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TINPAN ORANGE

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ORANGE JUICE

Since their early days as Australian folk darlings, Melbourne brother-sister duo Tinpan Orange have evolved into a dizzyingly original musical force. They introduce new single Barcelona to us Saturday 15 October at Fly By Night with Big Old Bears, tickets $20/$25 through flybynight.org.

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VAMPS CD LAUNCH deep river collective, opia, plativa, carnies with candy $10/$15 w/ CD. 8pm.

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MON WIDE

OPEN MIC wanna play? call bruno booth on 0424 606 437 early: freo buskers in the beer garden.

Few artists can lay claim to be at the cutting edge of drum’n’bass yet also to have been there right at the start, but Matrix & Futurebound are one. Their new release Worldwide:001 is a perfect snapshot of 2011, keeping a focus on fresh d’n’b, dubstep and electro. Friday 18 November at Shape, tickets $30 plus BF through shapebar.com.au, support from Ekko & Sidetrack, Mercenary, Vu, Symmetry and MCs Xsessiv and Seeka.

RUB A DUB HEAP

The partnership that started between Alex Crawford and Paul Baker, a.k.a The Others, a number of years ago has proved to be an endlessly creative and fruitful one that has continued to herald exciting results since Crawford took it on solo. He’s sitting pretty on label Dub Heap, and at the top of the dubstep pile. He rocks Shape Friday 11 November, supported by Killafoe, Bezzerka, ST1 and JS, tickets $20 plus BF through shapebar.com.au.

IN YOUR FACE

The rise (and rise) of the original ninja – Jaguar Skills – is no urban legend. Jaguar Skills first gained recognition by producing a mixtape CD for fashion label Maharishi, and the next few years saw Jag push his puma-fast mixing, kung-fu scratching and jaw-dropping tune selection. He helps punters ‘Make The Face’ at Ambar, Friday 11 November with Bezwun, Tee El and Marko Paulo. Door sales $20, $15 from the Boomtick shop.

CRATE CARTS

Launch are throwing a double showcase Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November at Rocket Room and Players Bar respectively, hosting Melbourne’s Crate Cartel crew in Maundz, Fluent Form and Raven, with DJ Discourse, plus Adelaide’s Ill Equipt. Backed up by local heroes Rob Shaker, Creed Birch, Soma, LStreet and Jamu.

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT

Rising from the fevered hotbed of Sydney’s underground hardcore scene, Tonight Alive formed to make kick-ass punk-rock music. The pop-punkers have just released their debut album, What Are You So Scared Of?, and they play Tuesday 18 October at YMCA HQ, Leederville for an ALL-AGES show from 6pm with Monuments and 10past6; and Wednesday 19 at Amplifier, with Monuments and Know Your Knot.

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After a sneaky show a few weeks back, Randa & The Soul Kingdom launch their much-anticipated second album What You Need, worldwide on London’s Freestyle Records. Special support guests Odette Mercy & her Soul Atomics support both shows, Thursday 10 November at Mojo’s and Friday 11 at Devilles Pad.

One of Australia’s most acclaimed and revered bands of modern music, The Drones are already playing The Bakery Friday 21 October with lady Adalita in support. Now though, friends slightly further south can rejoice as they’re both playing Mojo’s Thursday 20, tickets $35 plus BF through Heatseeker and thedrones.com.au.

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BRIGHT FUTURE

Remember that massive festival at the end of last season? The one that sold out and destroyed any notions of festivals being done and dusted? Maybe you had such a good time you’ve forgotten… Regardless, Future Music Festival is back with a massive line-up – no follow-up blues here; get ready for: Swedish House Mafia, Fatboy Slim, Paul Van Dyk, Tinie Tempah, The Wombats, Chase & Status (Live), Skrillex, Jessie J, The Rapture, Sven Vath, Die Antwoord, Aphex Twin (Live), The Naked & Famous, Gareth Emery, Jamie Jones, James Murphy & Pat Mahony (LCD Soundsystem), Hercules & Love Affair, Azari & III, Frank Ocean, Alex Metric, Holy Ghost!, The Juan Maclean, Benoit & Sergio, Horse Meat Disco and Stafford Brothers, with many more to come. It smashes into Arena Joondalup Sunday 4 March, with pre-sale tickets available next Monday if you’re registered at futuremusicfestival.com.au or mellenevents.com, normal tickets through Ticketmaster from next Thursday for this Drum Media-presented festival.

WAVE OF MUTILATION

Tighten your togas, strap on the dancing sandals and join the Roman edition of Soundwave, featuring their biggest line-up yet. Seriously, dig this: System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Hole, A Day To Remember, Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Trivium, Alter Bridge, Lostprophets, Angels & Airwaves, Cobra Starship, The Used, You Me At Six, Devin Townsend Project, Unwritten Law, Coal Chamber, Dashboard Confessional, Thursday, Forever The Sickest Kids, Raised Fist, Dillinger Escape Plan, Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, Mastodon, Underoath, Saves The Day, Circa Survive, Steel Panther, Jack’s Mannequin, Meshuggah, The Sisters Of Mercy, Enter Shikari, Four Year Strong, Black Veil Brides, Madina Lake, Zebrahead, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Times Of Grace, CKY, Street Dogs, Dragonforce, Gojira, Kvelertak, Letlive, Hellyeah, Cro-Mags, The Cab, Relient K, Versa Emerge, Heroes For Hire, Kill Hannah, The Dangerous Summer, Chimaira, Framing Hanley, Watain, Royal Republic, I Am The Avalanche, Turisas and River City Extension. Monday 5 March in the Greek grotto that is Claremont Showgrounds, tickets through soundwavefestival.com, Oztix and Ticketek from next Thursday.

LIFE IN THE COOL LANE

filled with beautiful girls (and that’s just the abundance of female lead headliners we’re talking about). In alphabetical order, you’ll get to see the following acts filling the Perth Cultural Centre with superb sounds on Saturday 11 February: Active Child, Anna Calvi, Austra, Bullion, Cults, DZ Deathrays, Ema, Feist (who’s just released her new album), Geoffrey O’Connor, Girls, Glasser, John Talabot, Jonti, Laura Marling, M83, Oneman, Pajama Club, SBTRKT (live), The Very West, The Drums, The Horrors, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Panics, Toro Y Moi, Total Control, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Wu Lyf and Yuck. Um, yum anyone? Ticketing details to come.

BOUND TIGHT

After months of dishing out non-stop quality Southbound news, the last pieces of the line-up puzzle are finally here. Joining the likes of Aloe Blacc, Arctic Monkeys, Beirut, Crystal Castles, CSS, Fleet Foxes, Kimbra, The Kooks, Metronomy, Missy Higgins, The Jezabels, John Butler Trio, Pnau, Young MC and many more will be Grouplove, Miles Kane, The Naked & Famous, Tijuana Cartel, The Vines and local lads Split Seconds. The acts keep coming, but the ticket price stays the same. Head to southboundfestival.com.au/ tickets for yours for the festival, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January, Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton.

BIG TICKET EVENT

As announced last week, Big Day Out 2012 is looking rather, well… big. The first announcement featured Kanye West, Soundgarden, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance, The Living End, Hilltop Hoods, Battles, Odd Future and a heap more including skate legend Tony Hawk. Tickle your fancy? Tickets for the Sunday 5 February festival are $165 plus BF, on sale tomorrow through bigdayout.com, ticketmaster.com.au and the usuals.

BEAUFASHION FESTIVAL

Speaking of final pieces, the fashion side of Beaufort Street Festival has been announced, catwalking in to a variety of venues around Beaufort Street Saturday 12 November. At Luxe Bar there’s the STM Fashion Stage, culinary delights from 2010 Australian Iron Chef winner Herb Faust and Andy Freeman & Michelle Mok bring their cocktail skills to the fore. Plus DJ Rob D Blandford with Anna Wallwork (live) bring the beats with Luxe resident Paul Malone outside in bamBOO.

The line-up for the most prominent indie-leaning festival in Australia, the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has been announced, and oh boy are our lanes going to be www.summerfestivalguide.com.au

Collins, Cyclone, Marcia Czerniak, Sebastian DíAlonzo, Kitt Di Camillo,, Cam Findlay, Tomas Ford, Shannon Fox, Olivia Gardiner, Rueben Hale, Stu Harvey, Simon Holland, Craig Hollywood, Christopher Henry James, Jason Kenny, Angela King, Jo Lettenmaier, Ella Liascos, Mac McNaughton, Nic Owen, Baron Gutter, Ted Schlechte, Michael Smith, Andy Snelling, Aimee Somerville, Kristy Symonds, Nic Toupee, Chris Wheeldon, Anthony Williams, Mitchell Withers.

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PJ HARVEY

LET PERTH SHAKE

This January Mercury Prize winner PJ Harvey makes a welcome and highly anticipated return to our shores for a series of theatre performances to showcase her newest and most critically acclaimed album, Let England Shake. Harvey was crowned the Barclaycard Mercury Prize recipient for a record-breaking second time – a decade after her inaugural win for her fifth album Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. Friday 13 January she plays Perth Concert Hall, tickets from next Monday through BOCs.

MULATU ASTATKE

BIGGER THAN JESUS

World-renowned Ethiopian musician and composer Mulatu Astatke returns to Perth after a sell-out show at The Bakery last year, backed by his 10-piece ensemble The Black Jesus Experience. Astatke plays the Fremantle Town Hall Sunday 20 November, giving audiences the rare chance to see one of the finest live world music artists as part of the Fremantle Festival. Expect to see vibraphone, congas and percussion in a mixture of traditional Ethiopian melodies, Afro Jazz and classic funk-soul. Tickets $49 plus BF through Heatseeker, Planet, Mills and 78’s.

Think you’ve got The Voice? Head to thevoice. com.au to submit your initial online audition for the show to be screen on Channel 9 later this year where celebrity coaches pick upcomers to mentor. Spinning Top lady and Tame Impala’s manager Jodie Regan has started her own indie label, with Felicity Groom’s album to be the first release, with Inertia helping out. Head to wam.asn.au/ wamifestival before Friday 21 October to get your submission in to be part of the live showcasing during WAMi Festival 2012. In other WAM news, they’ve teamed up with creative|legal a Pop Up Legal Practice at the WAM office Thursday 27 October to provide music law advice to members. Booking is essential; admin@wam.asn.au. Adelaide music industry conference Fuse is taking submissions for acts to take part in the 80-band, two day festival. Head to sonicbids.com/ FuseFestival2012 for info. Short Stack launch new single Bang Bang Sexy Thursday 27 October in Sydney with a live show and Q&A, which will then be beamed to cinemas around Aus’. Cinemalive. com for more info. Boxing Day broken beat bonanza Breakfest’s early bird tickets have gone in record time.

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SUPADIDDY

It looks like it might be time to change the prefix for Supafest if next year’s event is anything to go by. Mega? Ultra? Supacalifragilistic? Whatever, Supafest 2012, going down at Arena Joondalup Sunday 22 April, features iconic hip hop legend/actor/ entrepreneur P. Diddy, N.W.A bad man and icon himself Ice Cube, Grammy Awardwinning femme fatale Kelly Rowland, Rick “Everyday I’m hustlin’” Ross, Chicagoborn MC and kick-pusher Lupe Fiasco and R’n’B slow jammer Trey Songz. Head to supafest.com.au for early birds.

Submissions for Best Flyer, Scene Photograph and Local Tune for the PDMAs close next Wednesday, so scurry along to perthdancemusicawards. Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh has passed away aged 40. The cause of death is yet to be determined although drugs are suspected.

NICK LOWE

LOWE & BEHOLD

Enduring musician, master songwriter, band-leadercome-solo-artist and producer Nick Lowe – at the tender young age of 62 – embarks on another national tour, playing the Astor Theatre Saturday 24 March, tickets through BOCs from next Monday. Lowe’s career took off in 1969 as bass player for seminal UK pub-rock rebels Brinsley Schwarz before becoming the highly influential producer and Stiff Records co-founder he’s known and loved for today. He’s also celebrating his new album, The Old Magic.

ROOFTOP STANCE

American songstress Madeleine Peyroux is heading back after supporting Diana Krall in March last year, this time flying solo in support of her fifth studio album, Standing On The Rooftop, released this past June. This album showcases a different direction for Peyroux and highlights her ability to successfully reinvent her music; her latest album has elements of American roots sounds as well as her signature jazz-inspired tone. She plays Riverside Theatre, Friday 16 March, tickets through Ticketek from tomorrow.

FRANKIE GOES TO VALLIWOOD

Legendary American pop music icon Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will perform Tuesday 27 March at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Gardens. Australia’s love affair with Frankie Valli, which started in the ‘60s, is stronger than ever in the 21st Century. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will perform much-loved hits on their national tour of Australia, songs such as Sherry, Let’s Hang On, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Tickets next Monday through ticketmaster.com.au.

THE TEMPTATIONS

She has performed regularly with her mentor James Morrison, sung backing vocals for Michael Buble and supported international recording artist Chris Botti, and now Sarah McKenzie has released her first album Don’t Tempt Me. Produced by Chong Lim, the album marks a crucial milestone in the rapidly-developing career of the Melbourne-raised WAAPA graduate, whom critics around the country have been raving about. She plays The Quarry Amphitheatre, Sunday 23 October with a stellar band and special guest violinist Jessica Gethin.

CALVERTRON LEGACY

Steadily making waves with his productions and speaker-rattling DJ sets, Calvertron has been taking every opportunity to supply ears all over with his exciting, highly acclaimed remixes. Calvertron’s work can be found on many of the world’s most established and exciting labels, from the likes of Ministry Of Sound, Toolroom Champion, Trouble & Bass, Potty Mouth Music, Play Me, Vacation and more. He rocks Ambar Friday 18 November, with DNGRFLD, Philly Blunt and Mr Ed vs. JS in support. Door sales $20, $15 from the Boomtick shop.

Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel has been charged with murder following the shooting of 27-year-old promoter Baddington Burton. After cryptic messages made by Gorillaz character Murdoch, there are murmurs the band could fold soon.

DEATH IN VEGAS

VEGAS, BABY

Electro-psychedelic band Death In Vegas are back and ready to shake audiences again with their signature sound at the upcoming Harvest Festivals. Over east, right? Lucky for us they’re playing their only sideshow concert right here, Wednesday 16 November at Capitol. Under the DIV guise Richard Fearless cut some of the ‘90s most unusual records, fusing electro, dub, rock, psychedelia, soul and experimentation to create a spacious and other-worldly sound which worked in the mainstream. Tickets from tomorrow through Oztix. 12 • THE DRUM MEDIA 13 OCTOBER 2011

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OFF IS ON

Fronted by legendary Black Flag and Circle Jerks vocalist Keith Morris, all-star Californian hardcore ensemble OFF! have announced their first ever Australian tour. The individual roots established by Keith Morris, Dimitri Coats, Steven McDonald and Mario Rubalcaba are uniquely woven throughout rock music canon. Now they come together as OFF! and they’re as confrontational as ever, lunging inside the aesthetic of West Coast hardcore. Tickets through Moshtix and Heatseeker for the Friday 2 December show at Amplifier.


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LOCAL LOVIN’

There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we don’t just mean a zillion festivals being announced this week. THE NOVOCAINES

Idle Time - The Novocaines debut LP, is to be launched Friday 4 November at Amplifier, with Ruby Boots, Sonpsilo Circus & The Tumblers; Saturday 12 at L’Attitude, Geraldton; Friday 18 at Players Bar with Emperors & The History Of; and Sunday 26 at Prince Of Wales with Sonpsilo Circus & Caravan Party, tickets through Heatseeker. Having established their musical prowess for the past 18 months, Gombo take to The Bakery Saturday 22 October to launch new release Next Trick, supported by Hailmary, Kingston Downes (Vic), Nevsky Prospekt and DJ Craig Hollywood. King’s Square Sounds unleashes on Sunday 23 October from 1 til 5pm at Kings Square in Freo, bringing the young folk and Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates together, with Jake & The Cowboys, Rainy Day Women, Spoonful Of Sugar and Duelling Didges bringing live music, plus plenty of activities. Quirky-folksters Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill launch their debut album The Little Things Saturday 5 November at Fremantle Arts Centre, with Simone & Girlfunkle, Polly Medlen and DJ Troy Division. Tickets through Heatseeker. 12-piece collective The Shallows launch their new single Waiting For It Friday 21 October at the Rosemount Hotel, with support from Plance Of Indigo, The Box Rockets (Melbourne), The Big Old Bears and Patient Little Sister.

After the recent release of their brand new album Ocean Of Frequency, Irish electronic-rock band Jape are embarking on their first ever nationwide Aus’ tour, playing Rosie O’Grady’s in Fremantle Sunday 27 November, tickets through Mosthix. Using an innovative mix of live instruments and hardware samplers and sequencers, the sound that Jape creates spans a range of genres and encompasses many different styles.

BUSBY MALONE

After scoring high rotation slots n radio, Busby Marou are making their presence felt with strong showings in the nominations at the AIR, Deadly and Queensland Music Awards. Now they’re happy to announce their Underlying Message tour, with support from Sydney’s Winter People. Catch them Wednesday 30 November at The Boulevard Tavern; Thursday 1 December at Prince Of Wales,; Friday 2 at Norfolk Basement; Saturday 3 at Indi Bar; and Sunday 4 at The Bird. Busbymarou.com for ticket info.

TIME TO WANDER

Bout Of The Skating Dead sees Perth Roller Derby host the North Brisbane Rollers Saturday 29 October at the Midvale Speed Dome with the PRD Rumble Bees warming up the floor up against the WARDs Of The Skate.

It all started with a Lagerphone as the front man of the original Mucky Duck Bush Band at Clancy’s Freo in 1976. After living off his music for three and a half decades, Welsh-born Aussie Troubadour Greg Hastings is releasing his 11th album Wandering Man - Country on Friday 11 November at Kulcha in Fremantle.

Not only have Split Seconds just been announced to play Southbound (Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 January, Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton), they also open for Guineafowl at the Norfolk Basement, Friday 4 November.

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Local ladies of rock’n’roll The Sure-Fire Midnights release their new CD Striking At Midnight, Saturday 22 October at the Rosemount Hotel, supported by Project Mayhem, Black Buzzard and The Shakeys.

Another Day is the debut EP from teenage singer/songwriter/guitarist Morgan Bain, and he’s launching it Friday 28 October at the Indi Bar. He’ll perform with a band, plus Lucy Peach and Spoonful Of Sugar, $10 or $15 with EP.

Reality/variety TV fans get excited, Telethon is on this weekend, and Sunday 16 October Harbourtown in the city plays host to three special guests from 1pm. Signing copies of their EP Sexy & You Know It and performing will be Justice Crew, plus there’s Mark Vincent, and finally, little Aussie Bieber Jack Vidgen will be signing his CDs and singing a few tunes.

An Official Stereosonic Pre-Party, Stereotype hits the Hyde Park Hotel Friday 18 November, with Sun City, Jus Haus?, Electonic DJs and JumpClimb DJs bringing the beats.

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The Banishing Of William McGuiness is the second single from The Siren Tower and has just been released digitally, with the single launch Friday 11 November at The Bakery, before they head east. A double dose of good news for The Ghost Hotel: they launch a single at The Bird Friday 21 October with Sean O’Neil and they’re opening Cold Chisel’s sold out shows later in the year.

‘90s grunge rock legends Mudhoney will be supported by The New Invincibles and The Disintegrates when they play the Rosemount Hotel Saturday 3 December. Jazzstress Nicola Milan has just launched a new clip for her single Just A Kiss, and she’ll be launching a new EP Monday 5 December at Kulcha in Fremantle. The Love Junkies will support The Vasco Era and Papa Vs. Pretty on their joint headline tour Friday 11 November at the Rosemount Hotel and Saturday 12 at Mojo’s.

After over 200 shows, singer/songwriter Joe Pug took a brief respite in 2010 to record his full-length debut Messenger, featuring a supporting cast of players interpreting his often sparsely poetic guy-and-guitar genius into a bigger sound traversing haunting, ethereal pedal steel guitar through to barrelhouse rhythms. Playing Wave Rock Weekender, he’ll also do a headline show at Mojo’s on Sunday 30 October.

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NO SENSE STANDING ON THE OUTSIDE SUPPORTING COLD CHISEL ON THE EAST COAST, YOU AM I FRONTMAN TIM ROGERS DISCUSSES THE PROSPECTS OF PLAYING WITH THE LEGENDARY OUTFIT. Rogers couldn’t be happier about getting back on stage with the legendary Oz rock icons, a band whose legacy they’ve been aware of for decades. “Their first record that I had was Breakfast At Sweethearts (1979),” Rogers recalls. “I moved from Perth to Adelaide when I was young, and one of my first memories there was seeing this bill poster which just had the name ‘Cold Chisel’ and a date – it looked like a threat and kind of illegal! Oddly enough for a band that looms so large in Australian music, they’re largely kind of misunderstood in a lot of ways. “They have such extremely well-crafted songs with a kind of blitzkrieg delivery at times, and then they’ll just switch gears and go into something really subtle. And they have their ‘classic’ songs – the big songs that 80 or 90 per cent of people in Australia would all know – but they have these other really quite baffling songs, which are probably the ones dearer to me. “And they’re really quite intimidating – I remember meeting Jim and Ian first and I couldn’t believe that they were so sweet to me. They’d done it all – they’d been to the mountain and cut the grass on top of that mountain and sort of raised the earth, so to be almost patroned by a band like that from very early on was incredible. They loom large on the landscape, and I still can’t work them out – I’m hoping to work them out on this tour.”

LEGENDARY OZ ROCKERS COLD CHISEL HAVE SURMOUNTED THE TRAGIC LOSS OF THEIR FRIEND AND BANDMATE STEVE PRESTWICH TO EMBARK ON THEIR BIGGEST AUSTRALIAN JAUNT IN NEARLY THREE DECADES, THE LITE THE NITRO TOUR. JIMMY BARNES TELLS STEVE BELL ABOUT OVERCOMING ADVERSITY AND STRIVING TO MOVE FORWARD.

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ometimes the vagaries of life are enough to derail even the grandest of plans, no matter how wellconceived. Other times that metaphorical spanner in the works just serves to slow things down for a while, only for them to regain even more speed and momentum when eventually steered back on course.

our new drummer – so it gives them a whole different sort of texture and feel. Because Charley’s learning how to play the songs we all have to look at them again and start thinking, which makes you appreciate how good the songs are again.

This latter happenstance, touch wood, seems to have been the fate destined for Oz rock icons Cold Chisel in recent times. The band that so dominated the local scene during a golden stretch traversing the ‘70s and ‘80s – and whose music has resonated through the ages so much as to have ingrained itself into the national psyche in the intervening years – were not only on the verge of releasing their inimitable catalogue of music into the digital realm for the first time, but also recording their first album together for over a decade, when they were rocked by the death of drummer Steve Prestwich, who sadly passed in January of this year from a brain tumour. A tragedy of such magnitude would hit any band hard, but for Cold Chisel – whose gang mentality was not only notorious but also partly responsible for their ongoing reverence – such a loss could have potentially proved terminal, consigning their aspirations to move the band’s considerable legacy forward into the realms of history.

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THE FUCK YOU PUT IN ONE END, IT COMES OUT THE OTHER END SOUNDING LIKE COLD CHISEL.”

