Club, Wednesday 10 August. Formed in 2005, the band features prominent WA Blues musicians Andrew McIlroy, Alan Dawson and Gavin Kerr. High-energy electric blues is very much the staple of the band.

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Alternative metal act Law Of Attraction are preparing to launch their debut EP in September, and have started gigging with new vocalist Pete Knot. This local outfit fall into the category of alternative metal or more accurately; post-modern metal. After rocking the Swan Hotel for two shows last weekend they play the Civic Den Saturday 6 August with Level Seven, Between Oceans and Super Games, $10 from 8pm.

WAM UPDATE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS WITH JUSTINE THORNLEY

KISS MY CAMERA While Jordan Shields’ ‘The Life of Riley’ won the 2011 Kiss My Camera grand prize, there’s still chance to have your say on the public voted award! Check 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 Sunday 7 August. For more information, visit wam.asn.au/kissmycamera.

NETWORKING & PITCHING YOUR MUSIC If you bumped into a high profile music industry person, could you summarise your act and make a good impression in under 15 seconds? Are you using the networking and conference opportunities available to your full advantage? Join Sounds Australia Export Music Producer Millie Millgate to cover all this and more at the next WAM Workshop - Monday 8 August from 6pm. Entry is $5 non members, or FREE for WAM members who RSVP by Friday 5 August. WAM members (and those joining at registration) can also RSVP for a oneon-one 30-minute mentoring session with Millie the following day. Visit wam.asn.au/workshops for details and to register for this exclusive event - or call 9227 7962.

WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU? “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” – Leo Tolstoy. Helping WA artists of all ages and all genres get their music played or heard is WAM – your not for profit music association, existing to develop the WA contemporary music industry. 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 and join today.

RAINY DAY WOMEN

RELEASING THEIR LATEST SINGLE IF THIS WEEKEND, RAINY DAY WOMEN’S DYLAN OLLIVIERRE GIVES US THE STORY OF THE SONG. The song came from a chaotic jam session in our rehearsal warehouse. Occasionally when nothing is breaking as far as song writing, we will play the most out-of-key and stupid thing that comes to mind – inspired by the YouTube phenomenon ‘Shreds’. I’ve been amazed at how many times this process will spark ideas that lead to good songs. If was intended to be a carefree kind of song all about groove. I wrote the lyrics when I was on holiday in Vietnam with my girlfriend at the time. On a bus ride, I remember looking at a massive storm approaching and imagining an apocalypse. The idea of life ending really put the trivial feud we were having at the time into perspective. It was quite a challenge fitting all the idea’s I had into a three-and-a-half minute pop song, and a lot of it ended up getting cut for the sake of the song’s flow. We tracked the song with Brian Mitra at Fremantle Recording Studios in just over a day, then it was mixed by Andy Lawson and sent to Sydney for mastering with Steve Smart at 301. The track sounds nice and big but still raw enough for my liking. We had a bit of spare time in the studio to track an acoustic b-side, which is also on the single. WHAT: If (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 5 August, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle 36 • THE DRUM MEDIA 4 AUGUST 2011

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EMBERS BURN Currently preparing to release their first ever batch of merch, Emberville have a busy August coming up. Along with competing in the first heat of Ampfest tomorrow night at St Oswald’s Church in Swanbourne, the post-hardcore, pop-punkers have a heap of supports and launches to play. As for this week you can also catch them Sunday 7 August at Drum’s Gigntion at the Swan Basement, $5 from 5pm.

Crazy catchy three-piece The Corner are loading up their wild stage show and smashing the Indi Bar this Friday 5 August. Guaranteed to be a massive night with a huge line-up, get in early and get Cornered. Both The Corner’s EPs will be available on the night. They’ll be supporting Homebrewe, alongside Amberdown and Cloud Nine.

STUDY TIME It’s the official Next Big Thing CD Launch Friday 5 August, the CD compiling the participants of the Last Big Thing, featuring The Brown Study Band’s future number one hit single, 11.11. The show will the BSB’s last gig for a long time, as they disappear into the studio to record their first full length. They join The Brow Horn Orchestra, James Teague (with band), The Love Junkies and Jonny Taylor, $12 from 8pm.

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UPSET OF THE YEAR DRUM MEDIA CHATS TO ETHAN HIGBEE AND ADAM LOUGH, THE DIRECTORS OF THE DOCUMENTARY ON THE LEGENDARY LEE “SCRATCH” PERRY BEING SHOWN AT KULCHA, THE UPSETTER. What is it about Lee “Scratch” Perry that inspired you to make this documentary? Ethan: He’s been called the “Salvador Dali of Music” but I wouldn’t stop there. I’d put him on the same level because he’s not just a music maker; he’s an amazing painter, sculptor, poet and fashion designer. The fact that Lee is so complex and his music is just one outlet for him is what sparked me. Of all of Lee’s monikers, why the choice of The Upsetter for the film’s title? E: At first the film was to be called The Mighty Upsetter but then when we went into production it changed to just The Upsetter. We feel The Upsetter encompasses Lee as a whole, as he says in the film, “It has two meanings,” and to us Lee has many, many meanings. If you’re on his side he will uplift you, but if you cross him he will tear you down. A: The Upsetter best sums up Lee’s mission – to upset the people who are with him (bring them up, lift them up) and to upset the people

who are against them (piss them off, destroy them). Benicio Del Toro seems an interesting choice of narrator for the doco – why him? E: I knew that Benicio was super fan of LSP so I thought it was a perfect fit. He has a badass voice, he’s a badass dude so why not – he really brought a whole different energy to the project that was unexpected. How difficult was it to condense 70 years worth of music, people he’s influenced and the effects his had into a feature length doco? E: When you have a subject who has made thousands of songs, worked with hundreds of artists and has lived seven and a half decades it’s impossible to condense his life into 90 minutes. It was difficult to leave some hit songs out of the film no doubt, but at the end of the day we wanted people to see where the inspiration behind the music was coming from. A: To edit this all down into 90 minutes - it was the most difficult thing! We spent the better part of two years doing it, on and off, on a Mac in Ethan’s spare bedroom. What, for you, was the most fascinating aspect of those 70 years? E: He’s the truest and rawest artist alive today. People only see the music but I’ve been lucky enough to check out his

15,000 pages plus of poetry, his ongoing collage art and his amazing paintings. A: For me personally it was the time he spent with The Congos. It was such a tumultuous time when he was at the pinnacle of his reggae producing career and everything seemed to be falling apart around him yet the music they made was truly transcendent. How was it to speak to the great man? Ethan: I love speaking with Lee. My favourite is just going out to eat with him and chatting about current events, politics, gossip etc… He really loves Britany Spears and Miley Cyrus and other pop stars and he’s always asking me what my opinion is. A: It was a true honour and a pleasure. We’ll cherish the experience for life and are very thankful to him for granting us that honour. How has the film fared abroad? A: The film has had its best reception abroad. We have played far and wide from Scotland to Melbourne to Prague and now are moving on to Beijing and Cambodia and South Africa. This is a truly universal film. Reggae touches all lives. WHAT: The Upsetter WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 6 August, Kulcha, Fremantle

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BIRTHDAY BOOTY BI-MONTHLY BIRD BASS PARTY NIGHTCLASS CELEBRATES ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY THIS WEEKEND. DRUM CATCHES UP WITH HEAD LECTURER PICKLES TO REMINISCE. What’s happened with the club since your last birthday? After a run of successful Thursday nights we stepped on up to Saturdays and shit got real. Seems Perth is well up for getting down to the funky bass sounds. What do you put the success of your night down to? We push new sounds right across the broad spectrum of bass music through quality local DJs who are more than capable of keeping the dancefloor tiltin’ and shiftin’. Plus The Bird provides ultra cosy house party vibes. If your night was a stripper, what would your stage name be and why? Professor Nightshade – a super sexy astro physics lecturer who shakes her thang while simultaneously educating the masses. Who takes the cake for the best/ craziest set in your night in the last year? Hard to narrow it down, though one stand-out ‘Oh my god how good is this shit!?’ d-3floor moment would be thanks to DYP at edition 104. Joint was heaving to the kid’s own uplifting future garage business. What’s the thing you’re most proud of that your club’s contributed to the music scene in the last year? Guaranteed good tunes; established and new local DJs playing some of the freshest electronic music going around and all with zero damage to the punter’s hip pocket.

