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FOREWORD LINE IN BRIEF Perth International Arts Festival would like to warn purchasers to stick with official sales channels perthfestival. com.au, BOCs, Ticketek, Ticketmaster and Oztix.

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Invigorated with new vision from incoming Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway, 2012’s 60th Perth Festival program will see the city brought to life with up to 17 unique sights and sounds every day between February 10 and March 3. While we’ll cover the arts announcements in Front Row in the coming weeks, the front of Drum is most excited about the new music venue, the Festival Garden, housing on the outskirts of Northbridge such acts as Little Roy (Feb 10), Seasick Steve (Feb 15), Death Cab For Cutie (Feb 17 and 18), Cut Chemist (Feb 23), Bonnie Prince Billy (Feb 24), Neon Indian and Slow Club (Feb 26), Sway Machinery (feat. members of Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio), Staff Benda Bilili (Mar 2), Penguin Café (Mar 3) and many more. Plus out of the Garden there are fine fruits to be found including Ryan Adams at Perth Concert Hall and Ennio Morricone leading a 100-piece orchestra and choir on Sat 26 at Sandalford Estate Winery in the Swan Valley. Woaaaaaaah! Ticket and program details from perthfestival.com.au.

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Admitting long-term tensions between the pair, Big Day Out’s Vivian Lees and Ken West have announced the split of their 20-year partnership.

EP LAUNCH

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SUN THE SNOWDROPPERS (NSW) hootenanny & the love junkies Tix $10+ bf heatseeker or more at door from 6pm.

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BADU GIRL

Easily one of the standouts of this year’s Good Vibrations Festival, Grammy-Award winning soul sister Erykah Badu returns in the more suitable setting of Kings Park & Botanic Gardens Saturday 25 February. She’s currently been working on new material with Flying Lotus, and this will be her first ever headline Australian tour. In addition, Badu receives cracking support from NZ seven-piece smile-makers Fat Freddy’s Drop. Presales through mellenevents.com and Ticketmaster for this Drum Media-presented event or general release tickets from Monday 14 November.

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Hell-raising Atlanta rock’n’roll quartet Black Lips make their welcome return to our shores next March thanks to some festival dates east side. This year saw the release of their sixth album Arabia Mountain and, although they’ve retired the fourtrack cassette recorder in favour of Grammy-winning super producer Mark Ronson, they have by no means turned their backs on the storming punk and garage-rock that is the core of their confrontational style. Get some Thursday 8 March at The Bakery.

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Kylie Minogue and The Wiggles are the two latest artists to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. British tenor Russel Watson’s show at Burswood Theatre November 8 has shifted to February 28, tickets purchased remain valid. Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood will team up with DOOM for a track to be featured on a compilation record celebrating the 10th B’day of Lex Records.

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US project aiming to help stop bullying of the samesex attracted community It Gets Better launched its Aus’ branch last Friday at Connections Nightclub.

Local rockers Grim Fandango have had a heap of gear stolen from their jam room. Track ‘em down on Facebook and keep an eye out.

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The imminent sale of major label EMI looked likely to see the company split and sold to Warner and BMG, although Warner have recently backed away.

The Melbourne leg of Soundwave 2012 has sold-out in record time.

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November 18 sees the release of a threeDVD set and a two-CD collection feature unique live performances from the Annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts, including Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and many more. APRA Tropscore wants you to enter an original musical score or synch, for a three-minute short film, The Returning, by January 12. Head to tropscore.apra.comu.

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Bad news day for tour cancellations: Kiwi new wavers Mi-Sex, Californian pop-rockers Cartel and Sydney band New Empire have all cancelled shows in the coming weeks.

WILD FLAG

FLYING THE FLAG

Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole are Wild Flag. Between them, they have played in such seminal and influential bands as SleaterKinney, Helium, The Minders and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, just to name just a few. Experience that amalgamation in the flesh, and see why their own material has earned them the title of the next it band, Wednesday 7 March at The Bakery, tickets through Now Baking and Oztix, presented by Street Press Australia.

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It’s official - alcohol poisoning was the cause of Amy Winehouse’s death in July. There were three empty bottles of vodka in her room. Australian actor Eric Bana is set to play Elvis Presley in upcoming feature film Elvis & Nixon.

KNIFE PARTY

THIS IS A KNIFE

Boxing Day just got a whole lot more dangerous with the addition of a massive party at Metro City, Monday 26 December. Yes, there’ll be plenty of razor sharp, cutting edge beats in-store when Knife Party doubledrop in to town – the production/live experiment from Pendulum’s Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, focusing their attention on everything except straight-up d’n’b. Electro-house, dubstep, moombahton/110, drumstep they call it ‘seizure music’.

CHARLES IN CHARGE

The hardest working man in soul Charles Bradley makes his way over to lay some Brooklyn soul vibes across the country, including a stop at The Bakery, Wednesday 14 March. A member of the Dunham Records family (an offshoot of Daptone Records, home to Sharon Jones), Bradley’s unique brand of soul music is highlighted by his exceptionally gravelly voice; the sometimes-pained words truly conveying a life well lived, just as soul music should be sung.

FIERCE HEAVYWEIGHTZ

Your annual drum’n’bass Australia Day Eve is back in 2012, Wednesday 25 January Heavyweight Soundz’s line-up featuring Camo & Krooked and DJ Fierce. Austrian duo C&K have been hailed by Grooverider as “one of the biggest talents in drum’n’bass”, while Fierce has remained at the forefront of d’n’b since the mid‘90s. If it seems like there’s someone missing from this line-up, there’s still a final act TBA very soon... Tickets available now though.

GO GO BONJAH

It’s been a massive year for Bonjah with the release of their Rolling Stone and AIR-award nominated second album Go Go Chaos. They’re warming up for a hot summer, including a heap of new tour shows. While they’ve already been announced to play alongside the likes of Salmonella Dub and The Beautiful Girls at Life’s A Beach Festival, they also play Mojo’s Sunday 11 December. Tickets through Oztix.

HAIL TO THE BUSDRIVER

Evildoers beware! The Weirdo Heroes Tour will be steamrolling in to town Thursday 10 November at The Bird, featuring rapper extraordinaires Busdriver (LA), Louis Logic (NYC) and Ceschi (Connecticut). The son of the man who wrote the seminal hip hop film Krush Groove, Busdriver began rapping at the tender age of 9, and basically hasn’t looked back since, emerging as one of the indie hip hop scene’s most revered figures.

KINGS DIVO

The world’s most successful classical crossover group, Il Divo will bring all the emotion, beauty and power of their unique vocals and operatic arrangements as they take you on a journey that combines opera, pop and musical theatre when they play Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Thursday 23 February. With more than 25 million album sales, expect tickets to sell fast through Ticketmaster, ildivo.com and mellenevents.com.

PERISH THE THOUGHT

When people like Kirk Hammett and Rob Flynn cite your band as a favourite, you know you’re onto a good thing. And for Oakland, California’s All Shall Perish that is precisely the case. With new album This Is Where It Ends newly unleashed on the world, the Californian quintet will be joined by Sydney’s purveyos of brutality, Resist The Thought Monday 28 November at YMCA HQ, Leederville (ALL-AGES) and Tuesday 29 at the Civic Hotel.

MARIANA TRENCHES

Having just been announced on the mammoth Soundwave 2012 line-up, local lads Break Even go from strength-to-strength, and to warm up for the upcoming Getaway Plan support slots, they’re bringing over ‘annoyed’ Melbourne hardcore act In Trenches for a couple of shows. Friday 18 November they both play Amplifier with Arturo Chaos, Only Hope and Foxes; and Saturday 19 YMCA HQ (ALL-AGES, 1pm) with Vanity, Arturo Chaos, Wild Senses and Foxes.


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LOCAL LOVIN’

Forrest-popsters Jinja Safari have spread their Locked By Land Tour nationwide, including Amplifier Saturday 3 December. No strangers to onstage shenanigans, the Jinjas embark on their biggest tour yet, performing favourites from their new full-length collection of songs, Locked By Land. The release features their first two EPs, some brand spanking new tracks and remixes. Tickets through Moshtix or jinjasafari.com, presented by Street Press Australia.

There’s some mighty fine happenings going down right now in WA, and we don’t just mean… Easily one of Perth’s most promising and talented folk-pop songbirds, Felicity Groom has released a new video for her single Siren Song, the first from debut album Gossamer. She’ll be finally releasing her Spinning Top/Inertia album and launching it here Friday 16 December at The Bakery, proudly presented by Street Press Australia.

GRIPS LIKE A VICE

Saturday 21 January sees Sacramento trio Death Grips shatter preconceptions about what hip hop can be when they take to The Bakery. The band re-defines the genre, blending it with brutal noise and aggression. This is more than mere genre-tweaking, it’s complete genredeconstruction. They’re supported by noise-lords Injured Ninja, wordsmith Mathas, doom-laden Ourobonic Plague and beat wizards Mr Starks & Sleepyhead.

Thursday 10 November sees another Movember Benefit going down in the Norfolk Basement, with Russian Winters, The Witness, Chloe McGrath (The Morning Night) and Quick Brown Fox from 8pm. After an enormous year, pop-rockers Beside Lights release their debut EP with four big shows: FELICITY GROOM Friday 11 November at The Civic Hotel Backroom; Saturday 12 at YMCA HQ (ALL-AGES); Saturday 19 at Royal Palms, Busselton and Friday 25 at Villa for Speakeasy.

LET’S GET LOUD

Local songstress Shameem releases her debut album Saturday 19 November at the Hyde Park Hotel, joined by her band on the night plus Tiaryn, Georgia Mooney and DJ NDorse supporting, free from 8pm.

Throw those earplugs away, this is a type of loud your ears are going to love – Far Too Loud, a.k.a. Oli Cash, is returning to Perth for the first time since his Breakfest debut last year, sonically booming in to Ambar Friday 9 December. His sound may diversify and develop, but it’s always high-energy, hard-hitting beats, filthy basslines and immaculate production. $20 door or $15 through Boomtick. Dead Easy. Micah and Bob Noceros support.

Saturday 19 November marks the Deadlands EP launch for metallers Arachaic in the Civic Hotel Back Room. They’re supported by Naetu, Cold Fate and Years Of Pestilence, $10 from 8pm, $15 with CD.

MOUSTASH

Jungular Open Night returns to Fly By Night Sunday 13 November, featuring crayons for drawing and Curtis McEntee, Courtney Hilton, Ian Leonard Trio and Dukes Of Porn playing live. Perth band Sir Thomas are looking for 100 True Fans to provide them with a donation towards making their debut album, and in doing so helping choose which tracks to use on it. Sunday 13 November at The Ellington they play 16 potential songs, and True Fans vote.

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Less than a year old, TV Snow are releasing their debut EP (recorded under the watchful eye of Eskimo Joe members Shaun Sibbes and Lee Jones), Sunday 20 November at The Bird, supported by Place Of Indigo and The Morning Night. The (rather) aptly titled Never Say Die will seek to raise funds for Suicide Prevention Australia with a twostager at the Civic Hotel, Saturday 26 November and featuring Vanity, Still Water Claims, Resistance, Only Hope, Adrift, No Regrets, Them Orphans and A Formal Attire. Colosoul’s Go Local seeks to support and boost local creative talent Friday 25 November at The Bakery with art and fashion stalls, film screenings and live tunes from The Panda Band, Sam Perry, Antonio Paul, The Stoops, Place Of Indigo and Sugarpuss. Tickets through nowbaking.com.au. Proceeds go to the Centre For Cerebral Palsy at Charity Rock Fest, Sunday 13 November at The Newport Hotel, featuring Stone Circle, Shimmergloom, Jake & The Cowboys, Sidewalk Diamons, Urban Cowboy Band, Room At The Reservoir, 10 Past 6, New Erotic and Raging Lincolns.

SUMMER OF ‘59

Happy Days Records brings the unique Class Of ’59 Tour in some special concert shows Thursday 26 July at the Albany Entertainment Centre; Friday 27 at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre; and Saturday 28 at the Astor Theatre, tickets through the venues/BOCs. The show features the music and legends of that era, including Buddy Holly (played by Scott Cameron); Elvis Presley (Anthony Petrucci); Johnny Cash (Daniel Thompson) and more.

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Haven’t seen the Blues At Bridgetown Festival line-up yet? Prepare to catch Ash Grunwald with Vika & Linda Bull; Andrew Winton; Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys; Big Jay McNeely (USA); Buddy Knox; Bondi Cigars; Kyla Brox (UK); Dallas Frasca; Rory Ellis; Blues N The Davs; Tracey Barnett; The Vibrolators feat. Alison Penney; Toby and more on Friday 11-Sunday 13 November. Bluesatbridgetown. com.au for more info.

Saturday November 5

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The Bransontramps +TheOldCroak +TheMoltens (8pm, $10 entry)

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Six weeks away from the inaugural Life’s A Beach music festival (Saturday 10 December, Dixon Rd Reserve, Rockingham) and the local line-up is locked. Joining the The Beautiful Girls, Salmonella Dub, Muph & Plutonic and more will be the exotic Grace Barbe; doo-woppers Boom! Bap! Pow!; roots rocker Simon Kelly; Matt Gresham; Buzz Kill Vamps; party starters Dilip N The Davs and roots/reggae rascals Leeuwin, plus returning rockers The Joe Kings and rising stars The Stoops. Head to lifesabeachmusicfestival.com for ticket info to this Drum-presented event.

The ever-popular Ash Grunwald returns with backing singers Vika & Linda Bull, two of Australia’s most distinctive, versatile and emotionally charged voices. Catch Grunwald solo at the Indi Bar Wednesday 9 November, and Thursday 10 the Bulls join him at the Boulevard Tavern. Friday 11 at Fremantle Arts Centre. All shows supported by Mama Boots. He also plays Blues At Bridgetown November 11-13.

SQUARE THE LEGER

Respected by his contemporaries and idolised by those who worship at the altar of pleasure-seeking dance music, Sebastien Leger is one of Europe’s leading proponents of contemporary underground techno, and he remains at the forefront of modern EDM, bringing his music to wherever dance culture shines brightest. Taking the reins for a minimum three-hour journey, Leger hits Geisha Friday 11 November, supported by Flex, Darren J, Valle Zoo and Kill Dyl.

AS THE ALBATROSS FLIES

Sydney’s Thomas McAlister and Sam Weston together form dreamfunk duo Albatross. The ethereal beatsmen are tripping way out to a very appropriate venue – The Bird, Wednesday 23 November, and they’re supported by two fine up-and-comers playing live in MmHmmm and James Ireland, with DJs Clunk and Everyteen filling any sonic voids left during these bass explorations. $10 from 8pm.

JOHN JAZZMAN

An American jazz trombonist born in Boston and trained at the New England Conservatory of Music, John Roseman toured Jamaica with The Skatalites and in Australia with the Christopher Hale Ensemble. He has also played with a host of other world-renowned jazz musicians, and this Saturday 5 November at The Ellington he’s joined by local rhythm section from 8pm, bookings through ellingtonjazz.com.au.

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Alt-country champ Shane Nicholson, husband to fellow country-rocker Kasey Chambers, continues his great year supporting superstar k.d. lang this Saturday 5 November at Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley. Most recently his album Bad Machines was nominated for ARIA Country Album of 2011, an award Chambers was also nominated for. Tickets through Ticktek.

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LASTING IMPRESSIONS OUTSIDE THE HIP HOP BOX Here’s a few more Australian urban acts pushing the boundaries and embracing the electro revolution.

POPULAR DJ/ PRODUCER KATALYST’S HITLIST OF HATE COMPRISES DAVID GUETTA, “RICH KID” MARK RONSON AND KANYE WEST (“A FUCKING WANKER”), BUT CYCLONE LEARNS HE COUNTS PORTISHEAD’S GEOFF BARROW, WITH WHOM HE CO-FOUNDED INVADA RECORDS, AMONG HIS CLOSE FRIENDS, AS WELL AS A WHOLE BUNCH HE ASKED TO COLLABORATE WITH ON HIS NEW ALBUM.

SIETTA: Vocalist Caiti Baker and instrumentalist/ producer James Mangohig make up Darwin’s Sietta. They traverse gospel, blues, jazz, soul, electro and post-dubstep on their remarkable debut, The Seventh Passenger. Like Katalyst, Mangohig DJs (he’s occasionally booked for retro ‘90s sets!), but he has also played bass with TZU. 360: Melbourne rapper 360 (a.k.a Matt Colwell) has generated much buzz with his major label debut, Falling & Flying. Falling... mashes up rock, electro and dubstep. Colwell first crossed over with his Whitest Boy Alive-sampling Just Got Started, featuring Pez. He has primarily collaborated with producer Styalz Fuego, who, ironically, was involved in X & Hell’s widely slated Million Dollar Sex Party of two years ago. PHRASE: Phrase (Harley Webster) returned in August with the audacious Babylon, reconfiguring vintage garage rock and hip hop. He even co-opted Jimmy Barnes for Velvet Glove, and Webster himself sings the hook on the Beatles-y Never Enough. Alas, Webster has indicated on Twitter that he may quit music, dismayed by the lack of support. (The MC later told triple j’s Breakfast hosts, “I’m in two minds at the moment.”) Babylon has been nominated for a ‘Best Urban Album’ ARIA, so there’s hope yet.

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s Sydney’s Katalyst (a.k.a Ashley Anderson) going electro? The DJ-come-producer is back with his third album, Deep Impressions, and he’s changing things up. But, while the song The Popcorns has Euro synths, Anderson isn’t reinventing himself as an Aussie David Guetta. “David Guetta – god, that guy kills me!” he quips acerbically.

as Jane Doe (she previously graced Space Invadas’ Life). In fact, The Popcorns is the tune everyone keeps mentioning to Anderson, who has been conducting interviews for the past two hours. “There was a vocal sample I used in there and he says, ‘When the popcorn’s gone...’ I didn’t wanna call it The Popcorn

In the ‘90s Anderson crafted illbient alongside the late Michael ‘Illpickl’ Wright as Moonrock. José Padilla licensed their Ill Street Blues for a Café Del Mar. The beatsmith started Invada Records with friend Geoff Barrow – of Portishead fame – and engineer Fraser Stuart in 2002. An early Katalyst track, Active Fusion, appeared on the eighth volume of John Stapleton’s breaks compilation series Dope On Plastic!. Anderson presented his largely instrumental solo debut, Manipulating Agent, on Invada to glowing reviews. He was more ambitious with 2007’s socially themed followup, What’s Happening. Anderson hired prestigious vocalists – New York neo-soul diva (and Barrow protégé) Stephanie McKay, Brit expat Steve Spacek, and, on the trip hop epic To Dust, Katie Noonan. There was a subliminal rock orientation. And, yes, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On provided conceptual inspiration. Next Anderson devised Space Invadas, his side-gig with Spacek, their Soul-Fi LP coming out last year.

BUT HOW MUCH MONEY DO THE BLACK EYED PEAS NEED? HOW MANY BLOODY ROLLS ROYCES DOES HE WANT?”

because James Brown’s got a track called The Popcorn. [So] I just put the ‘S’ on there and called it The Popcorns!” McKay returns for the Caribbean Day Into Night (in addition to the hip hop soul U Can’t Save Me). The underground MC Coin Locker Kid peps up a fun take on The Clapping Song, originally cut by Shirley Ellis and then The Belle Stars in the ‘80s. The North Carolinian will shortly join Anderson on tour together with the album’s local guests and live musicians.

Deep Impressions is divergent again. The classic elements of Anderson’s sound remain – ol’ skool hip hop, soul, funk, jazz and reggae – but he’s also experimenting with synths. The Lights, featuring The Pharcyde’s Booty Brown and Spacek, is romantic ‘80s electro that evokes Visage. “It’s very much a nod to The Human League and that kind of modern romance thing that I was listening to when my friend’s older brothers were introducing us to smoking weed and all those exciting things when you’re 15 or 16. I wanted to include some of these influences on the record, when I decided to call it Deep Impressions, and also just to represent a slightly broader range of influences than the last record, perhaps.”

Anderson admits that combining Invada’s administration with his own music-making is tricky, but he’s become more realistic. “I made the decision between the last record and this record to really try to get back to focusing on music, ‘cause the label does chew up an amazing amount of time.” Anderson isn’t signing new acts, instead just releasing music from the existing roster or projects in which he has input. Somehow he manages to find time to assemble Katalyst mixtapes. Though Barrow is still involved in Invada, he’s preoccupied with its UK affiliate, established a year after the Australian incarnation. “They release a pretty different catalogue to what we release out here,” Anderson suggests. He has relative freedom to develop

That’s not all. The Popcorns is a deep soul affair with incongruously crunky riffs, Jade MacRae cameo-ing

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Ru.CL and foster Koolism, but is in regular contact with Barrow. “I still hit him up for advice on all the releases. We talk on Skype a few times a week… So we’re never too out of touch.” The Bristolian, touring with Portishead later in the year, intends to “hang out” in Australia for a month. Such is Anderson’s creative restlessness that, even as he promotes Deep Impressions, he can’t help but excitedly divulge details about another upcoming project – a collaboration with Barrow and producer 7stu7 (Stuart Matthews) known as Quakers. They’ve spent three years on the hip hop enterprise, harnessing the internet to uncover dope MCs. “The goal was to get 30 MCs on the one record – and we ended up with 32.” Anderson lets slip that 7stu7’s slammin’ title track from Ru.CL’s Blueprint-y Brimstone & Fire was a Quakers “reject”, Barrow adhering to “the highest standards”. “You play him a beat that most people would freak out about and he’ll just go, ‘Yeah, what else you got?’” Anderson, likewise a perfectionist, is in awe of his “mentor”. Australia has finally overcome its fear of soul music – and funk. Soul revivalists Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are huge and hip hop is crossing over as never before. But Anderson wants more progress. “Really, in Australia we came up as a predominantly white culture listening to pub rock. I think the Australian music industry is still struggling with getting over that hangover.” He’s received ARIA nominations in both the dance and urban music categories, yet rues the genres’ continuing marginalisation. “I just don’t really worry about that stuff, to be honest, because I always seem to get nominated and I never seem to win,” he sighs. Australian MCs might move beyond nationalism, or “beer and barbecue rap”, and offer greater substance. Growing up, Anderson was motivated by Public Enemy’s conscious lyrics. “My strong views on hip hop aren’t so much about the limitations of it. It’s just about trying to be positive with it and trying to remember where it came from – in the sense of being an eclectic mix of music, but having that soul.”