Instead, however, the band’s remaining members – frontman Jimmy Barnes, guitarist/vocalist Ian Moss, keyboardist/vocalist Don Walker and bassist Phil Small – grieved, took stock and decided to forge ahead with their recording and to meet their massive live commitments, namely the Lite The Nitro tour, shaping up to be their biggest outing in nearly three decades. They engaged the services of drummer Charley Drayton – most recently found in the Divinyls – and dove back into rehearsal, in the process breathing a new lease of life into their already evergreen songs. “They’re great songs to play live,” a clearly pumped Barnes enthuses. “It’s really interesting this tour, because we’re revisiting them with Charley Drayton –

“I think, if anything, the loss of Steve helped fuel the thing more because we realised, like Don has said – without sounding sort of morbid or old – but we’re only here for so long. Any of us could be taken at any time – that’s the way it is for everybody, anybody could die at any time – so you’ve got to appreciate and enjoy life while you can, and part of that is that we have the luxury of being in a great rock’n’roll band and we’ve got to appreciate each other’s playing and each other’s songs while we’re here. So it made us jump at the chance and realise, ‘Let’s get out and work and let’s play together. Let’s not fuck around and wait until an opportune time, let’s seize the moment!’” Fortunately the recording process had progressed far enough prior to Prestwich’s passing that some of his contributions have been retained for posterity. “As it stands there’s a few tracks on the record with Steve playing – we recorded a new album, and there’s a bunch of songs with Steve playing, including a couple of Steve’s songs,” Barnes recounts. “Then we’ve cut the rest of the tracks with Charley, so while we were doing the record we had the whole time to reflect on the life

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of one of our dear friends. It was very emotional, you know, and we’re very blessed that we actually got to put some stuff down in the studio before he left us.” Recording new material was a must for the Cold Chisel members, lest the entire exercise become one of mere nostalgia. “Oh yeah, for us it was always about moving forward,” Barnes stresses. “The reason we’re doing this tour – and it is sort of a nostalgia trip really – is because of the digital release of the catalogue. We haven’t really had all of this stuff accessible in the digital realm at all, we kept it because we wanted to do what was best for the band: we wanted to mix things, we wanted to have control, we wanted to do things on our own terms – which is a very Cold Chisel thing to do, by the way – so it’s taken a long time to come out on that format. It was quite hard bringing that stuff out. We archived a lot of material, and there was a lot of history and a lot of live performances, a lot of footage. “There was a lot of stuff that not only had we not been shown before, but we couldn’t even remember doing some of it! It was a lot of work to go through that, so bringing this stuff up to date – including this tour – is like saying, ’That’s where it’s up to’. In amongst that we’ve thrown in a couple of new songs just to keep the interest and the flavour happening for the band, but really for us it’s all about moving forward. “As much as it’s really great to reminisce and look back – even on our lives with Steve and our life in the band with Steve – it’s now about looking forward and taking the launching pad we have, as a group of friends with Steve and with Steve as a drummer, and taking it forward now. That’s what we were in the process of doing before Steve was taken away from us, unfortunately, so as friends and as a band we thought that what Steve would have wanted was for us to go forward. We never, ever, ever wanted to be considered as a retro act, just looking backwards.” For the new sessions the band neither chased nor ignored

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that “classic Chisel sound”, preferring to just let their writing dictate the tone of proceedings. “We just wrote songs,” Barnes recalls. “The thing with Cold Chisel is that it’s quite a unique beast – I guess most bands are – but with this band, rudely we’ve compared ourselves to a sausage machine: it doesn’t matter what the fuck you put in one end, it comes out the other end sounding like Cold Chisel. Don’s rhythm playing and his choice of notes and chords, the way that Phil plays and the way that Charley now plays with this band, the way that Ian Moss plays and the way that his and my voice blend together, it just comes out sounding like Cold Chisel. And that’s a good thing.” And that sound became an intrinsic part of our national identity, resonating through the ages and part of a shared national bond that often rears its head overseas when groups of Aussies congregate together and get nostalgic, especially after a beer or ten. “I think the lyrics had a bit to do with it – Don’s an exceptional observer of people and of feelings,” Barnes ponders of the resonance. “When Don wrote about Vietnam for instance, for Khe Sanh, it wasn’t as obvious as Redgum, or a rallying call to rebel against society, it was just about the feeling of the country being involved in a war that we didn’t want to be in, and the soldiers coming home and not knowing why they were there in the first place. Same with Star Hotel, we didn’t write just about the riot, we wrote about this sort of uneasiness, this almost indescribable feeling within society of unrest, like, ‘Hey, our future’s looking fucking dim!’ It’s not really about a pub being shut down, it chronicles that entire unrest within the community. Don has a great knack of writing songs like that.” WHO: Cold Chisel WHAT: The Best Of Cold Chisel: All For You (Warner) WHEN & WHERE: Lite The Nitro Tour - Saturday 26 November, Sandalford Estate; Sunday 27, Belvoir Amphitheatre

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GENRE GHOST FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

WHEN THERE’S SOMETHING STRANGE, IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD – WHO YOU GONNA CALL? OBARO EJIMIWE, OR GHOSTPOET TO HIS ACQUAINTANCES, GETS THAT A LOT, AS STUART EVANS DISCOVERS OF THE MERCURY NOMINATED RHYME MASTER.

Obaro Ejimiwe likes to have a mouthful of music. He made his name writing down-to-earth raps about chocolate cake, Weetabix and KFC, and even his album follows a similar subject matter – peanut butter and jam. Listen carefully and the tunes are full of random references. Yet Ejimiwe isn’t alone when combining culinary treats with beats. There is a musical feast of food references scattered throughout history. Whiskey, coffee, pie, beer, and who is to say that the old classic Monster Mash isn’t actually about mashing potatoes? In 1994 Tori Amos released Cornflake Girl, which thanks to a few savvy DJs ripped up dancefloors. In 1998 a bloke called Fat Les released Vindaloo, a song about curry that became an unofficial soccer anthem whenever the English national team took to the field. Shanks and Bigfoot scored a winner with Sweet Like Chocolate, and even rappers LL Cool J, Fiddy Cent and Snoop Doggy Dog rapped about Candy, Candy Shop and Gin & Juice respectively.

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n the surface, the softly spoken Obaro Ejimiwe isn’t your average music maker; he’s more in tunewith philosophy and probably has more in common with Socrates than your emblematic musician. “I wouldn’t say that,” laughs the softly spoken Englishman. “I don’t plan my sound and don’t try to complicate my lyrics. I figure that I’m not the best singer or rapper in the world but my music is me being me and it is music that I like.”

approach to songwriting. He says he starts with a beat (or beats) and gradually gets a sense of a hook or a chord to turn an idea into something of essence. Not that he has an abundance of beats churning around in his mind. “I do have a lot of ideas going around in my mind though,” he reveals. “Songwriting is personal as it’s my life and also other people’s life. It makes sense for me to write about that kind of thing where I can then work on the basis of how it will work with a tune.”

His musical reckoning started when he purchased his first record and set about improving what he heard. “The record was instrumental so I tried writing lyrics that worked with the music. I became curious and enjoyed the process, so I wanted to do more and started to experiment,” he reveals.

Though born and raised in London, it was Coventry – in England’s West Midlands – that he refers to as his home. Ejimiwe says Coventry is significant in another way: it was the birth of Ghostpoet. “When I left home Coventry was my first destination. I was at university and started to write lyrics without making any actual music or knowing how to play a musical instrument,” he tells. That Coventry supplied him with a diet of soul, hip hop, grime and garage says much about his musical output of varying influences.

The UK-based Ejimiwe first made noise with his Sound Of Strangers EP, but it was when he dropped the wonderfully oddly-named album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jams via Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings imprint that things started to ensue. “I never even thought I’d get to meet Giles Peterson, let alone work and be associated with him. This year has really been amazing,” he reflects. Ejimiwe’s gritty, tough and wise lyrical poetry falls in to a quagmire of styles and substance that’s as unyielding as it is melancholic. Even The Streets’ Mike Skinner is reportedly a fan. As an MC, hip hop is the easiest label to fling Ejimiwe’s way. However the blemish is Ejimiwe’s more placid and bluesy delivery, and with live drums and scattered electronics, the tilt is more trip than hip. “I’m not into genres or labelling myself anything. I know what I am and what I’m trying to do. I know sometimes people need to label me with something as it probably makes it easier for them to identify me. I’m influenced by music and love music and then try to incorporate various aspects into it,” he says. Ejimiwe drags in an assortment of musical influences to make a track work. Be it indie, dub, hip hop or electro – his ethos of not generalising is working. “This year has been a mad whirlwind and I certainly never envisaged any of it. It’s been so pleasing that people have taken my music to their hearts.” Given daily life is surrounded by influences, which can be both good and bad, music is often the basis of transpired events. The Londoner has a favoured

He studied media production at Coventry University. He met a girl, earned a job as a customer service representative at an insurance firm and then got a mortgage. At night, he messed with electronic beats and started to write lyrics, set up a Myspace page and slowly started to make progress. The key word being slow. “I was working nine-to-five at the time and it was hard not to get carried away and dream about making something more out of music,” he reflects. Ejimiwe was also a member of the grime collective, but his initial fondness for grime was short-lived. “I found grime limiting and really just lost interest and passion. I wanted to say something different and more in a different style, as I just couldn’t do that with grime. I wanted to concentrate on words and the structure of those words in an overall arrangement of music that doesn’t just compliment a beat of a drum,” he explains. Ejimiwe’s a musical poet who, despite not being able to play traditional music instruments, has relied on his instinctive ability to write lyrics that display wisdom and thought. He has still never mastered one instrument. “I wanted to learn and play saxophone but there was only one in my school at the time and somebody else got to it first. I tried to play a bit of clarinet and trombone but at the time the school required insurance for me to take them home so I could practice. I asked my parents,

who said they didn’t want to waste money on things like that!” If he’s lyrically robust, production is an ongoing learning curve. “I’m still learning and realising how important it is. It’s one of those things that will no doubt improve as time goes on.” His experience working within the grime genre did have positives. “One of the guys taught me some of the basics around computer production and how to mould sounds and instruments together,” he reveals. He’s also deep in a whimsical kind of way, without ever revealing too much about his personal life and history. “My lyrics aren’t biographical but do feature aspects of my life that people can probably relate to.” His album, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam displays far more than simply moulding instruments. Think of Ejimiwe as a conversationalist with lyrics rich

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in symbolism. There’s no posturing or attitude often associated with an MC. There are moments that are gutwrenching but are balanced with joy and positivity. “Life can be a struggle and it doesn’t always go the way you intend. I wanted to get that across in my music. Every person is different and every person’s life is different and being able to relate and connect is something I really wanted to get across.” Ejimiwe defines his album as a body of work and not part of a grand master plan. He says it all started with a few demos before gradually building up a collection of works. “I wanted to create something that I’d like to listen to.” The album title has meaning, too. “I tried to work out what the music meant to me and I came to the conclusion that it was definitely melancholic with plenty of ups and downs. I thought about what I associated with being down, so I started to think about colours. When I’m down I also like to eat, which is where the food angle comes from,” he laughs. WHO: Ghostpoet WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 23 October, The Bakery, Northbridge

The Beastie Boys got in on the culinary act with Egg Man, likewise did vegan Moby with a non-meat song, Honey. And it’s anybody’s guess if Technotronic were singing about the stuff that’s spread on toast and sandwiches when they released Pump Up The Jam. From Vanilla Ice ‘rapping’ about Ice Ice Baby, Salt N Peppa, the Sugarhill Gang, Meat Loaf, The Sugarcubes and South Park’s Chef, who so cleverly hummed about Chocolate Salty Balls, the relationship between music and food is like, er… chalk and cheese. But best of all is Simian Mobile’s Disco foodinspired techno album, Delicacies. The lads behind SMD, James Ford and Jas Shaw, released an album inspired by unusual food they had sampled while globetrotting and included such appetisers as Nerve Salad, Sweetbread and Skin Cracker. Surely this is a Masterchef special just waiting to happen.


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s one of the hardest working and most respected bands in Australia, building momentum whilst accumulating linear growth with each release of their four albums, Gyroscope could be forgiven for resting on their laurels. Not prepared to merely let inertia take its course, the band have given the fans the chance to choose the set-list for their upcoming national tour. Entitled the Choose Your Own Adventure Tour, the parallels between such a concept and a certain ‘90s teen fiction book series are unmistakable. When digging a little deeper the motivation behind the tour is clear: “We’ve got this great tradition of people that were passionate about the band early, they still love the band and are still passionate about what we do,” explains drummer Rob Nassif. Looking back to songs such as Fire Away, Sharp Words, Safe Forever, Sexxxy, and many more favourites that a fair few people in this city have grown up with, you can understand why. And the opportunity to hear songs spanning their four albums and various EPs is certainly an appetizing one, particularly considering many of these goosebump-inducing songs are likely to not be heard live again. As the only headlining tour of the year for the band, the journey is in no way a shortcut to the end, unlike the written version where you could impress your mum by “reading” a 150-page book in half an hour. The tour gives fans the opportunity to hit up everyone’s favourite social playground – Facebook – and vote for the song they most want to see played. Whilst using such a transparent voting system does give the chance to prop up the underdog, after pondering upon the list of 50-plus songs to choose from, it is looking interesting to say the least. With plenty of oldies and more obscure choices given a nod from the fans, the band are pretty stoked. “We’re always in control of the set, we make it flow, we pick the more rocking songs to keep the crowd pumped the whole time,” Nassif assures. Entertaining the chance of a potentially softer set, Nassif reveals they “love the quieter songs and every album we have released has always had a few quieter songs on it. But for the very reason that we just didn’t want to lose momentum in the shows, we haven’t played them live.” Disclosing how the band may have to change gears for the show, Nassif responds that “if these songs are in there its going be interesting for us and we need to lift our game and maybe adapt a bit to create a setlist that’ll still flow.” If the voting was to stop now, the setlist as it appears should encourage fans to re-learn the words to their favourite songs and even familiarize themselves with any records they haven’t had the opportunity to get intimate with yet. And speaking of intimacy, in a day and age where the attention spans of music listeners are seemingly reducing by the minute, only lending their ears to whatever industry-backed flavour of the month a certain government-owned national radio station is peddling, it is a welcome rarity to see a gimmick-free rock band who have built their legacy on consistently marvelous live performances give back to their fans. Whilst letting the audience choose the songs could potentially put the band in a precarious position, they appear well and truly up for the challenge. “Hopefully it brings people together and they’ll hear a bit of everything,” tells the skinsman. “This is the chance for people to get their shot to get us to play the songs they want to hear. At the end of the day it’s the punters paying the money to see you play, so you owe them.” Something the diehards are no doubt welcoming with open arms, taking the opportunity to see the band in some not so regularly frequented regional venues. Having recently taken some time off the touring wagon, Nassif admits that having the opportunity to revisit some of the venues they first played when they were in high school, evidently rocking up late for school the next day because they had played Settlers Tavern or The Prince Of Wales the night before, will be a welcome orientation. “Regional, not just for Western Australia, but Australia-wide, its awesome, the people are very passionate, they’re so stoked you’re coming there, they’re always enthusiastic crowds, a lot of fun, the people are awesome, you get really looked after.” With the Geraldton show sold out in 10 days, and some mighty fine supports on board, the tour looks an imminent success.

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On the topic of supports, with local rockers Wolves covering the western supports, and City Riots and one of this country’s most promising acts in Closure In Moscow manning up over east, the band have again taken it upon themselves to usher in the next generation of stage shredders. As somewhat of a patriarch of the Perth scene, Nassif admits the band brought Wolves in as a reward for some recent hard work ahead of their debut album release: “We wanted to give them these shows to say ‘Hey, you’re doing a good job.’ It’s all looking up for them.” Having no doubt been given a hand up by many acts before them, looking back over some previous tours you get the sense that Gyroscope see it as their duty to bring some of the best up and coming acts on tour with them, exposing their audiences to some new bands they just may not have heard. And whilst this tour is no different, it also appears that Gyroscope aren’t even entertaining the thought of slowing down any time soon. Whilst the future is far from set, conceding they haven’t started writing yet, Nassif does provide reassurance that they shouldn’t be too far away from getting down to writing soon. “We’ll be sitting down to nut out a plan for album number five in the next few weeks, so we’ll see. Everyone’s feeling really refreshed so it’ll be good for the album and it’ll be good for the shows coming up.”

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WHEN: Thursday 20 October, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; Friday 21, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Saturday 22, Studio 146, Albany; Saturday 29, L’Attitude, Geraldton

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DEVIL’S THRONE AFTER RELEASING THEIR BREAKTHROUGH ALBUM IN 2009, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA’S VOCALIST MIKE HRANICA SAYS THE US METALCORE STARS DECIDED TO TURN UP THE AGGRESSION AND TURN ON THE EMOTIONS. BRENDAN CRABB PLAYS MERYL STREEP TO HIS ANNE HATHAWAY.

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ime and again when an established heavy band hits the promotional trail in support of a new album, it’s claimed they’ve become better as musicians and songwriters, enabling them to craft their heaviest, most melodic and/or most “mature” output yet. The end result often sounds like a contrived attempt to satiate all sections of their fan base. US metalcore mob The Devil Wears Prada sought a more technically proficient, metal-oriented and progressive approach on new disc Dead Throne, their fourth full-length and the follow-up to the successful With Roots Above and Branches Below. However, vocalist Mike Hranica emphasises the creation of Dead Throne was not calculated in any respect. “We never really go into records with too much of an intentional sound behind it,” he explains. “We did want the (2010) Zombie EP to be darker and heavier, but usually when we come up with any ideas it’s about a general progression. This unconscious idea of what we really wanted with the record and getting to work with a great production team as far as Adam (Dutkiewicz, Killswitch Engage and Times Of Grace guitarist). It just turned into a record that we’re all really proud of and definitely what we could call our best effort to date.”

THE WORLD IS DEAD AND THE ONLY THING WE HAVE IS THE LORD.”

This collaboration was born out of a mutual admiration first realised in early 2010, when The Devil Wears Prada supported Killswitch Engage on tour. Many fans solely associate Dutkiewicz with his clownish on-stage demeanour, but if you ask any band who has worked with the producer, they reveal the wackiness is just one part of his personality, and he’s ultimately a hard-working perfectionist. “It was terrific,” Hranica gushes. “Everyone’s always heard something about Adam, whether (it’s) he’s crazy, likes to goof off and what not and everyone knows his legacy as far as being in Killswitch. What everyone says is you always see how hard he is on bands. He was definitely hard on us, but he will never push you to where you break. I’d heard that before and it was definitely true and I really don’t have enough nice things to say about working with Adam. He definitely is a perfectionist. “Even on a song like Kansas, which doesn’t have any vocals on it, I have no idea how many times we tried the parts to that song as there was something always that he would pick out; ‘Oh, this isn’t right’. So we would just do it again and again and the song itself as far as rhythm wise is really simple, but there was always something to improve on and that always came down to Adam.” The slick production values aside, ultimately Dead Throne tackles issues of failed relationships and perseverance of faith. “Primarily the record deals with idolatry and lost love, I think that’s pretty obvious listening to the songs. The opening title track has a very detailed account of what the record title is about and there’s a lot of songs that dive into that. Our first single Born To Lose deals with idolatry and then a lot of the record, like Forever Decay and Chicago, delves into the love lost vibe.” The sextet has never side-stepped discussing their faith in Christianity either, which the frontman says impacted greatly on the new record’s lyrics. Bands wary of potentially alienating fans will instead use a line such as, “we’re a band of Christians rather than a Christian band,” but there’s no ambiguity with The Devil Wears Prada. “We’ve been a Christian band since we started,” the vocalist says. “The more shows we started to play and the more people that started coming out, the more interest the band was attracting and it just seemed more and more clear that we had great reason for what we were doing. That reason was because of our faith, and because we had and still have the ability to really tell people about something wonderful. That applied from day one, it applies now and it is definitely spoken through Dead Throne as well, as far as referring to faith as the one certainty and the one regularity. “[Love lost] is a poetic topic I’ve always touched upon, and exaggerated, but this time around it was a little bit different as far as where it was coming from. My biggest lyrical models for the album are also very ‘love lost’-generated writers. The record contains a lot of self-loathing and a lot of bitterness, which all has a spin on it to where the only thing that does not pass in our lives is our faith and our trust in God. Dead Throne takes a bitter perspective – the world is dead and the only thing we have is the Lord.” The new album now on shelves, The Devil Wears Prada’s attention turns to the road where they will kick off the Dead Throne world tour on these shores. They’ll be joined by up-and-coming fellow Americans We Came As Romans (whom they recently trekked about the US with as part of the Warped Tour) and fast-rising Melbournians Dream On Dreamer. “It’s always the same thing for us, it’s always just about feeling something and feeling something emotional,” Hranica says of playing live. “I know that regardless of what kind of band I’m seeing, whether it’s a band that stands still or a band that is all over the place, as long as I can feel what they’re trying to express, that’s the most important thing. “That’s exactly what I try to do with Prada and the live performance. We’re all really on the same page as far as just wanting to play the songs we wrote and really give them something to watch as well while we play those songs. It’s just the polar opposite of a dull live show, and something that’s entirely sincere and wholehearted.” WHO: The Devil Wears Prada WHAT: Death Throne (Roadrunner) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 20 October, Capitol, Perth

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BLEEP-HOUSE IN TOWN TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE THE CHOGM PERIOD WITH FEET FIRMLY ON THE DANCEFLOOR, DUTCH MEGA DJ SIDNEY SAMSON TELLS TROY MUTTON HE’S BEEN KEEPING SOME PRETTY ILLUSTRIOUS HIP HOP COMPANY OF LATE.

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iverside, motherfucker!” It was a phrase you could hardly escape last festival season, whether in its original form or now the more favoured debstep remix. Sidney Samson’s bangin’ hit was the catchcry of many a festival/club-goer in 2010. While it opened many ears up to the sounds of the popular Dutchman, it’s not like he suddenly came out of nowhere. Keen tune-hounds will have recognised his name well before that, but it still took him a while to break out of his homeland. “At that point when I made Riverside, before that, if you were from Holland and you wanted to be a crossover DJ who was playing in England or Australia or something, you had to make music that was, like, ‘international’. That’s what they called it – you had to make music that was ‘international’. I was like, ‘What is that?’ I didn’t know what it was. “Then Riverside became a huge hit, and it was the sort of music I’d been making for years. And it was like, ‘Okay wait, you’ve got this huge world crossover hit, with just your sound, not the international sound?’ Things definitely changed after that.” The Dutch house sound has definitely been on the up and up over the past 18 months, with people like Samson and Laidback Luke dominating dance charts around the globe. Since the explosion of Riverside, Samson has been steadily releasing remixes and singles, and while none of them have really caught on like the aforementioned tune, he’s not too fussed. “That’s always the case, you know. When you have a big hit it’s like, ‘What’s the next song’. I felt the pressure was on, for a small amount [of time]. I was like, ‘Well okay, I’ll just do what I do, and when another hit comes along, I’m happy, and if it doesn’t, whatever.’ As long as I can perform and DJ and travel the world, that’ll be enough for me.” Samson has been producing for a long time now – he began DJing at the ripe old age of 13 – so he’s been in and around the scene long enough to know the politics and to just roll with things, knowing that eventually the cycle turns your way. “They call it Dutch house, although I’ve been making that kind of music for 10 years. When I started out making that sort of music it wasn’t popular at all. They called it that sort of ‘bleepy’ music, they’d call my music ‘bleephouse’ or something like that. “People liked the music but it was not credible – people love that word, ‘credible’,” he almost sighs. “In Holland I wasn’t credible, you know? And abroad, I was as Dutch as you could be… I’m just happy that people are loving this kind of music, because that’s what I love to do and what I like to make, and if people enjoy what I’m making then it makes me happy, of course.” While house has been making him pretty happy over the last decade, his passion lies with hip hop, and in recent times he’s been working with some fairly high profile artists in that realm. He’s certainly chuffed with the results. “I had the good fortune to meet some cool guys – Lil Jon and Wil.i.am. I made a song with Lil Jon called Mutate which will be out soon on my own label. I made a song with Will.i.am, which is like a club song, and I also made a hip hop song with Wil.i.am that’s featuring Lil Wayne and Lil Jon, which will be on Wil.i.am’s next album.” Sounds like a dream come true for an old school hip hop head such as himself? “When I was a kid, like 14/15 years old, I bought records from those guys,” he enthuses. “Now it’s like I have the chance to really work with them, and it’s really cool. When I just started out, when I made house music, it was something that was really difficult to reach, like it was something else… Those guys were really into hip hop and R’n’B, they wouldn’t even touch house music, or they’d just call it techno. And the game’s changed now, where everybody wants to have that dance influence in their music, and that is what we do best. So, yeah, I’m happy.” And while that would have made for some interesting studio time for the Dutch wonder, usually he writes his tracks on the fly; his laptop is his studio. “I work on my laptop, so I always take my studio with me. I’m trying to work as much as possible, whether it’s on the plane, at the hotel, at the beach, by the swimming pool, I don’t care. I make music everywhere. I start out with some beats, the melody, then the vocals, or sometimes I just have the vocal and I build a track around it. There’s different ways but it’s always on my laptop.” And with DJs now becoming almost like the new rockstars, Samson believes now more than ever it’s the production side of things that gives you an extra edge. Where in the past many DJs became (and in some cases still are) popular for their mixing skills, track selection and so on, producing has become an important part of the DJ’s arsenal. No one is more aware of this than Sidney Samson. “Nowadays it’s like you have to put out music that people can tag you with that sound. Because people are hearing that sound and they’re like, ‘Hey, this is Sidney Sampson tech music’, or something like that. It’s really difficult to start out DJing and building a profile only with gigs. “It’s really hard nowadays because everybody’s producing, everybody can download a sequencer and make something, so you’re always two steps behind if you’re not making music. For me it’s something I always get because I really love doing it, not because I hope to get big or something. I’m just lucky.” And while an album of original productions isn’t really on the cards at the moment, when it does come it might not be what you expect. “When I’m going to drop an album it would be a range of things, with not only house music but also hip hop and maybe reggae, I don’t know, an album for your car and not for the clubs. I will release more than enough singles for the clubs and I will make like a cool listening album.” WHO: Sidney Samson WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 27 October, Capitol, Perth

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LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN FOUR YEARS AFTER DEBUTING THEIR HIGH-RIDING ROCK SOUND, HARLEQUIN LEAGUE ARE FINALLY READY TO HIT THE BIG TIME WITH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM. CAM FINDLAY CHATS TO BASSIST/VOCALIST JAMES ROGERS ABOUT THE LONG, WINDING ROAD THEY’VE WALKED.