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What sort of celebration is in order? A few of our favourite DJs are returning – All State and Clunk will be performing a special back2back set and ST1 returns with partner in crime Beckon MC. Of course, class co-ordinator Pickles will be spinning, and making his

Night Class debut will be Modo who’s been doing plenty of good things out and about recently. As always, free entry from 8pm. WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 6 August, The Bird, Northbridge

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FLOORED TOKIMONSTA @ THE BIRD 31/07/11 To kick of Rhythmatism’s first birthday celebration, Perth’s Rok Riley and Diger Rokwell were the proverbial icing on the annual cake, topping off an abundant year of talent that’s seen the likes of Ras G, Lorn, Wajeed and Teebs gracing the same stage to name a few. Drawing in another full house for her second gig at The Bird, Jennifer Lee a.k.a Tokimonsta raised the question; “How many of you were here last night?” With a substantial show of hands from those who came for a second fix, it was clear to first-timers even before Lee laid down her first track that they were in for a treat. Promising to deliver a different set from the night before,

Lee warmed up with some celestial electronic samples as the room packed full, impressing with the first drop that had the humble-sized mosh simultaneously head jerking and – for lack of a more fitting description – ‘making the face’. Somewhat surprisingly scattering a large portion of the set with old school hip hop samples, Lee also paid tribute to friend and father of the Brainfeeder label with Fly Lo’s Do The Astral Plane intriguingly mixed in with Lykki Li samples from Little Bit. At this point in the set, Lee had more than justified the hype she generated after her first visit to Perth in 2010 for the Red Bull Music Academy. Giving airtime to an eclectic range of genres with remixes of Max Romeo’s Chase The Devil, Hendrix’s Purple Haze, 50 Cent’s Ayo Technology, Lee

also managed to throw a bit of harder dubstep into the picture. Smiling and miming along to the lyrics, Lee seemed to be enjoying her own tunes as much as the crowd, the only shame being that she modestly played less of her Creature Dreams EP than some fans would’ve liked, although it did leave room for older tunes from her Midnight Menu album, including Sweet Day and The World Is Ours that had people buzzing with enthusiasm. Perhaps the only real disappointment to be had was for those who realised that attending both of Rhythmatism’s birthday nights that weekend would have in fact been an even better way to spend the weekend than just one ‘monsta serving. ELLA LIASCOS

UK GARAGE REUNION Reason for the night? Got sick of people asking what happened to UK Garage! Who’s playing your event and who should punters be most excited about seeing? Trent C, Duane A, Rhys D, Greg Packer, Ru-Kasu and

MC J Rippa. Punters should be excited as everyone has something to offer. The original players Trent C, Duane A and Rhys D; Greg Packer who we never thought even played the stuff before until hearing an amazing mix from the past; Ru-Kasu, a lover of multiple genres of music; and MC J Rippa who is just nuts at what he does. What does your night offer that others don’t? UK GARAGE! What made you pick the venue?

Shape Bar because it fits nicely with everything we need; decent bar, places to sit and an outside sitted smoking area. What’s next for your crew/promo company? You shall see… WHEN & WHERE: UK Garage Reunion – Friday 12 August, Shape, East Perth


DISCO CHOPS ELECTRO, DISCO AND EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN WITH TROY MUTTON. So we’ve barely crossed the halfway mark of 2011 and we’re already being inundated with festival frenzies. The Parklife announcement was a doozy, with too much goodness to really go in to right now, except to say SebastiAn (who’s just now releasing a stellar new album), DFA 1979 and Simian Mobile Disco (with their amazinglooking live show) for the win! Last week also saw two announcements for Stereosonic, following some dubious mis-communications with billboard companies… or something. Whatever, it seems to be slightly more open in terms of genres than previous years’ more niche selections and so Chops is looking forward to more Mr Oizo, Drop The Lime – with a band (!), Zombie Nation (who destroyed 2009) and it’s nice to see The Bloody Beetroots back behind the decks ‘cause let’s be honest, Deathcrew 666 was pretty balls. Add Crystal Castles, Metronomy and DJ Yoda to Southbound 2012 and we’re once again pumped for another long, hot summer sun. Uber-cool Sydney team Future Classic have a plethora of awesome new releases out over the past few weeks, so let’s get ‘em all in one big hit. First and foremost local lads Scenic have released their latest Another Sky, filled with more dreamy goodness we’ve come to expect from the young four-piece. The EP is backed up by a moody video, along with remixes including another cracker from former pilot The Magician. Speaking of pilots, Flight Facilities follow-up to mega

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hit Crave You, Foreign Language, is out now and featuring some more femme vocals courtesy of Jess Higgs. Luke Million from The Swiss has released his debut single, called Arnold. It’s a fun track using plenty of Arnold Schwarzenegger samples – you try not getting “Up/Down” stuck in your head after a listen. Edwin van Cleef is an artist Chops stumbled upon when recently finding yet another remix of Phoenix’ Lisztomania – more of a cover featuring Jane Hanley doing the vocals over a slow-grooving, darksynth beat that is one of the better out there. The French-born, now UK-based producer is killing the blogs at the moment and his latest single Don’t Stop is more nu-disco goodness. Looking gig-wise now and there’s some pretty banging shows coming up of the national and international flavour with electro duo The Only stopping in at Limelite at Metropolis Fremantle this Friday 5 August. They tore the big house’s roof down last time they were here and will no doubt do so again, $15 from 9.30pm

with Zel and Mel B supporting. That same night down in Ambar UK/Swedish duo Punks Jump Up are rolling into town celebrating their latest release Blockhead – an absolute corker featuring their trademark kick-snare beat that builds forever, plus wind chimes! They’re supported by Audageous, Micah and Blend for a night of electro-disco done right. Locally there’s a couple of exciting single launches coming up from a couple of almost Perth electrostalwarts in Tomas Ford and Voltaire Twins. The former launches his new single I Feel Dirty at Ya Ya’s Saturday 6 August, with a set of his own plus a no-doubt insane karaoke throwdown. The latter hit Amplifier Saturday 20 August to celebrate the single and video for Animalia, due out the same day and featuring remixes from Frenchman Lifelike and party kids Purple Sneakers DJs. They’ve got an eclectic support list lined up in the form of Usurper Of Modern Medicine, Seams, Lily Rossen and Rex Monsoon.

“We’re not joking/ Just joking/ We are joking/ Just joking/ We’re not joking,” – Das Racist. Das Racist – legit or meme? It will be interesting to follow the path of the New York trio – comprised of Heems, Kool A.D. and their trusty hypeman/DJ Dapwell – and see which of the two they fall into. The non-hipster/hipster rap trio promotes riddled with various dichotomies (brilliant/fucking stupid; joke/sneering social commentary) received a lot of attention, even from Pitchfork, who slapped Das Racist’s Sit Down, Man with a shiny Best New Music sticker of approval last year. This year they’re stepping it up with news of an actual album, Relax, coming out in September. The 14-track release features production by Diplo (whose asshole aesthetic really matches that of DR), El-P and Anand Wilder of Yeasayer (all brown everything). Sound Dimes let an intern christen

their advance copy and never got it back, so unfortunately there won’t be any firsthand accounts of the LP’s sound. There is however something to be said for the merit of kids’ insight into music these days: “Hey look, Das Racist wrote a dance track.” He also said that there’s a cut on there “that kinda sounds like Cut Copy”, which would be strange and potentially intentionally hilarious. Also out in the same month is Spank Rock’s new LP, Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar. This one we can actually talk about legitimately having heard it; it’s still Baltimore club, with that rapid-fire Spank Rock delivery as exhibited on 2006’s YoYoYoYoYo, but perhaps with a more contained version of the genre’s hectic hyphey-ism. There are some melodic tracks, with hooks from people like Santigold, then there are faster, more bangable ones, like Nasty featuring New Orleans bounce queen, Big Freedia (her clear-voiced boom saying “Pussy pop/Pussy pop pop pop pop” is almost too perfect an addition). In terms of production,