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Anderson has long been notoriously critical of what passes for commercial urban and modern soul, journalists welcoming his candour. Some of his targets are obvious, like Will.i.am, who’s not off the hook today. “Will should be shot, basically. The fucking amount of shit that he’s put out there – for a talented man as well. I mean, the guy can make amazing music. But how much money do The Black Eyed Peas need? How many bloody Rolls Royces does he want?” In 2007 Anderson dismissed Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black as an “industry record”, lacking in ‘real’ soul. And, as with Barrow, he’s (rather unfairly) laid into “rich kid” Mark Ronson. He now respectfully stays away from Winehouse (Anderson would subsequently acknowledge that he’d been harsh, actually preferring her music to that of others on commercial radio). He hasn’t wussed out, however. Anderson is unimpressed by “fucking wanker” Kanye West, disapproving of his award show antics. Even so, he gives credit where it’s due: He loves Otis. “I’m a massive Otis Redding fan,” Anderson enthuses, a little ashamed that he ‘slept on’ the soul great until viewing the doco Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story. “I made sure I sampled an Otis track for Quakers.” But Anderson isn’t necessarily a traditionalist. He “dug” James Blake’s post-dubstep version of Feist’s Limit To Your Love. And there’s a mutual fanclub. “I don’t know if Steve [Spacek] ran into him or [if] he got a call from him, but apparently [Blake] hit Steve up and said he was a Space Invadas fan,” Anderson says, chuffed. “But, yeah, look, if it’s heavy and it’s got soul, I’m into it – and, basslines, bring ‘em on.” WHO: Katalyst WHAT: Deep Impressions (Remote Control) WHEN & WHERE: Life’s A Beach Festival (as both Katalyst and as part of Space Invadas with Steve Spacek and co) – Saturday 10 December, Dixon Road Reserve, Rockingham

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GETTING RE-ACQUAINTED SATAN SAID SIDE PROJECT As mentioned, Alec Ounsworth has plenty of other stuff going on, but he’s not the only one. Let’s take a look at the bands surrounding Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. FLASHY PYTHON Besides his solo work, Flashy Python is Ounsworth’s main project outside of CYHSY. They’ve only released one album, Skin & Bones, in August of 2009, with little-to-no press. It merely popped up on their website for streaming or for purchase on vinyl, CD and mp3. The group’s members are made up of people in other bands too: Matt Berrick, drummer from The Walkmen (also here at the same time as CYHSY); Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken of Pennsylvanian psychrockers Dr. Dog; and Billy Dufala from another Pennsylvanian experimental rock act, Man Man. UNINHABITABLE MANSIONS

IT’S BEEN A FEW YEARS BETWEEN DRINKS FOR CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH, BUT THEY’RE BACK WITH THEIR THIRD AND MOST ASSURED EFFORT TO DATE. FRONTMAN ALEC OUNSWORTH CHATS TO TROY MUTTON ABOUT RE-CONNECTING WITH THE FANS, AND THEMSELVES.

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f the term ‘hipster’ were bandied around as frequently in 2005 as it is today, Brooklyn/Philadelphia five-piece Clap Your Hands Say Yeah would surely have been one of the word’s defining acts. With charming indie/ alt-pop tunes and a distinctive voice that people either loved (see: certain online music magazines) or loathed, the nerdy fivesome of Alec Ounsworth, Robbie Guertin, Lee & Tyler Sargent and Sean Greenhalgh bounded onto the scene with breakout hit Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth, and their ensuing self-titled debut album.

2008, something that three years on is still relatively new to him. Fair enough then to take it easy with band commitments, you would think? “Maybe in the back of my mind was not to go full-on [with the band] in that period as well. I don’t know if I directly thought that was the exact reason to take the time off with Clap Your Hands… it might have had something to do with it. So my point is I haven’t really completely had the chance to experience [family life] and all that. I have a feeling that [touring] will be difficult.”

However, it’s 2011 now, and in many ways they transcend the word; Clap Your Hands Say Yeah aren’t trying to be cool, indie, or hip - they’re just a bunch of guys who like making music on their own terms. So much so that it’s been four years since their second album, Some Loud Thunder, came and went in more a blustery shower than a storm cloud, apart perhaps from the ridiculously infectious Satan Said Dance. Their return effort, Hysterical, is as any good band’s third album should be; an improvement on those past, with nods to what they’re known and loved for, backed by an understanding of where they’re at and want to go.

So, break out of the way, that brings us to their new album Hysterical. After so many years off, the album itself was actually completed relatively quickly. “I think we did a good six months preparation before we went to the studio. A lot of it was getting re-acquainted with the idea of being a band and then re-acquainted with the sound that we had in mind in the beginning… the face of the band, the sonic face.

Drum catches up with frontman and voice of the band, Alec Ounsworth, in the calm before the storm, as it were: “[We’re] on a slight break, just got back from New York we were doing some radio shows up there and practicing separately. We don’t really start until shortly before we go to Australia.” From here they’re then off to Canada, around America and then Japan, and after a long lay-off. “It’ll be pretty steady for a while, but it’s something to look forward to, you know?” adds Ounsworth with a slight touch of concern creeping into his voice. Ounsworth is almost lackadaisical down the line, the slightly uninterested tone suggesting he’d rather be off working on some music for whatever project is tickling his fancy at the moment. He’s a classic case of someone who doesn’t really like to sit still for too long. “I think that’s the best you can do. You can keep working and keep working, and then you’re ready. If anybody else is like me, you go through a lot of starts and stops to everything. You know, I do this everyday and you cross your fingers that you’ll hit at some point and you’ll know when that point in time comes. “You just gotta keep working,” he implores, “because, at the very least, even if you throw away a thousand songs or a thousand half-finished ideas or something like that, you’ll have a couple that really are something.” During CYHSY’s time off Ounsworth released a solo album of his own, Mo Beauty, along with an album with his other band Flashy Python called Skin & Bones. Ounsworth also got married and had a daughter in

“In any case we had six months off and on and then in the studio probably about three or four weeks maybe. Definitely not full on, I mean everybody has other jobs and that sort of thing.” And, three albums in, does Ounsworth feel like he knows where the band is at, and where it’s headed? “Yes, to a degree. On the other hand I don’t like the idea of making the same record over and over again, let alone the same song. I think it should be always changing. As for the idea that this band has their sound…” he pauses to ponder. “You know a lot of it comes from Lee’s guitar. He’s not gonna turn around and start playing guitar like Keith Richards, that’s just the way it is, for example. So everybody’s got their identity built in to how they play, and that comes off how we all play.” You’d also hope after six years together professionally (with more before that in college), the group has learnt a thing or two about life in a rock band. For CYHSY, it’s a constant process. “I think we know our way around a studio a bit better…” he begins. “We’ve also started to pick up on certain elements of the live show that would help improve it. Or at least help it, or keep it from falling apart,” he laughs. “It’s a relatively unhinged live show and I like that aspect of this band. However, there comes a point in which you have to get everything straight and I think little by little we’ve been getting there. But, as you know and everybody else does, we were put in to a position of that being an accelerated process. I think we are identifying with this project as its own entity and then the others their own.” The accelerated process Ounsworth refers to is the band’s breakout single Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth. In a sign of things to come, the group achieved much of their early success through using the Internet as a dispersion tool, as opposed to record labels, with blogs

really hitting their straps around that time, and Pitchfork giving them huge raps on their increasingly influential review site. In keeping with their tradition of trying different ideas, the group recently re-released their debut album on

I HAVE A FEELING THAT [TOURING] WILL BE DIFFICULT.”

vinyl, Ounsworth acknowledging the importance of continually evolving and thinking outside of the box. “I do think it’s important. I think there are bands that take advantage of that absolutely and there are a lot of good ideas that have come about as a result. I think it’s only natural to think outside the box. Especially due to the fact if you do the same old thing it’s not really gonna get you too far these days, that’s just the way it is, I mean, like it or not.” Much like the increased obligation of bands to get out of the studio and onto the touring circuit: “That’s what everybody tells me,” he chuckles in regards to bands needing to tour more. “But that’s an opportunity in and of itself, as long as it doesn’t hamper your attitude towards everything. Let’s face it, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to tour constantly. Some people get burnt out, that’s just the way it is. You gotta know when to re-group and you gotta know when to tear it down; that’s all.” Which brings us to their upcoming tour of Australia, their first since Laneway a few years back. Ounsworth promises the set will feature an even mix of the old and the new. “At first I think we leaned heavily on the new songs, and then it occurred to us all that maybe we needed to get re-acquainted with everybody out there. Sort of reminding everyone that we do… for one thing, we remember how to play the old songs and for another we haven’t forgotten where we came from,” he insists with a laugh. “I mean at the point now that the record is out, it’s a pretty even spread, more or less. And it really works well, I’m really surprised that everything… it just doesn’t lose any steam from one record to the next.” WHO: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah WHAT: Hysterical (Wichita/Cooperative) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 17 November, Rosemount Hotel, North Perth

Robbie Guertin and Tyler Sargent are part of this New York-based indie-rock band, which doubles as an art collective, formed in 2008. They also released their debut album in 2009, Nature Is A Taker. Other members of the group include Annie Hart from dream-pop girl group Au Revoir Simone, Doug Marvin from NY shoegaze/ indie-pop four-piece Dirty On Purpose; and Lindsay baker and Chris Diken from another CYHSY side project… RADICAL DADS This is the other of Guertin’s side projects, born from the above group, really. Before their formation in 2008 the trio had swapped instruments in various groups together for over a decade, however the ‘Dads keep it simple, with Baker and Diken on guitars and Guertin drumming for a more straight-up brand of indierock. Just this year the group released their debut LP, Mega Rama, following the 2010 7” Recklessness. The other common theme running between all of these groups is their uncanny knack for great band names.


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THEIR TIME IS NOW IN A YEAR THAT INCLUDED A HYPE GENERATING APPEARANCE AT THE PRESTIGIOUS SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL IN TEXAS, THE NOVOCAINES’ FRENETIC FRONTMAN COREY MARRIOTT TELLS KITT DI CAMILLO THAT THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET EVEN BIGGER FOR THE LOCAL ROCKERS.

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he South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas is an annual event combining music, film and interactive media in a tenday smorgasbord of unbridled talent. The music section of the festival in particular has grown into the world’s premier indie showcase, attracting hordes of labels every year desperate to find the next big thing in alternative music. The festival is renowned internationally as a way into the lucrative American market, offering a plethora of indie-rock bands the chance to display their wares in front of a host of potential career-makers. Having secured a highly sought after slot at the festival, local rock and roll machine The Novocaines got to experience SXSW firsthand earlier this year. “It’s outta control,” enthuses frontman Corey Marriott. “It’s like a mardi gras street party for about ten or twelve blocks. There’d be say twelve pubs on a street, just on a block length, and every one of them’s got a band going through them. And then there are live bands, like, on a bridge – just in strange places. “We randomly watched a J. Mascis solo show, just in a pub. I was standing next to the Third Man Records van, Jack White was there during the day and played with Seasick Steve - you know, just like casually in the street. And I got a tip off that J. Mascis is playing a solo set in this pub. And there’s music everywhere! We’d go up the street and see Pulled Apart By Horses, go see Deerhunter, and then go play a show! It was just beautiful.” The SXSW appearance in March was one of the first of many highlights for the Northam rockers this year. Last year’s Courtesy Eventually EP provided the band with its first regular national radio play, setting the scene for a quick run through Texas and LA that resulted in US management and a publisher. The band’s earliest single Cup Of Coffee appearing on the Scream 4 soundtrack was icing on the cake after an overwhelmingly successful trip. A return early next year is already in the works. “This band has been in this country for a long time,” explains Marriott. “Whereas we’d never been to the US. But we always really enjoyed playing live. We feel playing live is a really strong element to the band, and I think once we went to Texas and a mark was left, people had told people and people knew we were only in the country for a week after Texas – people made an effort in LA. People really made an effort, and people really came to the shows.” The Novocaines’ already phenomenal year is set to culminate in the release of Idle Time, their long-awaited debut album. An altogether heavier outing, Idle Time shows a clear evolution from the frenzied delirium of their earliest material. The group’s continually developing songwriting is loaded with chugging riffs and Zeppelin-esque solo outbreaks from Corey’s brother Jay on lead guitars, while the brutal precision of rhythm section Steven Turnock on bass/baritone guitar and drummer Liam Young is now arguably the band’s biggest strength. “We were very young when we started and very naïve. We were just trying to work it out and had no idea,” laughs Corey. “Now we still have no idea, but we’ve got a little more experience. And I think everyone’s slowly letting go of the influences that are held so close to their heart at such a young age. They’re finding styles within themselves that they actually feel. And when you start getting to that point, even in the demo-ing stages of putting things together, when it just sounds like you – I think it maybe feels like you’re onto a good thing.” Idle Time was recorded at Ampersonic studios in Leederville between July and September, with the band choosing to record again with Canadian producer Alan Brey at the helm after their successful work together on Courtesy Eventually. With the hype from their SXSW appearance still fresh though, the band first had to sift through a rash of surprising options before going back to the tried and trusted experience of Brey. “We met Howard Benson in the US,” admits Marriott, “who’s done P.O.D. and Daughtry – crazy big bands, crazy major-selling bands. We went to his place and we met him, and we met with a couple of other people, but the Ampersonic Studio just has really good quality gear, it’s local, our manager owns it, and we can make the record ourselves.” The band’s staunchly indie outlook came to the fore in their final decision. “To do a big record with a big producer means signing up with a major, because there’s no way we can afford to do that. It’s an over-a-hundred thousand dollar project, so you need someone to fund it. And we could have that as an option if that’s what we wanted to do, we lined everything up to do so, but we thought, ‘Do we want a super-slick, polished, absolutely dead perfect album?’ “The option’s there. This guy, that’s what he does. And really, long and short, my answer was no. Or not yet. Something wasn’t there yet, you know? And I didn’t wanna dive in on even these songs. I love this album, and I don’t know at what point you’re meant to say yes to that. But I just felt that we had all the ideas and we had the songs and I didn’t really wanna affect them too much.” Local fans will get to experience the new material firsthand as the band launch the album with a string of upcoming shows through WA. As Marriot reveals though, it could have all been so different. An offer from Ben Kweller to record the band meant the group came close to recording a debut just three months into their career. “I met Ben at West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots… we got introduced there, and he gave me his email and I sent him some songs. He really liked the songs, he really liked the band, and we had dates and a budget, and again it was one of these very expensive opportunities… “He was over here about a year and a half ago doing West Coast Blues’n’Roots again. I caught up with him there. So it’s all peaches. I’m really glad we didn’t go make a debut album when we were a band for three months. I’m much happier with this one.” WHO: The Novocaines WHAT: Idle Time (MGM Distribution) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 4 November, Amplifier, Perth; Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival – Saturday 3 December, Fremantle

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THE ODD COUPLE HAVING LEFT PERTH OFF THE SCHEDULE ON THEIR LAST TOUR TOGETHER IN 2007, JAZZ MAESTRO JAMES MORRISON AND THE IRREPRESSIBLE DENI HINES REUNITE FOR A TRIP WEST. KITT DI CAMILLO SPEAKS TO THE PAIR AHEAD OF THEIR SEASON-LAUNCHING SETS AT THE QUARRY. WARNING: PROFANITY ENSUES…

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ames Morrison and Deni Hines released the ARIA-nominated jazz album The Other Woman in late 2007. A 16-song set covering classics by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, the album was a surprise for fans of both artists. Hines’ predominately r’n’b background lent an obvious soul inflection to Morrison’s arrangements. The Australian jazz legend showed yet another side to his repertoire with their refreshing take on the beloved material. Live, the duo were even more successful, with their 2007/2008 tour garnering rave reviews at every stop and Hines’ scene-stealing showmanship proving the perfect foil to Morrison and his band’s phenomenal jazz twinklings.

I HAD A BRAIN-FART.”

Hines describes the initial meeting between the two in a whirlwind of conversation. “I had a brain-fart where I was downloading all these songs while I was doing Dusty [the stage musical], and they were all really old songs; Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, just these old singers… and Ella Fitzgerald got me. I was walking home from the theatre one night and there was a song on my iPod. It was called Someone’s Watching Over Me, which is just a beautiful song – you must come and see the show ‘cause it’s fucking unreal! “Anyway, I put these songs on a CD, and I said laughing to my manager, ‘Oh yeah, have to do a jazz album, yeah right, yeah with James Morrison, yeah right’. And then about a month later he called me and said ‘we’ve got a meeting with James, he’s in town for about four hours and we’ll meet at the airport Hilton’. So I presented him with this CD of 14 songs and the way that I wanted it to look, and we went into pre-production about four weeks later!” Morrison and Hines couldn’t be more different as individuals. Australia’s premier jazz musician, Morrison talks a mile a minute in a relaxed tone, a noticeable love of music in every answer he gives. Renowned as being one of the busiest musicians in the country in a career spanning more than thirty years, his relentless work ethic has seen him tour with music icons Ray Charles and BB King while also somehow finding time to co-host season two of Top Gear Australia. His recently finished big band album Snappy Too, a sequel to his signature 1990 release Snappy Doo, was recorded almost entirely on his own. “I recorded four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes, piano, bass, guitar, then [Jeff Hamilton] put the drums on, and of course I add some other solo stuff, I played a bit of clarinet, bass trumpet, flugelhorn and things like that,” explains the ever-relaxed Morrison matter-of-factly. “I’m not sure many people will get the opportunity but, anyone who does, I thoroughly recommend recording your own big band album one instrument at a time.” Fresh from leaving the Australian version of reality program Celebrity Apprentice at the time of speaking to her, Hines is an altogether different personality. Loud, brash and confident, her answers are scattered with expletives and hilarious anecdotes. Having started as a backing vocalist for Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes, her debut album Imagination went on to sell over two million copies worldwide and pulled her out from the shadow cast by her mother Marcia’s huge success. Her appearance on Australia’s latest reality TV hit is already proving divisive, but Hines is typically blunt about the experience. “It was quite intense! I’ve never done a reality TV show and I don’t think I’ll ever do another one! I just did this one to raise money for my charity Oasis Africa. At least I’m honest, hey?” For Hines, the chance to sing with Morrison and his band is one she just couldn’t pass on. “I’m a rhythm girl man, I fuckin’ love me some rhythm – it’s the African blood. But the drummer, Gordon Rytmeister, he hits the drums like ‘Get the fuck out my way!’ It’s just like, ‘Ah you’re hurtin’ me right now, you’re hurtin’ me!’ And then you’ve got Phil Stack on bass man, the bass player from Thirsty Merc and he’s just stupid! But between the two of them it’s just, ‘fuck off!’ “And then you’ve got James Muller, who’s this mad guitarist who you just think is either serial killer or genius, you can’t quite work it out. It’s just fuckin’ unreal! And the horns! Ahh it’s fuckin’ unreal! I really hope that we get to do a sound check or a rehearsal, ‘cause I haven’t played with these guys for a good 18 months! ‘Cause James is a fucker like that! Not everybody’s as clever as James Morrison, right? He’ll just look at me and ‘go Deni you’ll be fine, just sing your arse off!’” Morrison and Hines are both noticeably excited about their upcoming shows in Perth. It’s been a long time coming. “We did that collaboration a while ago now, and it was something we thought, ‘This’d be fun, let’s do this’. And so it’s really just a chance to get back together and rekindle that. We had fun doing that, she’s a hoot,” laughs an understating Morrison. “And when we did get together and do that original tour we didn’t get to Perth. It didn’t fit into the touring schedule, so this is kinda like we’re going ‘okay, we said we must do that, we gotta do that, and we’re making good on that now’. We’re finally gonna get to Perth with the project.” The pair clearly have fun playing music together, and make for an entertaining double-act. Morrison’s description of Hines is fitting – “A six volt girl with a nine volt battery installed. You know, she’s overpowered.” When quizzed on her view of Morrison though, Hines is subdued for the only time of the interview, simply in awe of the jazz master. “He’s not human. He’s not from this world. That’s how I describe James Morrison – a being not from this world.” WHO: James Morrison & Deni Hines WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 10 & Friday 11 November, The Quarry, City Beach

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DIGGING DEEP WHAT’S THE SECRET TO THOUSAND NEEDLES IN RED’S SUCCESS? GUITARIST TRISTAN “TRIZO” BOUILLAUT, ALSO OF THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT, TELLS BRENDAN CRABB THAT IT’S ABOUT WORKING HARD, BUT NOT TRYING TOO HARD.