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t can be pretty hard to make it as a band. Forgive this scribe from stating the obvious, but pressures can be the difference between success and stagnation; financial support, a garnered and loyal fanbase, support from radio and print are all threads of the proverbial golden fleece. So, when these things all fall into place, and your band is set to rocket into the mainstream, where do you go from there? Well, in the case of Harlequin League, the answer may not be as simple as ‘ride the wave’. When bassist/vocalist James Rogers and guitarist Sebastian Astone started Harlequin League back in 2007, they may not have suspected the coverage that was to follow. Triple j picked them up in early 2008, putting a few tracks on high rotation. Two successive EPs granted the band a slew of awards and nominations, including the Unearthed J Award and WAMis, as well as some big slots supports.

WE REALLY JUST WANT TO BE A LOCAL BAND AGAIN.”

But then comes a bit of a gap in their timeline; not much has come out of the Harlequin League camp since 2009, until now. “Getting the songs together for the album was part of it, but we also had a whole lot of obstacles thrown up in our way,” says Rogers. “We had a managerial change, and we had two members leave in that time. Miles [Lisman], our drummer, left in the end of ’09, and then Seb Astone, our original guitarist, left midway through this year to go to Melbourne and pursue a career with Young Revelry. “So with all that happening, getting the album together…writing the album was one thing, but then getting the money to master it, get it mixed and pay off [producer] Andy Wallace, that took a lot of money that we didn’t have. It was basically all of us saving up enough money to pay it off. And then we had to sort out the line-up, start rehearsing again and get the band tight.” Thankfully, the band were able to slave away enough to get around these obstacles. Though, and in due indication to all those ups and downs, today’s Harlequin League might not be exactly the same band that fans may remember from a few years back. “It’s funny, the band’s kind of changed since two years ago,” muses Rogers. After triple j success and a series of huge tours, sitting down and writing the tunes for what would eventually become their debut album meant having to leave the spotlight behind for a while to sort everything out. “[The Unearthed Nomination] was two years ago and it kinda does wear off,” says Rogers, “so now we’ve gotta do it again with this album.” The album itself is a culmination of a band’s early career if there ever was one. There’s the hard-rocking indie sound that fans of the band may remember, especially on the Britrock-invoking anthem All Your Wars and the synth/wah-riding Itchy Heart. But then, out of left field, come tracks like the lo-fi folk-pop ballad Charlie’s Town, the distortion-heavy slow-burner Oh My, and the almost psychedelic Wait, Don’t Stray. They prove that the writing for the album was a long and involved process on the part of all members of the band. “I think the eclectic thing’s a bit of a reflection of the different personalities in the band,” Rogers reflects. “When we were recording the album, we did have the clash of personalities and music tastes. Ben Pooley, our guitarist and synth player, is really into heaps of noise and experimental stuff, our drummer Chris is a real big Britpop, Oasis, Blur fan. And myself, I’m into a bit of folk and a bit of ‘80s music as well, so it’s really all over the shop. The eclectic-ness in the sound is definitely a reflection of the band. We were trying to go for one big sound that could reflect who we are as a band, but saying that, Charlie’s Town and Oh My are definitely different; they’re kind of more personal songs, to me anyway.” That personality really does come out through the songs, with the heady mix of intense riffage and slow, deliberate melody expressing a deep reservoir of inspiration. After recording two EPs over the course of a few years that would hint at the eventual evolution of Harlequin League’s sound, Rogers concedes that finally releasing a long-player has taken a different level of devotion. “We recorded each of the EPs over the space of a week,” he says, “whereas with [the LP] there was three batches of recording. “There was one recording session we did at Blackbird studios in July last year, then another session later in July at Sumo [Sound Studio] and then another in August. So it felt like recording three EPs over the course of two months.” With the development of the album came the need for a lot more consideration – the band had to spend more time mulling over how the album would be pieced together from the songs they had spent years performing and fine-tuning. “The process of selecting songs needed a lot more thought, because it’s our baby, we wanted it to be perfect,” explains Rogers. “There’s a lot more inter-band discussion about how it’s going to take place and what’s going to work and what’s not going to work. There’s a lot more handling with care when it comes to an album.” So, with the imminent launch of their debut album right around the corner, it seems like things are finally happening in a big way for Harlequin League once again. “It’s just about keeping the ball rolling,” Rogers enthuses. “We really just want to be a local band again, because I think we kind of skipped that before. So to get some local shows going again, and get people coming down to see us, that would be great for the band.” WHO: Harlequin League WHAT: Harlequin League (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 14 October, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

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A BUNCH OF MANIACS THE YEARS HAVE BEEN KIND TO THE DRONES. NOW ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST LAUDED SONGWRITERS, GARETH LIDDIARD CHATS WITH CAM FINDLAY ABOUT ROUGHING IT, MELBOURNE PUBS AND FIREARMS IN THE LEAD-UP TO THEIR NEW LIVE DVD.

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t’s hard to think about Australian music without thinking The Drones. Since 2000, Gareth Liddiard and co. have carved out a unique and uncompromising niche amongst their peers. Seven albums have earned them enduring critical success, and a ream of awards (including the inaugural Rolling Stone award for Best Live Act last year) proving how much of a profound effect they have had. It’s slightly strange to imagine, then, guitarist/vocalist Gareth Liddiard slumming it in one of the worst places you could think of in the early days of the band’s foray into the Melbourne music scene after leaving Perth in 2000. “We really roughed it, we were homeless for a while,” Liddiard explains, reminiscence clear in his voice. “Then we started living in the worst caravan park in Australia with a bunch of maniacs. They were the sort of people who had just got out of prison and were on parole. They all got stuck into this caravan park, and it was fuckin’ horrendous. On the weekend when they would all start drinking, it was just chaos. Ambulances would rock up and it was no big deal. It was crazy, but it all worked out in the end, and I’m amazed it did. I wouldn’t do it again.” Luckily, success eventually came for the Drones in 2002 with their debut Here Come The Lies, ending any obligatory dangers of urban caravan parks. Since then the iconic voice and visceral lyrics of Liddiard, along with his and Dan Luscombe’s powerful guitars, bassist (and Liddiard’s long-time partner) Fiona Kitchsin’s soft, subtle low-end treatment and Mike Noga’s pounding rhythms have become synonymous with the progression of Australian live music. So much so that last year, when Melbourne’s iconic Tote Hotel was scheduled to be closed down, The Drones were the band picked to play the very last (at least as far as anyone knew then) support slot. “It was amazing to be the last band,” Liddiard explains. “The first time we played there in 2000, no one came. It was a Tuesday night, and they didn’t even open the fuckin’ bar. There was about five people there, and they were just people we knew. “But to go from that to the last band…it’s a big deal. All the bands that we loved played there. To be the last and be recognized like that, we were pretty chuffed,” Liddiard laughs. Of course, due to massive public outcry and support, the Tote eventually re-opened. Understandably, Liddiard had mixed feelings about the sudden resurrection of the venue. “When it re-opened, it was a strange thing. It felt like you’d been at someone’s funeral and then all of a sudden they’re not dead. So it was sort of like, ‘Grieving you was difficult, I don’t wanna have to do that again’.” Despite his reluctance, Lididard concedes it was important to the future of live music, at least in Melbourne. “It’s strange, with all those people who showed up…it was almost like the closing was a signal to them,” Liddiard muses. “If you go to the Tote now, it’s a bunch of young people. I think that baton was passed with that closing.” Of course, Liddiard himself has been a large part of that baton being passed, his work ethic emphasising the idea of making music for yourself, yet still succeeding. That ethic translates to stage as well; The Drones’ shows are famously high-energy, balls-to-thewall affairs. As an aside though, Liddiard released his debut solo LP Strange Tourist last year, which granted him the opportunity to tone things down a bit. “It’s less of a strain, really, on me,” Liddiard explains. “In a sense it’s more fun, because there’s a little more room to move and talk shit with the crowd. It’s good to include them in the whole thing, more so than with The Drones. And physically, I’m not gasping for air the whole time, so it’s nice. “But otherwise, I don’t differentiate that much between the two, because it’s just me playing my songs anyway,” Liddiard concedes. “It’s just a different set-up really; just a guitar and a voice rather than a full band. It’s because I wanted that sound, I wanted the sound of a naked acoustic guitar. If I wanted musicians, I would have got The Drones, or if I wanted a brass band I would’ve gotten a brass band.” Part of the reasoning behind Liddiard’s decision to release an album that relies simply on his own voice and a guitar might come from his decision to leave Melbourne and shack up in the country, a logical step from the band’s recording of Gala Mill in 2006. It’s a fairly left-of-field decision for a musician who has made a name for himself in the seedy urban sprawl of cities. In fact, Liddiard famously mentioned a few years ago that he would never play “anywhere without skyscrapers”, after a few rural gigs went down badly. With the clear alt-country aesthetic that arguably sits in their sound, does Liddiard think it a bit odd that rural punters might not get it? “I don’t think it’s that weird, it’s just a kind of social thing,” he ruminates. “You’re talking about towns full of working-class people who don’t do much else than work. Whereas in the city the kind of thing is lower-middle class kids who are poor enough to know what a shit time it is, but they’ve got enough money to have time to spend thinking about things like art and culture. You don’t get that in country towns, the closest thing to culture is like the Country Women’s Association or Lee Kernaghan singing about American bullshit,” Liddiard conveys with a laugh. So, wait… He’s made the move to the country, but admits that country towns are devoid of culture? What does he get out of it then? Well, the answer comes with a warning: don’t keep reading if you’re a dog lover. “When you work in music, you kinda just end up hanging out with musicians all the time,” Liddiard says. “And so to get out to the country and hang out with farmers is great. Our nearest neighbour was a dog trapper. He’d trap wild dogs and shoot ‘em. And he’d come over every Friday and we’d get drunk and shoot shit. It was awesome. It’s so refreshing to learn that there’s so many different types of people. There’s funny stories coming from all different areas of life, and it’s quite entertaining.” WHO: The Drones WHAT: A Thousand Mistakes (Shock) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 20 October, Mojo’s, Fremantle; Friday 21, The Bakery, Northbridge

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KICKING WITH STYLE SINGER AL BARR FROM BOSTON ROCKERS DROPKICK MURPHYS TALKS TO BAZ MCALISTER ABOUT THE BOISTEROUS BAND’S NEW RECORD GOING OUT IN STYLE, WHICH CHRONICLES THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A FICTIONAL IRISHAMERICAN EVERYMAN.

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istening to the Dropkick Murphys’ new album is like going to a wake. That’s not as dreary as it sounds, though – we’re talking about the kind of wake they have when a cop dies in The Wire, and they lay his body out on the pool table at Kavanagh’s Irish Pub and sing Pogues songs until 3am. It’s the kind of rollicking, relentlessly celebratory wake where “at five o’clock in the evening every bastard there is pisskey”, to quote Shane MacGowan.

Going Out In Style is a recollection of the life and times of Cornelius Larkin – Irish immigrant, Korean War veteran, longshoreman and union organiser – who has just passed away, aged 78. Cornelius never existed, but by the time you’re done listening to the record he’ll feel pretty real. “When we wrote the album tracks,” explains Murphys vocalist Al Barr, “looking at it, we realised we had this character in there, and one of us said ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to thread that character through the record?’. So that’s precisely what we did – and then we had an actual bona fide author – Michael Patrick MacDonald, who wrote All Souls and Easter Rising – come along and flesh out the character and give him a name, Cornelius Larkin.

THAT GENERATION REALLY EMBODIED THAT SPIRIT OF TOUGHNESS AND HANGING IN THERE.”

“At first I was like ‘Cornelius?’,” Barr laughs. “But it is a cool-sounding name, and when you think about it, it’s a very old-fashioned that fit the character we were looking at. Some of the songs, like Memorial Day, embody the spirit of our grandparents, that iron that – at least in American cultures – is missing from society today, the ability to face challenges and adversity, not just be running around going, ‘Oh my god my cellphone doesn’t work’, ‘Oh my god my GPS doesn’t work, what do we do, what do we do, what do we do?’. Barr says the record ended up being one that’s very close to each band member’s heart. A young Cornelius supposedly set sail for the greener pastures of America from a depressed and job-starved Ireland in 1949, seeking a better life. Many of the band members are IrishAmerican and many have similar stories within their own families that provided the material for Cornelius’ tale. “Writing from familiar points in our own lives, that’s what made it all seamless for us,” Barr says. “Cornelius immigrates from Ireland and fights in the Korean War even though he’s not a citizen – James [Lynch], our guitarist, his grandfather actually immigrated from Ireland, fought in Korea and won a Purple Heart, and he didn’t get his citizenship until years later. Most Dropkick Murphys albums feature the band’s high-energy, punked-up take on an old Irish classic – they’ve previously tackled prison ditty The Auld Triangle, a lament well-known to Glasgow Celtic fans called The Fields Of Athenry, and moved Ireland’s Spancil Hill to Boston in their ballad Fairmount Hill. They’ve sped up The Black Velvet Band and ripped through Captain Kelly’s Kitchen. So it was only fitting, perhaps, that on Going Out In Style they locked horns with a near-unassailable classic, The Irish Rover. “It’s surprising but over the years, we never really got asked to do The Irish Rover,” Barr says, “and we stayed away from it, actually, because the Pogues did their version, and it’s such an obvious one. But it was time for us to give it a shot, and we wanted to do it even faster than the Pogues and make it even more manic. Hopefully that carried over.”

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They also lay down a song that originated, of all places, in Broadway’s Ziegfeld Follies of 1913 – Peg O’ My Heart. On the record it’s addressed to Cornelius Larkin’s loving widow Peg, but Barr says the band really recorded it as a favour to his co-vocalist Ken Casey. “We did that one as a favour to Kenny, it was never intended to go on the record,” Barr recalls. “He came and said ‘There’s this song both of my grandmothers have been bothering me about, they’re both named Peg, can we just learn that song?’ and the band came up with a cool revamp of the music of it. The producer really loved it, and said it had to go on the record. And of course, it ended up being the one that The Boss picked to sing on.”

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By which Barr means, of course, the album’s prestigious guest vocalist and friend of the band, Bruce Springsteen. The Boss agreed to guest on the album before he’d picked the song he wanted to sing on; Barr says despite wanting to duet with the legendary champion of blue-collar America, he was desperately praying the great man would choose a track carried by the vocals of Ken Casey. “In some way it’s better that he did,” says the self-deprecating Barr. “I was kind of hoping he was gonna pick one of Ken’s songs, because I was really nervous – but for the band, it’s awesome to have him on the record. I’m totally stoked.”

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Barr says the band have been looking forward all year to coming down to Australia and introducing people to the new record. When they arrive in October it’ll be around the mid-point of a year’s extensive touring that kicked off around St Patrick’s Day and hasn’t let up since. All this has a rather bittersweet tang for Barr, who recently became a father. “I was looking at my daughter today – she’s two now, and I haven’t done the long haul tour since she was born,” Barr says.

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“It’s gonna be rough – rougher on me than on her, but that’s the nature of the beast. I don’t look forward to that. But the doubleedged sword of this lifestyle is that we’re lucky and blessed to be able to do this, but when we’re home we’re home 24/7. It’s a feast or famine.”

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WHO: Dropkick Murphys WHAT: Going Out In Style (Dew Process/Universal) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 23 October, Metro City, Northbridge

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BLOODIED BEATS RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA WITHOUT THE DEATH CREW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A WHILE, SIR BOB CORNELIUS RIFO FROM THE BLOODY BEETROOTS TALKS NEW BEATS AND GETTING BACK TO BASICS WITH TROY MUTTON.

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hen The Bloody Beetroots first exploded into a post-Ed Banger electro scene in 2008, founder Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo and partner-in-crime DJ Tommy Tea threw on a couple of black Venom masks and made for some epic DJ sets down under that had the club kids in a frenzy – quite literally. The abrasive nature of The Beetroots’ sound was embraced by many, and those sets have since become the stuff of lore. Since then they’ve been back, but under the new guise of Death Crew 77, a.k.a The Bloody Beetroots with a live band. Just as intense, the show at times veered into hardcore/rock territory – even Dennis Lyxzen from Refused had been joining them after he dug their cover of his late band’s ubiquitous track, New Noise.

While they’re headed back for Stereosonic – this time staying behind the decks – Rifo is happy to report that his relationship with Lyxzen is set to continue. “I’ve been travelling with Dennis Lyxzen who is now part of The Bloody Beetroots family,” Rifo tells, in reasonably good English on a break from touring. “I’m in Venice actually, in my studio working on some music.” In fact, his next track will feature the great man. “I’m going to release a new single called Choke in November, and it’s with Dennis’ lyrics.” Even with all the DC77 gear going on, Rifo is pleased to report that there is work underway towards the Beetroots’ follow-up to the album that smashed them onto the scene in 2009, Romborama. “You know my music, it’s always different. I’m going to do the same with this album. Dennis is going to be on this album, he’s going to write the lyrics, but I also want to have new guests on my album. I’m going to have some different styles on my album. From dance-punk, to dance-techno, dance-disco… “But the common themes between all this is that they’re going to be dance based; danceable music. You’re gonna listen to more of my influences.” So is the Death Crew element seeping in, or is it back to straight-up Beetroot bangers? “The sound is The Bloody Beetroots sound, that punchy sound, with Dennis on it. It’s not a Death Crew 77 style, definitely Bloody Beetroots style,” he assures. Being such a hot property in dance music makes the producer an obvious target for the growing number of pop princesses and hip hop heroes looking to give their tunes that club edge of late. Boys Noize is currently working with Snoop Dogg, Rusko gave Britney Spears’ latest a dubstep slant, David Guetta keeps doing stuff… the list goes on. But don’t think about adding Bob Rifo to the list, no-siree... erm, Bob. “It is pretty normal. If you think about Madonna produced by Orbital and so on… Now everybody’s copying the same sound, the same sort of music, like dance and electro, all that sort of thing,” he begins. “But it’s something that’s existed forever; it’s nothing new. When a sound becomes common, the new producer of pop music tries to copy it because it’s just fresh, but it’s not fresh anymore now. I think my sound is gonna change because I want to produce something fresh, I want to produce something like an outsider, you know what I mean? I don’t like this movement, because it’s too much. Everybody is saying yes. I need to keep my identity, I don’t want to sell my identity, I can’t produce a big artist… I want to find a new sound for a new album, I don’t want to copy what I do for the main act – I think that’s a mistake [and] what everybody’s doing.” For now, it’s all about evolving The Bloody Beetroots sound, and seeing what he can come up with for album number two. So far that’s been keeping it simple. “I want to go back to the basics. All the producers are just using one instrument now… I don’t want to use just one, I want to go back to basics. Bring real instruments, external synthesizers like Moogs and Prophet [synthesizers], and make a new, original basic sound. I did the same with the [Death Crew] church of noise sound. It sounds true, it doesn’t sound fake because it’s played with real instruments. We have piano and a Moog and real guitars, and real bass. But the sound of the Bloody Beetroots, that’s the sound of the Beetroots, a kind of true shape.” His enthusiastic attitude towards live instrumentation brings to mind a studio filled with all kinds of odds and ends, a musician’s paradise of all kinds of junk, from years ago to now. Not so according to Rifo; it seems in taking his music back to basics, he keeps his work environment suitably simple. “I have maybe two, three gears, and just basic gears,” he says, ‘gears’, his first English slip-up, in reference to equipment. “But I don’t feel the need to fill the studio with lots of instruments ‘cause I’m that kind of guy. I really love what I have, and remember less is more. And also I’m still living in Venice because I really love this place, and the way it gives me inspiration. And my studio, maybe it’s 15 metres in total, that’s all; it’s really small.” As mentioned this will be the first time for a couple of years that we get The Bloody Beetroots back in their original form – two scary looking dudes wearing black masks smashing tunes out from behind the decks, and Rifo is looking forward to the change of pace. “I love both [live and DJing]. It’s a different approach for me. I’m a musician so of course I prefer to play an instrument… But you know me, I play decks like an instrument. It’s just a different approach… I just love to play. “It’s gonna be really, really interesting. It’s also going to be a little challenging to really push myself as a DJ. I’m really excited to play. I wanna be able to play good music, and good grooves to get people dancing. I need to find out a way to make people dance to the fresh stuff, that’s going to be my challenge.” WHO: The Bloody Beetroots WHEN & WHERE: Stereosonic – Sunday 27 November, Claremont Showgrounds 26 • THE DRUM MEDIA 13 OCTOBER 2011

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THE OLD GUARD

BRINGING BACK THE GROOVE

EMERGING FROM THE VERY BEGINNINGS OF THE TRANCE MOVEMENT IN THE ‘90S, FERRY CORSTEN TELLS RUEBEN HALE THAT HE LIKES TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK FOR NEW TALENT.

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erry Corsten is considered by many as an elder statesman of trance, emerging in the ‘90s with the seminal beginnings of the sound that would be followed by some of the genre’s heavy-hitters of today. By constantly touring and showcasing emerging artists around the world with his Once Upon A Night compilations, as well as his world dominating radio show Corsten’s Countdown, this DJ is regarded by many as an ambassador of his art. Corsten’s attitude to music is all about keeping your ears and eyes open and taking everything you see and hear in. “Music is definitely about the whole experience,” says the Dutch producer. Coming off a blistering summer residency in Ibiza, where he was named Best Producer Of The Year in the Ericsson Music Awards and Best Trance DJ in the Ibiza DJ Awards, Corsten has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 DJs in the world. Now with a new album in the works and a tour planned, he says he is really looking forward to getting down under this summer, and alludes to plans of working with some of Australia’s talent in the process. “The Full On Ferry concept started in 2007 in the Netherlands,” he says. “I thought why not invite DJ’s whom I like and play together on a night, but I never thought it would be such a success and it has only become bigger and more popular as time has gone on.” Apart from emerging artists providing new inspiration, he says common themes also influence his music. Sometimes just watching the world pass by is a source of material for him, with ideas flowing from some very everyday and mundane things. “Sometimes I will come up with a tune from a sound I hear in restaurant while I am sitting down waiting to play,” he says. “It has an influence on the way I produce or the sounds I use. Like my next album that is due next year sometime, I really like to experiment with my sound. Of course the focus will be on trance but don’t be surprised if it is not only trance on this one.”

A DUBAI PRISON CELL COULDN’T STOP D’N’B LEGEND GROOVERIDER. IN FACT, AS AAROM WILSON DISCOVERS, IT’S ONLY HELPED HIM RE-START THINGS.

F Corsten is a regular visitor to our shores and likes to immerse himself in the local talent while he is here, rather than just play the festival circuit. This follows his reputation as an innovator who works hard to stay abreast of what’s happening around the globe. “Every time I’m in Australia I stay for probably a week so I get to have the entire experience,” he says. “I play ‘til the wee hours in the morning at a fantastic club with a bunch of artists and clubbers that are having the time of their lives, a couple of great day festivals where you can enjoy the vibe on a sunny afternoon, plus a few great dinners and experiences here and there.” There will be plenty of inspirational diversity at Stereosonic this year for punters, where Corsten will be joining the likes of fellow trancers Armin van Buuren, Myon & Shane 54 and more to tour around the country. He says fans can expect a cavalcade of awesome new music and some sublime eye candy. “I really like to play with the visuals of my shows. I might be playing exclusive tracks that I am working on right now as well, so keep those eyes and ears open!” So between festival commitments and some strong suggestion that Corsten will be playing a few clubs on his tour, we can expect to see quite a bit the Dutch DJ this summer. However, those who won’t be getting to any of his shows may run into him elsewhere as he plans to get into the outdoors as well: “I like the idea of climbing the Sydney harbour bridge.”