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MarkRo adds his commercially golden touch to the schizophrenic track aptly titled #1 Hit. We’ll see if he lives up to this title soon enough. Looking to later on in the year, Warp producer Rustie has finally readied his full-length debut, which will be released October 10. Glass Swords is a 13-track, two-years-in-themaking album that sounds like the music in that slightly homoerotic Japanese animation that went viral some time ago (YouTube ‘Japanese racing rendition’ for further reference). All these dudes seem to have some sort of fixation on outer space and Rustie certainly fits into that category; let’s go with ‘‘80s alien odyssey’ as the genre, with gurgling stabs and laser-style synths layered atop some crisp drum sounds. With track titles like Ice Tunnels and Hover Traps, this seems to be a pretty good interpretation of what the young man is going for. Most big acts are busy doing the summer circuit in the northern hemisphere, but thankfully the Wu-Tang Clan have decided to go for something a little leftfield and hit Australia this week. All members bar the RZA are reportedly rolling through (if you’ve seen Rock The Bells the documentary, you’ll understand what an undertaking this is) to Metro City this Sunday. In layman’s terms, this means you’ll be seeing Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Gza, U-God, Masta Killa, DJ Allah Mathematics, DJ Street Life and Young Dirty (son of Ol’ Dirty Bastard) on one stage. Tickets are unfortunately sold out, so you’ll either have to scour eBay, the Quokka, or go stand outside and hope for the best.

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SKRYPTCHA @ ROCKET ROOM Perth hip hop kids LAUNCH welcome Sydney’s Skryptcha, dropping tracks from his acclaimed The Numbers release. Supported by local champs DSC, Omac & Wish, Aftershock and 6.0 Krew.

OBSCOTCH @ VELVET LOUNGE Miasma Eden is the new five-track EP beatsman Obscotch is launching for free from 7pm. Support from Ndorse, The Hertz (Sam Perry & Rezide) and Kabourter’s Forrest.

BASS CULTURE @ NEWPORT If you love dubstep, drum’n’bass, wobble, reggae and a good night out check Bass Culture. Free from 8pm with DJ Death Disco’s Anton Maz, plus Q-Bik for a killer d’n’b/dub set.

ACES @ EUROBAR DJs Sixfaez and Exceed bring you the best in funk/electro/house/urban for this new weekly night. Groups of six ladies get a free bottle of champers, or half-price champ and wine all night for the other ladies.

SHUT UP! @ GEISHA A ‘90s dance, pop, R’n’B and nostalgia party featuring an array of so-bad-they’re-good tunes. $5 before 9, $10 thereafter.

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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.

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DISTRICT @ AMBAR This edition it’s all about Downtown - Dubstep grime and all things a little seedy… featuring Boy Prince, Knoe FM, Mr Starks, ST1 and Hykus. $10 from 9pm, girls free before 10.

KING TITO’S @ EAST END King Tito’s Dirty Disco returns with a live set from indie-dance kids Carl Fox. DJs Grubby, Beryl, Joe Macc, Sparklehaus, Cooker, FKN Midas, Realms and more support. DC BREAKS

After a recent tour of the US, 18-year-old Perth singer/songwriter Vee returns to perform her Party Girls Party at Republic.

Jon Madd’s Rock’n’roll Karaoke with DJs and you, singing for free

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SOUL SUGAR @ DEVILLES Randa & Her Soul Kingdom, plus the Funk Club DJs and Les Sataniques GoGo. Doors 5pm, $10 after 8.

FULL CIRCLE @ DOUBLE LUCKY DJs Cee and Clint W give you more of that good time house music.

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TOM NOBLE @ THE BIRD Move to the boogie-space-funk of LA’s (Disco) Tom Noble. Ben M, Ben Taaffe, DJ Paul Payne and P.C.J & Son Of The Father support.

ORJAN NILSEN @ SHAPE Norway’s Orjan Nilsen celebrates his new album, In My Opinion, supported by GeRmAn, Illuminor, Travis Eddy, JT Yo! and Piet El, downstairs at Shape (back entry).

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DC BREAKS, AUDIO @ SHAPE A UK double header featuring big time drum’n’bass duo DC Breaks along with techy, dark producer Audio. Support from Illusiv, Sempy B2B Concept and Vu b2b Hidemac, with MCs Bear and Xsessiv. $35 plus BF from shapebar.com.au, Planet, Mills and The DJ Factory.

PUNKS JUMP UP @ AMBAR UK’s Punks Jump Up bring their new school disco, guaranteed fun times. Tickets $20, with Audageous, Micah and Blend supporting.

BOYS BOYS BOYS! @ MANHATTAN’S

TOMAS FORD @ YA YA’S Electro-punk prince Tomas Ford launches new single I Feel Dirty with a karaoke throwdown and his own set.

NIGHTCLASS @ THE BIRD Nightclass is celebrating its first b’day with Allstate b2b Clunk, Pickles, ST1, Beckon MC and Modo.

CARTE BLANCHE @ BOHEME The Boheme have added a touch of style with Carte Blanche bringing smooth funk, soul, hip hop and house with DJs Sneakee, Audageous and Black Swan from 7pm.

BAD LOVE @ DEFECTORS Fend off the winter chill with Ben Taaffe, Black Swan and Lightsteed. Free upstairs at the Scotto. An all-local affair featuring Terry Waites, Brett Valentine, Jehan Mehta and Sean Morrison.

MONDO INFERNO @ DEVILLES

From Italy, one of the biggest names in hardcore/gabber, Noize Suppressor, with support from NSW DJ The Saint, Pugsly and Mack Da Ripper, plus DJ Hutcho, DJ Tekneeqzz, Mallonatic and Josh Cube. ALEX SMOKE

Grace Barbe Afro Kreol, DJs Dr Africa and Cheeba Cheeba, plus Les Satanique. Doors 6pm, $10 after 8.

SUNDAY 7/8 THE UPSETTER @ KULCHA The WA premier screening of The Upsetter – a doco on the father of reggae, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Also acknowledging the Jamaican Independence Day will be DJ Aswon playing sets before and after

MONDAY 8/8 DOWNSYDE

ALEX SMOKE @ VELVET LOUNGE Alex Smoke’s dynamic electronica/ tech/classical live is truly special. Support from Cam Duff, Luke Reti, Craig Hollywood, Darren J and Paul Devins. $15 door.

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The Only are back at Limelite for a night of banging electro. The Only Fucking Rave Party will be supported by Zelimir and Mel B. Good times and dancin’ with Sabata Sound and DJ Sorted, plus special guests Ras Movement Sounds. Free til 9pm, $10/5 concession after.

debut LP Angst at Big Ape.

US HOUSE TRIBUTE @ GEISHA

FISHERMAN STYLE @ MOJO’S

DJ COMP @ CLAREMONT HOTEL

R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES

Help Kenny L and John Paul celebrate both their b’days by bringing two friends between 8 and 9pm to get $35 worth of MBH cash.

NOIZE SUPPRESSOR @ GILKISONS

Hillary’s indie-dance is celebrating its first birthday with aan exclusive show from Ball Park Music, plus DJs Andrei Maz and Hong Kong Palace.

VEE @ REPUBLIC

Round three of the Claremont Hotel’s search for a new resident DJ. Hosted by Double Dee, who takes over after comp, plus FKN Midas hits the decks upstairs.

TOM NOBLE

MEMBERS SHOUT @ MBH

TREAT @ BAR 120

PARADIGM @ CANTON It’s the launch of Canton Lounge’s new fortnightly evening, Paradigm. For $10 from 7pm you get free food platters and acoustic tunes courtesy of Mike Nayar, followed by DJ Viktor and JumpClimb DJs from 9pm.