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ydney/Brisbane hard-rockers Thousand Needles In Red have been meeting a hectic schedule since kicking off proper early last year, but it’s not until axeman/songwriter Tristan Bouillaut lists their recent activities that you realise just how significant their growth has been in such a relatively short period. That said, he’s also aware that they still have much more ground to cover. “This band is still young, even though we’ve done a lot,” he ponders. “Since last year, we’ve released an EP, two singles, and now we’ve done an album and five major tours. A lot has happened. Since the beginning of the band, it hasn’t stopped. It will go from halfway through a national tour, to a new tour getting booked and then we’re going into the studio. We’re looking to do the best we can on this tour and see what happens over the summer. “Next year will be some overseas work and showcasing, but our focus right now is on this national tour. Then hopefully we’ll be invited on to a few of the summer festivals, we’ll see what happens. If not, we’ll find our own way forward. You’ve got to earn things like festivals; we’ll do what we’ve got to do and wait our turn if that’s the way it’s got to be. I’m waiting for the invitation to arrive in the mail,” he jokes. “Not a Facebook invitation though.” The album Bouillaut speaks of is their debut full-length Empires, which he and songwriting partner/vocalist Clint Boge (also of The Butterfly Effect) have had in the works for little more than a year. In many ways, the guitarist says it’s a relief that such an exhausting, yet ultimately rewarding endeavour is finished. “It’s such a huge process, from writing to pre-production to the recording time. It’s only just been released, but to us it feels a lot older than a month. You lose a little of the excitement when you’ve spent a lot of time on something, so it’s great that other folks are excited about it.” Despite the pair living in different states (the frontman in Queensland, the guitarist in Sydney), Bouillaut says the writing process was far more fluid than some might expect. “I’ll send ideas and parts to him. He doesn’t need an instrument to write, so he can write anywhere, whether it’s driving in the car or whatever, and then sends back his ideas. We live in different states, but I see Clint more than a mate who lives ten minutes down the road,” he laughs. “It’s healthy; you’re away for a while, then when you meet up again, it feels fresh. It’s like, ‘Oh, you again’. We’re always working; we’ve always got something going on.” So much so that Bouillaut reveals he’s already five songs into the writing of their next record. “Once it’s [the new album] released, there’s nothing more you can do with it, so you may as well start writing for the next one,” he suggests. “[On Empires] it wasn’t ‘every song has to be a hit’, but it was about creating a nice blend. You don’t want to pick 12 from 13 songs; you want to pick 12 from 25. That’s what I like to do and that’s why I’ve started writing for the next one, so we’ll have plenty of material to choose from. I think writing non-stop is important; if I’m constantly writing it never goes. I don’t have to practise it up again. In this industry, you can’t go, ‘My work is done’. It’s never finished, ever. Just keep writing and hope people like it.” The guitarist says lyrically his partner in crime went to a “very personal” place on Empires. “Into Eternity is about my father, and there’s songs written about other members of my family. Knowing Clint so well, what he’s about and what he thinks, we’re bros. It’s pretty deep. When you’re working with it you can become a little numb to it. It’s not until you get out of work mode, relax and listen to it, that you notice it. To me it sounds really personal. He’s dug really deep with these songs, I’m stoked he’s done that over my music.” Prior to the release of the album, Bouillaut and Boge undertook an acoustic tour to help spread the word. The shows may also have indicated a future creative path for the duo. “There’s a lot of people writing to us who are really digging the acoustic side of things. I’d like to record something that way, maybe a few songs from the album. Maybe bring in cellos and backing singers and play a show like that. You have to create content for people who like your band, you can never get stale. Whether it’s a new T-shirt, new music or a new band photo, you have to do that. So I’d love to do something acoustic like that.” The guitarist also explains that the acoustic venture stemmed from their self-sufficient approach and desire to remain a strictly independent outfit. “That was really fun, playing a few of those songs acoustically. The biggest thing with this band is not trying too hard and just making it enjoyable. We’re working hard, but we’re not trying too hard,” he chuckles. “That’s why we’ve stayed independent even though we could have gone a different direction. If anyone thinks you’re making more money [doing it that way], that’s a joke, because you’re not. “It’s just having some control of your music. What comes out naturally is usually our best interpretation and that’s what we’re doing when writing; interpreting what we’re thinking. We work hard at it and if anyone else likes it, that’s a bonus. We are independent in every way, so the support we’ve had has been really special.” As hinted at earlier, also part of their staunchly individualistic approach is hitting the road as often as humanly possible. Bouillaut reveals the band will increase its production values during the upcoming shows. “It’s definitely a step up,” he says. “There’s a lot of second guitar parts on the album, so we’ve done a little work to bring in some electronics every now and then – very minimal though. We’re just looking at how we can widen sections and make it sound the best we can. We’ll also try to make it pretty with the light show, so they don’t have to look at us,” he laughs. WHO: Thousand Needles In Red WHAT: Empires (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 10 November, Players Bar, Mandurah; Friday 11, Amplifier, Perth; Saturday 12, Prince Of Wales, Bunbury

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FOR THE BIRDS SAM YELDHAM OF GUINEAFOWL TALKS CHRIS YATES THROUGH THE RELEASE OF HIS FIRST EP, GETTING A BAND TOGETHER TO PLAY THE SONGS AND THE PROS (AND SEEMINGLY LACK OF CONS) OF GROWING UP IN AN ARTISTIC FAMILY.

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hile still a very new player on the Australian indie scene, Guineafowl is wasting no time getting their music out there. Chatting on the phone from New York, the band is already well and truly churning through their first US tour. “It’s amazing, it’s a beautiful city,” Sam “Guineafowl” Yeldham says enthusiastically. “I came here a few years ago when I finished school but I was on my own last time, so I’m having a lot more fun now. We’re playing [industry showcase festival] CMJ, so we’ve got some shows throughout the week. “We’ve just been in Los Angeles for about 13 days and we played a lot of shows over there as well. It seems like Americans are taking to us, which is very nice! We’ve done a mix of showcase shows and regular gigs. It’s no different to playing industry gigs at home; there’s still the same amount of folded arms at those gigs [laughs]. We’ve got our first real national tour when we get back so that’s great.”

IT SEEMS LIKE AMERICANS ARE TAKING TO US.”

Using a very unconventional recording method for his debut EP Hello Anxiety, Yeldham didn’t really expect that what he was working on in his bedroom in Bondi would go any further, but there was something captured that he didn’t want to lose. Even when things got to the stage wjere they had to get a bit more professional and polished, he was determined to try and keep some of that unique sound he had stumbled across. “Well, the EP was recorded half at home and half in BJB Studios in Surry Hills in Sydney,” he explains. “The stuff at home was just my laptop and that was it. I recorded stuff like the guitars and vocals on the laptop using just the in-built microphone and I liked it – I didn’t want to lose it when I went into the studio, so we just mixed all that in. It was pretty do-it-yourself.” It resulted in a really interesting sound – there’s an airiness and feeling of space in the mix that can no doubt be attributed to trying something different like this. “I guess it’s like with any piece that’s not being used how it’s meant to be used; you can get something really interesting out of it,” he says. “I don’t think the Mac laptop microphones were meant to be used as recording mics, but you can get something out of it if you can warp them enough. It’s actually still how I record now. I’ve started on a bigger body of work and I’m demo-ing in exactly the same way.” This body of work will eventually become Guineafowl’s debut album, but this is quite some time away, as Yeldham wants to come up with a whole new approach for recording. This will include extensive demo-ing with the band he put together after garnering some interest with his home recordings and realising that he couldn’t pull off the vision he had for his music playing solo. “I only lasted about six shows,” he laughs. “I had to put a band together very quickly!” Hello Anxiety features two singles that have been brought to life by filmmaker and NIDA student Kip Williams – both one-take videos that look like they were a lot of fun to make but, as Yeldham says, also required some meticulous timing. “They were his ideas, I just endorsed them,” he explains. “The Little Fingers video was difficult but it was lots of fun. I had to practice the backwards lip-syncing for about three months. It was nuts.” Yeldham says that the idea behind the song Little Fingers was mostly satirical, but in writing the song it gave him a chance to communicate an idea and a revelation that he had while chatting with fellow artists his own age. “Little Fingers is about entitlement,” he starts to explain, somewhat cryptically at first. “I was thinking about how a lot of people my age have this feeling that they’re entitled to something without putting in the effort to achieve it – myself included. “It’s not just about other people, it’s more an observation about how I felt and how young people feel entitled to gaining access to things and achieving things without reaching the milestones that grant or warrant achievement. I felt there were other artists and other musicians around me who felt like they were destined for things without figuring out why or how to get there. Their intentions for creating their art were based on this idea of achieving a destination and not for the desire to just create art. I believe that you’ve got to know why you’re making something in order for it to get somewhere.” A profound and soul searching self-awareness may have led him to this school of thought, but Yeldham has not been short of influences from successful artists to help him shape his way of thinking. In fact, he didn’t have to look any further than his own family – accomplished artists, the lot of them – and with parents who have carved themselves out a living as professional artists, it was probably inevitable that he followed in their footsteps to a degree. “There was never any pressure from my family,” he laughs at the idea that maybe they would have preferred him to take up a career as a professional footballer, or perhaps an accountant. “I know I could have done anything and my family still would have been proud of me, but if you grow up in an environment where creativity is encouraged, then you’re probably more naturally inclined to pursue it professionally, despite it being a very difficult career to pursue. I probably had a bit more desire to put myself through some of the crap that you have to endure being an artist.” WHO: Guineafowl WHEN & WHERE: Friday 4 November, Norfolk Basement, Fremantle; Supporting The Grates - Saturday 5, Capitol, Perth

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HOLY HARVEST

DROWNING IN IMAGES

THEY MAY HAVE ONLY JUST TAKEN A BREATHER FROM THEIR WORLDWIDE TOUR, BUT LANEWAY HIGHLIGHT HOLY FUCK ARE SET TO HIT OUR SHORES AGAIN. CAM FINDLAY TALKS SHOP WITH GRAHAM WALSH.

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ne of the great things about this job is that it’s always full of surprises. Take, for example, talking to Graham Walsh from Holy Fuck; one of the more exciting experimental rock bands of the last few years. The four-piece intricately fuse various analogue equipment and instruments into a rollercoaster of sound that lends itself to post-rock and electronica, but ultimately sounds like neither. Holy Fuck known for their intense, high-energy shows, but the voice that comes down the line is one of quaint and humble faintness. “I was just putting my daughter down to bed, but we’re all good now,” Walsh begins. After apologising for interrupting, he responds with an “Oh no, that’s okay” in a thick Canadian drawl. Walsh, along with Brian Borcherdt, started Holy Fuck back in 2004, intent on creating something that sounded different enough to set them apart from their contemporaries. Along with the now-stable line-up that includes Matt McQuaid on bass and Matt Schultz on drums, they have played various festivals and headline shows since the release of third album Latin last year. At the moment, Walsh is enjoying some down time. “We’re all at home at the moment, just taking some time off,” he says. “It’s been a little while since we’ve done some touring, so we’re just resting and recharging our batteries. We have been doing a few one-off shows the last few months, though, which have been fun. It was a pretty solid touring schedule after Latin was released, so we’ve spent time reflecting on that and building on it.” There’s a lot to reflect on, as well. Since Latin was released in May last year, the touring duties have been non-stop. Latin, like 2005’s self-titled debut and ‘07s LP before it, proved Holy Fuck as a band that could successfully blend apparently disparate elements of music to create some pretty joyous sounds that are in demand all over the world, including here. “We’re being very selective at the moment [with touring] though,

LATE 1960S AND EARLY 1970S MUSIC WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN THE SAME WITHOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS PUBLISHED IN ROLLING STONE. ANGELA KING TOOK TIME OUT WITH THE MAIN MAN BEHIND THE LENS, BARON WOLMAN.

we don’t really want to be as super busy as we were before,” Walsh explains. “The opportunity to play the Harvest festival came up, and we couldn’t turn that down. I think it will be really good.” One of the big steps taken by Holy Fuck recently was the decision to establish themselves as a fully-formed band. Walsh and Borcherdt, both prominent Toronto solo musicians in their own right, decided to fully integrate McQuaid and Schultz as part of the band, where Walsh and Borcherdt had maintained writing and recording duties exclusively prior to that. “It was an organic process, it felt really natural,” Walsh says. “It just kinda happened to work out that way. It works better as a whole. They’re two of my closest friends ever, so it’s great to have them in the band and tour around with us. “Sometimes, I understand it can be difficult working with your best friends who are also musicians, and it can also be hard if you don’t get along with one of them, or some of them. But we all get along really well and we all respect each other, and that works with both touring and writing and recording. It’s just a really natural, great process.” And no, there’s no mention of that contentious moniker, an easy grab for an interviewer. Being asked one too many times in the past, this scribe instead decides to make some small talk with Walsh, namely about the weather. “Ahh, fucking great,” he exclaims when told of the current spate of balmy weather in our city. He’s obviously looking forward to it.

WHO: Holy Fuck WHEN & WHERE: Friday 18 November, The Bakery, Northbridge

With such a distinct pseudonym, it would be remiss to not discover its origins, although they aren’t as profound as they may appear. The name arose as the result of “a practical joke” whilst playing a party for friends dressed as characters out of a Serbian 1960s TV show, “Kamiondzie, which means truck drivers…. I just needed a few seconds to mash-up gramophones and Kamiondzie equals Gramophonedzie.” Gramophonedzie is no stranger to living away from home, including a stint studying at the Red Bull Music Academy in Dublin. “I wouldn’t exaggerate if I said that everything I am today came out of it,” he says of the experience. “I decided that I’d dedicate my life to music one hundred per cent and that, no matter the outcome, it will be my lifestyle. So, besides meeting great people and being involved in music production for the first time, it was the turning point in my life.” He’s also quick though to acknowledge the musical scene in Serbia’s influence on his destiny. “I was lucky to grow up musically in a good environment. Because we had very restricted movement, considering the sanctions, we couldn’t travel that much and people were 20 • THE DRUM MEDIA 3 NOVEMBER 2011

A mid-orgasm guitar playing Jimi Hendrix, who in the book Wolman describes as one of his ‘absolute favourite photographic subjects’, is plastered on the cover of Wolman’s book, stating the seductive tagline ‘Every picture tells a story…’ However. Wolman insists there was never a moment when musicians, many who are known for their illicit over-indulgence, prevented him from taking photographs. “I never really had that problem, I think they trusted me not to cross a line of propriety, and I didn’t,” he states. “I think you’ve got to remember at the time we were pretty much the only ones in town, so they needed us as much as we needed them. It was definitely a win-win situation.

Wolman fervently believes the blame for changing appearances should be set upon the likes of MTV. “If I were coming to take your picture, would you want me to take your picture with make-up or without make-up, you know? We were taking pictures of these musicians at the time without make-up or fantasy and they were pretty honest pictures,” he states. “MTV comes along and make-up becomes a really important component in their idea of how they want to be presented. The real stuff isn’t what they want anymore, they want the façade, they want people to be able to control the façade. It is what it is man. “What happened is it became big business,” says Wolman, reflecting on the commercialisation and branding of music. “If they thought they could sell more records and make more money by appearing as they wanted to appear, rather than as they were, well that was what they had to do, I guess. We’re addicted to celebrity right now and that’s part of the problem. “I don’t get it, I don’t understand why people want to know what every celebrity is doing at every moment of his or her life,” exclaims Wolman. “It must be pretty empty on the part of the people who want to know that stuff. Their lives must be pretty empty – don’t you think?” WHO: Baron Wolman WHAT: The Rolling Stone Years (Omnibus Press)

GOING HARDWELL

TOM BRAGG INVESTIGATES THE MAN WHO’S WRITTEN THE THEME SONG FOR HIS NATIVE SERBIAN BIG BROTHER AND POSED TO THE WORLD THE ELUSIVE QUESTION WHY DON’T YOU? GRAMOPHONEDZIE.

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“I don’t know what people are interested in now because there are so many pictures around and I don’t know what kind of pictures actually stop [people]. If you go through the pages of Rolling Stone now, you go through so quickly. When does a picture appear on one of those pages that makes you stop and say ‘Wow, that’s really interesting’ and you look at it for more than a moment. There are so many pictures around, I think we’re drowning in images.”

significant,” Wolman continues. “If the subject trusts you as a photographer, you will be able to get memorable photographs. If they don’t, they will put a wall up and you’ll just get what they want to show you in that moment.”

“The relationship between subject and photographer is

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ith a moniker that is a mouthful and a single that has been sampled in similar proportions to its plays, Gramophonedzie might have seen to some as a one hit wonder that could slide into anonymity in a similar manner to Eiffel 65. But the last 12 months have been the inverse for this Belgrade resident as he has barely seen his own country, let alone his own bed. Part of this saw him ‘King Of The Castle’ at Petrovaradin Fortress in Serbia for Exit Festival in July. “Amazing is an understatement, it was really something special,” reflects Marko Milićević a.k.a Gramophonedzie on the experience of playing to his home crowd during primetime. “I had already played in front of the big crowds in Serbia but Exit Festival is a special place and a special crowd probably one of the best parties I have played this year.”

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t was 1967, and the new music magazine Rolling Stone needed a photographer. As long as he retained ownership of the images, Baron Wolman agreed to work for the magazine for free. He ended up staying with the magazine for three years, and during that time he photographed all the icons of that period; Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and so many more. His book The Rolling Stone Years reflects on this time in not only pictures, but also stories of his experiences. “It reflects the life of a photographer, three or four decades ago, when things were dramatically different for photographers,” says Wolman in a weathered yet buoyant tone.

TRANCE, ELECTRO, HOUSE… GENRE TITLES ARE BECOMING MEANINGLESS, AS CYCLONE DISCOVERES FROM ANOTHER DUTCH MARVEL, HARDWELL.

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finding their way in discovering music. Again I think our scene is starting to blossom as we are now able to travel with no obstacles and we can discover and be discovered more easily. “I love to listen to all kinds of music and I think this diversity brought me to experiment with music,” Milićević adds. This diversity was evident on his first single, Why Don’t You, which sampled Peggy Lee’s Why Don’t You Do Right – a noticeably swing and jazzinfused track. It’s also an affiliation that, according to Gramophonedzie, stretches back to his childhood. “I’m a big jazz fan and even when I was a little kid my grandmother used to play jazz big band records, so I just had it in my mind my whole life.” Although, the influence for his breakthrough single came from another prominent female in his life: “This particular track was an influence from my girlfriend, as I was doing some jazzy house tracks she asked me to make this one for her so that we could listen to it in the club. It’s her to blame!” Whoever is to blame, the track brought Gramophonedzie to commercial prominence, and to some of the biggest festival stages around the world. However, this doesn’t mean it is all raspberry sundaes and smiles, as pressures to play more commercial or progressive sets have plagued him. “It is pretty hard these days to play ‘big’ and to stay true to yourself. From many years of DJing I’ve trained myself to present what I love to people and to make them dance to my beat. I realised that I had to keep it [this way], no matter what, as that’s me; one and only, unique.” WHO: Gramophonedzie WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 6 November, The Aviary, Perth

utch DJ/producers have dominated house music as well as traditional trance over the past few years – and that’s not about to end. The Netherlands’ latest hot property is the media-shy Hardwell (a.k.a Robbert van de Corput), who ranked at #24 in this year’s DJ Mag poll. The 20-something Breda native has branded himself as a club, festival and radio jock, after heroes like Armin van Buuren. Van de Corput was already a DJ at just 13 years old. ”I saw on the Dutch MTV a program called The DJs – some kinda documentary about Tiësto and Armin,” he recalls. “I was really fascinated by DJing and the clubs. Since then I knew that was what I wanted to be.” Van de Corput is now an exponent of ‘big room house’ – his own variation on the Dirty Dutch style. ”I try to keep my sound fresh – so sometimes it sounds more big room, sometimes more electro. It’s boring for me to produce exactly the same tracks over and over again. I just like to call it ‘Hardwell music’.” Indeed, his music appeals to trance and house DJs. “I think there are no boundaries any more – we’ve just got a big house scene, like one big family.” Last year van de Corput introduced Revealed Recordings, covering the spectrum of progressive, tech-house and electro – he’s also issuing Revealed mix-comps, a second volume out in August. Van de Corput’s first key release was 2009’s mash-up of ‘90s house diva Robin S with Steve Angello and Laidback Luke, Show Me Love Vs. Be. He holds that today it’s almost necessary for DJs to dabble in bootlegs as promo, if not DJ, tools. “It’s interesting for yourself and the crowd to keep your set up-to-date and freshsounding, especially when you play a classic like Show Me Love. Bootleg mixes are so easy to do and help you a lot, so I think it’s quite important.” He’d follow with tracks such as Alright 2010, Feel So High, Molotov, Voyage and, alongside the veteran DJ Chuckie, Move It 2 The Drum. Plus there have been remixes for everyone from Armin to Fedde le Grand to Flo Rida & Akon (the crossover hit, Who Dat Girl).

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Technology has changed the nature of DJing, musicmaking, and even the way DJs promote themselves. What does van de Corput most value? “I think playing with a USB drive – it’s so easy to use and works like a charm.” Van de Corput doesn’t have many predictions for electronic dance music but, then again, he doesn’t foresee a slump. “It’s gonna be even bigger in the future!” he extols. The Dutchman also rates the output of his compatriots Funkadelic and Jordy Lishious. “These new guys have been producing some big stuff lately – you should really keep an eye on them.” This year the industrious van de Corput has aired the tracks Encoded, The World and, most recently, Cobra, the latter earning David Guetta’s approval. Does he have any plans for an ‘artist’ album? ”No – [I’m] just releasing solo tracks,” he says without further explanation. Van de Corput does dig collaborations. Earlier this year he unleashed Zero 76 with his ally Tiësto as a tribute to their shared Breda hometown (also, coincidentally, the birthplace of Elvis Presley’s iconic manager “Colonel” Tom Parker). Zero 76 topped Beatport’s charts. “I met Tiësto two years ago and we played some gigs together and were really into each other’s sound – so the collaboration was kinda natural,” van de Corput says. Outside of ‘work’, the DJ listens to “basically everything – from Adele to Eminem to The Prodigy,” proving that he’s no purist. And van de Corput is back for an Australian tour that will take in Perth. What can we look forward to? “A lot of new Hardwell stuff – and one hell of a party!”

WHO: Hardwell WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 5 November, Villa, East Perth


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CHILD’S PLAY

ZIG STARDUST

A MAGICIAN IN HIS FIELD, THE CEREBRAL PETER COMBE HAS BEEN SENDING CHILDREN INTO FITS OF GIGGLES FOR GENERATIONS. SIMON HOLLAND DISCOVERS HIS CHARMS ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE ON ADULTS.

AFTER A THREE YEAR ABSENCE, CHAMELEONIC PRODUCER BOOM BIP RETURNS WITH A MYSTERIOUS ALBUM LADEN WITH STAGE MAGIC REFERENCES AND ESTEEMED GUESTS. CHRISTOPHER H JAMES HELPS ILLUMINATE FERTILE SCENES FROM UNDERGROUND LA.