WHO: Ferry Corsten WHEN & WHERE: Stereosonic – Sunday 27 November, Claremont Showgrounds

FREINDLY HOSTILITIES

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Behind the jokes lies a group of very serious musicians hell-bent on perfecting their sound and mastering their craft. The band have moved along from their first release and feel that their latest album, The Architect, better defines the sound they were initially aiming for. Says Marchegiani, “The first EP was called Blueprint and I guess at that point we were still trying to find a sound that was a bit unique. It got some good reviews but I guess there was the perception that we were still trying to find our feet. Having it called Blueprint didn’t really help,” he laughs. “I guess that was a necessary step to take, so now we’ve tried to draw upon some other influences to distinguish ourselves from that typical sound. We’ll let the crowds decide if we’ve achieved that. We’ve played around with a lot of tones and sound to try and suit what we’re doing in each song as opposed to having that straight guitar sound or a straight drum/bass sound as we did in the EP. We’ve got in and messed with the dynamics, thrown in some violins and cellos, xylophones, pianos and that kind of thing.” The art of recording was refined, beginning with the writing process and finishing with a touch of high-level professionalism. “We’ve tried to make the songs blend a little more,” states Freind. “Even though they are a lot different there is still an underlying theme which the EP probably didn’t have at all – I guess it’s progressive. It’s all stories converted into lyrics one way or another. Some of the songs are sort of metaphors and some are 28 • THE DRUM MEDIA 13 OCTOBER 2011

“I was there in NYE one year with Pendulum – it was actually their first live show which they did in Perth,” Raymond Bingham a.k.a Grooverider casts his mind back to the last time he was here for Origin at Belvoir Amphitheatre. Back then, in 2006, d’n’b was still yet to fill any stadiums. “I can remember thinking, ‘They’re going to be fucking huge’, and look what happened. I was raving about them to the BBC and whatever. And yeah, six months after that, they blew up.” While his productions and label duties may have quietened down over the years, Bingham’s passion for spreading d’n’b across the globe has never waned, nor has his ability to pick a great tune. Testament to these two attributes is the fact he’s still presenting his show with Fabio on BBC’s Radio 1, almost 25 years since the two first met at pirate radio station Phase One. That’s one hell of a long-standing relationship, and he’s happy to share the secret. “We’ve been together since day one so we mutually respect each other, and we alternate enough to like the same things and agree on much of the same music,” Bingham explains with his made-forradio voice. “What it is when i’m working with Fabio, we don’t see drum’n’bass as bits. We don’t see liquid, we don’t see hard, we don’t see tech; we just see good drum’n’bass and the bad ones… We put that kind of sense and feeling into what we do with drum’n’bass.” As the millions of devoted fortnightly listeners would agree, this diversity in their tune selections is another key to Grooverider’s ongoing success, and it’s also why so many music fans were shocked in 2008 when Grooverider was locked away in a Dubai prison for the

possession of 2.16 grams of cannabis. Originally a fouryear sentence, he thankfully found himself pardoned after less than a year’s worth of enduring “appalling” conditions. As to be expected from a man as passionate as Bingham, he’s not wallowing in regret either; he’s just getting on with it. “I wouldn’t do anything different, ‘cause I didn’t think there was anything wrong with my life in the first place. There’s a lot of people who think, ‘Well this has ruined my life, and that has ruined my life,’ and I don’t think that at all. I thought they were a bunch of idiots that were just holding me there, wasting my time. Hopefully I’ve changed from when I went in to when I came out. I’ve got a lot of ambition, and I managed to contain that for when I came out. I won’t be defeated by it.” Proof of this attiude is in Grooverider’s current project; revitalising his Prototype label, the one that helped push acts like Matrix, Dillinja, Boymerang and Ed Rush into the d’n’b spotlight. And, with the help of his Dogs On Acid business partner, he’s bringing back the Groove’. “I’m trying to do some stuff myself, like what I used to do in the first days; do all the music myself, and anyone else could come forward. First project’s gotta be a Grooverider thing. I’ve got a lot of tracks here, which I need to get out there,” Bingham enthuses, before revealing he’ll be releasing some joint tracks with Fresh as well as bringing back his beloved Codename John guise. “Yeah, it’s definitely coming back, it’s definitely coming back… As a producer, the door’s always open, I can go wherever I want.” WHO: Grooverider WHEN & WHERE: Random Concept – Saturday 15 October, Villa, Perth

EPIC VOYAGE

IT BEGAN BEFORE THE TAPE WAS ROLLING. THIS IS HOW IT WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE WHEN TALKING TO PERTH’S NEOPUNK ROCKERS HOSTILE LITTLE FACE. THE MISCHEVIOUS LADS CATCH UP WITH SIMON HOLLAND. he jokes flew from the get go. The latest discussion revolved around the inclusion of a pile of hilarious hidden objects on their website. “I’ve been waiting a year to tell you about that,” laments guitarist Chris Marchegiani to his band mate, vocalist and guitarist Mitchell Freind. You get the feeling that Marchegiani is the type of guy that could keep that secret for a year. After all, he is responsible for running the smooth operation that is Hostile Little Face.

rom playing underground acid warehouse parties to manning pirate radio stations, promoting illegal jungle rave-ups and holding residencies in groundbreaking clubs, Grooverider’s helped carve an invaluable part of the foundations for the UK’s thriving dance scene. With Fabio as his partner in crime, Grooverider was one of the key figures that brought drum’n’bass to where it is now; a sound so popular that it can fill a stadium.

BETWEEN BYRON BAY, MELBOURNE, THAILAND AND SWEDEN, MICHAEL CRAFTER EMBARKED ON THE LONGEST JOURNEY OF HIS LIFE FOR THE MAKING OF THE SECOND CONFESSION ALBUM, THE LONG WAY HOME. LOCHLAN WATT HEARS HOW IT ALL HAPPENED.

more literal, but it’s still a story that follows along my life sort of thing.” Marchegiani takes over to emphasise the origin of the crisp recording quality evidenced on the album: “We recorded with James Newhouse at Reel2Reel. We’ve recorded with James before and he’s got a certain sound that we were chasing. We got it mastered over at Stirling Sound in New York and they gave it a bit of a different sound again, so we’re pretty happy with that. We got the guy that did Panic! At The Disco and we’ve kinda always dug that kind of sound, that poppy rocky sound.” “We actually just thought it was cool,” interjects Freind. “We just wanted to be able to say that we worked with the guy that did Panic!” Despite the overall eclectic mix of influences, it’s Friend that cites the who’s who of ‘90s punk such as Strung Out and Bodyjar as the biggest influences of Hostile Little Face. “I’ve grown up with all those awesome bands,” reflects Friend, “but it’s also nice to be able to introduce it to a brand new sort of crowd and hopefully have them appreciate something that we got to appreciate growing up. I think that we all give a shit about music. All of us do. We want to play music for other people that give a shit about music. There’s all these little bits and pieces that you take out from your life, those really good times and moments that stand out. It’s nice to have music that suits those moments and hopefully we make those moments for everybody else.” WHO: Hostile Little Face WHAT: The Architect (Independent/Firestarter) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 15 October, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

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he reason it’s called The Long Way Home...” contemplates the clothing label owner, UFC enthusiast and brutal vocalist Michael Crafter, “People go on tour – you’re away from your home. Whether it be work, or a job, or whatever else – say it’s Friday arvo, and it’s one in the afternoon, and you want to get home from work. Those last hours take forever, cause you’re looking at your watch – it was like this in school as well – you’re looking at the clock, and you’re like ‘Argh’, and it’s like that with touring.” Formed in 2008 by Crafter, an ex-member of I Killed The Prom Queen and Carpathian, and ex-50 Lions guitarist Dan Brown, Confession released their debut EP later that year before arriving at their full-length Cancer in 2009. Commenting that “the last CD’s recording wasn’t that good”, it’s quite clear that the core members of the group, also including drummer Shane O’Brien, couldn’t have put more focus on getting The Long Way Home exactly the way they wanted it. Initially written in three weeks at the Parkway Drive house in Byron Bay last November, Crafter explains that they then, “went home, ripped it all apart again, re-wrote it again. Then by the start of the year we had most of it done, and I started to do pre-pro vocals and stuff,” which he in fact recorded whilst on holiday and training in Thailand, “and have a bit of an idea of what’s going on. We kind of went to Europe with pretty bare-bones structures, and they were pretty stoked on how it was, so all up it probably took us about six months.” After shopping around with various producers, the band chose to record at Swedish establishment Studio Fredman with Fredrik Nordstrom. He offered the group a more affordable deal than anyone else, including free use of the studio over the weekends. Crafter confirms that “he does heavy shit. He’s a legend. He’s so far from what everyone expects of him.

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“He calls himself Richie Rainbow now, because it’s his stage name for Dream Evil [Nordstrom’s power metal band] and he’s portraying himself as a gay guitar legend… This is a guy with a wife and kids. So he just talks more shit than anyone ever. Halfway through the recording, he’s like, ‘I’ve gotta go away for like four days’, and we’re, like, ‘Why?’ and he goes, ‘For a motocross event, because I totally forgot about it’. With being a producer dude, there’s always a studio guy, an assistant who’s just as good. He usually makes more calls than the producer does half the time. We found that both times with Fredrick – with Prom Queen and doing it this time.” After finishing the recording, the band joined Raised Fist for a three-week European tour before their journey home began. “We finished that Raised Fist tour, got on a train for seven hours, went to an airport and had a 24 hour wait for our flight, and then flew 14 hours to China, sat in that airport for nine hours, flew to Beijing next, and then got on another plane, flew to Sydney, flew to Brisbane, and then we got led straight from the airport to The Riverstage,” where the band played The Mix N Mash Tour with Parkway Drive in May. “So it was the longest trip of my entire life, but I’d already called the album that. It all makes sense. It all just made more and more sense as time went on. The album title was more and more relative to the album, and the album experience.” WHO: Confession WHAT: The Long Way Home (Resist) WHERE & WHEN: Saturday 29 October, Civic Hotel Backroom, Inglewood; Sunday 30, YMCA HQ, Leederville


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RUNNING SCARED

A LAWYER BY TRADE, CEREBRAL VOYAGER HONCHO DANNY ESTRIN TAKES NO PRISONERS WHEN IT COMES TO BLAZING TRAILS AND BEING THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S PREMIERE METAL EXPORTS. SIMON HOLLAND CATCHES UP FOR THE LATEST.

IN JUST OVER 18 MONTHS, MELBOURNE DUO BIG SCARY HAS MANAGED TO RELEASE SIX EPS AND NOW A DEBUT ALBUM, YET TOM IANSEK AND JO SYME ASSURE MICHAEL SMITH THE BACK CATALOGUE ISN’T ANYWHERE NEAR EXHAUSTED.

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elbourne duo Big Scary – singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Tom Iansek and drummer Jo Syme – introduced themselves to the wider Australian public through a series of EPs linked thematically through the idea of the seasons of the year. Their titles – obviously Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – reflected the moods of the songs in each. As the year turned, the four EPs were combined and released as The Big Scary Four Seasons. Iansek then released a solo side project EP, Man Of Leisure, under the moniker Dads. Now, finally, comes the official Big Scary debut album, Vacation, which is just as diverse a collection as those seasonal EPs suggested they’d be. “We love listening to whole albums,” Iansek admits, “the idea of an album as a listening experience from start to finish, so we did think about reigning in the diversity a bit and realised we had two distinct, separate albums that we could do, but we could only make one. So it was, ‘how do we get one album out of these two different ones?’ I think there are a few songs on the album, like Gladiator – which is the current single – which sort of helped pull them together a bit. Then with the rest, through pre-production, we started to hear what was working well and sounded like it was going to fit together. “When we first started thinking about the album, we had this whole back catalogue of songs that we started looking at again and then combined that with some new material. It ended up being mostly new material, though some really old ones kind of got refreshed and thrown back in there and they came out really well. “A lot of the tracks weren’t on the four seasons EPs,” Syme adds, “because I was like, ‘That’s an album track, that’s not really this little fun project we were doing.’ By the time we came to the album, as happens, you’re sick of the older material so they kind of got pushed aside.”

Rather than produce Vacation himself, as he’d done with the EPs, Iansek called in friend and former Yves Klein Blue bass player Sean Cook to do the honours. “Sean’s more pop-minded than me,” Iansek explains. “He loves a pop song, more in terms of perhaps a structure rather than a genre, so he was about really tightening songs up before we recorded. We were all kind of on the same page about having fun with what effects we used and really crunching some things up on the recording. So there was a bit of a struggle I guess between us wanting to make it more moody and Sean pulling it in this pop direction, but I think that’s what gave it its flavour in the end. “I’m always taken by the energy of a song and I guess there’s always a desire to recreate energy I feel in music, whether that’s something that makes you want to dance or just be really quiet and sit in a corner or something. Gladiator for instance, lyrically – and I think that was also what helped tie the album together as well – was about how I was feeling about the whole being considered a musician and an artist, which is a bit of a novel concept to us and something I’m still coming to terms and not quite comfortable with. “Essentially it’s about growing up and not necessarily feeling that you’re improving, especially now that we’re chasing our dream really, which is an amazing opportunity, thoughts about being so self-focused and whether that’s a healthy thing in the long term.” WHO: Big Scary WHAT: Vacation (Pieater/Inertia) WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 26 October, The Bird, Northbridge; Thursday 27, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle

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he final step in any band’s progression to the top is probably the toughest. Many quality bands have been overcome by the pressures of real life. It’s at these certain points that great bands take the longest steps. Voyager are one such band. Growing up in a town where the even roughest blue-collar can bring home six figures, dedication, will and sheer persistence of an artistic dream can be tough work. It’s the dropeverything-and-tour attitude that has finally provided Voyager with a glimpse of daylight between the clouds of a twelve-year storm. On the back of a US tour playing at festivals with some of metal’s most respected names, Voyager return with the triumphant glow of victors. No one is more proud than band nucleus and sole remaining founder Danny Estrin. “I couldn’t be happier with it,” states Estrin in reply to the cursory ‘So how’d it go?’ “We kicked more ass than we would have thought. Prog Power Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, was simply insane! We were, along with Therion and Labyrinth, the favourites at the festival and that’s saying something. I’m like a proud father!” As the proud father, Estrin has had his fair share of challenges. The heartbreaking cancellation of Prog Power UK in 2008 and a recent split from German label Dockyard 1 could have threatened to scuttle a less determined crew. If anything, Voyager is the polaropposite of a sinking ship. With the steady hand of Estrin at the helm, Voyager has stabilized its all-star lineup in recent months and the band has its eyes on the horizon. The challenge simply galvanised the resolve of a band steadfastly determined to succeed. It’s the elements that Voyager pride themselves on that have won over hearts and minds. “On record,” reflects Estrin, “we are heavy, varied, melodic, progressive,

emotive, virtuosic, the whole shebang. Live we have a hell of a lot of fun and muck around and smile a lot. We take our music very seriously, but live we don’t take ourselves the same, so I think people like that. We put on a show, we engage the audience. I try to sing to the very last person in the very last row. I read that in a Bruce Dickinson interview once and liked it a lot. We feel like we’ve made it.” As with any creative pursuit, drawing upon inspiration is the key. The impending release titled The Meaning Of I marks a change in direction in terms of overall sound, with those unmistakable Voyager-istic elements reappearing in altered forms, perhaps in some ways stronger than ever. “Collectively, this is a massive step because we worked on The Meaning Of I collectively,” explains Estrin. “It’s still uniquely and unmistakably Voyager in terms of melody, catchiness and intensity. What’s changed is the sound. It’s become bigger and better thanks to Jens Bogren [of Opeth and Soilwork fame]. The depth of emotional themes and the increased use of electronic elements. “The album has been received amazingly well so far and I hope that this will continue. Nothing is too outlandish for Voyager as inspirational material. It all colours the way we write music, I think. The Peter Steele tribute was something I’ve wanted to do for some time, and I think people appreciate it. That man left quite the mark on the world of music. May he rest in peace.” WHO: Voyager WHAT: The Meaning of I (Sensory) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 15 October, Amplifier, Perth

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cd reviews

ON THE RECORD

BASEMENT JAXX VS METROPOLE ORKEST

Basement Jaxx Vs Metropole Orkest Atlantic Jaxx Consistently rainbowing out fabulously party-centric dance music since 1999, London’s Basement Jaxx have travelled the world and its airwaves over seven studio albums. Always an effervescent live show, anthems such as Rendez-Vu or Jus 1 Kiss instantly whisk you away to faraway street carnivals. This collaboration with The Netherlands Metropole Orkest is, to the casual listener, a massively left-field move, reinterpreting 11 Jaxx classics in orchestral style. But considering the adventurousness of Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton, it’s no great surpris. For those who don’t ‘do’ classical music too easily, be prepared to be delighted. Armed with a 52-strong collective of strings, brass and rhythm, and baring their own reputation for musical diversity, the Dutch orchestra manages to bring out deeper emotions from slower takes of Lights Go Down and If I Ever Recover. In its original form, Red Alert was a halcyonic party piece, now somberly well place-able in a classic 007 soundtrack. Curiously, their biggest hit, Where’s Your Head At, proves the least satisfying, injecting OTT operatics to create a whimsical reminiscence of the KLF/Acid Brass project from several years back.

CD OF THE WEEK

BOOM BIP

COLLECTIONS OF COLONIES OF BEES

Zig Zaj

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Who on earth is Boom Bip? LA solo artist Bryan Hollon is the obvious answer, but beyond the basic biographic details, the man’s slanted career path has featured so many detours it’s hard to know where he’s really at. The gloriously surreal Circle album announced Hollon as a visionary hip hop producer, before he confounded expectations with some seriously-minded Boards Of Canada-esque electronica. An ‘80s hotwired concept album celebrating maverick car designer John Dolorean (I’m not making this up) with Gruff Rhys seemed to have been the last crazy roll of the dice, but after a three year absence Boom Bip has not only returned; he’s enlisted a veritable parade of indie-pop royalty: step forward Franz Ferdinand crooner Alex Kapranos, the current guitarists for Bon Iver and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys’ organ tootler Money Mark and – dropping in from whichever psychedelic cloud he’s occupying this week – Luke Steele.

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Kapranos’ contribution stands out; adding a touch of class to Goodbye Lovers with suave and subtly sinister vocals. Equally good is the epic instrumental Pele – a fine example of Boom Bip’s updated, muscled-up sound. Numerous tracks set the mood well, but dialled in vocals, such as Cate Le Bon’s on Do As I Do, fail to light the blue touch paper. Some efforts simply don’t work, specifically Manabozh, a woozy electro-clash hangover and New Order, where – and it pains me to say this – Luke Steele scales new heights of pretension over some anaemic guitars.

Collections Of Colonies Of Bees might be better wellknown as half of Volcano Choir, along with Bon Iver a.k.a Justin Vernon. Volcano Choir’s 2009 LP, Unmap, was an undeniably great album, coupling ‘Bees’ acousticelectric layers and post-rock dymanic with the soft, eerie harmonics that Vernon is pretty well known for. Giving is, despite the obvious trap of pigeonholing, a post-rock album. It explores a deeply resonant suite over four tracks; Lawn, Vorm, Lawns and Vorms. \Rather than gradually layering up ghostly layers, like some Iver/Volcano Choir fans might expect, Giving blasts straight into some finely-tuned major-scale rock, with earthy, almost Russian Circles-esque guitar reaching a crescendo on Lawn. Vorm switches to a repetitive drum beat as more levels of arpeggio guitar riffs lace together, before those post-rock drives start again. Lawns starts off much the same way, with the addition of key-driven melodies and more shallow, atmospheric effects. The best track on the album wraps it all up; Vorms builds to climax, rolls into a tight stop-start beat, and then flies into some amazingly intricate piano chords.

A diverse but uneven collection of genre-hopping excursions, we’re still no closer to discovering who the real Boom Bip is.

The track names kinda give it away – there’s not a whole lot of variety on this mini-album. A lot of reliance on driving, repetitive drums and sustained guitar melodies won’t leave post-rock fans shocked or surprised. It is a quality album though, with enough wellstructured instrumentation to keep things interesting. Hopefully the limelight shared with Mr Vernon will give these guys enough impetus to keep building on their sound.

MAC MCNAUGHTON

CHRISTOPHER H JAMES

CAM FINDLAY

MALE BONDING

MYRATH

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Inertia/Sub Pop

Nightmare/Sony

The Sub Pop record label was founded on a paradigm shift in alternative music. Lifting Nirvana out of Seattle, the label revitalized guitar-based rock’n’roll for a whole new generation. Unfortunately, with their latest album Endless Now, Sub Pop’s latest scions Male Bonding have let the torch of progress sputter.

The universality of metal never ceases to amaze, and from the basements of Baghdad to the backstreets of Beijing there’s been a recent explosion of bands onto the international scene. It’s not a new phenomenon; metal’s long held sway over the ears of the youth of the world, holding back the insidious imperialist creep of bland Western pop music, but a current wave of bands from the ‘East’ are interpreting and adapting metal with truly unique results.

There is euphoria to be had in Hey U and Good Luck and the live audience adds much vibrance to the atmospheres of Samba Magic and Do Your Thing. More than an amusing game of ‘See What They Did There?’, this project shows off just how rich and colourful the Jaxx canon is.

Endless Now

Endless Now’s second track, Carrying, encapsulates the album’s issues with its soulless guitar progressions and drum-work that would have sounded dated in 1999. Bones has heart, and a tightness of form that indicates that Male Bonding certainly possess talent as musicians, but technical aptitude alone does not a great album make. Sub Pop bills the record as ‘noise-pop’, which is an apt description of the band’s sound, but not in the manner presumably intended: Endless Now’s audio balance is so lopsided that it’s almost impossible to isolate the lyrics from the group’s stock-standard guitar riffs. For a more musically inventive outfit (compare: Test Icicles), this wouldn’t be an issue, but as Male Bonding seem keen on billing themselves as ‘punks’, it’s frustrating having to resort to the album’s lyrics fold-out to isolate each song’s message. Can’t Dream and The Saddle give the album some integrity with innovative pedal work, but they come too late to save the record as a whole. Put simply, Endless Now does nothing new, and fails to compellingly reinvent anything old. Though they aspire to join Sub Pop’s pantheon of great guitar bands, Male Bonding have unfortunately come up with what sounds like a thirty-minute skateboard commercial targeted at your little brother. CALLUM TWIGGER 30 • THE DRUM MEDIA 13 OCTOBER 2011

Note Of Hope – A Celebration Of Woody Guthrie

Tales Of The Sands

429 Records Woody Guthrie’s role in American folk music might be hard to comprehend in light of the current pop music trends, and his legacy might be as well known now for the two Mermaid Avenue albums recorded by Billy Bragg as his own recordings, but make no mistake about his worth to American folk. Ahead of his 100th birthday next year, more music has been put to Guthrie’s words.

Myrath are of a different ilk to the legions of long-haired foreign kids thrashing out Slayer covers. Hailing from the unlikeliest of places in Ezzahra, Tunisia, they’ve drawn from the rich musical heritage that surrounds them and wrapped it up in progressive metal with undeniably striking results. As much we’re grateful to the Nordic innovators who popularised the folk influence in metal. I know I’ve grown tired of the drab Vikinginspired tripe that’s still being released en masse, but the sounds of the deserts that Myrath conjure breathe life into the folk-metal genre. Unique arrangements and exotic instrumentation abound, but Tales Of The Sands will satisfy even the steadfast traditionalists. In metal terms ,Myrath aren’t too far removed from progressive innovators like Opeth or Dream Theater, especially with the powerful vocals of Zaher Zorgati soaring throughout.