Emerging in the mid-‘90s, New York City’s Wu-Tang Clan proved to be one of the decade’s most intense and revolutionary rap groups, selling millions of albums worldwide whilst at it. Within the inner sanctum of the Wu dwell the core members of the clan, consisting of Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, RZA, U-God, Masta Killa, Gza and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. For the very first time, we will get to see the entire clan sans RZA (who’s unavailable) in arguably the biggest hip hop show to grace the Metro City stage ever. Sunday 7 August, with support from Vents and DJ Flagrant, you can witness the spectacle that is Wu-Tang Clan in full flight. Tickets through Moshtix.

Super babe band Boys Boys Boys! bring the mega fun times with support from Sun City, Goodnight Tiger and DJ Lightsteed.

KELE @ VILLA Bloc Party’s Kele is back with live band in tow celebrating debut solo outing, The Boxer, with special guests Strange Talk.

TOXIC AVENGER @ SHAPE By age 22 Parisian Toxic Avenger was packing venues with a growling new electro. He’s celebrating his

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WED 10/8 EVOLVE @ BAR OPEN Fortnightly d’n’b night Evolve continues with Eetha b2b Vishnu, Kamashe (SF), Polyma and Mash. Free before 10pm, $5 thereafter. Head down with a 15 minute mix for your chance to play in the future.

UPCOMINGS AUGUST SKRYPTCHA: AUG 4 Rocket Room 112, HORACE BROWN: AUG 5 Metro City THE ONLY: AUG 5 Metropolis Fremantle DC BREAKS, AUDIO: AUG 5 Shape ORJAN NILSEN: AUG 5 Shape (Downstairs) PUNKS JUMP UP: AUG 5 Ambar ALEX SMOKE: AUG 6 Velvet Lounge BIG APE FEAT. TOXIC AVENGER: AUG 6 Shape NOIZE SUPPRESOR, DJ THE SAINT, PUGSLY, MACK DA RIPPER: AUG 6 Gilkisons KELE, STRANGE TALK: AUG 6 Villa WU-TANG CLAN, VENTS, DJ FLAGRANT: AUG 7 Metro City FANTINE: AUG 11 Mojo’s + PORTER ROBINSON, SLAPPIN’ PLASTIC: AUG 12 Ambar SARAH MCLEOD: AUG 12 Connections ALY & FLIA: AUG 12 Metro City TYDI: AUG 12 Metropolis Fremantle VENTS: AUG 12 Rosemount Hotel; AUG 13 Prince Of Wales; AUG 14 Railway Hotel + SHOCKONE, GLOVECATS: AUG 12 Shape WINTERBEATZ: 50 CENT, FABOLOUS, LIL KIM, MARIO: AUG 17 Challenge Stadium + DUBCENTRAL: AUG 19 Railway Hotel OPIUO: AUG 19 Shape HOUSE OF SHEM: AUG 19 Metropolis Fremantle; AUG 20 Elliot Street Bar MICKY FINN, MC SHABBA D: AUG 20 Rosemount Hotel SPEAKEASY: NINA LAS VEGAS: AUG 26 Villa DIRTYLOUD: AUG 26 Ambar + HELENA: AUG 27 Gilkisons SEEKAE: AUG 27 The Bakery + ZOE BADWI: AUG 28 Mullaloo Beach Hotel HYPERFEST: ILLY and more: AUG 28 Midland City Workshops + ANTISERUM: AUG 31 Bar Open

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GIG GUIDE THU 04 Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe The Other Guys Como Htl Rock’n’Roll Karaoke Devilles Pad WAYJO Tribute Concert Series, Oliver Nelson Ellington Jazz Club Jugular Open Night Fly By Night Fremantle Nathan Gaunt FUSE Bar Chris Gibbs Trio Gate Bex’s Open Mic Night Indi Bar James Wilson Lucky Shag Madhattans Comedy Manhattan’s Shawne & Luc Merriwa Tavern Siobny Cooke, Heath Marshall, Ryan Webb Mojos Nth Fremantle Russian Winters, Those Wretched Horses, Alex Arpino Mustang Bar Cautious Horsemen, Deep River Collective Norfolk Basement Dr Bogus Paddy Hannans Burswood Thousand Needles In Red, Floating Me, Wolves Prince of Wales Bunbury Wizard Sleeve, Born On The Bayou, Aztech Suns, The Dreggs Rosemount Htl Clayton Bolger Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Fenton Wilde Rosie O’Gradys NB Rusty Tin Men Settlers Tavern Margs David Fyffe Sovereign Arms Hi Hello, The Mighty Atlas, Super Games Swan Lounge Wisdom 2th The Bird Off The Record Universal Bar Jack Doepel Jazz Quartet X-Wray Cafe Jammin!: Hurricane Fighter Plane, Petrashevsky Circle, The Prevues, Burst & Bloom Ya Ya’s

FRI 05 Undercover Acoustic 7th Avenue Bar The Brow Horn Orchestra, James Teague, The Love Junkies, The Brown Study Band, Jonny Taylor Amplifier Bar Matt McHugh, Ashleigh Mannix Bakery Northbridge

Dual Airbag Balmoral Ball Park Music Bar 120 Rhyme & Reason Bar Orient Fremantle Billy & The Broken Lines Belmont Htl Faces Bennys Bernadine Grigson Bentley Hotel J Babies Black Bettys Bluebottles Captain Stirling James Wilson Deen Randa & The Soul Kingdom Devilles Pad Timeout Elephant & Wheelbarrow Vaz Jelonek Trio, Jamie Oehlers’ Blowfish, Allira Wilson, Amanda Dee Ellington Jazz Club Smoking Section Gate In the Groove Greenwood Hotel Nathan Gaunt Gullivers Tavern Copycat Harbour Terrace Chris Gibbs Duo Herdsman Lake Tavern Homebrewe, Amberdown, The Corner, Cloud Nine Indi Bar Dr Bogus Kingsway Bar & Bistro Cathie Travers, Glenn Rogers Kulcha Boys Boys Boys, Goodnight Tiger, Sun City Manhattan’s Crown Jewels Merriwa Tavern Fisherman Style Mojos Nth Fremantle Oz Big Band, Cheeky Monkeys Mustang Bar Milhouse Newport Htl Rainy Day Women, Black Board Minds, Bastian’s Happy Flight, Michael Swann & The Fox Fantasy Norfolk Basement Flyte Paramount Nightclub Thousand Needles In Red, Floating Me, Wolves Player’s Bar No Use For A Name, Silver Lizard, Ten Points For Glenroy Prince of Wales Bunbury Polly Medlen Band, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Ryan Webb Quindanning Tavern Kevin Smith & The 7 Story Jumpers, Black Buzzards, Alanna Eileen Railway Htl

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The MDC, The Spitfires, FAIM Project, Delusions Of Grandeur, Joelski, Super Dave Rocket Room Hundred Acre Wood, Tracksuit, The Windy City, Boston & Chevy Rosemount Htl Switchback Sail & Anchor Threeplay Saint Sneaky Weasel Gang Settlers Tavern Margs Greg Carter Springs Tavern Ampfest: Tiana Dawson, Emberville, Hand Stands For Ants, The Shallows, Patient Little sister St Oswalds Church Buzz Kill Vamps, Rare Shadow, Seer Cya Swan Basement Snipershot, Solitary, Archey Moses, Skwirt, Sly-D, Skeza, Alfah and J Space, Double T, The Aussie Convicts Swan Lounge Mod Squad The Boat Foulplay, Arkayan, Born On The Bayou, Ashoka The Den Side FX The Shed Nightmoves Universal Bar Misty Mountains, The Painted Bird, Daniel Castledine, ivory wolf Velvet Lounge Clayton Bolger Wanneroo Slim Jim & The Phatts Woodvale Tavern The Hope Addicts, Lindsay Phillips, Sue Ray X-Wray Cafe