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eter Combe is a household name to Australian audiences in the fact that each generation contained in our households can remember uproariously giggling at some point to his delightfully mad lyrics and wonderfully catchy tunes. Behind all that silliness however lays a finely tuned mind that knows these seeds of nostalgia take careful consideration. “I think that children’s music which is any good at all, has any intrinsic value, will stand the test of time.” says Combe. “It tends to get passed down to another generation a bit like a recipe or something. I think if the music’s any good the next generation tend to like it. Children’s music is what I call ‘trend resistant.’ It doesn’t come and go in trends. Children either like it or they don’t. “There’s loads and loads of examples, songs that have been around for decades, and the children still like them because they are good songs. So I think that’s really what it boils down to in the end. I’m not trying to sound up myself or anything, that’s what it really comes down to; if the song’s any good, well, it’ll be liked as much by a child in 1984 as it will in 2011. And all my best-known songs are like that; Wash Your Face In Orange Juice, or Mr Clickety Cane, is a twenty-seven year old song. But to a modern five year old now it’s irrelevant, they couldn’t care less, and they don’t even know. All they know is that it’s a new song to them.” Indeed Combe has a remarkable loyalty to the core childhood values of innocent fun, play and imagination that have won him the continuing respect and admiration of a young Australian population struggling with an identity crisis. “It’s that thing that you want to avoid,” states Combe, “children growing up too soon. I’ve always been very conscious that childhood is such a precious commodity, you don’t want to throw it away too early, If you find these young children listening to Lady Gaga and Pink and Britney Spears, it’s all a bit sad really, because they are way too young for it. Eight year

old children are simply children, nothing else but children - it’s a wonderful age to be.” Thankfully, despite the traumas of adolescence, the prodigal fans have clearly not forgotten the early impact of Combe’s music, returning in droves to see his wildly successful ‘big kid’ shows. For Combe, it is deeply touching to be a part of such fond memories. “It’s funny how they come full circle as adults, you see them coming back and thanking you for all the good times and the memories of their life, the soundtrack. It’s very touching. I never take that for granted. I think that in the end they just love the songs. It’s lovely to be on stage with the band and singing Newspaper Mama and Juicy Juicy Green Grass and just watching how much they’re singing along to it. “What happens to these young people,” reflects Combe, “now in their mid twenties, is that they find when they come to a show they are amazed at how well they remember the songs. Of course, the reason why people remember the songs twenty years after they’ve possibly last heard them is because young kids, if they like songs, will play them not five times, but will play them a hundred times! It’s deeply embedded in their brain! I do two shows now - the family matinee and the evening 18-plus show; the renaissance shows. The average age of that one is probably 25, 26. They’re all the young people who grew up on Toffee Apple and Newspaper Mama, or on Spaghetti Bolognaise, Wash Your Face In Orange Juice, all that.” WHO: Peter Combe WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 12 November, Fly By Night, Fremantle (1.30pm & 8pm)

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t’s hard enough to predict what Bryan Hollon, a.k.a. Boom Bip will do next at the best of times. Having slipped off the map for three years, he’s not only returned with Zig Zaj, another diverse opus of esoteric electronica, he’s enlisted a small army of indie-rock talents, including Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ current guitarist, members of Bon Iver and Warpaint, plus Beastie Boys’ sideman Money Mark and local-boy-done-good Luke Steele. So who would be your dream collaborator, Bryan? “Oh man, I get this question a lot. The truth is I don’t really have a dream collaboration.” Despite the high profile nature of Zig Zaj’s personnel, Hollon insists his creative method doesn’t involve a wish list of distinguished names. Mostly his accomplices have either been personal friends or other musicians with whom he’s had the opportunity to “jam or just be social with. Cat [Le Bon] I worked with on Neon Neon (Hollon’s ‘80s-infused concept project with Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals), Money Mark I’ve known for years, the girls from Warpaint I’ve known for years, Josh [Klinghoffer, Chili Peppers’ guitarist] I’ve known for years.” The cryptic magical arts themes and references – the album’s title appearing to be a manipulation of Zan Zig, the first magician to pull a rabbit out of hat – shroud the new album with a seductive secrecy. A simple explanation may be attainable from Hollon’s personal life, as a member of Hollywood’s prestigious Magic Castle, a private club for magicians and magic enthusiasts. Hollon has apparently spent some time gleaning inspiration from the dusty books of the Castle’s revered library, although he insists these themes are more a reflection of a current interest, rather than the foundation of fullyformed concept a la Neon Neon’s Stainless Style. Southeast of the Magic Castle, in nearby Echo Park, is Hollon’s other creative haunt of the last few years;

a studio converted from a large, dirty space above a café being run by members of all-girl art rock band Warpaint. What was the attraction? “It was definitely not the acoustics. The room sounded like shit. But there was something about it that had a mojo, or something like that. It felt good, it felt right. It was the opposite of what I worked with on Neon Neon, where we worked in really posh, expensive studios. It got back to when I first started making music in college.” Spontaneity rather than strategy being Hollon’s preferred method, the acquisition of a centrally located recording space within easy staggering distance of popular music venues the Echo, the Echoplex and Spaceland, where “a whole lot of interesting scenes were happening,” paid dividends; becoming a creative hub for Hollon and numerous others. To get Theresa Wayman’s [of Warpaint] café off the ground, “krautrock style” jam sessions were held by Hollon and other eventual Zig Zaj accomplices, which customers could watch for a paltry $5. “We all felt just like this collective. It was very exciting to be there. It was kind of open and there would be even a hundred people hanging out and drinking. It felt like something was definitely happening.” Given Hollon’s rekindled passion for spontaneous creativity, might the next Boom Bip album be a live one? “I can see that. That was the intention with this one at first, but it didn’t pan out that way.” For an artist’s whose career path so far has been defined by unexpected deviations, this may be the first time Hollon has settled on a foreseeable way forward.

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CD OF THE WEEK

EP OF THE WEEK FUTURE OF THE LEFT

Polymers Are Forever EP Remote Control It is a relief to find that a changing of the guard has not come at any kind of cost to the forever pissed-off Future Of The Left. Consisting of early demos as well as tracks set for release on coming full-length The Plot Against Common Sense, this six-track EP is full of that vitriolic cynicism we’ve come to expect from FOTL. Bitter, erratic, aggressive… Falkous assaults us yet again with that wit wrapped up in sarcasm that leaves you feeling struck dumb.

JENS LEKMAN

An Argument With Myself Secretly Canadian Following on in a long line of EPs released by the Swedish indie folkster, An Argument With Myself offers up more flutes, eukeleles and slightly eccentric yet intelligent lyricism. A palm tree on the front of the CD is immediately vindicated by title track, which screams long island ice teas, white sands and floppy straw hats – you could be forgiven for thinking you’d picked up Vampire Weekend.

MEEM

Get Down Party feat. Raashan Ahmad Nonlabel Electro-reggae-hip hop-funk? DJ/producer Michael Moebus a.k.a Meem has a reputation for the fusion of the weird and whacky, but this is no Metallica feat. Lou Reed; this shit is good. The aptly named Get Down Party is the first single ahead off the album Monsters Don’t Sleep Ok! (due in November), and features the vocal stylings of American rapper Raashan Ahmad with some cheesy synth lines and some phat bass to boot. With a debut hip hop track like this one, one could expect only good things from the limited album run of 200 copies.

DEETRON

HARD-FI

Balance/EMI

Atlantic/Warner

Firestarter

It’s not very often you see a DJ mixing vinyl these days (let alone mixing on three decks), but If you’ve ever witnessed a DJ set from the Swiss melodic techno maestro Deetron then you were probably impressed with his watertight mixing skills on the turntables. In this day and age, electronic music and DJ culture are currently at a turning point. Vinyl purists are hanging onto the black gold that paved the way for the entire art and culture of mixing, while the technophiles are continuously frothing over the convenience and infinite possibilities that digital mixing provides. Deetron, on the other hand, has chosen to embrace both the past and present in his Balance 20 release.

Having carved out their mark with songs about being young, drunk and skint, amongst what has since become ‘Broken Britain’, here Hard-Fi continue mining LadPop. On the surface, all is fun and boisterous. Good For Nothing lurches onto the dancefloor, beer in hand, shoulders charging into a rollicking singalong. Fire In the House, Stop and Love Song too all bolt out of the gates with bouncing calls to join in the laughs.

It’s been a long time between drinks for Russian Winters. Three years after generating some buzz with EP Give Up The Ghost, the local five-piece have delivered one of the most ambitious debuts seen in many a year with Last Battles. Recorded in just 10 days with producer Dave Parkin (Sugar Army), there are still a few rough edges here. But this just gives the album a live performance vibe that accentuates how beautifully constructed and executed these songs are.

Balance 20

Killer Sounds

The first disc (Digital) was created and mixed digitally, with additional production and editing in Cubase and Wavelab. The second (Analog), however, was recorded with three turntables and an Allen & Heath mixer. Deetron’s track selection and organisation of each of these two transcendent mixes undoubtedly reflects his inherit choice of medium, whilst constantly reminding the listener why his highly accessible and humanistic sound is so widely cherished and embraced throughout the world. Both halves of this compilation boast more than 25 notably varied tracks, from classic Autechre and Model 500, to recent cuts from Maceo Plex, Andy Stott and Julio Bashmore, to also featuring one of his own unreleased tracks, Croque.

But upon closer listen, it is singer/chief songwriter Richard Archer who proves to be the weakest link in the brigade for Killer Sounds. Guided by producers Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails) and Stuart Price (Madonna, Kylie Minogue), both known for very different yet distinctive brands of bombast, they prove to be the cool blokes you want to hang out with. When Archer twiddles the knobs, the party dies off somewhat, his vocals sometimes inexplicably veering towards the drawling style of Alex Turner. Lyrically too, Archer seems to be sitting this round out, his blunt patois never concealed any ambiguity on early hits such as Hard To Beat or Cash Machine. He’s never been as poetic as Turner but you’d think by his third album, there’d be something more inspiring than “Cocaine – you’re running around my brain” (Feels Good).

RUSSIAN WINTERS Last Battles

Pinning down the Russian Winters’ sound is no easy matter. At its core, it’s probably simple old indie guitar rock. But the band layer on elements of folk and funk, along with some wicked psychedelic guitar lines and big brass-band flourishes. The trumpets are to the fore in the jagged, ‘80s-inspired single Pacific, before exploding from your speakers in the simply smashing Verhoeven. On most albums, Verhoeven would be an easy highlight, but here the band eclipses this track with an outstanding closing trio of songs. Put Me To Bed and Execution By Electrocution have elements of early Radiohead in them they are that good, while Sleeper Hit closes with a hauntingly beautiful trumpet melody. There are some issues, though. The catchy Millions builds up to a superb guitar solo, but like many of these tracks, it’s so tightly constructed that, just as it seems the tension will be released, the band reel it back in without letting the song flow naturally. But this is a pretty minor quibble for bands that aim high in terms of writing complex material – like Russian Winters do – and they should be applauded, big time.

Deetron’s ten years in the game are evident in the way he expertly programs his music. Carefully picked track selections combined with his remarkable mixing skills across both platforms of electronic music make Balance 20 a creative and innovative release.

Any other band suffering weak leadership would have been finished before the end of side one, but miraculously, by playing to the baser elements of what made Hard-Fi so exciting in the first place – a monstrous ability to deliver wicked chorus after wicked chorus compelling you to dance whilst spilling your beer all over the place – Killer Sounds manages to be bloody good fun.

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LO!

NEW FOUND GLORY

WILD FLAG

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Lo! are a sludgecore quartet from Sydney that produce exactly that; an album full of detuned guitar riffs, fairly standard drumming and a lot of yelling. Look & Beyond is well produced with a quality that is almost becoming expected these days, but cannot be overlooked. It really is the lack of musical substance and idiosyncratic nuances that lets this release down.

Many bands have tried to master the art of pop-punk over the years but not with the same success and stamina of New Found Glory. Most of these wannabes release a pop-punk one hit wonder and then fall off the face of the earth or, alternatively, try to imitate the sound resulting in a cheap knock-off that has nothing to offer.

Wild Flag’s de facto leader Carrie Brownstein would probably kick a reviewer in the balls for writing that Wild Flag are an all-girl four-piece pop-punk supergroup. Such a sentence implicitly (if inadvertently) would suggest all-girl supergroups are exceptional, and that’s exactly the kind of accidentally gendered alt-rock preconception Brownstein and her fellow travelers (Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole and Janet Weiss) have waged war on since the mid-1990s. A musician who can back up her iconoclasm with hard credentials, Brownstein’s fury against the political flaccidity of contemporary music is epitomized in Wild Flag’s eponymous debut album.

PAUL BARBIERI

BLANCHE DUBOIS The War In Me

Streetcar Productions Sisterly duo Blanche DuBois have been around for a fair while. With two EPs, two albums and a third, Young Heart, on the way, the songstresses have built a reputation for their infectious pop sensibilities. Now, after a four-year break, new single The War In Me should be no exception. Infused with a quick, clickity marching beat, nuanced strings, beautifully balanced harmonies and the catchiest of choruses, it’s incredibly hard to resist tapping on the dashboard and singing along, let alone getting the chorus out of your head.

THE GHOST HOTEL Take Me Home Walking Horse Twangy, fast, attacking country-rock – that is what you get with The Ghost Hotel’s latest offering Take Me Home, which has been released ahead of the debut album due early next year. Chock full of inventive guitar licks and twangs which rise out of the solid, unrelenting drive of a bouncing bass line, Take Me Home alternates between in-your-face ho-down choruses and slightly less cluttered bass/vocal verses, before crescendo-ing into a fast paced jam which makes you wish you were suddenly armed with a beer and a crowded dancefloor.

NIKKO

About The Spirit/Smoke Alarms Independent It is easy to see why Perth’s Eleventh He Reaches London are fond of touring with this lot. Having them over this month to play Amps, the two bands seem to read from the same page. Slow, brooding melodies course under frontman Ryan Potter’s baritone vocals, lulling you into melancholy before launching into a storm of post-rocking, floor-shaking fury. Smoke Alarms offers a different, slightly lighter vibe, the kind of song you could easily slow dance to. If nothing else, this release showcases a band that is very capable of variation.

Look & Behold

Whilst there are few moments where things begin to sound promising, Lo! tend to opt to breakdowns more frequently than not, allowing any excitement to just peter out. The mash of elements are more prison soup than Grandma’s hearty beef stew. The resultant recording is that kinda rednecky nu-metal that just thrashes dropped-style riffs. The vocals are simply an over-the-top type of manic whinging that gets a little out of control. They really don’t possess the raw power of a true metal vocalist and sound amateurish, perhaps, not unlike a karaoke night at a local bikie fortress. This style was trending over a decade ago, but that was simply when the majority of mainstream metalheads began taking their cues from America. For Lo!, it is simply a rehash with some core influences creeping in as well as some relatively simple attempts at being doomy and/or proggy. It’s not that these guys aren’t good musicians. It’s just that they really aren’t doing much with their talents on this record. And with the current standard of music coming from our side of the country, Look & Behold is not going to blow anyone away. SIMON HOLLAND

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Radiosurgery

With chunky guitar riffs, catchy lyrics and the occasional hardcore-influenced breakdown or set of gang vocals, these songs have a lot more body than what the band has put out in the past and make Radiosurgery the band’s best album since their 2004 release Catalyst. It’s no coincidence that it was also produced by the same man, Neal Avron. Avron brings out their best, making him almost a sixth band member. For some reason front man Jordan Pundik is one of few who can sing with the same whiney voice in his 30s without fans raising questions of whether or not he has hit puberty or has serious health issues. His unique voice isn’t a bad thing – it’s probably the main reason for their success – it’s just that on the Australian edition of this release there is a cover of Blitzkrieg Bop at the end in which Pundik shows he can sing without the nasally vocals, suggesting he may put it on a bit. As mentioned earlier, a lot of pop-punk bands will come and go, but New Found Glory are the definition of pop-punk and have no reason to retire any time soon.

Wild Flag

White Flag is a charismatic and at times anthemic record built from outrage and ruthlessly effective musicianship in equal measure. Opener Romance stands clear as the album’s strongest track: hung around a meteoric central melody, it’s a testimony to the unrepentant vitality of guitar rock as a genre. Boom has Brownstein ululating in shades of The Cramp’s Lux Interior; “If you want a pretty picture/You better look away”, to consolidate the album as a keeper. Starting at Buddy Holly and hurling onwards through prog to punk and then past this still, Wild Flag manage to crunch 50 years of guitar-band history into 40 raunchy minutes of LP. It’s a hard and fast tempo to follow, and Wild Flag’s metabolism occasionally falters. Something Came Over Me seems a little uncertain; and for all Brownstein’s cheek, Racehorse doesn’t go anywhere exciting. Caveats considered, Wild Flag is an ambitious and sardonic record that will not fail to conquer any classical rock enthusiast.

DANIEL CRIBB

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JOHN LEGEND BY GRAHAM CLARK

THE JEZABELS @ ASTOR THEATRE The pathways leading to the GW Mclennan Stage were shut down at this year’s Splendour In The Grass when The Jezabels executed their set due to too much traffic. Those who did make it in were treated to one of the greatest sets of the band’s relatively short career. Having spent a good deal of 2011 touring overseas in the UK, USA, Europe, Canada and Singapore, The Jezabels return to stages here at home in October to launch their cracking debut LP Prisoner. It’s been out a few weeks now, so it’s had a bit of time to sit with fans – not that they really needed it. Their original Perth date sold out pretty quickly, and so did the ensuing one. So I guess we don’t have much else to say except to punters who secured their tickets to the Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November shows at The Astor Theatre, have fun! The Street Press Australia-presented shows offer even more to look forward to with the inclusion of Newfoundlandbased, indie-orchestral-pop-rockers Hey Rosetta! in support, along with the returning Wolves At The Door, back from gallivanting around Europe.

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FRONTLASH

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IN THE FIRING HINES

CHOGM

Who knew we’d be rooting for Mama P’s biggest foe, Deni Hines’ to be ousted over her on Celebrity Apprentice this week. Probably not worth the ensuing whinging though.

The batmobile-esque tanks were cool.

KARDASHISHAM Sure the marriage was a joke, but hey, she’s back on the market for the next money-making stroll down the aisle.

A TONNE OF MONEY

QANTUM PHYSICS Are not required to sort out the Qantas debacle. Perhaps it’s time they put a ‘U’ in the name.

MO-HIPSTER Movember is a brilliant cause no doubt, but not an excuse for the indie-kid population to double without actually contributing.

We’re not really sure what the point of our $1mil gold coin is, but we’d sure like one at home.

DRUM MEDIA PRESENTS : 360: NOV 3 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; NOV 4 Studio 146, Albany; NOV 5 Amplifier; NOV 6 Newport Hotel GUINEAFOWL: NOV 4 Norfolk Basement THE JEZABELS, HEY ROSETTA!, WOLVES AT THE DOOR: NOV 4 & 5 Astor Theatre JEBEDIAH, STONEFIELD: NOV 10 Metropolis Fremantle THOUSAND NEEDLES IN RED: NOV 10 Players Bar; NOV 11 Amplifier; NOV 12 Prince Of Wales THE VASCO ERA, PAPA VS. PRETTY: NOV 10 Prince Of Wales; NOV 11 Rosemount Hotel; NOV 12 Mojo’s NIKKO: NOV 11 Velvet Lounge; NOV 12 78’s & Amplifier; NOV 13 North Fremantle Bowls Club BEAUFORT STREET FESTIVAL: NOV 12 Mt Lawley CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH: NOV 17 Rosemount Hotel

BEACH TO BUSH FESTIVAL: EVERMORE and locals: NOV 19 Wanneroo Showgrounds GOLD FIELDS, MILLIONS: NOV 19 Amplifier PHRASE: NOV 23 Boulevard Tavern; NOV 24 Prince Of Wales; NOV 25 Amplifier; NOV 26 Players Bar; NOV 27 Newport Hotel VOICE MICROFESTIVAL: GRACE WOODROOFE, SAM PERRY, DIGER ROKWELL, SONPSILO CIRCUS, THE BROW HORN ORCHESTRA, SEAMS: NOV 27 Rosemount Hotel GYROSCOPE: DEC 2 Rosemount Hotel MUDHONEY: DEC 3 Rosemount Hotel NORFOLK LANES YOUTH FESTIVAL: EMMA LOUISE, GRACE WOODROOFE and more: DEC 3 Norfolk Street, Essex Lane, X-Wray Café KURT VILE: DEC 3 The Bakery

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THE KOOKS: JAN 9 Astor Theatre

LIFE’S A BEACH: THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, SALMONELLA DUB, KATALYST and more: DEC 10 Dixon Road Reserve, Rockingham

THE DAMNED: JAN 22 Capitol

+ FELICITY GROOM (Album Launch): DEC 16 The Bakery BREAKFEST: DEC 26 Belvoir Amphitheatre COUNTDOWN TO NYE: LYRICS BORN, RUSS DEWBURY, N’FA and locals: DEC 31 Salt On The Beach ORIGIN NYE: NOISIA, FOREIGN BEGGARS, BORGORE, DANNY BYRD and more: DEC 31 Belvoir Amphitheatre CLUB PARADISO: JAN 1 Salt On The Beach CUBAN CLUB: JAN 1 Flying Squadron Yacht Club ARCTIC MONKEYS: JAN 6 Belvoir Amphitheatre SOUTHBOUND: JAN 7 & 8 Sir Stewart Bovell Park

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END OF POLIO CONCERT

Belvoir Amphitheatre, Upper Swan 28/10/11 A packed crowd made the journey to Belvoir Amphitheatre last Friday to witness some amazing artists and to support a great cause. The End of Polio Concert ok full advantage of CHOGM to spruik awareness of the need to drive polio eradication into the international spotlight. Andy Bull was the first live act of the day, and provided the early crowd with an energetic set, which he ended in style with a Hungry Kids Of Hungary collaboration on Last Waltz. Ex-Australian Idol contestant Owl Eyes seemed a bit dull and lifeless on such a big stage as she played songs such like 1+1 and a sub-standard cover of Pumped Up Kicks. Melbournian rockers Calling All Cars brought the energy levels up a little with tracks such as No Sleep and Hold, Hold Fire, however it seemed the majority of the crowd were content to just sit and talk amongst each other and soak up some UV rays. Hungry Kids Of Hungary opened their set with Let You Down, giving the audience some nice three-part harmonies to bop along to. However the front of stage still remained practically bare, even with their infectiously catchy set closer Scattered Diamonds. As the sun started to set, a large crowd gathered at the front of the stage for The Getaway Plan. The young rockers wasted no time, coming out blazing with their recent