This collection was again put together by Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, who worked behind the scenes on the Mermaid Avenue records. This time she’s commissioned esteemed bassist Rob Wasserman to oversee the project. The album’s strength lies in Guthrie’s writings, but the arrangements stray so far from Guthrie’s own music that they sometimes struggle to make sense. And there are few artists on here that make the songs their own completely. Lou Reed’s contribution goes some way in making Guthrie’s words into a Reed song, and since they’re both known for their writing it’s a natural fit. Ani DiFranco’s Voice recalls her own spoken word works, like Self-Evident. The spoken word of the late Studs Terkel hits hard on I Heard A Man Talking, particularly considering his history as a radio broadcaster. And then some of the inclusions are just confusing, like Van Dyke Park’s opening instrumental.

Zorgati has an incredible dramatic range that animates the songs, fitting perfectly in place with the cinematic arrangements that should conjure those familiar Orientalist images of caravans, the casbah and Circassian beauties that Western audiences still cling to. Now, how about some Javanese gamelan grindcore?

Throughout the record Rob Wasserman’s bass is ever present, and it detracts from the album as a whole. The arrangements are centred around the bass and Wasserman’s efforts to maintain that through the whole collection are distracting and detract from the purpose of the album: Woody Guthrie’s writings.

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THE VASCO ERA The Vasco Era Inertia Five years in the wilderness have cauterized The Vasco Era. Brooding and magnetic, their eponymous fourth LP is all kinds of Dinosaur Jr and Smashing Pumpkins. Vasco’s muddy guitars and filthy amplifiers knit the album together, though it’s a record that argues its case strongest by way of lyric. “You invented this boy/Are you gonna bury him then?” grumbles lead singer Sid O’neill on standout track Avatar Blues. It’s not always a powerful or compelling argument, but O’Neil conducts The Vasco Era’s fourth album with consummate confidence. Politenessman is another strong point, although it’s wrong to pick favorites in a record as thorough as The Vasco Era. Fans of Sub Pop will be titillated by Vasco’s implicit devotion to the sound of the label’s legacy, with Not Everyone Is From New York City being the band’s most overt declaration to their ‘90s alt-rock heritage. Jesus Sandals is a little sloppy, and first single Child Bearing Hips gives O’Neill room to howl over Michael Fitzgerald’s furious drumming. As an outfit thus far damned by only moderate success, there’s an unspoken frustration that permeates Vasco’s fourth full-length album, and the record seethes against mediocrity. O’Neill is a quintessential insurgent, at war with the paradigm of alternative music: “I tried dancing through old age and on into death with a tattoo of Marlon Brando across my chest.” Sincerity is often an absent commodity in contemporary alt-rock, and The Vasco Era flaunt it in super-abundance. CALLUM TWIGGER

THE RAPTURE

In The Grace Of Your Love Modular/Universal It’s hard to believe this is only album number three from live disco-punks The Rapture, and it’s been a long five years since Pieces Of The People We Love didn’t quite live up to the expectations that followed from their brilliant debut Echoes. They’ve been through a lot since then, most notably losing bassist/vocalist Mattie Safer, but thankfully they’ve continued on with the project as In The Grace Of Your Love is the group all grown up, and it’s awesome. Track number one grabs you straight away with now full-time vox man Luke Jenner wailing “Saaaaaaiiiiiil, sail away,” and while a little startling at first, it’s a rousing number that sucks you into a band that has found love, and also themselves, and is happy to let you know about it. It’s indicative straight away in track two, Miss You, a classic, bouncy Rapture song if ever one existed. From there it’s a tight nine more songs that simply feel like a more mature band than we last saw a few years ago. Under the guidance of Cassius’ Phillipe Zdar (producer of Phoenix’s ’09 gem Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix), it all comes together brilliantly, highlighted with album standout Come Back To Me, a throbbing, almost minimal track with a constant accordian riff, with Jenner repeating “I welcome you, back into my heart,” with a deep breakdown that takes the breath away. The title track is a slower, meditative number, while the album appropriately wraps up with It Takes Time To Be A Man. And so it is with The Rapture - taking the last five years to grow up, and it’s a joy to behold. TROY MUTTON


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GIG OF THE WEEK :

THE WOMBATS BY GRAHAM CLARK

ESKIMO JOE

ESKIMO JOE @ ASTOR THEATRE After a sold out run of acoustic shows last May, Eskimo Joe are back on the ol’ dusty trail celebrating the launch of their eagerly awaited fifth studio album Ghosts Of The Past. After recording the album on the NSW Central Coast, the boys from Freo have been pumped to get back to the fans and give them a taste of their patented Eskies rock’n’roll show, featuring all your faves from the past four albums alongside popular new tracks like Love Is A Drug. A quick scan of the lads’ social media reveals plenty of happy fans, and no doubt the trio is looking forward to closing out the month-long tour back in their hometown, playing The Astor Theatre tonight, Thursday 13 October and Friday 14. The latter show is sold out, but if you scurry along to eskimojoe.net you might still get lucky for tonight. Don’t forget to make sure you get there early to catch fellow Dirt Diamonds in the rough The Chemist.

FRONTLASH

BACKLASH

KNIT ON

CARBON TAX

Props to the ‘urban knitters’, mysteriously knitting up a storm of colour wherever they go in Perth. Either it’s the work of people into beautifying public spaces with old skool tactics, or it’s just a nana on one serious acid trip. Either way, we win.

Great news that it’s one step closer to being passed through the senate. Still, with such a close result to get it through Lower House, it doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence in a sustained future for the bill…

R.I.P. BLACK EYED PEAS

14-year-olds charged with possessing drugs, ex-AFL coaches involved in glassings, people’s drinks being spiked with chemicals that burn out your insides, all in the same week of the Bali-bombing anniversary, WA’s island of choice has had a tough run.

Now, who’s up for throwing a celebratory party?

FESTIVAL MADNESS We had to create an extra page this week just to fit them all on. And then there’s the actual quality levels of the acts announced… Sleep now while you still can, summer is going to be a long and ridiculously enjoyable ride.

BALI BEEFS

R.I.P MIKEY WELCH Terrible news with the passing of ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh, found dead in a Chicago hotel room on the weekend. A series of tweets in which he seemed to predict his demise have added intrigue to the tragedy.

DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : ESKIMO JOE: OCT 13 & 14 Astor Theatre SPEAKEASY: JONATHAN BOULET: OCT 14 Villa GYROSCOPE: OCT 20 Prince Of Wales; OCT 21 Settlers Tavern; OCT 22 Studio 146; OCT 29 L’Attitude

THE JEZABELS, HEY ROSETTA!, WOLVES AT THE DOOR: NOV 4 & 5 Astor Theatre NEW EMPIRE: NOV 5 Cockburn Youth Centre (Early), Norfolk Basemen JEBEDIAH, STONEFIELD: NOV 10 Metropolis Fremantle

BAYONETS FOR LEGS: OCT 21 Civic Den; OCT 22 Railway Hotel

THOUSAND NEEDLES IN RED: NOV 10 Players Bar; NOV 11 Amplifier; NOV 12 Prince Of Wales

ERNEST ELLIS & THE PANAMAS: OCT 21 L’Attitude, Geraldton; OCT 22 Amplifier; OCT 23 Newport Hotel

THE VASCO ERA, PAPA VS. PRETTY: NOV 10 Prince Of Wales; NOV 11 Rosemount Hotel; NOV 12 Mojo’s

FAKER: OCT 26 Prince Of Wales; OCT 27 Settlers Tavern; OCT 28 Amplifier

BEAUFORT STREET FESTIVAL: NOV 12 Mt Lawley

KILLPOP RECORDS FEAT. ELI SMITH, LUCKY DATE: OCT 28 The Bakery

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH: NOV 17 Rosemount Hotel

HEIRS, ALCEST: OCT 29 The Bakery

BEACH TO BUSH FESTIVAL: NOV 19 Wanneroo Showgrounds

360: NOV 2 Boulevard Tavern, Joondalup; NOV 3 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; NOV 4 Studio 146, Albany; NOV 5 Amplifier; NOV 6 Newport Hotel GUINEAFOWL: NOV 4 Norfolk Basement

GOLD FIELDS: NOV 19 Amplifier PHRASE: NOV 23 Boulevard Tavern; NOV 24 Prince Of Wales; NOV 25 Amplifier; NOV 26 Players Bar; NOV 27 Newport

MUDHONEY: DEC 3 Rosemount Hotel

SOUTHBOUND: JAN 7 & 8 Sir Stewart Bovell Park

KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS: DEC 3 The Bakery

THE KOOKS: JAN 9 Astor Theatre

LIFE’S A BEACH: DEC 10 Dixon Road Reserve, Rockingham BREAKFEST: STANTON WARRIORS, HOLLYWOOD HOLT, A-SKILLZ, ILLY, NETSKY, SCRATCH PERVERTS, NAPT, SLYDE, THE LOOPS OF FURY and more TBA: DEC 26 Belvoir Amphitheatre COUNTDOWN TO NYE: LYRICS BORN, RUSS DEWBURY, N’FA and locals: DEC 31 Salt On The Beach ORIGIN NYE: DEC 31 Belvoir Amphitheatre CLUB PARADISO: THE SHAPESHIFTERS, WYNTER GORDON: JAN 1 Salt On The Beach CUBAN CLUB: LYRICS BORN, SAMPOLOGY, YACHT CLUB DJS and more: JAN 1 Flying Squadron Yacht Club ARCTIC MONKEYS: JAN 6 Belvoir Amphitheatre

+ FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL: SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA, FATBOY SLIM, PAUL VAN DYK, TINIE TEMPAH, THE WOMBATS, CHASE & STATUS (LIVE), SKRILLEX, JESSIE J, THE RAPTURE, SVEN VATH, DIE ANTWOORD, APHEX TWIN (LIVE) and more: MAR 4 Arena Joondalup ONGOING: GIGNITION: Upcoming band showcases 5-9pm almost every Sunday at Swan Basement CULTURE CLASH: Party tunes every second Thursday at The Newport Hotel COURTYARD MUSIC SERIES: Free national and local acts at Fremantle Arts Centre every Sunday PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL: Full program for 2012 launched November 2

From the hordes of delirious teens camped in front of the stage it was clear very early into the night that this was one for the younger demographic. With parents still waving goodbye to their offspring out front, Melbourne based songstress Owl Eyes took to the stage to begin proceedings for the evening. Her subtle grooves and subdued melodies may have been lost on portions of the crowd, but for the most part the singer born Brooke Addamo continued to add weight to her already growing reputation. Sydney’s Faker followed soon after with a set of energetic pop-rock crammed with crowd favourites. From the early showing of Are You Magnetic? to a set-igniting run through of Hurricane, the four-piece looked assured throughout. The new songs too were well received, pushing the band’s synth-pop leanings further forward while maintaining their stadium polished sound. Frontman Nathan Hudson’s Robert Smith-esque vocals and irritatingly earnest showmanship can occasionally begin to grate, but the band’s well-worn singles were the perfect counterpoint during their forty-minute outing.

and screaming teens and belied the scarcely filled stands surrounding it, creating a frenetic atmosphere from the outset for the Liverpool born indie rockers. Kill The Director and its Bridget Jones refrain found the crowd in perfect voice early on, providing the first of many opportunities for a mass singalong. The tracks from latest LP This Modern Glitch demonstrated a step away from the gimmick orientated lyrics of their debut, and were met with just as wild a response as their earliest hit singles. Jump Into The Fog was a keyboard led highlight, while Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) ended the main set in suitably ecstatic fashion. Throughout the set the charmingly laidback between-song banter from frontman Matthew Murphey and drummer Dan Haggis was hilariously at odds with the pounding energy of their live performance, and the band taking a moment to apologize for cancelling their slot at this year’s Groovin’ The Moo Festival by throwing hundreds of lollypops into the crowd became the heartwarming highlight of the evening. The show ended with a frenzied run through of trademark tune Let’s Dance To Joy Division, leaving the 18+ contingency itching even more for their return to Perth next year for Future Music Festival.

As the three members of The Wombats took to the stage, the audience exploded. The packed floor was dominated by rampant jumping

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THE TRUTH IS OUT

BAD HABITS

Folk popster Timothy Nelson was last night awarded the WAM Song Of The Year Grand Prize for his song Speak The Truth In Love at the annual WAM Song Of The Year Awards Night, held at the Fly By Night in Fremantle. No stranger to SOTY success stories, Nelson has previously won awards in the Country (2009) and Upper Secondary (2007) categories, though this year was the first time he’d won the Grand Prize, showing that practice indeed makes perfect in the craft of songwriting. Please find the full list of winners:

ELK BELL POUR HABIT

ELK BELL Band history in brief? Previously of pop-rock three-piece Red Delicious, I returned to my solo roots late 2009 with 2010 including Fairbridge Festival and Beaufort Street Festival appearances, and two shows on the east coast of Australia. Describe your sound. A UK review described me as “quirky and captivating” which I was pretty happy about! I’ve been following the Perth music scene for many years and consider all of the local folk-pop singer/songsters to be great influences on the sound I’m creating. I’m sure that the many hours listening to The Smiths have also taken their toll somewhere along the line. Tell us about the album: The album’s called Superfragilistic and features nine tracks. I generally play solo so I wanted to keep the album fairly stripped back and true to form however there are some embellishments on a few tracks; a couple with drums, xylophone, hand claps and a little lead guitar that sneaks in here and there. I write a lot but this album features one of my favourite songs titled I Never Wanted You Like I Now Do, which has a slightly dark/haunting vibe about it. Three completely separate, unrelated individuals have said that it should be in the next Twilight film, if someone can organise that sync licence I’d be grateful! Recording process: The album was actually recorded in 2010 in a Sydney home studio by Sam Johnson. Tracking was fast, fun and painless (besides the damn birds who kept getting in on the action!). The mixing was a longer process, which took place between Sam and myself back and forth between Perth and Sydney – thank God for Pando! The album was then mastered in Perth by Shaun O’Callaghan from Studio Couch and may possibly be the last work released that he worked on due to his untimely death. Tell us about the launch: I’m playing second on the night so I can sit back and enjoy the other acts and basically party, although, not too hard as I commence recording album two the next morning (that’s a bit silly isn’t it?). The official launch line-up is bit of a chick fest with supports from Sian Brown, Prita Grealy and Minky G & The Effects. Jodie Bartlett and Glenn Musto from College Fall will be in Perth for the weekend and are going to join me on stage for a song as is Lucy Peach before her and I head off on tour. The night will also feature the debut screening of my first official video clip. What’s on the horizon? The week after the launch Lucy Peach and I head off on tour to launch our debut releases in Melbourne and Adelaide and we’re in the planning stages of a joint tour to New Zealand in February 2012. I’ll be playing a show late November at Houghton’s Winery and am in the process of organising a show to launch video number two in conjunction in January with the launch of the latest collection by a very talented local fashion designer, but more about that later…

GUITARIST ERIC WALSH FROM CALIFORNIA PUNKERS POUR HABIT TAKES FIVE WITH JACKSON BEST. Who are some of the acts that have most inspired your sound and ethos? We all listen to a huge variety of music from punk to metal to jazz to hip hop to everything in between. I grew up taking jazz lessons, but on my own time listened to mostly punk and metal acts to be inspired by, what can I say I love guitar squeals! Most of my favourite punk bands growing up were Fat Wreck Chords bands like Strung Out, NOFX, Lagwagon etcetera. As for metal I like all types such as All That Remains, Lamb Of God, Hatebreed… I could honestly go on forever. How do you feel about Got Your Back now that you’re a few months down the line? Are you happy with its reception? I’m happy with Got Your Back, but I’m sure as with every other band we listen to it and say, ‘We should of done this! Or damn I coulda played that better.’ But shit, that’s what the next one is for!

BLUES / ROOTS Matt Cal (Black Heart Sun) - Overdrive

TIMOTHY NELSON & THE INFIDELS ROCK Sam Carmody - Sally

MENTALLY HEALTHY Complete - Reason to Live

HEAVY Tangled Thoughts of Leaving - Throw Us to the

COUNTRY Gary Dobbin (Tank 7even) - Wheatbelt

Wind

POP Damian Crosbie & David Namour (The Panda

SCHOOL AGE – UNDER 14 YEARS Katharine Penkin - I Miss Her

Band) - 51 Swimsuits ELECTRONIC / DANCE Bastian’s Happy Flight - My Love’s (Not Good

INDIGENOUS John Bennett - Wangkaja

Enough

JAZZ Elliot Hughes - Another New Beginnings Again

REGIONAL Jarrad D Bowles (Junior Bowles) - Until the

WORLD / FOLK Rhys Wood - Another Sunday Morning

Siren Sounds

LOVE Timothy Nelson - Speak the Truth in Love

EXPERIMENTAL Tangled Thoughts of Leaving - They Found My

URBAN / HIP HOP The Stoops featuring Georgi Kay (Produced by

Skull in the Nest of a Bird

Rae) – Free

SCHOOL AGE – 15 TO 17 YEARS Morgan Bain - Unkind

Did you think you’d gain this much of a following? I need to mention that all the bands in our influences help us out to this day in huge ways (hooking up tours, giving us food, places to stay, beer…the list is long). In today’s music scene, I truly believe everyone relates to each other closer than ever before. We are all doing the same thing and we know how happy it makes us as individuals so one would naturally want to share this amazing opportunity by helping in anyway and easing up the immense amounts of hardships and hard work that goes along with being able to do this. What place does punk its traditional sense have in this era of arguably increasingly disposable, meaningless music? I think that if a band is fake as shit, people tend to notice something is off, especially in the punk scene. It’s easy to tell what bands are real and are loving every second they are singing and playing because you have no choice but to feel it. The attitude of punk is completely relevant because it’s the ultimate therapy and if there is one person there or ten thousand, you get to play your shit and yell…no caring about what negative things may be affecting you off stage because you need the crowd and the crowd needs you. Got any crazy stories from the road? We can totally party… Everything from evacuating a hotel in Newcastle, England to almost getting murdered in New Orleans, we probably have enough stories to have filled many lifetimes with… What can WA audiences expect from the upcoming gig? You can bet Australia is about to be ruling like no other! You guys are fucking amazing and it really is an honour to be able to hang out and play some awesome shows for ya!

WHAT: Superfragilistic (Independent)

WHAT: Got Your Back (Fat Wreck Chords)

WHEN & WHERE: Friday 14 October, The Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 13 October, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

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GRAND PRIZE WINNER Timothy Nelson - Speak the Truth in Love

RUNNER

SALT FLAT TRIO

FOUR RUNNER

FOOTSALT FLATS

Post-rock meets contemporary indie music with up-andcomers Runner, and they launch demo single Four Flowers at Dada Records Saturday 15 October. Andrew Sinclair and Fur Chick support, free from 5 til 8pm. The shoegazey post-rockers are on a rapid rise amongst the local ranks, and head to Melbourne soon after this show to compete in the NCBC final.

Press-Tone Rockabilly is a new release from traditional rockabilly act The Salt Flat Trio and The Rechords, featuring studio recordings from March 2005 from the salties. The Trio were at the top of their game before the tragic passing of lead singer Tyson Feifer in 2006, and Saturday 15 October they celebrate his legacy and the new CD with a benefit show for Feifer’s family, featuring Jay, Felix, Andy, Rusty and DJ Rhys.

BIRDY BLACKMAN Local rockers The Black Birds are celebrating the online release of self-titled EP, Friday 14 October at The Civic Hotel with We Are The Emergency, Sleepwalker and Death & A Cure; and Saturday 15 at Bunbury’s ‘Jammin’ In The Park’ with Injured Ninja, Frozen Ocean and Lakeside. Black Birds deliver intricate, yet powerful songs with hauntingly beautiful vocals and precision songwriting.

JUST LIKE UNPLUGGED Local high-energy rock band We Are The Emergency are spicing things up (or down) with a one-off personal and intimate acoustic show at the Civic Hotel Backroom. Joining them in this atmosphere are local talents Sleepwalker, Death And A Cure and Black Birds. Friday 14 October, and $15 door sales from 8pm, for this oneoff special event.

CHAINSAW HELL

ROSIE CHEEKS

It is not often you see a single being launched as a 7” vinyl, so why don’t you be part of history Friday 14 October as the Chainsaw Hookers release the first single from their forthcoming debut album. The single, Texas is Hell, is being released on a very limited run so don’t miss out. Joining them will be The Blazin’ Entrails, Wizard Sleeve and The Vice Grip Pussies. $10 from 8pm.

Fresh from a whirlwind summer tour over in North America where they crossed 19 states in 60 days, Melbourne’s folk-roots-gypsy darlings, The Rosie Burgess Trio are bringing the love over to the west! They play Clancy’s Fremantle Thursday 13 October with Simon Kelly; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury Friday 14; and Settlers Tavern Saturday 15 and Sunday 16, with an arvo show at the latter.

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Get your rock dance on Thursday 13 October at Mustang Bar with a night of bluesy rock domination. One-man blues king Heath Marhshall opens, followed by bluesroots-rockers The Gypsie Howls, before Perth’s ‘most handsome band’ The Caballeros bring it home.

BLUE-GREEN Blues On The Green at the North Freo Bowls Club Sunday 16 October is $10 from 2pm, with all proceeds going to Telethon, and features live music from The Hips, The Suntones, Annabelle Crusade and Richard Lane (The Stems). 3pm, with a free sausage sizzle.

JAM BANDS THE ORIGIN OF

THE ORIGIN OF WITH ANDY SNELLING (GUITAR/VOCALS) Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day one to now: We started off when Aaran and I met at TAFE in 2008. Since then, we’ve had a few changes of the guard and have written songs covering a wide range of genres, playing them around Perth sporadically. The name comes from an appreciation of Charles Darwin and his work in On The Origin Of Species. Tell us about your release: The release of our five-track EP Animus sees the culmination of around three years worth of material. The word Animus referred to the idea of the soul for the Ancient Romans and can otherwise be defined as purpose, intention and animating spirit, amongst other things. In a way, the songs on Animus examine how visceral and consuming our emotions can be. How did you go about recording it? We recorded four of the five tracks at Bergerk! Studios over a year or so. The intro track to the EP was recorded in Aaran’s spare room. We had a bunch of fun recording this release, with heaps of previously unrehearsed material just popping up in the studio. Tell us about your launch party: We are really looking forward to the launch! It will be held at YaYa’s with the incredibly talented Turin Robinson, Nosey Parker and Hihelo. We’ve filmed some footage out and about to show on the TV screens in the venue and we have some cool little surprises in store! What’s next for your band? We’re all going to Southbound at the beginning of next year and then staying down in Bunbury for the week afterwards to write and record new material! It will be good to get away and be able to play solidly for the week, and then hopefully, we’ll play a couple of shows down that way before coming back up to Perth. WHAT: Animus EP WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 15 October, YaYa’s, Northbridge

Jammin! round 2 kicks off Thursday 13 October, featuring Afterlife, Petrashevsky Circle, Bug Hunting and Violet Scene, with seven more rounds to follow. The eventual winner again gets 200 7” Vinyl Records, recording time at Fat Shan Records plus some ad packages, including one from co-presenters Drum Media.

WHAT KINDA MEMPHIS Hot on the heels of their third album Jungle Juice, Rocket To Memphis unveil their very first vinyl – featuring singles I’m Bad and What Kinda Man. Celebrate Friday 14 October at Devilles Pad, with Boom! Bap! Pow! and burlesque beauties.

LIVING DEAD

MARSHALL & THE FRO

FRO TOWN Well known for their powerful surfabilly-roots music, Marshall & The Fro are the soundtrack to the summer for many a carefree festival freak. With their latest album Friends For Life tucked under their belts, the good-time group hit Quindanning Hotel Thursday 13; Settlers Tavern Friday 14; Indi Bar Saturday 15 and Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra Sunday 16.

BLACK SUN Local roots outfit Matt Cal & The Black Heart Sun prepare to launch their new EP with a stop at Mojo’s Wednesday 19 October with friends Kim MacDonald and Melbourne blues’n’roots act The Publican Band. It’s been a killer year for the group, topped off with single Overdrive being nominated for WAM Song Of The Year.

FATMAN

Forming in early 2011, Living Dying have influences as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Florence & The Machine, Bloc Party and Garbage; their music is an eclectic meld that can’t be tamed. You can try Sunday 16 October when they play Drum’s Gignition, Swan Basement.

Fat Shan Records takes over Thursdays at the Norfolk Basement, with Fat Thursdays continuing this week. Thursday 13 October hosts Seams, Sugarpuss, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill & The Flower Drums. Seams are one of many projects from uber-talented Lyndon Blue; their energetic psych-pop stylings guarantee a good time.