SAT 06 No Use For A Name, The Decline, Chilling Winston Amplifier Bar Apricot Rail, The Long Lost Brothers, Andrew Sinclair Project, Runner Bakery Northbridge The Recliners Balmoral Chris Murphy Belgian Beer Cafe The Bluebottles Broken Hill Dirty Scoundrels Brook Bar & Bistro Bernadine Grigson Brooklands Hi NRG Burswood Casino Avenged Sevenfold Challenge Stadium Grace Barbé Afro-Kreol Devilles Pad Timeout Elephant & Wheelbarrow Victoria Newton, B U MP Ellington Jazz Club Electrophobia Gate Local Heroes Greenwood Hotel Nathan Gaunt Gullivers Tavern The Crux Hyde Park Htl The Volcanics, The Dirty South Indi Bar The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Co. Minute 36, Michael Strong & The Ghost Anyway, Sam Carmody & The Warning Birds Manhattan’s The Kill Devil Hills, The Hope Addicts, Lindsay Phillips, Sue Ray Mojos Nth Fremantle Sophie Jane Mt Henry The Continentals, Milhouse Mustang Bar Kizzy, Gravity Newport Htl

The Belle Ends, The Wishers, Patient Little sister Norfolk Basement James Wilson Northlands Roundhouse Tavern Felix Paramount Nightclub Silent Knight, Prisoners Of Faith, Caprycon, Bend The Sky, Morphica Railway Htl Kickstart Rocket Room Floating Me, Wolves, Further Earth, Sleeping Giant Rosemount Htl Christian Thompson Rottnest Hotel Better Days Sail & Anchor Freo Grasshopers Settlers Tavern Margs Ben Pettit Steve’s Bar Off The Record Subiaco Htl Deth Traktor, Burst & Bloom, One Armed Scissor, Stu Mckay Swan Basement Greg Carter, Dexter Swinging Pig Law Of Attraction, Level Seven, Between Oceans, Super Games The Den Kate Gilbertson Principle Micro Brewery Huge The Shed Retrofit Universal Bar Tod Woodward Wanneroo James Teague, Chloe McGrath, Sean Thomas X-Wray Cafe Tomas Ford Ya Ya’s

SUN 07 Gomez, The Ghost Hotel Astor Theatre Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Cranky Balmoral Ben Pettit Bentley Hotel Adrian Wilson Captain Stirling Saffron Sharp Ellington Jazz Club Better Days, Mike Nayar Gate Chris Gibbs Gosnells Hotel Chris Gibbs Duo Greenwood Hotel Mike Nayar High Road Htl Riverton Floating Me, Wolves, Further Earth Indi Bar Retriofit Indian Ocean Brewing Co. Bernadine Grigson Kalamunda Htl Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern The Sunshine Brothers Mojos Nth Fremantle Open Your Mind, San Cisco, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Split Seconds Murdoch Uni Peter Busher & the Lone RangerT Mustang Bar Rocket to Memphis, Coconut Boombox Newport Htl Beatles Back2Back: Mark Seymour, Irwin Thomas, Jon Toogood, Rai Thistlethwayte, Dean McGrath Perth Exhibition & Convention Centre Grace Barbe & Band Queens Tavern, Highgate Rosie’s On the Couch Open Mic Rosemount htl - 459 Bar Shawne & Luc Sail & Anchor Howie Morgan Project Saint Caustic Greenies Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

Kizzy South St Ale House Gignition feat. The Fall Of Man, Heavy Hands, Alizarin Haze, Emberville Swan Basement Sweet Arcadem, Seth Lowe, James Hall, Ash & Sally Swan Lounge Christian Thompson Swinging Pig The Ghost Hotel, The Jayco Brothers, The Hope Addicts, Lindsay Phillips, Sue Ray The Bird James Wilson The Vic Hotel Retriofit Universal Bar

MON 08 The Grey Man - Charity Fundraiser, Downsyde, Fdel, Jack & Jill, DJ Infx, Ryan Webb & The Method, Mystery Band Civic Htl Backroom Hale School Jazz Ellington Jazz Club Wide Open Mic Mojos Nth Fremantle Johnny Law & the Pistol Packin’ Daddies Mustang Bar Fat Shan’s Open Mic Ya Ya’s

TUE 09 Fresh Faced Follies Bakery Northbridge Howie Morgan Project Divers Tavern, Broome Ben Matthews Ellington Jazz Club Fremantle Records, Hunting Huxley (a.k.a Slinky Beaver), Wizard Sleeve, Calectasia, Mildura Sunrise Mojos Nth Fremantle Danza Loca Salsa night Mustang Bar TWLOHA, Death & A Cure, Besides Lights, Callum Burne, Azlan Amir The Bird Open Piano Night, Stu Orchard X-Wray Cafe

WED 10 Andrew Winton Balmoral Grace Barbe Clancys Canning Bridge Tenfold Famous Double Lucky, Leederville Adam James Robinson Ellington Jazz Club Alan Boyle, Simon Kelly Indi Bar Catherine Traicos & The Starry Night, Billie Rogers Malt Market Bar, Dunsborough Fremantle Blues & Roots Club, Empire Blues, Lightning Jack Mojos Nth Fremantle Going Solo, David Craft, Danielle MacDonald, Willow Moon Cafe Salv, The Midnight Collective, Gombo Paddo Hype! Malignant Monster, Against The Tide, Paradise In Exile Rocket Room The Jephasuns, Shimmergloom, The Disintergrates, Lizzy Lambie Rosemount Htl Hong Kong DJs Rosemount Htl (outside) Dove Sail & Anchor Live Bands Swan Lounge Those Wretched Horses, The Dirty South, Black Rafferty, Justin Cox The Bird Kim McDonald, Nic Johnson, Merle Fishwick X-Wray Cafe

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THE BLACK SORROWS: AUG 4 Waterside Restaurant; AUG 5 Charles Hotel; AUG 6 Grand Boulevard Tavern; AUG 7 Cardiff Hall

CHILDREN COLLIDE: AUG 25 Studio 146; AUG 26 Prince Of Wales; AUG 28 Capitol

FLOATINGME: AUG 4 Prince Of Wales; AUG 5 Players Bar; AUG 6 Rosemount Hotel; AUG 7 Indi Bar

ANBERLIN, TONIGHT ALIVE: AUG 26 Capitol

MAT MCHUGH: AUG 5 The Bakery NO USE FOR A NAME: AUG 5 Prince Of Wales; AUG 6 Amplifier HOPE ADDICTS, LINDSAY PHILLIPS, SUE RAY: AUG 5 X-Wray Café; AUG 6 Mojo’s; AUG 7 The Bird KELE, STRANGE TALK: AUG 6 Villa ROSS WILSON: AUG 7 Friends Restaurant GOMEZ: AUG 7 Astor Theatre BEATLES BACK2BACK: MARK SEYMOUR, IRWIN THOMAS, JON TOOGOOD, RAI THISTLETHWAYTE, DEAN MCGRATH, TIM MORRISON: AUG 7 Perth Convention Centre + ALAN BOYLE: AUG 10 Indi Bar; AUG 12 X-Wray Café; AUG 14 Redcliffe On The Murray 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 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 Settlers Tavern; AUG 21 Redcliffe On The Murray + NATHAN KAYE: AUG 17 Prince Of Wales; AUG 19 Cape Wine Bar; AUG 20 Quinninup Tavern; AUG 24 Indi Bar; AUG 25 Kalbarri Motor Inn; AUG 26 Gascoyne Hotel; AUG 27 Kalbarri Motor Inn; AUG 28 L’Attitude 28 Bar KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS: AUG 19 Charles Hotel; AUG 20 Fly By Night JORDIE LANE, MIKE NOGA: AUG 19 Indi Bar; AUG 20 Norfolk Basement; AUG 21 Settlers Tavern TOBIAS MOLDENHAUER: AUG 24 Mojo’s Bar EAGLE & THE WORM, THE FROWNING CLOUDS: AUG 24 Prince Of Wales; AUG 25 The Bakery; AUG 26 Mojo’s