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single The Reckoning from forthcoming album Requiem. Lead vocalist Matthew Wright has an incredible stage presence, and an impressive high register as displayed in Streetlight. Around 8pm, the crowd roared as nine-time Grammy award winning soul and R’n’B singer John Legend took the stage. To say the performance was brilliant and amazing would be doing the man a disservice. His band and vocals were so phenomenally tight through tracks such as Hard Times and Wake Up, and there were definitely a few tears leaking down people’s cheeks (this reviewer’s included) when he played the emotional Ordinary People. It was really one of those sets where you “had to be there” to understand just how charming and flawless he is live (note: man crush). It therefore seemed a little odd to headline Bliss N Eso instead of John Legend, and unfortunately it showed. The vibe that Legend created was instantly changed by Bliss N Eso with a whole bunch of “fuck yeah’s” and cursing. Although you should never compare apples with oranges, it just felt the Sydney hip hoppers were outclassed and a little out of place, resulting in the crowd severely dissipating during their set. This resulted in the remaining audience (which was still a large one) being predominately hardcore fans jumping around like maniacs and singing along to tracks such as Coastal Kids, Woodstock 2008, and Sea Is Rising. Unfortunately the sound was horrible for Bliss N Eso, with the beat and bass as quiet as a ninja; detracting from their overall performance which is nearly always on point. ROB BROWNE THE DRUM MEDIA 3 NOVEMBER 2011 •27


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PEARL JAM TWENTY Pearl Jam Atlantic Books

Released in conjunction with Cameron Crowe’s film, Pearl Jam Twenty celebrates the bands 20th anniversary. Unlike other autobiographies from musicians that seem to delve too much into why they split up or how they went off the rails, this book is a celebration of Pearl Jam’s achievements. Pearl Jam Twenty begins with a touching foreword by Cameron Crowe who, like many fans, talks of shoeboxes of PJ collector items like ticket stubs and photos. The book then kicks off right where it should, back to the beginning in the years spanning from 1962 – 1989 where each of the members were forging their music careers, through the evolution of the founding members in bands like Green River, Bad Radio, Shadow and Mother Love Bone. This back-story gives fans an understanding of how Pearl Jam came together and how they have stayed together 20 years later. From there, each year is a new chapter in the book, with the band and friends such as Chris Cornell, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl and Pete Townshend sharing stories about the Pearl Jam they know. The chapters highlight important dates in the year, quite like a personal diary of the band. Mixed in between these entries are some fantastic and never before seen photographs of live shows and personal belongings like Eddie Vedder’s bank balance and pay cheque. Included in some chapters are special sections on important events like the release of an album, Eddie Vedder’s Into The Wild solo work and the Roskilde tragedy. These inclusions give us a greater insight into how the band was feeling at the time and other background info. Pearl Jam has always been such a private band. Even when Ten was released, throwing them head first into the hype of the Seattle grunge phenomenon, Pearl Jam stayed true and never let the lures of fame get in the way of their music. If anything, this book gives readers a rare insight into one of the worlds most talented and thought-provoking rock bands and a glimpse into the mystery of how they work. Pearl Jam Twenty is a fine tribute to the legacy they have created in their 20 year career. Let’s hope the legacy lives on for a while yet, because these personal musings from the band just go to show they still have a lot to give. MARCIA CZERNIAK

Saturday 5 November sees local duo Trav & Jay like you’ve never seen them before at the Rosemount Hotel, launching their EP Change Of Season. Tickets are $10.20 plus BF through Heatseeker, Planet, 78’s and Mills. In support are Hostile Little Face, The Sun Orchestra and Steve Hensby (Tracksuit). They’ve got a big night planned and will be playing with an eight-piece band (including strings).

ALLY MCBEALE Before popular blues duo KNiKi & Mike Beale head over to the US to tour in support of a recent record deal, fans can catch them Friday 4 November at the Indi Bar and Tuesday 8 for Perth Blues Club, at the Charles Hotel. Taking inspiration from the juke joints and barrel houses where blues music saw its beginnings, the pair are taking their fare far and wide.

RUN ALONG New kids doing good things on the proverbial block Runner headline Mojo’s with supports Fall Electric, James Ireland & Deep River Collective. Runner won the National Campus Bands Competition, but the band are just taking this in their stride, focussing on playing mint shows and writing more awesome material. Entry $10 from 8pm.

SURE THING Local lady rockers The Sure-Fire Midnights launched their debut CD Strike At Midnight to a rocking crowd at the Rosemount a couple of weeks back, and they’re now bringing those new tunes to the Mustang Bar tonight, Thursday 3 November. Supported by Datura and Dux & Downtown, the action kicks off for free from 8pm.

VOODOO MAGIC MAN Thursday 3 November four bands join forces to unleash a Voodoo Invasion show on willing participants at the Rosemount Hotel. Progressive rockers Something Humble, alt-blues-rock outfit Blind Highway, emotive rock act iChoRa and quirky indiepop troupe Bears & Dolls hit the stage for $8 from 7.30pm, with the Cowboys & Indie Kids DJs outside in the beer garden.

HEY ROSETTA!

HEY ROSETTA! WITH ADAM HOGAN (LEAD GUITAR) Next gig dates in Perth: Supporting The Jezabels’ Tour – Friday 4 & Saturday 5 November, Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley. Your sound: Always a tough one. Some people call us orchestral indie-rock. Does that conjure up anything for you? Around since: 2005. Have you toured Australia before? Our first trip down under had us arriving on Christmas Eve in 2008 I believe. We played the Woodford Folk Festival, Peats Ridge, along with a handful of bar shows opening for Hawksley Workman. More recently, we opened for City & Colour this past April. I think the highlight would have to be Peats Ridge. We were late starting the gig. I remember sprinting from our campsite to the stage, totally stressed out. Anyways, we threw our gear onto the stage in a panic, launched into our set, and a couple of songs later, we look up to see a few hundred costumed people dancing like it’s New Year’s Eve. The crowd had this amazing energy that I can’t really put into words. The whole thing felt like a blurry, sweaty dream. Band’s worst gig ever and why? The NHL Awards after party in Las Vegas. We played to an empty swimming pool while everyone else was glued to the open bar at the other end of the venue. Fave song to cover and why? Playing El Scorcho around a campfire with a cheap acoustic guitar. Best achievement? Playing Massey Hall was a big one. Any gig in history which would it be and why? The Who at the Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970. It’s not perfect, they stumble at times, but they get there, and it’s well worth the wait! Fave bands from your homeland? Constantines, Arcade Fire, Plants & Animals, Karkwa, Wintersleep, Broken Social Scene, Braids, Land Of Talk, Hawksley Workman… Biggest bands you’ve supported? Probably The Tragically Hip. Band you’d most love to support and why? Wilco. To watch them from side stage would be the most incredible musical experience! Your mum shouldn’t come to our gig because… she may not like the ‘F’ word, and she’s bound to hear some.

EMPERORS

WATCH THE GUNS In less than two years together as a band, Emperors have supported acts such as Manic Street Preachers, Silversun Pickups and The Big Pink, and have recently completed their first national tour on the back of their critically acclaimed Sam EP. They launch new single Plastic Guns at The Bird Saturday 5 November, with special guests Coveleski, Mezzanine and Soul Boner.

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Free afternoons at Fremantle Arts Centre with Courtyard Music continues on Sunday 6 November with WA Youth Jazz Orchestra. Three outstanding ensembles performing their favourite jazz charts with a relaxed spring-time vibe. Early start time of 1pm to make plenty of room for the following Sunshine Brothers album launch, starting at 6pm.

HAVE YOU HE ARD

What releases have you had? Plan Your Escape (EP, 2007), Into Your Lungs (LP, 2008), and Seeds (LP, 2011). More info: Website – heyrosetta.com.

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ALL THE LITTLE THINGS

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DRUM HAS A CHAT WITH THE RACHEL PART OF RACHEL & HENRY CLIMB A HILL ON THE EVE OF THEIR LAUNCH FOR DEBUT ALBUM, THE LITTLE THINGS. LACEY

LACEY WITH HARRY LIVINGS (VOCALS/BASS) Give a brief rundown of the history of your act from day one to now: In 2007 we initially started out as a side project to the number of bands we were all playing in at the time but somehow found ourselves putting all our time and effort in to Lacey after not too long. It only took a few shows for us to make the decision to leave our other bands and focus entirely on this one. Since then we released a CD in 2009 (Hard To Tell/Whip) and an EP Ropes, which received interest from the likes of Richard Kingsmill, with a clip airing on Rage as ‘Indie Of The Week’. Tell us about your release: Our new EP is called Verso, and it’s a five-tracker to be released on December 2 through MGM. How did you go about recording it? We recorded with Matt Gio at Studio Couch and Underground Studios. It was the first time we’ve worked with him but we all seemed to get along great from the get-go. He really understood what we were going for and did a great job at capturing the sound we wanted. We invested a lot of time into getting the right sounds and tones we were after and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Dan Carroll helped us out with some additional engineering/production and William Bowden mastered it. Tell us about your launch party: Supporting us on the night will be Boys Boys Boys!, Tired Lion and Room At The Reservoir. We always try and make our launch shows one big party, so we have a few surprises up our sleeves for this one. If you’re keen to get in early you can grab pre-sales from nowbaking.com.au. What’s next for your act? Next will hopefully be another run of shows over east. We’re all very keen to get back over there! WHAT: Verso EP (MGM) WHEN & WHERE: Friday 4 November, The Bakery, Northbridge

THE GRATES BY SHANE BUTLER

GRATE SHOW As winter begins to wane and spring starts to blossom on the horizon, The Grates have their sights firmly on the hot winds blowing summer our way as they hit the hot bitumen again for their biggest national tour yet. Enigmatic frontwoman Patience Hodgson will again remind all and sundry why she is a tour de force Saturday 5 November at Capitol, supported by Guineafowl. Tickets through Moshtix or Heatseeker.

RAGING LUNATICS

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The Shed will again feature some of Perth’s best new up-and-coming musical talent Thursday 3 November for Uncovered, their local original music night. The Raging Lincolns return to Northbridge with their unique blend of stoner rock, soul and a hint of jazz. They are not to be missed and will be accompanied by the infallible Bonehouse and Shouting At Camels. Free from 8pm.

Melbourne alt-country five-piece Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel release their self-titled debut album next Friday and celebrate with a rather large national tour. Having already won the hearts of many, as well as the APRA Darebin Songwriting Award and Port Fairy Folk Festival Emerging Artist of the Year, catch them Thursday 3 November at Malt Market, Dunsborough and Friday 4 at the Railway Hotel.

EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Up-and-coming buzz band New Empire head our way for the Symmetry Tour, celebrating their new album. The four-piece wave-makers toured with Good Charlotte earlier in the year, then followed with a national support for Owl City. They’ve got two shows Saturday 5 November, playing an ALL-AGES Cockburn Youth Centre show in the afternoon, and Norfolk Basement in the evening.

SNATCH & GRABOWSKY Without doubt one of Australia’s finest musicians, composers and artistic minds, the classically trained Paul Grabowsky had ambitions to become a conductor, before becoming far too absorbed in jazz as a teenager. He plays live at the Ellington Jazz Club, Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 November, tickets through ellingtonjazz.com.au.

BIG COUNTRY The Peel Estate Winery in Karnup’s Country Music Special will be held from 11am to 5pm Sunday 6 November featuring Renegade, Jane Germain, Ian Simpson and The Yahoos, plus Mal & Geoff (Resonator) and Kris Smith. $20, BYO food and drink (no spirits/ wine). So bring a picnic, chair or blanket and enjoy an afternoon of great live country music in the beautiful grounds of the winery.

RETURN OF THE WOLF After almost three whole months jetting about the UK and France, Wolves At The Door are back and hitting the ground running with a huge month of shows. First up they support The Jezebels Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November, before Beaufort Street Festival (Saturday 12) and shows supporting Husky (Thursday 17) and Apparat (Wednesday 30) in the future – check back for more details.

SUMMERS TIME

Congrats on the album, what was the writing/ recording process like? Thanks! It’s been a pretty lengthy process, because we laid down all the bed tracks in one week in January, and then have been adding more parts and polishing since then. We recorded with Pete Grandison in his amazing new studio at Shanghai Twang and it was a much more challenging project than the EP, but we also had a clearer idea of what we wanted. It’s all a bit of a blur of hundreds of cups of tea and taking turns to fall asleep on the couch. You’ve been kicking around town for a couple years now. With your debut album now being launched, do you feel like it’s a good time to take things up a notch? Yeah, absolutely. I think the album is a really good representation of us as a band. We’ve played a lot of gigs in the past couple of years and I think our stage show has improved as we’ve all become more experienced at working the crowd. We’re all very committed to the band. We’ve got plans to tour next year and we will probably start writing for our next recording project while we’re on the road. Besides member numbers what’s been some other significant changes with you guys since you began? I think inevitably the two new members have built up our sound a bit and probably pushed us into a more indie-folk category, but we still hold true to our folk roots and there are a couple of tracks on the album that are really folky. We’ve all learned a few more instruments in the past year or two so there’s more diversity in the composition as well.

Following her stellar performance as part of the sunday@subi concert series, Cathrine Summers returns to the Subiaco Arts Centre with her jazz band Friday 4 November for Swing Time In Subi, tickets through BOCs. Originally from Perth where she has performed in all the top music venues and developed a large fan base, Summers is now fast becoming one of Sydney’s best emerging vocalists.

You’ve got the album launch coming up, why’d you opt for the Fremantle Arts Centre and what can fans expect on the night? We wanted our launch to be a really special event. The launch is a going to be a vintage funfair, with beautiful tunes from Polly Medlen, Simone & Girlfunkle and DJ Troy Division. We’ve hired a popcorn machine and a fairy floss maker to give it a sense of occasion.

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Any plans to take the album out of town? Yeah, for sure, Brett (Crabtree, guitar/vocals) and I grew up in the country so we love to head out on the road. Next year we’ll be getting into the festival circuit and doing a few tours here and there.

Beach Boys tribute band Sea Of Tunes will be playing at the Indi Bar every Sunday in November – each week with a special guest support act – and Joe Algeri joins them this week. Sea Of Tunes is made up of local original musicians doing it for the shared love of Brian Wilson and his amazing brethren, including from bands The Bank Holidays, The Community Chest, The Ghost Hotel and more. Sunday 6 November.

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WHAT: The Little Things (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 5 November, Fremantle Arts Centre

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Sydney four-man punk-soul-gutter-blues combo The Snowdroppers’ blistering live shows and toilet humour have earned them a fanatical following from anyone who likes it loud and dirty. They’re supporting their new 7” I’ve Been So Lonely Now Since You’ve Been Gone, playing Amplifier Thursday 3 November; Settlers Tavern, Margaret River Friday 4; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury Saturday 5; and Mojo’s Sunday 6.

Experience Brazil’s cultural arts like never before and be transported to afro-brasilia by the funky beats of Bantus Capoeira’s annual show Spirit Of Brazil. Featuring the amazingly fluid and graceful athleticism of capoeira, afro-dance, samba and maculul, as well as uniquely Brazilian moves and madness, this special Kulcha showcase happens Friday 4 November, $17 door, $12 pre sale from kulcha.com.au.

Saturday 5 November boogie to some great tunes from the Isolites, a nine-piece old school ska and rocksteady band, plus bring the dancin’ shoes as Jumpin’ Josh & Naughtee lay down the vinyl platters till late, plus there’s hula hooping wondergirl Gale Foce and Les Sataniques GoGo. Doors 6pm, $10 after 8.

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Following the great success of the Jammin! band competition at Ya-Yas, Jammin!2 is underway, with round three going down tonight Thursday 27 October, and featuring Solomon Drive, T.W.E.E.Z, TV Snow and The Vronskys. The eventual winner receives 200 7” vinyl records pressed by Beatroute Records, plus media packages including one from Drum Media, a presenting partner.

Known for her ability to get right to the heart of a song, as well as being an in the moment improviser, Michelle Nicolle has continually developed and nurtured her art form with the help of her quartet. The Melbourne-based songstress plays with her band Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November at the Ellington Jazz Club, $20 (seated), $15 (standing) from 8pm.

TOUR TALES

CAN OF WORMS Perth mind-benders Wormhole team up with genrebenders Sluts Of The Underground to bake your noodle this Friday 4 November at the Velvet Lounge. Also keen to cook your coconut will be Wizard Sleeve and The Three Little Pigs. So come and join Wormhole as they celebrate their post-single launch success and welcome the Sluts back from their eastern states tour.

THE JOE KINGS

LEAD VOCALIST/GUITARIST JACK STIRLING FROM THE JOE KINGS REGALES DRUM WITH STORIES FROM THE EAST. How long have you been away for and where did you venture to? We have been away from sunny WA for about five months now, though it only feels like five days! We moved to Melbourne to play some shows and start pre-production for the new EP, which we finished in early August right before we left on tour around Australia with Bonjah. What was the reason for leaving Perth and what did you get up to? We had a recording session organized in Melbourne and we really needed to play a lot more on the east coast as we had relentlessly gigged in WA for a year and needed to open it out a bit. We got up to a hell of a lot of playing, pretty much four shows a week! And certainly more than our fair share of debauchery along with a crazy amount of driving in the old van. Anything happen out of the ordinary? There has not been many ordinary things that have happened. An incident involving a spud gun fired inside the van on the Nullabor, a guy jumping up and jamming with a chainsaw (not running of course), a transvestite accusing us of theft and attacking the touring party in Eumundi, and definitely a lot of drunken shenanigans but I can’t disclose this info in case any of our mums read this! Best thing to happen while away? Easily the amazing people we have met have been so generous and a really positive influence on all of us, keeping the band and music fresh and a huge pleasure to be a part of. Other than that we have had some amazing shows in new towns and venues and of course touring with the Bonjah guys was the most enjoyable experience we’ve ever had. What new song is guaranteed to make your WA fans go the most mental? I’m not too sure but hopefully they will dig Got A Letter For You and definitely a new one we wrote on tour called I’ll Have To Wait, but we’ll have to wait and see. What advice would you give to any WA acts planning to move away? Learn to enjoy baked beans as a standard diet, bring a jumper for sure, but mostly have as much fun and meet as many people as you possibly can. What can we expect from your return shows? Expect to call in sick for work the next morning and have sore feet as we hope to bring a big party bag to WA! Of course we will bring promiscuous costumes and a heap of new fun songs for you all. A new EP as well but we’ll probably leave the spud gun over east. Plans after your return shows? We will hang in WA as long as possible then back to Melbourne to start working on the album, and catch up on a lot of sleep and cleanliness. I want to sit down and write letters, old school style, to each person who has helped us through this long tour too, they have done a hell of a lot to keep us alive. WHEN & WHERE: Thursday 3 November, The White Star, Albany; Friday 4, Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; Saturday 5, Fly By Night, Fremantle 30 • THE DRUM MEDIA 3 NOVEMBER 2011

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SINGLE STORY

INDIGENIUS Aboriginal music support network Abmusic will be celebrating 25 years with a release of a compilation album featuring past and present students from their college. Saturday 5 November they celebrate at The Bakery with these artists alongside some of Perth’s most popular indigenous acts, running one after another ranging from styles of reggae, rock, country, blues and hip hop.

TO DAV & TO HOLD After a series of successful regional trips taking their Freo rhythms around the state, Dilip N The Davs – one of the busiest original groove and dance bands – are doing a local gig at Clancy’s in Fremantle. It’s bound to be another night of delirious dancing, as it always is when this rhythm-crazed bunch of musicians take the stage.

TRACKSUIT PANTS Following indie/rock threesome Tracksuit’s recent east coast tour with 7, they’re back in Perth for their

final headline show of the year before they slip away to the studio to record some new tunes. Joining them on the night are funk/pop/rock trio Hand Stands For Ants, who’s rhythmic and often explosive music has gained them much love. $5 from 8pm.

HOW WHY The year is drawing to a close as exams creep up on us all, so why not take a midweek break with Who-What-Wednesday, November 4 at The Bird. Featuring an eclectic array of artists including indie-pop duo Moustache, acoustic soloist Painting Airbrush Colours, rock/electronic duo Line At Infinity and rockers All The Lights. Those Wretched Horses also hit the stage, $5 from 7pm, free after 10.

MIGHTY MOUSE One of Australia’s premier blues-folk-rock outfits, The Murder Mouse Blues Band have supported some amazing acts over the years, including KD Lang and Buddy Guy, and this Sunday 6 November you can

catch them at Hainault Vineyard in Bickley. There’ll be some spectacular food and wine for the taking from 11am til 5pm, with the band starting at 12.30pm.

MO-FOLK BASEMENT Thursday 3 November sees the first of four Movember Benefits going down in the Norfolk Basement. Week one features a bunch of top-notch acts, with Pond, Felicity Groom, Diger Rokwell and more TBA rocking out the room. Facebook Movember For Canteen for details, get there from 8pm to avoid missing out.

LEMON SOLO The Moon Café’s late night Wednesday series continues November 9, with Going Solo bringing the best in local blues, hip hop and folk legends in the relaxed environment only The Moon can provide. This coming Wednesday you can catch Bruno Booth, Jeff Smith and Coco, with the free night beginning at 8pm.