FROG & HOAD

CARAVAN OF COURAGE

South Australia’s Jay Hoad blends funk, rock, reggae, Latin, pop and jazz, playing up to 15 instruments in shows. Experience it live Thursday 13 October at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Friday 14 at Dunsborough Hotel; Saturday 15 at Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; and Monday 17 back at The Bird.

Ready and willing to make an impact on the Australian music scene, with style and sound similar to that of Them Crooked Vultures and Audioslave, Caravan Party live shows have been nothing short captivating. Ccatch them at Drum’s Gigntion, Sunday 16 October at the Swan Basement.

VILLAGE THE KID

VAMP STAMPS

With new vocalist Jeremy Gregory, Village Kid takes the stage at Ellington Jazz Club Thursday 13 October, releasing a brand-new single, performing an “unplugged” set of original music, along with a string quartet.

Launching their epic, head-rolling CD at Manhattan’s Saturday 15 October, Buzz Kill Vamps have invited Deep River Collective, Opia and Paltiva to play live, plus Carnies With Candy and Fire Hoops by Wednesday Adamz to release it in style. $10 from 8pm, $15 with CD, for a night of devious antics not soon forgotten.

PRITA WOMAN After launching her new EP last week, Prita has a few more shows this week. She brings her heartfelt folk ballads and full band funky R’n’B Thursday 13 Clancy’s Fremantle (band) with Lucy Peach; Friday 14 Velvet Lounge (solo) with Elk Bell, Sian Brown and Minky G; and Wednesday 19 Indi Bar (band) with Ryan Webb & The Method.

THE PANDA BAND

MAKIN’ BAKIN’ With the first one going off like a fully baked loaf of pure radness, Half Baked II rolls into your eyes and ears Friday 14 October at The Bakery, featuring local champs The Panda Band, Hootenanny, The Witness, The Empty Cup (band), Mathas and DJs Grubby and Ink. Plus there’s a group exhibition from Anya Brock, Luisa Hansal, Jez Sheehan, Megan Isabella and Alex Aitken. Tickets through nowbaking.com.au.

NEW HYTES Back by popular demand, Fremantle trio Hyte are performing a free live in-store show at City Beach Surf Shop on Murray Street in the city. They bring progressive rock, the flair of funk and the backbone of the blues, all set in a psychedelic soundscape. Get amongst it from 1.30pm, Saturday 15 October, then later that night at Norfolk Basement.

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ALL THINGS PUNK AND HARDCORE WITH LUKE BUTCHER. This edition of Overdrive will take a slightly reflective approach starting with the resolution to the Counter Revolution saga. Whilst the festival bill might have been cutaway like a rack of lamb at a kebab shop, it appears the good times were not as the mini-fest finally went ahead last Monday night to the delight of many, with the seriously underrated headliners Panic! At The Disco a standout. Riding the momentum of the aforementioned festival, the line-up for Soundwave 2012 has been announced and boy is it a ripper. Those refusing to drown in the 2001 nostalgia thanks to System Of A Down, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot will be pumped for A Day To Remember, Angels & Airwaves, Devin Townsend Project, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastadon, Circa Survive and many more, all coming our way March 5. On top of that, Big Day Out has announced a pretty damn good line-up as well with Soundgarden, Mariachi El Bronx, Battles, My Chemical Romance, The Jezabels, Parkway Drive, Frenzal Rhomb and The Getaway Plan in town February 5. The past couple of weeks has also seen the birth of some of the biggest releases of the year including Thrice, Dangerous, New Found Glory and after seven years Blink 182, as well as a mighty successful local launch from All Eyes On Saturn - all are rad and truly worthy of an introduction to your speakers. Despite big names such as Touche Amore, Every time I Die and Title Fight recently having come and gone, the month of October is looking just as spectacular with one of the most anticipated tours of the year from The Amity Affliction, with support from UK/USA’s Asking Alexandria and Skyway now just a few days away. Soon after, Perth will be visited by The Devil Wears Prada, with huge support from We Came As Romans and Aussie boys Dream On, Dreamer Thursday 20 October. There’s also some mighty fine shows coming up at Oh Snap including the annual celebration of local talent that is Benfest with Cupid Falls, I, Said the Sparrow and For This Cause tonight; and a Halloween Extravaganza on Friday 28 October with We Are The Emergency and over east supports – pumpkins and candy optional. On a mind-blowingly stupefying note, the supergroup between Ben Weinman, Eric Avery, Thomas Pridgen and Brent Hinds, appears to be more than a vicious erection-inducing rumour as the group has already laid down its inaugural notes. But on a much sadder note, Valencia have released a statement on the death of their drummer Maxim Soria, whilst Weezer friends and fans are mourning the loss of former bassist Mikey Welsh who passed away a few days ago.

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FEEDBACK

Sunday night patrons at The Railway Hotel in Fremantle were treated to the powerful blues voice of Jack Byron, starting off his set with a lone acoustic guitar and sound reminiscent of a deeper, male Amy Winehouse crossed with Johnny Cash. Even with a sore throat and poor acoustics, Byron had undeniable power and talent, not to mention being a good hand at catchy rhythms and snarling, seductive blues numbers. He was shortly followed by the Bears & Dolls, a five-piece way-pasthipster band joined for the night by a violinist. With lead singer Brooke Wilkies remarkably high-pitched vocals backed by quirky melodics from an energetic band, the group definitely succeeded in setting the tone for arty and left of centre. Their cover of the Gorillaz Feel Good Inc. fell by the wayside amongst a host of polished original tracks with decent harmonies from the back up singers, occasionally being overpowered by the drums. The group was followed by solo singer Matt Gresham, who brought back the pace with a mellow, acoustic feel, sometimes with a country flavour. All in all, the talent tucked away in a little corner of Fremantle was much welcomed, and there’s plenty more opportunities to take a sip of this eclectic mix of acts in the future.

between songs, their frontman commended his band members knowing that it takes great members to make an awesome band. The sound person may have been caught napping a couple of times because there were audio difficulties with the lead vocalists’ microphones throughout the night. Once The Cat Empire entered, the audience were on their feet, applauding, grooving and singing along. Consummate performers who match their love of world music with the talent to make it appeal to everyone, their unique combination of tools like DJ decks and the African shekere legitimated their self-proclaimed position as men who “never yielded to conformity but stood like kings.” They showcase a positive, successful brand of masculinity, which embraces multiculturalism. Enviable singer and lead trumpeter of the band’s Empire Horns, Harry James Angus, stole the show with his rapid fire scatting, incredible vocal control and stamina, and the Eastern influences of his vocal style. Ladies near the stage reached to touch the singer Felix Riebl’s hand, screaming “Take your shirt off!” The honest family man kept it on. Their drummer Will Hull-Brown gave an outstanding solo, the kind that any drummer would love to be given the opportunity to play. The band’s humility remains even after celebrating 10 successful years of playing together. Felix thanked the crew and support act and concluded, “For everyone here tonight, it wouldn’t have meant anything with out you. We appreciate all of your support over the years.”

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Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley 05/10/11 Melbourne indie-rock band Eagle & The Worm started the night with excellently harmonised originals that let every band member shine. Better on slower songs that made use of their trumpeter, they’re a professional and fun to watch unit. At one point the bassist affectionately tapped toes with the guitarist and at another the keyboardist wandered around the stage with his freshly cracked beer. Providing humorous banter

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A sea of ‘90s band shirts, tattoos and dudes greeted each other in a night for grunge heads on Monday, many stopping at the bar early which meant a good half of them did not make it inside for Mat McHugh, of The Beautiful Girls fame, to show his solo wares as the national support. McHugh wound his way through a strong set of melodies, both originals and covers. A stand out was a quaint little cover of Eric Clapton’s

Fremantle Headspace have partnered with the Music Feedback project, ‘Music talks about mental health, so can you’ to put on an all ages event to celebrate Mental Health Week 2011. There will be three live acts: Blue Lucy, Georgi Kay and The Stoops along with stalls and giveaways, Saturday 15 October, 1 to 4pm in Kings Square, Fremantle.

GO FOR THE JUGULAR CHRIS CORNELL BY BEAU DAVIS Wonderful Tonight and a cleverly manipulated loop pedal song that would have been perfect if it weren’t for some technical difficulties involving an annoying hissing sound. The room filled to absolute capacity by the time the man with the voice entered stage left. With eight guitars placed in a semi-circle around the stage, Chris Cornell kicked off proceedings with a few manly handshakes for some of the more exuberant gents in the front row. Lights down. Guitar strumming. And then it happened. The moment when a large room of people discovered that Cornell’s voice is as strong now as it was 15 years before. Opening with a Ghost Land Observatory cover, his vocal chords needed little time to warm up. As the ‘90s rocker crooned his way through a gamut of old and new songs, some of the between-song conversations and song themes became a little, well, strange, with Hurricane Katrina and Ground Zero not quite hitting too many chords. The intermittent ramblings about America’s apparent lack of arts funding and such seemed a little irrelevant to the assembled crowd as well. But the voice held strong, although at times – if you squinted you ears – you could be sure Cornell had morphed into Eddie Vedder. But that’s kind of the point. The crowd were there to hear that epic manly drawl made famous by the likes of Cornell and Vedder in the ‘90s. Finishing with classic covers of Beatles, Michael Jackson and the like, the night closed on a high with Lennon’s Imagine. A standing ovation was not surprising, given that there were about four slightly less warranted others throughout the performance. In the end, all Cornell needed to bring was his voice, and boy did he bring it. BARON GUTTER

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Since the Jugular Collective’s rebirth at the Fly By night early this year the open night has had a strange mix of acoustic and punk, poetry, comedy and unclassified slides into distortion and reeling punch-drunk vocals. Thursday 13 October sees poetry from Stuart Holmes, acoustic comedy from Lachie Bisset, a debut performance from Orphans On Fire, and a brash finish with the Reginalds and Hideous Sun Demon.

HIP TO BE SQUARED Callum G’Froerer (trumpet) and Callum Moncrieff (vibraphone), launch their new duo Cal Squared, Friday 14 October in the foyer of the Central Institute Of Technology in Aberdeen St, Northbridge. $15/$10 from 6.30pm. The two have been busy working with local composers to present a concert which will premiere three new pieces for their trumpet and vibraphone instruments.

WORTHY CAUSE Having toured almost non-stop so far in 2011, Brisbane’s own For This Cause announced they’ll head our way to celebrate their new EP Journeys. Already this year For This Cause have toured through five states and played alongside international and national acts. Thursday 13 October they play Oh Snap! at Villa, and Saturday 15 YMCA HQ, Leederville (ALL-AGES).

RUSSIAN UP Australia’s pioneer performer of the traditional Russian guitar repertoire, Krzysztof Piotrowicz, launches his debut solo CD Russian Guitar: Volume 1, at Kulcha Friday 14 October. It’s the first of its kind recorded in Australia and one of the first in the world outside of Russia. Krzysztof will perform solos on the night from his new recording as well as Russian gypsy duets with Mardae Selepak.


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IN THE CLUB New music series Club Sandwich is set to further revitalize High Street’s most iconic clubs all October, and after kicking off last week, the good times continue Thursday 13 October at The Fremantle Buffalo Club. Lee Sappho and Big Old Bears grace the stage tonight. Hidden Treasures re-enlivened this forgotten area of Freo, and Club Sandwich will continue the good times, from 6 til 9.30pm.

BURNT YOGURT Up-and-comers Yogurt Of Burning explode onto the Swan Basement stage like a well-timed punch to the balls Sunday 16 October. Playing a style of music that is equivalent to Robert Pulson having sex with Oscar The Grouch at the First Battle of Antetum, minds and ears will surely be melted in a blistering display of incomprehensibility. Come down and join in Drum Media’s Gignition fun, $5 from 5pm.

ROCK-CAUSE It’s the Rock The Drought Fundraiser for the Somali Drought this Sunday 16 October at Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle, with the volunteer participation of Lucy Peach Band, Jill Birt and Band, Robbie Jalapeno & The Bureaucrats, The Morning Night and The Gypsy Howls. Come down and support a great cause, with 100% of the funds made going to drought-stricken Somalia.

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EZEREVE

EZEREVE DOES IT She looks beautiful and sings like an angel, but that is only the start the Ezereve story. Her debut album captures an innocence and rawness that you rarely hear on modern recordings – Stop Traffik is a unique musical offering and deserves to be heard. The album will be released at the Ellington Jazz Club Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 October, and every dollar from the album sales will go to the Servant’s Anonymous Foundation.

BOOTS MADE FOR ROCKIN’ Blues-country rockers Tom Fisher & The Layabouts will bring their rock sound reminiscent of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle Friday 14 October. Slick and high energy, their shows are always well received by punters of all ages and taste, and the band has begun work on a new album due out early 2012.

BOOGIE KNIGHTS It’s a Boogie Night Tuesday 18 October when the Perth Blues Club at The Charles Hotel hosts Dave Gillam & On The Level. Perth’s premier rockin’ boogie band, On The Level dish out a dose of the blues that will have even the healthiest hospitalised, with support from Mike De Velta and The Lethals, $15 or $10 for members. There’ll be a live DVD recording on the night, so make sure you wear your Sunday best.

EASTERN FINALE DIAMOND EYE

DIAMOND EYE WITH GREG FAWCETT (GUITAR) Give a brief rundown your band: We formed in 2006 and have been steadily building our profile on a local, national and international level. We have achieved a lot of our goals so far with some big support and festival shows and gained a reputation for putting on one hell of a stage show. 2011 has seen the release of our live CD/ DVD Alive & Kicking, interstate tours and now the launch of Sound Of The Guns. Tell us about your release: Sound Of The Guns is our debut studio release. It’s five tracks of heavy rock that hits you right between the eyes. How did you go about recording it? The album was recorded with Matt Gio and Adam Round at Underground Studios and mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301 in Sydney. We spent a lot of time getting the sound we wanted and we’re really happy with the way it has turned out. Tell us about your launch party: It’s going to be an awesome night with all the flash and spectacle associated with a Diamond Eye show. Support is from Ragdoll and Amberdown, two great bands with a lot to offer, so get down early. What’s next for your band? We’re backing the launch up with a Telethon performance on Saturday night. We’re then going into writing and preproduction mode so we can hit the studio again mid next year for a full-length album. We’re also filming a clip early next year and will be scheduling some more tours towards the end of the year. WHAT: Sound Of The Guns EP (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 14 October, Amplifier, Perth 42 •THE DRUM MEDIA 13 OCTOBER 2011

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Vadya means instrument and in the finale to the Eastern Rhythms, Saturday 15 October at Kulcha, some of Perth’s leading musicians weave rhythm and music around an Indian theme. Led by tabla player Gupreet Singh, and the rhythmic yet meditative vocal improvisation of Dhrupad, performed by Branan Dhub, the music unfolds into a cosmic dance of music and percussion.

MOSHIN’ TIL DAWN Bunbury five-piece heavy/thrash band Dawn will perform in Perth for the very first time at The Civic Den, Saturday 15 October for a session of moving crowds and general moshing and yelling. Playing alongside them will be local newcomer favourites Xenobiotic, Reflections Of Ruin and Temporal, and to finish the night off strong are Khariot.

TWO NIGHTS ONLY Perth folk-rockers Ryan Webb & The Method are supporting roots-rockers Marshall and The Fro, with one show at Settler’s Tavern in Margaret River on Friday 14 October, and a second one on their home turf Indi Bar the night after. These are the band’s only two shows before the launch of their new single Sing Me To Sleep at Mojo’s Saturday 5 November.

A BIT OF EVERYTHING The ‘king of indie’ – Adem K and his five-piece band The Community Chest, Taco Leg, The Wine Dark Sea and Ermine Coat are all playing at The Civic Den this Friday 14 October. Come and experience a mix of crafty abattoir-esque, linear fuzz-pop, retro-indie swagger, restaurant-pop noize jammers and world famous tour mongers.

PUGH GRANT Wednesday 19 October world-renowned trombonist Jim Pugh joins 14 piece big band MFO for WhoWhat Wednesday. Put your jazz hat and dancing shoes on as they’ve got some fantastic local supports from Timothy Nelson and Tiaryn Griggs. This is a night not to be missed so make sure you get down early to avoid disappointment.


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QANTM GAMING AT WORK

QANTM LEAP One of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading creative digital media educators, Qantm College is proud to announce the launch of its fully accredited Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Games Design). The Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment is designed to prepare students for design, development and managerial roles within the games and entertainment industries. The course provides a well rounded and encompassing set of resources and skills, allowing you to succeed in any branch of the industry. Qantm also offers a Bachelor Of Creative Media (majoring in Interactive Media) and a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (majoring in Animation) made available through its partner college SAE Institute. These courses teach students to design and develop interactive content for multiple media platforms including Internet, mobile, phones CD-Rom, DVD and touch-screen. For further information visit perth.qantm.com or contact SAE/Qantm Perth directly on 6217 4100.

POSTGRAD PLUS Having trouble finding the postgrad course thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you? Well donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too stressed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Murdoch University has the information that can get you on track in your chosen career path. Murdoch has a fully integrated postgrad study program, with all

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the assistance you require to branch out on broader horizons. Murdoch also sports a range of flexible options and timetables that allow you to tailor your course around work and other commitments. In fact, 80 per cent of Murdoch students are enrolled in part-time courses. As well as this, the university offers evening courses to suit students who work or need to organise childcare, and an effective external study program that allows you to access all of the resources you need via Internet. Right now, Murdoch has a nifty little interactive course finder on their website that helps you choose the postgraduate course thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for you. Just head to murdoch.edu.au/Future-students/Postgraduate-coursefinder/ to check it out.

DAME GOOD Are you interested in postgraduate studies, but are looking for a unique experience? The University of Notre Dame offers postgraduate courses in arts and sciences, business, education, health sciences, law, medicine, nursing and midwifery and philosophy and theology at their campuses in Fremantle, Broome or even Sydney (Broadway and Darlinghurst). In addition, each of the campuses offer specialised courses in more exclusive areas of study; the national issue of Aboriginal reconciliation is researched on the Broome campus, the Sydney campus debates questions of faith and ethics at the Centre for Fair, Ethics and Society, and the Fremantle

campus focuses on groundbreaking work in health and rehabilitation. Postgraduate studies are not just a ticket to higher education; you will be actively taking part in the research of various weighty issues faced by academics and professionals in your course of study. Contact the Prospective Students office on 9433 0533 for more information, or head to nd.edu.au.

SOMETHING TO SAE The need to have strong qualifications to break into the sound or film industries has been met by Perthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SAE Institute, with internationally recognised bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees and courses. A proven success rate has been underlined by graduates who have won Oscars, Grammys, and ARIA, AFI and WAMi (West Australian Music Industry) awards over the years, just to name a few. Students have the option of studying an accelerated two-year Bachelor Of Audio or Bachelor Of Film degrees at SAE Perthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state-of-the-art facilities. The courses are FEE Help approved and the accelerated programs enable graduates to get into the industry faster and commence their career one year earlier than normal. A springboard into the career youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always dreamed of, SAE Institute is now taking enrolments for November 2011. Contact 1800 723 338 (freecall), email infoperth@sae.edu or visit its website at perth.sae.edu for more information.

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VOX POP Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a beginner or a professional, WAAPA run short courses the year round. Taught by industry experts, these weekend and weeknight workshops offer practical tuition in the areas of acting, arts management, dance, music, music theatre, production and design. The 2011 season has been tremendously successful, with most courses sold out. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lucky, you might still be able to enrol in the Contemporary Vocal Performance Workshop for musicians (19 and 26 October or 2, 9, 16, and 23 November). Jump on to the WAAPA website at waapa.ecu.edu.au/courses-and-admissions/shortcourses for more info on this and other short courses available. The 2012 Explore Short Course program will be launched in March.

KNOWLEDGE IS CENTRAL The Central Institute Of Technology is now taking applications to enrol in 2012 Semester 1 by jumping on central.wa.edu.au. Located in Leederville, East Perth, Nedlands, Mt Lawley and with a newly expanded campus in Perth (or the heart of Northbridge, to be precise), course range from Engineering, Finance and English to Health, Tourism, education and almost everything else. Or to apply to any State Training Provider (formerly TAFE colleges) for that matter, hit up tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au.

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JEHAN YOUR STYLE? I know it’s vague, but just good music. A lot of soulful, underground house and disco. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKY TODAY? I thought I would treat myself to a $5 banana. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? I try to turn it out on whatever equipment is available, but I prefer some Technics 1200s and a couple of CDJ 1000s with any half decent mixer! I have Traktor and all that jazz but at the end of the day I still feel CPUs and clubs don’t mix and prefer to take CDs. If we can manage some vinyl, I can’t go past my baby, the Urei 1620! For producing I use a combination of Ableton and Cubase plus a wealth of plug-ins. I also run a Korg M50, Novation SLMKii, Maschine and of course a nice organic piano (a budget option from Gumtree!). YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DJ SET? Ha! It was at the GBT in Joondalup yeaeeaaaarrrsss ago… BEST DJ IN PERTH: Look, there are way too many talented local DJs to mention; Adam Kelly, Clayton (Cee), Lee Wilson and James Allen all stand out to me! Adam is one of the most versatile DJs I have ever seen, Clayton will consistently lay it down, Lee can identify a fart in the grand canyon (and then mix it with ease) and James is technically impeccable. WHAT DO YOU DO IN REAL LIFE? I

am a high school teacher 9-5. THE BEST TRACK THAT NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR? There isn’t just one, but one of my favourite releases of all time is the Lil Louis – I Called U E.P. The Conversation, The Story Continues and Why’d U Fall all in one record? Shiiiiit. MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? Everything from Stacey Pullen to Mozart. I guess a lot of folks say Larry Levan was a master at that and I am sure to see him on a good night would have been something special to behold. But for me, it’s gotta be Theo Parrish. I know some that say he can be too eclectic, but for me, it’s bliss. There is a real musical sensibility about the way he plays and I love that fact that he takes risks. He not only plays things other people won’t (most DJs are inherently afraid of live drummers!), but he does so with finesse and grace. He goes beyond beatmatching. However, on another tip, look at what someone like Terrence Parker does in his DJ Sets – skills that need to be seen to be believed. In terms of production, we could be here for days, but one of my all time favourites has to be the one and only Kerri Chandler! WHAT DO YOUR FOLKS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: Mum and Dad went to college in Chicago during the late ‘70s/early ‘80s, so when I was first cutting my teeth

and practicing at home a lot, I remember the oldies giving it bit of oomph, especially when we went into particularly funky territory. Probably gives them flashbacks and shit. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED? It felt really great to play at the Alton Miller gig at Double Lucky a few months ago, I remember sneaking out (as a tenderly-aged househead) when he came to Geisha (about 8 years ago?) and just being blown away by what I heard. So for this to have come full circle and having the chance to play with him on the same bill was very special! Our first Saturday night at Double Lucky was a whole ton of fun and the first time I played at Geisha was really special too, as I always wanted to do my thing in that space! WHAT CREWS/NIGHTS DO YOU BELONG TO/PUT ON? Full Circle (Friday Nights at Double Lucky), SoulProject (Monthly at Geisha) and I do one Saturday a month at Double Lucky. ANY RELEASES OUT, OR IN THE PIPELINE? A lot of my various tinkerings can be found over at soundcloud.com/jhambero. GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? Full Circle - Friday 20 October – Double Lucky, Leederville; Supporting Terrence Parker - Friday 4 November, Double Lucky, Leederville

LAUNCH PAD INJURED NINJA

INJURED NINJA WITH STEVEN AARON HUGHES (GUITAR/VOCALS/LOUD NOISES) Give a brief rundown of the history of your band from day one to now: Injured Ninja gruesomely tore its way out of the musical womb sometime around ‘07/’08. In its infancy the Ninja crawled out into the real world, released a self-recorded EP and found its way to infamy with a bunch of noisy gigs around P-town. Split single IDDQD with French Rockets won WAMi Single Of The Year. The young curious Ninja toured Japan, toured US and appeared at SxSW 2011, starred as bad guys in a Empire Of The Sun clip, released a slew of 7” singles on various labels, made some pretty ridiculous music videos and finally created its debut LP Injured Ninja Vs. Skylazer, which was released this year in March and probably a whole bunch of other cool shit that was forgotten because the Ninja is a scatterbrain that likes to party. Tell us about your release:

WEEKEND @ MINT

RHYTHM & DANCE @ METRO CITY

Our new release is Redeemer/ Skylazer Remixed. We gave stems of aforementioned debut album to a whole bunch of our friends a few months ago to do some remixes. We were totally just going to humbly put them up on Soundcloud and feel mildly chuffed with ourselves. Instead we got back 11 remixes and most of them fucking slay. I was making a crazy music video to one of the songs off Skylazer and we figured it was worth giving it a new release with the remixes attached. So now it’s a whole new album of sorts… It’s a digital release but there will be a super limited run of 50 copies in custom designed artwork with a fold-out poster. The poster is dope, featuring the artwork of Vs. Skylazer in full glory plus a wild screen grab from the Redeemer video that’ll make your eyes hurt. How did you go about recording it? Well it was already recorded, y’see. We bounced out the stems and uploaded them, whispered to some cool cats we knew including Mathas, Tomas Ford, YLEM, Kit-Pop, Magical Mistakes (awesome LA

producer based in Japan), Boobs and Yarkhob (both from Ninja) did remixes, my other project Usurper Of Modern Medicine did a remix, and other friends from around Perth including French Rockets, Snow Bros and Lewis Galaga had a crack. Tell us about your launch party: We’re throwing a shindig this Sunday with Ninja playing their first gig in a long time, same with French Rockets. Mathas will kick off proceedings and Tomas Ford will DJ and MC in-between it all. Expect some of our guests to come up and attempt renditions of their remixes live with Ninja as the backing band. What’s next for your band? We’ve actually been super busy and have almost finished our next record. We took a hiatus to demo new songs but ended up with the real deal; it’s sounding dope. It might even be out before the end of the year but we will see how things fall into place. WHAT: Redeemer/Skylazer Remixed (Heartless Robot) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 16 October, The Bird, Northbridge


SINGLE STORY RELEASING HER LATEST SINGLE AFRO-SEGA THIS WEEKEND, GRACE BARBÉ GIVES US THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG. Three-time WAMi award winner Grace Barbé and her band have spent the winter months recording their second album, from which Afro-Sega will be the first song to be released. The single was written earlier this year and recorded to tape machine, capturing a raw, old school sound. This is a dance track telling people to wake up, get up and start grooving to this new style of music called Afro-Sega! It showcases Grace’s unique style, a fusion of Indian Ocean island rhythms with Afro, funk and Latin influences. Old school Seychelles music (Seychelles is Grace’s country of birth) and afrobeat music – especially music from Fela Kuti – has inspired the writing of Afro-Sega. Grace also wanted to achieve the vocal rawness, attitude and energy of American soul singer Betty Davis. The band’s musical director and producer, Jamie Searle, wanted to give Seychelles music a greater global appeal with the fusion of different genres. The single launch tour will take the band to the east coast with shows booked for Bellingen Global Carnival, Island Vibes festival and performances on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay then back to WA for one at Settlers Tavern. Support for the Fly By Night launch will be Fremantle’s popular funk threepiece outfit The Crux and DJ Charlie Bucket. WHAT: Afro-Sega (Independent/ MGM)

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Idea behind the night? There are thousands of Kiwis living in Perth, and the rest of Australia have been blessed with all the top New Zealand bands touring every city, but for some reason they always leave out Perth! So we thought, ‘Hey – it’s Perth’s time to shine!’ Also remember, this isn’t a night for just Kiwis, these acts are also massive stars throughout the Australian hip hop and R’n’B scene! Who’s touring this way and why should punters get excited? Young Sid & Deach are members of the award winning hip hop group Smashproof. Alongside them is an entourage of NZ’s Finest including Pieter T, Dei Hamo, Sir T, Mr Sicc, PNC and DJ CXL (NZ’s #1 DJ), plus there’s Perth act The Stoops. This is the biggest showcase of New Zealand hip hop artists to ever hit Perth and is the first time most of them have made it all the way over here. Which locals are supporting and why did you choose them? The Stoops – we saw they had a good name behind them, good music and also the guys really love the music coming out of the NZ scene. What does your night offer that others don’t? Seven international hip hop artists putting on a showcase for you. Most club hip hop and R’n’B shows will feature a show with one or two artists doing 20 minute sets, this will be four hours of non-stop live performances by the very best in the NZ business! Other details? Tickets are $40 plus

WHEN & WHERE: Friday 14 October, Fly By Night, Fremantle

WEEKEND @ AMPLIFIER & CAPITOL

WEEKEND @ AMPLIFIER

RHYTHM & DANCE @ METRO CITY

NEON BALLROOM PRIDE AFTER PARTY @ CONNECTIONS

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BF through Oztix, or call Anahera on 0425 110 981 and promo girls will drop tickets off to you for $45. There will be door sales, $50 on the night. Doors 8pm, close 1am. What’s next for your crew/promo company? Thursday 12 January 2012 we will be bringing Bow Wow

to Metro City Perth for his Australian Tour. Details to be released soon. Also loads more New Zealand reggae and R’n’B acts to be hitting Perth early next year. WHEN & WHERE: Friday 14 October, Metro City, Northbridge

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2011 DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK

THURSDAY 13/10

plus Dei Hamo, Pieter T and Sir-T. Tickets $40 plus BF through Oztix and the usual outlets.

GOOD COMPANY @ YA YA’S MmHmMm, DJs Nik Ridikulas, Jo Lettenmaier, James Thorne and your hosts Andrew Sinclair and Javier Frisco, 9pm til 2am.

DAVID SIVYER

SNEAKY @ THE LIBRARY DJs Angry Buda, Adroc, Headayke, Junior, Karl Blue, Kyte Kutter, Raji D, Maxwell and guests bring the tunes.

BEN KLOCK

FRIDAY @ TIGER LILS

MARCEL DETTMAN, BEN KLOCK @ CONNECTIONS GIT GO @ NEWPORT HOTEL Showcasing local electronic producers and organised by David Sivyer. Head to soundcloud.com/ gitgoperth/dropbox and drop your tracks/remixes to play in a night organized for ears keen to hear some of Perth’s finest talents.

HEXX @ VELVET LOUNGE The home of experimental, drone, ambient, industrial and gothic styles with DJs Jessica Kill and Smut Pedler for $5 from 8pm.

The Likes Of You have begun hoisting the techno flag up high again, and they’ve outdone themselves this weekend with Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock. These two tech DJs are amongst the most prominent and influential residents of the world-renowned Berghain nightclub in Berlin. Klock polled at number five in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ Poll for 2010, with Dettmann coming in at number 10. They’re also continuing a 2011 tradition of thinking outside the box when it comes to venues, and they could think of no better sound system more capable of delivering their synapse-searing brand of mentalism and the vibe required than that of Connections. Techno in the main room starts 6pm and the terrace rooftop is also open for Sunday Session lovers, with talented locals delivering house and disco beats ‘til close. The duo play a massive five-hour set, with Joe Stawarz opening the main room, and Cam Duff vs. Kid Deep, Suric, Richard Lee vs. Katesy, Progress Inn and Luke P vs. Luke Who outside. $25 this Sunday 16 October.

OH SNAP! @ VILLA The Oh Snap DJs smash the best punk/party tunes all night in special Benfest edition. Door sales $15 ($12 if you know the cool kids).

rock Players Bar with DJ Jeremy Smith supporting. $25 through Heatseeker or at Mandurah Star Surf & Skate, $30 door.

JONATHAN BOULET

SLEEPYHEAD

REVOLUCION @ DOUBLE LUCKY A showcase of the world of global music in the form of moombahton/ tropical nass/juke/baile funk/cumbia, with Prodje, Dr Space, Charlie Bucket and Sleepyhead.

KARA”YO!”KE @ THE BIRD A night of non-stop rhymes, with beats provided by Nathan J. Free entry before 8pm, $5 after.

CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT T-Mac vs. Doc Spin vs. Mixin Man, Freddy T, Ironik, Konspire and Willinger. Free from 8pm.

THURSDAY @ ROSEMOUNT HOOK Nweek SLING new kids take over the Each wheels of steel, and Sean Pollard (Split Seconds) takes over tonight while bands play inside.

FRIDAY 14/10 HOOK N SLING @ METRO FREO 2011 has seen Hook’s remixes and collabs with TV Rock, Wolfgang Gartner and Nervo. $15 from 9.30pm, with Zelimir and Mel B.

G Martin lets the funk fly with all the best in ghetto funk, hip hop, R’n’B, breaks and big beat.

FRIDAY @ SOVEREIGN ARMS Az-T fires up with full on dancefloor destroyers all the way til late.

FRIDAYS @ THE AVENUE G Martin will be letting the funk fly with his own unique style of funky jackin’ house and breaks.

FRIDAY @ THE CARINE Micah, Jon Ee and Fiveo blend beats, breaks and funk favourites.

SAT 15/10

MAIKO @ GEISHA Rob Sharp, Marko La Kucha, Luke P, Luke Who?, Aarin F, Peran and Carl Drake. $10 before 12.30am, $15 after.

JAPAN 4 @ AMBAR Fdel, Tee EL, Wish, Mono Lisa and Philly Blunt bring the right tunes. $12 til midnight, $15 after.

PURE POP @ AMPLIFIER Eddie Electric spin indie classics and alternative sounds from midnight.

DEATH DISCO @ CAPITOL Indie-dance and disco bangers the Death Disco DJs, plus DJ Ryan spinning ‘80s classics upstairs.

SATURDAY @ DOUBLE LUCKY Good times and better tunes with DJs Milly and Ben Dallin.

MKT @ THE LIBRARY All kinds of party beats to keep you funkin’, with DJ Vicktor, DJ Richie G, DJ Riki, DJ Kevvy T and more.

SATURDAY @ TIGER LILS DJ Ben Sebastian drops house, funk, soul, breaks and beyond, with Alex K on the bongos. Free entry.

SATURDAY @ THE WEMBLEY G Martin spins the best across the board in full good times party style.

SATURDAY @ THE SQUIRE Az-T brings “On Tap” house music.

SPEAKEASY @ VILLA

SATURDAY @ THE CLINK

Colourful pop kid Jonathan Boulet brings a full live band, supported by Bastian’s Happy Flight and Metric DJs. It’s just $20 door, or $15 with a student card, 10pm til 4am and presented by Drum Media.

Az-T makes the floor work with everything from R’n’B to electro.

KILLAFOE

The Brow Horn Orchestra will help King Tito’s Dirty Disco rock the casbah, with DJs Beryl, Sleepyhead, Suburban Leisure, Grubby, Joe Macc, Sparklehaus and Cooker. Join only the most knowledgeable of selectors, Dart, Devo, Greg Packer, Menis, Diamond D and Hutcho, with host MC Assassin.

KILLAFOE EP LAUNCH @ SHAPE

HAREM @ GEISHA

Post-dubstep Killafoe launches his Street Credit EP with help from fellow beat bashers Jus Haus?, J Switch, Pimp Scrub and Dvise. $5 before 11pm, $10 after.

Harem is back for another installment with Richard Lee, Aarin F, Suric vs. Milanov, Nathan Francis and Marko La Kucha.

PUFF @ DOUBLE LUCKY

PNC

An Evening With brings superfine techno DJ Puff, supported by DJ Cee and Warren 10.

POTBELLEEZ @ PLAYERS BAR Electro-house fiends The Potbelleez

Hosted by Rockwell, with retro hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

B.S.E & GROOVERIDER @ VILLA Random Concept launch their Australian branch with the return of UK acts Grooverider and Black Sun Empire. $45 plus BF from Planet, Mills, DJ Factory and Moshtix.

BIG APE @ SHAPE Your prime mate is back for some bass madness courtesy of the Big Ape residents. $15 door.

PINEAPPLE LOUNGE @ VELVET

Fiery super-star Young Sid accompanied by Deach (Smashproof), PNC and DJ CXL,

The noise-rockers launch their new Redeemer/Skylazer Remixed release, plus Tomas Ford and Mathas. $10 from 6pm.

THE LOFT @ GEISHA It’s ‘80s month at The Loft, with free entry. This weekend it’s 1986-’87.

POP’N’ROCK @ DEVILLES PAD

Post-punk, indie-pop and rock outside in the beer garden for free.

James Ireland, Rekab, Nebula, and Saxon & Boy Prince feat. Knoe FM. $5 from 8pm.

FORE @ DEFECTORS The coolest pre-party continues with DJs L Dario, Marko La Kucha, Peran

STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT LMW @ CONNECTIONS Lesbian Mud Wrestling with tunes from Connections DJs all night. Free entry from 10pm.

BINGAY @ QUEENS HOTEL Free upstairs at the Queens Hotel with Val Nourished, Barbie Q Coals,Sandy Beaches and DJ Samuel Spencer.

+ DJ NINO BROWN: OCT 14 Players Bar SPEAKEASY: JONATHON BOULET: OCT 14 Villa THE POTBELLEEZ: OCT 14 Players Bar HOOK N SLING: OCT 14 Metropolis Fremantle NZ HUSTLE SHOWCASE: YOUNG SID, DEACH, PNC, DJ CXL, DEI HAMO, PIETER T, SIR-T: OCT 14 Metro City BLACK SUN EMPIRE, GROOVERIDER: OCT 15 Villa MARCEL DETTMANN, BEN KLOCK: OCT 16 Connections JANET JACKSON: OCT 18 Burswood Theatre SBTRKT: OCT 20 The Bakery NAUGHTY BY NATURE: OCT 20 Players Bar; OCT 21 Roebuck Hotel, Broome AUTOEROTIQUE: OCT 21 Metropolis Fremantle AJAX: OCT 21 Ambar ICICLE: OCT 21 Shape OMARION: OCT 22 Metro City BIG APE VS. GRIZZLED FEAT. KOAN SOUND, DODGE & FUSKI: OCT 22 Villa GHOSTPOET: OCT 23 The Bakery SILKIE, JON CONVEX (INSTRA:MENTAL): OCT 27 The Bakery SIDNEY SAMSON: OCT 27 Capitol HERNAN CATTANEO, PLEASUREKRAFT, EVIL NINE, DJ PP: OCT 27 Shape MATTHIAS TANZMANN, DYED SOUNDOROM: OCT 27 Secret Venue ONRA: OCT 27 The Manor SINDEN: OCT 27 Villa LEE MORTIMER: OCT 28 Ambar ELI SMITH, LUCKY DATE: OCT 28 The Bakery HEAVYWEIGHT SOUNDZ: LONDON ELEKTRICITY, SHAPESHIFTER, MC WREC, BLOKHE4D, XILENT: OCT 28 Metro City BABY BASH, SAVAGE, DA STOOIE BROS: OCT 29 Metro City BEYOND THE RAVE FEAT. NINA LAS VEGAS: OCT 29 Capitol/ Amplifier THILO & EVANTI, SOUL-T: OCT 29 Barrack St Boat Party ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE: OCT 29 Mojo’s; OCT 30 Wave Rock Weekender 360: NOV 2 Boulevard Tavern; NOV 3 Prince Of Wales; NOV 4 Studio 146; NOV 5 Amplifier; NOV 6 Newport Hotel

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DEADWEIGHT @ THE BIRD

NZ HUSTLE @ METRO CITY

SUNDAY 16/10

The Pineapple crew return with Fusion Six & Vandan, Masonik, Purge & Audit and Black Tortoise, free from 8pm. Jo 19 and Razor Jack on the wheels, plus GoGo and more. Doors 5pm, $10 after 8.

HUSSLE HUSSLE @ MOJO’S MC/producer Rae brings a five-piece band, Dilip N The Davs, Aysha Amani and The Santeria Family band, plus Dubheap on the decks, $10 from 8pm.

SATURDAY @ SOVEREIGN ARMS

KING TITO’S DD @ EAST END BAR

JUNGLE SHAKEDOWN @ AMBAR

A hell of a night for your vocal cords with hosts Magnus Danger Magnus and Queen Feminem.

DJ DD brings the bangin’ party tunes all night, plus he’s joined by Claremont’s new resident, DJ Shotz.

FRIDAY @ WEMBLEY HOTEL

BLACK SUN EMPIRE

R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES

THURSDAY @ CLAREMONT HOTEL

Paul Malone spins electro beats, plus Adam Kelly, with Alex K on the bongos. Free entry.

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and Marko D, free from 9pm.

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GIG GUIDE THU 13 Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Chris Gibbs Brook Bar & Bistro Groove Night Avenue Burswood Casino Rosie Burgess Trio Clancys Fremantle The Other Guys Como Htl Rock’n’Roll Karaoke Devilles Pad Village Kid Ellington Jazz Club Howie Morgan FUSE Bar Better Days Gate Raw Hyde Open Mic Hyde Park Htl Bex’s Open Mic Indi Bar James Wilson Lucky Shag Matt Gresham Mojos Nth Fremantle The Caballeros, The Gypsy Howls, Heath Marshall Mustang Bar Seams, Sugarpuss, Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Flower Drums Norfolk Basement Smoke or Fire, Pour Habit, Chilling Winston, The FAIM Project, From Deep Within Rosemount Htl Slacker, Kenny Rogers, Joe Graham Swan Lounge Legacy Of Supremacy, Heavy Love, Needles Douglas The Shed Off the Record Universal Bar Jack Doepel Jazz Quart. X-Wray Cafe Twisted Affection, BugHunt, Petrashevsky Circle, The dissonant Ya Ya’s

FRI 14 Diamond Eye, Ragdoll, Amberdown Amplifier Bar Trevor Jalla Ascot Quays The Panda Band, Hootenanny, The Witness, Empty Cup Bakery Northbridge

The Other Guys Balmoral Faces Bennys Bernadine Grigson Bentley Hotel Tod Johnston & Peace Love Burswood Casino We Are the Emergency, Sleepwalker, Death & A Cure, Black Birds Civic Htl Backroom Tom Fisher & The Layabouts Clancys Fremantle Parker Avenue, Claremont Hotel James Wilson Deen Rocket to Memphis, Boom! Bap! Pow!, Devilles Pad Tal Cohen Trio, Victoria Newton, Paul Booth, Rocksteady Ellington Jazz Club Sean Scott Enex100 Podium Level Smoking Section Gate Tomas Ford Hyde Park Htl Nathan Gaunt Hyde Park Htl (Arvo) Sons Of Rico Indi Bar Milhouse Newport Htl Hyte Norfolk Basement 43 Cambridge Paddy Maguires Flyte Paramount Red Descending, Katabasis, Archaic, Inanimacy Railway Htl Chainsaw Hookers, Blazin’ Entrails, Wizard Sleeve, The Vice Grip Pussies Rocket Room Harlequin League, SonPsilo Circus, The Love Junkies, Flower Drums Rosemount Htl Timeout Rosie O’Gradys Fremantle Dirty Scoundrels Sail & Anchor Ryan Webb & The Method, Marshall & The Fro Settlers Tavern Margs

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Greg Carter Springs Tavern Energy Commission, Fieldtrip, Needles Douglas, Stu Mckay Swan Basement Count, Misty Mountains, The Suspects Swan Lounge Dux & Downtown, Big Old Bears The Bird The Community Chest, Taco Leg, The Wine Dark Sea, Ermine Coat The Den Kickstart The Shed Rhyme & Reason The Vic Hotel Nightmoves Universal Bar Minky G, Prita, Elk Bell Velvet Lounge The Silent Minute, Dave Robertson, Isabella Jennings, Fergal Troy X-Wray Cafe

SAT 15 Voyager, Chaos Divine, Hemina, Meridian Amplifier Bar Chris Murphy Belgian Beer Cafe Courtney Murphy & Murphy’s Lore, Hi NRG Burswood Casino The Amity Affliction, Asking Alexandria, Skyway Capitol The Vice Grip Pussies, Tobi-Lea & The Wolves, TungXsten, The Clock Strikes Civic Htl The Chevelles, Stingrays Clancys Fremantle Zydecats Claremont Hotel Runner, Andrew Sinclair & The Ritual Band Dada Records Allira Wilson, Jamie Oehlers, Punky Reggae Party Ellington Jazz Club The Spitfires, The Cabarets, The Insatiables Hyde Park Htl Marshall & The Fro, Ryan Webb & The Method Indi Bar The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Co. Krzysztof Piotrowicz Kulcha Bonfire Leisure Inn Lady Penelope Metropolis Fremantle Buzz Kill Vamps Deep River Collective, Opia, Paltiva, Carnies with Candy, Lady Black Betty, Mojos Nth Fremantle Empire Blues Mount Helena Tav Kizzy, Gravity Newport Htl Matt Gresham Norfolk Basement Easy Tigers Paddy Maguires Felix Paramount LIXY Player’s Bar Kickstart Rocket Room Hostile Little Face, Mattersville, Fools Rush In, The Silence In Between Rosemount Htl

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SUN 16 Voix de la Ville feat. Strykermeyer, Dosh Luckwell, Ash Baroque Bakery Northbridge Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Cranky Balmoral Minky G Barchetta, Nth Cottesloe Adrian Wilson Bentley Hotel Proof Burswood Casino Sean Scott Captain Stirling Sunday Driver Claremont Hotel WAAPA Contemporary Music Showcase Ellington Jazz Club Odette Mercy & her Soul Atomics Fremantle Arts Centre Electrophobia Gate Chris Gibbs Duo Greenwood Hotel Adam James High Road Htl Riverton Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Gerard Maunick, Our Man In Berlin Indi Bar Retriofit Indian Ocean Brewing Co. Dom Zurzolo Kalamunda Htl The Bluebottles M On The Point Lucy Peach band, Jill Birt, Robbie Jalapeno & the Bureaucrats, The Morning Night, The Gypsy Howls Mojos Nth Fremantle The Crooked Cats, Calectasia Moon Cafe The Amity Affliction, Asking Alexandria, Skyway Newport Htl Seals Queens Tavern, Highgate The Vice Grip Pussies, Lucille, The Lungs, SSA, Arbitrage Railway Htl Rosie’s Open Mic Rosemount htl - 459 Bar Shawne & Luc Sail & Anchor Howie Morgan Project Saint Anthony Nieves South st Ale House Gignition feat. Living Dying, The Caravan Party, Yogurt of Burning Swan Basement GhostTrack, Rusty Nails, Mark Summers, Charlie

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WED 19 Tonight Alive, Rufio, Monuments, Know your Knot Amplifier Bar Black Market Cabaret Bakery Northbridge Andrew Winton Balmoral Definition Of House Double Lucky, Leederville Juliana Areias Ellington Jazz Club Prita Grealy, Ryan Webb Indi Bar Howie Morgan Lucky Shag Fremantle Blues & Roots Club, The Publican Band, Mat Cal, Kim McDonald Mojos Nth Fremantle Going Solo, Tim Nelson, Bruno Booth, Coco Moon Cafe Karin Page Paddo Wash, Stillwater Giants, Rich Widow, The Prevues Rosemount Htl Cowboys & Indie Kids DJs Rosemount Htl (outside) Dove, Oliver Halvorsen, Rachel Gorman Sail & Anchor An Evening on the Green, Steely Dan, Oh Mercy Challenge Stadium The Young Jailbreakers, Count Swan Lounge Who-What Wednesday: Timothy Nelson, Tiana Dawson, Jim Pugh & the Mace Francis Orchestra The Bird Acoustic Showcase: Brandon & Nathan X-Wray Cafe

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SATURDAY 15 After Dinner – directed by Matt Longman, After Dinner sees five lonely singles head out to their local pub on a Friday night, determined to forget their nine-to-five routine. Three female office workers are looking for a good night out and, nearby, two men are looking for the same – with different ideas. Closing night. Old Mill Theatre.

SUNDAY 16 Voix de la Ville presents The Prize Vulgarian – people of Perth, exhale! Now, inhale, for the long-awaited return of Voix de la Ville, a much needed breath of fresh air. It’s what Perth’s cabaret scene aspires to embody... and it does so effortlessly. Featuring Strykermeyer, Dosh Luckwell and Ash Baroque, this is far-out theatrical styling at its most audacious, sure to titillate and intrigue. The Bakery, 7pm.