STONEFIELD: AUG 26 Villa

GURRUMUL, DEWAYNE EVERTTSMITH: AUG 26 Riverside Theatre LEADER CHEETAH, BELLES WILL TOLL: AUG 26 Amplifier; AUG 27 Mojo’s ADAM HOLE & MARJI CURRAN BAND: AUG 26 Esperance Motor Hotel; AUG 27 Settlers Tavern; AUG 28 Redcliffe On The Murray; AUG 31 Mojo’s; SEP 2 The Rock Inne, Karragullen; SEP 3 Mt Helena Tavern; SEP 6 Gascoyne Hotel, Canaravon; SEP 8 Ningaloo Reef Resort; SEP 9 Dampier Mermaid Hotel; SEP 10 The Icon, Karratha FELIX REIBL (CAT EMPIRE), BEN SALTER: AUG 27 Fly By Night ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI: AUG 27 Astor Theatre HYPERFEST: ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI, CHILDREN COLLIDE, STONEFIELD, PAPA VS. PRETTY and locals: AUG 28 Midland City Workshops FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, SIENNA SKIES, HAND OF MERCY: AUG 30 YMCA HQ; AUG 31 Rocket Room + BEN SALTER: SEP 1 The Bird; SEP 2 Norfolk Basement SPARKADIA: SEP 1 Settlers Tavern; SEP 2 Prince Of Wales REGURGITATOR, DISASTERADIO: SEP 1 Prince Of Wales; SEP 2 Studio 146; SEP 3 Amplifier; SEP 4 Newport Hotel

PRETTY, BLEEDING KNEES CLUB: SEP 10 Capitol TRAIL OF DEAD: SEP 11 Rosemount Hotel MONSTER MAGNET: SEP 11 Capitol TITLE FIGHT, TOUCHE AMORE: SEP 13 Capitol THIRSTY MERC: SEP 14 High Road Hotel; SEP 15 Grand Boulevard Tavern; SEP 16 Charles Hotel; SEP 17 Latitude 28; SEP 18 The Ravenswood BATRIDER: SEP 16 The Bakery WEDDINGS, PARTIES, ANYTHING: SEP 16 Metropolis Fremantle THE LIVING END, HUNTING GROUNDS, KING CANNONS: SEP 16 Metro City SEBADOH: SEP 16 Rosemount Hotel THE BEARDS: SEP 16 Settlers Tavern; SEP 17 Mojo’s IN THE MOOD: SEP 16 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; SEP 17 Burswood Theatre OWL EYES: SEP 16 Villa; SEP 17 Malt Market Bar; SEP 18 Norfolk Basement KIMBRA, HUSKY: SEP 17 Astor Theatre RUSSIAN CIRCLES: SEP 17 The Bakery THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER, CATBOY: SEP 18 Mojo’s + TEX PERKINS & THE DARK HORSES: SEP 23 Rosemount Hotel JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS, GHOUL: SEP 23 Prince Of Wales; SEP 24 Rosemount Hotel WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: SEP 24 Burswood Theatre BASTARDFEST: PSYCROPTIC, BLOOD DUSTER and locals: SEP 24 Civic Hotel

ABSOLUTELY ‘80S REUNION: SEP 2 Metropolis Fremantle

RINGWORM, MINDSNARE: SEP 25 Amplifier

SPARKADIA, IMAGINARY CITIES: SEP 3 Astor Theatre

HERMAN’S HERMITS: SEP 25 Fly By Night

KIM SALMON: SEP 2 Velvet Lounge; SEP 3 Mojo’s; SEP 4 Norfolk Basement ROTTOFEST: SEP 3-4 Rottnest Island LA VAMPIRES, RITES WILD: SEP 6 The Bakery CALLING ALL CARS, BOY IN A BOX, REDCOATS: SEP 8 Prince Of Wales; SEP 9 Studio 146; SEP 10 Amplifier; SEP 11 Indi Bar FRENZAL RHOMB, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET: SEP 10 Civic Hotel THE VINES, PAPA VS.

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THURSDAY 4 Herpes Boy – in conjunction with Future Shorts, 1Up Microcinema are screening contemporary cult films throughout August and September. Tonight’s film is Herpes Boy: a social outcast with a facial birthmark finds his world flipped upside down after he posts videos of his quirky life onto the Internet and becomes an unwilling cyber-celebrity. 1Up Microcinema at 312B William St, Northbridge, 7:45pm. Repeats Saturday 6, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, and 9:15pm. MADhattan’s – a night of experimental comedy MCed by John Conway. Manhattan’s Bar, Victoria Park, 8pm.

FRIDAY 5 All About Evil – in conjunction with Future Shorts, 1Up Microcinema are screening contemporary cult films throughout August and September. Tonight’s film is All About Evil: A mousy librarian inherits her father’s beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer – and a legion of rabid gore fans – when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don’t realise yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real. 1Up Microcinema at 312B William St, Northbridge, 8:15pm and 10:15pm.

Microcinema at 312B William St, Northbridge, 5:15pm. Manic Arts first birthday – a collaboration of local arts aficionados will converge on The Velvet Lounge at the Flying Scotsman for an afternoon of fresh vibes and visual delight under the banner of Manic Arts, which provides a space for artists of every bent and beat to exhibit their work and gain valuable exposure in a non confrontational environment and in an inexpensive manner. Flying Scotsman, Mt Lawley, 2pm.

TUESDAY 9 Fresh Faced Follies – Sugar Blue Burlesque presents a burlesque graduation show at the end of each of their burlesque courses. Come down and catch our burlesque academy’s latest graduates in all their glitter and glory. The Bakery, 8pm.

WEDNESDAY 10 Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School – Dr Sketchy’s is the art class your mum doesn’t want you going to! Life modelling by stunning burlesque queens and circus performers. This month: Miss Burlesque Perth 2010, fiery redhead Ginger La Minge! The Bakery, 7pm.

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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. Final day. WA Museum. Candyman: The David Klein Story – in conjunction with Future Shorts, 1Up Microcinema are screening contemporary cult films throughout August and September. Tonight’s film is Candyman: The David Klein Story: Candyman tells the amazing true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from LA, who in 1976 had a once in a lifetime epiphany and came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jellybeans. 1Up Microcinema at 312B William St, Northbridge, 2:15pm and 7:15pm. Future Shorts – monthly worldwide short film competition. Acclaimed as the most innovative film label, each month FS programmes a fresh bunch of award winning shorts which stun audiences worldwide. Future Shorts is a community of passionate people everywhere and they want you to be a part of it. This month’s programme includes award winning animation A Family Portrait, an experimental short Stuck In A Groove – the first ever film made using Phonovideo technique – and the highly popular video clip for The Chase, I Like You. Each month FS gives one locally made film to be showcased at each WA screening. This month’s films is 141 Dachshunds, a delightful doco based on the creation of the large scale art installation Dachshund UN that appeared in Perth during November 2010. 1Up

Hijacked 2: Australia/Germany — presenting a diverse and provocative selection of new photography from Australia and Germany, the exhibition erases traditional boundaries between artists, professionals and emerging talent and points towards the future of contemporary photography. The photographs exhibit a fascination with international subcultures, fragmented trends, alternative lifestyles and urban landscapes. Curated by Mark McPherson (WA), Ute Noll (Germany) and Markus Schaden (Germany). John Curtin Gallery until 9 September.

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Primavera 2010 — debut WA hanging of Primavera, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual exhibition showcasing the work of Australian artists aged 35 years and under. Highly recommended. Fremantle Arts Centre until 18 September. Recent Photography — through active acquisition and gifts from artists, the City of Fremantle Art Collection has acquired more than 140 contemporary and historical photographs. This exhibition of recent acquisitions features works by Fremantle-based artists Tania Ferrier, Brad Rimmer, Max Pam and Graham Miller. Fremantle Arts Centre until 18 September. 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 11 September.

SOAP OPERA SCOTTISH PERFORMER JANETTE MCGINTY’S SOLO SHOW SUD STORIES IS THE FIRST CAB OFF THE RANK FOR THE BLUE ROOM’S SECOND 2011 SEASON, PERSONAL. SHE SPOKE TO ALEKSIA BARRON.