RYAN WEBB & THE METHOD

RELEASING THEIR LATEST SINGLE/EP SING ME TO SLEEP THIS WEEKEND, RYAN WEBB OF PERTH’S RYAN WEBB & THE METHOD GIVES US THE STORY BEHIND THE TRACK. Sing Me To Sleep was written just after tracking sessions were finished for our debut album (2008’s Symphony Of Symmetry), and at the time, it was perhaps the most joyous and accessible piece I had written to that point. I felt like it signalled a new direction that I wanted my songwriting to take; away from the dark and brooding angst and excessive contemplation of my earlier works. I decided I wanted to write in a less autobiographical manner, and instead of writing songs purely for myself, write them with a broader, more universal aesthetic. The trick was to do this, yet still remain lyrically unique. Sing Me To Sleep is, in essence, a tryst between two lovers who live on opposite sides of the planet; a long-distance battle of wills. They both desire to be together, but can’t overcome the overwhelming anchorage of home – they love their respective cities and way of life way too much to risk it all for the possibility of a love that may or may not last. There is a lyric – “It takes a fool to love a fool/ she’s watching the sun as I’m watching the moon” – which pretty much encapsulates this. And so the lead character resolves that the love of your surroundings, and to be content with your city and your way of life, is paramount to happiness, and, well, come what may… And so from there, the song essentially becomes a love song between an individual and their city. Sometimes you just need to be happy with what you’ve already got, and get yourself in a good position for the good things that might be coming your way… WHAT: Sing Me To Sleep (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 5 November, Mojo’s, North Fremantle

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FAKER Amplifier, Perth 28/10/11 Bunbury-based indie-pop rockers Antonio Paul kicked the night off with a bang. A strong live act with their immediately catchy tunes backed by a combination of tight instrumentals and great vocals – they managed to win the post-work-dazed crowd over after just a few songs. Next up, The Panda Band took to the stage and, despite a more sizeable crowd starting to form, it seemed that they didn’t resonate with them to the same degree as the opening act. It may have been the sudden change of vibe or the vocals that left a little to be desired. There were no major flaws in the set – just a lack of spark. Finally, the boys from Faker were up and, despite a three-year hiatus from headlining gigs and a reshuffle in their line up, snapping back into action seemed as easy as breathing. Frontman Nathan Hudson was a delight – his quirky vocals and lovable eccentricities forming a strong connection with the crowd. The harmony between the band members was clear and it was great to see Hudson pick up a guitar a little more than we’ve previously been used to. New numbers such as Love Survival Guide and the super catchy Dangerous went over well with fans, while old favourites such as This Heart Attack, Hurricane and Are You Magnetic? really got them moving. Love For Sale and Sleepwalking were beautifully done and even stronger songs when performed live. Hudson’s trademark stage athletics were the cherry on top of a great comeback gig. KRISTY SYMONDS

GIGNITION Swan Basement, North Fremantle 30/10/11 Kicking things off for last Sunday’s warm edition of Drum’s Gignition were all-girl heavy metallers Bontide, who obviously have a passion for making a lot of noise

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in the best possible way. Musically, the three-piece seemed confident playing their respective instruments and the power-drumming was especially brilliant, as was particularly evident in full-throttle number You’re Dead. Their stage presence however seemed a little lacklustre, as they didn’t really engage with the audience that much and the instruments drowned out the vocalist too often. Next up, The Cold Acre took to the stage and launched straight into their set. The four-piece demonstrated their eclectic rock‘n’roll sound with a commendable display of showmanship. From the onset, it became clear that they were completely confident playing on stage together and, importantly, they seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves too. Lead vocalist Deb Francis has an extremely diverse vocal range that exudes confidence and skill, while they brought it home with dexterous drumming and churning guitar riffs. Overall they delivered a tight set, proving their potential rock chops in spades. The last act, Twisted Affection, kicked of their set with fervour. The punk-rock four-piece demonstrated their confident musical skill exhibiting some great guitar work and equally impressive bass and percussion. Their set consisted of up-beat numbers, which mostly satirised difficult relationships and annoying girlfriends while lead singer Scott Nelson delivered a theatrical performance featuring plenty of leaps and jumps. Some songs tended to sound very similar to others though, so hopefully they’ll learn the art of variation. NAOMI DOLLERY

BIG SCARY

The Bird, Northbridge 25/10/11 Keeping up the venue’s Wednesday night winning streak, Perth kids gone Melbourne-way Big Scary charmed the good folks at The Bird with a gentle walkthrough of their new album, Vacation. Opening with the disarmingly delicate Bad Friends, Big Scary’s sardonic lyrics were in their natural environment; and it felt like guitarist Tom Iansek was narrating directly to the audience. It was impossible to pick at the seams

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BIG SCARY BY ANTHONY TRAN between the duo’s passage through Of Desire, Got It Lost It, and Leaving Home: each transition was almost invisible, and it brought through the elegance of the setlist. The duo handled themselves with the degree of understated gravitas borne out of Melbourne’s independent scene, taking the time to quietly thank the audience for their patronage with charming little epithets between performances. When Iansek felt like it, his voice became worthy of comparisons with the famous Thom from a band called Radiohead. Iansek pulled from his guitar a series of crawling progressions that saluted the best of Bon Iver; and it resonated off Jo Syme’s consummate command of the drums. Syme’s routine was so measured that, in standouts like Gladiator, her drums became the entire performance. Syme brought a delicacy to her drumming that most guitarists lose in their strumming, and it was a pleasure to watch Iansek coordinate his purring vocals alongside. The question remaining for Big Scary is direction. Big Scary’s garage punk (Tuesday Is Rent Day, Cool Kids) is bathos that doesn’t distinguish Iansek and Syme to the extent they deserve, and it’s a sound they should probably leave behind. If the duo focuses their sound towards the idiosyncratic appeal of their charming soft rock, they’ll grow in all kinds of good directions.

Over six years, WAM has attended New York’s biggest music festival, the CMJ Music Marathon. For the fourth year running, the College Radio Awards has hosted Aussie music, plus a draw to win a trip to the WAMi Festival. Joe Iannazzo of KUMD won the draw for a trip to Perth in May for WAMi Festival 2012, courtesy of Stage and Screen Travel Services, Sounds Australia and WAM. Copies of the 2011 Kiss My WAMi compilation were also handed to eager college station programmers from across the US. Don’t forget – submissions for the 2012 Kiss My WAMi CD/DVD compilation open Monday 7 November. Don’t leave it to the last minute – get to wam.asn. au/wamifestival now!

KISS MY CAMERA – ALBANY WAM and the WA Museum are delighted to announce the Kiss My Camera 2011 collection is currently on display at the WA Museum – Albany. This is the first time that the exhibition has showcased outside of Perth and WAM is very pleased that regional folks will get a chance to see some of the exquisite music photographs on display. Kiss My Camera is open 10am-4.30pm daily until Monday 7 November. Entry by gold coin donation.

WHAT CAN WAM DO FOR YOU? “Digital photography is doing for photography what the piano did for keyboard music.” – Faul Bosman. Recognising the many facets of the music industry is WAM – your not for profit, membership based music association, existing to develop the WA contemporary music industry. Visit wam.asn.au or call 9227 7962 and join today!

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FLOORED PHOTO BY STEREO VELVET

HEAVYWEIGHT SOUNDZ

JON CONVEX BY ANGELA KING

Metro City YOUR STYLE? All things funky. WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR BREAKY TODAY? Two multivitamins, four fish oil tablets and some Magnesium. I missed breakfast. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? I have been mixing only CDs since mid-last year (Pioneer CDJs) and production wise I use FL studio with a few VSTs. YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL DJ SET? MFI New years in 2002. I used my friend’s records and played an opening set of drum’n’bass. Went well considering I didn’t own any d’n’b records or decks at the time. BEST DJ IN PERTH: I think there are many but my favorite sets to watch are from Sardi, Greg Packer and Muller. WHAT DO YOU DO IN REAL LIFE? Just recovered from shoulder surgery so if anyone would like to give me a job you are more than welcome! WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU GO TO AND WHO’S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON TO COME OUT IT? Servite

College and apparently Melissa George went there. THE BEST TRACK THAT NEVER FAILS ON THE DANCEFLOOR? Eddie Murphy – Boogie In Your Butt. I have been dropping this and it seems that everyone enjoys it. Yes, Eddie Murphy made music. MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS? Heaps of guys from the ‘80s – I have an ‘80s synth obsession. There are a lot of recent artists that make these style of tunes with their own touch, for example Dcup, Casio Social Club, Grum, Tesla Boy etcetera… Really enjoying this kind of music at the moment, it has a really fun vibe. WHAT DO YOUR FOLKS THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: They think I suffer several forms of retardation. FAVE SET YOU’VE EVER PLAYED? Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan in Thailand June last year. First time I got to play overseas. Played a twohour set of d’n’b from 1 til 3am to a full venue and beach and they were digging the more musically deep style of drum’n’bass. WHAT CREWS/NIGHTS DO YOU BELONG TO/PUT ON? I promote

under Funk Fusion Entertainment. Fun parties with great music that I am passionate about. I helped organize the recent UK Garage Reunion at Shape, Boogaloo parties in the past, and am teaming up with Tick Tock and Bad Love for a gig called Stay The Night at Shape Bar. ANY RELEASES OUT? Yes, just finished a dubstep remix of WAMAward winning song Free by The Stoops, Rae and Georgi Kay. There are two versions – one I did with Greg Packer and one with Ekko & Sidetrack, both are awesome to work with and very talented. Should be out very soon. BEST PLACE IN PERTH TO: A) ROCK OUT: With my cock out? B) CHILL OUT: Double Lucky. C) PASS OUT: Friend’s housemate’s couch, naked, wrapped in a Buffalo Rug (true story). D) PICK UP AND GET OUT: The Perth Steamworks apparently, but I can’t confirm this. GIGS YOU HAVE COMING UP? Stay The Night – Friday 4 November, Shape, East Perth

30/10/11 It was quite easy to forget (with a festive weekend of royal proportions) that Halloween loomed in the wake of the aristocratic commonwealth back-patting tea party brigade, unless you were in the lengthy line outside Metro City; home of scantily clad witches, manic clowns and hospital (records) surgeons, all ready for Heavyweight Soundz; an all night love affair with fine purveyors of drum’n’bass. The line was unfortunately slow moving and alas Scottish DJ Xilent missed a reasonable viewing for those unfashionably late. The end of his set, however, hit home hard making good work of the pre-midnight madness. New Zealand five-piece Shapeshifter returned to blow their previously phenomenal Perth performance off the Richter scale with a newfound level of brilliance. Soul-driven vocals, tight-laid drums and perfect live instrumentation make this a band with immeasurable musicianship and an irrefutable electric energy. The music traversed through heartfelt euphoric build-ups and into vastly crafted anthemic drops, but always with a tasteful execution. Launching early into crowd favourite Dutchies off The System Is A Vampire LP, the audience were then treated with the new feel good hit of summer anthem-to-be Monarch, performed with great sax work from the band’s Devin Abrams. Shapeshifter also took us down a different path, delving into dub freak-outs with a couple of gritty punk-induced numbers too, all with a new fire-in-the-eyes attitude. London Elektricity a.k.a Tony Colman’s hype machine MC Wrec then brought the Hospital Records label head and his diverse vinyl collection to the stage with some witty banter: “The man who pays the cheques/up next on the decks”. Starting off spinning several remixes off his latest LP Yikes, the real rewards came later when Colman delved into old school material, playing numbers off 2003’s Billion Dollar Gravy and the 2008 Syncopated City LP, along with some immensely bass-challenging jungle thrown into the mix. One track was

so incredibly nasty that despite two attempts to play it the building’s foundations knocked the turntable’s stylus out of place; to which Colmon stopped the show to cheekily declare, “Real men play records” London Elektricity took the crowd on for several hours of bass heavy proportions shouting out much love and respect to Perth for having Australia’s best drum’n’bass scene. Label mate Blokhe4d then took the 4am late shift and whilst the duo kicked things off in top gear, for the non-gurning proportion of the crowd it became hard to ignore the pain of a night well-danced. NICHOLAS OWEN

BASS NOTION The Bakery, Northbridge 27/10/11 For those not swept up within the tight clenches of CHOGM, the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend began of The Bakery last Thursday night. A fairly sparse crowd were scattered through the ArtRage complex for local sets from D.Y.P, Boy Prince and Rekab. Playing a suitable selection to match the time of night, these boys warmed the sound system in their typical style, with Rekab spinning a soon-to-be-released collaboration with D.Y.P, among other tracks, demonstrating not only his DJ prowess, but production talent too. Come 10.30pm, a decent, albeit shy, crowd huddled around the stage to

enjoy the start of the set from first international guest, Jon Convex. Far from worrying whether to bow or curtsey to the man, punters got their dance on to the futuristic beats, including sexy number Voyeur from his other project Instra:mental, as well as familiar numbers from his Convexations EP. Acidic synth lines coupled with drum machine beats formed a meld of techno and house, with the occasional hint of toe tappin’, booty shakin’ juke tunes. Clearly Mr. Popular, Convex and his front row were constantly in communication with cell phone tune requests, hand-shaking and high fives. As soon as Silkie stepped up at 11.30pm though, it was clear whom the crowd had really come to see. Opening with huge track Slow Jam, Silkie bounced away behind the decks, ripping through one jazzy dubstep number after the next from his various City Limits releases of 2009 and 2011. The Deep Medi Music man wasn’t afraid to mix up the dance with wobbly bits and sweet melodic numbers and kept an astounding pace right until the end of his set, with both glorious beats and an animated mixing style. For many the weekend was about Her Royal Highness, however those at The Bakery knew far, far better. Thursday was a night reflective of how good a music night can be in Perth, if done right – top local talent as well as two of the leading DJ/ Producers within the EDM scene today. ANGELA KING

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE ASTON SHUFFLE

THE ASTON SHUFFLE

1. We have just released a brand new single Won’t Get Lost and to celebrate we are going on the road. 2. Our most treasured remixes are of Claude Von Stroke, Calvin Harris & Dizzy Rascal, Green Velvet, Nasa feat. Kanye West, Santigold, Lykke Li, and Bunny Lake. 3. We always get blown away that people still request our very first single For Everyone… Although in hindsight does it mean everything else we’ve done has been shit? 4. We started a radio show on triple j (Friday Night Shuffle) in January this year and it has been so much fun playing music we love to such a huge audience like that of triple j’s. We are not the most experienced broadcasters but we must be doing something right as they haven’t fired us yet!

5. We used to run our own club night called ‘Deep Throat’. We thought the name was really cool… 6. Mikah used to work in a record store and Vance used to spend all of his money on them. It was inevitable that we would start hanging out and write records together. 7. Vance has been playing piano since he was five and Mikah played drums during his teenage angst years. We are both blessed that we have been able come back to our instruments and use them in our live show.

8. Individually we have been DJing for 10 years. You think we would be a lot better by now. 9. Vance is a vegetarian, and unfortunately whenever we eat out, nine times out of ten his meal always comes last. We often wonder if chefs really do hate vegetarians. 10. Mikah has a beautiful 19-monthold daughter who said to him ‘I love you’ the other day. WHEN & WHERE: Saturday 12 November, Villa, East Perth


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YAHRKOB WITH JAKE STEELE

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LOCAL GOOD TIME GROOVERS SUNSHINE BROTHERS LAUNCH THEIR THIRD LP THIS WEEK, DRUM DIGS THE VIBE A LITTLE DEEPER. Please give us a bit of background on the recording process, and why you chose Spain. Three albums in, do you feel like the Sunshine Brothers know exactly what you’re all about, or do you think you’re an evolving musical being? We like to keep broadening our experiences to make sure we aren’t stuck in the small town/small country vortex. Playing and writing in foreign and/or remote places is definitely the best way for our band to be able to make fresh music that does not reference fashion or simulate the music other bands have written. Spain couldn’t have been more perfect – a country that favours lifestyle and pleasure over money and fashion made even more awesome by its amazing food, booze and cheap cigarettes.

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Are you looking to expand the empire over east/abroad? The plan is to continue to believe we can play and record anywhere in the world and to continue to do that outside of the usual industry channels. We will do European, Australian and possibly US dates for this record. With all of the members involved in the music industry outside of the Brothers, how serious do you take the band, and how much time do you put into it? Why would you have a plumber in the band thinking about new ways to unblock toilets while he hits his instrument like a drainpipe when you can have someone that lives totally inside the musical sphere? We take it just as seriously as the 99 per cent of other musicians around Australia trying to make ends meet by using jobs to survive while we work away at our music. Can you give us a little more insight into your ‘free thinking approach to music’ and more

specifically, your ‘finely tuned cringe-o-meter’? We are free in that we feel no pressure individually or as a group to conform to any creative or commercial conventions. This means our music is not limited by genre, duration or style but only by the feel of the band. The five very experienced musicians are brutal with new material and any gag reflex or discomfort with any element of a new track means it is instantly discarded without emotional baggage. After the launch, what’s coming up for the brothers over summer and into 2012? We will play throughout Australia over the summer and autumn as well as playing Woodford Festival in Queensland and then back to Europe in mid-2012. WHAT: Red Alert (Independent) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 6 November, Fremantle Arts Centre

Give a brief rundown of the history of your act from day one to now: I started out making beats on Fruity Loops just out of high school. I never really locked into one style or genre but just kept on churning out random dark beats with tempos from 70 to 240 bpm with no real direction. I played a couple of gigs but never really finished anything properly and got it released. Around 2005 my PC died and I started all over again with a Mac and Ableton Live and haven’t looked back since. I’ll fire up those old hard drives and bring back all those distorted breakcore beats one day! Tell us about your release: My debut release is a seven-track EP called Transmissions. It is weird electronic space hop with tracks ranging from nearly four years ago to ones I created this year. I have also been sampling a whole bunch of classical tunes, which I’ve compiled into a whole album that will be a free bonus when people buy the EP. I’m putting them both out on Pineapple Lounge Records, which is a local collective I started with a few fellow producer friends. We have a couple of free samplers online but this is the first proper release. How did you go about recording it? Everything was recorded in my home studio using Ableton Live, a MicroKORG running through various guitar pedals and lots of soft synths and effects plugins. Also

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lots of scrap metal sounds I have been sampling which are awesome for snares, hihats and general background ambience. Tell us about your launch party: It’s being launched at The Bird with possibly a few guest MCs and support from Purge + Audit and The Weapon Is Sound. Purge + Audit is a really cool local dude who samples lots of soul and jazz and comes out with some amazing tracks. The Weapon Is Sound are a live dub/ reggae band that really get the place moving. Hopefully they don’t steal my thunder! What’s next? I am going to follow this release up with a two-track

dark drum’n’bass release, hopefully on vinyl. And then follow that up with my full album of dark space hop, dubstep and brutal d’n’b before mid-2012. I hope to work with a whole bunch of Perth MCs in the near future too. I also play in Injured Ninja. We have a new four-track EP coming out before the end of the year which is pretty damn rocking. WHAT: Transmissions EP and Classical Hip Hop Remix Album (Pineapple Lounge Records) WHEN & WHERE: Sunday 6 November – The Bird, Northbridge; Bass Culture – Thursday 15 December, Newport Hotel, Fremantle

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2011 THURSDAY 3/11

DANCEFLOOR OF THE WEEK 360

MOUSTACHE

SOUL SUGAR @ DEVILLES Special guests The Houstons with Odette Mercy, plus the Funk Club DJs and Les Sataniques GoGo. Doors 5pm, $10 after 8.

THE CARINE Mind Electric brings the big room electro-house beats.

DORCIA @ LIBRARY Rock on with the Dorcia DJs, Dr Space, DeadVents, Arrigold, OHHNO!, Fendi and more.

CLUB SANDWICH @ BUFFALO CLUB Tonight live disco-boogie kids Bastian’s Happy Flight bring the party, supported by electro-popster Moustache, $10 from 6pm.

CRATE CARTEL @ ROCKET ROOM 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. $10 before 10pm, $15 after.

BASS CULTURE @ NEWPORT Free from 8pm with resident DJ Death Disco’s Anton Maz.

SATURDAY 5/11 360 @ VARIOUS

PABLO CALAMARI

As one of this country’s most talked about up-and-coming artists, Melbourne’s 360 numbers among a small handful of true-to-life, undergroundreared emcees that can transcend the hip hop genre and walk tall in a pop-dominated landscape. He’s just released his new album Falling & Flying, and he’s headed our way this weekend to celebrate. In a genre replete with ‘haters’, 360 has turned would-be tall poppy cutters from foes to fans through sheer social media savvy and his unique brand of hip hop, including electro, indie-rock, dubstep and more. Featuring his new three-piece backing band, 360 plays The Boulevard Tavern, Joondalup, Wednesday 2 November; Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, Thursday 3; Studio 146, Albany, Friday 4; Amplifier, Saturday 5; and Newport Hotel, Sunday 6. Tickets through Moshtix, Heatseeker and Oztix, presented by Street Press Australia.

CULTURE CLASH @ NEWPORT

PRIDE PARTY @ FLY BY NIGHT

CRATE CARTEL @ PLAYERS BAR

Beats’n’treats in the house with T-Mac vs. Doc Spin, Ivers, Elevator, Signalfire and a final Battle Royale.

Featuring The Brow Horn Orchestra, WASAMBA, DJ’s Doc Spin and 1trackmind, The Vintage Reds burlesque, Drag Queen Val Nourished and Ginge Man’Gina. Tickets through flybynight.org.

Melbourne’s Maundz, Fluent Form and Raven, with DJ Discourse, Ill Equipt. Supported by Rob Shaker, Creed Birch, Soma, LStreet and Jamu. $10 before 10pm, $15 after.

R’N’R KARAOKE @ DEVILLES A hell of a night for your vocal cords with hosts Magnus Danger Magnus and Queen Feminem.

ROSEMOUNT HOTEL

TROPICAL FUNK @ THE DEEN

STAY THE NIGHT @ SHAPE

Every Thursday in the Tropical Bar at The Deen, featuring live reggae band Zarm, plus DJs D’Coconut Funksta, Flex and Swami Adima, and live percussion from Alex K.

DJs Greg Packer, Prince Of Paradise, Eyan, Lightsteed, Neon Magnet, Willy Suede and Richie G from 10.

ROAR @ BOLT BAR Old skool, jungle, hardcore and d’n’b with Rino B2B Mental with MC Assassin, (2hr Jump Up set), Mage and Remedy B2B Spugsy.

OH SNAP! @ VILLA

Bootleg is celebrating five years with Micah, The Bootleg Brothers (Philly Blunt & Ben Mac), Tom Drummond, Frankie Button and Genga, $12 from 10pm.

Round two of Limelite’s DJ competition, where up-and-comers battle to see who wins a set at Stereosonic and $2,000 cash.

DYNASTY:ILLUMINATE @ METRO DJ Sensation (Melb), DJ Matty S, DJ Regeneration, DJ Sly Kidd and DJ ^2T, with a free Stereosonic ticket giveaway before midnight. Tickets $20 through Chinese Society Committee.

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BOOGIEDOWNUNDER @ MANOR Charlie Bucket and Zeus Roc bring the boogie, with special guest DJ Junior throwing down a short kung fu-inspired set.