TUESDAY 18 Australian Poetry Slam 2011: WA Heats 3 – two minutes in the spotlight. No props. No music. Judged by the audience. Just you, a microphone, and your words. WA final is 1 November, with two selected poets then travelling to Sydney for the national final on 27 November. The Bakery, 7pm. Barefaced Story Battle – a night showcasing storytellers from all walks of life crafting touching, funny, and slightly twisted tales in the monthly show, which can also be heard on a weekly podcast available through iTunes. It’s now back in competition form, featuring a line-up of seasoned pros and some fresh faces. Heats take place each Tuesday, with the final on 25 October. More info at barefaced. com.au. The Bird, 8pm. Flirt Fiction – get caught up in a web of seductive tales as the team behind Jack & Jill (2010) explores the language of desire in their new work. Fresh from debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Red Rabbit Collective’s latest play chronicles the literary duel between competitive friends Ana and Henry as they attempt to author erotica. The duo’s shared struggle to craft sensual fiction unveils a labyrinth of unexpected erogenous encounters, compelling each writer to examine their own hidden desires. Tuesday to Saturday. Blue Room Theatre until 22 October.

WEDNESDAY 19 Black Market Cabaret – hosted by the very funny and charismatic MC Swingin’ Sammy Poopenmeyer, Black Market Cabaret will feature Sugar Blue Burlesque performers Kitty Litteur, Johnny Domino, and Clara Cupcakes. The Bakery, 7:30pm. Fecks: Island Limits – the first solo show by renowned graffiti artist Fecks. Final day. The Butcher Shop, Northbridge. Ben Sherar: If not for the dawn – Sherar’s second solo exhibition at emerge continues with his moody and evocative oil paintings examining the Perth urban inner-city nightscape and the shadowy ambiguity of 52 • THE DRUM MEDIA 13 OCTOBER 2011

alleyways, car parks, and the concrete underbelly of the city after dark. This is another powerful show with Ben’s signature intrinsic light permeating and illuminating these new works. Opening day. Emerge Art Space until 4 November.

ONGOING Adam & Eve – enter a world of dancefloors and apple cores, sequined snakes and failed dates, where heavenly hymns have one-night stands with tragic party anthems. Awardwinning company The Wet Weather Ensemble gets queer and biblical with a modern mirror-balled take of the very first hook-up: Adam and Eve. Blue Room Theatre until 29 October. Emma McPike: True North – Emma McPike’s first significant solo exhibition explores the iconography and aesthetics of WA outer suburbia. The prints and drawings featured in True North recall both the haunting films of Sofia Coppola and the painterly impressions of early Australian Modernism, describing a familiar yet peculiar world of bittersweet nostalgia, untidy dreams and half remembered weekends. OK Gallery, Northbridge until 30 October. Indra Geidans – Indra Geidans is a well-known West Australian painter whose recent works continue to explore psychological states, highlighting the tension between the ordinary and the extraordinary. There is a preoccupation with what lies just beneath the surface of our everyday existence. She often uses female figures in her paintings that are veiled, stitched or trapped. Turner Galleries, Northbridge until 5 November. Jacqui Stockdale: Papercuts and Bloodlines – known for primarily working across painting and photography, Jacqui Stockdale’s work shifts to collage and animation for her solo exhibition at Venn. The works continue to investigate Stockdale’s interest in masquerade, Mexican carnival masks, religious deities, exotic postcards and ethnography as well as referencing moments from the everyday. Venn Gallery until 11 November.

MAN VERSUS MO THE MAN BEHIND THE MO, HEATH FRANKLIN, TALKS TO BAZ MCALISTER ABOUT HIS SOMEWHAT COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS COMEDY CREATION; CHOPPER.

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guess, in a way, when you spend so much of your life being someone else you get a bit of an identity crisis after a while,” muses Heath Franklin. “Over the last few years Chopper and I have developed a bit of a Tyler Durden relationship.” Let’s hope this hasn’t quite extended to the point where Franklin will one day wake up to find that his comedy alterego has been secretly building an army of black-clad miscreants and cutting people’s ears off while Franklin slept – but he’s certainly become inseparable with his take-off of infamous underworld figure Chopper. In fact it’s even getting to the stage where, when you hear the name, you more readily think of Franklin’s turn than you do of Mark Brandon Read. Whilst it’s his A Hard Bastard’s Guide To Life show that is coming to WA, Franklin’s been touring another show in the east, Heath Franklin vs Chopper. The comedian has decided it’s time to put his own name out there and wrest back a little bit of control from his Durden side. “It’s not necessarily me turning on Chopper – I’m giving him the right of

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reply, so it’s not a one-sided affair,” Franklin says. “If you told me ten years ago that I’d be spending four years of my life going around the world in a fake moustache and glasses doing a funny voice for a living I’d have laughed at you, but that’s how it’s turned out.” But Chopper is primarily what the fans want and he’s not going down without a fight over in these parts. Franklin says the character has won him fans from all walks of life. “When I first started doing the show in Adelaide, I had this old woman come up after the show – she must have been about 70 – and she said ‘I really enjoyed that’. And then, another time there was this bunch of big bikers

standing around all star-struck and girly, saying ‘Oh, can we get a Chopper photo?’ So, it’s both ends of the spectrum there,” he says. Chopper’s first appearance was on well-regarded TV sketch comedy The Ronnie Johns Show, in which Franklin starred along with several other comics who used the show as a solid platform from which to launch great careers. “Everyone’s thriving in the industry – Jordan Raskopoulos has got Axis Of Awesome, which is killing it at the moment in Edinburgh, Felicity Ward has become probably one of the best female stand-ups in Australia, I’m floating around doing my thing, and Dan Ilic is all over the TV,” Franklin says. “We did Ronnie Johns and we’re

happy with it, and it was a good time to move on, rather than when it’s gasping for breath and dying slowly.”

elected unopposed because there just weren’t enough candidates. On the polar opposite, Esperance and the City of Gosnells have more than double the amount of candidates for vacancies. No matter whether it is 19 candidates or two, as is the case for many mayoral positions up for grabs, the key thing to remember is to actually look at what each candidate is offering. While some campaign material has undoubtedly gone straight into the recycling bin, there have been some candidates who have gone high-tech and opted for online campaigns, proving that even local government can make use of social media. In between all the hype of media coverage over who is going to be the new City of Perth mayor or that Alannah MacTiernan is putting her hand up for Town of Vincent mayor, when it comes down to it, its all about who is going to give you what you want out of your council. Do you want

more community festivals? Do you want more recreation spaces like skate parks? Art exhibitions? Late night venues that don’t have ridiculous licensing restraints? Venues that don’t close down because elected members bend to the whims of residents whinging of noise complaints? Events that attract people into your area, boosting trade and local reputation? A council that doesn’t spend ratepayer money on stocking up their councilors’ lounge with expensive wine? Then take the time to care about who is making the decisions on how your community is run, how much money they are designating to specific projects and vote. Because all the petitions and Today Tonight coverage in the world won’t help you if your failure to vote results in the wrong people getting elected. Rant over.

WHAT: A Hard Bastard’s Guide To Life WHERE & WHEN: Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie Tuesday 18 October / Esperance Civic Centre Wednesday 19 / Albany Entertainment Centre Thursday 20 / Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre Friday 21 / UWA Octagon Theatre Saturday 22 / Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton Sunday 23

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WITH MARCIA CZERNIAK When people think of Australian politics, thoughts generally go to our federal politicians; specifically, a particular redheaded prime minister and budgie-smugglerwearing opposition leader. Well, stop shuddering and put those thoughts aside because this weekend politics is going local. That’s right West Australians, it’s time to get down to basics and have a say in how your community is governed. While some may think it isn’t important to vote in local elections, think again; by placing your vote you can shape the direction that your local area heads towards. Don’t worry, this isn’t a political rant about being so lucky to be living in a country where we have a say in who is elected into government (because that is obvious and something we all know).

No, this is a rant to make you aware of what a local government does the types of things they do that can make all the difference to how we engage as a community. As the TV commercials say, your local government isn’t just about bin collection, parking fines, and streetlights. They are about planning, community development, recreation spaces, and the strategic direction of the place you live in. So if you complain that your council never puts anything decent on, then sit up, take note, and vote. Because if you don’t vote, then you have no say in who it is that makes the strategic direction for decisions on planning, community development and recreation spaces in the place you live in. For some people, the choice to vote has sadly been taken away from them, like residents in the Town of Victoria Park, where all candidates were

Princely Treasures – highlights from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, one of the greatest collections of European decorative art of the 17th and 18th Centuries, from the miniature to the monumental. This exhibition presents a series of themes encapsulating important aspects of courtly life in Europe. Art Gallery of WA until 9 January.

MAD MEN EXHIBITION AT ENEX100

This Is The Wild – the very first solo exhibition of Uncover 2010’s inaugural winner Matthew Christopher Saville, This Is The Wild. Uncover is a new award (in its second year) created to encourage, discover, promote, and support new photographic talent that exists in Australia today. Perth Centre for Photography until 23 October.

Mad Men has reshaped fashion since its launch in 2007, influencing the collections of the world’s leading names in fashion, from Prada and Louis Vuitton to Dolce & Gabana and Versace. Enex100 is currently hosting Mad For Fashion, an exhibition featuring 20 costumes from the cult television series. The exhibition offers an exclusive look at the costumes that sparked this fashion revolution and saw Mad Men signature silhouettes take over the runway. The collection has been curated by the show’s Emmy Award winning costume designer, Janie Bryant (author of The Fashion File), and is the world’s biggest exhibition of Mad Men costumes. From skinny pencil skirts, sweaters, and pouf-style dresses to slim suits for men, the show’s wardrobe showcases a stunning combination of original designs and vintage items from the 1960s. Mad For Fashion runs to 30 October. Head to enex100.com.au for more info.

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TWO PRIZE VULGARIANS TOMÁS FORD SPEAKS TO STRYKERMEYER AND ASH BAROQUE FROM AVANT-DRAG COLLECTIVE VOIX DE LA VILLE IN THE LEAD-UP TO THEIR CABARET EXTRAVAGANZA, THE PRIZE VULGARIAN.

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first saw legendary queen Strykermeyer at Perth Festival earlier this year in a show following New York drag royalty Taylor Mac. Decked out in a dirty, oddly shaped boy-drag costume and lipsynching to Kate Bush’s A Woman’s Work, the act was thought-provoking and engaging in a way I’d never experienced from a drag act before. Smashing together ideas from drag, vaudeville, and performance art, the performance was the perfect introduction to the idiosyncratic work of local collective Voix de la Ville, headed by Stykermeyer along with performer/ producer Ash Baroque. Established in 2008, the collective ran a series of hugely popular cabaret nights until taking a hiatus for much of this year. They return now to put on their largest-scale event yet; on top of the unique stylings of the collective, they have invited performers from the live music, spoken word, burlesque and performance art scenes to truly make the night a multi-arts cabaret spectacle. At 50 years of age, Strykermeyer has honed his art through a career that has seen him perform all over Australia, forging a path outside the established drag circuit. Though widely acknowledged as one of Oxford Street’s most talented queens (his makeup work would see him work on Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert), his

ahead-of-its-time leftfield approach to performance was at odds with the Sydney drag scene in the early part of his career. Performing with this collective has given him access to a younger audience that understand and appreciate his work. “I was never really accepted as a popular choice; I was rarely picked for any kind of lead unless it was evil and boring. The younger kids in those days didn’t understand what I was doing. Now I’ve been doing this for 35 years and the way the world has moved is that the dysfunction I show in my tracks is really common. And these kids get an awful lot out of it. They can understand and that is more than I’d ever have dreamed of when I was starting out. “I guess I’ve had a resurge in the last five or six years and it’s been really nice; it was worth leaving it for ten years and coming back to see how everything had changed.” The upshot of a career spent honing a unique approach to performance has been that he is completely comfortable with his identity as an artist. “When I was younger I said I wanted to push drag forward as an art form, but now that I’m older it’s just what I do. I don’t like the obvious. You can send me a picture of somebody and I’ll instantly see what’s in the background, rather

than the person you’re showing me. I like to see the other things; without the background there is no foreground for me. Voix de la Ville is much more about the background than the foreground.” Strykermeyer’s creative process begins much the way you might expect a conventional drag act to start; by choosing a song and piecing together a costume. Where a traditional drag performer might be looking to create a character, he focuses more on what meaning he wants the performance to convey. “I start to draw more meaning out of the song I’ve chosen when I’m making the costume. Costumes tell just as much as the lyrics in a track. In fact, with the lyrics that might be missing in the track, you can actually fill the gaps with your costume and how you approach making it. “One of the tracks I’ll be performing is quite simple, but as I’m making the costume I realise how much depth and how many different levels the song can reach. For this piece, I think there’s a little bit of Iraq, a bit of Libya, and definitely a lot of bondage going on. Yet the song is really pretty, it’s about not needing to say sorry to somebody.” There’s a rule-breaking punk ethos at the heart of this approach. “The first drag I did was boy drag, doing Iggy Pop’s I’m Bored. The track means a lot to me and it shows. I have to keep

myself interested because I get bored very quickly. I get bored of people knowing what’s coming; the kind of songs that get towards the end and suddenly there’s all the emotion; people cry and it reminds them of funerals and stuff... I want to pull the strings a little harder. I want to give a bit of extra delight, whether it’s pleasant or not. Usually not.” Ash Baroque agrees. “I think we have somewhat of a punk approach to our work,” he says. “There is so much fluffy performance around in Perth but it’s

a natural response for us to question things with such conservative values and consumerism eating the hearts of our society. I think we offer a certain freedom in our lives and to our audience.” For Strykermeyer, this approach extends right through to the kinds of materials he uses in costumes. “I recycle everything because I never had money to spend on costumes, so I re-use things. I’ve been finger painting all morning, and I’ve half a blind here rolled up so I’ll find a way to wear that. I save everything because I know one

day things will come in very handy and it’ll make a fabulous costume.” Neither queen is willing to divulge exactly what Sunday’s audience can expect. Ash Baroque only says, “Well, well, well... Let’s just say we are back with a new line-up in a large way. There will be fire and music!” WHAT: Voix de la Ville presents The Prize Vulgarian WHERE & WHEN: The Bakery Sunday 16 October

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POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS

WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING

BRITISH STAND-UP COMEDY VETERAN JIM DAVIDSON HAS ONLY RECENTLY STARTED TOURING AUSTRALIA IN A CAREER SPANNING FOUR DECADES. HE TELLS BAZ MCALISTER WHY HE’S BEEN LURED BACK A SECOND TIME.

STRAPPING ON A FLAMETHROWER AND ROASTING ALIEN DOPPELGANGERS IS A SOLID CAREER MOVE FOR OLD-SCHOOL HORROR FAN MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD. SHE TELLS BAZ MCALISTER ABOUT BATTLING THE THING.

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t’s not exactly hyperbole to say that Jim Davidson was one of the guys who shaped stand-up comedy as a form during the 1970s and 80s. After making it on the burgeoning London stand-up circuit, he made the jump to television with a couple of sitcoms and game show hosting duties on the snooker-themed Big Break and The Generation Game, which were both huge in the UK. “I think Big Break made it down to Australia,” Davidson says. “But it was probably on at 3am on some obscure channel watched by four people and a kangaroo.” Davidson himself made his first foray Down Under two years ago, where his shows went well – despite a nightmarish experience with jet lag. “I was absolutely terrified because I couldn’t sleep,” he says. “I got off the plane and I couldn’t sleep for days. I was walking around like a zombie and I didn’t know how I was going to do the first gig. I was shaking and white and feeling sick. I can’t even remember what I spoke about, but it must have gone well – there was cheering.” Now he’s about to make the journey again for a new run of shows. His audiences last time, he estimates, were about a 60-40 split of Brits and Aussies. With his TV days largely behind him, Davidson has been concentrating on his stand-up, which has evolved from its early days. He says he no longer hides behind characters – and indeed his wellknown comedy characters from the early days of his act have won him a little infamy, such as mock-Jamaican Chalkie White, a character that drew fire as being particularly politically incorrect. “I’ve moved on from that now,”

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Davidson says. “But I do talk about how I think political correctness is ruining everything. I’ll have a go at silly governments and stupid wars. My show is like you’re watching a current affairs programme and a madman is the presenter.” Davidson was there on the front line in the early ’90s when stand-up changed overnight – a seismic shift away from comedy as just a good night out, and towards a new kind of smug, clever, agenda-charged medium. He lays the blame for this on one man. “It was the same as music. Basically music in the ’70s was fabulous – Pink Floyd and The Who and Status Quo, the Moody Blues and Led Zeppelin. Suddenly, Bob Geldof. Urgh. And in the same way, Ben Elton went on the television and changed stand-up forever. He said all of us lot – the ones that actually tell jokes – were racist and sexist and offensive and old hat and should all be put to death. He is a really nice guy, but he’s not funny, and that’s fundamental in a stand-up comedian. In the UK now it’s all a little clique of public schoolboys and university students all being funny to each other, and so many people say to me ‘Jim, they ain’t funny, why don’t

you get back on the TV?’ – as if it was that easy.”

Every frame of JC’s 1982 version has been meticulously studied and matched – why was the base burnt? Why was a fire axe stuck in the wall? Joel Edgerton is the hardbitten chopper pilot, channelling Kurt Russell, but the film belongs to Mary Elizabeth Winstead, strapping on a flamethrower and showing she has the chops as an action lead. Her evolution from mild scientist to Ripley-esque ass-kicker is a delight. There are lots of echoes of the tension and suspense that made the Carpenter film memorable – such as a clever scene where the stranded scientists examine each other’s fillings. And it’s great to see that as well as some well-done CG, there are copious amounts of practical effects used for the creature. If Hollywood is truly bereft of new ideas and simply must revisit old ground, then this is the way you’d want them to do it.

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Recently Davidson has been dabbling in other things, finishing his first novel Joined At The Hip and even playing a small role in Colour Me Kubrick with John Malkovich (as, of all things, a gay character). He’s been touring war zones to entertain the armed forces, and also wrote and starred in his first play, Stand Up And Be Counted, about a washed-up racist comedian. “It was all about political correctness,” he says. “I played an old white comic, and a young black comic played the young black comic, and away we went. I wrote it for this comedian/actor called Bradley Walsh, but he couldn’t do it because of other commitments, and he said ‘well, why don’t you play it?’. I shouldn’t have done it really. I recently asked Mark Little, the Australian comedy actor, if he’d like to have a look at it, so you never know, it might have a life again.” WHAT: Jim Davidson Live! WHERE & WHEN: Burswood Theatre Saturday 15 October

ohn Carpenter’s The Thing failed to light up the box office in 1982, but nearly 30 years on, it stands up as a masterclass in the filmmaking of fear and paranoia. Not to mention disgust, for it still stakes a claim to some of the most repugnant visual effects ever created. This effective yarn about an alien shapeshifter terrorising an isolated research base in Antarctica was technically a remake of a 1951 Howard Hawks film, The Thing From Another World, which was itself based on a novella by John W Campbell Jr. And this year, Dutch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen is taking audiences back to 1980s Antarctica for another round with the Thing. And, specifically, he’s terrorising actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Winstead has picked some fun roles in her career, from scream queen turns in Black Christmas and Final Destination 3 to the plum roles of ultra-hip dimension-hopping courier Ramona Flowers in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World and vapid grindhousebait Lee in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. It’s not surprising that she’s quite the genre film nerd. “I’m a huge horror fan,” she gushes, “especially of ’70s horror, films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Shining. I’ve seen them all I don’t know how many times. That’s something that’s a part of me and I can’t help but be drawn to anything that unsettles me.” That said, Carpenter’s The Thing wasn’t on her radar until four years ago when she picked up the DVD at the insistence of her now-husband, filmmaker Riley Stearns. “I loved it, and wondered how I hadn’t seen it sooner,” she says. “It really gets into your bones, the paranoia sets in, and you really feel the isolation of

these characters. It’s unsettling and terrifying.” When Winstead heard there was a new script called The Thing floating around Hollywood, her first instinct was worry for the sacrosanct Carpenter flick. The script called for a strong female lead in young, self-assured palaeontologist Dr Kate Lloyd. Winstead went for it with some trepidation. “Before I read the script it I was like ‘Oh god, why are they doing this?’ – but it really read like it was the same world as the Carpenter version but not the same old movie. The character of Kate wasn’t the kind of role I often read as an actress, so that was a big draw. Then when I talked to the producers it seemed like they had a good handle on how to do it in a smart and unique way and not tarnish the legacy of the Carpenter film.” When creating the character of Kate, the scientist recruited to fly out and examine an alien lifeform trapped beneath the Antarctic ice, Winstead drew on her sister, a neurologist. “She has a very scientific mind and takes her work so seriously, and she’s very smart. I just wanted to come across as more intelligent than I actually am, so I based it on the smartest person I know,” she laughs. Of course, battling a terrifying sci-fi creature requires a cerain modus operandi. Winstead did two months of gruelling fight training to play asskicking Ramona in Scott Pilgrim, but says Kate’s weapons training was a little more straightforward. “They just strapped the flamethrowers on us, and let us go,” she laughs. “We had a 30-minute briefing where they showed us the safety regulations but for the most part it’s pretty selfexplanatory. It’s just like, don’t burn

anybody, you know, and try not to set anything on fire that’s not meant to be on fire! But it’s really a lot of fun; you do feel very powerful when you wear one of those things.” Despite looking like a snowbound base, the bulk of the film was shot in a Canadian quarry in summer, meaning that the hardest part was staying cool in a fluffy parka – “After the shoot I wanted to burn mine with my flamethrower,” Winstead jokes. But her mainly male castmates were a joy to work with, her opinions were embraced and respected. For instance, she fought hard to destroy any sniff of romance between Kate and gruff chopper-jockey Carter (Joel Edgerton, playing a guy who would have been great mates with Kurt Russell’s RJ McReady on the next base over). “Occasionally there would be a rewrite which hinted at a relationship – but if there was even a line of dialogue that was a little too flirtatious I’d say ‘Noooo’. It just wasn’t necessary. These were people who are trying to stay alive. It wouldn’t make any sense for a romance to come up in that situation. And for a female character, I think it’s so cool to finally play a character who doesn’t revolve around being somebody’s love interest.” Winstead has just finished Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and her next role is typically quirky. “I’m just starting work on this really small indie called Smashed, with [Breaking Bad’s] Aaron Paul,” she says, “where I play a woman dealing with alcoholism, but it’s also kind of funny, it’s a very dark comedy.” WHAT: The Thing WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from today

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THE THING Almost everyone with any taste in movies loves John Carpenter’s The Thing – which is why many will approach Dutchman Matthijs van Heijningen’s feature debut The Thing with some trepidation. Cinemas have been peppered over the last five years with flat, lazy remakes of half-decent ’80s horror films, but taking on a classic is a different story. Thankfully van Heijningen and his team have been smart. His The Thing is not a remake or reboot but a slick prequel that dovetails into Carpenter’s film flawlessly. The film takes things back a few days to the Norwegian base and explains why it was a fire-gutted shell in Carpenter’s film, after scientists found an alien lifeform in the ice which could shapeshift into human form. 54• THE DRUM MEDIA 13 OCTOBER 2011

TAKE SHELTER Michael Shannon… goddamn. The actor has been a consummate scene-stealer in a number of recent films, including manic turns as Kim Fowley in The Runaways and Dicaprio and Winslet’s unhinged neighbor in Revolutionary Road, the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination. Take Shelter marks Shannon’s second collaboration with writer/director Jeff Nichols after 2007’s underseen Shotgun Stories, and is an even more potent vehicle for the actor’s unique mixture of cagey stillness and live-wire energy. Here he plays a family man plagued

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with nightmares and hallucinations of an oncoming apocalypse in his Texan hometown – tornados, storms, swarms of birds, and an unearthly petrol-colored rain that turns man and animal alike into creatures of violence. Shannon’s performance forms a totemic depiction of American anxiety and masculinity in crisis, and

as his conflicted wife, Jessica Chastain makes her predicament as deeply felt as her counterpart. Together, they make the film a terrifying and sad tale of mental illness’s toll on a family. Take Shelter is ostensibly a psychological thriller, but it’s an unmistakably non-sensationalist one, whose genre conventions never come

at the expense of character nuance. Likewise, whereas many young American filmmakers seem hell-bent on announcing a trademark style in the form of a cavalcade of stylistic tics, Nichols’ approach to his material is skillfully plainspoken, creating CGI sequences that rarely call attention to their virtuosity. A close-up of a gas pump display’s gallons/dollars digits escalating at different speeds in separate windows encapsulates the film’s unshowy, grounded representation of a mind out of sync with the world around him – though it could just as well be the other way around. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now IAN BARR


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