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ne thing that I’m willing to do, I’m completely happy to put myself out there and be embarrassed,” says Janette McGinty. It’s a fitting statement from the woman behind Sud Stories, her solo show that centres around what people get up to in the bathroom. As it’s Blue Room Theatre’s first production of their second 2011 season. Titled Personal, it follows that Sud Stories is a fairly apt opening show. After all, what could be more personal than asking people what they do behind the closed doors of the bathroom? McGinty wasn’t afraid to find out, though. The concept of Sud Stories came to her during a discussion with a girlfriend while they were at the pub. “She had just been dumped by a guy,” explains McGinty. The friend began to speak about how she would indulge in the bathroom for a bit of luxury amid the heartbreak. “She told me about this process that she went through with taking a bath and it was really elaborate and very detailed. I decided there and then that I wanted to capture other people’s stories of what they do – any quirks or rituals that they have in the bathroom.” Rather than speculate, McGinty wanted Sud Stories to be rooted firmly in fact. “I bought a dictaphone,” she says, almost gleefully, before adding, “…and started with family and friends, saying, ‘Do you mind having a wee chat to me about any rituals that you have in the bathroom?’” It sounds like a bizarre conversation starter, but McGinty’s Scottish brogue and delightfully up-front manner makes it easy to see how she draws intimate secrets out of others. In fact, what surprised McGinty most was not the tendency of people to hesitate, but the fact that they were convinced that they didn’t do anything unique. “Most people say, ‘Yeah, sure, but I don’t do anything special in the

bath or the shower!’” she explains. “Then they started talking and through the course of the conversation they go, ‘Oh my goodness.’ They realise through this process that they actually do have some wee quirks.” It became apparent to McGinty, during these conversations, that the spoken word wouldn’t quite be enough to communicate Sud Stories to an audience. The physicality of the actions needed to feature as well. “Some people, I got them to physically show me how they wash in the shower. Some of the things people will see [in the show] is inspired by the physical act of washing.” In particular, she was fascinated by how people in very physical professions approached bathing. “I spoke to some dancer, and they were very movement based. One girl told me how she’d bring the left arm up and then she brings the right arm around the back… I took that as inspiration for the movements that you see in Sud Stories.” Working with a choreographer, McGinty put together Sud Stories, which appeared in its first incarnation at the Oval Theatre in London. She was delighted by the response, particularly with the reserved English folk who couldn’t help but laugh at the mirror she held up to them through her performance. “In London, the audience

laughed a lot,” she says happily. “They saw themselves in the story.” However, Sud Stories is not purely a humourous affair – just as every bathtime experience isn’t bubbles and joy for most of us. “There are times when we go into the bath or shower where we don’t feel hugely happy. Sometimes we use it as a bit of a cleansing process,” explains McGinty. Her audiences in London, she recalls, were particularly struck by the less warm-and-fuzzy moments of the show. “There are times in Sud Stories where it is very poignant, and people were touched and quieted by that,” she says. “I think people were stopped in their tracks with the more poignant moments.” Her next step was to take the production to the Arezzo Theatre Festival in Italy, where she needed to revise it again to cope with the language barrier. The solution, she found, was to make it considerably more physical and find the laughter (and poignancy) through movement. Now, she’s looking forward to performing Sud Stories in Perth, and has revised the show to have a uniquely Western Australian flavour. While she’s no stranger to our local stage, having appeared in the Blue Room’s Solo Spot and as a contributor to Barefaced Stories, she was

determined to make sure that her latest effort would be in keeping with the local styles and ideas. She started, naturally, by collecting “shower stories” from the good people of Perth. “I basically had my dictaphone with me the whole time, “ she says, “So when I was talking to people at the Blue Room, or even at the Wild West Comedy Festival, just talking to someone at the bar, I’d ask them if they’d fancy having a wee chat to me.” (It would certainly explain any incidents of people wondering why a Scottish lady was asking them to explain what they do in the bathroom.) McGinty is confident that local audiences will respond well to Sud Stories, thanks largely to the fact that she feels Australians enjoy her humour and style. “I’ve met quite a few Australian people and I’ve found that they get the Scottish sense of humour, so I was quite excited to show my work here and get a response to that. I’m looking forward to creating work here as well. I think Australians are quite down to earth and a lot of my work is about that – about the actions that we do every day.” WHAT: Sud Stories WHERE & WHEN: Blue Room Theatre Tuesday 9 August to Saturday 27

SPICKS AND SPECKTACULAR RETURNS FOR ONE LAST TIME They’ve been promising to do it again for years and now it’s finally happening: the everpopular (but sadly coming to an end) Spicks And Specks is heading out onto the road for a last-ever live show, Spicks And Specktacular: The Finale. Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough will be travelling around the nation, house band The Specktors in tow, taking in Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Wednesday 4 January to Saturday 7. Tickets go on sale Monday 8 August through Ticketek.

PEATS RIDGE ACCEPTING ARTIST APPLICATIONS Want to perform/exhibit at Peats Ridge Arts and Music Festival? Musicians, artists and theatre groups are being offered the opportunity to unlock their door to stardom by appearing in front of more than 10,000 people over the New Year’s period from Thursday 29 December to Sunday 1 January. “We’re looking for bold, interactive and engaging artists to be part of the experience this year,” says Peats Ridge arts and culture manager Vic Johnstone. “It’s really important there’s a great exposure to new and inspiring works to create the eclectic festival experience our fans come back for.” You can submit your interest online at peatsridgefestival.com.au.

STEPHEN FRY AND ALAN DAVIES BRING QI TO PERTH One of the most popular TV shows on ABC, QI is a game show with a difference: a) it’s intelligent, b) it’s funny, c) it stars Stephen Fry and Alan Davies. Now the duo are bringing the show, in live form, to Australia, where they’ll be joined by a host of as yet unknown comedians on stage. QI Live! On Stage hits Burswood Theatre Friday 21 October and Sunday 23. Tickets through Ticketek.

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AFTER MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF THROUGH PERIOD DRAMAS PRIDE & PREJUDICE AND ATONEMENT, JOE WRIGHT TAKES ON THE ACTION GENRE WITH HANNA. GUY DAVIS TALKS TO THE BRITISH DIRECTOR.

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RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes is an origin story-cum-prequel to the 1968 classic Planet Of The Apes and its sequels, which envisage a world ruled by highly advanced, talkin’, horse-ridin’ simians where humans are the underclass. And it’s amazing how much of an underclass you will feel when you come out of this film. Given the relentless acts of narrowminded shitbaggery perpetrated by the humans in this film, you’ll struggle to think of one good reason why apes shouldn’t take over the Earth. Humans are doomed – and rightly so. Watch this film and you’re siding with the damn dirty apes all the way.

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swear, I wasn’t trying to insult Joe Wright, the acclaimed director of Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, when I referred to his films as “cucumber sandwich movies”. Fortunately, Wright found the term rather endearing. And I honestly didn’t mean it in a pejorative way; I was just trying to channel the vocabulary of a Hollywood power player who was trying to lure Wright away from the arthouse and into the multiplex. The filmmaker, however, has already done that himself. And what’s more, he’s done it very much on his terms. Wright’s new film Hanna is a propulsive, impactful action thriller with an offbeat style and sensibility (not to mention a kicking Chemical Brothers soundtrack) that distinguishes it from the pack. Wright’s young Atonement star Saoirse Ronan plays the title role, a teenage girl who has been raised far from civilisation by her father, a former CIA operative played by Eric Bana. Having been taught every lethal talent her father knows, Hanna is a quick, tough and remorseless killing machine... but she has no awareness of the outside world. And when she finally decides to venture away from home, her unique skill-set makes her the target of Marissa (Cate Blanchett), a coldblooded government agent keep to turn Hanna into a weapon. Hanna, however, is having none of that. Already attached to the project, Ronan suggested Wright as Hanna’s director. (“It was all her fault,” laughs Wright.)