BASS MUSIC @ SHAPE Greg Packer & MC Assassin, Voltron (Sempy & Concept), Dr Space, Pimp Scrub, J Felix and Invictus.

THE TONGUE @ ROCKET ROOM

IHART @ GREY DOOR

With the free release of The Sextape, The Tongue takes aim at the truth and taboos of modern sexual relations with Slackjaw, Mathas, Delirious and Ol Wright.

A charity sneaker/art exhibition featuring heaps of awesome gear, DJs spinning tunes and prizes.

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Ezra Pound celebrate their second year with a big ol’ shindig, featuring Ben Taaffe, Kit Pop, Dr Jase, Beni Chill and more, with a BBQ and giveaways from 4pm.

YARKHOB LAUNCH @ THE BIRD Yarkhob launches his new EP Transmissions, with Purge + Audit and The Weapon Is Sound.

GRAMOPHONEDZIE @ AVIARY Featuring MTV-Award winning Serbian superstar Gramophonedzie, plus Takeover Artists $10 from 4pm.

GRIN

THE LOFT @ GEISHA For all indie kids, Goths and anyone else with good taste in music who don’t want the weekend to end.

DOMINATE PARTY @ GILKISONS

WEDNES. 9/11

The launch of Black Dragon Digital with Grin vs. Solid Sine; Zimma, Rinski and Outtacontrol; Josh Cube and Cyberstruct, plus MC Slap’n’Tickle. $10 from 10pm til late.

STUDENT NIGHT @ ROSEMOUNT

THE TONGUE @ MALT The Tongue launches his new release, The Sextape, down south.

Lesbian Mud Wrestling with tunes from Connections DJs all night. Free entry from 10pm.

FLUID 5.0 @ VELVET LOUNGE

BINGAY @ QUEENS HOTEL

Liquid beats to replenish your soul provided by Deflo, Dart & Devo and PDS, free from 9pm til late.

Free upstairs with Val Nourished, Barbie Q Coals and Sandy Beaches and DJ Samuel Spencer.

US HOUSE TRIBUTE @ GEISHA

CHEEK @ RED SEA

An all-local affair featuring Terry Waites, James A, Adam Kelly, Jehan, Cee, Lee Wilson and Nobby.

Shenanigans and house party vibes with the Cheek DJs and friends.

Post-punk, indie-pop and rock goodies outside in the beer garden for free, with bands live inside.

LMW @ CONNECTIONS

MAUNDZ, FLUENT FORM, RAVEN, DJ DISCOURSE, ILL EQUIPT: NOV 3 Rocket Room; NOV 4 Players Bar 360: NOV 3 Prince Of Wales, Bunbury; NOV 4 Studio 146, Albany; NOV 5 Amplifier; NOV 6 Newport Hotel PABLO CALAMARI, PREQUEL: NOV 5 Eve ANGGER DIMAS, HARDWELL: NOV 5 Villa + BUSDRIVER, LOUIS LOGIC, CESCHI: NOV 10 The Bird JAGUAR SKILLS: NOV 11 Ambar + SEBASTIEN LEGER: NOV 11 Geisha THE OTHERS: NOV 11 Shape ANDY MOOR: NOV 11 Metro City THE ASTON SHUFFLE: NOV 12 Villa PORTISHEAD: NOV 15 Belvoir Amphitheatre LE CASTLE VANIA, MR. SKELETON, COMIC STRIP: NOV 18 Shape (Downstairs) MATRIX & FUTUREBOUND: NOV 18 Shape CALVERTRON: NOV 18 Ambar HOLY FUCK: NOV 18 The Bakery HOT NATURED: NOV 18 Court Hotel BEST ‘N’ THE WEST: NOV 19 Rosemount Hotel PRIDE OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY: PEYTON, DIGITAL DAMAGE and locals: NOV 19 Connections PRIDE PARTY: LISA LASHES, ZOE BADWI, DJ ADAM LOVE and locals: NOV 19 Court Hotel GOLD FIELDS, MILLIONS: NOV 19 Amplifier + ALBATROSS: NOV 23 The Bird PHRASE: NOV 23 Boulevard Tavern; NOV 24 Prince Of Wales; NOV 25 Amplifier; NOV 26 Players Bar; NOV 27 Newport Hotel KATCHAFIRE: NOV 24 Settlers Tavern; NOV 25 Prince Of Wales LIL WAYNE: NOV 25 Burswood Dome TRUS’ME: NOV 25 Double Lucky (Early), Geisha LUKE MILLION (THE SWISS): NOV 25 The Attic DAEDELUS, COLLARBONES: NOV 26 The Bakery NATURAL NEW ZEALAND MUSIC FESTIVAL: KATCHAFIRE, THE BLACK SEEDS, TIKI TAANE and more: NOV 26 Red Hill Auditorium THE GASLAMP KILLER, MATTHEWDAVID: NOV 27 Villa

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G Martin spins the best of the best in full on good times party style.

ANGGER DIMAS

BOOTLEG @ AMBAR

The Oh Snap DJs smash the best punk/party tunes all night, plus In Hearts Wake, Saviour and Mayhem Addition live, and Sumo Wrestling suits.

FRIDAY 4/11

As part of the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange project, there’s a presoiree at Eve, Italo-east coast kids Pablo Calamari and Prequel.

Featuring Earthlink Sound, SimmoT, DJ Sorted and Masimba, free til 9pm, $10 after.

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THE WEMBLEY

SUNDAY 6/11

Villa plays host to the Netherlands’ Hardwell and Angger Dimas from Jakarta, supported by Chiari, Jackness and Mind Electric. $25 plus BF through Moshtix.

FISHERMAN STYLE @ MOJO’S

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

PABLO CALAMARI @ EVE

HARDWELL @ VILLA

Roger Smart gets ready for the weekend with commercial chart toppers and classic party anthems.

MKT @ THE LIBRARY

The Kings Of Cheese DJs drop lashings of soul, disco and dancing choons from 11pm for $5.

SIMMO T AND DRUMMIE

THE CRAFTSMAN

Mono Lisa, Micah, Philly Blunt, Blend and Oli bring the right tunes to the home of the underground, $12 til midnight, $15 after.

SATURDAY SOCIAL @ YA YA’S

LIGHTSTEED

Split Seconds’ Sean Pollard takes over tonight while bands play inside.

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GIG GUIDE THU 03 The Snowdroppers Amplifier Bar Ben Pettit Belgian Beer Cafe Chris Gibbs Brook Bar & Bistro Bastian’s Happy Flight, Moustache Buffalo Club Seth Lowe, That Velvet Echo, Dave Pensabene Clancys Fremantle The Other Guys Como Htl Karaoke Devilles Pad Michelle Nicole Quartet Ellington Jazz Club Howie Morgan FUSE Bar Better Days Gate Raw Hyde Open Mic Hyde Park Htl Bex’s Open Mic Indi Bar Adrian Wilson Karrinyup Shop Centre James Wilson Lucky Shag Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel Malt Market Bar Acoustic Licence Merriwa Tavern Runner, Fall Electric, James Ireland, Deep River Collective Mojos Nth Fremantle The Sure-Fire Midnights, Datura, Dux & Downtown Mustang Bar Movember Benefit feat. Spinning Top Music Norfolk Basement 360 Prince of Wales Bunbury Something Humble, Bears & Dolls, Blind Highway, Ichora Rosemount Htl Sean Pollard Rosemount Htl (outside) Devils Advocate, Killer Cherry, Lain Alex Adam Swan Lounge Luke Dux, Sean O’Neill, Shontay Snow The Bird Bonehouse, Raging Lincolns, Shouting At Camels The Shed Off the Record Universal Bar The Joe Kings White Star Hotel, Albany Jack Doepel Jazz Quartet X-Wray Cafe Jammin!: Solomon Drive, Cow Parade Cow, TV Snow, The Vronskeys Ya Ya’s

FRI 04 Novocaines, Ruby Boots, Sonpsilo Circus, The Tumblers Amplifier Bar Trevor Jalla Ascot Quays The Jezabels, Hey Rosetta Astor Theatre Lacey, Boys Boys Boys, Tired Lion, Room At The Reservoir Bakery Northbridge The Other Guys Balmoral Hong Kong Palace DJs, Jezalenko, Officer Leroy Bar 120 Electrophobia Bar Orient Fremantle Faces Bennys Ben Pettit Bentley Hotel Two Dogs Brook Bar & Bistro DJ Jayden Brooklands

Bluebottles Captain Stirling Break, Ill Vision, Negative Reinforcement, Wild Sense, Tikdoff Civic Htl Backroom The Crux Clancys Fremantle DJ Nick Sheppard, Parker Avenue Claremont Hotel Andrew Winton Deen Funk Club Feat., The Houstons, Odette Mercy, Les Sataniques Devilles Pad Michelle Nicole Quartet, Late night groove series feat., Solomon Pitt Ellington Jazz Club Brow Horn Orchestra, Eco Faeries Unleashed Fly By Night Fremantle Toby Freemasons Htl Geraldton Smoking Section Gate Opus 22 Greenwood Hotel Chris Gibbs Duo Herdsman Lake Tavern Tomas Ford Hyde Park Htl Nathan Gaunt Hyde Park Htl (Arvo) KNiKi Indi Bar Bantus Capoeira Kulcha Fisherman Style, Earthlink Sound, Simmo T, DJ Sorted, Masimba Mojos Nth Fremantle DJ Durra Mt Henry Oz Big Band, Swing DJ, Cheeky Monkeys, DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Milhouse Newport Htl Guineafowl, Split Seconds Norfolk Basement Flyte, DJ Morgan Paramount Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel, Lucy Peach band, The Seals Railway Htl The Tongue, Slackjaw, Mathas, Delerious, Ol Wright, DJ Brett Rowe Rocket Room X-Rated Rosemount Htl Switchback Sail & Anchor Threeplay Saint Paul Ubana Jones Settlers Tavern Margaret River Greg Carter Springs Tavern Cathrine Summers Subiaco Arts Centre Nails Of Imposition, Archaic, IVK, Inanimacy Swan Basement The Phonetics, Count Swan Lounge Tracksuit, Hand Stands For Ants The Bird Xtortya, Escape Artist, Reapers Riddle, Thirty3Victims The Den The Shinkickers The Mount Helena Tavern Kris Buckle The Rose & Crown Kickstart The Shed Sophie Jane The Vic Hotel Nightmoves Universal Bar Wormhole, Sluts of the Underground, Wizard Sleeve, Three Little Pigs Velvet Lounge The Joe Black Trio, Echoes Of Django, Holly & Tom X-Wray Cafe

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Supersonic: Loads, The Reductors, Nosey Parker, The Likely Lads, Our Kid Jamie, Lady Libertine Ya Ya’s

SAT 05 360 Amplifier Bar The Jezabels, Hey Rosetta Astor Theatre Abmusic Bakery Northbridge The Recliners Balmoral Chris Murphy Belgian Beer Cafe Switchback Broken Hill Allstar Showstoppers The Beatles & Rolling Stones Brooklands The Grates Capitol Infra Red, That’s It Civic Htl Backroom Dillip & the Davs Clancys Fremantle Isolites, Jumpin Josh & Naughtee, Gale Force, Les Sataniques Devilles Pad James Wilson Divers Tavern, Broome Timeout Elephant & Wheelbarrow Josh Roseman Trio, Empire with the Imperial Horns Ellington Jazz Club The Joe Kings, Voltaire Twins, Sonpsilo Circus Fly By Night Fremantle Rachel & Henry Climb A Hill, Polly Medlen, DJ Troy Division, Simone & Girlfunkel Fremantle Arts Centre Dirty Scoundrels Gate Grin & Solid Sine, Zimma, Outtacontrol, Rinski, Josh Cube, Cyberstruct Gilkisons Dance Studio Mel Hall, Killer Grapes, The Menu Grass Valley Tavern In the Groove Greenwood Hotel Kate Gilbertson Hotel Rottnest Mister & Sunbird Hyde Park Htl Zarm Indi Bar The Other Guys Indian Ocean Brewing Company Rhythm 22 M On The Point Hi NRG Metropolis Fremantle Ryan Webb & The Method, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Sam Carmody & The Warning Birds, Matt Cal & The Black Heart Sun Mojos Nth Fremantle The Rusty Pinto Combo, Rockabilly DJ, 10c Billionaire, DJ James MacArthur Mustang Bar Kizzy, Gravity Newport Htl New Empire, For Our Hero Norfolk Basement Felix, DJ Lee, DJ Jordan Paramount The Snowdroppers Prince of Wales Bunbury Wizard Sleeve, The Branson Tramps, The Old Croak, The Moltens Railway Htl Trav&Jay, Hostile Little Face, The Sun Orchestra, Steve Hensby Rosemount Htl Better Days Sail & Anchor

K.D. Lang, Shane Nicholson, Nathan Gaunt Sandalford Wines The Joe Kings, The Snowdroppers Settlers Tavern Margaret River Adrian Wilson Steve’s Bar Off the Record Subiaco Htl Bob Brisbane Quartet Subiaco Htl Restaurant All the Filth, Kimura, Gates Of Perdition, Chainsaw Abortion Swan Basement Log Jam Swan Lounge Aftershock Swinging Pig Greg Carter Swinging Pig (Arvo) Emperors, Coveleski, Mezzanine, Soul Boner The Bird Huge The Shed DJ Kristian The Vic Hotel Soul Corporation Universal Bar Ben Pettit Wanneroo Ben Zabbia Band, Kris Buckle X-Wray Cafe Robbie Jalapeno & The Faceless Bureaucrats, Michael Strong, The Saturday Night Social feat. The Kings of Cheese DJs Ya Ya’s

SUN 06 Children of Bodom, Voyager, Empires Laid Waste Amplifier Bar Adrian Wilson Ascot Quays Greg Carter Bally’s Bar Cranky Balmoral Christian Parkinson Bentley Hotel Sean Scott Captain Stirling Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scout Carine Glades Tavern The Shinkickers Carlisle Htl The Zydecats Clancys Fremantle DJ DD, Sunday Driver Claremont Hotel Amelia Ong Ellington Jazz Club WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Fremantle Arts Centre Better Days Gate Chris Gibbs Trio Gate - Afternoon Chris Gibbs Duo Greenwood Hotel Murder Mouse Blues Band Hainault Vineyard Electrophobia High Road Htl Riverton The Sea of Tunes Indi Bar Retriofit, Dove Indian Ocean Brewing Company Jamie Powers Lakers Tavern The Bluebottles M On The Point James Wilson Matso’s Cafe & Brewery The Snowdroppers, Hootenanny, The Love Junkies Mojos Nth Fremantle Peter Busher & the Lone Rangers, DJ Rockin Rhys Mustang Bar 360, Grey Ghost Newport Htl Renegade, Jane

Germain, Ian Simpson, The Yahoos Peel Estate Winery The Crux Queens Tavern, Highgate Rosie’s On the Couch open mic Rosemount htl - four5nine bar Rosie’s Super Summer Sunday Session Rosemount Htl (outside) Shawne & Luc Sail & Anchor Howie Morgan Project Saint Mason Rack Settlers Tavern Margaret River Blackhart Strangelove South st Ale House Adam James Swinging Pig Yarhkob, Purge + Audit, The Weapon Is Sound The Bird Sophie Jane The Principle Micro Brewery Christian Thompson The Rose & Crown Nathan Gaunt The Vic Hotel Retriofit Universal Bar Lee West Unplugged X-Wray Cafe

MON 07 Jump Ellington Jazz Club Wide Open Mic Mojos Nth Fremantle Johnny Law & the Pistol Packin’ Daddies Mustang Bar Tracey Barnett Settlers Tavern Margaret River Open Mic Night Ya Ya’s

TUE 08 Paul Grabowsky Ellington Jazz Club The dissonant, Melma, Lillium Stargazer, Ben Stout Mojos Nth Fremantle Danza Loca Salsa night Mustang Bar Open Piano Night X-Wray Cafe

WED 09 Andrew Winton Balmoral Paul Grabowsky Ellington Jazz Club Ash Grunwald Indi Bar Howie Morgan Lucky Shag Fremantle Blues & Roots Club: Mason Rack, Jordan, Kizzy Mojos Nth Fremantle Going Solo feat. Bruno Oliver Booth, Jeff Smith, Coco Moon Cafe Astro, The Date, Wing It Paddo Smash & Swann, The Midnight Mules, Room At The Reservoir, Limping Dave Foley and the Straight Legged Freaks Rosemount Htl Cowboys and Indie Kids DJs Rosemount Htl (outside) Dove, The Suntones, James Hall Sail & Anchor Christian Thompson South st Ale House Chri, Midnight Boulevard, B.D Swan Lounge All The Lights, Line At Infinity, Painting Airbush Colours, Moustache, Those Wretched Horses The Bird Sol-R, Lee Schneider X-Wray Cafe

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DEATH GRIPS RUTH KATERELOS: NOV 3 Universal Bar (Upstairs) SAL KIMBER & THE ROLLIN’ WHEEL: NOV 3 Malt Market Bar; NOV 4 Railway Hotel THE SNOWDROPPERS: NOV 3 Amplifier; NOV 4 Settlers Tavern; NOV 5 Prince Of Wales; NOV 6 Mojo’s

ALL SHALL PERISH JAY MCNEELY (USA); BUDDY KNOX; BONDI CIGARS; KYLA BROX (UK); DALLAS FRASCA; RORY ELLIS and more: NOV 11-13 Bridgetown THE TEN TENORS: NOV 12 Burswood Theatre

THE JEZABELS, HEY ROSETTA!: NOV 4 & 5 Astor Theatre

THEY WILL HAVE THEIR WAY: SARAH BLASKO, PAUL DEMPSEY, CLARE BOWDITCH, ALEXANDER GOW, SALLY SELTMANN, LIOR, HOLLY THROSBY: NOV 12 Fremantle Arts Centre

+ JOHN ROSEMAN: NOV 5 Ellington Jazz Club

PETER COMBE: NOV 12 Fly By Night

THE GRATES, GUINEAFOWL: NOV 5 Capitol

MAD SIN, FIREBALLS, CASINO RUMBLERS: NOV 12 Rosemount Hotel

K.D LANG, SHANE NICHOLSON: NOV 5 Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley

THE MOODY BLUES: NOV 14 Burswood Theatre

GUINEAFOWL: NOV 4 Norfolk Basement

CHILDREN OF BODOM: NOV 6 Capitol BIG JAY MCNEELY, ADAM HALL: NOV 6 Devilles Pad; NOV 18 Fly By Night DOLLY PARTON: NOV 8 Burswood Dome PAUL GRABOWSKY: NOV 8-10 Ellington Jazz Club + ASH GRUNWALD: NOV 9 Indi Bar; NOV 10 Boulevard Tavern; NOV 11 Fremantle Arts Centre RANDA & THE SOUL KINGDOM: NOV 10 Mojo’s; NOV 11 Devilles Pad THE VASCO ERA, PAPA VS. PRETTY: NOV 10 Prince Of Wales; NOV 11 Rosemount Hotel; NOV 12 Mojo’s ANGELS: NOV 10 Fly By Night; NOV 11 Charles Hotel; NOV 12 Endeavour Tavern, Lancelin; NOV 13 Ravenswood Hotel JEBEDIAH, STONEFIELD: NOV 10 Metropolis Fremantle THE POINTER SISTERS: NOV 10 Burswood Theatre JAMES MORRISON, DENI HINES: NOV 10 & 11 The Quarry Amphitheatre THOUSAND NEEDLES IN RED: NOV 10 Players Bar; NOV 11 Amplifier; NOV 12 Prince Of Wales GREG HASTINGS (MUCKY DUCK BUSH BAND): NOV 11 Kulcha NIKKO: NOV 11 Velvet Lounge; NOV 12 78’s (day) & Amplifier; NOV 13 North Fremantle Bowls Club BLUES AT BRIDGETOWN FESTIVAL: ASH GRUNWALD WITH VIKA & LINDA BULL; ANDREW WINTON; ADAM HALL & THE VELVET PLAYBOYS; BIG

PORTISHEAD, MERCURY REV: NOV 15 Belvoir Amphitheatre DEATH IN VEGAS: NOV 16 Capitol HUSKY: NOV 17 Amplifier THE NATIONAL, THE WALKMEN: NOV 17 Metro City CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH: NOV 17 Rosemount Hotel BOOM CRASH OPERA, SEAN KELLY (THE MODELS): NOV 17 The Quarry Amphitheatre DEAD LETTER CIRCUS, THE KILLGIRLS: NOV 17 Prince Of Wales; NOV 18 Villa; NOV 19 Studio 146; NOV 19 Newport Hotel HOLY FUCK: NOV 18 The Bakery BOY & BEAR, BALL PARK MUSIC: NOV 18 Settlers Tavern; NOV 19 Astor Theatre + IN TRENCHES: NOV 18 Amplifier; NOV 19 YMCA HQ BEACH TO BUSH FESTIVAL: EVERMORE and locals: NOV 19 Wanneroo Showgrounds GOLD FIELDS, MILLIONS: NOV 19 Amplifier KINGS OF LEON, BAND OF HORSES: NOV 19 NIB Stadium + JARRAH THOMPSON, ASHA HENFRY: NOV 19 Moody Cow Brewey, Dardanup; NOV 20 Wild Bull Brewey (early), Hackersley Vineyard (late), Dardanup; NOV 22 Charles Hotel; NOV 25 Clancy’s Fremantle; NOV 27 Elliot St Bar, Bunbury MULATU ASTATKE: NOV 20 Fremantle Town Hall PAUL DEMPSEY: NOV 20 Fly By Night JOHN FARNHAM: NOV 22, 23, 25,26 Burswood Theatre LACHLAN BRYAN: NOV 23 Mojo’s; NOV

24 Quindanning Hotel; NOV 25 Indi Bar; NOV 26 B’Day Beats Festival Gingin; NOV 27 Redcliffe On The Murray HEROES FOR HIRE: NOV 24 Villa; NOV 25 YMCA HQ KATCHAFIRE: NOV 24 Settlers Tavern; NOV 25 Prince Of Wales PASSENGER, STU LARSEN: NOV 24 & 26 Ellington Jazz Club; NOV 27 Mojo’s PRESENT COMPANY: NOV 25 Fremantle Arts Centre DIRECTIONS IN GROOVE: NOV 25 Fly By Night NATURAL NEW ZEALAND MUSIC FESTIVAL: KATCHAFIRE, THE BLACK SEEDS, TIKI TAANE, CHE-FU, HOLLIE SMITH and more: NOV 26 Red Hill Auditorium STEVIE NICKS, DAVE STEWART (EURYTHMICS), BRIAN MCFADDEN, FANTINE: NOV 26 NIB Stadium COLD CHISEL: NOV 26 Sandalford Estate, Margaret River; NOV 27 Belvoir Amphitheatre, Swan Valley JAPE: NOV 27 Rosie O’Grady’s Fremantle FOO FIGHTERS, TENACIOUS D, FUCKED UP: NOV 28 NIB Stadium + ALL SHALL PERISH, RESIST THE THOUGHT: NOV 28 YMCA HQ; NOV 29 Civic Hotel MISFITS: NOV 30 Capitol EMMA LOUISE: NOV 30 Prince Of Wales; DEC 1 Malt Bar; DEC 3 Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival; DEC 4 Mojo’s BUSBY MAROU, WINTER PEOPLE, BEN SALTER: NOV 30 Boulevard Tavern; DEC 1 Prince Of Wales; DEC 2 Norfolk Basement; DEC 3 Indi Bar; DEC 4 The Bird THE STRIDES: NOV 30 Ellington Jazz Club; DEC 1 Mojo’s; DEC 2 The Bird; DEC 3 Prince Of Wales; DEC 4 Ravenswood Hotel SEEKER LOVER KEEPER: DEC 1 St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco ELI WOLFE: NOV 30 Moon Café; DEC 4 Ravenswood Hotel; DEC 7 Mojo’s GYROSCOPE: DEC 2 Rosemount Hotel CLOUDS: DEC 2 Fly By Night + JINJA SAFARI: DEC 3 Amplifier INXS, GRINSPOON: DEC 3 Fremantle Esplanade THE GETAWAY PLAN, BREAK EVEN, GATHERER: DEC 3 Capitol


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THURSDAY 3 Alleyway Films – under-utilised and abandoned spaces in Perth’s urban environment are filled with people, films, and good times. Alleyway films will be a showcase of short films projected in alleys, vacant lots, car-parks, or any reclaimable space we can sneak into. Debut event. Tonight’s screenings: Share Path Skate Path by Mat De Koning and Strange Eyes by Jesse Collins, along with a bunch of other shorts. 161 Brisbane St, Northbridge, 8pm. See pleasequeuequietly.com. One Sugar To Go – an eclectic West Australian art exhibition; a crosssection of contemporary culture raising funds to support a very worthwhile cause, the Leukemia Foundation. The Bakery, 8pm. Slut – Little y Theatre Co. (Scent Tales) and acclaimed director Emily McLean bring you the AWGIE winning story of a scantily-clad party girl. Created by 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Award winner Patricia Cornelius from research and interviews with schoolgirls, Slut is the story of a different young girl. Opening night, 8:30pm. Blue Room Theatre until 19 November.

FRIDAY 4 Ben Sherar: If not for the dawn – Sherar’s second solo exhibition at emerge continues his moody and evocative oil paintings examining the Perth urban inner-city nightscape and the shadowy ambiguity of 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. Closing day. Emerge Art Space. I HART – a celebration of contemporary art and design raising funds for the Heart Foundation of Western Australia. Boasting custom skate board decks, sneakers, and prints created by a slew of talented artists – 20x original hand-painted Converse sneakers, 15x hand-painted and vinyl-covered skateboard decks, 30x limited edition prints – on sale at affordable prices, all funds raised from art sales at IHART will support the vital work the Heart Foundation conducts. Grey Door Gallery at Claremont Hotel, 7pm.

SATURDAY 5 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. Closing day. Turner Galleries, Northbridge.

the Sugar Blue Burlesque artistes. The Bakery, 7:30pm.

ONGOING 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. 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. Revealed: Emerging Aboriginal Artists from Western Australia – Showcasing the work of more than 50 next generation Aboriginal artists from across WA - produced in partnership with the Department of Culture and the Arts and supported by the Department of Indigenous Affairs and the Federal Government through the Office of The Arts. Gallery Central until 12 November. ROA: Paradox – a modern day naturalist, famous for his large-scale depictions of animals on urban walls around the world, ROA moves between continents and cities, observing and documenting the creatures that co-inhabit the urban landscape. In his introduction to native Western Australia, ROA has explored regions of the Pilbara, immersing himself in the nature and origins of Australia, to inform the theme of his first Australian show. Presented by FORM and Berlin gallery Skalitzers Contemporary Art. FORM until January. When The Rain Stops Falling – written by Kalgoorlie-born writer Andrew Bovell, best known for his award-winning film Lantana and for co-writing the original screenplay for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom. A Black Swan Theatre Company production. Alice Springs in the year 2039. A fish falls from the sky and lands at the feet of Gabriel York. It still smells of the sea. It’s been raining for days and Gabriel knows something is wrong. Eighty years earlier, his

THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN FIRST-TIME DIRECTOR RICHARD DE ARAGUES TALKS WITH SAM HOBSON ABOUT HIS CRAZY MOTORCYCLE DOCUMENTARY, TT3D, AND ABOUT FINDING HIS ‘HERZOGIAN SUBJECT’.

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T3D: Closer To The Edge is a film about the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) race that, because of its staunch insistence upon its drivers’ reaching unregulated speeds, literally results in people losing their lives, each year. With no limits, it’s a race that exists precariously on the knife-edge of being outlawed, and upon the last bastion of free, sporting expression in a world, that, as its competitors see it, is being suffocated by overly politicised and overbearing safety regulations. But beneath its ostensible sports-doco surface – and it has one that alone would seem interesting a documentary subject enough – lies yet a more fascinating, and positively Herzogian subject still in 29-year-old British racer Guy Martin. An eccentric man who talks about his masturbation habits as glibly as he does, say, his dinner plans, Martin comes across as intelligent, but oblivious, and sweetly naïve; he’s a lovable, fearless nutjob. Often lost by the documentary crew as he playfully rides a pushbike around the racing-course grounds, chatting with old friends, there’s a wonderful running joke about him never being anywhere on time. And yet the guy can race. He’s wild, and hopeful, and has an unassailable confidence. To root for him to win this year’s tournament – the one the documentary charts the progression of – is incredibly easy.

grandfather, Henry Law, predicted that, in 2039, fish would fall from the sky heralding a greatflood that would overcome the human race. When The Rain Stops Falling takes place between the worlds of these two men – between a prediction in 1959 and its outcome eighty years later. Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA until 13 November.

“We obviously had a lot of preliminary meetings with all the writers,” director De Aragues starts, “but we definitely targeted Guy because he was such a charismatic character who wears his heart on his sleeve, and is very open. He has this wonderful combination of almost movie-star looks, but this lovely, down-to-earth attitude.” He laughs, “he’s almost like Steve McQueen meets George Hornby. “When I first sat down with him – like with any documentary, you have to win trust, and mutual understanding of what we’re heading out to do – he could see that I’m a biker myself, and he thought ‘ok, here’s someone who really understands the sport, and just really wants to tell an honest story, and the truth about the sport,’” he explains. “I think those two factors helped

a great deal, and our relationship developed along the way, and there was a lot of trust. “And we showed the petulant side of Guy,” De Aragues admits. “We showed [him] warts and all, we showed the fun side of him, and you know, not everyone’s willing to allow that kind of microscope pointing down into your life. He was obviously quite challenging to work with, because he has a very unpredictable nature, and with 3D it’s a bit different from normal documentaries, with those cameras. He’d run off somewhere, you’d jump in a van, and off you go. But try doing that with a 3D unit, and a camera that takes two men to lift!

the film; that uniqueness. Compared to modern-day sportsman; classic popfootballers and golfers, they’re some lovely characters, but they’ve obviously had so much success that they’re just celebrity superstars. What’s so lovely about these sportsmen is that they’re refreshingly human and they’ll allow amazing access, and after the battle they’ll be down having a pint with their fans. “They’re ordinary men, doing really extraordinary things.”

WHAT: TT3D: Closer To The Edge

“But I think that’s what gave us that certain – yes, Herzogian – quality to

WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now

of the Leukaemia Foundation. Born from the desire to make a real and positive contribution to the cultural landscape of Perth whilst engaging community support for those affected by cancer, One sugar to go is an event to celebrate life and some of the things that make it great: art, vibrant culture, and good people. Available for sale via auction on the night will be artworks donated by local, interstate and international creative’s utilising the medium of a take-away coffee cup. These normally throwaway items that litter streets and clog landfills

the world over are reworked and transformed into works of art, promoting the themes of reuse, recycling and respect. Artists participating include Hydro 74, Abigael, Deej, Sanida, I’m The Boss, TEEAITCHKAY, Toni Williams, Andy Quilly, Aramas, Maniac, Custards, Dennis de Groot, Buttermilk, Lady Bananas, Tomahawk, Aaron Main, NVS, STRT4, Reboot, Miss Jane, Ladie Poise, Jean-Luc Marinai, Nia May, and Damon. The night kicks off at 8pm. Head to onesugartogo.com. au for more info.

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TUESDAY 8 Heartworm – Ann Hill is a veterinary surgeon who thought success was running two practices, but as her hopes and dreams lie tarnished on the scrap heap of life, she realises she has traded her passion for safety. She has forfeited her dreams for “the rich rewards of excising gonads from unsuspecting creatures!” Heartworm is a soul searching and, at times, confronting and amusing solo show about someone who wants to leave the planet. Preview night, 7pm. Blue Room Theatre until 26 November.

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Tonight will see The Bakery transformed into an art gallery of epic proportions as contemporary artists and designers come together with local performers to present One Sugar To Go – an eclectic West Australian art exhibition with a difference. Building on the success of its 2010 launch, One Sugar To Go is showcasing a cross-section of contemporary culture and raising funds to support a very worthwhile cause, the work


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FILM FRESH FROM A ONE-MAN PROTEST AT HIS LOCAL CAFÉ SAM SIMMONS CHATS TO DANIEL CRIBB ABOUT HIS UPCOMING STAGE SHOW, THE JOYS OF SPEARMILK, AND EVERYTHING WRONG WITH COMEDY.

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on’t be alarmed by the inquisitive bald chap on your train trip to work discretely analysing your every move from across the carriage and taking down careful mental notes, it’s probably just Sam Simmons collecting research for a stage show or stand-up routine he’ll more than likely tour around the world. This is just one of the many ways he finds inspiration for his unusual and random brand of comedy that’s rapidly shooting him towards being Australia’s funniest man. Once he’s collected enough data in the field, he resigns to a comfortable chair and enjoys some fine classical music, a genre that encompasses the exact opposite to what he’s all about, to get his creative juices flowing. His composer of choice, Shostakovich, is a punk rocker amongst his classical equals. While his radio lifestyle, stage shows, and odd personalities have put him in the fast lane to becoming a regular household name, Simmons prefers flying under the radar where possible and keeping things as underground as he can. Maybe it’s because the more attention he has the more likely one of his jokes will get him in trouble, it’s definitely why a lot of TV producers feel on edge when he occasionally steps onto an ABC set. “What I do on stage is pretty daring and creative so they’re a bit scared that I’m going to walk on screen and say ‘hey, monkey crumpet penis’ or something like that,” Simmons says. If you’ve ever seen him in action you’ll know exactly what he is talking about. Or if you work in a café that might be considered ‘pretentious’

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and had a Mario Bros look alike recently cause a ruckus at your fine establishment, you’ll also know why he is often the centre of attention. The Precise History Of Things Tour will be hitting Perth this month and, while Simmons wouldn’t reveal any of the tricks up his sleeve, he did say that he would give this show all he’s got because it’s the last time that this show will be performed in Australia. Each state has had its own theme. Sydney was lucky enough to be treated to a segment on Bunnings, and Simmons is excited to premiere some high quality spear-milk material in Perth. He’s a man who hasn’t let his success taint his writing or appreciation for his audience, recently answering hundreds of fan’s questions on Twitter about everything from STIs to Dolly Parton, and thus urges people to try sit down the front at his shows as there will be a large amount of crowd participation. In-between random outbursts of politically incorrect jokes, Simmons explains how the disposable nature of his radio humour means he spends more time writing and preparing for his stage shows because he’ll be able to perform them numerous times all around the world and get more out of them. Another benefit of a live stage show is that Simmons is able to not only work off his audience, but engage with them directly and play off how they are reacting to his jokes. Dancing his concentration onto another topic mid-answer like a child in a candy store, Simmons starts talking about fond memories of growing up

in Perth as a child child. While he holds loving memories of growing up in Perth, enjoying spearmint milk and hazelnut rolls, he finds recent return visits don’t do those memories justice. “I was in Perth earlier in the year for the Melbourne Comedy Festival Road Show, which is like a comedy gig for Nannas and Bogans, which is boring,” Simmons says, laughing. “There’s nowhere to go out in Perth. I was there on a Thursday night and there’s only one place that’s open late, but you have to buy a shit focaccia and then you can get a beer with that. I did it last time, but I did it with the Perth

recorded oor seeing themselves on video Simmons can’t stand watching his live show, to the point where he had to leave the editing room during the production of his DVD Fail. Usually he likes to be in control of the design process and insisted in being in the edit room, but as soon as he saw himself in action he broke out into a cold sweat. “It was quite embarrassing,” he says. “I just don’t know whether I translate well to live.” You would think that the hundreds of laughing people night after night would give him a good idea that he’s on the right track, but whatever he is

“There’s nowhere to go out in Perth. On a Thursday night there’s only one place that’s open late, but you have to buy a shit focaccia to get a beer.” comedy community and it was just lame. They’re all so up their own arses that I just sat there and had no one else to talk to.” He urges Drum Media readers who plan on heading to his upcoming show at the Astor Theatre to take him out after so he can go crazy instead of spending his time alone in a boring hotel room or with pretentious comedians. It’s not like he can spend his quite lonely hotel nights analysing footage of his live show, just like many others who hate hearing their own voice

doing is working well. If you haven’t seen Simmons on stage, do yourself a favour and stick it high on your priority list. “Let’s just get it on at the Astor and if you’ve got suggestions as to where to go afterwards, yell them out at the end of the show. I want audience interaction and I want to have fun!” WHAT: Sam Simmons: The Precise History Of Things WHERE & WHEN: Astor Theatre Friday 18 November

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LORELEI Victoria Hall, Fremantle Deckchair Theatre’s latest musical cabaret, Lorelei, provides audiences with an unforgettable musical theatre experience. Rhoda Lopez and Mark Storen hold the show together with their mesmerising and vastly different vocal styles and acting prowess. The production, created by Storen in collaboration with Deckchair Theatre artistic director Chris Brendall, is memorable for the performances of the two actor-singers as well as the unique style in which the work is presented: the action takes place before, behind, and adjacent to the audience who, seated cabaret-style at tables with red cloth-covered lamps, are directly involved in the story throughout the play. The plot draws on Heinrich Heine’s 19th Century poem Die Lore-Ley which tells the story of a boatman

lured to his death by the song of a sensual siren. Set in 1930s Fremantle, our siren is a Shanghai songstress who acts as the “tonic” for the Depression. Lorelei, like gin, hooks Buzzard in with the first bite and makes him forget how but not why he fell in love with her. Drunk on her song, Buzzard follows Lorelei around the globe, much like the romantic lover of Tim Winton’s The Riders who searches for his love through Amsterdam, Paris, and Germany. The storyline gets in the way of the music but the stellar performances by Lopez and Storen of songs from a repertoire as varied as Leonard Cohen, Little Birdy, Lily Allen, Frank Sinatra, and Nina Simone carry the cruise ship love story above the waters of melodrama and into the sunset. Until 17 November JAKE DENNIS

In the future, we’re all impossibly good-looking. And stylish, and young, and strong, and fit, and cool. As cool as Justin Timberlake, in fact. The only problem is, after we hit 25, we could drop dead at any second unless we prove our worth to The Man. In the world of In Time, humans have been genetically engineered to stop ageing at 25 and live forever – potentially. But time is now the currency. You have to work like a dog to earn more minutes on your lifespan, and most working-class stiffs live day-to-day, hand-to-mouth. When a super-rich guy with too much time on his hands gets tired of life, he gifts his 100 years to Timbers – and thus sparks off his socialist quest to steal time from the rich and give it to the poor. In Time’s central concept is a rather sledgehammer metaphor for

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‘capitalism bad, socialism good’ as Timbers moves from the ghetto to hang out in the fortresses of the rich, all the while running from jackbooted ‘Timekeeper’ Cillian Murphy and hooking up with hostage-cum-partner Amanda Seyfried. While it might be a bit blunt at best and silly at worst it’s shot beautifully, paced nicely, and it does make you think about how you spend your money – would you be willing to blow two months’ on one night in a plush hotel? The comparisons to sci-fi classic Logan’s Run are clear, but director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) clearly loves his dystopian future fantasies and puts a fresh spin on the material. It’s not a perfect film, but it’s interesting and thought-provoking. And on top of that, Timbers performs very well in his first proper lead role. WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas now BAZ McALISTER

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WITH MARCIA CZERNIAK Most typical high school movies have the football jock bully with the standard scene of them walking down a corridor pushing a geek into some lockers. The geek, who was always getting picked on, also always had a crush on the hottest girl at the school, and after an excellent makeover, which of course came in the form of the standard movie makeover montage with catwalks out of shopping centre change rooms, eventually got their girl. Because under the heavy-framed glasses and disaster hairstyle, there was always this amazingly hot guy whose deep connection with their crush was just simmering below the surface. Our normal reaction to this type of Hollywood fare is generally one of, ‘pfft as if that would happen.’ Well, after all these years it seems being labelled a geek isn’t such a bad thing anymore. That is if you believe what you see on television. The rise of geek chic as it is being called is being splashed all over our screens and we have The Big Bang Theory to thank for the movement and maybe Beauty And The Geek to shake our heads at. The Big Bang Theory celebrates geeks. And we aren’t talking geek in the sense of those Glee wannabes. These are full-on, comic book-loving, physics brainiacs whose social skills may be a little lacking. And their master is Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, who has cornered the market on geek chic. The show centres on five main characters, comprising of four male geeks and a hot female next-door neighbour, and explores a range of situations in typical sitcom fashion. But The Big Bang Theory is more than just a show about typical nerd stuff like computer games and fan fiction; it’s portrayal

of the characters’ intellect is astute from the literal interpretations of Sheldon to the awkwardness they all feel around females. But it never shows them in a degrading manner. In fact, it relishes their geeky-ness and pays tribute to it in each and every episode, and that is what makes this show great. It isn’t about changing these characters to fit in more or dress a little less dorky; these characters are proud of their brains and social idiosyncrasies. Shows like this have been revelling in the geek chic movement that has hit fashion and pop culture, as if to say, ‘who knew being the underdog could be cool?’ Contrasting with this celebratory movement of geek culture is Beauty And The Geek, which is currently on our screens. A bunch of Australian geeks have been paired with some beauties and, let’s face it, if you have seen an episode, it is hard to see past the stereotypes of pretty dumb girls and less attractive geeky guys. It is horrible... albeit one of those shows that you somehow don’t seem to change the channel on. The paired-up geeks and beauties compete in challenges together, and one couple gets kicked out of the mansion every week. Apart from the show’s ability to find the dumbest girls in Australia, they also have taken the notion of celebrating geek culture and with a swift stomp of the girls’ stilettos crushed it by giving these geeks makeovers to release their inner stud, Hollywood movie style. Out goes the sweater vest and in comes leather biker jackets as they shun their checked shirts in favour of spray tans and hair mousse. What would Sheldon think? As Parsons has said, “It is hip to be 2 (E=mc )”. THE DRUM MEDIA 3 NOVEMBER 2011• 41


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GUY DAVIS TALKS TO AL JEAN, SHOWRUNNER OF THE SIMPSONS, WHO’S BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE ICONIC SHOW SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING. so if something goes wrong it’s your fault. You’re the head writer, you’re in charge of the budget, you’re looking at the music, the storyboards... I report to [series creators] Jim Brooks and Matt Groening but I have final say. There are so many decisions that need to be made that ultimately they fall to the showrunner.” This month sees the DVD release of The Simpsons’ 14th season, one that sees Homer embrace his inner rocker, Marge mistakenly receive breast implants, and Bart becoming buds with Tony Hawk and Blink-182. And as is traditionally the case with Simpsons DVD sets, it’s chock-full of bonus features, such as cast and crew commentaries and behind-the-scenes documentaries. For Jean, being part of that process is a welcome walk down memory lane. “I find I’m very proud of them,” he says of the episodes revisited for the DVD set. “And it’s great to see people we may not have worked with for a while. The other thing I enjoyed about season 14 is that we had such a great group of guest stars,” a line-up that incorporates Springfield regulars like Kelsey Grammer and Joe Mantegna and A-listers like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. By the way, when it comes to guest stars, Jean considers multimedia mystery man Banksy (“although Banksy could be a woman for all I

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pringfield has just been saved when I speak with Al Jean, long-time writer, producer and showrunner on The Simpsons. You see, the voice talent behind the longrunning animated comedy had been involved in a bitter pay dispute with their network. After a deal was struck, the path was clear for the original voices of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and the rest of Springfield’s inhabitants to continue ringing out loud and clear. “We have a budget that will take us through seasons 24 and 25,” says Jean, who joined The Simpsons as a writer when the show first started back in 1989. “And if someone had even said the words ‘seasons 24 and 25’ 20 years ago, you would have locked them up.” It didn’t take the Harvard-educated Jean long to make his mark on the show, and he was a co-showrunner for The Simpsons’ third and fourth seasons before taking a break to work on other projects, only to return as sole showrunner at the beginning of season 13 in 2001, a position he’s held ever since. Showrunner does sound like a nifty title to have on one’s business card, but what does it actually entail? “I’ve heard people refer to it as the job of running a show pony,” laughs Jean. “It’s actually a little bit like that! Basically you have the responsibility of overseeing all areas of the show,

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