And while he was intrigued by the premise and eager to once again collaborate with Ronan, he found that the studio development process had rounded off some of the interesting edges of Seth Lochhead’s original script. “It had become kind of a procedural piece and I found Seth’s writing to be kind of surreal and out there – very, very unusual,” he says. “I was interested in that element of it.” While Focus Features, the studio bankrolling Hanna, were “a little bit, uh, dubious” about the direction Wright wanted to take, the director admits he and Ronan’s track record gave the studio enough confidence to let the duo do their thing. “They wanted a film that had some scope, a film that moved across large geographical spaces, and I did too,” Wright recalls. “They wanted to make sure the action sequences were exciting, and I did too. So we were on the same page and it was a very refreshing film to make – we played fast and loose, which was exciting.” It has been four years since Wright and Ronan had worked together on Atonement but the director found his star’s talent had remained much the same. “It comes from the same place – she has this extraordinary imagination and she’s able to place herself in the lives of these other people,” Wright says of Ronan. “She has changed as a human being... well, not even really changed but evolved, as all kids do. She’s perhaps a bit more serious, a bit more

into popular music and all that, but she’s pretty much the same.” He also brought two of Australia’s best actors on board in casting Bana and Blanchett, hiring the Chopper star to play Hanna’s father because he needed someone “without vanity”. “I was looking for an actor who was incredibly earthy, really,” he says. “I was thinking of someone strong and sturdy – like a tree, really – but Eric has a very strong kindness within him as well, and I thought that was an important aspect of this father’s personality. “Very importantly, the story starts with this teenage girl growing up in the forest with this father figure and with other actors it could have come across as quite creepy! But Eric is very far from being creepy.” Blanchett, however, does tap quite nicely into her creepy side as Marissa, whom Wright viewed as “a Wicked Witch character” (in keeping with the film’s fairy-tale aesthetic). “She also reminded me a little bit of a teacher I had in primary school who was very severe,” Wright says. “But sexy as well.” Sexiness was something Wright wanted to avoid with the character of Hanna, however. “I was very keen to avoid any sexual objectification of the character, which I think is something that is quite prevalent within Western society,” he says. “I like to think of Hanna existing outside of gender, really. She’s more a homo sapien creature than anything else. But I also wanted to look quite angelic; I like

the fact she seems as if she’s not of this earth.” While Wright has displayed a distinctive visual style in his previous films, including a penchant for prolonged single-take shots that show a mastery of composition and choreography, taking on an actionheavy project like Hanna does seem like a stretch.

James Franco is in earnest and serious mode as Will, a medical researcher seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s and testing his prototype drug on chimps. When it all goes wrong he finds himself raising the sole surviving chimp, Caesar (Andy ‘King Kong’

Serkis monkeying around again with CG motion capture) at home. But Caesar is getting more intelligent by the day and has other plans. There are a few problems with this film’s believability – I tuned out when Franco puts clothes on Caesar and starts taking him for walks, but you could equally well do so when they start talking in pidgin English sign-language. Will’s vet girlfriend has absolutely no function in the plot bar lazily making sure a female role is in the mix somewhere, while Tom ‘Draco Malfoy’ Felton is in danger of getting typecast as ‘smarmy, malicious little shit’ if he takes many more roles like the chimp handler here. But the CG apes (by Weta Digital) are largely pretty good, the film looks fantastic and it has more than a few subtle nods to the originals for the real fans. The third act is a full-on ‘great ape escape’ and the ensuing rampage is hugely fun to watch. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now BAZ McALISTER

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But it’s one the filmmaker eagerly embraced, so much so that he was unwilling to hand over the fight or chase scenes to his second unit. “I didn’t want to hand all that over to anyone,” he says. “I really wanted to experiment with it, see what I could do, test my craftsmanship. I think I was interested in the rhythm of the piece. And also discovering how elliptical you could be with action was something I found very exciting. You don’t have to cover every single move – to jump between moves is actually thrilling and it helps create an illusionary aspect in the character of Hanna. “It was quite playful to play with the parameters of action filmmaking. I thought of it as dance. You have to remember that I’m not some huge action-film aficionado. I probably haven’t seen enough of them, so I was kind of making it up as I went along. It was very liberating.” WHAT: Hanna WHERE & WHEN Screening in cinemas now

British filmmaker Joe Wright made a name for himself with period dramas Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, before hopping across the pond to make The Soloist, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx. Now he takes on the action genre with Hanna, a revenge thriller starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana. Kenetic is perhaps the best word to use to describe the film, with its pounding soundtrack from the Chemical Brothers cut perfectly to the footage. Thanks to Universal Pictures, we’ve four copies of the soundtrack on vinyl to giveaway (the vinyl’s a rare promo-only pressing) along with an in-season double pass. For your chance to win head to the giveaways section of facebook. com/drummediaperth. THE DRUM MEDIA 4 AUGUST 2011 • 45


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WITH MARCIA CZERNIAK Saturday, 6 August, heralds the demise of one of the longest running shows in Australia. Many readers will remember waking up on the weekends, cup of Milo in one hand, vegemite toast in the other, sitting down on the couch to watch Video Hits. As you sat there spellbound by a young Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan singing Especially For You, or were captivated by that cute ’90s boy band New Kids On The Block as they had you Hangin’ Tough, it was a weekend morning routine that became inbred into our childhoods and has even carried on into our adult lives. What better way to handle getting over a big Friday night out than watching some music videos ’til noon on a Saturday? There is no denying that sitting with your family or housemates mocking the latest boy band video (’cause you have so grown out of that phase) or laughing at the lack of clothing in the latest Christina Aguilera clip has all made us feel that little bit better. The axing of the show was announced early July with Channel Ten’s chief programming officer David Mott saying the decision to cancel the show was made because of the ever-changing nature of the music industry. It is interesting that the axing also came at a time of significant change and restructure at Channel Ten itself. The show has been on our screens since 1987 and has undergone a few facelifts during this time. From the show’s beginning up until 2004, Video

SENNA

SENNA There’s a heavy air of death to this great documentary. It defers upon the viewer an exquisite sadness that clings for days, taking up residence in one’s gut like a terrible guilt.

DYLAN LEWIS AND FAUSTINA AGOLLEY Hits was just non-stop video clips. It was after the first run of Australian Idol and the placement of some Idol rejects – sorry, contestants – as hosts that people may have started questioning the direction the show was taking. As Kelly Cavuoto and Axle Whitehead took the reigns as hosts, the show continued to show clips mixed in with interviews with touring bands and featured artists. While Cavuoto only lasted a year before being asked to leaving after appearing at the Nickelodean Kids’ Choice Awards drunk and making some not-so-nice comments about fellow Idol contestant and winner Guy

Sebastian, Whitehead followed suit a few years later, getting the sack after exposing himself onstage at the ARIA Awards in 2006. Why couldn’t they bring some of that spark and personality on to the screen? After going through a few more hosts, it is the current pair of Dylan Lewis and Faustina ‘Fuzzy’ Agolley that will carry the show through to its end on Saturday and hopefully give the show a fitting finale. While Fuzzy has taken a bit of a back seat as of late, it has been Lewis that has given the show back some credibility with older audiences identifying with the presenter back from his Recovery

days. But just like that show was canned, Lewis faces the demise of another show. But how justified is the axing? Does it reflect the current state of the music industry? Are we so lost in technology that we don’t appreciate the form of the music video anymore? What does it say to bands and the video production of their songs? Will it be another aspect that takes a back seat in the name of cutting costs? And if not, what avenue do they have on free-to-air stations for the public to view their clips? It seems to all fall onto ABC’s rage now… or maybe Lewis can reunite with the Enforcer and bring us a weekend music show with a difference.

The image of a driver’s body, bent horribly, lying terrifyingly still in the middle of a race-track may haunt me for some time. The same with the image of a dying Senna, ragdoll limp in his near shorn-in-half car. I mention this, because the documentary for all its fantastic use of form – never relying on talking heads, instead opting for archival voice-overs and a ‘real-time’ progression of footage – is at times overwhelmed by the abject tragedy of what befalls its subject. Deeply personal because of this, the documentary charts the Formula One driver’s speedy ascent to fame, his near-Shakespearian rivalry with shady

peer Alain Prost, his sense of justice, naïve and incongruous to the reality of racing politics, all the while doubling both as a lead-up to his fateful crash – the film’s literally sopping with dread – while too a rather profound musing on mortality. To Senna, death was not only a very real and scary threat, but also a perverse one; perverse in that it was a looming adversary to the thing he loved doing the most. The dreams of fragile man, encased in a wholly fallible and plummeting machine-case, is not totally unlike we, encased in our breakable bodies, faced with the inevitable risk of dying. It’s perhaps these existential parallels that cause the film to affect as it does. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 11 August SAM HOBSON

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